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 March 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.

3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certification
UK / Scotland
Rank 102 70 73
Rank change year-on-year -32 +3  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 6 61 56
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 0.34% 2.35% 1.91%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.99% 13.41% 11.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 45 32
Median daily rate £340 £313 £323
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.80% -3.10%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £350 £310
% change year-on-year -8.57% +12.90%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 6
Median hourly rate - - £12.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.09 £18.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year +0.50% +28.57%  

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 301 455 472
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Scotland 17.17% 17.55% 16.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 215 244 254
Median daily rate £340 £359 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.35% +2.64%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £255 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 6 32
Median hourly rate £47.23 £16.46 £29.09
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +186.89% -43.39%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.06 £12.50 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.17 £41.50 £53.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £22.75
% change year-on-year -25.20% +75.82%  

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 Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

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

Contractor hourly rate trend 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 March 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 +20 4 £325 +18.18% 2
Renfrewshire -14 2 £340 +4.45%
Microsoft Certification
UK

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 31 (79.49%) Microsoft
2 21 (53.85%) Windows
2 21 (53.85%) MCSE
3 17 (43.59%) Clustering
4 16 (41.03%) SQL Server
5 15 (38.46%) SQL
5 15 (38.46%) Citrix
5 15 (38.46%) Windows Server 2008
6 14 (35.90%) Windows Server 2012
6 14 (35.90%) Windows Server 2003
7 13 (33.33%) MCSA
8 12 (30.77%) Active Directory
8 12 (30.77%) Veritas
8 12 (30.77%) Firewall
8 12 (30.77%) MCTS
9 11 (28.21%) MCITP
10 9 (23.08%) Analytical Skills
10 9 (23.08%) Security Cleared
11 8 (20.51%) Degree
11 8 (20.51%) VMware
12 7 (17.95%) Change Management
12 7 (17.95%) SCCM
12 7 (17.95%) HP
12 7 (17.95%) SharePoint
12 7 (17.95%) DNS
12 7 (17.95%) Hyper-V
12 7 (17.95%) Windows 7
12 7 (17.95%) vSphere
12 7 (17.95%) Office 365
12 7 (17.95%) Server Virtualisation

Microsoft Certification
Top Related 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 7 (17.95%) SharePoint
2 6 (15.38%) IIS
2 6 (15.38%) MS Exchange
3 4 (10.26%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (5.13%) Skype for Business
5 1 (2.56%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (2.56%) OpenStack
Applications
1 6 (15.38%) MS Office
2 3 (7.69%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (2.56%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 7 (17.95%) Office 365
2 1 (2.56%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 12 (30.77%) Firewall
2 7 (17.95%) DNS
3 6 (15.38%) TCP/IP
4 5 (12.82%) SAN
5 4 (10.26%) DHCP
5 4 (10.26%) WAN
6 3 (7.69%) HTTP
6 3 (7.69%) HTTPS
6 3 (7.69%) Kerberos
6 3 (7.69%) LDAP
6 3 (7.69%) X.500
7 2 (5.13%) Remote Desktop
7 2 (5.13%) Skype
7 2 (5.13%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (41.03%) SQL Server
2 6 (15.38%) Relational Database
3 4 (10.26%) SQL Server 2012
4 3 (7.69%) SQL Server 2014
5 2 (5.13%) RDBMS
5 2 (5.13%) SQL Server 2008
5 2 (5.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (5.13%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (2.56%) Azure SQL Database
6 1 (2.56%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 6 (15.38%) StarTeam
2 3 (7.69%) Git (software)
2 3 (7.69%) Moq
2 3 (7.69%) NUnit
2 3 (7.69%) Selenium
2 3 (7.69%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 2 (5.13%) Manufacturing
2 1 (2.56%) Banking
2 1 (2.56%) Finance
Job Titles
1 6 (15.38%) Analyst
2 5 (12.82%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 5 (12.82%) Test Analyst
3 4 (10.26%) Wintel Engineer
4 3 (7.69%) .NET Developer
4 3 (7.69%) Active Directory Engineer
4 3 (7.69%) Administrator
4 3 (7.69%) C# .NET Developer
4 3 (7.69%) C# Developer
4 3 (7.69%) DBA
4 3 (7.69%) Developer
4 3 (7.69%) SQL DBA
5 2 (5.13%) Consultant
5 2 (5.13%) Infrastructure Analyst
5 2 (5.13%) IT Administrator
5 2 (5.13%) IT Systems Administrator
5 2 (5.13%) Microsoft Developer
5 2 (5.13%) SQL Developer
5 2 (5.13%) SQL Server DBA
5 2 (5.13%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (7.69%) .NET
1 3 (7.69%) .NET Framework
1 3 (7.69%) AngularJS
1 3 (7.69%) ASP.NET
1 3 (7.69%) ASP.NET MVC
1 3 (7.69%) Entity Framework
1 3 (7.69%) jQuery
1 3 (7.69%) Unity DI Container
Miscellaneous
1 17 (43.59%) Clustering
2 9 (23.08%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (12.82%) Replication
4 4 (10.26%) PKI
5 3 (7.69%) Enterprise Software
6 2 (5.13%) Computer Science
6 2 (5.13%) Data Centre
6 2 (5.13%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 21 (53.85%) Windows
2 15 (38.46%) Windows Server 2008
3 14 (35.90%) Windows Server 2003
3 14 (35.90%) Windows Server 2012
4 7 (17.95%) Windows 7
5 6 (15.38%) AIX
5 6 (15.38%) Windows XP
6 5 (12.82%) Windows 10
6 5 (12.82%) Windows Server
7 2 (5.13%) Linux
8 1 (2.56%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (17.95%) Change Management
1 7 (17.95%) Server Virtualisation
2 6 (15.38%) Change Control
2 6 (15.38%) Disaster Recovery
2 6 (15.38%) ITIL
2 6 (15.38%) Test Scripting
2 6 (15.38%) Time Management
3 5 (12.82%) Server Building
3 5 (12.82%) Smoke Testing
3 5 (12.82%) Software Testing
4 3 (7.69%) Agile Software Development
4 3 (7.69%) Infrastructure Monitoring
4 3 (7.69%) MVC
4 3 (7.69%) OO
4 3 (7.69%) OOD
4 3 (7.69%) Performance Tuning
4 3 (7.69%) Service Design
4 3 (7.69%) Supplier Management
4 3 (7.69%) TDD
4 3 (7.69%) Virtual Environments
Programming Languages
1 15 (38.46%) SQL
2 5 (12.82%) PowerShell
3 3 (7.69%) C#
3 3 (7.69%) JavaScript
4 1 (2.56%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 21 (53.85%) MCSE
2 13 (33.33%) MCSA
3 12 (30.77%) MCTS
4 11 (28.21%) MCITP
5 9 (23.08%) Security Cleared
6 8 (20.51%) Degree
7 6 (15.38%) ISTQB
7 6 (15.38%) SC Cleared
8 5 (12.82%) BPSS Clearance
8 5 (12.82%) MCP
9 4 (10.26%) MCAD
10 3 (7.69%) ITIL Certification
10 3 (7.69%) MCSD
11 2 (5.13%) CISSP
11 2 (5.13%) MCDBA
12 1 (2.56%) CISM
12 1 (2.56%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (7.69%) QA
2 2 (5.13%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (2.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (2.56%) SLA
System Software
1 12 (30.77%) Active Directory
2 7 (17.95%) Hyper-V
2 7 (17.95%) vSphere
3 6 (15.38%) Veritas Volume Manager
4 3 (7.69%) Microsoft App-V
4 3 (7.69%) XenApp
5 2 (5.13%) VMware Infrastructure
6 1 (2.56%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 7 (17.95%) SCCM
2 6 (15.38%) McAfee ePO
2 6 (15.38%) Microsoft Clustering
2 6 (15.38%) NetBackup
2 6 (15.38%) Netcool
3 3 (7.69%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 2 (5.13%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
4 2 (5.13%) SCOM
4 2 (5.13%) SCVMM
4 2 (5.13%) SnapMirror
4 2 (5.13%) WSUS
5 1 (2.56%) FortiGate
5 1 (2.56%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 31 (79.49%) Microsoft
2 15 (38.46%) Citrix
3 12 (30.77%) Veritas
4 8 (20.51%) VMware
5 7 (17.95%) HP
6 6 (15.38%) Intel Security
7 3 (7.69%) Avaya
7 3 (7.69%) Cisco
8 2 (5.13%) Dell
8 2 (5.13%) NetApp
8 2 (5.13%) Palo Alto
8 2 (5.13%) Riverbed
8 2 (5.13%) Veeam
8 2 (5.13%) WatchGuard
9 1 (2.56%) CA
9 1 (2.56%) CheckPoint
9 1 (2.56%) Red Hat
9 1 (2.56%) Symantec
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