Period
to 29 July 2021

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 29 July 2021 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
29 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 16 11 9
Rank change year-on-year -5 -2 +1
Contract jobs citing Windows 6,035 4,141 10,846
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 8.41% 11.27% 11.83%
As % of the Operating Systems category 54.59% 58.23% 58.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,006 2,643 6,952
10th Percentile £150 £130 £130
25th Percentile £235 £200 £191
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £420 £388 £375
Median % change year-on-year +8.39% +3.33% +2.74%
75th Percentile £525 £488 £488
90th Percentile £625 £562 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £338 £350
% change year-on-year +3.70% -3.57% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 463 380 1,008
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.63 £11.17
25th Percentile £12.87 £13.49 £13.00
Median hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £16.23
Median % change year-on-year -8.57% +7.84% +1.11%
75th Percentile £21.50 £22.75 £23.75
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.14 £44.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.86 £17.35 £15.76
% change year-on-year -8.56% +10.06% +1.68%

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 11,055 7,111 18,552
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.40% 19.36% 20.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,287 4,676 11,889
10th Percentile £185 £155 £154
25th Percentile £350 £310 £300
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £438 £425
Median % change year-on-year +8.57% +2.94% -
75th Percentile £575 £538 £538
90th Percentile £650 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 585 422 1,154
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.78 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.40 £14.00 £13.02
Median hourly rate £17.50 £18.45 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year -5.16% +5.44% +2.94%
75th Percentile £42.00 £28.57 £34.88
90th Percentile £61.40 £48.12 £47.79
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.23 £17.50 £16.21
% change year-on-year -7.26% +7.99% +1.28%

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 29 July 2021.

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 29 July 2021.

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 29 July 2021. 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 -4 4,943 £400 - 2,558
UK excluding London -3 3,245 £350 +3.70% 2,100
London -16 1,890 £475 +8.57% 606
Work from Home -5 1,415 £465 +16.25% 374
South East -1 968 £400 +18.08% 475
North of England -1 700 £340 +0.74% 585
Midlands -2 513 £315 -6.32% 398
North West -4 384 £349 +13.50% 319
South West -3 354 £310 -22.50% 274
West Midlands -2 338 £356 -5.20% 223
Scotland -12 300 £400 +17.65% 92
East of England 0 262 £256 -14.58% 217
Yorkshire 0 254 £310 -8.15% 194
East Midlands -4 169 £200 -20.00% 173
Wales 0 121 £475 +35.71% 50
North East -5 62 £388 -8.82% 72
Northern Ireland +7 40 £430 +168.75% 11
Channel Islands - 3 - -

For the 6 months to 29 July 2021, 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 2,396 (39.70%) Active Directory
2 2,146 (35.56%) Microsoft
3 1,679 (27.82%) Azure
4 1,636 (27.11%) Windows Server
5 1,594 (26.41%) Microsoft 365
6 1,580 (26.18%) Windows 10
7 1,557 (25.80%) Linux
8 1,444 (23.93%) Social Skills
9 1,358 (22.50%) VMware
10 1,108 (18.36%) PowerShell
11 963 (15.96%) Security Cleared
12 933 (15.46%) SQL
13 888 (14.71%) VMware Infrastructure
14 856 (14.18%) ITIL
15 773 (12.81%) DevOps
16 772 (12.79%) Migration
17 769 (12.74%) SCCM
18 748 (12.39%) Finance
19 728 (12.06%) SC Cleared
20 711 (11.78%) Microsoft Office
21 708 (11.73%) Agile Software Development
22 681 (11.28%) AWS
23 661 (10.95%) Python
24 640 (10.60%) Firewall
25 628 (10.41%) Citrix
26 619 (10.26%) Oracle
27 615 (10.19%) SQL Server
28 607 (10.06%) DNS
29 586 (9.71%) Infrastructure Engineering
30 570 (9.44%) Problem-Solving

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
1 394 (6.53%) SharePoint
2 347 (5.75%) MS Exchange
3 179 (2.97%) Confluence
4 162 (2.68%) IIS
5 105 (1.74%) Skype for Business
6 85 (1.41%) Apache
7 78 (1.29%) WebSphere
8 73 (1.21%) Tomcat
9 66 (1.09%) Exchange Server 2010
10 60 (0.99%) Exchange Server 2013
11 49 (0.81%) WebLogic
12 40 (0.66%) JBoss
13 33 (0.55%) WebSphere Application Server
14 29 (0.48%) SAS
15 27 (0.45%) BizTalk Server
16 25 (0.41%) Elasticsearch
17 24 (0.40%) Apache Spark
17 24 (0.40%) Oracle Coherence
18 22 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2007
19 21 (0.35%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 711 (11.78%) Microsoft Office
2 180 (2.98%) Microsoft Excel
3 54 (0.89%) MS Visio
4 51 (0.85%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 23 (0.38%) Microsoft Project
6 11 (0.18%) Simulink
7 10 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
8 9 (0.15%) Siemens NX
9 6 (0.099%) InfoPath
10 5 (0.083%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 5 (0.083%) Photoshop
11 2 (0.033%) CINEMA 4D
11 2 (0.033%) NUKE
12 1 (0.017%) Figma
12 1 (0.017%) FileZilla
12 1 (0.017%) LaTeX
12 1 (0.017%) Pipeline Pilot
12 1 (0.017%) PTC Creo
12 1 (0.017%) Sketch
12 1 (0.017%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 33 (0.55%) SunGard Martini
2 30 (0.50%) Dynamics CRM
3 17 (0.28%) Dynamics AX
3 17 (0.28%) Sentinel
4 16 (0.27%) Oracle EBS R12
5 15 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
6 14 (0.23%) SAP HCM
7 13 (0.22%) Oracle EBS
7 13 (0.22%) Oracle ERP
8 11 (0.18%) Dynamics NAV
9 9 (0.15%) SAP FI-CA
9 9 (0.15%) SAP PSCD
10 8 (0.13%) Oracle Payables
11 7 (0.12%) RMDS
11 7 (0.12%) Teamcenter
12 6 (0.099%) assyst
12 6 (0.099%) Maximo
13 5 (0.083%) Eikon
13 5 (0.083%) Oracle Receivables
13 5 (0.083%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 1,679 (27.82%) Azure
2 1,594 (26.41%) Microsoft 365
3 681 (11.28%) AWS
4 392 (6.50%) Azure Active Directory
5 292 (4.84%) PaaS
6 278 (4.61%) IaaS
7 199 (3.30%) SaaS
8 142 (2.35%) GitHub
9 121 (2.00%) GCP
10 118 (1.96%) Serverless
11 111 (1.84%) OneDrive
12 97 (1.61%) AWS Lambda
13 85 (1.41%) Power Platform
14 75 (1.24%) AWS CloudFormation
15 71 (1.18%) Azure Cosmos DB
16 66 (1.09%) Mimecast
17 65 (1.08%) OpenShift
18 56 (0.93%) Amazon EC2
19 48 (0.80%) Amazon S3
20 47 (0.78%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 640 (10.60%) Firewall
2 607 (10.06%) DNS
3 356 (5.90%) DHCP
4 310 (5.14%) VPN
5 299 (4.95%) TCP/IP
6 274 (4.54%) LAN
7 250 (4.14%) WAN
8 248 (4.11%) SAN
9 138 (2.29%) Internet
10 131 (2.17%) Network Security
11 130 (2.15%) Skype
12 108 (1.79%) VoIP
13 107 (1.77%) Wireless
14 84 (1.39%) NetScaler
15 83 (1.38%) Wi-Fi
16 79 (1.31%) Remote Desktop
17 73 (1.21%) VSAN
18 71 (1.18%) NAS
19 63 (1.04%) SSL
19 63 (1.04%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 615 (10.19%) SQL Server
2 180 (2.98%) MySQL
3 170 (2.82%) Oracle Database
4 155 (2.57%) Relational Database
5 103 (1.71%) MongoDB
6 74 (1.23%) PostgreSQL
7 73 (1.21%) Oracle Database 12c
8 68 (1.13%) Azure SQL Database
8 68 (1.13%) SQL Server 2012
9 60 (0.99%) SQL Server 2016
10 57 (0.94%) NoSQL
11 56 (0.93%) Power BI
11 56 (0.93%) SQL Server 2008
12 50 (0.83%) Hadoop
12 50 (0.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 48 (0.80%) Big Data
14 47 (0.78%) Data Warehouse
15 45 (0.75%) Amazon RDS
16 41 (0.68%) Oracle Database 11g
17 36 (0.60%) DB2
Development Applications
1 404 (6.69%) Git (software)
2 387 (6.41%) Jenkins
3 275 (4.56%) JIRA
4 166 (2.75%) Visual Studio
5 128 (2.12%) Bitbucket
6 127 (2.10%) Subversion
7 107 (1.77%) TeamCity
8 79 (1.31%) Artifactory
9 70 (1.16%) GitLab
10 61 (1.01%) Selenium
11 57 (0.94%) Maven
12 53 (0.88%) MSI
13 48 (0.80%) Cucumber
14 42 (0.70%) JUnit
15 41 (0.68%) Sonatype Nexus
16 40 (0.66%) Oracle APEX
16 40 (0.66%) Team Foundation Server
17 36 (0.60%) Octopus Deploy
18 33 (0.55%) CppUnit
18 33 (0.55%) Eclipse
General
1 1,444 (23.93%) Social Skills
2 748 (12.39%) Finance
3 384 (6.36%) Analytical Skills
4 379 (6.28%) Banking
5 358 (5.93%) Public Sector
6 129 (2.14%) Investment Banking
7 117 (1.94%) Documentation Skills
8 104 (1.72%) Telecoms
9 87 (1.44%) Manufacturing
9 87 (1.44%) Presentation Skills
9 87 (1.44%) Retail
10 82 (1.36%) Organisational Skills
11 80 (1.33%) Front Office
12 71 (1.18%) Law
13 60 (0.99%) Legal
14 57 (0.94%) Marketing
15 46 (0.76%) Back Office
16 45 (0.75%) Electronics
17 43 (0.71%) Military
18 40 (0.66%) Influencing Skills
Job Titles
1 738 (12.23%) Analyst
2 533 (8.83%) Support Engineer
3 491 (8.14%) Architect
4 479 (7.94%) Developer
5 455 (7.54%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 307 (5.09%) IT Support
7 300 (4.97%) Azure Engineer
8 289 (4.79%) Windows Engineer
9 276 (4.57%) DevOps Engineer
10 266 (4.41%) Service Analyst
11 263 (4.36%) Desktop Support
12 257 (4.26%) Consultant
13 256 (4.24%) IT Engineer
14 251 (4.16%) Desktop Engineer
15 248 (4.11%) Service Desk Analyst
16 226 (3.74%) 2nd Line Support
17 215 (3.56%) Support Analyst
18 170 (2.82%) Cloud Engineer
19 167 (2.77%) Administrator
20 148 (2.45%) Desktop Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 424 (7.03%) .NET
2 235 (3.89%) XML
3 208 (3.45%) JSON
4 186 (3.08%) Web Services
5 160 (2.65%) REST
6 134 (2.22%) Middleware
7 120 (1.99%) .NET Framework
8 116 (1.92%) HTML
9 99 (1.64%) AngularJS
10 90 (1.49%) CSS
10 90 (1.49%) YAML
11 84 (1.39%) SOAP
12 83 (1.38%) ASP.NET
13 82 (1.36%) .NET Core
14 81 (1.34%) LDAP
15 72 (1.19%) Node.js
16 67 (1.11%) Spring
17 65 (1.08%) Kafka
18 52 (0.86%) React
19 51 (0.85%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 354 (5.87%) Data Centre
2 188 (3.12%) Self-Motivation
3 144 (2.39%) Clustering
3 144 (2.39%) Public Cloud
4 141 (2.34%) Management Information System
5 139 (2.30%) PKI
6 91 (1.51%) Replication
7 83 (1.38%) NHS
8 79 (1.31%) Cloud Native
9 77 (1.28%) Data Protection Act
10 66 (1.09%) Video Conferencing
11 63 (1.04%) User Experience
12 60 (0.99%) iPhone
13 59 (0.98%) Hybrid Cloud
14 57 (0.94%) Driving Licence
15 56 (0.93%) Private Cloud
16 53 (0.88%) Legacy Systems
17 51 (0.85%) iPad
18 50 (0.83%) Linux Command Line
18 50 (0.83%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 1,636 (27.11%) Windows Server
2 1,580 (26.18%) Windows 10
3 1,557 (25.80%) Linux
4 530 (8.78%) Windows 7
5 475 (7.87%) Windows Server 2012
6 438 (7.26%) Unix
7 376 (6.23%) Windows Server 2016
8 296 (4.90%) Windows Server 2019
9 288 (4.77%) Windows Server 2008
10 245 (4.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 197 (3.26%) Apple iOS
12 188 (3.12%) Android
13 92 (1.52%) Solaris
13 92 (1.52%) Windows 8
14 88 (1.46%) Mac OS
15 80 (1.33%) Windows Server 2003
16 73 (1.21%) Windows XP
17 72 (1.19%) CentOS
18 70 (1.16%) AIX
19 60 (0.99%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 856 (14.18%) ITIL
2 773 (12.81%) DevOps
3 772 (12.79%) Migration
4 708 (11.73%) Agile Software Development
5 586 (9.71%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 570 (9.44%) Problem-Solving
7 261 (4.32%) Test Automation
8 258 (4.28%) Configuration Management
9 254 (4.21%) Project Management
10 235 (3.89%) Change Management
11 234 (3.88%) Scrum
12 218 (3.61%) Software Engineering
13 210 (3.48%) Incident Management
14 207 (3.43%) Infrastructure as Code
14 207 (3.43%) Service Management
15 192 (3.18%) Service Delivery
16 183 (3.03%) Cybersecurity
17 180 (2.98%) Continuous Integration
18 177 (2.93%) Microservices
19 176 (2.92%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 1,108 (18.36%) PowerShell
2 933 (15.46%) SQL
3 661 (10.95%) Python
4 400 (6.63%) C#
4 400 (6.63%) Java
5 273 (4.52%) JavaScript
6 239 (3.96%) C++
7 215 (3.56%) Bash Shell
8 152 (2.52%) Shell Script
9 120 (1.99%) PL/SQL
10 117 (1.94%) T-SQL
11 96 (1.59%) Perl
12 94 (1.56%) C
13 59 (0.98%) VBScript
14 53 (0.88%) PHP
15 49 (0.81%) Ruby
16 48 (0.80%) TypeScript
17 47 (0.78%) VB
18 40 (0.66%) Go
19 37 (0.61%) VBA
Qualifications
1 963 (15.96%) Security Cleared
2 728 (12.06%) SC Cleared
3 329 (5.45%) Degree
4 267 (4.42%) Microsoft Certification
5 183 (3.03%) DV Cleared
6 150 (2.49%) MCSE
7 133 (2.20%) Cisco Certification
8 104 (1.72%) CCNA
9 82 (1.36%) ITIL Certification
10 75 (1.24%) MCSA
11 69 (1.14%) CISSP
12 65 (1.08%) MCP
12 65 (1.08%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 62 (1.03%) Computer Science Degree
14 61 (1.01%) DBS Check
15 44 (0.73%) AWS Certification
15 44 (0.73%) ISTQB
16 39 (0.65%) CCNP
16 39 (0.65%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
17 36 (0.60%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 301 (4.99%) SLA
2 152 (2.52%) QA
3 72 (1.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 68 (1.13%) GDPR
5 47 (0.78%) PCI DSS
6 43 (0.71%) NIST
7 22 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 21 (0.35%) GRC
9 20 (0.33%) PMO
10 19 (0.31%) Cyber Essentials
11 17 (0.28%) NCSC
12 16 (0.27%) Disclosure Scotland
13 9 (0.15%) Accessibility
13 9 (0.15%) COBIT
13 9 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 8 (0.13%) Data Quality
14 8 (0.13%) ISO 9001
15 7 (0.12%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
16 6 (0.099%) HIPAA
16 6 (0.099%) SOC 2
System Software
1 2,396 (39.70%) Active Directory
2 888 (14.71%) VMware Infrastructure
3 357 (5.92%) Hyper-V
4 253 (4.19%) VMware ESXi
5 232 (3.84%) Docker
6 202 (3.35%) vSphere
7 190 (3.15%) Virtual Desktop
8 154 (2.55%) Virtual Machines
9 150 (2.49%) XenApp
10 110 (1.82%) Microsoft App-V
11 90 (1.49%) XenDesktop
12 76 (1.26%) VMware NSX
13 50 (0.83%) Virtual Servers
14 39 (0.65%) NFS
15 35 (0.58%) BitLocker
16 29 (0.48%) Firmware
17 27 (0.45%) VMware Workstation
18 25 (0.41%) Oracle RAC
19 20 (0.33%) HDFS
19 20 (0.33%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 769 (12.74%) SCCM
2 453 (7.51%) Ansible
3 407 (6.74%) Terraform
4 303 (5.02%) Microsoft Intune
5 281 (4.66%) Kubernetes
6 164 (2.72%) Puppet
7 131 (2.17%) Active Directory Federation Services
8 107 (1.77%) Opscode Chef
9 103 (1.71%) SCOM
10 100 (1.66%) WSUS
11 96 (1.59%) vRealize
12 95 (1.57%) vCenter Server
13 74 (1.23%) Single Sign-On
14 47 (0.78%) Microsoft Clustering
15 43 (0.71%) NetBackup
16 42 (0.70%) vRealize Orchestrator
17 37 (0.61%) BladeLogic
17 37 (0.61%) ITRS Geneos
18 33 (0.55%) Nessus
18 33 (0.55%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 2,146 (35.56%) Microsoft
2 1,358 (22.50%) VMware
3 628 (10.41%) Citrix
4 619 (10.26%) Oracle
5 454 (7.52%) Cisco
6 240 (3.98%) HP
7 216 (3.58%) Red Hat
8 179 (2.97%) ServiceNow
9 177 (2.93%) Dell
10 175 (2.90%) SAP
11 163 (2.70%) IBM
12 156 (2.58%) Apple
13 149 (2.47%) NetApp
14 137 (2.27%) EMC
15 132 (2.19%) Google
16 117 (1.94%) Splunk
17 102 (1.69%) Ivanti
17 102 (1.69%) McAfee
18 82 (1.36%) Veeam
19 76 (1.26%) Symantec