Period
to 22 November 2019

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 22 November 2019 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
22 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 5 5 9
Rank change year-on-year 0 +4 -3
Contract jobs citing Windows 1,054 918 677
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 16.41% 14.52% 11.96%
As % of the Operating Systems category 64.46% 63.75% 63.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 638 516 407
South West median daily rate £350 £350 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +16.67% -6.25%
10th Percentile £127 £123 £128
90th Percentile £525 £538 £475
England median daily rate £350 £375 £350
% change year-on-year -6.67% +7.14% -0.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 87 115 78
South West median hourly rate £23.75 £17.50 £15.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +35.71% +13.82% +9.82%
10th Percentile £12.31 £11.17 £10.78
90th Percentile £45.10 £47.00 £47.35
England median hourly rate £16.95 £16.95 £16.00
% change year-on-year - +5.94% +4.92%

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 1,635 1,440 1,060
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 25.45% 22.78% 18.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 928 829 635
South West median daily rate £425 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +14.29% -
10th Percentile £131 £145 £148
90th Percentile £575 £575 £508
England median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 134 136 97
South West median hourly rate £42.00 £29.25 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +43.59% +67.14% +14.68%
10th Percentile £13.34 £11.18 £11.00
90th Percentile £53.75 £47.50 £44.25
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

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 22 November 2019.

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 22 November 2019.

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 22 November 2019. 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 +2 349 £425 +6.25% 57
Bristol +8 322 £263 -25.00% 112
Gloucestershire -1 140 £390 +4.00% 55
Somerset 0 83 £188 -46.43% 47
Dorset +3 81 £284 -5.42% 60
Devon -9 58 £363 +31.82% 34
Cornwall -10 1 - - 11
Windows
England

For the 6 months to 22 November 2019, 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.

1 484 (45.92%) Windows 10
2 431 (40.89%) Active Directory
3 413 (39.18%) Microsoft
4 350 (33.21%) Windows 7
5 323 (30.65%) Windows Server
6 308 (29.22%) Security Cleared
7 293 (27.80%) Office 365
8 286 (27.13%) SCCM
9 226 (21.44%) SC Cleared
10 223 (21.16%) VMware
11 221 (20.97%) ITIL
12 205 (19.45%) PowerShell
13 175 (16.60%) Linux
14 165 (15.65%) Windows Server 2012
15 153 (14.52%) Azure
16 148 (14.04%) Microsoft Office
17 141 (13.38%) Windows Server 2008
18 126 (11.95%) Migration
19 123 (11.67%) VMware Infrastructure
20 119 (11.29%) Infrastructure Engineering
21 113 (10.72%) DV Cleared
22 107 (10.15%) Agile Software Development
23 104 (9.87%) DNS
24 101 (9.58%) Public Sector
25 92 (8.73%) DHCP
26 87 (8.25%) Citrix
27 85 (8.06%) Finance
28 83 (7.87%) Hyper-V
29 81 (7.69%) SQL
29 81 (7.69%) MS Exchange

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 81 (7.69%) MS Exchange
2 57 (5.41%) SharePoint
3 51 (4.84%) Skype for Business
4 39 (3.70%) Exchange Server 2010
5 22 (2.09%) Confluence
6 12 (1.14%) IIS
7 10 (0.95%) Exchange Server 2013
8 8 (0.76%) Exchange Server 2007
8 8 (0.76%) OpenStack
9 7 (0.66%) WebLogic
10 6 (0.57%) IBM Notes
11 4 (0.38%) Elasticsearch
12 3 (0.28%) JBoss
12 3 (0.28%) SharePoint Server
12 3 (0.28%) Tomcat
13 2 (0.19%) Apache
13 2 (0.19%) SharePoint 2010
14 1 (0.095%) Drupal
14 1 (0.095%) SharePoint 2013
14 1 (0.095%) WebSphere
Applications
1 148 (14.04%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (1.23%) Microsoft Excel
3 11 (1.04%) MS Visio
4 6 (0.57%) Microsoft Project
5 5 (0.47%) Acrobat
5 5 (0.47%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 8 (0.76%) Elite 3E
1 8 (0.76%) Remedy ITSM
2 6 (0.57%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.57%) Oracle Applications
2 6 (0.57%) Oracle EBS R12
3 3 (0.28%) Magento
3 3 (0.28%) Oracle EBS
3 3 (0.28%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 1 (0.095%) Cognos Planning
4 1 (0.095%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (0.095%) Oracle HRMS
4 1 (0.095%) Oracle Payroll
Cloud Services
1 293 (27.80%) Office 365
2 153 (14.52%) Azure
3 71 (6.74%) AWS
4 18 (1.71%) Azure Active Directory
5 14 (1.33%) Cloud Computing
5 14 (1.33%) GCP
6 9 (0.85%) OneDrive
7 7 (0.66%) IBM Cloud
7 7 (0.66%) PaaS
8 6 (0.57%) SaaS
8 6 (0.57%) Serverless
8 6 (0.57%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 5 (0.47%) AWS CloudFormation
9 5 (0.47%) Dynamics 365
9 5 (0.47%) IaaS
10 3 (0.28%) AWS Lambda
10 3 (0.28%) Azure Stack
10 3 (0.28%) Mimecast
10 3 (0.28%) SoftLayer
11 2 (0.19%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 104 (9.87%) DNS
2 92 (8.73%) DHCP
3 67 (6.36%) Firewall
4 64 (6.07%) Skype
5 55 (5.22%) TCP/IP
6 45 (4.27%) WAN
7 41 (3.89%) LAN
7 41 (3.89%) SAN
8 35 (3.32%) VPN
9 26 (2.47%) Ethernet
10 19 (1.80%) Internet
11 16 (1.52%) Wireless
12 14 (1.33%) Network Security
13 11 (1.04%) Intrusion Detection
13 11 (1.04%) Remote Desktop
14 10 (0.95%) NetScaler
15 8 (0.76%) NAS
16 7 (0.66%) iSCSI
17 6 (0.57%) Unified Communications
17 6 (0.57%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 79 (7.50%) SQL Server
2 14 (1.33%) Oracle Database
3 11 (1.04%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 8 (0.76%) DB2
5 6 (0.57%) SQL Server 2016
6 5 (0.47%) MongoDB
6 5 (0.47%) Oracle Database 11g
7 4 (0.38%) MySQL
7 4 (0.38%) Relational Database
7 4 (0.38%) SQL Server 2008
8 3 (0.28%) Crystal Reports
8 3 (0.28%) Oracle Database 12c
8 3 (0.28%) SQL Server 2014
8 3 (0.28%) SQL Server 2017
9 2 (0.19%) IBM InfoSphere
9 2 (0.19%) Oracle Database 10g
9 2 (0.19%) Oracle9i Database
10 1 (0.095%) BusinessObjects
10 1 (0.095%) PostgreSQL
10 1 (0.095%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 47 (4.46%) Visual Studio
2 38 (3.61%) MSI
3 37 (3.51%) Git (software)
4 36 (3.42%) JIRA
5 18 (1.71%) Eclipse
6 15 (1.42%) NetBeans
7 13 (1.23%) Jenkins
8 10 (0.95%) Moq
9 9 (0.85%) Bitbucket
10 8 (0.76%) AdminStudio
11 6 (0.57%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 6 (0.57%) Oracle Forms
12 4 (0.38%) IBM UrbanCode
12 4 (0.38%) InstallShield
13 3 (0.28%) Team Foundation Server
14 2 (0.19%) Eclipse RCP
14 2 (0.19%) GitLab
14 2 (0.19%) Rational DOORS
14 2 (0.19%) TestRail
15 1 (0.095%) Hudson
General
1 101 (9.58%) Public Sector
2 85 (8.06%) Finance
3 56 (5.31%) Telecoms
4 42 (3.98%) Manufacturing
5 35 (3.32%) Electronics
5 35 (3.32%) Marketing
6 26 (2.47%) Military
7 18 (1.71%) Retail
8 15 (1.42%) Aerospace
9 13 (1.23%) Law
9 13 (1.23%) Legal
10 12 (1.14%) Banking
11 7 (0.66%) Local Government
11 7 (0.66%) Publishing
12 3 (0.28%) Automotive
13 2 (0.19%) Back Office
14 1 (0.095%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 184 (17.46%) Support Engineer
2 118 (11.20%) Windows Engineer
3 109 (10.34%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 89 (8.44%) Analyst
5 82 (7.78%) Desktop Support
6 74 (7.02%) Deployment Engineer
7 72 (6.83%) 2nd Line Support
7 72 (6.83%) Desktop Engineer
8 67 (6.36%) IT Engineer
9 64 (6.07%) IT Support
10 52 (4.93%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 52 (4.93%) Desktop Support Engineer
11 51 (4.84%) 3rd Line Support
12 50 (4.74%) Windows Deployment Engineer
13 46 (4.36%) IT Support Engineer
14 44 (4.17%) 2nd Line Engineer
15 43 (4.08%) Architect
16 42 (3.98%) Developer
17 36 (3.42%) Windows Support Engineer
18 34 (3.23%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 55 (5.22%) .NET
2 38 (3.61%) Web Services
3 23 (2.18%) Node.js
3 23 (2.18%) XML
4 22 (2.09%) WPF
5 15 (1.42%) ActiveX
5 15 (1.42%) DirectX
5 15 (1.42%) MFC
5 15 (1.42%) OpenGL
5 15 (1.42%) Qt
6 14 (1.33%) RabbitMQ
7 12 (1.14%) .NET Framework
7 12 (1.14%) Middleware
8 11 (1.04%) Software Packaging
9 9 (0.85%) AngularJS
9 9 (0.85%) RESTful
10 8 (0.76%) WinForms
11 7 (0.66%) Universal Windows Platform
12 5 (0.47%) JSON
12 5 (0.47%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 49 (4.65%) Data Centre
2 39 (3.70%) Analytical Skills
3 33 (3.13%) Driving Licence
4 29 (2.75%) Smartphone
5 28 (2.66%) PKI
6 26 (2.47%) Clustering
7 22 (2.09%) Management Information System
8 21 (1.99%) Self-Motivation
9 18 (1.71%) Enterprise Software
9 18 (1.71%) User Experience
10 14 (1.33%) Public Cloud
11 9 (0.85%) Fat Client
11 9 (0.85%) NHS
11 9 (0.85%) Thin Client
12 8 (0.76%) Linux Command Line
12 8 (0.76%) Private Cloud
12 8 (0.76%) Replication
13 6 (0.57%) Client/Server
13 6 (0.57%) Video Conferencing
14 5 (0.47%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 484 (45.92%) Windows 10
2 350 (33.21%) Windows 7
3 323 (30.65%) Windows Server
4 175 (16.60%) Linux
5 165 (15.65%) Windows Server 2012
6 141 (13.38%) Windows Server 2008
7 40 (3.80%) Unix
8 22 (2.09%) Windows XP
9 21 (1.99%) Windows 8
9 21 (1.99%) Windows Server 2003
10 17 (1.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 16 (1.52%) CentOS
12 13 (1.23%) Apple iOS
13 12 (1.14%) Android
14 10 (0.95%) Mac OS
15 7 (0.66%) Solaris
16 4 (0.38%) Ubuntu
16 4 (0.38%) zOS
17 3 (0.28%) Debian
17 3 (0.28%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 221 (20.97%) ITIL
2 126 (11.95%) Migration
3 119 (11.29%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 107 (10.15%) Agile Software Development
5 71 (6.74%) Service Management
6 66 (6.26%) DevOps
7 53 (5.03%) Software Engineering
8 52 (4.93%) Problem-Solving
9 48 (4.55%) Information Security
10 43 (4.08%) Application Packaging
10 43 (4.08%) ITSM
11 40 (3.80%) Configuration Management
12 38 (3.61%) Programme Management
13 36 (3.42%) User Acceptance Testing
14 35 (3.32%) Business Intelligence
14 35 (3.32%) Digital Marketing
15 33 (3.13%) Incident Management
15 33 (3.13%) Unit Testing
16 32 (3.04%) Customer Requirements
16 32 (3.04%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 205 (19.45%) PowerShell
2 81 (7.69%) SQL
3 62 (5.88%) C#
4 51 (4.84%) Python
5 42 (3.98%) C++
6 36 (3.42%) Java
7 31 (2.94%) C
8 25 (2.37%) Bash Shell
9 24 (2.28%) JavaScript
10 17 (1.61%) VBScript
11 15 (1.42%) GLSL
11 15 (1.42%) HLSL
12 7 (0.66%) VB
13 6 (0.57%) Perl
14 5 (0.47%) Korn
14 5 (0.47%) PHP
15 3 (0.28%) VB6
16 2 (0.19%) PL/SQL
16 2 (0.19%) T-SQL
16 2 (0.19%) VBA
Qualifications
1 308 (29.22%) Security Cleared
2 226 (21.44%) SC Cleared
3 113 (10.72%) DV Cleared
4 45 (4.27%) Microsoft Certification
5 39 (3.70%) Degree
6 23 (2.18%) MCSE
7 22 (2.09%) Cisco Certification
7 22 (2.09%) MCSA
8 20 (1.90%) MCP
9 18 (1.71%) CISSP
10 17 (1.61%) CCNA
10 17 (1.61%) ITIL Certification
11 14 (1.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 12 (1.14%) CCENT
13 11 (1.04%) CISM
14 10 (0.95%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 9 (0.85%) DBS Check
16 8 (0.76%) BPSS Clearance
16 8 (0.76%) CESG Certified Professional
16 8 (0.76%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 39 (3.70%) SLA
2 12 (1.14%) NCSC
3 11 (1.04%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 9 (0.85%) QA
4 9 (0.85%) RMADS
5 8 (0.76%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 6 (0.57%) PCI DSS
7 5 (0.47%) GDPR
8 4 (0.38%) Disclosure Scotland
8 4 (0.38%) Government Security Classifications
8 4 (0.38%) JSP 440
9 3 (0.28%) ISO 9001
10 2 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials
10 2 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 1 (0.095%) COBIT
11 1 (0.095%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 431 (40.89%) Active Directory
2 123 (11.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 83 (7.87%) Hyper-V
4 52 (4.93%) Microsoft App-V
5 48 (4.55%) XenApp
6 45 (4.27%) VMware ESXi
6 45 (4.27%) vSphere
7 39 (3.70%) XenDesktop
8 31 (2.94%) Virtual Machines
9 25 (2.37%) Virtual Desktop
10 20 (1.90%) Virtual Servers
11 18 (1.71%) Docker
12 14 (1.33%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 13 (1.23%) DFS Replication
13 13 (1.23%) VMware NSX
14 10 (0.95%) BitLocker
15 7 (0.66%) Firmware
16 6 (0.57%) Citrix Hypervisor
16 6 (0.57%) Xen
17 5 (0.47%) Snort
Systems Management
1 286 (27.13%) SCCM
2 45 (4.27%) SCOM
3 27 (2.56%) WSUS
4 26 (2.47%) Microsoft Intune
5 24 (2.28%) Ansible
5 24 (2.28%) SCVMM
5 24 (2.28%) vCenter Server
6 22 (2.09%) Microsoft Clustering
7 20 (1.90%) Puppet
8 16 (1.52%) Failover Clustering
8 16 (1.52%) Kubernetes
8 16 (1.52%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 15 (1.42%) Opscode Chef
9 15 (1.42%) PowerCLI
10 13 (1.23%) McAfee ePO
11 12 (1.14%) Terraform
12 8 (0.76%) Norton AntiVirus
12 8 (0.76%) SCDPM
12 8 (0.76%) SCSM
12 8 (0.76%) vRealize
Vendors
1 413 (39.18%) Microsoft
2 223 (21.16%) VMware
3 87 (8.25%) Citrix
4 70 (6.64%) Cisco
5 55 (5.22%) HP
6 36 (3.42%) SAP
7 35 (3.32%) McAfee
8 33 (3.13%) ServiceNow
9 29 (2.75%) Oracle
10 27 (2.56%) Dell
11 19 (1.80%) Apple
12 14 (1.33%) Ivanti
13 13 (1.23%) Atlassian
13 13 (1.23%) IBM
13 13 (1.23%) Remedy
14 12 (1.14%) Google
15 11 (1.04%) Sony
15 11 (1.04%) Symantec
16 10 (0.95%) Red Hat
16 10 (0.95%) Sophos