The median contractor rate for a Windows Engineer was £340 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 30 March 2017.

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
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 341 342 244
Rank change year-on-year +1 -98  
Contract jobs requiring a Windows Engineer 273 332 498
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.60% 0.61% 0.93%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.63% 0.64% 0.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 190 227 295
Median daily rate £340 £330 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +1.53%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £145 £168 £135
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £303 £313 £238
% change year-on-year -3.20% +31.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 24 72
Median hourly rate £14.88 £15.25 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.45% -4.68%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.90 £13.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.35 £17.55 £26.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £15.25 £15.75
% change year-on-year -4.91% -3.17%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 43148 51543 50918
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.77% 95.22% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 28028 33436 30785
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1488 1586 2043
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.70% +5.71%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.30 £11.25 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £47.50 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -7.89% +11.76%  

Windows Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Windows Engineer in the job title.

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 3 months to 30 March 2017.

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 3 months to 30 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Windows Engineer in the UK

Windows Engineer
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 Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 30 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 +9 264 £345 +5.34% 82
London +17 126 £400 +12.74% 34
South East -12 48 £294 -2.08% 11
South West -5 21 £288 -0.86% 3
City of London +8 18 £450 +12.50% 6
Yorkshire +20 15 £388 +10.71% 13
East Midlands +2 15 £325 -12.04% 4
East of England +5 14 £275 -10.56% 6
North West +21 13 £305 -18.66% 7
Berkshire +19 13 £304 +51.87% 5
Kent +8 9 £303 -26.93%
Wiltshire +4 9 £360 -0.68%
Swindon 0 9 £360 -0.68%
Northamptonshire - 9 £200 -
Surrey +2 8 £105 -74.07% 1
Northampton - 8 £200 -
Manchester +18 7 £175 -41.66% 7
West Midlands +11 7 £275 +3.77% 1
Cambridgeshire +12 6 £275 - 4
West Yorkshire +12 6 £350 -3.44% 11
Reading +10 6 £200 +37.93% 2
Suffolk +5 6 £313 -
Hampshire +1 6 £333 +6.40% 1
Merseyside -1 6 £310 -17.33%
North East -9 6 £390 +27.86% 3
Scotland +17 5 £200 -46.66% 1
Cambridge +13 5 £338 - 4
Leeds +4 5 £350 -9.67% 7
Liverpool 0 5 £310 -17.33%
Newcastle upon Tyne -4 5 £500 - 1

Windows Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 March 2017, Windows Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Windows Engineer in the job title.

1 593 (100.00%) Windows
2 289 (48.74%) Active Directory
3 248 (41.82%) Windows Server
4 206 (34.74%) Microsoft
5 180 (30.35%) VMware
6 169 (28.50%) PowerShell
7 145 (24.45%) Windows Server 2012
8 137 (23.10%) Windows 7
9 127 (21.42%) Windows Server 2008
10 107 (18.04%) SCCM
10 107 (18.04%) Windows 10
11 95 (16.02%) Migration
12 92 (15.51%) Finance
13 90 (15.18%) DevOps
14 84 (14.17%) DNS
15 83 (14.00%) Linux
16 82 (13.83%) VMware Infrastructure
17 76 (12.82%) Microsoft Azure
17 76 (12.82%) Citrix
18 75 (12.65%) MS Office
19 72 (12.14%) ITIL
19 72 (12.14%) MS Exchange
19 72 (12.14%) Windows Server 2003
20 71 (11.97%) Firewall
21 68 (11.47%) SQL Server
21 68 (11.47%) Amazon AWS
22 63 (10.62%) Office 365
23 56 (9.44%) MS Excel
24 52 (8.77%) Agile Software Development
25 51 (8.60%) Security Cleared

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 72 (12.14%) MS Exchange
2 50 (8.43%) IIS
3 27 (4.55%) Exchange Server 2010
3 27 (4.55%) Exchange Server 2013
4 19 (3.20%) Exchange Server 2007
4 19 (3.20%) Skype for Business
5 15 (2.53%) SharePoint
6 14 (2.36%) Confluence
7 10 (1.69%) OpenStack
7 10 (1.69%) WebSphere
8 8 (1.35%) Tomcat
9 7 (1.18%) JBoss
9 7 (1.18%) WebLogic
10 5 (0.84%) Apache
10 5 (0.84%) Exchange Server 2003
11 3 (0.51%) BizTalk Server
11 3 (0.51%) WebSphere Application Server
12 1 (0.17%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 1 (0.17%) CloudStack
12 1 (0.17%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 75 (12.65%) MS Office
2 56 (9.44%) MS Excel
3 3 (0.51%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (0.34%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.17%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 3 (0.51%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.17%) Payment Gateway
2 1 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 76 (12.82%) Microsoft Azure
2 68 (11.47%) Amazon AWS
3 63 (10.62%) Office 365
4 10 (1.69%) IaaS
4 10 (1.69%) SaaS
5 9 (1.52%) AWS CloudFormation
5 9 (1.52%) OneDrive
6 4 (0.67%) GitHub
7 3 (0.51%) Azure Active Directory
7 3 (0.51%) G Suite
7 3 (0.51%) Google Cloud Platform
7 3 (0.51%) Google Compute Engine
7 3 (0.51%) Trello
8 2 (0.34%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 2 (0.34%) Amazon ELB
8 2 (0.34%) Datadog
8 2 (0.34%) Mimecast
8 2 (0.34%) PaaS
8 2 (0.34%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 1 (0.17%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 84 (14.17%) DNS
2 71 (11.97%) Firewall
3 42 (7.08%) DHCP
4 41 (6.91%) TCP/IP
5 39 (6.58%) SAN
6 22 (3.71%) LAN
7 19 (3.20%) NAS
8 18 (3.04%) VPN
9 17 (2.87%) WAN
10 16 (2.70%) SSL
11 14 (2.36%) Unified Communications
12 13 (2.19%) Internet
13 12 (2.02%) VoIP
14 11 (1.85%) LDAP
14 11 (1.85%) Skype
15 9 (1.52%) Remote Desktop
16 8 (1.35%) VLAN
17 6 (1.01%) HTTP
17 6 (1.01%) MPLS
17 6 (1.01%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 68 (11.47%) SQL Server
2 14 (2.36%) SQL Server 2012
3 8 (1.35%) SQL Server 2008
4 5 (0.84%) BusinessObjects
4 5 (0.84%) Relational Database
5 3 (0.51%) Amazon RDS
5 3 (0.51%) MySQL
5 3 (0.51%) SQL Server 2005
6 2 (0.34%) MS Access
6 2 (0.34%) SQL Server 2000
6 2 (0.34%) SQL Server 2014
6 2 (0.34%) SQLite
7 1 (0.17%) Big Data
7 1 (0.17%) Crystal Reports
7 1 (0.17%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.17%) NonStop SQL
7 1 (0.17%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.17%) Redis
7 1 (0.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (0.17%) WhereScape RED
Development Applications
1 44 (7.42%) Octopus Deploy
2 41 (6.91%) TeamCity
3 34 (5.73%) Git (software)
4 26 (4.38%) Jenkins
5 23 (3.88%) Team Foundation Server
6 14 (2.36%) JIRA
7 11 (1.85%) MSI
7 11 (1.85%) Vagrant
8 8 (1.35%) MSBuild
9 7 (1.18%) NuGet
10 6 (1.01%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 6 (1.01%) Hudson
10 6 (1.01%) Sonatype Nexus
11 4 (0.67%) GitLab
12 2 (0.34%) Bitbucket
12 2 (0.34%) InstallShield
12 2 (0.34%) SpecFlow
12 2 (0.34%) Subversion
12 2 (0.34%) VSS/SourceSafe
13 1 (0.17%) Visual Studio
General
1 92 (15.51%) Finance
2 43 (7.25%) Banking
3 13 (2.19%) Retail
4 9 (1.52%) Financial Institution
5 8 (1.35%) Investment Banking
5 8 (1.35%) Legal
6 7 (1.18%) Law
7 6 (1.01%) Games
8 5 (0.84%) Manufacturing
9 4 (0.67%) Back Office
9 4 (0.67%) Publishing
9 4 (0.67%) Telecoms
10 3 (0.51%) Advertising
11 2 (0.34%) Multimedia
11 2 (0.34%) Pharmaceutical
12 1 (0.17%) Aerospace
12 1 (0.17%) Automotive
12 1 (0.17%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (6.75%) .NET
2 12 (2.02%) Web Services
3 8 (1.35%) Software Packaging
4 7 (1.18%) MSMQ
4 7 (1.18%) WebSphere MQ
5 5 (0.84%) JSON
5 5 (0.84%) RabbitMQ
5 5 (0.84%) WPF
5 5 (0.84%) XML
6 4 (0.67%) Middleware
6 4 (0.67%) Regular Expression
7 3 (0.51%) .NET Framework
8 2 (0.34%) ADO.NET
8 2 (0.34%) Ajax
8 2 (0.34%) ASP.NET
8 2 (0.34%) CSS
8 2 (0.34%) HTML
8 2 (0.34%) SAML
8 2 (0.34%) WCF
8 2 (0.34%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 40 (6.75%) Data Centre
2 29 (4.89%) Clustering
3 23 (3.88%) Analytical Skills
4 12 (2.02%) Blackberry
5 11 (1.85%) Computer Science
6 10 (1.69%) iPad
6 10 (1.69%) Management Information System
7 9 (1.52%) Replication
8 8 (1.35%) PKI
8 8 (1.35%) Public Cloud
9 6 (1.01%) Client/Server
9 6 (1.01%) iPhone
10 5 (0.84%) Hedge funds
10 5 (0.84%) User Experience
11 4 (0.67%) EPoS
12 3 (0.51%) Driving Licence
12 3 (0.51%) EMC VNX
12 3 (0.51%) Enterprise Software
12 3 (0.51%) NHS
12 3 (0.51%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 593 (100.00%) Windows
2 248 (41.82%) Windows Server
3 145 (24.45%) Windows Server 2012
4 137 (23.10%) Windows 7
5 127 (21.42%) Windows Server 2008
6 107 (18.04%) Windows 10
7 83 (14.00%) Linux
8 72 (12.14%) Windows Server 2003
9 30 (5.06%) Unix
10 27 (4.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 26 (4.38%) Windows XP
12 20 (3.37%) Windows 8
13 14 (2.36%) Mac OS X
14 12 (2.02%) Mac OS
15 11 (1.85%) Android
16 9 (1.52%) SUSE
17 8 (1.35%) Apple iOS
17 8 (1.35%) Solaris
18 6 (1.01%) Ubuntu
19 5 (0.84%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 95 (16.02%) Migration
2 90 (15.18%) DevOps
3 72 (12.14%) ITIL
4 52 (8.77%) Agile Software Development
5 31 (5.23%) Configuration Management
6 26 (4.38%) Disaster Recovery
7 24 (4.05%) Data Migration
8 22 (3.71%) Continuous Integration
8 22 (3.71%) Problem Management
9 19 (3.20%) High Availability
10 17 (2.87%) Application Packaging
10 17 (2.87%) Load Balancing
11 16 (2.70%) Project Management
11 16 (2.70%) Server Building
12 14 (2.36%) Asset Management
12 14 (2.36%) Data Loss Prevention
12 14 (2.36%) Desktop Virtualisation
12 14 (2.36%) Patch Management
13 13 (2.19%) Continuous Improvement
13 13 (2.19%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 169 (28.50%) PowerShell
2 51 (8.60%) SQL
3 35 (5.90%) VBScript
4 19 (3.20%) C#
5 18 (3.04%) Python
6 15 (2.53%) Ruby
7 13 (2.19%) Perl
8 11 (1.85%) VB
9 10 (1.69%) Bash Shell
10 9 (1.52%) C
11 8 (1.35%) Java
12 7 (1.18%) Shell Script
13 3 (0.51%) JavaScript
13 3 (0.51%) VB.NET
13 3 (0.51%) VB6
14 2 (0.34%) T-SQL
15 1 (0.17%) C++
15 1 (0.17%) Korn
15 1 (0.17%) PHP
15 1 (0.17%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 51 (8.60%) Security Cleared
2 38 (6.41%) Microsoft Certification
3 35 (5.90%) SC Cleared
4 28 (4.72%) MCSE
5 21 (3.54%) MCSA
6 19 (3.20%) Degree
7 17 (2.87%) MCP
8 16 (2.70%) MCITP
9 11 (1.85%) DV Cleared
10 8 (1.35%) A+ Certification
10 8 (1.35%) DBS Check
11 6 (1.01%) Cisco Certification
12 5 (0.84%) CISSP
12 5 (0.84%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 4 (0.67%) BPSS Clearance
13 4 (0.67%) CCNA
14 3 (0.51%) AWS Certification
14 3 (0.51%) CCNP
14 3 (0.51%) GCIH
14 3 (0.51%) GIAC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (2.87%) SLA
2 7 (1.18%) QA
3 6 (1.01%) Disclosure Scotland
3 6 (1.01%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.34%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 289 (48.74%) Active Directory
2 82 (13.83%) VMware Infrastructure
3 45 (7.59%) Hyper-V
4 38 (6.41%) XenApp
5 30 (5.06%) vSphere
6 28 (4.72%) VMware ESX
7 18 (3.04%) XenDesktop
8 16 (2.70%) BitLocker
8 16 (2.70%) Docker
9 12 (2.02%) Virtual Machines
10 11 (1.85%) Microsoft App-V
10 11 (1.85%) VMware ESXi
11 9 (1.52%) Virtual Desktop
12 4 (0.67%) Firmware
12 4 (0.67%) Xen
13 3 (0.51%) KVM
13 3 (0.51%) Virtual Servers
13 3 (0.51%) VMware Server
14 2 (0.34%) GPFS
14 2 (0.34%) Veritas Volume Manager
Systems Management
1 107 (18.04%) SCCM
2 29 (4.89%) Puppet
3 28 (4.72%) Opscode Chef
4 22 (3.71%) Ansible
5 18 (3.04%) SCOM
6 14 (2.36%) Nagios
7 11 (1.85%) Nessus
7 11 (1.85%) Norton AntiVirus
7 11 (1.85%) WSUS
8 10 (1.69%) SCOrch
9 9 (1.52%) Microsoft Clustering
10 8 (1.35%) SCVMM
11 7 (1.18%) OpenView Configuration Management
12 5 (0.84%) Dollar Universe
12 5 (0.84%) SCSM
12 5 (0.84%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
13 4 (0.67%) Microsoft Intune
13 4 (0.67%) Tivoli
14 3 (0.51%) BladeLogic
14 3 (0.51%) WMI
Vendors
1 206 (34.74%) Microsoft
2 180 (30.35%) VMware
3 76 (12.82%) Citrix
4 42 (7.08%) HP
5 32 (5.40%) Cisco
6 29 (4.89%) Symantec
7 25 (4.22%) Red Hat
8 23 (3.88%) Apple
9 18 (3.04%) NetApp
9 18 (3.04%) Oracle
10 17 (2.87%) Dell
11 14 (2.36%) SolarWinds
12 13 (2.19%) Atlassian
12 13 (2.19%) LANDesk
13 11 (1.85%) Avaya
14 10 (1.69%) EMC
14 10 (1.69%) Intel Security
15 9 (1.52%) Google
15 9 (1.52%) IBM
16 6 (1.01%) Splunk
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