Period
to 17 October 2018

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 2018 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 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 72 78 54
Rank change year-on-year +6 -24 -10
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 3,346 3,014 4,063
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 3.24% 3.04% 3.81%
As % of the Operating Systems category 15.54% 14.58% 17.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,144 1,926 2,572
UK median daily rate £375 £350 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +3.70% +3.85%
10th Percentile £175 £153 £180
90th Percentile £541 £513 £507
UK excluding London median daily rate £369 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +13.54% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 176 186 273
UK median hourly rate £22.93 £16.81 £21.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.45% -22.74% +14.47%
10th Percentile £11.25 £10.50 £11.25
90th Percentile £48.29 £47.50 £47.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.72 £16.50 £21.50
% change year-on-year +37.67% -23.26% +19.44%

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 21,533 20,679 23,458
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.87% 20.83% 21.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 13,311 13,032 14,762
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +3.90%
10th Percentile £163 £176 £205
90th Percentile £608 £594 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +3.33% - +6.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,513 1,235 1,306
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +6.06% -
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.91 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.83 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.38 £16.81 £16.00
% change year-on-year -2.56% +5.03% -

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 2018.

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 2018.

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 2018. 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 +8 3,107 £375 +7.14% 1,173
UK excluding London -2 2,155 £369 +13.54% 882
London +5 1,149 £424 +11.51% 349
South East -7 661 £385 +10.00% 203
North of England -4 451 £350 +8.53% 258
South West +19 357 £388 +21.09% 110
Midlands 0 304 £353 +17.50% 153
North West +13 264 £338 +12.31% 131
West Midlands 0 199 £360 +10.77% 104
East of England -2 179 £350 +7.69% 100
Scotland -17 140 £375 +11.11% 26
Yorkshire -2 135 £358 +10.00% 105
East Midlands -9 100 £350 +21.74% 49
Wales -13 60 £386 +114.58% 26
North East -14 52 £350 +2.94% 22
Northern Ireland +22 4 £650 +100.00% 3
Channel Islands -1 3 - - 1

For the 6 months to 17 October 2018, 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 3,334 (99.64%) Windows
2 1,901 (56.81%) Active Directory
3 1,564 (46.74%) Microsoft
4 1,425 (42.59%) VMware
5 913 (27.29%) Windows Server 2012
6 859 (25.67%) VMware Infrastructure
7 852 (25.46%) Office 365
8 787 (23.52%) PowerShell
9 780 (23.31%) Windows Server 2008
10 725 (21.67%) Microsoft Azure
11 707 (21.13%) Linux
12 705 (21.07%) SQL Server
13 690 (20.62%) SQL
14 637 (19.04%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 605 (18.08%) DNS
16 604 (18.05%) SCCM
17 600 (17.93%) Citrix
18 558 (16.68%) ITIL
19 547 (16.35%) MS Exchange
20 545 (16.29%) Windows 10
21 528 (15.78%) Security Cleared
22 525 (15.69%) Firewall
23 461 (13.78%) Hyper-V
24 460 (13.75%) Cisco
25 448 (13.39%) Finance
26 439 (13.12%) Migration
27 422 (12.61%) DHCP
28 415 (12.40%) Windows 7
29 382 (11.42%) Microsoft Certification
30 364 (10.88%) 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
1 547 (16.35%) MS Exchange
2 308 (9.21%) IIS
3 259 (7.74%) SharePoint
4 256 (7.65%) Exchange Server 2010
5 213 (6.37%) Skype for Business
6 151 (4.51%) Exchange Server 2013
7 95 (2.84%) Apache
8 73 (2.18%) Confluence
9 65 (1.94%) Tomcat
10 56 (1.67%) SharePoint 2013
11 53 (1.58%) Exchange Server 2007
12 33 (0.99%) Exchange Server 2003
13 30 (0.90%) SharePoint Server
14 28 (0.84%) CMS
14 28 (0.84%) JBoss
14 28 (0.84%) OpenStack
15 25 (0.75%) WebSphere
16 23 (0.69%) BizTalk Server
16 23 (0.69%) WebLogic
17 19 (0.57%) Tuxedo
Applications
1 335 (10.01%) Microsoft Office
2 48 (1.43%) Microsoft Excel
3 30 (0.90%) MS Visio
4 17 (0.51%) InfoPath
5 13 (0.39%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 13 (0.39%) Microsoft Project
6 8 (0.24%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.12%) Windchill
8 2 (0.060%) Acrobat
9 1 (0.030%) AutoCAD
9 1 (0.030%) Autodesk Inventor
9 1 (0.030%) HipChat
9 1 (0.030%) Houdini
9 1 (0.030%) Maya
9 1 (0.030%) NUKE
9 1 (0.030%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 19 (0.57%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 14 (0.42%) Dynamics CRM
3 7 (0.21%) Dynamics AX
4 5 (0.15%) Oracle Cash Management
5 4 (0.12%) Elite 3E
5 4 (0.12%) Remedy ITSM
6 3 (0.090%) Oracle Retail
6 3 (0.090%) Sage 200
6 3 (0.090%) Sentinel
6 3 (0.090%) Teamcenter
6 3 (0.090%) Towers Watson Igloo
7 2 (0.060%) ENOVIA
7 2 (0.060%) Oracle BPM
7 2 (0.060%) Oracle Financials
7 2 (0.060%) PeopleSoft Financials
8 1 (0.030%) Dynamics NAV
8 1 (0.030%) Markit EDM
8 1 (0.030%) Primavera
8 1 (0.030%) Relativity
8 1 (0.030%) Sage 50
Cloud Services
1 852 (25.46%) Office 365
2 725 (21.67%) Microsoft Azure
3 313 (9.35%) Amazon AWS
4 156 (4.66%) IaaS
5 119 (3.56%) PaaS
6 110 (3.29%) Azure Active Directory
7 95 (2.84%) SaaS
8 38 (1.14%) Cloud Computing
9 35 (1.05%) AWS CloudFormation
9 35 (1.05%) Google Cloud Platform
10 34 (1.02%) Mimecast
11 33 (0.99%) OneDrive
12 27 (0.81%) GitHub
13 22 (0.66%) Datadog
14 21 (0.63%) Amazon EC2
15 16 (0.48%) G Suite
15 16 (0.48%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 15 (0.45%) Amazon CloudWatch
16 15 (0.45%) Dynamics 365
17 14 (0.42%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 605 (18.08%) DNS
2 525 (15.69%) Firewall
3 422 (12.61%) DHCP
4 344 (10.28%) SAN
5 272 (8.13%) LAN
6 257 (7.68%) WAN
7 245 (7.32%) TCP/IP
8 180 (5.38%) VPN
9 172 (5.14%) Skype
10 107 (3.20%) NAS
11 104 (3.11%) Internet
12 93 (2.78%) NetScaler
13 83 (2.48%) VoIP
14 75 (2.24%) VLAN
15 74 (2.21%) Network Security
16 68 (2.03%) SSL
17 64 (1.91%) Wireless
18 57 (1.70%) Remote Desktop
19 45 (1.34%) iSCSI
20 43 (1.29%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 705 (21.07%) SQL Server
2 91 (2.72%) SQL Server 2008
3 71 (2.12%) SQL Server 2012
4 67 (2.00%) Oracle Database
5 64 (1.91%) SQL Server 2016
6 48 (1.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 47 (1.40%) MySQL
7 47 (1.40%) PostgreSQL
8 44 (1.32%) SQL Server 2005
8 44 (1.32%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 39 (1.17%) Relational Database
10 32 (0.96%) Amazon RDS
11 30 (0.90%) SQL Server 2014
12 27 (0.81%) Oracle Database 11g
13 26 (0.78%) Data Warehouse
14 22 (0.66%) Oracle Reports
14 22 (0.66%) Power BI
15 20 (0.60%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 19 (0.57%) RDBMS
17 16 (0.48%) DB2
Development Applications
1 130 (3.89%) Git (software)
2 98 (2.93%) JIRA
3 86 (2.57%) Team Foundation Server
4 75 (2.24%) Jenkins
5 71 (2.12%) Visual Studio
6 63 (1.88%) TeamCity
7 58 (1.73%) Selenium
8 53 (1.58%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 48 (1.43%) Artifactory
9 48 (1.43%) Octopus Deploy
10 42 (1.26%) Visual Studio Team System
11 41 (1.23%) Bitbucket
12 32 (0.96%) Vagrant
13 27 (0.81%) Subversion
14 25 (0.75%) IBM UrbanCode
15 24 (0.72%) Ant
16 23 (0.69%) MSI
16 23 (0.69%) Travis CI
17 22 (0.66%) HP UFT
18 21 (0.63%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 448 (13.39%) Finance
2 140 (4.18%) Banking
3 72 (2.15%) Retail
4 59 (1.76%) Law
5 52 (1.55%) Telecoms
6 45 (1.34%) Manufacturing
7 41 (1.23%) Front Office
8 40 (1.20%) Back Office
9 31 (0.93%) Investment Banking
10 29 (0.87%) Legal
10 29 (0.87%) Marketing
11 21 (0.63%) Automotive
11 21 (0.63%) Publishing
12 18 (0.54%) Military
13 16 (0.48%) Advertising
14 15 (0.45%) Pharmaceutical
15 13 (0.39%) Electronics
15 13 (0.39%) Local Government
16 11 (0.33%) Retail Banking
17 10 (0.30%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 539 (16.11%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 389 (11.63%) Analyst
3 316 (9.44%) Support Engineer
4 245 (7.32%) Windows Engineer
5 201 (6.01%) Architect
6 195 (5.83%) Server Engineer
7 185 (5.53%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 175 (5.23%) Consultant
9 170 (5.08%) DevOps Engineer
10 156 (4.66%) 2nd Line Support
10 156 (4.66%) Desktop Support
11 151 (4.51%) Support Analyst
12 149 (4.45%) Administrator
13 138 (4.12%) IT Support
14 135 (4.03%) 3rd Line Support
15 119 (3.56%) IT Engineer
16 112 (3.35%) Developer
17 109 (3.26%) Windows Server Engineer
18 102 (3.05%) Network Engineer
19 93 (2.78%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 267 (7.98%) .NET
2 144 (4.30%) Web Services
3 134 (4.00%) Middleware
4 68 (2.03%) XML
5 67 (2.00%) HTML
6 65 (1.94%) ASP.NET
7 64 (1.91%) CSS
8 62 (1.85%) .NET Framework
9 57 (1.70%) LDAP
10 55 (1.64%) jQuery
11 53 (1.58%) AngularJS
12 50 (1.49%) REST
13 41 (1.23%) X-Windows
14 40 (1.20%) JSON
15 35 (1.05%) Node.js
16 29 (0.87%) WebSockets
17 27 (0.81%) Entity Framework
18 23 (0.69%) Twitter Bootstrap
19 22 (0.66%) Ajax
19 22 (0.66%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 286 (8.55%) Data Centre
2 201 (6.01%) Clustering
3 190 (5.68%) Analytical Skills
4 103 (3.08%) PKI
5 83 (2.48%) Computer Science
5 83 (2.48%) Fat Client
5 83 (2.48%) Thin Client
6 82 (2.45%) Self-Motivation
7 80 (2.39%) Management Information System
8 68 (2.03%) Public Cloud
9 60 (1.79%) Replication
10 39 (1.17%) Blackberry
11 31 (0.93%) Private Cloud
12 30 (0.90%) iPhone
13 29 (0.87%) NHS
14 28 (0.84%) Hybrid Cloud
14 28 (0.84%) Video Conferencing
15 26 (0.78%) Smartphone
16 24 (0.72%) Driving Licence
17 23 (0.69%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 3,334 (99.64%) Windows
2 913 (27.29%) Windows Server 2012
3 780 (23.31%) Windows Server 2008
4 707 (21.13%) Linux
5 545 (16.29%) Windows 10
6 415 (12.40%) Windows 7
7 291 (8.70%) Windows Server 2003
8 230 (6.87%) Unix
9 229 (6.84%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 90 (2.69%) Windows 8
11 73 (2.18%) CentOS
12 70 (2.09%) Apple iOS
13 57 (1.70%) Android
14 50 (1.49%) Mac OS
14 50 (1.49%) Ubuntu
15 48 (1.43%) Mac OS X
16 47 (1.40%) Windows XP
17 40 (1.20%) AIX
18 35 (1.05%) Solaris
19 12 (0.36%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 637 (19.04%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 558 (16.68%) ITIL
3 439 (13.12%) Migration
4 300 (8.97%) DevOps
5 295 (8.82%) Agile Software Development
6 259 (7.74%) Problem-Solving
7 157 (4.69%) Disaster Recovery
8 146 (4.36%) Continuous Integration
9 145 (4.33%) Change Management
10 124 (3.71%) Configuration Management
11 122 (3.65%) Server Management
12 114 (3.41%) High Availability
13 109 (3.26%) Service Delivery
14 107 (3.20%) Service Management
15 105 (3.14%) Load Balancing
16 101 (3.02%) ITIL V3
17 85 (2.54%) Project Management
18 84 (2.51%) Virtual Environments
19 77 (2.30%) Data Protection
19 77 (2.30%) Patch Management
Programming Languages
1 787 (23.52%) PowerShell
2 690 (20.62%) SQL
3 169 (5.05%) C#
4 143 (4.27%) JavaScript
5 131 (3.92%) Java
6 99 (2.96%) Python
7 94 (2.81%) Shell Script
8 86 (2.57%) VBScript
9 80 (2.39%) Perl
9 80 (2.39%) T-SQL
10 68 (2.03%) Bash Shell
11 50 (1.49%) C
12 44 (1.32%) VB
13 31 (0.93%) PL/SQL
14 30 (0.90%) Ruby
15 19 (0.57%) TypeScript
16 17 (0.51%) PHP
17 15 (0.45%) F#
18 13 (0.39%) VBA
19 10 (0.30%) C++
Qualifications
1 528 (15.78%) Security Cleared
2 382 (11.42%) Microsoft Certification
3 364 (10.88%) SC Cleared
4 251 (7.50%) MCSE
5 194 (5.80%) Degree
6 156 (4.66%) Cisco Certification
7 151 (4.51%) DV Cleared
8 126 (3.77%) CCNA
9 100 (2.99%) MCSA
10 73 (2.18%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 63 (1.88%) MCITP
12 61 (1.82%) MCP
13 55 (1.64%) Computer Science Degree
14 44 (1.32%) CCNP
15 40 (1.20%) ITIL Certification
16 36 (1.08%) Citrix Certification
17 31 (0.93%) BPSS Clearance
17 31 (0.93%) DBS Check
18 27 (0.81%) CCA
19 21 (0.63%) Novell Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 102 (3.05%) SLA
2 36 (1.08%) QA
3 33 (0.99%) GDPR
4 32 (0.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 20 (0.60%) Disclosure Scotland
6 12 (0.36%) PCI DSS
7 11 (0.33%) PMO
8 10 (0.30%) JSP 440
9 9 (0.27%) HL7
10 8 (0.24%) Data Quality
10 8 (0.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 7 (0.21%) 21 CFR Part 11
11 7 (0.21%) FedRAMP
11 7 (0.21%) GxP
12 6 (0.18%) Government Security Classifications
13 5 (0.15%) ISAE 3402
13 5 (0.15%) ISO 9001
14 4 (0.12%) ISO 22301
14 4 (0.12%) ISO 31000
14 4 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27005
System Software
1 1,901 (56.81%) Active Directory
2 859 (25.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 461 (13.78%) Hyper-V
4 323 (9.65%) XenApp
5 309 (9.23%) VMware ESXi
6 273 (8.16%) vSphere
7 225 (6.72%) XenDesktop
8 153 (4.57%) Microsoft App-V
9 110 (3.29%) Virtual Machines
10 90 (2.69%) Docker
11 72 (2.15%) Virtual Servers
12 59 (1.76%) XenServer
13 51 (1.52%) Virtual Desktop
14 36 (1.08%) Terminal Services
15 29 (0.87%) VMware Workstation
16 27 (0.81%) DFS Replication
16 27 (0.81%) VMware NSX
17 26 (0.78%) Microsoft Virtual Server
18 23 (0.69%) Xen
19 21 (0.63%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 604 (18.05%) SCCM
2 181 (5.41%) SCOM
3 146 (4.36%) WSUS
4 132 (3.95%) Puppet
5 126 (3.77%) vCenter Server
6 122 (3.65%) Microsoft Clustering
7 118 (3.53%) Opscode Chef
8 113 (3.38%) Ansible
9 101 (3.02%) Terraform
10 90 (2.69%) Microsoft Intune
11 87 (2.60%) McAfee ePO
12 56 (1.67%) NetBackup
13 54 (1.61%) AirWatch
13 54 (1.61%) Kubernetes
14 47 (1.40%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
15 45 (1.34%) Nagios
16 43 (1.29%) Backup Exec
17 40 (1.20%) Failover Clustering
18 35 (1.05%) PowerCLI
19 33 (0.99%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 1,564 (46.74%) Microsoft
2 1,425 (42.59%) VMware
3 600 (17.93%) Citrix
4 460 (13.75%) Cisco
5 314 (9.38%) HP
6 279 (8.34%) Oracle
7 176 (5.26%) McAfee
8 169 (5.05%) NetApp
9 165 (4.93%) Red Hat
10 110 (3.29%) EMC
11 108 (3.23%) Dell
12 105 (3.14%) IBM
13 103 (3.08%) Apple
14 98 (2.93%) Ivanti
15 95 (2.84%) Splunk
16 93 (2.78%) Veeam
17 77 (2.30%) Symantec
18 72 (2.15%) SolarWinds
19 59 (1.76%) Google
20 53 (1.58%) Veritas