The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Windows 8 skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Windows 8 over the 3 months to 23 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.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Windows 8
UK
Rank 399 326 318
Rank change year-on-year -73 -8  
Contract jobs citing Windows 8 207 334 350
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.46% 0.63% 0.67%
As % of the Operating Systems category 2.23% 2.93% 3.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 114 166 178
Median daily rate £160 £223 £180
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -28.08% +23.61%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £105 £116 £110
10% offered a daily rate of more than £358 £475 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £150 £183 £165
% change year-on-year -17.80% +10.60%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 50 75 63
Median hourly rate £14.50 £16.50 £15.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.12% +8.19%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.32 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.30 £22.57 £31.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.00 £16.50 £14.00
% change year-on-year -15.15% +17.85%  

Windows 8 is in the operating system skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills.

Contract Operating System Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 9283 11396 11367
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.76% 21.58% 21.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 5904 7042 6467
Median daily rate £405 £386 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.05% +2.80%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £199 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £530 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £363 £335
% change year-on-year +6.89% +8.20%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 571 682 920
Median hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.03% +3.12%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.00 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.15 £16.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -8.18% +6.45%  

Windows 8
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Windows 8 as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Operating Systems category.

Job vacancy trend for Windows 8 in the UK

Windows 8
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Windows 8.

Contractor daily rate trend for Windows 8 in the UK

Windows 8
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows 8 over the 3 months to 23 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Windows 8 in the UK

Windows 8
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Windows 8.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Windows 8 in the UK

Windows 8
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows 8 over the 3 months to 23 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Windows 8 in the UK

Windows 8
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 Windows 8 within the UK over the 3 months to 23 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 -68 184 £160 -28.08% 84
London -41 79 £165 -45.00% 20
South East +4 33 £150 +3.44% 15
City of London +11 17 £173 -37.27% 3
West Midlands +11 16 £148 -41.00% 10
North West -1 16 £135 -48.57% 14
East of England -19 14 £175 -5.40% 6
East Midlands -6 12 £220 +22.22% 7
Scotland +33 11 £105 +9.71% 2
South West -8 10 £113 -45.12% 3
Hampshire +3 9 £150 +25.00% 5
Hertfordshire 0 9 £188 +1.35% 6
Gloucestershire +9 8 £113 - 1
Buckinghamshire -7 8 £350 +57.30% 3
Surrey +18 7 £128 -48.48% 4
Shropshire +27 6 £425 - 1
Manchester +9 6 £100 -52.94% 7
Milton Keynes -4 6 £170 -23.59% 1
Cheshire +19 5 £160 -44.34% 5
Cheltenham +8 5 - - 1
Wales +8 5 £325 -35.00%
South Wales +12 4 £325 -35.00%
Berkshire +11 4 - - 2
Nottinghamshire +2 4 £275 +52.77% 2
Birmingham +2 4 £148 -22.36% 2
Derby -10 4 £125 +13.63%
Derbyshire -10 4 £125 +13.63% 1
Dundee - 4 £105 -
Hounslow - 4 - -
Inverness - 4 £105 -

Windows 8
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Windows 8 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 Windows 8.

1 428 (100.00%) Windows
2 314 (73.36%) Windows 7
3 296 (69.16%) Active Directory
4 216 (50.47%) Microsoft
5 182 (42.52%) MS Office
6 145 (33.88%) Windows 10
7 113 (26.40%) Windows Server
8 101 (23.60%) MS Excel
9 99 (23.13%) Citrix
10 92 (21.50%) Windows Server 2012
11 82 (19.16%) Windows Server 2008
12 76 (17.76%) Windows XP
13 74 (17.29%) VMware
14 72 (16.82%) SCCM
15 70 (16.36%) Office 365
16 69 (16.12%) ITIL
17 59 (13.79%) MS Exchange
18 57 (13.32%) Microsoft Certification
19 54 (12.62%) Windows Server 2003
20 51 (11.92%) Blackberry
21 50 (11.68%) Apple
22 49 (11.45%) TCP/IP
23 48 (11.21%) VMware Infrastructure
24 47 (10.98%) DNS
25 45 (10.51%) LAN
26 43 (10.05%) Internet
26 43 (10.05%) Hyper-V
27 42 (9.81%) DHCP
28 38 (8.88%) VPN
29 37 (8.64%) HP

Windows 8
Top Related 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 59 (13.79%) MS Exchange
2 33 (7.71%) Exchange Server 2010
3 29 (6.78%) SharePoint
4 26 (6.07%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 21 (4.91%) Skype for Business
6 19 (4.44%) Exchange Server 2013
7 15 (3.50%) IBM Notes
8 9 (2.10%) Exchange Server 2003
9 7 (1.64%) Exchange Server 2007
10 5 (1.17%) SharePoint 2013
11 3 (0.70%) IIS
12 1 (0.23%) IBM Domino
12 1 (0.23%) Moodle
12 1 (0.23%) SharePoint 2010
12 1 (0.23%) Tomcat
Applications
1 182 (42.52%) MS Office
2 101 (23.60%) MS Excel
3 15 (3.50%) MS PowerPoint
4 11 (2.57%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (0.47%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (0.93%) Dynamics NAV
2 2 (0.47%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.23%) ION MarketView
3 1 (0.23%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 70 (16.36%) Office 365
2 11 (2.57%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (1.17%) OneDrive
3 5 (1.17%) Yammer
4 2 (0.47%) G Suite
5 1 (0.23%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (0.23%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (0.23%) IaaS
5 1 (0.23%) PaaS
5 1 (0.23%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 49 (11.45%) TCP/IP
2 47 (10.98%) DNS
3 45 (10.51%) LAN
4 43 (10.05%) Internet
5 42 (9.81%) DHCP
6 38 (8.88%) VPN
7 30 (7.01%) WAN
8 26 (6.07%) Firewall
9 23 (5.37%) Wireless
10 22 (5.14%) Remote Desktop
11 21 (4.91%) Wi-Fi
12 18 (4.21%) SAN
13 15 (3.50%) Skype
14 10 (2.34%) Ethernet
15 7 (1.64%) 3G
15 7 (1.64%) Cisco ASA
16 5 (1.17%) iSCSI
17 4 (0.93%) Cisco Nexus
17 4 (0.93%) Network Security
17 4 (0.93%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (5.61%) SQL Server
2 6 (1.40%) Big Data
3 3 (0.70%) SQL Server 2014
3 3 (0.70%) SQLite
4 2 (0.47%) Oracle Database
4 2 (0.47%) Oracle Database 11g
4 2 (0.47%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.23%) MS Access
5 1 (0.23%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 6 (1.40%) MSI
2 3 (0.70%) Axure RP
3 2 (0.47%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.23%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.23%) InstallShield
4 1 (0.23%) MSTest
4 1 (0.23%) NUnit
4 1 (0.23%) Subversion
4 1 (0.23%) Visual Studio
4 1 (0.23%) Xcode
General
1 29 (6.78%) Finance
2 19 (4.44%) Law
3 15 (3.50%) Legal
4 12 (2.80%) Manufacturing
5 10 (2.34%) Banking
5 10 (2.34%) Retail
6 8 (1.87%) Telecoms
7 6 (1.40%) Local Government
7 6 (1.40%) Marketing
8 5 (1.17%) Advertising
9 3 (0.70%) Games
10 2 (0.47%) Back Office
10 2 (0.47%) Electronics
10 2 (0.47%) Investment Banking
11 1 (0.23%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.23%) French Language
11 1 (0.23%) German Language
11 1 (0.23%) Portuguese Language
11 1 (0.23%) Russian Language
11 1 (0.23%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 109 (25.47%) Support Engineer
2 101 (23.60%) Analyst
3 76 (17.76%) 2nd Line Support
4 65 (15.19%) IT Support
5 60 (14.02%) Desktop Support
5 60 (14.02%) Support Analyst
6 52 (12.15%) Desktop Engineer
7 48 (11.21%) 2nd Line Engineer
8 42 (9.81%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
9 39 (9.11%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 38 (8.88%) 1st/2nd Line Support
11 37 (8.64%) IT Engineer
12 35 (8.18%) Service Analyst
12 35 (8.18%) Service Desk Analyst
13 30 (7.01%) IT Support Engineer
14 27 (6.31%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 27 (6.31%) IT Analyst
15 26 (6.07%) 1st Line Support
16 24 (5.61%) IT Support Analyst
17 23 (5.37%) Help Desk Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (2.57%) .NET
2 7 (1.64%) HTML
2 7 (1.64%) WPF
3 4 (0.93%) ASP.NET Web API
3 4 (0.93%) COM+
3 4 (0.93%) CSS
3 4 (0.93%) SOAP
3 4 (0.93%) WCF
3 4 (0.93%) Web Services
4 3 (0.70%) HTML5
4 3 (0.70%) XSLT
5 1 (0.23%) Android SDK
5 1 (0.23%) AngularJS
5 1 (0.23%) Apache Flex
5 1 (0.23%) Entity Framework
5 1 (0.23%) iOS SDK
5 1 (0.23%) JSON
5 1 (0.23%) REST
5 1 (0.23%) Silverlight
5 1 (0.23%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 51 (11.92%) Blackberry
2 19 (4.44%) iPad
3 18 (4.21%) Video Conferencing
4 17 (3.97%) Fat Client
4 17 (3.97%) iPhone
4 17 (3.97%) Thin Client
5 15 (3.50%) Analytical Skills
6 13 (3.04%) Driving Licence
7 12 (2.80%) Management Information System
8 11 (2.57%) Client/Server
9 10 (2.34%) Smartphone
10 9 (2.10%) Data Centre
10 9 (2.10%) Handset
11 7 (1.64%) User Experience
12 6 (1.40%) Clustering
13 5 (1.17%) Virtual Team
14 4 (0.93%) Computer Science
14 4 (0.93%) Private Cloud
15 2 (0.47%) Credit Risk
15 2 (0.47%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 428 (100.00%) Windows
2 314 (73.36%) Windows 7
3 145 (33.88%) Windows 10
4 113 (26.40%) Windows Server
5 92 (21.50%) Windows Server 2012
6 82 (19.16%) Windows Server 2008
7 76 (17.76%) Windows XP
8 54 (12.62%) Windows Server 2003
9 33 (7.71%) Android
10 31 (7.24%) Apple iOS
11 19 (4.44%) Mac OS X
12 18 (4.21%) Linux
13 14 (3.27%) Windows Vista
14 6 (1.40%) Mac OS
15 5 (1.17%) Windows Phone
16 4 (0.93%) Unix
17 3 (0.70%) Windows 2000
17 3 (0.70%) Windows Mobile
18 2 (0.47%) Windows 2000 Server
19 1 (0.23%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 69 (16.12%) ITIL
2 30 (7.01%) Migration
3 28 (6.54%) Time Management
4 21 (4.91%) Service Management
5 20 (4.67%) Incident Management
6 17 (3.97%) Mobile Device Management
7 16 (3.74%) Validation
8 15 (3.50%) Configuration Management
8 15 (3.50%) Network Architecture
8 15 (3.50%) Problem Management
8 15 (3.50%) Service Delivery
9 12 (2.80%) Change Management
10 10 (2.34%) Asset Management
10 10 (2.34%) Disaster Recovery
11 9 (2.10%) CRM
11 9 (2.10%) ITSM
11 9 (2.10%) Network Management
11 9 (2.10%) Patch Management
12 7 (1.64%) Identity Management
12 7 (1.64%) Security Patching
Programming Languages
1 33 (7.71%) PowerShell
2 31 (7.24%) SQL
3 12 (2.80%) C#
4 10 (2.34%) VBScript
5 5 (1.17%) C++
5 5 (1.17%) Shell Script
5 5 (1.17%) VB
6 4 (0.93%) C
6 4 (0.93%) XAML
7 3 (0.70%) Embedded C
8 2 (0.47%) VBA
9 1 (0.23%) Apple Swift
9 1 (0.23%) Java
9 1 (0.23%) JavaScript
9 1 (0.23%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 57 (13.32%) Microsoft Certification
2 36 (8.41%) Security Cleared
3 32 (7.48%) SC Cleared
4 27 (6.31%) MCP
5 20 (4.67%) Degree
5 20 (4.67%) MCSE
6 16 (3.74%) MCDST
7 15 (3.50%) Cisco Certification
7 15 (3.50%) MCITP
8 14 (3.27%) MCSA
9 10 (2.34%) DBS Check
10 9 (2.10%) CCNA
11 8 (1.87%) Network+ Certification
12 7 (1.64%) ACDT
12 7 (1.64%) ACHDS
12 7 (1.64%) ACTC
12 7 (1.64%) CCNP
12 7 (1.64%) MCSM
13 5 (1.17%) DV Cleared
14 4 (0.93%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (7.01%) SLA
2 9 (2.10%) Disclosure Scotland
3 3 (0.70%) JTAG
4 1 (0.23%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.23%) PMO
4 1 (0.23%) QA
System Software
1 296 (69.16%) Active Directory
2 48 (11.21%) VMware Infrastructure
3 43 (10.05%) Hyper-V
4 29 (6.78%) XenApp
5 23 (5.37%) Microsoft App-V
6 16 (3.74%) Virtual Desktop
7 11 (2.57%) XenDesktop
8 9 (2.10%) Virtual Servers
9 8 (1.87%) XenServer
10 7 (1.64%) vSphere
11 4 (0.93%) BitLocker
12 3 (0.70%) Firmware
13 2 (0.47%) Virtual Machines
13 2 (0.47%) VMware ESXi
13 2 (0.47%) VMware Server
14 1 (0.23%) ISA Server
14 1 (0.23%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 1 (0.23%) Terminal Server
14 1 (0.23%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 72 (16.82%) SCCM
2 13 (3.04%) Backup Exec
2 13 (3.04%) Norton AntiVirus
2 13 (3.04%) WSUS
3 11 (2.57%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 8 (1.87%) BladeLogic
5 7 (1.64%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 6 (1.40%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 5 (1.17%) NetBackup
8 4 (0.93%) Microsoft Intune
8 4 (0.93%) SCOM
8 4 (0.93%) WMI
9 3 (0.70%) AirWatch
9 3 (0.70%) HP Quality Center
9 3 (0.70%) Microsoft Clustering
10 2 (0.47%) DameWare
10 2 (0.47%) Failover Clustering
10 2 (0.47%) SCVMM
10 2 (0.47%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
11 1 (0.23%) ServiceCenter
Vendors
1 216 (50.47%) Microsoft
2 99 (23.13%) Citrix
3 74 (17.29%) VMware
4 50 (11.68%) Apple
5 37 (8.64%) HP
6 31 (7.24%) Cisco
7 24 (5.61%) Symantec
8 17 (3.97%) Remedy
9 15 (3.50%) Lotus
10 12 (2.80%) LANDesk
11 10 (2.34%) AppSense
12 9 (2.10%) iManage
12 9 (2.10%) ThinPrint
13 8 (1.87%) Juniper
13 8 (1.87%) Veeam
14 7 (1.64%) Avaya
14 7 (1.64%) Intel Security
14 7 (1.64%) Polycom
15 6 (1.40%) ServiceNow
16 5 (1.17%) Google
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