Period
to 29 November 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East 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 29 November 2020 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
England > South East
6 months to
29 Nov 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 4 4 6
Rank change year-on-year 0 +2 -1
Contract jobs citing Windows 536 2,157 2,237
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South East 13.95% 16.35% 13.42%
As % of the Operating Systems category 64.73% 72.46% 63.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 353 1,303 1,281
Median daily rate £365 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.67% - +5.93%
10th Percentile £135 £125 £136
90th Percentile £555 £550 £543
England median daily rate £399 £350 £375
% change year-on-year +13.93% -6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 55 214 239
Median hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.57% +9.38% -3.03%
10th Percentile £10.25 £11.85 £11.00
90th Percentile £41.15 £53.75 £45.05
England median hourly rate £18.50 £16.85 £16.50
% change year-on-year +9.78% +2.14% +3.13%

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 the South East with a requirement for operating system skills.

All Operating Systems
South East
Contract vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 828 2,977 3,541
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 21.55% 22.56% 21.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 433 1,695 1,924
Median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £153 £135 £157
90th Percentile £575 £563 £575
England median daily rate £432 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +1.65% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 92 244 308
Median hourly rate £23.25 £18.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +29.17% +2.86% -
10th Percentile £10.25 £11.91 £11.17
90th Percentile £48.63 £53.75 £51.00
Median hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +14.29% - -

Windows
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing Windows as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the South East.

Job vacancy trend for Windows in the South East

Windows
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Windows in the South East.

Daily rate trend for Windows in the South East

Windows
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Windows in the South East over the 6 months to 29 November 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Windows in the South East

Windows
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Windows in the South East.

Hourly rate trend for Windows in the South East

Windows
Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Windows in the South East over the 6 months to 29 November 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Windows in the South East

Windows
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Windows within the South East region over the 6 months to 29 November 2020. 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
Hampshire -2 230 £380 -5.47% 72
Thames Valley -5 167 £400 +23.08% 91
Berkshire -5 90 £388 +5.08% 31
Buckinghamshire -2 60 £461 +36.18% 27
West Sussex 0 58 £350 +16.67% 27
Surrey -2 50 £363 +7.41% 45
Oxfordshire -3 17 £235 +40.30% 33
East Sussex -1 14 £182 -54.47% 4
Kent +1 10 £175 -42.86% 20
Middlesex +1 2 £150 -36.84% 2
Windows
England

For the 6 months to 29 November 2020, 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 South East region with a requirement for Windows.

1 233 (43.47%) Active Directory
2 197 (36.75%) Microsoft
3 183 (34.14%) VMware
4 174 (32.46%) Windows 10
5 171 (31.90%) Security Cleared
6 155 (28.92%) Windows Server
7 145 (27.05%) Linux
8 137 (25.56%) VMware Infrastructure
9 117 (21.83%) SC Cleared
10 108 (20.15%) Azure
11 95 (17.72%) Office 365
11 95 (17.72%) DevOps
12 94 (17.54%) PowerShell
13 93 (17.35%) Firewall
14 77 (14.37%) Microsoft Office
15 74 (13.81%) SCCM
16 73 (13.62%) ITIL
17 71 (13.25%) Agile Software Development
18 69 (12.87%) Cisco
19 68 (12.69%) vSphere
20 67 (12.50%) DNS
21 66 (12.31%) Infrastructure Engineering
22 65 (12.13%) Windows 7
23 60 (11.19%) Migration
24 59 (11.01%) SharePoint
24 59 (11.01%) Ansible
25 57 (10.63%) SQL
25 57 (10.63%) SQL Server
25 57 (10.63%) DHCP
26 55 (10.26%) DV Cleared

Windows
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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 59 (11.01%) SharePoint
2 31 (5.78%) MS Exchange
3 17 (3.17%) IIS
4 11 (2.05%) Confluence
4 11 (2.05%) Exchange Server 2013
5 10 (1.87%) Exchange Server 2010
5 10 (1.87%) Skype for Business
6 6 (1.12%) Apache
7 4 (0.75%) Documentum
7 4 (0.75%) Exchange Server 2007
7 4 (0.75%) JBoss
7 4 (0.75%) nginx
7 4 (0.75%) SharePoint 2013
8 3 (0.56%) Tomcat
8 3 (0.56%) WebLogic
9 2 (0.37%) SharePoint 2010
9 2 (0.37%) WebSphere
10 1 (0.19%) Elasticsearch
10 1 (0.19%) Exchange Server 2003
10 1 (0.19%) WildFly
Applications
1 77 (14.37%) Microsoft Office
2 21 (3.92%) Microsoft Excel
3 14 (2.61%) MS Visio
4 9 (1.68%) SOLIDWORKS
5 4 (0.75%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 2 (0.37%) Microsoft Project
7 1 (0.19%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.19%) Adobe After Effects
7 1 (0.19%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.19%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.19%) Adobe Premiere
7 1 (0.19%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.19%) CINEMA 4D
7 1 (0.19%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.19%) PTC Creo
7 1 (0.19%) Siemens NX
7 1 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (0.75%) Infor M3
2 3 (0.56%) Payment Gateway
3 2 (0.37%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.37%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.19%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.19%) Movex
4 1 (0.19%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.19%) SmartPlant
4 1 (0.19%) StreamServe
4 1 (0.19%) SystmOne
4 1 (0.19%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 108 (20.15%) Azure
2 95 (17.72%) Office 365
3 34 (6.34%) AWS
4 33 (6.16%) Azure Active Directory
4 33 (6.16%) IaaS
5 23 (4.29%) GitHub
6 18 (3.36%) Cloud Computing
7 16 (2.99%) OneDrive
7 16 (2.99%) PaaS
8 9 (1.68%) AWS CloudFormation
9 8 (1.49%) Serverless
10 7 (1.31%) SaaS
11 6 (1.12%) Amazon GuardDuty
12 5 (0.93%) Azure Functions
12 5 (0.93%) Power Platform
13 4 (0.75%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 4 (0.75%) Amazon EC2
13 4 (0.75%) Google Analytics
14 3 (0.56%) AWS Lambda
14 3 (0.56%) GCP
Communications & Networking
1 93 (17.35%) Firewall
2 67 (12.50%) DNS
3 57 (10.63%) DHCP
4 39 (7.28%) WAN
5 37 (6.90%) VLAN
6 31 (5.78%) VPN
7 29 (5.41%) LAN
8 25 (4.66%) VSAN
9 21 (3.92%) Reverse Proxy
10 20 (3.73%) TCP/IP
11 16 (2.99%) SAN
12 15 (2.80%) SNMP
12 15 (2.80%) Wi-Fi
13 14 (2.61%) Skype
14 12 (2.24%) Network Security
15 10 (1.87%) Cisco ASA
16 9 (1.68%) SMTP
17 8 (1.49%) Ethernet
17 8 (1.49%) Internet
17 8 (1.49%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 57 (10.63%) SQL Server
2 10 (1.87%) Hadoop
3 7 (1.31%) MySQL
3 7 (1.31%) PostgreSQL
4 6 (1.12%) Cosmos DB
4 6 (1.12%) HBase
4 6 (1.12%) Relational Database
5 5 (0.93%) NoSQL
5 5 (0.93%) Power BI
5 5 (0.93%) Redis
6 4 (0.75%) DB2
6 4 (0.75%) MongoDB
6 4 (0.75%) Oracle Reports
6 4 (0.75%) SQL Server 2019
7 3 (0.56%) Oracle Database
7 3 (0.56%) SQL Server 2008
7 3 (0.56%) SQL Server 2012
7 3 (0.56%) SQL Server 2017
8 2 (0.37%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 2 (0.37%) MariaDB
Development Applications
1 44 (8.21%) JIRA
2 33 (6.16%) Jenkins
3 31 (5.78%) Git (software)
4 23 (4.29%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 21 (3.92%) GitLab
6 9 (1.68%) Oracle Forms
6 9 (1.68%) Sonatype Nexus
7 6 (1.12%) Bitbucket
7 6 (1.12%) Octopus Deploy
7 6 (1.12%) ReSharper
7 6 (1.12%) TeamCity
8 5 (0.93%) Selenium
9 4 (0.75%) Cucumber
9 4 (0.75%) Gatling
9 4 (0.75%) JMeter
9 4 (0.75%) Mocha
10 3 (0.56%) Grunt
10 3 (0.56%) MSI
10 3 (0.56%) Toad
10 3 (0.56%) webpack
General
1 43 (8.02%) Public Sector
2 29 (5.41%) Finance
3 20 (3.73%) Telecoms
4 19 (3.54%) Retail
5 10 (1.87%) Manufacturing
6 9 (1.68%) Electronics
7 8 (1.49%) Marketing
8 6 (1.12%) Banking
8 6 (1.12%) Local Government
9 5 (0.93%) Publishing
10 4 (0.75%) Front Office
11 3 (0.56%) Aerospace
11 3 (0.56%) Automotive
11 3 (0.56%) Back Office
11 3 (0.56%) Financial Institution
12 2 (0.37%) Billing
12 2 (0.37%) Digital Economy
12 2 (0.37%) Law
13 1 (0.19%) Investment Banking
13 1 (0.19%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 74 (13.81%) Analyst
2 65 (12.13%) Support Engineer
3 55 (10.26%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 49 (9.14%) Architect
5 32 (5.97%) DevOps Engineer
6 27 (5.04%) Support Analyst
7 26 (4.85%) Desktop Support
8 25 (4.66%) Wintel Engineer
9 24 (4.48%) VMware Engineer
10 23 (4.29%) Infrastructure Architect
10 23 (4.29%) Windows Engineer
11 22 (4.10%) Desktop Engineer
12 20 (3.73%) Administrator
13 19 (3.54%) 2nd Line Support
13 19 (3.54%) Desktop Support Engineer
13 19 (3.54%) IT Support
14 18 (3.36%) IT Engineer
14 18 (3.36%) Network Engineer
14 18 (3.36%) Service Analyst
14 18 (3.36%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (4.29%) REST
2 21 (3.92%) .NET
3 15 (2.80%) RESTful
4 13 (2.43%) gRPC
5 12 (2.24%) Elastic Stack
5 12 (2.24%) Swagger
6 10 (1.87%) Middleware
7 9 (1.68%) .NET Framework
7 9 (1.68%) EDI
8 8 (1.49%) CSS
8 8 (1.49%) HTML
9 7 (1.31%) XML
10 6 (1.12%) .NET Core
10 6 (1.12%) ASP.NET
10 6 (1.12%) React
10 6 (1.12%) SOAP
11 5 (0.93%) jQuery
11 5 (0.93%) JSON
11 5 (0.93%) Node.js
12 4 (0.75%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 37 (6.90%) Data Centre
2 19 (3.54%) Management Information System
3 18 (3.36%) Self-Motivation
4 16 (2.99%) Analytical Skills
4 16 (2.99%) PKI
5 11 (2.05%) Driving Licence
6 10 (1.87%) Private Cloud
7 9 (1.68%) Video Conferencing
8 7 (1.31%) Blackberry
8 7 (1.31%) Mobile App
8 7 (1.31%) Public Cloud
8 7 (1.31%) User Experience
9 6 (1.12%) Cloud Native
9 6 (1.12%) Enterprise Cloud
10 5 (0.93%) Client/Server
10 5 (0.93%) CMDB
10 5 (0.93%) Digital Signage
10 5 (0.93%) Fat Client
10 5 (0.93%) NHS
10 5 (0.93%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 174 (32.46%) Windows 10
2 155 (28.92%) Windows Server
3 145 (27.05%) Linux
4 65 (12.13%) Windows 7
5 38 (7.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 38 (7.09%) Unix
6 37 (6.90%) Windows Server 2016
7 29 (5.41%) Windows Server 2012
8 28 (5.22%) CentOS
9 26 (4.85%) Windows Server 2008
10 21 (3.92%) Ubuntu
11 19 (3.54%) Windows Server 2019
12 17 (3.17%) Apple iOS
13 12 (2.24%) Android
14 10 (1.87%) Windows Server 2003
15 9 (1.68%) Solaris
16 7 (1.31%) Mac OS
17 6 (1.12%) AIX
17 6 (1.12%) Windows 8
17 6 (1.12%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 95 (17.72%) DevOps
2 73 (13.62%) ITIL
3 71 (13.25%) Agile Software Development
4 66 (12.31%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 60 (11.19%) Migration
6 45 (8.40%) Problem-Solving
7 41 (7.65%) Infrastructure as Code
8 40 (7.46%) Continuous Integration
9 37 (6.90%) Configuration Management
10 36 (6.72%) Service Management
11 26 (4.85%) Project Delivery
12 24 (4.48%) Scrum
13 21 (3.92%) Continuous Deployment
13 21 (3.92%) Patch Management
14 20 (3.73%) Test Automation
15 19 (3.54%) Change Management
16 18 (3.36%) Problem Management
17 17 (3.17%) Disaster Recovery
17 17 (3.17%) Information Security
17 17 (3.17%) Network Design
Programming Languages
1 94 (17.54%) PowerShell
2 57 (10.63%) SQL
3 36 (6.72%) Python
4 27 (5.04%) Bash Shell
4 27 (5.04%) C#
5 19 (3.54%) JavaScript
6 17 (3.17%) C
7 14 (2.61%) Java
8 11 (2.05%) Go
9 10 (1.87%) C++
9 10 (1.87%) Perl
10 8 (1.49%) Shell Script
11 6 (1.12%) T-SQL
12 5 (0.93%) Apple Swift
12 5 (0.93%) Objective-C
13 4 (0.75%) Kotlin
14 3 (0.56%) ES6
14 3 (0.56%) Korn
14 3 (0.56%) PL/SQL
14 3 (0.56%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 171 (31.90%) Security Cleared
2 117 (21.83%) SC Cleared
3 55 (10.26%) DV Cleared
4 28 (5.22%) Microsoft Certification
5 21 (3.92%) Degree
6 15 (2.80%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 14 (2.61%) ISTQB
8 13 (2.43%) ITIL Certification
9 12 (2.24%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 9 (1.68%) ISEB
10 9 (1.68%) MCSE
11 8 (1.49%) CCNA
11 8 (1.49%) Cisco Certification
12 6 (1.12%) A+ Certification
12 6 (1.12%) CCNP
12 6 (1.12%) DBS Check
13 5 (0.93%) Computer Science Degree
13 5 (0.93%) MCSA
14 4 (0.75%) CISSP
14 4 (0.75%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (6.72%) SLA
2 9 (1.68%) PCI DSS
2 9 (1.68%) QA
3 8 (1.49%) NIST
4 5 (0.93%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 4 (0.75%) GDPR
6 3 (0.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 2 (0.37%) Cyber Essentials
7 2 (0.37%) Data Quality
8 1 (0.19%) COBIT
8 1 (0.19%) GxP
8 1 (0.19%) HL7
8 1 (0.19%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 1 (0.19%) NCSC
System Software
1 233 (43.47%) Active Directory
2 137 (25.56%) VMware Infrastructure
3 68 (12.69%) vSphere
4 40 (7.46%) VMware ESXi
5 36 (6.72%) Docker
6 30 (5.60%) Virtual Machines
7 24 (4.48%) Hyper-V
8 19 (3.54%) VMware NSX
9 12 (2.24%) Microsoft App-V
10 11 (2.05%) Firmware
11 10 (1.87%) NFS
12 8 (1.49%) HDFS
13 4 (0.75%) Terminal Services
13 4 (0.75%) XenApp
14 3 (0.56%) UAG
14 3 (0.56%) vCloud
14 3 (0.56%) Virtual Desktop
14 3 (0.56%) Virtual Servers
14 3 (0.56%) XenDesktop
15 2 (0.37%) VMFS
Systems Management
1 74 (13.81%) SCCM
2 59 (11.01%) Ansible
3 51 (9.51%) Terraform
4 35 (6.53%) Kubernetes
5 30 (5.60%) Puppet
6 29 (5.41%) vCenter Server
7 26 (4.85%) Packer
8 25 (4.66%) Microsoft Intune
8 25 (4.66%) Opscode Chef
9 22 (4.10%) SCOM
9 22 (4.10%) vRealize
10 14 (2.61%) Grafana
11 12 (2.24%) Prometheus
12 11 (2.05%) AirWatch
12 11 (2.05%) ZABBIX
13 10 (1.87%) Single Sign-On
14 9 (1.68%) WSUS
15 7 (1.31%) McAfee ePO
15 7 (1.31%) Nessus
16 5 (0.93%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 197 (36.75%) Microsoft
2 183 (34.14%) VMware
3 69 (12.87%) Cisco
4 46 (8.58%) Citrix
5 38 (7.09%) Oracle
6 37 (6.90%) Dell
7 26 (4.85%) Red Hat
8 25 (4.66%) Atlassian
8 25 (4.66%) Splunk
9 23 (4.29%) HP
10 22 (4.10%) EMC
11 21 (3.92%) McAfee
12 18 (3.36%) Veeam
13 17 (3.17%) Juniper
14 16 (2.99%) NetApp
14 16 (2.99%) ServiceNow
15 15 (2.80%) SAP
16 13 (2.43%) Fortinet
17 11 (2.05%) Apple
17 11 (2.05%) IBM