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 1 October 2014 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
1 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 7 7 13
Rank change year-on-year
0 +6
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 369 319 243
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 13.52% 12.63% 9.42%
As % of the Vendors category 30.00% 29.81% 24.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 196 135 105
Average daily rate
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£325 £350 £283
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.14% +23.89%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £146 £95
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+6.15% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 24 37
Average hourly rate £12.25 £13.20 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.17% -20.01%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.90 £9.25 £9.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.40 £34.55 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £13.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -12.90%
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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
1230 1070 1012
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 45.05% 42.36% 39.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 657 524 440
Average daily rate £350 £360 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.84% +10.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £218 £213 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 36 78
Average hourly rate £17.25 £17.00 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.47% -19.04%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £9.25 £10.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.75 £38.20 £42.05
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £18.50 £18.75
% change year-on-year
+2.70% -1.33%

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 1 October 2014.

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 1 October 2014.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Histogram in Scotland

Microsoft
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 1 October 2014. 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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statistics and historical trends)
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
Glasgow +3 132 £328 +5.64% 25
Edinburgh -8 86 £350 -6.66% 31
Renfrewshire +3 69 £330 -7.04% 1
Aberdeen -7 12 £300 +9.09% 11
North Lanarkshire -1 6 £300 +54.83% 2
Highlands - 6 £118 -
West Lothian 0 5 £228 -35.00% 2
Dundee +9 4 £100 -43.66% 1
Stirling - 4 £95 - 1
Fife -4 2 - - 2
Scottish Borders - 2 £328 -
West Dunbartonshire - 1 - -
South Lanarkshire - - - - 1
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Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, 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.

1 297 (41.77%) Windows
2 221 (31.08%) Security Cleared
3 201 (28.27%) SC Cleared
4 188 (26.44%) MS Excel
5 164 (23.07%) SQL
6 160 (22.50%) .NET
7 145 (20.39%) Active Directory
8 135 (18.99%) MS Office
9 130 (18.28%) SQL Server
10 124 (17.44%) C#
11 120 (16.88%) Finance
12 109 (15.33%) HP
13 105 (14.77%) Windows Server 2008
14 90 (12.66%) Microsoft Certification
15 88 (12.38%) SharePoint
16 87 (12.24%) Windows 7
17 77 (10.83%) HTML
18 76 (10.69%) ITIL
18 76 (10.69%) VMware
19 74 (10.41%) Oracle
20 72 (10.13%) ASP.NET
20 72 (10.13%) Project Management
21 71 (9.99%) Windows Server 2003
21 71 (9.99%) MS Project
22 66 (9.28%) JavaScript
23 65 (9.14%) Citrix
24 64 (9.00%) PowerShell
25 60 (8.44%) SCCM
26 57 (8.02%) XML
27 55 (7.74%) UNIX

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, 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 88 (12.38%) SharePoint
2 54 (7.59%) MS Exchange
3 32 (4.50%) IIS
4 17 (2.39%) Lync
4 17 (2.39%) Exchange Server 2003
5 16 (2.25%) SharePoint 2013
6 15 (2.11%) WebSphere
7 14 (1.97%) Oracle Workflow
8 13 (1.83%) SharePoint 2010
9 11 (1.55%) Exchange Server 2007
9 11 (1.55%) Exchange Server 2010
10 10 (1.41%) MS Project Server
11 8 (1.13%) CMS
11 8 (1.13%) CICS
11 8 (1.13%) Exchange Server 2013
12 7 (0.98%) IBM Notes
13 5 (0.70%) SAS
14 4 (0.56%) Lotus Domino
14 4 (0.56%) WebLogic
15 3 (0.42%) Tomcat
Applications
1 188 (26.44%) MS Excel
2 135 (18.99%) MS Office
3 71 (9.99%) MS Project
4 27 (3.80%) MS PowerPoint
5 22 (3.09%) MS Visio
6 10 (1.41%) InfoPath
7 8 (1.13%) Spreadsheet
8 5 (0.70%) Photoshop
8 5 (0.70%) Adobe Illustrator
9 1 (0.14%) Adobe Captivate
Business Applications
1 22 (3.09%) Dynamics CRM
2 17 (2.39%) Dynamics AX
3 13 (1.83%) Oracle EBS
4 5 (0.70%) SAP HR
5 4 (0.56%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 4 (0.56%) Oracle BPM
6 3 (0.42%) CSG Singleview
6 3 (0.42%) Oracle Applications
6 3 (0.42%) Cognos TM1
7 2 (0.28%) JDE EnterpriseOne
7 2 (0.28%) Oracle Receivables
7 2 (0.28%) Oracle EBS R12
8 1 (0.14%) Eagle STAR
8 1 (0.14%) Remedy ITSM
8 1 (0.14%) Oracle 11i
8 1 (0.14%) Oracle ERP
8 1 (0.14%) Dynamics NAV
8 1 (0.14%) assyst
8 1 (0.14%) Cognos Business Intelligence
Cloud Services
1 10 (1.41%) Office 365
2 3 (0.42%) Cloud Computing
2 3 (0.42%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 53 (7.45%) DNS
2 45 (6.33%) SAN
3 41 (5.77%) TCP/IP
4 37 (5.20%) DHCP
5 18 (2.53%) HTTP
5 18 (2.53%) X.500
5 18 (2.53%) Firewall
6 14 (1.97%) LAN
7 13 (1.83%) LDAP
7 13 (1.83%) SNMP
7 13 (1.83%) Internet
8 12 (1.69%) SSL
8 12 (1.69%) WAN
9 10 (1.41%) Kerberos
9 10 (1.41%) VPN
9 10 (1.41%) NAS
10 7 (0.98%) Intranet
11 6 (0.84%) VLAN
11 6 (0.84%) IPv4
12 5 (0.70%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 130 (18.28%) SQL Server
2 36 (5.06%) SQL Server 2008
3 32 (4.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 28 (3.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 13 (1.83%) SQL Server 2005
6 11 (1.55%) DB2
7 7 (0.98%) Data Warehouse
7 7 (0.98%) MS Access
8 6 (0.84%) SQL Server 2000
8 6 (0.84%) Relational Database
8 6 (0.84%) QlikView
9 5 (0.70%) Oracle Database
9 5 (0.70%) SQL Server 2012
9 5 (0.70%) Oracle Reports
10 4 (0.56%) InterSystems Cache
10 4 (0.56%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 3 (0.42%) Oracle Database 11g
11 3 (0.42%) OLAP
11 3 (0.42%) Cognos Impromptu
11 3 (0.42%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 40 (5.63%) Visual Studio
2 15 (2.11%) QuickTest Pro
3 9 (1.27%) MSI
4 6 (0.84%) TestDirector
4 6 (0.84%) Microsoft Blend
4 6 (0.84%) Team Foundation Server
5 5 (0.70%) GoogleTest
5 5 (0.70%) WinRunner
6 4 (0.56%) Subversion
6 4 (0.56%) ReSharper
6 4 (0.56%) InstallShield
6 4 (0.56%) CppUnit
7 3 (0.42%) Git (software)
8 2 (0.28%) Introscope
8 2 (0.28%) AdminStudio
8 2 (0.28%) ClearCase
8 2 (0.28%) Cucumber
8 2 (0.28%) Balsamiq Mockups
8 2 (0.28%) Rational Rhapsody
8 2 (0.28%) Mercurial
General
1 120 (16.88%) Finance
2 55 (7.74%) Banking
3 14 (1.97%) Advertising
4 7 (0.98%) Back Office
5 5 (0.70%) Telecoms
5 5 (0.70%) Publishing
5 5 (0.70%) Financial Institution
5 5 (0.70%) Front Office
5 5 (0.70%) Retail
6 4 (0.56%) Investment Banking
6 4 (0.56%) Aerospace
6 4 (0.56%) Pharmaceutical
7 3 (0.42%) Retail Banking
7 3 (0.42%) International Banking
8 2 (0.28%) Marketing
9 1 (0.14%) Games
9 1 (0.14%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.14%) French Language
9 1 (0.14%) German Language
9 1 (0.14%) Billing
Job Titles
1 153 (21.52%) Developer
2 103 (14.49%) Analyst
3 42 (5.91%) .NET Developer
4 27 (3.80%) Support Analyst
4 27 (3.80%) C# Developer
4 27 (3.80%) Wintel Engineer
5 26 (3.66%) Support Engineer
6 25 (3.52%) Consultant
7 24 (3.38%) Project Manager
7 24 (3.38%) Desktop Engineer
8 22 (3.09%) Desktop Support
9 20 (2.81%) 2nd Line Support
10 19 (2.67%) SharePoint Developer
11 18 (2.53%) Applications Packager
11 18 (2.53%) WPF Developer
12 17 (2.39%) Architect
12 17 (2.39%) Administrator
13 15 (2.11%) Applications Support
14 14 (1.97%) Desktop Support Engineer
14 14 (1.97%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 160 (22.50%) .NET
2 77 (10.83%) HTML
3 72 (10.13%) ASP.NET
4 57 (8.02%) XML
5 39 (5.49%) .NET Framework
6 33 (4.64%) WPF
7 28 (3.94%) Application Packaging
7 28 (3.94%) CSS
8 25 (3.52%) jQuery
9 23 (3.23%) JSP
10 20 (2.81%) WCF
11 19 (2.67%) Web Services
12 18 (2.53%) STL
13 17 (2.39%) Software Packaging
14 14 (1.97%) WinForms
15 12 (1.69%) SOAP
15 12 (1.69%) LINQ
16 11 (1.55%) DCOM
17 10 (1.41%) JSON
17 10 (1.41%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 44 (6.19%) Analytical Skills
2 31 (4.36%) Replication
3 18 (2.53%) Management Information System
3 18 (2.53%) Enterprise Software
4 17 (2.39%) Clustering
4 17 (2.39%) Computer Science
5 15 (2.11%) CMDB
6 14 (1.97%) Mainframe
7 13 (1.83%) Enterprise Storage
7 13 (1.83%) User Experience
8 10 (1.41%) PDA
9 9 (1.27%) IBM Mainframe
9 9 (1.27%) Blackberry
9 9 (1.27%) PKI
10 6 (0.84%) Thin Client
10 6 (0.84%) Video Conferencing
10 6 (0.84%) Fat Client
10 6 (0.84%) iPhone
11 5 (0.70%) EqualLogic
11 5 (0.70%) Device Driver
Operating Systems
1 297 (41.77%) Windows
2 105 (14.77%) Windows Server 2008
3 87 (12.24%) Windows 7
4 71 (9.99%) Windows Server 2003
5 55 (7.74%) UNIX
6 42 (5.91%) Windows XP
7 35 (4.92%) Linux
8 18 (2.53%) Windows Server 2012
9 15 (2.11%) AIX
10 10 (1.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 8 (1.13%) zOS
11 8 (1.13%) Windows 2000
11 8 (1.13%) Windows 8
12 7 (0.98%) Mac OS
12 7 (0.98%) Windows Vista
13 6 (0.84%) Android
14 4 (0.56%) Windows 2000 Server
15 3 (0.42%) Apple iOS
15 3 (0.42%) Solaris
15 3 (0.42%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 76 (10.69%) ITIL
2 72 (10.13%) Project Management
3 45 (6.33%) Agile Software Development
4 39 (5.49%) Workflow
5 36 (5.06%) Migration
6 35 (4.92%) Change Management
7 33 (4.64%) Mentoring
8 32 (4.50%) CRM
9 26 (3.66%) PRINCE2
10 23 (3.23%) Unit Testing
11 22 (3.09%) Stakeholder Management
12 20 (2.81%) Service Delivery
13 19 (2.67%) TDD
14 18 (2.53%) OO
15 17 (2.39%) Software Testing
16 16 (2.25%) ETL
17 15 (2.11%) MVVM
17 15 (2.11%) Test Scripting
17 15 (2.11%) Business Intelligence
17 15 (2.11%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 164 (23.07%) SQL
2 124 (17.44%) C#
3 66 (9.28%) JavaScript
4 64 (9.00%) PowerShell
5 55 (7.74%) VBScript
6 37 (5.20%) T-SQL
7 34 (4.78%) VBA
8 26 (3.66%) C++
9 25 (3.52%) Perl
10 22 (3.09%) VB
11 15 (2.11%) Java
12 9 (1.27%) Shell Script
13 7 (0.98%) C
13 7 (0.98%) XAML
14 5 (0.70%) VB.NET
14 5 (0.70%) Tcl
15 4 (0.56%) REXX
16 3 (0.42%) PHP
16 3 (0.42%) Python
16 3 (0.42%) AWK
Qualifications
1 221 (31.08%) Security Cleared
2 201 (28.27%) SC Cleared
3 90 (12.66%) Microsoft Certification
4 40 (5.63%) Degree
5 36 (5.06%) MCP
5 36 (5.06%) ISTQB
6 35 (4.92%) MCTS
7 25 (3.52%) DV Cleared
8 23 (3.23%) MCITP
9 21 (2.95%) MCSE
10 20 (2.81%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 12 (1.69%) MCSA
12 11 (1.55%) PMI Certification
13 10 (1.41%) Cisco Certification
13 10 (1.41%) PMP
14 8 (1.13%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 6 (0.84%) ISEB
15 6 (0.84%) ITIL Certification
16 5 (0.70%) MCSD
17 4 (0.56%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (3.80%) QA
2 25 (3.52%) SLA
3 5 (0.70%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.28%) COBIT
4 2 (0.28%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 145 (20.39%) Active Directory
2 34 (4.78%) VMware Infrastructure
3 31 (4.36%) Microsoft App-V
4 21 (2.95%) vSphere
5 16 (2.25%) XenApp
6 13 (1.83%) VMware ESX
7 12 (1.69%) Firmware
7 12 (1.69%) Hyper-V
8 8 (1.13%) SRDF
9 4 (0.56%) VMware ESXi
10 3 (0.42%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 3 (0.42%) vCloud
10 3 (0.42%) MetaFrame
10 3 (0.42%) Terminal Services
11 2 (0.28%) VMware Workstation
11 2 (0.28%) VMware Server
11 2 (0.28%) DFS Replication
11 2 (0.28%) XenDesktop
12 1 (0.14%) XenServer
12 1 (0.14%) Veritas Volume Manager
Systems Management
1 60 (8.44%) SCCM
2 39 (5.49%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 22 (3.09%) SCOM
3 22 (3.09%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 17 (2.39%) Tivoli
5 11 (1.55%) HP Quality Center
6 9 (1.27%) NetBackup
7 7 (0.98%) Unicenter
7 7 (0.98%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 6 (0.84%) WSUS
8 6 (0.84%) MIIS
8 6 (0.84%) MOM
8 6 (0.84%) BMC PATROL
8 6 (0.84%) Control-M
8 6 (0.84%) Norton AntiVirus
9 5 (0.70%) McAfee ePO
9 5 (0.70%) HP SiteScope
9 5 (0.70%) Tivoli NetView
9 5 (0.70%) Netcool
9 5 (0.70%) OMEGAMON
Vendors
1 109 (15.33%) HP
2 76 (10.69%) VMware
3 74 (10.41%) Oracle
4 65 (9.14%) Citrix
5 55 (7.74%) IBM
6 24 (3.38%) Altiris
7 21 (2.95%) BMC
8 17 (2.39%) Symantec
9 16 (2.25%) Dell
9 16 (2.25%) ArcSight
10 15 (2.11%) EMC
11 14 (1.97%) Cisco
12 11 (1.55%) CA
12 11 (1.55%) Kofax
13 10 (1.41%) Business Objects
14 9 (1.27%) Cognos
14 9 (1.27%) SAP
15 8 (1.13%) McAfee
15 8 (1.13%) Red Hat
15 8 (1.13%) Lotus
Dundee
Claremont Consulting Limited
Rate: £100 - £200 per day
Posted: 18 hours ago
Gourock, Renfrewshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £300.00 - £350.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Edinburgh, Midlothian
G2 Recruitment Solutions Ltd.
Rate: Market rate paid weekly
Posted: Yesterday
Edinburgh, Midlothian
TEKsystems
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Clackmannanshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £1 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Dumfries
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
Glasgow
Cathcart Associates
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
Aberdeen
Claremont Consulting Limited
Rate: £100 - £110 per annum
Posted: 11 days ago
Edinburgh
Mint Recruitment Solutions
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 15 days ago
Glasgow
Cathcart Associates
Rate: £10.00 - £14.00 per hour
Posted: 19 days ago
Edinburgh
Real Staffing
Rate: £400 - £500 per day + competitive
Posted: 21 days ago
Edinburgh
Real Staffing
Rate: £400 - £500 per day + competitive
Posted: 21 days ago
Glasgow
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 26 days ago
Aberdeen
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 27 days ago