Period
to 22 November 2017

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 22 November 2017 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
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 9 9 6
Rank change year-on-year 0 -3 0
Contract jobs citing Windows 10458 10967 12411
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.02% 11.20% 12.05%
As % of the Operating Systems category 52.65% 52.03% 55.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 6496 6740 6998
England median daily rate £350 £352 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.43% +0.43% +7.69%
10th Percentile £133 £143 £150
90th Percentile £556 £538 £525
UK median daily rate £350 £350 £343
% change year-on-year - +2.19% +5.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1005 1047 1646
England median hourly rate £16.00 £15.25 £15.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.92% -3.17% +5.00%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.25
90th Percentile £46.15 £42.00 £38.75
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £15.00 £15.75
% change year-on-year +6.67% -4.76% +5.00%

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 19864 21078 22283
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 20.93% 21.52% 21.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 12779 13446 13257
England median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +6.67%
10th Percentile £175 £200 £188
90th Percentile £600 £575 £570
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £393
% change year-on-year +6.25% +1.91% +4.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1205 1191 1815
England median hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.06% - +4.90%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £43.75 £42.15
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £16.25 £16.50
% change year-on-year +7.69% -1.52% +4.10%

Windows
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Windows as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Windows in England

Windows
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Windows in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for Windows in England

Windows
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows in England over the 6 months to 22 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Windows in England

Windows
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Windows in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Windows in England

Windows
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows in England over the 6 months to 22 November 2017.

Contractor 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 22 November 2017. 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 0 4408 £400 - 566
South East 0 2301 £360 +2.86% 338
North of England -1 1274 £313 -3.69% 277
Midlands +4 1094 £325 -7.14% 176
East of England +1 693 £320 +6.67% 150
South West -1 685 £300 -7.69% 107
West Midlands +1 603 £335 -4.29% 108
North West -1 594 £315 -10.00% 174
East Midlands +6 481 £300 -7.69% 67
Yorkshire +1 458 £275 -19.12% 83
North East -1 227 £325 +1.56% 20
Windows
UK

For the 6 months to 22 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Windows also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region with a requirement for Windows.

1 3863 (36.94%) Active Directory
2 3425 (32.75%) Microsoft
3 2986 (28.55%) Windows Server
4 2446 (23.39%) Linux
5 2180 (20.85%) VMware
6 2021 (19.32%) Windows 7
7 1932 (18.47%) Windows 10
8 1810 (17.31%) Office 365
9 1588 (15.18%) ITIL
10 1583 (15.14%) Finance
11 1531 (14.64%) SQL
12 1411 (13.49%) Microsoft Office
13 1408 (13.46%) Windows Server 2012
14 1394 (13.33%) PowerShell
15 1356 (12.97%) SQL Server
16 1306 (12.49%) SCCM
17 1296 (12.39%) Citrix
18 1249 (11.94%) Microsoft Azure
19 1217 (11.64%) Windows Server 2008
20 1205 (11.52%) Unix
21 1203 (11.50%) Security Cleared
22 1175 (11.24%) Migration
23 1116 (10.67%) VMware Infrastructure
24 1045 (9.99%) Agile Software Development
25 1019 (9.74%) DNS
26 985 (9.42%) Cisco
27 925 (8.84%) MS Exchange
28 918 (8.78%) Firewall
29 914 (8.74%) DevOps
30 901 (8.62%) .NET

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
1 925 (8.84%) MS Exchange
2 520 (4.97%) SharePoint
3 484 (4.63%) IIS
4 421 (4.03%) Skype for Business
5 376 (3.60%) Exchange Server 2010
6 199 (1.90%) Exchange Server 2013
7 191 (1.83%) Apache
8 183 (1.75%) Confluence
9 165 (1.58%) Tomcat
10 122 (1.17%) Exchange Server 2007
11 114 (1.09%) JBoss
12 112 (1.07%) OpenStack
13 106 (1.01%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 98 (0.94%) Elasticsearch
15 90 (0.86%) WebLogic
16 89 (0.85%) WebSphere
17 83 (0.79%) CMS
18 72 (0.69%) IBM Notes
19 69 (0.66%) Exchange Server 2003
20 62 (0.59%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 1411 (13.49%) Microsoft Office
2 332 (3.17%) Microsoft Excel
3 128 (1.22%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 128 (1.22%) MS Visio
4 55 (0.53%) Microsoft Project
5 41 (0.39%) Spreadsheet
6 23 (0.22%) Acrobat
7 19 (0.18%) Photoshop
8 13 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
8 13 (0.12%) PaintShop Pro
9 10 (0.096%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 9 (0.086%) Houdini
10 9 (0.086%) Maya
10 9 (0.086%) NUKE
11 7 (0.067%) SmartSuite
12 5 (0.048%) AutoCAD
12 5 (0.048%) Doxygen
12 5 (0.048%) Vectorworks
13 4 (0.038%) Quicktime
13 4 (0.038%) RoboHelp
Business Applications
1 61 (0.58%) Remedy ITSM
2 54 (0.52%) Dynamics CRM
3 41 (0.39%) Eikon
4 25 (0.24%) RMDS
5 12 (0.11%) Dynamics AX
5 12 (0.11%) Oracle 11i
5 12 (0.11%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 12 (0.11%) Temenos T24
6 11 (0.11%) Markit EDM
6 11 (0.11%) Oracle Applications
7 8 (0.076%) ION MarketView
7 8 (0.076%) Unit4 Business World
8 7 (0.067%) Dynamics GP
8 7 (0.067%) KANA IQ
8 7 (0.067%) Oracle EBS
9 6 (0.057%) Oracle BPM
10 5 (0.048%) Bankmaster
10 5 (0.048%) Dynamics NAV
11 4 (0.038%) Maximo
11 4 (0.038%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 1810 (17.31%) Office 365
2 1249 (11.94%) Microsoft Azure
3 782 (7.48%) Amazon AWS
4 223 (2.13%) IaaS
5 196 (1.87%) PaaS
6 178 (1.70%) Azure Active Directory
7 106 (1.01%) SaaS
8 80 (0.76%) OneDrive
9 78 (0.75%) Cloud Computing
10 52 (0.50%) G Suite
11 51 (0.49%) Amazon EC2
12 50 (0.48%) AWS CloudFormation
13 48 (0.46%) GitHub
14 41 (0.39%) OpenShift
15 29 (0.28%) Mimecast
16 28 (0.27%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 27 (0.26%) Google Cloud Platform
18 23 (0.22%) Amazon S3
19 22 (0.21%) Yammer
20 18 (0.17%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 1019 (9.74%) DNS
2 918 (8.78%) Firewall
3 695 (6.65%) DHCP
4 660 (6.31%) TCP/IP
5 636 (6.08%) SAN
6 632 (6.04%) LAN
7 612 (5.85%) WAN
8 494 (4.72%) VPN
9 338 (3.23%) Skype
10 317 (3.03%) Internet
11 242 (2.31%) LDAP
12 219 (2.09%) Wireless
13 201 (1.92%) NAS
14 196 (1.87%) VoIP
15 183 (1.75%) Network Security
16 166 (1.59%) VLAN
17 156 (1.49%) Wi-Fi
18 151 (1.44%) Remote Desktop
19 134 (1.28%) NetScaler
20 102 (0.98%) Fibre Channel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1356 (12.97%) SQL Server
2 195 (1.86%) SQL Server 2012
3 191 (1.83%) MySQL
4 177 (1.69%) Oracle Database
5 171 (1.64%) SQL Server 2008
6 157 (1.50%) NoSQL
6 157 (1.50%) Relational Database
7 97 (0.93%) MongoDB
8 87 (0.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 81 (0.77%) SQL Server 2005
10 79 (0.76%) SQL Server 2016
11 77 (0.74%) Hadoop
11 77 (0.74%) SQL Server 2014
11 77 (0.74%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 69 (0.66%) PostgreSQL
13 59 (0.56%) Big Data
13 59 (0.56%) Data Warehouse
14 57 (0.55%) RDBMS
15 55 (0.53%) Oracle Database 11g
16 54 (0.52%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 489 (4.68%) Git (software)
2 439 (4.20%) Jenkins
3 331 (3.17%) JIRA
4 289 (2.76%) Team Foundation Server
5 287 (2.74%) TeamCity
6 222 (2.12%) Visual Studio
7 187 (1.79%) Octopus Deploy
8 162 (1.55%) Subversion
9 132 (1.26%) Maven
10 121 (1.16%) MSI
11 107 (1.02%) Selenium
12 100 (0.96%) Sonatype Nexus
13 94 (0.90%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 76 (0.73%) NUnit
15 74 (0.71%) Eclipse
16 66 (0.63%) Ant
17 58 (0.55%) Cucumber
18 53 (0.51%) Artifactory
19 52 (0.50%) Bitbucket
19 52 (0.50%) JUnit
General
1 1583 (15.14%) Finance
2 743 (7.10%) Banking
3 241 (2.30%) Retail
4 235 (2.25%) Telecoms
5 196 (1.87%) Legal
6 171 (1.64%) Investment Banking
7 160 (1.53%) Front Office
8 134 (1.28%) Manufacturing
9 116 (1.11%) Law
10 97 (0.93%) Back Office
11 89 (0.85%) Publishing
12 78 (0.75%) Marketing
13 69 (0.66%) Electronics
14 60 (0.57%) Advertising
15 54 (0.52%) Retail Banking
16 53 (0.51%) Financial Institution
17 47 (0.45%) French Language
18 33 (0.32%) Pharmaceutical
19 27 (0.26%) German Language
20 24 (0.23%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 1636 (15.64%) Analyst
2 1069 (10.22%) Support Engineer
3 947 (9.06%) Developer
4 865 (8.27%) Desktop Support
5 624 (5.97%) Windows Engineer
6 602 (5.76%) Support Analyst
7 589 (5.63%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 568 (5.43%) 2nd Line Support
9 548 (5.24%) Architect
10 532 (5.09%) Consultant
11 498 (4.76%) Service Analyst
12 488 (4.67%) Administrator
13 480 (4.59%) DevOps Engineer
14 471 (4.50%) Service Desk Analyst
15 468 (4.48%) Desktop Engineer
16 414 (3.96%) IT Support
17 334 (3.19%) Desktop Support Engineer
18 302 (2.89%) 3rd Line Support
19 290 (2.77%) 2nd Line Engineer
20 285 (2.73%) 3rd Line Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 901 (8.62%) .NET
2 486 (4.65%) Web Services
3 380 (3.63%) HTML
4 320 (3.06%) XML
5 270 (2.58%) CSS
6 234 (2.24%) ASP.NET
7 232 (2.22%) Middleware
8 178 (1.70%) jQuery
9 173 (1.65%) AngularJS
10 168 (1.61%) REST
11 156 (1.49%) .NET Framework
12 153 (1.46%) SOAP
13 144 (1.38%) JSON
14 141 (1.35%) WCF
15 134 (1.28%) RESTful
16 124 (1.19%) ASP.NET Web API
17 119 (1.14%) ASP.NET MVC
18 116 (1.11%) Ajax
19 105 (1.00%) HTML5
20 99 (0.95%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 573 (5.48%) Data Centre
2 567 (5.42%) Analytical Skills
3 310 (2.96%) Blackberry
4 297 (2.84%) Management Information System
5 226 (2.16%) Computer Science
6 201 (1.92%) Clustering
7 182 (1.74%) PKI
8 181 (1.73%) Replication
9 152 (1.45%) iPhone
10 121 (1.16%) Client/Server
11 120 (1.15%) Smartphone
12 114 (1.09%) Video Conferencing
13 105 (1.00%) iPad
14 99 (0.95%) Mobile App
15 95 (0.91%) Driving Licence
16 94 (0.90%) Fixed Income
16 94 (0.90%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
17 93 (0.89%) Public Cloud
18 90 (0.86%) User Experience
19 88 (0.84%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 2986 (28.55%) Windows Server
2 2446 (23.39%) Linux
3 2021 (19.32%) Windows 7
4 1932 (18.47%) Windows 10
5 1408 (13.46%) Windows Server 2012
6 1217 (11.64%) Windows Server 2008
7 1205 (11.52%) Unix
8 500 (4.78%) Windows Server 2003
9 419 (4.01%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 402 (3.84%) Windows 8
11 393 (3.76%) Android
12 363 (3.47%) Apple iOS
13 319 (3.05%) Windows XP
14 272 (2.60%) Solaris
15 170 (1.63%) Mac OS X
16 154 (1.47%) AIX
17 137 (1.31%) Mac OS
18 113 (1.08%) CentOS
19 91 (0.87%) Windows Vista
20 74 (0.71%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 1588 (15.18%) ITIL
2 1175 (11.24%) Migration
3 1045 (9.99%) Agile Software Development
4 914 (8.74%) DevOps
5 417 (3.99%) Configuration Management
6 408 (3.90%) Change Management
7 399 (3.82%) Continuous Integration
8 390 (3.73%) Project Management
9 372 (3.56%) Service Management
10 357 (3.41%) Test Automation
11 334 (3.19%) Scrum
12 318 (3.04%) Incident Management
12 318 (3.04%) Information Security
13 295 (2.82%) SDLC
14 294 (2.81%) TDD
15 286 (2.73%) Service Delivery
16 280 (2.68%) Software Engineering
17 246 (2.35%) MVC
18 243 (2.32%) Disaster Recovery
19 227 (2.17%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 1531 (14.64%) SQL
2 1394 (13.33%) PowerShell
3 772 (7.38%) C#
4 701 (6.70%) Java
5 657 (6.28%) Python
6 459 (4.39%) JavaScript
7 289 (2.76%) C++
8 283 (2.71%) Perl
9 249 (2.38%) Bash Shell
10 224 (2.14%) VBScript
11 195 (1.86%) C
12 190 (1.82%) T-SQL
13 185 (1.77%) Shell Script
14 170 (1.63%) Ruby
15 140 (1.34%) VB
16 134 (1.28%) PL/SQL
17 118 (1.13%) PHP
18 100 (0.96%) VB.NET
19 52 (0.50%) VBA
20 46 (0.44%) Scala
Qualifications
1 1203 (11.50%) Security Cleared
2 846 (8.09%) SC Cleared
3 646 (6.18%) Microsoft Certification
4 469 (4.48%) Degree
5 385 (3.68%) MCSE
6 282 (2.70%) DV Cleared
7 227 (2.17%) Cisco Certification
8 187 (1.79%) MCSA
9 168 (1.61%) MCP
10 164 (1.57%) CCNA
11 157 (1.50%) ITIL Certification
12 137 (1.31%) CISSP
13 126 (1.20%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 98 (0.94%) Computer Science Degree
15 95 (0.91%) MCITP
16 80 (0.76%) DBS Check
17 71 (0.68%) CISM
18 70 (0.67%) CCNP
19 65 (0.62%) MCDST
20 56 (0.54%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 389 (3.72%) SLA
2 216 (2.07%) QA
3 139 (1.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 79 (0.76%) PCI DSS
5 74 (0.71%) GDPR
6 71 (0.68%) PMO
7 50 (0.48%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 29 (0.28%) Disclosure Scotland
9 27 (0.26%) MiFID
10 23 (0.22%) Data Quality
11 19 (0.18%) HIPAA
12 17 (0.16%) Actionable Recommendations
13 15 (0.14%) Cyber Essentials
14 12 (0.11%) COBIT
14 12 (0.11%) GPG13
14 12 (0.11%) ISO 9001
15 11 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 11 (0.11%) NIST 800
16 9 (0.086%) EMIR
17 8 (0.076%) GCP
System Software
1 3863 (36.94%) Active Directory
2 1116 (10.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 644 (6.16%) Hyper-V
4 390 (3.73%) VMware ESXi
5 367 (3.51%) XenApp
6 365 (3.49%) vSphere
7 293 (2.80%) Microsoft App-V
8 279 (2.67%) Docker
9 222 (2.12%) XenDesktop
10 213 (2.04%) Virtual Machines
11 109 (1.04%) BitLocker
12 104 (0.99%) XenServer
13 95 (0.91%) NFS
14 89 (0.85%) Virtual Servers
15 73 (0.70%) Virtual Desktop
16 55 (0.53%) Samba
17 53 (0.51%) VMware Workstation
18 46 (0.44%) vCloud
19 41 (0.39%) Terminal Services
20 39 (0.37%) KVM
Systems Management
1 1306 (12.49%) SCCM
2 403 (3.85%) Ansible
3 366 (3.50%) Puppet
4 272 (2.60%) SCOM
5 242 (2.31%) Opscode Chef
6 161 (1.54%) NetBackup
7 160 (1.53%) WSUS
8 124 (1.19%) AirWatch
9 114 (1.09%) Microsoft Intune
10 110 (1.05%) Terraform
11 103 (0.98%) Norton AntiVirus
12 100 (0.96%) vCenter Server
13 94 (0.90%) McAfee ePO
14 84 (0.80%) Nagios
15 83 (0.79%) Backup Exec
16 75 (0.72%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
17 72 (0.69%) Microsoft Clustering
18 65 (0.62%) Kubernetes
19 53 (0.51%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
20 52 (0.50%) ITRS Geneos
Vendors
1 3425 (32.75%) Microsoft
2 2180 (20.85%) VMware
3 1296 (12.39%) Citrix
4 985 (9.42%) Cisco
5 751 (7.18%) Oracle
6 732 (7.00%) HP
7 429 (4.10%) Red Hat
8 410 (3.92%) Apple
9 308 (2.95%) NetApp
10 267 (2.55%) Symantec
11 250 (2.39%) Dell
12 240 (2.29%) McAfee
13 235 (2.25%) IBM
14 188 (1.80%) EMC
15 178 (1.70%) ServiceNow
16 177 (1.69%) Splunk
17 159 (1.52%) Remedy
18 150 (1.43%) Juniper
19 140 (1.34%) Bloomberg
20 136 (1.30%) Google