Period
to 25 May 2019

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 25 May 2019 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
25 May 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 8 9 9
Rank change year-on-year +1 0 -2
Contract jobs citing Windows 10,475 11,115 9,392
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.43% 10.95% 10.39%
As % of the Operating Systems category 56.70% 52.90% 50.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,641 6,812 5,649
UK median daily rate £375 £365 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.74% +0.69% +3.57%
10th Percentile £131 £133 £135
90th Percentile £575 £575 £553
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £335 £338
% change year-on-year +8.21% -0.74% +0.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 961 1,159 955
UK median hourly rate £15.86 £15.86 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +5.73% -4.40%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.14 £10.50
90th Percentile £44.50 £43.05 £44.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £14.50
% change year-on-year - +3.45% -6.45%

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 18,473 21,013 18,668
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.16% 20.70% 20.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,691 13,300 11,813
UK median daily rate £430 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.18% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £158 £185 £200
90th Percentile £625 £613 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £390
% change year-on-year - +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,121 1,354 1,123
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £17.00 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +3.03% -2.94%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.50 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £15.86 £15.56
% change year-on-year +0.88% +1.96% -5.73%

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 25 May 2019.

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 25 May 2019.

Contractor 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 25 May 2019. 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 -2 9,379 £377 +0.40% 1,094
UK excluding London 0 6,555 £363 +8.21% 810
London 0 3,697 £410 +2.50% 339
South East -2 1,943 £395 +9.72% 200
North of England +2 1,299 £338 +3.85% 203
Midlands +2 945 £350 +3.32% 128
South West +1 938 £375 +15.38% 105
North West +3 672 £350 - 111
Scotland +1 568 £325 +8.33% 28
West Midlands +1 546 £360 +10.77% 73
East of England 0 524 £303 -5.47% 120
Yorkshire +11 492 £350 +9.38% 79
East Midlands +3 392 £325 -4.41% 55
Wales +5 306 £350 - 24
North East -9 135 £248 -17.43% 13
Northern Ireland +9 32 £300 -30.23% 2
Channel Islands -9 5 £400 +100.00%
Isle of Man - 2 - - 1

For the 6 months to 25 May 2019, 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 4,067 (38.83%) Active Directory
2 3,705 (35.37%) Microsoft
3 3,360 (32.08%) Windows 10
4 2,704 (25.81%) Windows Server
5 2,339 (22.33%) Office 365
6 2,060 (19.67%) Linux
7 2,009 (19.18%) VMware
8 1,953 (18.64%) Windows 7
9 1,786 (17.05%) SCCM
10 1,784 (17.03%) Microsoft Azure
11 1,591 (15.19%) PowerShell
12 1,521 (14.52%) Migration
13 1,467 (14.00%) Finance
14 1,450 (13.84%) Microsoft Office
15 1,439 (13.74%) ITIL
16 1,355 (12.94%) SQL
17 1,252 (11.95%) Security Cleared
18 1,189 (11.35%) Agile Software Development
19 1,178 (11.25%) Citrix
20 1,161 (11.08%) SQL Server
21 1,122 (10.71%) VMware Infrastructure
22 1,112 (10.62%) Windows Server 2012
23 1,082 (10.33%) DevOps
24 996 (9.51%) Amazon AWS
25 993 (9.48%) Infrastructure Engineering
26 944 (9.01%) DNS
27 909 (8.68%) Problem-Solving
28 866 (8.27%) Windows Server 2008
29 864 (8.25%) SC Cleared
30 807 (7.70%) Firewall

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
1 727 (6.94%) MS Exchange
2 582 (5.56%) SharePoint
3 398 (3.80%) Skype for Business
4 376 (3.59%) IIS
5 208 (1.99%) Confluence
6 197 (1.88%) Exchange Server 2010
7 150 (1.43%) Exchange Server 2013
8 146 (1.39%) Apache
9 115 (1.10%) Tomcat
10 108 (1.03%) JBoss
11 103 (0.98%) WebLogic
12 69 (0.66%) WebSphere
13 63 (0.60%) SharePoint Server
14 51 (0.49%) nginx
15 46 (0.44%) IBM Notes
16 45 (0.43%) Apache Spark
17 44 (0.42%) CMS
18 42 (0.40%) OpenStack
19 36 (0.34%) Exchange Server 2003
20 34 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 1,450 (13.84%) Microsoft Office
2 236 (2.25%) Microsoft Excel
3 112 (1.07%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 71 (0.68%) MS Visio
5 70 (0.67%) Microsoft Project
6 23 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
7 11 (0.11%) Chatbot
7 11 (0.11%) InfoPath
8 9 (0.086%) SPSS
9 8 (0.076%) Stata
10 7 (0.067%) Siemens NX
11 6 (0.057%) AutoCAD
12 5 (0.048%) Acrobat
12 5 (0.048%) CATIA
13 4 (0.038%) Shockwave
14 3 (0.029%) Maya
14 3 (0.029%) Mozilla Thunderbird
14 3 (0.029%) Photoshop
15 2 (0.019%) Adobe Illustrator
15 2 (0.019%) CINEMA 4D
Business Applications
1 55 (0.53%) Dynamics CRM
2 37 (0.35%) Remedy ITSM
3 19 (0.18%) Elite 3E
4 18 (0.17%) Endur
5 16 (0.15%) Eikon
6 15 (0.14%) Dynamics NAV
7 13 (0.12%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 11 (0.11%) assyst
9 10 (0.095%) Carpe Diem
9 10 (0.095%) Distributed Ledger
9 10 (0.095%) R3 Corda
10 8 (0.076%) BusinessWorks
10 8 (0.076%) SAP FI
11 7 (0.067%) Oracle Applications
11 7 (0.067%) SAP CO
11 7 (0.067%) SAP FI/CO
11 7 (0.067%) Sentinel
12 6 (0.057%) Retail-J
13 5 (0.048%) SAP FI-CA
13 5 (0.048%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 2,339 (22.33%) Office 365
2 1,784 (17.03%) Microsoft Azure
3 996 (9.51%) Amazon AWS
4 349 (3.33%) Azure Active Directory
5 348 (3.32%) IaaS
6 278 (2.65%) PaaS
7 180 (1.72%) SaaS
8 175 (1.67%) Cloud Computing
9 155 (1.48%) AWS CloudFormation
10 144 (1.37%) Google Cloud Platform
11 126 (1.20%) OpenShift
12 123 (1.17%) GitHub
13 107 (1.02%) OneDrive
14 105 (1.00%) Amazon S3
15 102 (0.97%) Serverless
16 91 (0.87%) Amazon EC2
17 82 (0.78%) Virtual Private Cloud
18 76 (0.73%) Power Platform
19 53 (0.51%) AWS Lambda
20 46 (0.44%) Amazon ELB
Communications & Networking
1 944 (9.01%) DNS
2 807 (7.70%) Firewall
3 642 (6.13%) DHCP
4 551 (5.26%) LAN
5 531 (5.07%) TCP/IP
6 490 (4.68%) VPN
7 481 (4.59%) WAN
8 445 (4.25%) SAN
9 431 (4.11%) Skype
10 278 (2.65%) Internet
11 197 (1.88%) VoIP
12 170 (1.62%) Wireless
13 161 (1.54%) VLAN
14 147 (1.40%) Remote Desktop
15 128 (1.22%) Wi-Fi
16 124 (1.18%) HTTP
16 124 (1.18%) SSL
17 123 (1.17%) NetScaler
18 118 (1.13%) Network Security
19 112 (1.07%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,161 (11.08%) SQL Server
2 197 (1.88%) MySQL
3 189 (1.80%) Relational Database
4 171 (1.63%) Oracle Database
5 153 (1.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 134 (1.28%) NoSQL
7 132 (1.26%) MongoDB
8 113 (1.08%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 111 (1.06%) PostgreSQL
10 110 (1.05%) SQL Server 2012
11 100 (0.95%) Big Data
11 100 (0.95%) SQL Server 2008
12 91 (0.87%) Amazon RDS
13 88 (0.84%) SQL Server 2016
14 76 (0.73%) RDBMS
15 65 (0.62%) DB2
15 65 (0.62%) SQL Server 2014
16 64 (0.61%) Power BI
17 56 (0.53%) Data Warehouse
18 54 (0.52%) Azure SQL Database
Development Applications
1 483 (4.61%) Jenkins
2 479 (4.57%) Git (software)
3 352 (3.36%) JIRA
4 257 (2.45%) Visual Studio
5 184 (1.76%) MSI
6 156 (1.49%) TeamCity
7 147 (1.40%) Team Foundation Server
8 128 (1.22%) Selenium
9 125 (1.19%) Visual Studio Team System
10 106 (1.01%) Subversion
11 99 (0.95%) Maven
12 95 (0.91%) Bitbucket
13 89 (0.85%) Eclipse
14 84 (0.80%) Octopus Deploy
14 84 (0.80%) Sonatype Nexus
15 77 (0.74%) Cucumber
16 74 (0.71%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 67 (0.64%) GitLab
18 62 (0.59%) JUnit
19 57 (0.54%) Ant
General
1 1,467 (14.00%) Finance
2 529 (5.05%) Banking
3 226 (2.16%) Telecoms
4 203 (1.94%) Law
5 199 (1.90%) Retail
6 162 (1.55%) Legal
7 115 (1.10%) Manufacturing
8 103 (0.98%) Investment Banking
9 77 (0.74%) Financial Institution
10 76 (0.73%) Marketing
11 73 (0.70%) Front Office
12 71 (0.68%) Military
13 65 (0.62%) Publishing
14 60 (0.57%) Advertising
15 58 (0.55%) Electronics
16 43 (0.41%) Aerospace
16 43 (0.41%) Back Office
17 41 (0.39%) Local Government
18 33 (0.32%) German Language
19 28 (0.27%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 1,567 (14.96%) Analyst
2 1,037 (9.90%) Support Engineer
3 804 (7.68%) Windows Engineer
4 794 (7.58%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 694 (6.63%) Developer
6 629 (6.00%) Architect
7 621 (5.93%) Desktop Support
8 535 (5.11%) Support Analyst
9 530 (5.06%) DevOps Engineer
10 526 (5.02%) IT Support
11 525 (5.01%) Desktop Engineer
12 508 (4.85%) 2nd Line Support
13 489 (4.67%) Service Analyst
14 457 (4.36%) Service Desk Analyst
15 408 (3.89%) Consultant
16 366 (3.49%) IT Engineer
17 323 (3.08%) Desktop Support Engineer
18 289 (2.76%) Administrator
18 289 (2.76%) Deployment Engineer
19 288 (2.75%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 697 (6.65%) .NET
2 368 (3.51%) Web Services
3 265 (2.53%) HTML
3 265 (2.53%) XML
4 214 (2.04%) REST
5 201 (1.92%) CSS
6 195 (1.86%) JSON
7 193 (1.84%) Middleware
8 180 (1.72%) SOAP
9 150 (1.43%) Node.js
10 133 (1.27%) jQuery
11 126 (1.20%) .NET Framework
12 124 (1.18%) ASP.NET
13 116 (1.11%) RESTful
14 113 (1.08%) AngularJS
14 113 (1.08%) Spring
15 109 (1.04%) HTML5
16 98 (0.94%) LDAP
17 93 (0.89%) WCF
18 92 (0.88%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 572 (5.46%) Analytical Skills
2 500 (4.77%) Data Centre
3 310 (2.96%) Self-Motivation
4 279 (2.66%) Management Information System
5 233 (2.22%) Clustering
6 169 (1.61%) Public Cloud
7 161 (1.54%) Driving Licence
8 154 (1.47%) PKI
9 137 (1.31%) Video Conferencing
10 134 (1.28%) Replication
11 125 (1.19%) Blackberry
12 123 (1.17%) User Experience
13 122 (1.16%) iPhone
14 110 (1.05%) Hybrid Cloud
14 110 (1.05%) NHS
15 102 (0.97%) Fat Client
15 102 (0.97%) Thin Client
16 100 (0.95%) Smartphone
17 98 (0.94%) Linux Command Line
18 91 (0.87%) Fintech
Operating Systems
1 3,360 (32.08%) Windows 10
2 2,704 (25.81%) Windows Server
3 2,060 (19.67%) Linux
4 1,953 (18.64%) Windows 7
5 1,112 (10.62%) Windows Server 2012
6 866 (8.27%) Windows Server 2008
7 704 (6.72%) Unix
8 382 (3.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 340 (3.25%) Android
10 303 (2.89%) Apple iOS
11 295 (2.82%) Windows XP
12 290 (2.77%) Windows 8
13 271 (2.59%) Windows Server 2003
14 178 (1.70%) Mac OS
15 125 (1.19%) Solaris
16 120 (1.15%) CentOS
17 89 (0.85%) Ubuntu
18 85 (0.81%) Mac OS X
19 65 (0.62%) AIX
20 40 (0.38%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,521 (14.52%) Migration
2 1,439 (13.74%) ITIL
3 1,189 (11.35%) Agile Software Development
4 1,082 (10.33%) DevOps
5 993 (9.48%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 909 (8.68%) Problem-Solving
7 420 (4.01%) Configuration Management
8 389 (3.71%) Service Management
9 376 (3.59%) Test Automation
10 375 (3.58%) Project Management
11 351 (3.35%) Change Management
12 332 (3.17%) Information Security
13 328 (3.13%) Continuous Integration
13 328 (3.13%) Software Engineering
14 314 (3.00%) Scrum
15 300 (2.86%) Stakeholder Management
16 297 (2.84%) Application Packaging
17 284 (2.71%) Incident Management
18 279 (2.66%) Service Delivery
19 262 (2.50%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 1,591 (15.19%) PowerShell
2 1,355 (12.94%) SQL
3 717 (6.84%) Python
4 656 (6.26%) C#
5 652 (6.22%) Java
6 431 (4.11%) JavaScript
7 336 (3.21%) Bash Shell
8 248 (2.37%) C++
9 244 (2.33%) Perl
10 188 (1.79%) Ruby
11 159 (1.52%) T-SQL
12 148 (1.41%) VB
13 145 (1.38%) Shell Script
14 132 (1.26%) C
15 126 (1.20%) VBScript
16 99 (0.95%) PHP
17 77 (0.74%) Groovy
18 72 (0.69%) PL/SQL
19 67 (0.64%) Scala
20 60 (0.57%) VBA
Qualifications
1 1,252 (11.95%) Security Cleared
2 864 (8.25%) SC Cleared
3 522 (4.98%) Microsoft Certification
4 445 (4.25%) Degree
5 348 (3.32%) DV Cleared
6 322 (3.07%) MCSE
7 234 (2.23%) Cisco Certification
8 199 (1.90%) MCSA
9 185 (1.77%) CCNA
10 146 (1.39%) ITIL Certification
11 126 (1.20%) MCP
12 98 (0.94%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 90 (0.86%) DBS Check
14 88 (0.84%) ISTQB
15 85 (0.81%) CISSP
16 82 (0.78%) CCNP
17 75 (0.72%) Computer Science Degree
18 67 (0.64%) AWS Certification
19 66 (0.63%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
20 65 (0.62%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 447 (4.27%) SLA
2 203 (1.94%) QA
3 94 (0.90%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 80 (0.76%) GDPR
5 58 (0.55%) PCI DSS
6 43 (0.41%) PMO
7 29 (0.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 27 (0.26%) Disclosure Scotland
9 22 (0.21%) Cyber Essentials
10 18 (0.17%) Data Quality
11 12 (0.11%) COBIT
12 10 (0.095%) ISO 9001
13 8 (0.076%) Government Security Classifications
13 8 (0.076%) GxP
13 8 (0.076%) HL7
13 8 (0.076%) ISO/IEC 27005
14 7 (0.067%) GMP
14 7 (0.067%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 6 (0.057%) ISO 22301
16 5 (0.048%) GPG13
System Software
1 4,067 (38.83%) Active Directory
2 1,122 (10.71%) VMware Infrastructure
3 574 (5.48%) Hyper-V
4 455 (4.34%) Docker
5 422 (4.03%) XenApp
6 408 (3.89%) VMware ESXi
7 318 (3.04%) XenDesktop
8 304 (2.90%) vSphere
9 302 (2.88%) Microsoft App-V
10 292 (2.79%) Virtual Machines
11 158 (1.51%) Virtual Desktop
12 122 (1.16%) Virtual Servers
13 72 (0.69%) BitLocker
14 67 (0.64%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 52 (0.50%) VMware Workstation
16 50 (0.48%) VMware NSX
17 42 (0.40%) Firmware
18 38 (0.36%) Oracle RAC
18 38 (0.36%) Terminal Services
19 32 (0.31%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 1,786 (17.05%) SCCM
2 485 (4.63%) Ansible
3 383 (3.66%) Puppet
4 334 (3.19%) Terraform
5 286 (2.73%) Kubernetes
6 268 (2.56%) Microsoft Intune
7 256 (2.44%) SCOM
8 247 (2.36%) Opscode Chef
9 159 (1.52%) WSUS
10 119 (1.14%) vCenter Server
11 107 (1.02%) Microsoft Clustering
12 101 (0.96%) AirWatch
13 75 (0.72%) Nagios
14 72 (0.69%) Single Sign-On
15 70 (0.67%) NetBackup
16 68 (0.65%) McAfee ePO
17 65 (0.62%) SCVMM
18 57 (0.54%) Tivoli
19 56 (0.53%) Failover Clustering
20 52 (0.50%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 3,705 (35.37%) Microsoft
2 2,009 (19.18%) VMware
3 1,178 (11.25%) Citrix
4 751 (7.17%) Cisco
5 702 (6.70%) Oracle
6 440 (4.20%) HP
7 383 (3.66%) Red Hat
8 313 (2.99%) Apple
9 248 (2.37%) IBM
10 244 (2.33%) ServiceNow
11 236 (2.25%) Dell
12 233 (2.22%) Splunk
13 215 (2.05%) NetApp
14 211 (2.01%) Google
15 202 (1.93%) McAfee
16 178 (1.70%) Ivanti
17 157 (1.50%) SAP
18 154 (1.47%) EMC
19 139 (1.33%) Symantec
20 135 (1.29%) Remedy