Period
to 20 January 2020

The median contractor rate for a Windows Engineer was £215 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 January 2020.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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.

Windows Engineer
UK
6 months to
20 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 199 323 374
Rank change year-on-year +124 +51 -4
Contract jobs requiring a Windows Engineer 962 766 639
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.33% 0.78% 0.64%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.42% 0.82% 0.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 635 490 419
UK median daily rate £215 £325 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -33.85% -7.14% +7.69%
10th Percentile £129 £136 £142
90th Percentile £475 £513 £566
UK excluding London median daily rate £190 £300 £325
% change year-on-year -36.67% -7.69% +5.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 129 88 37
UK median hourly rate £15.25 £13.25 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.09% -24.29% -5.41%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.75 £13.00
90th Percentile £29.05 £38.93 £165.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.51 £13.00 £17.25
% change year-on-year +11.62% -24.64% -8.00%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 67,797 92,860 94,389
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.82% 94.72% 94.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 44,156 61,376 62,680
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £450
10th Percentile £241 £269 £260
90th Percentile £644 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,698 2,829 2,780
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £18.70 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.60% +1.08% +2.78%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £51.75 £48.75 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +2.86% - -

Windows Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Windows Engineer in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Windows Engineer in the UK

Windows Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Windows Engineer in the UK

Windows Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows Engineer over the 6 months to 20 January 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Windows Engineer in the UK

Windows Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Windows Engineer in the UK

Windows Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows Engineer over the 6 months to 20 January 2020.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Windows Engineer in the UK

Windows Engineer
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 Windows Engineer within the UK over the 6 months to 20 January 2020. 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 +115 863 £208 -36.15% 137
UK excluding London +172 715 £190 -36.67% 95
London +12 226 £350 - 46
South East +105 162 £168 -52.14% 22
North of England +78 148 £175 -39.13% 29
South West +70 116 £171 -37.73% 18
Midlands +101 106 £186 -29.33% 13
East of England +93 100 £230 +15.00% 9
North West +47 82 £193 -21.62% 10
Scotland +62 60 £325 +8.33% 2
West Midlands +68 57 £168 -45.53% 9
East Midlands +55 48 £195 +11.43% 4
Yorkshire +44 47 £195 -38.10% 17
Wales +37 22 £400 +33.33% 2
North East +20 18 £130 -35.00% 2
Northern Ireland +7 2 £150 -70.59%

Windows Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 January 2020, Windows Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads featuring Windows Engineer in the job title.

1 960 (99.79%) Windows
2 668 (69.44%) Windows 10
3 347 (36.07%) Active Directory
4 291 (30.25%) SCCM
5 289 (30.04%) Windows Server
6 280 (29.11%) Microsoft
7 270 (28.07%) Windows 7
8 256 (26.61%) Migration
9 251 (26.09%) Office 365
10 155 (16.11%) VMware
11 144 (14.97%) PowerShell
12 129 (13.41%) Public Sector
13 121 (12.58%) Windows Server 2008
13 121 (12.58%) Windows Server 2012
14 118 (12.27%) Microsoft Office
15 117 (12.16%) DNS
15 117 (12.16%) Finance
16 110 (11.43%) Infrastructure Engineering
17 102 (10.60%) Security Cleared
18 95 (9.88%) Azure
18 95 (9.88%) VMware Infrastructure
19 91 (9.46%) DHCP
20 81 (8.42%) Citrix
21 78 (8.11%) SC Cleared
22 69 (7.17%) ITIL
23 64 (6.65%) NHS
23 64 (6.65%) Telecoms
24 62 (6.44%) Hyper-V
25 57 (5.93%) AWS
25 57 (5.93%) SAP

Windows Engineer Skill Set
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 53 (5.51%) MS Exchange
2 35 (3.64%) Skype for Business
3 29 (3.01%) SharePoint
4 15 (1.56%) Exchange Server 2010
4 15 (1.56%) IIS
5 13 (1.35%) Exchange Server 2013
6 3 (0.31%) Apache
7 2 (0.21%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 2 (0.21%) Exchange Server 2003
8 1 (0.10%) Confluence
8 1 (0.10%) IBM Notes
8 1 (0.10%) OpenStack
8 1 (0.10%) Oracle Workflow
8 1 (0.10%) Tomcat
Applications
1 118 (12.27%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (0.52%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.31%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.21%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (0.42%) SystmOne
2 1 (0.10%) Cognos Business Intelligence
2 1 (0.10%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 251 (26.09%) Office 365
2 95 (9.88%) Azure
3 57 (5.93%) AWS
4 19 (1.98%) OneDrive
5 16 (1.66%) Azure Active Directory
6 12 (1.25%) GitHub
6 12 (1.25%) IaaS
7 8 (0.83%) PaaS
7 8 (0.83%) SaaS
8 7 (0.73%) Amazon EC2
8 7 (0.73%) Serverless
9 6 (0.62%) Amazon ELB
9 6 (0.62%) Amazon S3
9 6 (0.62%) AWS CloudFormation
10 4 (0.42%) Yammer
11 3 (0.31%) G Suite
11 3 (0.31%) GCP
12 2 (0.21%) Power Platform
12 2 (0.21%) PowerApps
13 1 (0.10%) Datadog
Communications & Networking
1 117 (12.16%) DNS
2 91 (9.46%) DHCP
3 42 (4.37%) Firewall
4 37 (3.85%) Skype
5 32 (3.33%) TCP/IP
6 31 (3.22%) SAN
7 22 (2.29%) LAN
8 18 (1.87%) VPN
9 16 (1.66%) WAN
10 15 (1.56%) Remote Desktop
11 14 (1.46%) Internet
12 10 (1.04%) NAS
13 9 (0.94%) Wireless
14 8 (0.83%) Wi-Fi
15 5 (0.52%) VLAN
16 4 (0.42%) Cisco ASA
16 4 (0.42%) Cisco Wireless
16 4 (0.42%) VSAN
17 3 (0.31%) NetScaler
17 3 (0.31%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 49 (5.09%) SQL Server
2 7 (0.73%) Amazon RDS
3 2 (0.21%) MySQL
4 1 (0.10%) Electronic Patient Records
4 1 (0.10%) MongoDB
4 1 (0.10%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (0.10%) Power BI
4 1 (0.10%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.10%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (0.10%) SQL Server 2014
4 1 (0.10%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 10 (1.04%) JIRA
2 9 (0.94%) Jenkins
2 9 (0.94%) StarTeam
3 6 (0.62%) TeamCity
4 5 (0.52%) Hudson
5 4 (0.42%) Git (software)
5 4 (0.42%) MSI
6 3 (0.31%) InstallShield
6 3 (0.31%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (0.21%) AdminStudio
7 2 (0.21%) Octopus Deploy
7 2 (0.21%) Visual Studio Code
8 1 (0.10%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 1 (0.10%) Bitbucket
8 1 (0.10%) Fiddler
8 1 (0.10%) GitLab
8 1 (0.10%) MSTest
8 1 (0.10%) Visual Studio
General
1 129 (13.41%) Public Sector
2 117 (12.16%) Finance
3 64 (6.65%) Telecoms
4 56 (5.82%) Manufacturing
5 54 (5.61%) Electronics
5 54 (5.61%) Marketing
6 20 (2.08%) Banking
7 18 (1.87%) Retail
8 9 (0.94%) Back Office
8 9 (0.94%) Local Government
9 6 (0.62%) Financial Institution
10 5 (0.52%) Law
11 4 (0.42%) Pharmaceutical
12 3 (0.31%) German Language
12 3 (0.31%) Investment Banking
13 2 (0.21%) Advertising
13 2 (0.21%) Front Office
13 2 (0.21%) Housing Association
13 2 (0.21%) Publishing
14 1 (0.10%) Police
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (0.52%) Velocity
2 4 (0.42%) X-Windows
3 3 (0.31%) .NET
3 3 (0.31%) COM
4 2 (0.21%) ADSI
4 2 (0.21%) LDAP
4 2 (0.21%) RESTful
4 2 (0.21%) Software Packaging
4 2 (0.21%) Swagger
5 1 (0.10%) COM+
5 1 (0.10%) DCOM
5 1 (0.10%) Elastic Stack
5 1 (0.10%) FIX Protocol
5 1 (0.10%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 64 (6.65%) NHS
2 54 (5.61%) Driving Licence
3 20 (2.08%) Analytical Skills
3 20 (2.08%) Data Centre
3 20 (2.08%) Replication
4 19 (1.98%) Clustering
5 16 (1.66%) Self-Motivation
6 14 (1.46%) PKI
7 11 (1.14%) Video Conferencing
8 7 (0.73%) Management Information System
9 6 (0.62%) Chip and PIN
9 6 (0.62%) Fat Client
9 6 (0.62%) Smartphone
9 6 (0.62%) Thin Client
10 5 (0.52%) iPhone
10 5 (0.52%) Social Media
11 4 (0.42%) BYOD
11 4 (0.42%) Enterprise Storage
11 4 (0.42%) Hedge funds
11 4 (0.42%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 960 (99.79%) Windows
2 668 (69.44%) Windows 10
3 289 (30.04%) Windows Server
4 270 (28.07%) Windows 7
5 121 (12.58%) Windows Server 2008
5 121 (12.58%) Windows Server 2012
6 37 (3.85%) Linux
7 31 (3.22%) Windows XP
8 27 (2.81%) Windows Server 2003
9 20 (2.08%) Windows 8
10 12 (1.25%) Android
11 10 (1.04%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 9 (0.94%) AIX
13 6 (0.62%) Mac OS
14 5 (0.52%) Unix
15 3 (0.31%) Apple iOS
15 3 (0.31%) CentOS
15 3 (0.31%) Ubuntu
16 2 (0.21%) VMS
16 2 (0.21%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 256 (26.61%) Migration
2 110 (11.43%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 69 (7.17%) ITIL
4 55 (5.72%) Business Intelligence
5 54 (5.61%) Digital Marketing
5 54 (5.61%) Problem-Solving
5 54 (5.61%) Programme Management
6 26 (2.70%) Time Management
7 25 (2.60%) Agile Software Development
7 25 (2.60%) Change Management
8 23 (2.39%) DevOps
9 21 (2.18%) Application Packaging
10 20 (2.08%) Asset Management
10 20 (2.08%) ITSM
10 20 (2.08%) Root Cause Analysis
11 17 (1.77%) Project Delivery
12 14 (1.46%) Scrum
13 12 (1.25%) Break/Fix
13 12 (1.25%) Server Management
14 11 (1.14%) Server Building
Programming Languages
1 144 (14.97%) PowerShell
2 49 (5.09%) SQL
3 25 (2.60%) VB
4 12 (1.25%) Python
5 7 (0.73%) VBA
5 7 (0.73%) VBScript
6 3 (0.31%) Bash Shell
6 3 (0.31%) C
6 3 (0.31%) C#
7 2 (0.21%) C++
7 2 (0.21%) Perl
7 2 (0.21%) XPath
8 1 (0.10%) Java
8 1 (0.10%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.10%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 102 (10.60%) Security Cleared
2 78 (8.11%) SC Cleared
3 36 (3.74%) Microsoft Certification
4 23 (2.39%) MCSE
5 15 (1.56%) MCSA
6 12 (1.25%) ITIL Certification
6 12 (1.25%) MCITP
7 10 (1.04%) DV Cleared
8 9 (0.94%) ISTQB
8 9 (0.94%) MCTS
9 8 (0.83%) DBS Check
9 8 (0.83%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 7 (0.73%) Degree
11 5 (0.52%) CCA
11 5 (0.52%) Citrix Certification
11 5 (0.52%) MCP
12 4 (0.42%) CCNA
12 4 (0.42%) Cisco Certification
13 3 (0.31%) BPSS Clearance
14 2 (0.21%) VCP6
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (3.53%) SLA
2 6 (0.62%) GDPR
3 4 (0.42%) Cyber Essentials
4 3 (0.31%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
4 3 (0.31%) QA
5 2 (0.21%) NIST
5 2 (0.21%) PMO
6 1 (0.10%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 347 (36.07%) Active Directory
2 95 (9.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 62 (6.44%) Hyper-V
4 39 (4.05%) VMware ESXi
5 24 (2.49%) XenApp
6 21 (2.18%) XenDesktop
7 19 (1.98%) vSphere
8 9 (0.94%) Firmware
9 8 (0.83%) BitLocker
9 8 (0.83%) Virtual Servers
10 7 (0.73%) Microsoft App-V
10 7 (0.73%) Virtual Desktop
10 7 (0.73%) VMware NSX
11 5 (0.52%) DFS Replication
12 4 (0.42%) Virtual Machines
12 4 (0.42%) VMware Server
13 2 (0.21%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
13 2 (0.21%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 2 (0.21%) Docker
14 1 (0.10%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 291 (30.25%) SCCM
2 23 (2.39%) Ansible
3 21 (2.18%) Microsoft Intune
4 17 (1.77%) WSUS
5 16 (1.66%) SCOM
6 13 (1.35%) McAfee ePO
7 9 (0.94%) NetBackup
7 9 (0.94%) Netcool
8 8 (0.83%) HP SIM
8 8 (0.83%) Microsoft Clustering
8 8 (0.83%) Norton AntiVirus
8 8 (0.83%) vCenter Server
9 7 (0.73%) Puppet
9 7 (0.73%) Single Sign-On
10 5 (0.52%) AirWatch
11 4 (0.42%) Clonezilla
12 3 (0.31%) Backup Exec
12 3 (0.31%) Control-M
12 3 (0.31%) SolarWinds Orion
13 2 (0.21%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 280 (29.11%) Microsoft
2 155 (16.11%) VMware
3 81 (8.42%) Citrix
4 57 (5.93%) SAP
5 55 (5.72%) Cisco
6 37 (3.85%) HP
7 33 (3.43%) Dell
8 24 (2.49%) Apple
9 21 (2.18%) McAfee
10 20 (2.08%) EMC
11 19 (1.98%) ServiceNow
12 14 (1.46%) Sophos
12 14 (1.46%) Veritas
13 11 (1.14%) SolarWinds
14 10 (1.04%) Symantec
15 9 (0.94%) Intel
15 9 (0.94%) NetApp
15 9 (0.94%) Red Hat
16 7 (0.73%) Palo Alto
17 6 (0.62%) Google