Period
to 14 April 2021

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 14 April 2021 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
14 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 16 6 9
Rank change year-on-year -10 +3 0
Contract jobs citing Windows 3,681 6,892 10,035
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 8.79% 12.89% 11.37%
As % of the Operating Systems category 52.59% 63.28% 55.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,406 4,377 6,467
10th Percentile £148 £130 £135
25th Percentile £220 £170 £205
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £398 £350 £375
Median % change year-on-year +13.74% -6.67% +1.35%
75th Percentile £500 £475 £488
90th Percentile £575 £552 £575
UK median daily rate £400 £345 £375
% change year-on-year +15.94% -8.00% +2.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 296 772 880
10th Percentile £11.29 £11.26 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.02 £13.47 £13.00
Median hourly rate £17.00 £17.00 £16.00
Median % change year-on-year - +6.25% +2.79%
75th Percentile £24.00 £20.00 £21.00
90th Percentile £48.75 £33.34 £43.00
UK median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year -2.94% +6.25% +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 7,000 10,891 17,945
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 16.71% 20.36% 20.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,617 7,106 11,683
10th Percentile £181 £143 £160
25th Percentile £325 £250 £317
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £425 £438
Median % change year-on-year +5.88% -2.86% -
75th Percentile £539 £528 £538
90th Percentile £630 £613 £625
UK median daily rate £450 £420 £425
% change year-on-year +7.14% -1.18% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 368 852 1,017
10th Percentile £11.93 £11.61 £11.17
25th Percentile £14.00 £13.50 £13.00
Median hourly rate £17.89 £17.25 £17.00
Median % change year-on-year +3.68% +1.47% +3.03%
75th Percentile £42.00 £21.56 £27.25
90th Percentile £54.00 £47.50 £48.16
UK median hourly rate £17.89 £17.50 £16.95
% change year-on-year +2.20% +3.24% +4.10%

Windows
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Windows in England

Windows
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Windows in England.

Daily rate trend for Windows in England

Windows
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Windows in England over the 6 months to 14 April 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Windows in England

Windows
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Windows in England.

Hourly rate trend for Windows in England

Windows
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Windows in England over the 6 months to 14 April 2021.

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 14 April 2021. 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 -18 1,359 £450 +20.00% 424
South East -1 736 £400 +18.08% 281
North of England -8 489 £285 -12.31% 321
Midlands -4 399 £305 -2.40% 256
South West -2 312 £325 -4.06% 172
North West -6 291 £290 -9.38% 172
West Midlands 0 271 £325 - 164
East of England -2 211 £275 - 129
Yorkshire -7 152 £286 -11.92% 106
East Midlands -5 120 £200 -30.43% 92
North East -3 46 £265 +11.58% 43
Windows
UK

For the 6 months to 14 April 2021, 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 1,472 (39.99%) Active Directory
2 1,345 (36.54%) Microsoft
3 1,118 (30.37%) Windows 10
4 973 (26.43%) Microsoft 365
5 964 (26.19%) Azure
6 958 (26.03%) Windows Server
7 839 (22.79%) Linux
8 764 (20.76%) VMware
9 686 (18.64%) Security Cleared
10 663 (18.01%) PowerShell
11 546 (14.83%) VMware Infrastructure
12 508 (13.80%) SC Cleared
13 507 (13.77%) DevOps
14 504 (13.69%) SCCM
14 504 (13.69%) SQL
15 477 (12.96%) Migration
16 454 (12.33%) Finance
17 442 (12.01%) ITIL
18 419 (11.38%) SQL Server
19 417 (11.33%) Microsoft Office
20 400 (10.87%) Firewall
21 398 (10.81%) Infrastructure Engineering
22 397 (10.79%) Agile Software Development
23 355 (9.64%) Windows 7
24 348 (9.45%) DNS
25 341 (9.26%) AWS
26 334 (9.07%) Citrix
27 316 (8.58%) Python
28 310 (8.42%) Cisco
28 310 (8.42%) 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
1 220 (5.98%) SharePoint
2 207 (5.62%) MS Exchange
3 103 (2.80%) IIS
4 78 (2.12%) Confluence
5 64 (1.74%) Skype for Business
6 42 (1.14%) Exchange Server 2010
7 40 (1.09%) Apache
8 37 (1.01%) Tomcat
9 34 (0.92%) Exchange Server 2013
10 29 (0.79%) WebSphere
11 26 (0.71%) JBoss
12 23 (0.62%) WebLogic
13 16 (0.43%) CMS
13 16 (0.43%) Elasticsearch
14 14 (0.38%) Exchange Server 2007
14 14 (0.38%) WebSphere Application Server
15 12 (0.33%) BizTalk Server
15 12 (0.33%) OpenStack
16 11 (0.30%) Oracle Coherence
17 10 (0.27%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 417 (11.33%) Microsoft Office
2 128 (3.48%) Microsoft Excel
3 51 (1.39%) MS Visio
4 32 (0.87%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 18 (0.49%) Photoshop
6 16 (0.43%) Microsoft Project
7 8 (0.22%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 7 (0.19%) Adobe After Effects
8 7 (0.19%) Adobe Illustrator
8 7 (0.19%) Adobe Premiere
9 6 (0.16%) CINEMA 4D
10 5 (0.14%) InfoPath
11 4 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
12 3 (0.081%) SOLIDWORKS
13 2 (0.054%) Acrobat
13 2 (0.054%) Siemens NX
13 2 (0.054%) Simulink
14 1 (0.027%) Adobe Captivate
14 1 (0.027%) AutoCAD
14 1 (0.027%) FileZilla
Business Applications
1 14 (0.38%) Sentinel
2 13 (0.35%) SAP FI-CA
2 13 (0.35%) SAP PSCD
3 10 (0.27%) Dynamics CRM
4 7 (0.19%) SAP HCM
4 7 (0.19%) SunGard Martini
5 6 (0.16%) Remedy ITSM
6 5 (0.14%) Eikon
6 5 (0.14%) Refinitiv Enterprise Platform
7 4 (0.11%) Dynamics NAV
7 4 (0.11%) Maximo
7 4 (0.11%) Oracle EBS R12
8 3 (0.081%) Oracle Payables
8 3 (0.081%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 3 (0.081%) SAP S/4HANA
9 2 (0.054%) assyst
9 2 (0.054%) Dynamics AX
9 2 (0.054%) Kondor
9 2 (0.054%) NetSuite
9 2 (0.054%) Salerio
Cloud Services
1 973 (26.43%) Microsoft 365
2 964 (26.19%) Azure
3 341 (9.26%) AWS
4 247 (6.71%) Azure Active Directory
5 146 (3.97%) IaaS
6 142 (3.86%) PaaS
7 116 (3.15%) SaaS
8 86 (2.34%) GCP
9 84 (2.28%) GitHub
10 57 (1.55%) OneDrive
11 51 (1.39%) Serverless
12 50 (1.36%) AWS CloudFormation
13 43 (1.17%) Power Platform
14 35 (0.95%) Cloud Computing
14 35 (0.95%) OpenShift
15 34 (0.92%) Amazon S3
15 34 (0.92%) AWS Lambda
16 32 (0.87%) Amazon EC2
17 27 (0.73%) Azure ExpressRoute
18 23 (0.62%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 400 (10.87%) Firewall
2 348 (9.45%) DNS
3 223 (6.06%) VPN
4 199 (5.41%) DHCP
5 198 (5.38%) WAN
6 176 (4.78%) LAN
7 162 (4.40%) TCP/IP
8 152 (4.13%) SAN
9 87 (2.36%) Skype
10 84 (2.28%) Internet
11 78 (2.12%) Wireless
12 71 (1.93%) Network Security
13 69 (1.87%) Wi-Fi
14 59 (1.60%) VLAN
15 46 (1.25%) SMTP
16 45 (1.22%) VSAN
17 43 (1.17%) VoIP
18 41 (1.11%) Cisco ASA
19 40 (1.09%) NetScaler
19 40 (1.09%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 419 (11.38%) SQL Server
2 79 (2.15%) MySQL
3 75 (2.04%) Oracle Database
4 57 (1.55%) Relational Database
5 51 (1.39%) MongoDB
6 37 (1.01%) NoSQL
6 37 (1.01%) Power BI
7 34 (0.92%) SQL Server 2012
8 33 (0.90%) Azure SQL Database
9 32 (0.87%) Data Warehouse
9 32 (0.87%) SQL Server 2008
10 31 (0.84%) Hadoop
10 31 (0.84%) SQL Server 2016
11 26 (0.71%) Amazon RDS
11 26 (0.71%) Cosmos DB
12 23 (0.62%) PostgreSQL
12 23 (0.62%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 19 (0.52%) Oracle Database 12c
14 18 (0.49%) RDBMS
14 18 (0.49%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 202 (5.49%) Git (software)
2 161 (4.37%) Jenkins
3 155 (4.21%) JIRA
4 83 (2.25%) Visual Studio
5 59 (1.60%) GitLab
6 55 (1.49%) Bitbucket
7 50 (1.36%) TeamCity
8 48 (1.30%) Subversion
9 39 (1.06%) Selenium
10 36 (0.98%) MSI
11 29 (0.79%) Sonatype Nexus
12 28 (0.76%) Octopus Deploy
12 28 (0.76%) SonarQube
13 26 (0.71%) Maven
14 23 (0.62%) Artifactory
14 23 (0.62%) Cucumber
15 20 (0.54%) Gradle
15 20 (0.54%) JUnit
15 20 (0.54%) SoapUI
15 20 (0.54%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 454 (12.33%) Finance
2 237 (6.44%) Public Sector
3 204 (5.54%) Banking
4 111 (3.02%) Telecoms
5 86 (2.34%) Manufacturing
6 71 (1.93%) Retail
7 61 (1.66%) Investment Banking
8 55 (1.49%) Marketing
9 54 (1.47%) Legal
10 46 (1.25%) Electronics
11 42 (1.14%) Law
12 32 (0.87%) Front Office
13 25 (0.68%) Back Office
14 21 (0.57%) Publishing
15 20 (0.54%) Pharmaceutical
16 19 (0.52%) Aerospace
16 19 (0.52%) Financial Institution
17 18 (0.49%) Military
18 15 (0.41%) Local Government
19 13 (0.35%) French Language
Job Titles
1 473 (12.85%) Analyst
2 305 (8.29%) Support Engineer
3 304 (8.26%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 270 (7.33%) Architect
5 249 (6.76%) Developer
6 186 (5.05%) Windows Engineer
7 170 (4.62%) Consultant
8 161 (4.37%) IT Support
9 160 (4.35%) Azure Engineer
9 160 (4.35%) DevOps Engineer
10 154 (4.18%) Service Analyst
11 147 (3.99%) Desktop Support
12 145 (3.94%) Desktop Engineer
13 144 (3.91%) IT Engineer
14 143 (3.88%) Service Desk Analyst
15 122 (3.31%) Support Analyst
16 114 (3.10%) 2nd Line Support
17 103 (2.80%) Cloud Engineer
18 99 (2.69%) Administrator
19 93 (2.53%) Deployment Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 224 (6.09%) .NET
2 112 (3.04%) Web Services
3 104 (2.83%) XML
4 87 (2.36%) REST
5 78 (2.12%) JSON
6 74 (2.01%) Middleware
7 55 (1.49%) HTML
8 50 (1.36%) .NET Core
9 49 (1.33%) .NET Framework
10 42 (1.14%) CSS
11 40 (1.09%) Node.js
12 39 (1.06%) ASP.NET
13 37 (1.01%) SOAP
14 36 (0.98%) Spring
14 36 (0.98%) WinForms
15 35 (0.95%) YAML
16 34 (0.92%) LDAP
17 29 (0.79%) AngularJS
18 28 (0.76%) Elastic Stack
19 26 (0.71%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 198 (5.38%) Data Centre
2 179 (4.86%) Analytical Skills
3 113 (3.07%) Management Information System
4 104 (2.83%) Self-Motivation
5 92 (2.50%) PKI
6 78 (2.12%) NHS
7 76 (2.06%) Public Cloud
8 71 (1.93%) Clustering
9 53 (1.44%) Replication
10 50 (1.36%) Private Cloud
11 49 (1.33%) User Experience
12 46 (1.25%) Cloud Native
13 43 (1.17%) Video Conferencing
14 37 (1.01%) Driving Licence
15 35 (0.95%) Hybrid Cloud
16 30 (0.81%) Linux Command Line
17 27 (0.73%) EMC VNX
17 27 (0.73%) Greenfield Project
18 25 (0.68%) Virtual Team
19 24 (0.65%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 1,118 (30.37%) Windows 10
2 958 (26.03%) Windows Server
3 839 (22.79%) Linux
4 355 (9.64%) Windows 7
5 296 (8.04%) Windows Server 2012
6 252 (6.85%) Unix
7 216 (5.87%) Windows Server 2016
8 205 (5.57%) Windows Server 2008
9 145 (3.94%) Windows Server 2019
10 130 (3.53%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 107 (2.91%) Android
12 94 (2.55%) Apple iOS
13 66 (1.79%) Windows Server 2003
14 62 (1.68%) Mac OS
15 53 (1.44%) CentOS
16 52 (1.41%) Windows 8
17 49 (1.33%) Windows XP
18 44 (1.20%) Solaris
19 36 (0.98%) Ubuntu
20 22 (0.60%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 507 (13.77%) DevOps
2 477 (12.96%) Migration
3 442 (12.01%) ITIL
4 398 (10.81%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 397 (10.79%) Agile Software Development
6 310 (8.42%) Problem-Solving
7 153 (4.16%) Configuration Management
8 145 (3.94%) Test Automation
9 144 (3.91%) Cybersecurity
10 142 (3.86%) Continuous Integration
11 140 (3.80%) Change Management
11 140 (3.80%) Infrastructure as Code
11 140 (3.80%) Project Management
12 137 (3.72%) Scrum
13 131 (3.56%) Software Engineering
14 125 (3.40%) Service Management
15 113 (3.07%) Disaster Recovery
15 113 (3.07%) Project Delivery
15 113 (3.07%) Service Delivery
16 109 (2.96%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 663 (18.01%) PowerShell
2 504 (13.69%) SQL
3 316 (8.58%) Python
4 203 (5.51%) Java
5 198 (5.38%) C#
6 138 (3.75%) C++
7 121 (3.29%) JavaScript
8 108 (2.93%) Bash Shell
9 78 (2.12%) Perl
10 71 (1.93%) Shell Script
11 62 (1.68%) C
12 56 (1.52%) T-SQL
13 55 (1.49%) PL/SQL
14 53 (1.44%) VB
15 36 (0.98%) VBScript
16 34 (0.92%) Ruby
17 23 (0.62%) VB.NET
18 22 (0.60%) Go
19 20 (0.54%) VBA
20 18 (0.49%) PHP
Qualifications
1 686 (18.64%) Security Cleared
2 508 (13.80%) SC Cleared
3 201 (5.46%) Degree
4 167 (4.54%) DV Cleared
5 160 (4.35%) Microsoft Certification
6 80 (2.17%) MCSE
7 77 (2.09%) Cisco Certification
8 53 (1.44%) CCNA
9 47 (1.28%) DBS Check
10 41 (1.11%) CISSP
11 39 (1.06%) ISTQB
12 38 (1.03%) ITIL Certification
13 37 (1.01%) MCSA
14 35 (0.95%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 33 (0.90%) Computer Science Degree
16 32 (0.87%) CCNP
16 32 (0.87%) ISEB
16 32 (0.87%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
17 21 (0.57%) CISM
18 20 (0.54%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 203 (5.51%) SLA
2 96 (2.61%) QA
3 49 (1.33%) NIST
4 42 (1.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 35 (0.95%) GDPR
6 27 (0.73%) PCI DSS
7 15 (0.41%) Cyber Essentials
7 15 (0.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 13 (0.35%) COBIT
9 12 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 10 (0.27%) PMO
11 6 (0.16%) Data Quality
11 6 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 5 (0.14%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 5 (0.14%) HIPAA
13 4 (0.11%) Government Security Classifications
14 3 (0.081%) GRC
14 3 (0.081%) ISO 26262
14 3 (0.081%) NIST 800
15 2 (0.054%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 1,472 (39.99%) Active Directory
2 546 (14.83%) VMware Infrastructure
3 247 (6.71%) Hyper-V
4 160 (4.35%) VMware ESXi
5 156 (4.24%) Docker
6 109 (2.96%) vSphere
7 94 (2.55%) Virtual Machines
8 74 (2.01%) XenApp
9 70 (1.90%) Microsoft App-V
10 65 (1.77%) Virtual Desktop
11 55 (1.49%) VMware NSX
12 33 (0.90%) XenDesktop
13 25 (0.68%) BitLocker
14 23 (0.62%) Virtual Servers
15 22 (0.60%) Firmware
16 16 (0.43%) VMware Server
17 14 (0.38%) HDFS
18 11 (0.30%) VMware Workstation
19 10 (0.27%) Oracle RAC
19 10 (0.27%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 504 (13.69%) SCCM
2 263 (7.14%) Ansible
3 228 (6.19%) Terraform
4 212 (5.76%) Microsoft Intune
5 165 (4.48%) Kubernetes
6 121 (3.29%) Puppet
7 83 (2.25%) Opscode Chef
8 81 (2.20%) vCenter Server
9 75 (2.04%) SCOM
10 58 (1.58%) vRealize
11 45 (1.22%) Microsoft Clustering
12 43 (1.17%) WSUS
13 39 (1.06%) AirWatch
14 38 (1.03%) Single Sign-On
15 34 (0.92%) Packer
16 29 (0.79%) McAfee ePO
17 27 (0.73%) PowerCLI
17 27 (0.73%) vRealize Orchestrator
18 21 (0.57%) NetBackup
19 18 (0.49%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 1,345 (36.54%) Microsoft
2 764 (20.76%) VMware
3 334 (9.07%) Citrix
4 310 (8.42%) Cisco
5 305 (8.29%) Oracle
6 143 (3.88%) HP
7 127 (3.45%) Red Hat
8 105 (2.85%) Dell
9 104 (2.83%) SAP
10 91 (2.47%) Apple
11 81 (2.20%) IBM
11 81 (2.20%) ServiceNow
12 79 (2.15%) Google
13 71 (1.93%) EMC
14 67 (1.82%) McAfee
15 63 (1.71%) Splunk
16 60 (1.63%) Ivanti
16 60 (1.63%) Veeam
17 50 (1.36%) NetApp
18 47 (1.28%) Remedy