Period
to

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 12 August 2022 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
12 Aug 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 15 17 13
Rank change year-on-year +2 -4 -3
Contract jobs citing Windows 6,704 5,120 3,362
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 9.22% 8.68% 10.98%
As % of the Operating Systems category 57.67% 54.67% 57.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,732 3,400 2,176
10th Percentile £159 £143 £135
25th Percentile £213 £213 £213
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £415 £400 £400
Median % change year-on-year +3.75% - +6.67%
75th Percentile £575 £525 £500
90th Percentile £675 £625 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £420 £400
% change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% +8.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 338 400 293
10th Percentile £12.43 £11.50 £11.45
25th Percentile £15.53 £13.00 £13.50
Median hourly rate £20.50 £16.12 £18.00
Median % change year-on-year +27.21% -10.47% +12.50%
75th Percentile £37.50 £20.96 £22.75
90th Percentile £65.00 £51.06 £45.20
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £16.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +25.00% -11.11% +12.50%

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 11,624 9,365 5,866
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 15.99% 15.87% 19.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,119 6,225 3,932
10th Percentile £181 £180 £168
25th Percentile £331 £350 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £450
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +4.65%
75th Percentile £625 £575 £538
90th Percentile £713 £663 £638
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £438
% change year-on-year +5.26% +8.57% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 471 503 330
10th Percentile £13.00 £11.99 £11.63
25th Percentile £16.25 £13.50 £14.01
Median hourly rate £23.50 £17.50 £18.50
Median % change year-on-year +34.29% -5.41% +5.71%
75th Percentile £55.00 £39.50 £29.69
90th Percentile £68.75 £61.70 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £23.00 £17.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year +31.43% -5.41% +5.71%

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 12 August 2022.

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 12 August 2022.

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 12 August 2022. 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
Jobs
London +10 2,896 £490 +3.16% 511
South East 0 1,116 £400 +0.87% 363
North of England 0 929 £300 -11.76% 417
Midlands 0 666 £275 -12.00% 287
South West +2 510 £381 +22.98% 265
North West -3 503 £350 - 218
West Midlands -2 426 £350 -2.78% 152
Yorkshire +2 382 £288 -4.17% 160
East of England 0 332 £325 +27.45% 184
East Midlands +4 239 £225 +12.50% 134
North East -2 70 £283 -29.38% 39
South Coast - 1 £600 -
Windows
UK

For the 6 months to 12 August 2022, 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 2,597 (38.74%) Active Directory
2 2,481 (37.01%) Microsoft
3 2,157 (32.17%) Microsoft 365
4 1,925 (28.71%) Windows 10
5 1,816 (27.09%) Linux
6 1,683 (25.10%) Azure
7 1,633 (24.36%) Windows Server
8 1,551 (23.14%) Social Skills
9 1,337 (19.94%) VMware
10 1,175 (17.53%) SQL
11 1,061 (15.83%) PowerShell
12 1,051 (15.68%) Security Cleared
13 1,032 (15.39%) Finance
14 1,019 (15.20%) ITIL
15 860 (12.83%) Microsoft Office
16 833 (12.43%) VMware Infrastructure
17 831 (12.40%) Agile
18 827 (12.34%) SCCM
19 792 (11.81%) DNS
20 786 (11.72%) SC Cleared
21 751 (11.20%) SQL Server
22 730 (10.89%) Firewall
23 728 (10.86%) DevOps
24 720 (10.74%) Python
25 719 (10.72%) Problem-Solving
26 706 (10.53%) Citrix
27 703 (10.49%) Infrastructure Engineering
28 671 (10.01%) Unix
29 670 (9.99%) AWS
30 663 (9.89%) Migration

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
1 376 (5.61%) SharePoint
2 331 (4.94%) MS Exchange
3 193 (2.88%) Confluence
4 122 (1.82%) IIS
5 106 (1.58%) WebSphere
6 92 (1.37%) Skype for Business
7 80 (1.19%) Exchange Server 2013
8 79 (1.18%) Apache
9 63 (0.94%) Tomcat
10 50 (0.75%) JBoss
11 46 (0.69%) WebLogic
12 45 (0.67%) Exchange Server 2010
13 35 (0.52%) SAS
14 34 (0.51%) Red Hat Fuse
14 34 (0.51%) WebSphere Application Server
15 26 (0.39%) CMS
16 24 (0.36%) Apache Spark
17 20 (0.30%) IBM HTTP Server
18 19 (0.28%) Apache Pig
18 19 (0.28%) Mule
Applications
1 860 (12.83%) Microsoft Office
2 234 (3.49%) Microsoft Excel
3 48 (0.72%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 47 (0.70%) MS Visio
5 28 (0.42%) Microsoft Project
6 25 (0.37%) Spreadsheet
7 10 (0.15%) Simulink
8 5 (0.075%) AutoCAD
9 3 (0.045%) Windchill
10 2 (0.030%) Adobe Captivate
10 2 (0.030%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 2 (0.030%) Autodesk Inventor
10 2 (0.030%) CATIA
10 2 (0.030%) Mathcad
10 2 (0.030%) Siemens NX
10 2 (0.030%) Solid Edge
10 2 (0.030%) SOLIDWORKS
11 1 (0.015%) 1Password
11 1 (0.015%) Chatbot
11 1 (0.015%) Maya
Business Applications
1 31 (0.46%) Oracle ERP
2 28 (0.42%) ION MarketView
3 20 (0.30%) Dynamics CRM
3 20 (0.30%) Remedy ITSM
4 19 (0.28%) SAP S/4HANA
5 14 (0.21%) SAP FI-CA
5 14 (0.21%) SAP PSCD
6 11 (0.16%) Oracle 11i
7 10 (0.15%) Fidessa
7 10 (0.15%) Markit EDM
8 9 (0.13%) Dynamics AX
8 9 (0.13%) thinkFolio
9 8 (0.12%) Eikon
9 8 (0.12%) Oracle Cash Management
9 8 (0.12%) Oracle Receivables
9 8 (0.12%) RMDS
10 7 (0.10%) Actimize
10 7 (0.10%) assyst
11 6 (0.089%) Oracle Applications
12 5 (0.075%) BusinessWorks
Cloud Services
1 2,157 (32.17%) Microsoft 365
2 1,683 (25.10%) Azure
3 670 (9.99%) AWS
4 482 (7.19%) Azure Active Directory
5 270 (4.03%) PaaS
6 242 (3.61%) SaaS
7 227 (3.39%) IaaS
8 166 (2.48%) Azure DevOps
8 166 (2.48%) OneDrive
9 156 (2.33%) GCP
10 107 (1.60%) Serverless
11 100 (1.49%) GitHub
12 94 (1.40%) Power Platform
13 86 (1.28%) Cloud Computing
14 83 (1.24%) Amazon EC2
15 68 (1.01%) Mimecast
16 65 (0.97%) AWS CloudFormation
17 59 (0.88%) Amazon S3
18 54 (0.81%) Amazon CloudWatch
19 53 (0.79%) Azure Storage
Communications & Networking
1 792 (11.81%) DNS
2 730 (10.89%) Firewall
3 513 (7.65%) DHCP
4 402 (6.00%) TCP/IP
5 371 (5.53%) VPN
6 344 (5.13%) WAN
7 318 (4.74%) LAN
8 263 (3.92%) SAN
9 171 (2.55%) Wi-Fi
10 150 (2.24%) Network Security
11 133 (1.98%) Wireless
12 127 (1.89%) VoIP
13 111 (1.66%) NAS
14 105 (1.57%) HTTP
15 101 (1.51%) SSL
16 100 (1.49%) Internet
17 98 (1.46%) Skype
18 95 (1.42%) VLAN
19 90 (1.34%) SSH
20 73 (1.09%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 751 (11.20%) SQL Server
2 166 (2.48%) MySQL
2 166 (2.48%) Oracle Database
3 128 (1.91%) PostgreSQL
4 115 (1.72%) Relational Database
5 93 (1.39%) Data Warehouse
6 92 (1.37%) Amazon RDS
7 84 (1.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 73 (1.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 69 (1.03%) Oracle Database 12c
10 67 (1.00%) Power BI
11 66 (0.98%) DB2
12 59 (0.88%) MongoDB
13 54 (0.81%) Pentaho
14 49 (0.73%) Hadoop
15 48 (0.72%) Azure SQL Database
15 48 (0.72%) HBase
16 43 (0.64%) NoSQL
17 40 (0.60%) Apache Hive
18 36 (0.54%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 398 (5.94%) Git (software)
2 359 (5.36%) JIRA
3 349 (5.21%) Jenkins
4 146 (2.18%) Visual Studio
5 112 (1.67%) Bitbucket
6 92 (1.37%) GitLab
7 86 (1.28%) Eclipse
8 81 (1.21%) Subversion
9 72 (1.07%) TeamCity
10 54 (0.81%) SoapUI
11 52 (0.78%) Artifactory
12 51 (0.76%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 49 (0.73%) Postman
14 41 (0.61%) Maven
15 38 (0.57%) Cucumber
16 36 (0.54%) Selenium
17 32 (0.48%) MSI
18 31 (0.46%) Gradle
19 30 (0.45%) JUnit
20 29 (0.43%) Hudson
General
1 1,551 (23.14%) Social Skills
2 1,032 (15.39%) Finance
3 479 (7.14%) Public Sector
4 469 (7.00%) Analytical Skills
5 436 (6.50%) Banking
6 163 (2.43%) Investment Banking
7 155 (2.31%) Retail
8 133 (1.98%) Telecoms
9 125 (1.86%) Front Office
10 111 (1.66%) Manufacturing
11 106 (1.58%) Documentation Skills
12 105 (1.57%) Organisational Skills
13 104 (1.55%) Presentation Skills
14 102 (1.52%) Back Office
15 99 (1.48%) Law
16 92 (1.37%) Legal
17 82 (1.22%) Marketing
18 79 (1.18%) Financial Institution
19 72 (1.07%) Electronics
20 45 (0.67%) Military
Job Titles
1 911 (13.59%) Analyst
2 910 (13.57%) Support Engineer
3 614 (9.16%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 484 (7.22%) IT Support
5 452 (6.74%) Developer
6 442 (6.59%) Architect
7 438 (6.53%) Desktop Support
8 437 (6.52%) 2nd Line Support
9 388 (5.79%) Support Analyst
10 341 (5.09%) IT Engineer
11 339 (5.06%) Desktop Engineer
12 284 (4.24%) Service Analyst
13 274 (4.09%) Service Desk Analyst
14 266 (3.97%) 2nd Line Engineer
15 251 (3.74%) Desktop Support Engineer
16 225 (3.36%) DevOps Engineer
17 212 (3.16%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
18 209 (3.12%) IT Analyst
19 204 (3.04%) 1st Line Support
20 201 (3.00%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 439 (6.55%) .NET
2 219 (3.27%) XML
3 212 (3.16%) Web Services
4 153 (2.28%) REST
5 152 (2.27%) .NET Framework
6 150 (2.24%) HTML
6 150 (2.24%) JSON
7 138 (2.06%) Middleware
8 119 (1.78%) CSS
9 110 (1.64%) .NET Core
10 98 (1.46%) AngularJS
11 94 (1.40%) SOAP
12 81 (1.21%) LDAP
13 78 (1.16%) RESTful
13 78 (1.16%) Spring
14 75 (1.12%) Boost C++ Libraries
15 71 (1.06%) STL
16 66 (0.98%) Kafka
17 62 (0.92%) ASP.NET Web API
17 62 (0.92%) Elastic Stack
Miscellaneous
1 354 (5.28%) Data Centre
2 188 (2.80%) Self-Motivation
3 175 (2.61%) Management Information System
4 155 (2.31%) PKI
5 146 (2.18%) Clustering
6 138 (2.06%) User Experience
7 136 (2.03%) Replication
8 129 (1.92%) Video Conferencing
9 124 (1.85%) Public Cloud
10 118 (1.76%) NHS
11 93 (1.39%) Linux Command Line
12 86 (1.28%) Data Protection Act
13 83 (1.24%) Smartphone
14 82 (1.22%) iPhone
15 80 (1.19%) Driving Licence
16 77 (1.15%) Derivative
17 76 (1.13%) Cloud Native
18 69 (1.03%) Fixed Income
18 69 (1.03%) iPad
19 66 (0.98%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 1,925 (28.71%) Windows 10
2 1,816 (27.09%) Linux
3 1,633 (24.36%) Windows Server
4 671 (10.01%) Unix
5 558 (8.32%) Windows 7
6 434 (6.47%) Windows Server 2012
7 326 (4.86%) Windows Server 2016
8 309 (4.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 285 (4.25%) Windows Server 2019
10 279 (4.16%) Windows Server 2008
11 182 (2.71%) Apple iOS
12 181 (2.70%) Android
13 160 (2.39%) Mac OS
14 107 (1.60%) Windows Server 2003
15 95 (1.42%) Ubuntu
16 80 (1.19%) Windows 8
17 69 (1.03%) Mac OS X
18 67 (1.00%) VMS
19 60 (0.89%) Windows XP
20 57 (0.85%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,019 (15.20%) ITIL
2 831 (12.40%) Agile
3 728 (10.86%) DevOps
4 719 (10.72%) Problem-Solving
5 703 (10.49%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 663 (9.89%) Migration
7 377 (5.62%) Change Management
8 359 (5.36%) CI/CD
9 309 (4.61%) Incident Management
10 303 (4.52%) Software Engineering
11 289 (4.31%) Service Management
12 270 (4.03%) Project Management
13 245 (3.65%) ITSM
14 239 (3.57%) Scrum
15 232 (3.46%) Continuous Integration
16 224 (3.34%) Test Automation
17 222 (3.31%) Cybersecurity
17 222 (3.31%) Stakeholder Management
18 213 (3.18%) Infrastructure as Code
19 211 (3.15%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 1,175 (17.53%) SQL
2 1,061 (15.83%) PowerShell
3 720 (10.74%) Python
4 494 (7.37%) Java
5 438 (6.53%) C#
6 297 (4.43%) Bash
7 296 (4.42%) C++
8 279 (4.16%) JavaScript
9 188 (2.80%) Perl
10 172 (2.57%) PL/SQL
11 162 (2.42%) Shell Script
12 137 (2.04%) T-SQL
13 135 (2.01%) C
14 85 (1.27%) VBA
15 75 (1.12%) Go
16 64 (0.95%) Ruby
17 59 (0.88%) Scala
17 59 (0.88%) VBScript
18 51 (0.76%) VB
19 48 (0.72%) R
Qualifications
1 1,051 (15.68%) Security Cleared
2 786 (11.72%) SC Cleared
3 266 (3.97%) Degree
4 238 (3.55%) Microsoft Certification
5 213 (3.18%) DV Cleared
6 99 (1.48%) MCSE
7 84 (1.25%) DBS Check
8 80 (1.19%) MCSA
9 79 (1.18%) ITIL Certification
10 78 (1.16%) Cisco Certification
11 73 (1.09%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 58 (0.87%) CCNA
13 57 (0.85%) Computer Science Degree
14 56 (0.84%) CISSP
14 56 (0.84%) MCP
15 50 (0.75%) BPSS Clearance
15 50 (0.75%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 31 (0.46%) TOGAF Certification
17 28 (0.42%) ISEB
18 27 (0.40%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 446 (6.65%) SLA
2 166 (2.48%) QA
3 63 (0.94%) GDPR
4 57 (0.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 33 (0.49%) PCI DSS
6 32 (0.48%) NIST
7 31 (0.46%) PMO
8 24 (0.36%) Cyber Essentials
9 17 (0.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 13 (0.19%) COBIT
11 11 (0.16%) Accessibility
11 11 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 10 (0.15%) SEPA
13 8 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 7 (0.10%) JSP 440
14 7 (0.10%) NCSC
14 7 (0.10%) RMADS
15 6 (0.089%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
16 5 (0.075%) ISO 9001
17 4 (0.060%) WCAG
System Software
1 2,597 (38.74%) Active Directory
2 833 (12.43%) VMware Infrastructure
3 369 (5.50%) Hyper-V
4 247 (3.68%) vSphere
5 187 (2.79%) VMware ESXi
6 186 (2.77%) Virtual Machines
7 174 (2.60%) Virtual Desktop
7 174 (2.60%) XenApp
8 165 (2.46%) Docker
9 94 (1.40%) XenDesktop
10 92 (1.37%) Microsoft App-V
11 79 (1.18%) Virtual Servers
12 65 (0.97%) VMware NSX
13 61 (0.91%) BitLocker
14 51 (0.76%) NFS
15 50 (0.75%) Firmware
16 49 (0.73%) HDFS
17 26 (0.39%) Oracle RAC
18 24 (0.36%) KVM
19 23 (0.34%) Veritas Cluster Server
Systems Management
1 827 (12.34%) SCCM
2 454 (6.77%) Microsoft Intune
3 449 (6.70%) Ansible
4 397 (5.92%) Terraform
5 253 (3.77%) Kubernetes
6 138 (2.06%) Puppet
7 116 (1.73%) Active Directory Federation Services
8 112 (1.67%) Single Sign-On
9 97 (1.45%) WSUS
10 83 (1.24%) SCOM
11 81 (1.21%) Microsoft Clustering
12 75 (1.12%) vCenter Server
13 72 (1.07%) vRealize
14 71 (1.06%) Jamf Pro
15 63 (0.94%) ITRS Geneos
16 58 (0.87%) McAfee ePO
17 53 (0.79%) PowerCLI
18 51 (0.76%) NetBackup
18 51 (0.76%) Opscode Chef
19 41 (0.61%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 2,481 (37.01%) Microsoft
2 1,337 (19.94%) VMware
3 706 (10.53%) Citrix
4 641 (9.56%) Oracle
5 555 (8.28%) Cisco
6 296 (4.42%) HP
7 284 (4.24%) Red Hat
8 261 (3.89%) Apple
9 256 (3.82%) Dell
10 242 (3.61%) ServiceNow
11 199 (2.97%) IBM
12 165 (2.46%) Google
13 147 (2.19%) SAP
14 136 (2.03%) Splunk
15 118 (1.76%) NetApp
15 118 (1.76%) Veeam
16 104 (1.55%) SolarWinds
17 100 (1.49%) McAfee
18 97 (1.45%) Ivanti
19 89 (1.33%) EMC