Period
to 19 August 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 19 August 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
19 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 9 8 6
Rank change year-on-year -1 -2 0
Contract jobs citing Windows 10075 12591 14026
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 10.45% 11.61% 12.45%
As % of the Operating Systems category 50.29% 52.06% 57.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 6078 7548 7830
UK median daily rate £355 £358 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.77% +5.93% +3.85%
10th Percentile £133 £150 £150
90th Percentile £550 £538 £511
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £338 £325
% change year-on-year -2.22% +3.85% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 975 1093 1799
UK median hourly rate £15.50 £15.25 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.64% -4.69% +6.67%
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £44.80 £40.00 £38.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.85 £15.00 £15.25
% change year-on-year -1.00% -1.64% +1.67%

Windows is in the operating system skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills.

Contract Operating System Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 20034 24185 24540
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.78% 22.29% 21.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 12591 15261 14313
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +3.45%
10th Percentile £190 £209 £185
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +3.33% +7.14% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1146 1270 1956
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.03% - +3.13%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £43.75 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year -3.03% +3.13% +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 19 August 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 19 August 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Windows in the UK

Windows
Top 16 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 19 August 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 -1 9247 £360 -0.69% 1488
UK excluding London -2 6060 £330 -2.22% 1091
London 0 3868 £401 +0.13% 486
South East +1 1959 £350 -2.78% 309
North of England -4 1201 £325 - 273
Midlands +1 945 £325 -12.16% 168
South West -1 650 £325 -7.14% 111
East of England -1 632 £325 +4.00% 142
North West -1 581 £325 -7.14% 142
West Midlands +1 523 £336 -3.93% 104
Scotland -1 483 £350 +9.38% 66
East Midlands +1 412 £300 -20.00% 64
Yorkshire -3 410 £324 -13.67% 112
North East 0 211 £331 +17.26% 19
Wales -1 181 £310 -11.43% 21
Northern Ireland -26 59 £433 +166.46% 2

For the 6 months to 19 August 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 3605 (35.78%) Active Directory
2 3316 (32.91%) Microsoft
3 2797 (27.76%) Windows Server
4 2292 (22.75%) Linux
5 2018 (20.03%) VMware
6 1899 (18.85%) Windows 7
7 1659 (16.47%) SQL
8 1628 (16.16%) Windows 10
9 1592 (15.80%) Finance
10 1478 (14.67%) Office 365
11 1474 (14.63%) ITIL
12 1450 (14.39%) SQL Server
13 1449 (14.38%) Windows Server 2012
14 1403 (13.93%) PowerShell
15 1338 (13.28%) Microsoft Office
16 1328 (13.18%) Security Cleared
17 1315 (13.05%) Migration
18 1278 (12.68%) Windows Server 2008
19 1213 (12.04%) SCCM
20 1205 (11.96%) Unix
20 1205 (11.96%) Citrix
21 1062 (10.54%) VMware Infrastructure
22 1061 (10.53%) Microsoft Azure
23 1030 (10.22%) Agile Software Development
24 977 (9.70%) .NET
25 939 (9.32%) DNS
26 934 (9.27%) SC Cleared
27 928 (9.21%) Cisco
28 893 (8.86%) C#
29 883 (8.76%) MS Exchange

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
1 883 (8.76%) MS Exchange
2 545 (5.41%) IIS
3 539 (5.35%) SharePoint
4 381 (3.78%) Exchange Server 2010
5 370 (3.67%) Skype for Business
6 208 (2.06%) Exchange Server 2013
7 193 (1.92%) Apache
8 188 (1.87%) Tomcat
9 174 (1.73%) Confluence
10 123 (1.22%) CMS
11 118 (1.17%) Elasticsearch
12 117 (1.16%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 117 (1.16%) WebLogic
13 115 (1.14%) JBoss
14 104 (1.03%) OpenStack
15 103 (1.02%) Exchange Server 2007
16 99 (0.98%) IBM Notes
17 84 (0.83%) WebSphere
18 83 (0.82%) SharePoint 2013
19 79 (0.78%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 1338 (13.28%) Microsoft Office
2 324 (3.22%) Microsoft Excel
3 126 (1.25%) MS Visio
4 92 (0.91%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 59 (0.59%) Spreadsheet
6 58 (0.58%) Microsoft Project
7 14 (0.14%) Acrobat
8 12 (0.12%) Photoshop
9 11 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 7 (0.069%) InfoPath
11 6 (0.060%) Doxygen
11 6 (0.060%) Houdini
11 6 (0.060%) Maya
11 6 (0.060%) NUKE
11 6 (0.060%) PaintShop Pro
12 5 (0.050%) Adobe Illustrator
12 5 (0.050%) Quicktime
12 5 (0.050%) Simulink
13 4 (0.040%) SmartSuite
14 3 (0.030%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 77 (0.76%) Dynamics CRM
2 65 (0.65%) Remedy ITSM
3 33 (0.33%) Eikon
4 26 (0.26%) Dynamics AX
5 17 (0.17%) ION MarketView
6 16 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
7 14 (0.14%) Oracle Applications
8 12 (0.12%) Oracle EBS R12
9 10 (0.099%) Markit EDM
9 10 (0.099%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
9 10 (0.099%) RMDS
9 10 (0.099%) Unit4 Business World
10 8 (0.079%) Siebel CRM
11 6 (0.060%) Oracle Utilities
11 6 (0.060%) thinkFolio
12 5 (0.050%) Oracle 11i
13 4 (0.040%) BusinessWorks
13 4 (0.040%) Maximo
13 4 (0.040%) Primavera
13 4 (0.040%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 1478 (14.67%) Office 365
2 1061 (10.53%) Microsoft Azure
3 689 (6.84%) Amazon AWS
4 199 (1.98%) IaaS
5 192 (1.91%) PaaS
6 130 (1.29%) Azure Active Directory
7 86 (0.85%) SaaS
8 81 (0.80%) Cloud Computing
9 74 (0.73%) OneDrive
10 61 (0.61%) AWS CloudFormation
11 59 (0.59%) G Suite
12 53 (0.53%) Amazon EC2
13 48 (0.48%) OpenShift
14 44 (0.44%) Amazon S3
15 39 (0.39%) GitHub
16 32 (0.32%) Yammer
17 30 (0.30%) Mimecast
18 29 (0.29%) Virtual Private Cloud
19 22 (0.22%) Dynamics 365
19 22 (0.22%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 939 (9.32%) DNS
2 880 (8.73%) Firewall
3 649 (6.44%) DHCP
4 636 (6.31%) TCP/IP
5 614 (6.09%) LAN
6 600 (5.96%) WAN
7 590 (5.86%) SAN
8 489 (4.85%) VPN
9 348 (3.45%) Internet
10 263 (2.61%) Skype
11 247 (2.45%) LDAP
12 217 (2.15%) Wireless
13 193 (1.92%) NAS
14 159 (1.58%) VoIP
15 158 (1.57%) HTTP
15 158 (1.57%) Wi-Fi
16 153 (1.52%) Network Security
17 150 (1.49%) VLAN
18 148 (1.47%) Remote Desktop
19 137 (1.36%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1450 (14.39%) SQL Server
2 278 (2.76%) SQL Server 2012
3 226 (2.24%) SQL Server 2008
4 217 (2.15%) Relational Database
5 206 (2.04%) Oracle Database
6 185 (1.84%) MySQL
7 146 (1.45%) NoSQL
8 133 (1.32%) MongoDB
9 127 (1.26%) SQL Server 2005
10 116 (1.15%) PostgreSQL
11 110 (1.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 107 (1.06%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 93 (0.92%) RDBMS
14 91 (0.90%) SQL Server 2014
15 89 (0.88%) Big Data
15 89 (0.88%) Data Warehouse
16 84 (0.83%) Hadoop
17 83 (0.82%) DB2
18 79 (0.78%) Oracle Database 11g
19 61 (0.61%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 416 (4.13%) Git (software)
2 378 (3.75%) Jenkins
3 318 (3.16%) JIRA
4 317 (3.15%) Team Foundation Server
5 293 (2.91%) Visual Studio
6 183 (1.82%) TeamCity
7 128 (1.27%) Subversion
8 121 (1.20%) MSI
9 117 (1.16%) Octopus Deploy
10 116 (1.15%) Maven
11 101 (1.00%) Selenium
12 97 (0.96%) Eclipse
13 89 (0.88%) Sonatype Nexus
14 80 (0.79%) NUnit
15 78 (0.77%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 65 (0.65%) Ant
17 62 (0.62%) JUnit
18 60 (0.60%) Cucumber
19 55 (0.55%) GitLab
20 46 (0.46%) Bitbucket
General
1 1592 (15.80%) Finance
2 750 (7.44%) Banking
3 238 (2.36%) Retail
4 198 (1.97%) Investment Banking
4 198 (1.97%) Telecoms
5 177 (1.76%) Front Office
5 177 (1.76%) Legal
6 133 (1.32%) Manufacturing
7 122 (1.21%) Law
8 118 (1.17%) Marketing
9 97 (0.96%) Back Office
10 80 (0.79%) Electronics
11 70 (0.69%) Publishing
12 57 (0.57%) Financial Institution
13 47 (0.47%) Advertising
14 42 (0.42%) Military
15 39 (0.39%) Local Government
16 29 (0.29%) Pharmaceutical
17 27 (0.27%) Retail Banking
18 26 (0.26%) French Language
Job Titles
1 1572 (15.60%) Analyst
2 1060 (10.52%) Developer
3 984 (9.77%) Support Engineer
4 709 (7.04%) Desktop Support
5 615 (6.10%) Architect
6 567 (5.63%) Support Analyst
7 545 (5.41%) Windows Engineer
8 542 (5.38%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 540 (5.36%) Consultant
10 508 (5.04%) 2nd Line Support
11 449 (4.46%) Administrator
12 413 (4.10%) Service Analyst
13 395 (3.92%) IT Support
14 388 (3.85%) Service Desk Analyst
15 380 (3.77%) Desktop Engineer
16 363 (3.60%) DevOps Engineer
17 293 (2.91%) .NET Developer
18 288 (2.86%) 3rd Line Support
19 269 (2.67%) C# Developer
20 264 (2.62%) Desktop Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 977 (9.70%) .NET
2 471 (4.67%) Web Services
3 364 (3.61%) HTML
4 358 (3.55%) XML
5 261 (2.59%) CSS
5 261 (2.59%) Middleware
6 233 (2.31%) ASP.NET
7 196 (1.95%) .NET Framework
8 189 (1.88%) jQuery
9 168 (1.67%) AngularJS
10 166 (1.65%) WCF
11 138 (1.37%) SOAP
12 137 (1.36%) RESTful
13 124 (1.23%) REST
14 118 (1.17%) Ajax
14 118 (1.17%) JSON
15 113 (1.12%) ASP.NET MVC
15 113 (1.12%) ASP.NET Web API
16 111 (1.10%) HTML5
17 97 (0.96%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 617 (6.12%) Data Centre
2 609 (6.04%) Analytical Skills
3 291 (2.89%) Blackberry
4 273 (2.71%) Management Information System
5 215 (2.13%) Clustering
6 213 (2.11%) Computer Science
7 147 (1.46%) Replication
8 146 (1.45%) PKI
9 122 (1.21%) iPhone
10 121 (1.20%) Video Conferencing
11 119 (1.18%) Client/Server
12 112 (1.11%) Driving Licence
13 110 (1.09%) Public Cloud
13 110 (1.09%) Smartphone
14 103 (1.02%) Fixed Income
14 103 (1.02%) Mobile App
15 102 (1.01%) iPad
16 97 (0.96%) Enterprise Software
17 96 (0.95%) NHS
18 90 (0.89%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 2797 (27.76%) Windows Server
2 2292 (22.75%) Linux
3 1899 (18.85%) Windows 7
4 1628 (16.16%) Windows 10
5 1449 (14.38%) Windows Server 2012
6 1278 (12.68%) Windows Server 2008
7 1205 (11.96%) Unix
8 518 (5.14%) Windows Server 2003
9 412 (4.09%) Windows 8
10 403 (4.00%) Android
11 365 (3.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 365 (3.62%) Windows XP
12 327 (3.25%) Apple iOS
13 284 (2.82%) Solaris
14 188 (1.87%) AIX
15 158 (1.57%) Mac OS X
16 150 (1.49%) CentOS
17 130 (1.29%) Mac OS
18 98 (0.97%) Windows Vista
19 65 (0.65%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 1474 (14.63%) ITIL
2 1315 (13.05%) Migration
3 1030 (10.22%) Agile Software Development
4 762 (7.56%) DevOps
5 434 (4.31%) Project Management
6 415 (4.12%) Configuration Management
7 372 (3.69%) Service Management
8 366 (3.63%) Scrum
9 365 (3.62%) Continuous Integration
10 350 (3.47%) Change Management
11 340 (3.37%) Test Automation
12 308 (3.06%) TDD
13 305 (3.03%) Software Engineering
14 287 (2.85%) SDLC
15 261 (2.59%) MVC
16 244 (2.42%) Incident Management
17 241 (2.39%) Disaster Recovery
18 237 (2.35%) Service Delivery
19 228 (2.26%) Information Security
20 217 (2.15%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 1659 (16.47%) SQL
2 1403 (13.93%) PowerShell
3 893 (8.86%) C#
4 754 (7.48%) Java
5 641 (6.36%) Python
6 440 (4.37%) JavaScript
7 413 (4.10%) C++
8 326 (3.24%) Perl
9 231 (2.29%) Bash Shell
10 216 (2.14%) C
11 204 (2.02%) T-SQL
12 203 (2.01%) VBScript
13 194 (1.93%) VB
14 173 (1.72%) Ruby
15 165 (1.64%) Shell Script
16 138 (1.37%) PL/SQL
17 111 (1.10%) VB.NET
18 96 (0.95%) PHP
19 77 (0.76%) VBA
20 54 (0.54%) Korn
Qualifications
1 1328 (13.18%) Security Cleared
2 934 (9.27%) SC Cleared
3 613 (6.08%) Microsoft Certification
4 461 (4.58%) Degree
5 356 (3.53%) MCSE
6 267 (2.65%) DV Cleared
7 226 (2.24%) Cisco Certification
8 156 (1.55%) CCNA
9 153 (1.52%) MCP
10 144 (1.43%) MCSA
11 134 (1.33%) ITIL Certification
12 128 (1.27%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 115 (1.14%) Computer Science Degree
14 114 (1.13%) MCITP
15 101 (1.00%) CISSP
16 78 (0.77%) ISEB
17 76 (0.75%) CCNP
18 55 (0.55%) MCTS
19 52 (0.52%) A+ Certification
20 51 (0.51%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 360 (3.57%) SLA
2 194 (1.93%) QA
3 103 (1.02%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 73 (0.72%) PCI DSS
5 55 (0.55%) Disclosure Scotland
6 52 (0.52%) PMO
7 31 (0.31%) GDPR
8 29 (0.29%) Data Quality
9 20 (0.20%) MiFID
10 19 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 14 (0.14%) GPG13
12 12 (0.12%) Cyber Essentials
13 11 (0.11%) NIST 800
14 10 (0.099%) COBIT
14 10 (0.099%) MIL-STD-1553
15 9 (0.089%) ISO 20022
16 8 (0.079%) ISO 9001
17 7 (0.069%) EMIR
17 7 (0.069%) MISRA
18 6 (0.060%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 3605 (35.78%) Active Directory
2 1062 (10.54%) VMware Infrastructure
3 611 (6.06%) Hyper-V
4 332 (3.30%) XenApp
5 309 (3.07%) VMware ESXi
6 303 (3.01%) vSphere
7 253 (2.51%) Docker
8 248 (2.46%) Microsoft App-V
9 203 (2.01%) XenDesktop
10 174 (1.73%) Virtual Machines
11 100 (0.99%) Virtual Servers
12 85 (0.84%) XenServer
13 84 (0.83%) Virtual Desktop
14 71 (0.70%) BitLocker
15 70 (0.69%) NFS
16 45 (0.45%) Oracle RAC
17 43 (0.43%) Microsoft Virtual Server
18 41 (0.41%) VMware Workstation
19 37 (0.37%) Samba
20 36 (0.36%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 1213 (12.04%) SCCM
2 390 (3.87%) Ansible
3 353 (3.50%) Puppet
4 292 (2.90%) SCOM
5 240 (2.38%) Opscode Chef
6 171 (1.70%) NetBackup
7 167 (1.66%) WSUS
8 117 (1.16%) Terraform
9 107 (1.06%) AirWatch
10 100 (0.99%) Microsoft Clustering
11 93 (0.92%) vCenter Server
12 86 (0.85%) Norton AntiVirus
13 80 (0.79%) Microsoft Intune
14 77 (0.76%) Kubernetes
15 75 (0.74%) McAfee ePO
16 67 (0.67%) Nagios
17 65 (0.65%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
18 64 (0.64%) OpenView Configuration Management
19 59 (0.59%) Backup Exec
20 56 (0.56%) Kibana
Vendors
1 3316 (32.91%) Microsoft
2 2018 (20.03%) VMware
3 1205 (11.96%) Citrix
4 928 (9.21%) Cisco
5 848 (8.42%) Oracle
6 698 (6.93%) HP
7 391 (3.88%) Red Hat
8 318 (3.16%) Apple
9 293 (2.91%) NetApp
10 251 (2.49%) Dell
11 242 (2.40%) Symantec
12 239 (2.37%) IBM
13 205 (2.03%) EMC
14 194 (1.93%) ServiceNow
15 186 (1.85%) McAfee
16 170 (1.69%) SAP
17 154 (1.53%) Google
18 148 (1.47%) Splunk
19 143 (1.42%) Remedy
20 138 (1.37%) Juniper