Period
to 3 April 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 3 April 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
3 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 6 8 8
Rank change year-on-year +2 0 +1
Contract jobs citing Windows 7,149 10,209 10,245
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 12.90% 11.59% 10.98%
As % of the Operating Systems category 63.42% 56.66% 52.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,397 6,558 6,443
Median daily rate £350 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.67% - +4.17%
10th Percentile £129 £135 £133
90th Percentile £563 £575 £575
UK median daily rate £347 £375 £365
% change year-on-year -7.60% +2.74% +4.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 835 925 1,002
Median hourly rate £17.10 £16.21 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.52% +1.28% +4.92%
10th Percentile £11.41 £11.17 £11.17
90th Percentile £35.00 £44.05 £45.24
UK median hourly rate £17.25 £16.00 £15.86
% change year-on-year +7.81% +0.88% +5.73%

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 11,272 18,019 19,576
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 20.34% 20.45% 20.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,999 11,455 12,576
Median daily rate £425 £438 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.86% - +3.55%
10th Percentile £143 £160 £180
90th Percentile £613 £625 £625
UK median daily rate £415 £425 £425
% change year-on-year -2.35% - +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 928 1,080 1,161
Median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.43
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +0.40% +4.06%
10th Percentile £11.63 £11.18 £11.17
90th Percentile £48.33 £48.75 £47.83
Median hourly rate £17.50 £17.42 £17.00
% change year-on-year +0.46% +2.47% +3.03%

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 3 April 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 3 April 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 3 April 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 +1 2,336 £375 -6.25% 486
South East +1 1,491 £346 -9.48% 441
North of England +4 1,212 £325 -7.14% 432
South West 0 837 £325 -13.33% 211
Midlands 0 710 £313 -10.71% 265
North West +4 678 £350 - 217
East of England +1 548 £300 -7.69% 207
West Midlands 0 405 £325 -9.09% 159
Yorkshire +5 398 £325 -7.14% 144
East Midlands +2 299 £288 -12.88% 104
North East +5 134 £335 +3.08% 71
Windows
UK

For the 6 months to 3 April 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 2,848 (39.84%) Active Directory
2 2,660 (37.21%) Windows 10
3 2,590 (36.23%) Microsoft
4 2,033 (28.44%) Windows Server
5 1,865 (26.09%) Office 365
6 1,393 (19.49%) Windows 7
7 1,352 (18.91%) VMware
8 1,297 (18.14%) Azure
9 1,192 (16.67%) Linux
10 1,169 (16.35%) SCCM
11 1,102 (15.41%) PowerShell
12 1,089 (15.23%) Security Cleared
12 1,089 (15.23%) Microsoft Office
13 1,027 (14.37%) Migration
14 947 (13.25%) ITIL
15 888 (12.42%) SQL
16 826 (11.55%) SC Cleared
17 788 (11.02%) Windows Server 2012
18 741 (10.37%) VMware Infrastructure
19 740 (10.35%) Citrix
20 704 (9.85%) DNS
21 682 (9.54%) SQL Server
22 649 (9.08%) Infrastructure Engineering
23 640 (8.95%) Windows Server 2008
24 638 (8.92%) Finance
25 619 (8.66%) Agile Software Development
26 606 (8.48%) Problem-Solving
27 589 (8.24%) DevOps
28 574 (8.03%) Windows Server 2016
29 548 (7.67%) DHCP

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
1 462 (6.46%) MS Exchange
2 402 (5.62%) SharePoint
3 230 (3.22%) Skype for Business
4 201 (2.81%) IIS
5 117 (1.64%) Exchange Server 2010
6 112 (1.57%) Confluence
7 94 (1.31%) Exchange Server 2013
8 64 (0.90%) Apache
9 61 (0.85%) WebLogic
10 54 (0.76%) Tomcat
11 39 (0.55%) Exchange Server 2007
12 38 (0.53%) Exchange Server 2003
13 32 (0.45%) OpenStack
14 26 (0.36%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 25 (0.35%) IBM Notes
16 24 (0.34%) CMS
16 24 (0.34%) Oracle SOA Suite
17 22 (0.31%) Elasticsearch
18 18 (0.25%) Apache Spark
18 18 (0.25%) JBoss
Applications
1 1,089 (15.23%) Microsoft Office
2 242 (3.39%) Microsoft Excel
3 127 (1.78%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 89 (1.24%) MS Visio
5 71 (0.99%) Microsoft Project
6 33 (0.46%) Spreadsheet
7 26 (0.36%) Acrobat
8 9 (0.13%) Photoshop
9 6 (0.084%) Chatbot
10 5 (0.070%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 3 (0.042%) SPSS
12 2 (0.028%) AutoCAD
12 2 (0.028%) InfoPath
13 1 (0.014%) 3ds Max
13 1 (0.014%) CINEMA 4D
13 1 (0.014%) Houdini
13 1 (0.014%) InDesign
13 1 (0.014%) Maya
13 1 (0.014%) Revit
13 1 (0.014%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 41 (0.57%) Remedy ITSM
2 21 (0.29%) Dynamics CRM
3 16 (0.22%) Oracle EBS
4 13 (0.18%) Oracle Applications
5 11 (0.15%) assyst
6 10 (0.14%) Elite 3E
7 8 (0.11%) SAP SRM
8 5 (0.070%) Carpe Diem
8 5 (0.070%) Dynamics AX
9 4 (0.056%) Dynamics NAV
9 4 (0.056%) Oracle ERP
9 4 (0.056%) SAP FI-CA
9 4 (0.056%) SAP PSCD
10 3 (0.042%) NetSuite
10 3 (0.042%) Oracle 11i
10 3 (0.042%) Oracle Cash Management
10 3 (0.042%) RMDS
10 3 (0.042%) Sentinel
11 2 (0.028%) FLEXCUBE
11 2 (0.028%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 1,865 (26.09%) Office 365
2 1,297 (18.14%) Azure
3 499 (6.98%) AWS
4 275 (3.85%) Azure Active Directory
5 228 (3.19%) IaaS
6 215 (3.01%) PaaS
7 143 (2.00%) SaaS
8 142 (1.99%) OneDrive
9 103 (1.44%) GitHub
10 101 (1.41%) GCP
11 96 (1.34%) Power Platform
12 72 (1.01%) Serverless
13 55 (0.77%) Cloud Computing
14 48 (0.67%) AWS CloudFormation
14 48 (0.67%) G Suite
15 47 (0.66%) Mimecast
16 45 (0.63%) Amazon EC2
17 42 (0.59%) Amazon S3
18 41 (0.57%) AWS Lambda
19 32 (0.45%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 704 (9.85%) DNS
2 548 (7.67%) DHCP
3 523 (7.32%) Firewall
4 376 (5.26%) VPN
5 365 (5.11%) LAN
6 349 (4.88%) TCP/IP
7 304 (4.25%) SAN
8 289 (4.04%) WAN
9 275 (3.85%) Skype
10 217 (3.04%) Internet
11 158 (2.21%) VoIP
12 125 (1.75%) Remote Desktop
12 125 (1.75%) Wireless
13 105 (1.47%) Network Security
14 101 (1.41%) Wi-Fi
15 93 (1.30%) NetScaler
16 91 (1.27%) VLAN
17 65 (0.91%) NAS
18 59 (0.83%) HTTP
19 54 (0.76%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 682 (9.54%) SQL Server
2 121 (1.69%) MySQL
3 100 (1.40%) Oracle Database
4 83 (1.16%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 81 (1.13%) Power BI
6 80 (1.12%) MongoDB
6 80 (1.12%) SQL Server 2012
7 68 (0.95%) PostgreSQL
8 65 (0.91%) Relational Database
9 59 (0.83%) Amazon RDS
10 56 (0.78%) SQL Server 2016
10 56 (0.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 51 (0.71%) NoSQL
12 45 (0.63%) SQL Server 2008
13 41 (0.57%) SQL Server 2014
14 40 (0.56%) Data Lake
15 37 (0.52%) Data Warehouse
16 35 (0.49%) Azure SQL Database
17 34 (0.48%) HDInsight
18 31 (0.43%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 273 (3.82%) Git (software)
2 210 (2.94%) Jenkins
3 196 (2.74%) JIRA
4 168 (2.35%) Visual Studio
5 106 (1.48%) MSI
6 93 (1.30%) Team Foundation Server
7 83 (1.16%) Selenium
8 64 (0.90%) GitLab
9 58 (0.81%) Octopus Deploy
9 58 (0.81%) TeamCity
10 56 (0.78%) Cucumber
11 54 (0.76%) Subversion
12 51 (0.71%) Eclipse
13 43 (0.60%) Bitbucket
14 40 (0.56%) Visual Studio Team System
15 33 (0.46%) AdminStudio
16 31 (0.43%) NetBeans
17 29 (0.41%) Sonatype Nexus
18 25 (0.35%) InstallShield
18 25 (0.35%) Maven
General
1 638 (8.92%) Finance
2 471 (6.59%) Public Sector
3 234 (3.27%) Banking
4 178 (2.49%) Retail
4 178 (2.49%) Telecoms
5 96 (1.34%) Manufacturing
6 91 (1.27%) Law
7 77 (1.08%) Marketing
8 76 (1.06%) Legal
9 69 (0.97%) Electronics
10 63 (0.88%) Local Government
11 54 (0.76%) Military
12 44 (0.62%) Front Office
13 41 (0.57%) Investment Banking
14 40 (0.56%) Aerospace
15 38 (0.53%) Back Office
16 34 (0.48%) Financial Institution
17 31 (0.43%) Automotive
18 28 (0.39%) Pharmaceutical
19 21 (0.29%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 920 (12.87%) Analyst
2 900 (12.59%) Support Engineer
3 686 (9.60%) Windows Engineer
4 563 (7.88%) Desktop Support
5 514 (7.19%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 438 (6.13%) 2nd Line Support
7 426 (5.96%) IT Support
8 418 (5.85%) Desktop Engineer
9 361 (5.05%) Developer
10 346 (4.84%) Architect
11 325 (4.55%) IT Engineer
12 319 (4.46%) Service Analyst
13 318 (4.45%) Support Analyst
14 305 (4.27%) Service Desk Analyst
15 298 (4.17%) Desktop Support Engineer
16 295 (4.13%) Deployment Engineer
17 264 (3.69%) Consultant
18 251 (3.51%) 2nd Line Engineer
19 223 (3.12%) DevOps Engineer
20 210 (2.94%) 1st Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 358 (5.01%) .NET
2 191 (2.67%) Web Services
3 170 (2.38%) XML
4 143 (2.00%) HTML
5 108 (1.51%) Node.js
6 105 (1.47%) JSON
7 99 (1.38%) .NET Framework
8 95 (1.33%) LDAP
9 94 (1.31%) REST
10 89 (1.24%) AngularJS
11 85 (1.19%) Middleware
12 78 (1.09%) SOAP
12 78 (1.09%) WPF
13 61 (0.85%) CSS
14 45 (0.63%) ASP.NET
15 44 (0.62%) HTML5
15 44 (0.62%) RESTful
16 42 (0.59%) Entity Framework
16 42 (0.59%) Qt
17 41 (0.57%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 475 (6.64%) Analytical Skills
2 387 (5.41%) Data Centre
3 227 (3.18%) Management Information System
4 222 (3.11%) Self-Motivation
5 219 (3.06%) Driving Licence
6 167 (2.34%) NHS
7 156 (2.18%) PKI
8 121 (1.69%) Clustering
9 114 (1.59%) Blackberry
10 108 (1.51%) iPhone
11 94 (1.31%) Video Conferencing
12 91 (1.27%) User Experience
13 82 (1.15%) Smartphone
14 81 (1.13%) Replication
15 68 (0.95%) Public Cloud
16 64 (0.90%) Enterprise Software
17 59 (0.83%) Fat Client
17 59 (0.83%) Thin Client
18 56 (0.78%) iPad
19 45 (0.63%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 2,660 (37.21%) Windows 10
2 2,033 (28.44%) Windows Server
3 1,393 (19.49%) Windows 7
4 1,192 (16.67%) Linux
5 788 (11.02%) Windows Server 2012
6 640 (8.95%) Windows Server 2008
7 574 (8.03%) Windows Server 2016
8 365 (5.11%) Unix
9 258 (3.61%) Android
9 258 (3.61%) Apple iOS
10 182 (2.55%) Windows XP
11 166 (2.32%) Windows Server 2003
12 149 (2.08%) Mac OS
13 141 (1.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 139 (1.94%) Windows Server 2019
15 124 (1.73%) Windows 8
16 101 (1.41%) Mac OS X
17 77 (1.08%) Ubuntu
18 71 (0.99%) CentOS
19 63 (0.88%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,027 (14.37%) Migration
2 947 (13.25%) ITIL
3 649 (9.08%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 619 (8.66%) Agile Software Development
5 606 (8.48%) Problem-Solving
6 589 (8.24%) DevOps
7 288 (4.03%) Test Automation
8 263 (3.68%) Continuous Integration
9 258 (3.61%) Service Management
10 224 (3.13%) Configuration Management
11 223 (3.12%) ITSM
12 219 (3.06%) Project Management
13 217 (3.04%) Incident Management
14 204 (2.85%) Scrum
15 200 (2.80%) Project Delivery
16 197 (2.76%) Software Engineering
17 196 (2.74%) Change Management
18 182 (2.55%) Application Packaging
19 174 (2.43%) Service Delivery
19 174 (2.43%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 1,102 (15.41%) PowerShell
2 888 (12.42%) SQL
3 390 (5.46%) Python
4 342 (4.78%) C#
5 338 (4.73%) Java
6 229 (3.20%) Bash Shell
6 229 (3.20%) JavaScript
7 143 (2.00%) C++
8 119 (1.66%) C
9 111 (1.55%) VB
10 88 (1.23%) Shell Script
11 84 (1.17%) PL/SQL
12 80 (1.12%) Perl
13 78 (1.09%) VBScript
14 66 (0.92%) Ruby
15 53 (0.74%) T-SQL
16 50 (0.70%) PHP
17 36 (0.50%) VBA
18 32 (0.45%) GLSL
19 30 (0.42%) HLSL
Qualifications
1 1,089 (15.23%) Security Cleared
2 826 (11.55%) SC Cleared
3 350 (4.90%) Microsoft Certification
4 253 (3.54%) DV Cleared
5 242 (3.39%) Degree
6 202 (2.83%) MCSE
7 125 (1.75%) Cisco Certification
8 101 (1.41%) CCNA
9 98 (1.37%) MCSA
10 95 (1.33%) ITIL Certification
11 80 (1.12%) MCP
12 73 (1.02%) DBS Check
13 67 (0.94%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 51 (0.71%) Citrix Certification
15 46 (0.64%) A+ Certification
15 46 (0.64%) CCNP
15 46 (0.64%) CISSP
15 46 (0.64%) ISEB
16 38 (0.53%) MCITP
17 37 (0.52%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 314 (4.39%) SLA
2 116 (1.62%) QA
3 63 (0.88%) GDPR
4 55 (0.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 29 (0.41%) NIST
5 29 (0.41%) PCI DSS
6 27 (0.38%) NCSC
7 23 (0.32%) Cyber Essentials
8 18 (0.25%) PMO
9 12 (0.17%) RMADS
9 12 (0.17%) WCAG
10 11 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 10 (0.14%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 10 (0.14%) Data Quality
11 10 (0.14%) Government Security Classifications
12 8 (0.11%) HL7
12 8 (0.11%) JSP 440
13 7 (0.098%) COBIT
13 7 (0.098%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 6 (0.084%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 2,848 (39.84%) Active Directory
2 741 (10.37%) VMware Infrastructure
3 381 (5.33%) Hyper-V
4 247 (3.46%) Docker
5 244 (3.41%) XenApp
6 243 (3.40%) vSphere
7 233 (3.26%) VMware ESXi
8 191 (2.67%) Microsoft App-V
9 177 (2.48%) Virtual Machines
10 139 (1.94%) XenDesktop
11 74 (1.04%) Virtual Servers
12 73 (1.02%) Virtual Desktop
13 46 (0.64%) BitLocker
13 46 (0.64%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 40 (0.56%) VMware NSX
15 35 (0.49%) Firmware
16 30 (0.42%) DFS Replication
17 28 (0.39%) Microsoft Virtual Server
18 22 (0.31%) VMware Server
19 21 (0.29%) NFS
Systems Management
1 1,169 (16.35%) SCCM
2 244 (3.41%) Microsoft Intune
3 229 (3.20%) Ansible
4 182 (2.55%) Terraform
5 172 (2.41%) Kubernetes
5 172 (2.41%) SCOM
6 160 (2.24%) Puppet
7 131 (1.83%) WSUS
8 93 (1.30%) Opscode Chef
9 85 (1.19%) AirWatch
10 83 (1.16%) vCenter Server
11 75 (1.05%) Microsoft Clustering
12 64 (0.90%) Single Sign-On
13 61 (0.85%) NetBackup
14 53 (0.74%) Jamf Pro
15 49 (0.69%) vRealize
16 48 (0.67%) PowerCLI
17 43 (0.60%) McAfee ePO
17 43 (0.60%) Norton AntiVirus
18 42 (0.59%) OpenView
Vendors
1 2,590 (36.23%) Microsoft
2 1,352 (18.91%) VMware
3 740 (10.35%) Citrix
4 501 (7.01%) Cisco
5 437 (6.11%) Oracle
6 431 (6.03%) HP
7 252 (3.52%) Apple
8 218 (3.05%) Dell
9 167 (2.34%) ServiceNow
10 161 (2.25%) Red Hat
11 149 (2.08%) Google
12 141 (1.97%) SAP
13 136 (1.90%) NetApp
14 127 (1.78%) McAfee
15 113 (1.58%) IBM
16 108 (1.51%) Remedy
17 106 (1.48%) Symantec
18 99 (1.38%) Ivanti
19 93 (1.30%) EMC
20 82 (1.15%) Adobe