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 3 months to 26 June 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.

Microsoft Windows
UK / Scotland
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 8 7 9
Rank change year-on-year -1 +2  
Contract jobs citing Windows 228 440 309
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 10.44% 15.20% 10.25%
As % of the Operating Systems category 45.24% 55.49% 54.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 123 218 156
Median daily rate £350 £325 £290
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% +12.06%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £118 £139 £108
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £483 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £338 £325
% change year-on-year - +3.84%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 25 39
Median hourly rate £15.38 £36.00 £28.10
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -57.29% +28.11%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £16.70 £11.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.10 £42.00 £34.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £16.38 £15.50
% change year-on-year -8.39% +5.64%  

Windows is in the operating system skills category. The next 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.

Contract Operating System Skills
Scotland
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 504 793 568
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Scotland 23.08% 27.39% 18.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 266 404 274
Median daily rate £375 £345 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.69% +7.81%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £123 £225 £115
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £475 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £345
% change year-on-year +3.44% +5.07%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 25 43
Median hourly rate £15.25 £36.00 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -57.63% +118.18%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £20.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.20 £41.00 £39.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £17.00 £16.20
% change year-on-year -8.82% +4.93%  

Windows
Job Vacancy Trend in Scotland

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Scotland citing Windows as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Operating Systems category.

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 3 months to 26 June 2017.

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 3 months to 26 June 2017.

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 3 months to 26 June 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
Edinburgh -8 84 £375 - 27
Glasgow +2 64 £350 +16.66% 19
Renfrewshire +3 25 £414 +28.01%
Aberdeen +2 14 £151 -16.38%
West Lothian -2 4 £200 -32.48% 2
West Dunbartonshire 0 3 £310 - 1
Inverclyde - 3 £153 -
Fife +3 2 £118 - 1
Aberdeenshire - 2 £160 -
Dundee +3 1 £120 -2.04%
Scottish Borders 0 1 £123 -62.30%
Stirling -1 1 £140 -70.52%
North Lanarkshire -2 1 - - 1
South Ayrshire - 1 £109 -
Dumfries and Galloway - 1 - -
Clackmannanshire - 1 £100 -
Falkirk - 1 £125 -
Windows
UK

For the 6 months to 26 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Windows 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 Windows.

1 158 (37.89%) Microsoft
2 130 (31.18%) Active Directory
3 128 (30.70%) Windows Server
4 105 (25.18%) Windows 7
5 99 (23.74%) PowerShell
6 98 (23.50%) Windows Server 2012
7 97 (23.26%) Linux
8 79 (18.94%) Windows Server 2008
9 71 (17.03%) Security Cleared
9 71 (17.03%) Windows 10
10 68 (16.31%) SQL
10 68 (16.31%) Microsoft Office
11 64 (15.35%) ITIL
12 63 (15.11%) SCCM
13 56 (13.43%) C#
14 54 (12.95%) .NET
14 54 (12.95%) Finance
15 53 (12.71%) Oracle
16 48 (11.51%) IIS
17 47 (11.27%) SQL Server
17 47 (11.27%) VMware
17 47 (11.27%) SC Cleared
18 45 (10.79%) Unix
19 44 (10.55%) Migration
20 41 (9.83%) Citrix
21 38 (9.11%) Git (software)
22 37 (8.87%) Team Foundation Server
22 37 (8.87%) Firewall
23 35 (8.39%) XAML
24 33 (7.91%) Windows Server 2003

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 48 (11.51%) IIS
2 29 (6.95%) MS Exchange
3 17 (4.08%) SharePoint
4 15 (3.60%) Tomcat
5 14 (3.36%) Exchange Server 2010
6 12 (2.88%) Exchange Server 2013
7 10 (2.40%) Exchange Server 2007
8 7 (1.68%) Apache
8 7 (1.68%) WebSphere
9 6 (1.44%) WebLogic
10 4 (0.96%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 4 (0.96%) JBoss
10 4 (0.96%) Skype for Business
11 3 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2003
11 3 (0.72%) IBM Notes
11 3 (0.72%) SharePoint Server
12 2 (0.48%) CMS
12 2 (0.48%) MQSeries
12 2 (0.48%) Oracle Workflow
12 2 (0.48%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 68 (16.31%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (1.20%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (1.20%) MS Visio
3 4 (0.96%) Mozilla Thunderbird
4 2 (0.48%) AutoCAD
4 2 (0.48%) Siemens NX
5 1 (0.24%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (0.48%) assyst
1 2 (0.48%) Teamcenter
2 1 (0.24%) Adobe Campaign
2 1 (0.24%) Payment Gateway
2 1 (0.24%) PeopleSoft HCM
2 1 (0.24%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 21 (5.04%) Office 365
2 17 (4.08%) Amazon AWS
2 17 (4.08%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (0.48%) OpenShift
4 1 (0.24%) Azure Active Directory
4 1 (0.24%) IaaS
4 1 (0.24%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 37 (8.87%) Firewall
2 27 (6.47%) TCP/IP
3 26 (6.24%) WAN
4 25 (6.00%) LAN
5 22 (5.28%) DNS
6 19 (4.56%) DHCP
7 15 (3.60%) SAN
8 13 (3.12%) SSL
9 12 (2.88%) HTTP
9 12 (2.88%) HTTPS
10 11 (2.64%) VoIP
11 9 (2.16%) Internet
12 7 (1.68%) VLAN
13 6 (1.44%) VPN
14 5 (1.20%) Remote Desktop
15 4 (0.96%) NetScaler
15 4 (0.96%) Skype
16 3 (0.72%) Ethernet
16 3 (0.72%) LDAP
16 3 (0.72%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 47 (11.27%) SQL Server
2 13 (3.12%) Relational Database
3 11 (2.64%) Oracle Database
4 6 (1.44%) Oracle Database 12c
4 6 (1.44%) SQL Server 2008
5 5 (1.20%) Big Data
5 5 (1.20%) SQL Server 2012
6 4 (0.96%) BusinessObjects
6 4 (0.96%) MS Access
7 3 (0.72%) Data Mining
7 3 (0.72%) DB2
7 3 (0.72%) MongoDB
7 3 (0.72%) Oracle Exadata
7 3 (0.72%) Oracle Reports
7 3 (0.72%) PostgreSQL
7 3 (0.72%) RDBMS
7 3 (0.72%) SQL Server 2005
7 3 (0.72%) SQLite
8 2 (0.48%) GIS
8 2 (0.48%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 38 (9.11%) Git (software)
2 37 (8.87%) Team Foundation Server
3 15 (3.60%) MSI
4 11 (2.64%) Sonatype Nexus
5 8 (1.92%) Jenkins
6 5 (1.20%) Jasmine
7 4 (0.96%) Subversion
8 3 (0.72%) StarTeam
8 3 (0.72%) Visual Studio
9 2 (0.48%) Artifactory
9 2 (0.48%) GitLab
9 2 (0.48%) IBM UrbanCode
9 2 (0.48%) JUnit
9 2 (0.48%) Maven
10 1 (0.24%) Ant
10 1 (0.24%) Hudson
10 1 (0.24%) Mockito
10 1 (0.24%) Octopus Deploy
10 1 (0.24%) TeamCity
10 1 (0.24%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 54 (12.95%) Finance
2 28 (6.71%) Banking
3 14 (3.36%) Law
4 10 (2.40%) Legal
5 6 (1.44%) Telecoms
6 4 (0.96%) Marketing
7 3 (0.72%) Financial Institution
8 2 (0.48%) Back Office
8 2 (0.48%) Games
8 2 (0.48%) Publishing
9 1 (0.24%) Electronics
9 1 (0.24%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.24%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.24%) Retail
Job Titles
1 82 (19.66%) Analyst
2 28 (6.71%) PowerShell Engineer
2 28 (6.71%) Support Analyst
3 26 (6.24%) Developer
4 25 (6.00%) Automation Engineer
4 25 (6.00%) Consultant
5 24 (5.76%) Desktop Support
5 24 (5.76%) Support Engineer
6 23 (5.52%) IT Analyst
7 21 (5.04%) 2nd Line Support
7 21 (5.04%) IT Support
8 16 (3.84%) Architect
8 16 (3.84%) Desktop Engineer
8 16 (3.84%) Windows Engineer
9 15 (3.60%) Service Analyst
9 15 (3.60%) Service Desk Analyst
10 14 (3.36%) Security Engineer
11 13 (3.12%) Cloud Engineer
12 12 (2.88%) Desktop Support Engineer
12 12 (2.88%) IT Trainer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 54 (12.95%) .NET
2 24 (5.76%) Web Services
3 10 (2.40%) XML
4 5 (1.20%) HTML
4 5 (1.20%) Middleware
5 4 (0.96%) Ext JS
5 4 (0.96%) WSDL
5 4 (0.96%) XML Messaging
6 3 (0.72%) AngularJS
6 3 (0.72%) CSS
6 3 (0.72%) RESTful
6 3 (0.72%) Software Packaging
7 2 (0.48%) ASP.NET
7 2 (0.48%) DHTML
7 2 (0.48%) Itk
7 2 (0.48%) Kafka
7 2 (0.48%) MSMQ
7 2 (0.48%) React
7 2 (0.48%) XSL
7 2 (0.48%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 29 (6.95%) Data Centre
2 22 (5.28%) Analytical Skills
3 11 (2.64%) Private Cloud
4 10 (2.40%) Linux Command Line
5 9 (2.16%) Driving Licence
5 9 (2.16%) Smartphone
6 8 (1.92%) Clustering
6 8 (1.92%) Mainframe
7 7 (1.68%) Video Conferencing
8 6 (1.44%) Management Information System
9 5 (1.20%) Blackberry
9 5 (1.20%) Computer Science
9 5 (1.20%) EMC VNX
10 4 (0.96%) Enterprise Software
10 4 (0.96%) Fat Client
10 4 (0.96%) Mobile App
10 4 (0.96%) Thin Client
11 3 (0.72%) Device Driver
11 3 (0.72%) iSeries
11 3 (0.72%) VLE
Operating Systems
1 128 (30.70%) Windows Server
2 105 (25.18%) Windows 7
3 98 (23.50%) Windows Server 2012
4 97 (23.26%) Linux
5 79 (18.94%) Windows Server 2008
6 71 (17.03%) Windows 10
7 45 (10.79%) Unix
8 33 (7.91%) Windows Server 2003
9 29 (6.95%) Windows XP
10 22 (5.28%) Windows 8
11 15 (3.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 13 (3.12%) Solaris
13 11 (2.64%) AIX
14 6 (1.44%) Android
14 6 (1.44%) Apple iOS
15 4 (0.96%) Mac OS
16 2 (0.48%) Oracle Linux
16 2 (0.48%) zOS
17 1 (0.24%) Mac OS X
17 1 (0.24%) OpenVMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 64 (15.35%) ITIL
2 44 (10.55%) Migration
3 31 (7.43%) Continuous Delivery
4 27 (6.47%) Agile Software Development
5 24 (5.76%) Open Source
6 22 (5.28%) Continuous Integration
7 20 (4.80%) Test Automation
8 18 (4.32%) Configuration Management
9 17 (4.08%) Patch Management
9 17 (4.08%) Service Management
10 16 (3.84%) ITIL V3
10 16 (3.84%) Virtual Infrastructure
11 14 (3.36%) DevOps
12 13 (3.12%) Software Distribution
13 12 (2.88%) Prototyping
14 11 (2.64%) Change Management
14 11 (2.64%) Information Security
15 10 (2.40%) Incident Management
15 10 (2.40%) Software Testing
15 10 (2.40%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 99 (23.74%) PowerShell
2 68 (16.31%) SQL
3 56 (13.43%) C#
4 35 (8.39%) XAML
5 32 (7.67%) Java
6 18 (4.32%) Python
7 17 (4.08%) VB
7 17 (4.08%) VBScript
8 15 (3.60%) Tcl
9 14 (3.36%) Bash Shell
10 12 (2.88%) JavaScript
10 12 (2.88%) REXX
11 11 (2.64%) C++
12 9 (2.16%) C
12 9 (2.16%) Perl
13 7 (1.68%) VBA
14 6 (1.44%) PL/SQL
15 4 (0.96%) Shell Script
15 4 (0.96%) VB.NET
16 3 (0.72%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 71 (17.03%) Security Cleared
2 47 (11.27%) SC Cleared
3 15 (3.60%) CISSP
3 15 (3.60%) Degree
4 10 (2.40%) ISTQB
5 9 (2.16%) Microsoft Certification
6 8 (1.92%) ISEB
7 6 (1.44%) ITIL Certification
8 5 (1.20%) MCITP
8 5 (1.20%) MCSA
8 5 (1.20%) MCTS
9 4 (0.96%) CEH
9 4 (0.96%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 4 (0.96%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 3 (0.72%) Computer Science Degree
10 3 (0.72%) DBS Check
10 3 (0.72%) MCSE
10 3 (0.72%) SANS
11 2 (0.48%) Cisco Certification
11 2 (0.48%) EMC Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (4.32%) Disclosure Scotland
2 14 (3.36%) SLA
3 6 (1.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (0.96%) QA
5 3 (0.72%) COBIT
5 3 (0.72%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 2 (0.48%) ISO 22301
7 1 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 1 (0.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 130 (31.18%) Active Directory
2 33 (7.91%) VMware Infrastructure
3 22 (5.28%) XenApp
4 14 (3.36%) Microsoft App-V
5 13 (3.12%) Hyper-V
5 13 (3.12%) VMware ESXi
6 11 (2.64%) XenDesktop
7 6 (1.44%) BitLocker
7 6 (1.44%) Virtual Machines
8 5 (1.20%) Terminal Services
8 5 (1.20%) Virtual Servers
8 5 (1.20%) vSphere
9 3 (0.72%) Docker
9 3 (0.72%) EMC RecoverPoint
9 3 (0.72%) Terminal Server
10 2 (0.48%) Apache Flume
10 2 (0.48%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 2 (0.48%) Squid
10 2 (0.48%) UAG
11 1 (0.24%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 63 (15.11%) SCCM
2 27 (6.47%) Puppet
3 18 (4.32%) Ansible
4 13 (3.12%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 13 (3.12%) SCOM
5 12 (2.88%) McAfee ePO
6 10 (2.40%) Norton AntiVirus
7 5 (1.20%) Opscode Chef
7 5 (1.20%) WSUS
8 4 (0.96%) FortiGate
8 4 (0.96%) vRealize
9 3 (0.72%) Netcool
10 2 (0.48%) DameWare
10 2 (0.48%) Kubernetes
10 2 (0.48%) Microsoft Clustering
10 2 (0.48%) Prometheus
10 2 (0.48%) Red Hat Satellite
10 2 (0.48%) SCVMM
10 2 (0.48%) TeamSite
10 2 (0.48%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 158 (37.89%) Microsoft
2 53 (12.71%) Oracle
3 47 (11.27%) VMware
4 41 (9.83%) Citrix
5 20 (4.80%) Cisco
6 16 (3.84%) HP
6 16 (3.84%) Symantec
7 12 (2.88%) McAfee
7 12 (2.88%) Red Hat
8 11 (2.64%) EMC
9 9 (2.16%) Splunk
10 8 (1.92%) CyberArk
11 7 (1.68%) Apple
11 7 (1.68%) Intel
12 6 (1.44%) IBM
12 6 (1.44%) NetApp
13 5 (1.20%) Avaya
14 4 (0.96%) CommVault
15 3 (0.72%) Lotus
15 3 (0.72%) Veritas
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