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 March 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 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Windows
Rank 6 6 5
Rank change year-on-year
0 -1
Contract jobs citing Windows 6443 6463 5602
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 12.94% 13.31% 13.28%
As % of the Operating Systems category 58.71% 60.97% 62.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 3466 3261 2731
Average daily rate
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£347 £325 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.91% -3.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £135 £155
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £320 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 835 906 860
Average hourly rate £15.50 £16.00 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.12% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £10.65 £10.43
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.80 £31.50 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.80 £15.35 £15.00
% change year-on-year
-3.58% +2.33%
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
10974 10601 8914
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 22.04% 21.83% 21.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 6282 5903 4774
Average daily rate £375 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £160 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £319 £310
% change year-on-year
+6.45% +3.02%
Number of hourly rates quoted 926 1012 963
Average hourly rate £16.00 £16.40 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.43% -3.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £35.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £16.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
-6.25% -

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 March 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 March 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 March 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 2445 £375 - 743
South East -2 1609 £348 +15.83% 472
North West 0 500 £325 +18.18% 182
East of England +2 446 £273 -9.16% 166
South West 0 438 £300 -7.69% 189
West Midlands +1 352 £308 -0.80% 133
Yorkshire -3 316 £275 -0.90% 154
East Midlands 0 256 £300 +100.00% 87
North East -4 64 £303 +24.74% 29
Midlands -2 18 £400 - 1
Windows
UK

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 31 March 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 4578 (35.49%) Active Directory
2 4271 (33.11%) Microsoft
3 3392 (26.29%) Windows 7
4 3117 (24.16%) VMware
5 2962 (22.96%) Windows Server 2008
6 2257 (17.49%) Linux
7 2192 (16.99%) SQL
8 2058 (15.95%) ITIL
9 2031 (15.74%) MS Office
10 1948 (15.10%) Windows Server 2003
11 1887 (14.63%) Citrix
12 1792 (13.89%) SQL Server
13 1745 (13.53%) Security Cleared
14 1714 (13.29%) VMware Infrastructure
15 1707 (13.23%) Windows Server 2012
16 1689 (13.09%) MS Excel
17 1687 (13.08%) Finance
18 1648 (12.77%) MS Exchange
19 1607 (12.46%) Windows XP
20 1474 (11.43%) Migration
21 1437 (11.14%) UNIX
22 1291 (10.01%) Cisco
23 1273 (9.87%) Oracle
24 1270 (9.84%) SCCM
25 1157 (8.97%) DNS
26 1150 (8.91%) SC Cleared
27 1120 (8.68%) .NET
28 1114 (8.63%) Firewall
29 1087 (8.43%) HP
30 1033 (8.01%) SAN

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 31 March 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 1648 (12.77%) MS Exchange
2 880 (6.82%) IIS
3 756 (5.86%) SharePoint
4 740 (5.74%) Exchange Server 2010
5 391 (3.03%) Lync
6 341 (2.64%) Exchange Server 2007
7 313 (2.43%) Exchange Server 2003
8 285 (2.21%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 276 (2.14%) Apache
10 254 (1.97%) Exchange Server 2013
11 224 (1.74%) WebSphere
12 214 (1.66%) Tomcat
13 207 (1.60%) IBM Notes
14 185 (1.43%) WebLogic
15 145 (1.12%) BizTalk Server
16 116 (0.90%) JBoss
17 102 (0.79%) SharePoint 2010
18 91 (0.71%) OpenStack
19 81 (0.63%) CMS
20 78 (0.60%) Confluence
Applications
1 2031 (15.74%) MS Office
2 1689 (13.09%) MS Excel
3 140 (1.09%) MS Visio
4 123 (0.95%) MS PowerPoint
5 88 (0.68%) MS Project
6 31 (0.24%) Spreadsheet
7 24 (0.19%) Photoshop
8 22 (0.17%) Acrobat
9 21 (0.16%) Adobe Illustrator
10 19 (0.15%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 14 (0.11%) PaintShop Pro
12 9 (0.070%) InDesign
12 9 (0.070%) InfoPath
13 6 (0.047%) AutoCAD
14 4 (0.031%) Adobe Captivate
14 4 (0.031%) Final Cut Pro
14 4 (0.031%) Mingle
15 3 (0.023%) PowerPivot
15 3 (0.023%) Maya
15 3 (0.023%) 3ds Max
Business Applications
1 78 (0.60%) Dynamics CRM
2 46 (0.36%) Remedy ITSM
3 35 (0.27%) Oracle EBS
4 24 (0.19%) Dynamics AX
5 21 (0.16%) assyst
6 18 (0.14%) RMDS
7 17 (0.13%) BusinessWorks
7 17 (0.13%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 17 (0.13%) ION MarketView
8 15 (0.12%) Oracle Applications
9 14 (0.11%) Oracle BPM
10 13 (0.10%) Oracle EBS R12
10 13 (0.10%) Dynamics NAV
11 12 (0.093%) ResourceLink
11 12 (0.093%) Markit EDM
12 8 (0.062%) Eikon
13 7 (0.054%) Oracle Retail
13 7 (0.054%) Agresso
14 6 (0.047%) IntelliMatch
14 6 (0.047%) Oracle Payables
Cloud Services
1 376 (2.91%) Office 365
2 341 (2.64%) Microsoft Azure
3 186 (1.44%) Amazon AWS
4 57 (0.44%) IaaS
5 51 (0.40%) SaaS
6 49 (0.38%) Amazon EC2
7 46 (0.36%) Google Apps
8 45 (0.35%) Cloud Computing
9 42 (0.33%) PaaS
10 29 (0.22%) AWS CloudFormation
11 24 (0.19%) Heroku
12 20 (0.16%) Amazon S3
13 19 (0.15%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 17 (0.13%) GitHub
15 9 (0.070%) Amazon CloudWatch
16 8 (0.062%) CloudFront
17 7 (0.054%) Engine Yard
17 7 (0.054%) OpenShift
17 7 (0.054%) Amazon ELB
18 6 (0.047%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
Communications & Networking
1 1157 (8.97%) DNS
2 1114 (8.63%) Firewall
3 1033 (8.01%) SAN
4 899 (6.97%) TCP/IP
5 812 (6.29%) LAN
6 799 (6.19%) WAN
7 774 (6.00%) DHCP
8 567 (4.40%) VPN
9 415 (3.22%) Internet
10 333 (2.58%) NAS
11 260 (2.02%) VoIP
12 225 (1.74%) Wireless
13 215 (1.67%) Network Security
13 215 (1.67%) SSL
14 212 (1.64%) VLAN
15 205 (1.59%) HTTP
16 176 (1.36%) LDAP
17 157 (1.22%) MPLS
18 150 (1.16%) FTP
19 140 (1.09%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1792 (13.89%) SQL Server
2 416 (3.22%) SQL Server 2008
3 328 (2.54%) Oracle Database
4 278 (2.15%) MySQL
5 241 (1.87%) Relational Database
6 233 (1.81%) SQL Server 2005
7 198 (1.53%) SQL Server 2012
8 191 (1.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 182 (1.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 106 (0.82%) Oracle Database 11g
11 105 (0.81%) Data Warehouse
12 103 (0.80%) DB2
13 100 (0.78%) RDBMS
14 94 (0.73%) MongoDB
15 90 (0.70%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 79 (0.61%) PostgreSQL
16 79 (0.61%) Oracle Reports
17 78 (0.60%) SQL Server 2000
18 70 (0.54%) NoSQL
19 69 (0.53%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 297 (2.30%) Subversion
2 292 (2.26%) Visual Studio
3 254 (1.97%) Jenkins
4 215 (1.67%) Git (software)
5 204 (1.58%) MSI
6 198 (1.53%) Team Foundation Server
7 187 (1.45%) JIRA
8 134 (1.04%) Ant
9 123 (0.95%) Maven
10 112 (0.87%) TeamCity
11 93 (0.72%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 90 (0.70%) Selenium
13 85 (0.66%) Eclipse
14 80 (0.62%) NUnit
15 63 (0.49%) Cucumber
16 62 (0.48%) Hudson
17 61 (0.47%) ClearCase
18 52 (0.40%) StarTeam
19 49 (0.38%) VSS/SourceSafe
20 42 (0.33%) MSBuild
General
1 1687 (13.08%) Finance
2 675 (5.23%) Banking
3 331 (2.57%) Telecoms
4 282 (2.19%) Retail
5 211 (1.64%) Investment Banking
6 196 (1.52%) Legal
7 195 (1.51%) Law
8 154 (1.19%) Manufacturing
9 136 (1.05%) Front Office
10 111 (0.86%) Back Office
11 102 (0.79%) Financial Institution
11 102 (0.79%) Marketing
12 66 (0.51%) Publishing
13 62 (0.48%) Games
14 58 (0.45%) Advertising
15 48 (0.37%) French Language
16 42 (0.33%) Local Government
16 42 (0.33%) Electronics
17 39 (0.30%) Military
18 38 (0.29%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 2368 (18.36%) Analyst
2 1170 (9.07%) Support Engineer
3 1137 (8.81%) Developer
4 928 (7.19%) Support Analyst
5 794 (6.15%) Desktop Support
6 756 (5.86%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 747 (5.79%) Architect
8 691 (5.36%) 2nd Line Support
9 681 (5.28%) Service Analyst
10 661 (5.12%) Service Desk Analyst
11 637 (4.94%) Consultant
12 559 (4.33%) Administrator
13 467 (3.62%) Desktop Engineer
14 406 (3.15%) 3rd Line Support
15 403 (3.12%) 1st Line Support
16 371 (2.88%) IT Support
17 365 (2.83%) Server Engineer
18 322 (2.50%) Project Manager
19 317 (2.46%) Desktop Support Engineer
20 271 (2.10%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1120 (8.68%) .NET
2 554 (4.29%) HTML
3 499 (3.87%) XML
4 492 (3.81%) Web Services
5 356 (2.76%) ASP.NET
6 313 (2.43%) CSS
7 273 (2.12%) Middleware
8 237 (1.84%) .NET Framework
9 191 (1.48%) WCF
10 190 (1.47%) jQuery
11 184 (1.43%) Application Packaging
12 180 (1.40%) J2EE
13 178 (1.38%) HTML5
14 148 (1.15%) SOAP
15 133 (1.03%) WPF
16 111 (0.86%) JSON
17 108 (0.84%) ASP.NET MVC
18 103 (0.80%) Ajax
19 99 (0.77%) AngularJS
20 91 (0.71%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 722 (5.60%) Analytical Skills
2 673 (5.22%) Blackberry
3 493 (3.82%) Clustering
4 238 (1.84%) Management Information System
5 215 (1.67%) Replication
6 199 (1.54%) NHS
7 186 (1.44%) Client/Server
8 166 (1.29%) Computer Science
9 159 (1.23%) iPhone
9 159 (1.23%) PKI
10 158 (1.22%) Open Source
11 136 (1.05%) Mobile App
12 132 (1.02%) iPad
13 126 (0.98%) Fat Client
13 126 (0.98%) Thin Client
14 105 (0.81%) Fixed Income
15 100 (0.78%) Enterprise Software
16 86 (0.67%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
17 83 (0.64%) User Experience
18 82 (0.64%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 3392 (26.29%) Windows 7
2 2962 (22.96%) Windows Server 2008
3 2257 (17.49%) Linux
4 1948 (15.10%) Windows Server 2003
5 1707 (13.23%) Windows Server 2012
6 1607 (12.46%) Windows XP
7 1437 (11.14%) UNIX
8 650 (5.04%) Windows 8
9 400 (3.10%) Solaris
10 392 (3.04%) Android
11 384 (2.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 361 (2.80%) Apple iOS
13 270 (2.09%) AIX
14 239 (1.85%) Windows Vista
15 215 (1.67%) Mac OS X
16 146 (1.13%) Windows 2000
17 145 (1.12%) CentOS
18 140 (1.09%) Windows 2000 Server
19 137 (1.06%) Windows Phone
20 107 (0.83%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 2058 (15.95%) ITIL
2 1474 (11.43%) Migration
3 903 (7.00%) Agile Software Development
4 517 (4.01%) Project Management
5 516 (4.00%) Configuration Management
6 429 (3.33%) Service Delivery
7 401 (3.11%) Service Management
8 386 (2.99%) Incident Management
9 373 (2.89%) DevOps
10 372 (2.88%) Change Management
11 345 (2.67%) Disaster Recovery
12 323 (2.50%) Continuous Integration
13 295 (2.29%) Scrum
14 283 (2.19%) OO
15 252 (1.95%) Stakeholder Management
16 246 (1.91%) TDD
17 240 (1.86%) Software Engineering
18 239 (1.85%) PRINCE2
19 232 (1.80%) Load Balancing
20 228 (1.77%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 2192 (16.99%) SQL
2 921 (7.14%) PowerShell
3 907 (7.03%) C#
4 811 (6.29%) Java
5 527 (4.08%) JavaScript
6 421 (3.26%) Python
7 380 (2.95%) C++
8 374 (2.90%) Perl
9 332 (2.57%) VBScript
10 330 (2.56%) Shell Script
11 254 (1.97%) VB
12 242 (1.88%) C
13 217 (1.68%) Bash Shell
14 206 (1.60%) Ruby
15 177 (1.37%) T-SQL
16 153 (1.19%) PHP
17 119 (0.92%) PL/SQL
18 102 (0.79%) VBA
18 102 (0.79%) VB.NET
19 63 (0.49%) Korn
Qualifications
1 1745 (13.53%) Security Cleared
2 1150 (8.91%) SC Cleared
3 898 (6.96%) Microsoft Certification
4 537 (4.16%) MCSE
5 498 (3.86%) DV Cleared
6 480 (3.72%) Degree
7 359 (2.78%) Cisco Certification
8 296 (2.29%) MCP
9 282 (2.19%) CCNA
10 270 (2.09%) MCITP
11 187 (1.45%) MCSA
12 172 (1.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 167 (1.29%) ITIL Certification
14 115 (0.89%) CCNP
15 112 (0.87%) MCTS
16 90 (0.70%) CISSP
17 77 (0.60%) Citrix Certification
17 77 (0.60%) A+ Certification
18 71 (0.55%) ISEB
19 57 (0.44%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 571 (4.43%) SLA
2 231 (1.79%) QA
3 51 (0.40%) PCI DSS
4 48 (0.37%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 47 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 22 (0.17%) ISO 9001
7 16 (0.12%) JSP 440
8 15 (0.12%) COBIT
8 15 (0.12%) Dodd-Frank
9 8 (0.062%) HL7
9 8 (0.062%) DICOM
10 5 (0.039%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 5 (0.039%) HIPAA
11 4 (0.031%) Data Quality
12 3 (0.023%) COSO
12 3 (0.023%) BS15000
13 2 (0.016%) WAI
13 2 (0.016%) ISO/IEC 17799
13 2 (0.016%) 21 CFR Part 11
13 2 (0.016%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 4578 (35.49%) Active Directory
2 1714 (13.29%) VMware Infrastructure
3 766 (5.94%) Hyper-V
4 590 (4.57%) vSphere
5 543 (4.21%) XenApp
6 313 (2.43%) VMware ESX
7 272 (2.11%) Microsoft App-V
8 264 (2.05%) XenDesktop
9 229 (1.78%) VMware ESXi
10 152 (1.18%) Terminal Services
11 97 (0.75%) XenServer
12 86 (0.67%) NFS
13 85 (0.66%) vCloud
14 70 (0.54%) Firmware
15 68 (0.53%) Xen
16 67 (0.52%) VMware Server
17 62 (0.48%) ISA Server
17 62 (0.48%) Samba
18 53 (0.41%) Citrix Presentation Server
19 48 (0.37%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 1270 (9.84%) SCCM
2 406 (3.15%) SCOM
3 310 (2.40%) Puppet
4 167 (1.29%) Opscode Chef
5 158 (1.22%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 141 (1.09%) WSUS
7 130 (1.01%) Backup Exec
8 125 (0.97%) NetBackup
9 116 (0.90%) Tivoli
10 83 (0.64%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 80 (0.62%) Nagios
12 75 (0.58%) HP Quality Center
13 57 (0.44%) SCVMM
13 57 (0.44%) Norton AntiVirus
14 56 (0.43%) McAfee ePO
15 52 (0.40%) Tivoli Storage Manager
15 52 (0.40%) HP SIM
15 52 (0.40%) SCOrch
16 47 (0.36%) ITRS Geneos
17 43 (0.33%) Nessus
Vendors
1 4271 (33.11%) Microsoft
2 3117 (24.16%) VMware
3 1887 (14.63%) Citrix
4 1291 (10.01%) Cisco
5 1273 (9.87%) Oracle
6 1087 (8.43%) HP
7 478 (3.71%) Red Hat
8 450 (3.49%) NetApp
9 433 (3.36%) IBM
10 358 (2.77%) EMC
11 297 (2.30%) Symantec
12 293 (2.27%) Dell
13 284 (2.20%) Apple
14 277 (2.15%) McAfee
15 230 (1.78%) Remedy
16 227 (1.76%) CheckPoint
17 226 (1.75%) Lotus
18 163 (1.26%) F5
19 149 (1.15%) SAP
20 144 (1.12%) Juniper
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