Period
to 20 January 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Windows skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Windows over the 6 months to 20 January 2021 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
UK
6 months to
20 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 14 5 8
Rank change year-on-year -9 +3 -1
Contract jobs citing Windows 3,928 9,735 11,635
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 9.42% 13.47% 11.87%
As % of the Operating Systems category 52.56% 63.83% 56.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,020 6,349 7,371
Median daily rate £400 £350 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.29% -6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £133 £128 £133
90th Percentile £575 £550 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £337 £358
% change year-on-year +0.15% -5.73% +10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 367 1,036 1,140
Median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.94% +6.25% +3.23%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.25 £10.75
90th Percentile £53.30 £44.50 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.86 £16.00 £15.37
% change year-on-year -0.88% +4.10% +2.47%

Windows 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 7,474 15,252 20,544
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 17.92% 21.10% 20.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,793 9,699 13,069
Median daily rate £430 £410 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.88% -3.53% -
10th Percentile £163 £140 £160
90th Percentile £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £388 £400
% change year-on-year -3.23% -3.13% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 431 1,147 1,296
Median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +2.94% -
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.26 £11.00
90th Percentile £54.00 £48.75 £46.88
Median hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £16.05
% change year-on-year - +2.80% +0.31%

Windows
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Windows as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Windows in the UK

Windows
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Windows.

Daily rate trend for Windows in the UK

Windows
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Windows over the 6 months to 20 January 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Windows in the UK

Windows
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Windows.

Hourly rate trend for Windows in the UK

Windows
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Windows over the 6 months to 20 January 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Windows in the UK

Windows
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 within the UK over the 6 months to 20 January 2021. 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 -10 3,309 £382 +9.14% 1,200
UK excluding London -3 2,323 £338 +0.15% 1,040
London -11 1,199 £450 +21.62% 253
Work from Home -8 761 £446 -0.89% 172
South East +1 618 £375 - 245
North of England -7 470 £277 -16.69% 299
Midlands 0 393 £326 +8.50% 165
South West 0 317 £350 +7.69% 132
North West -5 289 £300 -14.29% 168
West Midlands +1 270 £338 +12.67% 98
Scotland -2 223 £353 +4.44% 54
East of England -4 194 £265 -13.11% 98
Yorkshire -5 140 £275 -15.38% 106
East Midlands -3 116 £270 -11.48% 67
Wales -2 100 £300 -23.08% 26
North East -7 41 £238 -28.03% 25
Northern Ireland -11 11 £165 +10.00% 21

For the 6 months to 20 January 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Windows 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.

1 1,515 (38.57%) Active Directory
2 1,400 (35.64%) Microsoft
3 1,287 (32.76%) Windows 10
4 973 (24.77%) Windows Server
5 965 (24.57%) Azure
6 937 (23.85%) Office 365
7 916 (23.32%) Linux
8 849 (21.61%) Security Cleared
9 802 (20.42%) VMware
10 644 (16.40%) SC Cleared
11 631 (16.06%) PowerShell
12 565 (14.38%) SCCM
13 550 (14.00%) VMware Infrastructure
14 540 (13.75%) DevOps
15 527 (13.42%) SQL
16 516 (13.14%) Migration
17 465 (11.84%) SQL Server
18 461 (11.74%) Microsoft Office
19 444 (11.30%) Windows 7
20 439 (11.18%) Finance
21 438 (11.15%) ITIL
22 428 (10.90%) Agile Software Development
23 425 (10.82%) Firewall
24 395 (10.06%) Infrastructure Engineering
25 362 (9.22%) Public Sector
26 361 (9.19%) Windows Server 2012
27 355 (9.04%) Oracle
28 354 (9.01%) DNS
29 339 (8.63%) Cisco
30 333 (8.48%) Python

Windows
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
1 263 (6.70%) SharePoint
2 212 (5.40%) MS Exchange
3 147 (3.74%) IIS
4 83 (2.11%) Confluence
5 82 (2.09%) Skype for Business
6 54 (1.37%) Exchange Server 2010
7 50 (1.27%) Tomcat
8 49 (1.25%) JBoss
9 47 (1.20%) WebLogic
10 44 (1.12%) Apache
11 32 (0.81%) Exchange Server 2013
12 30 (0.76%) Elasticsearch
13 24 (0.61%) WebSphere
14 19 (0.48%) nginx
15 17 (0.43%) CMS
16 15 (0.38%) Documentum
16 15 (0.38%) Exchange Server 2007
16 15 (0.38%) Red Hat Fuse
17 14 (0.36%) Mule
18 13 (0.33%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 461 (11.74%) Microsoft Office
2 129 (3.28%) Microsoft Excel
3 55 (1.40%) MS Visio
4 40 (1.02%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 24 (0.61%) Photoshop
6 19 (0.48%) Microsoft Project
7 10 (0.25%) Adobe After Effects
7 10 (0.25%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 10 (0.25%) Adobe Illustrator
7 10 (0.25%) Adobe Premiere
8 9 (0.23%) CINEMA 4D
8 9 (0.23%) SOLIDWORKS
9 5 (0.13%) InfoPath
10 4 (0.10%) CATIA
10 4 (0.10%) Spreadsheet
11 1 (0.025%) Acrobat
11 1 (0.025%) AutoCAD
11 1 (0.025%) PTC Creo
11 1 (0.025%) Siemens NX
11 1 (0.025%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 18 (0.46%) Dynamics CRM
2 16 (0.41%) SAP FI-CA
3 10 (0.25%) SunGard Martini
4 9 (0.23%) SAP PSCD
5 8 (0.20%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 7 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
7 6 (0.15%) Dynamics AX
8 4 (0.10%) Infor M3
8 4 (0.10%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 3 (0.076%) assyst
9 3 (0.076%) Oracle EBS
9 3 (0.076%) Oracle EBS R12
9 3 (0.076%) Oracle Financials
9 3 (0.076%) Payment Gateway
9 3 (0.076%) SAP S/4HANA
9 3 (0.076%) StreamServe
9 3 (0.076%) Summit
10 2 (0.051%) HFM
10 2 (0.051%) Oracle 11i
10 2 (0.051%) Salerio
Cloud Services
1 965 (24.57%) Azure
2 937 (23.85%) Office 365
3 306 (7.79%) AWS
4 217 (5.52%) Azure Active Directory
5 154 (3.92%) IaaS
6 148 (3.77%) PaaS
7 90 (2.29%) SaaS
8 76 (1.93%) GitHub
9 72 (1.83%) GCP
10 63 (1.60%) OneDrive
11 48 (1.22%) Cloud Computing
12 46 (1.17%) OpenShift
13 45 (1.15%) AWS CloudFormation
14 35 (0.89%) Serverless
15 34 (0.87%) Power Platform
16 30 (0.76%) Amazon EC2
17 21 (0.53%) Mimecast
18 20 (0.51%) AWS Lambda
18 20 (0.51%) Azure ExpressRoute
19 19 (0.48%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 425 (10.82%) Firewall
2 354 (9.01%) DNS
3 229 (5.83%) VPN
4 224 (5.70%) DHCP
5 216 (5.50%) WAN
6 183 (4.66%) TCP/IP
7 179 (4.56%) LAN
8 173 (4.40%) SAN
9 125 (3.18%) Skype
10 79 (2.01%) Internet
11 73 (1.86%) Network Security
12 70 (1.78%) VSAN
13 67 (1.71%) VoIP
14 66 (1.68%) VLAN
15 64 (1.63%) Wireless
16 63 (1.60%) Wi-Fi
17 52 (1.32%) HTTP
18 51 (1.30%) Remote Desktop
19 48 (1.22%) SNMP
20 45 (1.15%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 465 (11.84%) SQL Server
2 108 (2.75%) MySQL
3 100 (2.55%) Oracle Database
4 64 (1.63%) Relational Database
5 56 (1.43%) MongoDB
6 45 (1.15%) Azure SQL Database
7 35 (0.89%) Cosmos DB
7 35 (0.89%) SQL Server 2008
8 34 (0.87%) Hadoop
9 33 (0.84%) DB2
10 32 (0.81%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 29 (0.74%) SQL Server 2012
11 29 (0.74%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 28 (0.71%) NoSQL
12 28 (0.71%) PostgreSQL
13 27 (0.69%) Amazon RDS
13 27 (0.69%) Data Warehouse
14 26 (0.66%) SQL Server 2016
15 25 (0.64%) RDBMS
16 24 (0.61%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 219 (5.58%) Git (software)
2 196 (4.99%) Jenkins
3 175 (4.46%) JIRA
4 71 (1.81%) Visual Studio
5 69 (1.76%) GitLab
6 68 (1.73%) Bitbucket
7 60 (1.53%) Subversion
8 59 (1.50%) Selenium
9 46 (1.17%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 46 (1.17%) Cucumber
10 42 (1.07%) TeamCity
11 38 (0.97%) MSI
12 34 (0.87%) SonarQube
13 32 (0.81%) Team Foundation Server
14 31 (0.79%) Hudson
14 31 (0.79%) Maven
15 30 (0.76%) Toad
16 29 (0.74%) Sonatype Nexus
17 28 (0.71%) Artifactory
18 25 (0.64%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 439 (11.18%) Finance
2 362 (9.22%) Public Sector
3 203 (5.17%) Banking
4 107 (2.72%) Telecoms
5 75 (1.91%) Manufacturing
6 68 (1.73%) Retail
7 67 (1.71%) Investment Banking
8 57 (1.45%) Marketing
9 51 (1.30%) Electronics
10 40 (1.02%) Legal
11 36 (0.92%) Front Office
12 34 (0.87%) Law
13 26 (0.66%) Military
14 24 (0.61%) Financial Institution
15 23 (0.59%) Back Office
16 21 (0.53%) French Language
16 21 (0.53%) German Language
16 21 (0.53%) Local Government
17 20 (0.51%) Aerospace
17 20 (0.51%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 467 (11.89%) Analyst
2 333 (8.48%) Support Engineer
3 316 (8.04%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 295 (7.51%) Architect
5 264 (6.72%) Windows Engineer
6 240 (6.11%) Developer
7 203 (5.17%) Desktop Support
8 196 (4.99%) DevOps Engineer
9 184 (4.68%) Consultant
10 183 (4.66%) Desktop Engineer
11 165 (4.20%) Azure Engineer
12 156 (3.97%) IT Engineer
13 155 (3.95%) IT Support
14 150 (3.82%) Service Analyst
15 140 (3.56%) Deployment Engineer
16 138 (3.51%) Support Analyst
17 134 (3.41%) 2nd Line Support
17 134 (3.41%) Service Desk Analyst
18 116 (2.95%) Desktop Support Engineer
19 102 (2.60%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 207 (5.27%) .NET
2 121 (3.08%) XML
3 106 (2.70%) Web Services
4 95 (2.42%) REST
5 87 (2.21%) HTML
6 85 (2.16%) Middleware
7 71 (1.81%) CSS
7 71 (1.81%) JSON
8 56 (1.43%) .NET Framework
9 50 (1.27%) SOAP
10 49 (1.25%) .NET Core
11 45 (1.15%) ASP.NET
11 45 (1.15%) Elastic Stack
12 43 (1.09%) Spring
13 42 (1.07%) Node.js
14 40 (1.02%) RESTful
15 36 (0.92%) AngularJS
16 35 (0.89%) RabbitMQ
17 34 (0.87%) LDAP
18 30 (0.76%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 199 (5.07%) Data Centre
2 192 (4.89%) Analytical Skills
3 117 (2.98%) Management Information System
4 114 (2.90%) Self-Motivation
5 105 (2.67%) NHS
6 84 (2.14%) PKI
7 77 (1.96%) Driving Licence
8 70 (1.78%) Clustering
9 63 (1.60%) Public Cloud
9 63 (1.60%) Video Conferencing
10 54 (1.37%) Replication
10 54 (1.37%) User Experience
11 44 (1.12%) Linux Command Line
12 42 (1.07%) Private Cloud
13 34 (0.87%) Enterprise Software
14 33 (0.84%) Blackberry
15 30 (0.76%) EMC VNX
15 30 (0.76%) Mobile App
15 30 (0.76%) Smartphone
16 27 (0.69%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 1,287 (32.76%) Windows 10
2 973 (24.77%) Windows Server
3 916 (23.32%) Linux
4 444 (11.30%) Windows 7
5 361 (9.19%) Windows Server 2012
6 301 (7.66%) Unix
7 271 (6.90%) Windows Server 2016
8 214 (5.45%) Windows Server 2008
9 152 (3.87%) Windows Server 2019
10 149 (3.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 117 (2.98%) Apple iOS
12 115 (2.93%) Android
13 86 (2.19%) Mac OS
14 78 (1.99%) CentOS
15 76 (1.93%) Windows 8
16 65 (1.65%) Windows XP
17 54 (1.37%) Solaris
18 51 (1.30%) Ubuntu
19 49 (1.25%) Windows Server 2003
20 29 (0.74%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 540 (13.75%) DevOps
2 516 (13.14%) Migration
3 438 (11.15%) ITIL
4 428 (10.90%) Agile Software Development
5 395 (10.06%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 295 (7.51%) Problem-Solving
7 181 (4.61%) Configuration Management
8 162 (4.12%) Infrastructure as Code
9 153 (3.90%) Service Management
10 148 (3.77%) Cybersecurity
11 147 (3.74%) Continuous Integration
12 140 (3.56%) Test Automation
13 134 (3.41%) Microservices
14 126 (3.21%) Disaster Recovery
15 125 (3.18%) Scrum
16 124 (3.16%) Project Delivery
17 123 (3.13%) Change Management
18 121 (3.08%) SIEM
19 117 (2.98%) Project Management
20 112 (2.85%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 631 (16.06%) PowerShell
2 527 (13.42%) SQL
3 333 (8.48%) Python
4 227 (5.78%) Java
5 214 (5.45%) C#
6 163 (4.15%) Bash Shell
7 160 (4.07%) JavaScript
8 120 (3.05%) Perl
9 115 (2.93%) C++
10 93 (2.37%) C
11 62 (1.58%) T-SQL
12 61 (1.55%) PL/SQL
13 57 (1.45%) VB
14 55 (1.40%) Ruby
14 55 (1.40%) Shell Script
15 36 (0.92%) VBScript
16 35 (0.89%) VBA
17 33 (0.84%) Go
18 26 (0.66%) VB.NET
19 21 (0.53%) PHP
Qualifications
1 849 (21.61%) Security Cleared
2 644 (16.40%) SC Cleared
3 198 (5.04%) DV Cleared
4 156 (3.97%) Microsoft Certification
5 155 (3.95%) Degree
6 85 (2.16%) MCSE
7 69 (1.76%) Cisco Certification
8 53 (1.35%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 52 (1.32%) ISTQB
10 50 (1.27%) CCNA
11 48 (1.22%) DBS Check
12 47 (1.20%) ISEB
13 46 (1.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 39 (0.99%) CISSP
14 39 (0.99%) ITIL Certification
15 38 (0.97%) MCSA
16 36 (0.92%) CCNP
17 28 (0.71%) BPSS Clearance
17 28 (0.71%) Computer Science Degree
18 21 (0.53%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 176 (4.48%) SLA
2 79 (2.01%) QA
3 49 (1.25%) NIST
4 36 (0.92%) GDPR
5 25 (0.64%) NCSC
6 23 (0.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 23 (0.59%) PCI DSS
7 16 (0.41%) COBIT
8 14 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 11 (0.28%) Disclosure Scotland
10 10 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 8 (0.20%) Government Security Classifications
11 8 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 7 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
12 7 (0.18%) PMO
13 6 (0.15%) HMG Security Policy Framework
14 5 (0.13%) Data Quality
14 5 (0.13%) GxP
14 5 (0.13%) RMADS
15 4 (0.10%) GMP
System Software
1 1,515 (38.57%) Active Directory
2 550 (14.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 191 (4.86%) Hyper-V
4 189 (4.81%) Docker
5 183 (4.66%) VMware ESXi
6 166 (4.23%) vSphere
7 120 (3.05%) Virtual Machines
8 84 (2.14%) VMware NSX
9 71 (1.81%) Virtual Desktop
10 69 (1.76%) XenApp
11 59 (1.50%) Microsoft App-V
12 46 (1.17%) XenDesktop
13 24 (0.61%) Virtual Servers
14 22 (0.56%) BitLocker
14 22 (0.56%) HDFS
15 20 (0.51%) Firmware
16 16 (0.41%) NFS
17 13 (0.33%) vCloud
18 11 (0.28%) Terminal Server
18 11 (0.28%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 565 (14.38%) SCCM
2 294 (7.48%) Ansible
3 248 (6.31%) Terraform
4 202 (5.14%) Microsoft Intune
5 194 (4.94%) Kubernetes
6 152 (3.87%) Puppet
7 100 (2.55%) vCenter Server
8 98 (2.49%) Opscode Chef
9 85 (2.16%) SCOM
10 68 (1.73%) WSUS
11 60 (1.53%) vRealize
12 50 (1.27%) Microsoft Clustering
13 48 (1.22%) PowerCLI
14 47 (1.20%) AirWatch
15 45 (1.15%) Single Sign-On
16 44 (1.12%) Grafana
17 39 (0.99%) Packer
18 30 (0.76%) NetBackup
19 28 (0.71%) Prometheus
20 25 (0.64%) IBM BigFix
Vendors
1 1,400 (35.64%) Microsoft
2 802 (20.42%) VMware
3 355 (9.04%) Oracle
4 339 (8.63%) Cisco
5 325 (8.27%) Citrix
6 159 (4.05%) HP
7 138 (3.51%) Splunk
8 129 (3.28%) Red Hat
9 126 (3.21%) Dell
10 120 (3.05%) SAP
11 109 (2.77%) Apple
12 88 (2.24%) EMC
13 81 (2.06%) IBM
14 78 (1.99%) ServiceNow
15 74 (1.88%) Google
16 69 (1.76%) Veeam
17 64 (1.63%) McAfee
18 55 (1.40%) SolarWinds
19 52 (1.32%) Symantec
20 49 (1.25%) Ivanti