Period
to 24 September 2018

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 September 2018 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 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 9 9 8
Rank change year-on-year 0 -1 -2
Contract jobs citing Windows 11,798 10,314 12,269
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.57% 10.59% 11.50%
As % of the Operating Systems category 55.91% 50.89% 52.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,051 6,253 7,364
UK median daily rate £375 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% - +2.94%
10th Percentile £133 £133 £150
90th Percentile £575 £550 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £335
% change year-on-year +7.69% -2.99% +3.08%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,332 1,002 1,110
UK median hourly rate £16.17 £16.00 £15.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.03% +4.92% -4.69%
10th Percentile £10.82 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £42.98 £45.90 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year +3.33% - -3.23%

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 21,102 20,268 23,586
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.70% 20.81% 22.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 13,063 12,738 14,854
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £170 £183 £206
90th Percentile £607 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +4.00% - +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,517 1,186 1,270
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.86% +6.06% -
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.83 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £16.25
% change year-on-year -3.03% +1.54% +1.56%

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 24 September 2018.

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 24 September 2018.

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 24 September 2018. 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 10,742 £375 +7.14% 2,992
UK excluding London +1 7,175 £350 +7.69% 2,259
London 0 4,401 £424 +5.94% 902
South East 0 2,075 £375 +7.14% 587
North of England +1 1,480 £350 +8.02% 538
Midlands +2 1,164 £350 +10.41% 347
South West +3 836 £325 - 314
North West +4 808 £350 +7.69% 300
East of England +2 770 £345 +5.34% 305
West Midlands +2 748 £360 +10.77% 208
Scotland -1 615 £313 -10.71% 104
Yorkshire -1 474 £355 +13.60% 195
East Midlands +1 402 £325 +8.33% 139
Wales -3 203 £350 +16.67% 56
North East -1 199 £333 +3.18% 43
Northern Ireland +23 34 £250 -40.48% 8
Channel Islands +8 14 £410 - 1

For the 6 months to 24 September 2018, 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 4,575 (38.78%) Active Directory
2 4,221 (35.78%) Microsoft
3 3,297 (27.95%) Windows Server
4 3,178 (26.94%) Windows 10
5 2,440 (20.68%) Linux
6 2,366 (20.05%) VMware
7 2,350 (19.92%) Windows 7
8 2,313 (19.61%) Office 365
9 1,844 (15.63%) SCCM
10 1,775 (15.04%) SQL
11 1,765 (14.96%) Finance
12 1,738 (14.73%) PowerShell
13 1,681 (14.25%) ITIL
14 1,645 (13.94%) Microsoft Azure
15 1,561 (13.23%) Microsoft Office
16 1,475 (12.50%) Migration
17 1,420 (12.04%) VMware Infrastructure
18 1,415 (11.99%) Security Cleared
19 1,406 (11.92%) SQL Server
20 1,398 (11.85%) Citrix
21 1,383 (11.72%) Agile Software Development
22 1,221 (10.35%) Windows Server 2012
23 1,148 (9.73%) Windows Server 2008
24 1,136 (9.63%) Unix
25 1,104 (9.36%) DNS
26 1,090 (9.24%) SC Cleared
27 1,049 (8.89%) DevOps
28 1,023 (8.67%) Amazon AWS
29 1,017 (8.62%) Firewall
30 971 (8.23%) Problem-Solving

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
1 970 (8.22%) MS Exchange
2 617 (5.23%) SharePoint
3 507 (4.30%) IIS
4 478 (4.05%) Skype for Business
5 393 (3.33%) Exchange Server 2010
6 217 (1.84%) Confluence
7 210 (1.78%) Tomcat
8 201 (1.70%) Apache
9 193 (1.64%) Exchange Server 2013
10 152 (1.29%) WebLogic
11 115 (0.97%) SharePoint 2013
12 109 (0.92%) nginx
13 107 (0.91%) WebSphere
14 91 (0.77%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 86 (0.73%) JBoss
16 70 (0.59%) SharePoint 2010
17 69 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2007
18 66 (0.56%) Elasticsearch
18 66 (0.56%) OpenStack
19 57 (0.48%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 1,561 (13.23%) Microsoft Office
2 356 (3.02%) Microsoft Excel
3 131 (1.11%) MS Visio
4 119 (1.01%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 78 (0.66%) Microsoft Project
6 42 (0.36%) Spreadsheet
7 34 (0.29%) InfoPath
8 16 (0.14%) Adobe Illustrator
9 11 (0.093%) Photoshop
10 10 (0.085%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 10 (0.085%) Simulink
11 9 (0.076%) Windchill
12 8 (0.068%) Acrobat
13 7 (0.059%) AutoCAD
14 6 (0.051%) CINEMA 4D
15 5 (0.042%) NUKE
15 5 (0.042%) SOLIDWORKS
16 4 (0.034%) PTC Creo
17 3 (0.025%) InVision
17 3 (0.025%) Mozilla Thunderbird
Business Applications
1 64 (0.54%) Remedy ITSM
2 30 (0.25%) Dynamics CRM
3 28 (0.24%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 20 (0.17%) ION MarketView
5 17 (0.14%) Eikon
6 15 (0.13%) assyst
7 9 (0.076%) Oracle EBS
7 9 (0.076%) SAP FI-CA
7 9 (0.076%) SAP PSCD
8 8 (0.068%) Dynamics AX
8 8 (0.068%) Elite 3E
8 8 (0.068%) Oracle BPM
9 7 (0.059%) Oracle Applications
9 7 (0.059%) SAP Oil and Gas
10 6 (0.051%) Carpe Diem
10 6 (0.051%) Payment Gateway
10 6 (0.051%) SunGard Martini
11 5 (0.042%) Oracle Cash Management
12 4 (0.034%) Bloomberg TOMS
12 4 (0.034%) ENOVIA
Cloud Services
1 2,313 (19.61%) Office 365
2 1,645 (13.94%) Microsoft Azure
3 1,023 (8.67%) Amazon AWS
4 337 (2.86%) IaaS
5 289 (2.45%) Azure Active Directory
6 282 (2.39%) PaaS
7 186 (1.58%) SaaS
8 146 (1.24%) Amazon EC2
8 146 (1.24%) AWS CloudFormation
9 143 (1.21%) OneDrive
10 118 (1.00%) GitHub
11 117 (0.99%) Google Cloud Platform
12 112 (0.95%) Cloud Computing
13 106 (0.90%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 102 (0.86%) Amazon S3
15 76 (0.64%) G Suite
16 65 (0.55%) Serverless
17 64 (0.54%) Mimecast
18 63 (0.53%) Datadog
19 54 (0.46%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 1,104 (9.36%) DNS
2 1,017 (8.62%) Firewall
3 752 (6.37%) DHCP
4 631 (5.35%) TCP/IP
5 584 (4.95%) LAN
6 535 (4.53%) SAN
7 534 (4.53%) WAN
8 493 (4.18%) VPN
9 469 (3.98%) Skype
10 328 (2.78%) Internet
11 219 (1.86%) VoIP
12 194 (1.64%) HTTP
13 182 (1.54%) Wireless
14 181 (1.53%) SSL
15 171 (1.45%) NAS
16 168 (1.42%) Remote Desktop
17 159 (1.35%) NetScaler
18 155 (1.31%) Network Security
19 140 (1.19%) VLAN
20 132 (1.12%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,406 (11.92%) SQL Server
2 214 (1.81%) Relational Database
3 183 (1.55%) Oracle Database
4 175 (1.48%) MySQL
5 171 (1.45%) SQL Server 2008
6 164 (1.39%) NoSQL
7 151 (1.28%) SQL Server 2012
8 140 (1.19%) MongoDB
9 136 (1.15%) Big Data
9 136 (1.15%) PostgreSQL
10 117 (0.99%) Hadoop
11 115 (0.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 106 (0.90%) Amazon RDS
13 100 (0.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 96 (0.81%) SQL Server 2016
15 83 (0.70%) RDBMS
16 66 (0.56%) Data Warehouse
17 64 (0.54%) SQL Server 2005
18 62 (0.53%) DB2
19 53 (0.45%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 653 (5.53%) Jenkins
2 634 (5.37%) Git (software)
3 386 (3.27%) JIRA
4 299 (2.53%) Visual Studio
5 247 (2.09%) Selenium
6 237 (2.01%) Team Foundation Server
7 217 (1.84%) Subversion
8 213 (1.81%) TeamCity
9 155 (1.31%) MSI
10 144 (1.22%) Maven
11 120 (1.02%) Cucumber
12 112 (0.95%) Eclipse
13 110 (0.93%) Ant
14 108 (0.92%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 102 (0.86%) Octopus Deploy
16 99 (0.84%) Bitbucket
17 91 (0.77%) Artifactory
18 89 (0.75%) Visual Studio Team System
19 77 (0.65%) Sonatype Nexus
19 77 (0.65%) Toad
General
1 1,765 (14.96%) Finance
2 639 (5.42%) Banking
3 254 (2.15%) Retail
4 227 (1.92%) Law
5 216 (1.83%) Telecoms
6 206 (1.75%) Front Office
7 153 (1.30%) Manufacturing
8 143 (1.21%) Legal
9 111 (0.94%) Back Office
10 110 (0.93%) Investment Banking
11 105 (0.89%) Marketing
12 86 (0.73%) Publishing
13 79 (0.67%) Financial Institution
14 67 (0.57%) Advertising
15 57 (0.48%) Military
16 52 (0.44%) Electronics
17 44 (0.37%) Games
18 43 (0.36%) Automotive
19 42 (0.36%) French Language
20 37 (0.31%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 1,939 (16.43%) Analyst
2 1,213 (10.28%) Support Engineer
3 1,171 (9.93%) Desktop Support
4 955 (8.09%) Developer
5 781 (6.62%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 717 (6.08%) Support Analyst
7 684 (5.80%) Windows Engineer
8 634 (5.37%) 2nd Line Support
9 621 (5.26%) Architect
10 610 (5.17%) Desktop Engineer
11 578 (4.90%) DevOps Engineer
12 569 (4.82%) Service Analyst
13 544 (4.61%) IT Support
14 525 (4.45%) Service Desk Analyst
15 441 (3.74%) Consultant
16 404 (3.42%) Desktop Support Engineer
17 399 (3.38%) Administrator
18 336 (2.85%) IT Engineer
19 312 (2.64%) Project Manager
20 306 (2.59%) 2nd Line Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 843 (7.15%) .NET
2 443 (3.75%) Web Services
3 434 (3.68%) XML
4 340 (2.88%) HTML
5 304 (2.58%) CSS
6 296 (2.51%) Middleware
7 264 (2.24%) ASP.NET
8 234 (1.98%) REST
9 220 (1.86%) jQuery
10 203 (1.72%) .NET Framework
11 195 (1.65%) AngularJS
12 192 (1.63%) JSON
13 162 (1.37%) Node.js
14 160 (1.36%) LDAP
15 152 (1.29%) SOAP
16 145 (1.23%) ASP.NET MVC
17 138 (1.17%) WCF
18 121 (1.03%) ASP.NET Web API
19 105 (0.89%) RESTful
20 103 (0.87%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 661 (5.60%) Analytical Skills
2 592 (5.02%) Data Centre
3 332 (2.81%) Clustering
4 327 (2.77%) Self-Motivation
5 262 (2.22%) Computer Science
6 256 (2.17%) Blackberry
7 250 (2.12%) Management Information System
8 216 (1.83%) PKI
9 186 (1.58%) iPhone
10 172 (1.46%) Fat Client
10 172 (1.46%) Thin Client
11 157 (1.33%) Fixed Income
12 146 (1.24%) Video Conferencing
13 135 (1.14%) Public Cloud
13 135 (1.14%) Replication
14 121 (1.03%) Smartphone
15 119 (1.01%) iPad
16 116 (0.98%) Mobile App
16 116 (0.98%) NHS
17 104 (0.88%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 3,297 (27.95%) Windows Server
2 3,178 (26.94%) Windows 10
3 2,440 (20.68%) Linux
4 2,350 (19.92%) Windows 7
5 1,221 (10.35%) Windows Server 2012
6 1,148 (9.73%) Windows Server 2008
7 1,136 (9.63%) Unix
8 468 (3.97%) Windows Server 2003
9 433 (3.67%) Windows XP
10 421 (3.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 419 (3.55%) Apple iOS
12 383 (3.25%) Windows 8
13 359 (3.04%) Android
14 228 (1.93%) Mac OS
15 211 (1.79%) Mac OS X
16 186 (1.58%) AIX
17 183 (1.55%) Solaris
18 170 (1.44%) CentOS
19 154 (1.31%) Ubuntu
20 54 (0.46%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,681 (14.25%) ITIL
2 1,475 (12.50%) Migration
3 1,383 (11.72%) Agile Software Development
4 1,049 (8.89%) DevOps
5 971 (8.23%) Problem-Solving
6 947 (8.03%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 597 (5.06%) Continuous Integration
8 567 (4.81%) Test Automation
9 512 (4.34%) Configuration Management
10 510 (4.32%) Service Management
11 479 (4.06%) Change Management
12 396 (3.36%) Project Management
13 363 (3.08%) Scrum
14 342 (2.90%) SDLC
15 329 (2.79%) Service Delivery
16 325 (2.75%) Incident Management
17 296 (2.51%) Software Engineering
18 290 (2.46%) Time Management
19 289 (2.45%) TDD
20 283 (2.40%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 1,775 (15.04%) SQL
2 1,738 (14.73%) PowerShell
3 923 (7.82%) C#
4 875 (7.42%) Python
5 755 (6.40%) Java
6 589 (4.99%) JavaScript
7 402 (3.41%) C++
8 401 (3.40%) Bash Shell
9 371 (3.14%) Perl
10 315 (2.67%) Shell Script
11 249 (2.11%) Ruby
12 239 (2.03%) C
13 186 (1.58%) VBScript
14 173 (1.47%) T-SQL
15 171 (1.45%) VB
16 93 (0.79%) PL/SQL
17 90 (0.76%) Groovy
18 73 (0.62%) Korn
19 67 (0.57%) Scala
20 65 (0.55%) Go
Qualifications
1 1,415 (11.99%) Security Cleared
2 1,090 (9.24%) SC Cleared
3 650 (5.51%) Microsoft Certification
4 572 (4.85%) Degree
5 390 (3.31%) MCSE
6 266 (2.25%) Cisco Certification
7 243 (2.06%) DV Cleared
8 200 (1.70%) MCSA
9 192 (1.63%) CCNA
10 175 (1.48%) ISTQB
11 166 (1.41%) MCP
12 158 (1.34%) ITIL Certification
13 155 (1.31%) ISEB
14 147 (1.25%) Computer Science Degree
15 119 (1.01%) CISSP
16 118 (1.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
17 117 (0.99%) DBS Check
18 102 (0.86%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
19 97 (0.82%) MCITP
20 90 (0.76%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 481 (4.08%) SLA
2 199 (1.69%) QA
3 103 (0.87%) GDPR
4 81 (0.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 64 (0.54%) PMO
6 60 (0.51%) Disclosure Scotland
7 36 (0.31%) PCI DSS
8 34 (0.29%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 16 (0.14%) MISRA
10 14 (0.12%) JSP 440
10 14 (0.12%) MISRA C
11 13 (0.11%) COBIT
11 13 (0.11%) Data Quality
11 13 (0.11%) ISO 9001
11 13 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 13 (0.11%) WCAG
12 12 (0.10%) FINRA
13 11 (0.093%) ISO/IEC 27005
13 11 (0.093%) MiFID
14 9 (0.076%) HIPAA
System Software
1 4,575 (38.78%) Active Directory
2 1,420 (12.04%) VMware Infrastructure
3 688 (5.83%) Hyper-V
4 506 (4.29%) VMware ESXi
5 499 (4.23%) XenApp
6 452 (3.83%) Docker
7 442 (3.75%) Microsoft App-V
8 417 (3.53%) vSphere
9 369 (3.13%) XenDesktop
10 221 (1.87%) Virtual Machines
11 215 (1.82%) Virtual Desktop
12 170 (1.44%) BitLocker
13 104 (0.88%) XenServer
14 91 (0.77%) Virtual Servers
15 70 (0.59%) VMware NSX
16 65 (0.55%) NFS
17 64 (0.54%) VMware Workstation
18 54 (0.46%) VirtualBox
19 50 (0.42%) Terminal Services
20 49 (0.42%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 1,844 (15.63%) SCCM
2 597 (5.06%) Puppet
3 593 (5.03%) Ansible
4 430 (3.64%) Opscode Chef
5 362 (3.07%) Terraform
6 329 (2.79%) SCOM
7 287 (2.43%) Microsoft Intune
8 255 (2.16%) WSUS
9 234 (1.98%) Kubernetes
10 185 (1.57%) Microsoft Clustering
11 183 (1.55%) vCenter Server
12 158 (1.34%) McAfee ePO
13 153 (1.30%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
14 136 (1.15%) Packer
15 126 (1.07%) NetBackup
16 122 (1.03%) Nagios
17 114 (0.97%) Single Sign-On
18 112 (0.95%) AirWatch
19 95 (0.81%) Kibana
20 81 (0.69%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 4,221 (35.78%) Microsoft
2 2,366 (20.05%) VMware
3 1,398 (11.85%) Citrix
4 939 (7.96%) Oracle
5 913 (7.74%) Cisco
6 649 (5.50%) HP
7 553 (4.69%) Apple
8 365 (3.09%) Red Hat
9 354 (3.00%) McAfee
10 328 (2.78%) NetApp
11 293 (2.48%) Ivanti
12 290 (2.46%) IBM
13 261 (2.21%) Google
14 254 (2.15%) Splunk
15 239 (2.03%) Dell
16 218 (1.85%) ServiceNow
17 187 (1.59%) Symantec
18 186 (1.58%) Remedy
19 184 (1.56%) EMC
20 171 (1.45%) SAP