Period
to 21 January 2022

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 21 January 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
21 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 14 16 6
Rank change year-on-year +2 -10 +3
Contract jobs citing Windows 6,773 3,288 8,775
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 9.74% 9.60% 13.23%
As % of the Operating Systems category 60.77% 52.89% 63.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,731 2,129 5,628
10th Percentile £140 £133 £130
25th Percentile £200 £204 £170
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £400 £375 £350
Median % change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% -6.67%
75th Percentile £550 £494 £475
90th Percentile £650 £575 £550
UK median daily rate £425 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +13.33% +7.14% -6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 470 281 917
10th Percentile £12.31 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £14.25 £13.00 £13.50
Median hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.62
Median % change year-on-year +6.06% -0.72% +3.88%
75th Percentile £24.94 £23.75 £20.00
90th Percentile £51.63 £50.00 £42.00
UK median hourly rate £17.91 £16.24 £17.00
% change year-on-year +10.28% -4.47% +6.25%

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 11,145 6,217 13,773
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 16.02% 18.15% 20.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,795 4,040 8,849
10th Percentile £160 £163 £143
25th Percentile £313 £313 £250
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £495 £430 £413
Median % change year-on-year +15.12% +4.24% -2.94%
75th Percentile £600 £538 £525
90th Percentile £688 £618 £606
UK median daily rate £495 £430 £410
% change year-on-year +15.12% +4.88% -3.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 595 362 1,023
10th Percentile £12.50 £11.17 £11.25
25th Percentile £14.50 £13.31 £14.00
Median hourly rate £20.00 £17.63 £17.10
Median % change year-on-year +13.48% +3.07% -0.87%
75th Percentile £48.57 £40.00 £23.46
90th Percentile £64.00 £53.68 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +14.29% - +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 21 January 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 21 January 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 21 January 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 +5 2,804 £500 +11.42% 738
South East -4 1,069 £400 +5.26% 495
North of England +2 904 £250 -9.09% 601
Midlands 0 754 £260 -20.00% 398
South West -1 556 £325 -7.14% 224
North West +2 490 £275 - 304
West Midlands -4 465 £300 -7.69% 234
East of England +1 389 £298 +12.69% 248
Yorkshire +4 343 £265 -3.64% 235
East Midlands +2 276 £220 -17.76% 164
North East +9 76 £180 -20.00% 62
Windows
UK

For the 6 months to 21 January 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 2,689 (39.70%) Active Directory
2 2,588 (38.21%) Microsoft
3 2,021 (29.84%) Microsoft 365
4 1,959 (28.92%) Windows 10
5 1,722 (25.42%) Windows Server
6 1,700 (25.10%) Azure
7 1,680 (24.80%) Linux
8 1,501 (22.16%) Social Skills
9 1,318 (19.46%) VMware
10 1,073 (15.84%) PowerShell
11 1,060 (15.65%) SQL
12 1,018 (15.03%) ITIL
13 960 (14.17%) Security Cleared
14 941 (13.89%) Agile Software Development
15 876 (12.93%) Finance
16 855 (12.62%) VMware Infrastructure
17 853 (12.59%) SCCM
18 844 (12.46%) Microsoft Office
19 804 (11.87%) DevOps
20 757 (11.18%) SQL Server
21 749 (11.06%) Migration
22 727 (10.73%) SC Cleared
23 715 (10.56%) Firewall
24 708 (10.45%) Problem-Solving
25 661 (9.76%) DNS
26 654 (9.66%) AWS
27 613 (9.05%) Infrastructure Engineering
28 610 (9.01%) C#
29 606 (8.95%) Windows 7
30 594 (8.77%) 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
1 391 (5.77%) SharePoint
2 315 (4.65%) MS Exchange
3 206 (3.04%) IIS
4 179 (2.64%) Confluence
5 96 (1.42%) Skype for Business
6 71 (1.05%) Apache
7 70 (1.03%) JBoss
8 64 (0.94%) WebLogic
9 56 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2013
10 50 (0.74%) Elasticsearch
11 49 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2010
11 49 (0.72%) Tomcat
12 46 (0.68%) WebSphere
13 33 (0.49%) BizTalk Server
14 32 (0.47%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 30 (0.44%) SAS
16 26 (0.38%) Exchange Server 2007
17 25 (0.37%) ArcGIS
18 20 (0.30%) CMS
18 20 (0.30%) nginx
Applications
1 844 (12.46%) Microsoft Office
2 236 (3.48%) Microsoft Excel
3 60 (0.89%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 42 (0.62%) Microsoft Project
5 34 (0.50%) MS Visio
6 19 (0.28%) Spreadsheet
7 14 (0.21%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 13 (0.19%) Siemens NX
9 12 (0.18%) Photoshop
9 12 (0.18%) Simulink
10 5 (0.074%) AutoCAD
11 2 (0.030%) Notepad++
11 2 (0.030%) Stata
12 1 (0.015%) Acrobat
12 1 (0.015%) Autodesk Inventor
12 1 (0.015%) Chatbot
12 1 (0.015%) Pro/ENGINEER
12 1 (0.015%) PTC Creo
12 1 (0.015%) Revit
12 1 (0.015%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 31 (0.46%) Dynamics CRM
2 29 (0.43%) SunGard Martini
3 22 (0.32%) BusinessWorks
4 21 (0.31%) ION MarketView
5 17 (0.25%) assyst
6 15 (0.22%) SAP FI-CA
7 13 (0.19%) SAP PSCD
7 13 (0.19%) Teamcenter
8 9 (0.13%) RMDS
9 8 (0.12%) Salesforce.com CRM
10 7 (0.10%) Remedy ITSM
11 6 (0.089%) Dynamics AX
11 6 (0.089%) Sentinel
12 5 (0.074%) Eikon
12 5 (0.074%) NetSuite
12 5 (0.074%) Oracle Cash Management
12 5 (0.074%) SAP HCM
13 4 (0.059%) Oracle EBS
14 3 (0.044%) Distributed Ledger
14 3 (0.044%) Global One
Cloud Services
1 2,021 (29.84%) Microsoft 365
2 1,700 (25.10%) Azure
3 654 (9.66%) AWS
4 396 (5.85%) Azure Active Directory
5 299 (4.41%) PaaS
6 236 (3.48%) IaaS
7 215 (3.17%) SaaS
8 146 (2.16%) GCP
9 145 (2.14%) OneDrive
10 122 (1.80%) GitHub
11 118 (1.74%) AWS CloudFormation
12 111 (1.64%) Serverless
13 87 (1.28%) Power Platform
14 79 (1.17%) Cloud Computing
15 66 (0.97%) AWS Lambda
16 61 (0.90%) Amazon EC2
17 58 (0.86%) Azure Monitor
18 54 (0.80%) Azure Cosmos DB
18 54 (0.80%) Mimecast
19 52 (0.77%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 715 (10.56%) Firewall
2 661 (9.76%) DNS
3 429 (6.33%) VPN
4 413 (6.10%) DHCP
5 365 (5.39%) TCP/IP
6 325 (4.80%) LAN
7 311 (4.59%) WAN
8 201 (2.97%) SAN
9 164 (2.42%) Network Security
10 148 (2.19%) Wireless
11 137 (2.02%) Skype
12 129 (1.90%) Internet
13 124 (1.83%) VoIP
14 111 (1.64%) Wi-Fi
15 97 (1.43%) VLAN
16 96 (1.42%) SSL
17 80 (1.18%) Remote Desktop
18 71 (1.05%) HTTP
19 70 (1.03%) NetScaler
20 58 (0.86%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 757 (11.18%) SQL Server
2 157 (2.32%) MySQL
3 149 (2.20%) Oracle Database
4 105 (1.55%) Relational Database
5 98 (1.45%) MongoDB
6 82 (1.21%) NoSQL
7 75 (1.11%) SQL Server 2008
8 73 (1.08%) Power BI
9 72 (1.06%) SQL Server 2012
10 69 (1.02%) Azure SQL Database
11 55 (0.81%) SQL Server 2014
12 52 (0.77%) SQL Server 2016
12 52 (0.77%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 50 (0.74%) PostgreSQL
14 48 (0.71%) Oracle Database 12c
15 42 (0.62%) SQL Server 2019
16 37 (0.55%) DB2
17 34 (0.50%) Amazon RDS
17 34 (0.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
18 32 (0.47%) GIS
Development Applications
1 428 (6.32%) Jenkins
2 417 (6.16%) Git (software)
3 313 (4.62%) JIRA
4 174 (2.57%) TeamCity
5 155 (2.29%) Bitbucket
6 146 (2.16%) Visual Studio
7 140 (2.07%) Subversion
8 121 (1.79%) Artifactory
9 103 (1.52%) GitLab
10 82 (1.21%) Selenium
11 81 (1.20%) Maven
12 73 (1.08%) Cucumber
13 64 (0.94%) Octopus Deploy
14 60 (0.89%) Sonatype Nexus
15 58 (0.86%) Eclipse
16 52 (0.77%) SonarQube
17 50 (0.74%) Gradle
18 42 (0.62%) Robot Framework
19 38 (0.56%) Team Foundation Server
20 35 (0.52%) Terragrunt
General
1 1,501 (22.16%) Social Skills
2 876 (12.93%) Finance
3 473 (6.98%) Public Sector
4 394 (5.82%) Banking
5 377 (5.57%) Analytical Skills
6 150 (2.21%) Telecoms
7 134 (1.98%) Investment Banking
8 132 (1.95%) Manufacturing
9 129 (1.90%) Presentation Skills
10 110 (1.62%) Front Office
11 109 (1.61%) Organisational Skills
11 109 (1.61%) Retail
12 98 (1.45%) Marketing
13 76 (1.12%) Electronics
14 75 (1.11%) Law
15 72 (1.06%) Documentation Skills
16 56 (0.83%) Legal
17 52 (0.77%) Influencing Skills
18 51 (0.75%) Financial Institution
19 34 (0.50%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 873 (12.89%) Support Engineer
2 862 (12.73%) Analyst
3 489 (7.22%) Developer
4 481 (7.10%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 454 (6.70%) IT Support
6 436 (6.44%) Architect
7 426 (6.29%) Desktop Support
8 374 (5.52%) Desktop Engineer
9 367 (5.42%) 2nd Line Support
10 341 (5.03%) Service Analyst
11 336 (4.96%) IT Engineer
12 334 (4.93%) Service Desk Analyst
13 312 (4.61%) Windows Engineer
14 278 (4.10%) Support Analyst
15 265 (3.91%) DevOps Engineer
16 262 (3.87%) Desktop Support Engineer
17 236 (3.48%) 2nd Line Engineer
18 228 (3.37%) Azure Engineer
19 206 (3.04%) Administrator
20 202 (2.98%) IT Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 566 (8.36%) .NET
2 201 (2.97%) Web Services
3 168 (2.48%) .NET Framework
4 163 (2.41%) XML
5 142 (2.10%) Middleware
6 129 (1.90%) JSON
7 128 (1.89%) ASP.NET
8 125 (1.85%) REST
9 120 (1.77%) .NET Core
10 111 (1.64%) HTML
11 89 (1.31%) LDAP
12 87 (1.28%) CSS
13 85 (1.25%) WPF
14 79 (1.17%) Node.js
15 76 (1.12%) AngularJS
16 65 (0.96%) SOAP
17 64 (0.94%) React
17 64 (0.94%) YAML
18 61 (0.90%) WinForms
19 60 (0.89%) Rendezvous
Miscellaneous
1 341 (5.03%) Data Centre
2 183 (2.70%) NHS
3 160 (2.36%) Public Cloud
4 156 (2.30%) Self-Motivation
5 152 (2.24%) Data Protection Act
6 148 (2.19%) Clustering
7 140 (2.07%) PKI
8 139 (2.05%) Management Information System
9 124 (1.83%) Replication
10 104 (1.54%) iPhone
11 97 (1.43%) Video Conferencing
12 84 (1.24%) Driving Licence
13 81 (1.20%) Blackberry
14 73 (1.08%) Cloud Native
15 70 (1.03%) iPad
16 69 (1.02%) Virtual Team
17 67 (0.99%) User Experience
18 64 (0.94%) Smartphone
19 63 (0.93%) Data Structures
20 59 (0.87%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 1,959 (28.92%) Windows 10
2 1,722 (25.42%) Windows Server
3 1,680 (24.80%) Linux
4 606 (8.95%) Windows 7
5 459 (6.78%) Unix
6 458 (6.76%) Windows Server 2012
7 350 (5.17%) Windows Server 2016
8 315 (4.65%) Windows Server 2008
9 304 (4.49%) Windows Server 2019
10 250 (3.69%) Android
11 232 (3.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 225 (3.32%) Apple iOS
13 216 (3.19%) Mac OS
14 96 (1.42%) Ubuntu
15 93 (1.37%) Windows 8
16 82 (1.21%) Mac OS X
17 77 (1.14%) Windows Server 2003
18 69 (1.02%) CentOS
19 64 (0.94%) Windows XP
20 51 (0.75%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,018 (15.03%) ITIL
2 941 (13.89%) Agile Software Development
3 804 (11.87%) DevOps
4 749 (11.06%) Migration
5 708 (10.45%) Problem-Solving
6 613 (9.05%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 548 (8.09%) CI/CD
8 312 (4.61%) Change Management
8 312 (4.61%) Configuration Management
9 269 (3.97%) Service Management
10 268 (3.96%) Scrum
11 265 (3.91%) Incident Management
12 262 (3.87%) Test Automation
13 256 (3.78%) Software Engineering
14 233 (3.44%) Cybersecurity
15 232 (3.43%) Infrastructure as Code
16 223 (3.29%) Project Delivery
17 220 (3.25%) ITSM
18 219 (3.23%) Project Management
19 218 (3.22%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 1,073 (15.84%) PowerShell
2 1,060 (15.65%) SQL
3 610 (9.01%) C#
4 581 (8.58%) Python
5 456 (6.73%) Java
6 290 (4.28%) Bash
7 281 (4.15%) JavaScript
8 228 (3.37%) C++
9 140 (2.07%) T-SQL
10 128 (1.89%) C
11 121 (1.79%) Shell Script
12 115 (1.70%) PL/SQL
13 100 (1.48%) Perl
14 83 (1.23%) VB
15 70 (1.03%) VB.NET
16 69 (1.02%) Ruby
17 64 (0.94%) VBScript
18 57 (0.84%) VBA
19 53 (0.78%) Go
20 45 (0.66%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 960 (14.17%) Security Cleared
2 727 (10.73%) SC Cleared
3 297 (4.39%) Microsoft Certification
4 257 (3.79%) Degree
5 235 (3.47%) DV Cleared
6 151 (2.23%) MCSE
7 133 (1.96%) Cisco Certification
8 93 (1.37%) CCNA
9 88 (1.30%) MCP
10 84 (1.24%) MCSA
11 83 (1.23%) CISSP
12 78 (1.15%) DBS Check
13 71 (1.05%) ITIL Certification
14 66 (0.97%) ISTQB
15 60 (0.89%) ISEB
16 54 (0.80%) Computer Science Degree
17 53 (0.78%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
18 52 (0.77%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
19 46 (0.68%) MCITP
20 40 (0.59%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 452 (6.67%) SLA
2 123 (1.82%) QA
3 94 (1.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 85 (1.25%) GDPR
5 45 (0.66%) NIST
6 43 (0.63%) PCI DSS
7 34 (0.50%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 29 (0.43%) PMO
9 24 (0.35%) COBIT
10 21 (0.31%) Cyber Essentials
11 20 (0.30%) JSP 440
12 18 (0.27%) Data Quality
13 16 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 14 (0.21%) HIPAA
14 14 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 27005
15 12 (0.18%) Accessibility
16 11 (0.16%) NCSC
16 11 (0.16%) SOC 2
17 8 (0.12%) Government Security Classifications
17 8 (0.12%) HL7
System Software
1 2,689 (39.70%) Active Directory
2 855 (12.62%) VMware Infrastructure
3 272 (4.02%) Hyper-V
4 269 (3.97%) Docker
5 203 (3.00%) vSphere
6 162 (2.39%) VMware ESXi
7 157 (2.32%) Virtual Machines
8 144 (2.13%) Virtual Desktop
9 98 (1.45%) XenApp
10 94 (1.39%) Virtual Servers
11 75 (1.11%) XenDesktop
12 67 (0.99%) Microsoft App-V
13 62 (0.92%) VMware NSX
14 58 (0.86%) BitLocker
15 40 (0.59%) NFS
16 38 (0.56%) Firmware
17 33 (0.49%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 33 (0.49%) Oracle RAC
18 20 (0.30%) HDFS
19 18 (0.27%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 853 (12.59%) SCCM
2 489 (7.22%) Ansible
3 415 (6.13%) Microsoft Intune
4 405 (5.98%) Terraform
5 327 (4.83%) Kubernetes
6 150 (2.21%) Active Directory Federation Services
7 143 (2.11%) Puppet
8 122 (1.80%) BladeLogic
9 105 (1.55%) Microsoft Clustering
10 94 (1.39%) Opscode Chef
11 86 (1.27%) WSUS
12 84 (1.24%) Single Sign-On
13 83 (1.23%) ITRS Geneos
14 76 (1.12%) AirWatch
15 75 (1.11%) vCenter Server
16 73 (1.08%) SCOM
17 62 (0.92%) vRealize
18 52 (0.77%) Jamf Pro
19 42 (0.62%) Nagios
19 42 (0.62%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 2,588 (38.21%) Microsoft
2 1,318 (19.46%) VMware
3 594 (8.77%) Citrix
4 568 (8.39%) Oracle
5 516 (7.62%) Cisco
6 268 (3.96%) Apple
7 265 (3.91%) ServiceNow
8 251 (3.71%) HP
9 231 (3.41%) Red Hat
10 207 (3.06%) Dell
11 174 (2.57%) Splunk
12 155 (2.29%) SAP
13 142 (2.10%) Google
14 128 (1.89%) IBM
15 127 (1.88%) McAfee
16 104 (1.54%) Veeam
17 92 (1.36%) Ivanti
18 88 (1.30%) SolarWinds
19 85 (1.25%) CheckPoint
20 84 (1.24%) NetApp