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 25 May 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
25 May 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 188 101 68
Rank change year-on-year -87 -33  
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 2008 622 1255 1527
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.36% 2.34% 2.82%
As % of the Operating Systems category 6.60% 10.21% 12.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 402 732 889
Median daily rate £325 £325 £325
90% offered a daily rate of more than £155 £175 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £483 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £325 £300
% change year-on-year -7.69% +8.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 41 63 137
Median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £18.71
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.50% +6.89%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.49 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £39.50 £35.05
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.25 £20.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year -18.75% +8.10%  

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 9419 12294 12008
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.65% 22.89% 22.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 5874 7681 6954
Median daily rate £410 £390 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.12% +11.42%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £200 £173
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £540 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £345
% change year-on-year +2.73% +5.79%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 530 643 1000
Median hourly rate £16.00 £16.97 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.71% +2.84%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £42.28 £38.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £16.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year -6.06% +3.12%  

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 25 May 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 25 May 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 25 May 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 -69 574 £325 - 266
London -70 205 £370 +5.71% 94
South East -31 145 £336 -4.60% 60
South West +6 54 £295 -1.66% 13
North West +3 47 £300 -10.11% 31
East of England -16 36 £325 +4.00% 19
Hampshire -22 35 £345 -3.49% 16
Berkshire +14 34 £325 -13.33% 9
Scotland -43 34 £258 -23.13% 9
West Midlands +3 31 £288 -12.21% 28
City of London -31 27 £400 +13.87% 21
North East -16 24 £208 -24.54% 3
Surrey -16 21 £388 -3.12% 12
Tyne and Wear -12 20 £245 -10.90% 2
East Midlands -27 20 £309 -5.07% 5
Cheshire +34 19 £300 -16.66% 8
West Sussex +18 19 £250 -28.57% 3
Newcastle upon Tyne -12 19 £215 -21.81% 1
Reading +19 17 £315 -16.00% 6
Yorkshire -11 17 £260 -11.86% 13
Gloucestershire +13 15 £170 -46.45% 2
Buckinghamshire -10 15 £500 +25.00% 10
Dorset +14 14 £300 +7.14% 3
Bournemouth +16 13 £300 +8.10% 1
Milton Keynes -2 13 £500 +5.26% 5
Cambridgeshire +9 12 £275 +14.58% 7
Merseyside -3 12 £300 -40.00% 2
Oxfordshire -6 12 £250 -27.53% 4
Liverpool +3 11 £300 -7.69%
Edinburgh -8 11 £430 +14.66% 2

For the 6 months to 25 May 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 1379 (100.00%) Windows
2 974 (70.63%) Windows Server
3 916 (66.42%) Active Directory
4 864 (62.65%) Windows Server 2012
5 653 (47.35%) VMware
6 641 (46.48%) Microsoft
7 440 (31.91%) Windows Server 2003
8 392 (28.43%) VMware Infrastructure
9 378 (27.41%) PowerShell
10 372 (26.98%) Windows 7
11 363 (26.32%) MS Exchange
12 335 (24.29%) DNS
13 325 (23.57%) Citrix
14 289 (20.96%) SQL
14 289 (20.96%) SQL Server
15 281 (20.38%) Security Cleared
16 269 (19.51%) Linux
17 265 (19.22%) Exchange Server 2010
18 252 (18.27%) ITIL
19 244 (17.69%) SCCM
20 240 (17.40%) DHCP
21 227 (16.46%) Cisco
22 207 (15.01%) Firewall
23 206 (14.94%) Hyper-V
24 204 (14.79%) Office 365
25 201 (14.58%) SAN
26 200 (14.50%) HP
27 196 (14.21%) Microsoft Certification
28 194 (14.07%) SC Cleared
29 189 (13.71%) Migration

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
1 363 (26.32%) MS Exchange
2 265 (19.22%) Exchange Server 2010
3 139 (10.08%) Exchange Server 2013
4 126 (9.14%) Skype for Business
5 117 (8.48%) IIS
6 116 (8.41%) SharePoint
7 71 (5.15%) Exchange Server 2007
8 51 (3.70%) SharePoint 2013
9 36 (2.61%) SharePoint 2010
10 30 (2.18%) Exchange Server 2003
11 22 (1.60%) WebLogic
12 21 (1.52%) Office Communications Server
13 19 (1.38%) Apache
13 19 (1.38%) Tomcat
14 14 (1.02%) JBoss
15 13 (0.94%) CMS
16 10 (0.73%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
16 10 (0.73%) Drupal
16 10 (0.73%) WildFly
16 10 (0.73%) WordPress
Applications
1 146 (10.59%) Microsoft Office
2 33 (2.39%) Microsoft Excel
3 11 (0.80%) MS Visio
4 8 (0.58%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 6 (0.44%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.15%) 3ds Max
7 2 (0.15%) AutoCAD
7 2 (0.15%) CINEMA 4D
7 2 (0.15%) SketchUp
8 1 (0.073%) Acrobat
8 1 (0.073%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 14 (1.02%) Dynamics CRM
2 12 (0.87%) Oracle Applications
3 11 (0.80%) Oracle 11i
4 7 (0.51%) Demantra
4 7 (0.51%) SnowdropKCS
5 5 (0.36%) Dynamics AX
5 5 (0.36%) Oracle EBS
5 5 (0.36%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 4 (0.29%) Pegasus Opera
7 3 (0.22%) Dynamics GP
7 3 (0.22%) Remedy ITSM
8 2 (0.15%) Changepoint
8 2 (0.15%) Scribe Insight
9 1 (0.073%) assyst
9 1 (0.073%) FRx
9 1 (0.073%) NetSuite
9 1 (0.073%) PeopleSoft HCM
9 1 (0.073%) Postilion
9 1 (0.073%) Remedy AR System
9 1 (0.073%) ResourceLink
Cloud Services
1 204 (14.79%) Office 365
2 162 (11.75%) Microsoft Azure
3 72 (5.22%) Amazon AWS
4 38 (2.76%) Azure Active Directory
5 17 (1.23%) IaaS
6 16 (1.16%) Mimecast
7 13 (0.94%) SaaS
8 9 (0.65%) PaaS
9 5 (0.36%) AWS CloudFormation
10 4 (0.29%) GitHub
11 2 (0.15%) AWS OpsWorks
11 2 (0.15%) Cloud Computing
11 2 (0.15%) G Suite
12 1 (0.073%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 1 (0.073%) Dynamics 365
12 1 (0.073%) Google Cloud Platform
12 1 (0.073%) HP Helion
12 1 (0.073%) IBM Cloud
12 1 (0.073%) SoftLayer
12 1 (0.073%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 335 (24.29%) DNS
2 240 (17.40%) DHCP
3 207 (15.01%) Firewall
4 201 (14.58%) SAN
5 146 (10.59%) LAN
6 142 (10.30%) WAN
7 97 (7.03%) TCP/IP
8 83 (6.02%) Internet
9 78 (5.66%) VPN
10 65 (4.71%) Skype
11 62 (4.50%) VoIP
12 61 (4.42%) NetScaler
13 55 (3.99%) NAS
14 41 (2.97%) Remote Desktop
15 38 (2.76%) Wi-Fi
16 36 (2.61%) SSL
17 32 (2.32%) VLAN
18 31 (2.25%) HTTP
18 31 (2.25%) SMTP
19 30 (2.18%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 289 (20.96%) SQL Server
2 99 (7.18%) SQL Server 2012
3 88 (6.38%) SQL Server 2008
4 58 (4.21%) SQL Server 2005
5 50 (3.63%) Oracle Database
6 36 (2.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 34 (2.47%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 31 (2.25%) MySQL
9 30 (2.18%) SQL Server 2014
10 28 (2.03%) Relational Database
11 21 (1.52%) Oracle Reports
12 19 (1.38%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 18 (1.31%) Oracle Database 10g
13 18 (1.31%) PostgreSQL
14 17 (1.23%) BusinessObjects
15 16 (1.16%) DB2
16 13 (0.94%) Oracle Database 11g
16 13 (0.94%) RDBMS
17 12 (0.87%) BODI
18 10 (0.73%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 35 (2.54%) MSI
2 24 (1.74%) Oracle Forms
3 23 (1.67%) Jenkins
4 19 (1.38%) Octopus Deploy
5 17 (1.23%) Team Foundation Server
6 16 (1.16%) Git (software)
6 16 (1.16%) TeamCity
7 13 (0.94%) Visual Studio
8 12 (0.87%) Oracle APEX
9 6 (0.44%) Subversion
9 6 (0.44%) Visual Studio Team System
10 5 (0.36%) MSBuild
11 4 (0.29%) JDeveloper
11 4 (0.29%) JIRA
11 4 (0.29%) NUnit
12 3 (0.22%) CruiseControl
12 3 (0.22%) InstallShield
12 3 (0.22%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 3 (0.22%) StarTeam
12 3 (0.22%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
General
1 166 (12.04%) Finance
2 56 (4.06%) Banking
3 29 (2.10%) Retail
4 27 (1.96%) Manufacturing
5 21 (1.52%) Legal
6 18 (1.31%) Law
7 16 (1.16%) Telecoms
8 14 (1.02%) Investment Banking
8 14 (1.02%) Local Government
9 12 (0.87%) Back Office
10 11 (0.80%) Games
10 11 (0.80%) Marketing
11 10 (0.73%) Advertising
12 9 (0.65%) Publishing
13 8 (0.58%) Military
14 6 (0.44%) Financial Institution
15 5 (0.36%) Electronics
16 3 (0.22%) Billing
17 2 (0.15%) Front Office
17 2 (0.15%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 194 (14.07%) Support Engineer
2 186 (13.49%) Analyst
3 154 (11.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 110 (7.98%) Windows Engineer
5 107 (7.76%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 99 (7.18%) 2nd Line Support
7 88 (6.38%) 3rd Line Support
8 83 (6.02%) Consultant
9 75 (5.44%) Server Engineer
9 75 (5.44%) Support Analyst
10 71 (5.15%) Administrator
11 65 (4.71%) Wintel Engineer
12 63 (4.57%) Architect
12 63 (4.57%) Desktop Support
13 61 (4.42%) 2nd Line Engineer
14 58 (4.21%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
14 58 (4.21%) Active Directory Engineer
15 51 (3.70%) DBA
16 49 (3.55%) IT Support
17 47 (3.41%) VMware Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 54 (3.92%) .NET
2 40 (2.90%) XML
3 36 (2.61%) Web Services
4 16 (1.16%) CSS
5 15 (1.09%) ASP.NET
6 14 (1.02%) JSON
7 13 (0.94%) HTML
8 11 (0.80%) Middleware
9 10 (0.73%) YAML
10 9 (0.65%) .NET Framework
11 8 (0.58%) XSLT
12 7 (0.51%) J2EE
12 7 (0.51%) SAML
13 6 (0.44%) WCF
13 6 (0.44%) WF
14 5 (0.36%) ADSI
14 5 (0.36%) jQuery
14 5 (0.36%) JSP
14 5 (0.36%) LAMP
14 5 (0.36%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 112 (8.12%) Clustering
2 91 (6.60%) Data Centre
3 69 (5.00%) Analytical Skills
4 55 (3.99%) Replication
5 49 (3.55%) Management Information System
6 36 (2.61%) Computer Science
7 34 (2.47%) PKI
8 30 (2.18%) Fat Client
8 30 (2.18%) Thin Client
9 29 (2.10%) Client/Server
10 21 (1.52%) Blackberry
11 20 (1.45%) Enterprise Software
12 18 (1.31%) Video Conferencing
13 13 (0.94%) EMC VNX
13 13 (0.94%) Virtual Team
14 12 (0.87%) Private Cloud
15 11 (0.80%) Public Cloud
16 10 (0.73%) AS400
16 10 (0.73%) iSeries
17 9 (0.65%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 1379 (100.00%) Windows
2 974 (70.63%) Windows Server
3 864 (62.65%) Windows Server 2012
4 440 (31.91%) Windows Server 2003
5 372 (26.98%) Windows 7
6 269 (19.51%) Linux
7 183 (13.27%) Windows 10
8 108 (7.83%) Unix
9 96 (6.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 71 (5.15%) Windows XP
11 70 (5.08%) Windows 8
12 39 (2.83%) Solaris
13 33 (2.39%) Android
14 28 (2.03%) AIX
15 27 (1.96%) CentOS
16 24 (1.74%) HPUX
16 24 (1.74%) Mac OS X
16 24 (1.74%) Windows Vista
17 23 (1.67%) Apple iOS
18 18 (1.31%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 252 (18.27%) ITIL
2 189 (13.71%) Migration
3 100 (7.25%) Disaster Recovery
4 98 (7.11%) Change Management
5 72 (5.22%) Project Management
6 63 (4.57%) DevOps
7 60 (4.35%) Configuration Management
8 58 (4.21%) Patch Management
9 54 (3.92%) Agile Software Development
10 52 (3.77%) High Availability
10 52 (3.77%) ITIL V3
11 50 (3.63%) Problem Management
12 49 (3.55%) Incident Management
13 45 (3.26%) Service Management
14 44 (3.19%) Service Delivery
15 39 (2.83%) Business Intelligence
15 39 (2.83%) Virtual Environments
16 38 (2.76%) Server Building
17 37 (2.68%) Change Control
18 35 (2.54%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 378 (27.41%) PowerShell
2 289 (20.96%) SQL
3 65 (4.71%) VBScript
4 49 (3.55%) VB
5 35 (2.54%) Python
6 34 (2.47%) Java
7 33 (2.39%) Bash Shell
8 28 (2.03%) C#
9 21 (1.52%) JavaScript
10 20 (1.45%) C
11 19 (1.38%) T-SQL
12 17 (1.23%) Perl
12 17 (1.23%) PL/SQL
13 12 (0.87%) REXX
13 12 (0.87%) Tcl
14 11 (0.80%) PHP
15 10 (0.73%) VB.NET
16 7 (0.51%) C++
16 7 (0.51%) Shell Script
17 6 (0.44%) VB6
Qualifications
1 281 (20.38%) Security Cleared
2 196 (14.21%) Microsoft Certification
3 194 (14.07%) SC Cleared
4 100 (7.25%) MCSE
5 70 (5.08%) DV Cleared
6 65 (4.71%) MCSA
7 60 (4.35%) MCITP
8 52 (3.77%) Cisco Certification
9 50 (3.63%) Degree
10 45 (3.26%) CCNA
10 45 (3.26%) MCP
11 30 (2.18%) CCNP
12 29 (2.10%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 26 (1.89%) DBS Check
14 18 (1.31%) MCTS
15 14 (1.02%) ITIL Certification
16 12 (0.87%) MCDBA
17 10 (0.73%) ISTQB
18 9 (0.65%) Citrix Certification
19 8 (0.58%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 58 (4.21%) SLA
2 20 (1.45%) JSP 440
3 15 (1.09%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 14 (1.02%) Disclosure Scotland
5 11 (0.80%) QA
6 9 (0.65%) PCI DSS
7 8 (0.58%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 7 (0.51%) PMO
9 6 (0.44%) ISO 9001
10 1 (0.073%) MiFID
10 1 (0.073%) PMBOK
System Software
1 916 (66.42%) Active Directory
2 392 (28.43%) VMware Infrastructure
3 206 (14.94%) Hyper-V
4 164 (11.89%) VMware ESXi
5 156 (11.31%) XenApp
6 121 (8.77%) vSphere
7 101 (7.32%) XenDesktop
8 89 (6.45%) Microsoft App-V
9 43 (3.12%) Virtual Machines
10 38 (2.76%) XenServer
11 22 (1.60%) Virtual Servers
12 14 (1.02%) Virtual Desktop
13 13 (0.94%) VMware Server
14 12 (0.87%) DFS Replication
14 12 (0.87%) UAG
14 12 (0.87%) Veritas Cluster Server
15 11 (0.80%) Terminal Services
15 11 (0.80%) VMware Workstation
16 10 (0.73%) Oracle RAC
17 9 (0.65%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 244 (17.69%) SCCM
2 72 (5.22%) SCOM
3 68 (4.93%) WSUS
4 49 (3.55%) NetBackup
5 44 (3.19%) Microsoft Clustering
6 35 (2.54%) vCenter Server
7 33 (2.39%) Puppet
8 32 (2.32%) Norton AntiVirus
9 30 (2.18%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 29 (2.10%) Ansible
11 27 (1.96%) Backup Exec
12 26 (1.89%) Opscode Chef
13 24 (1.74%) AirWatch
14 19 (1.38%) Nagios
14 19 (1.38%) Tivoli
15 18 (1.31%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
16 17 (1.23%) BladeLogic
16 17 (1.23%) Tivoli Storage Manager
17 16 (1.16%) Failover Clustering
17 16 (1.16%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 653 (47.35%) VMware
2 641 (46.48%) Microsoft
3 325 (23.57%) Citrix
4 227 (16.46%) Cisco
5 200 (14.50%) HP
6 120 (8.70%) Red Hat
7 97 (7.03%) Oracle
8 92 (6.67%) NetApp
9 85 (6.16%) Symantec
10 56 (4.06%) Dell
11 55 (3.99%) EMC
12 54 (3.92%) Apple
13 51 (3.70%) McAfee
14 36 (2.61%) F5
14 36 (2.61%) IBM
15 34 (2.47%) Veeam
16 31 (2.25%) Veritas
17 27 (1.96%) Sophos
18 24 (1.74%) Juniper
19 19 (1.38%) 3PAR
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