Period
to 25 September 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 25 September 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
25 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 91 70 76
Rank change year-on-year -21 +6 +6
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 687 2,666 3,068
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 2.66% 3.30% 3.26%
As % of the Operating Systems category 14.38% 16.22% 15.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 507 1,839 1,979
Median daily rate £413 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.00% - +7.14%
10th Percentile £196 £163 £170
90th Percentile £538 £550 £538
UK median daily rate £418 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +11.33% - +9.01%
Number of hourly rates quoted 51 138 171
Median hourly rate £35.00 £20.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +75.00% -11.11% +35.34%
10th Percentile £15.92 £13.78 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £50.00 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £22.93 £21.50
% change year-on-year +52.64% +6.65% +28.36%

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 4,778 16,438 19,574
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.49% 20.35% 20.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,913 10,391 12,209
Median daily rate £450 £425 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% -2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £183 £150 £175
90th Percentile £630 £625 £613
UK median daily rate £438 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +2.94% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 285 1,035 1,401
Median hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.29% - -
10th Percentile £12.04 £11.20 £11.17
90th Percentile £48.04 £51.35 £47.50
Median hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year +14.29% +2.94% -2.86%

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 September 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 25 September 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 25 September 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 -8 269 £435 +8.75% 65
South East -7 119 £425 +9.68% 116
North of England -17 98 £350 - 109
South West 0 91 £400 +10.34% 60
North West -6 63 £375 +7.14% 56
Midlands -19 47 £336 +2.67% 93
East of England +16 44 £368 -2.00% 36
West Midlands -5 25 £340 +4.62% 53
Yorkshire -24 24 £330 -12.00% 41
East Midlands -7 22 £335 -2.19% 40
North East +40 11 £350 +27.27% 12
Windows Server
UK

For the 6 months to 25 September 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.

1 683 (99.42%) Windows
2 359 (52.26%) Active Directory
3 308 (44.83%) Microsoft
4 291 (42.36%) VMware
5 225 (32.75%) Azure
6 208 (30.28%) Security Cleared
7 206 (29.99%) PowerShell
8 201 (29.26%) Windows Server 2016
9 192 (27.95%) VMware Infrastructure
10 189 (27.51%) Windows Server 2012
11 183 (26.64%) Office 365
12 163 (23.73%) SC Cleared
13 162 (23.58%) SQL Server
14 158 (23.00%) DNS
15 156 (22.71%) Windows 10
16 145 (21.11%) SQL
17 139 (20.23%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 132 (19.21%) Linux
19 129 (18.78%) Migration
20 122 (17.76%) Windows Server 2008
21 118 (17.18%) ITIL
22 109 (15.87%) Oracle
23 103 (14.99%) SCCM
24 101 (14.70%) Citrix
25 97 (14.12%) DevOps
26 95 (13.83%) DHCP
27 93 (13.54%) Cisco
28 86 (12.52%) Firewall
29 77 (11.21%) Windows Server 2019
30 73 (10.63%) Ansible

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 67 (9.75%) MS Exchange
2 52 (7.57%) SharePoint
3 35 (5.09%) IIS
3 35 (5.09%) Skype for Business
4 21 (3.06%) Exchange Server 2010
5 20 (2.91%) Tomcat
6 18 (2.62%) Apache
7 17 (2.47%) ArcGIS
7 17 (2.47%) Exchange Server 2013
8 14 (2.04%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 14 (2.04%) WebLogic
9 12 (1.75%) Apache Solr
9 12 (1.75%) Confluence
10 10 (1.46%) WebSphere
11 6 (0.87%) JBoss
12 5 (0.73%) GeoServer
12 5 (0.73%) NetWeaver
13 4 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2003
13 4 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2007
14 3 (0.44%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 58 (8.44%) Microsoft Office
2 17 (2.47%) Photoshop
3 11 (1.60%) Microsoft Excel
4 7 (1.02%) Microsoft Project
5 3 (0.44%) SOLIDWORKS
6 2 (0.29%) MS Visio
7 1 (0.15%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.15%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 9 (1.31%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.15%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.15%) Infor M3
2 1 (0.15%) Movex
2 1 (0.15%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (0.15%) Orchard Housing
2 1 (0.15%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.15%) Sentinel
2 1 (0.15%) StreamServe
Cloud Services
1 225 (32.75%) Azure
2 183 (26.64%) Office 365
3 64 (9.32%) SaaS
4 54 (7.86%) AWS
5 53 (7.71%) PaaS
6 40 (5.82%) IaaS
7 34 (4.95%) GitHub
8 32 (4.66%) Azure Active Directory
9 18 (2.62%) OneDrive
10 15 (2.18%) GCP
11 10 (1.46%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 9 (1.31%) Cloud Computing
13 7 (1.02%) Power Platform
14 5 (0.73%) AWS Lambda
14 5 (0.73%) Mimecast
14 5 (0.73%) PowerApps
14 5 (0.73%) Serverless
15 4 (0.58%) Amazon EC2
15 4 (0.58%) Azure Functions
15 4 (0.58%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 158 (23.00%) DNS
2 95 (13.83%) DHCP
3 86 (12.52%) Firewall
4 60 (8.73%) SAN
5 54 (7.86%) Skype
6 42 (6.11%) VPN
7 39 (5.68%) WAN
8 33 (4.80%) TCP/IP
9 30 (4.37%) VLAN
10 29 (4.22%) Reverse Proxy
11 28 (4.08%) LAN
12 24 (3.49%) VoIP
13 22 (3.20%) Remote Desktop
13 22 (3.20%) SNMP
14 21 (3.06%) HTTP
15 16 (2.33%) SSL
16 15 (2.18%) DMZ
16 15 (2.18%) Kerberos
16 15 (2.18%) NetScaler
17 14 (2.04%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 162 (23.58%) SQL Server
2 33 (4.80%) SQL Server 2016
3 25 (3.64%) GIS
4 21 (3.06%) Oracle Database
5 20 (2.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 18 (2.62%) Azure SQL Database
7 17 (2.47%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 14 (2.04%) Oracle ODI
9 13 (1.89%) Relational Database
9 13 (1.89%) SQL Server 2008
10 12 (1.75%) Cosmos DB
10 12 (1.75%) SQL Server 2012
11 11 (1.60%) QGIS
11 11 (1.60%) SQL Server 2014
12 10 (1.46%) DB2
12 10 (1.46%) MySQL
12 10 (1.46%) Oracle Reports
12 10 (1.46%) PostgreSQL
13 8 (1.16%) Data Warehouse
13 8 (1.16%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 40 (5.82%) JIRA
2 35 (5.09%) Jenkins
3 28 (4.08%) Git (software)
3 28 (4.08%) GitLab
4 26 (3.78%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 19 (2.77%) Visual Studio
6 16 (2.33%) Subversion
7 14 (2.04%) Bitbucket
8 9 (1.31%) Team Foundation Server
9 8 (1.16%) Hudson
9 8 (1.16%) Oracle Forms
10 7 (1.02%) NUnit
11 6 (0.87%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 6 (0.87%) TeamCity
12 4 (0.58%) SonarQube
12 4 (0.58%) Sonatype Nexus
13 2 (0.29%) Octopus Deploy
14 1 (0.15%) FishEye
14 1 (0.15%) Mercurial
14 1 (0.15%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 71 (10.33%) Finance
2 36 (5.24%) Public Sector
3 32 (4.66%) Banking
4 17 (2.47%) Investment Banking
5 16 (2.33%) Retail
6 12 (1.75%) Front Office
6 12 (1.75%) Telecoms
7 10 (1.46%) Pharmaceutical
8 6 (0.87%) Legal
9 5 (0.73%) Manufacturing
10 4 (0.58%) Back Office
10 4 (0.58%) Police
11 3 (0.44%) Electronics
11 3 (0.44%) Financial Institution
11 3 (0.44%) Law
11 3 (0.44%) Marketing
11 3 (0.44%) Military
12 2 (0.29%) Automotive
12 2 (0.29%) Digital Economy
12 2 (0.29%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 119 (17.32%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 54 (7.86%) Support Engineer
3 50 (7.28%) Developer
4 42 (6.11%) Consultant
5 41 (5.97%) Analyst
6 39 (5.68%) Architect
7 37 (5.39%) Administrator
8 34 (4.95%) DevOps Engineer
9 33 (4.80%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 33 (4.80%) Windows Engineer
10 27 (3.93%) Integration Engineer
10 27 (3.93%) Systems Engineer
11 25 (3.64%) 2nd Line Support
12 24 (3.49%) Azure Engineer
13 23 (3.35%) Wintel Engineer
14 22 (3.20%) VMware Engineer
15 21 (3.06%) Server Engineer
16 19 (2.77%) Cloud Developer
17 18 (2.62%) Infrastructure Consultant
17 18 (2.62%) IT Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 44 (6.40%) .NET
2 22 (3.20%) JSON
2 22 (3.20%) Web Services
3 20 (2.91%) HTML
3 20 (2.91%) REST
4 19 (2.77%) Oracle Fusion
4 19 (2.77%) RESTful
4 19 (2.77%) SAML
5 17 (2.47%) LDAP
5 17 (2.47%) Middleware
6 16 (2.33%) ASP.NET
7 15 (2.18%) CSS
7 15 (2.18%) Elastic Stack
8 14 (2.04%) gRPC
8 14 (2.04%) Swagger
9 12 (1.75%) RabbitMQ
10 11 (1.60%) .NET Framework
10 11 (1.60%) PostGIS
11 8 (1.16%) Entity Framework
11 8 (1.16%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 53 (7.71%) Data Centre
2 41 (5.97%) Analytical Skills
3 37 (5.39%) Clustering
4 30 (4.37%) PKI
5 19 (2.77%) Public Cloud
5 19 (2.77%) Replication
6 17 (2.47%) Management Information System
7 15 (2.18%) Private Cloud
8 14 (2.04%) Self-Motivation
9 13 (1.89%) Hybrid Cloud
10 9 (1.31%) User Experience
11 8 (1.16%) Client/Server
11 8 (1.16%) Video Conferencing
12 7 (1.02%) Blackberry
12 7 (1.02%) Driving Licence
12 7 (1.02%) Fat Client
12 7 (1.02%) NHS
12 7 (1.02%) Thin Client
13 6 (0.87%) Linux Command Line
14 5 (0.73%) Cyberthreat
Operating Systems
1 683 (99.42%) Windows
2 201 (29.26%) Windows Server 2016
3 189 (27.51%) Windows Server 2012
4 156 (22.71%) Windows 10
5 132 (19.21%) Linux
6 122 (17.76%) Windows Server 2008
7 77 (11.21%) Windows Server 2019
8 67 (9.75%) Windows 7
9 43 (6.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 33 (4.80%) Unix
11 30 (4.37%) CentOS
12 22 (3.20%) Windows Server 2003
13 15 (2.18%) Apple iOS
14 7 (1.02%) AIX
14 7 (1.02%) Windows 8
15 5 (0.73%) Ubuntu
16 4 (0.58%) Android
16 4 (0.58%) Solaris
17 3 (0.44%) Windows 2000 Server
17 3 (0.44%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 139 (20.23%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 129 (18.78%) Migration
3 118 (17.18%) ITIL
4 97 (14.12%) DevOps
5 69 (10.04%) Agile Software Development
6 64 (9.32%) Problem-Solving
7 53 (7.71%) High Availability
8 48 (6.99%) Configuration Management
9 34 (4.95%) Continuous Integration
10 32 (4.66%) Disaster Recovery
11 31 (4.51%) Infrastructure as Code
12 29 (4.22%) Systems Engineering
13 27 (3.93%) Continuous Deployment
14 26 (3.78%) Load Balancing
15 25 (3.64%) Cybersecurity
15 25 (3.64%) Service Management
16 23 (3.35%) Multi-Factor Authentication
17 22 (3.20%) Microservices
17 22 (3.20%) Performance Tuning
17 22 (3.20%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 206 (29.99%) PowerShell
2 145 (21.11%) SQL
3 59 (8.59%) C#
4 54 (7.86%) Python
5 40 (5.82%) Java
6 37 (5.39%) C
7 29 (4.22%) Bash Shell
8 25 (3.64%) JavaScript
9 24 (3.49%) Shell Script
10 17 (2.47%) VB
11 14 (2.04%) Go
11 14 (2.04%) T-SQL
12 12 (1.75%) VB.NET
13 11 (1.60%) Perl
14 8 (1.16%) C++
15 6 (0.87%) Korn
15 6 (0.87%) Ruby
16 5 (0.73%) PL/SQL
16 5 (0.73%) VBA
16 5 (0.73%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 208 (30.28%) Security Cleared
2 163 (23.73%) SC Cleared
3 71 (10.33%) Microsoft Certification
4 61 (8.88%) DV Cleared
5 36 (5.24%) Cisco Certification
6 29 (4.22%) MCSE
7 23 (3.35%) MCSA
8 18 (2.62%) CCNA
9 15 (2.18%) Degree
10 14 (2.04%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 13 (1.89%) ITIL Certification
12 7 (1.02%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 6 (0.87%) CCNP
13 6 (0.87%) DBS Check
14 5 (0.73%) CISSP
14 5 (0.73%) Computer Science Degree
14 5 (0.73%) Oracle Certification
15 4 (0.58%) TOGAF Certification
15 4 (0.58%) VCAP
16 3 (0.44%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (4.08%) SLA
2 22 (3.20%) GDPR
3 18 (2.62%) Cyber Essentials
3 18 (2.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 15 (2.18%) HIPAA
5 9 (1.31%) Government Security Classifications
6 8 (1.16%) NCSC
7 6 (0.87%) COBIT
8 5 (0.73%) PCI DSS
8 5 (0.73%) QA
9 4 (0.58%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 2 (0.29%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 1 (0.15%) GAMP
11 1 (0.15%) GMP
11 1 (0.15%) GxP
11 1 (0.15%) ISO 9001
11 1 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 1 (0.15%) NIST
System Software
1 359 (52.26%) Active Directory
2 192 (27.95%) VMware Infrastructure
3 68 (9.90%) Hyper-V
4 64 (9.32%) vSphere
5 61 (8.88%) VMware ESXi
6 52 (7.57%) Docker
7 25 (3.64%) Virtual Desktop
7 25 (3.64%) Virtual Machines
8 21 (3.06%) VMware NSX
9 20 (2.91%) XenApp
10 15 (2.18%) XenDesktop
11 13 (1.89%) VMware Workstation
12 12 (1.75%) Microsoft App-V
12 12 (1.75%) Virtual Servers
13 7 (1.02%) DFS Replication
14 6 (0.87%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 5 (0.73%) GeoWebCache
15 5 (0.73%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 4 (0.58%) BitLocker
16 4 (0.58%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 103 (14.99%) SCCM
2 73 (10.63%) Ansible
3 50 (7.28%) Puppet
4 49 (7.13%) Kubernetes
5 45 (6.55%) Opscode Chef
6 42 (6.11%) SCOM
7 41 (5.97%) Terraform
8 29 (4.22%) Microsoft Intune
9 25 (3.64%) Microsoft Clustering
9 25 (3.64%) Packer
10 23 (3.35%) WSUS
11 19 (2.77%) Single Sign-On
12 17 (2.47%) vCenter Server
13 14 (2.04%) Failover Clustering
13 14 (2.04%) Grafana
13 14 (2.04%) Prometheus
13 14 (2.04%) ZABBIX
14 13 (1.89%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
15 12 (1.75%) WMI
16 10 (1.46%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 308 (44.83%) Microsoft
2 291 (42.36%) VMware
3 109 (15.87%) Oracle
4 101 (14.70%) Citrix
5 93 (13.54%) Cisco
6 46 (6.70%) HP
7 40 (5.82%) Dell
8 37 (5.39%) SolarWinds
9 36 (5.24%) EMC
10 33 (4.80%) Splunk
11 30 (4.37%) Atlassian
12 28 (4.08%) Red Hat
12 28 (4.08%) Veeam
13 27 (3.93%) ESRI
14 24 (3.49%) Apple
15 21 (3.06%) Lumension
15 21 (3.06%) Sophos
16 19 (2.77%) McAfee
17 17 (2.47%) NetApp
18 15 (2.18%) Juniper