The table below looks at the statistics for Windows skills in IT contracts advertised for the Scotland region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Windows over the 3 months to 29 April 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.

3 months to
29 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Windows
Rank 5 6 4
Rank change year-on-year
+1 -2
Contract jobs citing Windows 451 387 445
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 15.11% 12.98% 16.72%
As % of the Operating Systems category 56.30% 62.22% 65.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 237 197 162
Average daily rate £335 £288 £326
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.52% -11.74%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £127 £105 £123
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £432 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £339 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+4.23% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 38 31
Average hourly rate £36.00 £29.09 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+23.77% +66.20%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.10 £12.29 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.20 £40.00 £32.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.25 £15.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+1.66% -3.22%
Windows
UK

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Operating Systems category in contract jobs advertised in the Scotland region.

Operating Systems Category
Scotland
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Operating Systems category
801 622 682
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 26.83% 20.87% 25.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 403 323 314
Average daily rate £375 £324 £355
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.83% -8.80%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £113 £130
10% offered a daily rate of more than £468 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £338 £320
% change year-on-year
+7.40% +5.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 48 33
Average hourly rate £37.50 £28.10 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+33.45% +60.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.40 £12.00 £13.95
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.00 £41.50 £29.17
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £15.80 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+7.59% -1.25%

Windows
Jobs Demand Trend in Scotland

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Windows across the Scotland region as a proportion of the total demand within the Operating Systems category.

Windows Jobs Demand Trend in Scotland

Windows
Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Windows across the Scotland region.

Windows Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

Windows
Daily Rate Histogram in Scotland

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Windows across the Scotland region over the 3 months to 29 April 2016.

Windows Daily Rate Histogram in Scotland

Windows
Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Windows across the Scotland region.

Windows Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

Windows
Hourly Rate Histogram in Scotland

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Windows across the Scotland region over the 3 months to 29 April 2016.

Windows Hourly Rate Histogram in Scotland

Windows
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 Windows within the Scotland region over the 3 months to 29 April 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 -1 153 £375 +25.00% 27
Renfrewshire -1 135 £330 -1.49% 4
Glasgow 0 83 £293 -2.50% 30
Inverclyde 0 12 £415 +343.85%
West Lothian +3 9 £369 +13.46%
Stirling +15 6 £463 - 3
Highlands +2 5 £110 +4.76% 1
North Lanarkshire +6 3 £188 +4.16% 1
South Lanarkshire +1 2 £150 -
Scottish Borders 0 2 £325 +66.66%
Dundee -3 2 £118 -30.88% 1
Fife -5 2 - - 1
Lanarkshire 0 1 £115 +15.00%
Midlothian 0 1 £225 -
West Dunbartonshire -1 1 £190 -
Moray -1 1 £420 -1.17%
Aberdeen -9 1 £110 -48.83% 1
Windows
UK

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Scotland region citing Windows 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 Windows.

1 339 (45.02%) Microsoft
1 339 (45.02%) Windows Server
2 330 (43.82%) Active Directory
3 253 (33.60%) Windows Server 2008
4 230 (30.54%) PowerShell
5 200 (26.56%) Security Cleared
6 198 (26.29%) VMware
7 189 (25.10%) Windows Server 2012
8 181 (24.04%) SQL
9 172 (22.84%) SQL Server
10 167 (22.18%) Windows Server 2003
11 164 (21.78%) Windows 7
12 151 (20.05%) Citrix
13 137 (18.19%) Microsoft Certification
14 136 (18.06%) SC Cleared
15 133 (17.66%) Linux
16 128 (17.00%) Migration
17 124 (16.47%) ITIL
18 122 (16.20%) Finance
19 119 (15.80%) MS Exchange
19 119 (15.80%) DNS
19 119 (15.80%) VMware Infrastructure
20 118 (15.67%) MS Excel
21 108 (14.34%) HP
22 102 (13.55%) SCCM
23 99 (13.15%) Unix
24 85 (11.29%) Clustering
25 82 (10.89%) DHCP
26 81 (10.76%) SharePoint
27 80 (10.62%) MCSE

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Scotland region citing Windows 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 Windows. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 119 (15.80%) MS Exchange
2 81 (10.76%) SharePoint
3 67 (8.90%) Exchange Server 2010
4 58 (7.70%) Skype for Business
5 55 (7.30%) OpenStack
6 45 (5.98%) Exchange Server 2013
7 43 (5.71%) Exchange Server 2007
8 37 (4.91%) IIS
9 32 (4.25%) Exchange Server 2003
10 26 (3.45%) Office Communications Server
11 16 (2.12%) Tomcat
12 12 (1.59%) Apache
13 11 (1.46%) SharePoint Server
14 10 (1.33%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 9 (1.20%) SharePoint 2010
15 9 (1.20%) SharePoint 2013
16 8 (1.06%) JBoss
16 8 (1.06%) WebSphere
17 7 (0.93%) Live Communications Server
18 6 (0.80%) CICS
Applications
1 118 (15.67%) MS Excel
2 79 (10.49%) MS Office
3 8 (1.06%) MS Project
4 3 (0.40%) MS PowerPoint
5 2 (0.27%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.13%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.13%) InDesign
6 1 (0.13%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.13%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (0.93%) assyst
2 4 (0.53%) Global One
3 3 (0.40%) Oracle BPM
4 1 (0.13%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 75 (9.96%) Office 365
2 28 (3.72%) Microsoft Azure
3 15 (1.99%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (0.53%) Amazon EC2
4 4 (0.53%) Amazon S3
4 4 (0.53%) PaaS
5 3 (0.40%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 2 (0.27%) Adobe Creative Cloud
6 2 (0.27%) Amazon ELB
6 2 (0.27%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (0.27%) Google Cloud Platform
6 2 (0.27%) OneDrive
6 2 (0.27%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 1 (0.13%) HP Helion
7 1 (0.13%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 119 (15.80%) DNS
2 82 (10.89%) DHCP
3 72 (9.56%) SAN
4 58 (7.70%) Firewall
5 40 (5.31%) TCP/IP
6 39 (5.18%) SSL
7 36 (4.78%) Skype
8 34 (4.52%) WAN
9 29 (3.85%) HTTP
10 25 (3.32%) LAN
11 22 (2.92%) LDAP
11 22 (2.92%) NAS
12 19 (2.52%) Internet
13 13 (1.73%) iSCSI
13 13 (1.73%) NetScaler
14 12 (1.59%) VPN
15 10 (1.33%) HTTPS
15 10 (1.33%) SNMP
16 9 (1.20%) Kerberos
16 9 (1.20%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 172 (22.84%) SQL Server
2 24 (3.19%) Relational Database
3 17 (2.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 15 (1.99%) SQL Server 2008
5 14 (1.86%) Oracle Database
5 14 (1.86%) RDBMS
6 11 (1.46%) SQL Server 2012
7 9 (1.20%) MongoDB
8 8 (1.06%) SQL Server 2005
8 8 (1.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 7 (0.93%) DB2
9 7 (0.93%) PostgreSQL
10 6 (0.80%) Informix
10 6 (0.80%) MySQL
10 6 (0.80%) NoSQL
11 4 (0.53%) UniData
12 3 (0.40%) MarkLogic
12 3 (0.40%) Oracle Database 11g
12 3 (0.40%) Spotfire
13 1 (0.13%) Neo4j
Development Applications
1 40 (5.31%) HP UFT
1 40 (5.31%) TestDirector
2 39 (5.18%) WinRunner
3 20 (2.66%) MSI
4 16 (2.12%) Visual Studio
5 12 (1.59%) SoapUI
6 9 (1.20%) Eclipse
6 9 (1.20%) Jenkins
6 9 (1.20%) Team Foundation Server
7 8 (1.06%) Fiddler
7 8 (1.06%) Subversion
8 7 (0.93%) Maven
8 7 (0.93%) Sonatype Nexus
9 5 (0.66%) JIRA
9 5 (0.66%) Selenium
9 5 (0.66%) TeamCity
10 4 (0.53%) Git (software)
10 4 (0.53%) InstallShield
10 4 (0.53%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 3 (0.40%) JUnit
General
1 122 (16.20%) Finance
2 74 (9.83%) Banking
3 13 (1.73%) Law
4 12 (1.59%) Legal
5 9 (1.20%) Financial Institution
6 6 (0.80%) Manufacturing
7 5 (0.66%) Investment Banking
7 5 (0.66%) Retail
8 4 (0.53%) Front Office
9 3 (0.40%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.13%) Back Office
10 1 (0.13%) Billing
10 1 (0.13%) German Language
10 1 (0.13%) Italian Language
10 1 (0.13%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 85 (11.29%) Analyst
2 54 (7.17%) Developer
3 41 (5.44%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 35 (4.65%) Support Engineer
4 35 (4.65%) Test Analyst
5 31 (4.12%) Administrator
6 30 (3.98%) Consultant
6 30 (3.98%) Infrastructure Analyst
6 30 (3.98%) Windows Engineer
7 29 (3.85%) Active Directory Engineer
8 28 (3.72%) IT Support
9 27 (3.59%) Desktop Support
10 26 (3.45%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
10 26 (3.45%) Server Engineer
11 23 (3.05%) Architect
12 21 (2.79%) 2nd Line Support
13 19 (2.52%) Project Manager
13 19 (2.52%) Wintel Engineer
14 18 (2.39%) Deployment Engineer
14 18 (2.39%) Virtualisation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 67 (8.90%) .NET
2 45 (5.98%) XML
3 41 (5.44%) Web Services
4 28 (3.72%) CSS
5 26 (3.45%) HTML
5 26 (3.45%) XSD
6 21 (2.79%) REST
7 19 (2.52%) .NET Framework
7 19 (2.52%) Middleware
8 18 (2.39%) SOAP
9 17 (2.26%) RESTful
10 15 (1.99%) ASP.NET
10 15 (1.99%) WinForms
10 15 (1.99%) WPF
11 14 (1.86%) jQuery
12 13 (1.73%) IBM Integration Bus
13 12 (1.59%) JSON
13 12 (1.59%) WSDL
14 9 (1.20%) Regular Expression
14 9 (1.20%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 85 (11.29%) Clustering
2 68 (9.03%) Data Centre
3 50 (6.64%) Computer Science
4 40 (5.31%) Analytical Skills
5 35 (4.65%) PDA
6 26 (3.45%) Replication
7 23 (3.05%) PKI
8 22 (2.92%) Enterprise Software
9 18 (2.39%) Hybrid Cloud
10 16 (2.12%) Mainframe
11 14 (1.86%) Private Cloud
12 13 (1.73%) Public Cloud
13 12 (1.59%) Driving Licence
14 11 (1.46%) Blackberry
15 10 (1.33%) Client/Server
15 10 (1.33%) Visualisation
16 7 (0.93%) Enterprise Storage
16 7 (0.93%) Hedge funds
16 7 (0.93%) Management Information System
16 7 (0.93%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 339 (45.02%) Windows Server
2 253 (33.60%) Windows Server 2008
3 189 (25.10%) Windows Server 2012
4 167 (22.18%) Windows Server 2003
5 164 (21.78%) Windows 7
6 133 (17.66%) Linux
7 99 (13.15%) Unix
8 72 (9.56%) Windows XP
9 67 (8.90%) AIX
10 42 (5.58%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 38 (5.05%) Solaris
12 22 (2.92%) HPUX
13 21 (2.79%) Windows 10
14 20 (2.66%) Windows 8
15 10 (1.33%) Android
16 7 (0.93%) Apple iOS
17 6 (0.80%) Windows 2000
17 6 (0.80%) Windows Phone
17 6 (0.80%) zOS
18 5 (0.66%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 128 (17.00%) Migration
2 124 (16.47%) ITIL
3 77 (10.23%) Change Management
4 54 (7.17%) Software Testing
5 46 (6.11%) Test Scripting
6 42 (5.58%) Test Automation
7 38 (5.05%) Agile Software Development
8 36 (4.78%) Load Balancing
9 35 (4.65%) Configuration Management
10 33 (4.38%) Project Management
11 30 (3.98%) Service Management
12 29 (3.85%) Unit Testing
13 24 (3.19%) Release Management
14 22 (2.92%) OO
14 22 (2.92%) Risk Management
15 20 (2.66%) Application Packaging
15 20 (2.66%) Stakeholder Management
16 18 (2.39%) Content Management
17 17 (2.26%) Incident Management
18 16 (2.12%) Automated Testing
Programming Languages
1 230 (30.54%) PowerShell
2 181 (24.04%) SQL
3 74 (9.83%) Java
4 69 (9.16%) VBScript
5 68 (9.03%) C#
6 41 (5.44%) JavaScript
7 31 (4.12%) Perl
8 25 (3.32%) Python
9 22 (2.92%) VB
10 16 (2.12%) T-SQL
11 14 (1.86%) C++
12 13 (1.73%) C
13 12 (1.59%) VB.NET
14 11 (1.46%) Shell Script
15 10 (1.33%) Korn
15 10 (1.33%) VBA
16 9 (1.20%) Bourne shell
16 9 (1.20%) Jython
16 9 (1.20%) Ruby
17 7 (0.93%) VB6
Qualifications
1 200 (26.56%) Security Cleared
2 137 (18.19%) Microsoft Certification
3 136 (18.06%) SC Cleared
4 80 (10.62%) MCSE
5 65 (8.63%) MCSA
6 62 (8.23%) Degree
7 57 (7.57%) MCTS
8 43 (5.71%) MCITP
9 38 (5.05%) ISTQB
10 29 (3.85%) MCP
11 19 (2.52%) CISSP
11 19 (2.52%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 17 (2.26%) DV Cleared
13 16 (2.12%) ITIL Certification
14 7 (0.93%) CISMP
15 6 (0.80%) BPSS Clearance
15 6 (0.80%) PhD
16 4 (0.53%) HNC
16 4 (0.53%) PMI Certification
16 4 (0.53%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (5.71%) Disclosure Scotland
2 15 (1.99%) QA
3 10 (1.33%) SLA
4 5 (0.66%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.40%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.13%) COBIT
System Software
1 330 (43.82%) Active Directory
2 119 (15.80%) VMware Infrastructure
3 77 (10.23%) Hyper-V
4 58 (7.70%) XenApp
5 53 (7.04%) VMware ESX
6 27 (3.59%) vSphere
6 27 (3.59%) XenDesktop
7 19 (2.52%) Microsoft App-V
8 18 (2.39%) Terminal Services
9 15 (1.99%) VMware ESXi
10 13 (1.73%) DFS Replication
11 12 (1.59%) Veritas Cluster Server
12 8 (1.06%) Veritas File System
13 7 (0.93%) SRDF
14 6 (0.80%) Docker
14 6 (0.80%) Firmware
14 6 (0.80%) Veritas Volume Manager
15 5 (0.66%) UAG
16 4 (0.53%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 4 (0.53%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 102 (13.55%) SCCM
2 44 (5.84%) Netcool
3 39 (5.18%) HP Quality Center
3 39 (5.18%) SCOM
4 38 (5.05%) McAfee ePO
5 27 (3.59%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 22 (2.92%) WSUS
7 19 (2.52%) Puppet
8 16 (2.12%) NetBackup
9 14 (1.86%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 13 (1.73%) Tivoli
11 11 (1.46%) Ansible
12 10 (1.33%) EMC NetWorker
12 10 (1.33%) SCOrch
13 9 (1.20%) BladeLogic
13 9 (1.20%) Nagios
14 8 (1.06%) HP Operations Orchestration
14 8 (1.06%) vRealize
15 7 (0.93%) HP SiteScope
15 7 (0.93%) QRadar
Vendors
1 339 (45.02%) Microsoft
2 198 (26.29%) VMware
3 151 (20.05%) Citrix
4 108 (14.34%) HP
5 75 (9.96%) Oracle
6 51 (6.77%) Veritas
7 43 (5.71%) Intel Security
8 38 (5.05%) Red Hat
9 34 (4.52%) Cisco
10 31 (4.12%) IBM
11 24 (3.19%) CA
11 24 (3.19%) Symantec
12 19 (2.52%) Altiris
12 19 (2.52%) IronPort
13 16 (2.12%) AppSense
14 15 (1.99%) Dell
14 15 (1.99%) EMC
15 12 (1.59%) Splunk
16 10 (1.33%) Apple
17 9 (1.20%) BMC
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