Period
to 28 March 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 28 March 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
28 Mar 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 58 75 76
Rank change year-on-year +17 +1 -4
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 2,381 3,091 3,198
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 3.77% 3.20% 3.15%
As % of the Operating Systems category 18.28% 15.52% 15.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,659 2,117 2,139
Median daily rate £375 £390 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.85% +11.43% +1.45%
10th Percentile £153 £163 £161
90th Percentile £542 £538 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £325
% change year-on-year - +15.38% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 138 156 167
Median hourly rate £20.00 £22.45 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.91% +32.06% -5.56%
10th Percentile £14.00 £12.75 £11.25
90th Percentile £48.46 £49.13 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £17.25
% change year-on-year -5.00% +15.94% -0.81%

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 13,022 19,916 21,135
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.64% 20.59% 20.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,002 12,525 13,498
Median daily rate £413 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.94% - +3.03%
10th Percentile £135 £158 £175
90th Percentile £606 £613 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £400 £400
% change year-on-year -3.13% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,066 1,202 1,271
Median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +2.94% +3.03%
10th Percentile £11.75 £11.17 £11.17
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.98 £47.50
Median hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £15.86
% change year-on-year +6.25% +0.88% -0.88%

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 28 March 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 28 March 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 28 March 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 +15 2,091 £375 -6.25% 969
UK excluding London +19 1,674 £375 - 806
London +11 651 £400 -5.88% 216
South East +14 479 £390 -1.52% 206
North of England +32 382 £375 +3.45% 224
South West -10 250 £400 - 126
North West +43 211 £375 +3.45% 103
Scotland +16 176 £405 +11.72% 24
Midlands +14 176 £313 -10.71% 121
East of England +32 150 £325 - 76
Yorkshire +31 114 £325 -12.75% 80
West Midlands +12 98 £323 -10.42% 77
East Midlands +8 75 £300 -14.29% 44
Wales +21 66 £375 +11.11% 29
North East +32 57 £375 +11.94% 41
Work from Home +28 40 £450 -3.74% 38
Northern Ireland +14 9 £335 +11.67%

For the 6 months to 28 March 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 2,376 (99.79%) Windows
2 1,452 (60.98%) Active Directory
3 1,001 (42.04%) Microsoft
4 990 (41.58%) VMware
5 723 (30.37%) Office 365
6 687 (28.85%) Windows Server 2012
7 644 (27.05%) PowerShell
8 623 (26.17%) Azure
9 564 (23.69%) VMware Infrastructure
10 547 (22.97%) Windows Server 2008
11 518 (21.76%) Windows Server 2016
12 500 (21.00%) Windows 10
12 500 (21.00%) Security Cleared
13 476 (19.99%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 474 (19.91%) DNS
15 400 (16.80%) Linux
15 400 (16.80%) SCCM
16 398 (16.72%) DHCP
17 382 (16.04%) Citrix
18 378 (15.88%) SQL
18 378 (15.88%) SC Cleared
19 344 (14.45%) SQL Server
20 336 (14.11%) ITIL
21 335 (14.07%) Migration
22 332 (13.94%) Hyper-V
23 328 (13.78%) MS Exchange
24 315 (13.23%) Windows 7
25 303 (12.73%) Cisco
26 278 (11.68%) Firewall
27 257 (10.79%) AWS

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
1 328 (13.78%) MS Exchange
2 206 (8.65%) SharePoint
3 133 (5.59%) Skype for Business
4 129 (5.42%) IIS
5 64 (2.69%) Exchange Server 2013
6 61 (2.56%) Exchange Server 2010
7 36 (1.51%) Exchange Server 2003
8 32 (1.34%) Exchange Server 2007
9 26 (1.09%) Confluence
10 24 (1.01%) Apache
11 19 (0.80%) Tomcat
12 16 (0.67%) SharePoint Server
13 15 (0.63%) Documentum
14 13 (0.55%) SharePoint 2010
15 8 (0.34%) IBM Domino
15 8 (0.34%) IBM Notes
15 8 (0.34%) OpenStack
16 7 (0.29%) Elasticsearch
16 7 (0.29%) JBoss
16 7 (0.29%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 228 (9.58%) Microsoft Office
2 57 (2.39%) Microsoft Excel
3 52 (2.18%) MS Visio
4 36 (1.51%) Microsoft Project
5 34 (1.43%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 23 (0.97%) Acrobat
7 22 (0.92%) Spreadsheet
8 3 (0.13%) InfoPath
9 2 (0.084%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 2 (0.084%) AutoCAD
10 1 (0.042%) 3ds Max
10 1 (0.042%) Abaqus
10 1 (0.042%) Revit
10 1 (0.042%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 30 (1.26%) Remedy ITSM
2 7 (0.29%) Dynamics CRM
3 5 (0.21%) Dynamics AX
4 4 (0.17%) Oracle Applications
5 3 (0.13%) assyst
5 3 (0.13%) Oracle Cash Management
6 2 (0.084%) Dynamics NAV
6 2 (0.084%) Oracle EBS
6 2 (0.084%) SnowdropKCS
6 2 (0.084%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
7 1 (0.042%) Carpe Diem
7 1 (0.042%) Elite 3E
7 1 (0.042%) Line 500
7 1 (0.042%) Oracle Receivables
7 1 (0.042%) Sentinel
7 1 (0.042%) Temenos T24
7 1 (0.042%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 723 (30.37%) Office 365
2 623 (26.17%) Azure
3 257 (10.79%) AWS
4 109 (4.58%) Azure Active Directory
5 94 (3.95%) IaaS
6 63 (2.65%) PaaS
7 51 (2.14%) SaaS
8 45 (1.89%) OneDrive
9 43 (1.81%) Power Platform
10 36 (1.51%) GCP
11 29 (1.22%) Cloud Computing
11 29 (1.22%) Mimecast
11 29 (1.22%) PowerApps
12 27 (1.13%) GitHub
13 17 (0.71%) Amazon EC2
14 13 (0.55%) G Suite
14 13 (0.55%) Serverless
15 11 (0.46%) AWS CloudFormation
15 11 (0.46%) Azure ExpressRoute
15 11 (0.46%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 474 (19.91%) DNS
2 398 (16.72%) DHCP
3 278 (11.68%) Firewall
4 234 (9.83%) SAN
5 173 (7.27%) LAN
6 156 (6.55%) WAN
7 153 (6.43%) VPN
8 142 (5.96%) Skype
9 140 (5.88%) TCP/IP
10 68 (2.86%) Remote Desktop
11 66 (2.77%) Internet
12 65 (2.73%) VoIP
13 61 (2.56%) VLAN
14 59 (2.48%) NetScaler
15 36 (1.51%) Wireless
16 33 (1.39%) Network Security
17 32 (1.34%) Wi-Fi
18 31 (1.30%) SSL
19 30 (1.26%) HTTP
20 29 (1.22%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 344 (14.45%) SQL Server
2 45 (1.89%) MySQL
3 38 (1.60%) SQL Server 2012
4 36 (1.51%) SQL Server 2016
5 35 (1.47%) Amazon RDS
6 32 (1.34%) SQL Server 2008
7 29 (1.22%) MongoDB
7 29 (1.22%) Oracle Database
8 28 (1.18%) PostgreSQL
8 28 (1.18%) Power BI
9 20 (0.84%) Relational Database
10 18 (0.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 15 (0.63%) SQL Server 2014
12 13 (0.55%) Azure SQL Database
12 13 (0.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 12 (0.50%) Data Warehouse
14 11 (0.46%) SQL Server 2017
15 10 (0.42%) Oracle Database 11g
15 10 (0.42%) SQL Server 2005
16 9 (0.38%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 63 (2.65%) Jenkins
2 45 (1.89%) Git (software)
3 44 (1.85%) JIRA
4 33 (1.39%) GitLab
4 33 (1.39%) Octopus Deploy
5 32 (1.34%) Team Foundation Server
6 25 (1.05%) Bitbucket
7 23 (0.97%) MSI
7 23 (0.97%) TeamCity
8 22 (0.92%) Subversion
9 19 (0.80%) Visual Studio
10 11 (0.46%) Visual Studio Team System
11 9 (0.38%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 9 (0.38%) Hudson
12 8 (0.34%) Fiddler
12 8 (0.34%) NUnit
12 8 (0.34%) StarTeam
13 7 (0.29%) IBM UrbanCode
13 7 (0.29%) Selenium
13 7 (0.29%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 190 (7.98%) Finance
2 143 (6.01%) Public Sector
3 68 (2.86%) Banking
4 47 (1.97%) Telecoms
5 30 (1.26%) Law
6 28 (1.18%) Retail
7 23 (0.97%) Manufacturing
8 20 (0.84%) Legal
9 18 (0.76%) Local Government
10 16 (0.67%) Back Office
10 16 (0.67%) Marketing
11 15 (0.63%) Front Office
12 11 (0.46%) Electronics
12 11 (0.46%) Financial Institution
13 10 (0.42%) Military
14 8 (0.34%) Advertising
15 7 (0.29%) Spanish Language
16 6 (0.25%) Housing Association
16 6 (0.25%) Investment Banking
16 6 (0.25%) Police
Job Titles
1 406 (17.05%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 270 (11.34%) Support Engineer
3 217 (9.11%) Windows Engineer
4 210 (8.82%) Analyst
5 180 (7.56%) Server Engineer
6 140 (5.88%) 2nd Line Support
7 132 (5.54%) IT Support
8 127 (5.33%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 123 (5.17%) Architect
9 123 (5.17%) Consultant
10 112 (4.70%) IT Engineer
11 106 (4.45%) 3rd Line Support
12 87 (3.65%) 2nd Line Engineer
13 86 (3.61%) Administrator
13 86 (3.61%) Windows Server Engineer
14 82 (3.44%) Wintel Engineer
15 81 (3.40%) Active Directory Engineer
16 79 (3.32%) Support Analyst
17 72 (3.02%) Systems Engineer
18 71 (2.98%) VMware Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 91 (3.82%) .NET
2 49 (2.06%) XML
3 48 (2.02%) Web Services
4 36 (1.51%) HTML
4 36 (1.51%) Middleware
5 31 (1.30%) REST
6 29 (1.22%) LDAP
7 25 (1.05%) .NET Framework
8 22 (0.92%) Elastic Stack
9 19 (0.80%) AngularJS
10 15 (0.63%) JSON
11 13 (0.55%) Entity Framework
12 12 (0.50%) OAuth
12 12 (0.50%) WCF
12 12 (0.50%) WebSockets
13 11 (0.46%) ADSI
13 11 (0.46%) ASP.NET
13 11 (0.46%) ASP.NET Web API
13 11 (0.46%) Dapper ORM
13 11 (0.46%) NHibernate
Miscellaneous
1 193 (8.11%) Data Centre
2 163 (6.85%) Analytical Skills
3 93 (3.91%) Clustering
4 92 (3.86%) PKI
5 66 (2.77%) Self-Motivation
6 63 (2.65%) Management Information System
7 61 (2.56%) Replication
8 45 (1.89%) Driving Licence
9 37 (1.55%) NHS
10 35 (1.47%) Blackberry
11 30 (1.26%) Public Cloud
12 26 (1.09%) Enterprise Software
12 26 (1.09%) User Experience
13 24 (1.01%) PDA
13 24 (1.01%) Video Conferencing
14 21 (0.88%) Hedge funds
15 20 (0.84%) Fat Client
15 20 (0.84%) Thin Client
16 18 (0.76%) Enterprise Storage
17 15 (0.63%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 2,376 (99.79%) Windows
2 687 (28.85%) Windows Server 2012
3 547 (22.97%) Windows Server 2008
4 518 (21.76%) Windows Server 2016
5 500 (21.00%) Windows 10
6 400 (16.80%) Linux
7 315 (13.23%) Windows 7
8 147 (6.17%) Windows Server 2003
8 147 (6.17%) Windows Server 2019
9 90 (3.78%) Unix
10 80 (3.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 58 (2.44%) Windows XP
12 48 (2.02%) Windows 8
13 46 (1.93%) Ubuntu
14 42 (1.76%) Windows Vista
15 33 (1.39%) CentOS
16 30 (1.26%) VMS
17 28 (1.18%) Windows 2000
18 27 (1.13%) Android
19 21 (0.88%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 476 (19.99%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 336 (14.11%) ITIL
3 335 (14.07%) Migration
4 239 (10.04%) Problem-Solving
5 170 (7.14%) Agile Software Development
6 136 (5.71%) DevOps
7 128 (5.38%) Configuration Management
8 94 (3.95%) High Availability
9 92 (3.86%) Change Management
10 80 (3.36%) Disaster Recovery
11 77 (3.23%) Project Delivery
12 73 (3.07%) Server Management
13 72 (3.02%) Incident Management
14 71 (2.98%) ITSM
14 71 (2.98%) Service Management
15 66 (2.77%) Root Cause Analysis
16 65 (2.73%) Service Delivery
17 63 (2.65%) Continuous Integration
17 63 (2.65%) Problem Management
18 62 (2.60%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 644 (27.05%) PowerShell
2 378 (15.88%) SQL
3 90 (3.78%) Python
4 82 (3.44%) Bash Shell
5 67 (2.81%) C#
6 45 (1.89%) Java
7 42 (1.76%) VB
8 34 (1.43%) JavaScript
9 33 (1.39%) PHP
9 33 (1.39%) VBScript
10 26 (1.09%) C
11 22 (0.92%) Ruby
12 19 (0.80%) Shell Script
13 17 (0.71%) Perl
14 15 (0.63%) T-SQL
15 13 (0.55%) C++
15 13 (0.55%) REXX
15 13 (0.55%) Tcl
16 12 (0.50%) VB.NET
17 11 (0.46%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 500 (21.00%) Security Cleared
2 378 (15.88%) SC Cleared
3 203 (8.53%) Microsoft Certification
4 166 (6.97%) DV Cleared
5 119 (5.00%) MCSE
6 79 (3.32%) MCSA
7 75 (3.15%) Cisco Certification
8 71 (2.98%) Degree
9 62 (2.60%) CCNA
10 55 (2.31%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 37 (1.55%) ITIL Certification
12 32 (1.34%) CCNP
13 28 (1.18%) MCP
14 27 (1.13%) DBS Check
15 25 (1.05%) Citrix Certification
16 23 (0.97%) MCITP
17 21 (0.88%) CCA
18 18 (0.76%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
19 14 (0.59%) Computer Science Degree
20 13 (0.55%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 129 (5.42%) SLA
2 21 (0.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 21 (0.88%) QA
3 19 (0.80%) Cyber Essentials
4 16 (0.67%) GDPR
4 16 (0.67%) NCSC
5 11 (0.46%) PCI DSS
6 10 (0.42%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 8 (0.34%) Government Security Classifications
7 8 (0.34%) PMO
8 6 (0.25%) Disclosure Scotland
9 5 (0.21%) Data Quality
10 4 (0.17%) BS7799
10 4 (0.17%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 4 (0.17%) NIST
11 3 (0.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 2 (0.084%) GxP
12 2 (0.084%) HL7
12 2 (0.084%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 2 (0.084%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 1,452 (60.98%) Active Directory
2 564 (23.69%) VMware Infrastructure
3 332 (13.94%) Hyper-V
4 214 (8.99%) vSphere
5 188 (7.90%) VMware ESXi
6 159 (6.68%) XenApp
7 108 (4.54%) Virtual Machines
8 86 (3.61%) Docker
9 78 (3.28%) XenDesktop
10 67 (2.81%) Virtual Servers
11 46 (1.93%) Microsoft App-V
12 41 (1.72%) VMware NSX
13 33 (1.39%) Virtual Desktop
14 29 (1.22%) Terminal Services
15 28 (1.18%) Citrix Hypervisor
16 26 (1.09%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 19 (0.80%) DFS Replication
18 18 (0.76%) Firmware
19 16 (0.67%) NFS
19 16 (0.67%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 400 (16.80%) SCCM
2 124 (5.21%) SCOM
3 105 (4.41%) Ansible
4 94 (3.95%) WSUS
5 81 (3.40%) Puppet
6 80 (3.36%) Microsoft Intune
7 66 (2.77%) Terraform
8 63 (2.65%) PowerCLI
8 63 (2.65%) vCenter Server
9 52 (2.18%) Microsoft Clustering
10 46 (1.93%) vRealize
11 42 (1.76%) Opscode Chef
12 41 (1.72%) Kubernetes
13 36 (1.51%) NetBackup
14 31 (1.30%) Single Sign-On
15 28 (1.18%) Failover Clustering
16 27 (1.13%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
16 27 (1.13%) Norton AntiVirus
17 26 (1.09%) ServiceCenter
17 26 (1.09%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 1,001 (42.04%) Microsoft
2 990 (41.58%) VMware
3 382 (16.04%) Citrix
4 303 (12.73%) Cisco
5 169 (7.10%) HP
6 114 (4.79%) Oracle
7 108 (4.54%) NetApp
8 91 (3.82%) Dell
9 71 (2.98%) Red Hat
10 60 (2.52%) Apple
10 60 (2.52%) EMC
11 59 (2.48%) Symantec
12 56 (2.35%) Google
13 50 (2.10%) McAfee
14 45 (1.89%) Remedy
15 41 (1.72%) SolarWinds
16 40 (1.68%) ServiceNow
17 39 (1.64%) IBM
18 38 (1.60%) Palo Alto
19 37 (1.55%) Sophos