Period
to 21 June 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 21 June 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
21 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 6 7 5
Rank change year-on-year +1 -2 +1
Contract jobs citing Windows 6,625 5,798 8,138
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 12.51% 11.81% 13.44%
As % of the Operating Systems category 58.89% 54.86% 56.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,667 3,209 4,551
UK excluding London median daily rate £335 £340 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.47% - +4.62%
10th Percentile £128 £125 £143
90th Percentile £519 £515 £500
UK median daily rate £365 £365 £350
% change year-on-year - +4.29% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 906 780 924
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.25 £14.50 £15.77
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.17% -8.04% +5.12%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.30 £10.50
90th Percentile £42.00 £42.05 £40.93
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £15.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year +6.67% -6.25% +1.59%

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 11,250 10,568 14,365
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 21.24% 21.52% 23.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,417 6,124 8,268
UK excluding London median daily rate £396 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.98% +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £163 £170 £188
90th Percentile £538 £538 £525
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,047 901 1,086
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £15.64 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.30% -5.21% +4.76%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £45.93 £45.00 £46.00
UK median hourly rate £17.39 £16.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year +5.39% -2.94% +5.20%

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 21 June 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 21 June 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 21 June 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 2,154 £363 +0.69% 565
North of England +2 1,314 £325 -3.70% 469
Midlands +3 1,054 £350 +7.69% 327
South West +2 672 £325 - 260
North West -2 653 £350 +7.69% 264
East of England 0 626 £325 +1.56% 285
West Midlands +2 612 £345 - 184
Scotland -1 602 £285 -18.57% 90
East Midlands +2 432 £350 +16.67% 142
Yorkshire -7 388 £325 -3.70% 169
North East +3 273 £300 -11.76% 36
Wales -1 187 £350 +2.19% 42
Northern Ireland -5 31 £405 -3.53% 9
Channel Islands +2 10 £188 - 3
South Coast - 1 £500 -
Windows
UK

For the 6 months to 21 June 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 2,703 (40.80%) Active Directory
2 2,439 (36.82%) Microsoft
3 2,145 (32.38%) Windows Server
4 1,526 (23.03%) Windows 10
5 1,439 (21.72%) VMware
6 1,362 (20.56%) Linux
7 1,242 (18.75%) Windows 7
8 1,141 (17.22%) Security Cleared
9 1,087 (16.41%) Office 365
10 1,041 (15.71%) ITIL
11 948 (14.31%) SCCM
12 917 (13.84%) Windows Server 2008
13 915 (13.81%) SQL
14 906 (13.68%) PowerShell
15 905 (13.66%) Windows Server 2012
16 898 (13.55%) SC Cleared
16 898 (13.55%) Microsoft Office
17 878 (13.25%) Microsoft Azure
18 848 (12.80%) Citrix
19 846 (12.77%) Migration
20 837 (12.63%) VMware Infrastructure
21 790 (11.92%) SQL Server
22 713 (10.76%) DNS
23 679 (10.25%) Agile Software Development
24 606 (9.15%) Finance
25 556 (8.39%) Problem-Solving
26 546 (8.24%) MS Exchange
27 544 (8.21%) DevOps
28 535 (8.08%) Unix
28 535 (8.08%) DHCP

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
1 546 (8.24%) MS Exchange
2 348 (5.25%) IIS
3 346 (5.22%) SharePoint
4 255 (3.85%) Skype for Business
5 215 (3.25%) Exchange Server 2010
6 112 (1.69%) Apache
7 93 (1.40%) Exchange Server 2013
8 85 (1.28%) WebLogic
9 80 (1.21%) Tomcat
10 72 (1.09%) Confluence
11 55 (0.83%) SharePoint Server
12 51 (0.77%) Exchange Server 2003
13 50 (0.75%) SharePoint 2013
14 49 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2007
14 49 (0.74%) JBoss
15 46 (0.69%) SharePoint 2010
15 46 (0.69%) WebSphere
16 44 (0.66%) OpenStack
17 40 (0.60%) IBM Notes
18 34 (0.51%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 898 (13.55%) Microsoft Office
2 140 (2.11%) Microsoft Excel
3 58 (0.88%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 46 (0.69%) MS Visio
5 36 (0.54%) Microsoft Project
6 29 (0.44%) InfoPath
7 17 (0.26%) Adobe Illustrator
8 15 (0.23%) Spreadsheet
9 9 (0.14%) Simulink
9 9 (0.14%) Windchill
10 5 (0.075%) Acrobat
11 4 (0.060%) AutoCAD
11 4 (0.060%) PTC Creo
12 3 (0.045%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 3 (0.045%) HipChat
12 3 (0.045%) NUKE
12 3 (0.045%) PaintShop Pro
12 3 (0.045%) SOLIDWORKS
13 2 (0.030%) Mozilla Thunderbird
13 2 (0.030%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 33 (0.50%) Remedy ITSM
2 27 (0.41%) assyst
3 19 (0.29%) Dynamics CRM
4 7 (0.11%) Oracle Applications
5 6 (0.091%) Dynamics AX
5 6 (0.091%) Oracle Cash Management
6 5 (0.075%) SAP MII
6 5 (0.075%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 4 (0.060%) Oracle EBS
8 3 (0.045%) Dynamics NAV
8 3 (0.045%) Elite 3E
8 3 (0.045%) ION MarketView
8 3 (0.045%) SystmOne
9 2 (0.030%) OPENHousing
9 2 (0.030%) Oracle Assets
9 2 (0.030%) Oracle Payables
9 2 (0.030%) Oracle Receivables
9 2 (0.030%) Payment Gateway
9 2 (0.030%) Sage X3
9 2 (0.030%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 1,087 (16.41%) Office 365
2 878 (13.25%) Microsoft Azure
3 489 (7.38%) Amazon AWS
4 179 (2.70%) IaaS
5 171 (2.58%) PaaS
6 121 (1.83%) SaaS
7 102 (1.54%) Azure Active Directory
8 62 (0.94%) Cloud Computing
9 61 (0.92%) OneDrive
10 55 (0.83%) AWS CloudFormation
11 51 (0.77%) Amazon EC2
12 47 (0.71%) Serverless
13 42 (0.63%) Google Cloud Platform
14 32 (0.48%) Datadog
15 30 (0.45%) GitHub
16 26 (0.39%) AWS Lambda
17 23 (0.35%) G Suite
18 22 (0.33%) Yammer
19 21 (0.32%) Amazon S3
20 19 (0.29%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 713 (10.76%) DNS
2 535 (8.08%) DHCP
2 535 (8.08%) Firewall
3 356 (5.37%) SAN
4 353 (5.33%) TCP/IP
5 301 (4.54%) LAN
6 287 (4.33%) WAN
7 265 (4.00%) VPN
8 221 (3.34%) Skype
9 168 (2.54%) Internet
10 105 (1.58%) VLAN
11 101 (1.52%) NetScaler
12 98 (1.48%) VoIP
13 95 (1.43%) Wi-Fi
14 94 (1.42%) Wireless
15 92 (1.39%) Remote Desktop
16 91 (1.37%) SSL
17 90 (1.36%) Network Security
18 68 (1.03%) NAS
19 66 (1.00%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 790 (11.92%) SQL Server
2 117 (1.77%) Oracle Database
3 103 (1.55%) SQL Server 2012
4 97 (1.46%) Relational Database
5 93 (1.40%) MySQL
6 81 (1.22%) SQL Server 2008
7 74 (1.12%) MongoDB
8 62 (0.94%) SQL Server 2016
9 61 (0.92%) Big Data
10 60 (0.91%) NoSQL
11 58 (0.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 51 (0.77%) PostgreSQL
13 50 (0.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 45 (0.68%) Data Warehouse
15 44 (0.66%) Oracle Database 11g
16 41 (0.62%) Amazon RDS
17 36 (0.54%) SQL Server 2005
18 34 (0.51%) Oracle Database 10g
19 32 (0.48%) Hadoop
19 32 (0.48%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 301 (4.54%) Jenkins
2 272 (4.11%) Git (software)
3 195 (2.94%) Visual Studio
4 147 (2.22%) Team Foundation Server
5 134 (2.02%) JIRA
6 119 (1.80%) Subversion
7 111 (1.68%) MSI
8 105 (1.58%) Selenium
9 94 (1.42%) TeamCity
10 80 (1.21%) Eclipse
11 75 (1.13%) HP UFT
12 61 (0.92%) Maven
13 58 (0.88%) Bitbucket
14 57 (0.86%) Ant
15 49 (0.74%) SoapUI
16 47 (0.71%) Visual Studio Team System
17 46 (0.69%) SpecFlow
18 42 (0.63%) Sonatype Nexus
19 40 (0.60%) SonarQube
20 39 (0.59%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 606 (9.15%) Finance
2 142 (2.14%) Retail
3 140 (2.11%) Banking
4 135 (2.04%) Telecoms
5 99 (1.49%) Manufacturing
6 60 (0.91%) Legal
7 59 (0.89%) Law
8 58 (0.88%) Back Office
9 55 (0.83%) Marketing
10 52 (0.78%) Military
11 45 (0.68%) Publishing
12 35 (0.53%) Electronics
13 24 (0.36%) Local Government
14 21 (0.32%) Advertising
14 21 (0.32%) Automotive
15 19 (0.29%) Aerospace
15 19 (0.29%) French Language
16 16 (0.24%) Investment Banking
17 14 (0.21%) Pharmaceutical
18 13 (0.20%) Games
Job Titles
1 1,048 (15.82%) Analyst
2 705 (10.64%) Support Engineer
3 602 (9.09%) Desktop Support
4 462 (6.97%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 446 (6.73%) Developer
6 376 (5.68%) Windows Engineer
7 360 (5.43%) 2nd Line Support
8 350 (5.28%) Architect
9 339 (5.12%) Desktop Engineer
10 311 (4.69%) Service Analyst
11 306 (4.62%) IT Support
12 303 (4.57%) DevOps Engineer
13 302 (4.56%) Support Analyst
14 299 (4.51%) Service Desk Analyst
15 291 (4.39%) Consultant
16 220 (3.32%) Administrator
17 209 (3.15%) IT Engineer
18 207 (3.12%) Desktop Support Engineer
19 190 (2.87%) 3rd Line Engineer
20 179 (2.70%) 2nd Line Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 456 (6.88%) .NET
2 281 (4.24%) Web Services
3 216 (3.26%) XML
4 191 (2.88%) CSS
5 184 (2.78%) HTML
6 133 (2.01%) REST
7 127 (1.92%) Middleware
8 124 (1.87%) ASP.NET
9 112 (1.69%) AngularJS
10 111 (1.68%) jQuery
11 104 (1.57%) JSON
12 96 (1.45%) .NET Framework
13 94 (1.42%) SOAP
14 90 (1.36%) Node.js
15 65 (0.98%) WCF
16 64 (0.97%) ASP.NET Web API
17 58 (0.88%) ASP.NET MVC
18 57 (0.86%) WPF
19 55 (0.83%) LDAP
20 54 (0.82%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 391 (5.90%) Data Centre
2 379 (5.72%) Analytical Skills
3 204 (3.08%) Clustering
4 201 (3.03%) Self-Motivation
5 193 (2.91%) Management Information System
6 169 (2.55%) Computer Science
7 148 (2.23%) PKI
8 121 (1.83%) Fat Client
8 121 (1.83%) Thin Client
9 94 (1.42%) Blackberry
10 77 (1.16%) iPhone
10 77 (1.16%) NHS
11 76 (1.15%) Mobile App
12 64 (0.97%) Enterprise Software
13 63 (0.95%) Replication
13 63 (0.95%) Smartphone
14 60 (0.91%) Driving Licence
15 58 (0.88%) Client/Server
15 58 (0.88%) Mainframe
16 56 (0.85%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 2,145 (32.38%) Windows Server
2 1,526 (23.03%) Windows 10
3 1,362 (20.56%) Linux
4 1,242 (18.75%) Windows 7
5 917 (13.84%) Windows Server 2008
6 905 (13.66%) Windows Server 2012
7 535 (8.08%) Unix
8 495 (7.47%) Windows Server 2003
9 333 (5.03%) Windows XP
10 270 (4.08%) Windows 8
11 254 (3.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 215 (3.25%) Android
13 209 (3.15%) Apple iOS
14 167 (2.52%) AIX
15 129 (1.95%) Solaris
16 88 (1.33%) Mac OS
17 67 (1.01%) CentOS
18 62 (0.94%) Windows Vista
19 56 (0.85%) Mac OS X
20 53 (0.80%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,041 (15.71%) ITIL
2 846 (12.77%) Migration
3 679 (10.25%) Agile Software Development
4 556 (8.39%) Problem-Solving
5 544 (8.21%) DevOps
6 328 (4.95%) Change Management
7 317 (4.78%) Configuration Management
8 310 (4.68%) Service Management
9 292 (4.41%) Test Automation
10 254 (3.83%) Continuous Integration
11 244 (3.68%) Service Delivery
12 231 (3.49%) Incident Management
13 225 (3.40%) Project Management
14 221 (3.34%) High Availability
15 210 (3.17%) Scrum
16 208 (3.14%) Time Management
17 197 (2.97%) Stakeholder Management
18 196 (2.96%) Disaster Recovery
19 177 (2.67%) SDLC
20 173 (2.61%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 915 (13.81%) SQL
2 906 (13.68%) PowerShell
3 433 (6.54%) C#
4 382 (5.77%) Java
5 339 (5.12%) Python
6 331 (5.00%) JavaScript
7 193 (2.91%) C++
8 183 (2.76%) Bash Shell
9 166 (2.51%) Perl
10 137 (2.07%) C
11 117 (1.77%) Ruby
12 108 (1.63%) Shell Script
13 100 (1.51%) T-SQL
14 88 (1.33%) VBScript
15 84 (1.27%) VB
16 50 (0.75%) PHP
17 37 (0.56%) PL/SQL
18 31 (0.47%) F#
19 30 (0.45%) Scala
20 29 (0.44%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 1,141 (17.22%) Security Cleared
2 898 (13.55%) SC Cleared
3 431 (6.51%) Microsoft Certification
4 352 (5.31%) Degree
5 259 (3.91%) MCSE
6 175 (2.64%) DV Cleared
7 165 (2.49%) MCSA
8 156 (2.35%) Cisco Certification
9 128 (1.93%) MCP
10 115 (1.74%) CCNA
11 112 (1.69%) Computer Science Degree
12 93 (1.40%) ISEB
12 93 (1.40%) ISTQB
13 87 (1.31%) ITIL Certification
14 81 (1.22%) BPSS Clearance
15 79 (1.19%) MCITP
16 61 (0.92%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
17 60 (0.91%) CISSP
18 54 (0.82%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
19 53 (0.80%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 269 (4.06%) SLA
2 113 (1.71%) QA
3 77 (1.16%) GDPR
4 72 (1.09%) Disclosure Scotland
5 39 (0.59%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 34 (0.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 30 (0.45%) PCI DSS
8 24 (0.36%) PMO
9 17 (0.26%) HL7
10 16 (0.24%) GCP
11 12 (0.18%) ISO 9001
12 8 (0.12%) Data Quality
13 7 (0.11%) COBIT
14 6 (0.091%) GxP
14 6 (0.091%) HIPAA
15 5 (0.075%) Cyber Essentials
15 5 (0.075%) GPG13
15 5 (0.075%) MISRA
15 5 (0.075%) MISRA C
15 5 (0.075%) TickIT
System Software
1 2,703 (40.80%) Active Directory
2 837 (12.63%) VMware Infrastructure
3 465 (7.02%) Hyper-V
4 333 (5.03%) XenApp
5 315 (4.75%) VMware ESXi
6 269 (4.06%) vSphere
7 233 (3.52%) Microsoft App-V
8 224 (3.38%) Docker
9 209 (3.15%) XenDesktop
10 141 (2.13%) Virtual Machines
11 100 (1.51%) Virtual Desktop
12 81 (1.22%) XenServer
13 66 (1.00%) BitLocker
14 49 (0.74%) Virtual Servers
15 34 (0.51%) Terminal Services
16 29 (0.44%) VMware Workstation
17 25 (0.38%) Citrix Presentation Server
17 25 (0.38%) Oracle RAC
18 24 (0.36%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
18 24 (0.36%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 948 (14.31%) SCCM
2 294 (4.44%) Puppet
3 254 (3.83%) Ansible
4 184 (2.78%) Opscode Chef
5 165 (2.49%) SCOM
6 146 (2.20%) WSUS
7 142 (2.14%) Terraform
8 126 (1.90%) Microsoft Intune
9 112 (1.69%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 109 (1.65%) McAfee ePO
11 90 (1.36%) Microsoft Clustering
12 82 (1.24%) Kubernetes
13 78 (1.18%) NetBackup
14 70 (1.06%) Packer
15 68 (1.03%) HP ALM
16 66 (1.00%) Nagios
17 64 (0.97%) vCenter Server
18 60 (0.91%) AirWatch
19 58 (0.88%) Backup Exec
19 58 (0.88%) Nessus
Vendors
1 2,439 (36.82%) Microsoft
2 1,439 (21.72%) VMware
3 848 (12.80%) Citrix
4 516 (7.79%) Cisco
5 498 (7.52%) HP
6 444 (6.70%) Oracle
7 255 (3.85%) Red Hat
8 234 (3.53%) Apple
9 226 (3.41%) McAfee
10 215 (3.25%) Ivanti
11 194 (2.93%) IBM
12 188 (2.84%) NetApp
13 137 (2.07%) SAP
14 132 (1.99%) Symantec
15 117 (1.77%) Dell
16 113 (1.71%) ServiceNow
17 108 (1.63%) SolarWinds
18 99 (1.49%) Google
18 99 (1.49%) Veritas
19 95 (1.43%) Splunk