The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Bedfordshire with a requirement for Windows skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Windows over the 3 months to 29 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Microsoft Windows
East of England / Bedfordshire
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 11 8 14
Rank change year-on-year -3 +6  
Contract jobs citing Windows 29 33 38
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bedfordshire 10.25% 10.61% 8.96%
As % of the Operating Systems category 52.73% 66.00% 69.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 17 24
Median daily rate £365 £340 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.35% -9.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £125 £154
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £340 £340 £320
% change year-on-year - +6.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 6 7
Median hourly rate £14.00 £21.25 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -34.11% -46.87%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £15.50 £14.75
% change year-on-year -6.45% +5.08%  

Windows is in the operating system skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Bedfordshire with a requirement for operating system skills.

Contract Operating System Skills
Bedfordshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 55 50 55
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Bedfordshire 19.43% 16.08% 12.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 29 35
Median daily rate £409 £339 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +20.66% -9.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £170 £151
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £577 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £365 £338
% change year-on-year +5.47% +8.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 8 7
Median hourly rate £14.00 £42.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -67.05% +6.25%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.25 £16.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -7.57% +6.45%  

Windows
Job Vacancy Trend in Bedfordshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Bedfordshire citing Windows as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Operating Systems category.

Job vacancy trend for Windows in Bedfordshire

Windows
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Windows in Bedfordshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for Windows in Bedfordshire

Windows
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Bedfordshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows in Bedfordshire over the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Windows in Bedfordshire

Windows
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Windows in Bedfordshire.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Windows in Bedfordshire

Windows
Contract Job Locations in Bedfordshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Windows within the Bedfordshire region over the 3 months to 29 March 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Luton +7 12 £400 +14.28% 2
Bedford -3 5 £250 +47.05%
Dunstable -5 4 £365 - 1
Windows
East of England

For the 6 months to 29 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Windows also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Bedfordshire region with a requirement for Windows.

1 17 (29.31%) Active Directory
2 16 (27.59%) Windows Server
3 14 (24.14%) ITIL
4 13 (22.41%) Linux
4 13 (22.41%) DNS
4 13 (22.41%) Agile Software Development
5 12 (20.69%) Amazon AWS
5 12 (20.69%) SQL Server
5 12 (20.69%) VMware
6 11 (18.97%) Microsoft
7 9 (15.52%) SQL
7 9 (15.52%) E-Commerce
7 9 (15.52%) LAN
7 9 (15.52%) WAN
7 9 (15.52%) Windows Server 2008
8 8 (13.79%) .NET
9 7 (12.07%) C#
9 7 (12.07%) Apple
9 7 (12.07%) Load Balancing
9 7 (12.07%) High Availability
9 7 (12.07%) Continuous Improvement
9 7 (12.07%) Office 365
9 7 (12.07%) IaaS
9 7 (12.07%) Relational Database
10 6 (10.34%) Data Centre
10 6 (10.34%) Windows Server 2012
10 6 (10.34%) Microsoft Azure
10 6 (10.34%) Migration
10 6 (10.34%) Service Management
10 6 (10.34%) SharePoint

Windows
Co-occurring IT Skills in Bedfordshire by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 6 (10.34%) SharePoint
2 5 (8.62%) MS Exchange
3 3 (5.17%) BizTalk Server
3 3 (5.17%) Exchange Server 2010
3 3 (5.17%) IIS
4 2 (3.45%) Exchange Server 2013
4 2 (3.45%) IBM Notes
5 1 (1.72%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 1 (1.72%) Exchange Server 2003
5 1 (1.72%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (1.72%) OpenStack
Applications
1 4 (6.90%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.72%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 12 (20.69%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (12.07%) IaaS
2 7 (12.07%) Office 365
3 6 (10.34%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (3.45%) OneDrive
5 1 (1.72%) PaaS
5 1 (1.72%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 13 (22.41%) DNS
2 9 (15.52%) LAN
2 9 (15.52%) WAN
3 5 (8.62%) DHCP
4 4 (6.90%) Firewall
5 3 (5.17%) Remote Desktop
5 3 (5.17%) TCP/IP
5 3 (5.17%) VLAN
6 2 (3.45%) NetScaler
6 2 (3.45%) SMTP
6 2 (3.45%) VPN
6 2 (3.45%) Wireless
7 1 (1.72%) FTP
7 1 (1.72%) Internet
7 1 (1.72%) OSPF
7 1 (1.72%) VoIP
7 1 (1.72%) VRRP
7 1 (1.72%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (20.69%) SQL Server
2 7 (12.07%) Relational Database
3 4 (6.90%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (3.45%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (1.72%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 4 (6.90%) Visual Studio
2 1 (1.72%) Rational DOORS
General
1 5 (8.62%) Finance
2 4 (6.90%) Marketing
3 3 (5.17%) Retail
4 2 (3.45%) Local Government
4 2 (3.45%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (1.72%) Military
5 1 (1.72%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 10 (17.24%) Analyst
1 10 (17.24%) Developer
2 7 (12.07%) Architect
2 7 (12.07%) Infrastructure Architect
3 6 (10.34%) .NET Developer
3 6 (10.34%) C# .NET Developer
3 6 (10.34%) C# Developer
4 5 (8.62%) Project Manager
4 5 (8.62%) Service Analyst
4 5 (8.62%) SQL Developer
5 4 (6.90%) .NET Software Developer
5 4 (6.90%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
5 4 (6.90%) C# Software Developer
5 4 (6.90%) Service Desk Analyst
5 4 (6.90%) Software Developer
5 4 (6.90%) Support Analyst
6 3 (5.17%) AWS Architect
6 3 (5.17%) Senior C# .NET Developer
6 3 (5.17%) Senior C# Software Developer
6 3 (5.17%) Senior Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (13.79%) .NET
2 4 (6.90%) .NET Framework
3 2 (3.45%) AngularJS
3 2 (3.45%) jQuery
3 2 (3.45%) WinForms
4 1 (1.72%) ASP.NET
4 1 (1.72%) ASP.NET MVC
4 1 (1.72%) Entity Framework
4 1 (1.72%) HTML
4 1 (1.72%) HTML5
4 1 (1.72%) JSP
4 1 (1.72%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 6 (10.34%) Data Centre
2 3 (5.17%) Driving Licence
2 3 (5.17%) Fat Client
2 3 (5.17%) Thin Client
3 2 (3.45%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (3.45%) Management Information System
3 2 (3.45%) PKI
4 1 (1.72%) Blackberry
4 1 (1.72%) Clustering
4 1 (1.72%) EFT
4 1 (1.72%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (1.72%) Hybrid Cloud
4 1 (1.72%) iPhone
4 1 (1.72%) PDA
4 1 (1.72%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 16 (27.59%) Windows Server
2 13 (22.41%) Linux
3 9 (15.52%) Windows Server 2008
4 6 (10.34%) Windows Server 2012
5 5 (8.62%) Windows 10
5 5 (8.62%) Windows Server 2003
5 5 (8.62%) Windows XP
6 3 (5.17%) Unix
6 3 (5.17%) Windows 7
6 3 (5.17%) Windows Mobile
7 2 (3.45%) Solaris
7 2 (3.45%) Windows 2000 Server
7 2 (3.45%) Windows 8
7 2 (3.45%) Windows Vista
8 1 (1.72%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (24.14%) ITIL
2 13 (22.41%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (15.52%) E-Commerce
4 7 (12.07%) Continuous Improvement
4 7 (12.07%) High Availability
4 7 (12.07%) Load Balancing
5 6 (10.34%) Migration
5 6 (10.34%) Service Management
6 5 (8.62%) Enterprise Architecture
6 5 (8.62%) MVC
6 5 (8.62%) Service Delivery
6 5 (8.62%) Stakeholder Management
7 4 (6.90%) Capacity Management
7 4 (6.90%) Capacity Planning
7 4 (6.90%) Disaster Recovery
7 4 (6.90%) Front End Development
7 4 (6.90%) TDD
8 3 (5.17%) People Management
9 2 (3.45%) Re-Platforming
9 2 (3.45%) Stakeholder Engagement
Programming Languages
1 9 (15.52%) SQL
2 7 (12.07%) C#
3 2 (3.45%) Java
3 2 (3.45%) PowerShell
4 1 (1.72%) JavaScript
4 1 (1.72%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (5.17%) MCP
2 2 (3.45%) CCEA
2 2 (3.45%) CCNA
2 2 (3.45%) Cisco Certification
2 2 (3.45%) Citrix Certification
2 2 (3.45%) SC Cleared
2 2 (3.45%) Security Cleared
2 2 (3.45%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
3 1 (1.72%) CCIP
3 1 (1.72%) CCNP
3 1 (1.72%) CCSP
3 1 (1.72%) CTC Cleared
3 1 (1.72%) MCSA
3 1 (1.72%) MCSE
3 1 (1.72%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.72%) QA
1 1 (1.72%) SLA
System Software
1 17 (29.31%) Active Directory
2 4 (6.90%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (6.90%) XenApp
3 2 (3.45%) Hyper-V
3 2 (3.45%) Microsoft App-V
3 2 (3.45%) VMware Server
3 2 (3.45%) XenServer
4 1 (1.72%) Terminal Services
4 1 (1.72%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (1.72%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 4 (6.90%) SCCM
2 2 (3.45%) SCOM
3 1 (1.72%) WSUS
Vendors
1 12 (20.69%) VMware
2 11 (18.97%) Microsoft
3 7 (12.07%) Apple
4 6 (10.34%) Citrix
5 4 (6.90%) Dell
5 4 (6.90%) HP
6 2 (3.45%) AppSense
6 2 (3.45%) CheckPoint
6 2 (3.45%) Cisco
6 2 (3.45%) Lotus
6 2 (3.45%) Remedy
6 2 (3.45%) Symantec
7 1 (1.72%) IBM
7 1 (1.72%) LANDesk
7 1 (1.72%) Mitel
7 1 (1.72%) Oracle
7 1 (1.72%) Toshiba