Period
to 19 October 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 19 October 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
19 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 15 15 7
Rank change year-on-year 0 -8 +2
Contract jobs citing Windows 6,092 2,619 9,658
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 9.04% 9.76% 12.52%
As % of the Operating Systems category 57.37% 52.56% 61.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,189 1,684 6,285
10th Percentile £138 £133 £130
25th Percentile £200 £241 £183
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £400 £400 £360
Median % change year-on-year - +11.11% -4.00%
75th Percentile £538 £500 £480
90th Percentile £630 £575 £569
UK median daily rate £413 £400 £350
% change year-on-year +3.13% +14.29% -6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 485 194 867
10th Percentile £11.82 £11.76 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.25 £13.25 £13.50
Median hourly rate £16.25 £17.43 £16.50
Median % change year-on-year -6.77% +5.64% -
75th Percentile £22.00 £23.75 £22.25
90th Percentile £52.50 £47.43 £45.18
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £17.17 £16.98
% change year-on-year -6.83% +1.16% +6.09%

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 10,618 4,983 15,726
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 15.76% 18.57% 20.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,298 3,236 10,139
10th Percentile £163 £181 £150
25th Percentile £325 £315 £275
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £450 £425
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -2.30%
75th Percentile £584 £538 £538
90th Percentile £675 £625 £625
UK median daily rate £475 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +8.57% +2.94% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 598 251 1,005
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £11.24
25th Percentile £14.00 £14.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate £17.50 £18.50 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year -5.41% +5.71% -
75th Percentile £39.50 £35.69 £37.50
90th Percentile £62.65 £48.75 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £18.25 £17.50
% change year-on-year -4.11% +4.29% +2.94%

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 19 October 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 19 October 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 19 October 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 +1 2,377 £488 +8.33% 714
South East -3 1,016 £375 -1.32% 536
North of England +2 907 £300 -14.29% 659
Midlands +1 706 £300 -10.45% 399
North West 0 486 £350 +6.87% 375
West Midlands 0 456 £330 -5.71% 217
South West -2 450 £275 -32.93% 271
Yorkshire +5 345 £265 -21.48% 208
East of England 0 339 £261 -19.62% 245
East Midlands -1 243 £223 -7.29% 179
North East +2 79 £219 -48.53% 76
Windows
UK

For the 6 months to 19 October 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 2,441 (40.07%) Active Directory
2 2,203 (36.16%) Microsoft
3 1,735 (28.48%) Microsoft 365
4 1,660 (27.25%) Windows 10
5 1,571 (25.79%) Windows Server
6 1,537 (25.23%) Azure
7 1,461 (23.98%) Linux
8 1,401 (23.00%) Social Skills
9 1,256 (20.62%) VMware
10 980 (16.09%) PowerShell
11 952 (15.63%) ITIL
12 944 (15.50%) SQL
13 831 (13.64%) Security Cleared
14 801 (13.15%) SCCM
15 791 (12.98%) VMware Infrastructure
16 783 (12.85%) Microsoft Office
17 777 (12.75%) Agile Software Development
18 730 (11.98%) Finance
19 687 (11.28%) DevOps
20 653 (10.72%) Firewall
21 636 (10.44%) SC Cleared
22 623 (10.23%) AWS
23 613 (10.06%) Migration
24 600 (9.85%) SQL Server
25 596 (9.78%) Python
25 596 (9.78%) Problem-Solving
26 591 (9.70%) Infrastructure Engineering
27 573 (9.41%) Windows 7
28 570 (9.36%) Oracle
29 565 (9.27%) Citrix

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
1 392 (6.43%) SharePoint
2 318 (5.22%) MS Exchange
3 216 (3.55%) Confluence
4 158 (2.59%) IIS
5 76 (1.25%) Skype for Business
6 72 (1.18%) Apache
7 51 (0.84%) Tomcat
8 45 (0.74%) SAS
8 45 (0.74%) WebSphere
9 44 (0.72%) WebLogic
10 42 (0.69%) Exchange Server 2013
11 38 (0.62%) Exchange Server 2010
11 38 (0.62%) JBoss
12 28 (0.46%) BizTalk Server
12 28 (0.46%) Elasticsearch
13 22 (0.36%) Red Hat Fuse
14 21 (0.34%) nginx
15 19 (0.31%) IBM Notes
15 19 (0.31%) Mule
16 18 (0.30%) DataSynapse
Applications
1 783 (12.85%) Microsoft Office
2 254 (4.17%) Microsoft Excel
3 54 (0.89%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 28 (0.46%) MS Visio
5 19 (0.31%) Microsoft Project
5 19 (0.31%) Spreadsheet
6 15 (0.25%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 14 (0.23%) Simulink
8 13 (0.21%) Photoshop
9 10 (0.16%) Siemens NX
10 2 (0.033%) InfoPath
10 2 (0.033%) NUKE
11 1 (0.016%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.016%) Chatbot
11 1 (0.016%) CINEMA 4D
11 1 (0.016%) Figma
11 1 (0.016%) PTC Creo
11 1 (0.016%) Revit
11 1 (0.016%) Sketch
11 1 (0.016%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 39 (0.64%) SunGard Martini
2 15 (0.25%) SAP HCM
3 14 (0.23%) assyst
3 14 (0.23%) Dynamics CRM
4 13 (0.21%) Remedy ITSM
5 11 (0.18%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 10 (0.16%) Teamcenter
7 8 (0.13%) Oracle EBS R12
8 7 (0.11%) ION MarketView
8 7 (0.11%) RMDS
8 7 (0.11%) SAP FI-CA
8 7 (0.11%) SAP PSCD
9 6 (0.098%) BusinessWorks
9 6 (0.098%) Oracle EBS
9 6 (0.098%) Oracle ERP
10 5 (0.082%) NetSuite
10 5 (0.082%) Oracle Payables
10 5 (0.082%) Oracle Receivables
11 4 (0.066%) Dynamics AX
11 4 (0.066%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 1,735 (28.48%) Microsoft 365
2 1,537 (25.23%) Azure
3 623 (10.23%) AWS
4 338 (5.55%) Azure Active Directory
5 264 (4.33%) PaaS
6 215 (3.53%) IaaS
7 168 (2.76%) SaaS
8 123 (2.02%) GCP
9 122 (2.00%) Serverless
10 118 (1.94%) OneDrive
11 113 (1.85%) GitHub
12 91 (1.49%) AWS Lambda
13 85 (1.40%) AWS CloudFormation
14 68 (1.12%) Mimecast
14 68 (1.12%) Power Platform
15 64 (1.05%) Cloud Computing
16 59 (0.97%) Azure Cosmos DB
17 56 (0.92%) Amazon EC2
18 53 (0.87%) Azure Storage
19 51 (0.84%) Azure Functions
Communications & Networking
1 653 (10.72%) Firewall
2 556 (9.13%) DNS
3 385 (6.32%) VPN
4 361 (5.93%) DHCP
5 304 (4.99%) TCP/IP
6 302 (4.96%) LAN
7 255 (4.19%) WAN
8 206 (3.38%) SAN
9 154 (2.53%) Network Security
10 118 (1.94%) Wireless
11 113 (1.85%) Internet
12 111 (1.82%) Skype
13 107 (1.76%) VoIP
14 96 (1.58%) Wi-Fi
15 82 (1.35%) SSL
16 76 (1.25%) Remote Desktop
17 66 (1.08%) NAS
18 65 (1.07%) NetScaler
19 62 (1.02%) HTTP
20 60 (0.98%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 600 (9.85%) SQL Server
2 190 (3.12%) MySQL
3 167 (2.74%) Oracle Database
4 147 (2.41%) Relational Database
5 84 (1.38%) MongoDB
6 71 (1.17%) Azure SQL Database
7 60 (0.98%) NoSQL
8 59 (0.97%) Oracle Database 12c
9 54 (0.89%) PostgreSQL
9 54 (0.89%) Power BI
10 52 (0.85%) SQL Server 2012
10 52 (0.85%) SQL Server 2016
11 45 (0.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 41 (0.67%) SQL Server 2008
13 38 (0.62%) DB2
14 35 (0.57%) Amazon RDS
14 35 (0.57%) Hadoop
14 35 (0.57%) SQL Server 2014
15 30 (0.49%) Data Warehouse
16 29 (0.48%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 375 (6.16%) Git (software)
2 373 (6.12%) Jenkins
3 317 (5.20%) JIRA
4 160 (2.63%) Visual Studio
5 143 (2.35%) Bitbucket
5 143 (2.35%) Subversion
6 99 (1.63%) TeamCity
7 89 (1.46%) Artifactory
8 68 (1.12%) GitLab
8 68 (1.12%) Maven
8 68 (1.12%) Selenium
9 56 (0.92%) Cucumber
10 53 (0.87%) Sonatype Nexus
11 43 (0.71%) Eclipse
12 40 (0.66%) Oracle APEX
13 37 (0.61%) JUnit
14 35 (0.57%) CppUnit
14 35 (0.57%) Robot Framework
15 34 (0.56%) MSI
16 32 (0.53%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 1,401 (23.00%) Social Skills
2 730 (11.98%) Finance
3 394 (6.47%) Analytical Skills
4 363 (5.96%) Banking
5 356 (5.84%) Public Sector
6 126 (2.07%) Investment Banking
7 106 (1.74%) Telecoms
8 104 (1.71%) Retail
9 102 (1.67%) Presentation Skills
10 98 (1.61%) Front Office
11 94 (1.54%) Documentation Skills
12 86 (1.41%) Organisational Skills
13 81 (1.33%) Manufacturing
14 74 (1.21%) Law
15 71 (1.17%) Marketing
16 59 (0.97%) Legal
17 51 (0.84%) Electronics
18 50 (0.82%) Financial Institution
19 48 (0.79%) Influencing Skills
20 38 (0.62%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 797 (13.08%) Analyst
2 713 (11.70%) Support Engineer
3 471 (7.73%) Developer
4 466 (7.65%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 405 (6.65%) Architect
6 391 (6.42%) IT Support
7 348 (5.71%) Desktop Support
8 339 (5.56%) Desktop Engineer
9 321 (5.27%) Service Analyst
10 310 (5.09%) Service Desk Analyst
11 303 (4.97%) IT Engineer
12 294 (4.83%) 2nd Line Support
13 292 (4.79%) Windows Engineer
14 234 (3.84%) Support Analyst
15 215 (3.53%) Desktop Support Engineer
16 205 (3.37%) Azure Engineer
17 204 (3.35%) DevOps Engineer
18 185 (3.04%) Consultant
19 184 (3.02%) 2nd Line Engineer
20 183 (3.00%) IT Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 455 (7.47%) .NET
2 220 (3.61%) XML
3 193 (3.17%) Web Services
4 176 (2.89%) JSON
5 136 (2.23%) Middleware
6 130 (2.13%) REST
7 117 (1.92%) .NET Framework
8 113 (1.85%) ASP.NET
9 111 (1.82%) HTML
10 97 (1.59%) .NET Core
11 96 (1.58%) AngularJS
12 86 (1.41%) LDAP
13 84 (1.38%) CSS
14 82 (1.35%) Node.js
15 81 (1.33%) SOAP
16 67 (1.10%) YAML
17 57 (0.94%) WPF
18 54 (0.89%) Spring
18 54 (0.89%) WinForms
19 52 (0.85%) React
Miscellaneous
1 321 (5.27%) Data Centre
2 164 (2.69%) Self-Motivation
3 135 (2.22%) Clustering
3 135 (2.22%) Data Protection Act
4 125 (2.05%) NHS
5 123 (2.02%) PKI
6 116 (1.90%) Management Information System
7 103 (1.69%) Public Cloud
8 90 (1.48%) iPhone
9 85 (1.40%) Video Conferencing
10 76 (1.25%) Driving Licence
11 74 (1.21%) Replication
12 71 (1.17%) Cloud Native
13 69 (1.13%) Blackberry
14 61 (1.00%) iPad
15 56 (0.92%) Virtual Team
16 55 (0.90%) Private Cloud
17 53 (0.87%) Greenfield Project
18 52 (0.85%) Smartphone
19 44 (0.72%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 1,660 (27.25%) Windows 10
2 1,571 (25.79%) Windows Server
3 1,461 (23.98%) Linux
4 573 (9.41%) Windows 7
5 442 (7.26%) Windows Server 2012
6 408 (6.70%) Unix
7 348 (5.71%) Windows Server 2016
8 301 (4.94%) Windows Server 2019
9 229 (3.76%) Windows Server 2008
10 222 (3.64%) Android
11 209 (3.43%) Apple iOS
12 187 (3.07%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 142 (2.33%) Mac OS
14 99 (1.63%) Windows 8
15 87 (1.43%) Windows XP
16 61 (1.00%) Mac OS X
17 55 (0.90%) Ubuntu
18 48 (0.79%) CentOS
19 46 (0.76%) Solaris
20 41 (0.67%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 952 (15.63%) ITIL
2 777 (12.75%) Agile Software Development
3 687 (11.28%) DevOps
4 613 (10.06%) Migration
5 596 (9.78%) Problem-Solving
6 591 (9.70%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 318 (5.22%) Configuration Management
8 264 (4.33%) Scrum
9 252 (4.14%) Test Automation
10 251 (4.12%) Software Engineering
11 247 (4.05%) Change Management
12 219 (3.59%) Incident Management
13 213 (3.50%) Project Management
14 208 (3.41%) Data Protection
15 207 (3.40%) Service Delivery
16 202 (3.32%) Service Management
17 184 (3.02%) Infrastructure as Code
18 180 (2.95%) ITSM
19 174 (2.86%) Cybersecurity
20 173 (2.84%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 980 (16.09%) PowerShell
2 944 (15.50%) SQL
3 596 (9.78%) Python
4 470 (7.72%) C#
5 414 (6.80%) Java
6 283 (4.65%) JavaScript
7 254 (4.17%) C++
8 216 (3.55%) Bash Shell
9 132 (2.17%) Shell Script
10 127 (2.08%) T-SQL
11 116 (1.90%) C
11 116 (1.90%) PL/SQL
12 90 (1.48%) Perl
13 63 (1.03%) VB
14 56 (0.92%) VBA
14 56 (0.92%) VBScript
15 55 (0.90%) R
16 54 (0.89%) VB.NET
17 47 (0.77%) Ruby
18 46 (0.76%) Go
Qualifications
1 831 (13.64%) Security Cleared
2 636 (10.44%) SC Cleared
3 262 (4.30%) Degree
4 246 (4.04%) Microsoft Certification
5 162 (2.66%) DV Cleared
6 138 (2.27%) Cisco Certification
7 135 (2.22%) MCSE
8 100 (1.64%) CCNA
9 95 (1.56%) MCP
10 81 (1.33%) ITIL Certification
11 74 (1.21%) DBS Check
12 73 (1.20%) MCSA
13 59 (0.97%) ISTQB
14 56 (0.92%) CISSP
15 53 (0.87%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 52 (0.85%) ISEB
17 50 (0.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
18 40 (0.66%) Computer Science Degree
19 39 (0.64%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
20 36 (0.59%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 362 (5.94%) SLA
2 125 (2.05%) QA
3 84 (1.38%) GDPR
4 65 (1.07%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 36 (0.59%) NIST
6 34 (0.56%) PCI DSS
7 30 (0.49%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 21 (0.34%) GRC
9 19 (0.31%) PMO
10 16 (0.26%) Data Quality
11 14 (0.23%) COBIT
11 14 (0.23%) NCSC
12 11 (0.18%) Accessibility
12 11 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
13 9 (0.15%) ISO 9001
14 8 (0.13%) HL7
14 8 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27005
15 6 (0.098%) HIPAA
15 6 (0.098%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 6 (0.098%) SOC 2
System Software
1 2,441 (40.07%) Active Directory
2 791 (12.98%) VMware Infrastructure
3 260 (4.27%) Hyper-V
4 208 (3.41%) vSphere
5 206 (3.38%) Docker
6 163 (2.68%) VMware ESXi
7 144 (2.36%) Virtual Desktop
8 124 (2.04%) Virtual Machines
9 118 (1.94%) XenApp
10 81 (1.33%) XenDesktop
11 78 (1.28%) Microsoft App-V
12 68 (1.12%) Virtual Servers
13 65 (1.07%) VMware NSX
14 35 (0.57%) BitLocker
15 33 (0.54%) NFS
16 25 (0.41%) HDFS
16 25 (0.41%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 25 (0.41%) VMware Workstation
17 23 (0.38%) Oracle RAC
18 22 (0.36%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 801 (13.15%) SCCM
2 412 (6.76%) Ansible
3 338 (5.55%) Microsoft Intune
4 327 (5.37%) Terraform
5 229 (3.76%) Kubernetes
6 150 (2.46%) Puppet
7 134 (2.20%) Active Directory Federation Services
8 101 (1.66%) WSUS
9 90 (1.48%) Opscode Chef
10 77 (1.26%) SCOM
11 74 (1.21%) BladeLogic
12 72 (1.18%) vCenter Server
13 69 (1.13%) Single Sign-On
14 67 (1.10%) ITRS Geneos
15 65 (1.07%) Microsoft Clustering
16 62 (1.02%) vRealize
17 46 (0.76%) AirWatch
18 36 (0.59%) Jamf Pro
18 36 (0.59%) NetBackup
19 33 (0.54%) Nessus
Vendors
1 2,203 (36.16%) Microsoft
2 1,256 (20.62%) VMware
3 570 (9.36%) Oracle
4 565 (9.27%) Citrix
5 453 (7.44%) Cisco
6 252 (4.14%) HP
7 232 (3.81%) ServiceNow
8 220 (3.61%) Apple
9 186 (3.05%) Dell
10 183 (3.00%) Red Hat
11 130 (2.13%) IBM
12 125 (2.05%) SAP
12 125 (2.05%) Splunk
13 108 (1.77%) NetApp
14 107 (1.76%) Google
15 102 (1.67%) Ivanti
16 98 (1.61%) McAfee
17 92 (1.51%) EMC
18 88 (1.44%) Veeam
19 81 (1.33%) SolarWinds