Period
to 31 March 2020

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 31 March 2020 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
31 Mar 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 4 8 9
Rank change year-on-year +4 +1 0
Contract jobs citing Windows 8,201 11,253 11,221
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 13.15% 11.67% 10.97%
As % of the Operating Systems category 63.80% 56.70% 52.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,048 7,168 7,043
Median daily rate £347 £375 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.47% +2.74% +4.29%
10th Percentile £125 £133 £131
90th Percentile £550 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £360 £325
% change year-on-year -9.72% +10.77% -2.99%
Number of hourly rates quoted 943 1,035 1,102
Median hourly rate £17.16 £16.00 £15.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.25% +0.88% +5.73%
10th Percentile £11.40 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £40.69 £44.50 £44.98
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £15.37 £15.00
% change year-on-year +7.35% +2.47% -

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 12,854 19,846 21,321
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.61% 20.58% 20.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,888 12,494 13,651
Median daily rate £413 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.76% - +3.03%
10th Percentile £136 £158 £175
90th Percentile £606 £613 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £400 £400
% change year-on-year -3.13% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,058 1,196 1,273
Median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.01% +2.93% +3.03%
10th Percentile £11.75 £11.17 £11.17
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.92 £47.50
Median hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £15.86
% change year-on-year +6.25% +0.88% -0.88%

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 31 March 2020.

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 31 March 2020.

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 31 March 2020. 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 7,269 £350 -6.67% 2,276
UK excluding London +3 5,654 £325 -9.72% 1,891
London +1 2,381 £375 -6.25% 535
South East +1 1,515 £350 -8.03% 501
North of England +4 1,212 £325 -7.14% 468
South West 0 858 £325 -13.33% 244
Midlands +1 741 £314 -10.36% 291
North West +4 680 £338 -3.57% 230
Scotland +3 565 £313 -3.85% 86
East of England 0 548 £300 -7.69% 239
West Midlands 0 429 £325 -9.72% 183
Yorkshire +5 395 £325 -7.14% 162
East Midlands +2 305 £288 -12.21% 107
Wales +1 193 £365 +4.29% 63
Work from Home +3 167 £438 -3.85% 101
North East +6 135 £325 - 76
Northern Ireland +24 37 £148 -41.00% 3
Channel Islands +6 6 £350 +118.75% 1

For the 6 months to 31 March 2020, 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 3,261 (39.76%) Active Directory
2 3,133 (38.20%) Windows 10
3 2,963 (36.13%) Microsoft
4 2,339 (28.52%) Windows Server
5 2,148 (26.19%) Office 365
6 1,671 (20.38%) Windows 7
7 1,516 (18.49%) VMware
8 1,414 (17.24%) Azure
9 1,346 (16.41%) Linux
10 1,342 (16.36%) SCCM
11 1,302 (15.88%) Security Cleared
12 1,261 (15.38%) PowerShell
13 1,239 (15.11%) Microsoft Office
14 1,193 (14.55%) Migration
15 1,057 (12.89%) ITIL
16 1,009 (12.30%) SC Cleared
17 986 (12.02%) SQL
18 889 (10.84%) Windows Server 2012
19 870 (10.61%) Citrix
20 845 (10.30%) VMware Infrastructure
21 761 (9.28%) DNS
22 755 (9.21%) Infrastructure Engineering
23 747 (9.11%) Windows Server 2008
24 744 (9.07%) Finance
25 737 (8.99%) SQL Server
26 695 (8.47%) Problem-Solving
27 687 (8.38%) Agile Software Development
28 650 (7.93%) Windows Server 2016
29 629 (7.67%) DevOps
30 599 (7.30%) Public Sector

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
1 514 (6.27%) MS Exchange
2 470 (5.73%) SharePoint
3 270 (3.29%) Skype for Business
4 221 (2.69%) IIS
5 123 (1.50%) Exchange Server 2010
6 112 (1.37%) Confluence
7 111 (1.35%) Exchange Server 2013
8 77 (0.94%) Apache
9 66 (0.80%) WebLogic
10 64 (0.78%) Tomcat
11 41 (0.50%) Exchange Server 2003
12 38 (0.46%) Exchange Server 2007
13 33 (0.40%) OpenStack
14 29 (0.35%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 29 (0.35%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 26 (0.32%) WebSphere
16 25 (0.30%) CMS
16 25 (0.30%) IBM Notes
17 24 (0.29%) Elasticsearch
18 22 (0.27%) Apache Spark
Applications
1 1,239 (15.11%) Microsoft Office
2 287 (3.50%) Microsoft Excel
3 150 (1.83%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 100 (1.22%) MS Visio
5 83 (1.01%) Microsoft Project
6 34 (0.41%) Spreadsheet
7 30 (0.37%) Acrobat
8 6 (0.073%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 6 (0.073%) Chatbot
8 6 (0.073%) Photoshop
9 3 (0.037%) InfoPath
9 3 (0.037%) SPSS
10 2 (0.024%) AutoCAD
11 1 (0.012%) 3ds Max
11 1 (0.012%) Adobe Premiere
11 1 (0.012%) InDesign
11 1 (0.012%) Maya
11 1 (0.012%) Simulink
11 1 (0.012%) SOLIDWORKS
11 1 (0.012%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 44 (0.54%) Remedy ITSM
2 25 (0.30%) Dynamics CRM
3 19 (0.23%) assyst
4 16 (0.20%) Oracle EBS
5 13 (0.16%) Oracle Applications
6 10 (0.12%) Elite 3E
7 8 (0.098%) SAP SRM
8 7 (0.085%) Oracle ERP
9 6 (0.073%) Dynamics AX
10 5 (0.061%) Carpe Diem
11 4 (0.049%) Dynamics NAV
11 4 (0.049%) Magento
11 4 (0.049%) Oracle EBS R12
11 4 (0.049%) SAP FI-CA
11 4 (0.049%) SAP PSCD
12 3 (0.037%) NetSuite
12 3 (0.037%) Oracle 11i
12 3 (0.037%) Oracle Cash Management
12 3 (0.037%) RMDS
13 2 (0.024%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 2,148 (26.19%) Office 365
2 1,414 (17.24%) Azure
3 549 (6.69%) AWS
4 300 (3.66%) Azure Active Directory
5 241 (2.94%) IaaS
6 222 (2.71%) PaaS
7 175 (2.13%) OneDrive
8 158 (1.93%) SaaS
9 110 (1.34%) GitHub
10 104 (1.27%) GCP
11 101 (1.23%) Power Platform
12 71 (0.87%) Serverless
13 61 (0.74%) Cloud Computing
14 53 (0.65%) AWS CloudFormation
15 50 (0.61%) G Suite
15 50 (0.61%) Mimecast
16 47 (0.57%) Amazon EC2
17 43 (0.52%) Amazon S3
18 41 (0.50%) AWS Lambda
19 33 (0.40%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 761 (9.28%) DNS
2 589 (7.18%) Firewall
3 587 (7.16%) DHCP
4 444 (5.41%) LAN
5 414 (5.05%) TCP/IP
6 401 (4.89%) VPN
7 355 (4.33%) SAN
8 344 (4.19%) WAN
9 332 (4.05%) Skype
10 250 (3.05%) Internet
11 171 (2.09%) VoIP
12 149 (1.82%) Remote Desktop
13 125 (1.52%) Wireless
14 124 (1.51%) Network Security
15 114 (1.39%) Wi-Fi
16 104 (1.27%) VLAN
17 102 (1.24%) NetScaler
18 77 (0.94%) HTTP
19 72 (0.88%) SSL
20 71 (0.87%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 737 (8.99%) SQL Server
2 122 (1.49%) MySQL
3 111 (1.35%) Oracle Database
4 89 (1.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 88 (1.07%) SQL Server 2012
6 86 (1.05%) Power BI
7 81 (0.99%) MongoDB
8 72 (0.88%) Relational Database
9 68 (0.83%) PostgreSQL
10 63 (0.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 62 (0.76%) SQL Server 2016
12 60 (0.73%) Amazon RDS
13 52 (0.63%) SQL Server 2008
14 51 (0.62%) NoSQL
15 47 (0.57%) SQL Server 2014
16 43 (0.52%) Data Lake
17 38 (0.46%) Data Warehouse
18 36 (0.44%) Oracle Database 11g
19 35 (0.43%) Azure SQL Database
20 34 (0.41%) HDInsight
Development Applications
1 282 (3.44%) Git (software)
2 216 (2.63%) Jenkins
3 204 (2.49%) JIRA
4 175 (2.13%) Visual Studio
5 128 (1.56%) MSI
6 99 (1.21%) Team Foundation Server
7 92 (1.12%) Selenium
8 66 (0.80%) GitLab
9 62 (0.76%) Octopus Deploy
10 61 (0.74%) TeamCity
11 59 (0.72%) Cucumber
12 58 (0.71%) Subversion
13 55 (0.67%) Eclipse
14 47 (0.57%) Bitbucket
15 41 (0.50%) Visual Studio Team System
16 35 (0.43%) AdminStudio
17 31 (0.38%) InstallShield
17 31 (0.38%) NetBeans
17 31 (0.38%) SoapUI
18 29 (0.35%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 744 (9.07%) Finance
2 599 (7.30%) Public Sector
3 267 (3.26%) Banking
4 214 (2.61%) Telecoms
5 192 (2.34%) Retail
6 116 (1.41%) Manufacturing
7 100 (1.22%) Law
8 88 (1.07%) Marketing
9 81 (0.99%) Electronics
9 81 (0.99%) Legal
10 68 (0.83%) Local Government
11 60 (0.73%) Military
12 44 (0.54%) Back Office
12 44 (0.54%) Front Office
13 42 (0.51%) Aerospace
13 42 (0.51%) Investment Banking
14 35 (0.43%) Financial Institution
15 31 (0.38%) Automotive
16 30 (0.37%) Pharmaceutical
17 22 (0.27%) Games
Job Titles
1 1,025 (12.50%) Support Engineer
2 1,014 (12.36%) Analyst
3 781 (9.52%) Windows Engineer
4 668 (8.15%) Desktop Support
5 602 (7.34%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 510 (6.22%) 2nd Line Support
7 507 (6.18%) Desktop Engineer
8 492 (6.00%) IT Support
9 386 (4.71%) Developer
10 385 (4.69%) Architect
11 368 (4.49%) IT Engineer
12 367 (4.48%) Deployment Engineer
13 357 (4.35%) Desktop Support Engineer
13 357 (4.35%) Support Analyst
14 352 (4.29%) Service Analyst
15 337 (4.11%) Service Desk Analyst
16 306 (3.73%) Consultant
17 286 (3.49%) 2nd Line Engineer
18 236 (2.88%) DevOps Engineer
19 234 (2.85%) IT Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 387 (4.72%) .NET
2 211 (2.57%) XML
3 196 (2.39%) Web Services
4 156 (1.90%) HTML
5 118 (1.44%) JSON
6 110 (1.34%) Node.js
7 105 (1.28%) REST
8 104 (1.27%) .NET Framework
9 98 (1.19%) LDAP
10 94 (1.15%) AngularJS
11 92 (1.12%) Middleware
11 92 (1.12%) SOAP
12 82 (1.00%) WPF
13 78 (0.95%) CSS
14 53 (0.65%) ASP.NET
15 50 (0.61%) RESTful
16 45 (0.55%) HTML5
17 44 (0.54%) WCF
18 42 (0.51%) Entity Framework
18 42 (0.51%) Qt
Miscellaneous
1 522 (6.37%) Analytical Skills
2 439 (5.35%) Data Centre
3 275 (3.35%) Driving Licence
4 269 (3.28%) Self-Motivation
5 256 (3.12%) Management Information System
6 184 (2.24%) NHS
7 176 (2.15%) PKI
8 137 (1.67%) Clustering
9 124 (1.51%) Blackberry
10 112 (1.37%) iPhone
11 107 (1.30%) Smartphone
12 106 (1.29%) Video Conferencing
13 104 (1.27%) User Experience
14 94 (1.15%) Replication
15 77 (0.94%) Fat Client
15 77 (0.94%) Thin Client
16 76 (0.93%) Public Cloud
17 66 (0.80%) Enterprise Software
18 60 (0.73%) iPad
19 51 (0.62%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 3,133 (38.20%) Windows 10
2 2,339 (28.52%) Windows Server
3 1,671 (20.38%) Windows 7
4 1,346 (16.41%) Linux
5 889 (10.84%) Windows Server 2012
6 747 (9.11%) Windows Server 2008
7 650 (7.93%) Windows Server 2016
8 425 (5.18%) Unix
9 285 (3.48%) Android
10 282 (3.44%) Apple iOS
11 225 (2.74%) Windows XP
12 195 (2.38%) Windows Server 2003
13 165 (2.01%) Windows 8
14 162 (1.98%) Mac OS
15 158 (1.93%) Windows Server 2019
16 156 (1.90%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 112 (1.37%) Mac OS X
18 83 (1.01%) CentOS
18 83 (1.01%) Ubuntu
19 72 (0.88%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,193 (14.55%) Migration
2 1,057 (12.89%) ITIL
3 755 (9.21%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 695 (8.47%) Problem-Solving
5 687 (8.38%) Agile Software Development
6 629 (7.67%) DevOps
7 315 (3.84%) Test Automation
8 286 (3.49%) Service Management
9 273 (3.33%) Configuration Management
10 268 (3.27%) Continuous Integration
11 257 (3.13%) Project Management
12 255 (3.11%) ITSM
13 246 (3.00%) Incident Management
14 243 (2.96%) Project Delivery
15 229 (2.79%) Change Management
16 223 (2.72%) Software Engineering
17 214 (2.61%) Scrum
18 212 (2.59%) Application Packaging
19 204 (2.49%) Break/Fix
20 194 (2.37%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 1,261 (15.38%) PowerShell
2 986 (12.02%) SQL
3 415 (5.06%) Python
4 380 (4.63%) C#
5 351 (4.28%) Java
6 248 (3.02%) JavaScript
7 242 (2.95%) Bash Shell
8 153 (1.87%) C++
9 125 (1.52%) VB
10 122 (1.49%) C
11 93 (1.13%) Perl
12 92 (1.12%) Shell Script
12 92 (1.12%) VBScript
13 87 (1.06%) PL/SQL
14 72 (0.88%) Ruby
15 60 (0.73%) PHP
16 58 (0.71%) T-SQL
17 55 (0.67%) VBA
18 32 (0.39%) GLSL
18 32 (0.39%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 1,302 (15.88%) Security Cleared
2 1,009 (12.30%) SC Cleared
3 387 (4.72%) Microsoft Certification
4 273 (3.33%) DV Cleared
5 272 (3.32%) Degree
6 227 (2.77%) MCSE
7 154 (1.88%) Cisco Certification
8 128 (1.56%) CCNA
9 112 (1.37%) MCSA
10 103 (1.26%) ITIL Certification
11 89 (1.09%) MCP
12 80 (0.98%) DBS Check
13 72 (0.88%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 54 (0.66%) ISTQB
15 53 (0.65%) A+ Certification
15 53 (0.65%) CCNP
15 53 (0.65%) Citrix Certification
16 49 (0.60%) ISEB
17 47 (0.57%) CISSP
18 44 (0.54%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 353 (4.30%) SLA
2 142 (1.73%) QA
3 78 (0.95%) GDPR
4 63 (0.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 37 (0.45%) PCI DSS
6 31 (0.38%) NIST
7 27 (0.33%) NCSC
8 23 (0.28%) Cyber Essentials
8 23 (0.28%) PMO
9 17 (0.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 16 (0.20%) Disclosure Scotland
11 15 (0.18%) HL7
12 12 (0.15%) RMADS
12 12 (0.15%) WCAG
13 10 (0.12%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 10 (0.12%) Government Security Classifications
14 9 (0.11%) Data Quality
15 8 (0.098%) COBIT
15 8 (0.098%) JSP 440
16 7 (0.085%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 3,261 (39.76%) Active Directory
2 845 (10.30%) VMware Infrastructure
3 440 (5.37%) Hyper-V
4 294 (3.58%) XenApp
5 292 (3.56%) vSphere
6 261 (3.18%) VMware ESXi
7 258 (3.15%) Docker
8 204 (2.49%) Microsoft App-V
9 196 (2.39%) Virtual Machines
10 169 (2.06%) XenDesktop
11 86 (1.05%) Virtual Servers
12 81 (0.99%) Virtual Desktop
13 71 (0.87%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 59 (0.72%) VMware NSX
15 52 (0.63%) BitLocker
16 40 (0.49%) Terminal Services
17 36 (0.44%) Firmware
18 32 (0.39%) DFS Replication
19 31 (0.38%) Microsoft Virtual Server
20 26 (0.32%) NFS
Systems Management
1 1,342 (16.36%) SCCM
2 275 (3.35%) Microsoft Intune
3 242 (2.95%) Ansible
4 195 (2.38%) Terraform
5 187 (2.28%) SCOM
6 179 (2.18%) Kubernetes
7 166 (2.02%) Puppet
8 147 (1.79%) WSUS
9 99 (1.21%) vCenter Server
10 96 (1.17%) Opscode Chef
11 89 (1.09%) AirWatch
12 83 (1.01%) Microsoft Clustering
13 72 (0.88%) vRealize
14 70 (0.85%) NetBackup
15 68 (0.83%) Single Sign-On
16 64 (0.78%) PowerCLI
17 53 (0.65%) Jamf Pro
18 47 (0.57%) McAfee ePO
18 47 (0.57%) Norton AntiVirus
19 42 (0.51%) OpenView
Vendors
1 2,963 (36.13%) Microsoft
2 1,516 (18.49%) VMware
3 870 (10.61%) Citrix
4 557 (6.79%) Cisco
5 493 (6.01%) Oracle
6 475 (5.79%) HP
7 279 (3.40%) Apple
8 237 (2.89%) Dell
9 178 (2.17%) ServiceNow
10 175 (2.13%) Red Hat
11 164 (2.00%) NetApp
12 155 (1.89%) Google
13 152 (1.85%) SAP
14 146 (1.78%) McAfee
15 130 (1.59%) EMC
16 127 (1.55%) IBM
17 119 (1.45%) Ivanti
17 119 (1.45%) Symantec
18 113 (1.38%) Remedy
19 91 (1.11%) Splunk