Period
to 24 October 2020

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 24 October 2020 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
24 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 87 64 75
Rank change year-on-year -23 +11 +5
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 836 2,970 3,367
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.63% 3.52% 3.25%
As % of the Operating Systems category 14.24% 16.83% 15.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 622 2,055 2,201
Median daily rate £413 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.00% - +8.70%
10th Percentile £213 £163 £175
90th Percentile £538 £550 £544
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £365
% change year-on-year +6.67% +2.74% +12.31%
Number of hourly rates quoted 56 175 177
Median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £22.93
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.67% +30.83% +36.45%
10th Percentile £13.82 £14.24 £11.25
90th Percentile £53.88 £49.50 £48.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £20.90 £22.50
% change year-on-year +2.90% -7.13% +36.36%

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 5,871 17,643 21,692
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.44% 20.88% 20.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,520 10,959 13,435
Median daily rate £432 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.65% - -
10th Percentile £166 £150 £163
90th Percentile £605 £613 £606
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 352 1,246 1,518
Median hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £17.42
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.29% +0.46% -0.46%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.24 £11.07
90th Percentile £52.95 £50.00 £47.03
Median hourly rate £17.63 £17.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year +3.68% +3.03% -1.81%

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 24 October 2020.

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 24 October 2020.

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 24 October 2020. 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 -24 698 £400 +6.67% 465
UK excluding London -12 501 £400 +6.67% 408
London -25 268 £450 +12.50% 79
South East -1 138 £448 +16.36% 91
Work from Home -22 133 £425 -5.56% 55
North of England -29 93 £350 -2.78% 131
South West 0 90 £375 +3.45% 48
Scotland +21 70 £428 +22.14% 15
North West -24 57 £350 -2.78% 66
Midlands -27 50 £335 -1.11% 80
East of England +3 40 £345 -8.00% 35
East Midlands -11 25 £338 -0.74% 26
West Midlands -16 25 £326 -7.00% 54
Yorkshire -18 25 £338 -10.00% 49
Wales -9 20 £425 -1.45% 5
North East +34 11 £350 +55.56% 16
Northern Ireland +5 1 - - 3

For the 6 months to 24 October 2020, 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.

1 831 (99.40%) Windows
2 464 (55.50%) Active Directory
3 410 (49.04%) Microsoft
4 358 (42.82%) VMware
5 295 (35.29%) Azure
6 281 (33.61%) PowerShell
7 252 (30.14%) Security Cleared
8 240 (28.71%) VMware Infrastructure
9 219 (26.20%) Office 365
10 215 (25.72%) Windows Server 2016
11 207 (24.76%) Windows Server 2012
12 204 (24.40%) SC Cleared
13 189 (22.61%) Windows 10
14 185 (22.13%) SQL Server
15 182 (21.77%) SQL
16 180 (21.53%) DNS
17 174 (20.81%) Linux
18 160 (19.14%) Migration
19 151 (18.06%) Infrastructure Engineering
20 143 (17.11%) SCCM
21 137 (16.39%) Windows Server 2008
22 131 (15.67%) DevOps
23 127 (15.19%) ITIL
24 124 (14.83%) Oracle
25 118 (14.11%) DHCP
25 118 (14.11%) Citrix
26 117 (14.00%) Firewall
27 108 (12.92%) Cisco
28 107 (12.80%) Agile Software Development
29 102 (12.20%) Windows Server 2019

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 85 (10.17%) MS Exchange
2 77 (9.21%) SharePoint
3 54 (6.46%) Skype for Business
4 47 (5.62%) IIS
5 33 (3.95%) Exchange Server 2010
6 22 (2.63%) Tomcat
7 21 (2.51%) Apache
7 21 (2.51%) Exchange Server 2013
8 15 (1.79%) WebLogic
9 14 (1.67%) ArcGIS
9 14 (1.67%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 14 (1.67%) WebSphere
10 11 (1.32%) Apache Solr
10 11 (1.32%) Confluence
10 11 (1.32%) Exchange Server 2003
11 10 (1.20%) Exchange Server 2007
12 9 (1.08%) nginx
13 8 (0.96%) Office Communications Server
14 7 (0.84%) JBoss
15 6 (0.72%) NetWeaver
Applications
1 64 (7.66%) Microsoft Office
2 14 (1.67%) Microsoft Excel
2 14 (1.67%) Photoshop
3 12 (1.44%) MS Visio
4 7 (0.84%) SOLIDWORKS
5 4 (0.48%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.24%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 1 (0.12%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 12 (1.44%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.36%) Dynamics AX
2 3 (0.36%) Infor M3
3 1 (0.12%) BusinessWorks
3 1 (0.12%) Movex
3 1 (0.12%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.12%) Orchard Housing
3 1 (0.12%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.12%) SAP S/4HANA
3 1 (0.12%) StreamServe
Cloud Services
1 295 (35.29%) Azure
2 219 (26.20%) Office 365
3 75 (8.97%) AWS
4 74 (8.85%) SaaS
5 72 (8.61%) PaaS
6 68 (8.13%) Azure Active Directory
7 58 (6.94%) IaaS
8 38 (4.55%) GitHub
9 25 (2.99%) OneDrive
10 19 (2.27%) GCP
11 13 (1.56%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 10 (1.20%) AWS CloudFormation
12 10 (1.20%) Mimecast
13 8 (0.96%) Cloud Computing
13 8 (0.96%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 6 (0.72%) Amazon EC2
14 6 (0.72%) Power Automate
15 5 (0.60%) Dynamics 365
15 5 (0.60%) Power Platform
15 5 (0.60%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 180 (21.53%) DNS
2 118 (14.11%) DHCP
3 117 (14.00%) Firewall
4 75 (8.97%) SAN
5 69 (8.25%) Skype
6 66 (7.89%) VPN
7 55 (6.58%) WAN
8 46 (5.50%) VLAN
9 44 (5.26%) LAN
10 43 (5.14%) TCP/IP
11 34 (4.07%) Reverse Proxy
12 29 (3.47%) Remote Desktop
13 26 (3.11%) HTTP
13 26 (3.11%) SNMP
13 26 (3.11%) VoIP
14 25 (2.99%) SSL
14 25 (2.99%) VSAN
15 17 (2.03%) Network Security
15 17 (2.03%) Wi-Fi
16 15 (1.79%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 185 (22.13%) SQL Server
2 29 (3.47%) SQL Server 2016
3 28 (3.35%) Azure SQL Database
4 20 (2.39%) GIS
4 20 (2.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 19 (2.27%) Oracle Database
6 18 (2.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 15 (1.79%) Cosmos DB
8 14 (1.67%) MySQL
8 14 (1.67%) Oracle ODI
8 14 (1.67%) Relational Database
8 14 (1.67%) SQL Server 2012
9 13 (1.56%) DB2
10 12 (1.44%) PostgreSQL
11 11 (1.32%) QGIS
12 10 (1.20%) Oracle Reports
12 10 (1.20%) SQL Server 2008
13 9 (1.08%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 8 (0.96%) Geospatial Data
14 8 (0.96%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 48 (5.74%) JIRA
2 44 (5.26%) Jenkins
3 41 (4.90%) Git (software)
4 38 (4.55%) GitLab
5 32 (3.83%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 18 (2.15%) Bitbucket
7 14 (1.67%) Subversion
7 14 (1.67%) Visual Studio
8 13 (1.56%) Oracle Forms
9 11 (1.32%) Team Foundation Server
10 10 (1.20%) MSI
11 7 (0.84%) TeamCity
12 6 (0.72%) Hudson
12 6 (0.72%) Sonatype Nexus
12 6 (0.72%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
13 5 (0.60%) SonarQube
13 5 (0.60%) Visual Studio Team System
14 3 (0.36%) NUnit
14 3 (0.36%) Octopus Deploy
15 2 (0.24%) SpecFlow
General
1 91 (10.89%) Finance
2 62 (7.42%) Public Sector
3 30 (3.59%) Banking
4 17 (2.03%) Retail
5 15 (1.79%) Telecoms
6 12 (1.44%) Investment Banking
6 12 (1.44%) Manufacturing
6 12 (1.44%) Pharmaceutical
7 10 (1.20%) Electronics
7 10 (1.20%) Marketing
8 4 (0.48%) Back Office
8 4 (0.48%) Front Office
8 4 (0.48%) Legal
8 4 (0.48%) Military
9 3 (0.36%) Advertising
9 3 (0.36%) Italian Language
9 3 (0.36%) Law
9 3 (0.36%) Police
10 2 (0.24%) Digital Economy
10 2 (0.24%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 131 (15.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 66 (7.89%) Analyst
3 56 (6.70%) Administrator
4 55 (6.58%) Support Engineer
5 52 (6.22%) Developer
6 51 (6.10%) Windows Engineer
7 49 (5.86%) Architect
8 47 (5.62%) Consultant
9 44 (5.26%) Azure Engineer
10 43 (5.14%) DevOps Engineer
11 38 (4.55%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 33 (3.95%) Wintel Engineer
13 32 (3.83%) Server Engineer
14 31 (3.71%) VMware Engineer
15 30 (3.59%) Support Analyst
16 29 (3.47%) Systems Engineer
17 26 (3.11%) Integration Engineer
18 24 (2.87%) Infrastructure Architect
19 22 (2.63%) Cloud Engineer
20 20 (2.39%) 2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (5.02%) .NET
2 27 (3.23%) JSON
3 24 (2.87%) RESTful
4 21 (2.51%) Elastic Stack
5 20 (2.39%) CSS
5 20 (2.39%) HTML
5 20 (2.39%) LDAP
5 20 (2.39%) REST
5 20 (2.39%) Web Services
6 19 (2.27%) ASP.NET
6 19 (2.27%) Oracle Fusion
6 19 (2.27%) SAML
7 18 (2.15%) XML
8 17 (2.03%) gRPC
8 17 (2.03%) Swagger
9 15 (1.79%) Middleware
10 14 (1.67%) RabbitMQ
11 11 (1.32%) PostGIS
12 10 (1.20%) .NET Framework
12 10 (1.20%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 57 (6.82%) Data Centre
2 48 (5.74%) Analytical Skills
3 37 (4.43%) PKI
4 33 (3.95%) Clustering
5 28 (3.35%) Public Cloud
6 25 (2.99%) Management Information System
7 24 (2.87%) Replication
8 19 (2.27%) Private Cloud
8 19 (2.27%) Self-Motivation
9 11 (1.32%) NHS
10 10 (1.20%) Blackberry
10 10 (1.20%) Cloud Native
10 10 (1.20%) HP StoreVirtual
10 10 (1.20%) Hybrid Cloud
10 10 (1.20%) Linux Command Line
10 10 (1.20%) Video Conferencing
11 9 (1.08%) Enterprise Software
11 9 (1.08%) Fat Client
11 9 (1.08%) Thin Client
12 8 (0.96%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 831 (99.40%) Windows
2 215 (25.72%) Windows Server 2016
3 207 (24.76%) Windows Server 2012
4 189 (22.61%) Windows 10
5 174 (20.81%) Linux
6 137 (16.39%) Windows Server 2008
7 102 (12.20%) Windows Server 2019
8 74 (8.85%) Windows 7
9 54 (6.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 46 (5.50%) CentOS
10 46 (5.50%) Unix
11 27 (3.23%) Windows Server 2003
12 14 (1.67%) Apple iOS
13 12 (1.44%) Solaris
14 11 (1.32%) Windows 8
15 10 (1.20%) AIX
15 10 (1.20%) Ubuntu
15 10 (1.20%) VMS
16 7 (0.84%) Android
17 6 (0.72%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 160 (19.14%) Migration
2 151 (18.06%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 131 (15.67%) DevOps
4 127 (15.19%) ITIL
5 107 (12.80%) Agile Software Development
6 76 (9.09%) Configuration Management
7 68 (8.13%) Problem-Solving
8 66 (7.89%) High Availability
9 54 (6.46%) Continuous Integration
10 45 (5.38%) Infrastructure as Code
11 41 (4.90%) Load Balancing
11 41 (4.90%) Service Management
12 38 (4.55%) Disaster Recovery
13 37 (4.43%) Cybersecurity
14 35 (4.19%) Systems Engineering
15 30 (3.59%) Multi-Factor Authentication
16 28 (3.35%) Continuous Deployment
16 28 (3.35%) Microservices
17 27 (3.23%) Continuous Improvement
18 26 (3.11%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 281 (33.61%) PowerShell
2 182 (21.77%) SQL
3 62 (7.42%) Python
4 52 (6.22%) C#
5 42 (5.02%) Java
6 35 (4.19%) Bash Shell
7 34 (4.07%) C
8 30 (3.59%) JavaScript
9 24 (2.87%) Shell Script
10 18 (2.15%) Go
11 16 (1.91%) T-SQL
12 13 (1.56%) VB
12 13 (1.56%) VB.NET
13 12 (1.44%) Perl
14 11 (1.32%) PL/SQL
15 10 (1.20%) VBScript
16 7 (0.84%) Ruby
17 6 (0.72%) Korn
18 5 (0.60%) VBA
19 3 (0.36%) C++
Qualifications
1 252 (30.14%) Security Cleared
2 204 (24.40%) SC Cleared
3 92 (11.00%) Microsoft Certification
4 60 (7.18%) DV Cleared
5 42 (5.02%) MCSE
6 40 (4.78%) Cisco Certification
7 25 (2.99%) MCSA
8 23 (2.75%) CCNA
8 23 (2.75%) Degree
9 20 (2.39%) ITIL Certification
9 20 (2.39%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 13 (1.56%) Computer Science Degree
11 12 (1.44%) CCNP
11 12 (1.44%) CISSP
12 8 (0.96%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 5 (0.60%) Citrix Certification
13 5 (0.60%) Oracle Certification
14 4 (0.48%) CCIE
14 4 (0.48%) CISM
14 4 (0.48%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (3.95%) SLA
2 22 (2.63%) GDPR
3 18 (2.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 17 (2.03%) Cyber Essentials
4 17 (2.03%) NCSC
5 15 (1.79%) Government Security Classifications
6 14 (1.67%) HIPAA
7 11 (1.32%) COBIT
8 8 (0.96%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 7 (0.84%) PCI DSS
10 6 (0.72%) NIST
11 5 (0.60%) QA
12 3 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 2 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 1 (0.12%) GAMP
14 1 (0.12%) GMP
14 1 (0.12%) GxP
14 1 (0.12%) ISO 9001
14 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 464 (55.50%) Active Directory
2 240 (28.71%) VMware Infrastructure
3 91 (10.89%) vSphere
4 87 (10.41%) Hyper-V
5 69 (8.25%) VMware ESXi
6 65 (7.78%) Docker
7 35 (4.19%) Virtual Machines
7 35 (4.19%) XenApp
8 33 (3.95%) VMware NSX
9 29 (3.47%) Microsoft App-V
10 26 (3.11%) Virtual Desktop
11 20 (2.39%) XenDesktop
12 14 (1.67%) Terminal Services
12 14 (1.67%) VMware Workstation
13 7 (0.84%) Virtual Servers
14 6 (0.72%) BitLocker
14 6 (0.72%) Terminal Server
15 5 (0.60%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 5 (0.60%) GeoWebCache
16 4 (0.48%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 143 (17.11%) SCCM
2 89 (10.65%) Ansible
3 62 (7.42%) Terraform
4 61 (7.30%) Puppet
5 59 (7.06%) Kubernetes
6 52 (6.22%) Opscode Chef
7 44 (5.26%) Microsoft Intune
7 44 (5.26%) WSUS
8 40 (4.78%) SCOM
9 31 (3.71%) Packer
10 23 (2.75%) Single Sign-On
11 22 (2.63%) Microsoft Clustering
12 20 (2.39%) Grafana
12 20 (2.39%) Prometheus
12 20 (2.39%) vCenter Server
13 17 (2.03%) ZABBIX
14 15 (1.79%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
14 15 (1.79%) PowerCLI
14 15 (1.79%) vRealize
15 13 (1.56%) WMI
Vendors
1 410 (49.04%) Microsoft
2 358 (42.82%) VMware
3 124 (14.83%) Oracle
4 118 (14.11%) Citrix
5 108 (12.92%) Cisco
6 68 (8.13%) HP
7 53 (6.34%) Dell
8 43 (5.14%) SolarWinds
9 42 (5.02%) EMC
10 41 (4.90%) Splunk
11 34 (4.07%) Atlassian
12 31 (3.71%) Red Hat
12 31 (3.71%) Veeam
13 27 (3.23%) McAfee
14 25 (2.99%) Apple
15 24 (2.87%) ESRI
16 23 (2.75%) SAP
16 23 (2.75%) Sophos
17 22 (2.63%) Lumension
18 19 (2.27%) NetApp