Period
to 13 April 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 13 April 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
13 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 17 4 8
Rank change year-on-year -13 +4 +1
Contract jobs citing Windows 4,501 7,828 11,085
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 8.58% 13.07% 11.49%
As % of the Operating Systems category 52.75% 63.51% 56.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,949 4,941 7,083
10th Percentile £140 £125 £133
25th Percentile £225 £163 £200
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £400 £345 £375
Median % change year-on-year +15.94% -8.00% +2.74%
75th Percentile £500 £475 £488
90th Percentile £588 £550 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £320 £360
% change year-on-year +5.47% -11.11% +10.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 355 873 984
10th Percentile £11.28 £11.37 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.00 £13.49 £12.50
Median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £16.00
Median % change year-on-year -2.94% +6.25% +3.06%
75th Percentile £24.35 £20.25 £21.00
90th Percentile £48.75 £39.24 £43.84
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £15.18
% change year-on-year -3.03% +8.73% +1.17%

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 8,532 12,326 19,742
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 16.26% 20.58% 20.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,600 7,935 12,749
10th Percentile £180 £138 £158
25th Percentile £325 £243 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £420 £425
Median % change year-on-year +7.14% -1.18% -
75th Percentile £538 £525 £538
90th Percentile £625 £606 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £388 £400
% change year-on-year - -3.13% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 453 969 1,132
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.61 £11.17
25th Percentile £14.13 £13.92 £13.00
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £16.95
Median % change year-on-year +2.86% +3.24% +3.67%
75th Percentile £43.00 £23.00 £27.50
90th Percentile £55.00 £47.83 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.75 £17.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year -1.47% +6.25% +3.23%

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 13 April 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 13 April 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 13 April 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 -10 3,674 £391 +11.74% 1,652
UK excluding London -6 2,514 £338 +5.47% 1,342
London -19 1,357 £450 +20.00% 429
Work from Home -7 1,082 £450 +5.88% 255
South East -1 733 £400 +17.65% 295
North of England -8 490 £280 -13.85% 334
Midlands -4 399 £302 -4.21% 264
South West -2 312 £325 -3.70% 193
North West -6 291 £280 -11.81% 179
West Midlands -1 270 £325 - 165
Scotland -8 246 £350 +12.00% 69
East of England -2 210 £275 - 132
Yorkshire -7 152 £286 -11.92% 115
East Midlands -6 121 £200 -30.43% 99
Wales +1 110 £338 +13.45% 47
North East -2 47 £265 +15.85% 40
Northern Ireland -1 16 £333 +129.31% 11
Channel Islands +3 3 - -

For the 6 months to 13 April 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 1,779 (39.52%) Active Directory
2 1,609 (35.75%) Microsoft
3 1,351 (30.02%) Windows 10
4 1,225 (27.22%) Azure
5 1,205 (26.77%) Windows Server
6 1,181 (26.24%) Microsoft 365
7 1,113 (24.73%) Linux
8 965 (21.44%) VMware
9 835 (18.55%) Security Cleared
10 831 (18.46%) PowerShell
11 687 (15.26%) VMware Infrastructure
12 674 (14.97%) DevOps
13 632 (14.04%) SC Cleared
14 629 (13.97%) Migration
15 622 (13.82%) SQL
16 602 (13.37%) SCCM
17 552 (12.26%) ITIL
18 524 (11.64%) Finance
19 516 (11.46%) Microsoft Office
20 512 (11.38%) SQL Server
21 502 (11.15%) Firewall
22 484 (10.75%) Agile Software Development
23 461 (10.24%) Infrastructure Engineering
24 437 (9.71%) Citrix
24 437 (9.71%) AWS
25 435 (9.66%) Python
26 430 (9.55%) DNS
27 421 (9.35%) Windows 7
28 392 (8.71%) Windows Server 2012
29 391 (8.69%) 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
1 273 (6.07%) SharePoint
2 257 (5.71%) MS Exchange
3 135 (3.00%) IIS
4 88 (1.96%) Confluence
5 84 (1.87%) Skype for Business
6 65 (1.44%) Exchange Server 2010
7 51 (1.13%) Tomcat
8 48 (1.07%) Exchange Server 2013
9 47 (1.04%) Apache
10 38 (0.84%) WebSphere
11 33 (0.73%) JBoss
11 33 (0.73%) WebLogic
12 26 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2007
13 23 (0.51%) Elasticsearch
14 22 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2003
15 19 (0.42%) CMS
16 16 (0.36%) OpenStack
17 15 (0.33%) BizTalk Server
18 14 (0.31%) WebSphere Application Server
19 13 (0.29%) nginx
Applications
1 516 (11.46%) Microsoft Office
2 145 (3.22%) Microsoft Excel
3 56 (1.24%) MS Visio
4 41 (0.91%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 24 (0.53%) Microsoft Project
6 18 (0.40%) Photoshop
7 8 (0.18%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 7 (0.16%) Adobe After Effects
8 7 (0.16%) Adobe Illustrator
8 7 (0.16%) Adobe Premiere
8 7 (0.16%) InfoPath
9 6 (0.13%) CINEMA 4D
10 4 (0.089%) SOLIDWORKS
10 4 (0.089%) Spreadsheet
11 2 (0.044%) Acrobat
11 2 (0.044%) Siemens NX
11 2 (0.044%) Simulink
12 1 (0.022%) FileZilla
12 1 (0.022%) Fusion 360
12 1 (0.022%) Pipeline Pilot
Business Applications
1 15 (0.33%) Sentinel
2 13 (0.29%) Dynamics NAV
2 13 (0.29%) SAP FI-CA
2 13 (0.29%) SAP PSCD
3 12 (0.27%) Dynamics CRM
4 8 (0.18%) assyst
5 7 (0.16%) Oracle EBS R12
5 7 (0.16%) Remedy ITSM
5 7 (0.16%) SAP HCM
5 7 (0.16%) SunGard Martini
6 6 (0.13%) Oracle EBS
7 5 (0.11%) Eikon
7 5 (0.11%) Refinitiv Enterprise Platform
8 4 (0.089%) Dynamics AX
8 4 (0.089%) Maximo
8 4 (0.089%) Oracle Payables
8 4 (0.089%) SAP S/4HANA
8 4 (0.089%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
9 3 (0.067%) Oracle 11i
9 3 (0.067%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1,225 (27.22%) Azure
2 1,181 (26.24%) Microsoft 365
3 437 (9.71%) AWS
4 296 (6.58%) Azure Active Directory
5 175 (3.89%) IaaS
6 173 (3.84%) PaaS
7 138 (3.07%) SaaS
8 99 (2.20%) GitHub
9 97 (2.16%) GCP
10 74 (1.64%) OneDrive
11 63 (1.40%) AWS CloudFormation
12 61 (1.36%) Serverless
13 52 (1.16%) OpenShift
14 48 (1.07%) Power Platform
15 37 (0.82%) Amazon EC2
15 37 (0.82%) AWS Lambda
15 37 (0.82%) Cloud Computing
16 34 (0.76%) Amazon S3
17 29 (0.64%) Azure ExpressRoute
18 23 (0.51%) Azure Functions
Communications & Networking
1 502 (11.15%) Firewall
2 430 (9.55%) DNS
3 259 (5.75%) VPN
4 243 (5.40%) WAN
5 228 (5.07%) DHCP
6 213 (4.73%) LAN
7 193 (4.29%) SAN
8 186 (4.13%) TCP/IP
9 115 (2.55%) Skype
10 102 (2.27%) Internet
11 87 (1.93%) Network Security
12 83 (1.84%) Wireless
13 74 (1.64%) Wi-Fi
14 66 (1.47%) VLAN
15 60 (1.33%) VSAN
16 57 (1.27%) NetScaler
17 53 (1.18%) VoIP
18 50 (1.11%) Remote Desktop
18 50 (1.11%) SNMP
19 48 (1.07%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 512 (11.38%) SQL Server
2 92 (2.04%) MySQL
2 92 (2.04%) Oracle Database
3 65 (1.44%) Relational Database
4 60 (1.33%) MongoDB
5 50 (1.11%) SQL Server 2008
6 45 (1.00%) Azure SQL Database
6 45 (1.00%) SQL Server 2012
7 40 (0.89%) Power BI
8 39 (0.87%) Hadoop
8 39 (0.87%) NoSQL
9 35 (0.78%) PostgreSQL
10 34 (0.76%) Cosmos DB
10 34 (0.76%) SQL Server 2016
11 33 (0.73%) Data Warehouse
11 33 (0.73%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 29 (0.64%) Amazon RDS
13 26 (0.58%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 23 (0.51%) Oracle Reports
14 23 (0.51%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 292 (6.49%) Git (software)
2 231 (5.13%) Jenkins
3 180 (4.00%) JIRA
4 92 (2.04%) Visual Studio
5 80 (1.78%) GitLab
6 66 (1.47%) TeamCity
7 63 (1.40%) Bitbucket
8 58 (1.29%) Subversion
9 52 (1.16%) MSI
10 46 (1.02%) Selenium
11 42 (0.93%) Octopus Deploy
12 33 (0.73%) Maven
13 31 (0.69%) Cucumber
14 30 (0.67%) SonarQube
15 29 (0.64%) Artifactory
15 29 (0.64%) Sonatype Nexus
16 25 (0.56%) Team Foundation Server
17 24 (0.53%) Gradle
18 21 (0.47%) Hudson
18 21 (0.47%) SoapUI
General
1 524 (11.64%) Finance
2 354 (7.86%) Public Sector
3 232 (5.15%) Banking
4 121 (2.69%) Telecoms
5 92 (2.04%) Manufacturing
6 74 (1.64%) Retail
7 65 (1.44%) Investment Banking
8 61 (1.36%) Legal
9 55 (1.22%) Marketing
10 46 (1.02%) Electronics
11 45 (1.00%) Law
12 34 (0.76%) Front Office
13 27 (0.60%) Back Office
14 26 (0.58%) Pharmaceutical
15 23 (0.51%) Military
15 23 (0.51%) Publishing
16 21 (0.47%) Aerospace
17 20 (0.44%) Financial Institution
18 17 (0.38%) German Language
19 15 (0.33%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 565 (12.55%) Analyst
2 350 (7.78%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 349 (7.75%) Support Engineer
4 330 (7.33%) Architect
5 284 (6.31%) Developer
6 256 (5.69%) Windows Engineer
7 249 (5.53%) DevOps Engineer
8 227 (5.04%) Azure Engineer
9 217 (4.82%) Consultant
10 203 (4.51%) IT Support
11 194 (4.31%) Service Analyst
12 181 (4.02%) IT Engineer
13 178 (3.95%) Desktop Engineer
14 176 (3.91%) Desktop Support
14 176 (3.91%) Service Desk Analyst
15 146 (3.24%) Support Analyst
16 137 (3.04%) 2nd Line Support
17 132 (2.93%) Deployment Engineer
18 127 (2.82%) Cloud Engineer
19 119 (2.64%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 263 (5.84%) .NET
2 123 (2.73%) Web Services
3 116 (2.58%) XML
4 110 (2.44%) REST
5 97 (2.16%) JSON
6 90 (2.00%) Middleware
7 74 (1.64%) HTML
8 56 (1.24%) .NET Framework
9 55 (1.22%) .NET Core
10 51 (1.13%) CSS
11 50 (1.11%) ASP.NET
12 48 (1.07%) Elastic Stack
13 46 (1.02%) Node.js
14 44 (0.98%) LDAP
14 44 (0.98%) Spring
15 43 (0.96%) SOAP
16 42 (0.93%) AngularJS
17 41 (0.91%) YAML
18 40 (0.89%) jQuery
19 38 (0.84%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 240 (5.33%) Data Centre
2 237 (5.27%) Analytical Skills
3 139 (3.09%) Management Information System
4 134 (2.98%) Self-Motivation
5 114 (2.53%) PKI
6 96 (2.13%) Clustering
7 90 (2.00%) NHS
8 89 (1.98%) Public Cloud
9 70 (1.56%) Replication
10 60 (1.33%) Cloud Native
10 60 (1.33%) User Experience
11 57 (1.27%) Driving Licence
12 56 (1.24%) Private Cloud
13 55 (1.22%) Hybrid Cloud
14 51 (1.13%) Video Conferencing
15 44 (0.98%) Greenfield Project
16 40 (0.89%) EMC VNX
17 39 (0.87%) Linux Command Line
18 37 (0.82%) Enterprise Software
19 33 (0.73%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 1,351 (30.02%) Windows 10
2 1,205 (26.77%) Windows Server
3 1,113 (24.73%) Linux
4 421 (9.35%) Windows 7
5 392 (8.71%) Windows Server 2012
6 327 (7.27%) Unix
7 289 (6.42%) Windows Server 2016
8 260 (5.78%) Windows Server 2008
9 178 (3.95%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 177 (3.93%) Windows Server 2019
11 132 (2.93%) Android
12 111 (2.47%) Apple iOS
13 86 (1.91%) CentOS
14 84 (1.87%) Windows Server 2003
15 75 (1.67%) Windows 8
16 71 (1.58%) Mac OS
17 62 (1.38%) Solaris
17 62 (1.38%) Windows XP
18 53 (1.18%) Ubuntu
19 40 (0.89%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 674 (14.97%) DevOps
2 629 (13.97%) Migration
3 552 (12.26%) ITIL
4 484 (10.75%) Agile Software Development
5 461 (10.24%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 391 (8.69%) Problem-Solving
7 193 (4.29%) Configuration Management
8 192 (4.27%) Infrastructure as Code
9 174 (3.87%) Cybersecurity
10 173 (3.84%) Continuous Integration
11 171 (3.80%) Project Management
11 171 (3.80%) Test Automation
12 167 (3.71%) Service Management
13 165 (3.67%) Change Management
14 158 (3.51%) Scrum
15 149 (3.31%) Software Engineering
16 147 (3.27%) Disaster Recovery
17 142 (3.15%) Incident Management
18 136 (3.02%) Project Delivery
18 136 (3.02%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 831 (18.46%) PowerShell
2 622 (13.82%) SQL
3 435 (9.66%) Python
4 243 (5.40%) C#
5 232 (5.15%) Java
6 165 (3.67%) Bash Shell
7 155 (3.44%) JavaScript
8 148 (3.29%) C++
9 99 (2.20%) Perl
10 75 (1.67%) PL/SQL
10 75 (1.67%) Shell Script
11 72 (1.60%) C
12 70 (1.56%) T-SQL
13 61 (1.36%) Ruby
14 59 (1.31%) VB
15 38 (0.84%) VBScript
16 34 (0.76%) PHP
17 30 (0.67%) Go
17 30 (0.67%) VB.NET
18 27 (0.60%) VBA
Qualifications
1 835 (18.55%) Security Cleared
2 632 (14.04%) SC Cleared
3 242 (5.38%) Degree
4 206 (4.58%) Microsoft Certification
5 185 (4.11%) DV Cleared
6 114 (2.53%) MCSE
7 98 (2.18%) Cisco Certification
8 71 (1.58%) CCNA
9 58 (1.29%) CISSP
10 49 (1.09%) DBS Check
10 49 (1.09%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 48 (1.07%) Computer Science Degree
12 45 (1.00%) MCSA
13 44 (0.98%) ITIL Certification
14 43 (0.96%) CCNP
15 39 (0.87%) ISTQB
16 34 (0.76%) ISEB
17 32 (0.71%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
18 30 (0.67%) CISM
19 27 (0.60%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 218 (4.84%) SLA
2 110 (2.44%) QA
3 60 (1.33%) NIST
4 45 (1.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 39 (0.87%) PCI DSS
6 36 (0.80%) GDPR
7 15 (0.33%) COBIT
7 15 (0.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 14 (0.31%) Cyber Essentials
9 12 (0.27%) Disclosure Scotland
9 12 (0.27%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 12 (0.27%) PMO
10 8 (0.18%) NCSC
11 6 (0.13%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 6 (0.13%) Data Quality
11 6 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 5 (0.11%) HIPAA
13 4 (0.089%) GMP
13 4 (0.089%) Government Security Classifications
13 4 (0.089%) NIST 800
System Software
1 1,779 (39.52%) Active Directory
2 687 (15.26%) VMware Infrastructure
3 286 (6.35%) Hyper-V
4 212 (4.71%) VMware ESXi
5 200 (4.44%) Docker
6 152 (3.38%) vSphere
7 117 (2.60%) Virtual Desktop
8 115 (2.55%) Virtual Machines
9 87 (1.93%) XenApp
10 81 (1.80%) Microsoft App-V
11 75 (1.67%) VMware NSX
12 38 (0.84%) XenDesktop
13 35 (0.78%) BitLocker
14 25 (0.56%) Virtual Servers
15 24 (0.53%) Firmware
16 16 (0.36%) VMware Server
17 15 (0.33%) HDFS
18 14 (0.31%) Oracle RAC
19 13 (0.29%) NFS
20 12 (0.27%) Citrix Hypervisor
Systems Management
1 602 (13.37%) SCCM
2 350 (7.78%) Ansible
3 324 (7.20%) Terraform
4 239 (5.31%) Microsoft Intune
5 214 (4.75%) Kubernetes
6 159 (3.53%) Puppet
7 105 (2.33%) Opscode Chef
8 102 (2.27%) vCenter Server
9 82 (1.82%) SCOM
10 76 (1.69%) vRealize
11 56 (1.24%) Single Sign-On
12 55 (1.22%) Microsoft Clustering
12 55 (1.22%) WSUS
13 46 (1.02%) AirWatch
14 44 (0.98%) PowerCLI
15 41 (0.91%) Packer
16 39 (0.87%) Grafana
17 32 (0.71%) NetBackup
18 31 (0.69%) vRealize Orchestrator
19 29 (0.64%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 1,609 (35.75%) Microsoft
2 965 (21.44%) VMware
3 437 (9.71%) Citrix
4 379 (8.42%) Cisco
5 375 (8.33%) Oracle
6 166 (3.69%) HP
7 155 (3.44%) Red Hat
8 138 (3.07%) SAP
9 136 (3.02%) Dell
10 117 (2.60%) Apple
11 104 (2.31%) EMC
12 102 (2.27%) IBM
13 97 (2.16%) Google
14 96 (2.13%) ServiceNow
15 93 (2.07%) Splunk
16 74 (1.64%) Ivanti
17 73 (1.62%) McAfee
18 69 (1.53%) NetApp
19 63 (1.40%) Veeam
20 59 (1.31%) Remedy