Period
to 22 October 2017

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 22 October 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
6 months to
22 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 9 8 6
Rank change year-on-year -1 -2 0
Contract jobs citing Windows 10735 12091 13694
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 10.81% 11.47% 12.01%
As % of the Operating Systems category 51.86% 52.20% 55.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 6542 7293 7667
UK median daily rate £350 £350 £345
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +1.45% +6.15%
10th Percentile £133 £143 £150
90th Percentile £550 £538 £521
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £330 £325
% change year-on-year -1.52% +1.54% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1038 1131 1782
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £15.25 £15.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.92% -3.17% +5.00%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £43.75 £42.00 £38.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £15.25
% change year-on-year - -1.64% +1.67%

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 20698 23162 24562
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.83% 21.97% 21.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 13083 14563 14466
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +3.23% +3.33%
10th Percentile £175 £200 £185
90th Percentile £594 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £360
% change year-on-year - +4.17% +10.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1231 1284 1937
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.06% - +6.45%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £43.75 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.81 £16.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year +5.03% - +3.23%

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 22 October 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 6 months to 22 October 2017.

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 22 October 2017. 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 0 9876 £350 -2.78% 1239
UK excluding London +1 6411 £325 -1.52% 896
London 0 4161 £400 - 385
South East 0 2190 £360 +2.86% 283
North of England -3 1256 £314 -3.54% 231
Midlands +2 998 £320 -10.49% 145
East of England -1 649 £325 +8.33% 118
South West -1 630 £300 -7.69% 77
North West +2 599 £314 -14.04% 125
West Midlands +1 561 £325 -7.14% 82
Scotland -1 500 £340 +8.80% 24
Yorkshire +1 440 £300 -15.49% 89
East Midlands +5 427 £300 -18.37% 63
North East 0 222 £320 +3.23% 17
Wales -1 185 £300 -21.31% 16
Northern Ireland -31 53 £416 +81.97% 1
Channel Islands -1 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 22 October 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 3942 (36.72%) Active Directory
2 3581 (33.36%) Microsoft
3 3035 (28.27%) Windows Server
4 2423 (22.57%) Linux
5 2189 (20.39%) VMware
6 2011 (18.73%) Windows 7
7 1889 (17.60%) Windows 10
8 1760 (16.39%) Office 365
9 1657 (15.44%) SQL
10 1633 (15.21%) Finance
11 1601 (14.91%) ITIL
12 1495 (13.93%) Windows Server 2012
13 1481 (13.80%) PowerShell
14 1478 (13.77%) SQL Server
15 1467 (13.67%) Microsoft Office
16 1347 (12.55%) SCCM
17 1317 (12.27%) Citrix
18 1311 (12.21%) Windows Server 2008
19 1292 (12.04%) Security Cleared
20 1241 (11.56%) Migration
21 1233 (11.49%) Unix
22 1159 (10.80%) Microsoft Azure
23 1137 (10.59%) VMware Infrastructure
24 1086 (10.12%) Agile Software Development
25 1028 (9.58%) DNS
26 991 (9.23%) .NET
27 972 (9.05%) Firewall
28 964 (8.98%) MS Exchange
29 936 (8.72%) Cisco
30 896 (8.35%) SC Cleared

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
1 964 (8.98%) MS Exchange
2 564 (5.25%) SharePoint
3 539 (5.02%) IIS
4 427 (3.98%) Skype for Business
5 404 (3.76%) Exchange Server 2010
6 213 (1.98%) Apache
7 211 (1.97%) Exchange Server 2013
8 199 (1.85%) Tomcat
9 162 (1.51%) Confluence
10 130 (1.21%) JBoss
11 114 (1.06%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 113 (1.05%) Exchange Server 2007
13 110 (1.02%) OpenStack
14 103 (0.96%) WebLogic
15 101 (0.94%) Elasticsearch
16 98 (0.91%) CMS
17 96 (0.89%) IBM Notes
18 80 (0.75%) SharePoint 2013
19 79 (0.74%) WebSphere
20 71 (0.66%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 1467 (13.67%) Microsoft Office
2 351 (3.27%) Microsoft Excel
3 132 (1.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 126 (1.17%) MS Visio
5 64 (0.60%) Microsoft Project
6 50 (0.47%) Spreadsheet
7 20 (0.19%) Acrobat
8 17 (0.16%) Photoshop
9 13 (0.12%) PaintShop Pro
10 11 (0.10%) Adobe Illustrator
11 10 (0.093%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 7 (0.065%) Doxygen
12 7 (0.065%) SmartSuite
13 6 (0.056%) Houdini
13 6 (0.056%) Maya
13 6 (0.056%) NUKE
14 5 (0.047%) Quicktime
15 4 (0.037%) AutoCAD
16 3 (0.028%) Stata
16 3 (0.028%) Vectorworks
Business Applications
1 62 (0.58%) Remedy ITSM
2 60 (0.56%) Dynamics CRM
3 43 (0.40%) Eikon
4 22 (0.20%) RMDS
5 13 (0.12%) Dynamics AX
6 12 (0.11%) Oracle 11i
6 12 (0.11%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
7 11 (0.10%) ION MarketView
7 11 (0.10%) Oracle Applications
8 10 (0.093%) Markit EDM
8 10 (0.093%) Temenos T24
9 8 (0.075%) Unit4 Business World
10 7 (0.065%) KANA IQ
11 6 (0.056%) Dynamics GP
11 6 (0.056%) Dynamics NAV
11 6 (0.056%) Oracle EBS
11 6 (0.056%) Oracle EBS R12
11 6 (0.056%) thinkFolio
12 4 (0.037%) MetaTrader
12 4 (0.037%) Oracle Utilities
Cloud Services
1 1760 (16.39%) Office 365
2 1159 (10.80%) Microsoft Azure
3 720 (6.71%) Amazon AWS
4 223 (2.08%) IaaS
5 213 (1.98%) PaaS
6 172 (1.60%) Azure Active Directory
7 108 (1.01%) SaaS
8 82 (0.76%) OneDrive
9 77 (0.72%) Cloud Computing
10 60 (0.56%) G Suite
11 51 (0.48%) AWS CloudFormation
12 46 (0.43%) Amazon EC2
13 44 (0.41%) GitHub
14 43 (0.40%) OpenShift
15 27 (0.25%) Amazon S3
15 27 (0.25%) Mimecast
16 25 (0.23%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 24 (0.22%) Google Drive
18 21 (0.20%) Yammer
19 19 (0.18%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 1028 (9.58%) DNS
2 972 (9.05%) Firewall
3 723 (6.73%) TCP/IP
4 720 (6.71%) DHCP
5 640 (5.96%) LAN
6 618 (5.76%) SAN
7 612 (5.70%) WAN
8 493 (4.59%) VPN
9 335 (3.12%) Internet
10 322 (3.00%) Skype
11 273 (2.54%) LDAP
12 227 (2.11%) Wireless
13 201 (1.87%) NAS
14 190 (1.77%) Network Security
15 184 (1.71%) VoIP
16 173 (1.61%) VLAN
17 166 (1.55%) Wi-Fi
18 159 (1.48%) Remote Desktop
19 149 (1.39%) NetScaler
20 114 (1.06%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1478 (13.77%) SQL Server
2 231 (2.15%) SQL Server 2012
3 208 (1.94%) Relational Database
4 196 (1.83%) Oracle Database
5 194 (1.81%) SQL Server 2008
6 187 (1.74%) MySQL
7 160 (1.49%) NoSQL
8 120 (1.12%) MongoDB
9 97 (0.90%) SQL Server 2005
10 92 (0.86%) RDBMS
11 89 (0.83%) Hadoop
12 88 (0.82%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 88 (0.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 86 (0.80%) PostgreSQL
14 83 (0.77%) SQL Server 2014
15 81 (0.75%) Data Warehouse
16 72 (0.67%) Big Data
17 67 (0.62%) Oracle Database 11g
17 67 (0.62%) SQL Server 2016
18 62 (0.58%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 446 (4.15%) Git (software)
2 393 (3.66%) Jenkins
3 327 (3.05%) JIRA
4 317 (2.95%) Team Foundation Server
5 283 (2.64%) Visual Studio
6 249 (2.32%) TeamCity
7 159 (1.48%) Octopus Deploy
8 141 (1.31%) Maven
9 135 (1.26%) Subversion
10 126 (1.17%) MSI
11 106 (0.99%) Sonatype Nexus
12 100 (0.93%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 96 (0.89%) Selenium
14 85 (0.79%) NUnit
15 84 (0.78%) Eclipse
16 69 (0.64%) Ant
17 59 (0.55%) Artifactory
17 59 (0.55%) JUnit
17 59 (0.55%) MSBuild
18 55 (0.51%) Cucumber
General
1 1633 (15.21%) Finance
2 768 (7.15%) Banking
3 239 (2.23%) Retail
4 230 (2.14%) Telecoms
5 202 (1.88%) Legal
6 188 (1.75%) Investment Banking
7 163 (1.52%) Front Office
8 138 (1.29%) Manufacturing
9 102 (0.95%) Law
10 94 (0.88%) Back Office
10 94 (0.88%) Publishing
11 86 (0.80%) Marketing
12 78 (0.73%) Electronics
13 59 (0.55%) Retail Banking
14 54 (0.50%) Financial Institution
15 50 (0.47%) Advertising
16 42 (0.39%) French Language
17 39 (0.36%) Pharmaceutical
18 28 (0.26%) Local Government
19 27 (0.25%) Military
Job Titles
1 1708 (15.91%) Analyst
2 1061 (9.88%) Support Engineer
3 1050 (9.78%) Developer
4 856 (7.97%) Desktop Support
5 637 (5.93%) Support Analyst
6 606 (5.65%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 592 (5.51%) Windows Engineer
8 583 (5.43%) Consultant
9 560 (5.22%) Architect
10 555 (5.17%) 2nd Line Support
11 488 (4.55%) Administrator
12 481 (4.48%) Service Analyst
13 460 (4.29%) Desktop Engineer
14 450 (4.19%) Service Desk Analyst
15 438 (4.08%) IT Support
16 431 (4.01%) DevOps Engineer
17 312 (2.91%) Desktop Support Engineer
18 308 (2.87%) 3rd Line Support
19 299 (2.79%) .NET Developer
20 278 (2.59%) 3rd Line Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 991 (9.23%) .NET
2 496 (4.62%) Web Services
3 420 (3.91%) HTML
4 360 (3.35%) XML
5 299 (2.79%) CSS
6 250 (2.33%) Middleware
7 248 (2.31%) ASP.NET
8 207 (1.93%) jQuery
9 201 (1.87%) .NET Framework
10 190 (1.77%) AngularJS
11 173 (1.61%) WCF
12 153 (1.43%) RESTful
13 151 (1.41%) REST
14 149 (1.39%) SOAP
15 135 (1.26%) ASP.NET Web API
16 130 (1.21%) Ajax
17 122 (1.14%) ASP.NET MVC
18 116 (1.08%) JSON
19 110 (1.02%) WinForms
20 108 (1.01%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 611 (5.69%) Data Centre
2 610 (5.68%) Analytical Skills
3 319 (2.97%) Blackberry
4 290 (2.70%) Management Information System
5 224 (2.09%) Computer Science
6 221 (2.06%) Clustering
7 184 (1.71%) PKI
8 162 (1.51%) Replication
9 149 (1.39%) iPhone
10 145 (1.35%) Client/Server
11 131 (1.22%) Video Conferencing
12 125 (1.16%) Smartphone
13 115 (1.07%) iPad
14 107 (1.00%) Driving Licence
15 102 (0.95%) Mobile App
16 98 (0.91%) Derivative
17 96 (0.89%) NHS
18 95 (0.88%) Fixed Income
18 95 (0.88%) Public Cloud
19 94 (0.88%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 3035 (28.27%) Windows Server
2 2423 (22.57%) Linux
3 2011 (18.73%) Windows 7
4 1889 (17.60%) Windows 10
5 1495 (13.93%) Windows Server 2012
6 1311 (12.21%) Windows Server 2008
7 1233 (11.49%) Unix
8 522 (4.86%) Windows Server 2003
9 416 (3.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 411 (3.83%) Android
11 406 (3.78%) Windows 8
12 370 (3.45%) Apple iOS
13 339 (3.16%) Windows XP
14 268 (2.50%) Solaris
15 160 (1.49%) Mac OS X
16 153 (1.43%) Mac OS
17 140 (1.30%) AIX
18 108 (1.01%) CentOS
19 89 (0.83%) Windows Vista
20 76 (0.71%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 1601 (14.91%) ITIL
2 1241 (11.56%) Migration
3 1086 (10.12%) Agile Software Development
4 840 (7.82%) DevOps
5 445 (4.15%) Project Management
6 423 (3.94%) Configuration Management
7 420 (3.91%) Change Management
8 410 (3.82%) Service Management
9 390 (3.63%) Continuous Integration
10 368 (3.43%) Test Automation
11 361 (3.36%) Scrum
12 322 (3.00%) SDLC
13 319 (2.97%) Incident Management
14 318 (2.96%) TDD
15 299 (2.79%) Service Delivery
16 295 (2.75%) Information Security
17 285 (2.65%) Software Engineering
18 273 (2.54%) MVC
19 251 (2.34%) Disaster Recovery
20 229 (2.13%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 1657 (15.44%) SQL
2 1481 (13.80%) PowerShell
3 881 (8.21%) C#
4 747 (6.96%) Java
5 679 (6.33%) Python
6 487 (4.54%) JavaScript
7 343 (3.20%) C++
8 336 (3.13%) Perl
9 244 (2.27%) VBScript
10 232 (2.16%) Bash Shell
11 199 (1.85%) T-SQL
12 189 (1.76%) C
13 185 (1.72%) Shell Script
14 167 (1.56%) Ruby
15 161 (1.50%) VB
16 147 (1.37%) PL/SQL
17 110 (1.02%) PHP
18 109 (1.02%) VB.NET
19 65 (0.61%) VBA
20 45 (0.42%) Korn
Qualifications
1 1292 (12.04%) Security Cleared
2 896 (8.35%) SC Cleared
3 657 (6.12%) Microsoft Certification
4 493 (4.59%) Degree
5 395 (3.68%) MCSE
6 282 (2.63%) DV Cleared
7 205 (1.91%) Cisco Certification
8 192 (1.79%) MCSA
9 159 (1.48%) MCP
10 153 (1.43%) CCNA
11 149 (1.39%) ITIL Certification
12 130 (1.21%) CISSP
13 122 (1.14%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 102 (0.95%) Computer Science Degree
15 97 (0.90%) MCITP
16 72 (0.67%) CCNP
17 69 (0.64%) ISEB
18 68 (0.63%) DBS Check
19 65 (0.61%) A+ Certification
20 62 (0.58%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 383 (3.57%) SLA
2 209 (1.95%) QA
3 127 (1.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 71 (0.66%) PCI DSS
5 61 (0.57%) Disclosure Scotland
5 61 (0.57%) PMO
6 53 (0.49%) GDPR
7 46 (0.43%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 32 (0.30%) MiFID
9 25 (0.23%) Data Quality
10 17 (0.16%) HIPAA
11 15 (0.14%) Actionable Recommendations
12 13 (0.12%) Cyber Essentials
13 12 (0.11%) COBIT
13 12 (0.11%) GPG13
14 11 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 11 (0.10%) NIST 800
15 10 (0.093%) ISO 9001
16 8 (0.075%) EMIR
17 7 (0.065%) MIL-STD-1553
System Software
1 3942 (36.72%) Active Directory
2 1137 (10.59%) VMware Infrastructure
3 645 (6.01%) Hyper-V
4 387 (3.61%) VMware ESXi
5 381 (3.55%) XenApp
6 347 (3.23%) vSphere
7 294 (2.74%) Microsoft App-V
8 265 (2.47%) Docker
9 226 (2.11%) XenDesktop
10 209 (1.95%) Virtual Machines
11 103 (0.96%) XenServer
12 96 (0.89%) Virtual Servers
13 84 (0.78%) NFS
14 78 (0.73%) BitLocker
15 75 (0.70%) Virtual Desktop
16 50 (0.47%) VMware Workstation
17 48 (0.45%) Samba
17 48 (0.45%) Terminal Services
18 41 (0.38%) KVM
19 37 (0.34%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 1347 (12.55%) SCCM
2 408 (3.80%) Ansible
3 360 (3.35%) Puppet
4 310 (2.89%) SCOM
5 277 (2.58%) Opscode Chef
6 184 (1.71%) NetBackup
7 183 (1.70%) WSUS
8 140 (1.30%) Norton AntiVirus
9 124 (1.16%) AirWatch
10 113 (1.05%) Terraform
11 104 (0.97%) Microsoft Intune
12 98 (0.91%) Microsoft Clustering
13 93 (0.87%) vCenter Server
14 83 (0.77%) Backup Exec
14 83 (0.77%) McAfee ePO
15 82 (0.76%) Kubernetes
16 76 (0.71%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
17 63 (0.59%) Nagios
18 52 (0.48%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
19 51 (0.48%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 3581 (33.36%) Microsoft
2 2189 (20.39%) VMware
3 1317 (12.27%) Citrix
4 936 (8.72%) Cisco
5 814 (7.58%) Oracle
6 716 (6.67%) HP
7 429 (4.00%) Red Hat
8 389 (3.62%) Apple
9 332 (3.09%) Symantec
10 303 (2.82%) NetApp
11 257 (2.39%) Dell
12 237 (2.21%) McAfee
13 236 (2.20%) IBM
14 199 (1.85%) EMC
15 188 (1.75%) ServiceNow
16 167 (1.56%) Splunk
17 163 (1.52%) Remedy
18 160 (1.49%) Juniper
19 155 (1.44%) Google
20 150 (1.40%) SAP