Period
to 14 April 2021

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 14 April 2021 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
14 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 102 59 74
Rank change year-on-year -43 +15 +2
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 1,209 2,240 3,011
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.29% 3.76% 3.12%
As % of the Operating Systems category 14.15% 18.32% 15.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 871 1,592 2,049
10th Percentile £200 £155 £163
25th Percentile £313 £255 £294
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £400 £375 £395
Median % change year-on-year +6.67% -5.06% +12.86%
75th Percentile £488 £475 £475
90th Percentile £564 £538 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 126 150
10th Percentile £13.00 £13.49 £12.25
25th Percentile £16.94 £16.00 £15.50
Median hourly rate £25.00 £19.50 £21.95
Median % change year-on-year +28.21% -11.16% +29.12%
75th Percentile £45.44 £36.81 £43.75
90th Percentile £57.63 £47.83 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £18.25 £18.65
% change year-on-year +23.29% -2.14% +6.57%

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 8,544 12,224 19,743
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 16.20% 20.54% 20.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,613 7,869 12,749
10th Percentile £180 £138 £158
25th Percentile £325 £250 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £420 £425
Median % change year-on-year +7.14% -1.18% -
75th Percentile £538 £525 £538
90th Percentile £625 £606 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £388 £400
% change year-on-year - -3.13% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 452 963 1,132
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.61 £11.17
25th Percentile £14.00 £13.82 £13.00
Median hourly rate £17.89 £17.50 £16.95
Median % change year-on-year +2.20% +3.24% +4.10%
75th Percentile £43.00 £23.00 £27.50
90th Percentile £55.00 £47.50 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.00 £17.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +3.23%

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 14 April 2021.

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 14 April 2021.

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 14 April 2021. 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 -44 967 £400 +6.67% 641
UK excluding London -21 665 £375 - 516
London -60 360 £450 +12.50% 151
Work from Home -41 329 £425 -3.41% 89
South East -5 232 £403 +1.90% 112
North of England -29 131 £365 +4.29% 148
Scotland -30 89 £400 - 13
Midlands -21 81 £314 -0.79% 129
South West -30 63 £339 -15.31% 52
North West -38 58 £325 -13.33% 76
Yorkshire -3 54 £380 +18.75% 49
West Midlands -3 46 £310 -4.62% 80
East of England -23 44 £325 - 48
East Midlands -7 34 £303 +0.83% 49
Wales -1 26 £388 +3.33% 12
North East +1 19 £400 +6.67% 23
Northern Ireland +7 2 £215 -35.82% 2

For the 6 months to 14 April 2021, 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 1,200 (99.26%) Windows
2 671 (55.50%) Active Directory
3 604 (49.96%) Microsoft
4 538 (44.50%) VMware
5 455 (37.63%) Azure
6 389 (32.18%) VMware Infrastructure
7 388 (32.09%) PowerShell
8 364 (30.11%) Microsoft 365
9 311 (25.72%) Security Cleared
10 302 (24.98%) Windows Server 2012
11 267 (22.08%) Linux
12 232 (19.19%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 226 (18.69%) DNS
14 224 (18.53%) Migration
15 221 (18.28%) SQL Server
16 216 (17.87%) SC Cleared
17 211 (17.45%) Windows 10
18 210 (17.37%) SQL
19 201 (16.63%) Windows Server 2016
20 194 (16.05%) Windows Server 2008
21 191 (15.80%) ITIL
22 190 (15.72%) Citrix
23 183 (15.14%) Firewall
24 182 (15.05%) DevOps
25 178 (14.72%) SCCM
26 172 (14.23%) Hyper-V
27 163 (13.48%) Cisco
28 149 (12.32%) DHCP
29 145 (11.99%) MS Exchange
30 144 (11.91%) Windows Server 2019

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
1 145 (11.99%) MS Exchange
2 130 (10.75%) SharePoint
3 88 (7.28%) IIS
4 49 (4.05%) Skype for Business
5 47 (3.89%) Exchange Server 2010
6 38 (3.14%) Exchange Server 2013
7 19 (1.57%) Exchange Server 2003
7 19 (1.57%) Exchange Server 2007
8 13 (1.08%) Tomcat
8 13 (1.08%) WebSphere
9 11 (0.91%) Documentum
10 10 (0.83%) ArcGIS
10 10 (0.83%) Confluence
11 9 (0.74%) Apache
11 9 (0.74%) WebLogic
12 7 (0.58%) JBoss
12 7 (0.58%) MS Project Server
12 7 (0.58%) Office Communications Server
12 7 (0.58%) OpenStack
12 7 (0.58%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 114 (9.43%) Microsoft Office
2 32 (2.65%) Microsoft Excel
3 26 (2.15%) MS Visio
4 10 (0.83%) Photoshop
5 7 (0.58%) InfoPath
6 3 (0.25%) SOLIDWORKS
7 2 (0.17%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 2 (0.17%) Microsoft Project
8 1 (0.083%) Acrobat
8 1 (0.083%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 1 (0.083%) FileZilla
8 1 (0.083%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 11 (0.91%) Dynamics NAV
2 5 (0.41%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.41%) Eikon
2 5 (0.41%) Refinitiv Enterprise Platform
3 3 (0.25%) Oracle Payables
4 2 (0.17%) assyst
4 2 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
4 2 (0.17%) Salerio
5 1 (0.083%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.083%) Infor M3
5 1 (0.083%) Maximo
5 1 (0.083%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.083%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 455 (37.63%) Azure
2 364 (30.11%) Microsoft 365
3 133 (11.00%) AWS
4 130 (10.75%) Azure Active Directory
5 62 (5.13%) SaaS
6 50 (4.14%) IaaS
7 44 (3.64%) PaaS
8 26 (2.15%) AWS CloudFormation
9 22 (1.82%) OneDrive
9 22 (1.82%) Power Platform
10 18 (1.49%) GitHub
11 16 (1.32%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 14 (1.16%) Amazon GuardDuty
12 14 (1.16%) GCP
13 13 (1.08%) Amazon EC2
14 12 (0.99%) Azure Stack
15 11 (0.91%) Mimecast
16 10 (0.83%) Amazon S3
17 8 (0.66%) Amazon CloudWatch
18 6 (0.50%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 226 (18.69%) DNS
2 183 (15.14%) Firewall
3 149 (12.32%) DHCP
4 103 (8.52%) SAN
5 82 (6.78%) LAN
6 80 (6.62%) VPN
6 80 (6.62%) WAN
7 69 (5.71%) TCP/IP
8 63 (5.21%) Skype
9 37 (3.06%) SNMP
10 36 (2.98%) VLAN
11 30 (2.48%) Network Security
11 30 (2.48%) VSAN
12 28 (2.32%) Remote Desktop
13 27 (2.23%) SMTP
14 25 (2.07%) NetScaler
15 24 (1.99%) Internet
16 21 (1.74%) VoIP
17 19 (1.57%) Cisco ASA
17 19 (1.57%) WAAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 221 (18.28%) SQL Server
2 34 (2.81%) SQL Server 2008
3 28 (2.32%) SQL Server 2012
4 27 (2.23%) Oracle Database
5 21 (1.74%) Azure SQL Database
6 20 (1.65%) MySQL
6 20 (1.65%) SQL Server 2016
7 18 (1.49%) Power BI
8 12 (0.99%) PostgreSQL
8 12 (0.99%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 11 (0.91%) SQL Server 2005
10 10 (0.83%) Cosmos DB
10 10 (0.83%) Oracle Database 11g
10 10 (0.83%) Relational Database
10 10 (0.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 9 (0.74%) GIS
12 8 (0.66%) Amazon RDS
12 8 (0.66%) Oracle Database 12c
12 8 (0.66%) RDBMS
12 8 (0.66%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 51 (4.22%) Git (software)
2 46 (3.80%) Jenkins
3 35 (2.89%) JIRA
4 28 (2.32%) GitLab
5 24 (1.99%) Octopus Deploy
5 24 (1.99%) TeamCity
6 11 (0.91%) Bitbucket
7 10 (0.83%) Oracle Forms
7 10 (0.83%) Subversion
8 9 (0.74%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 8 (0.66%) SonarQube
10 7 (0.58%) MSI
11 6 (0.50%) Visual Studio Team System
12 5 (0.41%) Hudson
12 5 (0.41%) Sonatype Nexus
13 4 (0.33%) Chocolatey
14 3 (0.25%) Team Foundation Server
14 3 (0.25%) Visual Studio
15 2 (0.17%) Vagrant
15 2 (0.17%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 125 (10.34%) Finance
2 88 (7.28%) Public Sector
3 45 (3.72%) Banking
4 31 (2.56%) Legal
5 28 (2.32%) Telecoms
6 24 (1.99%) Law
7 15 (1.24%) Manufacturing
8 13 (1.08%) Marketing
9 11 (0.91%) Electronics
9 11 (0.91%) Retail
10 9 (0.74%) Billing
11 8 (0.66%) Back Office
11 8 (0.66%) Pharmaceutical
12 6 (0.50%) Military
13 4 (0.33%) Financial Institution
13 4 (0.33%) Front Office
14 3 (0.25%) Investment Banking
15 2 (0.17%) Advertising
15 2 (0.17%) International Banking
15 2 (0.17%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 199 (16.46%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 137 (11.33%) Architect
3 93 (7.69%) Support Engineer
4 74 (6.12%) Azure Engineer
5 71 (5.87%) Analyst
6 64 (5.29%) DevOps Engineer
7 63 (5.21%) Administrator
7 63 (5.21%) Infrastructure Architect
7 63 (5.21%) Windows Engineer
8 57 (4.71%) Server Engineer
9 52 (4.30%) Consultant
10 48 (3.97%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 47 (3.89%) VMware Engineer
12 41 (3.39%) 3rd Line Support
13 40 (3.31%) Cloud Architect
13 40 (3.31%) IT Engineer
14 38 (3.14%) Cloud Engineer
14 38 (3.14%) Wintel Engineer
15 35 (2.89%) 2nd Line Support
16 34 (2.81%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 47 (3.89%) Middleware
2 40 (3.31%) .NET
3 23 (1.90%) XML
4 19 (1.57%) Web Services
5 18 (1.49%) ASP.NET
5 18 (1.49%) LDAP
5 18 (1.49%) REST
5 18 (1.49%) SAML
6 17 (1.41%) 802.1X
6 17 (1.41%) CSS
7 16 (1.32%) HTML
8 15 (1.24%) jQuery
8 15 (1.24%) JSON
9 14 (1.16%) Elastic Stack
10 10 (0.83%) OAuth
10 10 (0.83%) OpenID
11 9 (0.74%) Software Packaging
11 9 (0.74%) Twitter Bootstrap
12 8 (0.66%) AngularJS
13 7 (0.58%) Django
Miscellaneous
1 101 (8.35%) Data Centre
2 84 (6.95%) Analytical Skills
3 70 (5.79%) Clustering
4 49 (4.05%) PKI
5 35 (2.89%) Replication
6 32 (2.65%) Hybrid Cloud
6 32 (2.65%) Public Cloud
7 29 (2.40%) Self-Motivation
8 28 (2.32%) Cloud Native
8 28 (2.32%) Management Information System
9 27 (2.23%) EMC VNX
10 23 (1.90%) Private Cloud
11 21 (1.74%) NHS
12 13 (1.08%) Enterprise Software
12 13 (1.08%) Fat Client
12 13 (1.08%) Thin Client
13 10 (0.83%) Linux Command Line
14 8 (0.66%) Client/Server
14 8 (0.66%) Video Conferencing
14 8 (0.66%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 1,200 (99.26%) Windows
2 302 (24.98%) Windows Server 2012
3 267 (22.08%) Linux
4 211 (17.45%) Windows 10
5 201 (16.63%) Windows Server 2016
6 194 (16.05%) Windows Server 2008
7 144 (11.91%) Windows Server 2019
8 83 (6.87%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 61 (5.05%) Windows 7
9 61 (5.05%) Windows Server 2003
10 58 (4.80%) Unix
11 39 (3.23%) CentOS
12 26 (2.15%) Windows XP
13 21 (1.74%) Solaris
14 20 (1.65%) AIX
15 18 (1.49%) Android
16 14 (1.16%) Ubuntu
16 14 (1.16%) Windows Vista
17 13 (1.08%) VMS
18 12 (0.99%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 232 (19.19%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 224 (18.53%) Migration
3 191 (15.80%) ITIL
4 182 (15.05%) DevOps
5 136 (11.25%) Agile Software Development
6 127 (10.50%) Problem-Solving
7 68 (5.62%) Disaster Recovery
8 66 (5.46%) Configuration Management
9 63 (5.21%) Change Management
10 62 (5.13%) Service Management
11 55 (4.55%) Service Delivery
12 54 (4.47%) Cybersecurity
12 54 (4.47%) Load Balancing
13 52 (4.30%) Project Delivery
14 45 (3.72%) High Availability
15 44 (3.64%) Computer Science
16 42 (3.47%) Incident Management
16 42 (3.47%) Infrastructure as Code
17 41 (3.39%) Continuous Integration
17 41 (3.39%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 388 (32.09%) PowerShell
2 210 (17.37%) SQL
3 83 (6.87%) Python
4 31 (2.56%) C#
5 26 (2.15%) Bash Shell
6 25 (2.07%) JavaScript
6 25 (2.07%) Shell Script
7 24 (1.99%) Java
8 20 (1.65%) C
9 18 (1.49%) T-SQL
9 18 (1.49%) VB
10 17 (1.41%) PL/SQL
11 10 (0.83%) VBScript
12 9 (0.74%) Ruby
12 9 (0.74%) TypeScript
13 6 (0.50%) Perl
14 5 (0.41%) VB.NET
15 4 (0.33%) Go
16 3 (0.25%) C++
16 3 (0.25%) PHP
Qualifications
1 311 (25.72%) Security Cleared
2 216 (17.87%) SC Cleared
3 119 (9.84%) Microsoft Certification
4 94 (7.78%) DV Cleared
5 68 (5.62%) Degree
6 57 (4.71%) MCSE
7 54 (4.47%) Cisco Certification
8 39 (3.23%) CCNA
9 34 (2.81%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 32 (2.65%) Computer Science Degree
11 30 (2.48%) MCSA
12 28 (2.32%) ITIL Certification
13 27 (2.23%) CCNP
14 16 (1.32%) DBS Check
15 12 (0.99%) Citrix Certification
16 10 (0.83%) CISSP
16 10 (0.83%) MCITP
16 10 (0.83%) VCP6
17 8 (0.66%) AWS Certification
17 8 (0.66%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 62 (5.13%) SLA
2 19 (1.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 18 (1.49%) QA
4 17 (1.41%) PCI DSS
5 15 (1.24%) GDPR
6 9 (0.74%) COBIT
7 8 (0.66%) NIST
8 6 (0.50%) Cyber Essentials
8 6 (0.50%) Disclosure Scotland
8 6 (0.50%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 5 (0.41%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 5 (0.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 4 (0.33%) Government Security Classifications
11 3 (0.25%) GMP
12 2 (0.17%) Data Quality
12 2 (0.17%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 2 (0.17%) NCSC
13 1 (0.083%) GxP
13 1 (0.083%) ISO 22301
13 1 (0.083%) PMO
System Software
1 671 (55.50%) Active Directory
2 389 (32.18%) VMware Infrastructure
3 172 (14.23%) Hyper-V
4 126 (10.42%) VMware ESXi
5 89 (7.36%) vSphere
6 49 (4.05%) XenApp
7 45 (3.72%) Virtual Machines
8 43 (3.56%) Microsoft App-V
9 41 (3.39%) Docker
10 34 (2.81%) VMware NSX
11 25 (2.07%) Virtual Desktop
12 21 (1.74%) XenDesktop
13 18 (1.49%) Virtual Servers
14 14 (1.16%) VMware Server
15 9 (0.74%) BitLocker
15 9 (0.74%) vCloud
16 8 (0.66%) DFS Replication
16 8 (0.66%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 8 (0.66%) ProxySG
16 8 (0.66%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 178 (14.72%) SCCM
2 108 (8.93%) Ansible
3 104 (8.60%) Terraform
4 63 (5.21%) Microsoft Intune
5 55 (4.55%) vCenter Server
6 53 (4.38%) Puppet
7 50 (4.14%) Kubernetes
8 47 (3.89%) SCOM
9 44 (3.64%) vRealize
10 40 (3.31%) Microsoft Clustering
11 33 (2.73%) PowerCLI
12 30 (2.48%) WSUS
13 27 (2.23%) Opscode Chef
13 27 (2.23%) Single Sign-On
14 21 (1.74%) Failover Clustering
15 20 (1.65%) IBM BigFix
16 17 (1.41%) McAfee ePO
16 17 (1.41%) NetBackup
17 15 (1.24%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
18 12 (0.99%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 604 (49.96%) Microsoft
2 538 (44.50%) VMware
3 190 (15.72%) Citrix
4 163 (13.48%) Cisco
5 115 (9.51%) Oracle
6 73 (6.04%) HP
7 66 (5.46%) Red Hat
8 64 (5.29%) Dell
9 60 (4.96%) EMC
10 48 (3.97%) NetApp
11 37 (3.06%) Veeam
12 36 (2.98%) Apple
12 36 (2.98%) Ivanti
13 32 (2.65%) McAfee
14 31 (2.56%) SAP
15 30 (2.48%) IBM
16 28 (2.32%) Symantec
17 24 (1.99%) SolarWinds
18 23 (1.90%) Splunk
19 21 (1.74%) Google