Period
to 23 September 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 23 September 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
23 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 7 4 6
Rank change year-on-year -3 +2 0
Contract jobs citing Windows 444 2,140 2,055
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South East 12.42% 14.95% 12.64%
As % of the Operating Systems category 62.54% 67.76% 59.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 290 1,313 1,134
Median daily rate £350 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.67% - +7.14%
10th Percentile £130 £135 £140
90th Percentile £544 £575 £544
England median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 45 207 241
Median hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £16.66
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.71% +5.04% +4.13%
10th Percentile £11.27 £11.22 £11.17
90th Percentile £47.29 £57.50 £45.05
England median hourly rate £19.00 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year +15.15% - +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 710 3,158 3,467
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 19.86% 22.07% 21.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 396 1,840 1,862
Median daily rate £405 £400 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.25% -3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £150 £150 £163
90th Percentile £550 £575 £563
England median daily rate £450 £425 £438
% change year-on-year +5.88% -2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 70 239 317
Median hourly rate £22.25 £18.16 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.52% +3.77% -
10th Percentile £11.07 £11.25 £11.17
90th Percentile £49.13 £54.40 £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 23 September 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 23 September 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 23 September 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 0 182 £315 -21.25% 59
Thames Valley -5 161 £414 +18.21% 82
Berkshire -3 82 £420 +12.00% 30
Buckinghamshire -2 68 £425 +13.33% 23
Surrey +3 50 £205 -39.71% 42
West Sussex -6 29 £370 +14.73% 16
Oxfordshire -6 11 £230 -16.36% 29
East Sussex +2 10 £143 -64.42% 13
Kent -5 7 £375 -3.23% 25
Middlesex +10 2 £263 +10.53%
Windows
England

For the 6 months to 23 September 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.

1 177 (39.86%) Microsoft
2 170 (38.29%) Active Directory
3 147 (33.11%) VMware
4 146 (32.88%) Windows 10
5 125 (28.15%) Security Cleared
6 122 (27.48%) Windows Server
7 120 (27.03%) Linux
8 97 (21.85%) VMware Infrastructure
9 91 (20.50%) Azure
10 89 (20.05%) SC Cleared
11 86 (19.37%) Office 365
12 81 (18.24%) PowerShell
13 65 (14.64%) SCCM
14 64 (14.41%) DNS
14 64 (14.41%) Firewall
15 63 (14.19%) SQL
15 63 (14.19%) Microsoft Office
15 63 (14.19%) Agile Software Development
16 62 (13.96%) ITIL
17 60 (13.51%) Windows 7
18 59 (13.29%) SQL Server
19 57 (12.84%) Migration
20 53 (11.94%) DevOps
21 52 (11.71%) vSphere
22 49 (11.04%) Problem-Solving
22 49 (11.04%) DHCP
23 48 (10.81%) Citrix
24 46 (10.36%) Infrastructure Engineering
25 44 (9.91%) Windows Server 2016
26 42 (9.46%) Cisco

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 32 (7.21%) MS Exchange
2 31 (6.98%) SharePoint
3 16 (3.60%) Skype for Business
4 13 (2.93%) IIS
5 11 (2.48%) Exchange Server 2010
6 10 (2.25%) Confluence
7 7 (1.58%) Exchange Server 2013
8 6 (1.35%) Apache
9 5 (1.13%) JBoss
9 5 (1.13%) Tomcat
10 4 (0.90%) nginx
10 4 (0.90%) SharePoint 2013
11 3 (0.68%) IBM Notes
11 3 (0.68%) WebLogic
11 3 (0.68%) WebSphere
12 2 (0.45%) Exchange Server 2007
12 2 (0.45%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 2 (0.45%) SharePoint 2010
13 1 (0.23%) Elasticsearch
13 1 (0.23%) WildFly
Applications
1 63 (14.19%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (2.25%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (1.35%) MS Visio
4 3 (0.68%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.45%) AutoCAD
5 2 (0.45%) SOLIDWORKS
6 1 (0.23%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.23%) PTC Creo
6 1 (0.23%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 5 (1.13%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.68%) Payment Gateway
3 2 (0.45%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.45%) SystmOne
4 1 (0.23%) Infor M3
4 1 (0.23%) Movex
4 1 (0.23%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.23%) SmartPlant
4 1 (0.23%) StreamServe
4 1 (0.23%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 91 (20.50%) Azure
2 86 (19.37%) Office 365
3 33 (7.43%) IaaS
4 24 (5.41%) AWS
4 24 (5.41%) PaaS
5 23 (5.18%) GitHub
6 16 (3.60%) Power Platform
7 15 (3.38%) Cloud Computing
8 11 (2.48%) Azure Active Directory
9 8 (1.80%) OneDrive
10 4 (0.90%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 4 (0.90%) Amazon S3
10 4 (0.90%) npm
10 4 (0.90%) Yammer
11 2 (0.45%) Azure Stack
11 2 (0.45%) Dynamics 365
11 2 (0.45%) SaaS
11 2 (0.45%) Serverless
12 1 (0.23%) Azure Functions
12 1 (0.23%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 64 (14.41%) DNS
1 64 (14.41%) Firewall
2 49 (11.04%) DHCP
3 33 (7.43%) WAN
4 31 (6.98%) LAN
5 27 (6.08%) VLAN
6 24 (5.41%) Skype
7 20 (4.50%) TCP/IP
8 19 (4.28%) VPN
9 17 (3.83%) Reverse Proxy
10 13 (2.93%) VSAN
11 12 (2.70%) DMZ
11 12 (2.70%) SAN
11 12 (2.70%) VoIP
12 11 (2.48%) SNMP
13 10 (2.25%) Wireless
14 8 (1.80%) iSCSI
14 8 (1.80%) Network Security
15 6 (1.35%) Internet
15 6 (1.35%) PBX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 59 (13.29%) SQL Server
2 18 (4.05%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 16 (3.60%) Power BI
4 13 (2.93%) Data Lake
4 13 (2.93%) HDInsight
4 13 (2.93%) MySQL
5 11 (2.48%) Hadoop
5 11 (2.48%) PostgreSQL
6 9 (2.03%) Relational Database
7 8 (1.80%) SQL Server 2008
8 7 (1.58%) DB2
9 6 (1.35%) SQL Server 2012
9 6 (1.35%) SQL Server 2017
10 5 (1.13%) MongoDB
10 5 (1.13%) NoSQL
10 5 (1.13%) SQL Server 2016
10 5 (1.13%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 4 (0.90%) SQL Server 2014
11 4 (0.90%) SQL Server 2019
11 4 (0.90%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 33 (7.43%) Jenkins
1 33 (7.43%) JIRA
2 27 (6.08%) Git (software)
3 20 (4.50%) Visual Studio
4 18 (4.05%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 17 (3.83%) GitLab
6 11 (2.48%) Selenium
7 7 (1.58%) Ant
8 5 (1.13%) Bitbucket
8 5 (1.13%) Eclipse
8 5 (1.13%) Mocha
9 4 (0.90%) Cucumber
9 4 (0.90%) Gatling
9 4 (0.90%) Grunt
9 4 (0.90%) SonarQube
9 4 (0.90%) webpack
10 3 (0.68%) ClearCase
10 3 (0.68%) ClearQuest
10 3 (0.68%) Maven
11 2 (0.45%) Subversion
General
1 39 (8.78%) Public Sector
2 33 (7.43%) Finance
3 12 (2.70%) Telecoms
4 7 (1.58%) Financial Institution
5 6 (1.35%) Local Government
6 5 (1.13%) Manufacturing
7 4 (0.90%) Back Office
7 4 (0.90%) Banking
7 4 (0.90%) Electronics
7 4 (0.90%) Law
7 4 (0.90%) Legal
7 4 (0.90%) Retail
8 3 (0.68%) Marketing
9 2 (0.45%) Aerospace
9 2 (0.45%) Digital Economy
9 2 (0.45%) Front Office
9 2 (0.45%) Pharmaceutical
9 2 (0.45%) Publishing
10 1 (0.23%) Advertising
10 1 (0.23%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 53 (11.94%) Analyst
1 53 (11.94%) Support Engineer
2 41 (9.23%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 32 (7.21%) Architect
4 28 (6.31%) DevOps Engineer
5 24 (5.41%) Desktop Engineer
6 22 (4.95%) Desktop Support
7 21 (4.73%) IT Engineer
7 21 (4.73%) Windows Engineer
8 20 (4.50%) 2nd Line Support
8 20 (4.50%) Deployment Engineer
8 20 (4.50%) Wintel Engineer
9 18 (4.05%) Consultant
9 18 (4.05%) Developer
9 18 (4.05%) Network Engineer
10 17 (3.83%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 17 (3.83%) IT Support
11 16 (3.60%) VMware Engineer
12 15 (3.38%) Service Analyst
12 15 (3.38%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (4.95%) .NET
2 14 (3.15%) REST
2 14 (3.15%) RESTful
3 13 (2.93%) SOAP
4 11 (2.48%) Web Services
5 10 (2.25%) Elastic Stack
5 10 (2.25%) HTML
6 9 (2.03%) gRPC
6 9 (2.03%) LDAP
6 9 (2.03%) Middleware
6 9 (2.03%) Swagger
6 9 (2.03%) XML
7 7 (1.58%) CSS
7 7 (1.58%) JSON
8 6 (1.35%) Node.js
8 6 (1.35%) React Native
9 5 (1.13%) jQuery
9 5 (1.13%) Mongoose
9 5 (1.13%) Oracle Fusion
9 5 (1.13%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 36 (8.11%) Data Centre
2 20 (4.50%) Management Information System
2 20 (4.50%) PKI
3 19 (4.28%) Analytical Skills
4 17 (3.83%) Client/Server
5 16 (3.60%) Self-Motivation
6 12 (2.70%) Driving Licence
7 11 (2.48%) Clustering
7 11 (2.48%) Public Cloud
8 10 (2.25%) NHS
9 9 (2.03%) User Experience
10 8 (1.80%) Mobile App
11 7 (1.58%) Blackberry
11 7 (1.58%) Video Conferencing
12 6 (1.35%) Replication
13 5 (1.13%) CMDB
13 5 (1.13%) Fat Client
13 5 (1.13%) Linux Command Line
13 5 (1.13%) Thin Client
14 4 (0.90%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 146 (32.88%) Windows 10
2 122 (27.48%) Windows Server
3 120 (27.03%) Linux
4 60 (13.51%) Windows 7
5 44 (9.91%) Windows Server 2016
6 40 (9.01%) Unix
7 36 (8.11%) Windows Server 2012
8 33 (7.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 25 (5.63%) Windows Server 2008
10 21 (4.73%) Windows Server 2019
11 19 (4.28%) Apple iOS
12 18 (4.05%) CentOS
13 13 (2.93%) AIX
13 13 (2.93%) Android
13 13 (2.93%) Windows Server 2003
14 11 (2.48%) Solaris
15 8 (1.80%) Mac OS
15 8 (1.80%) Windows 8
16 7 (1.58%) Windows XP
17 5 (1.13%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 63 (14.19%) Agile Software Development
2 62 (13.96%) ITIL
3 57 (12.84%) Migration
4 53 (11.94%) DevOps
5 49 (11.04%) Problem-Solving
6 46 (10.36%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 35 (7.88%) Test Automation
8 34 (7.66%) Continuous Integration
9 31 (6.98%) Configuration Management
10 24 (5.41%) Continuous Delivery
11 23 (5.18%) Infrastructure as Code
11 23 (5.18%) Project Delivery
12 21 (4.73%) High Availability
13 19 (4.28%) Business Intelligence
14 18 (4.05%) Security Testing
14 18 (4.05%) Service Management
15 17 (3.83%) Analytics
15 17 (3.83%) Disaster Recovery
15 17 (3.83%) Information Security
15 17 (3.83%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 81 (18.24%) PowerShell
2 63 (14.19%) SQL
3 30 (6.76%) Python
4 24 (5.41%) C#
4 24 (5.41%) JavaScript
5 21 (4.73%) C
6 17 (3.83%) Shell Script
7 16 (3.60%) Java
8 14 (3.15%) Bash Shell
8 14 (3.15%) Perl
9 9 (2.03%) Go
10 7 (1.58%) T-SQL
11 6 (1.35%) C++
12 5 (1.13%) Apple Swift
12 5 (1.13%) Kotlin
12 5 (1.13%) Objective-C
12 5 (1.13%) VB
13 4 (0.90%) Bourne shell
13 4 (0.90%) ES6
13 4 (0.90%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 125 (28.15%) Security Cleared
2 89 (20.05%) SC Cleared
3 34 (7.66%) Microsoft Certification
4 26 (5.86%) DV Cleared
5 21 (4.73%) Degree
6 12 (2.70%) MCSE
7 11 (2.48%) ISTQB
7 11 (2.48%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 10 (2.25%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 8 (1.80%) CCNA
9 8 (1.80%) Cisco Certification
9 8 (1.80%) ITIL Certification
10 7 (1.58%) ISEB
11 5 (1.13%) MCSA
12 4 (0.90%) A+ Certification
12 4 (0.90%) BPSS Clearance
12 4 (0.90%) VCP6
13 3 (0.68%) CCNP
13 3 (0.68%) JNCIA
14 2 (0.45%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (5.18%) SLA
2 10 (2.25%) QA
3 3 (0.68%) GDPR
3 3 (0.68%) GPG13
4 2 (0.45%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 2 (0.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.45%) NCSC
5 1 (0.23%) COBIT
5 1 (0.23%) COSO
5 1 (0.23%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.23%) GxP
5 1 (0.23%) HL7
5 1 (0.23%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.23%) NIST
5 1 (0.23%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.23%) PMO
System Software
1 170 (38.29%) Active Directory
2 97 (21.85%) VMware Infrastructure
3 52 (11.71%) vSphere
4 27 (6.08%) Virtual Machines
5 20 (4.50%) Hyper-V
6 19 (4.28%) Docker
7 17 (3.83%) VMware ESXi
8 10 (2.25%) Firmware
9 8 (1.80%) Virtual Desktop
9 8 (1.80%) VMware NSX
10 7 (1.58%) Microsoft App-V
11 6 (1.35%) NFS
12 5 (1.13%) XenApp
13 4 (0.90%) Terminal Server
14 3 (0.68%) RACF
14 3 (0.68%) Terminal Services
14 3 (0.68%) vCloud
15 2 (0.45%) UAG
15 2 (0.45%) VMware Workstation
16 1 (0.23%) Snort
Systems Management
1 65 (14.64%) SCCM
2 27 (6.08%) Ansible
3 23 (5.18%) SCOM
3 23 (5.18%) Terraform
4 18 (4.05%) Kubernetes
4 18 (4.05%) Packer
4 18 (4.05%) Puppet
5 17 (3.83%) Opscode Chef
6 13 (2.93%) Single Sign-On
7 12 (2.70%) vRealize
7 12 (2.70%) WSUS
8 11 (2.48%) Microsoft Intune
9 9 (2.03%) Grafana
9 9 (2.03%) Prometheus
9 9 (2.03%) ZABBIX
10 7 (1.58%) McAfee ePO
10 7 (1.58%) Microsoft Clustering
10 7 (1.58%) Tivoli
11 6 (1.35%) vCenter Server
12 5 (1.13%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 177 (39.86%) Microsoft
2 147 (33.11%) VMware
3 48 (10.81%) Citrix
4 42 (9.46%) Cisco
5 28 (6.31%) Oracle
6 25 (5.63%) Splunk
7 21 (4.73%) Red Hat
8 20 (4.50%) ServiceNow
9 17 (3.83%) Atlassian
9 17 (3.83%) Dell
10 16 (3.60%) McAfee
11 13 (2.93%) Apple
11 13 (2.93%) Juniper
12 12 (2.70%) EMC
12 12 (2.70%) IBM
12 12 (2.70%) NetApp
13 10 (2.25%) Informatica
13 10 (2.25%) SolarWinds
14 9 (2.03%) Hortonworks
14 9 (2.03%) HP