Period
to 17 August 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South West 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 17 August 2018 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 West
6 months to
17 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 5 8 7
Rank change year-on-year +3 -1 0
Contract jobs citing Windows 781 649 825
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 14.19% 11.92% 14.04%
As % of the Operating Systems category 67.44% 68.32% 65.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 429 377 501
South West median daily rate £325 £325 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -7.14% +11.73%
10th Percentile £133 £135 £138
90th Percentile £525 £488 £575
England median daily rate £375 £360 £363
% change year-on-year +4.17% -0.69% +6.62%
Number of hourly rates quoted 110 71 75
South West median hourly rate £17.50 £15.50 £15.26
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.90% +1.57% -6.09%
10th Percentile £11.10 £11.00 £9.90
90th Percentile £47.00 £48.75 £36.30
England median hourly rate £17.00 £15.50 £15.43
% change year-on-year +9.68% +0.49% -3.59%

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 West with a requirement for operating system skills.

All Operating Systems
South West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 1,158 950 1,266
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 21.04% 17.45% 21.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 633 556 735
South West median daily rate £375 £363 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.45% -2.03% -1.33%
10th Percentile £163 £158 £181
90th Percentile £543 £491 £550
England median daily rate £438 £425 £401
% change year-on-year +2.94% +6.12% +6.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 134 90 102
South West median hourly rate £18.75 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +6.06% -1.93%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.13 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.50 £48.75 £43.00
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.38 £16.50
% change year-on-year +0.68% +5.35% -

Windows
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

Job postings citing Windows as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South West.

Job vacancy trend for Windows in the South West

Windows
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Windows in the South West

Windows
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows in the South West over the 6 months to 17 August 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Windows in the South West

Windows
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Windows in the South West

Windows
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows in the South West over the 6 months to 17 August 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Windows in the South West

Windows
Contract Job Locations in the South West

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 West region over the 6 months to 17 August 2018. 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
Bristol 0 222 £325 +18.18% 73
Wiltshire +4 187 £350 -6.67% 49
Gloucestershire +1 107 £325 +20.37% 39
Somerset +6 69 £250 +11.11% 27
Devon +15 54 £300 +4.35% 24
Dorset -4 46 £250 -37.50% 44
Cornwall +3 44 £271 -9.75% 8
Windows
England

For the 6 months to 17 August 2018, 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 West region with a requirement for Windows.

1 327 (41.87%) Active Directory
2 314 (40.20%) Windows Server
3 294 (37.64%) Microsoft
4 230 (29.45%) Windows 10
5 197 (25.22%) VMware
6 172 (22.02%) Windows 7
7 153 (19.59%) SCCM
7 153 (19.59%) Office 365
8 144 (18.44%) Security Cleared
9 123 (15.75%) Linux
10 117 (14.98%) ITIL
11 116 (14.85%) Microsoft Azure
12 113 (14.47%) Windows Server 2012
13 103 (13.19%) Finance
14 100 (12.80%) PowerShell
14 100 (12.80%) SC Cleared
15 96 (12.29%) Windows Server 2008
16 95 (12.16%) Infrastructure Engineering
17 94 (12.04%) SQL
18 93 (11.91%) Microsoft Office
19 92 (11.78%) VMware Infrastructure
20 87 (11.14%) Agile Software Development
21 81 (10.37%) SQL Server
21 81 (10.37%) Migration
22 73 (9.35%) Cisco
23 71 (9.09%) MS Exchange
24 70 (8.96%) Citrix
25 68 (8.71%) Firewall
26 62 (7.94%) Microsoft Certification
27 58 (7.43%) DNS

Windows
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South West 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 71 (9.09%) MS Exchange
2 45 (5.76%) IIS
3 41 (5.25%) SharePoint
4 32 (4.10%) Skype for Business
5 28 (3.59%) Exchange Server 2010
6 14 (1.79%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 12 (1.54%) CMS
7 12 (1.54%) JBoss
7 12 (1.54%) Tomcat
8 9 (1.15%) Apache
8 9 (1.15%) Drupal
9 8 (1.02%) BizTalk Server
10 6 (0.77%) Confluence
10 6 (0.77%) WebSphere
11 5 (0.64%) Exchange Server 2013
11 5 (0.64%) SharePoint Server
11 5 (0.64%) WebSphere Application Server
12 4 (0.51%) Apache Spark
12 4 (0.51%) SAS
13 3 (0.38%) OpenStack
Applications
1 93 (11.91%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (1.15%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (0.64%) Spreadsheet
4 4 (0.51%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.38%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.26%) Simulink
7 1 (0.13%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (0.26%) Towers Watson Igloo
1 2 (0.26%) Unit4 Business World
2 1 (0.13%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (0.13%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 153 (19.59%) Office 365
2 116 (14.85%) Microsoft Azure
3 54 (6.91%) Amazon AWS
4 12 (1.54%) AWS CloudFormation
5 11 (1.41%) Azure Active Directory
5 11 (1.41%) Google Cloud Platform
6 8 (1.02%) G Suite
7 7 (0.90%) IaaS
8 6 (0.77%) OneDrive
8 6 (0.77%) Serverless
9 5 (0.64%) Amazon S3
10 4 (0.51%) SaaS
11 3 (0.38%) GitHub
11 3 (0.38%) PaaS
12 2 (0.26%) Amazon EC2
12 2 (0.26%) Cloud Computing
12 2 (0.26%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 1 (0.13%) MailChimp
13 1 (0.13%) npm
13 1 (0.13%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 68 (8.71%) Firewall
2 58 (7.43%) DNS
3 44 (5.63%) SAN
4 36 (4.61%) LAN
5 33 (4.23%) DHCP
5 33 (4.23%) Skype
6 29 (3.71%) WAN
7 26 (3.33%) TCP/IP
8 19 (2.43%) NAS
9 18 (2.30%) Internet
10 16 (2.05%) Wi-Fi
11 15 (1.92%) VLAN
11 15 (1.92%) VPN
12 14 (1.79%) Remote Desktop
13 12 (1.54%) Network Security
14 9 (1.15%) Cisco ASA
14 9 (1.15%) NetScaler
14 9 (1.15%) VoIP
15 8 (1.02%) Wireless
16 7 (0.90%) DMZ
Database & Business Intelligence
1 81 (10.37%) SQL Server
2 11 (1.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 9 (1.15%) Data Warehouse
4 8 (1.02%) NoSQL
4 8 (1.02%) SQL Server 2012
4 8 (1.02%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 6 (0.77%) DataStage
5 6 (0.77%) IBM InfoSphere
5 6 (0.77%) MySQL
5 6 (0.77%) Relational Database
6 5 (0.64%) Data Mining
6 5 (0.64%) DB2
6 5 (0.64%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
6 5 (0.64%) RDBMS
6 5 (0.64%) SQL Server 2008
7 4 (0.51%) Apache Accumulo
7 4 (0.51%) Azure SQL Database
7 4 (0.51%) Hadoop
8 3 (0.38%) Oracle Database
8 3 (0.38%) Oracle ODI
Development Applications
1 28 (3.59%) Selenium
2 23 (2.94%) Visual Studio
3 21 (2.69%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 20 (2.56%) Jenkins
5 18 (2.30%) Team Foundation Server
6 13 (1.66%) MSI
7 12 (1.54%) Ant
7 12 (1.54%) Eclipse
7 12 (1.54%) JIRA
8 11 (1.41%) Travis CI
8 11 (1.41%) Vagrant
8 11 (1.41%) Visual Studio Team System
9 10 (1.28%) Git (software)
9 10 (1.28%) SoapUI
10 9 (1.15%) WebDriver
11 6 (0.77%) MSTest
11 6 (0.77%) NUnit
12 4 (0.51%) JMeter
12 4 (0.51%) WATIR
13 3 (0.38%) Bitbucket
General
1 103 (13.19%) Finance
2 20 (2.56%) Telecoms
3 19 (2.43%) Manufacturing
4 15 (1.92%) Banking
5 14 (1.79%) Marketing
6 12 (1.54%) Law
7 10 (1.28%) Electronics
8 9 (1.15%) Military
9 8 (1.02%) Back Office
10 6 (0.77%) Retail
11 4 (0.51%) Publishing
12 3 (0.38%) Financial Institution
12 3 (0.38%) Legal
13 2 (0.26%) Local Government
14 1 (0.13%) Advertising
14 1 (0.13%) Pharmaceutical
14 1 (0.13%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 101 (12.93%) Desktop Support
2 93 (11.91%) Support Engineer
3 86 (11.01%) Analyst
4 77 (9.86%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 54 (6.91%) Desktop Engineer
6 43 (5.51%) 2nd Line Support
7 40 (5.12%) Windows Engineer
8 38 (4.87%) Consultant
9 36 (4.61%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 35 (4.48%) Developer
11 33 (4.23%) IT Support
12 30 (3.84%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 30 (3.84%) Administrator
12 30 (3.84%) DevOps Engineer
13 27 (3.46%) 1st Line Support
13 27 (3.46%) Architect
13 27 (3.46%) Project Manager
13 27 (3.46%) Service Desk Analyst
14 26 (3.33%) Service Analyst
15 25 (3.20%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (5.38%) .NET
2 18 (2.30%) HTML
2 18 (2.30%) Web Services
3 14 (1.79%) .NET Framework
4 12 (1.54%) JSP
5 11 (1.41%) ASP.NET
5 11 (1.41%) jQuery
5 11 (1.41%) Node.js
5 11 (1.41%) Struts
6 10 (1.28%) JSON
6 10 (1.28%) WPF
7 8 (1.02%) AngularJS
7 8 (1.02%) CSS
7 8 (1.02%) HTML5
7 8 (1.02%) MFC
7 8 (1.02%) WinForms
8 7 (0.90%) REST
9 5 (0.64%) CSS3
9 5 (0.64%) LDAP
10 4 (0.51%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 56 (7.17%) Analytical Skills
2 40 (5.12%) Data Centre
3 22 (2.82%) Management Information System
4 20 (2.56%) Hybrid Cloud
5 19 (2.43%) Clustering
5 19 (2.43%) Fat Client
5 19 (2.43%) Thin Client
6 16 (2.05%) Blackberry
6 16 (2.05%) PKI
7 15 (1.92%) Self-Motivation
8 12 (1.54%) Smartphone
9 10 (1.28%) Video Conferencing
10 9 (1.15%) Replication
11 7 (0.90%) iPad
11 7 (0.90%) iPhone
12 6 (0.77%) Computer Science
13 5 (0.64%) EMC VNX
13 5 (0.64%) Enterprise Software
13 5 (0.64%) NHS
13 5 (0.64%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 314 (40.20%) Windows Server
2 230 (29.45%) Windows 10
3 172 (22.02%) Windows 7
4 123 (15.75%) Linux
5 113 (14.47%) Windows Server 2012
6 96 (12.29%) Windows Server 2008
7 42 (5.38%) Unix
8 34 (4.35%) Windows Server 2003
9 28 (3.59%) Windows XP
10 26 (3.33%) Windows 8
11 20 (2.56%) AIX
12 19 (2.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 11 (1.41%) Android
13 11 (1.41%) Mac OS
14 8 (1.02%) Solaris
15 7 (0.90%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
16 6 (0.77%) zOS
17 4 (0.51%) CentOS
18 3 (0.38%) Apple iOS
18 3 (0.38%) CoreOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 117 (14.98%) ITIL
2 95 (12.16%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 87 (11.14%) Agile Software Development
4 81 (10.37%) Migration
5 57 (7.30%) Problem-Solving
6 56 (7.17%) DevOps
7 53 (6.79%) Configuration Management
8 43 (5.51%) SDLC
9 37 (4.74%) Service Management
10 36 (4.61%) Disaster Recovery
11 30 (3.84%) Software Engineering
12 27 (3.46%) ITIL V3
13 26 (3.33%) Project Management
14 25 (3.20%) Load Balancing
15 24 (3.07%) Service Delivery
15 24 (3.07%) Stakeholder Management
16 23 (2.94%) Test Automation
17 22 (2.82%) PRINCE2
18 21 (2.69%) Application Packaging
18 21 (2.69%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 100 (12.80%) PowerShell
2 94 (12.04%) SQL
3 40 (5.12%) C#
4 36 (4.61%) Python
5 34 (4.35%) Java
6 23 (2.94%) C++
6 23 (2.94%) JavaScript
7 19 (2.43%) C
7 19 (2.43%) T-SQL
8 17 (2.18%) Bash Shell
9 14 (1.79%) Shell Script
9 14 (1.79%) VBScript
10 12 (1.54%) Perl
11 10 (1.28%) PHP
11 10 (1.28%) PL/SQL
12 8 (1.02%) Ruby
13 7 (0.90%) VC++
14 4 (0.51%) VB.NET
15 3 (0.38%) Korn
15 3 (0.38%) VB
Qualifications
1 144 (18.44%) Security Cleared
2 100 (12.80%) SC Cleared
3 62 (7.94%) Microsoft Certification
4 37 (4.74%) MCSA
5 36 (4.61%) Cisco Certification
6 33 (4.23%) CCNA
6 33 (4.23%) DV Cleared
7 25 (3.20%) MCSE
8 16 (2.05%) Degree
9 12 (1.54%) ISEB
10 11 (1.41%) CCNP
11 10 (1.28%) CISSP
12 9 (1.15%) DBS Check
12 9 (1.15%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 8 (1.02%) MCP
13 8 (1.02%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 7 (0.90%) AWS Certification
14 7 (0.90%) OCA
14 7 (0.90%) Oracle Certification
15 5 (0.64%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (3.33%) SLA
2 25 (3.20%) QA
3 9 (1.15%) WCAG
4 7 (0.90%) PCI DSS
4 7 (0.90%) PMO
5 6 (0.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 5 (0.64%) Data Quality
6 5 (0.64%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 4 (0.51%) GDPR
8 3 (0.38%) ISO 9001
9 2 (0.26%) Def Stans
9 2 (0.26%) JSP 440
9 2 (0.26%) MISRA
9 2 (0.26%) MISRA C
9 2 (0.26%) RMADS
10 1 (0.13%) DO-178B
10 1 (0.13%) GxP
System Software
1 327 (41.87%) Active Directory
2 92 (11.78%) VMware Infrastructure
3 58 (7.43%) Hyper-V
4 47 (6.02%) VMware ESXi
5 30 (3.84%) vSphere
6 28 (3.59%) XenApp
7 26 (3.33%) Virtual Machines
8 16 (2.05%) Microsoft App-V
9 14 (1.79%) XenDesktop
10 12 (1.54%) VMware Server
11 11 (1.41%) Docker
11 11 (1.41%) Virtual Servers
12 8 (1.02%) Virtual Desktop
12 8 (1.02%) VMware NSX
13 6 (0.77%) BitLocker
13 6 (0.77%) Firmware
13 6 (0.77%) Xen
13 6 (0.77%) XenServer
14 4 (0.51%) ISA Server
15 3 (0.38%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 153 (19.59%) SCCM
2 31 (3.97%) SCOM
3 30 (3.84%) WSUS
4 28 (3.59%) Puppet
5 25 (3.20%) Ansible
6 22 (2.82%) McAfee ePO
6 22 (2.82%) vCenter Server
7 20 (2.56%) Opscode Chef
8 19 (2.43%) Microsoft Intune
9 15 (1.92%) Microsoft Clustering
9 15 (1.92%) Terraform
10 11 (1.41%) Packer
11 10 (1.28%) FortiGate
11 10 (1.28%) Single Sign-On
11 10 (1.28%) WMI
12 9 (1.15%) NetBackup
13 7 (0.90%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 7 (0.90%) ZENworks
14 6 (0.77%) Backup Exec
14 6 (0.77%) BMC PATROL
Vendors
1 294 (37.64%) Microsoft
2 197 (25.22%) VMware
3 73 (9.35%) Cisco
4 70 (8.96%) Citrix
5 45 (5.76%) Oracle
6 43 (5.51%) HP
7 30 (3.84%) McAfee
8 24 (3.07%) NetApp
9 21 (2.69%) Google
10 18 (2.30%) Veeam
11 16 (2.05%) Apple
12 15 (1.92%) SAP
12 15 (1.92%) Splunk
13 14 (1.79%) CommVault
13 14 (1.79%) Sophos
14 13 (1.66%) IBM
15 12 (1.54%) Atlassian
15 12 (1.54%) Juniper
15 12 (1.54%) Red Hat
15 12 (1.54%) Symantec