The table below looks at the statistics for Windows skills in IT contracts advertised for the Cheshire region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Windows over the 3 months to 25 July 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
25 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Windows
Rank 12 8 3
Rank change year-on-year
-4 -5
Contract jobs citing Windows 71 100 148
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 9.20% 10.91% 19.25%
As % of the Operating Systems category 43.56% 50.76% 68.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 52 69
Median daily rate £400 £333 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.30% +20.90%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £221 £175 £159
10% offered a daily rate of more than £473 £550 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £334 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+2.69% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 23 28
Median hourly rate £13.50 £16.16 £15.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.46% +5.96%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.25 £15.50 £14.50
% change year-on-year
-1.61% +6.89%
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
163 197 217
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 21.11% 21.48% 28.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 100 101 109
Median daily rate £413 £375 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.00% +36.36%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £215 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £550 £463
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £305
% change year-on-year
- +14.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 25 28
Median hourly rate £13.50 £15.77 £14.35
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-14.39% +9.93%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
- +10.00%

Windows
Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

The demand trend of contract jobs across the Cheshire region citing Windows as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 25 July 2016.

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
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Windows within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 25 July 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Warrington +8 18 £400 +146.15% 2
Knutsford +7 17 £425 +14.47% 1
Chester -13 14 £240 -26.15% 4
Macclesfield +2 1 £275 -34.52% 2
Sandbach +1 1 £300 -25.00%
Crewe -2 1 - - 1
Wilmslow - 1 - - 7
Windows
North West

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 25 July 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Windows also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Cheshire region with a requirement for Windows.

1 122 (52.36%) Microsoft
2 104 (44.64%) Active Directory
3 82 (35.19%) Windows Server
4 74 (31.76%) Windows Server 2012
5 66 (28.33%) Migration
6 65 (27.90%) Security Cleared
7 60 (25.75%) Software Engineering
8 59 (25.32%) Test Automation
9 58 (24.89%) PowerShell
10 56 (24.03%) VMware
10 56 (24.03%) Linux
11 53 (22.75%) SC Cleared
11 53 (22.75%) SCCM
12 47 (20.17%) MS Excel
12 47 (20.17%) Citrix
13 45 (19.31%) .NET
14 41 (17.60%) Agile Software Development
15 37 (15.88%) SQL
15 37 (15.88%) SCOM
15 37 (15.88%) VMware Infrastructure
16 36 (15.45%) SharePoint
16 36 (15.45%) Finance
17 33 (14.16%) MS Exchange
17 33 (14.16%) SQL Server
17 33 (14.16%) Skype for Business
18 31 (13.30%) Skype
19 30 (12.88%) ITIL
19 30 (12.88%) Unix
20 29 (12.45%) Windows 10
21 28 (12.02%) MS Office

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire 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 36 (15.45%) SharePoint
2 33 (14.16%) MS Exchange
2 33 (14.16%) Skype for Business
3 24 (10.30%) SharePoint 2013
4 20 (8.58%) IIS
5 12 (5.15%) Tomcat
6 11 (4.72%) Apache
7 5 (2.15%) JBoss
8 4 (1.72%) OpenStack
9 3 (1.29%) Exchange Server 2007
9 3 (1.29%) Exchange Server 2010
9 3 (1.29%) Exchange Server 2013
10 2 (0.86%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 2 (0.86%) IBM Notes
11 1 (0.43%) BizTalk Server
11 1 (0.43%) Confluence
11 1 (0.43%) Oracle Application Server
11 1 (0.43%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 47 (20.17%) MS Excel
2 28 (12.02%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 4 (1.72%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.86%) Markit EDM
3 1 (0.43%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 13 (5.58%) Office 365
2 10 (4.29%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (3.43%) IaaS
3 8 (3.43%) SaaS
4 7 (3.00%) PaaS
5 4 (1.72%) Amazon AWS
6 1 (0.43%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 31 (13.30%) Skype
2 22 (9.44%) DHCP
3 15 (6.44%) DNS
4 11 (4.72%) SAN
5 10 (4.29%) SSL
6 7 (3.00%) Firewall
6 7 (3.00%) VPN
6 7 (3.00%) WAN
7 5 (2.15%) Internet
7 5 (2.15%) MPLS
8 4 (1.72%) Remote Desktop
8 4 (1.72%) TCP/IP
9 3 (1.29%) LAN
9 3 (1.29%) Unified Communications
10 2 (0.86%) HTTPS
10 2 (0.86%) Network Security
10 2 (0.86%) PCoIP
10 2 (0.86%) SMTP
10 2 (0.86%) Softphone
10 2 (0.86%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 33 (14.16%) SQL Server
2 14 (6.01%) DB2
3 8 (3.43%) SQL Server 2012
4 7 (3.00%) Amazon RDS
5 5 (2.15%) SQL Server 2008
5 5 (2.15%) SQL Server 2014
6 4 (1.72%) SQL Server 2005
7 3 (1.29%) MySQL
8 2 (0.86%) GIS
9 1 (0.43%) Data Mining
9 1 (0.43%) Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.43%) MongoDB
9 1 (0.43%) NoSQL
9 1 (0.43%) PostgreSQL
9 1 (0.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 1 (0.43%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 28 (12.02%) Team Foundation Server
2 27 (11.59%) SpecFlow
3 26 (11.16%) TestComplete
4 15 (6.44%) Jenkins
5 11 (4.72%) Git (software)
6 8 (3.43%) Gradle
6 8 (3.43%) TeamCity
6 8 (3.43%) Vagrant
7 6 (2.58%) JIRA
7 6 (2.58%) Visual Studio
8 5 (2.15%) Octopus Deploy
8 5 (2.15%) Sonatype Nexus
9 3 (1.29%) MSI
9 3 (1.29%) TestDirector
10 2 (0.86%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 2 (0.86%) Bitbucket
10 2 (0.86%) CMake
10 2 (0.86%) GitLab
10 2 (0.86%) InstallShield
10 2 (0.86%) Mercurial
General
1 36 (15.45%) Finance
2 17 (7.30%) Banking
3 9 (3.86%) Local Government
4 7 (3.00%) German Language
5 6 (2.58%) French Language
6 5 (2.15%) Dutch Language
6 5 (2.15%) Italian Language
6 5 (2.15%) Pharmaceutical
7 4 (1.72%) Military
7 4 (1.72%) Portuguese Language
8 3 (1.29%) Investment Banking
9 2 (0.86%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.86%) Telecoms
10 1 (0.43%) Aerospace
10 1 (0.43%) Billing
10 1 (0.43%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 34 (14.59%) Architect
2 27 (11.59%) Analyst
3 22 (9.44%) Consultant
4 14 (6.01%) DevOps Consultant
5 13 (5.58%) Service Analyst
5 13 (5.58%) Windows Engineer
6 12 (5.15%) Designer
6 12 (5.15%) Developer
6 12 (5.15%) Integration Consultant
6 12 (5.15%) Service Desk Analyst
7 11 (4.72%) Project Manager
7 11 (4.72%) Support Engineer
8 8 (3.43%) Desktop Support
9 7 (3.00%) .NET Developer
9 7 (3.00%) 2nd Line Support
9 7 (3.00%) Administrator
9 7 (3.00%) Desktop Engineer
9 7 (3.00%) Solutions Architect
10 6 (2.58%) Infrastructure Architect
10 6 (2.58%) Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 45 (19.31%) .NET
2 8 (3.43%) .NET Framework
3 7 (3.00%) ASP.NET Web API
3 7 (3.00%) CSS
4 6 (2.58%) HTML
4 6 (2.58%) Middleware
5 5 (2.15%) Entity Framework
5 5 (2.15%) WPF
5 5 (2.15%) XML
6 4 (1.72%) CSS3
6 4 (1.72%) HTML5
6 4 (1.72%) jQuery
7 3 (1.29%) LAMP
7 3 (1.29%) WAMP
8 2 (0.86%) ASP.NET
8 2 (0.86%) JSP
8 2 (0.86%) Web Services
8 2 (0.86%) X-Windows
9 1 (0.43%) J2EE
9 1 (0.43%) MFC
Miscellaneous
1 21 (9.01%) Mainframe
2 16 (6.87%) Data Centre
3 12 (5.15%) Fat Client
3 12 (5.15%) Thin Client
4 7 (3.00%) Blackberry
4 7 (3.00%) Mobile App
4 7 (3.00%) PKI
5 5 (2.15%) Analytical Skills
6 4 (1.72%) Clustering
6 4 (1.72%) Management Information System
6 4 (1.72%) Public Cloud
7 3 (1.29%) Computer Science
7 3 (1.29%) Hybrid Cloud
7 3 (1.29%) iPhone
8 2 (0.86%) Cryptography
8 2 (0.86%) HP Storage
8 2 (0.86%) IBM Mainframe
8 2 (0.86%) PMI
8 2 (0.86%) Tandem
8 2 (0.86%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 82 (35.19%) Windows Server
2 74 (31.76%) Windows Server 2012
3 56 (24.03%) Linux
4 30 (12.88%) Unix
5 29 (12.45%) Windows 10
6 26 (11.16%) AIX
7 24 (10.30%) Windows Server 2008
8 22 (9.44%) Windows 7
8 22 (9.44%) Windows 8
9 21 (9.01%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 20 (8.58%) Windows Server 2003
11 15 (6.44%) Windows XP
12 13 (5.58%) HPUX
12 13 (5.58%) Solaris
13 12 (5.15%) Apple iOS
14 6 (2.58%) CentOS
15 5 (2.15%) Android
15 5 (2.15%) Mac OS
16 4 (1.72%) Windows Mobile
17 3 (1.29%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 66 (28.33%) Migration
2 60 (25.75%) Software Engineering
3 59 (25.32%) Test Automation
4 41 (17.60%) Agile Software Development
5 30 (12.88%) ITIL
6 28 (12.02%) Continuous Integration
6 28 (12.02%) TDD
7 25 (10.73%) Code Coverage
8 24 (10.30%) Data Migration
9 20 (8.58%) DevOps
10 15 (6.44%) Project Management
11 14 (6.01%) Change Management
12 13 (5.58%) Problem Management
13 11 (4.72%) Service Management
14 9 (3.86%) Configuration Management
14 9 (3.86%) Identity Management
14 9 (3.86%) Stakeholder Management
15 8 (3.43%) Incident Management
15 8 (3.43%) MVC
16 7 (3.00%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 58 (24.89%) PowerShell
2 37 (15.88%) SQL
3 21 (9.01%) Java
4 10 (4.29%) C#
4 10 (4.29%) Shell Script
5 9 (3.86%) VB
6 8 (3.43%) Bash Shell
7 6 (2.58%) JavaScript
7 6 (2.58%) PHP
7 6 (2.58%) VB.NET
8 5 (2.15%) T-SQL
9 4 (1.72%) Python
9 4 (1.72%) VBScript
9 4 (1.72%) XAML
10 3 (1.29%) C++
10 3 (1.29%) Perl
11 2 (0.86%) C
11 2 (0.86%) Ruby
12 1 (0.43%) AWK
Qualifications
1 65 (27.90%) Security Cleared
2 53 (22.75%) SC Cleared
3 25 (10.73%) Degree
4 16 (6.87%) Microsoft Certification
5 8 (3.43%) CCEA
5 8 (3.43%) Citrix Certification
5 8 (3.43%) ISEB
5 8 (3.43%) MCITP
5 8 (3.43%) MCSE
6 6 (2.58%) ISTQB
6 6 (2.58%) MCSA
7 5 (2.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 5 (2.15%) ITIL Certification
8 4 (1.72%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 3 (1.29%) MCP
9 3 (1.29%) MCTS
9 3 (1.29%) RHCE
10 2 (0.86%) CESG Certified Professional
10 2 (0.86%) HND
10 2 (0.86%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (3.43%) QA
2 4 (1.72%) SLA
3 3 (1.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.86%) JSP 440
4 2 (0.86%) RMADS
System Software
1 104 (44.64%) Active Directory
2 37 (15.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (6.87%) vSphere
4 7 (3.00%) VMware ESX
5 6 (2.58%) Hyper-V
5 6 (2.58%) XenApp
6 3 (1.29%) Microsoft App-V
6 3 (1.29%) UAG
7 2 (0.86%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 2 (0.86%) Postfix
7 2 (0.86%) Sendmail
7 2 (0.86%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (0.86%) VirtualBox
8 1 (0.43%) Docker
8 1 (0.43%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.43%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.43%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.43%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 53 (22.75%) SCCM
2 37 (15.88%) SCOM
3 17 (7.30%) Puppet
4 7 (3.00%) Opscode Chef
4 7 (3.00%) vRealize
5 6 (2.58%) Tivoli
6 5 (2.15%) BladeLogic
6 5 (2.15%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 4 (1.72%) HP Quality Center
7 4 (1.72%) Microsoft Clustering
7 4 (1.72%) SCOrch
8 3 (1.29%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 3 (1.29%) Microsoft Intune
8 3 (1.29%) Red Hat Satellite
9 2 (0.86%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 2 (0.86%) Norton AntiVirus
9 2 (0.86%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 2 (0.86%) yum
10 1 (0.43%) AirWatch
10 1 (0.43%) WSUS
Vendors
1 122 (52.36%) Microsoft
2 56 (24.03%) VMware
3 47 (20.17%) Citrix
4 26 (11.16%) Oracle
5 14 (6.01%) EMC
6 10 (4.29%) Cisco
7 9 (3.86%) HP
7 9 (3.86%) IBM
8 8 (3.43%) Apple
8 8 (3.43%) Red Hat
9 7 (3.00%) BMC
10 6 (2.58%) Juniper
11 4 (1.72%) AppSense
11 4 (1.72%) Remedy
12 3 (1.29%) Ab Initio
12 3 (1.29%) ATG
12 3 (1.29%) Brocade
12 3 (1.29%) Forcepoint
12 3 (1.29%) NetApp
12 3 (1.29%) Salesforce.com