Period
to 17 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 17 January 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Windows
UK
6 months to
17 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 14 11 10
Rank change year-on-year -3 -1 +2
Permanent jobs citing Windows 6,769 17,239 20,390
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 10.94% 13.67% 13.49%
As % of the Operating Systems category 53.05% 60.98% 57.91%
Number of salaries quoted 6,588 14,815 17,472
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 £23,500
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 12,759 28,268 35,209
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.61% 22.41% 23.29%
Number of salaries quoted 10,481 22,925 28,629
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 £40,500 £42,000
% change year-on-year +11.11% -3.57% +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 17 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 17 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 6,163 £45,000 +12.50% 1,324
UK excluding London -3 4,546 £42,000 +12.00% 1,105
London -13 1,968 £55,000 +10.00% 313
South East -4 1,278 £42,500 +13.33% 258
North of England -2 1,112 £42,000 +12.00% 315
Work from Home +2 1,045 £47,500 -13.64% 162
Midlands -1 733 £40,000 +6.67% 167
South West -3 676 £39,750 +13.57% 144
North West -3 537 £44,000 +17.33% 177
West Midlands -2 479 £41,500 +5.06% 88
Yorkshire -2 468 £37,500 - 115
East of England -2 351 £40,000 +2.56% 112
East Midlands -4 251 £39,750 +7.43% 77
Scotland -4 235 £47,500 +23.38% 52
Wales 0 148 £45,000 +12.50% 35
North East +3 107 £40,000 +23.08% 23
Northern Ireland +14 34 £45,000 +31.39% 22
Isle of Man - 5 £52,500 -
Channel Islands +2 1 £36,000 +44.00% 1

For the 6 months to 17 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 3,215 (47.50%) Microsoft
2 2,887 (42.65%) Active Directory
3 2,735 (40.40%) Windows Server
4 2,628 (38.82%) Azure
5 2,265 (33.46%) Office 365
6 2,083 (30.77%) VMware
7 1,699 (25.10%) Linux
8 1,388 (20.51%) SQL
9 1,296 (19.15%) VMware Infrastructure
10 1,261 (18.63%) Windows 10
11 1,205 (17.80%) PowerShell
12 1,134 (16.75%) Firewall
13 1,110 (16.40%) DevOps
14 1,093 (16.15%) SQL Server
15 1,031 (15.23%) AWS
16 966 (14.27%) DNS
17 957 (14.14%) ITIL
18 929 (13.72%) Infrastructure Engineering
19 926 (13.68%) Agile Software Development
20 841 (12.42%) Cisco
21 838 (12.38%) Finance
22 798 (11.79%) Hyper-V
23 765 (11.30%) Windows Server 2012
24 756 (11.17%) Problem-Solving
25 752 (11.11%) Citrix
26 736 (10.87%) Microsoft Office
27 712 (10.52%) DHCP
28 686 (10.13%) C#
29 670 (9.90%) SCCM
30 633 (9.35%) 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
1 627 (9.26%) MS Exchange
2 537 (7.93%) SharePoint
3 367 (5.42%) IIS
4 148 (2.19%) Confluence
5 147 (2.17%) Exchange Server 2013
6 122 (1.80%) Exchange Server 2010
7 113 (1.67%) Skype for Business
8 87 (1.29%) Apache
9 59 (0.87%) Elasticsearch
10 58 (0.86%) CMS
11 49 (0.72%) Tomcat
12 40 (0.59%) Exchange Server 2007
13 35 (0.52%) WebSphere
14 30 (0.44%) Umbraco
15 28 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2003
16 27 (0.40%) EPiServer
16 27 (0.40%) WordPress
17 25 (0.37%) Sitecore CMS
18 22 (0.33%) nginx
19 21 (0.31%) Kentico
Applications
1 736 (10.87%) Microsoft Office
2 124 (1.83%) Microsoft Excel
3 51 (0.75%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 44 (0.65%) Microsoft Project
5 20 (0.30%) AutoCAD
5 20 (0.30%) MS Visio
6 19 (0.28%) Revit
7 8 (0.12%) InVision
7 8 (0.12%) Photoshop
8 7 (0.10%) Sketch
9 5 (0.074%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 4 (0.059%) Adobe Illustrator
10 4 (0.059%) Zeplin
11 3 (0.044%) Adobe Captivate
11 3 (0.044%) Adobe XD
12 1 (0.015%) Quicktime
12 1 (0.015%) SOLIDWORKS
12 1 (0.015%) UXPin
Business Applications
1 49 (0.72%) Dynamics CRM
2 18 (0.27%) Sentinel
3 14 (0.21%) nopCommerce
4 13 (0.19%) Workfront
5 12 (0.18%) Dynamics NAV
5 12 (0.18%) Oracle Applications
5 12 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
5 12 (0.18%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 11 (0.16%) Carpe Diem
6 11 (0.16%) Dynamics AX
7 9 (0.13%) iTrent
7 9 (0.13%) Northgate Housing
8 8 (0.12%) SAP Business One
9 7 (0.10%) Eikon
10 5 (0.074%) NetSuite
10 5 (0.074%) Oracle EBS R12
11 4 (0.059%) Bond Adapt
11 4 (0.059%) Oracle EBS
12 3 (0.044%) FLEXCUBE
12 3 (0.044%) Oracle 11i
Cloud Services
1 2,628 (38.82%) Azure
2 2,265 (33.46%) Office 365
3 1,031 (15.23%) AWS
4 461 (6.81%) Azure Active Directory
5 366 (5.41%) IaaS
6 274 (4.05%) SaaS
7 260 (3.84%) PaaS
8 152 (2.25%) GCP
9 138 (2.04%) OneDrive
10 97 (1.43%) GitHub
11 94 (1.39%) Power Platform
12 87 (1.29%) Mimecast
13 79 (1.17%) Cloud Computing
13 79 (1.17%) Serverless
14 69 (1.02%) AWS CloudFormation
15 63 (0.93%) Amazon EC2
16 48 (0.71%) Amazon S3
17 47 (0.69%) G Suite
18 46 (0.68%) Dynamics 365
19 42 (0.62%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 1,134 (16.75%) Firewall
2 966 (14.27%) DNS
3 712 (10.52%) DHCP
4 591 (8.73%) TCP/IP
5 572 (8.45%) WAN
6 528 (7.80%) LAN
7 481 (7.11%) VPN
8 423 (6.25%) SAN
9 297 (4.39%) VoIP
10 255 (3.77%) VLAN
11 173 (2.56%) Skype
12 172 (2.54%) Network Security
12 172 (2.54%) Wireless
13 152 (2.25%) Wi-Fi
14 140 (2.07%) Internet
15 116 (1.71%) Remote Desktop
16 114 (1.68%) NetScaler
17 95 (1.40%) Intrusion Detection
18 82 (1.21%) Cisco ASA
19 81 (1.20%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,093 (16.15%) SQL Server
2 151 (2.23%) MySQL
3 110 (1.63%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 102 (1.51%) Relational Database
5 101 (1.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 85 (1.26%) Amazon RDS
6 85 (1.26%) SQL Server 2012
7 71 (1.05%) NoSQL
8 64 (0.95%) Big Data
9 63 (0.93%) PostgreSQL
10 61 (0.90%) Oracle Database
11 60 (0.89%) Azure SQL Database
12 59 (0.87%) Data Warehouse
13 58 (0.86%) Power BI
14 50 (0.74%) SQL Server 2008
15 45 (0.66%) Crystal Reports
16 39 (0.58%) MongoDB
17 33 (0.49%) SQL Server 2016
18 32 (0.47%) Hadoop
19 29 (0.43%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 361 (5.33%) Git (software)
2 272 (4.02%) Jenkins
3 258 (3.81%) JIRA
4 143 (2.11%) TeamCity
5 142 (2.10%) Visual Studio
6 112 (1.65%) Octopus Deploy
7 97 (1.43%) Bitbucket
8 94 (1.39%) Team Foundation Server
9 75 (1.11%) GitLab
10 66 (0.98%) Subversion
11 62 (0.92%) Selenium
12 41 (0.61%) Artifactory
13 36 (0.53%) Maven
14 35 (0.52%) Visual Studio Team System
15 33 (0.49%) NUnit
16 29 (0.43%) Oracle APEX
17 27 (0.40%) Eclipse
18 25 (0.37%) SonarQube
19 24 (0.35%) JUnit
20 23 (0.34%) Cucumber
General
1 838 (12.38%) Finance
2 183 (2.70%) Law
3 174 (2.57%) Banking
3 174 (2.57%) Legal
4 161 (2.38%) Public Sector
5 148 (2.19%) Telecoms
6 126 (1.86%) Retail
7 110 (1.63%) Games
8 107 (1.58%) Manufacturing
9 102 (1.51%) Marketing
10 87 (1.29%) Electronics
11 69 (1.02%) Back Office
12 57 (0.84%) Advertising
13 55 (0.81%) Financial Institution
14 53 (0.78%) Digital Economy
15 47 (0.69%) Military
16 44 (0.65%) Front Office
17 38 (0.56%) Aerospace
18 34 (0.50%) Local Government
19 31 (0.46%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 928 (13.71%) Analyst
2 759 (11.21%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 722 (10.67%) Support Engineer
4 591 (8.73%) Developer
5 512 (7.56%) IT Support
6 502 (7.42%) IT Engineer
7 417 (6.16%) Support Analyst
8 396 (5.85%) Azure Engineer
9 383 (5.66%) DevOps Engineer
10 302 (4.46%) 2nd Line Support
11 296 (4.37%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 262 (3.87%) Administrator
13 241 (3.56%) Architect
14 237 (3.50%) Windows Engineer
15 228 (3.37%) Service Analyst
16 223 (3.29%) IT Analyst
17 220 (3.25%) Systems Engineer
18 215 (3.18%) IT Support Engineer
19 214 (3.16%) 3rd Line Support
20 210 (3.10%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 610 (9.01%) .NET
2 344 (5.08%) HTML
3 320 (4.73%) CSS
4 210 (3.10%) Web Services
5 201 (2.97%) ASP.NET
6 157 (2.32%) REST
7 156 (2.30%) AngularJS
8 154 (2.28%) .NET Core
9 142 (2.10%) .NET Framework
10 135 (1.99%) HTML5
11 134 (1.98%) JSON
11 134 (1.98%) React
12 129 (1.91%) ASP.NET Web API
13 108 (1.60%) Node.js
14 105 (1.55%) jQuery
15 100 (1.48%) XML
16 89 (1.31%) ASP.NET MVC
16 89 (1.31%) WPF
17 80 (1.18%) RabbitMQ
18 79 (1.17%) Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 516 (7.62%) Analytical Skills
2 355 (5.24%) Data Centre
3 330 (4.88%) Management Information System
4 230 (3.40%) Self-Motivation
5 188 (2.78%) User Experience
6 174 (2.57%) Public Cloud
7 164 (2.42%) Driving Licence
8 134 (1.98%) Clustering
9 122 (1.80%) Enterprise Software
10 119 (1.76%) Replication
11 98 (1.45%) PKI
12 81 (1.20%) Greenfield Project
13 68 (1.00%) Mobile App
14 67 (0.99%) Private Cloud
15 66 (0.98%) Client/Server
16 64 (0.95%) Cyberthreat
17 56 (0.83%) Smartphone
18 50 (0.74%) Linux Command Line
19 48 (0.71%) Hybrid Cloud
20 45 (0.66%) Algorithms
Operating Systems
1 2,735 (40.40%) Windows Server
2 1,699 (25.10%) Linux
3 1,261 (18.63%) Windows 10
4 765 (11.30%) Windows Server 2012
5 633 (9.35%) Windows Server 2016
6 465 (6.87%) Windows 7
7 422 (6.23%) Windows Server 2008
8 350 (5.17%) Windows Server 2019
9 324 (4.79%) Unix
10 170 (2.51%) Android
11 147 (2.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 132 (1.95%) CentOS
13 113 (1.67%) Mac OS
14 104 (1.54%) Apple iOS
15 102 (1.51%) Windows 8
16 86 (1.27%) Ubuntu
17 70 (1.03%) Mac OS X
18 60 (0.89%) Windows Server 2003
19 39 (0.58%) Debian
19 39 (0.58%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,110 (16.40%) DevOps
2 957 (14.14%) ITIL
3 929 (13.72%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 926 (13.68%) Agile Software Development
5 756 (11.17%) Problem-Solving
6 450 (6.65%) Migration
7 400 (5.91%) Infrastructure as Code
8 365 (5.39%) Software Engineering
9 333 (4.92%) Disaster Recovery
10 330 (4.88%) Service Management
11 324 (4.79%) Continuous Integration
12 318 (4.70%) Scrum
13 299 (4.42%) Project Delivery
14 297 (4.39%) Configuration Management
15 294 (4.34%) Project Management
16 285 (4.21%) Continuous Improvement
17 282 (4.17%) Cybersecurity
17 282 (4.17%) Mentoring
18 280 (4.14%) Information Security
19 261 (3.86%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 1,388 (20.51%) SQL
2 1,205 (17.80%) PowerShell
3 686 (10.13%) C#
4 618 (9.13%) Python
5 437 (6.46%) JavaScript
6 400 (5.91%) Java
7 323 (4.77%) C++
8 285 (4.21%) Bash Shell
9 235 (3.47%) T-SQL
10 147 (2.17%) C
11 134 (1.98%) Perl
12 86 (1.27%) PHP
13 81 (1.20%) Shell Script
14 79 (1.17%) VB
15 72 (1.06%) Ruby
16 61 (0.90%) PL/SQL
17 50 (0.74%) VB.NET
18 41 (0.61%) VBScript
19 40 (0.59%) Go
20 31 (0.46%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 535 (7.90%) Degree
2 495 (7.31%) Microsoft Certification
3 397 (5.86%) Security Cleared
4 299 (4.42%) SC Cleared
5 281 (4.15%) Cisco Certification
6 271 (4.00%) MCSE
7 228 (3.37%) CCNA
8 202 (2.98%) MCSA
9 124 (1.83%) CISSP
10 121 (1.79%) MCP
11 119 (1.76%) ITIL Certification
12 97 (1.43%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 87 (1.29%) Computer Science Degree
14 80 (1.18%) CCNP
15 73 (1.08%) DV Cleared
16 67 (0.99%) CISM
17 62 (0.92%) MCITP
18 43 (0.64%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
19 42 (0.62%) DBS Check
20 35 (0.52%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 468 (6.91%) SLA
2 217 (3.21%) GDPR
3 154 (2.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 147 (2.17%) QA
5 50 (0.74%) Cyber Essentials
6 46 (0.68%) PCI DSS
7 44 (0.65%) NIST
8 26 (0.38%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 19 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 17 (0.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 14 (0.21%) WAI
12 13 (0.19%) PMO
13 12 (0.18%) HIPAA
14 10 (0.15%) COBIT
14 10 (0.15%) ISO 9001
14 10 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 20000
15 6 (0.089%) HL7
16 5 (0.074%) Dodd-Frank
16 5 (0.074%) EMIR
16 5 (0.074%) MiFID
System Software
1 2,887 (42.65%) Active Directory
2 1,296 (19.15%) VMware Infrastructure
3 798 (11.79%) Hyper-V
4 429 (6.34%) Docker
5 256 (3.78%) VMware ESXi
6 244 (3.60%) vSphere
7 168 (2.48%) XenApp
8 123 (1.82%) XenDesktop
9 114 (1.68%) Virtual Servers
10 87 (1.29%) Virtual Machines
11 83 (1.23%) Virtual Desktop
12 70 (1.03%) Firmware
13 56 (0.83%) BitLocker
14 48 (0.71%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 42 (0.62%) VMware NSX
16 34 (0.50%) KVM
17 31 (0.46%) Xen
18 29 (0.43%) VMware Workstation
19 23 (0.34%) VMware Server
20 21 (0.31%) Citrix Hypervisor
Systems Management
1 670 (9.90%) SCCM
2 498 (7.36%) Ansible
3 408 (6.03%) Terraform
4 371 (5.48%) Microsoft Intune
5 350 (5.17%) Kubernetes
6 295 (4.36%) Puppet
7 203 (3.00%) Opscode Chef
8 133 (1.96%) SCOM
9 114 (1.68%) WSUS
10 70 (1.03%) vCenter Server
11 69 (1.02%) Single Sign-On
12 65 (0.96%) Microsoft Clustering
13 56 (0.83%) Nagios
14 50 (0.74%) Backup Exec
15 40 (0.59%) SCVMM
16 39 (0.58%) Failover Clustering
17 36 (0.53%) Norton AntiVirus
18 33 (0.49%) NetBackup
18 33 (0.49%) Rancher
19 29 (0.43%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 3,215 (47.50%) Microsoft
2 2,083 (30.77%) VMware
3 841 (12.42%) Cisco
4 752 (11.11%) Citrix
5 470 (6.94%) Oracle
6 282 (4.17%) Veeam
7 258 (3.81%) HP
8 205 (3.03%) Google
9 204 (3.01%) Red Hat
10 197 (2.91%) Dell
11 184 (2.72%) Apple
12 167 (2.47%) NetApp
13 151 (2.23%) Sophos
14 129 (1.91%) EMC
15 125 (1.85%) SolarWinds
16 120 (1.77%) EnterpriseDB
17 114 (1.68%) Meraki
18 110 (1.63%) IBM
19 108 (1.60%) SAP
20 97 (1.43%) Splunk