Period
to 4 July 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 4 July 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
4 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 10 11 9
Rank change year-on-year +1 -2 0
Contract jobs citing Windows 4,317 9,606 10,486
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 11.70% 11.27% 11.08%
As % of the Operating Systems category 59.18% 56.79% 52.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,663 6,260 6,457
Median daily rate £375 £375 £375
10th Percentile £131 £135 £135
90th Percentile £565 £575 £575
UK median daily rate £375 £375 £367
% change year-on-year - +2.21% +0.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 454 869 1,169
Median hourly rate £17.50 £16.00 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.38% -3.03% +6.45%
10th Percentile £11.63 £11.17 £11.17
90th Percentile £43.75 £44.50 £43.75
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £16.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year +12.50% - +5.26%

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 7,295 16,916 19,799
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 19.77% 19.85% 20.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,519 10,810 12,460
Median daily rate £438 £440 £440
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.57% - +3.53%
10th Percentile £154 £160 £185
90th Percentile £636 £625 £613
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 509 1,014 1,366
Median hourly rate £18.70 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.86% - +4.48%
10th Percentile £11.95 £11.24 £11.17
90th Percentile £48.15 £50.00 £47.50
Median hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year +8.57% +2.94% +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 4 July 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 4 July 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 4 July 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 1,514 £425 +2.72% 215
South East +2 875 £350 -9.50% 198
North of England +4 712 £325 - 201
South West 0 462 £350 -6.67% 144
Midlands +1 414 £335 -0.74% 113
North West +1 404 £325 -1.52% 107
East of England +2 311 £300 -1.64% 88
West Midlands 0 260 £375 +5.63% 68
Yorkshire +2 235 £325 - 74
East Midlands 0 149 £250 -23.08% 45
North East +2 73 £375 +102.70% 20
Windows
UK

For the 6 months to 4 July 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 1,719 (39.82%) Active Directory
2 1,593 (36.90%) Microsoft
3 1,507 (34.91%) Windows 10
4 1,295 (30.00%) Windows Server
5 1,060 (24.55%) Office 365
6 905 (20.96%) Azure
7 902 (20.89%) VMware
8 882 (20.43%) Linux
9 733 (16.98%) Security Cleared
10 712 (16.49%) PowerShell
11 704 (16.31%) Windows 7
12 664 (15.38%) SQL
13 636 (14.73%) SCCM
14 588 (13.62%) ITIL
15 583 (13.50%) Migration
16 582 (13.48%) SC Cleared
17 580 (13.44%) Microsoft Office
18 550 (12.74%) VMware Infrastructure
19 539 (12.49%) SQL Server
20 529 (12.25%) Windows Server 2012
21 471 (10.91%) Citrix
22 443 (10.26%) DNS
22 443 (10.26%) Windows Server 2016
23 432 (10.01%) Problem-Solving
24 428 (9.91%) Finance
25 422 (9.78%) DevOps
26 415 (9.61%) Agile Software Development
27 392 (9.08%) Infrastructure Engineering
28 371 (8.59%) Oracle
29 363 (8.41%) 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
1 262 (6.07%) MS Exchange
2 245 (5.68%) SharePoint
3 135 (3.13%) IIS
4 120 (2.78%) Skype for Business
5 92 (2.13%) Confluence
6 87 (2.02%) Exchange Server 2010
7 69 (1.60%) WebLogic
8 62 (1.44%) Tomcat
9 56 (1.30%) Exchange Server 2013
10 55 (1.27%) Apache
11 33 (0.76%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 21 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2007
13 17 (0.39%) Exchange Server 2003
14 16 (0.37%) CMS
15 15 (0.35%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 15 (0.35%) JBoss
15 15 (0.35%) WebSphere
16 14 (0.32%) IBM Notes
17 13 (0.30%) BizTalk Server
18 12 (0.28%) Mule
Applications
1 580 (13.44%) Microsoft Office
2 140 (3.24%) Microsoft Excel
3 61 (1.41%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 51 (1.18%) MS Visio
5 37 (0.86%) Microsoft Project
6 13 (0.30%) Photoshop
7 9 (0.21%) Acrobat
7 9 (0.21%) Spreadsheet
8 6 (0.14%) Chatbot
9 5 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 3 (0.069%) SPSS
11 1 (0.023%) AutoCAD
11 1 (0.023%) Camtasia
11 1 (0.023%) GNU Octave
11 1 (0.023%) InDesign
11 1 (0.023%) InfoPath
11 1 (0.023%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 15 (0.35%) Dynamics CRM
2 14 (0.32%) Remedy ITSM
3 10 (0.23%) Oracle EBS
4 9 (0.21%) Oracle ERP
5 7 (0.16%) Oracle Applications
5 7 (0.16%) SAP FI-CA
6 6 (0.14%) assyst
7 4 (0.093%) SAP SRM
8 3 (0.069%) Elite 3E
8 3 (0.069%) Oracle 11i
8 3 (0.069%) SAP PSCD
8 3 (0.069%) Sentinel
8 3 (0.069%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
9 2 (0.046%) Dynamics NAV
9 2 (0.046%) Eikon
9 2 (0.046%) Oracle EBS R12
9 2 (0.046%) Payment Gateway
9 2 (0.046%) SAP Oil and Gas
10 1 (0.023%) Oracle Payables
10 1 (0.023%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 1,060 (24.55%) Office 365
2 905 (20.96%) Azure
3 297 (6.88%) AWS
4 172 (3.98%) Azure Active Directory
5 166 (3.85%) PaaS
6 147 (3.41%) IaaS
7 119 (2.76%) SaaS
8 82 (1.90%) OneDrive
9 81 (1.88%) GitHub
10 70 (1.62%) Power Platform
11 57 (1.32%) GCP
12 37 (0.86%) Serverless
13 33 (0.76%) OpenShift
14 30 (0.69%) Amazon S3
15 29 (0.67%) Cloud Computing
16 26 (0.60%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 23 (0.53%) Mimecast
18 18 (0.42%) AWS CloudFormation
18 18 (0.42%) AWS Lambda
19 17 (0.39%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 443 (10.26%) DNS
2 363 (8.41%) Firewall
3 272 (6.30%) DHCP
4 221 (5.12%) VPN
5 199 (4.61%) LAN
5 199 (4.61%) SAN
6 198 (4.59%) WAN
7 191 (4.42%) TCP/IP
8 170 (3.94%) Skype
9 142 (3.29%) Internet
10 105 (2.43%) VoIP
11 92 (2.13%) Wireless
12 76 (1.76%) Network Security
13 73 (1.69%) NetScaler
14 71 (1.64%) Remote Desktop
15 61 (1.41%) Wi-Fi
16 57 (1.32%) DMZ
17 53 (1.23%) VLAN
18 43 (1.00%) HTTP
18 43 (1.00%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 539 (12.49%) SQL Server
2 107 (2.48%) MySQL
3 93 (2.15%) Oracle Database
4 81 (1.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 76 (1.76%) MongoDB
6 63 (1.46%) Power BI
6 63 (1.46%) Relational Database
7 55 (1.27%) SQL Server 2016
8 54 (1.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 51 (1.18%) NoSQL
10 50 (1.16%) PostgreSQL
11 45 (1.04%) SQL Server 2012
12 42 (0.97%) SQL Server 2008
13 41 (0.95%) Data Warehouse
14 35 (0.81%) Data Lake
14 35 (0.81%) SQL Server 2014
15 30 (0.69%) Oracle Database 11g
16 29 (0.67%) Amazon RDS
16 29 (0.67%) HDInsight
17 23 (0.53%) Azure SQL Database
Development Applications
1 189 (4.38%) Git (software)
2 180 (4.17%) Jenkins
3 164 (3.80%) JIRA
4 130 (3.01%) Visual Studio
5 76 (1.76%) Selenium
6 70 (1.62%) MSI
7 57 (1.32%) Team Foundation Server
8 56 (1.30%) GitLab
9 45 (1.04%) Cucumber
10 41 (0.95%) Bitbucket
10 41 (0.95%) Subversion
11 35 (0.81%) Eclipse
12 33 (0.76%) Sonatype Nexus
13 30 (0.69%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 29 (0.67%) Octopus Deploy
14 29 (0.67%) TeamCity
15 27 (0.63%) JUnit
15 27 (0.63%) SoapUI
16 26 (0.60%) Postman
17 22 (0.51%) Maven
General
1 428 (9.91%) Finance
2 321 (7.44%) Public Sector
3 192 (4.45%) Banking
4 100 (2.32%) Telecoms
5 81 (1.88%) Retail
6 59 (1.37%) Manufacturing
7 50 (1.16%) Law
8 42 (0.97%) Investment Banking
9 40 (0.93%) Front Office
10 38 (0.88%) Marketing
11 37 (0.86%) Electronics
12 35 (0.81%) Legal
13 32 (0.74%) Back Office
14 29 (0.67%) Military
15 26 (0.60%) Local Government
16 25 (0.58%) Aerospace
17 19 (0.44%) Financial Institution
17 19 (0.44%) Pharmaceutical
18 18 (0.42%) Automotive
19 14 (0.32%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 552 (12.79%) Analyst
2 465 (10.77%) Support Engineer
3 381 (8.83%) Windows Engineer
4 325 (7.53%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 285 (6.60%) Desktop Support
6 266 (6.16%) Developer
7 235 (5.44%) 2nd Line Support
8 222 (5.14%) Desktop Engineer
9 213 (4.93%) IT Support
10 197 (4.56%) Architect
11 179 (4.15%) IT Engineer
12 167 (3.87%) Service Analyst
13 165 (3.82%) Support Analyst
14 162 (3.75%) Deployment Engineer
15 159 (3.68%) DevOps Engineer
16 156 (3.61%) Desktop Support Engineer
16 156 (3.61%) Service Desk Analyst
17 152 (3.52%) 2nd Line Engineer
18 150 (3.47%) Consultant
19 128 (2.97%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 295 (6.83%) .NET
2 139 (3.22%) Web Services
3 138 (3.20%) XML
4 114 (2.64%) HTML
5 87 (2.02%) JSON
6 79 (1.83%) LDAP
6 79 (1.83%) Middleware
7 75 (1.74%) .NET Framework
8 71 (1.64%) REST
9 69 (1.60%) Node.js
10 65 (1.51%) SOAP
11 53 (1.23%) AngularJS
12 47 (1.09%) ASP.NET
13 46 (1.07%) CSS
14 44 (1.02%) WPF
15 41 (0.95%) Entity Framework
16 40 (0.93%) RESTful
17 39 (0.90%) SAML
18 37 (0.86%) Oracle Fusion
19 35 (0.81%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 313 (7.25%) Analytical Skills
2 236 (5.47%) Data Centre
3 151 (3.50%) Self-Motivation
4 142 (3.29%) NHS
5 133 (3.08%) Management Information System
6 94 (2.18%) Clustering
6 94 (2.18%) PKI
7 79 (1.83%) Driving Licence
8 63 (1.46%) User Experience
9 57 (1.32%) Public Cloud
10 50 (1.16%) Private Cloud
11 46 (1.07%) Linux Command Line
12 43 (1.00%) Replication
13 42 (0.97%) Blackberry
13 42 (0.97%) iPhone
14 41 (0.95%) Video Conferencing
15 40 (0.93%) Client/Server
15 40 (0.93%) Mobile App
16 38 (0.88%) Cloud Native
16 38 (0.88%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 1,507 (34.91%) Windows 10
2 1,295 (30.00%) Windows Server
3 882 (20.43%) Linux
4 704 (16.31%) Windows 7
5 529 (12.25%) Windows Server 2012
6 443 (10.26%) Windows Server 2016
7 361 (8.36%) Windows Server 2008
8 273 (6.32%) Unix
9 145 (3.36%) Apple iOS
10 130 (3.01%) Android
11 116 (2.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 113 (2.62%) Windows Server 2019
13 95 (2.20%) Windows Server 2003
14 90 (2.08%) Windows XP
15 71 (1.64%) Mac OS
16 63 (1.46%) Windows 8
17 51 (1.18%) Mac OS X
18 44 (1.02%) CentOS
19 37 (0.86%) Solaris
20 33 (0.76%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 588 (13.62%) ITIL
2 583 (13.50%) Migration
3 432 (10.01%) Problem-Solving
4 422 (9.78%) DevOps
5 415 (9.61%) Agile Software Development
6 392 (9.08%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 239 (5.54%) Test Automation
8 196 (4.54%) Continuous Integration
9 175 (4.05%) Cybersecurity
10 147 (3.41%) Configuration Management
11 145 (3.36%) Project Management
12 138 (3.20%) High Availability
13 131 (3.03%) Scrum
14 129 (2.99%) Software Engineering
15 123 (2.85%) Change Management
15 123 (2.85%) Service Management
16 120 (2.78%) Application Packaging
17 114 (2.64%) Disaster Recovery
17 114 (2.64%) Project Delivery
18 108 (2.50%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 712 (16.49%) PowerShell
2 664 (15.38%) SQL
3 282 (6.53%) Java
4 275 (6.37%) C#
5 271 (6.28%) Python
6 174 (4.03%) JavaScript
7 170 (3.94%) Bash Shell
8 112 (2.59%) Shell Script
9 107 (2.48%) C++
10 97 (2.25%) C
11 75 (1.74%) VB
12 68 (1.58%) Perl
13 60 (1.39%) PL/SQL
14 59 (1.37%) T-SQL
15 45 (1.04%) VBScript
16 39 (0.90%) PHP
17 34 (0.79%) Ruby
18 24 (0.56%) VBA
19 20 (0.46%) VB.NET
20 19 (0.44%) Go
Qualifications
1 733 (16.98%) Security Cleared
2 582 (13.48%) SC Cleared
3 239 (5.54%) Microsoft Certification
4 182 (4.22%) DV Cleared
5 169 (3.91%) Degree
6 128 (2.97%) MCSE
7 107 (2.48%) Cisco Certification
8 82 (1.90%) CCNA
9 71 (1.64%) MCSA
10 62 (1.44%) ITIL Certification
11 50 (1.16%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 49 (1.14%) CISSP
13 41 (0.95%) ISEB
14 39 (0.90%) Citrix Certification
15 38 (0.88%) MCP
16 37 (0.86%) CCNP
17 36 (0.83%) DBS Check
18 30 (0.69%) ISTQB
19 29 (0.67%) Computer Science Degree
20 28 (0.65%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 176 (4.08%) SLA
2 85 (1.97%) QA
3 54 (1.25%) GDPR
4 29 (0.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 20 (0.46%) Cyber Essentials
6 14 (0.32%) HIPAA
6 14 (0.32%) NIST
6 14 (0.32%) PCI DSS
7 12 (0.28%) Government Security Classifications
7 12 (0.28%) PMO
7 12 (0.28%) WCAG
8 10 (0.23%) NCSC
9 7 (0.16%) Data Quality
9 7 (0.16%) Disclosure Scotland
10 6 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 5 (0.12%) COBIT
11 5 (0.12%) JSP 440
12 4 (0.093%) HL7
12 4 (0.093%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 3 (0.069%) RMADS
System Software
1 1,719 (39.82%) Active Directory
2 550 (12.74%) VMware Infrastructure
3 218 (5.05%) Hyper-V
4 189 (4.38%) VMware ESXi
5 182 (4.22%) Docker
6 171 (3.96%) XenApp
7 162 (3.75%) vSphere
8 129 (2.99%) Microsoft App-V
9 121 (2.80%) Virtual Machines
10 90 (2.08%) XenDesktop
11 70 (1.62%) Virtual Desktop
12 43 (1.00%) Virtual Servers
13 37 (0.86%) BitLocker
14 31 (0.72%) VMware NSX
15 30 (0.69%) Citrix Hypervisor
16 20 (0.46%) NFS
17 17 (0.39%) VMware Workstation
18 14 (0.32%) Firmware
18 14 (0.32%) Oracle RAC
18 14 (0.32%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 636 (14.73%) SCCM
2 192 (4.45%) Microsoft Intune
3 191 (4.42%) Ansible
4 136 (3.15%) Terraform
5 135 (3.13%) Kubernetes
6 126 (2.92%) SCOM
7 119 (2.76%) Puppet
8 81 (1.88%) WSUS
9 67 (1.55%) Opscode Chef
10 60 (1.39%) vCenter Server
11 56 (1.30%) Microsoft Clustering
11 56 (1.30%) Single Sign-On
12 40 (0.93%) AirWatch
13 37 (0.86%) vRealize
14 34 (0.79%) Failover Clustering
15 30 (0.69%) Rancher
16 28 (0.65%) McAfee ePO
16 28 (0.65%) Packer
16 28 (0.65%) Prometheus
17 27 (0.63%) Grafana
Vendors
1 1,593 (36.90%) Microsoft
2 902 (20.89%) VMware
3 471 (10.91%) Citrix
4 371 (8.59%) Oracle
5 314 (7.27%) Cisco
6 228 (5.28%) HP
7 131 (3.03%) Dell
8 120 (2.78%) Apple
9 111 (2.57%) Red Hat
10 104 (2.41%) ServiceNow
11 87 (2.02%) NetApp
12 85 (1.97%) IBM
12 85 (1.97%) McAfee
13 79 (1.83%) SAP
14 75 (1.74%) Splunk
15 70 (1.62%) EMC
16 66 (1.53%) Google
17 61 (1.41%) Remedy
18 56 (1.30%) Atlassian
19 55 (1.27%) Symantec