Period
to 14 November 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 14 November 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
14 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 9 9 9
Rank change year-on-year 0 0 -3
Contract jobs citing Windows 12,451 11,319 12,025
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.93% 10.99% 11.38%
As % of the Operating Systems category 56.75% 52.29% 52.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,507 6,937 7,263
UK median daily rate £375 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% - +0.72%
10th Percentile £133 £130 £140
90th Percentile £575 £550 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £330
% change year-on-year +7.69% -1.52% +1.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,328 1,103 1,154
UK median hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% -4.76%
10th Percentile £10.97 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £43.08 £45.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.86 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year +5.73% - -3.23%

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 21,942 21,645 22,927
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.03% 21.01% 21.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 13,575 13,720 14,392
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +2.56%
10th Percentile £163 £170 £200
90th Percentile £606 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £370
% change year-on-year +3.33% +1.35% +2.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,507 1,315 1,312
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +6.06% -
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.83 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.75 £15.75
% change year-on-year -1.49% +6.35% -1.56%

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 14 November 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 14 November 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 14 November 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 11,431 £375 +7.14% 3,209
UK excluding London +1 7,557 £350 +7.69% 2,387
London 0 4,666 £425 +6.25% 971
South East -1 2,226 £375 +4.17% 670
North of England +2 1,569 £350 +12.00% 569
Midlands +1 1,209 £350 +9.38% 371
South West +3 911 £350 +16.67% 312
North West +5 855 £346 +9.25% 315
East of England +2 829 £325 - 316
West Midlands +2 764 £360 +10.77% 218
Scotland -2 559 £300 -12.28% 90
Yorkshire +1 552 £350 +27.27% 211
East Midlands +1 427 £320 +8.47% 152
Wales -3 234 £350 +55.56% 50
North East -5 163 £375 +15.38% 43
Northern Ireland +17 26 £300 -20.63% 9
Channel Islands +6 12 £456 - 1

For the 6 months to 14 November 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 4,788 (38.45%) Active Directory
2 4,410 (35.42%) Microsoft
3 3,433 (27.57%) Windows Server
4 3,371 (27.07%) Windows 10
5 2,568 (20.62%) Linux
6 2,476 (19.89%) Windows 7
6 2,476 (19.89%) Office 365
7 2,457 (19.73%) VMware
8 1,928 (15.48%) SCCM
9 1,908 (15.32%) PowerShell
10 1,821 (14.63%) Finance
11 1,818 (14.60%) SQL
12 1,795 (14.42%) Microsoft Azure
13 1,768 (14.20%) ITIL
14 1,653 (13.28%) Microsoft Office
15 1,537 (12.34%) Agile Software Development
16 1,529 (12.28%) Migration
17 1,422 (11.42%) SQL Server
18 1,405 (11.28%) Security Cleared
19 1,377 (11.06%) Citrix
20 1,369 (11.00%) VMware Infrastructure
21 1,293 (10.38%) Windows Server 2012
22 1,261 (10.13%) Unix
23 1,162 (9.33%) DevOps
24 1,109 (8.91%) Windows Server 2008
25 1,085 (8.71%) DNS
26 1,080 (8.67%) Amazon AWS
27 1,057 (8.49%) SC Cleared
28 1,056 (8.48%) Firewall
29 1,044 (8.38%) Infrastructure Engineering

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
1 980 (7.87%) MS Exchange
2 613 (4.92%) SharePoint
3 485 (3.90%) IIS
4 428 (3.44%) Skype for Business
5 379 (3.04%) Exchange Server 2010
6 280 (2.25%) Confluence
7 239 (1.92%) Apache
7 239 (1.92%) Tomcat
8 223 (1.79%) Exchange Server 2013
9 179 (1.44%) WebLogic
10 119 (0.96%) nginx
11 107 (0.86%) WebSphere
12 100 (0.80%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 100 (0.80%) SharePoint 2013
13 84 (0.67%) JBoss
14 74 (0.59%) Elasticsearch
15 65 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2007
16 63 (0.51%) CMS
17 56 (0.45%) IBM Notes
17 56 (0.45%) OpenStack
Applications
1 1,653 (13.28%) Microsoft Office
2 403 (3.24%) Microsoft Excel
3 141 (1.13%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 136 (1.09%) MS Visio
5 99 (0.80%) Microsoft Project
6 41 (0.33%) Spreadsheet
7 17 (0.14%) InfoPath
8 13 (0.10%) Photoshop
9 12 (0.096%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 10 (0.080%) Simulink
11 8 (0.064%) Acrobat
11 8 (0.064%) AutoCAD
11 8 (0.064%) Chatbot
12 7 (0.056%) Adobe Illustrator
12 7 (0.056%) CINEMA 4D
13 5 (0.040%) NUKE
14 4 (0.032%) InVision
14 4 (0.032%) SOLIDWORKS
14 4 (0.032%) Windchill
15 3 (0.024%) CATIA
Business Applications
1 66 (0.53%) Remedy ITSM
2 39 (0.31%) Dynamics CRM
3 28 (0.22%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 25 (0.20%) Eikon
5 18 (0.14%) ION MarketView
6 14 (0.11%) SAP FI-CA
6 14 (0.11%) SAP PSCD
7 12 (0.096%) Dynamics AX
8 9 (0.072%) Dynamics NAV
8 9 (0.072%) Elite 3E
8 9 (0.072%) Oracle Cash Management
8 9 (0.072%) Oracle EBS
9 8 (0.064%) assyst
9 8 (0.064%) Payment Gateway
10 6 (0.048%) Oracle Applications
10 6 (0.048%) thinkFolio
11 5 (0.040%) Carpe Diem
12 4 (0.032%) Infor SunSystems
12 4 (0.032%) IntelliMatch
12 4 (0.032%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 2,476 (19.89%) Office 365
2 1,795 (14.42%) Microsoft Azure
3 1,080 (8.67%) Amazon AWS
4 393 (3.16%) IaaS
5 342 (2.75%) PaaS
6 303 (2.43%) Azure Active Directory
7 201 (1.61%) SaaS
8 165 (1.33%) OneDrive
9 159 (1.28%) GitHub
10 140 (1.12%) Amazon EC2
11 135 (1.08%) Google Cloud Platform
12 133 (1.07%) AWS CloudFormation
13 130 (1.04%) Cloud Computing
14 111 (0.89%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 100 (0.80%) Amazon S3
16 80 (0.64%) G Suite
17 62 (0.50%) Mimecast
18 55 (0.44%) Google Analytics
19 50 (0.40%) Datadog
20 49 (0.39%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 1,085 (8.71%) DNS
2 1,056 (8.48%) Firewall
3 704 (5.65%) DHCP
4 671 (5.39%) LAN
5 644 (5.17%) TCP/IP
6 594 (4.77%) WAN
7 555 (4.46%) VPN
8 541 (4.35%) SAN
9 444 (3.57%) Skype
10 366 (2.94%) Internet
11 244 (1.96%) VoIP
12 209 (1.68%) Wireless
13 207 (1.66%) SSL
14 195 (1.57%) HTTP
15 171 (1.37%) Network Security
16 160 (1.29%) NAS
17 151 (1.21%) Remote Desktop
18 133 (1.07%) Wi-Fi
19 132 (1.06%) VLAN
20 130 (1.04%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,422 (11.42%) SQL Server
2 221 (1.77%) Relational Database
3 192 (1.54%) MySQL
4 177 (1.42%) Oracle Database
5 173 (1.39%) SQL Server 2008
6 172 (1.38%) MongoDB
7 166 (1.33%) PostgreSQL
8 160 (1.29%) NoSQL
9 148 (1.19%) SQL Server 2012
10 129 (1.04%) Hadoop
11 123 (0.99%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 120 (0.96%) Big Data
13 99 (0.80%) Amazon RDS
14 90 (0.72%) RDBMS
14 90 (0.72%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 86 (0.69%) SQL Server 2016
16 63 (0.51%) DB2
17 60 (0.48%) Data Warehouse
18 55 (0.44%) SQL Server 2005
19 53 (0.43%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 707 (5.68%) Jenkins
2 689 (5.53%) Git (software)
3 469 (3.77%) JIRA
4 284 (2.28%) Visual Studio
5 277 (2.22%) Selenium
6 223 (1.79%) Subversion
7 217 (1.74%) TeamCity
8 211 (1.69%) Team Foundation Server
9 178 (1.43%) MSI
10 160 (1.29%) Maven
11 150 (1.20%) Cucumber
12 127 (1.02%) Octopus Deploy
13 121 (0.97%) Visual Studio Team System
14 117 (0.94%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 114 (0.92%) Eclipse
16 112 (0.90%) Bitbucket
17 102 (0.82%) Ant
18 97 (0.78%) Sonatype Nexus
19 92 (0.74%) Artifactory
20 87 (0.70%) Toad
General
1 1,821 (14.63%) Finance
2 620 (4.98%) Banking
3 281 (2.26%) Retail
4 272 (2.18%) Law
5 221 (1.77%) Telecoms
6 200 (1.61%) Front Office
7 154 (1.24%) Manufacturing
8 120 (0.96%) Legal
9 109 (0.88%) Marketing
10 108 (0.87%) Investment Banking
11 100 (0.80%) Publishing
12 95 (0.76%) Back Office
13 94 (0.75%) Financial Institution
14 72 (0.58%) Advertising
15 64 (0.51%) Military
16 55 (0.44%) Electronics
17 51 (0.41%) Automotive
18 43 (0.35%) French Language
19 42 (0.34%) Billing
20 39 (0.31%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 2,081 (16.71%) Analyst
2 1,235 (9.92%) Support Engineer
3 1,172 (9.41%) Desktop Support
4 916 (7.36%) Developer
5 844 (6.78%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 775 (6.22%) Support Analyst
7 754 (6.06%) Windows Engineer
8 681 (5.47%) 2nd Line Support
9 671 (5.39%) Architect
10 639 (5.13%) Desktop Engineer
10 639 (5.13%) DevOps Engineer
11 604 (4.85%) Service Analyst
12 590 (4.74%) IT Support
13 568 (4.56%) Service Desk Analyst
14 474 (3.81%) Consultant
15 439 (3.53%) Desktop Support Engineer
16 409 (3.28%) Administrator
17 360 (2.89%) IT Engineer
18 312 (2.51%) 2nd Line Engineer
19 306 (2.46%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 838 (6.73%) .NET
2 441 (3.54%) XML
3 422 (3.39%) Web Services
4 349 (2.80%) HTML
5 329 (2.64%) Middleware
6 285 (2.29%) CSS
7 233 (1.87%) REST
8 218 (1.75%) .NET Framework
8 218 (1.75%) ASP.NET
9 204 (1.64%) JSON
10 202 (1.62%) jQuery
11 199 (1.60%) AngularJS
12 184 (1.48%) LDAP
13 182 (1.46%) SOAP
14 170 (1.37%) Node.js
15 131 (1.05%) WCF
16 111 (0.89%) ASP.NET MVC
16 111 (0.89%) HTML5
17 100 (0.80%) RESTful
18 97 (0.78%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 674 (5.41%) Analytical Skills
2 599 (4.81%) Data Centre
3 355 (2.85%) Self-Motivation
4 291 (2.34%) Management Information System
5 267 (2.14%) Clustering
6 261 (2.10%) Blackberry
7 229 (1.84%) Computer Science
8 206 (1.65%) PKI
9 196 (1.57%) iPhone
10 155 (1.24%) Fat Client
10 155 (1.24%) Thin Client
11 152 (1.22%) Fixed Income
12 149 (1.20%) NHS
13 135 (1.08%) Public Cloud
14 130 (1.04%) Smartphone
14 130 (1.04%) Video Conferencing
15 129 (1.04%) Driving Licence
16 123 (0.99%) Mobile App
17 122 (0.98%) iPad
18 121 (0.97%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 3,433 (27.57%) Windows Server
2 3,371 (27.07%) Windows 10
3 2,568 (20.62%) Linux
4 2,476 (19.89%) Windows 7
5 1,293 (10.38%) Windows Server 2012
6 1,261 (10.13%) Unix
7 1,109 (8.91%) Windows Server 2008
8 448 (3.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 418 (3.36%) Windows Server 2003
10 416 (3.34%) Apple iOS
11 393 (3.16%) Windows 8
12 391 (3.14%) Windows XP
13 363 (2.92%) Android
14 219 (1.76%) Mac OS X
15 203 (1.63%) Mac OS
16 190 (1.53%) Solaris
17 162 (1.30%) CentOS
18 153 (1.23%) Ubuntu
19 141 (1.13%) AIX
20 49 (0.39%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,768 (14.20%) ITIL
2 1,537 (12.34%) Agile Software Development
3 1,529 (12.28%) Migration
4 1,162 (9.33%) DevOps
5 1,044 (8.38%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 1,011 (8.12%) Problem-Solving
7 640 (5.14%) Continuous Integration
8 635 (5.10%) Test Automation
9 548 (4.40%) Service Management
10 517 (4.15%) Configuration Management
11 447 (3.59%) Change Management
12 396 (3.18%) Scrum
13 390 (3.13%) Project Management
14 353 (2.84%) SDLC
15 325 (2.61%) Service Delivery
16 319 (2.56%) Software Engineering
17 313 (2.51%) Disaster Recovery
18 309 (2.48%) ITSM
19 303 (2.43%) Incident Management
20 298 (2.39%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 1,908 (15.32%) PowerShell
2 1,818 (14.60%) SQL
3 885 (7.11%) Python
4 878 (7.05%) C#
5 797 (6.40%) Java
6 559 (4.49%) JavaScript
7 432 (3.47%) Bash Shell
8 380 (3.05%) C++
9 367 (2.95%) Perl
10 343 (2.75%) Shell Script
11 242 (1.94%) Ruby
12 231 (1.86%) C
13 191 (1.53%) VBScript
14 159 (1.28%) T-SQL
15 155 (1.24%) VB
16 100 (0.80%) Groovy
17 83 (0.67%) Korn
18 80 (0.64%) PHP
19 72 (0.58%) PL/SQL
20 68 (0.55%) Scala
Qualifications
1 1,405 (11.28%) Security Cleared
2 1,057 (8.49%) SC Cleared
3 722 (5.80%) Microsoft Certification
4 548 (4.40%) Degree
5 436 (3.50%) MCSE
6 290 (2.33%) DV Cleared
7 282 (2.26%) Cisco Certification
8 237 (1.90%) MCSA
9 207 (1.66%) CCNA
10 196 (1.57%) MCP
11 191 (1.53%) ISTQB
12 168 (1.35%) ISEB
13 158 (1.27%) ITIL Certification
14 123 (0.99%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 120 (0.96%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 112 (0.90%) DBS Check
17 111 (0.89%) MCITP
18 109 (0.88%) CISSP
19 106 (0.85%) Computer Science Degree
20 97 (0.78%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 517 (4.15%) SLA
2 197 (1.58%) QA
3 90 (0.72%) GDPR
4 87 (0.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 75 (0.60%) PMO
6 50 (0.40%) PCI DSS
7 43 (0.35%) Disclosure Scotland
8 36 (0.29%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 21 (0.17%) Data Quality
10 18 (0.14%) FINRA
11 17 (0.14%) HL7
12 16 (0.13%) JSP 440
12 16 (0.13%) MISRA
13 14 (0.11%) ISO 9001
13 14 (0.11%) MISRA C
14 13 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 11 (0.088%) Cyber Essentials
15 11 (0.088%) Government Security Classifications
15 11 (0.088%) ISO/IEC 27005
15 11 (0.088%) WCAG
System Software
1 4,788 (38.45%) Active Directory
2 1,369 (11.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 718 (5.77%) Hyper-V
4 485 (3.90%) XenApp
5 467 (3.75%) Docker
6 440 (3.53%) VMware ESXi
7 414 (3.33%) Microsoft App-V
8 399 (3.20%) vSphere
9 349 (2.80%) XenDesktop
10 212 (1.70%) Virtual Machines
11 191 (1.53%) Virtual Desktop
12 155 (1.24%) BitLocker
13 109 (0.88%) Virtual Servers
14 84 (0.67%) XenServer
15 82 (0.66%) NFS
16 71 (0.57%) VMware Workstation
17 67 (0.54%) Terminal Services
18 65 (0.52%) VMware NSX
19 47 (0.38%) HDFS
20 44 (0.35%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 1,928 (15.48%) SCCM
2 652 (5.24%) Ansible
3 610 (4.90%) Puppet
4 420 (3.37%) Opscode Chef
5 390 (3.13%) Terraform
6 320 (2.57%) SCOM
7 252 (2.02%) Kubernetes
8 250 (2.01%) Microsoft Intune
9 240 (1.93%) WSUS
10 161 (1.29%) vCenter Server
11 155 (1.24%) Microsoft Clustering
12 152 (1.22%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 146 (1.17%) McAfee ePO
14 137 (1.10%) NetBackup
15 120 (0.96%) AirWatch
16 111 (0.89%) Nagios
16 111 (0.89%) Single Sign-On
17 104 (0.84%) Packer
18 95 (0.76%) Kibana
19 85 (0.68%) Grafana
Vendors
1 4,410 (35.42%) Microsoft
2 2,457 (19.73%) VMware
3 1,377 (11.06%) Citrix
4 1,043 (8.38%) Oracle
5 999 (8.02%) Cisco
6 646 (5.19%) HP
7 602 (4.83%) Apple
8 364 (2.92%) Red Hat
9 357 (2.87%) McAfee
10 324 (2.60%) NetApp
11 309 (2.48%) Google
12 275 (2.21%) IBM
13 258 (2.07%) Ivanti
14 239 (1.92%) ServiceNow
15 229 (1.84%) Dell
16 222 (1.78%) Splunk
17 194 (1.56%) Remedy
17 194 (1.56%) Symantec
18 191 (1.53%) EMC
19 176 (1.41%) SAP