Period
to 24 October 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 24 October 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
24 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 16 15 5
Rank change year-on-year -1 -10 +5
Contract jobs citing Windows 7,314 3,087 10,922
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 8.70% 9.70% 12.93%
As % of the Operating Systems category 57.10% 52.58% 61.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,020 1,975 6,995
10th Percentile £140 £130 £130
25th Percentile £205 £228 £180
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £407 £400 £350
Median % change year-on-year +1.81% +14.29% -6.67%
75th Percentile £538 £500 £475
90th Percentile £638 £575 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £350 £338
% change year-on-year -14.29% +3.70% -3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 555 239 1,052
10th Percentile £11.89 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.09 £12.80 £13.50
Median hourly rate £16.25 £17.00 £16.98
Median % change year-on-year -4.41% +0.15% +5.43%
75th Percentile £22.25 £23.75 £23.82
90th Percentile £50.30 £48.40 £45.24
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £16.00

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 12,810 5,871 17,643
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.23% 18.44% 20.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,755 3,792 11,217
10th Percentile £165 £170 £148
25th Percentile £339 £315 £263
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £438 £425
Median % change year-on-year +8.57% +2.94% -
75th Percentile £585 £538 £538
90th Percentile £675 £613 £616
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £390
% change year-on-year - +2.56% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 690 303 1,194
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.88 £13.25 £14.00
Median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year -2.78% +2.86% +2.94%
75th Percentile £41.96 £37.00 £39.00
90th Percentile £63.00 £52.50 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.83 £17.43 £16.50
% change year-on-year -3.47% +5.64% +3.13%

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 24 October 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 24 October 2021.

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 24 October 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 0 6,134 £400 - 2,879
UK excluding London -1 3,920 £300 -14.29% 2,325
London -1 2,393 £488 +8.33% 753
Work from Home -5 1,526 £475 +11.76% 370
South East -3 1,025 £375 -1.96% 532
North of England +2 907 £290 -17.14% 663
Midlands 0 704 £300 -10.45% 409
North West +1 487 £349 -0.29% 369
South West -2 453 £275 -31.25% 266
West Midlands -1 451 £326 -4.04% 228
East of England 0 349 £265 -18.46% 251
Yorkshire +2 346 £265 -21.48% 220
Scotland -10 299 £275 -31.25% 114
East Midlands -2 246 £220 -13.21% 178
Wales -4 144 £479 +54.52% 83
North East +4 77 £225 -45.45% 74
Northern Ireland +18 54 £255 +59.38% 10

For the 6 months to 24 October 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 2,875 (39.31%) Active Directory
2 2,635 (36.03%) Microsoft
3 2,053 (28.07%) Microsoft 365
4 1,981 (27.09%) Windows 10
5 1,903 (26.02%) Azure
6 1,870 (25.57%) Linux
7 1,866 (25.51%) Windows Server
8 1,721 (23.53%) Social Skills
9 1,452 (19.85%) VMware
10 1,203 (16.45%) PowerShell
11 1,168 (15.97%) SQL
12 1,097 (15.00%) ITIL
13 993 (13.58%) Security Cleared
14 946 (12.93%) SCCM
15 933 (12.76%) Agile Software Development
16 922 (12.61%) DevOps
17 914 (12.50%) VMware Infrastructure
18 906 (12.39%) Microsoft Office
19 902 (12.33%) Finance
20 819 (11.20%) Migration
21 795 (10.87%) AWS
22 781 (10.68%) SC Cleared
23 777 (10.62%) Firewall
24 749 (10.24%) Python
25 737 (10.08%) Oracle
26 729 (9.97%) SQL Server
27 717 (9.80%) Problem-Solving
28 692 (9.46%) DNS
29 678 (9.27%) Citrix
30 670 (9.16%) Windows 7

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
1 524 (7.16%) SharePoint
2 386 (5.28%) MS Exchange
3 248 (3.39%) Confluence
4 204 (2.79%) IIS
5 97 (1.33%) Skype for Business
6 93 (1.27%) Apache
7 75 (1.03%) Tomcat
8 65 (0.89%) WebSphere
9 57 (0.78%) Exchange Server 2013
10 55 (0.75%) WebLogic
11 50 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2010
12 47 (0.64%) SAS
13 44 (0.60%) JBoss
14 35 (0.48%) Elasticsearch
15 34 (0.46%) BizTalk Server
16 25 (0.34%) Oracle SOA Suite
16 25 (0.34%) WebSphere Application Server
17 24 (0.33%) IBM Notes
17 24 (0.33%) nginx
18 22 (0.30%) Mule
Applications
1 906 (12.39%) Microsoft Office
2 278 (3.80%) Microsoft Excel
3 58 (0.79%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 36 (0.49%) MS Visio
5 34 (0.46%) Microsoft Project
6 22 (0.30%) Spreadsheet
7 16 (0.22%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 14 (0.19%) Siemens NX
8 14 (0.19%) Simulink
9 13 (0.18%) Photoshop
10 4 (0.055%) InfoPath
11 2 (0.027%) Chatbot
11 2 (0.027%) CINEMA 4D
11 2 (0.027%) NUKE
12 1 (0.014%) Adobe After Effects
12 1 (0.014%) Adobe Illustrator
12 1 (0.014%) Figma
12 1 (0.014%) PTC Creo
12 1 (0.014%) Sketch
12 1 (0.014%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 58 (0.79%) Dynamics CRM
2 46 (0.63%) Dynamics AX
3 39 (0.53%) SunGard Martini
4 17 (0.23%) assyst
4 17 (0.23%) Remedy ITSM
5 16 (0.22%) Oracle ERP
6 15 (0.21%) SAP HCM
7 14 (0.19%) Teamcenter
8 11 (0.15%) Oracle EBS
8 11 (0.15%) Salesforce.com CRM
9 10 (0.14%) ION MarketView
10 9 (0.12%) Oracle EBS R12
11 8 (0.11%) SAP FI-CA
11 8 (0.11%) SAP PSCD
12 7 (0.096%) BusinessWorks
13 6 (0.082%) NetSuite
13 6 (0.082%) RMDS
14 5 (0.068%) Magento
14 5 (0.068%) Oracle Payables
14 5 (0.068%) Retail-J
Cloud Services
1 2,053 (28.07%) Microsoft 365
2 1,903 (26.02%) Azure
3 795 (10.87%) AWS
4 444 (6.07%) Azure Active Directory
5 351 (4.80%) PaaS
6 304 (4.16%) IaaS
7 199 (2.72%) SaaS
8 159 (2.17%) GitHub
9 153 (2.09%) OneDrive
10 152 (2.08%) GCP
10 152 (2.08%) Serverless
11 127 (1.74%) Power Platform
12 104 (1.42%) AWS Lambda
13 96 (1.31%) AWS CloudFormation
14 87 (1.19%) Cloud Computing
15 73 (1.00%) PowerApps
16 71 (0.97%) Amazon EC2
17 69 (0.94%) Mimecast
18 64 (0.88%) Azure Cosmos DB
18 64 (0.88%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 777 (10.62%) Firewall
2 692 (9.46%) DNS
3 436 (5.96%) VPN
4 412 (5.63%) DHCP
5 381 (5.21%) TCP/IP
6 342 (4.68%) LAN
7 310 (4.24%) WAN
8 272 (3.72%) SAN
9 190 (2.60%) Network Security
10 139 (1.90%) Internet
11 135 (1.85%) Skype
12 132 (1.80%) Wireless
13 131 (1.79%) VoIP
14 109 (1.49%) Wi-Fi
15 108 (1.48%) HTTP
16 89 (1.22%) Remote Desktop
17 88 (1.20%) SSL
18 82 (1.12%) NAS
19 78 (1.07%) NetScaler
20 69 (0.94%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 729 (9.97%) SQL Server
2 208 (2.84%) MySQL
3 203 (2.78%) Oracle Database
4 197 (2.69%) Relational Database
5 102 (1.39%) MongoDB
6 83 (1.13%) Azure SQL Database
7 68 (0.93%) Power BI
8 66 (0.90%) NoSQL
9 64 (0.88%) Oracle Database 12c
10 63 (0.86%) Data Warehouse
10 63 (0.86%) SQL Server 2012
11 60 (0.82%) PostgreSQL
12 59 (0.81%) SQL Server 2016
13 58 (0.79%) Amazon RDS
14 57 (0.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 51 (0.70%) Big Data
16 48 (0.66%) SQL Server 2008
17 46 (0.63%) Hadoop
18 45 (0.62%) DB2
19 44 (0.60%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 481 (6.58%) Jenkins
2 460 (6.29%) Git (software)
3 370 (5.06%) JIRA
4 182 (2.49%) Visual Studio
5 171 (2.34%) Bitbucket
6 164 (2.24%) Subversion
7 125 (1.71%) Artifactory
8 115 (1.57%) TeamCity
9 103 (1.41%) GitLab
10 75 (1.03%) Maven
11 73 (1.00%) Selenium
12 63 (0.86%) Sonatype Nexus
13 59 (0.81%) Cucumber
14 44 (0.60%) Eclipse
15 43 (0.59%) Oracle APEX
15 43 (0.59%) Team Foundation Server
16 42 (0.57%) SonarQube
17 41 (0.56%) MSI
18 39 (0.53%) JUnit
19 37 (0.51%) Robot Framework
General
1 1,721 (23.53%) Social Skills
2 902 (12.33%) Finance
3 484 (6.62%) Analytical Skills
4 478 (6.54%) Public Sector
5 410 (5.61%) Banking
6 135 (1.85%) Investment Banking
7 126 (1.72%) Presentation Skills
8 121 (1.65%) Telecoms
9 118 (1.61%) Retail
10 114 (1.56%) Front Office
11 104 (1.42%) Documentation Skills
11 104 (1.42%) Organisational Skills
12 88 (1.20%) Manufacturing
13 78 (1.07%) Law
14 74 (1.01%) Marketing
15 62 (0.85%) Legal
16 55 (0.75%) Military
17 54 (0.74%) Financial Institution
18 52 (0.71%) Electronics
18 52 (0.71%) Influencing Skills
Job Titles
1 916 (12.52%) Analyst
2 809 (11.06%) Support Engineer
3 584 (7.98%) Developer
4 524 (7.16%) Architect
5 520 (7.11%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 436 (5.96%) IT Support
7 406 (5.55%) Desktop Support
8 387 (5.29%) Desktop Engineer
9 376 (5.14%) Service Analyst
10 362 (4.95%) Service Desk Analyst
11 359 (4.91%) IT Engineer
12 340 (4.65%) 2nd Line Support
13 338 (4.62%) Windows Engineer
14 298 (4.07%) Consultant
15 286 (3.91%) DevOps Engineer
16 283 (3.87%) Azure Engineer
17 270 (3.69%) Support Analyst
18 243 (3.32%) Desktop Support Engineer
19 208 (2.84%) 2nd Line Engineer
20 205 (2.80%) IT Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 618 (8.45%) .NET
2 247 (3.38%) XML
3 217 (2.97%) Web Services
4 200 (2.73%) JSON
5 179 (2.45%) .NET Framework
6 154 (2.11%) REST
7 147 (2.01%) Middleware
8 138 (1.89%) ASP.NET
9 132 (1.80%) HTML
10 113 (1.54%) .NET Core
11 112 (1.53%) AngularJS
11 112 (1.53%) CSS
12 108 (1.48%) LDAP
13 99 (1.35%) SOAP
14 96 (1.31%) Node.js
15 91 (1.24%) YAML
16 71 (0.97%) RESTful
17 69 (0.94%) Kafka
18 65 (0.89%) SAML
18 65 (0.89%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 397 (5.43%) Data Centre
2 216 (2.95%) Self-Motivation
3 161 (2.20%) Clustering
4 152 (2.08%) Public Cloud
5 147 (2.01%) Data Protection Act
6 140 (1.91%) NHS
7 139 (1.90%) Management Information System
8 137 (1.87%) PKI
9 105 (1.44%) Driving Licence
9 105 (1.44%) iPhone
10 97 (1.33%) Replication
11 95 (1.30%) Video Conferencing
12 80 (1.09%) Cloud Native
13 77 (1.05%) Blackberry
14 68 (0.93%) Virtual Team
15 67 (0.92%) iPad
15 67 (0.92%) Private Cloud
16 65 (0.89%) Smartphone
17 58 (0.79%) Greenfield Project
18 56 (0.77%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 1,981 (27.09%) Windows 10
2 1,870 (25.57%) Linux
3 1,866 (25.51%) Windows Server
4 670 (9.16%) Windows 7
5 532 (7.27%) Windows Server 2012
6 511 (6.99%) Unix
7 430 (5.88%) Windows Server 2016
8 348 (4.76%) Windows Server 2019
9 283 (3.87%) Windows Server 2008
10 277 (3.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 262 (3.58%) Apple iOS
12 260 (3.55%) Android
13 165 (2.26%) Mac OS
14 107 (1.46%) Windows 8
15 102 (1.39%) Windows XP
16 80 (1.09%) Solaris
17 77 (1.05%) Mac OS X
18 70 (0.96%) AIX
19 68 (0.93%) Ubuntu
20 64 (0.88%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,097 (15.00%) ITIL
2 933 (12.76%) Agile Software Development
3 922 (12.61%) DevOps
4 819 (11.20%) Migration
5 717 (9.80%) Problem-Solving
6 663 (9.06%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 384 (5.25%) Configuration Management
8 310 (4.24%) Scrum
9 304 (4.16%) Software Engineering
10 297 (4.06%) Test Automation
11 280 (3.83%) Change Management
12 267 (3.65%) Project Management
13 253 (3.46%) Incident Management
14 251 (3.43%) Infrastructure as Code
15 247 (3.38%) Service Management
16 228 (3.12%) Service Delivery
17 224 (3.06%) Data Protection
18 220 (3.01%) ITSM
19 219 (2.99%) Project Delivery
20 210 (2.87%) Cybersecurity
Programming Languages
1 1,203 (16.45%) PowerShell
2 1,168 (15.97%) SQL
3 749 (10.24%) Python
4 587 (8.03%) C#
5 512 (7.00%) Java
6 338 (4.62%) JavaScript
7 318 (4.35%) Bash Shell
8 265 (3.62%) C++
9 183 (2.50%) Shell Script
10 144 (1.97%) T-SQL
11 143 (1.96%) PL/SQL
12 141 (1.93%) C
13 116 (1.59%) Perl
14 89 (1.22%) VB
15 80 (1.09%) VBScript
16 68 (0.93%) Ruby
17 64 (0.88%) VBA
18 61 (0.83%) TypeScript
19 59 (0.81%) VB.NET
20 55 (0.75%) R
Qualifications
1 993 (13.58%) Security Cleared
2 781 (10.68%) SC Cleared
3 347 (4.74%) Degree
4 297 (4.06%) Microsoft Certification
5 183 (2.50%) DV Cleared
6 163 (2.23%) MCSE
7 158 (2.16%) Cisco Certification
8 119 (1.63%) CCNA
9 111 (1.52%) MCP
10 99 (1.35%) ITIL Certification
11 95 (1.30%) MCSA
12 74 (1.01%) DBS Check
13 64 (0.88%) CISSP
13 64 (0.88%) ISTQB
14 61 (0.83%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 60 (0.82%) Computer Science Degree
16 58 (0.79%) ISEB
17 56 (0.77%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
18 47 (0.64%) AWS Certification
19 46 (0.63%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 425 (5.81%) SLA
2 156 (2.13%) QA
3 86 (1.18%) GDPR
4 72 (0.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 41 (0.56%) PCI DSS
6 36 (0.49%) NIST
7 34 (0.46%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 22 (0.30%) PMO
9 21 (0.29%) Disclosure Scotland
9 21 (0.29%) GRC
10 17 (0.23%) NCSC
11 16 (0.22%) Data Quality
12 14 (0.19%) COBIT
13 13 (0.18%) Accessibility
13 13 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
13 13 (0.18%) ISO 9001
14 9 (0.12%) HL7
15 8 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27005
16 6 (0.082%) SOC 2
17 5 (0.068%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 2,875 (39.31%) Active Directory
2 914 (12.50%) VMware Infrastructure
3 315 (4.31%) Hyper-V
4 287 (3.92%) Docker
5 244 (3.34%) vSphere
6 211 (2.88%) VMware ESXi
7 205 (2.80%) Virtual Desktop
8 174 (2.38%) Virtual Machines
9 134 (1.83%) XenApp
10 105 (1.44%) XenDesktop
11 90 (1.23%) VMware NSX
12 81 (1.11%) Microsoft App-V
13 77 (1.05%) Virtual Servers
14 52 (0.71%) NFS
15 50 (0.68%) BitLocker
16 32 (0.44%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 32 (0.44%) VMware Workstation
17 28 (0.38%) Firmware
18 27 (0.37%) HDFS
18 27 (0.37%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 946 (12.93%) SCCM
2 533 (7.29%) Ansible
3 445 (6.08%) Terraform
4 440 (6.02%) Microsoft Intune
5 337 (4.61%) Kubernetes
6 174 (2.38%) Active Directory Federation Services
7 170 (2.32%) Puppet
8 113 (1.54%) vCenter Server
9 112 (1.53%) WSUS
10 111 (1.52%) Opscode Chef
11 97 (1.33%) SCOM
12 95 (1.30%) Single Sign-On
13 81 (1.11%) vRealize
14 77 (1.05%) BladeLogic
15 69 (0.94%) ITRS Geneos
16 66 (0.90%) Microsoft Clustering
17 57 (0.78%) NetBackup
18 50 (0.68%) AirWatch
19 45 (0.62%) Nessus
20 43 (0.59%) Jamf Pro
Vendors
1 2,635 (36.03%) Microsoft
2 1,452 (19.85%) VMware
3 737 (10.08%) Oracle
4 678 (9.27%) Citrix
5 509 (6.96%) Cisco
6 304 (4.16%) HP
7 277 (3.79%) ServiceNow
8 261 (3.57%) Apple
9 251 (3.43%) Red Hat
10 234 (3.20%) Dell
11 205 (2.80%) SAP
12 160 (2.19%) IBM
13 153 (2.09%) Splunk
14 142 (1.94%) NetApp
15 140 (1.91%) Google
16 130 (1.78%) EMC
17 114 (1.56%) McAfee
18 106 (1.45%) Ivanti
19 104 (1.42%) Veeam
20 89 (1.22%) SolarWinds