Period
to 26 June 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 26 June 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
26 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 11 9 9
Rank change year-on-year -2 0 -2
Contract jobs citing Windows 9,317 10,185 8,748
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.19% 11.07% 10.34%
As % of the Operating Systems category 56.48% 52.89% 50.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,929 6,205 5,250
England median daily rate £375 £375 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +1.35% +3.50%
10th Percentile £135 £135 £142
90th Percentile £575 £575 £569
UK median daily rate £375 £365 £365
% change year-on-year +2.74% - +4.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 844 1,132 874
England median hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.03% +6.45% -1.59%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £10.50
90th Percentile £44.79 £43.75 £43.93
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £15.25
% change year-on-year - +4.92% -3.17%

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 16,497 19,257 17,372
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 19.82% 20.93% 20.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,527 12,160 10,981
England median daily rate £445 £440 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.14% +3.53% +6.25%
10th Percentile £160 £185 £204
90th Percentile £625 £613 £588
UK median daily rate £433 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +1.76% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 986 1,319 1,035
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +2.94% +2.94%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.17 £10.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.50 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.39 £16.50
% change year-on-year +0.63% +5.39% -2.94%

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 26 June 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 26 June 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 26 June 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 0 3,709 £413 +3.13% 348
South East 0 1,927 £388 +5.08% 260
North of England +1 1,281 £325 - 214
South West +1 914 £378 +16.38% 118
Midlands -2 907 £338 -3.57% 178
North West +3 658 £330 -5.71% 109
East of England 0 547 £325 - 127
West Midlands -2 510 £365 +5.04% 106
Yorkshire +9 491 £340 +1.49% 92
East Midlands +1 389 £325 -7.14% 70
North East -6 132 £200 -33.33% 13
South Coast -2 1 - -
Windows
UK

For the 6 months to 26 June 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 3,641 (39.08%) Active Directory
2 3,373 (36.20%) Microsoft
3 3,090 (33.17%) Windows 10
4 2,480 (26.62%) Windows Server
5 2,197 (23.58%) Office 365
6 1,825 (19.59%) VMware
7 1,774 (19.04%) Windows 7
8 1,737 (18.64%) Linux
9 1,681 (18.04%) Microsoft Azure
10 1,640 (17.60%) SCCM
11 1,477 (15.85%) PowerShell
12 1,387 (14.89%) Finance
13 1,378 (14.79%) Migration
14 1,357 (14.56%) ITIL
15 1,238 (13.29%) Microsoft Office
16 1,206 (12.94%) SQL
17 1,084 (11.63%) Security Cleared
18 1,073 (11.52%) Citrix
19 1,047 (11.24%) SQL Server
20 1,024 (10.99%) Windows Server 2012
21 1,009 (10.83%) VMware Infrastructure
22 998 (10.71%) Agile Software Development
23 960 (10.30%) Infrastructure Engineering
24 904 (9.70%) DevOps
25 891 (9.56%) Amazon AWS
26 878 (9.42%) DNS
27 801 (8.60%) Windows Server 2008
28 767 (8.23%) Problem-Solving
29 761 (8.17%) Firewall
30 722 (7.75%) Cisco

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
1 681 (7.31%) MS Exchange
2 547 (5.87%) SharePoint
3 385 (4.13%) Skype for Business
4 338 (3.63%) IIS
5 204 (2.19%) Exchange Server 2010
6 187 (2.01%) Confluence
7 127 (1.36%) Exchange Server 2013
8 116 (1.25%) Apache
9 93 (1.00%) Tomcat
9 93 (1.00%) WebLogic
10 79 (0.85%) JBoss
11 58 (0.62%) WebSphere
12 51 (0.55%) SharePoint Server
13 48 (0.52%) Apache Spark
14 45 (0.48%) IBM Notes
15 44 (0.47%) CMS
16 42 (0.45%) OpenStack
17 33 (0.35%) nginx
18 31 (0.33%) Elasticsearch
18 31 (0.33%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 1,238 (13.29%) Microsoft Office
2 230 (2.47%) Microsoft Excel
3 115 (1.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 62 (0.67%) Microsoft Project
5 56 (0.60%) MS Visio
6 16 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
7 10 (0.11%) SPSS
8 8 (0.086%) Stata
9 7 (0.075%) Acrobat
10 6 (0.064%) Photoshop
11 5 (0.054%) Chatbot
12 4 (0.043%) AutoCAD
12 4 (0.043%) Mozilla Thunderbird
12 4 (0.043%) Shockwave
13 2 (0.021%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 2 (0.021%) Adobe Illustrator
13 2 (0.021%) CATIA
13 2 (0.021%) CINEMA 4D
13 2 (0.021%) Maya
13 2 (0.021%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 52 (0.56%) Dynamics CRM
2 39 (0.42%) Remedy ITSM
3 27 (0.29%) Elite 3E
4 16 (0.17%) Eikon
5 14 (0.15%) Distributed Ledger
6 13 (0.14%) Dynamics NAV
7 12 (0.13%) Endur
7 12 (0.13%) R3 Corda
7 12 (0.13%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 11 (0.12%) BusinessWorks
9 10 (0.11%) assyst
9 10 (0.11%) Carpe Diem
10 8 (0.086%) Oracle Applications
10 8 (0.086%) SAP FI
11 7 (0.075%) SAP CO
11 7 (0.075%) SAP FI/CO
12 5 (0.054%) Magento
12 5 (0.054%) SAP FI-CA
12 5 (0.054%) SAP S/4HANA
13 4 (0.043%) Relativity
Cloud Services
1 2,197 (23.58%) Office 365
2 1,681 (18.04%) Microsoft Azure
3 891 (9.56%) Amazon AWS
4 338 (3.63%) Azure Active Directory
5 318 (3.41%) IaaS
6 253 (2.72%) PaaS
7 154 (1.65%) SaaS
8 139 (1.49%) Google Cloud Platform
9 121 (1.30%) OneDrive
10 118 (1.27%) GitHub
11 116 (1.25%) AWS CloudFormation
12 106 (1.14%) Amazon S3
12 106 (1.14%) Cloud Computing
13 99 (1.06%) OpenShift
14 96 (1.03%) Serverless
15 88 (0.94%) Amazon EC2
16 83 (0.89%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 79 (0.85%) Power Platform
18 62 (0.67%) AWS Lambda
19 51 (0.55%) Amazon ECS
Communications & Networking
1 878 (9.42%) DNS
2 761 (8.17%) Firewall
3 603 (6.47%) DHCP
4 485 (5.21%) LAN
5 482 (5.17%) TCP/IP
6 449 (4.82%) WAN
7 443 (4.75%) VPN
8 405 (4.35%) Skype
9 400 (4.29%) SAN
10 233 (2.50%) Internet
11 194 (2.08%) Wireless
12 191 (2.05%) VoIP
13 145 (1.56%) VLAN
14 133 (1.43%) Remote Desktop
15 125 (1.34%) Wi-Fi
16 109 (1.17%) NAS
16 109 (1.17%) NetScaler
16 109 (1.17%) Network Security
17 102 (1.09%) HTTP
18 91 (0.98%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,047 (11.24%) SQL Server
2 187 (2.01%) MySQL
3 162 (1.74%) Relational Database
4 161 (1.73%) Oracle Database
5 135 (1.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 118 (1.27%) SQL Server 2012
7 108 (1.16%) NoSQL
8 104 (1.12%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 101 (1.08%) PostgreSQL
10 99 (1.06%) MongoDB
11 97 (1.04%) SQL Server 2008
12 94 (1.01%) SQL Server 2016
13 87 (0.93%) Big Data
14 83 (0.89%) Amazon RDS
15 67 (0.72%) Power BI
16 60 (0.64%) RDBMS
16 60 (0.64%) SQL Server 2014
17 58 (0.62%) DB2
18 57 (0.61%) Data Warehouse
19 45 (0.48%) Azure SQL Database
Development Applications
1 415 (4.45%) Jenkins
2 412 (4.42%) Git (software)
3 301 (3.23%) JIRA
4 226 (2.43%) Visual Studio
5 190 (2.04%) MSI
6 121 (1.30%) TeamCity
7 120 (1.29%) Team Foundation Server
8 113 (1.21%) Visual Studio Team System
9 108 (1.16%) Selenium
10 92 (0.99%) Bitbucket
11 78 (0.84%) Eclipse
12 74 (0.79%) Subversion
13 70 (0.75%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 68 (0.73%) Maven
15 67 (0.72%) Octopus Deploy
16 62 (0.67%) Cucumber
17 57 (0.61%) GitLab
18 54 (0.58%) Sonatype Nexus
19 45 (0.48%) JUnit
20 44 (0.47%) JMeter
General
1 1,387 (14.89%) Finance
2 486 (5.22%) Banking
3 244 (2.62%) Telecoms
4 196 (2.10%) Retail
5 176 (1.89%) Law
6 171 (1.84%) Legal
7 121 (1.30%) Manufacturing
8 96 (1.03%) Investment Banking
9 90 (0.97%) Marketing
10 79 (0.85%) Financial Institution
11 74 (0.79%) Electronics
12 70 (0.75%) Front Office
13 64 (0.69%) Advertising
14 60 (0.64%) Military
15 59 (0.63%) Publishing
16 40 (0.43%) Aerospace
16 40 (0.43%) Back Office
17 39 (0.42%) Local Government
18 36 (0.39%) German Language
19 21 (0.23%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 1,372 (14.73%) Analyst
2 914 (9.81%) Support Engineer
3 768 (8.24%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 741 (7.95%) Windows Engineer
5 594 (6.38%) Developer
6 569 (6.11%) Desktop Support
7 544 (5.84%) Architect
8 500 (5.37%) Support Analyst
9 461 (4.95%) 2nd Line Support
10 445 (4.78%) Desktop Engineer
11 437 (4.69%) DevOps Engineer
12 427 (4.58%) IT Support
13 407 (4.37%) Consultant
14 406 (4.36%) Service Analyst
15 371 (3.98%) Service Desk Analyst
16 292 (3.13%) IT Engineer
17 278 (2.98%) Desktop Support Engineer
18 273 (2.93%) Administrator
19 268 (2.88%) Project Manager
20 265 (2.84%) Deployment Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 591 (6.34%) .NET
2 328 (3.52%) Web Services
3 228 (2.45%) HTML
4 203 (2.18%) XML
5 179 (1.92%) REST
6 168 (1.80%) JSON
7 154 (1.65%) CSS
8 151 (1.62%) Middleware
9 146 (1.57%) Node.js
10 123 (1.32%) SOAP
11 115 (1.23%) ASP.NET
12 109 (1.17%) .NET Framework
13 107 (1.15%) RESTful
14 101 (1.08%) Spring
15 96 (1.03%) jQuery
16 93 (1.00%) LDAP
17 82 (0.88%) HTML5
18 79 (0.85%) AngularJS
18 79 (0.85%) Elastic Stack
19 76 (0.82%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 500 (5.37%) Analytical Skills
2 475 (5.10%) Data Centre
3 273 (2.93%) Self-Motivation
4 253 (2.72%) Management Information System
5 245 (2.63%) Clustering
6 157 (1.69%) Public Cloud
7 151 (1.62%) Driving Licence
8 135 (1.45%) Replication
9 131 (1.41%) PKI
10 122 (1.31%) Video Conferencing
11 119 (1.28%) iPhone
12 118 (1.27%) Blackberry
13 110 (1.18%) User Experience
14 98 (1.05%) NHS
15 94 (1.01%) Linux Command Line
16 91 (0.98%) Fat Client
16 91 (0.98%) Thin Client
17 86 (0.92%) Mobile App
18 83 (0.89%) Smartphone
19 72 (0.77%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 3,090 (33.17%) Windows 10
2 2,480 (26.62%) Windows Server
3 1,774 (19.04%) Windows 7
4 1,737 (18.64%) Linux
5 1,024 (10.99%) Windows Server 2012
6 801 (8.60%) Windows Server 2008
7 593 (6.36%) Unix
8 348 (3.74%) Android
9 298 (3.20%) Apple iOS
10 283 (3.04%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 246 (2.64%) Windows Server 2003
12 233 (2.50%) Windows 8
13 227 (2.44%) Windows XP
14 173 (1.86%) Mac OS
15 135 (1.45%) Solaris
16 98 (1.05%) Mac OS X
17 94 (1.01%) CentOS
18 75 (0.80%) Ubuntu
19 54 (0.58%) AIX
20 34 (0.36%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,378 (14.79%) Migration
2 1,357 (14.56%) ITIL
3 998 (10.71%) Agile Software Development
4 960 (10.30%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 904 (9.70%) DevOps
6 767 (8.23%) Problem-Solving
7 344 (3.69%) Service Management
8 342 (3.67%) Configuration Management
9 335 (3.60%) Project Management
10 333 (3.57%) Change Management
11 313 (3.36%) Test Automation
12 305 (3.27%) Information Security
13 296 (3.18%) Continuous Integration
14 293 (3.14%) Application Packaging
15 287 (3.08%) Software Engineering
16 280 (3.01%) Scrum
17 261 (2.80%) Incident Management
18 250 (2.68%) Stakeholder Management
19 235 (2.52%) Service Delivery
20 231 (2.48%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 1,477 (15.85%) PowerShell
2 1,206 (12.94%) SQL
3 616 (6.61%) Java
4 602 (6.46%) Python
5 573 (6.15%) C#
6 390 (4.19%) JavaScript
7 281 (3.02%) Bash Shell
8 227 (2.44%) C++
9 184 (1.97%) Perl
10 156 (1.67%) T-SQL
11 135 (1.45%) Ruby
12 131 (1.41%) C
12 131 (1.41%) VB
13 124 (1.33%) VBScript
14 123 (1.32%) Shell Script
15 109 (1.17%) PHP
16 70 (0.75%) PL/SQL
17 59 (0.63%) VBA
18 56 (0.60%) Groovy
18 56 (0.60%) Scala
Qualifications
1 1,084 (11.63%) Security Cleared
2 720 (7.73%) SC Cleared
3 459 (4.93%) Microsoft Certification
4 369 (3.96%) Degree
5 329 (3.53%) DV Cleared
6 278 (2.98%) MCSE
7 224 (2.40%) Cisco Certification
8 183 (1.96%) MCSA
9 166 (1.78%) CCNA
10 129 (1.38%) ITIL Certification
11 119 (1.28%) MCP
12 90 (0.97%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 82 (0.88%) ISTQB
14 76 (0.82%) CCNP
15 75 (0.80%) CISSP
15 75 (0.80%) DBS Check
16 67 (0.72%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
17 59 (0.63%) ISEB
18 56 (0.60%) Computer Science Degree
19 44 (0.47%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 403 (4.33%) SLA
2 230 (2.47%) QA
3 97 (1.04%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 76 (0.82%) GDPR
5 57 (0.61%) PCI DSS
6 39 (0.42%) NIST
7 35 (0.38%) PMO
8 24 (0.26%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 21 (0.23%) NCSC
10 18 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials
11 16 (0.17%) Data Quality
12 12 (0.13%) ISO 9001
13 10 (0.11%) COBIT
13 10 (0.11%) Disclosure Scotland
14 8 (0.086%) Government Security Classifications
14 8 (0.086%) ISO/IEC 27005
15 7 (0.075%) GMP
16 6 (0.064%) HL7
16 6 (0.064%) ISO 14001
17 5 (0.054%) JSP 440
System Software
1 3,641 (39.08%) Active Directory
2 1,009 (10.83%) VMware Infrastructure
3 605 (6.49%) Hyper-V
4 397 (4.26%) XenApp
5 371 (3.98%) VMware ESXi
6 324 (3.48%) Docker
7 293 (3.14%) vSphere
8 281 (3.02%) XenDesktop
9 276 (2.96%) Microsoft App-V
10 264 (2.83%) Virtual Machines
11 148 (1.59%) Virtual Desktop
12 78 (0.84%) Virtual Servers
13 70 (0.75%) BitLocker
14 55 (0.59%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 52 (0.56%) VMware Workstation
16 48 (0.52%) Oracle RAC
17 36 (0.39%) Firmware
17 36 (0.39%) Terminal Services
18 34 (0.36%) VMware NSX
19 32 (0.34%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 1,640 (17.60%) SCCM
2 399 (4.28%) Ansible
3 291 (3.12%) Puppet
4 278 (2.98%) Microsoft Intune
5 259 (2.78%) Terraform
6 251 (2.69%) SCOM
7 222 (2.38%) Opscode Chef
8 209 (2.24%) Kubernetes
9 166 (1.78%) WSUS
10 125 (1.34%) Microsoft Clustering
11 102 (1.09%) vCenter Server
12 100 (1.07%) AirWatch
13 75 (0.80%) Single Sign-On
14 70 (0.75%) SCVMM
15 68 (0.73%) McAfee ePO
15 68 (0.73%) NetBackup
16 61 (0.65%) Failover Clustering
17 58 (0.62%) Norton AntiVirus
18 56 (0.60%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
19 48 (0.52%) Jamf Pro
Vendors
1 3,373 (36.20%) Microsoft
2 1,825 (19.59%) VMware
3 1,073 (11.52%) Citrix
4 722 (7.75%) Cisco
5 613 (6.58%) Oracle
6 399 (4.28%) HP
7 286 (3.07%) Apple
8 270 (2.90%) Red Hat
9 212 (2.28%) NetApp
10 209 (2.24%) Dell
11 207 (2.22%) ServiceNow
12 199 (2.14%) IBM
13 178 (1.91%) McAfee
13 178 (1.91%) SAP
14 176 (1.89%) Splunk
15 174 (1.87%) Google
16 160 (1.72%) Ivanti
17 147 (1.58%) Symantec
18 133 (1.43%) EMC
19 128 (1.37%) Remedy