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 3 months to 25 June 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
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 9 7 6
Rank change year-on-year -2 -1  
Contract jobs citing Windows 4373 5748 6481
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 10.29% 11.80% 12.71%
As % of the Operating Systems category 50.22% 51.46% 56.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 2559 3430 3647
Median daily rate £365 £360 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.38% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £155 £152
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £338 £325
% change year-on-year - +3.84%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 439 495 812
Median hourly rate £15.50 £15.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -3.12%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.20 £37.50 £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £16.25 £15.50
% change year-on-year -7.69% +4.83%  

Windows is in the operating system skills category. The next 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.

Contract Operating System Skills
England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 8707 11170 11375
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 20.49% 22.93% 22.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 5421 7168 6737
Median daily rate £413 £400 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.12% +11.11%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £176 £203 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £345
% change year-on-year +3.44% +5.07%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 511 579 897
Median hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -2.94%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £42.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £17.00 £16.20
% change year-on-year -8.82% +4.93%  

Windows
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England citing Windows as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Operating Systems category.

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 3 months to 25 June 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 3 months to 25 June 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 3 months to 25 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -3 1804 £411 +2.81% 540
South East 0 906 £360 - 314
East of England 0 331 £350 +7.69% 153
North West 0 304 £317 -15.46% 142
South West -2 296 £325 -7.14% 109
West Midlands +1 239 £350 -2.09% 132
East Midlands -1 203 £300 -25.04% 57
Yorkshire -3 202 £310 -22.50% 110
North East -4 83 £333 +18.75% 15
Midlands +6 8 £435 -8.42% 189
Windows
UK

For the 6 months to 25 June 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 3110 (35.69%) Active Directory
2 2844 (32.64%) Microsoft
3 2380 (27.31%) Windows Server
4 2016 (23.14%) Linux
5 1827 (20.97%) VMware
6 1622 (18.61%) Windows 7
7 1426 (16.36%) SQL
8 1364 (15.65%) Finance
9 1351 (15.50%) SQL Server
10 1290 (14.80%) Security Cleared
11 1280 (14.69%) Windows 10
12 1252 (14.37%) Office 365
13 1249 (14.33%) Windows Server 2012
13 1249 (14.33%) ITIL
14 1202 (13.79%) Windows Server 2008
15 1175 (13.48%) Migration
16 1154 (13.24%) PowerShell
17 1132 (12.99%) Microsoft Office
18 1063 (12.20%) Unix
19 1010 (11.59%) VMware Infrastructure
19 1010 (11.59%) SCCM
20 968 (11.11%) Citrix
20 968 (11.11%) Agile Software Development
21 958 (10.99%) Microsoft Azure
22 926 (10.63%) SC Cleared
23 835 (9.58%) DNS
24 828 (9.50%) .NET
25 783 (8.99%) C#
26 767 (8.80%) Cisco
27 742 (8.52%) MS Exchange

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
1 742 (8.52%) MS Exchange
2 541 (6.21%) SharePoint
3 492 (5.65%) IIS
4 347 (3.98%) Skype for Business
5 344 (3.95%) Exchange Server 2010
6 227 (2.61%) Exchange Server 2013
7 169 (1.94%) Confluence
8 167 (1.92%) Apache
9 158 (1.81%) Tomcat
10 110 (1.26%) SharePoint 2013
11 108 (1.24%) Exchange Server 2007
12 107 (1.23%) CMS
13 106 (1.22%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 106 (1.22%) Elasticsearch
14 100 (1.15%) BizTalk Server
15 97 (1.11%) JBoss
16 94 (1.08%) WebLogic
17 85 (0.98%) WebSphere
18 78 (0.90%) SharePoint 2010
19 77 (0.88%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 1132 (12.99%) Microsoft Office
2 261 (3.00%) Microsoft Excel
3 85 (0.98%) MS Visio
4 70 (0.80%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 57 (0.65%) Spreadsheet
6 34 (0.39%) Microsoft Project
7 11 (0.13%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 8 (0.092%) InfoPath
9 7 (0.080%) Acrobat
10 6 (0.069%) Doxygen
10 6 (0.069%) Simulink
11 5 (0.057%) Adobe Illustrator
11 5 (0.057%) Photoshop
11 5 (0.057%) Quicktime
12 3 (0.034%) AutoCAD
12 3 (0.034%) InDesign
12 3 (0.034%) SOLIDWORKS
12 3 (0.034%) Stata
13 2 (0.023%) 3ds Max
13 2 (0.023%) SmartSuite
Business Applications
1 100 (1.15%) Dynamics CRM
2 52 (0.60%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 40 (0.46%) Dynamics AX
4 32 (0.37%) Remedy ITSM
5 21 (0.24%) Oracle Applications
5 21 (0.24%) Oracle EBS
6 17 (0.20%) Eikon
7 16 (0.18%) Oracle 11i
8 14 (0.16%) ION MarketView
9 12 (0.14%) Oracle EBS R12
10 10 (0.11%) Dynamics NAV
11 9 (0.10%) Siebel CRM
12 7 (0.080%) Unit4 Business World
13 6 (0.069%) SystmOne
14 4 (0.046%) Adobe Campaign
14 4 (0.046%) BusinessWorks
14 4 (0.046%) Maximo
14 4 (0.046%) Oracle Utilities
14 4 (0.046%) Pegasus Opera
14 4 (0.046%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 1252 (14.37%) Office 365
2 958 (10.99%) Microsoft Azure
3 616 (7.07%) Amazon AWS
4 213 (2.44%) IaaS
5 183 (2.10%) PaaS
6 107 (1.23%) Azure Active Directory
7 82 (0.94%) SaaS
8 78 (0.90%) OneDrive
9 65 (0.75%) AWS CloudFormation
10 62 (0.71%) Cloud Computing
11 51 (0.59%) Amazon S3
12 49 (0.56%) Amazon EC2
12 49 (0.56%) GitHub
13 48 (0.55%) G Suite
14 39 (0.45%) OpenShift
15 38 (0.44%) Yammer
16 33 (0.38%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 27 (0.31%) Google Cloud Platform
18 24 (0.28%) Google Analytics
18 24 (0.28%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 835 (9.58%) DNS
2 718 (8.24%) Firewall
3 585 (6.71%) LAN
4 556 (6.38%) WAN
5 555 (6.37%) TCP/IP
6 539 (6.19%) DHCP
7 480 (5.51%) SAN
8 415 (4.76%) VPN
9 294 (3.37%) Internet
10 224 (2.57%) Skype
11 199 (2.28%) Wireless
12 165 (1.89%) LDAP
13 151 (1.73%) HTTP
14 150 (1.72%) NAS
15 147 (1.69%) VoIP
16 137 (1.57%) Remote Desktop
17 136 (1.56%) SSL
18 134 (1.54%) Network Security
19 122 (1.40%) Wi-Fi
20 117 (1.34%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1351 (15.50%) SQL Server
2 285 (3.27%) SQL Server 2012
3 250 (2.87%) SQL Server 2008
4 205 (2.35%) Relational Database
5 199 (2.28%) Oracle Database
6 169 (1.94%) MySQL
7 146 (1.68%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 143 (1.64%) SQL Server 2005
9 132 (1.51%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 129 (1.48%) MongoDB
11 124 (1.42%) PostgreSQL
12 117 (1.34%) NoSQL
13 93 (1.07%) Hadoop
14 87 (1.00%) SQL Server 2014
15 83 (0.95%) Big Data
16 75 (0.86%) DB2
17 73 (0.84%) Oracle Database 11g
18 71 (0.81%) Data Warehouse
19 67 (0.77%) Oracle Database 10g
19 67 (0.77%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 358 (4.11%) Jenkins
2 357 (4.10%) Git (software)
3 301 (3.45%) JIRA
4 250 (2.87%) Team Foundation Server
5 219 (2.51%) Visual Studio
6 174 (2.00%) TeamCity
7 117 (1.34%) Subversion
8 105 (1.20%) Octopus Deploy
9 101 (1.16%) Selenium
10 100 (1.15%) MSI
11 91 (1.04%) Maven
12 90 (1.03%) Eclipse
13 82 (0.94%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 77 (0.88%) Sonatype Nexus
15 73 (0.84%) Ant
16 64 (0.73%) Cucumber
17 62 (0.71%) NUnit
18 56 (0.64%) GitLab
19 45 (0.52%) JUnit
20 40 (0.46%) Oracle APEX
General
1 1364 (15.65%) Finance
2 605 (6.94%) Banking
3 223 (2.56%) Retail
4 170 (1.95%) Investment Banking
5 158 (1.81%) Legal
6 157 (1.80%) Telecoms
7 147 (1.69%) Front Office
8 129 (1.48%) Manufacturing
9 114 (1.31%) Law
10 105 (1.20%) Marketing
11 100 (1.15%) Back Office
12 78 (0.90%) Electronics
13 55 (0.63%) Advertising
14 48 (0.55%) Financial Institution
15 41 (0.47%) Military
16 39 (0.45%) Local Government
17 38 (0.44%) Publishing
18 25 (0.29%) Games
19 22 (0.25%) Retail Banking
20 19 (0.22%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 1403 (16.10%) Analyst
2 963 (11.05%) Developer
3 803 (9.22%) Support Engineer
4 633 (7.26%) Architect
5 566 (6.50%) Desktop Support
6 517 (5.93%) Windows Engineer
7 509 (5.84%) Support Analyst
8 465 (5.34%) Consultant
9 452 (5.19%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 441 (5.06%) 2nd Line Support
11 378 (4.34%) Service Analyst
12 352 (4.04%) Service Desk Analyst
13 348 (3.99%) DevOps Engineer
14 327 (3.75%) Administrator
15 324 (3.72%) IT Support
16 291 (3.34%) Desktop Engineer
17 244 (2.80%) 3rd Line Support
18 237 (2.72%) .NET Developer
19 235 (2.70%) 3rd Line Engineer
19 235 (2.70%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 828 (9.50%) .NET
2 402 (4.61%) Web Services
3 343 (3.94%) HTML
4 306 (3.51%) XML
5 254 (2.91%) CSS
6 240 (2.75%) Middleware
7 224 (2.57%) ASP.NET
8 175 (2.01%) jQuery
9 162 (1.86%) AngularJS
10 156 (1.79%) .NET Framework
11 144 (1.65%) WCF
12 136 (1.56%) SOAP
13 128 (1.47%) JSON
14 110 (1.26%) REST
15 106 (1.22%) RESTful
16 98 (1.12%) Ajax
17 93 (1.07%) ASP.NET Web API
17 93 (1.07%) HTML5
18 92 (1.06%) Node.js
19 91 (1.04%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 565 (6.48%) Data Centre
2 528 (6.06%) Analytical Skills
3 267 (3.06%) Management Information System
4 235 (2.70%) Clustering
5 234 (2.69%) Blackberry
6 206 (2.36%) Computer Science
7 133 (1.53%) Replication
8 126 (1.45%) PKI
9 117 (1.34%) Smartphone
10 114 (1.31%) Client/Server
11 107 (1.23%) Public Cloud
12 106 (1.22%) Video Conferencing
13 104 (1.19%) User Experience
14 90 (1.03%) Driving Licence
15 89 (1.02%) Enterprise Software
15 89 (1.02%) Fixed Income
16 85 (0.98%) Mainframe
17 84 (0.96%) iPhone
18 77 (0.88%) Private Cloud
19 76 (0.87%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 2380 (27.31%) Windows Server
2 2016 (23.14%) Linux
3 1622 (18.61%) Windows 7
4 1280 (14.69%) Windows 10
5 1249 (14.33%) Windows Server 2012
6 1202 (13.79%) Windows Server 2008
7 1063 (12.20%) Unix
8 526 (6.04%) Windows Server 2003
9 345 (3.96%) Windows 8
10 329 (3.78%) Android
11 314 (3.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 312 (3.58%) Windows XP
13 253 (2.90%) Apple iOS
14 246 (2.82%) Solaris
15 160 (1.84%) AIX
15 160 (1.84%) CentOS
16 150 (1.72%) Mac OS X
17 114 (1.31%) Windows Vista
18 89 (1.02%) Ubuntu
19 83 (0.95%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1249 (14.33%) ITIL
2 1175 (13.48%) Migration
3 968 (11.11%) Agile Software Development
4 736 (8.45%) DevOps
5 410 (4.71%) Configuration Management
6 381 (4.37%) Project Management
7 350 (4.02%) Change Management
8 340 (3.90%) Continuous Integration
9 337 (3.87%) Scrum
10 326 (3.74%) Service Management
11 291 (3.34%) Test Automation
12 271 (3.11%) SDLC
13 269 (3.09%) TDD
14 261 (3.00%) Incident Management
15 235 (2.70%) Disaster Recovery
16 231 (2.65%) Software Engineering
17 220 (2.52%) Business Intelligence
18 219 (2.51%) MVC
19 204 (2.34%) Service Delivery
20 197 (2.26%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 1426 (16.36%) SQL
2 1154 (13.24%) PowerShell
3 783 (8.99%) C#
4 687 (7.88%) Java
5 566 (6.50%) Python
6 412 (4.73%) JavaScript
7 336 (3.86%) C++
8 282 (3.24%) Perl
9 231 (2.65%) Bash Shell
10 227 (2.61%) C
11 193 (2.21%) T-SQL
12 187 (2.15%) Ruby
13 182 (2.09%) VB
14 156 (1.79%) VBScript
15 155 (1.78%) Shell Script
16 113 (1.30%) PHP
17 104 (1.19%) PL/SQL
18 100 (1.15%) VB.NET
19 55 (0.63%) VBA
20 53 (0.61%) Scala
Qualifications
1 1290 (14.80%) Security Cleared
2 926 (10.63%) SC Cleared
3 565 (6.48%) Microsoft Certification
4 370 (4.25%) Degree
5 327 (3.75%) MCSE
6 274 (3.14%) DV Cleared
7 218 (2.50%) Cisco Certification
8 139 (1.60%) MCP
9 134 (1.54%) CCNA
10 129 (1.48%) MCSA
11 120 (1.38%) MCITP
12 118 (1.35%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 114 (1.31%) Computer Science Degree
14 103 (1.18%) ITIL Certification
15 84 (0.96%) CCNP
16 71 (0.81%) ISEB
17 70 (0.80%) CISSP
18 59 (0.68%) DBS Check
19 48 (0.55%) MCTS
20 43 (0.49%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 343 (3.94%) SLA
2 181 (2.08%) QA
3 74 (0.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 67 (0.77%) PCI DSS
5 37 (0.42%) PMO
6 35 (0.40%) Disclosure Scotland
7 22 (0.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 17 (0.20%) GDPR
8 17 (0.20%) JSP 440
9 16 (0.18%) Data Quality
10 13 (0.15%) ISO 9001
11 12 (0.14%) ISO 20022
11 12 (0.14%) MiFID
11 12 (0.14%) SEPA
12 10 (0.11%) MIL-STD-1553
13 7 (0.080%) Cyber Essentials
13 7 (0.080%) Def Stans
13 7 (0.080%) MISRA
13 7 (0.080%) MISRA C
14 6 (0.069%) COBIT
System Software
1 3110 (35.69%) Active Directory
2 1010 (11.59%) VMware Infrastructure
3 516 (5.92%) Hyper-V
4 303 (3.48%) VMware ESXi
5 256 (2.94%) XenApp
6 252 (2.89%) vSphere
7 233 (2.67%) Docker
8 202 (2.32%) Microsoft App-V
9 158 (1.81%) XenDesktop
10 151 (1.73%) Virtual Machines
11 87 (1.00%) Virtual Desktop
12 73 (0.84%) Virtual Servers
13 62 (0.71%) BitLocker
14 49 (0.56%) XenServer
15 46 (0.53%) Oracle RAC
16 34 (0.39%) KVM
17 32 (0.37%) NFS
18 30 (0.34%) VMware Workstation
19 29 (0.33%) Firmware
19 29 (0.33%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 1010 (11.59%) SCCM
2 317 (3.64%) Ansible
3 305 (3.50%) Puppet
4 248 (2.85%) SCOM
5 224 (2.57%) Opscode Chef
6 136 (1.56%) WSUS
7 132 (1.51%) NetBackup
8 104 (1.19%) Microsoft Clustering
9 100 (1.15%) Terraform
10 84 (0.96%) vCenter Server
11 79 (0.91%) AirWatch
12 74 (0.85%) Kibana
12 74 (0.85%) Microsoft Intune
13 71 (0.81%) Nagios
14 64 (0.73%) Kubernetes
15 59 (0.68%) McAfee ePO
16 54 (0.62%) Norton AntiVirus
17 51 (0.59%) Backup Exec
18 49 (0.56%) OpenView Configuration Management
19 45 (0.52%) vRealize
Vendors
1 2844 (32.64%) Microsoft
2 1827 (20.97%) VMware
3 968 (11.11%) Citrix
4 767 (8.80%) Cisco
5 739 (8.48%) Oracle
6 638 (7.32%) HP
7 379 (4.35%) Red Hat
8 298 (3.42%) Apple
9 279 (3.20%) IBM
10 244 (2.80%) NetApp
11 224 (2.57%) Dell
12 195 (2.24%) Symantec
13 175 (2.01%) ServiceNow
14 165 (1.89%) Google
15 162 (1.86%) EMC
16 149 (1.71%) McAfee
17 146 (1.68%) SAP
18 140 (1.61%) Splunk
19 139 (1.60%) Remedy
20 103 (1.18%) TIBCO
Watford, Hertfordshire
Spring Technology
Posted: 1 hour ago
London
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £27000 - £31000 per annum
Posted: 8 hours ago
London
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £110 - £120 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Northern Recruitment Group
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Oscar
Rate: £100 - £150 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
South Yorkshire
Modis International
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Rullion
Posted: 2 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Austin Fraser
Rate: £150 - £180 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Maldon, Essex
Austin Fraser
Rate: £13.00
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Oscar
Rate: £100 - £150 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £200 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Crawley, West Sussex
TEKsystems
Rate: £400 - £425 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Michael Bailey Associates
Posted: 2 days ago
Bracknell, Berkshire
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: market rate
Posted: 2 days ago
Lutterworth, Leicestershire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Rate: £105 - £155 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
IT Connections
Rate: 400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Involved Solutions Ltd
Rate: £160 - £220 per day + Ext
Posted: 4 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £300.00 - £350.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Reed Technology
Rate: £9.50 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Comtecs
Rate: £180 - £200 Per Day to £200 p/day
Posted: 2 days ago
Ventnor, Isle of Wight
IT Retail People Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Good rates and Opportunity
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Square One Resources
Rate: £130 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
ReThink Recruitment
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Plan-Net
Rate: Competitive rate
Posted: 2 days ago
Esher, Surrey
Reflex Computer Recruitment
Rate: £100 - £120 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Cheshire
Roc Search
Rate: £95 - £98 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Gloucestershire
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £200 - £225 per day +
Posted: 2 days ago
Durham, County Durham
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £9.50 - £12.50 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £330 - £370 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Premier IT
Posted: 3 days ago