Period
to 24 May 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 24 May 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
24 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 6 9 7
Rank change year-on-year +3 -2 0
Contract jobs citing Windows 665 612 810
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 13.15% 11.79% 13.66%
As % of the Operating Systems category 62.56% 70.10% 62.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 345 358 483
South West median daily rate £320 £325 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.54% - +4.00%
10th Percentile £130 £120 £123
90th Percentile £517 £514 £538
England median daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year +3.45% +3.57% +0.72%
Number of hourly rates quoted 94 66 92
South West median hourly rate £16.50 £16.13 £15.30
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.33% +5.37% -7.26%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.75 £10.14
90th Percentile £42.50 £46.00 £38.75
England median hourly rate £16.00 £15.25 £15.50
% change year-on-year +4.92% -1.61% -0.70%

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 1,063 873 1,304
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 21.02% 16.81% 21.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 547 511 769
South West median daily rate £380 £355 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.04% +1.43% -6.67%
10th Percentile £162 £135 £156
90th Percentile £550 £538 £520
England median daily rate £445 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +4.71% +6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 112 91 128
South West median hourly rate £17.50 £18.50 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.41% -11.90% +23.53%
10th Percentile £11.17 £12.00 £11.29
90th Percentile £47.45 £47.50 £46.08
England median hourly rate £17.50 £16.83 £17.00
% change year-on-year +3.97% -0.99% +5.20%

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 24 May 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 24 May 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 24 May 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 +2 214 £373 +14.62% 80
Wiltshire -1 121 £325 -10.96% 31
Gloucestershire -1 98 £288 +41.10% 56
Somerset +8 73 £228 -30.00% 22
Dorset -2 51 £250 -16.67% 40
Devon +6 43 £303 +28.72% 28
Cornwall +8 24 £300 - 15
Windows
England

For the 6 months to 24 May 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.

1 316 (47.52%) Active Directory
2 238 (35.79%) Windows Server
3 232 (34.89%) Microsoft
4 165 (24.81%) Windows 10
5 159 (23.91%) VMware
6 154 (23.16%) Windows 7
7 136 (20.45%) Office 365
8 117 (17.59%) Linux
9 115 (17.29%) SCCM
10 112 (16.84%) Security Cleared
11 101 (15.19%) Windows Server 2008
12 98 (14.74%) Windows Server 2012
13 96 (14.44%) Microsoft Azure
14 84 (12.63%) SQL
15 79 (11.88%) Migration
16 78 (11.73%) Microsoft Office
16 78 (11.73%) SC Cleared
17 77 (11.58%) ITIL
18 72 (10.83%) Hyper-V
19 71 (10.68%) Finance
20 70 (10.53%) PowerShell
21 67 (10.08%) Firewall
21 67 (10.08%) Agile Software Development
22 63 (9.47%) VMware Infrastructure
23 62 (9.32%) DNS
24 59 (8.87%) Cisco
25 57 (8.57%) SQL Server
26 56 (8.42%) Citrix
27 54 (8.12%) IIS
28 53 (7.97%) Amazon AWS

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 54 (8.12%) IIS
2 52 (7.82%) MS Exchange
3 35 (5.26%) SharePoint
4 31 (4.66%) Skype for Business
5 13 (1.95%) Tomcat
6 12 (1.80%) Exchange Server 2010
7 11 (1.65%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 7 (1.05%) JBoss
9 6 (0.90%) Apache
10 5 (0.75%) Apache Solr
11 4 (0.60%) Confluence
12 3 (0.45%) BizTalk Server
12 3 (0.45%) Exchange Server 2007
12 3 (0.45%) SAS
13 2 (0.30%) Apache Spark
13 2 (0.30%) CMS
13 2 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2013
13 2 (0.30%) WebLogic
14 1 (0.15%) Elasticsearch
14 1 (0.15%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 78 (11.73%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (0.90%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (0.60%) MS Visio
4 3 (0.45%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.30%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.15%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 3 (0.45%) Dynamics CRM
1 3 (0.45%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.30%) Unit4 Business World
3 1 (0.15%) Northgate Housing
3 1 (0.15%) OPENHousing
3 1 (0.15%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.15%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 136 (20.45%) Office 365
2 96 (14.44%) Microsoft Azure
3 53 (7.97%) Amazon AWS
4 10 (1.50%) Serverless
5 7 (1.05%) AWS CloudFormation
5 7 (1.05%) G Suite
5 7 (1.05%) Google Cloud Platform
6 5 (0.75%) OneDrive
7 4 (0.60%) Azure Active Directory
7 4 (0.60%) IaaS
8 2 (0.30%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (0.30%) Dynamics 365
8 2 (0.30%) PaaS
9 1 (0.15%) GitHub
9 1 (0.15%) MailChimp
9 1 (0.15%) npm
9 1 (0.15%) OpenShift
9 1 (0.15%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 67 (10.08%) Firewall
2 62 (9.32%) DNS
3 39 (5.86%) SAN
4 36 (5.41%) Skype
5 35 (5.26%) DHCP
6 29 (4.36%) TCP/IP
7 28 (4.21%) LAN
8 19 (2.86%) WAN
9 15 (2.26%) VPN
10 13 (1.95%) Internet
10 13 (1.95%) Wireless
11 12 (1.80%) VoIP
12 11 (1.65%) VLAN
13 9 (1.35%) NAS
14 8 (1.20%) Wi-Fi
15 7 (1.05%) DMZ
15 7 (1.05%) SSL
16 6 (0.90%) Ethernet
16 6 (0.90%) Network Security
16 6 (0.90%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 57 (8.57%) SQL Server
2 8 (1.20%) NoSQL
3 5 (0.75%) SQL Server 2008
4 4 (0.60%) Azure SQL Database
4 4 (0.60%) Data Warehouse
4 4 (0.60%) MySQL
4 4 (0.60%) Oracle Database
4 4 (0.60%) PostgreSQL
4 4 (0.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 3 (0.45%) Hadoop
5 3 (0.45%) Oracle Database 11g
5 3 (0.45%) Relational Database
5 3 (0.45%) SQL Server 2012
5 3 (0.45%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 2 (0.30%) Apache Accumulo
6 2 (0.30%) Big Data
6 2 (0.30%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (0.15%) DataStage
7 1 (0.15%) QlikView
7 1 (0.15%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 25 (3.76%) Team Foundation Server
2 22 (3.31%) Jenkins
3 14 (2.11%) Visual Studio Team System
4 13 (1.95%) JIRA
5 12 (1.80%) Visual Studio
6 11 (1.65%) Git (software)
7 10 (1.50%) Eclipse
7 10 (1.50%) Selenium
8 9 (1.35%) Ant
8 9 (1.35%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 8 (1.20%) MSI
10 7 (1.05%) Travis CI
10 7 (1.05%) Vagrant
11 6 (0.90%) Artifactory
12 4 (0.60%) Octopus Deploy
13 3 (0.45%) TeamCity
14 2 (0.30%) Gradle
14 2 (0.30%) JMeter
14 2 (0.30%) Rational Team Concert
14 2 (0.30%) WATIR
General
1 71 (10.68%) Finance
2 14 (2.11%) Law
3 13 (1.95%) Telecoms
4 10 (1.50%) Banking
4 10 (1.50%) Manufacturing
5 9 (1.35%) Marketing
6 8 (1.20%) Legal
7 7 (1.05%) Electronics
8 6 (0.90%) Back Office
8 6 (0.90%) Retail
9 3 (0.45%) Military
9 3 (0.45%) Publishing
10 1 (0.15%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.15%) Investment Banking
10 1 (0.15%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 89 (13.38%) Support Engineer
2 74 (11.13%) Desktop Support
2 74 (11.13%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 58 (8.72%) Analyst
4 49 (7.37%) Desktop Engineer
5 44 (6.62%) IT Support
6 43 (6.47%) 2nd Line Support
7 35 (5.26%) Administrator
8 33 (4.96%) Desktop Support Engineer
9 31 (4.66%) Consultant
10 29 (4.36%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 28 (4.21%) IT Engineer
12 25 (3.76%) Developer
12 25 (3.76%) Windows Engineer
13 23 (3.46%) 1st Line Support
13 23 (3.46%) 2nd Line Engineer
13 23 (3.46%) DevOps Engineer
13 23 (3.46%) Systems Administrator
14 22 (3.31%) Service Desk Analyst
14 22 (3.31%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 44 (6.62%) .NET
2 16 (2.41%) Web Services
3 15 (2.26%) ASP.NET
4 14 (2.11%) Node.js
5 13 (1.95%) jQuery
6 11 (1.65%) .NET Framework
6 11 (1.65%) WinForms
6 11 (1.65%) WPF
7 8 (1.20%) JSP
8 7 (1.05%) CSS
8 7 (1.05%) Entity Framework
8 7 (1.05%) HTML
8 7 (1.05%) MFC
8 7 (1.05%) Struts
9 6 (0.90%) JSON
9 6 (0.90%) XML
10 5 (0.75%) ASP.NET MVC
10 5 (0.75%) ASP.NET Web API
10 5 (0.75%) Elastic Stack
10 5 (0.75%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 27 (4.06%) Analytical Skills
2 20 (3.01%) Data Centre
3 14 (2.11%) PKI
4 12 (1.80%) Clustering
5 11 (1.65%) Blackberry
6 10 (1.50%) Hybrid Cloud
6 10 (1.50%) Smartphone
7 9 (1.35%) iPhone
7 9 (1.35%) Management Information System
7 9 (1.35%) Self-Motivation
8 8 (1.20%) EMC VNX
8 8 (1.20%) Fat Client
8 8 (1.20%) Thin Client
9 7 (1.05%) Video Conferencing
10 5 (0.75%) Driving Licence
10 5 (0.75%) Enterprise Software
10 5 (0.75%) Replication
11 4 (0.60%) Computer Science
11 4 (0.60%) iPad
11 4 (0.60%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 238 (35.79%) Windows Server
2 165 (24.81%) Windows 10
3 154 (23.16%) Windows 7
4 117 (17.59%) Linux
5 101 (15.19%) Windows Server 2008
6 98 (14.74%) Windows Server 2012
7 33 (4.96%) Unix
8 28 (4.21%) Windows Server 2003
8 28 (4.21%) Windows XP
9 22 (3.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 20 (3.01%) Windows 8
11 13 (1.95%) AIX
12 11 (1.65%) Android
13 10 (1.50%) Windows Vista
14 6 (0.90%) Mac OS X
14 6 (0.90%) Solaris
15 5 (0.75%) CentOS
16 4 (0.60%) Apple iOS
17 3 (0.45%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
18 2 (0.30%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 79 (11.88%) Migration
2 77 (11.58%) ITIL
3 67 (10.08%) Agile Software Development
4 47 (7.07%) DevOps
5 33 (4.96%) Problem-Solving
6 26 (3.91%) Configuration Management
7 25 (3.76%) Time Management
8 23 (3.46%) Stakeholder Management
9 20 (3.01%) Continuous Integration
9 20 (3.01%) Disaster Recovery
9 20 (3.01%) Service Management
10 19 (2.86%) Scrum
11 18 (2.71%) Service Delivery
12 17 (2.56%) Project Management
12 17 (2.56%) Software Engineering
12 17 (2.56%) Test Automation
13 16 (2.41%) MVC
13 16 (2.41%) SDLC
13 16 (2.41%) Security Hardening
13 16 (2.41%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 84 (12.63%) SQL
2 70 (10.53%) PowerShell
3 37 (5.56%) Python
4 32 (4.81%) C#
5 30 (4.51%) Java
6 23 (3.46%) JavaScript
7 13 (1.95%) Perl
8 11 (1.65%) C++
8 11 (1.65%) PHP
9 10 (1.50%) Shell Script
10 9 (1.35%) Bash Shell
10 9 (1.35%) C
10 9 (1.35%) Ruby
11 8 (1.20%) T-SQL
12 7 (1.05%) VC++
13 6 (0.90%) PL/SQL
14 5 (0.75%) VBScript
15 4 (0.60%) VB.NET
16 3 (0.45%) Groovy
16 3 (0.45%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 112 (16.84%) Security Cleared
2 78 (11.73%) SC Cleared
3 45 (6.77%) Microsoft Certification
4 28 (4.21%) DV Cleared
5 23 (3.46%) CCNA
5 23 (3.46%) Cisco Certification
5 23 (3.46%) MCSA
6 14 (2.11%) AWS Certification
7 11 (1.65%) MCSE
8 9 (1.35%) Degree
9 7 (1.05%) ISEB
10 6 (0.90%) CISSP
10 6 (0.90%) DBS Check
10 6 (0.90%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 5 (0.75%) ISTQB
11 5 (0.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 5 (0.75%) ITIL Certification
11 5 (0.75%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 5 (0.75%) MCITP
11 5 (0.75%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (3.76%) SLA
2 16 (2.41%) QA
3 4 (0.60%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.45%) GxP
4 3 (0.45%) ISO 9001
4 3 (0.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.45%) PMO
5 2 (0.30%) GDPR
5 2 (0.30%) RMADS
5 2 (0.30%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.15%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.15%) Def Stans
6 1 (0.15%) DO-178B
6 1 (0.15%) MISRA
6 1 (0.15%) MISRA C
System Software
1 316 (47.52%) Active Directory
2 72 (10.83%) Hyper-V
3 63 (9.47%) VMware Infrastructure
4 31 (4.66%) VMware ESXi
5 27 (4.06%) Virtual Machines
6 25 (3.76%) vSphere
7 21 (3.16%) XenApp
8 10 (1.50%) XenDesktop
9 9 (1.35%) Docker
10 8 (1.20%) XenServer
11 6 (0.90%) BitLocker
11 6 (0.90%) Firmware
11 6 (0.90%) Xen
12 5 (0.75%) Virtual Servers
13 4 (0.60%) Microsoft App-V
13 4 (0.60%) VMware Server
14 3 (0.45%) Shibboleth
15 2 (0.30%) OpenAM
15 2 (0.30%) Virtual Desktop
15 2 (0.30%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 115 (17.29%) SCCM
2 27 (4.06%) WSUS
3 22 (3.31%) SCOM
4 21 (3.16%) Puppet
5 19 (2.86%) Ansible
6 17 (2.56%) SCVMM
7 13 (1.95%) EMC NetWorker
7 13 (1.95%) McAfee ePO
8 12 (1.80%) Microsoft Intune
9 9 (1.35%) Backup Exec
9 9 (1.35%) Opscode Chef
10 8 (1.20%) FortiGate
10 8 (1.20%) Nagios
10 8 (1.20%) Packer
10 8 (1.20%) Terraform
11 7 (1.05%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
11 7 (1.05%) NetBackup
12 6 (0.90%) SCSM
12 6 (0.90%) Single Sign-On
13 5 (0.75%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 232 (34.89%) Microsoft
2 159 (23.91%) VMware
3 59 (8.87%) Cisco
4 56 (8.42%) Citrix
5 45 (6.77%) HP
6 21 (3.16%) McAfee
7 20 (3.01%) Sophos
8 19 (2.86%) Apple
9 18 (2.71%) EMC
9 18 (2.71%) Red Hat
10 17 (2.56%) Oracle
10 17 (2.56%) Veeam
11 15 (2.26%) Google
11 15 (2.26%) IBM
11 15 (2.26%) NetApp
12 11 (1.65%) SolarWinds
13 10 (1.50%) Splunk
14 9 (1.35%) Juniper
15 8 (1.20%) Dell
16 7 (1.05%) SAP