Period
to 21 February 2020

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 21 February 2020 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
21 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 4 8 7
Rank change year-on-year +4 -1 +2
Contract jobs citing Windows 9,025 11,614 11,178
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.18% 11.72% 11.00%
As % of the Operating Systems category 63.82% 56.46% 53.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,527 7,169 6,969
UK median daily rate £345 £375 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.00% +3.45% +3.57%
10th Percentile £125 £131 £131
90th Percentile £550 £563 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £352 £328
% change year-on-year -7.54% +7.33% -2.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,004 1,141 1,090
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +3.23% +3.33%
10th Percentile £11.41 £10.92 £10.99
90th Percentile £43.54 £43.75 £45.28
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £15.22 £15.00
% change year-on-year +8.41% +1.47% +0.96%

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 14,142 20,572 21,006
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.66% 20.76% 20.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,677 12,878 13,445
UK median daily rate £410 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.53% - +3.66%
10th Percentile £136 £158 £170
90th Percentile £600 £600 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £400 £390
% change year-on-year -3.13% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,130 1,310 1,276
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.94% - +3.03%
10th Percentile £11.63 £11.00 £11.00
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.89 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £15.86
% change year-on-year +6.25% +0.88% -

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 21 February 2020.

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 21 February 2020.

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 21 February 2020. 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 8,018 £350 -6.67% 3,659
UK excluding London +3 6,214 £325 -7.54% 3,017
London +2 2,620 £375 -8.54% 920
South East 0 1,726 £363 -3.33% 813
North of England +4 1,313 £325 -7.14% 725
South West +1 927 £325 -13.33% 371
Midlands +1 814 £300 -14.29% 469
North West +1 737 £350 - 413
East of England +2 596 £313 -3.85% 363
Scotland +4 591 £325 +8.33% 167
West Midlands +2 491 £320 -11.11% 272
Yorkshire +5 423 £325 -8.45% 237
East Midlands 0 315 £288 -11.54% 193
Wales +4 218 £375 +7.14% 89
North East +3 151 £340 -9.33% 75
Northern Ireland +21 40 £150 -50.00% 21
Channel Islands 0 10 £350 -30.00% 1

For the 6 months to 21 February 2020, 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 3,545 (39.28%) Active Directory
2 3,490 (38.67%) Windows 10
3 3,200 (35.46%) Microsoft
4 2,521 (27.93%) Windows Server
5 2,409 (26.69%) Office 365
6 1,942 (21.52%) Windows 7
7 1,668 (18.48%) VMware
8 1,532 (16.98%) Azure
9 1,511 (16.74%) SCCM
10 1,495 (16.57%) Linux
11 1,381 (15.30%) Security Cleared
12 1,379 (15.28%) PowerShell
13 1,345 (14.90%) Migration
14 1,291 (14.30%) Microsoft Office
15 1,170 (12.96%) ITIL
16 1,104 (12.23%) SQL
17 1,045 (11.58%) SC Cleared
18 988 (10.95%) Citrix
19 953 (10.56%) Windows Server 2012
20 917 (10.16%) VMware Infrastructure
21 875 (9.70%) DNS
22 874 (9.68%) Finance
23 868 (9.62%) Windows Server 2008
24 811 (8.99%) Infrastructure Engineering
25 785 (8.70%) Agile Software Development
26 753 (8.34%) SQL Server
27 718 (7.96%) Problem-Solving
28 684 (7.58%) DevOps
29 652 (7.22%) AWS
30 651 (7.21%) DHCP

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
1 565 (6.26%) MS Exchange
2 538 (5.96%) SharePoint
3 297 (3.29%) Skype for Business
4 246 (2.73%) IIS
5 144 (1.60%) Exchange Server 2010
6 133 (1.47%) Confluence
7 120 (1.33%) Exchange Server 2013
8 82 (0.91%) Apache
9 77 (0.85%) WebLogic
10 71 (0.79%) Tomcat
11 41 (0.45%) Exchange Server 2003
12 39 (0.43%) Exchange Server 2007
12 39 (0.43%) OpenStack
13 37 (0.41%) JBoss
14 36 (0.40%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 31 (0.34%) Apache Spark
16 30 (0.33%) IBM Notes
17 29 (0.32%) WebSphere
18 28 (0.31%) Elasticsearch
18 28 (0.31%) nginx
Applications
1 1,291 (14.30%) Microsoft Office
2 256 (2.84%) Microsoft Excel
3 120 (1.33%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 96 (1.06%) MS Visio
5 89 (0.99%) Microsoft Project
6 32 (0.35%) Spreadsheet
7 29 (0.32%) Acrobat
8 9 (0.100%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 7 (0.078%) Photoshop
10 6 (0.066%) Chatbot
11 5 (0.055%) AutoCAD
12 4 (0.044%) CINEMA 4D
13 2 (0.022%) InfoPath
13 2 (0.022%) Mozilla Thunderbird
14 1 (0.011%) 3ds Max
14 1 (0.011%) Abaqus
14 1 (0.011%) Maya
14 1 (0.011%) Open Workbench
14 1 (0.011%) Revit
14 1 (0.011%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 46 (0.51%) Remedy ITSM
2 35 (0.39%) Dynamics CRM
3 19 (0.21%) Oracle Applications
4 17 (0.19%) assyst
4 17 (0.19%) Oracle EBS
5 11 (0.12%) Elite 3E
6 7 (0.078%) Dynamics AX
7 6 (0.066%) ION MarketView
8 5 (0.055%) Carpe Diem
8 5 (0.055%) Dynamics GP
8 5 (0.055%) Dynamics NAV
8 5 (0.055%) Oracle Cash Management
8 5 (0.055%) Oracle EBS R12
9 4 (0.044%) Magento
9 4 (0.044%) Payment Gateway
9 4 (0.044%) RMDS
9 4 (0.044%) SAP FI-CA
9 4 (0.044%) SAP PSCD
9 4 (0.044%) SAP SRM
9 4 (0.044%) Towers Watson Igloo
Cloud Services
1 2,409 (26.69%) Office 365
2 1,532 (16.98%) Azure
3 652 (7.22%) AWS
4 314 (3.48%) Azure Active Directory
5 280 (3.10%) IaaS
6 250 (2.77%) PaaS
7 188 (2.08%) OneDrive
8 166 (1.84%) SaaS
9 130 (1.44%) GitHub
10 123 (1.36%) GCP
11 98 (1.09%) Power Platform
12 77 (0.85%) Serverless
13 71 (0.79%) Cloud Computing
14 63 (0.70%) AWS CloudFormation
15 58 (0.64%) G Suite
16 55 (0.61%) Amazon EC2
17 54 (0.60%) Mimecast
18 46 (0.51%) Azure ExpressRoute
19 44 (0.49%) Amazon S3
20 43 (0.48%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 875 (9.70%) DNS
2 651 (7.21%) DHCP
3 626 (6.94%) Firewall
4 479 (5.31%) TCP/IP
5 461 (5.11%) LAN
6 415 (4.60%) VPN
7 387 (4.29%) SAN
8 367 (4.07%) WAN
9 356 (3.94%) Skype
10 284 (3.15%) Internet
11 194 (2.15%) VoIP
12 167 (1.85%) Remote Desktop
13 133 (1.47%) Wireless
14 131 (1.45%) Wi-Fi
15 124 (1.37%) Network Security
16 115 (1.27%) VLAN
17 96 (1.06%) NetScaler
18 94 (1.04%) HTTP
19 92 (1.02%) NAS
20 73 (0.81%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 753 (8.34%) SQL Server
2 124 (1.37%) Oracle Database
3 117 (1.30%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 114 (1.26%) MySQL
5 102 (1.13%) SQL Server 2012
6 92 (1.02%) MongoDB
7 85 (0.94%) Power BI
8 84 (0.93%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 76 (0.84%) Relational Database
10 73 (0.81%) PostgreSQL
10 73 (0.81%) SQL Server 2016
11 65 (0.72%) Amazon RDS
12 58 (0.64%) SQL Server 2008
13 57 (0.63%) NoSQL
14 55 (0.61%) Data Warehouse
15 52 (0.58%) Azure SQL Database
16 46 (0.51%) Data Lake
17 40 (0.44%) Big Data
17 40 (0.44%) Hadoop
17 40 (0.44%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 267 (2.96%) Git (software)
1 267 (2.96%) Jenkins
2 248 (2.75%) JIRA
3 164 (1.82%) Visual Studio
4 142 (1.57%) MSI
5 111 (1.23%) Selenium
6 91 (1.01%) Team Foundation Server
7 83 (0.92%) TeamCity
8 78 (0.86%) GitLab
9 76 (0.84%) Octopus Deploy
10 69 (0.76%) Cucumber
11 62 (0.69%) Visual Studio Team System
12 53 (0.59%) Bitbucket
12 53 (0.59%) Eclipse
13 51 (0.57%) Subversion
14 43 (0.48%) InstallShield
15 36 (0.40%) AdminStudio
16 33 (0.37%) Gatling
17 31 (0.34%) NetBeans
18 28 (0.31%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 874 (9.68%) Finance
2 649 (7.19%) Public Sector
3 292 (3.24%) Banking
4 255 (2.83%) Telecoms
5 252 (2.79%) Retail
6 130 (1.44%) Manufacturing
7 115 (1.27%) Law
8 101 (1.12%) Marketing
9 99 (1.10%) Electronics
10 89 (0.99%) Legal
11 82 (0.91%) Local Government
12 63 (0.70%) Military
13 60 (0.66%) Back Office
14 46 (0.51%) Front Office
15 42 (0.47%) Investment Banking
16 41 (0.45%) Aerospace
17 39 (0.43%) Financial Institution
18 37 (0.41%) Automotive
19 36 (0.40%) Advertising
20 32 (0.35%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 1,158 (12.83%) Analyst
2 1,098 (12.17%) Support Engineer
3 883 (9.78%) Windows Engineer
4 703 (7.79%) Desktop Support
5 641 (7.10%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 563 (6.24%) Desktop Engineer
7 532 (5.89%) 2nd Line Support
8 517 (5.73%) IT Support
9 447 (4.95%) Architect
10 439 (4.86%) Service Analyst
11 423 (4.69%) Developer
12 422 (4.68%) Service Desk Analyst
13 396 (4.39%) Deployment Engineer
14 393 (4.35%) Support Analyst
15 389 (4.31%) IT Engineer
16 376 (4.17%) Desktop Support Engineer
17 341 (3.78%) Consultant
18 293 (3.25%) 2nd Line Engineer
19 280 (3.10%) DevOps Engineer
20 251 (2.78%) IT Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 395 (4.38%) .NET
2 208 (2.30%) XML
3 203 (2.25%) Web Services
4 143 (1.58%) HTML
5 138 (1.53%) JSON
6 109 (1.21%) .NET Framework
7 107 (1.19%) Middleware
8 101 (1.12%) REST
9 100 (1.11%) Node.js
10 96 (1.06%) LDAP
11 93 (1.03%) AngularJS
11 93 (1.03%) CSS
12 85 (0.94%) WPF
13 79 (0.88%) SOAP
14 74 (0.82%) ASP.NET
15 65 (0.72%) WCF
16 56 (0.62%) jQuery
17 55 (0.61%) RESTful
18 50 (0.55%) Entity Framework
19 47 (0.52%) Elastic Stack
Miscellaneous
1 512 (5.67%) Analytical Skills
2 459 (5.09%) Data Centre
3 315 (3.49%) Driving Licence
4 262 (2.90%) Self-Motivation
5 247 (2.74%) Management Information System
6 221 (2.45%) NHS
7 184 (2.04%) PKI
8 150 (1.66%) Blackberry
9 143 (1.58%) Clustering
10 131 (1.45%) Smartphone
11 128 (1.42%) Replication
12 126 (1.40%) iPhone
13 113 (1.25%) Video Conferencing
14 111 (1.23%) Public Cloud
15 89 (0.99%) User Experience
16 82 (0.91%) Enterprise Software
16 82 (0.91%) Fat Client
16 82 (0.91%) Thin Client
17 59 (0.65%) iPad
18 56 (0.62%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 3,490 (38.67%) Windows 10
2 2,521 (27.93%) Windows Server
3 1,942 (21.52%) Windows 7
4 1,495 (16.57%) Linux
5 953 (10.56%) Windows Server 2012
6 868 (9.62%) Windows Server 2008
7 483 (5.35%) Unix
8 312 (3.46%) Android
9 264 (2.93%) Apple iOS
10 261 (2.89%) Windows XP
11 226 (2.50%) Windows Server 2003
12 208 (2.30%) Windows 8
13 190 (2.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 156 (1.73%) Mac OS
15 115 (1.27%) Mac OS X
16 106 (1.17%) Ubuntu
17 102 (1.13%) CentOS
18 73 (0.81%) Solaris
19 56 (0.62%) AIX
19 56 (0.62%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,345 (14.90%) Migration
2 1,170 (12.96%) ITIL
3 811 (8.99%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 785 (8.70%) Agile Software Development
5 718 (7.96%) Problem-Solving
6 684 (7.58%) DevOps
7 340 (3.77%) Service Management
8 296 (3.28%) ITSM
9 294 (3.26%) Configuration Management
9 294 (3.26%) Test Automation
10 285 (3.16%) Incident Management
11 277 (3.07%) Project Delivery
12 270 (2.99%) Change Management
13 262 (2.90%) Continuous Integration
14 255 (2.83%) Project Management
15 238 (2.64%) Break/Fix
16 231 (2.56%) Application Packaging
17 224 (2.48%) Service Delivery
17 224 (2.48%) Software Engineering
18 223 (2.47%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 1,379 (15.28%) PowerShell
2 1,104 (12.23%) SQL
3 473 (5.24%) Python
4 389 (4.31%) C#
5 357 (3.96%) Java
6 271 (3.00%) Bash Shell
7 257 (2.85%) JavaScript
8 170 (1.88%) C
9 153 (1.70%) C++
10 116 (1.29%) VB
11 106 (1.17%) Perl
12 102 (1.13%) Shell Script
13 98 (1.09%) VBScript
14 96 (1.06%) PL/SQL
15 83 (0.92%) Ruby
16 61 (0.68%) T-SQL
17 57 (0.63%) PHP
18 56 (0.62%) VBA
19 35 (0.39%) VB.NET
20 34 (0.38%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 1,381 (15.30%) Security Cleared
2 1,045 (11.58%) SC Cleared
3 432 (4.79%) Microsoft Certification
4 316 (3.50%) Degree
5 300 (3.32%) DV Cleared
6 259 (2.87%) MCSE
7 176 (1.95%) Cisco Certification
8 148 (1.64%) CCNA
9 128 (1.42%) MCSA
10 111 (1.23%) MCP
11 95 (1.05%) ITIL Certification
12 90 (1.00%) DBS Check
13 74 (0.82%) ISTQB
14 70 (0.78%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 68 (0.75%) ISEB
16 67 (0.74%) MCITP
17 66 (0.73%) Citrix Certification
18 54 (0.60%) A+ Certification
18 54 (0.60%) CCNP
19 48 (0.53%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 392 (4.34%) SLA
2 151 (1.67%) QA
3 74 (0.82%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 67 (0.74%) GDPR
5 41 (0.45%) PCI DSS
6 31 (0.34%) NIST
7 29 (0.32%) PMO
8 28 (0.31%) NCSC
9 25 (0.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 24 (0.27%) Cyber Essentials
11 21 (0.23%) HL7
12 14 (0.16%) Disclosure Scotland
13 13 (0.14%) MiFID
14 12 (0.13%) RMADS
15 10 (0.11%) Government Security Classifications
16 9 (0.100%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
16 9 (0.100%) Data Quality
17 7 (0.078%) COBIT
18 6 (0.066%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
18 6 (0.066%) JSP 440
System Software
1 3,545 (39.28%) Active Directory
2 917 (10.16%) VMware Infrastructure
3 470 (5.21%) Hyper-V
4 338 (3.75%) XenApp
5 328 (3.63%) vSphere
6 293 (3.25%) Docker
7 271 (3.00%) VMware ESXi
8 230 (2.55%) Microsoft App-V
9 215 (2.38%) Virtual Machines
10 207 (2.29%) XenDesktop
11 93 (1.03%) Virtual Servers
12 88 (0.98%) Virtual Desktop
13 70 (0.78%) VMware NSX
14 57 (0.63%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 53 (0.59%) BitLocker
16 51 (0.57%) Firmware
17 44 (0.49%) DFS Replication
18 35 (0.39%) Microsoft Virtual Server
19 34 (0.38%) Terminal Services
20 29 (0.32%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 1,511 (16.74%) SCCM
2 292 (3.24%) Ansible
3 270 (2.99%) Microsoft Intune
4 223 (2.47%) Terraform
5 214 (2.37%) Puppet
6 192 (2.13%) Kubernetes
7 188 (2.08%) SCOM
8 154 (1.71%) WSUS
9 118 (1.31%) Opscode Chef
10 107 (1.19%) AirWatch
11 95 (1.05%) vCenter Server
12 92 (1.02%) Single Sign-On
13 77 (0.85%) NetBackup
13 77 (0.85%) vRealize
14 75 (0.83%) Microsoft Clustering
15 67 (0.74%) Jamf Pro
16 57 (0.63%) McAfee ePO
17 52 (0.58%) PowerCLI
18 48 (0.53%) Norton AntiVirus
19 47 (0.52%) OpenView
Vendors
1 3,200 (35.46%) Microsoft
2 1,668 (18.48%) VMware
3 988 (10.95%) Citrix
4 613 (6.79%) Cisco
5 540 (5.98%) Oracle
6 470 (5.21%) HP
7 318 (3.52%) Apple
8 241 (2.67%) Dell
9 204 (2.26%) Google
10 198 (2.19%) Red Hat
11 191 (2.12%) ServiceNow
12 171 (1.89%) McAfee
13 164 (1.82%) SAP
14 158 (1.75%) NetApp
15 152 (1.68%) Ivanti
16 145 (1.61%) EMC
17 124 (1.37%) IBM
18 121 (1.34%) Symantec
19 109 (1.21%) Adobe
20 106 (1.17%) Remedy