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 3 months to 28 March 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
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 552 543 531
Rank change year-on-year -9 -12  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Clustering 56 96 111
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.12% 0.18% 0.21%
As % of the Systems Management category 1.24% 1.94% 2.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 40 64 73
Median daily rate £406 £375 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.33% -9.09%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £310 £243 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £423 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £330
% change year-on-year - +13.63%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £30.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £30.00 -

Microsoft Clustering is in the systems management skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for systems management skills.

Systems Management Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for systems management skills 4519 4958 4505
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 10.02% 9.25% 8.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 3039 3146 2679
Median daily rate £465 £450 £417
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +7.91%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 94 134 173
Median hourly rate £24.50 £22.50 £20.06
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.88% +12.16%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £55.00 £37.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £22.50 £20.50
% change year-on-year -15.55% +9.75%  

Microsoft Clustering
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Microsoft Clustering as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Systems Management category.

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

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Clustering over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft Clustering in the UK

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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 30 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 3 months to 28 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -1 51 £425 +13.33% 9
London +23 27 £450 +32.35% 2
North West +11 6 £343 -8.66% 1
Scotland +23 5 £338 -3.57%
East of England +4 5 £538 -
South East -6 5 £288 -30.55% 1
Suffolk - 5 £538 -
Ipswich - 5 £538 -
Manchester +15 4 £308 - 1
City of London -11 4 £450 +25.00%
Fife - 4 £363 -
Cheshire +25 2 £375 -22.27%
Yorkshire +17 2 £304 -19.00%
Gloucestershire +4 2 - -
South West -6 2 - - 1
East Midlands -13 2 £438 +13.63% 2
West Sussex - 2 £250 -
Buckinghamshire - 2 £375 -
Milton Keynes - 2 £375 -
St Andrews - 2 £363 -
Gatwick - 2 £250 -
Surrey +9 1 - - 1
South Yorkshire +4 1 £413 -
Sheffield +3 1 £413 -
Derbyshire -14 1 - -
North East -14 1 - -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 1 - -
Birmingham - 1 £400 - 1
West Midlands - 1 £400 - 2
Dundee - 1 £338 -

For the 6 months to 28 March 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.

1 102 (87.93%) Windows
2 92 (79.31%) Clustering
3 85 (73.28%) Microsoft
4 71 (61.21%) Active Directory
5 60 (51.72%) VMware
5 60 (51.72%) Windows Server
6 59 (50.86%) SQL Server
7 49 (42.24%) Windows Server 2008
8 47 (40.52%) VMware Infrastructure
8 47 (40.52%) Windows Server 2012
9 46 (39.66%) SAN
10 37 (31.90%) Citrix
11 32 (27.59%) DNS
12 31 (26.72%) PowerShell
13 30 (25.86%) SQL
14 28 (24.14%) Microsoft Certification
14 28 (24.14%) Hyper-V
15 27 (23.28%) IIS
16 25 (21.55%) TCP/IP
16 25 (21.55%) Firewall
16 25 (21.55%) Finance
17 24 (20.69%) HP
17 24 (20.69%) Security Cleared
18 23 (19.83%) Windows Server 2003
19 22 (18.97%) MS Exchange
19 22 (18.97%) High Availability
20 21 (18.10%) Microsoft Azure
20 21 (18.10%) ITIL
20 21 (18.10%) SC Cleared
21 20 (17.24%) Symantec

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 27 (23.28%) IIS
2 22 (18.97%) MS Exchange
3 14 (12.07%) Exchange Server 2010
3 14 (12.07%) Skype for Business
4 12 (10.34%) Exchange Server 2013
5 10 (8.62%) SharePoint
6 7 (6.03%) Exchange Server 2007
7 4 (3.45%) Apache
7 4 (3.45%) Exchange Server 2003
8 3 (2.59%) JBoss
8 3 (2.59%) Live Communications Server
8 3 (2.59%) SharePoint Server
8 3 (2.59%) WebLogic
8 3 (2.59%) WildFly
9 2 (1.72%) WebSphere
10 1 (0.86%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 1 (0.86%) Exchange Server 2000
10 1 (0.86%) Oracle Workflow
10 1 (0.86%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 12 (10.34%) MS Excel
2 10 (8.62%) MS Office
3 1 (0.86%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 1 (0.86%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 21 (18.10%) Microsoft Azure
2 14 (12.07%) Office 365
3 10 (8.62%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (3.45%) IaaS
5 3 (2.59%) Amazon ELB
5 3 (2.59%) Yammer
6 2 (1.72%) Mimecast
6 2 (1.72%) PaaS
7 1 (0.86%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.86%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.86%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 46 (39.66%) SAN
2 32 (27.59%) DNS
3 25 (21.55%) Firewall
3 25 (21.55%) TCP/IP
4 15 (12.93%) NAS
5 14 (12.07%) DHCP
6 10 (8.62%) LAN
6 10 (8.62%) VLAN
6 10 (8.62%) WAN
7 8 (6.90%) Cisco Nexus
7 8 (6.90%) VPN
8 6 (5.17%) Cisco ASA
8 6 (5.17%) NetScaler
9 5 (4.31%) Fibre Channel
10 4 (3.45%) Cisco IOS
10 4 (3.45%) iSCSI
11 3 (2.59%) Network Security
11 3 (2.59%) Skype
12 2 (1.72%) PBX
12 2 (1.72%) Reverse Proxy
Database & Business Intelligence
1 59 (50.86%) SQL Server
2 19 (16.38%) SQL Server 2012
3 14 (12.07%) SQL Server 2008
4 11 (9.48%) SQL Server 2014
4 11 (9.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 9 (7.76%) SQL Server 2005
6 7 (6.03%) Oracle Database
7 6 (5.17%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 6 (5.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 4 (3.45%) DTS
8 4 (3.45%) Oracle Database 11g
9 3 (2.59%) MS Access
9 3 (2.59%) Oracle Database 12c
10 2 (1.72%) DB2
10 2 (1.72%) RDBMS
10 2 (1.72%) Relational Database
10 2 (1.72%) SQL Server 2000
11 1 (0.86%) Amazon RDS
11 1 (0.86%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 1 (0.86%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 2 (1.72%) Git (software)
2 1 (0.86%) Bitbucket
2 1 (0.86%) JIRA
2 1 (0.86%) MSI
2 1 (0.86%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (0.86%) Visual Studio
General
1 25 (21.55%) Finance
2 9 (7.76%) Banking
2 9 (7.76%) Law
3 4 (3.45%) French Language
3 4 (3.45%) Legal
4 3 (2.59%) Investment Banking
4 3 (2.59%) Publishing
4 3 (2.59%) Retail
5 2 (1.72%) Local Government
6 1 (0.86%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.86%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 25 (21.55%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 15 (12.93%) Wintel Engineer
3 11 (9.48%) Architect
3 11 (9.48%) DBA
3 11 (9.48%) SQL DBA
4 9 (7.76%) Active Directory Engineer
4 9 (7.76%) Windows Engineer
5 8 (6.90%) Consultant
6 7 (6.03%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 7 (6.03%) Administrator
6 7 (6.03%) Analyst
6 7 (6.03%) Support Engineer
6 7 (6.03%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
7 6 (5.17%) 3rd Line Support
7 6 (5.17%) SQL Server DBA
8 5 (4.31%) Infrastructure Analyst
8 5 (4.31%) Infrastructure Specialist
8 5 (4.31%) Storage Specialist
9 4 (3.45%) Infrastructure Architect
9 4 (3.45%) Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (6.03%) Middleware
2 4 (3.45%) .NET
2 4 (3.45%) MSMQ
2 4 (3.45%) RabbitMQ
3 3 (2.59%) Web Services
4 2 (1.72%) ASP.NET
4 2 (1.72%) REST
4 2 (1.72%) WebSphere MQ
5 1 (0.86%) Angular 2
5 1 (0.86%) AngularJS
5 1 (0.86%) ASP.NET Core
5 1 (0.86%) ASP.NET MVC
5 1 (0.86%) ASP.NET Web API
5 1 (0.86%) CSS
5 1 (0.86%) HTML
5 1 (0.86%) JSON
5 1 (0.86%) SOAP
5 1 (0.86%) Windows SharePoint Services
5 1 (0.86%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 92 (79.31%) Clustering
2 20 (17.24%) Data Centre
3 13 (11.21%) Analytical Skills
4 12 (10.34%) Replication
5 5 (4.31%) PKI
6 4 (3.45%) Management Information System
7 3 (2.59%) Enterprise Software
7 3 (2.59%) Fat Client
7 3 (2.59%) Thin Client
8 2 (1.72%) Client/Server
8 2 (1.72%) Computer Science
8 2 (1.72%) EMC VMAX
8 2 (1.72%) EMC VNX
8 2 (1.72%) Enterprise Storage
8 2 (1.72%) Hybrid Cloud
8 2 (1.72%) VxBlock/Vblock
9 1 (0.86%) Blackberry
9 1 (0.86%) EPoS
9 1 (0.86%) HP Storage
9 1 (0.86%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 102 (87.93%) Windows
2 60 (51.72%) Windows Server
3 49 (42.24%) Windows Server 2008
4 47 (40.52%) Windows Server 2012
5 23 (19.83%) Windows Server 2003
6 18 (15.52%) Linux
7 8 (6.90%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 7 (6.03%) Unix
9 6 (5.17%) CentOS
9 6 (5.17%) Solaris
9 6 (5.17%) VMS
9 6 (5.17%) Windows XP
10 5 (4.31%) Windows 10
11 3 (2.59%) Windows 8
12 1 (0.86%) Windows 2000
12 1 (0.86%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (18.97%) High Availability
2 21 (18.10%) ITIL
3 17 (14.66%) Load Balancing
4 16 (13.79%) Migration
5 13 (11.21%) Disaster Recovery
6 11 (9.48%) Change Control
7 9 (7.76%) ITIL V3
7 9 (7.76%) Service Management
8 8 (6.90%) Business Intelligence
8 8 (6.90%) Root Cause Analysis
9 7 (6.03%) Change Management
9 7 (6.03%) Configuration Management
9 7 (6.03%) Database Mirroring
10 6 (5.17%) Build Automation
10 6 (5.17%) ITSM
10 6 (5.17%) Performance Management
10 6 (5.17%) Secure Coding
11 5 (4.31%) Network Management
11 5 (4.31%) Network Optimisation
11 5 (4.31%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 31 (26.72%) PowerShell
2 30 (25.86%) SQL
3 9 (7.76%) C#
4 7 (6.03%) VB
5 6 (5.17%) Python
6 4 (3.45%) T-SQL
6 4 (3.45%) VBScript
7 2 (1.72%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.86%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.86%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.86%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 28 (24.14%) Microsoft Certification
2 24 (20.69%) Security Cleared
3 21 (18.10%) SC Cleared
4 15 (12.93%) MCSE
5 12 (10.34%) MCP
6 9 (7.76%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 6 (5.17%) Cisco Certification
8 5 (4.31%) MCTS
9 4 (3.45%) DV Cleared
10 2 (1.72%) MCDBA
11 1 (0.86%) BPSS Clearance
11 1 (0.86%) Citrix Certification
11 1 (0.86%) Degree
11 1 (0.86%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.72%) Disclosure Scotland
1 2 (1.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 2 (1.72%) PMO
1 2 (1.72%) SLA
2 1 (0.86%) Data Quality
2 1 (0.86%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 71 (61.21%) Active Directory
2 47 (40.52%) VMware Infrastructure
3 28 (24.14%) Hyper-V
4 13 (11.21%) vSphere
5 12 (10.34%) XenApp
6 7 (6.03%) Veritas Volume Manager
6 7 (6.03%) Virtual Machines
7 6 (5.17%) VMware ESXi
8 4 (3.45%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 4 (3.45%) VMware ESX
9 3 (2.59%) XenDesktop
10 2 (1.72%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 2 (1.72%) Terminal Server
10 2 (1.72%) Virtual Servers
11 1 (0.86%) DFS Replication
11 1 (0.86%) Firmware
11 1 (0.86%) ISA Server
11 1 (0.86%) Oracle RAC
11 1 (0.86%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 17 (14.66%) NetBackup
1 17 (14.66%) SCCM
2 15 (12.93%) SCOM
3 14 (12.07%) Failover Clustering
4 8 (6.90%) SCOrch
5 7 (6.03%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 6 (5.17%) PowerCLI
6 6 (5.17%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 4 (3.45%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 4 (3.45%) SCSM
7 4 (3.45%) SCVMM
8 3 (2.59%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 3 (2.59%) Microsoft Intune
8 3 (2.59%) Netcool
8 3 (2.59%) Simpana
8 3 (2.59%) Unicenter
8 3 (2.59%) Veritas Storage Foundation
9 2 (1.72%) Norton AntiVirus
9 2 (1.72%) vMotion
10 1 (0.86%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 85 (73.28%) Microsoft
2 60 (51.72%) VMware
3 37 (31.90%) Citrix
4 24 (20.69%) HP
5 20 (17.24%) Symantec
6 17 (14.66%) Cisco
6 17 (14.66%) EMC
7 13 (11.21%) Oracle
7 13 (11.21%) Veritas
8 8 (6.90%) 3PAR
8 8 (6.90%) NetApp
8 8 (6.90%) Red Hat
8 8 (6.90%) SolarWinds
9 7 (6.03%) Lumension
9 7 (6.03%) Splunk
10 5 (4.31%) Brocade
11 4 (3.45%) CommVault
11 4 (3.45%) Sophos
12 3 (2.59%) Dell
12 3 (2.59%) Meridio
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