Period
to 17 January 2022

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 17 January 2022 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
17 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 103 99 63
Rank change year-on-year -4 -36 +13
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 1,724 768 2,385
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 2.50% 2.32% 3.60%
As % of the Operating Systems category 15.52% 12.71% 17.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,291 552 1,694
10th Percentile £166 £200 £155
25th Percentile £300 £300 £266
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £425 £400 £375
Median % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -6.25%
75th Percentile £538 £488 £463
90th Percentile £625 £538 £550
UK median daily rate £435 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +8.75% +6.67% -3.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 62 39 117
10th Percentile £14.05 £12.65 £14.00
25th Percentile £16.72 £16.23 £15.50
Median hourly rate £22.00 £22.50 £19.50
Median % change year-on-year -2.22% +15.38% -14.15%
75th Percentile £41.10 £48.75 £42.00
90th Percentile £51.33 £59.00 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £24.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -8.33% +20.00% -11.11%

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 11,110 6,041 13,772
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 16.11% 18.23% 20.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,778 3,928 8,851
10th Percentile £160 £163 £143
25th Percentile £313 £313 £250
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £493 £430 £413
Median % change year-on-year +14.74% +4.24% -2.94%
75th Percentile £600 £538 £525
90th Percentile £688 £615 £606
UK median daily rate £493 £430 £410
% change year-on-year +14.59% +4.88% -3.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 601 354 1,016
10th Percentile £12.50 £11.17 £11.25
25th Percentile £14.50 £13.31 £14.00
Median hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £17.15
Median % change year-on-year +14.29% +2.04% -1.39%
75th Percentile £48.56 £40.00 £23.75
90th Percentile £64.00 £53.75 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +14.29% - +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 17 January 2022.

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 17 January 2022.

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 17 January 2022. 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 -2 652 £488 +8.33% 259
South East +9 324 £450 +5.88% 175
North of England +44 283 £350 +7.69% 266
Midlands +21 200 £325 - 160
North West +30 148 £400 +23.08% 145
West Midlands +12 128 £300 -7.76% 88
Yorkshire +33 118 £325 +12.07% 96
South West -14 110 £400 +6.67% 89
East of England -23 73 £425 +32.81% 78
East Midlands +4 70 £340 +4.62% 72
North East +6 18 £293 -16.43% 25
Windows Server
UK

For the 6 months to 17 January 2022, 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 1,705 (98.90%) Windows
2 1,028 (59.63%) Active Directory
3 856 (49.65%) Microsoft
4 726 (42.11%) VMware
5 653 (37.88%) Azure
6 582 (33.76%) Microsoft 365
7 484 (28.07%) VMware Infrastructure
8 479 (27.78%) PowerShell
9 377 (21.87%) Linux
10 357 (20.71%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 350 (20.30%) Social Skills
12 342 (19.84%) ITIL
13 328 (19.03%) DNS
14 324 (18.79%) SQL Server
15 323 (18.74%) SQL
16 318 (18.45%) Security Cleared
17 317 (18.39%) Windows Server 2012
18 302 (17.52%) Firewall
19 291 (16.88%) Windows 10
20 278 (16.13%) Migration
21 274 (15.89%) SCCM
22 264 (15.31%) Windows Server 2016
23 262 (15.20%) Citrix
24 246 (14.27%) Cisco
25 242 (14.04%) SC Cleared
26 236 (13.69%) Windows Server 2019
27 221 (12.82%) AWS
28 218 (12.65%) DHCP
29 209 (12.12%) Windows Server 2008
30 196 (11.37%) Finance

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
1 179 (10.38%) MS Exchange
2 175 (10.15%) SharePoint
3 120 (6.96%) IIS
4 49 (2.84%) Skype for Business
5 47 (2.73%) Exchange Server 2013
6 35 (2.03%) Exchange Server 2010
7 33 (1.91%) Confluence
8 22 (1.28%) Apache
9 21 (1.22%) Exchange Server 2007
10 15 (0.87%) JBoss
11 13 (0.75%) WebSphere
12 12 (0.70%) ArcGIS
13 9 (0.52%) Elasticsearch
13 9 (0.52%) NetWeaver
13 9 (0.52%) nginx
14 8 (0.46%) WebLogic
15 7 (0.41%) CMS
15 7 (0.41%) Drupal
16 5 (0.29%) Tomcat
17 4 (0.23%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 144 (8.35%) Microsoft Office
2 33 (1.91%) Microsoft Excel
3 15 (0.87%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 12 (0.70%) Microsoft Project
4 12 (0.70%) MS Visio
4 12 (0.70%) Photoshop
5 5 (0.29%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 2 (0.12%) Notepad++
7 1 (0.058%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.058%) Pro/ENGINEER
7 1 (0.058%) PTC Creo
7 1 (0.058%) Siemens NX
7 1 (0.058%) SOLIDWORKS
7 1 (0.058%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 10 (0.58%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (0.41%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 3 (0.17%) Oracle Cash Management
3 3 (0.17%) Sentinel
4 1 (0.058%) Cerner Millennium
4 1 (0.058%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.058%) Infor M3
4 1 (0.058%) iTrent
4 1 (0.058%) Magento
4 1 (0.058%) Maximo
4 1 (0.058%) NetSuite
4 1 (0.058%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.058%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.058%) SAP EHS
4 1 (0.058%) Shopify
4 1 (0.058%) SystmOne
4 1 (0.058%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 653 (37.88%) Azure
2 582 (33.76%) Microsoft 365
3 221 (12.82%) AWS
4 158 (9.16%) Azure Active Directory
5 112 (6.50%) IaaS
6 107 (6.21%) SaaS
7 94 (5.45%) PaaS
8 37 (2.15%) GCP
9 33 (1.91%) OneDrive
10 29 (1.68%) Power Platform
11 28 (1.62%) Nutanix
12 26 (1.51%) Amazon EC2
12 26 (1.51%) Azure Monitor
13 25 (1.45%) Cloud Computing
14 22 (1.28%) GitHub
14 22 (1.28%) OpenShift
15 21 (1.22%) AWS Lambda
16 20 (1.16%) Azure Cosmos DB
16 20 (1.16%) Mimecast
17 18 (1.04%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 328 (19.03%) DNS
2 302 (17.52%) Firewall
3 218 (12.65%) DHCP
4 134 (7.77%) TCP/IP
5 127 (7.37%) WAN
6 119 (6.90%) LAN
7 108 (6.26%) VPN
8 100 (5.80%) SAN
9 67 (3.89%) Skype
10 62 (3.60%) Wireless
11 51 (2.96%) NetScaler
12 46 (2.67%) VLAN
13 41 (2.38%) Internet
13 41 (2.38%) Network Security
13 41 (2.38%) SSL
14 40 (2.32%) VoIP
15 33 (1.91%) Kerberos
16 30 (1.74%) HTTP
17 28 (1.62%) NAS
17 28 (1.62%) SD-WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 324 (18.79%) SQL Server
2 56 (3.25%) SQL Server 2008
3 52 (3.02%) SQL Server 2012
4 45 (2.61%) MySQL
5 41 (2.38%) SQL Server 2014
5 41 (2.38%) SQL Server 2016
6 32 (1.86%) SQL Server 2019
7 27 (1.57%) Power BI
8 25 (1.45%) MongoDB
9 23 (1.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 21 (1.22%) Oracle Database
10 21 (1.22%) Relational Database
10 21 (1.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 18 (1.04%) Azure SQL Database
12 16 (0.93%) RavenDB
13 13 (0.75%) DB2
13 13 (0.75%) GIS
13 13 (0.75%) RDBMS
13 13 (0.75%) SQL Server 2005
14 12 (0.70%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 74 (4.29%) Git (software)
2 52 (3.02%) JIRA
3 38 (2.20%) Jenkins
4 36 (2.09%) TeamCity
5 31 (1.80%) Bitbucket
6 27 (1.57%) GitLab
7 25 (1.45%) Artifactory
8 24 (1.39%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 22 (1.28%) Octopus Deploy
9 22 (1.28%) Sonatype Nexus
10 19 (1.10%) Subversion
11 16 (0.93%) Cucumber
12 14 (0.81%) Selenium
13 13 (0.75%) Zephyr
14 10 (0.58%) SonarQube
14 10 (0.58%) Terragrunt
15 9 (0.52%) InstallShield
16 7 (0.41%) Chocolatey
16 7 (0.41%) IBM UrbanCode
17 6 (0.35%) Eclipse
General
1 350 (20.30%) Social Skills
2 196 (11.37%) Finance
3 124 (7.19%) Public Sector
4 96 (5.57%) Banking
5 72 (4.18%) Analytical Skills
6 29 (1.68%) Presentation Skills
6 29 (1.68%) Telecoms
7 26 (1.51%) Documentation Skills
7 26 (1.51%) Legal
8 23 (1.33%) Organisational Skills
9 21 (1.22%) Retail
10 19 (1.10%) Manufacturing
11 17 (0.99%) Back Office
11 17 (0.99%) Influencing Skills
11 17 (0.99%) Marketing
12 14 (0.81%) Law
13 9 (0.52%) Advertising
14 8 (0.46%) Electronics
15 7 (0.41%) Investment Banking
16 5 (0.29%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 295 (17.11%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 212 (12.30%) Support Engineer
3 162 (9.40%) Architect
4 137 (7.95%) Analyst
5 130 (7.54%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 122 (7.08%) Windows Engineer
7 106 (6.15%) IT Support
7 106 (6.15%) Server Engineer
8 93 (5.39%) IT Engineer
9 83 (4.81%) Azure Engineer
10 79 (4.58%) Infrastructure Architect
11 78 (4.52%) 2nd Line Support
12 76 (4.41%) DevOps Engineer
13 68 (3.94%) Administrator
14 67 (3.89%) Wintel Engineer
15 66 (3.83%) Windows Server Engineer
16 59 (3.42%) Cloud Engineer
17 57 (3.31%) 2nd Line Engineer
18 56 (3.25%) Consultant
19 53 (3.07%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 84 (4.87%) .NET
2 37 (2.15%) Middleware
3 35 (2.03%) LDAP
4 25 (1.45%) JSON
5 24 (1.39%) Web Services
6 22 (1.28%) HTML
7 20 (1.16%) SAML
8 19 (1.10%) CSS
8 19 (1.10%) REST
8 19 (1.10%) YAML
9 13 (0.75%) RESTful
10 12 (0.70%) .NET Framework
10 12 (0.70%) ARM Templates
10 12 (0.70%) Flask
10 12 (0.70%) SOAP
11 11 (0.64%) ASP.NET
11 11 (0.64%) SPNEGO
12 10 (0.58%) Django
13 9 (0.52%) jQuery
13 9 (0.52%) SAP Basis
Miscellaneous
1 164 (9.51%) Data Centre
2 86 (4.99%) PKI
3 76 (4.41%) Clustering
4 70 (4.06%) Replication
5 47 (2.73%) Data Protection Act
6 41 (2.38%) Public Cloud
7 38 (2.20%) NHS
7 38 (2.20%) Self-Motivation
8 36 (2.09%) Private Cloud
9 26 (1.51%) Management Information System
10 23 (1.33%) Cloud Native
11 20 (1.16%) Enterprise Software
11 20 (1.16%) Linux Command Line
12 16 (0.93%) Driving Licence
12 16 (0.93%) Video Conferencing
13 15 (0.87%) Blackberry
13 15 (0.87%) Greenfield Project
14 14 (0.81%) Hybrid Cloud
15 13 (0.75%) Legacy Systems
16 11 (0.64%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 1,705 (98.90%) Windows
2 377 (21.87%) Linux
3 317 (18.39%) Windows Server 2012
4 291 (16.88%) Windows 10
5 264 (15.31%) Windows Server 2016
6 236 (13.69%) Windows Server 2019
7 209 (12.12%) Windows Server 2008
8 98 (5.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 91 (5.28%) Windows 7
10 60 (3.48%) Unix
11 56 (3.25%) Ubuntu
12 42 (2.44%) Windows Server 2003
13 40 (2.32%) Mac OS
14 39 (2.26%) Android
15 29 (1.68%) Apple iOS
16 28 (1.62%) CentOS
17 21 (1.22%) VMS
18 17 (0.99%) AIX
19 9 (0.52%) Windows Vista
20 7 (0.41%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 357 (20.71%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 342 (19.84%) ITIL
3 278 (16.13%) Migration
4 185 (10.73%) DevOps
5 181 (10.50%) Agile Software Development
6 179 (10.38%) Problem-Solving
7 99 (5.74%) Project Delivery
8 88 (5.10%) Disaster Recovery
9 86 (4.99%) Service Management
10 85 (4.93%) Change Management
11 82 (4.76%) Service Delivery
12 77 (4.47%) High Availability
13 71 (4.12%) Data Protection
13 71 (4.12%) Server Management
14 70 (4.06%) Configuration Management
15 69 (4.00%) ITSM
16 67 (3.89%) Change Control
17 65 (3.77%) Project Management
18 61 (3.54%) Analytics
19 56 (3.25%) Identity Management
Programming Languages
1 479 (27.78%) PowerShell
2 323 (18.74%) SQL
3 80 (4.64%) Python
4 57 (3.31%) Bash
5 38 (2.20%) C#
6 34 (1.97%) JavaScript
7 32 (1.86%) Java
8 26 (1.51%) C
9 22 (1.28%) Shell Script
10 20 (1.16%) VBScript
11 19 (1.10%) R
12 18 (1.04%) T-SQL
12 18 (1.04%) VB
13 16 (0.93%) VB.NET
14 8 (0.46%) Perl
15 7 (0.41%) PL/SQL
16 5 (0.29%) C++
16 5 (0.29%) TypeScript
16 5 (0.29%) VBA
17 4 (0.23%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 318 (18.45%) Security Cleared
2 242 (14.04%) SC Cleared
3 144 (8.35%) Microsoft Certification
4 100 (5.80%) DV Cleared
5 74 (4.29%) Cisco Certification
6 66 (3.83%) MCSE
7 54 (3.13%) CCNA
8 46 (2.67%) Degree
9 39 (2.26%) ITIL Certification
10 34 (1.97%) MCITP
11 31 (1.80%) MCSA
12 25 (1.45%) DBS Check
12 25 (1.45%) MCTS
13 22 (1.28%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 19 (1.10%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 18 (1.04%) JNCIA
15 18 (1.04%) MCP
16 17 (0.99%) CCNP
16 17 (0.99%) Citrix Certification
17 8 (0.46%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 121 (7.02%) SLA
2 37 (2.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 31 (1.80%) GDPR
4 18 (1.04%) PCI DSS
4 18 (1.04%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 15 (0.87%) QA
6 10 (0.58%) COBIT
7 8 (0.46%) Cyber Essentials
8 6 (0.35%) JSP 440
9 4 (0.23%) Data Quality
9 4 (0.23%) NCSC
9 4 (0.23%) PMO
10 3 (0.17%) Accessibility
11 2 (0.12%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 2 (0.12%) HIPAA
11 2 (0.12%) ISO 22301
11 2 (0.12%) ITGC
11 2 (0.12%) NIST
12 1 (0.058%) DICOM
12 1 (0.058%) HL7
System Software
1 1,028 (59.63%) Active Directory
2 484 (28.07%) VMware Infrastructure
3 189 (10.96%) Hyper-V
4 119 (6.90%) vSphere
5 108 (6.26%) VMware ESXi
6 66 (3.83%) XenApp
7 64 (3.71%) Virtual Servers
8 62 (3.60%) Docker
9 61 (3.54%) Virtual Machines
10 42 (2.44%) Virtual Desktop
10 42 (2.44%) XenDesktop
11 36 (2.09%) VMware NSX
12 30 (1.74%) Microsoft App-V
13 25 (1.45%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 22 (1.28%) NFS
15 20 (1.16%) BitLocker
16 17 (0.99%) Firmware
17 13 (0.75%) Terminal Services
18 12 (0.70%) Citrix Hypervisor
19 11 (0.64%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
Systems Management
1 274 (15.89%) SCCM
2 129 (7.48%) Ansible
3 111 (6.44%) Microsoft Intune
4 97 (5.63%) Terraform
5 92 (5.34%) Active Directory Federation Services
6 76 (4.41%) Kubernetes
7 61 (3.54%) Microsoft Clustering
8 49 (2.84%) SCOM
9 48 (2.78%) vCenter Server
10 46 (2.67%) WSUS
11 42 (2.44%) Puppet
12 33 (1.91%) vRealize
13 31 (1.80%) NetBackup
14 26 (1.51%) Opscode Chef
15 24 (1.39%) Single Sign-On
16 22 (1.28%) Jamf Pro
17 17 (0.99%) PowerCLI
18 16 (0.93%) Nessus
19 15 (0.87%) Nagios
20 13 (0.75%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 856 (49.65%) Microsoft
2 726 (42.11%) VMware
3 262 (15.20%) Citrix
4 246 (14.27%) Cisco
5 115 (6.67%) Oracle
6 102 (5.92%) Red Hat
7 98 (5.68%) HP
8 81 (4.70%) Dell
9 71 (4.12%) Veeam
10 64 (3.71%) SolarWinds
11 62 (3.60%) Splunk
12 53 (3.07%) ServiceNow
13 52 (3.02%) McAfee
14 50 (2.90%) Google
15 47 (2.73%) CheckPoint
16 46 (2.67%) NetApp
17 44 (2.55%) Apple
18 41 (2.38%) Meraki
19 37 (2.15%) IBM
20 33 (1.91%) Juniper