Period
to 24 May 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 24 May 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
24 May 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 78 74 79
Rank change year-on-year -4 +5 -32
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 2,726 3,176 2,590
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.97% 3.15% 2.87%
As % of the Operating Systems category 14.76% 15.23% 13.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,823 2,052 1,627
UK median daily rate £390 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.43% - +2.56%
10th Percentile £155 £163 £163
90th Percentile £538 £537 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +15.38% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 142 177 172
UK median hourly rate £19.50 £18.00 £16.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.33% +7.46% -11.84%
10th Percentile £11.39 £11.50 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.83 £43.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £18.00 £16.28
% change year-on-year - +10.57% -13.17%

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 18,472 20,855 18,634
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.16% 20.70% 20.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,689 13,199 11,788
UK median daily rate £430 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.18% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £158 £185 £200
90th Percentile £625 £613 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £390
% change year-on-year - +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,121 1,344 1,118
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £17.00 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +3.03% -2.94%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.50 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £15.86 £15.85
% change year-on-year +0.88% +0.06% -3.94%

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 24 May 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 24 May 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 24 May 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 -6 2,447 £400 +14.29% 343
UK excluding London -6 1,793 £375 +15.38% 266
London -11 877 £425 +6.25% 89
South East -3 546 £400 +14.29% 67
South West +4 354 £400 +33.33% 26
North of England -12 339 £350 +12.90% 90
Midlands -8 229 £325 - 48
Scotland -1 158 £375 +25.00% 8
North West -13 153 £360 -0.35% 49
Yorkshire +39 152 £363 +20.83% 33
West Midlands -17 125 £338 +3.85% 33
East Midlands +7 103 £325 +8.33% 15
East of England -28 101 £325 +1.56% 23
Wales -2 54 £317 -15.60% 3
North East -49 34 £300 +5.26% 8
Northern Ireland +7 11 £300 -38.14%
Channel Islands -3 3 £383 +118.57%

For the 6 months to 24 May 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 2,706 (99.27%) Windows
2 1,607 (58.95%) Active Directory
3 1,298 (47.62%) Microsoft
4 1,129 (41.42%) VMware
5 829 (30.41%) Office 365
6 734 (26.93%) Windows Server 2012
7 690 (25.31%) PowerShell
8 668 (24.50%) Microsoft Azure
9 616 (22.60%) VMware Infrastructure
10 591 (21.68%) SCCM
11 576 (21.13%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 570 (20.91%) Windows Server 2008
13 566 (20.76%) Windows 10
14 523 (19.19%) Citrix
15 501 (18.38%) Linux
16 500 (18.34%) SQL Server
17 483 (17.72%) DNS
18 475 (17.42%) ITIL
19 459 (16.84%) SQL
20 418 (15.33%) Finance
21 413 (15.15%) Cisco
22 408 (14.97%) Security Cleared
23 398 (14.60%) MS Exchange
24 394 (14.45%) Hyper-V
25 390 (14.31%) Firewall
26 380 (13.94%) Migration
27 354 (12.99%) DHCP
28 334 (12.25%) Amazon AWS
29 328 (12.03%) Windows 7
30 305 (11.19%) 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
1 398 (14.60%) MS Exchange
2 243 (8.91%) SharePoint
3 208 (7.63%) IIS
4 191 (7.01%) Skype for Business
5 115 (4.22%) Exchange Server 2010
6 99 (3.63%) Exchange Server 2013
7 56 (2.05%) Confluence
8 45 (1.65%) Apache
9 25 (0.92%) WebLogic
10 24 (0.88%) WebSphere
11 23 (0.84%) Exchange Server 2003
11 23 (0.84%) SharePoint Server
11 23 (0.84%) Tomcat
12 21 (0.77%) Exchange Server 2007
13 19 (0.70%) SharePoint 2013
14 18 (0.66%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 16 (0.59%) BizTalk Server
16 13 (0.48%) IBM Notes
16 13 (0.48%) SharePoint 2010
17 12 (0.44%) OpenStack
Applications
1 277 (10.16%) Microsoft Office
2 38 (1.39%) Microsoft Excel
3 23 (0.84%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 21 (0.77%) MS Visio
5 14 (0.51%) Microsoft Project
6 11 (0.40%) InfoPath
7 2 (0.073%) Maya
8 1 (0.037%) Acrobat
8 1 (0.037%) Adobe After Effects
8 1 (0.037%) Adobe Premiere
8 1 (0.037%) Chatbot
8 1 (0.037%) NUKE
8 1 (0.037%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.037%) Revit
8 1 (0.037%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 15 (0.55%) Remedy ITSM
2 13 (0.48%) Dynamics CRM
2 13 (0.48%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 6 (0.22%) Sentinel
4 5 (0.18%) Elite 3E
5 4 (0.15%) Dynamics NAV
5 4 (0.15%) Relativity
6 3 (0.11%) Dynamics GP
7 2 (0.073%) Visualfiles
8 1 (0.037%) Aareon QL
8 1 (0.037%) assyst
8 1 (0.037%) Carpe Diem
8 1 (0.037%) Misys Midas
8 1 (0.037%) Oracle Cash Management
8 1 (0.037%) SAP BPC
8 1 (0.037%) SAP ERP
8 1 (0.037%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 829 (30.41%) Office 365
2 668 (24.50%) Microsoft Azure
3 334 (12.25%) Amazon AWS
4 148 (5.43%) Azure Active Directory
5 123 (4.51%) IaaS
6 97 (3.56%) PaaS
7 83 (3.04%) SaaS
8 32 (1.17%) Cloud Computing
9 29 (1.06%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 28 (1.03%) Amazon EC2
10 28 (1.03%) Mimecast
10 28 (1.03%) OneDrive
11 27 (0.99%) Google Cloud Platform
12 22 (0.81%) AWS CloudFormation
13 21 (0.77%) Amazon S3
14 20 (0.73%) Route 53
15 19 (0.70%) Power Platform
16 18 (0.66%) Azure ExpressRoute
17 17 (0.62%) Yammer
18 15 (0.55%) Amazon ELB
Communications & Networking
1 483 (17.72%) DNS
2 390 (14.31%) Firewall
3 354 (12.99%) DHCP
4 250 (9.17%) SAN
5 229 (8.40%) LAN
6 209 (7.67%) WAN
7 172 (6.31%) Skype
8 156 (5.72%) TCP/IP
9 144 (5.28%) VPN
10 94 (3.45%) VLAN
11 87 (3.19%) NetScaler
12 66 (2.42%) Network Security
13 56 (2.05%) NAS
14 54 (1.98%) Wi-Fi
15 50 (1.83%) Internet
16 49 (1.80%) Unified Communications
17 48 (1.76%) Remote Desktop
17 48 (1.76%) Wireless
18 47 (1.72%) iSCSI
19 46 (1.69%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 500 (18.34%) SQL Server
2 63 (2.31%) SQL Server 2012
3 57 (2.09%) Oracle Database
4 54 (1.98%) SQL Server 2016
5 41 (1.50%) SQL Server 2008
6 37 (1.36%) MySQL
6 37 (1.36%) SQL Server 2014
6 37 (1.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 37 (1.36%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 33 (1.21%) PostgreSQL
8 29 (1.06%) Relational Database
9 27 (0.99%) Data Warehouse
10 25 (0.92%) Amazon RDS
10 25 (0.92%) SQL Server 2005
11 22 (0.81%) Oracle Database 12c
12 20 (0.73%) Big Data
12 20 (0.73%) MongoDB
13 16 (0.59%) BusinessObjects
14 15 (0.55%) Azure SQL Database
15 14 (0.51%) DB2
Development Applications
1 85 (3.12%) Git (software)
2 84 (3.08%) JIRA
3 67 (2.46%) Jenkins
4 50 (1.83%) MSI
5 40 (1.47%) Visual Studio
6 37 (1.36%) Bitbucket
7 29 (1.06%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 25 (0.92%) Team Foundation Server
9 24 (0.88%) TeamCity
9 24 (0.88%) Visual Studio Team System
10 23 (0.84%) Octopus Deploy
11 21 (0.77%) GitLab
12 16 (0.59%) SonarQube
13 15 (0.55%) WiX
14 14 (0.51%) Artifactory
14 14 (0.51%) Selenium
15 13 (0.48%) Sonatype Nexus
15 13 (0.48%) Subversion
16 12 (0.44%) Hudson
17 10 (0.37%) Cucumber
General
1 418 (15.33%) Finance
2 138 (5.06%) Banking
3 61 (2.24%) Telecoms
4 56 (2.05%) Retail
5 45 (1.65%) Law
6 35 (1.28%) Legal
7 33 (1.21%) Back Office
8 30 (1.10%) Manufacturing
9 24 (0.88%) Front Office
10 22 (0.81%) Advertising
10 22 (0.81%) Investment Banking
11 21 (0.77%) Local Government
12 20 (0.73%) Publishing
13 17 (0.62%) Automotive
14 15 (0.55%) Marketing
15 13 (0.48%) Electronics
16 10 (0.37%) Retail Banking
17 8 (0.29%) Military
18 7 (0.26%) German Language
18 7 (0.26%) Online Betting
Job Titles
1 477 (17.50%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 312 (11.45%) Analyst
3 275 (10.09%) Support Engineer
4 229 (8.40%) Windows Engineer
5 152 (5.58%) Architect
6 148 (5.43%) Server Engineer
7 143 (5.25%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 136 (4.99%) IT Support
9 131 (4.81%) Administrator
10 130 (4.77%) 3rd Line Support
11 127 (4.66%) Support Analyst
12 120 (4.40%) DevOps Engineer
13 117 (4.29%) Consultant
14 109 (4.00%) IT Engineer
15 104 (3.82%) VMware Engineer
16 101 (3.71%) Wintel Engineer
17 98 (3.60%) Infrastructure Analyst
18 97 (3.56%) Desktop Engineer
19 91 (3.34%) 2nd Line Support
20 87 (3.19%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 140 (5.14%) .NET
2 85 (3.12%) Web Services
3 45 (1.65%) XML
4 38 (1.39%) LDAP
5 37 (1.36%) REST
5 37 (1.36%) Software Packaging
6 36 (1.32%) Middleware
7 28 (1.03%) SOAP
8 25 (0.92%) CSS
9 24 (0.88%) X-Windows
10 23 (0.84%) ASP.NET
10 23 (0.84%) HTML
11 22 (0.81%) jQuery
11 22 (0.81%) JSON
12 21 (0.77%) .NET Framework
13 18 (0.66%) Java RMI
14 15 (0.55%) Elastic Stack
14 15 (0.55%) WebSphere MQ
15 13 (0.48%) IBM Integration Bus
15 13 (0.48%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 223 (8.18%) Data Centre
2 189 (6.93%) Analytical Skills
3 151 (5.54%) Clustering
4 102 (3.74%) PKI
5 90 (3.30%) Management Information System
6 59 (2.16%) Fat Client
6 59 (2.16%) Thin Client
7 58 (2.13%) Public Cloud
8 54 (1.98%) Driving Licence
9 49 (1.80%) Self-Motivation
10 46 (1.69%) Replication
11 39 (1.43%) User Experience
12 34 (1.25%) Blackberry
13 32 (1.17%) NHS
13 32 (1.17%) Video Conferencing
14 31 (1.14%) Hybrid Cloud
15 29 (1.06%) Private Cloud
16 19 (0.70%) EMC VNX
17 17 (0.62%) Fintech
17 17 (0.62%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 2,706 (99.27%) Windows
2 734 (26.93%) Windows Server 2012
3 570 (20.91%) Windows Server 2008
4 566 (20.76%) Windows 10
5 501 (18.38%) Linux
6 328 (12.03%) Windows 7
7 184 (6.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 170 (6.24%) Windows Server 2003
9 145 (5.32%) Unix
10 56 (2.05%) Windows 8
11 43 (1.58%) Solaris
12 40 (1.47%) CentOS
13 39 (1.43%) Android
14 30 (1.10%) Ubuntu
15 29 (1.06%) Apple iOS
16 25 (0.92%) AIX
16 25 (0.92%) Windows XP
17 23 (0.84%) Mac OS
18 19 (0.70%) Windows Vista
19 15 (0.55%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 576 (21.13%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 475 (17.42%) ITIL
3 380 (13.94%) Migration
4 305 (11.19%) Problem-Solving
5 239 (8.77%) DevOps
6 236 (8.66%) Agile Software Development
7 131 (4.81%) Disaster Recovery
8 125 (4.59%) Change Management
9 112 (4.11%) Configuration Management
10 106 (3.89%) Service Management
11 96 (3.52%) Data Protection
12 95 (3.48%) Service Delivery
13 88 (3.23%) High Availability
13 88 (3.23%) Information Security
14 85 (3.12%) Server Management
15 83 (3.04%) Project Management
16 81 (2.97%) Load Balancing
17 78 (2.86%) ITIL V3
18 77 (2.82%) Application Packaging
19 72 (2.64%) Computer Science
Programming Languages
1 690 (25.31%) PowerShell
2 459 (16.84%) SQL
3 118 (4.33%) Python
4 100 (3.67%) Java
5 72 (2.64%) C#
6 61 (2.24%) JavaScript
7 55 (2.02%) Perl
8 52 (1.91%) Bash Shell
9 50 (1.83%) T-SQL
10 48 (1.76%) VB
11 45 (1.65%) VBScript
12 31 (1.14%) Shell Script
13 23 (0.84%) PHP
14 19 (0.70%) Ruby
15 18 (0.66%) C
16 10 (0.37%) PL/SQL
17 7 (0.26%) VBA
18 6 (0.22%) Go
19 5 (0.18%) Korn
20 4 (0.15%) Scala
Qualifications
1 408 (14.97%) Security Cleared
2 263 (9.65%) Microsoft Certification
3 247 (9.06%) SC Cleared
4 188 (6.90%) MCSE
5 157 (5.76%) DV Cleared
6 141 (5.17%) Cisco Certification
7 118 (4.33%) MCSA
8 117 (4.29%) Degree
9 113 (4.15%) CCNA
10 60 (2.20%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 53 (1.94%) ITIL Certification
12 49 (1.80%) CCNP
13 48 (1.76%) MCP
14 43 (1.58%) DBS Check
15 39 (1.43%) Computer Science Degree
16 34 (1.25%) MCITP
17 22 (0.81%) Citrix Certification
18 21 (0.77%) CCA
18 21 (0.77%) CISSP
19 17 (0.62%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 133 (4.88%) SLA
2 40 (1.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 33 (1.21%) QA
4 23 (0.84%) GDPR
4 23 (0.84%) PCI DSS
5 14 (0.51%) Cyber Essentials
6 13 (0.48%) PMO
7 10 (0.37%) Data Quality
8 8 (0.29%) ISO 9001
9 7 (0.26%) Disclosure Scotland
9 7 (0.26%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 6 (0.22%) ISO 22301
11 5 (0.18%) COBIT
11 5 (0.18%) HL7
11 5 (0.18%) ISAE 3402
11 5 (0.18%) ISO 31000
11 5 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27005
12 4 (0.15%) Government Security Classifications
12 4 (0.15%) GxP
12 4 (0.15%) JSP 440
System Software
1 1,607 (58.95%) Active Directory
2 616 (22.60%) VMware Infrastructure
3 394 (14.45%) Hyper-V
4 275 (10.09%) VMware ESXi
5 248 (9.10%) XenApp
6 200 (7.34%) vSphere
7 192 (7.04%) XenDesktop
8 118 (4.33%) Microsoft App-V
8 118 (4.33%) Virtual Machines
9 60 (2.20%) Virtual Desktop
10 55 (2.02%) Virtual Servers
11 49 (1.80%) Docker
12 42 (1.54%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 33 (1.21%) VMware NSX
14 25 (0.92%) DFS Replication
15 24 (0.88%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 23 (0.84%) BitLocker
17 20 (0.73%) Terminal Services
18 17 (0.62%) Oracle RAC
19 13 (0.48%) NFS
Systems Management
1 591 (21.68%) SCCM
2 171 (6.27%) SCOM
3 108 (3.96%) WSUS
4 98 (3.60%) Puppet
5 93 (3.41%) vCenter Server
6 86 (3.15%) Ansible
7 84 (3.08%) Terraform
8 83 (3.04%) Microsoft Intune
9 79 (2.90%) Microsoft Clustering
10 59 (2.16%) Opscode Chef
11 44 (1.61%) Kubernetes
11 44 (1.61%) SCVMM
12 39 (1.43%) Single Sign-On
13 35 (1.28%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
14 34 (1.25%) SCOrch
15 32 (1.17%) NetBackup
16 31 (1.14%) Nagios
17 27 (0.99%) Forefront Identity Manager
18 25 (0.92%) QRadar
19 24 (0.88%) Failover Clustering
Vendors
1 1,298 (47.62%) Microsoft
2 1,129 (41.42%) VMware
3 523 (19.19%) Citrix
4 413 (15.15%) Cisco
5 181 (6.64%) HP
6 171 (6.27%) Oracle
7 159 (5.83%) Red Hat
8 109 (4.00%) Dell
9 99 (3.63%) NetApp
10 88 (3.23%) IBM
10 88 (3.23%) Veeam
11 85 (3.12%) McAfee
12 82 (3.01%) Splunk
13 74 (2.71%) Symantec
14 64 (2.35%) EMC
15 62 (2.27%) Ivanti
16 46 (1.69%) SolarWinds
17 44 (1.61%) Atlassian
18 43 (1.58%) F5
18 43 (1.58%) Juniper