Period
to 12 December 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 12 December 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
12 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 73 60 47
Rank change year-on-year -13 -13 0
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 3279 3594 4300
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 3.17% 3.48% 3.82%
As % of the Operating Systems category 15.25% 16.45% 17.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 2123 2274 2610
UK median daily rate £350 £339 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.32% +4.23% -
10th Percentile £151 £171 £170
90th Percentile £531 £500 £478
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 178 251 343
UK median hourly rate £16.81 £22.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -25.31% +25.00% -5.26%
10th Percentile £10.65 £11.25 £11.03
90th Percentile £47.07 £47.50 £42.46
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £21.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -25.58% +22.86% -7.89%

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 21502 21844 24176
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.81% 21.14% 21.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 13725 13763 14343
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £170 £193 £186
90th Percentile £600 £575 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £363
% change year-on-year +2.74% +0.69% +7.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1269 1288 1893
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £16.29 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.43% -1.27% +3.13%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.61 £10.38
90th Percentile £47.50 £43.90 £42.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.62 £15.50 £16.07
% change year-on-year +7.19% -3.55% +0.44%

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 12 December 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 12 December 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 12 December 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 -12 2984 £350 +1.45% 584
UK excluding London -10 2069 £325 - 447
London -5 1172 £375 -3.23% 167
South East +1 710 £350 +2.94% 106
North of England -28 356 £325 +1.56% 144
Midlands +28 322 £300 -7.69% 74
South West -3 232 £313 -3.85% 47
East of England +2 186 £320 +6.67% 44
West Midlands +14 181 £325 -1.52% 43
North West -1 174 £325 - 86
Scotland -11 171 £369 +15.23% 27
East Midlands +38 140 £280 -5.88% 31
Yorkshire -12 118 £318 -2.31% 44
Wales +26 78 £180 -44.62% 3
North East -22 66 £361 +12.73% 14
Northern Ireland -18 19 £350 +31.46% 2
Channel Islands - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 12 December 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 3275 (99.88%) Windows
2 1783 (54.38%) Active Directory
3 1397 (42.60%) Microsoft
4 1358 (41.42%) VMware
5 1075 (32.78%) Windows Server 2012
6 982 (29.95%) Windows Server 2008
7 772 (23.54%) PowerShell
8 674 (20.56%) Office 365
9 650 (19.82%) SQL Server
10 648 (19.76%) Linux
11 647 (19.73%) VMware Infrastructure
12 638 (19.46%) Citrix
13 631 (19.24%) ITIL
14 594 (18.12%) Microsoft Azure
15 577 (17.60%) MS Exchange
16 559 (17.05%) DNS
17 532 (16.22%) Firewall
18 515 (15.71%) SQL
19 501 (15.28%) Cisco
20 470 (14.33%) Finance
21 459 (14.00%) Hyper-V
22 449 (13.69%) SCCM
23 412 (12.56%) Migration
23 412 (12.56%) Windows 7
24 397 (12.11%) SAN
24 397 (12.11%) Security Cleared
25 388 (11.83%) Windows Server 2003
26 381 (11.62%) DHCP
27 373 (11.38%) Windows 10
28 341 (10.40%) HP

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
1 577 (17.60%) MS Exchange
2 296 (9.03%) IIS
3 252 (7.69%) Exchange Server 2010
4 222 (6.77%) SharePoint
5 205 (6.25%) Skype for Business
6 134 (4.09%) Exchange Server 2013
7 78 (2.38%) OpenStack
8 64 (1.95%) Confluence
8 64 (1.95%) Exchange Server 2007
9 63 (1.92%) Apache
10 54 (1.65%) Tomcat
11 48 (1.46%) WebSphere
12 47 (1.43%) SharePoint 2013
13 45 (1.37%) Elasticsearch
13 45 (1.37%) SharePoint 2010
14 37 (1.13%) Exchange Server 2003
15 34 (1.04%) JBoss
16 25 (0.76%) SharePoint Server
17 24 (0.73%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
18 22 (0.67%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 318 (9.70%) Microsoft Office
2 55 (1.68%) Microsoft Excel
3 41 (1.25%) MS Visio
4 22 (0.67%) Microsoft Project
5 18 (0.55%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 16 (0.49%) Acrobat
7 13 (0.40%) PaintShop Pro
8 9 (0.27%) Houdini
8 9 (0.27%) Maya
8 9 (0.27%) NUKE
8 9 (0.27%) Photoshop
9 5 (0.15%) SmartSuite
10 2 (0.061%) S-PLUS
10 2 (0.061%) Spreadsheet
11 1 (0.030%) AutoCAD
11 1 (0.030%) HipChat
11 1 (0.030%) InfoPath
11 1 (0.030%) Revit
11 1 (0.030%) Stata
11 1 (0.030%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 39 (1.19%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.24%) Dynamics NAV
3 7 (0.21%) Oracle BPM
3 7 (0.21%) Temenos T24
4 6 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
4 6 (0.18%) Unit4 Business World
5 4 (0.12%) RMDS
6 3 (0.091%) Eikon
6 3 (0.091%) LatentZero
7 2 (0.061%) Dynamics AX
7 2 (0.061%) Oracle EBS
7 2 (0.061%) Raiser's Edge
8 1 (0.030%) Cognos Business Intelligence
8 1 (0.030%) Dynamics GP
8 1 (0.030%) Endur
8 1 (0.030%) Findur
8 1 (0.030%) Oracle Applications
8 1 (0.030%) SAP ERP
8 1 (0.030%) SAP Hybris
8 1 (0.030%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 674 (20.56%) Office 365
2 594 (18.12%) Microsoft Azure
3 336 (10.25%) Amazon AWS
4 142 (4.33%) IaaS
5 96 (2.93%) PaaS
6 88 (2.68%) Azure Active Directory
7 35 (1.07%) Cloud Computing
8 32 (0.98%) SaaS
9 31 (0.95%) Amazon EC2
10 27 (0.82%) Google Cloud Platform
11 25 (0.76%) Mimecast
11 25 (0.76%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 23 (0.70%) Amazon ELB
13 21 (0.64%) OneDrive
13 21 (0.64%) Route 53
14 14 (0.43%) G Suite
15 13 (0.40%) AWS CloudFormation
16 11 (0.34%) GitHub
17 5 (0.15%) Dynamics 365
18 4 (0.12%) Boomi
Communications & Networking
1 559 (17.05%) DNS
2 532 (16.22%) Firewall
3 397 (12.11%) SAN
4 381 (11.62%) DHCP
5 317 (9.67%) LAN
6 313 (9.55%) WAN
7 291 (8.87%) TCP/IP
8 203 (6.19%) VPN
9 137 (4.18%) Skype
10 118 (3.60%) NetScaler
11 113 (3.45%) VoIP
12 109 (3.32%) VLAN
13 93 (2.84%) NAS
14 85 (2.59%) Network Security
15 82 (2.50%) Internet
16 80 (2.44%) LDAP
17 64 (1.95%) Remote Desktop
18 60 (1.83%) Wireless
19 59 (1.80%) SSL
20 54 (1.65%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 650 (19.82%) SQL Server
2 124 (3.78%) SQL Server 2012
3 88 (2.68%) SQL Server 2008
4 64 (1.95%) Oracle Database
5 57 (1.74%) SQL Server 2016
6 44 (1.34%) SQL Server 2014
7 42 (1.28%) SQL Server 2005
8 40 (1.22%) MySQL
9 38 (1.16%) Relational Database
10 32 (0.98%) Amazon RDS
11 30 (0.91%) Oracle Database 11g
12 28 (0.85%) Oracle Database 10g
13 26 (0.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 21 (0.64%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 20 (0.61%) PostgreSQL
15 20 (0.61%) RDBMS
16 19 (0.58%) Power BI
17 17 (0.52%) Data Warehouse
18 15 (0.46%) MongoDB
19 13 (0.40%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 137 (4.18%) Git (software)
2 121 (3.69%) Team Foundation Server
3 101 (3.08%) Jenkins
4 82 (2.50%) JIRA
5 76 (2.32%) Octopus Deploy
6 72 (2.20%) TeamCity
7 62 (1.89%) Visual Studio
8 29 (0.88%) MSBuild
9 28 (0.85%) Sonatype Nexus
10 27 (0.82%) NuGet
11 26 (0.79%) Artifactory
11 26 (0.79%) Vagrant
12 25 (0.76%) Ant
13 24 (0.73%) MSI
14 23 (0.70%) Maven
14 23 (0.70%) ReSharper
15 21 (0.64%) HP UFT
16 19 (0.58%) Oracle APEX
17 18 (0.55%) Selenium
17 18 (0.55%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 470 (14.33%) Finance
2 220 (6.71%) Banking
3 68 (2.07%) Telecoms
4 54 (1.65%) Retail
5 40 (1.22%) Manufacturing
6 39 (1.19%) Legal
7 29 (0.88%) Investment Banking
8 27 (0.82%) Back Office
9 23 (0.70%) Law
9 23 (0.70%) Publishing
10 22 (0.67%) Advertising
11 21 (0.64%) Marketing
12 18 (0.55%) Front Office
13 14 (0.43%) Electronics
13 14 (0.43%) French Language
13 14 (0.43%) Pharmaceutical
14 11 (0.34%) Financial Institution
15 8 (0.24%) International Banking
15 8 (0.24%) Retail Banking
16 7 (0.21%) Military
Job Titles
1 438 (13.36%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 372 (11.34%) Analyst
3 339 (10.34%) Support Engineer
4 272 (8.30%) Windows Engineer
5 239 (7.29%) Administrator
6 201 (6.13%) Consultant
7 190 (5.79%) Architect
8 174 (5.31%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 161 (4.91%) 2nd Line Support
9 161 (4.91%) DevOps Engineer
9 161 (4.91%) Server Engineer
10 155 (4.73%) 3rd Line Support
11 149 (4.54%) Systems Administrator
12 148 (4.51%) Support Analyst
13 135 (4.12%) IT Support
14 122 (3.72%) Developer
15 113 (3.45%) Desktop Support
16 87 (2.65%) Systems Engineer
17 81 (2.47%) IT Engineer
18 80 (2.44%) Server Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 234 (7.14%) .NET
2 127 (3.87%) Web Services
3 95 (2.90%) XML
4 75 (2.29%) HTML
5 69 (2.10%) CSS
6 64 (1.95%) .NET Framework
7 57 (1.74%) jQuery
8 52 (1.59%) ASP.NET
9 46 (1.40%) Middleware
10 44 (1.34%) JSON
11 42 (1.28%) LINQ
12 33 (1.01%) ASP.NET MVC
12 33 (1.01%) SOAP
13 30 (0.91%) RESTful
14 28 (0.85%) ASP.NET Web API
15 27 (0.82%) Entity Framework
15 27 (0.82%) XSLT
16 25 (0.76%) Ajax
17 24 (0.73%) Java EE
18 23 (0.70%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 326 (9.94%) Data Centre
2 140 (4.27%) Analytical Skills
3 127 (3.87%) Clustering
4 97 (2.96%) PKI
5 95 (2.90%) Management Information System
6 77 (2.35%) Replication
7 67 (2.04%) Computer Science
8 54 (1.65%) Blackberry
9 49 (1.49%) Virtual Team
10 42 (1.28%) NHS
11 39 (1.19%) Private Cloud
12 37 (1.13%) Hybrid Cloud
12 37 (1.13%) Public Cloud
13 35 (1.07%) Client/Server
14 32 (0.98%) iPhone
15 31 (0.95%) Video Conferencing
16 28 (0.85%) Fat Client
16 28 (0.85%) Linux Command Line
16 28 (0.85%) Thin Client
17 25 (0.76%) EMC VNX
Operating Systems
1 3275 (99.88%) Windows
2 1075 (32.78%) Windows Server 2012
3 982 (29.95%) Windows Server 2008
4 648 (19.76%) Linux
5 412 (12.56%) Windows 7
6 388 (11.83%) Windows Server 2003
7 373 (11.38%) Windows 10
8 218 (6.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 218 (6.65%) Unix
9 126 (3.84%) Windows 8
10 76 (2.32%) Windows XP
11 74 (2.26%) CentOS
12 57 (1.74%) Solaris
13 50 (1.52%) Android
14 44 (1.34%) Apple iOS
15 42 (1.28%) Mac OS X
16 37 (1.13%) Windows Vista
17 28 (0.85%) AIX
18 25 (0.76%) Ubuntu
19 21 (0.64%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 631 (19.24%) ITIL
2 412 (12.56%) Migration
3 291 (8.87%) DevOps
4 197 (6.01%) Agile Software Development
5 151 (4.61%) Change Management
5 151 (4.61%) Configuration Management
6 150 (4.57%) Disaster Recovery
7 136 (4.15%) Service Delivery
8 116 (3.54%) Project Management
9 111 (3.39%) Incident Management
10 101 (3.08%) Service Management
11 90 (2.74%) Open Source
12 86 (2.62%) Continuous Integration
13 84 (2.56%) High Availability
14 78 (2.38%) Problem Management
14 78 (2.38%) Server Building
15 73 (2.23%) Server Virtualisation
16 72 (2.20%) Capacity Planning
17 71 (2.17%) Task Automation
18 67 (2.04%) ITIL V3
Programming Languages
1 772 (23.54%) PowerShell
2 515 (15.71%) SQL
3 127 (3.87%) Java
4 125 (3.81%) C#
5 104 (3.17%) JavaScript
6 84 (2.56%) Python
7 68 (2.07%) Perl
8 64 (1.95%) Bash Shell
9 57 (1.74%) Shell Script
10 43 (1.31%) VBScript
11 41 (1.25%) PL/SQL
12 37 (1.13%) T-SQL
13 36 (1.10%) Ruby
14 27 (0.82%) C
15 24 (0.73%) VB
16 19 (0.58%) VB.NET
17 17 (0.52%) PHP
18 15 (0.46%) F#
19 12 (0.37%) C++
20 10 (0.30%) Bourne shell
Qualifications
1 397 (12.11%) Security Cleared
2 320 (9.76%) Microsoft Certification
3 251 (7.65%) SC Cleared
4 213 (6.50%) MCSE
5 133 (4.06%) Degree
6 124 (3.78%) DV Cleared
7 111 (3.39%) MCSA
8 109 (3.32%) Cisco Certification
9 85 (2.59%) CCNA
9 85 (2.59%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 63 (1.92%) ITIL Certification
11 54 (1.65%) MCP
12 49 (1.49%) Computer Science Degree
13 47 (1.43%) MCITP
14 34 (1.04%) DBS Check
15 31 (0.95%) Citrix Certification
16 30 (0.91%) CCNP
17 26 (0.79%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
18 24 (0.73%) CISSP
19 23 (0.70%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 100 (3.05%) SLA
2 46 (1.40%) QA
3 32 (0.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 23 (0.70%) PCI DSS
5 12 (0.37%) Disclosure Scotland
6 8 (0.24%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 8 (0.24%) GAMP
6 8 (0.24%) GDPR
7 7 (0.21%) GCP
7 7 (0.21%) PMO
7 7 (0.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 6 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 5 (0.15%) GMP
9 5 (0.15%) GxP
9 5 (0.15%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 5 (0.15%) MiFID
10 4 (0.12%) Data Quality
10 4 (0.12%) Government Security Classifications
10 4 (0.12%) JSP 440
10 4 (0.12%) PA-DSS
System Software
1 1783 (54.38%) Active Directory
2 647 (19.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 459 (14.00%) Hyper-V
4 309 (9.42%) vSphere
5 254 (7.75%) VMware ESXi
6 245 (7.47%) XenApp
7 137 (4.18%) XenDesktop
8 80 (2.44%) Virtual Machines
9 79 (2.41%) XenServer
10 71 (2.17%) Docker
11 63 (1.92%) Microsoft App-V
12 50 (1.52%) Virtual Servers
13 30 (0.91%) NFS
14 29 (0.88%) DFS Replication
15 27 (0.82%) VMware Workstation
16 26 (0.79%) Virtual Desktop
17 25 (0.76%) Samba
18 22 (0.67%) VMware NSX
19 20 (0.61%) Terminal Services
20 17 (0.52%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 449 (13.69%) SCCM
2 181 (5.52%) SCOM
3 152 (4.64%) Ansible
3 152 (4.64%) Puppet
4 139 (4.24%) WSUS
5 104 (3.17%) Opscode Chef
6 82 (2.50%) vCenter Server
7 64 (1.95%) NetBackup
8 63 (1.92%) McAfee ePO
9 59 (1.80%) Backup Exec
10 47 (1.43%) Microsoft Clustering
11 46 (1.40%) Terraform
12 38 (1.16%) Norton AntiVirus
13 36 (1.10%) PowerCLI
14 33 (1.01%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
15 32 (0.98%) Nagios
15 32 (0.98%) SCVMM
16 29 (0.88%) OpenView Configuration Management
17 28 (0.85%) AirWatch
17 28 (0.85%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 1397 (42.60%) Microsoft
2 1358 (41.42%) VMware
3 638 (19.46%) Citrix
4 501 (15.28%) Cisco
5 341 (10.40%) HP
6 210 (6.40%) Oracle
7 201 (6.13%) Red Hat
8 163 (4.97%) NetApp
9 127 (3.87%) McAfee
10 112 (3.42%) EMC
11 100 (3.05%) Dell
12 99 (3.02%) Apple
13 93 (2.84%) Symantec
14 88 (2.68%) IBM
15 83 (2.53%) Veeam
16 75 (2.29%) SolarWinds
17 71 (2.17%) CheckPoint
17 71 (2.17%) Juniper
18 65 (1.98%) Atlassian
19 60 (1.83%) Sophos