Period
to 11 May 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 11 May 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
11 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 401 229 291
Rank change year-on-year -172 +62 -82
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 2008 288 602 896
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.51% 1.17% 0.96%
As % of the Operating Systems category 3.27% 5.81% 4.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 206 425 582
10th Percentile £214 £181 £150
25th Percentile £321 £275 £250
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £413 £375 £365
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% +2.74% +14.06%
75th Percentile £490 £450 £438
90th Percentile £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £365 £355
% change year-on-year +9.59% +2.82% +20.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 28 68
10th Percentile £13.50 £15.65 £10.50
25th Percentile £14.50 £18.03 £13.19
Median hourly rate £16.00 £20.50 £19.50
Median % change year-on-year -21.95% +5.13% +14.71%
75th Percentile £34.28 £32.37 £26.00
90th Percentile £58.00 £42.63 £46.37
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £20.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year -20.00% +8.11% +23.33%

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 8,819 10,356 18,762
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.77% 20.11% 20.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,789 6,686 12,132
10th Percentile £185 £140 £158
25th Percentile £335 £255 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £425 £430
Median % change year-on-year +5.88% -1.16% +1.18%
75th Percentile £540 £525 £538
90th Percentile £634 £608 £620
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 450 796 1,089
10th Percentile £11.75 £11.63 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.75 £13.96 £13.00
Median hourly rate £17.76 £17.50 £16.95
Median % change year-on-year +1.49% +3.24% +2.73%
75th Percentile £43.94 £23.25 £31.25
90th Percentile £58.00 £47.83 £48.08
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £15.86
% change year-on-year -2.94% +7.19% +2.32%

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 11 May 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 11 May 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 11 May 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 -158 215 £400 +8.11% 70
UK excluding London -102 161 £400 +9.59% 60
London -76 95 £420 +2.44% 16
Work from Home -214 57 £425 +3.03% 4
South East -30 35 £398 - 13
Scotland -31 34 £425 - 5
North of England -39 23 £394 +12.50% 13
South West -3 21 £242 -28.37% 6
Midlands +6 20 £375 +20.00% 13
East of England +6 16 £325 -18.75% 8
Yorkshire +13 15 £500 +17.65% 3
West Midlands -4 15 £363 -3.33% 9
Wales 0 11 £459 +83.50% 2
East Midlands +8 5 £375 +20.00% 4
North East +3 4 £330 -7.69% 3
North West -22 4 £300 -7.69% 7
Northern Ireland - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 11 May 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.

1 288 (100.00%) Windows
2 217 (75.35%) Windows Server
3 185 (64.24%) Active Directory
4 176 (61.11%) VMware
5 158 (54.86%) Windows Server 2012
6 131 (45.49%) PowerShell
7 130 (45.14%) VMware Infrastructure
7 130 (45.14%) Microsoft
8 112 (38.89%) Windows Server 2016
9 92 (31.94%) Microsoft 365
9 92 (31.94%) Azure
10 90 (31.25%) Social Skills
11 89 (30.90%) Security Cleared
12 87 (30.21%) Windows Server 2019
13 86 (29.86%) Migration
14 76 (26.39%) DNS
15 63 (21.88%) Hyper-V
16 62 (21.53%) ITIL
17 60 (20.83%) MS Exchange
18 58 (20.14%) SC Cleared
19 57 (19.79%) Infrastructure Engineering
20 55 (19.10%) Windows Server 2003
21 53 (18.40%) DHCP
22 50 (17.36%) VMware ESXi
23 49 (17.01%) SQL Server
23 49 (17.01%) Citrix
23 49 (17.01%) SAN
24 47 (16.32%) SCCM
24 47 (16.32%) Windows 10
25 41 (14.24%) Microsoft Certification

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 60 (20.83%) MS Exchange
2 41 (14.24%) SharePoint
3 39 (13.54%) Exchange Server 2010
4 32 (11.11%) Skype for Business
5 27 (9.38%) Exchange Server 2013
6 18 (6.25%) Exchange Server 2003
6 18 (6.25%) Exchange Server 2007
7 10 (3.47%) ArcGIS
8 7 (2.43%) IIS
8 7 (2.43%) Office Communications Server
9 6 (2.08%) SharePoint 2013
10 5 (1.74%) MS Project Server
11 4 (1.39%) Documentum
11 4 (1.39%) OpenStack
11 4 (1.39%) SharePoint 2010
11 4 (1.39%) SharePoint Server
12 3 (1.04%) Oracle Service Bus
12 3 (1.04%) WebLogic
13 2 (0.69%) Confluence
13 2 (0.69%) Joomla!
Applications
1 31 (10.76%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (3.47%) Photoshop
3 4 (1.39%) InfoPath
4 2 (0.69%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.69%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (0.69%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.35%) Acrobat
5 1 (0.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (0.69%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (0.69%) Oracle 11i
1 2 (0.69%) Oracle EBS
1 2 (0.69%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (0.35%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 92 (31.94%) Azure
1 92 (31.94%) Microsoft 365
2 25 (8.68%) AWS
3 18 (6.25%) IaaS
4 15 (5.21%) Azure Active Directory
5 9 (3.13%) GCP
6 7 (2.43%) PaaS
7 6 (2.08%) Mimecast
7 6 (2.08%) SaaS
8 4 (1.39%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 4 (1.39%) OneDrive
9 3 (1.04%) AWS CloudFormation
10 2 (0.69%) Amazon EC2
10 2 (0.69%) Amazon S3
10 2 (0.69%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
10 2 (0.69%) AWS Lambda
10 2 (0.69%) Azure Stack
10 2 (0.69%) GitHub
10 2 (0.69%) ShareGate
10 2 (0.69%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 76 (26.39%) DNS
2 53 (18.40%) DHCP
3 49 (17.01%) SAN
4 33 (11.46%) Firewall
5 31 (10.76%) Skype
6 22 (7.64%) TCP/IP
7 19 (6.60%) VPN
8 15 (5.21%) LAN
9 11 (3.82%) VoIP
10 10 (3.47%) Fibre Channel
10 10 (3.47%) NetScaler
11 9 (3.13%) VSAN
11 9 (3.13%) WAN
12 8 (2.78%) Kerberos
13 7 (2.43%) Cisco ASA
13 7 (2.43%) VLAN
14 6 (2.08%) Ethernet
14 6 (2.08%) FTP
14 6 (2.08%) iSCSI
15 5 (1.74%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 49 (17.01%) SQL Server
2 18 (6.25%) SQL Server 2008
3 8 (2.78%) GIS
3 8 (2.78%) Oracle Database
4 4 (1.39%) MySQL
4 4 (1.39%) Oracle Database 11g
4 4 (1.39%) SQL Server 2014
4 4 (1.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 3 (1.04%) RDBMS
5 3 (1.04%) Relational Database
5 3 (1.04%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 3 (1.04%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 2 (0.69%) Oracle Database 10g
6 2 (0.69%) Oracle Database 12c
6 2 (0.69%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (0.35%) Data Mining
7 1 (0.35%) MS Access
7 1 (0.35%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 3 (1.04%) Hudson
1 3 (1.04%) Visual Studio
2 2 (0.69%) Jenkins
2 2 (0.69%) JIRA
2 2 (0.69%) Oracle Forms
3 1 (0.35%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 1 (0.35%) GitLab
3 1 (0.35%) JUnit
3 1 (0.35%) MSI
3 1 (0.35%) PyUnit
3 1 (0.35%) Serena SBM
3 1 (0.35%) SonarQube
3 1 (0.35%) Subversion
3 1 (0.35%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.35%) TeamCity
3 1 (0.35%) Travis CI
3 1 (0.35%) Vagrant
General
1 90 (31.25%) Social Skills
2 28 (9.72%) Finance
3 27 (9.38%) Public Sector
4 21 (7.29%) Analytical Skills
5 14 (4.86%) Documentation Skills
6 10 (3.47%) Banking
7 6 (2.08%) Influencing Skills
7 6 (2.08%) Telecoms
8 5 (1.74%) Manufacturing
9 4 (1.39%) German Language
9 4 (1.39%) Organisational Skills
10 3 (1.04%) Dutch Language
10 3 (1.04%) Electronics
10 3 (1.04%) Legal
10 3 (1.04%) Marketing
10 3 (1.04%) Pharmaceutical
10 3 (1.04%) Presentation Skills
11 2 (0.69%) Financial Institution
11 2 (0.69%) Military
11 2 (0.69%) Retail
Job Titles
1 48 (16.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 21 (7.29%) Windows Engineer
3 18 (6.25%) Analyst
4 16 (5.56%) Administrator
4 16 (5.56%) Wintel Engineer
5 14 (4.86%) Server Engineer
6 12 (4.17%) Architect
6 12 (4.17%) Citrix Engineer
7 11 (3.82%) DevOps Engineer
8 10 (3.47%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 10 (3.47%) Support Engineer
8 10 (3.47%) VMware Engineer
9 9 (3.13%) Azure Engineer
9 9 (3.13%) Infrastructure Specialist
9 9 (3.13%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
10 8 (2.78%) 3rd Line Support
10 8 (2.78%) Infrastructure Analyst
10 8 (2.78%) Infrastructure Support
11 7 (2.43%) Citrix Infrastructure Engineer
11 7 (2.43%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (1.74%) XML
2 4 (1.39%) CSS
2 4 (1.39%) jQuery
2 4 (1.39%) XSLT
3 3 (1.04%) Java EE
3 3 (1.04%) LDAP
3 3 (1.04%) Middleware
4 2 (0.69%) JSON
4 2 (0.69%) Web Services
5 1 (0.35%) .NET
5 1 (0.35%) ASP.NET Web API
5 1 (0.35%) Elastic Stack
5 1 (0.35%) J2EE
5 1 (0.35%) ServiceStack
5 1 (0.35%) Software Packaging
5 1 (0.35%) WSH
Miscellaneous
1 29 (10.07%) Clustering
2 27 (9.38%) Data Centre
3 16 (5.56%) Replication
4 14 (4.86%) Private Cloud
5 11 (3.82%) CMDB
5 11 (3.82%) Public Cloud
6 7 (2.43%) Fat Client
6 7 (2.43%) Thin Client
7 6 (2.08%) HP Storage
8 5 (1.74%) Hedge funds
8 5 (1.74%) Hybrid Cloud
8 5 (1.74%) NHS
9 4 (1.39%) EMC VNX
9 4 (1.39%) Linux Command Line
10 3 (1.04%) CESG
10 3 (1.04%) Data Protection Act
10 3 (1.04%) Enterprise Cloud
10 3 (1.04%) Fibre Optics
10 3 (1.04%) PKI
11 2 (0.69%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 288 (100.00%) Windows
2 217 (75.35%) Windows Server
3 158 (54.86%) Windows Server 2012
4 112 (38.89%) Windows Server 2016
5 87 (30.21%) Windows Server 2019
6 55 (19.10%) Windows Server 2003
7 47 (16.32%) Windows 10
8 37 (12.85%) Linux
8 37 (12.85%) Windows 7
9 18 (6.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 10 (3.47%) Unix
11 9 (3.13%) Windows Vista
12 6 (2.08%) Android
12 6 (2.08%) Apple iOS
13 5 (1.74%) VMS
13 5 (1.74%) Windows 2000
13 5 (1.74%) Windows 8
13 5 (1.74%) Windows XP
14 4 (1.39%) CentOS
15 3 (1.04%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 86 (29.86%) Migration
2 62 (21.53%) ITIL
3 57 (19.79%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 31 (10.76%) Problem-Solving
5 27 (9.38%) DevOps
6 24 (8.33%) Configuration Management
6 24 (8.33%) High Availability
7 22 (7.64%) Disaster Recovery
8 20 (6.94%) Load Balancing
9 16 (5.56%) Project Management
10 14 (4.86%) Agile Software Development
10 14 (4.86%) Data Migration
10 14 (4.86%) Performance Tuning
10 14 (4.86%) Project Delivery
10 14 (4.86%) Server Building
10 14 (4.86%) Test Scripting
11 13 (4.51%) Cybersecurity
12 12 (4.17%) Computer Science
12 12 (4.17%) Service Delivery
13 11 (3.82%) Server Management
Programming Languages
1 131 (45.49%) PowerShell
2 38 (13.19%) SQL
3 21 (7.29%) Python
4 14 (4.86%) C
5 11 (3.82%) VB
6 8 (2.78%) Shell Script
6 8 (2.78%) T-SQL
7 7 (2.43%) Java
7 7 (2.43%) JavaScript
8 6 (2.08%) VBScript
9 5 (1.74%) C#
10 1 (0.35%) Bash Shell
10 1 (0.35%) PHP
10 1 (0.35%) VBA
Qualifications
1 89 (30.90%) Security Cleared
2 58 (20.14%) SC Cleared
3 41 (14.24%) Microsoft Certification
4 34 (11.81%) DV Cleared
5 29 (10.07%) MCSE
6 22 (7.64%) Degree
7 17 (5.90%) Cisco Certification
8 11 (3.82%) Computer Science Degree
9 8 (2.78%) CCNA
9 8 (2.78%) ITIL Certification
10 3 (1.04%) CCDA
10 3 (1.04%) CCNP
10 3 (1.04%) JNCIA
10 3 (1.04%) JNCIP
10 3 (1.04%) JNCIS
10 3 (1.04%) MCITP
10 3 (1.04%) MCSA
11 2 (0.69%) PMI Certification
11 2 (0.69%) PMP
11 2 (0.69%) VCAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (6.25%) SLA
2 7 (2.43%) GDPR
3 4 (1.39%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 2 (0.69%) Government Security Classifications
4 2 (0.69%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 2 (0.69%) QA
5 1 (0.35%) DICOM
5 1 (0.35%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 185 (64.24%) Active Directory
2 130 (45.14%) VMware Infrastructure
3 63 (21.88%) Hyper-V
4 50 (17.36%) VMware ESXi
5 26 (9.03%) vSphere
6 21 (7.29%) Virtual Machines
7 19 (6.60%) XenApp
8 17 (5.90%) VMware NSX
9 11 (3.82%) XenDesktop
10 9 (3.13%) VMware Server
11 8 (2.78%) Docker
12 6 (2.08%) Firmware
13 4 (1.39%) Microsoft App-V
13 4 (1.39%) vCloud
14 3 (1.04%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 3 (1.04%) Virtual Desktop
14 3 (1.04%) Virtual Servers
14 3 (1.04%) VMware Workstation
15 2 (0.69%) NFS
15 2 (0.69%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 47 (16.32%) SCCM
2 26 (9.03%) Ansible
3 17 (5.90%) Terraform
3 17 (5.90%) vCenter Server
4 16 (5.56%) SCOM
5 15 (5.21%) WSUS
6 13 (4.51%) Kubernetes
6 13 (4.51%) Microsoft Clustering
7 11 (3.82%) NetBackup
8 10 (3.47%) Microsoft Intune
9 9 (3.13%) Puppet
10 8 (2.78%) Backup Exec
10 8 (2.78%) vRealize
10 8 (2.78%) vRealize Orchestrator
11 7 (2.43%) Opscode Chef
12 6 (2.08%) AirWatch
12 6 (2.08%) Failover Clustering
12 6 (2.08%) Tivoli
13 4 (1.39%) OpenView Configuration Management
13 4 (1.39%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 176 (61.11%) VMware
2 130 (45.14%) Microsoft
3 49 (17.01%) Citrix
4 40 (13.89%) Cisco
5 37 (12.85%) HP
6 29 (10.07%) NetApp
7 24 (8.33%) Oracle
8 21 (7.29%) EMC
9 18 (6.25%) IBM
10 15 (5.21%) Lumension
10 15 (5.21%) Red Hat
11 14 (4.86%) Dell
11 14 (4.86%) Sophos
12 12 (4.17%) IronPort
12 12 (4.17%) SolarWinds
12 12 (4.17%) Symantec
13 11 (3.82%) SAP
14 10 (3.47%) ESRI
14 10 (3.47%) McAfee
15 8 (2.78%) Veeam