Period
to 21 April 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for Windows skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Windows over the 6 months to 21 April 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Windows
UK
6 months to
21 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 15 12 10
Rank change year-on-year -3 -2 +2
Permanent jobs citing Windows 8,635 14,020 19,585
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 10.25% 12.91% 13.19%
As % of the Operating Systems category 52.65% 60.63% 57.18%
Number of salaries quoted 7,203 11,583 16,059
10th Percentile £25,000 £24,130 £23,500
25th Percentile £31,530 £30,000 £29,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £45,000 £42,500 £41,250
Median % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
75th Percentile £59,500 £57,500 £57,500
90th Percentile £75,000 £72,500 £72,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £38,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year +3.90% +2.67% -

Windows is in the Operating Systems category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills.

All Operating Systems
UK
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 16,402 23,122 34,254
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.47% 21.29% 23.07%
Number of salaries quoted 13,262 18,878 27,577
10th Percentile £27,500 £26,250 £25,750
25th Percentile £36,250 £33,000 £32,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £67,500 £65,000 £65,000
90th Percentile £82,500 £80,000 £78,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,000
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%

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
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Windows.

Salary trend for Windows in the UK

Windows
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Windows over the 6 months to 21 April 2021.

Salary histogram for Windows in the UK

Windows
Top 19 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Windows within the UK over the 6 months to 21 April 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -4 7,717 £45,000 +5.88% 1,648
UK excluding London -1 5,706 £40,000 +3.90% 1,350
London -12 2,490 £55,000 +7.32% 428
Work from Home -1 1,515 £50,000 -13.04% 232
South East -4 1,468 £42,500 +6.25% 308
North of England -1 1,365 £40,000 - 362
Midlands -2 994 £40,000 +5.26% 239
South West -11 840 £37,500 +7.14% 178
West Midlands -1 653 £40,000 - 147
North West -2 633 £42,500 +6.25% 188
Yorkshire -1 586 £40,000 -2.44% 125
East of England -3 457 £42,000 +5.00% 132
Scotland -5 374 £40,500 +2.53% 69
East Midlands -3 335 £38,000 +7.04% 92
Wales +4 178 £37,500 -1.32% 52
North East -6 146 £40,000 +23.08% 49
Northern Ireland +22 42 £34,000 -2.86% 11
Channel Islands -2 1 £36,000 +44.00%
Isle of Man -10 1 £35,000 +6.06% 1

For the 6 months to 21 April 2021, IT 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 permanent job ads with a requirement for Windows.

1 4,067 (47.10%) Microsoft
2 3,803 (44.04%) Active Directory
3 3,557 (41.19%) Windows Server
4 3,420 (39.61%) Azure
5 3,172 (36.73%) Microsoft 365
6 2,667 (30.89%) VMware
7 2,515 (29.13%) Linux
8 1,715 (19.86%) VMware Infrastructure
9 1,703 (19.72%) Windows 10
10 1,688 (19.55%) SQL
11 1,625 (18.82%) PowerShell
12 1,473 (17.06%) Firewall
13 1,411 (16.34%) DevOps
14 1,372 (15.89%) SQL Server
15 1,335 (15.46%) AWS
16 1,312 (15.19%) ITIL
17 1,305 (15.11%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 1,191 (13.79%) Agile Software Development
19 1,150 (13.32%) DNS
20 1,125 (13.03%) Problem-Solving
21 1,114 (12.90%) Finance
22 1,026 (11.88%) Hyper-V
23 1,019 (11.80%) Cisco
24 978 (11.33%) Citrix
25 960 (11.12%) Microsoft Office
26 882 (10.21%) Windows Server 2012
27 851 (9.86%) SCCM
28 850 (9.84%) Python
29 843 (9.76%) DHCP
30 821 (9.51%) C#

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
1 797 (9.23%) MS Exchange
2 704 (8.15%) SharePoint
3 492 (5.70%) IIS
4 204 (2.36%) Confluence
5 161 (1.86%) Exchange Server 2013
6 156 (1.81%) Exchange Server 2010
7 128 (1.48%) Apache
8 91 (1.05%) Skype for Business
9 70 (0.81%) CMS
10 59 (0.68%) Tomcat
11 57 (0.66%) nginx
12 50 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2007
13 48 (0.56%) Elasticsearch
14 43 (0.50%) WordPress
15 39 (0.45%) WebSphere
16 31 (0.36%) Umbraco
17 27 (0.31%) EPiServer
17 27 (0.31%) WebLogic
18 26 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2003
18 26 (0.30%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 960 (11.12%) Microsoft Office
2 157 (1.82%) Microsoft Excel
3 65 (0.75%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 51 (0.59%) Microsoft Project
5 38 (0.44%) MS Visio
6 25 (0.29%) AutoCAD
6 25 (0.29%) Revit
7 14 (0.16%) Photoshop
8 9 (0.10%) Simulink
9 6 (0.069%) Adobe Illustrator
9 6 (0.069%) Camtasia
10 4 (0.046%) Sketch
10 4 (0.046%) Spreadsheet
11 3 (0.035%) Houdini
11 3 (0.035%) InVision
11 3 (0.035%) Maya
11 3 (0.035%) NUKE
11 3 (0.035%) Zeplin
12 2 (0.023%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 2 (0.023%) Adobe XD
Business Applications
1 48 (0.56%) Dynamics CRM
2 26 (0.30%) Dynamics NAV
3 16 (0.19%) Sentinel
4 15 (0.17%) Oracle Applications
4 15 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
4 15 (0.17%) SAP Business One
5 14 (0.16%) nopCommerce
6 13 (0.15%) Oracle EBS R12
6 13 (0.15%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 12 (0.14%) Dynamics AX
8 11 (0.13%) Remedy ITSM
8 11 (0.13%) Workfront
9 9 (0.10%) Sage 200
10 8 (0.093%) Eikon
11 7 (0.081%) Oracle 11i
12 5 (0.058%) Oracle Clinical
13 4 (0.046%) assyst
13 4 (0.046%) Bond Adapt
13 4 (0.046%) Sage 50
13 4 (0.046%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 3,420 (39.61%) Azure
2 3,172 (36.73%) Microsoft 365
3 1,335 (15.46%) AWS
4 723 (8.37%) Azure Active Directory
5 450 (5.21%) IaaS
6 422 (4.89%) SaaS
7 347 (4.02%) PaaS
8 228 (2.64%) GCP
9 181 (2.10%) OneDrive
10 158 (1.83%) GitHub
11 147 (1.70%) Power Platform
12 115 (1.33%) Mimecast
13 108 (1.25%) Serverless
14 105 (1.22%) Cloud Computing
15 78 (0.90%) AWS CloudFormation
16 75 (0.87%) Amazon EC2
17 60 (0.69%) Google Workspace
18 59 (0.68%) Dynamics 365
19 55 (0.64%) Amazon S3
20 50 (0.58%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 1,473 (17.06%) Firewall
2 1,150 (13.32%) DNS
3 843 (9.76%) DHCP
4 731 (8.47%) TCP/IP
5 639 (7.40%) WAN
6 622 (7.20%) LAN
7 601 (6.96%) VPN
8 506 (5.86%) SAN
9 338 (3.91%) VLAN
10 325 (3.76%) VoIP
11 203 (2.35%) Network Security
12 192 (2.22%) Remote Desktop
13 179 (2.07%) Internet
13 179 (2.07%) Wireless
14 174 (2.02%) Wi-Fi
15 169 (1.96%) Skype
16 122 (1.41%) NAS
17 106 (1.23%) Cisco ASA
18 97 (1.12%) SSL
19 89 (1.03%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,372 (15.89%) SQL Server
2 204 (2.36%) MySQL
3 170 (1.97%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 134 (1.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 128 (1.48%) Relational Database
6 111 (1.29%) Amazon RDS
7 110 (1.27%) PostgreSQL
8 106 (1.23%) Data Warehouse
9 98 (1.13%) Oracle Database
10 88 (1.02%) SQL Server 2012
11 87 (1.01%) NoSQL
11 87 (1.01%) Power BI
12 66 (0.76%) Azure SQL Database
13 65 (0.75%) MongoDB
14 63 (0.73%) SQL Server 2008
15 55 (0.64%) SQL Server 2016
16 53 (0.61%) Big Data
17 50 (0.58%) RDBMS
18 45 (0.52%) SQL Server 2014
19 36 (0.42%) Redis
Development Applications
1 484 (5.61%) Git (software)
2 368 (4.26%) JIRA
3 341 (3.95%) Jenkins
4 195 (2.26%) TeamCity
5 193 (2.24%) Visual Studio
6 152 (1.76%) Octopus Deploy
7 109 (1.26%) Bitbucket
8 98 (1.13%) GitLab
9 91 (1.05%) Subversion
10 72 (0.83%) Team Foundation Server
11 63 (0.73%) Artifactory
12 51 (0.59%) Maven
12 51 (0.59%) Selenium
13 50 (0.58%) MSI
14 39 (0.45%) Eclipse
15 35 (0.41%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 31 (0.36%) JMeter
16 31 (0.36%) Visual Studio Team System
17 28 (0.32%) Gradle
17 28 (0.32%) NUnit
General
1 1,114 (12.90%) Finance
2 233 (2.70%) Law
3 229 (2.65%) Legal
4 210 (2.43%) Banking
5 199 (2.30%) Retail
6 189 (2.19%) Public Sector
7 187 (2.17%) Telecoms
8 173 (2.00%) Manufacturing
9 153 (1.77%) Marketing
10 131 (1.52%) Back Office
11 116 (1.34%) Electronics
12 97 (1.12%) Games
13 76 (0.88%) Digital Economy
14 61 (0.71%) Automotive
15 60 (0.69%) Advertising
16 58 (0.67%) Front Office
17 53 (0.61%) Financial Institution
18 49 (0.57%) Aerospace
19 37 (0.43%) Military
20 34 (0.39%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 1,249 (14.46%) Analyst
2 1,044 (12.09%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 887 (10.27%) Support Engineer
4 710 (8.22%) IT Support
5 696 (8.06%) Developer
6 654 (7.57%) IT Engineer
7 621 (7.19%) Support Analyst
8 526 (6.09%) DevOps Engineer
9 518 (6.00%) Azure Engineer
10 386 (4.47%) 2nd Line Support
11 368 (4.26%) Administrator
12 357 (4.13%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 351 (4.06%) IT Analyst
14 326 (3.78%) Architect
15 284 (3.29%) Cloud Engineer
16 274 (3.17%) Service Analyst
17 268 (3.10%) Consultant
17 268 (3.10%) IT Support Engineer
18 264 (3.06%) Applications Support
19 262 (3.03%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 723 (8.37%) .NET
2 450 (5.21%) HTML
3 395 (4.57%) CSS
4 329 (3.81%) Web Services
5 229 (2.65%) ASP.NET
6 174 (2.02%) REST
7 160 (1.85%) AngularJS
8 153 (1.77%) HTML5
9 152 (1.76%) React
10 147 (1.70%) .NET Framework
11 143 (1.66%) .NET Core
11 143 (1.66%) Node.js
12 130 (1.51%) JSON
13 128 (1.48%) XML
14 114 (1.32%) ASP.NET Web API
15 112 (1.30%) jQuery
16 99 (1.15%) Entity Framework
17 92 (1.07%) WPF
18 79 (0.91%) Middleware
19 74 (0.86%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 617 (7.15%) Analytical Skills
2 479 (5.55%) Data Centre
3 354 (4.10%) Management Information System
4 311 (3.60%) Self-Motivation
5 266 (3.08%) Public Cloud
6 224 (2.59%) Clustering
7 222 (2.57%) User Experience
8 193 (2.24%) Driving Licence
9 145 (1.68%) Replication
10 135 (1.56%) Organisational Skills
11 130 (1.51%) Enterprise Software
12 120 (1.39%) Hybrid Cloud
13 105 (1.22%) PKI
14 100 (1.16%) Client/Server
15 88 (1.02%) Greenfield Project
16 86 (1.00%) Private Cloud
17 84 (0.97%) Mobile App
18 78 (0.90%) Linux Command Line
19 70 (0.81%) NHS
20 67 (0.78%) Cloud Native
Operating Systems
1 3,557 (41.19%) Windows Server
2 2,515 (29.13%) Linux
3 1,703 (19.72%) Windows 10
4 882 (10.21%) Windows Server 2012
5 790 (9.15%) Windows Server 2016
6 530 (6.14%) Windows 7
7 524 (6.07%) Windows Server 2008
8 489 (5.66%) Windows Server 2019
9 473 (5.48%) Unix
10 293 (3.39%) Android
11 232 (2.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 205 (2.37%) CentOS
13 200 (2.32%) Apple iOS
14 175 (2.03%) Ubuntu
15 153 (1.77%) Mac OS
16 107 (1.24%) Windows 8
17 93 (1.08%) Mac OS X
18 92 (1.07%) Windows Server 2003
19 59 (0.68%) VMS
20 44 (0.51%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,411 (16.34%) DevOps
2 1,312 (15.19%) ITIL
3 1,305 (15.11%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 1,191 (13.79%) Agile Software Development
5 1,125 (13.03%) Problem-Solving
6 673 (7.79%) Migration
7 557 (6.45%) Infrastructure as Code
8 442 (5.12%) Continuous Integration
9 441 (5.11%) Scrum
10 437 (5.06%) Software Engineering
11 407 (4.71%) Service Management
12 402 (4.66%) Configuration Management
13 393 (4.55%) Project Management
14 391 (4.53%) Mentoring
15 389 (4.50%) Disaster Recovery
16 376 (4.35%) Project Delivery
17 360 (4.17%) Continuous Improvement
18 359 (4.16%) Cybersecurity
19 357 (4.13%) Computer Science
20 340 (3.94%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 1,688 (19.55%) SQL
2 1,625 (18.82%) PowerShell
3 850 (9.84%) Python
4 821 (9.51%) C#
5 536 (6.21%) Java
6 533 (6.17%) JavaScript
7 414 (4.79%) Bash Shell
8 369 (4.27%) C++
9 233 (2.70%) C
10 208 (2.41%) T-SQL
11 154 (1.78%) Perl
12 123 (1.42%) PHP
13 90 (1.04%) Ruby
13 90 (1.04%) Shell Script
13 90 (1.04%) VB
14 81 (0.94%) TypeScript
15 68 (0.79%) VB.NET
16 56 (0.65%) PL/SQL
17 55 (0.64%) VBScript
18 54 (0.63%) Go
Qualifications
1 706 (8.18%) Degree
2 546 (6.32%) Microsoft Certification
3 464 (5.37%) Security Cleared
4 338 (3.91%) SC Cleared
5 305 (3.53%) MCSE
6 292 (3.38%) Cisco Certification
7 217 (2.51%) CCNA
8 194 (2.25%) MCSA
9 148 (1.71%) Computer Science Degree
10 134 (1.55%) ITIL Certification
11 115 (1.33%) MCP
12 111 (1.29%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 101 (1.17%) CISSP
14 94 (1.09%) CCNP
15 72 (0.83%) DV Cleared
16 62 (0.72%) DBS Check
16 62 (0.72%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 60 (0.69%) MCITP
18 45 (0.52%) AWS Certification
19 38 (0.44%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 573 (6.64%) SLA
2 252 (2.92%) QA
3 181 (2.10%) GDPR
4 168 (1.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 81 (0.94%) Cyber Essentials
6 63 (0.73%) PCI DSS
7 49 (0.57%) NIST
8 42 (0.49%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 25 (0.29%) PMO
9 25 (0.29%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 24 (0.28%) ISO 9001
11 22 (0.25%) GRC
12 14 (0.16%) WAI
13 13 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 11 (0.13%) HIPAA
14 11 (0.13%) HL7
14 11 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 10 (0.12%) MISRA
16 9 (0.10%) COBIT
16 9 (0.10%) IEC 61131
System Software
1 3,803 (44.04%) Active Directory
2 1,715 (19.86%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1,026 (11.88%) Hyper-V
4 601 (6.96%) Docker
5 370 (4.28%) VMware ESXi
6 307 (3.56%) vSphere
7 189 (2.19%) XenApp
8 165 (1.91%) XenDesktop
9 156 (1.81%) Virtual Machines
10 134 (1.55%) Virtual Desktop
11 123 (1.42%) Virtual Servers
12 70 (0.81%) BitLocker
13 69 (0.80%) Firmware
14 64 (0.74%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 54 (0.63%) VMware NSX
16 49 (0.57%) KVM
17 39 (0.45%) Xen
18 36 (0.42%) NFS
19 35 (0.41%) VMware Workstation
20 34 (0.39%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 851 (9.86%) SCCM
2 664 (7.69%) Ansible
3 569 (6.59%) Terraform
4 520 (6.02%) Microsoft Intune
5 438 (5.07%) Kubernetes
6 392 (4.54%) Puppet
7 226 (2.62%) Opscode Chef
8 165 (1.91%) SCOM
9 113 (1.31%) WSUS
10 112 (1.30%) Microsoft Clustering
11 103 (1.19%) vCenter Server
12 101 (1.17%) Single Sign-On
13 84 (0.97%) Nagios
14 74 (0.86%) Prometheus
15 69 (0.80%) Grafana
16 59 (0.68%) Failover Clustering
17 58 (0.67%) ZABBIX
18 57 (0.66%) Jamf Pro
19 54 (0.63%) Backup Exec
19 54 (0.63%) Rancher
Vendors
1 4,067 (47.10%) Microsoft
2 2,667 (30.89%) VMware
3 1,019 (11.80%) Cisco
4 978 (11.33%) Citrix
5 558 (6.46%) Oracle
6 381 (4.41%) Veeam
7 350 (4.05%) HP
8 285 (3.30%) Red Hat
9 263 (3.05%) Google
10 256 (2.96%) Dell
11 229 (2.65%) Apple
12 173 (2.00%) EMC
13 170 (1.97%) Meraki
14 165 (1.91%) Sophos
15 151 (1.75%) NetApp
16 148 (1.71%) IBM
17 146 (1.69%) SolarWinds
18 141 (1.63%) ServiceNow
19 131 (1.52%) EnterpriseDB
20 124 (1.44%) SAP