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 28 August 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 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Windows
Rank 6 6 5
Rank change year-on-year
0 -1
Contract jobs citing Windows 7041 7356 7055
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.02% 13.23% 13.40%
As % of the Operating Systems category 56.12% 58.88% 59.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 3921 3930 3619
Average daily rate
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£340 £325 £333
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.61% -2.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £140 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £490 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £304 £315
% change year-on-year
+6.90% -3.49%
Number of hourly rates quoted 869 982 891
Average hourly rate £16.00 £15.00 £15.93
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -5.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.13 £31.50 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.86 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+5.73% -

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
12546 12494 11891
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.42% 22.47% 22.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 7395 7107 6626
Average daily rate £375 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £163 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £513 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £323 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.52% -0.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 980 1066 1014
Average hourly rate £17.00 £15.88 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.08% -3.78%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £35.00 £36.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -

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 28 August 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 28 August 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 28 August 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 6511 £345 +6.15% 1989
London -1 2566 £365 +1.38% 615
South East -2 1446 £338 +3.84% 448
City of London -1 649 £400 +8.84% 131
North West -3 515 £300 - 203
East of England +1 503 £325 +1.56% 173
South West -1 460 £325 +8.33% 203
Yorkshire -1 407 £325 +18.18% 135
Hampshire -3 376 £363 +11.53% 91
Berkshire -5 298 £355 +9.23% 94
Scotland -5 285 £313 +6.83% 70
West Yorkshire +3 281 £335 +24.07% 92
West Midlands -4 271 £350 +9.37% 102
Surrey -1 237 £350 +13.82% 109
Manchester -2 217 £275 -15.38% 110
Leeds -4 188 £325 +26.82% 64
East Midlands -4 186 £300 -5.51% 82
Buckinghamshire -2 181 £375 +25.00% 49
Reading +1 156 £395 +17.03% 45
Hertfordshire +3 145 £338 +31.06% 50
Milton Keynes 0 143 £375 +18.11% 26
Oxfordshire -2 136 £288 +6.48% 46
Essex +2 132 £356 +11.32% 21
North East -8 129 £300 +15.38% 22
Cheshire -4 121 £325 +4.00% 53
Bristol +8 109 £328 +1.55% 62
Wales -1 108 £350 +16.66% 28
Cambridgeshire -6 105 £300 +29.03% 73
Tyne and Wear -9 97 £310 +19.73% 13
Wiltshire -6 95 £380 +38.18% 45

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 4954 (35.48%) Active Directory
2 4904 (35.12%) Microsoft
3 3617 (25.90%) VMware
4 3409 (24.41%) Windows 7
5 3107 (22.25%) Windows Server 2008
6 2701 (19.34%) Linux
7 2600 (18.62%) SQL
8 2307 (16.52%) ITIL
9 2249 (16.11%) SQL Server
10 2133 (15.28%) Windows Server 2012
11 2108 (15.10%) Citrix
12 2067 (14.80%) Finance
13 2040 (14.61%) MS Office
14 2022 (14.48%) Windows Server 2003
15 1867 (13.37%) VMware Infrastructure
16 1851 (13.26%) MS Excel
17 1718 (12.30%) MS Exchange
18 1610 (11.53%) Security Cleared
19 1591 (11.39%) Migration
20 1520 (10.89%) UNIX
21 1422 (10.18%) Oracle
22 1398 (10.01%) PowerShell
23 1369 (9.80%) Windows XP
24 1367 (9.79%) DNS
25 1347 (9.65%) Cisco
26 1325 (9.49%) SCCM
27 1313 (9.40%) .NET
28 1211 (8.67%) SAN
29 1163 (8.33%) Firewall
30 1118 (8.01%) HP

Windows
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 1718 (12.30%) MS Exchange
2 1003 (7.18%) IIS
3 851 (6.09%) SharePoint
4 844 (6.04%) Exchange Server 2010
5 482 (3.45%) Lync
6 369 (2.64%) Exchange Server 2007
7 352 (2.52%) Exchange Server 2013
8 278 (1.99%) WebSphere
9 267 (1.91%) Apache
10 250 (1.79%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 248 (1.78%) Tomcat
12 225 (1.61%) Exchange Server 2003
13 176 (1.26%) JBoss
14 162 (1.16%) WebLogic
15 147 (1.05%) IBM Notes
16 146 (1.05%) BizTalk Server
17 113 (0.81%) SharePoint 2010
18 104 (0.74%) SharePoint 2013
19 99 (0.71%) WebSphere Application Server
20 82 (0.59%) CMS
Applications
1 2040 (14.61%) MS Office
2 1851 (13.26%) MS Excel
3 175 (1.25%) MS Visio
4 141 (1.01%) MS PowerPoint
5 131 (0.94%) MS Project
6 46 (0.33%) Spreadsheet
7 27 (0.19%) Photoshop
8 19 (0.14%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 14 (0.10%) AutoCAD
9 14 (0.10%) PaintShop Pro
10 12 (0.086%) InfoPath
10 12 (0.086%) Acrobat
11 10 (0.072%) Adobe Illustrator
11 10 (0.072%) Siemens NX
12 8 (0.057%) Doxygen
13 7 (0.050%) Maya
14 6 (0.043%) InDesign
15 5 (0.036%) PowerPivot
16 4 (0.029%) CATIA
17 3 (0.021%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 104 (0.74%) Dynamics CRM
2 53 (0.38%) Remedy ITSM
3 24 (0.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 22 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
4 22 (0.16%) Oracle Applications
5 21 (0.15%) Oracle BPM
6 18 (0.13%) Dynamics AX
7 14 (0.10%) Maximo
7 14 (0.10%) Teamcenter
8 11 (0.079%) SAP CRM
8 11 (0.079%) RMDS
9 9 (0.064%) assyst
9 9 (0.064%) Agresso
10 8 (0.057%) ION MarketView
10 8 (0.057%) Adobe Campaign
10 8 (0.057%) Oracle EBS R12
11 7 (0.050%) BusinessWorks
12 6 (0.043%) SAP ERP
12 6 (0.043%) Eikon
13 5 (0.036%) Loan IQ
Cloud Services
1 609 (4.36%) Office 365
2 426 (3.05%) Microsoft Azure
3 380 (2.72%) Amazon AWS
4 86 (0.62%) IaaS
5 79 (0.57%) SaaS
6 63 (0.45%) Amazon EC2
7 61 (0.44%) PaaS
8 53 (0.38%) Cloud Computing
9 45 (0.32%) Google Apps
10 36 (0.26%) Google Cloud Platform
11 29 (0.21%) GitHub
12 25 (0.18%) AWS CloudFormation
13 24 (0.17%) Google App Engine
14 22 (0.16%) Amazon S3
14 22 (0.16%) Google Analytics
15 17 (0.12%) Yammer
16 15 (0.11%) Heroku
17 14 (0.10%) OneDrive
18 13 (0.093%) Mimecast
19 12 (0.086%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 1367 (9.79%) DNS
2 1211 (8.67%) SAN
3 1163 (8.33%) Firewall
4 937 (6.71%) DHCP
5 927 (6.64%) TCP/IP
6 894 (6.40%) LAN
7 864 (6.19%) WAN
8 512 (3.67%) VPN
9 459 (3.29%) Internet
10 371 (2.66%) NAS
11 280 (2.01%) Wireless
12 276 (1.98%) VLAN
13 269 (1.93%) VoIP
14 245 (1.75%) Network Security
15 235 (1.68%) SSL
16 214 (1.53%) HTTP
17 205 (1.47%) LDAP
18 176 (1.26%) MPLS
19 141 (1.01%) NetScaler
20 129 (0.92%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2249 (16.11%) SQL Server
2 421 (3.02%) SQL Server 2008
3 382 (2.74%) Oracle Database
4 309 (2.21%) Relational Database
5 296 (2.12%) SQL Server 2012
6 294 (2.11%) MySQL
7 256 (1.83%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 246 (1.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 230 (1.65%) SQL Server 2005
10 168 (1.20%) Oracle Database 11g
11 160 (1.15%) DB2
12 141 (1.01%) RDBMS
13 117 (0.84%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 113 (0.81%) PostgreSQL
14 113 (0.81%) Data Warehouse
15 108 (0.77%) MongoDB
16 81 (0.58%) Oracle Reports
17 64 (0.46%) Big Data
18 63 (0.45%) BusinessObjects
19 62 (0.44%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 353 (2.53%) Visual Studio
2 310 (2.22%) Jenkins
3 304 (2.18%) Team Foundation Server
4 285 (2.04%) Git (software)
5 266 (1.91%) Subversion
6 224 (1.60%) JIRA
7 172 (1.23%) MSI
8 121 (0.87%) TeamCity
9 119 (0.85%) Maven
10 111 (0.79%) Ant
11 89 (0.64%) Eclipse
12 82 (0.59%) Selenium
13 76 (0.54%) NUnit
14 73 (0.52%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 73 (0.52%) MSBuild
15 56 (0.40%) Cucumber
15 56 (0.40%) Hudson
16 44 (0.32%) Gradle
17 42 (0.30%) Octopus Deploy
17 42 (0.30%) Introscope
General
1 2067 (14.80%) Finance
2 744 (5.33%) Banking
3 294 (2.11%) Retail
4 286 (2.05%) Telecoms
5 276 (1.98%) Law
6 247 (1.77%) Legal
7 209 (1.50%) Investment Banking
8 160 (1.15%) Back Office
9 151 (1.08%) Front Office
10 128 (0.92%) Manufacturing
11 127 (0.91%) Financial Institution
12 125 (0.90%) Marketing
13 81 (0.58%) Publishing
14 61 (0.44%) Advertising
15 59 (0.42%) French Language
16 55 (0.39%) Local Government
17 49 (0.35%) Military
17 49 (0.35%) Electronics
18 45 (0.32%) Games
19 43 (0.31%) German Language
Job Titles
1 2470 (17.69%) Analyst
2 1295 (9.27%) Developer
3 1231 (8.82%) Support Engineer
4 981 (7.03%) Support Analyst
5 817 (5.85%) Administrator
6 813 (5.82%) Desktop Support
7 812 (5.82%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 807 (5.78%) Architect
9 786 (5.63%) 2nd Line Support
10 704 (5.04%) Service Analyst
11 686 (4.91%) Service Desk Analyst
12 650 (4.66%) Consultant
13 486 (3.48%) Desktop Engineer
14 457 (3.27%) 3rd Line Support
15 431 (3.09%) Project Manager
16 391 (2.80%) 1st Line Support
17 377 (2.70%) Systems Administrator
18 365 (2.61%) Server Engineer
19 334 (2.39%) Systems Engineer
20 319 (2.28%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1313 (9.40%) .NET
2 637 (4.56%) HTML
3 529 (3.79%) Web Services
4 518 (3.71%) XML
5 431 (3.09%) ASP.NET
6 398 (2.85%) CSS
7 313 (2.24%) Middleware
8 285 (2.04%) .NET Framework
9 219 (1.57%) jQuery
10 201 (1.44%) HTML5
11 188 (1.35%) WCF
12 183 (1.31%) Application Packaging
13 170 (1.22%) SOAP
14 158 (1.13%) J2EE
15 143 (1.02%) WPF
16 137 (0.98%) Ajax
17 112 (0.80%) WinForms
18 109 (0.78%) AngularJS
19 101 (0.72%) ASP.NET MVC
20 86 (0.62%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 928 (6.65%) Data Centre
2 774 (5.54%) Analytical Skills
3 597 (4.28%) Blackberry
4 467 (3.34%) Clustering
5 294 (2.11%) Management Information System
6 244 (1.75%) Client/Server
7 214 (1.53%) Replication
8 210 (1.50%) NHS
9 180 (1.29%) Computer Science
10 162 (1.16%) iPhone
11 153 (1.10%) Fat Client
11 153 (1.10%) Thin Client
12 152 (1.09%) PKI
13 150 (1.07%) iPad
14 141 (1.01%) Enterprise Software
15 127 (0.91%) User Experience
16 120 (0.86%) Mainframe
17 111 (0.79%) Mobile App
18 103 (0.74%) Video Conferencing
19 90 (0.64%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 3409 (24.41%) Windows 7
2 3107 (22.25%) Windows Server 2008
3 2701 (19.34%) Linux
4 2133 (15.28%) Windows Server 2012
5 2022 (14.48%) Windows Server 2003
6 1520 (10.89%) UNIX
7 1369 (9.80%) Windows XP
8 729 (5.22%) Windows 8
9 495 (3.55%) Solaris
10 440 (3.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 428 (3.07%) Android
12 342 (2.45%) AIX
13 315 (2.26%) Apple iOS
14 188 (1.35%) Mac OS X
15 146 (1.05%) Windows Vista
16 134 (0.96%) Windows 2000
17 127 (0.91%) Windows 2000 Server
18 116 (0.83%) CentOS
19 112 (0.80%) Windows Phone
20 95 (0.68%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2307 (16.52%) ITIL
2 1591 (11.39%) Migration
3 958 (6.86%) Agile Software Development
4 676 (4.84%) Project Management
5 550 (3.94%) Change Management
6 485 (3.47%) Configuration Management
7 470 (3.37%) Incident Management
8 469 (3.36%) Service Management
9 436 (3.12%) DevOps
10 401 (2.87%) Disaster Recovery
11 379 (2.71%) Service Delivery
12 373 (2.67%) Continuous Integration
13 347 (2.49%) PRINCE2
14 346 (2.48%) Scrum
15 323 (2.31%) Stakeholder Management
16 304 (2.18%) Load Balancing
17 301 (2.16%) Software Engineering
18 293 (2.10%) OO
19 289 (2.07%) SDLC
20 287 (2.06%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 2600 (18.62%) SQL
2 1398 (10.01%) PowerShell
3 1043 (7.47%) C#
4 885 (6.34%) Java
5 654 (4.68%) JavaScript
6 538 (3.85%) C++
7 477 (3.42%) Perl
8 450 (3.22%) Python
9 391 (2.80%) VB
10 348 (2.49%) VBScript
11 312 (2.23%) Shell Script
12 297 (2.13%) T-SQL
13 292 (2.09%) C
14 244 (1.75%) Bash Shell
15 137 (0.98%) PL/SQL
16 135 (0.97%) PHP
17 127 (0.91%) VB.NET
18 126 (0.90%) Ruby
19 112 (0.80%) VBA
20 69 (0.49%) Korn
Qualifications
1 1610 (11.53%) Security Cleared
2 1037 (7.43%) SC Cleared
3 1032 (7.39%) Microsoft Certification
4 611 (4.38%) MCSE
5 563 (4.03%) Degree
6 427 (3.06%) Cisco Certification
7 338 (2.42%) DV Cleared
8 315 (2.26%) CCNA
9 262 (1.88%) MCP
10 259 (1.85%) MCSA
11 247 (1.77%) MCITP
12 211 (1.51%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 169 (1.21%) ITIL Certification
14 146 (1.05%) CCNP
15 103 (0.74%) CISSP
15 103 (0.74%) MCTS
16 87 (0.62%) ISEB
16 87 (0.62%) Citrix Certification
17 74 (0.53%) PMI Certification
18 71 (0.51%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 608 (4.35%) SLA
2 324 (2.32%) QA
3 101 (0.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 65 (0.47%) PCI DSS
5 38 (0.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 18 (0.13%) ISO 9001
7 15 (0.11%) COBIT
8 12 (0.086%) Data Quality
9 11 (0.079%) JSP 440
10 5 (0.036%) ISO 9000
10 5 (0.036%) HL7
11 4 (0.029%) COSO
11 4 (0.029%) P3O
12 3 (0.021%) GxP
13 2 (0.014%) 21 CFR Part 11
13 2 (0.014%) DICOM
13 2 (0.014%) TickIT
13 2 (0.014%) PMBOK
13 2 (0.014%) Solvency II
13 2 (0.014%) ISO/IEC 14443
System Software
1 4954 (35.48%) Active Directory
2 1867 (13.37%) VMware Infrastructure
3 761 (5.45%) Hyper-V
4 723 (5.18%) vSphere
5 717 (5.13%) XenApp
6 406 (2.91%) VMware ESX
7 391 (2.80%) Microsoft App-V
8 300 (2.15%) XenDesktop
9 297 (2.13%) VMware ESXi
10 122 (0.87%) Terminal Services
11 115 (0.82%) XenServer
12 106 (0.76%) vCloud
13 97 (0.69%) NFS
14 88 (0.63%) Xen
15 71 (0.51%) VMware Server
16 62 (0.44%) Citrix Presentation Server
17 61 (0.44%) ISA Server
18 58 (0.42%) Microsoft Virtual Server
19 55 (0.39%) Oracle RAC
20 42 (0.30%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 1325 (9.49%) SCCM
2 400 (2.86%) SCOM
3 320 (2.29%) Puppet
4 200 (1.43%) Opscode Chef
5 178 (1.27%) Tivoli
6 177 (1.27%) WSUS
7 169 (1.21%) Backup Exec
8 143 (1.02%) NetBackup
9 103 (0.74%) Nagios
10 88 (0.63%) BladeLogic
11 83 (0.59%) OpenView Configuration Management
12 81 (0.58%) Tivoli Storage Manager
13 78 (0.56%) Norton AntiVirus
13 78 (0.56%) AirWatch
14 68 (0.49%) Ansible
15 64 (0.46%) Vagrant
16 58 (0.42%) McAfee ePO
17 55 (0.39%) Control-M
17 55 (0.39%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
18 53 (0.38%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 4904 (35.12%) Microsoft
2 3617 (25.90%) VMware
3 2108 (15.10%) Citrix
4 1422 (10.18%) Oracle
5 1347 (9.65%) Cisco
6 1118 (8.01%) HP
7 535 (3.83%) IBM
8 526 (3.77%) Red Hat
9 488 (3.49%) NetApp
10 400 (2.86%) Symantec
11 372 (2.66%) Dell
12 356 (2.55%) EMC
13 274 (1.96%) CheckPoint
14 267 (1.91%) Apple
15 246 (1.76%) McAfee
16 227 (1.63%) Remedy
17 196 (1.40%) Juniper
18 186 (1.33%) F5
19 183 (1.31%) SAP
20 178 (1.27%) AppSense
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