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 6 May 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
6 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Windows
Rank 6 6 5
Rank change year-on-year
0 -1
Contract jobs citing Windows 7198 7444 6264
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.90% 13.84% 13.37%
As % of the Operating Systems category 58.44% 62.40% 62.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 3876 3850 3069
Average daily rate
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£330 £325 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.53% -3.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £135 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £310
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -3.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 922 944 877
Average hourly rate £16.00 £15.75 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.58% -1.56%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.79 £10.91
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £31.50 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
-3.22% +3.33%

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
12316 11929 10077
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 22.06% 22.18% 21.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 7024 6709 5417
Average daily rate £363 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.57% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £160 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £348 £315 £325
% change year-on-year
+10.31% -3.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1026 1046 984
Average hourly rate £16.20 £16.16 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.24% -7.65%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.00 £35.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.75 £15.88 £16.00
% change year-on-year
-0.78% -0.78%

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 6 May 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 6 May 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 6 May 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 6526 £338 +3.84% 2138
London 0 2520 £350 -6.66% 724
South East -2 1590 £350 +12.90% 448
City of London -1 623 £355 -6.88% 212
North West -3 473 £325 +23.80% 199
East of England +2 458 £313 +13.63% 206
Hampshire 0 441 £360 +14.28% 94
South West 0 426 £300 -7.69% 177
Scotland -2 382 £295 -9.23% 60
Berkshire -3 374 £375 +20.48% 130
West Midlands 0 347 £325 +30.00% 128
Yorkshire -2 343 £275 -5.17% 137
East Midlands -2 255 £305 +64.86% 88
Surrey -1 216 £350 +7.69% 95
West Yorkshire -4 206 £300 -4.00% 90
Manchester -2 186 £320 +10.34% 99
Reading -2 177 £375 +25.00% 71
Oxfordshire +1 167 £344 +16.52% 34
Buckinghamshire -3 165 £375 +40.18% 37
Edinburgh -3 135 £300 -20.00% 24
Hertfordshire +7 131 £350 +55.55% 55
Leeds -2 128 £311 +3.75% 57
Milton Keynes -2 126 £350 +34.61% 22
Wales -4 117 £303 -0.81% 30
Cambridgeshire +2 112 £275 +5.76% 78
West Sussex -4 107 £325 +8.33% 22
Cheshire -11 104 £400 +48.14% 65
Wiltshire +3 93 £375 +19.23% 44
Glasgow -1 93 £308 +2.50% 18
North East -2 93 £375 +59.57% 22

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 6 May 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 4846 (35.21%) Active Directory
2 4591 (33.36%) Microsoft
3 3527 (25.63%) Windows 7
4 3369 (24.48%) VMware
5 3107 (22.58%) Windows Server 2008
6 2537 (18.43%) Linux
7 2328 (16.91%) SQL
8 2159 (15.69%) ITIL
9 2124 (15.43%) Windows Server 2003
10 2023 (14.70%) MS Office
11 2007 (14.58%) SQL Server
12 1949 (14.16%) Citrix
13 1873 (13.61%) Windows Server 2012
14 1813 (13.17%) Security Cleared
15 1811 (13.16%) Finance
16 1796 (13.05%) VMware Infrastructure
17 1755 (12.75%) MS Excel
18 1676 (12.18%) MS Exchange
19 1621 (11.78%) Windows XP
20 1593 (11.57%) Migration
21 1471 (10.69%) UNIX
22 1382 (10.04%) Cisco
23 1373 (9.98%) Oracle
24 1306 (9.49%) SCCM
25 1248 (9.07%) .NET
26 1236 (8.98%) DNS
27 1210 (8.79%) SC Cleared
28 1201 (8.73%) Firewall
29 1190 (8.65%) SAN
30 1168 (8.49%) HP

Windows
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 6 May 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 1676 (12.18%) MS Exchange
2 1002 (7.28%) IIS
3 821 (5.97%) SharePoint
4 737 (5.35%) Exchange Server 2010
5 423 (3.07%) Lync
6 310 (2.25%) Exchange Server 2007
7 291 (2.11%) WebSphere
8 281 (2.04%) Exchange Server 2003
9 273 (1.98%) Apache
10 256 (1.86%) Exchange Server 2013
11 248 (1.80%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 235 (1.71%) Tomcat
13 193 (1.40%) IBM Notes
14 187 (1.36%) WebLogic
15 159 (1.16%) JBoss
15 159 (1.16%) BizTalk Server
16 107 (0.78%) SharePoint 2010
17 105 (0.76%) OpenStack
18 88 (0.64%) Confluence
19 84 (0.61%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 2023 (14.70%) MS Office
2 1755 (12.75%) MS Excel
3 168 (1.22%) MS Visio
4 130 (0.94%) MS PowerPoint
5 92 (0.67%) MS Project
6 31 (0.23%) Spreadsheet
7 28 (0.20%) Photoshop
8 25 (0.18%) Adobe Illustrator
9 24 (0.17%) Acrobat
10 20 (0.15%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 12 (0.087%) PaintShop Pro
12 11 (0.080%) SOLIDWORKS
13 9 (0.065%) InfoPath
13 9 (0.065%) InDesign
14 7 (0.051%) Maya
14 7 (0.051%) Doxygen
15 6 (0.044%) AutoCAD
16 4 (0.029%) Final Cut Pro
16 4 (0.029%) Fireworks
17 3 (0.022%) Quicktime
Business Applications
1 96 (0.70%) Dynamics CRM
2 50 (0.36%) Remedy ITSM
3 33 (0.24%) Oracle EBS
4 25 (0.18%) assyst
5 24 (0.17%) Dynamics AX
6 21 (0.15%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 20 (0.15%) RMDS
8 19 (0.14%) Oracle BPM
9 18 (0.13%) BusinessWorks
10 13 (0.094%) Oracle Applications
10 13 (0.094%) ResourceLink
11 12 (0.087%) Oracle EBS R12
12 11 (0.080%) ION MarketView
13 10 (0.073%) Markit EDM
14 8 (0.058%) Eikon
14 8 (0.058%) IntelliMatch
14 8 (0.058%) Dynamics NAV
14 8 (0.058%) Maximo
15 7 (0.051%) Oracle Retail
16 6 (0.044%) Oracle Payables
Cloud Services
1 443 (3.22%) Office 365
2 398 (2.89%) Amazon AWS
3 394 (2.86%) Microsoft Azure
4 72 (0.52%) IaaS
5 66 (0.48%) Amazon EC2
6 61 (0.44%) SaaS
7 54 (0.39%) Cloud Computing
8 53 (0.39%) PaaS
9 49 (0.36%) Google Apps
10 45 (0.33%) AWS CloudFormation
11 31 (0.23%) Heroku
11 31 (0.23%) Amazon S3
12 23 (0.17%) GitHub
13 20 (0.15%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 18 (0.13%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 17 (0.12%) Mimecast
16 9 (0.065%) Amazon ELB
16 9 (0.065%) Yammer
17 8 (0.058%) Google Cloud Platform
17 8 (0.058%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 1236 (8.98%) DNS
2 1201 (8.73%) Firewall
3 1190 (8.65%) SAN
4 904 (6.57%) LAN
5 891 (6.47%) TCP/IP
6 859 (6.24%) WAN
7 810 (5.89%) DHCP
8 584 (4.24%) VPN
9 434 (3.15%) Internet
10 356 (2.59%) NAS
11 256 (1.86%) SSL
12 244 (1.77%) VoIP
13 242 (1.76%) Wireless
14 239 (1.74%) HTTP
15 232 (1.69%) VLAN
16 224 (1.63%) Network Security
17 194 (1.41%) LDAP
18 169 (1.23%) MPLS
19 144 (1.05%) iSCSI
20 134 (0.97%) Fibre Channel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2007 (14.58%) SQL Server
2 418 (3.04%) SQL Server 2008
3 379 (2.75%) Oracle Database
4 318 (2.31%) MySQL
5 296 (2.15%) Relational Database
6 233 (1.69%) SQL Server 2012
7 227 (1.65%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 220 (1.60%) SQL Server 2005
9 206 (1.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 138 (1.00%) RDBMS
11 137 (1.00%) Oracle Database 11g
12 128 (0.93%) Data Warehouse
13 116 (0.84%) DB2
14 105 (0.76%) MongoDB
15 92 (0.67%) PostgreSQL
16 88 (0.64%) SQL Server Analysis Services
17 83 (0.60%) SQL Server 2000
18 82 (0.60%) Oracle Reports
19 77 (0.56%) Big Data
20 73 (0.53%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 349 (2.54%) Visual Studio
2 322 (2.34%) Subversion
3 311 (2.26%) Jenkins
4 274 (1.99%) Git (software)
5 229 (1.66%) JIRA
6 219 (1.59%) Team Foundation Server
7 193 (1.40%) MSI
8 147 (1.07%) Ant
9 133 (0.97%) Maven
10 124 (0.90%) TeamCity
11 109 (0.79%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 101 (0.73%) Eclipse
13 88 (0.64%) Selenium
14 85 (0.62%) NUnit
15 72 (0.52%) Cucumber
16 61 (0.44%) MSBuild
17 59 (0.43%) Hudson
18 55 (0.40%) ClearCase
19 50 (0.36%) Gradle
20 49 (0.36%) Mercurial
General
1 1811 (13.16%) Finance
2 674 (4.90%) Banking
3 333 (2.42%) Telecoms
4 290 (2.11%) Retail
5 222 (1.61%) Legal
6 199 (1.45%) Law
7 191 (1.39%) Investment Banking
8 163 (1.18%) Manufacturing
9 128 (0.93%) Back Office
10 124 (0.90%) Front Office
11 116 (0.84%) Financial Institution
12 112 (0.81%) Marketing
13 60 (0.44%) Games
14 57 (0.41%) Publishing
15 51 (0.37%) Advertising
16 49 (0.36%) Electronics
17 46 (0.33%) French Language
18 45 (0.33%) Local Government
19 41 (0.30%) Automotive
20 33 (0.24%) Military
Job Titles
1 2423 (17.61%) Analyst
2 1273 (9.25%) Developer
3 1145 (8.32%) Support Engineer
4 948 (6.89%) Support Analyst
5 830 (6.03%) Desktop Support
6 805 (5.85%) Architect
7 780 (5.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 733 (5.33%) 2nd Line Support
9 705 (5.12%) Service Analyst
10 687 (4.99%) Administrator
11 682 (4.96%) Service Desk Analyst
12 649 (4.72%) Consultant
13 493 (3.58%) Desktop Engineer
14 419 (3.04%) 3rd Line Support
15 413 (3.00%) 1st Line Support
16 381 (2.77%) Server Engineer
16 381 (2.77%) IT Support
17 367 (2.67%) Project Manager
18 351 (2.55%) Systems Administrator
19 310 (2.25%) Desktop Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1248 (9.07%) .NET
2 619 (4.50%) HTML
3 571 (4.15%) Web Services
4 541 (3.93%) XML
5 418 (3.04%) ASP.NET
6 363 (2.64%) CSS
7 299 (2.17%) Middleware
8 293 (2.13%) .NET Framework
9 222 (1.61%) WCF
10 218 (1.58%) Application Packaging
11 213 (1.55%) HTML5
12 206 (1.50%) jQuery
13 186 (1.35%) J2EE
14 174 (1.26%) SOAP
15 132 (0.96%) JSON
15 132 (0.96%) Ajax
16 118 (0.86%) ASP.NET MVC
17 116 (0.84%) WPF
18 110 (0.80%) AngularJS
19 100 (0.73%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 730 (5.30%) Analytical Skills
2 624 (4.53%) Blackberry
3 517 (3.76%) Clustering
4 260 (1.89%) Management Information System
5 219 (1.59%) Replication
6 209 (1.52%) NHS
7 202 (1.47%) Client/Server
8 185 (1.34%) Computer Science
9 179 (1.30%) iPhone
10 172 (1.25%) Open Source
11 150 (1.09%) iPad
12 148 (1.08%) PKI
13 126 (0.92%) Thin Client
13 126 (0.92%) Fat Client
14 123 (0.89%) Mobile App
15 109 (0.79%) User Experience
16 99 (0.72%) Fixed Income
17 98 (0.71%) Enterprise Software
18 91 (0.66%) Mainframe
19 84 (0.61%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 3527 (25.63%) Windows 7
2 3107 (22.58%) Windows Server 2008
3 2537 (18.43%) Linux
4 2124 (15.43%) Windows Server 2003
5 1873 (13.61%) Windows Server 2012
6 1621 (11.78%) Windows XP
7 1471 (10.69%) UNIX
8 710 (5.16%) Windows 8
9 457 (3.32%) Solaris
10 453 (3.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 414 (3.01%) Android
12 336 (2.44%) Apple iOS
13 311 (2.26%) AIX
14 210 (1.53%) Mac OS X
15 198 (1.44%) Windows Vista
16 162 (1.18%) Windows 2000 Server
17 161 (1.17%) Windows 2000
18 145 (1.05%) CentOS
19 121 (0.88%) Windows Phone
20 109 (0.79%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 2159 (15.69%) ITIL
2 1593 (11.57%) Migration
3 995 (7.23%) Agile Software Development
4 577 (4.19%) Project Management
5 521 (3.79%) Configuration Management
6 441 (3.20%) Incident Management
7 435 (3.16%) Change Management
8 431 (3.13%) Service Management
9 412 (2.99%) Service Delivery
10 409 (2.97%) DevOps
11 398 (2.89%) Continuous Integration
12 357 (2.59%) Disaster Recovery
13 334 (2.43%) Scrum
14 303 (2.20%) OO
15 278 (2.02%) Software Engineering
16 267 (1.94%) Load Balancing
17 266 (1.93%) Stakeholder Management
17 266 (1.93%) MVC
18 261 (1.90%) PRINCE2
19 253 (1.84%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 2328 (16.91%) SQL
2 1032 (7.50%) PowerShell
3 974 (7.08%) C#
4 886 (6.44%) Java
5 597 (4.34%) JavaScript
6 449 (3.26%) Python
7 431 (3.13%) C++
8 387 (2.81%) Perl
9 341 (2.48%) Shell Script
10 336 (2.44%) VBScript
11 314 (2.28%) VB
12 272 (1.98%) C
13 205 (1.49%) Ruby
14 202 (1.47%) Bash Shell
15 196 (1.42%) T-SQL
16 158 (1.15%) PHP
17 132 (0.96%) PL/SQL
18 99 (0.72%) VBA
19 89 (0.65%) VB.NET
20 54 (0.39%) Korn
Qualifications
1 1813 (13.17%) Security Cleared
2 1210 (8.79%) SC Cleared
3 950 (6.90%) Microsoft Certification
4 559 (4.06%) MCSE
5 530 (3.85%) Degree
6 477 (3.47%) DV Cleared
7 359 (2.61%) Cisco Certification
8 300 (2.18%) MCITP
9 295 (2.14%) MCP
10 279 (2.03%) CCNA
11 216 (1.57%) MCSA
12 190 (1.38%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 168 (1.22%) ITIL Certification
14 123 (0.89%) MCTS
15 120 (0.87%) CCNP
16 86 (0.62%) CISSP
17 81 (0.59%) Citrix Certification
18 79 (0.57%) ISEB
19 64 (0.47%) ISTQB
20 62 (0.45%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 552 (4.01%) SLA
2 275 (2.00%) QA
3 69 (0.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 52 (0.38%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 48 (0.35%) PCI DSS
6 24 (0.17%) JSP 440
7 22 (0.16%) COBIT
8 20 (0.15%) ISO 9001
9 15 (0.11%) Dodd-Frank
10 11 (0.080%) HL7
11 8 (0.058%) DICOM
12 6 (0.044%) COSO
13 5 (0.036%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 5 (0.036%) GxP
14 4 (0.029%) Data Quality
15 3 (0.022%) BS15000
15 3 (0.022%) HIPAA
16 2 (0.015%) 21 CFR Part 11
16 2 (0.015%) Solvency II
16 2 (0.015%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 4846 (35.21%) Active Directory
2 1796 (13.05%) VMware Infrastructure
3 798 (5.80%) Hyper-V
4 652 (4.74%) vSphere
5 583 (4.24%) XenApp
6 364 (2.64%) VMware ESX
7 304 (2.21%) Microsoft App-V
8 265 (1.93%) XenDesktop
9 244 (1.77%) VMware ESXi
10 156 (1.13%) Terminal Services
11 100 (0.73%) XenServer
12 95 (0.69%) vCloud
13 90 (0.65%) NFS
14 69 (0.50%) Xen
15 67 (0.49%) VMware Server
16 63 (0.46%) Samba
17 58 (0.42%) ISA Server
17 58 (0.42%) Firmware
18 50 (0.36%) Citrix Presentation Server
19 48 (0.35%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 1306 (9.49%) SCCM
2 413 (3.00%) SCOM
3 368 (2.67%) Puppet
4 199 (1.45%) Opscode Chef
5 167 (1.21%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 157 (1.14%) WSUS
7 129 (0.94%) NetBackup
8 128 (0.93%) Backup Exec
9 127 (0.92%) Tivoli
10 99 (0.72%) Nagios
11 92 (0.67%) HP Quality Center
12 84 (0.61%) McAfee ePO
13 76 (0.55%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 76 (0.55%) AirWatch
14 60 (0.44%) Norton AntiVirus
15 52 (0.38%) Tivoli Storage Manager
15 52 (0.38%) SCVMM
16 50 (0.36%) SCOrch
17 48 (0.35%) BladeLogic
17 48 (0.35%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 4591 (33.36%) Microsoft
2 3369 (24.48%) VMware
3 1949 (14.16%) Citrix
4 1382 (10.04%) Cisco
5 1373 (9.98%) Oracle
6 1168 (8.49%) HP
7 537 (3.90%) Red Hat
8 516 (3.75%) NetApp
9 484 (3.52%) IBM
10 374 (2.72%) EMC
11 327 (2.38%) McAfee
12 320 (2.33%) Symantec
13 319 (2.32%) Dell
14 290 (2.11%) Apple
15 271 (1.97%) CheckPoint
16 229 (1.66%) Remedy
17 209 (1.52%) Lotus
18 173 (1.26%) Juniper
19 169 (1.23%) F5
20 150 (1.09%) SAP
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