Period
to 20 November 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 20 November 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
20 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 5 8 6
Rank change year-on-year +3 -2 +1
Contract jobs citing Windows 907 675 813
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 14.40% 12.04% 14.33%
As % of the Operating Systems category 63.65% 63.92% 66.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 500 401 491
South West median daily rate £350 £300 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.67% -7.69% -
10th Percentile £121 £128 £125
90th Percentile £538 £475 £538
England median daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +7.14% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 113 77 103
South West median hourly rate £17.50 £16.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.38% +14.29% -15.15%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.78 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.00 £47.55 £42.50
England median hourly rate £16.75 £16.00 £15.25
% change year-on-year +4.69% +4.92% -3.17%

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 1,425 1,056 1,225
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 22.63% 18.83% 21.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 809 627 726
South West median daily rate £400 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.29% - -5.41%
10th Percentile £145 £148 £135
90th Percentile £575 £513 £550
England median daily rate £425 £425 £410
% change year-on-year - +3.66% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 135 96 120
South West median hourly rate £22.00 £17.50 £15.26
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.71% +14.72% -16.41%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.96 £10.73
90th Percentile £47.43 £44.38 £43.30
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year - +6.06% -

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 20 November 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 20 November 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 20 November 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
Wiltshire +3 278 £400 +23.08% 57
Bristol -4 242 £328 +22.43% 116
Gloucestershire 0 122 £375 +25.00% 50
Somerset -1 70 £325 +94.61% 24
Devon +16 69 £275 +9.78% 14
Dorset -1 53 £300 -29.41% 42
Cornwall +4 32 £250 -16.67% 12
Avon - 1 - -
Windows
England

For the 6 months to 20 November 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.

1 367 (40.46%) Windows Server
2 309 (34.07%) Microsoft
3 297 (32.75%) Active Directory
4 279 (30.76%) Windows 10
5 249 (27.45%) Security Cleared
6 209 (23.04%) Windows 7
7 191 (21.06%) VMware
8 187 (20.62%) SCCM
9 178 (19.63%) PowerShell
9 178 (19.63%) Linux
10 159 (17.53%) Office 365
11 155 (17.09%) Windows Server 2012
12 153 (16.87%) SC Cleared
13 125 (13.78%) ITIL
14 121 (13.34%) SQL Server
15 107 (11.80%) SQL
16 103 (11.36%) Cisco
16 103 (11.36%) Microsoft Azure
17 102 (11.25%) Agile Software Development
18 100 (11.03%) Windows Server 2008
19 99 (10.92%) Problem-Solving
20 96 (10.58%) Infrastructure Engineering
21 95 (10.47%) Finance
22 91 (10.03%) VMware Infrastructure
23 87 (9.59%) DV Cleared
24 85 (9.37%) Firewall
25 84 (9.26%) Analytical Skills
26 83 (9.15%) Migration
27 82 (9.04%) DevOps
28 77 (8.49%) Microsoft Office

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 (7.83%) MS Exchange
2 37 (4.08%) IIS
3 30 (3.31%) SharePoint
4 26 (2.87%) Skype for Business
5 23 (2.54%) Confluence
5 23 (2.54%) Exchange Server 2010
6 20 (2.21%) Apache
7 16 (1.76%) CMS
8 15 (1.65%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 11 (1.21%) Tomcat
10 9 (0.99%) Drupal
11 8 (0.88%) ColdFusion
12 6 (0.66%) BizTalk Server
12 6 (0.66%) SAS
12 6 (0.66%) WebSphere
13 5 (0.55%) Elasticsearch
13 5 (0.55%) Exchange Server 2013
13 5 (0.55%) JBoss
13 5 (0.55%) SharePoint Server
14 4 (0.44%) nginx
Applications
1 77 (8.49%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (1.43%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (0.88%) Spreadsheet
4 7 (0.77%) MS Visio
5 5 (0.55%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.22%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.11%) HipChat
7 1 (0.11%) Houdini
7 1 (0.11%) Maya
7 1 (0.11%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 1 (0.11%) NUKE
7 1 (0.11%) Simulink
7 1 (0.11%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 5 (0.55%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.22%) Towers Watson Igloo
3 1 (0.11%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.11%) Elite 3E
3 1 (0.11%) Oracle Cash Management
Cloud Services
1 159 (17.53%) Office 365
2 103 (11.36%) Microsoft Azure
3 57 (6.28%) Amazon AWS
4 15 (1.65%) Azure Active Directory
5 13 (1.43%) PaaS
6 11 (1.21%) AWS CloudFormation
6 11 (1.21%) Google Cloud Platform
6 11 (1.21%) IaaS
7 8 (0.88%) Amazon S3
8 7 (0.77%) Amazon EC2
8 7 (0.77%) GitHub
9 5 (0.55%) SaaS
9 5 (0.55%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 4 (0.44%) OneDrive
10 4 (0.44%) OpenShift
11 3 (0.33%) G Suite
12 1 (0.11%) Amazon Glacier
12 1 (0.11%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 85 (9.37%) Firewall
2 52 (5.73%) DNS
3 48 (5.29%) WAN
4 47 (5.18%) LAN
5 46 (5.07%) SAN
6 37 (4.08%) VPN
7 28 (3.09%) Skype
8 27 (2.98%) Remote Desktop
9 25 (2.76%) Intrusion Detection
10 24 (2.65%) DHCP
11 22 (2.43%) Internet
11 22 (2.43%) TCP/IP
12 21 (2.32%) Network Security
13 18 (1.98%) NAS
14 16 (1.76%) SSL
14 16 (1.76%) Wi-Fi
15 12 (1.32%) Cisco Nexus
15 12 (1.32%) IPsec
15 12 (1.32%) Unified Communications
15 12 (1.32%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 121 (13.34%) SQL Server
2 19 (2.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 18 (1.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 15 (1.65%) MySQL
5 13 (1.43%) SQL Server 2008
6 12 (1.32%) Relational Database
7 10 (1.10%) SQL Server 2012
8 9 (0.99%) Data Warehouse
9 8 (0.88%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 7 (0.77%) DataStage
10 7 (0.77%) IBM InfoSphere
11 6 (0.66%) Azure SQL Database
11 6 (0.66%) Data Mining
11 6 (0.66%) DB2
11 6 (0.66%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
11 6 (0.66%) Oracle Database
11 6 (0.66%) RDBMS
12 5 (0.55%) Big Data
12 5 (0.55%) Hadoop
13 4 (0.44%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 38 (4.19%) JIRA
2 32 (3.53%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 32 (3.53%) MSI
3 27 (2.98%) Team Foundation Server
4 25 (2.76%) Selenium
5 24 (2.65%) Visual Studio
6 20 (2.21%) Jenkins
7 17 (1.87%) Git (software)
8 11 (1.21%) SoapUI
8 11 (1.21%) Visual Studio Team System
9 9 (0.99%) WebDriver
10 7 (0.77%) MSTest
10 7 (0.77%) NUnit
11 5 (0.55%) Bitbucket
11 5 (0.55%) Eclipse
12 4 (0.44%) Ant
12 4 (0.44%) CF BOSH
12 4 (0.44%) GitLab
12 4 (0.44%) Travis CI
12 4 (0.44%) Vagrant
General
1 95 (10.47%) Finance
2 28 (3.09%) Manufacturing
3 26 (2.87%) Telecoms
4 20 (2.21%) Marketing
5 19 (2.09%) Electronics
6 15 (1.65%) Military
7 14 (1.54%) Banking
8 9 (0.99%) Law
9 8 (0.88%) Back Office
10 5 (0.55%) Financial Institution
10 5 (0.55%) Local Government
10 5 (0.55%) Retail
11 4 (0.44%) Aerospace
12 3 (0.33%) Games
13 2 (0.22%) Legal
14 1 (0.11%) Advertising
14 1 (0.11%) Billing
14 1 (0.11%) Publishing
14 1 (0.11%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 121 (13.34%) Desktop Support
2 103 (11.36%) Analyst
3 101 (11.14%) Support Engineer
4 79 (8.71%) Desktop Engineer
5 77 (8.49%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 53 (5.84%) Desktop Support Engineer
6 53 (5.84%) Developer
7 50 (5.51%) Windows Engineer
8 48 (5.29%) Consultant
9 47 (5.18%) Architect
10 38 (4.19%) DevOps Engineer
11 35 (3.86%) Administrator
12 34 (3.75%) 2nd Line Support
13 28 (3.09%) Applications Packager
14 27 (2.98%) Service Analyst
14 27 (2.98%) Service Desk Analyst
14 27 (2.98%) Support Analyst
15 25 (2.76%) Systems Administrator
16 24 (2.65%) 3rd Line Engineer
17 23 (2.54%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 49 (5.40%) .NET
2 27 (2.98%) HTML
3 25 (2.76%) Web Services
4 22 (2.43%) .NET Framework
5 21 (2.32%) REST
6 16 (1.76%) CSS
7 15 (1.65%) Node.js
7 15 (1.65%) SOAP
8 14 (1.54%) ASP.NET
8 14 (1.54%) jQuery
9 13 (1.43%) JSON
9 13 (1.43%) XML
10 12 (1.32%) WCF
11 11 (1.21%) AngularJS
11 11 (1.21%) HTML5
12 10 (1.10%) Middleware
13 9 (0.99%) WPF
14 8 (0.88%) OAuth
14 8 (0.88%) React
14 8 (0.88%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 84 (9.26%) Analytical Skills
2 56 (6.17%) Data Centre
3 29 (3.20%) Management Information System
4 23 (2.54%) Hybrid Cloud
4 23 (2.54%) PKI
5 16 (1.76%) Fat Client
5 16 (1.76%) Thin Client
6 14 (1.54%) Blackberry
7 13 (1.43%) Self-Motivation
8 12 (1.32%) Video Conferencing
9 11 (1.21%) NHS
10 10 (1.10%) Clustering
11 9 (0.99%) Private Cloud
11 9 (0.99%) Replication
12 8 (0.88%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
12 8 (0.88%) Linux Command Line
13 7 (0.77%) Computer Science
13 7 (0.77%) Driving Licence
13 7 (0.77%) Smartphone
13 7 (0.77%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 367 (40.46%) Windows Server
2 279 (30.76%) Windows 10
3 209 (23.04%) Windows 7
4 178 (19.63%) Linux
5 155 (17.09%) Windows Server 2012
6 100 (11.03%) Windows Server 2008
7 55 (6.06%) Unix
8 36 (3.97%) Windows XP
9 32 (3.53%) Windows 8
10 28 (3.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 19 (2.09%) Windows Server 2003
12 17 (1.87%) Apple iOS
13 14 (1.54%) CentOS
14 11 (1.21%) AIX
14 11 (1.21%) Android
14 11 (1.21%) Mac OS
15 8 (0.88%) Debian
15 8 (0.88%) zOS
16 7 (0.77%) Solaris
16 7 (0.77%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 125 (13.78%) ITIL
2 102 (11.25%) Agile Software Development
3 99 (10.92%) Problem-Solving
4 96 (10.58%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 83 (9.15%) Migration
6 82 (9.04%) DevOps
7 61 (6.73%) Service Management
8 48 (5.29%) Configuration Management
9 45 (4.96%) SDLC
10 43 (4.74%) Disaster Recovery
11 39 (4.30%) Application Packaging
11 39 (4.30%) Service Delivery
12 37 (4.08%) Software Engineering
13 36 (3.97%) ITIL V3
14 35 (3.86%) Test Automation
14 35 (3.86%) User Acceptance Testing
15 34 (3.75%) Load Balancing
16 30 (3.31%) ITSM
17 29 (3.20%) Mentoring
18 25 (2.76%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 178 (19.63%) PowerShell
2 107 (11.80%) SQL
3 51 (5.62%) C#
4 40 (4.41%) Python
5 36 (3.97%) JavaScript
5 36 (3.97%) T-SQL
6 35 (3.86%) Bash Shell
7 31 (3.42%) Java
8 26 (2.87%) C
9 23 (2.54%) C++
10 22 (2.43%) Shell Script
11 13 (1.43%) VBScript
12 12 (1.32%) Perl
13 11 (1.21%) PL/SQL
14 9 (0.99%) Ruby
15 8 (0.88%) PHP
16 6 (0.66%) Korn
17 5 (0.55%) TypeScript
18 3 (0.33%) Rust
18 3 (0.33%) VBA
Qualifications
1 249 (27.45%) Security Cleared
2 153 (16.87%) SC Cleared
3 87 (9.59%) DV Cleared
4 55 (6.06%) Microsoft Certification
5 47 (5.18%) Cisco Certification
6 39 (4.30%) CCNA
6 39 (4.30%) MCSE
7 35 (3.86%) MCSA
8 27 (2.98%) Degree
9 20 (2.21%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 18 (1.98%) CCNP
11 15 (1.65%) OCA
11 15 (1.65%) Oracle Certification
12 13 (1.43%) CISSP
13 9 (0.99%) ISEB
14 7 (0.77%) BPSS Clearance
15 6 (0.66%) CCA
15 6 (0.66%) Citrix Certification
15 6 (0.66%) DBS Check
15 6 (0.66%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (2.09%) QA
1 19 (2.09%) SLA
2 12 (1.32%) PCI DSS
3 9 (0.99%) WCAG
4 8 (0.88%) PMO
5 7 (0.77%) GDPR
6 5 (0.55%) Data Quality
7 4 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 4 (0.44%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 2 (0.22%) Disclosure Scotland
8 2 (0.22%) ISO 9001
8 2 (0.22%) JSP 440
9 1 (0.11%) Def Stans
9 1 (0.11%) MISRA
9 1 (0.11%) MISRA C
9 1 (0.11%) SEPA
9 1 (0.11%) TARGET2
System Software
1 297 (32.75%) Active Directory
2 91 (10.03%) VMware Infrastructure
3 56 (6.17%) Hyper-V
4 38 (4.19%) VMware ESXi
5 37 (4.08%) Microsoft App-V
6 33 (3.64%) Docker
7 28 (3.09%) vSphere
8 26 (2.87%) Virtual Machines
9 23 (2.54%) XenApp
10 22 (2.43%) Virtual Desktop
11 13 (1.43%) Virtual Servers
12 11 (1.21%) VMware Server
13 10 (1.10%) XenDesktop
14 9 (0.99%) VMware NSX
15 8 (0.88%) NFS
16 7 (0.77%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 7 (0.77%) Samba
17 5 (0.55%) BitLocker
17 5 (0.55%) Snort
18 4 (0.44%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 187 (20.62%) SCCM
2 39 (4.30%) SCOM
3 36 (3.97%) vCenter Server
4 35 (3.86%) Puppet
5 33 (3.64%) Ansible
6 23 (2.54%) Kubernetes
6 23 (2.54%) Opscode Chef
7 20 (2.21%) WSUS
8 16 (1.76%) Terraform
9 14 (1.54%) McAfee ePO
9 14 (1.54%) PowerCLI
10 12 (1.32%) Microsoft Clustering
10 12 (1.32%) Microsoft Intune
10 12 (1.32%) SCVMM
11 11 (1.21%) NetBackup
12 10 (1.10%) WMI
13 8 (0.88%) FortiGate
14 7 (0.77%) Nagios
14 7 (0.77%) Single Sign-On
14 7 (0.77%) Veritas Storage Foundation
Vendors
1 309 (34.07%) Microsoft
2 191 (21.06%) VMware
3 103 (11.36%) Cisco
4 74 (8.16%) Oracle
5 44 (4.85%) Citrix
6 37 (4.08%) HP
7 33 (3.64%) McAfee
8 30 (3.31%) Red Hat
9 28 (3.09%) Atlassian
10 26 (2.87%) Apple
11 24 (2.65%) SAP
12 17 (1.87%) NetApp
13 16 (1.76%) CheckPoint
13 16 (1.76%) Google
14 13 (1.43%) IBM
15 12 (1.32%) Juniper
16 11 (1.21%) CommVault
16 11 (1.21%) Dell
16 11 (1.21%) Veeam
17 10 (1.10%) EMC