Period
to 26 July 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 26 July 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
26 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 16 12 11
Rank change year-on-year -4 -1 -1
Contract jobs citing Windows 4,874 3,762 9,640
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 8.62% 11.27% 11.44%
As % of the Operating Systems category 54.34% 58.03% 57.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,219 2,420 6,277
10th Percentile £149 £133 £133
25th Percentile £219 £200 £200
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £400 £400 £375
Median % change year-on-year - +6.67% -
75th Percentile £519 £498 £488
90th Percentile £613 £575 £575
UK median daily rate £413 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +6.45% +3.33% +2.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 383 342 836
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.63 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.00 £13.02 £13.00
Median hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £16.00
Median % change year-on-year -8.57% +9.38% -3.03%
75th Percentile £21.00 £21.19 £22.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £44.20 £43.88
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year -8.57% +9.38% -0.31%

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 8,970 6,483 16,791
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 15.87% 19.42% 19.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,930 4,343 10,906
10th Percentile £180 £163 £158
25th Percentile £350 £313 £310
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £470 £450 £438
Median % change year-on-year +4.44% +2.86% -
75th Percentile £575 £538 £545
90th Percentile £653 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £473 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +8.00% +2.94% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 474 378 975
10th Percentile £11.90 £11.72 £11.25
25th Percentile £13.38 £13.49 £13.25
Median hourly rate £17.00 £17.88 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year -4.90% +2.14% -
75th Percentile £36.94 £24.31 £31.38
90th Percentile £59.53 £47.83 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -5.56% +2.86% +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 26 July 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 26 July 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 26 July 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 -17 1,861 £475 +10.47% 587
South East -2 959 £400 +14.63% 472
North of England -3 682 £325 -3.70% 600
Midlands -1 507 £315 -5.97% 405
North West -5 373 £350 +13.82% 332
South West -4 356 £311 -22.19% 271
West Midlands -2 331 £360 -4.00% 238
East of England -1 260 £258 -14.17% 222
Yorkshire -1 247 £300 -11.11% 188
East Midlands -6 170 £200 -20.00% 166
North East -4 62 £306 -27.94% 80
Windows
UK

For the 6 months to 26 July 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 1,937 (39.74%) Active Directory
2 1,760 (36.11%) Microsoft
3 1,314 (26.96%) Windows 10
4 1,311 (26.90%) Windows Server
5 1,309 (26.86%) Azure
6 1,304 (26.75%) Microsoft 365
7 1,163 (23.86%) Linux
8 1,147 (23.53%) Social Skills
9 1,105 (22.67%) VMware
10 906 (18.59%) PowerShell
11 800 (16.41%) Security Cleared
12 759 (15.57%) SQL
13 728 (14.94%) VMware Infrastructure
14 709 (14.55%) ITIL
15 638 (13.09%) SCCM
16 602 (12.35%) Finance
17 596 (12.23%) SC Cleared
18 582 (11.94%) Microsoft Office
19 568 (11.65%) Agile Software Development
20 561 (11.51%) Migration
21 554 (11.37%) DevOps
22 524 (10.75%) AWS
23 501 (10.28%) Python
24 499 (10.24%) Infrastructure Engineering
25 495 (10.16%) Firewall
26 488 (10.01%) Citrix
27 483 (9.91%) SQL Server
28 470 (9.64%) Oracle
29 465 (9.54%) Problem-Solving
30 461 (9.46%) DNS

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
1 292 (5.99%) SharePoint
2 285 (5.85%) MS Exchange
3 161 (3.30%) Confluence
4 106 (2.17%) IIS
5 76 (1.56%) Skype for Business
6 62 (1.27%) Apache
7 54 (1.11%) Tomcat
8 52 (1.07%) WebSphere
9 47 (0.96%) Exchange Server 2010
10 44 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2013
11 34 (0.70%) WebLogic
12 29 (0.59%) SAS
13 28 (0.57%) JBoss
14 25 (0.51%) BizTalk Server
15 24 (0.49%) Oracle Coherence
16 23 (0.47%) WebSphere Application Server
17 18 (0.37%) Elasticsearch
18 17 (0.35%) Apache Spark
18 17 (0.35%) Red Hat Fuse
19 16 (0.33%) Mule
Applications
1 582 (11.94%) Microsoft Office
2 166 (3.41%) Microsoft Excel
3 45 (0.92%) MS Visio
4 41 (0.84%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 15 (0.31%) Microsoft Project
6 10 (0.21%) Simulink
7 6 (0.12%) Siemens NX
7 6 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
8 5 (0.10%) Photoshop
9 4 (0.082%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 3 (0.062%) InfoPath
11 2 (0.041%) NUKE
12 1 (0.021%) Adobe Captivate
12 1 (0.021%) Adobe Illustrator
12 1 (0.021%) CINEMA 4D
12 1 (0.021%) Figma
12 1 (0.021%) FileZilla
12 1 (0.021%) Pipeline Pilot
12 1 (0.021%) Sketch
12 1 (0.021%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 32 (0.66%) SunGard Martini
2 16 (0.33%) SAP HCM
3 15 (0.31%) Sentinel
4 13 (0.27%) Dynamics CRM
4 13 (0.27%) Remedy ITSM
5 12 (0.25%) Oracle EBS R12
6 9 (0.18%) SAP FI-CA
6 9 (0.18%) SAP PSCD
7 7 (0.14%) Oracle Payables
7 7 (0.14%) RMDS
8 6 (0.12%) Oracle EBS
9 5 (0.10%) Eikon
9 5 (0.10%) Oracle ERP
9 5 (0.10%) Oracle Receivables
9 5 (0.10%) Refinitiv Enterprise Platform
10 4 (0.082%) Maximo
10 4 (0.082%) Primavera
10 4 (0.082%) Salesforce.com CRM
10 4 (0.082%) SAP ERP
10 4 (0.082%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 1,309 (26.86%) Azure
2 1,304 (26.75%) Microsoft 365
3 524 (10.75%) AWS
4 301 (6.18%) Azure Active Directory
5 217 (4.45%) PaaS
6 204 (4.19%) IaaS
7 159 (3.26%) SaaS
8 109 (2.24%) GitHub
9 105 (2.15%) GCP
10 98 (2.01%) Serverless
11 87 (1.78%) AWS Lambda
12 84 (1.72%) OneDrive
13 64 (1.31%) Azure Cosmos DB
14 63 (1.29%) AWS CloudFormation
15 58 (1.19%) Mimecast
16 48 (0.98%) Amazon EC2
16 48 (0.98%) Power Platform
17 44 (0.90%) Amazon S3
18 42 (0.86%) Azure Storage
19 40 (0.82%) Azure Functions
Communications & Networking
1 495 (10.16%) Firewall
2 461 (9.46%) DNS
3 305 (6.26%) DHCP
4 270 (5.54%) VPN
5 238 (4.88%) TCP/IP
6 233 (4.78%) LAN
7 207 (4.25%) WAN
8 187 (3.84%) SAN
9 111 (2.28%) Internet
10 107 (2.20%) Network Security
11 98 (2.01%) Wireless
12 93 (1.91%) Skype
13 81 (1.66%) Wi-Fi
14 78 (1.60%) VoIP
15 71 (1.46%) Remote Desktop
16 63 (1.29%) NetScaler
17 61 (1.25%) NAS
18 55 (1.13%) VLAN
19 52 (1.07%) HTTP
20 50 (1.03%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 483 (9.91%) SQL Server
2 168 (3.45%) MySQL
3 133 (2.73%) Oracle Database
4 130 (2.67%) Relational Database
5 82 (1.68%) MongoDB
6 64 (1.31%) Oracle Database 12c
7 63 (1.29%) PostgreSQL
8 56 (1.15%) Azure SQL Database
9 52 (1.07%) NoSQL
10 51 (1.05%) SQL Server 2012
11 49 (1.01%) SQL Server 2016
12 45 (0.92%) SQL Server 2008
13 43 (0.88%) Data Warehouse
14 38 (0.78%) Power BI
15 36 (0.74%) Hadoop
16 34 (0.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 33 (0.68%) Oracle Database 11g
18 32 (0.66%) Amazon RDS
19 28 (0.57%) DB2
19 28 (0.57%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 296 (6.07%) Git (software)
2 265 (5.44%) Jenkins
3 240 (4.92%) JIRA
4 146 (3.00%) Visual Studio
5 105 (2.15%) Bitbucket
6 103 (2.11%) Subversion
7 84 (1.72%) TeamCity
8 52 (1.07%) Selenium
9 48 (0.98%) Maven
10 45 (0.92%) GitLab
11 44 (0.90%) Artifactory
12 42 (0.86%) Cucumber
12 42 (0.86%) MSI
13 39 (0.80%) JUnit
14 36 (0.74%) Sonatype Nexus
15 34 (0.70%) Oracle APEX
16 32 (0.66%) CppUnit
17 29 (0.59%) Eclipse
18 24 (0.49%) Gradle
18 24 (0.49%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 1,147 (23.53%) Social Skills
2 602 (12.35%) Finance
3 319 (6.54%) Banking
4 291 (5.97%) Analytical Skills
5 251 (5.15%) Public Sector
6 124 (2.54%) Investment Banking
7 96 (1.97%) Documentation Skills
8 93 (1.91%) Telecoms
9 79 (1.62%) Retail
10 75 (1.54%) Manufacturing
11 72 (1.48%) Presentation Skills
12 68 (1.40%) Front Office
13 63 (1.29%) Organisational Skills
14 61 (1.25%) Law
15 53 (1.09%) Marketing
16 50 (1.03%) Legal
17 42 (0.86%) Electronics
18 40 (0.82%) Back Office
19 37 (0.76%) Influencing Skills
20 34 (0.70%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 622 (12.76%) Analyst
2 463 (9.50%) Support Engineer
3 397 (8.15%) Developer
4 385 (7.90%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 370 (7.59%) Architect
6 264 (5.42%) IT Support
7 231 (4.74%) Windows Engineer
8 221 (4.53%) Desktop Engineer
9 220 (4.51%) Desktop Support
10 215 (4.41%) Service Analyst
11 204 (4.19%) Service Desk Analyst
12 202 (4.14%) Azure Engineer
13 201 (4.12%) IT Engineer
14 189 (3.88%) 2nd Line Support
15 184 (3.78%) Support Analyst
16 179 (3.67%) DevOps Engineer
17 171 (3.51%) Consultant
18 136 (2.79%) Administrator
19 130 (2.67%) Desktop Support Engineer
20 128 (2.63%) Cloud Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 315 (6.46%) .NET
2 207 (4.25%) XML
3 170 (3.49%) JSON
4 154 (3.16%) Web Services
5 125 (2.56%) REST
6 111 (2.28%) Middleware
7 88 (1.81%) HTML
8 74 (1.52%) AngularJS
9 71 (1.46%) .NET Framework
10 70 (1.44%) SOAP
11 68 (1.40%) .NET Core
11 68 (1.40%) LDAP
12 64 (1.31%) CSS
13 61 (1.25%) Spring
14 60 (1.23%) Node.js
14 60 (1.23%) YAML
15 54 (1.11%) ASP.NET
16 43 (0.88%) React
17 42 (0.86%) STL
18 39 (0.80%) Boost C++ Libraries
Miscellaneous
1 286 (5.87%) Data Centre
2 123 (2.52%) Self-Motivation
3 118 (2.42%) Clustering
4 116 (2.38%) Management Information System
5 113 (2.32%) PKI
6 101 (2.07%) Public Cloud
7 75 (1.54%) NHS
8 73 (1.50%) Cloud Native
9 66 (1.35%) Data Protection Act
10 65 (1.33%) Replication
11 57 (1.17%) User Experience
12 50 (1.03%) Video Conferencing
13 44 (0.90%) iPhone
13 44 (0.90%) Legacy Systems
14 41 (0.84%) iPad
14 41 (0.84%) Private Cloud
15 40 (0.82%) Driving Licence
15 40 (0.82%) Linux Command Line
16 37 (0.76%) Client/Server
17 36 (0.74%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 1,314 (26.96%) Windows 10
2 1,311 (26.90%) Windows Server
3 1,163 (23.86%) Linux
4 439 (9.01%) Windows 7
5 369 (7.57%) Windows Server 2012
6 347 (7.12%) Unix
7 288 (5.91%) Windows Server 2016
8 239 (4.90%) Windows Server 2019
9 219 (4.49%) Windows Server 2008
10 173 (3.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 161 (3.30%) Apple iOS
12 159 (3.26%) Android
13 88 (1.81%) Windows 8
14 72 (1.48%) Mac OS
15 64 (1.31%) Windows Server 2003
15 64 (1.31%) Windows XP
16 60 (1.23%) Solaris
17 47 (0.96%) CentOS
18 41 (0.84%) Mac OS X
18 41 (0.84%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 709 (14.55%) ITIL
2 568 (11.65%) Agile Software Development
3 561 (11.51%) Migration
4 554 (11.37%) DevOps
5 499 (10.24%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 465 (9.54%) Problem-Solving
7 211 (4.33%) Test Automation
8 204 (4.19%) Configuration Management
9 200 (4.10%) Project Management
9 200 (4.10%) Scrum
10 193 (3.96%) Change Management
11 185 (3.80%) Software Engineering
12 166 (3.41%) Service Delivery
13 161 (3.30%) Incident Management
14 159 (3.26%) Infrastructure as Code
15 156 (3.20%) Service Management
16 151 (3.10%) Cybersecurity
17 148 (3.04%) Stakeholder Management
18 141 (2.89%) Continuous Integration
19 138 (2.83%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 906 (18.59%) PowerShell
2 759 (15.57%) SQL
3 501 (10.28%) Python
4 336 (6.89%) Java
5 309 (6.34%) C#
6 228 (4.68%) C++
7 220 (4.51%) JavaScript
8 151 (3.10%) Bash Shell
9 114 (2.34%) Shell Script
10 101 (2.07%) T-SQL
11 96 (1.97%) PL/SQL
12 80 (1.64%) C
13 76 (1.56%) Perl
14 43 (0.88%) VB
14 43 (0.88%) VBScript
15 36 (0.74%) PHP
16 35 (0.72%) Go
17 34 (0.70%) Ruby
17 34 (0.70%) VBA
18 31 (0.64%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 800 (16.41%) Security Cleared
2 596 (12.23%) SC Cleared
3 262 (5.38%) Degree
4 206 (4.23%) Microsoft Certification
5 156 (3.20%) DV Cleared
6 114 (2.34%) MCSE
7 107 (2.20%) Cisco Certification
8 80 (1.64%) CCNA
9 65 (1.33%) ITIL Certification
10 56 (1.15%) DBS Check
10 56 (1.15%) MCSA
11 52 (1.07%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 51 (1.05%) MCP
13 47 (0.96%) CISSP
14 43 (0.88%) ISTQB
15 38 (0.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
16 37 (0.76%) CCNP
17 36 (0.74%) ISEB
18 34 (0.70%) Computer Science Degree
19 33 (0.68%) AWS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 270 (5.54%) SLA
2 120 (2.46%) QA
3 63 (1.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 62 (1.27%) GDPR
5 35 (0.72%) NIST
6 31 (0.64%) PCI DSS
7 20 (0.41%) GRC
8 18 (0.37%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 17 (0.35%) PMO
10 16 (0.33%) Cyber Essentials
11 12 (0.25%) NCSC
12 9 (0.18%) Accessibility
12 9 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 8 (0.16%) COBIT
13 8 (0.16%) Data Quality
14 6 (0.12%) HL7
14 6 (0.12%) ISO 9001
15 5 (0.10%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
15 5 (0.10%) HIPAA
15 5 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 27005
System Software
1 1,937 (39.74%) Active Directory
2 728 (14.94%) VMware Infrastructure
3 300 (6.16%) Hyper-V
4 194 (3.98%) VMware ESXi
5 178 (3.65%) Docker
6 167 (3.43%) vSphere
7 122 (2.50%) XenApp
8 114 (2.34%) Virtual Machines
9 109 (2.24%) Virtual Desktop
10 102 (2.09%) Microsoft App-V
11 70 (1.44%) XenDesktop
12 48 (0.98%) VMware NSX
13 46 (0.94%) Virtual Servers
14 28 (0.57%) Firmware
15 27 (0.55%) NFS
16 26 (0.53%) BitLocker
17 21 (0.43%) VMware Workstation
18 20 (0.41%) VMware Server
19 18 (0.37%) Oracle RAC
20 17 (0.35%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 638 (13.09%) SCCM
2 318 (6.52%) Ansible
3 262 (5.38%) Terraform
4 245 (5.03%) Microsoft Intune
5 185 (3.80%) Kubernetes
6 139 (2.85%) Puppet
7 95 (1.95%) Active Directory Federation Services
8 91 (1.87%) Opscode Chef
9 90 (1.85%) SCOM
10 82 (1.68%) WSUS
11 71 (1.46%) vCenter Server
11 71 (1.46%) vRealize
12 47 (0.96%) Single Sign-On
13 44 (0.90%) Microsoft Clustering
14 34 (0.70%) ITRS Geneos
15 33 (0.68%) BladeLogic
16 30 (0.62%) AirWatch
16 30 (0.62%) Tivoli
16 30 (0.62%) vRealize Orchestrator
17 29 (0.59%) PowerCLI
Vendors
1 1,760 (36.11%) Microsoft
2 1,105 (22.67%) VMware
3 488 (10.01%) Citrix
4 470 (9.64%) Oracle
5 380 (7.80%) Cisco
6 189 (3.88%) HP
7 160 (3.28%) Red Hat
8 155 (3.18%) ServiceNow
9 145 (2.97%) Dell
10 128 (2.63%) Apple
11 127 (2.61%) IBM
12 113 (2.32%) NetApp
13 106 (2.17%) SAP
14 102 (2.09%) EMC
14 102 (2.09%) Google
15 93 (1.91%) McAfee
16 91 (1.87%) Ivanti
17 84 (1.72%) Splunk
18 70 (1.44%) Symantec
19 66 (1.35%) Veeam