Period
to 23 September 2019

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 23 September 2019 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
23 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 68 74 81
Rank change year-on-year +6 +7 -29
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 2,960 3,272 2,927
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 3.37% 3.24% 2.99%
As % of the Operating Systems category 16.28% 15.64% 14.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,963 2,077 1,884
UK median daily rate £375 £375 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +10.29% -
10th Percentile £163 £170 £153
90th Percentile £550 £538 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £325
% change year-on-year +2.74% +12.31% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 181 187 168
UK median hourly rate £22.93 £21.50 £16.65
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.65% +29.11% -21.93%
10th Percentile £14.00 £11.00 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.64 £21.50 £16.39
% change year-on-year -8.65% +31.18% -23.16%

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 18,181 20,919 20,367
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.67% 20.68% 20.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,333 12,939 12,801
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £425
10th Percentile £150 £170 £183
90th Percentile £619 £606 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £393 £375
% change year-on-year +1.91% +4.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,238 1,509 1,193
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.94% -2.86% +6.06%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.50 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.68 £16.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year +4.22% -3.03% +1.54%

Windows Server
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Windows Server in the UK

Windows Server
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Windows Server in the UK

Windows Server
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows Server over the 6 months to 23 September 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Windows Server in the UK

Windows Server
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Windows Server in the UK

Windows Server
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows Server over the 6 months to 23 September 2019.

Contractor 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 23 September 2019. 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 +5 2,654 £375 - 1,362
UK excluding London +4 1,988 £375 +2.74% 1,140
London -4 881 £400 - 316
South East +5 614 £379 -0.46% 333
North of England +6 414 £350 - 290
South West -8 349 £363 -3.33% 155
Midlands +10 245 £325 -9.41% 165
North West -1 222 £332 -5.21% 152
Yorkshire +43 182 £375 +5.26% 116
East of England 0 141 £375 +7.14% 103
Scotland 0 129 £375 - 51
West Midlands -7 122 £325 -9.72% 101
East Midlands +24 120 £343 -2.14% 64
Wales +35 91 £400 +4.92% 38
North East -21 10 £275 -17.29% 22
Northern Ireland -3 4 £250 -53.70% 5
Channel Islands -7 3 £400 -

For the 6 months to 23 September 2019, 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 2,955 (99.83%) Windows
2 1,730 (58.45%) Active Directory
3 1,297 (43.82%) VMware
4 1,296 (43.78%) Microsoft
5 868 (29.32%) Windows Server 2012
6 865 (29.22%) Office 365
7 732 (24.73%) PowerShell
8 719 (24.29%) Azure
9 691 (23.34%) VMware Infrastructure
10 684 (23.11%) Windows Server 2008
11 683 (23.07%) Windows 10
12 680 (22.97%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 669 (22.60%) SCCM
14 534 (18.04%) Linux
15 530 (17.91%) Citrix
16 513 (17.33%) SQL Server
16 513 (17.33%) DNS
17 503 (16.99%) Security Cleared
18 501 (16.93%) ITIL
19 482 (16.28%) SQL
20 459 (15.51%) MS Exchange
21 439 (14.83%) Hyper-V
22 437 (14.76%) Cisco
23 417 (14.09%) Windows 7
24 415 (14.02%) Firewall
25 411 (13.89%) Finance
26 409 (13.82%) Migration
27 392 (13.24%) DHCP
28 354 (11.96%) AWS
29 333 (11.25%) SC Cleared

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
1 459 (15.51%) MS Exchange
2 245 (8.28%) SharePoint
3 190 (6.42%) IIS
4 186 (6.28%) Skype for Business
5 154 (5.20%) Exchange Server 2010
6 106 (3.58%) Exchange Server 2013
7 65 (2.20%) Confluence
8 33 (1.11%) Apache
9 22 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2007
10 19 (0.64%) nginx
11 18 (0.61%) SharePoint 2013
12 16 (0.54%) Tomcat
13 15 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2003
14 14 (0.47%) IBM Notes
15 13 (0.44%) CMS
15 13 (0.44%) OpenStack
16 12 (0.41%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
17 11 (0.37%) Elasticsearch
17 11 (0.37%) SharePoint 2010
17 11 (0.37%) WebSphere
Applications
1 272 (9.19%) Microsoft Office
2 47 (1.59%) Microsoft Excel
3 28 (0.95%) MS Visio
4 17 (0.57%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 13 (0.44%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.068%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.034%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.034%) FileZilla
7 1 (0.034%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.034%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 15 (0.51%) Dynamics CRM
2 12 (0.41%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 8 (0.27%) Remedy ITSM
4 6 (0.20%) Misys Opics
5 5 (0.17%) Elite 3E
6 4 (0.14%) Dynamics NAV
7 3 (0.10%) SystmOne
8 2 (0.068%) Northgate Housing
8 2 (0.068%) OpenText VIM for SAP
8 2 (0.068%) Oracle Cash Management
8 2 (0.068%) Relativity
8 2 (0.068%) Sage 200
8 2 (0.068%) Sentinel
8 2 (0.068%) Towers Watson Igloo
8 2 (0.068%) Visualfiles
9 1 (0.034%) Dynamics AX
9 1 (0.034%) Dynamics GP
9 1 (0.034%) NetSuite
9 1 (0.034%) Oracle Financials
9 1 (0.034%) PeopleSoft Financials
Cloud Services
1 865 (29.22%) Office 365
2 719 (24.29%) Azure
3 354 (11.96%) AWS
4 148 (5.00%) Azure Active Directory
5 120 (4.05%) IaaS
6 90 (3.04%) PaaS
7 62 (2.09%) SaaS
8 43 (1.45%) GCP
9 37 (1.25%) GitHub
10 36 (1.22%) Cloud Computing
11 33 (1.11%) OneDrive
12 21 (0.71%) OpenShift
13 20 (0.68%) Dynamics 365
13 20 (0.68%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 19 (0.64%) AWS CloudFormation
15 18 (0.61%) Power Platform
16 17 (0.57%) Yammer
17 16 (0.54%) Amazon ECS
18 14 (0.47%) G Suite
18 14 (0.47%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 513 (17.33%) DNS
2 415 (14.02%) Firewall
3 392 (13.24%) DHCP
4 259 (8.75%) SAN
5 234 (7.91%) WAN
6 225 (7.60%) LAN
7 189 (6.39%) TCP/IP
8 168 (5.68%) Skype
9 141 (4.76%) VPN
10 85 (2.87%) VLAN
11 81 (2.74%) NAS
12 80 (2.70%) VoIP
13 72 (2.43%) NetScaler
14 70 (2.36%) Internet
15 66 (2.23%) Network Security
16 58 (1.96%) Wireless
17 53 (1.79%) Cisco ASA
18 52 (1.76%) Wi-Fi
19 50 (1.69%) HTTP
20 47 (1.59%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 513 (17.33%) SQL Server
2 73 (2.47%) Oracle Database
3 64 (2.16%) SQL Server 2012
4 55 (1.86%) SQL Server 2016
5 51 (1.72%) MySQL
6 39 (1.32%) Relational Database
7 36 (1.22%) SQL Server 2008
7 36 (1.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 35 (1.18%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 33 (1.11%) PostgreSQL
10 32 (1.08%) Data Warehouse
10 32 (1.08%) SQL Server 2014
11 24 (0.81%) Amazon RDS
12 23 (0.78%) SQL Server 2005
13 22 (0.74%) Azure SQL Database
13 22 (0.74%) MongoDB
13 22 (0.74%) Oracle Reports
14 21 (0.71%) Big Data
15 20 (0.68%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 13 (0.44%) SQL Server 2017
Development Applications
1 109 (3.68%) Git (software)
2 87 (2.94%) JIRA
3 66 (2.23%) Jenkins
4 58 (1.96%) Visual Studio
5 46 (1.55%) MSI
6 41 (1.39%) Visual Studio Team System
7 37 (1.25%) Team Foundation Server
8 33 (1.11%) Bitbucket
8 33 (1.11%) Subversion
9 25 (0.84%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 23 (0.78%) TeamCity
11 20 (0.68%) Sonatype Nexus
12 11 (0.37%) GitLab
12 11 (0.37%) Octopus Deploy
12 11 (0.37%) WiX
13 10 (0.34%) MSTest
13 10 (0.34%) SonarQube
13 10 (0.34%) StarTeam
14 9 (0.30%) SoapUI
14 9 (0.30%) WinDbg
General
1 411 (13.89%) Finance
2 155 (5.24%) Public Sector
3 142 (4.80%) Banking
4 73 (2.47%) Retail
5 57 (1.93%) Telecoms
6 45 (1.52%) Back Office
7 43 (1.45%) Manufacturing
8 39 (1.32%) Legal
9 33 (1.11%) Law
10 28 (0.95%) Front Office
11 25 (0.84%) Advertising
12 24 (0.81%) Local Government
13 23 (0.78%) Investment Banking
13 23 (0.78%) Publishing
14 19 (0.64%) Automotive
15 18 (0.61%) Police
16 15 (0.51%) Marketing
16 15 (0.51%) Military
17 14 (0.47%) German Language
18 13 (0.44%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 597 (20.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 329 (11.11%) Analyst
3 304 (10.27%) Support Engineer
4 282 (9.53%) Windows Engineer
5 226 (7.64%) Server Engineer
6 198 (6.69%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 161 (5.44%) 3rd Line Support
8 158 (5.34%) Consultant
9 146 (4.93%) IT Support
10 141 (4.76%) Support Analyst
11 140 (4.73%) Architect
12 131 (4.43%) Wintel Engineer
13 126 (4.26%) Administrator
14 119 (4.02%) 2nd Line Support
15 114 (3.85%) IT Engineer
16 112 (3.78%) Windows Server Engineer
17 99 (3.34%) DevOps Engineer
18 92 (3.11%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
18 92 (3.11%) VMware Engineer
19 90 (3.04%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 130 (4.39%) .NET
2 84 (2.84%) Web Services
3 50 (1.69%) LDAP
4 32 (1.08%) Middleware
5 28 (0.95%) REST
6 26 (0.88%) XML
7 25 (0.84%) .NET Framework
7 25 (0.84%) ASP.NET
7 25 (0.84%) JSON
8 23 (0.78%) HTML
9 20 (0.68%) Node.js
9 20 (0.68%) SAML
9 20 (0.68%) SOAP
9 20 (0.68%) Software Packaging
10 18 (0.61%) ASP.NET Web API
10 18 (0.61%) Elastic Stack
10 18 (0.61%) RESTful
11 16 (0.54%) CSS
12 14 (0.47%) Spring
13 12 (0.41%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 229 (7.74%) Data Centre
2 162 (5.47%) Analytical Skills
3 158 (5.34%) Clustering
4 99 (3.34%) Management Information System
5 79 (2.67%) PKI
6 64 (2.16%) Public Cloud
7 60 (2.03%) Driving Licence
7 60 (2.03%) Replication
8 57 (1.93%) Self-Motivation
9 56 (1.89%) NHS
10 39 (1.32%) Fat Client
10 39 (1.32%) Thin Client
11 33 (1.11%) Video Conferencing
12 32 (1.08%) Enterprise Software
13 31 (1.05%) Blackberry
13 31 (1.05%) User Experience
14 25 (0.84%) Hybrid Cloud
15 20 (0.68%) Linux Command Line
16 18 (0.61%) Client/Server
16 18 (0.61%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 2,955 (99.83%) Windows
2 868 (29.32%) Windows Server 2012
3 684 (23.11%) Windows Server 2008
4 683 (23.07%) Windows 10
5 534 (18.04%) Linux
6 417 (14.09%) Windows 7
7 187 (6.32%) Windows Server 2003
8 155 (5.24%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 127 (4.29%) Unix
10 79 (2.67%) Windows 8
11 62 (2.09%) CentOS
12 50 (1.69%) Ubuntu
13 46 (1.55%) Solaris
13 46 (1.55%) Windows XP
14 38 (1.28%) Android
15 31 (1.05%) Mac OS X
16 28 (0.95%) AIX
17 25 (0.84%) Mac OS
18 24 (0.81%) Apple iOS
19 20 (0.68%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 680 (22.97%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 501 (16.93%) ITIL
3 409 (13.82%) Migration
4 274 (9.26%) Problem-Solving
5 232 (7.84%) Agile Software Development
6 219 (7.40%) DevOps
7 148 (5.00%) Disaster Recovery
8 147 (4.97%) Change Management
9 126 (4.26%) Project Delivery
10 125 (4.22%) Configuration Management
11 107 (3.61%) Information Security
12 95 (3.21%) Problem Management
13 91 (3.07%) Service Management
14 82 (2.77%) Project Management
15 78 (2.64%) High Availability
15 78 (2.64%) Server Management
16 75 (2.53%) ITSM
17 73 (2.47%) Patch Management
18 72 (2.43%) Service Delivery
19 70 (2.36%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 732 (24.73%) PowerShell
2 482 (16.28%) SQL
3 132 (4.46%) Python
4 103 (3.48%) Java
5 77 (2.60%) C#
6 68 (2.30%) VBScript
7 55 (1.86%) JavaScript
8 46 (1.55%) T-SQL
9 42 (1.42%) Bash Shell
10 41 (1.39%) Ruby
11 37 (1.25%) Perl
12 27 (0.91%) VB
13 19 (0.64%) C
13 19 (0.64%) VBA
14 17 (0.57%) Shell Script
15 15 (0.51%) PHP
16 11 (0.37%) Go
17 8 (0.27%) C++
17 8 (0.27%) VB.NET
18 7 (0.24%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 503 (16.99%) Security Cleared
2 333 (11.25%) SC Cleared
3 236 (7.97%) Microsoft Certification
4 166 (5.61%) DV Cleared
5 155 (5.24%) MCSE
6 134 (4.53%) Cisco Certification
7 118 (3.99%) Degree
8 112 (3.78%) MCSA
9 106 (3.58%) CCNA
10 52 (1.76%) MCP
11 50 (1.69%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 47 (1.59%) CCNP
13 45 (1.52%) MCITP
14 42 (1.42%) ITIL Certification
15 36 (1.22%) Citrix Certification
16 32 (1.08%) CCA
17 30 (1.01%) DBS Check
18 28 (0.95%) Computer Science Degree
19 15 (0.51%) ISTQB
20 13 (0.44%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 149 (5.03%) SLA
2 49 (1.66%) QA
3 46 (1.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 18 (0.61%) COBIT
4 18 (0.61%) Cyber Essentials
5 16 (0.54%) GDPR
5 16 (0.54%) PCI DSS
6 15 (0.51%) NIST
7 12 (0.41%) PMO
8 9 (0.30%) Government Security Classifications
9 8 (0.27%) NCSC
10 5 (0.17%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 5 (0.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 4 (0.14%) Disclosure Scotland
11 4 (0.14%) JSP 440
11 4 (0.14%) PA-DSS
12 3 (0.10%) ISO 9001
13 2 (0.068%) Data Quality
13 2 (0.068%) ISO 14001
14 1 (0.034%) ISO 22301
System Software
1 1,730 (58.45%) Active Directory
2 691 (23.34%) VMware Infrastructure
3 439 (14.83%) Hyper-V
4 292 (9.86%) VMware ESXi
5 248 (8.38%) vSphere
6 240 (8.11%) XenApp
7 181 (6.11%) XenDesktop
8 110 (3.72%) Virtual Machines
9 83 (2.80%) Microsoft App-V
10 79 (2.67%) Docker
11 72 (2.43%) Virtual Desktop
12 56 (1.89%) Virtual Servers
13 47 (1.59%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 45 (1.52%) DFS Replication
15 35 (1.18%) VMware NSX
16 31 (1.05%) BitLocker
17 23 (0.78%) Microsoft Virtual Server
18 17 (0.57%) ISA Server
18 17 (0.57%) Terminal Services
19 16 (0.54%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 669 (22.60%) SCCM
2 185 (6.25%) SCOM
3 131 (4.43%) WSUS
4 118 (3.99%) Ansible
5 95 (3.21%) vCenter Server
6 81 (2.74%) Puppet
7 80 (2.70%) Microsoft Intune
8 75 (2.53%) Kubernetes
9 71 (2.40%) Opscode Chef
10 68 (2.30%) Microsoft Clustering
11 57 (1.93%) Single Sign-On
12 54 (1.82%) Terraform
13 49 (1.66%) SCVMM
14 37 (1.25%) McAfee ePO
14 37 (1.25%) NetBackup
15 36 (1.22%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
16 34 (1.15%) Nessus
17 32 (1.08%) Failover Clustering
18 27 (0.91%) Backup Exec
18 27 (0.91%) vRealize
Vendors
1 1,297 (43.82%) VMware
2 1,296 (43.78%) Microsoft
3 530 (17.91%) Citrix
4 437 (14.76%) Cisco
5 198 (6.69%) HP
6 185 (6.25%) Oracle
7 111 (3.75%) NetApp
8 110 (3.72%) Red Hat
9 102 (3.45%) Dell
10 87 (2.94%) McAfee
11 83 (2.80%) EMC
12 80 (2.70%) Veeam
13 70 (2.36%) IBM
14 67 (2.26%) Apple
15 62 (2.09%) Symantec
16 53 (1.79%) Sophos
17 51 (1.72%) Juniper
18 49 (1.66%) Meraki
19 47 (1.59%) F5
20 44 (1.49%) Adobe