Period
to 22 February 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 22 February 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
22 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 7 9 6
Rank change year-on-year +2 -3 0
Contract jobs citing Windows 11,178 10,540 12,370
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.00% 10.98% 11.54%
As % of the Operating Systems category 53.22% 52.40% 53.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,974 6,385 7,031
UK median daily rate £363 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.57% - +4.79%
10th Percentile £131 £140 £145
90th Percentile £575 £543 £535
UK excluding London median daily rate £328 £335 £325
% change year-on-year -2.24% +3.08% +4.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,089 1,102 1,497
UK median hourly rate £15.57 £15.00 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.77% -3.23% +3.33%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.50 £10.23
90th Percentile £45.50 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £14.80 £15.26
% change year-on-year +1.35% -3.01% +1.73%

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 21,003 20,113 22,954
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.67% 20.95% 21.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 13,447 12,694 13,722
UK median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +6.67%
10th Percentile £170 £190 £189
90th Percentile £613 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £365
% change year-on-year +4.00% +2.74% +4.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,268 1,285 1,717
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.03% - +3.13%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.50 £10.45
90th Percentile £47.83 £46.00 £46.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.86 £15.85 £16.50
% change year-on-year +0.06% -3.94% +4.76%

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 February 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 22 February 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 22 February 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 +1 10,352 £365 +1.39% 3,613
UK excluding London +2 6,509 £328 -2.24% 2,852
London +2 4,523 £400 - 995
South East +2 2,303 £363 +3.57% 719
North of England -2 1,177 £313 -10.39% 686
Midlands +4 1,039 £338 +5.47% 515
South West +2 661 £300 - 300
East of England +1 651 £320 +6.67% 398
North West -3 554 £340 -2.86% 363
West Midlands +4 548 £325 -3.70% 281
East Midlands +6 477 £338 +22.73% 233
Scotland -4 447 £338 +5.47% 150
Yorkshire -2 405 £275 -19.12% 263
Wales -1 223 £325 -11.26% 70
North East +1 222 £313 -6.57% 60
Northern Ireland -23 33 £350 +34.62% 13
Channel Islands -1 4 £625 -

For the 6 months to 22 February 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 4,207 (37.64%) Active Directory
2 3,763 (33.66%) Microsoft
3 3,201 (28.64%) Windows Server
4 2,472 (22.11%) Linux
5 2,348 (21.01%) Windows 10
6 2,271 (20.32%) VMware
7 2,172 (19.43%) Windows 7
8 1,932 (17.28%) Office 365
9 1,772 (15.85%) ITIL
10 1,622 (14.51%) Finance
11 1,581 (14.14%) PowerShell
12 1,562 (13.97%) Windows Server 2012
13 1,553 (13.89%) SQL
14 1,526 (13.65%) Microsoft Office
15 1,465 (13.11%) Microsoft Azure
16 1,428 (12.78%) SCCM
17 1,378 (12.33%) Security Cleared
18 1,377 (12.32%) Windows Server 2008
19 1,343 (12.01%) SQL Server
20 1,332 (11.92%) Citrix
21 1,297 (11.60%) Migration
22 1,201 (10.74%) VMware Infrastructure
23 1,096 (9.80%) Agile Software Development
24 1,094 (9.79%) DevOps
25 1,024 (9.16%) Unix
26 1,014 (9.07%) DNS
27 996 (8.91%) SC Cleared
28 967 (8.65%) Firewall
29 949 (8.49%) Cisco
30 911 (8.15%) MS Exchange

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
1 911 (8.15%) MS Exchange
2 575 (5.14%) SharePoint
3 545 (4.88%) IIS
4 409 (3.66%) Skype for Business
5 324 (2.90%) Exchange Server 2010
6 198 (1.77%) Exchange Server 2013
7 190 (1.70%) Apache
8 175 (1.57%) Confluence
9 152 (1.36%) Tomcat
10 101 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2007
11 98 (0.88%) WebSphere
12 96 (0.86%) Elasticsearch
13 89 (0.80%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 88 (0.79%) OpenStack
15 86 (0.77%) JBoss
16 72 (0.64%) WebLogic
17 70 (0.63%) IBM Notes
18 47 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2003
19 45 (0.40%) nginx
20 44 (0.39%) CMS
Applications
1 1,526 (13.65%) Microsoft Office
2 312 (2.79%) Microsoft Excel
3 138 (1.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 109 (0.98%) MS Visio
5 55 (0.49%) Microsoft Project
6 27 (0.24%) Spreadsheet
7 16 (0.14%) Acrobat
8 14 (0.13%) Adobe Illustrator
9 11 (0.098%) Photoshop
10 10 (0.089%) PaintShop Pro
11 9 (0.081%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 5 (0.045%) AutoCAD
12 5 (0.045%) HipChat
12 5 (0.045%) InVision
12 5 (0.045%) UXPin
13 4 (0.036%) Doxygen
13 4 (0.036%) InfoPath
13 4 (0.036%) NUKE
13 4 (0.036%) Snagit
13 4 (0.036%) Vectorworks
Business Applications
1 57 (0.51%) Dynamics CRM
2 43 (0.38%) Remedy ITSM
3 20 (0.18%) Eikon
4 18 (0.16%) RMDS
5 15 (0.13%) Oracle BPM
6 13 (0.12%) Elite 3E
7 12 (0.11%) Oracle 11i
8 11 (0.098%) Oracle Applications
9 9 (0.081%) assyst
9 9 (0.081%) Dynamics NAV
10 8 (0.072%) Temenos T24
11 7 (0.063%) Dynamics AX
11 7 (0.063%) Dynamics GP
11 7 (0.063%) KANA IQ
11 7 (0.063%) Oracle Cash Management
12 6 (0.054%) Oracle EBS
13 5 (0.045%) ION MarketView
13 5 (0.045%) Oracle EBS R12
13 5 (0.045%) SystmOne
14 4 (0.036%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 1,932 (17.28%) Office 365
2 1,465 (13.11%) Microsoft Azure
3 880 (7.87%) Amazon AWS
4 294 (2.63%) IaaS
5 241 (2.16%) PaaS
6 180 (1.61%) Azure Active Directory
7 135 (1.21%) SaaS
8 116 (1.04%) Cloud Computing
9 92 (0.82%) OneDrive
10 85 (0.76%) AWS CloudFormation
11 67 (0.60%) G Suite
12 59 (0.53%) Amazon EC2
13 53 (0.47%) GitHub
14 48 (0.43%) Google Cloud Platform
15 36 (0.32%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 35 (0.31%) Serverless
17 29 (0.26%) Mimecast
18 24 (0.21%) Amazon ELB
18 24 (0.21%) Route 53
19 22 (0.20%) Google Drive
Communications & Networking
1 1,014 (9.07%) DNS
2 967 (8.65%) Firewall
3 712 (6.37%) DHCP
4 666 (5.96%) TCP/IP
5 561 (5.02%) SAN
6 555 (4.97%) LAN
7 539 (4.82%) WAN
8 489 (4.37%) VPN
9 359 (3.21%) Skype
10 304 (2.72%) Internet
11 202 (1.81%) VoIP
12 188 (1.68%) Wireless
13 164 (1.47%) Network Security
14 154 (1.38%) VLAN
15 152 (1.36%) Remote Desktop
16 150 (1.34%) NAS
17 137 (1.23%) NetScaler
18 114 (1.02%) Wi-Fi
19 105 (0.94%) SSL
20 103 (0.92%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,343 (12.01%) SQL Server
2 201 (1.80%) Oracle Database
3 190 (1.70%) MySQL
4 172 (1.54%) SQL Server 2012
5 169 (1.51%) Relational Database
6 149 (1.33%) SQL Server 2008
7 123 (1.10%) NoSQL
8 113 (1.01%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 102 (0.91%) MongoDB
10 100 (0.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 85 (0.76%) SQL Server 2016
12 84 (0.75%) Big Data
13 76 (0.68%) SQL Server 2005
14 75 (0.67%) Oracle Database 11g
15 71 (0.64%) Hadoop
16 65 (0.58%) PostgreSQL
17 63 (0.56%) Oracle Database 10g
18 57 (0.51%) SQL Server 2014
19 56 (0.50%) Data Warehouse
19 56 (0.50%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 545 (4.88%) Git (software)
2 500 (4.47%) Jenkins
3 345 (3.09%) TeamCity
4 306 (2.74%) JIRA
5 294 (2.63%) Team Foundation Server
6 261 (2.33%) Visual Studio
7 229 (2.05%) Octopus Deploy
8 167 (1.49%) Subversion
9 146 (1.31%) MSI
10 129 (1.15%) Selenium
11 111 (0.99%) Maven
12 102 (0.91%) Sonatype Nexus
13 74 (0.66%) NUnit
14 72 (0.64%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 69 (0.62%) Bitbucket
16 66 (0.59%) Visual Studio Team System
17 62 (0.55%) Eclipse
18 57 (0.51%) Artifactory
19 56 (0.50%) Cucumber
20 54 (0.48%) SonarQube
General
1 1,622 (14.51%) Finance
2 664 (5.94%) Banking
3 246 (2.20%) Retail
4 219 (1.96%) Legal
5 205 (1.83%) Telecoms
6 178 (1.59%) Investment Banking
7 144 (1.29%) Law
8 121 (1.08%) Manufacturing
9 119 (1.06%) Front Office
10 105 (0.94%) Back Office
11 98 (0.88%) Publishing
12 82 (0.73%) Financial Institution
13 62 (0.55%) Advertising
13 62 (0.55%) French Language
14 40 (0.36%) Electronics
15 38 (0.34%) Marketing
16 32 (0.29%) Retail Banking
17 30 (0.27%) Pharmaceutical
18 29 (0.26%) German Language
19 27 (0.24%) Military
Job Titles
1 1,707 (15.27%) Analyst
2 1,099 (9.83%) Support Engineer
3 950 (8.50%) Desktop Support
4 895 (8.01%) Developer
5 668 (5.98%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 649 (5.81%) Windows Engineer
7 641 (5.73%) Architect
8 618 (5.53%) DevOps Engineer
9 617 (5.52%) 2nd Line Support
10 586 (5.24%) Support Analyst
11 584 (5.22%) Consultant
12 572 (5.12%) Service Analyst
13 555 (4.97%) Service Desk Analyst
14 522 (4.67%) Desktop Engineer
15 486 (4.35%) IT Support
16 406 (3.63%) Administrator
17 369 (3.30%) Desktop Support Engineer
18 298 (2.67%) 2nd Line Engineer
18 298 (2.67%) 3rd Line Engineer
19 276 (2.47%) IT Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 863 (7.72%) .NET
2 491 (4.39%) Web Services
3 309 (2.76%) HTML
4 298 (2.67%) XML
5 246 (2.20%) CSS
6 219 (1.96%) REST
7 216 (1.93%) ASP.NET
8 191 (1.71%) JSON
9 186 (1.66%) .NET Framework
10 178 (1.59%) Middleware
11 177 (1.58%) SOAP
12 165 (1.48%) AngularJS
13 152 (1.36%) LDAP
14 141 (1.26%) jQuery
15 135 (1.21%) WCF
16 121 (1.08%) ASP.NET Web API
17 115 (1.03%) WPF
18 99 (0.89%) ASP.NET MVC
19 93 (0.83%) HTML5
20 87 (0.78%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 647 (5.79%) Analytical Skills
2 615 (5.50%) Data Centre
3 365 (3.27%) Management Information System
4 247 (2.21%) Blackberry
5 243 (2.17%) Computer Science
6 241 (2.16%) Clustering
7 217 (1.94%) PKI
8 184 (1.65%) iPhone
9 169 (1.51%) Replication
10 142 (1.27%) Smartphone
11 133 (1.19%) iPad
12 108 (0.97%) Driving Licence
13 107 (0.96%) Virtual Team
14 105 (0.94%) NHS
15 104 (0.93%) Video Conferencing
16 102 (0.91%) Enterprise Software
17 99 (0.89%) Client/Server
17 99 (0.89%) Public Cloud
18 89 (0.80%) Mobile App
19 87 (0.78%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 3,201 (28.64%) Windows Server
2 2,472 (22.11%) Linux
3 2,348 (21.01%) Windows 10
4 2,172 (19.43%) Windows 7
5 1,562 (13.97%) Windows Server 2012
6 1,377 (12.32%) Windows Server 2008
7 1,024 (9.16%) Unix
8 588 (5.26%) Windows Server 2003
9 456 (4.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 390 (3.49%) Windows 8
11 368 (3.29%) Android
12 350 (3.13%) Windows XP
13 342 (3.06%) Apple iOS
14 214 (1.91%) Solaris
15 160 (1.43%) Mac OS X
16 144 (1.29%) AIX
16 144 (1.29%) Mac OS
17 124 (1.11%) CentOS
18 114 (1.02%) Windows Vista
19 78 (0.70%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,772 (15.85%) ITIL
2 1,297 (11.60%) Migration
3 1,096 (9.80%) Agile Software Development
4 1,094 (9.79%) DevOps
5 514 (4.60%) Continuous Integration
6 510 (4.56%) Configuration Management
7 468 (4.19%) Change Management
8 460 (4.12%) Service Management
9 404 (3.61%) Incident Management
10 392 (3.51%) Project Management
11 363 (3.25%) Test Automation
12 359 (3.21%) Service Delivery
13 327 (2.93%) Scrum
14 326 (2.92%) Information Security
15 316 (2.83%) SDLC
16 297 (2.66%) Disaster Recovery
17 286 (2.56%) Software Engineering
18 271 (2.42%) Stakeholder Management
19 265 (2.37%) PRINCE2
20 255 (2.28%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 1,581 (14.14%) PowerShell
2 1,553 (13.89%) SQL
3 782 (7.00%) C#
4 716 (6.41%) Python
5 613 (5.48%) Java
6 448 (4.01%) JavaScript
7 303 (2.71%) C++
8 296 (2.65%) Bash Shell
8 296 (2.65%) Perl
9 242 (2.16%) C
10 235 (2.10%) Ruby
11 216 (1.93%) Shell Script
11 216 (1.93%) VBScript
12 197 (1.76%) T-SQL
13 144 (1.29%) PL/SQL
14 123 (1.10%) PHP
14 123 (1.10%) VB
15 82 (0.73%) VB.NET
16 55 (0.49%) VBA
17 51 (0.46%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 1,378 (12.33%) Security Cleared
2 996 (8.91%) SC Cleared
3 692 (6.19%) Microsoft Certification
4 490 (4.38%) Degree
5 420 (3.76%) MCSE
6 318 (2.84%) DV Cleared
7 240 (2.15%) Cisco Certification
8 229 (2.05%) MCSA
9 218 (1.95%) MCP
10 173 (1.55%) ITIL Certification
11 163 (1.46%) CCNA
12 145 (1.30%) CISSP
13 127 (1.14%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 126 (1.13%) MCITP
15 106 (0.95%) Computer Science Degree
16 96 (0.86%) CCNP
17 91 (0.81%) DBS Check
18 77 (0.69%) CISM
19 75 (0.67%) ISEB
20 59 (0.53%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 479 (4.29%) SLA
2 210 (1.88%) QA
3 135 (1.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 107 (0.96%) GDPR
5 79 (0.71%) PCI DSS
6 67 (0.60%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 61 (0.55%) PMO
8 42 (0.38%) Disclosure Scotland
9 26 (0.23%) MiFID
10 21 (0.19%) ISO 9001
11 19 (0.17%) HIPAA
12 18 (0.16%) Data Quality
13 17 (0.15%) Actionable Recommendations
13 17 (0.15%) COBIT
14 16 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 15 (0.13%) GCP
16 14 (0.13%) HL7
17 8 (0.072%) Cyber Essentials
17 8 (0.072%) GMP
17 8 (0.072%) GxP
System Software
1 4,207 (37.64%) Active Directory
2 1,201 (10.74%) VMware Infrastructure
3 650 (5.81%) Hyper-V
4 459 (4.11%) vSphere
5 442 (3.95%) XenApp
6 421 (3.77%) VMware ESXi
7 307 (2.75%) Docker
8 273 (2.44%) Microsoft App-V
9 245 (2.19%) Virtual Machines
10 226 (2.02%) XenDesktop
11 127 (1.14%) BitLocker
12 92 (0.82%) XenServer
13 75 (0.67%) NFS
14 72 (0.64%) Virtual Servers
15 70 (0.63%) Virtual Desktop
16 61 (0.55%) vCloud
17 59 (0.53%) VMware Workstation
18 52 (0.47%) Terminal Services
19 40 (0.36%) Firmware
20 31 (0.28%) Samba
Systems Management
1 1,428 (12.78%) SCCM
2 458 (4.10%) Puppet
3 441 (3.95%) Ansible
4 348 (3.11%) Opscode Chef
5 293 (2.62%) SCOM
6 186 (1.66%) WSUS
7 153 (1.37%) Terraform
8 129 (1.15%) AirWatch
9 124 (1.11%) Microsoft Intune
10 119 (1.06%) NetBackup
11 109 (0.98%) Microsoft Clustering
12 102 (0.91%) McAfee ePO
13 101 (0.90%) Nagios
14 99 (0.89%) Norton AntiVirus
15 98 (0.88%) vCenter Server
16 96 (0.86%) Backup Exec
17 88 (0.79%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
18 65 (0.58%) Nessus
19 61 (0.55%) Tivoli
20 55 (0.49%) WMI
Vendors
1 3,763 (33.66%) Microsoft
2 2,271 (20.32%) VMware
3 1,332 (11.92%) Citrix
4 949 (8.49%) Cisco
5 778 (6.96%) HP
6 763 (6.83%) Oracle
7 470 (4.20%) Apple
8 403 (3.61%) Red Hat
9 320 (2.86%) NetApp
10 287 (2.57%) Ivanti
11 241 (2.16%) IBM
12 238 (2.13%) McAfee
12 238 (2.13%) Symantec
13 227 (2.03%) Dell
14 189 (1.69%) Splunk
15 186 (1.66%) ServiceNow
16 181 (1.62%) SolarWinds
17 179 (1.60%) EMC
18 166 (1.49%) Google
19 155 (1.39%) Remedy