Period
to 3 April 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 3 April 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
3 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 60 79 77
Rank change year-on-year +19 -2 -4
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 2,038 2,764 2,890
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 3.68% 3.14% 3.10%
As % of the Operating Systems category 18.08% 15.34% 14.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,416 1,931 1,935
Median daily rate £375 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +14.29% -
10th Percentile £154 £170 £163
90th Percentile £538 £538 £538
UK median daily rate £375 £390 £350
% change year-on-year -3.85% +11.43% +1.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 125 135 143
Median hourly rate £19.50 £20.25 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.70% +15.71% -7.89%
10th Percentile £13.49 £12.75 £11.50
90th Percentile £47.28 £48.75 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £22.40 £17.50
% change year-on-year -10.71% +28.00% -2.78%

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 11,272 18,019 19,576
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 20.34% 20.45% 20.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,999 11,455 12,576
Median daily rate £425 £438 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.86% - +3.55%
10th Percentile £143 £160 £180
90th Percentile £613 £625 £625
UK median daily rate £415 £425 £425
% change year-on-year -2.35% - +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 928 1,080 1,161
Median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.43
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +0.40% +4.06%
10th Percentile £11.63 £11.18 £11.17
90th Percentile £48.33 £48.75 £47.83
Median hourly rate £17.50 £17.42 £17.00
% change year-on-year +0.46% +2.47% +3.03%

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 3 April 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 3 April 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 3 April 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 +5 630 £385 -9.41% 171
South East +12 467 £394 -1.56% 165
North of England +34 380 £375 +3.81% 203
South West -9 249 £400 - 95
North West +33 208 £375 +3.45% 91
Midlands +9 163 £313 -10.71% 104
East of England +34 145 £325 - 59
Yorkshire +26 115 £325 -7.14% 69
West Midlands +14 88 £325 -9.72% 63
East Midlands +8 73 £300 -14.29% 40
North East +34 57 £375 +11.94% 43
Windows Server
UK

For the 6 months to 3 April 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 2,033 (99.75%) Windows
2 1,222 (59.96%) Active Directory
3 889 (43.62%) Microsoft
4 871 (42.74%) VMware
5 630 (30.91%) Office 365
6 602 (29.54%) Windows Server 2012
7 556 (27.28%) Azure
8 530 (26.01%) PowerShell
9 488 (23.95%) VMware Infrastructure
10 458 (22.47%) Windows Server 2008
11 439 (21.54%) Windows Server 2016
12 429 (21.05%) DNS
13 417 (20.46%) Windows 10
14 413 (20.26%) Security Cleared
15 389 (19.09%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 358 (17.57%) DHCP
17 344 (16.88%) Linux
18 337 (16.54%) SCCM
19 329 (16.14%) SQL
20 316 (15.51%) Citrix
21 307 (15.06%) SQL Server
21 307 (15.06%) Migration
22 302 (14.82%) ITIL
23 300 (14.72%) SC Cleared
24 292 (14.33%) MS Exchange
25 278 (13.64%) Hyper-V
26 268 (13.15%) Cisco
27 266 (13.05%) Windows 7
28 241 (11.83%) Firewall
29 226 (11.09%) AWS

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
1 292 (14.33%) MS Exchange
2 181 (8.88%) SharePoint
3 117 (5.74%) IIS
4 114 (5.59%) Skype for Business
5 60 (2.94%) Exchange Server 2010
6 54 (2.65%) Exchange Server 2013
7 34 (1.67%) Exchange Server 2003
8 31 (1.52%) Exchange Server 2007
9 26 (1.28%) Confluence
10 22 (1.08%) Apache
11 15 (0.74%) SharePoint Server
11 15 (0.74%) Tomcat
12 14 (0.69%) Documentum
13 12 (0.59%) SharePoint 2010
14 8 (0.39%) OpenStack
15 7 (0.34%) IBM Notes
16 6 (0.29%) Elasticsearch
16 6 (0.29%) WebLogic
17 5 (0.25%) JBoss
17 5 (0.25%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 211 (10.35%) Microsoft Office
2 53 (2.60%) Microsoft Excel
3 44 (2.16%) MS Visio
4 32 (1.57%) Microsoft Project
5 31 (1.52%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 22 (1.08%) Spreadsheet
7 20 (0.98%) Acrobat
8 3 (0.15%) Photoshop
9 2 (0.098%) AutoCAD
9 2 (0.098%) InfoPath
10 1 (0.049%) 3ds Max
10 1 (0.049%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 1 (0.049%) Revit
10 1 (0.049%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 27 (1.32%) Remedy ITSM
2 6 (0.29%) Dynamics CRM
3 4 (0.20%) Oracle Applications
4 3 (0.15%) Dynamics AX
4 3 (0.15%) Oracle Cash Management
5 2 (0.098%) Dynamics NAV
5 2 (0.098%) Oracle EBS
5 2 (0.098%) SnowdropKCS
5 2 (0.098%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 1 (0.049%) Carpe Diem
6 1 (0.049%) Elite 3E
6 1 (0.049%) Line 500
6 1 (0.049%) Oracle Receivables
6 1 (0.049%) Sentinel
6 1 (0.049%) Temenos T24
6 1 (0.049%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 630 (30.91%) Office 365
2 556 (27.28%) Azure
3 226 (11.09%) AWS
4 94 (4.61%) Azure Active Directory
5 87 (4.27%) IaaS
6 63 (3.09%) PaaS
7 48 (2.36%) SaaS
8 46 (2.26%) OneDrive
9 45 (2.21%) Power Platform
10 33 (1.62%) GCP
11 29 (1.42%) PowerApps
12 28 (1.37%) Mimecast
13 25 (1.23%) Cloud Computing
14 24 (1.18%) GitHub
15 17 (0.83%) Amazon EC2
16 14 (0.69%) G Suite
17 13 (0.64%) Serverless
18 11 (0.54%) AWS CloudFormation
18 11 (0.54%) AWS Lambda
18 11 (0.54%) Azure ExpressRoute
Communications & Networking
1 429 (21.05%) DNS
2 358 (17.57%) DHCP
3 241 (11.83%) Firewall
4 201 (9.86%) SAN
5 152 (7.46%) LAN
6 138 (6.77%) WAN
7 137 (6.72%) VPN
8 121 (5.94%) TCP/IP
9 120 (5.89%) Skype
10 63 (3.09%) VoIP
11 62 (3.04%) Remote Desktop
12 51 (2.50%) VLAN
13 48 (2.36%) NetScaler
14 46 (2.26%) Internet
15 34 (1.67%) Wireless
16 27 (1.32%) Network Security
16 27 (1.32%) Wi-Fi
17 24 (1.18%) MPLS
17 24 (1.18%) WebEx
18 23 (1.13%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 307 (15.06%) SQL Server
2 45 (2.21%) MySQL
3 36 (1.77%) SQL Server 2012
4 34 (1.67%) SQL Server 2016
5 33 (1.62%) Amazon RDS
6 30 (1.47%) Power BI
7 29 (1.42%) MongoDB
7 29 (1.42%) SQL Server 2008
8 25 (1.23%) PostgreSQL
9 24 (1.18%) Oracle Database
10 19 (0.93%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 18 (0.88%) Relational Database
12 16 (0.79%) SQL Server 2014
13 13 (0.64%) Azure SQL Database
13 13 (0.64%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 12 (0.59%) Data Warehouse
15 11 (0.54%) SQL Server 2017
16 10 (0.49%) Oracle Database 11g
16 10 (0.49%) SQL Server 2005
17 9 (0.44%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 58 (2.85%) Jenkins
2 42 (2.06%) JIRA
3 41 (2.01%) Git (software)
4 32 (1.57%) Octopus Deploy
5 31 (1.52%) GitLab
6 29 (1.42%) Team Foundation Server
7 25 (1.23%) Bitbucket
8 23 (1.13%) TeamCity
9 22 (1.08%) Subversion
10 20 (0.98%) Visual Studio
11 13 (0.64%) MSI
12 10 (0.49%) Visual Studio Team System
13 9 (0.44%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 9 (0.44%) Hudson
13 9 (0.44%) NUnit
14 7 (0.34%) IBM UrbanCode
14 7 (0.34%) Sonatype Nexus
15 6 (0.29%) Selenium
15 6 (0.29%) StarTeam
16 5 (0.25%) ReSharper
General
1 155 (7.61%) Finance
2 102 (5.00%) Public Sector
3 55 (2.70%) Banking
4 32 (1.57%) Telecoms
5 26 (1.28%) Law
6 22 (1.08%) Retail
7 18 (0.88%) Local Government
8 17 (0.83%) Front Office
9 15 (0.74%) Back Office
9 15 (0.74%) Legal
9 15 (0.74%) Manufacturing
10 10 (0.49%) Financial Institution
10 10 (0.49%) Marketing
11 8 (0.39%) Advertising
11 8 (0.39%) Investment Banking
12 7 (0.34%) Police
13 6 (0.29%) Electronics
13 6 (0.29%) Military
14 5 (0.25%) German Language
14 5 (0.25%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 331 (16.24%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 244 (11.97%) Support Engineer
3 185 (9.08%) Analyst
4 174 (8.54%) Windows Engineer
5 144 (7.07%) Server Engineer
6 120 (5.89%) 2nd Line Support
7 113 (5.54%) IT Support
8 111 (5.45%) Architect
8 111 (5.45%) Consultant
9 109 (5.35%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 98 (4.81%) IT Engineer
11 93 (4.56%) 3rd Line Support
12 77 (3.78%) Administrator
13 75 (3.68%) 2nd Line Engineer
14 69 (3.39%) Active Directory Engineer
14 69 (3.39%) Wintel Engineer
15 67 (3.29%) Windows Server Engineer
16 65 (3.19%) Support Analyst
17 64 (3.14%) Systems Engineer
18 62 (3.04%) IT Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 78 (3.83%) .NET
2 46 (2.26%) Web Services
3 34 (1.67%) Middleware
4 33 (1.62%) HTML
5 30 (1.47%) XML
6 29 (1.42%) LDAP
7 27 (1.32%) REST
8 26 (1.28%) .NET Framework
9 20 (0.98%) Elastic Stack
10 19 (0.93%) AngularJS
11 16 (0.79%) JSON
12 14 (0.69%) Entity Framework
13 13 (0.64%) WCF
13 13 (0.64%) WebSockets
14 12 (0.59%) Dapper ORM
14 12 (0.59%) NHibernate
14 12 (0.59%) OAuth
15 11 (0.54%) ADSI
15 11 (0.54%) ASP.NET Web API
16 10 (0.49%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 166 (8.15%) Data Centre
2 148 (7.26%) Analytical Skills
3 83 (4.07%) PKI
4 78 (3.83%) Clustering
5 59 (2.89%) Management Information System
6 58 (2.85%) Self-Motivation
7 49 (2.40%) Replication
8 34 (1.67%) Driving Licence
9 32 (1.57%) Blackberry
10 31 (1.52%) NHS
11 24 (1.18%) Enterprise Software
12 23 (1.13%) Public Cloud
13 21 (1.03%) PDA
13 21 (1.03%) Video Conferencing
14 20 (0.98%) User Experience
15 18 (0.88%) Hedge funds
16 15 (0.74%) Enterprise Storage
17 13 (0.64%) Fat Client
17 13 (0.64%) Hybrid Cloud
17 13 (0.64%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 2,033 (99.75%) Windows
2 602 (29.54%) Windows Server 2012
3 458 (22.47%) Windows Server 2008
4 439 (21.54%) Windows Server 2016
5 417 (20.46%) Windows 10
6 344 (16.88%) Linux
7 266 (13.05%) Windows 7
8 125 (6.13%) Windows Server 2003
9 121 (5.94%) Windows Server 2019
10 78 (3.83%) Unix
11 66 (3.24%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 44 (2.16%) Windows XP
13 42 (2.06%) Ubuntu
14 39 (1.91%) Windows Vista
15 35 (1.72%) Windows 8
16 28 (1.37%) VMS
17 27 (1.32%) Android
18 25 (1.23%) CentOS
19 24 (1.18%) Windows 2000
20 20 (0.98%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 389 (19.09%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 307 (15.06%) Migration
3 302 (14.82%) ITIL
4 216 (10.60%) Problem-Solving
5 149 (7.31%) Agile Software Development
6 123 (6.04%) DevOps
7 95 (4.66%) Configuration Management
8 92 (4.51%) High Availability
9 76 (3.73%) Disaster Recovery
10 67 (3.29%) Change Management
11 65 (3.19%) Incident Management
11 65 (3.19%) ITSM
11 65 (3.19%) Service Delivery
12 62 (3.04%) Project Delivery
13 61 (2.99%) Continuous Integration
13 61 (2.99%) Root Cause Analysis
13 61 (2.99%) Server Management
13 61 (2.99%) Service Management
14 55 (2.70%) Project Management
15 53 (2.60%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 530 (26.01%) PowerShell
2 329 (16.14%) SQL
3 80 (3.93%) Python
4 77 (3.78%) Bash Shell
5 56 (2.75%) C#
6 36 (1.77%) Java
7 35 (1.72%) JavaScript
8 34 (1.67%) VB
9 26 (1.28%) C
9 26 (1.28%) VBScript
10 25 (1.23%) PHP
11 17 (0.83%) Ruby
11 17 (0.83%) Shell Script
11 17 (0.83%) T-SQL
12 15 (0.74%) Perl
13 14 (0.69%) C++
14 11 (0.54%) TypeScript
15 8 (0.39%) Go
16 7 (0.34%) XPath
17 6 (0.29%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 413 (20.26%) Security Cleared
2 300 (14.72%) SC Cleared
3 188 (9.22%) Microsoft Certification
4 156 (7.65%) DV Cleared
5 112 (5.50%) MCSE
6 75 (3.68%) MCSA
7 69 (3.39%) Cisco Certification
8 61 (2.99%) Degree
9 58 (2.85%) CCNA
10 49 (2.40%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 35 (1.72%) ITIL Certification
12 27 (1.32%) CCNP
13 26 (1.28%) MCP
14 25 (1.23%) DBS Check
15 21 (1.03%) MCITP
16 19 (0.93%) Citrix Certification
17 15 (0.74%) CCA
18 13 (0.64%) Computer Science Degree
19 12 (0.59%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
20 11 (0.54%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 109 (5.35%) SLA
2 21 (1.03%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 19 (0.93%) Cyber Essentials
4 16 (0.79%) NCSC
5 15 (0.74%) GDPR
6 12 (0.59%) QA
7 11 (0.54%) PCI DSS
8 10 (0.49%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 8 (0.39%) Government Security Classifications
9 8 (0.39%) PMO
10 5 (0.25%) Data Quality
11 4 (0.20%) BS7799
11 4 (0.20%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 4 (0.20%) NIST
12 3 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 2 (0.098%) GxP
13 2 (0.098%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 2 (0.098%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 1 (0.049%) Disclosure Scotland
14 1 (0.049%) IFRS
System Software
1 1,222 (59.96%) Active Directory
2 488 (23.95%) VMware Infrastructure
3 278 (13.64%) Hyper-V
4 172 (8.44%) vSphere
5 156 (7.65%) VMware ESXi
6 119 (5.84%) XenApp
7 94 (4.61%) Virtual Machines
8 78 (3.83%) Docker
9 60 (2.94%) XenDesktop
10 59 (2.89%) Virtual Servers
11 40 (1.96%) Microsoft App-V
12 26 (1.28%) Virtual Desktop
13 25 (1.23%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 25 (1.23%) VMware NSX
14 22 (1.08%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 17 (0.83%) Firmware
16 14 (0.69%) DFS Replication
16 14 (0.69%) VMware Server
17 13 (0.64%) BitLocker
18 12 (0.59%) NFS
Systems Management
1 337 (16.54%) SCCM
2 109 (5.35%) SCOM
3 93 (4.56%) Ansible
4 80 (3.93%) WSUS
5 73 (3.58%) Puppet
6 65 (3.19%) Microsoft Intune
7 61 (2.99%) Terraform
8 55 (2.70%) vCenter Server
9 47 (2.31%) PowerCLI
10 44 (2.16%) Microsoft Clustering
11 38 (1.86%) Opscode Chef
12 35 (1.72%) Kubernetes
13 31 (1.52%) Single Sign-On
14 29 (1.42%) NetBackup
15 26 (1.28%) Failover Clustering
16 25 (1.23%) Forefront Identity Manager
16 25 (1.23%) vRealize
17 24 (1.18%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
18 23 (1.13%) Rancher
18 23 (1.13%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 889 (43.62%) Microsoft
2 871 (42.74%) VMware
3 316 (15.51%) Citrix
4 268 (13.15%) Cisco
5 147 (7.21%) HP
6 101 (4.96%) Oracle
7 81 (3.97%) NetApp
8 80 (3.93%) Dell
9 60 (2.94%) Apple
9 60 (2.94%) Red Hat
10 55 (2.70%) Google
11 53 (2.60%) Symantec
12 47 (2.31%) McAfee
13 45 (2.21%) EMC
14 41 (2.01%) Remedy
15 39 (1.91%) ServiceNow
16 36 (1.77%) SolarWinds
17 35 (1.72%) Sophos
18 32 (1.57%) Juniper
18 32 (1.57%) Veeam