Period
to 26 November 2020

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 26 November 2020 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
26 Nov 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 99 62 72
Rank change year-on-year -37 +10 +6
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 733 2,669 3,200
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 2.38% 3.54% 3.39%
As % of the Operating Systems category 12.84% 17.18% 16.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 538 1,872 2,152
Median daily rate £400 £375 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% -3.23% +10.71%
10th Percentile £200 £160 £185
90th Percentile £525 £550 £544
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £388
% change year-on-year +6.67% -3.23% +10.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 62 134 155
Median hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +55.56% -10.00% +49.01%
10th Percentile £15.02 £14.24 £12.60
90th Percentile £59.75 £53.75 £49.35
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £33.25 £24.75
% change year-on-year +5.26% +34.34% +47.28%

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 5,708 15,538 19,864
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.52% 20.63% 21.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,413 9,704 12,392
Median daily rate £433 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.80% - -
10th Percentile £167 £146 £163
90th Percentile £625 £613 £613
UK median daily rate £428 £420 £425
% change year-on-year +1.90% -1.18% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 389 1,104 1,347
Median hourly rate £21.50 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.86% - -
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.25 £11.17
90th Percentile £53.00 £50.00 £47.50
Median hourly rate £21.25 £17.50 £17.46
% change year-on-year +21.43% +0.21% -0.21%

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 26 November 2020.

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 26 November 2020.

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 26 November 2020. 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 -61 251 £425 +6.25% 95
South East -2 162 £425 +9.68% 107
North of England -43 96 £338 -3.57% 153
South West -4 91 £388 +6.16% 51
Midlands -19 70 £340 +4.62% 103
North West -32 56 £325 -7.14% 77
East of England +1 44 £335 -4.29% 35
West Midlands -4 41 £326 +0.15% 56
East Midlands -11 29 £350 +5.26% 46
Yorkshire -28 28 £331 -11.67% 63
North East +31 12 £350 - 13
Windows Server
UK

For the 6 months to 26 November 2020, 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.

1 728 (99.32%) Windows
2 410 (55.93%) Active Directory
3 363 (49.52%) Microsoft
4 342 (46.66%) VMware
5 251 (34.24%) Azure
6 226 (30.83%) VMware Infrastructure
7 221 (30.15%) PowerShell
8 207 (28.24%) Security Cleared
9 196 (26.74%) Office 365
10 191 (26.06%) Windows Server 2012
11 168 (22.92%) SQL Server
12 162 (22.10%) Windows 10
13 161 (21.96%) Windows Server 2016
14 158 (21.56%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 154 (21.01%) SC Cleared
16 153 (20.87%) DNS
17 148 (20.19%) Migration
18 143 (19.51%) SQL
18 143 (19.51%) Linux
19 119 (16.23%) DHCP
20 117 (15.96%) Windows Server 2008
21 116 (15.83%) SCCM
22 113 (15.42%) DevOps
22 113 (15.42%) Firewall
23 111 (15.14%) Cisco
24 110 (15.01%) ITIL
25 94 (12.82%) Citrix
25 94 (12.82%) Windows Server 2019
26 89 (12.14%) Oracle
27 87 (11.87%) Agile Software Development

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 73 (9.96%) MS Exchange
2 71 (9.69%) SharePoint
3 47 (6.41%) IIS
4 35 (4.77%) Skype for Business
5 30 (4.09%) Exchange Server 2010
6 13 (1.77%) Exchange Server 2013
7 12 (1.64%) ArcGIS
7 12 (1.64%) Confluence
8 11 (1.50%) WebSphere
9 8 (1.09%) Tomcat
10 7 (0.95%) Apache
10 7 (0.95%) JBoss
11 6 (0.82%) NetWeaver
12 5 (0.68%) GeoServer
12 5 (0.68%) nginx
13 4 (0.55%) Documentum
14 3 (0.41%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 3 (0.41%) Elasticsearch
14 3 (0.41%) IBM Transformation Extender
15 2 (0.27%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 66 (9.00%) Microsoft Office
2 15 (2.05%) Microsoft Excel
2 15 (2.05%) MS Visio
3 12 (1.64%) Photoshop
4 9 (1.23%) SOLIDWORKS
5 2 (0.27%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.27%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.14%) Acrobat
6 1 (0.14%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 12 (1.64%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.55%) Infor M3
3 1 (0.14%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.14%) Movex
3 1 (0.14%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.14%) Oracle Payables
3 1 (0.14%) Orchard Housing
3 1 (0.14%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.14%) StreamServe
Cloud Services
1 251 (34.24%) Azure
2 196 (26.74%) Office 365
3 72 (9.82%) AWS
4 60 (8.19%) Azure Active Directory
5 55 (7.50%) IaaS
6 44 (6.00%) SaaS
7 41 (5.59%) PaaS
8 34 (4.64%) GitHub
9 20 (2.73%) OneDrive
10 16 (2.18%) GCP
11 12 (1.64%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 11 (1.50%) Mimecast
13 10 (1.36%) AWS CloudFormation
14 8 (1.09%) Cloud Computing
15 7 (0.95%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 6 (0.82%) Amazon EC2
16 6 (0.82%) Amazon GuardDuty
16 6 (0.82%) Power Automate
17 5 (0.68%) Power Platform
18 3 (0.41%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
Communications & Networking
1 153 (20.87%) DNS
2 119 (16.23%) DHCP
3 113 (15.42%) Firewall
4 75 (10.23%) SAN
5 49 (6.68%) VPN
5 49 (6.68%) WAN
6 45 (6.14%) VLAN
7 44 (6.00%) Skype
8 43 (5.87%) LAN
8 43 (5.87%) TCP/IP
9 31 (4.23%) Reverse Proxy
10 26 (3.55%) Remote Desktop
11 23 (3.14%) VoIP
12 22 (3.00%) SNMP
13 15 (2.05%) Kerberos
13 15 (2.05%) Network Security
14 13 (1.77%) Internet
14 13 (1.77%) NetScaler
14 13 (1.77%) Wi-Fi
14 13 (1.77%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 168 (22.92%) SQL Server
2 22 (3.00%) Azure SQL Database
3 19 (2.59%) GIS
4 14 (1.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 13 (1.77%) DB2
5 13 (1.77%) SQL Server 2016
5 13 (1.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 12 (1.64%) Cosmos DB
6 12 (1.64%) Oracle Database
6 12 (1.64%) SQL Server 2012
7 11 (1.50%) QGIS
8 9 (1.23%) MySQL
8 9 (1.23%) Oracle Reports
8 9 (1.23%) PostgreSQL
8 9 (1.23%) Relational Database
9 8 (1.09%) Geospatial Data
9 8 (1.09%) SQL Server 2008
10 7 (0.95%) SQL Server 2017
10 7 (0.95%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 6 (0.82%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 44 (6.00%) JIRA
2 33 (4.50%) Git (software)
2 33 (4.50%) Jenkins
3 31 (4.23%) GitLab
4 30 (4.09%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 17 (2.32%) Bitbucket
6 12 (1.64%) Oracle Forms
7 11 (1.50%) Visual Studio
8 10 (1.36%) Subversion
9 7 (0.95%) Team Foundation Server
10 6 (0.82%) Hudson
10 6 (0.82%) SonarQube
10 6 (0.82%) Sonatype Nexus
10 6 (0.82%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 3 (0.41%) MSI
12 2 (0.27%) Octopus Deploy
12 2 (0.27%) SoapUI
12 2 (0.27%) TeamCity
12 2 (0.27%) Visual Studio Team System
13 1 (0.14%) Mercurial
General
1 81 (11.05%) Finance
2 49 (6.68%) Public Sector
3 25 (3.41%) Banking
4 17 (2.32%) Telecoms
5 16 (2.18%) Retail
6 15 (2.05%) Manufacturing
7 12 (1.64%) Electronics
7 12 (1.64%) Marketing
8 11 (1.50%) Pharmaceutical
9 9 (1.23%) Investment Banking
9 9 (1.23%) Legal
10 6 (0.82%) Law
11 5 (0.68%) Back Office
11 5 (0.68%) Front Office
12 4 (0.55%) Military
12 4 (0.55%) Police
13 2 (0.27%) Digital Economy
13 2 (0.27%) Housing Association
14 1 (0.14%) International Banking
14 1 (0.14%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 142 (19.37%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 58 (7.91%) Analyst
3 53 (7.23%) Support Engineer
4 52 (7.09%) Architect
5 44 (6.00%) Windows Engineer
6 42 (5.73%) Administrator
6 42 (5.73%) Consultant
6 42 (5.73%) DevOps Engineer
7 39 (5.32%) Azure Engineer
8 36 (4.91%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 32 (4.37%) Server Engineer
10 28 (3.82%) 2nd Line Support
10 28 (3.82%) VMware Engineer
10 28 (3.82%) Wintel Engineer
11 27 (3.68%) Infrastructure Architect
11 27 (3.68%) Support Analyst
12 25 (3.41%) Systems Engineer
13 24 (3.27%) Integration Engineer
14 21 (2.86%) Developer
15 20 (2.73%) IT Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (4.37%) .NET
2 20 (2.73%) JSON
2 20 (2.73%) Web Services
3 19 (2.59%) REST
4 17 (2.32%) RESTful
5 16 (2.18%) ASP.NET
5 16 (2.18%) Elastic Stack
5 16 (2.18%) LDAP
6 14 (1.91%) gRPC
6 14 (1.91%) Swagger
7 13 (1.77%) CSS
7 13 (1.77%) HTML
7 13 (1.77%) Middleware
8 11 (1.50%) PostGIS
9 9 (1.23%) EDI
10 8 (1.09%) SOAP
11 7 (0.95%) .NET Framework
11 7 (0.95%) jQuery
11 7 (0.95%) Twitter Bootstrap
12 6 (0.82%) SAP Basis
Miscellaneous
1 49 (6.68%) Analytical Skills
1 49 (6.68%) Data Centre
2 36 (4.91%) Clustering
3 29 (3.96%) PKI
4 26 (3.55%) Replication
5 22 (3.00%) Management Information System
6 21 (2.86%) Private Cloud
7 18 (2.46%) Public Cloud
8 11 (1.50%) Linux Command Line
8 11 (1.50%) NHS
9 10 (1.36%) HP StoreVirtual
9 10 (1.36%) Video Conferencing
10 9 (1.23%) Blackberry
11 8 (1.09%) Hybrid Cloud
11 8 (1.09%) Self-Motivation
12 7 (0.95%) Client/Server
12 7 (0.95%) Driving Licence
12 7 (0.95%) EMC VNX
13 6 (0.82%) Fat Client
13 6 (0.82%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 728 (99.32%) Windows
2 191 (26.06%) Windows Server 2012
3 162 (22.10%) Windows 10
4 161 (21.96%) Windows Server 2016
5 143 (19.51%) Linux
6 117 (15.96%) Windows Server 2008
7 94 (12.82%) Windows Server 2019
8 53 (7.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 50 (6.82%) Windows 7
10 37 (5.05%) Unix
11 36 (4.91%) CentOS
12 18 (2.46%) Windows Server 2003
13 14 (1.91%) Apple iOS
14 10 (1.36%) Windows XP
15 9 (1.23%) Solaris
15 9 (1.23%) Windows 8
16 8 (1.09%) Ubuntu
16 8 (1.09%) VMS
17 7 (0.95%) AIX
18 5 (0.68%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 158 (21.56%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 148 (20.19%) Migration
3 113 (15.42%) DevOps
4 110 (15.01%) ITIL
5 87 (11.87%) Agile Software Development
6 57 (7.78%) Problem-Solving
7 51 (6.96%) High Availability
8 50 (6.82%) Configuration Management
9 45 (6.14%) Continuous Integration
10 42 (5.73%) Infrastructure as Code
11 41 (5.59%) Service Management
12 34 (4.64%) Disaster Recovery
13 32 (4.37%) Service Delivery
14 31 (4.23%) Systems Engineering
15 26 (3.55%) Continuous Deployment
16 25 (3.41%) Change Management
17 24 (3.27%) Load Balancing
17 24 (3.27%) Microservices
18 23 (3.14%) Patch Management
18 23 (3.14%) Server Management
Programming Languages
1 221 (30.15%) PowerShell
2 143 (19.51%) SQL
3 50 (6.82%) Python
4 43 (5.87%) C#
5 29 (3.96%) Bash Shell
6 22 (3.00%) JavaScript
7 21 (2.86%) Java
8 20 (2.73%) C
9 14 (1.91%) Go
10 13 (1.77%) VB
11 10 (1.36%) VB.NET
12 8 (1.09%) VBScript
13 7 (0.95%) Shell Script
13 7 (0.95%) T-SQL
14 4 (0.55%) PL/SQL
15 3 (0.41%) Perl
15 3 (0.41%) VBA
16 2 (0.27%) C++
16 2 (0.27%) XPath
17 1 (0.14%) PHP
Qualifications
1 207 (28.24%) Security Cleared
2 154 (21.01%) SC Cleared
3 79 (10.78%) Microsoft Certification
4 64 (8.73%) DV Cleared
5 35 (4.77%) Cisco Certification
6 32 (4.37%) MCSE
7 25 (3.41%) MCSA
8 22 (3.00%) CCNA
9 21 (2.86%) ITIL Certification
9 21 (2.86%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 20 (2.73%) Degree
11 10 (1.36%) CISSP
12 8 (1.09%) Computer Science Degree
12 8 (1.09%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 7 (0.95%) CCNP
13 7 (0.95%) Citrix Certification
13 7 (0.95%) DBS Check
14 6 (0.82%) VCAP
15 4 (0.55%) CCA
15 4 (0.55%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (4.09%) SLA
2 15 (2.05%) Government Security Classifications
3 13 (1.77%) NCSC
4 11 (1.50%) GDPR
5 10 (1.36%) COBIT
6 8 (1.09%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 7 (0.95%) PCI DSS
8 5 (0.68%) NIST
9 4 (0.55%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 4 (0.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 3 (0.41%) Cyber Essentials
10 3 (0.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 2 (0.27%) QA
12 1 (0.14%) Data Quality
12 1 (0.14%) GAMP
12 1 (0.14%) GMP
12 1 (0.14%) GxP
12 1 (0.14%) HIPAA
System Software
1 410 (55.93%) Active Directory
2 226 (30.83%) VMware Infrastructure
3 80 (10.91%) Hyper-V
4 75 (10.23%) VMware ESXi
5 74 (10.10%) vSphere
6 49 (6.68%) Docker
7 29 (3.96%) Virtual Machines
8 21 (2.86%) Virtual Desktop
9 18 (2.46%) XenApp
10 16 (2.18%) Microsoft App-V
10 16 (2.18%) XenDesktop
11 15 (2.05%) VMware NSX
11 15 (2.05%) VMware Workstation
12 9 (1.23%) Terminal Server
13 8 (1.09%) Virtual Servers
14 7 (0.95%) DFS Replication
15 5 (0.68%) GeoWebCache
16 4 (0.55%) BitLocker
16 4 (0.55%) Terminal Services
17 3 (0.41%) UAG
Systems Management
1 116 (15.83%) SCCM
2 72 (9.82%) Ansible
3 59 (8.05%) Terraform
4 49 (6.68%) Kubernetes
5 44 (6.00%) Puppet
6 41 (5.59%) Microsoft Intune
7 35 (4.77%) Opscode Chef
7 35 (4.77%) WSUS
8 32 (4.37%) SCOM
9 28 (3.82%) Microsoft Clustering
10 27 (3.68%) Packer
11 23 (3.14%) vCenter Server
12 21 (2.86%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
13 14 (1.91%) Grafana
13 14 (1.91%) Prometheus
13 14 (1.91%) ZABBIX
14 12 (1.64%) WMI
15 11 (1.50%) SolarWinds Orion
16 10 (1.36%) Norton AntiVirus
17 9 (1.23%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 363 (49.52%) Microsoft
2 342 (46.66%) VMware
3 111 (15.14%) Cisco
4 94 (12.82%) Citrix
5 89 (12.14%) Oracle
6 58 (7.91%) HP
7 43 (5.87%) Dell
7 43 (5.87%) SolarWinds
8 35 (4.77%) Veeam
9 33 (4.50%) EMC
10 31 (4.23%) Atlassian
11 30 (4.09%) Red Hat
12 24 (3.27%) McAfee
13 23 (3.14%) Apple
14 22 (3.00%) ESRI
14 22 (3.00%) SAP
15 21 (2.86%) Lumension
15 21 (2.86%) Sophos
15 21 (2.86%) Splunk
16 18 (2.46%) Juniper