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 17 December 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
17 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Windows
Rank 6 5 5
Rank change year-on-year
-1 0
Contract jobs citing Windows 7412 7480 6722
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.37% 14.47% 13.45%
As % of the Operating Systems category 58.14% 63.56% 60.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 4091 3846 3235
Average daily rate
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£325 £325 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -4.41%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £140 £138 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £310 £300 £313
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 963 952 1007
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 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.50 £31.50 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.63 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+2.56% -8.59%

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
12749 11768 11038
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 22.99% 22.76% 22.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 7556 6540 5832
Average daily rate £360 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £155 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £513 £538
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.20% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1072 1067 1147
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 £33.50 £34.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £15.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -11.76%

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 17 December 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 17 December 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 17 December 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 -1 6857 £335 +3.07% 1992
London 0 2725 £368 -2.00% 704
South East -1 1600 £325 - 445
City of London 0 718 £374 -0.40% 229
East of England 0 528 £275 - 162
Hampshire 0 494 £325 - 114
South West -3 487 £325 +22.45% 160
North West -1 446 £325 +8.33% 168
West Midlands +1 376 £275 -5.17% 131
Berkshire -6 307 £300 -22.58% 106
Yorkshire 0 302 £300 +9.09% 117
Scotland -5 294 £325 - 51
Surrey 0 267 £350 +16.66% 76
East Midlands -2 237 £241 +17.68% 69
Buckinghamshire +1 213 £275 - 34
Manchester 0 211 £330 +20.00% 91
West Yorkshire -4 178 £290 - 73
Milton Keynes 0 164 £283 -2.58% 17
Reading -1 139 £275 -31.25% 39
North East -1 135 £313 +30.20% 19
Cambridgeshire -3 134 £175 -35.77% 57
Hertfordshire -1 125 £260 -10.34% 44
Leeds -4 122 £290 - 47
Hook -1 119 £335 +1.88% 2
Wales -4 118 £225 -18.18% 38
Birmingham 0 112 £350 +16.66% 42
Gloucestershire -3 107 £340 +13.33% 24
Cheshire -3 105 £338 +3.84% 50
Edinburgh -10 103 £303 -23.41% 16
Bristol -3 101 £313 +31.57% 54

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 December 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 5139 (34.80%) Microsoft
2 5116 (34.65%) Active Directory
3 4266 (28.89%) Windows 7
4 3400 (23.03%) Windows Server 2008
5 3323 (22.50%) VMware
6 2551 (17.28%) MS Office
7 2532 (17.15%) SQL
8 2368 (16.04%) Windows Server 2003
9 2360 (15.98%) Linux
10 2359 (15.98%) ITIL
11 2262 (15.32%) Citrix
12 2216 (15.01%) Windows XP
13 2139 (14.49%) MS Excel
14 2006 (13.59%) Finance
15 1953 (13.23%) MS Exchange
16 1901 (12.87%) Security Cleared
17 1896 (12.84%) SQL Server
18 1747 (11.83%) VMware Infrastructure
19 1622 (10.98%) UNIX
20 1560 (10.56%) Windows Server 2012
21 1549 (10.49%) Migration
22 1473 (9.98%) DNS
23 1411 (9.56%) SCCM
24 1382 (9.36%) Oracle
25 1336 (9.05%) Cisco
26 1327 (8.99%) HP
27 1305 (8.84%) SC Cleared
28 1275 (8.63%) .NET
29 1263 (8.55%) Firewall
30 1207 (8.17%) SAN

Windows
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 17 December 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 1953 (13.23%) MS Exchange
2 960 (6.50%) SharePoint
3 917 (6.21%) IIS
4 879 (5.95%) Exchange Server 2010
5 470 (3.18%) Exchange Server 2007
6 449 (3.04%) Exchange Server 2003
7 440 (2.98%) Lync
8 334 (2.26%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 322 (2.18%) Apache
10 274 (1.86%) Exchange Server 2013
11 270 (1.83%) IBM Notes
12 246 (1.67%) Tomcat
13 234 (1.58%) WebSphere
14 180 (1.22%) WebLogic
15 162 (1.10%) BizTalk Server
16 139 (0.94%) JBoss
17 124 (0.84%) SharePoint 2010
18 109 (0.74%) SharePoint 2013
19 72 (0.49%) OpenStack
20 70 (0.47%) Confluence
Applications
1 2551 (17.28%) MS Office
2 2139 (14.49%) MS Excel
3 169 (1.14%) MS PowerPoint
4 137 (0.93%) MS Project
5 135 (0.91%) MS Visio
6 55 (0.37%) Spreadsheet
7 28 (0.19%) Photoshop
8 23 (0.16%) Acrobat
9 19 (0.13%) AutoCAD
10 18 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
11 15 (0.10%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 9 (0.061%) Adobe Captivate
12 9 (0.061%) PaintShop Pro
13 8 (0.054%) InDesign
14 6 (0.041%) MicroStation
15 5 (0.034%) InfoPath
15 5 (0.034%) Mingle
15 5 (0.034%) Final Cut Pro
16 4 (0.027%) Maya
17 3 (0.020%) RoboHelp
Business Applications
1 116 (0.79%) Dynamics CRM
2 66 (0.45%) Oracle EBS
3 58 (0.39%) Remedy ITSM
4 28 (0.19%) assyst
5 20 (0.14%) Markit EDM
6 19 (0.13%) Eikon
7 17 (0.12%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 16 (0.11%) Oracle BPM
8 16 (0.11%) Dynamics AX
9 14 (0.095%) Oracle Applications
9 14 (0.095%) Dynamics NAV
10 13 (0.088%) Remedy AR System
10 13 (0.088%) Summit
11 12 (0.081%) Oracle EBS R12
12 11 (0.074%) RMDS
13 10 (0.068%) ResourceLink
14 9 (0.061%) ION MarketView
14 9 (0.061%) Oracle Financials
14 9 (0.061%) Agresso
15 7 (0.047%) HFM
Cloud Services
1 347 (2.35%) Microsoft Azure
2 320 (2.17%) Office 365
3 191 (1.29%) Amazon AWS
4 61 (0.41%) Google Apps
5 58 (0.39%) SaaS
6 38 (0.26%) Amazon EC2
7 37 (0.25%) IaaS
8 36 (0.24%) GitHub
9 34 (0.23%) PaaS
10 32 (0.22%) Cloud Computing
11 28 (0.19%) Amazon S3
12 9 (0.061%) Heroku
13 8 (0.054%) Amazon ELB
14 6 (0.041%) Route 53
14 6 (0.041%) Amazon SQS
14 6 (0.041%) Google Cloud Platform
14 6 (0.041%) Google App Engine
15 5 (0.034%) OpenShift
15 5 (0.034%) IBM SmartCloud
15 5 (0.034%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 1473 (9.98%) DNS
2 1263 (8.55%) Firewall
3 1207 (8.17%) SAN
4 1123 (7.61%) TCP/IP
5 994 (6.73%) DHCP
6 896 (6.07%) LAN
7 856 (5.80%) WAN
8 629 (4.26%) VPN
9 454 (3.07%) Internet
10 322 (2.18%) NAS
11 309 (2.09%) VoIP
12 248 (1.68%) VLAN
13 240 (1.63%) Wireless
14 225 (1.52%) SSL
15 215 (1.46%) Network Security
16 211 (1.43%) HTTP
17 209 (1.42%) FTP
18 186 (1.26%) LDAP
19 174 (1.18%) MPLS
20 164 (1.11%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1896 (12.84%) SQL Server
2 528 (3.58%) SQL Server 2008
3 342 (2.32%) Oracle Database
4 310 (2.10%) SQL Server 2005
5 308 (2.09%) MySQL
6 273 (1.85%) Relational Database
7 218 (1.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 210 (1.42%) SQL Server 2012
9 189 (1.28%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 147 (1.00%) RDBMS
11 132 (0.89%) DB2
12 115 (0.78%) MongoDB
13 108 (0.73%) Oracle Database 11g
14 103 (0.70%) SQL Server 2000
15 102 (0.69%) NoSQL
16 96 (0.65%) SQL Server Analysis Services
17 89 (0.60%) Data Warehouse
18 87 (0.59%) Oracle Reports
19 83 (0.56%) PostgreSQL
20 82 (0.56%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 308 (2.09%) Visual Studio
2 268 (1.81%) Subversion
3 242 (1.64%) Team Foundation Server
4 237 (1.61%) MSI
5 178 (1.21%) JIRA
6 176 (1.19%) Jenkins
7 168 (1.14%) Git (software)
8 137 (0.93%) Maven
9 102 (0.69%) Selenium
10 101 (0.68%) TeamCity
11 96 (0.65%) Eclipse
12 84 (0.57%) Ant
13 83 (0.56%) NUnit
14 60 (0.41%) Hudson
15 53 (0.36%) JUnit
16 52 (0.35%) VSS/SourceSafe
17 50 (0.34%) Atlassian Bamboo
18 45 (0.30%) Cucumber
19 44 (0.30%) ClearCase
20 37 (0.25%) StarTeam
General
1 2006 (13.59%) Finance
2 941 (6.37%) Banking
3 409 (2.77%) Telecoms
4 331 (2.24%) Investment Banking
5 289 (1.96%) Retail
6 246 (1.67%) Legal
7 218 (1.48%) Law
8 159 (1.08%) Front Office
9 149 (1.01%) Manufacturing
10 136 (0.92%) Back Office
11 102 (0.69%) Financial Institution
11 102 (0.69%) Marketing
12 99 (0.67%) Advertising
13 93 (0.63%) Publishing
14 72 (0.49%) Games
15 65 (0.44%) Military
16 59 (0.40%) French Language
17 45 (0.30%) Local Government
18 44 (0.30%) Electronics
19 42 (0.28%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 2808 (19.02%) Analyst
2 1403 (9.50%) Developer
3 1369 (9.27%) Support Engineer
4 1113 (7.54%) Support Analyst
5 887 (6.01%) Desktop Support
6 841 (5.70%) 2nd Line Support
7 783 (5.30%) Service Analyst
8 776 (5.26%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 765 (5.18%) Service Desk Analyst
10 736 (4.98%) Architect
11 715 (4.84%) Consultant
12 580 (3.93%) Administrator
13 564 (3.82%) Desktop Engineer
14 487 (3.30%) 1st Line Support
15 428 (2.90%) 3rd Line Support
16 400 (2.71%) IT Support
17 383 (2.59%) Project Manager
18 368 (2.49%) Desktop Support Engineer
19 358 (2.42%) Server Engineer
20 295 (2.00%) Applications Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1275 (8.63%) .NET
2 619 (4.19%) HTML
3 596 (4.04%) Web Services
4 551 (3.73%) XML
5 424 (2.87%) ASP.NET
6 360 (2.44%) CSS
7 315 (2.13%) Middleware
8 279 (1.89%) WCF
9 259 (1.75%) .NET Framework
10 211 (1.43%) Application Packaging
11 196 (1.33%) HTML5
12 195 (1.32%) jQuery
13 150 (1.02%) SOAP
14 136 (0.92%) WPF
15 133 (0.90%) J2EE
16 128 (0.87%) JSON
16 128 (0.87%) WinForms
17 116 (0.79%) Ajax
18 110 (0.74%) XSLT
19 106 (0.72%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 900 (6.10%) Blackberry
2 843 (5.71%) Analytical Skills
3 555 (3.76%) Clustering
4 298 (2.02%) Management Information System
5 289 (1.96%) Replication
6 211 (1.43%) Computer Science
7 199 (1.35%) NHS
8 189 (1.28%) Fat Client
8 189 (1.28%) Thin Client
9 183 (1.24%) PKI
10 179 (1.21%) Open Source
11 168 (1.14%) Mobile App
12 158 (1.07%) iPhone
13 147 (1.00%) Client/Server
14 145 (0.98%) iPad
15 119 (0.81%) Enterprise Software
16 101 (0.68%) Derivative
17 97 (0.66%) Video Conferencing
18 96 (0.65%) Fixed Income
19 89 (0.60%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 4266 (28.89%) Windows 7
2 3400 (23.03%) Windows Server 2008
3 2368 (16.04%) Windows Server 2003
4 2360 (15.98%) Linux
5 2216 (15.01%) Windows XP
6 1622 (10.98%) UNIX
7 1560 (10.56%) Windows Server 2012
8 704 (4.77%) Windows 8
9 476 (3.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 399 (2.70%) Solaris
11 395 (2.68%) Android
12 350 (2.37%) Apple iOS
13 315 (2.13%) Windows Vista
14 283 (1.92%) AIX
15 212 (1.44%) Windows 2000
16 208 (1.41%) Mac OS X
17 146 (0.99%) Windows Phone
18 130 (0.88%) Windows 2000 Server
19 122 (0.83%) CentOS
20 106 (0.72%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 2359 (15.98%) ITIL
2 1549 (10.49%) Migration
3 895 (6.06%) Agile Software Development
4 559 (3.79%) Project Management
5 501 (3.39%) Service Delivery
6 495 (3.35%) Service Management
7 487 (3.30%) Incident Management
8 475 (3.22%) Change Management
9 420 (2.84%) Configuration Management
10 387 (2.62%) Disaster Recovery
11 333 (2.26%) DevOps
12 314 (2.13%) MVC
13 298 (2.02%) Scrum
14 293 (1.98%) TDD
15 286 (1.94%) PRINCE2
16 281 (1.90%) OO
17 275 (1.86%) Performance Tuning
18 259 (1.75%) Time Management
19 256 (1.73%) Continuous Integration
19 256 (1.73%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 2532 (17.15%) SQL
2 1089 (7.38%) C#
3 1063 (7.20%) PowerShell
4 879 (5.95%) Java
5 602 (4.08%) JavaScript
6 466 (3.16%) C++
7 411 (2.78%) Perl
8 384 (2.60%) Python
9 373 (2.53%) VBScript
10 372 (2.52%) VB
11 319 (2.16%) Shell Script
12 301 (2.04%) C
13 238 (1.61%) T-SQL
14 169 (1.14%) Bash Shell
15 168 (1.14%) Ruby
16 154 (1.04%) PL/SQL
17 151 (1.02%) PHP
18 122 (0.83%) VBA
19 117 (0.79%) VB.NET
20 78 (0.53%) Korn
Qualifications
1 1901 (12.87%) Security Cleared
2 1305 (8.84%) SC Cleared
3 1171 (7.93%) Microsoft Certification
4 678 (4.59%) MCSE
5 582 (3.94%) Degree
6 494 (3.35%) DV Cleared
7 356 (2.41%) MCP
8 334 (2.26%) Cisco Certification
9 320 (2.17%) MCITP
10 268 (1.81%) CCNA
11 208 (1.41%) MCSA
12 200 (1.35%) ITIL Certification
13 167 (1.13%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 146 (0.99%) MCTS
15 141 (0.95%) CISSP
16 104 (0.70%) CCNP
17 102 (0.69%) ISEB
18 101 (0.68%) A+ Certification
19 88 (0.60%) Citrix Certification
20 72 (0.49%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 693 (4.69%) SLA
2 262 (1.77%) QA
3 77 (0.52%) PCI DSS
4 57 (0.39%) ISO 9001
5 54 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 46 (0.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 26 (0.18%) JSP 440
8 14 (0.095%) COBIT
9 11 (0.074%) Data Quality
10 9 (0.061%) BS15000
11 8 (0.054%) Dodd-Frank
12 7 (0.047%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 7 (0.047%) ISO 14001
13 6 (0.041%) GPG13
14 5 (0.034%) HIPAA
14 5 (0.034%) Basel III
15 3 (0.020%) HL7
15 3 (0.020%) WAI
15 3 (0.020%) ISO/IEC 17799
15 3 (0.020%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 5116 (34.65%) Active Directory
2 1747 (11.83%) VMware Infrastructure
3 772 (5.23%) Hyper-V
4 707 (4.79%) XenApp
5 650 (4.40%) vSphere
6 420 (2.84%) VMware ESX
7 340 (2.30%) XenDesktop
8 321 (2.17%) Microsoft App-V
9 232 (1.57%) VMware ESXi
10 183 (1.24%) XenServer
11 158 (1.07%) Terminal Services
12 99 (0.67%) NFS
13 86 (0.58%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 76 (0.51%) Xen
15 75 (0.51%) ISA Server
16 74 (0.50%) Firmware
16 74 (0.50%) vCloud
17 66 (0.45%) VMware Server
18 53 (0.36%) UAG
18 53 (0.36%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 1411 (9.56%) SCCM
2 512 (3.47%) SCOM
3 213 (1.44%) Backup Exec
4 209 (1.42%) Puppet
5 206 (1.40%) NetBackup
6 175 (1.19%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 155 (1.05%) WSUS
8 146 (0.99%) Opscode Chef
8 146 (0.99%) Tivoli
9 117 (0.79%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 109 (0.74%) HP Quality Center
11 103 (0.70%) Norton AntiVirus
12 100 (0.68%) HP SIM
13 95 (0.64%) McAfee ePO
14 79 (0.54%) Nagios
15 70 (0.47%) Control-M
16 63 (0.43%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
17 61 (0.41%) SCOrch
18 60 (0.41%) Tivoli Storage Manager
19 56 (0.38%) WMI
Vendors
1 5139 (34.80%) Microsoft
2 3323 (22.50%) VMware
3 2262 (15.32%) Citrix
4 1382 (9.36%) Oracle
5 1336 (9.05%) Cisco
6 1327 (8.99%) HP
7 534 (3.62%) IBM
8 525 (3.56%) Red Hat
9 478 (3.24%) NetApp
10 455 (3.08%) Symantec
11 379 (2.57%) EMC
12 369 (2.50%) Dell
13 294 (1.99%) Lotus
14 287 (1.94%) McAfee
15 275 (1.86%) Apple
16 255 (1.73%) Remedy
17 254 (1.72%) CheckPoint
18 192 (1.30%) SAP
19 185 (1.25%) Juniper
20 172 (1.16%) Altiris
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