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 31 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
31 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 6674 6291 6768
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 13.50% 13.51% 12.79%
As % of the Operating Systems category 59.35% 60.25% 60.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 3563 3213 3095
Average daily rate
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£320 £338 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.18% +3.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £165 £170
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £320 £315
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +1.58%
Number of hourly rates quoted 887 842 994
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 £11.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.80 £33.10 £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
11245 10442 11229
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 22.75% 22.42% 21.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 6491 5838 5681
Average daily rate £350 £350 £350
90% offered a daily rate of more than £165 £180 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £513 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
-3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 960 971 1164
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 £11.94
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.50 £37.50 £41.50
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 31 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 31 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 31 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 2677 £350 -5.40% 741
South East -1 1495 £315 -5.97% 473
East of England 0 564 £255 -15.00% 166
North West -1 468 £290 -3.33% 156
South West +1 463 £290 -10.76% 178
West Midlands 0 327 £301 +0.16% 107
Yorkshire -1 291 £238 -20.83% 154
East Midlands 0 250 £318 +27.00% 96
North East -1 89 £253 +0.49% 37
Midlands -11 8 £375 - 1
South Coast - 1 £130 -
Windows
UK

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 31 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 4657 (34.62%) Microsoft
2 4622 (34.36%) Active Directory
3 4292 (31.91%) Windows 7
4 3038 (22.59%) Windows Server 2008
5 2676 (19.89%) VMware
6 2493 (18.53%) Windows XP
7 2316 (17.22%) MS Office
8 2178 (16.19%) Citrix
9 2163 (16.08%) Windows Server 2003
10 2151 (15.99%) SQL
11 2134 (15.86%) ITIL
12 2024 (15.05%) Linux
13 1976 (14.69%) MS Excel
14 1874 (13.93%) SQL Server
15 1838 (13.66%) Finance
16 1801 (13.39%) MS Exchange
17 1492 (11.09%) UNIX
18 1457 (10.83%) Security Cleared
19 1391 (10.34%) VMware Infrastructure
20 1366 (10.16%) SCCM
21 1341 (9.97%) .NET
22 1304 (9.69%) Migration
23 1246 (9.26%) Oracle
24 1197 (8.90%) Cisco
25 1137 (8.45%) HP
26 1111 (8.26%) DNS
27 1103 (8.20%) Windows Server 2012
28 1088 (8.09%) C#
29 1080 (8.03%) Firewall
30 1011 (7.52%) SC Cleared

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 31 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 1801 (13.39%) MS Exchange
2 877 (6.52%) Exchange Server 2010
3 852 (6.33%) SharePoint
4 735 (5.46%) IIS
5 433 (3.22%) Exchange Server 2003
6 426 (3.17%) Exchange Server 2007
7 336 (2.50%) Lync
8 329 (2.45%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 256 (1.90%) IBM Notes
10 221 (1.64%) WebSphere
11 210 (1.56%) Apache
12 188 (1.40%) SharePoint 2010
13 177 (1.32%) Exchange Server 2013
14 162 (1.20%) WebLogic
15 156 (1.16%) BizTalk Server
16 132 (0.98%) Tomcat
17 121 (0.90%) SharePoint 2013
18 98 (0.73%) SharePoint Server
19 94 (0.70%) CMS
20 57 (0.42%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 2316 (17.22%) MS Office
2 1976 (14.69%) MS Excel
3 161 (1.20%) MS PowerPoint
4 129 (0.96%) MS Project
5 101 (0.75%) MS Visio
6 48 (0.36%) Photoshop
7 40 (0.30%) InfoPath
8 37 (0.28%) Adobe Illustrator
9 36 (0.27%) Spreadsheet
10 18 (0.13%) Acrobat
11 15 (0.11%) Adobe Captivate
12 13 (0.097%) Fireworks
13 12 (0.089%) AutoCAD
14 11 (0.082%) InDesign
15 8 (0.059%) Adobe After Effects
16 7 (0.052%) PaintShop Pro
17 6 (0.045%) RoboHelp
17 6 (0.045%) MicroStation
17 6 (0.045%) OmniGraffle
18 3 (0.022%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 126 (0.94%) Dynamics CRM
2 67 (0.50%) Oracle EBS
3 56 (0.42%) Remedy ITSM
4 27 (0.20%) RMDS
5 25 (0.19%) assyst
6 23 (0.17%) Oracle Applications
7 20 (0.15%) Dynamics AX
8 18 (0.13%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 14 (0.10%) Oracle BPM
10 12 (0.089%) Remedy AR System
10 12 (0.089%) Google Analytics
10 12 (0.089%) HFM
11 11 (0.082%) BusinessWorks
11 11 (0.082%) Magento
11 11 (0.082%) Eikon
12 10 (0.074%) ReMetrica
12 10 (0.074%) JDE OneWorld
13 9 (0.067%) TIBCO iProcess
14 8 (0.059%) JDE EnterpriseOne
15 7 (0.052%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 281 (2.09%) Office 365
2 260 (1.93%) Microsoft Azure
3 117 (0.87%) Amazon AWS
4 65 (0.48%) SaaS
5 46 (0.34%) IaaS
6 42 (0.31%) Cloud Computing
7 29 (0.22%) PaaS
8 27 (0.20%) Google Apps
9 23 (0.17%) Amazon EC2
10 12 (0.089%) IBM SmartCloud
11 9 (0.067%) 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%) GitHub
16 3 (0.022%) Jelastic
17 2 (0.015%) Amazon ELB
17 2 (0.015%) SuccessFactors
18 1 (0.007%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 1111 (8.26%) DNS
2 1080 (8.03%) Firewall
3 1009 (7.50%) TCP/IP
4 983 (7.31%) SAN
5 783 (5.82%) LAN
6 750 (5.58%) DHCP
7 697 (5.18%) WAN
8 520 (3.87%) VPN
9 392 (2.91%) Internet
10 260 (1.93%) Wireless
11 231 (1.72%) NAS
12 229 (1.70%) VoIP
13 194 (1.44%) LDAP
14 186 (1.38%) HTTP
15 176 (1.31%) Network Security
16 163 (1.21%) VLAN
17 138 (1.03%) SSL
18 132 (0.98%) FTP
19 131 (0.97%) NetScaler
20 108 (0.80%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1874 (13.93%) SQL Server
2 530 (3.94%) SQL Server 2008
3 373 (2.77%) SQL Server 2005
4 328 (2.44%) Oracle Database
5 244 (1.81%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 239 (1.78%) Relational Database
7 219 (1.63%) MySQL
8 202 (1.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 158 (1.17%) SQL Server 2012
10 121 (0.90%) Oracle Database 11g
11 108 (0.80%) Data Warehouse
12 107 (0.80%) SQL Server 2000
13 104 (0.77%) RDBMS
14 89 (0.66%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 83 (0.62%) Oracle Database 10g
16 81 (0.60%) DTS
17 74 (0.55%) DB2
18 65 (0.48%) PostgreSQL
19 60 (0.45%) Oracle Reports
20 53 (0.39%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 411 (3.06%) Visual Studio
2 281 (2.09%) Team Foundation Server
3 250 (1.86%) MSI
4 190 (1.41%) Git (software)
5 177 (1.32%) Subversion
6 125 (0.93%) JIRA
6 125 (0.93%) TeamCity
7 97 (0.72%) Maven
8 87 (0.65%) Jenkins
9 76 (0.57%) Selenium
10 70 (0.52%) QuickTest Pro
11 67 (0.50%) NUnit
12 66 (0.49%) InstallShield
13 62 (0.46%) Wise Package Studio
14 56 (0.42%) MSBuild
14 56 (0.42%) Eclipse
15 54 (0.40%) JUnit
15 54 (0.40%) LoadRunner
16 48 (0.36%) Ant
17 43 (0.32%) AdminStudio
General
1 1838 (13.66%) Finance
2 897 (6.67%) Banking
3 350 (2.60%) Telecoms
4 316 (2.35%) Investment Banking
5 253 (1.88%) Retail
6 233 (1.73%) Legal
7 197 (1.46%) Law
8 187 (1.39%) Front Office
9 168 (1.25%) Back Office
10 150 (1.12%) Financial Institution
11 120 (0.89%) Marketing
12 114 (0.85%) Manufacturing
13 93 (0.69%) Advertising
14 87 (0.65%) Publishing
15 75 (0.56%) French Language
16 58 (0.43%) Local Government
17 45 (0.33%) Military
18 44 (0.33%) Pharmaceutical
19 33 (0.25%) Games
20 30 (0.22%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 2438 (18.13%) Analyst
2 1414 (10.51%) Developer
3 1283 (9.54%) Support Engineer
4 980 (7.29%) Support Analyst
5 825 (6.13%) Desktop Support
6 784 (5.83%) 2nd Line Support
7 649 (4.82%) Service Analyst
8 638 (4.74%) Consultant
9 630 (4.68%) Service Desk Analyst
10 615 (4.57%) Architect
11 566 (4.21%) Administrator
12 540 (4.01%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 503 (3.74%) 1st Line Support
14 501 (3.72%) Desktop Engineer
15 401 (2.98%) Project Manager
16 392 (2.91%) 3rd Line Support
17 343 (2.55%) .NET Developer
18 308 (2.29%) IT Support
19 284 (2.11%) Applications Support
20 278 (2.07%) Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1341 (9.97%) .NET
2 622 (4.62%) ASP.NET
3 600 (4.46%) HTML
4 551 (4.10%) XML
5 527 (3.92%) Web Services
6 393 (2.92%) CSS
7 361 (2.68%) WCF
8 316 (2.35%) .NET Framework
9 285 (2.12%) Application Packaging
10 235 (1.75%) jQuery
11 209 (1.55%) Middleware
12 185 (1.38%) HTML5
13 184 (1.37%) WPF
14 171 (1.27%) ASP.NET MVC
15 144 (1.07%) WinForms
16 136 (1.01%) XSLT
17 128 (0.95%) SOAP
18 116 (0.86%) Ajax
19 111 (0.83%) J2EE
20 108 (0.80%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 895 (6.65%) Blackberry
2 432 (3.21%) Clustering
3 320 (2.38%) Management Information System
4 201 (1.49%) Replication
5 186 (1.38%) Computer Science
6 183 (1.36%) Fat Client
6 183 (1.36%) Thin Client
6 183 (1.36%) NHS
7 175 (1.30%) iPhone
8 130 (0.97%) Mobile App
9 128 (0.95%) Mainframe
10 122 (0.91%) PKI
11 119 (0.88%) Client/Server
12 115 (0.85%) iPad
13 108 (0.80%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 107 (0.80%) Open Source
15 105 (0.78%) Fixed Income
16 100 (0.74%) Hedge funds
17 97 (0.72%) Enterprise Software
18 94 (0.70%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 4292 (31.91%) Windows 7
2 3038 (22.59%) Windows Server 2008
3 2493 (18.53%) Windows XP
4 2163 (16.08%) Windows Server 2003
5 2024 (15.05%) Linux
6 1492 (11.09%) UNIX
7 1103 (8.20%) Windows Server 2012
8 663 (4.93%) Windows 8
9 374 (2.78%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 353 (2.62%) Solaris
11 305 (2.27%) Windows Vista
12 276 (2.05%) Android
13 260 (1.93%) Windows 2000
14 254 (1.89%) Apple iOS
15 208 (1.55%) AIX
16 158 (1.17%) Mac OS X
17 117 (0.87%) Windows 2000 Server
18 106 (0.79%) Windows Phone
19 90 (0.67%) Windows Mobile
20 89 (0.66%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2134 (15.86%) ITIL
2 1304 (9.69%) Migration
3 546 (4.06%) Project Management
4 485 (3.61%) Agile Software Development
5 455 (3.38%) Service Management
6 421 (3.13%) Incident Management
7 404 (3.00%) Change Management
8 395 (2.94%) Disaster Recovery
9 369 (2.74%) Service Delivery
10 335 (2.49%) MVC
11 334 (2.48%) Configuration Management
12 333 (2.48%) Workflow
13 327 (2.43%) PRINCE2
14 297 (2.21%) Scrum
15 259 (1.93%) TDD
16 254 (1.89%) Stakeholder Management
16 254 (1.89%) OO
17 237 (1.76%) Software Engineering
17 237 (1.76%) User Acceptance Testing
18 233 (1.73%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 2151 (15.99%) SQL
2 1088 (8.09%) C#
3 928 (6.90%) PowerShell
4 635 (4.72%) Java
5 606 (4.51%) JavaScript
6 371 (2.76%) Perl
6 371 (2.76%) VB
7 360 (2.68%) C++
8 342 (2.54%) T-SQL
9 334 (2.48%) VBScript
10 327 (2.43%) C
11 309 (2.30%) Python
12 245 (1.82%) Shell Script
13 182 (1.35%) VB.NET
14 143 (1.06%) PL/SQL
15 132 (0.98%) Bash Shell
16 131 (0.97%) Ruby
17 122 (0.91%) PHP
18 105 (0.78%) VBA
19 61 (0.45%) VB6
Qualifications
1 1457 (10.83%) Security Cleared
2 1011 (7.52%) SC Cleared
3 969 (7.20%) Microsoft Certification
4 557 (4.14%) MCSE
5 511 (3.80%) Degree
6 374 (2.78%) DV Cleared
7 340 (2.53%) MCP
8 277 (2.06%) Cisco Certification
9 276 (2.05%) MCITP
10 215 (1.60%) CCNA
11 186 (1.38%) ITIL Certification
12 168 (1.25%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 158 (1.17%) MCSA
14 129 (0.96%) MCTS
15 118 (0.88%) CISSP
16 113 (0.84%) CCNP
17 106 (0.79%) ISTQB
18 100 (0.74%) ISEB
19 82 (0.61%) Citrix Certification
20 69 (0.51%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 574 (4.27%) SLA
2 292 (2.17%) QA
3 76 (0.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 73 (0.54%) ISO 9001
5 68 (0.51%) PCI DSS
6 50 (0.37%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 11 (0.082%) Data Quality
8 9 (0.067%) COBIT
9 7 (0.052%) TickIT
9 7 (0.052%) JSP 440
10 6 (0.045%) BS15000
10 6 (0.045%) BS7799
10 6 (0.045%) ISO/IEC 17799
11 5 (0.037%) HL7
11 5 (0.037%) GPG13
12 4 (0.030%) Dodd-Frank
12 4 (0.030%) Basel III
12 4 (0.030%) ISO 14001
13 3 (0.022%) ISO 9000
13 3 (0.022%) Solvency II
System Software
1 4622 (34.36%) Active Directory
2 1391 (10.34%) VMware Infrastructure
3 701 (5.21%) XenApp
4 648 (4.82%) Hyper-V
5 528 (3.93%) vSphere
6 435 (3.23%) Microsoft App-V
7 332 (2.47%) VMware ESX
8 309 (2.30%) XenDesktop
9 203 (1.51%) XenServer
10 175 (1.30%) VMware ESXi
11 121 (0.90%) Terminal Services
12 95 (0.71%) NFS
13 84 (0.62%) Oracle RAC
14 68 (0.51%) VMware Server
15 66 (0.49%) Xen
16 64 (0.48%) Citrix Presentation Server
17 62 (0.46%) ISA Server
18 57 (0.42%) vCloud
19 46 (0.34%) Oracle RMAN
20 42 (0.31%) UAG
Systems Management
1 1366 (10.16%) SCCM
2 392 (2.91%) SCOM
3 200 (1.49%) Backup Exec
4 175 (1.30%) WSUS
5 155 (1.15%) HP Quality Center
6 149 (1.11%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 142 (1.06%) Puppet
8 136 (1.01%) Tivoli
9 131 (0.97%) NetBackup
10 117 (0.87%) Opscode Chef
11 84 (0.62%) McAfee ePO
12 81 (0.60%) Norton AntiVirus
13 79 (0.59%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
14 66 (0.49%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
15 65 (0.48%) HP SIM
16 62 (0.46%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
17 56 (0.42%) Data Guard
18 52 (0.39%) SCVMM
18 52 (0.39%) WMI
18 52 (0.39%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 4657 (34.62%) Microsoft
2 2676 (19.89%) VMware
3 2178 (16.19%) Citrix
4 1246 (9.26%) Oracle
5 1197 (8.90%) Cisco
6 1137 (8.45%) HP
7 420 (3.12%) IBM
8 380 (2.83%) Symantec
9 379 (2.82%) Red Hat
10 358 (2.66%) NetApp
11 349 (2.59%) EMC
12 313 (2.33%) Dell
13 279 (2.07%) Lotus
14 251 (1.87%) Remedy
15 239 (1.78%) Apple
16 232 (1.72%) CheckPoint
17 231 (1.72%) McAfee
18 215 (1.60%) AppSense
19 171 (1.27%) Sybase
20 150 (1.12%) SAP
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