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 September 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
1 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 14 7 8
Rank change year-on-year
-7 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 286 390 273
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 8.59% 13.95% 11.13%
As % of the Vendors category 24.07% 32.07% 27.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 126 201 130
Average daily rate
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£325 £325 £325
90% offered a daily rate of more than £123 £135 £142
10% offered a daily rate of more than £469 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 18 17
Average hourly rate £14.50 £12.50 £11.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.00% +8.69%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £8.50 £9.90 £9.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.00 £41.00 £21.00
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
1188 1216 984
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 35.69% 43.51% 40.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 555 610 482
Average daily rate £358 £350 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.14% -4.10%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £200 £179
10% offered a daily rate of more than £488 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 27 23
Average hourly rate £18.50 £16.50 £13.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.12% +22.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.00 £11.00 £9.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.34 £38.40 £30.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.75 £18.00 £19.30
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -6.73%

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 September 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 1 September 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 1 September 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 -2 102 £325 - 36
Glasgow -7 86 £338 +3.05% 45
Lanarkshire +1 19 - - 1
Renfrewshire -7 19 £335 +3.07%
Stirling +15 10 £450 -
Highlands +6 10 £110 +10.00% 2
North Lanarkshire -6 8 - -
Dundee -4 6 £275 -15.38% 5
Fife -6 6 £300 -16.66% 1
West Lothian -6 6 £290 +45.00%
Perth and Kinross 0 1 £300 -22.58%
Aberdeen -11 1 £450 +100.00% 5
South Ayrshire - 1 - -
Scottish Borders - 1 - -
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Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 1 September 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.

1 209 (35.24%) MS Excel
2 207 (34.91%) Windows
3 147 (24.79%) Finance
4 134 (22.60%) Active Directory
5 126 (21.25%) SQL Server
6 124 (20.91%) MS Office
7 100 (16.86%) SQL
8 93 (15.68%) SharePoint
9 81 (13.66%) VMware
10 76 (12.82%) Migration
10 76 (12.82%) .NET
11 74 (12.48%) ITIL
12 73 (12.31%) Project Management
12 73 (12.31%) Windows 7
13 70 (11.80%) Microsoft Certification
14 66 (11.13%) Windows Server 2008
15 60 (10.12%) MS Exchange
16 57 (9.61%) C#
17 55 (9.27%) VMware Infrastructure
18 54 (9.11%) Security Cleared
19 53 (8.94%) HP
20 48 (8.09%) HTML
21 47 (7.93%) CSS
22 46 (7.76%) JavaScript
23 44 (7.42%) ASP.NET
24 43 (7.25%) PRINCE2
24 43 (7.25%) Citrix
24 43 (7.25%) Analytical Skills
25 41 (6.91%) Linux
26 39 (6.58%) Degree

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 1 September 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 93 (15.68%) SharePoint
2 60 (10.12%) MS Exchange
3 27 (4.55%) Exchange Server 2010
4 22 (3.71%) IIS
5 20 (3.37%) Lync
6 17 (2.87%) Exchange Server 2007
7 14 (2.36%) SharePoint 2013
8 11 (1.85%) SharePoint 2010
9 10 (1.69%) Exchange Server 2013
10 8 (1.35%) Exchange Server 2003
11 6 (1.01%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 5 (0.84%) Lotus Domino
12 5 (0.84%) MS Project Server
12 5 (0.84%) Node.js
13 4 (0.67%) IBM Notes
14 3 (0.51%) WebSphere Application Server
14 3 (0.51%) SharePoint Server
14 3 (0.51%) WebSphere
14 3 (0.51%) CMS
15 2 (0.34%) Apache
Applications
1 209 (35.24%) MS Excel
2 124 (20.91%) MS Office
3 37 (6.24%) MS Project
3 37 (6.24%) MS PowerPoint
4 27 (4.55%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.51%) InfoPath
5 3 (0.51%) Spreadsheet
5 3 (0.51%) Photoshop
6 2 (0.34%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.17%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.17%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 26 (4.38%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (1.18%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.67%) assyst
4 3 (0.51%) Dynamics NAV
4 3 (0.51%) Maximo
5 2 (0.34%) Summit
5 2 (0.34%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.17%) MultiFonds
6 1 (0.17%) Teamcenter
6 1 (0.17%) FRx
Cloud Services
1 15 (2.53%) Office 365
2 7 (1.18%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (0.84%) Google Analytics
4 3 (0.51%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (0.17%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 34 (5.73%) DNS
2 23 (3.88%) SAN
3 22 (3.71%) LDAP
4 16 (2.70%) DHCP
4 16 (2.70%) VPN
5 15 (2.53%) WAN
6 13 (2.19%) LAN
7 11 (1.85%) Wi-Fi
8 10 (1.69%) X.500
8 10 (1.69%) Firewall
8 10 (1.69%) TCP/IP
9 9 (1.52%) Kerberos
10 8 (1.35%) Network Security
10 8 (1.35%) iSCSI
10 8 (1.35%) Fibre Channel
11 6 (1.01%) 802.11
12 5 (0.84%) Intranet
12 5 (0.84%) Internet
12 5 (0.84%) NetScaler
12 5 (0.84%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 126 (21.25%) SQL Server
2 24 (4.05%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 23 (3.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 18 (3.04%) SQL Server 2008
5 16 (2.70%) Data Warehouse
6 11 (1.85%) BusinessObjects
6 11 (1.85%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 10 (1.69%) QlikView
8 9 (1.52%) Relational Database
8 9 (1.52%) MS Access
9 8 (1.35%) SQL Server 2005
10 7 (1.18%) Oracle Database
11 6 (1.01%) SQL Server 2012
11 6 (1.01%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 6 (1.01%) DTS
12 5 (0.84%) Oracle9i Database
13 4 (0.67%) Crystal Reports
13 4 (0.67%) RDBMS
13 4 (0.67%) Oracle Database 10g
13 4 (0.67%) EDRMS
Development Applications
1 37 (6.24%) Visual Studio
2 13 (2.19%) Team Foundation Server
3 6 (1.01%) TestDirector
3 6 (1.01%) Subversion
4 5 (0.84%) JIRA
5 4 (0.67%) MSI
5 4 (0.67%) InstallShield
6 3 (0.51%) JUnit
6 3 (0.51%) WinRunner
6 3 (0.51%) Maven
6 3 (0.51%) NetBeans
6 3 (0.51%) HP UFT
6 3 (0.51%) Eclipse
6 3 (0.51%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 3 (0.51%) Rational Rhapsody
6 3 (0.51%) FishEye
6 3 (0.51%) ClearQuest
7 2 (0.34%) Jenkins
7 2 (0.34%) Trac
7 2 (0.34%) Hudson
General
1 147 (24.79%) Finance
2 37 (6.24%) Banking
3 15 (2.53%) Advertising
4 8 (1.35%) Legal
5 7 (1.18%) Retail
5 7 (1.18%) Billing
6 5 (0.84%) Manufacturing
6 5 (0.84%) Law
6 5 (0.84%) Telecoms
7 4 (0.67%) Back Office
7 4 (0.67%) Financial Institution
8 3 (0.51%) Investment Banking
8 3 (0.51%) Publishing
9 2 (0.34%) Local Government
9 2 (0.34%) Retail Banking
9 2 (0.34%) Marketing
9 2 (0.34%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 162 (27.32%) Analyst
2 89 (15.01%) Developer
3 47 (7.93%) Support Analyst
4 40 (6.75%) Project Manager
5 38 (6.41%) Business Analyst
6 33 (5.56%) 2nd Line Support
7 30 (5.06%) Architect
8 26 (4.38%) Consultant
8 26 (4.38%) Support Engineer
9 23 (3.88%) Administrator
10 19 (3.20%) Test Analyst
11 18 (3.04%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
12 17 (2.87%) Coordinator
13 15 (2.53%) SQL Developer
14 12 (2.02%) Infrastructure Manager
14 12 (2.02%) Service Desk Analyst
14 12 (2.02%) Desktop Support
14 12 (2.02%) DBA
14 12 (2.02%) Data Analyst
14 12 (2.02%) .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 76 (12.82%) .NET
2 48 (8.09%) HTML
3 47 (7.93%) CSS
4 44 (7.42%) ASP.NET
5 28 (4.72%) .NET Framework
6 25 (4.22%) jQuery
6 25 (4.22%) XML
7 22 (3.71%) HTML5
8 19 (3.20%) CSS3
9 12 (2.02%) Application Packaging
10 11 (1.85%) ASP.NET MVC
11 10 (1.69%) 802.1X
11 10 (1.69%) Web Services
12 9 (1.52%) Ajax
12 9 (1.52%) AngularJS
13 5 (0.84%) KnockoutJS
13 5 (0.84%) RESTful
13 5 (0.84%) Middleware
14 4 (0.67%) Struts
14 4 (0.67%) FIX Protocol
Miscellaneous
1 43 (7.25%) Analytical Skills
2 24 (4.05%) Data Centre
3 21 (3.54%) Management Information System
4 18 (3.04%) Client/Server
4 18 (3.04%) Replication
4 18 (3.04%) Computer Science
5 13 (2.19%) Clustering
6 11 (1.85%) PKI
7 10 (1.69%) Blackberry
8 8 (1.35%) PMI
8 8 (1.35%) Enterprise Software
9 7 (1.18%) User Experience
9 7 (1.18%) CLARiiON
9 7 (1.18%) Thin Client
9 7 (1.18%) Fat Client
10 5 (0.84%) Celerra
10 5 (0.84%) Data Integration
10 5 (0.84%) Mainframe
10 5 (0.84%) EqualLogic
11 4 (0.67%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 207 (34.91%) Windows
2 73 (12.31%) Windows 7
3 66 (11.13%) Windows Server 2008
4 41 (6.91%) Linux
5 32 (5.40%) Windows Server 2012
6 31 (5.23%) Windows Server 2003
7 23 (3.88%) Windows XP
8 18 (3.04%) UNIX
9 16 (2.70%) AIX
10 14 (2.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 14 (2.36%) Windows 8
11 11 (1.85%) Solaris
12 7 (1.18%) Android
13 5 (0.84%) HPUX
14 4 (0.67%) Apple iOS
15 2 (0.34%) Windows Vista
15 2 (0.34%) Windows 2000
16 1 (0.17%) Mac OS X
16 1 (0.17%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 76 (12.82%) Migration
2 74 (12.48%) ITIL
3 73 (12.31%) Project Management
4 43 (7.25%) PRINCE2
5 37 (6.24%) Change Management
6 33 (5.56%) CRM
7 32 (5.40%) Test Scripting
8 31 (5.23%) Agile Software Development
9 28 (4.72%) User Acceptance Testing
10 27 (4.55%) Business Intelligence
11 24 (4.05%) Service Management
11 24 (4.05%) MVC
12 22 (3.71%) Content Management
13 21 (3.54%) SDLC
14 20 (3.37%) ETL
15 19 (3.20%) Data Analysis
15 19 (3.20%) Data Migration
16 18 (3.04%) Mentoring
17 16 (2.70%) Stakeholder Management
17 16 (2.70%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 100 (16.86%) SQL
2 57 (9.61%) C#
3 46 (7.76%) JavaScript
4 24 (4.05%) T-SQL
4 24 (4.05%) PowerShell
5 16 (2.70%) VBA
6 12 (2.02%) VB
6 12 (2.02%) Java
7 8 (1.35%) VB.NET
8 7 (1.18%) VBScript
9 6 (1.01%) XPath
10 3 (0.51%) REXX
10 3 (0.51%) Tcl
10 3 (0.51%) C++
11 2 (0.34%) C
11 2 (0.34%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.17%) X++
12 1 (0.17%) Python
Qualifications
1 70 (11.80%) Microsoft Certification
2 54 (9.11%) Security Cleared
3 39 (6.58%) Degree
4 38 (6.41%) MCSE
5 34 (5.73%) SC Cleared
6 22 (3.71%) MCP
6 22 (3.71%) MCTS
7 21 (3.54%) ISEB
8 10 (1.69%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 9 (1.52%) Cisco Certification
9 9 (1.52%) MCSA
9 9 (1.52%) PMI Certification
10 8 (1.35%) MCITP
10 8 (1.35%) ISTQB
10 8 (1.35%) CCNA
11 6 (1.01%) HND
11 6 (1.01%) PMP
11 6 (1.01%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 5 (0.84%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 4 (0.67%) ACSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (5.90%) QA
2 12 (2.02%) SLA
3 4 (0.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.17%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.17%) Data Quality
System Software
1 134 (22.60%) Active Directory
2 55 (9.27%) VMware Infrastructure
3 29 (4.89%) Hyper-V
4 25 (4.22%) vSphere
5 16 (2.70%) VMware ESX
6 12 (2.02%) XenApp
7 11 (1.85%) Microsoft App-V
8 8 (1.35%) XenDesktop
9 7 (1.18%) VMware ESXi
10 4 (0.67%) vCloud
10 4 (0.67%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 2 (0.34%) VMware Server
11 2 (0.34%) MetaFrame
11 2 (0.34%) Firmware
11 2 (0.34%) Terminal Services
11 2 (0.34%) ISA Server
11 2 (0.34%) BitLocker
11 2 (0.34%) Forefront TMG
12 1 (0.17%) ClearTrust
Systems Management
1 35 (5.90%) SCCM
2 23 (3.88%) HP Quality Center
3 15 (2.53%) Backup Exec
4 11 (1.85%) Norton AntiVirus
5 8 (1.35%) WSUS
6 6 (1.01%) SCOM
7 4 (0.67%) Oracle RMAN
8 3 (0.51%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 3 (0.51%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 3 (0.51%) McAfee ePO
8 3 (0.51%) NetBackup
9 2 (0.34%) Opscode Chef
9 2 (0.34%) SCSM
9 2 (0.34%) Puppet
9 2 (0.34%) ServiceCenter
9 2 (0.34%) Nagios
9 2 (0.34%) Netcool
9 2 (0.34%) WMI
10 1 (0.17%) MIIS
10 1 (0.17%) DameWare
Vendors
1 81 (13.66%) VMware
2 53 (8.94%) HP
3 43 (7.25%) Citrix
4 34 (5.73%) Cisco
5 25 (4.22%) Oracle
6 17 (2.87%) Symantec
7 15 (2.53%) EMC
8 13 (2.19%) Dell
8 13 (2.19%) Red Hat
9 10 (1.69%) Remedy
10 9 (1.52%) Tableau
11 7 (1.18%) Dell Compellent
11 7 (1.18%) Adobe
12 6 (1.01%) IBM
12 6 (1.01%) McAfee
12 6 (1.01%) Veritas
12 6 (1.01%) Lotus
12 6 (1.01%) Telerik
13 5 (0.84%) Google
13 5 (0.84%) Apple
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