The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cardiff 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 30 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
South Wales / Cardiff
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 10 10 8
Rank change year-on-year 0 -2  
Contract jobs citing Windows 34 67 32
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cardiff 9.80% 17.18% 12.80%
As % of the Operating Systems category 51.52% 47.18% 78.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 35 19
Median daily rate £388 £250 £288
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +55.00% -13.04%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £154 £139 £145
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £365 £402
UK excluding London median daily rate £340 £340 £320
% change year-on-year - +6.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 9 5
Median hourly rate £11.17 £13.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.07% -18.75%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.09 £12.60 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.88 £14.60 £18.04
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £15.38 £14.85
% change year-on-year -5.72% +3.56%  

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 Cardiff with a requirement for operating system skills.

Contract Operating System Skills
Cardiff
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 66 142 41
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cardiff 19.02% 36.41% 16.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 93 27
Median daily rate £400 £325 £278
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +23.07% +17.11%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £158 £138 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £410 £410
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £365 £338
% change year-on-year +5.47% +8.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 11 5
Median hourly rate £14.50 £13.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.53% -18.75%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.10 £13.00 £13.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.70 £19.00 £17.61
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £16.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -6.06% +6.45%  

Windows
Job Vacancy Trend in Cardiff

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Cardiff 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 Cardiff

Windows
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cardiff

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Windows in Cardiff

Windows
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Cardiff

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows in Cardiff over the 3 months to 30 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Windows in Cardiff

Windows
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cardiff

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Windows in Cardiff

For the 6 months to 30 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 Cardiff region with a requirement for Windows.

1 36 (48.65%) Active Directory
2 35 (47.30%) Windows 7
3 27 (36.49%) MS Office
4 18 (24.32%) ITIL
4 18 (24.32%) Microsoft
5 14 (18.92%) VMware
5 14 (18.92%) Citrix
5 14 (18.92%) Windows Server
6 13 (17.57%) iPhone
7 11 (14.86%) iPad
7 11 (14.86%) MS Excel
8 10 (13.51%) MS Exchange
8 10 (13.51%) Linux
9 8 (10.81%) Cisco
9 8 (10.81%) Firewall
9 8 (10.81%) Network Management
10 6 (8.11%) Software Engineering
10 6 (8.11%) AIX
10 6 (8.11%) SQL Server
10 6 (8.11%) C++
10 6 (8.11%) Cisco Certification
10 6 (8.11%) CCNA
10 6 (8.11%) VMware Infrastructure
10 6 (8.11%) PowerShell
10 6 (8.11%) Data Centre
10 6 (8.11%) Jenkins
10 6 (8.11%) Windows Server 2012
10 6 (8.11%) DevOps
11 5 (6.76%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 5 (6.76%) Amazon AWS

Windows
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cardiff 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 10 (13.51%) MS Exchange
2 2 (2.70%) SharePoint
2 2 (2.70%) SharePoint Server
2 2 (2.70%) Tornado
3 1 (1.35%) Exchange Server 2007
3 1 (1.35%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 27 (36.49%) MS Office
2 11 (14.86%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 5 (6.76%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (2.70%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (2.70%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 8 (10.81%) Firewall
2 5 (6.76%) Internet
3 3 (4.05%) LAN
3 3 (4.05%) SSH
3 3 (4.05%) Wireless
4 2 (2.70%) ADSL
4 2 (2.70%) Extranet
4 2 (2.70%) Intranet
4 2 (2.70%) NAS
4 2 (2.70%) SAN
4 2 (2.70%) TCP/IP
4 2 (2.70%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (1.35%) DNS
5 1 (1.35%) IPv6
5 1 (1.35%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (8.11%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.70%) MySQL
2 2 (2.70%) RDBMS
2 2 (2.70%) Relational Database
2 2 (2.70%) SQLite
3 1 (1.35%) Blockchain
Development Applications
1 6 (8.11%) Jenkins
2 5 (6.76%) Git (software)
3 4 (5.41%) Bitbucket
4 2 (2.70%) Visual Studio
5 1 (1.35%) InstallShield
5 1 (1.35%) MSI
5 1 (1.35%) Octopus Deploy
5 1 (1.35%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (1.35%) TeamCity
General
1 4 (5.41%) Finance
2 2 (2.70%) Banking
2 2 (2.70%) Publishing
3 1 (1.35%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 22 (29.73%) Analyst
2 15 (20.27%) Service Analyst
2 15 (20.27%) Service Desk Analyst
3 14 (18.92%) 2nd Line Support
4 12 (16.22%) 1st/2nd Line Support
5 11 (14.86%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
6 7 (9.46%) Support Engineer
7 6 (8.11%) Desktop Support
7 6 (8.11%) DevOps Engineer
7 6 (8.11%) Software Engineer
7 6 (8.11%) Windows Engineer
8 5 (6.76%) 2nd Line Engineer
8 5 (6.76%) IT Support
9 4 (5.41%) 1st/2nd Line Support Engineer
9 4 (5.41%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
9 4 (5.41%) Field Engineer
9 4 (5.41%) Server Engineer
9 4 (5.41%) Support Analyst
9 4 (5.41%) Technical Engineer
10 3 (4.05%) IT Support Technician
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (5.41%) .NET
2 2 (2.70%) ASP.NET
2 2 (2.70%) Boost C++ Libraries
2 2 (2.70%) Flask
2 2 (2.70%) Middleware
2 2 (2.70%) OAuth
2 2 (2.70%) ZeroMQ
3 1 (1.35%) OCX
3 1 (1.35%) Web Services
3 1 (1.35%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 13 (17.57%) iPhone
2 11 (14.86%) iPad
3 6 (8.11%) Data Centre
4 2 (2.70%) Computer Science
4 2 (2.70%) Life Science
4 2 (2.70%) Smartphone
5 1 (1.35%) Fintech
5 1 (1.35%) Mobile App
5 1 (1.35%) Mobile Computing
5 1 (1.35%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 35 (47.30%) Windows 7
2 14 (18.92%) Windows Server
3 10 (13.51%) Linux
4 6 (8.11%) AIX
4 6 (8.11%) Windows Server 2012
5 4 (5.41%) Windows 8
6 3 (4.05%) Windows 10
7 2 (2.70%) Android
7 2 (2.70%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (1.35%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (24.32%) ITIL
2 8 (10.81%) Network Management
3 6 (8.11%) DevOps
3 6 (8.11%) Software Engineering
4 5 (6.76%) Agile Software Development
5 3 (4.05%) Continuous Delivery
5 3 (4.05%) Data Centre Operations
5 3 (4.05%) Human Factors
5 3 (4.05%) UML
5 3 (4.05%) Use Case
6 2 (2.70%) Computer Security
6 2 (2.70%) Cross-Platform Development
6 2 (2.70%) Data Migration
6 2 (2.70%) Digital Forensics
6 2 (2.70%) Incident Management
6 2 (2.70%) Informatics
6 2 (2.70%) Power Management
6 2 (2.70%) SIEM
6 2 (2.70%) Time Management
6 2 (2.70%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 6 (8.11%) C++
1 6 (8.11%) PowerShell
2 5 (6.76%) SQL
3 4 (5.41%) Bash Shell
4 2 (2.70%) JavaScript
4 2 (2.70%) Python
4 2 (2.70%) VB.NET
5 1 (1.35%) C
5 1 (1.35%) VB
5 1 (1.35%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 6 (8.11%) CCNA
1 6 (8.11%) Cisco Certification
2 5 (6.76%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
3 2 (2.70%) CISM
3 2 (2.70%) CISSP
3 2 (2.70%) Degree
3 2 (2.70%) GIAC
4 1 (1.35%) A+ Certification
4 1 (1.35%) CCNP
4 1 (1.35%) ISTQB
4 1 (1.35%) ITIL Certification
4 1 (1.35%) SC Cleared
4 1 (1.35%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 2 (2.70%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 36 (48.65%) Active Directory
2 6 (8.11%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (2.70%) Hyper-V
3 2 (2.70%) Terminal Services
4 1 (1.35%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 4 (5.41%) HP Data Protector
1 4 (5.41%) Puppet
1 4 (5.41%) Tivoli
1 4 (5.41%) Tivoli Storage Manager
2 3 (4.05%) Ansible
2 3 (4.05%) Opscode Chef
2 3 (4.05%) SCCM
3 2 (2.70%) Network Intrusion Detection System
4 1 (1.35%) ThinApp
4 1 (1.35%) WSUS
Vendors
1 18 (24.32%) Microsoft
2 14 (18.92%) Citrix
2 14 (18.92%) VMware
3 8 (10.81%) Cisco
4 5 (6.76%) Apple
5 4 (5.41%) HP
5 4 (5.41%) Rackspace
6 3 (4.05%) Kofax
6 3 (4.05%) Oracle
7 2 (2.70%) Clearswift
8 1 (1.35%) AppSense
8 1 (1.35%) NetApp
8 1 (1.35%) Symantec
8 1 (1.35%) Veeam
8 1 (1.35%) Veritas