Period
to 20 April 2018

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 April 2018 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 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 9 9 7
Rank change year-on-year 0 -2 -1
Contract jobs citing Windows 11,044 9,822 12,364
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 10.92% 10.59% 11.59%
As % of the Operating Systems category 52.51% 51.23% 53.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,789 5,949 7,220
UK median daily rate £365 £360 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.39% +2.86% +3.70%
10th Percentile £133 £140 £146
90th Percentile £575 £550 £526
UK excluding London median daily rate £328 £337 £325
% change year-on-year -2.82% +3.69% +3.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,113 1,010 1,272
UK median hourly rate £15.86 £15.00 £15.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.73% -4.76% +3.14%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.50 £10.25
90th Percentile £43.65 £44.05 £40.23
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £14.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year +3.45% -6.45% +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 21,033 19,172 23,187
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.79% 20.68% 21.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 13,359 12,135 14,204
UK median daily rate £425 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% +6.67%
10th Percentile £181 £200 £194
90th Percentile £613 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,291 1,192 1,515
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.03% -2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.50 £46.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.86 £15.86 £16.50
% change year-on-year - -3.88% +6.45%

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 20 April 2018.

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 20 April 2018.

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 20 April 2018. 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 10,089 £375 +3.45% 3,854
UK excluding London 0 6,513 £328 -2.82% 3,126
London -1 4,352 £400 - 981
South East +2 2,182 £353 +0.79% 817
North of England 0 1,248 £316 -7.06% 788
Midlands 0 990 £350 +9.38% 522
South West +2 683 £300 -4.76% 346
East of England +1 627 £320 +6.67% 401
North West -3 607 £360 +4.35% 442
Scotland -3 542 £300 -14.29% 142
West Midlands +1 510 £338 - 306
East Midlands +3 472 £350 +16.67% 216
Yorkshire -8 385 £275 -19.12% 245
North East +1 256 £300 -10.45% 101
Wales +3 220 £350 +16.67% 85
Northern Ireland -11 40 £390 -0.91% 24
Channel Islands +2 6 £188 - 1

For the 6 months to 20 April 2018, 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 4,190 (37.94%) Active Directory
2 3,868 (35.02%) Microsoft
3 3,246 (29.39%) Windows Server
4 2,531 (22.92%) Windows 10
5 2,353 (21.31%) Linux
6 2,218 (20.08%) VMware
7 2,141 (19.39%) Windows 7
8 1,920 (17.39%) Office 365
9 1,713 (15.51%) ITIL
10 1,615 (14.62%) PowerShell
11 1,589 (14.39%) Finance
12 1,580 (14.31%) SQL
13 1,560 (14.13%) Microsoft Azure
14 1,553 (14.06%) Security Cleared
15 1,510 (13.67%) Microsoft Office
16 1,498 (13.56%) SCCM
17 1,480 (13.40%) Windows Server 2012
18 1,405 (12.72%) Windows Server 2008
19 1,388 (12.57%) Citrix
20 1,367 (12.38%) Migration
21 1,345 (12.18%) SQL Server
22 1,238 (11.21%) VMware Infrastructure
23 1,172 (10.61%) SC Cleared
24 1,132 (10.25%) Agile Software Development
25 1,120 (10.14%) DevOps
26 1,061 (9.61%) DNS
27 1,006 (9.11%) Problem-Solving
28 986 (8.93%) Amazon AWS
29 952 (8.62%) Firewall
30 941 (8.52%) Cisco

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
1 909 (8.23%) MS Exchange
2 561 (5.08%) IIS
3 526 (4.76%) SharePoint
4 436 (3.95%) Skype for Business
5 303 (2.74%) Exchange Server 2010
6 175 (1.58%) Apache
7 172 (1.56%) Exchange Server 2013
8 148 (1.34%) Confluence
9 146 (1.32%) Tomcat
10 119 (1.08%) WebSphere
11 91 (0.82%) WebLogic
12 85 (0.77%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 84 (0.76%) Elasticsearch
14 79 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2007
15 77 (0.70%) OpenStack
16 73 (0.66%) JBoss
17 71 (0.64%) nginx
18 68 (0.62%) IBM Notes
19 62 (0.56%) SharePoint 2013
20 60 (0.54%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 1,510 (13.67%) Microsoft Office
2 284 (2.57%) Microsoft Excel
3 111 (1.01%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 98 (0.89%) MS Visio
5 50 (0.45%) Microsoft Project
6 27 (0.24%) InfoPath
7 20 (0.18%) Adobe Illustrator
8 17 (0.15%) Spreadsheet
9 7 (0.063%) Acrobat
9 7 (0.063%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 6 (0.054%) AutoCAD
10 6 (0.054%) Photoshop
11 5 (0.045%) HipChat
11 5 (0.045%) Simulink
12 4 (0.036%) NUKE
13 3 (0.027%) Houdini
13 3 (0.027%) InVision
13 3 (0.027%) Maya
13 3 (0.027%) PaintShop Pro
13 3 (0.027%) UXPin
Business Applications
1 39 (0.35%) Dynamics CRM
1 39 (0.35%) Remedy ITSM
2 26 (0.24%) assyst
3 18 (0.16%) Oracle BPM
4 16 (0.14%) Elite 3E
5 12 (0.11%) Oracle Applications
6 11 (0.100%) Eikon
7 10 (0.091%) Oracle EBS
7 10 (0.091%) RMDS
8 8 (0.072%) Endur
8 8 (0.072%) Oracle Cash Management
9 6 (0.054%) Dynamics NAV
9 6 (0.054%) ION MarketView
10 5 (0.045%) Dynamics AX
10 5 (0.045%) OpenLink RightAngle
10 5 (0.045%) Payment Gateway
10 5 (0.045%) SimCorp Dimension
10 5 (0.045%) SunGard Martini
10 5 (0.045%) SystmOne
11 4 (0.036%) Relativity
Cloud Services
1 1,920 (17.39%) Office 365
2 1,560 (14.13%) Microsoft Azure
3 986 (8.93%) Amazon AWS
4 301 (2.73%) IaaS
5 265 (2.40%) PaaS
6 176 (1.59%) Azure Active Directory
7 154 (1.39%) AWS CloudFormation
8 139 (1.26%) SaaS
9 136 (1.23%) Cloud Computing
10 102 (0.92%) OneDrive
11 86 (0.78%) Google Cloud Platform
12 81 (0.73%) Amazon EC2
13 71 (0.64%) G Suite
14 57 (0.52%) Serverless
15 47 (0.43%) GitHub
16 44 (0.40%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 38 (0.34%) NuGet
18 35 (0.32%) Amazon CloudWatch
18 35 (0.32%) Mimecast
19 32 (0.29%) Amazon ELB
Communications & Networking
1 1,061 (9.61%) DNS
2 952 (8.62%) Firewall
3 780 (7.06%) DHCP
4 607 (5.50%) TCP/IP
5 539 (4.88%) LAN
5 539 (4.88%) SAN
6 511 (4.63%) WAN
7 509 (4.61%) VPN
8 404 (3.66%) Skype
9 291 (2.63%) Internet
10 183 (1.66%) VoIP
11 177 (1.60%) Wireless
12 173 (1.57%) Remote Desktop
13 154 (1.39%) Network Security
14 149 (1.35%) NetScaler
15 146 (1.32%) NAS
16 138 (1.25%) SSL
17 133 (1.20%) VLAN
18 123 (1.11%) Wi-Fi
19 108 (0.98%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,345 (12.18%) SQL Server
2 224 (2.03%) Oracle Database
3 195 (1.77%) MySQL
4 172 (1.56%) SQL Server 2012
5 165 (1.49%) Relational Database
6 131 (1.19%) SQL Server 2008
7 127 (1.15%) NoSQL
8 118 (1.07%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 118 (1.07%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 117 (1.06%) MongoDB
10 110 (1.00%) SQL Server 2016
11 97 (0.88%) Big Data
12 96 (0.87%) Oracle Database 11g
13 83 (0.75%) PostgreSQL
14 76 (0.69%) Oracle Database 10g
15 71 (0.64%) Amazon RDS
16 67 (0.61%) SQL Server 2005
17 62 (0.56%) Data Warehouse
18 59 (0.53%) Hadoop
19 54 (0.49%) GIS
Development Applications
1 551 (4.99%) Git (software)
2 529 (4.79%) Jenkins
3 309 (2.80%) TeamCity
4 299 (2.71%) Visual Studio
5 286 (2.59%) Team Foundation Server
6 282 (2.55%) JIRA
7 207 (1.87%) Octopus Deploy
8 205 (1.86%) Subversion
9 156 (1.41%) MSI
10 154 (1.39%) Selenium
11 96 (0.87%) Maven
12 81 (0.73%) Visual Studio Team System
13 76 (0.69%) Eclipse
14 72 (0.65%) Sonatype Nexus
15 69 (0.62%) Bitbucket
16 65 (0.59%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 64 (0.58%) Ant
17 64 (0.58%) Cucumber
18 62 (0.56%) NUnit
19 61 (0.55%) SpecFlow
General
1 1,589 (14.39%) Finance
2 606 (5.49%) Banking
3 268 (2.43%) Retail
4 213 (1.93%) Legal
5 199 (1.80%) Telecoms
6 182 (1.65%) Law
7 153 (1.39%) Investment Banking
8 131 (1.19%) Front Office
9 113 (1.02%) Manufacturing
10 97 (0.88%) Back Office
11 79 (0.72%) Financial Institution
12 74 (0.67%) Publishing
13 57 (0.52%) Advertising
14 56 (0.51%) Marketing
15 46 (0.42%) French Language
16 43 (0.39%) Military
17 37 (0.34%) Electronics
18 31 (0.28%) Local Government
19 28 (0.25%) German Language
20 23 (0.21%) Games
Job Titles
1 1,627 (14.73%) Analyst
2 1,152 (10.43%) Support Engineer
3 998 (9.04%) Desktop Support
4 889 (8.05%) Developer
5 678 (6.14%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 639 (5.79%) Windows Engineer
7 630 (5.70%) 2nd Line Support
7 630 (5.70%) Architect
7 630 (5.70%) DevOps Engineer
8 557 (5.04%) Desktop Engineer
9 533 (4.83%) Service Analyst
10 526 (4.76%) Service Desk Analyst
11 525 (4.75%) Consultant
12 524 (4.74%) Support Analyst
13 457 (4.14%) IT Support
14 409 (3.70%) Administrator
15 387 (3.50%) Desktop Support Engineer
16 296 (2.68%) 2nd Line Engineer
17 293 (2.65%) 3rd Line Engineer
18 276 (2.50%) IT Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 841 (7.61%) .NET
2 493 (4.46%) Web Services
3 340 (3.08%) XML
4 265 (2.40%) HTML
5 252 (2.28%) REST
6 247 (2.24%) CSS
7 223 (2.02%) JSON
8 220 (1.99%) ASP.NET
9 190 (1.72%) .NET Framework
10 168 (1.52%) Middleware
11 166 (1.50%) SOAP
12 165 (1.49%) AngularJS
13 161 (1.46%) jQuery
14 120 (1.09%) Node.js
15 118 (1.07%) ASP.NET Web API
16 116 (1.05%) WCF
17 110 (1.00%) LDAP
18 103 (0.93%) ASP.NET MVC
19 100 (0.91%) WPF
20 91 (0.82%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 705 (6.38%) Analytical Skills
2 626 (5.67%) Data Centre
3 333 (3.02%) Self-Motivation
4 327 (2.96%) Management Information System
5 269 (2.44%) Clustering
6 258 (2.34%) Computer Science
7 236 (2.14%) Blackberry
8 221 (2.00%) PKI
9 172 (1.56%) iPhone
10 142 (1.29%) Replication
11 127 (1.15%) Smartphone
12 123 (1.11%) iPad
13 116 (1.05%) Enterprise Software
14 109 (0.99%) NHS
15 107 (0.97%) Virtual Team
16 99 (0.90%) Driving Licence
17 98 (0.89%) Fat Client
17 98 (0.89%) Thin Client
18 97 (0.88%) Mobile App
18 97 (0.88%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 3,246 (29.39%) Windows Server
2 2,531 (22.92%) Windows 10
3 2,353 (21.31%) Linux
4 2,141 (19.39%) Windows 7
5 1,480 (13.40%) Windows Server 2012
6 1,405 (12.72%) Windows Server 2008
7 927 (8.39%) Unix
8 583 (5.28%) Windows Server 2003
9 413 (3.74%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 403 (3.65%) Windows XP
11 399 (3.61%) Windows 8
12 389 (3.52%) Android
13 360 (3.26%) Apple iOS
14 205 (1.86%) Solaris
15 196 (1.77%) AIX
16 160 (1.45%) CentOS
16 160 (1.45%) Mac OS X
17 157 (1.42%) Mac OS
18 112 (1.01%) Ubuntu
19 104 (0.94%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,713 (15.51%) ITIL
2 1,367 (12.38%) Migration
3 1,132 (10.25%) Agile Software Development
4 1,120 (10.14%) DevOps
5 1,006 (9.11%) Problem-Solving
6 543 (4.92%) Configuration Management
7 521 (4.72%) Continuous Integration
8 485 (4.39%) Change Management
9 472 (4.27%) Service Management
10 397 (3.59%) Project Management
11 391 (3.54%) Test Automation
12 380 (3.44%) Incident Management
13 369 (3.34%) Service Delivery
14 344 (3.11%) Scrum
15 317 (2.87%) Stakeholder Management
16 307 (2.78%) SDLC
17 296 (2.68%) Software Engineering
18 294 (2.66%) Problem Management
19 285 (2.58%) Disaster Recovery
20 283 (2.56%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 1,615 (14.62%) PowerShell
2 1,580 (14.31%) SQL
3 813 (7.36%) C#
4 754 (6.83%) Python
5 644 (5.83%) Java
6 469 (4.25%) JavaScript
7 350 (3.17%) C++
8 322 (2.92%) Bash Shell
9 277 (2.51%) Perl
10 256 (2.32%) C
11 220 (1.99%) Ruby
12 208 (1.88%) Shell Script
13 207 (1.87%) T-SQL
14 186 (1.68%) VBScript
15 136 (1.23%) VB
16 135 (1.22%) PL/SQL
17 109 (0.99%) PHP
18 93 (0.84%) VB.NET
19 58 (0.53%) VBA
20 54 (0.49%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 1,553 (14.06%) Security Cleared
2 1,172 (10.61%) SC Cleared
3 647 (5.86%) Microsoft Certification
4 515 (4.66%) Degree
5 382 (3.46%) MCSE
6 296 (2.68%) DV Cleared
7 275 (2.49%) Cisco Certification
8 216 (1.96%) MCP
9 213 (1.93%) MCSA
10 189 (1.71%) CCNA
11 165 (1.49%) ITIL Certification
12 135 (1.22%) Computer Science Degree
13 127 (1.15%) CISSP
14 126 (1.14%) MCITP
15 111 (1.01%) CCNP
16 109 (0.99%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 85 (0.77%) ISEB
18 84 (0.76%) DBS Check
19 75 (0.68%) BPSS Clearance
20 69 (0.62%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 469 (4.25%) SLA
2 193 (1.75%) QA
3 120 (1.09%) GDPR
4 97 (0.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 83 (0.75%) PCI DSS
6 67 (0.61%) PMO
7 61 (0.55%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 56 (0.51%) Disclosure Scotland
9 33 (0.30%) GCP
10 21 (0.19%) Data Quality
11 18 (0.16%) MiFID
12 17 (0.15%) HL7
12 17 (0.15%) ISO 9001
13 16 (0.14%) COBIT
14 12 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 8 (0.072%) Cyber Essentials
15 8 (0.072%) GMP
15 8 (0.072%) GxP
16 6 (0.054%) HIPAA
16 6 (0.054%) NIST 800
System Software
1 4,190 (37.94%) Active Directory
2 1,238 (11.21%) VMware Infrastructure
3 644 (5.83%) Hyper-V
4 498 (4.51%) XenApp
5 469 (4.25%) vSphere
6 441 (3.99%) VMware ESXi
7 375 (3.40%) Docker
8 333 (3.02%) Microsoft App-V
9 287 (2.60%) XenDesktop
10 227 (2.06%) Virtual Machines
11 138 (1.25%) BitLocker
12 120 (1.09%) Virtual Desktop
13 108 (0.98%) XenServer
14 76 (0.69%) NFS
15 66 (0.60%) Virtual Servers
16 65 (0.59%) VMware Workstation
17 48 (0.43%) vCloud
18 45 (0.41%) Firmware
19 42 (0.38%) Terminal Services
19 42 (0.38%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 1,498 (13.56%) SCCM
2 471 (4.26%) Puppet
3 451 (4.08%) Ansible
4 357 (3.23%) Opscode Chef
5 268 (2.43%) SCOM
6 200 (1.81%) Terraform
7 195 (1.77%) WSUS
8 172 (1.56%) Microsoft Intune
9 127 (1.15%) AirWatch
10 117 (1.06%) McAfee ePO
10 117 (1.06%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 117 (1.06%) vCenter Server
11 116 (1.05%) Microsoft Clustering
12 110 (1.00%) Nagios
13 106 (0.96%) NetBackup
14 100 (0.91%) Kubernetes
15 85 (0.77%) Backup Exec
16 84 (0.76%) Packer
17 83 (0.75%) HP ALM
18 74 (0.67%) Nessus
Vendors
1 3,868 (35.02%) Microsoft
2 2,218 (20.08%) VMware
3 1,388 (12.57%) Citrix
4 941 (8.52%) Cisco
5 769 (6.96%) HP
6 745 (6.75%) Oracle
7 459 (4.16%) Apple
8 387 (3.50%) Red Hat
9 343 (3.11%) Ivanti
10 297 (2.69%) NetApp
11 264 (2.39%) IBM
12 247 (2.24%) McAfee
13 220 (1.99%) ServiceNow
14 207 (1.87%) Dell
14 207 (1.87%) Splunk
15 198 (1.79%) Google
16 189 (1.71%) Symantec
17 177 (1.60%) SolarWinds
18 160 (1.45%) SAP
19 153 (1.39%) EMC