Period
to 23 January 2020

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 January 2020 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 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 5 8 7
Rank change year-on-year +3 -1 +2
Contract jobs citing Windows 8,695 10,880 10,384
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.20% 11.92% 11.21%
As % of the Operating Systems category 63.79% 57.04% 53.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,404 6,719 6,500
England median daily rate £350 £375 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.67% +4.17% +1.41%
10th Percentile £130 £134 £133
90th Percentile £550 £575 £569
UK median daily rate £350 £375 £350
% change year-on-year -6.67% +7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 945 1,058 999
England median hourly rate £17.00 £16.23 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.73% +1.45% +4.20%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.00 £11.00
90th Percentile £45.00 £43.08 £47.25
UK median hourly rate £17.10 £16.00 £15.93
% change year-on-year +6.88% +0.44% +6.20%

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 13,631 19,075 19,319
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 20.69% 20.89% 20.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,493 11,967 12,474
England median daily rate £413 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.94% - +3.03%
10th Percentile £143 £162 £170
90th Percentile £600 £613 £613
UK median daily rate £410 £425 £425
% change year-on-year -3.53% - +5.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,058 1,216 1,173
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.46 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.21% -0.21% +6.06%
10th Percentile £11.26 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.50 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.25 £17.50
% change year-on-year +1.45% -1.43% +6.06%

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 January 2020.

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 January 2020.

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 January 2020. 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 2,865 £363 -12.12% 826
South East +1 1,873 £375 - 794
North of England +4 1,387 £325 -7.14% 721
South West 0 1,004 £325 -13.33% 390
Midlands 0 876 £300 -14.29% 456
North West +1 790 £350 - 405
East of England +1 657 £314 -3.46% 350
West Midlands 0 519 £300 -16.67% 251
Yorkshire +3 437 £325 -7.14% 242
East Midlands +1 348 £300 -7.69% 205
North East +1 158 £340 -9.33% 74
Windows
UK

For the 6 months to 23 January 2020, 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 3,461 (39.80%) Active Directory
2 3,314 (38.11%) Windows 10
3 3,147 (36.19%) Microsoft
4 2,375 (27.31%) Windows Server
5 2,309 (26.56%) Office 365
6 1,876 (21.58%) Windows 7
7 1,629 (18.73%) VMware
8 1,556 (17.90%) Azure
9 1,541 (17.72%) SCCM
10 1,383 (15.91%) Linux
11 1,367 (15.72%) Migration
12 1,327 (15.26%) PowerShell
13 1,290 (14.84%) Microsoft Office
14 1,281 (14.73%) Security Cleared
15 1,203 (13.84%) ITIL
16 1,022 (11.75%) SQL
17 949 (10.91%) SC Cleared
18 926 (10.65%) Windows Server 2012
19 925 (10.64%) DNS
20 905 (10.41%) Citrix
21 901 (10.36%) Finance
22 873 (10.04%) VMware Infrastructure
23 851 (9.79%) Windows Server 2008
24 811 (9.33%) Infrastructure Engineering
25 748 (8.60%) SQL Server
26 739 (8.50%) Agile Software Development
27 710 (8.17%) DevOps
28 687 (7.90%) Problem-Solving
28 687 (7.90%) DHCP
29 665 (7.65%) 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
1 600 (6.90%) MS Exchange
2 525 (6.04%) SharePoint
3 312 (3.59%) Skype for Business
4 251 (2.89%) IIS
5 183 (2.10%) Exchange Server 2010
6 136 (1.56%) Confluence
7 127 (1.46%) Exchange Server 2013
8 78 (0.90%) Apache
8 78 (0.90%) WebLogic
9 68 (0.78%) Tomcat
10 43 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2003
11 42 (0.48%) JBoss
11 42 (0.48%) OpenStack
12 41 (0.47%) Exchange Server 2007
13 40 (0.46%) IBM Notes
14 35 (0.40%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 31 (0.36%) Apache Spark
16 29 (0.33%) Elasticsearch
16 29 (0.33%) nginx
16 29 (0.33%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 1,290 (14.84%) Microsoft Office
2 242 (2.78%) Microsoft Excel
3 106 (1.22%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 77 (0.89%) Microsoft Project
5 71 (0.82%) MS Visio
6 35 (0.40%) Spreadsheet
7 21 (0.24%) Acrobat
8 10 (0.12%) Photoshop
9 7 (0.081%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 7 (0.081%) Chatbot
10 6 (0.069%) AutoCAD
11 4 (0.046%) CINEMA 4D
11 4 (0.046%) Mozilla Thunderbird
12 2 (0.023%) InfoPath
13 1 (0.012%) 3ds Max
13 1 (0.012%) Abaqus
13 1 (0.012%) Houdini
13 1 (0.012%) Maya
13 1 (0.012%) Open Workbench
13 1 (0.012%) Revit
Business Applications
1 53 (0.61%) Remedy ITSM
2 36 (0.41%) Dynamics CRM
3 18 (0.21%) Oracle Applications
4 15 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
5 12 (0.14%) assyst
5 12 (0.14%) Elite 3E
6 11 (0.13%) Dynamics NAV
7 10 (0.12%) ION MarketView
8 6 (0.069%) Dynamics AX
8 6 (0.069%) Misys Opics
9 5 (0.058%) Carpe Diem
9 5 (0.058%) Dynamics GP
9 5 (0.058%) Magento
9 5 (0.058%) SystmOne
10 4 (0.046%) Oracle EBS R12
10 4 (0.046%) Payment Gateway
10 4 (0.046%) SAP FI-CA
10 4 (0.046%) SAP PSCD
10 4 (0.046%) SAP SRM
10 4 (0.046%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 2,309 (26.56%) Office 365
2 1,556 (17.90%) Azure
3 632 (7.27%) AWS
4 334 (3.84%) Azure Active Directory
5 279 (3.21%) IaaS
6 256 (2.94%) PaaS
7 183 (2.10%) OneDrive
8 176 (2.02%) SaaS
9 127 (1.46%) GCP
10 123 (1.41%) GitHub
11 92 (1.06%) Power Platform
12 78 (0.90%) Serverless
13 71 (0.82%) Cloud Computing
14 66 (0.76%) Amazon EC2
14 66 (0.76%) AWS CloudFormation
15 57 (0.66%) G Suite
16 56 (0.64%) Mimecast
17 49 (0.56%) Azure ExpressRoute
18 46 (0.53%) Amazon S3
19 41 (0.47%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 925 (10.64%) DNS
2 687 (7.90%) DHCP
3 665 (7.65%) Firewall
4 491 (5.65%) TCP/IP
5 444 (5.11%) VPN
6 437 (5.03%) LAN
7 379 (4.36%) SAN
8 371 (4.27%) WAN
9 351 (4.04%) Skype
10 269 (3.09%) Internet
11 181 (2.08%) VoIP
12 146 (1.68%) Wi-Fi
13 141 (1.62%) Wireless
14 139 (1.60%) Remote Desktop
15 121 (1.39%) VLAN
16 111 (1.28%) NAS
17 109 (1.25%) Network Security
18 108 (1.24%) HTTP
19 87 (1.00%) NetScaler
20 77 (0.89%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 748 (8.60%) SQL Server
2 118 (1.36%) Oracle Database
3 116 (1.33%) MySQL
4 110 (1.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 100 (1.15%) SQL Server 2012
6 90 (1.04%) MongoDB
7 86 (0.99%) Amazon RDS
8 79 (0.91%) Power BI
8 79 (0.91%) SQL Server 2016
9 72 (0.83%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 69 (0.79%) Relational Database
11 68 (0.78%) PostgreSQL
12 62 (0.71%) NoSQL
13 61 (0.70%) Data Warehouse
14 60 (0.69%) Azure SQL Database
15 52 (0.60%) SQL Server 2008
16 49 (0.56%) Big Data
16 49 (0.56%) Data Lake
17 44 (0.51%) Hadoop
18 41 (0.47%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 279 (3.21%) Jenkins
2 264 (3.04%) Git (software)
3 238 (2.74%) JIRA
4 177 (2.04%) Visual Studio
5 129 (1.48%) MSI
6 95 (1.09%) Selenium
7 86 (0.99%) Team Foundation Server
8 84 (0.97%) TeamCity
9 71 (0.82%) Visual Studio Team System
10 70 (0.81%) Octopus Deploy
11 64 (0.74%) GitLab
12 61 (0.70%) Cucumber
13 49 (0.56%) Bitbucket
13 49 (0.56%) Subversion
14 47 (0.54%) InstallShield
15 46 (0.53%) Eclipse
16 37 (0.43%) AdminStudio
17 36 (0.41%) Gatling
18 29 (0.33%) NetBeans
19 26 (0.30%) Maven
General
1 901 (10.36%) Finance
2 545 (6.27%) Public Sector
3 279 (3.21%) Banking
4 259 (2.98%) Retail
5 255 (2.93%) Telecoms
6 143 (1.64%) Manufacturing
7 118 (1.36%) Law
8 104 (1.20%) Marketing
9 97 (1.12%) Electronics
10 96 (1.10%) Legal
11 79 (0.91%) Local Government
12 66 (0.76%) Back Office
13 49 (0.56%) Military
14 48 (0.55%) Front Office
15 44 (0.51%) Advertising
16 42 (0.48%) Investment Banking
17 41 (0.47%) Aerospace
18 38 (0.44%) Financial Institution
19 37 (0.43%) Automotive
20 31 (0.36%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 1,124 (12.93%) Analyst
2 1,106 (12.72%) Support Engineer
3 870 (10.01%) Windows Engineer
4 711 (8.18%) Desktop Support
5 646 (7.43%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 581 (6.68%) Desktop Engineer
7 502 (5.77%) 2nd Line Support
8 468 (5.38%) IT Support
9 429 (4.93%) Architect
10 416 (4.78%) Service Analyst
11 414 (4.76%) Developer
12 401 (4.61%) Service Desk Analyst
13 395 (4.54%) Support Analyst
14 392 (4.51%) Desktop Support Engineer
15 373 (4.29%) IT Engineer
16 355 (4.08%) Deployment Engineer
17 314 (3.61%) Consultant
18 288 (3.31%) DevOps Engineer
19 279 (3.21%) 2nd Line Engineer
20 259 (2.98%) 3rd Line Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 384 (4.42%) .NET
2 236 (2.71%) Web Services
3 169 (1.94%) XML
4 140 (1.61%) HTML
5 130 (1.50%) JSON
6 103 (1.18%) REST
7 102 (1.17%) Middleware
8 101 (1.16%) .NET Framework
8 101 (1.16%) CSS
8 101 (1.16%) WPF
9 96 (1.10%) AngularJS
10 94 (1.08%) Node.js
11 92 (1.06%) LDAP
12 76 (0.87%) ASP.NET
13 69 (0.79%) SOAP
14 55 (0.63%) jQuery
15 53 (0.61%) WCF
16 50 (0.58%) RESTful
17 49 (0.56%) SAML
17 49 (0.56%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 474 (5.45%) Analytical Skills
2 459 (5.28%) Data Centre
3 273 (3.14%) Driving Licence
4 248 (2.85%) Management Information System
5 238 (2.74%) Self-Motivation
6 180 (2.07%) PKI
7 175 (2.01%) NHS
8 152 (1.75%) Blackberry
9 146 (1.68%) Clustering
10 141 (1.62%) Replication
11 136 (1.56%) Smartphone
12 121 (1.39%) iPhone
13 118 (1.36%) Video Conferencing
14 107 (1.23%) Public Cloud
15 104 (1.20%) Enterprise Software
16 83 (0.95%) User Experience
17 71 (0.82%) Fat Client
17 71 (0.82%) Thin Client
18 57 (0.66%) iPad
19 50 (0.58%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 3,314 (38.11%) Windows 10
2 2,375 (27.31%) Windows Server
3 1,876 (21.58%) Windows 7
4 1,383 (15.91%) Linux
5 926 (10.65%) Windows Server 2012
6 851 (9.79%) Windows Server 2008
7 460 (5.29%) Unix
8 316 (3.63%) Android
9 272 (3.13%) Apple iOS
10 232 (2.67%) Windows XP
11 230 (2.65%) Windows Server 2003
12 208 (2.39%) Windows 8
13 169 (1.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 161 (1.85%) Mac OS
15 123 (1.41%) Mac OS X
16 103 (1.18%) Ubuntu
17 101 (1.16%) CentOS
18 67 (0.77%) Solaris
19 50 (0.58%) VMS
20 45 (0.52%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,367 (15.72%) Migration
2 1,203 (13.84%) ITIL
3 811 (9.33%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 739 (8.50%) Agile Software Development
5 710 (8.17%) DevOps
6 687 (7.90%) Problem-Solving
7 344 (3.96%) Service Management
8 302 (3.47%) ITSM
9 287 (3.30%) Configuration Management
10 280 (3.22%) Test Automation
11 274 (3.15%) Incident Management
12 264 (3.04%) Continuous Integration
13 262 (3.01%) Change Management
14 251 (2.89%) Project Delivery
15 247 (2.84%) Project Management
16 241 (2.77%) Break/Fix
17 232 (2.67%) Time Management
18 222 (2.55%) Disaster Recovery
18 222 (2.55%) Service Delivery
19 215 (2.47%) Application Packaging
Programming Languages
1 1,327 (15.26%) PowerShell
2 1,022 (11.75%) SQL
3 442 (5.08%) Python
4 368 (4.23%) C#
5 342 (3.93%) Java
6 261 (3.00%) JavaScript
7 221 (2.54%) Bash Shell
8 159 (1.83%) C
9 142 (1.63%) C++
10 105 (1.21%) Perl
11 102 (1.17%) VB
12 91 (1.05%) Shell Script
13 88 (1.01%) PL/SQL
14 84 (0.97%) Ruby
15 83 (0.95%) VBScript
16 49 (0.56%) T-SQL
17 48 (0.55%) VBA
18 36 (0.41%) PHP
19 33 (0.38%) Groovy
19 33 (0.38%) Scala
Qualifications
1 1,281 (14.73%) Security Cleared
2 949 (10.91%) SC Cleared
3 420 (4.83%) Microsoft Certification
4 308 (3.54%) Degree
5 290 (3.34%) DV Cleared
6 239 (2.75%) MCSE
7 148 (1.70%) Cisco Certification
8 127 (1.46%) ITIL Certification
9 121 (1.39%) CCNA
10 120 (1.38%) MCSA
11 112 (1.29%) MCP
12 83 (0.95%) DBS Check
13 69 (0.79%) ISEB
14 63 (0.72%) MCITP
15 62 (0.71%) Citrix Certification
16 60 (0.69%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 55 (0.63%) ISTQB
18 50 (0.58%) CCA
19 48 (0.55%) CCNP
20 46 (0.53%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 409 (4.70%) SLA
2 162 (1.86%) QA
3 66 (0.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 63 (0.72%) GDPR
5 37 (0.43%) PCI DSS
6 29 (0.33%) NIST
7 28 (0.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 27 (0.31%) NCSC
9 26 (0.30%) Cyber Essentials
10 23 (0.26%) PMO
11 13 (0.15%) COBIT
11 13 (0.15%) MiFID
12 12 (0.14%) Government Security Classifications
13 9 (0.10%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 9 (0.10%) RMADS
14 8 (0.092%) Data Quality
14 8 (0.092%) Disclosure Scotland
15 7 (0.081%) HL7
16 6 (0.069%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
16 6 (0.069%) JSP 440
System Software
1 3,461 (39.80%) Active Directory
2 873 (10.04%) VMware Infrastructure
3 466 (5.36%) Hyper-V
4 310 (3.57%) XenApp
5 280 (3.22%) vSphere
6 269 (3.09%) Docker
7 246 (2.83%) VMware ESXi
8 212 (2.44%) Microsoft App-V
9 208 (2.39%) Virtual Machines
9 208 (2.39%) XenDesktop
10 96 (1.10%) Virtual Desktop
11 82 (0.94%) Virtual Servers
12 55 (0.63%) DFS Replication
13 53 (0.61%) Firmware
14 49 (0.56%) BitLocker
15 47 (0.54%) VMware NSX
16 40 (0.46%) Citrix Hypervisor
17 37 (0.43%) Microsoft Virtual Server
18 29 (0.33%) VMware Server
19 23 (0.26%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 1,541 (17.72%) SCCM
2 284 (3.27%) Ansible
3 280 (3.22%) Microsoft Intune
4 217 (2.50%) Terraform
5 214 (2.46%) Puppet
6 204 (2.35%) SCOM
7 183 (2.10%) Kubernetes
8 163 (1.87%) WSUS
9 137 (1.58%) Opscode Chef
10 115 (1.32%) Single Sign-On
11 104 (1.20%) AirWatch
12 90 (1.04%) vCenter Server
13 75 (0.86%) Microsoft Clustering
14 72 (0.83%) NetBackup
15 67 (0.77%) Jamf Pro
16 49 (0.56%) McAfee ePO
17 45 (0.52%) vRealize
18 44 (0.51%) Norton AntiVirus
19 41 (0.47%) Backup Exec
19 41 (0.47%) OpenView
Vendors
1 3,147 (36.19%) Microsoft
2 1,629 (18.73%) VMware
3 905 (10.41%) Citrix
4 644 (7.41%) Cisco
5 518 (5.96%) Oracle
6 462 (5.31%) HP
7 324 (3.73%) Apple
8 247 (2.84%) Dell
9 215 (2.47%) Google
10 206 (2.37%) ServiceNow
11 181 (2.08%) Red Hat
12 180 (2.07%) SAP
13 165 (1.90%) Ivanti
14 164 (1.89%) McAfee
15 149 (1.71%) NetApp
16 125 (1.44%) IBM
17 114 (1.31%) EMC
18 112 (1.29%) Remedy
19 109 (1.25%) Adobe
20 105 (1.21%) Symantec