Period
to 18 July 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 18 July 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
18 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 9 9 7
Rank change year-on-year 0 -2 -1
Contract jobs citing Windows 11,518 9,732 12,853
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.13% 10.24% 11.67%
As % of the Operating Systems category 53.65% 49.55% 52.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,994 5,847 7,697
UK median daily rate £365 £360 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.39% +2.86% +3.70%
10th Percentile £133 £133 £150
90th Percentile £575 £550 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £334 £338
% change year-on-year +1.17% -1.16% +3.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,250 972 1,140
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £15.00 £15.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.67% -1.64% -4.69%
10th Percentile £11.12 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £43.00 £43.98 £40.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.48 £14.50 £15.21
% change year-on-year +6.76% -4.64% +1.37%

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 21,469 19,640 24,609
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.74% 20.67% 22.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 13,439 12,387 15,464
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £180 £196 £210
90th Percentile £613 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £400 £375
% change year-on-year -3.06% +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,457 1,141 1,335
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.06% - +2.10%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.50 £10.63
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £15.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year +3.23% -6.06% +4.63%

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 18 July 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 18 July 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 18 July 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 10,452 £375 +2.74% 2,728
UK excluding London +1 6,950 £338 +1.17% 2,020
London -1 4,356 £401 -1.11% 879
South East 0 2,156 £375 +4.17% 524
North of England +1 1,381 £325 -1.52% 522
Midlands +2 1,144 £350 +7.69% 318
South West +2 739 £325 - 203
North West 0 701 £346 +6.54% 284
West Midlands +2 677 £350 +4.48% 205
East of England +1 673 £325 +8.33% 282
Scotland -2 644 £285 -18.57% 110
East Midlands +3 462 £350 +16.67% 113
Yorkshire -6 434 £344 +5.77% 193
North East +1 247 £290 -14.71% 45
Wales -3 191 £350 +12.90% 45
Northern Ireland +3 37 £380 -12.11% 11
Channel Islands +2 11 £188 - 1

For the 6 months to 18 July 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 4,511 (39.16%) Active Directory
2 4,054 (35.20%) Microsoft
3 3,320 (28.82%) Windows Server
4 2,942 (25.54%) Windows 10
5 2,347 (20.38%) Linux
6 2,293 (19.91%) VMware
7 2,188 (19.00%) Office 365
8 2,133 (18.52%) Windows 7
9 1,763 (15.31%) SQL
10 1,718 (14.92%) SCCM
11 1,673 (14.53%) Finance
12 1,665 (14.46%) ITIL
13 1,657 (14.39%) PowerShell
14 1,625 (14.11%) Microsoft Azure
15 1,590 (13.80%) Security Cleared
16 1,530 (13.28%) Microsoft Office
17 1,467 (12.74%) Citrix
18 1,455 (12.63%) Migration
19 1,428 (12.40%) SQL Server
20 1,361 (11.82%) VMware Infrastructure
21 1,340 (11.63%) Windows Server 2008
22 1,326 (11.51%) Windows Server 2012
23 1,269 (11.02%) Agile Software Development
24 1,240 (10.77%) SC Cleared
25 1,165 (10.11%) DNS
26 1,039 (9.02%) DevOps
27 981 (8.52%) Unix
28 978 (8.49%) Firewall
28 978 (8.49%) Amazon AWS
29 966 (8.39%) 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
1 940 (8.16%) MS Exchange
2 536 (4.65%) SharePoint
3 530 (4.60%) IIS
4 492 (4.27%) Skype for Business
5 404 (3.51%) Exchange Server 2010
6 177 (1.54%) Exchange Server 2013
7 169 (1.47%) Apache
8 150 (1.30%) Confluence
9 149 (1.29%) Tomcat
10 127 (1.10%) WebLogic
11 105 (0.91%) WebSphere
12 86 (0.75%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 85 (0.74%) SharePoint 2013
14 78 (0.68%) JBoss
15 76 (0.66%) Elasticsearch
16 72 (0.63%) IBM Notes
17 71 (0.62%) nginx
18 68 (0.59%) OpenStack
19 66 (0.57%) SharePoint 2010
20 65 (0.56%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 1,530 (13.28%) Microsoft Office
2 333 (2.89%) Microsoft Excel
3 123 (1.07%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 109 (0.95%) MS Visio
5 64 (0.56%) Microsoft Project
6 39 (0.34%) InfoPath
7 32 (0.28%) Spreadsheet
8 22 (0.19%) Adobe Illustrator
9 13 (0.11%) Simulink
10 11 (0.096%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 9 (0.078%) Windchill
12 7 (0.061%) AutoCAD
12 7 (0.061%) Photoshop
13 5 (0.043%) Acrobat
13 5 (0.043%) SOLIDWORKS
14 4 (0.035%) HipChat
14 4 (0.035%) NUKE
14 4 (0.035%) PTC Creo
15 3 (0.026%) CINEMA 4D
15 3 (0.026%) Mozilla Thunderbird
Business Applications
1 49 (0.43%) Remedy ITSM
2 26 (0.23%) assyst
2 26 (0.23%) Dynamics CRM
3 17 (0.15%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 14 (0.12%) Elite 3E
4 14 (0.12%) Oracle BPM
5 13 (0.11%) ION MarketView
6 11 (0.096%) Oracle EBS
7 10 (0.087%) Dynamics AX
7 10 (0.087%) Oracle Applications
8 9 (0.078%) Eikon
9 8 (0.069%) SunGard Martini
10 7 (0.061%) Endur
11 6 (0.052%) ENOVIA
11 6 (0.052%) Oracle Cash Management
12 5 (0.043%) Carpe Diem
12 5 (0.043%) OpenLink RightAngle
12 5 (0.043%) Oracle ERP
12 5 (0.043%) SAP Oil and Gas
12 5 (0.043%) SimCorp Dimension
Cloud Services
1 2,188 (19.00%) Office 365
2 1,625 (14.11%) Microsoft Azure
3 978 (8.49%) Amazon AWS
4 280 (2.43%) IaaS
5 267 (2.32%) PaaS
6 254 (2.21%) Azure Active Directory
7 177 (1.54%) SaaS
8 170 (1.48%) AWS CloudFormation
9 127 (1.10%) OneDrive
10 119 (1.03%) Amazon EC2
10 119 (1.03%) Cloud Computing
11 91 (0.79%) Google Cloud Platform
12 83 (0.72%) G Suite
13 78 (0.68%) Serverless
14 68 (0.59%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 62 (0.54%) GitHub
16 58 (0.50%) Amazon S3
17 55 (0.48%) Datadog
18 48 (0.42%) Mimecast
19 44 (0.38%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 1,165 (10.11%) DNS
2 978 (8.49%) Firewall
3 858 (7.45%) DHCP
4 607 (5.27%) TCP/IP
5 556 (4.83%) SAN
6 540 (4.69%) LAN
7 511 (4.44%) WAN
8 509 (4.42%) VPN
9 467 (4.05%) Skype
10 285 (2.47%) Internet
11 202 (1.75%) VoIP
12 183 (1.59%) Remote Desktop
13 172 (1.49%) Wireless
14 170 (1.48%) SSL
15 159 (1.38%) Network Security
16 157 (1.36%) NetScaler
17 150 (1.30%) NAS
18 145 (1.26%) HTTP
19 142 (1.23%) VLAN
19 142 (1.23%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,428 (12.40%) SQL Server
2 219 (1.90%) Oracle Database
3 197 (1.71%) Relational Database
4 171 (1.48%) MySQL
5 152 (1.32%) SQL Server 2012
6 137 (1.19%) SQL Server 2008
7 131 (1.14%) Big Data
8 126 (1.09%) MongoDB
8 126 (1.09%) NoSQL
9 121 (1.05%) SQL Server 2016
10 115 (1.00%) PostgreSQL
11 111 (0.96%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 105 (0.91%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 97 (0.84%) Amazon RDS
14 86 (0.75%) Data Warehouse
15 85 (0.74%) Oracle Database 11g
16 81 (0.70%) Hadoop
17 75 (0.65%) RDBMS
18 65 (0.56%) Oracle Database 10g
19 58 (0.50%) DB2
Development Applications
1 542 (4.71%) Jenkins
2 538 (4.67%) Git (software)
3 345 (3.00%) Visual Studio
4 311 (2.70%) JIRA
5 289 (2.51%) Team Foundation Server
6 228 (1.98%) TeamCity
7 208 (1.81%) Selenium
8 201 (1.75%) Subversion
9 171 (1.48%) MSI
10 132 (1.15%) Octopus Deploy
11 108 (0.94%) Maven
12 105 (0.91%) Eclipse
13 95 (0.82%) Visual Studio Team System
14 88 (0.76%) HP UFT
15 85 (0.74%) Ant
16 81 (0.70%) Bitbucket
17 80 (0.69%) Cucumber
18 79 (0.69%) Atlassian Bamboo
19 76 (0.66%) SpecFlow
20 71 (0.62%) Artifactory
General
1 1,673 (14.53%) Finance
2 576 (5.00%) Banking
3 270 (2.34%) Retail
4 207 (1.80%) Law
5 200 (1.74%) Telecoms
6 171 (1.48%) Legal
7 167 (1.45%) Front Office
8 146 (1.27%) Manufacturing
9 123 (1.07%) Investment Banking
10 105 (0.91%) Back Office
11 83 (0.72%) Marketing
12 82 (0.71%) Financial Institution
13 80 (0.69%) Publishing
14 69 (0.60%) Advertising
15 57 (0.49%) Military
16 46 (0.40%) Electronics
17 45 (0.39%) French Language
18 34 (0.30%) Games
18 34 (0.30%) Local Government
19 31 (0.27%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 1,844 (16.01%) Analyst
2 1,206 (10.47%) Support Engineer
3 1,109 (9.63%) Desktop Support
4 923 (8.01%) Developer
5 740 (6.42%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 660 (5.73%) Windows Engineer
7 642 (5.57%) 2nd Line Support
8 626 (5.43%) Architect
9 622 (5.40%) Support Analyst
10 592 (5.14%) Desktop Engineer
11 586 (5.09%) DevOps Engineer
12 532 (4.62%) Service Analyst
13 503 (4.37%) Service Desk Analyst
14 489 (4.25%) IT Support
15 488 (4.24%) Consultant
16 410 (3.56%) Administrator
17 374 (3.25%) Desktop Support Engineer
18 328 (2.85%) Project Manager
19 323 (2.80%) IT Engineer
20 317 (2.75%) 2nd Line Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 859 (7.46%) .NET
2 460 (3.99%) Web Services
3 439 (3.81%) XML
4 318 (2.76%) HTML
5 298 (2.59%) CSS
6 259 (2.25%) ASP.NET
7 250 (2.17%) Middleware
8 245 (2.13%) REST
9 193 (1.68%) JSON
10 190 (1.65%) jQuery
11 177 (1.54%) AngularJS
12 173 (1.50%) .NET Framework
13 156 (1.35%) Node.js
14 132 (1.15%) SOAP
15 125 (1.09%) ASP.NET MVC
16 124 (1.08%) ASP.NET Web API
17 119 (1.03%) WCF
18 118 (1.02%) LDAP
19 98 (0.85%) XSLT
20 88 (0.76%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 680 (5.90%) Analytical Skills
2 652 (5.66%) Data Centre
3 320 (2.78%) Self-Motivation
4 310 (2.69%) Clustering
5 282 (2.45%) Computer Science
6 261 (2.27%) Management Information System
7 231 (2.01%) Blackberry
8 221 (1.92%) PKI
9 160 (1.39%) iPhone
10 155 (1.35%) Fat Client
10 155 (1.35%) Thin Client
11 125 (1.09%) Replication
12 118 (1.02%) Mobile App
13 116 (1.01%) Video Conferencing
14 115 (1.00%) iPad
15 113 (0.98%) Smartphone
16 111 (0.96%) Fixed Income
17 106 (0.92%) Enterprise Software
18 102 (0.89%) User Experience
19 94 (0.82%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 3,320 (28.82%) Windows Server
2 2,942 (25.54%) Windows 10
3 2,347 (20.38%) Linux
4 2,133 (18.52%) Windows 7
5 1,340 (11.63%) Windows Server 2008
6 1,326 (11.51%) Windows Server 2012
7 981 (8.52%) Unix
8 564 (4.90%) Windows Server 2003
9 444 (3.85%) Windows XP
10 424 (3.68%) Apple iOS
11 408 (3.54%) Windows 8
12 406 (3.52%) Android
13 394 (3.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 215 (1.87%) Mac OS
15 196 (1.70%) AIX
16 190 (1.65%) Mac OS X
17 188 (1.63%) Solaris
18 168 (1.46%) CentOS
19 125 (1.09%) Ubuntu
20 58 (0.50%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,665 (14.46%) ITIL
2 1,455 (12.63%) Migration
3 1,269 (11.02%) Agile Software Development
4 1,039 (9.02%) DevOps
5 966 (8.39%) Problem-Solving
6 526 (4.57%) Change Management
7 522 (4.53%) Configuration Management
8 520 (4.51%) Continuous Integration
9 501 (4.35%) Service Management
10 484 (4.20%) Test Automation
11 448 (3.89%) Project Management
12 370 (3.21%) Incident Management
13 358 (3.11%) Stakeholder Management
14 351 (3.05%) Scrum
15 349 (3.03%) Service Delivery
16 348 (3.02%) SDLC
17 311 (2.70%) High Availability
18 304 (2.64%) Time Management
19 287 (2.49%) Problem Management
20 278 (2.41%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 1,763 (15.31%) SQL
2 1,657 (14.39%) PowerShell
3 880 (7.64%) C#
4 814 (7.07%) Python
5 700 (6.08%) Java
6 544 (4.72%) JavaScript
7 381 (3.31%) C++
8 352 (3.06%) Bash Shell
9 321 (2.79%) Perl
10 219 (1.90%) C
11 215 (1.87%) Shell Script
12 204 (1.77%) VBScript
13 201 (1.75%) T-SQL
14 193 (1.68%) Ruby
15 184 (1.60%) VB
16 118 (1.02%) PL/SQL
17 89 (0.77%) PHP
18 78 (0.68%) VB.NET
19 60 (0.52%) Groovy
20 58 (0.50%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 1,590 (13.80%) Security Cleared
2 1,240 (10.77%) SC Cleared
3 658 (5.71%) Microsoft Certification
4 582 (5.05%) Degree
5 395 (3.43%) MCSE
6 281 (2.44%) Cisco Certification
7 236 (2.05%) DV Cleared
8 212 (1.84%) MCSA
9 194 (1.68%) CCNA
10 180 (1.56%) MCP
11 173 (1.50%) Computer Science Degree
12 153 (1.33%) ITIL Certification
13 140 (1.22%) ISTQB
14 132 (1.15%) ISEB
15 115 (1.00%) MCITP
16 111 (0.96%) CISSP
17 108 (0.94%) CCNP
18 105 (0.91%) BPSS Clearance
18 105 (0.91%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
19 100 (0.87%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 501 (4.35%) SLA
2 204 (1.77%) QA
3 109 (0.95%) GDPR
4 84 (0.73%) Disclosure Scotland
5 80 (0.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 63 (0.55%) PMO
7 61 (0.53%) PCI DSS
8 58 (0.50%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 39 (0.34%) GCP
10 19 (0.16%) Data Quality
11 16 (0.14%) COBIT
12 12 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 11 (0.096%) MiFID
14 10 (0.087%) MISRA
14 10 (0.087%) MISRA C
14 10 (0.087%) WCAG
15 9 (0.078%) HIPAA
15 9 (0.078%) HL7
15 9 (0.078%) ISO 9001
16 8 (0.069%) 21 CFR Part 11
System Software
1 4,511 (39.16%) Active Directory
2 1,361 (11.82%) VMware Infrastructure
3 683 (5.93%) Hyper-V
4 533 (4.63%) XenApp
5 510 (4.43%) VMware ESXi
6 439 (3.81%) vSphere
7 423 (3.67%) Microsoft App-V
8 399 (3.46%) Docker
9 359 (3.12%) XenDesktop
10 241 (2.09%) Virtual Machines
11 186 (1.61%) Virtual Desktop
12 156 (1.35%) BitLocker
13 124 (1.08%) XenServer
14 72 (0.63%) Virtual Servers
15 70 (0.61%) VMware NSX
16 61 (0.53%) NFS
17 60 (0.52%) Terminal Services
18 55 (0.48%) VMware Workstation
19 47 (0.41%) Firmware
20 44 (0.38%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 1,718 (14.92%) SCCM
2 487 (4.23%) Puppet
3 477 (4.14%) Ansible
4 355 (3.08%) Opscode Chef
5 279 (2.42%) SCOM
6 278 (2.41%) Terraform
7 259 (2.25%) WSUS
8 253 (2.20%) Microsoft Intune
9 173 (1.50%) Kubernetes
10 161 (1.40%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 151 (1.31%) Microsoft Clustering
12 147 (1.28%) vCenter Server
13 141 (1.22%) McAfee ePO
14 129 (1.12%) Packer
15 124 (1.08%) NetBackup
16 119 (1.03%) AirWatch
17 107 (0.93%) Nagios
18 91 (0.79%) Single Sign-On
19 86 (0.75%) Backup Exec
20 77 (0.67%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 4,054 (35.20%) Microsoft
2 2,293 (19.91%) VMware
3 1,467 (12.74%) Citrix
4 955 (8.29%) Cisco
5 834 (7.24%) Oracle
6 698 (6.06%) HP
7 514 (4.46%) Apple
8 374 (3.25%) Red Hat
9 356 (3.09%) Ivanti
10 311 (2.70%) NetApp
11 308 (2.67%) McAfee
12 300 (2.60%) IBM
13 238 (2.07%) ServiceNow
14 235 (2.04%) Splunk
15 226 (1.96%) Dell
16 222 (1.93%) Google
17 187 (1.62%) Symantec
18 181 (1.57%) EMC
19 168 (1.46%) Remedy
20 163 (1.42%) SAP