Period
to 18 November 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 18 November 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
18 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 5 6 7
Rank change year-on-year +1 +1 0
Contract jobs citing Windows 7,417 6,684 7,618
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 13.58% 12.52% 13.11%
As % of the Operating Systems category 62.05% 58.70% 58.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,077 3,809 4,487
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% -1.52% +1.54%
10th Percentile £128 £125 £135
90th Percentile £520 £500 £513
UK median daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +7.14% - +0.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,018 845 969
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.86 £15.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.73% - -3.23%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £43.08 £42.10 £40.80
UK median hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% -4.76%

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 11,954 11,387 13,064
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 21.88% 21.33% 22.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,662 6,560 7,723
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +1.35% +2.07%
10th Percentile £150 £150 £175
90th Percentile £550 £538 £525
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +1.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,156 1,008 1,079
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.71 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.23% +7.77% -3.97%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.00 £47.50 £43.28
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.29
% change year-on-year - +7.43% -1.27%

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 18 November 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 18 November 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 18 November 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 -1 2,184 £375 +3.81% 662
North of England +1 1,554 £350 +11.82% 573
Midlands +1 1,189 £350 +7.69% 383
South West +3 895 £350 +16.67% 308
North West +4 841 £346 +8.23% 301
East of England +2 808 £325 - 320
West Midlands +2 756 £360 +10.77% 233
Yorkshire +1 555 £350 +27.27% 226
Scotland -2 537 £300 -14.29% 91
East Midlands +1 414 £325 +8.33% 149
Wales -1 233 £350 +79.49% 53
North East -6 159 £375 +15.38% 46
Northern Ireland +19 26 £300 -23.08% 7
Channel Islands +5 9 £500 - 1
South Coast - 1 - -
Windows
UK

For the 6 months to 18 November 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 2,917 (39.33%) Active Directory
2 2,711 (36.55%) Microsoft
3 2,179 (29.38%) Windows Server
4 1,913 (25.79%) Windows 10
5 1,541 (20.78%) VMware
6 1,497 (20.18%) Linux
7 1,456 (19.63%) Windows 7
8 1,396 (18.82%) Office 365
9 1,167 (15.73%) SCCM
10 1,110 (14.97%) SQL
11 1,075 (14.49%) Security Cleared
12 1,047 (14.12%) PowerShell
12 1,047 (14.12%) ITIL
13 981 (13.23%) Microsoft Office
14 940 (12.67%) Microsoft Azure
15 883 (11.91%) Agile Software Development
16 858 (11.57%) Migration
17 826 (11.14%) Windows Server 2012
18 813 (10.96%) SQL Server
19 807 (10.88%) VMware Infrastructure
20 796 (10.73%) SC Cleared
21 760 (10.25%) Citrix
22 719 (9.69%) Unix
23 683 (9.21%) Windows Server 2008
24 682 (9.20%) Finance
25 673 (9.07%) Infrastructure Engineering
26 655 (8.83%) Oracle
27 639 (8.62%) DevOps
28 612 (8.25%) Problem-Solving
29 610 (8.22%) DNS

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
1 569 (7.67%) MS Exchange
2 348 (4.69%) SharePoint
3 239 (3.22%) IIS
4 224 (3.02%) Skype for Business
5 220 (2.97%) Exchange Server 2010
6 174 (2.35%) Confluence
7 142 (1.91%) WebLogic
8 139 (1.87%) Tomcat
9 134 (1.81%) Apache
10 120 (1.62%) Exchange Server 2013
11 81 (1.09%) nginx
12 59 (0.80%) WebSphere
13 56 (0.76%) JBoss
14 51 (0.69%) SharePoint 2013
15 42 (0.57%) CMS
16 39 (0.53%) Exchange Server 2007
16 39 (0.53%) IBM Notes
17 37 (0.50%) Elasticsearch
18 35 (0.47%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
19 34 (0.46%) OpenStack
Applications
1 981 (13.23%) Microsoft Office
2 175 (2.36%) Microsoft Excel
3 54 (0.73%) Microsoft Project
4 49 (0.66%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 48 (0.65%) MS Visio
6 33 (0.44%) Spreadsheet
7 11 (0.15%) InfoPath
8 8 (0.11%) Simulink
9 7 (0.094%) Photoshop
10 6 (0.081%) Chatbot
11 5 (0.067%) NUKE
12 4 (0.054%) Adobe Illustrator
12 4 (0.054%) SOLIDWORKS
13 3 (0.040%) CATIA
13 3 (0.040%) Windchill
14 2 (0.027%) Acrobat
14 2 (0.027%) Adobe Creative Suite
14 2 (0.027%) AutoCAD
14 2 (0.027%) Houdini
14 2 (0.027%) Maya
Business Applications
1 52 (0.70%) Remedy ITSM
2 22 (0.30%) Dynamics CRM
3 13 (0.18%) SAP FI-CA
3 13 (0.18%) SAP PSCD
4 8 (0.11%) assyst
4 8 (0.11%) Payment Gateway
5 6 (0.081%) Oracle EBS
6 5 (0.067%) Dynamics AX
6 5 (0.067%) thinkFolio
7 4 (0.054%) Oracle Applications
7 4 (0.054%) Oracle Cash Management
8 3 (0.040%) ENOVIA
8 3 (0.040%) Sage 200
8 3 (0.040%) Teamcenter
8 3 (0.040%) Towers Watson Igloo
9 2 (0.027%) Eikon
9 2 (0.027%) Oracle General Ledger
9 2 (0.027%) Oracle Payables
9 2 (0.027%) Oracle Receivables
9 2 (0.027%) Retail-J
Cloud Services
1 1,396 (18.82%) Office 365
2 940 (12.67%) Microsoft Azure
3 548 (7.39%) Amazon AWS
4 229 (3.09%) IaaS
5 198 (2.67%) PaaS
6 147 (1.98%) Azure Active Directory
7 118 (1.59%) GitHub
8 116 (1.56%) SaaS
9 101 (1.36%) OneDrive
10 88 (1.19%) Cloud Computing
11 63 (0.85%) Google Cloud Platform
12 53 (0.71%) AWS CloudFormation
13 51 (0.69%) Google Analytics
14 44 (0.59%) Amazon EC2
15 31 (0.42%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 23 (0.31%) Amazon S3
16 23 (0.31%) OpenShift
17 22 (0.30%) Dynamics 365
18 21 (0.28%) Datadog
19 20 (0.27%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 610 (8.22%) DNS
2 589 (7.94%) Firewall
3 403 (5.43%) LAN
4 402 (5.42%) TCP/IP
5 401 (5.41%) DHCP
6 376 (5.07%) SAN
7 336 (4.53%) WAN
8 279 (3.76%) VPN
9 215 (2.90%) Internet
10 213 (2.87%) Skype
11 149 (2.01%) SSL
12 127 (1.71%) NAS
13 115 (1.55%) VoIP
14 114 (1.54%) HTTP
14 114 (1.54%) Wireless
15 106 (1.43%) Network Security
16 90 (1.21%) VLAN
17 86 (1.16%) Remote Desktop
18 85 (1.15%) NetScaler
19 78 (1.05%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 813 (10.96%) SQL Server
2 126 (1.70%) MongoDB
3 123 (1.66%) Oracle Database
3 123 (1.66%) Relational Database
4 118 (1.59%) MySQL
4 118 (1.59%) SQL Server 2008
5 105 (1.42%) NoSQL
6 93 (1.25%) PostgreSQL
7 92 (1.24%) SQL Server 2012
8 80 (1.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 69 (0.93%) Hadoop
10 57 (0.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 49 (0.66%) Amazon RDS
11 49 (0.66%) DB2
12 48 (0.65%) Big Data
13 46 (0.62%) RDBMS
14 45 (0.61%) SQL Server 2016
15 38 (0.51%) SQL Server 2005
16 33 (0.44%) Data Warehouse
17 30 (0.40%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 403 (5.43%) Jenkins
2 358 (4.83%) Git (software)
3 270 (3.64%) JIRA
4 212 (2.86%) Visual Studio
5 185 (2.49%) Selenium
6 148 (2.00%) Subversion
7 141 (1.90%) Team Foundation Server
8 125 (1.69%) MSI
9 99 (1.33%) Cucumber
10 89 (1.20%) Maven
11 87 (1.17%) Eclipse
12 79 (1.07%) Toad
13 72 (0.97%) SoapUI
14 69 (0.93%) Ant
15 68 (0.92%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 68 (0.92%) TeamCity
16 65 (0.88%) Visual Studio Team System
17 64 (0.86%) Bitbucket
18 62 (0.84%) Gatling
18 62 (0.84%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 682 (9.20%) Finance
2 167 (2.25%) Banking
3 153 (2.06%) Telecoms
4 138 (1.86%) Retail
5 123 (1.66%) Manufacturing
6 92 (1.24%) Law
7 76 (1.02%) Marketing
8 60 (0.81%) Military
9 48 (0.65%) Electronics
10 46 (0.62%) Automotive
10 46 (0.62%) Back Office
10 46 (0.62%) Publishing
11 38 (0.51%) Financial Institution
12 34 (0.46%) Aerospace
12 34 (0.46%) Legal
13 29 (0.39%) Pharmaceutical
14 28 (0.38%) Games
15 27 (0.36%) Advertising
16 21 (0.28%) Local Government
17 19 (0.26%) Billing
Job Titles
1 1,236 (16.66%) Analyst
2 716 (9.65%) Support Engineer
3 663 (8.94%) Desktop Support
4 539 (7.27%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 492 (6.63%) Developer
6 411 (5.54%) 2nd Line Support
7 398 (5.37%) Windows Engineer
8 381 (5.14%) Desktop Engineer
8 381 (5.14%) Support Analyst
9 365 (4.92%) Architect
10 337 (4.54%) DevOps Engineer
11 336 (4.53%) IT Support
12 328 (4.42%) Service Analyst
13 320 (4.31%) Service Desk Analyst
14 295 (3.98%) Consultant
15 274 (3.69%) Administrator
16 251 (3.38%) Desktop Support Engineer
17 224 (3.02%) IT Engineer
18 187 (2.52%) 1st Line Support
19 185 (2.49%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 439 (5.92%) .NET
2 324 (4.37%) XML
3 270 (3.64%) Web Services
4 237 (3.20%) HTML
5 198 (2.67%) Middleware
6 188 (2.53%) CSS
7 150 (2.02%) SOAP
8 149 (2.01%) ASP.NET
9 146 (1.97%) jQuery
10 137 (1.85%) JSON
11 125 (1.69%) REST
12 124 (1.67%) Node.js
13 122 (1.64%) AngularJS
14 120 (1.62%) .NET Framework
15 94 (1.27%) LDAP
16 68 (0.92%) ASP.NET MVC
17 66 (0.89%) HTML5
17 66 (0.89%) Spring
18 60 (0.81%) RESTful
19 58 (0.78%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 434 (5.85%) Analytical Skills
2 368 (4.96%) Data Centre
3 247 (3.33%) Self-Motivation
4 212 (2.86%) Management Information System
5 169 (2.28%) Clustering
6 135 (1.82%) PKI
7 128 (1.73%) NHS
8 119 (1.60%) Computer Science
9 112 (1.51%) Fat Client
9 112 (1.51%) Thin Client
10 110 (1.48%) Driving Licence
11 103 (1.39%) Blackberry
12 95 (1.28%) Public Cloud
13 88 (1.19%) Hybrid Cloud
14 87 (1.17%) iPhone
15 78 (1.05%) Enterprise Software
15 78 (1.05%) Mobile App
15 78 (1.05%) Replication
16 73 (0.98%) Mainframe
17 60 (0.81%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 2,179 (29.38%) Windows Server
2 1,913 (25.79%) Windows 10
3 1,497 (20.18%) Linux
4 1,456 (19.63%) Windows 7
5 826 (11.14%) Windows Server 2012
6 719 (9.69%) Unix
7 683 (9.21%) Windows Server 2008
8 313 (4.22%) Windows XP
9 304 (4.10%) Windows Server 2003
10 271 (3.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 217 (2.93%) Windows 8
12 187 (2.52%) Apple iOS
13 185 (2.49%) Android
14 142 (1.91%) Solaris
15 116 (1.56%) AIX
16 88 (1.19%) CentOS
17 86 (1.16%) Ubuntu
18 83 (1.12%) Mac OS
19 61 (0.82%) Mac OS X
20 37 (0.50%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,047 (14.12%) ITIL
2 883 (11.91%) Agile Software Development
3 858 (11.57%) Migration
4 673 (9.07%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 639 (8.62%) DevOps
6 612 (8.25%) Problem-Solving
7 399 (5.38%) Test Automation
8 362 (4.88%) Configuration Management
9 353 (4.76%) Continuous Integration
10 315 (4.25%) Service Management
11 277 (3.73%) Change Management
12 233 (3.14%) Scrum
13 228 (3.07%) Software Engineering
14 217 (2.93%) Incident Management
15 213 (2.87%) SDLC
16 209 (2.82%) Disaster Recovery
17 201 (2.71%) Project Management
18 199 (2.68%) Service Delivery
19 196 (2.64%) ITIL V3
20 195 (2.63%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 1,110 (14.97%) SQL
2 1,047 (14.12%) PowerShell
3 520 (7.01%) Java
4 460 (6.20%) C#
5 433 (5.84%) Python
6 373 (5.03%) JavaScript
7 257 (3.47%) Perl
8 215 (2.90%) Bash Shell
9 205 (2.76%) Shell Script
10 185 (2.49%) Ruby
11 182 (2.45%) C++
12 130 (1.75%) C
13 116 (1.56%) VB
14 109 (1.47%) VBScript
15 108 (1.46%) T-SQL
16 70 (0.94%) Groovy
17 56 (0.76%) Scala
18 49 (0.66%) Haskell
19 48 (0.65%) PHP
19 48 (0.65%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 1,075 (14.49%) Security Cleared
2 796 (10.73%) SC Cleared
3 455 (6.13%) Microsoft Certification
4 344 (4.64%) Degree
5 291 (3.92%) MCSE
6 246 (3.32%) DV Cleared
7 174 (2.35%) Cisco Certification
8 162 (2.18%) MCSA
9 156 (2.10%) ISTQB
10 141 (1.90%) ISEB
11 134 (1.81%) CCNA
12 132 (1.78%) MCP
13 110 (1.48%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 84 (1.13%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 77 (1.04%) CISSP
16 70 (0.94%) DBS Check
17 66 (0.89%) CCNP
18 61 (0.82%) Computer Science Degree
19 60 (0.81%) MCITP
20 58 (0.78%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 307 (4.14%) SLA
2 120 (1.62%) QA
3 71 (0.96%) GDPR
4 43 (0.58%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 36 (0.49%) PCI DSS
6 33 (0.44%) PMO
7 30 (0.40%) Disclosure Scotland
8 24 (0.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 18 (0.24%) FINRA
10 17 (0.23%) HL7
11 14 (0.19%) ISO 9001
11 14 (0.19%) JSP 440
11 14 (0.19%) MISRA
12 12 (0.16%) MISRA C
13 11 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27005
14 9 (0.12%) ISO 22301
14 9 (0.12%) WCAG
15 8 (0.11%) Data Quality
16 7 (0.094%) GxP
16 7 (0.094%) ISAE 3402
System Software
1 2,917 (39.33%) Active Directory
2 807 (10.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 461 (6.22%) Hyper-V
4 282 (3.80%) XenApp
5 266 (3.59%) VMware ESXi
6 257 (3.47%) Docker
7 253 (3.41%) vSphere
8 221 (2.98%) Microsoft App-V
9 162 (2.18%) XenDesktop
10 139 (1.87%) Virtual Machines
11 88 (1.19%) Virtual Servers
12 79 (1.07%) Virtual Desktop
13 57 (0.77%) BitLocker
14 46 (0.62%) VMware Workstation
15 41 (0.55%) VMware NSX
16 40 (0.54%) NFS
17 39 (0.53%) Terminal Services
18 37 (0.50%) XenServer
19 33 (0.44%) Microsoft Virtual Server
19 33 (0.44%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 1,167 (15.73%) SCCM
2 370 (4.99%) Puppet
3 321 (4.33%) Ansible
4 207 (2.79%) SCOM
5 187 (2.52%) Terraform
6 183 (2.47%) Opscode Chef
7 157 (2.12%) WSUS
8 126 (1.70%) Microsoft Intune
9 116 (1.56%) Kubernetes
10 103 (1.39%) vCenter Server
11 101 (1.36%) McAfee ePO
12 92 (1.24%) Microsoft Clustering
13 91 (1.23%) NetBackup
14 87 (1.17%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
15 70 (0.94%) Nagios
16 62 (0.84%) Grafana
17 58 (0.78%) Kibana
18 56 (0.76%) Packer
19 54 (0.73%) AirWatch
20 45 (0.61%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 2,711 (36.55%) Microsoft
2 1,541 (20.78%) VMware
3 760 (10.25%) Citrix
4 655 (8.83%) Oracle
5 573 (7.73%) Cisco
6 368 (4.96%) HP
7 271 (3.65%) Apple
8 246 (3.32%) Red Hat
9 239 (3.22%) McAfee
10 214 (2.89%) NetApp
11 194 (2.62%) IBM
12 178 (2.40%) Google
13 140 (1.89%) Dell
14 139 (1.87%) Remedy
15 135 (1.82%) webMethods
16 131 (1.77%) SAP
17 124 (1.67%) ServiceNow
18 119 (1.60%) Symantec
19 107 (1.44%) EMC
20 98 (1.32%) Ivanti