Period
to 21 February 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 21 February 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
21 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 4 4 5
Rank change year-on-year 0 +1 +2
Contract jobs citing Windows 1,726 2,214 2,299
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 16.06% 13.84% 13.64%
As % of the Operating Systems category 73.26% 62.65% 60.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,027 1,324 1,289
South East median daily rate £363 £375 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.33% +3.45% +3.57%
10th Percentile £120 £136 £126
90th Percentile £545 £552 £532
England median daily rate £350 £375 £365
% change year-on-year -6.67% +2.74% +1.39%
Number of hourly rates quoted 193 233 233
South East median hourly rate £16.62 £15.00 £16.62
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.80% -9.72% +10.77%
10th Percentile £11.88 £11.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.10 £44.85 £50.25
England median hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £15.80
% change year-on-year +6.25% +1.30% +3.57%

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 2,356 3,534 3,789
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 21.92% 22.08% 22.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,365 2,016 2,112
South East median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £131 £156 £143
90th Percentile £575 £575 £575
England median daily rate £415 £433 £425
% change year-on-year -4.05% +1.76% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 220 297 281
South East median hourly rate £17.08 £16.10 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.09% -8.00% +9.38%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.17 £11.17
90th Percentile £52.50 £51.00 £50.25
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.25 £17.30
% change year-on-year +1.45% -0.29% +4.85%

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 21 February 2020.

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 21 February 2020.

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 21 February 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 0 691 £230 -38.67% 307
Hampshire +2 549 £403 +0.75% 168
Berkshire +2 393 £325 -16.13% 150
Surrey +4 233 £325 -6.47% 150
Buckinghamshire +2 209 £315 -10.00% 78
West Sussex -3 116 £250 -40.48% 72
Oxfordshire 0 89 £175 -53.33% 79
East Sussex +2 63 £343 +14.17% 43
Kent +5 62 £200 -25.58% 51
Sussex -2 4 £250 -37.50% 1
Isle of Wight - 4 £293 -
Middlesex +13 3 £400 +40.35% 3
Windows
England

For the 6 months to 21 February 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.

1 751 (43.51%) Active Directory
2 662 (38.35%) Microsoft
3 634 (36.73%) Windows 10
4 529 (30.65%) Windows Server
5 433 (25.09%) Office 365
6 387 (22.42%) VMware
7 324 (18.77%) Windows 7
8 320 (18.54%) Azure
9 314 (18.19%) Security Cleared
10 281 (16.28%) PowerShell
11 276 (15.99%) Microsoft Office
12 265 (15.35%) Migration
13 259 (15.01%) SCCM
14 249 (14.43%) Linux
15 248 (14.37%) SQL
15 248 (14.37%) VMware Infrastructure
16 226 (13.09%) ITIL
17 207 (11.99%) Citrix
18 202 (11.70%) DNS
19 201 (11.65%) Windows Server 2008
20 195 (11.30%) Infrastructure Engineering
21 191 (11.07%) SC Cleared
22 190 (11.01%) Windows Server 2012
23 157 (9.10%) Problem-Solving
24 155 (8.98%) Firewall
25 152 (8.81%) DevOps
26 143 (8.29%) Agile Software Development
27 142 (8.23%) SQL Server
28 135 (7.82%) DHCP
29 132 (7.65%) MS Exchange

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
1 132 (7.65%) MS Exchange
2 105 (6.08%) SharePoint
3 63 (3.65%) Skype for Business
4 53 (3.07%) IIS
5 30 (1.74%) Confluence
6 25 (1.45%) Exchange Server 2010
7 24 (1.39%) Exchange Server 2013
8 19 (1.10%) Exchange Server 2007
9 18 (1.04%) Exchange Server 2003
10 14 (0.81%) Apache
10 14 (0.81%) WebLogic
11 12 (0.70%) Tomcat
12 11 (0.64%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 9 (0.52%) Elasticsearch
14 7 (0.41%) Documentum
15 6 (0.35%) CMS
15 6 (0.35%) nginx
15 6 (0.35%) SharePoint 2010
15 6 (0.35%) SharePoint 2013
16 5 (0.29%) K2 blackpearl
Applications
1 276 (15.99%) Microsoft Office
2 52 (3.01%) Microsoft Excel
3 32 (1.85%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 26 (1.51%) Microsoft Project
5 23 (1.33%) MS Visio
6 20 (1.16%) Acrobat
6 20 (1.16%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.23%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 20 (1.16%) Remedy ITSM
2 14 (0.81%) Dynamics CRM
3 11 (0.64%) assyst
3 11 (0.64%) Oracle Applications
4 8 (0.46%) Oracle EBS
5 5 (0.29%) Dynamics GP
6 4 (0.23%) SAP SRM
7 3 (0.17%) Elite 3E
7 3 (0.17%) SAP HR
8 2 (0.12%) CA PPM
8 2 (0.12%) Payment Gateway
8 2 (0.12%) SAP Payroll
8 2 (0.12%) SnowdropKCS
8 2 (0.12%) Sprinklr
9 1 (0.058%) Dynamics NAV
9 1 (0.058%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 433 (25.09%) Office 365
2 320 (18.54%) Azure
3 96 (5.56%) IaaS
4 89 (5.16%) AWS
5 80 (4.63%) PaaS
6 71 (4.11%) Azure Active Directory
7 44 (2.55%) Power Platform
8 37 (2.14%) SaaS
9 30 (1.74%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 30 (1.74%) GitHub
10 23 (1.33%) GCP
11 19 (1.10%) OneDrive
12 16 (0.93%) Yammer
13 14 (0.81%) Cloud Computing
14 13 (0.75%) Azure Stack
15 12 (0.70%) AWS CloudFormation
16 7 (0.41%) Serverless
17 6 (0.35%) Mimecast
17 6 (0.35%) Virtual Private Cloud
18 5 (0.29%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 202 (11.70%) DNS
2 155 (8.98%) Firewall
3 135 (7.82%) DHCP
4 97 (5.62%) TCP/IP
5 80 (4.63%) VPN
6 79 (4.58%) SAN
7 78 (4.52%) Skype
8 70 (4.06%) Internet
9 67 (3.88%) VoIP
10 65 (3.77%) LAN
11 63 (3.65%) WAN
12 42 (2.43%) VLAN
13 40 (2.32%) Remote Desktop
13 40 (2.32%) Wireless
14 28 (1.62%) NAS
15 25 (1.45%) HTTP
16 24 (1.39%) Reverse Proxy
17 22 (1.27%) WebEx
18 21 (1.22%) NetScaler
19 20 (1.16%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 142 (8.23%) SQL Server
2 52 (3.01%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 45 (2.61%) Oracle Database
4 42 (2.43%) Power BI
5 34 (1.97%) Data Lake
5 34 (1.97%) SQL Server 2016
6 32 (1.85%) HDInsight
7 28 (1.62%) SQL Server 2012
8 22 (1.27%) Azure SQL Database
9 19 (1.10%) PostgreSQL
9 19 (1.10%) Relational Database
9 19 (1.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 15 (0.87%) MySQL
11 13 (0.75%) SQL Server 2008
12 11 (0.64%) SQL Server 2014
13 10 (0.58%) Big Data
14 9 (0.52%) Data Warehouse
14 9 (0.52%) Oracle ODI
14 9 (0.52%) SQL Server 2017
15 8 (0.46%) EDRMS
Development Applications
1 57 (3.30%) JIRA
2 46 (2.67%) Visual Studio
3 42 (2.43%) Jenkins
4 34 (1.97%) Git (software)
5 33 (1.91%) Selenium
6 29 (1.68%) Visual Studio Team System
7 19 (1.10%) MSI
8 18 (1.04%) Subversion
8 18 (1.04%) Team Foundation Server
9 14 (0.81%) Cucumber
9 14 (0.81%) GitLab
10 11 (0.64%) Eclipse
11 10 (0.58%) Ant
12 8 (0.46%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 8 (0.46%) Gatling
13 7 (0.41%) Bitbucket
13 7 (0.41%) JUnit
13 7 (0.41%) ProC
13 7 (0.41%) Sonatype Nexus
14 6 (0.35%) JMeter
General
1 119 (6.89%) Finance
2 91 (5.27%) Public Sector
3 42 (2.43%) Telecoms
4 35 (2.03%) Retail
5 26 (1.51%) Manufacturing
6 24 (1.39%) Legal
7 20 (1.16%) Electronics
8 19 (1.10%) Marketing
9 16 (0.93%) Banking
10 14 (0.81%) Local Government
11 13 (0.75%) Advertising
12 11 (0.64%) Back Office
13 10 (0.58%) Law
14 9 (0.52%) Pharmaceutical
15 8 (0.46%) German Language
16 7 (0.41%) Automotive
17 6 (0.35%) French Language
18 4 (0.23%) Military
18 4 (0.23%) Publishing
18 4 (0.23%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 258 (14.95%) Analyst
2 229 (13.27%) Support Engineer
3 172 (9.97%) Windows Engineer
4 154 (8.92%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 147 (8.52%) Desktop Support
6 124 (7.18%) 2nd Line Support
7 118 (6.84%) Service Analyst
8 114 (6.60%) Service Desk Analyst
9 112 (6.49%) Architect
10 111 (6.43%) Desktop Engineer
11 91 (5.27%) IT Support
12 90 (5.21%) Desktop Support Engineer
13 82 (4.75%) Consultant
14 81 (4.69%) IT Engineer
15 74 (4.29%) Developer
15 74 (4.29%) DevOps Engineer
16 73 (4.23%) 2nd Line Engineer
17 70 (4.06%) Support Analyst
18 64 (3.71%) Azure Engineer
19 63 (3.65%) Deployment Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 70 (4.06%) .NET
2 54 (3.13%) Web Services
3 43 (2.49%) Middleware
4 34 (1.97%) HTML
5 29 (1.68%) XML
6 23 (1.33%) Oracle Fusion
7 22 (1.27%) .NET Framework
8 17 (0.98%) AngularJS
9 16 (0.93%) ASP.NET
9 16 (0.93%) JSON
9 16 (0.93%) LDAP
9 16 (0.93%) REST
10 13 (0.75%) jQuery
11 12 (0.70%) ASP.NET Web API
11 12 (0.70%) CSS
11 12 (0.70%) SOAP
12 11 (0.64%) 802.1X
12 11 (0.64%) HTML5
12 11 (0.64%) WinForms
12 11 (0.64%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 119 (6.89%) Analytical Skills
2 75 (4.35%) Self-Motivation
3 68 (3.94%) Data Centre
3 68 (3.94%) NHS
4 55 (3.19%) Management Information System
5 51 (2.95%) PKI
6 45 (2.61%) Driving Licence
7 43 (2.49%) Replication
8 40 (2.32%) Clustering
9 33 (1.91%) Blackberry
10 28 (1.62%) Fat Client
10 28 (1.62%) Thin Client
11 25 (1.45%) Smartphone
12 21 (1.22%) PDA
13 19 (1.10%) Public Cloud
14 18 (1.04%) Enterprise Software
14 18 (1.04%) Linux Command Line
15 16 (0.93%) Video Conferencing
16 13 (0.75%) CMDB
17 12 (0.70%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 634 (36.73%) Windows 10
2 529 (30.65%) Windows Server
3 324 (18.77%) Windows 7
4 249 (14.43%) Linux
5 201 (11.65%) Windows Server 2008
6 190 (11.01%) Windows Server 2012
7 74 (4.29%) Unix
8 61 (3.53%) Windows Server 2003
9 60 (3.48%) Windows 8
10 57 (3.30%) Android
11 52 (3.01%) Apple iOS
12 45 (2.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 45 (2.61%) Windows XP
13 42 (2.43%) Mac OS
14 31 (1.80%) Windows Vista
15 24 (1.39%) CentOS
16 22 (1.27%) VMS
17 18 (1.04%) AIX
17 18 (1.04%) Windows 2000
18 16 (0.93%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 265 (15.35%) Migration
2 226 (13.09%) ITIL
3 195 (11.30%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 157 (9.10%) Problem-Solving
5 152 (8.81%) DevOps
6 143 (8.29%) Agile Software Development
7 96 (5.56%) Configuration Management
8 92 (5.33%) ITSM
9 91 (5.27%) Test Automation
10 79 (4.58%) Incident Management
11 78 (4.52%) Analytics
12 77 (4.46%) Project Delivery
13 76 (4.40%) Service Management
14 71 (4.11%) Disaster Recovery
15 64 (3.71%) Continuous Integration
16 60 (3.48%) Business Intelligence
16 60 (3.48%) Scrum
17 55 (3.19%) Change Management
18 53 (3.07%) Stakeholder Management
19 50 (2.90%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 281 (16.28%) PowerShell
2 248 (14.37%) SQL
3 78 (4.52%) Python
4 62 (3.59%) C#
5 54 (3.13%) Java
6 52 (3.01%) JavaScript
7 44 (2.55%) Bash Shell
7 44 (2.55%) C
8 29 (1.68%) C++
9 28 (1.62%) VBScript
10 25 (1.45%) Perl
11 15 (0.87%) VB
12 13 (0.75%) PHP
12 13 (0.75%) Ruby
13 10 (0.58%) PL/SQL
14 9 (0.52%) Korn
15 8 (0.46%) Shell Script
16 7 (0.41%) R
17 6 (0.35%) Go
17 6 (0.35%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 314 (18.19%) Security Cleared
2 191 (11.07%) SC Cleared
3 121 (7.01%) Microsoft Certification
4 96 (5.56%) DV Cleared
5 84 (4.87%) Degree
6 67 (3.88%) MCSE
7 48 (2.78%) Cisco Certification
8 41 (2.38%) CCNA
9 34 (1.97%) MCP
10 33 (1.91%) MCSA
11 23 (1.33%) ISEB
12 22 (1.27%) MCITP
13 20 (1.16%) ISTQB
14 19 (1.10%) DBS Check
15 16 (0.93%) Citrix Certification
16 13 (0.75%) CCA
17 12 (0.70%) BPSS Clearance
18 11 (0.64%) CCNP
19 10 (0.58%) Computer Science Degree
19 10 (0.58%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 81 (4.69%) SLA
2 35 (2.03%) QA
3 20 (1.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 18 (1.04%) GDPR
5 12 (0.70%) PCI DSS
6 7 (0.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 4 (0.23%) NIST
8 3 (0.17%) ECSS
8 3 (0.17%) NCSC
8 3 (0.17%) PMO
9 2 (0.12%) COBIT
9 2 (0.12%) JSP 440
10 1 (0.058%) IFRS
10 1 (0.058%) ISO 9001
10 1 (0.058%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 751 (43.51%) Active Directory
2 248 (14.37%) VMware Infrastructure
3 104 (6.03%) Hyper-V
4 75 (4.35%) XenApp
5 72 (4.17%) Virtual Machines
6 67 (3.88%) vSphere
7 55 (3.19%) XenDesktop
8 50 (2.90%) Docker
9 49 (2.84%) VMware ESXi
10 29 (1.68%) Microsoft App-V
11 25 (1.45%) DFS Replication
12 22 (1.27%) Virtual Servers
13 15 (0.87%) vCloud
13 15 (0.87%) Virtual Desktop
14 12 (0.70%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 12 (0.70%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 9 (0.52%) Firmware
15 9 (0.52%) NFS
16 6 (0.35%) BitLocker
17 5 (0.29%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 259 (15.01%) SCCM
2 65 (3.77%) Microsoft Intune
3 41 (2.38%) Puppet
4 40 (2.32%) Terraform
5 37 (2.14%) Ansible
6 36 (2.09%) Kubernetes
7 33 (1.91%) SCOM
8 31 (1.80%) AirWatch
9 30 (1.74%) WSUS
10 23 (1.33%) Single Sign-On
11 21 (1.22%) OpenView Configuration Management
12 19 (1.10%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 18 (1.04%) Microsoft Clustering
13 18 (1.04%) ServiceCenter
14 17 (0.98%) vRealize
15 15 (0.87%) Opscode Chef
15 15 (0.87%) vCenter Server
16 14 (0.81%) NetBackup
17 12 (0.70%) Backup Exec
17 12 (0.70%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 662 (38.35%) Microsoft
2 387 (22.42%) VMware
3 207 (11.99%) Citrix
4 132 (7.65%) Oracle
5 119 (6.89%) Cisco
6 96 (5.56%) HP
7 61 (3.53%) Apple
8 57 (3.30%) ServiceNow
9 48 (2.78%) Red Hat
10 44 (2.55%) Dell
11 40 (2.32%) SAP
12 39 (2.26%) Adobe
13 37 (2.14%) Remedy
14 33 (1.91%) McAfee
15 28 (1.62%) Google
15 28 (1.62%) Symantec
16 23 (1.33%) Ivanti
16 23 (1.33%) Juniper
16 23 (1.33%) NetApp
17 22 (1.27%) Bomgar