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 3 months to 28 May 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
3 months to
28 May 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 536 541 534
Rank change year-on-year +5 -7  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Clustering 59 120 122
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.13% 0.22% 0.22%
As % of the Systems Management category 1.25% 2.02% 2.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 70 79
Median daily rate £345 £334 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.37% -20.53%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £224 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £493 £478
UK excluding London median daily rate £318 £334 £400
% change year-on-year -4.86% -16.56%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 6 0
Median hourly rate - £25.50 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £25.50 -

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

Systems Management Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for systems management skills 4717 5938 4616
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 10.54% 10.89% 8.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 3117 3792 2857
Median daily rate £475 £450 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.55% +12.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £588 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +12.50% +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 102 125 187
Median hourly rate £27.50 £27.75 £20.19
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.90% +37.47%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £15.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £46.75 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £35.00 £20.19
% change year-on-year -38.57% +73.39%  

Microsoft Clustering
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Microsoft Clustering as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Systems Management category.

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 3 months to 28 May 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
Top 30 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 3 months to 28 May 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +15 52 £345 -1.42% 7
London +37 20 £500 +50.94% 4
South East +29 15 £250 -28.82%
North West +26 11 £310 -24.84%
Manchester - 10 £310 -
Gatwick - 6 £250 -
West Sussex - 6 £250 -
Scotland +25 5 £338 +12.50%
Hampshire +13 4 £345 +6.15%
Fife - 4 £363 -
Buckinghamshire -3 3 £325 -27.77%
Milton Keynes -10 3 £325 -27.77%
Basingstoke - 3 £345 -
West Midlands +27 2 £400 +14.28%
Surrey -1 2 - -
Wales -1 2 £463 +15.62%
Middlesex - 2 - -
St Andrews - 2 £363 -
Newcastle upon Tyne +37 1 £310 +16.10%
Tyne and Wear +34 1 £310 +16.10%
Cheshire +29 1 £375 -11.76%
North East +28 1 £310 +16.10%
Yorkshire +17 1 £195 -48.00%
South Wales +7 1 £450 +12.50%
Bridgend 0 1 £450 +12.50%
East Midlands -9 1 - - 1
Shropshire - 1 - -
North Yorkshire - 1 £195 -
Leicestershire - 1 - -
Gloucestershire - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 28 May 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.

1 101 (94.39%) Windows
2 91 (85.05%) Clustering
3 69 (64.49%) Microsoft
4 62 (57.94%) SQL Server
5 58 (54.21%) Active Directory
5 58 (54.21%) Windows Server
6 46 (42.99%) VMware
7 43 (40.19%) VMware Infrastructure
8 42 (39.25%) Windows Server 2008
9 41 (38.32%) Windows Server 2012
10 38 (35.51%) SAN
11 37 (34.58%) Hyper-V
12 34 (31.78%) PowerShell
12 34 (31.78%) SQL
13 33 (30.84%) SQL Server 2012
14 31 (28.97%) Citrix
15 25 (23.36%) ITIL
15 25 (23.36%) Failover Clustering
16 24 (22.43%) HP
17 23 (21.50%) SCCM
17 23 (21.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
18 22 (20.56%) Microsoft Certification
18 22 (20.56%) Microsoft Azure
19 21 (19.63%) Office 365
19 21 (19.63%) Data Centre
19 21 (19.63%) MS Exchange
19 21 (19.63%) Windows Server 2003
19 21 (19.63%) SQL Server 2005
19 21 (19.63%) NAS
20 20 (18.69%) 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 21 (19.63%) MS Exchange
2 18 (16.82%) IIS
3 16 (14.95%) Skype for Business
4 14 (13.08%) Exchange Server 2013
4 14 (13.08%) SharePoint
5 7 (6.54%) Exchange Server 2010
6 5 (4.67%) Apache
7 4 (3.74%) Exchange Server 2003
7 4 (3.74%) Exchange Server 2007
8 3 (2.80%) JBoss
8 3 (2.80%) Live Communications Server
8 3 (2.80%) SharePoint Server
8 3 (2.80%) WebLogic
8 3 (2.80%) WildFly
9 1 (0.93%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 1 (0.93%) Exchange Server 2000
9 1 (0.93%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 11 (10.28%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.93%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.93%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 1 (0.93%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (0.93%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 22 (20.56%) Microsoft Azure
2 21 (19.63%) Office 365
3 8 (7.48%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (3.74%) IaaS
5 2 (1.87%) Mimecast
5 2 (1.87%) PaaS
6 1 (0.93%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 1 (0.93%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.93%) Amazon ELB
6 1 (0.93%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.93%) Route 53
6 1 (0.93%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 38 (35.51%) SAN
2 21 (19.63%) NAS
3 17 (15.89%) Firewall
4 13 (12.15%) DNS
5 9 (8.41%) DHCP
6 8 (7.48%) Cisco Nexus
6 8 (7.48%) WAN
7 7 (6.54%) LAN
8 6 (5.61%) Cisco ASA
9 5 (4.67%) Fibre Channel
9 5 (4.67%) iSCSI
9 5 (4.67%) TCP/IP
9 5 (4.67%) VLAN
10 4 (3.74%) Cisco IOS
11 3 (2.80%) DMZ
11 3 (2.80%) NetScaler
11 3 (2.80%) Network Security
12 2 (1.87%) Internet
12 2 (1.87%) Reverse Proxy
12 2 (1.87%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 62 (57.94%) SQL Server
2 33 (30.84%) SQL Server 2012
3 23 (21.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 21 (19.63%) SQL Server 2005
5 19 (17.76%) SQL Server 2014
6 18 (16.82%) SQL Server 2008
7 13 (12.15%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 13 (12.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 9 (8.41%) DTS
9 6 (5.61%) DB2
9 6 (5.61%) Oracle Database
9 6 (5.61%) RDBMS
9 6 (5.61%) Relational Database
10 5 (4.67%) SQL Server 2016
11 4 (3.74%) Big Data
11 4 (3.74%) Hadoop
12 3 (2.80%) MS Access
12 3 (2.80%) Oracle Database 11g
13 2 (1.87%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 2 (1.87%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 7 (6.54%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (2.80%) Git (software)
3 2 (1.87%) Visual Studio
4 1 (0.93%) Bitbucket
4 1 (0.93%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.93%) JIRA
4 1 (0.93%) MSI
4 1 (0.93%) TestDirector
General
1 13 (12.15%) Finance
2 9 (8.41%) Law
3 7 (6.54%) Banking
4 6 (5.61%) Investment Banking
5 5 (4.67%) Legal
6 4 (3.74%) French Language
7 2 (1.87%) Local Government
8 1 (0.93%) Games
8 1 (0.93%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.93%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 16 (14.95%) Architect
1 16 (14.95%) DBA
1 16 (14.95%) SQL DBA
2 12 (11.21%) Analyst
2 12 (11.21%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 10 (9.35%) Consultant
4 9 (8.41%) Infrastructure Analyst
4 9 (8.41%) Wintel Engineer
5 8 (7.48%) Administrator
5 8 (7.48%) Infrastructure Specialist
5 8 (7.48%) Technical Architect
6 7 (6.54%) SQL Server DBA
6 7 (6.54%) VMware Engineer
7 6 (5.61%) PowerShell Engineer
7 6 (5.61%) Senior DBA
7 6 (5.61%) Senior SQL DBA
7 6 (5.61%) Senior SQL Server DBA
8 5 (4.67%) Infrastructure Architect
8 5 (4.67%) Infrastructure Support Analyst
8 5 (4.67%) Storage Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (5.61%) Middleware
2 2 (1.87%) .NET
2 2 (1.87%) ASP.NET
2 2 (1.87%) ASP.NET MVC
2 2 (1.87%) CSS
2 2 (1.87%) REST
2 2 (1.87%) WAP
3 1 (0.93%) Elastic Stack
3 1 (0.93%) JSON
3 1 (0.93%) Web Services
3 1 (0.93%) Windows SharePoint Services
Miscellaneous
1 91 (85.05%) Clustering
2 21 (19.63%) Data Centre
3 14 (13.08%) Replication
4 3 (2.80%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (2.80%) Enterprise Software
4 3 (2.80%) Fat Client
4 3 (2.80%) Thin Client
5 2 (1.87%) Client/Server
5 2 (1.87%) Enterprise Storage
5 2 (1.87%) Hybrid Cloud
5 2 (1.87%) Management Information System
6 1 (0.93%) Blackberry
6 1 (0.93%) HP Storage
6 1 (0.93%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 101 (94.39%) Windows
2 58 (54.21%) Windows Server
3 42 (39.25%) Windows Server 2008
4 41 (38.32%) Windows Server 2012
5 21 (19.63%) Windows Server 2003
6 12 (11.21%) Linux
7 10 (9.35%) Solaris
8 6 (5.61%) CentOS
8 6 (5.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 6 (5.61%) Unix
8 6 (5.61%) Windows XP
9 5 (4.67%) Windows Vista
10 4 (3.74%) Windows 10
11 3 (2.80%) Windows 8
12 2 (1.87%) Windows 2000 Server
13 1 (0.93%) AIX
13 1 (0.93%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.93%) Windows 2000
13 1 (0.93%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (23.36%) ITIL
2 19 (17.76%) High Availability
3 18 (16.82%) Disaster Recovery
3 18 (16.82%) Migration
4 15 (14.02%) Business Intelligence
4 15 (14.02%) Change Management
4 15 (14.02%) Database Mirroring
5 10 (9.35%) Load Balancing
5 10 (9.35%) Problem Management
6 9 (8.41%) ITIL V3
6 9 (8.41%) Project Management
7 8 (7.48%) Change Control
7 8 (7.48%) Root Cause Analysis
8 6 (5.61%) Agile Software Development
8 6 (5.61%) Configuration Management
8 6 (5.61%) ITSM
8 6 (5.61%) Performance Management
8 6 (5.61%) Performance Tuning
8 6 (5.61%) Secure Coding
8 6 (5.61%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 34 (31.78%) PowerShell
1 34 (31.78%) SQL
2 8 (7.48%) C#
3 7 (6.54%) T-SQL
3 7 (6.54%) VB
4 6 (5.61%) Python
5 3 (2.80%) VBScript
6 2 (1.87%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 22 (20.56%) Microsoft Certification
2 16 (14.95%) Security Cleared
3 12 (11.21%) SC Cleared
3 12 (11.21%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 10 (9.35%) Cisco Certification
5 9 (8.41%) DV Cleared
5 9 (8.41%) MCSE
6 6 (5.61%) MCDBA
6 6 (5.61%) MCITP
6 6 (5.61%) MCP
7 5 (4.67%) ITIL Certification
8 4 (3.74%) CCNA
9 3 (2.80%) CCSP
10 1 (0.93%) Citrix Certification
10 1 (0.93%) Degree
10 1 (0.93%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (5.61%) PMO
2 2 (1.87%) Data Quality
2 2 (1.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (1.87%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (0.93%) SLA
System Software
1 58 (54.21%) Active Directory
2 43 (40.19%) VMware Infrastructure
3 37 (34.58%) Hyper-V
4 15 (14.02%) XenApp
5 7 (6.54%) VMware ESXi
6 6 (5.61%) Virtual Machines
6 6 (5.61%) XenDesktop
7 4 (3.74%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 4 (3.74%) SRDF
8 3 (2.80%) ISA Server
8 3 (2.80%) vSphere
9 2 (1.87%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 2 (1.87%) Virtual Servers
10 1 (0.93%) DFS Replication
10 1 (0.93%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (0.93%) Terminal Server
10 1 (0.93%) Terminal Services
10 1 (0.93%) UAG
10 1 (0.93%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 25 (23.36%) Failover Clustering
2 23 (21.50%) SCCM
3 20 (18.69%) SCOM
4 10 (9.35%) NetBackup
4 10 (9.35%) PowerCLI
5 7 (6.54%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 6 (5.61%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 6 (5.61%) SCOrch
6 6 (5.61%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 5 (4.67%) SCVMM
8 4 (3.74%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 4 (3.74%) SCSM
9 3 (2.80%) Microsoft Intune
9 3 (2.80%) Netcool
9 3 (2.80%) Unicenter
9 3 (2.80%) Veritas Storage Foundation
10 2 (1.87%) EMC NetWorker
10 2 (1.87%) McAfee ePO
10 2 (1.87%) vMotion
10 2 (1.87%) WSUS
Vendors
1 69 (64.49%) Microsoft
2 46 (42.99%) VMware
3 31 (28.97%) Citrix
4 24 (22.43%) HP
5 19 (17.76%) Symantec
6 15 (14.02%) Oracle
7 12 (11.21%) EMC
7 12 (11.21%) Veritas
8 10 (9.35%) NetApp
9 8 (7.48%) Cisco
9 8 (7.48%) SolarWinds
10 7 (6.54%) Splunk
11 6 (5.61%) 3PAR
11 6 (5.61%) Lumension
11 6 (5.61%) Red Hat
12 5 (4.67%) Brocade
12 5 (4.67%) StorageTek
12 5 (4.67%) Sun
13 4 (3.74%) Dell
13 4 (3.74%) Sophos
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