The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Scotland with a requirement for Microsoft Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 27 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Microsoft Certification
UK / Scotland
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 93 41 97
Rank change year-on-year -52 +56  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 20 140 37
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 0.91% 4.76% 1.25%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.19% 18.52% 7.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 70 17
Median daily rate £600 £330 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +81.81% +10.00%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £318 £330 £340
% change year-on-year -3.56% -2.94%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 14 4
Median hourly rate £19.25 £40.00 £14.30
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -51.87% +179.72%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.65 £36.00 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.85 £43.00 £25.37
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.52 £26.50 £18.75
% change year-on-year -15.01% +41.33%  

Microsoft Certification is in the academic qualifications and professional certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies advertised in Scotland.

Academic & Professional Certification
Scotland
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 323 756 487
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Scotland 14.72% 25.72% 16.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 155 436 238
Median daily rate £375 £330 £335
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.63% -1.49%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £230 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £440 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 45 24
Median hourly rate £32.00 £40.00 £28.31
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +41.31%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.00 £20.70 £12.22
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.00 £43.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £28.50 £24.12
% change year-on-year +14.03% +18.15%  

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in Scotland

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Scotland citing Microsoft Certification as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Certification in Scotland

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification in Scotland.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Scotland

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Scotland

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification in Scotland over the 3 months to 27 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft Certification in Scotland

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification in Scotland.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Scotland

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Scotland

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification in Scotland over the 3 months to 27 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft Certification in Scotland

Microsoft Certification
Contract Job Locations in Scotland

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification within the Scotland region over the 3 months to 27 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Edinburgh +25 9 £600 +110.52% 4
Renfrewshire 0 4 £250 -24.24%
Glasgow -16 4 - - 2
Aberdeen -7 1 - -
Microsoft Certification
UK

For the 6 months to 27 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Certification also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Scotland region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 17 (65.38%) SQL
2 16 (61.54%) Microsoft
3 12 (46.15%) MCITP
4 11 (42.31%) MCTS
5 10 (38.46%) Windows
5 10 (38.46%) MCSA
6 9 (34.62%) Active Directory
7 8 (30.77%) MCSE
8 7 (26.92%) Clustering
8 7 (26.92%) Microsoft Azure
9 6 (23.08%) AngularJS
9 6 (23.08%) Migration
9 6 (23.08%) PowerShell
9 6 (23.08%) Windows Server 2008
9 6 (23.08%) ITIL
9 6 (23.08%) .NET
9 6 (23.08%) SQL Server
9 6 (23.08%) Citrix
9 6 (23.08%) Change Management
10 5 (19.23%) Financial Institution
10 5 (19.23%) Windows Server 2003
10 5 (19.23%) XSLT
10 5 (19.23%) C#
10 5 (19.23%) HTML
10 5 (19.23%) JavaScript
10 5 (19.23%) ASP.NET
10 5 (19.23%) CSS
10 5 (19.23%) Web Services
10 5 (19.23%) Windows XP
10 5 (19.23%) SCOM

Microsoft Certification
Co-occurring IT Skills in Scotland by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 5 (19.23%) EPiServer
2 4 (15.38%) SharePoint
3 2 (7.69%) Skype for Business
4 1 (3.85%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (3.85%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 4 (15.38%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (3.85%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 7 (26.92%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (15.38%) Office 365
3 1 (3.85%) IaaS
3 1 (3.85%) PaaS
3 1 (3.85%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (15.38%) Firewall
1 4 (15.38%) SAN
2 3 (11.54%) VPN
3 2 (7.69%) DHCP
3 2 (7.69%) DNS
3 2 (7.69%) Remote Desktop
3 2 (7.69%) Skype
3 2 (7.69%) VSAN
4 1 (3.85%) Cisco ASA
4 1 (3.85%) LDAP
4 1 (3.85%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (23.08%) SQL Server
2 5 (19.23%) Relational Database
2 5 (19.23%) SQL Server 2012
3 3 (11.54%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (7.69%) RDBMS
4 2 (7.69%) SQL Server 2014
5 1 (3.85%) Azure SQL Database
5 1 (3.85%) MongoDB
5 1 (3.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (3.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 5 (19.23%) Git (software)
1 5 (19.23%) gulp
1 5 (19.23%) Moq
1 5 (19.23%) Octopus Deploy
1 5 (19.23%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (11.54%) StarTeam
General
1 5 (19.23%) Finance
1 5 (19.23%) Financial Institution
2 2 (7.69%) Manufacturing
2 2 (7.69%) Telecoms
3 1 (3.85%) Banking
Job Titles
1 6 (23.08%) Analyst
2 5 (19.23%) Architect
3 3 (11.54%) Administrator
3 3 (11.54%) DBA
3 3 (11.54%) SQL DBA
4 2 (7.69%) Database Analyst
4 2 (7.69%) Desktop Support
4 2 (7.69%) Infrastructure Specialist
4 2 (7.69%) IT Administrator
4 2 (7.69%) IT Systems Administrator
4 2 (7.69%) SCCM Administrator
4 2 (7.69%) Support Analyst
4 2 (7.69%) Systems Administrator
4 2 (7.69%) Test Engineer
5 1 (3.85%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
5 1 (3.85%) Cloud Engineer
5 1 (3.85%) DevOps Engineer
5 1 (3.85%) IT Analyst
5 1 (3.85%) IT Engineer
5 1 (3.85%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (23.08%) .NET
1 6 (23.08%) AngularJS
2 5 (19.23%) .NET Framework
2 5 (19.23%) ASP.NET
2 5 (19.23%) ASP.NET Web API
2 5 (19.23%) CSS
2 5 (19.23%) Entity Framework
2 5 (19.23%) HTML
2 5 (19.23%) jQuery
2 5 (19.23%) LINQ
2 5 (19.23%) Modernizr
2 5 (19.23%) Twitter Bootstrap
2 5 (19.23%) Web Services
2 5 (19.23%) XSLT
3 2 (7.69%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 7 (26.92%) Clustering
2 3 (11.54%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (11.54%) Data Centre
3 2 (7.69%) Computer Science
3 2 (7.69%) Data Protection Act
3 2 (7.69%) Driving Licence
3 2 (7.69%) Replication
4 1 (3.85%) Video Conferencing
4 1 (3.85%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 10 (38.46%) Windows
2 6 (23.08%) Windows Server 2008
3 5 (19.23%) Windows 7
3 5 (19.23%) Windows Server 2003
3 5 (19.23%) Windows Server 2012
3 5 (19.23%) Windows XP
4 3 (11.54%) AIX
4 3 (11.54%) Windows 10
5 2 (7.69%) CentOS
5 2 (7.69%) Linux
5 2 (7.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 2 (7.69%) Unix
6 1 (3.85%) Android
6 1 (3.85%) Apple iOS
6 1 (3.85%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (23.08%) Change Management
1 6 (23.08%) ITIL
1 6 (23.08%) Migration
2 5 (19.23%) MVC
2 5 (19.23%) Responsive Web Design
2 5 (19.23%) Server Virtualisation
2 5 (19.23%) TDD
3 4 (15.38%) Performance Tuning
4 3 (11.54%) Data Modelling
4 3 (11.54%) Data Protection
4 3 (11.54%) Smoke Testing
4 3 (11.54%) Software Testing
4 3 (11.54%) Statistics
4 3 (11.54%) Test Scripting
5 2 (7.69%) Capacity Management
5 2 (7.69%) Continuous Improvement
5 2 (7.69%) Customer Engagement
5 2 (7.69%) Incident Management
5 2 (7.69%) Security Patching
5 2 (7.69%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 17 (65.38%) SQL
2 6 (23.08%) PowerShell
3 5 (19.23%) C#
3 5 (19.23%) JavaScript
4 2 (7.69%) Shell Script
5 1 (3.85%) VB
Qualifications
1 12 (46.15%) MCITP
2 11 (42.31%) MCTS
3 10 (38.46%) MCSA
4 8 (30.77%) MCSE
5 5 (19.23%) Degree
6 3 (11.54%) ISTQB
6 3 (11.54%) SC Cleared
6 3 (11.54%) Security Cleared
7 2 (7.69%) BPSS Clearance
7 2 (7.69%) CCNA
7 2 (7.69%) CCNP
7 2 (7.69%) Cisco Certification
7 2 (7.69%) CISSP
7 2 (7.69%) MCDBA
7 2 (7.69%) MCP
7 2 (7.69%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 1 (3.85%) HND
8 1 (3.85%) ISO 27001 Lead Implementer
8 1 (3.85%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 1 (3.85%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (11.54%) Disclosure Scotland
1 3 (11.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (7.69%) SLA
System Software
1 9 (34.62%) Active Directory
2 5 (19.23%) Hyper-V
2 5 (19.23%) VMware ESXi
3 2 (7.69%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (7.69%) vSphere
3 2 (7.69%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 5 (19.23%) SCOM
2 3 (11.54%) McAfee ePO
2 3 (11.54%) Netcool
2 3 (11.54%) SCCM
3 2 (7.69%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
3 2 (7.69%) SCVMM
3 2 (7.69%) WSUS
4 1 (3.85%) FortiGate
4 1 (3.85%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 16 (61.54%) Microsoft
2 6 (23.08%) Citrix
3 3 (11.54%) Cisco
3 3 (11.54%) McAfee
3 3 (11.54%) Veritas
3 3 (11.54%) VMware
4 2 (7.69%) Avaya
4 2 (7.69%) HP
4 2 (7.69%) Red Hat
5 1 (3.85%) Altiris
5 1 (3.85%) CA
5 1 (3.85%) CheckPoint
5 1 (3.85%) Dell
5 1 (3.85%) F5
5 1 (3.85%) Sophos
5 1 (3.85%) Veeam
5 1 (3.85%) Xerox