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 23 June 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.

Microsoft Windows
England / South West
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 9 6 7
Rank change year-on-year -3 +1  
Contract jobs citing Windows 307 425 437
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 11.30% 14.20% 14.00%
As % of the Operating Systems category 66.59% 66.82% 63.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 177 253 220
Median daily rate £325 £350 £305
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.14% +14.75%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £140 £145 £120
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £550 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £338 £325
% change year-on-year - +3.84%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 34 81
Median hourly rate £17.50 £13.61 £16.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +28.55% -16.23%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £10.85 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £23.20 £21.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £15.89 £15.50
% change year-on-year -5.61% +2.53%  

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 461 636 688
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 16.97% 21.26% 22.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 276 369 392
Median daily rate £363 £355 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.25% +1.42%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £173 £167 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £550 £464
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year +3.44% +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 41 91
Median hourly rate £42.00 £15.00 £18.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +180.00% -17.80%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.77 £12.27
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £36.00 £34.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £16.50 £16.20
% change year-on-year -6.06% +1.85%  

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 23 June 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 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 3 months to 23 June 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 23 June 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 -9 84 £325 -7.14% 41
Gloucestershire +11 70 £209 -45.77% 20
Wiltshire -8 65 £340 -5.55% 14
Dorset +1 28 £325 +8.33% 23
Somerset -10 26 £200 -25.58% 11
Devon -16 13 £260 -5.45% 1
Cornwall -3 9 £263 +61.53% 2
Windows
England

For the 6 months to 23 June 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.

1 284 (44.44%) Active Directory
2 216 (33.80%) Windows Server
3 215 (33.65%) Microsoft
4 165 (25.82%) Windows 7
5 148 (23.16%) VMware
6 140 (21.91%) Security Cleared
7 129 (20.19%) Linux
8 112 (17.53%) Office 365
8 112 (17.53%) Windows Server 2012
9 108 (16.90%) SQL
9 108 (16.90%) Windows Server 2008
10 107 (16.74%) Windows 10
11 99 (15.49%) SC Cleared
12 95 (14.87%) Finance
13 93 (14.55%) SQL Server
14 91 (14.24%) MS Exchange
15 83 (12.99%) Oracle
16 80 (12.52%) Migration
17 78 (12.21%) PowerShell
18 71 (11.11%) VMware Infrastructure
18 71 (11.11%) DNS
19 68 (10.64%) Microsoft Office
19 68 (10.64%) .NET
20 66 (10.33%) Cisco
21 62 (9.70%) Citrix
21 62 (9.70%) C#
22 59 (9.23%) SCCM
23 58 (9.08%) Agile Software Development
24 57 (8.92%) Microsoft Azure
25 56 (8.76%) Exchange Server 2010

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 91 (14.24%) MS Exchange
2 56 (8.76%) Exchange Server 2010
3 42 (6.57%) IIS
4 34 (5.32%) Exchange Server 2013
5 32 (5.01%) SharePoint
6 29 (4.54%) Skype for Business
7 21 (3.29%) CMS
8 17 (2.66%) Exchange Server 2007
9 15 (2.35%) Sitecore CMS
10 13 (2.03%) Apache
10 13 (2.03%) SharePoint 2013
11 11 (1.72%) Tomcat
12 9 (1.41%) Confluence
12 9 (1.41%) Elasticsearch
13 7 (1.10%) Exchange Server 2003
13 7 (1.10%) SharePoint 2010
14 5 (0.78%) OpenStack
14 5 (0.78%) SharePoint Server
15 4 (0.63%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 4 (0.63%) WebSphere Portal
Applications
1 68 (10.64%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (2.50%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (0.94%) Simulink
3 6 (0.94%) Spreadsheet
4 3 (0.47%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.16%) InfoPath
5 1 (0.16%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.16%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 12 (1.88%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 4 (0.63%) Oracle Applications
2 4 (0.63%) Pegasus Opera
3 3 (0.47%) BusinessWorks
4 2 (0.31%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.16%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 1 (0.16%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 112 (17.53%) Office 365
2 57 (8.92%) Microsoft Azure
3 33 (5.16%) Amazon AWS
4 5 (0.78%) Cloud Computing
5 3 (0.47%) Amazon ELB
5 3 (0.47%) Amazon S3
5 3 (0.47%) AWS CloudFormation
5 3 (0.47%) Route 53
6 2 (0.31%) PaaS
7 1 (0.16%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.16%) GitHub
7 1 (0.16%) Google Cloud Platform
7 1 (0.16%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 71 (11.11%) DNS
2 50 (7.82%) DHCP
3 47 (7.36%) Firewall
4 44 (6.89%) WAN
5 43 (6.73%) LAN
6 36 (5.63%) SAN
7 35 (5.48%) Internet
8 31 (4.85%) VPN
9 27 (4.23%) TCP/IP
10 23 (3.60%) Remote Desktop
11 22 (3.44%) Skype
12 21 (3.29%) Wi-Fi
13 19 (2.97%) Wireless
14 13 (2.03%) VLAN
15 10 (1.56%) NAS
15 10 (1.56%) NetScaler
15 10 (1.56%) PuTTY
15 10 (1.56%) WinSCP
16 7 (1.10%) Network Security
16 7 (1.10%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 93 (14.55%) SQL Server
2 28 (4.38%) SQL Server 2012
3 27 (4.23%) Oracle Database
4 26 (4.07%) SQL Server 2008
5 17 (2.66%) Oracle Reports
6 15 (2.35%) Oracle Database 11g
7 11 (1.72%) Oracle Database 10g
7 11 (1.72%) SQL Server 2005
8 10 (1.56%) Relational Database
9 9 (1.41%) MS Access
9 9 (1.41%) MySQL
9 9 (1.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 7 (1.10%) SQL Server 2014
10 7 (1.10%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 5 (0.78%) Amazon RDS
11 5 (0.78%) MongoDB
12 4 (0.63%) Crystal Reports
13 3 (0.47%) Hadoop
13 3 (0.47%) NoSQL
14 2 (0.31%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 45 (7.04%) Team Foundation Server
2 28 (4.38%) Visual Studio
3 27 (4.23%) Jenkins
4 20 (3.13%) Eclipse
5 17 (2.66%) JIRA
6 16 (2.50%) Selenium
7 15 (2.35%) Git (software)
8 13 (2.03%) Ant
8 13 (2.03%) TeamCity
9 12 (1.88%) SoapUI
10 11 (1.72%) HP UFT
11 10 (1.56%) Oracle APEX
11 10 (1.56%) SpecFlow
12 9 (1.41%) NetBeans
12 9 (1.41%) Rational DOORS
13 8 (1.25%) TestNG
13 8 (1.25%) Toad
14 7 (1.10%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 6 (0.94%) Rational Rhapsody
15 6 (0.94%) Vagrant
General
1 95 (14.87%) Finance
2 19 (2.97%) Telecoms
3 14 (2.19%) Manufacturing
4 13 (2.03%) Electronics
5 12 (1.88%) Marketing
6 4 (0.63%) Aerospace
7 3 (0.47%) Back Office
7 3 (0.47%) Banking
7 3 (0.47%) Financial Institution
7 3 (0.47%) Retail
8 2 (0.31%) Advertising
8 2 (0.31%) Law
9 1 (0.16%) Front Office
9 1 (0.16%) Local Government
9 1 (0.16%) Military
Job Titles
1 110 (17.21%) Analyst
2 92 (14.40%) Support Engineer
3 63 (9.86%) Developer
4 60 (9.39%) Desktop Support
5 42 (6.57%) Windows Engineer
6 41 (6.42%) 2nd Line Support
6 41 (6.42%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 41 (6.42%) Support Analyst
7 38 (5.95%) IT Support
8 36 (5.63%) Architect
9 35 (5.48%) Desktop Engineer
10 30 (4.69%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 28 (4.38%) Desktop Support Engineer
12 27 (4.23%) 2nd Line Engineer
13 25 (3.91%) 1st Line Support
14 23 (3.60%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
15 22 (3.44%) 3rd Line Support
16 21 (3.29%) Infrastructure Analyst
17 20 (3.13%) Administrator
17 20 (3.13%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 68 (10.64%) .NET
2 31 (4.85%) ASP.NET
3 28 (4.38%) HTML
4 27 (4.23%) CSS
5 26 (4.07%) Web Services
6 25 (3.91%) jQuery
7 21 (3.29%) XML
8 16 (2.50%) Ajax
9 15 (2.35%) Sass
9 15 (2.35%) XSLT
10 13 (2.03%) SOAP
11 9 (1.41%) WCF
12 8 (1.25%) Flash
13 7 (1.10%) .NET Framework
13 7 (1.10%) HTML5
13 7 (1.10%) JSON
13 7 (1.10%) WPF
14 6 (0.94%) ASP.NET Web API
14 6 (0.94%) Twitter Bootstrap
14 6 (0.94%) WebCenter
Miscellaneous
1 30 (4.69%) Data Centre
2 25 (3.91%) Analytical Skills
3 16 (2.50%) User Experience
4 15 (2.35%) W3C
5 14 (2.19%) Client/Server
6 13 (2.03%) Fat Client
6 13 (2.03%) Thin Client
7 12 (1.88%) RIA
7 12 (1.88%) Video Conferencing
8 11 (1.72%) Management Information System
9 8 (1.25%) Driving Licence
10 7 (1.10%) CMDB
10 7 (1.10%) iPad
10 7 (1.10%) iPhone
10 7 (1.10%) Smartphone
11 6 (0.94%) Blackberry
11 6 (0.94%) Clustering
11 6 (0.94%) Enterprise Software
11 6 (0.94%) N-Tier
11 6 (0.94%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 216 (33.80%) Windows Server
2 165 (25.82%) Windows 7
3 129 (20.19%) Linux
4 112 (17.53%) Windows Server 2012
5 108 (16.90%) Windows Server 2008
6 107 (16.74%) Windows 10
7 45 (7.04%) Windows Server 2003
8 39 (6.10%) Unix
9 28 (4.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 28 (4.38%) Windows 8
10 22 (3.44%) Windows XP
11 18 (2.82%) Android
12 16 (2.50%) Apple iOS
13 13 (2.03%) CentOS
14 9 (1.41%) Mac OS X
14 9 (1.41%) Solaris
15 6 (0.94%) Amazon Linux
16 5 (0.78%) Mac OS
17 4 (0.63%) Ubuntu
17 4 (0.63%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 80 (12.52%) Migration
2 58 (9.08%) Agile Software Development
3 56 (8.76%) ITIL
4 41 (6.42%) DevOps
5 34 (5.32%) Test Automation
6 33 (5.16%) Continuous Integration
6 33 (5.16%) Incident Management
7 31 (4.85%) Disaster Recovery
8 27 (4.23%) Web Development
9 25 (3.91%) Content Management
9 25 (3.91%) Integration Testing
9 25 (3.91%) Project Management
9 25 (3.91%) Service Delivery
10 24 (3.76%) Scrum
11 23 (3.60%) Change Management
12 22 (3.44%) Software Engineering
13 20 (3.13%) Configuration Management
14 19 (2.97%) Stakeholder Management
15 17 (2.66%) Performance Testing
16 15 (2.35%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 108 (16.90%) SQL
2 78 (12.21%) PowerShell
3 62 (9.70%) C#
4 40 (6.26%) Java
5 31 (4.85%) JavaScript
6 21 (3.29%) Python
7 19 (2.97%) Bash Shell
7 19 (2.97%) C
7 19 (2.97%) C++
8 17 (2.66%) Perl
8 17 (2.66%) T-SQL
9 14 (2.19%) VBScript
10 12 (1.88%) PHP
11 11 (1.72%) VB
12 10 (1.56%) F#
13 8 (1.25%) ActionScript
13 8 (1.25%) Shell Script
14 6 (0.94%) MATLAB
14 6 (0.94%) PL/SQL
15 5 (0.78%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 140 (21.91%) Security Cleared
2 99 (15.49%) SC Cleared
3 33 (5.16%) DV Cleared
4 15 (2.35%) DBS Check
5 12 (1.88%) ISEB
6 11 (1.72%) Cisco Certification
6 11 (1.72%) Degree
6 11 (1.72%) Microsoft Certification
7 9 (1.41%) CCNA
8 8 (1.25%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 7 (1.10%) MCSE
10 6 (0.94%) CCNP
10 6 (0.94%) ISEB Practitioner
10 6 (0.94%) SANS
11 4 (0.63%) CISSP
12 3 (0.47%) A+ Certification
12 3 (0.47%) DCSE
12 3 (0.47%) ISTQB
12 3 (0.47%) MCP
12 3 (0.47%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (3.91%) SLA
2 20 (3.13%) QA
3 8 (1.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 8 (1.25%) PCI DSS
4 7 (1.10%) Def Stans
4 7 (1.10%) MISRA
4 7 (1.10%) MISRA C
5 4 (0.63%) GDPR
5 4 (0.63%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 3 (0.47%) RMADS
7 2 (0.31%) Disclosure Scotland
7 2 (0.31%) GPG13
7 2 (0.31%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 1 (0.16%) COBIT
8 1 (0.16%) JSP 440
8 1 (0.16%) PMBOK
8 1 (0.16%) PMO
System Software
1 284 (44.44%) Active Directory
2 71 (11.11%) VMware Infrastructure
3 40 (6.26%) Hyper-V
4 25 (3.91%) Microsoft App-V
5 22 (3.44%) Virtual Machines
6 19 (2.97%) vSphere
7 16 (2.50%) Docker
7 16 (2.50%) XenDesktop
8 15 (2.35%) XenApp
9 12 (1.88%) VMware ESXi
10 9 (1.41%) VMware Server
11 8 (1.25%) BitLocker
11 8 (1.25%) Virtual Desktop
11 8 (1.25%) Virtual Servers
12 7 (1.10%) DFS Replication
12 7 (1.10%) ISA Server
13 6 (0.94%) Samba
14 5 (0.78%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 5 (0.78%) Squid
15 4 (0.63%) LXC
Systems Management
1 59 (9.23%) SCCM
2 25 (3.91%) WSUS
3 14 (2.19%) SCOrch
3 14 (2.19%) vRealize
4 13 (2.03%) McAfee ePO
4 13 (2.03%) SCOM
5 12 (1.88%) Puppet
6 11 (1.72%) AirWatch
7 10 (1.56%) Ansible
8 8 (1.25%) Nagios
8 8 (1.25%) NetBackup
9 6 (0.94%) Icinga
9 6 (0.94%) Kibana
9 6 (0.94%) logstash
9 6 (0.94%) Opscode Chef
10 5 (0.78%) SCVMM
10 5 (0.78%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
10 5 (0.78%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
10 5 (0.78%) Webmin
10 5 (0.78%) Xymon
Vendors
1 215 (33.65%) Microsoft
2 148 (23.16%) VMware
3 83 (12.99%) Oracle
4 66 (10.33%) Cisco
5 62 (9.70%) Citrix
6 42 (6.57%) Red Hat
7 35 (5.48%) Apple
8 31 (4.85%) HP
9 29 (4.54%) Dell
10 16 (2.50%) McAfee
10 16 (2.50%) SAP
10 16 (2.50%) Sitecore
11 15 (2.35%) NetApp
12 14 (2.19%) IBM
13 13 (2.03%) Veeam
14 12 (1.88%) Sophos
15 11 (1.72%) Symantec
16 10 (1.56%) AppSense
16 10 (1.56%) Wyse
17 7 (1.10%) Juniper
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