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 22 December 2014 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
22 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Windows
Rank 6 5 5
Rank change year-on-year
-1 0
Contract jobs citing Windows 6756 6762 6079
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 13.55% 14.34% 13.58%
As % of the Operating Systems category 57.98% 63.18% 60.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 3762 3554 2933
Average daily rate
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£338 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.84% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £145 £140 £155
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £300 £313
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 891 877 928
Average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -9.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.50 £30.50 £33.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.75 £14.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+1.72% -9.37%
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
11652 10703 10040
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 23.37% 22.70% 22.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 7005 6086 5366
Average daily rate £363 £355 £360
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.11% -1.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £155 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £518 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.00% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 992 980 1061
Average hourly rate £16.00 £15.75 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.58% -10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.40 £33.50 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £15.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -11.76%

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 22 December 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 22 December 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 22 December 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 2672 £375 - 656
South East -1 1600 £325 - 441
East of England -1 511 £275 -1.78% 153
South West -3 478 £325 +24.21% 156
North West 0 453 £325 +10.26% 161
West Midlands +1 372 £275 -5.17% 130
Yorkshire +2 293 £295 +7.27% 118
East Midlands -1 235 £273 +36.25% 61
North East -2 123 £310 +26.53% 15
Midlands +7 10 £400 +33.33% 4
Windows
UK

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 22 December 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 4817 (35.45%) Active Directory
2 4742 (34.90%) Microsoft
3 3912 (28.79%) Windows 7
4 3153 (23.20%) Windows Server 2008
5 3083 (22.69%) VMware
6 2364 (17.40%) MS Office
7 2315 (17.04%) SQL
8 2176 (16.01%) ITIL
9 2174 (16.00%) Windows Server 2003
10 2161 (15.90%) Linux
11 2104 (15.48%) Citrix
12 2067 (15.21%) Windows XP
13 2031 (14.95%) MS Excel
14 1851 (13.62%) Finance
15 1826 (13.44%) MS Exchange
16 1734 (12.76%) SQL Server
17 1692 (12.45%) Security Cleared
18 1618 (11.91%) VMware Infrastructure
19 1477 (10.87%) UNIX
20 1448 (10.66%) Windows Server 2012
21 1422 (10.47%) Migration
22 1372 (10.10%) DNS
23 1330 (9.79%) SCCM
24 1283 (9.44%) Cisco
25 1275 (9.38%) Oracle
26 1228 (9.04%) HP
27 1169 (8.60%) .NET
28 1148 (8.45%) Firewall
29 1128 (8.30%) SC Cleared
30 1114 (8.20%) SAN

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 22 December 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 1826 (13.44%) MS Exchange
2 904 (6.65%) SharePoint
3 842 (6.20%) Exchange Server 2010
4 815 (6.00%) IIS
5 441 (3.25%) Exchange Server 2007
6 424 (3.12%) Lync
7 413 (3.04%) Exchange Server 2003
8 324 (2.38%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 306 (2.25%) Apache
10 246 (1.81%) Exchange Server 2013
11 244 (1.80%) IBM Notes
12 227 (1.67%) Tomcat
13 193 (1.42%) WebSphere
14 162 (1.19%) WebLogic
15 152 (1.12%) BizTalk Server
16 118 (0.87%) SharePoint 2010
17 117 (0.86%) JBoss
18 97 (0.71%) SharePoint 2013
19 70 (0.52%) OpenStack
20 68 (0.50%) CMS
Applications
1 2364 (17.40%) MS Office
2 2031 (14.95%) MS Excel
3 161 (1.18%) MS PowerPoint
4 132 (0.97%) MS Visio
5 122 (0.90%) MS Project
6 50 (0.37%) Spreadsheet
7 24 (0.18%) Photoshop
8 23 (0.17%) Acrobat
9 17 (0.13%) AutoCAD
9 17 (0.13%) Adobe Illustrator
10 14 (0.10%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 9 (0.066%) PaintShop Pro
12 8 (0.059%) Adobe Captivate
13 7 (0.052%) InDesign
14 6 (0.044%) MicroStation
15 5 (0.037%) Final Cut Pro
15 5 (0.037%) Mingle
15 5 (0.037%) InfoPath
16 4 (0.029%) Maya
17 3 (0.022%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 109 (0.80%) Dynamics CRM
2 60 (0.44%) Remedy ITSM
2 60 (0.44%) Oracle EBS
3 25 (0.18%) assyst
4 20 (0.15%) Markit EDM
5 19 (0.14%) Eikon
6 18 (0.13%) Dynamics AX
7 17 (0.13%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 14 (0.10%) Dynamics NAV
9 13 (0.096%) Remedy AR System
9 13 (0.096%) Oracle BPM
10 11 (0.081%) Oracle EBS R12
10 11 (0.081%) ResourceLink
10 11 (0.081%) RMDS
10 11 (0.081%) Oracle Applications
11 9 (0.066%) Summit
11 9 (0.066%) Oracle Financials
11 9 (0.066%) Agresso
11 9 (0.066%) ION MarketView
12 8 (0.059%) BusinessWorks
Cloud Services
1 316 (2.33%) Microsoft Azure
2 301 (2.22%) Office 365
3 179 (1.32%) Amazon AWS
4 59 (0.43%) Google Apps
5 55 (0.40%) SaaS
6 37 (0.27%) IaaS
7 31 (0.23%) PaaS
7 31 (0.23%) Cloud Computing
7 31 (0.23%) Amazon EC2
8 27 (0.20%) GitHub
9 26 (0.19%) Amazon S3
10 8 (0.059%) Heroku
10 8 (0.059%) Amazon ELB
11 6 (0.044%) Route 53
12 5 (0.037%) OpenShift
12 5 (0.037%) IBM SmartCloud
12 5 (0.037%) SoftLayer
13 4 (0.029%) Google Cloud Platform
13 4 (0.029%) Engine Yard
13 4 (0.029%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 1372 (10.10%) DNS
2 1148 (8.45%) Firewall
3 1114 (8.20%) SAN
4 1041 (7.66%) TCP/IP
5 920 (6.77%) DHCP
6 834 (6.14%) LAN
7 806 (5.93%) WAN
8 581 (4.28%) VPN
9 424 (3.12%) Internet
10 304 (2.24%) NAS
11 294 (2.16%) VoIP
12 236 (1.74%) VLAN
13 225 (1.66%) Wireless
14 205 (1.51%) SSL
15 198 (1.46%) Network Security
16 191 (1.41%) FTP
17 178 (1.31%) LDAP
18 171 (1.26%) HTTP
19 158 (1.16%) MPLS
20 154 (1.13%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1734 (12.76%) SQL Server
2 461 (3.39%) SQL Server 2008
3 307 (2.26%) Oracle Database
4 288 (2.12%) MySQL
5 286 (2.10%) SQL Server 2005
6 233 (1.71%) Relational Database
7 191 (1.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 186 (1.37%) SQL Server 2012
9 165 (1.21%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 117 (0.86%) DB2
11 113 (0.83%) RDBMS
12 95 (0.70%) SQL Server 2000
13 93 (0.68%) NoSQL
14 91 (0.67%) Oracle Database 11g
15 89 (0.65%) Data Warehouse
16 86 (0.63%) MongoDB
17 84 (0.62%) SQL Server Analysis Services
18 79 (0.58%) Oracle Reports
19 78 (0.57%) MS Access
20 63 (0.46%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 281 (2.07%) Visual Studio
2 246 (1.81%) Subversion
3 229 (1.69%) MSI
4 228 (1.68%) Team Foundation Server
5 163 (1.20%) JIRA
6 157 (1.16%) Jenkins
7 154 (1.13%) Git (software)
8 125 (0.92%) Maven
9 102 (0.75%) Selenium
10 94 (0.69%) TeamCity
11 82 (0.60%) Ant
12 81 (0.60%) Eclipse
12 81 (0.60%) NUnit
13 51 (0.38%) VSS/SourceSafe
14 50 (0.37%) JUnit
15 49 (0.36%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 47 (0.35%) Hudson
17 45 (0.33%) Cucumber
18 41 (0.30%) ClearCase
19 38 (0.28%) StarTeam
General
1 1851 (13.62%) Finance
2 888 (6.54%) Banking
3 392 (2.88%) Telecoms
4 324 (2.38%) Investment Banking
5 269 (1.98%) Retail
6 236 (1.74%) Legal
7 207 (1.52%) Law
8 151 (1.11%) Front Office
9 138 (1.02%) Manufacturing
10 135 (0.99%) Back Office
11 103 (0.76%) Financial Institution
12 99 (0.73%) Marketing
13 95 (0.70%) Advertising
14 88 (0.65%) Publishing
15 69 (0.51%) Games
16 61 (0.45%) Military
17 46 (0.34%) Local Government
18 42 (0.31%) French Language
19 40 (0.29%) Electronics
20 37 (0.27%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 2641 (19.44%) Analyst
2 1287 (9.47%) Support Engineer
3 1263 (9.29%) Developer
4 1035 (7.62%) Support Analyst
5 828 (6.09%) Desktop Support
6 777 (5.72%) 2nd Line Support
7 772 (5.68%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 737 (5.42%) Service Analyst
9 721 (5.31%) Service Desk Analyst
10 685 (5.04%) Architect
11 647 (4.76%) Consultant
12 525 (3.86%) Administrator
12 525 (3.86%) Desktop Engineer
13 439 (3.23%) 1st Line Support
14 419 (3.08%) 3rd Line Support
15 373 (2.75%) IT Support
16 350 (2.58%) Project Manager
17 348 (2.56%) Desktop Support Engineer
18 322 (2.37%) Server Engineer
19 278 (2.05%) Applications Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1169 (8.60%) .NET
2 564 (4.15%) HTML
3 539 (3.97%) Web Services
4 479 (3.53%) XML
5 390 (2.87%) ASP.NET
6 341 (2.51%) CSS
7 278 (2.05%) Middleware
8 254 (1.87%) WCF
9 228 (1.68%) .NET Framework
10 194 (1.43%) Application Packaging
11 188 (1.38%) jQuery
12 181 (1.33%) HTML5
13 125 (0.92%) J2EE
14 119 (0.88%) WPF
15 118 (0.87%) SOAP
16 115 (0.85%) WinForms
17 100 (0.74%) JSP
18 98 (0.72%) Ajax
19 94 (0.69%) XSLT
20 93 (0.68%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 871 (6.41%) Blackberry
2 781 (5.75%) Analytical Skills
3 509 (3.75%) Clustering
4 268 (1.97%) Management Information System
5 243 (1.79%) Replication
6 187 (1.38%) NHS
6 187 (1.38%) Computer Science
7 185 (1.36%) PKI
8 171 (1.26%) Thin Client
8 171 (1.26%) Fat Client
9 156 (1.15%) iPhone
10 151 (1.11%) Mobile App
11 143 (1.05%) Client/Server
12 141 (1.04%) iPad
13 140 (1.03%) Open Source
14 111 (0.82%) Enterprise Software
15 95 (0.70%) Derivative
16 91 (0.67%) Fixed Income
17 90 (0.66%) Video Conferencing
18 80 (0.59%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 3912 (28.79%) Windows 7
2 3153 (23.20%) Windows Server 2008
3 2174 (16.00%) Windows Server 2003
4 2161 (15.90%) Linux
5 2067 (15.21%) Windows XP
6 1477 (10.87%) UNIX
7 1448 (10.66%) Windows Server 2012
8 646 (4.75%) Windows 8
9 413 (3.04%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 375 (2.76%) Android
11 354 (2.61%) Solaris
12 331 (2.44%) Apple iOS
13 293 (2.16%) Windows Vista
14 256 (1.88%) AIX
15 199 (1.46%) Mac OS X
16 192 (1.41%) Windows 2000
17 143 (1.05%) Windows Phone
18 122 (0.90%) Windows 2000 Server
19 109 (0.80%) CentOS
20 103 (0.76%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 2176 (16.01%) ITIL
2 1422 (10.47%) Migration
3 826 (6.08%) Agile Software Development
4 510 (3.75%) Project Management
5 462 (3.40%) Service Delivery
6 456 (3.36%) Service Management
7 445 (3.27%) Incident Management
8 427 (3.14%) Change Management
9 395 (2.91%) Configuration Management
10 367 (2.70%) Disaster Recovery
11 300 (2.21%) DevOps
12 289 (2.13%) Scrum
13 282 (2.08%) MVC
14 280 (2.06%) TDD
15 268 (1.97%) PRINCE2
16 257 (1.89%) OO
17 249 (1.83%) Performance Tuning
18 246 (1.81%) E-Commerce
19 240 (1.77%) Stakeholder Management
20 239 (1.76%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 2315 (17.04%) SQL
2 995 (7.32%) C#
2 995 (7.32%) PowerShell
3 779 (5.73%) Java
4 556 (4.09%) JavaScript
5 426 (3.14%) C++
6 366 (2.69%) Perl
7 355 (2.61%) Python
8 341 (2.51%) VBScript
9 339 (2.49%) VB
10 291 (2.14%) Shell Script
11 284 (2.09%) C
12 223 (1.64%) T-SQL
13 163 (1.20%) Bash Shell
14 155 (1.14%) Ruby
15 153 (1.13%) PHP
16 144 (1.06%) PL/SQL
17 114 (0.84%) VB.NET
18 110 (0.81%) VBA
19 75 (0.55%) Korn
Qualifications
1 1692 (12.45%) Security Cleared
2 1128 (8.30%) SC Cleared
3 1080 (7.95%) Microsoft Certification
4 636 (4.68%) MCSE
5 518 (3.81%) Degree
6 476 (3.50%) DV Cleared
7 329 (2.42%) MCP
8 314 (2.31%) Cisco Certification
9 272 (2.00%) MCITP
10 258 (1.90%) CCNA
11 188 (1.38%) MCSA
12 179 (1.32%) ITIL Certification
13 156 (1.15%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 120 (0.88%) CISSP
15 114 (0.84%) MCTS
16 98 (0.72%) ISEB
17 96 (0.71%) CCNP
18 93 (0.68%) A+ Certification
19 88 (0.65%) Citrix Certification
20 67 (0.49%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 645 (4.75%) SLA
2 246 (1.81%) QA
3 72 (0.53%) PCI DSS
4 52 (0.38%) ISO 9001
5 50 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 41 (0.30%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 20 (0.15%) JSP 440
8 14 (0.10%) COBIT
9 9 (0.066%) Data Quality
9 9 (0.066%) BS15000
10 8 (0.059%) Dodd-Frank
11 7 (0.052%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 6 (0.044%) GPG13
13 5 (0.037%) HIPAA
13 5 (0.037%) Basel III
14 4 (0.029%) ISO 14001
15 3 (0.022%) WAI
15 3 (0.022%) TickIT
15 3 (0.022%) BS7799
15 3 (0.022%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 4817 (35.45%) Active Directory
2 1618 (11.91%) VMware Infrastructure
3 731 (5.38%) Hyper-V
4 664 (4.89%) XenApp
5 619 (4.56%) vSphere
6 393 (2.89%) VMware ESX
7 323 (2.38%) XenDesktop
8 305 (2.24%) Microsoft App-V
9 219 (1.61%) VMware ESXi
10 176 (1.30%) XenServer
11 148 (1.09%) Terminal Services
12 100 (0.74%) NFS
13 81 (0.60%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 75 (0.55%) vCloud
15 74 (0.54%) ISA Server
16 70 (0.52%) Firmware
16 70 (0.52%) Xen
17 67 (0.49%) VMware Server
18 49 (0.36%) Oracle RAC
18 49 (0.36%) UAG
Systems Management
1 1330 (9.79%) SCCM
2 507 (3.73%) SCOM
3 207 (1.52%) Backup Exec
4 196 (1.44%) NetBackup
5 195 (1.44%) Puppet
6 153 (1.13%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 143 (1.05%) WSUS
8 134 (0.99%) Opscode Chef
9 131 (0.96%) Tivoli
10 107 (0.79%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 100 (0.74%) Norton AntiVirus
12 97 (0.71%) HP SIM
13 94 (0.69%) HP Quality Center
14 80 (0.59%) Nagios
15 74 (0.54%) McAfee ePO
16 67 (0.49%) Control-M
17 66 (0.49%) SCOrch
18 59 (0.43%) Tivoli Storage Manager
19 57 (0.42%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
20 52 (0.38%) Nessus
Vendors
1 4742 (34.90%) Microsoft
2 3083 (22.69%) VMware
3 2104 (15.48%) Citrix
4 1283 (9.44%) Cisco
5 1275 (9.38%) Oracle
6 1228 (9.04%) HP
7 478 (3.52%) Red Hat
8 474 (3.49%) IBM
9 461 (3.39%) NetApp
10 425 (3.13%) Symantec
11 349 (2.57%) EMC
12 342 (2.52%) Dell
13 269 (1.98%) Lotus
14 263 (1.94%) Apple
14 263 (1.94%) McAfee
15 259 (1.91%) Remedy
16 231 (1.70%) CheckPoint
17 179 (1.32%) SAP
18 165 (1.21%) Juniper
19 159 (1.17%) AppSense
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