Period
to 17 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the Thames Valley 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 17 November 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
South East > Thames Valley
6 months to
17 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 5 6 5
Rank change year-on-year +1 -1 0
Contract jobs citing Windows 1005 884 1247
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Thames Valley 12.99% 12.02% 13.78%
As % of the Operating Systems category 62.77% 58.01% 64.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 532 468 597
Thames Valley median daily rate £370 £351 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.34% +0.36% +16.67%
10th Percentile £133 £130 £157
90th Percentile £537 £527 £488
South East median daily rate £361 £350 £348
% change year-on-year +3.21% +0.50% +7.98%
Number of hourly rates quoted 113 99 220
Thames Valley median hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £19.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.33% -24.05% +41.07%
10th Percentile £10.42 £11.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £21.00 £43.62 £40.00
South East median hourly rate £16.50 £15.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +10.00% -14.29% +16.67%

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 Thames Valley with a requirement for operating system skills.

All Operating Systems
Thames Valley
Contract vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 1601 1524 1919
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Thames Valley 20.70% 20.73% 21.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 788 824 935
Thames Valley median daily rate £400 £381 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.99% +1.60% +11.11%
10th Percentile £150 £176 £182
90th Percentile £566 £530 £500
South East median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.67% +3.45% +6.62%
Number of hourly rates quoted 121 102 217
Thames Valley median hourly rate £16.00 £15.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.67% -21.05% +35.71%
10th Percentile £10.40 £11.03 £11.25
90th Percentile £42.25 £43.28 £47.50
South East median hourly rate £17.64 £17.06 £18.36
% change year-on-year +3.37% -7.06% +18.42%

Windows
Job Vacancy Trend in the Thames Valley

Job postings citing Windows as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the Thames Valley.

Job vacancy trend for Windows in the Thames Valley

Windows
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the Thames Valley

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Windows in the Thames Valley.

Contractor daily rate trend for Windows in the Thames Valley

Windows
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the Thames Valley

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows in the Thames Valley over the 6 months to 17 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Windows in the Thames Valley

Windows
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the Thames Valley

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Windows in the Thames Valley.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Windows in the Thames Valley

Windows
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the Thames Valley

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows in the Thames Valley over the 6 months to 17 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Windows in the Thames Valley

Windows
Contract Job Locations in the Thames Valley

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Windows within the Thames Valley region over the 6 months to 17 November 2017. 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
Berkshire +4 513 £375 +3.45% 43
Buckinghamshire -2 311 £350 -8.85% 39
Oxfordshire +2 180 £325 +8.33% 32
Windows
South East

For the 6 months to 17 November 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 Thames Valley region with a requirement for Windows.

1 440 (43.78%) Active Directory
2 344 (34.23%) Microsoft
3 319 (31.74%) Windows Server
4 264 (26.27%) VMware
5 244 (24.28%) Linux
6 193 (19.20%) Office 365
7 183 (18.21%) Windows 10
8 175 (17.41%) Microsoft Azure
9 173 (17.21%) Windows Server 2012
10 164 (16.32%) ITIL
11 161 (16.02%) Windows 7
12 153 (15.22%) Security Cleared
13 152 (15.12%) SCCM
13 152 (15.12%) VMware Infrastructure
14 138 (13.73%) PowerShell
15 135 (13.43%) SQL Server
16 132 (13.13%) DNS
17 129 (12.84%) SQL
18 126 (12.54%) Windows Server 2008
18 126 (12.54%) Amazon AWS
19 112 (11.14%) Microsoft Office
19 112 (11.14%) Unix
20 109 (10.85%) Agile Software Development
20 109 (10.85%) SC Cleared
21 102 (10.15%) DHCP
22 98 (9.75%) Citrix
23 96 (9.55%) Windows Server 2003
24 92 (9.15%) Migration
25 90 (8.96%) Hyper-V
26 82 (8.16%) DevOps

Windows
Co-occurring IT Skills in the Thames Valley 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 77 (7.66%) IIS
2 76 (7.56%) MS Exchange
3 54 (5.37%) SharePoint
4 45 (4.48%) Skype for Business
5 39 (3.88%) OpenStack
6 29 (2.89%) Confluence
7 28 (2.79%) Exchange Server 2010
8 15 (1.49%) Exchange Server 2013
9 13 (1.29%) Apache
9 13 (1.29%) SharePoint Server
10 12 (1.19%) Tomcat
11 11 (1.09%) Exchange Server 2007
12 9 (0.90%) WebSphere
13 5 (0.50%) CMS
13 5 (0.50%) Office Communications Server
14 4 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2003
14 4 (0.40%) IBM Notes
14 4 (0.40%) Oracle Application Server
14 4 (0.40%) SAS
14 4 (0.40%) WebLogic
Applications
1 112 (11.14%) Microsoft Office
2 23 (2.29%) MS Visio
3 21 (2.09%) Microsoft Excel
4 7 (0.70%) Microsoft Project
5 6 (0.60%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 4 (0.40%) Adobe Illustrator
6 4 (0.40%) Photoshop
7 2 (0.20%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.20%) XMetaL
Business Applications
1 14 (1.39%) Remedy ITSM
2 8 (0.80%) Dynamics CRM
3 7 (0.70%) Dynamics GP
3 7 (0.70%) KANA IQ
4 1 (0.100%) FRx
Cloud Services
1 193 (19.20%) Office 365
2 175 (17.41%) Microsoft Azure
3 126 (12.54%) Amazon AWS
4 44 (4.38%) IaaS
5 31 (3.08%) Azure Active Directory
6 23 (2.29%) Cloud Computing
7 18 (1.79%) SaaS
8 13 (1.29%) Google Cloud Platform
8 13 (1.29%) PaaS
9 9 (0.90%) Slack
9 9 (0.90%) Trello
10 8 (0.80%) OneDrive
11 7 (0.70%) Amazon EC2
11 7 (0.70%) Sauce Labs
12 6 (0.60%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 4 (0.40%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 4 (0.40%) Amazon S3
14 3 (0.30%) AWS CloudFormation
14 3 (0.30%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
14 3 (0.30%) HP Helion
Communications & Networking
1 132 (13.13%) DNS
2 102 (10.15%) DHCP
3 66 (6.57%) Firewall
4 57 (5.67%) TCP/IP
5 54 (5.37%) Internet
6 53 (5.27%) LDAP
7 48 (4.78%) VPN
8 47 (4.68%) LAN
9 46 (4.58%) WAN
10 40 (3.98%) SAN
11 31 (3.08%) Skype
12 30 (2.99%) Kerberos
13 27 (2.69%) Network Security
14 24 (2.39%) Remote Desktop
15 21 (2.09%) Wi-Fi
16 16 (1.59%) NAS
17 15 (1.49%) SMTP
17 15 (1.49%) VLAN
18 13 (1.29%) Wireless
19 12 (1.19%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 135 (13.43%) SQL Server
2 26 (2.59%) NoSQL
3 24 (2.39%) MySQL
4 21 (2.09%) DB2
4 21 (2.09%) SQL Server 2008
5 19 (1.89%) PostgreSQL
6 16 (1.59%) Oracle Database
7 13 (1.29%) Redis
8 11 (1.09%) Relational Database
8 11 (1.09%) SQL Server 2005
8 11 (1.09%) SQL Server 2016
9 10 (1.00%) MongoDB
10 9 (0.90%) SQL Server 2014
11 8 (0.80%) Hadoop
12 7 (0.70%) Big Data
12 7 (0.70%) SQL Server 2000
12 7 (0.70%) SQL Server 2012
13 6 (0.60%) Apache Cassandra
13 6 (0.60%) DB2 UDB
13 6 (0.60%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 46 (4.58%) Jenkins
2 40 (3.98%) JIRA
3 37 (3.68%) Git (software)
4 22 (2.19%) Visual Studio
5 20 (1.99%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 20 (1.99%) Eclipse
6 18 (1.79%) TeamCity
7 14 (1.39%) Maven
7 14 (1.39%) Selenium
8 11 (1.09%) Sonatype Nexus
8 11 (1.09%) WebDriver
9 10 (1.00%) Appium
9 10 (1.00%) Bitbucket
9 10 (1.00%) Cucumber
9 10 (1.00%) GitLab
9 10 (1.00%) Team Foundation Server
10 9 (0.90%) git-flow
11 6 (0.60%) Grunt
11 6 (0.60%) MSI
11 6 (0.60%) Subversion
General
1 76 (7.56%) Finance
2 45 (4.48%) Banking
3 43 (4.28%) Telecoms
4 30 (2.99%) Publishing
5 19 (1.89%) Retail
6 10 (1.00%) French Language
7 8 (0.80%) Electronics
7 8 (0.80%) Manufacturing
8 6 (0.60%) Retail Banking
9 5 (0.50%) Financial Institution
10 4 (0.40%) Back Office
10 4 (0.40%) Corporate Banking
10 4 (0.40%) Marketing
11 3 (0.30%) Billing
11 3 (0.30%) German Language
11 3 (0.30%) Legal
12 2 (0.20%) Advertising
12 2 (0.20%) International Banking
12 2 (0.20%) Spanish Language
13 1 (0.100%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 115 (11.44%) Analyst
2 114 (11.34%) Support Engineer
3 93 (9.25%) Architect
4 82 (8.16%) Developer
5 61 (6.07%) Windows Engineer
6 58 (5.77%) Consultant
7 57 (5.67%) Desktop Support
8 47 (4.68%) DevOps Engineer
9 46 (4.58%) Administrator
9 46 (4.58%) IT Support
10 42 (4.18%) Support Analyst
11 39 (3.88%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 38 (3.78%) Service Analyst
12 38 (3.78%) Service Desk Analyst
13 35 (3.48%) Project Manager
14 34 (3.38%) 2nd Line Support
14 34 (3.38%) 3rd Line Support
15 32 (3.18%) Desktop Engineer
16 30 (2.99%) 1st Line Support
17 26 (2.59%) Cloud Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 70 (6.97%) .NET
2 53 (5.27%) Web Services
3 41 (4.08%) HTML
4 31 (3.08%) XML
5 24 (2.39%) REST
6 23 (2.29%) CSS
7 18 (1.79%) jQuery
7 18 (1.79%) JSON
8 17 (1.69%) SOAP
9 13 (1.29%) ASP.NET
9 13 (1.29%) HTML5
10 12 (1.19%) ODBC
11 11 (1.09%) Node.js
12 10 (1.00%) ASP.NET Web Forms
12 10 (1.00%) CSS3
13 9 (0.90%) YAML
14 7 (0.70%) Ajax
14 7 (0.70%) Java EE
14 7 (0.70%) Middleware
14 7 (0.70%) SVG
Miscellaneous
1 64 (6.37%) Analytical Skills
2 51 (5.07%) Data Centre
3 30 (2.99%) Computer Science
3 30 (2.99%) Public Cloud
4 26 (2.59%) CMDB
4 26 (2.59%) Hybrid Cloud
5 23 (2.29%) PKI
6 22 (2.19%) Replication
7 21 (2.09%) Mobile App
8 20 (1.99%) Management Information System
9 19 (1.89%) Clustering
10 17 (1.69%) Video Conferencing
11 16 (1.59%) Private Cloud
12 15 (1.49%) Smartphone
13 13 (1.29%) User Experience
14 12 (1.19%) iPhone
15 11 (1.09%) Virtual Team
16 10 (1.00%) Driving Licence
17 9 (0.90%) VxBlock/Vblock
18 8 (0.80%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 319 (31.74%) Windows Server
2 244 (24.28%) Linux
3 183 (18.21%) Windows 10
4 173 (17.21%) Windows Server 2012
5 161 (16.02%) Windows 7
6 126 (12.54%) Windows Server 2008
7 112 (11.14%) Unix
8 96 (9.55%) Windows Server 2003
9 49 (4.88%) Android
10 44 (4.38%) Apple iOS
11 38 (3.78%) Windows 8
12 31 (3.08%) Windows XP
13 25 (2.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 21 (2.09%) Windows Vista
15 15 (1.49%) Solaris
16 14 (1.39%) Mac OS X
17 10 (1.00%) AIX
17 10 (1.00%) SUSE
17 10 (1.00%) Windows Mobile
18 8 (0.80%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 164 (16.32%) ITIL
2 109 (10.85%) Agile Software Development
3 92 (9.15%) Migration
4 82 (8.16%) DevOps
5 81 (8.06%) Change Management
6 48 (4.78%) Configuration Management
7 40 (3.98%) ITIL V3
7 40 (3.98%) Project Management
7 40 (3.98%) Service Management
8 39 (3.88%) Incident Management
9 35 (3.48%) Mentoring
9 35 (3.48%) PRINCE2
10 34 (3.38%) Problem Management
11 32 (3.18%) Disaster Recovery
11 32 (3.18%) Scrum
11 32 (3.18%) Server Patching
12 31 (3.08%) Mobile Device Management
13 30 (2.99%) Stakeholder Management
13 30 (2.99%) Test Automation
14 28 (2.79%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 138 (13.73%) PowerShell
2 129 (12.84%) SQL
3 57 (5.67%) JavaScript
4 54 (5.37%) Java
5 42 (4.18%) Python
6 40 (3.98%) C#
7 28 (2.79%) Shell Script
8 27 (2.69%) VBScript
9 26 (2.59%) Bash Shell
10 18 (1.79%) PHP
11 16 (1.59%) C++
12 15 (1.49%) C
13 14 (1.39%) Perl
14 10 (1.00%) Apple Swift
14 10 (1.00%) Ruby
15 9 (0.90%) Groovy
15 9 (0.90%) VB
15 9 (0.90%) VB.NET
16 8 (0.80%) Korn
17 7 (0.70%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 153 (15.22%) Security Cleared
2 109 (10.85%) SC Cleared
3 79 (7.86%) Microsoft Certification
4 72 (7.16%) DV Cleared
5 52 (5.17%) Degree
6 45 (4.48%) MCSE
7 16 (1.59%) MCITP
8 15 (1.49%) Cisco Certification
8 15 (1.49%) Computer Science Degree
8 15 (1.49%) MCP
9 14 (1.39%) PMI Certification
9 14 (1.39%) PMP
10 13 (1.29%) CCNA
10 13 (1.29%) MCSA
11 12 (1.19%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 8 (0.80%) CISSP
13 7 (0.70%) DBS Check
13 7 (0.70%) MCTS
14 6 (0.60%) A+ Certification
15 5 (0.50%) Security+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 47 (4.68%) SLA
2 27 (2.69%) QA
3 9 (0.90%) GDPR
4 7 (0.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 6 (0.60%) PMO
6 5 (0.50%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 4 (0.40%) PCI DSS
8 3 (0.30%) Disclosure Scotland
9 2 (0.20%) Cyber Essentials
10 1 (0.100%) COBIT
10 1 (0.100%) Data Quality
10 1 (0.100%) GCP
10 1 (0.100%) HIPAA
10 1 (0.100%) PMBOK
System Software
1 440 (43.78%) Active Directory
2 152 (15.12%) VMware Infrastructure
3 90 (8.96%) Hyper-V
4 56 (5.57%) VMware ESXi
5 43 (4.28%) Docker
6 33 (3.28%) Microsoft App-V
6 33 (3.28%) vSphere
6 33 (3.28%) XenApp
7 27 (2.69%) BitLocker
7 27 (2.69%) XenDesktop
8 21 (2.09%) Virtual Machines
9 17 (1.69%) VMware Workstation
10 9 (0.90%) VMware Server
11 6 (0.60%) Terminal Services
11 6 (0.60%) VMware NSX
11 6 (0.60%) XenServer
12 4 (0.40%) KVM
13 3 (0.30%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
13 3 (0.30%) vCloud
13 3 (0.30%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 152 (15.12%) SCCM
2 76 (7.56%) SCOM
3 60 (5.97%) Ansible
4 32 (3.18%) WSUS
5 31 (3.08%) McAfee ePO
6 26 (2.59%) Puppet
7 22 (2.19%) NetBackup
8 20 (1.99%) Norton AntiVirus
9 18 (1.79%) Microsoft Intune
10 16 (1.59%) Opscode Chef
10 16 (1.59%) vCenter Server
11 15 (1.49%) AirWatch
12 14 (1.39%) Kubernetes
13 11 (1.09%) Jamf Pro
13 11 (1.09%) SCVMM
14 8 (0.80%) PowerCLI
14 8 (0.80%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
15 7 (0.70%) OpenVAS
15 7 (0.70%) Salt
15 7 (0.70%) vRealize
Vendors
1 344 (34.23%) Microsoft
2 264 (26.27%) VMware
3 98 (9.75%) Citrix
4 80 (7.96%) Oracle
5 78 (7.76%) Cisco
5 78 (7.76%) HP
6 41 (4.08%) McAfee
7 32 (3.18%) Remedy
8 31 (3.08%) NetApp
8 31 (3.08%) Symantec
9 25 (2.49%) Apple
10 23 (2.29%) Google
11 21 (2.09%) IBM
11 21 (2.09%) Red Hat
12 17 (1.69%) BMC
12 17 (1.69%) Dell
12 17 (1.69%) ServiceNow
13 16 (1.59%) SolarWinds
14 15 (1.49%) Samsung
15 14 (1.39%) F5