The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Aberdeen with a requirement for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 29 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never 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.

Microsoft
Scotland / Aberdeen
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 7 5 2
Rank change year-on-year -2 -3  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 3 6 22
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Aberdeen 10.00% 25.00% 27.50%
As % of the Vendors category 15.00% 28.57% 41.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 1 6
Median daily rate - £500 £173
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +189.85%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £365 £350
% change year-on-year -4.10% +4.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 7
Median hourly rate - - £16.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.40 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year -4.00% -  

Microsoft is in the vendor products and services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all vendor product and service related skills in contract job vacancies advertised in Aberdeen.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
Aberdeen
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 20 21 53
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Aberdeen 66.67% 87.50% 66.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 6 16
Median daily rate £450 £490 £250
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.16% +96.00%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 7 9
Median hourly rate £45.00 £45.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +181.25%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.25 £19.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -14.47% +11.76%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Aberdeen

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Aberdeen citing Microsoft as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Vendors category.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in Aberdeen

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Aberdeen

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Microsoft in Aberdeen.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in Aberdeen

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Aberdeen

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft in Aberdeen.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Aberdeen

For the 6 months to 29 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Aberdeen region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 6 (54.55%) Windows
1 6 (54.55%) Time Management
2 5 (45.45%) Server Building
2 5 (45.45%) Microsoft Clustering
2 5 (45.45%) TCP/IP
2 5 (45.45%) Windows Server 2008
2 5 (45.45%) Veritas Volume Manager
2 5 (45.45%) vSphere
2 5 (45.45%) Change Control
2 5 (45.45%) Windows Server 2012
2 5 (45.45%) MCSE
2 5 (45.45%) SQL Server
2 5 (45.45%) IIS
2 5 (45.45%) Citrix
2 5 (45.45%) Microsoft Certification
2 5 (45.45%) Veritas
2 5 (45.45%) Windows Server 2003
2 5 (45.45%) Disaster Recovery
2 5 (45.45%) Firewall
2 5 (45.45%) Clustering
2 5 (45.45%) NetBackup
3 4 (36.36%) MS Excel
3 4 (36.36%) HP
3 4 (36.36%) VMware
3 4 (36.36%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (27.27%) MS Office
5 2 (18.18%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (9.09%) Marketing
6 1 (9.09%) Degree
6 1 (9.09%) Active Directory

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in Aberdeen by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 5 (45.45%) IIS
Applications
1 4 (36.36%) MS Excel
2 3 (27.27%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (18.18%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (9.09%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 5 (45.45%) Firewall
1 5 (45.45%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (45.45%) SQL Server
General
1 1 (9.09%) Finance
1 1 (9.09%) Legal
1 1 (9.09%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 3 (27.27%) Wintel Engineer
2 2 (18.18%) Consultant
3 1 (9.09%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
3 1 (9.09%) 2nd/3rd Line Support Consultant
3 1 (9.09%) 3rd Line Support
3 1 (9.09%) Administrator
3 1 (9.09%) Analyst
3 1 (9.09%) Architect
3 1 (9.09%) Dynamics AX Architect
3 1 (9.09%) Dynamics AX Consultant
3 1 (9.09%) ERP Analyst
3 1 (9.09%) IT Trainer
3 1 (9.09%) Microsoft Consultant
3 1 (9.09%) Microsoft Trainer
3 1 (9.09%) Services Delivery Consultant
3 1 (9.09%) Support Consultant
3 1 (9.09%) Systems Analyst
3 1 (9.09%) Technical Assistant
3 1 (9.09%) Trainer
3 1 (9.09%) Windows Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 5 (45.45%) Clustering
2 4 (36.36%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 6 (54.55%) Windows
2 5 (45.45%) Windows Server 2003
2 5 (45.45%) Windows Server 2008
2 5 (45.45%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (54.55%) Time Management
2 5 (45.45%) Change Control
2 5 (45.45%) Disaster Recovery
2 5 (45.45%) Server Building
3 1 (9.09%) Conflict Management
3 1 (9.09%) CRM
3 1 (9.09%) Data Management
3 1 (9.09%) ERP
3 1 (9.09%) ITIL
3 1 (9.09%) Master Data Management
3 1 (9.09%) Migration
3 1 (9.09%) Records Management
3 1 (9.09%) Service Delivery
3 1 (9.09%) Stakeholder Management
Qualifications
1 5 (45.45%) MCSE
1 5 (45.45%) Microsoft Certification
2 1 (9.09%) Degree
2 1 (9.09%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 5 (45.45%) Veritas Volume Manager
1 5 (45.45%) vSphere
2 1 (9.09%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 5 (45.45%) Microsoft Clustering
1 5 (45.45%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 5 (45.45%) Citrix
1 5 (45.45%) Veritas
2 4 (36.36%) HP
2 4 (36.36%) VMware
3 1 (9.09%) JD Edwards