Period
to 1 August 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Windows Server 2008 skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Windows Server 2008 over the 6 months to 1 August 2021 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.

Microsoft Windows Server 2008
UK
6 months to
1 Aug 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 495 273 258
Rank change year-on-year -222 -15 -28
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 2008 287 339 970
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.40% 0.93% 1.06%
As % of the Operating Systems category 2.59% 4.84% 5.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 189 244 638
10th Percentile £205 £203 £160
25th Percentile £313 £281 £238
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £420 £395 £350
Median % change year-on-year +6.33% +12.86% +9.38%
75th Percentile £500 £473 £438
90th Percentile £540 £501 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £325
% change year-on-year +3.23% +19.23% +12.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 12 61
10th Percentile £12.75 £17.78 £11.00
25th Percentile £13.38 £18.56 £15.25
Median hourly rate £17.50 £21.75 £18.50
Median % change year-on-year -19.54% +17.57% +5.71%
75th Percentile £37.75 £30.46 £23.75
90th Percentile £74.25 £40.31 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £19.75 £17.90
% change year-on-year -18.99% +10.34% +2.29%

Windows Server 2008 is in the Operating Systems category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills.

All Operating Systems
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 11,078 7,010 18,595
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.42% 19.30% 20.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,299 4,610 11,932
10th Percentile £185 £156 £154
25th Percentile £350 £310 £300
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £438 £425
Median % change year-on-year +8.57% +2.94% -
75th Percentile £575 £538 £538
90th Percentile £650 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 583 421 1,156
10th Percentile £11.99 £12.00 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.39 £14.00 £13.05
Median hourly rate £17.34 £18.50 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year -6.30% +5.71% +2.94%
75th Percentile £41.91 £30.00 £36.63
90th Percentile £60.50 £47.83 £48.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.12 £17.50 £16.10
% change year-on-year -7.91% +8.70% +0.63%

Windows Server 2008
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Windows Server 2008 as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Windows Server 2008 in the UK

Windows Server 2008
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Windows Server 2008.

Daily rate trend for Windows Server 2008 in the UK

Windows Server 2008
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Windows Server 2008 over the 6 months to 1 August 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Windows Server 2008 in the UK

Windows Server 2008
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Windows Server 2008.

Hourly rate trend for Windows Server 2008 in the UK

Windows Server 2008
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Windows Server 2008 over the 6 months to 1 August 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Windows Server 2008 in the UK

Windows Server 2008
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 Server 2008 within the UK over the 6 months to 1 August 2021. 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 -224 214 £400 - 135
UK excluding London -106 160 £400 +3.23% 117
London -184 81 £413 +3.13% 29
South East -45 48 £383 -4.38% 29
Work from Home -253 45 £450 +34.33% 8
Scotland -64 32 £425 -8.11% 8
North of England -46 28 £400 -3.03% 38
Midlands -34 20 £400 +12.68% 13
Yorkshire -19 17 £463 +2.78% 15
South West -31 15 £260 +17.65% 13
West Midlands -30 12 £425 +9.68% 10
East of England -46 11 £315 -21.25% 13
East Midlands -17 8 £344 +2.61% 3
North West -35 8 £141 -52.92% 21
Wales -14 5 £500 +83.49% 3
North East -10 3 £455 -7.14% 2
Northern Ireland - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 1 August 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Windows Server 2008 also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads with a requirement for Windows Server 2008.

1 287 (100.00%) Windows
2 200 (69.69%) Active Directory
3 192 (66.90%) Windows Server
4 176 (61.32%) VMware
5 154 (53.66%) Windows Server 2012
6 140 (48.78%) Microsoft
7 128 (44.60%) VMware Infrastructure
8 117 (40.77%) PowerShell
9 102 (35.54%) Microsoft 365
10 91 (31.71%) Azure
11 90 (31.36%) Windows Server 2016
12 85 (29.62%) Social Skills
12 85 (29.62%) Migration
13 83 (28.92%) DNS
14 78 (27.18%) MS Exchange
15 71 (24.74%) Security Cleared
15 71 (24.74%) Windows Server 2019
16 59 (20.56%) DHCP
17 58 (20.21%) ITIL
18 57 (19.86%) SCCM
19 55 (19.16%) Hyper-V
19 55 (19.16%) SharePoint
19 55 (19.16%) Windows 10
20 52 (18.12%) Windows 7
21 51 (17.77%) Infrastructure Engineering
22 50 (17.42%) VMware ESXi
22 50 (17.42%) Windows Server 2003
23 49 (17.07%) Citrix
24 44 (15.33%) SAN
25 43 (14.98%) SQL

Windows Server 2008
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 78 (27.18%) MS Exchange
2 55 (19.16%) SharePoint
3 42 (14.63%) Exchange Server 2010
4 31 (10.80%) Skype for Business
5 22 (7.67%) Exchange Server 2013
6 18 (6.27%) Exchange Server 2007
7 17 (5.92%) Exchange Server 2003
8 8 (2.79%) IIS
9 6 (2.09%) MS Project Server
9 6 (2.09%) SharePoint 2013
10 5 (1.74%) Documentum
10 5 (1.74%) Office Communications Server
11 4 (1.39%) ArcGIS
11 4 (1.39%) Confluence
11 4 (1.39%) SharePoint 2010
11 4 (1.39%) SharePoint Server
12 3 (1.05%) OpenStack
12 3 (1.05%) Oracle Service Bus
12 3 (1.05%) WebLogic
13 2 (0.70%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 28 (9.76%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.39%) InfoPath
2 4 (1.39%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (1.39%) Photoshop
3 2 (0.70%) Microsoft Project
3 2 (0.70%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.35%) Acrobat
4 1 (0.35%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 1 (0.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 12 (4.18%) Dynamics AX
1 12 (4.18%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 102 (35.54%) Microsoft 365
2 91 (31.71%) Azure
3 29 (10.10%) Azure Active Directory
4 22 (7.67%) AWS
5 12 (4.18%) Dynamics 365
5 12 (4.18%) IaaS
6 11 (3.83%) Mimecast
7 10 (3.48%) GCP
7 10 (3.48%) Power Platform
7 10 (3.48%) PowerApps
8 4 (1.39%) GitHub
8 4 (1.39%) OneDrive
8 4 (1.39%) PaaS
9 3 (1.05%) SaaS
10 2 (0.70%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 2 (0.70%) Cloud Computing
10 2 (0.70%) ShareGate
11 1 (0.35%) AWS Lambda
11 1 (0.35%) Cohesity
11 1 (0.35%) Google Workspace
Communications & Networking
1 83 (28.92%) DNS
2 59 (20.56%) DHCP
3 44 (15.33%) SAN
4 30 (10.45%) Skype
5 26 (9.06%) Firewall
6 18 (6.27%) VPN
7 17 (5.92%) LAN
8 15 (5.23%) TCP/IP
9 14 (4.88%) NetScaler
10 13 (4.53%) WAN
11 11 (3.83%) Kerberos
12 10 (3.48%) Fibre Channel
13 8 (2.79%) VoIP
13 8 (2.79%) VSAN
14 6 (2.09%) iSCSI
15 5 (1.74%) FTP
15 5 (1.74%) NAS
15 5 (1.74%) Wireless
16 3 (1.05%) HTTP
16 3 (1.05%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (13.94%) SQL Server
2 14 (4.88%) SQL Server 2008
3 6 (2.09%) Oracle Database
4 5 (1.74%) SQL Server 2012
5 4 (1.39%) Data Mining
5 4 (1.39%) GIS
5 4 (1.39%) SQL Server 2005
6 3 (1.05%) Oracle Database 12c
7 2 (0.70%) BusinessObjects
7 2 (0.70%) Relational Database
7 2 (0.70%) SQL Server 2014
7 2 (0.70%) SQL Server 2016
7 2 (0.70%) SQL Server 2019
8 1 (0.35%) Amazon RDS
8 1 (0.35%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.35%) MS Access
8 1 (0.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.35%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 4 (1.39%) JIRA
2 3 (1.05%) Git (software)
2 3 (1.05%) Subversion
2 3 (1.05%) TeamCity
2 3 (1.05%) Toad
2 3 (1.05%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.35%) Bitbucket
3 1 (0.35%) GitLab
3 1 (0.35%) Hudson
3 1 (0.35%) Jenkins
3 1 (0.35%) JUnit
3 1 (0.35%) MSI
3 1 (0.35%) PyUnit
3 1 (0.35%) SonarQube
3 1 (0.35%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.35%) Vagrant
General
1 85 (29.62%) Social Skills
2 29 (10.10%) Analytical Skills
2 29 (10.10%) Public Sector
3 25 (8.71%) Finance
4 13 (4.53%) Documentation Skills
5 11 (3.83%) Banking
6 5 (1.74%) Manufacturing
6 5 (1.74%) Military
7 4 (1.39%) Legal
7 4 (1.39%) Telecoms
8 3 (1.05%) Electronics
8 3 (1.05%) German Language
8 3 (1.05%) Marketing
9 2 (0.70%) Dutch Language
9 2 (0.70%) Financial Institution
9 2 (0.70%) Influencing Skills
9 2 (0.70%) International Banking
9 2 (0.70%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.35%) Aerospace
10 1 (0.35%) Law
Job Titles
1 44 (15.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 20 (6.97%) Analyst
3 17 (5.92%) Windows Engineer
4 16 (5.57%) Architect
4 16 (5.57%) Support Engineer
5 14 (4.88%) Wintel Engineer
6 13 (4.53%) Administrator
6 13 (4.53%) Consultant
7 12 (4.18%) Server Engineer
8 10 (3.48%) IT Support
9 9 (3.14%) Infrastructure Analyst
10 8 (2.79%) 2nd Line Support
10 8 (2.79%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 8 (2.79%) 3rd Line Support
10 8 (2.79%) Infrastructure Support
10 8 (2.79%) IT Engineer
10 8 (2.79%) Technical Architect
11 6 (2.09%) Cloud Specialist
11 6 (2.09%) IT Analyst
11 6 (2.09%) IT Technician
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (4.88%) .NET
2 12 (4.18%) J2EE
3 5 (1.74%) XML
4 4 (1.39%) CSS
4 4 (1.39%) jQuery
4 4 (1.39%) LDAP
4 4 (1.39%) Middleware
4 4 (1.39%) REST
4 4 (1.39%) XSLT
5 3 (1.05%) Java EE
6 2 (0.70%) Web Services
7 1 (0.35%) .NET Framework
7 1 (0.35%) ASP.NET Web API
7 1 (0.35%) Elastic Stack
7 1 (0.35%) JSON
7 1 (0.35%) ServiceStack
7 1 (0.35%) WSH
Miscellaneous
1 32 (11.15%) Clustering
1 32 (11.15%) Data Centre
2 13 (4.53%) Private Cloud
3 12 (4.18%) Replication
4 11 (3.83%) Public Cloud
5 10 (3.48%) CMDB
6 7 (2.44%) PKI
7 6 (2.09%) HP Storage
8 4 (1.39%) Data Protection Act
8 4 (1.39%) Linux Command Line
9 3 (1.05%) Driving Licence
9 3 (1.05%) Fibre Optics
9 3 (1.05%) NHS
9 3 (1.05%) User Experience
10 2 (0.70%) Fat Client
10 2 (0.70%) FMCG
10 2 (0.70%) Hedge funds
10 2 (0.70%) PMI
10 2 (0.70%) Smartphone
10 2 (0.70%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 287 (100.00%) Windows
2 192 (66.90%) Windows Server
3 154 (53.66%) Windows Server 2012
4 90 (31.36%) Windows Server 2016
5 71 (24.74%) Windows Server 2019
6 55 (19.16%) Windows 10
7 52 (18.12%) Windows 7
8 50 (17.42%) Windows Server 2003
9 27 (9.41%) Linux
10 14 (4.88%) Windows Vista
11 11 (3.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 8 (2.79%) Windows XP
13 7 (2.44%) Unix
14 5 (1.74%) Android
14 5 (1.74%) Windows 2000
14 5 (1.74%) Windows 8
15 4 (1.39%) Apple iOS
15 4 (1.39%) VMS
16 3 (1.05%) CentOS
16 3 (1.05%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 85 (29.62%) Migration
2 58 (20.21%) ITIL
3 51 (17.77%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 24 (8.36%) Problem-Solving
4 24 (8.36%) Project Management
5 22 (7.67%) High Availability
6 20 (6.97%) Load Balancing
7 18 (6.27%) Disaster Recovery
7 18 (6.27%) Project Delivery
7 18 (6.27%) Service Delivery
8 16 (5.57%) Computer Science
9 15 (5.23%) Business Intelligence
9 15 (5.23%) Configuration Management
9 15 (5.23%) DevOps
10 14 (4.88%) Server Building
11 12 (4.18%) CRM
12 11 (3.83%) Performance Tuning
13 10 (3.48%) Change Management
14 9 (3.14%) Agile Software Development
14 9 (3.14%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 117 (40.77%) PowerShell
2 43 (14.98%) SQL
3 23 (8.01%) Python
4 18 (6.27%) Java
5 11 (3.83%) C
6 9 (3.14%) Shell Script
7 6 (2.09%) C#
7 6 (2.09%) T-SQL
7 6 (2.09%) VBA
8 5 (1.74%) JavaScript
9 4 (1.39%) VB
10 3 (1.05%) VBScript
11 1 (0.35%) Bash Shell
11 1 (0.35%) PHP
Qualifications
1 71 (24.74%) Security Cleared
2 43 (14.98%) SC Cleared
3 36 (12.54%) Microsoft Certification
4 29 (10.10%) MCSE
5 25 (8.71%) DV Cleared
6 23 (8.01%) Degree
7 14 (4.88%) Computer Science Degree
8 11 (3.83%) Cisco Certification
9 7 (2.44%) CCNA
9 7 (2.44%) ITIL Certification
10 4 (1.39%) CCNP
10 4 (1.39%) MCITP
11 3 (1.05%) CCDA
11 3 (1.05%) DBS Check
11 3 (1.05%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 3 (1.05%) JNCIA
11 3 (1.05%) JNCIP
11 3 (1.05%) JNCIS
11 3 (1.05%) MCSA
12 2 (0.70%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (5.92%) SLA
2 8 (2.79%) GDPR
3 4 (1.39%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 3 (1.05%) NCSC
4 3 (1.05%) QA
5 1 (0.35%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.35%) Def Stans
5 1 (0.35%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 200 (69.69%) Active Directory
2 128 (44.60%) VMware Infrastructure
3 55 (19.16%) Hyper-V
4 50 (17.42%) VMware ESXi
5 23 (8.01%) vSphere
6 22 (7.67%) XenApp
7 19 (6.62%) XenDesktop
8 16 (5.57%) Virtual Machines
9 14 (4.88%) Virtual Desktop
10 11 (3.83%) VMware NSX
11 8 (2.79%) VMware Server
12 7 (2.44%) Citrix Hypervisor
12 7 (2.44%) Firmware
13 6 (2.09%) Virtual Servers
14 5 (1.74%) DFS Replication
14 5 (1.74%) Microsoft App-V
14 5 (1.74%) VMware Workstation
15 4 (1.39%) Docker
16 3 (1.05%) NFS
17 2 (0.70%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 57 (19.86%) SCCM
2 23 (8.01%) Microsoft Intune
3 21 (7.32%) Ansible
4 18 (6.27%) WSUS
5 17 (5.92%) vCenter Server
6 15 (5.23%) Active Directory Federation Services
7 12 (4.18%) SCOM
8 11 (3.83%) Microsoft Clustering
9 10 (3.48%) SCVMM
10 9 (3.14%) NetBackup
11 8 (2.79%) Terraform
11 8 (2.79%) Tivoli
12 6 (2.09%) Backup Exec
12 6 (2.09%) Failover Clustering
13 5 (1.74%) HP Quality Center
13 5 (1.74%) OpenView Configuration Management
13 5 (1.74%) Tivoli Storage Manager
13 5 (1.74%) vRealize Orchestrator
14 4 (1.39%) Kubernetes
14 4 (1.39%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 176 (61.32%) VMware
2 140 (48.78%) Microsoft
3 49 (17.07%) Citrix
4 36 (12.54%) HP
5 30 (10.45%) Oracle
6 27 (9.41%) NetApp
7 24 (8.36%) Cisco
7 24 (8.36%) EMC
8 22 (7.67%) SAP
9 17 (5.92%) IBM
10 16 (5.57%) McAfee
11 13 (4.53%) Symantec
12 11 (3.83%) IronPort
12 11 (3.83%) Red Hat
12 11 (3.83%) Sophos
13 10 (3.48%) Lumension
13 10 (3.48%) SolarWinds
14 9 (3.14%) F5
15 8 (2.79%) Dell
16 7 (2.44%) BMC