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 11 February 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.

Location
3 months to
11 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Windows
Rank 9 8 4
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -4
Contract jobs citing Windows 297 335 378
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 11.66% 12.33% 16.16%
As % of the Operating Systems category 55.72% 57.96% 66.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 144 172 119
Average daily rate £313 £309 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.21% -8.51%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £100 £100 £112
10% offered a daily rate of more than £424 £425 £463
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £320 £300
% change year-on-year
+1.56% +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 10 38
Average hourly rate £15.25 £13.19 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+15.66% -22.44%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.90 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £85.20 £16.85 £33.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+10.34% -3.33%
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
533 578 569
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 20.92% 21.27% 24.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 261 306 232
Average daily rate £343 £330 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.78% -5.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £121 £110 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £335 £308
% change year-on-year
+4.47% +8.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 14 41
Average hourly rate £16.00 £14.00 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -17.64%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £170.00 £18.00 £33.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+9.37% +6.66%

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 11 February 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 11 February 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 11 February 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 -2 117 £346 +14.46% 22
Glasgow 0 72 £250 -18.69% 27
Renfrewshire 0 54 £330 -5.17% 3
Stirling +5 6 £375 +97.36%
Aberdeen +3 6 - -
Highlands -1 6 £110 -21.42%
West Lothian -3 6 £225 -30.76%
North Lanarkshire +4 5 £150 -15.49% 1
Fife 0 4 £320 +190.90% 2
Argyll and Bute - 3 £110 -
Dundee +1 1 £100 -52.38%
Inverclyde -4 1 - -
West Dunbartonshire - 1 £200 -
Windows
UK

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 11 February 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.

1 269 (46.22%) Microsoft
2 235 (40.38%) Windows Server
3 228 (39.18%) Active Directory
4 185 (31.79%) Windows 7
5 175 (30.07%) Windows Server 2008
6 149 (25.60%) VMware
7 126 (21.65%) Security Cleared
8 119 (20.45%) SQL Server
9 118 (20.27%) Windows Server 2003
10 117 (20.10%) Citrix
11 114 (19.59%) SQL
12 101 (17.35%) Microsoft Certification
13 95 (16.32%) Linux
14 93 (15.98%) Finance
14 93 (15.98%) PowerShell
15 89 (15.29%) Windows Server 2012
16 87 (14.95%) VMware Infrastructure
17 86 (14.78%) SC Cleared
18 85 (14.60%) Unix
19 81 (13.92%) ITIL
20 79 (13.57%) Migration
21 78 (13.40%) MS Exchange
22 74 (12.71%) Clustering
23 73 (12.54%) Change Management
23 73 (12.54%) Hyper-V
24 67 (11.51%) Software Testing
25 66 (11.34%) MCSE
25 66 (11.34%) MS Office
26 65 (11.17%) .NET
26 65 (11.17%) Windows XP

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 11 February 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 78 (13.40%) MS Exchange
2 48 (8.25%) SharePoint
3 31 (5.33%) Exchange Server 2010
4 27 (4.64%) IIS
5 23 (3.95%) Skype for Business
6 16 (2.75%) OpenStack
7 13 (2.23%) Exchange Server 2007
8 10 (1.72%) JBoss
8 10 (1.72%) Tomcat
9 9 (1.55%) Exchange Server 2013
10 8 (1.37%) CICS
11 7 (1.20%) Apache
11 7 (1.20%) Live Communications Server
11 7 (1.20%) Office Communications Server
12 6 (1.03%) WebSphere
13 4 (0.69%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 4 (0.69%) Elasticsearch
13 4 (0.69%) NServiceBus
14 3 (0.52%) Confluence
15 2 (0.34%) Node.js
Applications
1 66 (11.34%) MS Office
2 63 (10.82%) MS Excel
3 3 (0.52%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (0.34%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.17%) Acrobat
5 1 (0.17%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 1 (0.17%) Adobe Illustrator
5 1 (0.17%) InDesign
5 1 (0.17%) MS Project
5 1 (0.17%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 4 (0.69%) assyst
2 1 (0.17%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 20 (3.44%) Office 365
2 13 (2.23%) Microsoft Azure
3 12 (2.06%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (0.69%) PaaS
5 2 (0.34%) Amazon EC2
5 2 (0.34%) Amazon ELB
5 2 (0.34%) Amazon S3
5 2 (0.34%) Cloud Computing
5 2 (0.34%) OneDrive
5 2 (0.34%) SaaS
6 1 (0.17%) Adobe Creative Cloud
6 1 (0.17%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 1 (0.17%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 64 (11.00%) DNS
2 49 (8.42%) SAN
3 47 (8.08%) DHCP
4 29 (4.98%) WAN
5 22 (3.78%) Firewall
6 21 (3.61%) LAN
6 21 (3.61%) LDAP
7 17 (2.92%) NAS
7 17 (2.92%) TCP/IP
8 16 (2.75%) Network Security
9 13 (2.23%) HTTP
10 12 (2.06%) SSL
11 11 (1.89%) iSCSI
11 11 (1.89%) VPN
12 8 (1.37%) Internet
13 7 (1.20%) NetScaler
13 7 (1.20%) Skype
14 6 (1.03%) VLAN
14 6 (1.03%) VoIP
15 5 (0.86%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 119 (20.45%) SQL Server
2 21 (3.61%) Relational Database
3 15 (2.58%) RDBMS
4 12 (2.06%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 10 (1.72%) Oracle Database
6 8 (1.37%) SQL Server 2012
7 6 (1.03%) DB2
8 4 (0.69%) Oracle Database 11g
9 3 (0.52%) PostgreSQL
9 3 (0.52%) SQL Server 2000
9 3 (0.52%) SQL Server 2005
9 3 (0.52%) SQL Server 2008
10 2 (0.34%) Informix
10 2 (0.34%) MongoDB
10 2 (0.34%) MS Access
11 1 (0.17%) Ingres
11 1 (0.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 48 (8.25%) HP UFT
2 47 (8.08%) WinRunner
3 46 (7.90%) TestDirector
4 23 (3.95%) MSI
5 11 (1.89%) Visual Studio
6 10 (1.72%) Eclipse
6 10 (1.72%) Fiddler
7 7 (1.20%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 5 (0.86%) Jenkins
8 5 (0.86%) Maven
8 5 (0.86%) Sonatype Nexus
8 5 (0.86%) Subversion
8 5 (0.86%) Team Foundation Server
9 4 (0.69%) JIRA
10 3 (0.52%) Git (software)
10 3 (0.52%) InstallShield
10 3 (0.52%) JUnit
10 3 (0.52%) Mockito
10 3 (0.52%) NetBeans
11 1 (0.17%) Cucumber
General
1 93 (15.98%) Finance
2 52 (8.93%) Banking
3 10 (1.72%) Legal
4 9 (1.55%) Law
5 5 (0.86%) Manufacturing
5 5 (0.86%) Retail
6 3 (0.52%) Financial Institution
7 2 (0.34%) Back Office
7 2 (0.34%) Front Office
7 2 (0.34%) Investment Banking
7 2 (0.34%) Telecoms
8 1 (0.17%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.17%) Billing
8 1 (0.17%) German Language
8 1 (0.17%) Italian Language
8 1 (0.17%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 97 (16.67%) Analyst
2 42 (7.22%) Test Analyst
3 38 (6.53%) Developer
4 35 (6.01%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 34 (5.84%) Support Engineer
6 32 (5.50%) Infrastructure Analyst
7 31 (5.33%) Administrator
8 30 (5.15%) Desktop Support
9 27 (4.64%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
10 25 (4.30%) IT Support
11 21 (3.61%) Support Analyst
12 19 (3.26%) 2nd Line Support
12 19 (3.26%) Consultant
13 18 (3.09%) Active Directory Engineer
13 18 (3.09%) Deployment Engineer
14 16 (2.75%) Architect
14 16 (2.75%) Windows Engineer
15 15 (2.58%) IT Engineer
15 15 (2.58%) Tester
16 14 (2.41%) SIEM Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 65 (11.17%) .NET
2 43 (7.39%) Web Services
3 22 (3.78%) XML
4 16 (2.75%) .NET Framework
4 16 (2.75%) ASP.NET
4 16 (2.75%) CSS
4 16 (2.75%) HTML
5 15 (2.58%) WinForms
5 15 (2.58%) WPF
6 14 (2.41%) XSD
7 9 (1.55%) Middleware
8 7 (1.20%) Java EE
9 6 (1.03%) HTML5
9 6 (1.03%) jQuery
9 6 (1.03%) REST
9 6 (1.03%) Spring
10 5 (0.86%) Hibernate
11 4 (0.69%) MSMQ
11 4 (0.69%) SOAP
11 4 (0.69%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 74 (12.71%) Clustering
2 58 (9.97%) Data Centre
3 42 (7.22%) PDA
4 40 (6.87%) Analytical Skills
5 20 (3.44%) Replication
6 17 (2.92%) Computer Science
7 15 (2.58%) Blackberry
7 15 (2.58%) Enterprise Software
8 14 (2.41%) Taxonomies
9 12 (2.06%) PKI
10 11 (1.89%) Client/Server
11 10 (1.72%) Private Cloud
12 9 (1.55%) Management Information System
13 8 (1.37%) Driving Licence
13 8 (1.37%) Hybrid Cloud
13 8 (1.37%) NHS
13 8 (1.37%) Visualisation
14 6 (1.03%) HP Storage
15 5 (0.86%) Public Cloud
15 5 (0.86%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 235 (40.38%) Windows Server
2 185 (31.79%) Windows 7
3 175 (30.07%) Windows Server 2008
4 118 (20.27%) Windows Server 2003
5 95 (16.32%) Linux
6 89 (15.29%) Windows Server 2012
7 85 (14.60%) Unix
8 65 (11.17%) Windows XP
9 59 (10.14%) AIX
10 23 (3.95%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 20 (3.44%) Windows 8
12 15 (2.58%) Solaris
12 15 (2.58%) Windows 10
13 10 (1.72%) HPUX
14 6 (1.03%) Mac OS
15 5 (0.86%) Mac OS X
15 5 (0.86%) Windows 2000
16 4 (0.69%) Apple iOS
16 4 (0.69%) Windows Mobile
16 4 (0.69%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 81 (13.92%) ITIL
2 79 (13.57%) Migration
3 73 (12.54%) Change Management
4 67 (11.51%) Software Testing
5 53 (9.11%) Test Scripting
6 50 (8.59%) Test Automation
7 32 (5.50%) Agile Software Development
8 30 (5.15%) Service Management
9 27 (4.64%) Configuration Management
10 24 (4.12%) Project Management
11 20 (3.44%) Application Packaging
11 20 (3.44%) OO
12 19 (3.26%) Unit Testing
13 16 (2.75%) Disaster Recovery
14 14 (2.41%) SIEM
14 14 (2.41%) Threat Modelling
15 13 (2.23%) Continuous Improvement
15 13 (2.23%) Performance Testing
15 13 (2.23%) Root Cause Analysis
15 13 (2.23%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 114 (19.59%) SQL
2 93 (15.98%) PowerShell
3 57 (9.79%) Java
4 55 (9.45%) C#
5 33 (5.67%) VBScript
6 21 (3.61%) JavaScript
6 21 (3.61%) VB
7 18 (3.09%) Shell Script
8 17 (2.92%) C++
8 17 (2.92%) Python
9 16 (2.75%) Perl
10 12 (2.06%) VB.NET
11 11 (1.89%) C
12 8 (1.37%) COBOL
13 7 (1.20%) PL/1
13 7 (1.20%) T-SQL
14 6 (1.03%) Bash Shell
14 6 (1.03%) VB6
15 5 (0.86%) VBA
16 2 (0.34%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 126 (21.65%) Security Cleared
2 101 (17.35%) Microsoft Certification
3 86 (14.78%) SC Cleared
4 66 (11.34%) MCSE
5 62 (10.65%) MCSA
6 60 (10.31%) MCTS
7 48 (8.25%) MCITP
8 44 (7.56%) ISTQB
9 26 (4.47%) Degree
9 26 (4.47%) MCP
10 19 (3.26%) CISSP
11 14 (2.41%) CISMP
12 12 (2.06%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 7 (1.20%) ITIL Certification
14 6 (1.03%) ISEB
14 6 (1.03%) PhD
15 5 (0.86%) A+ Certification
15 5 (0.86%) CCNA
15 5 (0.86%) Cisco Certification
15 5 (0.86%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (6.19%) Disclosure Scotland
2 13 (2.23%) SLA
3 6 (1.03%) QA
4 1 (0.17%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 228 (39.18%) Active Directory
2 87 (14.95%) VMware Infrastructure
3 73 (12.54%) Hyper-V
4 54 (9.28%) VMware ESX
5 27 (4.64%) XenApp
6 19 (3.26%) Microsoft App-V
6 19 (3.26%) VMware ESXi
7 18 (3.09%) XenDesktop
8 16 (2.75%) vSphere
9 10 (1.72%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 8 (1.37%) Firmware
11 5 (0.86%) Veritas Cluster Server
12 4 (0.69%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 4 (0.69%) SRDF
12 4 (0.69%) Terminal Services
13 2 (0.34%) ISA Server
13 2 (0.34%) NFS
13 2 (0.34%) Samba
14 1 (0.17%) MetaFrame
14 1 (0.17%) NDS
Systems Management
1 65 (11.17%) SCCM
2 46 (7.90%) HP Quality Center
3 40 (6.87%) McAfee ePO
3 40 (6.87%) Netcool
4 29 (4.98%) SCOM
5 20 (3.44%) NetBackup
6 15 (2.58%) WSUS
7 14 (2.41%) QRadar
8 10 (1.72%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 9 (1.55%) Backup Exec
10 7 (1.20%) EMC NetWorker
11 6 (1.03%) EMC Navisphere
11 6 (1.03%) HP Operations Orchestration
11 6 (1.03%) Nagios
11 6 (1.03%) Puppet
12 5 (0.86%) Ansible
12 5 (0.86%) Norton AntiVirus
13 3 (0.52%) HP SIM
13 3 (0.52%) Oracle RMAN
13 3 (0.52%) Perfmon
Vendors
1 269 (46.22%) Microsoft
2 149 (25.60%) VMware
3 117 (20.10%) Citrix
4 54 (9.28%) Veritas
5 52 (8.93%) Oracle
6 49 (8.42%) HP
7 44 (7.56%) Intel Security
8 42 (7.22%) Cisco
9 29 (4.98%) EMC
10 22 (3.78%) Symantec
11 18 (3.09%) Red Hat
12 14 (2.41%) Splunk
13 12 (2.06%) IBM
14 10 (1.72%) AppSense
15 9 (1.55%) Apple
16 8 (1.37%) Brocade
16 8 (1.37%) CA
16 8 (1.37%) Dell
17 5 (0.86%) NetApp
17 5 (0.86%) Veeam
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