Period
to 20 February 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 20 February 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
20 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 8 9 6
Rank change year-on-year +1 -3 0
Contract jobs citing Windows 10,339 9,580 11,414
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.09% 10.85% 11.60%
As % of the Operating Systems category 53.38% 52.16% 54.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,506 5,847 6,541
England median daily rate £365 £360 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.39% +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £133 £143 £150
90th Percentile £575 £550 £538
UK median daily rate £363 £350 £345
% change year-on-year +3.57% +1.45% +3.60%
Number of hourly rates quoted 996 978 1,413
England median hourly rate £15.86 £15.25 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.00% -1.61% +3.33%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.50 £10.20
90th Percentile £46.38 £42.00 £40.00
UK median hourly rate £15.57 £15.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year +3.77% -3.23% +3.33%

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 19,368 18,365 21,079
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 20.77% 20.79% 21.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 12,520 11,681 12,707
England median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
10th Percentile £170 £200 £192
90th Percentile £620 £588 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £410 £400
% change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,169 1,147 1,630
England median hourly rate £17.38 £16.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.30% - +3.13%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.50 £10.37
90th Percentile £47.83 £45.16 £46.00
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year +3.03% - +3.13%

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 20 February 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 20 February 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 20 February 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 +3 4,514 £400 - 1,001
South East +2 2,301 £363 +3.57% 748
North of England -2 1,172 £318 -8.82% 704
Midlands +4 1,040 £328 +2.34% 500
South West +2 660 £300 - 313
East of England +1 653 £320 +6.67% 412
North West -2 558 £340 -6.21% 380
West Midlands +5 551 £325 -3.70% 273
East Midlands +5 475 £335 +21.82% 226
Yorkshire -1 413 £275 -19.12% 265
North East +1 205 £325 -2.99% 59
South Coast - 1 £500 -
Windows
UK

For the 6 months to 20 February 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 3,849 (37.23%) Active Directory
2 3,415 (33.03%) Microsoft
3 2,887 (27.92%) Windows Server
4 2,284 (22.09%) Linux
5 2,152 (20.81%) Windows 10
6 2,095 (20.26%) VMware
7 1,983 (19.18%) Windows 7
8 1,808 (17.49%) Office 365
9 1,610 (15.57%) ITIL
10 1,485 (14.36%) Finance
11 1,434 (13.87%) PowerShell
12 1,424 (13.77%) SQL
13 1,416 (13.70%) Microsoft Office
14 1,406 (13.60%) Windows Server 2012
15 1,347 (13.03%) Microsoft Azure
16 1,292 (12.50%) SCCM
17 1,251 (12.10%) Security Cleared
18 1,238 (11.97%) Citrix
19 1,213 (11.73%) Windows Server 2008
20 1,205 (11.65%) SQL Server
21 1,172 (11.34%) Migration
22 1,116 (10.79%) VMware Infrastructure
23 1,047 (10.13%) DevOps
24 1,028 (9.94%) Agile Software Development
25 993 (9.60%) Unix
26 925 (8.95%) DNS
27 891 (8.62%) SC Cleared
28 884 (8.55%) Firewall
29 870 (8.41%) Cisco
30 834 (8.07%) Amazon AWS

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
1 830 (8.03%) MS Exchange
2 518 (5.01%) SharePoint
3 488 (4.72%) IIS
4 381 (3.69%) Skype for Business
5 298 (2.88%) Exchange Server 2010
6 177 (1.71%) Exchange Server 2013
7 173 (1.67%) Confluence
8 163 (1.58%) Apache
9 143 (1.38%) Tomcat
10 98 (0.95%) Elasticsearch
10 98 (0.95%) Exchange Server 2007
11 92 (0.89%) WebSphere
12 85 (0.82%) OpenStack
13 82 (0.79%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 81 (0.78%) JBoss
15 73 (0.71%) WebLogic
16 57 (0.55%) IBM Notes
17 46 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2003
18 44 (0.43%) CMS
18 44 (0.43%) nginx
Applications
1 1,416 (13.70%) Microsoft Office
2 303 (2.93%) Microsoft Excel
3 131 (1.27%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 101 (0.98%) MS Visio
5 42 (0.41%) Microsoft Project
6 28 (0.27%) Spreadsheet
7 16 (0.15%) Acrobat
8 13 (0.13%) Adobe Illustrator
9 10 (0.097%) PaintShop Pro
9 10 (0.097%) Photoshop
10 9 (0.087%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 5 (0.048%) AutoCAD
11 5 (0.048%) InVision
11 5 (0.048%) UXPin
12 4 (0.039%) Doxygen
12 4 (0.039%) HipChat
12 4 (0.039%) NUKE
12 4 (0.039%) RoboHelp
12 4 (0.039%) Snagit
12 4 (0.039%) Vectorworks
Business Applications
1 45 (0.44%) Dynamics CRM
2 37 (0.36%) Remedy ITSM
3 20 (0.19%) Eikon
4 18 (0.17%) RMDS
5 15 (0.15%) Oracle BPM
6 12 (0.12%) Elite 3E
6 12 (0.12%) Oracle 11i
6 12 (0.12%) Temenos T24
7 10 (0.097%) Oracle Applications
8 9 (0.087%) assyst
9 7 (0.068%) Dynamics AX
9 7 (0.068%) Dynamics GP
9 7 (0.068%) Dynamics NAV
9 7 (0.068%) KANA IQ
10 6 (0.058%) Oracle Cash Management
10 6 (0.058%) Oracle EBS
11 5 (0.048%) SystmOne
12 4 (0.039%) Endur
12 4 (0.039%) Maximo
12 4 (0.039%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 1,808 (17.49%) Office 365
2 1,347 (13.03%) Microsoft Azure
3 834 (8.07%) Amazon AWS
4 280 (2.71%) IaaS
5 228 (2.21%) PaaS
6 169 (1.63%) Azure Active Directory
7 127 (1.23%) SaaS
8 109 (1.05%) Cloud Computing
9 83 (0.80%) AWS CloudFormation
10 81 (0.78%) OneDrive
11 66 (0.64%) G Suite
12 56 (0.54%) Amazon EC2
13 51 (0.49%) GitHub
14 48 (0.46%) Google Cloud Platform
15 36 (0.35%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 31 (0.30%) Serverless
17 24 (0.23%) Mimecast
17 24 (0.23%) Route 53
18 23 (0.22%) Amazon ELB
19 19 (0.18%) Google Drive
Communications & Networking
1 925 (8.95%) DNS
2 884 (8.55%) Firewall
3 637 (6.16%) DHCP
4 614 (5.94%) TCP/IP
5 526 (5.09%) LAN
6 518 (5.01%) WAN
7 514 (4.97%) SAN
8 458 (4.43%) VPN
9 333 (3.22%) Skype
10 280 (2.71%) Internet
11 187 (1.81%) VoIP
12 178 (1.72%) Wireless
13 160 (1.55%) Network Security
14 148 (1.43%) NAS
15 142 (1.37%) Remote Desktop
16 139 (1.34%) VLAN
17 127 (1.23%) NetScaler
18 108 (1.04%) Wi-Fi
19 98 (0.95%) SMS
20 92 (0.89%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,205 (11.65%) SQL Server
2 188 (1.82%) Oracle Database
3 171 (1.65%) MySQL
4 155 (1.50%) Relational Database
5 150 (1.45%) SQL Server 2012
6 127 (1.23%) SQL Server 2008
7 121 (1.17%) NoSQL
8 108 (1.04%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 93 (0.90%) MongoDB
10 91 (0.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 83 (0.80%) Big Data
11 83 (0.80%) SQL Server 2016
12 74 (0.72%) Hadoop
13 68 (0.66%) Oracle Database 11g
14 63 (0.61%) PostgreSQL
14 63 (0.61%) SQL Server 2005
15 58 (0.56%) Oracle Database 10g
16 56 (0.54%) RDBMS
17 55 (0.53%) SQL Server 2014
17 55 (0.53%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 519 (5.02%) Git (software)
2 483 (4.67%) Jenkins
3 335 (3.24%) TeamCity
4 299 (2.89%) JIRA
5 292 (2.82%) Team Foundation Server
6 234 (2.26%) Visual Studio
7 224 (2.17%) Octopus Deploy
8 161 (1.56%) Subversion
9 137 (1.33%) MSI
10 125 (1.21%) Selenium
11 107 (1.03%) Maven
12 101 (0.98%) Sonatype Nexus
13 71 (0.69%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 69 (0.67%) Bitbucket
15 67 (0.65%) NUnit
16 61 (0.59%) Eclipse
17 58 (0.56%) Artifactory
18 57 (0.55%) Visual Studio Team System
19 54 (0.52%) Cucumber
20 53 (0.51%) Ant
General
1 1,485 (14.36%) Finance
2 637 (6.16%) Banking
3 237 (2.29%) Retail
4 209 (2.02%) Legal
5 199 (1.92%) Telecoms
6 174 (1.68%) Investment Banking
7 134 (1.30%) Law
8 115 (1.11%) Front Office
8 115 (1.11%) Manufacturing
9 105 (1.02%) Back Office
10 89 (0.86%) Publishing
11 76 (0.74%) Financial Institution
12 61 (0.59%) Advertising
13 57 (0.55%) French Language
14 41 (0.40%) Electronics
15 39 (0.38%) Marketing
16 34 (0.33%) Retail Banking
17 29 (0.28%) German Language
17 29 (0.28%) Pharmaceutical
18 22 (0.21%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 1,589 (15.37%) Analyst
2 1,020 (9.87%) Support Engineer
3 891 (8.62%) Desktop Support
4 859 (8.31%) Developer
5 616 (5.96%) Windows Engineer
6 593 (5.74%) DevOps Engineer
7 580 (5.61%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 577 (5.58%) Architect
9 561 (5.43%) 2nd Line Support
10 555 (5.37%) Support Analyst
11 548 (5.30%) Consultant
12 539 (5.21%) Service Analyst
13 523 (5.06%) Service Desk Analyst
14 490 (4.74%) Desktop Engineer
15 440 (4.26%) IT Support
16 377 (3.65%) Administrator
17 348 (3.37%) Desktop Support Engineer
18 281 (2.72%) 3rd Line Engineer
19 280 (2.71%) 2nd Line Engineer
20 261 (2.52%) IT Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 826 (7.99%) .NET
2 467 (4.52%) Web Services
3 294 (2.84%) HTML
4 278 (2.69%) XML
5 235 (2.27%) CSS
6 211 (2.04%) ASP.NET
7 208 (2.01%) REST
8 183 (1.77%) JSON
9 179 (1.73%) .NET Framework
10 171 (1.65%) Middleware
11 165 (1.60%) SOAP
12 161 (1.56%) AngularJS
13 145 (1.40%) LDAP
14 129 (1.25%) jQuery
14 129 (1.25%) WCF
15 119 (1.15%) ASP.NET Web API
16 108 (1.04%) WPF
17 97 (0.94%) ASP.NET MVC
18 86 (0.83%) HTML5
19 84 (0.81%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 599 (5.79%) Analytical Skills
2 584 (5.65%) Data Centre
3 337 (3.26%) Management Information System
4 234 (2.26%) Blackberry
5 232 (2.24%) Computer Science
6 218 (2.11%) Clustering
7 197 (1.91%) PKI
8 170 (1.64%) iPhone
9 159 (1.54%) Replication
10 133 (1.29%) Smartphone
11 120 (1.16%) iPad
12 101 (0.98%) Public Cloud
13 100 (0.97%) Enterprise Software
14 97 (0.94%) Video Conferencing
15 94 (0.91%) Client/Server
16 91 (0.88%) Mobile App
17 89 (0.86%) NHS
18 88 (0.85%) Driving Licence
19 86 (0.83%) Derivative
20 81 (0.78%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 2,887 (27.92%) Windows Server
2 2,284 (22.09%) Linux
3 2,152 (20.81%) Windows 10
4 1,983 (19.18%) Windows 7
5 1,406 (13.60%) Windows Server 2012
6 1,213 (11.73%) Windows Server 2008
7 993 (9.60%) Unix
8 547 (5.29%) Windows Server 2003
9 411 (3.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 349 (3.38%) Windows 8
11 345 (3.34%) Android
12 332 (3.21%) Apple iOS
13 325 (3.14%) Windows XP
14 206 (1.99%) Solaris
15 154 (1.49%) Mac OS X
16 141 (1.36%) Mac OS
17 128 (1.24%) AIX
18 121 (1.17%) CentOS
19 115 (1.11%) Windows Vista
20 76 (0.74%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,610 (15.57%) ITIL
2 1,172 (11.34%) Migration
3 1,047 (10.13%) DevOps
4 1,028 (9.94%) Agile Software Development
5 475 (4.59%) Continuous Integration
6 461 (4.46%) Configuration Management
7 446 (4.31%) Change Management
8 431 (4.17%) Service Management
9 366 (3.54%) Incident Management
10 349 (3.38%) Project Management
11 336 (3.25%) Test Automation
12 328 (3.17%) Service Delivery
13 324 (3.13%) Scrum
14 317 (3.07%) Information Security
15 302 (2.92%) SDLC
16 258 (2.50%) Software Engineering
17 254 (2.46%) Stakeholder Management
18 247 (2.39%) Disaster Recovery
19 239 (2.31%) Problem Management
20 235 (2.27%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 1,434 (13.87%) PowerShell
2 1,424 (13.77%) SQL
3 736 (7.12%) C#
4 680 (6.58%) Python
5 586 (5.67%) Java
6 423 (4.09%) JavaScript
7 281 (2.72%) Bash Shell
8 278 (2.69%) C++
9 259 (2.51%) Perl
10 234 (2.26%) C
11 209 (2.02%) Shell Script
12 202 (1.95%) Ruby
13 201 (1.94%) VBScript
14 180 (1.74%) T-SQL
15 134 (1.30%) PL/SQL
16 115 (1.11%) VB
17 108 (1.04%) PHP
18 81 (0.78%) VB.NET
19 55 (0.53%) VBA
20 52 (0.50%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 1,251 (12.10%) Security Cleared
2 891 (8.62%) SC Cleared
3 619 (5.99%) Microsoft Certification
4 439 (4.25%) Degree
5 383 (3.70%) MCSE
6 308 (2.98%) DV Cleared
7 223 (2.16%) Cisco Certification
8 212 (2.05%) MCSA
9 208 (2.01%) MCP
10 168 (1.62%) ITIL Certification
11 155 (1.50%) CCNA
12 136 (1.32%) CISSP
13 115 (1.11%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 113 (1.09%) MCITP
15 96 (0.93%) Computer Science Degree
16 89 (0.86%) DBS Check
17 85 (0.82%) CCNP
18 73 (0.71%) CISM
19 67 (0.65%) ISEB
20 50 (0.48%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 457 (4.42%) SLA
2 198 (1.92%) QA
3 136 (1.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 107 (1.03%) GDPR
5 79 (0.76%) PCI DSS
6 68 (0.66%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 58 (0.56%) PMO
8 27 (0.26%) MiFID
9 21 (0.20%) Disclosure Scotland
9 21 (0.20%) ISO 9001
10 19 (0.18%) COBIT
10 19 (0.18%) HIPAA
11 17 (0.16%) Actionable Recommendations
11 17 (0.16%) Data Quality
12 16 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 15 (0.15%) GCP
14 14 (0.14%) HL7
15 7 (0.068%) Cyber Essentials
16 6 (0.058%) NIST 800
17 5 (0.048%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 3,849 (37.23%) Active Directory
2 1,116 (10.79%) VMware Infrastructure
3 611 (5.91%) Hyper-V
4 398 (3.85%) XenApp
5 392 (3.79%) vSphere
6 380 (3.68%) VMware ESXi
7 294 (2.84%) Docker
8 242 (2.34%) Microsoft App-V
9 235 (2.27%) Virtual Machines
10 196 (1.90%) XenDesktop
11 115 (1.11%) BitLocker
12 85 (0.82%) XenServer
13 76 (0.74%) NFS
14 69 (0.67%) Virtual Servers
15 68 (0.66%) Virtual Desktop
16 60 (0.58%) vCloud
17 50 (0.48%) VMware Workstation
18 46 (0.44%) Terminal Services
19 37 (0.36%) Firmware
20 31 (0.30%) Samba
Systems Management
1 1,292 (12.50%) SCCM
2 413 (3.99%) Puppet
3 397 (3.84%) Ansible
4 299 (2.89%) Opscode Chef
5 259 (2.51%) SCOM
6 168 (1.62%) WSUS
7 151 (1.46%) Terraform
8 119 (1.15%) Microsoft Intune
9 118 (1.14%) AirWatch
10 107 (1.03%) NetBackup
11 97 (0.94%) Nagios
12 94 (0.91%) Microsoft Clustering
13 91 (0.88%) vCenter Server
14 88 (0.85%) McAfee ePO
15 81 (0.78%) Backup Exec
15 81 (0.78%) Norton AntiVirus
16 76 (0.74%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
17 61 (0.59%) Tivoli
18 58 (0.56%) Nessus
19 53 (0.51%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 3,415 (33.03%) Microsoft
2 2,095 (20.26%) VMware
3 1,238 (11.97%) Citrix
4 870 (8.41%) Cisco
5 721 (6.97%) HP
6 707 (6.84%) Oracle
7 448 (4.33%) Apple
8 380 (3.68%) Red Hat
9 302 (2.92%) NetApp
10 263 (2.54%) Ivanti
11 221 (2.14%) IBM
12 216 (2.09%) Dell
13 212 (2.05%) McAfee
14 188 (1.82%) Symantec
15 179 (1.73%) Splunk
16 175 (1.69%) ServiceNow
17 166 (1.61%) SolarWinds
18 162 (1.57%) EMC
19 161 (1.56%) Google
20 141 (1.36%) Remedy