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 13 February 2016 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
13 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft
Rank 7 11 12
Rank change year-on-year
+4 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 309 273 246
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 12.28% 10.29% 10.29%
As % of the Vendors category 29.71% 28.35% 26.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 160 152 87
Average daily rate £333 £329 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.06% +1.23%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £119 £100 £123
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £345 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.44% +6.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 12 12
Average hourly rate £16.00 £13.82 £13.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+15.77% +2.37%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.80 £11.11 £9.92
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.60 £17.78 £30.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.50 £14.00
% change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
Microsoft
UK

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
1040 963 926
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 41.34% 36.31% 38.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 556 517 411
Average daily rate £375 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £239 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 22 33
Average hourly rate £17.00 £15.77 £15.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.79% +0.12%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £11.30 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.10 £48.50 £30.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.50 £17.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+22.85% +6.06%

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 13 February 2016.

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
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 13 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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
Edinburgh +6 121 £375 -2.72% 32
Glasgow +4 76 £199 -37.43% 42
Renfrewshire +5 72 £340 -2.15% 6
Aberdeen +5 7 £475 +105.40% 2
North Lanarkshire +7 6 £150 -57.14%
Highlands +2 5 £110 +10.00% 1
Stirling -1 4 £375 +57.89%
West Lothian -1 3 £330 +206.97% 1
Scottish Borders 0 1 £105 -10.63%
Inverclyde -3 1 - -
West Dunbartonshire - 1 £200 -
South Ayrshire - 1 £350 -
Aberdeenshire - 1 £425 -
Microsoft
UK

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 13 February 2016, 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.

1 268 (43.58%) Windows
2 190 (30.89%) Active Directory
3 155 (25.20%) SQL Server
4 151 (24.55%) MS Excel
5 140 (22.76%) SQL
6 136 (22.11%) Security Cleared
7 134 (21.79%) Microsoft Certification
8 121 (19.67%) Windows Server 2008
8 121 (19.67%) Windows 7
8 121 (19.67%) Windows Server
9 119 (19.35%) Finance
10 110 (17.89%) VMware
11 94 (15.28%) SC Cleared
12 91 (14.80%) MS Office
13 88 (14.31%) Citrix
14 86 (13.98%) .NET
15 82 (13.33%) ITIL
16 78 (12.68%) MCTS
17 75 (12.20%) MCSE
18 74 (12.03%) SharePoint
19 73 (11.87%) DNS
20 71 (11.54%) Windows Server 2003
21 69 (11.22%) Hyper-V
22 68 (11.06%) Change Management
22 68 (11.06%) Migration
23 67 (10.89%) Agile Software Development
23 67 (10.89%) C#
24 65 (10.57%) SCCM
25 64 (10.41%) Windows Server 2012
26 60 (9.76%) MCSA

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 13 February 2016, 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 (12.03%) SharePoint
2 57 (9.27%) MS Exchange
3 30 (4.88%) IIS
4 24 (3.90%) Exchange Server 2010
4 24 (3.90%) Skype for Business
5 13 (2.11%) Elasticsearch
6 11 (1.79%) NServiceBus
6 11 (1.79%) WebSphere
7 10 (1.63%) Apache
7 10 (1.63%) Exchange Server 2007
7 10 (1.63%) OpenStack
7 10 (1.63%) Tomcat
8 9 (1.46%) Exchange Server 2013
9 8 (1.30%) JBoss
9 8 (1.30%) SharePoint 2010
10 7 (1.14%) Live Communications Server
10 7 (1.14%) Office Communications Server
10 7 (1.14%) SharePoint 2013
11 5 (0.81%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 5 (0.81%) SAS
Applications
1 151 (24.55%) MS Excel
2 91 (14.80%) MS Office
3 25 (4.07%) MS PowerPoint
3 25 (4.07%) MS Visio
4 19 (3.09%) MS Project
5 3 (0.49%) AutoCAD
6 2 (0.33%) Adobe Illustrator
6 2 (0.33%) Photoshop
6 2 (0.33%) PTC Creo
6 2 (0.33%) Siemens NX
7 1 (0.16%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.16%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.16%) InDesign
7 1 (0.16%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.16%) Pro/ENGINEER
7 1 (0.16%) SOLIDWORKS
7 1 (0.16%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 18 (2.93%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (1.14%) Markit EDM
3 5 (0.81%) assyst
3 5 (0.81%) Dynamics NAV
4 4 (0.65%) Dynamics AX
4 4 (0.65%) Teamcenter
5 3 (0.49%) BigMachines
5 3 (0.49%) Primavera
6 2 (0.33%) Eikon
6 2 (0.33%) Oracle EBS
6 2 (0.33%) Oracle EBS R12
6 2 (0.33%) thinkFolio
6 2 (0.33%) Unit4 Business World
7 1 (0.16%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 41 (6.67%) Microsoft Azure
2 21 (3.41%) Office 365
3 11 (1.79%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (0.65%) Cloud Computing
4 4 (0.65%) Google Analytics
5 3 (0.49%) OneDrive
5 3 (0.49%) PaaS
6 2 (0.33%) IaaS
7 1 (0.16%) GitHub
7 1 (0.16%) IBM Blueworks
Communications & Networking
1 73 (11.87%) DNS
2 41 (6.67%) DHCP
2 41 (6.67%) SAN
3 26 (4.23%) LDAP
4 20 (3.25%) Kerberos
4 20 (3.25%) X.500
5 18 (2.93%) TCP/IP
6 16 (2.60%) WAN
7 13 (2.11%) Firewall
8 12 (1.95%) NAS
9 11 (1.79%) HTTP
10 10 (1.63%) Skype
11 8 (1.30%) Internet
11 8 (1.30%) LAN
11 8 (1.30%) SNMP
11 8 (1.30%) SSL
12 7 (1.14%) HTTPS
12 7 (1.14%) iSCSI
12 7 (1.14%) NetScaler
13 6 (0.98%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 155 (25.20%) SQL Server
2 24 (3.90%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 19 (3.09%) Data Warehouse
3 19 (3.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 14 (2.28%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 11 (1.79%) SQL Server 2012
6 10 (1.63%) Relational Database
7 9 (1.46%) Oracle Database
8 8 (1.30%) MS Access
8 8 (1.30%) SQL Server 2014
9 7 (1.14%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 6 (0.98%) GIS
10 6 (0.98%) SQL Server 2005
11 5 (0.81%) HDInsight
11 5 (0.81%) Oracle Database 11g
11 5 (0.81%) SQL Server 2008
12 4 (0.65%) QGIS
12 4 (0.65%) Star Schema
13 3 (0.49%) Oracle Reports
13 3 (0.49%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 47 (7.64%) TestDirector
2 46 (7.48%) HP UFT
2 46 (7.48%) WinRunner
3 22 (3.58%) Visual Studio
4 14 (2.28%) Selenium
4 14 (2.28%) WebDriver
5 10 (1.63%) JIRA
6 8 (1.30%) Team Foundation Server
7 6 (0.98%) TeamCity
8 5 (0.81%) Subversion
9 4 (0.65%) NUnit
9 4 (0.65%) YouTrack
10 3 (0.49%) Eclipse
10 3 (0.49%) Fiddler
10 3 (0.49%) Git (software)
10 3 (0.49%) git-flow
10 3 (0.49%) Rational Rhapsody
10 3 (0.49%) ReSharper
10 3 (0.49%) SpecFlow
11 2 (0.33%) JUnit
General
1 119 (19.35%) Finance
2 47 (7.64%) Banking
3 11 (1.79%) Advertising
4 9 (1.46%) Law
4 9 (1.46%) Retail
5 8 (1.30%) Investment Banking
5 8 (1.30%) Manufacturing
6 5 (0.81%) Marketing
7 4 (0.65%) Back Office
7 4 (0.65%) Legal
7 4 (0.65%) Private Banking
7 4 (0.65%) Retail Banking
7 4 (0.65%) Telecoms
8 3 (0.49%) Financial Institution
8 3 (0.49%) Pharmaceutical
8 3 (0.49%) Publishing
9 2 (0.33%) Front Office
9 2 (0.33%) Norwegian Language
10 1 (0.16%) Games
10 1 (0.16%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 127 (20.65%) Analyst
2 77 (12.52%) Developer
3 56 (9.11%) Architect
4 51 (8.29%) Test Analyst
5 35 (5.69%) Consultant
6 31 (5.04%) Infrastructure Analyst
7 28 (4.55%) Active Directory Engineer
8 26 (4.23%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
9 25 (4.07%) Project Manager
9 25 (4.07%) Solutions Architect
10 23 (3.74%) Support Engineer
11 20 (3.25%) .NET Developer
11 20 (3.25%) Desktop Support
11 20 (3.25%) Support Analyst
12 19 (3.09%) IT Support
12 19 (3.09%) SQL Developer
13 15 (2.44%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 15 (2.44%) Technical Architect
14 13 (2.11%) 2nd Line Support
14 13 (2.11%) Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 86 (13.98%) .NET
2 50 (8.13%) HTML
3 42 (6.83%) ASP.NET
3 42 (6.83%) CSS
4 35 (5.69%) .NET Framework
5 24 (3.90%) Entity Framework
6 19 (3.09%) HTML5
7 18 (2.93%) Middleware
8 17 (2.76%) Web Services
9 16 (2.60%) jQuery
10 14 (2.28%) ASP.NET Web API
11 13 (2.11%) ASP.NET MVC
11 13 (2.11%) Razor View Engine
12 12 (1.95%) AngularJS
13 11 (1.79%) MSMQ
14 9 (1.46%) ASP.NET MVC 4
15 8 (1.30%) WCF
15 8 (1.30%) XML
16 7 (1.14%) LINQ
17 6 (0.98%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 58 (9.43%) Clustering
2 47 (7.64%) PDA
3 39 (6.34%) Analytical Skills
4 37 (6.02%) Data Centre
5 29 (4.72%) Computer Science
6 24 (3.90%) Replication
7 21 (3.41%) PKI
8 17 (2.76%) Management Information System
8 17 (2.76%) User Experience
9 15 (2.44%) Blackberry
10 11 (1.79%) NHS
11 8 (1.30%) Client/Server
11 8 (1.30%) Enterprise Software
11 8 (1.30%) Public Cloud
11 8 (1.30%) VLE
12 5 (0.81%) Inversion of Control
13 4 (0.65%) Celerra
13 4 (0.65%) CLARiiON
13 4 (0.65%) Hybrid Cloud
13 4 (0.65%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 268 (43.58%) Windows
2 121 (19.67%) Windows 7
2 121 (19.67%) Windows Server
2 121 (19.67%) Windows Server 2008
3 71 (11.54%) Windows Server 2003
4 64 (10.41%) Windows Server 2012
5 54 (8.78%) Windows XP
6 49 (7.97%) Linux
7 47 (7.64%) AIX
8 46 (7.48%) Unix
9 13 (2.11%) Windows 8
10 10 (1.63%) Windows 10
11 5 (0.81%) HPUX
11 5 (0.81%) Solaris
12 4 (0.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 3 (0.49%) Windows 2000
14 2 (0.33%) Android
14 2 (0.33%) Apple iOS
14 2 (0.33%) Mac OS X
15 1 (0.16%) Mac OS X Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 82 (13.33%) ITIL
2 68 (11.06%) Change Management
2 68 (11.06%) Migration
3 67 (10.89%) Agile Software Development
4 51 (8.29%) Software Testing
5 49 (7.97%) Test Scripting
6 46 (7.48%) Test Automation
7 45 (7.32%) Project Management
8 38 (6.18%) Stakeholder Management
9 32 (5.20%) Service Management
10 28 (4.55%) Validation
11 26 (4.23%) Asset Management
12 25 (4.07%) MVC
12 25 (4.07%) Scrum
12 25 (4.07%) Service Delivery
13 22 (3.58%) Mentoring
14 21 (3.41%) PRINCE2
15 20 (3.25%) CRM
16 18 (2.93%) Automated Testing
16 18 (2.93%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 140 (22.76%) SQL
2 67 (10.89%) C#
3 58 (9.43%) PowerShell
4 53 (8.62%) JavaScript
5 28 (4.55%) Java
6 25 (4.07%) T-SQL
7 13 (2.11%) VB
8 12 (1.95%) VBA
8 12 (1.95%) VBScript
9 9 (1.46%) Python
10 7 (1.14%) C++
11 6 (0.98%) PL/SQL
12 5 (0.81%) C
12 5 (0.81%) VB.NET
13 4 (0.65%) Jython
13 4 (0.65%) VB6
14 3 (0.49%) Perl
15 2 (0.33%) Shell Script
16 1 (0.16%) Ada
16 1 (0.16%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 136 (22.11%) Security Cleared
2 134 (21.79%) Microsoft Certification
3 94 (15.28%) SC Cleared
4 78 (12.68%) MCTS
5 75 (12.20%) MCSE
6 60 (9.76%) MCSA
7 54 (8.78%) ISTQB
8 51 (8.29%) Degree
9 49 (7.97%) MCITP
10 41 (6.67%) MCP
11 19 (3.09%) ISEB
12 10 (1.63%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 7 (1.14%) Citrix Certification
13 7 (1.14%) ITIL Certification
14 5 (0.81%) Cisco Certification
14 5 (0.81%) PMI Certification
15 4 (0.65%) DV Cleared
15 4 (0.65%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
15 4 (0.65%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 4 (0.65%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (3.58%) Disclosure Scotland
2 20 (3.25%) QA
3 12 (1.95%) SLA
4 10 (1.63%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.49%) GAMP
5 3 (0.49%) MiFID
System Software
1 190 (30.89%) Active Directory
2 69 (11.22%) Hyper-V
3 58 (9.43%) VMware Infrastructure
4 52 (8.46%) VMware ESX
5 21 (3.41%) Microsoft App-V
6 19 (3.09%) XenApp
7 16 (2.60%) XenDesktop
8 11 (1.79%) vSphere
9 10 (1.63%) Firmware
9 10 (1.63%) VMware ESXi
10 5 (0.81%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 4 (0.65%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 4 (0.65%) Xen
12 3 (0.49%) Terminal Services
13 2 (0.33%) Docker
14 1 (0.16%) Forefront TMG
14 1 (0.16%) ISA Server
14 1 (0.16%) Novell eDirectory
14 1 (0.16%) Oracle RAC
14 1 (0.16%) Veritas Cluster Server
Systems Management
1 65 (10.57%) SCCM
2 51 (8.29%) HP Quality Center
3 41 (6.67%) McAfee ePO
4 40 (6.50%) Netcool
5 25 (4.07%) SCOM
6 16 (2.60%) WSUS
7 14 (2.28%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 6 (0.98%) HP Operations Orchestration
8 6 (0.98%) NetBackup
8 6 (0.98%) Puppet
9 5 (0.81%) HP Data Protector
10 4 (0.65%) BladeLogic
10 4 (0.65%) SCOrch
11 3 (0.49%) Backup Exec
11 3 (0.49%) Simpana
12 2 (0.33%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 2 (0.33%) Norton AntiVirus
12 2 (0.33%) SCDPM
12 2 (0.33%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
12 2 (0.33%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 110 (17.89%) VMware
2 88 (14.31%) Citrix
3 59 (9.59%) HP
4 43 (6.99%) Intel Security
5 41 (6.67%) Veritas
6 34 (5.53%) Oracle
7 24 (3.90%) Cisco
8 15 (2.44%) IBM
9 13 (2.11%) Symantec
10 9 (1.46%) AppSense
11 8 (1.30%) Dell
11 8 (1.30%) EMC
12 7 (1.14%) CA
12 7 (1.14%) Google
12 7 (1.14%) NetApp
13 5 (0.81%) CommVault
13 5 (0.81%) Red Hat
14 4 (0.65%) BMC
14 4 (0.65%) Brocade
14 4 (0.65%) Informatica
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