Period
to 1 October 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 1 October 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
1 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 14 7 9
Rank change year-on-year -7 +2 0
Contract jobs citing Windows 2,531 9,799 10,763
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 9.76% 12.24% 11.56%
As % of the Operating Systems category 53.06% 60.07% 55.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,694 6,384 6,570
Median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - +7.14%
10th Percentile £135 £130 £135
90th Percentile £575 £569 £575
UK median daily rate £400 £370 £375
% change year-on-year +8.11% -1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 223 913 1,193
Median hourly rate £19.00 £16.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.15% - +2.18%
10th Percentile £12.09 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £53.40 £46.65 £43.75
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £16.95 £16.00
% change year-on-year +12.09% +5.94% -

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 4,770 16,312 19,344
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.40% 20.37% 20.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,905 10,299 12,047
Median daily rate £450 £425 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% -2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £185 £150 £175
90th Percentile £625 £625 £613
UK median daily rate £435 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +2.35% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 281 1,052 1,375
Median hourly rate £21.00 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.00% - -
10th Percentile £12.21 £11.18 £11.17
90th Percentile £48.75 £51.20 £47.50
Median hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year +14.29% +2.94% -2.86%

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 1 October 2020.

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 1 October 2020.

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 1 October 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 -10 975 £450 +12.50% 254
South East -3 437 £370 -1.33% 272
North of England -7 375 £350 +7.69% 286
Midlands -3 261 £350 +7.69% 203
South West -3 252 £410 +14.46% 192
North West -5 229 £325 +1.56% 159
West Midlands 0 182 £375 +15.38% 125
East of England -1 166 £335 +3.08% 101
Yorkshire -7 106 £338 +3.85% 95
East Midlands -2 77 £294 -6.75% 78
North East -1 40 £425 +70.00% 32
Windows
UK

For the 6 months to 1 October 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.

1 921 (36.39%) Microsoft
2 917 (36.23%) Active Directory
3 801 (31.65%) Windows 10
4 663 (26.20%) Windows Server
5 625 (24.69%) Linux
6 606 (23.94%) Azure
7 576 (22.76%) Security Cleared
8 537 (21.22%) VMware
9 531 (20.98%) Office 365
10 452 (17.86%) SC Cleared
11 447 (17.66%) SQL
12 429 (16.95%) PowerShell
13 360 (14.22%) VMware Infrastructure
14 352 (13.91%) SQL Server
15 345 (13.63%) SCCM
16 330 (13.04%) Migration
17 321 (12.68%) Finance
18 319 (12.60%) DevOps
19 315 (12.45%) Oracle
20 308 (12.17%) Windows 7
21 301 (11.89%) Agile Software Development
22 295 (11.66%) Microsoft Office
23 294 (11.62%) ITIL
24 288 (11.38%) DNS
25 276 (10.90%) Firewall
26 254 (10.04%) Unix
27 251 (9.92%) Windows Server 2016
28 250 (9.88%) Infrastructure Engineering
29 238 (9.40%) Citrix
29 238 (9.40%) Windows Server 2012

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
1 154 (6.08%) SharePoint
2 126 (4.98%) MS Exchange
3 86 (3.40%) Confluence
4 78 (3.08%) IIS
5 70 (2.77%) Skype for Business
6 63 (2.49%) WebLogic
7 52 (2.05%) Exchange Server 2010
8 47 (1.86%) Tomcat
9 44 (1.74%) Apache
10 32 (1.26%) JBoss
11 25 (0.99%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 22 (0.87%) Exchange Server 2013
12 22 (0.87%) Mule
13 18 (0.71%) ArcGIS
14 15 (0.59%) WebSphere
15 14 (0.55%) CMS
16 12 (0.47%) Apache Solr
17 11 (0.43%) Red Hat Fuse
18 10 (0.40%) SharePoint 2013
19 9 (0.36%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 295 (11.66%) Microsoft Office
2 67 (2.65%) Microsoft Excel
3 33 (1.30%) MS Visio
4 19 (0.75%) Photoshop
5 17 (0.67%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 13 (0.51%) Microsoft Project
7 4 (0.16%) SOLIDWORKS
8 2 (0.079%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 2 (0.079%) AutoCAD
8 2 (0.079%) InfoPath
9 1 (0.040%) Adobe After Effects
9 1 (0.040%) Adobe Illustrator
9 1 (0.040%) Adobe Premiere
9 1 (0.040%) CINEMA 4D
9 1 (0.040%) PTC Creo
9 1 (0.040%) Siemens NX
9 1 (0.040%) SketchUp
9 1 (0.040%) Spreadsheet
9 1 (0.040%) SPSS
9 1 (0.040%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 15 (0.59%) Dynamics CRM
2 12 (0.47%) SAP FI-CA
3 11 (0.43%) SunGard Martini
4 5 (0.20%) Oracle Applications
4 5 (0.20%) Oracle EBS
4 5 (0.20%) Oracle ERP
4 5 (0.20%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 4 (0.16%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 3 (0.12%) Payment Gateway
6 3 (0.12%) StreamServe
7 2 (0.079%) assyst
7 2 (0.079%) Dynamics AX
7 2 (0.079%) Infor M3
7 2 (0.079%) OpenText Process Suite
7 2 (0.079%) Oracle EBS R12
7 2 (0.079%) Oracle Financials
7 2 (0.079%) Summit
8 1 (0.040%) HiPortfolio
8 1 (0.040%) Movex
8 1 (0.040%) Oracle 11i
Cloud Services
1 606 (23.94%) Azure
2 531 (20.98%) Office 365
3 196 (7.74%) AWS
4 135 (5.33%) PaaS
5 121 (4.78%) IaaS
6 113 (4.46%) Azure Active Directory
7 101 (3.99%) SaaS
8 71 (2.81%) GitHub
9 39 (1.54%) OneDrive
10 38 (1.50%) GCP
11 33 (1.30%) Power Platform
12 30 (1.19%) Cloud Computing
13 27 (1.07%) Amazon EC2
14 24 (0.95%) Amazon S3
14 24 (0.95%) OpenShift
15 22 (0.87%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 19 (0.75%) Serverless
17 15 (0.59%) Amazon CloudWatch
17 15 (0.59%) Azure Stack
18 14 (0.55%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 288 (11.38%) DNS
2 276 (10.90%) Firewall
3 161 (6.36%) DHCP
4 158 (6.24%) VPN
5 145 (5.73%) WAN
6 118 (4.66%) Skype
7 114 (4.50%) TCP/IP
8 111 (4.39%) SAN
9 108 (4.27%) LAN
10 85 (3.36%) Internet
11 66 (2.61%) Wireless
12 61 (2.41%) VoIP
13 57 (2.25%) DMZ
14 53 (2.09%) Network Security
15 51 (2.02%) VLAN
16 49 (1.94%) SNMP
17 43 (1.70%) HTTP
18 41 (1.62%) Remote Desktop
19 38 (1.50%) Wi-Fi
20 36 (1.42%) Reverse Proxy
Database & Business Intelligence
1 352 (13.91%) SQL Server
2 87 (3.44%) Oracle Database
3 86 (3.40%) MySQL
4 62 (2.45%) Relational Database
5 61 (2.41%) MongoDB
6 48 (1.90%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 43 (1.70%) PostgreSQL
8 39 (1.54%) Data Warehouse
9 38 (1.50%) SQL Server 2016
10 33 (1.30%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 30 (1.19%) Azure SQL Database
11 30 (1.19%) NoSQL
12 29 (1.15%) Hadoop
13 28 (1.11%) Amazon RDS
13 28 (1.11%) Power BI
14 26 (1.03%) GIS
15 25 (0.99%) SQL Server 2008
16 23 (0.91%) Cosmos DB
16 23 (0.91%) Data Lake
17 21 (0.83%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 161 (6.36%) JIRA
2 150 (5.93%) Git (software)
3 145 (5.73%) Jenkins
4 80 (3.16%) Visual Studio
5 60 (2.37%) Bitbucket
6 56 (2.21%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 54 (2.13%) Selenium
8 51 (2.02%) GitLab
9 47 (1.86%) Subversion
10 38 (1.50%) Cucumber
11 32 (1.26%) Toad
12 31 (1.22%) JMeter
12 31 (1.22%) Team Foundation Server
13 25 (0.99%) Sonatype Nexus
14 24 (0.95%) Hudson
14 24 (0.95%) Maven
14 24 (0.95%) Postman
15 23 (0.91%) MSI
16 21 (0.83%) SoapUI
16 21 (0.83%) TeamCity
General
1 321 (12.68%) Finance
2 206 (8.14%) Public Sector
3 152 (6.01%) Banking
4 65 (2.57%) Investment Banking
5 62 (2.45%) Telecoms
6 46 (1.82%) Manufacturing
7 35 (1.38%) Retail
8 34 (1.34%) Front Office
9 33 (1.30%) Electronics
10 30 (1.19%) Marketing
11 23 (0.91%) Back Office
12 21 (0.83%) Legal
13 20 (0.79%) Financial Institution
13 20 (0.79%) Law
14 17 (0.67%) Local Government
14 17 (0.67%) Pharmaceutical
15 14 (0.55%) French Language
16 13 (0.51%) Military
16 13 (0.51%) Publishing
17 11 (0.43%) German Language
Job Titles
1 266 (10.51%) Analyst
2 228 (9.01%) Support Engineer
3 191 (7.55%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 186 (7.35%) Developer
5 179 (7.07%) Architect
6 149 (5.89%) Windows Engineer
7 137 (5.41%) Desktop Support
8 126 (4.98%) Desktop Engineer
9 124 (4.90%) DevOps Engineer
10 110 (4.35%) Consultant
11 109 (4.31%) Administrator
12 91 (3.60%) 2nd Line Support
13 81 (3.20%) Desktop Support Engineer
14 79 (3.12%) IT Engineer
15 75 (2.96%) Azure Engineer
16 70 (2.77%) Support Analyst
17 69 (2.73%) Service Analyst
18 68 (2.69%) 2nd Line Engineer
19 64 (2.53%) Service Desk Analyst
20 63 (2.49%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 181 (7.15%) .NET
2 103 (4.07%) XML
3 94 (3.71%) Web Services
4 72 (2.84%) HTML
4 72 (2.84%) REST
5 65 (2.57%) JSON
6 64 (2.53%) Middleware
7 57 (2.25%) CSS
7 57 (2.25%) SOAP
8 52 (2.05%) ASP.NET
9 44 (1.74%) .NET Framework
10 42 (1.66%) LDAP
10 42 (1.66%) RESTful
11 39 (1.54%) RabbitMQ
12 33 (1.30%) Elastic Stack
13 31 (1.22%) SAML
14 30 (1.19%) Oracle Fusion
15 27 (1.07%) Node.js
16 26 (1.03%) Swagger
17 24 (0.95%) STL
Miscellaneous
1 156 (6.16%) Data Centre
2 143 (5.65%) Analytical Skills
3 105 (4.15%) NHS
4 85 (3.36%) Management Information System
5 79 (3.12%) Self-Motivation
6 63 (2.49%) PKI
7 54 (2.13%) Clustering
8 53 (2.09%) Public Cloud
9 40 (1.58%) Driving Licence
9 40 (1.58%) Replication
10 39 (1.54%) User Experience
11 37 (1.46%) Private Cloud
12 33 (1.30%) Linux Command Line
13 31 (1.22%) Mobile App
14 27 (1.07%) Hybrid Cloud
15 26 (1.03%) Video Conferencing
16 25 (0.99%) Client/Server
16 25 (0.99%) Enterprise Software
17 23 (0.91%) Fat Client
17 23 (0.91%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 801 (31.65%) Windows 10
2 663 (26.20%) Windows Server
3 625 (24.69%) Linux
4 308 (12.17%) Windows 7
5 254 (10.04%) Unix
6 251 (9.92%) Windows Server 2016
7 238 (9.40%) Windows Server 2012
8 171 (6.76%) Windows Server 2008
9 109 (4.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 108 (4.27%) Windows Server 2019
11 75 (2.96%) Apple iOS
12 56 (2.21%) Android
13 51 (2.02%) CentOS
14 43 (1.70%) Mac OS
14 43 (1.70%) Windows 8
15 38 (1.50%) Solaris
16 36 (1.42%) Windows Server 2003
17 30 (1.19%) Windows XP
18 27 (1.07%) Ubuntu
19 25 (0.99%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 330 (13.04%) Migration
2 319 (12.60%) DevOps
3 301 (11.89%) Agile Software Development
4 294 (11.62%) ITIL
5 250 (9.88%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 207 (8.18%) Problem-Solving
7 130 (5.14%) Test Automation
8 128 (5.06%) Cybersecurity
9 120 (4.74%) Configuration Management
10 115 (4.54%) Continuous Integration
11 94 (3.71%) Infrastructure as Code
12 89 (3.52%) Service Management
13 87 (3.44%) SIEM
14 86 (3.40%) Change Management
15 85 (3.36%) High Availability
16 84 (3.32%) Scrum
17 81 (3.20%) Disaster Recovery
18 79 (3.12%) Project Management
19 78 (3.08%) Microservices
20 77 (3.04%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 447 (17.66%) SQL
2 429 (16.95%) PowerShell
3 218 (8.61%) Java
4 214 (8.46%) Python
5 189 (7.47%) C#
6 112 (4.43%) JavaScript
7 100 (3.95%) C
8 95 (3.75%) Bash Shell
9 94 (3.71%) Shell Script
10 79 (3.12%) Perl
11 77 (3.04%) C++
12 55 (2.17%) VB
13 48 (1.90%) T-SQL
14 37 (1.46%) PL/SQL
15 32 (1.26%) Ruby
16 25 (0.99%) Go
16 25 (0.99%) VBScript
17 22 (0.87%) VBA
18 15 (0.59%) VB.NET
19 13 (0.51%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 576 (22.76%) Security Cleared
2 452 (17.86%) SC Cleared
3 158 (6.24%) DV Cleared
4 115 (4.54%) Microsoft Certification
5 89 (3.52%) Degree
6 56 (2.21%) Cisco Certification
7 44 (1.74%) MCSE
8 42 (1.66%) CISSP
9 38 (1.50%) ISEB
10 36 (1.42%) ISTQB
11 35 (1.38%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 34 (1.34%) ITIL Certification
13 32 (1.26%) CCNA
14 30 (1.19%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 29 (1.15%) MCSA
16 21 (0.83%) BPSS Clearance
16 21 (0.83%) DBS Check
17 19 (0.75%) Computer Science Degree
18 14 (0.55%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
19 13 (0.51%) CompTIA Security+
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 99 (3.91%) SLA
2 55 (2.17%) QA
3 42 (1.66%) GDPR
4 29 (1.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 20 (0.79%) NCSC
6 18 (0.71%) Cyber Essentials
7 17 (0.67%) NIST
8 16 (0.63%) HIPAA
9 10 (0.40%) COBIT
9 10 (0.40%) PCI DSS
10 9 (0.36%) Government Security Classifications
11 6 (0.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 5 (0.20%) GMP
12 5 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 5 (0.20%) JSP 440
12 5 (0.20%) PMO
13 4 (0.16%) Data Quality
13 4 (0.16%) Disclosure Scotland
13 4 (0.16%) HL7
13 4 (0.16%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 917 (36.23%) Active Directory
2 360 (14.22%) VMware Infrastructure
3 138 (5.45%) Docker
4 118 (4.66%) VMware ESXi
5 115 (4.54%) Hyper-V
6 113 (4.46%) vSphere
7 91 (3.60%) Virtual Machines
8 61 (2.41%) XenApp
9 55 (2.17%) Virtual Desktop
10 52 (2.05%) Microsoft App-V
11 42 (1.66%) XenDesktop
12 32 (1.26%) VMware NSX
13 21 (0.83%) BitLocker
13 21 (0.83%) Virtual Servers
14 17 (0.67%) VMware Workstation
15 16 (0.63%) Firmware
15 16 (0.63%) NFS
16 11 (0.43%) HDFS
17 7 (0.28%) Citrix Hypervisor
17 7 (0.28%) Xen
Systems Management
1 345 (13.63%) SCCM
2 192 (7.59%) Ansible
3 131 (5.18%) Puppet
4 123 (4.86%) Kubernetes
5 120 (4.74%) Terraform
6 117 (4.62%) Microsoft Intune
7 82 (3.24%) SCOM
8 66 (2.61%) Opscode Chef
9 44 (1.74%) WSUS
10 43 (1.70%) Single Sign-On
11 41 (1.62%) Packer
12 38 (1.50%) vCenter Server
13 33 (1.30%) ZABBIX
14 32 (1.26%) Prometheus
15 30 (1.19%) Microsoft Clustering
16 29 (1.15%) Grafana
17 22 (0.87%) Nagios
18 20 (0.79%) Tivoli
18 20 (0.79%) vRealize
19 19 (0.75%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 921 (36.39%) Microsoft
2 537 (21.22%) VMware
3 315 (12.45%) Oracle
4 238 (9.40%) Citrix
5 219 (8.65%) Cisco
6 134 (5.29%) Splunk
7 103 (4.07%) HP
8 86 (3.40%) Red Hat
9 77 (3.04%) SolarWinds
10 66 (2.61%) SAP
11 64 (2.53%) Atlassian
11 64 (2.53%) Dell
12 57 (2.25%) ServiceNow
13 52 (2.05%) Google
14 51 (2.02%) IBM
14 51 (2.02%) McAfee
15 49 (1.94%) Veeam
16 47 (1.86%) Apple
17 46 (1.82%) NetApp
18 43 (1.70%) EMC