Period
to 21 January 2022

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 21 January 2022 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
21 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 110 99 62
Rank change year-on-year -11 -37 +18
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 2,061 973 2,699
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.36% 2.34% 3.70%
As % of the Operating Systems category 15.32% 13.08% 17.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,514 694 1,900
10th Percentile £180 £200 £158
25th Percentile £301 £300 £275
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £425 £400 £375
Median % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -5.06%
75th Percentile £550 £488 £469
90th Percentile £625 £538 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +3.33% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 68 48 139
10th Percentile £14.00 £12.03 £14.00
25th Percentile £16.25 £16.23 £16.00
Median hourly rate £22.00 £25.00 £20.00
Median % change year-on-year -12.00% +25.00% -11.11%
75th Percentile £40.55 £50.75 £43.40
90th Percentile £51.63 £57.88 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £21.75 £18.50
% change year-on-year -8.05% +17.57% -7.50%

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 13,452 7,440 15,385
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.39% 17.91% 21.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,325 4,820 9,787
10th Percentile £163 £163 £140
25th Percentile £325 £313 £250
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £495 £430 £410
Median % change year-on-year +15.12% +4.88% -3.53%
75th Percentile £600 £538 £525
90th Percentile £688 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £388
% change year-on-year +6.67% -3.23% -3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 652 433 1,155
10th Percentile £12.50 £11.17 £11.26
25th Percentile £14.80 £13.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year +14.29% - +2.94%
75th Percentile £48.58 £42.00 £24.50
90th Percentile £63.00 £53.95 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.80 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year +7.88% - +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 21 January 2022.

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 21 January 2022.

Hourly rate histogram for Windows Server in the UK

Windows Server
Top 18 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 21 January 2022. 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
Jobs
England -1 1,728 £425 +6.25% 1,041
UK excluding London +7 1,120 £388 +3.33% 850
London +5 661 £488 +10.36% 251
Work from Home -27 441 £450 +5.88% 177
South East +1 323 £450 +5.88% 188
North of England +38 269 £325 +4.00% 265
Midlands +24 204 £325 - 165
North West +19 134 £325 - 138
West Midlands +18 132 £300 -7.76% 94
Yorkshire +30 119 £325 +16.07% 103
South West -19 114 £400 +6.67% 83
East of England -21 73 £425 +32.81% 84
East Midlands +4 70 £340 +4.62% 71
Scotland -56 70 £331 -21.13% 43
Wales +1 51 £425 - 15
Northern Ireland +13 19 £255 +45.71% 7
North East +2 17 £293 -16.43% 24
Isle of Man - 2 - -

For the 6 months to 21 January 2022, 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 2,053 (99.61%) Windows
2 1,171 (56.82%) Active Directory
3 1,039 (50.41%) Microsoft
4 850 (41.24%) VMware
5 812 (39.40%) Azure
6 702 (34.06%) Microsoft 365
7 569 (27.61%) PowerShell
8 564 (27.37%) VMware Infrastructure
9 491 (23.82%) Linux
10 420 (20.38%) Social Skills
11 387 (18.78%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 385 (18.68%) DNS
13 382 (18.53%) SQL
14 380 (18.44%) ITIL
15 377 (18.29%) Windows Server 2012
16 372 (18.05%) SQL Server
17 365 (17.71%) Security Cleared
18 358 (17.37%) Firewall
19 356 (17.27%) Windows 10
20 326 (15.82%) Migration
21 324 (15.72%) SCCM
22 320 (15.53%) Windows Server 2016
23 312 (15.14%) Citrix
24 283 (13.73%) SC Cleared
25 270 (13.10%) Cisco
26 264 (12.81%) Windows Server 2019
27 254 (12.32%) DHCP
28 252 (12.23%) Windows Server 2008
28 252 (12.23%) DevOps
29 250 (12.13%) 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
1 218 (10.58%) SharePoint
2 206 (10.00%) MS Exchange
3 132 (6.40%) IIS
4 51 (2.47%) Exchange Server 2013
4 51 (2.47%) Skype for Business
5 44 (2.13%) Exchange Server 2010
6 37 (1.80%) Confluence
7 25 (1.21%) Exchange Server 2007
8 24 (1.16%) Apache
9 15 (0.73%) JBoss
9 15 (0.73%) WebSphere
10 12 (0.58%) ArcGIS
10 12 (0.58%) nginx
11 10 (0.49%) BizTalk Server
11 10 (0.49%) WebLogic
12 9 (0.44%) Elasticsearch
12 9 (0.44%) NetWeaver
13 8 (0.39%) CMS
13 8 (0.39%) Drupal
14 7 (0.34%) Tomcat
Applications
1 168 (8.15%) Microsoft Office
2 39 (1.89%) Microsoft Excel
3 20 (0.97%) Microsoft Project
4 16 (0.78%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 14 (0.68%) MS Visio
6 12 (0.58%) Photoshop
7 6 (0.29%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 2 (0.097%) Notepad++
8 2 (0.097%) Spreadsheet
9 1 (0.049%) AutoCAD
9 1 (0.049%) InfoPath
9 1 (0.049%) Pro/ENGINEER
9 1 (0.049%) PTC Creo
9 1 (0.049%) Siemens NX
9 1 (0.049%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 19 (0.92%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.39%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 7 (0.34%) Dynamics AX
4 3 (0.15%) Oracle Cash Management
4 3 (0.15%) Sentinel
5 2 (0.097%) assyst
5 2 (0.097%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.049%) Cerner Millennium
6 1 (0.049%) Infor M3
6 1 (0.049%) iTrent
6 1 (0.049%) Magento
6 1 (0.049%) Maximo
6 1 (0.049%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.049%) Oracle Applications
6 1 (0.049%) SAP EHS
6 1 (0.049%) SAP ERP
6 1 (0.049%) Shopify
6 1 (0.049%) SystmOne
6 1 (0.049%) Teamcenter
6 1 (0.049%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 812 (39.40%) Azure
2 702 (34.06%) Microsoft 365
3 250 (12.13%) AWS
4 214 (10.38%) Azure Active Directory
5 137 (6.65%) IaaS
6 124 (6.02%) SaaS
7 116 (5.63%) PaaS
8 51 (2.47%) OneDrive
9 47 (2.28%) GCP
10 44 (2.13%) Azure Monitor
11 38 (1.84%) Amazon EC2
12 37 (1.80%) Power Platform
13 36 (1.75%) GitHub
14 31 (1.50%) Nutanix
15 29 (1.41%) Cloud Computing
16 28 (1.36%) AWS CloudFormation
17 27 (1.31%) Virtual Private Cloud
18 24 (1.16%) Amazon S3
19 22 (1.07%) Mimecast
19 22 (1.07%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 385 (18.68%) DNS
2 358 (17.37%) Firewall
3 254 (12.32%) DHCP
4 153 (7.42%) TCP/IP
5 149 (7.23%) WAN
6 140 (6.79%) LAN
7 122 (5.92%) VPN
8 120 (5.82%) SAN
9 78 (3.78%) Network Security
10 70 (3.40%) Skype
11 65 (3.15%) Wireless
12 59 (2.86%) NetScaler
13 52 (2.52%) VLAN
14 46 (2.23%) Internet
15 45 (2.18%) VoIP
16 42 (2.04%) SSL
17 37 (1.80%) Kerberos
18 32 (1.55%) HTTP
18 32 (1.55%) NAS
19 31 (1.50%) SD-WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 372 (18.05%) SQL Server
2 58 (2.81%) SQL Server 2008
3 54 (2.62%) SQL Server 2012
4 44 (2.13%) SQL Server 2016
5 43 (2.09%) SQL Server 2014
6 36 (1.75%) MySQL
7 34 (1.65%) SQL Server 2019
8 33 (1.60%) Oracle Database
9 31 (1.50%) Power BI
10 23 (1.12%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 22 (1.07%) Oracle Reports
11 22 (1.07%) Relational Database
12 21 (1.02%) Amazon RDS
13 20 (0.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 18 (0.87%) Azure SQL Database
15 14 (0.68%) DB2
15 14 (0.68%) RDBMS
16 13 (0.63%) BusinessObjects
16 13 (0.63%) GIS
17 12 (0.58%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 84 (4.08%) Git (software)
2 72 (3.49%) Jenkins
3 68 (3.30%) JIRA
4 40 (1.94%) TeamCity
5 39 (1.89%) Bitbucket
6 36 (1.75%) GitLab
7 26 (1.26%) Artifactory
7 26 (1.26%) Octopus Deploy
7 26 (1.26%) Subversion
8 24 (1.16%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 23 (1.12%) Sonatype Nexus
10 17 (0.82%) Cucumber
11 15 (0.73%) Selenium
12 13 (0.63%) Zephyr
13 12 (0.58%) SonarQube
14 10 (0.49%) Maven
14 10 (0.49%) Terragrunt
15 8 (0.39%) InstallShield
16 7 (0.34%) Chocolatey
16 7 (0.34%) IBM UrbanCode
General
1 420 (20.38%) Social Skills
2 244 (11.84%) Finance
3 157 (7.62%) Public Sector
4 102 (4.95%) Banking
5 96 (4.66%) Analytical Skills
6 37 (1.80%) Presentation Skills
7 30 (1.46%) Documentation Skills
8 29 (1.41%) Telecoms
9 28 (1.36%) Legal
10 26 (1.26%) Organisational Skills
11 23 (1.12%) Retail
12 18 (0.87%) Influencing Skills
12 18 (0.87%) Law
12 18 (0.87%) Manufacturing
13 17 (0.82%) Back Office
13 17 (0.82%) Marketing
14 11 (0.53%) Advertising
15 8 (0.39%) Local Government
16 7 (0.34%) Electronics
17 6 (0.29%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 323 (15.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 236 (11.45%) Support Engineer
3 202 (9.80%) Architect
4 154 (7.47%) Analyst
5 150 (7.28%) Windows Engineer
6 137 (6.65%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 130 (6.31%) Server Engineer
8 117 (5.68%) IT Support
9 112 (5.43%) DevOps Engineer
10 100 (4.85%) IT Engineer
11 97 (4.71%) Azure Engineer
12 94 (4.56%) 2nd Line Support
13 90 (4.37%) Infrastructure Architect
14 82 (3.98%) Administrator
15 81 (3.93%) Wintel Engineer
16 80 (3.88%) Windows Server Engineer
17 79 (3.83%) Consultant
18 69 (3.35%) 2nd Line Engineer
19 68 (3.30%) Cloud Engineer
20 61 (2.96%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 101 (4.90%) .NET
2 48 (2.33%) LDAP
3 40 (1.94%) Middleware
4 36 (1.75%) YAML
5 33 (1.60%) HTML
6 29 (1.41%) Web Services
7 28 (1.36%) JSON
7 28 (1.36%) SAML
8 25 (1.21%) CSS
9 22 (1.07%) REST
10 19 (0.92%) SOAP
11 16 (0.78%) .NET Framework
11 16 (0.78%) Flask
12 15 (0.73%) OAuth
13 14 (0.68%) Django
14 13 (0.63%) ARM Templates
14 13 (0.63%) ASP.NET
14 13 (0.63%) Entity Framework
14 13 (0.63%) RESTful
14 13 (0.63%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 199 (9.66%) Data Centre
2 102 (4.95%) PKI
3 88 (4.27%) Clustering
4 76 (3.69%) Replication
5 58 (2.81%) Self-Motivation
6 47 (2.28%) Data Protection Act
6 47 (2.28%) NHS
7 43 (2.09%) Public Cloud
8 39 (1.89%) Management Information System
9 37 (1.80%) Private Cloud
10 35 (1.70%) Cloud Native
11 23 (1.12%) Fat Client
11 23 (1.12%) Linux Command Line
11 23 (1.12%) Thin Client
12 20 (0.97%) Enterprise Software
13 18 (0.87%) Blackberry
14 17 (0.82%) Driving Licence
15 16 (0.78%) Video Conferencing
16 15 (0.73%) Hybrid Cloud
17 14 (0.68%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 2,053 (99.61%) Windows
2 491 (23.82%) Linux
3 377 (18.29%) Windows Server 2012
4 356 (17.27%) Windows 10
5 320 (15.53%) Windows Server 2016
6 264 (12.81%) Windows Server 2019
7 252 (12.23%) Windows Server 2008
8 129 (6.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 104 (5.05%) Unix
9 104 (5.05%) Windows 7
10 58 (2.81%) Ubuntu
11 52 (2.52%) Windows Server 2003
12 48 (2.33%) Android
13 43 (2.09%) Mac OS
14 40 (1.94%) Apple iOS
15 36 (1.75%) AIX
16 33 (1.60%) CentOS
17 23 (1.12%) Solaris
17 23 (1.12%) VMS
18 9 (0.44%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 387 (18.78%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 380 (18.44%) ITIL
3 326 (15.82%) Migration
4 252 (12.23%) DevOps
5 228 (11.06%) Agile Software Development
6 227 (11.01%) Problem-Solving
7 122 (5.92%) Project Delivery
8 121 (5.87%) CI/CD
9 105 (5.09%) Service Management
10 103 (5.00%) Disaster Recovery
11 101 (4.90%) Server Management
12 99 (4.80%) Change Management
13 93 (4.51%) Service Delivery
14 84 (4.08%) Project Management
15 75 (3.64%) ITSM
16 73 (3.54%) Change Control
16 73 (3.54%) Data Protection
17 71 (3.44%) Analytics
18 69 (3.35%) High Availability
19 68 (3.30%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 569 (27.61%) PowerShell
2 382 (18.53%) SQL
3 126 (6.11%) Python
4 99 (4.80%) Bash
5 70 (3.40%) JavaScript
6 63 (3.06%) Shell Script
7 60 (2.91%) C#
8 47 (2.28%) Java
9 30 (1.46%) C
10 26 (1.26%) VB
10 26 (1.26%) VBScript
11 22 (1.07%) T-SQL
12 17 (0.82%) R
13 16 (0.78%) VB.NET
14 10 (0.49%) Perl
15 8 (0.39%) PL/SQL
15 8 (0.39%) VBA
16 7 (0.34%) C++
16 7 (0.34%) TypeScript
17 6 (0.29%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 365 (17.71%) Security Cleared
2 283 (13.73%) SC Cleared
3 159 (7.71%) Microsoft Certification
4 110 (5.34%) DV Cleared
5 76 (3.69%) Cisco Certification
6 72 (3.49%) MCSE
7 68 (3.30%) Degree
8 54 (2.62%) CCNA
9 37 (1.80%) ITIL Certification
9 37 (1.80%) MCSA
10 36 (1.75%) MCITP
11 30 (1.46%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 27 (1.31%) MCTS
13 25 (1.21%) DBS Check
14 24 (1.16%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 22 (1.07%) MCP
16 18 (0.87%) JNCIA
17 17 (0.82%) CCNP
18 16 (0.78%) Citrix Certification
19 12 (0.58%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 147 (7.13%) SLA
2 42 (2.04%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 33 (1.60%) GDPR
4 21 (1.02%) PCI DSS
5 18 (0.87%) QA
5 18 (0.87%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 10 (0.49%) COBIT
6 10 (0.49%) Cyber Essentials
7 6 (0.29%) JSP 440
7 6 (0.29%) NCSC
8 5 (0.24%) Accessibility
9 4 (0.19%) Data Quality
9 4 (0.19%) PMO
10 3 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 3 (0.15%) ISO 22301
11 2 (0.097%) Disclosure Scotland
11 2 (0.097%) Government Security Classifications
11 2 (0.097%) HIPAA
11 2 (0.097%) ITGC
11 2 (0.097%) NIST
System Software
1 1,171 (56.82%) Active Directory
2 564 (27.37%) VMware Infrastructure
3 242 (11.74%) Hyper-V
4 145 (7.04%) VMware ESXi
5 141 (6.84%) vSphere
6 89 (4.32%) Docker
7 81 (3.93%) XenApp
8 77 (3.74%) Virtual Machines
9 67 (3.25%) Virtual Servers
10 65 (3.15%) Virtual Desktop
11 58 (2.81%) XenDesktop
12 39 (1.89%) VMware NSX
13 37 (1.80%) Microsoft App-V
14 36 (1.75%) NFS
15 25 (1.21%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 24 (1.16%) BitLocker
17 22 (1.07%) Terminal Services
18 21 (1.02%) Citrix Hypervisor
19 20 (0.97%) Firmware
20 11 (0.53%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
Systems Management
1 324 (15.72%) SCCM
2 160 (7.76%) Ansible
3 150 (7.28%) Microsoft Intune
4 146 (7.08%) Terraform
5 115 (5.58%) Kubernetes
6 111 (5.39%) Active Directory Federation Services
7 66 (3.20%) vCenter Server
8 65 (3.15%) SCOM
9 64 (3.11%) Microsoft Clustering
10 58 (2.81%) Puppet
11 55 (2.67%) WSUS
12 39 (1.89%) NetBackup
13 36 (1.75%) vRealize
14 33 (1.60%) Opscode Chef
14 33 (1.60%) Single Sign-On
15 23 (1.12%) Jamf Pro
16 22 (1.07%) Nagios
17 21 (1.02%) McAfee ePO
18 19 (0.92%) Nessus
18 19 (0.92%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 1,039 (50.41%) Microsoft
2 850 (41.24%) VMware
3 312 (15.14%) Citrix
4 270 (13.10%) Cisco
5 163 (7.91%) Oracle
6 129 (6.26%) Red Hat
7 114 (5.53%) HP
8 98 (4.75%) Dell
9 90 (4.37%) Veeam
10 73 (3.54%) SolarWinds
11 70 (3.40%) Splunk
12 64 (3.11%) ServiceNow
13 61 (2.96%) McAfee
14 57 (2.77%) Google
15 50 (2.43%) Apple
16 47 (2.28%) CheckPoint
17 44 (2.13%) Meraki
17 44 (2.13%) SAP
18 43 (2.09%) NetApp
19 42 (2.04%) IBM