Period
to 18 October 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 18 October 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
18 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 7 11 8
Rank change year-on-year +4 -3 +3
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 618 460 702
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 11.54% 9.49% 14.41%
As % of the Vendors category 30.55% 25.21% 31.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 356 253 448
Scotland median daily rate £373 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.43% +7.69% +1.56%
10th Percentile £132 £113 £218
90th Percentile £525 £525 £450
UK median daily rate £410 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +2.50% +6.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 31 50
Scotland median hourly rate £15.81 £17.00 £35.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.03% -52.45% +169.81%
10th Percentile £10.37 £10.71 £11.17
90th Percentile £33.50 £26.88 £42.00
UK median hourly rate £15.50 £15.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year - -6.06% +6.45%

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 2,023 1,825 2,261
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 37.79% 37.64% 46.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,054 998 1,223
Scotland median daily rate £400 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +14.29% -
10th Percentile £213 £213 £227
90th Percentile £538 £530 £488
UK median daily rate £450 £430 £415
% change year-on-year +4.65% +3.61% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 60 66 83
Scotland median hourly rate £16.75 £25.50 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -34.31% -29.17% +171.70%
10th Percentile £10.75 £11.25 £10.00
90th Percentile £35.00 £45.50 £43.00
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -0.03% - -

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 18 October 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 18 October 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 18 October 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 +5 247 £400 +6.67% 57
Glasgow +3 226 £368 +5.14% 53
Renfrewshire -2 70 £285 -7.32% 2
Aberdeen +13 13 £200 -20.00% 7
Dundee -7 11 £400 +247.83% 4
North Lanarkshire 0 9 £128 +10.87% 1
South Lanarkshire -3 6 £450 +104.55% 1
West Dunbartonshire 0 4 £400 +6.67%
Fife - 4 £200 - 4
Stirling +2 3 - - 2
West Lothian - 3 - - 1
Highlands 0 2 - - 1
South Ayrshire - 2 - -
Scottish Borders -3 1 - -
East Lothian - 1 - -
Lanarkshire - 1 - - 2
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 18 October 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.

1 234 (37.86%) Windows
2 157 (25.40%) Active Directory
3 147 (23.79%) Finance
4 145 (23.46%) Microsoft Office
5 143 (23.14%) Agile Software Development
6 137 (22.17%) SQL Server
7 135 (21.84%) SQL
8 125 (20.23%) Office 365
9 95 (15.37%) Migration
9 95 (15.37%) Microsoft Azure
10 93 (15.05%) .NET
11 91 (14.72%) C#
12 85 (13.75%) Windows Server 2008
13 81 (13.11%) Windows 7
13 81 (13.11%) Windows Server
14 77 (12.46%) JavaScript
15 74 (11.97%) Citrix
16 73 (11.81%) VMware
16 73 (11.81%) PowerShell
17 70 (11.33%) Security Cleared
17 70 (11.33%) Windows Server 2003
18 69 (11.17%) Microsoft Excel
19 68 (11.00%) SharePoint
20 66 (10.68%) CRM
21 65 (10.52%) DNS
21 65 (10.52%) DHCP
22 63 (10.19%) Windows 10
23 62 (10.03%) SC Cleared
24 58 (9.39%) VMware Infrastructure
24 58 (9.39%) Test Automation

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 68 (11.00%) SharePoint
2 51 (8.25%) MS Exchange
3 31 (5.02%) Skype for Business
4 27 (4.37%) Exchange Server 2010
4 27 (4.37%) IIS
5 18 (2.91%) Office Communications Server
6 17 (2.75%) Exchange Server 2013
6 17 (2.75%) SharePoint 2010
7 16 (2.59%) SharePoint 2013
8 13 (2.10%) SharePoint Server
9 12 (1.94%) Confluence
10 11 (1.78%) Exchange Server 2003
11 9 (1.46%) Exchange Server 2007
12 7 (1.13%) OpenStack
12 7 (1.13%) WebSphere
13 5 (0.81%) Cloud Foundry
14 4 (0.65%) Apache
15 3 (0.49%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 3 (0.49%) Elasticsearch
15 3 (0.49%) SAS
Applications
1 145 (23.46%) Microsoft Office
2 69 (11.17%) Microsoft Excel
3 37 (5.99%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 30 (4.85%) MS Visio
5 26 (4.21%) Microsoft Project
6 13 (2.10%) InfoPath
7 7 (1.13%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.16%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 56 (9.06%) Dynamics CRM
2 12 (1.94%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (0.81%) Oracle EBS
4 3 (0.49%) Markit EDM
4 3 (0.49%) Oracle Cash Management
5 2 (0.32%) Actimize
5 2 (0.32%) assyst
5 2 (0.32%) Dynamics NAV
5 2 (0.32%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 2 (0.32%) Oracle Receivables
6 1 (0.16%) Cognos Business Intelligence
6 1 (0.16%) Cognos TM1
6 1 (0.16%) Dynamics SL
6 1 (0.16%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.16%) Oracle EBS R12
6 1 (0.16%) Oracle Financials
6 1 (0.16%) Oracle Payables
Cloud Services
1 125 (20.23%) Office 365
2 95 (15.37%) Microsoft Azure
3 44 (7.12%) Dynamics 365
4 37 (5.99%) Amazon AWS
5 20 (3.24%) PaaS
6 16 (2.59%) GitHub
7 11 (1.78%) IaaS
8 10 (1.62%) OpenShift
9 9 (1.46%) Azure Data Factory
10 6 (0.97%) SaaS
11 5 (0.81%) Cloud Computing
11 5 (0.81%) Datadog
12 4 (0.65%) Google Cloud Platform
12 4 (0.65%) Tricentis Tosca
13 3 (0.49%) Azure Active Directory
13 3 (0.49%) Salesforce Service Cloud
14 2 (0.32%) AWS CloudFormation
14 2 (0.32%) Google Analytics
15 1 (0.16%) Amazon EC2
15 1 (0.16%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 65 (10.52%) DHCP
1 65 (10.52%) DNS
2 33 (5.34%) Skype
3 22 (3.56%) Firewall
4 13 (2.10%) TCP/IP
5 8 (1.29%) Unified Communications
5 8 (1.29%) VPN
6 7 (1.13%) LAN
7 6 (0.97%) SAN
7 6 (0.97%) SSL
8 5 (0.81%) Internet
8 5 (0.81%) NAS
8 5 (0.81%) VLAN
8 5 (0.81%) WAN
8 5 (0.81%) Wi-Fi
8 5 (0.81%) Wireless
9 4 (0.65%) 3G
9 4 (0.65%) Remote Desktop
9 4 (0.65%) SMTP
10 3 (0.49%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 137 (22.17%) SQL Server
2 30 (4.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 29 (4.69%) Power BI
4 27 (4.37%) Hadoop
5 24 (3.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 22 (3.56%) Relational Database
7 16 (2.59%) ArangoDB
7 16 (2.59%) Neo4j
8 15 (2.43%) Data Warehouse
9 12 (1.94%) Azure SQL Database
9 12 (1.94%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 10 (1.62%) Big Data
10 10 (1.62%) Data Lake
10 10 (1.62%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 9 (1.46%) HDInsight
12 8 (1.29%) NoSQL
12 8 (1.29%) SQL Server 2012
13 7 (1.13%) SQL Server 2014
14 6 (0.97%) BusinessObjects
14 6 (0.97%) Electronic Patient Records
Development Applications
1 44 (7.12%) Visual Studio
2 38 (6.15%) Team Foundation Server
3 31 (5.02%) Jenkins
4 30 (4.85%) HP UFT
5 27 (4.37%) Git (software)
6 26 (4.21%) JIRA
6 26 (4.21%) WinRunner
7 17 (2.75%) TeamCity
8 13 (2.10%) Artifactory
8 13 (2.10%) Bitbucket
9 12 (1.94%) Selenium
10 11 (1.78%) MSI
11 10 (1.62%) JMeter
11 10 (1.62%) Maven
12 9 (1.46%) Cucumber
12 9 (1.46%) IBM UrbanCode
12 9 (1.46%) JUnit
12 9 (1.46%) Sonatype Nexus
12 9 (1.46%) Visual Studio Team System
13 8 (1.29%) SoapUI
General
1 147 (23.79%) Finance
2 55 (8.90%) Banking
3 12 (1.94%) Manufacturing
4 8 (1.29%) Retail
5 7 (1.13%) Advertising
5 7 (1.13%) Legal
5 7 (1.13%) Marketing
5 7 (1.13%) Telecoms
6 5 (0.81%) Investment Banking
6 5 (0.81%) Law
7 4 (0.65%) Retail Banking
8 2 (0.32%) Billing
8 2 (0.32%) Electronics
8 2 (0.32%) French Language
8 2 (0.32%) Front Office
8 2 (0.32%) German Language
8 2 (0.32%) Italian Language
8 2 (0.32%) Mandarin Language
8 2 (0.32%) Publishing
8 2 (0.32%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 136 (22.01%) Analyst
2 101 (16.34%) Developer
3 53 (8.58%) Architect
4 35 (5.66%) Support Engineer
5 28 (4.53%) CRM Developer
6 26 (4.21%) Desktop Support
7 24 (3.88%) Consultant
8 23 (3.72%) Support Analyst
9 22 (3.56%) Project Manager
9 22 (3.56%) Solutions Architect
10 20 (3.24%) 2nd Line Support
10 20 (3.24%) Service Analyst
11 19 (3.07%) Desktop Engineer
11 19 (3.07%) Service Desk Analyst
12 18 (2.91%) .NET Developer
12 18 (2.91%) DevOps Engineer
12 18 (2.91%) Dynamics CRM Developer
12 18 (2.91%) IT Support
12 18 (2.91%) Test Analyst
13 17 (2.75%) IT Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 93 (15.05%) .NET
2 48 (7.77%) ASP.NET
3 34 (5.50%) CSS
4 29 (4.69%) Web Services
5 27 (4.37%) HTML
6 25 (4.05%) XML
7 23 (3.72%) .NET Framework
8 21 (3.40%) jQuery
9 20 (3.24%) REST
10 16 (2.59%) XSLT
11 15 (2.43%) AngularJS
12 13 (2.10%) ASP.NET Web API
12 13 (2.10%) JSON
13 12 (1.94%) Entity Framework
13 12 (1.94%) SOAP
14 10 (1.62%) ASP.NET MVC
15 8 (1.29%) Java EE
15 8 (1.29%) RESTful
16 7 (1.13%) J2EE
17 6 (0.97%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 32 (5.18%) Clustering
2 29 (4.69%) Computer Science
3 28 (4.53%) PDA
4 26 (4.21%) Analytical Skills
5 21 (3.40%) Enterprise Software
6 13 (2.10%) iPhone
7 12 (1.94%) Cyberthreat
8 11 (1.78%) Data Centre
8 11 (1.78%) Self-Motivation
9 8 (1.29%) Blackberry
9 8 (1.29%) Management Information System
9 8 (1.29%) Public Cloud
10 7 (1.13%) User Experience
11 6 (0.97%) Data Structures
11 6 (0.97%) e-Health
11 6 (0.97%) LIMS
11 6 (0.97%) PACS
12 5 (0.81%) Replication
12 5 (0.81%) Virtual Team
13 4 (0.65%) Fat Client
Operating Systems
1 234 (37.86%) Windows
2 85 (13.75%) Windows Server 2008
3 81 (13.11%) Windows 7
3 81 (13.11%) Windows Server
4 70 (11.33%) Windows Server 2003
5 63 (10.19%) Windows 10
6 47 (7.61%) Linux
7 42 (6.80%) Windows Server 2012
8 30 (4.85%) AIX
9 16 (2.59%) Windows 8
10 13 (2.10%) Unix
11 12 (1.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 12 (1.94%) Windows XP
12 9 (1.46%) Solaris
13 8 (1.29%) Android
14 6 (0.97%) Ubuntu
15 5 (0.81%) Mac OS
16 3 (0.49%) Apple iOS
16 3 (0.49%) Windows Phone
17 2 (0.32%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 143 (23.14%) Agile Software Development
2 95 (15.37%) Migration
3 66 (10.68%) CRM
4 58 (9.39%) Test Automation
5 57 (9.22%) Project Management
6 53 (8.58%) ITIL
7 49 (7.93%) Analytics
8 44 (7.12%) DevOps
9 43 (6.96%) Business Intelligence
10 40 (6.47%) Software Engineering
11 39 (6.31%) Change Management
12 37 (5.99%) Cybersecurity
13 35 (5.66%) Problem-Solving
14 34 (5.50%) Software Testing
14 34 (5.50%) Test Scripting
15 32 (5.18%) Stakeholder Management
16 30 (4.85%) Continuous Integration
17 26 (4.21%) MVC
18 25 (4.05%) Scrum
19 24 (3.88%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 135 (21.84%) SQL
2 91 (14.72%) C#
3 77 (12.46%) JavaScript
4 73 (11.81%) PowerShell
5 32 (5.18%) Java
5 32 (5.18%) T-SQL
6 23 (3.72%) Python
7 21 (3.40%) Perl
8 18 (2.91%) Bash Shell
9 16 (2.59%) Go
9 16 (2.59%) Ruby
10 15 (2.43%) VBA
11 11 (1.78%) VB
12 8 (1.29%) VBScript
12 8 (1.29%) X++
13 7 (1.13%) VB.NET
14 5 (0.81%) Groovy
15 4 (0.65%) C
15 4 (0.65%) PL/SQL
16 3 (0.49%) XPath
Qualifications
1 70 (11.33%) Security Cleared
2 62 (10.03%) SC Cleared
3 48 (7.77%) Degree
4 40 (6.47%) Microsoft Certification
5 34 (5.50%) ISTQB
6 30 (4.85%) MCSE
7 24 (3.88%) CISSP
8 23 (3.72%) Computer Science Degree
9 22 (3.56%) BPSS Clearance
10 16 (2.59%) CISM
11 9 (1.46%) PMP
12 8 (1.29%) PMI Certification
13 6 (0.97%) CISA
14 5 (0.81%) APMP
14 5 (0.81%) ISACA
15 4 (0.65%) ITIL Certification
15 4 (0.65%) MCSA
15 4 (0.65%) PRINCE2 Certification
16 3 (0.49%) A+ Certification
16 3 (0.49%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (4.21%) PMO
2 22 (3.56%) QA
3 21 (3.40%) GDPR
4 18 (2.91%) Disclosure Scotland
5 16 (2.59%) FINRA
6 12 (1.94%) SLA
7 10 (1.62%) Data Quality
8 6 (0.97%) HL7
9 5 (0.81%) SSAE 16
10 3 (0.49%) ISO/IEC 27001
11 1 (0.16%) Cyber Essentials
11 1 (0.16%) ISO 13485
System Software
1 157 (25.40%) Active Directory
2 58 (9.39%) VMware Infrastructure
3 42 (6.80%) VMware ESXi
4 34 (5.50%) Hyper-V
5 25 (4.05%) Virtual Desktop
6 21 (3.40%) Microsoft App-V
7 20 (3.24%) XenApp
8 14 (2.27%) Docker
9 12 (1.94%) XenDesktop
10 8 (1.29%) vSphere
11 7 (1.13%) XenServer
12 6 (0.97%) BitLocker
13 2 (0.32%) Terminal Services
13 2 (0.32%) VMware NSX
14 1 (0.16%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 1 (0.16%) EMC RecoverPoint
14 1 (0.16%) iptables
14 1 (0.16%) NFS
14 1 (0.16%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 52 (8.41%) SCCM
2 26 (4.21%) HP ALM
3 25 (4.05%) McAfee ePO
4 19 (3.07%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 18 (2.91%) Puppet
5 18 (2.91%) Terraform
6 16 (2.59%) Ansible
7 13 (2.10%) Kubernetes
8 12 (1.94%) Opscode Chef
9 5 (0.81%) HP Quality Center
9 5 (0.81%) Microsoft Clustering
9 5 (0.81%) Nagios
9 5 (0.81%) SCOM
9 5 (0.81%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
10 4 (0.65%) NetBackup
10 4 (0.65%) Norton AntiVirus
10 4 (0.65%) OpenView
10 4 (0.65%) Oracle Flashback
10 4 (0.65%) Oracle RMAN
10 4 (0.65%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 74 (11.97%) Citrix
2 73 (11.81%) VMware
3 44 (7.12%) Oracle
4 42 (6.80%) McAfee
5 38 (6.15%) Ivanti
6 35 (5.66%) HP
7 33 (5.34%) Veritas
8 27 (4.37%) Symantec
9 17 (2.75%) Varonis
10 16 (2.59%) Cisco
10 16 (2.59%) Cloudera
10 16 (2.59%) Hortonworks
10 16 (2.59%) Sybase
10 16 (2.59%) Tableau
11 14 (2.27%) Salesforce.com
12 12 (1.94%) IBM
12 12 (1.94%) Nintex
12 12 (1.94%) Red Hat
13 10 (1.62%) Apple
13 10 (1.62%) Charles River