The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the Scotland region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 31 March 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

The figures below represent the IT contractor job market in general and are NOT representative of contractor rates within the Microsoft Corporation.

Location
3 months to
31 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 11 10 10
Rank change year-on-year
-1 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 325 289 231
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 10.84% 11.54% 10.90%
As % of the Vendors category 29.33% 28.31% 22.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 180 115 116
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.51% +10.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £110 £128 £123
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £413
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £329 £325
% change year-on-year
+6.54% +1.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 10 10
Average hourly rate £16.00 £12.75 £11.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.49% +13.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.62 £9.99 £9.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.50 £16.54 £14.70
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.00 £14.63
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -4.27%
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Vendors category in contract jobs advertised in the Scotland region.

Vendors Category
Scotland
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
1108 1021 1005
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 36.97% 40.76% 47.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 590 465 483
Average daily rate £375 £370 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.35% +5.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £191 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 23 30
Average hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £14.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +12.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.06 £10.00 £9.78
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £29.30 £44.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-2.85% -2.77%

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in Scotland

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft across the Scotland region as a proportion of the total demand within the Vendors category.

Microsoft Jobs Demand Trend in Scotland

Microsoft
Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

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

Microsoft Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in Scotland

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the Scotland region over the 3 months to 31 March 2015.

Microsoft Daily Rate Histogram in Scotland

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

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

Microsoft Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram in Scotland

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the Scotland region over the 3 months to 31 March 2015.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Histogram in Scotland

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Contract Job Locations in Scotland

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the Scotland region over the 3 months to 31 March 2015. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Edinburgh +2 107 £316 +0.39% 40
Glasgow -2 102 £338 -3.57% 37
Renfrewshire 0 37 £347 -2.53%
Aberdeen +1 24 £230 -26.40% 4
Stirling +7 15 £350 -
West Lothian -5 6 £110 - 5
Fife -1 4 £218 -33.07% 2
Scottish Borders - 3 £128 - 1
Dundee +2 2 £318 +80.14% 2
Falkirk - - - -
Perthshire - - - -
Ayrshire - - - -
West Dunbartonshire - - - -
South Lanarkshire - - - - 1
Argyll and Bute - - - - 1
Dumfries and Galloway - - - -
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Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 31 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Scotland region citing Microsoft also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Microsoft.

1 212 (36.74%) Windows
2 167 (28.94%) MS Excel
3 135 (23.40%) Finance
4 131 (22.70%) MS Office
5 126 (21.84%) SQL
6 112 (19.41%) SQL Server
7 98 (16.98%) Active Directory
8 93 (16.12%) Security Cleared
9 88 (15.25%) SC Cleared
10 78 (13.52%) .NET
11 77 (13.34%) VMware
12 74 (12.82%) C#
12 74 (12.82%) SharePoint
13 71 (12.31%) Microsoft Certification
14 66 (11.44%) Windows 7
15 62 (10.75%) ITIL
16 59 (10.23%) Windows Server 2008
17 57 (9.88%) HP
18 51 (8.84%) ASP.NET
19 50 (8.67%) Project Management
20 47 (8.15%) Windows XP
21 45 (7.80%) Change Management
22 44 (7.63%) SCCM
22 44 (7.63%) VMware Infrastructure
23 43 (7.45%) MS Exchange
23 43 (7.45%) MS Project
24 42 (7.28%) Migration
25 41 (7.11%) Windows Server 2003
25 41 (7.11%) PRINCE2
25 41 (7.11%) Analytical Skills

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 31 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Scotland region citing Microsoft also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Microsoft. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 74 (12.82%) SharePoint
2 43 (7.45%) MS Exchange
3 16 (2.77%) IIS
3 16 (2.77%) SharePoint 2010
4 15 (2.60%) Exchange Server 2010
5 14 (2.43%) MS Project Server
6 12 (2.08%) Oracle Workflow
7 11 (1.91%) Exchange Server 2007
8 10 (1.73%) Lync
9 9 (1.56%) Exchange Server 2013
10 7 (1.21%) SharePoint 2013
10 7 (1.21%) Exchange Server 2003
11 5 (0.87%) SharePoint Server
11 5 (0.87%) CMS
12 3 (0.52%) WebSphere Application Server
12 3 (0.52%) WebSphere
13 2 (0.35%) IBM Notes
13 2 (0.35%) Lotus Domino
14 1 (0.17%) JBoss
14 1 (0.17%) SAS
Applications
1 167 (28.94%) MS Excel
2 131 (22.70%) MS Office
3 43 (7.45%) MS Project
4 33 (5.72%) MS PowerPoint
5 12 (2.08%) InfoPath
6 11 (1.91%) MS Visio
7 6 (1.04%) Adobe Captivate
8 3 (0.52%) Spreadsheet
8 3 (0.52%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 2 (0.35%) Photoshop
10 1 (0.17%) PowerPivot
10 1 (0.17%) Adobe Illustrator
10 1 (0.17%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 19 (3.29%) Dynamics CRM
2 15 (2.60%) Oracle EBS
3 12 (2.08%) Oracle Applications
3 12 (2.08%) Dynamics AX
3 12 (2.08%) Oracle EBS R12
4 3 (0.52%) Maximo
5 2 (0.35%) Oracle Financials
6 1 (0.17%) SAP SD
6 1 (0.17%) MultiFonds
6 1 (0.17%) assyst
6 1 (0.17%) FRx
6 1 (0.17%) Eagle STAR
Cloud Services
1 8 (1.39%) Office 365
2 6 (1.04%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (0.52%) SaaS
4 2 (0.35%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.17%) PaaS
5 1 (0.17%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 24 (4.16%) DNS
1 24 (4.16%) SAN
2 19 (3.29%) LAN
2 19 (3.29%) Firewall
3 15 (2.60%) TCP/IP
3 15 (2.60%) DHCP
4 14 (2.43%) WAN
5 12 (2.08%) HTTP
6 10 (1.73%) LDAP
7 9 (1.56%) NAS
8 6 (1.04%) VPN
8 6 (1.04%) Wi-Fi
9 5 (0.87%) 802.11
9 5 (0.87%) NetScaler
9 5 (0.87%) Intranet
9 5 (0.87%) Internet
9 5 (0.87%) SSL
10 4 (0.69%) Kerberos
10 4 (0.69%) X.500
11 3 (0.52%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 112 (19.41%) SQL Server
2 35 (6.07%) SQL Server 2008
3 30 (5.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 23 (3.99%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 15 (2.60%) SQL Server 2005
5 15 (2.60%) Oracle Reports
6 12 (2.08%) MS Access
6 12 (2.08%) Oracle BI Publisher
7 9 (1.56%) SQL Server 2012
7 9 (1.56%) Data Warehouse
8 8 (1.39%) Oracle BI EE
9 7 (1.21%) Oracle Database
10 6 (1.04%) QlikView
11 5 (0.87%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 5 (0.87%) EDRMS
12 4 (0.69%) Oracle Database 11g
13 3 (0.52%) BusinessObjects
14 2 (0.35%) SQL Server 2000
14 2 (0.35%) Data Mining
14 2 (0.35%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 39 (6.76%) Visual Studio
2 16 (2.77%) WinRunner
2 16 (2.77%) TestDirector
2 16 (2.77%) QuickTest Pro
3 3 (0.52%) MSI
3 3 (0.52%) MorphX
3 3 (0.52%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (0.35%) Rational Rhapsody
4 2 (0.35%) Selenium
4 2 (0.35%) Toad
4 2 (0.35%) Dreamweaver
4 2 (0.35%) InstallShield
4 2 (0.35%) AdminStudio
5 1 (0.17%) C++Builder
5 1 (0.17%) Subversion
5 1 (0.17%) JDeveloper
5 1 (0.17%) Metasploit
5 1 (0.17%) JIRA
5 1 (0.17%) Oracle APEX
5 1 (0.17%) Robot Framework
General
1 135 (23.40%) Finance
2 32 (5.55%) Banking
3 11 (1.91%) Advertising
4 5 (0.87%) Investment Banking
5 4 (0.69%) Retail
6 3 (0.52%) Retail Banking
6 3 (0.52%) Manufacturing
6 3 (0.52%) Marketing
6 3 (0.52%) Back Office
7 2 (0.35%) Telecoms
7 2 (0.35%) Front Office
8 1 (0.17%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.17%) Publishing
8 1 (0.17%) Military
8 1 (0.17%) Law
8 1 (0.17%) Legal
8 1 (0.17%) International Banking
8 1 (0.17%) Billing
Job Titles
1 130 (22.53%) Analyst
2 105 (18.20%) Developer
3 36 (6.24%) Support Analyst
4 32 (5.55%) Consultant
5 30 (5.20%) Project Manager
5 30 (5.20%) Business Analyst
5 30 (5.20%) Support Engineer
6 28 (4.85%) 2nd Line Support
7 25 (4.33%) Service Analyst
8 24 (4.16%) Architect
8 24 (4.16%) Service Desk Analyst
9 19 (3.29%) Test Analyst
9 19 (3.29%) .NET Developer
10 18 (3.12%) Wintel Engineer
11 15 (2.60%) Coordinator
12 14 (2.43%) Desktop Support
12 14 (2.43%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
13 13 (2.25%) Software Developer
13 13 (2.25%) Desktop Engineer
14 12 (2.08%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 78 (13.52%) .NET
2 51 (8.84%) ASP.NET
3 37 (6.41%) HTML
4 36 (6.24%) XML
5 29 (5.03%) .NET Framework
6 23 (3.99%) CSS
7 12 (2.08%) jQuery
8 10 (1.73%) FIX Protocol
9 9 (1.56%) STL
10 8 (1.39%) Classic ASP
10 8 (1.39%) Application Packaging
10 8 (1.39%) HTML5
11 7 (1.21%) WCF
12 6 (1.04%) OLE DB
12 6 (1.04%) NHibernate
12 6 (1.04%) ASP.NET MVC
12 6 (1.04%) CSS3
12 6 (1.04%) COM+
12 6 (1.04%) DCOM
12 6 (1.04%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 41 (7.11%) Analytical Skills
2 28 (4.85%) Clustering
3 20 (3.47%) Management Information System
4 18 (3.12%) Replication
4 18 (3.12%) PDA
5 12 (2.08%) Computer Science
6 7 (1.21%) Enterprise Storage
6 7 (1.21%) E-Learning
7 6 (1.04%) PKI
7 6 (1.04%) Thin Client
7 6 (1.04%) Fat Client
8 5 (0.87%) Enterprise Software
8 5 (0.87%) iSeries
8 5 (0.87%) PMI
9 4 (0.69%) Client/Server
9 4 (0.69%) Device Driver
9 4 (0.69%) Social Media
9 4 (0.69%) iPad
9 4 (0.69%) CESG
10 3 (0.52%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 212 (36.74%) Windows
2 66 (11.44%) Windows 7
3 59 (10.23%) Windows Server 2008
4 47 (8.15%) Windows XP
5 41 (7.11%) Windows Server 2003
6 26 (4.51%) Windows Server 2012
7 22 (3.81%) Windows 8
8 20 (3.47%) Linux
8 20 (3.47%) AIX
9 12 (2.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 8 (1.39%) UNIX
11 5 (0.87%) Solaris
12 2 (0.35%) Windows 2000
12 2 (0.35%) Mac OS X
12 2 (0.35%) Windows Vista
13 1 (0.17%) Android
13 1 (0.17%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 62 (10.75%) ITIL
2 50 (8.67%) Project Management
3 45 (7.80%) Change Management
4 42 (7.28%) Migration
5 41 (7.11%) PRINCE2
6 38 (6.59%) Business Intelligence
6 38 (6.59%) Test Scripting
7 34 (5.89%) Agile Software Development
8 26 (4.51%) CRM
9 20 (3.47%) Data Analysis
10 19 (3.29%) Software Testing
10 19 (3.29%) ETL
10 19 (3.29%) Stakeholder Management
10 19 (3.29%) Test Automation
11 18 (3.12%) User Acceptance Testing
11 18 (3.12%) Disaster Recovery
11 18 (3.12%) Programme Management
12 16 (2.77%) Validation
12 16 (2.77%) Service Management
12 16 (2.77%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 126 (21.84%) SQL
2 74 (12.82%) C#
3 35 (6.07%) JavaScript
4 31 (5.37%) T-SQL
5 29 (5.03%) VBA
6 24 (4.16%) VBScript
7 22 (3.81%) PowerShell
8 16 (2.77%) C++
9 13 (2.25%) PL/SQL
10 11 (1.91%) VB
11 8 (1.39%) Java
12 4 (0.69%) C
12 4 (0.69%) X++
12 4 (0.69%) VB6
13 3 (0.52%) REXX
13 3 (0.52%) Tcl
14 2 (0.35%) Perl
14 2 (0.35%) VB.NET
15 1 (0.17%) Delphi
15 1 (0.17%) PHP
Qualifications
1 93 (16.12%) Security Cleared
2 88 (15.25%) SC Cleared
3 71 (12.31%) Microsoft Certification
4 36 (6.24%) Degree
5 34 (5.89%) MCITP
5 34 (5.89%) MCSE
6 30 (5.20%) MCSA
7 19 (3.29%) MCTS
8 18 (3.12%) ISTQB
9 16 (2.77%) ISEB
10 12 (2.08%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 11 (1.91%) MCP
12 9 (1.56%) PMI Certification
12 9 (1.56%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 7 (1.21%) DV Cleared
13 7 (1.21%) PMP
14 5 (0.87%) ITIL Certification
14 5 (0.87%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 5 (0.87%) HND
15 4 (0.69%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (2.43%) QA
2 11 (1.91%) SLA
3 1 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.17%) HL7
3 1 (0.17%) EMIR
3 1 (0.17%) AIFMD
3 1 (0.17%) UCITS
System Software
1 98 (16.98%) Active Directory
2 44 (7.63%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (3.47%) Hyper-V
4 19 (3.29%) VMware ESX
5 7 (1.21%) Microsoft App-V
5 7 (1.21%) XenApp
6 5 (0.87%) vSphere
6 5 (0.87%) Firmware
7 4 (0.69%) VMware ESXi
7 4 (0.69%) MetaFrame
7 4 (0.69%) XenDesktop
8 3 (0.52%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 2 (0.35%) VMware Server
10 1 (0.17%) Forefront TMG
Systems Management
1 44 (7.63%) SCCM
2 28 (4.85%) HP Quality Center
3 16 (2.77%) McAfee ePO
4 15 (2.60%) Netcool
5 14 (2.43%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 11 (1.91%) SCOM
7 8 (1.39%) NetBackup
8 6 (1.04%) WMI
8 6 (1.04%) WSUS
9 5 (0.87%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
10 4 (0.69%) Backup Exec
11 3 (0.52%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 3 (0.52%) DameWare
12 2 (0.35%) Norton AntiVirus
12 2 (0.35%) BMC PATROL
12 2 (0.35%) SCSM
13 1 (0.17%) Nagios
13 1 (0.17%) Unicenter
13 1 (0.17%) Oracle RMAN
13 1 (0.17%) BMC Performance Manager
Vendors
1 77 (13.34%) VMware
2 57 (9.88%) HP
3 35 (6.07%) Citrix
4 34 (5.89%) Oracle
5 20 (3.47%) McAfee
6 19 (3.29%) Veritas
7 16 (2.77%) Adobe
8 15 (2.60%) Symantec
9 14 (2.43%) Dell
10 13 (2.25%) Business Objects
11 12 (2.08%) Sybase
12 11 (1.91%) Remedy
13 10 (1.73%) Red Hat
13 10 (1.73%) Cisco
14 8 (1.39%) IBM
15 7 (1.21%) CA
16 6 (1.04%) CommVault
16 6 (1.04%) NetApp
17 5 (0.87%) Tableau
17 5 (0.87%) SAP
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