Period
to 23 May 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 23 May 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
23 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 9 9 7
Rank change year-on-year 0 -2 +1
Contract jobs citing Windows 595 405 773
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 11.51% 11.30% 14.06%
As % of the Operating Systems category 55.92% 47.42% 56.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 385 224 410
Scotland median daily rate £300 £350 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -14.29% +6.06% +10.00%
10th Percentile £120 £110 £120
90th Percentile £488 £445 £475
UK median daily rate £365 £363 £350
% change year-on-year +0.69% +3.57% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 28 28
Scotland median hourly rate £15.86 £15.86 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -55.94% +73.49%
10th Percentile £10.75 £11.32 £13.79
90th Percentile £22.25 £52.05 £41.30
UK median hourly rate £15.86 £15.00 £15.77
% change year-on-year +5.73% -4.87% +1.73%

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 1,064 854 1,380
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 20.58% 23.82% 25.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 666 435 715
Scotland median daily rate £375 £375 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.74% +10.11%
10th Percentile £163 £141 £184
90th Percentile £500 £475 £479
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 33 35
Scotland median hourly rate £15.75 £17.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.35% -54.67% +33.45%
10th Percentile £10.75 £11.32 £14.13
90th Percentile £24.80 £52.17 £46.90
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year +3.03% -2.94% +5.20%

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 May 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 23 May 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 23 May 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 0 244 £325 -13.33% 40
Glasgow +1 149 £310 -11.43% 30
Renfrewshire 0 130 £278 -30.63% 5
North Lanarkshire +2 9 £128 - 2
West Lothian +1 8 £115 -64.62% 7
Dundee -13 7 £375 +240.91% 5
Fife +1 6 £107 -11.25% 3
Stirling -3 6 £325 +128.07% 3
Aberdeen +2 5 £165 +9.63% 5
South Lanarkshire - 4 £450 - 1
Inverclyde 0 3 £320 -
Midlothian - 3 £119 -
Highlands 0 2 - - 2
Scottish Borders 0 2 £138 +12.24% 1
West Dunbartonshire 0 2 £333 +7.26%
Moray +11 1 - -
Lanarkshire - 1 - - 1
Lothian - 1 - -
Windows
UK

For the 6 months to 23 May 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.

1 325 (54.62%) Active Directory
2 312 (52.44%) Microsoft
3 222 (37.31%) Windows Server
4 191 (32.10%) Windows Server 2008
5 183 (30.76%) Windows 7
6 167 (28.07%) VMware
7 158 (26.55%) Windows 10
8 150 (25.21%) Security Cleared
9 147 (24.71%) Office 365
10 145 (24.37%) DNS
11 144 (24.20%) Citrix
12 139 (23.36%) SCCM
13 138 (23.19%) PowerShell
14 137 (23.03%) SC Cleared
15 133 (22.35%) DHCP
16 122 (20.50%) Windows Server 2003
17 117 (19.66%) Finance
18 106 (17.82%) Windows Server 2012
19 104 (17.48%) VMware Infrastructure
20 97 (16.30%) SQL
21 90 (15.13%) ITIL
22 86 (14.45%) Migration
23 82 (13.78%) SQL Server
24 81 (13.61%) Linux
25 77 (12.94%) Microsoft App-V
26 74 (12.44%) Microsoft Office
27 71 (11.93%) VMware ESXi
28 68 (11.43%) XenApp
29 66 (11.09%) Microsoft Certification
29 66 (11.09%) Ivanti

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 65 (10.92%) MS Exchange
2 54 (9.08%) SharePoint
3 50 (8.40%) Skype for Business
4 46 (7.73%) IIS
5 42 (7.06%) Exchange Server 2010
6 28 (4.71%) SharePoint 2010
7 27 (4.54%) SharePoint 2013
7 27 (4.54%) SharePoint Server
8 18 (3.03%) Exchange Server 2013
8 18 (3.03%) Office Communications Server
9 11 (1.85%) IBM Notes
10 10 (1.68%) Exchange Server 2003
10 10 (1.68%) Exchange Server 2007
11 8 (1.34%) IBM Domino
11 8 (1.34%) OpenStack
12 7 (1.18%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 4 (0.67%) WebSphere
13 4 (0.67%) WebSphere Application Server
14 3 (0.50%) IBM Connections
14 3 (0.50%) WebLogic
Applications
1 74 (12.44%) Microsoft Office
2 27 (4.54%) InfoPath
3 10 (1.68%) Microsoft Excel
4 5 (0.84%) Spreadsheet
5 4 (0.67%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 3 (0.50%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 8 (1.34%) assyst
2 3 (0.50%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (0.34%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.34%) SAP BPC
3 2 (0.34%) SAP MII
4 1 (0.17%) Markit EDM
4 1 (0.17%) Maximo
4 1 (0.17%) Primavera
4 1 (0.17%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 147 (24.71%) Office 365
2 45 (7.56%) Microsoft Azure
3 17 (2.86%) Amazon AWS
4 8 (1.34%) IaaS
4 8 (1.34%) PaaS
5 7 (1.18%) Azure Active Directory
5 7 (1.18%) OneDrive
6 6 (1.01%) SaaS
7 3 (0.50%) G Suite
7 3 (0.50%) Google Drive
8 2 (0.34%) Dynamics 365
9 1 (0.17%) AWS CloudFormation
9 1 (0.17%) Cloud Computing
9 1 (0.17%) Datadog
9 1 (0.17%) GitHub
9 1 (0.17%) Heroku
Communications & Networking
1 145 (24.37%) DNS
2 133 (22.35%) DHCP
3 35 (5.88%) Skype
4 30 (5.04%) Firewall
4 30 (5.04%) SAN
5 26 (4.37%) LAN
5 26 (4.37%) WAN
5 26 (4.37%) Wi-Fi
6 22 (3.70%) 3G
7 18 (3.03%) VPN
8 15 (2.52%) Remote Desktop
9 13 (2.18%) TCP/IP
10 12 (2.02%) Internet
10 12 (2.02%) Unified Communications
11 8 (1.34%) VSAN
12 6 (1.01%) Wireshark
13 5 (0.84%) NAS
13 5 (0.84%) SMS
13 5 (0.84%) VoIP
13 5 (0.84%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 82 (13.78%) SQL Server
2 10 (1.68%) Relational Database
3 6 (1.01%) DB2
4 5 (0.84%) MongoDB
4 5 (0.84%) Oracle Database
4 5 (0.84%) SQL Server 2012
5 3 (0.50%) MySQL
5 3 (0.50%) NoSQL
6 2 (0.34%) Apache Cassandra
6 2 (0.34%) BusinessObjects
6 2 (0.34%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (0.34%) MariaDB
6 2 (0.34%) MaxDB
6 2 (0.34%) SAP BW
7 1 (0.17%) ArangoDB
7 1 (0.17%) EDMS
7 1 (0.17%) Oracle Database 12c
7 1 (0.17%) Power BI
7 1 (0.17%) SQL Server 2014
7 1 (0.17%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 29 (4.87%) HP UFT
1 29 (4.87%) WinRunner
2 25 (4.20%) Visual Studio
3 24 (4.03%) MSI
3 24 (4.03%) Team Foundation Server
4 10 (1.68%) Git (software)
5 8 (1.34%) TestDirector
6 5 (0.84%) Artifactory
6 5 (0.84%) Bitbucket
6 5 (0.84%) TeamCity
7 4 (0.67%) Hudson
7 4 (0.67%) InstallShield
7 4 (0.67%) JIRA
8 3 (0.50%) Selenium
9 2 (0.34%) IBM UrbanCode
9 2 (0.34%) NWDI
9 2 (0.34%) Sonatype Nexus
9 2 (0.34%) Zephyr
10 1 (0.17%) Cucumber
10 1 (0.17%) QAComplete
General
1 117 (19.66%) Finance
2 27 (4.54%) Banking
3 8 (1.34%) Law
3 8 (1.34%) Legal
4 5 (0.84%) Retail Banking
5 3 (0.50%) Telecoms
6 2 (0.34%) Financial Institution
6 2 (0.34%) French Language
6 2 (0.34%) German Language
6 2 (0.34%) Italian Language
6 2 (0.34%) Mandarin Language
6 2 (0.34%) Manufacturing
6 2 (0.34%) Publishing
6 2 (0.34%) Spanish Language
7 1 (0.17%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.17%) Marketing
7 1 (0.17%) Retail
Job Titles
1 105 (17.65%) Analyst
2 55 (9.24%) Support Engineer
3 47 (7.90%) 2nd Line Support
4 39 (6.55%) Desktop Support
5 34 (5.71%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 28 (4.71%) Architect
7 27 (4.54%) Administrator
7 27 (4.54%) Support Analyst
7 27 (4.54%) Test Analyst
8 26 (4.37%) Consultant
8 26 (4.37%) IT Analyst
8 26 (4.37%) Windows Engineer
9 24 (4.03%) Project Manager
10 23 (3.87%) 2nd Line Engineer
11 21 (3.53%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
11 21 (3.53%) Service Analyst
12 20 (3.36%) IT Support
13 19 (3.19%) Service Desk Analyst
13 19 (3.19%) SharePoint Engineer
14 18 (3.03%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (5.71%) CSS
2 33 (5.55%) .NET
2 33 (5.55%) XML
3 29 (4.87%) jQuery
4 27 (4.54%) XSLT
5 15 (2.52%) Web Services
6 8 (1.34%) HTML
7 7 (1.18%) HTML5
8 6 (1.01%) Middleware
8 6 (1.01%) SOAP
9 5 (0.84%) CSS3
10 4 (0.67%) ASP.NET
10 4 (0.67%) Java EE
11 3 (0.50%) AngularJS
11 3 (0.50%) COM
11 3 (0.50%) Gherkin
11 3 (0.50%) JSON
11 3 (0.50%) RESTful
11 3 (0.50%) WPF
12 2 (0.34%) Backbone.js
Miscellaneous
1 52 (8.74%) Computer Science
2 46 (7.73%) Clustering
3 32 (5.38%) PDA
4 28 (4.71%) Blackberry
5 27 (4.54%) Data Centre
6 26 (4.37%) Fat Client
6 26 (4.37%) Thin Client
7 24 (4.03%) Analytical Skills
8 17 (2.86%) PKI
9 16 (2.69%) Self-Motivation
10 15 (2.52%) iPhone
10 15 (2.52%) Virtual Team
11 12 (2.02%) Mainframe
11 12 (2.02%) Management Information System
12 9 (1.51%) EMC VNX
13 8 (1.34%) Smartphone
14 7 (1.18%) iPad
15 6 (1.01%) Hybrid Cloud
16 5 (0.84%) BYOD
16 5 (0.84%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 222 (37.31%) Windows Server
2 191 (32.10%) Windows Server 2008
3 183 (30.76%) Windows 7
4 158 (26.55%) Windows 10
5 122 (20.50%) Windows Server 2003
6 106 (17.82%) Windows Server 2012
7 81 (13.61%) Linux
8 47 (7.90%) Windows 8
9 39 (6.55%) AIX
10 27 (4.54%) Unix
10 27 (4.54%) Windows XP
11 24 (4.03%) Android
11 24 (4.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 13 (2.18%) Apple iOS
13 9 (1.51%) Mac OS X
14 8 (1.34%) Windows Phone
15 7 (1.18%) Windows Phone 8
16 6 (1.01%) Mac OS
17 3 (0.50%) CentOS
17 3 (0.50%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 90 (15.13%) ITIL
2 86 (14.45%) Migration
3 51 (8.57%) Change Management
4 46 (7.73%) Software Testing
5 41 (6.89%) High Availability
6 40 (6.72%) Test Automation
7 39 (6.55%) Problem-Solving
8 35 (5.88%) Agile Software Development
8 35 (5.88%) Software Delivery
8 35 (5.88%) Test Scripting
8 35 (5.88%) Workflow
9 32 (5.38%) Incident Management
10 24 (4.03%) Records Management
11 23 (3.87%) Service Management
11 23 (3.87%) Smoke Testing
12 19 (3.19%) Configuration Management
12 19 (3.19%) Continuous Improvement
12 19 (3.19%) Stakeholder Management
13 17 (2.86%) Asset Management
13 17 (2.86%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 138 (23.19%) PowerShell
2 97 (16.30%) SQL
3 39 (6.55%) JavaScript
4 35 (5.88%) C#
5 15 (2.52%) T-SQL
6 14 (2.35%) Java
7 13 (2.18%) VBScript
8 12 (2.02%) Ruby
9 11 (1.85%) VB
10 9 (1.51%) Python
11 7 (1.18%) Perl
12 4 (0.67%) C
12 4 (0.67%) C++
13 3 (0.50%) Shell Script
14 2 (0.34%) Bash Shell
14 2 (0.34%) COBOL
14 2 (0.34%) PHP
14 2 (0.34%) PL/SQL
15 1 (0.17%) REXX
15 1 (0.17%) VBA
Qualifications
1 150 (25.21%) Security Cleared
2 137 (23.03%) SC Cleared
3 66 (11.09%) Microsoft Certification
4 64 (10.76%) Degree
5 54 (9.08%) MCSE
6 49 (8.24%) Computer Science Degree
7 36 (6.05%) ISTQB
8 26 (4.37%) BPSS Clearance
9 12 (2.02%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 10 (1.68%) MCSA
11 8 (1.34%) ISEB
11 8 (1.34%) MCTS
12 7 (1.18%) Cisco Certification
12 7 (1.18%) MCITP
12 7 (1.18%) MCP
13 6 (1.01%) CCNA
14 5 (0.84%) CCNP
14 5 (0.84%) CISSP
14 5 (0.84%) Citrix Certification
14 5 (0.84%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 48 (8.07%) Disclosure Scotland
2 16 (2.69%) SLA
3 5 (0.84%) PMO
4 4 (0.67%) QA
5 3 (0.50%) GDPR
System Software
1 325 (54.62%) Active Directory
2 104 (17.48%) VMware Infrastructure
3 77 (12.94%) Microsoft App-V
4 71 (11.93%) VMware ESXi
5 68 (11.43%) XenApp
6 49 (8.24%) XenDesktop
7 47 (7.90%) Hyper-V
8 31 (5.21%) Virtual Desktop
9 21 (3.53%) vSphere
9 21 (3.53%) XenServer
10 12 (2.02%) BitLocker
11 8 (1.34%) VMware NSX
12 4 (0.67%) ISA Server
13 3 (0.50%) DFS Replication
13 3 (0.50%) EMC RecoverPoint
13 3 (0.50%) VMware Workstation
14 2 (0.34%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
14 2 (0.34%) Docker
15 1 (0.17%) Virtual Machines
15 1 (0.17%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 139 (23.36%) SCCM
2 38 (6.39%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 31 (5.21%) McAfee ePO
4 27 (4.54%) HP ALM
5 21 (3.53%) Puppet
6 18 (3.03%) Opscode Chef
7 17 (2.86%) Ansible
8 12 (2.02%) Microsoft Clustering
9 10 (1.68%) PowerCLI
9 10 (1.68%) SCOM
10 9 (1.51%) AirWatch
11 8 (1.34%) HP Quality Center
11 8 (1.34%) SafeCom
11 8 (1.34%) vRealize
12 7 (1.18%) NetBackup
12 7 (1.18%) Netcool
12 7 (1.18%) XenMobile
13 6 (1.01%) SAP Afaria
14 4 (0.67%) vCenter Server
14 4 (0.67%) WMI
Vendors
1 312 (52.44%) Microsoft
2 167 (28.07%) VMware
3 144 (24.20%) Citrix
4 66 (11.09%) Ivanti
5 53 (8.91%) HP
6 41 (6.89%) McAfee
6 41 (6.89%) Veritas
7 40 (6.72%) Cisco
8 28 (4.71%) ThinPrint
9 25 (4.20%) Oracle
10 23 (3.87%) Apple
10 23 (3.87%) Nintex
11 19 (3.19%) Red Hat
12 12 (2.02%) Symantec
13 11 (1.85%) EMC
13 11 (1.85%) IBM
13 11 (1.85%) SolarWinds
14 10 (1.68%) Lotus
14 10 (1.68%) SAP
15 9 (1.51%) Google