Period
to 21 July 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Microsoft Clustering skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Microsoft Clustering over the 6 months to 21 July 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 Clustering
UK
6 months to
21 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 709 734 747
Rank change year-on-year +25 +13 -86
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Clustering 140 163 115
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.15% 0.16% 0.12%
As % of the Systems Management category 1.02% 1.18% 1.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 103 107 68
UK median daily rate £430 £363 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +18.62% -13.69% +12.00%
10th Percentile £314 £213 £289
90th Percentile £563 £508 £531
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £373 £345
% change year-on-year +8.72% +7.97% -8.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 5 2
UK median hourly rate - £31.00 £16.17
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +91.71% -42.25%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £31.00 £16.17
% change year-on-year - +91.71% -42.25%

Microsoft Clustering is in the Systems Management category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for systems management skills.

All Systems Management Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for systems management skills 13,678 13,794 10,627
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.80% 13.24% 11.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,175 9,166 7,014
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £300 £275 £263
90th Percentile £675 £638 £602
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £420
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +8.39%
Number of hourly rates quoted 338 374 234
UK median hourly rate £21.00 £19.00 £18.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.53% +1.33% -16.67%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.60 £49.35 £47.85
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +2.86% - -26.41%

Microsoft Clustering
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Microsoft Clustering as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Clustering in the UK

Microsoft Clustering
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Microsoft Clustering.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Clustering in the UK

Microsoft Clustering
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Clustering over the 6 months to 21 July 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft Clustering in the UK

Microsoft Clustering
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Clustering.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Clustering in the UK

Microsoft Clustering
Top 15 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Clustering within the UK over the 6 months to 21 July 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
England +47 132 £450 +24.14% 21
UK excluding London -6 80 £405 +8.72% 21
London +58 55 £500 +66.11% 1
North of England +13 25 £363 -6.45% 5
South East +19 23 £425 +6.25% 8
South West -20 16 £475 +58.33% 3
North West +18 15 £363 -19.44% 4
Midlands +19 10 £415 +15.28% 4
West Midlands +14 6 £415 +15.28% 3
Yorkshire +24 5 £400 +6.67% 1
North East +20 5 £228 -16.13%
East Midlands +25 4 £400 - 1
Wales +2 3 £425 +23.64%
Scotland +20 2 £525 +16.67% 1
East of England -1 2 £400 +4.58%

For the 6 months to 21 July 2019, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Clustering 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 with a requirement for Microsoft Clustering.

1 126 (90.00%) Windows
2 119 (85.00%) Clustering
3 85 (60.71%) Microsoft
4 84 (60.00%) Active Directory
5 80 (57.14%) Windows Server
6 75 (53.57%) Hyper-V
7 67 (47.86%) PowerShell
8 64 (45.71%) SQL Server
9 61 (43.57%) SQL
10 56 (40.00%) VMware
11 49 (35.00%) Windows Server 2012
12 48 (34.29%) VMware Infrastructure
13 45 (32.14%) Virtual Machines
14 42 (30.00%) Failover Clustering
15 38 (27.14%) SCCM
16 37 (26.43%) ITIL
16 37 (26.43%) SAN
16 37 (26.43%) Infrastructure Engineering
17 36 (25.71%) VMware ESXi
17 36 (25.71%) SCOM
18 35 (25.00%) IIS
18 35 (25.00%) Microsoft Azure
19 34 (24.29%) Citrix
20 33 (23.57%) Data Protection
21 29 (20.71%) DHCP
21 29 (20.71%) Firewall
21 29 (20.71%) Office 365
21 29 (20.71%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
22 28 (20.00%) Windows Server 2008
22 28 (20.00%) Security Cleared

Microsoft Clustering
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 35 (25.00%) IIS
2 20 (14.29%) MS Exchange
3 18 (12.86%) Skype for Business
4 14 (10.00%) Exchange Server 2013
5 7 (5.00%) SharePoint
6 3 (2.14%) Exchange Server 2010
7 2 (1.43%) Apache
8 1 (0.71%) TPMS
Applications
1 12 (8.57%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.71%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 35 (25.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 29 (20.71%) Office 365
3 18 (12.86%) IaaS
4 16 (11.43%) PaaS
5 8 (5.71%) Amazon AWS
6 6 (4.29%) GitHub
7 3 (2.14%) Google Cloud Platform
7 3 (2.14%) Power Platform
8 1 (0.71%) Azure Active Directory
8 1 (0.71%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 37 (26.43%) SAN
2 29 (20.71%) DHCP
2 29 (20.71%) Firewall
3 21 (15.00%) DNS
4 18 (12.86%) iSCSI
5 15 (10.71%) Fibre Channel
6 14 (10.00%) Cisco ASA
7 11 (7.86%) NAS
8 10 (7.14%) TCP/IP
9 9 (6.43%) Cisco Firepower
9 9 (6.43%) Cisco Nexus
10 8 (5.71%) LAN
11 5 (3.57%) Skype
11 5 (3.57%) WAN
12 4 (2.86%) NetScaler
12 4 (2.86%) VLAN
12 4 (2.86%) VPN
13 3 (2.14%) Internet
14 2 (1.43%) FTP
14 2 (1.43%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 64 (45.71%) SQL Server
2 16 (11.43%) Big Data
2 16 (11.43%) SQL Server 2016
3 14 (10.00%) Oracle Database
3 14 (10.00%) SQL Server 2012
4 11 (7.86%) Oracle Database 11g
5 10 (7.14%) SQL Server 2008
6 9 (6.43%) SQL Server 2014
6 9 (6.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 7 (5.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 6 (4.29%) Data Warehouse
8 6 (4.29%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 5 (3.57%) MySQL
9 5 (3.57%) SQL Server 2005
10 4 (2.86%) Hadoop
10 4 (2.86%) NoSQL
10 4 (2.86%) Oracle Reports
11 3 (2.14%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 3 (2.14%) PostgreSQL
11 3 (2.14%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 14 (10.00%) MSI
1 14 (10.00%) WiX
2 7 (5.00%) Jenkins
3 6 (4.29%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (2.14%) Git (software)
5 1 (0.71%) GitLab
5 1 (0.71%) Hudson
5 1 (0.71%) JIRA
5 1 (0.71%) Visual Studio
5 1 (0.71%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 26 (18.57%) Finance
2 18 (12.86%) Banking
3 6 (4.29%) Publishing
4 2 (1.43%) Financial Institution
4 2 (1.43%) Investment Banking
4 2 (1.43%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.71%) French Language
5 1 (0.71%) German Language
5 1 (0.71%) Retail
Job Titles
1 28 (20.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 23 (16.43%) DBA
3 18 (12.86%) Administrator
4 16 (11.43%) Analyst
5 15 (10.71%) Architect
6 13 (9.29%) SQL DBA
7 10 (7.14%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
7 10 (7.14%) Support Engineer
7 10 (7.14%) Systems Engineer
8 9 (6.43%) Infrastructure Analyst
8 9 (6.43%) Systems Administrator
8 9 (6.43%) Technical Architect
9 8 (5.71%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 8 (5.71%) Infrastructure Architect
9 8 (5.71%) Senior DBA
9 8 (5.71%) Systems Analyst
10 7 (5.00%) DevOps Engineer
10 7 (5.00%) Infrastructure Support
10 7 (5.00%) Oracle DBA
11 6 (4.29%) Windows Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (13.57%) .NET
2 12 (8.57%) Software Packaging
3 6 (4.29%) RESTful
3 6 (4.29%) Swagger
4 3 (2.14%) Middleware
4 3 (2.14%) Web Services
5 2 (1.43%) .NET Framework
6 1 (0.71%) Elastic Stack
6 1 (0.71%) IBM Integration Bus
6 1 (0.71%) Kafka
6 1 (0.71%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 119 (85.00%) Clustering
2 26 (18.57%) Data Centre
3 23 (16.43%) Replication
4 15 (10.71%) User Experience
5 10 (7.14%) Analytical Skills
6 6 (4.29%) Blog
7 5 (3.57%) PKI
8 4 (2.86%) EMC VNX
9 3 (2.14%) Enterprise Software
9 3 (2.14%) Public Cloud
10 2 (1.43%) Driving Licence
10 2 (1.43%) Hedge funds
11 1 (0.71%) EMC Centera
11 1 (0.71%) EMC VMAX
11 1 (0.71%) Enterprise Storage
11 1 (0.71%) Fat Client
11 1 (0.71%) FlexPod
11 1 (0.71%) Management Information System
11 1 (0.71%) NHS
11 1 (0.71%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 126 (90.00%) Windows
2 80 (57.14%) Windows Server
3 49 (35.00%) Windows Server 2012
4 28 (20.00%) Windows Server 2008
5 20 (14.29%) Linux
5 20 (14.29%) Windows 10
6 9 (6.43%) Windows Server 2003
7 5 (3.57%) Windows Vista
8 3 (2.14%) Windows 7
9 2 (1.43%) Data ONTAP
9 2 (1.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 2 (1.43%) Solaris
9 2 (1.43%) Ubuntu
10 1 (0.71%) AIX
10 1 (0.71%) Unix
10 1 (0.71%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (26.43%) Infrastructure Engineering
1 37 (26.43%) ITIL
2 33 (23.57%) Data Protection
3 21 (15.00%) High Availability
4 18 (12.86%) DevOps
5 16 (11.43%) Application Virtualisation
5 16 (11.43%) Configuration Management
5 16 (11.43%) Load Balancing
6 13 (9.29%) Change Management
7 12 (8.57%) Vulnerability Management
8 10 (7.14%) Continuous Delivery
8 10 (7.14%) Identity Access Management
9 9 (6.43%) Infrastructure as Code
9 9 (6.43%) Release Management
9 9 (6.43%) Software Engineering
10 8 (5.71%) Agile Software Development
10 8 (5.71%) Incident Management
10 8 (5.71%) Migration
10 8 (5.71%) Performance Tuning
10 8 (5.71%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 67 (47.86%) PowerShell
2 61 (43.57%) SQL
3 17 (12.14%) Python
4 16 (11.43%) VB
5 10 (7.14%) Perl
6 6 (4.29%) JavaScript
7 5 (3.57%) C#
7 5 (3.57%) T-SQL
7 5 (3.57%) VBScript
8 4 (2.86%) Bash Shell
9 3 (2.14%) C++
9 3 (2.14%) VBA
10 2 (1.43%) C
10 2 (1.43%) PHP
10 2 (1.43%) R
11 1 (0.71%) Go
11 1 (0.71%) Java
Qualifications
1 28 (20.00%) Security Cleared
2 20 (14.29%) DV Cleared
3 14 (10.00%) Microsoft Certification
4 12 (8.57%) SC Cleared
5 10 (7.14%) Degree
5 10 (7.14%) MCSE
6 7 (5.00%) CCNA
6 7 (5.00%) Cisco Certification
7 6 (4.29%) ITIL Certification
8 4 (2.86%) MCITP
8 4 (2.86%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 3 (2.14%) MCP
10 2 (1.43%) CCSP
10 2 (1.43%) MCSA
10 2 (1.43%) Microsoft Certified Architect
11 1 (0.71%) CISSP
11 1 (0.71%) OCP
11 1 (0.71%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (5.00%) SLA
2 5 (3.57%) GDPR
2 5 (3.57%) QA
3 3 (2.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.71%) Data Quality
System Software
1 84 (60.00%) Active Directory
2 75 (53.57%) Hyper-V
3 48 (34.29%) VMware Infrastructure
4 45 (32.14%) Virtual Machines
5 36 (25.71%) VMware ESXi
6 20 (14.29%) XenApp
7 17 (12.14%) Microsoft App-V
8 16 (11.43%) DFS Replication
8 16 (11.43%) Virtual Desktop
9 11 (7.86%) Oracle RAC
10 9 (6.43%) vSphere
11 5 (3.57%) Virtual Servers
12 3 (2.14%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 3 (2.14%) NFS
12 3 (2.14%) XenDesktop
13 1 (0.71%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 1 (0.71%) Firmware
13 1 (0.71%) ISA Server
13 1 (0.71%) Terminal Services
13 1 (0.71%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 42 (30.00%) Failover Clustering
2 38 (27.14%) SCCM
3 36 (25.71%) SCOM
4 29 (20.71%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 27 (19.29%) WSUS
6 24 (17.14%) SCVMM
7 15 (10.71%) SCDPM
7 15 (10.71%) SCSM
8 13 (9.29%) SCOrch
8 13 (9.29%) vMotion
9 12 (8.57%) QRadar
10 10 (7.14%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
11 7 (5.00%) Ansible
11 7 (5.00%) Data Guard
12 6 (4.29%) Puppet
13 4 (2.86%) Backup Exec
13 4 (2.86%) OpenView Configuration Management
13 4 (2.86%) Terraform
14 3 (2.14%) vCenter Server
15 2 (1.43%) IBM BigFix
Vendors
1 85 (60.71%) Microsoft
2 56 (40.00%) VMware
3 34 (24.29%) Citrix
4 24 (17.14%) HP
5 21 (15.00%) Cisco
5 21 (15.00%) Oracle
6 13 (9.29%) EMC
7 12 (8.57%) NetApp
7 12 (8.57%) Symantec
8 11 (7.86%) F5
9 10 (7.14%) CheckPoint
9 10 (7.14%) SolarWinds
10 9 (6.43%) IBM
11 5 (3.57%) 3PAR
11 5 (3.57%) Dell
11 5 (3.57%) Red Hat
11 5 (3.57%) RedGate
12 4 (2.86%) Veritas
13 3 (2.14%) Google
13 3 (2.14%) Veeam