Period
to 21 July 2019

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 July 2019 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 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 8 7 9
Rank change year-on-year -1 +2 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 516 785 454
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 11.28% 14.00% 10.72%
As % of the Vendors category 30.09% 35.86% 26.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 297 501 272
Scotland median daily rate £360 £363 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.69% +3.57% -
10th Percentile £145 £164 £115
90th Percentile £538 £488 £488
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 34 19
Scotland median hourly rate £15.86 £15.81 £15.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.35% -0.35% -55.94%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.06 £11.29
90th Percentile £24.36 £35.00 £27.55
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £15.86 £15.00
% change year-on-year +0.88% +5.73% -3.23%

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 1,715 2,189 1,707
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 37.49% 39.04% 40.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 922 1,236 912
Scotland median daily rate £425 £388 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.68% - +3.33%
10th Percentile £213 £213 £210
90th Percentile £575 £538 £525
UK median daily rate £454 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +0.89% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 56 54 54
Scotland median hourly rate £17.90 £15.86 £28.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.86% -44.83% -23.33%
10th Percentile £11.15 £10.50 £13.00
90th Percentile £35.00 £35.00 £47.01
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year +8.57% +2.94% -2.86%

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 July 2019.

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 July 2019.

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 July 2019. 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 +1 210 £375 - 81
Glasgow 0 200 £375 - 81
Renfrewshire +1 35 £350 +22.81% 8
Dundee +1 13 £300 -25.00% 6
Stirling +6 8 £125 -72.22% 6
Fife -2 6 £218 +8.75% 4
Scottish Borders -2 4 £338 - 1
South Ayrshire -6 4 - -
Aberdeen -16 4 £133 -26.39% 12
South Lanarkshire +2 3 £108 -76.07% 1
North Lanarkshire -4 3 £203 +50.00%
Falkirk - 3 £100 -
West Lothian +5 2 - - 3
Aberdeenshire +1 2 £675 +58.82% 1
Moray - 2 £310 -
Inverclyde +2 1 £110 -54.87% 1
West Dunbartonshire -5 1 £350 -11.39% 1
Highlands -7 1 £128 - 1
East Renfrewshire - 1 £130 -
Ayrshire - 1 - - 1
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 21 July 2019, 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.

1 186 (36.05%) Windows
2 158 (30.62%) Active Directory
3 135 (26.16%) Microsoft Azure
4 113 (21.90%) Microsoft Office
5 96 (18.60%) SQL
6 91 (17.64%) Migration
7 89 (17.25%) Office 365
8 88 (17.05%) Agile Software Development
9 81 (15.70%) SQL Server
10 74 (14.34%) Windows 10
11 71 (13.76%) Finance
12 70 (13.57%) VMware
13 64 (12.40%) ITIL
14 63 (12.21%) Windows Server
15 58 (11.24%) .NET
16 55 (10.66%) Windows 7
17 54 (10.47%) PowerShell
18 51 (9.88%) C#
19 50 (9.69%) Problem-Solving
20 49 (9.50%) Banking
21 47 (9.11%) JavaScript
21 47 (9.11%) SCCM
22 44 (8.53%) Linux
23 41 (7.95%) SharePoint
24 40 (7.75%) Microsoft Excel
24 40 (7.75%) VMware Infrastructure
25 39 (7.56%) Microsoft Certification
25 39 (7.56%) Project Management
26 37 (7.17%) Oracle
26 37 (7.17%) Security Cleared

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 41 (7.95%) SharePoint
2 29 (5.62%) MS Exchange
3 27 (5.23%) Skype for Business
4 11 (2.13%) IBM Domino
5 9 (1.74%) Exchange Server 2010
6 8 (1.55%) IIS
7 7 (1.36%) Anypoint
7 7 (1.36%) Confluence
7 7 (1.36%) IBM Notes
8 6 (1.16%) CMS
9 5 (0.97%) Apache
9 5 (0.97%) Exchange Server 2013
10 4 (0.78%) SharePoint 2013
10 4 (0.78%) SharePoint Server
11 3 (0.58%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 2 (0.39%) MS Project Server
12 2 (0.39%) Oracle Collaboration Suite
12 2 (0.39%) SharePoint 2010
12 2 (0.39%) Tomcat
12 2 (0.39%) Umbraco
Applications
1 113 (21.90%) Microsoft Office
2 40 (7.75%) Microsoft Excel
3 20 (3.88%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 17 (3.29%) MS Visio
5 16 (3.10%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (0.58%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.39%) InfoPath
8 1 (0.19%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 28 (5.43%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (1.36%) Dynamics AX
2 7 (1.36%) Oracle EBS
3 4 (0.78%) Sonata
4 2 (0.39%) assyst
4 2 (0.39%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.19%) Adobe Campaign
5 1 (0.19%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.19%) Oracle Cash Management
5 1 (0.19%) Oracle ERP
5 1 (0.19%) Oracle Receivables
5 1 (0.19%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
5 1 (0.19%) Raiser's Edge
5 1 (0.19%) SAP Business One
5 1 (0.19%) SAP ECC
Cloud Services
1 135 (26.16%) Microsoft Azure
2 89 (17.25%) Office 365
3 28 (5.43%) Azure Active Directory
4 27 (5.23%) Dynamics 365
4 27 (5.23%) Power Platform
5 22 (4.26%) Amazon AWS
6 18 (3.49%) SaaS
7 13 (2.52%) GitHub
8 9 (1.74%) OpenShift
9 7 (1.36%) Apigee
9 7 (1.36%) AWS Lambda
9 7 (1.36%) IaaS
9 7 (1.36%) PaaS
9 7 (1.36%) Serverless
10 6 (1.16%) Cloud Computing
11 4 (0.78%) PowerApps
12 2 (0.39%) Mimecast
13 1 (0.19%) Datadog
13 1 (0.19%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 1 (0.19%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 27 (5.23%) DHCP
2 25 (4.84%) DNS
3 22 (4.26%) Firewall
4 18 (3.49%) Skype
5 15 (2.91%) Internet
6 12 (2.33%) SAN
7 11 (2.13%) VPN
8 9 (1.74%) WAN
9 8 (1.55%) LAN
10 7 (1.36%) TCP/IP
11 4 (0.78%) ADSL
11 4 (0.78%) VoIP
12 3 (0.58%) Broadband
12 3 (0.58%) NetScaler
12 3 (0.58%) Wireless
13 2 (0.39%) Cisco ASA
13 2 (0.39%) Cisco Nexus
13 2 (0.39%) MPLS
13 2 (0.39%) Unified Communications
13 2 (0.39%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 81 (15.70%) SQL Server
2 26 (5.04%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 25 (4.84%) Power BI
3 25 (4.84%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 20 (3.88%) Relational Database
5 17 (3.29%) RDBMS
6 12 (2.33%) Big Data
7 11 (2.13%) NoSQL
8 10 (1.94%) Oracle Database
9 9 (1.74%) Data Warehouse
10 6 (1.16%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 5 (0.97%) SQL Server 2012
12 4 (0.78%) Azure SQL Database
12 4 (0.78%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 4 (0.78%) SQL Server 2008
12 4 (0.78%) SQL Server 2016
13 3 (0.58%) MySQL
14 2 (0.39%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
14 2 (0.39%) Data Lake
14 2 (0.39%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 29 (5.62%) JIRA
2 19 (3.68%) Git (software)
3 14 (2.71%) Jenkins
4 11 (2.13%) TeamCity
5 10 (1.94%) Bugzilla
6 8 (1.55%) Team Foundation Server
7 6 (1.16%) Visual Studio
8 5 (0.97%) Hudson
8 5 (0.97%) Selenium
8 5 (0.97%) Visual Studio Team System
9 3 (0.58%) Sonatype Nexus
10 2 (0.39%) Bitbucket
10 2 (0.39%) Eclipse
10 2 (0.39%) Eclipse RCP
10 2 (0.39%) InstallShield
10 2 (0.39%) MSI
10 2 (0.39%) Subversion
10 2 (0.39%) WebDriver
11 1 (0.19%) JMeter
11 1 (0.19%) JUnit
General
1 71 (13.76%) Finance
2 49 (9.50%) Banking
3 12 (2.33%) Investment Banking
4 7 (1.36%) German Language
4 7 (1.36%) Legal
5 5 (0.97%) Back Office
5 5 (0.97%) Retail
6 4 (0.78%) French Language
6 4 (0.78%) General Ledger
6 4 (0.78%) Italian Language
6 4 (0.78%) Marketing
6 4 (0.78%) Retail Banking
6 4 (0.78%) Telecoms
7 3 (0.58%) Law
8 2 (0.39%) Advertising
8 2 (0.39%) Financial Institution
8 2 (0.39%) Front Office
8 2 (0.39%) Games
8 2 (0.39%) Japanese Language
8 2 (0.39%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 90 (17.44%) Developer
2 87 (16.86%) Analyst
3 37 (7.17%) Support Engineer
4 32 (6.20%) Architect
4 32 (6.20%) Consultant
5 25 (4.84%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 25 (4.84%) IT Support
6 21 (4.07%) Desktop Support
6 21 (4.07%) Project Manager
7 19 (3.68%) Desktop Engineer
7 19 (3.68%) Service Analyst
8 18 (3.49%) Windows Engineer
9 17 (3.29%) 2nd Line Support
9 17 (3.29%) IT Analyst
9 17 (3.29%) Service Desk Analyst
10 15 (2.91%) .NET Developer
11 13 (2.52%) Desktop Support Engineer
12 12 (2.33%) 2nd Line Engineer
12 12 (2.33%) Support Analyst
12 12 (2.33%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 58 (11.24%) .NET
2 30 (5.81%) HTML
3 27 (5.23%) XML
4 22 (4.26%) CSS
5 17 (3.29%) SOAP
6 15 (2.91%) REST
7 14 (2.71%) ASP.NET
8 10 (1.94%) .NET Framework
8 10 (1.94%) Spring
9 9 (1.74%) ASP.NET MVC
9 9 (1.74%) JSON
9 9 (1.74%) Middleware
9 9 (1.74%) Web Services
10 8 (1.55%) RabbitMQ
10 8 (1.55%) RESTful
11 7 (1.36%) AngularJS
11 7 (1.36%) Apache Camel
11 7 (1.36%) HTML5
11 7 (1.36%) Node.js
11 7 (1.36%) RAML
Miscellaneous
1 24 (4.65%) Analytical Skills
2 20 (3.88%) Data Centre
3 18 (3.49%) Public Cloud
4 14 (2.71%) Blackberry
4 14 (2.71%) Clustering
5 8 (1.55%) Management Information System
5 8 (1.55%) PKI
5 8 (1.55%) Replication
6 7 (1.36%) Greenfield Project
6 7 (1.36%) Smartphone
7 6 (1.16%) Driving Licence
7 6 (1.16%) EMC VNX
7 6 (1.16%) User Experience
7 6 (1.16%) Video Conferencing
8 5 (0.97%) CMDB
8 5 (0.97%) Self-Motivation
8 5 (0.97%) Virtual Team
9 4 (0.78%) iPhone
10 3 (0.58%) Enterprise Storage
10 3 (0.58%) iSeries
Operating Systems
1 186 (36.05%) Windows
2 74 (14.34%) Windows 10
3 63 (12.21%) Windows Server
4 55 (10.66%) Windows 7
5 44 (8.53%) Linux
6 35 (6.78%) Windows Server 2008
7 30 (5.81%) Windows Server 2012
8 16 (3.10%) Windows XP
9 11 (2.13%) SUSE
9 11 (2.13%) Unix
9 11 (2.13%) Windows 8
9 11 (2.13%) Windows Server 2003
10 8 (1.55%) Mac OS
11 7 (1.36%) Apple iOS
12 6 (1.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 5 (0.97%) Android
14 3 (0.58%) Ubuntu
15 2 (0.39%) Windows Vista
16 1 (0.19%) AIX
16 1 (0.19%) Kali Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 91 (17.64%) Migration
2 88 (17.05%) Agile Software Development
3 64 (12.40%) ITIL
4 50 (9.69%) Problem-Solving
5 39 (7.56%) Project Management
6 34 (6.59%) Business Intelligence
6 34 (6.59%) CRM
7 29 (5.62%) DevOps
8 28 (5.43%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 28 (5.43%) Stakeholder Management
9 26 (5.04%) Test Automation
10 25 (4.84%) Data Migration
11 24 (4.65%) Data Management
11 24 (4.65%) Workflow
12 21 (4.07%) Asset Management
12 21 (4.07%) Business Analysis
13 20 (3.88%) Analytics
13 20 (3.88%) Coaching
13 20 (3.88%) Continuous Integration
13 20 (3.88%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 96 (18.60%) SQL
2 54 (10.47%) PowerShell
3 51 (9.88%) C#
4 47 (9.11%) JavaScript
5 31 (6.01%) Java
6 27 (5.23%) Python
7 24 (4.65%) T-SQL
8 10 (1.94%) PL/SQL
9 4 (0.78%) Bash Shell
9 4 (0.78%) Shell Script
9 4 (0.78%) XPath
10 3 (0.58%) Apple Swift
10 3 (0.58%) C
10 3 (0.58%) PHP
11 2 (0.39%) C++
11 2 (0.39%) Erlang
11 2 (0.39%) TypeScript
11 2 (0.39%) VBA
11 2 (0.39%) VBScript
11 2 (0.39%) X++
Qualifications
1 39 (7.56%) Microsoft Certification
2 37 (7.17%) Security Cleared
3 33 (6.40%) SC Cleared
4 27 (5.23%) Degree
5 15 (2.91%) MCSE
6 12 (2.33%) ITIL Certification
7 11 (2.13%) Cisco Certification
7 11 (2.13%) MCSA
8 8 (1.55%) CCNA
8 8 (1.55%) Computer Science Degree
9 7 (1.36%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 5 (0.97%) PMI Certification
10 5 (0.97%) PMP
10 5 (0.97%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 4 (0.78%) APMP
11 4 (0.78%) CCNP
11 4 (0.78%) ISTQB
11 4 (0.78%) MCP
11 4 (0.78%) RHCA
11 4 (0.78%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (4.65%) Data Quality
1 24 (4.65%) QA
1 24 (4.65%) SLA
2 16 (3.10%) PMO
3 7 (1.36%) Disclosure Scotland
3 7 (1.36%) GDPR
3 7 (1.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.58%) NCSC
4 3 (0.58%) NIST
5 2 (0.39%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.39%) SSAE 16
6 1 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials
6 1 (0.19%) HIPAA
6 1 (0.19%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.19%) NIST 800
6 1 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 158 (30.62%) Active Directory
2 40 (7.75%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (3.10%) Hyper-V
4 11 (2.13%) Docker
4 11 (2.13%) vSphere
5 6 (1.16%) XenApp
6 5 (0.97%) Microsoft App-V
7 4 (0.78%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
7 4 (0.78%) XenDesktop
8 3 (0.58%) BitLocker
8 3 (0.58%) Virtual Machines
8 3 (0.58%) VMware ESXi
9 2 (0.39%) Firmware
9 2 (0.39%) KVM
9 2 (0.39%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 2 (0.39%) Virtual Servers
9 2 (0.39%) VirtualBox
9 2 (0.39%) VMware NSX
9 2 (0.39%) VMware Workstation
10 1 (0.19%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 47 (9.11%) SCCM
2 15 (2.91%) Opscode Chef
3 14 (2.71%) Ansible
4 10 (1.94%) Kubernetes
5 9 (1.74%) Puppet
5 9 (1.74%) Single Sign-On
6 8 (1.55%) Terraform
7 7 (1.36%) Microsoft Intune
8 6 (1.16%) Jamf Pro
9 4 (0.78%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 4 (0.78%) Nessus
9 4 (0.78%) SCOM
10 3 (0.58%) MaaS360
10 3 (0.58%) QRadar
10 3 (0.58%) Tivoli
11 2 (0.39%) Microsoft Clustering
11 2 (0.39%) Salt
11 2 (0.39%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
11 2 (0.39%) WSUS
12 1 (0.19%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 70 (13.57%) VMware
2 37 (7.17%) Oracle
3 26 (5.04%) Citrix
4 21 (4.07%) Cisco
5 19 (3.68%) Red Hat
6 15 (2.91%) IBM
7 14 (2.71%) EMC
8 13 (2.52%) HP
9 11 (2.13%) Apple
9 11 (2.13%) SAP
10 9 (1.74%) Google
10 9 (1.74%) MuleSoft
10 9 (1.74%) Salesforce.com
11 8 (1.55%) Intel
11 8 (1.55%) Symantec
12 7 (1.36%) Dell
12 7 (1.36%) Lotus
12 7 (1.36%) WSO2
13 5 (0.97%) Mitel
13 5 (0.97%) NetApp