The table below looks at the statistics 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 31 July 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Windows
Rank 6 6 5
Rank change year-on-year
0 -1
Contract jobs citing Windows 6378 6667 6338
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 12.38% 13.51% 13.61%
As % of the Operating Systems category 57.35% 59.24% 60.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 3641 3549 3227
Average daily rate
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£348 £320 £337
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.59% -4.90%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £150 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £320
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 775 892 853
Average hourly rate £16.16 £15.00 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.73% -6.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £25.55 £34.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -3.22%
Windows
UK

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Operating Systems category in contract jobs advertised in the England region.

Operating Systems Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Operating Systems category
11122 11255 10462
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 21.59% 22.80% 22.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 6671 6495 5835
Average daily rate £375 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £168 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £528 £518 £505
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+12.00% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 867 963 981
Average hourly rate £17.00 £15.00 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.33% -11.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £28.50 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £15.00 £16.23
% change year-on-year
+10.00% -7.55%

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 31 July 2015.

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 31 July 2015.

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 31 July 2015. 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 2591 £374 +6.85% 661
South East -1 1422 £350 +11.11% 449
East of England -1 489 £300 +18.81% 156
North West -3 465 £300 +3.44% 196
South West -1 425 £325 +14.03% 163
Yorkshire -2 381 £325 +23.22% 129
West Midlands -5 256 £325 +8.33% 150
East Midlands -2 202 £304 -4.33% 84
North East -4 114 £275 +8.91% 17
Midlands +7 13 £244 -45.83% 2
South Coast +2 2 - -
Windows
UK

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, 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 4685 (35.89%) Active Directory
2 4491 (34.41%) Microsoft
3 3415 (26.16%) VMware
4 3226 (24.72%) Windows 7
5 2957 (22.66%) Windows Server 2008
6 2492 (19.09%) Linux
7 2363 (18.10%) SQL
8 2153 (16.50%) ITIL
9 2054 (15.74%) SQL Server
10 2030 (15.55%) Windows Server 2012
11 1968 (15.08%) Citrix
12 1934 (14.82%) Windows Server 2003
13 1927 (14.76%) MS Office
14 1865 (14.29%) Finance
15 1746 (13.38%) VMware Infrastructure
16 1726 (13.22%) MS Excel
17 1639 (12.56%) MS Exchange
18 1592 (12.20%) Security Cleared
19 1538 (11.78%) Migration
20 1423 (10.90%) UNIX
21 1351 (10.35%) Oracle
22 1328 (10.17%) Windows XP
23 1321 (10.12%) Cisco
24 1260 (9.65%) SCCM
25 1243 (9.52%) DNS
26 1194 (9.15%) PowerShell
27 1176 (9.01%) SAN
28 1168 (8.95%) .NET
29 1135 (8.70%) Firewall
30 1062 (8.14%) HP

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, 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 1639 (12.56%) MS Exchange
2 963 (7.38%) IIS
3 801 (6.14%) Exchange Server 2010
4 788 (6.04%) SharePoint
5 467 (3.58%) Lync
6 333 (2.55%) Exchange Server 2007
7 329 (2.52%) Exchange Server 2013
8 254 (1.95%) Apache
9 246 (1.88%) WebSphere
10 235 (1.80%) Tomcat
11 233 (1.79%) Exchange Server 2003
12 227 (1.74%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 160 (1.23%) WebLogic
14 148 (1.13%) JBoss
15 141 (1.08%) BizTalk Server
16 140 (1.07%) IBM Notes
17 124 (0.95%) SharePoint 2010
18 96 (0.74%) SharePoint 2013
19 79 (0.61%) CMS
20 78 (0.60%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 1927 (14.76%) MS Office
2 1726 (13.22%) MS Excel
3 168 (1.29%) MS Visio
4 137 (1.05%) MS PowerPoint
5 118 (0.90%) MS Project
6 45 (0.34%) Spreadsheet
7 22 (0.17%) Photoshop
8 17 (0.13%) PaintShop Pro
9 12 (0.092%) Adobe Illustrator
10 11 (0.084%) InfoPath
10 11 (0.084%) Acrobat
10 11 (0.084%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 8 (0.061%) Doxygen
12 7 (0.054%) Maya
13 6 (0.046%) InDesign
13 6 (0.046%) AutoCAD
13 6 (0.046%) PowerPivot
14 3 (0.023%) Vectorworks
15 2 (0.015%) OmniGraffle
15 2 (0.015%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 101 (0.77%) Dynamics CRM
2 55 (0.42%) Remedy ITSM
3 25 (0.19%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 20 (0.15%) Oracle EBS
5 19 (0.15%) Oracle Applications
5 19 (0.15%) Dynamics AX
6 18 (0.14%) RMDS
7 17 (0.13%) ION MarketView
8 16 (0.12%) Oracle BPM
9 13 (0.100%) Maximo
10 11 (0.084%) SAP CRM
11 10 (0.077%) BusinessWorks
12 8 (0.061%) Agresso
12 8 (0.061%) Oracle EBS R12
12 8 (0.061%) Oracle Payables
13 7 (0.054%) Primavera
14 6 (0.046%) Eikon
15 5 (0.038%) Adobe Campaign
15 5 (0.038%) Oracle Receivables
15 5 (0.038%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 560 (4.29%) Office 365
2 373 (2.86%) Microsoft Azure
3 351 (2.69%) Amazon AWS
4 82 (0.63%) SaaS
5 72 (0.55%) IaaS
6 60 (0.46%) PaaS
7 50 (0.38%) Amazon EC2
8 48 (0.37%) Cloud Computing
8 48 (0.37%) Google Apps
9 26 (0.20%) GitHub
10 22 (0.17%) AWS CloudFormation
10 22 (0.17%) Google Analytics
11 21 (0.16%) Google Cloud Platform
11 21 (0.16%) Yammer
12 20 (0.15%) Amazon S3
13 17 (0.13%) Heroku
14 14 (0.11%) OneDrive
15 13 (0.100%) Mimecast
15 13 (0.100%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 13 (0.100%) Amazon CloudWatch
Communications & Networking
1 1243 (9.52%) DNS
2 1176 (9.01%) SAN
3 1135 (8.70%) Firewall
4 886 (6.79%) TCP/IP
5 865 (6.63%) LAN
6 835 (6.40%) WAN
7 832 (6.37%) DHCP
8 507 (3.88%) VPN
9 432 (3.31%) Internet
10 376 (2.88%) NAS
11 266 (2.04%) Wireless
12 255 (1.95%) VLAN
13 232 (1.78%) VoIP
14 231 (1.77%) Network Security
15 226 (1.73%) SSL
16 187 (1.43%) HTTP
17 184 (1.41%) MPLS
18 180 (1.38%) LDAP
19 132 (1.01%) Cisco ASA
20 129 (0.99%) Fibre Channel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2054 (15.74%) SQL Server
2 385 (2.95%) SQL Server 2008
3 373 (2.86%) Oracle Database
4 286 (2.19%) Relational Database
5 280 (2.15%) MySQL
6 273 (2.09%) SQL Server 2012
7 245 (1.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 222 (1.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 206 (1.58%) SQL Server 2005
10 149 (1.14%) Oracle Database 11g
11 125 (0.96%) RDBMS
12 121 (0.93%) DB2
13 111 (0.85%) Data Warehouse
14 106 (0.81%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 103 (0.79%) MongoDB
16 92 (0.70%) PostgreSQL
17 80 (0.61%) Oracle Reports
18 73 (0.56%) Hadoop
19 72 (0.55%) Big Data
20 62 (0.48%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 310 (2.38%) Visual Studio
2 273 (2.09%) Subversion
3 269 (2.06%) Git (software)
4 263 (2.02%) Jenkins
5 254 (1.95%) Team Foundation Server
6 221 (1.69%) JIRA
7 152 (1.16%) MSI
8 123 (0.94%) Ant
9 112 (0.86%) TeamCity
10 108 (0.83%) Maven
11 92 (0.70%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 83 (0.64%) Eclipse
13 77 (0.59%) Selenium
14 67 (0.51%) MSBuild
15 66 (0.51%) NUnit
16 63 (0.48%) Cucumber
17 55 (0.42%) Gradle
18 49 (0.38%) Mercurial
19 44 (0.34%) SoapUI
20 43 (0.33%) ClearCase
General
1 1865 (14.29%) Finance
2 689 (5.28%) Banking
3 312 (2.39%) Retail
4 279 (2.14%) Telecoms
5 236 (1.81%) Law
6 224 (1.72%) Legal
7 205 (1.57%) Investment Banking
8 151 (1.16%) Manufacturing
9 143 (1.10%) Front Office
9 143 (1.10%) Back Office
10 137 (1.05%) Marketing
11 119 (0.91%) Financial Institution
12 83 (0.64%) Publishing
13 53 (0.41%) French Language
14 52 (0.40%) Advertising
15 50 (0.38%) Electronics
16 49 (0.38%) Local Government
17 43 (0.33%) Military
18 41 (0.31%) Games
19 38 (0.29%) German Language
Job Titles
1 2259 (17.31%) Analyst
2 1173 (8.99%) Developer
3 1114 (8.54%) Support Engineer
4 893 (6.84%) Support Analyst
5 783 (6.00%) Architect
6 764 (5.85%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 752 (5.76%) Administrator
8 743 (5.69%) Desktop Support
9 730 (5.59%) 2nd Line Support
10 670 (5.13%) Service Analyst
11 647 (4.96%) Service Desk Analyst
12 611 (4.68%) Consultant
13 457 (3.50%) Desktop Engineer
14 445 (3.41%) 3rd Line Support
15 407 (3.12%) Project Manager
16 370 (2.83%) Systems Administrator
17 365 (2.80%) Server Engineer
18 361 (2.77%) 1st Line Support
19 321 (2.46%) Systems Engineer
20 314 (2.41%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1168 (8.95%) .NET
2 579 (4.44%) HTML
3 502 (3.85%) Web Services
4 469 (3.59%) XML
5 400 (3.06%) ASP.NET
6 354 (2.71%) CSS
7 279 (2.14%) Middleware
8 218 (1.67%) .NET Framework
9 198 (1.52%) jQuery
10 193 (1.48%) Application Packaging
11 187 (1.43%) HTML5
12 178 (1.36%) SOAP
13 171 (1.31%) WCF
14 168 (1.29%) J2EE
15 134 (1.03%) Ajax
16 133 (1.02%) WPF
17 112 (0.86%) AngularJS
18 103 (0.79%) ASP.NET MVC
19 100 (0.77%) JSON
20 83 (0.64%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 837 (6.41%) Data Centre
2 754 (5.78%) Analytical Skills
3 556 (4.26%) Blackberry
4 473 (3.62%) Clustering
5 270 (2.07%) Management Information System
6 219 (1.68%) Client/Server
7 197 (1.51%) Replication
8 196 (1.50%) NHS
9 173 (1.33%) iPhone
10 165 (1.26%) Computer Science
11 155 (1.19%) iPad
12 140 (1.07%) PKI
13 136 (1.04%) Thin Client
13 136 (1.04%) Fat Client
14 116 (0.89%) Mobile App
15 114 (0.87%) User Experience
16 106 (0.81%) Enterprise Software
17 96 (0.74%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
18 95 (0.73%) Fixed Income
19 92 (0.70%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 3226 (24.72%) Windows 7
2 2957 (22.66%) Windows Server 2008
3 2492 (19.09%) Linux
4 2030 (15.55%) Windows Server 2012
5 1934 (14.82%) Windows Server 2003
6 1423 (10.90%) UNIX
7 1328 (10.17%) Windows XP
8 705 (5.40%) Windows 8
9 457 (3.50%) Solaris
10 391 (3.00%) Android
11 381 (2.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 298 (2.28%) Apple iOS
13 270 (2.07%) AIX
14 196 (1.50%) Mac OS X
15 139 (1.06%) Windows 2000 Server
16 128 (0.98%) Windows 2000
17 124 (0.95%) Windows Vista
18 120 (0.92%) CentOS
19 117 (0.90%) Windows Phone
20 102 (0.78%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 2153 (16.50%) ITIL
2 1538 (11.78%) Migration
3 895 (6.86%) Agile Software Development
4 658 (5.04%) Project Management
5 506 (3.88%) Configuration Management
6 463 (3.55%) Change Management
7 434 (3.33%) Incident Management
8 431 (3.30%) Service Management
9 384 (2.94%) DevOps
10 358 (2.74%) Continuous Integration
11 356 (2.73%) Service Delivery
12 354 (2.71%) Disaster Recovery
13 329 (2.52%) PRINCE2
14 325 (2.49%) Scrum
15 318 (2.44%) SDLC
16 307 (2.35%) Stakeholder Management
17 289 (2.21%) Load Balancing
18 281 (2.15%) Problem Management
19 270 (2.07%) OO
20 268 (2.05%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 2363 (18.10%) SQL
2 1194 (9.15%) PowerShell
3 930 (7.13%) C#
4 827 (6.34%) Java
5 588 (4.51%) JavaScript
6 466 (3.57%) C++
7 459 (3.52%) Python
8 445 (3.41%) Perl
9 322 (2.47%) VB
10 321 (2.46%) VBScript
11 291 (2.23%) Shell Script
12 252 (1.93%) T-SQL
13 223 (1.71%) C
14 218 (1.67%) Bash Shell
15 139 (1.06%) PHP
16 132 (1.01%) Ruby
17 128 (0.98%) PL/SQL
18 111 (0.85%) VB.NET
19 88 (0.67%) VBA
20 66 (0.51%) Korn
Qualifications
1 1592 (12.20%) Security Cleared
2 1012 (7.75%) SC Cleared
3 950 (7.28%) Microsoft Certification
4 578 (4.43%) MCSE
5 479 (3.67%) Degree
6 404 (3.10%) DV Cleared
7 390 (2.99%) Cisco Certification
8 281 (2.15%) CCNA
9 255 (1.95%) MCP
10 245 (1.88%) MCITP
11 240 (1.84%) MCSA
12 198 (1.52%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 150 (1.15%) ITIL Certification
14 131 (1.00%) CCNP
15 94 (0.72%) CISSP
16 90 (0.69%) MCTS
17 88 (0.67%) Citrix Certification
18 72 (0.55%) ISEB
19 69 (0.53%) PMI Certification
20 65 (0.50%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 540 (4.14%) SLA
2 290 (2.22%) QA
3 91 (0.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 57 (0.44%) PCI DSS
5 40 (0.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 16 (0.12%) ISO 9001
7 15 (0.11%) COBIT
8 10 (0.077%) Data Quality
9 8 (0.061%) JSP 440
10 6 (0.046%) Dodd-Frank
11 4 (0.031%) P3O
11 4 (0.031%) COSO
11 4 (0.031%) HL7
11 4 (0.031%) DICOM
11 4 (0.031%) ISO 9000
12 3 (0.023%) GxP
12 3 (0.023%) 21 CFR Part 11
12 3 (0.023%) BS15000
13 2 (0.015%) ISO/IEC 14443
13 2 (0.015%) PMBOK
System Software
1 4685 (35.89%) Active Directory
2 1746 (13.38%) VMware Infrastructure
3 751 (5.75%) Hyper-V
4 684 (5.24%) XenApp
5 653 (5.00%) vSphere
6 357 (2.74%) VMware ESX
7 344 (2.64%) Microsoft App-V
8 293 (2.24%) VMware ESXi
9 265 (2.03%) XenDesktop
10 123 (0.94%) Terminal Services
11 107 (0.82%) XenServer
12 96 (0.74%) NFS
13 93 (0.71%) vCloud
14 82 (0.63%) Xen
15 67 (0.51%) VMware Server
16 53 (0.41%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 52 (0.40%) Samba
17 52 (0.40%) ISA Server
18 46 (0.35%) Citrix Presentation Server
19 45 (0.34%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 1260 (9.65%) SCCM
2 383 (2.93%) SCOM
3 329 (2.52%) Puppet
4 193 (1.48%) Opscode Chef
5 169 (1.29%) WSUS
6 141 (1.08%) Tivoli
7 135 (1.03%) Backup Exec
8 120 (0.92%) NetBackup
9 89 (0.68%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 88 (0.67%) BladeLogic
11 85 (0.65%) Nagios
12 80 (0.61%) AirWatch
13 71 (0.54%) Tivoli Storage Manager
14 58 (0.44%) SCOrch
15 57 (0.44%) Control-M
16 55 (0.42%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
16 55 (0.42%) Norton AntiVirus
16 55 (0.42%) Ansible
17 53 (0.41%) Vagrant
18 52 (0.40%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 4491 (34.41%) Microsoft
2 3415 (26.16%) VMware
3 1968 (15.08%) Citrix
4 1351 (10.35%) Oracle
5 1321 (10.12%) Cisco
6 1062 (8.14%) HP
7 483 (3.70%) NetApp
8 477 (3.65%) Red Hat
9 465 (3.56%) IBM
10 349 (2.67%) Symantec
11 340 (2.60%) Dell
12 328 (2.51%) EMC
13 276 (2.11%) CheckPoint
14 271 (2.08%) Apple
15 238 (1.82%) McAfee
16 215 (1.65%) Remedy
17 183 (1.40%) Juniper
18 172 (1.32%) F5
19 165 (1.26%) SAP
20 163 (1.25%) AppSense
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