Period
to 16 August 2017

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 16 August 2017 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
16 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 81 49 42
Rank change year-on-year -32 -7 +7
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 2763 4336 4735
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.89% 3.98% 4.20%
As % of the Operating Systems category 13.94% 17.84% 19.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 1790 2765 2840
UK median daily rate £350 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.69% -
10th Percentile £155 £180 £170
90th Percentile £500 £513 £479
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 164 261 394
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £21.00 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -23.81% +7.69% +11.43%
10th Percentile £10.50 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £48.68 £45.00 £42.84
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.78 £21.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -24.88% +10.53% +8.57%

Windows Server is in the operating system skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills.

Contract Operating System Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 19814 24304 24450
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.72% 22.30% 21.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 12465 15329 14265
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +3.45%
10th Percentile £190 £209 £185
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +3.33% +7.14% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1137 1293 1937
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.03% - +3.84%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.53 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £43.75 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.86 £16.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year -3.88% +3.13% +3.23%

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 16 August 2017.

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 16 August 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Windows Server in the UK

Windows Server
Top 16 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 16 August 2017. 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 -27 2536 £350 - 607
UK excluding London -25 1779 £325 - 462
London -34 952 £375 -1.32% 186
South East -15 573 £340 -2.86% 120
North of England -32 362 £325 +8.33% 117
Midlands -12 266 £300 -11.11% 81
South West -4 232 £325 -7.14% 58
North West -13 184 £300 -11.44% 65
East of England -17 157 £350 +7.69% 45
West Midlands -11 149 £325 -4.06% 57
Scotland -22 141 £350 +6.06% 31
East Midlands +3 117 £300 -7.69% 24
Yorkshire -29 105 £338 +3.85% 45
North East -24 73 £388 +38.39% 7
Wales -11 50 £180 -48.57% 10
Northern Ireland -42 14 £346 +62.59%

For the 6 months to 16 August 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Windows Server also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Windows Server.

1 2757 (99.78%) Windows
2 1537 (55.63%) Active Directory
3 1148 (41.55%) Microsoft
4 1104 (39.96%) VMware
5 998 (36.12%) Windows Server 2012
6 872 (31.56%) Windows Server 2008
7 678 (24.54%) PowerShell
8 594 (21.50%) SQL Server
9 552 (19.98%) VMware Infrastructure
10 548 (19.83%) Linux
11 521 (18.86%) Citrix
12 516 (18.68%) MS Exchange
13 505 (18.28%) Office 365
14 503 (18.20%) SQL
15 496 (17.95%) DNS
16 471 (17.05%) ITIL
17 443 (16.03%) Microsoft Azure
18 430 (15.56%) Firewall
19 405 (14.66%) Cisco
20 404 (14.62%) Finance
21 399 (14.44%) SCCM
22 388 (14.04%) Windows 7
23 377 (13.64%) Hyper-V
24 372 (13.46%) Migration
25 369 (13.36%) Windows Server 2003
25 369 (13.36%) Security Cleared
26 361 (13.07%) SAN
27 348 (12.60%) DHCP
28 321 (11.62%) HP
29 320 (11.58%) IIS

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
1 516 (18.68%) MS Exchange
2 320 (11.58%) IIS
3 248 (8.98%) Exchange Server 2010
4 200 (7.24%) SharePoint
5 162 (5.86%) Skype for Business
6 155 (5.61%) Exchange Server 2013
7 71 (2.57%) Apache
8 56 (2.03%) Confluence
9 50 (1.81%) Tomcat
10 49 (1.77%) Exchange Server 2007
11 47 (1.70%) SharePoint 2013
12 44 (1.59%) Exchange Server 2003
13 41 (1.48%) WebLogic
14 37 (1.34%) CMS
15 36 (1.30%) OpenStack
16 33 (1.19%) SharePoint 2010
17 30 (1.09%) SharePoint Server
18 29 (1.05%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
18 29 (1.05%) JBoss
19 28 (1.01%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 281 (10.17%) Microsoft Office
2 59 (2.14%) Microsoft Excel
3 32 (1.16%) MS Visio
4 14 (0.51%) Microsoft Project
5 13 (0.47%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 12 (0.43%) Acrobat
7 6 (0.22%) Houdini
7 6 (0.22%) Maya
7 6 (0.22%) NUKE
7 6 (0.22%) PaintShop Pro
7 6 (0.22%) Photoshop
8 4 (0.14%) SmartSuite
9 3 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
9 3 (0.11%) Stata
10 1 (0.036%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 31 (1.12%) Dynamics CRM
2 15 (0.54%) Dynamics AX
2 15 (0.54%) Remedy ITSM
3 8 (0.29%) Unit4 Business World
4 5 (0.18%) Oracle Applications
5 3 (0.11%) BusinessWorks
5 3 (0.11%) RMDS
6 2 (0.072%) Bankmaster
6 2 (0.072%) Dynamics GP
6 2 (0.072%) WebTrends
7 1 (0.036%) Adobe Campaign
7 1 (0.036%) Changepoint
7 1 (0.036%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 1 (0.036%) Eikon
7 1 (0.036%) NetSuite
7 1 (0.036%) Sage 1000
7 1 (0.036%) SAP CRM
7 1 (0.036%) SAP Hybris
7 1 (0.036%) Scribe Insight
7 1 (0.036%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 505 (18.28%) Office 365
2 443 (16.03%) Microsoft Azure
3 217 (7.85%) Amazon AWS
4 94 (3.40%) IaaS
5 80 (2.90%) Azure Active Directory
6 63 (2.28%) PaaS
7 26 (0.94%) SaaS
8 21 (0.76%) OneDrive
9 19 (0.69%) Mimecast
10 15 (0.54%) Trello
11 13 (0.47%) AWS CloudFormation
11 13 (0.47%) Cloud Computing
12 11 (0.40%) Amazon EC2
12 11 (0.40%) GitHub
13 8 (0.29%) Google Cloud Platform
14 7 (0.25%) G Suite
14 7 (0.25%) Yammer
15 6 (0.22%) Amazon S3
16 5 (0.18%) Amazon CloudWatch
16 5 (0.18%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 496 (17.95%) DNS
2 430 (15.56%) Firewall
3 361 (13.07%) SAN
4 348 (12.60%) DHCP
5 266 (9.63%) WAN
6 265 (9.59%) LAN
7 223 (8.07%) TCP/IP
8 163 (5.90%) VPN
9 96 (3.47%) Skype
10 90 (3.26%) Internet
11 89 (3.22%) NAS
12 76 (2.75%) NetScaler
13 72 (2.61%) VLAN
14 68 (2.46%) Network Security
15 67 (2.42%) VoIP
16 65 (2.35%) LDAP
17 63 (2.28%) HTTP
18 59 (2.14%) SSL
19 57 (2.06%) Wireless
20 55 (1.99%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 594 (21.50%) SQL Server
2 155 (5.61%) SQL Server 2012
3 100 (3.62%) SQL Server 2008
4 73 (2.64%) Oracle Database
4 73 (2.64%) SQL Server 2005
5 47 (1.70%) BusinessObjects
6 45 (1.63%) SQL Server 2014
7 39 (1.41%) Oracle Database 11g
8 37 (1.34%) Relational Database
9 36 (1.30%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 35 (1.27%) MySQL
11 34 (1.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 29 (1.05%) Oracle Database 10g
12 29 (1.05%) SQL Server 2016
13 28 (1.01%) Data Warehouse
14 27 (0.98%) PostgreSQL
14 27 (0.98%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 21 (0.76%) Oracle Reports
16 17 (0.62%) MongoDB
16 17 (0.62%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 132 (4.78%) Team Foundation Server
2 116 (4.20%) Git (software)
3 92 (3.33%) Jenkins
4 66 (2.39%) JIRA
5 55 (1.99%) TeamCity
6 49 (1.77%) Visual Studio
7 35 (1.27%) Octopus Deploy
8 29 (1.05%) Maven
9 28 (1.01%) Oracle APEX
10 26 (0.94%) Sonatype Nexus
11 24 (0.87%) Ant
12 23 (0.83%) MSI
13 22 (0.80%) Selenium
13 22 (0.80%) SpecFlow
14 20 (0.72%) HP UFT
15 19 (0.69%) GitLab
15 19 (0.69%) Vagrant
16 17 (0.62%) ReSharper
16 17 (0.62%) SoapUI
17 16 (0.58%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 404 (14.62%) Finance
2 204 (7.38%) Banking
3 63 (2.28%) Telecoms
4 49 (1.77%) Retail
5 47 (1.70%) Manufacturing
6 36 (1.30%) Law
6 36 (1.30%) Legal
7 31 (1.12%) Marketing
8 25 (0.90%) Front Office
9 24 (0.87%) Back Office
9 24 (0.87%) Investment Banking
10 19 (0.69%) Electronics
11 18 (0.65%) Publishing
12 16 (0.58%) Local Government
13 14 (0.51%) Advertising
14 11 (0.40%) Financial Institution
15 8 (0.29%) French Language
15 8 (0.29%) Pharmaceutical
16 7 (0.25%) Billing
17 5 (0.18%) Military
Job Titles
1 358 (12.96%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 356 (12.88%) Analyst
3 299 (10.82%) Support Engineer
4 210 (7.60%) Windows Engineer
5 205 (7.42%) Administrator
6 163 (5.90%) Consultant
7 151 (5.47%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 151 (5.47%) Server Engineer
8 150 (5.43%) 3rd Line Support
9 145 (5.25%) Systems Administrator
10 143 (5.18%) 2nd Line Support
11 137 (4.96%) Architect
12 125 (4.52%) Support Analyst
13 111 (4.02%) Developer
14 100 (3.62%) DevOps Engineer
15 98 (3.55%) IT Support
16 95 (3.44%) VMware Engineer
17 89 (3.22%) Desktop Support
17 89 (3.22%) Systems Engineer
18 81 (2.93%) Server Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 240 (8.69%) .NET
2 107 (3.87%) Web Services
3 78 (2.82%) XML
4 64 (2.32%) CSS
4 64 (2.32%) HTML
5 53 (1.92%) .NET Framework
6 49 (1.77%) ASP.NET
6 49 (1.77%) jQuery
7 45 (1.63%) Middleware
8 34 (1.23%) SOAP
9 29 (1.05%) RESTful
10 28 (1.01%) LINQ
11 26 (0.94%) ASP.NET Web API
12 25 (0.90%) Software Packaging
12 25 (0.90%) XSLT
13 22 (0.80%) Java EE
14 21 (0.76%) AngularJS
14 21 (0.76%) ASP.NET MVC
15 19 (0.69%) Ajax
15 19 (0.69%) Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 277 (10.03%) Data Centre
2 157 (5.68%) Analytical Skills
3 114 (4.13%) Clustering
4 67 (2.42%) Management Information System
4 67 (2.42%) PKI
5 66 (2.39%) Replication
6 51 (1.85%) Computer Science
7 41 (1.48%) Enterprise Software
8 39 (1.41%) Fat Client
8 39 (1.41%) Thin Client
9 37 (1.34%) Blackberry
10 33 (1.19%) NHS
10 33 (1.19%) Public Cloud
11 30 (1.09%) Video Conferencing
12 28 (1.01%) Client/Server
12 28 (1.01%) CMDB
12 28 (1.01%) Linux Command Line
13 23 (0.83%) Hybrid Cloud
13 23 (0.83%) Virtual Team
14 22 (0.80%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 2757 (99.78%) Windows
2 998 (36.12%) Windows Server 2012
3 872 (31.56%) Windows Server 2008
4 548 (19.83%) Linux
5 388 (14.04%) Windows 7
6 369 (13.36%) Windows Server 2003
7 284 (10.28%) Windows 10
8 218 (7.89%) Unix
9 154 (5.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 111 (4.02%) Windows 8
11 87 (3.15%) Windows XP
12 62 (2.24%) CentOS
13 57 (2.06%) Solaris
14 45 (1.63%) Android
15 36 (1.30%) Ubuntu
16 33 (1.19%) Apple iOS
16 33 (1.19%) Mac OS X
17 29 (1.05%) AIX
18 28 (1.01%) Windows 2000 Server
19 19 (0.69%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 471 (17.05%) ITIL
2 372 (13.46%) Migration
3 212 (7.67%) DevOps
4 194 (7.02%) Agile Software Development
5 131 (4.74%) Configuration Management
6 125 (4.52%) Project Management
7 123 (4.45%) Change Management
7 123 (4.45%) Disaster Recovery
8 122 (4.42%) Service Management
9 88 (3.18%) High Availability
10 74 (2.68%) Incident Management
11 73 (2.64%) Service Delivery
12 71 (2.57%) Continuous Integration
13 70 (2.53%) Problem Management
14 69 (2.50%) Server Building
15 67 (2.42%) E-Commerce
15 67 (2.42%) Open Source
15 67 (2.42%) Patch Management
16 66 (2.39%) Virtual Environments
17 64 (2.32%) Change Control
Programming Languages
1 678 (24.54%) PowerShell
2 503 (18.20%) SQL
3 164 (5.94%) C#
4 117 (4.23%) Java
5 75 (2.71%) JavaScript
5 75 (2.71%) Python
6 67 (2.42%) VBScript
7 59 (2.14%) Perl
8 57 (2.06%) VB
9 53 (1.92%) T-SQL
10 51 (1.85%) Bash Shell
11 46 (1.66%) Shell Script
12 33 (1.19%) C
13 22 (0.80%) XAML
14 19 (0.69%) F#
15 18 (0.65%) PL/SQL
16 16 (0.58%) C++
17 15 (0.54%) Ruby
18 14 (0.51%) REXX
18 14 (0.51%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 369 (13.36%) Security Cleared
2 274 (9.92%) Microsoft Certification
3 233 (8.43%) SC Cleared
4 178 (6.44%) MCSE
5 121 (4.38%) Cisco Certification
6 114 (4.13%) Degree
7 97 (3.51%) DV Cleared
8 88 (3.18%) CCNA
9 83 (3.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 76 (2.75%) MCSA
11 53 (1.92%) MCITP
12 47 (1.70%) MCP
13 38 (1.38%) ITIL Certification
14 37 (1.34%) CCNP
14 37 (1.34%) Computer Science Degree
15 31 (1.12%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 16 (0.58%) CISSP
16 16 (0.58%) Citrix Certification
16 16 (0.58%) DBS Check
16 16 (0.58%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 103 (3.73%) SLA
2 36 (1.30%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 34 (1.23%) QA
4 21 (0.76%) PCI DSS
5 20 (0.72%) Disclosure Scotland
6 11 (0.40%) GDPR
7 8 (0.29%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 6 (0.22%) PMO
9 4 (0.14%) Cyber Essentials
9 4 (0.14%) Data Quality
9 4 (0.14%) SEPA
10 3 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 3 (0.11%) JSP 440
11 2 (0.072%) HL7
11 2 (0.072%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 2 (0.072%) RMADS
12 1 (0.036%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 1 (0.036%) ISO 22301
12 1 (0.036%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 1 (0.036%) Solvency II
System Software
1 1537 (55.63%) Active Directory
2 552 (19.98%) VMware Infrastructure
3 377 (13.64%) Hyper-V
4 201 (7.27%) vSphere
5 187 (6.77%) XenApp
6 185 (6.70%) VMware ESXi
7 114 (4.13%) XenDesktop
8 91 (3.29%) Virtual Machines
9 56 (2.03%) Microsoft App-V
10 55 (1.99%) Virtual Servers
11 46 (1.66%) XenServer
12 44 (1.59%) Docker
13 28 (1.01%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 27 (0.98%) Terminal Services
15 25 (0.90%) Virtual Desktop
16 21 (0.76%) KVM
17 20 (0.72%) DFS Replication
18 19 (0.69%) Samba
18 19 (0.69%) VMware Server
19 16 (0.58%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 399 (14.44%) SCCM
2 161 (5.83%) SCOM
3 105 (3.80%) WSUS
4 98 (3.55%) Ansible
5 91 (3.29%) Puppet
6 70 (2.53%) NetBackup
7 59 (2.14%) vCenter Server
8 55 (1.99%) Microsoft Clustering
9 45 (1.63%) Opscode Chef
10 39 (1.41%) OpenView Configuration Management
11 34 (1.23%) Backup Exec
12 31 (1.12%) PowerCLI
12 31 (1.12%) vRealize
13 28 (1.01%) Failover Clustering
13 28 (1.01%) Microsoft Intune
14 27 (0.98%) McAfee ePO
14 27 (0.98%) SCOrch
14 27 (0.98%) Terraform
15 26 (0.94%) SCVMM
16 25 (0.90%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 1148 (41.55%) Microsoft
2 1104 (39.96%) VMware
3 521 (18.86%) Citrix
4 405 (14.66%) Cisco
5 321 (11.62%) HP
6 212 (7.67%) Oracle
7 174 (6.30%) Red Hat
8 137 (4.96%) NetApp
9 115 (4.16%) Dell
10 97 (3.51%) EMC
11 73 (2.64%) Symantec
12 67 (2.42%) ServiceNow
13 66 (2.39%) CheckPoint
14 63 (2.28%) IBM
14 63 (2.28%) Veeam
15 62 (2.24%) Apple
16 60 (2.17%) Juniper
16 60 (2.17%) McAfee
16 60 (2.17%) Sophos
17 49 (1.77%) Atlassian