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 April 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
21 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Windows
Rank 6 6 5
Rank change year-on-year
0 -1
Contract jobs citing Windows 6598 6905 5787
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 13.00% 13.48% 13.43%
As % of the Operating Systems category 58.63% 61.77% 63.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 3553 3592 2852
Average daily rate
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£340 £325 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.61% -4.41%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £135 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 830 915 845
Average hourly rate £15.50 £15.85 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.20% -0.93%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £10.50 £10.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £31.78 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
-3.22% +3.33%
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
11254 11179 9152
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 22.18% 21.82% 21.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 6446 6340 4955
Average daily rate £375 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £176 £160 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £320 £315
% change year-on-year
+7.81% +1.58%
Number of hourly rates quoted 917 1017 949
Average hourly rate £16.00 £16.20 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.23% -7.42%
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 £15.50 £16.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
-3.12% -

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 April 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 21 April 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 21 April 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 2544 £363 -2.02% 719
South East -1 1625 £350 +12.90% 507
North West -2 506 £330 +24.52% 191
South West -1 459 £300 -7.69% 178
East of England +2 424 £300 +3.00% 180
West Midlands -1 362 £319 +13.92% 132
Yorkshire -2 336 £275 -3.50% 136
East Midlands -2 253 £300 +66.66% 93
North East -1 69 £297 +25.00% 23
Midlands -5 13 £400 - 2
Windows
UK

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 21 April 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 4497 (35.44%) Active Directory
2 4197 (33.07%) Microsoft
3 3294 (25.96%) Windows 7
4 3148 (24.81%) VMware
5 2904 (22.88%) Windows Server 2008
6 2311 (18.21%) Linux
7 2156 (16.99%) SQL
8 2018 (15.90%) ITIL
9 1935 (15.25%) MS Office
10 1916 (15.10%) Windows Server 2003
11 1822 (14.36%) Citrix
12 1816 (14.31%) SQL Server
13 1742 (13.73%) Windows Server 2012
14 1715 (13.51%) VMware Infrastructure
15 1690 (13.32%) Security Cleared
16 1659 (13.07%) Finance
17 1648 (12.99%) MS Excel
18 1596 (12.58%) MS Exchange
19 1486 (11.71%) Windows XP
20 1484 (11.69%) Migration
21 1377 (10.85%) UNIX
22 1314 (10.35%) Cisco
23 1258 (9.91%) Oracle
24 1230 (9.69%) SCCM
25 1141 (8.99%) .NET
26 1133 (8.93%) DNS
27 1097 (8.64%) SC Cleared
28 1094 (8.62%) HP
29 1092 (8.61%) Firewall
30 1060 (8.35%) SAN

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 21 April 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 1596 (12.58%) MS Exchange
2 904 (7.12%) IIS
3 742 (5.85%) SharePoint
4 717 (5.65%) Exchange Server 2010
5 387 (3.05%) Lync
6 300 (2.36%) Exchange Server 2007
7 276 (2.17%) Exchange Server 2003
8 266 (2.10%) Apache
9 249 (1.96%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 245 (1.93%) WebSphere
11 243 (1.91%) Exchange Server 2013
12 221 (1.74%) Tomcat
13 191 (1.51%) IBM Notes
14 174 (1.37%) WebLogic
15 152 (1.20%) BizTalk Server
16 124 (0.98%) JBoss
17 101 (0.80%) OpenStack
18 94 (0.74%) SharePoint 2010
19 84 (0.66%) CMS
19 84 (0.66%) Confluence
Applications
1 1935 (15.25%) MS Office
2 1648 (12.99%) MS Excel
3 152 (1.20%) MS Visio
4 127 (1.00%) MS PowerPoint
5 86 (0.68%) MS Project
6 27 (0.21%) Spreadsheet
7 23 (0.18%) Photoshop
7 23 (0.18%) Acrobat
8 21 (0.17%) Adobe Illustrator
9 20 (0.16%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 15 (0.12%) PaintShop Pro
11 11 (0.087%) SOLIDWORKS
12 9 (0.071%) InDesign
13 8 (0.063%) InfoPath
14 7 (0.055%) Maya
15 5 (0.039%) AutoCAD
16 4 (0.032%) Final Cut Pro
16 4 (0.032%) Doxygen
17 3 (0.024%) PowerPivot
17 3 (0.024%) 3ds Max
Business Applications
1 84 (0.66%) Dynamics CRM
2 44 (0.35%) Remedy ITSM
3 32 (0.25%) Oracle EBS
4 25 (0.20%) Dynamics AX
5 21 (0.17%) assyst
6 19 (0.15%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 18 (0.14%) BusinessWorks
8 17 (0.13%) RMDS
9 16 (0.13%) Oracle BPM
10 13 (0.10%) Markit EDM
10 13 (0.10%) ION MarketView
10 13 (0.10%) Oracle EBS R12
11 12 (0.095%) ResourceLink
11 12 (0.095%) Oracle Applications
12 10 (0.079%) Dynamics NAV
13 9 (0.071%) Eikon
14 7 (0.055%) Oracle Retail
15 6 (0.047%) thinkFolio
15 6 (0.047%) IntelliMatch
15 6 (0.047%) Oracle Payables
Cloud Services
1 393 (3.10%) Office 365
2 389 (3.07%) Amazon AWS
3 372 (2.93%) Microsoft Azure
4 67 (0.53%) IaaS
5 57 (0.45%) Amazon EC2
5 57 (0.45%) SaaS
6 51 (0.40%) Cloud Computing
7 47 (0.37%) PaaS
8 45 (0.35%) Google Apps
9 39 (0.31%) AWS CloudFormation
10 29 (0.23%) Heroku
11 25 (0.20%) Amazon S3
11 25 (0.20%) GitHub
12 18 (0.14%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 17 (0.13%) Mimecast
14 14 (0.11%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 11 (0.087%) Google Drive
16 8 (0.063%) CloudFront
16 8 (0.063%) Amazon ELB
17 7 (0.055%) Engine Yard
Communications & Networking
1 1133 (8.93%) DNS
2 1092 (8.61%) Firewall
3 1060 (8.35%) SAN
4 850 (6.70%) TCP/IP
5 800 (6.30%) LAN
6 775 (6.11%) WAN
7 757 (5.97%) DHCP
8 570 (4.49%) VPN
9 401 (3.16%) Internet
10 324 (2.55%) NAS
11 234 (1.84%) SSL
11 234 (1.84%) VoIP
12 227 (1.79%) Wireless
13 214 (1.69%) Network Security
14 206 (1.62%) VLAN
15 204 (1.61%) HTTP
16 173 (1.36%) LDAP
17 155 (1.22%) MPLS
18 134 (1.06%) iSCSI
19 127 (1.00%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1816 (14.31%) SQL Server
2 384 (3.03%) SQL Server 2008
3 341 (2.69%) Oracle Database
4 297 (2.34%) MySQL
5 243 (1.91%) Relational Database
6 215 (1.69%) SQL Server 2012
7 212 (1.67%) SQL Server 2005
8 190 (1.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 184 (1.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 115 (0.91%) Oracle Database 11g
11 112 (0.88%) Data Warehouse
12 105 (0.83%) RDBMS
13 100 (0.79%) MongoDB
14 98 (0.77%) DB2
15 85 (0.67%) PostgreSQL
16 83 (0.65%) SQL Server Analysis Services
17 75 (0.59%) SQL Server 2000
18 73 (0.58%) Oracle Reports
19 72 (0.57%) Big Data
20 66 (0.52%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 297 (2.34%) Subversion
2 295 (2.32%) Visual Studio
3 293 (2.31%) Jenkins
4 244 (1.92%) Git (software)
5 207 (1.63%) JIRA
6 203 (1.60%) Team Foundation Server
7 182 (1.43%) MSI
8 130 (1.02%) Ant
9 123 (0.97%) Maven
10 116 (0.91%) TeamCity
11 104 (0.82%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 85 (0.67%) Selenium
13 79 (0.62%) Eclipse
14 78 (0.61%) NUnit
15 66 (0.52%) Cucumber
16 60 (0.47%) Hudson
17 52 (0.41%) ClearCase
18 50 (0.39%) StarTeam
19 47 (0.37%) MSBuild
20 46 (0.36%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 1659 (13.07%) Finance
2 648 (5.11%) Banking
3 318 (2.51%) Telecoms
4 280 (2.21%) Retail
5 204 (1.61%) Legal
6 202 (1.59%) Investment Banking
7 190 (1.50%) Law
8 152 (1.20%) Manufacturing
9 131 (1.03%) Front Office
10 111 (0.87%) Back Office
11 107 (0.84%) Marketing
12 102 (0.80%) Financial Institution
13 62 (0.49%) Games
14 57 (0.45%) Advertising
15 53 (0.42%) Publishing
16 46 (0.36%) Electronics
16 46 (0.36%) French Language
17 45 (0.35%) Local Government
18 39 (0.31%) Automotive
19 31 (0.24%) Military
Job Titles
1 2262 (17.83%) Analyst
2 1149 (9.05%) Developer
3 1102 (8.68%) Support Engineer
4 875 (6.90%) Support Analyst
5 763 (6.01%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 754 (5.94%) Architect
7 753 (5.93%) Desktop Support
8 683 (5.38%) 2nd Line Support
9 667 (5.26%) Service Analyst
10 647 (5.10%) Service Desk Analyst
11 603 (4.75%) Consultant
12 596 (4.70%) Administrator
13 439 (3.46%) Desktop Engineer
14 400 (3.15%) 3rd Line Support
15 384 (3.03%) 1st Line Support
16 359 (2.83%) Server Engineer
17 355 (2.80%) IT Support
18 332 (2.62%) Project Manager
19 298 (2.35%) Systems Administrator
20 289 (2.28%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1141 (8.99%) .NET
2 550 (4.33%) HTML
3 507 (4.00%) XML
4 504 (3.97%) Web Services
5 367 (2.89%) ASP.NET
6 311 (2.45%) CSS
7 277 (2.18%) Middleware
8 248 (1.95%) .NET Framework
9 192 (1.51%) WCF
10 191 (1.51%) Application Packaging
11 185 (1.46%) HTML5
12 183 (1.44%) J2EE
13 182 (1.43%) jQuery
14 147 (1.16%) SOAP
15 114 (0.90%) JSON
16 110 (0.87%) Ajax
17 108 (0.85%) WPF
18 107 (0.84%) AngularJS
19 104 (0.82%) ASP.NET MVC
20 92 (0.72%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 693 (5.46%) Analytical Skills
2 619 (4.88%) Blackberry
3 454 (3.58%) Clustering
4 235 (1.85%) Management Information System
5 200 (1.58%) Replication
6 197 (1.55%) Client/Server
7 188 (1.48%) NHS
8 173 (1.36%) iPhone
9 162 (1.28%) Computer Science
10 160 (1.26%) PKI
11 158 (1.25%) Open Source
12 140 (1.10%) iPad
13 126 (0.99%) Mobile App
14 121 (0.95%) Fat Client
14 121 (0.95%) Thin Client
15 103 (0.81%) Enterprise Software
16 99 (0.78%) Fixed Income
17 93 (0.73%) User Experience
18 84 (0.66%) Private Cloud
19 79 (0.62%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 3294 (25.96%) Windows 7
2 2904 (22.88%) Windows Server 2008
3 2311 (18.21%) Linux
4 1916 (15.10%) Windows Server 2003
5 1742 (13.73%) Windows Server 2012
6 1486 (11.71%) Windows XP
7 1377 (10.85%) UNIX
8 650 (5.12%) Windows 8
9 395 (3.11%) Solaris
10 394 (3.10%) Android
11 391 (3.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 336 (2.65%) Apple iOS
13 272 (2.14%) AIX
14 209 (1.65%) Mac OS X
15 197 (1.55%) Windows Vista
16 152 (1.20%) Windows 2000
17 144 (1.13%) CentOS
18 140 (1.10%) Windows 2000 Server
19 133 (1.05%) Windows Phone
20 106 (0.84%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 2018 (15.90%) ITIL
2 1484 (11.69%) Migration
3 903 (7.12%) Agile Software Development
4 528 (4.16%) Configuration Management
5 526 (4.14%) Project Management
6 391 (3.08%) Service Management
6 391 (3.08%) Service Delivery
7 390 (3.07%) DevOps
8 385 (3.03%) Incident Management
9 372 (2.93%) Change Management
10 347 (2.73%) Continuous Integration
11 342 (2.70%) Disaster Recovery
12 296 (2.33%) Scrum
13 276 (2.17%) OO
14 248 (1.95%) Stakeholder Management
15 244 (1.92%) PRINCE2
16 234 (1.84%) Load Balancing
17 232 (1.83%) TDD
17 232 (1.83%) MVC
17 232 (1.83%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 2156 (16.99%) SQL
2 937 (7.38%) PowerShell
3 899 (7.08%) C#
4 792 (6.24%) Java
5 525 (4.14%) JavaScript
6 433 (3.41%) Python
7 394 (3.10%) C++
8 357 (2.81%) Perl
9 323 (2.55%) Shell Script
10 322 (2.54%) VBScript
11 270 (2.13%) VB
12 242 (1.91%) C
13 208 (1.64%) Ruby
14 202 (1.59%) Bash Shell
15 168 (1.32%) T-SQL
16 158 (1.25%) PHP
17 122 (0.96%) PL/SQL
18 97 (0.76%) VBA
19 95 (0.75%) VB.NET
20 58 (0.46%) Korn
Qualifications
1 1690 (13.32%) Security Cleared
2 1097 (8.64%) SC Cleared
3 858 (6.76%) Microsoft Certification
4 524 (4.13%) MCSE
5 489 (3.85%) DV Cleared
6 478 (3.77%) Degree
7 338 (2.66%) Cisco Certification
8 270 (2.13%) MCP
9 264 (2.08%) CCNA
10 252 (1.99%) MCITP
11 192 (1.51%) MCSA
12 173 (1.36%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 164 (1.29%) ITIL Certification
14 110 (0.87%) CCNP
15 103 (0.81%) MCTS
16 78 (0.61%) Citrix Certification
17 74 (0.58%) CISSP
18 70 (0.55%) ISEB
19 62 (0.49%) A+ Certification
20 55 (0.43%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 526 (4.14%) SLA
2 244 (1.92%) QA
3 51 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 48 (0.38%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 43 (0.34%) PCI DSS
6 20 (0.16%) ISO 9001
7 16 (0.13%) COBIT
8 15 (0.12%) JSP 440
8 15 (0.12%) Dodd-Frank
9 8 (0.063%) HL7
9 8 (0.063%) DICOM
10 5 (0.039%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 5 (0.039%) HIPAA
11 4 (0.032%) COSO
12 3 (0.024%) BS15000
12 3 (0.024%) Data Quality
13 2 (0.016%) P3O
13 2 (0.016%) EMIR
13 2 (0.016%) GxP
13 2 (0.016%) 21 CFR Part 11
System Software
1 4497 (35.44%) Active Directory
2 1715 (13.51%) VMware Infrastructure
3 750 (5.91%) Hyper-V
4 605 (4.77%) vSphere
5 533 (4.20%) XenApp
6 314 (2.47%) VMware ESX
7 271 (2.14%) Microsoft App-V
8 253 (1.99%) XenDesktop
9 241 (1.90%) VMware ESXi
10 142 (1.12%) Terminal Services
11 106 (0.84%) XenServer
12 90 (0.71%) vCloud
13 85 (0.67%) NFS
14 66 (0.52%) Xen
15 65 (0.51%) VMware Server
16 64 (0.50%) Samba
17 63 (0.50%) Firmware
18 59 (0.46%) ISA Server
19 48 (0.38%) Microsoft Virtual Server
20 46 (0.36%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 1230 (9.69%) SCCM
2 399 (3.14%) SCOM
3 333 (2.62%) Puppet
4 183 (1.44%) Opscode Chef
5 153 (1.21%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 138 (1.09%) WSUS
7 115 (0.91%) Backup Exec
8 113 (0.89%) Tivoli
9 106 (0.84%) NetBackup
10 82 (0.65%) Nagios
11 71 (0.56%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 70 (0.55%) HP Quality Center
13 63 (0.50%) AirWatch
14 56 (0.44%) SCVMM
15 52 (0.41%) Norton AntiVirus
15 52 (0.41%) SCOrch
16 51 (0.40%) McAfee ePO
17 49 (0.39%) Tivoli Storage Manager
18 45 (0.35%) OpenView
18 45 (0.35%) ITRS Geneos
Vendors
1 4197 (33.07%) Microsoft
2 3148 (24.81%) VMware
3 1822 (14.36%) Citrix
4 1314 (10.35%) Cisco
5 1258 (9.91%) Oracle
6 1094 (8.62%) HP
7 492 (3.88%) NetApp
8 483 (3.81%) Red Hat
9 429 (3.38%) IBM
10 344 (2.71%) EMC
11 294 (2.32%) Dell
12 275 (2.17%) Apple
13 265 (2.09%) McAfee
14 262 (2.06%) Symantec
15 235 (1.85%) Remedy
16 234 (1.84%) CheckPoint
17 205 (1.62%) Lotus
18 162 (1.28%) F5
19 161 (1.27%) Juniper
20 142 (1.12%) SAP
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