Period
to 20 January 2018

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 20 January 2018 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
20 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 772 731 756
Rank change year-on-year -41 +25 -125
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Clustering 98 113 121
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.099% 0.12% 0.11%
As % of the Systems Management category 0.86% 1.09% 1.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 56 83 57
UK median daily rate £400 £418 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.19% +4.38% +6.67%
10th Percentile £271 £286 £300
90th Percentile £528 £544 £483
UK excluding London median daily rate £394 £385 £413
% change year-on-year +2.27% -6.67% +26.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 1
UK median hourly rate £32.00 £40.25 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.50% +34.17% +12.15%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.00 £40.25 -
% change year-on-year -20.50% - -

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 11,401 10,334 9,227
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.47% 10.67% 8.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,787 6,588 5,668
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £418
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +7.78% +4.38%
10th Percentile £267 £263 £234
90th Percentile £625 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 269 250 333
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.50% - -
10th Percentile £11.20 £12.73 £11.00
90th Percentile £47.01 £47.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.73 £19.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year -19.33% +2.63% -7.32%

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 20 January 2018.

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 20 January 2018. 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 -28 82 £400 -5.88% 20
UK excluding London +28 73 £394 +2.27% 13
East of England +7 24 £350 -34.12% 2
London -64 22 £415 -7.78% 8
South East -16 18 £431 +16.95% 1
North of England +36 14 £475 +33.80% 4
North West +13 9 £475 +11.76% 4
Scotland -17 8 £325 +10.17%
Wales +17 4 £400 -11.11%
Midlands +6 4 £183 -58.29% 3
North East +46 3 - -
West Midlands +23 3 £180 -54.43% 2
Yorkshire +12 2 £430 +19.31%
East Midlands +1 1 £425 -5.56% 1
Northern Ireland - 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 20 January 2018, 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 79 (80.61%) Clustering
3 74 (75.51%) Microsoft
4 67 (68.37%) Active Directory
5 56 (57.14%) VMware
6 54 (55.10%) SQL Server
7 49 (50.00%) Windows Server
8 45 (45.92%) SAN
9 42 (42.86%) Citrix
10 41 (41.84%) Hyper-V
11 38 (38.78%) VMware Infrastructure
12 33 (33.67%) PowerShell
12 33 (33.67%) HP
13 28 (28.57%) Microsoft Certification
13 28 (28.57%) SharePoint
14 27 (27.55%) Windows Server 2012
15 26 (26.53%) MCSE
16 25 (25.51%) MS Exchange
16 25 (25.51%) SQL
16 25 (25.51%) 3PAR
16 25 (25.51%) VMware ESXi
17 24 (24.49%) SCCM
17 24 (24.49%) DNS
18 22 (22.45%) DHCP
19 21 (21.43%) Symantec
19 21 (21.43%) SCOM
19 21 (21.43%) NAS
20 20 (20.41%) Replication
21 19 (19.39%) High Availability
22 18 (18.37%) Migration

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 28 (28.57%) SharePoint
2 25 (25.51%) MS Exchange
3 15 (15.31%) Skype for Business
4 14 (14.29%) IIS
5 9 (9.18%) Exchange Server 2010
6 7 (7.14%) Exchange Server 2013
7 5 (5.10%) Apache
8 3 (3.06%) Exchange Server 2007
9 2 (2.04%) Office Communications Server
10 1 (1.02%) CMS
10 1 (1.02%) Exchange Server 2003
10 1 (1.02%) Live Communications Server
10 1 (1.02%) NetWeaver
10 1 (1.02%) Oracle Workflow
10 1 (1.02%) SAP EP
10 1 (1.02%) Tomcat
10 1 (1.02%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1 (1.02%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (1.02%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (1.02%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 14 (14.29%) Microsoft Azure
2 12 (12.24%) Office 365
3 7 (7.14%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (4.08%) Azure Active Directory
5 3 (3.06%) PaaS
6 1 (1.02%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (1.02%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 45 (45.92%) SAN
2 24 (24.49%) DNS
3 22 (22.45%) DHCP
4 21 (21.43%) NAS
5 18 (18.37%) TCP/IP
6 12 (12.24%) Firewall
7 11 (11.22%) iSCSI
8 10 (10.20%) Fibre Channel
9 8 (8.16%) LAN
9 8 (8.16%) VoIP
9 8 (8.16%) WAN
10 7 (7.14%) NetScaler
11 5 (5.10%) SSL
12 3 (3.06%) VPN
13 2 (2.04%) Cisco IOS
13 2 (2.04%) MPLS
13 2 (2.04%) Network Security
13 2 (2.04%) Telnet
13 2 (2.04%) VLAN
14 1 (1.02%) VPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 54 (55.10%) SQL Server
2 10 (10.20%) SQL Server 2012
3 9 (9.18%) SQL Server 2005
4 8 (8.16%) SQL Server 2014
4 8 (8.16%) SQL Server 2016
5 6 (6.12%) SQL Server 2008
6 5 (5.10%) Oracle Database
7 4 (4.08%) Big Data
7 4 (4.08%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 3 (3.06%) Hadoop
8 3 (3.06%) Microsoft Analysis Services
8 3 (3.06%) MySQL
8 3 (3.06%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 2 (2.04%) PostgreSQL
10 1 (1.02%) MS Access
10 1 (1.02%) RDBMS
10 1 (1.02%) Redis
10 1 (1.02%) SAP BW
10 1 (1.02%) SAP HANA
10 1 (1.02%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 1 (1.02%) MSI
General
1 7 (7.14%) Finance
2 4 (4.08%) Banking
3 3 (3.06%) French Language
3 3 (3.06%) Legal
4 2 (2.04%) Law
5 1 (1.02%) Financial Institution
5 1 (1.02%) Investment Banking
5 1 (1.02%) Military
Job Titles
1 18 (18.37%) Architect
2 14 (14.29%) Analyst
3 13 (13.27%) Technical Architect
4 12 (12.24%) Support Engineer
5 11 (11.22%) Consultant
5 11 (11.22%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 10 (10.20%) Windows Engineer
7 9 (9.18%) DBA
7 9 (9.18%) Server Engineer
7 9 (9.18%) SQL DBA
7 9 (9.18%) Wintel Engineer
8 8 (8.16%) 3rd Line Support
8 8 (8.16%) Storage Analyst
9 6 (6.12%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 6 (6.12%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
10 5 (5.10%) Administrator
10 5 (5.10%) SQL Server DBA
10 5 (5.10%) Windows Server Engineer
10 5 (5.10%) Windows Support Engineer
11 4 (4.08%) Server Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (5.10%) Middleware
2 4 (4.08%) SAP PI
3 2 (2.04%) CGI
3 2 (2.04%) X-Windows
4 1 (1.02%) LDAP
4 1 (1.02%) SAP Basis
4 1 (1.02%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 79 (80.61%) Clustering
2 20 (20.41%) Replication
3 17 (17.35%) Data Centre
4 10 (10.20%) Analytical Skills
5 5 (5.10%) Private Cloud
6 3 (3.06%) Computer Science
6 3 (3.06%) PKI
7 2 (2.04%) Client/Server
7 2 (2.04%) CMDB
8 1 (1.02%) Digital TV
8 1 (1.02%) Driving Licence
8 1 (1.02%) Fat Client
8 1 (1.02%) HACMP
8 1 (1.02%) Linux Command Line
8 1 (1.02%) Public Cloud
8 1 (1.02%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 91 (92.86%) Windows
2 49 (50.00%) Windows Server
3 27 (27.55%) Windows Server 2012
4 18 (18.37%) Windows Server 2008
5 16 (16.33%) Windows Server 2003
6 11 (11.22%) Linux
7 4 (4.08%) Windows Vista
8 3 (3.06%) Solaris
8 3 (3.06%) Windows 2000
9 2 (2.04%) Unix
10 1 (1.02%) Android
10 1 (1.02%) Apple iOS
10 1 (1.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (1.02%) Windows 10
10 1 (1.02%) Windows 2000 Server
10 1 (1.02%) Windows 7
10 1 (1.02%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (19.39%) High Availability
2 18 (18.37%) Migration
3 17 (17.35%) ITIL
3 17 (17.35%) Load Balancing
4 12 (12.24%) PRINCE2
4 12 (12.24%) TOGAF
5 11 (11.22%) Configuration Management
6 9 (9.18%) Data Management
6 9 (9.18%) Mentoring
6 9 (9.18%) Problem Management
7 8 (8.16%) Disaster Recovery
8 7 (7.14%) Agile Software Development
8 7 (7.14%) IT Strategy
8 7 (7.14%) Network Optimisation
9 6 (6.12%) Database Mirroring
10 5 (5.10%) Change Management
10 5 (5.10%) DevOps
10 5 (5.10%) Performance Tuning
11 4 (4.08%) Capacity Management
11 4 (4.08%) ITIL V3
Programming Languages
1 33 (33.67%) PowerShell
2 25 (25.51%) SQL
3 18 (18.37%) VBScript
4 5 (5.10%) T-SQL
5 1 (1.02%) ABAP
5 1 (1.02%) Bash Shell
5 1 (1.02%) C
5 1 (1.02%) Java
5 1 (1.02%) VB
Qualifications
1 28 (28.57%) Microsoft Certification
2 26 (26.53%) MCSE
3 14 (14.29%) Cisco Certification
3 14 (14.29%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 13 (13.27%) CCNA
4 13 (13.27%) Security Cleared
5 12 (12.24%) MCSA
6 11 (11.22%) Degree
7 9 (9.18%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
8 7 (7.14%) DV Cleared
9 6 (6.12%) SC Cleared
10 5 (5.10%) MCITP
11 4 (4.08%) CCSP
12 2 (2.04%) Computer Science Degree
12 2 (2.04%) MCP
12 2 (2.04%) MCSD
13 1 (1.02%) BPSS Clearance
13 1 (1.02%) Citrix Certification
13 1 (1.02%) NCDA
13 1 (1.02%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (11.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (3.06%) SLA
3 1 (1.02%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 67 (68.37%) Active Directory
2 41 (41.84%) Hyper-V
3 38 (38.78%) VMware Infrastructure
4 25 (25.51%) VMware ESXi
5 12 (12.24%) Terminal Services
6 11 (11.22%) XenApp
7 9 (9.18%) Virtual Machines
7 9 (9.18%) XenDesktop
8 8 (8.16%) vSphere
9 2 (2.04%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 2 (2.04%) XenServer
10 1 (1.02%) Docker
10 1 (1.02%) ISA Server
10 1 (1.02%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (1.02%) NFS
10 1 (1.02%) SRDF
10 1 (1.02%) Terminal Server
10 1 (1.02%) Veritas Cluster Server
10 1 (1.02%) Virtual Servers
10 1 (1.02%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 24 (24.49%) SCCM
2 21 (21.43%) SCOM
3 15 (15.31%) Backup Exec
3 15 (15.31%) NetBackup
3 15 (15.31%) Norton AntiVirus
4 10 (10.20%) HP Data Protector
5 9 (9.18%) WSUS
6 5 (5.10%) vCenter Server
7 4 (4.08%) Control-M
7 4 (4.08%) SCVMM
8 3 (3.06%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 2 (2.04%) Failover Clustering
9 2 (2.04%) McAfee ePO
9 2 (2.04%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 1 (1.02%) Ansible
10 1 (1.02%) Opscode Chef
10 1 (1.02%) PowerCLI
10 1 (1.02%) SCSM
10 1 (1.02%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
10 1 (1.02%) vRealize
Vendors
1 74 (75.51%) Microsoft
2 56 (57.14%) VMware
3 42 (42.86%) Citrix
4 33 (33.67%) HP
5 25 (25.51%) 3PAR
6 21 (21.43%) Symantec
7 17 (17.35%) NetApp
8 14 (14.29%) CommVault
8 14 (14.29%) Dell
8 14 (14.29%) Veritas
9 13 (13.27%) IBM
10 10 (10.20%) EqualLogic
11 9 (9.18%) Oracle
11 9 (9.18%) SolarWinds
12 8 (8.16%) EMC
13 6 (6.12%) Cisco
13 6 (6.12%) SAP
14 4 (4.08%) arcserve
14 4 (4.08%) Ivanti
14 4 (4.08%) McAfee