Period
to 22 January 2019

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 22 January 2019 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
22 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 74 72 63
Rank change year-on-year -2 -9 -13
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 3,283 3,162 3,261
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 3.29% 3.17% 3.42%
As % of the Operating Systems category 15.74% 15.29% 16.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,180 2,058 2,042
UK median daily rate £390 £350 £341
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.43% +2.79% +3.18%
10th Percentile £170 £160 £173
90th Percentile £544 £538 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +15.38% - +0.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 166 167 231
UK median hourly rate £23.67 £17.50 £21.47
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +35.24% -18.47% +16.03%
10th Percentile £12.38 £11.15 £11.47
90th Percentile £49.63 £46.70 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.75 £17.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year +18.57% -16.67% +20.00%

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 20,853 20,678 20,136
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.93% 20.76% 21.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 13,009 13,192 12,636
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £404
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% +0.94%
10th Percentile £160 £168 £193
90th Percentile £600 £613 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £370
% change year-on-year +3.90% +4.05% +1.37%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,352 1,266 1,271
UK median hourly rate £17.39 £17.43 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.22% +5.64% -2.48%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.00 £10.61
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.50 £46.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.28 £16.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year -1.36% +3.13% -3.03%

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 22 January 2019.

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 22 January 2019.

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 22 January 2019. 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 -2 3,026 £400 +14.29% 1,154
UK excluding London -5 2,089 £375 +15.38% 880
London +7 1,126 £425 +9.68% 334
South East -3 681 £390 +11.43% 223
North of England -7 421 £363 +3.57% 229
South West +6 361 £400 +33.33% 109
Midlands -10 273 £360 +20.00% 146
North West +5 235 £363 +3.57% 108
West Midlands -9 176 £360 +10.77% 85
East of England +6 149 £350 +12.00% 113
Yorkshire +12 143 £350 +7.69% 107
Scotland -29 130 £380 +1.33% 29
East Midlands -17 93 £350 +22.27% 61
Wales -12 67 £350 +7.69% 26
North East -42 43 £388 +15.67% 14
Northern Ireland +13 4 £300 -14.29% 4
Channel Islands +3 4 - - 1

For the 6 months to 22 January 2019, 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 3,261 (99.33%) Windows
2 1,898 (57.81%) Active Directory
3 1,458 (44.41%) Microsoft
4 1,355 (41.27%) VMware
5 911 (27.75%) Office 365
6 879 (26.77%) Windows Server 2012
7 796 (24.25%) PowerShell
8 763 (23.24%) VMware Infrastructure
9 744 (22.66%) Microsoft Azure
10 695 (21.17%) Linux
11 663 (20.19%) Windows Server 2008
12 629 (19.16%) SQL Server
13 612 (18.64%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 577 (17.58%) SCCM
15 567 (17.27%) SQL
16 564 (17.18%) Citrix
17 559 (17.03%) Windows 10
18 524 (15.96%) DNS
19 522 (15.90%) Firewall
20 515 (15.69%) ITIL
21 494 (15.05%) Security Cleared
22 465 (14.16%) Migration
22 465 (14.16%) MS Exchange
23 462 (14.07%) Finance
24 429 (13.07%) Cisco
25 424 (12.92%) Hyper-V
26 367 (11.18%) Windows 7
27 365 (11.12%) DHCP
28 343 (10.45%) SC Cleared
29 337 (10.27%) Problem-Solving

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
1 465 (14.16%) MS Exchange
2 277 (8.44%) IIS
3 270 (8.22%) SharePoint
4 163 (4.96%) Skype for Business
5 157 (4.78%) Exchange Server 2010
6 151 (4.60%) Exchange Server 2013
7 73 (2.22%) Apache
8 67 (2.04%) Confluence
9 50 (1.52%) Tomcat
10 49 (1.49%) SharePoint 2013
11 44 (1.34%) Exchange Server 2007
12 33 (1.01%) CMS
12 33 (1.01%) WebSphere
13 29 (0.88%) SharePoint Server
14 26 (0.79%) Exchange Server 2003
15 21 (0.64%) BizTalk Server
16 18 (0.55%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
16 18 (0.55%) OpenStack
16 18 (0.55%) WebLogic
17 17 (0.52%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 290 (8.83%) Microsoft Office
2 39 (1.19%) Microsoft Excel
3 24 (0.73%) MS Visio
4 18 (0.55%) InfoPath
5 17 (0.52%) Microsoft Project
6 14 (0.43%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 6 (0.18%) Photoshop
8 3 (0.091%) Maya
8 3 (0.091%) NUKE
9 2 (0.061%) Acrobat
9 2 (0.061%) HipChat
9 2 (0.061%) Houdini
10 1 (0.030%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 1 (0.030%) Chatbot
10 1 (0.030%) Revit
10 1 (0.030%) Spreadsheet
10 1 (0.030%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 12 (0.37%) Sentinel
2 11 (0.34%) Dynamics CRM
3 8 (0.24%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 5 (0.15%) HFM
4 5 (0.15%) Maximo
5 4 (0.12%) Oracle Cash Management
6 3 (0.091%) LatentZero
6 3 (0.091%) Oracle Retail
6 3 (0.091%) Remedy ITSM
7 2 (0.061%) Dynamics NAV
7 2 (0.061%) Elite 3E
7 2 (0.061%) Infor SunSystems
7 2 (0.061%) Oracle Financials
7 2 (0.061%) PeopleSoft Financials
8 1 (0.030%) Carpe Diem
8 1 (0.030%) Dynamics AX
8 1 (0.030%) Oracle Applications
8 1 (0.030%) Sage 200
8 1 (0.030%) Sage 50
8 1 (0.030%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 911 (27.75%) Office 365
2 744 (22.66%) Microsoft Azure
3 320 (9.75%) Amazon AWS
4 174 (5.30%) IaaS
5 127 (3.87%) PaaS
6 119 (3.62%) Azure Active Directory
7 99 (3.02%) SaaS
8 35 (1.07%) Mimecast
8 35 (1.07%) OneDrive
9 33 (1.01%) Google Cloud Platform
10 31 (0.94%) Datadog
11 26 (0.79%) AWS CloudFormation
11 26 (0.79%) Cloud Computing
12 24 (0.73%) GitHub
13 21 (0.64%) Dynamics 365
14 20 (0.61%) OpenShift
15 19 (0.58%) Boomi
16 16 (0.49%) Akamai
16 16 (0.49%) Amazon EC2
16 16 (0.49%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 524 (15.96%) DNS
2 522 (15.90%) Firewall
3 365 (11.12%) DHCP
4 328 (9.99%) SAN
5 316 (9.63%) LAN
6 286 (8.71%) WAN
7 221 (6.73%) TCP/IP
8 180 (5.48%) VPN
9 159 (4.84%) Skype
10 113 (3.44%) Internet
11 97 (2.95%) NetScaler
12 93 (2.83%) Network Security
13 89 (2.71%) VoIP
14 87 (2.65%) NAS
15 69 (2.10%) VLAN
16 63 (1.92%) SSL
17 62 (1.89%) Wi-Fi
18 60 (1.83%) iSCSI
19 51 (1.55%) HTTP
19 51 (1.55%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 629 (19.16%) SQL Server
2 81 (2.47%) SQL Server 2008
3 72 (2.19%) SQL Server 2012
4 48 (1.46%) SQL Server 2016
5 45 (1.37%) Oracle Database
6 43 (1.31%) MySQL
6 43 (1.31%) SQL Server 2014
7 40 (1.22%) Relational Database
8 38 (1.16%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 36 (1.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 32 (0.97%) PostgreSQL
11 29 (0.88%) SQL Server 2005
12 24 (0.73%) RDBMS
13 21 (0.64%) Amazon RDS
13 21 (0.64%) MongoDB
14 19 (0.58%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 18 (0.55%) DB2
16 16 (0.49%) Data Warehouse
17 14 (0.43%) Oracle Database 12c
17 14 (0.43%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 116 (3.53%) Git (software)
2 96 (2.92%) JIRA
3 81 (2.47%) TeamCity
4 71 (2.16%) Jenkins
5 68 (2.07%) Octopus Deploy
6 52 (1.58%) Visual Studio
7 49 (1.49%) Team Foundation Server
8 47 (1.43%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 47 (1.43%) Visual Studio Team System
9 36 (1.10%) Artifactory
10 34 (1.04%) Bitbucket
11 32 (0.97%) Selenium
12 25 (0.76%) GitLab
13 23 (0.70%) IBM UrbanCode
14 22 (0.67%) Cucumber
15 20 (0.61%) Sonatype Nexus
16 18 (0.55%) Vagrant
16 18 (0.55%) Zephyr
17 17 (0.52%) SonarQube
18 16 (0.49%) MSI
General
1 462 (14.07%) Finance
2 135 (4.11%) Banking
3 82 (2.50%) Retail
4 73 (2.22%) Law
5 65 (1.98%) Telecoms
6 38 (1.16%) Back Office
6 38 (1.16%) Investment Banking
6 38 (1.16%) Manufacturing
7 34 (1.04%) Front Office
8 24 (0.73%) Legal
9 23 (0.70%) Marketing
10 22 (0.67%) Publishing
11 19 (0.58%) Military
12 17 (0.52%) Advertising
13 16 (0.49%) Automotive
14 15 (0.46%) Pharmaceutical
15 14 (0.43%) Aerospace
16 12 (0.37%) Financial Institution
17 10 (0.30%) Billing
17 10 (0.30%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 508 (15.47%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 382 (11.64%) Analyst
3 301 (9.17%) Support Engineer
4 265 (8.07%) Windows Engineer
5 197 (6.00%) Architect
6 185 (5.64%) Server Engineer
7 172 (5.24%) Administrator
8 167 (5.09%) DevOps Engineer
9 165 (5.03%) Support Analyst
10 163 (4.96%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 151 (4.60%) 3rd Line Support
12 150 (4.57%) Consultant
13 139 (4.23%) IT Support
14 137 (4.17%) Azure Engineer
15 129 (3.93%) 2nd Line Support
16 125 (3.81%) VMware Engineer
17 115 (3.50%) Developer
18 114 (3.47%) IT Engineer
19 102 (3.11%) Wintel Engineer
20 101 (3.08%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 250 (7.61%) .NET
2 131 (3.99%) Web Services
3 108 (3.29%) Middleware
4 67 (2.04%) X-Windows
5 63 (1.92%) .NET Framework
6 58 (1.77%) XML
7 52 (1.58%) REST
8 50 (1.52%) HTML
8 50 (1.52%) LDAP
9 48 (1.46%) ASP.NET
9 48 (1.46%) CSS
10 45 (1.37%) SOAP
11 43 (1.31%) jQuery
12 38 (1.16%) AngularJS
13 29 (0.88%) JSON
14 27 (0.82%) Entity Framework
15 25 (0.76%) Node.js
16 24 (0.73%) WebSockets
16 24 (0.73%) WebSphere MQ
17 19 (0.58%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 262 (7.98%) Data Centre
2 210 (6.40%) Analytical Skills
3 184 (5.60%) Clustering
4 119 (3.62%) PKI
5 98 (2.99%) Management Information System
6 82 (2.50%) Self-Motivation
7 66 (2.01%) Public Cloud
8 59 (1.80%) Fat Client
8 59 (1.80%) Thin Client
9 48 (1.46%) Replication
10 40 (1.22%) NHS
11 36 (1.10%) Private Cloud
12 34 (1.04%) Driving Licence
13 32 (0.97%) Blackberry
13 32 (0.97%) Hybrid Cloud
13 32 (0.97%) Smartphone
14 26 (0.79%) iPhone
15 24 (0.73%) Enterprise Software
16 23 (0.70%) Fixed Income
16 23 (0.70%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 3,261 (99.33%) Windows
2 879 (26.77%) Windows Server 2012
3 695 (21.17%) Linux
4 663 (20.19%) Windows Server 2008
5 559 (17.03%) Windows 10
6 367 (11.18%) Windows 7
7 249 (7.58%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 223 (6.79%) Unix
9 197 (6.00%) Windows Server 2003
10 76 (2.31%) Windows 8
11 57 (1.74%) CentOS
12 56 (1.71%) Android
13 54 (1.64%) Ubuntu
14 48 (1.46%) Apple iOS
15 43 (1.31%) Solaris
16 33 (1.01%) AIX
17 29 (0.88%) Mac OS X
18 26 (0.79%) Windows XP
19 25 (0.76%) Mac OS
20 13 (0.40%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 612 (18.64%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 515 (15.69%) ITIL
3 465 (14.16%) Migration
4 337 (10.27%) Problem-Solving
5 310 (9.44%) DevOps
6 294 (8.96%) Agile Software Development
7 179 (5.45%) Disaster Recovery
8 122 (3.72%) Continuous Integration
9 120 (3.66%) Configuration Management
9 120 (3.66%) Service Management
10 119 (3.62%) Change Management
11 107 (3.26%) Service Delivery
12 103 (3.14%) ITIL V3
13 102 (3.11%) Data Protection
13 102 (3.11%) High Availability
14 88 (2.68%) Load Balancing
15 87 (2.65%) Server Management
16 86 (2.62%) Information Security
17 82 (2.50%) Project Management
18 79 (2.41%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 796 (24.25%) PowerShell
2 567 (17.27%) SQL
3 154 (4.69%) C#
4 120 (3.66%) JavaScript
5 104 (3.17%) Java
6 102 (3.11%) Python
7 77 (2.35%) Bash Shell
8 67 (2.04%) Shell Script
9 65 (1.98%) Perl
10 63 (1.92%) T-SQL
11 50 (1.52%) VBScript
12 35 (1.07%) VB
13 31 (0.94%) C
14 27 (0.82%) Ruby
15 24 (0.73%) PHP
16 20 (0.61%) PL/SQL
17 16 (0.49%) TypeScript
18 13 (0.40%) VBA
19 11 (0.34%) C++
19 11 (0.34%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 494 (15.05%) Security Cleared
2 343 (10.45%) SC Cleared
3 331 (10.08%) Microsoft Certification
4 215 (6.55%) MCSE
5 162 (4.93%) Degree
6 156 (4.75%) DV Cleared
7 147 (4.48%) Cisco Certification
8 125 (3.81%) CCNA
9 104 (3.17%) MCSA
10 80 (2.44%) MCP
11 68 (2.07%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 50 (1.52%) CCNP
12 50 (1.52%) ITIL Certification
13 45 (1.37%) MCITP
14 40 (1.22%) DBS Check
15 39 (1.19%) Citrix Certification
16 36 (1.10%) Computer Science Degree
17 35 (1.07%) CCA
18 23 (0.70%) CISSP
19 21 (0.64%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 110 (3.35%) SLA
2 37 (1.13%) QA
3 29 (0.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 27 (0.82%) GDPR
5 22 (0.67%) PCI DSS
6 14 (0.43%) Data Quality
6 14 (0.43%) Disclosure Scotland
6 14 (0.43%) PMO
7 13 (0.40%) HL7
8 10 (0.30%) GxP
8 10 (0.30%) ISO 22301
8 10 (0.30%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 9 (0.27%) ISAE 3402
9 9 (0.27%) ISO 31000
9 9 (0.27%) ISO 9001
9 9 (0.27%) ISO/IEC 27005
10 8 (0.24%) JSP 440
11 7 (0.21%) Cyber Essentials
11 7 (0.21%) FedRAMP
11 7 (0.21%) Government Security Classifications
System Software
1 1,898 (57.81%) Active Directory
2 763 (23.24%) VMware Infrastructure
3 424 (12.92%) Hyper-V
4 273 (8.32%) XenApp
5 263 (8.01%) VMware ESXi
6 235 (7.16%) vSphere
7 216 (6.58%) XenDesktop
8 144 (4.39%) Virtual Machines
9 105 (3.20%) Microsoft App-V
10 95 (2.89%) Docker
11 75 (2.28%) Virtual Servers
12 45 (1.37%) Virtual Desktop
13 38 (1.16%) XenServer
14 34 (1.04%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 29 (0.88%) Terminal Services
16 28 (0.85%) VMware NSX
17 24 (0.73%) DFS Replication
18 23 (0.70%) Firmware
19 20 (0.61%) BitLocker
20 19 (0.58%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 577 (17.58%) SCCM
2 146 (4.45%) SCOM
3 130 (3.96%) Puppet
4 123 (3.75%) Terraform
5 122 (3.72%) Opscode Chef
6 112 (3.41%) vCenter Server
7 97 (2.95%) Microsoft Clustering
8 92 (2.80%) Microsoft Intune
9 91 (2.77%) Ansible
10 84 (2.56%) WSUS
11 78 (2.38%) McAfee ePO
12 69 (2.10%) Kubernetes
13 50 (1.52%) Nagios
14 42 (1.28%) NetBackup
15 39 (1.19%) AirWatch
16 30 (0.91%) Norton AntiVirus
17 29 (0.88%) Failover Clustering
18 28 (0.85%) PowerCLI
19 27 (0.82%) Single Sign-On
19 27 (0.82%) vRealize
Vendors
1 1,458 (44.41%) Microsoft
2 1,355 (41.27%) VMware
3 564 (17.18%) Citrix
4 429 (13.07%) Cisco
5 253 (7.71%) Oracle
6 248 (7.55%) HP
7 171 (5.21%) McAfee
8 163 (4.96%) Red Hat
9 129 (3.93%) Dell
10 112 (3.41%) NetApp
11 108 (3.29%) Splunk
12 97 (2.95%) IBM
13 96 (2.92%) Symantec
14 93 (2.83%) EMC
15 83 (2.53%) Ivanti
16 81 (2.47%) Veeam
17 62 (1.89%) Apple
18 61 (1.86%) Atlassian
19 57 (1.74%) SolarWinds
20 56 (1.71%) Google