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 3 months to 25 March 2017 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Windows
UK / England
Rank 9 8 6
Rank change year-on-year -1 -2  
Contract jobs citing Windows 4341 5567 6217
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 10.39% 11.35% 12.94%
As % of the Operating Systems category 50.52% 53.06% 58.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 2599 3258 3334
Median daily rate £375 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £145 £155 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £515 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £345 £340 £320
% change year-on-year +1.47% +6.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 431 519 788
Median hourly rate £15.00 £15.63 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +0.80%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.75 £11.00 £10.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.00 £40.00 £34.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £15.50 £14.50
% change year-on-year -6.45% +6.89%  

Windows is in the operating system skills category. The next 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.

Contract Operating System Skills
England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 8593 10492 10615
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 20.56% 21.39% 22.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 5512 6554 6074
Median daily rate £413 £388 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.45% +3.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £185 £200 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £543 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £363 £338
% change year-on-year +6.89% +7.40%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 514 640 881
Median hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +3.12%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.50 £45.00 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.25 £16.92 £15.50
% change year-on-year -9.86% +9.16%  

Windows
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England citing Windows as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Operating Systems category.

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 3 months to 25 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Windows in England

Windows
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 25 March 2017.

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 3 months to 25 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -2 1709 £400 +1.26% 548
South East -3 947 £363 +3.57% 335
South West 0 343 £325 - 88
East of England +1 318 £300 -7.69% 131
North West -2 253 £350 -6.66% 173
West Midlands -2 228 £345 -2.81% 114
Yorkshire -3 220 £375 +7.14% 104
East Midlands -2 189 £300 -7.69% 81
North East +22 108 £390 +47.16% 24
Midlands +9 9 £275 -45.00%
Windows
UK

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 25 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Windows also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region with a requirement for Windows.

1 3444 (37.12%) Active Directory
2 3173 (34.20%) Microsoft
3 2719 (29.31%) Windows Server
4 2321 (25.02%) Linux
5 2121 (22.86%) VMware
6 1798 (19.38%) Windows 7
7 1566 (16.88%) SQL
8 1462 (15.76%) Windows Server 2008
9 1460 (15.74%) SQL Server
10 1424 (15.35%) ITIL
11 1407 (15.17%) Security Cleared
12 1344 (14.49%) Windows Server 2012
13 1343 (14.48%) Finance
14 1293 (13.94%) MS Excel
15 1251 (13.48%) Unix
16 1242 (13.39%) MS Office
17 1157 (12.47%) VMware Infrastructure
18 1108 (11.94%) PowerShell
19 1065 (11.48%) Citrix
20 1049 (11.31%) Office 365
21 1034 (11.15%) Migration
22 1028 (11.08%) Windows 10
23 1026 (11.06%) SC Cleared
24 1018 (10.97%) SCCM
25 1008 (10.87%) Agile Software Development
26 956 (10.31%) DNS
27 949 (10.23%) Microsoft Azure
28 862 (9.29%) Firewall
29 848 (9.14%) Cisco
29 848 (9.14%) Oracle

Windows
Top Related 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
1 795 (8.57%) MS Exchange
2 576 (6.21%) SharePoint
3 560 (6.04%) IIS
4 403 (4.34%) Skype for Business
5 379 (4.09%) Exchange Server 2010
6 222 (2.39%) Exchange Server 2013
7 178 (1.92%) Apache
8 169 (1.82%) WebSphere
9 157 (1.69%) Confluence
10 150 (1.62%) Tomcat
11 148 (1.60%) WebLogic
12 147 (1.58%) BizTalk Server
13 146 (1.57%) Exchange Server 2007
14 124 (1.34%) JBoss
15 104 (1.12%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
16 92 (0.99%) Elasticsearch
17 90 (0.97%) IBM Notes
18 86 (0.93%) SharePoint 2013
19 66 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2003
20 65 (0.70%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 1293 (13.94%) MS Excel
2 1242 (13.39%) MS Office
3 137 (1.48%) MS PowerPoint
4 82 (0.88%) MS Visio
5 46 (0.50%) Spreadsheet
6 41 (0.44%) MS Project
7 12 (0.13%) InfoPath
8 11 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 10 (0.11%) Adobe Illustrator
10 9 (0.097%) Photoshop
11 5 (0.054%) InDesign
12 4 (0.043%) Gliffy
12 4 (0.043%) SOLIDWORKS
13 3 (0.032%) HipChat
13 3 (0.032%) InVision
14 2 (0.022%) Autodesk Flame
14 2 (0.022%) Maya
14 2 (0.022%) NUKE
14 2 (0.022%) Simulink
15 1 (0.011%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 135 (1.46%) Dynamics CRM
2 38 (0.41%) Dynamics AX
3 32 (0.34%) Oracle EBS
4 29 (0.31%) Remedy ITSM
4 29 (0.31%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 23 (0.25%) Oracle Applications
6 21 (0.23%) Oracle 11i
7 19 (0.20%) Eikon
8 18 (0.19%) Adobe Campaign
8 18 (0.19%) Dynamics NAV
9 17 (0.18%) Oracle EBS R12
10 9 (0.097%) ION MarketView
10 9 (0.097%) Summit
11 7 (0.075%) Demantra
11 7 (0.075%) SnowdropKCS
12 6 (0.065%) Infor M3
12 6 (0.065%) Unica
13 5 (0.054%) BusinessWorks
13 5 (0.054%) SystmOne
14 4 (0.043%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 1049 (11.31%) Office 365
2 949 (10.23%) Microsoft Azure
3 575 (6.20%) Amazon AWS
4 332 (3.58%) IaaS
5 245 (2.64%) PaaS
6 158 (1.70%) SaaS
7 98 (1.06%) Azure Active Directory
8 82 (0.88%) OneDrive
9 72 (0.78%) GitHub
10 65 (0.70%) AWS CloudFormation
10 65 (0.70%) Yammer
11 62 (0.67%) Amazon S3
12 59 (0.64%) Cloud Computing
13 58 (0.63%) Amazon EC2
14 32 (0.34%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 30 (0.32%) Amazon ELB
15 30 (0.32%) G Suite
16 28 (0.30%) Google Analytics
17 26 (0.28%) Amazon CloudWatch
18 23 (0.25%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 956 (10.31%) DNS
2 862 (9.29%) Firewall
3 743 (8.01%) TCP/IP
4 621 (6.69%) LAN
5 612 (6.60%) DHCP
6 572 (6.17%) WAN
7 501 (5.40%) SAN
8 405 (4.37%) VPN
9 354 (3.82%) Internet
10 236 (2.54%) Skype
11 209 (2.25%) Wireless
12 203 (2.19%) VoIP
13 200 (2.16%) LDAP
14 182 (1.96%) SSL
15 162 (1.75%) NAS
15 162 (1.75%) Network Security
16 159 (1.71%) HTTP
17 131 (1.41%) VLAN
18 117 (1.26%) Remote Desktop
19 111 (1.20%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1460 (15.74%) SQL Server
2 281 (3.03%) SQL Server 2008
3 273 (2.94%) SQL Server 2012
4 228 (2.46%) Oracle Database
5 226 (2.44%) Relational Database
6 191 (2.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 175 (1.89%) MySQL
8 145 (1.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 136 (1.47%) MongoDB
10 131 (1.41%) SQL Server 2005
11 126 (1.36%) NoSQL
12 109 (1.17%) DB2
13 104 (1.12%) Hadoop
14 99 (1.07%) SQL Server 2014
15 96 (1.03%) PostgreSQL
16 94 (1.01%) Big Data
17 88 (0.95%) Data Warehouse
17 88 (0.95%) Oracle Reports
18 82 (0.88%) Oracle Database 11g
19 78 (0.84%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 335 (3.61%) Git (software)
2 332 (3.58%) Jenkins
3 311 (3.35%) JIRA
4 266 (2.87%) Team Foundation Server
5 201 (2.17%) TeamCity
6 180 (1.94%) Visual Studio
7 109 (1.17%) Subversion
8 104 (1.12%) Octopus Deploy
9 102 (1.10%) MSI
9 102 (1.10%) Selenium
10 71 (0.77%) Eclipse
11 66 (0.71%) Sonatype Nexus
12 57 (0.61%) NUnit
13 55 (0.59%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 53 (0.57%) Cucumber
15 51 (0.55%) Ant
16 49 (0.53%) Maven
17 40 (0.43%) HP UFT
18 39 (0.42%) GitLab
19 37 (0.40%) Oracle APEX
General
1 1343 (14.48%) Finance
2 547 (5.90%) Banking
3 286 (3.08%) Retail
4 186 (2.00%) Legal
5 176 (1.90%) Law
6 150 (1.62%) Telecoms
7 138 (1.49%) Front Office
7 138 (1.49%) Investment Banking
8 126 (1.36%) Manufacturing
9 122 (1.32%) Back Office
10 98 (1.06%) Marketing
11 80 (0.86%) Advertising
12 53 (0.57%) Financial Institution
13 52 (0.56%) Publishing
14 51 (0.55%) Electronics
14 51 (0.55%) Military
15 41 (0.44%) Local Government
16 40 (0.43%) Games
17 39 (0.42%) Retail Banking
18 21 (0.23%) Corporate Banking
Job Titles
1 1454 (15.67%) Analyst
2 985 (10.62%) Developer
3 955 (10.29%) Support Engineer
4 657 (7.08%) Architect
5 575 (6.20%) Support Analyst
6 560 (6.04%) Windows Engineer
7 537 (5.79%) 2nd Line Support
8 503 (5.42%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 490 (5.28%) Consultant
10 465 (5.01%) Desktop Support
11 432 (4.66%) Service Analyst
12 408 (4.40%) Service Desk Analyst
13 371 (4.00%) Administrator
14 359 (3.87%) IT Support
15 348 (3.75%) DevOps Engineer
16 328 (3.54%) Desktop Engineer
17 291 (3.14%) 3rd Line Engineer
18 267 (2.88%) 3rd Line Support
19 263 (2.83%) 2nd Line Engineer
20 249 (2.68%) 1st Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 803 (8.66%) .NET
2 390 (4.20%) Web Services
3 373 (4.02%) HTML
4 345 (3.72%) XML
5 280 (3.02%) CSS
6 231 (2.49%) Middleware
7 228 (2.46%) ASP.NET
8 166 (1.79%) JSON
9 160 (1.72%) jQuery
10 149 (1.61%) .NET Framework
11 143 (1.54%) SOAP
12 142 (1.53%) WCF
13 126 (1.36%) AngularJS
14 119 (1.28%) REST
15 102 (1.10%) HTML5
16 95 (1.02%) XSLT
17 94 (1.01%) WPF
18 93 (1.00%) RESTful
19 90 (0.97%) J2EE
19 90 (0.97%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 599 (6.46%) Analytical Skills
2 589 (6.35%) Data Centre
3 357 (3.85%) Management Information System
4 262 (2.82%) Blackberry
5 236 (2.54%) Clustering
6 208 (2.24%) Computer Science
7 136 (1.47%) PKI
8 135 (1.46%) Replication
9 128 (1.38%) User Experience
10 118 (1.27%) iPad
11 117 (1.26%) Client/Server
12 104 (1.12%) iPhone
13 101 (1.09%) Driving Licence
14 99 (1.07%) Mainframe
15 98 (1.06%) Mobile App
16 97 (1.05%) Smartphone
17 96 (1.03%) Fat Client
17 96 (1.03%) Thin Client
18 89 (0.96%) Video Conferencing
19 78 (0.84%) Fixed Income
Operating Systems
1 2719 (29.31%) Windows Server
2 2321 (25.02%) Linux
3 1798 (19.38%) Windows 7
4 1462 (15.76%) Windows Server 2008
5 1344 (14.49%) Windows Server 2012
6 1251 (13.48%) Unix
7 1028 (11.08%) Windows 10
8 690 (7.44%) Windows Server 2003
9 432 (4.66%) Windows XP
10 413 (4.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 376 (4.05%) Windows 8
12 349 (3.76%) Android
13 264 (2.85%) Apple iOS
14 257 (2.77%) AIX
15 238 (2.57%) Solaris
16 167 (1.80%) Mac OS X
17 131 (1.41%) CentOS
18 108 (1.16%) Windows Vista
19 102 (1.10%) Mac OS
20 98 (1.06%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 1424 (15.35%) ITIL
2 1034 (11.15%) Migration
3 1008 (10.87%) Agile Software Development
4 759 (8.18%) DevOps
5 422 (4.55%) Service Management
6 370 (3.99%) Change Management
7 359 (3.87%) Configuration Management
8 342 (3.69%) Project Management
9 315 (3.40%) Incident Management
10 313 (3.37%) Continuous Integration
10 313 (3.37%) Scrum
11 281 (3.03%) Problem Management
12 279 (3.01%) SDLC
13 268 (2.89%) Open Source
14 249 (2.68%) Disaster Recovery
15 241 (2.60%) Service Delivery
16 239 (2.58%) CRM
17 226 (2.44%) Stakeholder Management
18 221 (2.38%) Business Intelligence
19 217 (2.34%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 1566 (16.88%) SQL
2 1108 (11.94%) PowerShell
3 786 (8.47%) C#
4 655 (7.06%) Java
5 504 (5.43%) JavaScript
6 498 (5.37%) Python
7 302 (3.26%) Perl
8 291 (3.14%) C++
9 267 (2.88%) C
10 214 (2.31%) Bash Shell
11 209 (2.25%) VB
12 208 (2.24%) Shell Script
13 185 (1.99%) Ruby
13 185 (1.99%) T-SQL
14 179 (1.93%) VBScript
15 112 (1.21%) PHP
16 100 (1.08%) VB.NET
17 90 (0.97%) PL/SQL
18 60 (0.65%) Scala
19 46 (0.50%) VBA
Qualifications
1 1407 (15.17%) Security Cleared
2 1026 (11.06%) SC Cleared
3 533 (5.75%) Microsoft Certification
4 397 (4.28%) Degree
5 317 (3.42%) MCSE
6 296 (3.19%) DV Cleared
7 231 (2.49%) Cisco Certification
8 148 (1.60%) MCP
9 144 (1.55%) CCNA
10 135 (1.46%) ITIL Certification
10 135 (1.46%) MCSA
11 126 (1.36%) MCITP
12 106 (1.14%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 103 (1.11%) DBS Check
14 102 (1.10%) CISSP
15 93 (1.00%) CCNP
16 63 (0.68%) SANS
17 62 (0.67%) BPSS Clearance
18 57 (0.61%) ISEB
19 48 (0.52%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 388 (4.18%) SLA
2 215 (2.32%) QA
3 72 (0.78%) PCI DSS
4 56 (0.60%) Disclosure Scotland
5 54 (0.58%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 37 (0.40%) PMO
7 31 (0.33%) JSP 440
8 22 (0.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 18 (0.19%) ISO 9001
10 16 (0.17%) SEPA
11 13 (0.14%) Data Quality
12 11 (0.12%) MiFID
12 11 (0.12%) RMADS
13 10 (0.11%) Cyber Essentials
14 9 (0.097%) ISO20022
14 9 (0.097%) PA-DSS
15 8 (0.086%) GDPR
15 8 (0.086%) HL7
16 5 (0.054%) COBIT
16 5 (0.054%) DICOM
System Software
1 3444 (37.12%) Active Directory
2 1157 (12.47%) VMware Infrastructure
3 519 (5.59%) Hyper-V
4 340 (3.66%) XenApp
5 317 (3.42%) vSphere
6 226 (2.44%) VMware ESX
7 225 (2.43%) Microsoft App-V
8 209 (2.25%) Docker
9 192 (2.07%) XenDesktop
10 191 (2.06%) VMware ESXi
11 154 (1.66%) Virtual Machines
12 96 (1.03%) Virtual Desktop
13 82 (0.88%) BitLocker
14 72 (0.78%) Virtual Servers
15 66 (0.71%) XenServer
16 60 (0.65%) NFS
17 53 (0.57%) Oracle RAC
18 43 (0.46%) Terminal Services
19 42 (0.45%) vCloud
20 37 (0.40%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 1018 (10.97%) SCCM
2 312 (3.36%) Puppet
3 292 (3.15%) Ansible
4 236 (2.54%) Opscode Chef
5 234 (2.52%) SCOM
6 140 (1.51%) WSUS
7 96 (1.03%) Nagios
8 95 (1.02%) Microsoft Intune
9 91 (0.98%) Microsoft Clustering
10 86 (0.93%) NetBackup
11 84 (0.91%) Tivoli
12 76 (0.82%) AirWatch
13 61 (0.66%) Terraform
14 60 (0.65%) Backup Exec
14 60 (0.65%) Kibana
14 60 (0.65%) OpenView Configuration Management
15 57 (0.61%) vRealize
16 56 (0.60%) logstash
17 48 (0.52%) Norton AntiVirus
18 47 (0.51%) HP SiteScope
Vendors
1 3173 (34.20%) Microsoft
2 2121 (22.86%) VMware
3 1065 (11.48%) Citrix
4 848 (9.14%) Cisco
4 848 (9.14%) Oracle
5 644 (6.94%) HP
6 432 (4.66%) Red Hat
7 311 (3.35%) IBM
8 310 (3.34%) Apple
9 256 (2.76%) NetApp
10 248 (2.67%) Dell
11 204 (2.20%) Symantec
12 197 (2.12%) EMC
13 161 (1.74%) Google
14 154 (1.66%) Intel Security
15 146 (1.57%) Remedy
16 142 (1.53%) Splunk
17 140 (1.51%) SAP
18 136 (1.47%) ServiceNow
19 112 (1.21%) CA
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Montash
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 16 hours ago
London
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £150.00 - £250.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: Yesterday
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: £550 - £600 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
IntaPeople
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: Yesterday
South East London
Blue Octopus Recruitment LLP
Rate: Salary: £34,476 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Oscar
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Crawley, West Sussex
Proactive Appointments
Posted: 2 days ago
Warwickshire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £14 - £22 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Northampton, Northamptonshire
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £11.17 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
London
Modis International
Rate: £320.00 - £340.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Bracknell, Berkshire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 2 days ago
Cannock, Staffordshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £285 - £315 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £150 - £250 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Hook, Hampshire
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £300 - £320 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
London
Involved Solutions Ltd
Rate: £80 - £120 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Crawley, West Sussex
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Competitive
Posted: Yesterday
North West London
onezeero.
Rate: £180 - £200 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Leicester, Leicestershire
MAPP - IT, Digital, Broadcasting & Media Recruitment Specialists
Rate: From £220 to £280 per day or FTC at £35K per annum pro rata
Posted: Yesterday
Cheshire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £12 - £18 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Watford, Hertfordshire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £120 - £150 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Experis Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
Cambridgeshire
Pure Resourcing Solutions
Rate: £10 - £15 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300.00 - £340.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Gloucestershire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £175 - £225 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Channel 3 Consulting Ltd
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Uxbridge, Middlesex
Devonshire Hayes Recruitment Specialists Ltd
Rate: From £11 to £12 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Proactive Appointments
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Experis Ltd
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 2 days ago