The first table below looks at the demand 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 24 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Operating Systems category.

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
24 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Windows
Rank 5 5 6
Rank change year-on-year
0 +1
Contract jobs citing Windows 7496 6317 7419
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.73% 13.24% 12.27%
As % of the Operating Systems category 62.22% 62.45% 61.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 3845 3085 3540
Average daily rate £325 £338 £345
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.70% -2.17%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £135 £160 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £305 £320
% change year-on-year
-1.63% -4.68%
Number of hourly rates quoted 929 885 1004
Average hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -5.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.86 £11.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.47 £32.50 £36.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -6.25%
Operating Systems Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Operating Systems category
12047 10115 12086
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 22.07% 21.21% 19.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 6724 5422 6170
Average daily rate £350 £350 £360
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -2.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £180 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £501 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £320 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
-1.53% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1037 993 1162
Average hourly rate £16.27 £17.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.30% -2.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.37 £37.50 £39.00
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 24 April 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 24 April 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 24 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England 0 6765 £325 -4.41% 1173
London -1 2628 £375 -3.84% 395
South East +2 1621 £310 -4.61% 284
City of London -1 702 £375 -6.25% 103
North West 0 514 £269 +7.50% 108
South West -1 486 £325 - 69
East of England -2 453 £294 -9.61% 109
Scotland +3 435 £328 -0.60% 35
Berkshire +1 397 £300 -7.69% 75
Hampshire 0 392 £315 -0.78% 56
Yorkshire 0 366 £285 +3.63% 81
West Midlands 0 332 £265 +0.95% 61
Surrey +1 292 £325 +1.96% 49
East Midlands -2 248 £175 -33.33% 43
Buckinghamshire +3 226 £275 -4.34% 27
West Yorkshire 0 221 £300 +15.38% 51
Manchester +1 197 £290 +7.40% 66
Reading 0 179 £288 -8.00% 32
Milton Keynes +3 164 £260 -15.10% 13
Edinburgh -1 152 £375 +56.25% 11
Leeds +5 150 £300 +20.00% 33
Cheshire -2 125 £268 -8.39% 28
Lancashire 0 123 £250 - 2
Essex +1 122 £400 +60.00% 18
Wales -3 107 £310 -0.80% 14
Hertfordshire -3 103 £250 -28.57% 20
South Wales -1 99 £313 - 13
Cambridgeshire -7 98 £250 -12.66% 37
Gloucestershire +3 92 £400 -11.11% 7
Birmingham 0 92 £268 -2.72% 19

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 5057 (35.33%) Microsoft
2 4797 (33.51%) Active Directory
3 4559 (31.85%) Windows 7
4 3085 (21.55%) Windows Server 2008
5 2826 (19.74%) Windows XP
6 2810 (19.63%) VMware
7 2451 (17.12%) SQL
8 2441 (17.05%) MS Office
9 2381 (16.63%) Windows Server 2003
10 2242 (15.66%) Citrix
11 2146 (14.99%) ITIL
12 2135 (14.92%) SQL Server
13 2025 (14.15%) Finance
14 2017 (14.09%) Linux
15 2003 (13.99%) MS Excel
16 1878 (13.12%) MS Exchange
17 1713 (11.97%) Security Cleared
18 1711 (11.95%) UNIX
19 1549 (10.82%) VMware Infrastructure
20 1479 (10.33%) Migration
21 1453 (10.15%) .NET
22 1425 (9.96%) SCCM
23 1388 (9.70%) Oracle
24 1340 (9.36%) HP
25 1260 (8.80%) C#
26 1247 (8.71%) SC Cleared
27 1172 (8.19%) Cisco
28 1084 (7.57%) DNS
29 1070 (7.48%) Banking
30 1005 (7.02%) Microsoft Certification

Windows
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 1878 (13.12%) MS Exchange
2 879 (6.14%) SharePoint
3 853 (5.96%) Exchange Server 2010
4 771 (5.39%) IIS
5 467 (3.26%) Exchange Server 2003
6 395 (2.76%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 392 (2.74%) Exchange Server 2007
8 296 (2.07%) IBM Notes
9 266 (1.86%) Apache
10 264 (1.84%) Lync
11 216 (1.51%) WebSphere
12 204 (1.43%) SharePoint 2010
13 170 (1.19%) Tomcat
14 156 (1.09%) WebLogic
15 142 (0.99%) BizTalk Server
16 137 (0.96%) SharePoint Server
17 114 (0.80%) Exchange Server 2013
18 89 (0.62%) SharePoint 2013
19 88 (0.61%) CMS
20 68 (0.48%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 2441 (17.05%) MS Office
2 2003 (13.99%) MS Excel
3 174 (1.22%) MS Project
4 167 (1.17%) MS PowerPoint
5 117 (0.82%) MS Visio
6 58 (0.41%) InfoPath
7 48 (0.34%) Spreadsheet
8 40 (0.28%) Photoshop
9 31 (0.22%) Adobe Illustrator
10 30 (0.21%) Acrobat
11 20 (0.14%) Adobe Captivate
12 19 (0.13%) PaintShop Pro
13 17 (0.12%) Fireworks
14 10 (0.070%) InDesign
15 9 (0.063%) AutoCAD
16 5 (0.035%) CINEMA 4D
17 4 (0.028%) SPSS
17 4 (0.028%) Adobe After Effects
17 4 (0.028%) Vectorworks
17 4 (0.028%) OmniGraffle
Business Applications
1 147 (1.03%) Dynamics CRM
2 57 (0.40%) Remedy ITSM
3 56 (0.39%) Oracle EBS
4 29 (0.20%) RMDS
4 29 (0.20%) Google Analytics
5 28 (0.20%) Eikon
6 21 (0.15%) assyst
7 20 (0.14%) Oracle Applications
8 15 (0.10%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 13 (0.091%) Agresso
10 12 (0.084%) Oracle BPM
11 11 (0.077%) Magento
12 10 (0.070%) Markit EDM
12 10 (0.070%) Summit
13 9 (0.063%) SAP PM
13 9 (0.063%) Oracle 11i
13 9 (0.063%) Oracle ERP
14 8 (0.056%) Oracle CRM
14 8 (0.056%) ReMetrica
14 8 (0.056%) Oracle General Ledger
Cloud Services
1 250 (1.75%) Office 365
2 216 (1.51%) Microsoft Azure
3 67 (0.47%) Cloud Computing
4 63 (0.44%) SaaS
5 57 (0.40%) Amazon AWS
6 35 (0.24%) IaaS
7 27 (0.19%) PaaS
8 23 (0.16%) Google Apps
9 15 (0.10%) Amazon EC2
10 9 (0.063%) IBM SmartCloud
11 3 (0.021%) Jelastic
12 2 (0.014%) GitHub
12 2 (0.014%) Heroku
12 2 (0.014%) CloudFront
12 2 (0.014%) Rackspace Cloud
13 1 (0.007%) Amazon S3
13 1 (0.007%) Google App Engine
13 1 (0.007%) MailChimp
13 1 (0.007%) SuccessFactors
13 1 (0.007%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 1084 (7.57%) DNS
2 989 (6.91%) TCP/IP
3 983 (6.87%) Firewall
4 980 (6.85%) SAN
5 765 (5.34%) DHCP
6 754 (5.27%) LAN
7 670 (4.68%) WAN
8 581 (4.06%) VPN
9 464 (3.24%) Internet
10 272 (1.90%) Wireless
11 236 (1.65%) VoIP
12 217 (1.52%) NAS
13 199 (1.39%) HTTP
14 194 (1.36%) LDAP
15 191 (1.33%) Network Security
16 187 (1.31%) SSL
17 152 (1.06%) VLAN
18 143 (1.00%) FTP
19 120 (0.84%) NetScaler
20 118 (0.82%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2135 (14.92%) SQL Server
2 639 (4.46%) SQL Server 2008
3 426 (2.98%) SQL Server 2005
4 363 (2.54%) Oracle Database
5 264 (1.84%) Relational Database
6 252 (1.76%) MySQL
7 240 (1.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 216 (1.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 176 (1.23%) Oracle Database 11g
10 161 (1.12%) Data Warehouse
11 146 (1.02%) SQL Server 2012
12 135 (0.94%) RDBMS
13 122 (0.85%) Oracle Database 10g
14 105 (0.73%) DB2
15 103 (0.72%) SQL Server 2000
16 81 (0.57%) MS Access
17 77 (0.54%) SQL Server Analysis Services
18 70 (0.49%) DTS
18 70 (0.49%) Oracle Reports
19 57 (0.40%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 422 (2.95%) Visual Studio
2 302 (2.11%) MSI
3 264 (1.84%) Team Foundation Server
4 198 (1.38%) Subversion
5 155 (1.08%) Git (software)
6 112 (0.78%) TeamCity
7 109 (0.76%) JIRA
8 107 (0.75%) Jenkins
9 102 (0.71%) InstallShield
10 98 (0.68%) Maven
11 78 (0.54%) NUnit
12 76 (0.53%) Eclipse
13 74 (0.52%) Selenium
14 73 (0.51%) QuickTest Pro
15 59 (0.41%) Ant
16 57 (0.40%) VSS/SourceSafe
17 56 (0.39%) Hudson
18 53 (0.37%) Wise Package Studio
19 48 (0.34%) Mercurial
20 45 (0.31%) AdminStudio
General
1 2025 (14.15%) Finance
2 1070 (7.48%) Banking
3 418 (2.92%) Telecoms
4 325 (2.27%) Investment Banking
5 292 (2.04%) Retail
6 234 (1.63%) Legal
6 234 (1.63%) Front Office
7 226 (1.58%) Back Office
8 200 (1.40%) Law
9 180 (1.26%) Financial Institution
10 123 (0.86%) Marketing
11 119 (0.83%) Manufacturing
12 108 (0.75%) Local Government
13 94 (0.66%) French Language
14 90 (0.63%) Publishing
15 72 (0.50%) Advertising
16 48 (0.34%) Pharmaceutical
17 41 (0.29%) Military
18 40 (0.28%) Billing
19 38 (0.27%) German Language
Job Titles
1 2474 (17.28%) Analyst
2 1532 (10.70%) Developer
3 1351 (9.44%) Support Engineer
4 927 (6.48%) Support Analyst
5 918 (6.41%) Desktop Support
6 777 (5.43%) 2nd Line Support
7 764 (5.34%) Consultant
8 658 (4.60%) Architect
9 628 (4.39%) Service Analyst
10 609 (4.25%) Service Desk Analyst
11 607 (4.24%) Administrator
12 572 (4.00%) Desktop Engineer
13 521 (3.64%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 446 (3.12%) 1st Line Support
15 391 (2.73%) Project Manager
16 369 (2.58%) .NET Developer
17 355 (2.48%) 3rd Line Support
18 354 (2.47%) IT Support
19 327 (2.28%) Desktop Support Engineer
20 323 (2.26%) Deployment Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1453 (10.15%) .NET
2 681 (4.76%) HTML
3 638 (4.46%) XML
4 634 (4.43%) ASP.NET
5 468 (3.27%) Web Services
6 400 (2.79%) CSS
6 400 (2.79%) WCF
7 354 (2.47%) Application Packaging
8 319 (2.23%) .NET Framework
9 300 (2.10%) jQuery
10 288 (2.01%) Middleware
11 259 (1.81%) WPF
12 195 (1.36%) HTML5
13 192 (1.34%) SOAP
14 190 (1.33%) WinForms
15 179 (1.25%) ASP.NET MVC
16 156 (1.09%) XSLT
17 155 (1.08%) REST
18 143 (1.00%) Ajax
19 142 (0.99%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 957 (6.69%) Blackberry
2 487 (3.40%) Clustering
3 307 (2.14%) Management Information System
4 241 (1.68%) Replication
5 195 (1.36%) Thin Client
5 195 (1.36%) Fat Client
6 192 (1.34%) Computer Science
7 191 (1.33%) iPhone
8 188 (1.31%) Mainframe
9 152 (1.06%) NHS
10 144 (1.01%) Mobile App
11 135 (0.94%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 129 (0.90%) Derivative
13 127 (0.89%) Fixed Income
14 117 (0.82%) Enterprise Software
15 109 (0.76%) iPad
16 100 (0.70%) Client/Server
17 99 (0.69%) PKI
18 96 (0.67%) Hedge funds
19 90 (0.63%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 4559 (31.85%) Windows 7
2 3085 (21.55%) Windows Server 2008
3 2826 (19.74%) Windows XP
4 2381 (16.63%) Windows Server 2003
5 2017 (14.09%) Linux
6 1711 (11.95%) UNIX
7 865 (6.04%) Windows Server 2012
8 571 (3.99%) Windows 8
9 460 (3.21%) Solaris
10 345 (2.41%) AIX
11 333 (2.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 301 (2.10%) Windows 2000
13 299 (2.09%) Windows Vista
14 280 (1.96%) Apple iOS
15 268 (1.87%) Android
16 174 (1.22%) Mac OS X
17 133 (0.93%) Windows 2000 Server
18 131 (0.92%) Windows Phone
19 93 (0.65%) Windows Mobile
20 76 (0.53%) NetWare
Processes & Methodologies
1 2146 (14.99%) ITIL
2 1479 (10.33%) Migration
3 607 (4.24%) Project Management
4 556 (3.88%) Agile Software Development
5 504 (3.52%) Change Management
6 450 (3.14%) Disaster Recovery
7 435 (3.04%) Service Management
8 392 (2.74%) Incident Management
9 366 (2.56%) Scrum
10 363 (2.54%) PRINCE2
11 348 (2.43%) MVC
12 347 (2.42%) Service Delivery
13 335 (2.34%) OO
14 322 (2.25%) Workflow
14 322 (2.25%) TDD
15 292 (2.04%) User Acceptance Testing
16 289 (2.02%) Configuration Management
17 282 (1.97%) Software Engineering
18 266 (1.86%) Release Management
19 265 (1.85%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 2451 (17.12%) SQL
2 1260 (8.80%) C#
3 928 (6.48%) PowerShell
4 692 (4.83%) Java
5 581 (4.06%) JavaScript
6 445 (3.11%) C++
7 425 (2.97%) VB
8 390 (2.72%) Perl
9 364 (2.54%) VBScript
10 325 (2.27%) T-SQL
11 293 (2.05%) C
12 251 (1.75%) Python
13 247 (1.73%) Shell Script
14 194 (1.36%) VB.NET
15 173 (1.21%) PL/SQL
16 167 (1.17%) PHP
17 115 (0.80%) Ruby
18 98 (0.68%) Bash Shell
19 95 (0.66%) VBA
20 58 (0.41%) XAML
Qualifications
1 1713 (11.97%) Security Cleared
2 1247 (8.71%) SC Cleared
3 1005 (7.02%) Microsoft Certification
4 595 (4.16%) MCSE
5 534 (3.73%) Degree
6 342 (2.39%) DV Cleared
7 316 (2.21%) MCP
8 257 (1.80%) MCITP
9 251 (1.75%) Cisco Certification
10 211 (1.47%) ITIL Certification
11 188 (1.31%) MCSA
12 178 (1.24%) CCNA
13 135 (0.94%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 130 (0.91%) CISSP
15 121 (0.85%) MCTS
16 108 (0.75%) ISEB
17 106 (0.74%) CCNP
18 95 (0.66%) ISTQB
19 89 (0.62%) Citrix Certification
20 74 (0.52%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 622 (4.35%) SLA
2 289 (2.02%) QA
3 76 (0.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 51 (0.36%) ISO 9001
4 51 (0.36%) PCI DSS
5 29 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 18 (0.13%) JSP 440
7 15 (0.10%) Basel III
8 11 (0.077%) ISO/IEC 17799
9 9 (0.063%) COBIT
9 9 (0.063%) HL7
10 8 (0.056%) Data Quality
11 7 (0.049%) EMIR
11 7 (0.049%) Dodd-Frank
12 6 (0.042%) DICOM
12 6 (0.042%) TickIT
13 5 (0.035%) BS7799
14 3 (0.021%) BS15000
14 3 (0.021%) ISO 9000
14 3 (0.021%) GxP
System Software
1 4797 (33.51%) Active Directory
2 1549 (10.82%) VMware Infrastructure
3 694 (4.85%) XenApp
4 596 (4.16%) Hyper-V
5 570 (3.98%) vSphere
6 497 (3.47%) Microsoft App-V
7 383 (2.68%) VMware ESX
8 350 (2.45%) XenDesktop
9 241 (1.68%) VMware ESXi
10 153 (1.07%) XenServer
11 124 (0.87%) Oracle RAC
12 121 (0.85%) Terminal Services
13 91 (0.64%) NFS
14 62 (0.43%) ISA Server
15 50 (0.35%) Citrix Presentation Server
16 49 (0.34%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 48 (0.34%) Xen
17 48 (0.34%) Oracle RMAN
17 48 (0.34%) vCloud
18 47 (0.33%) UAG
Systems Management
1 1425 (9.96%) SCCM
2 429 (3.00%) SCOM
3 196 (1.37%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 189 (1.32%) WSUS
5 186 (1.30%) NetBackup
6 173 (1.21%) Tivoli
7 169 (1.18%) Backup Exec
8 163 (1.14%) HP Quality Center
9 130 (0.91%) Puppet
10 114 (0.80%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 111 (0.78%) Norton AntiVirus
12 103 (0.72%) Opscode Chef
13 80 (0.56%) Tivoli Storage Manager
13 80 (0.56%) Data Guard
14 73 (0.51%) McAfee ePO
15 66 (0.46%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
16 64 (0.45%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
17 62 (0.43%) HP SIM
18 55 (0.38%) SCVMM
19 51 (0.36%) AppDNA
Vendors
1 5057 (35.33%) Microsoft
2 2810 (19.63%) VMware
3 2242 (15.66%) Citrix
4 1388 (9.70%) Oracle
5 1340 (9.36%) HP
6 1172 (8.19%) Cisco
7 493 (3.44%) IBM
8 418 (2.92%) NetApp
9 417 (2.91%) Symantec
10 380 (2.65%) EMC
11 336 (2.35%) Dell
11 336 (2.35%) Red Hat
12 311 (2.17%) Lotus
13 293 (2.05%) Remedy
14 253 (1.77%) McAfee
15 234 (1.63%) Apple
16 231 (1.61%) AppSense
17 219 (1.53%) CheckPoint
18 174 (1.22%) Reuters
19 160 (1.12%) CA
London
Skilliantech Limited
Rate: £250 to £280 per day
Posted: 21 minutes ago
South West London
I4 Recruitment
Rate: £400 - 475 per day + Negotiable
Posted: 31 minutes ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Posted: 59 minutes ago
London
Roc Search
Posted: 1 hour ago
Hampshire
Proactive Appointments
Rate: Unspecified Market Rate
Posted: 1 hour ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £250 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
City, London
Randstad Technologies
Posted: 14 hours ago
Hampshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Roc Search
Posted: 15 hours ago
West Midlands
Roc Search
Posted: 15 hours ago
London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
Cambridgeshire
Proactive Appointments
Rate: Unspecified market rate
Posted: 15 hours ago
Bracknell, Berkshire
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £350.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
Oxfordshire
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Rate: £100 - £130 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Premier Group Recruitment
Rate: £200 - £300 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
Maidenhead, Berkshire
Novate IT Ltd
Rate: £300 - £320 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
City, London
I.T. Skillfinder
Rate: £200 - £225 per day
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City, London
Senitor Associates
Rate: £120 - £150 per day
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Berkshire
Roc Search
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Leeds, West Yorkshire
Roc Search
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