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 3 months to 26 March 2017 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Windows
England / South West
Rank 7 6 7
Rank change year-on-year -1 +1  
Contract jobs citing Windows 342 391 416
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 13.29% 13.48% 13.38%
As % of the Operating Systems category 73.71% 59.51% 68.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 196 219 203
Median daily rate £325 £325 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +8.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £121 £120 £126
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £473 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £345 £340 £320
% change year-on-year +1.47% +6.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 44 73
Median hourly rate £15.78 £16.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.39% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.90 £9.48 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.20 £41.30 £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £15.50 £14.66
% change year-on-year -6.45% +5.72%  

Windows is in the operating system skills category. The next 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.

Contract Operating System Skills
South West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 464 657 609
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 18.03% 22.65% 19.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 272 394 303
Median daily rate £350 £350 £350
90% offered a daily rate of more than £120 £160 £130
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £471 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £363 £338
% change year-on-year +7.58% +7.40%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 49 73 84
Median hourly rate £16.38 £19.25 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.93% +13.23%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £9.72 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.75 £46.27 £36.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.25 £16.92 £15.50
% change year-on-year -9.86% +9.16%  

Windows
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South West citing Windows as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Operating Systems category.

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 3 months to 26 March 2017.

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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 26 March 2017.

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 3 months to 26 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Bristol -1 105 £313 -3.84% 34
Wiltshire -3 84 £375 +7.14% 13
Gloucestershire +3 63 £169 -43.75% 12
Somerset +2 27 £350 -17.64% 13
Devon -4 19 £195 +4.00% 3
Dorset -6 12 £130 -56.66% 11
Cornwall -6 3 £300 -7.69%
Avon - 1 - - 1
Windows
England

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 26 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Windows also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the South West region with a requirement for Windows.

1 310 (44.41%) Active Directory
2 243 (34.81%) Windows Server
3 220 (31.52%) Microsoft
4 185 (26.50%) Windows 7
5 167 (23.93%) VMware
6 161 (23.07%) Security Cleared
7 139 (19.91%) Linux
8 115 (16.48%) SC Cleared
9 110 (15.76%) Windows Server 2012
10 109 (15.62%) Windows Server 2008
10 109 (15.62%) MS Office
11 106 (15.19%) MS Excel
12 103 (14.76%) SQL
13 98 (14.04%) ITIL
14 94 (13.47%) VMware Infrastructure
15 90 (12.89%) Office 365
15 90 (12.89%) SQL Server
16 88 (12.61%) Finance
17 79 (11.32%) Windows 10
18 76 (10.89%) DNS
19 74 (10.60%) MS Exchange
19 74 (10.60%) Agile Software Development
20 72 (10.32%) Citrix
20 72 (10.32%) .NET
21 70 (10.03%) Cisco
22 67 (9.60%) Oracle
23 66 (9.46%) C#
23 66 (9.46%) Migration
24 65 (9.31%) SCCM
25 60 (8.60%) Firewall

Windows
Top Related 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 74 (10.60%) MS Exchange
2 43 (6.16%) IIS
3 30 (4.30%) SharePoint
4 29 (4.15%) Exchange Server 2010
5 24 (3.44%) Skype for Business
6 23 (3.30%) CMS
6 23 (3.30%) Exchange Server 2007
6 23 (3.30%) Exchange Server 2013
7 18 (2.58%) Sitecore CMS
8 12 (1.72%) Apache
9 11 (1.58%) SharePoint 2013
10 10 (1.43%) Confluence
10 10 (1.43%) Elasticsearch
11 9 (1.29%) Tomcat
12 8 (1.15%) WebSphere
13 7 (1.00%) Exchange Server 2003
14 6 (0.86%) WebLogic
15 5 (0.72%) BizTalk Server
15 5 (0.72%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 5 (0.72%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 109 (15.62%) MS Office
2 106 (15.19%) MS Excel
3 9 (1.29%) Spreadsheet
4 5 (0.72%) MS PowerPoint
5 2 (0.29%) MS Project
5 2 (0.29%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.29%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 8 (1.15%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 7 (1.00%) Dynamics CRM
3 4 (0.57%) Pegasus Opera
4 2 (0.29%) Oracle Applications
4 2 (0.29%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.14%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.14%) Fredhopper
5 1 (0.14%) Magento
5 1 (0.14%) Primavera
5 1 (0.14%) SAP CRM
5 1 (0.14%) SAP ERP
5 1 (0.14%) SAP SCM
Cloud Services
1 90 (12.89%) Office 365
2 50 (7.16%) Microsoft Azure
3 35 (5.01%) Amazon AWS
4 7 (1.00%) IaaS
5 5 (0.72%) Cloud Computing
6 3 (0.43%) Amazon ELB
6 3 (0.43%) Amazon S3
6 3 (0.43%) AWS CloudFormation
6 3 (0.43%) Route 53
7 2 (0.29%) IBM PureFlex
7 2 (0.29%) PaaS
8 1 (0.14%) GitHub
8 1 (0.14%) Google Cloud Platform
8 1 (0.14%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 76 (10.89%) DNS
2 60 (8.60%) Firewall
3 48 (6.88%) Internet
3 48 (6.88%) LAN
4 43 (6.16%) WAN
5 41 (5.87%) DHCP
6 37 (5.30%) TCP/IP
7 35 (5.01%) SAN
8 29 (4.15%) VPN
9 23 (3.30%) Wireless
10 17 (2.44%) Remote Desktop
11 15 (2.15%) Skype
11 15 (2.15%) Wi-Fi
12 8 (1.15%) NAS
12 8 (1.15%) SSL
12 8 (1.15%) VoIP
13 7 (1.00%) Cisco ASA
13 7 (1.00%) PuTTY
13 7 (1.00%) WinSCP
14 6 (0.86%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 90 (12.89%) SQL Server
2 24 (3.44%) SQL Server 2012
3 22 (3.15%) SQL Server 2008
4 21 (3.01%) Oracle Database
5 17 (2.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 16 (2.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 15 (2.15%) Oracle Reports
8 12 (1.72%) SQL Server 2014
9 11 (1.58%) MySQL
10 9 (1.29%) MS Access
10 9 (1.29%) Relational Database
11 8 (1.15%) Oracle Database 10g
12 7 (1.00%) Oracle Database 11g
12 7 (1.00%) SQL Server 2005
13 6 (0.86%) Crystal Reports
13 6 (0.86%) MongoDB
14 5 (0.72%) Amazon RDS
14 5 (0.72%) BusinessObjects
14 5 (0.72%) Ingres
15 4 (0.57%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 44 (6.30%) Team Foundation Server
2 30 (4.30%) Visual Studio
3 22 (3.15%) Jenkins
4 17 (2.44%) Selenium
5 16 (2.29%) Git (software)
5 16 (2.29%) JIRA
6 12 (1.72%) Eclipse
7 10 (1.43%) Cucumber
7 10 (1.43%) TeamCity
8 8 (1.15%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 7 (1.00%) Ant
9 7 (1.00%) HP UFT
9 7 (1.00%) Oracle APEX
9 7 (1.00%) SoapUI
9 7 (1.00%) SpecFlow
10 5 (0.72%) TestNG
10 5 (0.72%) Toad
11 4 (0.57%) LoadRunner
11 4 (0.57%) Rational DOORS
11 4 (0.57%) WiX
General
1 88 (12.61%) Finance
2 15 (2.15%) Military
2 15 (2.15%) Telecoms
3 11 (1.58%) Marketing
4 8 (1.15%) Electronics
4 8 (1.15%) Manufacturing
5 5 (0.72%) Banking
5 5 (0.72%) Local Government
6 4 (0.57%) Games
6 4 (0.57%) Retail
7 3 (0.43%) Multimedia
8 2 (0.29%) Advertising
8 2 (0.29%) Aerospace
8 2 (0.29%) Back Office
8 2 (0.29%) Law
9 1 (0.14%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 105 (15.04%) Analyst
2 99 (14.18%) Support Engineer
3 76 (10.89%) Developer
4 59 (8.45%) 2nd Line Support
5 44 (6.30%) Desktop Support
5 44 (6.30%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 37 (5.30%) Support Analyst
7 36 (5.16%) 1st Line Support
7 36 (5.16%) IT Support
8 35 (5.01%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 34 (4.87%) Desktop Engineer
10 32 (4.58%) Service Analyst
11 31 (4.44%) Service Desk Analyst
12 30 (4.30%) 2nd Line Engineer
12 30 (4.30%) Windows Engineer
13 28 (4.01%) Architect
14 27 (3.87%) 1st/2nd Line Support
14 27 (3.87%) Consultant
15 26 (3.72%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
16 24 (3.44%) Desktop Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 72 (10.32%) .NET
2 34 (4.87%) CSS
2 34 (4.87%) HTML
3 32 (4.58%) ASP.NET
4 28 (4.01%) jQuery
5 25 (3.58%) Web Services
5 25 (3.58%) XML
6 23 (3.30%) Ajax
7 22 (3.15%) XSLT
8 20 (2.87%) Sass
9 18 (2.58%) Flash
10 14 (2.01%) SOAP
11 11 (1.58%) JSON
12 10 (1.43%) .NET Framework
13 8 (1.15%) AngularJS
13 8 (1.15%) ASP.NET Web API
13 8 (1.15%) Elastic Stack
14 7 (1.00%) REST
14 7 (1.00%) WebCenter
15 6 (0.86%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 34 (4.87%) Analytical Skills
2 33 (4.73%) Data Centre
3 22 (3.15%) Fat Client
3 22 (3.15%) Thin Client
4 21 (3.01%) Client/Server
4 21 (3.01%) User Experience
5 19 (2.72%) W3C
6 17 (2.44%) Clustering
7 16 (2.29%) Replication
8 14 (2.01%) Management Information System
9 13 (1.86%) Blackberry
10 10 (1.43%) Smartphone
11 9 (1.29%) Driving Licence
11 9 (1.29%) iPhone
12 8 (1.15%) CMDB
12 8 (1.15%) EMC VNX
13 7 (1.00%) Mobile App
13 7 (1.00%) N-Tier
13 7 (1.00%) Video Conferencing
13 7 (1.00%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 243 (34.81%) Windows Server
2 185 (26.50%) Windows 7
3 139 (19.91%) Linux
4 110 (15.76%) Windows Server 2012
5 109 (15.62%) Windows Server 2008
6 79 (11.32%) Windows 10
7 45 (6.45%) Windows Server 2003
8 38 (5.44%) Unix
9 36 (5.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 30 (4.30%) Android
11 25 (3.58%) Apple iOS
11 25 (3.58%) Windows 8
12 24 (3.44%) Windows XP
13 15 (2.15%) Solaris
14 12 (1.72%) Mac OS X
15 9 (1.29%) Mac OS
16 7 (1.00%) Amazon Linux
16 7 (1.00%) CentOS
17 6 (0.86%) Windows Vista
18 5 (0.72%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 98 (14.04%) ITIL
2 74 (10.60%) Agile Software Development
3 66 (9.46%) Migration
4 46 (6.59%) DevOps
5 42 (6.02%) Incident Management
6 37 (5.30%) Scrum
7 31 (4.44%) Continuous Integration
7 31 (4.44%) Web Development
8 29 (4.15%) Software Engineering
9 28 (4.01%) Content Management
10 25 (3.58%) Change Management
10 25 (3.58%) Service Delivery
11 23 (3.30%) Performance Testing
12 20 (2.87%) Integration Testing
13 19 (2.72%) Data Migration
13 19 (2.72%) Problem Management
14 18 (2.58%) Network Management
14 18 (2.58%) Project Management
14 18 (2.58%) SDLC
14 18 (2.58%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 103 (14.76%) SQL
2 66 (9.46%) C#
3 59 (8.45%) PowerShell
4 47 (6.73%) Java
4 47 (6.73%) JavaScript
5 30 (4.30%) Python
6 24 (3.44%) C++
7 22 (3.15%) C
7 22 (3.15%) T-SQL
8 18 (2.58%) Bash Shell
8 18 (2.58%) Perl
9 15 (2.15%) ActionScript
10 12 (1.72%) Shell Script
11 11 (1.58%) VBScript
12 10 (1.43%) PHP
12 10 (1.43%) VB
13 9 (1.29%) PL/SQL
14 7 (1.00%) F#
15 4 (0.57%) AWK
15 4 (0.57%) Scala
Qualifications
1 161 (23.07%) Security Cleared
2 115 (16.48%) SC Cleared
3 45 (6.45%) DV Cleared
4 24 (3.44%) DBS Check
5 15 (2.15%) ITIL Certification
6 12 (1.72%) Cisco Certification
7 11 (1.58%) Microsoft Certification
8 10 (1.43%) Degree
9 9 (1.29%) CCNA
10 8 (1.15%) MCSE
11 7 (1.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 6 (0.86%) A+ Certification
12 6 (0.86%) ISEB
12 6 (0.86%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 6 (0.86%) MCITP
13 5 (0.72%) SANS
14 4 (0.57%) CCNP
14 4 (0.57%) CISSP
14 4 (0.57%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 4 (0.57%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 41 (5.87%) SLA
2 25 (3.58%) QA
3 4 (0.57%) PCI DSS
3 4 (0.57%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 3 (0.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.43%) JSP 440
5 2 (0.29%) Def Stans
5 2 (0.29%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (0.29%) GPG13
5 2 (0.29%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 2 (0.29%) MISRA
5 2 (0.29%) MISRA C
5 2 (0.29%) RMADS
6 1 (0.14%) PMBOK
6 1 (0.14%) PMO
System Software
1 310 (44.41%) Active Directory
2 94 (13.47%) VMware Infrastructure
3 35 (5.01%) Microsoft App-V
4 29 (4.15%) Hyper-V
5 25 (3.58%) XenApp
6 24 (3.44%) Virtual Machines
7 20 (2.87%) Docker
7 20 (2.87%) vSphere
8 18 (2.58%) VMware ESX
9 16 (2.29%) XenDesktop
10 11 (1.58%) BitLocker
10 11 (1.58%) VMware ESXi
11 9 (1.29%) Virtual Desktop
12 7 (1.00%) DFS Replication
12 7 (1.00%) ISA Server
13 6 (0.86%) Virtual Servers
14 4 (0.57%) Firmware
14 4 (0.57%) LXC
14 4 (0.57%) Veritas Cluster Server
15 3 (0.43%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 65 (9.31%) SCCM
2 17 (2.44%) vRealize
3 14 (2.01%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 11 (1.58%) NetBackup
5 9 (1.29%) WSUS
6 8 (1.15%) Ansible
6 8 (1.15%) Failover Clustering
6 8 (1.15%) Puppet
6 8 (1.15%) SCOrch
6 8 (1.15%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 7 (1.00%) Icinga
7 7 (1.00%) Kibana
7 7 (1.00%) logstash
7 7 (1.00%) Microsoft Intune
7 7 (1.00%) Nagios
8 6 (0.86%) SCOM
9 5 (0.72%) HP Quality Center
9 5 (0.72%) Nessus
10 4 (0.57%) Netcool
10 4 (0.57%) Zenoss
Vendors
1 220 (31.52%) Microsoft
2 167 (23.93%) VMware
3 72 (10.32%) Citrix
4 70 (10.03%) Cisco
5 67 (9.60%) Oracle
6 49 (7.02%) Apple
7 47 (6.73%) HP
8 45 (6.45%) Red Hat
9 28 (4.01%) Dell
10 20 (2.87%) AppSense
11 19 (2.72%) Sitecore
12 18 (2.58%) Symantec
13 17 (2.44%) IBM
14 16 (2.29%) SAP
15 13 (1.86%) Wyse
16 12 (1.72%) Intel Security
17 11 (1.58%) CheckPoint
18 10 (1.43%) Juniper
18 10 (1.43%) Sophos
19 9 (1.29%) EMC
Gloucestershire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £175 - £225 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Wiltshire
People Source Consulting
Rate: £250 - £290 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 6 days ago
Corsham, Wiltshire
Spring Technology
Posted: 3 days ago
Bournemouth
Spectrum IT
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 16 days ago
Bristol
Bluetown Online LTD
Posted: 26 days ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £100 - £130 per day
Posted: 5 days ago