Period
to 24 September 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 24 September 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
24 Sep 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 778 667 736
Rank change year-on-year -111 +69 -92
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Clustering 98 214 174
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.10% 0.20% 0.15%
As % of the Systems Management category 0.91% 1.81% 1.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 52 144 101
UK median daily rate £425 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.33% -6.25% +10.50%
10th Percentile £250 £240 £273
90th Percentile £531 £550 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £394
% change year-on-year - -11.11% +21.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 13 1
UK median hourly rate £16.17 £28.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -42.25% +60.00% -41.67%
10th Percentile £13.53 £21.05 £16.25
90th Percentile £20.74 £28.50 £18.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.17 £28.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -42.25% +60.00% -41.67%

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 10769 11802 9699
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.06% 11.06% 8.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 7147 7541 5975
UK median daily rate £470 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.59% +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £225
90th Percentile £613 £588 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £390 £370
% change year-on-year +5.77% +5.41% +9.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 258 268 347
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £22.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +12.50% -
10th Percentile £10.75 £13.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.60 £43.00 £40.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £26.00 £20.19
% change year-on-year -32.69% +28.81% +0.62%

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 24 September 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 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 24 September 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 -60 89 £425 +6.25% 6
UK excluding London -45 59 £350 - 4
London -22 38 £500 +20.48% 2
South East +10 19 £338 -18.18% 2
North of England +33 13 £310 +3.33%
East of England -12 10 £490 -14.78%
North West +21 9 £355 -28.28%
Midlands +22 7 £413 +3.13% 2
Scotland -1 6 £350 +16.67%
East Midlands -3 4 £463 +15.63% 1
West Midlands +30 3 £293 -25.95% 1
Yorkshire +41 2 £312 -16.73%
North East +33 2 £310 +13.76%
South West +6 2 £350 -12.50%
Wales -3 2 £463 +15.63%

For the 6 months to 24 September 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 91 (92.86%) Windows
2 77 (78.57%) Clustering
3 65 (66.33%) Microsoft
4 59 (60.20%) SQL Server
5 53 (54.08%) Windows Server
6 51 (52.04%) VMware
7 50 (51.02%) Active Directory
8 49 (50.00%) VMware Infrastructure
9 40 (40.82%) Windows Server 2008
10 39 (39.80%) SAN
11 33 (33.67%) Hyper-V
12 32 (32.65%) Windows Server 2012
12 32 (32.65%) SQL
13 31 (31.63%) Citrix
13 31 (31.63%) Windows Server 2003
14 30 (30.61%) SQL Server 2012
15 28 (28.57%) SQL Server 2005
16 25 (25.51%) NAS
17 24 (24.49%) PowerShell
18 23 (23.47%) SCCM
19 22 (22.45%) Disaster Recovery
19 22 (22.45%) HP
19 22 (22.45%) MS Exchange
20 21 (21.43%) Replication
20 21 (21.43%) Microsoft Azure
20 21 (21.43%) Office 365
21 20 (20.41%) Data Centre
21 20 (20.41%) Firewall
22 19 (19.39%) Change Management
22 19 (19.39%) 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 22 (22.45%) MS Exchange
2 16 (16.33%) IIS
3 14 (14.29%) SharePoint
4 10 (10.20%) Skype for Business
5 8 (8.16%) Exchange Server 2013
6 7 (7.14%) Apache
7 4 (4.08%) Exchange Server 2010
8 3 (3.06%) Exchange Server 2003
8 3 (3.06%) Exchange Server 2007
9 2 (2.04%) Live Communications Server
9 2 (2.04%) Oracle Workflow
10 1 (1.02%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 1 (1.02%) Exchange Server 2000
10 1 (1.02%) Office Communications Server
10 1 (1.02%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 5 (5.10%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (2.04%) Teamcenter
2 1 (1.02%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 21 (21.43%) Microsoft Azure
1 21 (21.43%) Office 365
2 13 (13.27%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (4.08%) PaaS
4 1 (1.02%) Amazon CloudWatch
4 1 (1.02%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (1.02%) IaaS
4 1 (1.02%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 39 (39.80%) SAN
2 25 (25.51%) NAS
3 20 (20.41%) Firewall
4 12 (12.24%) DNS
5 9 (9.18%) DHCP
6 8 (8.16%) LAN
6 8 (8.16%) WAN
7 7 (7.14%) TCP/IP
8 6 (6.12%) Network Security
8 6 (6.12%) SSL
9 5 (5.10%) NetScaler
10 3 (3.06%) DMZ
10 3 (3.06%) MPLS
10 3 (3.06%) VPN
11 2 (2.04%) Cisco ASA
11 2 (2.04%) Internet
11 2 (2.04%) iSCSI
11 2 (2.04%) Reverse Proxy
11 2 (2.04%) SMTP
11 2 (2.04%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 59 (60.20%) SQL Server
2 30 (30.61%) SQL Server 2012
3 28 (28.57%) SQL Server 2005
4 17 (17.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 16 (16.33%) SQL Server 2008
5 16 (16.33%) SQL Server 2016
5 16 (16.33%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 15 (15.31%) SQL Server 2014
7 13 (13.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 8 (8.16%) Big Data
8 8 (8.16%) Hadoop
9 5 (5.10%) DTS
9 5 (5.10%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 4 (4.08%) DB2
10 4 (4.08%) RDBMS
10 4 (4.08%) Relational Database
11 3 (3.06%) Oracle Database
11 3 (3.06%) Oracle Database 11g
12 2 (2.04%) Oracle Database 12c
12 2 (2.04%) Redis
Development Applications
1 7 (7.14%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (1.02%) Git (software)
2 1 (1.02%) Jenkins
2 1 (1.02%) TestDirector
2 1 (1.02%) Visual Studio
General
1 12 (12.24%) Finance
2 4 (4.08%) Banking
2 4 (4.08%) Investment Banking
2 4 (4.08%) Legal
3 3 (3.06%) French Language
3 3 (3.06%) Law
4 1 (1.02%) Games
4 1 (1.02%) Local Government
4 1 (1.02%) Military
4 1 (1.02%) Publishing
4 1 (1.02%) Retail
Job Titles
1 21 (21.43%) DBA
2 20 (20.41%) SQL DBA
3 17 (17.35%) Architect
4 12 (12.24%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 11 (11.22%) Technical Architect
6 10 (10.20%) Administrator
6 10 (10.20%) VMware Engineer
7 9 (9.18%) Consultant
8 8 (8.16%) Analyst
8 8 (8.16%) SQL Server DBA
9 6 (6.12%) Infrastructure Analyst
9 6 (6.12%) Support Engineer
9 6 (6.12%) Wintel Engineer
10 5 (5.10%) Citrix Engineer
10 5 (5.10%) Infrastructure Architect
10 5 (5.10%) Windows Engineer
11 4 (4.08%) Senior Citrix Engineer
11 4 (4.08%) Senior DBA
11 4 (4.08%) Senior SQL DBA
11 4 (4.08%) Senior SQL Server DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (3.06%) Middleware
2 2 (2.04%) WAP
3 1 (1.02%) .NET
3 1 (1.02%) ASP.NET
3 1 (1.02%) ASP.NET MVC
3 1 (1.02%) CSS
3 1 (1.02%) Elastic Stack
3 1 (1.02%) Oracle GoldenGate
3 1 (1.02%) REST
3 1 (1.02%) SAP Basis
3 1 (1.02%) Windows SharePoint Services
Miscellaneous
1 77 (78.57%) Clustering
2 21 (21.43%) Replication
3 20 (20.41%) Data Centre
4 2 (2.04%) Client/Server
4 2 (2.04%) Fat Client
4 2 (2.04%) Linux Command Line
4 2 (2.04%) Private Cloud
4 2 (2.04%) Thin Client
5 1 (1.02%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (1.02%) Blackberry
5 1 (1.02%) CMDB
5 1 (1.02%) Enterprise Storage
5 1 (1.02%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 91 (92.86%) Windows
2 53 (54.08%) Windows Server
3 40 (40.82%) Windows Server 2008
4 32 (32.65%) Windows Server 2012
5 31 (31.63%) Windows Server 2003
6 13 (13.27%) Solaris
7 11 (11.22%) Windows Vista
8 10 (10.20%) Linux
9 6 (6.12%) Unix
10 3 (3.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 2 (2.04%) Mac OS X
11 2 (2.04%) Windows 2000 Server
11 2 (2.04%) Windows 7
11 2 (2.04%) Windows XP
12 1 (1.02%) AIX
12 1 (1.02%) Android
12 1 (1.02%) Apple iOS
12 1 (1.02%) VMS
12 1 (1.02%) Windows 10
12 1 (1.02%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (22.45%) Disaster Recovery
2 19 (19.39%) Change Management
2 19 (19.39%) ITIL
3 16 (16.33%) Database Mirroring
4 15 (15.31%) High Availability
4 15 (15.31%) Migration
5 14 (14.29%) Agile Software Development
6 12 (12.24%) Business Intelligence
7 11 (11.22%) DevOps
7 11 (11.22%) Performance Tuning
7 11 (11.22%) Problem Management
8 9 (9.18%) Capacity Management
8 9 (9.18%) Root Cause Analysis
9 8 (8.16%) Load Balancing
10 7 (7.14%) ITIL V3
10 7 (7.14%) PRINCE2
10 7 (7.14%) TOGAF
11 6 (6.12%) Project Management
12 5 (5.10%) Capacity Planning
12 5 (5.10%) Technical Architecture
Programming Languages
1 32 (32.65%) SQL
2 24 (24.49%) PowerShell
3 13 (13.27%) T-SQL
4 6 (6.12%) VBScript
5 4 (4.08%) VB
6 1 (1.02%) C#
6 1 (1.02%) JavaScript
6 1 (1.02%) Perl
Qualifications
1 17 (17.35%) Microsoft Certification
2 12 (12.24%) MCSE
2 12 (12.24%) Security Cleared
3 11 (11.22%) MCITP
4 10 (10.20%) Cisco Certification
4 10 (10.20%) DV Cleared
5 8 (8.16%) CCNA
5 8 (8.16%) SC Cleared
5 8 (8.16%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 6 (6.12%) CCSP
6 6 (6.12%) ITIL Certification
7 4 (4.08%) MCDBA
8 2 (2.04%) CCIE
9 1 (1.02%) Degree
9 1 (1.02%) MCP
9 1 (1.02%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (4.08%) PMO
1 4 (4.08%) SLA
2 2 (2.04%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (1.02%) Data Quality
3 1 (1.02%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 50 (51.02%) Active Directory
2 49 (50.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 33 (33.67%) Hyper-V
4 15 (15.31%) VMware ESXi
5 11 (11.22%) XenApp
6 10 (10.20%) XenDesktop
7 8 (8.16%) vSphere
8 4 (4.08%) SRDF
9 3 (3.06%) ISA Server
9 3 (3.06%) Virtual Machines
9 3 (3.06%) VMware NSX
10 2 (2.04%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 2 (2.04%) Forefront TMG
10 2 (2.04%) Oracle RAC
10 2 (2.04%) VMware Server
11 1 (1.02%) DFS Replication
11 1 (1.02%) Microsoft App-V
11 1 (1.02%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 1 (1.02%) UAG
11 1 (1.02%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 23 (23.47%) SCCM
2 19 (19.39%) SCOM
3 15 (15.31%) Failover Clustering
4 13 (13.27%) WSUS
5 8 (8.16%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 8 (8.16%) PowerCLI
6 5 (5.10%) Norton AntiVirus
6 5 (5.10%) vCenter Server
7 3 (3.06%) NetBackup
7 3 (3.06%) SCVMM
8 2 (2.04%) Data Guard
8 2 (2.04%) EMC NetWorker
8 2 (2.04%) McAfee ePO
8 2 (2.04%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 2 (2.04%) Netcool
8 2 (2.04%) Puppet
8 2 (2.04%) SCOrch
8 2 (2.04%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 2 (2.04%) Unicenter
8 2 (2.04%) vRealize
Vendors
1 65 (66.33%) Microsoft
2 51 (52.04%) VMware
3 31 (31.63%) Citrix
4 22 (22.45%) HP
5 13 (13.27%) Oracle
6 12 (12.24%) EMC
7 11 (11.22%) NetApp
7 11 (11.22%) StorageTek
7 11 (11.22%) Sun
8 10 (10.20%) Veritas
9 8 (8.16%) Cisco
9 8 (8.16%) Dell
10 6 (6.12%) CommVault
10 6 (6.12%) Symantec
11 3 (3.06%) Apple
11 3 (3.06%) McAfee
11 3 (3.06%) Sophos
12 2 (2.04%) AppSense
12 2 (2.04%) CheckPoint
12 2 (2.04%) Meridio