Period
to 14 August 2018

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 14 August 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.

Microsoft Windows
UK > Scotland
6 months to
14 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 8 8 7
Rank change year-on-year 0 -1 +2
Contract jobs citing Windows 669 479 733
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 12.18% 11.04% 13.64%
As % of the Operating Systems category 60.49% 49.90% 54.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 426 252 411
Scotland median daily rate £285 £350 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -18.57% +9.38% +6.67%
10th Percentile £120 £113 £129
90th Percentile £475 £450 £488
UK median daily rate £375 £355 £355
% change year-on-year +5.63% - +5.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 24 35
Scotland median hourly rate £15.86 £15.38 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.15% -57.29% +60.00%
10th Percentile £10.75 £11.22 £13.10
90th Percentile £35.80 £26.31 £42.00
UK median hourly rate £16.50 £15.50 £15.26
% change year-on-year +6.45% +1.57% -4.63%

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 1,106 960 1,357
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 20.13% 22.14% 25.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 671 487 727
Scotland median daily rate £360 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +7.14% +3.70%
10th Percentile £135 £153 £182
90th Percentile £495 £510 £477
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 26 42
Scotland median hourly rate £15.86 £15.68 £38.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.15% -59.01% +31.90%
10th Percentile £10.75 £11.25 £13.28
90th Percentile £34.88 £29.19 £44.35
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year +2.94% +3.03% -

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 14 August 2018.

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 14 August 2018.

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 14 August 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 +2 249 £325 -7.14% 33
Glasgow 0 173 £313 -15.08% 23
Renfrewshire 0 160 £283 -29.38% 1
Fife +3 12 £175 +45.83% 4
North Lanarkshire +2 12 £128 -
Dundee -4 12 £146 +37.65% 3
West Lothian +5 9 £118 -41.25% 1
Aberdeen +1 6 - - 1
Inverclyde +1 4 £320 -1.54% 1
South Lanarkshire - 4 £450 -
South Ayrshire +1 3 £110 +1.21%
Stirling -2 3 £500 +250.88% 2
Scottish Borders 0 2 £321 +188.76% 1
Falkirk +1 1 £275 +120.00%
Perth and Kinross 0 1 £230 -
West Dunbartonshire -1 1 £390 +25.81%
Lanarkshire - 1 - - 2
Windows
UK

For the 6 months to 14 August 2018, 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.

1 346 (51.72%) Microsoft
2 341 (50.97%) Active Directory
3 224 (33.48%) Windows Server
4 198 (29.60%) Windows 7
5 195 (29.15%) Windows Server 2008
6 181 (27.06%) Security Cleared
7 180 (26.91%) Office 365
8 179 (26.76%) VMware
9 174 (26.01%) Windows 10
10 169 (25.26%) SC Cleared
11 157 (23.47%) DNS
11 157 (23.47%) Citrix
12 151 (22.57%) PowerShell
13 150 (22.42%) SCCM
14 141 (21.08%) Windows Server 2003
14 141 (21.08%) DHCP
15 133 (19.88%) SQL
16 127 (18.98%) VMware Infrastructure
17 111 (16.59%) Linux
18 102 (15.25%) Finance
19 99 (14.80%) ITIL
20 97 (14.50%) Windows Server 2012
21 92 (13.75%) Microsoft Office
22 88 (13.15%) SQL Server
23 84 (12.56%) Migration
23 84 (12.56%) VMware ESXi
24 78 (11.66%) Change Management
24 78 (11.66%) Ivanti
24 78 (11.66%) Microsoft App-V
25 70 (10.46%) Degree

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 66 (9.87%) MS Exchange
2 53 (7.92%) SharePoint
3 47 (7.03%) Exchange Server 2010
3 47 (7.03%) IIS
3 47 (7.03%) Skype for Business
4 35 (5.23%) SharePoint 2010
5 34 (5.08%) SharePoint 2013
5 34 (5.08%) SharePoint Server
6 20 (2.99%) Office Communications Server
7 17 (2.54%) Exchange Server 2013
8 13 (1.94%) OpenStack
9 10 (1.49%) Exchange Server 2003
9 10 (1.49%) Exchange Server 2007
9 10 (1.49%) IBM Notes
10 9 (1.35%) Confluence
11 8 (1.20%) IBM Domino
12 7 (1.05%) Apache
13 5 (0.75%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 5 (0.75%) nginx
14 4 (0.60%) WebSphere
Applications
1 92 (13.75%) Microsoft Office
2 34 (5.08%) InfoPath
3 15 (2.24%) Microsoft Excel
4 5 (0.75%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (0.75%) MS Visio
4 5 (0.75%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (0.30%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.15%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 9 (1.35%) assyst
2 2 (0.30%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.15%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.15%) Markit EDM
3 1 (0.15%) Maximo
3 1 (0.15%) Oracle Cash Management
3 1 (0.15%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.15%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.15%) Oracle Financials
3 1 (0.15%) Primavera
3 1 (0.15%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 180 (26.91%) Office 365
2 39 (5.83%) Microsoft Azure
3 19 (2.84%) Amazon AWS
4 14 (2.09%) IaaS
4 14 (2.09%) PaaS
5 12 (1.79%) GitHub
6 10 (1.49%) SaaS
7 4 (0.60%) Azure Active Directory
7 4 (0.60%) Cloud Computing
8 3 (0.45%) Datadog
8 3 (0.45%) Dynamics 365
8 3 (0.45%) OpenShift
9 2 (0.30%) Google Cloud Platform
10 1 (0.15%) Heroku
10 1 (0.15%) IBM Cloud
10 1 (0.15%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 157 (23.47%) DNS
2 141 (21.08%) DHCP
3 32 (4.78%) Skype
4 29 (4.33%) Firewall
5 28 (4.19%) LAN
6 25 (3.74%) WAN
6 25 (3.74%) Wi-Fi
7 22 (3.29%) 3G
8 21 (3.14%) SAN
9 18 (2.69%) VPN
10 15 (2.24%) Remote Desktop
10 15 (2.24%) TCP/IP
11 11 (1.64%) Unified Communications
12 10 (1.49%) VSAN
13 6 (0.90%) NAS
13 6 (0.90%) Network Security
13 6 (0.90%) VLAN
13 6 (0.90%) Wireshark
14 4 (0.60%) DSL
14 4 (0.60%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 88 (13.15%) SQL Server
2 23 (3.44%) Relational Database
3 14 (2.09%) MySQL
4 10 (1.49%) ArangoDB
4 10 (1.49%) Hadoop
4 10 (1.49%) Neo4j
5 9 (1.35%) SQL Server 2012
6 5 (0.75%) PostgreSQL
7 4 (0.60%) MSDE
7 4 (0.60%) RDBMS
8 3 (0.45%) Big Data
8 3 (0.45%) DB2
8 3 (0.45%) Oracle Database
9 2 (0.30%) Data Warehouse
9 2 (0.30%) MongoDB
9 2 (0.30%) SQL Server 2005
9 2 (0.30%) SQL Server 2008
9 2 (0.30%) SQL Server 2016
10 1 (0.15%) Oracle Database 11g
10 1 (0.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 45 (6.73%) HP UFT
2 44 (6.58%) WinRunner
3 35 (5.23%) MSI
4 32 (4.78%) Visual Studio
5 29 (4.33%) Team Foundation Server
6 20 (2.99%) Jenkins
7 15 (2.24%) Artifactory
8 14 (2.09%) JIRA
9 13 (1.94%) Git (software)
10 12 (1.79%) Bitbucket
11 10 (1.49%) TestDirector
12 8 (1.20%) InstallShield
12 8 (1.20%) TeamCity
13 7 (1.05%) Eclipse
13 7 (1.05%) Eclipse RCP
14 6 (0.90%) Gradle
14 6 (0.90%) IBM UrbanCode
14 6 (0.90%) Sonatype Nexus
15 5 (0.75%) Maven
16 4 (0.60%) Hudson
General
1 102 (15.25%) Finance
2 41 (6.13%) Banking
3 9 (1.35%) Retail Banking
4 6 (0.90%) Law
4 6 (0.90%) Legal
5 3 (0.45%) Investment Banking
6 2 (0.30%) Avionics
6 2 (0.30%) French Language
6 2 (0.30%) Games
6 2 (0.30%) German Language
6 2 (0.30%) Italian Language
6 2 (0.30%) Mandarin Language
6 2 (0.30%) Manufacturing
6 2 (0.30%) Marketing
6 2 (0.30%) Publishing
6 2 (0.30%) Spanish Language
7 1 (0.15%) Advertising
7 1 (0.15%) Back Office
7 1 (0.15%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 129 (19.28%) Analyst
2 76 (11.36%) Support Engineer
3 50 (7.47%) Desktop Support
4 44 (6.58%) 2nd Line Support
5 39 (5.83%) Support Analyst
6 35 (5.23%) Windows Engineer
7 32 (4.78%) Test Analyst
8 30 (4.48%) IT Analyst
9 29 (4.33%) Desktop Engineer
9 29 (4.33%) IT Support
10 28 (4.19%) Service Analyst
11 27 (4.04%) Architect
11 27 (4.04%) Project Manager
12 26 (3.89%) Service Desk Analyst
13 23 (3.44%) Administrator
13 23 (3.44%) Consultant
13 23 (3.44%) SharePoint Engineer
14 22 (3.29%) 2nd Line Engineer
15 21 (3.14%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
16 20 (2.99%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 50 (7.47%) .NET
2 40 (5.98%) XML
3 37 (5.53%) CSS
4 35 (5.23%) jQuery
5 34 (5.08%) XSLT
6 9 (1.35%) LDAP
6 9 (1.35%) Web Services
7 7 (1.05%) ASP.NET
8 6 (0.90%) HTML
8 6 (0.90%) JavaFX
8 6 (0.90%) OSGi
8 6 (0.90%) Swing
9 5 (0.75%) Gherkin
9 5 (0.75%) Middleware
10 4 (0.60%) COM
10 4 (0.60%) Qt
10 4 (0.60%) Spring
11 3 (0.45%) Kafka
11 3 (0.45%) Spring Boot
11 3 (0.45%) Spring Cloud
Miscellaneous
1 61 (9.12%) Clustering
1 61 (9.12%) Computer Science
2 48 (7.17%) PDA
3 29 (4.33%) Analytical Skills
4 27 (4.04%) Fat Client
4 27 (4.04%) Thin Client
5 26 (3.89%) Blackberry
6 22 (3.29%) Data Centre
7 18 (2.69%) PKI
8 14 (2.09%) iPhone
9 12 (1.79%) Management Information System
10 11 (1.64%) Self-Motivation
11 9 (1.35%) Cyberthreat
12 8 (1.20%) Smartphone
13 7 (1.05%) Driving Licence
14 6 (0.90%) Mainframe
14 6 (0.90%) Virtual Team
15 5 (0.75%) iPad
16 4 (0.60%) Greenfield Project
16 4 (0.60%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 224 (33.48%) Windows Server
2 198 (29.60%) Windows 7
3 195 (29.15%) Windows Server 2008
4 174 (26.01%) Windows 10
5 141 (21.08%) Windows Server 2003
6 111 (16.59%) Linux
7 97 (14.50%) Windows Server 2012
8 49 (7.32%) AIX
9 43 (6.43%) Windows 8
10 40 (5.98%) Unix
11 32 (4.78%) Windows XP
12 29 (4.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 23 (3.44%) Android
14 15 (2.24%) Apple iOS
15 11 (1.64%) Solaris
16 9 (1.35%) Mac OS
16 9 (1.35%) Windows Phone
17 7 (1.05%) Windows Phone 8
18 6 (0.90%) Mac OS X
19 4 (0.60%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 99 (14.80%) ITIL
2 84 (12.56%) Migration
3 78 (11.66%) Change Management
4 64 (9.57%) Test Automation
5 59 (8.82%) Software Testing
6 58 (8.67%) Agile Software Development
7 53 (7.92%) High Availability
8 52 (7.77%) Test Scripting
9 42 (6.28%) Workflow
10 40 (5.98%) Problem-Solving
11 39 (5.83%) Software Delivery
12 38 (5.68%) Incident Management
13 37 (5.53%) Smoke Testing
14 32 (4.78%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 31 (4.63%) Records Management
16 23 (3.44%) Software Distribution
17 22 (3.29%) DevOps
18 21 (3.14%) Continuous Integration
18 21 (3.14%) Service Management
19 19 (2.84%) Cybersecurity
Programming Languages
1 151 (22.57%) PowerShell
2 133 (19.88%) SQL
3 51 (7.62%) C#
4 42 (6.28%) JavaScript
5 36 (5.38%) Perl
6 32 (4.78%) Python
7 27 (4.04%) Java
8 20 (2.99%) VBScript
9 19 (2.84%) Bash Shell
9 19 (2.84%) VB
10 18 (2.69%) Ruby
11 17 (2.54%) T-SQL
12 12 (1.79%) PHP
13 10 (1.49%) C++
13 10 (1.49%) Go
14 9 (1.35%) Shell Script
15 5 (0.75%) Groovy
15 5 (0.75%) Scala
15 5 (0.75%) XAML
16 4 (0.60%) C
Qualifications
1 181 (27.06%) Security Cleared
2 169 (25.26%) SC Cleared
3 70 (10.46%) Degree
4 66 (9.87%) Microsoft Certification
5 57 (8.52%) MCSE
6 56 (8.37%) Computer Science Degree
7 49 (7.32%) ISTQB
8 31 (4.63%) BPSS Clearance
9 19 (2.84%) CISSP
10 13 (1.94%) CISM
11 12 (1.79%) MCSA
12 9 (1.35%) MCTS
12 9 (1.35%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 7 (1.05%) DV Cleared
13 7 (1.05%) MCITP
14 5 (0.75%) Citrix Certification
14 5 (0.75%) ISEB
15 4 (0.60%) ITIL Certification
16 3 (0.45%) CEH
16 3 (0.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 56 (8.37%) Disclosure Scotland
2 21 (3.14%) SLA
3 16 (2.39%) GDPR
4 10 (1.49%) FINRA
5 4 (0.60%) PMO
6 3 (0.45%) JSP 440
6 3 (0.45%) QA
7 1 (0.15%) GCP
System Software
1 341 (50.97%) Active Directory
2 127 (18.98%) VMware Infrastructure
3 84 (12.56%) VMware ESXi
4 78 (11.66%) Microsoft App-V
5 64 (9.57%) XenApp
6 61 (9.12%) Hyper-V
7 43 (6.43%) Virtual Desktop
8 39 (5.83%) XenDesktop
9 24 (3.59%) XenServer
10 16 (2.39%) vSphere
11 12 (1.79%) VMware NSX
12 10 (1.49%) BitLocker
12 10 (1.49%) Docker
13 5 (0.75%) Virtual Servers
14 3 (0.45%) ISA Server
14 3 (0.45%) Terminal Services
14 3 (0.45%) VMware Workstation
15 2 (0.30%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
15 2 (0.30%) NFS
15 2 (0.30%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 150 (22.42%) SCCM
2 45 (6.73%) McAfee ePO
3 43 (6.43%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 41 (6.13%) HP ALM
5 21 (3.14%) Puppet
6 17 (2.54%) Terraform
7 16 (2.39%) Ansible
8 13 (1.94%) PowerCLI
9 11 (1.64%) Microsoft Clustering
10 10 (1.49%) HP Quality Center
10 10 (1.49%) Opscode Chef
10 10 (1.49%) vRealize
11 9 (1.35%) AirWatch
12 7 (1.05%) Kubernetes
12 7 (1.05%) Netcool
12 7 (1.05%) SafeCom
12 7 (1.05%) XenMobile
13 6 (0.90%) SAP Afaria
13 6 (0.90%) vCenter Server
14 5 (0.75%) Control-M
Vendors
1 346 (51.72%) Microsoft
2 179 (26.76%) VMware
3 157 (23.47%) Citrix
4 78 (11.66%) Ivanti
5 66 (9.87%) McAfee
6 64 (9.57%) HP
7 54 (8.07%) Veritas
8 39 (5.83%) Oracle
9 29 (4.33%) Cisco
9 29 (4.33%) Nintex
10 27 (4.04%) ThinPrint
11 26 (3.89%) Red Hat
12 24 (3.59%) Apple
13 23 (3.44%) Symantec
14 11 (1.64%) Cloudera
14 11 (1.64%) IBM
14 11 (1.64%) ServiceNow
14 11 (1.64%) Splunk
14 11 (1.64%) Sybase
14 11 (1.64%) Varonis