The table below looks at the statistics for Windows 8 skills in IT contracts advertised for the Cheshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Windows 8 over the 3 months to 23 January 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
23 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Windows 8
Rank 66 - 53
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs citing Windows 8 3 0 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 0.41% - 1.15%
As % of the Operating Systems category 1.97% - 4.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 4
Average daily rate
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£390 - £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £195 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
-40.00% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Average hourly rate £16.33 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.00 £15.75 -
% change year-on-year
-11.11% -
Windows 8
North West

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Operating Systems category in contract jobs advertised in the Cheshire region.

Operating Systems Category
Cheshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Operating Systems category
152 211 204
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 20.79% 22.62% 26.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 74 95 93
Average daily rate £363 £337 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.56% -3.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £289 £225 £123
10% offered a daily rate of more than £458 £574 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £308 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.31% -5.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 34 26
Average hourly rate £15.25 £31.56 £18.68
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-51.66% +68.92%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.50 £44.34 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.67 £15.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+4.45% -14.28%

Windows 8
Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Windows 8 across the Cheshire region as a proportion of the total demand within the Operating Systems category.

Windows 8 Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

Windows 8
Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Windows 8 across the Cheshire region.

Windows 8 Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

Windows 8
Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Windows 8 across the Cheshire region.

Windows 8 Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

Windows 8
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Windows 8 within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 23 January 2015. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Chester - - - -
Knutsford - - - - 1
Warrington - - - - 1
Windows 8
North West

Windows 8
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 23 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire region citing Windows 8 also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Windows 8.

1 11 (100.00%) Windows
2 5 (45.45%) Microsoft
2 5 (45.45%) Active Directory
2 5 (45.45%) Windows 7
3 4 (36.36%) DHCP
4 3 (27.27%) VPN
4 3 (27.27%) Solaris
4 3 (27.27%) Oracle
4 3 (27.27%) IIS
4 3 (27.27%) Oracle Database 10g
4 3 (27.27%) SAN
4 3 (27.27%) Windows Server 2003
4 3 (27.27%) Windows Server 2008
4 3 (27.27%) Hyper-V
4 3 (27.27%) NAS
4 3 (27.27%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 3 (27.27%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (27.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 3 (27.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 3 (27.27%) Project Planning
4 3 (27.27%) Oracle RAC
4 3 (27.27%) Oracle Database 11g
4 3 (27.27%) Finance
4 3 (27.27%) VMware
4 3 (27.27%) Oracle Database
5 2 (18.18%) Software Asset Management
5 2 (18.18%) Apple iOS
5 2 (18.18%) Lync
5 2 (18.18%) Android
5 2 (18.18%) Mobile App

Windows 8
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 23 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire region citing Windows 8 also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Windows 8. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 3 (27.27%) IIS
2 2 (18.18%) Lync
2 2 (18.18%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 1 (9.09%) SharePoint
3 1 (9.09%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 1 (9.09%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 4 (36.36%) DHCP
2 3 (27.27%) VPN
2 3 (27.27%) SAN
2 3 (27.27%) NAS
3 2 (18.18%) Firewall
3 2 (18.18%) SSL
4 1 (9.09%) VoIP
4 1 (9.09%) TCP/IP
4 1 (9.09%) DNS
4 1 (9.09%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (9.09%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (27.27%) Oracle Database 10g
1 3 (27.27%) SQL Server Analysis Services
1 3 (27.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
1 3 (27.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 3 (27.27%) Oracle Database 11g
1 3 (27.27%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 1 (9.09%) MSI
General
1 3 (27.27%) Finance
2 2 (18.18%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 3 (27.27%) Architect
2 2 (18.18%) Software Licensing Consultant
2 2 (18.18%) Infrastructure Architect
2 2 (18.18%) Software Consultant
2 2 (18.18%) Consultant
2 2 (18.18%) Support Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Desktop Support
3 1 (9.09%) Applications Packager
3 1 (9.09%) XP Rollout Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Rollout Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Desktop Support Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (9.09%) Middleware
1 1 (9.09%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 2 (18.18%) Mobile App
1 2 (18.18%) Fat Client
1 2 (18.18%) Mainframe
1 2 (18.18%) Blackberry
1 2 (18.18%) Thin Client
1 2 (18.18%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 11 (100.00%) Windows
2 5 (45.45%) Windows 7
3 3 (27.27%) Solaris
3 3 (27.27%) Windows Server 2003
3 3 (27.27%) Windows Server 2008
4 2 (18.18%) Apple iOS
4 2 (18.18%) Android
4 2 (18.18%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (27.27%) Project Planning
2 2 (18.18%) Software Asset Management
2 2 (18.18%) Software Licensing
2 2 (18.18%) Asset Management
2 2 (18.18%) Enterprise Architecture
2 2 (18.18%) Supplier Management
2 2 (18.18%) Time Management
2 2 (18.18%) ITIL
3 1 (9.09%) Migration
3 1 (9.09%) Portfolio Management
3 1 (9.09%) Software License Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (18.18%) SQL
2 1 (9.09%) VB
2 1 (9.09%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 2 (18.18%) ITIL Certification
2 1 (9.09%) MCSE
2 1 (9.09%) MCSA
2 1 (9.09%) Microsoft Certification
System Software
1 5 (45.45%) Active Directory
2 3 (27.27%) Hyper-V
2 3 (27.27%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (27.27%) Oracle RAC
3 1 (9.09%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 2 (18.18%) SCCM
Vendors
1 5 (45.45%) Microsoft
2 3 (27.27%) Oracle
2 3 (27.27%) VMware
3 2 (18.18%) Juniper
3 2 (18.18%) Citrix
4 1 (9.09%) Cisco