Period
to 20 May 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 20 May 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
20 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 73 78 46
Rank change year-on-year +5 -32 -2
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 3,188 2,638 4,202
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 3.17% 2.91% 3.98%
As % of the Operating Systems category 15.33% 14.14% 18.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,074 1,649 2,634
UK median daily rate £350 £350 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.94% +0.74%
10th Percentile £163 £163 £180
90th Percentile £538 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 168 175 265
UK median hourly rate £18.06 £16.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.42% -13.16% +1.60%
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £48.48 £43.00 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.11 £16.28 £18.75
% change year-on-year +11.24% -13.17% +4.17%

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 20,795 18,658 23,336
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.65% 20.55% 22.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 13,182 11,793 14,409
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £185 £200 £205
90th Percentile £613 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.23% +3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,315 1,128 1,385
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.03% -2.94% +5.20%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.50 £10.63
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.50 £46.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.86 £15.86 £16.50
% change year-on-year - -3.88% +4.76%

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 20 May 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 20 May 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 20 May 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 +3 2,862 £350 - 968
UK excluding London +8 2,108 £325 - 739
London -11 1,050 £400 - 294
South East +12 665 £350 +4.48% 219
North of England +6 470 £310 -4.77% 176
Midlands -1 271 £325 +4.00% 111
South West +8 250 £300 -9.09% 89
North West +11 234 £363 +11.54% 92
Scotland +10 225 £300 -13.67% 41
East of England 0 150 £320 -8.57% 80
West Midlands -10 146 £325 +8.33% 61
North East +13 134 £285 -5.00% 14
East Midlands +2 120 £300 -5.06% 50
Yorkshire -17 102 £306 -12.50% 70
Wales +13 62 £375 +117.39% 20
Northern Ireland +17 19 £455 +65.45% 2
Channel Islands - 2 £175 -

For the 6 months to 20 May 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 3,186 (99.94%) Windows
2 1,835 (57.56%) Active Directory
3 1,449 (45.45%) Microsoft
4 1,316 (41.28%) VMware
5 966 (30.30%) Windows Server 2008
6 964 (30.24%) Windows Server 2012
7 722 (22.65%) PowerShell
8 716 (22.46%) VMware Infrastructure
9 667 (20.92%) Office 365
10 645 (20.23%) SQL Server
11 644 (20.20%) DNS
12 631 (19.79%) Citrix
13 630 (19.76%) Linux
14 619 (19.42%) Security Cleared
15 598 (18.76%) SQL
16 590 (18.51%) Microsoft Azure
17 552 (17.31%) ITIL
18 538 (16.88%) SCCM
19 487 (15.28%) MS Exchange
20 484 (15.18%) DHCP
21 463 (14.52%) Cisco
22 458 (14.37%) SC Cleared
23 446 (13.99%) Windows 10
24 434 (13.61%) Firewall
25 433 (13.58%) Windows Server 2003
25 433 (13.58%) Hyper-V
26 428 (13.43%) Windows 7
27 421 (13.21%) Migration
28 376 (11.79%) Finance
29 369 (11.57%) Microsoft Office

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
1 487 (15.28%) MS Exchange
2 346 (10.85%) IIS
3 234 (7.34%) SharePoint
4 224 (7.03%) Skype for Business
5 209 (6.56%) Exchange Server 2010
6 125 (3.92%) Exchange Server 2013
7 60 (1.88%) Apache
8 49 (1.54%) Tomcat
9 48 (1.51%) SharePoint Server
10 45 (1.41%) Exchange Server 2007
11 42 (1.32%) Exchange Server 2003
12 41 (1.29%) SharePoint 2013
13 40 (1.25%) WebSphere
14 30 (0.94%) SharePoint 2010
15 25 (0.78%) OpenStack
16 19 (0.60%) IBM Notes
16 19 (0.60%) JBoss
17 18 (0.56%) Office Communications Server
18 17 (0.53%) Confluence
18 17 (0.53%) WebSphere Portal
Applications
1 369 (11.57%) Microsoft Office
2 51 (1.60%) Microsoft Excel
3 28 (0.88%) InfoPath
4 17 (0.53%) MS Visio
5 9 (0.28%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 6 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
7 5 (0.16%) Microsoft Project
8 3 (0.094%) Acrobat
8 3 (0.094%) AutoCAD
8 3 (0.094%) PaintShop Pro
8 3 (0.094%) Windchill
9 2 (0.063%) S-PLUS
10 1 (0.031%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 1 (0.031%) Autodesk Inventor
10 1 (0.031%) Houdini
10 1 (0.031%) Maya
10 1 (0.031%) NUKE
10 1 (0.031%) Photoshop
10 1 (0.031%) Revit
10 1 (0.031%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 20 (0.63%) Dynamics CRM
2 16 (0.50%) Oracle BPM
3 6 (0.19%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (0.19%) Oracle EBS
4 5 (0.16%) Dynamics NAV
5 4 (0.13%) assyst
6 3 (0.094%) Kondor
6 3 (0.094%) Oracle Applications
6 3 (0.094%) Oracle ERP
6 3 (0.094%) Remedy ITSM
7 2 (0.063%) Concordance
7 2 (0.063%) Elite 3E
7 2 (0.063%) ENOVIA
7 2 (0.063%) LatentZero
7 2 (0.063%) Relativity
7 2 (0.063%) SAP BPC
7 2 (0.063%) SAP MII
8 1 (0.031%) Carpe Diem
8 1 (0.031%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 1 (0.031%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 667 (20.92%) Office 365
2 590 (18.51%) Microsoft Azure
3 288 (9.03%) Amazon AWS
4 109 (3.42%) IaaS
5 91 (2.85%) PaaS
6 78 (2.45%) Azure Active Directory
7 49 (1.54%) SaaS
8 41 (1.29%) Google Cloud Platform
9 39 (1.22%) AWS CloudFormation
10 22 (0.69%) Cloud Computing
11 20 (0.63%) Mimecast
11 20 (0.63%) OneDrive
12 17 (0.53%) Amazon EC2
13 16 (0.50%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 15 (0.47%) Datadog
15 14 (0.44%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 14 (0.44%) Amazon ELB
15 14 (0.44%) G Suite
15 14 (0.44%) Route 53
16 12 (0.38%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 644 (20.20%) DNS
2 484 (15.18%) DHCP
3 434 (13.61%) Firewall
4 319 (10.01%) SAN
5 278 (8.72%) TCP/IP
6 243 (7.62%) LAN
7 225 (7.06%) WAN
8 174 (5.46%) VPN
9 161 (5.05%) Skype
10 107 (3.36%) NetScaler
11 82 (2.57%) Internet
12 71 (2.23%) VoIP
13 70 (2.20%) Remote Desktop
14 69 (2.16%) SSL
15 68 (2.13%) VLAN
16 66 (2.07%) NAS
17 60 (1.88%) Wi-Fi
18 59 (1.85%) Wireless
19 57 (1.79%) Cisco ASA
20 43 (1.35%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 645 (20.23%) SQL Server
2 96 (3.01%) SQL Server 2012
3 87 (2.73%) Oracle Database
4 86 (2.70%) SQL Server 2016
5 73 (2.29%) MySQL
6 72 (2.26%) SQL Server 2008
7 62 (1.94%) Oracle Database 11g
8 49 (1.54%) Oracle Database 10g
9 48 (1.51%) SQL Server 2005
10 42 (1.32%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 40 (1.25%) Data Warehouse
12 37 (1.16%) Amazon RDS
12 37 (1.16%) Relational Database
13 33 (1.04%) SQL Server 2014
14 31 (0.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 23 (0.72%) Oracle Reports
15 23 (0.72%) PostgreSQL
16 21 (0.66%) GIS
17 20 (0.63%) Big Data
18 17 (0.53%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 113 (3.54%) Team Foundation Server
2 107 (3.36%) Visual Studio
3 100 (3.14%) Jenkins
4 79 (2.48%) Git (software)
5 47 (1.47%) TeamCity
6 46 (1.44%) Octopus Deploy
7 42 (1.32%) Selenium
8 41 (1.29%) JIRA
8 41 (1.29%) Visual Studio Team System
9 37 (1.16%) MSI
10 35 (1.10%) Ant
11 30 (0.94%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 30 (0.94%) HP UFT
11 30 (0.94%) Subversion
12 29 (0.91%) SoapUI
13 28 (0.88%) Eclipse
13 28 (0.88%) Oracle APEX
13 28 (0.88%) SpecFlow
13 28 (0.88%) TestNG
14 27 (0.85%) Vagrant
General
1 376 (11.79%) Finance
2 115 (3.61%) Banking
3 66 (2.07%) Retail
4 46 (1.44%) Legal
5 44 (1.38%) Telecoms
6 34 (1.07%) Law
7 32 (1.00%) Manufacturing
8 30 (0.94%) Back Office
9 27 (0.85%) Investment Banking
10 21 (0.66%) Local Government
11 16 (0.50%) Front Office
11 16 (0.50%) Marketing
12 11 (0.35%) Publishing
13 10 (0.31%) Advertising
14 8 (0.25%) Automotive
14 8 (0.25%) Electronics
14 8 (0.25%) Financial Institution
14 8 (0.25%) Military
15 7 (0.22%) Pharmaceutical
16 6 (0.19%) Games
Job Titles
1 455 (14.27%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 374 (11.73%) Support Engineer
3 339 (10.63%) Analyst
4 251 (7.87%) Windows Engineer
5 214 (6.71%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 193 (6.05%) Server Engineer
7 170 (5.33%) Architect
8 165 (5.18%) Consultant
9 158 (4.96%) Administrator
10 155 (4.86%) 2nd Line Support
11 150 (4.71%) DevOps Engineer
12 145 (4.55%) IT Support
13 133 (4.17%) 3rd Line Support
14 131 (4.11%) Desktop Support
15 125 (3.92%) Support Analyst
16 107 (3.36%) IT Engineer
17 99 (3.11%) Windows Server Engineer
18 91 (2.85%) 2nd Line Engineer
19 89 (2.79%) Systems Engineer
20 88 (2.76%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 258 (8.09%) .NET
2 138 (4.33%) Web Services
3 110 (3.45%) XML
4 83 (2.60%) CSS
5 67 (2.10%) JSON
6 66 (2.07%) HTML
7 54 (1.69%) Middleware
8 48 (1.51%) ASP.NET
9 47 (1.47%) jQuery
10 45 (1.41%) REST
11 38 (1.19%) LDAP
12 37 (1.16%) XSLT
13 28 (0.88%) HTML5
14 27 (0.85%) .NET Framework
15 22 (0.69%) AngularJS
16 21 (0.66%) ISPF
16 21 (0.66%) J2EE
17 19 (0.60%) Elastic Stack
17 19 (0.60%) SOAP
18 17 (0.53%) JSF
Miscellaneous
1 271 (8.50%) Data Centre
2 177 (5.55%) Analytical Skills
3 161 (5.05%) Clustering
4 126 (3.95%) PKI
5 106 (3.32%) Computer Science
6 103 (3.23%) Management Information System
7 88 (2.76%) Self-Motivation
8 71 (2.23%) Fat Client
8 71 (2.23%) Thin Client
9 46 (1.44%) Blackberry
10 43 (1.35%) Public Cloud
11 37 (1.16%) Replication
12 29 (0.91%) Driving Licence
12 29 (0.91%) NHS
12 29 (0.91%) Private Cloud
13 26 (0.82%) Enterprise Software
13 26 (0.82%) Linux Command Line
14 22 (0.69%) Virtual Team
15 18 (0.56%) User Experience
16 17 (0.53%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 3,186 (99.94%) Windows
2 966 (30.30%) Windows Server 2008
3 964 (30.24%) Windows Server 2012
4 630 (19.76%) Linux
5 446 (13.99%) Windows 10
6 433 (13.58%) Windows Server 2003
7 428 (13.43%) Windows 7
8 210 (6.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 171 (5.36%) Unix
10 120 (3.76%) Windows 8
11 96 (3.01%) CentOS
12 77 (2.42%) Windows XP
13 67 (2.10%) Apple iOS
14 57 (1.79%) Solaris
15 51 (1.60%) Android
16 48 (1.51%) AIX
17 46 (1.44%) Mac OS
18 43 (1.35%) Ubuntu
19 42 (1.32%) Windows 2000 Server
20 37 (1.16%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 552 (17.31%) ITIL
2 421 (13.21%) Migration
3 275 (8.63%) DevOps
4 245 (7.69%) Problem-Solving
5 234 (7.34%) Agile Software Development
6 157 (4.92%) Change Management
7 136 (4.27%) High Availability
8 135 (4.23%) Configuration Management
9 132 (4.14%) Disaster Recovery
10 126 (3.95%) Service Delivery
11 124 (3.89%) Service Management
12 114 (3.58%) Continuous Integration
13 99 (3.11%) Problem Management
14 97 (3.04%) Project Management
15 91 (2.85%) Incident Management
16 78 (2.45%) Load Balancing
17 76 (2.38%) Workflow
18 75 (2.35%) ITIL V3
19 72 (2.26%) Open Source
20 67 (2.10%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 722 (22.65%) PowerShell
2 598 (18.76%) SQL
3 141 (4.42%) C#
4 130 (4.08%) Java
5 127 (3.98%) JavaScript
6 96 (3.01%) Python
7 79 (2.48%) Shell Script
8 72 (2.26%) T-SQL
9 66 (2.07%) VBScript
10 63 (1.98%) C
11 52 (1.63%) PL/SQL
12 49 (1.54%) Perl
13 40 (1.25%) Bash Shell
13 40 (1.25%) VB
14 28 (0.88%) F#
15 26 (0.82%) PHP
16 22 (0.69%) Ruby
17 21 (0.66%) JCL
18 16 (0.50%) C++
18 16 (0.50%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 619 (19.42%) Security Cleared
2 458 (14.37%) SC Cleared
3 357 (11.20%) Microsoft Certification
4 233 (7.31%) MCSE
5 190 (5.96%) Degree
6 136 (4.27%) MCSA
7 131 (4.11%) Cisco Certification
8 122 (3.83%) DV Cleared
9 102 (3.20%) CCNA
10 89 (2.79%) MCITP
10 89 (2.79%) MCP
11 86 (2.70%) Computer Science Degree
12 63 (1.98%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 55 (1.73%) ITIL Certification
14 50 (1.57%) BPSS Clearance
15 43 (1.35%) CCNP
16 37 (1.16%) Citrix Certification
17 30 (0.94%) DBS Check
18 27 (0.85%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
19 26 (0.82%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 103 (3.23%) SLA
2 46 (1.44%) Disclosure Scotland
3 38 (1.19%) GDPR
4 31 (0.97%) QA
5 25 (0.78%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 21 (0.66%) PCI DSS
7 10 (0.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 9 (0.28%) PMO
9 8 (0.25%) GCP
10 7 (0.22%) Data Quality
11 6 (0.19%) 21 CFR Part 11
12 5 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 3 (0.094%) GAMP
13 3 (0.094%) Government Security Classifications
13 3 (0.094%) GxP
13 3 (0.094%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 3 (0.094%) ISO 9001
13 3 (0.094%) MiFID
14 2 (0.063%) WCAG
15 1 (0.031%) COBIT
System Software
1 1,835 (57.56%) Active Directory
2 716 (22.46%) VMware Infrastructure
3 433 (13.58%) Hyper-V
4 325 (10.19%) XenApp
5 292 (9.16%) VMware ESXi
5 292 (9.16%) vSphere
6 179 (5.61%) XenDesktop
7 135 (4.23%) Microsoft App-V
8 99 (3.11%) Virtual Machines
8 99 (3.11%) XenServer
9 77 (2.42%) Docker
10 40 (1.25%) Virtual Desktop
11 31 (0.97%) VirtualBox
12 30 (0.94%) Virtual Servers
13 26 (0.82%) DFS Replication
14 23 (0.72%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 23 (0.72%) Terminal Services
14 23 (0.72%) VMware NSX
15 18 (0.56%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
15 18 (0.56%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 538 (16.88%) SCCM
2 165 (5.18%) SCOM
3 134 (4.20%) WSUS
4 123 (3.86%) Puppet
5 115 (3.61%) Ansible
6 98 (3.07%) Opscode Chef
7 82 (2.57%) vCenter Server
8 80 (2.51%) Microsoft Clustering
8 80 (2.51%) Terraform
9 64 (2.01%) Microsoft Intune
10 62 (1.94%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 60 (1.88%) Backup Exec
12 55 (1.73%) McAfee ePO
13 50 (1.57%) AirWatch
14 48 (1.51%) NetBackup
15 45 (1.41%) Nessus
16 35 (1.10%) vRealize
17 33 (1.04%) PowerCLI
17 33 (1.04%) Tivoli
18 31 (0.97%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 1,449 (45.45%) Microsoft
2 1,316 (41.28%) VMware
3 631 (19.79%) Citrix
4 463 (14.52%) Cisco
5 353 (11.07%) HP
6 228 (7.15%) Oracle
7 175 (5.49%) Ivanti
8 163 (5.11%) Red Hat
9 153 (4.80%) NetApp
10 139 (4.36%) McAfee
11 114 (3.58%) Apple
12 107 (3.36%) Dell
13 104 (3.26%) Veeam
14 101 (3.17%) SolarWinds
15 99 (3.11%) EMC
16 84 (2.63%) IBM
17 78 (2.45%) Symantec
18 74 (2.32%) SAP
19 72 (2.26%) Splunk
20 58 (1.82%) Sophos