Period
to 25 February 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 25 February 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
25 Feb 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 105 62 75
Rank change year-on-year -43 +13 +1
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 856 2,219 2,913
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 2.24% 3.59% 3.23%
As % of the Operating Systems category 12.91% 17.71% 15.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 736 1,638 2,066
Median daily rate £400 £375 £395
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% -5.06% +12.86%
10th Percentile £200 £155 £170
90th Percentile £538 £550 £544
UK median daily rate £410 £375 £388
% change year-on-year +9.33% -3.23% +10.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 113 129
Median hourly rate £28.25 £19.00 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +48.68% -11.63% +30.30%
10th Percentile £12.98 £13.49 £12.75
90th Percentile £60.35 £44.90 £49.50
UK median hourly rate £29.65 £19.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year +52.05% -13.33% +35.30%

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 6,633 12,530 18,647
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 17.36% 20.28% 20.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,298 8,096 11,992
Median daily rate £438 £414 £433
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.80% -4.39% +1.76%
10th Percentile £168 £140 £160
90th Percentile £625 £600 £613
UK median daily rate £440 £410 £425
% change year-on-year +7.32% -3.53% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 375 941 1,130
Median hourly rate £17.43 £17.10 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.93% +0.59% +3.03%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.61 £11.17
90th Percentile £55.00 £47.83 £47.50
Median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.77
% change year-on-year - +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 25 February 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 25 February 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 25 February 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 -56 320 £450 +12.50% 122
South East -3 213 £400 - 126
North of England -46 103 £313 -13.19% 176
Midlands -20 77 £291 -6.80% 93
South West -19 64 £350 -7.89% 54
North West -42 53 £325 -13.33% 92
West Midlands -12 49 £325 +1.56% 60
East of England -19 44 £325 - 46
Yorkshire -21 36 £285 -12.31% 65
East Midlands -11 28 £265 -15.20% 33
North East -1 14 £325 -13.33% 19
Windows Server
UK

For the 6 months to 25 February 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.

1 845 (98.71%) Windows
2 471 (55.02%) Active Directory
3 440 (51.40%) Microsoft
4 389 (45.44%) VMware
5 308 (35.98%) Azure
6 271 (31.66%) VMware Infrastructure
7 267 (31.19%) PowerShell
8 260 (30.37%) Microsoft 365
9 223 (26.05%) Security Cleared
10 218 (25.47%) Windows Server 2012
11 186 (21.73%) Linux
12 182 (21.26%) Windows 10
13 181 (21.14%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 166 (19.39%) SQL Server
15 162 (18.93%) Migration
16 161 (18.81%) DNS
17 157 (18.34%) Windows Server 2016
18 153 (17.87%) SQL
19 149 (17.41%) Cisco
19 149 (17.41%) Firewall
20 148 (17.29%) SC Cleared
21 139 (16.24%) SCCM
22 125 (14.60%) DevOps
22 125 (14.60%) ITIL
23 123 (14.37%) Windows Server 2008
24 116 (13.55%) DHCP
25 110 (12.85%) Hyper-V
26 107 (12.50%) Windows Server 2019
27 104 (12.15%) Citrix
28 101 (11.80%) 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 92 (10.75%) MS Exchange
2 88 (10.28%) SharePoint
3 60 (7.01%) IIS
4 28 (3.27%) Exchange Server 2010
4 28 (3.27%) Skype for Business
5 15 (1.75%) Exchange Server 2013
6 14 (1.64%) ArcGIS
7 8 (0.93%) Confluence
7 8 (0.93%) WebSphere
8 7 (0.82%) Apache
9 6 (0.70%) JBoss
10 5 (0.58%) Documentum
10 5 (0.58%) Elasticsearch
10 5 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2003
10 5 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2007
10 5 (0.58%) Tomcat
11 4 (0.47%) nginx
11 4 (0.47%) WebLogic
12 3 (0.35%) IBM Transformation Extender
12 3 (0.35%) NetWeaver
Applications
1 87 (10.16%) Microsoft Office
2 30 (3.50%) Microsoft Excel
3 28 (3.27%) MS Visio
4 14 (1.64%) Photoshop
5 9 (1.05%) SOLIDWORKS
6 4 (0.47%) InfoPath
7 2 (0.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 2 (0.23%) Microsoft Project
8 1 (0.12%) Acrobat
8 1 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (0.58%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.35%) Infor M3
3 2 (0.23%) Salerio
4 1 (0.12%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.12%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.12%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.12%) Orchard Housing
4 1 (0.12%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.12%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 308 (35.98%) Azure
2 260 (30.37%) Microsoft 365
3 82 (9.58%) Azure Active Directory
4 80 (9.35%) AWS
5 47 (5.49%) SaaS
6 46 (5.37%) IaaS
7 35 (4.09%) PaaS
8 22 (2.57%) GitHub
9 19 (2.22%) Power Platform
10 16 (1.87%) OneDrive
11 14 (1.64%) AWS CloudFormation
12 13 (1.52%) Mimecast
13 11 (1.29%) Azure Stack
14 9 (1.05%) Azure ExpressRoute
14 9 (1.05%) Power Automate
15 8 (0.93%) GCP
16 7 (0.82%) Amazon EC2
16 7 (0.82%) Amazon GuardDuty
17 5 (0.58%) G Suite
17 5 (0.58%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 161 (18.81%) DNS
2 149 (17.41%) Firewall
3 116 (13.55%) DHCP
4 80 (9.35%) VPN
5 73 (8.53%) LAN
5 73 (8.53%) SAN
6 68 (7.94%) WAN
7 54 (6.31%) TCP/IP
8 47 (5.49%) VLAN
9 34 (3.97%) Skype
10 30 (3.50%) SNMP
11 25 (2.92%) Network Security
11 25 (2.92%) SMTP
12 19 (2.22%) Remote Desktop
13 18 (2.10%) VSAN
14 17 (1.99%) IPsec
14 17 (1.99%) POP3
14 17 (1.99%) VoIP
15 16 (1.87%) Cisco ASA
15 16 (1.87%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 166 (19.39%) SQL Server
2 19 (2.22%) SQL Server 2012
3 18 (2.10%) Oracle Database
3 18 (2.10%) SQL Server 2016
4 15 (1.75%) Power BI
4 15 (1.75%) SQL Server 2008
5 14 (1.64%) Azure SQL Database
6 11 (1.29%) MySQL
7 8 (0.93%) GIS
7 8 (0.93%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 7 (0.82%) DB2
8 7 (0.82%) PostgreSQL
8 7 (0.82%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 6 (0.70%) Relational Database
10 5 (0.58%) Amazon RDS
10 5 (0.58%) Oracle Database 11g
10 5 (0.58%) RDBMS
11 4 (0.47%) Data Warehouse
11 4 (0.47%) MongoDB
11 4 (0.47%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 42 (4.91%) Jenkins
2 38 (4.44%) JIRA
3 30 (3.50%) GitLab
4 27 (3.15%) Git (software)
5 17 (1.99%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 14 (1.64%) Oracle Forms
7 11 (1.29%) Bitbucket
7 11 (1.29%) Octopus Deploy
8 10 (1.17%) TeamCity
9 8 (0.93%) Hudson
10 6 (0.70%) Subversion
11 5 (0.58%) Sonatype Nexus
12 4 (0.47%) MSI
12 4 (0.47%) SonarQube
13 3 (0.35%) Chocolatey
14 2 (0.23%) SoapUI
14 2 (0.23%) VSS/SourceSafe
15 1 (0.12%) Mercurial
15 1 (0.12%) SpecFlow
15 1 (0.12%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 99 (11.57%) Finance
2 51 (5.96%) Public Sector
3 40 (4.67%) Banking
4 30 (3.50%) Telecoms
5 24 (2.80%) Legal
6 23 (2.69%) Law
7 16 (1.87%) Manufacturing
8 14 (1.64%) Electronics
8 14 (1.64%) Marketing
9 13 (1.52%) Retail
10 9 (1.05%) Back Office
10 9 (1.05%) Billing
11 6 (0.70%) Investment Banking
12 5 (0.58%) Front Office
12 5 (0.58%) Pharmaceutical
13 4 (0.47%) Financial Institution
14 2 (0.23%) Housing Association
14 2 (0.23%) Military
15 1 (0.12%) Automotive
15 1 (0.12%) Police
Job Titles
1 161 (18.81%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 80 (9.35%) Architect
3 73 (8.53%) Support Engineer
4 57 (6.66%) Azure Engineer
5 54 (6.31%) Analyst
6 51 (5.96%) Windows Engineer
7 46 (5.37%) Administrator
7 46 (5.37%) Server Engineer
8 45 (5.26%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 45 (5.26%) Consultant
9 44 (5.14%) DevOps Engineer
10 36 (4.21%) 3rd Line Support
11 32 (3.74%) Infrastructure Architect
11 32 (3.74%) Network Engineer
12 31 (3.62%) VMware Engineer
13 29 (3.39%) 2nd Line Support
14 28 (3.27%) Wintel Engineer
15 23 (2.69%) IT Engineer
16 22 (2.57%) Security Engineer
17 21 (2.45%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (2.80%) Middleware
2 18 (2.10%) .NET
3 17 (1.99%) 802.1X
4 15 (1.75%) REST
5 13 (1.52%) Elastic Stack
6 12 (1.40%) LDAP
6 12 (1.40%) Web Services
6 12 (1.40%) XML
7 11 (1.29%) JSON
8 9 (1.05%) EDI
8 9 (1.05%) RESTful
9 8 (0.93%) gRPC
9 8 (0.93%) Swagger
10 7 (0.82%) HTML
10 7 (0.82%) SOAP
11 6 (0.70%) ASP.NET
12 5 (0.58%) CSS
12 5 (0.58%) jQuery
13 4 (0.47%) SailPoint
13 4 (0.47%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 76 (8.88%) Data Centre
2 54 (6.31%) Analytical Skills
3 43 (5.02%) Clustering
4 28 (3.27%) Replication
5 25 (2.92%) Hybrid Cloud
6 24 (2.80%) PKI
7 23 (2.69%) Management Information System
8 18 (2.10%) NHS
8 18 (2.10%) Private Cloud
9 15 (1.75%) EMC VNX
10 14 (1.64%) Self-Motivation
11 12 (1.40%) Public Cloud
12 11 (1.29%) Fat Client
12 11 (1.29%) Linux Command Line
12 11 (1.29%) Thin Client
13 9 (1.05%) Cloud Native
13 9 (1.05%) Video Conferencing
14 7 (0.82%) iSeries
15 6 (0.70%) AS400
15 6 (0.70%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 845 (98.71%) Windows
2 218 (25.47%) Windows Server 2012
3 186 (21.73%) Linux
4 182 (21.26%) Windows 10
5 157 (18.34%) Windows Server 2016
6 123 (14.37%) Windows Server 2008
7 107 (12.50%) Windows Server 2019
8 58 (6.78%) Windows 7
9 52 (6.07%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 37 (4.32%) Unix
11 34 (3.97%) Windows Server 2003
12 21 (2.45%) CentOS
13 17 (1.99%) Windows XP
14 14 (1.64%) Apple iOS
15 10 (1.17%) VMS
16 9 (1.05%) Android
16 9 (1.05%) Solaris
16 9 (1.05%) Windows 8
17 6 (0.70%) Ubuntu
18 5 (0.58%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 181 (21.14%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 162 (18.93%) Migration
3 125 (14.60%) DevOps
3 125 (14.60%) ITIL
4 101 (11.80%) Agile Software Development
5 68 (7.94%) Problem-Solving
6 48 (5.61%) Configuration Management
6 48 (5.61%) Disaster Recovery
7 47 (5.49%) Service Management
8 40 (4.67%) Continuous Integration
9 37 (4.32%) Change Management
10 35 (4.09%) Infrastructure as Code
11 34 (3.97%) High Availability
12 33 (3.86%) Continuous Improvement
12 33 (3.86%) Cybersecurity
12 33 (3.86%) Service Delivery
13 32 (3.74%) Load Balancing
14 31 (3.62%) Server Management
15 29 (3.39%) Project Delivery
15 29 (3.39%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 267 (31.19%) PowerShell
2 153 (17.87%) SQL
3 53 (6.19%) Python
4 23 (2.69%) C
5 20 (2.34%) Bash Shell
5 20 (2.34%) VB
6 18 (2.10%) C#
7 15 (1.75%) JavaScript
8 13 (1.52%) VBScript
9 12 (1.40%) T-SQL
10 10 (1.17%) Java
11 9 (1.05%) PL/SQL
11 9 (1.05%) Shell Script
12 8 (0.93%) Go
12 8 (0.93%) TypeScript
13 5 (0.58%) Ruby
14 3 (0.35%) Perl
14 3 (0.35%) VB.NET
15 2 (0.23%) VBA
16 1 (0.12%) REXX
Qualifications
1 223 (26.05%) Security Cleared
2 148 (17.29%) SC Cleared
3 94 (10.98%) Microsoft Certification
4 83 (9.70%) DV Cleared
5 50 (5.84%) Cisco Certification
6 41 (4.79%) Degree
7 35 (4.09%) CCNA
8 33 (3.86%) MCSE
9 26 (3.04%) MCSA
10 25 (2.92%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 24 (2.80%) ITIL Certification
12 22 (2.57%) CCNP
13 17 (1.99%) Computer Science Degree
14 10 (1.17%) CISSP
15 9 (1.05%) DBS Check
16 7 (0.82%) Citrix Certification
16 7 (0.82%) MCITP
17 6 (0.70%) A+ Certification
18 5 (0.58%) VCAP
19 4 (0.47%) VCP6
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (5.02%) SLA
2 11 (1.29%) GDPR
3 10 (1.17%) COBIT
3 10 (1.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 10 (1.17%) NIST
4 8 (0.93%) Government Security Classifications
5 6 (0.70%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 6 (0.70%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 6 (0.70%) NCSC
6 5 (0.58%) PCI DSS
6 5 (0.58%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 3 (0.35%) Cyber Essentials
7 3 (0.35%) QA
8 2 (0.23%) Data Quality
9 1 (0.12%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 1 (0.12%) GAMP
9 1 (0.12%) GMP
9 1 (0.12%) GxP
System Software
1 471 (55.02%) Active Directory
2 271 (31.66%) VMware Infrastructure
3 110 (12.85%) Hyper-V
4 85 (9.93%) VMware ESXi
5 66 (7.71%) vSphere
6 40 (4.67%) Docker
7 31 (3.62%) Virtual Machines
8 25 (2.92%) VMware NSX
8 25 (2.92%) XenApp
9 19 (2.22%) Virtual Desktop
10 16 (1.87%) XenDesktop
11 15 (1.75%) Microsoft App-V
12 11 (1.29%) Virtual Servers
13 9 (1.05%) Terminal Server
14 8 (0.93%) BitLocker
15 6 (0.70%) DFS Replication
15 6 (0.70%) ProxySG
15 6 (0.70%) vCloud
15 6 (0.70%) VMware Server
15 6 (0.70%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 139 (16.24%) SCCM
2 83 (9.70%) Ansible
3 67 (7.83%) Terraform
4 57 (6.66%) Microsoft Intune
5 43 (5.02%) vCenter Server
6 41 (4.79%) Kubernetes
6 41 (4.79%) Puppet
7 31 (3.62%) Microsoft Clustering
7 31 (3.62%) SCOM
8 30 (3.50%) WSUS
9 27 (3.15%) Opscode Chef
10 21 (2.45%) PowerCLI
11 20 (2.34%) vRealize
12 15 (1.75%) McAfee ePO
12 15 (1.75%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
13 14 (1.64%) Packer
14 12 (1.40%) IBM BigFix
15 11 (1.29%) NetBackup
16 10 (1.17%) Failover Clustering
16 10 (1.17%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 440 (51.40%) Microsoft
2 389 (45.44%) VMware
3 149 (17.41%) Cisco
4 104 (12.15%) Citrix
5 84 (9.81%) Oracle
6 60 (7.01%) HP
7 53 (6.19%) Dell
8 41 (4.79%) EMC
9 33 (3.86%) Red Hat
10 32 (3.74%) SolarWinds
10 32 (3.74%) Veeam
11 27 (3.15%) Symantec
12 25 (2.92%) SAP
13 24 (2.80%) McAfee
14 23 (2.69%) IBM
14 23 (2.69%) Sophos
15 22 (2.57%) Ivanti
16 21 (2.45%) Apple
17 20 (2.34%) CheckPoint
17 20 (2.34%) Splunk