Period
to 17 November 2017

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 17 November 2017 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
17 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 784 710 728
Rank change year-on-year -74 +18 -62
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Clustering 94 184 165
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.091% 0.17% 0.14%
As % of the Systems Management category 0.81% 1.57% 1.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 134 98
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +14.29%
10th Percentile £300 £252 £278
90th Percentile £546 £534 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £350 £400
% change year-on-year +14.29% -12.50% +23.08%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 12 1
UK median hourly rate £30.00 £28.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +60.00% -36.36%
10th Percentile £13.60 £23.58 £16.25
90th Percentile £32.30 £39.08 £18.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £28.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +7.14% +60.00% -36.36%

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 11635 11702 9817
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.32% 11.04% 8.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 7869 7483 5990
UK median daily rate £475 £440 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.95% +10.00% +5.26%
10th Percentile £263 £260 £230
90th Percentile £625 £588 £573
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +3.75% +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 286 269 335
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £21.50 £19.03
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.60% +12.98% -2.41%
10th Percentile £10.96 £12.75 £11.20
90th Percentile £47.50 £43.28 £43.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £23.50 £19.27
% change year-on-year -31.91% +21.98% -3.96%

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 17 November 2017.

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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Clustering over the 6 months to 17 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 17 November 2017. 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 -64 78 £425 +6.05% 8
UK excluding London -5 66 £400 +14.29% 8
London -58 25 £456 +7.35% 1
East of England -15 19 £365 -30.48% 1
South East +9 18 £450 +1.12% 2
North of England +30 10 £400 +37.10% 2
Scotland -16 9 £338 +12.50% 1
North East +38 4 - -
Midlands +23 4 £425 +6.25% 2
North West +19 4 £340 -20.00% 1
Wales +10 4 £425 -5.56%
East Midlands +1 3 £463 +15.63%
Yorkshire +32 2 £430 +49.39% 1
South West +1 2 £350 -12.50%
West Midlands +19 1 £185 -53.16% 2

For the 6 months to 17 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Clustering also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Microsoft Clustering.

1 88 (93.62%) Windows
2 76 (80.85%) Clustering
3 73 (77.66%) Microsoft
4 66 (70.21%) Active Directory
5 55 (58.51%) SQL Server
6 48 (51.06%) Windows Server
7 46 (48.94%) SAN
7 46 (48.94%) VMware
8 41 (43.62%) VMware Infrastructure
9 39 (41.49%) Hyper-V
10 35 (37.23%) Citrix
11 30 (31.91%) HP
12 27 (28.72%) SQL
13 26 (27.66%) SharePoint
14 24 (25.53%) NAS
14 24 (25.53%) PowerShell
15 22 (23.40%) MS Exchange
15 22 (23.40%) Microsoft Certification
15 22 (23.40%) Data Centre
15 22 (23.40%) Windows Server 2012
16 21 (22.34%) VMware ESXi
16 21 (22.34%) MCSE
16 21 (22.34%) Windows Server 2003
16 21 (22.34%) Windows Server 2008
16 21 (22.34%) SCCM
17 20 (21.28%) Firewall
17 20 (21.28%) High Availability
18 19 (20.21%) Replication
18 19 (20.21%) DNS
18 19 (20.21%) SCOM

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 26 (27.66%) SharePoint
2 22 (23.40%) MS Exchange
3 14 (14.89%) Skype for Business
4 13 (13.83%) IIS
5 7 (7.45%) Exchange Server 2013
6 6 (6.38%) Exchange Server 2010
7 5 (5.32%) Apache
8 3 (3.19%) Exchange Server 2007
9 2 (2.13%) Oracle Workflow
10 1 (1.06%) Exchange Server 2003
10 1 (1.06%) Live Communications Server
10 1 (1.06%) NetWeaver
10 1 (1.06%) Office Communications Server
10 1 (1.06%) SAP EP
Applications
1 4 (4.26%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (2.13%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 16 (17.02%) Office 365
2 10 (10.64%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (9.57%) Amazon AWS
4 5 (5.32%) PaaS
5 1 (1.06%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 1 (1.06%) Amazon EC2
5 1 (1.06%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (1.06%) IaaS
5 1 (1.06%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 46 (48.94%) SAN
2 24 (25.53%) NAS
3 20 (21.28%) Firewall
4 19 (20.21%) DNS
5 16 (17.02%) DHCP
6 13 (13.83%) TCP/IP
7 10 (10.64%) LAN
7 10 (10.64%) WAN
8 7 (7.45%) Fibre Channel
8 7 (7.45%) iSCSI
8 7 (7.45%) VoIP
9 6 (6.38%) Network Security
9 6 (6.38%) SSL
10 5 (5.32%) NetScaler
11 3 (3.19%) MPLS
11 3 (3.19%) VPN
12 2 (2.13%) Cisco ASA
12 2 (2.13%) SMTP
12 2 (2.13%) SNMP
13 1 (1.06%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 55 (58.51%) SQL Server
2 16 (17.02%) SQL Server 2012
3 15 (15.96%) SQL Server 2005
4 12 (12.77%) SQL Server 2016
5 8 (8.51%) SQL Server 2008
6 6 (6.38%) SQL Server 2014
6 6 (6.38%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 5 (5.32%) Big Data
7 5 (5.32%) Hadoop
7 5 (5.32%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 4 (4.26%) Microsoft Analysis Services
8 4 (4.26%) Oracle Database
9 3 (3.19%) MySQL
9 3 (3.19%) Oracle Database 11g
9 3 (3.19%) PostgreSQL
10 2 (2.13%) Oracle Database 10g
10 2 (2.13%) Oracle Database 12c
10 2 (2.13%) Oracle Exadata
10 2 (2.13%) Oracle9i Database
10 2 (2.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 1 (1.06%) Jenkins
1 1 (1.06%) MSI
1 1 (1.06%) Team Foundation Server
1 1 (1.06%) TestDirector
General
1 11 (11.70%) Finance
2 3 (3.19%) French Language
2 3 (3.19%) Law
2 3 (3.19%) Legal
3 2 (2.13%) Banking
4 1 (1.06%) Military
4 1 (1.06%) Retail
Job Titles
1 20 (21.28%) Architect
2 14 (14.89%) Technical Architect
3 13 (13.83%) DBA
3 13 (13.83%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 12 (12.77%) SQL DBA
5 10 (10.64%) Analyst
6 8 (8.51%) Administrator
6 8 (8.51%) Support Engineer
6 8 (8.51%) Windows Engineer
7 7 (7.45%) Consultant
7 7 (7.45%) Wintel Engineer
8 5 (5.32%) 3rd Line Support
8 5 (5.32%) Server Engineer
8 5 (5.32%) SQL Server DBA
8 5 (5.32%) VMware Engineer
9 4 (4.26%) Infrastructure Architect
9 4 (4.26%) Project Manager
9 4 (4.26%) Storage Analyst
10 3 (3.19%) Senior Data Warehouse Specialist
10 3 (3.19%) Storage Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (6.38%) Middleware
2 2 (2.13%) CGI
2 2 (2.13%) SAP Basis
3 1 (1.06%) Elastic Stack
3 1 (1.06%) Oracle GoldenGate
3 1 (1.06%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 76 (80.85%) Clustering
2 22 (23.40%) Data Centre
3 19 (20.21%) Replication
4 5 (5.32%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (3.19%) Client/Server
5 3 (3.19%) PKI
6 2 (2.13%) CMDB
6 2 (2.13%) Computer Science
6 2 (2.13%) Linux Command Line
6 2 (2.13%) Private Cloud
7 1 (1.06%) Fat Client
7 1 (1.06%) HACMP
7 1 (1.06%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 88 (93.62%) Windows
2 48 (51.06%) Windows Server
3 22 (23.40%) Windows Server 2012
4 21 (22.34%) Windows Server 2003
4 21 (22.34%) Windows Server 2008
5 10 (10.64%) Linux
6 8 (8.51%) Solaris
7 7 (7.45%) Windows Vista
8 6 (6.38%) Unix
9 3 (3.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 3 (3.19%) Windows 2000
10 2 (2.13%) Mac OS X
10 2 (2.13%) Windows 7
11 1 (1.06%) AIX
11 1 (1.06%) Android
11 1 (1.06%) Apple iOS
11 1 (1.06%) VMS
11 1 (1.06%) Windows 10
11 1 (1.06%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (21.28%) High Availability
2 16 (17.02%) Load Balancing
2 16 (17.02%) Migration
3 13 (13.83%) Disaster Recovery
4 12 (12.77%) PRINCE2
4 12 (12.77%) TOGAF
5 11 (11.70%) ITIL
6 9 (9.57%) Agile Software Development
6 9 (9.57%) Configuration Management
6 9 (9.57%) Database Mirroring
7 8 (8.51%) Change Management
7 8 (8.51%) Network Optimisation
8 7 (7.45%) Data Management
8 7 (7.45%) DevOps
8 7 (7.45%) Mentoring
8 7 (7.45%) Performance Tuning
8 7 (7.45%) Problem Management
9 6 (6.38%) IT Strategy
10 5 (5.32%) Performance Monitoring
10 5 (5.32%) Secure Coding
Programming Languages
1 27 (28.72%) SQL
2 24 (25.53%) PowerShell
3 14 (14.89%) VBScript
4 8 (8.51%) T-SQL
5 1 (1.06%) ABAP
5 1 (1.06%) Bash Shell
5 1 (1.06%) Java
5 1 (1.06%) Perl
5 1 (1.06%) VB
Qualifications
1 22 (23.40%) Microsoft Certification
2 21 (22.34%) MCSE
3 14 (14.89%) Cisco Certification
4 12 (12.77%) CCNA
4 12 (12.77%) Security Cleared
5 10 (10.64%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 9 (9.57%) DV Cleared
7 7 (7.45%) MCITP
8 6 (6.38%) Degree
8 6 (6.38%) MCSA
8 6 (6.38%) SC Cleared
9 5 (5.32%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
10 4 (4.26%) CCSP
11 3 (3.19%) MCP
12 2 (2.13%) CCIE
12 2 (2.13%) Computer Science Degree
13 1 (1.06%) BPSS Clearance
13 1 (1.06%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (7.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 4 (4.26%) SLA
3 2 (2.13%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 66 (70.21%) Active Directory
2 41 (43.62%) VMware Infrastructure
3 39 (41.49%) Hyper-V
4 21 (22.34%) VMware ESXi
5 12 (12.77%) vSphere
6 10 (10.64%) Virtual Machines
7 9 (9.57%) XenApp
7 9 (9.57%) XenDesktop
8 8 (8.51%) Terminal Services
9 3 (3.19%) VMware NSX
10 2 (2.13%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 2 (2.13%) Forefront TMG
10 2 (2.13%) Oracle RAC
10 2 (2.13%) VMware Server
11 1 (1.06%) Microsoft App-V
11 1 (1.06%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 1 (1.06%) SRDF
11 1 (1.06%) Terminal Server
11 1 (1.06%) Veritas Cluster Server
11 1 (1.06%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 21 (22.34%) SCCM
2 19 (20.21%) SCOM
3 13 (13.83%) WSUS
4 11 (11.70%) Norton AntiVirus
5 10 (10.64%) NetBackup
6 9 (9.57%) Backup Exec
7 8 (8.51%) vCenter Server
8 6 (6.38%) HP Data Protector
9 5 (5.32%) Failover Clustering
9 5 (5.32%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 4 (4.26%) PowerCLI
10 4 (4.26%) SCVMM
11 3 (3.19%) McAfee ePO
12 2 (2.13%) Data Guard
12 2 (2.13%) Puppet
12 2 (2.13%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 2 (2.13%) vRealize
13 1 (1.06%) BladeLogic
13 1 (1.06%) HP Quality Center
13 1 (1.06%) Netcool
Vendors
1 73 (77.66%) Microsoft
2 46 (48.94%) VMware
3 35 (37.23%) Citrix
4 30 (31.91%) HP
5 16 (17.02%) Symantec
6 15 (15.96%) 3PAR
7 13 (13.83%) NetApp
8 12 (12.77%) CommVault
9 11 (11.70%) Dell
9 11 (11.70%) Veritas
10 9 (9.57%) IBM
10 9 (9.57%) Oracle
11 8 (8.51%) Cisco
12 7 (7.45%) EMC
12 7 (7.45%) StorageTek
12 7 (7.45%) Sun
13 6 (6.38%) EqualLogic
14 5 (5.32%) McAfee
14 5 (5.32%) SolarWinds
15 4 (4.26%) Sophos