Period
to 23 April 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Scotland with a requirement for Windows skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Windows over the 6 months to 23 April 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.

Microsoft Windows
UK > Scotland
6 months to
23 Apr 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 8 11 8
Rank change year-on-year +3 -3 0
Contract jobs citing Windows 542 540 439
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 12.07% 10.83% 12.20%
As % of the Operating Systems category 54.09% 53.89% 50.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 295 351 245
Scotland median daily rate £325 £300 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.33% -14.29% +8.36%
10th Percentile £114 £120 £110
90th Percentile £538 £519 £445
UK median daily rate £375 £365 £360
% change year-on-year +2.74% +1.39% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 25 35
Scotland median hourly rate £13.75 £20.00 £15.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -31.25% +26.10% -22.63%
10th Percentile £10.92 £13.00 £11.32
90th Percentile £33.75 £41.30 £52.00
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £15.86 £15.00
% change year-on-year +0.88% +5.73% -5.59%

Windows is in the Operating Systems category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Scotland with a requirement for operating system skills.

All Operating Systems
Scotland
Contract vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 1,002 1,002 862
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 22.31% 20.10% 23.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 550 638 451
Scotland median daily rate £400 £375 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +3.45% +2.84%
10th Percentile £125 £186 £141
90th Percentile £538 £525 £463
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £420
% change year-on-year - +1.19% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 34 42
Scotland median hourly rate £16.43 £16.81 £17.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.26% -2.55% -53.06%
10th Percentile £11.17 £12.75 £11.32
90th Percentile £44.50 £42.35 £52.15
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £17.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year - +3.03% -2.94%

Windows
Job Vacancy Trend in Scotland

Job postings citing Windows as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Scotland.

Job vacancy trend for Windows in Scotland

Windows
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Windows in Scotland.

Contractor daily rate trend for Windows in Scotland

Windows
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Scotland

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows in Scotland over the 6 months to 23 April 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Windows in Scotland

Windows
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Windows in Scotland.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Windows in Scotland

Windows
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Scotland

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows in Scotland over the 6 months to 23 April 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Windows in Scotland

Windows
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 Windows within the Scotland region over the 6 months to 23 April 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 +4 243 £350 -5.41% 19
Glasgow +5 158 £361 +11.15% 10
Renfrewshire -3 23 £339 +23.18% 1
Dundee +12 18 £300 -14.29% 2
Aberdeen +6 18 £260 -20.00%
Highlands 0 16 £115 - 1
South Ayrshire - 12 £115 -
North Lanarkshire 0 9 £130 -2.80%
West Lothian +10 6 £121 +4.89%
Stirling +7 6 £165 +1.54%
Fife +1 6 £320 +197.67%
South Lanarkshire +8 4 £130 -62.18%
Falkirk - 4 £275 -
West Dunbartonshire 0 3 £350 +5.26%
Argyll and Bute - 3 £160 -
Scottish Borders -1 2 £333 +141.82%
Inverclyde +2 1 £114 -64.23%
Midlothian -1 1 £400 +236.84% 1
Aberdeenshire -1 1 - -
Perth and Kinross - 1 £550 -
Windows
UK

For the 6 months to 23 April 2019, IT contractor jobs citing Windows 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 Windows.

1 224 (41.33%) Active Directory
2 174 (32.10%) Microsoft
3 172 (31.73%) Windows 10
4 158 (29.15%) Windows Server
5 120 (22.14%) Windows 7
6 109 (20.11%) Linux
7 102 (18.82%) Office 365
8 93 (17.16%) VMware
9 91 (16.79%) Microsoft Office
10 82 (15.13%) SCCM
11 78 (14.39%) PowerShell
11 78 (14.39%) Finance
11 78 (14.39%) SQL
12 73 (13.47%) ITIL
13 72 (13.28%) SQL Server
14 66 (12.18%) Windows Server 2008
15 65 (11.99%) Migration
15 65 (11.99%) Microsoft Azure
16 62 (11.44%) Python
17 59 (10.89%) Agile Software Development
17 59 (10.89%) Windows Server 2012
18 54 (9.96%) DevOps
18 54 (9.96%) Citrix
19 51 (9.41%) Banking
20 49 (9.04%) Degree
21 43 (7.93%) Problem-Solving
22 42 (7.75%) Software Engineering
23 41 (7.56%) SLA
23 41 (7.56%) Infrastructure Engineering
24 40 (7.38%) Amazon AWS

Windows
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 39 (7.20%) SharePoint
2 36 (6.64%) MS Exchange
3 20 (3.69%) Skype for Business
4 11 (2.03%) IIS
4 11 (2.03%) SharePoint Server
5 10 (1.85%) SharePoint 2010
5 10 (1.85%) SharePoint 2013
6 9 (1.66%) Confluence
7 8 (1.48%) Exchange Server 2010
8 5 (0.92%) CMS
8 5 (0.92%) Tomcat
9 4 (0.74%) Apache Qpid
9 4 (0.74%) IBM Domino
9 4 (0.74%) IBM Notes
10 3 (0.55%) Apache
10 3 (0.55%) OpenStack
10 3 (0.55%) WebSphere
11 2 (0.37%) Drupal
11 2 (0.37%) MQSeries
11 2 (0.37%) Oracle Collaboration Suite
Applications
1 91 (16.79%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (2.95%) Microsoft Excel
3 14 (2.58%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 10 (1.85%) InfoPath
5 7 (1.29%) MS Visio
6 3 (0.55%) Microsoft Project
7 2 (0.37%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.18%) Acrobat
8 1 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (0.92%) Actimize
1 5 (0.92%) Oracle AML
1 5 (0.92%) thinkFolio
2 4 (0.74%) assyst
3 2 (0.37%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.37%) Sentinel
4 1 (0.18%) Oracle Cash Management
4 1 (0.18%) Raiser's Edge
4 1 (0.18%) ResourceLink
Cloud Services
1 102 (18.82%) Office 365
2 65 (11.99%) Microsoft Azure
3 40 (7.38%) Amazon AWS
4 21 (3.87%) Azure Active Directory
5 13 (2.40%) OneDrive
6 12 (2.21%) AWS CloudFormation
7 6 (1.11%) Cloud Computing
7 6 (1.11%) GitHub
7 6 (1.11%) OpenShift
7 6 (1.11%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 4 (0.74%) Amazon EC2
8 4 (0.74%) Datadog
9 3 (0.55%) SaaS
10 2 (0.37%) Amazon S3
10 2 (0.37%) Google Cloud Platform
10 2 (0.37%) IaaS
10 2 (0.37%) Yammer
11 1 (0.18%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 1 (0.18%) PaaS
11 1 (0.18%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 37 (6.83%) DNS
2 35 (6.46%) DHCP
3 28 (5.17%) LAN
4 26 (4.80%) Firewall
5 25 (4.61%) VPN
6 24 (4.43%) Skype
7 16 (2.95%) TCP/IP
8 15 (2.77%) WAN
9 12 (2.21%) SAN
10 11 (2.03%) Internet
11 9 (1.66%) MPLS
11 9 (1.66%) Wi-Fi
11 9 (1.66%) Wireless
12 7 (1.29%) VoIP
13 6 (1.11%) NetScaler
13 6 (1.11%) Wireshark
14 5 (0.92%) Ethernet
14 5 (0.92%) NAS
14 5 (0.92%) Remote Desktop
14 5 (0.92%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 72 (13.28%) SQL Server
2 18 (3.32%) Big Data
2 18 (3.32%) GIS
3 13 (2.40%) Relational Database
4 12 (2.21%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 10 (1.85%) Oracle Database
6 9 (1.66%) RDBMS
7 7 (1.29%) SQL Server 2014
8 6 (1.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 5 (0.92%) TKPROF
10 4 (0.74%) Data Warehouse
11 3 (0.55%) ArangoDB
11 3 (0.55%) BusinessObjects XI
11 3 (0.55%) Hadoop
11 3 (0.55%) MongoDB
11 3 (0.55%) Neo4j
11 3 (0.55%) PostgreSQL
11 3 (0.55%) SQL Server 2012
11 3 (0.55%) SQL Server 2016
11 3 (0.55%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 36 (6.64%) Visual Studio
2 32 (5.90%) Git (software)
3 28 (5.17%) Jenkins
4 20 (3.69%) JIRA
5 18 (3.32%) NetBeans
6 14 (2.58%) Hudson
7 9 (1.66%) Team Foundation Server
8 5 (0.92%) Bitbucket
8 5 (0.92%) Selenium
9 4 (0.74%) Maven
9 4 (0.74%) MSI
10 3 (0.55%) Artifactory
10 3 (0.55%) ClearCase
10 3 (0.55%) Cucumber
10 3 (0.55%) InstallShield
10 3 (0.55%) Octopus Deploy
10 3 (0.55%) Subversion
10 3 (0.55%) TeamCity
10 3 (0.55%) Visual Studio Team System
10 3 (0.55%) Zephyr
General
1 78 (14.39%) Finance
2 51 (9.41%) Banking
3 15 (2.77%) Retail Banking
4 8 (1.48%) Law
5 6 (1.11%) Investment Banking
6 5 (0.92%) Telecoms
7 4 (0.74%) Legal
7 4 (0.74%) Marketing
8 3 (0.55%) Manufacturing
8 3 (0.55%) Publishing
9 2 (0.37%) Advertising
9 2 (0.37%) Aerospace
9 2 (0.37%) Automotive
9 2 (0.37%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 86 (15.87%) Analyst
2 52 (9.59%) Support Engineer
3 41 (7.56%) Windows Engineer
4 40 (7.38%) Desktop Support
5 37 (6.83%) Desktop Engineer
6 36 (6.64%) 2nd Line Support
6 36 (6.64%) IT Support
7 35 (6.46%) Developer
7 35 (6.46%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 28 (5.17%) Support Analyst
9 26 (4.80%) Desktop Support Engineer
9 26 (4.80%) Service Analyst
9 26 (4.80%) Service Desk Analyst
10 24 (4.43%) Architect
10 24 (4.43%) IT Engineer
11 23 (4.24%) 2nd Line Engineer
12 22 (4.06%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
13 20 (3.69%) Cloud Engineer
13 20 (3.69%) IT Analyst
14 19 (3.51%) DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (6.27%) .NET
2 22 (4.06%) SOAP
3 20 (3.69%) WPF
4 19 (3.51%) XML
5 18 (3.32%) RESTful
5 18 (3.32%) Swing
6 11 (2.03%) CSS
6 11 (2.03%) jQuery
7 10 (1.85%) Middleware
8 9 (1.66%) XSLT
9 6 (1.11%) ASP.NET
9 6 (1.11%) WCF
10 5 (0.92%) Gherkin
11 4 (0.74%) Elastic Stack
11 4 (0.74%) Kafka
11 4 (0.74%) RabbitMQ
11 4 (0.74%) REST
11 4 (0.74%) Web Services
11 4 (0.74%) X-Windows
12 3 (0.55%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 31 (5.72%) Analytical Skills
2 19 (3.51%) Data Centre
3 18 (3.32%) Robotics
4 16 (2.95%) Management Information System
5 13 (2.40%) Blackberry
6 10 (1.85%) iPhone
6 10 (1.85%) Public Cloud
6 10 (1.85%) Smartphone
7 8 (1.48%) Derivative
8 7 (1.29%) User Experience
9 6 (1.11%) Clustering
9 6 (1.11%) iPad
9 6 (1.11%) Linux Command Line
9 6 (1.11%) PKI
9 6 (1.11%) Replication
10 5 (0.92%) Client/Server
10 5 (0.92%) Driving Licence
10 5 (0.92%) EMC VNX
10 5 (0.92%) Hybrid Cloud
11 4 (0.74%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 172 (31.73%) Windows 10
2 158 (29.15%) Windows Server
3 120 (22.14%) Windows 7
4 109 (20.11%) Linux
5 66 (12.18%) Windows Server 2008
6 59 (10.89%) Windows Server 2012
7 38 (7.01%) Unix
8 27 (4.98%) Windows Server 2003
9 20 (3.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 19 (3.51%) Windows XP
11 17 (3.14%) Windows 8
12 14 (2.58%) Android
13 12 (2.21%) Solaris
14 11 (2.03%) Apple iOS
15 6 (1.11%) Ubuntu
16 4 (0.74%) AIX
17 2 (0.37%) Mac OS
18 1 (0.18%) CentOS
18 1 (0.18%) HPUX
18 1 (0.18%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 73 (13.47%) ITIL
2 65 (11.99%) Migration
3 59 (10.89%) Agile Software Development
4 54 (9.96%) DevOps
5 43 (7.93%) Problem-Solving
6 42 (7.75%) Software Engineering
7 41 (7.56%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 25 (4.61%) Configuration Management
9 24 (4.43%) Data Protection
10 23 (4.24%) Test Automation
11 22 (4.06%) Disaster Recovery
11 22 (4.06%) High Availability
11 22 (4.06%) Software Testing
12 20 (3.69%) Innovative Thinking
13 19 (3.51%) Asset Management
13 19 (3.51%) Project Management
14 18 (3.32%) Break/Fix
14 18 (3.32%) SOA
15 17 (3.14%) Change Management
15 17 (3.14%) Dashboard Development
Programming Languages
1 78 (14.39%) PowerShell
1 78 (14.39%) SQL
2 62 (11.44%) Python
3 33 (6.09%) Java
4 30 (5.54%) C#
5 19 (3.51%) C++
6 15 (2.77%) Perl
7 13 (2.40%) Bash Shell
8 11 (2.03%) Shell Script
9 9 (1.66%) JavaScript
10 7 (1.29%) Ruby
11 6 (1.11%) VB
12 5 (0.92%) PL/SQL
13 4 (0.74%) Korn
13 4 (0.74%) VBA
14 3 (0.55%) Go
14 3 (0.55%) VBScript
15 2 (0.37%) C
15 2 (0.37%) T-SQL
16 1 (0.18%) PHP
Qualifications
1 49 (9.04%) Degree
2 28 (5.17%) Security Cleared
3 27 (4.98%) Microsoft Certification
4 22 (4.06%) MCSE
4 22 (4.06%) SC Cleared
5 18 (3.32%) Numerate Degree
6 16 (2.95%) Computer Science Degree
7 9 (1.66%) CCNA
7 9 (1.66%) Cisco Certification
7 9 (1.66%) MCP
8 8 (1.48%) ITIL Certification
9 7 (1.29%) CCA
9 7 (1.29%) Citrix Certification
9 7 (1.29%) Master's Degree
10 6 (1.11%) CISSP
10 6 (1.11%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 5 (0.92%) CCNP
11 5 (0.92%) MCITP
11 5 (0.92%) MCSA
11 5 (0.92%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 41 (7.56%) SLA
2 20 (3.69%) Disclosure Scotland
3 5 (0.92%) GDPR
3 5 (0.92%) QA
4 4 (0.74%) Cyber Essentials
5 3 (0.55%) COBIT
5 3 (0.55%) FINRA
5 3 (0.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 2 (0.37%) NIST 800
7 1 (0.18%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 1 (0.18%) PMO
System Software
1 224 (41.33%) Active Directory
2 40 (7.38%) VMware Infrastructure
3 25 (4.61%) XenApp
4 23 (4.24%) XenDesktop
5 19 (3.51%) Docker
6 18 (3.32%) vSphere
7 14 (2.58%) Virtual Servers
8 13 (2.40%) VMware ESXi
9 11 (2.03%) Hyper-V
9 11 (2.03%) Microsoft App-V
10 7 (1.29%) BitLocker
11 6 (1.11%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 5 (0.92%) EMC RecoverPoint
12 5 (0.92%) XenServer
13 4 (0.74%) Virtual Desktop
13 4 (0.74%) Virtual Machines
13 4 (0.74%) VirtualBox
14 3 (0.55%) Terminal Services
14 3 (0.55%) VMware NSX
14 3 (0.55%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 82 (15.13%) SCCM
2 38 (7.01%) Ansible
3 26 (4.80%) Puppet
4 19 (3.51%) Opscode Chef
5 16 (2.95%) Terraform
6 10 (1.85%) Microsoft Intune
7 8 (1.48%) Kubernetes
8 7 (1.29%) Nagios
9 5 (0.92%) PowerCLI
9 5 (0.92%) Single Sign-On
10 4 (0.74%) SCOM
11 3 (0.55%) Consul
11 3 (0.55%) DatAdvantage
11 3 (0.55%) Grafana
11 3 (0.55%) ITRS Geneos
11 3 (0.55%) Prometheus
12 2 (0.37%) Backup Exec
12 2 (0.37%) Microsoft Clustering
12 2 (0.37%) SCVMM
13 1 (0.18%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 174 (32.10%) Microsoft
2 93 (17.16%) VMware
3 54 (9.96%) Citrix
4 40 (7.38%) Oracle
5 30 (5.54%) Red Hat
6 22 (4.06%) Cisco
7 21 (3.87%) Splunk
8 16 (2.95%) ServiceNow
9 12 (2.21%) Apple
10 11 (2.03%) EMC
10 11 (2.03%) IBM
10 11 (2.03%) Symantec
11 10 (1.85%) HP
12 8 (1.48%) Nintex
12 8 (1.48%) Varonis
13 7 (1.29%) CheckPoint
13 7 (1.29%) Veeam
14 5 (0.92%) Charles River
15 4 (0.74%) Lotus
15 4 (0.74%) Sybase