Period
to 16 January 2019

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 16 January 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
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
16 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 6 6 7
Rank change year-on-year 0 +1 0
Contract jobs citing Windows 7,194 6,491 6,748
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 13.59% 12.52% 12.81%
As % of the Operating Systems category 61.07% 59.63% 58.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,102 3,735 3,896
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% -1.52% +1.54%
10th Percentile £125 £128 £131
90th Percentile £525 £520 £500
UK median daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +7.14% - +1.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 923 811 911
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £15.16 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.24% +1.07% -3.23%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.66 £10.50
90th Percentile £43.20 £42.50 £40.00
UK median hourly rate £16.25 £16.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year +1.56% +6.67% -3.23%

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 11,780 10,885 11,449
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 22.26% 20.99% 21.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,737 6,311 6,699
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.07%
10th Percentile £145 £150 £163
90th Percentile £550 £550 £527
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £401
% change year-on-year - +6.12% +0.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,062 952 1,042
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.75 £15.85
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.49% +5.68% -3.94%
10th Percentile £10.92 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.50 £43.75
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year - +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 16 January 2019.

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 16 January 2019.

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 16 January 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
South East 0 2,220 £375 +7.14% 592
North of England +2 1,539 £350 +7.69% 557
Midlands +2 1,068 £350 +7.69% 425
South West +1 943 £370 +23.33% 304
North West +5 837 £350 +2.94% 298
East of England +2 713 £325 +1.56% 300
West Midlands +1 663 £360 +10.77% 253
Yorkshire +2 552 £353 +22.61% 213
Scotland +1 488 £300 -16.67% 94
East Midlands +1 387 £323 +7.50% 171
Wales -4 210 £325 +8.33% 78
North East -6 150 £388 +17.42% 46
Northern Ireland +21 22 £350 - 11
Channel Islands +1 7 £513 -18.00% 2
Isle of Man - 2 - -
South Coast - 1 - -
Windows
UK

For the 6 months to 16 January 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 UK excluding London region with a requirement for Windows.

1 2,811 (39.07%) Active Directory
2 2,683 (37.29%) Microsoft
3 2,082 (28.94%) Windows Server
4 1,931 (26.84%) Windows 10
5 1,497 (20.81%) VMware
6 1,495 (20.78%) Linux
7 1,444 (20.07%) Office 365
8 1,415 (19.67%) Windows 7
9 1,141 (15.86%) SCCM
10 1,093 (15.19%) Security Cleared
11 1,012 (14.07%) SQL
12 993 (13.80%) Microsoft Office
13 965 (13.41%) ITIL
14 961 (13.36%) PowerShell
15 921 (12.80%) Microsoft Azure
16 882 (12.26%) Agile Software Development
17 864 (12.01%) Migration
18 797 (11.08%) SC Cleared
19 784 (10.90%) Windows Server 2012
20 774 (10.76%) SQL Server
21 771 (10.72%) VMware Infrastructure
22 705 (9.80%) Citrix
23 673 (9.36%) Problem-Solving
24 653 (9.08%) Unix
25 645 (8.97%) Oracle
26 643 (8.94%) Infrastructure Engineering
27 640 (8.90%) DevOps
28 628 (8.73%) Windows Server 2008
29 622 (8.65%) Finance
30 607 (8.44%) Firewall

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
1 531 (7.38%) MS Exchange
2 366 (5.09%) SharePoint
3 230 (3.20%) IIS
4 214 (2.97%) Skype for Business
5 180 (2.50%) Confluence
6 160 (2.22%) Exchange Server 2010
7 137 (1.90%) Apache
8 130 (1.81%) Tomcat
9 113 (1.57%) WebLogic
10 101 (1.40%) Exchange Server 2013
11 81 (1.13%) nginx
12 68 (0.95%) JBoss
13 58 (0.81%) WebSphere
14 46 (0.64%) Exchange Server 2007
15 43 (0.60%) SharePoint 2013
16 41 (0.57%) SharePoint Server
17 40 (0.56%) Oracle SOA Suite
18 39 (0.54%) CMS
19 31 (0.43%) Elasticsearch
19 31 (0.43%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 993 (13.80%) Microsoft Office
2 166 (2.31%) Microsoft Excel
3 52 (0.72%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 52 (0.72%) MS Visio
4 50 (0.70%) Microsoft Project
5 30 (0.42%) Spreadsheet
6 14 (0.19%) InfoPath
7 10 (0.14%) Chatbot
8 8 (0.11%) Photoshop
9 7 (0.097%) CATIA
10 6 (0.083%) Siemens NX
11 3 (0.042%) NUKE
12 2 (0.028%) Acrobat
12 2 (0.028%) Adobe Illustrator
12 2 (0.028%) HipChat
12 2 (0.028%) Houdini
12 2 (0.028%) InDesign
12 2 (0.028%) Maya
12 2 (0.028%) PTC Creo
12 2 (0.028%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 36 (0.50%) Remedy ITSM
2 22 (0.31%) Dynamics CRM
3 12 (0.17%) SAP FI-CA
3 12 (0.17%) SAP PSCD
4 8 (0.11%) Payment Gateway
5 7 (0.097%) assyst
6 6 (0.083%) Eikon
6 6 (0.083%) Retail-J
7 5 (0.070%) HFM
7 5 (0.070%) Maximo
7 5 (0.070%) thinkFolio
8 4 (0.056%) Oracle Cash Management
8 4 (0.056%) Teamcenter
9 3 (0.042%) OPENHousing
9 3 (0.042%) Sage 200
10 2 (0.028%) Dynamics AX
10 2 (0.028%) Oracle EBS
10 2 (0.028%) SAP ERP
10 2 (0.028%) SAP S/4HANA
10 2 (0.028%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 1,444 (20.07%) Office 365
2 921 (12.80%) Microsoft Azure
3 584 (8.12%) Amazon AWS
4 247 (3.43%) IaaS
5 202 (2.81%) PaaS
6 155 (2.15%) Azure Active Directory
7 148 (2.06%) Cloud Computing
8 124 (1.72%) GitHub
9 101 (1.40%) OneDrive
10 98 (1.36%) SaaS
11 71 (0.99%) Google Cloud Platform
12 67 (0.93%) AWS CloudFormation
13 53 (0.74%) Google Analytics
14 46 (0.64%) OpenShift
15 43 (0.60%) Amazon EC2
16 35 (0.49%) Serverless
17 30 (0.42%) Amazon S3
17 30 (0.42%) Virtual Private Cloud
18 21 (0.29%) G Suite
19 20 (0.28%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 607 (8.44%) Firewall
2 600 (8.34%) DNS
3 434 (6.03%) LAN
4 419 (5.82%) TCP/IP
5 378 (5.25%) DHCP
6 358 (4.98%) SAN
7 355 (4.93%) WAN
8 314 (4.36%) VPN
9 239 (3.32%) Skype
10 224 (3.11%) Internet
11 146 (2.03%) SSL
12 136 (1.89%) NAS
13 122 (1.70%) VoIP
14 118 (1.64%) HTTP
15 109 (1.52%) Network Security
15 109 (1.52%) Remote Desktop
16 103 (1.43%) Wireless
17 97 (1.35%) VLAN
18 91 (1.26%) Wi-Fi
19 90 (1.25%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 774 (10.76%) SQL Server
2 133 (1.85%) Oracle Database
3 124 (1.72%) MongoDB
4 109 (1.52%) Relational Database
5 106 (1.47%) NoSQL
6 105 (1.46%) MySQL
7 92 (1.28%) SQL Server 2012
8 91 (1.26%) SQL Server 2008
9 85 (1.18%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 84 (1.17%) PostgreSQL
11 54 (0.75%) Amazon RDS
11 54 (0.75%) Hadoop
12 52 (0.72%) DB2
13 49 (0.68%) SQL Server 2016
14 46 (0.64%) Big Data
14 46 (0.64%) RDBMS
15 44 (0.61%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 39 (0.54%) SQL Server 2014
17 32 (0.44%) SQL Server 2005
18 28 (0.39%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 392 (5.45%) Jenkins
2 360 (5.00%) Git (software)
3 279 (3.88%) JIRA
4 181 (2.52%) Visual Studio
5 160 (2.22%) Selenium
6 153 (2.13%) Subversion
7 123 (1.71%) MSI
8 102 (1.42%) Team Foundation Server
9 101 (1.40%) Cucumber
10 99 (1.38%) Maven
11 84 (1.17%) Sonatype Nexus
12 80 (1.11%) Eclipse
13 69 (0.96%) TeamCity
14 67 (0.93%) Visual Studio Team System
15 64 (0.89%) Gatling
16 59 (0.82%) Ant
17 56 (0.78%) Atlassian Bamboo
18 55 (0.76%) Grunt
18 55 (0.76%) IntelliJ
19 54 (0.75%) JUnit
General
1 622 (8.65%) Finance
2 156 (2.17%) Telecoms
3 145 (2.02%) Banking
4 124 (1.72%) Retail
5 112 (1.56%) Manufacturing
6 96 (1.33%) Law
7 76 (1.06%) Marketing
8 64 (0.89%) Military
9 50 (0.70%) Aerospace
10 49 (0.68%) Electronics
11 43 (0.60%) Back Office
12 42 (0.58%) Publishing
13 40 (0.56%) Legal
14 33 (0.46%) Automotive
14 33 (0.46%) Financial Institution
15 29 (0.40%) Local Government
16 28 (0.39%) Advertising
16 28 (0.39%) Pharmaceutical
17 21 (0.29%) Games
18 20 (0.28%) Billing
Job Titles
1 1,126 (15.65%) Analyst
2 697 (9.69%) Support Engineer
3 517 (7.19%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 455 (6.32%) Developer
5 452 (6.28%) Desktop Support
6 410 (5.70%) Windows Engineer
7 401 (5.57%) 2nd Line Support
8 387 (5.38%) Desktop Engineer
9 377 (5.24%) Architect
10 353 (4.91%) Support Analyst
11 352 (4.89%) IT Support
12 328 (4.56%) Service Analyst
13 321 (4.46%) DevOps Engineer
14 318 (4.42%) Service Desk Analyst
15 264 (3.67%) Administrator
16 260 (3.61%) Desktop Support Engineer
17 258 (3.59%) Consultant
18 230 (3.20%) IT Engineer
19 197 (2.74%) 2nd Line Engineer
20 182 (2.53%) 1st Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 387 (5.38%) .NET
2 293 (4.07%) XML
3 267 (3.71%) Web Services
4 218 (3.03%) HTML
5 193 (2.68%) Middleware
6 173 (2.40%) SOAP
7 165 (2.29%) CSS
8 153 (2.13%) jQuery
9 148 (2.06%) JSON
10 131 (1.82%) REST
11 126 (1.75%) AngularJS
12 125 (1.74%) Node.js
13 112 (1.56%) .NET Framework
14 111 (1.54%) ASP.NET
15 79 (1.10%) LDAP
16 77 (1.07%) HTML5
17 69 (0.96%) Spring
18 63 (0.88%) RESTful
19 59 (0.82%) WPF
20 57 (0.79%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 419 (5.82%) Analytical Skills
2 350 (4.87%) Data Centre
3 247 (3.43%) Self-Motivation
4 218 (3.03%) Management Information System
5 155 (2.15%) Clustering
6 136 (1.89%) PKI
7 125 (1.74%) Driving Licence
8 121 (1.68%) Hybrid Cloud
9 118 (1.64%) NHS
10 106 (1.47%) Public Cloud
11 99 (1.38%) Fat Client
11 99 (1.38%) Thin Client
12 96 (1.33%) Blackberry
13 85 (1.18%) Replication
14 81 (1.13%) Enterprise Software
15 78 (1.08%) iPhone
16 68 (0.95%) Mobile App
17 66 (0.92%) User Experience
18 61 (0.85%) Smartphone
19 57 (0.79%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 2,082 (28.94%) Windows Server
2 1,931 (26.84%) Windows 10
3 1,495 (20.78%) Linux
4 1,415 (19.67%) Windows 7
5 784 (10.90%) Windows Server 2012
6 653 (9.08%) Unix
7 628 (8.73%) Windows Server 2008
8 308 (4.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 291 (4.05%) Windows XP
10 258 (3.59%) Windows Server 2003
11 213 (2.96%) Windows 8
12 199 (2.77%) Android
12 199 (2.77%) Apple iOS
13 117 (1.63%) Solaris
14 87 (1.21%) CentOS
15 86 (1.20%) Ubuntu
16 83 (1.15%) Mac OS
17 76 (1.06%) AIX
18 60 (0.83%) Mac OS X
19 38 (0.53%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 965 (13.41%) ITIL
2 882 (12.26%) Agile Software Development
3 864 (12.01%) Migration
4 673 (9.36%) Problem-Solving
5 643 (8.94%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 640 (8.90%) DevOps
7 355 (4.93%) Configuration Management
8 347 (4.82%) Test Automation
9 305 (4.24%) Continuous Integration
10 302 (4.20%) Service Management
11 243 (3.38%) Scrum
12 236 (3.28%) Disaster Recovery
13 226 (3.14%) Change Management
14 224 (3.11%) Software Engineering
15 209 (2.91%) Project Management
15 209 (2.91%) Service Delivery
16 193 (2.68%) Application Packaging
17 192 (2.67%) Incident Management
17 192 (2.67%) Stakeholder Management
18 189 (2.63%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 1,012 (14.07%) SQL
2 961 (13.36%) PowerShell
3 446 (6.20%) Python
4 425 (5.91%) Java
5 412 (5.73%) C#
6 331 (4.60%) JavaScript
7 259 (3.60%) Perl
8 216 (3.00%) Bash Shell
9 193 (2.68%) Ruby
10 176 (2.45%) Shell Script
11 171 (2.38%) C++
12 116 (1.61%) C
13 96 (1.33%) VBScript
14 93 (1.29%) T-SQL
15 81 (1.13%) VB
16 67 (0.93%) Groovy
17 54 (0.75%) PL/SQL
18 51 (0.71%) Scala
19 49 (0.68%) Haskell
20 41 (0.57%) PHP
Qualifications
1 1,093 (15.19%) Security Cleared
2 797 (11.08%) SC Cleared
3 446 (6.20%) Microsoft Certification
4 320 (4.45%) Degree
5 288 (4.00%) MCSE
6 285 (3.96%) DV Cleared
7 173 (2.40%) Cisco Certification
8 157 (2.18%) MCSA
9 140 (1.95%) MCP
10 139 (1.93%) CCNA
11 114 (1.58%) ISTQB
12 100 (1.39%) ISEB
13 82 (1.14%) CISSP
14 80 (1.11%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 78 (1.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
16 75 (1.04%) DBS Check
17 69 (0.96%) CCNP
18 58 (0.81%) ITIL Certification
19 53 (0.74%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
20 51 (0.71%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 297 (4.13%) SLA
2 104 (1.45%) QA
3 68 (0.95%) GDPR
4 35 (0.49%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 35 (0.49%) PCI DSS
5 33 (0.46%) PMO
6 25 (0.35%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 23 (0.32%) Disclosure Scotland
8 16 (0.22%) FINRA
9 15 (0.21%) HL7
10 14 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials
11 12 (0.17%) ISO 9001
12 10 (0.14%) GxP
13 9 (0.13%) Data Quality
13 9 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27005
13 9 (0.13%) JSP 440
14 8 (0.11%) ISAE 3402
14 8 (0.11%) ISO 22301
14 8 (0.11%) ISO 31000
14 8 (0.11%) MISRA
System Software
1 2,811 (39.07%) Active Directory
2 771 (10.72%) VMware Infrastructure
3 417 (5.80%) Hyper-V
4 294 (4.09%) Docker
5 255 (3.54%) XenApp
6 251 (3.49%) VMware ESXi
6 251 (3.49%) vSphere
7 219 (3.04%) Microsoft App-V
8 169 (2.35%) Virtual Machines
9 160 (2.22%) XenDesktop
10 82 (1.14%) Virtual Servers
11 75 (1.04%) Virtual Desktop
12 45 (0.63%) VMware Workstation
13 44 (0.61%) BitLocker
14 38 (0.53%) XenServer
15 37 (0.51%) Firmware
15 37 (0.51%) NFS
16 36 (0.50%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 36 (0.50%) Terminal Services
16 36 (0.50%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 1,141 (15.86%) SCCM
2 351 (4.88%) Puppet
3 311 (4.32%) Ansible
4 207 (2.88%) SCOM
5 168 (2.34%) Opscode Chef
6 161 (2.24%) Kubernetes
6 161 (2.24%) Terraform
7 125 (1.74%) Microsoft Intune
8 117 (1.63%) WSUS
9 87 (1.21%) vCenter Server
10 85 (1.18%) McAfee ePO
11 74 (1.03%) Microsoft Clustering
12 73 (1.01%) Nagios
12 73 (1.01%) NetBackup
13 66 (0.92%) Grafana
14 63 (0.88%) Kibana
14 63 (0.88%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
15 59 (0.82%) AirWatch
16 55 (0.76%) ZABBIX
17 44 (0.61%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 2,683 (37.29%) Microsoft
2 1,497 (20.81%) VMware
3 705 (9.80%) Citrix
4 645 (8.97%) Oracle
5 556 (7.73%) Cisco
6 341 (4.74%) HP
7 298 (4.14%) Red Hat
8 274 (3.81%) Apple
9 219 (3.04%) McAfee
10 195 (2.71%) Google
11 192 (2.67%) NetApp
12 178 (2.47%) IBM
13 154 (2.14%) Dell
14 146 (2.03%) ServiceNow
15 140 (1.95%) SAP
16 123 (1.71%) Remedy
17 119 (1.65%) Symantec
18 108 (1.50%) EMC
19 96 (1.33%) SolarWinds
20 93 (1.29%) webMethods