Period
to 26 July 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 26 July 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
26 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 107 67 74
Rank change year-on-year -40 +7 +2
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 1,643 1,286 2,930
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.31% 3.43% 3.17%
As % of the Operating Systems category 15.02% 17.70% 15.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,153 889 1,972
10th Percentile £200 £171 £160
25th Percentile £311 £264 £264
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £425 £400 £375
Median % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +7.14%
75th Percentile £500 £494 £488
90th Percentile £585 £550 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £389 £388 £365
% change year-on-year +0.32% +6.16% +10.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 67 69 157
10th Percentile £13.10 £13.98 £12.90
25th Percentile £16.24 £16.67 £15.50
Median hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £20.00
75th Percentile £40.71 £40.46 £42.00
90th Percentile £52.48 £48.94 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.12 £19.50 £18.13
% change year-on-year -7.10% +7.59% -10.47%

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 10,936 7,267 18,700
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.40% 19.37% 20.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,198 4,767 11,995
10th Percentile £185 £155 £155
25th Percentile £350 £310 £300
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £473 £438 £425
Median % change year-on-year +8.00% +2.94% -
75th Percentile £575 £538 £538
90th Percentile £650 £635 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 573 442 1,154
10th Percentile £11.92 £12.00 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.25 £13.62 £13.00
Median hourly rate £17.00 £18.00 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year -5.56% +2.86% +2.94%
75th Percentile £39.60 £26.80 £33.75
90th Percentile £60.00 £48.12 £47.69
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £16.10
% change year-on-year -8.57% +8.70% +0.63%

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 26 July 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 26 July 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 26 July 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 -34 1,335 £410 +2.50% 975
UK excluding London -11 933 £389 +0.32% 871
London -81 448 £470 +12.91% 156
Work from Home -35 420 £447 +11.75% 131
South East +7 340 £400 - 188
North of England -6 217 £400 +14.29% 283
North West -18 105 £413 +17.86% 157
Scotland -43 103 £436 +5.06% 32
Midlands -17 97 £300 -7.69% 162
South West -33 90 £376 -8.29% 115
Yorkshire +16 89 £370 +10.45% 90
East of England -15 68 £315 -7.35% 68
West Midlands -28 53 £313 -3.85% 95
East Midlands -2 43 £263 -19.23% 67
Wales -15 24 £350 -11.11% 13
North East +1 23 £400 - 36
Northern Ireland -1 3 £255 - 10

For the 6 months to 26 July 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 1,619 (98.54%) Windows
2 944 (57.46%) Active Directory
3 747 (45.47%) VMware
4 732 (44.55%) Microsoft
5 586 (35.67%) Azure
6 508 (30.92%) Microsoft 365
7 501 (30.49%) PowerShell
8 497 (30.25%) VMware Infrastructure
9 380 (23.13%) Linux
10 375 (22.82%) Social Skills
11 364 (22.15%) Security Cleared
12 333 (20.27%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 331 (20.15%) Windows Server 2012
14 314 (19.11%) DNS
15 271 (16.49%) SQL
16 266 (16.19%) Citrix
17 257 (15.64%) ITIL
18 253 (15.40%) SCCM
19 252 (15.34%) SQL Server
20 248 (15.09%) Migration
21 244 (14.85%) Windows Server 2016
22 239 (14.55%) SC Cleared
23 234 (14.24%) DHCP
24 231 (14.06%) Windows Server 2019
25 227 (13.82%) Firewall
26 221 (13.45%) Hyper-V
27 220 (13.39%) Windows 10
28 200 (12.17%) MS Exchange
29 197 (11.99%) Windows Server 2008
30 192 (11.69%) AWS

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
1 200 (12.17%) MS Exchange
2 189 (11.50%) SharePoint
3 86 (5.23%) IIS
4 54 (3.29%) Skype for Business
5 46 (2.80%) Exchange Server 2010
5 46 (2.80%) Exchange Server 2013
6 24 (1.46%) Confluence
7 20 (1.22%) WebSphere
8 19 (1.16%) Exchange Server 2007
9 18 (1.10%) Exchange Server 2003
9 18 (1.10%) Tomcat
10 17 (1.03%) Apache
11 14 (0.85%) MS Project Server
12 13 (0.79%) WebLogic
13 9 (0.55%) Oracle Coherence
14 8 (0.49%) Documentum
14 8 (0.49%) WebSphere Application Server
15 7 (0.43%) Elasticsearch
15 7 (0.43%) OpenStack
15 7 (0.43%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 127 (7.73%) Microsoft Office
2 27 (1.64%) Microsoft Excel
3 17 (1.03%) MS Visio
4 5 (0.30%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (0.24%) InfoPath
5 4 (0.24%) Photoshop
6 3 (0.18%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 3 (0.18%) Microsoft Project
7 1 (0.061%) FileZilla
7 1 (0.061%) NUKE
Business Applications
1 10 (0.61%) Dynamics NAV
2 9 (0.55%) Dynamics CRM
3 6 (0.37%) Dynamics AX
4 5 (0.30%) Eikon
4 5 (0.30%) Refinitiv Enterprise Platform
5 3 (0.18%) Magento
5 3 (0.18%) Oracle EBS
5 3 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
5 3 (0.18%) Shopify
5 3 (0.18%) StreamServe
6 2 (0.12%) Oracle Payables
6 2 (0.12%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 1 (0.061%) Maximo
7 1 (0.061%) SAP S/4HANA
7 1 (0.061%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 586 (35.67%) Azure
2 508 (30.92%) Microsoft 365
3 192 (11.69%) AWS
4 163 (9.92%) Azure Active Directory
5 79 (4.81%) IaaS
6 70 (4.26%) PaaS
7 65 (3.96%) SaaS
8 36 (2.19%) Mimecast
9 33 (2.01%) OneDrive
10 27 (1.64%) GCP
10 27 (1.64%) Power Platform
11 21 (1.28%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 20 (1.22%) GitHub
13 16 (0.97%) Amazon EC2
13 16 (0.97%) Cloud Computing
14 15 (0.91%) Serverless
15 14 (0.85%) Amazon S3
16 13 (0.79%) Google Workspace
17 11 (0.67%) AWS CloudFormation
18 10 (0.61%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 314 (19.11%) DNS
2 234 (14.24%) DHCP
3 227 (13.82%) Firewall
4 132 (8.03%) SAN
5 116 (7.06%) TCP/IP
5 116 (7.06%) VPN
6 97 (5.90%) LAN
7 95 (5.78%) WAN
8 77 (4.69%) Skype
9 41 (2.50%) Remote Desktop
10 38 (2.31%) Network Security
11 36 (2.19%) VSAN
12 34 (2.07%) Internet
12 34 (2.07%) VLAN
13 32 (1.95%) SNMP
13 32 (1.95%) VoIP
14 28 (1.70%) Wi-Fi
15 27 (1.64%) HTTP
15 27 (1.64%) NAS
15 27 (1.64%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 252 (15.34%) SQL Server
2 53 (3.23%) MySQL
3 44 (2.68%) SQL Server 2012
4 38 (2.31%) Oracle Database
5 34 (2.07%) SQL Server 2016
6 31 (1.89%) SQL Server 2008
7 26 (1.58%) PostgreSQL
8 25 (1.52%) MongoDB
9 24 (1.46%) Oracle Database 12c
10 20 (1.22%) Amazon RDS
10 20 (1.22%) Relational Database
11 19 (1.16%) Oracle Database 11g
11 19 (1.16%) Power BI
12 16 (0.97%) RavenDB
13 15 (0.91%) SQL Server 2014
13 15 (0.91%) SQL Server 2019
14 14 (0.85%) Azure SQL Database
15 13 (0.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 12 (0.73%) SQL Server 2005
16 12 (0.73%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 74 (4.50%) Git (software)
2 66 (4.02%) Jenkins
3 41 (2.50%) JIRA
4 38 (2.31%) TeamCity
5 24 (1.46%) Bitbucket
6 23 (1.40%) Octopus Deploy
7 22 (1.34%) GitLab
8 20 (1.22%) Visual Studio
9 19 (1.16%) SonarQube
10 16 (0.97%) Subversion
11 11 (0.67%) Chocolatey
12 9 (0.55%) IntelliJ
13 6 (0.37%) Maven
13 6 (0.37%) Oracle Forms
14 4 (0.24%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 4 (0.24%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
14 4 (0.24%) Team Foundation Server
15 3 (0.18%) Artifactory
15 3 (0.18%) Log4j
15 3 (0.18%) Toad
General
1 375 (22.82%) Social Skills
2 142 (8.64%) Finance
3 101 (6.15%) Public Sector
4 72 (4.38%) Analytical Skills
5 49 (2.98%) Documentation Skills
6 48 (2.92%) Banking
7 30 (1.83%) Presentation Skills
8 25 (1.52%) Organisational Skills
9 22 (1.34%) Retail
9 22 (1.34%) Telecoms
10 21 (1.28%) Legal
11 14 (0.85%) Law
11 14 (0.85%) Manufacturing
12 12 (0.73%) Influencing Skills
12 12 (0.73%) Pharmaceutical
13 11 (0.67%) Marketing
14 9 (0.55%) Back Office
15 8 (0.49%) Electronics
15 8 (0.49%) Military
16 4 (0.24%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 278 (16.92%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 155 (9.43%) Architect
3 150 (9.13%) Support Engineer
4 94 (5.72%) Analyst
4 94 (5.72%) Consultant
5 90 (5.48%) Windows Engineer
6 79 (4.81%) Administrator
6 79 (4.81%) Azure Engineer
7 77 (4.69%) Server Engineer
8 74 (4.50%) IT Engineer
9 69 (4.20%) Infrastructure Architect
10 68 (4.14%) DevOps Engineer
11 67 (4.08%) IT Support
12 66 (4.02%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 60 (3.65%) Wintel Engineer
14 56 (3.41%) 2nd Line Support
14 56 (3.41%) 3rd Line Support
15 49 (2.98%) Cloud Engineer
15 49 (2.98%) Systems Engineer
15 49 (2.98%) VMware Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 76 (4.63%) .NET
2 40 (2.43%) Web Services
3 37 (2.25%) LDAP
3 37 (2.25%) Middleware
4 35 (2.13%) JSON
5 29 (1.77%) XML
6 28 (1.70%) REST
7 24 (1.46%) ASP.NET
8 19 (1.16%) HTML
9 18 (1.10%) CSS
9 18 (1.10%) SAML
9 18 (1.10%) SOAP
10 17 (1.03%) AngularJS
11 15 (0.91%) jQuery
12 12 (0.73%) 802.1X
13 11 (0.67%) Django
13 11 (0.67%) Node.js
14 10 (0.61%) Twitter Bootstrap
14 10 (0.61%) YAML
15 9 (0.55%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 150 (9.13%) Data Centre
2 85 (5.17%) Clustering
3 59 (3.59%) PKI
4 41 (2.50%) Self-Motivation
5 40 (2.43%) Public Cloud
6 36 (2.19%) Replication
7 35 (2.13%) Data Protection Act
8 34 (2.07%) Management Information System
9 31 (1.89%) Hybrid Cloud
10 27 (1.64%) Private Cloud
11 26 (1.58%) Cloud Native
12 21 (1.28%) NHS
13 16 (0.97%) Video Conferencing
14 15 (0.91%) User Experience
15 13 (0.79%) Enterprise Software
15 13 (0.79%) Greenfield Project
16 11 (0.67%) Fat Client
16 11 (0.67%) Linux Command Line
16 11 (0.67%) Thin Client
17 10 (0.61%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 1,619 (98.54%) Windows
2 380 (23.13%) Linux
3 331 (20.15%) Windows Server 2012
4 244 (14.85%) Windows Server 2016
5 231 (14.06%) Windows Server 2019
6 220 (13.39%) Windows 10
7 197 (11.99%) Windows Server 2008
8 105 (6.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 69 (4.20%) Windows Server 2003
10 68 (4.14%) Unix
11 63 (3.83%) Windows 7
12 36 (2.19%) CentOS
13 34 (2.07%) Android
14 30 (1.83%) Apple iOS
14 30 (1.83%) Solaris
14 30 (1.83%) Ubuntu
15 18 (1.10%) AIX
16 16 (0.97%) Windows Vista
17 14 (0.85%) Windows XP
18 13 (0.79%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 333 (20.27%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 257 (15.64%) ITIL
3 248 (15.09%) Migration
4 189 (11.50%) DevOps
5 161 (9.80%) Agile Software Development
6 143 (8.70%) Problem-Solving
7 79 (4.81%) Configuration Management
8 75 (4.56%) Service Management
9 71 (4.32%) High Availability
10 69 (4.20%) Change Management
10 69 (4.20%) Project Delivery
11 66 (4.02%) Server Management
12 62 (3.77%) Disaster Recovery
13 60 (3.65%) Data Protection
14 59 (3.59%) Project Management
15 57 (3.47%) Computer Science
15 57 (3.47%) Service Delivery
16 53 (3.23%) Continuous Integration
17 51 (3.10%) Incident Management
18 50 (3.04%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 501 (30.49%) PowerShell
2 271 (16.49%) SQL
3 116 (7.06%) Python
4 60 (3.65%) Bash Shell
5 56 (3.41%) Java
6 48 (2.92%) C#
6 48 (2.92%) Shell Script
7 38 (2.31%) JavaScript
8 19 (1.16%) PL/SQL
8 19 (1.16%) VBScript
9 18 (1.10%) T-SQL
10 16 (0.97%) VB
11 15 (0.91%) C
11 15 (0.91%) Perl
12 14 (0.85%) C++
13 13 (0.79%) TypeScript
14 9 (0.55%) PHP
14 9 (0.55%) Ruby
15 6 (0.37%) Go
15 6 (0.37%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 364 (22.15%) Security Cleared
2 239 (14.55%) SC Cleared
3 138 (8.40%) Microsoft Certification
4 109 (6.63%) DV Cleared
5 91 (5.54%) Degree
6 78 (4.75%) MCSE
7 55 (3.35%) Cisco Certification
8 45 (2.74%) CCNA
8 45 (2.74%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 44 (2.68%) MCSA
10 35 (2.13%) ITIL Certification
11 31 (1.89%) Computer Science Degree
12 23 (1.40%) CCNP
13 21 (1.28%) MCITP
14 16 (0.97%) DBS Check
15 11 (0.67%) AWS Certification
16 8 (0.49%) Numerate Degree
16 8 (0.49%) VCP6
17 7 (0.43%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 7 (0.43%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 63 (3.83%) SLA
2 29 (1.77%) QA
3 25 (1.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 19 (1.16%) PCI DSS
5 16 (0.97%) GDPR
6 14 (0.85%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 9 (0.55%) NCSC
8 7 (0.43%) COBIT
9 6 (0.37%) Cyber Essentials
9 6 (0.37%) Disclosure Scotland
9 6 (0.37%) PMO
10 5 (0.30%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 4 (0.24%) NIST
12 3 (0.18%) ISO 22301
13 2 (0.12%) GMP
13 2 (0.12%) GxP
13 2 (0.12%) ISO 9000
13 2 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 1 (0.061%) Data Quality
14 1 (0.061%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 944 (57.46%) Active Directory
2 497 (30.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 221 (13.45%) Hyper-V
4 173 (10.53%) VMware ESXi
5 122 (7.43%) vSphere
6 76 (4.63%) Virtual Machines
7 69 (4.20%) XenApp
8 49 (2.98%) Microsoft App-V
9 48 (2.92%) Docker
9 48 (2.92%) VMware NSX
10 45 (2.74%) Virtual Desktop
11 39 (2.37%) Virtual Servers
12 33 (2.01%) XenDesktop
13 17 (1.03%) DFS Replication
14 16 (0.97%) VMware Server
15 15 (0.91%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 14 (0.85%) Firmware
17 13 (0.79%) VMware Workstation
18 10 (0.61%) Citrix Hypervisor
19 9 (0.55%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 253 (15.40%) SCCM
2 122 (7.43%) Ansible
3 99 (6.03%) Terraform
4 83 (5.05%) Microsoft Intune
5 77 (4.69%) Active Directory Federation Services
6 68 (4.14%) SCOM
7 67 (4.08%) vCenter Server
8 60 (3.65%) Kubernetes
8 60 (3.65%) WSUS
9 50 (3.04%) Puppet
10 49 (2.98%) vRealize
11 38 (2.31%) Single Sign-On
12 31 (1.89%) Failover Clustering
12 31 (1.89%) Microsoft Clustering
13 27 (1.64%) PowerCLI
14 20 (1.22%) OpenView Configuration Management
14 20 (1.22%) SCVMM
15 18 (1.10%) NetBackup
16 14 (0.85%) Opscode Chef
16 14 (0.85%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 747 (45.47%) VMware
2 732 (44.55%) Microsoft
3 266 (16.19%) Citrix
4 181 (11.02%) Cisco
5 145 (8.83%) Oracle
6 99 (6.03%) Red Hat
7 88 (5.36%) HP
8 79 (4.81%) Dell
8 79 (4.81%) NetApp
9 62 (3.77%) EMC
10 50 (3.04%) McAfee
11 48 (2.92%) IBM
12 46 (2.80%) Veeam
13 44 (2.68%) SAP
14 38 (2.31%) Symantec
15 36 (2.19%) ServiceNow
16 34 (2.07%) Google
17 33 (2.01%) Splunk
18 30 (1.83%) Ivanti
19 27 (1.64%) Apple