Period
to 17 October 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 17 October 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
17 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 77 53 44
Rank change year-on-year -24 -9 +2
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 3014 4063 4454
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 3.04% 3.81% 3.94%
As % of the Operating Systems category 14.59% 17.33% 18.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 1926 2572 2701
UK median daily rate £350 £338 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.70% +3.85% -
10th Percentile £153 £180 £170
90th Percentile £513 £507 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 186 273 380
UK median hourly rate £16.81 £21.75 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -22.74% +14.47% +4.11%
10th Percentile £10.50 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.20 £43.08
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £21.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year -23.26% +19.44% +2.86%

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 20664 23450 24395
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.82% 21.99% 21.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 13023 14762 14382
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +3.90% +2.94%
10th Percentile £175 £205 £185
90th Percentile £594 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £353
% change year-on-year - +6.38% +8.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1231 1299 1927
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.06% - +6.45%
10th Percentile £10.88 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £43.75 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.81 £16.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year +5.03% - +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 17 October 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 17 October 2017.

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 17 October 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 -21 2767 £350 +2.19% 597
UK excluding London -17 1924 £325 - 423
London -16 1062 £380 -2.56% 188
South East -6 694 £350 +6.06% 131
North of England -26 360 £323 +4.03% 117
Midlands +7 279 £300 -9.09% 75
South West -8 198 £320 -8.57% 36
East of England -19 175 £325 - 49
North West -2 173 £301 -7.54% 75
West Midlands -4 164 £325 -1.52% 44
Scotland -27 149 £338 +5.47% 10
Yorkshire -24 118 £325 - 28
East Midlands +21 115 £288 -12.88% 31
North East -25 71 £340 +13.33% 14
Wales +5 59 £180 -52.00% 5
Northern Ireland -40 18 £325 +23.81%
Channel Islands - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 17 October 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 3009 (99.83%) Windows
2 1657 (54.98%) Active Directory
3 1235 (40.98%) Microsoft
4 1232 (40.88%) VMware
5 1011 (33.54%) Windows Server 2012
6 924 (30.66%) Windows Server 2008
7 685 (22.73%) PowerShell
8 631 (20.94%) VMware Infrastructure
9 616 (20.44%) SQL Server
10 610 (20.24%) Linux
11 598 (19.84%) Citrix
12 591 (19.61%) Office 365
13 548 (18.18%) MS Exchange
14 542 (17.98%) ITIL
15 524 (17.39%) DNS
16 498 (16.52%) Firewall
17 489 (16.22%) Microsoft Azure
18 483 (16.03%) SQL
19 440 (14.60%) Cisco
20 427 (14.17%) Finance
21 404 (13.40%) SCCM
22 400 (13.27%) Hyper-V
23 379 (12.57%) Windows Server 2003
24 377 (12.51%) Security Cleared
25 375 (12.44%) SAN
26 374 (12.41%) Windows 7
27 373 (12.38%) Migration
28 366 (12.14%) DHCP
29 317 (10.52%) Windows 10
30 314 (10.42%) Data Centre

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
1 548 (18.18%) MS Exchange
2 300 (9.95%) IIS
3 258 (8.56%) Exchange Server 2010
4 216 (7.17%) SharePoint
5 179 (5.94%) Skype for Business
6 148 (4.91%) Exchange Server 2013
7 71 (2.36%) Apache
8 61 (2.02%) OpenStack
8 61 (2.02%) Tomcat
9 59 (1.96%) Exchange Server 2007
10 55 (1.82%) SharePoint 2013
11 53 (1.76%) Confluence
12 48 (1.59%) SharePoint 2010
13 46 (1.53%) Exchange Server 2003
14 36 (1.19%) JBoss
15 33 (1.09%) WebSphere
16 32 (1.06%) Elasticsearch
17 29 (0.96%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
17 29 (0.96%) CMS
18 26 (0.86%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 282 (9.36%) Microsoft Office
2 52 (1.73%) Microsoft Excel
3 40 (1.33%) MS Visio
4 17 (0.56%) Acrobat
4 17 (0.56%) Microsoft Project
5 15 (0.50%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 13 (0.43%) PaintShop Pro
7 7 (0.23%) SmartSuite
8 6 (0.20%) Houdini
8 6 (0.20%) Maya
8 6 (0.20%) NUKE
8 6 (0.20%) Photoshop
9 3 (0.100%) Spreadsheet
9 3 (0.100%) Stata
10 1 (0.033%) HipChat
10 1 (0.033%) InfoPath
10 1 (0.033%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 31 (1.03%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (0.33%) Dynamics AX
2 10 (0.33%) Remedy ITSM
3 8 (0.27%) Unit4 Business World
4 7 (0.23%) Temenos T24
5 5 (0.17%) Dynamics NAV
6 4 (0.13%) RMDS
7 3 (0.100%) BusinessWorks
7 3 (0.100%) Eikon
8 2 (0.066%) Bankmaster
8 2 (0.066%) Oracle BPM
8 2 (0.066%) WebTrends
9 1 (0.033%) Adobe Campaign
9 1 (0.033%) NetSuite
9 1 (0.033%) Oracle Applications
9 1 (0.033%) Oracle EBS
9 1 (0.033%) Pega PRPC
9 1 (0.033%) Sage 1000
9 1 (0.033%) SAP ERP
9 1 (0.033%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 591 (19.61%) Office 365
2 489 (16.22%) Microsoft Azure
3 259 (8.59%) Amazon AWS
4 118 (3.92%) IaaS
5 94 (3.12%) Azure Active Directory
6 84 (2.79%) PaaS
7 27 (0.90%) SaaS
8 22 (0.73%) Cloud Computing
9 19 (0.63%) OneDrive
10 18 (0.60%) Amazon EC2
10 18 (0.60%) Mimecast
11 13 (0.43%) AWS CloudFormation
12 12 (0.40%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 11 (0.36%) G Suite
13 11 (0.36%) Google Cloud Platform
14 10 (0.33%) Amazon ELB
14 10 (0.33%) GitHub
15 8 (0.27%) Route 53
16 4 (0.13%) Amazon EMR
16 4 (0.13%) HP Helion
Communications & Networking
1 524 (17.39%) DNS
2 498 (16.52%) Firewall
3 375 (12.44%) SAN
4 366 (12.14%) DHCP
5 309 (10.25%) LAN
6 305 (10.12%) WAN
7 255 (8.46%) TCP/IP
8 184 (6.10%) VPN
9 107 (3.55%) Skype
10 100 (3.32%) NetScaler
11 96 (3.19%) VLAN
11 96 (3.19%) VoIP
12 94 (3.12%) NAS
13 89 (2.95%) Network Security
14 87 (2.89%) LDAP
15 70 (2.32%) Internet
16 62 (2.06%) Remote Desktop
17 61 (2.02%) Wireless
18 51 (1.69%) SSL
19 45 (1.49%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 616 (20.44%) SQL Server
2 131 (4.35%) SQL Server 2012
3 86 (2.85%) SQL Server 2008
4 63 (2.09%) Oracle Database
5 48 (1.59%) Relational Database
5 48 (1.59%) SQL Server 2005
6 42 (1.39%) SQL Server 2014
7 40 (1.33%) SQL Server 2016
8 35 (1.16%) MySQL
9 32 (1.06%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 30 (1.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 29 (0.96%) PostgreSQL
12 28 (0.93%) RDBMS
12 28 (0.93%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 27 (0.90%) Oracle Database 11g
14 24 (0.80%) Data Warehouse
15 21 (0.70%) MongoDB
16 20 (0.66%) Amazon RDS
16 20 (0.66%) BusinessObjects
17 19 (0.63%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 120 (3.98%) Team Foundation Server
2 105 (3.48%) Git (software)
3 77 (2.55%) Jenkins
4 68 (2.26%) JIRA
5 60 (1.99%) TeamCity
6 53 (1.76%) Octopus Deploy
7 46 (1.53%) Visual Studio
8 38 (1.26%) Maven
9 30 (1.00%) Ant
10 29 (0.96%) Vagrant
11 24 (0.80%) MSBuild
11 24 (0.80%) MSI
12 23 (0.76%) NuGet
13 18 (0.60%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 17 (0.56%) SoapUI
15 16 (0.53%) HP UFT
15 16 (0.53%) Oracle APEX
15 16 (0.53%) ReSharper
15 16 (0.53%) Selenium
15 16 (0.53%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 427 (14.17%) Finance
2 225 (7.47%) Banking
3 64 (2.12%) Telecoms
4 58 (1.92%) Retail
5 43 (1.43%) Manufacturing
6 39 (1.29%) Legal
7 32 (1.06%) Investment Banking
8 27 (0.90%) Marketing
9 25 (0.83%) Front Office
10 22 (0.73%) Law
11 21 (0.70%) Advertising
11 21 (0.70%) Back Office
11 21 (0.70%) Publishing
12 17 (0.56%) Electronics
13 13 (0.43%) French Language
14 12 (0.40%) Financial Institution
14 12 (0.40%) Pharmaceutical
15 10 (0.33%) Local Government
16 7 (0.23%) Billing
16 7 (0.23%) International Banking
Job Titles
1 397 (13.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 382 (12.67%) Analyst
3 311 (10.32%) Support Engineer
4 244 (8.10%) Administrator
5 226 (7.50%) Windows Engineer
6 180 (5.97%) Consultant
7 172 (5.71%) Systems Administrator
8 166 (5.51%) Architect
9 154 (5.11%) 2nd Line Support
10 153 (5.08%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 150 (4.98%) 3rd Line Support
12 148 (4.91%) Server Engineer
13 138 (4.58%) Support Analyst
14 124 (4.11%) DevOps Engineer
15 121 (4.01%) Developer
16 111 (3.68%) IT Support
17 96 (3.19%) Desktop Support
18 90 (2.99%) Server Support
19 85 (2.82%) Systems Engineer
20 80 (2.65%) VMware Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 217 (7.20%) .NET
2 108 (3.58%) Web Services
3 88 (2.92%) XML
4 70 (2.32%) HTML
5 61 (2.02%) CSS
6 57 (1.89%) Middleware
7 55 (1.82%) .NET Framework
8 54 (1.79%) jQuery
9 47 (1.56%) ASP.NET
10 35 (1.16%) SOAP
11 34 (1.13%) RESTful
12 32 (1.06%) LINQ
13 28 (0.93%) XSLT
14 26 (0.86%) ASP.NET MVC
15 24 (0.80%) Java EE
16 22 (0.73%) JSON
17 21 (0.70%) Ajax
17 21 (0.70%) Entity Framework
18 20 (0.66%) Elastic Stack
19 19 (0.63%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 314 (10.42%) Data Centre
2 161 (5.34%) Analytical Skills
3 124 (4.11%) Clustering
4 96 (3.19%) PKI
5 83 (2.75%) Management Information System
6 75 (2.49%) Replication
7 64 (2.12%) Computer Science
8 45 (1.49%) Blackberry
9 38 (1.26%) Private Cloud
10 37 (1.23%) Client/Server
11 33 (1.09%) Enterprise Software
12 32 (1.06%) NHS
12 32 (1.06%) Video Conferencing
13 29 (0.96%) Fat Client
13 29 (0.96%) Public Cloud
13 29 (0.96%) Thin Client
14 28 (0.93%) Virtual Team
15 27 (0.90%) Hybrid Cloud
16 23 (0.76%) CMDB
16 23 (0.76%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 3009 (99.83%) Windows
2 1011 (33.54%) Windows Server 2012
3 924 (30.66%) Windows Server 2008
4 610 (20.24%) Linux
5 379 (12.57%) Windows Server 2003
6 374 (12.41%) Windows 7
7 317 (10.52%) Windows 10
8 217 (7.20%) Unix
9 169 (5.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 116 (3.85%) Windows 8
11 77 (2.55%) Windows XP
12 58 (1.92%) CentOS
12 58 (1.92%) Solaris
13 57 (1.89%) Android
14 46 (1.53%) Apple iOS
15 43 (1.43%) Mac OS X
16 35 (1.16%) Ubuntu
17 28 (0.93%) AIX
17 28 (0.93%) Windows Vista
18 22 (0.73%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 542 (17.98%) ITIL
2 373 (12.38%) Migration
3 243 (8.06%) DevOps
4 178 (5.91%) Agile Software Development
5 150 (4.98%) Change Management
6 135 (4.48%) Disaster Recovery
7 133 (4.41%) Configuration Management
8 131 (4.35%) Project Management
9 105 (3.48%) Service Management
10 103 (3.42%) Service Delivery
11 92 (3.05%) High Availability
12 90 (2.99%) Incident Management
13 79 (2.62%) Server Building
14 75 (2.49%) Server Virtualisation
15 74 (2.46%) Problem Management
16 63 (2.09%) Capacity Planning
16 63 (2.09%) Load Balancing
16 63 (2.09%) Open Source
17 62 (2.06%) Virtual Environments
18 60 (1.99%) ITIL V3
Programming Languages
1 685 (22.73%) PowerShell
2 483 (16.03%) SQL
3 129 (4.28%) C#
4 122 (4.05%) Java
5 90 (2.99%) JavaScript
6 77 (2.55%) Perl
6 77 (2.55%) Python
7 57 (1.89%) Bash Shell
8 53 (1.76%) Shell Script
8 53 (1.76%) VBScript
9 44 (1.46%) T-SQL
10 29 (0.96%) VB
11 26 (0.86%) PL/SQL
12 25 (0.83%) C
13 22 (0.73%) Ruby
14 14 (0.46%) C++
15 12 (0.40%) F#
15 12 (0.40%) VB.NET
16 11 (0.36%) PHP
17 6 (0.20%) Go
Qualifications
1 377 (12.51%) Security Cleared
2 300 (9.95%) Microsoft Certification
3 222 (7.37%) SC Cleared
4 196 (6.50%) MCSE
5 121 (4.01%) Degree
6 120 (3.98%) DV Cleared
7 106 (3.52%) MCSA
8 105 (3.48%) Cisco Certification
9 78 (2.59%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 77 (2.55%) CCNA
11 52 (1.73%) ITIL Certification
12 48 (1.59%) MCITP
13 45 (1.49%) Computer Science Degree
14 42 (1.39%) MCP
15 33 (1.09%) CCNP
16 29 (0.96%) DBS Check
17 26 (0.86%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
18 22 (0.73%) CISSP
19 21 (0.70%) BPSS Clearance
19 21 (0.70%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 94 (3.12%) SLA
2 41 (1.36%) QA
3 37 (1.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 22 (0.73%) Disclosure Scotland
4 22 (0.73%) PCI DSS
5 10 (0.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 7 (0.23%) GDPR
7 6 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 6 (0.20%) PMO
8 4 (0.13%) 21 CFR Part 11
8 4 (0.13%) Cyber Essentials
8 4 (0.13%) GAMP
8 4 (0.13%) MiFID
9 2 (0.066%) Data Quality
9 2 (0.066%) HL7
9 2 (0.066%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 2 (0.066%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 2 (0.066%) RMADS
10 1 (0.033%) EMIR
10 1 (0.033%) SEPA
System Software
1 1657 (54.98%) Active Directory
2 631 (20.94%) VMware Infrastructure
3 400 (13.27%) Hyper-V
4 248 (8.23%) vSphere
5 229 (7.60%) VMware ESXi
6 219 (7.27%) XenApp
7 129 (4.28%) XenDesktop
8 81 (2.69%) Virtual Machines
9 64 (2.12%) Docker
9 64 (2.12%) XenServer
10 60 (1.99%) Microsoft App-V
11 47 (1.56%) Virtual Servers
12 26 (0.86%) Virtual Desktop
13 24 (0.80%) Samba
14 22 (0.73%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 22 (0.73%) VMware Workstation
15 20 (0.66%) DFS Replication
15 20 (0.66%) KVM
15 20 (0.66%) Terminal Services
15 20 (0.66%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 404 (13.40%) SCCM
2 174 (5.77%) SCOM
3 119 (3.95%) Ansible
4 114 (3.78%) WSUS
5 112 (3.72%) Puppet
6 77 (2.55%) Opscode Chef
7 67 (2.22%) NetBackup
7 67 (2.22%) vCenter Server
8 58 (1.92%) Microsoft Clustering
9 48 (1.59%) McAfee ePO
10 43 (1.43%) Backup Exec
11 36 (1.19%) Norton AntiVirus
12 33 (1.09%) Terraform
13 31 (1.03%) PowerCLI
13 31 (1.03%) SCVMM
14 28 (0.93%) Microsoft Intune
14 28 (0.93%) vRealize
15 27 (0.90%) Failover Clustering
16 26 (0.86%) OpenView Configuration Management
17 23 (0.76%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 1235 (40.98%) Microsoft
2 1232 (40.88%) VMware
3 598 (19.84%) Citrix
4 440 (14.60%) Cisco
5 303 (10.05%) HP
6 199 (6.60%) Oracle
7 178 (5.91%) Red Hat
8 139 (4.61%) NetApp
9 109 (3.62%) Dell
10 108 (3.58%) EMC
11 98 (3.25%) McAfee
12 92 (3.05%) Symantec
13 91 (3.02%) Apple
14 82 (2.72%) IBM
15 71 (2.36%) Veeam
16 68 (2.26%) CheckPoint
17 64 (2.12%) Juniper
18 57 (1.89%) Atlassian
19 53 (1.76%) Sophos
20 50 (1.66%) ServiceNow