Period
to 19 October 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 19 October 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
19 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 112 88 68
Rank change year-on-year -24 -20 +8
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 1,910 835 2,953
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.27% 2.68% 3.50%
As % of the Operating Systems category 14.92% 14.50% 16.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,361 573 2,022
10th Percentile £183 £202 £158
25th Percentile £300 £310 £269
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £425 £413 £375
Median % change year-on-year +3.03% +10.00% -
75th Percentile £510 £500 £475
90th Percentile £588 £540 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £400 £375
% change year-on-year -6.25% +6.67% +2.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 82 37 156
10th Percentile £13.16 £12.25 £14.24
25th Percentile £16.25 £17.75 £15.50
Median hourly rate £20.25 £21.50 £23.75
Median % change year-on-year -5.81% -9.47% +10.47%
75th Percentile £41.27 £47.50 £44.57
90th Percentile £51.56 £53.85 £47.67
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £19.75 £18.70
% change year-on-year -8.86% +5.64% -13.05%

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 12,798 5,759 17,592
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.20% 18.47% 20.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,719 3,704 11,180
10th Percentile £166 £175 £150
25th Percentile £343 £317 £263
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £438 £425
Median % change year-on-year +8.57% +2.94% -
75th Percentile £580 £538 £538
90th Percentile £675 £617 £619
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 681 295 1,196
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.75 £13.38 £14.00
Median hourly rate £17.50 £18.25 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year -4.11% +4.29% +2.94%
75th Percentile £43.75 £37.00 £40.00
90th Percentile £63.00 £52.50 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.66 £17.43 £16.50
% change year-on-year -4.40% +5.64% +3.13%

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 19 October 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 19 October 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 19 October 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 -21 1,594 £425 +6.25% 1,010
UK excluding London -2 1,071 £375 -6.25% 852
London -44 557 £475 +7.04% 213
Work from Home -54 406 £450 +5.88% 126
South East +5 333 £416 -4.64% 174
North of England +22 266 £371 +5.86% 290
Midlands +10 161 £325 -2.99% 165
North West +3 136 £425 +19.30% 163
South West -24 112 £375 -6.25% 80
Yorkshire +28 109 £345 +5.34% 94
West Midlands +6 98 £294 -9.75% 90
East of England -9 82 £315 -5.97% 87
Scotland -66 78 £425 -0.58% 34
East Midlands +4 63 £340 +1.49% 74
Wales -18 30 £325 -23.53% 20
North East +1 22 £281 -22.41% 33
Northern Ireland +8 16 £255 - 2

For the 6 months to 19 October 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 1,885 (98.69%) Windows
2 1,131 (59.21%) Active Directory
3 852 (44.61%) Microsoft
4 823 (43.09%) VMware
5 685 (35.86%) Azure
6 664 (34.76%) Microsoft 365
7 525 (27.49%) VMware Infrastructure
8 520 (27.23%) PowerShell
9 440 (23.04%) Linux
10 400 (20.94%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 394 (20.63%) Social Skills
12 369 (19.32%) DNS
13 366 (19.16%) ITIL
14 360 (18.85%) Windows Server 2012
15 336 (17.59%) Security Cleared
16 315 (16.49%) SQL
17 314 (16.44%) Windows Server 2016
18 313 (16.39%) SCCM
19 312 (16.34%) SQL Server
20 309 (16.18%) Firewall
21 299 (15.65%) Citrix
22 295 (15.45%) Windows 10
23 275 (14.40%) Migration
24 273 (14.29%) Windows Server 2019
25 260 (13.61%) DHCP
26 250 (13.09%) Cisco
27 235 (12.30%) SharePoint
28 228 (11.94%) SC Cleared
29 212 (11.10%) Hyper-V
30 208 (10.89%) MS Exchange

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
1 235 (12.30%) SharePoint
2 208 (10.89%) MS Exchange
3 103 (5.39%) IIS
4 42 (2.20%) Skype for Business
5 38 (1.99%) Confluence
6 31 (1.62%) Exchange Server 2013
7 30 (1.57%) Exchange Server 2010
8 23 (1.20%) Apache
9 16 (0.84%) Tomcat
10 15 (0.79%) WebSphere
11 13 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2007
11 13 (0.68%) WebLogic
12 12 (0.63%) ArcGIS
12 12 (0.63%) nginx
13 10 (0.52%) Drupal
14 8 (0.42%) CMS
15 7 (0.37%) MS Project Server
15 7 (0.37%) Oracle Coherence
16 6 (0.31%) IBM Notes
16 6 (0.31%) JBoss
Applications
1 145 (7.59%) Microsoft Office
2 32 (1.68%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (0.63%) Photoshop
4 10 (0.52%) Microsoft Project
5 8 (0.42%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 8 (0.42%) MS Visio
6 5 (0.26%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 2 (0.10%) InfoPath
8 1 (0.052%) NUKE
8 1 (0.052%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 13 (0.68%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (0.58%) Dynamics AX
3 8 (0.42%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 4 (0.21%) Oracle EBS
5 3 (0.16%) Magento
5 3 (0.16%) Sentinel
5 3 (0.16%) Shopify
5 3 (0.16%) StreamServe
6 2 (0.10%) assyst
6 2 (0.10%) Remedy ITSM
7 1 (0.052%) Cerner Millennium
7 1 (0.052%) Dynamics NAV
7 1 (0.052%) SAP S/4HANA
7 1 (0.052%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 685 (35.86%) Azure
2 664 (34.76%) Microsoft 365
3 197 (10.31%) AWS
4 189 (9.90%) Azure Active Directory
5 104 (5.45%) IaaS
6 94 (4.92%) PaaS
7 64 (3.35%) SaaS
8 43 (2.25%) Power Platform
9 38 (1.99%) OneDrive
10 35 (1.83%) Mimecast
11 29 (1.52%) GCP
11 29 (1.52%) PowerApps
12 27 (1.41%) Amazon EC2
12 27 (1.41%) Cloud Computing
13 26 (1.36%) GitHub
14 25 (1.31%) Serverless
15 19 (0.99%) AWS Lambda
15 19 (0.99%) Azure ExpressRoute
16 16 (0.84%) Dynamics 365
17 15 (0.79%) Azure Storage
Communications & Networking
1 369 (19.32%) DNS
2 309 (16.18%) Firewall
3 260 (13.61%) DHCP
4 150 (7.85%) TCP/IP
5 139 (7.28%) VPN
6 133 (6.96%) LAN
6 133 (6.96%) WAN
7 132 (6.91%) SAN
8 70 (3.66%) Network Security
9 67 (3.51%) Skype
10 48 (2.51%) Internet
11 45 (2.36%) Wireless
12 43 (2.25%) VoIP
13 38 (1.99%) VLAN
14 37 (1.94%) HTTP
14 37 (1.94%) NetScaler
14 37 (1.94%) Remote Desktop
15 35 (1.83%) VSAN
16 33 (1.73%) Wi-Fi
17 31 (1.62%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 312 (16.34%) SQL Server
2 62 (3.25%) MySQL
3 46 (2.41%) SQL Server 2016
4 45 (2.36%) Oracle Database
5 44 (2.30%) SQL Server 2012
6 31 (1.62%) Relational Database
7 29 (1.52%) Power BI
8 28 (1.47%) Amazon RDS
8 28 (1.47%) SQL Server 2008
9 26 (1.36%) SQL Server 2019
10 22 (1.15%) SQL Server 2014
11 21 (1.10%) MongoDB
12 18 (0.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 17 (0.89%) PostgreSQL
14 16 (0.84%) RavenDB
14 16 (0.84%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 15 (0.79%) Oracle Database 12c
16 14 (0.73%) Amazon DynamoDB
16 14 (0.73%) RDBMS
17 12 (0.63%) GIS
Development Applications
1 76 (3.98%) Git (software)
2 68 (3.56%) Jenkins
3 47 (2.46%) JIRA
4 32 (1.68%) Bitbucket
5 27 (1.41%) Subversion
6 25 (1.31%) GitLab
6 25 (1.31%) TeamCity
7 19 (0.99%) SonarQube
7 19 (0.99%) Visual Studio
8 13 (0.68%) Octopus Deploy
9 12 (0.63%) Maven
10 11 (0.58%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 10 (0.52%) Chocolatey
12 7 (0.37%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 7 (0.37%) IntelliJ
12 7 (0.37%) Sonatype Nexus
13 6 (0.31%) Artifactory
14 5 (0.26%) Team Foundation Server
15 4 (0.21%) InstallShield
15 4 (0.21%) Log4j
General
1 394 (20.63%) Social Skills
2 174 (9.11%) Finance
3 112 (5.86%) Public Sector
4 91 (4.76%) Analytical Skills
5 63 (3.30%) Banking
6 41 (2.15%) Documentation Skills
7 33 (1.73%) Presentation Skills
8 31 (1.62%) Telecoms
9 27 (1.41%) Retail
10 26 (1.36%) Organisational Skills
11 25 (1.31%) Legal
12 18 (0.94%) Back Office
13 17 (0.89%) Manufacturing
14 12 (0.63%) Influencing Skills
15 11 (0.58%) Law
15 11 (0.58%) Marketing
16 8 (0.42%) Electronics
16 8 (0.42%) Investment Banking
17 5 (0.26%) Military
17 5 (0.26%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 336 (17.59%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 209 (10.94%) Support Engineer
3 153 (8.01%) Architect
4 137 (7.17%) Analyst
5 119 (6.23%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 118 (6.18%) Windows Engineer
7 110 (5.76%) IT Support
8 105 (5.50%) IT Engineer
9 101 (5.29%) Consultant
9 101 (5.29%) Server Engineer
10 84 (4.40%) 2nd Line Support
11 81 (4.24%) Azure Engineer
12 75 (3.93%) Wintel Engineer
13 69 (3.61%) DevOps Engineer
14 68 (3.56%) 3rd Line Support
14 68 (3.56%) Administrator
15 62 (3.25%) Infrastructure Architect
16 61 (3.19%) Cloud Engineer
17 60 (3.14%) IT Support Engineer
18 58 (3.04%) Windows Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 101 (5.29%) .NET
2 61 (3.19%) Web Services
3 52 (2.72%) LDAP
4 41 (2.15%) JSON
5 34 (1.78%) HTML
6 31 (1.62%) Middleware
7 28 (1.47%) SOAP
8 26 (1.36%) REST
9 23 (1.20%) SAML
9 23 (1.20%) XML
10 22 (1.15%) ASP.NET
10 22 (1.15%) CSS
11 19 (0.99%) ARM Templates
11 19 (0.99%) YAML
12 14 (0.73%) AngularJS
12 14 (0.73%) Node.js
13 13 (0.68%) .NET Framework
13 13 (0.68%) RESTful
14 12 (0.63%) OAuth
15 11 (0.58%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 188 (9.84%) Data Centre
2 81 (4.24%) Clustering
3 67 (3.51%) PKI
4 60 (3.14%) Data Protection Act
5 52 (2.72%) Self-Motivation
6 51 (2.67%) Replication
7 36 (1.88%) Private Cloud
8 34 (1.78%) Management Information System
9 28 (1.47%) NHS
10 27 (1.41%) Public Cloud
11 24 (1.26%) Video Conferencing
12 21 (1.10%) Greenfield Project
12 21 (1.10%) Hybrid Cloud
13 19 (0.99%) Cloud Native
13 19 (0.99%) Fat Client
13 19 (0.99%) Thin Client
14 17 (0.89%) Driving Licence
14 17 (0.89%) Enterprise Software
14 17 (0.89%) Linux Command Line
15 14 (0.73%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 1,885 (98.69%) Windows
2 440 (23.04%) Linux
3 360 (18.85%) Windows Server 2012
4 314 (16.44%) Windows Server 2016
5 295 (15.45%) Windows 10
6 273 (14.29%) Windows Server 2019
7 192 (10.05%) Windows Server 2008
8 112 (5.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 97 (5.08%) Windows 7
10 82 (4.29%) Unix
11 60 (3.14%) Android
12 50 (2.62%) Apple iOS
13 35 (1.83%) Windows Server 2003
14 34 (1.78%) Mac OS
15 32 (1.68%) Ubuntu
16 26 (1.36%) Solaris
17 25 (1.31%) AIX
18 20 (1.05%) CentOS
19 18 (0.94%) VMS
20 11 (0.58%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 400 (20.94%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 366 (19.16%) ITIL
3 275 (14.40%) Migration
4 198 (10.37%) DevOps
5 183 (9.58%) Agile Software Development
6 175 (9.16%) Problem-Solving
7 99 (5.18%) Project Delivery
8 87 (4.55%) Server Management
9 86 (4.50%) Service Management
10 84 (4.40%) Configuration Management
11 82 (4.29%) Data Protection
12 78 (4.08%) Root Cause Analysis
13 75 (3.93%) Change Management
13 75 (3.93%) Disaster Recovery
14 73 (3.82%) High Availability
15 72 (3.77%) Service Delivery
16 67 (3.51%) ITSM
17 65 (3.40%) Project Management
18 56 (2.93%) Infrastructure as Code
19 55 (2.88%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 520 (27.23%) PowerShell
2 315 (16.49%) SQL
3 134 (7.02%) Python
4 89 (4.66%) Bash Shell
5 64 (3.35%) C#
6 63 (3.30%) JavaScript
7 61 (3.19%) Shell Script
8 56 (2.93%) Java
9 31 (1.62%) VBScript
10 30 (1.57%) VB
11 28 (1.47%) C
12 26 (1.36%) T-SQL
13 19 (0.99%) VB.NET
14 14 (0.73%) R
15 13 (0.68%) C++
15 13 (0.68%) Perl
16 12 (0.63%) TypeScript
17 10 (0.52%) PL/SQL
18 8 (0.42%) PHP
19 7 (0.37%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 336 (17.59%) Security Cleared
2 228 (11.94%) SC Cleared
3 139 (7.28%) Microsoft Certification
4 95 (4.97%) DV Cleared
5 80 (4.19%) Cisco Certification
5 80 (4.19%) Degree
6 77 (4.03%) MCSE
7 61 (3.19%) CCNA
8 45 (2.36%) ITIL Certification
9 40 (2.09%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 36 (1.88%) MCSA
11 31 (1.62%) MCITP
12 22 (1.15%) DBS Check
13 19 (0.99%) CCNP
14 16 (0.84%) MCP
15 15 (0.79%) PMP
16 13 (0.68%) Computer Science Degree
17 11 (0.58%) JNCIA
18 10 (0.52%) Citrix Certification
18 10 (0.52%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 94 (4.92%) SLA
2 23 (1.20%) GDPR
2 23 (1.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 22 (1.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 17 (0.89%) QA
5 16 (0.84%) PCI DSS
6 10 (0.52%) NCSC
7 8 (0.42%) COBIT
7 8 (0.42%) Cyber Essentials
8 5 (0.26%) PMO
9 3 (0.16%) Accessibility
9 3 (0.16%) Data Quality
9 3 (0.16%) Disclosure Scotland
10 2 (0.10%) HIPAA
10 2 (0.10%) ISO 22301
10 2 (0.10%) ISO 9000
10 2 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 2 (0.10%) NIST
11 1 (0.052%) GxP
11 1 (0.052%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 1,131 (59.21%) Active Directory
2 525 (27.49%) VMware Infrastructure
3 212 (11.10%) Hyper-V
4 162 (8.48%) VMware ESXi
5 151 (7.91%) vSphere
6 79 (4.14%) Virtual Machines
7 77 (4.03%) XenApp
8 66 (3.46%) Virtual Desktop
9 53 (2.77%) VMware NSX
10 52 (2.72%) Docker
11 51 (2.67%) Virtual Servers
12 49 (2.57%) XenDesktop
13 28 (1.47%) NFS
14 23 (1.20%) Microsoft App-V
15 22 (1.15%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 16 (0.84%) BitLocker
17 14 (0.73%) Citrix Hypervisor
17 14 (0.73%) DFS Replication
17 14 (0.73%) Firmware
18 11 (0.58%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 313 (16.39%) SCCM
2 142 (7.43%) Microsoft Intune
3 128 (6.70%) Ansible
4 108 (5.65%) Active Directory Federation Services
5 90 (4.71%) Terraform
6 76 (3.98%) vCenter Server
7 72 (3.77%) Kubernetes
8 66 (3.46%) SCOM
8 66 (3.46%) WSUS
9 43 (2.25%) Puppet
9 43 (2.25%) Single Sign-On
10 40 (2.09%) vRealize
11 38 (1.99%) Microsoft Clustering
12 27 (1.41%) PowerCLI
13 24 (1.26%) Opscode Chef
14 21 (1.10%) NetBackup
14 21 (1.10%) SCVMM
15 20 (1.05%) Jamf Pro
15 20 (1.05%) Nessus
16 17 (0.89%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 852 (44.61%) Microsoft
2 823 (43.09%) VMware
3 299 (15.65%) Citrix
4 250 (13.09%) Cisco
5 162 (8.48%) Oracle
6 122 (6.39%) HP
7 114 (5.97%) Red Hat
8 97 (5.08%) Dell
9 65 (3.40%) NetApp
10 64 (3.35%) Veeam
11 59 (3.09%) ServiceNow
12 57 (2.98%) McAfee
13 55 (2.88%) SolarWinds
14 51 (2.67%) EMC
15 49 (2.57%) SAP
16 44 (2.30%) Splunk
17 43 (2.25%) IBM
18 41 (2.15%) Symantec
19 37 (1.94%) Apple
20 35 (1.83%) Google