Period
to 17 October 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for Microsoft Clustering skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Microsoft Clustering over the 6 months to 17 October 2021 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 Clustering
UK > England
6 months to
17 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 671 465 697
Rank change year-on-year -206 +232 +18
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Clustering 66 27 109
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.099% 0.10% 0.14%
As % of the Systems Management category 0.62% 0.63% 0.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 59 22 77
10th Percentile £330 £314 £325
25th Percentile £388 £414 £386
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £443 £450
Median % change year-on-year +18.58% -1.61% +24.14%
75th Percentile £575 £501 £506
90th Percentile £625 £513 £575
UK median daily rate £525 £443 £450
% change year-on-year +18.58% -1.61% +24.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £61.00 -
UK median hourly rate - £61.00 -

Microsoft Clustering is in the Systems Management category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for systems management skills.

All Systems Management Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for systems management skills 10,594 4,270 11,488
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 15.91% 16.08% 14.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,639 2,976 7,987
10th Percentile £350 £308 £281
25th Percentile £450 £405 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £545 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +9.00% - -
75th Percentile £638 £588 £600
90th Percentile £700 £663 £675
UK median daily rate £538 £500 £500
% change year-on-year +7.50% - +2.04%
Number of hourly rates quoted 149 72 247
10th Percentile £14.25 £12.71 £12.44
25th Percentile £16.00 £14.97 £14.25
Median hourly rate £20.00 £19.50 £19.64
Median % change year-on-year +2.56% -0.71% +12.23%
75th Percentile £47.63 £37.88 £32.50
90th Percentile £63.00 £52.90 £50.10
UK median hourly rate £23.00 £19.75 £20.50
% change year-on-year +16.46% -3.66% +17.14%

Microsoft Clustering
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Microsoft Clustering as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Clustering in England

Microsoft Clustering
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Microsoft Clustering in England.

Daily rate trend for Microsoft Clustering in England

Microsoft Clustering
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Microsoft Clustering in England over the 6 months to 17 October 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Microsoft Clustering in England

Microsoft Clustering
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Microsoft Clustering in England.

Hourly rate trend for Microsoft Clustering in England

Microsoft Clustering
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Clustering within the England region over the 6 months to 17 October 2021. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -196 30 £550 +15.79% 4
South East -82 13 £570 +22.51% 2
South West -32 9 £450 +14.29% 1
North West - 9 £370 - 2
North of England - 9 £370 - 5
West Midlands -66 3 £403 +23.66% 4
Midlands -79 3 £403 +15.00% 5
East of England - 1 - - 1
Microsoft Clustering
UK

For the 6 months to 17 October 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Clustering also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region with a requirement for Microsoft Clustering.

1 64 (96.97%) Windows
2 60 (90.91%) Clustering
3 55 (83.33%) Active Directory
4 45 (68.18%) VMware
5 40 (60.61%) VMware Infrastructure
6 38 (57.58%) Windows Server
7 37 (56.06%) SQL
8 28 (42.42%) ITIL
8 28 (42.42%) Microsoft
8 28 (42.42%) Security Cleared
9 27 (40.91%) PowerShell
10 26 (39.39%) Azure
11 25 (37.88%) DV Cleared
12 24 (36.36%) Windows Server 2012
12 24 (36.36%) Linux
12 24 (36.36%) SQL Server
13 23 (34.85%) Windows Server 2016
14 22 (33.33%) Red Hat
15 21 (31.82%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 19 (28.79%) Change Management
17 17 (25.76%) VMware ESXi
18 16 (24.24%) AWS
18 16 (24.24%) Migration
18 16 (24.24%) DHCP
19 15 (22.73%) SCCM
20 14 (21.21%) WSUS
20 14 (21.21%) SC Cleared
20 14 (21.21%) Hyper-V
20 14 (21.21%) Windows Server 2008
20 14 (21.21%) SQL Server 2012

Microsoft Clustering
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 13 (19.70%) IIS
2 9 (13.64%) SharePoint
3 4 (6.06%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (6.06%) MS Exchange
3 4 (6.06%) Skype for Business
4 1 (1.52%) Confluence
4 1 (1.52%) OpenStack
4 1 (1.52%) SAS
Applications
1 1 (1.52%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 26 (39.39%) Azure
2 16 (24.24%) AWS
3 10 (15.15%) GCP
4 7 (10.61%) Microsoft 365
5 5 (7.58%) GitHub
5 5 (7.58%) Power Platform
6 4 (6.06%) Cloud Computing
6 4 (6.06%) SaaS
7 3 (4.55%) IaaS
7 3 (4.55%) PaaS
8 2 (3.03%) Mimecast
9 1 (1.52%) Azure Storage
Communications & Networking
1 16 (24.24%) DHCP
2 13 (19.70%) Firewall
3 12 (18.18%) DNS
4 11 (16.67%) TCP/IP
5 8 (12.12%) Software-Defined Networking
6 5 (7.58%) Kerberos
6 5 (7.58%) SAN
7 3 (4.55%) NAS
7 3 (4.55%) VSAN
7 3 (4.55%) WAN
7 3 (4.55%) Wireless
8 2 (3.03%) Fibre Channel
8 2 (3.03%) iSCSI
8 2 (3.03%) NetScaler
8 2 (3.03%) Remote Desktop
8 2 (3.03%) Skype
8 2 (3.03%) VLAN
8 2 (3.03%) VPN
9 1 (1.52%) BIG-IP
9 1 (1.52%) LAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (36.36%) SQL Server
2 14 (21.21%) SQL Server 2012
3 12 (18.18%) SQL Server 2008
3 12 (18.18%) SQL Server 2014
3 12 (18.18%) SQL Server 2016
3 12 (18.18%) SQL Server 2019
4 5 (7.58%) Data Lake
4 5 (7.58%) Data Warehouse
4 5 (7.58%) Power BI
4 5 (7.58%) QlikView
4 5 (7.58%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 5 (7.58%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 4 (6.06%) Ingres
6 2 (3.03%) MySQL
7 1 (1.52%) Oracle Database
7 1 (1.52%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (1.52%) SQL Server 2017
Development Applications
1 11 (16.67%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 5 (7.58%) Subversion
3 1 (1.52%) Git (software)
3 1 (1.52%) JIRA
3 1 (1.52%) Oracle APEX
3 1 (1.52%) Serena SBM
3 1 (1.52%) TeamCity
General
1 6 (9.09%) Banking
2 3 (4.55%) Finance
2 3 (4.55%) Legal
3 2 (3.03%) International Banking
3 2 (3.03%) Social Skills
4 1 (1.52%) Financial Institution
4 1 (1.52%) Games
4 1 (1.52%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 13 (19.70%) DBA
1 13 (19.70%) SQL DBA
2 11 (16.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 8 (12.12%) Windows Engineer
4 6 (9.09%) Systems Engineer
4 6 (9.09%) VMware Engineer
5 5 (7.58%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 5 (7.58%) Architect
5 5 (7.58%) Wintel Engineer
6 4 (6.06%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
6 4 (6.06%) Designer
6 4 (6.06%) Infrastructure Architect
7 3 (4.55%) Data Manager
7 3 (4.55%) Infrastructure Designer
8 2 (3.03%) Administrator
8 2 (3.03%) Messaging Engineer
8 2 (3.03%) Server Engineer
8 2 (3.03%) Server Support
8 2 (3.03%) Site Engineer
8 2 (3.03%) Windows Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (7.58%) HTML
1 5 (7.58%) JSON
1 5 (7.58%) LDAP
1 5 (7.58%) XML
2 1 (1.52%) .NET
2 1 (1.52%) .NET Framework
2 1 (1.52%) ADO
2 1 (1.52%) ADO.NET
2 1 (1.52%) CSS
2 1 (1.52%) ODBC
2 1 (1.52%) OLE
2 1 (1.52%) OLE DB
2 1 (1.52%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 60 (90.91%) Clustering
2 10 (15.15%) Public Cloud
3 9 (13.64%) Data Centre
4 7 (10.61%) PKI
4 7 (10.61%) User Experience
5 2 (3.03%) Replication
6 1 (1.52%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (1.52%) Enterprise Storage
6 1 (1.52%) Hedge funds
6 1 (1.52%) Hybrid Cloud
6 1 (1.52%) Management Information System
6 1 (1.52%) NHS
6 1 (1.52%) Private Cloud
6 1 (1.52%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 64 (96.97%) Windows
2 38 (57.58%) Windows Server
3 24 (36.36%) Linux
3 24 (36.36%) Windows Server 2012
4 23 (34.85%) Windows Server 2016
5 14 (21.21%) Windows Server 2008
6 13 (19.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 13 (19.70%) Windows Server 2019
7 6 (9.09%) Windows 10
8 3 (4.55%) Unix
8 3 (4.55%) Windows Server 2003
9 2 (3.03%) AIX
9 2 (3.03%) Solaris
10 1 (1.52%) Ubuntu
10 1 (1.52%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (42.42%) ITIL
2 21 (31.82%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 19 (28.79%) Change Management
4 16 (24.24%) Migration
5 13 (19.70%) Load Balancing
6 12 (18.18%) DevOps
7 11 (16.67%) Performance Optimisation
8 8 (12.12%) IT Strategy
9 7 (10.61%) Capacity Planning
9 7 (10.61%) Data Protection
9 7 (10.61%) ITIL V3
10 6 (9.09%) Application Virtualisation
10 6 (9.09%) High Availability
10 6 (9.09%) Incident Management
10 6 (9.09%) Problem Management
11 5 (7.58%) Agile Software Development
11 5 (7.58%) Configuration Management
11 5 (7.58%) Data Security
11 5 (7.58%) Preventative Maintenance
11 5 (7.58%) Site Reliability Engineering
Programming Languages
1 37 (56.06%) SQL
2 27 (40.91%) PowerShell
3 7 (10.61%) C
4 6 (9.09%) Python
4 6 (9.09%) R
5 5 (7.58%) Java
6 1 (1.52%) C#
6 1 (1.52%) PL/SQL
6 1 (1.52%) Shell Script
6 1 (1.52%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 28 (42.42%) Security Cleared
2 25 (37.88%) DV Cleared
3 14 (21.21%) SC Cleared
4 9 (13.64%) Microsoft Certification
5 8 (12.12%) MCSE
6 6 (9.09%) MCSA
7 4 (6.06%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 2 (3.03%) DBS Check
8 2 (3.03%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 1 (1.52%) Degree
9 1 (1.52%) MCITP
9 1 (1.52%) MCSD
9 1 (1.52%) VCP6
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (7.58%) Data Quality
2 4 (6.06%) GDPR
2 4 (6.06%) SLA
3 3 (4.55%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 2 (3.03%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 55 (83.33%) Active Directory
2 40 (60.61%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (25.76%) VMware ESXi
4 14 (21.21%) Hyper-V
5 10 (15.15%) vSphere
6 9 (13.64%) VMware NSX
7 8 (12.12%) DFS Replication
7 8 (12.12%) Virtual Machines
8 6 (9.09%) Microsoft App-V
8 6 (9.09%) Virtual Desktop
9 5 (7.58%) Docker
10 2 (3.03%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 2 (3.03%) Virtual Servers
10 2 (3.03%) XenApp
10 2 (3.03%) XenDesktop
11 1 (1.52%) Firmware
11 1 (1.52%) NFS
11 1 (1.52%) Oracle RAC
11 1 (1.52%) Samba
11 1 (1.52%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 15 (22.73%) SCCM
2 14 (21.21%) WSUS
3 13 (19.70%) Failover Clustering
4 11 (16.67%) SCOM
5 10 (15.15%) vRealize
6 7 (10.61%) Cisco CUCM
6 7 (10.61%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 7 (10.61%) vRealize Orchestrator
7 6 (9.09%) Active Directory Federation Services
7 6 (9.09%) Ansible
7 6 (9.09%) SCDPM
7 6 (9.09%) SCSM
7 6 (9.09%) SCVMM
8 5 (7.58%) Kubernetes
8 5 (7.58%) Opscode Chef
8 5 (7.58%) Puppet
8 5 (7.58%) Terraform
8 5 (7.58%) vCenter Server
9 3 (4.55%) EMC NetWorker
9 3 (4.55%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 45 (68.18%) VMware
2 28 (42.42%) Microsoft
3 22 (33.33%) Red Hat
4 13 (19.70%) Cisco
4 13 (19.70%) Dell
5 9 (13.64%) CheckPoint
5 9 (13.64%) HP
5 9 (13.64%) Oracle
6 6 (9.09%) ArcSight
7 5 (7.58%) IBM
7 5 (7.58%) SaltStack
8 4 (6.06%) EMC
9 3 (4.55%) Citrix
9 3 (4.55%) F5
9 3 (4.55%) Veeam
10 2 (3.03%) 3PAR
10 2 (3.03%) Meraki
10 2 (3.03%) MobileIron
10 2 (3.03%) SolarWinds
10 2 (3.03%) Zerto