Period
to 23 October 2019

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 23 October 2019 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
23 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 6 8 9
Rank change year-on-year +2 +1 0
Contract jobs citing Windows 9,729 11,172 9,969
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 12.59% 11.82% 10.82%
As % of the Operating Systems category 61.72% 56.30% 52.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,204 6,753 6,136
England median daily rate £363 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.33% +7.14% -2.78%
10th Percentile £130 £135 £135
90th Percentile £569 £575 £556
UK median daily rate £359 £375 £350
% change year-on-year -4.33% +7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 909 1,217 960
England median hourly rate £16.74 £16.95 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.27% +2.73% +8.13%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £10.75
90th Percentile £47.00 £43.75 £45.05
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year +6.06% +3.13% +4.92%

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 15,764 19,842 19,139
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 20.40% 20.99% 20.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,936 12,358 12,233
England median daily rate £425 £435 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.30% +2.35% +3.66%
10th Percentile £150 £167 £180
90th Percentile £625 £613 £600
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,047 1,391 1,153
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50
10th Percentile £11.24 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £50.45 £47.50 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

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 23 October 2019.

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 23 October 2019.

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 23 October 2019. 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 3,468 £400 -5.88% 928
South East +2 2,161 £375 - 865
North of England +5 1,419 £313 -10.71% 685
South West 0 1,043 £356 +1.77% 446
Midlands 0 936 £300 -14.29% 429
North West +1 769 £315 -7.35% 374
East of England +1 656 £319 -1.92% 374
West Midlands -2 573 £320 -11.11% 239
Yorkshire +3 528 £325 -8.71% 243
East Midlands +1 355 £300 -6.25% 189
North East 0 121 £180 -52.00% 68
Windows
UK

For the 6 months to 23 October 2019, 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 3,884 (39.92%) Active Directory
2 3,596 (36.96%) Windows 10
3 3,528 (36.26%) Microsoft
4 2,656 (27.30%) Windows Server
5 2,508 (25.78%) Office 365
6 2,060 (21.17%) Windows 7
7 1,900 (19.53%) VMware
8 1,746 (17.95%) SCCM
9 1,729 (17.77%) Azure
10 1,672 (17.19%) Linux
11 1,541 (15.84%) Migration
12 1,509 (15.51%) PowerShell
13 1,429 (14.69%) ITIL
14 1,339 (13.76%) Microsoft Office
14 1,339 (13.76%) Security Cleared
15 1,280 (13.16%) Finance
16 1,158 (11.90%) SQL
17 1,069 (10.99%) VMware Infrastructure
17 1,069 (10.99%) Windows Server 2012
18 1,054 (10.83%) Citrix
19 993 (10.21%) DNS
20 986 (10.13%) Infrastructure Engineering
21 976 (10.03%) SQL Server
22 960 (9.87%) Windows Server 2008
23 935 (9.61%) SC Cleared
24 891 (9.16%) Agile Software Development
25 812 (8.35%) DevOps
26 807 (8.29%) AWS
27 785 (8.07%) Cisco
28 780 (8.02%) Firewall

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
1 728 (7.48%) MS Exchange
2 594 (6.11%) SharePoint
3 397 (4.08%) Skype for Business
4 305 (3.13%) IIS
5 243 (2.50%) Exchange Server 2010
6 170 (1.75%) Confluence
7 162 (1.67%) Exchange Server 2013
8 112 (1.15%) Apache
9 81 (0.83%) Tomcat
10 78 (0.80%) WebLogic
11 66 (0.68%) Apache Spark
12 63 (0.65%) JBoss
13 52 (0.53%) IBM Notes
14 41 (0.42%) CMS
15 38 (0.39%) OpenStack
16 37 (0.38%) Exchange Server 2007
17 35 (0.36%) WebSphere
18 34 (0.35%) Elasticsearch
18 34 (0.35%) Exchange Server 2003
18 34 (0.35%) nginx
Applications
1 1,339 (13.76%) Microsoft Office
2 253 (2.60%) Microsoft Excel
3 107 (1.10%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 71 (0.73%) MS Visio
5 70 (0.72%) Microsoft Project
6 26 (0.27%) Spreadsheet
7 13 (0.13%) Photoshop
8 9 (0.093%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 6 (0.062%) AutoCAD
10 5 (0.051%) Acrobat
11 4 (0.041%) CINEMA 4D
11 4 (0.041%) Mozilla Thunderbird
12 3 (0.031%) SPSS
13 2 (0.021%) FileZilla
14 1 (0.010%) Abaqus
14 1 (0.010%) Chatbot
14 1 (0.010%) Maya
14 1 (0.010%) Notepad++
14 1 (0.010%) Open Workbench
14 1 (0.010%) Shockwave
Business Applications
1 52 (0.53%) Dynamics CRM
2 40 (0.41%) Remedy ITSM
3 28 (0.29%) Elite 3E
4 16 (0.16%) ION MarketView
4 16 (0.16%) Oracle Applications
5 13 (0.13%) Dynamics NAV
6 11 (0.11%) assyst
6 11 (0.11%) BusinessWorks
6 11 (0.11%) Magento
7 10 (0.10%) Eikon
8 8 (0.082%) Distributed Ledger
8 8 (0.082%) Oracle EBS
8 8 (0.082%) SAP SRM
8 8 (0.082%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
9 6 (0.062%) Dynamics GP
9 6 (0.062%) Misys Opics
9 6 (0.062%) Oracle EBS R12
9 6 (0.062%) R3 Corda
10 5 (0.051%) Salesforce.com CRM
10 5 (0.051%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 2,508 (25.78%) Office 365
2 1,729 (17.77%) Azure
3 807 (8.29%) AWS
4 363 (3.73%) Azure Active Directory
5 288 (2.96%) IaaS
6 258 (2.65%) PaaS
7 175 (1.80%) SaaS
8 167 (1.72%) OneDrive
9 151 (1.55%) GCP
10 144 (1.48%) GitHub
11 110 (1.13%) Serverless
12 82 (0.84%) AWS CloudFormation
13 78 (0.80%) Amazon EC2
13 78 (0.80%) Cloud Computing
14 76 (0.78%) Amazon S3
15 72 (0.74%) Power Platform
16 68 (0.70%) AWS Lambda
17 67 (0.69%) OpenShift
18 48 (0.49%) Azure ExpressRoute
18 48 (0.49%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 993 (10.21%) DNS
2 780 (8.02%) Firewall
3 683 (7.02%) DHCP
4 591 (6.07%) TCP/IP
5 477 (4.90%) LAN
6 456 (4.69%) VPN
7 444 (4.56%) WAN
8 437 (4.49%) Skype
9 410 (4.21%) SAN
10 278 (2.86%) Internet
11 200 (2.06%) VoIP
12 179 (1.84%) Wi-Fi
13 175 (1.80%) Wireless
14 147 (1.51%) VLAN
15 140 (1.44%) NAS
16 136 (1.40%) HTTP
17 128 (1.32%) Remote Desktop
18 121 (1.24%) Network Security
19 106 (1.09%) NetScaler
20 95 (0.98%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 976 (10.03%) SQL Server
2 162 (1.67%) Oracle Database
3 161 (1.65%) MySQL
4 109 (1.12%) Relational Database
5 108 (1.11%) SQL Server 2012
6 106 (1.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 99 (1.02%) PostgreSQL
8 97 (1.00%) SQL Server 2016
9 91 (0.94%) Amazon RDS
9 91 (0.94%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 87 (0.89%) MongoDB
11 82 (0.84%) SQL Server 2008
12 80 (0.82%) Data Warehouse
13 79 (0.81%) NoSQL
14 75 (0.77%) Big Data
15 63 (0.65%) Power BI
16 60 (0.62%) Azure SQL Database
17 54 (0.56%) Hadoop
18 53 (0.54%) DB2
19 43 (0.44%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 370 (3.80%) Jenkins
2 360 (3.70%) Git (software)
3 284 (2.92%) JIRA
4 243 (2.50%) Visual Studio
5 169 (1.74%) MSI
6 115 (1.18%) Selenium
7 99 (1.02%) Visual Studio Team System
8 96 (0.99%) TeamCity
9 82 (0.84%) Team Foundation Server
10 72 (0.74%) Subversion
11 68 (0.70%) Eclipse
12 67 (0.69%) InstallShield
13 65 (0.67%) Bitbucket
14 64 (0.66%) Cucumber
14 64 (0.66%) GitLab
15 54 (0.56%) Octopus Deploy
16 37 (0.38%) Maven
17 35 (0.36%) Gatling
18 34 (0.35%) Atlassian Bamboo
18 34 (0.35%) JMeter
General
1 1,280 (13.16%) Finance
2 588 (6.04%) Public Sector
3 431 (4.43%) Banking
4 316 (3.25%) Telecoms
5 276 (2.84%) Retail
6 171 (1.76%) Manufacturing
7 147 (1.51%) Legal
8 145 (1.49%) Law
9 127 (1.31%) Marketing
10 117 (1.20%) Electronics
11 77 (0.79%) Local Government
12 70 (0.72%) Front Office
13 68 (0.70%) Back Office
13 68 (0.70%) Investment Banking
14 67 (0.69%) Advertising
15 58 (0.60%) Publishing
16 57 (0.59%) Military
17 52 (0.53%) Financial Institution
18 45 (0.46%) Aerospace
19 44 (0.45%) German Language
Job Titles
1 1,376 (14.14%) Analyst
2 1,119 (11.50%) Support Engineer
3 923 (9.49%) Windows Engineer
4 824 (8.47%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 702 (7.22%) Desktop Support
6 607 (6.24%) Desktop Engineer
7 531 (5.46%) 2nd Line Support
8 527 (5.42%) Developer
9 505 (5.19%) Support Analyst
10 492 (5.06%) Architect
11 461 (4.74%) Service Analyst
12 446 (4.58%) IT Support
13 436 (4.48%) Service Desk Analyst
14 389 (4.00%) Consultant
15 382 (3.93%) Desktop Support Engineer
16 358 (3.68%) Deployment Engineer
16 358 (3.68%) DevOps Engineer
17 347 (3.57%) IT Engineer
18 296 (3.04%) 3rd Line Engineer
19 285 (2.93%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 483 (4.96%) .NET
2 329 (3.38%) Web Services
3 210 (2.16%) HTML
4 181 (1.86%) XML
5 163 (1.68%) JSON
6 141 (1.45%) CSS
7 134 (1.38%) Middleware
7 134 (1.38%) Node.js
8 132 (1.36%) .NET Framework
9 120 (1.23%) REST
10 106 (1.09%) ASP.NET
11 100 (1.03%) AngularJS
12 99 (1.02%) WPF
13 91 (0.94%) LDAP
14 90 (0.93%) RESTful
15 83 (0.85%) jQuery
16 77 (0.79%) SOAP
17 75 (0.77%) WinForms
18 68 (0.70%) .NET Core
19 66 (0.68%) Elastic Stack
Miscellaneous
1 488 (5.02%) Analytical Skills
2 461 (4.74%) Data Centre
3 279 (2.87%) Management Information System
4 253 (2.60%) Self-Motivation
5 245 (2.52%) Driving Licence
6 228 (2.34%) Clustering
7 165 (1.70%) NHS
8 160 (1.64%) Replication
9 156 (1.60%) PKI
10 141 (1.45%) Blackberry
11 140 (1.44%) Public Cloud
12 128 (1.32%) iPhone
13 124 (1.27%) Smartphone
14 118 (1.21%) Enterprise Software
15 111 (1.14%) Video Conferencing
16 100 (1.03%) User Experience
17 83 (0.85%) Linux Command Line
18 76 (0.78%) Fat Client
18 76 (0.78%) Thin Client
19 56 (0.58%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 3,596 (36.96%) Windows 10
2 2,656 (27.30%) Windows Server
3 2,060 (21.17%) Windows 7
4 1,672 (17.19%) Linux
5 1,069 (10.99%) Windows Server 2012
6 960 (9.87%) Windows Server 2008
7 541 (5.56%) Unix
8 362 (3.72%) Android
9 316 (3.25%) Apple iOS
10 263 (2.70%) Windows 8
11 261 (2.68%) Windows Server 2003
12 231 (2.37%) Windows XP
13 229 (2.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 186 (1.91%) Mac OS
15 155 (1.59%) Mac OS X
16 123 (1.26%) Ubuntu
17 117 (1.20%) CentOS
18 106 (1.09%) Solaris
19 50 (0.51%) AIX
20 44 (0.45%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,541 (15.84%) Migration
2 1,429 (14.69%) ITIL
3 986 (10.13%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 891 (9.16%) Agile Software Development
5 812 (8.35%) DevOps
6 774 (7.96%) Problem-Solving
7 396 (4.07%) Service Management
8 367 (3.77%) Change Management
9 350 (3.60%) Configuration Management
10 306 (3.15%) Test Automation
11 299 (3.07%) Project Management
12 285 (2.93%) ITSM
13 283 (2.91%) Information Security
14 275 (2.83%) Disaster Recovery
15 274 (2.82%) Continuous Integration
16 272 (2.80%) Incident Management
17 270 (2.78%) Scrum
18 264 (2.71%) Application Packaging
19 260 (2.67%) Service Delivery
19 260 (2.67%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 1,509 (15.51%) PowerShell
2 1,158 (11.90%) SQL
3 575 (5.91%) Python
4 499 (5.13%) C#
5 466 (4.79%) Java
6 392 (4.03%) JavaScript
7 271 (2.79%) Bash Shell
8 211 (2.17%) C++
9 195 (2.00%) C
10 145 (1.49%) Perl
11 116 (1.19%) VBScript
12 112 (1.15%) Ruby
13 108 (1.11%) T-SQL
14 106 (1.09%) Shell Script
15 102 (1.05%) VB
16 92 (0.95%) PHP
17 89 (0.91%) PL/SQL
18 69 (0.71%) VBA
19 48 (0.49%) Scala
20 42 (0.43%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 1,339 (13.76%) Security Cleared
2 935 (9.61%) SC Cleared
3 461 (4.74%) Microsoft Certification
4 399 (4.10%) Degree
5 359 (3.69%) DV Cleared
6 261 (2.68%) MCSE
7 231 (2.37%) Cisco Certification
8 167 (1.72%) CCNA
9 150 (1.54%) MCSA
10 146 (1.50%) ITIL Certification
10 146 (1.50%) MCP
11 86 (0.88%) DBS Check
12 81 (0.83%) CCNP
13 74 (0.76%) CISSP
14 73 (0.75%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 65 (0.67%) ISTQB
16 58 (0.60%) ISEB
17 57 (0.59%) Citrix Certification
18 56 (0.58%) MCITP
19 50 (0.51%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 484 (4.97%) SLA
2 236 (2.43%) QA
3 79 (0.81%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 52 (0.53%) GDPR
5 42 (0.43%) PCI DSS
6 40 (0.41%) NIST
7 31 (0.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 30 (0.31%) PMO
9 28 (0.29%) COBIT
10 18 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials
10 18 (0.19%) NCSC
11 16 (0.16%) Data Quality
11 16 (0.16%) MiFID
12 15 (0.15%) Disclosure Scotland
13 13 (0.13%) Government Security Classifications
14 11 (0.11%) ISO 9001
15 9 (0.093%) JSP 440
16 6 (0.062%) HMG Security Policy Framework
16 6 (0.062%) ISO 14001
17 5 (0.051%) RMADS
System Software
1 3,884 (39.92%) Active Directory
2 1,069 (10.99%) VMware Infrastructure
3 588 (6.04%) Hyper-V
4 415 (4.27%) XenApp
5 354 (3.64%) VMware ESXi
6 325 (3.34%) vSphere
7 304 (3.12%) Docker
8 291 (2.99%) XenDesktop
9 239 (2.46%) Microsoft App-V
10 232 (2.38%) Virtual Machines
11 133 (1.37%) Virtual Desktop
12 68 (0.70%) Virtual Servers
13 59 (0.61%) BitLocker
14 55 (0.57%) DFS Replication
15 54 (0.56%) Citrix Hypervisor
16 43 (0.44%) Firmware
17 42 (0.43%) VMware NSX
18 40 (0.41%) vCloud
19 35 (0.36%) VMware Workstation
20 28 (0.29%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 1,746 (17.95%) SCCM
2 352 (3.62%) Ansible
3 343 (3.53%) Microsoft Intune
4 272 (2.80%) Puppet
5 245 (2.52%) Terraform
6 233 (2.39%) SCOM
7 219 (2.25%) Kubernetes
8 199 (2.05%) Opscode Chef
9 179 (1.84%) WSUS
10 128 (1.32%) Single Sign-On
11 105 (1.08%) AirWatch
12 104 (1.07%) Microsoft Clustering
13 103 (1.06%) vCenter Server
14 75 (0.77%) Jamf Pro
15 67 (0.69%) NetBackup
16 56 (0.58%) SCVMM
17 55 (0.57%) McAfee ePO
18 53 (0.54%) Nessus
19 50 (0.51%) Norton AntiVirus
20 47 (0.48%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 3,528 (36.26%) Microsoft
2 1,900 (19.53%) VMware
3 1,054 (10.83%) Citrix
4 785 (8.07%) Cisco
5 606 (6.23%) Oracle
6 453 (4.66%) HP
7 355 (3.65%) Apple
8 245 (2.52%) SAP
9 240 (2.47%) Dell
10 223 (2.29%) ServiceNow
11 214 (2.20%) Google
12 213 (2.19%) Red Hat
13 188 (1.93%) McAfee
13 188 (1.93%) NetApp
14 182 (1.87%) IBM
14 182 (1.87%) Ivanti
15 146 (1.50%) EMC
16 123 (1.26%) Adobe
17 117 (1.20%) Splunk
17 117 (1.20%) Symantec