Period
to 24 May 2020

The median contractor rate for a Windows Engineer was £250 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 24 May 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
24 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 225 304 387
Rank change year-on-year +79 +83 +15
Contract jobs requiring a Windows Engineer 549 805 628
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.14% 0.88% 0.62%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.22% 0.93% 0.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 331 550 428
Median daily rate £250 £300 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -16.67% -14.16% -0.14%
10th Percentile £130 £133 £150
90th Percentile £450 £511 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £190 £225 £325
% change year-on-year -15.56% -30.77% +7.79%
Number of hourly rates quoted 89 90 37
Median hourly rate £14.51 £13.82 £18.11
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.03% -23.72% +4.99%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £12.15
90th Percentile £32.75 £21.50 £45.35
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.39 £13.30 £18.11
% change year-on-year +8.20% -26.56% +4.99%

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 45,109 86,667 95,593
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.66% 94.55% 94.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 28,368 57,055 62,751
Median daily rate £465 £473 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.59% +5.00% +5.88%
10th Percentile £243 £275 £263
90th Percentile £650 £650 £633
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £413
% change year-on-year - +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,908 2,780 3,006
Median hourly rate £21.00 £18.78 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.85% +4.31% -5.06%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.17 £10.88
90th Percentile £52.33 £50.00 £47.83
Median hourly rate £19.44 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +11.09% - -2.78%

Windows Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Windows Engineer in the UK

Windows Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Windows Engineer.

Daily rate trend for Windows Engineer in the UK

Windows Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Windows Engineer over the 6 months to 24 May 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Windows Engineer in the UK

Windows Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Windows Engineer.

Hourly rate trend for Windows Engineer in the UK

Windows Engineer
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Windows Engineer over the 6 months to 24 May 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Windows Engineer in the UK

Windows Engineer
Top 17 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 24 May 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 +69 488 £250 -16.67% 26
UK excluding London +113 405 £190 -15.56% 23
London -7 129 £350 -0.71% 6
South East +87 102 £156 -45.84% 6
North of England +70 96 £190 -5.00% 4
South West +56 69 £300 +71.43% 3
Midlands +60 47 £170 -17.07% 3
Yorkshire +50 45 £215 -36.30% 2
East of England +63 44 £325 +52.94% 4
North West +57 41 £200 +3.23% 1
Scotland +28 35 £325 +8.33% 2
Work from Home +44 33 £400 -13.51% 1
East Midlands +44 24 £188 -24.24% 1
West Midlands +55 23 £135 -34.94% 2
North East +24 9 £130 -35.00% 1
Wales +19 7 £200 -38.46%
Northern Ireland +19 5 £150 - 1

Windows Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 May 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.

1 549 (100.00%) Windows
2 356 (64.85%) Windows 10
3 212 (38.62%) Active Directory
4 179 (32.60%) Microsoft
5 143 (26.05%) Windows Server
5 143 (26.05%) Office 365
6 141 (25.68%) SCCM
7 137 (24.95%) Windows 7
8 117 (21.31%) Migration
9 87 (15.85%) PowerShell
10 86 (15.66%) Azure
11 85 (15.48%) Public Sector
12 81 (14.75%) VMware
13 77 (14.03%) Microsoft Office
14 71 (12.93%) Citrix
15 67 (12.20%) DNS
16 65 (11.84%) Infrastructure Engineering
17 63 (11.48%) NHS
18 58 (10.56%) Security Cleared
19 56 (10.20%) Windows Server 2012
19 56 (10.20%) Finance
20 55 (10.02%) Windows Server 2016
21 51 (9.29%) Windows Server 2008
22 50 (9.11%) ITIL
23 49 (8.93%) SQL Server
24 47 (8.56%) VMware Infrastructure
25 46 (8.38%) SC Cleared
25 46 (8.38%) DHCP
26 43 (7.83%) Problem-Solving
27 39 (7.10%) Firewall

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 22 (4.01%) MS Exchange
2 21 (3.83%) IIS
3 18 (3.28%) SharePoint
4 12 (2.19%) Apache
5 10 (1.82%) Confluence
5 10 (1.82%) Exchange Server 2013
5 10 (1.82%) Skype for Business
6 6 (1.09%) Exchange Server 2010
7 5 (0.91%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 1 (0.18%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 77 (14.03%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (0.55%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.36%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.18%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 1 (0.18%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 2 (0.36%) Payment Gateway
2 1 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 143 (26.05%) Office 365
2 86 (15.66%) Azure
3 32 (5.83%) IaaS
4 25 (4.55%) AWS
5 21 (3.83%) PaaS
5 21 (3.83%) SaaS
6 11 (2.00%) OneDrive
7 10 (1.82%) Azure Active Directory
8 4 (0.73%) G Suite
9 3 (0.55%) GCP
10 2 (0.36%) AWS CloudFormation
10 2 (0.36%) Power Platform
10 2 (0.36%) PowerApps
10 2 (0.36%) Slack
11 1 (0.18%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 1 (0.18%) Datadog
11 1 (0.18%) GitHub
11 1 (0.18%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 67 (12.20%) DNS
2 46 (8.38%) DHCP
3 39 (7.10%) Firewall
4 20 (3.64%) SAN
5 13 (2.37%) Skype
5 13 (2.37%) WAN
6 11 (2.00%) LAN
6 11 (2.00%) NetScaler
7 9 (1.64%) Internet
7 9 (1.64%) TCP/IP
8 7 (1.28%) Remote Desktop
9 5 (0.91%) Network Security
9 5 (0.91%) Wireless
10 4 (0.73%) SMTP
10 4 (0.73%) VPN
10 4 (0.73%) WAAS
11 3 (0.55%) Cisco ASA
11 3 (0.55%) Kerberos
11 3 (0.55%) VLAN
11 3 (0.55%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 49 (8.93%) SQL Server
2 9 (1.64%) MySQL
3 4 (0.73%) SQL Server 2008
4 3 (0.55%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.18%) Amazon RDS
5 1 (0.18%) Electronic Patient Records
5 1 (0.18%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.18%) Power BI
5 1 (0.18%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 13 (2.37%) Jenkins
2 11 (2.00%) JIRA
3 10 (1.82%) Git (software)
4 5 (0.91%) Hudson
5 3 (0.55%) Fiddler
6 2 (0.36%) Cucumber
6 2 (0.36%) GitLab
6 2 (0.36%) Sonatype Nexus
6 2 (0.36%) TeamCity
7 1 (0.18%) AdminStudio
7 1 (0.18%) ClearCase
7 1 (0.18%) ClearQuest
7 1 (0.18%) InstallShield
7 1 (0.18%) Octopus Deploy
7 1 (0.18%) StarTeam
General
1 85 (15.48%) Public Sector
2 56 (10.20%) Finance
3 29 (5.28%) Telecoms
4 28 (5.10%) Manufacturing
5 26 (4.74%) Marketing
6 25 (4.55%) Electronics
7 8 (1.46%) Banking
7 8 (1.46%) Local Government
8 7 (1.28%) Back Office
9 6 (1.09%) Pharmaceutical
10 5 (0.91%) Law
10 5 (0.91%) Retail
11 1 (0.18%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.18%) Police
11 1 (0.18%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (2.91%) Velocity
2 5 (0.91%) LAMP
3 3 (0.55%) X-Windows
4 2 (0.36%) Spring
5 1 (0.18%) .NET
5 1 (0.18%) LDAP
5 1 (0.18%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 63 (11.48%) NHS
2 28 (5.10%) Driving Licence
3 17 (3.10%) Social Media
4 14 (2.55%) Chip and PIN
5 12 (2.19%) Analytical Skills
6 8 (1.46%) Clustering
6 8 (1.46%) Replication
6 8 (1.46%) Self-Motivation
7 7 (1.28%) Data Centre
8 6 (1.09%) PKI
9 5 (0.91%) User Experience
10 4 (0.73%) Blackberry
10 4 (0.73%) Client/Server
10 4 (0.73%) CMDB
10 4 (0.73%) Fat Client
10 4 (0.73%) iPhone
10 4 (0.73%) Management Information System
10 4 (0.73%) Thin Client
11 3 (0.55%) Blog
11 3 (0.55%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 549 (100.00%) Windows
2 356 (64.85%) Windows 10
3 143 (26.05%) Windows Server
4 137 (24.95%) Windows 7
5 56 (10.20%) Windows Server 2012
6 55 (10.02%) Windows Server 2016
7 51 (9.29%) Windows Server 2008
8 31 (5.65%) Linux
9 19 (3.46%) Windows XP
10 16 (2.91%) Windows Server 2019
11 9 (1.64%) Windows Server 2003
12 8 (1.46%) Unix
13 7 (1.28%) Android
13 7 (1.28%) Apple iOS
13 7 (1.28%) Mac OS
14 6 (1.09%) Windows 8
15 5 (0.91%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 3 (0.55%) VMS
17 2 (0.36%) AIX
17 2 (0.36%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 117 (21.31%) Migration
2 65 (11.84%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 50 (9.11%) ITIL
4 43 (7.83%) Problem-Solving
5 30 (5.46%) Application Packaging
6 26 (4.74%) Programme Management
7 25 (4.55%) Business Intelligence
7 25 (4.55%) Digital Marketing
8 21 (3.83%) Mobile Device Management
9 20 (3.64%) Change Management
10 16 (2.91%) Cybersecurity
10 16 (2.91%) E-Discovery
10 16 (2.91%) Remediation Plan
11 15 (2.73%) Agile Software Development
12 12 (2.19%) DevOps
12 12 (2.19%) ITSM
13 11 (2.00%) Task Automation
14 10 (1.82%) Server Building
15 9 (1.64%) Asset Management
15 9 (1.64%) Break/Fix
Programming Languages
1 87 (15.85%) PowerShell
2 28 (5.10%) SQL
3 15 (2.73%) VB
4 10 (1.82%) Python
5 8 (1.46%) Shell Script
6 7 (1.28%) VBScript
7 6 (1.09%) PHP
8 4 (0.73%) Bash Shell
9 3 (0.55%) C
9 3 (0.55%) Perl
10 1 (0.18%) C++
Qualifications
1 58 (10.56%) Security Cleared
2 46 (8.38%) SC Cleared
3 25 (4.55%) Microsoft Certification
4 18 (3.28%) MCSE
5 10 (1.82%) MCSA
6 7 (1.28%) MCP
7 6 (1.09%) Degree
7 6 (1.09%) MCITP
7 6 (1.09%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 5 (0.91%) DBS Check
9 3 (0.55%) CCNA
9 3 (0.55%) Cisco Certification
9 3 (0.55%) MCTS
9 3 (0.55%) SANS
10 2 (0.36%) A+ Certification
10 2 (0.36%) ACSP
10 2 (0.36%) CCA
10 2 (0.36%) Citrix Certification
10 2 (0.36%) DV Cleared
10 2 (0.36%) VCP6
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (2.91%) GDPR
2 13 (2.37%) SLA
3 6 (1.09%) QA
4 5 (0.91%) Cyber Essentials
4 5 (0.91%) PCI DSS
5 4 (0.73%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
5 4 (0.73%) NIST
6 3 (0.55%) AICPA
6 3 (0.55%) COBIT
7 2 (0.36%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 212 (38.62%) Active Directory
2 47 (8.56%) VMware Infrastructure
3 35 (6.38%) XenApp
4 32 (5.83%) Hyper-V
5 29 (5.28%) VMware ESXi
6 10 (1.82%) XenDesktop
7 8 (1.46%) vSphere
8 7 (1.28%) Citrix Hypervisor
8 7 (1.28%) Microsoft App-V
8 7 (1.28%) Virtual Desktop
9 6 (1.09%) Virtual Servers
10 5 (0.91%) Firmware
10 5 (0.91%) Virtual Machines
11 4 (0.73%) BitLocker
12 3 (0.55%) NFS
12 3 (0.55%) Terminal Server
12 3 (0.55%) VMware NSX
13 2 (0.36%) vCloud
14 1 (0.18%) DFS Replication
14 1 (0.18%) Docker
Systems Management
1 141 (25.68%) SCCM
2 30 (5.46%) Microsoft Intune
3 17 (3.10%) SCOM
4 15 (2.73%) WSUS
5 13 (2.37%) Ansible
6 10 (1.82%) Puppet
7 8 (1.46%) AirWatch
8 7 (1.28%) Microsoft Clustering
8 7 (1.28%) NetBackup
9 6 (1.09%) HP SIM
9 6 (1.09%) Norton AntiVirus
9 6 (1.09%) vCenter Server
10 3 (0.55%) Control-M
10 3 (0.55%) McAfee ePO
10 3 (0.55%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 3 (0.55%) Single Sign-On
10 3 (0.55%) Terraform
10 3 (0.55%) Tivoli
11 2 (0.36%) Failover Clustering
11 2 (0.36%) vRealize
Vendors
1 179 (32.60%) Microsoft
2 81 (14.75%) VMware
3 71 (12.93%) Citrix
4 30 (5.46%) Cisco
5 25 (4.55%) HP
5 25 (4.55%) SAP
6 16 (2.91%) Dell
7 12 (2.19%) Apple
8 8 (1.46%) Symantec
9 7 (1.28%) EMC
9 7 (1.28%) Veritas
10 6 (1.09%) CheckPoint
10 6 (1.09%) McAfee
10 6 (1.09%) NetApp
10 6 (1.09%) Veeam
11 5 (0.91%) Ivanti
11 5 (0.91%) Palo Alto
11 5 (0.91%) SolarWinds
12 4 (0.73%) Google
12 4 (0.73%) Remedy