Period
to 14 December 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 14 December 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
14 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 4 9 9
Rank change year-on-year +5 0 0
Contract jobs citing Windows 10,667 12,428 11,316
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.48% 11.84% 10.96%
As % of the Operating Systems category 63.62% 56.63% 52.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,622 7,547 6,984
UK median daily rate £350 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.67% +7.14% -
10th Percentile £127 £133 £130
90th Percentile £550 £575 £555
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £350 £325
% change year-on-year -7.14% +7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,126 1,283 1,067
UK median hourly rate £17.12 £16.30 £15.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.03% +2.77% +5.73%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.88 £10.75
90th Percentile £46.40 £43.75 £45.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £15.75 £15.00
% change year-on-year +1.59% +5.00% -

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 16,766 21,946 21,441
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.19% 20.91% 20.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,316 13,633 13,683
UK median daily rate £413 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.94% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £140 £163 £170
90th Percentile £600 £606 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £390 £375
% change year-on-year -0.64% +4.00% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,272 1,454 1,271
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.39 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.62% -0.61% +7.63%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.00 £11.00
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.50 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.76 £16.50 £16.65
% change year-on-year +1.55% -0.87% +7.39%

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 14 December 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 14 December 2019.

Contractor 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 14 December 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 +4 9,479 £350 -6.67% 3,402
UK excluding London +3 7,205 £325 -7.14% 2,763
London +2 3,209 £375 -10.71% 861
South East +2 2,102 £375 - 743
North of England +3 1,432 £320 -8.57% 713
South West 0 1,057 £335 -4.29% 317
Midlands +1 956 £300 -14.29% 440
North West +1 812 £320 -8.57% 393
East of England +1 683 £300 -7.69% 326
Scotland +6 650 £300 -0.83% 136
West Midlands 0 577 £300 -16.67% 261
Yorkshire +3 487 £325 -9.09% 238
East Midlands +2 371 £313 -3.10% 177
Wales +8 279 £400 +14.29% 82
North East +3 132 £239 -39.21% 82
Northern Ireland +13 44 £181 -39.58% 5
Channel Islands +1 13 £350 -31.71% 1

For the 6 months to 14 December 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 4,289 (40.21%) Active Directory
2 4,158 (38.98%) Windows 10
3 3,858 (36.17%) Microsoft
4 2,912 (27.30%) Windows Server
5 2,859 (26.80%) Office 365
6 2,373 (22.25%) Windows 7
7 2,018 (18.92%) VMware
8 1,946 (18.24%) SCCM
9 1,803 (16.90%) Azure
10 1,758 (16.48%) Linux
11 1,686 (15.81%) Migration
12 1,583 (14.84%) Security Cleared
13 1,579 (14.80%) PowerShell
14 1,542 (14.46%) Microsoft Office
15 1,478 (13.86%) ITIL
16 1,206 (11.31%) SQL
17 1,191 (11.17%) Finance
18 1,182 (11.08%) SC Cleared
19 1,126 (10.56%) Windows Server 2012
20 1,109 (10.40%) VMware Infrastructure
21 1,099 (10.30%) DNS
22 1,090 (10.22%) Citrix
23 1,015 (9.52%) Windows Server 2008
24 1,001 (9.38%) Infrastructure Engineering
25 923 (8.65%) Agile Software Development
26 913 (8.56%) SQL Server
27 837 (7.85%) Problem-Solving
28 818 (7.67%) AWS
29 798 (7.48%) Firewall
30 793 (7.43%) DHCP

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
1 745 (6.98%) MS Exchange
2 665 (6.23%) SharePoint
3 399 (3.74%) Skype for Business
4 300 (2.81%) IIS
5 219 (2.05%) Exchange Server 2010
6 184 (1.72%) Confluence
7 170 (1.59%) Exchange Server 2013
8 98 (0.92%) Apache
9 79 (0.74%) Tomcat
10 77 (0.72%) WebLogic
11 57 (0.53%) JBoss
12 51 (0.48%) IBM Notes
13 49 (0.46%) OpenStack
14 47 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2007
15 44 (0.41%) nginx
16 41 (0.38%) Apache Spark
16 41 (0.38%) Exchange Server 2003
17 40 (0.37%) Elasticsearch
18 35 (0.33%) CMS
19 33 (0.31%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 1,542 (14.46%) Microsoft Office
2 294 (2.76%) Microsoft Excel
3 125 (1.17%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 87 (0.82%) MS Visio
5 82 (0.77%) Microsoft Project
6 36 (0.34%) Spreadsheet
7 19 (0.18%) Acrobat
8 12 (0.11%) Photoshop
9 8 (0.075%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 6 (0.056%) AutoCAD
11 5 (0.047%) FileZilla
12 4 (0.037%) CINEMA 4D
12 4 (0.037%) Mozilla Thunderbird
13 2 (0.019%) Abaqus
13 2 (0.019%) InfoPath
14 1 (0.009%) 3ds Max
14 1 (0.009%) Houdini
14 1 (0.009%) Maya
14 1 (0.009%) Open Workbench
14 1 (0.009%) Revit
Business Applications
1 52 (0.49%) Dynamics CRM
2 50 (0.47%) Remedy ITSM
3 25 (0.23%) Oracle Applications
4 23 (0.22%) assyst
5 18 (0.17%) Elite 3E
6 15 (0.14%) ION MarketView
6 15 (0.14%) Oracle EBS
7 14 (0.13%) Dynamics NAV
8 12 (0.11%) SAP SRM
9 8 (0.075%) Magento
10 6 (0.056%) Dynamics AX
10 6 (0.056%) Misys Opics
10 6 (0.056%) Oracle EBS R12
10 6 (0.056%) SystmOne
11 5 (0.047%) Dynamics GP
11 5 (0.047%) Oracle Cash Management
11 5 (0.047%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
11 5 (0.047%) Towers Watson Igloo
12 4 (0.037%) Carpe Diem
12 4 (0.037%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 2,859 (26.80%) Office 365
2 1,803 (16.90%) Azure
3 818 (7.67%) AWS
4 399 (3.74%) Azure Active Directory
5 288 (2.70%) IaaS
6 264 (2.47%) PaaS
7 200 (1.87%) SaaS
8 196 (1.84%) OneDrive
9 160 (1.50%) GitHub
10 152 (1.42%) GCP
11 101 (0.95%) Serverless
12 83 (0.78%) Cloud Computing
13 80 (0.75%) AWS CloudFormation
14 74 (0.69%) Amazon EC2
15 69 (0.65%) Power Platform
16 61 (0.57%) Azure ExpressRoute
17 59 (0.55%) AWS Lambda
18 58 (0.54%) G Suite
19 54 (0.51%) Amazon S3
20 52 (0.49%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 1,099 (10.30%) DNS
2 798 (7.48%) Firewall
3 793 (7.43%) DHCP
4 639 (5.99%) TCP/IP
5 531 (4.98%) LAN
6 506 (4.74%) VPN
7 470 (4.41%) WAN
8 458 (4.29%) Skype
9 441 (4.13%) SAN
10 325 (3.05%) Internet
11 222 (2.08%) VoIP
12 193 (1.81%) Wi-Fi
13 177 (1.66%) Remote Desktop
14 170 (1.59%) Wireless
15 140 (1.31%) VLAN
16 138 (1.29%) HTTP
17 134 (1.26%) Network Security
18 130 (1.22%) NAS
19 104 (0.97%) NetScaler
20 98 (0.92%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 913 (8.56%) SQL Server
2 154 (1.44%) Oracle Database
3 143 (1.34%) MySQL
4 115 (1.08%) SQL Server 2012
5 106 (0.99%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 99 (0.93%) Amazon RDS
7 96 (0.90%) Relational Database
8 93 (0.87%) MongoDB
9 90 (0.84%) SQL Server 2016
10 89 (0.83%) PostgreSQL
11 87 (0.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 69 (0.65%) NoSQL
13 65 (0.61%) Data Warehouse
13 65 (0.61%) SQL Server 2008
14 63 (0.59%) Azure SQL Database
14 63 (0.59%) Big Data
15 62 (0.58%) Power BI
16 48 (0.45%) Hadoop
17 43 (0.40%) DB2
18 42 (0.39%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 331 (3.10%) Git (software)
2 310 (2.91%) JIRA
3 303 (2.84%) Jenkins
4 223 (2.09%) Visual Studio
5 155 (1.45%) MSI
6 120 (1.12%) Selenium
7 103 (0.97%) TeamCity
8 93 (0.87%) Team Foundation Server
9 84 (0.79%) Subversion
10 83 (0.78%) Visual Studio Team System
11 82 (0.77%) Cucumber
12 71 (0.67%) InstallShield
13 70 (0.66%) GitLab
14 64 (0.60%) Bitbucket
14 64 (0.60%) Octopus Deploy
15 58 (0.54%) Eclipse
16 42 (0.39%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 42 (0.39%) Gatling
17 36 (0.34%) AdminStudio
18 30 (0.28%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 1,191 (11.17%) Finance
2 741 (6.95%) Public Sector
3 369 (3.46%) Banking
4 325 (3.05%) Telecoms
5 283 (2.65%) Retail
6 185 (1.73%) Manufacturing
7 142 (1.33%) Law
8 133 (1.25%) Marketing
9 130 (1.22%) Electronics
10 118 (1.11%) Legal
11 76 (0.71%) Local Government
12 75 (0.70%) Back Office
13 65 (0.61%) Military
14 62 (0.58%) Front Office
15 55 (0.52%) Investment Banking
16 53 (0.50%) Advertising
17 46 (0.43%) Financial Institution
17 46 (0.43%) German Language
18 44 (0.41%) Aerospace
19 38 (0.36%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 1,393 (13.06%) Analyst
2 1,329 (12.46%) Support Engineer
3 1,034 (9.69%) Windows Engineer
4 843 (7.90%) Desktop Support
5 811 (7.60%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 718 (6.73%) Desktop Engineer
7 623 (5.84%) 2nd Line Support
8 551 (5.17%) IT Support
9 528 (4.95%) Architect
10 516 (4.84%) Developer
11 508 (4.76%) Service Analyst
12 488 (4.57%) Service Desk Analyst
13 487 (4.57%) Support Analyst
14 468 (4.39%) Desktop Support Engineer
15 435 (4.08%) Deployment Engineer
16 430 (4.03%) IT Engineer
17 396 (3.71%) Consultant
18 322 (3.02%) 2nd Line Engineer
18 322 (3.02%) DevOps Engineer
19 313 (2.93%) 3rd Line Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 494 (4.63%) .NET
2 306 (2.87%) Web Services
3 226 (2.12%) XML
4 200 (1.87%) HTML
5 158 (1.48%) JSON
6 142 (1.33%) .NET Framework
7 138 (1.29%) CSS
8 129 (1.21%) Middleware
9 121 (1.13%) REST
10 114 (1.07%) Node.js
11 109 (1.02%) AngularJS
11 109 (1.02%) WPF
12 103 (0.97%) LDAP
13 99 (0.93%) ASP.NET
14 88 (0.82%) SOAP
15 77 (0.72%) jQuery
16 69 (0.65%) WCF
17 66 (0.62%) RESTful
18 63 (0.59%) Elastic Stack
19 59 (0.55%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 526 (4.93%) Data Centre
2 510 (4.78%) Analytical Skills
3 326 (3.06%) Driving Licence
4 293 (2.75%) Self-Motivation
5 288 (2.70%) Management Information System
6 223 (2.09%) PKI
7 211 (1.98%) NHS
8 208 (1.95%) Clustering
9 169 (1.58%) Replication
10 164 (1.54%) Smartphone
11 160 (1.50%) Blackberry
12 134 (1.26%) iPhone
13 133 (1.25%) Public Cloud
14 125 (1.17%) Enterprise Software
15 118 (1.11%) Video Conferencing
16 107 (1.00%) User Experience
17 87 (0.82%) Fat Client
17 87 (0.82%) Thin Client
18 65 (0.61%) iPad
19 61 (0.57%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 4,158 (38.98%) Windows 10
2 2,912 (27.30%) Windows Server
3 2,373 (22.25%) Windows 7
4 1,758 (16.48%) Linux
5 1,126 (10.56%) Windows Server 2012
6 1,015 (9.52%) Windows Server 2008
7 580 (5.44%) Unix
8 373 (3.50%) Android
9 354 (3.32%) Apple iOS
10 317 (2.97%) Windows XP
11 296 (2.77%) Windows 8
12 285 (2.67%) Windows Server 2003
13 229 (2.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 197 (1.85%) Mac OS
15 156 (1.46%) Mac OS X
16 135 (1.27%) Ubuntu
17 125 (1.17%) CentOS
18 95 (0.89%) Solaris
19 74 (0.69%) AIX
20 46 (0.43%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,686 (15.81%) Migration
2 1,478 (13.86%) ITIL
3 1,001 (9.38%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 923 (8.65%) Agile Software Development
5 837 (7.85%) Problem-Solving
6 787 (7.38%) DevOps
7 436 (4.09%) Service Management
8 379 (3.55%) Change Management
9 349 (3.27%) Configuration Management
10 340 (3.19%) Incident Management
11 338 (3.17%) ITSM
12 334 (3.13%) Test Automation
13 301 (2.82%) Time Management
14 300 (2.81%) Project Management
15 292 (2.74%) Project Delivery
16 274 (2.57%) Disaster Recovery
17 273 (2.56%) Continuous Integration
18 267 (2.50%) Information Security
19 265 (2.48%) Break/Fix
20 263 (2.47%) Application Packaging
Programming Languages
1 1,579 (14.80%) PowerShell
2 1,206 (11.31%) SQL
3 553 (5.18%) Python
4 489 (4.58%) C#
5 417 (3.91%) Java
6 350 (3.28%) JavaScript
7 240 (2.25%) Bash Shell
8 220 (2.06%) C
9 202 (1.89%) C++
10 144 (1.35%) Perl
11 126 (1.18%) Ruby
12 114 (1.07%) VB
13 111 (1.04%) VBScript
14 103 (0.97%) PL/SQL
15 93 (0.87%) Shell Script
16 89 (0.83%) T-SQL
17 69 (0.65%) VBA
18 66 (0.62%) PHP
19 42 (0.39%) Scala
20 40 (0.37%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 1,583 (14.84%) Security Cleared
2 1,182 (11.08%) SC Cleared
3 508 (4.76%) Microsoft Certification
4 395 (3.70%) Degree
5 350 (3.28%) DV Cleared
6 298 (2.79%) MCSE
7 231 (2.17%) Cisco Certification
8 177 (1.66%) CCNA
9 158 (1.48%) MCSA
10 154 (1.44%) MCP
11 145 (1.36%) ITIL Certification
12 97 (0.91%) DBS Check
13 96 (0.90%) ISTQB
14 94 (0.88%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 91 (0.85%) CCNP
16 76 (0.71%) MCITP
17 65 (0.61%) ISEB
18 61 (0.57%) CISSP
19 58 (0.54%) Citrix Certification
20 55 (0.52%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 542 (5.08%) SLA
2 202 (1.89%) QA
3 86 (0.81%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 56 (0.52%) GDPR
5 45 (0.42%) NIST
6 42 (0.39%) PCI DSS
7 33 (0.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 31 (0.29%) COBIT
8 31 (0.29%) PMO
9 24 (0.22%) Cyber Essentials
9 24 (0.22%) Disclosure Scotland
9 24 (0.22%) NCSC
10 23 (0.22%) HL7
11 16 (0.15%) MiFID
12 15 (0.14%) Data Quality
13 12 (0.11%) ISO 9001
14 11 (0.10%) Government Security Classifications
15 9 (0.084%) RMADS
16 8 (0.075%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
17 7 (0.066%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
System Software
1 4,289 (40.21%) Active Directory
2 1,109 (10.40%) VMware Infrastructure
3 602 (5.64%) Hyper-V
4 369 (3.46%) XenApp
5 355 (3.33%) vSphere
6 343 (3.22%) VMware ESXi
7 297 (2.78%) Docker
8 261 (2.45%) XenDesktop
9 258 (2.42%) Microsoft App-V
10 234 (2.19%) Virtual Machines
11 119 (1.12%) Virtual Desktop
12 103 (0.97%) Virtual Servers
13 68 (0.64%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 68 (0.64%) VMware NSX
14 62 (0.58%) BitLocker
15 57 (0.53%) DFS Replication
16 53 (0.50%) Firmware
17 44 (0.41%) Microsoft Virtual Server
18 38 (0.36%) vCloud
19 28 (0.26%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 1,946 (18.24%) SCCM
2 352 (3.30%) Microsoft Intune
3 339 (3.18%) Ansible
4 257 (2.41%) Puppet
5 248 (2.32%) Terraform
6 236 (2.21%) SCOM
7 207 (1.94%) Kubernetes
8 192 (1.80%) WSUS
9 171 (1.60%) Opscode Chef
10 125 (1.17%) Single Sign-On
11 113 (1.06%) vCenter Server
12 104 (0.97%) AirWatch
13 93 (0.87%) Microsoft Clustering
14 89 (0.83%) NetBackup
15 78 (0.73%) Jamf Pro
16 74 (0.69%) McAfee ePO
17 60 (0.56%) Norton AntiVirus
18 51 (0.48%) Nessus
18 51 (0.48%) vRealize
19 47 (0.44%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 3,858 (36.17%) Microsoft
2 2,018 (18.92%) VMware
3 1,090 (10.22%) Citrix
4 778 (7.29%) Cisco
5 612 (5.74%) Oracle
6 511 (4.79%) HP
7 395 (3.70%) Apple
8 279 (2.62%) Dell
9 240 (2.25%) Google
9 240 (2.25%) Red Hat
10 239 (2.24%) ServiceNow
11 231 (2.17%) SAP
12 225 (2.11%) McAfee
13 193 (1.81%) EMC
14 179 (1.68%) NetApp
15 176 (1.65%) Ivanti
16 175 (1.64%) IBM
17 145 (1.36%) Symantec
18 136 (1.27%) Splunk
19 130 (1.22%) Adobe