Period
to 16 August 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 16 August 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
16 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 8 9 8
Rank change year-on-year +1 -1 -2
Contract jobs citing Windows 10,647 9,126 11,560
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.40% 10.35% 11.46%
As % of the Operating Systems category 54.56% 50.40% 51.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,423 5,523 7,014
England median daily rate £375 £360 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.17% -0.69% +6.62%
10th Percentile £135 £138 £153
90th Percentile £575 £556 £538
UK median daily rate £375 £353 £355
% change year-on-year +6.38% -0.70% +5.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,171 889 1,001
England median hourly rate £17.00 £15.50 £15.43
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.68% +0.49% -3.59%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £43.75 £43.75 £39.75
UK median hourly rate £16.50 £15.50 £15.26
% change year-on-year +6.45% +1.57% -4.63%

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 19,514 18,106 22,384
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 20.89% 20.53% 22.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 12,232 11,455 14,338
England median daily rate £438 £425 £401
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.12% +6.80%
10th Percentile £180 £200 £213
90th Percentile £624 £590 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,357 1,057 1,168
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.35 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.86% +5.15% -
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.75 £10.73
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.83 £44.08
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year +2.94% +3.03% -

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 16 August 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 16 August 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 16 August 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 0 4,407 £414 +3.37% 851
South East 0 2,166 £375 +7.14% 514
North of England +1 1,439 £336 +3.46% 517
Midlands +2 1,136 £350 +7.69% 299
South West +3 772 £325 - 256
North West 0 751 £350 +7.69% 281
East of England +1 712 £325 - 294
West Midlands +2 703 £350 +3.70% 194
Yorkshire -3 459 £350 +7.69% 190
East Midlands -1 426 £350 +16.67% 105
North East -1 230 £290 -12.12% 46
South Coast - 1 £500 -
Windows
UK

For the 6 months to 16 August 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 4,082 (38.34%) Active Directory
2 3,649 (34.27%) Microsoft
3 3,038 (28.53%) Windows Server
4 2,781 (26.12%) Windows 10
5 2,258 (21.21%) Linux
6 2,139 (20.09%) VMware
7 2,029 (19.06%) Office 365
8 1,961 (18.42%) Windows 7
9 1,637 (15.38%) SCCM
10 1,626 (15.27%) SQL
11 1,618 (15.20%) Finance
12 1,558 (14.63%) Microsoft Azure
13 1,533 (14.40%) PowerShell
14 1,527 (14.34%) ITIL
15 1,407 (13.21%) Microsoft Office
16 1,303 (12.24%) Security Cleared
17 1,294 (12.15%) Migration
18 1,289 (12.11%) Citrix
19 1,283 (12.05%) SQL Server
20 1,263 (11.86%) Agile Software Development
21 1,250 (11.74%) VMware Infrastructure
22 1,128 (10.59%) Windows Server 2012
23 1,067 (10.02%) Windows Server 2008
24 1,037 (9.74%) DevOps
25 1,019 (9.57%) Amazon AWS
26 1,006 (9.45%) SC Cleared
27 1,001 (9.40%) Unix
28 997 (9.36%) DNS
29 929 (8.73%) Firewall
30 904 (8.49%) 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
1 882 (8.28%) MS Exchange
2 515 (4.84%) SharePoint
3 458 (4.30%) IIS
4 429 (4.03%) Skype for Business
5 347 (3.26%) Exchange Server 2010
6 176 (1.65%) Tomcat
7 174 (1.63%) Apache
8 164 (1.54%) Exchange Server 2013
9 162 (1.52%) Confluence
10 154 (1.45%) WebLogic
11 93 (0.87%) WebSphere
12 85 (0.80%) nginx
13 83 (0.78%) JBoss
14 79 (0.74%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 73 (0.69%) SharePoint 2013
16 64 (0.60%) Elasticsearch
17 60 (0.56%) OpenStack
18 56 (0.53%) Exchange Server 2007
19 55 (0.52%) BizTalk Server
20 50 (0.47%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 1,407 (13.21%) Microsoft Office
2 311 (2.92%) Microsoft Excel
3 109 (1.02%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 109 (1.02%) MS Visio
4 67 (0.63%) Microsoft Project
5 26 (0.24%) Spreadsheet
6 23 (0.22%) Adobe Illustrator
7 12 (0.11%) Simulink
8 9 (0.085%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 9 (0.085%) InfoPath
8 9 (0.085%) Windchill
9 7 (0.066%) AutoCAD
10 6 (0.056%) Acrobat
10 6 (0.056%) Photoshop
11 5 (0.047%) CINEMA 4D
12 4 (0.038%) PTC Creo
12 4 (0.038%) SOLIDWORKS
13 3 (0.028%) InVision
13 3 (0.028%) Mozilla Thunderbird
13 3 (0.028%) NUKE
Business Applications
1 53 (0.50%) Remedy ITSM
2 26 (0.24%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 17 (0.16%) Dynamics CRM
3 17 (0.16%) ION MarketView
4 14 (0.13%) assyst
5 12 (0.11%) Oracle Applications
6 11 (0.10%) Eikon
6 11 (0.10%) Oracle EBS
7 10 (0.094%) Oracle BPM
8 9 (0.085%) Dynamics AX
8 9 (0.085%) Elite 3E
9 8 (0.075%) SAP Oil and Gas
10 7 (0.066%) SunGard Martini
11 6 (0.056%) ENOVIA
11 6 (0.056%) Oracle ERP
12 5 (0.047%) Carpe Diem
12 5 (0.047%) Oracle Cash Management
13 4 (0.038%) Endur
13 4 (0.038%) Payment Gateway
13 4 (0.038%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 2,029 (19.06%) Office 365
2 1,558 (14.63%) Microsoft Azure
3 1,019 (9.57%) Amazon AWS
4 301 (2.83%) IaaS
5 265 (2.49%) PaaS
6 260 (2.44%) Azure Active Directory
7 191 (1.79%) SaaS
8 172 (1.62%) AWS CloudFormation
9 148 (1.39%) Amazon EC2
10 128 (1.20%) OneDrive
11 101 (0.95%) Google Cloud Platform
12 99 (0.93%) Cloud Computing
13 93 (0.87%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 90 (0.85%) Amazon S3
15 87 (0.82%) Serverless
16 77 (0.72%) G Suite
17 75 (0.70%) GitHub
18 59 (0.55%) Datadog
19 57 (0.54%) AWS Lambda
20 49 (0.46%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 997 (9.36%) DNS
2 929 (8.73%) Firewall
3 690 (6.48%) DHCP
4 607 (5.70%) TCP/IP
5 520 (4.88%) LAN
6 505 (4.74%) SAN
7 473 (4.44%) WAN
8 446 (4.19%) VPN
9 427 (4.01%) Skype
10 290 (2.72%) Internet
11 205 (1.93%) VoIP
12 173 (1.62%) Wireless
13 171 (1.61%) SSL
14 163 (1.53%) Remote Desktop
15 160 (1.50%) HTTP
16 156 (1.47%) Network Security
17 155 (1.46%) NAS
18 147 (1.38%) NetScaler
19 132 (1.24%) VLAN
20 117 (1.10%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,283 (12.05%) SQL Server
2 197 (1.85%) Oracle Database
3 179 (1.68%) Relational Database
4 142 (1.33%) MySQL
4 142 (1.33%) SQL Server 2012
5 140 (1.31%) MongoDB
6 139 (1.31%) NoSQL
6 139 (1.31%) SQL Server 2008
7 123 (1.16%) Big Data
7 123 (1.16%) PostgreSQL
8 111 (1.04%) Amazon RDS
9 110 (1.03%) SQL Server 2016
10 90 (0.85%) Hadoop
11 86 (0.81%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 84 (0.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 73 (0.69%) Data Warehouse
14 69 (0.65%) Oracle Database 11g
15 65 (0.61%) RDBMS
16 56 (0.53%) DB2
16 56 (0.53%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 577 (5.42%) Jenkins
2 559 (5.25%) Git (software)
3 321 (3.01%) JIRA
4 278 (2.61%) Visual Studio
5 231 (2.17%) Selenium
6 230 (2.16%) Team Foundation Server
7 208 (1.95%) Subversion
8 200 (1.88%) TeamCity
9 142 (1.33%) MSI
10 114 (1.07%) Maven
11 105 (0.99%) Eclipse
12 99 (0.93%) Octopus Deploy
13 96 (0.90%) Ant
14 92 (0.86%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 92 (0.86%) Cucumber
15 91 (0.85%) Visual Studio Team System
16 77 (0.72%) SpecFlow
17 73 (0.69%) Bitbucket
17 73 (0.69%) SoapUI
18 72 (0.68%) NUnit
General
1 1,618 (15.20%) Finance
2 553 (5.19%) Banking
3 260 (2.44%) Retail
4 212 (1.99%) Telecoms
5 209 (1.96%) Law
6 178 (1.67%) Front Office
7 141 (1.32%) Legal
8 135 (1.27%) Manufacturing
9 99 (0.93%) Back Office
9 99 (0.93%) Investment Banking
10 91 (0.85%) Marketing
11 81 (0.76%) Publishing
12 77 (0.72%) Financial Institution
13 62 (0.58%) Advertising
14 51 (0.48%) Military
15 48 (0.45%) Electronics
16 37 (0.35%) French Language
17 34 (0.32%) Automotive
18 32 (0.30%) Games
19 31 (0.29%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 1,705 (16.01%) Analyst
2 1,090 (10.24%) Support Engineer
3 1,078 (10.12%) Desktop Support
4 868 (8.15%) Developer
5 740 (6.95%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 618 (5.80%) Windows Engineer
7 609 (5.72%) Support Analyst
8 598 (5.62%) Architect
9 588 (5.52%) 2nd Line Support
10 558 (5.24%) DevOps Engineer
11 554 (5.20%) Desktop Engineer
12 490 (4.60%) Service Analyst
13 454 (4.26%) IT Support
14 452 (4.25%) Service Desk Analyst
15 429 (4.03%) Consultant
16 373 (3.50%) Administrator
17 357 (3.35%) Desktop Support Engineer
18 291 (2.73%) IT Engineer
19 288 (2.70%) 2nd Line Engineer
19 288 (2.70%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 766 (7.19%) .NET
2 450 (4.23%) Web Services
3 404 (3.79%) XML
4 321 (3.01%) HTML
5 266 (2.50%) CSS
6 260 (2.44%) Middleware
7 243 (2.28%) ASP.NET
8 231 (2.17%) REST
9 188 (1.77%) JSON
10 180 (1.69%) .NET Framework
10 180 (1.69%) AngularJS
11 178 (1.67%) jQuery
12 169 (1.59%) Node.js
13 132 (1.24%) SOAP
14 131 (1.23%) ASP.NET MVC
15 129 (1.21%) LDAP
16 127 (1.19%) WCF
17 125 (1.17%) ASP.NET Web API
18 89 (0.84%) RESTful
19 88 (0.83%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 649 (6.10%) Analytical Skills
2 579 (5.44%) Data Centre
3 313 (2.94%) Self-Motivation
4 261 (2.45%) Clustering
5 221 (2.08%) Management Information System
6 214 (2.01%) Blackberry
7 204 (1.92%) Computer Science
8 187 (1.76%) PKI
9 155 (1.46%) iPhone
10 147 (1.38%) Fat Client
10 147 (1.38%) Thin Client
11 137 (1.29%) Fixed Income
12 123 (1.16%) Replication
13 120 (1.13%) iPad
14 119 (1.12%) Video Conferencing
15 115 (1.08%) Public Cloud
16 109 (1.02%) Smartphone
17 103 (0.97%) Mobile App
18 100 (0.94%) Enterprise Software
18 100 (0.94%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 3,038 (28.53%) Windows Server
2 2,781 (26.12%) Windows 10
3 2,258 (21.21%) Linux
4 1,961 (18.42%) Windows 7
5 1,128 (10.59%) Windows Server 2012
6 1,067 (10.02%) Windows Server 2008
7 1,001 (9.40%) Unix
8 400 (3.76%) Apple iOS
9 381 (3.58%) Windows Server 2003
10 380 (3.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 370 (3.48%) Windows XP
12 368 (3.46%) Android
13 352 (3.31%) Windows 8
14 199 (1.87%) Mac OS
15 194 (1.82%) Mac OS X
16 186 (1.75%) Solaris
17 159 (1.49%) AIX
18 157 (1.47%) CentOS
19 134 (1.26%) Ubuntu
20 57 (0.54%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,527 (14.34%) ITIL
2 1,294 (12.15%) Migration
3 1,263 (11.86%) Agile Software Development
4 1,037 (9.74%) DevOps
5 904 (8.49%) Problem-Solving
6 889 (8.35%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 522 (4.90%) Continuous Integration
8 515 (4.84%) Configuration Management
9 468 (4.40%) Service Management
10 458 (4.30%) Test Automation
11 428 (4.02%) Change Management
12 376 (3.53%) Project Management
13 338 (3.17%) Scrum
14 335 (3.15%) SDLC
15 324 (3.04%) Service Delivery
16 304 (2.86%) Stakeholder Management
17 285 (2.68%) Incident Management
18 273 (2.56%) TDD
19 267 (2.51%) Problem Management
20 261 (2.45%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 1,626 (15.27%) SQL
2 1,533 (14.40%) PowerShell
3 822 (7.72%) C#
4 806 (7.57%) Python
5 699 (6.57%) Java
6 508 (4.77%) JavaScript
7 365 (3.43%) C++
8 364 (3.42%) Bash Shell
9 273 (2.56%) Perl
10 222 (2.09%) Shell Script
11 208 (1.95%) C
12 198 (1.86%) Ruby
13 178 (1.67%) VBScript
14 164 (1.54%) VB
15 160 (1.50%) T-SQL
16 106 (1.00%) PL/SQL
17 71 (0.67%) Groovy
18 61 (0.57%) VB.NET
19 52 (0.49%) Scala
20 50 (0.47%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 1,303 (12.24%) Security Cleared
2 1,006 (9.45%) SC Cleared
3 571 (5.36%) Microsoft Certification
4 458 (4.30%) Degree
5 314 (2.95%) MCSE
6 253 (2.38%) Cisco Certification
7 216 (2.03%) DV Cleared
8 184 (1.73%) MCSA
9 173 (1.62%) CCNA
10 145 (1.36%) ISEB
11 140 (1.31%) MCP
12 132 (1.24%) ITIL Certification
13 117 (1.10%) ISTQB
14 110 (1.03%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 106 (1.00%) Computer Science Degree
16 100 (0.94%) DBS Check
17 98 (0.92%) MCITP
18 96 (0.90%) CISSP
19 95 (0.89%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
20 94 (0.88%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 451 (4.24%) SLA
2 201 (1.89%) QA
3 94 (0.88%) GDPR
4 75 (0.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 60 (0.56%) PMO
6 56 (0.53%) PCI DSS
7 47 (0.44%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 46 (0.43%) GCP
9 24 (0.23%) Disclosure Scotland
10 13 (0.12%) Data Quality
10 13 (0.12%) WCAG
11 12 (0.11%) MiFID
11 12 (0.11%) MISRA
11 12 (0.11%) MISRA C
12 11 (0.10%) COBIT
12 11 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 10 (0.094%) ISO 9001
14 9 (0.085%) HIPAA
14 9 (0.085%) HL7
14 9 (0.085%) ISO/IEC 27005
System Software
1 4,082 (38.34%) Active Directory
2 1,250 (11.74%) VMware Infrastructure
3 607 (5.70%) Hyper-V
4 456 (4.28%) XenApp
5 439 (4.12%) Docker
6 437 (4.10%) VMware ESXi
7 412 (3.87%) vSphere
8 388 (3.64%) Microsoft App-V
9 320 (3.01%) XenDesktop
10 227 (2.13%) Virtual Machines
11 161 (1.51%) Virtual Desktop
12 139 (1.31%) BitLocker
13 101 (0.95%) XenServer
14 77 (0.72%) Virtual Servers
15 64 (0.60%) NFS
15 64 (0.60%) VMware NSX
16 59 (0.55%) VMware Workstation
17 47 (0.44%) Terminal Services
18 44 (0.41%) VirtualBox
19 43 (0.40%) Xen
Systems Management
1 1,637 (15.38%) SCCM
2 531 (4.99%) Ansible
3 515 (4.84%) Puppet
4 392 (3.68%) Opscode Chef
5 314 (2.95%) Terraform
6 290 (2.72%) SCOM
7 269 (2.53%) Microsoft Intune
8 255 (2.40%) WSUS
9 199 (1.87%) Kubernetes
10 149 (1.40%) vCenter Server
11 137 (1.29%) Microsoft Clustering
12 132 (1.24%) Packer
13 129 (1.21%) NetBackup
14 121 (1.14%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
15 105 (0.99%) AirWatch
16 101 (0.95%) McAfee ePO
17 99 (0.93%) Nagios
18 97 (0.91%) Single Sign-On
19 76 (0.71%) Backup Exec
19 76 (0.71%) Kibana
Vendors
1 3,649 (34.27%) Microsoft
2 2,139 (20.09%) VMware
3 1,289 (12.11%) Citrix
4 850 (7.98%) Cisco
5 845 (7.94%) Oracle
6 602 (5.65%) HP
7 467 (4.39%) Apple
8 337 (3.17%) Red Hat
9 326 (3.06%) NetApp
10 272 (2.55%) McAfee
11 264 (2.48%) IBM
12 255 (2.40%) Ivanti
13 231 (2.17%) Google
14 227 (2.13%) ServiceNow
15 225 (2.11%) Dell
16 214 (2.01%) Splunk
17 168 (1.58%) SAP
18 164 (1.54%) EMC
19 161 (1.51%) Remedy
20 158 (1.48%) Symantec