Period
to 19 January 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Windows Server skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Windows Server over the 6 months to 19 January 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
UK
6 months to
19 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 96 61 76
Rank change year-on-year -35 +15 -2
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 974 2,654 3,251
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.35% 3.70% 3.29%
As % of the Operating Systems category 13.07% 17.54% 15.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 844 1,915 2,228
Median daily rate £413 £375 £396
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.00% -5.18% +13.00%
10th Percentile £205 £159 £171
90th Percentile £538 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 55 136 162
Median hourly rate £28.50 £20.00 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +42.50% -6.98% +26.47%
10th Percentile £12.45 £14.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £60.00 £47.83 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £18.60 £20.00
% change year-on-year +20.98% -7.01% +14.29%

Windows Server 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 7,450 15,135 20,703
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 17.97% 21.10% 20.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,775 9,626 13,170
Median daily rate £430 £410 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.88% -3.53% -
10th Percentile £161 £140 £160
90th Percentile £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £388 £400
% change year-on-year -3.23% -3.13% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 428 1,137 1,314
Median hourly rate £17.63 £17.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.71% +2.94% -
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.26 £11.00
90th Percentile £54.00 £48.75 £47.00
Median hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year - +3.13% -

Windows Server
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Windows Server in the UK

Windows Server
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Daily rate trend for Windows Server in the UK

Windows Server
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Windows Server over the 6 months to 19 January 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Windows Server in the UK

Windows Server
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Hourly rate trend for Windows Server in the UK

Windows Server
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Windows Server over the 6 months to 19 January 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Windows Server in the UK

Windows Server
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 within the UK over the 6 months to 19 January 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 -36 794 £411 +9.60% 495
UK excluding London -22 571 £375 - 417
London -50 299 £450 +16.13% 108
Work from Home -55 208 £425 -5.56% 72
South East -7 172 £425 +6.25% 90
North of England -47 95 £313 -15.08% 149
Scotland +3 89 £416 +4.06% 16
South West -13 76 £380 +4.83% 37
Midlands -23 74 £326 +1.72% 74
North West -35 52 £325 -13.33% 75
East of England -11 46 £325 -7.14% 33
West Midlands -10 44 £326 +0.93% 43
East Midlands -10 30 £338 +8.00% 31
Yorkshire -29 30 £285 -17.39% 62
Wales -26 17 £425 +6.25% 15
North East +6 13 £350 -6.67% 12
Northern Ireland +3 2 £175 -47.76% 3

For the 6 months to 19 January 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Windows Server 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.

1 967 (99.28%) Windows
2 524 (53.80%) Active Directory
3 515 (52.87%) Microsoft
4 439 (45.07%) VMware
5 370 (37.99%) Azure
6 300 (30.80%) VMware Infrastructure
7 291 (29.88%) PowerShell
8 276 (28.34%) Windows Server 2012
9 271 (27.82%) Office 365
10 268 (27.52%) Security Cleared
11 221 (22.69%) Windows 10
12 215 (22.07%) Linux
13 214 (21.97%) SQL Server
14 206 (21.15%) Windows Server 2016
15 199 (20.43%) SC Cleared
16 196 (20.12%) Infrastructure Engineering
17 191 (19.61%) SQL
18 186 (19.10%) Migration
19 179 (18.38%) DNS
19 179 (18.38%) SCCM
20 152 (15.61%) Windows Server 2008
20 152 (15.61%) DevOps
21 151 (15.50%) ITIL
22 149 (15.30%) Cisco
22 149 (15.30%) Firewall
23 129 (13.24%) Citrix
24 128 (13.14%) DHCP
24 128 (13.14%) Agile Software Development
25 123 (12.63%) Windows Server 2019
26 111 (11.40%) Finance

Windows Server
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
1 110 (11.29%) SharePoint
2 106 (10.88%) MS Exchange
3 87 (8.93%) IIS
4 41 (4.21%) Skype for Business
5 33 (3.39%) Exchange Server 2010
6 19 (1.95%) Exchange Server 2013
7 13 (1.33%) ArcGIS
8 12 (1.23%) Apache
8 12 (1.23%) WebSphere
9 11 (1.13%) Tomcat
10 10 (1.03%) Confluence
10 10 (1.03%) Exchange Server 2003
11 9 (0.92%) Exchange Server 2007
11 9 (0.92%) JBoss
12 8 (0.82%) nginx
13 7 (0.72%) Documentum
13 7 (0.72%) Office Communications Server
14 6 (0.62%) NetWeaver
15 4 (0.41%) BizTalk Server
15 4 (0.41%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 91 (9.34%) Microsoft Office
2 22 (2.26%) Microsoft Excel
3 21 (2.16%) MS Visio
4 13 (1.33%) Photoshop
5 9 (0.92%) SOLIDWORKS
6 4 (0.41%) InfoPath
7 2 (0.21%) Microsoft PowerPoint
8 1 (0.10%) Acrobat
8 1 (0.10%) Microsoft Project
8 1 (0.10%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 15 (1.54%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.41%) Infor M3
3 3 (0.31%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.21%) assyst
4 2 (0.21%) Salerio
5 1 (0.10%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.10%) Movex
5 1 (0.10%) Oracle Applications
5 1 (0.10%) Oracle Payables
5 1 (0.10%) Orchard Housing
5 1 (0.10%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.10%) StreamServe
Cloud Services
1 370 (37.99%) Azure
2 271 (27.82%) Office 365
3 92 (9.45%) AWS
4 91 (9.34%) Azure Active Directory
5 63 (6.47%) IaaS
6 58 (5.95%) PaaS
7 49 (5.03%) SaaS
8 33 (3.39%) GitHub
9 20 (2.05%) OneDrive
10 18 (1.85%) AWS CloudFormation
11 16 (1.64%) GCP
12 15 (1.54%) Power Platform
13 13 (1.33%) Azure ExpressRoute
14 11 (1.13%) Mimecast
15 10 (1.03%) Amazon EC2
16 9 (0.92%) Power Automate
16 9 (0.92%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 8 (0.82%) Cloud Computing
18 7 (0.72%) Amazon CloudWatch
18 7 (0.72%) Azure Stack
Communications & Networking
1 179 (18.38%) DNS
2 149 (15.30%) Firewall
3 128 (13.14%) DHCP
4 86 (8.83%) SAN
5 79 (8.11%) WAN
6 74 (7.60%) LAN
7 72 (7.39%) VPN
8 60 (6.16%) TCP/IP
9 53 (5.44%) Skype
10 47 (4.83%) VLAN
11 37 (3.80%) VSAN
12 36 (3.70%) Remote Desktop
13 30 (3.08%) Network Security
14 28 (2.87%) SNMP
15 26 (2.67%) VoIP
16 24 (2.46%) Internet
17 21 (2.16%) NetScaler
18 19 (1.95%) Reverse Proxy
19 18 (1.85%) SSL
20 17 (1.75%) WAAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 214 (21.97%) SQL Server
2 30 (3.08%) Azure SQL Database
3 22 (2.26%) SQL Server 2008
4 21 (2.16%) SQL Server 2016
5 20 (2.05%) Oracle Database
6 18 (1.85%) SQL Server 2012
6 18 (1.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 17 (1.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 16 (1.64%) MySQL
9 14 (1.44%) Cosmos DB
9 14 (1.44%) DB2
10 12 (1.23%) Relational Database
11 10 (1.03%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 9 (0.92%) PostgreSQL
12 9 (0.92%) Power BI
13 8 (0.82%) RDBMS
14 7 (0.72%) Amazon RDS
14 7 (0.72%) GIS
15 6 (0.62%) BusinessObjects
15 6 (0.62%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 52 (5.34%) Jenkins
2 44 (4.52%) JIRA
3 43 (4.41%) Git (software)
4 36 (3.70%) GitLab
5 26 (2.67%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 16 (1.64%) Subversion
7 15 (1.54%) Bitbucket
7 15 (1.54%) Oracle Forms
8 12 (1.23%) TeamCity
9 11 (1.13%) Octopus Deploy
10 10 (1.03%) Team Foundation Server
11 9 (0.92%) Visual Studio Team System
12 8 (0.82%) MSI
13 7 (0.72%) Hudson
13 7 (0.72%) Visual Studio
14 6 (0.62%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
15 5 (0.51%) SonarQube
16 4 (0.41%) Sonatype Nexus
17 2 (0.21%) SoapUI
17 2 (0.21%) SpecFlow
General
1 111 (11.40%) Finance
2 86 (8.83%) Public Sector
3 40 (4.11%) Banking
4 26 (2.67%) Telecoms
5 18 (1.85%) Legal
5 18 (1.85%) Manufacturing
6 17 (1.75%) Retail
7 16 (1.64%) Law
8 14 (1.44%) Electronics
8 14 (1.44%) Marketing
9 11 (1.13%) Investment Banking
10 9 (0.92%) Pharmaceutical
11 8 (0.82%) Back Office
12 6 (0.62%) Military
13 5 (0.51%) Billing
13 5 (0.51%) Front Office
14 4 (0.41%) Financial Institution
14 4 (0.41%) Italian Language
15 3 (0.31%) German Language
16 2 (0.21%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 168 (17.25%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 85 (8.73%) Architect
3 73 (7.49%) Analyst
4 66 (6.78%) Azure Engineer
5 64 (6.57%) Windows Engineer
6 63 (6.47%) Support Engineer
7 55 (5.65%) DevOps Engineer
8 50 (5.13%) Consultant
8 50 (5.13%) Server Engineer
9 45 (4.62%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 45 (4.62%) Administrator
10 44 (4.52%) VMware Engineer
11 39 (4.00%) Wintel Engineer
12 34 (3.49%) Infrastructure Architect
13 32 (3.29%) 2nd Line Support
13 32 (3.29%) Support Analyst
14 29 (2.98%) 3rd Line Support
14 29 (2.98%) Cloud Engineer
15 26 (2.67%) IT Engineer
15 26 (2.67%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 39 (4.00%) .NET
2 31 (3.18%) Middleware
3 24 (2.46%) Elastic Stack
3 24 (2.46%) JSON
4 21 (2.16%) REST
4 21 (2.16%) Web Services
5 20 (2.05%) HTML
6 19 (1.95%) RESTful
7 18 (1.85%) ASP.NET
7 18 (1.85%) XML
8 17 (1.75%) CSS
8 17 (1.75%) LDAP
9 15 (1.54%) Swagger
10 14 (1.44%) gRPC
11 10 (1.03%) SOAP
12 9 (0.92%) .NET Framework
12 9 (0.92%) 802.1X
12 9 (0.92%) EDI
13 8 (0.82%) jQuery
14 7 (0.72%) .NET Core
Miscellaneous
1 74 (7.60%) Analytical Skills
2 72 (7.39%) Data Centre
3 58 (5.95%) Clustering
4 38 (3.90%) PKI
5 27 (2.77%) Replication
6 21 (2.16%) NHS
6 21 (2.16%) Public Cloud
7 20 (2.05%) EMC VNX
7 20 (2.05%) Management Information System
7 20 (2.05%) Self-Motivation
8 17 (1.75%) Hybrid Cloud
9 15 (1.54%) Private Cloud
10 14 (1.44%) Cloud Native
10 14 (1.44%) Linux Command Line
11 13 (1.33%) Enterprise Software
12 11 (1.13%) Fat Client
12 11 (1.13%) Thin Client
12 11 (1.13%) Video Conferencing
13 10 (1.03%) Blackberry
14 7 (0.72%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 967 (99.28%) Windows
2 276 (28.34%) Windows Server 2012
3 221 (22.69%) Windows 10
4 215 (22.07%) Linux
5 206 (21.15%) Windows Server 2016
6 152 (15.61%) Windows Server 2008
7 123 (12.63%) Windows Server 2019
8 76 (7.80%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 72 (7.39%) Windows 7
10 42 (4.31%) CentOS
11 41 (4.21%) Unix
12 30 (3.08%) Windows Server 2003
13 22 (2.26%) Windows XP
14 19 (1.95%) Android
15 18 (1.85%) Apple iOS
16 17 (1.75%) Windows 8
17 15 (1.54%) VMS
18 12 (1.23%) AIX
18 12 (1.23%) Solaris
19 10 (1.03%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 196 (20.12%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 186 (19.10%) Migration
3 152 (15.61%) DevOps
4 151 (15.50%) ITIL
5 128 (13.14%) Agile Software Development
6 93 (9.55%) Problem-Solving
7 73 (7.49%) Configuration Management
8 56 (5.75%) Service Management
9 54 (5.54%) Continuous Integration
10 52 (5.34%) High Availability
11 49 (5.03%) Disaster Recovery
11 49 (5.03%) Infrastructure as Code
12 44 (4.52%) Service Delivery
13 38 (3.90%) Change Management
13 38 (3.90%) Load Balancing
14 35 (3.59%) Cybersecurity
15 33 (3.39%) Server Management
16 31 (3.18%) Project Delivery
17 30 (3.08%) Continuous Improvement
17 30 (3.08%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 291 (29.88%) PowerShell
2 191 (19.61%) SQL
3 59 (6.06%) Python
4 38 (3.90%) Bash Shell
5 37 (3.80%) C#
6 29 (2.98%) JavaScript
7 21 (2.16%) C
8 19 (1.95%) Java
9 18 (1.85%) T-SQL
10 16 (1.64%) VB
11 14 (1.44%) Go
11 14 (1.44%) VB.NET
12 13 (1.33%) VBScript
13 10 (1.03%) PL/SQL
14 8 (0.82%) Shell Script
15 4 (0.41%) Ruby
15 4 (0.41%) VBA
16 3 (0.31%) TypeScript
17 2 (0.21%) Perl
18 1 (0.10%) PHP
Qualifications
1 268 (27.52%) Security Cleared
2 199 (20.43%) SC Cleared
3 90 (9.24%) Microsoft Certification
4 72 (7.39%) DV Cleared
5 46 (4.72%) MCSE
6 42 (4.31%) Cisco Certification
7 34 (3.49%) Degree
7 34 (3.49%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 31 (3.18%) CCNA
9 25 (2.57%) MCSA
10 20 (2.05%) CCNP
11 18 (1.85%) ITIL Certification
12 14 (1.44%) Computer Science Degree
13 11 (1.13%) DBS Check
14 10 (1.03%) CISSP
15 9 (0.92%) Citrix Certification
15 9 (0.92%) VCAP
16 5 (0.51%) BPSS Clearance
16 5 (0.51%) CCA
16 5 (0.51%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 41 (4.21%) SLA
2 14 (1.44%) GDPR
3 13 (1.33%) COBIT
4 10 (1.03%) NCSC
5 9 (0.92%) NIST
6 8 (0.82%) Government Security Classifications
6 8 (0.82%) PCI DSS
7 6 (0.62%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 6 (0.62%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 6 (0.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 4 (0.41%) Cyber Essentials
8 4 (0.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 3 (0.31%) QA
10 2 (0.21%) GMP
11 1 (0.10%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 1 (0.10%) Data Quality
11 1 (0.10%) Disclosure Scotland
11 1 (0.10%) GAMP
11 1 (0.10%) GxP
11 1 (0.10%) HIPAA
System Software
1 524 (53.80%) Active Directory
2 300 (30.80%) VMware Infrastructure
3 108 (11.09%) vSphere
4 104 (10.68%) Hyper-V
4 104 (10.68%) VMware ESXi
5 58 (5.95%) Docker
6 38 (3.90%) XenApp
7 37 (3.80%) Virtual Machines
8 36 (3.70%) VMware NSX
9 29 (2.98%) Microsoft App-V
9 29 (2.98%) XenDesktop
10 28 (2.87%) Virtual Desktop
11 12 (1.23%) Terminal Server
12 8 (0.82%) BitLocker
12 8 (0.82%) vCloud
12 8 (0.82%) Virtual Servers
13 7 (0.72%) VMware Workstation
14 6 (0.62%) DFS Replication
15 5 (0.51%) Terminal Services
16 4 (0.41%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 179 (18.38%) SCCM
2 102 (10.47%) Ansible
3 88 (9.03%) Terraform
4 62 (6.37%) Microsoft Intune
5 61 (6.26%) Kubernetes
6 54 (5.54%) Puppet
7 45 (4.62%) vCenter Server
7 45 (4.62%) WSUS
8 43 (4.41%) Microsoft Clustering
9 42 (4.31%) Opscode Chef
10 40 (4.11%) SCOM
11 33 (3.39%) PowerCLI
12 30 (3.08%) vRealize
13 21 (2.16%) Grafana
13 21 (2.16%) Packer
14 20 (2.05%) IBM BigFix
15 19 (1.95%) Prometheus
16 17 (1.75%) ZABBIX
17 14 (1.44%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
17 14 (1.44%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 515 (52.87%) Microsoft
2 439 (45.07%) VMware
3 149 (15.30%) Cisco
4 129 (13.24%) Citrix
5 99 (10.16%) Oracle
6 71 (7.29%) Dell
7 69 (7.08%) HP
8 59 (6.06%) EMC
9 51 (5.24%) Red Hat
10 36 (3.70%) SolarWinds
11 35 (3.59%) Apple
12 33 (3.39%) Veeam
13 30 (3.08%) Splunk
14 29 (2.98%) SAP
15 27 (2.77%) Atlassian
16 25 (2.57%) McAfee
17 22 (2.26%) Juniper
17 22 (2.26%) Sophos
17 22 (2.26%) Symantec
18 20 (2.05%) NetApp