Period
to 17 January 2019

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 17 January 2019 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
17 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 8 8 9
Rank change year-on-year 0 +1 -3
Contract jobs citing Windows 11,802 11,115 10,858
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.87% 11.08% 11.15%
As % of the Operating Systems category 56.72% 53.50% 52.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,200 6,872 6,557
UK median daily rate £375 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% - +1.45%
10th Percentile £131 £130 £140
90th Percentile £571 £563 £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 1,188 1,080 1,101
UK median hourly rate £16.23 £15.93 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.90% +6.20% -3.23%
10th Percentile £10.79 £11.00 £10.50
90th Percentile £43.75 £45.50 £42.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year +3.33% - -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 20,808 20,777 20,589
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.93% 20.71% 21.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 12,971 13,265 12,935
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £402
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.85% +0.38%
10th Percentile £160 £168 £193
90th Percentile £600 £613 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £381 £370
% change year-on-year +4.99% +2.97% +2.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,355 1,263 1,278
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 £10.61
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.50 £46.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.62 £15.85
% change year-on-year -0.69% +4.83% -3.94%

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 17 January 2019.

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 17 January 2019.

Contractor 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 17 January 2019. 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 10,879 £375 +6.99% 3,081
UK excluding London 0 7,201 £350 +7.69% 2,350
London -5 4,370 £413 +3.13% 910
South East 0 2,228 £375 +7.14% 577
North of England +2 1,543 £350 +7.69% 562
Midlands +2 1,065 £350 +7.69% 438
South West +1 941 £375 +25.00% 294
North West +6 837 £350 - 300
East of England +2 708 £325 +1.56% 301
West Midlands +1 659 £360 +10.77% 265
Yorkshire +2 555 £353 +22.61% 219
Scotland +1 490 £300 -16.67% 93
East Midlands +2 388 £323 +7.50% 172
Wales -1 213 £325 +0.85% 72
North East -6 151 £381 +12.13% 43
Northern Ireland +23 22 £350 - 12
Channel Islands +3 7 £513 -18.00% 2
Isle of Man - 2 - -

For the 6 months to 17 January 2019, 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 4,511 (38.22%) Active Directory
2 4,185 (35.46%) Microsoft
3 3,254 (27.57%) Windows 10
4 3,253 (27.56%) Windows Server
5 2,514 (21.30%) Linux
6 2,400 (20.34%) Office 365
7 2,332 (19.76%) VMware
8 2,297 (19.46%) Windows 7
9 1,817 (15.40%) PowerShell
10 1,814 (15.37%) SCCM
11 1,770 (15.00%) Microsoft Azure
12 1,609 (13.63%) Finance
13 1,608 (13.62%) ITIL
14 1,605 (13.60%) Microsoft Office
15 1,586 (13.44%) SQL
16 1,491 (12.63%) Migration
17 1,487 (12.60%) Agile Software Development
18 1,383 (11.72%) Security Cleared
19 1,297 (10.99%) Citrix
20 1,289 (10.92%) SQL Server
21 1,274 (10.79%) VMware Infrastructure
22 1,255 (10.63%) Windows Server 2012
23 1,206 (10.22%) DevOps
24 1,112 (9.42%) Unix
25 1,075 (9.11%) Amazon AWS
26 1,052 (8.91%) Problem-Solving
27 1,025 (8.68%) SC Cleared
28 1,019 (8.63%) Firewall
29 1,007 (8.53%) DNS
30 1,002 (8.49%) 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
1 865 (7.33%) MS Exchange
2 591 (5.01%) SharePoint
3 444 (3.76%) IIS
4 376 (3.19%) Skype for Business
5 274 (2.32%) Confluence
6 266 (2.25%) Exchange Server 2010
7 236 (2.00%) Apache
8 228 (1.93%) Tomcat
9 212 (1.80%) Exchange Server 2013
10 156 (1.32%) WebLogic
11 123 (1.04%) nginx
12 109 (0.92%) WebSphere
13 98 (0.83%) JBoss
14 91 (0.77%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 82 (0.69%) SharePoint 2013
16 71 (0.60%) Elasticsearch
17 69 (0.58%) CMS
17 69 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2007
18 47 (0.40%) IBM Notes
19 43 (0.36%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 1,605 (13.60%) Microsoft Office
2 333 (2.82%) Microsoft Excel
3 121 (1.03%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 114 (0.97%) MS Visio
5 78 (0.66%) Microsoft Project
6 34 (0.29%) Spreadsheet
7 19 (0.16%) InfoPath
8 15 (0.13%) Chatbot
9 12 (0.10%) Photoshop
10 7 (0.059%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 7 (0.059%) CATIA
11 6 (0.051%) Acrobat
11 6 (0.051%) AutoCAD
11 6 (0.051%) Siemens NX
12 5 (0.042%) CINEMA 4D
13 4 (0.034%) NUKE
14 3 (0.025%) Adobe Illustrator
14 3 (0.025%) Maya
15 2 (0.017%) InDesign
15 2 (0.017%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 44 (0.37%) Remedy ITSM
2 38 (0.32%) Dynamics CRM
3 28 (0.24%) Eikon
4 13 (0.11%) Dynamics NAV
4 13 (0.11%) SAP FI-CA
4 13 (0.11%) SAP PSCD
5 12 (0.10%) Dynamics AX
5 12 (0.10%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 12 (0.10%) Sentinel
6 11 (0.093%) Endur
6 11 (0.093%) ION MarketView
7 8 (0.068%) Oracle Cash Management
7 8 (0.068%) Payment Gateway
8 7 (0.059%) assyst
8 7 (0.059%) Elite 3E
9 6 (0.051%) Retail-J
9 6 (0.051%) thinkFolio
10 5 (0.042%) HFM
10 5 (0.042%) Maximo
10 5 (0.042%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 2,400 (20.34%) Office 365
2 1,770 (15.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 1,075 (9.11%) Amazon AWS
4 428 (3.63%) IaaS
5 350 (2.97%) PaaS
6 281 (2.38%) Azure Active Directory
7 194 (1.64%) Cloud Computing
8 183 (1.55%) SaaS
9 168 (1.42%) GitHub
10 147 (1.25%) OneDrive
11 144 (1.22%) Google Cloud Platform
12 136 (1.15%) AWS CloudFormation
13 115 (0.97%) Amazon EC2
14 89 (0.75%) Amazon S3
14 89 (0.75%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 82 (0.69%) OpenShift
16 65 (0.55%) G Suite
17 60 (0.51%) Serverless
18 59 (0.50%) Google Analytics
19 54 (0.46%) Datadog
Communications & Networking
1 1,019 (8.63%) Firewall
2 1,007 (8.53%) DNS
3 694 (5.88%) LAN
4 664 (5.63%) TCP/IP
5 631 (5.35%) DHCP
6 585 (4.96%) WAN
7 568 (4.81%) VPN
8 498 (4.22%) SAN
9 425 (3.60%) Skype
10 363 (3.08%) Internet
11 232 (1.97%) VoIP
12 205 (1.74%) SSL
13 188 (1.59%) HTTP
14 180 (1.53%) Wireless
15 172 (1.46%) Network Security
16 165 (1.40%) Remote Desktop
17 149 (1.26%) NAS
18 139 (1.18%) VLAN
19 133 (1.13%) Wi-Fi
20 128 (1.08%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,289 (10.92%) SQL Server
2 205 (1.74%) Relational Database
3 202 (1.71%) MySQL
4 176 (1.49%) MongoDB
5 175 (1.48%) Oracle Database
6 168 (1.42%) NoSQL
7 152 (1.29%) PostgreSQL
8 144 (1.22%) SQL Server 2008
9 137 (1.16%) SQL Server 2012
10 133 (1.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 108 (0.92%) Big Data
12 104 (0.88%) Hadoop
13 88 (0.75%) Amazon RDS
14 82 (0.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 81 (0.69%) RDBMS
16 70 (0.59%) SQL Server 2016
17 61 (0.52%) DB2
18 56 (0.47%) Power BI
19 54 (0.46%) SQL Server 2014
20 47 (0.40%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 689 (5.84%) Jenkins
2 672 (5.69%) Git (software)
3 466 (3.95%) JIRA
4 256 (2.17%) Visual Studio
5 234 (1.98%) TeamCity
6 216 (1.83%) Selenium
7 213 (1.80%) Subversion
8 176 (1.49%) MSI
9 165 (1.40%) Maven
10 164 (1.39%) Team Foundation Server
11 146 (1.24%) Cucumber
12 139 (1.18%) Visual Studio Team System
13 133 (1.13%) Octopus Deploy
14 124 (1.05%) Sonatype Nexus
15 112 (0.95%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 101 (0.86%) Eclipse
17 98 (0.83%) Bitbucket
18 92 (0.78%) Ant
19 81 (0.69%) Artifactory
20 79 (0.67%) Gatling
General
1 1,609 (13.63%) Finance
2 540 (4.58%) Banking
3 283 (2.40%) Law
4 240 (2.03%) Retail
5 233 (1.97%) Telecoms
6 162 (1.37%) Front Office
7 136 (1.15%) Manufacturing
8 124 (1.05%) Legal
9 99 (0.84%) Investment Banking
9 99 (0.84%) Marketing
10 96 (0.81%) Publishing
11 83 (0.70%) Financial Institution
12 75 (0.64%) Back Office
13 73 (0.62%) Advertising
14 67 (0.57%) Military
15 53 (0.45%) Electronics
16 52 (0.44%) Aerospace
17 41 (0.35%) Automotive
17 41 (0.35%) Billing
18 38 (0.32%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 1,878 (15.91%) Analyst
2 1,154 (9.78%) Support Engineer
3 841 (7.13%) Developer
4 819 (6.94%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 777 (6.58%) Windows Engineer
6 755 (6.40%) Desktop Support
7 672 (5.69%) Support Analyst
8 658 (5.58%) Architect
9 655 (5.55%) DevOps Engineer
10 623 (5.28%) 2nd Line Support
10 623 (5.28%) Desktop Engineer
11 608 (5.15%) Service Analyst
12 571 (4.84%) Service Desk Analyst
13 568 (4.81%) IT Support
14 441 (3.74%) Desktop Support Engineer
15 414 (3.51%) Consultant
16 383 (3.25%) Administrator
17 349 (2.96%) IT Engineer
18 313 (2.65%) Azure Engineer
19 308 (2.61%) 2nd Line Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 792 (6.71%) .NET
2 408 (3.46%) Web Services
3 387 (3.28%) XML
4 338 (2.86%) HTML
5 283 (2.40%) Middleware
6 269 (2.28%) CSS
7 232 (1.97%) REST
8 228 (1.93%) JSON
9 218 (1.85%) SOAP
10 202 (1.71%) jQuery
11 196 (1.66%) .NET Framework
12 194 (1.64%) AngularJS
13 187 (1.58%) Node.js
14 175 (1.48%) LDAP
15 163 (1.38%) ASP.NET
16 127 (1.08%) HTML5
17 119 (1.01%) WCF
18 103 (0.87%) WPF
19 100 (0.85%) Spring
20 92 (0.78%) React
Miscellaneous
1 646 (5.47%) Analytical Skills
2 549 (4.65%) Data Centre
3 368 (3.12%) Self-Motivation
4 300 (2.54%) Management Information System
5 243 (2.06%) Clustering
6 232 (1.97%) Blackberry
7 205 (1.74%) PKI
8 175 (1.48%) iPhone
9 152 (1.29%) Public Cloud
10 143 (1.21%) Driving Licence
11 141 (1.19%) Hybrid Cloud
12 140 (1.19%) NHS
13 138 (1.17%) User Experience
14 126 (1.07%) Fat Client
14 126 (1.07%) Thin Client
15 125 (1.06%) Smartphone
16 124 (1.05%) Fixed Income
17 123 (1.04%) Video Conferencing
18 116 (0.98%) iPad
19 110 (0.93%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 3,254 (27.57%) Windows 10
2 3,253 (27.56%) Windows Server
3 2,514 (21.30%) Linux
4 2,297 (19.46%) Windows 7
5 1,255 (10.63%) Windows Server 2012
6 1,112 (9.42%) Unix
7 989 (8.38%) Windows Server 2008
8 497 (4.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 397 (3.36%) Apple iOS
10 386 (3.27%) Windows 8
11 372 (3.15%) Android
12 349 (2.96%) Windows XP
13 338 (2.86%) Windows Server 2003
14 181 (1.53%) Mac OS
15 180 (1.53%) Mac OS X
16 162 (1.37%) Ubuntu
17 161 (1.36%) CentOS
18 154 (1.30%) Solaris
19 91 (0.77%) AIX
20 41 (0.35%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,608 (13.62%) ITIL
2 1,491 (12.63%) Migration
3 1,487 (12.60%) Agile Software Development
4 1,206 (10.22%) DevOps
5 1,052 (8.91%) Problem-Solving
6 1,002 (8.49%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 569 (4.82%) Continuous Integration
8 533 (4.52%) Test Automation
9 519 (4.40%) Configuration Management
10 518 (4.39%) Service Management
11 390 (3.30%) Scrum
12 368 (3.12%) Project Management
13 367 (3.11%) Change Management
14 337 (2.86%) Disaster Recovery
15 327 (2.77%) Service Delivery
16 322 (2.73%) Software Engineering
17 303 (2.57%) ITSM
18 286 (2.42%) Stakeholder Management
19 283 (2.40%) SDLC
20 280 (2.37%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 1,817 (15.40%) PowerShell
2 1,586 (13.44%) SQL
3 877 (7.43%) Python
4 829 (7.02%) C#
5 721 (6.11%) Java
6 535 (4.53%) JavaScript
7 424 (3.59%) Bash Shell
8 360 (3.05%) C++
9 354 (3.00%) Perl
10 288 (2.44%) Shell Script
11 255 (2.16%) Ruby
12 213 (1.80%) C
13 155 (1.31%) VBScript
14 151 (1.28%) T-SQL
15 136 (1.15%) VB
16 97 (0.82%) Groovy
17 84 (0.71%) PHP
18 73 (0.62%) PL/SQL
19 71 (0.60%) Scala
20 68 (0.58%) Korn
Qualifications
1 1,383 (11.72%) Security Cleared
2 1,025 (8.68%) SC Cleared
3 661 (5.60%) Microsoft Certification
4 502 (4.25%) Degree
5 404 (3.42%) MCSE
6 329 (2.79%) DV Cleared
7 254 (2.15%) Cisco Certification
8 212 (1.80%) MCSA
9 200 (1.69%) MCP
10 193 (1.64%) CCNA
11 146 (1.24%) ITIL Certification
12 144 (1.22%) ISTQB
13 125 (1.06%) ISEB
14 111 (0.94%) CISSP
15 107 (0.91%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 99 (0.84%) DBS Check
17 97 (0.82%) CCNP
18 89 (0.75%) MCITP
19 88 (0.75%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
20 87 (0.74%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 464 (3.93%) SLA
2 174 (1.47%) QA
3 88 (0.75%) GDPR
4 71 (0.60%) PMO
5 67 (0.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 49 (0.42%) PCI DSS
7 36 (0.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 30 (0.25%) Disclosure Scotland
9 25 (0.21%) Data Quality
10 18 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials
11 16 (0.14%) FINRA
11 16 (0.14%) HL7
12 12 (0.10%) ISO 9001
13 11 (0.093%) JSP 440
14 10 (0.085%) GxP
15 9 (0.076%) COBIT
15 9 (0.076%) ISO 22301
15 9 (0.076%) ISO/IEC 27005
16 8 (0.068%) ISAE 3402
16 8 (0.068%) MISRA
System Software
1 4,511 (38.22%) Active Directory
2 1,274 (10.79%) VMware Infrastructure
3 636 (5.39%) Hyper-V
4 516 (4.37%) Docker
5 453 (3.84%) XenApp
6 390 (3.30%) VMware ESXi
7 368 (3.12%) vSphere
8 362 (3.07%) Microsoft App-V
9 339 (2.87%) XenDesktop
10 250 (2.12%) Virtual Machines
11 175 (1.48%) Virtual Desktop
12 109 (0.92%) BitLocker
13 107 (0.91%) Virtual Servers
14 78 (0.66%) XenServer
15 69 (0.58%) NFS
16 67 (0.57%) VMware Workstation
17 58 (0.49%) VMware NSX
18 54 (0.46%) Terminal Services
19 47 (0.40%) DFS Replication
19 47 (0.40%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 1,814 (15.37%) SCCM
2 641 (5.43%) Ansible
3 566 (4.80%) Puppet
4 393 (3.33%) Terraform
5 387 (3.28%) Opscode Chef
6 304 (2.58%) Kubernetes
7 283 (2.40%) SCOM
8 231 (1.96%) Microsoft Intune
9 168 (1.42%) WSUS
10 158 (1.34%) vCenter Server
11 124 (1.05%) Microsoft Clustering
12 122 (1.03%) Nagios
13 120 (1.02%) McAfee ePO
14 111 (0.94%) AirWatch
15 106 (0.90%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
16 100 (0.85%) NetBackup
17 91 (0.77%) Kibana
17 91 (0.77%) Single Sign-On
18 84 (0.71%) Grafana
19 77 (0.65%) Packer
Vendors
1 4,185 (35.46%) Microsoft
2 2,332 (19.76%) VMware
3 1,297 (10.99%) Citrix
4 965 (8.18%) Oracle
5 927 (7.85%) Cisco
6 568 (4.81%) HP
7 526 (4.46%) Apple
8 422 (3.58%) Red Hat
9 320 (2.71%) McAfee
10 318 (2.69%) Google
11 286 (2.42%) NetApp
12 259 (2.19%) ServiceNow
13 244 (2.07%) Dell
14 242 (2.05%) IBM
15 228 (1.93%) Ivanti
16 225 (1.91%) Splunk
17 195 (1.65%) Symantec
18 179 (1.52%) EMC
19 177 (1.50%) SAP
20 162 (1.37%) Remedy