Period
to 24 May 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 24 May 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
24 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 6 8 6
Rank change year-on-year +2 -2 +6
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 713 421 783
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 13.75% 11.68% 14.25%
As % of the Vendors category 36.49% 27.46% 31.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 463 246 415
Scotland median daily rate £375 £370 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.35% +5.71% +7.69%
10th Percentile £168 £137 £186
90th Percentile £488 £488 £475
UK median daily rate £400 £395 £375
% change year-on-year +1.27% +5.33% +4.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 20 31
Scotland median hourly rate £15.86 £15.86 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -55.94% +126.63%
10th Percentile £10.32 £11.32 £13.80
90th Percentile £28.90 £25.15 £41.00
UK median hourly rate £15.50 £14.93 £15.50
% change year-on-year +3.85% -3.71% -0.35%

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 1,954 1,533 2,454
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 37.69% 42.54% 44.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,160 805 1,295
Scotland median daily rate £388 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% - +2.74%
10th Percentile £213 £202 £223
90th Percentile £525 £510 £515
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 52 63
Scotland median hourly rate £15.81 £24.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -34.15% -36.00% +127.27%
10th Percentile £10.50 £12.55 £13.56
90th Percentile £35.00 £52.17 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.70
% change year-on-year - -6.42% +6.86%

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 24 May 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 24 May 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 24 May 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
Edinburgh +6 279 £388 -3.13% 43
Glasgow 0 216 £375 +1.35% 62
Renfrewshire 0 126 £285 -18.57% 6
Dundee 0 18 £385 +234.35% 5
Aberdeen +14 14 £180 -40.00% 5
North Lanarkshire -1 6 £128 - 4
Highlands 0 5 - - 2
Stirling -1 5 £450 - 6
South Lanarkshire - 5 £390 -
West Lothian +3 4 £106 -67.05% 7
West Dunbartonshire +4 3 £376 -
Perth and Kinross 0 2 £475 - 1
Inverclyde -2 2 £244 -48.68% 1
Moray +11 1 - -
Aberdeenshire -1 1 £425 -5.56% 3
Lanarkshire - 1 - - 1
Midlothian - 1 - - 1
Scottish Borders - 1 - - 1
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 24 May 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.

1 313 (43.90%) Windows
2 249 (34.92%) Active Directory
3 161 (22.58%) SQL Server
4 154 (21.60%) SQL
5 146 (20.48%) Windows Server 2008
5 146 (20.48%) Office 365
6 141 (19.78%) Finance
7 140 (19.64%) Citrix
8 139 (19.50%) C#
8 139 (19.50%) Microsoft Office
8 139 (19.50%) Security Cleared
9 137 (19.21%) Windows Server
10 135 (18.93%) .NET
10 135 (18.93%) Agile Software Development
11 129 (18.09%) VMware
12 128 (17.95%) SC Cleared
13 124 (17.39%) DNS
14 123 (17.25%) Windows 7
15 120 (16.83%) DHCP
16 111 (15.57%) JavaScript
17 104 (14.59%) PowerShell
18 102 (14.31%) Windows Server 2003
19 95 (13.32%) CRM
20 94 (13.18%) VMware Infrastructure
21 92 (12.90%) SCCM
21 92 (12.90%) Dynamics CRM
22 89 (12.48%) Migration
23 88 (12.34%) Microsoft Azure
24 87 (12.20%) Windows 10
25 80 (11.22%) ITIL

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 66 (9.26%) SharePoint
2 48 (6.73%) MS Exchange
3 37 (5.19%) IIS
3 37 (5.19%) Skype for Business
4 29 (4.07%) SharePoint 2010
5 28 (3.93%) SharePoint 2013
6 27 (3.79%) Exchange Server 2010
7 23 (3.23%) SharePoint Server
8 22 (3.09%) Office Communications Server
9 19 (2.66%) Exchange Server 2013
10 14 (1.96%) OpenStack
11 9 (1.26%) Exchange Server 2003
11 9 (1.26%) Exchange Server 2007
12 7 (0.98%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 7 (0.98%) Umbraco
13 4 (0.56%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 3 (0.42%) CMS
14 3 (0.42%) WebSphere
15 2 (0.28%) IBM Domino
15 2 (0.28%) Oracle Collaboration Suite
Applications
1 139 (19.50%) Microsoft Office
2 65 (9.12%) Microsoft Excel
3 44 (6.17%) MS Visio
4 40 (5.61%) Microsoft Project
5 31 (4.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 25 (3.51%) InfoPath
7 3 (0.42%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.14%) Acrobat
8 1 (0.14%) AutoCAD
8 1 (0.14%) CATIA
8 1 (0.14%) PaintShop Pro
Business Applications
1 92 (12.90%) Dynamics CRM
2 14 (1.96%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (0.70%) Dynamics NAV
4 3 (0.42%) assyst
4 3 (0.42%) Markit EDM
4 3 (0.42%) Sonata
5 2 (0.28%) Oracle EBS
5 2 (0.28%) thinkFolio
6 1 (0.14%) Actimize
6 1 (0.14%) Maximo
6 1 (0.14%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.14%) Oracle EBS R12
6 1 (0.14%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 146 (20.48%) Office 365
2 88 (12.34%) Microsoft Azure
3 36 (5.05%) Dynamics 365
4 22 (3.09%) Amazon AWS
5 9 (1.26%) Azure Active Directory
5 9 (1.26%) PaaS
6 8 (1.12%) npm
7 7 (0.98%) Amazon EC2
8 5 (0.70%) IaaS
9 4 (0.56%) Cloud Computing
9 4 (0.56%) SaaS
10 3 (0.42%) Amazon ElastiCache
10 3 (0.42%) Amazon S3
10 3 (0.42%) AWS CloudFormation
10 3 (0.42%) Azure Data Factory
10 3 (0.42%) G Suite
10 3 (0.42%) Google Cloud Platform
10 3 (0.42%) Google Drive
10 3 (0.42%) OneDrive
11 1 (0.14%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 124 (17.39%) DNS
2 120 (16.83%) DHCP
3 40 (5.61%) Skype
4 23 (3.23%) SAN
5 21 (2.95%) Wi-Fi
6 19 (2.66%) 3G
7 18 (2.52%) Firewall
7 18 (2.52%) Internet
8 17 (2.38%) VPN
9 16 (2.24%) WAN
10 15 (2.10%) LAN
11 13 (1.82%) Remote Desktop
11 13 (1.82%) Unified Communications
12 11 (1.54%) TCP/IP
13 10 (1.40%) NetScaler
14 8 (1.12%) VSAN
15 5 (0.70%) ADSL
15 5 (0.70%) NAS
15 5 (0.70%) VLAN
15 5 (0.70%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 161 (22.58%) SQL Server
2 61 (8.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 28 (3.93%) Power BI
4 24 (3.37%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 20 (2.81%) Relational Database
6 17 (2.38%) Azure SQL Database
7 16 (2.24%) Data Warehouse
8 11 (1.54%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 8 (1.12%) SQL Server 2012
10 7 (0.98%) Data Lake
10 7 (0.98%) SQL Server 2008
11 6 (0.84%) QlikView
12 5 (0.70%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 5 (0.70%) Oracle Database
12 5 (0.70%) Oracle Database 11g
13 4 (0.56%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
13 4 (0.56%) SQL Server 2014
14 3 (0.42%) Amazon DynamoDB
14 3 (0.42%) Big Data
14 3 (0.42%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 44 (6.17%) Visual Studio
2 32 (4.49%) Team Foundation Server
3 29 (4.07%) HP UFT
3 29 (4.07%) WinRunner
4 23 (3.23%) Git (software)
5 14 (1.96%) MSI
5 14 (1.96%) NUnit
6 12 (1.68%) MSTest
7 10 (1.40%) JIRA
8 8 (1.12%) TeamCity
9 7 (0.98%) TestDirector
10 6 (0.84%) gulp
10 6 (0.84%) webpack
11 4 (0.56%) Artifactory
11 4 (0.56%) Cucumber
11 4 (0.56%) Hudson
11 4 (0.56%) ReSharper
12 3 (0.42%) Jasmine
12 3 (0.42%) Selenium
12 3 (0.42%) Subversion
General
1 141 (19.78%) Finance
2 37 (5.19%) Banking
3 13 (1.82%) Legal
4 10 (1.40%) Manufacturing
5 9 (1.26%) Retail Banking
5 9 (1.26%) Telecoms
6 8 (1.12%) Advertising
7 6 (0.84%) Marketing
8 5 (0.70%) Electronics
8 5 (0.70%) Financial Institution
8 5 (0.70%) Investment Banking
8 5 (0.70%) Law
8 5 (0.70%) Retail
9 4 (0.56%) Billing
9 4 (0.56%) Front Office
10 2 (0.28%) French Language
10 2 (0.28%) German Language
10 2 (0.28%) Italian Language
10 2 (0.28%) Mandarin Language
10 2 (0.28%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 162 (22.72%) Analyst
2 142 (19.92%) Developer
3 46 (6.45%) Business Analyst
4 42 (5.89%) Architect
5 40 (5.61%) .NET Developer
5 40 (5.61%) CRM Developer
6 39 (5.47%) Support Engineer
7 35 (4.91%) Dynamics CRM Developer
7 35 (4.91%) Microsoft Developer
8 32 (4.49%) Project Manager
9 31 (4.35%) 2nd Line Support
10 30 (4.21%) Consultant
11 28 (3.93%) Desktop Support
12 27 (3.79%) Support Analyst
13 22 (3.09%) Test Analyst
14 21 (2.95%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 21 (2.95%) Service Analyst
15 18 (2.52%) 2nd Line Engineer
15 18 (2.52%) Service Desk Analyst
16 17 (2.38%) IT Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 135 (18.93%) .NET
2 63 (8.84%) CSS
3 53 (7.43%) ASP.NET
4 50 (7.01%) .NET Framework
5 40 (5.61%) HTML
6 39 (5.47%) Entity Framework
6 39 (5.47%) jQuery
7 35 (4.91%) AngularJS
7 35 (4.91%) XML
8 30 (4.21%) REST
9 29 (4.07%) ASP.NET Web API
9 29 (4.07%) Web Services
10 26 (3.65%) ASP.NET MVC
11 24 (3.37%) XSLT
12 19 (2.66%) .NET Core
13 18 (2.52%) Angular 2
14 13 (1.82%) Sass
15 10 (1.40%) WCF
16 9 (1.26%) LINQ
16 9 (1.26%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 50 (7.01%) Computer Science
2 46 (6.45%) Clustering
3 41 (5.75%) Analytical Skills
4 31 (4.35%) PDA
5 20 (2.81%) Fat Client
5 20 (2.81%) Thin Client
6 19 (2.66%) Self-Motivation
7 18 (2.52%) PKI
7 18 (2.52%) User Experience
8 17 (2.38%) Blackberry
9 16 (2.24%) iPhone
10 15 (2.10%) Management Information System
11 13 (1.82%) Enterprise Software
12 12 (1.68%) Data Centre
13 10 (1.40%) EMC VNX
14 9 (1.26%) Greenfield Project
14 9 (1.26%) Virtual Team
15 8 (1.12%) Data Structures
15 8 (1.12%) Mainframe
16 7 (0.98%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 313 (43.90%) Windows
2 146 (20.48%) Windows Server 2008
3 137 (19.21%) Windows Server
4 123 (17.25%) Windows 7
5 102 (14.31%) Windows Server 2003
6 87 (12.20%) Windows 10
7 79 (11.08%) Windows Server 2012
8 40 (5.61%) Windows 8
9 35 (4.91%) AIX
10 25 (3.51%) Linux
11 22 (3.09%) Android
12 20 (2.81%) Windows XP
13 16 (2.24%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 11 (1.54%) Unix
15 9 (1.26%) Apple iOS
15 9 (1.26%) Windows Phone
16 7 (0.98%) Windows Phone 8
17 5 (0.70%) Solaris
18 3 (0.42%) Mac OS X
19 2 (0.28%) NetWare
Processes & Methodologies
1 135 (18.93%) Agile Software Development
2 95 (13.32%) CRM
3 89 (12.48%) Migration
4 80 (11.22%) ITIL
5 68 (9.54%) Project Management
6 62 (8.70%) MVC
7 57 (7.99%) Workflow
8 55 (7.71%) Problem-Solving
9 52 (7.29%) Change Management
10 46 (6.45%) Business Intelligence
11 45 (6.31%) Digital Transformation Programme
12 41 (5.75%) Test Automation
13 39 (5.47%) Business Analysis
13 39 (5.47%) Software Testing
13 39 (5.47%) Stakeholder Management
14 37 (5.19%) Software Delivery
15 36 (5.05%) Service Design
16 35 (4.91%) High Availability
17 34 (4.77%) Test Scripting
18 33 (4.63%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 154 (21.60%) SQL
2 139 (19.50%) C#
3 111 (15.57%) JavaScript
4 104 (14.59%) PowerShell
5 40 (5.61%) T-SQL
6 11 (1.54%) VB
6 11 (1.54%) VBScript
7 9 (1.26%) TypeScript
7 9 (1.26%) VBA
8 7 (0.98%) C
8 7 (0.98%) Java
9 6 (0.84%) ES6
9 6 (0.84%) Python
10 5 (0.70%) PL/SQL
11 4 (0.56%) Bash Shell
11 4 (0.56%) X++
12 3 (0.42%) Ruby
13 2 (0.28%) Perl
14 1 (0.14%) C++
14 1 (0.14%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 139 (19.50%) Security Cleared
2 128 (17.95%) SC Cleared
3 75 (10.52%) Degree
4 73 (10.24%) Microsoft Certification
5 53 (7.43%) MCSE
6 49 (6.87%) Computer Science Degree
7 33 (4.63%) BPSS Clearance
8 29 (4.07%) ISTQB
9 13 (1.82%) APMP
10 12 (1.68%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 11 (1.54%) CISSP
12 10 (1.40%) MCSA
13 7 (0.98%) CISA
13 7 (0.98%) MCITP
13 7 (0.98%) MCP
13 7 (0.98%) MCTS
13 7 (0.98%) PMI Certification
13 7 (0.98%) PMP
14 5 (0.70%) Cisco Certification
14 5 (0.70%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 45 (6.31%) Disclosure Scotland
2 28 (3.93%) PMO
3 22 (3.09%) Data Quality
4 21 (2.95%) QA
5 17 (2.38%) SLA
6 3 (0.42%) GCP
6 3 (0.42%) GDPR
6 3 (0.42%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 3 (0.42%) SSAE 16
7 2 (0.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.14%) PMBOK
System Software
1 249 (34.92%) Active Directory
2 94 (13.18%) VMware Infrastructure
3 72 (10.10%) XenApp
4 58 (8.13%) Microsoft App-V
5 55 (7.71%) VMware ESXi
6 50 (7.01%) XenDesktop
7 41 (5.75%) Hyper-V
8 26 (3.65%) XenServer
9 25 (3.51%) Virtual Desktop
10 15 (2.10%) vSphere
11 12 (1.68%) Docker
12 8 (1.12%) BitLocker
12 8 (1.12%) VMware NSX
13 4 (0.56%) DFS Replication
13 4 (0.56%) EMC RecoverPoint
13 4 (0.56%) ISA Server
14 3 (0.42%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
15 2 (0.28%) Apache ZooKeeper
15 2 (0.28%) Firmware
16 1 (0.14%) NFS
Systems Management
1 92 (12.90%) SCCM
2 38 (5.33%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 31 (4.35%) McAfee ePO
4 27 (3.79%) HP ALM
5 14 (1.96%) Opscode Chef
5 14 (1.96%) Puppet
6 12 (1.68%) Microsoft Clustering
7 10 (1.40%) Ansible
8 9 (1.26%) PowerCLI
9 8 (1.12%) AirWatch
9 8 (1.12%) HP Quality Center
9 8 (1.12%) SafeCom
9 8 (1.12%) vRealize
10 7 (0.98%) Netcool
10 7 (0.98%) SCOM
10 7 (0.98%) XenMobile
11 6 (0.84%) SAP Afaria
12 5 (0.70%) NetBackup
13 4 (0.56%) Cisco CUCM
13 4 (0.56%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 140 (19.64%) Citrix
2 129 (18.09%) VMware
3 64 (8.98%) Ivanti
4 40 (5.61%) McAfee
5 39 (5.47%) Veritas
6 38 (5.33%) HP
7 35 (4.91%) Cisco
8 28 (3.93%) ThinPrint
9 25 (3.51%) Nintex
10 23 (3.23%) Oracle
11 18 (2.52%) Apple
11 18 (2.52%) SAP
12 13 (1.82%) IBM
13 12 (1.68%) Google
13 12 (1.68%) Red Hat
14 10 (1.40%) EMC
15 9 (1.26%) SolarWinds
16 7 (0.98%) Symantec
16 7 (0.98%) Xamarin
17 6 (0.84%) Mitel