Period
to 31 March 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 31 March 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
31 Mar 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 3 4 5
Rank change year-on-year +1 +1 +2
Contract jobs citing Windows 1,515 2,166 2,239
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South East 15.50% 13.83% 13.28%
As % of the Operating Systems category 73.19% 62.97% 58.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 915 1,334 1,226
Median daily rate £350 £380 £357
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.03% +6.44% +2.00%
10th Percentile £120 £139 £122
90th Percentile £538 £550 £532
England median daily rate £350 £375 £373
% change year-on-year -6.67% +0.67% +3.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 192 229 238
Median hourly rate £16.72 £15.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.47% -14.29% +16.67%
10th Percentile £11.85 £11.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £35.00 £45.43 £50.08
England median hourly rate £17.10 £16.38 £15.86
% change year-on-year +4.40% +3.28% +4.00%

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 2,070 3,440 3,824
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 21.17% 21.96% 22.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,192 2,010 2,103
Median daily rate £390 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.45% +3.13% +1.27%
10th Percentile £125 £158 £144
90th Percentile £575 £575 £575
England median daily rate £425 £435 £438
% change year-on-year -2.30% -0.57% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 220 280 288
Median hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -8.57% +9.38%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.17 £11.17
90th Percentile £48.75 £50.00 £50.25
Median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.38
% change year-on-year - +0.72% +5.30%

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 31 March 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 31 March 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 31 March 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
Thames Valley +2 630 £250 -33.33% 217
Hampshire +2 497 £400 -1.23% 113
Berkshire +3 362 £300 -25.00% 93
Buckinghamshire +2 191 £363 +3.57% 46
Surrey +7 190 £208 -38.97% 86
West Sussex -5 91 £375 -9.09% 28
Oxfordshire 0 77 £175 -50.00% 78
East Sussex +4 51 £250 -16.67% 8
Kent +1 50 £150 -42.86% 48
Middlesex +12 2 £265 -7.02%
Sussex - 2 £250 - 1
Isle of Wight - 1 £450 -
Windows
England

For the 6 months to 31 March 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.

1 672 (44.36%) Active Directory
2 568 (37.49%) Microsoft
3 561 (37.03%) Windows 10
4 470 (31.02%) Windows Server
5 365 (24.09%) Office 365
6 323 (21.32%) VMware
7 286 (18.88%) Windows 7
8 261 (17.23%) Microsoft Office
9 260 (17.16%) Azure
10 258 (17.03%) Security Cleared
11 235 (15.51%) Migration
12 234 (15.45%) PowerShell
13 222 (14.65%) SCCM
14 210 (13.86%) Linux
15 206 (13.60%) VMware Infrastructure
16 196 (12.94%) ITIL
17 191 (12.61%) SQL
18 172 (11.35%) Problem-Solving
19 166 (10.96%) Citrix
20 155 (10.23%) DNS
20 155 (10.23%) Infrastructure Engineering
21 154 (10.17%) Windows Server 2012
21 154 (10.17%) Windows Server 2008
22 152 (10.03%) SC Cleared
23 136 (8.98%) Firewall
24 135 (8.91%) DevOps
25 127 (8.38%) Agile Software Development
26 118 (7.79%) Analytical Skills
27 115 (7.59%) Windows Server 2016
27 115 (7.59%) DHCP

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
1 115 (7.59%) MS Exchange
2 90 (5.94%) SharePoint
3 55 (3.63%) Skype for Business
4 42 (2.77%) IIS
5 30 (1.98%) Confluence
6 20 (1.32%) Exchange Server 2003
6 20 (1.32%) Exchange Server 2007
6 20 (1.32%) Exchange Server 2013
7 15 (0.99%) Tomcat
8 14 (0.92%) Exchange Server 2010
9 11 (0.73%) Apache
10 9 (0.59%) Elasticsearch
10 9 (0.59%) WebLogic
11 8 (0.53%) Documentum
11 8 (0.53%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 7 (0.46%) CMS
13 5 (0.33%) EPiServer
13 5 (0.33%) IBM Notes
14 4 (0.26%) OpenStack
15 3 (0.20%) nginx
Applications
1 261 (17.23%) Microsoft Office
2 58 (3.83%) Microsoft Excel
3 40 (2.64%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 29 (1.91%) Microsoft Project
5 28 (1.85%) MS Visio
6 21 (1.39%) Acrobat
6 21 (1.39%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.066%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 22 (1.45%) Remedy ITSM
2 13 (0.86%) Dynamics CRM
3 10 (0.66%) assyst
4 8 (0.53%) Oracle Applications
4 8 (0.53%) SAP SRM
5 6 (0.40%) Oracle EBS
6 3 (0.20%) Elite 3E
7 2 (0.13%) Payment Gateway
7 2 (0.13%) SAP HR
7 2 (0.13%) SnowdropKCS
7 2 (0.13%) Sprinklr
8 1 (0.066%) Dynamics NAV
8 1 (0.066%) SAP Payroll
8 1 (0.066%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 365 (24.09%) Office 365
2 260 (17.16%) Azure
3 73 (4.82%) AWS
4 69 (4.55%) IaaS
5 59 (3.89%) PaaS
6 58 (3.83%) Azure Active Directory
7 44 (2.90%) Power Platform
8 25 (1.65%) GitHub
8 25 (1.65%) SaaS
9 17 (1.12%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 16 (1.06%) OneDrive
11 15 (0.99%) GCP
12 13 (0.86%) Cloud Computing
13 9 (0.59%) AWS CloudFormation
14 8 (0.53%) Yammer
15 6 (0.40%) Azure Stack
15 6 (0.40%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 5 (0.33%) Serverless
17 4 (0.26%) AWS Lambda
18 3 (0.20%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 155 (10.23%) DNS
2 136 (8.98%) Firewall
3 115 (7.59%) DHCP
4 89 (5.87%) TCP/IP
5 71 (4.69%) Skype
6 68 (4.49%) VPN
7 65 (4.29%) LAN
8 64 (4.22%) WAN
9 61 (4.03%) Internet
9 61 (4.03%) VoIP
10 54 (3.56%) SAN
11 38 (2.51%) Remote Desktop
11 38 (2.51%) Wireless
12 35 (2.31%) VLAN
13 22 (1.45%) WebEx
14 20 (1.32%) NetScaler
15 19 (1.25%) Network Security
15 19 (1.25%) SSL
16 16 (1.06%) IPsec
17 13 (0.86%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 111 (7.33%) SQL Server
2 41 (2.71%) Power BI
3 40 (2.64%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 32 (2.11%) HDInsight
5 30 (1.98%) Oracle Database
6 28 (1.85%) Data Lake
7 22 (1.45%) PostgreSQL
8 19 (1.25%) SQL Server 2016
9 17 (1.12%) SQL Server 2012
10 16 (1.06%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 15 (0.99%) Relational Database
12 13 (0.86%) MySQL
13 11 (0.73%) SQL Server 2014
14 9 (0.59%) MariaDB
14 9 (0.59%) SQL Server 2008
15 8 (0.53%) DB2
16 7 (0.46%) Amazon RDS
16 7 (0.46%) Azure SQL Database
16 7 (0.46%) EDRMS
16 7 (0.46%) Oracle ODI
Development Applications
1 55 (3.63%) JIRA
2 44 (2.90%) Visual Studio
3 39 (2.57%) Git (software)
4 35 (2.31%) Jenkins
5 31 (2.05%) Selenium
6 17 (1.12%) Subversion
7 16 (1.06%) Cucumber
8 15 (0.99%) Eclipse
8 15 (0.99%) MSI
9 14 (0.92%) GitLab
9 14 (0.92%) Team Foundation Server
10 13 (0.86%) Visual Studio Team System
11 10 (0.66%) Ant
11 10 (0.66%) Gatling
11 10 (0.66%) Sonatype Nexus
12 9 (0.59%) PVCS
13 8 (0.53%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 8 (0.53%) JUnit
13 8 (0.53%) Vagrant
14 6 (0.40%) StarTeam
General
1 80 (5.28%) Public Sector
2 68 (4.49%) Finance
3 31 (2.05%) Telecoms
4 26 (1.72%) Retail
5 22 (1.45%) Legal
6 16 (1.06%) Manufacturing
7 13 (0.86%) Electronics
7 13 (0.86%) Local Government
8 11 (0.73%) German Language
8 11 (0.73%) Marketing
8 11 (0.73%) Pharmaceutical
9 10 (0.66%) Back Office
10 8 (0.53%) Law
11 7 (0.46%) Advertising
11 7 (0.46%) Banking
12 6 (0.40%) Automotive
12 6 (0.40%) French Language
12 6 (0.40%) Italian Language
13 5 (0.33%) Financial Institution
14 4 (0.26%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 225 (14.85%) Analyst
2 222 (14.65%) Support Engineer
3 153 (10.10%) Windows Engineer
4 152 (10.03%) Desktop Support
5 124 (8.18%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 115 (7.59%) 2nd Line Support
7 100 (6.60%) Desktop Engineer
7 100 (6.60%) IT Support
8 94 (6.20%) IT Engineer
9 86 (5.68%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 84 (5.54%) Service Analyst
11 83 (5.48%) Service Desk Analyst
12 81 (5.35%) Architect
13 71 (4.69%) 2nd Line Engineer
14 67 (4.42%) Developer
14 67 (4.42%) Support Analyst
15 63 (4.16%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
16 61 (4.03%) DevOps Engineer
17 60 (3.96%) Consultant
18 59 (3.89%) IT Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 59 (3.89%) .NET
2 41 (2.71%) Web Services
3 38 (2.51%) Middleware
4 33 (2.18%) HTML
5 30 (1.98%) XML
6 23 (1.52%) .NET Framework
6 23 (1.52%) LDAP
7 20 (1.32%) AngularJS
8 14 (0.92%) JSON
9 13 (0.86%) jQuery
10 12 (0.79%) HTML5
10 12 (0.79%) Node.js
10 12 (0.79%) Oracle Fusion
10 12 (0.79%) SOAP
11 10 (0.66%) 802.1X
11 10 (0.66%) ASP.NET
11 10 (0.66%) ASP.NET Web API
12 9 (0.59%) REST
12 9 (0.59%) SailPoint
12 9 (0.59%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 118 (7.79%) Analytical Skills
2 75 (4.95%) Self-Motivation
3 71 (4.69%) Data Centre
4 65 (4.29%) NHS
5 63 (4.16%) Management Information System
6 58 (3.83%) PKI
7 40 (2.64%) Clustering
8 37 (2.44%) Driving Licence
9 25 (1.65%) Blackberry
10 23 (1.52%) Smartphone
11 22 (1.45%) Fat Client
11 22 (1.45%) Replication
11 22 (1.45%) Thin Client
12 20 (1.32%) PDA
13 19 (1.25%) Video Conferencing
14 16 (1.06%) Client/Server
15 14 (0.92%) Linux Command Line
16 13 (0.86%) Enterprise Software
16 13 (0.86%) Private Cloud
17 10 (0.66%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 561 (37.03%) Windows 10
2 470 (31.02%) Windows Server
3 286 (18.88%) Windows 7
4 210 (13.86%) Linux
5 154 (10.17%) Windows Server 2008
5 154 (10.17%) Windows Server 2012
6 115 (7.59%) Windows Server 2016
7 61 (4.03%) Unix
8 60 (3.96%) Windows 8
8 60 (3.96%) Windows Server 2003
9 42 (2.77%) Apple iOS
10 41 (2.71%) Android
11 40 (2.64%) Mac OS
11 40 (2.64%) Windows XP
12 39 (2.57%) Windows Vista
13 36 (2.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 23 (1.52%) Windows Server 2019
15 20 (1.32%) Windows 2000
16 19 (1.25%) CentOS
17 18 (1.19%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 235 (15.51%) Migration
2 196 (12.94%) ITIL
3 172 (11.35%) Problem-Solving
4 155 (10.23%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 135 (8.91%) DevOps
6 127 (8.38%) Agile Software Development
7 89 (5.87%) Test Automation
8 86 (5.68%) ITSM
9 83 (5.48%) Configuration Management
10 68 (4.49%) Incident Management
11 66 (4.36%) Project Delivery
12 65 (4.29%) Service Management
13 63 (4.16%) Continuous Integration
14 60 (3.96%) Scrum
15 56 (3.70%) Disaster Recovery
15 56 (3.70%) High Availability
16 55 (3.63%) Analytics
17 47 (3.10%) Business Intelligence
18 45 (2.97%) Infrastructure as Code
19 42 (2.77%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 234 (15.45%) PowerShell
2 191 (12.61%) SQL
3 70 (4.62%) Python
4 60 (3.96%) C#
5 55 (3.63%) JavaScript
6 51 (3.37%) Java
7 32 (2.11%) Bash Shell
8 30 (1.98%) C
9 28 (1.85%) C++
10 26 (1.72%) Perl
10 26 (1.72%) VBScript
11 21 (1.39%) VB
12 12 (0.79%) PHP
13 10 (0.66%) Delphi
14 9 (0.59%) PL/SQL
15 8 (0.53%) Korn
15 8 (0.53%) Shell Script
16 7 (0.46%) R
16 7 (0.46%) TypeScript
17 6 (0.40%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 258 (17.03%) Security Cleared
2 152 (10.03%) SC Cleared
3 107 (7.06%) Microsoft Certification
4 83 (5.48%) DV Cleared
5 64 (4.22%) Degree
6 62 (4.09%) MCSE
7 42 (2.77%) Cisco Certification
8 35 (2.31%) CCNA
9 32 (2.11%) MCSA
10 26 (1.72%) MCP
11 23 (1.52%) ISEB
12 22 (1.45%) ISTQB
13 15 (0.99%) CCNP
13 15 (0.99%) DBS Check
14 13 (0.86%) MCITP
15 12 (0.79%) A+ Certification
15 12 (0.79%) ITIL Certification
15 12 (0.79%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 11 (0.73%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
17 10 (0.66%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 81 (5.35%) SLA
2 31 (2.05%) QA
3 13 (0.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 12 (0.79%) GDPR
4 12 (0.79%) PCI DSS
5 5 (0.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 3 (0.20%) ECSS
6 3 (0.20%) PMO
7 2 (0.13%) COBIT
7 2 (0.13%) HL7
7 2 (0.13%) JSP 440
8 1 (0.066%) IFRS
8 1 (0.066%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.066%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 1 (0.066%) NIST
System Software
1 672 (44.36%) Active Directory
2 206 (13.60%) VMware Infrastructure
3 97 (6.40%) Hyper-V
4 62 (4.09%) Virtual Machines
5 61 (4.03%) XenApp
6 52 (3.43%) vSphere
7 44 (2.90%) XenDesktop
8 40 (2.64%) VMware ESXi
9 36 (2.38%) Docker
10 21 (1.39%) Microsoft App-V
11 16 (1.06%) DFS Replication
12 15 (0.99%) Virtual Servers
13 13 (0.86%) vCloud
14 12 (0.79%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 12 (0.79%) NFS
14 12 (0.79%) Virtual Desktop
15 11 (0.73%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 9 (0.59%) Firmware
17 7 (0.46%) BitLocker
18 6 (0.40%) RACF
Systems Management
1 222 (14.65%) SCCM
2 53 (3.50%) Microsoft Intune
3 39 (2.57%) Ansible
4 33 (2.18%) Terraform
5 31 (2.05%) WSUS
6 28 (1.85%) Microsoft Clustering
7 26 (1.72%) Kubernetes
7 26 (1.72%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 24 (1.58%) SCOM
9 22 (1.45%) AirWatch
10 21 (1.39%) Puppet
10 21 (1.39%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 20 (1.32%) ServiceCenter
12 19 (1.25%) vRealize
13 16 (1.06%) vCenter Server
14 13 (0.86%) McAfee ePO
15 12 (0.79%) Failover Clustering
15 12 (0.79%) HP Quality Center
15 12 (0.79%) Single Sign-On
16 11 (0.73%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 568 (37.49%) Microsoft
2 323 (21.32%) VMware
3 166 (10.96%) Citrix
4 105 (6.93%) Cisco
5 102 (6.73%) HP
6 100 (6.60%) Oracle
7 58 (3.83%) Apple
8 46 (3.04%) Dell
8 46 (3.04%) Red Hat
9 43 (2.84%) ServiceNow
10 42 (2.77%) Remedy
11 37 (2.44%) Adobe
12 31 (2.05%) McAfee
13 30 (1.98%) SAP
14 23 (1.52%) Bomgar
15 22 (1.45%) Informatica
16 21 (1.39%) Juniper
16 21 (1.39%) Symantec
17 20 (1.32%) CheckPoint
17 20 (1.32%) Google