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 March 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft
UK / Scotland
Rank 7 7 11
Rank change year-on-year 0 +4  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 244 316 302
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 13.90% 12.21% 10.58%
As % of the Vendors category 32.06% 29.95% 28.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 152 182 164
Median daily rate £350 £375 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.66% +15.38%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £176 £191 £108
10% offered a daily rate of more than £474 £450 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £365 £350
% change year-on-year -4.10% +4.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 4 21
Median hourly rate £15.28 £14.90 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.55% -6.87%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.32 £11.14 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.50 £17.40 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.20 £15.00 £14.85
% change year-on-year -5.33% +1.01%  

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 761 1055 1042
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Scotland 43.36% 40.77% 36.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 418 582 552
Median daily rate £375 £388 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.22% +3.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £243 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £486 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 16 35
Median hourly rate £30.00 £43.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -30.23% +168.75%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.64 £13.80 £12.64
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.17 £50.00 £43.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £19.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year -15.36% +14.67%  

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 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 March 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 March 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
Glasgow +3 95 £360 +36.49% 18
Edinburgh +1 80 £375 - 26
Renfrewshire -4 27 £340 -16.04% 1
Highlands +4 7 £225 +104.54%
Dundee - 6 £110 - 4
Fife +4 5 £320 - 1
Aberdeen -2 4 £300 -36.84% 2
Inverclyde - 2 £475 -
Perth and Kinross - 2 - -
North Ayrshire - 1 - -
South Ayrshire - 1 - -
Microsoft
UK

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 25 March 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.

1 215 (41.91%) Windows
2 179 (34.89%) MS Excel
3 111 (21.64%) Active Directory
4 107 (20.86%) Finance
5 102 (19.88%) SQL
5 102 (19.88%) .NET
5 102 (19.88%) SQL Server
6 91 (17.74%) Agile Software Development
7 86 (16.76%) MS Office
7 86 (16.76%) C#
8 85 (16.57%) Windows Server 2012
9 83 (16.18%) PowerShell
10 77 (15.01%) Windows Server 2008
11 76 (14.81%) Windows Server
11 76 (14.81%) VMware
12 73 (14.23%) Windows 7
13 71 (13.84%) ITIL
14 68 (13.26%) Security Cleared
15 57 (11.11%) SC Cleared
16 56 (10.92%) DNS
17 55 (10.72%) VMware Infrastructure
18 53 (10.33%) Analytical Skills
19 52 (10.14%) Citrix
20 51 (9.94%) Migration
21 47 (9.16%) DHCP
21 47 (9.16%) Office 365
22 45 (8.77%) Team Foundation Server
22 45 (8.77%) Project Management
23 41 (7.99%) Microsoft Azure
24 40 (7.80%) SCCM

Microsoft
Top Related 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 39 (7.60%) IIS
2 37 (7.21%) MS Exchange
3 31 (6.04%) SharePoint
4 17 (3.31%) Exchange Server 2010
5 16 (3.12%) Skype for Business
6 7 (1.36%) CMS
6 7 (1.36%) SAS
7 6 (1.17%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 6 (1.17%) Exchange Server 2007
8 5 (0.97%) Umbraco
9 3 (0.58%) Sitecore CMS
10 2 (0.39%) Apache
10 2 (0.39%) Exchange Server 2013
10 2 (0.39%) IBM Domino
10 2 (0.39%) IBM Notes
10 2 (0.39%) OpenStack
11 1 (0.19%) BizTalk Server
11 1 (0.19%) Documentum
11 1 (0.19%) MQSeries
11 1 (0.19%) Tomcat
Applications
1 179 (34.89%) MS Excel
2 86 (16.76%) MS Office
3 34 (6.63%) MS Project
4 15 (2.92%) MS PowerPoint
5 12 (2.34%) MS Visio
6 8 (1.56%) Adobe Illustrator
6 8 (1.56%) Photoshop
7 4 (0.78%) Mozilla Thunderbird
8 2 (0.39%) Adobe Captivate
8 2 (0.39%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 19 (3.70%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (1.36%) Unit4 Business World
3 4 (0.78%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.39%) Remedy ITSM
4 2 (0.39%) Sonata
5 1 (0.19%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 1 (0.19%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.19%) Oracle Applications
5 1 (0.19%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.19%) Oracle EBS R12
5 1 (0.19%) SAP CO
5 1 (0.19%) SAP FI
5 1 (0.19%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 47 (9.16%) Office 365
2 41 (7.99%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (1.36%) Amazon AWS
3 7 (1.36%) Azure Active Directory
3 7 (1.36%) IaaS
3 7 (1.36%) PaaS
4 4 (0.78%) OneDrive
4 4 (0.78%) SaaS
5 2 (0.39%) Adobe Creative Cloud
5 2 (0.39%) G Suite
5 2 (0.39%) GitHub
5 2 (0.39%) Google Analytics
5 2 (0.39%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 56 (10.92%) DNS
2 47 (9.16%) DHCP
3 25 (4.87%) WAN
4 23 (4.48%) Firewall
5 20 (3.90%) LAN
5 20 (3.90%) SAN
5 20 (3.90%) TCP/IP
6 14 (2.73%) Internet
6 14 (2.73%) Skype
6 14 (2.73%) VSAN
7 9 (1.75%) LDAP
8 8 (1.56%) VoIP
9 7 (1.36%) Intranet
9 7 (1.36%) NetScaler
10 5 (0.97%) HTTP
10 5 (0.97%) HTTPS
10 5 (0.97%) Kerberos
10 5 (0.97%) Remote Desktop
10 5 (0.97%) VPN
10 5 (0.97%) X.500
Database & Business Intelligence
1 102 (19.88%) SQL Server
2 26 (5.07%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 23 (4.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 21 (4.09%) Data Warehouse
4 21 (4.09%) Relational Database
5 17 (3.31%) SQL Server 2012
6 15 (2.92%) SQL Server 2014
7 14 (2.73%) SQL Server 2008
8 11 (2.14%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 7 (1.36%) Big Data
10 6 (1.17%) SQL Server 2016
11 5 (0.97%) Power BI
12 4 (0.78%) QlikView
13 3 (0.58%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
13 3 (0.58%) PostgreSQL
13 3 (0.58%) SQL Server 2005
14 2 (0.39%) BusinessObjects
14 2 (0.39%) MS Access
14 2 (0.39%) MySQL
14 2 (0.39%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 45 (8.77%) Team Foundation Server
2 35 (6.82%) Git (software)
3 17 (3.31%) Visual Studio
4 11 (2.14%) Selenium
5 9 (1.75%) StarTeam
6 6 (1.17%) NUnit
6 6 (1.17%) WebDriver
7 5 (0.97%) Microsoft Blend
8 4 (0.78%) JIRA
8 4 (0.78%) Subversion
8 4 (0.78%) TeamCity
9 3 (0.58%) Axure RP
9 3 (0.58%) Jenkins
9 3 (0.58%) Maven
9 3 (0.58%) Moq
9 3 (0.58%) Visual Studio Team System
10 2 (0.39%) MSTest
10 2 (0.39%) SpecFlow
10 2 (0.39%) WinDbg
10 2 (0.39%) YouTrack
General
1 107 (20.86%) Finance
2 20 (3.90%) Banking
3 12 (2.34%) Law
4 6 (1.17%) Legal
4 6 (1.17%) Retail
5 5 (0.97%) Manufacturing
6 4 (0.78%) Retail Banking
6 4 (0.78%) Telecoms
7 2 (0.39%) Advertising
7 2 (0.39%) Investment Banking
7 2 (0.39%) Marketing
8 1 (0.19%) French Language
8 1 (0.19%) General Ledger
8 1 (0.19%) German Language
8 1 (0.19%) Publishing
8 1 (0.19%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 90 (17.54%) Analyst
2 72 (14.04%) Developer
3 40 (7.80%) Architect
4 39 (7.60%) Project Manager
5 34 (6.63%) Consultant
6 26 (5.07%) .NET Developer
7 19 (3.70%) C# Developer
7 19 (3.70%) Infrastructure Architect
8 18 (3.51%) Automation Engineer
8 18 (3.51%) IT Analyst
8 18 (3.51%) Support Engineer
9 17 (3.31%) Solutions Architect
10 16 (3.12%) IT Support
10 16 (3.12%) PowerShell Engineer
11 15 (2.92%) C# .NET Developer
11 15 (2.92%) Support Analyst
12 14 (2.73%) Test Analyst
13 13 (2.53%) SQL Developer
13 13 (2.53%) Systems Engineer
13 13 (2.53%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 102 (19.88%) .NET
2 38 (7.41%) ASP.NET
3 22 (4.29%) AngularJS
4 21 (4.09%) .NET Framework
4 21 (4.09%) Web Services
5 20 (3.90%) HTML
6 19 (3.70%) CSS
6 19 (3.70%) jQuery
7 18 (3.51%) Entity Framework
8 17 (3.31%) ASP.NET MVC
8 17 (3.31%) WPF
9 10 (1.95%) WCF
10 9 (1.75%) HTML5
11 7 (1.36%) RESTful
12 6 (1.17%) Flash
13 5 (0.97%) ASP.NET Web Forms
13 5 (0.97%) CSS3
13 5 (0.97%) XML
14 4 (0.78%) ASP.NET Web API
14 4 (0.78%) Kendo UI
Miscellaneous
1 53 (10.33%) Analytical Skills
2 33 (6.43%) Data Centre
3 20 (3.90%) Clustering
4 19 (3.70%) Private Cloud
5 18 (3.51%) Management Information System
6 15 (2.92%) Enterprise Software
6 15 (2.92%) Replication
7 14 (2.73%) Computer Science
8 12 (2.34%) User Experience
9 10 (1.95%) PKI
10 8 (1.56%) Video Conferencing
11 6 (1.17%) Smartphone
12 5 (0.97%) Blackberry
13 4 (0.78%) Driving Licence
13 4 (0.78%) Fintech
13 4 (0.78%) Mainframe
14 3 (0.58%) Client/Server
14 3 (0.58%) Mobile App
14 3 (0.58%) Public Cloud
14 3 (0.58%) VLE
Operating Systems
1 215 (41.91%) Windows
2 85 (16.57%) Windows Server 2012
3 77 (15.01%) Windows Server 2008
4 76 (14.81%) Windows Server
5 73 (14.23%) Windows 7
6 38 (7.41%) Windows 10
7 25 (4.87%) Linux
8 24 (4.68%) Windows Server 2003
9 15 (2.92%) Unix
9 15 (2.92%) Windows 8
10 13 (2.53%) Windows XP
11 9 (1.75%) AIX
12 8 (1.56%) Android
13 7 (1.36%) Apple iOS
14 5 (0.97%) Mac OS
14 5 (0.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 3 (0.58%) Solaris
16 1 (0.19%) Mac OS X
16 1 (0.19%) Ubuntu
16 1 (0.19%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 91 (17.74%) Agile Software Development
2 71 (13.84%) ITIL
3 51 (9.94%) Migration
4 45 (8.77%) Project Management
5 36 (7.02%) MVC
6 25 (4.87%) Open Source
6 25 (4.87%) Stakeholder Management
7 24 (4.68%) Change Control
7 24 (4.68%) Change Management
8 23 (4.48%) Business Analysis
8 23 (4.48%) Business Intelligence
9 22 (4.29%) Continuous Delivery
9 22 (4.29%) CRM
10 21 (4.09%) PRINCE2
11 20 (3.90%) Continuous Integration
11 20 (3.90%) Service Management
12 17 (3.31%) Software Testing
13 16 (3.12%) Disaster Recovery
14 15 (2.92%) Matrix Organization
14 15 (2.92%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 102 (19.88%) SQL
2 86 (16.76%) C#
3 83 (16.18%) PowerShell
4 36 (7.02%) JavaScript
5 27 (5.26%) XAML
6 14 (2.73%) Java
6 14 (2.73%) T-SQL
7 9 (1.75%) PL/SQL
8 7 (1.36%) C
8 7 (1.36%) TypeScript
9 6 (1.17%) Python
10 5 (0.97%) Perl
10 5 (0.97%) VBA
11 3 (0.58%) Bash Shell
11 3 (0.58%) VB
11 3 (0.58%) VB.NET
12 2 (0.39%) R
13 1 (0.19%) Bourne shell
13 1 (0.19%) JCL
13 1 (0.19%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 68 (13.26%) Security Cleared
2 57 (11.11%) SC Cleared
3 34 (6.63%) Microsoft Certification
4 31 (6.04%) Degree
5 19 (3.70%) MCSE
6 15 (2.92%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 13 (2.53%) MCTS
8 11 (2.14%) APMP
8 11 (2.14%) MCSA
9 10 (1.95%) ITIL Certification
10 9 (1.75%) MCITP
11 8 (1.56%) ISTQB
12 6 (1.17%) BPSS Clearance
12 6 (1.17%) ISEB
12 6 (1.17%) MCP
13 5 (0.97%) CISSP
14 4 (0.78%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 3 (0.58%) CISA
15 3 (0.58%) MCAD
15 3 (0.58%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (4.29%) Disclosure Scotland
2 15 (2.92%) PMO
3 11 (2.14%) QA
4 7 (1.36%) SLA
5 3 (0.58%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.19%) Basel III
6 1 (0.19%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.19%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.19%) SEPA
System Software
1 111 (21.64%) Active Directory
2 55 (10.72%) VMware Infrastructure
3 29 (5.65%) vSphere
4 25 (4.87%) XenApp
5 22 (4.29%) Microsoft App-V
5 22 (4.29%) VMware ESX
6 19 (3.70%) Hyper-V
7 17 (3.31%) XenDesktop
8 8 (1.56%) VMware ESXi
9 6 (1.17%) Veritas Volume Manager
10 4 (0.78%) Virtual Desktop
10 4 (0.78%) Virtual Servers
11 3 (0.58%) BitLocker
11 3 (0.58%) Terminal Server
12 2 (0.39%) Terminal Services
12 2 (0.39%) Virtual Machines
13 1 (0.19%) NFS
13 1 (0.19%) Shibboleth
13 1 (0.19%) Time Sharing Option
13 1 (0.19%) Xen
Systems Management
1 40 (7.80%) SCCM
2 21 (4.09%) Puppet
3 19 (3.70%) vRealize
4 18 (3.51%) PowerCLI
5 15 (2.92%) SCOM
6 9 (1.75%) Microsoft Clustering
7 7 (1.36%) McAfee ePO
7 7 (1.36%) NetBackup
7 7 (1.36%) Netcool
7 7 (1.36%) WSUS
8 5 (0.97%) Microsoft Intune
8 5 (0.97%) Norton AntiVirus
9 3 (0.58%) Ansible
9 3 (0.58%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 3 (0.58%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 3 (0.58%) Opscode Chef
9 3 (0.58%) SCVMM
9 3 (0.58%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 3 (0.58%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
10 2 (0.39%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 76 (14.81%) VMware
2 52 (10.14%) Citrix
3 21 (4.09%) Cisco
4 19 (3.70%) HP
5 15 (2.92%) Oracle
6 13 (2.53%) Veritas
7 11 (2.14%) Adobe
7 11 (2.14%) IBM
8 10 (1.95%) Symantec
9 8 (1.56%) Sitecore
10 7 (1.36%) Dell
10 7 (1.36%) Intel Security
11 6 (1.17%) NetApp
12 5 (0.97%) Cognos
12 5 (0.97%) CyberArk
12 5 (0.97%) Twitter
13 4 (0.78%) BMC
13 4 (0.78%) CA
13 4 (0.78%) Cloudera
13 4 (0.78%) Red Hat
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