Period
to 23 February 2020

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Scotland 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 6 months to 23 February 2020 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
UK > Scotland
6 months to
23 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 6 10 11
Rank change year-on-year +4 +1 -6
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 522 484 518
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 13.99% 10.54% 10.63%
As % of the Vendors category 36.33% 28.61% 30.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 307 284 316
Scotland median daily rate £375 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.14% +4.17%
10th Percentile £123 £145 £157
90th Percentile £525 £538 £525
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +3.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 15 29
Scotland median hourly rate £18.49 £15.86 £15.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.58% - +4.76%
10th Percentile £12.93 £12.25 £10.40
90th Percentile £43.84 £25.55 £25.00
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year +20.00% - +1.01%

Microsoft is in the Vendor Products and Services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services advertised in Scotland.

All Vendors
Scotland
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 1,437 1,692 1,716
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 38.53% 36.84% 35.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 754 907 981
Scotland median daily rate £415 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.75% +3.23% +10.71%
10th Percentile £141 £213 £200
90th Percentile £575 £547 £544
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £438
% change year-on-year - +2.74% +3.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 60 37 47
Scotland median hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.29% -12.50% +17.65%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.25 £10.63
90th Percentile £43.83 £31.80 £43.70
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +8.57% - +2.34%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Scotland

Job postings citing Microsoft as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Scotland.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in Scotland

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in Scotland

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Scotland

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Scotland over the 6 months to 23 February 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in Scotland

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Scotland

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Scotland

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Scotland over the 6 months to 23 February 2020.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in Scotland

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in Scotland

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the Scotland region over the 6 months to 23 February 2020. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Edinburgh +5 196 £400 -5.88% 59
Glasgow +2 179 £375 +7.14% 82
Renfrewshire +8 46 £413 -5.17% 7
Dundee -1 26 £425 +30.77% 8
Aberdeen -3 20 £130 -35.00% 9
Highlands +4 15 £128 -31.08% 3
North Lanarkshire +1 7 £130 -17.46% 7
South Ayrshire -2 6 £123 - 1
South Lanarkshire +2 4 £275 -35.29%
Stirling +1 3 £313 -26.47% 1
Midlothian -2 3 £356 -10.94% 1
Inverclyde - 3 £140 -
Perth and Kinross - 3 £594 -
West Lothian +2 1 £375 - 11
Aberdeenshire -2 1 - - 2
Scottish Borders -2 1 £425 +25.93% 2
Argyll and Bute - 1 £199 -
Angus - 1 - -
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 23 February 2020, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Scotland region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 223 (42.72%) Windows
2 142 (27.20%) Public Sector
3 135 (25.86%) Active Directory
4 131 (25.10%) Azure
5 130 (24.90%) Office 365
6 129 (24.71%) Agile Software Development
7 122 (23.37%) Windows 10
8 113 (21.65%) Microsoft Office
9 84 (16.09%) Migration
10 82 (15.71%) SQL Server
10 82 (15.71%) .NET
11 80 (15.33%) Windows 7
12 77 (14.75%) Finance
13 73 (13.98%) SQL
14 70 (13.41%) SharePoint
15 63 (12.07%) Citrix
16 60 (11.49%) SCCM
17 59 (11.30%) Problem-Solving
18 58 (11.11%) C#
19 56 (10.73%) AWS
20 53 (10.15%) Windows Server
20 53 (10.15%) Security Cleared
21 49 (9.39%) Skype
22 48 (9.20%) PowerShell
22 48 (9.20%) Microsoft Excel
23 47 (9.00%) ITIL
24 44 (8.43%) Business Intelligence
25 43 (8.24%) DNS
26 42 (8.05%) VMware
26 42 (8.05%) Skype for Business

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in Scotland 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 70 (13.41%) SharePoint
2 42 (8.05%) Skype for Business
3 29 (5.56%) MS Exchange
4 18 (3.45%) IIS
5 15 (2.87%) Apache
6 12 (2.30%) Tomcat
7 10 (1.92%) nginx
7 10 (1.92%) WebSphere
8 8 (1.53%) Exchange Server 2010
8 8 (1.53%) Jetty
8 8 (1.53%) Mongrel
9 7 (1.34%) Exchange Server 2013
10 6 (1.15%) IBM Domino
10 6 (1.15%) WordPress
11 4 (0.77%) CMS
11 4 (0.77%) Confluence
12 3 (0.57%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 3 (0.57%) OpenStack
12 3 (0.57%) SharePoint Server
13 2 (0.38%) JBoss
Applications
1 113 (21.65%) Microsoft Office
2 48 (9.20%) Microsoft Excel
3 27 (5.17%) Microsoft Project
4 26 (4.98%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 26 (4.98%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.57%) Edge Animate
5 3 (0.57%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.38%) Adobe Illustrator
6 2 (0.38%) FileZilla
6 2 (0.38%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 14 (2.68%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (1.34%) assyst
3 2 (0.38%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.38%) Oracle Cash Management
3 2 (0.38%) Primavera
3 2 (0.38%) Sentinel
4 1 (0.19%) CSG Singleview
4 1 (0.19%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.19%) Infor M3
4 1 (0.19%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 131 (25.10%) Azure
2 130 (24.90%) Office 365
3 56 (10.73%) AWS
4 37 (7.09%) OneDrive
5 21 (4.02%) Power Platform
6 19 (3.64%) Azure Active Directory
7 17 (3.26%) Dynamics 365
8 12 (2.30%) SaaS
9 11 (2.11%) GitHub
10 10 (1.92%) GCP
10 10 (1.92%) PaaS
11 8 (1.53%) Amazon EC2
11 8 (1.53%) Google App Engine
12 7 (1.34%) IaaS
13 6 (1.15%) Trello
14 5 (0.96%) Microsoft Flow
14 5 (0.96%) PowerApps
15 4 (0.77%) Azure Functions
15 4 (0.77%) Cloud Computing
15 4 (0.77%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 49 (9.39%) Skype
2 43 (8.24%) DNS
3 23 (4.41%) TCP/IP
4 15 (2.87%) LAN
5 14 (2.68%) DHCP
5 14 (2.68%) HTTP
5 14 (2.68%) Remote Desktop
5 14 (2.68%) WAN
6 8 (1.53%) Firewall
6 8 (1.53%) FTP
6 8 (1.53%) IPsec
6 8 (1.53%) Kerberos
6 8 (1.53%) X.500
7 7 (1.34%) NetScaler
7 7 (1.34%) SSL
8 5 (0.96%) SMTP
9 4 (0.77%) Internet
9 4 (0.77%) iSCSI
9 4 (0.77%) SAN
9 4 (0.77%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 82 (15.71%) SQL Server
2 34 (6.51%) Relational Database
3 18 (3.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 16 (3.07%) Power BI
5 15 (2.87%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 11 (2.11%) Data Warehouse
7 10 (1.92%) SQL Server 2008
8 9 (1.72%) RDBMS
8 9 (1.72%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 8 (1.53%) Oracle Database
10 6 (1.15%) SQL Server 2012
11 5 (0.96%) Electronic Patient Records
11 5 (0.96%) MongoDB
11 5 (0.96%) SQL Server 2014
12 4 (0.77%) Data Lake
12 4 (0.77%) DB2
13 3 (0.57%) Data Mining
13 3 (0.57%) GIS
13 3 (0.57%) MS Access
13 3 (0.57%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 23 (4.41%) Visual Studio
2 19 (3.64%) JIRA
3 15 (2.87%) Git (software)
4 11 (2.11%) Team Foundation Server
5 10 (1.92%) Jenkins
6 9 (1.72%) TeamCity
7 8 (1.53%) Travis CI
8 7 (1.34%) NUnit
8 7 (1.34%) Selenium
8 7 (1.34%) StarTeam
9 6 (1.15%) YouTrack
10 5 (0.96%) ReSharper
11 4 (0.77%) Fiddler
11 4 (0.77%) SoapUI
12 3 (0.57%) Bugzilla
12 3 (0.57%) Cucumber
13 2 (0.38%) ERwin
13 2 (0.38%) Moq
13 2 (0.38%) Subversion
13 2 (0.38%) Toad
General
1 142 (27.20%) Public Sector
2 77 (14.75%) Finance
3 24 (4.60%) Banking
4 14 (2.68%) Marketing
4 14 (2.68%) Telecoms
5 9 (1.72%) Electronics
5 9 (1.72%) Manufacturing
6 5 (0.96%) Back Office
7 4 (0.77%) Publishing
8 3 (0.57%) Advertising
8 3 (0.57%) Retail
9 2 (0.38%) General Ledger
9 2 (0.38%) Investment Banking
9 2 (0.38%) Legal
9 2 (0.38%) Multimedia
9 2 (0.38%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.19%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.19%) Front Office
10 1 (0.19%) Private Banking
10 1 (0.19%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 74 (14.18%) Analyst
2 65 (12.45%) Developer
3 42 (8.05%) Desktop Support
4 39 (7.47%) Architect
5 28 (5.36%) 2nd Line Support
6 25 (4.79%) .NET Developer
6 25 (4.79%) Windows Engineer
7 24 (4.60%) Desktop Engineer
8 23 (4.41%) Consultant
8 23 (4.41%) Support Engineer
9 20 (3.83%) IT Support
10 19 (3.64%) Project Manager
11 15 (2.87%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
11 15 (2.87%) DBA
11 15 (2.87%) Server Engineer
11 15 (2.87%) Service Analyst
11 15 (2.87%) Service Desk Analyst
12 14 (2.68%) Field Engineer
12 14 (2.68%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 14 (2.68%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 82 (15.71%) .NET
2 31 (5.94%) .NET Framework
2 31 (5.94%) ASP.NET
3 26 (4.98%) HTML
4 22 (4.21%) AngularJS
4 22 (4.21%) ASP.NET MVC
5 18 (3.45%) LDAP
5 18 (3.45%) Web Services
6 17 (3.26%) CSS
7 16 (3.07%) Entity Framework
8 14 (2.68%) .NET Core
8 14 (2.68%) ASP.NET Web API
8 14 (2.68%) WCF
9 11 (2.11%) RESTful
10 10 (1.92%) ASP.NET MVC 4
10 10 (1.92%) ASP.NET MVC 5
10 10 (1.92%) Servlets
11 9 (1.72%) XML
12 8 (1.53%) jQuery
12 8 (1.53%) LINQ
Miscellaneous
1 40 (7.66%) Analytical Skills
2 21 (4.02%) PKI
3 16 (3.07%) Data Centre
4 14 (2.68%) Clustering
5 13 (2.49%) Replication
6 12 (2.30%) Driving Licence
6 12 (2.30%) Self-Motivation
7 11 (2.11%) Fat Client
7 11 (2.11%) Thin Client
8 10 (1.92%) Blackberry
8 10 (1.92%) Management Information System
9 8 (1.53%) NHS
9 8 (1.53%) Smartphone
10 7 (1.34%) Private Cloud
10 7 (1.34%) User Experience
11 6 (1.15%) Greenfield Project
12 5 (0.96%) Client/Server
12 5 (0.96%) CMDB
12 5 (0.96%) e-Health
12 5 (0.96%) PACS
Operating Systems
1 223 (42.72%) Windows
2 122 (23.37%) Windows 10
3 80 (15.33%) Windows 7
4 53 (10.15%) Windows Server
5 40 (7.66%) Windows Server 2008
5 40 (7.66%) Windows Server 2012
6 34 (6.51%) Linux
7 25 (4.79%) Windows XP
8 13 (2.49%) Android
8 13 (2.49%) Windows 8
9 12 (2.30%) Windows Server 2003
10 11 (2.11%) Apple iOS
10 11 (2.11%) Unix
11 7 (1.34%) AIX
12 4 (0.77%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 2 (0.38%) Mac OS
13 2 (0.38%) Solaris
13 2 (0.38%) Ubuntu
13 2 (0.38%) Windows 2000
14 1 (0.19%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 129 (24.71%) Agile Software Development
2 84 (16.09%) Migration
3 59 (11.30%) Problem-Solving
4 47 (9.00%) ITIL
5 44 (8.43%) Business Intelligence
6 40 (7.66%) Project Management
7 38 (7.28%) DevOps
8 33 (6.32%) MVC
9 30 (5.75%) Project Delivery
10 27 (5.17%) Scrum
11 24 (4.60%) Time Management
12 23 (4.41%) Analytics
13 22 (4.21%) Change Management
13 22 (4.21%) Continuous Improvement
14 21 (4.02%) Service Delivery
14 21 (4.02%) Stakeholder Management
15 20 (3.83%) Continuous Integration
15 20 (3.83%) Kanban
16 19 (3.64%) Incident Management
16 19 (3.64%) Visualisation
Programming Languages
1 73 (13.98%) SQL
2 58 (11.11%) C#
3 48 (9.20%) PowerShell
4 36 (6.90%) JavaScript
5 16 (3.07%) Java
5 16 (3.07%) T-SQL
6 13 (2.49%) VBA
7 11 (2.11%) Python
8 8 (1.53%) Bash Shell
9 7 (1.34%) Perl
10 6 (1.15%) PHP
10 6 (1.15%) TypeScript
11 5 (0.96%) VBScript
12 4 (0.77%) Java 8
12 4 (0.77%) Korn
13 3 (0.57%) ActionScript
13 3 (0.57%) C
13 3 (0.57%) PL/SQL
14 2 (0.38%) C++
14 2 (0.38%) VB
Qualifications
1 53 (10.15%) Security Cleared
2 41 (7.85%) Microsoft Certification
3 37 (7.09%) SC Cleared
4 30 (5.75%) Degree
5 21 (4.02%) MCSE
6 16 (3.07%) MCSA
7 14 (2.68%) MCP
8 13 (2.49%) BPSS Clearance
9 11 (2.11%) MCTS
10 10 (1.92%) ISTQB
11 9 (1.72%) DV Cleared
12 7 (1.34%) MCITP
13 6 (1.15%) A+ Certification
13 6 (1.15%) CCNA
13 6 (1.15%) Cisco Certification
13 6 (1.15%) Computer Science Degree
14 5 (0.96%) CISM
14 5 (0.96%) CISSP
14 5 (0.96%) ITIL Certification
15 4 (0.77%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (3.83%) SLA
2 14 (2.68%) PMO
3 11 (2.11%) GDPR
4 10 (1.92%) Disclosure Scotland
4 10 (1.92%) QA
5 8 (1.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 6 (1.15%) PCI DSS
7 5 (0.96%) HL7
8 4 (0.77%) NCSC
9 2 (0.38%) Cyber Essentials
9 2 (0.38%) Data Quality
9 2 (0.38%) ISO 9000
9 2 (0.38%) ISO 9001
10 1 (0.19%) IFRS
10 1 (0.19%) MiFID
System Software
1 135 (25.86%) Active Directory
2 23 (4.41%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (3.83%) XenApp
4 14 (2.68%) VMware ESXi
4 14 (2.68%) XenDesktop
5 12 (2.30%) Citrix Hypervisor
6 11 (2.11%) Hyper-V
7 9 (1.72%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
8 8 (1.53%) vSphere
8 8 (1.53%) Xen
9 7 (1.34%) BitLocker
9 7 (1.34%) Docker
10 4 (0.77%) Microsoft App-V
10 4 (0.77%) Samba
11 2 (0.38%) NFS
12 1 (0.19%) Firmware
12 1 (0.19%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 1 (0.19%) Terminal Services
12 1 (0.19%) Virtual Machines
12 1 (0.19%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 60 (11.49%) SCCM
2 13 (2.49%) Microsoft Intune
3 11 (2.11%) Ansible
3 11 (2.11%) Puppet
4 9 (1.72%) Failover Clustering
5 7 (1.34%) McAfee ePO
5 7 (1.34%) Netcool
6 6 (1.15%) Consul
6 6 (1.15%) SCOM
7 5 (0.96%) Kubernetes
8 4 (0.77%) EMC NetWorker
8 4 (0.77%) Microsoft Clustering
8 4 (0.77%) Norton AntiVirus
8 4 (0.77%) WSUS
9 2 (0.38%) CA Single Sign-On
9 2 (0.38%) Nagios
9 2 (0.38%) Oracle RMAN
9 2 (0.38%) Single Sign-On
9 2 (0.38%) Tivoli
9 2 (0.38%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 63 (12.07%) Citrix
2 42 (8.05%) VMware
3 21 (4.02%) Oracle
4 17 (3.26%) HP
5 14 (2.68%) Google
5 14 (2.68%) IBM
6 13 (2.49%) SAP
7 12 (2.30%) Apple
8 9 (1.72%) RedGate
8 9 (1.72%) ServiceNow
9 8 (1.53%) Ivanti
9 8 (1.53%) Sonus
9 8 (1.53%) Veritas
10 7 (1.34%) Adobe
10 7 (1.34%) Cisco
10 7 (1.34%) McAfee
11 6 (1.15%) EMC
11 6 (1.15%) Symantec
12 5 (0.96%) Dell
12 5 (0.96%) Salesforce.com