Period
to 16 January 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 16 January 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
16 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 10 7 8
Rank change year-on-year -3 +1 +2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 502 554 606
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 10.60% 14.78% 10.79%
As % of the Vendors category 29.29% 31.48% 27.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 311 367 312
Scotland median daily rate £350 £330 £311
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.06% +6.02% -4.23%
10th Percentile £143 £200 £126
90th Percentile £531 £450 £475
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +5.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 37 26
Scotland median hourly rate £15.86 £16.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.88% -2.94% +7.80%
10th Percentile £11.02 £10.78 £8.88
90th Percentile £25.56 £40.45 £29.38
UK median hourly rate £15.23 £15.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year +1.53% -3.23% +3.33%

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 1,714 1,760 2,199
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 36.20% 46.95% 39.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,005 971 1,136
Scotland median daily rate £388 £350 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.71% -3.45% -0.68%
10th Percentile £198 £213 £213
90th Percentile £541 £488 £521
UK median daily rate £435 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +2.35% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 69 49
Scotland median hourly rate £20.75 £17.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.57% +2.94% +7.80%
10th Percentile £10.84 £10.00 £9.45
90th Percentile £38.50 £52.03 £41.65
UK median hourly rate £17.43 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +2.53% -5.56% +9.09%

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 16 January 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 16 January 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 16 January 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 -2 254 £400 +10.73% 63
Glasgow -1 147 £343 +5.38% 54
Renfrewshire 0 25 £278 -18.38% 3
Aberdeen +10 16 £275 -7.56% 8
Dundee +1 10 £325 +209.52% 9
North Lanarkshire 0 10 £121 - 5
South Lanarkshire - 9 £350 - 1
Highlands -3 6 £110 +4.76% 1
West Dunbartonshire +4 5 £375 +36.36% 1
Fife -9 3 £300 -4.76% 4
Aberdeenshire +5 2 £145 -47.27% 3
Inverclyde -4 2 - -
Strathclyde +2 1 £215 - 2
Moray 0 1 - -
Lanarkshire -1 1 £275 - 1
West Lothian -3 1 £338 +3.85% 4
Midlothian - 1 £153 -
Stirling - 1 - - 2
Falkirk - 1 - -
Argyll and Bute - 1 - -
Perth and Kinross - 1 - -
Microsoft
UK

For the 6 months to 16 January 2018, 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 (42.83%) Windows
2 161 (32.07%) Active Directory
3 118 (23.51%) Microsoft Office
3 118 (23.51%) Finance
4 109 (21.71%) SQL Server
5 94 (18.73%) VMware
5 94 (18.73%) PowerShell
6 93 (18.53%) Agile Software Development
7 92 (18.33%) Windows Server
8 87 (17.33%) Windows Server 2008
9 83 (16.53%) SharePoint
10 81 (16.14%) Windows Server 2012
11 80 (15.94%) Office 365
12 74 (14.74%) SQL
12 74 (14.74%) Microsoft Azure
13 73 (14.54%) ITIL
14 70 (13.94%) SCCM
15 67 (13.35%) Project Management
16 65 (12.95%) .NET
17 64 (12.75%) C#
18 61 (12.15%) Windows 7
19 60 (11.95%) Migration
20 54 (10.76%) JavaScript
21 53 (10.56%) VMware Infrastructure
22 50 (9.96%) Linux
23 49 (9.76%) MS Exchange
24 46 (9.16%) Citrix
25 42 (8.37%) IIS
26 41 (8.17%) Microsoft Excel
26 41 (8.17%) Microsoft Certification

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 83 (16.53%) SharePoint
2 49 (9.76%) MS Exchange
3 42 (8.37%) IIS
4 23 (4.58%) Skype for Business
5 15 (2.99%) SharePoint 2010
6 12 (2.39%) Exchange Server 2010
6 12 (2.39%) SharePoint 2013
7 9 (1.79%) Exchange Server 2013
7 9 (1.79%) SharePoint Server
8 8 (1.59%) Umbraco
9 7 (1.39%) Apache
9 7 (1.39%) OpenStack
10 5 (1.00%) CMS
10 5 (1.00%) IBM Notes
10 5 (1.00%) JBoss
11 4 (0.80%) WebSphere
11 4 (0.80%) WebSphere Application Server
12 3 (0.60%) Adobe Experience Manager
12 3 (0.60%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 3 (0.60%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 118 (23.51%) Microsoft Office
2 41 (8.17%) Microsoft Excel
3 31 (6.18%) Microsoft Project
4 28 (5.58%) MS Visio
5 23 (4.58%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 3 (0.60%) Adobe Illustrator
6 3 (0.60%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.20%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.20%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.20%) CATIA
7 1 (0.20%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.20%) PaintShop Pro
7 1 (0.20%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 18 (3.59%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (1.99%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.40%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.20%) Cognos TM1
4 1 (0.20%) Infor M3
4 1 (0.20%) Markit EDM
4 1 (0.20%) ResourceLink
4 1 (0.20%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 80 (15.94%) Office 365
2 74 (14.74%) Microsoft Azure
3 17 (3.39%) Amazon AWS
3 17 (3.39%) Azure Active Directory
4 13 (2.59%) IaaS
5 11 (2.19%) PaaS
6 7 (1.39%) Cloud Computing
7 6 (1.20%) SaaS
8 4 (0.80%) Dynamics 365
8 4 (0.80%) OneDrive
9 3 (0.60%) G Suite
9 3 (0.60%) Google Drive
10 2 (0.40%) AdWords
10 2 (0.40%) Amazon EC2
10 2 (0.40%) Azure Data Factory
10 2 (0.40%) Basecamp
10 2 (0.40%) Google Analytics
10 2 (0.40%) Trello
11 1 (0.20%) Amazon ELB
11 1 (0.20%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 34 (6.77%) Firewall
2 31 (6.18%) Internet
3 30 (5.98%) DNS
4 26 (5.18%) DHCP
5 22 (4.38%) SAN
6 18 (3.59%) Skype
7 14 (2.79%) LAN
8 13 (2.59%) TCP/IP
9 10 (1.99%) NetScaler
9 10 (1.99%) Unified Communications
10 9 (1.79%) VPN
10 9 (1.79%) WAN
11 8 (1.59%) Wireless
12 7 (1.39%) LDAP
13 6 (1.20%) S/MIME
14 4 (0.80%) BIG-IP
14 4 (0.80%) Intranet
15 3 (0.60%) Network Security
15 3 (0.60%) Remote Desktop
15 3 (0.60%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 109 (21.71%) SQL Server
2 35 (6.97%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 24 (4.78%) SQL Server 2012
4 20 (3.98%) Power BI
4 20 (3.98%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 20 (3.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 18 (3.59%) Data Warehouse
6 13 (2.59%) SQL Server 2008
7 11 (2.19%) PowerPivot
8 7 (1.39%) Relational Database
9 5 (1.00%) Big Data
9 5 (1.00%) RDBMS
9 5 (1.00%) SQL Server 2005
10 4 (0.80%) Oracle Database
10 4 (0.80%) Oracle Database 11g
11 3 (0.60%) BusinessObjects
11 3 (0.60%) Data Lake
11 3 (0.60%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
11 3 (0.60%) QlikView
12 2 (0.40%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 18 (3.59%) Visual Studio
2 16 (3.19%) Team Foundation Server
3 14 (2.79%) Git (software)
4 11 (2.19%) JIRA
5 7 (1.39%) NUnit
6 6 (1.20%) Maven
7 4 (0.80%) Microsoft Blend
7 4 (0.80%) ReSharper
8 3 (0.60%) Jenkins
9 2 (0.40%) Octopus Deploy
9 2 (0.40%) Oracle APEX
9 2 (0.40%) PhantomJS
9 2 (0.40%) Redmine
9 2 (0.40%) SpecFlow
9 2 (0.40%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 2 (0.40%) Subversion
9 2 (0.40%) TeamCity
10 1 (0.20%) JUnit
10 1 (0.20%) MorphX
10 1 (0.20%) Selenium
General
1 118 (23.51%) Finance
2 32 (6.37%) Banking
3 11 (2.19%) Publishing
4 8 (1.59%) Telecoms
5 7 (1.39%) Law
5 7 (1.39%) Manufacturing
6 5 (1.00%) Financial Institution
6 5 (1.00%) Legal
7 4 (0.80%) Investment Banking
7 4 (0.80%) Local Government
8 3 (0.60%) Back Office
9 2 (0.40%) Billing
9 2 (0.40%) Marketing
9 2 (0.40%) Retail
9 2 (0.40%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.20%) Advertising
10 1 (0.20%) Front Office
10 1 (0.20%) Military
10 1 (0.20%) Multimedia
10 1 (0.20%) Private Banking
Job Titles
1 94 (18.73%) Analyst
2 79 (15.74%) Developer
3 34 (6.77%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 28 (5.58%) .NET Developer
5 27 (5.38%) Project Manager
6 26 (5.18%) IT Support
7 23 (4.58%) Support Engineer
8 22 (4.38%) Architect
8 22 (4.38%) Business Analyst
9 21 (4.18%) Administrator
9 21 (4.18%) Consultant
10 20 (3.98%) Desktop Support
10 20 (3.98%) IT Analyst
11 19 (3.78%) Support Analyst
12 15 (2.99%) 2nd Line Support
13 13 (2.59%) PMO Analyst
14 12 (2.39%) Business Intelligence Developer
14 12 (2.39%) IT Support Analyst
15 11 (2.19%) SQL Developer
16 10 (1.99%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 65 (12.95%) .NET
2 35 (6.97%) HTML
3 33 (6.57%) ASP.NET
4 29 (5.78%) CSS
5 25 (4.98%) jQuery
5 25 (4.98%) XML
6 22 (4.38%) Web Services
7 19 (3.78%) .NET Framework
7 19 (3.78%) ASP.NET MVC
8 18 (3.59%) ASP.NET Web API
9 15 (2.99%) XSLT
10 14 (2.79%) Entity Framework
11 12 (2.39%) WCF
12 10 (1.99%) REST
13 8 (1.59%) AngularJS
13 8 (1.59%) RESTful
13 8 (1.59%) SignalR
13 8 (1.59%) WPF
14 7 (1.39%) SOAP
15 6 (1.20%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 36 (7.17%) Analytical Skills
2 20 (3.98%) PKI
3 15 (2.99%) User Experience
3 15 (2.99%) Virtual Team
4 14 (2.79%) Management Information System
5 13 (2.59%) Computer Science
6 11 (2.19%) Data Centre
7 10 (1.99%) Enterprise Software
8 8 (1.59%) iPhone
9 7 (1.39%) Blackberry
9 7 (1.39%) Client/Server
9 7 (1.39%) Clustering
9 7 (1.39%) Replication
10 5 (1.00%) DataPower
10 5 (1.00%) EMC VNX
10 5 (1.00%) Private Cloud
10 5 (1.00%) Smartphone
11 4 (0.80%) Driving Licence
11 4 (0.80%) Hybrid Cloud
11 4 (0.80%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 215 (42.83%) Windows
2 92 (18.33%) Windows Server
3 87 (17.33%) Windows Server 2008
4 81 (16.14%) Windows Server 2012
5 61 (12.15%) Windows 7
6 50 (9.96%) Linux
7 40 (7.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 40 (7.97%) Windows 10
8 17 (3.39%) Windows Server 2003
9 12 (2.39%) Android
9 12 (2.39%) Windows 8
10 11 (2.19%) Unix
11 5 (1.00%) Solaris
11 5 (1.00%) Windows XP
12 4 (0.80%) AIX
12 4 (0.80%) Mac OS
13 3 (0.60%) Apple iOS
14 2 (0.40%) SUSE
15 1 (0.20%) Windows Mobile
15 1 (0.20%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 93 (18.53%) Agile Software Development
2 73 (14.54%) ITIL
3 67 (13.35%) Project Management
4 60 (11.95%) Migration
5 39 (7.77%) Business Intelligence
6 32 (6.37%) Stakeholder Management
7 30 (5.98%) MVC
8 27 (5.38%) Continuous Integration
9 26 (5.18%) Scrum
10 25 (4.98%) Configuration Management
10 25 (4.98%) CRM
11 24 (4.78%) PRINCE2
12 23 (4.58%) Asset Management
12 23 (4.58%) Business Analysis
13 20 (3.98%) Business Continuity
13 20 (3.98%) Validation
14 19 (3.78%) Open Source
15 18 (3.59%) Coaching
15 18 (3.59%) High Availability
15 18 (3.59%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 94 (18.73%) PowerShell
2 74 (14.74%) SQL
3 64 (12.75%) C#
4 54 (10.76%) JavaScript
5 27 (5.38%) T-SQL
6 23 (4.58%) Perl
7 19 (3.78%) Python
8 17 (3.39%) Ruby
9 14 (2.79%) Java
10 7 (1.39%) VBScript
11 6 (1.20%) VB
11 6 (1.20%) X++
12 5 (1.00%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
13 4 (0.80%) PL/SQL
13 4 (0.80%) XAML
14 3 (0.60%) C
14 3 (0.60%) TypeScript
14 3 (0.60%) VBA
15 2 (0.40%) Bash Shell
15 2 (0.40%) R
Qualifications
1 41 (8.17%) Microsoft Certification
1 41 (8.17%) Security Cleared
2 37 (7.37%) Degree
3 30 (5.98%) SC Cleared
4 20 (3.98%) MCSE
5 14 (2.79%) Computer Science Degree
6 11 (2.19%) APMP
6 11 (2.19%) Cisco Certification
7 10 (1.99%) CCNA
7 10 (1.99%) HND
8 8 (1.59%) MCSA
9 7 (1.39%) CISSP
9 7 (1.39%) MCP
9 7 (1.39%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 5 (1.00%) MCSD
10 5 (1.00%) MCTS
11 4 (0.80%) CCNP
11 4 (0.80%) Microsoft Certified Architect
12 3 (0.60%) CESG Certified Professional
12 3 (0.60%) IISP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (7.57%) Disclosure Scotland
2 26 (5.18%) PMO
3 22 (4.38%) QA
4 12 (2.39%) SLA
5 4 (0.80%) Data Quality
6 3 (0.60%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 3 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 2 (0.40%) COBIT
8 1 (0.20%) GDPR
8 1 (0.20%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 161 (32.07%) Active Directory
2 53 (10.56%) VMware Infrastructure
3 31 (6.18%) vSphere
4 27 (5.38%) Hyper-V
5 19 (3.78%) VMware ESXi
6 18 (3.59%) XenDesktop
7 16 (3.19%) XenApp
8 14 (2.79%) Microsoft App-V
9 11 (2.19%) BitLocker
10 7 (1.39%) Virtual Servers
11 4 (0.80%) ISA Server
12 3 (0.60%) DFS Replication
13 2 (0.40%) Firmware
13 2 (0.40%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 2 (0.40%) Terminal Services
13 2 (0.40%) Virtual Desktop
14 1 (0.20%) Apache ZooKeeper
14 1 (0.20%) Docker
14 1 (0.20%) Forefront TMG
14 1 (0.20%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 70 (13.94%) SCCM
2 25 (4.98%) Opscode Chef
3 23 (4.58%) Puppet
4 21 (4.18%) Ansible
5 13 (2.59%) SCOM
6 11 (2.19%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 10 (1.99%) IBM BigFix
8 8 (1.59%) Microsoft Clustering
9 7 (1.39%) WSUS
10 6 (1.20%) Norton AntiVirus
11 5 (1.00%) Backup Exec
12 4 (0.80%) Cisco CUCM
13 3 (0.60%) Microsoft Intune
13 3 (0.60%) vCenter Server
14 2 (0.40%) Data Guard
14 2 (0.40%) EnCase
14 2 (0.40%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
14 2 (0.40%) Packer
14 2 (0.40%) SCVMM
14 2 (0.40%) vRealize
Vendors
1 94 (18.73%) VMware
2 46 (9.16%) Citrix
3 30 (5.98%) HP
4 26 (5.18%) Oracle
5 25 (4.98%) Cisco
5 25 (4.98%) IBM
6 23 (4.58%) Symantec
7 19 (3.78%) Red Hat
8 16 (3.19%) Dell
9 15 (2.99%) Google
10 10 (1.99%) Apple
10 10 (1.99%) Nintex
11 8 (1.59%) Adobe
12 7 (1.39%) F5
12 7 (1.39%) NetApp
12 7 (1.39%) Sitecore
12 7 (1.39%) Sophos
12 7 (1.39%) Tableau
13 6 (1.20%) SolarWinds
13 6 (1.20%) Veritas