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 4 March 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
4 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 11 11 10
Rank change year-on-year
0 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 286 271 237
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 10.38% 11.11% 11.32%
As % of the Vendors category 28.63% 27.43% 23.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 151 98 114
Average daily rate
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£325 £350 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.14% +16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £106 £146 £112
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £458 £440
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 12 13
Average hourly rate £13.82 £11.50 £13.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.17% -14.81%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.55 £9.90 £9.58
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.59 £16.83 £16.42
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £14.00 £14.63
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -4.27%
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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
999 988 997
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 36.26% 40.51% 47.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 532 452 467
Average daily rate £365 £358 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.95% +5.29%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £238 £211
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £493 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 29 31
Average hourly rate £16.00 £15.50 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £10.00 £10.17
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £29.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.95
% change year-on-year
- -7.65%

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 4 March 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 4 March 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 4 March 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
Glasgow -3 96 £325 -7.14% 28
Edinburgh -5 91 £354 +8.92% 54
Stirling +4 17 £294 - 2
Aberdeen -3 9 £115 -61.66% 7
West Lothian +3 8 £109 -56.50% 5
Scottish Borders - 7 £118 - 1
Fife -1 6 £218 -33.07% 2
Dundee -1 3 £318 +80.14% 1
Falkirk - - - - 1
Perthshire - - - -
Ayrshire - - - -
West Dunbartonshire - - - -
South Lanarkshire - - - - 1
Dumfries and Galloway - - - -
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Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 4 March 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.

1 216 (38.30%) Windows
2 140 (24.82%) MS Excel
3 134 (23.76%) SQL
4 128 (22.70%) SQL Server
5 126 (22.34%) Finance
6 118 (20.92%) Security Cleared
7 113 (20.04%) SC Cleared
7 113 (20.04%) MS Office
8 96 (17.02%) C#
9 95 (16.84%) .NET
10 90 (15.96%) Active Directory
11 81 (14.36%) VMware
12 75 (13.30%) Microsoft Certification
13 73 (12.94%) SharePoint
14 68 (12.06%) ITIL
14 68 (12.06%) Windows 7
15 61 (10.82%) Windows Server 2008
16 60 (10.64%) ASP.NET
17 52 (9.22%) MS Project
18 50 (8.87%) HP
18 50 (8.87%) Agile Software Development
19 49 (8.69%) Project Management
20 47 (8.33%) SCCM
21 45 (7.98%) Windows Server 2003
21 45 (7.98%) Windows XP
21 45 (7.98%) Visual Studio
21 45 (7.98%) HTML
21 45 (7.98%) XML
22 42 (7.45%) MS Exchange
22 42 (7.45%) SQL Server 2008

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 4 March 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 73 (12.94%) SharePoint
2 42 (7.45%) MS Exchange
3 21 (3.72%) IIS
3 21 (3.72%) MS Project Server
4 20 (3.55%) SharePoint 2010
5 14 (2.48%) Exchange Server 2010
6 12 (2.13%) Oracle Workflow
7 11 (1.95%) Exchange Server 2013
7 11 (1.95%) Exchange Server 2007
8 8 (1.42%) Exchange Server 2003
8 8 (1.42%) Lync
9 5 (0.89%) SharePoint 2013
9 5 (0.89%) SharePoint Server
9 5 (0.89%) CMS
10 4 (0.71%) WebSphere
11 3 (0.53%) WebSphere Application Server
12 2 (0.35%) IBM Notes
13 1 (0.18%) Drupal
13 1 (0.18%) LiveCycle
13 1 (0.18%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 140 (24.82%) MS Excel
2 113 (20.04%) MS Office
3 52 (9.22%) MS Project
4 27 (4.79%) MS PowerPoint
5 17 (3.01%) InfoPath
6 8 (1.42%) MS Visio
7 6 (1.06%) Adobe Captivate
8 3 (0.53%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 3 (0.53%) Spreadsheet
9 2 (0.35%) Photoshop
10 1 (0.18%) Adobe Illustrator
10 1 (0.18%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 15 (2.66%) Dynamics CRM
1 15 (2.66%) Oracle EBS
2 12 (2.13%) Oracle Applications
2 12 (2.13%) Oracle EBS R12
3 11 (1.95%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.35%) Oracle Financials
4 2 (0.35%) Eagle STAR
5 1 (0.18%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 7 (1.24%) Office 365
2 6 (1.06%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (0.53%) SaaS
4 2 (0.35%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.18%) PaaS
5 1 (0.18%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 24 (4.26%) DNS
2 22 (3.90%) DHCP
2 22 (3.90%) LAN
2 22 (3.90%) SAN
3 19 (3.37%) TCP/IP
4 18 (3.19%) HTTP
5 16 (2.84%) WAN
6 15 (2.66%) Firewall
7 9 (1.60%) SSL
8 8 (1.42%) NAS
9 6 (1.06%) Intranet
9 6 (1.06%) Internet
9 6 (1.06%) SNMP
10 5 (0.89%) NetScaler
10 5 (0.89%) VLAN
11 4 (0.71%) VPN
11 4 (0.71%) Network Security
12 3 (0.53%) LDAP
12 3 (0.53%) VoIP
12 3 (0.53%) IPv4
Database & Business Intelligence
1 128 (22.70%) SQL Server
2 42 (7.45%) SQL Server 2008
3 33 (5.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 29 (5.14%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 15 (2.66%) Oracle Reports
6 13 (2.30%) SQL Server 2005
7 12 (2.13%) MS Access
7 12 (2.13%) Oracle BI Publisher
8 9 (1.60%) SQL Server 2012
8 9 (1.60%) Data Warehouse
9 8 (1.42%) Oracle BI EE
9 8 (1.42%) Oracle Database
10 5 (0.89%) QlikView
10 5 (0.89%) Oracle Database 11g
11 3 (0.53%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 3 (0.53%) DTS
11 3 (0.53%) Crystal Reports
11 3 (0.53%) BusinessObjects
12 2 (0.35%) Big Data
13 1 (0.18%) SAP Data Services
Development Applications
1 45 (7.98%) Visual Studio
2 16 (2.84%) WinRunner
2 16 (2.84%) TestDirector
2 16 (2.84%) QuickTest Pro
3 4 (0.71%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (0.53%) MorphX
5 2 (0.35%) MSI
5 2 (0.35%) Dreamweaver
5 2 (0.35%) Selenium
5 2 (0.35%) Rational Rhapsody
5 2 (0.35%) Cucumber
6 1 (0.18%) Oracle APEX
6 1 (0.18%) JIRA
6 1 (0.18%) Subversion
6 1 (0.18%) Toad
6 1 (0.18%) JDeveloper
6 1 (0.18%) InstallShield
6 1 (0.18%) AdminStudio
6 1 (0.18%) C++Builder
General
1 126 (22.34%) Finance
2 27 (4.79%) Banking
3 9 (1.60%) Advertising
4 4 (0.71%) Investment Banking
5 3 (0.53%) Retail Banking
5 3 (0.53%) Marketing
5 3 (0.53%) Retail
5 3 (0.53%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.18%) International Banking
6 1 (0.18%) Front Office
6 1 (0.18%) Publishing
6 1 (0.18%) Law
6 1 (0.18%) Legal
6 1 (0.18%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.18%) Military
Job Titles
1 125 (22.16%) Developer
2 97 (17.20%) Analyst
3 32 (5.67%) Consultant
4 31 (5.50%) .NET Developer
5 29 (5.14%) Support Analyst
6 25 (4.43%) Project Manager
7 24 (4.26%) Support Engineer
8 23 (4.08%) Service Analyst
8 23 (4.08%) Wintel Engineer
9 22 (3.90%) Service Desk Analyst
9 22 (3.90%) Architect
10 19 (3.37%) 2nd Line Support
11 17 (3.01%) C++ Developer
12 15 (2.66%) Test Analyst
12 15 (2.66%) Business Analyst
12 15 (2.66%) Desktop Support
13 14 (2.48%) Software Developer
13 14 (2.48%) Desktop Engineer
14 13 (2.30%) Administrator
14 13 (2.30%) Coordinator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 95 (16.84%) .NET
2 60 (10.64%) ASP.NET
3 45 (7.98%) HTML
3 45 (7.98%) XML
4 35 (6.21%) .NET Framework
5 25 (4.43%) CSS
6 22 (3.90%) jQuery
7 16 (2.84%) FIX Protocol
8 14 (2.48%) STL
9 11 (1.95%) WCF
10 9 (1.60%) HTML5
10 9 (1.60%) ASP.NET MVC
10 9 (1.60%) WPF
11 8 (1.42%) DCOM
11 8 (1.42%) Classic ASP
11 8 (1.42%) WinForms
11 8 (1.42%) NHibernate
12 7 (1.24%) Application Packaging
12 7 (1.24%) COM+
12 7 (1.24%) OLE DB
Miscellaneous
1 30 (5.32%) Clustering
2 27 (4.79%) Analytical Skills
3 18 (3.19%) PDA
4 16 (2.84%) Management Information System
4 16 (2.84%) Replication
5 13 (2.30%) Computer Science
6 8 (1.42%) Thin Client
6 8 (1.42%) CMDB
6 8 (1.42%) Fat Client
6 8 (1.42%) Enterprise Software
6 8 (1.42%) Enterprise Storage
7 7 (1.24%) E-Learning
8 6 (1.06%) PMI
9 5 (0.89%) iSeries
10 4 (0.71%) Blackberry
10 4 (0.71%) NHS
10 4 (0.71%) CESG
10 4 (0.71%) Mathematics
10 4 (0.71%) Social Media
10 4 (0.71%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 216 (38.30%) Windows
2 68 (12.06%) Windows 7
3 61 (10.82%) Windows Server 2008
4 45 (7.98%) Windows Server 2003
4 45 (7.98%) Windows XP
5 24 (4.26%) Windows 8
5 24 (4.26%) Windows Server 2012
6 17 (3.01%) AIX
7 14 (2.48%) Linux
8 11 (1.95%) UNIX
9 9 (1.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 4 (0.71%) Solaris
11 3 (0.53%) Windows Vista
11 3 (0.53%) Windows 2000
12 2 (0.35%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.18%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 68 (12.06%) ITIL
2 50 (8.87%) Agile Software Development
3 49 (8.69%) Project Management
4 40 (7.09%) Change Management
5 39 (6.91%) Migration
6 35 (6.21%) PRINCE2
6 35 (6.21%) Business Intelligence
7 31 (5.50%) Test Scripting
8 21 (3.72%) CRM
9 20 (3.55%) Software Testing
10 19 (3.37%) ETL
11 18 (3.19%) Disaster Recovery
11 18 (3.19%) Stakeholder Management
11 18 (3.19%) Programme Management
11 18 (3.19%) Test Automation
12 17 (3.01%) Validation
13 15 (2.66%) ERP
13 15 (2.66%) Workflow
14 14 (2.48%) MVC
14 14 (2.48%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 134 (23.76%) SQL
2 96 (17.02%) C#
3 39 (6.91%) JavaScript
3 39 (6.91%) T-SQL
4 37 (6.56%) VBScript
5 31 (5.50%) PowerShell
6 30 (5.32%) VBA
7 23 (4.08%) C++
8 13 (2.30%) PL/SQL
9 9 (1.60%) Java
10 6 (1.06%) C
10 6 (1.06%) Perl
11 5 (0.89%) VB
12 4 (0.71%) VB6
13 3 (0.53%) X++
14 2 (0.35%) REXX
14 2 (0.35%) Tcl
14 2 (0.35%) VB.NET
15 1 (0.18%) Python
15 1 (0.18%) PHP
Qualifications
1 118 (20.92%) Security Cleared
2 113 (20.04%) SC Cleared
3 75 (13.30%) Microsoft Certification
4 36 (6.38%) MCITP
5 35 (6.21%) Degree
6 32 (5.67%) MCSA
7 29 (5.14%) MCSE
8 27 (4.79%) MCTS
9 18 (3.19%) MCP
10 17 (3.01%) ISTQB
11 11 (1.95%) VCP4
11 11 (1.95%) PMI Certification
12 10 (1.77%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 8 (1.42%) PMP
13 8 (1.42%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 7 (1.24%) ISEB
15 6 (1.06%) DV Cleared
16 5 (0.89%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 4 (0.71%) A+ Certification
17 4 (0.71%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (2.30%) QA
2 10 (1.77%) SLA
3 1 (0.18%) AIFMD
3 1 (0.18%) UCITS
3 1 (0.18%) EMIR
3 1 (0.18%) HL7
3 1 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 90 (15.96%) Active Directory
2 41 (7.27%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (3.19%) Hyper-V
4 17 (3.01%) VMware ESX
5 9 (1.60%) Microsoft App-V
5 9 (1.60%) Firmware
6 8 (1.42%) XenApp
7 5 (0.89%) MetaFrame
8 4 (0.71%) VMware ESXi
8 4 (0.71%) XenDesktop
8 4 (0.71%) vSphere
9 2 (0.35%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 1 (0.18%) Veritas Volume Manager
10 1 (0.18%) Forefront TMG
10 1 (0.18%) vCloud
10 1 (0.18%) Oracle RMAN
Systems Management
1 47 (8.33%) SCCM
2 23 (4.08%) HP Quality Center
3 18 (3.19%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 16 (2.84%) SCOM
4 16 (2.84%) McAfee ePO
5 15 (2.66%) Netcool
6 7 (1.24%) NetBackup
7 5 (0.89%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 5 (0.89%) WMI
8 4 (0.71%) Backup Exec
8 4 (0.71%) Tivoli
8 4 (0.71%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 3 (0.53%) SCSM
9 3 (0.53%) Unicenter
9 3 (0.53%) DameWare
10 2 (0.35%) BMC PATROL
11 1 (0.18%) BMC Performance Manager
11 1 (0.18%) WSUS
11 1 (0.18%) Nagios
Vendors
1 81 (14.36%) VMware
2 50 (8.87%) HP
3 39 (6.91%) Citrix
4 36 (6.38%) Oracle
5 20 (3.55%) Veritas
6 18 (3.19%) McAfee
7 15 (2.66%) IBM
8 12 (2.13%) Symantec
8 12 (2.13%) Sybase
9 11 (1.95%) Adobe
10 10 (1.77%) Dell
10 10 (1.77%) Business Objects
11 8 (1.42%) CA
12 7 (1.24%) SAP
12 7 (1.24%) BMC
12 7 (1.24%) NetApp
13 6 (1.06%) Remedy
13 6 (1.06%) Apple
13 6 (1.06%) CommVault
13 6 (1.06%) Red Hat
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