Period
to 9 December 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for Windows skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Windows over the 6 months to 9 December 2018 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
UK > England
6 months to
9 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 9 9 9
Rank change year-on-year 0 0 -3
Contract jobs citing Windows 11,437 10,349 10,545
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.98% 10.97% 10.96%
As % of the Operating Systems category 57.00% 52.66% 51.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,973 6,466 6,477
England median daily rate £375 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% - -
10th Percentile £135 £133 £143
90th Percentile £575 £556 £538
UK median daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +7.14% - +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,182 959 1,025
England median hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% -3.23%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £43.25 £45.60 £41.80
UK median hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% -3.23%

Windows 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 20,065 19,651 20,315
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 21.02% 20.84% 21.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 12,516 12,708 12,940
England median daily rate £425 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £163 £173 £200
90th Percentile £613 £606 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +0.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,348 1,157 1,183
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +6.06% -
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.64
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.83 £44.45
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.29
% change year-on-year -0.03% +7.43% -1.27%

Windows
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Windows as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Windows in England

Windows
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Windows in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for Windows in England

Windows
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows in England over the 6 months to 9 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Windows in England

Windows
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Windows in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Windows in England

Windows
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows in England over the 6 months to 9 December 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Windows in England

Windows
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 within the England region over the 6 months to 9 December 2018. 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 0 4,615 £418 +4.38% 866
South East -1 2,255 £375 +7.07% 577
North of England +4 1,620 £350 +8.53% 515
Midlands +1 1,177 £350 +7.69% 344
South West +1 968 £350 +16.67% 300
North West +5 890 £350 +4.09% 277
East of England +2 778 £325 +1.56% 294
West Midlands +2 738 £360 +10.77% 207
Yorkshire +1 574 £357 +29.91% 194
East Midlands +1 420 £320 +7.56% 136
North East -6 157 £400 +23.08% 44
South Coast - 1 - -
Windows
UK

For the 6 months to 9 December 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Windows 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.

1 4,372 (38.23%) Active Directory
2 4,036 (35.29%) Microsoft
3 3,212 (28.08%) Windows Server
4 3,104 (27.14%) Windows 10
5 2,361 (20.64%) Linux
6 2,322 (20.30%) Office 365
7 2,286 (19.99%) VMware
8 2,211 (19.33%) Windows 7
9 1,763 (15.41%) SCCM
10 1,758 (15.37%) PowerShell
11 1,742 (15.23%) Microsoft Azure
12 1,621 (14.17%) SQL
13 1,613 (14.10%) Finance
14 1,578 (13.80%) ITIL
15 1,501 (13.12%) Microsoft Office
16 1,444 (12.63%) Migration
17 1,393 (12.18%) Agile Software Development
18 1,321 (11.55%) Security Cleared
19 1,302 (11.38%) SQL Server
20 1,247 (10.90%) VMware Infrastructure
21 1,231 (10.76%) Citrix
22 1,163 (10.17%) Windows Server 2012
23 1,159 (10.13%) Unix
24 1,127 (9.85%) DevOps
25 1,071 (9.36%) Amazon AWS
26 994 (8.69%) DNS
27 985 (8.61%) Firewall
28 978 (8.55%) SC Cleared
29 973 (8.51%) Oracle
30 955 (8.35%) Problem-Solving

Windows
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
1 886 (7.75%) MS Exchange
2 559 (4.89%) SharePoint
3 456 (3.99%) IIS
4 380 (3.32%) Skype for Business
5 314 (2.75%) Exchange Server 2010
6 254 (2.22%) Confluence
7 225 (1.97%) Apache
8 216 (1.89%) Tomcat
9 194 (1.70%) Exchange Server 2013
10 166 (1.45%) WebLogic
11 110 (0.96%) WebSphere
12 109 (0.95%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 109 (0.95%) nginx
13 83 (0.73%) SharePoint 2013
14 69 (0.60%) Elasticsearch
14 69 (0.60%) JBoss
15 66 (0.58%) CMS
16 65 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2007
17 54 (0.47%) IBM Notes
18 43 (0.38%) OpenStack
Applications
1 1,501 (13.12%) Microsoft Office
2 360 (3.15%) Microsoft Excel
3 125 (1.09%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 120 (1.05%) MS Visio
5 90 (0.79%) Microsoft Project
6 39 (0.34%) Spreadsheet
7 11 (0.096%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 11 (0.096%) Photoshop
8 10 (0.087%) InfoPath
9 8 (0.070%) Chatbot
10 7 (0.061%) Adobe Illustrator
10 7 (0.061%) AutoCAD
10 7 (0.061%) CINEMA 4D
10 7 (0.061%) Simulink
11 6 (0.052%) Acrobat
12 4 (0.035%) CATIA
12 4 (0.035%) InVision
12 4 (0.035%) NUKE
13 3 (0.026%) SOLIDWORKS
14 2 (0.017%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 59 (0.52%) Remedy ITSM
2 33 (0.29%) Dynamics CRM
3 28 (0.24%) Eikon
4 22 (0.19%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 18 (0.16%) ION MarketView
6 14 (0.12%) SAP FI-CA
6 14 (0.12%) SAP PSCD
7 12 (0.10%) Dynamics AX
8 11 (0.096%) Dynamics NAV
9 9 (0.079%) Elite 3E
10 8 (0.070%) Payment Gateway
11 7 (0.061%) Sentinel
12 6 (0.052%) Oracle Cash Management
13 5 (0.044%) assyst
13 5 (0.044%) Endur
13 5 (0.044%) HFM
13 5 (0.044%) Maximo
13 5 (0.044%) Oracle EBS
14 4 (0.035%) IntelliMatch
14 4 (0.035%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 2,322 (20.30%) Office 365
2 1,742 (15.23%) Microsoft Azure
3 1,071 (9.36%) Amazon AWS
4 393 (3.44%) IaaS
5 331 (2.89%) PaaS
6 299 (2.61%) Azure Active Directory
7 193 (1.69%) SaaS
8 158 (1.38%) Cloud Computing
9 141 (1.23%) OneDrive
10 140 (1.22%) AWS CloudFormation
11 139 (1.22%) Google Cloud Platform
12 133 (1.16%) GitHub
13 131 (1.15%) Amazon EC2
14 99 (0.87%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 90 (0.79%) Amazon S3
16 82 (0.72%) G Suite
17 62 (0.54%) Serverless
18 54 (0.47%) OpenShift
19 50 (0.44%) Mimecast
20 49 (0.43%) Datadog
Communications & Networking
1 994 (8.69%) DNS
2 985 (8.61%) Firewall
3 678 (5.93%) LAN
4 630 (5.51%) TCP/IP
5 605 (5.29%) DHCP
6 595 (5.20%) WAN
7 535 (4.68%) VPN
8 488 (4.27%) SAN
9 399 (3.49%) Skype
10 360 (3.15%) Internet
11 242 (2.12%) VoIP
12 195 (1.70%) SSL
13 182 (1.59%) Wireless
14 178 (1.56%) HTTP
15 158 (1.38%) NAS
16 154 (1.35%) Remote Desktop
17 148 (1.29%) Network Security
18 138 (1.21%) Wi-Fi
19 124 (1.08%) NetScaler
20 123 (1.08%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,302 (11.38%) SQL Server
2 176 (1.54%) Relational Database
3 166 (1.45%) MySQL
4 161 (1.41%) MongoDB
4 161 (1.41%) Oracle Database
5 157 (1.37%) SQL Server 2008
6 155 (1.36%) PostgreSQL
7 150 (1.31%) NoSQL
8 126 (1.10%) SQL Server 2012
9 124 (1.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 107 (0.94%) Big Data
11 100 (0.87%) Amazon RDS
12 99 (0.87%) Hadoop
13 92 (0.80%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 72 (0.63%) SQL Server 2016
15 70 (0.61%) RDBMS
16 68 (0.59%) DB2
17 64 (0.56%) Data Warehouse
18 55 (0.48%) SQL Server 2014
19 48 (0.42%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 649 (5.67%) Git (software)
2 630 (5.51%) Jenkins
3 445 (3.89%) JIRA
4 264 (2.31%) Visual Studio
5 230 (2.01%) Selenium
6 220 (1.92%) TeamCity
7 211 (1.84%) Subversion
8 169 (1.48%) Team Foundation Server
9 156 (1.36%) Maven
10 154 (1.35%) MSI
11 131 (1.15%) Cucumber
12 129 (1.13%) Visual Studio Team System
13 128 (1.12%) Octopus Deploy
14 109 (0.95%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 102 (0.89%) Sonatype Nexus
16 96 (0.84%) Bitbucket
17 89 (0.78%) Eclipse
18 84 (0.73%) Ant
19 80 (0.70%) Toad
20 78 (0.68%) Artifactory
General
1 1,613 (14.10%) Finance
2 542 (4.74%) Banking
3 266 (2.33%) Law
4 255 (2.23%) Retail
5 207 (1.81%) Telecoms
6 184 (1.61%) Front Office
7 138 (1.21%) Manufacturing
8 110 (0.96%) Legal
9 105 (0.92%) Investment Banking
10 101 (0.88%) Marketing
11 100 (0.87%) Publishing
12 94 (0.82%) Financial Institution
13 93 (0.81%) Back Office
14 70 (0.61%) Advertising
15 63 (0.55%) Military
16 51 (0.45%) Electronics
17 47 (0.41%) Billing
18 45 (0.39%) French Language
19 44 (0.38%) Automotive
20 43 (0.38%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 1,878 (16.42%) Analyst
2 1,113 (9.73%) Support Engineer
3 809 (7.07%) Developer
4 778 (6.80%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 741 (6.48%) Desktop Support
6 711 (6.22%) Windows Engineer
7 695 (6.08%) Support Analyst
8 659 (5.76%) Architect
9 635 (5.55%) DevOps Engineer
10 623 (5.45%) 2nd Line Support
11 594 (5.19%) Desktop Engineer
12 560 (4.90%) Service Analyst
13 525 (4.59%) Service Desk Analyst
14 505 (4.42%) IT Support
15 440 (3.85%) Consultant
16 415 (3.63%) Desktop Support Engineer
17 397 (3.47%) Administrator
18 306 (2.68%) IT Engineer
19 293 (2.56%) 2nd Line Engineer
20 290 (2.54%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 763 (6.67%) .NET
2 400 (3.50%) XML
3 393 (3.44%) Web Services
4 322 (2.82%) HTML
5 314 (2.75%) Middleware
6 249 (2.18%) CSS
7 226 (1.98%) REST
8 207 (1.81%) JSON
9 196 (1.71%) ASP.NET
10 187 (1.64%) .NET Framework
11 180 (1.57%) SOAP
12 174 (1.52%) AngularJS
13 167 (1.46%) Node.js
14 164 (1.43%) LDAP
15 162 (1.42%) jQuery
16 127 (1.11%) WCF
17 102 (0.89%) HTML5
18 92 (0.80%) RESTful
19 91 (0.80%) ASP.NET MVC
20 86 (0.75%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 632 (5.53%) Analytical Skills
2 586 (5.12%) Data Centre
3 330 (2.89%) Self-Motivation
4 279 (2.44%) Management Information System
5 245 (2.14%) Clustering
6 243 (2.12%) Blackberry
7 204 (1.78%) PKI
8 170 (1.49%) iPhone
9 141 (1.23%) Fat Client
9 141 (1.23%) Thin Client
10 140 (1.22%) Fixed Income
11 129 (1.13%) Hybrid Cloud
12 128 (1.12%) Driving Licence
13 127 (1.11%) Video Conferencing
14 125 (1.09%) Public Cloud
15 124 (1.08%) NHS
15 124 (1.08%) User Experience
16 121 (1.06%) Smartphone
17 113 (0.99%) iPad
18 110 (0.96%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 3,212 (28.08%) Windows Server
2 3,104 (27.14%) Windows 10
3 2,361 (20.64%) Linux
4 2,211 (19.33%) Windows 7
5 1,163 (10.17%) Windows Server 2012
6 1,159 (10.13%) Unix
7 949 (8.30%) Windows Server 2008
8 455 (3.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 383 (3.35%) Windows 8
10 373 (3.26%) Apple iOS
11 361 (3.16%) Windows XP
12 337 (2.95%) Windows Server 2003
13 336 (2.94%) Android
14 204 (1.78%) Mac OS X
15 181 (1.58%) Mac OS
16 160 (1.40%) Solaris
17 158 (1.38%) CentOS
18 147 (1.29%) Ubuntu
19 108 (0.94%) AIX
20 39 (0.34%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,578 (13.80%) ITIL
2 1,444 (12.63%) Migration
3 1,393 (12.18%) Agile Software Development
4 1,127 (9.85%) DevOps
5 955 (8.35%) Problem-Solving
6 950 (8.31%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 576 (5.04%) Continuous Integration
8 539 (4.71%) Test Automation
9 504 (4.41%) Service Management
10 489 (4.28%) Configuration Management
11 377 (3.30%) Scrum
12 366 (3.20%) Project Management
13 344 (3.01%) Change Management
14 311 (2.72%) Service Delivery
15 303 (2.65%) ITSM
16 301 (2.63%) Disaster Recovery
17 298 (2.61%) SDLC
18 288 (2.52%) Software Engineering
19 281 (2.46%) Stakeholder Management
20 265 (2.32%) Application Packaging
Programming Languages
1 1,758 (15.37%) PowerShell
2 1,621 (14.17%) SQL
3 798 (6.98%) C#
4 789 (6.90%) Python
5 704 (6.16%) Java
6 516 (4.51%) JavaScript
7 383 (3.35%) Bash Shell
8 352 (3.08%) C++
9 310 (2.71%) Shell Script
10 288 (2.52%) Perl
11 217 (1.90%) Ruby
12 206 (1.80%) C
13 170 (1.49%) VBScript
14 153 (1.34%) T-SQL
15 147 (1.29%) VB
16 80 (0.70%) Groovy
17 74 (0.65%) Korn
18 70 (0.61%) PL/SQL
19 66 (0.58%) PHP
20 58 (0.51%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 1,321 (11.55%) Security Cleared
2 978 (8.55%) SC Cleared
3 650 (5.68%) Microsoft Certification
4 500 (4.37%) Degree
5 394 (3.44%) MCSE
6 286 (2.50%) DV Cleared
7 254 (2.22%) Cisco Certification
8 217 (1.90%) MCSA
9 186 (1.63%) CCNA
10 171 (1.50%) MCP
11 164 (1.43%) ISTQB
12 161 (1.41%) ISEB
13 136 (1.19%) ITIL Certification
14 115 (1.01%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 113 (0.99%) DBS Check
16 109 (0.95%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
17 98 (0.86%) MCITP
18 91 (0.80%) CCNP
19 87 (0.76%) Computer Science Degree
20 78 (0.68%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 459 (4.01%) SLA
2 189 (1.65%) QA
3 75 (0.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 75 (0.66%) PMO
4 56 (0.49%) GDPR
5 48 (0.42%) PCI DSS
6 38 (0.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 26 (0.23%) Data Quality
8 17 (0.15%) HL7
9 14 (0.12%) MISRA
10 13 (0.11%) ISO 9001
11 12 (0.10%) Government Security Classifications
11 12 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 27005
11 12 (0.10%) MISRA C
12 11 (0.096%) ISO 22301
12 11 (0.096%) JSP 440
12 11 (0.096%) WCAG
13 9 (0.079%) Cyber Essentials
14 8 (0.070%) ISAE 3402
14 8 (0.070%) ISO 31000
System Software
1 4,372 (38.23%) Active Directory
2 1,247 (10.90%) VMware Infrastructure
3 641 (5.60%) Hyper-V
4 437 (3.82%) Docker
5 430 (3.76%) XenApp
6 386 (3.38%) vSphere
7 379 (3.31%) VMware ESXi
8 359 (3.14%) Microsoft App-V
9 314 (2.75%) XenDesktop
10 226 (1.98%) Virtual Machines
11 167 (1.46%) Virtual Desktop
12 122 (1.07%) BitLocker
13 94 (0.82%) Virtual Servers
14 77 (0.67%) NFS
15 64 (0.56%) VMware Workstation
16 60 (0.52%) XenServer
17 55 (0.48%) VMware NSX
18 48 (0.42%) Firmware
19 46 (0.40%) DFS Replication
20 40 (0.35%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 1,763 (15.41%) SCCM
2 603 (5.27%) Ansible
3 556 (4.86%) Puppet
4 387 (3.38%) Terraform
5 382 (3.34%) Opscode Chef
6 310 (2.71%) SCOM
7 257 (2.25%) Kubernetes
8 232 (2.03%) Microsoft Intune
9 210 (1.84%) WSUS
10 146 (1.28%) vCenter Server
11 145 (1.27%) Microsoft Clustering
12 126 (1.10%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 122 (1.07%) NetBackup
14 120 (1.05%) AirWatch
15 118 (1.03%) McAfee ePO
16 115 (1.01%) Nagios
17 106 (0.93%) Single Sign-On
18 96 (0.84%) Packer
19 87 (0.76%) Kibana
20 78 (0.68%) Grafana
Vendors
1 4,036 (35.29%) Microsoft
2 2,286 (19.99%) VMware
3 1,231 (10.76%) Citrix
4 973 (8.51%) Oracle
5 951 (8.32%) Cisco
6 584 (5.11%) HP
7 559 (4.89%) Apple
8 388 (3.39%) Red Hat
9 309 (2.70%) Google
10 294 (2.57%) NetApp
11 283 (2.47%) McAfee
12 254 (2.22%) IBM
13 238 (2.08%) ServiceNow
14 224 (1.96%) Dell
15 211 (1.84%) Ivanti
16 193 (1.69%) Splunk
17 176 (1.54%) SAP
18 170 (1.49%) EMC
19 166 (1.45%) Remedy
20 148 (1.29%) Symantec