Period
to 24 July 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 24 July 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
24 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 104 69 78
Rank change year-on-year -35 +9 0
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 1,334 1,126 2,576
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 2.36% 3.37% 3.07%
As % of the Operating Systems category 14.88% 17.37% 15.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 934 788 1,775
10th Percentile £185 £171 £163
25th Percentile £300 £263 £270
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £410 £400 £380
Median % change year-on-year +2.50% +5.26% +8.57%
75th Percentile £500 £500 £488
90th Percentile £585 £550 £550
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 51 59 123
10th Percentile £15.00 £14.33 £12.17
25th Percentile £16.37 £16.71 £15.12
Median hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £18.50
Median % change year-on-year - +8.11% -7.50%
75th Percentile £40.66 £39.31 £26.50
90th Percentile £51.63 £47.83 £46.88
UK median hourly rate £21.00 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +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 8,963 6,484 16,643
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 15.84% 19.42% 19.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,918 4,345 10,817
10th Percentile £181 £161 £158
25th Percentile £350 £313 £310
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £470 £450 £438
Median % change year-on-year +4.44% +2.86% -
75th Percentile £575 £538 £547
90th Percentile £653 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £472 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +7.89% +2.94% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 469 377 964
10th Percentile £11.87 £11.71 £11.25
25th Percentile £13.40 £13.49 £13.25
Median hourly rate £17.50 £17.75 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year -1.41% +1.43% -
75th Percentile £39.50 £24.35 £33.56
90th Percentile £60.00 £47.83 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -2.78% +2.86% +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 24 July 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 24 July 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 24 July 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 -78 449 £470 +12.91% 155
South East +6 336 £400 - 188
North of England -11 217 £400 +14.29% 281
North West -17 105 £413 +17.86% 160
Midlands -10 98 £300 -7.69% 163
South West -40 90 £375 -8.59% 112
Yorkshire +18 89 £365 +8.96% 86
East of England -14 70 £315 -7.35% 68
West Midlands -25 54 £313 -3.85% 104
East Midlands -4 43 £263 -19.23% 59
North East -1 23 £400 - 35
Windows Server
UK

For the 6 months to 24 July 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 1,310 (98.20%) Windows
2 780 (58.47%) Active Directory
3 608 (45.58%) VMware
4 607 (45.50%) Microsoft
5 478 (35.83%) Azure
6 413 (30.96%) VMware Infrastructure
7 411 (30.81%) Microsoft 365
8 398 (29.84%) PowerShell
9 310 (23.24%) Security Cleared
10 292 (21.89%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 288 (21.59%) Linux
12 282 (21.14%) Social Skills
13 251 (18.82%) Windows Server 2012
14 248 (18.59%) DNS
15 220 (16.49%) Citrix
16 215 (16.12%) SQL
17 213 (15.97%) ITIL
17 213 (15.97%) SCCM
18 208 (15.59%) SQL Server
19 199 (14.92%) SC Cleared
20 198 (14.84%) DHCP
21 191 (14.32%) Firewall
22 188 (14.09%) Migration
22 188 (14.09%) Hyper-V
23 185 (13.87%) Windows 10
24 181 (13.57%) Windows Server 2016
25 179 (13.42%) Windows Server 2019
26 171 (12.82%) Cisco
27 164 (12.29%) MS Exchange
28 156 (11.69%) DevOps

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
1 164 (12.29%) MS Exchange
2 137 (10.27%) SharePoint
3 61 (4.57%) IIS
4 33 (2.47%) Skype for Business
5 32 (2.40%) Exchange Server 2013
6 31 (2.32%) Exchange Server 2010
7 22 (1.65%) Confluence
8 14 (1.05%) MS Project Server
9 13 (0.97%) Apache
9 13 (0.97%) Tomcat
10 12 (0.90%) WebSphere
11 11 (0.82%) WebLogic
12 9 (0.67%) Oracle Coherence
13 8 (0.60%) Documentum
14 7 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2007
15 6 (0.45%) Exchange Server 2003
16 5 (0.37%) ArcGIS
16 5 (0.37%) JBoss
16 5 (0.37%) nginx
16 5 (0.37%) OpenStack
Applications
1 118 (8.85%) Microsoft Office
2 24 (1.80%) Microsoft Excel
3 17 (1.27%) MS Visio
4 5 (0.37%) Photoshop
5 4 (0.30%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 3 (0.22%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.075%) FileZilla
7 1 (0.075%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.075%) Microsoft Project
7 1 (0.075%) NUKE
Business Applications
1 5 (0.37%) Eikon
1 5 (0.37%) Refinitiv Enterprise Platform
2 3 (0.22%) Dynamics NAV
2 3 (0.22%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.15%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.15%) Oracle Payables
3 2 (0.15%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 2 (0.15%) StreamServe
4 1 (0.075%) Maximo
4 1 (0.075%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 478 (35.83%) Azure
2 411 (30.81%) Microsoft 365
3 149 (11.17%) AWS
4 120 (9.00%) Azure Active Directory
5 63 (4.72%) IaaS
6 56 (4.20%) PaaS
6 56 (4.20%) SaaS
7 32 (2.40%) Mimecast
8 23 (1.72%) OneDrive
9 21 (1.57%) GCP
10 18 (1.35%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 16 (1.20%) GitHub
11 16 (1.20%) Power Platform
12 12 (0.90%) Amazon EC2
12 12 (0.90%) Google Workspace
13 11 (0.82%) Amazon S3
14 10 (0.75%) Azure Stack
14 10 (0.75%) Cloud Computing
15 9 (0.67%) AWS CloudFormation
16 8 (0.60%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 248 (18.59%) DNS
2 198 (14.84%) DHCP
3 191 (14.32%) Firewall
4 107 (8.02%) SAN
5 106 (7.95%) VPN
6 98 (7.35%) TCP/IP
7 82 (6.15%) LAN
8 79 (5.92%) WAN
9 50 (3.75%) Skype
10 37 (2.77%) Remote Desktop
11 36 (2.70%) Network Security
12 31 (2.32%) VLAN
13 30 (2.25%) VoIP
14 26 (1.95%) NAS
14 26 (1.95%) Wi-Fi
15 24 (1.80%) Wireless
16 23 (1.72%) HTTP
16 23 (1.72%) NetScaler
16 23 (1.72%) SNMP
17 22 (1.65%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 208 (15.59%) SQL Server
2 50 (3.75%) MySQL
3 34 (2.55%) Oracle Database
4 33 (2.47%) SQL Server 2012
5 29 (2.17%) SQL Server 2016
6 23 (1.72%) MongoDB
7 22 (1.65%) SQL Server 2008
8 21 (1.57%) Oracle Database 12c
9 19 (1.42%) PostgreSQL
9 19 (1.42%) Relational Database
10 16 (1.20%) Oracle Database 11g
10 16 (1.20%) RavenDB
11 15 (1.12%) Power BI
12 13 (0.97%) SQL Server 2014
12 13 (0.97%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 12 (0.90%) SQL Server 2019
13 12 (0.90%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 11 (0.82%) Azure SQL Database
15 10 (0.75%) SQL Server 2017
16 9 (0.67%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 52 (3.90%) Jenkins
2 48 (3.60%) Git (software)
3 39 (2.92%) JIRA
4 22 (1.65%) Bitbucket
4 22 (1.65%) TeamCity
5 19 (1.42%) Visual Studio
6 17 (1.27%) GitLab
6 17 (1.27%) SonarQube
7 10 (0.75%) Octopus Deploy
7 10 (0.75%) Subversion
8 9 (0.67%) IntelliJ
9 7 (0.52%) Chocolatey
10 4 (0.30%) Oracle Forms
10 4 (0.30%) Sonatype Nexus
11 3 (0.22%) InstallShield
11 3 (0.22%) Log4j
11 3 (0.22%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 3 (0.22%) Team Foundation Server
11 3 (0.22%) Toad
12 2 (0.15%) Serena SBM
General
1 282 (21.14%) Social Skills
2 119 (8.92%) Finance
3 65 (4.87%) Public Sector
4 53 (3.97%) Analytical Skills
5 46 (3.45%) Banking
6 40 (3.00%) Documentation Skills
7 27 (2.02%) Presentation Skills
8 22 (1.65%) Telecoms
9 21 (1.57%) Retail
10 20 (1.50%) Organisational Skills
11 17 (1.27%) Legal
12 14 (1.05%) Law
13 12 (0.90%) Influencing Skills
14 11 (0.82%) Marketing
15 10 (0.75%) Manufacturing
16 9 (0.67%) Back Office
17 8 (0.60%) Electronics
18 6 (0.45%) Military
19 5 (0.37%) Pharmaceutical
20 4 (0.30%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 241 (18.07%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 137 (10.27%) Support Engineer
3 121 (9.07%) Architect
4 79 (5.92%) Analyst
5 74 (5.55%) Windows Engineer
6 68 (5.10%) Azure Engineer
6 68 (5.10%) Server Engineer
7 65 (4.87%) Administrator
8 61 (4.57%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 61 (4.57%) Infrastructure Architect
9 60 (4.50%) Consultant
10 58 (4.35%) IT Engineer
11 57 (4.27%) IT Support
12 52 (3.90%) 2nd Line Support
12 52 (3.90%) 3rd Line Support
13 51 (3.82%) DevOps Engineer
14 48 (3.60%) Wintel Engineer
15 45 (3.37%) VMware Engineer
16 41 (3.07%) Cloud Engineer
16 41 (3.07%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 51 (3.82%) .NET
2 33 (2.47%) Web Services
3 32 (2.40%) Middleware
4 31 (2.32%) JSON
5 28 (2.10%) LDAP
6 24 (1.80%) XML
7 17 (1.27%) ASP.NET
8 15 (1.12%) REST
9 14 (1.05%) SOAP
10 12 (0.90%) 802.1X
10 12 (0.90%) HTML
11 10 (0.75%) YAML
12 9 (0.67%) AngularJS
13 8 (0.60%) CSS
14 7 (0.52%) LAMP
14 7 (0.52%) Software Packaging
15 6 (0.45%) Kafka
15 6 (0.45%) Node.js
15 6 (0.45%) WebSphere MQ
16 5 (0.37%) VXML
Miscellaneous
1 118 (8.85%) Data Centre
2 75 (5.62%) Clustering
3 44 (3.30%) PKI
4 30 (2.25%) Data Protection Act
4 30 (2.25%) Public Cloud
5 28 (2.10%) Replication
6 27 (2.02%) Self-Motivation
7 26 (1.95%) Hybrid Cloud
7 26 (1.95%) Management Information System
8 23 (1.72%) Private Cloud
9 21 (1.57%) Cloud Native
10 17 (1.27%) NHS
11 15 (1.12%) User Experience
11 15 (1.12%) Video Conferencing
12 13 (0.97%) Greenfield Project
13 11 (0.82%) Linux Command Line
14 9 (0.67%) Virtual Team
15 8 (0.60%) Driving Licence
15 8 (0.60%) EMC VNX
15 8 (0.60%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 1,310 (98.20%) Windows
2 288 (21.59%) Linux
3 251 (18.82%) Windows Server 2012
4 185 (13.87%) Windows 10
5 181 (13.57%) Windows Server 2016
6 179 (13.42%) Windows Server 2019
7 138 (10.34%) Windows Server 2008
8 77 (5.77%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 51 (3.82%) Windows 7
10 50 (3.75%) Windows Server 2003
11 43 (3.22%) Unix
12 27 (2.02%) Android
13 21 (1.57%) Apple iOS
14 19 (1.42%) CentOS
14 19 (1.42%) Solaris
15 16 (1.20%) Windows Vista
16 15 (1.12%) Ubuntu
17 14 (1.05%) Windows XP
18 9 (0.67%) AIX
18 9 (0.67%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 292 (21.89%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 213 (15.97%) ITIL
3 188 (14.09%) Migration
4 156 (11.69%) DevOps
5 123 (9.22%) Agile Software Development
6 111 (8.32%) Problem-Solving
7 78 (5.85%) Configuration Management
8 63 (4.72%) High Availability
9 57 (4.27%) Disaster Recovery
10 55 (4.12%) Change Management
11 54 (4.05%) Data Protection
11 54 (4.05%) Server Management
11 54 (4.05%) Service Management
12 52 (3.90%) Service Delivery
13 49 (3.67%) Project Delivery
14 48 (3.60%) Scrum
15 47 (3.52%) Continuous Integration
16 43 (3.22%) Root Cause Analysis
17 42 (3.15%) Cybersecurity
17 42 (3.15%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 398 (29.84%) PowerShell
2 215 (16.12%) SQL
3 72 (5.40%) Python
4 45 (3.37%) Shell Script
5 43 (3.22%) Bash Shell
6 39 (2.92%) Java
7 38 (2.85%) C#
8 19 (1.42%) JavaScript
9 18 (1.35%) VBScript
10 17 (1.27%) T-SQL
10 17 (1.27%) VB
11 15 (1.12%) C
12 12 (0.90%) PL/SQL
13 11 (0.82%) C++
13 11 (0.82%) Perl
14 10 (0.75%) TypeScript
15 7 (0.52%) Ruby
16 6 (0.45%) PHP
16 6 (0.45%) VB.NET
17 4 (0.30%) VBA
Qualifications
1 310 (23.24%) Security Cleared
2 199 (14.92%) SC Cleared
3 106 (7.95%) Microsoft Certification
4 96 (7.20%) DV Cleared
5 65 (4.87%) Degree
6 55 (4.12%) Cisco Certification
7 54 (4.05%) MCSE
8 42 (3.15%) CCNA
9 38 (2.85%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 35 (2.62%) ITIL Certification
11 31 (2.32%) MCSA
12 22 (1.65%) CCNP
13 18 (1.35%) Computer Science Degree
14 17 (1.27%) DBS Check
14 17 (1.27%) MCITP
15 11 (0.82%) AWS Certification
16 8 (0.60%) Numerate Degree
17 7 (0.52%) Citrix Certification
17 7 (0.52%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
18 6 (0.45%) VCP6
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 56 (4.20%) SLA
2 22 (1.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 16 (1.20%) QA
4 14 (1.05%) GDPR
5 12 (0.90%) PCI DSS
5 12 (0.90%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 8 (0.60%) NCSC
7 7 (0.52%) COBIT
8 6 (0.45%) Cyber Essentials
9 5 (0.37%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 4 (0.30%) NIST
10 4 (0.30%) PMO
11 3 (0.22%) ISO 22301
12 1 (0.075%) Accessibility
12 1 (0.075%) Data Quality
12 1 (0.075%) Def Stans
12 1 (0.075%) Disclosure Scotland
12 1 (0.075%) Government Security Classifications
12 1 (0.075%) IFRS
12 1 (0.075%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 780 (58.47%) Active Directory
2 413 (30.96%) VMware Infrastructure
3 188 (14.09%) Hyper-V
4 135 (10.12%) VMware ESXi
5 100 (7.50%) vSphere
6 61 (4.57%) XenApp
7 59 (4.42%) Virtual Machines
8 47 (3.52%) Microsoft App-V
9 36 (2.70%) Docker
10 35 (2.62%) Virtual Servers
11 34 (2.55%) VMware NSX
12 31 (2.32%) Virtual Desktop
13 27 (2.02%) XenDesktop
14 16 (1.20%) VMware Server
15 14 (1.05%) DFS Replication
16 13 (0.97%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 11 (0.82%) Firmware
18 10 (0.75%) VMware Workstation
19 8 (0.60%) Terminal Services
20 7 (0.52%) NFS
Systems Management
1 213 (15.97%) SCCM
2 96 (7.20%) Ansible
3 75 (5.62%) Terraform
4 61 (4.57%) Microsoft Intune
5 58 (4.35%) Active Directory Federation Services
5 58 (4.35%) SCOM
6 49 (3.67%) vCenter Server
7 48 (3.60%) WSUS
8 40 (3.00%) Kubernetes
9 38 (2.85%) Puppet
10 33 (2.47%) vRealize
11 29 (2.17%) Microsoft Clustering
12 26 (1.95%) Failover Clustering
12 26 (1.95%) PowerCLI
13 20 (1.50%) Single Sign-On
14 15 (1.12%) NetBackup
14 15 (1.12%) OpenView Configuration Management
15 13 (0.97%) SCVMM
16 12 (0.90%) SCOrch
17 11 (0.82%) Nagios
Vendors
1 608 (45.58%) VMware
2 607 (45.50%) Microsoft
3 220 (16.49%) Citrix
4 171 (12.82%) Cisco
5 111 (8.32%) Oracle
6 76 (5.70%) HP
7 72 (5.40%) Red Hat
8 65 (4.87%) Dell
9 61 (4.57%) NetApp
10 48 (3.60%) EMC
11 45 (3.37%) McAfee
12 41 (3.07%) IBM
13 37 (2.77%) Veeam
14 35 (2.62%) Symantec
15 29 (2.17%) Ivanti
16 28 (2.10%) Google
16 28 (2.10%) SAP
17 27 (2.02%) ServiceNow
18 26 (1.95%) Apple
19 23 (1.72%) Splunk