The table below looks at the statistics for Windows 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 over the 3 months to 21 October 2014 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
21 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Windows
Rank 4 3 3
Rank change year-on-year
-1 0
Contract jobs citing Windows 135 150 163
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 16.58% 16.30% 18.59%
As % of the Operating Systems category 74.59% 57.69% 72.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 60 56 78
Average daily rate
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£325 £325 £348
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -6.60%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £248 £225 £304
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £488 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £310 £310
% change year-on-year
+0.80% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 38 20
Average hourly rate £15.56 £30.00 £13.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-48.13% +118.18%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.50 £10.70 £11.68
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.45 £35.32 £16.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.73 £14.50 £15.84
% change year-on-year
+8.48% -8.44%
Windows
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
181 260 226
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 22.24% 28.26% 25.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 89 98 105
Average daily rate £375 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £225 £310
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £328 £320 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.54% -1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 39 20
Average hourly rate £16.84 £31.56 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-46.63% +125.39%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.50 £11.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.80 £38.32 £20.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.18 £15.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+7.86% -11.76%

Windows
Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

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

Windows Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

Windows
Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Windows Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

Windows
Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Windows across the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 21 October 2014.

Windows Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

Windows
Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Windows Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

Windows
Hourly Rate Histogram in Cheshire

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Windows across the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 21 October 2014.

Windows Hourly Rate Histogram in Cheshire

Windows
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 within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 21 October 2014. 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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statistics and historical trends)
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
Warrington -4 35 £424 +35.81% 14
Chester +1 34 £400 +77.77% 7
Knutsford +1 11 £325 -8.77% 3
Crewe -1 8 £325 +39.03%
Runcorn 0 6 £183 -60.75% 5
Macclesfield -1 6 £325 -31.57% 4
Wilmslow +1 1 £375 - 7
Winsford - 1 - - 1
Daresbury - 1 - - 2
Ellesmere Port - 1 - - 1
Nantwich - 1 £320 - 1
Northwich - 1 - -
Alderley Edge - - - - 1
Middlewich - - - - 1
Widnes - - - -
Windows
North West

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 21 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire region citing Windows 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.

1 127 (44.41%) Active Directory
2 105 (36.71%) Windows Server 2008
3 99 (34.62%) Windows Server 2003
4 98 (34.27%) Microsoft
5 67 (23.43%) VMware
6 65 (22.73%) Windows 7
7 56 (19.58%) SQL Server
7 56 (19.58%) Linux
8 54 (18.88%) SQL
9 50 (17.48%) TCP/IP
10 48 (16.78%) Finance
11 43 (15.03%) Citrix
12 42 (14.69%) .NET
12 42 (14.69%) ITIL
13 40 (13.99%) IIS
14 39 (13.64%) UNIX
14 39 (13.64%) MS Exchange
15 38 (13.29%) SharePoint
16 37 (12.94%) DNS
17 35 (12.24%) SCCM
18 34 (11.89%) Windows XP
18 34 (11.89%) Clustering
19 33 (11.54%) Oracle
19 33 (11.54%) PowerShell
20 31 (10.84%) Analytical Skills
21 30 (10.49%) Windows Server 2012
22 29 (10.14%) Microsoft Certification
23 27 (9.44%) Information Security
24 26 (9.09%) Banking
25 25 (8.74%) DHCP

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 21 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire region citing Windows 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. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 40 (13.99%) IIS
2 39 (13.64%) MS Exchange
3 38 (13.29%) SharePoint
4 21 (7.34%) Exchange Server 2010
5 20 (6.99%) Exchange Server 2003
6 19 (6.64%) Exchange Server 2007
7 15 (5.24%) SharePoint 2010
8 9 (3.15%) Tomcat
9 7 (2.45%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 6 (2.10%) SAS
10 6 (2.10%) Apache
10 6 (2.10%) Lync
11 5 (1.75%) WebLogic
11 5 (1.75%) WebSphere
12 3 (1.05%) iPlanet
12 3 (1.05%) Documentum
13 2 (0.70%) SharePoint Server
13 2 (0.70%) Confluence
13 2 (0.70%) NServiceBus
14 1 (0.35%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 25 (8.74%) MS Excel
2 23 (8.04%) MS Office
3 4 (1.40%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.35%) InfoPath
4 1 (0.35%) MS Project
4 1 (0.35%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 9 (3.15%) Oracle EBS
1 9 (3.15%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 3 (1.05%) Office 365
2 1 (0.35%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 50 (17.48%) TCP/IP
2 37 (12.94%) DNS
3 25 (8.74%) DHCP
4 23 (8.04%) Firewall
5 22 (7.69%) SAN
6 16 (5.59%) VPN
7 9 (3.15%) WAN
8 8 (2.80%) LAN
9 7 (2.45%) Wireless
10 6 (2.10%) Network Security
11 5 (1.75%) FTP
12 4 (1.40%) Wi-Fi
13 3 (1.05%) TACACS
13 3 (1.05%) NAS
13 3 (1.05%) VLAN
13 3 (1.05%) HTTP
13 3 (1.05%) VoIP
14 2 (0.70%) LDAP
14 2 (0.70%) SMTP
14 2 (0.70%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 56 (19.58%) SQL Server
2 23 (8.04%) SQL Server 2008
3 20 (6.99%) SQL Server 2005
4 9 (3.15%) Oracle Database
5 8 (2.80%) Relational Database
5 8 (2.80%) DB2
5 8 (2.80%) RDBMS
6 6 (2.10%) MySQL
7 5 (1.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 5 (1.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 3 (1.05%) BODI
8 3 (1.05%) Oracle Database 10g
8 3 (1.05%) Oracle Database 11g
8 3 (1.05%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 2 (0.70%) SQL Server 2012
9 2 (0.70%) SQLite
9 2 (0.70%) DataStage
9 2 (0.70%) Oracle Reports
10 1 (0.35%) Data Warehouse
10 1 (0.35%) Hazelcast
Development Applications
1 6 (2.10%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (1.05%) Git (software)
2 3 (1.05%) MSTest
2 3 (1.05%) Jenkins
2 3 (1.05%) QuickTest Pro
2 3 (1.05%) LoadRunner
2 3 (1.05%) Subversion
3 2 (0.70%) AdminStudio
3 2 (0.70%) JIRA
4 1 (0.35%) OpenSTA
4 1 (0.35%) LoadUI
4 1 (0.35%) Appcelerator Titanium
4 1 (0.35%) JMeter
4 1 (0.35%) Xcode
4 1 (0.35%) Maven
4 1 (0.35%) MSI
4 1 (0.35%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 1 (0.35%) Oracle Forms
4 1 (0.35%) Eclipse
General
1 48 (16.78%) Finance
2 26 (9.09%) Banking
3 18 (6.29%) Local Government
4 9 (3.15%) Retail
5 8 (2.80%) Back Office
6 4 (1.40%) Telecoms
6 4 (1.40%) Manufacturing
7 3 (1.05%) Investment Banking
7 3 (1.05%) Legal
8 1 (0.35%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.35%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.35%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 51 (17.83%) Analyst
2 28 (9.79%) Architect
3 23 (8.04%) Developer
4 21 (7.34%) Technical Architect
5 20 (6.99%) Administrator
6 18 (6.29%) Desktop Support
7 16 (5.59%) Consultant
8 15 (5.24%) 1st Line Support
9 13 (4.55%) Support Engineer
9 13 (4.55%) Support Analyst
10 12 (4.20%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 12 (4.20%) Service Analyst
10 12 (4.20%) Help Desk Support
11 11 (3.85%) Service Desk Analyst
11 11 (3.85%) 2nd Line Support
11 11 (3.85%) Server Engineer
11 11 (3.85%) Wintel Engineer
12 10 (3.50%) Help Desk Analyst
12 10 (3.50%) .NET Developer
13 9 (3.15%) Windows Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (14.69%) .NET
2 15 (5.24%) HTML
2 15 (5.24%) Web Services
3 10 (3.50%) Middleware
3 10 (3.50%) CSS
3 10 (3.50%) .NET Framework
4 9 (3.15%) WinForms
5 7 (2.45%) ASP.NET
6 5 (1.75%) XML
6 5 (1.75%) Application Packaging
6 5 (1.75%) YUI
7 4 (1.40%) ASP.NET MVC
7 4 (1.40%) WCF
7 4 (1.40%) ActiveMQ
7 4 (1.40%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
8 3 (1.05%) WebSphere MQ
8 3 (1.05%) HTML5
9 2 (0.70%) JSON
9 2 (0.70%) WPF
9 2 (0.70%) LINQ
Miscellaneous
1 34 (11.89%) Clustering
2 31 (10.84%) Analytical Skills
3 21 (7.34%) Enterprise Software
4 15 (5.24%) Management Information System
5 7 (2.45%) Blackberry
6 6 (2.10%) PKI
7 5 (1.75%) Reference Data
8 4 (1.40%) Mobile App
8 4 (1.40%) Handset
9 3 (1.05%) Replication
9 3 (1.05%) Mainframe
9 3 (1.05%) Data Integration
9 3 (1.05%) User Experience
9 3 (1.05%) iPad
10 2 (0.70%) Data Structures
10 2 (0.70%) Algorithms
10 2 (0.70%) NHS
10 2 (0.70%) CESG
10 2 (0.70%) Tandem
10 2 (0.70%) SecurID
Operating Systems
1 105 (36.71%) Windows Server 2008
2 99 (34.62%) Windows Server 2003
3 65 (22.73%) Windows 7
4 56 (19.58%) Linux
5 39 (13.64%) UNIX
6 34 (11.89%) Windows XP
7 30 (10.49%) Windows Server 2012
8 13 (4.55%) Windows 8
8 13 (4.55%) AIX
9 12 (4.20%) Solaris
10 7 (2.45%) Android
11 6 (2.10%) Apple iOS
11 6 (2.10%) Windows Vista
12 5 (1.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 5 (1.75%) Windows Phone
13 4 (1.40%) HPUX
14 3 (1.05%) Windows 2000
14 3 (1.05%) Windows Phone 8
15 2 (0.70%) Windows 2000 Server
16 1 (0.35%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 42 (14.69%) ITIL
2 27 (9.44%) Information Security
3 22 (7.69%) Migration
4 16 (5.59%) Load Balancing
5 11 (3.85%) Incident Management
5 11 (3.85%) Stakeholder Management
5 11 (3.85%) Agile Software Development
6 10 (3.50%) CRM
6 10 (3.50%) Problem Management
7 9 (3.15%) Web Development
7 9 (3.15%) Data Modelling
7 9 (3.15%) Service Management
7 9 (3.15%) MVC
8 8 (2.80%) Disaster Recovery
9 7 (2.45%) Change Management
9 7 (2.45%) Release Management
9 7 (2.45%) Capacity Planning
9 7 (2.45%) High Availability
10 6 (2.10%) Test Scripting
10 6 (2.10%) IT Governance
Programming Languages
1 54 (18.88%) SQL
2 33 (11.54%) PowerShell
3 17 (5.94%) C#
4 14 (4.90%) VB
5 13 (4.55%) JavaScript
5 13 (4.55%) Perl
6 9 (3.15%) T-SQL
7 8 (2.80%) Java
8 7 (2.45%) Shell Script
9 4 (1.40%) C
9 4 (1.40%) VBScript
9 4 (1.40%) Python
10 2 (0.70%) PL/SQL
10 2 (0.70%) C++
11 1 (0.35%) XAML
11 1 (0.35%) Objective-C
11 1 (0.35%) AWK
11 1 (0.35%) Jython
11 1 (0.35%) XPath
11 1 (0.35%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 29 (10.14%) Microsoft Certification
2 24 (8.39%) Security Cleared
3 23 (8.04%) SC Cleared
4 16 (5.59%) MCITP
4 16 (5.59%) MCSE
5 13 (4.55%) MCTS
6 7 (2.45%) ITIL Certification
7 6 (2.10%) ISEB
7 6 (2.10%) CISSP
8 5 (1.75%) Degree
9 4 (1.40%) MCSA
9 4 (1.40%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 3 (1.05%) MCDST
10 3 (1.05%) MCP
10 3 (1.05%) PMP
10 3 (1.05%) PMI Certification
10 3 (1.05%) GCIA
10 3 (1.05%) GCIH
10 3 (1.05%) CEH
11 2 (0.70%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (3.15%) SLA
2 5 (1.75%) QA
3 3 (1.05%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.35%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 127 (44.41%) Active Directory
2 23 (8.04%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (6.99%) Hyper-V
4 12 (4.20%) XenApp
4 12 (4.20%) VMware ESX
5 7 (2.45%) vSphere
6 6 (2.10%) VMware ESXi
7 3 (1.05%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
7 3 (1.05%) Microsoft App-V
7 3 (1.05%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 3 (1.05%) Oracle RAC
8 2 (0.70%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 2 (0.70%) Firmware
9 1 (0.35%) Terminal Server
9 1 (0.35%) Terminal Services
9 1 (0.35%) VMware Server
9 1 (0.35%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.35%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 35 (12.24%) SCCM
2 16 (5.59%) SCOM
3 5 (1.75%) Tivoli
3 5 (1.75%) Backup Exec
4 4 (1.40%) Norton AntiVirus
4 4 (1.40%) Business Desktop Deployment
4 4 (1.40%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 3 (1.05%) SCVMM
5 3 (1.05%) HP Quality Center
5 3 (1.05%) Nessus
6 2 (0.70%) NetBackup
7 1 (0.35%) Legato
7 1 (0.35%) WSUS
7 1 (0.35%) Foglight
7 1 (0.35%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 1 (0.35%) CA Wily
7 1 (0.35%) McAfee ePO
7 1 (0.35%) OMEGAMON
7 1 (0.35%) EMC NetWorker
Vendors
1 98 (34.27%) Microsoft
2 67 (23.43%) VMware
3 43 (15.03%) Citrix
4 33 (11.54%) Oracle
5 19 (6.64%) HP
6 16 (5.59%) Cisco
7 12 (4.20%) Symantec
8 11 (3.85%) Cyber-Ark
9 8 (2.80%) McAfee
10 7 (2.45%) Sun
10 7 (2.45%) Red Hat
10 7 (2.45%) Juniper
11 6 (2.10%) BMC
11 6 (2.10%) Sophos
11 6 (2.10%) SonicWALL
11 6 (2.10%) Draytek
11 6 (2.10%) F5
12 5 (1.75%) AppSense
12 5 (1.75%) IBM
12 5 (1.75%) Business Objects
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