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 27 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
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Windows 8
UK
Rank 385 333 313
Rank change year-on-year -52 -20  
Contract jobs citing Windows 8 201 337 366
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.45% 0.63% 0.68%
As % of the Operating Systems category 2.16% 2.94% 3.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 111 165 182
Median daily rate £160 £225 £200
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -28.88% +12.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £105 £115 £110
10% offered a daily rate of more than £362 £475 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £150 £180 £168
% change year-on-year -16.66% +7.46%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 50 75 67
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 £11.31 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.00 £22.57 £30.60
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 9290 11459 11776
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.68% 21.53% 21.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 5914 7098 6682
Median daily rate £410 £380 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.89% +1.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £190 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £363 £338
% change year-on-year +7.58% +7.40%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 576 684 975
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 £37.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.25 £16.84 £15.50
% change year-on-year -9.44% +8.64%  

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 27 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 27 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 27 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 -68 178 £161 -28.33% 82
London -28 77 £165 -45.00% 19
South East -1 31 £150 +3.44% 15
City of London +7 18 £165 -40.00% 2
North West +6 16 £135 -44.61% 15
West Midlands +11 15 £148 -34.44% 8
East Midlands -8 12 £220 +22.22% 6
East of England -23 12 £163 -10.95% 7
Scotland +27 11 £105 +9.71% 1
South West -8 10 £113 -65.11% 2
Gloucestershire +12 8 £113 -
Hampshire +9 8 £175 +45.83% 5
Hertfordshire +2 8 £175 -5.40% 6
Surrey +8 7 £128 -12.06% 3
Buckinghamshire -6 7 £356 +59.88% 4
Shropshire +33 6 £425 - 1
Cheltenham +8 6 - -
Manchester +2 6 £100 -50.00% 7
Cheshire +19 5 £160 -44.34% 6
Wales +7 5 £325 -35.00%
Milton Keynes +2 5 £260 +16.85% 2
Berkshire +20 4 - - 2
South Wales +12 4 £325 -35.00%
Nottinghamshire +6 4 £275 +52.77% 1
Birmingham +1 4 £148 -20.27% 1
Derbyshire -8 4 £125 +13.63% 1
Derby -9 4 £125 +13.63%
Hounslow - 4 - -
Highlands - 4 £105 -
Dundee - 4 £105 -

Windows 8
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 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.

1 420 (100.00%) Windows
2 305 (72.62%) Windows 7
3 293 (69.76%) Active Directory
4 211 (50.24%) Microsoft
5 175 (41.67%) MS Office
6 144 (34.29%) Windows 10
7 110 (26.19%) Windows Server
8 98 (23.33%) MS Excel
9 97 (23.10%) Citrix
10 92 (21.90%) Windows Server 2012
11 82 (19.52%) Windows Server 2008
12 75 (17.86%) Windows XP
13 73 (17.38%) VMware
14 70 (16.67%) ITIL
15 69 (16.43%) Office 365
15 69 (16.43%) SCCM
16 58 (13.81%) MS Exchange
17 57 (13.57%) Microsoft Certification
18 54 (12.86%) Windows Server 2003
19 49 (11.67%) Blackberry
19 49 (11.67%) Apple
19 49 (11.67%) TCP/IP
19 49 (11.67%) DNS
20 47 (11.19%) VMware Infrastructure
21 44 (10.48%) DHCP
22 43 (10.24%) Internet
22 43 (10.24%) Hyper-V
23 42 (10.00%) LAN
24 36 (8.57%) VPN
24 36 (8.57%) 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 58 (13.81%) MS Exchange
2 32 (7.62%) Exchange Server 2010
3 30 (7.14%) SharePoint
4 25 (5.95%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 21 (5.00%) Skype for Business
6 18 (4.29%) Exchange Server 2013
7 15 (3.57%) IBM Notes
8 8 (1.90%) Exchange Server 2003
9 6 (1.43%) Exchange Server 2007
10 5 (1.19%) SharePoint 2013
11 3 (0.71%) IIS
12 1 (0.24%) IBM Domino
12 1 (0.24%) Moodle
12 1 (0.24%) SharePoint 2010
12 1 (0.24%) Tomcat
Applications
1 175 (41.67%) MS Office
2 98 (23.33%) MS Excel
3 15 (3.57%) MS PowerPoint
4 11 (2.62%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (0.48%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (0.95%) Dynamics NAV
2 2 (0.48%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.24%) ION MarketView
3 1 (0.24%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 69 (16.43%) Office 365
2 12 (2.86%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (1.19%) OneDrive
3 5 (1.19%) Yammer
4 2 (0.48%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (0.48%) G Suite
5 1 (0.24%) Amazon EC2
5 1 (0.24%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (0.24%) IaaS
5 1 (0.24%) PaaS
5 1 (0.24%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 49 (11.67%) DNS
1 49 (11.67%) TCP/IP
2 44 (10.48%) DHCP
3 43 (10.24%) Internet
4 42 (10.00%) LAN
5 36 (8.57%) VPN
6 29 (6.90%) WAN
7 27 (6.43%) Firewall
8 23 (5.48%) Wireless
9 22 (5.24%) Remote Desktop
10 21 (5.00%) Wi-Fi
11 17 (4.05%) SAN
12 13 (3.10%) Skype
13 10 (2.38%) Ethernet
14 7 (1.67%) 3G
14 7 (1.67%) Cisco ASA
15 5 (1.19%) iSCSI
16 4 (0.95%) Cisco Nexus
16 4 (0.95%) Network Security
16 4 (0.95%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (5.48%) SQL Server
2 6 (1.43%) Big Data
3 3 (0.71%) SQL Server 2014
3 3 (0.71%) SQLite
4 2 (0.48%) Oracle Database
4 2 (0.48%) Oracle Database 11g
4 2 (0.48%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.24%) MS Access
5 1 (0.24%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 6 (1.43%) MSI
2 3 (0.71%) Axure RP
3 2 (0.48%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.24%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.24%) InstallShield
4 1 (0.24%) MSTest
4 1 (0.24%) NUnit
4 1 (0.24%) Subversion
4 1 (0.24%) Visual Studio
4 1 (0.24%) Xcode
General
1 29 (6.90%) Finance
2 18 (4.29%) Law
3 14 (3.33%) Legal
4 12 (2.86%) Manufacturing
5 10 (2.38%) Banking
5 10 (2.38%) Retail
6 8 (1.90%) Telecoms
7 6 (1.43%) Local Government
7 6 (1.43%) Marketing
8 5 (1.19%) Advertising
9 3 (0.71%) Games
10 2 (0.48%) Back Office
10 2 (0.48%) Electronics
10 2 (0.48%) Investment Banking
11 1 (0.24%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.24%) French Language
11 1 (0.24%) German Language
11 1 (0.24%) Portuguese Language
11 1 (0.24%) Russian Language
11 1 (0.24%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 105 (25.00%) Support Engineer
2 97 (23.10%) Analyst
3 76 (18.10%) 2nd Line Support
4 64 (15.24%) IT Support
5 57 (13.57%) Support Analyst
6 55 (13.10%) Desktop Support
7 49 (11.67%) 2nd Line Engineer
8 47 (11.19%) Desktop Engineer
9 43 (10.24%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
10 38 (9.05%) IT Engineer
11 37 (8.81%) 1st/2nd Line Support
12 34 (8.10%) Desktop Support Engineer
12 34 (8.10%) Service Analyst
12 34 (8.10%) Service Desk Analyst
13 30 (7.14%) IT Support Engineer
14 26 (6.19%) 1st Line Support
14 26 (6.19%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 25 (5.95%) IT Analyst
16 23 (5.48%) IT Support Analyst
17 22 (5.24%) Help Desk Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (2.62%) .NET
2 7 (1.67%) HTML
2 7 (1.67%) WPF
3 4 (0.95%) ASP.NET Web API
3 4 (0.95%) COM+
3 4 (0.95%) CSS
3 4 (0.95%) SOAP
3 4 (0.95%) WCF
3 4 (0.95%) Web Services
4 3 (0.71%) HTML5
4 3 (0.71%) XSLT
5 1 (0.24%) .NET Framework
5 1 (0.24%) Android SDK
5 1 (0.24%) AngularJS
5 1 (0.24%) Apache Flex
5 1 (0.24%) Entity Framework
5 1 (0.24%) iOS SDK
5 1 (0.24%) REST
5 1 (0.24%) Silverlight
5 1 (0.24%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 49 (11.67%) Blackberry
2 18 (4.29%) iPad
2 18 (4.29%) Video Conferencing
3 17 (4.05%) Fat Client
3 17 (4.05%) Thin Client
4 16 (3.81%) iPhone
5 15 (3.57%) Analytical Skills
6 13 (3.10%) Driving Licence
6 13 (3.10%) Management Information System
7 11 (2.62%) Client/Server
8 10 (2.38%) Smartphone
9 9 (2.14%) Data Centre
9 9 (2.14%) Handset
10 7 (1.67%) User Experience
11 6 (1.43%) Clustering
12 5 (1.19%) Virtual Team
13 4 (0.95%) Computer Science
13 4 (0.95%) Private Cloud
14 2 (0.48%) Credit Risk
14 2 (0.48%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 420 (100.00%) Windows
2 305 (72.62%) Windows 7
3 144 (34.29%) Windows 10
4 110 (26.19%) Windows Server
5 92 (21.90%) Windows Server 2012
6 82 (19.52%) Windows Server 2008
7 75 (17.86%) Windows XP
8 54 (12.86%) Windows Server 2003
9 33 (7.86%) Android
10 31 (7.38%) Apple iOS
11 19 (4.52%) Mac OS X
12 18 (4.29%) Linux
13 13 (3.10%) Windows Vista
14 6 (1.43%) Mac OS
15 4 (0.95%) Unix
16 3 (0.71%) Windows 2000
16 3 (0.71%) Windows Mobile
16 3 (0.71%) Windows Phone
17 1 (0.24%) Ubuntu
17 1 (0.24%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 70 (16.67%) ITIL
2 30 (7.14%) Migration
3 28 (6.67%) Time Management
4 21 (5.00%) Service Management
5 19 (4.52%) Incident Management
6 17 (4.05%) Mobile Device Management
7 15 (3.57%) Configuration Management
7 15 (3.57%) Network Architecture
7 15 (3.57%) Problem Management
7 15 (3.57%) Service Delivery
7 15 (3.57%) Validation
8 12 (2.86%) Change Management
9 10 (2.38%) Asset Management
9 10 (2.38%) Disaster Recovery
10 9 (2.14%) CRM
10 9 (2.14%) Network Management
10 9 (2.14%) Patch Management
11 8 (1.90%) ITSM
12 7 (1.67%) Analytics
12 7 (1.67%) Identity Management
Programming Languages
1 34 (8.10%) PowerShell
2 31 (7.38%) SQL
3 12 (2.86%) C#
4 10 (2.38%) VBScript
5 5 (1.19%) C++
5 5 (1.19%) Shell Script
5 5 (1.19%) VB
6 4 (0.95%) C
6 4 (0.95%) XAML
7 3 (0.71%) Embedded C
8 2 (0.48%) VBA
9 1 (0.24%) Apple Swift
9 1 (0.24%) Java
9 1 (0.24%) JavaScript
9 1 (0.24%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 57 (13.57%) Microsoft Certification
2 35 (8.33%) Security Cleared
3 32 (7.62%) SC Cleared
4 27 (6.43%) MCP
5 20 (4.76%) Degree
5 20 (4.76%) MCSE
6 16 (3.81%) MCDST
7 15 (3.57%) Cisco Certification
7 15 (3.57%) MCITP
8 14 (3.33%) MCSA
9 10 (2.38%) DBS Check
10 9 (2.14%) CCNA
11 8 (1.90%) Network+ Certification
12 7 (1.67%) ACDT
12 7 (1.67%) ACHDS
12 7 (1.67%) ACTC
12 7 (1.67%) CCNP
12 7 (1.67%) MCSM
13 5 (1.19%) DV Cleared
14 4 (0.95%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (6.90%) SLA
2 8 (1.90%) Disclosure Scotland
3 3 (0.71%) JTAG
4 1 (0.24%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.24%) PMO
4 1 (0.24%) QA
System Software
1 293 (69.76%) Active Directory
2 47 (11.19%) VMware Infrastructure
3 43 (10.24%) Hyper-V
4 29 (6.90%) XenApp
5 23 (5.48%) Microsoft App-V
6 16 (3.81%) Virtual Desktop
7 10 (2.38%) XenDesktop
8 9 (2.14%) Virtual Servers
9 8 (1.90%) XenServer
10 6 (1.43%) vSphere
11 3 (0.71%) BitLocker
11 3 (0.71%) Firmware
12 2 (0.48%) Virtual Machines
12 2 (0.48%) VMware ESXi
12 2 (0.48%) VMware Server
13 1 (0.24%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 1 (0.24%) ISA Server
13 1 (0.24%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 1 (0.24%) Terminal Server
13 1 (0.24%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 69 (16.43%) SCCM
2 13 (3.10%) Backup Exec
2 13 (3.10%) Norton AntiVirus
2 13 (3.10%) WSUS
3 11 (2.62%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 8 (1.90%) BladeLogic
5 7 (1.67%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 6 (1.43%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 5 (1.19%) NetBackup
8 4 (0.95%) Microsoft Intune
8 4 (0.95%) SCOM
8 4 (0.95%) WMI
9 3 (0.71%) AirWatch
9 3 (0.71%) HP Quality Center
9 3 (0.71%) Microsoft Clustering
10 2 (0.48%) DameWare
10 2 (0.48%) Failover Clustering
10 2 (0.48%) SCVMM
10 2 (0.48%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
11 1 (0.24%) ServiceCenter
Vendors
1 211 (50.24%) Microsoft
2 97 (23.10%) Citrix
3 73 (17.38%) VMware
4 49 (11.67%) Apple
5 36 (8.57%) HP
6 33 (7.86%) Cisco
7 24 (5.71%) Symantec
8 17 (4.05%) Remedy
9 15 (3.57%) Lotus
10 12 (2.86%) LANDesk
11 10 (2.38%) AppSense
12 9 (2.14%) iManage
12 9 (2.14%) ThinPrint
13 8 (1.90%) Juniper
13 8 (1.90%) Veeam
14 7 (1.67%) Avaya
14 7 (1.67%) Intel Security
14 7 (1.67%) Polycom
15 6 (1.43%) ServiceNow
16 5 (1.19%) Google
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