Period
to 12 July 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 12 July 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
12 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 9 8 9
Rank change year-on-year -1 +1 0
Contract jobs citing Windows 4,776 11,008 11,619
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 11.64% 11.71% 11.19%
As % of the Operating Systems category 59.25% 58.06% 53.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,950 7,089 7,148
Median daily rate £375 £375 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.74% +0.69%
10th Percentile £130 £132 £133
90th Percentile £551 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £335 £350 £338
% change year-on-year -4.29% +3.70% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 511 1,052 1,271
Median hourly rate £18.16 £16.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.50% - +6.14%
10th Percentile £11.65 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £45.00 £44.80 £43.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £15.50 £15.25
% change year-on-year +12.90% +1.64% +5.17%

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 8,061 18,960 21,665
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.65% 20.16% 20.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,922 11,933 13,551
Median daily rate £425 £425 £425
10th Percentile £150 £156 £181
90th Percentile £625 £625 £606
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year - +3.23% -3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 571 1,207 1,480
Median hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £17.40
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.57% +0.57% +5.45%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.17 £11.17
90th Percentile £48.15 £48.75 £47.50
Median hourly rate £17.50 £16.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year +9.38% - +3.23%

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 12 July 2020.

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 12 July 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Windows in the UK

Windows
Top 18 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 12 July 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 4,236 £375 - 886
UK excluding London 0 3,115 £335 -4.29% 725
London -2 1,509 £425 +1.80% 215
South East +1 845 £350 -8.50% 166
North of England +3 690 £325 +3.17% 195
South West 0 448 £350 -6.67% 137
Midlands 0 408 £335 +0.37% 88
North West 0 391 £325 - 108
Scotland +1 305 £350 +7.69% 29
East of England +1 303 £300 - 86
West Midlands -1 257 £375 +4.17% 61
Work from Home -3 247 £400 -11.11% 95
Yorkshire +1 224 £325 - 72
East Midlands 0 145 £250 -23.08% 27
Wales -4 103 £350 - 26
North East +3 75 £400 +119.18% 15
Northern Ireland +8 24 £248 +23.75% 2
Channel Islands +6 1 - -

For the 6 months to 12 July 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 1,895 (39.68%) Active Directory
2 1,743 (36.49%) Microsoft
3 1,658 (34.72%) Windows 10
4 1,452 (30.40%) Windows Server
5 1,161 (24.31%) Office 365
6 971 (20.33%) Linux
7 968 (20.27%) VMware
8 957 (20.04%) Azure
9 852 (17.84%) Security Cleared
10 811 (16.98%) PowerShell
11 777 (16.27%) Windows 7
12 726 (15.20%) SQL
13 695 (14.55%) SC Cleared
14 682 (14.28%) SCCM
15 667 (13.97%) Microsoft Office
16 626 (13.11%) Migration
17 619 (12.96%) ITIL
18 611 (12.79%) VMware Infrastructure
19 608 (12.73%) SQL Server
20 559 (11.70%) Windows Server 2012
21 541 (11.33%) Citrix
22 496 (10.39%) Finance
23 486 (10.18%) Problem-Solving
24 484 (10.13%) Windows Server 2016
25 470 (9.84%) DNS
26 468 (9.80%) Agile Software Development
27 466 (9.76%) DevOps
28 423 (8.86%) Infrastructure Engineering
29 402 (8.42%) Oracle
30 396 (8.29%) Windows Server 2008

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
1 288 (6.03%) SharePoint
2 286 (5.99%) MS Exchange
3 148 (3.10%) IIS
4 136 (2.85%) Skype for Business
5 96 (2.01%) Confluence
6 91 (1.91%) Exchange Server 2010
7 76 (1.59%) WebLogic
8 69 (1.44%) Tomcat
9 64 (1.34%) Apache
10 58 (1.21%) Exchange Server 2013
11 38 (0.80%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 25 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2007
13 21 (0.44%) WebSphere
14 19 (0.40%) JBoss
15 18 (0.38%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 18 (0.38%) Exchange Server 2003
16 17 (0.36%) CMS
17 16 (0.34%) ArcGIS
18 14 (0.29%) BizTalk Server
18 14 (0.29%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 667 (13.97%) Microsoft Office
2 180 (3.77%) Microsoft Excel
3 83 (1.74%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 56 (1.17%) MS Visio
5 45 (0.94%) Microsoft Project
6 18 (0.38%) Photoshop
7 12 (0.25%) Acrobat
8 9 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
9 6 (0.13%) Chatbot
10 5 (0.10%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 3 (0.063%) SPSS
12 2 (0.042%) InfoPath
12 2 (0.042%) LaTeX
13 1 (0.021%) AutoCAD
13 1 (0.021%) Camtasia
13 1 (0.021%) GNU Octave
13 1 (0.021%) InDesign
13 1 (0.021%) SketchUp
13 1 (0.021%) SOLIDWORKS
13 1 (0.021%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 19 (0.40%) Dynamics CRM
2 16 (0.34%) Remedy ITSM
3 13 (0.27%) Oracle ERP
4 10 (0.21%) Oracle EBS
5 9 (0.19%) assyst
6 7 (0.15%) Oracle Applications
6 7 (0.15%) SAP FI-CA
7 4 (0.084%) ION MarketView
7 4 (0.084%) Oracle EBS R12
7 4 (0.084%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 4 (0.084%) SAP SRM
7 4 (0.084%) Sentinel
7 4 (0.084%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
8 3 (0.063%) Dynamics AX
8 3 (0.063%) Oracle 11i
8 3 (0.063%) SAP PSCD
9 2 (0.042%) Eikon
9 2 (0.042%) Elite 3E
9 2 (0.042%) Payment Gateway
9 2 (0.042%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 1,161 (24.31%) Office 365
2 957 (20.04%) Azure
3 323 (6.76%) AWS
4 184 (3.85%) Azure Active Directory
5 175 (3.66%) PaaS
6 153 (3.20%) IaaS
7 124 (2.60%) SaaS
8 93 (1.95%) OneDrive
9 91 (1.91%) GitHub
10 75 (1.57%) Power Platform
11 56 (1.17%) GCP
12 41 (0.86%) Serverless
13 35 (0.73%) Amazon S3
14 34 (0.71%) OpenShift
15 30 (0.63%) Cloud Computing
16 27 (0.57%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 23 (0.48%) Amazon EC2
17 23 (0.48%) Mimecast
18 21 (0.44%) AWS CloudFormation
19 20 (0.42%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 470 (9.84%) DNS
2 391 (8.19%) Firewall
3 282 (5.90%) DHCP
4 239 (5.00%) VPN
5 226 (4.73%) WAN
6 225 (4.71%) LAN
7 223 (4.67%) TCP/IP
8 210 (4.40%) SAN
9 206 (4.31%) Skype
10 162 (3.39%) Internet
11 110 (2.30%) VoIP
12 98 (2.05%) Wireless
13 92 (1.93%) Remote Desktop
14 89 (1.86%) Network Security
15 73 (1.53%) NetScaler
16 65 (1.36%) Wi-Fi
17 63 (1.32%) VLAN
18 59 (1.24%) DMZ
19 51 (1.07%) HTTP
19 51 (1.07%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 608 (12.73%) SQL Server
2 111 (2.32%) MySQL
3 98 (2.05%) Oracle Database
4 85 (1.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 80 (1.68%) MongoDB
6 70 (1.47%) Relational Database
7 68 (1.42%) Power BI
8 60 (1.26%) SQL Server 2016
9 56 (1.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 54 (1.13%) PostgreSQL
11 53 (1.11%) NoSQL
12 50 (1.05%) SQL Server 2012
13 49 (1.03%) SQL Server 2008
14 43 (0.90%) Data Warehouse
15 40 (0.84%) Data Lake
16 39 (0.82%) SQL Server 2014
17 34 (0.71%) Amazon RDS
17 34 (0.71%) Oracle Database 11g
18 29 (0.61%) HDInsight
19 28 (0.59%) Azure SQL Database
Development Applications
1 209 (4.38%) Git (software)
2 203 (4.25%) Jenkins
3 171 (3.58%) JIRA
4 138 (2.89%) Visual Studio
5 82 (1.72%) MSI
6 80 (1.68%) Selenium
7 64 (1.34%) GitLab
8 60 (1.26%) Team Foundation Server
9 47 (0.98%) Cucumber
10 46 (0.96%) Bitbucket
10 46 (0.96%) Subversion
11 38 (0.80%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 38 (0.80%) Eclipse
12 35 (0.73%) SoapUI
12 35 (0.73%) TeamCity
13 34 (0.71%) Sonatype Nexus
14 33 (0.69%) Octopus Deploy
15 29 (0.61%) Postman
16 28 (0.59%) JUnit
17 25 (0.52%) JMeter
General
1 496 (10.39%) Finance
2 367 (7.68%) Public Sector
3 223 (4.67%) Banking
4 109 (2.28%) Telecoms
5 77 (1.61%) Retail
6 62 (1.30%) Manufacturing
7 52 (1.09%) Law
8 51 (1.07%) Investment Banking
9 46 (0.96%) Front Office
10 43 (0.90%) Electronics
11 38 (0.80%) Marketing
12 37 (0.77%) Legal
13 31 (0.65%) Back Office
13 31 (0.65%) Military
14 29 (0.61%) Local Government
15 28 (0.59%) Aerospace
16 21 (0.44%) Financial Institution
17 19 (0.40%) Pharmaceutical
18 18 (0.38%) Automotive
19 13 (0.27%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 623 (13.04%) Analyst
2 494 (10.34%) Support Engineer
3 405 (8.48%) Windows Engineer
4 344 (7.20%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 323 (6.76%) Desktop Support
6 292 (6.11%) Developer
7 262 (5.49%) 2nd Line Support
8 246 (5.15%) Desktop Engineer
9 229 (4.79%) IT Support
10 213 (4.46%) Architect
11 195 (4.08%) Deployment Engineer
12 189 (3.96%) Support Analyst
13 188 (3.94%) Service Analyst
14 181 (3.79%) IT Engineer
15 179 (3.75%) Consultant
16 178 (3.73%) DevOps Engineer
17 177 (3.71%) Service Desk Analyst
18 173 (3.62%) Desktop Support Engineer
19 165 (3.45%) 2nd Line Engineer
20 149 (3.12%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 333 (6.97%) .NET
2 175 (3.66%) XML
3 153 (3.20%) Web Services
4 130 (2.72%) HTML
5 93 (1.95%) JSON
6 86 (1.80%) Middleware
7 84 (1.76%) .NET Framework
8 81 (1.70%) LDAP
8 81 (1.70%) REST
9 75 (1.57%) Node.js
10 73 (1.53%) SOAP
11 59 (1.24%) CSS
12 58 (1.21%) ASP.NET
13 56 (1.17%) AngularJS
14 48 (1.01%) RESTful
14 48 (1.01%) WPF
15 43 (0.90%) Entity Framework
16 40 (0.84%) Oracle Fusion
17 39 (0.82%) SAML
18 37 (0.77%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 359 (7.52%) Analytical Skills
2 247 (5.17%) Data Centre
3 180 (3.77%) Self-Motivation
4 151 (3.16%) Management Information System
5 148 (3.10%) NHS
6 108 (2.26%) PKI
7 101 (2.11%) Clustering
8 91 (1.91%) Driving Licence
9 75 (1.57%) User Experience
10 67 (1.40%) Public Cloud
11 51 (1.07%) Linux Command Line
12 50 (1.05%) Blackberry
13 48 (1.01%) Video Conferencing
14 47 (0.98%) Mobile App
14 47 (0.98%) Private Cloud
15 46 (0.96%) Client/Server
16 44 (0.92%) Replication
17 43 (0.90%) Hybrid Cloud
18 42 (0.88%) Cloud Native
18 42 (0.88%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 1,658 (34.72%) Windows 10
2 1,452 (30.40%) Windows Server
3 971 (20.33%) Linux
4 777 (16.27%) Windows 7
5 559 (11.70%) Windows Server 2012
6 484 (10.13%) Windows Server 2016
7 396 (8.29%) Windows Server 2008
8 311 (6.51%) Unix
9 154 (3.22%) Apple iOS
10 132 (2.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 131 (2.74%) Android
11 131 (2.74%) Windows Server 2019
12 101 (2.11%) Windows Server 2003
13 100 (2.09%) Windows XP
14 80 (1.68%) Mac OS
15 77 (1.61%) Windows 8
16 56 (1.17%) Mac OS X
17 50 (1.05%) CentOS
18 45 (0.94%) Solaris
19 34 (0.71%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 626 (13.11%) Migration
2 619 (12.96%) ITIL
3 486 (10.18%) Problem-Solving
4 468 (9.80%) Agile Software Development
5 466 (9.76%) DevOps
6 423 (8.86%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 250 (5.23%) Test Automation
8 205 (4.29%) Continuous Integration
9 201 (4.21%) Configuration Management
10 184 (3.85%) Cybersecurity
11 155 (3.25%) Project Management
12 148 (3.10%) High Availability
13 144 (3.02%) Software Engineering
14 143 (2.99%) Scrum
15 140 (2.93%) Service Management
16 136 (2.85%) Change Management
17 129 (2.70%) Disaster Recovery
17 129 (2.70%) Project Delivery
18 127 (2.66%) Application Packaging
19 122 (2.55%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 811 (16.98%) PowerShell
2 726 (15.20%) SQL
3 310 (6.49%) C#
4 298 (6.24%) Java
5 287 (6.01%) Python
6 190 (3.98%) JavaScript
7 176 (3.69%) Bash Shell
8 117 (2.45%) Shell Script
9 116 (2.43%) C++
10 100 (2.09%) C
11 86 (1.80%) VB
12 79 (1.65%) Perl
13 67 (1.40%) T-SQL
14 63 (1.32%) PL/SQL
15 57 (1.19%) VBScript
16 47 (0.98%) PHP
17 46 (0.96%) VBA
18 37 (0.77%) Ruby
19 26 (0.54%) VB.NET
20 22 (0.46%) Go
Qualifications
1 852 (17.84%) Security Cleared
2 695 (14.55%) SC Cleared
3 258 (5.40%) Microsoft Certification
4 190 (3.98%) Degree
5 187 (3.92%) DV Cleared
6 134 (2.81%) MCSE
7 120 (2.51%) Cisco Certification
8 91 (1.91%) CCNA
9 71 (1.49%) MCSA
10 67 (1.40%) ITIL Certification
11 52 (1.09%) CISSP
12 51 (1.07%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 46 (0.96%) MCP
14 42 (0.88%) ISEB
15 41 (0.86%) DBS Check
16 37 (0.77%) CCNP
17 36 (0.75%) ISTQB
18 35 (0.73%) Citrix Certification
18 35 (0.73%) Computer Science Degree
19 33 (0.69%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 186 (3.89%) SLA
2 102 (2.14%) QA
3 71 (1.49%) GDPR
4 32 (0.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 22 (0.46%) Cyber Essentials
6 18 (0.38%) PCI DSS
7 16 (0.34%) Disclosure Scotland
7 16 (0.34%) PMO
8 14 (0.29%) HIPAA
8 14 (0.29%) NIST
9 12 (0.25%) WCAG
10 10 (0.21%) Government Security Classifications
10 10 (0.21%) NCSC
11 8 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 7 (0.15%) COBIT
12 7 (0.15%) Data Quality
13 6 (0.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 5 (0.10%) HL7
14 5 (0.10%) JSP 440
15 3 (0.063%) RMADS
System Software
1 1,895 (39.68%) Active Directory
2 611 (12.79%) VMware Infrastructure
3 236 (4.94%) Hyper-V
4 211 (4.42%) XenApp
5 201 (4.21%) Docker
6 199 (4.17%) vSphere
7 191 (4.00%) VMware ESXi
8 135 (2.83%) Microsoft App-V
9 128 (2.68%) Virtual Machines
10 98 (2.05%) XenDesktop
11 83 (1.74%) Virtual Desktop
12 62 (1.30%) VMware NSX
13 49 (1.03%) Virtual Servers
14 45 (0.94%) Terminal Services
15 43 (0.90%) Citrix Hypervisor
16 41 (0.86%) BitLocker
17 19 (0.40%) NFS
18 18 (0.38%) Firmware
18 18 (0.38%) VMware Workstation
19 16 (0.34%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 682 (14.28%) SCCM
2 218 (4.56%) Ansible
3 189 (3.96%) Microsoft Intune
4 156 (3.27%) Terraform
5 154 (3.22%) Kubernetes
6 137 (2.87%) SCOM
7 133 (2.78%) Puppet
8 87 (1.82%) WSUS
9 70 (1.47%) Opscode Chef
10 66 (1.38%) vCenter Server
11 63 (1.32%) vRealize
12 58 (1.21%) Microsoft Clustering
13 57 (1.19%) Single Sign-On
14 48 (1.01%) PowerCLI
15 36 (0.75%) AirWatch
16 33 (0.69%) Failover Clustering
17 31 (0.65%) Rancher
18 30 (0.63%) Packer
19 29 (0.61%) ZABBIX
20 28 (0.59%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 1,743 (36.49%) Microsoft
2 968 (20.27%) VMware
3 541 (11.33%) Citrix
4 402 (8.42%) Oracle
5 340 (7.12%) Cisco
6 240 (5.03%) HP
7 146 (3.06%) Dell
8 128 (2.68%) Apple
9 121 (2.53%) Red Hat
10 117 (2.45%) NetApp
11 113 (2.37%) ServiceNow
12 99 (2.07%) Splunk
13 93 (1.95%) McAfee
14 88 (1.84%) SAP
15 83 (1.74%) IBM
16 82 (1.72%) EMC
17 78 (1.63%) Google
18 70 (1.47%) SolarWinds
19 64 (1.34%) Ivanti
19 64 (1.34%) Remedy