Period
to 20 May 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 May 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 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 740 719 678
Rank change year-on-year -21 -41 -30
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Clustering 141 110 201
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.14% 0.12% 0.19%
As % of the Systems Management category 1.08% 1.13% 1.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 94 71 129
UK median daily rate £381 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.69% +6.67% -6.54%
10th Percentile £225 £263 £230
90th Percentile £520 £543 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £345 £375
% change year-on-year +15.94% -8.00% -3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 0 6
UK median hourly rate £31.00 - £26.25
10th Percentile £28.20 - £21.00
90th Percentile £56.25 - £36.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.00 - £22.50

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 13,030 9,729 10,875
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.94% 10.71% 10.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,670 6,435 6,905
UK median daily rate £485 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.78% +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £276 £272 £263
90th Percentile £631 £606 £587
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £410 £385
% change year-on-year +3.66% +6.49% +6.21%
Number of hourly rates quoted 307 215 270
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £23.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -21.74% +2.22% +12.50%
10th Percentile £11.81 £12.00 £12.73
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.60 £52.85
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £20.00 £21.33
% change year-on-year -20.00% -6.24% +5.67%

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 May 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Clustering over the 6 months to 20 May 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft Clustering in the UK

Microsoft Clustering
Top 16 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 May 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 -36 125 £375 -6.25% 15
UK excluding London +12 103 £400 +15.94% 8
London -54 37 £350 -26.32% 7
North of England +5 28 £475 +41.79% 2
East of England +15 23 £370 -31.16%
South East -19 23 £430 +32.31% 4
North West -6 20 £475 +53.23% 2
Scotland -26 12 £450 +28.57%
Midlands -7 11 £350 -16.42% 1
West Midlands -6 10 £335 -16.25%
North East +11 6 £271 -19.33%
South West +4 3 £275 - 1
Wales -1 2 £400 -13.51%
Yorkshire -10 2 - -
East Midlands -4 1 £425 -2.86% 1
Northern Ireland - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 20 May 2018, 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.

1 130 (92.20%) Windows
2 117 (82.98%) Clustering
3 99 (70.21%) Active Directory
4 91 (64.54%) VMware
5 81 (57.45%) Microsoft
6 80 (56.74%) Windows Server
7 66 (46.81%) SQL Server
8 60 (42.55%) PowerShell
9 52 (36.88%) Hyper-V
10 51 (36.17%) VMware Infrastructure
11 49 (34.75%) SCCM
12 48 (34.04%) Citrix
13 42 (29.79%) SQL
13 42 (29.79%) Windows Server 2012
14 41 (29.08%) SAN
15 38 (26.95%) ITIL
16 37 (26.24%) MS Exchange
17 36 (25.53%) SCOM
18 35 (24.82%) VMware ESXi
19 33 (23.40%) HP
20 32 (22.70%) vSphere
21 31 (21.99%) High Availability
21 31 (21.99%) DHCP
22 28 (19.86%) Security Cleared
22 28 (19.86%) Office 365
23 27 (19.15%) DNS
24 26 (18.44%) Windows Server 2008
24 26 (18.44%) Microsoft Azure
25 25 (17.73%) Data Centre
26 24 (17.02%) Microsoft Certification

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 37 (26.24%) MS Exchange
2 24 (17.02%) IIS
3 20 (14.18%) Exchange Server 2010
3 20 (14.18%) Skype for Business
4 17 (12.06%) SharePoint
5 8 (5.67%) Exchange Server 2013
6 4 (2.84%) CMS
6 4 (2.84%) Exchange Server 2007
6 4 (2.84%) Office Communications Server
7 3 (2.13%) Apache
7 3 (2.13%) Confluence
8 1 (0.71%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 1 (0.71%) JBoss
8 1 (0.71%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 1 (0.71%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (0.71%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 1 (0.71%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (1.42%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.71%) Markit EDM
2 1 (0.71%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 28 (19.86%) Office 365
2 26 (18.44%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (5.67%) Azure Active Directory
4 5 (3.55%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (0.71%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 41 (29.08%) SAN
2 31 (21.99%) DHCP
3 27 (19.15%) DNS
4 19 (13.48%) LAN
4 19 (13.48%) TCP/IP
4 19 (13.48%) WAN
5 18 (12.77%) NAS
6 17 (12.06%) Firewall
7 10 (7.09%) iSCSI
8 9 (6.38%) Internet
8 9 (6.38%) Skype
9 8 (5.67%) Fibre Channel
10 6 (4.26%) FCoE
11 4 (2.84%) Unified Communications
12 3 (2.13%) Reverse Proxy
13 2 (1.42%) Cisco IOS
13 2 (1.42%) Cisco Nexus
13 2 (1.42%) NetScaler
13 2 (1.42%) Telnet
13 2 (1.42%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 66 (46.81%) SQL Server
2 15 (10.64%) SQL Server 2012
3 14 (9.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 13 (9.22%) Oracle Database
5 12 (8.51%) SQL Server 2008
5 12 (8.51%) SQL Server 2014
6 11 (7.80%) SQL Server 2005
7 10 (7.09%) SQL Server 2016
8 9 (6.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 7 (4.96%) MySQL
9 7 (4.96%) Power BI
9 7 (4.96%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 6 (4.26%) Big Data
10 6 (4.26%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 6 (4.26%) PostgreSQL
10 6 (4.26%) Riak
11 4 (2.84%) Azure SQL Database
11 4 (2.84%) SSDT
12 3 (2.13%) Hadoop
13 2 (1.42%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 5 (3.55%) Team Foundation Server
1 5 (3.55%) Visual Studio
2 3 (2.13%) JIRA
3 1 (0.71%) Git (software)
3 1 (0.71%) TeamCity
General
1 18 (12.77%) Finance
2 11 (7.80%) Legal
3 7 (4.96%) Banking
4 5 (3.55%) Investment Banking
5 4 (2.84%) Advertising
5 4 (2.84%) Financial Institution
6 3 (2.13%) Local Government
6 3 (2.13%) Telecoms
7 2 (1.42%) French Language
7 2 (1.42%) Pharmaceutical
7 2 (1.42%) Publishing
8 1 (0.71%) Multimedia
8 1 (0.71%) Retail
Job Titles
1 21 (14.89%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 18 (12.77%) Server Engineer
3 17 (12.06%) Consultant
3 17 (12.06%) DBA
4 16 (11.35%) Architect
5 15 (10.64%) SQL DBA
6 14 (9.93%) Support Engineer
7 13 (9.22%) Wintel Engineer
8 12 (8.51%) Analyst
8 12 (8.51%) Windows Engineer
9 10 (7.09%) Infrastructure Architect
10 9 (6.38%) Azure Consultant
10 9 (6.38%) Windows Consultant
11 8 (5.67%) Active Directory Consultant
11 8 (5.67%) Administrator
11 8 (5.67%) Microsoft Consultant
11 8 (5.67%) Storage Analyst
12 6 (4.26%) SQL Server DBA
12 6 (4.26%) Systems Engineer
12 6 (4.26%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (6.38%) Middleware
2 6 (4.26%) SAP PI
3 3 (2.13%) .NET
3 3 (2.13%) X-Windows
4 2 (1.42%) WAP
5 1 (0.71%) Flash
Miscellaneous
1 117 (82.98%) Clustering
2 25 (17.73%) Data Centre
3 18 (12.77%) Replication
4 17 (12.06%) Analytical Skills
5 15 (10.64%) PKI
6 8 (5.67%) Private Cloud
7 6 (4.26%) CLARiiON
7 6 (4.26%) Computer Science
8 3 (2.13%) CCTV
9 2 (1.42%) FMCG
9 2 (1.42%) User Experience
10 1 (0.71%) BBC
10 1 (0.71%) Blackberry
10 1 (0.71%) Digital TV
10 1 (0.71%) Driving Licence
10 1 (0.71%) Management Information System
10 1 (0.71%) NHS
10 1 (0.71%) Public Cloud
10 1 (0.71%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 130 (92.20%) Windows
2 80 (56.74%) Windows Server
3 42 (29.79%) Windows Server 2012
4 26 (18.44%) Windows Server 2008
5 23 (16.31%) Linux
6 21 (14.89%) Windows Server 2003
7 7 (4.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 5 (3.55%) Windows 2000
9 4 (2.84%) Windows 10
10 3 (2.13%) Windows Vista
11 2 (1.42%) CentOS
11 2 (1.42%) Ubuntu
11 2 (1.42%) Unix
12 1 (0.71%) Solaris
12 1 (0.71%) VMS
12 1 (0.71%) Windows 2000 Server
12 1 (0.71%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (26.95%) ITIL
2 31 (21.99%) High Availability
3 22 (15.60%) Migration
4 16 (11.35%) Problem-Solving
5 14 (9.93%) Disaster Recovery
5 14 (9.93%) Load Balancing
6 13 (9.22%) Agile Software Development
7 11 (7.80%) Business Intelligence
7 11 (7.80%) Problem Management
8 10 (7.09%) Capacity Planning
8 10 (7.09%) Change Management
9 9 (6.38%) DevOps
9 9 (6.38%) Network Optimisation
9 9 (6.38%) Secure Coding
10 8 (5.67%) Database Security
10 8 (5.67%) Identity Management
10 8 (5.67%) Penetration Testing
10 8 (5.67%) SIEM
10 8 (5.67%) Vulnerability Scanning
11 7 (4.96%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 60 (42.55%) PowerShell
2 42 (29.79%) SQL
3 10 (7.09%) VBScript
4 3 (2.13%) C++
4 3 (2.13%) JavaScript
4 3 (2.13%) VB
4 3 (2.13%) VBA
5 2 (1.42%) T-SQL
6 1 (0.71%) C
Qualifications
1 28 (19.86%) Security Cleared
2 24 (17.02%) Microsoft Certification
3 21 (14.89%) MCSE
3 21 (14.89%) SC Cleared
4 15 (10.64%) MCSA
5 14 (9.93%) Degree
6 13 (9.22%) Cisco Certification
7 10 (7.09%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 7 (4.96%) MCP
9 6 (4.26%) DV Cleared
9 6 (4.26%) Novell Certification
9 6 (4.26%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
10 5 (3.55%) CCIE
11 4 (2.84%) CCNA
11 4 (2.84%) MCITP
12 3 (2.13%) CCSP
13 2 (1.42%) BPSS Clearance
13 2 (1.42%) CISSP
13 2 (1.42%) Computer Science Degree
13 2 (1.42%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (3.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 4 (2.84%) QA
3 2 (1.42%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 99 (70.21%) Active Directory
2 52 (36.88%) Hyper-V
3 51 (36.17%) VMware Infrastructure
4 35 (24.82%) VMware ESXi
5 32 (22.70%) vSphere
6 13 (9.22%) XenApp
7 10 (7.09%) Virtual Machines
8 8 (5.67%) Terminal Services
9 7 (4.96%) Microsoft App-V
9 7 (4.96%) XenDesktop
10 5 (3.55%) VMware NSX
11 3 (2.13%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 2 (1.42%) DFS Replication
12 2 (1.42%) ISA Server
12 2 (1.42%) Virtual Desktop
12 2 (1.42%) XenServer
13 1 (0.71%) NFS
13 1 (0.71%) Oracle RAC
13 1 (0.71%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 49 (34.75%) SCCM
2 36 (25.53%) SCOM
3 16 (11.35%) vCenter Server
4 12 (8.51%) Failover Clustering
5 11 (7.80%) NetBackup
6 10 (7.09%) McAfee ePO
7 9 (6.38%) Backup Exec
8 8 (5.67%) HP Data Protector
9 7 (4.96%) Norton AntiVirus
9 7 (4.96%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 6 (4.26%) Control-M
10 6 (4.26%) EMC NetWorker
10 6 (4.26%) SCVMM
11 5 (3.55%) WSUS
12 4 (2.84%) Ansible
12 4 (2.84%) Opscode Chef
12 4 (2.84%) Puppet
12 4 (2.84%) SCOrch
13 3 (2.13%) SCSM
13 3 (2.13%) vMotion
Vendors
1 91 (64.54%) VMware
2 81 (57.45%) Microsoft
3 48 (34.04%) Citrix
4 33 (23.40%) HP
5 23 (16.31%) EMC
6 21 (14.89%) 3PAR
7 19 (13.48%) NetApp
8 16 (11.35%) CommVault
8 16 (11.35%) Veritas
9 15 (10.64%) Cisco
9 15 (10.64%) Symantec
10 14 (9.93%) Oracle
11 12 (8.51%) IBM
12 11 (7.80%) McAfee
13 9 (6.38%) Dell
13 9 (6.38%) Red Hat
14 8 (5.67%) EqualLogic
14 8 (5.67%) SolarWinds
15 7 (4.96%) SAP
16 6 (4.26%) Trend Micro