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The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for Windows Server skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Windows Server over the 6 months to 15 August 2022 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 Server
UK > England
6 months to
15 Aug 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 117 106 74
Rank change year-on-year -11 -32 +1
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 1,628 1,426 992
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 2.26% 2.41% 3.29%
As % of the Operating Systems category 14.12% 15.16% 17.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,209 1,002 696
10th Percentile £187 £180 £177
25th Percentile £313 £300 £270
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £420 £400
Median % change year-on-year +7.14% +5.00% +5.96%
75th Percentile £564 £503 £495
90th Percentile £650 £588 £550
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 53 56
10th Percentile £16.28 £15.07 £14.69
25th Percentile £19.25 £16.49 £17.75
Median hourly rate £24.75 £19.17 £20.50
Median % change year-on-year +29.11% -6.49% +10.81%
75th Percentile £50.73 £41.82 £41.06
90th Percentile £67.50 £51.63 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £24.75 £20.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year +23.75% -4.76% +5.00%

Windows Server is in the Operating Systems 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 operating system skills.

All Operating Systems
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 11,531 9,404 5,783
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 16.02% 15.91% 19.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,052 6,253 3,871
10th Percentile £181 £178 £170
25th Percentile £335 £345 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £450
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +5.88%
75th Percentile £625 £575 £538
90th Percentile £716 £663 £638
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £438
% change year-on-year +5.26% +8.57% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 462 508 324
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £11.63
25th Percentile £16.25 £13.59 £14.00
Median hourly rate £23.91 £17.50 £18.50
Median % change year-on-year +36.63% -5.41% +5.71%
75th Percentile £55.69 £39.50 £30.50
90th Percentile £69.88 £62.50 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £23.03 £17.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year +31.59% -5.41% +5.71%

Windows Server
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Windows Server as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Windows Server in England

Windows Server
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Windows Server in England.

Daily rate trend for Windows Server in England

Windows Server
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Windows Server in England over the 6 months to 15 August 2022.

Daily rate histogram for Windows Server in England

Windows Server
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Windows Server in England.

Hourly rate trend for Windows Server in England

Windows Server
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Windows Server in England over the 6 months to 15 August 2022.

Hourly rate histogram for Windows Server in England

Windows Server
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 Windows Server within the England region over the 6 months to 15 August 2022. 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
Jobs
London +14 644 £498 +4.74% 156
South East -23 304 £450 +12.50% 140
North of England -6 266 £380 -5.00% 169
North West +6 154 £380 -10.59% 94
Midlands +5 154 £350 +12.00% 134
South West -2 111 £460 +31.43% 85
Yorkshire -14 103 £391 +7.93% 57
West Midlands -5 95 £375 +22.45% 76
East of England +9 83 £425 +34.92% 54
East Midlands +6 59 £325 +6.12% 58
North East -3 31 £450 +12.50% 18
Windows Server
UK

For the 6 months to 15 August 2022, IT contractor jobs citing Windows Server 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 Windows Server.

1 1,614 (99.14%) Windows
2 875 (53.75%) Active Directory
3 770 (47.30%) Microsoft
4 695 (42.69%) VMware
5 671 (41.22%) Azure
6 575 (35.32%) Microsoft 365
7 443 (27.21%) VMware Infrastructure
8 401 (24.63%) PowerShell
9 392 (24.08%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 373 (22.91%) DNS
11 349 (21.44%) Linux
12 334 (20.52%) Social Skills
13 328 (20.15%) Security Cleared
14 302 (18.55%) SQL
15 288 (17.69%) ITIL
16 285 (17.51%) Firewall
17 282 (17.32%) SQL Server
18 274 (16.83%) Citrix
19 273 (16.77%) SCCM
20 271 (16.65%) DHCP
21 270 (16.58%) Windows 10
22 248 (15.23%) AWS
23 244 (14.99%) Windows Server 2012
24 240 (14.74%) SC Cleared
25 215 (13.21%) Hyper-V
26 202 (12.41%) Finance
27 201 (12.35%) Cisco
28 200 (12.29%) Migration
29 197 (12.10%) Windows Server 2019
30 194 (11.92%) Azure Active Directory

Windows Server
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
1 151 (9.28%) MS Exchange
2 112 (6.88%) SharePoint
3 74 (4.55%) Exchange Server 2013
4 59 (3.62%) IIS
5 45 (2.76%) Confluence
6 35 (2.15%) Skype for Business
7 31 (1.90%) Exchange Server 2010
8 17 (1.04%) WebSphere
9 16 (0.98%) Apache
10 11 (0.68%) IBM Domino
10 11 (0.68%) Tomcat
11 6 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2007
12 5 (0.31%) JBoss
13 4 (0.25%) nginx
14 3 (0.18%) BizTalk Server
14 3 (0.18%) GlassFish
15 2 (0.12%) CMS
15 2 (0.12%) NetWeaver
15 2 (0.12%) Oracle Workflow
15 2 (0.12%) WebLogic
Applications
1 170 (10.44%) Microsoft Office
2 22 (1.35%) Microsoft Excel
3 17 (1.04%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 16 (0.98%) MS Visio
5 5 (0.31%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.12%) Adobe Captivate
7 1 (0.061%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.061%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 9 (0.55%) Dynamics CRM
1 9 (0.55%) Markit EDM
2 8 (0.49%) thinkFolio
3 7 (0.43%) Remedy ITSM
4 5 (0.31%) Refinitiv Enterprise Platform
4 5 (0.31%) RMDS
5 3 (0.18%) Dynamics AX
6 2 (0.12%) Dynamics GP
6 2 (0.12%) SAP S/4HANA
7 1 (0.061%) Carpe Diem
7 1 (0.061%) Elite 3E
7 1 (0.061%) Fidessa
7 1 (0.061%) Oracle Applications
7 1 (0.061%) Oracle EBS
7 1 (0.061%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 671 (41.22%) Azure
2 575 (35.32%) Microsoft 365
3 248 (15.23%) AWS
4 194 (11.92%) Azure Active Directory
5 102 (6.27%) IaaS
6 89 (5.47%) SaaS
7 75 (4.61%) PaaS
8 65 (3.99%) GCP
9 44 (2.70%) Azure DevOps
10 38 (2.33%) Power Platform
11 36 (2.21%) OneDrive
12 26 (1.60%) Azure Monitor
13 24 (1.47%) Nutanix
14 20 (1.23%) GitHub
15 19 (1.17%) Cloud Computing
15 19 (1.17%) Mimecast
16 18 (1.11%) Amazon CloudWatch
16 18 (1.11%) Azure ExpressRoute
17 13 (0.80%) Azure Key Vault
17 13 (0.80%) Azure Stack
Communications & Networking
1 373 (22.91%) DNS
2 285 (17.51%) Firewall
3 271 (16.65%) DHCP
4 130 (7.99%) SAN
5 125 (7.68%) LAN
6 124 (7.62%) WAN
7 99 (6.08%) TCP/IP
8 88 (5.41%) VPN
9 51 (3.13%) VoIP
10 49 (3.01%) NAS
11 47 (2.89%) VLAN
12 46 (2.83%) Network Security
12 46 (2.83%) Skype
13 39 (2.40%) Wi-Fi
14 29 (1.78%) Wireless
15 24 (1.47%) iSCSI
16 18 (1.11%) Kerberos
17 17 (1.04%) SSL
18 16 (0.98%) NetScaler
18 16 (0.98%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 282 (17.32%) SQL Server
2 29 (1.78%) Oracle Database
3 23 (1.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 22 (1.35%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 19 (1.17%) Power BI
6 17 (1.04%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 15 (0.92%) Amazon RDS
7 15 (0.92%) PostgreSQL
8 14 (0.86%) MongoDB
9 13 (0.80%) MySQL
10 9 (0.55%) Relational Database
11 8 (0.49%) Oracle Database 11g
11 8 (0.49%) SAP HANA
12 6 (0.37%) Data Warehouse
12 6 (0.37%) MariaDB
13 5 (0.31%) NoSQL
13 5 (0.31%) Oracle Database 12c
14 4 (0.25%) RDBMS
15 3 (0.18%) Azure SQL Database
15 3 (0.18%) Sybase ASE
Development Applications
1 72 (4.42%) JIRA
2 42 (2.58%) Jenkins
3 36 (2.21%) Git (software)
4 32 (1.97%) GitLab
5 27 (1.66%) TeamCity
6 19 (1.17%) Octopus Deploy
7 17 (1.04%) Bitbucket
8 16 (0.98%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 14 (0.86%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 6 (0.37%) Sonatype Nexus
10 6 (0.37%) Subversion
11 5 (0.31%) Robot Framework
11 5 (0.31%) Team Foundation Server
12 4 (0.25%) Artifactory
12 4 (0.25%) Chocolatey
12 4 (0.25%) JMeter
12 4 (0.25%) Locust
12 4 (0.25%) Maven
12 4 (0.25%) NUnit
12 4 (0.25%) TestCafe
General
1 334 (20.52%) Social Skills
2 202 (12.41%) Finance
3 127 (7.80%) Public Sector
4 121 (7.43%) Analytical Skills
5 65 (3.99%) Banking
6 38 (2.33%) Documentation Skills
7 34 (2.09%) Telecoms
8 27 (1.66%) Law
9 24 (1.47%) Retail
10 23 (1.41%) Legal
10 23 (1.41%) Manufacturing
11 22 (1.35%) Presentation Skills
12 19 (1.17%) Inclusion and Diversity
13 18 (1.11%) Financial Institution
14 17 (1.04%) Marketing
15 16 (0.98%) Electronics
15 16 (0.98%) Influencing Skills
15 16 (0.98%) Organisational Skills
16 9 (0.55%) Advertising
16 9 (0.55%) Mandarin Language
Job Titles
1 342 (21.01%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 175 (10.75%) Support Engineer
3 162 (9.95%) Analyst
4 134 (8.23%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 133 (8.17%) Architect
6 96 (5.90%) IT Support
7 93 (5.71%) IT Engineer
8 77 (4.73%) 2nd Line Support
9 72 (4.42%) Infrastructure Architect
10 70 (4.30%) Support Analyst
11 63 (3.87%) Windows Engineer
12 62 (3.81%) Systems Engineer
13 59 (3.62%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
14 55 (3.38%) Administrator
15 53 (3.26%) Server Engineer
16 50 (3.07%) IT Analyst
17 47 (2.89%) 2nd Line Engineer
18 46 (2.83%) 3rd Line Support
19 43 (2.64%) Wintel Engineer
20 42 (2.58%) Desktop Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 58 (3.56%) .NET
2 35 (2.15%) Middleware
3 30 (1.84%) LDAP
4 19 (1.17%) .NET Framework
4 19 (1.17%) Web Services
5 17 (1.04%) REST
6 13 (0.80%) OAuth
7 9 (0.55%) 802.1X
7 9 (0.55%) SOAP
8 8 (0.49%) XML
8 8 (0.49%) YAML
9 7 (0.43%) Elastic Stack
9 7 (0.43%) Spring
10 6 (0.37%) ARM Templates
10 6 (0.37%) CSS
10 6 (0.37%) HTML
11 5 (0.31%) ADO
11 5 (0.31%) SAML
12 4 (0.25%) ASP.NET
12 4 (0.25%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 189 (11.61%) Data Centre
2 97 (5.96%) PKI
3 73 (4.48%) Clustering
4 71 (4.36%) Replication
5 47 (2.89%) Management Information System
5 47 (2.89%) Public Cloud
6 38 (2.33%) Self-Motivation
7 34 (2.09%) Cloud Native
8 27 (1.66%) Video Conferencing
9 25 (1.54%) Private Cloud
10 24 (1.47%) Hybrid Cloud
11 22 (1.35%) Legacy Applications
12 20 (1.23%) Data Protection Act
13 19 (1.17%) NHS
14 18 (1.11%) CCTV
15 13 (0.80%) Driving Licence
16 12 (0.74%) CMDB
16 12 (0.74%) Enterprise Storage
16 12 (0.74%) Smartphone
17 11 (0.68%) CESG
Operating Systems
1 1,614 (99.14%) Windows
2 349 (21.44%) Linux
3 270 (16.58%) Windows 10
4 244 (14.99%) Windows Server 2012
5 197 (12.10%) Windows Server 2019
6 186 (11.43%) Windows Server 2016
7 127 (7.80%) Windows Server 2008
8 111 (6.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 82 (5.04%) Unix
10 77 (4.73%) Windows 7
11 59 (3.62%) Windows Server 2003
12 37 (2.27%) VMS
13 32 (1.97%) Android
14 27 (1.66%) Apple iOS
15 21 (1.29%) Ubuntu
16 17 (1.04%) CentOS
17 15 (0.92%) Windows XP
18 14 (0.86%) Mac OS
19 12 (0.74%) SUSE
20 8 (0.49%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 392 (24.08%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 288 (17.69%) ITIL
3 200 (12.29%) Migration
4 177 (10.87%) Problem-Solving
5 158 (9.71%) Agile
6 155 (9.52%) DevOps
7 122 (7.49%) Change Management
8 104 (6.39%) Disaster Recovery
9 97 (5.96%) Service Management
10 81 (4.98%) Project Delivery
11 79 (4.85%) ITSM
12 75 (4.61%) Project Management
13 74 (4.55%) Incident Management
14 72 (4.42%) Service Delivery
15 69 (4.24%) High Availability
16 68 (4.18%) CI/CD
17 63 (3.87%) Scrum
18 60 (3.69%) Server Management
19 59 (3.62%) Load Balancing
20 58 (3.56%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 401 (24.63%) PowerShell
2 302 (18.55%) SQL
3 118 (7.25%) Python
4 79 (4.85%) Bash
5 40 (2.46%) T-SQL
6 35 (2.15%) Java
7 31 (1.90%) C#
8 20 (1.23%) C
9 19 (1.17%) Groovy
9 19 (1.17%) PL/SQL
10 18 (1.11%) Perl
11 16 (0.98%) Ruby
12 15 (0.92%) JavaScript
13 14 (0.86%) Shell Script
14 13 (0.80%) VB
14 13 (0.80%) VBScript
15 11 (0.68%) Go
16 9 (0.55%) Scala
17 8 (0.49%) PHP
18 3 (0.18%) C++
Qualifications
1 328 (20.15%) Security Cleared
2 240 (14.74%) SC Cleared
3 106 (6.51%) Microsoft Certification
4 76 (4.67%) DV Cleared
5 53 (3.26%) Degree
6 51 (3.13%) MCSE
7 44 (2.70%) MCSA
8 34 (2.09%) Cisco Certification
9 31 (1.90%) ITIL Certification
10 29 (1.78%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 23 (1.41%) CCNA
12 18 (1.11%) CISSP
12 18 (1.11%) Computer Science Degree
12 18 (1.11%) MCP
13 13 (0.80%) DBS Check
13 13 (0.80%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 12 (0.74%) BPSS Clearance
15 11 (0.68%) Citrix Certification
16 9 (0.55%) CEH
17 8 (0.49%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 116 (7.13%) SLA
2 22 (1.35%) QA
3 18 (1.11%) GDPR
3 18 (1.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 17 (1.04%) PMO
5 14 (0.86%) Cyber Essentials
6 12 (0.74%) PCI DSS
7 8 (0.49%) NIST
8 7 (0.43%) COBIT
9 5 (0.31%) NCSC
10 4 (0.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 3 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 3 (0.18%) ISO 20022
11 3 (0.18%) NIST 800
12 2 (0.12%) ISO 9001
12 2 (0.12%) JSP 440
13 1 (0.061%) Data Quality
13 1 (0.061%) GMP
13 1 (0.061%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 875 (53.75%) Active Directory
2 443 (27.21%) VMware Infrastructure
3 215 (13.21%) Hyper-V
4 151 (9.28%) vSphere
5 102 (6.27%) VMware ESXi
6 101 (6.20%) XenApp
7 71 (4.36%) Virtual Machines
8 62 (3.81%) Virtual Desktop
9 61 (3.75%) XenDesktop
10 39 (2.40%) Virtual Servers
11 38 (2.33%) Microsoft App-V
12 32 (1.97%) Docker
13 20 (1.23%) Firmware
14 14 (0.86%) NFS
15 10 (0.61%) BitLocker
16 9 (0.55%) VMware NSX
17 8 (0.49%) Citrix Hypervisor
17 8 (0.49%) Terminal Services
18 7 (0.43%) Microsoft Virtual Server
18 7 (0.43%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 273 (16.77%) SCCM
2 142 (8.72%) Microsoft Intune
3 126 (7.74%) Terraform
4 101 (6.20%) Ansible
5 66 (4.05%) Microsoft Clustering
6 65 (3.99%) Active Directory Federation Services
7 55 (3.38%) SCOM
8 53 (3.26%) Kubernetes
9 45 (2.76%) vCenter Server
10 44 (2.70%) WSUS
11 41 (2.52%) McAfee ePO
12 31 (1.90%) SCVMM
12 31 (1.90%) Single Sign-On
13 30 (1.84%) NetBackup
14 25 (1.54%) Failover Clustering
15 24 (1.47%) Puppet
16 22 (1.35%) PowerCLI
17 20 (1.23%) Packer
18 18 (1.11%) Prometheus
19 15 (0.92%) Control-M
Vendors
1 770 (47.30%) Microsoft
2 695 (42.69%) VMware
3 274 (16.83%) Citrix
4 201 (12.35%) Cisco
5 112 (6.88%) Oracle
6 103 (6.33%) HP
7 81 (4.98%) Red Hat
8 80 (4.91%) Dell
9 70 (4.30%) Veeam
10 58 (3.56%) NetApp
11 53 (3.26%) McAfee
12 49 (3.01%) Google
12 49 (3.01%) IBM
13 45 (2.76%) SolarWinds
14 41 (2.52%) ServiceNow
15 38 (2.33%) Meraki
16 34 (2.09%) Apple
17 33 (2.03%) Ivanti
18 32 (1.97%) SAP
19 31 (1.90%) Symantec