Period
to 26 September 2020

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 26 September 2020 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
26 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 14 5 9
Rank change year-on-year -9 +4 0
Contract jobs citing Windows 2,883 11,023 11,892
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 9.79% 12.53% 11.57%
As % of the Operating Systems category 53.30% 60.55% 55.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,942 7,108 7,221
Median daily rate £403 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.33% - +7.14%
10th Percentile £133 £130 £133
90th Percentile £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £360 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +2.86% - +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 265 1,093 1,330
Median hourly rate £19.00 £16.75 £16.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.43% +3.83% +0.83%
10th Percentile £11.55 £11.17 £10.80
90th Percentile £47.50 £46.91 £43.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £16.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year +12.50% +3.23% +3.33%

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 5,409 18,205 21,277
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.36% 20.70% 20.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,261 11,356 13,185
Median daily rate £435 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.35% - -
10th Percentile £180 £150 £169
90th Percentile £615 £619 £606
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £393
% change year-on-year - +1.91% +4.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 324 1,243 1,516
Median hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.29% +2.94% -2.86%
10th Percentile £11.62 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £47.83 £50.00 £47.50
Median hourly rate £19.00 £16.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year +15.15% +3.13% -3.03%

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 26 September 2020.

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 26 September 2020.

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 26 September 2020. 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 -7 2,512 £400 +6.67% 1,260
UK excluding London -4 1,729 £360 +2.86% 1,076
London -12 968 £450 +12.50% 260
South East -3 428 £350 -6.67% 272
North of England -7 381 £345 +8.83% 257
Work from Home -10 377 £425 -5.56% 170
Midlands -2 257 £350 +7.69% 190
South West -2 254 £410 +13.10% 164
North West -5 226 £325 +3.17% 141
West Midlands -3 173 £375 +15.38% 114
Scotland -3 164 £406 +22.64% 43
East of England -1 163 £335 +3.08% 111
Yorkshire -5 113 £334 +2.69% 95
East Midlands -1 82 £275 -12.00% 76
Wales -3 70 £305 -23.75% 29
North East -2 42 £425 +136.11% 21
Northern Ireland -3 14 £160 -56.16% 10

For the 6 months to 26 September 2020, 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 1,084 (37.60%) Active Directory
2 1,062 (36.84%) Microsoft
3 921 (31.95%) Windows 10
4 806 (27.96%) Windows Server
5 695 (24.11%) Azure
6 686 (23.79%) Security Cleared
7 676 (23.45%) Linux
8 642 (22.27%) Office 365
9 619 (21.47%) VMware
10 537 (18.63%) SC Cleared
11 513 (17.79%) PowerShell
12 473 (16.41%) SQL
13 414 (14.36%) VMware Infrastructure
14 410 (14.22%) SCCM
15 401 (13.91%) SQL Server
16 390 (13.53%) Migration
17 373 (12.94%) Windows 7
18 360 (12.49%) Finance
19 346 (12.00%) ITIL
20 345 (11.97%) Microsoft Office
21 343 (11.90%) DevOps
22 330 (11.45%) Agile Software Development
23 327 (11.34%) Oracle
23 327 (11.34%) DNS
24 305 (10.58%) Windows Server 2012
25 299 (10.37%) Firewall
26 291 (10.09%) Windows Server 2016
27 286 (9.92%) Citrix
28 271 (9.40%) Infrastructure Engineering
29 255 (8.84%) Unix

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
1 197 (6.83%) SharePoint
2 158 (5.48%) MS Exchange
3 91 (3.16%) IIS
3 91 (3.16%) Skype for Business
4 89 (3.09%) Confluence
5 66 (2.29%) Exchange Server 2010
6 63 (2.19%) WebLogic
7 53 (1.84%) Apache
7 53 (1.84%) Tomcat
8 34 (1.18%) JBoss
9 32 (1.11%) Exchange Server 2013
10 30 (1.04%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 21 (0.73%) ArcGIS
12 19 (0.66%) Mule
13 17 (0.59%) WebSphere
14 16 (0.55%) Exchange Server 2007
15 13 (0.45%) CMS
15 13 (0.45%) SharePoint 2013
16 12 (0.42%) Apache Solr
16 12 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 345 (11.97%) Microsoft Office
2 63 (2.19%) Microsoft Excel
3 33 (1.14%) MS Visio
4 21 (0.73%) Photoshop
5 16 (0.55%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 15 (0.52%) Microsoft Project
7 3 (0.10%) SOLIDWORKS
8 2 (0.069%) AutoCAD
8 2 (0.069%) InfoPath
8 2 (0.069%) LaTeX
9 1 (0.035%) Acrobat
9 1 (0.035%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 1 (0.035%) Camtasia
9 1 (0.035%) PTC Creo
9 1 (0.035%) Siemens NX
9 1 (0.035%) SketchUp
9 1 (0.035%) Spreadsheet
9 1 (0.035%) SPSS
9 1 (0.035%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 18 (0.62%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (0.35%) SAP FI-CA
2 10 (0.35%) SunGard Martini
3 8 (0.28%) Oracle ERP
4 5 (0.17%) Oracle Applications
4 5 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
4 5 (0.17%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 4 (0.14%) Dynamics AX
5 4 (0.14%) ION MarketView
5 4 (0.14%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 4 (0.14%) SAP S/4HANA
6 3 (0.10%) Payment Gateway
6 3 (0.10%) Sentinel
6 3 (0.10%) StreamServe
7 2 (0.069%) assyst
7 2 (0.069%) OpenText Process Suite
7 2 (0.069%) Oracle EBS R12
7 2 (0.069%) Oracle Financials
7 2 (0.069%) SmartPlant
7 2 (0.069%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 695 (24.11%) Azure
2 642 (22.27%) Office 365
3 217 (7.53%) AWS
4 149 (5.17%) PaaS
5 137 (4.75%) Azure Active Directory
6 131 (4.54%) IaaS
7 111 (3.85%) SaaS
8 76 (2.64%) GitHub
9 58 (2.01%) OneDrive
10 40 (1.39%) Power Platform
11 39 (1.35%) GCP
12 32 (1.11%) Cloud Computing
13 28 (0.97%) Amazon EC2
14 26 (0.90%) OpenShift
15 25 (0.87%) Amazon S3
16 24 (0.83%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 21 (0.73%) Azure Stack
17 21 (0.73%) Serverless
18 19 (0.66%) Google Analytics
19 15 (0.52%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 327 (11.34%) DNS
2 299 (10.37%) Firewall
3 176 (6.10%) DHCP
4 171 (5.93%) VPN
5 163 (5.65%) WAN
6 143 (4.96%) Skype
7 132 (4.58%) TCP/IP
8 119 (4.13%) LAN
9 118 (4.09%) SAN
10 92 (3.19%) Internet
11 73 (2.53%) Wireless
12 68 (2.36%) VoIP
13 60 (2.08%) Network Security
14 58 (2.01%) DMZ
15 53 (1.84%) Remote Desktop
16 49 (1.70%) HTTP
17 48 (1.66%) VLAN
18 46 (1.60%) SNMP
19 43 (1.49%) SSL
20 42 (1.46%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 401 (13.91%) SQL Server
2 88 (3.05%) MySQL
3 86 (2.98%) Oracle Database
4 64 (2.22%) Relational Database
5 62 (2.15%) MongoDB
6 49 (1.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 43 (1.49%) SQL Server 2016
8 42 (1.46%) PostgreSQL
9 40 (1.39%) Data Warehouse
10 33 (1.14%) Power BI
10 33 (1.14%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 32 (1.11%) Azure SQL Database
11 32 (1.11%) NoSQL
12 30 (1.04%) Amazon RDS
13 29 (1.01%) GIS
14 28 (0.97%) Hadoop
15 26 (0.90%) SQL Server 2008
16 24 (0.83%) SQL Server 2012
17 23 (0.80%) DB2
18 22 (0.76%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 168 (5.83%) Jenkins
2 162 (5.62%) Git (software)
3 153 (5.31%) JIRA
4 82 (2.84%) Visual Studio
5 60 (2.08%) Bitbucket
6 53 (1.84%) GitLab
7 51 (1.77%) Selenium
8 50 (1.73%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 47 (1.63%) Subversion
10 37 (1.28%) Cucumber
11 35 (1.21%) MSI
11 35 (1.21%) Team Foundation Server
12 31 (1.08%) JMeter
13 28 (0.97%) Toad
14 25 (0.87%) Hudson
14 25 (0.87%) Postman
14 25 (0.87%) TeamCity
15 24 (0.83%) SoapUI
16 23 (0.80%) Sonatype Nexus
17 22 (0.76%) SonarQube
General
1 360 (12.49%) Finance
2 244 (8.46%) Public Sector
3 158 (5.48%) Banking
4 69 (2.39%) Investment Banking
4 69 (2.39%) Telecoms
5 51 (1.77%) Manufacturing
6 38 (1.32%) Electronics
7 37 (1.28%) Front Office
8 35 (1.21%) Marketing
8 35 (1.21%) Retail
9 26 (0.90%) Back Office
10 24 (0.83%) Legal
11 23 (0.80%) Law
12 22 (0.76%) Financial Institution
13 20 (0.69%) Pharmaceutical
14 18 (0.62%) Military
15 17 (0.59%) Local Government
16 15 (0.52%) French Language
17 14 (0.49%) Publishing
18 12 (0.42%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 319 (11.06%) Analyst
2 255 (8.84%) Support Engineer
3 212 (7.35%) Developer
4 210 (7.28%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 205 (7.11%) Architect
6 182 (6.31%) Windows Engineer
7 152 (5.27%) Desktop Support
8 147 (5.10%) Desktop Engineer
9 139 (4.82%) Consultant
10 131 (4.54%) DevOps Engineer
11 113 (3.92%) Administrator
12 100 (3.47%) 2nd Line Support
13 96 (3.33%) IT Engineer
14 93 (3.23%) Desktop Support Engineer
15 88 (3.05%) Azure Engineer
16 86 (2.98%) Support Analyst
17 82 (2.84%) Service Analyst
18 79 (2.74%) IT Support
19 78 (2.71%) 2nd Line Engineer
20 76 (2.64%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 205 (7.11%) .NET
2 124 (4.30%) XML
3 109 (3.78%) Web Services
4 91 (3.16%) HTML
5 74 (2.57%) REST
6 72 (2.50%) JSON
7 71 (2.46%) CSS
8 70 (2.43%) Middleware
9 58 (2.01%) SOAP
10 54 (1.87%) ASP.NET
11 50 (1.73%) .NET Framework
12 45 (1.56%) LDAP
13 44 (1.53%) RESTful
14 42 (1.46%) RabbitMQ
15 34 (1.18%) Elastic Stack
15 34 (1.18%) Oracle Fusion
16 32 (1.11%) SAML
17 30 (1.04%) Node.js
18 26 (0.90%) STL
19 25 (0.87%) Boost C++ Libraries
Miscellaneous
1 170 (5.90%) Data Centre
2 167 (5.79%) Analytical Skills
3 108 (3.75%) NHS
4 98 (3.40%) Management Information System
5 82 (2.84%) Self-Motivation
6 78 (2.71%) PKI
7 64 (2.22%) Public Cloud
8 63 (2.19%) Clustering
9 50 (1.73%) Driving Licence
10 43 (1.49%) User Experience
11 38 (1.32%) Mobile App
11 38 (1.32%) Private Cloud
11 38 (1.32%) Replication
12 37 (1.28%) Linux Command Line
13 33 (1.14%) Client/Server
14 30 (1.04%) Hybrid Cloud
15 28 (0.97%) Enterprise Software
16 27 (0.94%) Fat Client
16 27 (0.94%) Thin Client
17 23 (0.80%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 921 (31.95%) Windows 10
2 806 (27.96%) Windows Server
3 676 (23.45%) Linux
4 373 (12.94%) Windows 7
5 305 (10.58%) Windows Server 2012
6 291 (10.09%) Windows Server 2016
7 255 (8.84%) Unix
8 210 (7.28%) Windows Server 2008
9 127 (4.41%) Windows Server 2019
10 112 (3.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 85 (2.95%) Apple iOS
12 63 (2.19%) Android
13 51 (1.77%) CentOS
14 48 (1.66%) Mac OS
14 48 (1.66%) Windows Server 2003
15 46 (1.60%) Windows 8
16 42 (1.46%) Solaris
17 40 (1.39%) Windows XP
18 29 (1.01%) AIX
19 26 (0.90%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 390 (13.53%) Migration
2 346 (12.00%) ITIL
3 343 (11.90%) DevOps
4 330 (11.45%) Agile Software Development
5 271 (9.40%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 236 (8.19%) Problem-Solving
7 145 (5.03%) Configuration Management
8 141 (4.89%) Cybersecurity
9 129 (4.47%) Test Automation
10 115 (3.99%) Continuous Integration
11 99 (3.43%) High Availability
12 98 (3.40%) Service Management
13 95 (3.30%) Infrastructure as Code
13 95 (3.30%) SIEM
14 92 (3.19%) Project Management
15 89 (3.09%) Analytics
15 89 (3.09%) Change Management
16 88 (3.05%) Disaster Recovery
16 88 (3.05%) Information Security
17 86 (2.98%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 513 (17.79%) PowerShell
2 473 (16.41%) SQL
3 230 (7.98%) Python
4 228 (7.91%) Java
5 209 (7.25%) C#
6 125 (4.34%) JavaScript
7 104 (3.61%) Bash Shell
7 104 (3.61%) Shell Script
8 97 (3.36%) C
9 82 (2.84%) C++
9 82 (2.84%) Perl
10 60 (2.08%) VB
11 50 (1.73%) T-SQL
12 42 (1.46%) PL/SQL
13 35 (1.21%) Ruby
14 31 (1.08%) VBScript
15 27 (0.94%) Go
15 27 (0.94%) VBA
16 15 (0.52%) Groovy
16 15 (0.52%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 686 (23.79%) Security Cleared
2 537 (18.63%) SC Cleared
3 173 (6.00%) DV Cleared
4 144 (4.99%) Microsoft Certification
5 106 (3.68%) Degree
6 61 (2.12%) MCSE
7 59 (2.05%) Cisco Certification
8 42 (1.46%) CISSP
9 41 (1.42%) ITIL Certification
10 37 (1.28%) ISEB
11 35 (1.21%) ISTQB
11 35 (1.21%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 33 (1.14%) CCNA
13 32 (1.11%) MCSA
14 30 (1.04%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 25 (0.87%) BPSS Clearance
15 25 (0.87%) DBS Check
16 21 (0.73%) Computer Science Degree
16 21 (0.73%) MCP
17 15 (0.52%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 108 (3.75%) SLA
2 63 (2.19%) QA
3 46 (1.60%) GDPR
4 27 (0.94%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 24 (0.83%) NCSC
6 21 (0.73%) Cyber Essentials
7 15 (0.52%) HIPAA
8 12 (0.42%) Disclosure Scotland
8 12 (0.42%) NIST
9 11 (0.38%) PCI DSS
10 10 (0.35%) COBIT
10 10 (0.35%) Government Security Classifications
11 7 (0.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 5 (0.17%) GMP
12 5 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 5 (0.17%) PMO
13 4 (0.14%) GxP
13 4 (0.14%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 4 (0.14%) ISO 9001
14 3 (0.10%) HL7
System Software
1 1,084 (37.60%) Active Directory
2 414 (14.36%) VMware Infrastructure
3 142 (4.93%) Docker
4 128 (4.44%) VMware ESXi
5 126 (4.37%) Hyper-V
5 126 (4.37%) vSphere
6 106 (3.68%) Virtual Machines
7 92 (3.19%) XenApp
8 74 (2.57%) Microsoft App-V
8 74 (2.57%) Virtual Desktop
9 54 (1.87%) VMware NSX
10 47 (1.63%) XenDesktop
11 25 (0.87%) BitLocker
12 22 (0.76%) Firmware
12 22 (0.76%) Terminal Services
13 19 (0.66%) Virtual Servers
14 18 (0.62%) VMware Workstation
15 14 (0.49%) NFS
16 12 (0.42%) Citrix Hypervisor
17 9 (0.31%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 410 (14.22%) SCCM
2 203 (7.04%) Ansible
3 139 (4.82%) Microsoft Intune
4 137 (4.75%) Puppet
5 136 (4.72%) Terraform
6 124 (4.30%) Kubernetes
7 89 (3.09%) SCOM
8 68 (2.36%) Opscode Chef
9 56 (1.94%) WSUS
10 47 (1.63%) Single Sign-On
11 38 (1.32%) Packer
11 38 (1.32%) vCenter Server
12 32 (1.11%) Microsoft Clustering
12 32 (1.11%) ZABBIX
13 31 (1.08%) Grafana
13 31 (1.08%) Prometheus
13 31 (1.08%) vRealize
14 28 (0.97%) PowerCLI
15 23 (0.80%) Nagios
16 21 (0.73%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 1,062 (36.84%) Microsoft
2 619 (21.47%) VMware
3 327 (11.34%) Oracle
4 286 (9.92%) Citrix
5 230 (7.98%) Cisco
6 140 (4.86%) Splunk
7 120 (4.16%) HP
8 93 (3.23%) Red Hat
9 79 (2.74%) SolarWinds
10 78 (2.71%) Dell
11 77 (2.67%) SAP
12 65 (2.25%) McAfee
13 62 (2.15%) Atlassian
14 61 (2.12%) Apple
14 61 (2.12%) ServiceNow
15 60 (2.08%) Google
16 58 (2.01%) NetApp
17 51 (1.77%) IBM
18 46 (1.60%) Veeam
19 44 (1.53%) EMC