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 3 August 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
3 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 14 8 11
Rank change year-on-year
-6 +3
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 274 367 227
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 8.61% 13.33% 9.24%
As % of the Vendors category 24.18% 32.22% 23.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 125 182 111
Average daily rate
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£325 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £158 £137 £158
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £456 £470
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £333 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.10% +2.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 17 22
Average hourly rate £13.00 £17.00 £13.14
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-23.52% +29.35%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £8.50 £10.56 £9.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.75 £23.60 £23.85
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £14.50
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
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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
1133 1139 959
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 35.58% 41.36% 39.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 525 543 439
Average daily rate £350 £350 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £213 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £465 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 41 29 33
Average hourly rate £16.00 £18.00 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.11% +20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.00 £12.00 £9.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.80 £27.50 £32.15
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £19.48
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -10.16%

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 3 August 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 3 August 2015.

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 3 August 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 +2 100 £325 -18.75% 26
Glasgow -10 78 £320 +6.66% 29
Renfrewshire -8 17 £345 +6.15%
Lanarkshire +1 15 - -
Dundee -5 10 £281 -13.46%
Highlands +5 9 £110 +10.00%
Stirling +4 9 £458 -
West Lothian -3 6 £290 -17.14% 2
Fife -4 6 £363 +0.69% 1
North Lanarkshire -7 6 - -
Aberdeen -11 5 £230 -8.00% 3
Scottish Borders -1 1 - - 3
Perth and Kinross -3 1 £300 -22.58% 2
South Ayrshire - 1 - -
South Lanarkshire - 1 £450 -
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Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 3 August 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.

1 215 (34.13%) Windows
1 215 (34.13%) MS Excel
2 144 (22.86%) MS Office
3 142 (22.54%) Finance
4 139 (22.06%) Active Directory
5 133 (21.11%) SQL Server
6 102 (16.19%) SQL
7 95 (15.08%) SharePoint
8 85 (13.49%) VMware
9 83 (13.17%) ITIL
10 77 (12.22%) Microsoft Certification
11 73 (11.59%) .NET
11 73 (11.59%) Project Management
12 71 (11.27%) Security Cleared
13 70 (11.11%) Windows Server 2008
13 70 (11.11%) Windows 7
14 65 (10.32%) HP
15 60 (9.52%) Migration
16 56 (8.89%) MS Exchange
16 56 (8.89%) C#
16 56 (8.89%) VMware Infrastructure
17 54 (8.57%) SC Cleared
18 52 (8.25%) HTML
18 52 (8.25%) PRINCE2
19 48 (7.62%) Analytical Skills
20 47 (7.46%) CSS
21 46 (7.30%) MS Project
22 45 (7.14%) ASP.NET
23 44 (6.98%) JavaScript
23 44 (6.98%) Citrix

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 3 August 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 95 (15.08%) SharePoint
2 56 (8.89%) MS Exchange
3 24 (3.81%) Exchange Server 2010
4 23 (3.65%) IIS
5 19 (3.02%) Lync
6 18 (2.86%) Exchange Server 2007
7 16 (2.54%) SharePoint 2013
8 11 (1.75%) SharePoint 2010
9 10 (1.59%) Exchange Server 2013
10 9 (1.43%) MS Project Server
11 7 (1.11%) Exchange Server 2003
12 5 (0.79%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 5 (0.79%) Node.js
13 4 (0.63%) SharePoint Server
14 3 (0.48%) WebSphere
14 3 (0.48%) Drupal
14 3 (0.48%) CMS
14 3 (0.48%) WebSphere Application Server
14 3 (0.48%) Lotus Domino
15 2 (0.32%) Apache
Applications
1 215 (34.13%) MS Excel
2 144 (22.86%) MS Office
3 46 (7.30%) MS Project
4 40 (6.35%) MS PowerPoint
5 21 (3.33%) MS Visio
6 6 (0.95%) InfoPath
7 4 (0.63%) Adobe Captivate
7 4 (0.63%) Photoshop
8 3 (0.48%) Spreadsheet
9 2 (0.32%) Acrobat
10 1 (0.16%) Adobe Illustrator
10 1 (0.16%) InDesign
10 1 (0.16%) PowerPivot
10 1 (0.16%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 23 (3.65%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (1.75%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (0.48%) assyst
3 3 (0.48%) Oracle EBS
3 3 (0.48%) Maximo
4 2 (0.32%) Summit
5 1 (0.16%) MultiFonds
5 1 (0.16%) Teamcenter
5 1 (0.16%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.16%) FRx
5 1 (0.16%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 15 (2.38%) Office 365
2 5 (0.79%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (0.48%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (0.48%) SaaS
3 3 (0.48%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 34 (5.40%) DNS
2 22 (3.49%) LDAP
3 21 (3.33%) SAN
4 18 (2.86%) DHCP
5 16 (2.54%) VPN
6 15 (2.38%) WAN
7 14 (2.22%) Wi-Fi
8 13 (2.06%) LAN
9 11 (1.75%) Firewall
10 9 (1.43%) TCP/IP
11 8 (1.27%) 802.11
11 8 (1.27%) X.500
11 8 (1.27%) iSCSI
11 8 (1.27%) Fibre Channel
12 7 (1.11%) Kerberos
13 5 (0.79%) Intranet
13 5 (0.79%) Cisco IOS
13 5 (0.79%) Network Security
13 5 (0.79%) NetScaler
14 4 (0.63%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 133 (21.11%) SQL Server
2 27 (4.29%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 26 (4.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 19 (3.02%) SQL Server 2008
5 14 (2.22%) SQL Server 2005
6 12 (1.90%) Data Warehouse
7 11 (1.75%) BusinessObjects
7 11 (1.75%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 10 (1.59%) MS Access
9 9 (1.43%) QlikView
10 7 (1.11%) Oracle Database
11 6 (0.95%) SQL Server 2012
12 5 (0.79%) Relational Database
12 5 (0.79%) Oracle Database 11g
12 5 (0.79%) Oracle9i Database
12 5 (0.79%) EDRMS
12 5 (0.79%) Oracle Database 10g
12 5 (0.79%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 4 (0.63%) DTS
14 3 (0.48%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 36 (5.71%) Visual Studio
2 13 (2.06%) Team Foundation Server
3 10 (1.59%) TestDirector
4 7 (1.11%) HP UFT
4 7 (1.11%) WinRunner
4 7 (1.11%) Subversion
5 5 (0.79%) JIRA
5 5 (0.79%) MSI
6 4 (0.63%) InstallShield
7 3 (0.48%) JUnit
7 3 (0.48%) Dreamweaver
7 3 (0.48%) Eclipse
7 3 (0.48%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 3 (0.48%) Maven
7 3 (0.48%) NetBeans
7 3 (0.48%) Rational Rhapsody
7 3 (0.48%) FishEye
7 3 (0.48%) ClearQuest
8 2 (0.32%) Jenkins
8 2 (0.32%) Trac
General
1 142 (22.54%) Finance
2 44 (6.98%) Banking
3 13 (2.06%) Advertising
4 9 (1.43%) Retail
5 7 (1.11%) Billing
5 7 (1.11%) Investment Banking
5 7 (1.11%) Telecoms
6 6 (0.95%) Law
6 6 (0.95%) Manufacturing
7 4 (0.63%) Retail Banking
7 4 (0.63%) Back Office
8 3 (0.48%) Financial Institution
8 3 (0.48%) Front Office
8 3 (0.48%) Legal
9 2 (0.32%) Publishing
9 2 (0.32%) Local Government
10 1 (0.16%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 176 (27.94%) Analyst
2 101 (16.03%) Developer
3 56 (8.89%) Support Analyst
4 43 (6.83%) Business Analyst
5 32 (5.08%) Project Manager
6 31 (4.92%) 2nd Line Support
7 25 (3.97%) Architect
7 25 (3.97%) Consultant
8 24 (3.81%) Support Engineer
9 23 (3.65%) Administrator
10 21 (3.33%) Coordinator
11 19 (3.02%) Test Analyst
12 18 (2.86%) SQL Developer
13 16 (2.54%) Service Analyst
14 15 (2.38%) Desktop Support
14 15 (2.38%) Project Coordinator
14 15 (2.38%) Service Desk Analyst
15 14 (2.22%) .NET Developer
15 14 (2.22%) DBA
15 14 (2.22%) SharePoint Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 73 (11.59%) .NET
2 52 (8.25%) HTML
3 47 (7.46%) CSS
4 45 (7.14%) ASP.NET
5 29 (4.60%) XML
6 27 (4.29%) jQuery
7 26 (4.13%) .NET Framework
8 24 (3.81%) HTML5
9 21 (3.33%) CSS3
10 12 (1.90%) 802.1X
11 11 (1.75%) Application Packaging
12 10 (1.59%) Ajax
12 10 (1.59%) ASP.NET MVC
13 9 (1.43%) AngularJS
13 9 (1.43%) Web Services
14 8 (1.27%) Classic ASP
15 5 (0.79%) Middleware
15 5 (0.79%) KnockoutJS
15 5 (0.79%) RESTful
16 4 (0.63%) Struts
Miscellaneous
1 48 (7.62%) Analytical Skills
2 27 (4.29%) Management Information System
3 22 (3.49%) Data Centre
4 16 (2.54%) Computer Science
5 15 (2.38%) Clustering
6 14 (2.22%) Replication
7 11 (1.75%) Client/Server
8 10 (1.59%) PMI
8 10 (1.59%) PKI
9 9 (1.43%) Enterprise Software
10 8 (1.27%) User Experience
10 8 (1.27%) Fat Client
10 8 (1.27%) Thin Client
10 8 (1.27%) Blackberry
11 7 (1.11%) CLARiiON
11 7 (1.11%) PDA
12 5 (0.79%) Celerra
12 5 (0.79%) EqualLogic
13 4 (0.63%) Data Integration
13 4 (0.63%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 215 (34.13%) Windows
2 70 (11.11%) Windows Server 2008
2 70 (11.11%) Windows 7
3 43 (6.83%) Linux
4 35 (5.56%) Windows Server 2003
4 35 (5.56%) Windows Server 2012
5 27 (4.29%) Windows XP
6 21 (3.33%) AIX
7 16 (2.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 15 (2.38%) Windows 8
8 15 (2.38%) UNIX
9 12 (1.90%) Solaris
10 7 (1.11%) Android
11 5 (0.79%) HPUX
12 4 (0.63%) Apple iOS
13 3 (0.48%) Windows Vista
14 1 (0.16%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 83 (13.17%) ITIL
2 73 (11.59%) Project Management
3 60 (9.52%) Migration
4 52 (8.25%) PRINCE2
5 42 (6.67%) Change Management
6 31 (4.92%) CRM
7 30 (4.76%) Test Scripting
8 29 (4.60%) Business Intelligence
9 28 (4.44%) Service Management
9 28 (4.44%) User Acceptance Testing
10 23 (3.65%) MVC
10 23 (3.65%) Agile Software Development
11 22 (3.49%) Data Analysis
12 20 (3.17%) Content Management
13 18 (2.86%) Incident Management
13 18 (2.86%) Stakeholder Management
13 18 (2.86%) ETL
13 18 (2.86%) Data Migration
13 18 (2.86%) SDLC
14 17 (2.70%) OO
Programming Languages
1 102 (16.19%) SQL
2 56 (8.89%) C#
3 44 (6.98%) JavaScript
4 25 (3.97%) PowerShell
5 24 (3.81%) T-SQL
5 24 (3.81%) VBA
6 12 (1.90%) VB
6 12 (1.90%) Java
7 8 (1.27%) VBScript
8 6 (0.95%) C++
8 6 (0.95%) VB.NET
8 6 (0.95%) XPath
9 3 (0.48%) REXX
9 3 (0.48%) Tcl
9 3 (0.48%) C
10 2 (0.32%) PL/SQL
11 1 (0.16%) Delphi
11 1 (0.16%) X++
11 1 (0.16%) Embedded C
11 1 (0.16%) Embedded C++
Qualifications
1 77 (12.22%) Microsoft Certification
2 71 (11.27%) Security Cleared
3 54 (8.57%) SC Cleared
4 40 (6.35%) Degree
5 35 (5.56%) MCSE
6 21 (3.33%) MCP
6 21 (3.33%) MCTS
7 20 (3.17%) ISEB
8 15 (2.38%) MCSA
8 15 (2.38%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 15 (2.38%) MCITP
9 14 (2.22%) PMI Certification
10 10 (1.59%) PMP
11 8 (1.27%) ISTQB
11 8 (1.27%) ITIL Certification
11 8 (1.27%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 6 (0.95%) HND
13 5 (0.79%) Cisco Certification
14 4 (0.63%) CCNA
15 3 (0.48%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (4.13%) QA
2 11 (1.75%) SLA
3 4 (0.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.16%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.16%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.16%) Data Quality
System Software
1 139 (22.06%) Active Directory
2 56 (8.89%) VMware Infrastructure
3 35 (5.56%) Hyper-V
4 24 (3.81%) vSphere
5 19 (3.02%) VMware ESX
6 12 (1.90%) XenApp
7 9 (1.43%) XenDesktop
7 9 (1.43%) Microsoft App-V
8 5 (0.79%) Firmware
8 5 (0.79%) VMware ESXi
9 4 (0.63%) vCloud
9 4 (0.63%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 2 (0.32%) VMware Server
10 2 (0.32%) Terminal Services
10 2 (0.32%) MetaFrame
10 2 (0.32%) BitLocker
11 1 (0.16%) ClearTrust
Systems Management
1 36 (5.71%) SCCM
2 30 (4.76%) HP Quality Center
3 13 (2.06%) Backup Exec
4 8 (1.27%) Norton AntiVirus
4 8 (1.27%) WSUS
5 7 (1.11%) SCOM
5 7 (1.11%) McAfee ePO
5 7 (1.11%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 6 (0.95%) Netcool
7 5 (0.79%) Oracle RMAN
8 4 (0.63%) WMI
8 4 (0.63%) NetBackup
9 3 (0.48%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 3 (0.48%) Nagios
10 2 (0.32%) Puppet
10 2 (0.32%) ServiceCenter
10 2 (0.32%) Opscode Chef
10 2 (0.32%) SCSM
11 1 (0.16%) ArcSight ESM
11 1 (0.16%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 85 (13.49%) VMware
2 65 (10.32%) HP
3 44 (6.98%) Citrix
4 29 (4.60%) Cisco
5 23 (3.65%) Oracle
6 15 (2.38%) Dell
6 15 (2.38%) Red Hat
6 15 (2.38%) Symantec
7 14 (2.22%) Sybase
7 14 (2.22%) Adobe
8 13 (2.06%) EMC
9 12 (1.90%) Remedy
10 11 (1.75%) McAfee
11 10 (1.59%) Veritas
12 9 (1.43%) Tableau
13 7 (1.11%) Dell Compellent
14 6 (0.95%) Telerik
15 4 (0.63%) Lotus
15 4 (0.63%) Veeam
15 4 (0.63%) F5
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