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 3 months to 29 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.

Microsoft Windows Server 2008
UK
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 178 113 67
Rank change year-on-year -65 -46  
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 2008 679 1108 1522
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.50% 2.06% 2.85%
As % of the Operating Systems category 7.27% 9.57% 13.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 473 637 827
Median daily rate £350 £325 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £167 £180 £195
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £475 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £336 £313 £308
% change year-on-year +7.60% +1.62%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 65 152
Median hourly rate £17.25 £20.00 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.75% +6.95%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.88 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £56.02 £30.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £20.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year -20.00% +11.11%  

Windows Server 2008 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 9341 11582 11667
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.65% 21.52% 21.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 5962 7205 6613
Median daily rate £405 £386 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.05% +2.80%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £200 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £535 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £365 £338
% change year-on-year +5.47% +8.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 575 686 967
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 £37.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.25 £16.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -7.57% +6.45%  

Windows Server 2008
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Windows Server 2008 as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Operating Systems category.

Job vacancy trend for Windows Server 2008 in the UK

Windows Server 2008
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Windows Server 2008.

Contractor daily rate trend for Windows Server 2008 in the UK

Windows Server 2008
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows Server 2008 over the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Windows Server 2008 in the UK

Windows Server 2008
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Windows Server 2008.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Windows Server 2008 in the UK

Windows Server 2008
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows Server 2008 over the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Windows Server 2008 in the UK

Windows Server 2008
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 Server 2008 within the UK over the 3 months to 29 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 -47 634 £350 +7.69% 239
London -46 216 £375 +3.80% 69
South East -36 169 £354 +14.11% 59
Hampshire -16 61 £400 +25.00% 13
South West -14 59 £285 -5.16% 17
West Midlands +17 41 £363 +16.93% 15
East of England -21 41 £325 -4.41% 8
North West +2 38 £330 -12.00% 37
City of London -21 38 £350 -6.66% 17
Buckinghamshire +15 32 £350 +7.69% 6
Milton Keynes +19 29 £350 -12.50% 4
East Midlands -19 29 £244 -25.00% 3
Berkshire -6 28 £356 +41.08% 14
Scotland -42 27 £400 +19.40% 6
Yorkshire +2 21 £338 +20.53% 26
North East +1 21 £290 +15.88% 5
Gloucestershire +16 20 £120 -53.84% 2
Bristol +8 20 £341 +19.73% 7
Tyne and Wear +1 19 £290 +18.36% 5
Surrey -43 19 £388 +24.00% 11
Newcastle upon Tyne +1 18 £290 +18.36% 3
Cambridgeshire +9 15 £350 +11.55% 4
Manchester +6 15 £345 +39.39% 24
Reading -5 15 £350 +111.96% 6
Derbyshire +4 14 £150 -57.14%
Hook -1 14 £325 +3.50% 1
Telford +46 12 £425 -
Shropshire +40 12 £425 -
West Yorkshire +12 12 £413 +19.56% 19
Hertfordshire -12 12 £338 -13.18% 3

For the 6 months to 29 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Windows Server 2008 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 Server 2008.

1 1589 (100.00%) Windows
2 1124 (70.74%) Windows Server
3 1004 (63.18%) Active Directory
4 950 (59.79%) Windows Server 2012
5 795 (50.03%) Microsoft
6 780 (49.09%) VMware
7 523 (32.91%) Windows Server 2003
8 471 (29.64%) VMware Infrastructure
9 433 (27.25%) DNS
10 424 (26.68%) Windows 7
11 408 (25.68%) MS Exchange
12 381 (23.98%) PowerShell
13 372 (23.41%) Citrix
14 357 (22.47%) SQL Server
15 336 (21.15%) SQL
16 325 (20.45%) Security Cleared
17 304 (19.13%) ITIL
18 302 (19.01%) Linux
19 292 (18.38%) DHCP
20 275 (17.31%) Exchange Server 2010
21 274 (17.24%) SCCM
22 265 (16.68%) Firewall
23 252 (15.86%) MS Excel
24 246 (15.48%) Cisco
25 235 (14.79%) Hyper-V
26 221 (13.91%) Microsoft Certification
26 221 (13.91%) Finance
27 220 (13.85%) HP
28 219 (13.78%) SC Cleared
29 214 (13.47%) SAN

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
1 408 (25.68%) MS Exchange
2 275 (17.31%) Exchange Server 2010
3 139 (8.75%) IIS
4 126 (7.93%) Skype for Business
5 123 (7.74%) Exchange Server 2013
6 122 (7.68%) SharePoint
7 85 (5.35%) Exchange Server 2007
8 35 (2.20%) SharePoint 2013
9 32 (2.01%) WebLogic
10 30 (1.89%) Apache
10 30 (1.89%) Exchange Server 2003
11 21 (1.32%) SharePoint 2010
12 18 (1.13%) Office Communications Server
13 15 (0.94%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 15 (0.94%) Tomcat
14 12 (0.76%) BizTalk Server
15 11 (0.69%) CMS
15 11 (0.69%) Confluence
16 10 (0.63%) WebSphere
16 10 (0.63%) WordPress
Applications
1 252 (15.86%) MS Excel
2 185 (11.64%) MS Office
3 15 (0.94%) MS Visio
4 13 (0.82%) MS PowerPoint
5 6 (0.38%) MS Project
5 6 (0.38%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.063%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.063%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 21 (1.32%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (0.69%) Oracle 11i
2 11 (0.69%) Oracle Applications
3 8 (0.50%) Remedy ITSM
4 7 (0.44%) Demantra
4 7 (0.44%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 7 (0.44%) SnowdropKCS
5 5 (0.31%) Oracle EBS
6 4 (0.25%) Pegasus Opera
7 2 (0.13%) assyst
7 2 (0.13%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 2 (0.13%) Dynamics GP
8 1 (0.063%) PeopleSoft HCM
8 1 (0.063%) Postilion
8 1 (0.063%) Remedy AR System
8 1 (0.063%) SAP FI
8 1 (0.063%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 199 (12.52%) Office 365
2 168 (10.57%) Microsoft Azure
3 97 (6.10%) Amazon AWS
4 35 (2.20%) Azure Active Directory
5 24 (1.51%) SaaS
6 20 (1.26%) IaaS
7 10 (0.63%) Mimecast
8 9 (0.57%) PaaS
9 7 (0.44%) Cloud Computing
10 5 (0.31%) AWS CloudFormation
10 5 (0.31%) GitHub
10 5 (0.31%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 4 (0.25%) Amazon ELB
12 3 (0.19%) G Suite
12 3 (0.19%) OneDrive
13 2 (0.13%) AWS OpsWorks
14 1 (0.063%) Google Analytics
14 1 (0.063%) IBM PureFlex
Communications & Networking
1 433 (27.25%) DNS
2 292 (18.38%) DHCP
3 265 (16.68%) Firewall
4 214 (13.47%) SAN
5 169 (10.64%) TCP/IP
6 130 (8.18%) LAN
7 125 (7.87%) WAN
8 86 (5.41%) VPN
9 77 (4.85%) Internet
10 67 (4.22%) NAS
11 65 (4.09%) VoIP
12 62 (3.90%) Skype
13 57 (3.59%) NetScaler
14 51 (3.21%) SMTP
15 44 (2.77%) Remote Desktop
15 44 (2.77%) SSL
15 44 (2.77%) Wireless
16 43 (2.71%) VLAN
17 40 (2.52%) LDAP
18 38 (2.39%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 357 (22.47%) SQL Server
2 105 (6.61%) SQL Server 2012
3 99 (6.23%) SQL Server 2008
4 52 (3.27%) Oracle Database
5 48 (3.02%) SQL Server 2005
6 46 (2.89%) MySQL
7 35 (2.20%) SQL Server 2014
8 34 (2.14%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 30 (1.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 23 (1.45%) Relational Database
11 22 (1.38%) PostgreSQL
12 21 (1.32%) Oracle Reports
13 19 (1.20%) BusinessObjects
14 18 (1.13%) Oracle Database 10g
14 18 (1.13%) SQL Server 2000
15 17 (1.07%) DB2
16 15 (0.94%) SQL Server Analysis Services
17 14 (0.88%) Oracle Database 11g
18 12 (0.76%) Amazon RDS
18 12 (0.76%) BODI
Development Applications
1 35 (2.20%) MSI
2 34 (2.14%) Jenkins
3 26 (1.64%) TeamCity
4 25 (1.57%) Oracle Forms
5 21 (1.32%) Octopus Deploy
5 21 (1.32%) Team Foundation Server
6 17 (1.07%) Git (software)
7 12 (0.76%) JIRA
7 12 (0.76%) Oracle APEX
8 7 (0.44%) Sonatype Nexus
8 7 (0.44%) Subversion
8 7 (0.44%) Visual Studio
9 6 (0.38%) MSBuild
9 6 (0.38%) StarTeam
9 6 (0.38%) Visual Studio Team System
10 4 (0.25%) CruiseControl
10 4 (0.25%) JDeveloper
11 3 (0.19%) Grunt
11 3 (0.19%) Vagrant
11 3 (0.19%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 221 (13.91%) Finance
2 47 (2.96%) Banking
3 37 (2.33%) Manufacturing
4 32 (2.01%) Retail
5 26 (1.64%) Law
6 19 (1.20%) Local Government
7 18 (1.13%) Telecoms
8 17 (1.07%) Legal
9 15 (0.94%) Back Office
10 13 (0.82%) Games
10 13 (0.82%) Marketing
11 12 (0.76%) Advertising
12 11 (0.69%) Investment Banking
12 11 (0.69%) Military
13 10 (0.63%) Publishing
14 7 (0.44%) Electronics
15 3 (0.19%) Pharmaceutical
16 2 (0.13%) Financial Institution
17 1 (0.063%) Aerospace
17 1 (0.063%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 217 (13.66%) Support Engineer
2 184 (11.58%) Analyst
3 179 (11.26%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 129 (8.12%) Windows Engineer
5 107 (6.73%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 104 (6.54%) 2nd Line Support
7 97 (6.10%) Consultant
8 95 (5.98%) Support Analyst
9 94 (5.92%) 3rd Line Support
10 89 (5.60%) Administrator
11 78 (4.91%) Architect
12 77 (4.85%) Server Engineer
13 70 (4.41%) Wintel Engineer
14 68 (4.28%) Systems Engineer
15 64 (4.03%) 2nd Line Engineer
15 64 (4.03%) IT Support
16 62 (3.90%) Desktop Support
17 59 (3.71%) VMware Engineer
18 57 (3.59%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
19 54 (3.40%) Active Directory Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 64 (4.03%) .NET
2 61 (3.84%) XML
3 39 (2.45%) Web Services
4 37 (2.33%) HTML
5 31 (1.95%) CSS
6 20 (1.26%) ASP.NET
7 14 (0.88%) JSON
8 11 (0.69%) .NET Framework
9 10 (0.63%) YAML
10 9 (0.57%) Regular Expression
10 9 (0.57%) WCF
11 8 (0.50%) MSMQ
11 8 (0.50%) RabbitMQ
11 8 (0.50%) SAML
12 7 (0.44%) J2EE
12 7 (0.44%) MCollective
12 7 (0.44%) SOAP
13 6 (0.38%) Elastic Stack
13 6 (0.38%) JSP
13 6 (0.38%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 124 (7.80%) Clustering
2 110 (6.92%) Data Centre
3 64 (4.03%) Analytical Skills
3 64 (4.03%) Management Information System
4 54 (3.40%) Replication
5 45 (2.83%) PKI
6 43 (2.71%) Fat Client
6 43 (2.71%) Thin Client
7 36 (2.27%) Client/Server
8 31 (1.95%) Blackberry
9 28 (1.76%) Computer Science
10 21 (1.32%) Video Conferencing
11 19 (1.20%) Enterprise Software
12 14 (0.88%) Public Cloud
13 13 (0.82%) NHS
14 12 (0.76%) Driving Licence
14 12 (0.76%) EMC VNX
15 11 (0.69%) CMDB
16 10 (0.63%) AS400
16 10 (0.63%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 1589 (100.00%) Windows
2 1124 (70.74%) Windows Server
3 950 (59.79%) Windows Server 2012
4 523 (32.91%) Windows Server 2003
5 424 (26.68%) Windows 7
6 302 (19.01%) Linux
7 186 (11.71%) Windows 10
8 119 (7.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 111 (6.99%) Unix
10 98 (6.17%) Windows XP
11 82 (5.16%) Windows 8
12 50 (3.15%) AIX
12 50 (3.15%) Solaris
13 37 (2.33%) Android
14 32 (2.01%) HPUX
15 31 (1.95%) Ubuntu
16 30 (1.89%) Mac OS X
17 28 (1.76%) Apple iOS
18 25 (1.57%) Windows Vista
19 23 (1.45%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 304 (19.13%) ITIL
2 179 (11.26%) Migration
3 101 (6.36%) Change Management
4 79 (4.97%) Disaster Recovery
5 75 (4.72%) DevOps
6 71 (4.47%) Project Management
7 66 (4.15%) Incident Management
8 64 (4.03%) Problem Management
9 61 (3.84%) Agile Software Development
9 61 (3.84%) Configuration Management
10 59 (3.71%) Service Management
11 58 (3.65%) High Availability
12 57 (3.59%) Virtual Environments
13 51 (3.21%) Patch Management
14 46 (2.89%) Change Control
15 45 (2.83%) Root Cause Analysis
15 45 (2.83%) Time Management
16 43 (2.71%) Service Delivery
17 40 (2.52%) Load Balancing
17 40 (2.52%) Server Building
Programming Languages
1 381 (23.98%) PowerShell
2 336 (21.15%) SQL
3 73 (4.59%) VBScript
4 55 (3.46%) Python
5 49 (3.08%) VB
6 42 (2.64%) JavaScript
7 33 (2.08%) C#
7 33 (2.08%) Java
8 28 (1.76%) Bash Shell
9 22 (1.38%) Perl
10 20 (1.26%) PL/SQL
11 18 (1.13%) C
12 15 (0.94%) PHP
13 14 (0.88%) T-SQL
14 12 (0.76%) REXX
14 12 (0.76%) Tcl
15 11 (0.69%) Shell Script
16 9 (0.57%) C++
17 8 (0.50%) VB.NET
18 7 (0.44%) VBA
Qualifications
1 325 (20.45%) Security Cleared
2 221 (13.91%) Microsoft Certification
3 219 (13.78%) SC Cleared
4 125 (7.87%) MCSE
5 76 (4.78%) DV Cleared
6 72 (4.53%) Cisco Certification
6 72 (4.53%) MCSA
7 67 (4.22%) CCNA
7 67 (4.22%) MCITP
8 50 (3.15%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 47 (2.96%) MCP
10 46 (2.89%) Degree
11 35 (2.20%) CCNP
12 33 (2.08%) DBS Check
13 27 (1.70%) ITIL Certification
14 26 (1.64%) MCTS
15 18 (1.13%) MCDBA
16 16 (1.01%) Citrix Certification
17 15 (0.94%) CCA
17 15 (0.94%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 61 (3.84%) SLA
2 28 (1.76%) JSP 440
3 18 (1.13%) QA
4 17 (1.07%) Disclosure Scotland
5 11 (0.69%) PCI DSS
6 10 (0.63%) ISO 9001
6 10 (0.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 7 (0.44%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 4 (0.25%) PMO
9 2 (0.13%) Cyber Essentials
10 1 (0.063%) BS7799
10 1 (0.063%) PMBOK
System Software
1 1004 (63.18%) Active Directory
2 471 (29.64%) VMware Infrastructure
3 235 (14.79%) Hyper-V
4 202 (12.71%) XenApp
5 150 (9.44%) vSphere
6 120 (7.55%) XenDesktop
7 119 (7.49%) Microsoft App-V
8 111 (6.99%) VMware ESXi
9 109 (6.86%) VMware ESX
10 40 (2.52%) XenServer
11 39 (2.45%) Virtual Machines
12 21 (1.32%) Virtual Desktop
13 19 (1.20%) Virtual Servers
14 17 (1.07%) Terminal Services
15 13 (0.82%) Firmware
16 12 (0.76%) UAG
16 12 (0.76%) Veritas Cluster Server
17 11 (0.69%) VMware Server
18 10 (0.63%) Oracle RAC
19 9 (0.57%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 274 (17.24%) SCCM
2 83 (5.22%) SCOM
3 66 (4.15%) WSUS
4 50 (3.15%) Microsoft Clustering
5 46 (2.89%) NetBackup
6 43 (2.71%) Puppet
7 41 (2.58%) Backup Exec
8 34 (2.14%) Norton AntiVirus
8 34 (2.14%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 33 (2.08%) Tivoli
10 31 (1.95%) Ansible
11 28 (1.76%) Tivoli Storage Manager
12 26 (1.64%) Opscode Chef
13 22 (1.38%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
14 21 (1.32%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
15 20 (1.26%) Netcool
16 18 (1.13%) AirWatch
16 18 (1.13%) PowerCLI
16 18 (1.13%) vRealize
17 16 (1.01%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 795 (50.03%) Microsoft
2 780 (49.09%) VMware
3 372 (23.41%) Citrix
4 246 (15.48%) Cisco
5 220 (13.85%) HP
6 134 (8.43%) Red Hat
7 117 (7.36%) Oracle
8 98 (6.17%) NetApp
9 97 (6.10%) Symantec
10 59 (3.71%) Dell
11 58 (3.65%) IBM
12 57 (3.59%) Apple
13 55 (3.46%) EMC
14 38 (2.39%) AppSense
15 37 (2.33%) Intel Security
16 34 (2.14%) Veritas
17 33 (2.08%) F5
17 33 (2.08%) Sophos
17 33 (2.08%) Veeam
18 31 (1.95%) Juniper
Berkshire
Boston Hale
Rate: £220 - £224 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Experis Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £150 - £200 per day
Posted: 7 hours ago
City, London
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Rate: £400 - £450 per day + 6 month term initailly
Posted: 9 hours ago
Gloucestershire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £175 - £225 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Net Talent
Posted: Yesterday
Surrey
G2 Recruitment Solutions
Posted: 5 days ago
Woking, Surrey
Michael Bailey Associates
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 2 days ago
Surrey
G2 Recruitment Solutions
Posted: 3 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 5 days ago
West End
Capita Defence & Security Resourcing
Posted: Yesterday
Warwickshire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £14 - £22 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
Dorset
Initi8 Recruitment
Rate: £300 Per Day
Posted: 2 days ago
Crawley, West Sussex
Proactive Appointments
Posted: 6 days ago
Central London / West End
Plan-Net
Rate: Unspecified Competitive rate
Posted: Yesterday
Bracknell, Berkshire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Sanderson
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
London
AMS contingency
Posted: 6 days ago
Hook, Hampshire
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £300 - £320 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Proactive Appointments
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Haysfm
Rate: £500.00 - £650.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Bracknell, Berkshire
LA International
Posted: 5 days ago
Chester, Cheshire
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £500 to £550 per day
Posted: 5 days ago