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 January 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
28 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Windows
Rank 6 6 5
Rank change year-on-year
0 -1
Contract jobs citing Windows 5981 6178 5676
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 13.12% 13.86% 13.77%
As % of the Operating Systems category 57.28% 61.67% 61.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 3300 3133 2733
Average daily rate
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£350 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £135 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £315 £290 £308
% change year-on-year
+8.62% -5.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 746 821 936
Average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -9.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £10.69 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £28.11 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £14.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
- -9.37%
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
10442 10018 9268
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 22.91% 22.47% 22.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 6166 5600 4971
Average daily rate £375 £350 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -3.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £150 £188
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £305 £325
% change year-on-year
+10.65% -6.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 841 926 1054
Average hourly rate £16.00 £15.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% -11.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £33.50 £38.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £17.25
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -13.04%

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 January 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 28 January 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 28 January 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 2401 £375 - 861
South East -1 1400 £325 +1.56% 592
East of England 0 462 £300 - 207
North West -2 418 £325 +18.18% 178
South West -1 398 £320 +38.37% 196
West Midlands +3 341 £288 -4.16% 138
Yorkshire 0 264 £300 +26.31% 153
East Midlands -2 187 £275 +150.00% 74
North East -5 85 £293 +19.38% 13
Midlands +7 10 £363 +61.11% 4
Windows
UK

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 28 January 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 4581 (35.08%) Active Directory
2 4475 (34.27%) Microsoft
3 3590 (27.49%) Windows 7
4 3091 (23.67%) VMware
5 3009 (23.04%) Windows Server 2008
6 2242 (17.17%) SQL
7 2184 (16.72%) Linux
8 2168 (16.60%) MS Office
9 2111 (16.17%) ITIL
10 2083 (15.95%) Windows Server 2003
11 1977 (15.14%) Citrix
12 1865 (14.28%) MS Excel
13 1848 (14.15%) Windows XP
14 1793 (13.73%) Finance
15 1721 (13.18%) MS Exchange
16 1699 (13.01%) SQL Server
17 1677 (12.84%) Security Cleared
18 1662 (12.73%) VMware Infrastructure
19 1463 (11.20%) UNIX
20 1456 (11.15%) Windows Server 2012
21 1400 (10.72%) Migration
22 1245 (9.53%) DNS
23 1235 (9.46%) Cisco
24 1232 (9.43%) Oracle
25 1216 (9.31%) SCCM
26 1186 (9.08%) HP
27 1139 (8.72%) .NET
28 1106 (8.47%) SC Cleared
29 1071 (8.20%) Firewall
30 1066 (8.16%) SAN

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 28 January 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 1721 (13.18%) MS Exchange
2 849 (6.50%) SharePoint
3 835 (6.39%) IIS
4 788 (6.03%) Exchange Server 2010
5 386 (2.96%) Exchange Server 2007
6 383 (2.93%) Lync
7 378 (2.89%) Exchange Server 2003
8 324 (2.48%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 313 (2.40%) Apache
10 253 (1.94%) IBM Notes
11 245 (1.88%) Exchange Server 2013
12 229 (1.75%) Tomcat
13 202 (1.55%) WebSphere
14 165 (1.26%) BizTalk Server
15 154 (1.18%) WebLogic
16 116 (0.89%) JBoss
17 113 (0.87%) SharePoint 2010
18 87 (0.67%) SharePoint 2013
18 87 (0.67%) OpenStack
19 66 (0.51%) Confluence
Applications
1 2168 (16.60%) MS Office
2 1865 (14.28%) MS Excel
3 147 (1.13%) MS PowerPoint
4 120 (0.92%) MS Visio
5 106 (0.81%) MS Project
6 48 (0.37%) Spreadsheet
7 22 (0.17%) Photoshop
8 21 (0.16%) Acrobat
9 17 (0.13%) Adobe Illustrator
10 16 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 12 (0.092%) AutoCAD
12 10 (0.077%) PaintShop Pro
13 9 (0.069%) InfoPath
14 5 (0.038%) Mingle
14 5 (0.038%) Final Cut Pro
14 5 (0.038%) InDesign
14 5 (0.038%) Adobe Captivate
15 4 (0.031%) Fireworks
16 3 (0.023%) Quicktime
16 3 (0.023%) Maya
Business Applications
1 89 (0.68%) Dynamics CRM
2 60 (0.46%) Oracle EBS
3 46 (0.35%) Remedy ITSM
4 28 (0.21%) assyst
5 22 (0.17%) Dynamics AX
6 21 (0.16%) Eikon
7 19 (0.15%) Markit EDM
8 18 (0.14%) Dynamics NAV
9 14 (0.11%) SAP Oil and Gas
10 13 (0.100%) Oracle EBS R12
11 12 (0.092%) BusinessWorks
12 11 (0.084%) ResourceLink
13 9 (0.069%) Agresso
13 9 (0.069%) Summit
13 9 (0.069%) ION MarketView
14 8 (0.061%) Remedy AR System
15 7 (0.054%) Oracle BPM
15 7 (0.054%) IntelliMatch
15 7 (0.054%) RMDS
16 6 (0.046%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 327 (2.50%) Microsoft Azure
2 311 (2.38%) Office 365
3 195 (1.49%) Amazon AWS
4 60 (0.46%) SaaS
5 51 (0.39%) Google Apps
6 46 (0.35%) IaaS
7 41 (0.31%) Amazon EC2
8 35 (0.27%) Cloud Computing
9 31 (0.24%) PaaS
10 27 (0.21%) GitHub
11 25 (0.19%) Amazon S3
12 19 (0.15%) Heroku
13 8 (0.061%) Amazon ELB
14 5 (0.038%) Route 53
14 5 (0.038%) CloudFront
14 5 (0.038%) Engine Yard
14 5 (0.038%) SoftLayer
14 5 (0.038%) OpenShift
15 4 (0.031%) IBM SmartCloud
16 3 (0.023%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 1245 (9.53%) DNS
2 1071 (8.20%) Firewall
3 1066 (8.16%) SAN
4 974 (7.46%) TCP/IP
5 832 (6.37%) DHCP
6 805 (6.16%) LAN
7 782 (5.99%) WAN
8 588 (4.50%) VPN
9 408 (3.12%) Internet
10 302 (2.31%) NAS
11 286 (2.19%) VoIP
12 226 (1.73%) VLAN
13 216 (1.65%) SSL
14 207 (1.59%) Wireless
15 198 (1.52%) Network Security
16 196 (1.50%) HTTP
17 177 (1.36%) LDAP
17 177 (1.36%) FTP
18 147 (1.13%) MPLS
19 141 (1.08%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1699 (13.01%) SQL Server
2 438 (3.35%) SQL Server 2008
3 287 (2.20%) Oracle Database
4 282 (2.16%) MySQL
5 258 (1.98%) SQL Server 2005
6 239 (1.83%) Relational Database
7 185 (1.42%) SQL Server 2012
8 177 (1.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 171 (1.31%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 132 (1.01%) DB2
11 110 (0.84%) RDBMS
12 93 (0.71%) Oracle Database 11g
13 92 (0.70%) Data Warehouse
14 88 (0.67%) NoSQL
15 86 (0.66%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 82 (0.63%) SQL Server 2000
17 80 (0.61%) MongoDB
18 75 (0.57%) Oracle Reports
19 74 (0.57%) MS Access
20 61 (0.47%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 263 (2.01%) Visual Studio
2 257 (1.97%) Subversion
3 221 (1.69%) Team Foundation Server
4 210 (1.61%) MSI
5 201 (1.54%) Jenkins
6 179 (1.37%) Git (software)
7 159 (1.22%) JIRA
8 126 (0.96%) Maven
9 103 (0.79%) Selenium
10 98 (0.75%) Ant
11 94 (0.72%) TeamCity
12 83 (0.64%) NUnit
13 80 (0.61%) Eclipse
14 63 (0.48%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 57 (0.44%) ClearCase
16 51 (0.39%) Hudson
17 50 (0.38%) Cucumber
18 48 (0.37%) VSS/SourceSafe
19 47 (0.36%) JUnit
20 45 (0.34%) StarTeam
General
1 1793 (13.73%) Finance
2 798 (6.11%) Banking
3 350 (2.68%) Telecoms
4 277 (2.12%) Investment Banking
5 265 (2.03%) Retail
6 225 (1.72%) Legal
7 200 (1.53%) Law
8 144 (1.10%) Front Office
9 143 (1.10%) Manufacturing
10 137 (1.05%) Back Office
11 93 (0.71%) Financial Institution
12 89 (0.68%) Marketing
13 84 (0.64%) Advertising
14 83 (0.64%) Publishing
15 70 (0.54%) Games
16 50 (0.38%) Military
17 40 (0.31%) Local Government
18 38 (0.29%) French Language
19 34 (0.26%) Electronics
20 33 (0.25%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 2504 (19.17%) Analyst
2 1210 (9.27%) Developer
3 1185 (9.07%) Support Engineer
4 960 (7.35%) Support Analyst
5 785 (6.01%) Desktop Support
6 764 (5.85%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 724 (5.54%) Service Analyst
8 719 (5.51%) 2nd Line Support
9 712 (5.45%) Service Desk Analyst
10 682 (5.22%) Architect
11 655 (5.02%) Consultant
12 509 (3.90%) Administrator
13 490 (3.75%) Desktop Engineer
14 409 (3.13%) 1st Line Support
15 401 (3.07%) 3rd Line Support
16 367 (2.81%) IT Support
17 328 (2.51%) Desktop Support Engineer
18 323 (2.47%) Server Engineer
19 322 (2.47%) Project Manager
20 260 (1.99%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1139 (8.72%) .NET
2 560 (4.29%) HTML
3 518 (3.97%) Web Services
4 466 (3.57%) XML
5 376 (2.88%) ASP.NET
6 323 (2.47%) CSS
7 270 (2.07%) Middleware
8 231 (1.77%) .NET Framework
9 225 (1.72%) WCF
10 196 (1.50%) jQuery
11 181 (1.39%) HTML5
12 168 (1.29%) Application Packaging
13 135 (1.03%) J2EE
14 128 (0.98%) SOAP
15 119 (0.91%) WPF
16 108 (0.83%) WinForms
17 101 (0.77%) Ajax
18 100 (0.77%) ASP.NET MVC
19 99 (0.76%) JSON
20 91 (0.70%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 820 (6.28%) Blackberry
2 760 (5.82%) Analytical Skills
3 484 (3.71%) Clustering
4 237 (1.81%) Management Information System
5 230 (1.76%) Replication
6 179 (1.37%) NHS
7 178 (1.36%) Computer Science
8 163 (1.25%) PKI
9 158 (1.21%) Fat Client
9 158 (1.21%) Thin Client
10 154 (1.18%) iPhone
11 149 (1.14%) Client/Server
12 141 (1.08%) Open Source
13 140 (1.07%) Mobile App
14 135 (1.03%) iPad
15 105 (0.80%) Enterprise Software
16 96 (0.74%) Derivative
17 94 (0.72%) Fixed Income
18 84 (0.64%) Video Conferencing
19 79 (0.60%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 3590 (27.49%) Windows 7
2 3009 (23.04%) Windows Server 2008
3 2184 (16.72%) Linux
4 2083 (15.95%) Windows Server 2003
5 1848 (14.15%) Windows XP
6 1463 (11.20%) UNIX
7 1456 (11.15%) Windows Server 2012
8 612 (4.69%) Windows 8
9 408 (3.12%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 377 (2.89%) Android
11 348 (2.66%) Solaris
11 348 (2.66%) Apple iOS
12 282 (2.16%) AIX
13 265 (2.03%) Windows Vista
14 206 (1.58%) Mac OS X
15 179 (1.37%) Windows 2000
16 143 (1.10%) Windows Phone
17 123 (0.94%) Windows 2000 Server
18 112 (0.86%) CentOS
19 101 (0.77%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 2111 (16.17%) ITIL
2 1400 (10.72%) Migration
3 884 (6.77%) Agile Software Development
4 473 (3.62%) Project Management
5 463 (3.55%) Service Delivery
6 437 (3.35%) Incident Management
7 433 (3.32%) Configuration Management
8 432 (3.31%) Service Management
9 419 (3.21%) Change Management
10 374 (2.86%) Disaster Recovery
11 320 (2.45%) DevOps
12 297 (2.27%) Scrum
13 271 (2.08%) Continuous Integration
14 267 (2.04%) OO
15 266 (2.04%) TDD
16 260 (1.99%) MVC
17 246 (1.88%) E-Commerce
18 244 (1.87%) Software Engineering
19 240 (1.84%) PRINCE2
19 240 (1.84%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 2242 (17.17%) SQL
2 965 (7.39%) C#
3 923 (7.07%) PowerShell
4 811 (6.21%) Java
5 539 (4.13%) JavaScript
6 414 (3.17%) C++
7 378 (2.89%) Perl
8 375 (2.87%) Python
9 335 (2.57%) VBScript
10 309 (2.37%) Shell Script
11 293 (2.24%) VB
12 281 (2.15%) C
13 187 (1.43%) T-SQL
14 181 (1.39%) Ruby
15 180 (1.38%) Bash Shell
16 156 (1.19%) PHP
17 135 (1.03%) PL/SQL
18 110 (0.84%) VBA
19 97 (0.74%) VB.NET
20 73 (0.56%) Korn
Qualifications
1 1677 (12.84%) Security Cleared
2 1106 (8.47%) SC Cleared
3 1016 (7.78%) Microsoft Certification
4 604 (4.63%) MCSE
5 513 (3.93%) Degree
6 478 (3.66%) DV Cleared
7 323 (2.47%) Cisco Certification
8 300 (2.30%) MCP
9 266 (2.04%) CCNA
9 266 (2.04%) MCITP
10 188 (1.44%) ITIL Certification
11 170 (1.30%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 170 (1.30%) MCSA
12 116 (0.89%) MCTS
13 110 (0.84%) CISSP
14 102 (0.78%) CCNP
15 86 (0.66%) ISEB
16 84 (0.64%) A+ Certification
17 81 (0.62%) Citrix Certification
18 63 (0.48%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 632 (4.84%) SLA
2 230 (1.76%) QA
3 67 (0.51%) PCI DSS
4 46 (0.35%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 41 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 33 (0.25%) ISO 9001
7 19 (0.15%) JSP 440
8 15 (0.11%) COBIT
9 11 (0.084%) Dodd-Frank
10 8 (0.061%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 6 (0.046%) Data Quality
12 5 (0.038%) Basel III
12 5 (0.038%) BS15000
12 5 (0.038%) HIPAA
12 5 (0.038%) HL7
12 5 (0.038%) DICOM
13 3 (0.023%) ISO 9000
13 3 (0.023%) ISO 14001
14 2 (0.015%) CDISC
14 2 (0.015%) COSO
System Software
1 4581 (35.08%) Active Directory
2 1662 (12.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 689 (5.28%) Hyper-V
4 612 (4.69%) vSphere
5 594 (4.55%) XenApp
6 364 (2.79%) VMware ESX
7 297 (2.27%) XenDesktop
8 267 (2.04%) Microsoft App-V
9 220 (1.68%) VMware ESXi
10 150 (1.15%) Terminal Services
11 129 (0.99%) XenServer
12 96 (0.74%) NFS
13 78 (0.60%) vCloud
14 77 (0.59%) Firmware
15 75 (0.57%) ISA Server
16 70 (0.54%) Xen
17 63 (0.48%) VMware Server
18 62 (0.47%) Citrix Presentation Server
19 53 (0.41%) UAG
20 48 (0.37%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 1216 (9.31%) SCCM
2 471 (3.61%) SCOM
3 233 (1.78%) Puppet
4 190 (1.45%) NetBackup
5 186 (1.42%) Backup Exec
6 158 (1.21%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 142 (1.09%) Opscode Chef
7 142 (1.09%) WSUS
8 117 (0.90%) Tivoli
9 99 (0.76%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 94 (0.72%) Nagios
10 94 (0.72%) Norton AntiVirus
11 89 (0.68%) HP Quality Center
12 84 (0.64%) HP SIM
13 72 (0.55%) McAfee ePO
14 59 (0.45%) SCOrch
15 53 (0.41%) Tivoli Storage Manager
16 52 (0.40%) SCVMM
17 50 (0.38%) Control-M
18 45 (0.34%) Nessus
Vendors
1 4475 (34.27%) Microsoft
2 3091 (23.67%) VMware
3 1977 (15.14%) Citrix
4 1235 (9.46%) Cisco
5 1232 (9.43%) Oracle
6 1186 (9.08%) HP
7 488 (3.74%) Red Hat
8 452 (3.46%) IBM
9 450 (3.45%) NetApp
10 388 (2.97%) Symantec
11 356 (2.73%) EMC
12 313 (2.40%) Dell
13 278 (2.13%) Lotus
14 270 (2.07%) McAfee
15 244 (1.87%) Apple
16 234 (1.79%) Remedy
17 232 (1.78%) CheckPoint
18 179 (1.37%) SAP
19 155 (1.19%) F5
20 148 (1.13%) Altiris
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