Period
to 19 January 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 January 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 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 15 5 8
Rank change year-on-year -10 +3 -1
Contract jobs citing Windows 3,302 8,624 10,817
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 9.66% 13.21% 11.95%
As % of the Operating Systems category 53.09% 63.65% 57.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,466 5,666 6,895
Median daily rate £383 £350 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.43% -6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £135 £130 £135
90th Percentile £575 £550 £575
UK median daily rate £400 £350 £375
% change year-on-year +14.29% -6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 299 908 1,045
Median hourly rate £17.00 £16.72 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.69% +4.48% +3.23%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £10.92
90th Percentile £50.00 £42.00 £42.30
UK median hourly rate £16.75 £17.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year -1.47% +6.25% +3.23%

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 6,220 13,549 18,950
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.19% 20.76% 20.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,001 8,706 12,112
Median daily rate £430 £413 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.24% -2.94% -
10th Percentile £163 £143 £160
90th Percentile £615 £613 £613
UK median daily rate £430 £410 £425
% change year-on-year +4.88% -3.53% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 358 1,006 1,194
Median hourly rate £17.63 £17.12 £17.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.95% -0.75% +1.47%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.25 £11.00
90th Percentile £53.75 £48.75 £47.23
Median hourly rate £17.63 £17.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year +0.71% +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 January 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 January 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 January 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 -10 1,202 £450 +21.62% 287
South East +1 620 £375 - 256
North of England -7 464 £280 -15.30% 318
Midlands 0 392 £335 +11.20% 182
South West 0 312 £350 +7.69% 138
North West -5 287 £300 -14.29% 179
West Midlands +1 269 £338 +12.67% 106
East of England -2 194 £265 -14.52% 106
Yorkshire -7 136 £275 -15.38% 116
East Midlands -3 116 £268 -13.01% 74
North East -7 41 £238 -28.03% 23
Windows
UK

For the 6 months to 19 January 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 1,241 (37.58%) Active Directory
2 1,184 (35.86%) Microsoft
3 1,082 (32.77%) Windows 10
4 787 (23.83%) Windows Server
5 784 (23.74%) Office 365
6 777 (23.53%) Azure
7 750 (22.71%) Linux
8 696 (21.08%) Security Cleared
9 653 (19.78%) VMware
10 527 (15.96%) SC Cleared
11 496 (15.02%) PowerShell
12 476 (14.42%) SCCM
13 447 (13.54%) SQL
14 443 (13.42%) VMware Infrastructure
15 423 (12.81%) Migration
16 420 (12.72%) DevOps
17 401 (12.14%) Finance
18 399 (12.08%) SQL Server
19 379 (11.48%) Microsoft Office
20 368 (11.14%) Firewall
21 363 (10.99%) Windows 7
22 357 (10.81%) ITIL
23 353 (10.69%) Agile Software Development
24 351 (10.63%) Infrastructure Engineering
25 312 (9.45%) DNS
26 308 (9.33%) Oracle
27 292 (8.84%) Cisco
28 278 (8.42%) Windows Server 2012
29 271 (8.21%) Public Sector
30 270 (8.18%) 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
1 218 (6.60%) SharePoint
2 166 (5.03%) MS Exchange
3 115 (3.48%) IIS
4 80 (2.42%) Confluence
5 68 (2.06%) Skype for Business
6 43 (1.30%) JBoss
7 40 (1.21%) Apache
7 40 (1.21%) Exchange Server 2010
7 40 (1.21%) WebLogic
8 33 (1.00%) Tomcat
9 24 (0.73%) Exchange Server 2013
10 23 (0.70%) Elasticsearch
11 22 (0.67%) WebSphere
12 15 (0.45%) CMS
13 14 (0.42%) Mule
13 14 (0.42%) nginx
14 13 (0.39%) ArcGIS
15 10 (0.30%) NetWeaver
15 10 (0.30%) Red Hat Fuse
16 9 (0.27%) Documentum
Applications
1 379 (11.48%) Microsoft Office
2 113 (3.42%) Microsoft Excel
3 53 (1.61%) MS Visio
4 37 (1.12%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 24 (0.73%) Photoshop
6 14 (0.42%) Microsoft Project
7 10 (0.30%) Adobe After Effects
7 10 (0.30%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 10 (0.30%) Adobe Illustrator
7 10 (0.30%) Adobe Premiere
8 9 (0.27%) CINEMA 4D
8 9 (0.27%) SOLIDWORKS
9 5 (0.15%) InfoPath
10 4 (0.12%) CATIA
10 4 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
11 1 (0.030%) Acrobat
11 1 (0.030%) AutoCAD
11 1 (0.030%) PTC Creo
11 1 (0.030%) Siemens NX
11 1 (0.030%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 16 (0.48%) SAP FI-CA
2 14 (0.42%) Dynamics CRM
3 10 (0.30%) SunGard Martini
4 9 (0.27%) SAP PSCD
5 5 (0.15%) Remedy ITSM
6 4 (0.12%) Infor M3
6 4 (0.12%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 3 (0.091%) Oracle Financials
7 3 (0.091%) Payment Gateway
7 3 (0.091%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
7 3 (0.091%) StreamServe
7 3 (0.091%) Summit
8 2 (0.061%) Dynamics AX
8 2 (0.061%) OpenText Process Suite
8 2 (0.061%) Oracle EBS
8 2 (0.061%) Oracle EBS R12
8 2 (0.061%) Salerio
8 2 (0.061%) SAP HCM
8 2 (0.061%) SAP S/4HANA
9 1 (0.030%) Orchard Housing
Cloud Services
1 784 (23.74%) Office 365
2 777 (23.53%) Azure
3 261 (7.90%) AWS
4 179 (5.42%) Azure Active Directory
5 137 (4.15%) IaaS
6 123 (3.73%) PaaS
7 84 (2.54%) SaaS
8 66 (2.00%) GitHub
9 63 (1.91%) GCP
10 48 (1.45%) Cloud Computing
11 47 (1.42%) OneDrive
12 34 (1.03%) AWS CloudFormation
13 33 (1.00%) OpenShift
14 32 (0.97%) Power Platform
15 29 (0.88%) Serverless
16 23 (0.70%) Amazon EC2
17 21 (0.64%) Mimecast
18 18 (0.55%) Azure ExpressRoute
19 16 (0.48%) Amazon S3
19 16 (0.48%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 368 (11.14%) Firewall
2 312 (9.45%) DNS
3 210 (6.36%) DHCP
4 200 (6.06%) VPN
5 182 (5.51%) WAN
6 170 (5.15%) TCP/IP
7 151 (4.57%) LAN
8 138 (4.18%) SAN
9 103 (3.12%) Skype
10 71 (2.15%) Internet
11 68 (2.06%) VLAN
12 63 (1.91%) Network Security
13 58 (1.76%) Wi-Fi
14 57 (1.73%) Wireless
15 55 (1.67%) VoIP
16 50 (1.51%) HTTP
17 48 (1.45%) VSAN
18 43 (1.30%) SNMP
19 39 (1.18%) Remote Desktop
20 34 (1.03%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 399 (12.08%) SQL Server
2 94 (2.85%) MySQL
3 84 (2.54%) Oracle Database
4 51 (1.54%) Relational Database
5 48 (1.45%) MongoDB
6 34 (1.03%) Azure SQL Database
7 29 (0.88%) DB2
7 29 (0.88%) Hadoop
8 28 (0.85%) Cosmos DB
8 28 (0.85%) SQL Server 2012
9 27 (0.82%) NoSQL
10 26 (0.79%) SQL Server 2008
11 25 (0.76%) Data Warehouse
11 25 (0.76%) SQL Server 2016
11 25 (0.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 24 (0.73%) Power BI
12 24 (0.73%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 21 (0.64%) Amazon RDS
13 21 (0.64%) PostgreSQL
14 19 (0.58%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 172 (5.21%) Git (software)
2 164 (4.97%) JIRA
3 151 (4.57%) Jenkins
4 65 (1.97%) Visual Studio
5 64 (1.94%) Bitbucket
6 56 (1.70%) GitLab
7 50 (1.51%) Selenium
8 49 (1.48%) Subversion
9 40 (1.21%) Cucumber
10 36 (1.09%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 35 (1.06%) TeamCity
12 34 (1.03%) Sonatype Nexus
13 32 (0.97%) SonarQube
14 30 (0.91%) Toad
15 28 (0.85%) Maven
15 28 (0.85%) MSI
16 26 (0.79%) Team Foundation Server
17 25 (0.76%) Artifactory
18 23 (0.70%) Postman
19 22 (0.67%) Hudson
General
1 401 (12.14%) Finance
2 271 (8.21%) Public Sector
3 185 (5.60%) Banking
4 101 (3.06%) Telecoms
5 73 (2.21%) Manufacturing
6 67 (2.03%) Retail
7 65 (1.97%) Investment Banking
8 59 (1.79%) Marketing
9 53 (1.61%) Electronics
10 38 (1.15%) Legal
11 36 (1.09%) Front Office
12 33 (1.00%) Law
13 23 (0.70%) Financial Institution
13 23 (0.70%) Local Government
14 22 (0.67%) Back Office
15 20 (0.61%) Pharmaceutical
16 19 (0.58%) Aerospace
16 19 (0.58%) French Language
16 19 (0.58%) Publishing
17 18 (0.55%) Military
Job Titles
1 391 (11.84%) Analyst
2 291 (8.81%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 286 (8.66%) Support Engineer
4 239 (7.24%) Architect
5 219 (6.63%) Developer
6 204 (6.18%) Windows Engineer
7 172 (5.21%) Desktop Support
8 158 (4.78%) Consultant
9 147 (4.45%) Desktop Engineer
10 140 (4.24%) DevOps Engineer
11 126 (3.82%) IT Engineer
12 125 (3.79%) Service Analyst
13 116 (3.51%) Azure Engineer
14 114 (3.45%) IT Support
15 111 (3.36%) 2nd Line Support
15 111 (3.36%) Service Desk Analyst
16 110 (3.33%) Deployment Engineer
17 109 (3.30%) Support Analyst
18 99 (3.00%) Desktop Support Engineer
19 88 (2.67%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 173 (5.24%) .NET
2 102 (3.09%) XML
3 99 (3.00%) Web Services
4 86 (2.60%) REST
5 71 (2.15%) Middleware
6 70 (2.12%) HTML
7 62 (1.88%) CSS
8 55 (1.67%) JSON
9 51 (1.54%) .NET Framework
10 44 (1.33%) SOAP
11 42 (1.27%) ASP.NET
12 40 (1.21%) .NET Core
13 36 (1.09%) RESTful
14 34 (1.03%) Node.js
15 33 (1.00%) Elastic Stack
15 33 (1.00%) LDAP
16 32 (0.97%) Spring
17 26 (0.79%) RabbitMQ
18 25 (0.76%) Swagger
18 25 (0.76%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 161 (4.88%) Data Centre
2 146 (4.42%) Analytical Skills
3 98 (2.97%) Management Information System
4 93 (2.82%) NHS
5 90 (2.73%) Self-Motivation
6 73 (2.21%) PKI
7 59 (1.79%) Driving Licence
8 56 (1.70%) Clustering
8 56 (1.70%) Public Cloud
8 56 (1.70%) Video Conferencing
9 45 (1.36%) Replication
10 42 (1.27%) Private Cloud
11 41 (1.24%) User Experience
12 34 (1.03%) Linux Command Line
13 28 (0.85%) Blackberry
14 27 (0.82%) Greenfield Project
15 26 (0.79%) Mobile App
16 25 (0.76%) Enterprise Software
17 24 (0.73%) Fat Client
17 24 (0.73%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 1,082 (32.77%) Windows 10
2 787 (23.83%) Windows Server
3 750 (22.71%) Linux
4 363 (10.99%) Windows 7
5 278 (8.42%) Windows Server 2012
6 269 (8.15%) Unix
7 218 (6.60%) Windows Server 2016
8 177 (5.36%) Windows Server 2008
9 129 (3.91%) Windows Server 2019
10 106 (3.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 100 (3.03%) Apple iOS
12 90 (2.73%) Android
13 79 (2.39%) Mac OS
14 59 (1.79%) CentOS
15 51 (1.54%) Windows 8
16 50 (1.51%) Windows XP
17 47 (1.42%) Solaris
18 46 (1.39%) Ubuntu
19 40 (1.21%) Windows Server 2003
20 24 (0.73%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 423 (12.81%) Migration
2 420 (12.72%) DevOps
3 357 (10.81%) ITIL
4 353 (10.69%) Agile Software Development
5 351 (10.63%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 240 (7.27%) Problem-Solving
7 131 (3.97%) Configuration Management
8 130 (3.94%) Continuous Integration
9 128 (3.88%) Service Management
10 125 (3.79%) Cybersecurity
11 123 (3.73%) Test Automation
12 117 (3.54%) Infrastructure as Code
13 113 (3.42%) Change Management
14 112 (3.39%) Project Delivery
15 107 (3.24%) Microservices
16 106 (3.21%) SIEM
17 105 (3.18%) Scrum
18 102 (3.09%) Project Management
19 101 (3.06%) Disaster Recovery
20 92 (2.79%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 496 (15.02%) PowerShell
2 447 (13.54%) SQL
3 264 (8.00%) Python
4 195 (5.91%) Java
5 186 (5.63%) C#
6 127 (3.85%) JavaScript
7 110 (3.33%) Bash Shell
8 104 (3.15%) C++
9 98 (2.97%) Perl
10 87 (2.63%) C
11 55 (1.67%) Shell Script
12 51 (1.54%) T-SQL
12 51 (1.54%) VB
13 40 (1.21%) PL/SQL
14 36 (1.09%) Ruby
15 32 (0.97%) VBScript
16 28 (0.85%) VBA
17 25 (0.76%) Go
18 21 (0.64%) VB.NET
19 15 (0.45%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 696 (21.08%) Security Cleared
2 527 (15.96%) SC Cleared
3 176 (5.33%) DV Cleared
4 133 (4.03%) Degree
5 131 (3.97%) Microsoft Certification
6 67 (2.03%) MCSE
7 55 (1.67%) Cisco Certification
8 52 (1.57%) ISTQB
9 46 (1.39%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 44 (1.33%) ISEB
11 43 (1.30%) DBS Check
11 43 (1.30%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 37 (1.12%) CCNA
13 36 (1.09%) CISSP
14 35 (1.06%) MCSA
15 34 (1.03%) ITIL Certification
16 24 (0.73%) Computer Science Degree
17 23 (0.70%) CCNP
18 20 (0.61%) BPSS Clearance
19 19 (0.58%) CompTIA Security+
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 158 (4.78%) SLA
2 70 (2.12%) QA
3 45 (1.36%) NIST
4 35 (1.06%) GDPR
5 21 (0.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 21 (0.64%) PCI DSS
6 19 (0.58%) NCSC
7 16 (0.48%) COBIT
8 14 (0.42%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 10 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 8 (0.24%) Government Security Classifications
10 8 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 6 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
11 6 (0.18%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 5 (0.15%) Data Quality
12 5 (0.15%) GxP
12 5 (0.15%) PMO
12 5 (0.15%) RMADS
13 4 (0.12%) HIPAA
14 3 (0.091%) JSP 440
System Software
1 1,241 (37.58%) Active Directory
2 443 (13.42%) VMware Infrastructure
3 162 (4.91%) Hyper-V
4 150 (4.54%) Docker
5 149 (4.51%) VMware ESXi
6 127 (3.85%) vSphere
7 101 (3.06%) Virtual Machines
8 58 (1.76%) VMware NSX
9 56 (1.70%) XenApp
10 50 (1.51%) Virtual Desktop
11 45 (1.36%) Microsoft App-V
12 35 (1.06%) XenDesktop
13 23 (0.70%) Virtual Servers
14 22 (0.67%) HDFS
15 19 (0.58%) Firmware
16 16 (0.48%) BitLocker
17 15 (0.45%) NFS
18 12 (0.36%) Terminal Server
19 10 (0.30%) vCloud
19 10 (0.30%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 476 (14.42%) SCCM
2 234 (7.09%) Ansible
3 188 (5.69%) Terraform
4 174 (5.27%) Microsoft Intune
5 155 (4.69%) Kubernetes
6 126 (3.82%) Puppet
7 82 (2.48%) vCenter Server
8 74 (2.24%) SCOM
9 73 (2.21%) Opscode Chef
10 48 (1.45%) WSUS
11 44 (1.33%) vRealize
12 41 (1.24%) Microsoft Clustering
13 38 (1.15%) AirWatch
14 37 (1.12%) Single Sign-On
15 34 (1.03%) Packer
16 25 (0.76%) Grafana
16 25 (0.76%) Netcool
16 25 (0.76%) PowerCLI
17 21 (0.64%) Jamf Pro
17 21 (0.64%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 1,184 (35.86%) Microsoft
2 653 (19.78%) VMware
3 308 (9.33%) Oracle
4 292 (8.84%) Cisco
5 270 (8.18%) Citrix
6 133 (4.03%) HP
7 118 (3.57%) Splunk
8 109 (3.30%) Red Hat
9 108 (3.27%) SAP
10 100 (3.03%) Dell
11 81 (2.45%) Apple
12 67 (2.03%) ServiceNow
13 65 (1.97%) IBM
14 64 (1.94%) Veeam
15 61 (1.85%) EMC
16 59 (1.79%) Google
17 53 (1.61%) McAfee
17 53 (1.61%) SolarWinds
18 48 (1.45%) Symantec
19 41 (1.24%) Remedy