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 27 May 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
27 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 10 8 12
Rank change year-on-year
-2 +4
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 316 321 222
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 10.68% 12.50% 9.10%
As % of the Vendors category 29.81% 31.97% 20.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 178 141 127
Average daily rate
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£325 £325 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.11% -3.59%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £115 £150 £203
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 17 15
Average hourly rate £16.00 £21.00 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-23.80% +50.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.60 £9.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £32.00 £20.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+6.89% -3.33%
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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
1060 1004 1077
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 35.82% 39.10% 44.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 537 474 501
Average daily rate £350 £350 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -5.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £250 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £475 £463
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.71% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 28 33
Average hourly rate £16.00 £21.00 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-23.80% +50.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £15.50 £9.78
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £32.00 £42.95
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £17.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+5.88% -10.52%

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 27 May 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 27 May 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 27 May 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 +4 120 £325 -13.33% 36
Glasgow 0 95 £325 - 39
Aberdeen +5 26 £230 -42.50% 3
Renfrewshire -2 23 £421 +39.25% 2
Highlands -3 7 £110 -1.12% 1
Fife -4 7 £213 -
Dundee -3 4 £285 - 4
West Lothian -8 4 £258 -26.42% 1
Perth and Kinross - 4 £360 -
South Lanarkshire - 1 £450 -
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Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 27 May 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.

1 222 (37.31%) Windows
2 183 (30.76%) MS Excel
3 135 (22.69%) MS Office
4 133 (22.35%) Active Directory
5 130 (21.85%) Finance
6 118 (19.83%) SQL Server
7 103 (17.31%) SQL
8 88 (14.79%) Security Cleared
9 84 (14.12%) .NET
9 84 (14.12%) SharePoint
10 80 (13.45%) Microsoft Certification
11 77 (12.94%) Windows 7
12 74 (12.44%) SC Cleared
13 71 (11.93%) VMware
14 69 (11.60%) ITIL
15 68 (11.43%) HP
16 67 (11.26%) C#
17 64 (10.76%) Windows Server 2008
18 60 (10.08%) ASP.NET
19 59 (9.92%) Project Management
20 52 (8.74%) HTML
21 49 (8.24%) MS Exchange
22 47 (7.90%) PRINCE2
23 45 (7.56%) Windows XP
23 45 (7.56%) Migration
24 43 (7.23%) Change Management
24 43 (7.23%) Visual Studio
24 43 (7.23%) Analytical Skills
25 41 (6.89%) CSS
26 40 (6.72%) MS Project

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 27 May 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 84 (14.12%) SharePoint
2 49 (8.24%) MS Exchange
3 23 (3.87%) IIS
4 22 (3.70%) Exchange Server 2010
5 20 (3.36%) Lync
6 16 (2.69%) Exchange Server 2007
7 12 (2.02%) Exchange Server 2003
7 12 (2.02%) SharePoint 2013
8 11 (1.85%) Exchange Server 2013
9 9 (1.51%) SharePoint 2010
9 9 (1.51%) MS Project Server
10 6 (1.01%) CMS
11 5 (0.84%) SharePoint Server
12 4 (0.67%) Node.js
13 3 (0.50%) Lotus Domino
13 3 (0.50%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 2 (0.34%) JBoss
14 2 (0.34%) IBM Notes
15 1 (0.17%) Tomcat
15 1 (0.17%) MQSeries
Applications
1 183 (30.76%) MS Excel
2 135 (22.69%) MS Office
3 40 (6.72%) MS Project
4 32 (5.38%) MS PowerPoint
5 15 (2.52%) MS Visio
6 7 (1.18%) InfoPath
7 4 (0.67%) Adobe Captivate
8 3 (0.50%) Photoshop
9 2 (0.34%) Spreadsheet
9 2 (0.34%) Adobe Illustrator
10 1 (0.17%) InDesign
10 1 (0.17%) PowerPivot
10 1 (0.17%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 21 (3.53%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (1.85%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.67%) Oracle EBS
4 3 (0.50%) Maximo
5 1 (0.17%) MultiFonds
5 1 (0.17%) assyst
5 1 (0.17%) FRx
5 1 (0.17%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 12 (2.02%) Office 365
2 7 (1.18%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (0.50%) SaaS
4 2 (0.34%) Google Analytics
4 2 (0.34%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 28 (4.71%) DNS
2 22 (3.70%) LAN
3 17 (2.86%) LDAP
3 17 (2.86%) SAN
4 16 (2.69%) TCP/IP
4 16 (2.69%) WAN
4 16 (2.69%) DHCP
4 16 (2.69%) Firewall
5 12 (2.02%) Wi-Fi
5 12 (2.02%) VPN
6 8 (1.34%) HTTP
6 8 (1.34%) 802.11
7 6 (1.01%) Internet
8 5 (0.84%) X.500
8 5 (0.84%) Cisco IOS
8 5 (0.84%) Kerberos
8 5 (0.84%) SSL
9 4 (0.67%) VoIP
9 4 (0.67%) Intranet
10 3 (0.50%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 118 (19.83%) SQL Server
2 24 (4.03%) SQL Server 2008
3 23 (3.87%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 20 (3.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 15 (2.52%) SQL Server 2005
6 11 (1.85%) MS Access
7 8 (1.34%) Data Warehouse
7 8 (1.34%) QlikView
8 6 (1.01%) SQL Server 2012
9 5 (0.84%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 5 (0.84%) EDRMS
10 3 (0.50%) Oracle Database 10g
10 3 (0.50%) Crystal Reports
10 3 (0.50%) Oracle Reports
10 3 (0.50%) Oracle9i Database
10 3 (0.50%) Oracle BI EE
10 3 (0.50%) Oracle Database 11g
10 3 (0.50%) Oracle Database
10 3 (0.50%) Relational Database
11 2 (0.34%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
Development Applications
1 43 (7.23%) Visual Studio
2 16 (2.69%) TestDirector
3 13 (2.18%) QuickTest Pro
3 13 (2.18%) WinRunner
4 10 (1.68%) Team Foundation Server
5 3 (0.50%) Dreamweaver
5 3 (0.50%) MSI
5 3 (0.50%) Subversion
6 2 (0.34%) StarTeam
6 2 (0.34%) InstallShield
6 2 (0.34%) AdminStudio
6 2 (0.34%) Toad
7 1 (0.17%) JDeveloper
7 1 (0.17%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 1 (0.17%) MSBuild
7 1 (0.17%) QUnit
7 1 (0.17%) Jasmine
7 1 (0.17%) Robot Framework
7 1 (0.17%) C++Builder
7 1 (0.17%) NUnit
General
1 130 (21.85%) Finance
2 34 (5.71%) Banking
3 9 (1.51%) Advertising
4 7 (1.18%) Retail
5 6 (1.01%) Investment Banking
6 5 (0.84%) Billing
6 5 (0.84%) Manufacturing
7 4 (0.67%) Telecoms
8 3 (0.50%) Front Office
8 3 (0.50%) Back Office
8 3 (0.50%) Retail Banking
9 2 (0.34%) Marketing
9 2 (0.34%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.17%) Law
10 1 (0.17%) Legal
10 1 (0.17%) International Banking
Job Titles
1 156 (26.22%) Analyst
2 98 (16.47%) Developer
3 42 (7.06%) Support Analyst
4 40 (6.72%) Business Analyst
5 31 (5.21%) 2nd Line Support
6 30 (5.04%) Support Engineer
6 30 (5.04%) Project Manager
7 24 (4.03%) Test Analyst
8 23 (3.87%) Service Analyst
9 22 (3.70%) Service Desk Analyst
10 21 (3.53%) Architect
10 21 (3.53%) Consultant
11 20 (3.36%) Coordinator
12 19 (3.19%) Desktop Support
12 19 (3.19%) Administrator
12 19 (3.19%) .NET Developer
13 18 (3.03%) Wintel Engineer
14 16 (2.69%) Project Coordinator
15 15 (2.52%) Desktop Engineer
15 15 (2.52%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 84 (14.12%) .NET
2 60 (10.08%) ASP.NET
3 52 (8.74%) HTML
4 41 (6.89%) CSS
5 39 (6.55%) XML
6 30 (5.04%) .NET Framework
7 20 (3.36%) jQuery
7 20 (3.36%) HTML5
8 18 (3.03%) CSS3
9 11 (1.85%) ASP.NET MVC
9 11 (1.85%) Ajax
10 10 (1.68%) FIX Protocol
11 9 (1.51%) Classic ASP
12 8 (1.34%) Application Packaging
13 7 (1.18%) NHibernate
14 6 (1.01%) WCF
14 6 (1.01%) STL
14 6 (1.01%) AngularJS
15 5 (0.84%) Web Services
16 4 (0.67%) COM+
Miscellaneous
1 43 (7.23%) Analytical Skills
2 26 (4.37%) Management Information System
3 22 (3.70%) Data Centre
4 17 (2.86%) Clustering
5 16 (2.69%) Computer Science
6 14 (2.35%) PDA
7 9 (1.51%) Replication
7 9 (1.51%) Blackberry
7 9 (1.51%) User Experience
8 8 (1.34%) Enterprise Software
9 7 (1.18%) PKI
10 5 (0.84%) PMI
10 5 (0.84%) Device Driver
11 4 (0.67%) Handset
11 4 (0.67%) E-Learning
11 4 (0.67%) Client/Server
11 4 (0.67%) N-Tier
12 3 (0.50%) Equities
12 3 (0.50%) Fixed Income
12 3 (0.50%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 222 (37.31%) Windows
2 77 (12.94%) Windows 7
3 64 (10.76%) Windows Server 2008
4 45 (7.56%) Windows XP
5 40 (6.72%) Windows Server 2003
6 33 (5.55%) Windows Server 2012
7 30 (5.04%) Linux
8 23 (3.87%) Windows 8
9 21 (3.53%) AIX
10 12 (2.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 7 (1.18%) UNIX
12 6 (1.01%) Solaris
13 5 (0.84%) Android
14 4 (0.67%) Windows Vista
15 2 (0.34%) Apple iOS
15 2 (0.34%) HPUX
15 2 (0.34%) Windows 2000
15 2 (0.34%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 69 (11.60%) ITIL
2 59 (9.92%) Project Management
3 47 (7.90%) PRINCE2
4 45 (7.56%) Migration
5 43 (7.23%) Change Management
6 36 (6.05%) Test Scripting
7 29 (4.87%) CRM
8 28 (4.71%) Agile Software Development
9 25 (4.20%) Business Intelligence
10 24 (4.03%) User Acceptance Testing
11 22 (3.70%) Data Analysis
11 22 (3.70%) Service Management
12 20 (3.36%) Software Testing
12 20 (3.36%) Validation
13 19 (3.19%) MVC
14 18 (3.03%) Stakeholder Management
15 17 (2.86%) OO
16 16 (2.69%) Risk Management
16 16 (2.69%) Test Automation
16 16 (2.69%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 103 (17.31%) SQL
2 67 (11.26%) C#
3 39 (6.55%) JavaScript
4 27 (4.54%) T-SQL
4 27 (4.54%) PowerShell
5 26 (4.37%) VBA
6 16 (2.69%) VBScript
7 11 (1.85%) VB
7 11 (1.85%) C++
8 6 (1.01%) XPath
9 4 (0.67%) VB6
9 4 (0.67%) C
9 4 (0.67%) VB.NET
10 3 (0.50%) Java
10 3 (0.50%) REXX
10 3 (0.50%) Tcl
11 2 (0.34%) X++
12 1 (0.17%) PHP
12 1 (0.17%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.17%) Python
Qualifications
1 88 (14.79%) Security Cleared
2 80 (13.45%) Microsoft Certification
3 74 (12.44%) SC Cleared
4 39 (6.55%) Degree
5 37 (6.22%) MCSE
6 31 (5.21%) MCITP
7 27 (4.54%) MCSA
8 24 (4.03%) ISEB
9 21 (3.53%) MCP
9 21 (3.53%) MCTS
10 16 (2.69%) ISTQB
11 11 (1.85%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 10 (1.68%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 9 (1.51%) PMI Certification
14 7 (1.18%) PMP
14 7 (1.18%) Cisco Certification
14 7 (1.18%) DV Cleared
15 6 (1.01%) ITIL Certification
16 4 (0.67%) HND
16 4 (0.67%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (4.71%) QA
2 11 (1.85%) SLA
3 1 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.17%) HL7
System Software
1 133 (22.35%) Active Directory
2 36 (6.05%) VMware Infrastructure
3 25 (4.20%) Hyper-V
4 18 (3.03%) VMware ESX
5 9 (1.51%) vSphere
6 8 (1.34%) Microsoft App-V
7 6 (1.01%) XenApp
7 6 (1.01%) Firmware
8 5 (0.84%) XenDesktop
9 3 (0.50%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 3 (0.50%) VMware ESXi
9 3 (0.50%) MetaFrame
10 2 (0.34%) BitLocker
10 2 (0.34%) VMware Server
11 1 (0.17%) Forefront TMG
Systems Management
1 37 (6.22%) HP Quality Center
2 36 (6.05%) SCCM
3 14 (2.35%) McAfee ePO
4 13 (2.18%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 12 (2.02%) Netcool
6 9 (1.51%) Backup Exec
7 7 (1.18%) SCOM
7 7 (1.18%) NetBackup
8 6 (1.01%) WMI
8 6 (1.01%) WSUS
9 4 (0.67%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
10 3 (0.50%) Oracle RMAN
10 3 (0.50%) Norton AntiVirus
10 3 (0.50%) DameWare
11 2 (0.34%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 2 (0.34%) SCSM
12 1 (0.17%) ArcSight ESM
12 1 (0.17%) Unicenter
12 1 (0.17%) Nagios
12 1 (0.17%) CORE IMPACT
Vendors
1 71 (11.93%) VMware
2 68 (11.43%) HP
3 40 (6.72%) Citrix
4 22 (3.70%) Cisco
5 21 (3.53%) Oracle
6 18 (3.03%) McAfee
7 17 (2.86%) Symantec
8 15 (2.52%) Dell
8 15 (2.52%) Adobe
9 14 (2.35%) Business Objects
9 14 (2.35%) Red Hat
10 13 (2.18%) Veritas
10 13 (2.18%) Sybase
11 10 (1.68%) Remedy
12 7 (1.18%) EMC
12 7 (1.18%) Tableau
13 6 (1.01%) SAP
13 6 (1.01%) NetApp
13 6 (1.01%) Telerik
14 5 (0.84%) CA
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