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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 1 July 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
1 Jul 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 118 107 64
Rank change year-on-year -11 -43 +15
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 1,968 1,525 1,481
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.21% 2.32% 3.60%
As % of the Operating Systems category 14.89% 15.04% 18.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,440 1,083 1,020
10th Percentile £196 £200 £166
25th Percentile £325 £310 £280
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £420 £400
Median % change year-on-year +7.14% +5.00% +3.23%
75th Percentile £574 £500 £490
90th Percentile £650 £580 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £419 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +11.67% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 56 51 90
10th Percentile £15.56 £13.06 £13.49
25th Percentile £17.50 £16.63 £16.06
Median hourly rate £22.75 £25.00 £20.50
Median % change year-on-year -9.00% +21.95% +3.90%
75th Percentile £49.43 £45.18 £39.31
90th Percentile £66.00 £53.75 £49.27
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £25.00 £19.25
% change year-on-year -10.00% +29.87% +6.94%

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 13,214 10,140 8,127
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.85% 15.41% 19.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,074 6,649 5,309
10th Percentile £180 £185 £150
25th Percentile £350 £350 £300
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £455 £428
Median % change year-on-year +9.89% +6.31% -0.47%
75th Percentile £625 £556 £538
90th Percentile £700 £650 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 564 509 523
10th Percentile £13.04 £12.00 £11.67
25th Percentile £16.25 £13.63 £14.00
Median hourly rate £22.50 £17.50 £18.00
Median % change year-on-year +28.57% -2.78% +4.35%
75th Percentile £52.50 £45.00 £25.29
90th Percentile £65.75 £60.50 £48.17
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +17.65% -2.86% +9.38%

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 1 July 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 1 July 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 1 July 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 -6 1,680 £448 +11.88% 743
UK excluding London -1 1,082 £419 +11.67% 628
Work from Home -16 766 £438 +2.94% 268
London +18 648 £500 +8.11% 152
South East -20 310 £450 +12.50% 149
North of England -3 263 £375 - 185
Midlands +21 175 £375 +23.97% 114
North West +2 131 £400 +10.73% 88
Yorkshire 0 118 £350 -6.67% 71
South West +4 112 £475 +26.67% 84
Scotland -7 105 £425 -2.52% 18
West Midlands +15 101 £375 +20.00% 72
East of England -3 88 £400 +26.98% 56
East Midlands +11 71 £325 +14.54% 41
North East +7 33 £450 +12.50% 26
Wales -8 26 £477 +31.59% 13
Northern Ireland +3 5 £450 +76.47% 10
Isle of Man - 3 £530 -

For the 6 months to 1 July 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 1,952 (99.19%) Windows
2 1,039 (52.79%) Active Directory
3 969 (49.24%) Microsoft
4 897 (45.58%) VMware
5 825 (41.92%) Azure
6 661 (33.59%) Microsoft 365
7 582 (29.57%) VMware Infrastructure
8 504 (25.61%) PowerShell
9 468 (23.78%) Linux
10 457 (23.22%) DNS
11 453 (23.02%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 434 (22.05%) Security Cleared
13 404 (20.53%) Social Skills
14 380 (19.31%) SQL
15 347 (17.63%) SQL Server
16 344 (17.48%) SCCM
17 339 (17.23%) SC Cleared
17 339 (17.23%) Firewall
18 336 (17.07%) ITIL
19 332 (16.87%) Windows 10
20 327 (16.62%) Windows Server 2012
21 323 (16.41%) Citrix
22 315 (16.01%) DHCP
23 313 (15.90%) AWS
24 259 (13.16%) Migration
24 259 (13.16%) Windows Server 2016
25 248 (12.60%) Cisco
26 247 (12.55%) Finance
27 246 (12.50%) Hyper-V
28 227 (11.53%) Azure Active Directory

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
1 182 (9.25%) MS Exchange
2 161 (8.18%) SharePoint
3 83 (4.22%) IIS
4 71 (3.61%) Exchange Server 2013
5 54 (2.74%) Skype for Business
6 39 (1.98%) Confluence
7 38 (1.93%) Exchange Server 2010
8 19 (0.97%) Apache
9 16 (0.81%) WebSphere
10 15 (0.76%) Exchange Server 2007
11 14 (0.71%) IBM Domino
11 14 (0.71%) Tomcat
12 11 (0.56%) SharePoint Server
13 6 (0.30%) JBoss
14 4 (0.20%) BizTalk Server
14 4 (0.20%) GlassFish
14 4 (0.20%) nginx
14 4 (0.20%) Oracle Workflow
15 3 (0.15%) NetWeaver
15 3 (0.15%) OpenStack
Applications
1 199 (10.11%) Microsoft Office
2 26 (1.32%) Microsoft Excel
3 24 (1.22%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 18 (0.91%) MS Visio
5 13 (0.66%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.10%) Adobe Captivate
6 2 (0.10%) AutoCAD
6 2 (0.10%) Mathcad
7 1 (0.051%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.051%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 9 (0.46%) Markit EDM
2 8 (0.41%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.41%) thinkFolio
3 7 (0.36%) Remedy ITSM
4 5 (0.25%) Refinitiv Enterprise Platform
4 5 (0.25%) RMDS
5 3 (0.15%) assyst
5 3 (0.15%) SAP S/4HANA
6 2 (0.10%) Dynamics AX
6 2 (0.10%) Dynamics GP
7 1 (0.051%) Fidessa
7 1 (0.051%) Maximo
7 1 (0.051%) Payment Gateway
7 1 (0.051%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 825 (41.92%) Azure
2 661 (33.59%) Microsoft 365
3 313 (15.90%) AWS
4 227 (11.53%) Azure Active Directory
5 133 (6.76%) IaaS
6 110 (5.59%) SaaS
7 87 (4.42%) PaaS
8 63 (3.20%) GCP
9 52 (2.64%) Azure DevOps
10 47 (2.39%) OneDrive
11 41 (2.08%) Power Platform
12 39 (1.98%) GitHub
13 25 (1.27%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 24 (1.22%) Amazon EC2
14 24 (1.22%) Amazon S3
14 24 (1.22%) AWS CloudFormation
15 22 (1.12%) Azure Key Vault
15 22 (1.12%) Cloud Computing
16 21 (1.07%) Azure ExpressRoute
17 20 (1.02%) Azure Monitor
Communications & Networking
1 457 (23.22%) DNS
2 339 (17.23%) Firewall
3 315 (16.01%) DHCP
4 153 (7.77%) SAN
5 146 (7.42%) WAN
6 143 (7.27%) TCP/IP
7 138 (7.01%) LAN
8 105 (5.34%) VPN
9 62 (3.15%) Skype
10 54 (2.74%) VoIP
11 50 (2.54%) Network Security
12 48 (2.44%) VLAN
13 45 (2.29%) NAS
14 39 (1.98%) Wi-Fi
15 38 (1.93%) Wireless
16 25 (1.27%) iSCSI
17 21 (1.07%) Kerberos
17 21 (1.07%) NetScaler
18 20 (1.02%) SD-WAN
19 19 (0.97%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 347 (17.63%) SQL Server
2 50 (2.54%) Oracle Database
3 31 (1.58%) Amazon RDS
4 21 (1.07%) PostgreSQL
5 20 (1.02%) MySQL
6 18 (0.91%) Power BI
7 14 (0.71%) MongoDB
8 12 (0.61%) Relational Database
9 11 (0.56%) Data Warehouse
10 10 (0.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 9 (0.46%) Oracle Database 11g
11 9 (0.46%) Oracle Reports
11 9 (0.46%) SAP HANA
11 9 (0.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 8 (0.41%) Azure SQL Database
13 7 (0.36%) NoSQL
13 7 (0.36%) PowerCenter
14 6 (0.30%) Oracle Database 12c
15 5 (0.25%) DataStage
15 5 (0.25%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 71 (3.61%) JIRA
2 65 (3.30%) Jenkins
3 50 (2.54%) Git (software)
4 37 (1.88%) GitLab
5 29 (1.47%) TeamCity
6 22 (1.12%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 21 (1.07%) Subversion
8 17 (0.86%) Bitbucket
8 17 (0.86%) Maven
9 16 (0.81%) Octopus Deploy
10 12 (0.61%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 9 (0.46%) Artifactory
12 8 (0.41%) Sonatype Nexus
13 6 (0.30%) Robot Framework
14 5 (0.25%) Cucumber
14 5 (0.25%) NUnit
14 5 (0.25%) Selenium
14 5 (0.25%) Visual Studio
14 5 (0.25%) Zephyr
15 4 (0.20%) Fiddler
General
1 404 (20.53%) Social Skills
2 247 (12.55%) Finance
3 156 (7.93%) Public Sector
4 145 (7.37%) Analytical Skills
5 88 (4.47%) Banking
6 35 (1.78%) Documentation Skills
6 35 (1.78%) Presentation Skills
7 32 (1.63%) Retail
8 28 (1.42%) Telecoms
9 26 (1.32%) Law
10 25 (1.27%) Legal
11 23 (1.17%) Influencing Skills
12 17 (0.86%) Manufacturing
12 17 (0.86%) Marketing
13 15 (0.76%) Advertising
13 15 (0.76%) Financial Institution
13 15 (0.76%) Organisational Skills
14 11 (0.56%) Electronics
15 10 (0.51%) Mandarin Language
15 10 (0.51%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 382 (19.41%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 213 (10.82%) Support Engineer
3 200 (10.16%) Analyst
4 199 (10.11%) Architect
5 145 (7.37%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 106 (5.39%) Infrastructure Architect
7 104 (5.28%) IT Engineer
8 96 (4.88%) IT Support
9 88 (4.47%) Server Engineer
10 85 (4.32%) 2nd Line Support
11 80 (4.07%) Support Analyst
11 80 (4.07%) Systems Engineer
11 80 (4.07%) Windows Engineer
12 70 (3.56%) Wintel Engineer
13 68 (3.46%) Administrator
14 62 (3.15%) DevOps Engineer
15 59 (3.00%) Azure Engineer
15 59 (3.00%) Project Manager
16 58 (2.95%) 3rd Line Support
17 57 (2.90%) 2nd Line Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 75 (3.81%) .NET
2 51 (2.59%) Middleware
3 31 (1.58%) LDAP
4 23 (1.17%) Elastic Stack
5 21 (1.07%) .NET Framework
6 20 (1.02%) Web Services
7 17 (0.86%) SAML
8 14 (0.71%) ARM Templates
8 14 (0.71%) OAuth
9 13 (0.66%) YAML
10 10 (0.51%) HTML
10 10 (0.51%) OpenID
11 9 (0.46%) AngularJS
11 9 (0.46%) CSS
11 9 (0.46%) REST
12 8 (0.41%) 802.1X
13 7 (0.36%) SOAP
13 7 (0.36%) XML
14 6 (0.30%) .NET Core
14 6 (0.30%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 220 (11.18%) Data Centre
2 133 (6.76%) PKI
3 101 (5.13%) Clustering
4 82 (4.17%) Replication
5 60 (3.05%) Public Cloud
6 57 (2.90%) Management Information System
7 54 (2.74%) Self-Motivation
8 42 (2.13%) Cloud Native
9 34 (1.73%) Hybrid Cloud
10 31 (1.58%) Private Cloud
11 27 (1.37%) NHS
11 27 (1.37%) Video Conferencing
12 26 (1.32%) CCTV
13 19 (0.97%) Data Protection Act
13 19 (0.97%) Enterprise Storage
14 18 (0.91%) Legacy Applications
15 17 (0.86%) CMDB
16 16 (0.81%) EPoS
16 16 (0.81%) Virtual Team
17 15 (0.76%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 1,952 (99.19%) Windows
2 468 (23.78%) Linux
3 332 (16.87%) Windows 10
4 327 (16.62%) Windows Server 2012
5 259 (13.16%) Windows Server 2016
6 226 (11.48%) Windows Server 2019
7 173 (8.79%) Windows Server 2008
8 141 (7.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 103 (5.23%) Unix
10 82 (4.17%) Windows 7
11 68 (3.46%) Windows Server 2003
12 43 (2.18%) CentOS
12 43 (2.18%) Ubuntu
13 42 (2.13%) Android
14 39 (1.98%) VMS
15 35 (1.78%) AIX
15 35 (1.78%) Apple iOS
16 19 (0.97%) Windows XP
17 18 (0.91%) Mac OS
18 14 (0.71%) Amazon Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 453 (23.02%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 336 (17.07%) ITIL
3 259 (13.16%) Migration
4 223 (11.33%) Problem-Solving
5 185 (9.40%) DevOps
6 181 (9.20%) Agile
7 139 (7.06%) Disaster Recovery
8 135 (6.86%) Change Management
9 124 (6.30%) Project Delivery
10 122 (6.20%) Service Management
11 105 (5.34%) Project Management
12 94 (4.78%) CI/CD
13 88 (4.47%) ITSM
14 84 (4.27%) Service Delivery
15 79 (4.01%) High Availability
16 75 (3.81%) Incident Management
17 73 (3.71%) Patch Management
18 71 (3.61%) Load Balancing
19 67 (3.40%) Cybersecurity
20 65 (3.30%) Server Management
Programming Languages
1 504 (25.61%) PowerShell
2 380 (19.31%) SQL
3 141 (7.16%) Python
4 96 (4.88%) Bash
5 51 (2.59%) C#
6 29 (1.47%) C
7 28 (1.42%) PL/SQL
7 28 (1.42%) T-SQL
8 27 (1.37%) Java
9 21 (1.07%) Perl
10 19 (0.97%) VBScript
11 16 (0.81%) Shell Script
12 15 (0.76%) Groovy
12 15 (0.76%) JavaScript
13 13 (0.66%) VB
14 11 (0.56%) Ruby
15 8 (0.41%) PHP
16 7 (0.36%) VBA
17 6 (0.30%) C++
17 6 (0.30%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 434 (22.05%) Security Cleared
2 339 (17.23%) SC Cleared
3 128 (6.50%) Microsoft Certification
4 95 (4.83%) DV Cleared
5 78 (3.96%) Degree
6 55 (2.79%) MCSE
7 49 (2.49%) Cisco Certification
8 47 (2.39%) MCSA
9 40 (2.03%) CCNA
9 40 (2.03%) ITIL Certification
10 32 (1.63%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 28 (1.42%) Computer Science Degree
12 27 (1.37%) MCP
13 24 (1.22%) BPSS Clearance
14 17 (0.86%) AWS Certification
14 17 (0.86%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 16 (0.81%) CISSP
16 14 (0.71%) MCITP
16 14 (0.71%) MCTS
17 13 (0.66%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 147 (7.47%) SLA
2 27 (1.37%) GDPR
2 27 (1.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 23 (1.17%) QA
4 20 (1.02%) Cyber Essentials
5 18 (0.91%) PMO
6 16 (0.81%) PCI DSS
7 8 (0.41%) NIST
8 7 (0.36%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 6 (0.30%) COBIT
9 6 (0.30%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 5 (0.25%) Disclosure Scotland
10 5 (0.25%) NIST 800
11 4 (0.20%) ISO 20022
11 4 (0.20%) ISO 22301
11 4 (0.20%) JSP 440
12 3 (0.15%) Data Quality
12 3 (0.15%) ISO 9001
12 3 (0.15%) NCSC
13 2 (0.10%) Accessibility
System Software
1 1,039 (52.79%) Active Directory
2 582 (29.57%) VMware Infrastructure
3 246 (12.50%) Hyper-V
4 188 (9.55%) vSphere
5 153 (7.77%) VMware ESXi
6 112 (5.69%) XenApp
7 73 (3.71%) Virtual Machines
8 65 (3.30%) XenDesktop
9 60 (3.05%) Docker
10 54 (2.74%) Microsoft App-V
11 53 (2.69%) Virtual Desktop
12 48 (2.44%) Virtual Servers
13 23 (1.17%) Firmware
14 18 (0.91%) NFS
15 15 (0.76%) VMware NSX
16 13 (0.66%) Citrix Hypervisor
17 12 (0.61%) Terminal Services
18 11 (0.56%) Oracle RAC
19 10 (0.51%) Microsoft Virtual Server
20 9 (0.46%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 344 (17.48%) SCCM
2 164 (8.33%) Microsoft Intune
3 150 (7.62%) Terraform
4 128 (6.50%) Ansible
5 84 (4.27%) Microsoft Clustering
6 78 (3.96%) Kubernetes
7 72 (3.66%) Active Directory Federation Services
8 71 (3.61%) SCOM
8 71 (3.61%) WSUS
9 63 (3.20%) NetBackup
10 62 (3.15%) vCenter Server
11 42 (2.13%) McAfee ePO
11 42 (2.13%) Single Sign-On
12 34 (1.73%) Puppet
13 33 (1.68%) Nagios
13 33 (1.68%) SCVMM
14 26 (1.32%) Failover Clustering
15 24 (1.22%) vRealize
16 22 (1.12%) Packer
17 21 (1.07%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 969 (49.24%) Microsoft
2 897 (45.58%) VMware
3 323 (16.41%) Citrix
4 248 (12.60%) Cisco
5 170 (8.64%) Oracle
6 119 (6.05%) HP
6 119 (6.05%) Red Hat
7 90 (4.57%) Dell
8 87 (4.42%) Veeam
9 66 (3.35%) IBM
10 65 (3.30%) NetApp
11 63 (3.20%) SolarWinds
12 60 (3.05%) McAfee
13 57 (2.90%) Google
14 44 (2.24%) Symantec
15 43 (2.18%) ServiceNow
16 42 (2.13%) Meraki
17 41 (2.08%) Ivanti
18 33 (1.68%) EMC
19 32 (1.63%) SAP