The table below looks at the statistics for Windows Server 2008 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 Server 2008 over the 3 months to 22 May 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Windows Server 2008
Rank 68 22 32
Rank change year-on-year
-46 +10
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 2008 15 61 33
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 1.52% 7.77% 4.48%
As % of the Operating Systems category 6.79% 28.50% 16.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 30 9
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£215 £250 £231
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-14.00% +8.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £195 £205 £143
10% offered a daily rate of more than £303 £321 £289
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £290 £311
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -6.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 8 4
Average hourly rate £20.19 £28.25 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-28.54% -8.87%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £20.50
% change year-on-year
+5.71% -14.63%
Windows Server 2008
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
221 214 196
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 22.44% 27.26% 26.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 129 98 76
Average daily rate £425 £270 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+57.40% -16.92%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £138 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £440 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+12.00% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 27 16
Average hourly rate £15.00 £31.50 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-52.38% +110.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £10.00 £8.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.19 £43.80 £43.94
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.75 £15.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+1.61% -3.12%

Windows Server 2008
Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Windows Server 2008 across the Cheshire region as a proportion of the total demand within the Operating Systems category.

Windows Server 2008 Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

Windows Server 2008
Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Windows Server 2008 across the Cheshire region.

Windows Server 2008 Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

Windows Server 2008
Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Windows Server 2008 across the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 22 May 2015.

Windows Server 2008 Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

Windows Server 2008
Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Windows Server 2008 across the Cheshire region.

Windows Server 2008 Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

Windows Server 2008
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 Server 2008 within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 22 May 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 -10 6 £225 - 6
Warrington -14 2 £420 +162.50% 2
Runcorn -4 1 - - 2
Crewe - 1 - -
Windows Server 2008
North West

Windows Server 2008
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire region citing Windows Server 2008 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 Server 2008.

1 29 (100.00%) Windows
2 19 (65.52%) VMware
3 17 (58.62%) Windows Server 2003
4 15 (51.72%) Active Directory
5 14 (48.28%) MS Exchange
6 11 (37.93%) Microsoft
6 11 (37.93%) Exchange Server 2010
7 10 (34.48%) Finance
8 9 (31.03%) Migration
9 8 (27.59%) Citrix
9 8 (27.59%) VMware Infrastructure
9 8 (27.59%) Hyper-V
10 7 (24.14%) Exchange Server 2007
10 7 (24.14%) DNS
10 7 (24.14%) SAN
11 6 (20.69%) HP
11 6 (20.69%) SCCM
12 5 (17.24%) PowerShell
12 5 (17.24%) Windows 7
12 5 (17.24%) Windows Server 2012
12 5 (17.24%) DHCP
13 4 (13.79%) MS Office
13 4 (13.79%) Project Management
13 4 (13.79%) Retail
14 3 (10.34%) Data Analysis
14 3 (10.34%) XenApp
14 3 (10.34%) Exchange Server 2013
14 3 (10.34%) NetApp
14 3 (10.34%) VMware ESX
14 3 (10.34%) Firewall

Windows Server 2008
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire region citing Windows Server 2008 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 Server 2008. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 14 (48.28%) MS Exchange
2 11 (37.93%) Exchange Server 2010
3 7 (24.14%) Exchange Server 2007
4 3 (10.34%) Exchange Server 2013
4 3 (10.34%) IIS
5 2 (6.90%) SharePoint
5 2 (6.90%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (3.45%) SharePoint 2010
6 1 (3.45%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 4 (13.79%) MS Office
2 2 (6.90%) MS Excel
3 1 (3.45%) MS Project
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.45%) Amazon S3
1 1 (3.45%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 7 (24.14%) DNS
1 7 (24.14%) SAN
2 5 (17.24%) DHCP
3 3 (10.34%) Firewall
4 2 (6.90%) NAS
5 1 (3.45%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (3.45%) Wireless
5 1 (3.45%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (6.90%) SQL Server
2 1 (3.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (3.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 1 (3.45%) Oracle Database 11g
2 1 (3.45%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 1 (3.45%) Oracle Database
2 1 (3.45%) Oracle Database 10g
General
1 10 (34.48%) Finance
2 4 (13.79%) Retail
3 1 (3.45%) Pharmaceutical
3 1 (3.45%) Banking
Job Titles
1 7 (24.14%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 4 (13.79%) Windows Engineer
3 3 (10.34%) Project Engineer
3 3 (10.34%) Exchange Engineer
3 3 (10.34%) Migration Engineer
4 2 (6.90%) Infrastructure Specialist
4 2 (6.90%) Systems Engineer
4 2 (6.90%) Support Engineer
4 2 (6.90%) 2nd Line Support
4 2 (6.90%) IT Support
5 1 (3.45%) Data Centre Engineer
5 1 (3.45%) Engagement Manager
5 1 (3.45%) Infrastructure Architect
5 1 (3.45%) Server Engineer
5 1 (3.45%) Business Manager
5 1 (3.45%) Wintel Engineer
5 1 (3.45%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
5 1 (3.45%) 2nd Line Support Technician
5 1 (3.45%) Wintel Specialist
5 1 (3.45%) Infrastructure Technician
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (3.45%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 1 (3.45%) User Experience
1 1 (3.45%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 29 (100.00%) Windows
2 17 (58.62%) Windows Server 2003
3 5 (17.24%) Windows 7
3 5 (17.24%) Windows Server 2012
4 3 (10.34%) Windows XP
5 2 (6.90%) Windows 8
5 2 (6.90%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (3.45%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (31.03%) Migration
2 4 (13.79%) Project Management
3 3 (10.34%) Data Analysis
4 2 (6.90%) PRINCE2
4 2 (6.90%) Workflow
5 1 (3.45%) Resource Management
5 1 (3.45%) Problem Management
5 1 (3.45%) Project Planning
5 1 (3.45%) Portfolio Management
5 1 (3.45%) Change Management
5 1 (3.45%) Disaster Recovery
5 1 (3.45%) Business Continuity
5 1 (3.45%) Stakeholder Management
5 1 (3.45%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 5 (17.24%) PowerShell
2 1 (3.45%) C
2 1 (3.45%) SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (6.90%) MCP
1 2 (6.90%) MCSE
1 2 (6.90%) Microsoft Certification
1 2 (6.90%) Degree
1 2 (6.90%) MCITP
2 1 (3.45%) PMP
2 1 (3.45%) PMI Certification
2 1 (3.45%) Cisco Certification
2 1 (3.45%) CCNA
2 1 (3.45%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.45%) SLA
System Software
1 15 (51.72%) Active Directory
2 8 (27.59%) VMware Infrastructure
2 8 (27.59%) Hyper-V
3 3 (10.34%) XenApp
3 3 (10.34%) VMware ESX
4 2 (6.90%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 1 (3.45%) Oracle RAC
5 1 (3.45%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 6 (20.69%) SCCM
2 2 (6.90%) Backup Exec
2 2 (6.90%) SCDPM
2 2 (6.90%) SCVMM
3 1 (3.45%) WSUS
3 1 (3.45%) SCOM
3 1 (3.45%) EMC NetWorker
3 1 (3.45%) MOM
Vendors
1 19 (65.52%) VMware
2 11 (37.93%) Microsoft
3 8 (27.59%) Citrix
4 6 (20.69%) HP
5 3 (10.34%) NetApp
6 2 (6.90%) Dell
6 2 (6.90%) EMC
6 2 (6.90%) Cisco
6 2 (6.90%) IBM
7 1 (3.45%) CheckPoint
7 1 (3.45%) McAfee
7 1 (3.45%) Sophos
7 1 (3.45%) Avaya
7 1 (3.45%) Oracle
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