Period
to 23 January 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 23 January 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Windows
UK
6 months to
23 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 15 11 10
Rank change year-on-year -4 -1 +2
Permanent jobs citing Windows 6,917 17,193 20,471
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 10.83% 13.67% 13.48%
As % of the Operating Systems category 52.85% 61.00% 57.92%
Number of salaries quoted 6,709 14,787 17,559
Median annual salary £45,000 £40,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +12.50% -5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £25,500 £23,500 £23,750
90th Percentile £71,250 £72,500 £73,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,000 £37,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year +12.00% - +4.17%

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 13,089 28,183 35,341
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.50% 22.41% 23.28%
Number of salaries quoted 10,703 22,880 28,726
Median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.11% -5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,500 £25,000 £25,750
90th Percentile £80,000 £80,000 £78,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £41,000 £42,000
% change year-on-year +9.76% -2.38% +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 23 January 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 23 January 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 -3 6,273 £45,000 +12.50% 1,338
UK excluding London -3 4,662 £42,000 +12.00% 1,122
London -13 1,984 £55,000 +11.11% 311
South East -4 1,299 £42,500 +13.33% 273
North of England -2 1,138 £42,000 +12.00% 314
Work from Home +2 1,076 £47,500 -17.39% 193
Midlands -2 742 £40,000 +6.67% 190
South West -5 697 £39,000 +11.43% 134
North West -4 552 £43,000 +14.67% 185
West Midlands -2 480 £40,000 +1.27% 101
Yorkshire -2 474 £37,500 - 99
East of England -2 364 £40,000 - 106
East Midlands -4 259 £40,000 +12.20% 89
Scotland -3 248 £47,500 +26.67% 55
Wales +2 160 £43,500 +8.75% 30
North East +2 112 £40,000 +23.08% 30
Northern Ireland +10 37 £40,000 +16.79% 21
Isle of Man - 4 £52,500 -
Channel Islands +2 1 £36,000 +44.00%

For the 6 months to 23 January 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 3,266 (47.22%) Microsoft
2 2,936 (42.45%) Active Directory
3 2,791 (40.35%) Windows Server
4 2,695 (38.96%) Azure
5 2,301 (33.27%) Office 365
6 2,147 (31.04%) VMware
7 1,772 (25.62%) Linux
8 1,425 (20.60%) SQL
9 1,345 (19.44%) VMware Infrastructure
10 1,287 (18.61%) Windows 10
11 1,239 (17.91%) PowerShell
12 1,162 (16.80%) Firewall
13 1,154 (16.68%) DevOps
14 1,125 (16.26%) SQL Server
15 1,072 (15.50%) AWS
16 992 (14.34%) ITIL
17 979 (14.15%) DNS
18 961 (13.89%) Agile Software Development
19 952 (13.76%) Infrastructure Engineering
20 860 (12.43%) Cisco
21 852 (12.32%) Finance
22 822 (11.88%) Hyper-V
23 778 (11.25%) Windows Server 2012
24 771 (11.15%) Problem-Solving
25 767 (11.09%) Citrix
26 746 (10.79%) Microsoft Office
27 726 (10.50%) DHCP
28 706 (10.21%) C#
29 686 (9.92%) SCCM
30 651 (9.41%) Windows Server 2016

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
1 636 (9.19%) MS Exchange
2 545 (7.88%) SharePoint
3 378 (5.46%) IIS
4 158 (2.28%) Confluence
5 146 (2.11%) Exchange Server 2013
6 127 (1.84%) Exchange Server 2010
7 108 (1.56%) Skype for Business
8 92 (1.33%) Apache
9 62 (0.90%) Elasticsearch
10 58 (0.84%) CMS
11 49 (0.71%) Tomcat
12 43 (0.62%) Exchange Server 2007
13 39 (0.56%) WebSphere
14 30 (0.43%) Umbraco
15 29 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2003
15 29 (0.42%) WordPress
16 26 (0.38%) EPiServer
17 25 (0.36%) nginx
18 24 (0.35%) Sitecore CMS
19 20 (0.29%) Kentico
Applications
1 746 (10.79%) Microsoft Office
2 129 (1.86%) Microsoft Excel
3 53 (0.77%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 44 (0.64%) Microsoft Project
5 21 (0.30%) MS Visio
6 19 (0.27%) AutoCAD
7 18 (0.26%) Revit
8 8 (0.12%) InVision
8 8 (0.12%) Photoshop
9 7 (0.10%) Sketch
10 5 (0.072%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 4 (0.058%) Adobe Illustrator
11 4 (0.058%) Zeplin
12 3 (0.043%) Adobe Captivate
12 3 (0.043%) Adobe XD
13 1 (0.014%) Quicktime
13 1 (0.014%) SOLIDWORKS
13 1 (0.014%) UXPin
Business Applications
1 49 (0.71%) Dynamics CRM
2 18 (0.26%) Sentinel
3 14 (0.20%) nopCommerce
3 14 (0.20%) Oracle Applications
4 13 (0.19%) Dynamics NAV
4 13 (0.19%) Workfront
5 12 (0.17%) Dynamics AX
5 12 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
5 12 (0.17%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 11 (0.16%) Carpe Diem
7 9 (0.13%) iTrent
7 9 (0.13%) Northgate Housing
8 8 (0.12%) SAP Business One
9 7 (0.10%) Eikon
10 6 (0.087%) Oracle EBS
10 6 (0.087%) Oracle EBS R12
11 5 (0.072%) NetSuite
12 4 (0.058%) Bond Adapt
12 4 (0.058%) Oracle 11i
13 2 (0.029%) Endur
Cloud Services
1 2,695 (38.96%) Azure
2 2,301 (33.27%) Office 365
3 1,072 (15.50%) AWS
4 478 (6.91%) Azure Active Directory
5 377 (5.45%) IaaS
6 293 (4.24%) SaaS
7 267 (3.86%) PaaS
8 165 (2.39%) GCP
9 137 (1.98%) OneDrive
10 105 (1.52%) GitHub
11 94 (1.36%) Power Platform
12 93 (1.34%) Mimecast
13 80 (1.16%) Serverless
14 78 (1.13%) Cloud Computing
15 76 (1.10%) AWS CloudFormation
16 63 (0.91%) Amazon EC2
17 49 (0.71%) Amazon S3
18 48 (0.69%) G Suite
19 43 (0.62%) Dynamics 365
20 41 (0.59%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 1,162 (16.80%) Firewall
2 979 (14.15%) DNS
3 726 (10.50%) DHCP
4 603 (8.72%) TCP/IP
5 577 (8.34%) WAN
6 533 (7.71%) LAN
7 490 (7.08%) VPN
8 428 (6.19%) SAN
9 300 (4.34%) VoIP
10 268 (3.87%) VLAN
11 173 (2.50%) Network Security
12 171 (2.47%) Skype
13 168 (2.43%) Wireless
14 149 (2.15%) Wi-Fi
15 142 (2.05%) Internet
16 118 (1.71%) Remote Desktop
17 115 (1.66%) NetScaler
18 93 (1.34%) Intrusion Detection
19 86 (1.24%) Cisco ASA
20 82 (1.19%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,125 (16.26%) SQL Server
2 156 (2.26%) MySQL
3 110 (1.59%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 101 (1.46%) Relational Database
5 98 (1.42%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 90 (1.30%) Amazon RDS
7 84 (1.21%) SQL Server 2012
8 72 (1.04%) NoSQL
9 68 (0.98%) Oracle Database
10 66 (0.95%) PostgreSQL
11 64 (0.93%) Big Data
12 60 (0.87%) Azure SQL Database
13 59 (0.85%) Data Warehouse
13 59 (0.85%) Power BI
14 51 (0.74%) SQL Server 2008
15 41 (0.59%) Crystal Reports
15 41 (0.59%) MongoDB
16 33 (0.48%) Hadoop
16 33 (0.48%) SQL Server 2016
17 29 (0.42%) Cosmos DB
Development Applications
1 372 (5.38%) Git (software)
2 279 (4.03%) Jenkins
3 268 (3.87%) JIRA
4 150 (2.17%) Visual Studio
5 144 (2.08%) TeamCity
6 111 (1.60%) Octopus Deploy
7 98 (1.42%) Bitbucket
8 91 (1.32%) Team Foundation Server
9 79 (1.14%) GitLab
10 71 (1.03%) Subversion
11 65 (0.94%) Selenium
12 41 (0.59%) Artifactory
13 35 (0.51%) Maven
13 35 (0.51%) Visual Studio Team System
14 33 (0.48%) NUnit
15 28 (0.40%) Eclipse
16 27 (0.39%) Oracle APEX
17 26 (0.38%) JUnit
18 25 (0.36%) Atlassian Bamboo
18 25 (0.36%) SonarQube
General
1 852 (12.32%) Finance
2 192 (2.78%) Law
3 187 (2.70%) Banking
4 178 (2.57%) Legal
5 165 (2.39%) Public Sector
6 145 (2.10%) Telecoms
7 130 (1.88%) Retail
8 113 (1.63%) Games
9 110 (1.59%) Manufacturing
10 107 (1.55%) Marketing
11 90 (1.30%) Electronics
12 74 (1.07%) Back Office
13 56 (0.81%) Advertising
13 56 (0.81%) Digital Economy
13 56 (0.81%) Financial Institution
14 45 (0.65%) Military
15 41 (0.59%) Aerospace
16 40 (0.58%) Front Office
17 33 (0.48%) Local Government
18 31 (0.45%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 951 (13.75%) Analyst
2 783 (11.32%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 732 (10.58%) Support Engineer
4 604 (8.73%) Developer
5 517 (7.47%) IT Support
6 499 (7.21%) IT Engineer
7 428 (6.19%) Support Analyst
8 409 (5.91%) Azure Engineer
9 391 (5.65%) DevOps Engineer
10 308 (4.45%) 2nd Line Support
11 300 (4.34%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 268 (3.87%) Administrator
13 241 (3.48%) Architect
14 235 (3.40%) Service Analyst
15 234 (3.38%) Windows Engineer
16 227 (3.28%) IT Analyst
17 224 (3.24%) Systems Engineer
18 219 (3.17%) 3rd Line Support
19 218 (3.15%) Service Desk Analyst
20 213 (3.08%) IT Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 624 (9.02%) .NET
2 349 (5.05%) HTML
3 325 (4.70%) CSS
4 230 (3.33%) Web Services
5 205 (2.96%) ASP.NET
6 164 (2.37%) REST
7 161 (2.33%) AngularJS
8 157 (2.27%) .NET Core
9 143 (2.07%) .NET Framework
10 141 (2.04%) React
11 137 (1.98%) HTML5
12 134 (1.94%) JSON
13 129 (1.86%) ASP.NET Web API
14 109 (1.58%) Node.js
15 106 (1.53%) jQuery
16 98 (1.42%) XML
17 93 (1.34%) WPF
18 89 (1.29%) ASP.NET MVC
19 83 (1.20%) Entity Framework
20 81 (1.17%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 522 (7.55%) Analytical Skills
2 362 (5.23%) Data Centre
3 336 (4.86%) Management Information System
4 237 (3.43%) Self-Motivation
5 190 (2.75%) User Experience
6 185 (2.67%) Public Cloud
7 166 (2.40%) Driving Licence
8 140 (2.02%) Clustering
9 122 (1.76%) Enterprise Software
9 122 (1.76%) Replication
10 101 (1.46%) PKI
11 87 (1.26%) Greenfield Project
12 68 (0.98%) Client/Server
12 68 (0.98%) Mobile App
12 68 (0.98%) Private Cloud
13 64 (0.93%) Cyberthreat
14 56 (0.81%) Smartphone
15 54 (0.78%) Hybrid Cloud
16 51 (0.74%) Linux Command Line
17 47 (0.68%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 2,791 (40.35%) Windows Server
2 1,772 (25.62%) Linux
3 1,287 (18.61%) Windows 10
4 778 (11.25%) Windows Server 2012
5 651 (9.41%) Windows Server 2016
6 468 (6.77%) Windows 7
7 437 (6.32%) Windows Server 2008
8 362 (5.23%) Windows Server 2019
9 339 (4.90%) Unix
10 170 (2.46%) Android
11 152 (2.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 142 (2.05%) CentOS
13 117 (1.69%) Mac OS
14 108 (1.56%) Apple iOS
15 103 (1.49%) Windows 8
16 93 (1.34%) Ubuntu
17 68 (0.98%) Mac OS X
18 63 (0.91%) Windows Server 2003
19 44 (0.64%) Solaris
20 40 (0.58%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,154 (16.68%) DevOps
2 992 (14.34%) ITIL
3 961 (13.89%) Agile Software Development
4 952 (13.76%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 771 (11.15%) Problem-Solving
6 462 (6.68%) Migration
7 419 (6.06%) Infrastructure as Code
8 372 (5.38%) Software Engineering
9 341 (4.93%) Disaster Recovery
10 337 (4.87%) Continuous Integration
10 337 (4.87%) Scrum
11 336 (4.86%) Service Management
12 309 (4.47%) Configuration Management
13 306 (4.42%) Project Delivery
13 306 (4.42%) Project Management
14 293 (4.24%) Cybersecurity
15 288 (4.16%) Mentoring
16 285 (4.12%) Information Security
17 281 (4.06%) Continuous Improvement
18 276 (3.99%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 1,425 (20.60%) SQL
2 1,239 (17.91%) PowerShell
3 706 (10.21%) C#
4 630 (9.11%) Python
5 448 (6.48%) JavaScript
6 407 (5.88%) Java
7 334 (4.83%) C++
8 296 (4.28%) Bash Shell
9 236 (3.41%) T-SQL
10 162 (2.34%) C
11 143 (2.07%) Perl
12 88 (1.27%) PHP
13 82 (1.19%) Shell Script
13 82 (1.19%) VB
14 78 (1.13%) Ruby
15 61 (0.88%) PL/SQL
16 52 (0.75%) VB.NET
17 41 (0.59%) Go
18 38 (0.55%) VBScript
19 33 (0.48%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 550 (7.95%) Degree
2 498 (7.20%) Microsoft Certification
3 412 (5.96%) Security Cleared
4 308 (4.45%) SC Cleared
5 284 (4.11%) Cisco Certification
6 276 (3.99%) MCSE
7 227 (3.28%) CCNA
8 202 (2.92%) MCSA
9 124 (1.79%) CISSP
9 124 (1.79%) ITIL Certification
10 119 (1.72%) MCP
11 95 (1.37%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 87 (1.26%) Computer Science Degree
13 79 (1.14%) CCNP
14 74 (1.07%) DV Cleared
15 67 (0.97%) CISM
16 64 (0.93%) MCITP
17 50 (0.72%) DBS Check
18 46 (0.67%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
19 35 (0.51%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 481 (6.95%) SLA
2 220 (3.18%) GDPR
3 161 (2.33%) QA
4 152 (2.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 53 (0.77%) Cyber Essentials
6 48 (0.69%) PCI DSS
7 47 (0.68%) NIST
8 29 (0.42%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 19 (0.27%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 17 (0.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 16 (0.23%) PMO
12 14 (0.20%) WAI
13 12 (0.17%) HIPAA
14 11 (0.16%) ISO 9001
14 11 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 20000
15 10 (0.14%) COBIT
15 10 (0.14%) HL7
16 5 (0.072%) BS25999
16 5 (0.072%) EMIR
16 5 (0.072%) MiFID
System Software
1 2,936 (42.45%) Active Directory
2 1,345 (19.44%) VMware Infrastructure
3 822 (11.88%) Hyper-V
4 449 (6.49%) Docker
5 269 (3.89%) VMware ESXi
6 251 (3.63%) vSphere
7 172 (2.49%) XenApp
8 124 (1.79%) XenDesktop
9 115 (1.66%) Virtual Servers
10 87 (1.26%) Virtual Machines
11 84 (1.21%) Virtual Desktop
12 70 (1.01%) Firmware
13 58 (0.84%) BitLocker
14 49 (0.71%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 43 (0.62%) VMware NSX
16 37 (0.53%) KVM
17 34 (0.49%) Xen
18 31 (0.45%) VMware Workstation
19 26 (0.38%) VMware Server
20 21 (0.30%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 686 (9.92%) SCCM
2 523 (7.56%) Ansible
3 431 (6.23%) Terraform
4 390 (5.64%) Microsoft Intune
5 357 (5.16%) Kubernetes
6 306 (4.42%) Puppet
7 209 (3.02%) Opscode Chef
8 137 (1.98%) SCOM
9 111 (1.60%) WSUS
10 75 (1.08%) Single Sign-On
11 71 (1.03%) vCenter Server
12 68 (0.98%) Microsoft Clustering
13 60 (0.87%) Nagios
14 50 (0.72%) Backup Exec
15 43 (0.62%) SCVMM
16 40 (0.58%) Failover Clustering
17 36 (0.52%) Norton AntiVirus
18 35 (0.51%) NetBackup
19 33 (0.48%) Jamf Pro
19 33 (0.48%) Rancher
Vendors
1 3,266 (47.22%) Microsoft
2 2,147 (31.04%) VMware
3 860 (12.43%) Cisco
4 767 (11.09%) Citrix
5 493 (7.13%) Oracle
6 287 (4.15%) Veeam
7 264 (3.82%) HP
8 207 (2.99%) Red Hat
9 206 (2.98%) Google
10 199 (2.88%) Dell
11 186 (2.69%) Apple
12 166 (2.40%) NetApp
13 155 (2.24%) Sophos
14 132 (1.91%) EMC
15 128 (1.85%) SolarWinds
16 125 (1.81%) EnterpriseDB
17 116 (1.68%) Meraki
18 115 (1.66%) IBM
19 108 (1.56%) SAP
20 97 (1.40%) Splunk