The table below looks at the statistics for Windows skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Windows over the 3 months to 2 September 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
2 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Windows
Rank 5 5 6
Rank change year-on-year
0 +1
Contract jobs citing Windows 7434 7183 7269
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.17% 13.44% 12.57%
As % of the Operating Systems category 58.97% 59.43% 59.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 3976 3702 3366
Average daily rate
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£325 £330 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.51% +1.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £140 £160 £163
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £305 £313 £312
% change year-on-year
-2.40% +0.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1002 901 1005
Average hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.22% -6.06%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.45
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.99 £32.50 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -6.25%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Operating Systems category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Operating Systems Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Operating Systems category
12606 12087 12125
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 22.33% 22.61% 20.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 7196 6748 6192
Average daily rate £350 £350 £350
90% offered a daily rate of more than £163 £175 £188
10% offered a daily rate of more than £514 £525 £498
UK excluding London average daily rate £323 £325 £320
% change year-on-year
-0.57% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1090 1027 1187
Average hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.03% -5.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.84
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £36.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
- -5.88%

Windows
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Windows within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Operating Systems category.

Windows Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Windows
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Windows within the UK.

Windows Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Windows
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Windows within the UK over the 3 months to 2 September 2014.

Windows Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Windows
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Windows within the UK.

Windows Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Windows
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Windows within the UK over the 3 months to 2 September 2014.

Windows Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Windows
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Windows within the UK over the 3 months to 2 September 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
England 0 6776 £325 -2.98% 2166
London 0 2698 £355 -4.05% 765
South East -1 1546 £325 -1.51% 459
City of London +1 710 £363 -3.33% 274
East of England -1 530 £325 +9.24% 165
North West 0 513 £305 -4.68% 190
South West +3 476 £300 -5.13% 190
Hampshire +1 443 £325 - 102
Scotland +2 383 £293 -10.00% 59
West Midlands +1 350 £315 +5.00% 108
Berkshire -1 331 £325 -10.95% 100
Yorkshire -1 282 £275 -4.34% 174
East Midlands 0 263 £319 +27.50% 77
Surrey -3 227 £313 -3.84% 89
Manchester +5 194 £323 +4.03% 104
Buckinghamshire +2 194 £300 +2.12% 42
West Yorkshire -6 171 £270 -10.00% 117
Cheshire 0 149 £316 -2.69% 58
Cambridgeshire +6 147 £236 -5.50% 67
Reading 0 147 £331 -17.18% 37
Wiltshire +6 143 £250 -29.57% 35
Milton Keynes -1 139 £325 +13.04% 14
Hertfordshire -3 126 £250 -28.57% 50
Birmingham -1 121 £323 +7.50% 46
Leeds -1 120 £263 -15.32% 67
Glasgow 0 110 £275 +22.22% 17
Edinburgh -2 108 £250 -41.17% 20
Oxfordshire +1 107 £270 -28.00% 50
Lancashire 0 99 £300 -3.61% 9
West Sussex +2 96 £220 -34.81% 23

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 September 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 5173 (34.75%) Microsoft
2 5102 (34.27%) Active Directory
3 4598 (30.88%) Windows 7
4 3379 (22.70%) Windows Server 2008
5 3036 (20.39%) VMware
6 2591 (17.40%) Windows XP
7 2534 (17.02%) MS Office
8 2459 (16.52%) Windows Server 2003
9 2436 (16.36%) SQL
10 2387 (16.03%) Citrix
11 2284 (15.34%) ITIL
12 2253 (15.13%) Linux
13 2168 (14.56%) MS Excel
14 2036 (13.68%) SQL Server
15 2020 (13.57%) Finance
16 1979 (13.29%) MS Exchange
17 1752 (11.77%) Security Cleared
18 1637 (11.00%) UNIX
19 1573 (10.57%) VMware Infrastructure
20 1501 (10.08%) SCCM
21 1468 (9.86%) .NET
22 1432 (9.62%) Migration
23 1389 (9.33%) Oracle
24 1341 (9.01%) Windows Server 2012
25 1306 (8.77%) DNS
26 1292 (8.68%) Cisco
27 1275 (8.56%) HP
28 1268 (8.52%) SC Cleared
29 1227 (8.24%) C#
30 1186 (7.97%) Firewall

Windows
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 2 September 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 1979 (13.29%) MS Exchange
2 962 (6.46%) SharePoint
3 937 (6.29%) Exchange Server 2010
4 855 (5.74%) IIS
5 501 (3.37%) Exchange Server 2007
6 479 (3.22%) Exchange Server 2003
7 360 (2.42%) Lync
8 320 (2.15%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 285 (1.91%) Apache
10 273 (1.83%) IBM Notes
11 256 (1.72%) WebSphere
12 207 (1.39%) Exchange Server 2013
13 196 (1.32%) SharePoint 2010
14 182 (1.22%) Tomcat
15 179 (1.20%) BizTalk Server
16 165 (1.11%) WebLogic
17 139 (0.93%) SharePoint 2013
18 114 (0.77%) SharePoint Server
19 86 (0.58%) CMS
20 68 (0.46%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 2534 (17.02%) MS Office
2 2168 (14.56%) MS Excel
3 171 (1.15%) MS PowerPoint
4 160 (1.07%) MS Project
5 102 (0.69%) MS Visio
6 47 (0.32%) Spreadsheet
7 45 (0.30%) Photoshop
8 44 (0.30%) InfoPath
9 33 (0.22%) Adobe Illustrator
10 16 (0.11%) Adobe Captivate
11 15 (0.10%) AutoCAD
12 12 (0.081%) InDesign
12 12 (0.081%) Acrobat
12 12 (0.081%) Fireworks
13 8 (0.054%) Adobe After Effects
14 7 (0.047%) RoboHelp
15 6 (0.040%) PaintShop Pro
15 6 (0.040%) MicroStation
15 6 (0.040%) OmniGraffle
16 3 (0.020%) Pro/ENGINEER
Business Applications
1 128 (0.86%) Dynamics CRM
2 79 (0.53%) Oracle EBS
3 59 (0.40%) Remedy ITSM
4 35 (0.24%) assyst
5 25 (0.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 19 (0.13%) Oracle BPM
7 18 (0.12%) Dynamics AX
8 17 (0.11%) Oracle Applications
9 14 (0.094%) Eikon
10 13 (0.087%) Remedy AR System
10 13 (0.087%) HFM
10 13 (0.087%) Summit
11 12 (0.081%) RMDS
12 11 (0.074%) BusinessWorks
12 11 (0.074%) JDE EnterpriseOne
13 10 (0.067%) JDE OneWorld
14 9 (0.060%) SAP PM
14 9 (0.060%) TIBCO iProcess
15 8 (0.054%) Oracle General Ledger
15 8 (0.054%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 319 (2.14%) Microsoft Azure
2 303 (2.04%) Office 365
3 152 (1.02%) Amazon AWS
4 76 (0.51%) SaaS
5 49 (0.33%) IaaS
6 37 (0.25%) Cloud Computing
7 34 (0.23%) PaaS
8 33 (0.22%) Amazon EC2
9 31 (0.21%) Google Apps
10 14 (0.094%) IBM SmartCloud
11 13 (0.087%) GitHub
11 13 (0.087%) Amazon S3
12 7 (0.047%) CloudFront
13 5 (0.034%) Amazon SQS
13 5 (0.034%) Amazon ELB
13 5 (0.034%) Google App Engine
14 4 (0.027%) Heroku
15 3 (0.020%) SuccessFactors
16 2 (0.013%) OpenShift
16 2 (0.013%) Rackspace Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 1306 (8.77%) DNS
2 1186 (7.97%) Firewall
3 1172 (7.87%) SAN
4 1101 (7.40%) TCP/IP
5 887 (5.96%) DHCP
6 860 (5.78%) LAN
7 790 (5.31%) WAN
8 571 (3.84%) VPN
9 436 (2.93%) Internet
10 266 (1.79%) Wireless
11 261 (1.75%) VoIP
12 238 (1.60%) NAS
13 223 (1.50%) HTTP
13 223 (1.50%) LDAP
14 209 (1.40%) Network Security
15 188 (1.26%) VLAN
16 176 (1.18%) SSL
17 146 (0.98%) NetScaler
18 141 (0.95%) FTP
19 117 (0.79%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2036 (13.68%) SQL Server
2 570 (3.83%) SQL Server 2008
3 376 (2.53%) SQL Server 2005
4 350 (2.35%) Oracle Database
5 269 (1.81%) Relational Database
6 254 (1.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 254 (1.71%) MySQL
7 220 (1.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 185 (1.24%) SQL Server 2012
9 128 (0.86%) RDBMS
10 125 (0.84%) Oracle Database 11g
11 118 (0.79%) DB2
12 117 (0.79%) SQL Server 2000
13 93 (0.62%) Data Warehouse
14 87 (0.58%) Oracle Database 10g
15 77 (0.52%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 71 (0.48%) DTS
17 70 (0.47%) Oracle Reports
18 69 (0.46%) PostgreSQL
19 67 (0.45%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 435 (2.92%) Visual Studio
2 332 (2.23%) Team Foundation Server
3 257 (1.73%) MSI
4 208 (1.40%) Git (software)
5 203 (1.36%) Subversion
6 148 (0.99%) JIRA
7 140 (0.94%) TeamCity
8 122 (0.82%) Maven
9 86 (0.58%) Jenkins
10 81 (0.54%) Selenium
11 74 (0.50%) InstallShield
12 70 (0.47%) QuickTest Pro
13 68 (0.46%) NUnit
13 68 (0.46%) MSBuild
14 66 (0.44%) Eclipse
15 62 (0.42%) Artifactory
16 61 (0.41%) JUnit
16 61 (0.41%) LoadRunner
17 55 (0.37%) Wise Package Studio
18 50 (0.34%) Gradle
General
1 2020 (13.57%) Finance
2 957 (6.43%) Banking
3 361 (2.42%) Telecoms
4 322 (2.16%) Investment Banking
5 276 (1.85%) Retail
6 257 (1.73%) Legal
7 205 (1.38%) Law
8 186 (1.25%) Front Office
9 175 (1.18%) Back Office
10 142 (0.95%) Financial Institution
11 134 (0.90%) Manufacturing
12 129 (0.87%) Marketing
13 108 (0.73%) Advertising
14 102 (0.69%) Publishing
15 82 (0.55%) French Language
16 59 (0.40%) Local Government
17 50 (0.34%) Pharmaceutical
18 48 (0.32%) Military
19 41 (0.28%) Games
20 37 (0.25%) German Language
Job Titles
1 2661 (17.87%) Analyst
2 1550 (10.41%) Developer
3 1392 (9.35%) Support Engineer
4 1099 (7.38%) Support Analyst
5 893 (6.00%) Desktop Support
6 856 (5.75%) 2nd Line Support
7 722 (4.85%) Consultant
8 699 (4.70%) Service Analyst
9 680 (4.57%) Architect
9 680 (4.57%) Service Desk Analyst
10 643 (4.32%) Administrator
11 614 (4.12%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 566 (3.80%) Desktop Engineer
13 511 (3.43%) 1st Line Support
14 439 (2.95%) Project Manager
15 422 (2.83%) 3rd Line Support
16 343 (2.30%) .NET Developer
16 343 (2.30%) IT Support
17 323 (2.17%) Desktop Support Engineer
18 315 (2.12%) Applications Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1468 (9.86%) .NET
2 644 (4.33%) HTML
3 632 (4.25%) ASP.NET
4 616 (4.14%) Web Services
5 614 (4.12%) XML
6 414 (2.78%) CSS
7 381 (2.56%) WCF
8 358 (2.40%) .NET Framework
9 292 (1.96%) Application Packaging
10 258 (1.73%) Middleware
11 230 (1.54%) jQuery
12 197 (1.32%) HTML5
13 179 (1.20%) WPF
14 168 (1.13%) ASP.NET MVC
15 159 (1.07%) WinForms
16 144 (0.97%) XSLT
17 137 (0.92%) SOAP
18 133 (0.89%) Ajax
19 121 (0.81%) J2EE
20 120 (0.81%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 946 (6.35%) Blackberry
2 482 (3.24%) Clustering
3 361 (2.42%) Management Information System
4 251 (1.69%) Replication
5 218 (1.46%) Computer Science
6 192 (1.29%) Fat Client
6 192 (1.29%) Thin Client
7 183 (1.23%) NHS
8 173 (1.16%) iPhone
9 145 (0.97%) Mobile App
10 144 (0.97%) PKI
11 143 (0.96%) Mainframe
12 127 (0.85%) Open Source
13 125 (0.84%) iPad
14 124 (0.83%) Client/Server
15 110 (0.74%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
16 109 (0.73%) Fixed Income
17 106 (0.71%) Enterprise Software
18 97 (0.65%) Hedge funds
19 95 (0.64%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 4598 (30.88%) Windows 7
2 3379 (22.70%) Windows Server 2008
3 2591 (17.40%) Windows XP
4 2459 (16.52%) Windows Server 2003
5 2253 (15.13%) Linux
6 1637 (11.00%) UNIX
7 1341 (9.01%) Windows Server 2012
8 737 (4.95%) Windows 8
9 413 (2.77%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 373 (2.51%) Solaris
11 331 (2.22%) Windows Vista
12 295 (1.98%) Android
13 279 (1.87%) Apple iOS
14 278 (1.87%) Windows 2000
15 274 (1.84%) AIX
16 159 (1.07%) Mac OS X
17 125 (0.84%) Windows 2000 Server
18 124 (0.83%) Windows Phone
19 103 (0.69%) Windows Mobile
20 93 (0.62%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2284 (15.34%) ITIL
2 1432 (9.62%) Migration
3 622 (4.18%) Project Management
4 505 (3.39%) Agile Software Development
5 475 (3.19%) Service Management
6 457 (3.07%) Change Management
6 457 (3.07%) Incident Management
7 404 (2.71%) Service Delivery
8 397 (2.67%) Disaster Recovery
9 371 (2.49%) Configuration Management
10 365 (2.45%) MVC
11 359 (2.41%) Workflow
12 343 (2.30%) PRINCE2
13 292 (1.96%) OO
14 281 (1.89%) Scrum
15 279 (1.87%) DevOps
16 275 (1.85%) Software Engineering
17 270 (1.81%) Stakeholder Management
18 256 (1.72%) Performance Tuning
19 255 (1.71%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 2436 (16.36%) SQL
2 1227 (8.24%) C#
3 1048 (7.04%) PowerShell
4 789 (5.30%) Java
5 645 (4.33%) JavaScript
6 426 (2.86%) Perl
7 422 (2.83%) C++
8 406 (2.73%) VBScript
9 400 (2.69%) VB
10 356 (2.39%) Python
11 352 (2.36%) C
12 341 (2.29%) T-SQL
13 280 (1.88%) Shell Script
14 177 (1.19%) VB.NET
15 155 (1.04%) Ruby
16 151 (1.01%) Bash Shell
17 148 (0.99%) PL/SQL
18 137 (0.92%) PHP
19 118 (0.79%) VBA
20 68 (0.46%) Korn
Qualifications
1 1752 (11.77%) Security Cleared
2 1268 (8.52%) SC Cleared
3 1092 (7.33%) Microsoft Certification
4 632 (4.25%) MCSE
5 556 (3.73%) Degree
6 387 (2.60%) DV Cleared
7 348 (2.34%) MCP
8 314 (2.11%) MCITP
9 306 (2.06%) Cisco Certification
10 235 (1.58%) CCNA
11 215 (1.44%) ITIL Certification
12 188 (1.26%) MCSA
13 167 (1.12%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 154 (1.03%) MCTS
15 148 (0.99%) CISSP
16 120 (0.81%) CCNP
17 112 (0.75%) ISTQB
18 102 (0.69%) ISEB
19 81 (0.54%) Citrix Certification
20 72 (0.48%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 615 (4.13%) SLA
2 303 (2.04%) QA
3 84 (0.56%) PCI DSS
4 78 (0.52%) ISO 9001
5 76 (0.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 66 (0.44%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 13 (0.087%) COBIT
8 10 (0.067%) BS15000
8 10 (0.067%) Data Quality
9 8 (0.054%) JSP 440
9 8 (0.054%) ISO 14001
10 6 (0.040%) GPG13
11 5 (0.034%) HL7
12 4 (0.027%) ISO/IEC 17799
12 4 (0.027%) Dodd-Frank
13 3 (0.020%) Basel III
13 3 (0.020%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 3 (0.020%) ISO 9000
13 3 (0.020%) BS7799
13 3 (0.020%) TickIT
System Software
1 5102 (34.27%) Active Directory
2 1573 (10.57%) VMware Infrastructure
3 776 (5.21%) XenApp
4 710 (4.77%) Hyper-V
5 597 (4.01%) vSphere
6 456 (3.06%) Microsoft App-V
7 376 (2.53%) VMware ESX
8 345 (2.32%) XenDesktop
9 236 (1.59%) XenServer
10 204 (1.37%) VMware ESXi
11 173 (1.16%) Terminal Services
12 103 (0.69%) NFS
13 87 (0.58%) Oracle RAC
14 81 (0.54%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 79 (0.53%) ISA Server
16 73 (0.49%) VMware Server
16 73 (0.49%) vCloud
17 70 (0.47%) Xen
18 53 (0.36%) UAG
19 41 (0.28%) Oracle RMAN
Systems Management
1 1501 (10.08%) SCCM
2 426 (2.86%) SCOM
3 233 (1.57%) Backup Exec
4 190 (1.28%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 174 (1.17%) Puppet
6 173 (1.16%) WSUS
6 173 (1.16%) NetBackup
7 162 (1.09%) HP Quality Center
8 151 (1.01%) Opscode Chef
9 136 (0.91%) Tivoli
10 113 (0.76%) Norton AntiVirus
11 112 (0.75%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 97 (0.65%) McAfee ePO
13 73 (0.49%) HP SIM
14 67 (0.45%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
15 61 (0.41%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
15 61 (0.41%) Tivoli Storage Manager
16 59 (0.40%) WMI
17 58 (0.39%) Data Guard
18 56 (0.38%) ARCserve
Vendors
1 5173 (34.75%) Microsoft
2 3036 (20.39%) VMware
3 2387 (16.03%) Citrix
4 1389 (9.33%) Oracle
5 1292 (8.68%) Cisco
6 1275 (8.56%) HP
7 508 (3.41%) IBM
8 438 (2.94%) Symantec
9 425 (2.85%) Red Hat
10 401 (2.69%) NetApp
11 374 (2.51%) EMC
12 366 (2.46%) Dell
13 292 (1.96%) Lotus
14 268 (1.80%) Remedy
15 251 (1.69%) McAfee
16 248 (1.67%) Apple
17 245 (1.65%) CheckPoint
18 216 (1.45%) AppSense
19 191 (1.28%) Altiris
19 191 (1.28%) SAP
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