Period
to 27 January 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 27 January 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
27 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 61 77 75
Rank change year-on-year +16 -2 -9
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 2,631 3,209 3,166
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 3.68% 3.28% 3.17%
As % of the Operating Systems category 17.52% 15.66% 15.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,815 2,142 2,062
UK median daily rate £375 £388 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.23% +10.71% +2.79%
10th Percentile £158 £165 £158
90th Percentile £543 £538 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £325
% change year-on-year - +15.38% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 149 153 166
UK median hourly rate £21.50 £25.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.00% +42.86% -18.47%
10th Percentile £14.00 £12.30 £11.13
90th Percentile £48.84 £49.70 £47.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.25 £21.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -10.47% +22.86% -16.67%

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 15,018 20,489 20,774
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.00% 20.91% 20.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,277 12,783 13,248
UK median daily rate £410 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.53% - +3.91%
10th Percentile £140 £159 £168
90th Percentile £600 £600 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £398 £400 £388
% change year-on-year -0.63% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,190 1,330 1,276
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.35 £17.43
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.85% -0.44% +5.64%
10th Percentile £11.42 £11.00 £11.00
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.50 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.76 £16.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year +4.72% -3.03% +4.43%

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 27 January 2020.

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 27 January 2020.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Windows Server in the UK

Windows Server
Top 16 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 27 January 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 +15 2,330 £375 -3.85% 1,356
UK excluding London +16 1,852 £375 - 1,184
London +6 723 £389 -8.53% 255
South East +10 544 £400 +3.23% 302
North of England +21 408 £367 +1.10% 329
South West -7 285 £375 -6.25% 157
North West +19 226 £375 +3.45% 187
Midlands +13 204 £313 -13.19% 191
East of England +28 167 £331 -5.36% 122
Scotland +32 157 £400 +5.26% 42
Yorkshire +33 137 £325 -5.80% 112
West Midlands +3 112 £325 -9.72% 102
Wales +32 87 £400 +14.29% 31
East Midlands +17 86 £313 -10.71% 89
North East +22 45 £375 -3.23% 30
Northern Ireland +16 10 £335 +11.67% 8

For the 6 months to 27 January 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 2,629 (99.92%) Windows
2 1,551 (58.95%) Active Directory
3 1,115 (42.38%) Microsoft
4 1,102 (41.89%) VMware
5 809 (30.75%) Office 365
6 765 (29.08%) Windows Server 2012
7 694 (26.38%) PowerShell
8 669 (25.43%) Azure
9 662 (25.16%) Windows Server 2008
10 597 (22.69%) VMware Infrastructure
11 579 (22.01%) Windows 10
12 572 (21.74%) Security Cleared
13 564 (21.44%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 531 (20.18%) DNS
15 522 (19.84%) SCCM
16 446 (16.95%) Citrix
17 440 (16.72%) DHCP
18 436 (16.57%) Linux
19 433 (16.46%) SC Cleared
20 399 (15.17%) SQL
21 373 (14.18%) MS Exchange
22 370 (14.06%) SQL Server
23 367 (13.95%) ITIL
24 363 (13.80%) Windows 7
25 348 (13.23%) Hyper-V
26 340 (12.92%) Migration
27 318 (12.09%) Cisco
28 313 (11.90%) Firewall
29 291 (11.06%) AWS
30 259 (9.84%) Finance

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
1 373 (14.18%) MS Exchange
2 226 (8.59%) SharePoint
3 158 (6.01%) Skype for Business
4 147 (5.59%) IIS
5 89 (3.38%) Exchange Server 2010
6 73 (2.77%) Exchange Server 2013
7 33 (1.25%) Confluence
8 31 (1.18%) Exchange Server 2003
9 26 (0.99%) Apache
9 26 (0.99%) Exchange Server 2007
10 20 (0.76%) SharePoint Server
10 20 (0.76%) Tomcat
11 19 (0.72%) SharePoint 2013
12 16 (0.61%) SharePoint 2010
13 15 (0.57%) nginx
14 13 (0.49%) Elasticsearch
15 11 (0.42%) Documentum
15 11 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2000
15 11 (0.42%) K2 blackpearl
15 11 (0.42%) OpenStack
Applications
1 229 (8.70%) Microsoft Office
2 49 (1.86%) Microsoft Excel
3 45 (1.71%) MS Visio
4 29 (1.10%) Microsoft Project
5 24 (0.91%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 19 (0.72%) Spreadsheet
7 17 (0.65%) Acrobat
8 2 (0.076%) AutoCAD
8 2 (0.076%) InfoPath
8 2 (0.076%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.038%) 3ds Max
9 1 (0.038%) Abaqus
9 1 (0.038%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 1 (0.038%) FileZilla
9 1 (0.038%) Revit
Business Applications
1 21 (0.80%) Remedy ITSM
2 14 (0.53%) Dynamics CRM
3 5 (0.19%) Misys Opics
3 5 (0.19%) Oracle Cash Management
4 4 (0.15%) Dynamics AX
5 3 (0.11%) assyst
5 3 (0.11%) Dynamics NAV
6 2 (0.076%) Northgate Housing
6 2 (0.076%) OpenText VIM for SAP
6 2 (0.076%) Oracle Applications
6 2 (0.076%) Sentinel
6 2 (0.076%) SnowdropKCS
6 2 (0.076%) SystmOne
6 2 (0.076%) Unit4 Business World
6 2 (0.076%) Workfront
7 1 (0.038%) Oracle Receivables
7 1 (0.038%) Oracle Retail
7 1 (0.038%) SAP S/4HANA
7 1 (0.038%) Temenos T24
7 1 (0.038%) Towers Watson Igloo
Cloud Services
1 809 (30.75%) Office 365
2 669 (25.43%) Azure
3 291 (11.06%) AWS
4 121 (4.60%) Azure Active Directory
5 105 (3.99%) IaaS
6 73 (2.77%) PaaS
7 53 (2.01%) SaaS
8 44 (1.67%) OneDrive
9 41 (1.56%) Power Platform
10 34 (1.29%) GitHub
11 31 (1.18%) Cloud Computing
11 31 (1.18%) GCP
12 29 (1.10%) Mimecast
13 27 (1.03%) PowerApps
14 20 (0.76%) Amazon EC2
15 19 (0.72%) Yammer
16 15 (0.57%) Dynamics 365
16 15 (0.57%) G Suite
16 15 (0.57%) OpenShift
17 14 (0.53%) Azure ExpressRoute
Communications & Networking
1 531 (20.18%) DNS
2 440 (16.72%) DHCP
3 313 (11.90%) Firewall
4 258 (9.81%) SAN
5 186 (7.07%) LAN
6 179 (6.80%) WAN
7 165 (6.27%) VPN
8 163 (6.20%) TCP/IP
9 157 (5.97%) Skype
10 80 (3.04%) Internet
11 69 (2.62%) VLAN
12 63 (2.39%) VoIP
13 60 (2.28%) Remote Desktop
14 47 (1.79%) NetScaler
15 46 (1.75%) Network Security
15 46 (1.75%) Wi-Fi
16 40 (1.52%) NAS
16 40 (1.52%) Wireless
17 36 (1.37%) HTTP
18 35 (1.33%) VSAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 370 (14.06%) SQL Server
2 46 (1.75%) SQL Server 2012
2 46 (1.75%) SQL Server 2016
3 43 (1.63%) MySQL
4 41 (1.56%) Oracle Database
5 40 (1.52%) Amazon RDS
6 38 (1.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 36 (1.37%) PostgreSQL
8 31 (1.18%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 28 (1.06%) Power BI
9 28 (1.06%) Relational Database
10 27 (1.03%) SQL Server 2008
11 23 (0.87%) Azure SQL Database
11 23 (0.87%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 22 (0.84%) MongoDB
13 20 (0.76%) Big Data
13 20 (0.76%) Data Warehouse
13 20 (0.76%) Hadoop
14 17 (0.65%) SQL Server 2005
14 17 (0.65%) SQL Server 2017
Development Applications
1 61 (2.32%) Git (software)
2 60 (2.28%) JIRA
3 55 (2.09%) Jenkins
4 45 (1.71%) Team Foundation Server
5 35 (1.33%) Octopus Deploy
6 33 (1.25%) Visual Studio
7 30 (1.14%) Bitbucket
8 28 (1.06%) GitLab
9 20 (0.76%) MSI
9 20 (0.76%) Subversion
9 20 (0.76%) Visual Studio Team System
10 16 (0.61%) StarTeam
11 15 (0.57%) TeamCity
12 12 (0.46%) Sonatype Nexus
13 10 (0.38%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 10 (0.38%) Selenium
14 8 (0.30%) IBM UrbanCode
15 7 (0.27%) Cucumber
15 7 (0.27%) SoapUI
16 6 (0.23%) Fiddler
General
1 259 (9.84%) Finance
2 138 (5.25%) Public Sector
3 66 (2.51%) Banking
4 54 (2.05%) Retail
5 49 (1.86%) Telecoms
6 39 (1.48%) Manufacturing
7 33 (1.25%) Law
8 27 (1.03%) Back Office
9 25 (0.95%) Legal
10 21 (0.80%) Local Government
11 17 (0.65%) Marketing
12 16 (0.61%) Advertising
13 13 (0.49%) Electronics
13 13 (0.49%) Military
14 10 (0.38%) Financial Institution
15 9 (0.34%) Front Office
16 8 (0.30%) Automotive
17 6 (0.23%) Mandarin Language
17 6 (0.23%) Spanish Language
18 5 (0.19%) German Language
Job Titles
1 493 (18.74%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 295 (11.21%) Support Engineer
3 270 (10.26%) Windows Engineer
4 239 (9.08%) Analyst
5 209 (7.94%) Server Engineer
6 180 (6.84%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 154 (5.85%) Consultant
8 145 (5.51%) IT Support
9 137 (5.21%) Architect
10 129 (4.90%) 2nd Line Support
11 127 (4.83%) 3rd Line Support
12 120 (4.56%) IT Engineer
13 118 (4.48%) Windows Server Engineer
14 112 (4.26%) Administrator
15 109 (4.14%) Wintel Engineer
16 96 (3.65%) Support Analyst
17 83 (3.15%) 2nd Line Engineer
18 80 (3.04%) Active Directory Engineer
19 79 (3.00%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
20 75 (2.85%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 92 (3.50%) .NET
2 48 (1.82%) Web Services
3 38 (1.44%) LDAP
4 34 (1.29%) Middleware
5 31 (1.18%) XML
6 25 (0.95%) Elastic Stack
7 22 (0.84%) HTML
8 18 (0.68%) REST
9 15 (0.57%) ASP.NET
10 13 (0.49%) .NET Framework
11 12 (0.46%) Apache NiFi
11 12 (0.46%) ASP.NET Web API
11 12 (0.46%) X-Windows
12 11 (0.42%) 802.1X
12 11 (0.42%) Kafka
13 10 (0.38%) CSS
14 9 (0.34%) AngularJS
14 9 (0.34%) LAMP
15 8 (0.30%) ADSI
15 8 (0.30%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 198 (7.53%) Data Centre
2 140 (5.32%) Analytical Skills
3 106 (4.03%) Clustering
4 96 (3.65%) PKI
5 79 (3.00%) Replication
6 69 (2.62%) Management Information System
7 68 (2.58%) Self-Motivation
8 51 (1.94%) NHS
9 47 (1.79%) Driving Licence
10 44 (1.67%) Public Cloud
11 34 (1.29%) Video Conferencing
12 32 (1.22%) Blackberry
13 28 (1.06%) Enterprise Software
14 24 (0.91%) Fat Client
14 24 (0.91%) Thin Client
15 21 (0.80%) Enterprise Storage
15 21 (0.80%) User Experience
16 20 (0.76%) Linux Command Line
17 19 (0.72%) PDA
18 18 (0.68%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 2,629 (99.92%) Windows
2 765 (29.08%) Windows Server 2012
3 662 (25.16%) Windows Server 2008
4 579 (22.01%) Windows 10
5 436 (16.57%) Linux
6 363 (13.80%) Windows 7
7 162 (6.16%) Windows Server 2003
8 103 (3.91%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 99 (3.76%) Unix
10 69 (2.62%) Windows 8
11 62 (2.36%) Windows XP
12 59 (2.24%) CentOS
13 44 (1.67%) Ubuntu
14 32 (1.22%) Android
15 30 (1.14%) VMS
15 30 (1.14%) Windows Vista
16 25 (0.95%) Windows 2000 Server
17 21 (0.80%) AIX
17 21 (0.80%) Windows 2000
18 16 (0.61%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 564 (21.44%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 367 (13.95%) ITIL
3 340 (12.92%) Migration
4 248 (9.43%) Problem-Solving
5 177 (6.73%) Agile Software Development
6 151 (5.74%) DevOps
7 121 (4.60%) Configuration Management
8 113 (4.29%) Change Management
9 105 (3.99%) Project Delivery
10 100 (3.80%) Disaster Recovery
11 88 (3.34%) Server Management
12 83 (3.15%) ITSM
13 78 (2.96%) High Availability
13 78 (2.96%) Incident Management
14 75 (2.85%) Service Management
15 68 (2.58%) Service Delivery
16 66 (2.51%) Root Cause Analysis
17 62 (2.36%) Problem Management
18 60 (2.28%) Business Intelligence
19 58 (2.20%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 694 (26.38%) PowerShell
2 399 (15.17%) SQL
3 88 (3.34%) Python
4 63 (2.39%) Java
5 54 (2.05%) Bash Shell
5 54 (2.05%) C#
6 35 (1.33%) VBScript
7 33 (1.25%) C
8 31 (1.18%) VB
9 23 (0.87%) JavaScript
10 22 (0.84%) Perl
10 22 (0.84%) Shell Script
11 20 (0.76%) Ruby
12 16 (0.61%) T-SQL
13 13 (0.49%) PHP
13 13 (0.49%) VBA
14 10 (0.38%) Go
15 9 (0.34%) VB.NET
16 8 (0.30%) Tcl
17 7 (0.27%) REXX
Qualifications
1 572 (21.74%) Security Cleared
2 433 (16.46%) SC Cleared
3 220 (8.36%) Microsoft Certification
4 176 (6.69%) DV Cleared
5 133 (5.06%) MCSE
6 86 (3.27%) MCSA
7 84 (3.19%) Degree
8 71 (2.70%) Cisco Certification
9 59 (2.24%) CCNA
10 48 (1.82%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 43 (1.63%) MCITP
12 41 (1.56%) Citrix Certification
13 38 (1.44%) CCA
14 37 (1.41%) ITIL Certification
15 32 (1.22%) DBS Check
16 30 (1.14%) MCP
17 26 (0.99%) CCNP
17 26 (0.99%) ISTQB
18 17 (0.65%) ISEB
19 13 (0.49%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 141 (5.36%) SLA
2 40 (1.52%) QA
3 21 (0.80%) Cyber Essentials
3 21 (0.80%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 17 (0.65%) NCSC
5 15 (0.57%) GDPR
6 10 (0.38%) PCI DSS
7 9 (0.34%) PMO
8 8 (0.30%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 7 (0.27%) Government Security Classifications
10 5 (0.19%) NIST
11 4 (0.15%) BS7799
11 4 (0.15%) Disclosure Scotland
12 3 (0.11%) COBIT
12 3 (0.11%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 3 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 2 (0.076%) GxP
13 2 (0.076%) HL7
13 2 (0.076%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 1 (0.038%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 1,551 (58.95%) Active Directory
2 597 (22.69%) VMware Infrastructure
3 348 (13.23%) Hyper-V
4 225 (8.55%) vSphere
5 215 (8.17%) VMware ESXi
6 176 (6.69%) XenApp
7 120 (4.56%) XenDesktop
8 116 (4.41%) Virtual Machines
9 102 (3.88%) Docker
10 79 (3.00%) Virtual Servers
11 43 (1.63%) Virtual Desktop
12 41 (1.56%) Microsoft App-V
12 41 (1.56%) VMware NSX
13 36 (1.37%) DFS Replication
14 34 (1.29%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 25 (0.95%) Firmware
15 25 (0.95%) vCloud
16 23 (0.87%) Citrix Hypervisor
17 20 (0.76%) Terminal Services
18 17 (0.65%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 522 (19.84%) SCCM
2 131 (4.98%) SCOM
3 118 (4.48%) Ansible
4 105 (3.99%) WSUS
5 82 (3.12%) Microsoft Intune
6 81 (3.08%) Puppet
7 75 (2.85%) vCenter Server
8 53 (2.01%) Microsoft Clustering
8 53 (2.01%) Terraform
9 52 (1.98%) Kubernetes
10 48 (1.82%) Opscode Chef
10 48 (1.82%) Single Sign-On
11 45 (1.71%) vRealize
12 41 (1.56%) NetBackup
12 41 (1.56%) PowerCLI
13 39 (1.48%) McAfee ePO
14 27 (1.03%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
14 27 (1.03%) SCVMM
15 24 (0.91%) Forefront Identity Manager
15 24 (0.91%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 1,115 (42.38%) Microsoft
2 1,102 (41.89%) VMware
3 446 (16.95%) Citrix
4 318 (12.09%) Cisco
5 173 (6.58%) HP
6 143 (5.44%) Oracle
7 109 (4.14%) Dell
8 88 (3.34%) NetApp
9 74 (2.81%) Red Hat
10 71 (2.70%) McAfee
11 66 (2.51%) EMC
12 60 (2.28%) Apple
13 59 (2.24%) Symantec
14 58 (2.20%) Google
15 46 (1.75%) IBM
16 44 (1.67%) Sophos
17 40 (1.52%) Juniper
17 40 (1.52%) Veeam
18 38 (1.44%) Veritas
19 37 (1.41%) SolarWinds