Period
to 8 December 2021

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 8 December 2021 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
8 Dec 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 752 555 702
Rank change year-on-year -197 +147 +54
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Clustering 86 29 94
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.096% 0.077% 0.12%
As % of the Systems Management category 0.59% 0.46% 0.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 68 23 71
10th Percentile £361 £277 £356
25th Percentile £495 £331 £391
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £435 £450
Median % change year-on-year +26.44% -3.33% +20.81%
75th Percentile £625 £494 £500
90th Percentile £651 £513 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £350 £425
% change year-on-year +57.14% -17.65% +14.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 0
Median hourly rate - £58.50 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £58.50 -

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 14,625 6,282 11,848
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 16.31% 16.63% 14.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,540 4,377 8,150
10th Percentile £360 £313 £263
25th Percentile £455 £406 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% - -
75th Percentile £638 £588 £588
90th Percentile £706 £659 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £488 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +8.33% - +2.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 198 138 291
10th Percentile £14.25 £12.50 £12.44
25th Percentile £16.00 £15.00 £14.25
Median hourly rate £22.27 £24.00 £19.00
Median % change year-on-year -7.23% +26.32% +8.57%
75th Percentile £51.56 £47.13 £28.75
90th Percentile £74.13 £62.03 £48.63
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £20.17 £17.50
% change year-on-year -8.27% +15.24% -

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 8 December 2021.

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 12 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 8 December 2021. 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 -167 81 £550 +26.44% 23
London -171 42 £550 +15.79% 11
UK excluding London -121 40 £550 +57.14% 13
South East -67 16 £570 +84.32% 3
North West -44 12 £423 +30.00% 3
North of England -66 12 £423 +48.25% 3
Work from Home -192 10 £425 -10.53% 2
South West -46 7 £550 +39.68%
Wales - 3 £509 -
West Midlands -70 1 £375 +15.21% 2
Midlands -78 1 £375 +7.14% 4
East of England - 1 - - 2

For the 6 months to 8 December 2021, 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 84 (97.67%) Windows
2 72 (83.72%) Clustering
3 66 (76.74%) Active Directory
4 64 (74.42%) VMware
5 58 (67.44%) VMware Infrastructure
6 52 (60.47%) SQL
7 47 (54.65%) PowerShell
7 47 (54.65%) Windows Server
8 42 (48.84%) Security Cleared
9 41 (47.67%) Linux
10 39 (45.35%) SQL Server
11 34 (39.53%) Microsoft
11 34 (39.53%) Red Hat
11 34 (39.53%) DV Cleared
12 30 (34.88%) SC Cleared
13 27 (31.40%) Migration
14 26 (30.23%) Azure
15 25 (29.07%) Change Management
15 25 (29.07%) IIS
16 24 (27.91%) ITIL
16 24 (27.91%) SQL Server 2008
16 24 (27.91%) SQL Server 2012
17 23 (26.74%) SQL Server 2014
17 23 (26.74%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 22 (25.58%) Windows Server 2012
19 21 (24.42%) SQL Server 2019
19 21 (24.42%) Windows Server 2016
19 21 (24.42%) SQL Server 2016
19 21 (24.42%) Performance Optimisation
20 20 (23.26%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)

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 25 (29.07%) IIS
2 4 (4.65%) MS Exchange
3 3 (3.49%) Exchange Server 2007
3 3 (3.49%) Exchange Server 2013
4 2 (2.33%) Skype for Business
5 1 (1.16%) Confluence
5 1 (1.16%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (1.16%) OpenStack
5 1 (1.16%) SAS
5 1 (1.16%) SharePoint
5 1 (1.16%) WebLogic
Applications
1 1 (1.16%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 26 (30.23%) Azure
2 16 (18.60%) AWS
3 11 (12.79%) GCP
4 7 (8.14%) Microsoft 365
5 5 (5.81%) Cloud Computing
5 5 (5.81%) GitHub
5 5 (5.81%) Power Platform
6 4 (4.65%) IaaS
6 4 (4.65%) SaaS
7 3 (3.49%) PaaS
8 1 (1.16%) Azure Active Directory
8 1 (1.16%) Azure Storage
8 1 (1.16%) Mimecast
8 1 (1.16%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 19 (22.09%) Firewall
2 14 (16.28%) DNS
3 12 (13.95%) DHCP
3 12 (13.95%) Software-Defined Networking
4 10 (11.63%) TCP/IP
5 7 (8.14%) SAN
6 6 (6.98%) VSAN
7 5 (5.81%) iSCSI
7 5 (5.81%) Kerberos
8 4 (4.65%) Wireless
9 3 (3.49%) Cisco ASA
9 3 (3.49%) NAS
9 3 (3.49%) VLAN
10 2 (2.33%) Fibre Channel
10 2 (2.33%) LAN
10 2 (2.33%) WLAN
11 1 (1.16%) NetScaler
11 1 (1.16%) Remote Desktop
11 1 (1.16%) Skype
11 1 (1.16%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (45.35%) SQL Server
2 24 (27.91%) SQL Server 2008
2 24 (27.91%) SQL Server 2012
3 23 (26.74%) SQL Server 2014
4 21 (24.42%) SQL Server 2016
4 21 (24.42%) SQL Server 2019
5 9 (10.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 6 (6.98%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 5 (5.81%) Data Lake
7 5 (5.81%) Data Warehouse
7 5 (5.81%) Power BI
7 5 (5.81%) QlikView
8 4 (4.65%) Ingres
9 2 (2.33%) MySQL
10 1 (1.16%) Metadata
10 1 (1.16%) Metadata Repository
10 1 (1.16%) Oracle Database
10 1 (1.16%) PostgreSQL
10 1 (1.16%) SQL Server 2017
10 1 (1.16%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 20 (23.26%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 5 (5.81%) Subversion
3 1 (1.16%) Ant
3 1 (1.16%) Git (software)
3 1 (1.16%) JIRA
3 1 (1.16%) MSI
3 1 (1.16%) Oracle APEX
3 1 (1.16%) Rational DOORS
3 1 (1.16%) Serena SBM
3 1 (1.16%) TeamCity
General
1 7 (8.14%) Banking
2 5 (5.81%) Social Skills
3 4 (4.65%) Finance
4 2 (2.33%) French Language
4 2 (2.33%) International Banking
4 2 (2.33%) Legal
5 1 (1.16%) Aerospace
5 1 (1.16%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (1.16%) Dutch Language
5 1 (1.16%) Financial Institution
5 1 (1.16%) Games
5 1 (1.16%) German Language
5 1 (1.16%) Investment Banking
5 1 (1.16%) Italian Language
5 1 (1.16%) Presentation Skills
5 1 (1.16%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 24 (27.91%) DBA
2 23 (26.74%) SQL DBA
3 11 (12.79%) Windows Engineer
4 8 (9.30%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 7 (8.14%) Architect
5 7 (8.14%) Infrastructure Architect
6 6 (6.98%) Administrator
6 6 (6.98%) VMware Engineer
6 6 (6.98%) Wintel Engineer
7 5 (5.81%) Designer
7 5 (5.81%) Infrastructure Designer
7 5 (5.81%) Windows Administrator
8 4 (4.65%) Server Engineer
8 4 (4.65%) Windows Server Engineer
9 3 (3.49%) Analyst
9 3 (3.49%) Data Manager
9 3 (3.49%) Systems Engineer
10 2 (2.33%) Network Analyst
10 2 (2.33%) Server Support
10 2 (2.33%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (9.30%) LDAP
2 5 (5.81%) HTML
2 5 (5.81%) JSON
2 5 (5.81%) XML
3 3 (3.49%) .NET
4 1 (1.16%) .NET Framework
4 1 (1.16%) ADO
4 1 (1.16%) ADO.NET
4 1 (1.16%) CSS
4 1 (1.16%) Middleware
4 1 (1.16%) ODBC
4 1 (1.16%) OLE
4 1 (1.16%) OLE DB
4 1 (1.16%) Software Packaging
4 1 (1.16%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 72 (83.72%) Clustering
2 11 (12.79%) Public Cloud
3 8 (9.30%) Replication
4 6 (6.98%) PKI
5 2 (2.33%) Client/Server
5 2 (2.33%) Data Centre
5 2 (2.33%) Management Information System
6 1 (1.16%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (1.16%) Enterprise Storage
6 1 (1.16%) Fat Client
6 1 (1.16%) Hedge funds
6 1 (1.16%) Hybrid Cloud
6 1 (1.16%) Legacy Applications
6 1 (1.16%) Legacy Systems
6 1 (1.16%) NHS
6 1 (1.16%) Private Cloud
6 1 (1.16%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (1.16%) Thin Client
6 1 (1.16%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 84 (97.67%) Windows
2 47 (54.65%) Windows Server
3 41 (47.67%) Linux
4 22 (25.58%) Windows Server 2012
5 21 (24.42%) Windows Server 2016
6 18 (20.93%) Windows Server 2019
7 17 (19.77%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 16 (18.60%) Windows Server 2008
9 7 (8.14%) Windows Server 2003
10 3 (3.49%) Unix
10 3 (3.49%) Windows 2000 Server
11 2 (2.33%) AIX
11 2 (2.33%) Solaris
12 1 (1.16%) Ubuntu
12 1 (1.16%) Windows 10
12 1 (1.16%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (31.40%) Migration
2 25 (29.07%) Change Management
3 24 (27.91%) ITIL
4 23 (26.74%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 21 (24.42%) Performance Optimisation
6 19 (22.09%) Load Balancing
7 14 (16.28%) DevOps
8 13 (15.12%) IT Strategy
9 12 (13.95%) High Availability
10 10 (11.63%) ITIL V3
11 7 (8.14%) Capacity Planning
11 7 (8.14%) Incident Management
12 6 (6.98%) Data Security
12 6 (6.98%) Performance Tuning
12 6 (6.98%) Problem Management
13 5 (5.81%) Configuration Management
13 5 (5.81%) Disaster Recovery
13 5 (5.81%) Patch Management
13 5 (5.81%) Security Hardening
13 5 (5.81%) Server Hardening
Programming Languages
1 52 (60.47%) SQL
2 47 (54.65%) PowerShell
3 13 (15.12%) C
4 7 (8.14%) Python
5 6 (6.98%) R
6 5 (5.81%) Java
7 2 (2.33%) C#
7 2 (2.33%) PL/SQL
7 2 (2.33%) Shell Script
7 2 (2.33%) T-SQL
8 1 (1.16%) JavaScript
8 1 (1.16%) Perl
8 1 (1.16%) VB
8 1 (1.16%) VB.NET
8 1 (1.16%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 42 (48.84%) Security Cleared
2 34 (39.53%) DV Cleared
3 30 (34.88%) SC Cleared
4 13 (15.12%) Microsoft Certification
5 9 (10.47%) MCSE
6 6 (6.98%) MCSA
7 5 (5.81%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 2 (2.33%) BC Cleared
8 2 (2.33%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
9 1 (1.16%) DBS Check
9 1 (1.16%) Degree
9 1 (1.16%) MCITP
9 1 (1.16%) MCSD
9 1 (1.16%) VCP6
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (5.81%) Data Quality
2 4 (4.65%) GDPR
3 3 (3.49%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 3 (3.49%) SLA
4 1 (1.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 66 (76.74%) Active Directory
2 58 (67.44%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (23.26%) vSphere
4 13 (15.12%) VMware ESXi
4 13 (15.12%) VMware NSX
5 9 (10.47%) Hyper-V
6 5 (5.81%) Docker
6 5 (5.81%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (2.33%) Oracle RAC
7 2 (2.33%) vCloud
8 1 (1.16%) Firmware
8 1 (1.16%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (1.16%) NFS
8 1 (1.16%) Samba
8 1 (1.16%) Terminal Services
8 1 (1.16%) Virtual Desktop
8 1 (1.16%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (1.16%) XenApp
8 1 (1.16%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 16 (18.60%) vRealize
2 15 (17.44%) Failover Clustering
3 13 (15.12%) WSUS
4 12 (13.95%) Cisco CUCM
4 12 (13.95%) vRealize Orchestrator
5 11 (12.79%) SCCM
6 9 (10.47%) SCOM
7 8 (9.30%) vCenter Server
8 6 (6.98%) Active Directory Federation Services
8 6 (6.98%) Ansible
8 6 (6.98%) Terraform
9 5 (5.81%) Kubernetes
9 5 (5.81%) Opscode Chef
9 5 (5.81%) PowerCLI
9 5 (5.81%) Puppet
10 4 (4.65%) Tivoli Storage Manager
10 4 (4.65%) vMotion
11 3 (3.49%) EMC NetWorker
11 3 (3.49%) SCOrch
11 3 (3.49%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 64 (74.42%) VMware
2 34 (39.53%) Microsoft
2 34 (39.53%) Red Hat
3 19 (22.09%) Cisco
4 12 (13.95%) CheckPoint
5 10 (11.63%) Oracle
6 9 (10.47%) Dell
7 8 (9.30%) HP
8 7 (8.14%) IBM
9 5 (5.81%) SaltStack
9 5 (5.81%) Veritas
10 4 (4.65%) EMC
11 3 (3.49%) Intel
12 2 (2.33%) Citrix
12 2 (2.33%) McAfee
12 2 (2.33%) SolarWinds
12 2 (2.33%) Splunk
12 2 (2.33%) Veeam
13 1 (1.16%) Micro Focus
13 1 (1.16%) Sophos