Period
to 17 August 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 17 August 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
17 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 71 81 49
Rank change year-on-year +10 -32 -7
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 3,388 2,785 4,319
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 3.29% 2.91% 3.97%
As % of the Operating Systems category 15.79% 14.00% 17.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,151 1,796 2,755
UK median daily rate £375 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% - +7.69%
10th Percentile £168 £155 £180
90th Percentile £538 £500 £512
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +7.69% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 206 168 260
UK median hourly rate £21.00 £16.00 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +31.25% -23.81% +7.69%
10th Percentile £11.13 £10.50 £11.25
90th Percentile £48.92 £49.43 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £16.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year +31.25% -23.81% +10.53%

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 21,454 19,898 24,265
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.82% 20.79% 22.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 13,376 12,510 15,309
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £178 £190 £209
90th Percentile £613 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +0.65% +3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,477 1,145 1,296
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +3.03% -
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.75 £10.63
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.83 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year +3.13% -3.03% +3.13%

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 17 August 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 17 August 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 17 August 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 +10 3,063 £375 +7.14% 965
UK excluding London +9 2,247 £350 +7.69% 716
London +1 1,104 £400 +6.67% 285
South East +9 706 £375 +10.70% 172
North of England +5 469 £320 -1.54% 217
South West +12 314 £355 +9.23% 91
Midlands +7 299 £350 +16.67% 107
North West +12 253 £350 +16.67% 121
Scotland +6 228 £290 -17.14% 18
West Midlands -1 185 £350 +7.69% 68
East of England -5 169 £325 -7.14% 92
Yorkshire +1 121 £325 -3.70% 74
East Midlands -3 110 £340 +13.33% 39
North East -2 95 £275 -27.87% 22
Wales -1 61 £400 +122.22% 15
Northern Ireland +23 9 £495 +43.27% 4
Channel Islands - 3 £175 -

For the 6 months to 17 August 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 3,381 (99.79%) Windows
2 1,930 (56.97%) Active Directory
3 1,579 (46.61%) Microsoft
4 1,440 (42.50%) VMware
5 940 (27.74%) Windows Server 2012
6 917 (27.07%) Windows Server 2008
7 861 (25.41%) VMware Infrastructure
8 786 (23.20%) Office 365
9 758 (22.37%) PowerShell
10 727 (21.46%) SQL Server
11 700 (20.66%) SQL
12 699 (20.63%) Citrix
13 695 (20.51%) DNS
14 680 (20.07%) Linux
15 669 (19.75%) Microsoft Azure
16 653 (19.27%) SCCM
17 637 (18.80%) Security Cleared
18 624 (18.42%) Infrastructure Engineering
19 592 (17.47%) ITIL
20 554 (16.35%) MS Exchange
21 545 (16.09%) Windows 10
22 516 (15.23%) DHCP
23 482 (14.23%) SC Cleared
24 476 (14.05%) Firewall
25 469 (13.84%) Cisco
26 463 (13.67%) Hyper-V
27 462 (13.64%) Windows 7
28 439 (12.96%) Finance
29 426 (12.57%) Migration
30 383 (11.30%) Microsoft Certification

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
1 554 (16.35%) MS Exchange
2 336 (9.92%) IIS
3 272 (8.03%) SharePoint
4 268 (7.91%) Exchange Server 2010
5 236 (6.97%) Skype for Business
6 132 (3.90%) Exchange Server 2013
7 82 (2.42%) Apache
8 68 (2.01%) SharePoint 2013
9 61 (1.80%) SharePoint Server
10 56 (1.65%) Tomcat
11 55 (1.62%) Confluence
12 42 (1.24%) Exchange Server 2007
12 42 (1.24%) SharePoint 2010
13 35 (1.03%) Exchange Server 2003
14 34 (1.00%) WebSphere
15 31 (0.91%) OpenStack
16 28 (0.83%) BizTalk Server
17 27 (0.80%) JBoss
18 25 (0.74%) IBM Notes
18 25 (0.74%) WebLogic
Applications
1 382 (11.28%) Microsoft Office
2 42 (1.24%) Microsoft Excel
3 39 (1.15%) InfoPath
4 22 (0.65%) MS Visio
5 8 (0.24%) Microsoft Project
6 7 (0.21%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 7 (0.21%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.12%) Windchill
8 3 (0.089%) AutoCAD
9 1 (0.030%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 1 (0.030%) Autodesk Inventor
Business Applications
1 17 (0.50%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 11 (0.32%) Dynamics CRM
3 8 (0.24%) Dynamics AX
3 8 (0.24%) Oracle BPM
4 4 (0.12%) assyst
4 4 (0.12%) ENOVIA
4 4 (0.12%) Oracle EBS
4 4 (0.12%) Remedy ITSM
5 3 (0.089%) Elite 3E
5 3 (0.089%) Oracle ERP
5 3 (0.089%) Teamcenter
5 3 (0.089%) Towers Watson Igloo
6 2 (0.059%) Concordance
6 2 (0.059%) Dynamics NAV
6 2 (0.059%) Oracle Applications
6 2 (0.059%) Oracle Cash Management
6 2 (0.059%) Relativity
6 2 (0.059%) Sage 200
7 1 (0.030%) Maximo
7 1 (0.030%) Retail-J
Cloud Services
1 786 (23.20%) Office 365
2 669 (19.75%) Microsoft Azure
3 327 (9.65%) Amazon AWS
4 138 (4.07%) IaaS
5 114 (3.36%) PaaS
6 107 (3.16%) Azure Active Directory
7 82 (2.42%) SaaS
8 44 (1.30%) AWS CloudFormation
9 39 (1.15%) Google Cloud Platform
10 31 (0.91%) Mimecast
11 30 (0.89%) Cloud Computing
12 25 (0.74%) OneDrive
13 23 (0.68%) Datadog
14 22 (0.65%) Amazon EC2
15 21 (0.62%) Amazon CloudWatch
16 19 (0.56%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 17 (0.50%) GitHub
18 16 (0.47%) G Suite
18 16 (0.47%) Yammer
19 15 (0.44%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 695 (20.51%) DNS
2 516 (15.23%) DHCP
3 476 (14.05%) Firewall
4 342 (10.09%) SAN
5 280 (8.26%) TCP/IP
6 255 (7.53%) LAN
7 224 (6.61%) WAN
8 176 (5.19%) Skype
9 169 (4.99%) VPN
10 97 (2.86%) Internet
10 97 (2.86%) NetScaler
11 95 (2.80%) NAS
12 86 (2.54%) VLAN
13 80 (2.36%) Remote Desktop
14 78 (2.30%) SSL
15 75 (2.21%) VoIP
16 72 (2.13%) Wireless
17 61 (1.80%) Network Security
18 53 (1.56%) Cisco ASA
19 52 (1.53%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 727 (21.46%) SQL Server
2 93 (2.74%) SQL Server 2012
3 89 (2.63%) Oracle Database
4 87 (2.57%) SQL Server 2016
5 71 (2.10%) SQL Server 2008
6 54 (1.59%) MySQL
7 46 (1.36%) Oracle Database 11g
8 45 (1.33%) Amazon RDS
9 41 (1.21%) Oracle Database 10g
10 37 (1.09%) Relational Database
11 35 (1.03%) PostgreSQL
12 34 (1.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 33 (0.97%) Data Warehouse
13 33 (0.97%) SQL Server 2005
14 31 (0.91%) SQL Server 2014
15 28 (0.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 25 (0.74%) Oracle Reports
17 22 (0.65%) RDBMS
18 19 (0.56%) Power BI
19 18 (0.53%) DB2
Development Applications
1 117 (3.45%) Team Foundation Server
2 107 (3.16%) Git (software)
3 102 (3.01%) Visual Studio
4 94 (2.77%) Jenkins
5 85 (2.51%) JIRA
6 65 (1.92%) Selenium
7 50 (1.48%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 45 (1.33%) TeamCity
9 43 (1.27%) Ant
10 39 (1.15%) MSI
10 39 (1.15%) Vagrant
11 37 (1.09%) Visual Studio Team System
12 36 (1.06%) HP UFT
13 35 (1.03%) Bitbucket
13 35 (1.03%) SoapUI
14 34 (1.00%) Artifactory
14 34 (1.00%) Octopus Deploy
15 31 (0.91%) Oracle APEX
15 31 (0.91%) SpecFlow
15 31 (0.91%) Travis CI
General
1 439 (12.96%) Finance
2 124 (3.66%) Banking
3 72 (2.13%) Retail
4 56 (1.65%) Telecoms
5 44 (1.30%) Law
5 44 (1.30%) Manufacturing
6 39 (1.15%) Back Office
6 39 (1.15%) Legal
7 34 (1.00%) Front Office
8 29 (0.86%) Marketing
9 20 (0.59%) Investment Banking
10 18 (0.53%) Automotive
10 18 (0.53%) Local Government
11 17 (0.50%) Military
11 17 (0.50%) Publishing
12 15 (0.44%) Advertising
12 15 (0.44%) Electronics
13 11 (0.32%) Retail Banking
14 8 (0.24%) Games
14 8 (0.24%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 540 (15.94%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 389 (11.48%) Analyst
3 387 (11.42%) Support Engineer
4 236 (6.97%) Windows Engineer
5 201 (5.93%) Architect
5 201 (5.93%) Server Engineer
6 193 (5.70%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 173 (5.11%) Consultant
8 169 (4.99%) 2nd Line Support
9 168 (4.96%) Desktop Support
10 161 (4.75%) Support Analyst
11 157 (4.63%) DevOps Engineer
12 149 (4.40%) IT Support
13 145 (4.28%) Administrator
14 124 (3.66%) 3rd Line Support
15 119 (3.51%) Windows Server Engineer
16 116 (3.42%) IT Engineer
17 97 (2.86%) 2nd Line Engineer
18 93 (2.74%) Systems Administrator
19 92 (2.72%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 271 (8.00%) .NET
2 153 (4.52%) Web Services
3 102 (3.01%) Middleware
3 102 (3.01%) XML
4 85 (2.51%) CSS
5 65 (1.92%) jQuery
6 64 (1.89%) HTML
7 59 (1.74%) JSON
8 54 (1.59%) ASP.NET
9 44 (1.30%) LDAP
10 40 (1.18%) .NET Framework
11 39 (1.15%) REST
11 39 (1.15%) XSLT
12 34 (1.00%) AngularJS
13 33 (0.97%) Node.js
14 25 (0.74%) Ajax
14 25 (0.74%) X-Windows
15 24 (0.71%) Elastic Stack
16 22 (0.65%) HTML5
17 18 (0.53%) WebSockets
Miscellaneous
1 281 (8.29%) Data Centre
2 191 (5.64%) Clustering
3 190 (5.61%) Analytical Skills
4 144 (4.25%) PKI
5 126 (3.72%) Computer Science
6 103 (3.04%) Fat Client
6 103 (3.04%) Thin Client
7 92 (2.72%) Self-Motivation
8 78 (2.30%) Management Information System
9 61 (1.80%) Public Cloud
10 51 (1.51%) Blackberry
11 48 (1.42%) Replication
12 34 (1.00%) Private Cloud
13 32 (0.94%) Hybrid Cloud
14 29 (0.86%) Driving Licence
14 29 (0.86%) iPhone
15 28 (0.83%) NHS
16 27 (0.80%) Linux Command Line
17 26 (0.77%) Video Conferencing
18 22 (0.65%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 3,381 (99.79%) Windows
2 940 (27.74%) Windows Server 2012
3 917 (27.07%) Windows Server 2008
4 680 (20.07%) Linux
5 545 (16.09%) Windows 10
6 462 (13.64%) Windows 7
7 353 (10.42%) Windows Server 2003
8 216 (6.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 208 (6.14%) Unix
10 125 (3.69%) Windows 8
11 88 (2.60%) Apple iOS
12 81 (2.39%) CentOS
13 74 (2.18%) Android
14 71 (2.10%) Windows XP
15 62 (1.83%) Mac OS
16 53 (1.56%) Ubuntu
17 52 (1.53%) AIX
18 46 (1.36%) Mac OS X
19 44 (1.30%) Solaris
20 30 (0.89%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 624 (18.42%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 592 (17.47%) ITIL
3 426 (12.57%) Migration
4 297 (8.77%) DevOps
5 285 (8.41%) Agile Software Development
6 252 (7.44%) Problem-Solving
7 160 (4.72%) Change Management
8 151 (4.46%) Configuration Management
9 142 (4.19%) High Availability
10 141 (4.16%) Disaster Recovery
11 131 (3.87%) Continuous Integration
12 120 (3.54%) Service Management
13 119 (3.51%) Server Management
14 109 (3.22%) Service Delivery
15 103 (3.04%) Load Balancing
16 101 (2.98%) Problem Management
17 96 (2.83%) Project Management
18 87 (2.57%) Workflow
19 84 (2.48%) Application Packaging
20 83 (2.45%) ITIL V3
Programming Languages
1 758 (22.37%) PowerShell
2 700 (20.66%) SQL
3 170 (5.02%) C#
4 151 (4.46%) JavaScript
5 144 (4.25%) Java
6 115 (3.39%) Python
7 90 (2.66%) VBScript
8 86 (2.54%) T-SQL
9 73 (2.15%) Shell Script
10 67 (1.98%) Perl
11 66 (1.95%) Bash Shell
12 60 (1.77%) VB
13 47 (1.39%) C
14 35 (1.03%) PL/SQL
15 34 (1.00%) F#
16 27 (0.80%) Ruby
17 18 (0.53%) PHP
18 13 (0.38%) VBA
19 12 (0.35%) C++
20 9 (0.27%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 637 (18.80%) Security Cleared
2 482 (14.23%) SC Cleared
3 383 (11.30%) Microsoft Certification
4 247 (7.29%) MCSE
5 221 (6.52%) Degree
6 150 (4.43%) Cisco Certification
7 114 (3.36%) DV Cleared
8 110 (3.25%) CCNA
9 103 (3.04%) MCSA
10 99 (2.92%) Computer Science Degree
11 72 (2.13%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 64 (1.89%) MCITP
13 60 (1.77%) BPSS Clearance
14 55 (1.62%) MCP
15 41 (1.21%) Citrix Certification
15 41 (1.21%) ITIL Certification
16 40 (1.18%) CCNP
17 38 (1.12%) DBS Check
18 32 (0.94%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
19 30 (0.89%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 101 (2.98%) SLA
2 51 (1.51%) Disclosure Scotland
3 46 (1.36%) GDPR
4 37 (1.09%) QA
5 26 (0.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 17 (0.50%) PCI DSS
7 13 (0.38%) PMO
8 10 (0.30%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 8 (0.24%) 21 CFR Part 11
10 7 (0.21%) JSP 440
11 6 (0.18%) Data Quality
12 5 (0.15%) ISO 9001
13 4 (0.12%) HL7
14 3 (0.089%) GAMP
14 3 (0.089%) ISAE 3402
15 2 (0.059%) FedRAMP
15 2 (0.059%) GCP
15 2 (0.059%) Government Security Classifications
15 2 (0.059%) ISO 22301
15 2 (0.059%) ISO/IEC 27005
System Software
1 1,930 (56.97%) Active Directory
2 861 (25.41%) VMware Infrastructure
3 463 (13.67%) Hyper-V
4 369 (10.89%) XenApp
5 330 (9.74%) VMware ESXi
6 315 (9.30%) vSphere
7 231 (6.82%) XenDesktop
8 203 (5.99%) Microsoft App-V
9 111 (3.28%) Virtual Machines
10 95 (2.80%) Docker
11 91 (2.69%) XenServer
12 51 (1.51%) Virtual Servers
13 46 (1.36%) Virtual Desktop
14 40 (1.18%) VMware NSX
15 32 (0.94%) VirtualBox
16 31 (0.91%) VMware Workstation
17 27 (0.80%) DFS Replication
17 27 (0.80%) Terminal Services
18 26 (0.77%) Xen
19 22 (0.65%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 653 (19.27%) SCCM
2 189 (5.58%) SCOM
3 180 (5.31%) WSUS
4 124 (3.66%) Ansible
5 123 (3.63%) Puppet
6 113 (3.34%) vCenter Server
7 110 (3.25%) Opscode Chef
8 104 (3.07%) Microsoft Clustering
9 101 (2.98%) Terraform
10 91 (2.69%) Microsoft Intune
11 75 (2.21%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 72 (2.13%) McAfee ePO
13 70 (2.07%) NetBackup
14 64 (1.89%) Backup Exec
15 62 (1.83%) AirWatch
16 51 (1.51%) XenMobile
17 50 (1.48%) vRealize
18 46 (1.36%) Kubernetes
19 44 (1.30%) PowerCLI
20 41 (1.21%) Packer
Vendors
1 1,579 (46.61%) Microsoft
2 1,440 (42.50%) VMware
3 699 (20.63%) Citrix
4 469 (13.84%) Cisco
5 355 (10.48%) HP
6 285 (8.41%) Oracle
7 175 (5.17%) NetApp
8 170 (5.02%) Red Hat
9 168 (4.96%) McAfee
10 140 (4.13%) Ivanti
11 126 (3.72%) Apple
12 124 (3.66%) Veeam
13 116 (3.42%) Dell
14 102 (3.01%) EMC
15 101 (2.98%) IBM
16 94 (2.77%) Splunk
16 94 (2.77%) Symantec
17 78 (2.30%) SAP
18 68 (2.01%) SolarWinds
19 65 (1.92%) Sophos