Period
to 14 May 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 14 May 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
14 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 103 64 82
Rank change year-on-year -39 +18 -3
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 1,066 1,638 2,476
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 2.35% 3.62% 2.97%
As % of the Operating Systems category 14.60% 18.09% 14.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 758 1,173 1,712
10th Percentile £200 £163 £163
25th Percentile £309 £263 £300
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £400 £385 £400
Median % change year-on-year +3.90% -3.75% +14.29%
75th Percentile £500 £488 £480
90th Percentile £575 £550 £538
UK median daily rate £413 £388 £393
% change year-on-year +6.45% -1.27% +12.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 94 115
10th Percentile £13.10 £13.64 £11.10
25th Percentile £16.48 £16.00 £14.84
Median hourly rate £25.00 £19.50 £18.75
Median % change year-on-year +28.21% +4.00% +7.14%
75th Percentile £50.00 £31.25 £27.88
90th Percentile £60.23 £47.18 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £19.62
% change year-on-year +25.00% +1.96% +12.09%

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 7,300 9,057 16,664
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 16.09% 20.03% 19.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,826 5,958 10,878
10th Percentile £185 £148 £160
25th Percentile £328 £263 £318
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £425 £440
Median % change year-on-year +5.88% -3.41% +0.57%
75th Percentile £550 £532 £544
90th Percentile £638 £625 £625
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £430
% change year-on-year +5.88% -1.16% +1.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 359 667 936
10th Percentile £11.95 £11.63 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.83 £13.50 £13.00
Median hourly rate £17.77 £17.25 £17.00
Median % change year-on-year +3.01% +1.47% -
75th Percentile £43.38 £21.46 £28.75
90th Percentile £58.14 £47.25 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £17.77 £17.50 £16.77
% change year-on-year +1.54% +4.35% +1.64%

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 14 May 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 14 May 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 14 May 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 -72 392 £450 +12.50% 138
South East +7 263 £400 - 120
North of England -21 146 £366 +4.43% 160
Midlands -18 78 £284 -11.33% 122
South West -30 72 £350 -12.50% 64
Yorkshire +14 66 £373 +14.62% 52
North West -43 62 £325 -13.33% 95
East of England -10 55 £323 -4.22% 43
West Midlands -13 46 £363 +8.21% 72
East Midlands -5 31 £218 -28.69% 49
North East -4 18 £400 +6.67% 13
Windows Server
UK

For the 6 months to 14 May 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 1,057 (99.16%) Windows
2 614 (57.60%) Active Directory
3 526 (49.34%) Microsoft
4 482 (45.22%) VMware
5 394 (36.96%) Azure
6 346 (32.46%) Microsoft 365
7 342 (32.08%) VMware Infrastructure
8 323 (30.30%) PowerShell
9 273 (25.61%) Security Cleared
10 239 (22.42%) Windows Server 2012
11 231 (21.67%) Linux
12 224 (21.01%) Social Skills
13 223 (20.92%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 205 (19.23%) DNS
15 190 (17.82%) Windows 10
16 180 (16.89%) SCCM
17 176 (16.51%) Citrix
18 175 (16.42%) SQL Server
18 175 (16.42%) Migration
19 173 (16.23%) SQL
20 171 (16.04%) SC Cleared
21 170 (15.95%) Firewall
22 169 (15.85%) ITIL
22 169 (15.85%) Windows Server 2016
23 163 (15.29%) Hyper-V
24 161 (15.10%) Cisco
25 152 (14.26%) Windows Server 2008
26 142 (13.32%) DevOps
26 142 (13.32%) DHCP
27 126 (11.82%) Windows Server 2019

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
1 124 (11.63%) MS Exchange
2 119 (11.16%) SharePoint
3 62 (5.82%) IIS
4 32 (3.00%) Skype for Business
5 29 (2.72%) Exchange Server 2010
6 27 (2.53%) Exchange Server 2013
7 15 (1.41%) Confluence
8 12 (1.13%) MS Project Server
9 10 (0.94%) ArcGIS
9 10 (0.94%) Tomcat
10 9 (0.84%) Documentum
11 8 (0.75%) Apache
11 8 (0.75%) WebLogic
11 8 (0.75%) WebSphere
12 7 (0.66%) JBoss
13 6 (0.56%) Exchange Server 2003
13 6 (0.56%) Exchange Server 2007
13 6 (0.56%) Oracle Coherence
14 5 (0.47%) Drupal
14 5 (0.47%) OpenStack
Applications
1 101 (9.47%) Microsoft Office
2 25 (2.35%) Microsoft Excel
3 18 (1.69%) MS Visio
4 10 (0.94%) Photoshop
5 4 (0.38%) InfoPath
6 2 (0.19%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.094%) FileZilla
7 1 (0.094%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 5 (0.47%) Eikon
1 5 (0.47%) Refinitiv Enterprise Platform
2 2 (0.19%) Dynamics NAV
2 2 (0.19%) Oracle Payables
2 2 (0.19%) Salerio
2 2 (0.19%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 2 (0.19%) StreamServe
3 1 (0.094%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.094%) Maximo
3 1 (0.094%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.094%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 394 (36.96%) Azure
2 346 (32.46%) Microsoft 365
3 122 (11.44%) AWS
4 89 (8.35%) Azure Active Directory
5 52 (4.88%) SaaS
6 48 (4.50%) IaaS
7 41 (3.85%) PaaS
8 22 (2.06%) Mimecast
9 21 (1.97%) Power Platform
10 18 (1.69%) OneDrive
11 16 (1.50%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 14 (1.31%) AWS CloudFormation
13 13 (1.22%) GCP
14 12 (1.13%) Amazon EC2
14 12 (1.13%) Azure Stack
14 12 (1.13%) GitHub
15 9 (0.84%) Amazon S3
16 7 (0.66%) OpenShift
17 6 (0.56%) Google Workspace
17 6 (0.56%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 205 (19.23%) DNS
2 170 (15.95%) Firewall
3 142 (13.32%) DHCP
4 91 (8.54%) SAN
5 77 (7.22%) VPN
6 70 (6.57%) TCP/IP
7 69 (6.47%) LAN
8 67 (6.29%) WAN
9 43 (4.03%) Skype
10 27 (2.53%) Network Security
10 27 (2.53%) SNMP
10 27 (2.53%) VLAN
11 25 (2.35%) Remote Desktop
11 25 (2.35%) SMTP
12 24 (2.25%) NAS
13 20 (1.88%) VoIP
14 19 (1.78%) NetScaler
15 18 (1.69%) VSAN
16 17 (1.59%) Cisco ASA
17 15 (1.41%) POP3
Database & Business Intelligence
1 175 (16.42%) SQL Server
2 25 (2.35%) Oracle Database
3 20 (1.88%) MySQL
4 18 (1.69%) SQL Server 2008
5 17 (1.59%) Power BI
6 15 (1.41%) SQL Server 2012
6 15 (1.41%) SQL Server 2016
7 13 (1.22%) Oracle Database 11g
8 12 (1.13%) Azure SQL Database
9 11 (1.03%) Oracle Database 12c
9 11 (1.03%) Relational Database
10 9 (0.84%) GIS
11 8 (0.75%) PostgreSQL
12 7 (0.66%) Amazon RDS
13 6 (0.56%) SQL Server 2014
13 6 (0.56%) SQL Server 2017
13 6 (0.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 5 (0.47%) MongoDB
14 5 (0.47%) RDBMS
14 5 (0.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 44 (4.13%) Jenkins
2 32 (3.00%) JIRA
3 28 (2.63%) Git (software)
4 19 (1.78%) Bitbucket
5 18 (1.69%) GitLab
6 17 (1.59%) TeamCity
7 14 (1.31%) Octopus Deploy
7 14 (1.31%) SonarQube
8 9 (0.84%) Subversion
9 7 (0.66%) Visual Studio
10 6 (0.56%) IntelliJ
11 5 (0.47%) Chocolatey
11 5 (0.47%) Hudson
11 5 (0.47%) Sonatype Nexus
12 4 (0.38%) Oracle Forms
13 3 (0.28%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 3 (0.28%) Maven
13 3 (0.28%) MSI
14 2 (0.19%) Artifactory
14 2 (0.19%) Vagrant
General
1 224 (21.01%) Social Skills
2 118 (11.07%) Finance
3 52 (4.88%) Analytical Skills
4 45 (4.22%) Banking
5 43 (4.03%) Public Sector
6 31 (2.91%) Documentation Skills
7 28 (2.63%) Telecoms
8 25 (2.35%) Legal
9 22 (2.06%) Presentation Skills
10 20 (1.88%) Law
10 20 (1.88%) Organisational Skills
11 17 (1.59%) Retail
12 14 (1.31%) Influencing Skills
12 14 (1.31%) Manufacturing
13 13 (1.22%) Marketing
14 11 (1.03%) Electronics
15 9 (0.84%) Billing
16 8 (0.75%) Back Office
17 6 (0.56%) Financial Institution
18 5 (0.47%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 185 (17.35%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 116 (10.88%) Architect
3 96 (9.01%) Support Engineer
4 65 (6.10%) Windows Engineer
5 63 (5.91%) Administrator
6 62 (5.82%) Server Engineer
7 57 (5.35%) Azure Engineer
8 55 (5.16%) Infrastructure Architect
9 54 (5.07%) Analyst
10 51 (4.78%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 48 (4.50%) DevOps Engineer
12 47 (4.41%) Consultant
13 39 (3.66%) 3rd Line Support
14 38 (3.56%) VMware Engineer
15 35 (3.28%) Network Engineer
16 34 (3.19%) 2nd Line Support
17 33 (3.10%) Cloud Engineer
17 33 (3.10%) IT Engineer
18 32 (3.00%) Cloud Architect
18 32 (3.00%) Wintel Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (3.85%) Middleware
2 26 (2.44%) .NET
3 16 (1.50%) 802.1X
3 16 (1.50%) XML
4 15 (1.41%) Web Services
5 13 (1.22%) LDAP
6 12 (1.13%) JSON
7 11 (1.03%) ASP.NET
8 7 (0.66%) Software Packaging
9 6 (0.56%) AngularJS
9 6 (0.56%) CSS
9 6 (0.56%) Elastic Stack
9 6 (0.56%) HTML
9 6 (0.56%) REST
10 5 (0.47%) FIX Protocol
10 5 (0.47%) Java EE
10 5 (0.47%) SAML
11 4 (0.38%) jQuery
11 4 (0.38%) Kafka
11 4 (0.38%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 101 (9.47%) Data Centre
2 66 (6.19%) Clustering
3 35 (3.28%) Hybrid Cloud
3 35 (3.28%) PKI
4 28 (2.63%) Replication
5 27 (2.53%) Public Cloud
6 26 (2.44%) Management Information System
7 21 (1.97%) EMC VNX
7 21 (1.97%) Private Cloud
7 21 (1.97%) Self-Motivation
8 17 (1.59%) Cloud Native
9 13 (1.22%) Fat Client
9 13 (1.22%) NHS
9 13 (1.22%) Thin Client
9 13 (1.22%) User Experience
10 11 (1.03%) Linux Command Line
11 9 (0.84%) Video Conferencing
12 7 (0.66%) Client/Server
12 7 (0.66%) HP Storage
12 7 (0.66%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 1,057 (99.16%) Windows
2 239 (22.42%) Windows Server 2012
3 231 (21.67%) Linux
4 190 (17.82%) Windows 10
5 169 (15.85%) Windows Server 2016
6 152 (14.26%) Windows Server 2008
7 126 (11.82%) Windows Server 2019
8 77 (7.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 52 (4.88%) Windows 7
10 49 (4.60%) Windows Server 2003
11 40 (3.75%) Unix
12 20 (1.88%) Windows XP
13 18 (1.69%) Android
14 16 (1.50%) CentOS
15 15 (1.41%) Apple iOS
15 15 (1.41%) Solaris
16 13 (1.22%) Windows Vista
17 8 (0.75%) AIX
18 6 (0.56%) Mac OS X
18 6 (0.56%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 223 (20.92%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 175 (16.42%) Migration
3 169 (15.85%) ITIL
4 142 (13.32%) DevOps
5 102 (9.57%) Agile Software Development
6 95 (8.91%) Problem-Solving
7 66 (6.19%) Disaster Recovery
8 59 (5.53%) Configuration Management
9 51 (4.78%) Change Management
10 47 (4.41%) Service Delivery
11 45 (4.22%) Service Management
12 44 (4.13%) Project Delivery
13 41 (3.85%) Cybersecurity
14 37 (3.47%) Incident Management
15 36 (3.38%) High Availability
16 33 (3.10%) Root Cause Analysis
16 33 (3.10%) Server Management
17 32 (3.00%) Load Balancing
17 32 (3.00%) Scrum
18 31 (2.91%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 323 (30.30%) PowerShell
2 173 (16.23%) SQL
3 59 (5.53%) Python
4 32 (3.00%) Shell Script
5 25 (2.35%) Java
6 20 (1.88%) C
7 19 (1.78%) Bash Shell
7 19 (1.78%) VB
8 18 (1.69%) C#
9 13 (1.22%) T-SQL
10 12 (1.13%) VBScript
11 11 (1.03%) JavaScript
12 9 (0.84%) PL/SQL
12 9 (0.84%) TypeScript
13 8 (0.75%) Ruby
14 7 (0.66%) C++
14 7 (0.66%) Perl
15 4 (0.38%) PHP
16 3 (0.28%) VB.NET
17 2 (0.19%) VBA
Qualifications
1 273 (25.61%) Security Cleared
2 171 (16.04%) SC Cleared
3 94 (8.82%) DV Cleared
4 87 (8.16%) Microsoft Certification
5 54 (5.07%) Degree
6 43 (4.03%) Cisco Certification
7 35 (3.28%) MCSE
8 28 (2.63%) CCNA
9 27 (2.53%) ITIL Certification
9 27 (2.53%) MCSA
10 24 (2.25%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 23 (2.16%) CCNP
12 21 (1.97%) Computer Science Degree
13 13 (1.22%) DBS Check
14 12 (1.13%) MCITP
15 8 (0.75%) AWS Certification
15 8 (0.75%) Citrix Certification
15 8 (0.75%) VCP6
16 6 (0.56%) CISSP
16 6 (0.56%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 58 (5.44%) SLA
2 19 (1.78%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 13 (1.22%) GDPR
4 8 (0.75%) COBIT
4 8 (0.75%) PCI DSS
5 7 (0.66%) Cyber Essentials
5 7 (0.66%) QA
5 7 (0.66%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 6 (0.56%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 6 (0.56%) NIST
7 4 (0.38%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 2 (0.19%) Data Quality
8 2 (0.19%) Government Security Classifications
8 2 (0.19%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 2 (0.19%) ISO 22301
8 2 (0.19%) PMO
9 1 (0.094%) Disclosure Scotland
9 1 (0.094%) GxP
System Software
1 614 (57.60%) Active Directory
2 342 (32.08%) VMware Infrastructure
3 163 (15.29%) Hyper-V
4 120 (11.26%) VMware ESXi
5 70 (6.57%) vSphere
6 51 (4.78%) XenApp
7 49 (4.60%) Virtual Machines
8 41 (3.85%) Microsoft App-V
9 40 (3.75%) Docker
10 30 (2.81%) VMware NSX
11 29 (2.72%) Virtual Desktop
12 21 (1.97%) XenDesktop
13 19 (1.78%) Virtual Servers
14 15 (1.41%) VMware Server
15 10 (0.94%) Firmware
16 9 (0.84%) BitLocker
16 9 (0.84%) DFS Replication
17 8 (0.75%) Microsoft Virtual Server
18 6 (0.56%) Terminal Services
18 6 (0.56%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 180 (16.89%) SCCM
2 91 (8.54%) Ansible
3 78 (7.32%) Terraform
4 63 (5.91%) Microsoft Intune
5 45 (4.22%) SCOM
5 45 (4.22%) vCenter Server
6 43 (4.03%) Puppet
7 36 (3.38%) Kubernetes
8 35 (3.28%) Microsoft Clustering
9 33 (3.10%) vRealize
10 27 (2.53%) WSUS
11 24 (2.25%) PowerCLI
12 22 (2.06%) Failover Clustering
13 19 (1.78%) Opscode Chef
14 15 (1.41%) IBM BigFix
15 14 (1.31%) NetBackup
15 14 (1.31%) OpenView Configuration Management
16 13 (1.22%) McAfee ePO
17 11 (1.03%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
18 10 (0.94%) vRealize Orchestrator
Vendors
1 526 (49.34%) Microsoft
2 482 (45.22%) VMware
3 176 (16.51%) Citrix
4 161 (15.10%) Cisco
5 99 (9.29%) Oracle
6 68 (6.38%) Red Hat
7 63 (5.91%) Dell
8 54 (5.07%) EMC
9 51 (4.78%) HP
10 48 (4.50%) NetApp
11 38 (3.56%) Veeam
12 36 (3.38%) McAfee
13 32 (3.00%) IBM
14 31 (2.91%) Symantec
15 29 (2.72%) Ivanti
16 28 (2.63%) Apple
17 24 (2.25%) SAP
18 20 (1.88%) Google
18 20 (1.88%) Lumension
18 20 (1.88%) Splunk