Period
to 24 September 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London 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 September 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
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
24 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 6 7 7
Rank change year-on-year +1 0 0
Contract jobs citing Windows 7,175 6,206 7,929
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 13.20% 12.05% 13.24%
As % of the Operating Systems category 62.19% 56.45% 57.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,866 3,468 4,599
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £335
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% -2.99% +3.08%
10th Percentile £126 £126 £140
90th Percentile £525 £500 £519
UK median daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +7.14% - +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,036 776 923
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.33% - -3.23%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.45 £10.50
90th Percentile £42.63 £42.50 £40.65
UK median hourly rate £16.17 £16.00 £15.25
% change year-on-year +1.03% +4.92% -4.69%

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 UK excluding London with a requirement for operating system skills.

All Operating Systems
UK excluding London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 11,538 10,993 13,799
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 21.22% 21.34% 23.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,395 6,280 8,089
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.00% - +7.14%
10th Percentile £150 £163 £188
90th Percentile £542 £538 £525
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,183 920 1,041
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £16.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.03% +1.54% +1.56%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.00 £47.50 £43.28
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year -2.86% +6.06% -

Windows
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing Windows as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for Windows in the UK excluding London

Windows
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Windows in the UK excluding London.

Contractor daily rate trend for Windows in the UK excluding London

Windows
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 24 September 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Windows in the UK excluding London

Windows
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Windows in the UK excluding London

Windows
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 24 September 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Windows in the UK excluding London

Windows
Contract Job Locations in the UK excluding London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Windows within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 24 September 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
South East 0 2,075 £375 +7.14% 591
North of England +1 1,480 £350 +8.02% 545
Midlands +2 1,164 £350 +10.41% 349
South West +3 836 £325 - 312
North West +4 808 £350 +7.69% 305
East of England +2 770 £345 +5.34% 307
West Midlands +2 748 £360 +10.77% 209
Scotland -1 615 £313 -10.71% 109
Yorkshire -1 474 £355 +13.60% 198
East Midlands +1 402 £325 +8.33% 140
Wales -3 203 £350 +16.67% 56
North East -1 199 £333 +3.18% 42
Northern Ireland +23 34 £250 -40.48% 8
Channel Islands +8 14 £410 - 1
South Coast - 1 - -
Windows
UK

For the 6 months to 24 September 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 UK excluding London region with a requirement for Windows.

1 2,868 (39.97%) Active Directory
2 2,681 (37.37%) Microsoft
3 2,164 (30.16%) Windows Server
4 1,827 (25.46%) Windows 10
5 1,505 (20.98%) VMware
6 1,484 (20.68%) Linux
7 1,402 (19.54%) Windows 7
8 1,308 (18.23%) Office 365
9 1,124 (15.67%) SCCM
10 1,074 (14.97%) Security Cleared
11 1,052 (14.66%) ITIL
12 1,029 (14.34%) SQL
13 985 (13.73%) PowerShell
14 977 (13.62%) Microsoft Office
15 944 (13.16%) Microsoft Azure
16 888 (12.38%) VMware Infrastructure
16 888 (12.38%) Migration
17 841 (11.72%) Citrix
17 841 (11.72%) SC Cleared
18 828 (11.54%) SQL Server
19 793 (11.05%) Windows Server 2012
20 786 (10.95%) Agile Software Development
21 746 (10.40%) Windows Server 2008
22 700 (9.76%) Unix
23 671 (9.35%) Finance
24 666 (9.28%) DNS
25 635 (8.85%) Infrastructure Engineering
26 619 (8.63%) Oracle
27 587 (8.18%) Problem-Solving
28 576 (8.03%) MS Exchange

Windows
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London 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
1 576 (8.03%) MS Exchange
2 373 (5.20%) SharePoint
3 295 (4.11%) IIS
4 263 (3.67%) Skype for Business
5 231 (3.22%) Exchange Server 2010
6 135 (1.88%) Tomcat
7 129 (1.80%) Confluence
8 125 (1.74%) Apache
8 125 (1.74%) WebLogic
9 113 (1.57%) Exchange Server 2013
10 73 (1.02%) SharePoint 2013
11 70 (0.98%) nginx
12 62 (0.86%) JBoss
13 56 (0.78%) WebSphere
14 54 (0.75%) SharePoint Server
15 51 (0.71%) SharePoint 2010
16 48 (0.67%) OpenStack
17 46 (0.64%) Exchange Server 2007
18 41 (0.57%) Elasticsearch
19 40 (0.56%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 977 (13.62%) Microsoft Office
2 159 (2.22%) Microsoft Excel
3 48 (0.67%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 47 (0.66%) MS Visio
5 43 (0.60%) Microsoft Project
6 34 (0.47%) Spreadsheet
7 28 (0.39%) InfoPath
8 12 (0.17%) Adobe Illustrator
9 9 (0.13%) Simulink
9 9 (0.13%) Windchill
10 5 (0.070%) NUKE
10 5 (0.070%) Photoshop
10 5 (0.070%) SOLIDWORKS
11 4 (0.056%) PTC Creo
12 3 (0.042%) Acrobat
12 3 (0.042%) AutoCAD
12 3 (0.042%) CATIA
13 2 (0.028%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 2 (0.028%) Mozilla Thunderbird
14 1 (0.014%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 51 (0.71%) Remedy ITSM
2 19 (0.26%) Dynamics CRM
3 15 (0.21%) assyst
4 8 (0.11%) SAP FI-CA
4 8 (0.11%) SAP PSCD
5 6 (0.084%) Dynamics AX
5 6 (0.084%) Payment Gateway
6 5 (0.070%) Oracle Applications
6 5 (0.070%) Oracle EBS
7 4 (0.056%) ENOVIA
7 4 (0.056%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 3 (0.042%) Oracle ERP
8 3 (0.042%) SAP MII
8 3 (0.042%) Teamcenter
8 3 (0.042%) Towers Watson Igloo
8 3 (0.042%) Unit4 Business World
9 2 (0.028%) Oracle 11i
9 2 (0.028%) Primavera
9 2 (0.028%) Retail-J
9 2 (0.028%) Sage 200
Cloud Services
1 1,308 (18.23%) Office 365
2 944 (13.16%) Microsoft Azure
3 525 (7.32%) Amazon AWS
4 205 (2.86%) IaaS
5 166 (2.31%) PaaS
6 141 (1.97%) Azure Active Directory
7 125 (1.74%) SaaS
8 87 (1.21%) OneDrive
9 84 (1.17%) GitHub
10 76 (1.06%) Cloud Computing
11 57 (0.79%) AWS CloudFormation
12 52 (0.72%) Google Cloud Platform
13 50 (0.70%) Google Analytics
14 48 (0.67%) Amazon EC2
15 37 (0.52%) Datadog
16 31 (0.43%) Serverless
17 28 (0.39%) Virtual Private Cloud
18 25 (0.35%) Amazon S3
19 22 (0.31%) Yammer
20 21 (0.29%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 666 (9.28%) DNS
2 570 (7.94%) Firewall
3 459 (6.40%) DHCP
4 384 (5.35%) TCP/IP
5 372 (5.18%) SAN
6 340 (4.74%) LAN
7 297 (4.14%) WAN
8 251 (3.50%) VPN
9 247 (3.44%) Skype
10 206 (2.87%) Internet
11 132 (1.84%) SSL
12 126 (1.76%) NAS
13 111 (1.55%) NetScaler
14 108 (1.51%) VoIP
15 106 (1.48%) VLAN
16 105 (1.46%) HTTP
16 105 (1.46%) Network Security
17 104 (1.45%) Remote Desktop
18 95 (1.32%) Wireless
19 87 (1.21%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 828 (11.54%) SQL Server
2 127 (1.77%) Oracle Database
3 123 (1.71%) Relational Database
4 116 (1.62%) SQL Server 2008
5 115 (1.60%) MySQL
6 105 (1.46%) NoSQL
7 104 (1.45%) MongoDB
8 92 (1.28%) SQL Server 2012
9 84 (1.17%) PostgreSQL
10 81 (1.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 69 (0.96%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 59 (0.82%) Big Data
13 56 (0.78%) Hadoop
14 51 (0.71%) Amazon RDS
15 49 (0.68%) SQL Server 2016
16 44 (0.61%) RDBMS
17 43 (0.60%) DB2
18 41 (0.57%) Data Warehouse
19 39 (0.54%) SQL Server 2005
20 28 (0.39%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 360 (5.02%) Jenkins
2 327 (4.56%) Git (software)
3 217 (3.02%) Visual Studio
4 209 (2.91%) JIRA
5 166 (2.31%) Selenium
6 157 (2.19%) Team Foundation Server
7 127 (1.77%) Subversion
8 98 (1.37%) MSI
9 93 (1.30%) Eclipse
10 81 (1.13%) TeamCity
11 80 (1.11%) Cucumber
12 77 (1.07%) Ant
13 71 (0.99%) Maven
14 69 (0.96%) Toad
15 65 (0.91%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 65 (0.91%) Bitbucket
15 65 (0.91%) HP UFT
16 63 (0.88%) SoapUI
17 53 (0.74%) Artifactory
17 53 (0.74%) Gatling
General
1 671 (9.35%) Finance
2 178 (2.48%) Banking
3 155 (2.16%) Telecoms
4 143 (1.99%) Retail
5 123 (1.71%) Manufacturing
6 83 (1.16%) Law
7 74 (1.03%) Marketing
8 59 (0.82%) Back Office
9 56 (0.78%) Military
10 49 (0.68%) Legal
11 47 (0.66%) Electronics
12 46 (0.64%) Publishing
13 41 (0.57%) Automotive
14 31 (0.43%) Advertising
15 29 (0.40%) Games
16 27 (0.38%) Aerospace
17 26 (0.36%) Pharmaceutical
18 22 (0.31%) Financial Institution
19 21 (0.29%) Local Government
20 16 (0.22%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 1,222 (17.03%) Analyst
2 718 (10.01%) Support Engineer
3 699 (9.74%) Desktop Support
4 526 (7.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 509 (7.09%) Developer
6 398 (5.55%) Windows Engineer
7 376 (5.24%) Desktop Engineer
8 371 (5.17%) Support Analyst
9 367 (5.11%) 2nd Line Support
10 365 (5.09%) Architect
11 342 (4.77%) Service Analyst
12 328 (4.57%) Service Desk Analyst
13 326 (4.54%) IT Support
14 310 (4.32%) DevOps Engineer
15 278 (3.87%) Consultant
16 251 (3.50%) Administrator
17 242 (3.37%) Desktop Support Engineer
18 210 (2.93%) IT Engineer
19 199 (2.77%) Project Manager
20 178 (2.48%) 1st Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 486 (6.77%) .NET
2 305 (4.25%) XML
3 281 (3.92%) Web Services
4 234 (3.26%) HTML
5 215 (3.00%) CSS
6 185 (2.58%) Middleware
7 176 (2.45%) ASP.NET
8 156 (2.17%) jQuery
9 130 (1.81%) JSON
10 123 (1.71%) AngularJS
10 123 (1.71%) REST
11 121 (1.69%) SOAP
12 119 (1.66%) Node.js
13 117 (1.63%) .NET Framework
14 99 (1.38%) ASP.NET MVC
15 91 (1.27%) LDAP
16 68 (0.95%) HTML5
17 59 (0.82%) Spring
18 57 (0.79%) XSLT
19 56 (0.78%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 426 (5.94%) Analytical Skills
2 382 (5.32%) Data Centre
3 236 (3.29%) Clustering
4 219 (3.05%) Self-Motivation
5 190 (2.65%) Management Information System
6 151 (2.10%) Computer Science
7 150 (2.09%) PKI
8 135 (1.88%) Fat Client
8 135 (1.88%) Thin Client
9 99 (1.38%) Blackberry
10 97 (1.35%) NHS
11 90 (1.25%) Driving Licence
12 83 (1.16%) Mobile App
12 83 (1.16%) Public Cloud
12 83 (1.16%) Replication
13 80 (1.11%) iPhone
14 72 (1.00%) Enterprise Software
15 65 (0.91%) Mainframe
16 64 (0.89%) Client/Server
17 63 (0.88%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 2,164 (30.16%) Windows Server
2 1,827 (25.46%) Windows 10
3 1,484 (20.68%) Linux
4 1,402 (19.54%) Windows 7
5 793 (11.05%) Windows Server 2012
6 746 (10.40%) Windows Server 2008
7 700 (9.76%) Unix
8 370 (5.16%) Windows Server 2003
9 351 (4.89%) Windows XP
10 273 (3.80%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 230 (3.21%) Windows 8
12 208 (2.90%) Apple iOS
13 187 (2.61%) Android
14 157 (2.19%) AIX
15 134 (1.87%) Solaris
16 109 (1.52%) Mac OS
17 82 (1.14%) Ubuntu
18 75 (1.05%) CentOS
19 59 (0.82%) Mac OS X
20 43 (0.60%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,052 (14.66%) ITIL
2 888 (12.38%) Migration
3 786 (10.95%) Agile Software Development
4 635 (8.85%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 587 (8.18%) Problem-Solving
6 569 (7.93%) DevOps
7 370 (5.16%) Test Automation
8 339 (4.72%) Configuration Management
9 331 (4.61%) Continuous Integration
10 314 (4.38%) Service Management
11 307 (4.28%) Change Management
12 240 (3.34%) Incident Management
13 224 (3.12%) Scrum
14 218 (3.04%) Project Management
15 209 (2.91%) Service Delivery
16 206 (2.87%) Time Management
17 205 (2.86%) Software Engineering
18 204 (2.84%) High Availability
19 199 (2.77%) ITIL V3
20 196 (2.73%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 1,029 (14.34%) SQL
2 985 (13.73%) PowerShell
3 509 (7.09%) Java
4 502 (7.00%) C#
5 420 (5.85%) Python
6 411 (5.73%) JavaScript
7 250 (3.48%) Perl
8 207 (2.89%) Bash Shell
9 199 (2.77%) C++
10 180 (2.51%) Ruby
11 172 (2.40%) Shell Script
12 144 (2.01%) C
13 113 (1.57%) T-SQL
14 112 (1.56%) VB
15 106 (1.48%) VBScript
16 59 (0.82%) Groovy
17 56 (0.78%) PL/SQL
18 53 (0.74%) Scala
19 46 (0.64%) PHP
20 45 (0.63%) Haskell
Qualifications
1 1,074 (14.97%) Security Cleared
2 841 (11.72%) SC Cleared
3 424 (5.91%) Microsoft Certification
4 369 (5.14%) Degree
5 271 (3.78%) MCSE
6 186 (2.59%) DV Cleared
7 153 (2.13%) Cisco Certification
8 152 (2.12%) ISTQB
9 145 (2.02%) MCSA
10 137 (1.91%) ISEB
11 117 (1.63%) CCNA
12 114 (1.59%) MCP
13 108 (1.51%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 95 (1.32%) Computer Science Degree
15 80 (1.11%) CISSP
16 70 (0.98%) BPSS Clearance
17 67 (0.93%) ITIL Certification
18 66 (0.92%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
19 63 (0.88%) DBS Check
20 53 (0.74%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 278 (3.87%) SLA
2 130 (1.81%) QA
3 88 (1.23%) GDPR
4 56 (0.78%) Disclosure Scotland
5 43 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 30 (0.42%) PMO
7 23 (0.32%) PCI DSS
7 23 (0.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 15 (0.21%) MISRA
9 14 (0.20%) JSP 440
10 13 (0.18%) ISO 9001
10 13 (0.18%) MISRA C
11 12 (0.17%) FINRA
12 11 (0.15%) WCAG
13 9 (0.13%) COBIT
13 9 (0.13%) Data Quality
13 9 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27005
14 7 (0.098%) GxP
15 6 (0.084%) HIPAA
15 6 (0.084%) HL7
System Software
1 2,868 (39.97%) Active Directory
2 888 (12.38%) VMware Infrastructure
3 449 (6.26%) Hyper-V
4 320 (4.46%) VMware ESXi
5 314 (4.38%) XenApp
6 256 (3.57%) vSphere
7 251 (3.50%) Microsoft App-V
8 248 (3.46%) Docker
9 215 (3.00%) XenDesktop
10 140 (1.95%) Virtual Machines
11 109 (1.52%) Virtual Desktop
12 78 (1.09%) BitLocker
13 68 (0.95%) Virtual Servers
14 61 (0.85%) XenServer
15 41 (0.57%) VMware Workstation
16 35 (0.49%) Oracle RAC
17 34 (0.47%) VMware NSX
18 33 (0.46%) NFS
19 29 (0.40%) Firmware
19 29 (0.40%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 1,124 (15.67%) SCCM
2 369 (5.14%) Puppet
3 304 (4.24%) Ansible
4 209 (2.91%) Opscode Chef
4 209 (2.91%) SCOM
5 197 (2.75%) Terraform
6 170 (2.37%) Microsoft Intune
7 164 (2.29%) WSUS
8 120 (1.67%) McAfee ePO
9 116 (1.62%) Microsoft Clustering
10 111 (1.55%) Kubernetes
11 110 (1.53%) vCenter Server
12 100 (1.39%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 80 (1.11%) NetBackup
14 77 (1.07%) Nagios
15 73 (1.02%) Packer
16 53 (0.74%) Grafana
16 53 (0.74%) Kibana
17 52 (0.72%) AirWatch
18 50 (0.70%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 2,681 (37.37%) Microsoft
2 1,505 (20.98%) VMware
3 841 (11.72%) Citrix
4 619 (8.63%) Oracle
5 492 (6.86%) Cisco
6 415 (5.78%) HP
7 253 (3.53%) McAfee
8 249 (3.47%) Red Hat
9 234 (3.26%) Apple
10 212 (2.95%) NetApp
11 200 (2.79%) IBM
12 151 (2.10%) Dell
13 142 (1.98%) Google
14 137 (1.91%) SAP
15 136 (1.90%) Ivanti
16 123 (1.71%) Remedy
17 114 (1.59%) Symantec
18 111 (1.55%) Splunk
19 109 (1.52%) webMethods
20 103 (1.44%) EMC