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 2 June 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
2 Jun 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Windows
Rank 6 6 5
Rank change year-on-year
0 -1
Contract jobs citing Windows 6288 6648 5579
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 12.91% 13.98% 13.50%
As % of the Operating Systems category 58.07% 61.38% 61.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 3480 3561 2729
Average daily rate
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£338 £325 £342
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.84% -4.97%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £155 £140 £171
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £320
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 801 856 787
Average hourly rate £16.16 £15.00 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.73% -6.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.30 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £27.50 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -3.22%
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
10828 10831 9032
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 22.24% 22.77% 21.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 6344 6274 4935
Average daily rate £363 £350 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.57% -4.10%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £165 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £348 £310 £325
% change year-on-year
+12.09% -4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 880 947 895
Average hourly rate £16.83 £15.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.54% -11.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £34.00 £38.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £15.50 £16.20
% change year-on-year
+3.22% -4.32%

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 2 June 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 2 June 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 2 June 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 2522 £350 -3.44% 748
South East -1 1465 £350 +11.11% 494
East of England 0 468 £300 +22.44% 186
South West +2 421 £300 -7.69% 173
North West -3 410 £310 +15.88% 219
Yorkshire -2 370 £300 +26.98% 140
West Midlands -2 294 £325 +20.37% 143
East Midlands -2 220 £320 +14.28% 89
North East -1 103 £332 +38.42% 27
Midlands +2 8 £238 -34.48% 3
Windows
UK

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 2 June 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 4451 (35.95%) Active Directory
2 4193 (33.87%) Microsoft
3 3226 (26.06%) VMware
4 3121 (25.21%) Windows 7
5 2819 (22.77%) Windows Server 2008
6 2320 (18.74%) Linux
7 2113 (17.07%) SQL
8 1993 (16.10%) ITIL
9 1895 (15.31%) SQL Server
10 1874 (15.14%) Windows Server 2003
11 1830 (14.78%) MS Office
12 1802 (14.56%) Citrix
13 1737 (14.03%) Windows Server 2012
14 1696 (13.70%) VMware Infrastructure
15 1677 (13.55%) Finance
16 1632 (13.18%) Security Cleared
17 1601 (12.93%) MS Excel
18 1555 (12.56%) MS Exchange
19 1459 (11.79%) Migration
20 1376 (11.11%) UNIX
21 1327 (10.72%) Windows XP
22 1283 (10.36%) Cisco
23 1277 (10.32%) Oracle
24 1162 (9.39%) SCCM
25 1131 (9.14%) DNS
26 1119 (9.04%) SAN
27 1107 (8.94%) .NET
28 1076 (8.69%) SC Cleared
29 1069 (8.63%) HP
30 1067 (8.62%) Firewall

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 2 June 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 1555 (12.56%) MS Exchange
2 934 (7.54%) IIS
3 780 (6.30%) SharePoint
4 728 (5.88%) Exchange Server 2010
5 400 (3.23%) Lync
6 300 (2.42%) Exchange Server 2007
7 263 (2.12%) Exchange Server 2013
8 256 (2.07%) Apache
9 254 (2.05%) Exchange Server 2003
10 242 (1.95%) WebSphere
11 221 (1.79%) Tomcat
12 210 (1.70%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 177 (1.43%) IBM Notes
14 164 (1.32%) BizTalk Server
15 159 (1.28%) WebLogic
16 144 (1.16%) JBoss
17 108 (0.87%) SharePoint 2010
18 78 (0.63%) OpenStack
19 77 (0.62%) SharePoint 2013
19 77 (0.62%) Confluence
Applications
1 1830 (14.78%) MS Office
2 1601 (12.93%) MS Excel
3 160 (1.29%) MS Visio
4 123 (0.99%) MS PowerPoint
5 83 (0.67%) MS Project
6 32 (0.26%) Spreadsheet
7 16 (0.13%) Photoshop
8 15 (0.12%) PaintShop Pro
8 15 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 12 (0.097%) Adobe Illustrator
9 12 (0.097%) Acrobat
10 11 (0.089%) SOLIDWORKS
11 8 (0.065%) InfoPath
12 7 (0.057%) AutoCAD
12 7 (0.057%) Doxygen
13 6 (0.048%) InDesign
13 6 (0.048%) Maya
14 3 (0.024%) Fireworks
14 3 (0.024%) PowerPivot
15 2 (0.016%) PTC Creo
Business Applications
1 107 (0.86%) Dynamics CRM
2 60 (0.48%) Remedy ITSM
3 28 (0.23%) Dynamics AX
4 25 (0.20%) Oracle EBS
5 20 (0.16%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 20 (0.16%) BusinessWorks
6 19 (0.15%) Oracle BPM
7 18 (0.15%) RMDS
8 16 (0.13%) Oracle Applications
9 15 (0.12%) assyst
10 14 (0.11%) ION MarketView
11 10 (0.081%) Oracle EBS R12
11 10 (0.081%) SAP CRM
12 9 (0.073%) IntelliMatch
13 8 (0.065%) Eikon
13 8 (0.065%) Markit EDM
13 8 (0.065%) Dynamics NAV
14 7 (0.057%) Maximo
14 7 (0.057%) ResourceLink
14 7 (0.057%) Oracle Payables
Cloud Services
1 475 (3.84%) Office 365
2 387 (3.13%) Amazon AWS
3 381 (3.08%) Microsoft Azure
4 72 (0.58%) IaaS
5 66 (0.53%) Amazon EC2
6 65 (0.53%) SaaS
7 57 (0.46%) Cloud Computing
8 53 (0.43%) PaaS
9 45 (0.36%) Google Apps
10 33 (0.27%) AWS CloudFormation
11 28 (0.23%) Heroku
12 25 (0.20%) Amazon S3
13 22 (0.18%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 19 (0.15%) GitHub
15 16 (0.13%) Mimecast
15 16 (0.13%) Amazon CloudWatch
16 14 (0.11%) Yammer
17 12 (0.097%) OneDrive
18 11 (0.089%) Route 53
19 10 (0.081%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 1131 (9.14%) DNS
2 1119 (9.04%) SAN
3 1067 (8.62%) Firewall
4 820 (6.62%) TCP/IP
5 817 (6.60%) LAN
6 787 (6.36%) WAN
7 734 (5.93%) DHCP
8 536 (4.33%) VPN
9 429 (3.47%) Internet
10 346 (2.79%) NAS
11 235 (1.90%) Wireless
12 232 (1.87%) SSL
13 219 (1.77%) VLAN
14 207 (1.67%) VoIP
15 202 (1.63%) HTTP
16 200 (1.62%) Network Security
17 180 (1.45%) LDAP
18 157 (1.27%) MPLS
19 125 (1.01%) iSCSI
20 123 (0.99%) Fibre Channel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1895 (15.31%) SQL Server
2 367 (2.96%) SQL Server 2008
3 348 (2.81%) Oracle Database
4 276 (2.23%) MySQL
5 269 (2.17%) Relational Database
6 225 (1.82%) SQL Server 2012
7 203 (1.64%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 196 (1.58%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 186 (1.50%) SQL Server 2005
10 120 (0.97%) Oracle Database 11g
11 117 (0.95%) RDBMS
12 110 (0.89%) Data Warehouse
13 107 (0.86%) DB2
14 100 (0.81%) MongoDB
15 84 (0.68%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 77 (0.62%) PostgreSQL
17 71 (0.57%) Big Data
18 68 (0.55%) Oracle Reports
18 68 (0.55%) Hadoop
19 58 (0.47%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 300 (2.42%) Visual Studio
2 286 (2.31%) Jenkins
3 277 (2.24%) Subversion
4 270 (2.18%) Git (software)
5 218 (1.76%) JIRA
6 197 (1.59%) Team Foundation Server
7 163 (1.32%) MSI
8 132 (1.07%) Ant
9 114 (0.92%) TeamCity
10 109 (0.88%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 107 (0.86%) Maven
12 80 (0.65%) Eclipse
13 79 (0.64%) NUnit
14 78 (0.63%) Selenium
15 63 (0.51%) Cucumber
16 54 (0.44%) ClearCase
16 54 (0.44%) MSBuild
17 48 (0.39%) Gradle
18 47 (0.38%) Hudson
19 44 (0.36%) Mercurial
General
1 1677 (13.55%) Finance
2 605 (4.89%) Banking
3 284 (2.29%) Retail
4 276 (2.23%) Telecoms
5 206 (1.66%) Legal
6 197 (1.59%) Law
7 188 (1.52%) Investment Banking
8 154 (1.24%) Manufacturing
9 131 (1.06%) Front Office
10 126 (1.02%) Marketing
10 126 (1.02%) Back Office
11 110 (0.89%) Financial Institution
12 58 (0.47%) Publishing
13 50 (0.40%) Advertising
14 45 (0.36%) Games
15 44 (0.36%) French Language
15 44 (0.36%) Electronics
16 43 (0.35%) Local Government
17 37 (0.30%) Automotive
18 30 (0.24%) Military
Job Titles
1 2147 (17.34%) Analyst
2 1122 (9.06%) Developer
3 1033 (8.34%) Support Engineer
4 835 (6.74%) Support Analyst
5 776 (6.27%) Architect
6 737 (5.95%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 702 (5.67%) Desktop Support
8 665 (5.37%) 2nd Line Support
9 647 (5.23%) Service Analyst
10 643 (5.19%) Administrator
11 626 (5.06%) Service Desk Analyst
12 598 (4.83%) Consultant
13 436 (3.52%) Desktop Engineer
14 396 (3.20%) 3rd Line Support
15 363 (2.93%) 1st Line Support
16 358 (2.89%) Project Manager
17 352 (2.84%) Server Engineer
18 335 (2.71%) Systems Administrator
19 318 (2.57%) IT Support
20 289 (2.33%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1107 (8.94%) .NET
2 523 (4.22%) HTML
3 501 (4.05%) Web Services
4 486 (3.93%) XML
5 372 (3.00%) ASP.NET
6 297 (2.40%) CSS
7 286 (2.31%) Middleware
8 223 (1.80%) .NET Framework
9 197 (1.59%) Application Packaging
10 184 (1.49%) WCF
11 179 (1.45%) HTML5
12 169 (1.37%) J2EE
13 156 (1.26%) jQuery
14 150 (1.21%) SOAP
15 116 (0.94%) Ajax
16 111 (0.90%) WPF
17 110 (0.89%) JSON
17 110 (0.89%) ASP.NET MVC
18 108 (0.87%) AngularJS
19 85 (0.69%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 698 (5.64%) Data Centre
2 677 (5.47%) Analytical Skills
3 541 (4.37%) Blackberry
4 472 (3.81%) Clustering
5 236 (1.91%) Management Information System
6 201 (1.62%) Client/Server
7 187 (1.51%) Replication
8 182 (1.47%) NHS
9 166 (1.34%) iPhone
10 155 (1.25%) Computer Science
11 144 (1.16%) iPad
11 144 (1.16%) PKI
12 122 (0.99%) Fat Client
12 122 (0.99%) Thin Client
13 109 (0.88%) Mobile App
14 106 (0.86%) Fixed Income
15 93 (0.75%) User Experience
16 88 (0.71%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
17 85 (0.69%) Enterprise Software
18 75 (0.61%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 3121 (25.21%) Windows 7
2 2819 (22.77%) Windows Server 2008
3 2320 (18.74%) Linux
4 1874 (15.14%) Windows Server 2003
5 1737 (14.03%) Windows Server 2012
6 1376 (11.11%) UNIX
7 1327 (10.72%) Windows XP
8 674 (5.44%) Windows 8
9 428 (3.46%) Solaris
10 371 (3.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 367 (2.96%) Android
12 296 (2.39%) Apple iOS
13 279 (2.25%) AIX
14 197 (1.59%) Mac OS X
15 151 (1.22%) Windows 2000 Server
16 135 (1.09%) Windows 2000
17 129 (1.04%) Windows Vista
18 115 (0.93%) Windows Phone
19 103 (0.83%) CentOS
20 89 (0.72%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 1993 (16.10%) ITIL
2 1459 (11.79%) Migration
3 879 (7.10%) Agile Software Development
4 552 (4.46%) Project Management
5 486 (3.93%) Configuration Management
6 407 (3.29%) Change Management
7 405 (3.27%) Incident Management
8 393 (3.17%) Service Management
9 378 (3.05%) DevOps
10 370 (2.99%) Continuous Integration
11 343 (2.77%) Service Delivery
12 314 (2.54%) Disaster Recovery
13 309 (2.50%) SDLC
14 296 (2.39%) Scrum
15 259 (2.09%) OO
16 254 (2.05%) Stakeholder Management
17 252 (2.04%) Load Balancing
18 242 (1.95%) PRINCE2
19 237 (1.91%) Software Engineering
20 234 (1.89%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 2113 (17.07%) SQL
2 1014 (8.19%) PowerShell
3 867 (7.00%) C#
4 784 (6.33%) Java
5 502 (4.05%) JavaScript
6 434 (3.51%) Python
7 388 (3.13%) C++
8 377 (3.05%) Perl
9 307 (2.48%) VBScript
10 299 (2.42%) Shell Script
11 266 (2.15%) VB
12 216 (1.74%) C
13 191 (1.54%) Bash Shell
14 186 (1.50%) T-SQL
15 179 (1.45%) Ruby
16 135 (1.09%) PHP
17 123 (0.99%) PL/SQL
18 89 (0.72%) VB.NET
19 87 (0.70%) VBA
20 56 (0.45%) Korn
Qualifications
1 1632 (13.18%) Security Cleared
2 1076 (8.69%) SC Cleared
3 841 (6.79%) Microsoft Certification
4 502 (4.05%) MCSE
5 463 (3.74%) Degree
6 427 (3.45%) DV Cleared
7 333 (2.69%) Cisco Certification
8 259 (2.09%) CCNA
9 253 (2.04%) MCITP
10 250 (2.02%) MCP
11 185 (1.49%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 169 (1.37%) MCSA
13 147 (1.19%) ITIL Certification
14 105 (0.85%) CCNP
15 98 (0.79%) MCTS
16 80 (0.65%) Citrix Certification
17 79 (0.64%) CISSP
18 72 (0.58%) ISEB
19 52 (0.42%) MCDST
20 50 (0.40%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 514 (4.15%) SLA
2 256 (2.07%) QA
3 74 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 50 (0.40%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 46 (0.37%) PCI DSS
6 24 (0.19%) COBIT
7 20 (0.16%) ISO 9001
8 12 (0.097%) Dodd-Frank
9 8 (0.065%) JSP 440
10 7 (0.057%) HL7
10 7 (0.057%) DICOM
10 7 (0.057%) Data Quality
11 5 (0.040%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 5 (0.040%) COSO
12 3 (0.024%) 21 CFR Part 11
12 3 (0.024%) BS15000
13 2 (0.016%) Solvency II
13 2 (0.016%) ISO/IEC 14443
13 2 (0.016%) GxP
14 1 (0.008%) GMP
System Software
1 4451 (35.95%) Active Directory
2 1696 (13.70%) VMware Infrastructure
3 711 (5.74%) Hyper-V
4 621 (5.02%) vSphere
5 571 (4.61%) XenApp
6 353 (2.85%) VMware ESX
7 302 (2.44%) Microsoft App-V
8 245 (1.98%) XenDesktop
9 240 (1.94%) VMware ESXi
10 119 (0.96%) Terminal Services
11 96 (0.78%) NFS
12 92 (0.74%) XenServer
13 88 (0.71%) vCloud
14 74 (0.60%) Xen
15 67 (0.54%) VMware Server
16 62 (0.50%) Samba
17 61 (0.49%) ISA Server
18 48 (0.39%) Microsoft Virtual Server
19 42 (0.34%) Citrix Presentation Server
19 42 (0.34%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 1162 (9.39%) SCCM
2 376 (3.04%) SCOM
3 342 (2.76%) Puppet
4 191 (1.54%) Opscode Chef
5 142 (1.15%) WSUS
6 129 (1.04%) Tivoli
7 124 (1.00%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 121 (0.98%) Backup Exec
9 113 (0.91%) NetBackup
10 81 (0.65%) Nagios
11 79 (0.64%) AirWatch
12 61 (0.49%) BladeLogic
13 60 (0.48%) HP Quality Center
14 57 (0.46%) SCOrch
15 56 (0.45%) McAfee ePO
15 56 (0.45%) Tivoli Storage Manager
16 55 (0.44%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
17 54 (0.44%) Norton AntiVirus
18 51 (0.41%) OpenView
19 50 (0.40%) ITRS Geneos
Vendors
1 4193 (33.87%) Microsoft
2 3226 (26.06%) VMware
3 1802 (14.56%) Citrix
4 1283 (10.36%) Cisco
5 1277 (10.32%) Oracle
6 1069 (8.63%) HP
7 494 (3.99%) NetApp
8 469 (3.79%) Red Hat
9 451 (3.64%) IBM
10 344 (2.78%) EMC
11 309 (2.50%) Symantec
12 296 (2.39%) Dell
13 262 (2.12%) McAfee
14 256 (2.07%) Apple
15 240 (1.94%) CheckPoint
16 224 (1.81%) Remedy
17 192 (1.55%) Lotus
18 161 (1.30%) Juniper
19 157 (1.27%) SAP
20 154 (1.24%) AppSense
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