Period
to 16 October 2021

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 16 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 Server
UK > England
6 months to
16 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 107 90 69
Rank change year-on-year -17 -21 +5
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 1,578 690 2,650
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 2.37% 2.60% 3.40%
As % of the Operating Systems category 15.02% 14.02% 16.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,152 487 1,833
10th Percentile £171 £199 £158
25th Percentile £286 £300 £270
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £425 £400 £375
Median % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
75th Percentile £510 £500 £475
90th Percentile £588 £550 £550
UK median daily rate £425 £414 £375
% change year-on-year +2.72% +10.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 63 30 121
10th Percentile £13.40 £14.67 £14.00
25th Percentile £16.25 £17.75 £15.23
Median hourly rate £20.00 £21.25 £19.73
Median % change year-on-year -5.88% +7.70% -12.31%
75th Percentile £40.66 £46.13 £42.50
90th Percentile £51.50 £53.88 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £21.25 £22.40
% change year-on-year -5.88% -5.13% +4.19%

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 10,507 4,922 15,832
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 15.78% 18.52% 20.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,214 3,195 10,213
10th Percentile £163 £181 £150
25th Percentile £325 £315 £275
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £450 £425
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -2.30%
75th Percentile £580 £538 £538
90th Percentile £675 £625 £625
UK median daily rate £475 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +8.57% +2.94% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 592 246 1,000
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.83 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.88 £14.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate £17.50 £18.50 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year -5.41% +5.71% -
75th Percentile £39.50 £35.53 £36.70
90th Percentile £62.95 £50.38 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £18.38 £17.50
% change year-on-year -4.76% +5.00% +2.94%

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 16 October 2021.

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 16 October 2021.

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 16 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 -49 549 £475 +7.04% 224
South East +3 333 £420 -3.78% 180
North of England +24 259 £375 +7.14% 292
Midlands +7 159 £325 -1.59% 178
North West +5 130 £425 +19.30% 164
South West -19 115 £388 -3.13% 87
Yorkshire +23 108 £340 +3.82% 95
West Midlands +3 95 £294 -9.68% 93
East of England -12 82 £315 -5.97% 90
East Midlands +2 64 £340 +1.49% 84
North East +3 22 £281 -19.64% 33
Windows Server
UK

For the 6 months to 16 October 2021, 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 1,555 (98.54%) Windows
2 956 (60.58%) Active Directory
3 698 (44.23%) Microsoft
4 697 (44.17%) VMware
5 555 (35.17%) Azure
6 541 (34.28%) Microsoft 365
7 439 (27.82%) VMware Infrastructure
8 423 (26.81%) PowerShell
9 359 (22.75%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 328 (20.79%) Linux
11 316 (20.03%) ITIL
12 296 (18.76%) Security Cleared
13 291 (18.44%) Social Skills
14 289 (18.31%) Windows Server 2012
15 286 (18.12%) DNS
16 262 (16.60%) SQL Server
17 261 (16.54%) Firewall
18 257 (16.29%) SQL
19 251 (15.91%) SCCM
20 248 (15.72%) Windows Server 2016
21 246 (15.59%) Citrix
22 236 (14.96%) Windows 10
23 231 (14.64%) Windows Server 2019
24 226 (14.32%) Cisco
25 212 (13.43%) DHCP
25 212 (13.43%) Migration
26 198 (12.55%) SC Cleared
27 184 (11.66%) MS Exchange
28 179 (11.34%) SharePoint
29 172 (10.90%) Hyper-V

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
1 184 (11.66%) MS Exchange
2 179 (11.34%) SharePoint
3 88 (5.58%) IIS
4 33 (2.09%) Confluence
5 30 (1.90%) Skype for Business
6 27 (1.71%) Exchange Server 2010
6 27 (1.71%) Exchange Server 2013
7 19 (1.20%) Apache
8 12 (0.76%) ArcGIS
8 12 (0.76%) Tomcat
9 11 (0.70%) WebLogic
10 10 (0.63%) Exchange Server 2007
11 9 (0.57%) nginx
11 9 (0.57%) WebSphere
12 8 (0.51%) CMS
12 8 (0.51%) Drupal
13 7 (0.44%) MS Project Server
13 7 (0.44%) Oracle Coherence
14 6 (0.38%) IBM Notes
14 6 (0.38%) JBoss
Applications
1 128 (8.11%) Microsoft Office
2 30 (1.90%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (0.76%) Photoshop
4 8 (0.51%) MS Visio
5 5 (0.32%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 5 (0.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 3 (0.19%) Microsoft Project
7 1 (0.063%) NUKE
7 1 (0.063%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 8 (0.51%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 3 (0.19%) Sentinel
3 2 (0.13%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.13%) StreamServe
4 1 (0.063%) Cerner Millennium
4 1 (0.063%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.063%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.063%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.063%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 555 (35.17%) Azure
2 541 (34.28%) Microsoft 365
3 156 (9.89%) AWS
4 138 (8.75%) Azure Active Directory
5 82 (5.20%) IaaS
6 74 (4.69%) PaaS
7 59 (3.74%) SaaS
8 32 (2.03%) Mimecast
9 27 (1.71%) Power Platform
10 24 (1.52%) OneDrive
11 22 (1.39%) GCP
12 20 (1.27%) GitHub
13 19 (1.20%) Amazon EC2
14 18 (1.14%) Azure ExpressRoute
15 16 (1.01%) Cloud Computing
15 16 (1.01%) PowerApps
16 15 (0.95%) Serverless
17 14 (0.89%) AWS Lambda
18 13 (0.82%) Amazon S3
18 13 (0.82%) Azure Storage
Communications & Networking
1 286 (18.12%) DNS
2 261 (16.54%) Firewall
3 212 (13.43%) DHCP
4 122 (7.73%) VPN
5 118 (7.48%) TCP/IP
6 109 (6.91%) LAN
7 108 (6.84%) SAN
7 108 (6.84%) WAN
8 52 (3.30%) Skype
9 43 (2.72%) Network Security
10 42 (2.66%) Wireless
11 41 (2.60%) VoIP
12 37 (2.34%) Internet
13 36 (2.28%) NetScaler
13 36 (2.28%) VLAN
14 31 (1.96%) Remote Desktop
14 31 (1.96%) Wi-Fi
15 30 (1.90%) SSL
16 28 (1.77%) NAS
17 27 (1.71%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 262 (16.60%) SQL Server
2 55 (3.49%) MySQL
3 40 (2.53%) SQL Server 2012
3 40 (2.53%) SQL Server 2016
4 32 (2.03%) Oracle Database
5 26 (1.65%) SQL Server 2008
6 24 (1.52%) Power BI
6 24 (1.52%) Relational Database
7 22 (1.39%) SQL Server 2019
8 20 (1.27%) MongoDB
8 20 (1.27%) SQL Server 2014
9 17 (1.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 16 (1.01%) PostgreSQL
10 16 (1.01%) RavenDB
11 15 (0.95%) Amazon RDS
11 15 (0.95%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 14 (0.89%) Oracle Database 12c
13 12 (0.76%) GIS
14 11 (0.70%) Amazon DynamoDB
15 10 (0.63%) Azure SQL Database
Development Applications
1 57 (3.61%) Git (software)
2 45 (2.85%) Jenkins
3 40 (2.53%) JIRA
4 25 (1.58%) Bitbucket
5 20 (1.27%) GitLab
6 17 (1.08%) Visual Studio
7 16 (1.01%) SonarQube
7 16 (1.01%) Subversion
8 15 (0.95%) TeamCity
9 11 (0.70%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 7 (0.44%) IntelliJ
10 7 (0.44%) Maven
11 6 (0.38%) Chocolatey
11 6 (0.38%) Sonatype Nexus
12 5 (0.32%) Octopus Deploy
12 5 (0.32%) Team Foundation Server
13 4 (0.25%) Artifactory
13 4 (0.25%) InstallShield
13 4 (0.25%) Log4j
13 4 (0.25%) Oracle Forms
General
1 291 (18.44%) Social Skills
2 144 (9.13%) Finance
3 81 (5.13%) Public Sector
4 66 (4.18%) Analytical Skills
5 61 (3.87%) Banking
6 34 (2.15%) Documentation Skills
7 31 (1.96%) Telecoms
8 26 (1.65%) Presentation Skills
9 25 (1.58%) Legal
9 25 (1.58%) Retail
10 18 (1.14%) Organisational Skills
11 17 (1.08%) Back Office
12 14 (0.89%) Manufacturing
13 12 (0.76%) Influencing Skills
14 11 (0.70%) Marketing
15 10 (0.63%) Law
16 8 (0.51%) Electronics
16 8 (0.51%) Investment Banking
17 4 (0.25%) Financial Institution
17 4 (0.25%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 300 (19.01%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 176 (11.15%) Support Engineer
3 125 (7.92%) Analyst
4 123 (7.79%) Architect
5 113 (7.16%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 95 (6.02%) Windows Engineer
7 90 (5.70%) Server Engineer
8 89 (5.64%) IT Support
9 86 (5.45%) IT Engineer
10 70 (4.44%) 2nd Line Support
11 64 (4.06%) Azure Engineer
12 61 (3.87%) Consultant
13 60 (3.80%) 3rd Line Support
13 60 (3.80%) Wintel Engineer
14 58 (3.68%) Infrastructure Architect
15 56 (3.55%) Administrator
16 53 (3.36%) Cloud Engineer
17 51 (3.23%) Support Analyst
18 50 (3.17%) DevOps Engineer
18 50 (3.17%) VMware Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 73 (4.63%) .NET
2 55 (3.49%) Web Services
3 39 (2.47%) LDAP
4 37 (2.34%) JSON
5 28 (1.77%) Middleware
6 26 (1.65%) HTML
7 21 (1.33%) ASP.NET
8 19 (1.20%) REST
8 19 (1.20%) SOAP
8 19 (1.20%) XML
9 18 (1.14%) CSS
10 16 (1.01%) ARM Templates
11 15 (0.95%) SAML
12 14 (0.89%) YAML
13 13 (0.82%) RESTful
14 11 (0.70%) AngularJS
15 9 (0.57%) .NET Framework
16 8 (0.51%) HTML5
16 8 (0.51%) jQuery
17 7 (0.44%) SPNEGO
Miscellaneous
1 138 (8.75%) Data Centre
2 75 (4.75%) Clustering
3 55 (3.49%) Data Protection Act
4 51 (3.23%) PKI
5 40 (2.53%) Replication
6 36 (2.28%) Self-Motivation
7 33 (2.09%) Private Cloud
8 24 (1.52%) NHS
9 23 (1.46%) Management Information System
10 22 (1.39%) Video Conferencing
11 21 (1.33%) Greenfield Project
11 21 (1.33%) Public Cloud
12 17 (1.08%) Cloud Native
12 17 (1.08%) Hybrid Cloud
13 15 (0.95%) Driving Licence
13 15 (0.95%) Linux Command Line
14 13 (0.82%) Enterprise Software
15 12 (0.76%) Virtual Team
16 11 (0.70%) User Experience
17 9 (0.57%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 1,555 (98.54%) Windows
2 328 (20.79%) Linux
3 289 (18.31%) Windows Server 2012
4 248 (15.72%) Windows Server 2016
5 236 (14.96%) Windows 10
6 231 (14.64%) Windows Server 2019
7 144 (9.13%) Windows Server 2008
8 72 (4.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 72 (4.56%) Windows 7
9 45 (2.85%) Android
10 41 (2.60%) Unix
11 33 (2.09%) Apple iOS
12 29 (1.84%) Mac OS
13 26 (1.65%) Ubuntu
14 24 (1.52%) Windows Server 2003
15 17 (1.08%) CentOS
16 12 (0.76%) Solaris
16 12 (0.76%) Windows Vista
17 11 (0.70%) AIX
17 11 (0.70%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 359 (22.75%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 316 (20.03%) ITIL
3 212 (13.43%) Migration
4 155 (9.82%) DevOps
5 146 (9.25%) Agile Software Development
6 133 (8.43%) Problem-Solving
7 82 (5.20%) Project Delivery
8 77 (4.88%) Data Protection
9 76 (4.82%) Configuration Management
10 72 (4.56%) Service Management
11 69 (4.37%) High Availability
12 68 (4.31%) Disaster Recovery
13 66 (4.18%) Server Management
13 66 (4.18%) Service Delivery
14 63 (3.99%) Change Management
15 60 (3.80%) ITSM
16 50 (3.17%) Continuous Integration
16 50 (3.17%) Root Cause Analysis
17 43 (2.72%) Scrum
18 42 (2.66%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 423 (26.81%) PowerShell
2 257 (16.29%) SQL
3 82 (5.20%) Python
4 57 (3.61%) Bash Shell
5 50 (3.17%) C#
6 37 (2.34%) Shell Script
7 33 (2.09%) Java
8 31 (1.96%) JavaScript
9 26 (1.65%) VBScript
10 24 (1.52%) C
11 23 (1.46%) T-SQL
11 23 (1.46%) VB
12 19 (1.20%) VB.NET
13 13 (0.82%) R
14 12 (0.76%) C++
15 9 (0.57%) Perl
16 8 (0.51%) PL/SQL
17 7 (0.44%) TypeScript
18 6 (0.38%) PHP
19 5 (0.32%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 296 (18.76%) Security Cleared
2 198 (12.55%) SC Cleared
3 116 (7.35%) Microsoft Certification
4 85 (5.39%) DV Cleared
5 77 (4.88%) Cisco Certification
6 62 (3.93%) MCSE
7 59 (3.74%) CCNA
8 52 (3.30%) Degree
9 43 (2.72%) ITIL Certification
10 37 (2.34%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 27 (1.71%) MCITP
11 27 (1.71%) MCSA
12 22 (1.39%) DBS Check
13 19 (1.20%) CCNP
14 14 (0.89%) MCP
15 10 (0.63%) Citrix Certification
15 10 (0.63%) JNCIA
16 8 (0.51%) AWS Certification
16 8 (0.51%) MCTS
16 8 (0.51%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 79 (5.01%) SLA
2 21 (1.33%) GDPR
3 20 (1.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 20 (1.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 14 (0.89%) PCI DSS
5 12 (0.76%) QA
6 8 (0.51%) COBIT
6 8 (0.51%) NCSC
7 7 (0.44%) Cyber Essentials
8 3 (0.19%) PMO
9 2 (0.13%) Accessibility
9 2 (0.13%) Data Quality
9 2 (0.13%) HIPAA
9 2 (0.13%) ISO 22301
9 2 (0.13%) NIST
10 1 (0.063%) Def Stans
10 1 (0.063%) DICOM
10 1 (0.063%) GxP
10 1 (0.063%) HL7
10 1 (0.063%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 956 (60.58%) Active Directory
2 439 (27.82%) VMware Infrastructure
3 172 (10.90%) Hyper-V
4 122 (7.73%) vSphere
5 119 (7.54%) VMware ESXi
6 64 (4.06%) XenApp
7 56 (3.55%) Virtual Machines
8 43 (2.72%) Virtual Servers
9 39 (2.47%) VMware NSX
10 37 (2.34%) Virtual Desktop
11 36 (2.28%) Docker
12 33 (2.09%) XenDesktop
13 23 (1.46%) Microsoft App-V
14 17 (1.08%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 16 (1.01%) NFS
16 13 (0.82%) DFS Replication
17 11 (0.70%) BitLocker
17 11 (0.70%) Firmware
18 9 (0.57%) VMware Server
18 9 (0.57%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 251 (15.91%) SCCM
2 97 (6.15%) Ansible
2 97 (6.15%) Microsoft Intune
3 78 (4.94%) Active Directory Federation Services
4 63 (3.99%) Terraform
5 54 (3.42%) WSUS
6 51 (3.23%) SCOM
6 51 (3.23%) vCenter Server
7 42 (2.66%) Kubernetes
8 38 (2.41%) Microsoft Clustering
9 33 (2.09%) Puppet
10 30 (1.90%) Single Sign-On
11 29 (1.84%) vRealize
12 26 (1.65%) PowerCLI
13 20 (1.27%) NetBackup
14 17 (1.08%) Jamf Pro
14 17 (1.08%) Nessus
15 16 (1.01%) SCOrch
16 13 (0.82%) Failover Clustering
16 13 (0.82%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 698 (44.23%) Microsoft
2 697 (44.17%) VMware
3 246 (15.59%) Citrix
4 226 (14.32%) Cisco
5 115 (7.29%) Oracle
6 105 (6.65%) HP
7 81 (5.13%) Red Hat
8 75 (4.75%) Dell
9 53 (3.36%) NetApp
9 53 (3.36%) Veeam
10 50 (3.17%) McAfee
10 50 (3.17%) SolarWinds
11 45 (2.85%) ServiceNow
12 41 (2.60%) EMC
13 39 (2.47%) IBM
14 37 (2.34%) Symantec
15 34 (2.15%) Splunk
16 31 (1.96%) CheckPoint
16 31 (1.96%) SAP
17 30 (1.90%) Apple