Period
to 18 October 2018

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 18 October 2018 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
18 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 8 9 9
Rank change year-on-year +1 0 -3
Contract jobs citing Windows 11,096 9,831 11,184
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.78% 10.76% 11.34%
As % of the Operating Systems category 56.13% 51.85% 51.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,713 6,032 6,831
England median daily rate £375 £350 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% -2.78% +2.86%
10th Percentile £135 £135 £150
90th Percentile £575 £556 £538
UK median daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +7.14% - +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,202 953 1,031
England median hourly rate £16.71 £16.50 £15.43
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.24% +6.97% -2.74%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £43.75 £44.92 £40.75
UK median hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £15.26
% change year-on-year +3.13% +4.85% -3.78%

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 19,767 18,962 21,627
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 20.98% 20.75% 21.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 12,309 12,082 13,796
England median daily rate £435 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.35% +3.66% +5.13%
10th Percentile £170 £181 £206
90th Percentile £613 £600 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +3.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,385 1,144 1,184
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +6.06% -
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.54
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.83 £43.75
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year - +6.06% -

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 18 October 2018.

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 18 October 2018.

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 18 October 2018. 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 4,577 £425 +6.25% 1,039
South East 0 2,123 £375 +4.17% 628
North of England +1 1,510 £350 +12.00% 624
Midlands +2 1,197 £345 +7.81% 399
South West +3 867 £350 +16.67% 309
North West +4 824 £348 +11.20% 346
East of England +2 797 £330 +1.54% 329
West Midlands +2 765 £360 +10.77% 271
Yorkshire +1 518 £356 +18.67% 228
East Midlands +1 416 £320 +6.67% 128
North East -4 169 £365 +14.06% 50
South Coast - 1 - -
Windows
UK

For the 6 months to 18 October 2018, 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 4,273 (38.51%) Active Directory
2 3,901 (35.16%) Microsoft
3 3,095 (27.89%) Windows Server
4 2,993 (26.97%) Windows 10
5 2,344 (21.12%) Linux
6 2,257 (20.34%) VMware
7 2,180 (19.65%) Office 365
8 2,167 (19.53%) Windows 7
9 1,687 (15.20%) SCCM
10 1,674 (15.09%) PowerShell
10 1,674 (15.09%) Finance
11 1,647 (14.84%) Microsoft Azure
12 1,636 (14.74%) SQL
13 1,560 (14.06%) ITIL
14 1,457 (13.13%) Microsoft Office
15 1,356 (12.22%) Migration
16 1,331 (12.00%) Agile Software Development
17 1,302 (11.73%) VMware Infrastructure
18 1,295 (11.67%) SQL Server
19 1,236 (11.14%) Citrix
20 1,207 (10.88%) Security Cleared
21 1,131 (10.19%) Unix
22 1,129 (10.17%) Windows Server 2012
23 1,033 (9.31%) DevOps
24 1,010 (9.10%) Amazon AWS
25 1,002 (9.03%) DNS
26 993 (8.95%) Windows Server 2008
27 978 (8.81%) Firewall
28 931 (8.39%) Infrastructure Engineering
29 926 (8.35%) Problem-Solving

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
1 898 (8.09%) MS Exchange
2 545 (4.91%) SharePoint
3 456 (4.11%) IIS
4 406 (3.66%) Skype for Business
5 355 (3.20%) Exchange Server 2010
6 219 (1.97%) Confluence
7 206 (1.86%) Tomcat
8 200 (1.80%) Apache
9 182 (1.64%) Exchange Server 2013
10 149 (1.34%) WebLogic
11 96 (0.87%) nginx
12 95 (0.86%) WebSphere
13 92 (0.83%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 87 (0.78%) SharePoint 2013
15 77 (0.69%) JBoss
16 66 (0.59%) Elasticsearch
17 64 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2007
18 57 (0.51%) CMS
19 51 (0.46%) IBM Notes
20 50 (0.45%) OpenStack
Applications
1 1,457 (13.13%) Microsoft Office
2 367 (3.31%) Microsoft Excel
3 135 (1.22%) MS Visio
4 128 (1.15%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 84 (0.76%) Microsoft Project
6 37 (0.33%) Spreadsheet
7 10 (0.090%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 10 (0.090%) Adobe Illustrator
8 9 (0.081%) Acrobat
8 9 (0.081%) Simulink
8 9 (0.081%) Windchill
9 8 (0.072%) AutoCAD
9 8 (0.072%) InfoPath
10 7 (0.063%) CINEMA 4D
10 7 (0.063%) Photoshop
11 5 (0.045%) NUKE
11 5 (0.045%) SOLIDWORKS
12 4 (0.036%) PTC Creo
13 3 (0.027%) InVision
13 3 (0.027%) Mozilla Thunderbird
Business Applications
1 65 (0.59%) Remedy ITSM
2 32 (0.29%) Dynamics CRM
3 28 (0.25%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 23 (0.21%) Eikon
5 19 (0.17%) ION MarketView
6 14 (0.13%) SAP FI-CA
6 14 (0.13%) SAP PSCD
7 12 (0.11%) Dynamics AX
8 9 (0.081%) assyst
8 9 (0.081%) Elite 3E
9 8 (0.072%) Payment Gateway
10 7 (0.063%) Dynamics NAV
10 7 (0.063%) Oracle EBS
10 7 (0.063%) SAP Oil and Gas
11 6 (0.054%) Carpe Diem
12 5 (0.045%) Oracle Applications
12 5 (0.045%) Oracle BPM
12 5 (0.045%) Oracle Cash Management
13 4 (0.036%) Bloomberg TOMS
13 4 (0.036%) ENOVIA
Cloud Services
1 2,180 (19.65%) Office 365
2 1,647 (14.84%) Microsoft Azure
3 1,010 (9.10%) Amazon AWS
4 339 (3.06%) IaaS
5 296 (2.67%) Azure Active Directory
6 285 (2.57%) PaaS
7 181 (1.63%) SaaS
8 146 (1.32%) Amazon EC2
9 138 (1.24%) AWS CloudFormation
10 135 (1.22%) OneDrive
11 119 (1.07%) Google Cloud Platform
12 117 (1.05%) Cloud Computing
13 106 (0.96%) GitHub
13 106 (0.96%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 98 (0.88%) Amazon S3
15 78 (0.70%) G Suite
16 64 (0.58%) Serverless
17 57 (0.51%) Mimecast
18 48 (0.43%) AWS Lambda
18 48 (0.43%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 1,002 (9.03%) DNS
2 978 (8.81%) Firewall
3 642 (5.79%) DHCP
4 616 (5.55%) TCP/IP
5 590 (5.32%) LAN
6 544 (4.90%) WAN
7 506 (4.56%) SAN
8 486 (4.38%) VPN
9 398 (3.59%) Skype
10 323 (2.91%) Internet
11 230 (2.07%) VoIP
12 186 (1.68%) HTTP
13 171 (1.54%) SSL
14 167 (1.51%) Wireless
15 158 (1.42%) NAS
16 152 (1.37%) Network Security
17 144 (1.30%) Remote Desktop
18 142 (1.28%) NetScaler
19 128 (1.15%) Wi-Fi
20 118 (1.06%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,295 (11.67%) SQL Server
2 194 (1.75%) Relational Database
3 175 (1.58%) Oracle Database
4 169 (1.52%) SQL Server 2008
5 165 (1.49%) NoSQL
6 162 (1.46%) MySQL
7 144 (1.30%) MongoDB
8 135 (1.22%) PostgreSQL
9 133 (1.20%) Big Data
10 130 (1.17%) SQL Server 2012
11 113 (1.02%) Hadoop
12 104 (0.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 103 (0.93%) Amazon RDS
14 90 (0.81%) SQL Server 2016
15 86 (0.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 73 (0.66%) RDBMS
17 67 (0.60%) Data Warehouse
18 62 (0.56%) DB2
19 60 (0.54%) SQL Server 2005
20 57 (0.51%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 637 (5.74%) Jenkins
2 635 (5.72%) Git (software)
3 381 (3.43%) JIRA
4 263 (2.37%) Visual Studio
5 246 (2.22%) Selenium
6 225 (2.03%) Subversion
7 197 (1.78%) TeamCity
8 185 (1.67%) Team Foundation Server
9 147 (1.32%) Maven
10 143 (1.29%) MSI
11 117 (1.05%) Cucumber
12 109 (0.98%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 107 (0.96%) Eclipse
14 101 (0.91%) Ant
15 95 (0.86%) Visual Studio Team System
16 94 (0.85%) Octopus Deploy
17 93 (0.84%) Bitbucket
18 80 (0.72%) Toad
19 79 (0.71%) Sonatype Nexus
20 73 (0.66%) Artifactory
General
1 1,674 (15.09%) Finance
2 594 (5.35%) Banking
3 262 (2.36%) Retail
4 241 (2.17%) Law
5 216 (1.95%) Telecoms
6 212 (1.91%) Front Office
7 145 (1.31%) Manufacturing
8 119 (1.07%) Legal
9 110 (0.99%) Marketing
10 109 (0.98%) Investment Banking
11 103 (0.93%) Back Office
12 97 (0.87%) Publishing
13 83 (0.75%) Financial Institution
14 65 (0.59%) Advertising
15 54 (0.49%) Electronics
16 53 (0.48%) Military
17 47 (0.42%) Automotive
18 42 (0.38%) Pharmaceutical
19 41 (0.37%) French Language
20 34 (0.31%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 1,821 (16.41%) Analyst
2 1,085 (9.78%) Support Engineer
3 1,083 (9.76%) Desktop Support
4 861 (7.76%) Developer
5 768 (6.92%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 676 (6.09%) Support Analyst
7 654 (5.89%) Windows Engineer
8 632 (5.70%) 2nd Line Support
9 588 (5.30%) Architect
10 573 (5.16%) DevOps Engineer
11 566 (5.10%) Desktop Engineer
12 535 (4.82%) Service Analyst
13 502 (4.52%) IT Support
14 490 (4.42%) Service Desk Analyst
15 406 (3.66%) Consultant
16 380 (3.42%) Administrator
16 380 (3.42%) Desktop Support Engineer
17 311 (2.80%) IT Engineer
18 293 (2.64%) 2nd Line Engineer
19 288 (2.60%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 784 (7.07%) .NET
2 418 (3.77%) Web Services
3 394 (3.55%) XML
4 311 (2.80%) HTML
5 309 (2.78%) Middleware
6 251 (2.26%) CSS
7 232 (2.09%) REST
8 225 (2.03%) ASP.NET
9 192 (1.73%) .NET Framework
10 184 (1.66%) JSON
11 177 (1.60%) jQuery
12 176 (1.59%) AngularJS
13 163 (1.47%) LDAP
14 160 (1.44%) Node.js
15 153 (1.38%) SOAP
16 139 (1.25%) WCF
17 114 (1.03%) ASP.NET MVC
18 103 (0.93%) ASP.NET Web API
19 98 (0.88%) RESTful
20 93 (0.84%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 613 (5.52%) Analytical Skills
2 576 (5.19%) Data Centre
3 326 (2.94%) Self-Motivation
4 269 (2.42%) Clustering
5 245 (2.21%) Management Information System
6 244 (2.20%) Blackberry
7 206 (1.86%) Computer Science
8 186 (1.68%) PKI
9 170 (1.53%) iPhone
10 161 (1.45%) Fixed Income
11 151 (1.36%) Fat Client
11 151 (1.36%) Thin Client
12 132 (1.19%) Public Cloud
12 132 (1.19%) Video Conferencing
13 122 (1.10%) Replication
14 116 (1.05%) NHS
15 112 (1.01%) Smartphone
16 111 (1.00%) iPad
17 108 (0.97%) Enterprise Software
18 102 (0.92%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 3,095 (27.89%) Windows Server
2 2,993 (26.97%) Windows 10
3 2,344 (21.12%) Linux
4 2,167 (19.53%) Windows 7
5 1,131 (10.19%) Unix
6 1,129 (10.17%) Windows Server 2012
7 993 (8.95%) Windows Server 2008
8 387 (3.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 386 (3.48%) Apple iOS
10 366 (3.30%) Windows Server 2003
11 351 (3.16%) Windows 8
12 349 (3.15%) Windows XP
13 330 (2.97%) Android
14 218 (1.96%) Mac OS X
15 210 (1.89%) Mac OS
16 167 (1.51%) Solaris
17 152 (1.37%) CentOS
18 136 (1.23%) Ubuntu
19 123 (1.11%) AIX
20 48 (0.43%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,560 (14.06%) ITIL
2 1,356 (12.22%) Migration
3 1,331 (12.00%) Agile Software Development
4 1,033 (9.31%) DevOps
5 931 (8.39%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 926 (8.35%) Problem-Solving
7 584 (5.26%) Continuous Integration
8 520 (4.69%) Test Automation
9 506 (4.56%) Service Management
10 474 (4.27%) Configuration Management
11 391 (3.52%) Change Management
12 377 (3.40%) Project Management
13 358 (3.23%) Scrum
14 321 (2.89%) SDLC
15 294 (2.65%) Service Delivery
16 280 (2.52%) Software Engineering
17 274 (2.47%) TDD
18 273 (2.46%) ITSM
19 263 (2.37%) Disaster Recovery
20 262 (2.36%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 1,674 (15.09%) PowerShell
2 1,636 (14.74%) SQL
3 834 (7.52%) C#
4 812 (7.32%) Python
5 717 (6.46%) Java
6 525 (4.73%) JavaScript
7 384 (3.46%) Bash Shell
8 369 (3.33%) C++
9 319 (2.87%) Shell Script
10 311 (2.80%) Perl
11 224 (2.02%) C
12 215 (1.94%) Ruby
13 172 (1.55%) VBScript
14 149 (1.34%) T-SQL
15 139 (1.25%) VB
16 93 (0.84%) PL/SQL
17 82 (0.74%) Korn
18 80 (0.72%) Groovy
19 58 (0.52%) TypeScript
20 53 (0.48%) Scala
Qualifications
1 1,207 (10.88%) Security Cleared
2 898 (8.09%) SC Cleared
3 628 (5.66%) Microsoft Certification
4 484 (4.36%) Degree
5 368 (3.32%) MCSE
6 261 (2.35%) Cisco Certification
7 251 (2.26%) DV Cleared
8 203 (1.83%) MCSA
9 194 (1.75%) CCNA
10 153 (1.38%) MCP
11 150 (1.35%) ISEB
12 141 (1.27%) ISTQB
13 140 (1.26%) ITIL Certification
14 113 (1.02%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 108 (0.97%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
16 106 (0.96%) DBS Check
17 102 (0.92%) Computer Science Degree
18 98 (0.88%) MCITP
19 89 (0.80%) CCNP
20 83 (0.75%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 455 (4.10%) SLA
2 190 (1.71%) QA
3 78 (0.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 75 (0.68%) GDPR
5 59 (0.53%) PMO
6 41 (0.37%) PCI DSS
7 31 (0.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 15 (0.14%) Data Quality
8 15 (0.14%) MISRA
9 13 (0.12%) ISO 9001
9 13 (0.12%) MISRA C
10 12 (0.11%) WCAG
11 11 (0.099%) Government Security Classifications
11 11 (0.099%) HL7
11 11 (0.099%) JSP 440
12 10 (0.090%) COBIT
12 10 (0.090%) Disclosure Scotland
12 10 (0.090%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 10 (0.090%) ISO/IEC 27005
12 10 (0.090%) MiFID
System Software
1 4,273 (38.51%) Active Directory
2 1,302 (11.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 645 (5.81%) Hyper-V
4 437 (3.94%) XenApp
5 433 (3.90%) Docker
6 424 (3.82%) VMware ESXi
7 396 (3.57%) vSphere
8 384 (3.46%) Microsoft App-V
9 326 (2.94%) XenDesktop
10 210 (1.89%) Virtual Machines
11 187 (1.69%) Virtual Desktop
12 144 (1.30%) BitLocker
13 101 (0.91%) Virtual Servers
14 78 (0.70%) XenServer
15 76 (0.68%) NFS
16 62 (0.56%) VMware Workstation
17 57 (0.51%) VMware NSX
18 50 (0.45%) HDFS
19 49 (0.44%) Terminal Services
20 45 (0.41%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 1,687 (15.20%) SCCM
2 593 (5.34%) Ansible
3 578 (5.21%) Puppet
4 419 (3.78%) Opscode Chef
5 358 (3.23%) Terraform
6 296 (2.67%) SCOM
7 260 (2.34%) Microsoft Intune
8 231 (2.08%) Kubernetes
9 230 (2.07%) WSUS
10 167 (1.51%) vCenter Server
11 161 (1.45%) Microsoft Clustering
12 139 (1.25%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 129 (1.16%) McAfee ePO
14 119 (1.07%) NetBackup
15 114 (1.03%) AirWatch
16 112 (1.01%) Nagios
16 112 (1.01%) Packer
17 105 (0.95%) Single Sign-On
18 83 (0.75%) Kibana
19 73 (0.66%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 3,901 (35.16%) Microsoft
2 2,257 (20.34%) VMware
3 1,236 (11.14%) Citrix
4 926 (8.35%) Cisco
5 914 (8.24%) Oracle
6 582 (5.25%) HP
7 542 (4.88%) Apple
8 337 (3.04%) Red Hat
9 335 (3.02%) NetApp
10 304 (2.74%) McAfee
11 263 (2.37%) Google
12 246 (2.22%) IBM
13 240 (2.16%) Ivanti
14 234 (2.11%) Dell
15 221 (1.99%) Splunk
16 216 (1.95%) ServiceNow
17 187 (1.69%) EMC
18 181 (1.63%) Remedy
19 176 (1.59%) SAP
20 151 (1.36%) Symantec