The first table below looks at the demand for Windows skills in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Windows over the 3 months to 24 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Operating Systems category for the England region.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
24 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Windows
Rank 5 5 5
Rank change year-on-year
0 0
Contract jobs citing Windows 6691 6343 6792
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 13.55% 13.65% 12.84%
As % of the Operating Systems category 59.38% 60.73% 60.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 3548 3239 3101
Average daily rate
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£320 £335 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.47% +3.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £165 £174
10% offered a daily rate of more than £495 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £320 £313
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +2.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 902 848 1019
Average hourly rate £15.00 £16.00 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% -5.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.55 £34.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-3.22% -6.06%
Operating Systems Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Operating Systems category
11269 10444 11273
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 22.82% 22.48% 21.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 6489 5846 5668
Average daily rate £350 £350 £350
90% offered a daily rate of more than £168 £180 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £310 £325 £321
% change year-on-year
-4.61% +1.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 973 973 1192
Average hourly rate £15.00 £17.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.76% -5.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.50 £37.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £16.20 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-7.40% -7.42%
Windows
UK

Windows
Jobs Demand Trend in England

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Windows across the England region as a proportion of the total demand within the Operating Systems category.

Windows Jobs Demand Trend in England

Windows
Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Windows across the England region.

Windows Daily Rate Trend in England

Windows
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Windows across the England region over the 3 months to 24 July 2014.

Windows Daily Rate Histogram in England

Windows
Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Windows Hourly Rate Trend in England

Windows
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Windows across the England region over the 3 months to 24 July 2014.

Windows Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Windows
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Windows within the England region over the 3 months to 24 July 2014. 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
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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London 0 2678 £350 -4.10% 788
South East -1 1522 £321 -4.81% 465
East of England 0 571 £250 -14.16% 179
North West -1 468 £281 -6.33% 158
South West 0 438 £275 -15.38% 165
West Midlands +1 326 £300 - 122
Yorkshire -1 294 £250 -16.66% 139
East Midlands 0 260 £315 +26.00% 85
North East -2 89 £255 +7.36% 37
Midlands -11 7 £450 +20.00%
South Coast - 2 £278 -
Windows
UK

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 24 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the England region citing Windows also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Windows.

1 4667 (34.73%) Microsoft
2 4613 (34.33%) Active Directory
3 4288 (31.91%) Windows 7
4 3052 (22.71%) Windows Server 2008
5 2676 (19.91%) VMware
6 2489 (18.52%) Windows XP
7 2312 (17.20%) MS Office
8 2199 (16.36%) Citrix
9 2182 (16.24%) Windows Server 2003
10 2150 (16.00%) SQL
11 2110 (15.70%) ITIL
12 2025 (15.07%) Linux
13 1958 (14.57%) MS Excel
14 1920 (14.29%) SQL Server
15 1841 (13.70%) Finance
16 1812 (13.48%) MS Exchange
17 1522 (11.33%) UNIX
18 1453 (10.81%) Security Cleared
19 1379 (10.26%) VMware Infrastructure
20 1369 (10.19%) SCCM
21 1335 (9.93%) .NET
22 1323 (9.85%) Migration
23 1256 (9.35%) Oracle
24 1195 (8.89%) Cisco
25 1140 (8.48%) HP
26 1096 (8.16%) DNS
27 1087 (8.09%) Windows Server 2012
28 1076 (8.01%) C#
29 1059 (7.88%) Firewall
30 1000 (7.44%) SC Cleared

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 24 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the England region citing Windows also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Windows. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1812 (13.48%) MS Exchange
2 892 (6.64%) Exchange Server 2010
3 853 (6.35%) SharePoint
4 742 (5.52%) IIS
5 435 (3.24%) Exchange Server 2003
6 414 (3.08%) Exchange Server 2007
7 330 (2.46%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 330 (2.46%) Lync
8 249 (1.85%) IBM Notes
9 222 (1.65%) WebSphere
10 218 (1.62%) Apache
11 197 (1.47%) SharePoint 2010
12 176 (1.31%) Exchange Server 2013
13 166 (1.24%) WebLogic
14 156 (1.16%) BizTalk Server
15 131 (0.97%) Tomcat
16 119 (0.89%) SharePoint 2013
17 103 (0.77%) SharePoint Server
18 101 (0.75%) CMS
19 57 (0.42%) Umbraco
Applications
1 2312 (17.20%) MS Office
2 1958 (14.57%) MS Excel
3 158 (1.18%) MS PowerPoint
4 129 (0.96%) MS Project
5 103 (0.77%) MS Visio
6 48 (0.36%) Photoshop
7 44 (0.33%) InfoPath
8 37 (0.28%) Adobe Illustrator
9 33 (0.25%) Spreadsheet
10 17 (0.13%) Acrobat
11 15 (0.11%) Adobe Captivate
12 13 (0.097%) Fireworks
13 11 (0.082%) InDesign
14 9 (0.067%) AutoCAD
15 8 (0.060%) Adobe After Effects
16 7 (0.052%) PaintShop Pro
17 6 (0.045%) RoboHelp
17 6 (0.045%) OmniGraffle
18 3 (0.022%) PowerPivot
18 3 (0.022%) Pro/ENGINEER
Business Applications
1 128 (0.95%) Dynamics CRM
2 67 (0.50%) Oracle EBS
3 41 (0.31%) Remedy ITSM
4 26 (0.19%) RMDS
5 25 (0.19%) Oracle Applications
6 24 (0.18%) assyst
7 19 (0.14%) Dynamics AX
7 19 (0.14%) Google Analytics
8 18 (0.13%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 14 (0.10%) Oracle BPM
10 12 (0.089%) Magento
10 12 (0.089%) HFM
11 11 (0.082%) Eikon
11 11 (0.082%) BusinessWorks
12 10 (0.074%) JDE OneWorld
12 10 (0.074%) ReMetrica
13 9 (0.067%) TIBCO iProcess
14 8 (0.060%) Cerner Millennium
14 8 (0.060%) JDE EnterpriseOne
14 8 (0.060%) Oracle CRM
Cloud Services
1 285 (2.12%) Office 365
2 256 (1.91%) Microsoft Azure
3 113 (0.84%) Amazon AWS
4 62 (0.46%) SaaS
5 52 (0.39%) Cloud Computing
6 48 (0.36%) IaaS
7 29 (0.22%) PaaS
8 27 (0.20%) Google Apps
9 22 (0.16%) Amazon EC2
10 11 (0.082%) IBM SmartCloud
11 8 (0.060%) Amazon S3
12 7 (0.052%) CloudFront
13 6 (0.045%) Google App Engine
14 5 (0.037%) Amazon SQS
15 4 (0.030%) Rackspace Cloud
16 3 (0.022%) Jelastic
17 2 (0.015%) SuccessFactors
17 2 (0.015%) GitHub
18 1 (0.007%) Route 53
18 1 (0.007%) Amazon ELB
Communications & Networking
1 1096 (8.16%) DNS
2 1059 (7.88%) Firewall
3 988 (7.35%) TCP/IP
4 977 (7.27%) SAN
5 775 (5.77%) LAN
6 740 (5.51%) DHCP
7 694 (5.16%) WAN
8 509 (3.79%) VPN
9 379 (2.82%) Internet
10 255 (1.90%) Wireless
11 230 (1.71%) NAS
12 225 (1.67%) VoIP
13 194 (1.44%) LDAP
14 183 (1.36%) HTTP
15 170 (1.27%) Network Security
16 156 (1.16%) VLAN
17 133 (0.99%) SSL
18 132 (0.98%) FTP
19 129 (0.96%) NetScaler
20 110 (0.82%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1920 (14.29%) SQL Server
2 559 (4.16%) SQL Server 2008
3 390 (2.90%) SQL Server 2005
4 340 (2.53%) Oracle Database
5 250 (1.86%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 242 (1.80%) Relational Database
7 222 (1.65%) MySQL
8 205 (1.53%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 159 (1.18%) SQL Server 2012
10 127 (0.95%) Oracle Database 11g
11 118 (0.88%) Data Warehouse
12 110 (0.82%) SQL Server 2000
13 105 (0.78%) RDBMS
14 92 (0.68%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 89 (0.66%) Oracle Database 10g
16 83 (0.62%) DTS
17 75 (0.56%) DB2
18 63 (0.47%) PostgreSQL
18 63 (0.47%) Oracle Reports
19 53 (0.39%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 402 (2.99%) Visual Studio
2 276 (2.05%) Team Foundation Server
3 255 (1.90%) MSI
4 190 (1.41%) Git (software)
5 172 (1.28%) Subversion
6 137 (1.02%) TeamCity
7 114 (0.85%) JIRA
8 94 (0.70%) Maven
9 87 (0.65%) Jenkins
10 75 (0.56%) Selenium
11 71 (0.53%) QuickTest Pro
12 69 (0.51%) InstallShield
13 66 (0.49%) NUnit
14 61 (0.45%) Wise Package Studio
15 56 (0.42%) MSBuild
16 55 (0.41%) Eclipse
16 55 (0.41%) LoadRunner
17 49 (0.36%) Ant
18 44 (0.33%) JUnit
19 43 (0.32%) AdminStudio
General
1 1841 (13.70%) Finance
2 902 (6.71%) Banking
3 357 (2.66%) Telecoms
4 317 (2.36%) Investment Banking
5 253 (1.88%) Retail
6 239 (1.78%) Legal
7 201 (1.50%) Law
8 187 (1.39%) Front Office
9 169 (1.26%) Back Office
10 151 (1.12%) Financial Institution
11 122 (0.91%) Marketing
12 117 (0.87%) Manufacturing
13 87 (0.65%) Advertising
13 87 (0.65%) Publishing
14 75 (0.56%) French Language
15 63 (0.47%) Local Government
16 46 (0.34%) Military
17 44 (0.33%) Pharmaceutical
18 32 (0.24%) Games
19 31 (0.23%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 2433 (18.11%) Analyst
2 1407 (10.47%) Developer
3 1277 (9.50%) Support Engineer
4 977 (7.27%) Support Analyst
5 820 (6.10%) Desktop Support
6 780 (5.80%) 2nd Line Support
7 653 (4.86%) Consultant
8 644 (4.79%) Service Analyst
9 622 (4.63%) Service Desk Analyst
10 603 (4.49%) Architect
11 559 (4.16%) Administrator
12 551 (4.10%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 496 (3.69%) Desktop Engineer
14 493 (3.67%) 1st Line Support
15 402 (2.99%) Project Manager
16 387 (2.88%) 3rd Line Support
17 345 (2.57%) .NET Developer
18 308 (2.29%) IT Support
19 281 (2.09%) Applications Support
20 280 (2.08%) Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1335 (9.93%) .NET
2 625 (4.65%) ASP.NET
3 601 (4.47%) HTML
4 558 (4.15%) XML
5 514 (3.82%) Web Services
6 396 (2.95%) CSS
7 347 (2.58%) WCF
8 313 (2.33%) .NET Framework
9 293 (2.18%) Application Packaging
10 246 (1.83%) jQuery
11 211 (1.57%) Middleware
12 180 (1.34%) WPF
12 180 (1.34%) HTML5
13 170 (1.27%) ASP.NET MVC
14 140 (1.04%) XSLT
15 137 (1.02%) SOAP
16 135 (1.00%) WinForms
17 122 (0.91%) Ajax
18 118 (0.88%) J2EE
19 106 (0.79%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 883 (6.57%) Blackberry
2 446 (3.32%) Clustering
3 316 (2.35%) Management Information System
4 205 (1.53%) Replication
5 192 (1.43%) Thin Client
5 192 (1.43%) Fat Client
6 182 (1.35%) NHS
7 181 (1.35%) Computer Science
8 177 (1.32%) iPhone
9 129 (0.96%) Mainframe
10 127 (0.95%) Mobile App
11 123 (0.92%) PKI
12 118 (0.88%) Client/Server
13 111 (0.83%) iPad
14 109 (0.81%) Open Source
15 107 (0.80%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
16 103 (0.77%) Enterprise Software
17 102 (0.76%) Fixed Income
18 99 (0.74%) Hedge funds
19 93 (0.69%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 4288 (31.91%) Windows 7
2 3052 (22.71%) Windows Server 2008
3 2489 (18.52%) Windows XP
4 2182 (16.24%) Windows Server 2003
5 2025 (15.07%) Linux
6 1522 (11.33%) UNIX
7 1087 (8.09%) Windows Server 2012
8 663 (4.93%) Windows 8
9 373 (2.78%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 361 (2.69%) Solaris
11 305 (2.27%) Windows Vista
12 274 (2.04%) Android
13 262 (1.95%) Windows 2000
14 254 (1.89%) Apple iOS
15 213 (1.59%) AIX
16 152 (1.13%) Mac OS X
17 116 (0.86%) Windows 2000 Server
18 104 (0.77%) Windows Phone
19 84 (0.63%) Windows Mobile
19 84 (0.63%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2110 (15.70%) ITIL
2 1323 (9.85%) Migration
3 551 (4.10%) Project Management
4 491 (3.65%) Agile Software Development
5 454 (3.38%) Service Management
6 410 (3.05%) Incident Management
7 404 (3.01%) Change Management
8 395 (2.94%) Disaster Recovery
9 370 (2.75%) Service Delivery
10 331 (2.46%) PRINCE2
10 331 (2.46%) Workflow
11 329 (2.45%) Configuration Management
12 328 (2.44%) MVC
13 316 (2.35%) Scrum
14 266 (1.98%) TDD
15 260 (1.93%) Stakeholder Management
16 250 (1.86%) OO
17 241 (1.79%) Software Engineering
18 238 (1.77%) Continuous Integration
19 237 (1.76%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 2150 (16.00%) SQL
2 1076 (8.01%) C#
3 911 (6.78%) PowerShell
4 637 (4.74%) Java
5 595 (4.43%) JavaScript
6 368 (2.74%) VB
7 365 (2.72%) Perl
8 364 (2.71%) C++
9 341 (2.54%) T-SQL
10 332 (2.47%) C
11 324 (2.41%) VBScript
12 298 (2.22%) Python
13 242 (1.80%) Shell Script
14 185 (1.38%) VB.NET
15 147 (1.09%) PL/SQL
16 133 (0.99%) Ruby
17 129 (0.96%) Bash Shell
18 125 (0.93%) PHP
19 104 (0.77%) VBA
20 61 (0.45%) VB6
Qualifications
1 1453 (10.81%) Security Cleared
2 1000 (7.44%) SC Cleared
3 973 (7.24%) Microsoft Certification
4 559 (4.16%) MCSE
5 511 (3.80%) Degree
6 369 (2.75%) DV Cleared
7 335 (2.49%) MCP
8 276 (2.05%) MCITP
9 273 (2.03%) Cisco Certification
10 213 (1.59%) CCNA
11 191 (1.42%) ITIL Certification
12 166 (1.24%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 161 (1.20%) MCSA
14 132 (0.98%) MCTS
15 120 (0.89%) CISSP
16 110 (0.82%) CCNP
17 107 (0.80%) ISTQB
18 99 (0.74%) ISEB
19 80 (0.60%) Citrix Certification
20 69 (0.51%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 558 (4.15%) SLA
2 285 (2.12%) QA
3 78 (0.58%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 70 (0.52%) ISO 9001
5 67 (0.50%) PCI DSS
6 46 (0.34%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 10 (0.074%) Data Quality
8 9 (0.067%) COBIT
9 8 (0.060%) ISO/IEC 17799
9 8 (0.060%) Basel III
10 7 (0.052%) TickIT
10 7 (0.052%) JSP 440
11 6 (0.045%) BS15000
12 5 (0.037%) BS7799
12 5 (0.037%) HL7
13 4 (0.030%) Dodd-Frank
14 3 (0.022%) Solvency II
14 3 (0.022%) ISO 9000
14 3 (0.022%) ISO 14001
15 2 (0.015%) JTAG
System Software
1 4613 (34.33%) Active Directory
2 1379 (10.26%) VMware Infrastructure
3 713 (5.31%) XenApp
4 642 (4.78%) Hyper-V
5 523 (3.89%) vSphere
6 445 (3.31%) Microsoft App-V
7 333 (2.48%) VMware ESX
8 310 (2.31%) XenDesktop
9 199 (1.48%) XenServer
10 178 (1.32%) VMware ESXi
11 118 (0.88%) Terminal Services
12 91 (0.68%) NFS
13 86 (0.64%) Oracle RAC
14 65 (0.48%) VMware Server
15 64 (0.48%) Xen
16 63 (0.47%) Citrix Presentation Server
17 59 (0.44%) ISA Server
18 56 (0.42%) vCloud
19 46 (0.34%) Oracle RMAN
20 38 (0.28%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 1369 (10.19%) SCCM
2 384 (2.86%) SCOM
3 194 (1.44%) Backup Exec
4 178 (1.32%) WSUS
5 151 (1.12%) HP Quality Center
6 150 (1.12%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 146 (1.09%) Puppet
8 139 (1.03%) Tivoli
9 132 (0.98%) NetBackup
10 109 (0.81%) Opscode Chef
11 87 (0.65%) McAfee ePO
12 82 (0.61%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 78 (0.58%) Norton AntiVirus
14 63 (0.47%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
15 62 (0.46%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
16 60 (0.45%) HP SIM
17 59 (0.44%) Data Guard
18 51 (0.38%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
18 51 (0.38%) Tivoli Storage Manager
18 51 (0.38%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 4667 (34.73%) Microsoft
2 2676 (19.91%) VMware
3 2199 (16.36%) Citrix
4 1256 (9.35%) Oracle
5 1195 (8.89%) Cisco
6 1140 (8.48%) HP
7 427 (3.18%) IBM
8 376 (2.80%) Symantec
9 375 (2.79%) Red Hat
10 360 (2.68%) NetApp
11 341 (2.54%) EMC
12 310 (2.31%) Dell
13 274 (2.04%) Lotus
14 234 (1.74%) McAfee
14 234 (1.74%) Apple
15 230 (1.71%) Remedy
16 227 (1.69%) CheckPoint
17 221 (1.64%) AppSense
18 168 (1.25%) Sybase
19 152 (1.13%) SAP
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