Period
to 21 August 2018

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 21 August 2018 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
21 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 7 10 8
Rank change year-on-year +3 -2 +4
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 800 432 714
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 14.54% 10.01% 13.58%
As % of the Vendors category 36.82% 25.09% 29.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 503 253 396
Scotland median daily rate £363 £350 £345
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.57% +1.60% +6.00%
10th Percentile £153 £116 £220
90th Percentile £488 £488 £475
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 23 47
Scotland median hourly rate £15.86 £15.86 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -55.94% +125.00%
10th Percentile £10.08 £11.25 £11.42
90th Percentile £35.00 £26.88 £42.00
UK median hourly rate £15.86 £15.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year +2.32% -3.13% +0.85%

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 2,173 1,722 2,383
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 39.50% 39.92% 45.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,217 934 1,250
Scotland median daily rate £390 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.50% +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £213 £210 £230
90th Percentile £532 £525 £488
UK median daily rate £450 £430 £413
% change year-on-year +4.65% +4.24% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 58 58 86
Scotland median hourly rate £16.38 £26.88 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -39.07% -25.35% +125.00%
10th Percentile £10.55 £11.32 £11.15
90th Percentile £35.00 £46.72 £45.25
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.38 £17.50
% change year-on-year +0.72% -0.71% -

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 21 August 2018.

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 21 August 2018.

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 21 August 2018. 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
Glasgow +1 285 £375 +7.14% 48
Edinburgh +8 283 £375 - 43
Renfrewshire 0 142 £285 -16.18% 1
Dundee -1 18 £425 +269.57% 5
Aberdeen +12 12 £180 -34.55% 1
North Lanarkshire -1 10 £128 +13.33% 1
West Dunbartonshire +2 5 £395 +5.33% 2
Fife 0 4 £200 - 1
West Lothian - 4 £100 - 2
Stirling +1 3 £450 - 1
South Lanarkshire - 3 £450 -
Inverclyde +1 2 £244 -48.68%
Highlands - 2 - - 1
Aberdeenshire +3 1 £425 +123.68% 2
South Ayrshire 0 1 - -
Scottish Borders 0 1 - - 1
Midlothian -2 1 - - 1
Lanarkshire - 1 - -
East Lothian - 1 - -
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 21 August 2018, 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.

1 341 (42.63%) Windows
2 244 (30.50%) Active Directory
3 190 (23.75%) SQL
4 188 (23.50%) SQL Server
5 182 (22.75%) Agile Software Development
6 169 (21.13%) Office 365
7 158 (19.75%) Finance
8 155 (19.38%) Windows Server 2008
9 151 (18.88%) Security Cleared
10 149 (18.63%) Microsoft Office
11 148 (18.50%) C#
12 146 (18.25%) Citrix
13 139 (17.38%) Windows Server
14 137 (17.13%) .NET
15 136 (17.00%) SC Cleared
16 132 (16.50%) JavaScript
17 126 (15.75%) DNS
17 126 (15.75%) Windows Server 2003
17 126 (15.75%) VMware
18 122 (15.25%) DHCP
19 120 (15.00%) CRM
20 119 (14.88%) Windows 7
21 116 (14.50%) PowerShell
22 115 (14.38%) Migration
23 111 (13.88%) Dynamics CRM
24 110 (13.75%) Microsoft Azure
25 93 (11.63%) VMware Infrastructure
26 82 (10.25%) Windows 10
27 79 (9.88%) SCCM
28 78 (9.75%) SharePoint

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 78 (9.75%) SharePoint
2 62 (7.75%) MS Exchange
3 45 (5.63%) IIS
4 36 (4.50%) Skype for Business
5 33 (4.13%) SharePoint 2010
5 33 (4.13%) SharePoint 2013
6 31 (3.88%) Exchange Server 2010
6 31 (3.88%) SharePoint Server
7 21 (2.63%) Office Communications Server
8 16 (2.00%) Exchange Server 2013
8 16 (2.00%) OpenStack
9 11 (1.38%) Exchange Server 2003
10 10 (1.25%) Confluence
11 9 (1.13%) Exchange Server 2007
12 7 (0.88%) Umbraco
13 5 (0.63%) WebSphere
14 4 (0.50%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 4 (0.50%) Cloud Foundry
15 3 (0.38%) Elasticsearch
15 3 (0.38%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 149 (18.63%) Microsoft Office
2 70 (8.75%) Microsoft Excel
3 39 (4.88%) MS Visio
4 35 (4.38%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 34 (4.25%) Microsoft Project
6 31 (3.88%) InfoPath
7 4 (0.50%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.13%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 111 (13.88%) Dynamics CRM
2 15 (1.88%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (0.63%) Markit EDM
4 4 (0.50%) assyst
5 3 (0.38%) Dynamics NAV
5 3 (0.38%) Oracle EBS
6 2 (0.25%) Actimize
6 2 (0.25%) Oracle Cash Management
6 2 (0.25%) thinkFolio
7 1 (0.13%) Dynamics SL
7 1 (0.13%) Maximo
7 1 (0.13%) NetSuite
7 1 (0.13%) Oracle EBS R12
7 1 (0.13%) Oracle Financials
7 1 (0.13%) Oracle Payables
7 1 (0.13%) Sonata
Cloud Services
1 169 (21.13%) Office 365
2 110 (13.75%) Microsoft Azure
3 57 (7.13%) Dynamics 365
4 34 (4.25%) Amazon AWS
5 19 (2.38%) PaaS
6 11 (1.38%) GitHub
7 10 (1.25%) Azure Data Factory
8 9 (1.13%) IaaS
9 8 (1.00%) npm
10 7 (0.88%) OpenShift
11 6 (0.75%) Google Cloud Platform
12 5 (0.63%) SaaS
13 4 (0.50%) Amazon EC2
13 4 (0.50%) Azure Active Directory
13 4 (0.50%) Cloud Computing
13 4 (0.50%) Tricentis Tosca
14 3 (0.38%) AWS CloudFormation
14 3 (0.38%) Datadog
14 3 (0.38%) Salesforce Service Cloud
15 2 (0.25%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 126 (15.75%) DNS
2 122 (15.25%) DHCP
3 41 (5.13%) Skype
4 23 (2.88%) Firewall
5 15 (1.88%) Wi-Fi
6 14 (1.75%) 3G
6 14 (1.75%) SAN
7 13 (1.63%) VPN
8 12 (1.50%) Remote Desktop
8 12 (1.50%) TCP/IP
9 10 (1.25%) LAN
9 10 (1.25%) Unified Communications
10 9 (1.13%) NetScaler
11 8 (1.00%) Internet
11 8 (1.00%) WAN
12 7 (0.88%) VSAN
13 6 (0.75%) NAS
14 4 (0.50%) SSL
14 4 (0.50%) VLAN
14 4 (0.50%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 188 (23.50%) SQL Server
2 51 (6.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 30 (3.75%) Power BI
4 27 (3.38%) Azure SQL Database
4 27 (3.38%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 25 (3.13%) Relational Database
6 22 (2.75%) Hadoop
7 16 (2.00%) Data Warehouse
8 12 (1.50%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 11 (1.38%) ArangoDB
9 11 (1.38%) Data Lake
9 11 (1.38%) Neo4j
10 10 (1.25%) Big Data
10 10 (1.25%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 10 (1.25%) NoSQL
10 10 (1.25%) SQL Server 2012
11 9 (1.13%) HDInsight
12 6 (0.75%) BusinessObjects
12 6 (0.75%) MS Access
12 6 (0.75%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 58 (7.25%) Visual Studio
2 53 (6.63%) Team Foundation Server
3 48 (6.00%) HP UFT
4 44 (5.50%) WinRunner
5 31 (3.88%) Git (software)
6 24 (3.00%) Jenkins
7 19 (2.38%) MSI
8 17 (2.13%) JIRA
9 16 (2.00%) TeamCity
10 15 (1.88%) NUnit
11 13 (1.63%) Selenium
12 12 (1.50%) Artifactory
13 11 (1.38%) MSTest
14 10 (1.25%) Bitbucket
14 10 (1.25%) Cucumber
14 10 (1.25%) Maven
15 9 (1.13%) JMeter
16 8 (1.00%) JUnit
16 8 (1.00%) TestDirector
17 7 (0.88%) SoapUI
General
1 158 (19.75%) Finance
2 55 (6.88%) Banking
3 18 (2.25%) Manufacturing
4 11 (1.38%) Marketing
4 11 (1.38%) Telecoms
5 9 (1.13%) Advertising
5 9 (1.13%) Legal
6 7 (0.88%) Electronics
6 7 (0.88%) Retail
7 6 (0.75%) Retail Banking
8 5 (0.63%) Investment Banking
9 4 (0.50%) Front Office
10 2 (0.25%) Billing
10 2 (0.25%) French Language
10 2 (0.25%) German Language
10 2 (0.25%) Italian Language
10 2 (0.25%) Law
10 2 (0.25%) Mandarin Language
10 2 (0.25%) Publishing
10 2 (0.25%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 172 (21.50%) Analyst
2 148 (18.50%) Developer
3 54 (6.75%) Architect
4 48 (6.00%) CRM Developer
5 47 (5.88%) Support Engineer
6 38 (4.75%) Dynamics CRM Developer
7 34 (4.25%) Microsoft Developer
8 33 (4.13%) Test Analyst
9 32 (4.00%) .NET Developer
9 32 (4.00%) Project Manager
10 31 (3.88%) 2nd Line Support
10 31 (3.88%) Desktop Support
11 30 (3.75%) Consultant
12 29 (3.63%) Support Analyst
13 28 (3.50%) Business Analyst
14 24 (3.00%) Service Analyst
15 22 (2.75%) Solutions Architect
16 21 (2.63%) Service Desk Analyst
17 19 (2.38%) Desktop Engineer
17 19 (2.38%) SharePoint Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 137 (17.13%) .NET
2 65 (8.13%) CSS
3 49 (6.13%) ASP.NET
4 43 (5.38%) .NET Framework
4 43 (5.38%) XML
5 42 (5.25%) jQuery
6 38 (4.75%) AngularJS
7 36 (4.50%) REST
8 35 (4.38%) HTML
9 31 (3.88%) XSLT
10 30 (3.75%) Web Services
11 29 (3.63%) Entity Framework
12 22 (2.75%) ASP.NET Web API
13 19 (2.38%) .NET Core
14 16 (2.00%) Angular 2
14 16 (2.00%) JSON
15 15 (1.88%) ASP.NET MVC
16 12 (1.50%) Sass
17 11 (1.38%) SOAP
18 9 (1.13%) OAuth2
Miscellaneous
1 59 (7.38%) Clustering
2 54 (6.75%) Computer Science
3 47 (5.88%) PDA
4 30 (3.75%) Analytical Skills
5 20 (2.50%) Enterprise Software
6 18 (2.25%) Self-Motivation
7 17 (2.13%) User Experience
8 16 (2.00%) Management Information System
8 16 (2.00%) PKI
9 15 (1.88%) Fat Client
9 15 (1.88%) Thin Client
10 13 (1.63%) iPhone
11 11 (1.38%) Data Centre
12 10 (1.25%) Blackberry
13 9 (1.13%) Cyberthreat
14 8 (1.00%) Greenfield Project
14 8 (1.00%) Replication
15 7 (0.88%) Data Structures
16 6 (0.75%) Public Cloud
17 5 (0.63%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 341 (42.63%) Windows
2 155 (19.38%) Windows Server 2008
3 139 (17.38%) Windows Server
4 126 (15.75%) Windows Server 2003
5 119 (14.88%) Windows 7
6 82 (10.25%) Windows 10
7 71 (8.88%) Windows Server 2012
8 48 (6.00%) AIX
9 47 (5.88%) Linux
10 29 (3.63%) Windows 8
11 24 (3.00%) Windows XP
12 15 (1.88%) Android
12 15 (1.88%) Unix
13 13 (1.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 9 (1.13%) Apple iOS
14 9 (1.13%) Windows Phone
15 8 (1.00%) Solaris
16 7 (0.88%) Windows Phone 8
17 5 (0.63%) Mac OS
17 5 (0.63%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 182 (22.75%) Agile Software Development
2 120 (15.00%) CRM
3 115 (14.38%) Migration
4 78 (9.75%) ITIL
5 76 (9.50%) Test Automation
6 72 (9.00%) Project Management
7 65 (8.13%) Change Management
8 64 (8.00%) Workflow
9 58 (7.25%) Digital Transformation Programme
9 58 (7.25%) Software Testing
10 54 (6.75%) Test Scripting
11 52 (6.50%) Business Intelligence
12 51 (6.38%) Problem-Solving
13 49 (6.13%) MVC
14 47 (5.88%) Analytics
15 43 (5.38%) High Availability
16 41 (5.13%) Service Design
17 39 (4.88%) DevOps
18 36 (4.50%) Software Delivery
19 35 (4.38%) Smoke Testing
Programming Languages
1 190 (23.75%) SQL
2 148 (18.50%) C#
3 132 (16.50%) JavaScript
4 116 (14.50%) PowerShell
5 54 (6.75%) T-SQL
6 27 (3.38%) Java
7 19 (2.38%) Python
8 17 (2.13%) VB
9 15 (1.88%) Perl
10 14 (1.75%) Bash Shell
10 14 (1.75%) VBA
10 14 (1.75%) VBScript
11 11 (1.38%) Go
11 11 (1.38%) Ruby
12 9 (1.13%) X++
13 7 (0.88%) TypeScript
14 6 (0.75%) ES6
14 6 (0.75%) VB.NET
15 5 (0.63%) C
15 5 (0.63%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 151 (18.88%) Security Cleared
2 136 (17.00%) SC Cleared
3 77 (9.63%) Degree
4 75 (9.38%) Microsoft Certification
5 58 (7.25%) MCSE
6 51 (6.38%) ISTQB
7 50 (6.25%) Computer Science Degree
8 36 (4.50%) BPSS Clearance
9 23 (2.88%) CISSP
10 11 (1.38%) CISM
10 11 (1.38%) MCSA
11 9 (1.13%) APMP
11 9 (1.13%) CISA
11 9 (1.13%) PMP
12 8 (1.00%) MCTS
12 8 (1.00%) PMI Certification
13 7 (0.88%) MCITP
13 7 (0.88%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 6 (0.75%) ITIL Certification
15 5 (0.63%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 39 (4.88%) Disclosure Scotland
2 32 (4.00%) PMO
3 24 (3.00%) QA
4 21 (2.63%) Data Quality
5 16 (2.00%) SLA
6 15 (1.88%) GDPR
7 11 (1.38%) FINRA
8 5 (0.63%) HL7
8 5 (0.63%) SSAE 16
9 3 (0.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 2 (0.25%) GCP
10 2 (0.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 1 (0.13%) Cyber Essentials
11 1 (0.13%) PMBOK
System Software
1 244 (30.50%) Active Directory
2 93 (11.63%) VMware Infrastructure
3 65 (8.13%) VMware ESXi
4 61 (7.63%) XenApp
5 58 (7.25%) Hyper-V
6 47 (5.88%) Microsoft App-V
7 41 (5.13%) XenDesktop
8 38 (4.75%) Virtual Desktop
9 28 (3.50%) XenServer
10 21 (2.63%) Docker
11 10 (1.25%) vSphere
12 7 (0.88%) VMware NSX
13 5 (0.63%) BitLocker
14 3 (0.38%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
14 3 (0.38%) ISA Server
15 2 (0.25%) NFS
16 1 (0.13%) DFS Replication
16 1 (0.13%) EMC RecoverPoint
16 1 (0.13%) iptables
16 1 (0.13%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 79 (9.88%) SCCM
2 45 (5.63%) McAfee ePO
3 41 (5.13%) HP ALM
4 38 (4.75%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 18 (2.25%) Puppet
6 15 (1.88%) Ansible
6 15 (1.88%) Opscode Chef
7 13 (1.63%) HP Quality Center
7 13 (1.63%) Terraform
8 12 (1.50%) Kubernetes
9 11 (1.38%) Microsoft Clustering
10 8 (1.00%) AirWatch
10 8 (1.00%) PowerCLI
11 7 (0.88%) Netcool
11 7 (0.88%) SafeCom
11 7 (0.88%) vRealize
11 7 (0.88%) XenMobile
12 6 (0.75%) SAP Afaria
13 5 (0.63%) OpenView
13 5 (0.63%) SCOM
Vendors
1 146 (18.25%) Citrix
2 126 (15.75%) VMware
3 76 (9.50%) Ivanti
4 66 (8.25%) McAfee
5 54 (6.75%) Veritas
6 52 (6.50%) HP
7 45 (5.63%) Oracle
8 30 (3.75%) Nintex
9 23 (2.88%) Cisco
10 22 (2.75%) ThinPrint
11 21 (2.63%) Symantec
12 18 (2.25%) SAP
13 15 (1.88%) Apple
13 15 (1.88%) Red Hat
13 15 (1.88%) Tableau
14 12 (1.50%) Salesforce.com
14 12 (1.50%) Varonis
15 11 (1.38%) Hortonworks
15 11 (1.38%) IBM
15 11 (1.38%) Sybase