Period
to 18 November 2017

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 6 months to 18 November 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
6 months to
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 136 54 92
Rank change year-on-year -82 +38 -5
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 48 144 117
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 0.96% 3.29% 1.88%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.87% 14.63% 11.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 105 67
Scotland median daily rate £328 £320 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.34% +6.67% -11.44%
10th Percentile £108 £238 £160
90th Percentile £382 £350 £413
UK median daily rate £325 £330 £325
% change year-on-year -1.52% +1.54% -3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 11 6
Scotland median hourly rate £25.00 £41.00 £19.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -39.02% +107.59% +25.24%
10th Percentile £15.75 £16.25 £16.75
90th Percentile £26.13 £43.00 £27.55
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £21.75 £17.35
% change year-on-year -26.44% +25.36% +6.77%

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 contract job vacancies advertised in Scotland with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
Scotland
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 699 984 987
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 14.04% 22.47% 15.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 392 607 518
Scotland median daily rate £363 £340 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.62% - -2.15%
10th Percentile £206 £240 £215
90th Percentile £524 £457 £475
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 37 29
Scotland median hourly rate £28.00 £38.50 £27.44
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -27.27% +40.31% +50.36%
10th Percentile £12.87 £12.40 £13.80
90th Percentile £46.50 £43.30 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £26.35 £26.25 £24.41
% change year-on-year +0.36% +7.55% +28.46%

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in Scotland

Job postings citing Microsoft Certification as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Scotland.

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 6 months to 18 November 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 6 months to 18 November 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 6 months to 18 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Edinburgh +2 19 £363 +47.96% 1
Glasgow -9 11 £380 +16.92% 3
Renfrewshire -12 6 £335 +4.69%
Aberdeen -13 4 £158 -48.57%
North Lanarkshire -3 2 - -
Perth and Kinross - 1 - -
Strathclyde - 1 £215 -
Microsoft Certification
UK

For the 6 months to 18 November 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 35 (72.92%) Microsoft
2 34 (70.83%) Windows
3 23 (47.92%) Active Directory
4 20 (41.67%) MCSE
4 20 (41.67%) ITIL
5 19 (39.58%) PowerShell
6 17 (35.42%) Degree
6 17 (35.42%) Windows Server 2012
7 16 (33.33%) Windows Server
8 15 (31.25%) Office 365
8 15 (31.25%) .NET
8 15 (31.25%) MCSA
9 14 (29.17%) C#
9 14 (29.17%) Migration
10 13 (27.08%) VMware
10 13 (27.08%) Windows Server 2008
11 12 (25.00%) JavaScript
11 12 (25.00%) SQL Server
11 12 (25.00%) MS Exchange
12 11 (22.92%) XML
12 11 (22.92%) SCCM
12 11 (22.92%) Team Foundation Server
12 11 (22.92%) Windows 7
13 10 (20.83%) SharePoint
13 10 (20.83%) HP
13 10 (20.83%) Windows Server 2003
14 9 (18.75%) SAN
14 9 (18.75%) Visual Studio
14 9 (18.75%) CSS
14 9 (18.75%) Computer Science

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 12 (25.00%) MS Exchange
2 10 (20.83%) SharePoint
3 8 (16.67%) IIS
3 8 (16.67%) Skype for Business
4 7 (14.58%) Exchange Server 2010
4 7 (14.58%) SharePoint 2010
4 7 (14.58%) SharePoint 2013
4 7 (14.58%) SharePoint Server
5 5 (10.42%) OpenStack
6 3 (6.25%) IBM Domino
6 3 (6.25%) IBM Notes
7 2 (4.17%) BizTalk Server
7 2 (4.17%) Exchange Server 2013
8 1 (2.08%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 5 (10.42%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (2.08%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (2.08%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 15 (31.25%) Office 365
2 6 (12.50%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (10.42%) IaaS
3 5 (10.42%) PaaS
4 3 (6.25%) Mimecast
5 2 (4.17%) Amazon AWS
5 2 (4.17%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (2.08%) SaaS
6 1 (2.08%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 9 (18.75%) SAN
2 8 (16.67%) Skype
3 5 (10.42%) DHCP
3 5 (10.42%) DNS
3 5 (10.42%) Unified Communications
4 4 (8.33%) VPN
5 3 (6.25%) Wireless
6 2 (4.17%) CTI
6 2 (4.17%) Firewall
6 2 (4.17%) TCP/IP
6 2 (4.17%) VSAN
7 1 (2.08%) Cisco ASA
7 1 (2.08%) Cisco IOS
7 1 (2.08%) Internet
7 1 (2.08%) LAN
7 1 (2.08%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (25.00%) SQL Server
2 2 (4.17%) Redis
2 2 (4.17%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (2.08%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 11 (22.92%) Team Foundation Server
2 9 (18.75%) Visual Studio
3 2 (4.17%) Jenkins
3 2 (4.17%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 2 (4.17%) Finance
1 2 (4.17%) Telecoms
2 1 (2.08%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 13 (27.08%) Analyst
2 6 (12.50%) Desktop Support
2 6 (12.50%) IT Analyst
3 5 (10.42%) Desktop Engineer
3 5 (10.42%) Senior Analyst
4 4 (8.33%) Developer
4 4 (8.33%) Development Engineer
4 4 (8.33%) Senior Development Engineer
4 4 (8.33%) Senior Software Development Engineer
4 4 (8.33%) Senior Software Engineer
4 4 (8.33%) Software Development Engineer
4 4 (8.33%) Software Engineer
5 3 (6.25%) .NET Developer
5 3 (6.25%) 2nd Line Support
5 3 (6.25%) IT Support
5 3 (6.25%) Senior Systems Analyst
5 3 (6.25%) Service Desk Analyst
5 3 (6.25%) SharePoint Specialist
5 3 (6.25%) Support Analyst
5 3 (6.25%) Systems Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (31.25%) .NET
2 11 (22.92%) XML
3 9 (18.75%) CSS
4 7 (14.58%) jQuery
4 7 (14.58%) XSLT
5 5 (10.42%) ASP.NET
5 5 (10.42%) ASP.NET MVC
6 4 (8.33%) .NET Core
6 4 (8.33%) .NET Framework
6 4 (8.33%) ASP.NET Web API
6 4 (8.33%) Entity Framework
6 4 (8.33%) SignalR
7 3 (6.25%) AngularJS
8 2 (4.17%) KnockoutJS
8 2 (4.17%) LESS
8 2 (4.17%) RabbitMQ
8 2 (4.17%) REST
8 2 (4.17%) RESTful
8 2 (4.17%) Sass
8 2 (4.17%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 9 (18.75%) Computer Science
2 5 (10.42%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (10.42%) EMC VNX
3 4 (8.33%) Blackberry
3 4 (8.33%) N-Tier
4 3 (6.25%) Data Centre
4 3 (6.25%) Driving Licence
4 3 (6.25%) User Experience
5 2 (4.17%) Algorithms
5 2 (4.17%) Blog
5 2 (4.17%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (4.17%) PDA
5 2 (4.17%) Virtual Team
6 1 (2.08%) AS400
6 1 (2.08%) Hybrid Cloud
6 1 (2.08%) iSeries
6 1 (2.08%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 34 (70.83%) Windows
2 17 (35.42%) Windows Server 2012
3 16 (33.33%) Windows Server
4 13 (27.08%) Windows Server 2008
5 11 (22.92%) Windows 7
6 10 (20.83%) Windows Server 2003
7 4 (8.33%) Windows 10
8 3 (6.25%) Linux
8 3 (6.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 3 (6.25%) Unix
9 2 (4.17%) Android
9 2 (4.17%) CentOS
9 2 (4.17%) Windows 8
9 2 (4.17%) Windows XP
10 1 (2.08%) Apple iOS
10 1 (2.08%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (41.67%) ITIL
2 14 (29.17%) Migration
3 8 (16.67%) Service Delivery
4 7 (14.58%) Continuous Integration
4 7 (14.58%) High Availability
4 7 (14.58%) MVC
4 7 (14.58%) Records Management
4 7 (14.58%) TDD
4 7 (14.58%) Workflow
5 6 (12.50%) ITIL V3
6 5 (10.42%) Agile Software Development
6 5 (10.42%) Incident Management
6 5 (10.42%) Scrum
7 4 (8.33%) CRM
7 4 (8.33%) Multithreading
7 4 (8.33%) OOA/OOD
7 4 (8.33%) OOD
7 4 (8.33%) OOP
7 4 (8.33%) Software Engineering
7 4 (8.33%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 19 (39.58%) PowerShell
2 14 (29.17%) C#
3 12 (25.00%) JavaScript
4 8 (16.67%) SQL
5 2 (4.17%) ES6
5 2 (4.17%) Shell Script
5 2 (4.17%) TypeScript
5 2 (4.17%) XPath
6 1 (2.08%) VB
Qualifications
1 20 (41.67%) MCSE
2 17 (35.42%) Degree
3 15 (31.25%) MCSA
4 8 (16.67%) MCTS
5 7 (14.58%) Computer Science Degree
5 7 (14.58%) MCSD
6 5 (10.42%) CCNA
6 5 (10.42%) Cisco Certification
6 5 (10.42%) MCP
6 5 (10.42%) Security Cleared
7 4 (8.33%) MCITP
7 4 (8.33%) SC Cleared
7 4 (8.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 3 (6.25%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 3 (6.25%) MCAD
9 2 (4.17%) A+ Certification
9 2 (4.17%) ACSA
9 2 (4.17%) CCNP
9 2 (4.17%) ITIL Certification
9 2 (4.17%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (10.42%) SLA
2 4 (8.33%) QA
3 2 (4.17%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (4.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 23 (47.92%) Active Directory
2 7 (14.58%) VMware ESXi
3 6 (12.50%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (6.25%) Hyper-V
5 2 (4.17%) BitLocker
5 2 (4.17%) vSphere
5 2 (4.17%) XenDesktop
6 1 (2.08%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (2.08%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 11 (22.92%) SCCM
2 7 (14.58%) SCOM
3 3 (6.25%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 2 (4.17%) Backup Exec
4 2 (4.17%) Norton AntiVirus
4 2 (4.17%) WSUS
5 1 (2.08%) EMC NetWorker
Vendors
1 35 (72.92%) Microsoft
2 13 (27.08%) VMware
3 10 (20.83%) HP
4 7 (14.58%) EMC
4 7 (14.58%) Nintex
5 6 (12.50%) Cisco
5 6 (12.50%) Lotus
5 6 (12.50%) Symantec
6 5 (10.42%) Avaya
6 5 (10.42%) Citrix
7 4 (8.33%) Dell
7 4 (8.33%) Sophos
8 3 (6.25%) Red Hat
8 3 (6.25%) ServiceNow
8 3 (6.25%) Veeam
9 2 (4.17%) Apple
9 2 (4.17%) Google
9 2 (4.17%) Juniper
9 2 (4.17%) Meru Networks
9 2 (4.17%) Veritas