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 27 February 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
27 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Windows
Rank 6 6 5
Rank change year-on-year
0 -1
Contract jobs citing Windows 6711 6874 6083
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.79% 13.68% 13.55%
As % of the Operating Systems category 57.83% 61.71% 63.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 3646 3354 2954
Average daily rate
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£350 £325 £335
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -2.98%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £140 £130 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £516
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 792 918 922
Average hourly rate £15.50 £15.35 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.97% -4.06%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.59 £11.00 £10.49
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.00 £31.50 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £15.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year
-3.33% -3.22%

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
11605 11139 9628
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 22.11% 22.16% 21.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 6688 6038 5075
Average daily rate £375 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £165 £150 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £503 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £313 £320
% change year-on-year
+8.80% -2.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 886 1028 1016
Average hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -3.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.50 £35.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £15.50 £16.20
% change year-on-year
- -4.32%

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 27 February 2015.

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 27 February 2015.

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 27 February 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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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 6132 £350 +7.69% 2207
London 0 2397 £375 +1.35% 772
South East -2 1535 £345 +12.19% 501
City of London +1 586 £400 +4.23% 216
North West -2 488 £338 +22.72% 197
Hampshire 0 465 £328 +3.96% 97
East of England +1 443 £300 -4.76% 171
South West -2 365 £325 +12.06% 186
Berkshire -1 363 £375 +20.96% 128
West Midlands +4 334 £286 -6.91% 128
Scotland -4 334 £288 -17.85% 85
Yorkshire -3 254 £294 +16.91% 145
East Midlands -2 220 £275 +150.00% 76
Buckinghamshire -2 194 £325 - 45
Surrey -3 182 £325 +8.33% 119
Manchester -3 180 £300 +9.09% 106
Reading +1 166 £325 +16.07% 54
West Yorkshire -8 156 £325 +22.64% 92
Milton Keynes 0 144 £325 -9.34% 34
Cheshire +2 119 £350 +27.27% 52
Glasgow +2 116 £270 -10.00% 26
Hertfordshire +6 108 £390 +20.00% 55
West Sussex -1 104 £375 +25.00% 14
Wales 0 100 £275 -10.56% 42
Essex +3 99 £350 -10.54% 26
Birmingham 0 98 £300 +4.34% 39
Cambridgeshire -3 98 £275 - 52
Oxfordshire -4 97 £325 +10.16% 50
Edinburgh -10 92 £310 -22.50% 31
Bristol +7 90 £400 +14.28% 51

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 February 2015, 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 4854 (34.33%) Active Directory
2 4777 (33.79%) Microsoft
3 3856 (27.27%) Windows 7
4 3310 (23.41%) VMware
5 3249 (22.98%) Windows Server 2008
6 2405 (17.01%) Linux
7 2395 (16.94%) SQL
8 2278 (16.11%) ITIL
9 2261 (15.99%) MS Office
10 2184 (15.45%) Windows Server 2003
11 2035 (14.39%) Citrix
12 1965 (13.90%) Security Cleared
13 1924 (13.61%) SQL Server
14 1920 (13.58%) MS Excel
15 1907 (13.49%) Finance
16 1883 (13.32%) Windows XP
17 1789 (12.65%) VMware Infrastructure
18 1787 (12.64%) MS Exchange
19 1674 (11.84%) Windows Server 2012
20 1601 (11.32%) UNIX
21 1580 (11.18%) Migration
22 1364 (9.65%) Oracle
23 1348 (9.53%) SCCM
24 1329 (9.40%) SC Cleared
25 1314 (9.29%) Cisco
26 1305 (9.23%) DNS
27 1270 (8.98%) HP
28 1222 (8.64%) .NET
29 1216 (8.60%) Firewall
30 1095 (7.75%) SAN

Windows
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 February 2015, 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 1787 (12.64%) MS Exchange
2 933 (6.60%) IIS
3 854 (6.04%) SharePoint
4 790 (5.59%) Exchange Server 2010
5 404 (2.86%) Lync
6 372 (2.63%) Exchange Server 2007
7 362 (2.56%) Exchange Server 2003
8 329 (2.33%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 304 (2.15%) Apache
10 279 (1.97%) Exchange Server 2013
11 259 (1.83%) IBM Notes
12 234 (1.66%) WebSphere
13 228 (1.61%) Tomcat
14 188 (1.33%) WebLogic
15 143 (1.01%) BizTalk Server
16 132 (0.93%) JBoss
17 120 (0.85%) SharePoint 2010
18 89 (0.63%) SharePoint 2013
19 87 (0.62%) OpenStack
20 75 (0.53%) Confluence
Applications
1 2261 (15.99%) MS Office
2 1920 (13.58%) MS Excel
3 133 (0.94%) MS Visio
4 132 (0.93%) MS PowerPoint
5 104 (0.74%) MS Project
6 41 (0.29%) Spreadsheet
7 24 (0.17%) Photoshop
8 21 (0.15%) Acrobat
8 21 (0.15%) Adobe Illustrator
9 14 (0.099%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 13 (0.092%) PaintShop Pro
11 12 (0.085%) AutoCAD
12 9 (0.064%) InfoPath
13 6 (0.042%) Adobe Captivate
14 5 (0.035%) Final Cut Pro
14 5 (0.035%) Mingle
15 4 (0.028%) Fireworks
15 4 (0.028%) InDesign
16 3 (0.021%) Maya
16 3 (0.021%) 3ds Max
Business Applications
1 81 (0.57%) Dynamics CRM
2 56 (0.40%) Oracle EBS
3 44 (0.31%) Remedy ITSM
4 28 (0.20%) assyst
5 21 (0.15%) Dynamics AX
6 19 (0.13%) Dynamics NAV
6 19 (0.13%) Markit EDM
7 17 (0.12%) ION MarketView
7 17 (0.12%) BusinessWorks
8 16 (0.11%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 16 (0.11%) Eikon
9 14 (0.099%) Oracle EBS R12
10 13 (0.092%) RMDS
11 11 (0.078%) ResourceLink
12 8 (0.057%) Oracle Applications
12 8 (0.057%) Oracle BPM
13 7 (0.050%) Oracle Retail
13 7 (0.050%) Agresso
14 6 (0.042%) Oracle ERP
14 6 (0.042%) Cognos Business Intelligence
Cloud Services
1 365 (2.58%) Office 365
2 346 (2.45%) Microsoft Azure
3 193 (1.37%) Amazon AWS
4 60 (0.42%) SaaS
5 56 (0.40%) IaaS
6 53 (0.37%) Google Apps
7 47 (0.33%) Amazon EC2
8 42 (0.30%) PaaS
9 41 (0.29%) Cloud Computing
10 28 (0.20%) GitHub
11 26 (0.18%) Amazon S3
12 23 (0.16%) Heroku
13 8 (0.057%) CloudFront
13 8 (0.057%) Amazon ELB
14 7 (0.050%) Engine Yard
15 6 (0.042%) Route 53
15 6 (0.042%) Yammer
16 4 (0.028%) OpenShift
16 4 (0.028%) ElastiCache
16 4 (0.028%) Amazon ElastiCache
Communications & Networking
1 1305 (9.23%) DNS
2 1216 (8.60%) Firewall
3 1095 (7.75%) SAN
4 1032 (7.30%) TCP/IP
5 877 (6.20%) DHCP
6 870 (6.15%) LAN
7 817 (5.78%) WAN
8 629 (4.45%) VPN
9 434 (3.07%) Internet
10 330 (2.33%) NAS
11 296 (2.09%) VoIP
12 237 (1.68%) SSL
13 234 (1.66%) HTTP
14 230 (1.63%) VLAN
15 228 (1.61%) Wireless
16 217 (1.53%) Network Security
17 184 (1.30%) LDAP
18 176 (1.24%) FTP
19 169 (1.20%) MPLS
20 145 (1.03%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1924 (13.61%) SQL Server
2 485 (3.43%) SQL Server 2008
3 349 (2.47%) Oracle Database
4 296 (2.09%) MySQL
5 272 (1.92%) Relational Database
6 261 (1.85%) SQL Server 2005
7 224 (1.58%) SQL Server 2012
8 199 (1.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 191 (1.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 139 (0.98%) RDBMS
11 116 (0.82%) Oracle Database 11g
12 114 (0.81%) DB2
13 111 (0.79%) MongoDB
14 109 (0.77%) Data Warehouse
15 98 (0.69%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 93 (0.66%) PostgreSQL
17 91 (0.64%) Oracle Reports
17 91 (0.64%) NoSQL
18 81 (0.57%) SQL Server 2000
19 76 (0.54%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 314 (2.22%) Subversion
2 299 (2.11%) Visual Studio
3 250 (1.77%) Jenkins
4 221 (1.56%) Git (software)
5 220 (1.56%) MSI
6 217 (1.53%) Team Foundation Server
7 186 (1.32%) JIRA
8 136 (0.96%) Maven
9 130 (0.92%) Ant
10 116 (0.82%) TeamCity
11 103 (0.73%) Eclipse
12 99 (0.70%) Selenium
13 89 (0.63%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 84 (0.59%) NUnit
15 66 (0.47%) Cucumber
15 66 (0.47%) Hudson
16 61 (0.43%) ClearCase
17 50 (0.35%) StarTeam
18 46 (0.33%) VSS/SourceSafe
19 45 (0.32%) MSBuild
General
1 1907 (13.49%) Finance
2 815 (5.76%) Banking
3 367 (2.60%) Telecoms
4 288 (2.04%) Retail
5 269 (1.90%) Investment Banking
6 211 (1.49%) Legal
7 204 (1.44%) Law
8 167 (1.18%) Manufacturing
9 138 (0.98%) Front Office
10 131 (0.93%) Back Office
11 105 (0.74%) Financial Institution
12 101 (0.71%) Marketing
13 80 (0.57%) Publishing
14 73 (0.52%) Games
15 67 (0.47%) Advertising
16 53 (0.37%) French Language
17 50 (0.35%) Military
18 44 (0.31%) Electronics
19 36 (0.25%) Local Government
20 32 (0.23%) Billing
Job Titles
1 2645 (18.71%) Analyst
2 1267 (8.96%) Developer
3 1257 (8.89%) Support Engineer
4 1020 (7.21%) Support Analyst
5 872 (6.17%) Desktop Support
6 779 (5.51%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 769 (5.44%) 2nd Line Support
8 768 (5.43%) Service Analyst
9 748 (5.29%) Service Desk Analyst
10 737 (5.21%) Architect
11 693 (4.90%) Consultant
12 579 (4.10%) Administrator
13 549 (3.88%) Desktop Engineer
14 451 (3.19%) 1st Line Support
15 428 (3.03%) 3rd Line Support
16 425 (3.01%) IT Support
17 386 (2.73%) Server Engineer
18 355 (2.51%) Desktop Support Engineer
18 355 (2.51%) Project Manager
19 287 (2.03%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1222 (8.64%) .NET
2 594 (4.20%) HTML
3 532 (3.76%) Web Services
4 510 (3.61%) XML
5 394 (2.79%) ASP.NET
6 329 (2.33%) CSS
7 315 (2.23%) Middleware
8 249 (1.76%) .NET Framework
9 221 (1.56%) WCF
10 199 (1.41%) Application Packaging
11 198 (1.40%) jQuery
12 193 (1.37%) HTML5
13 162 (1.15%) SOAP
14 161 (1.14%) J2EE
15 151 (1.07%) JSON
16 141 (1.00%) WPF
17 129 (0.91%) ASP.NET MVC
18 122 (0.86%) REST
19 105 (0.74%) WinForms
20 97 (0.69%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 813 (5.75%) Analytical Skills
2 798 (5.64%) Blackberry
3 563 (3.98%) Clustering
4 275 (1.95%) Replication
5 255 (1.80%) Management Information System
6 201 (1.42%) NHS
7 197 (1.39%) Computer Science
8 186 (1.32%) Open Source
9 176 (1.24%) iPhone
10 168 (1.19%) Client/Server
11 156 (1.10%) PKI
12 153 (1.08%) Thin Client
12 153 (1.08%) Fat Client
13 148 (1.05%) Mobile App
14 144 (1.02%) iPad
15 109 (0.77%) Fixed Income
16 108 (0.76%) Enterprise Software
17 90 (0.64%) User Experience
18 84 (0.59%) Video Conferencing
19 83 (0.59%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 3856 (27.27%) Windows 7
2 3249 (22.98%) Windows Server 2008
3 2405 (17.01%) Linux
4 2184 (15.45%) Windows Server 2003
5 1883 (13.32%) Windows XP
6 1674 (11.84%) Windows Server 2012
7 1601 (11.32%) UNIX
8 700 (4.95%) Windows 8
9 461 (3.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 429 (3.03%) Android
11 417 (2.95%) Solaris
12 390 (2.76%) Apple iOS
13 292 (2.07%) AIX
14 278 (1.97%) Windows Vista
15 242 (1.71%) Mac OS X
16 186 (1.32%) Windows 2000
17 142 (1.00%) CentOS
18 139 (0.98%) Windows Phone
19 134 (0.95%) Windows 2000 Server
20 107 (0.76%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 2278 (16.11%) ITIL
2 1580 (11.18%) Migration
3 984 (6.96%) Agile Software Development
4 531 (3.76%) Configuration Management
5 525 (3.71%) Project Management
6 492 (3.48%) Service Delivery
7 480 (3.40%) Change Management
8 458 (3.24%) Service Management
9 451 (3.19%) Incident Management
10 408 (2.89%) Disaster Recovery
11 363 (2.57%) DevOps
12 344 (2.43%) Continuous Integration
13 318 (2.25%) Scrum
14 300 (2.12%) TDD
15 294 (2.08%) OO
16 283 (2.00%) Software Engineering
17 279 (1.97%) MVC
18 265 (1.87%) Stakeholder Management
19 262 (1.85%) Performance Tuning
20 256 (1.81%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 2395 (16.94%) SQL
2 985 (6.97%) C#
3 966 (6.83%) PowerShell
4 925 (6.54%) Java
5 569 (4.02%) JavaScript
6 430 (3.04%) C++
7 417 (2.95%) Python
8 397 (2.81%) Perl
9 342 (2.42%) VBScript
9 342 (2.42%) Shell Script
10 289 (2.04%) C
11 268 (1.90%) VB
12 200 (1.41%) Bash Shell
13 195 (1.38%) Ruby
14 190 (1.34%) T-SQL
15 166 (1.17%) PHP
16 149 (1.05%) PL/SQL
17 113 (0.80%) VBA
18 91 (0.64%) VB.NET
19 69 (0.49%) Korn
Qualifications
1 1965 (13.90%) Security Cleared
2 1329 (9.40%) SC Cleared
3 1061 (7.50%) Microsoft Certification
4 631 (4.46%) MCSE
5 568 (4.02%) Degree
6 540 (3.82%) DV Cleared
7 359 (2.54%) Cisco Certification
8 333 (2.36%) MCP
9 313 (2.21%) MCITP
10 291 (2.06%) CCNA
11 220 (1.56%) MCSA
12 204 (1.44%) VCP4
13 187 (1.32%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 182 (1.29%) ITIL Certification
15 151 (1.07%) MCTS
16 111 (0.79%) CISSP
16 111 (0.79%) CCNP
17 87 (0.62%) A+ Certification
18 84 (0.59%) Citrix Certification
19 83 (0.59%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 655 (4.63%) SLA
2 241 (1.70%) QA
3 58 (0.41%) PCI DSS
4 46 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 44 (0.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 26 (0.18%) JSP 440
7 25 (0.18%) ISO 9001
8 19 (0.13%) COBIT
9 15 (0.11%) Dodd-Frank
10 10 (0.071%) HL7
11 9 (0.064%) DICOM
12 7 (0.050%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 5 (0.035%) Data Quality
13 5 (0.035%) HIPAA
14 4 (0.028%) BS15000
15 3 (0.021%) GxP
15 3 (0.021%) ISO 9000
15 3 (0.021%) COSO
16 2 (0.014%) Basel III
16 2 (0.014%) EMIR
System Software
1 4854 (34.33%) Active Directory
2 1789 (12.65%) VMware Infrastructure
3 798 (5.64%) Hyper-V
4 631 (4.46%) vSphere
5 580 (4.10%) XenApp
6 375 (2.65%) VMware ESX
7 294 (2.08%) XenDesktop
8 274 (1.94%) Microsoft App-V
9 248 (1.75%) VMware ESXi
10 155 (1.10%) Terminal Services
11 118 (0.83%) XenServer
12 81 (0.57%) Firmware
12 81 (0.57%) NFS
13 80 (0.57%) vCloud
14 66 (0.47%) Xen
15 63 (0.45%) ISA Server
16 60 (0.42%) VMware Server
17 57 (0.40%) Citrix Presentation Server
18 50 (0.35%) UAG
19 48 (0.34%) Samba
Systems Management
1 1348 (9.53%) SCCM
2 483 (3.42%) SCOM
3 280 (1.98%) Puppet
4 196 (1.39%) NetBackup
5 190 (1.34%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 178 (1.26%) Backup Exec
7 163 (1.15%) WSUS
8 152 (1.08%) Opscode Chef
9 121 (0.86%) Tivoli
10 108 (0.76%) HP Quality Center
11 98 (0.69%) Nagios
12 94 (0.66%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 93 (0.66%) McAfee ePO
14 83 (0.59%) HP SIM
14 83 (0.59%) Norton AntiVirus
15 57 (0.40%) SCVMM
16 51 (0.36%) SCOrch
17 50 (0.35%) Control-M
18 47 (0.33%) ARCserve
19 46 (0.33%) Nessus
Vendors
1 4777 (33.79%) Microsoft
2 3310 (23.41%) VMware
3 2035 (14.39%) Citrix
4 1364 (9.65%) Oracle
5 1314 (9.29%) Cisco
6 1270 (8.98%) HP
7 546 (3.86%) Red Hat
8 467 (3.30%) IBM
9 459 (3.25%) NetApp
10 397 (2.81%) EMC
11 396 (2.80%) Symantec
12 323 (2.28%) McAfee
13 308 (2.18%) Dell
14 291 (2.06%) Apple
15 287 (2.03%) Lotus
16 256 (1.81%) CheckPoint
17 235 (1.66%) Remedy
18 175 (1.24%) SAP
19 160 (1.13%) F5
20 155 (1.10%) Juniper
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