Period
to 4 July 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 4 July 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
4 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 4 6 6
Rank change year-on-year +2 0 +1
Contract jobs citing Windows 875 2,001 2,209
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South East 14.30% 13.24% 12.91%
As % of the Operating Systems category 69.01% 62.65% 57.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 533 1,268 1,207
Median daily rate £350 £387 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.50% +3.13% +3.73%
10th Percentile £125 £140 £131
90th Percentile £540 £563 £538
England median daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 110 214 247
Median hourly rate £17.00 £15.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.33% -14.29% +18.64%
10th Percentile £11.98 £10.92 £11.22
90th Percentile £35.00 £48.53 £45.25
England median hourly rate £17.50 £16.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year +9.38% -3.03% +6.45%

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 1,268 3,194 3,834
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 20.72% 21.13% 22.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 745 1,925 2,073
Median daily rate £400 £413 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.03% -0.60% +3.75%
10th Percentile £135 £160 £168
90th Percentile £575 £575 £555
England median daily rate £438 £440 £440
% change year-on-year -0.57% - +3.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 129 258 323
Median hourly rate £17.50 £16.69 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.84% -4.61% +14.75%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.17 £11.17
90th Percentile £48.75 £52.50 £51.00
Median hourly rate £18.70 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +6.86% - +4.48%

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 4 July 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 4 July 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 4 July 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 0 334 £396 +5.67% 69
Hampshire +1 311 £388 -3.13% 53
Berkshire +2 184 £400 +6.67% 26
Surrey +6 126 £188 -44.85% 29
Buckinghamshire -1 115 £400 +2.56% 22
West Sussex -13 37 £333 -19.27% 13
Oxfordshire -4 35 £200 -33.33% 21
East Sussex +13 31 £319 +6.25% 17
Kent +1 27 £263 -23.64% 12
Middlesex +15 2 £388 +222.92%
Sussex +3 2 £250 - 1
Isle of Wight - 1 £450 -
Windows
England

For the 6 months to 4 July 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.

1 380 (43.43%) Active Directory
2 331 (37.83%) Microsoft
3 322 (36.80%) Windows 10
4 274 (31.31%) Windows Server
5 220 (25.14%) Office 365
6 216 (24.69%) VMware
7 170 (19.43%) Linux
8 169 (19.31%) Azure
9 153 (17.49%) Security Cleared
9 153 (17.49%) PowerShell
10 152 (17.37%) Windows 7
11 144 (16.46%) VMware Infrastructure
12 140 (16.00%) Microsoft Office
13 125 (14.29%) SQL
14 123 (14.06%) Migration
15 112 (12.80%) SCCM
16 110 (12.57%) ITIL
17 100 (11.43%) SC Cleared
18 99 (11.31%) DevOps
19 97 (11.09%) Problem-Solving
20 93 (10.63%) Agile Software Development
21 91 (10.40%) Firewall
21 91 (10.40%) SQL Server
22 90 (10.29%) DNS
23 88 (10.06%) Windows Server 2012
24 85 (9.71%) Microsoft Certification
24 85 (9.71%) Infrastructure Engineering
24 85 (9.71%) Windows Server 2016
25 75 (8.57%) DHCP
26 72 (8.23%) Windows Server 2008

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 64 (7.31%) SharePoint
2 54 (6.17%) MS Exchange
3 37 (4.23%) Skype for Business
4 24 (2.74%) IIS
5 16 (1.83%) Confluence
6 14 (1.60%) Tomcat
7 12 (1.37%) Exchange Server 2013
8 10 (1.14%) Exchange Server 2010
9 6 (0.69%) Documentum
9 6 (0.69%) Exchange Server 2007
10 5 (0.57%) CMS
10 5 (0.57%) EPiServer
10 5 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2003
10 5 (0.57%) IBM Notes
11 4 (0.46%) Apache
11 4 (0.46%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 4 (0.46%) WebLogic
12 2 (0.23%) ArcGIS
12 2 (0.23%) JBoss
12 2 (0.23%) Oracle Application Server
Applications
1 140 (16.00%) Microsoft Office
2 28 (3.20%) Microsoft Excel
3 17 (1.94%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 11 (1.26%) MS Visio
5 8 (0.91%) Microsoft Project
6 6 (0.69%) Acrobat
7 3 (0.34%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.11%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 14 (1.60%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (0.80%) Remedy ITSM
3 4 (0.46%) assyst
3 4 (0.46%) SAP SRM
4 2 (0.23%) Elite 3E
4 2 (0.23%) Oracle Applications
4 2 (0.23%) Payment Gateway
5 1 (0.11%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 220 (25.14%) Office 365
2 169 (19.31%) Azure
3 46 (5.26%) IaaS
4 43 (4.91%) AWS
5 39 (4.46%) Power Platform
6 38 (4.34%) PaaS
7 26 (2.97%) Azure Active Directory
8 24 (2.74%) GitHub
9 12 (1.37%) SaaS
10 10 (1.14%) Cloud Computing
11 8 (0.91%) Yammer
12 4 (0.46%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 4 (0.46%) GCP
12 4 (0.46%) Serverless
13 3 (0.34%) AWS Lambda
13 3 (0.34%) BlazeMeter
13 3 (0.34%) OneDrive
13 3 (0.34%) OpenShift
13 3 (0.34%) PowerApps
14 2 (0.23%) Amazon CloudWatch
Communications & Networking
1 91 (10.40%) Firewall
2 90 (10.29%) DNS
3 75 (8.57%) DHCP
4 52 (5.94%) Skype
5 49 (5.60%) TCP/IP
6 44 (5.03%) WAN
7 38 (4.34%) VoIP
8 37 (4.23%) LAN
9 23 (2.63%) VLAN
9 23 (2.63%) VPN
10 22 (2.51%) Internet
10 22 (2.51%) SAN
10 22 (2.51%) Wireless
11 17 (1.94%) SNMP
12 15 (1.71%) PBX
12 15 (1.71%) Remote Desktop
13 13 (1.49%) Network Security
14 11 (1.26%) Reverse Proxy
14 11 (1.26%) SMTP
15 10 (1.14%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 91 (10.40%) SQL Server
2 39 (4.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 37 (4.23%) Power BI
4 27 (3.09%) HDInsight
5 25 (2.86%) Data Lake
6 21 (2.40%) PostgreSQL
7 18 (2.06%) Oracle Database
8 17 (1.94%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 15 (1.71%) MySQL
9 15 (1.71%) Relational Database
10 11 (1.26%) Hadoop
11 10 (1.14%) DB2
12 9 (1.03%) DB2 UDB
13 8 (0.91%) SQL Server 2008
13 8 (0.91%) SQL Server 2012
14 7 (0.80%) SQL Server 2016
15 6 (0.69%) SQL Server 2017
16 4 (0.46%) MongoDB
16 4 (0.46%) SQL Server 2014
16 4 (0.46%) SQL Server 2019
Development Applications
1 46 (5.26%) JIRA
2 45 (5.14%) Visual Studio
3 40 (4.57%) Git (software)
4 34 (3.89%) Jenkins
5 23 (2.63%) Selenium
6 16 (1.83%) Eclipse
7 15 (1.71%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 15 (1.71%) GitLab
8 14 (1.60%) Subversion
9 13 (1.49%) Ant
10 10 (1.14%) Sonatype Nexus
10 10 (1.14%) Team Foundation Server
11 9 (1.03%) Cucumber
12 8 (0.91%) JUnit
12 8 (0.91%) MSI
12 8 (0.91%) Vagrant
13 7 (0.80%) Maven
14 5 (0.57%) NUnit
14 5 (0.57%) ReSharper
14 5 (0.57%) StyleCop
General
1 63 (7.20%) Public Sector
2 44 (5.03%) Finance
3 18 (2.06%) Telecoms
4 16 (1.83%) Retail
5 9 (1.03%) Legal
6 8 (0.91%) Financial Institution
7 6 (0.69%) Back Office
7 6 (0.69%) Manufacturing
8 5 (0.57%) Banking
8 5 (0.57%) German Language
8 5 (0.57%) Law
9 4 (0.46%) Advertising
9 4 (0.46%) Automotive
9 4 (0.46%) Electronics
9 4 (0.46%) Local Government
9 4 (0.46%) Marketing
10 3 (0.34%) Italian Language
10 3 (0.34%) Pharmaceutical
11 2 (0.23%) French Language
11 2 (0.23%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 140 (16.00%) Analyst
2 122 (13.94%) Support Engineer
3 86 (9.83%) Windows Engineer
4 85 (9.71%) Desktop Support
5 71 (8.11%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 64 (7.31%) 2nd Line Support
7 61 (6.97%) Desktop Engineer
7 61 (6.97%) IT Engineer
8 53 (6.06%) IT Support
9 51 (5.83%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 46 (5.26%) Architect
11 45 (5.14%) Developer
11 45 (5.14%) Service Analyst
12 44 (5.03%) Service Desk Analyst
13 42 (4.80%) 2nd Line Engineer
13 42 (4.80%) Support Analyst
14 41 (4.69%) DevOps Engineer
15 38 (4.34%) Deployment Engineer
16 35 (4.00%) IT Support Engineer
17 33 (3.77%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 47 (5.37%) .NET
2 30 (3.43%) HTML
2 30 (3.43%) LDAP
3 27 (3.09%) Middleware
3 27 (3.09%) Web Services
4 19 (2.17%) XML
5 17 (1.94%) SOAP
6 16 (1.83%) AngularJS
7 15 (1.71%) .NET Framework
8 14 (1.60%) Node.js
9 13 (1.49%) jQuery
10 12 (1.37%) SailPoint
11 11 (1.26%) REST
11 11 (1.26%) RESTful
12 10 (1.14%) HTML5
12 10 (1.14%) JSON
12 10 (1.14%) JSP
12 10 (1.14%) Servlets
12 10 (1.14%) WCF
13 9 (1.03%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 71 (8.11%) Analytical Skills
2 51 (5.83%) Data Centre
3 49 (5.60%) Self-Motivation
4 46 (5.26%) NHS
5 42 (4.80%) PKI
6 30 (3.43%) Management Information System
7 27 (3.09%) Clustering
8 22 (2.51%) Driving Licence
9 21 (2.40%) Client/Server
10 13 (1.49%) Linux Command Line
10 13 (1.49%) Public Cloud
11 12 (1.37%) Private Cloud
12 11 (1.26%) Replication
12 11 (1.26%) Video Conferencing
13 10 (1.14%) Mainframe
14 9 (1.03%) Smartphone
14 9 (1.03%) User Experience
15 8 (0.91%) Blackberry
16 7 (0.80%) CMDB
16 7 (0.80%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 322 (36.80%) Windows 10
2 274 (31.31%) Windows Server
3 170 (19.43%) Linux
4 152 (17.37%) Windows 7
5 88 (10.06%) Windows Server 2012
6 85 (9.71%) Windows Server 2016
7 72 (8.23%) Windows Server 2008
8 46 (5.26%) Unix
9 40 (4.57%) Windows Server 2003
10 37 (4.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 30 (3.43%) Windows Server 2019
12 29 (3.31%) Apple iOS
12 29 (3.31%) Windows 8
13 23 (2.63%) Android
14 20 (2.29%) Mac OS
15 18 (2.06%) Windows XP
16 17 (1.94%) CentOS
17 16 (1.83%) Windows Vista
18 12 (1.37%) AIX
19 10 (1.14%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 123 (14.06%) Migration
2 110 (12.57%) ITIL
3 99 (11.31%) DevOps
4 97 (11.09%) Problem-Solving
5 93 (10.63%) Agile Software Development
6 85 (9.71%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 68 (7.77%) Test Automation
8 57 (6.51%) Continuous Integration
9 49 (5.60%) Configuration Management
10 46 (5.26%) High Availability
11 41 (4.69%) Analytics
11 41 (4.69%) Project Delivery
11 41 (4.69%) Scrum
12 37 (4.23%) Infrastructure as Code
13 35 (4.00%) Business Intelligence
14 33 (3.77%) ITSM
15 32 (3.66%) Continuous Delivery
15 32 (3.66%) Disaster Recovery
15 32 (3.66%) Service Management
16 30 (3.43%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 153 (17.49%) PowerShell
2 125 (14.29%) SQL
3 54 (6.17%) Python
4 45 (5.14%) JavaScript
5 44 (5.03%) C#
6 39 (4.46%) Java
7 24 (2.74%) Bash Shell
8 23 (2.63%) Perl
9 17 (1.94%) C
10 16 (1.83%) C++
10 16 (1.83%) Shell Script
11 15 (1.71%) VBScript
12 11 (1.26%) VB
13 10 (1.14%) Delphi
14 9 (1.03%) BeanShell
14 9 (1.03%) Bourne shell
14 9 (1.03%) Korn
15 7 (0.80%) Go
16 5 (0.57%) PHP
16 5 (0.57%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 153 (17.49%) Security Cleared
2 100 (11.43%) SC Cleared
3 85 (9.71%) Microsoft Certification
4 38 (4.34%) DV Cleared
4 38 (4.34%) MCSE
5 36 (4.11%) Degree
6 29 (3.31%) Cisco Certification
7 27 (3.09%) CCNA
8 23 (2.63%) MCSA
9 14 (1.60%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 10 (1.14%) CCNP
10 10 (1.14%) ITIL Certification
10 10 (1.14%) MCP
11 9 (1.03%) A+ Certification
11 9 (1.03%) ISTQB
11 9 (1.03%) MCITP
12 8 (0.91%) ISEB
13 7 (0.80%) DBS Check
14 6 (0.69%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 5 (0.57%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 44 (5.03%) SLA
2 18 (2.06%) QA
3 7 (0.80%) PCI DSS
4 6 (0.69%) GDPR
4 6 (0.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 4 (0.46%) PMO
6 3 (0.34%) GPG13
7 2 (0.23%) HL7
7 2 (0.23%) NCSC
8 1 (0.11%) COBIT
8 1 (0.11%) COSO
8 1 (0.11%) ECSS
8 1 (0.11%) IFRS
8 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 1 (0.11%) NIST
System Software
1 380 (43.43%) Active Directory
2 144 (16.46%) VMware Infrastructure
3 64 (7.31%) Hyper-V
4 44 (5.03%) vSphere
5 42 (4.80%) Virtual Machines
6 33 (3.77%) VMware ESXi
7 23 (2.63%) Docker
8 19 (2.17%) XenApp
9 13 (1.49%) Microsoft App-V
10 9 (1.03%) RACF
10 9 (1.03%) Virtual Desktop
11 8 (0.91%) NFS
12 7 (0.80%) VMware NSX
13 6 (0.69%) XenDesktop
14 5 (0.57%) Terminal Server
14 5 (0.57%) UAG
14 5 (0.57%) vCloud
15 4 (0.46%) KVM
16 3 (0.34%) Virtual Servers
16 3 (0.34%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 112 (12.80%) SCCM
2 37 (4.23%) Ansible
3 28 (3.20%) Microsoft Intune
4 24 (2.74%) Terraform
5 23 (2.63%) WSUS
6 22 (2.51%) Microsoft Clustering
7 21 (2.40%) Kubernetes
7 21 (2.40%) SCOM
8 17 (1.94%) vRealize
9 16 (1.83%) Puppet
10 14 (1.60%) OpenView Configuration Management
11 13 (1.49%) Failover Clustering
11 13 (1.49%) ZABBIX
12 12 (1.37%) AirWatch
12 12 (1.37%) Grafana
13 11 (1.26%) Opscode Chef
13 11 (1.26%) vCenter Server
14 10 (1.14%) McAfee ePO
14 10 (1.14%) Packer
14 10 (1.14%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 331 (37.83%) Microsoft
2 216 (24.69%) VMware
3 70 (8.00%) Citrix
4 58 (6.63%) Oracle
5 55 (6.29%) Cisco
6 48 (5.49%) HP
7 35 (4.00%) Red Hat
7 35 (4.00%) ServiceNow
8 32 (3.66%) Apple
9 27 (3.09%) Dell
10 23 (2.63%) Informatica
10 23 (2.63%) McAfee
11 20 (2.29%) Remedy
12 16 (1.83%) IBM
13 15 (1.71%) Atlassian
13 15 (1.71%) Splunk
14 14 (1.60%) NetApp
15 13 (1.49%) CheckPoint
15 13 (1.49%) SolarWinds
16 12 (1.37%) Sonus