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 28 August 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
28 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Windows
Rank 5 5 6
Rank change year-on-year
0 +1
Contract jobs citing Windows 6700 6479 6806
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 13.31% 13.47% 12.82%
As % of the Operating Systems category 58.54% 59.28% 60.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 3612 3374 3190
Average daily rate
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£325 £335 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.98% +1.51%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £165 £170
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £305 £315 £313
% change year-on-year
-3.33% +0.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 920 845 953
Average hourly rate £15.00 £16.00 £16.61
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% -3.64%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £32.50 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.12 £16.00
% change year-on-year
-0.76% -5.53%
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
11446 10930 11334
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 22.74% 22.72% 21.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 6612 6221 5908
Average daily rate £350 £350 £350
90% offered a daily rate of more than £165 £178 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £323 £325 £320
% change year-on-year
-0.76% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 995 968 1129
Average hourly rate £15.73 £16.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.66% -5.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.84
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.00 £37.05 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
- -5.88%

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 28 August 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 28 August 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 28 August 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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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 2666 £360 -2.70% 709
South East -1 1516 £325 -1.51% 437
East of England -1 536 £320 +8.47% 158
North West 0 508 £300 -4.00% 168
South West +2 463 £300 -5.51% 180
West Midlands +1 350 £320 +6.66% 101
Yorkshire -1 283 £275 -8.33% 143
East Midlands 0 255 £318 +27.00% 79
North East -1 94 £260 +4.00% 25
Midlands -3 12 £400 +6.66% 1
South Coast - 2 £265 -
Windows
UK

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 4671 (34.82%) Active Directory
2 4619 (34.43%) Microsoft
3 4156 (30.98%) Windows 7
4 3043 (22.69%) Windows Server 2008
5 2725 (20.31%) VMware
6 2373 (17.69%) Windows XP
7 2272 (16.94%) MS Office
8 2198 (16.39%) Windows Server 2003
9 2179 (16.24%) SQL
10 2157 (16.08%) Citrix
11 2089 (15.57%) ITIL
12 2053 (15.30%) Linux
13 1968 (14.67%) MS Excel
14 1846 (13.76%) SQL Server
15 1836 (13.69%) Finance
16 1828 (13.63%) MS Exchange
17 1471 (10.97%) UNIX
18 1423 (10.61%) Security Cleared
19 1407 (10.49%) VMware Infrastructure
20 1365 (10.18%) SCCM
21 1325 (9.88%) .NET
22 1293 (9.64%) Migration
23 1268 (9.45%) Oracle
24 1211 (9.03%) Cisco
25 1204 (8.98%) Windows Server 2012
26 1148 (8.56%) HP
27 1147 (8.55%) DNS
28 1103 (8.22%) C#
29 1076 (8.02%) Firewall
30 1036 (7.72%) SAN

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 1828 (13.63%) MS Exchange
2 894 (6.66%) SharePoint
3 885 (6.60%) Exchange Server 2010
4 759 (5.66%) IIS
5 449 (3.35%) Exchange Server 2007
6 439 (3.27%) Exchange Server 2003
7 345 (2.57%) Lync
8 299 (2.23%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 252 (1.88%) Apache
10 243 (1.81%) IBM Notes
11 225 (1.68%) WebSphere
12 191 (1.42%) SharePoint 2010
13 190 (1.42%) Exchange Server 2013
14 176 (1.31%) BizTalk Server
15 155 (1.16%) Tomcat
16 150 (1.12%) WebLogic
17 132 (0.98%) SharePoint 2013
18 102 (0.76%) SharePoint Server
19 87 (0.65%) CMS
20 63 (0.47%) Confluence
Applications
1 2272 (16.94%) MS Office
2 1968 (14.67%) MS Excel
3 155 (1.16%) MS PowerPoint
4 135 (1.01%) MS Project
5 96 (0.72%) MS Visio
6 46 (0.34%) Photoshop
7 41 (0.31%) Spreadsheet
8 37 (0.28%) InfoPath
9 34 (0.25%) Adobe Illustrator
10 15 (0.11%) Adobe Captivate
11 13 (0.097%) Fireworks
11 13 (0.097%) AutoCAD
11 13 (0.097%) Acrobat
12 12 (0.089%) InDesign
13 8 (0.060%) Adobe After Effects
14 6 (0.045%) MicroStation
14 6 (0.045%) OmniGraffle
14 6 (0.045%) PaintShop Pro
14 6 (0.045%) RoboHelp
15 3 (0.022%) Pro/ENGINEER
Business Applications
1 123 (0.92%) Dynamics CRM
2 74 (0.55%) Oracle EBS
3 57 (0.42%) Remedy ITSM
4 23 (0.17%) assyst
5 20 (0.15%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 20 (0.15%) Dynamics AX
6 15 (0.11%) Oracle Applications
6 15 (0.11%) Oracle BPM
7 14 (0.10%) Eikon
7 14 (0.10%) RMDS
8 13 (0.097%) Remedy AR System
9 12 (0.089%) HFM
10 11 (0.082%) BusinessWorks
11 10 (0.075%) JDE OneWorld
11 10 (0.075%) Summit
11 10 (0.075%) JDE EnterpriseOne
12 9 (0.067%) TIBCO iProcess
12 9 (0.067%) Magento
13 8 (0.060%) ReMetrica
13 8 (0.060%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 285 (2.12%) Microsoft Azure
2 282 (2.10%) Office 365
3 138 (1.03%) Amazon AWS
4 73 (0.54%) SaaS
5 48 (0.36%) IaaS
6 30 (0.22%) PaaS
6 30 (0.22%) Google Apps
7 29 (0.22%) Cloud Computing
8 27 (0.20%) Amazon EC2
9 13 (0.097%) Amazon S3
9 13 (0.097%) IBM SmartCloud
10 12 (0.089%) GitHub
11 7 (0.052%) CloudFront
12 6 (0.045%) Google App Engine
13 5 (0.037%) Amazon SQS
13 5 (0.037%) Amazon ELB
14 3 (0.022%) SuccessFactors
15 2 (0.015%) OpenShift
15 2 (0.015%) Rackspace Cloud
15 2 (0.015%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 1147 (8.55%) DNS
2 1076 (8.02%) Firewall
3 1036 (7.72%) SAN
4 982 (7.32%) TCP/IP
5 787 (5.87%) LAN
6 781 (5.82%) DHCP
7 714 (5.32%) WAN
8 511 (3.81%) VPN
9 394 (2.94%) Internet
10 247 (1.84%) Wireless
11 233 (1.74%) VoIP
12 210 (1.57%) NAS
13 207 (1.54%) LDAP
14 193 (1.44%) Network Security
15 184 (1.37%) HTTP
16 166 (1.24%) VLAN
17 147 (1.10%) SSL
18 136 (1.01%) NetScaler
19 135 (1.01%) FTP
20 110 (0.82%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1846 (13.76%) SQL Server
2 506 (3.77%) SQL Server 2008
3 343 (2.56%) SQL Server 2005
4 322 (2.40%) Oracle Database
5 248 (1.85%) Relational Database
6 235 (1.75%) MySQL
7 229 (1.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 196 (1.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 158 (1.18%) SQL Server 2012
10 114 (0.85%) RDBMS
11 110 (0.82%) Oracle Database 11g
12 101 (0.75%) SQL Server 2000
13 98 (0.73%) DB2
14 89 (0.66%) Data Warehouse
15 77 (0.57%) Oracle Database 10g
16 76 (0.57%) SQL Server Analysis Services
17 71 (0.53%) DTS
18 67 (0.50%) PostgreSQL
19 65 (0.48%) NoSQL
20 59 (0.44%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 387 (2.89%) Visual Studio
2 295 (2.20%) Team Foundation Server
3 232 (1.73%) MSI
4 184 (1.37%) Subversion
5 182 (1.36%) Git (software)
6 137 (1.02%) JIRA
7 117 (0.87%) TeamCity
8 110 (0.82%) Maven
9 79 (0.59%) Selenium
10 78 (0.58%) Jenkins
11 68 (0.51%) NUnit
12 66 (0.49%) InstallShield
13 64 (0.48%) QuickTest Pro
14 60 (0.45%) JUnit
14 60 (0.45%) MSBuild
15 58 (0.43%) Eclipse
16 54 (0.40%) LoadRunner
17 51 (0.38%) Wise Package Studio
18 44 (0.33%) Artifactory
19 43 (0.32%) Gradle
General
1 1836 (13.69%) Finance
2 886 (6.61%) Banking
3 345 (2.57%) Telecoms
4 313 (2.33%) Investment Banking
5 252 (1.88%) Retail
6 244 (1.82%) Legal
7 197 (1.47%) Law
8 178 (1.33%) Front Office
9 174 (1.30%) Back Office
10 140 (1.04%) Financial Institution
11 122 (0.91%) Manufacturing
12 119 (0.89%) Marketing
13 102 (0.76%) Advertising
14 91 (0.68%) Publishing
15 64 (0.48%) French Language
16 50 (0.37%) Local Government
17 46 (0.34%) Pharmaceutical
18 45 (0.34%) Military
19 36 (0.27%) Games
20 32 (0.24%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 2446 (18.23%) Analyst
2 1397 (10.41%) Developer
3 1280 (9.54%) Support Engineer
4 987 (7.36%) Support Analyst
5 816 (6.08%) Desktop Support
6 791 (5.90%) 2nd Line Support
7 655 (4.88%) Service Analyst
8 648 (4.83%) Consultant
9 639 (4.76%) Service Desk Analyst
10 618 (4.61%) Architect
11 592 (4.41%) Administrator
12 567 (4.23%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 499 (3.72%) Desktop Engineer
14 478 (3.56%) 1st Line Support
15 409 (3.05%) Project Manager
16 395 (2.94%) 3rd Line Support
17 306 (2.28%) .NET Developer
17 306 (2.28%) IT Support
18 290 (2.16%) Applications Support
19 287 (2.14%) Desktop Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1325 (9.88%) .NET
2 589 (4.39%) HTML
3 587 (4.38%) ASP.NET
4 571 (4.26%) Web Services
5 543 (4.05%) XML
6 385 (2.87%) CSS
7 355 (2.65%) WCF
8 314 (2.34%) .NET Framework
9 247 (1.84%) Application Packaging
10 221 (1.65%) Middleware
11 216 (1.61%) jQuery
12 180 (1.34%) HTML5
13 154 (1.15%) ASP.NET MVC
14 152 (1.13%) WPF
15 133 (0.99%) WinForms
16 131 (0.98%) XSLT
17 126 (0.94%) SOAP
18 117 (0.87%) Ajax
19 112 (0.83%) JSP
20 111 (0.83%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 891 (6.64%) Blackberry
2 435 (3.24%) Clustering
3 332 (2.48%) Management Information System
4 197 (1.47%) Replication
5 190 (1.42%) Computer Science
6 184 (1.37%) NHS
7 168 (1.25%) Thin Client
7 168 (1.25%) Fat Client
8 165 (1.23%) iPhone
9 138 (1.03%) Mobile App
10 128 (0.95%) Mainframe
11 126 (0.94%) PKI
12 116 (0.86%) Client/Server
12 116 (0.86%) iPad
12 116 (0.86%) Open Source
13 109 (0.81%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 106 (0.79%) Fixed Income
15 97 (0.72%) Hedge funds
16 96 (0.72%) Enterprise Software
17 92 (0.69%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 4156 (30.98%) Windows 7
2 3043 (22.69%) Windows Server 2008
3 2373 (17.69%) Windows XP
4 2198 (16.39%) Windows Server 2003
5 2053 (15.30%) Linux
6 1471 (10.97%) UNIX
7 1204 (8.98%) Windows Server 2012
8 673 (5.02%) Windows 8
9 375 (2.80%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 336 (2.50%) Solaris
11 306 (2.28%) Windows Vista
12 276 (2.06%) Android
13 257 (1.92%) Apple iOS
14 250 (1.86%) Windows 2000
15 231 (1.72%) AIX
16 157 (1.17%) Mac OS X
17 119 (0.89%) Windows Phone
18 116 (0.86%) Windows 2000 Server
19 102 (0.76%) Windows Mobile
20 90 (0.67%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2089 (15.57%) ITIL
2 1293 (9.64%) Migration
3 550 (4.10%) Project Management
4 463 (3.45%) Agile Software Development
5 439 (3.27%) Service Management
6 422 (3.15%) Incident Management
7 386 (2.88%) Change Management
8 371 (2.77%) Disaster Recovery
9 362 (2.70%) Service Delivery
10 337 (2.51%) MVC
11 332 (2.48%) Configuration Management
12 320 (2.39%) PRINCE2
13 314 (2.34%) Workflow
14 269 (2.01%) Scrum
15 265 (1.98%) OO
16 254 (1.89%) Stakeholder Management
17 249 (1.86%) DevOps
18 246 (1.83%) TDD
19 243 (1.81%) Software Engineering
20 226 (1.68%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 2179 (16.24%) SQL
2 1103 (8.22%) C#
3 951 (7.09%) PowerShell
4 700 (5.22%) Java
5 595 (4.44%) JavaScript
6 391 (2.91%) Perl
7 372 (2.77%) C++
8 365 (2.72%) VB
9 341 (2.54%) VBScript
10 336 (2.50%) Python
11 327 (2.44%) T-SQL
12 323 (2.41%) C
13 246 (1.83%) Shell Script
14 164 (1.22%) VB.NET
15 145 (1.08%) Bash Shell
16 139 (1.04%) Ruby
17 134 (1.00%) PL/SQL
18 129 (0.96%) PHP
19 110 (0.82%) VBA
20 60 (0.45%) Korn
Qualifications
1 1423 (10.61%) Security Cleared
2 988 (7.37%) Microsoft Certification
3 979 (7.30%) SC Cleared
4 588 (4.38%) MCSE
5 495 (3.69%) Degree
6 363 (2.71%) DV Cleared
7 333 (2.48%) MCP
8 277 (2.07%) MCITP
9 273 (2.04%) Cisco Certification
10 216 (1.61%) CCNA
11 181 (1.35%) ITIL Certification
12 163 (1.22%) MCSA
13 161 (1.20%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 128 (0.95%) CISSP
15 127 (0.95%) MCTS
16 115 (0.86%) CCNP
17 101 (0.75%) ISTQB
18 98 (0.73%) ISEB
19 81 (0.60%) Citrix Certification
20 66 (0.49%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 557 (4.15%) SLA
2 276 (2.06%) QA
3 78 (0.58%) PCI DSS
4 71 (0.53%) ISO 9001
5 69 (0.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 59 (0.44%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 10 (0.075%) BS15000
7 10 (0.075%) Data Quality
8 9 (0.067%) COBIT
9 7 (0.052%) JSP 440
10 6 (0.045%) GPG13
11 5 (0.037%) ISO 14001
11 5 (0.037%) HL7
12 4 (0.030%) Dodd-Frank
12 4 (0.030%) Basel III
13 3 (0.022%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 3 (0.022%) TickIT
13 3 (0.022%) BS7799
13 3 (0.022%) ISO 9000
13 3 (0.022%) ISO/IEC 17799
System Software
1 4671 (34.82%) Active Directory
2 1407 (10.49%) VMware Infrastructure
3 712 (5.31%) XenApp
4 652 (4.86%) Hyper-V
5 549 (4.09%) vSphere
6 395 (2.94%) Microsoft App-V
7 342 (2.55%) VMware ESX
8 304 (2.27%) XenDesktop
9 218 (1.63%) XenServer
10 175 (1.30%) VMware ESXi
11 144 (1.07%) Terminal Services
12 100 (0.75%) NFS
13 79 (0.59%) Oracle RAC
14 72 (0.54%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 72 (0.54%) ISA Server
15 69 (0.51%) Xen
16 68 (0.51%) VMware Server
17 64 (0.48%) vCloud
18 48 (0.36%) UAG
19 40 (0.30%) Oracle RMAN
Systems Management
1 1365 (10.18%) SCCM
2 405 (3.02%) SCOM
3 211 (1.57%) Backup Exec
4 160 (1.19%) WSUS
4 160 (1.19%) Puppet
5 148 (1.10%) HP Quality Center
6 143 (1.07%) NetBackup
7 136 (1.01%) Opscode Chef
8 135 (1.01%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 130 (0.97%) Tivoli
10 91 (0.68%) Norton AntiVirus
11 77 (0.57%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 76 (0.57%) McAfee ePO
13 68 (0.51%) HP SIM
14 65 (0.48%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
15 58 (0.43%) WMI
16 56 (0.42%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
17 54 (0.40%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
18 52 (0.39%) Tivoli Storage Manager
19 51 (0.38%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 4619 (34.43%) Microsoft
2 2725 (20.31%) VMware
3 2157 (16.08%) Citrix
4 1268 (9.45%) Oracle
5 1211 (9.03%) Cisco
6 1148 (8.56%) HP
7 448 (3.34%) IBM
8 386 (2.88%) Red Hat
9 382 (2.85%) Symantec
10 376 (2.80%) NetApp
11 331 (2.47%) EMC
12 328 (2.45%) Dell
13 262 (1.95%) Lotus
14 245 (1.83%) Remedy
15 234 (1.74%) CheckPoint
16 231 (1.72%) Apple
17 215 (1.60%) McAfee
18 185 (1.38%) AppSense
19 174 (1.30%) Sybase
20 170 (1.27%) SAP
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