Period
to 25 February 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 25 February 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
25 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 72 66 53
Rank change year-on-year -6 -13 -8
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 3,151 3,176 3,899
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 3.15% 3.34% 3.61%
As % of the Operating Systems category 15.24% 15.89% 16.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,069 1,988 2,407
UK median daily rate £350 £340 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +3.03% -2.94%
10th Percentile £161 £165 £175
90th Percentile £538 £513 £496
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 161 222 301
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £19.64 £18.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.45% +4.76% -3.85%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.47 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.50 £46.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.63 £19.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -12.47% +8.57% -7.89%

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 20,676 19,990 23,105
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.68% 21.00% 21.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 13,249 12,642 13,846
UK median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +6.67%
10th Percentile £170 £190 £190
90th Percentile £613 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £365
% change year-on-year +4.00% +2.74% +4.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,244 1,274 1,710
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.03% - +3.13%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.50 £10.38
90th Percentile £47.83 £46.00 £46.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.86 £15.86 £16.50
% change year-on-year - -3.88% +6.45%

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 25 February 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 25 February 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 25 February 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 -5 2,872 £350 - 1,207
UK excluding London +1 1,995 £325 - 941
London -4 1,131 £390 +0.65% 342
South East -5 679 £350 +4.01% 237
North of England -16 387 £324 -1.97% 216
Midlands +15 286 £300 -6.25% 190
South West +5 220 £300 - 95
North West +1 182 £350 +7.69% 114
East of England -2 161 £320 +6.67% 127
Scotland -15 161 £375 +16.64% 56
West Midlands +4 145 £325 +1.56% 105
East Midlands +19 136 £289 -7.97% 84
North East 0 111 £300 -9.09% 19
Yorkshire -46 96 £320 -5.88% 83
Wales +33 84 £350 +75.00% 15
Northern Ireland -1 19 £350 +29.63% 3
Channel Islands - 2 £175 -

For the 6 months to 25 February 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 3,148 (99.90%) Windows
2 1,744 (55.35%) Active Directory
3 1,319 (41.86%) Microsoft
4 1,255 (39.83%) VMware
5 1,021 (32.40%) Windows Server 2012
6 925 (29.36%) Windows Server 2008
7 762 (24.18%) PowerShell
8 644 (20.44%) Office 365
9 629 (19.96%) Linux
10 610 (19.36%) VMware Infrastructure
11 606 (19.23%) SQL Server
12 596 (18.91%) ITIL
13 573 (18.18%) Microsoft Azure
14 555 (17.61%) Citrix
15 547 (17.36%) DNS
16 521 (16.53%) SQL
17 495 (15.71%) MS Exchange
18 470 (14.92%) Cisco
19 456 (14.47%) Firewall
20 451 (14.31%) Security Cleared
21 430 (13.65%) Hyper-V
22 425 (13.49%) Finance
23 420 (13.33%) SCCM
24 410 (13.01%) Migration
25 401 (12.73%) Windows 7
26 397 (12.60%) Windows Server 2003
27 376 (11.93%) DHCP
28 357 (11.33%) Windows 10
29 353 (11.20%) Microsoft Certification
30 345 (10.95%) HP

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
1 495 (15.71%) MS Exchange
2 296 (9.39%) IIS
3 209 (6.63%) SharePoint
4 202 (6.41%) Exchange Server 2010
5 181 (5.74%) Skype for Business
6 115 (3.65%) Exchange Server 2013
7 54 (1.71%) Apache
8 53 (1.68%) Exchange Server 2007
8 53 (1.68%) OpenStack
9 48 (1.52%) Tomcat
10 46 (1.46%) WebSphere
11 39 (1.24%) Elasticsearch
12 36 (1.14%) Confluence
13 33 (1.05%) Exchange Server 2003
14 21 (0.67%) SharePoint 2013
15 19 (0.60%) SharePoint 2010
16 17 (0.54%) JBoss
17 16 (0.51%) Documentum
17 16 (0.51%) SharePoint Server
17 16 (0.51%) WebSphere Portal
Applications
1 299 (9.49%) Microsoft Office
2 48 (1.52%) Microsoft Excel
3 26 (0.83%) MS Visio
4 14 (0.44%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 13 (0.41%) Microsoft Project
6 10 (0.32%) Acrobat
6 10 (0.32%) PaintShop Pro
7 3 (0.095%) Houdini
7 3 (0.095%) Maya
7 3 (0.095%) NUKE
7 3 (0.095%) Photoshop
7 3 (0.095%) SmartSuite
8 2 (0.063%) AutoCAD
8 2 (0.063%) InfoPath
8 2 (0.063%) Revit
8 2 (0.063%) S-PLUS
9 1 (0.032%) HipChat
9 1 (0.032%) SPSS
9 1 (0.032%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 39 (1.24%) Dynamics CRM
2 15 (0.48%) Oracle BPM
3 7 (0.22%) Dynamics NAV
4 3 (0.095%) Eikon
4 3 (0.095%) Kondor
4 3 (0.095%) LatentZero
4 3 (0.095%) Remedy ITSM
4 3 (0.095%) Temenos T24
5 2 (0.063%) Dynamics AX
5 2 (0.063%) Oracle Applications
5 2 (0.063%) Oracle EBS
5 2 (0.063%) Raiser's Edge
5 2 (0.063%) SAP BPC
5 2 (0.063%) SAP MII
6 1 (0.032%) Cognos Business Intelligence
6 1 (0.032%) Dynamics GP
6 1 (0.032%) Endur
6 1 (0.032%) Findur
6 1 (0.032%) RMDS
6 1 (0.032%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 644 (20.44%) Office 365
2 573 (18.18%) Microsoft Azure
3 310 (9.84%) Amazon AWS
4 123 (3.90%) IaaS
5 85 (2.70%) PaaS
6 67 (2.13%) Azure Active Directory
7 47 (1.49%) SaaS
8 31 (0.98%) Cloud Computing
9 28 (0.89%) Google Cloud Platform
10 23 (0.73%) Amazon EC2
10 23 (0.73%) OneDrive
11 22 (0.70%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 21 (0.67%) Amazon ELB
12 21 (0.67%) Route 53
13 20 (0.63%) Mimecast
14 15 (0.48%) AWS CloudFormation
15 11 (0.35%) G Suite
16 7 (0.22%) Dynamics 365
16 7 (0.22%) GitHub
17 4 (0.13%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 547 (17.36%) DNS
2 456 (14.47%) Firewall
3 376 (11.93%) DHCP
4 314 (9.97%) SAN
5 264 (8.38%) TCP/IP
6 259 (8.22%) LAN
7 243 (7.71%) WAN
8 178 (5.65%) VPN
9 116 (3.68%) Skype
10 106 (3.36%) VoIP
11 93 (2.95%) NetScaler
12 86 (2.73%) VLAN
13 71 (2.25%) Internet
14 63 (2.00%) NAS
15 58 (1.84%) SSL
16 54 (1.71%) Network Security
17 52 (1.65%) Remote Desktop
17 52 (1.65%) Wireless
18 50 (1.59%) Wi-Fi
19 49 (1.56%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 606 (19.23%) SQL Server
2 108 (3.43%) SQL Server 2012
3 89 (2.82%) SQL Server 2008
4 68 (2.16%) Oracle Database
5 57 (1.81%) SQL Server 2016
6 51 (1.62%) MySQL
7 49 (1.56%) SQL Server 2005
8 43 (1.36%) Oracle Database 11g
9 38 (1.21%) Relational Database
10 36 (1.14%) SQL Server 2014
11 34 (1.08%) Oracle Database 10g
11 34 (1.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 34 (1.08%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 31 (0.98%) Amazon RDS
13 27 (0.86%) Data Warehouse
14 21 (0.67%) PostgreSQL
15 19 (0.60%) GIS
15 19 (0.60%) Power BI
15 19 (0.60%) RDBMS
16 15 (0.48%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 121 (3.84%) Team Foundation Server
2 114 (3.62%) Git (software)
3 97 (3.08%) Jenkins
4 85 (2.70%) Visual Studio
5 80 (2.54%) Octopus Deploy
6 75 (2.38%) TeamCity
7 56 (1.78%) JIRA
8 37 (1.17%) Visual Studio Team System
9 34 (1.08%) MSBuild
10 28 (0.89%) Artifactory
11 24 (0.76%) Ant
12 23 (0.73%) MSI
12 23 (0.73%) Sonatype Nexus
13 22 (0.70%) HP UFT
13 22 (0.70%) Selenium
14 21 (0.67%) Subversion
15 19 (0.60%) ReSharper
15 19 (0.60%) SoapUI
16 18 (0.57%) Eclipse
17 17 (0.54%) Oracle APEX
General
1 425 (13.49%) Finance
2 164 (5.20%) Banking
3 49 (1.56%) Telecoms
4 47 (1.49%) Retail
5 34 (1.08%) Investment Banking
5 34 (1.08%) Legal
6 31 (0.98%) Back Office
7 27 (0.86%) Manufacturing
8 16 (0.51%) Advertising
8 16 (0.51%) Law
8 16 (0.51%) Publishing
9 14 (0.44%) Financial Institution
10 13 (0.41%) Front Office
11 12 (0.38%) Local Government
11 12 (0.38%) Marketing
11 12 (0.38%) Pharmaceutical
12 7 (0.22%) Electronics
12 7 (0.22%) French Language
13 5 (0.16%) Military
14 4 (0.13%) Billing
Job Titles
1 411 (13.04%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 339 (10.76%) Analyst
3 312 (9.90%) Support Engineer
4 259 (8.22%) Windows Engineer
5 198 (6.28%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 191 (6.06%) Consultant
7 185 (5.87%) Administrator
8 175 (5.55%) DevOps Engineer
9 170 (5.40%) Architect
10 157 (4.98%) Server Engineer
11 147 (4.67%) 2nd Line Support
12 146 (4.63%) IT Support
13 142 (4.51%) 3rd Line Support
14 121 (3.84%) Support Analyst
15 114 (3.62%) Desktop Support
16 100 (3.17%) Developer
17 94 (2.98%) Systems Administrator
18 89 (2.82%) IT Engineer
19 79 (2.51%) 2nd Line Engineer
20 78 (2.48%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 238 (7.55%) .NET
2 131 (4.16%) Web Services
3 82 (2.60%) XML
4 64 (2.03%) HTML
4 64 (2.03%) JSON
5 55 (1.75%) ASP.NET
6 52 (1.65%) CSS
6 52 (1.65%) LDAP
7 50 (1.59%) .NET Framework
8 49 (1.56%) Middleware
9 37 (1.17%) REST
10 27 (0.86%) LINQ
11 25 (0.79%) ASP.NET MVC
11 25 (0.79%) HTML5
11 25 (0.79%) SOAP
12 22 (0.70%) ISPF
12 22 (0.70%) J2EE
12 22 (0.70%) jQuery
13 21 (0.67%) YAML
14 20 (0.63%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 281 (8.92%) Data Centre
2 149 (4.73%) Analytical Skills
3 131 (4.16%) Clustering
4 115 (3.65%) Management Information System
5 93 (2.95%) PKI
6 61 (1.94%) Computer Science
7 60 (1.90%) Replication
8 49 (1.56%) Blackberry
9 39 (1.24%) Virtual Team
10 35 (1.11%) NHS
10 35 (1.11%) Public Cloud
11 27 (0.86%) iPhone
12 26 (0.83%) Private Cloud
13 24 (0.76%) Driving Licence
13 24 (0.76%) Enterprise Software
13 24 (0.76%) Hybrid Cloud
14 22 (0.70%) Video Conferencing
15 21 (0.67%) EMC VNX
15 21 (0.67%) Fat Client
15 21 (0.67%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 3,148 (99.90%) Windows
2 1,021 (32.40%) Windows Server 2012
3 925 (29.36%) Windows Server 2008
4 629 (19.96%) Linux
5 401 (12.73%) Windows 7
6 397 (12.60%) Windows Server 2003
7 357 (11.33%) Windows 10
8 229 (7.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 176 (5.59%) Unix
10 105 (3.33%) Windows 8
11 83 (2.63%) CentOS
12 76 (2.41%) Windows XP
13 69 (2.19%) Solaris
14 48 (1.52%) Windows Vista
15 44 (1.40%) AIX
16 41 (1.30%) Android
16 41 (1.30%) Mac OS X
17 39 (1.24%) Apple iOS
18 27 (0.86%) Windows 2000 Server
19 26 (0.83%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 596 (18.91%) ITIL
2 410 (13.01%) Migration
3 299 (9.49%) DevOps
4 211 (6.70%) Agile Software Development
5 159 (5.05%) Disaster Recovery
6 154 (4.89%) Change Management
7 138 (4.38%) Configuration Management
8 132 (4.19%) Service Delivery
9 117 (3.71%) Continuous Integration
10 107 (3.40%) Incident Management
11 105 (3.33%) Open Source
12 97 (3.08%) Project Management
12 97 (3.08%) Service Management
13 84 (2.67%) Problem Management
14 81 (2.57%) High Availability
15 79 (2.51%) ITIL V3
16 74 (2.35%) Capacity Planning
17 72 (2.28%) Mentoring
18 69 (2.19%) CRM
19 65 (2.06%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 762 (24.18%) PowerShell
2 521 (16.53%) SQL
3 124 (3.94%) C#
4 114 (3.62%) Java
5 97 (3.08%) JavaScript
6 80 (2.54%) Python
7 78 (2.48%) Shell Script
8 58 (1.84%) C
9 57 (1.81%) Bash Shell
10 53 (1.68%) Perl
11 51 (1.62%) T-SQL
12 42 (1.33%) PL/SQL
13 36 (1.14%) Ruby
14 35 (1.11%) VBScript
15 27 (0.86%) PHP
16 22 (0.70%) JCL
17 18 (0.57%) VB
17 18 (0.57%) VB.NET
18 16 (0.51%) F#
19 13 (0.41%) Bourne shell
Qualifications
1 451 (14.31%) Security Cleared
2 353 (11.20%) Microsoft Certification
3 292 (9.27%) SC Cleared
4 226 (7.17%) MCSE
5 148 (4.70%) MCSA
6 137 (4.35%) Degree
7 132 (4.19%) DV Cleared
8 111 (3.52%) Cisco Certification
9 90 (2.86%) CCNA
9 90 (2.86%) MCP
10 89 (2.82%) MCITP
11 74 (2.35%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 62 (1.97%) ITIL Certification
13 43 (1.36%) Computer Science Degree
14 38 (1.21%) CCNP
15 34 (1.08%) Citrix Certification
16 28 (0.89%) CISSP
16 28 (0.89%) DBS Check
17 23 (0.73%) MCTS
18 22 (0.70%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 95 (3.01%) SLA
2 50 (1.59%) QA
3 38 (1.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 24 (0.76%) PCI DSS
5 17 (0.54%) GDPR
6 13 (0.41%) Disclosure Scotland
7 10 (0.32%) GCP
8 8 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 7 (0.22%) 21 CFR Part 11
9 7 (0.22%) GAMP
9 7 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 6 (0.19%) Data Quality
10 6 (0.19%) GxP
10 6 (0.19%) MiFID
11 5 (0.16%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 4 (0.13%) GMP
12 4 (0.13%) Government Security Classifications
12 4 (0.13%) PA-DSS
13 3 (0.095%) Cyber Essentials
13 3 (0.095%) JSP 440
System Software
1 1,744 (55.35%) Active Directory
2 610 (19.36%) VMware Infrastructure
3 430 (13.65%) Hyper-V
4 299 (9.49%) vSphere
5 246 (7.81%) VMware ESXi
6 245 (7.78%) XenApp
7 113 (3.59%) XenDesktop
8 85 (2.70%) Virtual Machines
9 66 (2.09%) Docker
9 66 (2.09%) XenServer
10 46 (1.46%) Microsoft App-V
11 35 (1.11%) Virtual Servers
12 20 (0.63%) NFS
12 20 (0.63%) Samba
13 19 (0.60%) DFS Replication
14 18 (0.57%) Terminal Services
14 18 (0.57%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
14 18 (0.57%) Virtual Desktop
15 17 (0.54%) Citrix Presentation Server
16 16 (0.51%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 420 (13.33%) SCCM
2 179 (5.68%) SCOM
3 141 (4.47%) Puppet
4 126 (4.00%) Ansible
5 117 (3.71%) WSUS
6 107 (3.40%) Opscode Chef
7 68 (2.16%) vCenter Server
8 64 (2.03%) McAfee ePO
9 60 (1.90%) Backup Exec
10 58 (1.84%) Microsoft Clustering
11 54 (1.71%) Terraform
12 48 (1.52%) NetBackup
13 44 (1.40%) Nessus
14 40 (1.27%) Nagios
15 35 (1.11%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
16 33 (1.05%) AirWatch
16 33 (1.05%) HP ALM
16 33 (1.05%) Tivoli
17 32 (1.02%) WMI
18 31 (0.98%) EMC NetWorker
Vendors
1 1,319 (41.86%) Microsoft
2 1,255 (39.83%) VMware
3 555 (17.61%) Citrix
4 470 (14.92%) Cisco
5 345 (10.95%) HP
6 205 (6.51%) Oracle
7 185 (5.87%) Red Hat
8 143 (4.54%) NetApp
9 130 (4.13%) McAfee
10 125 (3.97%) Ivanti
11 115 (3.65%) SolarWinds
12 99 (3.14%) Dell
13 98 (3.11%) Apple
13 98 (3.11%) EMC
14 88 (2.79%) IBM
15 78 (2.48%) Symantec
16 74 (2.35%) Veeam
17 60 (1.90%) Juniper
18 56 (1.78%) CheckPoint
19 55 (1.75%) Splunk