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 3 months to 29 June 2017 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
3 months to
29 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 9 7 6
Rank change year-on-year -2 -1  
Contract jobs citing Windows 4889 6473 7036
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 10.38% 12.05% 12.55%
As % of the Operating Systems category 49.65% 52.18% 56.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 2912 3838 3975
Median daily rate £364 £350 £335
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.92% +4.47%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £140 £150 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £558 £538 £513
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £340 £325
% change year-on-year -0.73% +4.61%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 477 568 886
Median hourly rate £15.25 £16.50 £16.16
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.57% +2.10%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £10.50 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £41.30 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £16.38 £15.38
% change year-on-year -11.45% +6.50%  

Windows is in the operating system skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills.

Contract Operating System Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 9847 12406 12400
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.90% 23.10% 22.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 13072 17892 16653
Median daily rate £408 £390 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.48% +11.42%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £168 £200 £163
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £348
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.31%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1319 1596 2572
Median hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.57% +2.94%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.10 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.75 £43.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £17.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year -11.42% +6.06%  

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 3 months to 29 June 2017.

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 3 months to 29 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Windows in the UK

Windows
Top 11 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 3 months to 29 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -2 4462 £367 +1.24% 1556
UK excluding London -2 2975 £338 -0.73% 1084
London -1 1843 £410 +2.50% 544
South East 0 913 £364 +0.34% 320
North of England -4 611 £317 -2.46% 256
Midlands +1 443 £325 -18.75% 181
East of England +1 346 £350 +7.69% 142
South West -2 308 £325 -10.34% 109
Scotland -2 235 £350 +7.69% 45
Wales 0 99 £350 - 24
Northern Ireland -15 44 £433 +246.40% 7

For the 6 months to 29 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Windows also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Windows.

1 3409 (35.57%) Active Directory
2 3176 (33.14%) Microsoft
3 2615 (27.29%) Windows Server
4 2187 (22.82%) Linux
5 1951 (20.36%) VMware
6 1838 (19.18%) Windows 7
7 1568 (16.36%) SQL
8 1479 (15.43%) Finance
9 1455 (15.18%) SQL Server
10 1423 (14.85%) Windows 10
11 1405 (14.66%) Security Cleared
12 1402 (14.63%) Windows Server 2012
13 1382 (14.42%) ITIL
14 1334 (13.92%) Office 365
15 1316 (13.73%) Windows Server 2008
16 1292 (13.48%) Microsoft Office
17 1285 (13.41%) PowerShell
18 1263 (13.18%) Migration
19 1144 (11.94%) Unix
20 1106 (11.54%) SCCM
21 1091 (11.38%) VMware Infrastructure
22 1073 (11.20%) Citrix
23 1041 (10.86%) Agile Software Development
24 1004 (10.48%) SC Cleared
25 995 (10.38%) Microsoft Azure
26 930 (9.70%) .NET
27 890 (9.29%) DNS
28 875 (9.13%) C#
29 842 (8.79%) MS Exchange
30 841 (8.78%) 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
1 842 (8.79%) MS Exchange
2 567 (5.92%) SharePoint
3 553 (5.77%) IIS
4 387 (4.04%) Exchange Server 2010
5 362 (3.78%) Skype for Business
6 250 (2.61%) Exchange Server 2013
7 178 (1.86%) Apache
8 177 (1.85%) Tomcat
9 171 (1.78%) Confluence
10 128 (1.34%) Exchange Server 2007
11 127 (1.33%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 111 (1.16%) CMS
13 110 (1.15%) Elasticsearch
14 108 (1.13%) JBoss
15 105 (1.10%) SharePoint 2013
16 101 (1.05%) BizTalk Server
16 101 (1.05%) WebLogic
17 93 (0.97%) IBM Notes
18 92 (0.96%) WebSphere
19 83 (0.87%) OpenStack
Applications
1 1292 (13.48%) Microsoft Office
2 290 (3.03%) Microsoft Excel
3 94 (0.98%) MS Visio
4 77 (0.80%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 60 (0.63%) Spreadsheet
6 37 (0.39%) Microsoft Project
7 11 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 8 (0.083%) InfoPath
9 7 (0.073%) Acrobat
10 6 (0.063%) Doxygen
10 6 (0.063%) Simulink
11 5 (0.052%) Adobe Illustrator
11 5 (0.052%) AutoCAD
11 5 (0.052%) Photoshop
11 5 (0.052%) Quicktime
12 4 (0.042%) Mozilla Thunderbird
13 3 (0.031%) InDesign
13 3 (0.031%) SmartSuite
13 3 (0.031%) SOLIDWORKS
13 3 (0.031%) Stata
Business Applications
1 101 (1.05%) Dynamics CRM
2 53 (0.55%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 44 (0.46%) Remedy ITSM
4 37 (0.39%) Dynamics AX
5 23 (0.24%) Oracle Applications
6 21 (0.22%) Oracle EBS
7 19 (0.20%) Eikon
7 19 (0.20%) ION MarketView
8 16 (0.17%) Oracle 11i
9 12 (0.13%) Oracle EBS R12
10 10 (0.10%) Dynamics NAV
10 10 (0.10%) Siebel CRM
11 6 (0.063%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
11 6 (0.063%) Oracle Utilities
11 6 (0.063%) Teamcenter
11 6 (0.063%) Unit4 Business World
12 5 (0.052%) Adobe Campaign
12 5 (0.052%) SystmOne
12 5 (0.052%) thinkFolio
13 4 (0.042%) Dynamics GP
Cloud Services
1 1334 (13.92%) Office 365
2 995 (10.38%) Microsoft Azure
3 648 (6.76%) Amazon AWS
4 209 (2.18%) IaaS
5 174 (1.82%) PaaS
6 116 (1.21%) Azure Active Directory
7 82 (0.86%) SaaS
8 79 (0.82%) OneDrive
9 71 (0.74%) Cloud Computing
10 69 (0.72%) AWS CloudFormation
11 52 (0.54%) G Suite
12 50 (0.52%) Amazon EC2
12 50 (0.52%) GitHub
13 49 (0.51%) Amazon S3
14 43 (0.45%) OpenShift
15 42 (0.44%) Yammer
16 32 (0.33%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 27 (0.28%) Google Cloud Platform
18 25 (0.26%) Mimecast
18 25 (0.26%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 890 (9.29%) DNS
2 786 (8.20%) Firewall
3 633 (6.60%) LAN
4 616 (6.43%) TCP/IP
5 610 (6.36%) WAN
6 584 (6.09%) DHCP
7 522 (5.45%) SAN
8 452 (4.72%) VPN
9 336 (3.51%) Internet
10 236 (2.46%) Skype
11 219 (2.29%) Wireless
12 181 (1.89%) LDAP
13 173 (1.81%) NAS
14 165 (1.72%) VoIP
15 164 (1.71%) HTTP
16 149 (1.55%) Remote Desktop
17 140 (1.46%) SSL
18 139 (1.45%) Network Security
19 131 (1.37%) VLAN
20 127 (1.33%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1455 (15.18%) SQL Server
2 293 (3.06%) SQL Server 2012
3 259 (2.70%) SQL Server 2008
4 244 (2.55%) Relational Database
5 227 (2.37%) Oracle Database
6 177 (1.85%) MySQL
7 151 (1.58%) SQL Server 2005
8 142 (1.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 137 (1.43%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 136 (1.42%) MongoDB
11 128 (1.34%) NoSQL
12 127 (1.33%) PostgreSQL
13 97 (1.01%) Hadoop
14 95 (0.99%) Big Data
15 91 (0.95%) Oracle Database 11g
16 90 (0.94%) SQL Server 2014
17 88 (0.92%) RDBMS
18 79 (0.82%) Data Warehouse
19 76 (0.79%) DB2
20 71 (0.74%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 406 (4.24%) Git (software)
2 387 (4.04%) Jenkins
3 314 (3.28%) Team Foundation Server
4 304 (3.17%) JIRA
5 287 (2.99%) Visual Studio
6 187 (1.95%) TeamCity
7 123 (1.28%) Subversion
8 118 (1.23%) MSI
9 113 (1.18%) Octopus Deploy
10 104 (1.09%) Selenium
11 97 (1.01%) Maven
12 94 (0.98%) Sonatype Nexus
13 91 (0.95%) Eclipse
14 83 (0.87%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 75 (0.78%) Ant
16 65 (0.68%) Cucumber
17 63 (0.66%) NUnit
18 58 (0.61%) GitLab
19 50 (0.52%) JUnit
20 45 (0.47%) Bitbucket
General
1 1479 (15.43%) Finance
2 657 (6.86%) Banking
3 234 (2.44%) Retail
4 176 (1.84%) Investment Banking
5 174 (1.82%) Legal
6 169 (1.76%) Telecoms
7 165 (1.72%) Front Office
8 135 (1.41%) Manufacturing
9 128 (1.34%) Law
10 112 (1.17%) Back Office
11 110 (1.15%) Marketing
12 77 (0.80%) Electronics
13 52 (0.54%) Advertising
13 52 (0.54%) Financial Institution
14 47 (0.49%) Military
15 44 (0.46%) Publishing
16 41 (0.43%) Local Government
17 28 (0.29%) Games
18 24 (0.25%) Retail Banking
19 19 (0.20%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 1553 (16.20%) Analyst
2 1051 (10.97%) Developer
3 895 (9.34%) Support Engineer
4 655 (6.83%) Architect
5 631 (6.58%) Desktop Support
6 564 (5.88%) Support Analyst
7 542 (5.66%) Windows Engineer
8 509 (5.31%) Consultant
9 487 (5.08%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 486 (5.07%) 2nd Line Support
11 416 (4.34%) Service Analyst
12 389 (4.06%) Service Desk Analyst
13 373 (3.89%) IT Support
14 363 (3.79%) DevOps Engineer
15 357 (3.72%) Administrator
16 327 (3.41%) Desktop Engineer
17 269 (2.81%) .NET Developer
18 261 (2.72%) 3rd Line Support
19 252 (2.63%) Project Manager
20 250 (2.61%) 3rd Line Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 930 (9.70%) .NET
2 440 (4.59%) Web Services
3 358 (3.74%) HTML
4 329 (3.43%) XML
5 260 (2.71%) CSS
6 257 (2.68%) Middleware
7 241 (2.51%) ASP.NET
8 181 (1.89%) .NET Framework
8 181 (1.89%) jQuery
9 167 (1.74%) AngularJS
10 159 (1.66%) WCF
11 147 (1.53%) SOAP
12 128 (1.34%) JSON
13 111 (1.16%) REST
14 106 (1.11%) RESTful
15 100 (1.04%) Ajax
15 100 (1.04%) HTML5
16 99 (1.03%) ASP.NET MVC
17 98 (1.02%) ASP.NET Web API
18 96 (1.00%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 597 (6.23%) Data Centre
2 588 (6.14%) Analytical Skills
3 280 (2.92%) Management Information System
4 266 (2.78%) Blackberry
5 249 (2.60%) Clustering
6 218 (2.27%) Computer Science
7 143 (1.49%) Replication
8 134 (1.40%) Smartphone
9 126 (1.31%) PKI
10 114 (1.19%) Client/Server
11 110 (1.15%) Public Cloud
12 108 (1.13%) Video Conferencing
13 105 (1.10%) Driving Licence
14 101 (1.05%) User Experience
15 97 (1.01%) iPhone
16 96 (1.00%) Fixed Income
17 94 (0.98%) Enterprise Software
18 93 (0.97%) Mainframe
19 86 (0.90%) iPad
19 86 (0.90%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 2615 (27.29%) Windows Server
2 2187 (22.82%) Linux
3 1838 (19.18%) Windows 7
4 1423 (14.85%) Windows 10
5 1402 (14.63%) Windows Server 2012
6 1316 (13.73%) Windows Server 2008
7 1144 (11.94%) Unix
8 565 (5.90%) Windows Server 2003
9 395 (4.12%) Windows 8
10 370 (3.86%) Windows XP
11 368 (3.84%) Android
12 338 (3.53%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 281 (2.93%) Apple iOS
14 274 (2.86%) Solaris
15 192 (2.00%) AIX
16 164 (1.71%) CentOS
17 163 (1.70%) Mac OS X
18 112 (1.17%) Windows Vista
19 93 (0.97%) Mac OS
20 86 (0.90%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 1382 (14.42%) ITIL
2 1263 (13.18%) Migration
3 1041 (10.86%) Agile Software Development
4 763 (7.96%) DevOps
5 432 (4.51%) Configuration Management
6 419 (4.37%) Project Management
7 382 (3.99%) Continuous Integration
8 364 (3.80%) Scrum
9 361 (3.77%) Change Management
9 361 (3.77%) Service Management
10 328 (3.42%) Test Automation
11 292 (3.05%) SDLC
12 278 (2.90%) TDD
13 273 (2.85%) Software Engineering
14 269 (2.81%) Incident Management
15 245 (2.56%) Disaster Recovery
16 234 (2.44%) MVC
17 223 (2.33%) Service Delivery
18 222 (2.32%) Business Intelligence
19 211 (2.20%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 1568 (16.36%) SQL
2 1285 (13.41%) PowerShell
3 875 (9.13%) C#
4 747 (7.79%) Java
5 597 (6.23%) Python
6 434 (4.53%) JavaScript
7 397 (4.14%) C++
8 296 (3.09%) Perl
9 251 (2.62%) Bash Shell
10 247 (2.58%) C
11 210 (2.19%) VB
12 199 (2.08%) T-SQL
13 186 (1.94%) Ruby
14 180 (1.88%) VBScript
15 160 (1.67%) Shell Script
16 129 (1.35%) PL/SQL
17 112 (1.17%) PHP
18 111 (1.16%) VB.NET
19 69 (0.72%) VBA
20 54 (0.56%) Scala
Qualifications
1 1405 (14.66%) Security Cleared
2 1004 (10.48%) SC Cleared
3 597 (6.23%) Microsoft Certification
4 425 (4.43%) Degree
5 330 (3.44%) MCSE
6 281 (2.93%) DV Cleared
7 249 (2.60%) Cisco Certification
8 168 (1.75%) CCNA
9 146 (1.52%) MCP
10 135 (1.41%) MCSA
11 126 (1.31%) MCITP
12 118 (1.23%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 114 (1.19%) Computer Science Degree
14 113 (1.18%) ITIL Certification
15 88 (0.92%) CISSP
16 86 (0.90%) CCNP
16 86 (0.90%) ISEB
17 61 (0.64%) DBS Check
18 57 (0.59%) MCTS
19 54 (0.56%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 375 (3.91%) SLA
2 185 (1.93%) QA
3 83 (0.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 65 (0.68%) PCI DSS
5 57 (0.59%) Disclosure Scotland
6 44 (0.46%) PMO
7 21 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 17 (0.18%) Data Quality
8 17 (0.18%) GDPR
9 16 (0.17%) JSP 440
10 13 (0.14%) ISO 9001
11 12 (0.13%) MiFID
12 11 (0.11%) ISO 20022
12 11 (0.11%) SEPA
13 10 (0.10%) MIL-STD-1553
14 9 (0.094%) COBIT
15 7 (0.073%) Cyber Essentials
15 7 (0.073%) Def Stans
15 7 (0.073%) MISRA
15 7 (0.073%) MISRA C
System Software
1 3409 (35.57%) Active Directory
2 1091 (11.38%) VMware Infrastructure
3 562 (5.86%) Hyper-V
4 312 (3.26%) VMware ESXi
5 291 (3.04%) XenApp
6 271 (2.83%) vSphere
7 240 (2.50%) Docker
8 218 (2.27%) Microsoft App-V
9 170 (1.77%) XenDesktop
10 154 (1.61%) Virtual Machines
11 88 (0.92%) Virtual Desktop
12 84 (0.88%) Virtual Servers
13 66 (0.69%) BitLocker
14 57 (0.59%) Oracle RAC
15 54 (0.56%) XenServer
16 39 (0.41%) Firmware
16 39 (0.41%) KVM
17 36 (0.38%) Microsoft Virtual Server
18 35 (0.37%) Terminal Services
19 32 (0.33%) NFS
Systems Management
1 1106 (11.54%) SCCM
2 349 (3.64%) Ansible
3 343 (3.58%) Puppet
4 266 (2.78%) SCOM
5 239 (2.49%) Opscode Chef
6 150 (1.57%) WSUS
7 136 (1.42%) NetBackup
8 108 (1.13%) Microsoft Clustering
9 103 (1.07%) Terraform
10 84 (0.88%) vCenter Server
11 79 (0.82%) Microsoft Intune
12 77 (0.80%) AirWatch
13 74 (0.77%) Nagios
14 72 (0.75%) Kibana
14 72 (0.75%) McAfee ePO
15 71 (0.74%) Norton AntiVirus
16 67 (0.70%) Kubernetes
17 63 (0.66%) OpenView Configuration Management
18 60 (0.63%) Tivoli Storage Manager
19 58 (0.61%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 3176 (33.14%) Microsoft
2 1951 (20.36%) VMware
3 1073 (11.20%) Citrix
4 841 (8.78%) Cisco
5 840 (8.76%) Oracle
6 702 (7.32%) HP
7 393 (4.10%) Red Hat
8 333 (3.47%) Apple
9 283 (2.95%) IBM
10 261 (2.72%) NetApp
11 231 (2.41%) Dell
12 217 (2.26%) Symantec
13 183 (1.91%) ServiceNow
14 174 (1.82%) EMC
15 171 (1.78%) McAfee
16 169 (1.76%) Google
17 156 (1.63%) Remedy
18 154 (1.61%) SAP
19 149 (1.55%) Splunk
20 106 (1.11%) TIBCO
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Lorien Resourcing
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Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
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