Period
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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 May 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
UK
6 months to
20 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 18 17 9
Rank change year-on-year -1 -8 +1
Contract jobs citing Windows 7,713 4,830 6,073
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 8.74% 8.34% 12.46%
As % of the Operating Systems category 58.86% 53.52% 62.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,326 3,205 3,827
10th Percentile £150 £150 £128
25th Percentile £210 £233 £177
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £425 £400 £350
Median % change year-on-year +6.25% +14.29% -6.67%
75th Percentile £575 £500 £475
90th Percentile £675 £600 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £350 £325
% change year-on-year -7.14% +7.69% -10.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 450 353 666
10th Percentile £13.00 £11.28 £11.42
25th Percentile £15.00 £13.00 £13.49
Median hourly rate £20.00 £16.23 £17.10
Median % change year-on-year +23.23% -5.09% +7.82%
75th Percentile £44.92 £24.00 £20.99
90th Percentile £62.55 £50.00 £40.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.70 £15.93 £16.52
% change year-on-year +17.39% -3.57% +10.13%

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 13,104 9,025 9,751
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.84% 15.58% 20.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,915 5,937 6,330
10th Percentile £175 £185 £143
25th Percentile £340 £338 £263
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £450 £425
Median % change year-on-year +11.11% +5.88% -1.16%
75th Percentile £613 £550 £525
90th Percentile £700 £638 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 594 446 726
10th Percentile £13.25 £11.64 £11.63
25th Percentile £15.89 £13.50 £13.81
Median hourly rate £22.50 £17.50 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year +28.57% - +4.48%
75th Percentile £52.50 £43.56 £23.50
90th Percentile £65.00 £59.38 £47.67
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £16.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year +21.21% -2.94% +7.19%

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 May 2022.

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 May 2022.

Hourly rate histogram for Windows in the UK

Windows
Top 19 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 May 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 +2 6,613 £415 +3.75% 1,958
UK excluding London +1 4,044 £325 -7.14% 1,579
London +8 2,766 £500 +11.11% 496
Work from Home -9 2,701 £450 +1.98% 587
South East -1 1,042 £400 - 363
North of England +3 900 £275 -8.33% 438
Midlands +3 710 £283 -5.83% 265
South West +4 555 £350 +12.00% 196
North West +3 488 £323 +7.50% 215
West Midlands 0 431 £300 -7.69% 147
East of England +1 374 £325 +18.18% 196
Yorkshire +3 351 £290 -9.38% 162
Scotland -4 275 £350 -11.39% 79
East Midlands +6 267 £245 +28.95% 116
Wales -2 168 £400 - 29
North East +5 83 £210 -28.21% 61
Northern Ireland +2 28 £155 -53.38% 15
Channel Islands -3 3 £175 -
Isle of Man - 2 - - 1

For the 6 months to 20 May 2022, 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 2,974 (38.56%) Microsoft
2 2,862 (37.11%) Active Directory
3 2,384 (30.91%) Microsoft 365
4 2,161 (28.02%) Windows 10
5 2,069 (26.82%) Linux
6 2,029 (26.31%) Azure
7 1,985 (25.74%) Windows Server
8 1,770 (22.95%) Social Skills
9 1,597 (20.71%) VMware
10 1,296 (16.80%) SQL
11 1,239 (16.06%) PowerShell
12 1,214 (15.74%) Security Cleared
13 1,110 (14.39%) Finance
14 1,091 (14.14%) ITIL
15 1,043 (13.52%) VMware Infrastructure
16 1,000 (12.97%) Microsoft Office
17 970 (12.58%) SCCM
18 968 (12.55%) SC Cleared
19 892 (11.56%) SQL Server
19 892 (11.56%) Agile
20 869 (11.27%) DNS
21 865 (11.21%) Migration
22 864 (11.20%) DevOps
23 847 (10.98%) AWS
24 834 (10.81%) Problem-Solving
25 797 (10.33%) Firewall
26 754 (9.78%) Infrastructure Engineering
27 739 (9.58%) Citrix
28 730 (9.46%) Oracle
29 689 (8.93%) 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
1 435 (5.64%) SharePoint
2 386 (5.00%) MS Exchange
3 227 (2.94%) Confluence
4 198 (2.57%) IIS
5 126 (1.63%) Skype for Business
6 99 (1.28%) WebSphere
7 87 (1.13%) Exchange Server 2013
8 80 (1.04%) Tomcat
9 77 (1.00%) Apache
10 71 (0.92%) Exchange Server 2010
11 65 (0.84%) WebLogic
12 63 (0.82%) JBoss
13 48 (0.62%) Elasticsearch
14 40 (0.52%) WebSphere Application Server
15 33 (0.43%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
16 30 (0.39%) BizTalk Server
17 29 (0.38%) Red Hat Fuse
18 26 (0.34%) CMS
18 26 (0.34%) Exchange Server 2007
19 25 (0.32%) Mule
Applications
1 1,000 (12.97%) Microsoft Office
2 264 (3.42%) Microsoft Excel
3 85 (1.10%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 65 (0.84%) Microsoft Project
5 50 (0.65%) MS Visio
6 27 (0.35%) Spreadsheet
7 11 (0.14%) Simulink
8 10 (0.13%) AutoCAD
9 3 (0.039%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 3 (0.039%) Autodesk Inventor
9 3 (0.039%) Siemens NX
9 3 (0.039%) SOLIDWORKS
9 3 (0.039%) Windchill
10 2 (0.026%) CATIA
10 2 (0.026%) InfoPath
10 2 (0.026%) Mathcad
10 2 (0.026%) Photoshop
10 2 (0.026%) Snagit
10 2 (0.026%) Solid Edge
10 2 (0.026%) Stata
Business Applications
1 39 (0.51%) Dynamics CRM
2 26 (0.34%) ION MarketView
3 22 (0.29%) assyst
3 22 (0.29%) Dynamics AX
3 22 (0.29%) SAP FI-CA
3 22 (0.29%) SAP PSCD
4 17 (0.22%) BusinessWorks
5 14 (0.18%) Oracle 11i
6 13 (0.17%) Oracle ERP
7 11 (0.14%) Remedy ITSM
7 11 (0.14%) RMDS
7 11 (0.14%) Sentinel
7 11 (0.14%) SunGard Martini
8 8 (0.10%) Markit EDM
8 8 (0.10%) thinkFolio
9 6 (0.078%) SAP S/4HANA
10 5 (0.065%) Eikon
10 5 (0.065%) Maximo
10 5 (0.065%) Oracle Applications
10 5 (0.065%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 2,384 (30.91%) Microsoft 365
2 2,029 (26.31%) Azure
3 847 (10.98%) AWS
4 508 (6.59%) Azure Active Directory
5 315 (4.08%) PaaS
6 292 (3.79%) IaaS
7 248 (3.22%) SaaS
8 189 (2.45%) GCP
9 176 (2.28%) OneDrive
10 160 (2.07%) GitHub
11 121 (1.57%) AWS CloudFormation
11 121 (1.57%) Power Platform
12 115 (1.49%) Serverless
13 93 (1.21%) Cloud Computing
14 88 (1.14%) Amazon EC2
15 81 (1.05%) Azure Monitor
16 76 (0.99%) AWS Lambda
17 64 (0.83%) Mimecast
17 64 (0.83%) OpenShift
18 63 (0.82%) Amazon CloudWatch
Communications & Networking
1 869 (11.27%) DNS
2 797 (10.33%) Firewall
3 554 (7.18%) DHCP
4 471 (6.11%) TCP/IP
5 388 (5.03%) VPN
6 331 (4.29%) WAN
7 318 (4.12%) LAN
8 273 (3.54%) SAN
9 205 (2.66%) Network Security
10 146 (1.89%) Skype
11 144 (1.87%) VoIP
12 139 (1.80%) Wireless
13 136 (1.76%) Wi-Fi
14 127 (1.65%) Internet
15 119 (1.54%) HTTP
16 114 (1.48%) SSL
17 98 (1.27%) Remote Desktop
18 97 (1.26%) VLAN
19 84 (1.09%) NAS
20 70 (0.91%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 892 (11.56%) SQL Server
2 211 (2.74%) Oracle Database
3 192 (2.49%) MySQL
4 151 (1.96%) PostgreSQL
5 132 (1.71%) Relational Database
6 112 (1.45%) MongoDB
7 79 (1.02%) Amazon RDS
8 68 (0.88%) Power BI
9 66 (0.86%) Oracle Database 12c
10 65 (0.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 61 (0.79%) NoSQL
12 59 (0.76%) DB2
13 53 (0.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 52 (0.67%) Data Warehouse
15 43 (0.56%) Azure SQL Database
15 43 (0.56%) Hadoop
16 36 (0.47%) RDBMS
17 34 (0.44%) Pentaho
17 34 (0.44%) Redis
18 33 (0.43%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 445 (5.77%) Jenkins
2 433 (5.61%) Git (software)
3 393 (5.10%) JIRA
4 153 (1.98%) TeamCity
5 140 (1.82%) Visual Studio
6 123 (1.59%) Bitbucket
7 118 (1.53%) GitLab
8 108 (1.40%) Subversion
9 89 (1.15%) Maven
10 88 (1.14%) Eclipse
11 80 (1.04%) Selenium
12 79 (1.02%) Artifactory
12 79 (1.02%) Cucumber
13 57 (0.74%) Postman
14 56 (0.73%) Sonatype Nexus
15 55 (0.71%) Gradle
15 55 (0.71%) SonarQube
16 52 (0.67%) Octopus Deploy
17 51 (0.66%) SoapUI
18 44 (0.57%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 1,770 (22.95%) Social Skills
2 1,110 (14.39%) Finance
3 646 (8.38%) Public Sector
4 506 (6.56%) Analytical Skills
5 451 (5.85%) Banking
6 173 (2.24%) Investment Banking
7 149 (1.93%) Telecoms
8 144 (1.87%) Presentation Skills
9 141 (1.83%) Organisational Skills
10 139 (1.80%) Retail
11 127 (1.65%) Front Office
12 124 (1.61%) Manufacturing
13 108 (1.40%) Law
14 105 (1.36%) Documentation Skills
15 94 (1.22%) Marketing
16 91 (1.18%) Legal
17 80 (1.04%) Electronics
18 73 (0.95%) Back Office
19 70 (0.91%) Financial Institution
20 45 (0.58%) Military
Job Titles
1 993 (12.87%) Analyst
2 977 (12.67%) Support Engineer
3 620 (8.04%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 552 (7.16%) Architect
5 521 (6.75%) Developer
6 496 (6.43%) IT Support
7 469 (6.08%) 2nd Line Support
8 458 (5.94%) Desktop Support
9 394 (5.11%) Support Analyst
10 372 (4.82%) Desktop Engineer
11 344 (4.46%) IT Engineer
12 326 (4.23%) Service Analyst
13 314 (4.07%) Service Desk Analyst
14 304 (3.94%) DevOps Engineer
15 296 (3.84%) Windows Engineer
16 272 (3.53%) Desktop Support Engineer
17 267 (3.46%) 2nd Line Engineer
18 235 (3.05%) Azure Engineer
19 233 (3.02%) IT Analyst
20 218 (2.83%) 3rd Line Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 582 (7.55%) .NET
2 210 (2.72%) Web Services
3 191 (2.48%) .NET Framework
4 190 (2.46%) Middleware
5 187 (2.42%) XML
6 152 (1.97%) REST
7 147 (1.91%) JSON
8 145 (1.88%) HTML
9 137 (1.78%) .NET Core
10 110 (1.43%) AngularJS
11 100 (1.30%) Elastic Stack
11 100 (1.30%) LDAP
12 94 (1.22%) CSS
13 85 (1.10%) ASP.NET
14 80 (1.04%) Spring
15 79 (1.02%) ASP.NET Web API
16 72 (0.93%) SOAP
17 68 (0.88%) RESTful
18 66 (0.86%) Kafka
19 63 (0.82%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 454 (5.89%) Data Centre
2 207 (2.68%) NHS
3 199 (2.58%) Self-Motivation
4 189 (2.45%) Clustering
5 186 (2.41%) Replication
6 182 (2.36%) PKI
6 182 (2.36%) Public Cloud
7 164 (2.13%) Management Information System
8 137 (1.78%) User Experience
9 126 (1.63%) Data Protection Act
10 120 (1.56%) Video Conferencing
11 101 (1.31%) iPhone
12 97 (1.26%) Smartphone
13 89 (1.15%) Cloud Native
14 84 (1.09%) iPad
15 82 (1.06%) Linux Command Line
16 79 (1.02%) Derivative
17 78 (1.01%) Blackberry
17 78 (1.01%) Driving Licence
18 67 (0.87%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 2,161 (28.02%) Windows 10
2 2,069 (26.82%) Linux
3 1,985 (25.74%) Windows Server
4 683 (8.86%) Unix
5 598 (7.75%) Windows 7
6 520 (6.74%) Windows Server 2012
7 415 (5.38%) Windows Server 2016
8 357 (4.63%) Windows Server 2008
9 323 (4.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 306 (3.97%) Windows Server 2019
11 277 (3.59%) Android
12 252 (3.27%) Apple iOS
13 207 (2.68%) Mac OS
14 122 (1.58%) Ubuntu
15 113 (1.47%) Windows Server 2003
16 103 (1.34%) Windows 8
17 90 (1.17%) Mac OS X
18 84 (1.09%) AIX
19 67 (0.87%) Solaris
20 66 (0.86%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,091 (14.14%) ITIL
2 892 (11.56%) Agile
3 865 (11.21%) Migration
4 864 (11.20%) DevOps
5 834 (10.81%) Problem-Solving
6 754 (9.78%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 541 (7.01%) CI/CD
8 431 (5.59%) Change Management
9 323 (4.19%) Project Management
10 317 (4.11%) Incident Management
11 305 (3.95%) Service Management
12 286 (3.71%) Infrastructure as Code
13 275 (3.57%) Software Engineering
14 265 (3.44%) Cybersecurity
15 264 (3.42%) Configuration Management
16 261 (3.38%) Service Delivery
17 260 (3.37%) Disaster Recovery
18 257 (3.33%) Continuous Integration
18 257 (3.33%) Project Delivery
19 256 (3.32%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 1,296 (16.80%) SQL
2 1,239 (16.06%) PowerShell
3 689 (8.93%) Python
4 613 (7.95%) C#
5 522 (6.77%) Java
6 343 (4.45%) Bash
7 288 (3.73%) JavaScript
8 255 (3.31%) C++
9 175 (2.27%) PL/SQL
10 146 (1.89%) Shell Script
11 134 (1.74%) T-SQL
12 133 (1.72%) C
12 133 (1.72%) Perl
13 72 (0.93%) VBA
13 72 (0.93%) VBScript
14 58 (0.75%) VB
15 57 (0.74%) Go
16 56 (0.73%) Ruby
17 52 (0.67%) Groovy
18 41 (0.53%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 1,214 (15.74%) Security Cleared
2 968 (12.55%) SC Cleared
3 316 (4.10%) Degree
4 290 (3.76%) Microsoft Certification
5 214 (2.77%) DV Cleared
6 126 (1.63%) MCSE
7 108 (1.40%) Cisco Certification
8 94 (1.22%) ITIL Certification
9 84 (1.09%) CCNA
10 80 (1.04%) CISSP
11 79 (1.02%) DBS Check
12 78 (1.01%) MCP
13 71 (0.92%) MCSA
14 70 (0.91%) Computer Science Degree
15 57 (0.74%) BPSS Clearance
15 57 (0.74%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 49 (0.64%) AWS Certification
17 47 (0.61%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 46 (0.60%) ISTQB
19 44 (0.57%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 522 (6.77%) SLA
2 179 (2.32%) QA
3 82 (1.06%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 74 (0.96%) GDPR
5 57 (0.74%) NIST
6 43 (0.56%) PMO
7 38 (0.49%) Cyber Essentials
8 29 (0.38%) PCI DSS
9 20 (0.26%) COBIT
10 19 (0.25%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 19 (0.25%) JSP 440
10 19 (0.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 17 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 15 (0.19%) Data Quality
12 15 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 13 (0.17%) Accessibility
14 12 (0.16%) SEPA
15 11 (0.14%) NCSC
16 10 (0.13%) Disclosure Scotland
17 9 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27005
System Software
1 2,862 (37.11%) Active Directory
2 1,043 (13.52%) VMware Infrastructure
3 411 (5.33%) Hyper-V
4 299 (3.88%) Docker
5 278 (3.60%) vSphere
6 251 (3.25%) VMware ESXi
7 188 (2.44%) XenApp
8 184 (2.39%) Virtual Machines
9 154 (2.00%) Virtual Desktop
10 119 (1.54%) XenDesktop
11 110 (1.43%) Microsoft App-V
12 108 (1.40%) Virtual Servers
13 80 (1.04%) BitLocker
14 73 (0.95%) VMware NSX
15 62 (0.80%) Firmware
16 59 (0.76%) NFS
17 52 (0.67%) Oracle RAC
18 35 (0.45%) Citrix Hypervisor
19 28 (0.36%) HDFS
20 26 (0.34%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 970 (12.58%) SCCM
2 531 (6.88%) Ansible
3 510 (6.61%) Terraform
4 497 (6.44%) Microsoft Intune
5 365 (4.73%) Kubernetes
6 141 (1.83%) Puppet
7 126 (1.63%) Active Directory Federation Services
8 121 (1.57%) Single Sign-On
9 116 (1.50%) Microsoft Clustering
10 105 (1.36%) WSUS
11 102 (1.32%) vCenter Server
12 92 (1.19%) SCOM
13 90 (1.17%) vRealize
14 83 (1.08%) Opscode Chef
15 77 (1.00%) Jamf Pro
16 75 (0.97%) NetBackup
17 73 (0.95%) AirWatch
18 71 (0.92%) McAfee ePO
19 70 (0.91%) BladeLogic
20 65 (0.84%) ITRS Geneos
Vendors
1 2,974 (38.56%) Microsoft
2 1,597 (20.71%) VMware
3 739 (9.58%) Citrix
4 730 (9.46%) Oracle
5 594 (7.70%) Cisco
6 328 (4.25%) Red Hat
7 286 (3.71%) ServiceNow
8 282 (3.66%) HP
9 263 (3.41%) Apple
10 232 (3.01%) IBM
11 220 (2.85%) Dell
11 220 (2.85%) Google
12 209 (2.71%) Splunk
13 191 (2.48%) SAP
14 152 (1.97%) McAfee
15 133 (1.72%) Veeam
16 122 (1.58%) NetApp
17 110 (1.43%) SolarWinds
18 105 (1.36%) Ivanti
19 98 (1.27%) Symantec