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 3 months to 25 June 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
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 12 6 12
Rank change year-on-year -6 +6  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 170 444 283
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 7.94% 15.34% 9.36%
As % of the Vendors category 20.81% 31.85% 26.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 90 222 149
Median daily rate £375 £335 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.94% +3.07%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £111 £221 £115
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £350 £335
% change year-on-year +3.57% +4.47%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 35 22
Median hourly rate £14.68 £36.00 £13.05
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -59.22% +175.86%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.68 £8.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.50 £42.00 £38.92
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £16.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year -12.12% +10.00%  

Microsoft is in the vendor products and services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all vendor product and service related skills in contract job vacancies advertised in Scotland.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
Scotland
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 817 1394 1083
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Scotland 38.14% 48.15% 35.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 415 693 522
Median daily rate £395 £350 £348
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.85% +0.57%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £221 £260 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.66% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 59 39
Median hourly rate £31.85 £38.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.27% +140.62%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.00 £19.50 £11.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £43.00 £39.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year -14.63% +10.81%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Scotland

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Scotland citing Microsoft as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Vendors category.

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 3 months to 25 June 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 3 months to 25 June 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 3 months to 25 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Edinburgh -14 66 £388 +3.33% 28
Glasgow -6 57 £369 +13.46% 19
Renfrewshire +2 18 £400 +23.07%
Dundee +7 5 £110 -34.32% 1
Aberdeen -16 4 £160 -52.94% 3
West Dunbartonshire 0 3 £375 - 1
North Lanarkshire -1 1 - - 1
Perth and Kinross - 1 - -
Stirling - 1 - - 2
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 25 June 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.

1 155 (37.44%) Windows
2 95 (22.95%) .NET
3 92 (22.22%) Microsoft Office
4 86 (20.77%) Finance
5 84 (20.29%) C#
6 81 (19.57%) Agile Software Development
7 64 (15.46%) SQL Server
7 64 (15.46%) Active Directory
8 60 (14.49%) Windows Server
9 57 (13.77%) Windows Server 2012
9 57 (13.77%) SQL
10 54 (13.04%) Security Cleared
11 52 (12.56%) Migration
12 49 (11.84%) PowerShell
12 49 (11.84%) Team Foundation Server
13 46 (11.11%) ITIL
14 45 (10.87%) Microsoft Excel
14 45 (10.87%) Project Management
14 45 (10.87%) Windows 7
15 43 (10.39%) Microsoft Azure
15 43 (10.39%) Analytical Skills
16 42 (10.14%) IIS
17 41 (9.90%) XAML
17 41 (9.90%) Git (software)
17 41 (9.90%) SC Cleared
18 35 (8.45%) Microsoft Project
18 35 (8.45%) Citrix
19 34 (8.21%) MVC
20 33 (7.97%) Windows Server 2008
20 33 (7.97%) Office 365

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 42 (10.14%) IIS
2 23 (5.56%) SharePoint
3 22 (5.31%) MS Exchange
4 14 (3.38%) Exchange Server 2010
5 10 (2.42%) Skype for Business
6 6 (1.45%) CMS
6 6 (1.45%) EPiServer
6 6 (1.45%) SAS
7 4 (0.97%) Exchange Server 2007
7 4 (0.97%) Umbraco
8 3 (0.72%) Apache
8 3 (0.72%) Sitecore CMS
9 2 (0.48%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 2 (0.48%) IBM Domino
9 2 (0.48%) IBM Notes
9 2 (0.48%) MQSeries
9 2 (0.48%) OpenStack
9 2 (0.48%) WebSphere
9 2 (0.48%) WebSphere Application Server
10 1 (0.24%) Moodle
Applications
1 92 (22.22%) Microsoft Office
2 45 (10.87%) Microsoft Excel
3 35 (8.45%) Microsoft Project
4 18 (4.35%) MS Visio
5 13 (3.14%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 11 (2.66%) Adobe Illustrator
6 11 (2.66%) Photoshop
7 4 (0.97%) Mozilla Thunderbird
8 2 (0.48%) Adobe Captivate
8 2 (0.48%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 19 (4.59%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (1.69%) Unit4 Business World
3 5 (1.21%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.48%) assyst
4 2 (0.48%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 1 (0.24%) FRx
5 1 (0.24%) SAP CO
5 1 (0.24%) SAP FI
5 1 (0.24%) SAP FI/CO
5 1 (0.24%) Sonata
Cloud Services
1 43 (10.39%) Microsoft Azure
2 33 (7.97%) Office 365
3 10 (2.42%) PaaS
4 8 (1.93%) Amazon AWS
5 7 (1.69%) Azure Active Directory
6 6 (1.45%) IaaS
7 4 (0.97%) SaaS
8 2 (0.48%) GitHub
9 1 (0.24%) Dynamics 365
9 1 (0.24%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 13 (3.14%) LAN
1 13 (3.14%) WAN
2 11 (2.66%) TCP/IP
3 10 (2.42%) Skype
4 9 (2.17%) DNS
4 9 (2.17%) SAN
5 8 (1.93%) DHCP
5 8 (1.93%) VoIP
6 7 (1.69%) Firewall
6 7 (1.69%) Remote Desktop
7 6 (1.45%) Internet
8 4 (0.97%) PABX
9 3 (0.72%) NAS
9 3 (0.72%) NetScaler
10 2 (0.48%) Cisco IOS
10 2 (0.48%) IP Telephony
10 2 (0.48%) LDAP
10 2 (0.48%) Software-Defined Networking
11 1 (0.24%) Cisco ASA
11 1 (0.24%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 64 (15.46%) SQL Server
2 25 (6.04%) Data Warehouse
3 23 (5.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 22 (5.31%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 13 (3.14%) Relational Database
6 10 (2.42%) SQL Server 2012
6 10 (2.42%) SQL Server 2014
7 9 (2.17%) SQL Server 2008
8 8 (1.93%) Big Data
8 8 (1.93%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 7 (1.69%) SQL Server 2016
10 6 (1.45%) Power BI
11 5 (1.21%) SQL Server 2005
12 4 (0.97%) Hadoop
12 4 (0.97%) MS Access
12 4 (0.97%) PostgreSQL
12 4 (0.97%) SQL Server 2000
13 3 (0.72%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
13 3 (0.72%) QlikView
14 2 (0.48%) Snowflake Schema
Development Applications
1 49 (11.84%) Team Foundation Server
2 41 (9.90%) Git (software)
3 12 (2.90%) Visual Studio
4 9 (2.17%) Microsoft Blend
5 5 (1.21%) gulp
5 5 (1.21%) Moq
5 5 (1.21%) Octopus Deploy
5 5 (1.21%) StarTeam
6 4 (0.97%) Selenium
6 4 (0.97%) WebDriver
7 3 (0.72%) NUnit
8 2 (0.48%) IBM UrbanCode
8 2 (0.48%) MSTest
8 2 (0.48%) SpecFlow
8 2 (0.48%) Subversion
9 1 (0.24%) Bitbucket
9 1 (0.24%) JIRA
9 1 (0.24%) Maven
9 1 (0.24%) PHPUnit
9 1 (0.24%) YouTrack
General
1 86 (20.77%) Finance
2 23 (5.56%) Banking
3 5 (1.21%) Financial Institution
3 5 (1.21%) Manufacturing
3 5 (1.21%) Telecoms
4 4 (0.97%) Investment Banking
4 4 (0.97%) Legal
4 4 (0.97%) Retail
5 3 (0.72%) Marketing
5 3 (0.72%) Retail Banking
6 2 (0.48%) Advertising
7 1 (0.24%) Billing
7 1 (0.24%) French Language
7 1 (0.24%) General Ledger
7 1 (0.24%) Law
7 1 (0.24%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 80 (19.32%) Analyst
2 65 (15.70%) Developer
3 41 (9.90%) Project Manager
4 32 (7.73%) Architect
5 23 (5.56%) PowerShell Engineer
6 21 (5.07%) Consultant
7 20 (4.83%) .NET Developer
7 20 (4.83%) Automation Engineer
8 18 (4.35%) C# Developer
9 17 (4.11%) Desktop Support
9 17 (4.11%) Support Analyst
10 16 (3.86%) Support Engineer
11 15 (3.62%) C# .NET Developer
12 14 (3.38%) IT Analyst
13 13 (3.14%) IT Support
13 13 (3.14%) Service Analyst
14 12 (2.90%) 2nd Line Support
14 12 (2.90%) Business Analyst
14 12 (2.90%) Trainer
14 12 (2.90%) Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 95 (22.95%) .NET
2 28 (6.76%) Web Services
3 27 (6.52%) ASP.NET
4 26 (6.28%) AngularJS
5 23 (5.56%) .NET Framework
6 20 (4.83%) HTML
7 18 (4.35%) Entity Framework
8 15 (3.62%) CSS
9 14 (3.38%) WPF
10 13 (3.14%) jQuery
11 11 (2.66%) ASP.NET MVC
12 10 (2.42%) Flash
13 9 (2.17%) Twitter Bootstrap
14 7 (1.69%) LINQ
14 7 (1.69%) RESTful
15 6 (1.45%) ASP.NET Web API
15 6 (1.45%) XML
16 5 (1.21%) HTML5
16 5 (1.21%) Modernizr
16 5 (1.21%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 43 (10.39%) Analytical Skills
2 17 (4.11%) Data Centre
3 14 (3.38%) User Experience
4 10 (2.42%) Clustering
4 10 (2.42%) Computer Science
4 10 (2.42%) Management Information System
5 9 (2.17%) Smartphone
6 8 (1.93%) Private Cloud
7 7 (1.69%) Enterprise Software
7 7 (1.69%) Video Conferencing
8 6 (1.45%) Driving Licence
8 6 (1.45%) Replication
9 4 (0.97%) Credit Risk
9 4 (0.97%) Fintech
9 4 (0.97%) Virtual Team
10 3 (0.72%) Mainframe
10 3 (0.72%) VLE
11 2 (0.48%) Blackberry
11 2 (0.48%) Hedge funds
11 2 (0.48%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 155 (37.44%) Windows
2 60 (14.49%) Windows Server
3 57 (13.77%) Windows Server 2012
4 45 (10.87%) Windows 7
5 33 (7.97%) Windows Server 2008
6 24 (5.80%) Linux
7 19 (4.59%) Windows 10
8 18 (4.35%) Windows 8
9 17 (4.11%) Unix
10 13 (3.14%) Windows XP
11 9 (2.17%) Windows Server 2003
12 8 (1.93%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 6 (1.45%) AIX
14 4 (0.97%) Mac OS
14 4 (0.97%) Solaris
15 3 (0.72%) Apple iOS
16 2 (0.48%) Android
17 1 (0.24%) MVS
17 1 (0.24%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 81 (19.57%) Agile Software Development
2 52 (12.56%) Migration
3 46 (11.11%) ITIL
4 45 (10.87%) Project Management
5 34 (8.21%) MVC
6 30 (7.25%) Business Intelligence
6 30 (7.25%) Continuous Delivery
7 25 (6.04%) Continuous Integration
8 24 (5.80%) Open Source
9 23 (5.56%) CRM
9 23 (5.56%) Stakeholder Management
10 21 (5.07%) Business Analysis
10 21 (5.07%) PRINCE2
11 19 (4.59%) Change Management
12 18 (4.35%) Service Management
13 15 (3.62%) ETL
14 14 (3.38%) Web Development
15 13 (3.14%) Change Control
16 12 (2.90%) MVVM
16 12 (2.90%) OOP
Programming Languages
1 84 (20.29%) C#
2 57 (13.77%) SQL
3 49 (11.84%) PowerShell
4 41 (9.90%) XAML
5 29 (7.00%) JavaScript
6 10 (2.42%) Java
7 8 (1.93%) TypeScript
8 5 (1.21%) Bash Shell
9 4 (0.97%) PL/SQL
9 4 (0.97%) T-SQL
10 3 (0.72%) VBA
11 2 (0.48%) Perl
11 2 (0.48%) Python
11 2 (0.48%) VB
12 1 (0.24%) C
12 1 (0.24%) C++
12 1 (0.24%) JCL
12 1 (0.24%) MATLAB
12 1 (0.24%) PHP
12 1 (0.24%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 54 (13.04%) Security Cleared
2 41 (9.90%) SC Cleared
3 22 (5.31%) Degree
4 15 (3.62%) Microsoft Certification
5 13 (3.14%) APMP
6 8 (1.93%) MCTS
7 6 (1.45%) MCSE
8 5 (1.21%) ISEB
8 5 (1.21%) MCITP
8 5 (1.21%) PMI Certification
9 4 (0.97%) Computer Science Degree
9 4 (0.97%) ISTQB
9 4 (0.97%) MCSA
9 4 (0.97%) PMP
10 3 (0.72%) CISSP
10 3 (0.72%) ITIL Certification
11 2 (0.48%) BPSS Clearance
11 2 (0.48%) HND
12 1 (0.24%) CGEIT
12 1 (0.24%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (6.28%) Disclosure Scotland
2 11 (2.66%) PMO
3 10 (2.42%) SLA
4 5 (1.21%) QA
5 3 (0.72%) Basel III
6 1 (0.24%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.24%) ISO 22301
6 1 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 1 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.24%) SEPA
System Software
1 64 (15.46%) Active Directory
2 16 (3.86%) VMware Infrastructure
2 16 (3.86%) XenApp
3 9 (2.17%) VMware ESXi
3 9 (2.17%) XenDesktop
4 8 (1.93%) Hyper-V
4 8 (1.93%) Microsoft App-V
5 7 (1.69%) vSphere
6 6 (1.45%) Virtual Servers
7 4 (0.97%) BitLocker
8 3 (0.72%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 3 (0.72%) Terminal Server
8 3 (0.72%) Virtual Machines
9 1 (0.24%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 1 (0.24%) EMC RecoverPoint
9 1 (0.24%) Terminal Services
9 1 (0.24%) Time Sharing Option
9 1 (0.24%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 25 (6.04%) SCCM
2 24 (5.80%) Puppet
3 11 (2.66%) SCOM
4 5 (1.21%) Microsoft Intune
4 5 (1.21%) WSUS
5 3 (0.72%) Ansible
5 3 (0.72%) McAfee ePO
5 3 (0.72%) Microsoft Clustering
5 3 (0.72%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 3 (0.72%) Netcool
5 3 (0.72%) Opscode Chef
5 3 (0.72%) SCVMM
6 2 (0.48%) vRealize
7 1 (0.24%) EMC VPLEX
7 1 (0.24%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
7 1 (0.24%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 1 (0.24%) HP Quality Center
7 1 (0.24%) QRadar
7 1 (0.24%) SnapMirror
7 1 (0.24%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 35 (8.45%) Citrix
2 25 (6.04%) VMware
3 14 (3.38%) Oracle
4 12 (2.90%) Adobe
4 12 (2.90%) Cisco
5 10 (2.42%) IBM
6 9 (2.17%) HP
7 7 (1.69%) NetApp
8 5 (1.21%) CyberArk
8 5 (1.21%) EMC
8 5 (1.21%) Red Hat
8 5 (1.21%) Teradata
9 4 (0.97%) Cloudera
9 4 (0.97%) Cognos
9 4 (0.97%) McAfee
9 4 (0.97%) Sitecore
10 3 (0.72%) Dell
10 3 (0.72%) F5
10 3 (0.72%) SAP
10 3 (0.72%) Veritas
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