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 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
17 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Windows
Rank 6 5 6
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +1
Contract jobs citing Windows 7354 7170 7246
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.98% 13.59% 12.38%
As % of the Operating Systems category 58.68% 59.49% 59.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 3971 3736 3387
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 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £510 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £305 £310 £310
% change year-on-year
-1.61% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1015 911 1020
Average hourly rate £15.72 £15.25 £16.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.04% -6.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £32.30 £37.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £15.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -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
12533 12052 12149
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 22.11% 22.85% 20.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 7258 6777 6213
Average daily rate £350 £350 £350
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £180 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £525 £491
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £320
% change year-on-year
- +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1101 1029 1197
Average hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -8.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.50 £37.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.15 £15.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+4.19% -8.82%

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 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 17 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 17 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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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
England 0 6727 £325 -1.51% 2142
London 0 2778 £360 -4.13% 759
South East -1 1500 £315 -3.07% 464
City of London +1 723 £375 - 273
East of England -1 504 £336 +22.27% 152
North West 0 483 £308 -1.20% 187
South West -1 456 £281 -10.00% 201
Hampshire 0 411 £325 -0.61% 106
Scotland -1 373 £282 -14.65% 55
West Midlands +1 356 £315 +5.00% 116
Berkshire +1 344 £325 -13.33% 107
East Midlands 0 264 £323 +29.00% 72
Yorkshire -4 261 £290 +5.45% 143
Surrey -1 220 £300 -5.51% 97
Buckinghamshire +1 187 £300 +20.00% 47
Manchester +8 178 £305 -1.61% 94
West Yorkshire -5 165 £290 -3.33% 88
Reading -1 147 £325 -23.52% 46
Cambridgeshire +5 139 £229 -8.50% 64
Hertfordshire -2 137 £300 - 48
Milton Keynes 0 133 £300 +20.00% 27
Wiltshire +5 130 £246 -24.23% 37
Cheshire 0 130 £325 +5.69% 66
Leeds -2 115 £270 -10.00% 48
Birmingham -1 113 £350 +21.73% 37
Oxfordshire +2 110 £285 -24.00% 32
North East -1 107 £260 +9.47% 39
Edinburgh -3 107 £244 -42.64% 18
Glasgow 0 106 £265 -14.51% 11
Lancashire 0 96 £300 -5.88% 13

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 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 5237 (35.04%) Microsoft
2 5145 (34.42%) Active Directory
3 4615 (30.88%) Windows 7
4 3426 (22.92%) Windows Server 2008
5 3058 (20.46%) VMware
6 2568 (17.18%) MS Office
7 2539 (16.99%) Windows XP
8 2482 (16.61%) Windows Server 2003
9 2453 (16.41%) SQL
10 2414 (16.15%) Citrix
11 2300 (15.39%) ITIL
12 2272 (15.20%) Linux
13 2209 (14.78%) MS Excel
14 2060 (13.78%) SQL Server
15 2047 (13.70%) Finance
16 1984 (13.27%) MS Exchange
17 1744 (11.67%) Security Cleared
18 1637 (10.95%) UNIX
19 1564 (10.46%) VMware Infrastructure
20 1492 (9.98%) SCCM
21 1471 (9.84%) .NET
22 1426 (9.54%) Migration
23 1412 (9.45%) Oracle
24 1390 (9.30%) Windows Server 2012
25 1359 (9.09%) DNS
26 1288 (8.62%) HP
27 1263 (8.45%) Cisco
28 1250 (8.36%) SC Cleared
29 1218 (8.15%) C#
30 1183 (7.92%) Firewall

Windows
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 17 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 1984 (13.27%) MS Exchange
2 972 (6.50%) SharePoint
3 939 (6.28%) Exchange Server 2010
4 874 (5.85%) IIS
5 497 (3.33%) Exchange Server 2007
6 474 (3.17%) Exchange Server 2003
7 379 (2.54%) Lync
8 322 (2.15%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 303 (2.03%) Apache
10 284 (1.90%) IBM Notes
11 258 (1.73%) WebSphere
12 224 (1.50%) Exchange Server 2013
13 196 (1.31%) Tomcat
14 192 (1.28%) SharePoint 2010
15 181 (1.21%) BizTalk Server
16 175 (1.17%) WebLogic
17 137 (0.92%) SharePoint 2013
18 114 (0.76%) SharePoint Server
19 79 (0.53%) CMS
20 69 (0.46%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 2568 (17.18%) MS Office
2 2209 (14.78%) MS Excel
3 186 (1.24%) MS PowerPoint
4 166 (1.11%) MS Project
5 108 (0.72%) MS Visio
6 47 (0.31%) Spreadsheet
7 38 (0.25%) Photoshop
8 35 (0.23%) InfoPath
9 28 (0.19%) Adobe Illustrator
10 18 (0.12%) AutoCAD
11 14 (0.094%) Adobe Captivate
12 13 (0.087%) Acrobat
13 12 (0.080%) InDesign
14 11 (0.074%) Fireworks
15 8 (0.054%) Adobe After Effects
16 7 (0.047%) RoboHelp
17 6 (0.040%) PaintShop Pro
17 6 (0.040%) MicroStation
17 6 (0.040%) OmniGraffle
18 3 (0.020%) Pro/ENGINEER
Business Applications
1 120 (0.80%) Dynamics CRM
2 89 (0.60%) Oracle EBS
3 58 (0.39%) Remedy ITSM
4 34 (0.23%) assyst
5 25 (0.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 22 (0.15%) Oracle BPM
7 19 (0.13%) Dynamics AX
8 18 (0.12%) Eikon
9 17 (0.11%) Oracle Applications
10 14 (0.094%) Summit
11 13 (0.087%) HFM
11 13 (0.087%) Remedy AR System
12 11 (0.074%) JDE EnterpriseOne
12 11 (0.074%) BusinessWorks
13 10 (0.067%) JDE OneWorld
14 9 (0.060%) Markit EDM
14 9 (0.060%) TIBCO iProcess
14 9 (0.060%) SAP PM
15 8 (0.054%) Oracle Financials
15 8 (0.054%) Oracle General Ledger
Cloud Services
1 334 (2.23%) Microsoft Azure
2 314 (2.10%) Office 365
3 162 (1.08%) Amazon AWS
4 76 (0.51%) SaaS
5 48 (0.32%) IaaS
6 40 (0.27%) Google Apps
7 39 (0.26%) Amazon EC2
8 35 (0.23%) Cloud Computing
9 34 (0.23%) PaaS
10 17 (0.11%) GitHub
11 16 (0.11%) Amazon S3
11 16 (0.11%) IBM SmartCloud
12 8 (0.054%) Amazon SQS
13 7 (0.047%) Google App Engine
14 6 (0.040%) CloudFront
14 6 (0.040%) Amazon ELB
15 4 (0.027%) Heroku
16 3 (0.020%) SuccessFactors
17 2 (0.013%) Rackspace Cloud
17 2 (0.013%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 1359 (9.09%) DNS
2 1183 (7.92%) Firewall
3 1169 (7.82%) SAN
4 1138 (7.61%) TCP/IP
5 920 (6.16%) DHCP
6 883 (5.91%) LAN
7 813 (5.44%) WAN
8 592 (3.96%) VPN
9 455 (3.04%) Internet
10 277 (1.85%) VoIP
11 262 (1.75%) Wireless
12 237 (1.59%) NAS
13 227 (1.52%) LDAP
14 224 (1.50%) HTTP
15 207 (1.38%) Network Security
16 200 (1.34%) VLAN
17 183 (1.22%) SSL
18 151 (1.01%) FTP
19 140 (0.94%) NetScaler
20 115 (0.77%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2060 (13.78%) SQL Server
2 571 (3.82%) SQL Server 2008
3 358 (2.40%) SQL Server 2005
4 339 (2.27%) Oracle Database
5 285 (1.91%) MySQL
6 281 (1.88%) Relational Database
7 250 (1.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 218 (1.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 186 (1.24%) SQL Server 2012
10 138 (0.92%) RDBMS
11 124 (0.83%) DB2
12 118 (0.79%) SQL Server 2000
13 117 (0.78%) Oracle Database 11g
14 96 (0.64%) Data Warehouse
15 87 (0.58%) Oracle Database 10g
16 83 (0.56%) SQL Server Analysis Services
17 78 (0.52%) PostgreSQL
18 76 (0.51%) MS Access
19 71 (0.48%) NoSQL
20 70 (0.47%) DTS
Development Applications
1 413 (2.76%) Visual Studio
2 336 (2.25%) Team Foundation Server
3 253 (1.69%) MSI
4 221 (1.48%) Git (software)
5 213 (1.43%) Subversion
6 157 (1.05%) JIRA
7 142 (0.95%) TeamCity
8 125 (0.84%) Maven
9 91 (0.61%) Jenkins
10 81 (0.54%) Selenium
11 69 (0.46%) InstallShield
12 67 (0.45%) NUnit
12 67 (0.45%) MSBuild
13 66 (0.44%) Eclipse
14 63 (0.42%) QuickTest Pro
15 62 (0.41%) JUnit
15 62 (0.41%) Artifactory
16 61 (0.41%) LoadRunner
17 52 (0.35%) Gradle
18 49 (0.33%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 2047 (13.70%) Finance
2 996 (6.66%) Banking
3 362 (2.42%) Telecoms
4 335 (2.24%) Investment Banking
5 270 (1.81%) Retail
6 266 (1.78%) Legal
7 208 (1.39%) Law
8 181 (1.21%) Front Office
9 177 (1.18%) Back Office
10 139 (0.93%) Manufacturing
11 137 (0.92%) Financial Institution
12 129 (0.86%) Marketing
13 110 (0.74%) Advertising
14 100 (0.67%) Publishing
15 81 (0.54%) French Language
16 58 (0.39%) Local Government
17 51 (0.34%) Military
18 50 (0.33%) Pharmaceutical
19 45 (0.30%) Games
20 38 (0.25%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 2769 (18.53%) Analyst
2 1533 (10.26%) Developer
3 1380 (9.23%) Support Engineer
4 1129 (7.55%) Support Analyst
5 898 (6.01%) Desktop Support
6 883 (5.91%) 2nd Line Support
7 743 (4.97%) Service Analyst
8 724 (4.84%) Service Desk Analyst
9 718 (4.80%) Consultant
10 704 (4.71%) Architect
11 631 (4.22%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 628 (4.20%) Administrator
13 557 (3.73%) Desktop Engineer
14 507 (3.39%) 1st Line Support
15 431 (2.88%) Project Manager
16 425 (2.84%) 3rd Line Support
17 361 (2.42%) IT Support
18 331 (2.21%) .NET Developer
19 325 (2.17%) Desktop Support Engineer
20 315 (2.11%) Applications Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1471 (9.84%) .NET
2 660 (4.42%) HTML
3 631 (4.22%) XML
4 625 (4.18%) ASP.NET
5 612 (4.09%) Web Services
6 411 (2.75%) CSS
7 372 (2.49%) WCF
8 340 (2.27%) .NET Framework
9 285 (1.91%) Application Packaging
10 269 (1.80%) Middleware
11 222 (1.49%) jQuery
12 203 (1.36%) HTML5
13 167 (1.12%) WPF
14 163 (1.09%) ASP.NET MVC
15 155 (1.04%) WinForms
16 143 (0.96%) SOAP
17 135 (0.90%) XSLT
18 131 (0.88%) Ajax
19 126 (0.84%) JSP
20 119 (0.80%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 940 (6.29%) Blackberry
2 795 (5.32%) Analytical Skills
3 489 (3.27%) Clustering
4 366 (2.45%) Management Information System
5 256 (1.71%) Replication
6 224 (1.50%) Computer Science
7 199 (1.33%) Fat Client
7 199 (1.33%) Thin Client
8 184 (1.23%) NHS
9 174 (1.16%) iPhone
10 143 (0.96%) PKI
10 143 (0.96%) Mobile App
11 135 (0.90%) iPad
12 134 (0.90%) Open Source
13 132 (0.88%) Mainframe
14 129 (0.86%) Client/Server
15 110 (0.74%) Fixed Income
16 108 (0.72%) Enterprise Software
17 104 (0.70%) User Experience
18 100 (0.67%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 4615 (30.88%) Windows 7
2 3426 (22.92%) Windows Server 2008
3 2539 (16.99%) Windows XP
4 2482 (16.61%) Windows Server 2003
5 2272 (15.20%) Linux
6 1637 (10.95%) UNIX
7 1390 (9.30%) Windows Server 2012
8 752 (5.03%) Windows 8
9 414 (2.77%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 366 (2.45%) Solaris
11 325 (2.17%) Windows Vista
12 298 (1.99%) Android
13 285 (1.91%) Apple iOS
14 274 (1.83%) Windows 2000
15 268 (1.79%) AIX
16 168 (1.12%) Mac OS X
17 123 (0.82%) Windows 2000 Server
18 114 (0.76%) Windows Phone
19 110 (0.74%) Windows Mobile
20 91 (0.61%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2300 (15.39%) ITIL
2 1426 (9.54%) Migration
3 878 (5.87%) Agile Software Development
4 615 (4.11%) Project Management
5 500 (3.35%) Service Management
6 482 (3.22%) Change Management
7 475 (3.18%) Incident Management
8 413 (2.76%) Service Delivery
9 398 (2.66%) Disaster Recovery
10 394 (2.64%) Configuration Management
11 363 (2.43%) MVC
12 356 (2.38%) Workflow
13 326 (2.18%) PRINCE2
14 292 (1.95%) OO
15 285 (1.91%) DevOps
16 279 (1.87%) Scrum
17 277 (1.85%) Stakeholder Management
18 266 (1.78%) TDD
18 266 (1.78%) Software Engineering
19 259 (1.73%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 2453 (16.41%) SQL
2 1218 (8.15%) C#
3 1043 (6.98%) PowerShell
4 830 (5.55%) Java
5 650 (4.35%) JavaScript
6 439 (2.94%) Perl
6 439 (2.94%) C++
7 412 (2.76%) VBScript
8 399 (2.67%) VB
9 361 (2.42%) Python
10 353 (2.36%) C
11 321 (2.15%) T-SQL
12 273 (1.83%) Shell Script
13 173 (1.16%) VB.NET
14 155 (1.04%) Ruby
15 151 (1.01%) Bash Shell
16 150 (1.00%) PL/SQL
17 144 (0.96%) PHP
18 124 (0.83%) VBA
19 76 (0.51%) Korn
Qualifications
1 1744 (11.67%) Security Cleared
2 1250 (8.36%) SC Cleared
3 1123 (7.51%) Microsoft Certification
4 636 (4.26%) MCSE
5 578 (3.87%) Degree
6 399 (2.67%) DV Cleared
7 354 (2.37%) MCP
8 313 (2.09%) Cisco Certification
9 310 (2.07%) MCITP
10 245 (1.64%) CCNA
11 220 (1.47%) ITIL Certification
12 190 (1.27%) MCSA
13 162 (1.08%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 157 (1.05%) MCTS
15 152 (1.02%) CISSP
16 120 (0.80%) CCNP
17 101 (0.68%) ISTQB
18 100 (0.67%) ISEB
19 76 (0.51%) Citrix Certification
20 75 (0.50%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 624 (4.18%) SLA
2 285 (1.91%) QA
3 86 (0.58%) PCI DSS
4 77 (0.52%) ISO 9001
5 71 (0.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 61 (0.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 16 (0.11%) COBIT
8 12 (0.080%) Data Quality
9 11 (0.074%) BS15000
10 9 (0.060%) JSP 440
11 7 (0.047%) ISO 14001
12 6 (0.040%) GPG13
13 5 (0.033%) Basel III
14 4 (0.027%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 4 (0.027%) HL7
14 4 (0.027%) Dodd-Frank
15 3 (0.020%) BS7799
15 3 (0.020%) ISO/IEC 17799
15 3 (0.020%) TickIT
16 2 (0.013%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 5145 (34.42%) Active Directory
2 1564 (10.46%) VMware Infrastructure
3 780 (5.22%) XenApp
4 689 (4.61%) Hyper-V
5 593 (3.97%) vSphere
6 437 (2.92%) Microsoft App-V
7 389 (2.60%) VMware ESX
8 338 (2.26%) XenDesktop
9 224 (1.50%) XenServer
10 199 (1.33%) VMware ESXi
11 162 (1.08%) Terminal Services
12 107 (0.72%) NFS
13 83 (0.56%) Oracle RAC
14 82 (0.55%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 82 (0.55%) ISA Server
15 76 (0.51%) VMware Server
16 72 (0.48%) Xen
17 61 (0.41%) vCloud
18 53 (0.35%) UAG
19 41 (0.27%) Oracle RMAN
Systems Management
1 1492 (9.98%) SCCM
2 434 (2.90%) SCOM
3 249 (1.67%) Backup Exec
4 181 (1.21%) NetBackup
5 178 (1.19%) WSUS
6 176 (1.18%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 167 (1.12%) Puppet
8 158 (1.06%) HP Quality Center
9 139 (0.93%) Opscode Chef
10 120 (0.80%) Tivoli
11 108 (0.72%) Norton AntiVirus
12 105 (0.70%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 105 (0.70%) McAfee ePO
13 86 (0.58%) HP SIM
14 66 (0.44%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
15 64 (0.43%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
16 60 (0.40%) Control-M
16 60 (0.40%) ARCserve
17 59 (0.39%) WMI
17 59 (0.39%) Nagios
Vendors
1 5237 (35.04%) Microsoft
2 3058 (20.46%) VMware
3 2414 (16.15%) Citrix
4 1412 (9.45%) Oracle
5 1288 (8.62%) HP
6 1263 (8.45%) Cisco
7 527 (3.53%) IBM
8 451 (3.02%) Symantec
9 442 (2.96%) Red Hat
10 397 (2.66%) NetApp
11 394 (2.64%) EMC
12 358 (2.40%) Dell
13 305 (2.04%) Lotus
14 280 (1.87%) Remedy
15 245 (1.64%) McAfee
16 243 (1.63%) Apple
17 239 (1.60%) CheckPoint
18 206 (1.38%) AppSense
19 188 (1.26%) Altiris
20 186 (1.24%) SAP
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