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 21 October 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
21 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Windows
Rank 6 5 5
Rank change year-on-year
-1 0
Contract jobs citing Windows 7068 6702 6489
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 13.31% 13.96% 12.66%
As % of the Operating Systems category 58.88% 60.66% 59.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 3908 3532 3185
Average daily rate
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£325 £335 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.98% -1.47%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £145 £158 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £508 £525 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £310 £310
% change year-on-year
+0.80% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 984 883 889
Average hourly rate £15.13 £15.00 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.83% -6.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £31.56 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.73 £14.50 £15.84
% change year-on-year
+8.48% -8.44%
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
12004 11049 10895
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 22.60% 23.02% 21.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 7136 6320 5816
Average daily rate £363 £365 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.68% +4.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £168 £180 £185
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £513
UK excluding London average daily rate £328 £320 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.54% -1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1074 986 1045
Average hourly rate £16.00 £15.50 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% -8.82%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £35.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.18 £15.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+7.86% -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 21 October 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 21 October 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 21 October 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 2887 £363 -3.33% 761
South East -1 1657 £325 - 531
East of England -1 515 £320 +10.82% 177
North West +1 498 £325 +4.83% 231
South West -3 468 £280 -6.66% 234
West Midlands 0 367 £325 +13.04% 120
Yorkshire -3 280 £275 -6.77% 169
East Midlands -1 255 £313 +17.92% 68
North East +2 137 £300 +18.81% 34
Midlands +4 15 £400 +6.66% 2
Windows
UK

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 21 October 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 4788 (35.24%) Active Directory
2 4774 (35.14%) Microsoft
3 4129 (30.39%) Windows 7
4 3184 (23.43%) Windows Server 2008
5 2886 (21.24%) VMware
6 2351 (17.30%) MS Office
7 2269 (16.70%) Windows XP
8 2265 (16.67%) Windows Server 2003
9 2235 (16.45%) SQL
10 2193 (16.14%) ITIL
11 2164 (15.93%) Citrix
12 2108 (15.51%) Linux
13 2033 (14.96%) MS Excel
14 1919 (14.12%) Finance
15 1880 (13.84%) MS Exchange
16 1796 (13.22%) SQL Server
17 1542 (11.35%) Security Cleared
18 1478 (10.88%) UNIX
19 1466 (10.79%) VMware Infrastructure
20 1337 (9.84%) SCCM
21 1310 (9.64%) Migration
22 1286 (9.46%) Oracle
23 1280 (9.42%) DNS
24 1275 (9.38%) Windows Server 2012
25 1264 (9.30%) .NET
26 1210 (8.91%) Cisco
27 1153 (8.49%) HP
28 1132 (8.33%) Firewall
29 1074 (7.90%) SAN
30 1073 (7.90%) Microsoft Certification

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 21 October 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 1880 (13.84%) MS Exchange
2 904 (6.65%) Exchange Server 2010
3 890 (6.55%) SharePoint
4 819 (6.03%) IIS
5 480 (3.53%) Exchange Server 2007
6 469 (3.45%) Exchange Server 2003
7 393 (2.89%) Lync
8 318 (2.34%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 287 (2.11%) Apache
10 246 (1.81%) IBM Notes
11 235 (1.73%) Exchange Server 2013
12 232 (1.71%) WebSphere
13 199 (1.46%) Tomcat
14 165 (1.21%) WebLogic
15 163 (1.20%) SharePoint 2010
16 159 (1.17%) BizTalk Server
17 123 (0.91%) SharePoint 2013
18 105 (0.77%) JBoss
19 71 (0.52%) CMS
20 69 (0.51%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 2351 (17.30%) MS Office
2 2033 (14.96%) MS Excel
3 174 (1.28%) MS PowerPoint
4 130 (0.96%) MS Project
5 101 (0.74%) MS Visio
6 51 (0.38%) Spreadsheet
7 27 (0.20%) Photoshop
8 20 (0.15%) AutoCAD
9 18 (0.13%) InfoPath
10 15 (0.11%) Adobe Illustrator
11 9 (0.066%) InDesign
12 8 (0.059%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 7 (0.052%) Adobe Captivate
13 7 (0.052%) Acrobat
14 6 (0.044%) MicroStation
14 6 (0.044%) Fireworks
15 5 (0.037%) Adobe After Effects
16 3 (0.022%) OmniGraffle
16 3 (0.022%) Mingle
16 3 (0.022%) PaintShop Pro
Business Applications
1 111 (0.82%) Dynamics CRM
2 79 (0.58%) Oracle EBS
3 60 (0.44%) Remedy ITSM
4 25 (0.18%) assyst
5 19 (0.14%) Dynamics AX
5 19 (0.14%) Eikon
6 16 (0.12%) Oracle Applications
7 15 (0.11%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 14 (0.10%) Oracle BPM
8 14 (0.10%) Remedy AR System
9 12 (0.088%) Summit
10 10 (0.074%) HFM
10 10 (0.074%) BusinessWorks
11 9 (0.066%) Oracle Financials
11 9 (0.066%) RMDS
11 9 (0.066%) Dynamics NAV
11 9 (0.066%) Oracle EBS R12
12 8 (0.059%) TIBCO iProcess
12 8 (0.059%) ION MarketView
12 8 (0.059%) Markit EDM
Cloud Services
1 311 (2.29%) Office 365
2 287 (2.11%) Microsoft Azure
3 154 (1.13%) Amazon AWS
4 68 (0.50%) SaaS
5 48 (0.35%) Google Apps
6 41 (0.30%) IaaS
7 29 (0.21%) Amazon EC2
8 26 (0.19%) PaaS
9 25 (0.18%) Cloud Computing
10 19 (0.14%) GitHub
11 18 (0.13%) Amazon S3
12 8 (0.059%) Amazon SQS
12 8 (0.059%) IBM SmartCloud
13 7 (0.052%) Google App Engine
14 6 (0.044%) Amazon ELB
15 5 (0.037%) CloudFront
16 3 (0.022%) Route 53
17 2 (0.015%) SuccessFactors
17 2 (0.015%) OpenShift
17 2 (0.015%) Rackspace Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 1280 (9.42%) DNS
2 1132 (8.33%) Firewall
3 1074 (7.90%) SAN
4 1051 (7.74%) TCP/IP
5 862 (6.34%) DHCP
6 822 (6.05%) LAN
7 782 (5.76%) WAN
8 539 (3.97%) VPN
9 426 (3.14%) Internet
10 268 (1.97%) VoIP
11 259 (1.91%) NAS
12 239 (1.76%) Wireless
13 208 (1.53%) VLAN
14 196 (1.44%) Network Security
15 193 (1.42%) LDAP
16 186 (1.37%) HTTP
17 171 (1.26%) SSL
18 162 (1.19%) FTP
19 136 (1.00%) NetScaler
20 134 (0.99%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1796 (13.22%) SQL Server
2 491 (3.61%) SQL Server 2008
3 314 (2.31%) SQL Server 2005
4 296 (2.18%) Oracle Database
5 253 (1.86%) MySQL
6 244 (1.80%) Relational Database
7 205 (1.51%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 183 (1.35%) SQL Server 2012
9 170 (1.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 126 (0.93%) DB2
11 114 (0.84%) RDBMS
12 94 (0.69%) SQL Server 2000
13 82 (0.60%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 81 (0.60%) Oracle Database 11g
15 76 (0.56%) NoSQL
16 70 (0.52%) MS Access
16 70 (0.52%) Data Warehouse
17 69 (0.51%) Oracle Database 10g
18 64 (0.47%) Oracle Reports
18 64 (0.47%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 314 (2.31%) Visual Studio
2 259 (1.91%) Team Foundation Server
3 232 (1.71%) MSI
4 211 (1.55%) Subversion
5 188 (1.38%) Git (software)
6 146 (1.07%) JIRA
7 114 (0.84%) Maven
8 105 (0.77%) TeamCity
9 87 (0.64%) Jenkins
10 86 (0.63%) Selenium
11 81 (0.60%) NUnit
12 67 (0.49%) Eclipse
13 61 (0.45%) Ant
14 56 (0.41%) JUnit
15 52 (0.38%) MSBuild
16 46 (0.34%) InstallShield
17 42 (0.31%) LoadRunner
18 40 (0.29%) ClearCase
18 40 (0.29%) QuickTest Pro
19 37 (0.27%) Gradle
General
1 1919 (14.12%) Finance
2 916 (6.74%) Banking
3 348 (2.56%) Telecoms
4 344 (2.53%) Investment Banking
5 261 (1.92%) Retail
6 246 (1.81%) Legal
7 211 (1.55%) Law
8 161 (1.18%) Front Office
9 140 (1.03%) Back Office
10 126 (0.93%) Financial Institution
10 126 (0.93%) Manufacturing
11 111 (0.82%) Marketing
12 101 (0.74%) Advertising
13 95 (0.70%) Publishing
14 61 (0.45%) Military
15 47 (0.35%) French Language
15 47 (0.35%) Pharmaceutical
16 45 (0.33%) Games
17 39 (0.29%) Local Government
18 31 (0.23%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 2584 (19.02%) Analyst
2 1360 (10.01%) Developer
3 1270 (9.35%) Support Engineer
4 1050 (7.73%) Support Analyst
5 818 (6.02%) Desktop Support
6 807 (5.94%) 2nd Line Support
7 712 (5.24%) Service Analyst
8 697 (5.13%) Service Desk Analyst
9 671 (4.94%) Consultant
10 647 (4.76%) Architect
11 629 (4.63%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 564 (4.15%) Administrator
13 514 (3.78%) Desktop Engineer
14 477 (3.51%) 1st Line Support
15 412 (3.03%) 3rd Line Support
16 384 (2.83%) Project Manager
17 340 (2.50%) IT Support
18 304 (2.24%) Desktop Support Engineer
19 292 (2.15%) Applications Support
20 288 (2.12%) Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1264 (9.30%) .NET
2 580 (4.27%) HTML
3 565 (4.16%) Web Services
4 517 (3.81%) XML
5 514 (3.78%) ASP.NET
6 374 (2.75%) CSS
7 295 (2.17%) WCF
8 272 (2.00%) .NET Framework
9 251 (1.85%) Middleware
10 221 (1.63%) Application Packaging
11 198 (1.46%) jQuery
12 194 (1.43%) HTML5
13 139 (1.02%) ASP.NET MVC
14 137 (1.01%) WPF
15 136 (1.00%) WinForms
16 118 (0.87%) Ajax
17 117 (0.86%) SOAP
18 109 (0.80%) XSLT
18 109 (0.80%) JSP
19 101 (0.74%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 892 (6.57%) Blackberry
2 774 (5.70%) Analytical Skills
3 482 (3.55%) Clustering
4 278 (2.05%) Management Information System
5 215 (1.58%) Replication
6 192 (1.41%) Thin Client
6 192 (1.41%) Fat Client
7 189 (1.39%) Computer Science
8 186 (1.37%) NHS
9 166 (1.22%) PKI
10 153 (1.13%) iPhone
11 136 (1.00%) Mobile App
12 129 (0.95%) Client/Server
13 125 (0.92%) iPad
14 118 (0.87%) Open Source
15 107 (0.79%) Derivative
16 104 (0.77%) Fixed Income
17 103 (0.76%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
18 95 (0.70%) Video Conferencing
19 94 (0.69%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 4129 (30.39%) Windows 7
2 3184 (23.43%) Windows Server 2008
3 2269 (16.70%) Windows XP
4 2265 (16.67%) Windows Server 2003
5 2108 (15.51%) Linux
6 1478 (10.88%) UNIX
7 1275 (9.38%) Windows Server 2012
8 685 (5.04%) Windows 8
9 389 (2.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 347 (2.55%) Solaris
11 312 (2.30%) Windows Vista
12 295 (2.17%) Android
13 280 (2.06%) Apple iOS
14 235 (1.73%) AIX
15 225 (1.66%) Windows 2000
16 192 (1.41%) Mac OS X
17 116 (0.85%) Windows Phone
18 112 (0.82%) Windows 2000 Server
19 104 (0.77%) Windows Mobile
20 102 (0.75%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2193 (16.14%) ITIL
2 1310 (9.64%) Migration
3 776 (5.71%) Agile Software Development
4 540 (3.97%) Project Management
5 464 (3.42%) Service Management
6 454 (3.34%) Incident Management
7 433 (3.19%) Change Management
8 407 (3.00%) Service Delivery
9 363 (2.67%) Configuration Management
10 336 (2.47%) Disaster Recovery
11 329 (2.42%) MVC
12 297 (2.19%) PRINCE2
13 288 (2.12%) Workflow
14 270 (1.99%) Scrum
15 265 (1.95%) TDD
16 256 (1.88%) OO
17 244 (1.80%) Stakeholder Management
18 239 (1.76%) Performance Tuning
19 235 (1.73%) Problem Management
20 231 (1.70%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 2235 (16.45%) SQL
2 1053 (7.75%) C#
3 975 (7.18%) PowerShell
4 774 (5.70%) Java
5 589 (4.34%) JavaScript
6 413 (3.04%) C++
7 376 (2.77%) Perl
8 353 (2.60%) VB
9 344 (2.53%) VBScript
10 343 (2.52%) Python
11 300 (2.21%) C
12 271 (1.99%) T-SQL
13 254 (1.87%) Shell Script
14 148 (1.09%) Bash Shell
15 146 (1.07%) VB.NET
16 142 (1.05%) PHP
17 131 (0.96%) PL/SQL
17 131 (0.96%) Ruby
18 112 (0.82%) VBA
19 79 (0.58%) Korn
Qualifications
1 1542 (11.35%) Security Cleared
2 1073 (7.90%) Microsoft Certification
3 1031 (7.59%) SC Cleared
4 622 (4.58%) MCSE
5 501 (3.69%) Degree
6 407 (3.00%) DV Cleared
7 324 (2.38%) MCP
8 303 (2.23%) Cisco Certification
9 279 (2.05%) MCITP
10 252 (1.85%) CCNA
11 185 (1.36%) ITIL Certification
12 168 (1.24%) MCSA
13 159 (1.17%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 133 (0.98%) CISSP
15 118 (0.87%) MCTS
16 110 (0.81%) CCNP
17 88 (0.65%) ISEB
18 81 (0.60%) Citrix Certification
19 77 (0.57%) A+ Certification
20 76 (0.56%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 603 (4.44%) SLA
2 251 (1.85%) QA
3 87 (0.64%) PCI DSS
4 68 (0.50%) ISO 9001
5 60 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 57 (0.42%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 13 (0.096%) COBIT
7 13 (0.096%) JSP 440
8 11 (0.081%) Data Quality
9 9 (0.066%) BS15000
10 6 (0.044%) GPG13
11 5 (0.037%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 5 (0.037%) Basel III
11 5 (0.037%) ISO 14001
12 4 (0.029%) ISO/IEC 17799
13 3 (0.022%) BS7799
13 3 (0.022%) TickIT
13 3 (0.022%) WAI
14 2 (0.015%) HIPAA
14 2 (0.015%) CDISC
System Software
1 4788 (35.24%) Active Directory
2 1466 (10.79%) VMware Infrastructure
3 721 (5.31%) XenApp
4 646 (4.75%) Hyper-V
5 581 (4.28%) vSphere
6 379 (2.79%) VMware ESX
7 349 (2.57%) Microsoft App-V
8 317 (2.33%) XenDesktop
9 187 (1.38%) XenServer
10 170 (1.25%) VMware ESXi
11 144 (1.06%) Terminal Services
12 104 (0.77%) NFS
13 88 (0.65%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 80 (0.59%) ISA Server
15 76 (0.56%) VMware Server
16 67 (0.49%) Xen
17 63 (0.46%) Oracle RAC
18 62 (0.46%) vCloud
19 55 (0.40%) Firmware
20 54 (0.40%) UAG
Systems Management
1 1337 (9.84%) SCCM
2 440 (3.24%) SCOM
3 238 (1.75%) Backup Exec
4 180 (1.32%) NetBackup
5 171 (1.26%) WSUS
6 136 (1.00%) Puppet
7 130 (0.96%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 129 (0.95%) Tivoli
9 115 (0.85%) Opscode Chef
10 114 (0.84%) HP Quality Center
11 105 (0.77%) Norton AntiVirus
12 98 (0.72%) HP SIM
13 85 (0.63%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
14 84 (0.62%) McAfee ePO
15 72 (0.53%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
16 64 (0.47%) Nagios
17 63 (0.46%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
18 60 (0.44%) Tivoli Storage Manager
19 58 (0.43%) Control-M
20 56 (0.41%) ARCserve
Vendors
1 4774 (35.14%) Microsoft
2 2886 (21.24%) VMware
3 2164 (15.93%) Citrix
4 1286 (9.46%) Oracle
5 1210 (8.91%) Cisco
6 1153 (8.49%) HP
7 467 (3.44%) IBM
8 458 (3.37%) Symantec
9 427 (3.14%) Red Hat
10 393 (2.89%) NetApp
11 376 (2.77%) EMC
12 331 (2.44%) Dell
13 278 (2.05%) Lotus
14 266 (1.96%) Remedy
15 251 (1.85%) Apple
16 232 (1.71%) CheckPoint
17 225 (1.66%) McAfee
18 174 (1.28%) AppSense
18 174 (1.28%) SAP
19 168 (1.24%) Altiris
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