Period
to 22 November 2017

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 22 November 2017 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
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 9 9 6
Rank change year-on-year 0 -3 0
Contract jobs citing Windows 11368 11924 13371
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.02% 11.31% 11.86%
As % of the Operating Systems category 52.62% 52.54% 55.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 6974 7248 7497
UK median daily rate £350 £350 £343
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.19% +5.38%
10th Percentile £130 £140 £150
90th Percentile £550 £538 £521
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £330 £325
% change year-on-year -1.52% +1.54% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1104 1157 1755
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £15.00 £15.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.67% -4.76% +5.00%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.25
90th Percentile £45.35 £42.00 £38.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year - -3.23% +3.33%

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 21602 22697 24137
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.94% 21.53% 21.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 13731 14304 14225
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £393
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +1.91% +4.67%
10th Percentile £170 £200 £185
90th Percentile £600 £575 £556
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £370 £360
% change year-on-year +1.35% +2.78% +7.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1307 1310 1932
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £16.25 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.69% -1.52% +4.10%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.63 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £43.75 £42.46
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £15.26 £16.16
% change year-on-year +8.13% -5.57% +4.26%

Windows
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Windows in the UK

Windows
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Windows.

Contractor daily rate trend for Windows in the UK

Windows
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows over the 6 months to 22 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Windows in the UK

Windows
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Windows.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Windows in the UK

Windows
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows over the 6 months to 22 November 2017.

Contractor 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 22 November 2017. 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 0 10458 £350 -0.43% 1605
UK excluding London +1 6772 £325 -1.52% 1122
London 0 4408 £400 - 560
South East 0 2301 £360 +2.86% 339
North of England -1 1274 £313 -3.69% 272
Midlands +4 1094 £325 -7.14% 176
East of England +1 693 £320 +6.67% 149
South West -1 685 £300 -7.69% 107
West Midlands +1 603 £335 -4.29% 107
North West -1 594 £315 -10.00% 168
Scotland +1 534 £350 +12.90% 53
East Midlands +6 481 £300 -7.69% 68
Yorkshire +1 458 £275 -19.12% 84
North East -1 227 £325 +1.56% 20
Wales 0 190 £200 -46.67% 23
Northern Ireland -35 45 £358 +90.93% 2
Channel Islands +3 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 22 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Windows also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Windows.

1 4232 (37.23%) Active Directory
2 3798 (33.41%) Microsoft
3 3287 (28.91%) Windows Server
4 2637 (23.20%) Linux
5 2344 (20.62%) VMware
6 2220 (19.53%) Windows 7
7 2090 (18.38%) Windows 10
8 1920 (16.89%) Office 365
9 1792 (15.76%) ITIL
10 1730 (15.22%) Finance
11 1681 (14.79%) SQL
12 1584 (13.93%) Windows Server 2012
13 1561 (13.73%) PowerShell
14 1550 (13.63%) Microsoft Office
15 1485 (13.06%) SQL Server
16 1465 (12.89%) SCCM
17 1405 (12.36%) Citrix
18 1375 (12.10%) Windows Server 2008
19 1323 (11.64%) Microsoft Azure
20 1322 (11.63%) Security Cleared
21 1278 (11.24%) Migration
22 1274 (11.21%) Unix
23 1198 (10.54%) VMware Infrastructure
24 1114 (9.80%) Agile Software Development
25 1088 (9.57%) DNS
26 1057 (9.30%) Cisco
27 1025 (9.02%) MS Exchange
28 1024 (9.01%) Firewall
29 967 (8.51%) .NET
30 957 (8.42%) DevOps

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 1025 (9.02%) MS Exchange
2 582 (5.12%) SharePoint
3 566 (4.98%) IIS
4 454 (3.99%) Skype for Business
5 413 (3.63%) Exchange Server 2010
6 221 (1.94%) Apache
6 221 (1.94%) Exchange Server 2013
7 194 (1.71%) Tomcat
8 186 (1.64%) Confluence
9 128 (1.13%) JBoss
10 125 (1.10%) Exchange Server 2007
11 122 (1.07%) OpenStack
12 108 (0.95%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 103 (0.91%) Elasticsearch
14 98 (0.86%) WebSphere
15 97 (0.85%) WebLogic
16 93 (0.82%) IBM Notes
17 85 (0.75%) CMS
18 69 (0.61%) Exchange Server 2003
19 64 (0.56%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 1550 (13.63%) Microsoft Office
2 349 (3.07%) Microsoft Excel
3 138 (1.21%) MS Visio
4 134 (1.18%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 70 (0.62%) Microsoft Project
6 42 (0.37%) Spreadsheet
7 23 (0.20%) Acrobat
8 20 (0.18%) Photoshop
9 13 (0.11%) Adobe Illustrator
9 13 (0.11%) PaintShop Pro
10 10 (0.088%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 9 (0.079%) Houdini
11 9 (0.079%) Maya
11 9 (0.079%) NUKE
12 7 (0.062%) SmartSuite
13 5 (0.044%) AutoCAD
13 5 (0.044%) Doxygen
13 5 (0.044%) Vectorworks
14 4 (0.035%) Quicktime
14 4 (0.035%) RoboHelp
Business Applications
1 68 (0.60%) Remedy ITSM
2 65 (0.57%) Dynamics CRM
3 41 (0.36%) Eikon
4 25 (0.22%) RMDS
5 12 (0.11%) Dynamics AX
5 12 (0.11%) Oracle 11i
5 12 (0.11%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 12 (0.11%) Temenos T24
6 11 (0.097%) ION MarketView
6 11 (0.097%) Markit EDM
6 11 (0.097%) Oracle Applications
7 8 (0.070%) Unit4 Business World
8 7 (0.062%) Dynamics GP
8 7 (0.062%) KANA IQ
8 7 (0.062%) Oracle EBS
9 6 (0.053%) Oracle BPM
10 5 (0.044%) Bankmaster
10 5 (0.044%) Dynamics NAV
10 5 (0.044%) Oracle EBS R12
11 4 (0.035%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 1920 (16.89%) Office 365
2 1323 (11.64%) Microsoft Azure
3 834 (7.34%) Amazon AWS
4 232 (2.04%) IaaS
5 205 (1.80%) PaaS
6 187 (1.64%) Azure Active Directory
7 111 (0.98%) SaaS
8 89 (0.78%) Cloud Computing
9 84 (0.74%) OneDrive
10 54 (0.48%) Amazon EC2
11 52 (0.46%) G Suite
12 51 (0.45%) AWS CloudFormation
13 48 (0.42%) GitHub
14 42 (0.37%) OpenShift
15 34 (0.30%) Mimecast
16 29 (0.26%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 27 (0.24%) Google Cloud Platform
18 24 (0.21%) Amazon S3
19 23 (0.20%) Yammer
20 19 (0.17%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 1088 (9.57%) DNS
2 1024 (9.01%) Firewall
3 754 (6.63%) DHCP
4 739 (6.50%) TCP/IP
5 689 (6.06%) SAN
6 668 (5.88%) LAN
7 648 (5.70%) WAN
8 526 (4.63%) VPN
9 364 (3.20%) Skype
10 349 (3.07%) Internet
11 261 (2.30%) LDAP
12 238 (2.09%) Wireless
13 213 (1.87%) VoIP
14 211 (1.86%) NAS
15 201 (1.77%) Network Security
16 184 (1.62%) VLAN
17 165 (1.45%) Remote Desktop
18 163 (1.43%) Wi-Fi
19 152 (1.34%) NetScaler
20 117 (1.03%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1485 (13.06%) SQL Server
2 225 (1.98%) SQL Server 2012
3 203 (1.79%) MySQL
4 200 (1.76%) Oracle Database
5 188 (1.65%) SQL Server 2008
6 182 (1.60%) Relational Database
7 164 (1.44%) NoSQL
8 102 (0.90%) MongoDB
9 91 (0.80%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 88 (0.77%) SQL Server 2005
11 86 (0.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 83 (0.73%) Hadoop
13 79 (0.69%) SQL Server 2014
13 79 (0.69%) SQL Server 2016
14 75 (0.66%) PostgreSQL
15 70 (0.62%) Data Warehouse
16 69 (0.61%) RDBMS
17 65 (0.57%) Oracle Database 11g
18 63 (0.55%) Big Data
19 57 (0.50%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 514 (4.52%) Git (software)
2 462 (4.06%) Jenkins
3 343 (3.02%) JIRA
4 308 (2.71%) Team Foundation Server
5 298 (2.62%) TeamCity
6 262 (2.30%) Visual Studio
7 193 (1.70%) Octopus Deploy
8 165 (1.45%) Subversion
9 143 (1.26%) Maven
10 127 (1.12%) MSI
11 118 (1.04%) Sonatype Nexus
12 109 (0.96%) Selenium
13 94 (0.83%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 79 (0.69%) NUnit
15 74 (0.65%) Eclipse
16 69 (0.61%) Ant
17 60 (0.53%) Cucumber
18 57 (0.50%) Artifactory
19 56 (0.49%) JUnit
20 52 (0.46%) Bitbucket
General
1 1730 (15.22%) Finance
2 788 (6.93%) Banking
3 249 (2.19%) Telecoms
4 248 (2.18%) Retail
5 215 (1.89%) Legal
6 177 (1.56%) Investment Banking
7 163 (1.43%) Front Office
8 151 (1.33%) Manufacturing
9 124 (1.09%) Law
10 110 (0.97%) Publishing
11 101 (0.89%) Back Office
12 79 (0.69%) Marketing
13 69 (0.61%) Electronics
14 62 (0.55%) Advertising
15 56 (0.49%) Retail Banking
16 54 (0.48%) Financial Institution
17 51 (0.45%) French Language
18 39 (0.34%) Pharmaceutical
19 28 (0.25%) German Language
20 24 (0.21%) Military
Job Titles
1 1774 (15.61%) Analyst
2 1151 (10.12%) Support Engineer
3 1024 (9.01%) Developer
4 931 (8.19%) Desktop Support
5 667 (5.87%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 661 (5.81%) Windows Engineer
7 656 (5.77%) Support Analyst
8 618 (5.44%) 2nd Line Support
9 578 (5.08%) Architect
10 574 (5.05%) Consultant
11 548 (4.82%) Service Analyst
12 517 (4.55%) Service Desk Analyst
13 515 (4.53%) Administrator
14 507 (4.46%) DevOps Engineer
15 501 (4.41%) Desktop Engineer
16 478 (4.20%) IT Support
17 353 (3.11%) Desktop Support Engineer
18 325 (2.86%) 3rd Line Support
19 311 (2.74%) 2nd Line Engineer
20 297 (2.61%) 3rd Line Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 967 (8.51%) .NET
2 512 (4.50%) Web Services
3 406 (3.57%) HTML
4 354 (3.11%) XML
5 293 (2.58%) CSS
6 246 (2.16%) ASP.NET
7 239 (2.10%) Middleware
8 197 (1.73%) jQuery
9 179 (1.57%) AngularJS
10 177 (1.56%) REST
11 170 (1.50%) .NET Framework
12 164 (1.44%) SOAP
13 155 (1.36%) WCF
14 151 (1.33%) JSON
15 145 (1.28%) RESTful
16 128 (1.13%) Ajax
17 127 (1.12%) ASP.NET Web API
18 122 (1.07%) ASP.NET MVC
19 106 (0.93%) HTML5
20 105 (0.92%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 626 (5.51%) Analytical Skills
2 620 (5.45%) Data Centre
3 335 (2.95%) Management Information System
4 318 (2.80%) Blackberry
5 245 (2.16%) Computer Science
6 225 (1.98%) Clustering
7 215 (1.89%) PKI
8 186 (1.64%) Replication
9 166 (1.46%) iPhone
10 135 (1.19%) Client/Server
11 130 (1.14%) Smartphone
12 122 (1.07%) Video Conferencing
13 120 (1.06%) iPad
14 112 (0.99%) Driving Licence
15 110 (0.97%) Virtual Team
16 109 (0.96%) NHS
17 104 (0.91%) Mobile App
18 95 (0.84%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
19 94 (0.83%) Fixed Income
19 94 (0.83%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 3287 (28.91%) Windows Server
2 2637 (23.20%) Linux
3 2220 (19.53%) Windows 7
4 2090 (18.38%) Windows 10
5 1584 (13.93%) Windows Server 2012
6 1375 (12.10%) Windows Server 2008
7 1274 (11.21%) Unix
8 538 (4.73%) Windows Server 2003
9 478 (4.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 448 (3.94%) Windows 8
11 401 (3.53%) Android
12 369 (3.25%) Apple iOS
13 352 (3.10%) Windows XP
14 281 (2.47%) Solaris
15 172 (1.51%) Mac OS X
16 161 (1.42%) AIX
17 143 (1.26%) Mac OS
18 117 (1.03%) CentOS
19 93 (0.82%) Windows Vista
20 75 (0.66%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 1792 (15.76%) ITIL
2 1278 (11.24%) Migration
3 1114 (9.80%) Agile Software Development
4 957 (8.42%) DevOps
5 473 (4.16%) Configuration Management
6 439 (3.86%) Continuous Integration
7 438 (3.85%) Project Management
8 436 (3.84%) Change Management
9 427 (3.76%) Service Management
10 390 (3.43%) Test Automation
11 351 (3.09%) Incident Management
12 349 (3.07%) Scrum
13 339 (2.98%) Information Security
14 328 (2.89%) Service Delivery
15 317 (2.79%) SDLC
16 311 (2.74%) TDD
17 302 (2.66%) Software Engineering
18 280 (2.46%) Disaster Recovery
19 265 (2.33%) PRINCE2
20 253 (2.23%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 1681 (14.79%) SQL
2 1561 (13.73%) PowerShell
3 844 (7.42%) C#
4 751 (6.61%) Java
5 706 (6.21%) Python
6 510 (4.49%) JavaScript
7 334 (2.94%) Perl
8 327 (2.88%) C++
9 261 (2.30%) Bash Shell
10 254 (2.23%) VBScript
11 210 (1.85%) C
12 200 (1.76%) T-SQL
13 197 (1.73%) Ruby
14 194 (1.71%) Shell Script
15 154 (1.35%) VB
16 151 (1.33%) PL/SQL
17 125 (1.10%) PHP
18 102 (0.90%) VB.NET
19 57 (0.50%) VBA
20 49 (0.43%) Korn
Qualifications
1 1322 (11.63%) Security Cleared
2 930 (8.18%) SC Cleared
3 702 (6.18%) Microsoft Certification
4 537 (4.72%) Degree
5 419 (3.69%) MCSE
6 291 (2.56%) DV Cleared
7 244 (2.15%) Cisco Certification
8 205 (1.80%) MCSA
9 178 (1.57%) CCNA
9 178 (1.57%) MCP
10 167 (1.47%) ITIL Certification
11 146 (1.28%) CISSP
12 133 (1.17%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 109 (0.96%) Computer Science Degree
14 102 (0.90%) MCITP
15 83 (0.73%) DBS Check
16 74 (0.65%) CCNP
16 74 (0.65%) CISM
17 72 (0.63%) A+ Certification
18 70 (0.62%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 426 (3.75%) SLA
2 228 (2.01%) QA
3 144 (1.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 83 (0.73%) PCI DSS
5 77 (0.68%) GDPR
6 72 (0.63%) PMO
7 51 (0.45%) Disclosure Scotland
7 51 (0.45%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 27 (0.24%) MiFID
9 26 (0.23%) Data Quality
10 19 (0.17%) HIPAA
11 17 (0.15%) Actionable Recommendations
12 15 (0.13%) Cyber Essentials
13 12 (0.11%) COBIT
13 12 (0.11%) GPG13
13 12 (0.11%) ISO 9001
14 11 (0.097%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 11 (0.097%) NIST 800
15 9 (0.079%) EMIR
16 8 (0.070%) 21 CFR Part 11
System Software
1 4232 (37.23%) Active Directory
2 1198 (10.54%) VMware Infrastructure
3 715 (6.29%) Hyper-V
4 426 (3.75%) vSphere
5 424 (3.73%) VMware ESXi
6 407 (3.58%) XenApp
7 316 (2.78%) Microsoft App-V
8 288 (2.53%) Docker
9 234 (2.06%) XenDesktop
10 222 (1.95%) Virtual Machines
11 117 (1.03%) BitLocker
12 109 (0.96%) XenServer
13 105 (0.92%) NFS
14 97 (0.85%) Virtual Servers
15 74 (0.65%) Virtual Desktop
16 63 (0.55%) VMware Workstation
17 55 (0.48%) Samba
18 51 (0.45%) Terminal Services
19 47 (0.41%) vCloud
20 39 (0.34%) KVM
Systems Management
1 1465 (12.89%) SCCM
2 453 (3.98%) Ansible
3 411 (3.62%) Puppet
4 319 (2.81%) SCOM
5 296 (2.60%) Opscode Chef
6 196 (1.72%) WSUS
7 182 (1.60%) NetBackup
8 140 (1.23%) Norton AntiVirus
9 132 (1.16%) AirWatch
10 118 (1.04%) Microsoft Intune
11 111 (0.98%) Terraform
12 106 (0.93%) vCenter Server
13 101 (0.89%) McAfee ePO
14 98 (0.86%) Backup Exec
15 87 (0.77%) Microsoft Clustering
16 86 (0.76%) Nagios
16 86 (0.76%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
17 67 (0.59%) Kubernetes
18 58 (0.51%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
19 54 (0.48%) WMI
Vendors
1 3798 (33.41%) Microsoft
2 2344 (20.62%) VMware
3 1405 (12.36%) Citrix
4 1057 (9.30%) Cisco
5 839 (7.38%) Oracle
6 821 (7.22%) HP
7 464 (4.08%) Red Hat
8 425 (3.74%) Apple
9 334 (2.94%) Symantec
10 327 (2.88%) NetApp
11 275 (2.42%) Dell
12 266 (2.34%) McAfee
13 262 (2.30%) IBM
14 210 (1.85%) EMC
15 194 (1.71%) ServiceNow
16 190 (1.67%) Splunk
17 170 (1.50%) Remedy
18 164 (1.44%) Juniper
19 150 (1.32%) SAP
20 143 (1.26%) Bloomberg