Period
to 23 September 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 23 September 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
23 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 6 9 9
Rank change year-on-year +3 0 -1
Contract jobs citing Windows 10,998 11,688 10,366
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.51% 11.56% 10.58%
As % of the Operating Systems category 60.49% 55.87% 50.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,887 6,977 6,285
UK median daily rate £370 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.33% +7.14% -
10th Percentile £130 £133 £133
90th Percentile £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year - +7.69% -2.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,088 1,325 1,007
UK median hourly rate £16.95 £16.20 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.63% +1.25% +4.88%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.84 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.00 £42.90 £46.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £15.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year +3.23% +3.33% -

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 18,181 20,919 20,367
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.67% 20.68% 20.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,333 12,939 12,801
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £425
10th Percentile £150 £170 £183
90th Percentile £619 £606 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £393 £375
% change year-on-year +1.91% +4.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,238 1,509 1,193
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.94% -2.86% +6.06%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.50 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.68 £16.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year +4.22% -3.03% +1.54%

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 23 September 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 23 September 2019.

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 23 September 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 9,817 £375 - 3,671
UK excluding London +3 7,049 £350 - 3,034
London -1 3,645 £400 -4.76% 901
South East +2 2,140 £375 - 883
North of England +5 1,401 £315 -10.00% 675
South West 0 1,003 £363 +11.54% 415
Midlands 0 934 £325 -7.14% 451
North West +2 742 £315 -10.00% 389
East of England +1 641 £300 -13.54% 346
Scotland +4 583 £325 +2.36% 155
West Midlands -2 548 £325 -9.72% 273
Yorkshire +5 547 £325 -7.14% 226
East Midlands +2 378 £310 -4.62% 177
Wales +7 306 £400 +14.29% 90
North East -2 112 £175 -47.37% 60
Northern Ireland +1 33 £275 +10.00% 17
Channel Islands -5 14 £400 -2.44% 2

For the 6 months to 23 September 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 4,358 (39.63%) Active Directory
2 4,072 (37.02%) Windows 10
3 3,953 (35.94%) Microsoft
4 2,955 (26.87%) Windows Server
5 2,745 (24.96%) Office 365
6 2,292 (20.84%) Windows 7
7 2,110 (19.19%) VMware
8 1,979 (17.99%) SCCM
9 1,941 (17.65%) Linux
10 1,907 (17.34%) Azure
11 1,778 (16.17%) Migration
12 1,700 (15.46%) PowerShell
13 1,599 (14.54%) ITIL
14 1,519 (13.81%) Finance
15 1,488 (13.53%) Microsoft Office
16 1,408 (12.80%) Security Cleared
17 1,316 (11.97%) SQL
18 1,185 (10.77%) Citrix
19 1,183 (10.76%) Windows Server 2012
20 1,168 (10.62%) VMware Infrastructure
21 1,110 (10.09%) SQL Server
22 1,095 (9.96%) Agile Software Development
23 1,083 (9.85%) Infrastructure Engineering
24 1,072 (9.75%) DNS
25 1,035 (9.41%) Windows Server 2008
26 1,001 (9.10%) SC Cleared
27 918 (8.35%) DevOps
28 905 (8.23%) AWS
29 880 (8.00%) Problem-Solving
30 845 (7.68%) Cisco

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
1 795 (7.23%) MS Exchange
2 663 (6.03%) SharePoint
3 402 (3.66%) Skype for Business
4 359 (3.26%) IIS
5 256 (2.33%) Exchange Server 2010
6 207 (1.88%) Confluence
7 165 (1.50%) Exchange Server 2013
8 136 (1.24%) Apache
9 105 (0.95%) Tomcat
10 91 (0.83%) WebLogic
11 87 (0.79%) JBoss
12 67 (0.61%) Apache Spark
13 62 (0.56%) IBM Notes
14 55 (0.50%) WebSphere
15 46 (0.42%) OpenStack
16 44 (0.40%) CMS
17 40 (0.36%) nginx
18 39 (0.35%) Elasticsearch
19 38 (0.35%) Exchange Server 2007
20 36 (0.33%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 1,488 (13.53%) Microsoft Office
2 280 (2.55%) Microsoft Excel
3 118 (1.07%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 78 (0.71%) MS Visio
5 71 (0.65%) Microsoft Project
6 23 (0.21%) Spreadsheet
7 12 (0.11%) Photoshop
8 8 (0.073%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 6 (0.055%) Acrobat
9 6 (0.055%) AutoCAD
9 6 (0.055%) FileZilla
10 5 (0.045%) SPSS
11 4 (0.036%) Mozilla Thunderbird
12 3 (0.027%) Chatbot
12 3 (0.027%) Stata
13 2 (0.018%) Shockwave
14 1 (0.009%) Adobe Illustrator
14 1 (0.009%) CINEMA 4D
14 1 (0.009%) InfoPath
14 1 (0.009%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 56 (0.51%) Dynamics CRM
2 49 (0.45%) Remedy ITSM
3 38 (0.35%) Elite 3E
4 16 (0.15%) Dynamics NAV
4 16 (0.15%) Oracle Applications
5 15 (0.14%) assyst
5 15 (0.14%) ION MarketView
6 14 (0.13%) Eikon
7 12 (0.11%) BusinessWorks
7 12 (0.11%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 9 (0.082%) Distributed Ledger
9 8 (0.073%) Magento
9 8 (0.073%) Oracle EBS
9 8 (0.073%) SAP SRM
9 8 (0.073%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
10 7 (0.064%) R3 Corda
11 6 (0.055%) Misys Opics
12 5 (0.045%) Dynamics GP
12 5 (0.045%) Eloqua
12 5 (0.045%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 2,745 (24.96%) Office 365
2 1,907 (17.34%) Azure
3 905 (8.23%) AWS
4 414 (3.76%) Azure Active Directory
5 322 (2.93%) IaaS
6 276 (2.51%) PaaS
7 170 (1.55%) OneDrive
8 167 (1.52%) SaaS
9 165 (1.50%) GitHub
10 157 (1.43%) GCP
11 121 (1.10%) Serverless
12 109 (0.99%) AWS CloudFormation
13 94 (0.85%) Power Platform
14 93 (0.85%) Cloud Computing
15 90 (0.82%) OpenShift
16 84 (0.76%) Amazon S3
17 75 (0.68%) AWS Lambda
18 71 (0.65%) Amazon EC2
19 53 (0.48%) G Suite
20 52 (0.47%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 1,072 (9.75%) DNS
2 816 (7.42%) Firewall
3 713 (6.48%) DHCP
4 605 (5.50%) TCP/IP
5 490 (4.46%) LAN
6 471 (4.28%) WAN
7 451 (4.10%) VPN
8 447 (4.06%) SAN
8 447 (4.06%) Skype
9 301 (2.74%) Internet
10 220 (2.00%) VoIP
11 193 (1.75%) Wireless
12 188 (1.71%) Wi-Fi
13 159 (1.45%) Remote Desktop
14 148 (1.35%) NAS
15 147 (1.34%) HTTP
16 146 (1.33%) VLAN
17 131 (1.19%) Network Security
18 125 (1.14%) NetScaler
19 116 (1.05%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,110 (10.09%) SQL Server
2 186 (1.69%) Oracle Database
3 182 (1.65%) MySQL
4 141 (1.28%) Relational Database
5 129 (1.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 122 (1.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 108 (0.98%) SQL Server 2012
8 100 (0.91%) SQL Server 2016
9 98 (0.89%) NoSQL
10 97 (0.88%) MongoDB
11 92 (0.84%) PostgreSQL
12 88 (0.80%) Data Warehouse
12 88 (0.80%) SQL Server 2008
13 87 (0.79%) Big Data
14 83 (0.75%) Amazon RDS
15 78 (0.71%) Power BI
16 65 (0.59%) DB2
17 63 (0.57%) Azure SQL Database
18 54 (0.49%) Hadoop
19 53 (0.48%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 395 (3.59%) Git (software)
2 393 (3.57%) Jenkins
3 331 (3.01%) JIRA
4 290 (2.64%) Visual Studio
5 198 (1.80%) MSI
6 121 (1.10%) Selenium
7 116 (1.05%) TeamCity
8 114 (1.04%) Visual Studio Team System
9 102 (0.93%) Team Foundation Server
10 84 (0.76%) Bitbucket
11 81 (0.74%) Subversion
12 78 (0.71%) Eclipse
13 69 (0.63%) Cucumber
14 67 (0.61%) InstallShield
15 62 (0.56%) Octopus Deploy
16 61 (0.55%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 52 (0.47%) Maven
18 50 (0.45%) GitLab
19 45 (0.41%) JUnit
20 40 (0.36%) JMeter
General
1 1,519 (13.81%) Finance
2 677 (6.16%) Public Sector
3 539 (4.90%) Banking
4 317 (2.88%) Telecoms
5 267 (2.43%) Retail
6 181 (1.65%) Manufacturing
7 168 (1.53%) Legal
8 157 (1.43%) Law
9 123 (1.12%) Marketing
10 113 (1.03%) Electronics
11 86 (0.78%) Front Office
12 84 (0.76%) Investment Banking
13 79 (0.72%) Advertising
14 76 (0.69%) Back Office
15 72 (0.65%) Military
16 69 (0.63%) Publishing
17 68 (0.62%) Local Government
18 61 (0.55%) Financial Institution
19 49 (0.45%) Aerospace
20 45 (0.41%) German Language
Job Titles
1 1,544 (14.04%) Analyst
2 1,228 (11.17%) Support Engineer
3 956 (8.69%) Windows Engineer
4 898 (8.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 788 (7.16%) Desktop Support
6 687 (6.25%) Desktop Engineer
7 614 (5.58%) Developer
8 591 (5.37%) 2nd Line Support
9 559 (5.08%) Support Analyst
10 533 (4.85%) Architect
11 521 (4.74%) IT Support
12 490 (4.46%) Service Analyst
13 463 (4.21%) Consultant
14 459 (4.17%) Service Desk Analyst
15 427 (3.88%) DevOps Engineer
16 423 (3.85%) Desktop Support Engineer
17 389 (3.54%) IT Engineer
18 388 (3.53%) Deployment Engineer
19 317 (2.88%) 3rd Line Engineer
20 298 (2.71%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 580 (5.27%) .NET
2 373 (3.39%) Web Services
3 245 (2.23%) HTML
4 244 (2.22%) XML
5 187 (1.70%) JSON
6 175 (1.59%) CSS
7 164 (1.49%) Middleware
8 154 (1.40%) Node.js
9 146 (1.33%) REST
10 139 (1.26%) .NET Framework
11 123 (1.12%) ASP.NET
12 116 (1.05%) SOAP
13 115 (1.05%) RESTful
14 114 (1.04%) AngularJS
15 108 (0.98%) LDAP
16 104 (0.95%) WPF
17 94 (0.85%) jQuery
18 85 (0.77%) Spring
19 75 (0.68%) Kafka
20 74 (0.67%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 511 (4.65%) Analytical Skills
2 495 (4.50%) Data Centre
3 313 (2.85%) Management Information System
4 289 (2.63%) Self-Motivation
5 267 (2.43%) Clustering
6 264 (2.40%) Driving Licence
7 180 (1.64%) NHS
8 164 (1.49%) Public Cloud
9 163 (1.48%) PKI
10 162 (1.47%) Replication
11 143 (1.30%) Blackberry
12 121 (1.10%) Smartphone
12 121 (1.10%) Video Conferencing
13 118 (1.07%) iPhone
14 114 (1.04%) User Experience
15 111 (1.01%) Enterprise Software
16 93 (0.85%) Linux Command Line
17 88 (0.80%) Fat Client
17 88 (0.80%) Thin Client
18 75 (0.68%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 4,072 (37.02%) Windows 10
2 2,955 (26.87%) Windows Server
3 2,292 (20.84%) Windows 7
4 1,941 (17.65%) Linux
5 1,183 (10.76%) Windows Server 2012
6 1,035 (9.41%) Windows Server 2008
7 637 (5.79%) Unix
8 370 (3.36%) Android
9 343 (3.12%) Apple iOS
10 316 (2.87%) Windows XP
11 308 (2.80%) Windows Server 2003
12 306 (2.78%) Windows 8
13 273 (2.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 210 (1.91%) Mac OS
15 143 (1.30%) Solaris
16 142 (1.29%) Mac OS X
17 140 (1.27%) CentOS
18 111 (1.01%) Ubuntu
19 83 (0.75%) AIX
20 46 (0.42%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,778 (16.17%) Migration
2 1,599 (14.54%) ITIL
3 1,095 (9.96%) Agile Software Development
4 1,083 (9.85%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 918 (8.35%) DevOps
6 880 (8.00%) Problem-Solving
7 438 (3.98%) Service Management
8 398 (3.62%) Change Management
9 373 (3.39%) Configuration Management
10 364 (3.31%) Test Automation
11 335 (3.05%) Project Management
12 328 (2.98%) Information Security
13 318 (2.89%) Continuous Integration
14 314 (2.86%) Scrum
15 311 (2.83%) Incident Management
16 310 (2.82%) Project Delivery
17 309 (2.81%) ITSM
18 304 (2.76%) Application Packaging
19 294 (2.67%) Software Engineering
20 293 (2.66%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 1,700 (15.46%) PowerShell
2 1,316 (11.97%) SQL
3 657 (5.97%) Python
4 591 (5.37%) C#
5 580 (5.27%) Java
6 456 (4.15%) JavaScript
7 291 (2.65%) Bash Shell
8 243 (2.21%) C++
9 212 (1.93%) C
10 186 (1.69%) Perl
11 143 (1.30%) T-SQL
12 142 (1.29%) Ruby
13 129 (1.17%) VBScript
14 124 (1.13%) Shell Script
15 100 (0.91%) PHP
15 100 (0.91%) VB
16 85 (0.77%) PL/SQL
17 70 (0.64%) VBA
18 58 (0.53%) Groovy
18 58 (0.53%) Scala
Qualifications
1 1,408 (12.80%) Security Cleared
2 1,001 (9.10%) SC Cleared
3 510 (4.64%) Microsoft Certification
4 450 (4.09%) Degree
5 359 (3.26%) DV Cleared
6 305 (2.77%) MCSE
7 263 (2.39%) Cisco Certification
8 192 (1.75%) CCNA
9 189 (1.72%) MCSA
10 158 (1.44%) ITIL Certification
11 152 (1.38%) MCP
12 97 (0.88%) CCNP
13 86 (0.78%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 85 (0.77%) ISTQB
15 78 (0.71%) DBS Check
16 73 (0.66%) CISSP
17 68 (0.62%) MCITP
18 62 (0.56%) Computer Science Degree
19 58 (0.53%) ISEB
20 56 (0.51%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 547 (4.97%) SLA
2 254 (2.31%) QA
3 96 (0.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 63 (0.57%) GDPR
5 49 (0.45%) PCI DSS
6 41 (0.37%) NIST
7 38 (0.35%) PMO
8 29 (0.26%) COBIT
8 29 (0.26%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 24 (0.22%) Cyber Essentials
10 20 (0.18%) Disclosure Scotland
11 19 (0.17%) Data Quality
12 16 (0.15%) MiFID
13 15 (0.14%) Government Security Classifications
14 14 (0.13%) ISO 9001
15 12 (0.11%) HL7
16 11 (0.10%) NCSC
17 7 (0.064%) HMG Security Policy Framework
17 7 (0.064%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
18 6 (0.055%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 4,358 (39.63%) Active Directory
2 1,168 (10.62%) VMware Infrastructure
3 646 (5.87%) Hyper-V
4 434 (3.95%) XenApp
5 411 (3.74%) VMware ESXi
6 355 (3.23%) vSphere
7 317 (2.88%) Docker
8 308 (2.80%) XenDesktop
9 276 (2.51%) Microsoft App-V
10 244 (2.22%) Virtual Machines
11 160 (1.45%) Virtual Desktop
12 92 (0.84%) Virtual Servers
13 76 (0.69%) BitLocker
14 59 (0.54%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 55 (0.50%) VMware NSX
16 54 (0.49%) Firmware
17 53 (0.48%) DFS Replication
18 46 (0.42%) VMware Workstation
19 38 (0.35%) vCloud
20 34 (0.31%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 1,979 (17.99%) SCCM
2 397 (3.61%) Ansible
3 381 (3.46%) Microsoft Intune
4 295 (2.68%) Puppet
5 269 (2.45%) SCOM
6 257 (2.34%) Terraform
7 238 (2.16%) Kubernetes
8 227 (2.06%) Opscode Chef
9 190 (1.73%) WSUS
10 132 (1.20%) Single Sign-On
11 113 (1.03%) AirWatch
12 109 (0.99%) Microsoft Clustering
12 109 (0.99%) vCenter Server
13 84 (0.76%) Jamf Pro
14 80 (0.73%) NetBackup
15 69 (0.63%) McAfee ePO
16 61 (0.55%) SCVMM
17 59 (0.54%) Nessus
18 51 (0.46%) Nagios
19 49 (0.45%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 3,953 (35.94%) Microsoft
2 2,110 (19.19%) VMware
3 1,185 (10.77%) Citrix
4 845 (7.68%) Cisco
5 662 (6.02%) Oracle
6 455 (4.14%) HP
7 376 (3.42%) Apple
8 277 (2.52%) Red Hat
9 261 (2.37%) Dell
10 249 (2.26%) ServiceNow
11 234 (2.13%) SAP
12 232 (2.11%) NetApp
13 228 (2.07%) IBM
14 209 (1.90%) Google
15 208 (1.89%) McAfee
16 185 (1.68%) EMC
17 179 (1.63%) Ivanti
18 158 (1.44%) Splunk
19 132 (1.20%) Veeam
20 129 (1.17%) Symantec