Period
to 18 September 2019

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 18 September 2019 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
18 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 4 6 6
Rank change year-on-year +2 0 -1
Contract jobs citing Windows 2,136 2,112 2,064
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 14.67% 12.74% 12.68%
As % of the Operating Systems category 67.11% 59.13% 56.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,291 1,150 1,135
South East median daily rate £375 £375 £353
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.38% -2.08%
10th Percentile £135 £140 £131
90th Percentile £563 £544 £525
England median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14% -3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 204 245 224
South East median hourly rate £17.45 £17.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.66% +6.25% +4.92%
10th Percentile £11.19 £11.17 £10.50
90th Percentile £56.38 £45.03 £46.00
England median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year -2.94% +6.25% +3.23%

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 3,183 3,572 3,634
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 21.86% 21.54% 22.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,861 1,920 2,018
South East median daily rate £405 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.82% +3.13% +5.26%
10th Percentile £153 £163 £175
90th Percentile £575 £563 £538
England median daily rate £425 £438 £425
% change year-on-year -2.86% +2.94% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 237 322 270
South East median hourly rate £18.00 £18.60 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.23% +6.29% -1.41%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.17 £10.73
90th Percentile £53.75 £51.00 £49.55
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

Windows
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing Windows as a percentage 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

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Windows in the South East.

Contractor daily rate trend for Windows in the South East

Windows
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows in the South East over the 6 months to 18 September 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Windows in the South East

Windows
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Windows in the South East.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Windows in the South East

Windows
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows in the South East over the 6 months to 18 September 2019.

Contractor 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 18 September 2019. 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 -1 826 £355 -4.83% 270
Hampshire 0 672 £400 -3.03% 187
Berkshire +1 491 £375 -3.23% 130
Surrey +4 280 £338 -5.59% 192
Buckinghamshire +4 205 £375 +7.14% 71
West Sussex +4 179 £320 -22.42% 97
Oxfordshire +1 130 £275 -15.38% 69
Kent -4 83 £400 +23.08% 85
East Sussex +8 68 £400 +39.13% 33
Sussex +5 6 - -
Middlesex +5 5 £238 -45.71%
Home Counties -1 2 - -
Windows
England

For the 6 months to 18 September 2019, 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.

1 838 (39.23%) Microsoft
2 817 (38.25%) Active Directory
3 731 (34.22%) Windows 10
4 615 (28.79%) Windows Server
5 504 (23.60%) Office 365
6 489 (22.89%) VMware
7 472 (22.10%) Azure
8 399 (18.68%) Security Cleared
9 372 (17.42%) Windows 7
10 365 (17.09%) Linux
11 360 (16.85%) PowerShell
12 350 (16.39%) SCCM
13 332 (15.54%) Migration
14 307 (14.37%) Microsoft Office
15 301 (14.09%) SQL
16 300 (14.04%) ITIL
17 299 (14.00%) VMware Infrastructure
18 279 (13.06%) DNS
19 271 (12.69%) SC Cleared
20 267 (12.50%) Infrastructure Engineering
21 261 (12.22%) SQL Server
22 256 (11.99%) Windows Server 2012
23 243 (11.38%) Windows Server 2008
24 233 (10.91%) Citrix
25 232 (10.86%) Oracle
26 228 (10.67%) Finance
27 222 (10.39%) DevOps
28 219 (10.25%) Firewall
29 217 (10.16%) Agile Software Development
30 186 (8.71%) 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
1 167 (7.82%) SharePoint
2 157 (7.35%) MS Exchange
3 103 (4.82%) Skype for Business
4 86 (4.03%) IIS
5 59 (2.76%) Exchange Server 2010
6 40 (1.87%) Exchange Server 2013
7 38 (1.78%) Tomcat
8 35 (1.64%) Apache
9 29 (1.36%) WebLogic
10 26 (1.22%) Confluence
11 21 (0.98%) SharePoint Server
12 18 (0.84%) JBoss
13 17 (0.80%) WebSphere
14 13 (0.61%) nginx
15 12 (0.56%) Apache Spark
15 12 (0.56%) Oracle SOA Suite
16 11 (0.51%) IBM Notes
16 11 (0.51%) SharePoint 2013
17 9 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2007
17 9 (0.42%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 307 (14.37%) Microsoft Office
2 51 (2.39%) Microsoft Excel
3 14 (0.66%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 14 (0.66%) Microsoft Project
3 14 (0.66%) MS Visio
4 3 (0.14%) AutoCAD
5 2 (0.094%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 2 (0.094%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.047%) Acrobat
6 1 (0.047%) FileZilla
6 1 (0.047%) Notepad++
Business Applications
1 11 (0.51%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (0.47%) BusinessWorks
3 9 (0.42%) assyst
4 8 (0.37%) SAP SRM
5 4 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
5 4 (0.19%) SAP CO
5 4 (0.19%) SAP FI
5 4 (0.19%) SAP FI/CO
6 3 (0.14%) SAP S/4HANA
7 2 (0.094%) CA PPM
7 2 (0.094%) Dynamics GP
7 2 (0.094%) Oracle Applications
7 2 (0.094%) Payment Gateway
8 1 (0.047%) Maximo
8 1 (0.047%) NetSuite
8 1 (0.047%) Oracle EBS
8 1 (0.047%) SAP HR
8 1 (0.047%) SAP IS-U
8 1 (0.047%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 1 (0.047%) SAP Payroll
Cloud Services
1 504 (23.60%) Office 365
2 472 (22.10%) Azure
3 147 (6.88%) AWS
4 134 (6.27%) IaaS
5 114 (5.34%) PaaS
6 99 (4.63%) Azure Active Directory
7 68 (3.18%) SaaS
8 32 (1.50%) OneDrive
8 32 (1.50%) OpenShift
9 30 (1.40%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 30 (1.40%) GitHub
10 28 (1.31%) Power Platform
11 25 (1.17%) GCP
12 21 (0.98%) Serverless
12 21 (0.98%) Yammer
13 18 (0.84%) Azure Stack
14 15 (0.70%) AWS CloudFormation
15 14 (0.66%) Cloud Computing
16 11 (0.51%) AWS Lambda
17 10 (0.47%) IBM Blueworks
Communications & Networking
1 279 (13.06%) DNS
2 219 (10.25%) Firewall
3 170 (7.96%) DHCP
4 144 (6.74%) TCP/IP
5 126 (5.90%) LAN
6 125 (5.85%) WAN
7 112 (5.24%) Skype
8 110 (5.15%) Internet
9 109 (5.10%) SAN
10 95 (4.45%) VPN
11 60 (2.81%) VoIP
12 57 (2.67%) VLAN
13 52 (2.43%) HTTP
14 46 (2.15%) Wireless
15 45 (2.11%) NAS
16 43 (2.01%) NetScaler
17 35 (1.64%) SMTP
18 34 (1.59%) Remote Desktop
19 31 (1.45%) Reverse Proxy
20 30 (1.40%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 261 (12.22%) SQL Server
2 79 (3.70%) Oracle Database
3 53 (2.48%) Relational Database
4 44 (2.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 37 (1.73%) MySQL
6 35 (1.64%) SQL Server 2016
7 28 (1.31%) SQL Server 2012
8 27 (1.26%) Azure SQL Database
9 26 (1.22%) NoSQL
9 26 (1.22%) Power BI
10 25 (1.17%) RDBMS
11 23 (1.08%) SQL Server 2008
12 22 (1.03%) Big Data
13 20 (0.94%) Data Lake
13 20 (0.94%) PostgreSQL
14 17 (0.80%) DB2
14 17 (0.80%) Oracle Reports
15 16 (0.75%) Oracle Database 10g
16 15 (0.70%) MongoDB
17 13 (0.61%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 89 (4.17%) Jenkins
2 67 (3.14%) Git (software)
3 59 (2.76%) Visual Studio
4 51 (2.39%) JIRA
4 51 (2.39%) Visual Studio Team System
5 32 (1.50%) MSI
5 32 (1.50%) Selenium
6 26 (1.22%) TeamCity
7 24 (1.12%) Eclipse
8 23 (1.08%) Subversion
9 21 (0.98%) Bitbucket
10 20 (0.94%) InstallShield
11 18 (0.84%) Cucumber
12 17 (0.80%) Team Foundation Server
13 15 (0.70%) Ant
14 14 (0.66%) JUnit
15 13 (0.61%) PVCS
16 12 (0.56%) IntelliJ
17 11 (0.51%) MSTest
18 10 (0.47%) SoapUI
General
1 228 (10.67%) Finance
2 112 (5.24%) Public Sector
3 84 (3.93%) Telecoms
4 46 (2.15%) Retail
5 39 (1.83%) Manufacturing
6 25 (1.17%) Banking
6 25 (1.17%) Electronics
6 25 (1.17%) Marketing
7 23 (1.08%) Legal
8 21 (0.98%) Publishing
9 17 (0.80%) Back Office
10 16 (0.75%) Law
11 14 (0.66%) Military
12 11 (0.51%) Advertising
12 11 (0.51%) Local Government
13 10 (0.47%) Aerospace
14 7 (0.33%) Financial Institution
14 7 (0.33%) Games
15 6 (0.28%) German Language
16 5 (0.23%) Online Betting
Job Titles
1 279 (13.06%) Analyst
2 261 (12.22%) Support Engineer
3 229 (10.72%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 145 (6.79%) Architect
5 144 (6.74%) Windows Engineer
6 131 (6.13%) Desktop Engineer
7 127 (5.95%) Desktop Support
8 122 (5.71%) Consultant
9 115 (5.38%) Developer
10 109 (5.10%) Service Analyst
11 104 (4.87%) IT Support
12 103 (4.82%) 2nd Line Support
12 103 (4.82%) Service Desk Analyst
13 87 (4.07%) Azure Engineer
13 87 (4.07%) DevOps Engineer
14 81 (3.79%) Desktop Support Engineer
15 80 (3.75%) Support Analyst
16 70 (3.28%) IT Engineer
17 67 (3.14%) 1st Line Support
18 66 (3.09%) IT Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 128 (5.99%) .NET
2 90 (4.21%) Web Services
3 65 (3.04%) XML
4 63 (2.95%) HTML
5 59 (2.76%) Middleware
6 50 (2.34%) JSON
7 39 (1.83%) REST
8 37 (1.73%) ASP.NET
8 37 (1.73%) CSS
8 37 (1.73%) Node.js
9 35 (1.64%) .NET Framework
9 35 (1.64%) LDAP
10 31 (1.45%) AngularJS
10 31 (1.45%) SOAP
11 28 (1.31%) WPF
12 27 (1.26%) jQuery
13 25 (1.17%) .NET Core
13 25 (1.17%) WinForms
14 22 (1.03%) Oracle Fusion
14 22 (1.03%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 114 (5.34%) Analytical Skills
2 87 (4.07%) Clustering
3 83 (3.89%) Self-Motivation
4 71 (3.32%) Data Centre
5 64 (3.00%) Replication
6 60 (2.81%) Management Information System
7 47 (2.20%) NHS
8 44 (2.06%) Public Cloud
9 39 (1.83%) Fat Client
9 39 (1.83%) Thin Client
10 36 (1.69%) Driving Licence
10 36 (1.69%) PKI
11 26 (1.22%) Enterprise Software
12 22 (1.03%) Linux Command Line
13 21 (0.98%) Mainframe
13 21 (0.98%) Smartphone
14 20 (0.94%) Virtual Team
15 18 (0.84%) Client/Server
16 16 (0.75%) Hybrid Cloud
17 15 (0.70%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 731 (34.22%) Windows 10
2 615 (28.79%) Windows Server
3 372 (17.42%) Windows 7
4 365 (17.09%) Linux
5 256 (11.99%) Windows Server 2012
6 243 (11.38%) Windows Server 2008
7 125 (5.85%) Unix
8 78 (3.65%) Windows 8
9 72 (3.37%) Apple iOS
10 70 (3.28%) Windows Server 2003
11 68 (3.18%) Android
12 67 (3.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 60 (2.81%) Windows XP
14 48 (2.25%) Mac OS
15 33 (1.54%) Solaris
16 28 (1.31%) Mac OS X
17 24 (1.12%) CentOS
18 17 (0.80%) Ubuntu
19 16 (0.75%) Windows Vista
20 13 (0.61%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 332 (15.54%) Migration
2 300 (14.04%) ITIL
3 267 (12.50%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 222 (10.39%) DevOps
5 217 (10.16%) Agile Software Development
6 176 (8.24%) Problem-Solving
7 99 (4.63%) Test Automation
8 98 (4.59%) Configuration Management
8 98 (4.59%) Disaster Recovery
9 87 (4.07%) Change Management
10 83 (3.89%) Project Management
11 76 (3.56%) Analytics
11 76 (3.56%) Incident Management
12 73 (3.42%) Service Management
13 69 (3.23%) Scrum
14 66 (3.09%) Continuous Integration
14 66 (3.09%) ITSM
15 64 (3.00%) Project Delivery
16 61 (2.86%) Problem Management
17 60 (2.81%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 360 (16.85%) PowerShell
2 301 (14.09%) SQL
3 129 (6.04%) Java
4 116 (5.43%) C#
5 107 (5.01%) JavaScript
6 101 (4.73%) Python
7 60 (2.81%) Bash Shell
8 57 (2.67%) C++
9 52 (2.43%) Perl
10 49 (2.29%) C
11 40 (1.87%) VBScript
12 29 (1.36%) Shell Script
13 28 (1.31%) Ruby
14 27 (1.26%) PL/SQL
15 25 (1.17%) PHP
16 24 (1.12%) VB
17 19 (0.89%) T-SQL
18 16 (0.75%) Korn
19 13 (0.61%) VB.NET
20 12 (0.56%) VB6
Qualifications
1 399 (18.68%) Security Cleared
2 271 (12.69%) SC Cleared
3 131 (6.13%) Microsoft Certification
4 108 (5.06%) DV Cleared
5 90 (4.21%) Degree
6 74 (3.46%) MCSE
7 63 (2.95%) Cisco Certification
8 51 (2.39%) CCNA
9 39 (1.83%) MCP
10 34 (1.59%) MCSA
11 29 (1.36%) Citrix Certification
12 26 (1.22%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 21 (0.98%) CCA
13 21 (0.98%) CCNP
13 21 (0.98%) ISTQB
14 20 (0.94%) MCITP
15 19 (0.89%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
16 18 (0.84%) ITIL Certification
17 17 (0.80%) DBS Check
18 13 (0.61%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 115 (5.38%) SLA
2 96 (4.49%) QA
3 22 (1.03%) GDPR
4 17 (0.80%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 13 (0.61%) NIST
6 11 (0.51%) PCI DSS
7 10 (0.47%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 5 (0.23%) Disclosure Scotland
9 4 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials
9 4 (0.19%) Data Quality
9 4 (0.19%) JSP 440
10 3 (0.14%) Government Security Classifications
10 3 (0.14%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 3 (0.14%) NCSC
11 2 (0.094%) GPG13
11 2 (0.094%) PMO
12 1 (0.047%) AQAP
12 1 (0.047%) HIPAA
12 1 (0.047%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 1 (0.047%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 817 (38.25%) Active Directory
2 299 (14.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 184 (8.61%) Hyper-V
4 115 (5.38%) VMware ESXi
5 89 (4.17%) XenApp
6 84 (3.93%) vSphere
7 76 (3.56%) Docker
8 64 (3.00%) XenDesktop
9 56 (2.62%) Virtual Machines
10 52 (2.43%) Microsoft App-V
11 25 (1.17%) DFS Replication
12 19 (0.89%) Citrix Hypervisor
12 19 (0.89%) Virtual Servers
13 18 (0.84%) vCloud
14 14 (0.66%) VMware Workstation
15 12 (0.56%) Virtual Desktop
16 11 (0.51%) LXC
17 10 (0.47%) Firmware
18 9 (0.42%) Oracle RAC
19 8 (0.37%) RACF
Systems Management
1 350 (16.39%) SCCM
2 91 (4.26%) Microsoft Intune
3 80 (3.75%) SCOM
4 61 (2.86%) Ansible
5 45 (2.11%) Puppet
6 44 (2.06%) WSUS
7 43 (2.01%) Kubernetes
8 38 (1.78%) Single Sign-On
9 33 (1.54%) Terraform
10 29 (1.36%) Opscode Chef
11 24 (1.12%) vCenter Server
12 22 (1.03%) Jamf Pro
13 19 (0.89%) McAfee ePO
14 17 (0.80%) Microsoft Clustering
14 17 (0.80%) NetBackup
15 16 (0.75%) Forefront Identity Manager
16 14 (0.66%) Kibana
16 14 (0.66%) Nessus
16 14 (0.66%) SCVMM
17 13 (0.61%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 838 (39.23%) Microsoft
2 489 (22.89%) VMware
3 233 (10.91%) Citrix
4 232 (10.86%) Oracle
5 186 (8.71%) Cisco
6 98 (4.59%) HP
7 80 (3.75%) Apple
8 72 (3.37%) SAP
9 65 (3.04%) Red Hat
10 60 (2.81%) Dell
11 55 (2.57%) IBM
12 54 (2.53%) McAfee
13 51 (2.39%) ServiceNow
14 50 (2.34%) Ivanti
15 49 (2.29%) NetApp
16 33 (1.54%) Google
17 29 (1.36%) Juniper
18 28 (1.31%) Adobe
18 28 (1.31%) Meraki
19 26 (1.22%) F5