Period
to 21 January 2019

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 21 January 2019 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
21 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 8 10 7
Rank change year-on-year +2 -3 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 510 500 550
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 10.86% 10.63% 14.69%
As % of the Vendors category 28.94% 29.66% 31.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 296 301 365
Scotland median daily rate £375 £350 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +6.06% +5.60%
10th Percentile £131 £153 £200
90th Percentile £538 £538 £450
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 29 36
Scotland median hourly rate £16.18 £15.86 £15.89
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.02% -0.19% -6.53%
10th Percentile £10.98 £10.57 £10.65
90th Percentile £26.18 £25.38 £39.88
UK median hourly rate £15.32 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year +2.10% - -3.23%

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 1,762 1,686 1,734
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 37.54% 35.84% 46.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 945 984 960
Scotland median daily rate £400 £390 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +11.43% -3.45%
10th Percentile £218 £202 £212
90th Percentile £538 £550 £488
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 47 45 69
Scotland median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.50% +14.29% +2.94%
10th Percentile £11.75 £10.59 £10.40
90th Percentile £30.00 £38.00 £52.03
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.43 £17.00
% change year-on-year +0.40% +2.53% -5.56%

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 21 January 2019.

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 21 January 2019.

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 21 January 2019. 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 -2 203 £425 +6.25% 73
Glasgow +1 201 £365 +4.29% 66
Renfrewshire -3 27 £305 +6.09% 2
Dundee +6 21 £325 - 2
Aberdeen +3 19 £200 -27.27% 10
North Lanarkshire +1 6 £125 -17.36% 1
South Lanarkshire -5 6 £450 +28.57%
Stirling +7 5 £425 - 4
Fife +7 2 £600 +100.00% 1
West Lothian +4 2 - - 3
Lanarkshire +2 2 - -
Highlands -3 2 £185 +68.18% 3
Midlothian 0 1 £400 +162.30%
Aberdeenshire -2 1 £263 +162.50% 1
South Ayrshire - 1 - - 2
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 21 January 2019, 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.

1 167 (32.75%) Windows
2 137 (26.86%) Agile Software Development
3 129 (25.29%) Finance
4 122 (23.92%) Microsoft Office
5 121 (23.73%) SQL Server
6 118 (23.14%) Active Directory
7 106 (20.78%) Microsoft Azure
8 89 (17.45%) SQL
9 85 (16.67%) Office 365
10 76 (14.90%) .NET
11 67 (13.14%) JavaScript
12 66 (12.94%) C#
13 64 (12.55%) Windows 10
14 61 (11.96%) Migration
15 55 (10.78%) Windows 7
16 54 (10.59%) Microsoft Excel
17 51 (10.00%) SharePoint
18 48 (9.41%) Windows Server
19 44 (8.63%) ITIL
19 44 (8.63%) Banking
19 44 (8.63%) SCCM
20 43 (8.43%) VMware
21 41 (8.04%) Java
21 41 (8.04%) Windows Server 2008
22 40 (7.84%) PowerShell
23 39 (7.65%) Citrix
24 38 (7.45%) DevOps
25 37 (7.25%) Project Management
25 37 (7.25%) JIRA
26 36 (7.06%) Software Engineering

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 51 (10.00%) SharePoint
2 26 (5.10%) MS Exchange
3 15 (2.94%) SharePoint 2010
4 14 (2.75%) IIS
4 14 (2.75%) SharePoint 2013
5 12 (2.35%) Skype for Business
6 11 (2.16%) Confluence
6 11 (2.16%) SharePoint Server
7 10 (1.96%) Elasticsearch
8 8 (1.57%) Apache Spark
8 8 (1.57%) Exchange Server 2010
8 8 (1.57%) WebSphere
9 5 (0.98%) Exchange Server 2013
9 5 (0.98%) OpenStack
10 4 (0.78%) Apache
10 4 (0.78%) CMS
11 3 (0.59%) SAS
11 3 (0.59%) Tomcat
12 2 (0.39%) JBoss
12 2 (0.39%) NServiceBus
Applications
1 122 (23.92%) Microsoft Office
2 54 (10.59%) Microsoft Excel
3 31 (6.08%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 23 (4.51%) Microsoft Project
5 20 (3.92%) MS Visio
6 12 (2.35%) InfoPath
7 5 (0.98%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 30 (5.88%) Dynamics CRM
2 14 (2.75%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (0.98%) thinkFolio
4 3 (0.59%) assyst
4 3 (0.59%) Oracle Cash Management
5 2 (0.39%) Markit EDM
5 2 (0.39%) Oracle EBS
5 2 (0.39%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 2 (0.39%) Oracle Receivables
5 2 (0.39%) Sentinel
6 1 (0.20%) Actimize
6 1 (0.20%) Cognos Business Intelligence
6 1 (0.20%) Cognos TM1
6 1 (0.20%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.20%) Dynamics SL
6 1 (0.20%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 106 (20.78%) Microsoft Azure
2 85 (16.67%) Office 365
3 27 (5.29%) Amazon AWS
4 19 (3.73%) Dynamics 365
5 14 (2.75%) GitHub
5 14 (2.75%) SaaS
6 9 (1.76%) OneDrive
7 8 (1.57%) OpenShift
8 6 (1.18%) Datadog
9 5 (0.98%) IaaS
10 4 (0.78%) PaaS
11 3 (0.59%) Azure Active Directory
11 3 (0.59%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 2 (0.39%) Apigee
12 2 (0.39%) Cloud Computing
12 2 (0.39%) Google Analytics
12 2 (0.39%) NuGet
12 2 (0.39%) Yammer
13 1 (0.20%) Amazon EC2
13 1 (0.20%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 35 (6.86%) DNS
2 33 (6.47%) DHCP
3 16 (3.14%) Skype
4 14 (2.75%) LAN
5 12 (2.35%) TCP/IP
6 11 (2.16%) Firewall
7 9 (1.76%) NetScaler
7 9 (1.76%) WAN
8 8 (1.57%) VPN
9 5 (0.98%) VSAN
10 4 (0.78%) Internet
10 4 (0.78%) SAN
11 3 (0.59%) BIG-IP
11 3 (0.59%) NAS
11 3 (0.59%) SSL
12 2 (0.39%) Fibre Channel
12 2 (0.39%) IP Telephony
12 2 (0.39%) Network Security
13 1 (0.20%) HTTPS
13 1 (0.20%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 121 (23.73%) SQL Server
2 25 (4.90%) Power BI
2 25 (4.90%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 20 (3.92%) Relational Database
4 18 (3.53%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 15 (2.94%) Data Warehouse
5 15 (2.94%) Hadoop
6 14 (2.75%) ArangoDB
6 14 (2.75%) Neo4j
7 12 (2.35%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 10 (1.96%) Flink
9 8 (1.57%) Big Data
9 8 (1.57%) SQL Server 2012
10 7 (1.37%) SQL Server 2014
10 7 (1.37%) SQL Server 2016
11 6 (1.18%) Data Lake
12 5 (0.98%) BusinessObjects
12 5 (0.98%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 5 (0.98%) NoSQL
12 5 (0.98%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 37 (7.25%) JIRA
2 36 (7.06%) Visual Studio
3 35 (6.86%) Team Foundation Server
4 31 (6.08%) Jenkins
5 24 (4.71%) Git (software)
6 17 (3.33%) TeamCity
7 15 (2.94%) Visual Studio Team System
8 11 (2.16%) Selenium
9 10 (1.96%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 9 (1.76%) JUnit
11 8 (1.57%) Hudson
11 8 (1.57%) IBM UrbanCode
11 8 (1.57%) Maven
12 7 (1.37%) Artifactory
12 7 (1.37%) Bitbucket
12 7 (1.37%) FishEye
12 7 (1.37%) HP UFT
12 7 (1.37%) Octopus Deploy
12 7 (1.37%) Sonatype Nexus
12 7 (1.37%) WinRunner
General
1 129 (25.29%) Finance
2 44 (8.63%) Banking
3 10 (1.96%) Telecoms
4 7 (1.37%) Manufacturing
5 6 (1.18%) Investment Banking
6 5 (0.98%) Advertising
6 5 (0.98%) Back Office
6 5 (0.98%) Law
6 5 (0.98%) Legal
7 4 (0.78%) Retail Banking
8 3 (0.59%) Billing
8 3 (0.59%) Front Office
8 3 (0.59%) Retail
9 2 (0.39%) Financial Institution
9 2 (0.39%) Games
9 2 (0.39%) Marketing
10 1 (0.20%) General Ledger
10 1 (0.20%) Military
10 1 (0.20%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 113 (22.16%) Analyst
2 107 (20.98%) Developer
3 41 (8.04%) Architect
4 29 (5.69%) Support Analyst
5 27 (5.29%) IT Support
6 24 (4.71%) Project Manager
7 23 (4.51%) .NET Developer
8 22 (4.31%) Support Engineer
9 21 (4.12%) Service Analyst
10 20 (3.92%) DevOps Engineer
10 20 (3.92%) Service Desk Analyst
11 17 (3.33%) Desktop Support
11 17 (3.33%) IT Analyst
11 17 (3.33%) Web Developer
12 16 (3.14%) Consultant
13 15 (2.94%) Java Developer
13 15 (2.94%) Solutions Architect
14 14 (2.75%) 2nd Line Support
14 14 (2.75%) Business Analyst
14 14 (2.75%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 76 (14.90%) .NET
2 27 (5.29%) ASP.NET
2 27 (5.29%) CSS
2 27 (5.29%) HTML
3 25 (4.90%) .NET Framework
4 23 (4.51%) Web Services
4 23 (4.51%) XML
5 18 (3.53%) REST
6 17 (3.33%) jQuery
7 16 (3.14%) AngularJS
8 14 (2.75%) Entity Framework
8 14 (2.75%) JSON
8 14 (2.75%) RESTful
8 14 (2.75%) XSLT
9 13 (2.55%) ASP.NET Web API
10 11 (2.16%) SOAP
11 9 (1.76%) Kafka
12 8 (1.57%) J2EE
13 6 (1.18%) Java EE
13 6 (1.18%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 27 (5.29%) Analytical Skills
2 16 (3.14%) Enterprise Software
3 13 (2.55%) Data Centre
4 12 (2.35%) Blackberry
4 12 (2.35%) iPhone
5 10 (1.96%) Cyberthreat
6 8 (1.57%) Clustering
6 8 (1.57%) Greenfield Project
6 8 (1.57%) Management Information System
6 8 (1.57%) PDA
7 7 (1.37%) Self-Motivation
8 6 (1.18%) iPad
8 6 (1.18%) Public Cloud
8 6 (1.18%) Virtual Team
9 5 (0.98%) Data Structures
10 4 (0.78%) Client/Server
10 4 (0.78%) Smartphone
10 4 (0.78%) User Experience
11 3 (0.59%) e-Health
11 3 (0.59%) LIMS
Operating Systems
1 167 (32.75%) Windows
2 64 (12.55%) Windows 10
3 55 (10.78%) Windows 7
4 48 (9.41%) Windows Server
5 41 (8.04%) Windows Server 2008
6 33 (6.47%) Linux
6 33 (6.47%) Windows Server 2012
7 25 (4.90%) Windows Server 2003
8 12 (2.35%) Windows 8
9 9 (1.76%) Android
9 9 (1.76%) Unix
9 9 (1.76%) Windows XP
10 7 (1.37%) AIX
10 7 (1.37%) Apple iOS
10 7 (1.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 6 (1.18%) Ubuntu
12 2 (0.39%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.20%) Data ONTAP
13 1 (0.20%) Windows Phone
13 1 (0.20%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 137 (26.86%) Agile Software Development
2 61 (11.96%) Migration
3 44 (8.63%) ITIL
4 38 (7.45%) DevOps
5 37 (7.25%) Project Management
6 36 (7.06%) Software Engineering
7 35 (6.86%) CRM
8 34 (6.67%) Business Intelligence
9 30 (5.88%) Problem-Solving
10 29 (5.69%) Test Automation
11 27 (5.29%) Data Protection
12 26 (5.10%) Analytics
12 26 (5.10%) Stakeholder Management
13 25 (4.90%) Web Development
14 24 (4.71%) Cybersecurity
15 23 (4.51%) Business Analysis
16 22 (4.31%) Infrastructure Engineering
17 21 (4.12%) Asset Management
17 21 (4.12%) MVC
18 20 (3.92%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 89 (17.45%) SQL
2 67 (13.14%) JavaScript
3 66 (12.94%) C#
4 41 (8.04%) Java
5 40 (7.84%) PowerShell
6 17 (3.33%) Python
7 16 (3.14%) Perl
8 15 (2.94%) Bash Shell
8 15 (2.94%) VBA
9 14 (2.75%) Go
9 14 (2.75%) Ruby
10 12 (2.35%) T-SQL
11 9 (1.76%) X++
12 6 (1.18%) PL/SQL
12 6 (1.18%) VB.NET
13 5 (0.98%) Groovy
14 4 (0.78%) TypeScript
15 3 (0.59%) U-SQL
15 3 (0.59%) VB
15 3 (0.59%) XPath
Qualifications
1 29 (5.69%) Microsoft Certification
2 26 (5.10%) Degree
3 25 (4.90%) Security Cleared
4 23 (4.51%) SC Cleared
5 20 (3.92%) MCSE
6 15 (2.94%) CISSP
7 14 (2.75%) CISM
8 9 (1.76%) Computer Science Degree
9 8 (1.57%) ISTQB
9 8 (1.57%) PMP
10 7 (1.37%) BPSS Clearance
10 7 (1.37%) PMI Certification
11 5 (0.98%) MCP
12 4 (0.78%) Citrix Certification
12 4 (0.78%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 3 (0.59%) CCA
13 3 (0.59%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 2 (0.39%) APMP
14 2 (0.39%) VCAP
14 2 (0.39%) VCP4
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (4.31%) SLA
2 21 (4.12%) QA
3 17 (3.33%) GDPR
3 17 (3.33%) PMO
4 14 (2.75%) FINRA
5 10 (1.96%) Disclosure Scotland
6 7 (1.37%) Data Quality
7 3 (0.59%) HL7
8 2 (0.39%) ISO 9001
8 2 (0.39%) NIST 800
9 1 (0.20%) ISO 13485
System Software
1 118 (23.14%) Active Directory
2 31 (6.08%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (3.53%) Docker
4 16 (3.14%) VMware ESXi
5 12 (2.35%) vSphere
5 12 (2.35%) XenApp
6 11 (2.16%) Hyper-V
6 11 (2.16%) XenDesktop
7 7 (1.37%) Virtual Desktop
8 6 (1.18%) Microsoft App-V
9 5 (0.98%) BitLocker
9 5 (0.98%) Terminal Services
9 5 (0.98%) VMware NSX
9 5 (0.98%) VMware Workstation
10 4 (0.78%) XenServer
11 3 (0.59%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 3 (0.59%) Virtual Servers
11 3 (0.59%) VirtualBox
12 2 (0.39%) Virtual Machines
13 1 (0.20%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 44 (8.63%) SCCM
2 17 (3.33%) Terraform
3 16 (3.14%) Puppet
4 10 (1.96%) Ansible
5 8 (1.57%) Microsoft Intune
6 7 (1.37%) HP ALM
6 7 (1.37%) Kubernetes
6 7 (1.37%) McAfee ePO
7 6 (1.18%) Nagios
8 3 (0.59%) Opscode Chef
8 3 (0.59%) Single Sign-On
9 2 (0.39%) SCOM
10 1 (0.20%) AppDNA
10 1 (0.20%) Backup Exec
10 1 (0.20%) Data Guard
10 1 (0.20%) HP Operations Orchestration
10 1 (0.20%) Norton AntiVirus
10 1 (0.20%) Oracle RMAN
10 1 (0.20%) PingFederate
10 1 (0.20%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 43 (8.43%) VMware
2 39 (7.65%) Citrix
3 31 (6.08%) Oracle
4 22 (4.31%) Symantec
5 21 (4.12%) McAfee
6 16 (3.14%) Charles River
7 14 (2.75%) Cloudera
7 14 (2.75%) Hortonworks
7 14 (2.75%) Sybase
7 14 (2.75%) Varonis
8 13 (2.55%) ServiceNow
9 12 (2.35%) HP
9 12 (2.35%) IBM
10 11 (2.16%) Nintex
11 9 (1.76%) Tableau
12 7 (1.37%) Apple
12 7 (1.37%) Ivanti
12 7 (1.37%) Veritas
13 6 (1.18%) Dell
13 6 (1.18%) Google