Period
to 4 August 2020

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 4 August 2020 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
4 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 64 72 75
Rank change year-on-year +8 +3 +10
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 1,232 2,902 3,373
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 3.44% 3.18% 3.26%
As % of the Operating Systems category 17.85% 15.65% 15.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 833 1,955 2,164
Median daily rate £400 £380 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +4.83% +3.57%
10th Percentile £181 £163 £165
90th Percentile £541 £538 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £395 £370 £338
% change year-on-year +6.69% +9.63% +3.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 88 169 201
Median hourly rate £25.00 £21.00 £20.04
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.05% +4.79% +25.25%
10th Percentile £14.68 £13.45 £11.00
90th Percentile £47.93 £47.50 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.50 £18.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year +10.81% -11.90% +35.48%

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 6,903 18,549 21,486
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.28% 20.35% 20.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,228 11,660 13,409
Median daily rate £431 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.47% - -
10th Percentile £156 £154 £180
90th Percentile £625 £625 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £390
% change year-on-year - +2.56% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 456 1,193 1,461
Median hourly rate £19.50 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.43% - +6.06%
10th Percentile £12.50 £11.17 £11.17
90th Percentile £48.16 £50.00 £47.50
Median hourly rate £18.16 £16.56 £16.00
% change year-on-year +9.68% +3.48% +1.43%

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 4 August 2020.

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 4 August 2020.

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 4 August 2020. 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 +8 1,075 £400 +3.90% 406
UK excluding London +10 778 £395 +6.69% 356
London +27 401 £413 -2.94% 73
South East +10 213 £400 +6.67% 87
North of England +5 161 £375 +7.14% 102
South West -3 139 £400 +0.63% 61
North West +15 101 £375 +15.03% 54
Scotland +25 93 £425 +21.43% 16
East of England +30 73 £345 -1.43% 24
Midlands -16 67 £335 -2.90% 57
Work from Home -4 62 £400 -5.88% 30
Yorkshire -8 41 £330 -12.00% 33
Wales +11 36 £375 +3.45% 9
West Midlands +3 35 £350 +1.45% 31
East Midlands -10 32 £330 -5.71% 26
North East +34 19 £400 +33.33% 15
Northern Ireland +12 1 - -

For the 6 months to 4 August 2020, 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 1,227 (99.59%) Windows
2 745 (60.47%) Active Directory
3 534 (43.34%) Microsoft
4 520 (42.21%) VMware
5 364 (29.55%) Windows Server 2012
6 361 (29.30%) PowerShell
7 343 (27.84%) Office 365
7 343 (27.84%) Windows Server 2016
8 340 (27.60%) Security Cleared
9 338 (27.44%) VMware Infrastructure
10 332 (26.95%) Azure
11 284 (23.05%) Windows 10
12 273 (22.16%) SC Cleared
13 268 (21.75%) DNS
14 247 (20.05%) SQL Server
15 244 (19.81%) Windows Server 2008
16 237 (19.24%) SQL
17 226 (18.34%) Linux
18 223 (18.10%) Infrastructure Engineering
19 217 (17.61%) ITIL
20 213 (17.29%) Migration
21 210 (17.05%) Citrix
22 181 (14.69%) DHCP
23 171 (13.88%) SCCM
24 160 (12.99%) Cisco
25 158 (12.82%) Hyper-V
26 155 (12.58%) MS Exchange
27 145 (11.77%) Windows 7
28 136 (11.04%) Oracle
29 129 (10.47%) Firewall

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
1 155 (12.58%) MS Exchange
2 93 (7.55%) SharePoint
3 68 (5.52%) IIS
4 61 (4.95%) Skype for Business
5 43 (3.49%) Exchange Server 2010
6 34 (2.76%) Exchange Server 2013
7 21 (1.70%) Apache
7 21 (1.70%) Tomcat
8 16 (1.30%) Confluence
8 16 (1.30%) Exchange Server 2003
8 16 (1.30%) Exchange Server 2007
8 16 (1.30%) WebLogic
9 15 (1.22%) ArcGIS
10 14 (1.14%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 11 (0.89%) Apache Solr
12 10 (0.81%) WebSphere
13 7 (0.57%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 5 (0.41%) GeoServer
14 5 (0.41%) JBoss
14 5 (0.41%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 118 (9.58%) Microsoft Office
2 32 (2.60%) Microsoft Excel
3 17 (1.38%) MS Visio
4 15 (1.22%) Microsoft Project
4 15 (1.22%) Photoshop
5 13 (1.06%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 6 (0.49%) Acrobat
7 3 (0.24%) Spreadsheet
8 2 (0.16%) InfoPath
9 1 (0.081%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 1 (0.081%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 9 (0.73%) Remedy ITSM
2 7 (0.57%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.24%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.16%) Oracle Applications
4 2 (0.16%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 1 (0.081%) BusinessWorks
5 1 (0.081%) Line 500
5 1 (0.081%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.081%) SAP S/4HANA
5 1 (0.081%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 343 (27.84%) Office 365
2 332 (26.95%) Azure
3 88 (7.14%) AWS
4 69 (5.60%) SaaS
5 57 (4.63%) Azure Active Directory
5 57 (4.63%) PaaS
6 47 (3.81%) IaaS
7 28 (2.27%) GCP
7 28 (2.27%) GitHub
8 21 (1.70%) OneDrive
9 12 (0.97%) Cloud Computing
10 11 (0.89%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 9 (0.73%) AWS Lambda
12 8 (0.65%) AWS CloudFormation
12 8 (0.65%) Mimecast
12 8 (0.65%) Power Platform
13 7 (0.57%) Serverless
14 6 (0.49%) Azure Functions
14 6 (0.49%) Yammer
15 5 (0.41%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 268 (21.75%) DNS
2 181 (14.69%) DHCP
3 129 (10.47%) Firewall
4 103 (8.36%) SAN
5 86 (6.98%) Skype
6 72 (5.84%) WAN
7 65 (5.28%) TCP/IP
8 63 (5.11%) LAN
9 61 (4.95%) VPN
10 45 (3.65%) Remote Desktop
11 40 (3.25%) VLAN
12 37 (3.00%) NetScaler
13 36 (2.92%) VoIP
14 33 (2.68%) HTTP
15 29 (2.35%) SSL
16 26 (2.11%) VSAN
17 25 (2.03%) Internet
18 24 (1.95%) SNMP
19 23 (1.87%) Reverse Proxy
20 22 (1.79%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 247 (20.05%) SQL Server
2 48 (3.90%) SQL Server 2016
3 35 (2.84%) Oracle Database
4 28 (2.27%) SQL Server 2012
5 27 (2.19%) SQL Server 2008
6 24 (1.95%) GIS
7 21 (1.70%) SQL Server 2014
8 19 (1.54%) Relational Database
8 19 (1.54%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 16 (1.30%) Azure SQL Database
9 16 (1.30%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 14 (1.14%) Oracle Database 11g
10 14 (1.14%) Oracle ODI
11 11 (0.89%) Cosmos DB
11 11 (0.89%) MySQL
11 11 (0.89%) Oracle Reports
11 11 (0.89%) QGIS
12 8 (0.65%) Geospatial Data
13 7 (0.57%) Data Warehouse
13 7 (0.57%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 39 (3.17%) JIRA
2 37 (3.00%) Jenkins
3 27 (2.19%) GitLab
3 27 (2.19%) Visual Studio
4 23 (1.87%) Git (software)
5 20 (1.62%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 20 (1.62%) Subversion
6 18 (1.46%) TeamCity
7 16 (1.30%) MSI
8 12 (0.97%) Hudson
8 12 (0.97%) Team Foundation Server
9 11 (0.89%) Bitbucket
10 10 (0.81%) NUnit
11 6 (0.49%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 5 (0.41%) Eclipse
12 5 (0.41%) Oracle Forms
12 5 (0.41%) SonarQube
12 5 (0.41%) Sonatype Nexus
13 3 (0.24%) ScriptRunner
13 3 (0.24%) SoapUI
General
1 106 (8.60%) Finance
2 79 (6.41%) Public Sector
3 55 (4.46%) Banking
4 25 (2.03%) Telecoms
5 22 (1.79%) Front Office
6 18 (1.46%) Investment Banking
7 14 (1.14%) Legal
8 12 (0.97%) Law
9 11 (0.89%) Retail
10 7 (0.57%) Manufacturing
11 6 (0.49%) Financial Institution
11 6 (0.49%) Pharmaceutical
12 5 (0.41%) Back Office
12 5 (0.41%) Marketing
12 5 (0.41%) Police
13 4 (0.32%) Electronics
13 4 (0.32%) Housing Association
14 3 (0.24%) Advertising
14 3 (0.24%) Automotive
14 3 (0.24%) Military
Job Titles
1 196 (15.91%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 111 (9.01%) Support Engineer
3 101 (8.20%) Analyst
4 74 (6.01%) Developer
5 72 (5.84%) Windows Engineer
6 68 (5.52%) Architect
7 65 (5.28%) Server Engineer
8 61 (4.95%) Consultant
9 55 (4.46%) 2nd Line Support
10 53 (4.30%) Administrator
11 52 (4.22%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 48 (3.90%) VMware Engineer
13 47 (3.81%) Systems Engineer
13 47 (3.81%) Wintel Engineer
14 44 (3.57%) IT Support
15 42 (3.41%) IT Engineer
16 41 (3.33%) 3rd Line Support
17 36 (2.92%) Support Analyst
18 35 (2.84%) DevOps Engineer
19 34 (2.76%) 2nd Line Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 72 (5.84%) .NET
2 45 (3.65%) XML
3 41 (3.33%) HTML
3 41 (3.33%) Web Services
4 36 (2.92%) JSON
5 30 (2.44%) REST
6 28 (2.27%) Middleware
7 26 (2.11%) LDAP
8 23 (1.87%) .NET Framework
9 21 (1.70%) Oracle Fusion
10 20 (1.62%) SAML
11 18 (1.46%) Entity Framework
12 17 (1.38%) CSS
13 16 (1.30%) ASP.NET
14 15 (1.22%) AngularJS
14 15 (1.22%) RESTful
15 14 (1.14%) Dapper ORM
15 14 (1.14%) NHibernate
15 14 (1.14%) WebSockets
16 13 (1.06%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 94 (7.63%) Analytical Skills
2 91 (7.39%) Data Centre
3 59 (4.79%) Clustering
4 48 (3.90%) PKI
5 38 (3.08%) Management Information System
6 28 (2.27%) Self-Motivation
7 27 (2.19%) Public Cloud
8 22 (1.79%) Replication
9 19 (1.54%) NHS
10 18 (1.46%) Hybrid Cloud
10 18 (1.46%) Private Cloud
11 17 (1.38%) Blackberry
12 15 (1.22%) Enterprise Software
13 14 (1.14%) Driving Licence
13 14 (1.14%) User Experience
14 12 (0.97%) Fat Client
14 12 (0.97%) Thin Client
15 11 (0.89%) HP StoreVirtual
16 10 (0.81%) Cyberthreat
17 9 (0.73%) Cloud Native
Operating Systems
1 1,227 (99.59%) Windows
2 364 (29.55%) Windows Server 2012
3 343 (27.84%) Windows Server 2016
4 284 (23.05%) Windows 10
5 244 (19.81%) Windows Server 2008
6 226 (18.34%) Linux
7 145 (11.77%) Windows 7
8 106 (8.60%) Windows Server 2019
9 68 (5.52%) Windows Server 2003
10 61 (4.95%) Unix
11 45 (3.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 24 (1.95%) CentOS
13 19 (1.54%) Windows XP
14 18 (1.46%) Apple iOS
14 18 (1.46%) Ubuntu
15 15 (1.22%) Windows Vista
16 14 (1.14%) Windows 8
17 13 (1.06%) Solaris
18 10 (0.81%) Mac OS X
19 8 (0.65%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 223 (18.10%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 217 (17.61%) ITIL
3 213 (17.29%) Migration
4 120 (9.74%) Problem-Solving
5 111 (9.01%) DevOps
6 87 (7.06%) Configuration Management
7 84 (6.82%) Agile Software Development
8 73 (5.93%) High Availability
9 53 (4.30%) Disaster Recovery
10 49 (3.98%) Change Management
11 47 (3.81%) Project Management
12 44 (3.57%) Continuous Integration
12 44 (3.57%) Service Management
13 42 (3.41%) Patch Management
14 39 (3.17%) Continuous Improvement
14 39 (3.17%) Data Protection
14 39 (3.17%) Load Balancing
14 39 (3.17%) Problem Management
15 36 (2.92%) Deployment Automation
15 36 (2.92%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 361 (29.30%) PowerShell
2 237 (19.24%) SQL
3 79 (6.41%) C#
4 62 (5.03%) Python
5 48 (3.90%) Bash Shell
6 47 (3.81%) Java
7 40 (3.25%) JavaScript
8 37 (3.00%) C
9 33 (2.68%) VB
10 29 (2.35%) Shell Script
11 23 (1.87%) PHP
12 21 (1.70%) T-SQL
13 19 (1.54%) VBScript
14 17 (1.38%) VB.NET
15 16 (1.30%) Perl
16 15 (1.22%) C++
17 13 (1.06%) Go
18 11 (0.89%) TypeScript
19 10 (0.81%) Ruby
20 7 (0.57%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 340 (27.60%) Security Cleared
2 273 (22.16%) SC Cleared
3 127 (10.31%) Microsoft Certification
4 90 (7.31%) DV Cleared
5 65 (5.28%) Cisco Certification
6 64 (5.19%) MCSE
7 47 (3.81%) CCNA
8 45 (3.65%) MCSA
9 37 (3.00%) Degree
10 33 (2.68%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 27 (2.19%) ITIL Certification
12 21 (1.70%) CCNP
13 18 (1.46%) MCP
14 14 (1.14%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 11 (0.89%) Computer Science Degree
16 10 (0.81%) DBS Check
17 8 (0.65%) Citrix Certification
17 8 (0.65%) MCITP
18 7 (0.57%) CISSP
19 5 (0.41%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 55 (4.46%) SLA
2 23 (1.87%) GDPR
3 20 (1.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 19 (1.54%) Cyber Essentials
5 15 (1.22%) Government Security Classifications
5 15 (1.22%) QA
6 14 (1.14%) HIPAA
6 14 (1.14%) NCSC
7 7 (0.57%) PCI DSS
8 6 (0.49%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 4 (0.32%) COBIT
9 4 (0.32%) Disclosure Scotland
10 3 (0.24%) Data Quality
10 3 (0.24%) PMO
11 2 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 2 (0.16%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 1 (0.081%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 1 (0.081%) ISO 9001
12 1 (0.081%) NIST
System Software
1 745 (60.47%) Active Directory
2 338 (27.44%) VMware Infrastructure
3 158 (12.82%) Hyper-V
4 128 (10.39%) vSphere
5 93 (7.55%) VMware ESXi
6 92 (7.47%) XenApp
7 46 (3.73%) Virtual Machines
8 43 (3.49%) Docker
8 43 (3.49%) VMware NSX
9 33 (2.68%) Microsoft App-V
10 29 (2.35%) Terminal Services
11 27 (2.19%) Virtual Servers
12 24 (1.95%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 22 (1.79%) Virtual Desktop
13 22 (1.79%) XenDesktop
14 16 (1.30%) VMware Workstation
15 11 (0.89%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 9 (0.73%) DFS Replication
17 8 (0.65%) Terminal Server
18 5 (0.41%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 171 (13.88%) SCCM
2 78 (6.33%) Ansible
3 65 (5.28%) SCOM
4 54 (4.38%) Terraform
5 52 (4.22%) WSUS
6 50 (4.06%) Puppet
7 44 (3.57%) Microsoft Intune
8 40 (3.25%) Kubernetes
8 40 (3.25%) Opscode Chef
8 40 (3.25%) PowerCLI
9 37 (3.00%) vCenter Server
10 32 (2.60%) Microsoft Clustering
11 31 (2.52%) vRealize
12 27 (2.19%) Single Sign-On
13 24 (1.95%) Failover Clustering
13 24 (1.95%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
14 19 (1.54%) Packer
15 18 (1.46%) McAfee ePO
16 16 (1.30%) SCVMM
17 15 (1.22%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 534 (43.34%) Microsoft
2 520 (42.21%) VMware
3 210 (17.05%) Citrix
4 160 (12.99%) Cisco
5 136 (11.04%) Oracle
6 102 (8.28%) HP
7 62 (5.03%) NetApp
8 59 (4.79%) Dell
9 48 (3.90%) EMC
10 41 (3.33%) SolarWinds
11 38 (3.08%) McAfee
12 37 (3.00%) Red Hat
13 36 (2.92%) Apple
14 32 (2.60%) Splunk
15 29 (2.35%) Sophos
15 29 (2.35%) Veeam
16 27 (2.19%) Lumension
17 26 (2.11%) Atlassian
18 25 (2.03%) ESRI
19 24 (1.95%) Google