Period
to 22 May 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 22 May 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
22 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 9 9 7
Rank change year-on-year 0 -2 -1
Contract jobs citing Windows 9,996 8,597 11,219
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 10.86% 10.31% 11.55%
As % of the Operating Systems category 52.32% 50.65% 52.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,118 5,209 6,643
England median daily rate £375 £363 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.45% +3.57% +0.72%
10th Percentile £135 £140 £153
90th Percentile £575 £565 £538
UK median daily rate £365 £363 £350
% change year-on-year +0.69% +3.57% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,056 849 1,076
England median hourly rate £16.00 £15.25 £15.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.92% -3.82% +0.75%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.39 £10.50
90th Percentile £44.77 £43.00 £40.00
UK median hourly rate £15.86 £15.00 £15.96
% change year-on-year +5.73% -6.03% +2.98%

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 19,104 16,972 21,271
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 20.75% 20.36% 21.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 12,141 10,804 13,303
England median daily rate £445 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.71% +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £185 £200 £209
90th Percentile £615 £588 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,233 1,006 1,285
England median hourly rate £17.50 £16.83 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.97% -0.99% +5.20%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.50 £10.67
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.50 £46.00
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year +3.03% -2.94% +5.20%

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 22 May 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 22 May 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 22 May 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 -2 4,296 £400 - 961
South East +2 2,178 £360 +0.70% 598
North of England +1 1,262 £325 -4.41% 549
Midlands 0 996 £340 +7.94% 369
South West +3 670 £325 - 266
North West -1 642 £350 - 302
East of England +1 595 £325 +8.33% 284
West Midlands +2 554 £325 - 195
East Midlands +2 432 £345 +15.00% 173
Yorkshire -10 362 £320 -5.54% 196
North East +2 258 £290 -11.45% 51
South Coast - 1 £500 -
Windows
UK

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 3,732 (37.33%) Active Directory
2 3,429 (34.30%) Microsoft
3 2,853 (28.54%) Windows Server
4 2,359 (23.60%) Windows 10
5 2,159 (21.60%) Linux
6 2,007 (20.08%) VMware
7 1,775 (17.76%) Windows 7
8 1,761 (17.62%) Office 365
9 1,469 (14.70%) ITIL
10 1,453 (14.54%) SQL
11 1,427 (14.28%) Microsoft Azure
12 1,415 (14.16%) Finance
13 1,403 (14.04%) PowerShell
14 1,394 (13.95%) Security Cleared
15 1,389 (13.90%) Microsoft Office
16 1,331 (13.32%) SCCM
17 1,243 (12.43%) Windows Server 2012
18 1,242 (12.42%) Migration
19 1,214 (12.14%) Citrix
20 1,189 (11.89%) SQL Server
21 1,164 (11.64%) Windows Server 2008
22 1,160 (11.60%) VMware Infrastructure
23 1,077 (10.77%) Agile Software Development
24 1,042 (10.42%) SC Cleared
25 1,014 (10.14%) DevOps
26 913 (9.13%) Amazon AWS
27 911 (9.11%) Problem-Solving
28 897 (8.97%) Firewall
29 894 (8.94%) DNS
30 832 (8.32%) Unix

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
1 783 (7.83%) MS Exchange
2 482 (4.82%) IIS
3 448 (4.48%) SharePoint
4 389 (3.89%) Skype for Business
5 265 (2.65%) Exchange Server 2010
6 157 (1.57%) Apache
7 147 (1.47%) Exchange Server 2013
8 145 (1.45%) Tomcat
9 116 (1.16%) Confluence
10 96 (0.96%) WebSphere
11 93 (0.93%) WebLogic
12 84 (0.84%) Elasticsearch
13 73 (0.73%) JBoss
14 67 (0.67%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 62 (0.62%) nginx
16 61 (0.61%) Exchange Server 2007
17 54 (0.54%) IBM Notes
18 53 (0.53%) OpenStack
19 51 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2003
20 38 (0.38%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 1,389 (13.90%) Microsoft Office
2 289 (2.89%) Microsoft Excel
3 106 (1.06%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 94 (0.94%) MS Visio
5 54 (0.54%) Microsoft Project
6 25 (0.25%) Spreadsheet
7 21 (0.21%) Adobe Illustrator
8 9 (0.090%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 7 (0.070%) Windchill
10 6 (0.060%) Simulink
11 5 (0.050%) Acrobat
11 5 (0.050%) AutoCAD
12 4 (0.040%) HipChat
12 4 (0.040%) PTC Creo
13 3 (0.030%) InfoPath
13 3 (0.030%) InVision
13 3 (0.030%) PaintShop Pro
13 3 (0.030%) SOLIDWORKS
13 3 (0.030%) UXPin
14 2 (0.020%) CATIA
Business Applications
1 35 (0.35%) Remedy ITSM
2 25 (0.25%) Dynamics CRM
3 21 (0.21%) assyst
4 17 (0.17%) Elite 3E
4 17 (0.17%) Oracle BPM
5 11 (0.11%) Eikon
5 11 (0.11%) Oracle Applications
6 8 (0.080%) Oracle Cash Management
7 7 (0.070%) Dynamics AX
7 7 (0.070%) Endur
7 7 (0.070%) Oracle EBS
8 6 (0.060%) SunGard Martini
9 5 (0.050%) OpenLink RightAngle
9 5 (0.050%) Oracle ERP
9 5 (0.050%) Payment Gateway
9 5 (0.050%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 5 (0.050%) SimCorp Dimension
10 4 (0.040%) Dynamics NAV
10 4 (0.040%) ENOVIA
10 4 (0.040%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 1,761 (17.62%) Office 365
2 1,427 (14.28%) Microsoft Azure
3 913 (9.13%) Amazon AWS
4 288 (2.88%) IaaS
5 268 (2.68%) PaaS
6 175 (1.75%) Azure Active Directory
7 169 (1.69%) AWS CloudFormation
8 144 (1.44%) SaaS
9 122 (1.22%) Cloud Computing
10 96 (0.96%) OneDrive
11 93 (0.93%) Amazon EC2
12 89 (0.89%) Google Cloud Platform
13 74 (0.74%) Serverless
14 72 (0.72%) G Suite
15 48 (0.48%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 42 (0.42%) GitHub
17 41 (0.41%) Amazon CloudWatch
17 41 (0.41%) Amazon S3
18 40 (0.40%) NuGet
19 39 (0.39%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 897 (8.97%) Firewall
2 894 (8.94%) DNS
3 646 (6.46%) DHCP
4 549 (5.49%) TCP/IP
5 469 (4.69%) LAN
6 461 (4.61%) VPN
7 460 (4.60%) SAN
8 454 (4.54%) WAN
9 370 (3.70%) Skype
10 257 (2.57%) Internet
11 172 (1.72%) VoIP
12 168 (1.68%) Remote Desktop
13 153 (1.53%) Network Security
14 149 (1.49%) NetScaler
15 145 (1.45%) Wireless
16 134 (1.34%) SSL
17 133 (1.33%) NAS
18 120 (1.20%) VLAN
19 106 (1.06%) MPLS
20 104 (1.04%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,189 (11.89%) SQL Server
2 218 (2.18%) Oracle Database
3 157 (1.57%) MySQL
4 156 (1.56%) Relational Database
5 149 (1.49%) SQL Server 2012
6 123 (1.23%) Big Data
7 115 (1.15%) NoSQL
8 111 (1.11%) SQL Server 2016
9 110 (1.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 106 (1.06%) MongoDB
11 105 (1.05%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 103 (1.03%) SQL Server 2008
13 95 (0.95%) Oracle Database 11g
14 90 (0.90%) PostgreSQL
15 80 (0.80%) Amazon RDS
16 76 (0.76%) Data Warehouse
17 69 (0.69%) Oracle Database 10g
18 61 (0.61%) Hadoop
19 55 (0.55%) SQL Server 2005
20 53 (0.53%) GIS
Development Applications
1 498 (4.98%) Git (software)
2 491 (4.91%) Jenkins
3 259 (2.59%) Visual Studio
4 252 (2.52%) Team Foundation Server
5 251 (2.51%) JIRA
6 250 (2.50%) TeamCity
7 190 (1.90%) Subversion
8 165 (1.65%) Selenium
9 160 (1.60%) Octopus Deploy
10 140 (1.40%) MSI
11 97 (0.97%) Maven
12 86 (0.86%) Visual Studio Team System
13 85 (0.85%) Eclipse
14 71 (0.71%) NUnit
15 70 (0.70%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 65 (0.65%) Ant
16 65 (0.65%) SpecFlow
17 63 (0.63%) Bitbucket
18 62 (0.62%) Vagrant
19 60 (0.60%) Cucumber
General
1 1,415 (14.16%) Finance
2 524 (5.24%) Banking
3 258 (2.58%) Retail
4 192 (1.92%) Legal
4 192 (1.92%) Telecoms
5 173 (1.73%) Law
6 140 (1.40%) Investment Banking
7 122 (1.22%) Front Office
8 112 (1.12%) Manufacturing
9 108 (1.08%) Back Office
10 78 (0.78%) Publishing
11 77 (0.77%) Financial Institution
12 63 (0.63%) Marketing
13 51 (0.51%) Advertising
14 41 (0.41%) Electronics
15 39 (0.39%) Military
16 37 (0.37%) French Language
17 32 (0.32%) Local Government
18 27 (0.27%) German Language
19 23 (0.23%) Games
Job Titles
1 1,485 (14.86%) Analyst
2 1,058 (10.58%) Support Engineer
3 940 (9.40%) Desktop Support
4 867 (8.67%) Developer
5 634 (6.34%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 580 (5.80%) Windows Engineer
7 577 (5.77%) DevOps Engineer
8 556 (5.56%) 2nd Line Support
9 553 (5.53%) Architect
10 516 (5.16%) Desktop Engineer
11 490 (4.90%) Support Analyst
12 472 (4.72%) Service Analyst
13 456 (4.56%) Consultant
14 453 (4.53%) Service Desk Analyst
15 425 (4.25%) IT Support
16 343 (3.43%) Administrator
17 341 (3.41%) Desktop Support Engineer
18 275 (2.75%) 3rd Line Engineer
19 266 (2.66%) 2nd Line Engineer
20 265 (2.65%) IT Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 794 (7.94%) .NET
2 464 (4.64%) Web Services
3 333 (3.33%) XML
4 264 (2.64%) HTML
5 249 (2.49%) REST
6 228 (2.28%) ASP.NET
7 223 (2.23%) CSS
8 192 (1.92%) JSON
9 185 (1.85%) .NET Framework
10 173 (1.73%) Middleware
11 161 (1.61%) AngularJS
12 149 (1.49%) SOAP
13 142 (1.42%) jQuery
14 132 (1.32%) Node.js
15 124 (1.24%) ASP.NET Web API
16 115 (1.15%) WCF
17 106 (1.06%) ASP.NET MVC
18 101 (1.01%) LDAP
19 96 (0.96%) WPF
20 78 (0.78%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 644 (6.44%) Analytical Skills
2 607 (6.07%) Data Centre
3 291 (2.91%) Self-Motivation
4 271 (2.71%) Management Information System
5 239 (2.39%) Clustering
6 214 (2.14%) Computer Science
7 191 (1.91%) Blackberry
8 185 (1.85%) PKI
9 163 (1.63%) iPhone
10 123 (1.23%) Replication
11 119 (1.19%) iPad
12 115 (1.15%) Smartphone
13 110 (1.10%) Enterprise Software
14 99 (0.99%) Mobile App
14 99 (0.99%) Video Conferencing
15 97 (0.97%) User Experience
16 96 (0.96%) Public Cloud
17 93 (0.93%) Derivative
17 93 (0.93%) Fat Client
17 93 (0.93%) Fixed Income
Operating Systems
1 2,853 (28.54%) Windows Server
2 2,359 (23.60%) Windows 10
3 2,159 (21.60%) Linux
4 1,775 (17.76%) Windows 7
5 1,243 (12.43%) Windows Server 2012
6 1,164 (11.64%) Windows Server 2008
7 832 (8.32%) Unix
8 496 (4.96%) Windows Server 2003
9 386 (3.86%) Android
10 377 (3.77%) Apple iOS
11 364 (3.64%) Windows XP
12 346 (3.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 331 (3.31%) Windows 8
14 189 (1.89%) Mac OS
15 188 (1.88%) Solaris
16 173 (1.73%) Mac OS X
17 154 (1.54%) CentOS
18 146 (1.46%) AIX
19 108 (1.08%) Ubuntu
20 89 (0.89%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,469 (14.70%) ITIL
2 1,242 (12.42%) Migration
3 1,077 (10.77%) Agile Software Development
4 1,014 (10.14%) DevOps
5 911 (9.11%) Problem-Solving
6 482 (4.82%) Continuous Integration
7 480 (4.80%) Configuration Management
8 459 (4.59%) Service Management
9 457 (4.57%) Change Management
10 369 (3.69%) Project Management
11 346 (3.46%) Service Delivery
12 343 (3.43%) Test Automation
13 332 (3.32%) Incident Management
14 327 (3.27%) Scrum
15 317 (3.17%) SDLC
16 313 (3.13%) Stakeholder Management
17 270 (2.70%) Problem Management
18 260 (2.60%) Time Management
19 255 (2.55%) Software Engineering
20 243 (2.43%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 1,453 (14.54%) SQL
2 1,403 (14.04%) PowerShell
3 776 (7.76%) C#
4 765 (7.65%) Python
5 606 (6.06%) Java
6 450 (4.50%) JavaScript
7 338 (3.38%) C++
8 307 (3.07%) Bash Shell
9 295 (2.95%) Perl
10 246 (2.46%) C
11 197 (1.97%) Shell Script
12 191 (1.91%) Ruby
13 188 (1.88%) T-SQL
14 164 (1.64%) VBScript
15 136 (1.36%) PL/SQL
16 124 (1.24%) VB
17 91 (0.91%) VB.NET
18 79 (0.79%) PHP
19 58 (0.58%) VBA
20 47 (0.47%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 1,394 (13.95%) Security Cleared
2 1,042 (10.42%) SC Cleared
3 527 (5.27%) Microsoft Certification
4 419 (4.19%) Degree
5 320 (3.20%) MCSE
6 271 (2.71%) DV Cleared
7 227 (2.27%) Cisco Certification
8 186 (1.86%) MCSA
9 179 (1.79%) MCP
10 157 (1.57%) CCNA
11 146 (1.46%) ITIL Certification
12 114 (1.14%) CISSP
13 108 (1.08%) MCITP
14 100 (1.00%) Computer Science Degree
15 99 (0.99%) CCNP
16 92 (0.92%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 78 (0.78%) ISEB
18 77 (0.77%) DBS Check
19 63 (0.63%) BPSS Clearance
20 52 (0.52%) AWS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 450 (4.50%) SLA
2 177 (1.77%) QA
3 104 (1.04%) GDPR
4 80 (0.80%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 70 (0.70%) PCI DSS
6 58 (0.58%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 53 (0.53%) PMO
8 32 (0.32%) GCP
9 27 (0.27%) Disclosure Scotland
10 25 (0.25%) MiFID
11 18 (0.18%) Data Quality
11 18 (0.18%) ISO 9001
12 16 (0.16%) HL7
13 14 (0.14%) COBIT
14 12 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 7 (0.070%) Cyber Essentials
16 6 (0.060%) 21 CFR Part 11
16 6 (0.060%) EMIR
16 6 (0.060%) GxP
16 6 (0.060%) NIST 800
System Software
1 3,732 (37.33%) Active Directory
2 1,160 (11.60%) VMware Infrastructure
3 558 (5.58%) Hyper-V
4 431 (4.31%) XenApp
5 401 (4.01%) VMware ESXi
6 381 (3.81%) vSphere
7 365 (3.65%) Docker
8 280 (2.80%) Microsoft App-V
9 253 (2.53%) XenDesktop
10 222 (2.22%) Virtual Machines
11 124 (1.24%) Virtual Desktop
12 104 (1.04%) BitLocker
13 97 (0.97%) XenServer
14 66 (0.66%) NFS
15 59 (0.59%) Virtual Servers
16 54 (0.54%) VMware Workstation
17 47 (0.47%) Firmware
18 43 (0.43%) VirtualBox
18 43 (0.43%) VMware NSX
19 39 (0.39%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 1,331 (13.32%) SCCM
2 448 (4.48%) Puppet
3 432 (4.32%) Ansible
4 328 (3.28%) Opscode Chef
5 241 (2.41%) SCOM
6 229 (2.29%) Terraform
7 197 (1.97%) Microsoft Intune
8 195 (1.95%) WSUS
9 136 (1.36%) Kubernetes
10 122 (1.22%) vCenter Server
11 120 (1.20%) AirWatch
12 116 (1.16%) Microsoft Clustering
13 101 (1.01%) Packer
14 96 (0.96%) Nagios
15 89 (0.89%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
16 87 (0.87%) NetBackup
17 79 (0.79%) Backup Exec
18 76 (0.76%) McAfee ePO
19 74 (0.74%) Nessus
20 69 (0.69%) Salt
Vendors
1 3,429 (34.30%) Microsoft
2 2,007 (20.08%) VMware
3 1,214 (12.14%) Citrix
4 814 (8.14%) Cisco
5 693 (6.93%) Oracle
6 617 (6.17%) HP
7 436 (4.36%) Apple
8 350 (3.50%) Red Hat
9 302 (3.02%) Ivanti
10 293 (2.93%) NetApp
11 220 (2.20%) ServiceNow
12 219 (2.19%) IBM
13 207 (2.07%) McAfee
14 206 (2.06%) Dell
15 198 (1.98%) Splunk
16 189 (1.89%) Google
17 150 (1.50%) SAP
17 150 (1.50%) Symantec
18 148 (1.48%) EMC
19 146 (1.46%) SolarWinds