Period
to 3 April 2020

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 3 April 2020 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
3 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 618 761 786
Rank change year-on-year +143 +25 -61
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Clustering 80 112 116
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.13% 0.12% 0.11%
As % of the Systems Management category 0.90% 0.79% 0.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 60 82 77
Median daily rate £450 £423 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.51% +5.63% -
10th Percentile £353 £283 £261
90th Percentile £551 £563 £530
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +12.50% - +10.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Median hourly rate - £50.00 £29.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +69.49% -26.71%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £50.00 £29.50
% change year-on-year - +69.49% -26.71%

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 8,851 14,192 12,968
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.37% 14.73% 12.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,783 9,468 8,707
Median daily rate £500 £500 £483
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.63% +7.22%
10th Percentile £263 £310 £271
90th Percentile £663 £663 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 302 348 286
Median hourly rate £20.00 £19.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +11.43% -14.63%
10th Percentile £12.45 £12.00 £11.57
90th Percentile £48.58 £49.65 £47.67
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year +2.86% +12.90% -20.51%

Microsoft Clustering
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Clustering in the UK

Microsoft Clustering
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Microsoft Clustering.

Daily rate trend for Microsoft Clustering in the UK

Microsoft Clustering
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Microsoft Clustering over the 6 months to 3 April 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Microsoft Clustering in the UK

Microsoft Clustering
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Microsoft Clustering.

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 3 April 2020. 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 +145 75 £450 +5.88% 23
UK excluding London +135 71 £450 +12.50% 22
South East +87 28 £450 +5.88% 3
North of England +63 18 £438 +26.58% 7
Midlands +58 10 £450 +5.88% 4
South West +50 9 £488 +2.63% 5
London +111 8 £450 -10.00% 4
West Midlands +57 8 £450 +7.46% 4
North West +33 8 £548 +82.50% 5
Yorkshire +51 6 £425 +6.25%
Scotland +28 4 £350 -33.33% 1
North East +20 4 £375 +7.14% 2
East of England +43 2 - - 1
East Midlands +30 2 - -
Work from Home +7 2 £489 - 1

For the 6 months to 3 April 2020, 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 80 (100.00%) Windows
2 72 (90.00%) Clustering
3 57 (71.25%) Active Directory
4 51 (63.75%) Microsoft
5 47 (58.75%) Windows Server
6 43 (53.75%) VMware
7 41 (51.25%) Hyper-V
8 38 (47.50%) SQL Server
9 37 (46.25%) Azure
10 34 (42.50%) DHCP
11 32 (40.00%) SQL
11 32 (40.00%) VMware Infrastructure
11 32 (40.00%) Failover Clustering
12 31 (38.75%) Windows Server 2016
12 31 (38.75%) PowerShell
13 29 (36.25%) DNS
13 29 (36.25%) Windows Server 2012
14 27 (33.75%) High Availability
14 27 (33.75%) SCOM
15 26 (32.50%) SCCM
16 25 (31.25%) Windows Server 2008
17 23 (28.75%) Virtual Machines
18 22 (27.50%) WSUS
19 21 (26.25%) VMware ESXi
19 21 (26.25%) Office 365
20 19 (23.75%) Security Cleared
21 18 (22.50%) Windows 10
22 17 (21.25%) SAN
22 17 (21.25%) Linux
23 16 (20.00%) ITIL

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 14 (17.50%) SharePoint
2 13 (16.25%) MS Exchange
3 10 (12.50%) IIS
4 9 (11.25%) Exchange Server 2010
5 6 (7.50%) Skype for Business
6 4 (5.00%) Exchange Server 2013
7 3 (3.75%) Elasticsearch
7 3 (3.75%) Exchange Server 2007
8 2 (2.50%) Apache
8 2 (2.50%) IBM Notes
8 2 (2.50%) Office Communications Server
8 2 (2.50%) Tomcat
8 2 (2.50%) WebSphere
Applications
1 3 (3.75%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (2.50%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (2.50%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 37 (46.25%) Azure
2 21 (26.25%) Office 365
3 15 (18.75%) AWS
4 12 (15.00%) IaaS
5 10 (12.50%) PaaS
6 7 (8.75%) Azure Active Directory
7 6 (7.50%) GCP
8 3 (3.75%) OpenShift
9 2 (2.50%) Azure Data Factory
9 2 (2.50%) Mimecast
9 2 (2.50%) OneDrive
10 1 (1.25%) NuGet
Communications & Networking
1 34 (42.50%) DHCP
2 29 (36.25%) DNS
3 17 (21.25%) SAN
4 13 (16.25%) TCP/IP
4 13 (16.25%) WAN
5 10 (12.50%) VPN
6 9 (11.25%) Firewall
6 9 (11.25%) SMTP
7 7 (8.75%) iSCSI
7 7 (8.75%) SNMP
7 7 (8.75%) VLAN
8 6 (7.50%) LAN
9 5 (6.25%) Reverse Proxy
10 3 (3.75%) DMZ
10 3 (3.75%) IPsec
10 3 (3.75%) MPLS
10 3 (3.75%) NetScaler
10 3 (3.75%) Skype
10 3 (3.75%) Wireshark
11 2 (2.50%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (47.50%) SQL Server
2 13 (16.25%) SQL Server 2008
3 11 (13.75%) SQL Server 2012
4 10 (12.50%) SQL Server 2016
5 7 (8.75%) SQL Server 2014
6 5 (6.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 4 (5.00%) Oracle Database
7 4 (5.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 3 (3.75%) Apache Cassandra
8 3 (3.75%) MySQL
8 3 (3.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 2 (2.50%) Azure SQL Database
9 2 (2.50%) NoSQL
9 2 (2.50%) Oracle Database 11g
9 2 (2.50%) SQL Server 2017
9 2 (2.50%) SQLPlus
10 1 (1.25%) Big Data
10 1 (1.25%) Oracle Database 12c
10 1 (1.25%) Riak
10 1 (1.25%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 3 (3.75%) Fiddler
1 3 (3.75%) Octopus Deploy
2 2 (2.50%) ClearCase
2 2 (2.50%) ClearQuest
2 2 (2.50%) MSI
2 2 (2.50%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (1.25%) Bitbucket
3 1 (1.25%) GitLab
3 1 (1.25%) Hudson
3 1 (1.25%) Jenkins
3 1 (1.25%) Maven
3 1 (1.25%) Selenium
3 1 (1.25%) Sonatype Nexus
3 1 (1.25%) TeamCity
3 1 (1.25%) Toad
3 1 (1.25%) Visual Studio Team System
3 1 (1.25%) WiX
General
1 7 (8.75%) Finance
2 4 (5.00%) German Language
2 4 (5.00%) Public Sector
3 3 (3.75%) French Language
3 3 (3.75%) Law
3 3 (3.75%) Local Government
4 2 (2.50%) Arabic Language
4 2 (2.50%) Italian Language
5 1 (1.25%) Back Office
5 1 (1.25%) Legal
Job Titles
1 10 (12.50%) 3rd Line Engineer
2 8 (10.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 8 (10.00%) Support Engineer
3 7 (8.75%) Administrator
3 7 (8.75%) Consultant
3 7 (8.75%) Windows Engineer
4 6 (7.50%) Analyst
4 6 (7.50%) Software Engineer
5 5 (6.25%) 3rd Line Support
5 5 (6.25%) DevOps Engineer
5 5 (6.25%) Infrastructure Analyst
5 5 (6.25%) Server Engineer
5 5 (6.25%) Systems Administrator
5 5 (6.25%) VMware Engineer
6 4 (5.00%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
6 4 (5.00%) Author
6 4 (5.00%) Exchange Engineer
6 4 (5.00%) Infrastructure Consultant
6 4 (5.00%) Infrastructure Specialist
6 4 (5.00%) Windows Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (11.25%) LDAP
2 7 (8.75%) .NET
2 7 (8.75%) Web Services
3 6 (7.50%) .NET Framework
4 3 (3.75%) Elastic Stack
4 3 (3.75%) Kafka
5 1 (1.25%) 802.1X
5 1 (1.25%) ASP.NET
5 1 (1.25%) SAP Basis
Miscellaneous
1 72 (90.00%) Clustering
2 15 (18.75%) Data Centre
3 12 (15.00%) User Experience
4 5 (6.25%) Client/Server
5 4 (5.00%) Self-Motivation
6 3 (3.75%) Analytical Skills
6 3 (3.75%) CMDB
6 3 (3.75%) EMC VNX
7 2 (2.50%) EMC VMAX
7 2 (2.50%) Enterprise Software
7 2 (2.50%) Enterprise Storage
7 2 (2.50%) Management Information System
8 1 (1.25%) CLARiiON
8 1 (1.25%) PKI
8 1 (1.25%) Public Cloud
8 1 (1.25%) Replication
8 1 (1.25%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 80 (100.00%) Windows
2 47 (58.75%) Windows Server
3 31 (38.75%) Windows Server 2016
4 29 (36.25%) Windows Server 2012
5 25 (31.25%) Windows Server 2008
6 18 (22.50%) Windows 10
7 17 (21.25%) Linux
8 10 (12.50%) Windows Server 2003
9 8 (10.00%) Windows Server 2019
10 3 (3.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 3 (3.75%) VMS
11 2 (2.50%) AIX
11 2 (2.50%) CentOS
11 2 (2.50%) Unix
11 2 (2.50%) Windows XP
12 1 (1.25%) Data ONTAP
12 1 (1.25%) Windows 7
12 1 (1.25%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (33.75%) High Availability
2 16 (20.00%) ITIL
3 13 (16.25%) Data Protection
4 12 (15.00%) DevOps
4 12 (15.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 12 (15.00%) Migration
5 10 (12.50%) Application Virtualisation
5 10 (12.50%) Capacity Planning
6 8 (10.00%) Project Delivery
7 7 (8.75%) Agile Software Development
7 7 (8.75%) Software Engineering
8 6 (7.50%) Memory Management
8 6 (7.50%) Service Delivery
9 5 (6.25%) Antivirus Management
9 5 (6.25%) Business Continuity
9 5 (6.25%) Performance Monitoring
9 5 (6.25%) Root Cause Analysis
9 5 (6.25%) Service Management
10 4 (5.00%) Continuous Improvement
10 4 (5.00%) Infrastructure Management
Programming Languages
1 32 (40.00%) SQL
2 31 (38.75%) PowerShell
3 8 (10.00%) C#
3 8 (10.00%) Python
4 6 (7.50%) JavaScript
4 6 (7.50%) PHP
4 6 (7.50%) R
5 5 (6.25%) VBScript
6 3 (3.75%) VB
7 2 (2.50%) PL/SQL
7 2 (2.50%) T-SQL
8 1 (1.25%) Bash Shell
8 1 (1.25%) Java
8 1 (1.25%) PHP 7
Qualifications
1 19 (23.75%) Security Cleared
2 12 (15.00%) DV Cleared
3 7 (8.75%) Microsoft Certification
4 4 (5.00%) SC Cleared
5 3 (3.75%) Degree
5 3 (3.75%) MCP
6 2 (2.50%) MCSA
6 2 (2.50%) MCSE
6 2 (2.50%) Oracle Certification
7 1 (1.25%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 1 (1.25%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.50%) ISO/IEC 20000
2 1 (1.25%) Cyber Essentials
2 1 (1.25%) GDPR
2 1 (1.25%) NCSC
2 1 (1.25%) NIST
2 1 (1.25%) QA
System Software
1 57 (71.25%) Active Directory
2 41 (51.25%) Hyper-V
3 32 (40.00%) VMware Infrastructure
4 23 (28.75%) Virtual Machines
5 21 (26.25%) VMware ESXi
6 12 (15.00%) Microsoft App-V
7 11 (13.75%) DFS Replication
7 11 (13.75%) Virtual Desktop
8 10 (12.50%) XenApp
9 7 (8.75%) vSphere
10 6 (7.50%) Docker
11 3 (3.75%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 3 (3.75%) XenDesktop
12 2 (2.50%) Terminal Server
13 1 (1.25%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 32 (40.00%) Failover Clustering
2 27 (33.75%) SCOM
3 26 (32.50%) SCCM
4 22 (27.50%) WSUS
5 12 (15.00%) SCVMM
6 10 (12.50%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 9 (11.25%) SCDPM
7 9 (11.25%) SCSM
8 6 (7.50%) vRealize
9 5 (6.25%) PowerCLI
9 5 (6.25%) SCOrch
9 5 (6.25%) Tivoli
9 5 (6.25%) Tivoli Storage Manager
10 4 (5.00%) Ansible
10 4 (5.00%) McAfee ePO
10 4 (5.00%) NetBackup
10 4 (5.00%) vCenter Server
11 3 (3.75%) Grafana
11 3 (3.75%) Opscode Chef
11 3 (3.75%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 51 (63.75%) Microsoft
2 43 (53.75%) VMware
3 15 (18.75%) Citrix
4 14 (17.50%) Dell
4 14 (17.50%) Oracle
5 12 (15.00%) Symantec
6 11 (13.75%) Cisco
7 10 (12.50%) ArcSight
8 9 (11.25%) EMC
8 9 (11.25%) NetApp
9 8 (10.00%) HP
10 7 (8.75%) IBM
11 6 (7.50%) Google
12 5 (6.25%) SolarWinds
13 4 (5.00%) Lumension
13 4 (5.00%) McAfee
14 3 (3.75%) EqualLogic
14 3 (3.75%) Ivanti
14 3 (3.75%) Red Hat
15 2 (2.50%) Veritas