Period
to 20 November 2017

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 20 November 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
UK > Scotland
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 11 7 10
Rank change year-on-year -4 +3 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 495 602 604
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 9.95% 14.01% 9.75%
As % of the Vendors category 26.60% 30.54% 25.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 294 410 298
Scotland median daily rate £342 £330 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.64% +6.45% -4.62%
10th Percentile £113 £212 £130
90th Percentile £525 £450 £475
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £365
% change year-on-year +6.67% +2.74% +2.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 37 41
Scotland median hourly rate £15.31 £17.50 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.54% +20.69% +4.54%
10th Percentile £10.84 £9.70 £8.25
90th Percentile £25.00 £42.00 £31.10
UK median hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -3.23% - +3.33%

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 1861 1971 2342
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 37.40% 45.88% 37.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 1033 1084 1139
Scotland median daily rate £388 £350 £351
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.71% -0.28% +0.29%
10th Percentile £205 £225 £213
90th Percentile £536 £488 £502
UK median daily rate £430 £420 £400
% change year-on-year +2.38% +5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 65 64 76
Scotland median hourly rate £24.00 £16.50 £14.51
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +45.45% +13.75% -8.69%
10th Percentile £11.19 £9.56 £8.38
90th Percentile £46.30 £44.63 £41.88
UK median hourly rate £17.38 £16.75 £17.50
% change year-on-year +3.73% -4.29% +6.06%

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 20 November 2017.

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 20 November 2017.

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 20 November 2017. 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 -6 222 £375 +5.63% 26
Glasgow 0 165 £338 +3.85% 34
Renfrewshire +1 29 £300 -9.91%
Aberdeen -3 18 £300 -5.51% 2
North Lanarkshire +1 10 £115 -28.13% 1
Dundee +13 8 £288 +22.34% 4
West Dunbartonshire +3 7 £375 +36.36%
South Lanarkshire - 7 £338 -
Highlands -3 3 £110 - 1
Fife -9 3 £300 -7.69%
Aberdeenshire +5 2 £145 +45.00%
Inverclyde -4 2 - -
Strathclyde +2 1 £215 -
Lanarkshire -1 1 £275 +37.50%
Scottish Borders -1 1 £140 -56.92% 1
West Lothian -4 1 £338 +3.85% 3
Argyll and Bute - 1 - -
Perth and Kinross - 1 - -
Midlothian - 1 £153 - 1
Falkirk - 1 - -
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 20 November 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 Scotland region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 220 (44.44%) Windows
2 149 (30.10%) Active Directory
3 120 (24.24%) Microsoft Office
4 103 (20.81%) Finance
5 101 (20.40%) SQL Server
6 99 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
7 92 (18.59%) Windows Server
8 80 (16.16%) VMware
8 80 (16.16%) PowerShell
9 79 (15.96%) ITIL
10 77 (15.56%) Windows Server 2008
10 77 (15.56%) Office 365
11 76 (15.35%) Windows Server 2012
12 75 (15.15%) SharePoint
12 75 (15.15%) SQL
13 67 (13.54%) SCCM
13 67 (13.54%) Windows 7
14 64 (12.93%) Microsoft Azure
14 64 (12.93%) Migration
15 63 (12.73%) Project Management
16 61 (12.32%) .NET
17 53 (10.71%) C#
17 53 (10.71%) JavaScript
17 53 (10.71%) Security Cleared
18 50 (10.10%) Linux
18 50 (10.10%) MS Exchange
19 47 (9.49%) IIS
20 44 (8.89%) Business Intelligence
21 43 (8.69%) VMware Infrastructure
22 41 (8.28%) Disclosure Scotland

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 75 (15.15%) SharePoint
2 50 (10.10%) MS Exchange
3 47 (9.49%) IIS
4 17 (3.43%) Exchange Server 2010
5 15 (3.03%) Skype for Business
6 11 (2.22%) SharePoint 2010
7 10 (2.02%) SharePoint 2013
7 10 (2.02%) Umbraco
8 9 (1.82%) SharePoint Server
9 7 (1.41%) Apache
9 7 (1.41%) IBM Notes
9 7 (1.41%) OpenStack
10 6 (1.21%) Exchange Server 2013
11 5 (1.01%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 5 (1.01%) CMS
11 5 (1.01%) JBoss
11 5 (1.01%) Sitecore CMS
11 5 (1.01%) WebSphere
11 5 (1.01%) WebSphere Application Server
12 4 (0.81%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 120 (24.24%) Microsoft Office
2 31 (6.26%) Microsoft Excel
3 27 (5.45%) Microsoft Project
4 12 (2.42%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 11 (2.22%) MS Visio
6 4 (0.81%) Adobe Illustrator
6 4 (0.81%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.20%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 22 (4.44%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (1.41%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.40%) assyst
4 1 (0.20%) Cognos TM1
4 1 (0.20%) FRx
4 1 (0.20%) Infor M3
4 1 (0.20%) Markit EDM
4 1 (0.20%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.20%) ResourceLink
4 1 (0.20%) thinkFolio
4 1 (0.20%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 77 (15.56%) Office 365
2 64 (12.93%) Microsoft Azure
3 17 (3.43%) IaaS
4 14 (2.83%) Azure Active Directory
5 12 (2.42%) Amazon AWS
6 10 (2.02%) PaaS
6 10 (2.02%) SaaS
7 6 (1.21%) Cloud Computing
8 4 (0.81%) Azure Data Factory
8 4 (0.81%) Dynamics 365
9 2 (0.40%) AdWords
9 2 (0.40%) Basecamp
9 2 (0.40%) Google Analytics
9 2 (0.40%) Trello
9 2 (0.40%) Yammer
10 1 (0.20%) Amazon EC2
10 1 (0.20%) Amazon ELB
10 1 (0.20%) Azure Machine Learning
10 1 (0.20%) OneDrive
10 1 (0.20%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 34 (6.87%) Firewall
2 21 (4.24%) Internet
3 20 (4.04%) DNS
4 18 (3.64%) SAN
4 18 (3.64%) TCP/IP
5 16 (3.23%) DHCP
6 12 (2.42%) LAN
6 12 (2.42%) Skype
7 9 (1.82%) NetScaler
8 8 (1.62%) HTTP
9 7 (1.41%) HTTPS
9 7 (1.41%) LDAP
9 7 (1.41%) SSL
10 6 (1.21%) Network Security
10 6 (1.21%) WAN
10 6 (1.21%) Wireless
11 5 (1.01%) Intranet
11 5 (1.01%) S/MIME
11 5 (1.01%) Unified Communications
11 5 (1.01%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 101 (20.40%) SQL Server
2 28 (5.66%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 25 (5.05%) SQL Server 2012
4 22 (4.44%) Data Warehouse
4 22 (4.44%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 20 (4.04%) Power BI
5 20 (4.04%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 14 (2.83%) SQL Server 2008
7 10 (2.02%) PowerPivot
8 7 (1.41%) Relational Database
9 6 (1.21%) SQL Server 2005
10 5 (1.01%) DB2
10 5 (1.01%) SQLite
11 4 (0.81%) Big Data
12 3 (0.61%) BusinessObjects
12 3 (0.61%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 3 (0.61%) RDBMS
13 2 (0.40%) Oracle Database 10g
13 2 (0.40%) Oracle Database 11g
13 2 (0.40%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 22 (4.44%) Team Foundation Server
2 18 (3.64%) Visual Studio
3 9 (1.82%) Git (software)
3 9 (1.82%) JIRA
4 6 (1.21%) Maven
5 5 (1.01%) Microsoft Blend
5 5 (1.01%) NUnit
6 3 (0.61%) Jenkins
7 2 (0.40%) Octopus Deploy
7 2 (0.40%) Oracle APEX
7 2 (0.40%) PhantomJS
7 2 (0.40%) Redmine
7 2 (0.40%) ReSharper
7 2 (0.40%) SpecFlow
7 2 (0.40%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 2 (0.40%) Subversion
7 2 (0.40%) TeamCity
8 1 (0.20%) MorphX
8 1 (0.20%) Selenium
8 1 (0.20%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 103 (20.81%) Finance
2 31 (6.26%) Banking
3 11 (2.22%) Publishing
4 7 (1.41%) Manufacturing
4 7 (1.41%) Telecoms
5 6 (1.21%) Law
6 4 (0.81%) Back Office
7 3 (0.61%) Legal
7 3 (0.61%) Local Government
7 3 (0.61%) Marketing
8 2 (0.40%) Advertising
8 2 (0.40%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.20%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.20%) Billing
9 1 (0.20%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.20%) Front Office
9 1 (0.20%) Multimedia
9 1 (0.20%) Private Banking
9 1 (0.20%) Retail
9 1 (0.20%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 86 (17.37%) Analyst
2 84 (16.97%) Developer
3 31 (6.26%) Project Manager
4 29 (5.86%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 29 (5.86%) IT Support
5 24 (4.85%) 2nd Line Support
6 23 (4.65%) Support Analyst
6 23 (4.65%) Support Engineer
7 22 (4.44%) IT Analyst
8 20 (4.04%) Consultant
9 19 (3.84%) .NET Developer
10 18 (3.64%) Administrator
10 18 (3.64%) Desktop Support
10 18 (3.64%) IT Trainer
10 18 (3.64%) Trainer
11 16 (3.23%) Business Analyst
12 15 (3.03%) Business Intelligence Developer
13 14 (2.83%) Architect
14 13 (2.63%) IT Support Analyst
14 13 (2.63%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 61 (12.32%) .NET
2 37 (7.47%) HTML
3 29 (5.86%) CSS
4 27 (5.45%) ASP.NET
5 22 (4.44%) jQuery
6 20 (4.04%) XML
7 16 (3.23%) Web Services
8 15 (3.03%) XSLT
9 13 (2.63%) AngularJS
10 12 (2.42%) .NET Framework
10 12 (2.42%) ASP.NET MVC
10 12 (2.42%) REST
11 11 (2.22%) RESTful
12 9 (1.82%) ASP.NET Web API
12 9 (1.82%) WCF
12 9 (1.82%) WPF
13 7 (1.41%) SOAP
14 6 (1.21%) Ajax
14 6 (1.21%) Entity Framework
14 6 (1.21%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 39 (7.88%) Analytical Skills
2 21 (4.24%) PKI
3 14 (2.83%) Computer Science
3 14 (2.83%) Management Information System
3 14 (2.83%) User Experience
4 13 (2.63%) Enterprise Software
5 11 (2.22%) Client/Server
6 10 (2.02%) Data Centre
6 10 (2.02%) Driving Licence
6 10 (2.02%) Virtual Team
7 8 (1.62%) Clustering
8 7 (1.41%) Blackberry
9 6 (1.21%) Replication
9 6 (1.21%) Smartphone
10 5 (1.01%) DataPower
10 5 (1.01%) Video Conferencing
11 4 (0.81%) NHS
12 3 (0.61%) Blog
12 3 (0.61%) PDA
12 3 (0.61%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 220 (44.44%) Windows
2 92 (18.59%) Windows Server
3 77 (15.56%) Windows Server 2008
4 76 (15.35%) Windows Server 2012
5 67 (13.54%) Windows 7
6 50 (10.10%) Linux
7 36 (7.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 36 (7.27%) Windows 10
8 19 (3.84%) Windows Server 2003
9 16 (3.23%) Windows 8
10 10 (2.02%) Unix
11 8 (1.62%) Windows XP
12 6 (1.21%) Android
13 5 (1.01%) Mac OS
14 4 (0.81%) Solaris
15 3 (0.61%) AIX
15 3 (0.61%) Apple iOS
16 1 (0.20%) Ubuntu
16 1 (0.20%) Windows 2000
16 1 (0.20%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 99 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
2 79 (15.96%) ITIL
3 64 (12.93%) Migration
4 63 (12.73%) Project Management
5 44 (8.89%) Business Intelligence
6 29 (5.86%) CRM
7 28 (5.66%) Stakeholder Management
8 27 (5.45%) Continuous Integration
9 26 (5.25%) Configuration Management
10 25 (5.05%) MVC
11 24 (4.85%) PRINCE2
12 20 (4.04%) Scrum
13 18 (3.64%) Task Automation
13 18 (3.64%) Web Development
14 17 (3.43%) Business Analysis
14 17 (3.43%) High Availability
14 17 (3.43%) Service Management
15 16 (3.23%) Incident Management
15 16 (3.23%) Service Delivery
15 16 (3.23%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 80 (16.16%) PowerShell
2 75 (15.15%) SQL
3 53 (10.71%) C#
3 53 (10.71%) JavaScript
4 28 (5.66%) Perl
5 26 (5.25%) T-SQL
6 23 (4.65%) Python
7 13 (2.63%) Ruby
8 12 (2.42%) Java
9 8 (1.62%) VB
9 8 (1.62%) VBScript
10 6 (1.21%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
11 5 (1.01%) X++
11 5 (1.01%) XAML
12 4 (0.81%) PL/SQL
12 4 (0.81%) TypeScript
12 4 (0.81%) VBA
13 2 (0.40%) R
13 2 (0.40%) Shell Script
13 2 (0.40%) XPath
Qualifications
1 53 (10.71%) Security Cleared
2 39 (7.88%) Degree
3 35 (7.07%) Microsoft Certification
3 35 (7.07%) SC Cleared
4 14 (2.83%) MCSE
5 13 (2.63%) Computer Science Degree
6 11 (2.22%) APMP
7 8 (1.62%) CISSP
8 7 (1.41%) ITIL Certification
8 7 (1.41%) MCSA
9 6 (1.21%) Cisco Certification
9 6 (1.21%) MCP
9 6 (1.21%) MCTS
9 6 (1.21%) PMI Certification
10 5 (1.01%) CCNA
10 5 (1.01%) HND
10 5 (1.01%) MCSD
10 5 (1.01%) PMP
11 3 (0.61%) MCAD
11 3 (0.61%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 41 (8.28%) Disclosure Scotland
2 19 (3.84%) QA
3 17 (3.43%) PMO
4 16 (3.23%) SLA
5 4 (0.81%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 3 (0.61%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 3 (0.61%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 2 (0.40%) COBIT
8 1 (0.20%) Data Quality
8 1 (0.20%) GDPR
8 1 (0.20%) ISO 22301
8 1 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 1 (0.20%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 149 (30.10%) Active Directory
2 43 (8.69%) VMware Infrastructure
3 30 (6.06%) vSphere
4 24 (4.85%) Hyper-V
5 15 (3.03%) VMware ESXi
6 12 (2.42%) Microsoft App-V
7 11 (2.22%) BitLocker
7 11 (2.22%) XenApp
8 9 (1.82%) Virtual Servers
8 9 (1.82%) XenDesktop
9 4 (0.81%) Forefront TMG
9 4 (0.81%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 3 (0.61%) ISA Server
11 2 (0.40%) Terminal Services
11 2 (0.40%) Virtual Machines
12 1 (0.20%) Docker
12 1 (0.20%) EMC RecoverPoint
12 1 (0.20%) Virtual Desktop
12 1 (0.20%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 67 (13.54%) SCCM
2 22 (4.44%) Opscode Chef
3 19 (3.84%) Puppet
4 17 (3.43%) Ansible
4 17 (3.43%) WSUS
5 11 (2.22%) SCOM
5 11 (2.22%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 10 (2.02%) IBM BigFix
7 9 (1.82%) Microsoft Clustering
8 7 (1.41%) vCenter Server
9 6 (1.21%) Norton AntiVirus
10 5 (1.01%) Backup Exec
10 5 (1.01%) Microsoft Intune
11 2 (0.40%) Data Guard
11 2 (0.40%) EnCase
11 2 (0.40%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
11 2 (0.40%) SCVMM
11 2 (0.40%) Simpana
11 2 (0.40%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
11 2 (0.40%) vRealize
Vendors
1 80 (16.16%) VMware
2 37 (7.47%) Citrix
3 29 (5.86%) HP
4 26 (5.25%) Oracle
5 23 (4.65%) IBM
6 22 (4.44%) Symantec
7 20 (4.04%) Cisco
7 20 (4.04%) Dell
8 19 (3.84%) Red Hat
9 11 (2.22%) CommVault
9 11 (2.22%) Sophos
10 10 (2.02%) EMC
11 9 (1.82%) Adobe
11 9 (1.82%) NetApp
11 9 (1.82%) Nintex
11 9 (1.82%) Sitecore
12 8 (1.62%) Apple
13 7 (1.41%) Lotus
14 6 (1.21%) F5
14 6 (1.21%) Google