The first table below looks at the demand 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 29 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Operating Systems category for the Cheshire region.

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
29 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Windows
Rank 4 2 3
Rank change year-on-year
-2 +1
Contract jobs citing Windows 150 155 135
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 18.68% 20.21% 15.94%
As % of the Operating Systems category 68.49% 73.11% 65.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 70 57 59
Average daily rate
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£275 £325 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-15.38% -4.41%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £216 £130
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £453
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £320 £315
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +1.58%
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 27 21
Average hourly rate £15.79 £29.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-45.55% +45.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £14.90 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.56 £44.90 £27.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-3.22% -6.06%
Operating Systems Category
Cheshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Operating Systems category
219 212 205
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 27.27% 27.64% 24.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 111 79 93
Average daily rate £280 £325 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-13.84% -4.41%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £193 £224 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £463 £450 £472
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
-3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 27 21
Average hourly rate £15.00 £30.28 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-50.45% +51.38%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.00 £15.00 £11.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.50 £44.90 £26.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £16.25 £17.00
% change year-on-year
-7.69% -4.41%
Windows
North West

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 29 July 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 29 July 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 29 July 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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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 -3 32 £355 -2.06% 13
Chester 0 29 £246 -24.23% 6
Knutsford 0 12 £275 -15.38% 2
Runcorn - 10 £280 - 4
Crewe +7 8 £132 -34.00%
Wilmslow - 4 - - 4
Macclesfield 0 3 £294 -30.88%
Nantwich - 1 £200 - 2
Daresbury - - - -
Windows
North West

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 29 July 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.

1 134 (48.55%) Active Directory
2 115 (41.67%) Windows Server 2008
3 109 (39.49%) Windows Server 2003
4 98 (35.51%) Microsoft
5 83 (30.07%) Windows 7
6 64 (23.19%) VMware
7 62 (22.46%) Citrix
8 47 (17.03%) SQL Server
8 47 (17.03%) ITIL
8 47 (17.03%) SCCM
9 46 (16.67%) Migration
10 40 (14.49%) Linux
10 40 (14.49%) TCP/IP
11 39 (14.13%) DNS
12 38 (13.77%) MS Excel
12 38 (13.77%) IIS
12 38 (13.77%) Finance
13 37 (13.41%) SharePoint
14 36 (13.04%) MS Exchange
15 35 (12.68%) Security Cleared
16 33 (11.96%) SC Cleared
16 33 (11.96%) Windows Server 2012
16 33 (11.96%) SQL
17 32 (11.59%) MS Office
17 32 (11.59%) Windows XP
18 31 (11.23%) Local Government
19 30 (10.87%) DHCP
19 30 (10.87%) UNIX
20 29 (10.51%) PowerShell
21 27 (9.78%) .NET

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 29 July 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 38 (13.77%) IIS
2 37 (13.41%) SharePoint
3 36 (13.04%) MS Exchange
4 24 (8.70%) Exchange Server 2003
5 21 (7.61%) Exchange Server 2007
5 21 (7.61%) Exchange Server 2010
6 13 (4.71%) SharePoint 2010
7 7 (2.54%) Tomcat
8 6 (2.17%) Lync
9 4 (1.45%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 2 (0.72%) NServiceBus
10 2 (0.72%) SharePoint 2013
11 1 (0.36%) Confluence
11 1 (0.36%) WebLogic
11 1 (0.36%) SharePoint Server
11 1 (0.36%) WebSphere
11 1 (0.36%) SAS
Applications
1 38 (13.77%) MS Excel
2 32 (11.59%) MS Office
3 5 (1.81%) MS Project
3 5 (1.81%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.36%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 9 (3.26%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.36%) SAP R/3
2 1 (0.36%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 3 (1.09%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (0.72%) PaaS
2 2 (0.72%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 40 (14.49%) TCP/IP
2 39 (14.13%) DNS
3 30 (10.87%) DHCP
4 24 (8.70%) Firewall
5 22 (7.97%) LAN
6 21 (7.61%) SAN
7 19 (6.88%) WAN
8 16 (5.80%) VPN
9 7 (2.54%) Wireless
10 6 (2.17%) VLAN
10 6 (2.17%) Network Security
10 6 (2.17%) HTTP
11 5 (1.81%) Cisco IOS
12 4 (1.45%) Cisco Nexus
12 4 (1.45%) VoIP
12 4 (1.45%) FTP
13 3 (1.09%) ADSL
13 3 (1.09%) Internet
13 3 (1.09%) OSPF
13 3 (1.09%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 47 (17.03%) SQL Server
2 18 (6.52%) SQL Server 2005
3 14 (5.07%) SQL Server 2008
4 4 (1.45%) Oracle Database
5 3 (1.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 2 (0.72%) SQL Server 2000
6 2 (0.72%) Oracle Reports
6 2 (0.72%) SQL Server 2012
6 2 (0.72%) MySQL
7 1 (0.36%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.36%) RDBMS
7 1 (0.36%) DB2
7 1 (0.36%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (0.36%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 7 (2.54%) MSI
2 5 (1.81%) AdminStudio
3 4 (1.45%) Moq
4 3 (1.09%) LoadRunner
4 3 (1.09%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.36%) OpenSTA
5 1 (0.36%) Visual Studio
5 1 (0.36%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 1 (0.36%) Oracle Forms
5 1 (0.36%) JMeter
5 1 (0.36%) JIRA
5 1 (0.36%) LoadUI
General
1 38 (13.77%) Finance
2 31 (11.23%) Local Government
3 24 (8.70%) Banking
4 7 (2.54%) Telecoms
5 4 (1.45%) Manufacturing
6 3 (1.09%) Back Office
7 2 (0.72%) Legal
7 2 (0.72%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.36%) Retail
8 1 (0.36%) Publishing
8 1 (0.36%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.36%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 43 (15.58%) Analyst
2 18 (6.52%) Desktop Support
2 18 (6.52%) Developer
2 18 (6.52%) 2nd Line Support
2 18 (6.52%) Wintel Engineer
3 17 (6.16%) Architect
4 14 (5.07%) Project Manager
4 14 (5.07%) Administrator
5 12 (4.35%) 1st Line Support
5 12 (4.35%) Server Engineer
6 11 (3.99%) Support Engineer
6 11 (3.99%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 10 (3.62%) .NET Developer
7 10 (3.62%) Help Desk Support
8 9 (3.26%) Service Desk Analyst
8 9 (3.26%) Service Analyst
8 9 (3.26%) Support Analyst
8 9 (3.26%) Wintel Analyst
9 8 (2.90%) Security Engineer
9 8 (2.90%) Applications Packager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (9.78%) .NET
2 14 (5.07%) Application Packaging
3 12 (4.35%) HTML
4 9 (3.26%) .NET Framework
4 9 (3.26%) ASP.NET
5 8 (2.90%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
6 7 (2.54%) Web Services
7 6 (2.17%) Middleware
7 6 (2.17%) WCF
7 6 (2.17%) jQuery
7 6 (2.17%) HTML5
8 5 (1.81%) ASP.NET MVC
9 4 (1.45%) WinForms
9 4 (1.45%) ActiveMQ
10 3 (1.09%) CSS
11 2 (0.72%) XML
11 2 (0.72%) Ajax
11 2 (0.72%) WebSphere MQ
11 2 (0.72%) ASP.NET MVC 4
11 2 (0.72%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 26 (9.42%) Clustering
2 12 (4.35%) Management Information System
3 9 (3.26%) Enterprise Software
4 5 (1.81%) PKI
5 4 (1.45%) Replication
5 4 (1.45%) Inversion of Control
6 3 (1.09%) Statistics
7 2 (0.72%) Computer Science
7 2 (0.72%) Fat Client
7 2 (0.72%) PDA
7 2 (0.72%) CESG
7 2 (0.72%) SecurID
7 2 (0.72%) Handset
7 2 (0.72%) Thin Client
7 2 (0.72%) Blackberry
7 2 (0.72%) iPad
7 2 (0.72%) Open Source
8 1 (0.36%) Mainframe
8 1 (0.36%) N-Tier
8 1 (0.36%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 115 (41.67%) Windows Server 2008
2 109 (39.49%) Windows Server 2003
3 83 (30.07%) Windows 7
4 40 (14.49%) Linux
5 33 (11.96%) Windows Server 2012
6 32 (11.59%) Windows XP
7 30 (10.87%) UNIX
8 11 (3.99%) AIX
9 10 (3.62%) Windows Vista
10 6 (2.17%) Windows 2000 Server
10 6 (2.17%) Windows 8
10 6 (2.17%) Windows 2000
11 4 (1.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 2 (0.72%) Ubuntu
13 1 (0.36%) Tru64
13 1 (0.36%) CentOS
13 1 (0.36%) Windows Phone 8
13 1 (0.36%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (17.03%) ITIL
2 46 (16.67%) Migration
3 22 (7.97%) Information Security
4 13 (4.71%) Stakeholder Management
4 13 (4.71%) Change Management
5 12 (4.35%) PRINCE2
6 10 (3.62%) MVC
6 10 (3.62%) Project Planning
7 9 (3.26%) Problem Management
7 9 (3.26%) CRM
8 8 (2.90%) Load Balancing
9 7 (2.54%) Capacity Planning
9 7 (2.54%) Project Management
9 7 (2.54%) Service Management
10 6 (2.17%) TDD
10 6 (2.17%) High Availability
10 6 (2.17%) Incident Management
10 6 (2.17%) Compatibility Testing
10 6 (2.17%) Change Control
11 5 (1.81%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 33 (11.96%) SQL
2 29 (10.51%) PowerShell
3 12 (4.35%) VB
3 12 (4.35%) C#
4 10 (3.62%) Shell Script
5 8 (2.90%) T-SQL
6 7 (2.54%) VBScript
6 7 (2.54%) JavaScript
7 3 (1.09%) Java
7 3 (1.09%) PL/SQL
8 2 (0.72%) C
8 2 (0.72%) C++
8 2 (0.72%) Perl
9 1 (0.36%) XAML
9 1 (0.36%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 35 (12.68%) Security Cleared
2 33 (11.96%) SC Cleared
3 20 (7.25%) Microsoft Certification
4 12 (4.35%) MCITP
5 10 (3.62%) MCSE
6 8 (2.90%) ITIL Certification
7 7 (2.54%) CCNP
7 7 (2.54%) Cisco Certification
7 7 (2.54%) MCTS
8 6 (2.17%) ISEB
9 4 (1.45%) MCP
9 4 (1.45%) MCSA
9 4 (1.45%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 3 (1.09%) PMP
10 3 (1.09%) PMI Certification
10 3 (1.09%) CCIP
10 3 (1.09%) CCNA
10 3 (1.09%) Degree
11 2 (0.72%) BC Cleared
11 2 (0.72%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (3.26%) SLA
2 3 (1.09%) PCI DSS
3 2 (0.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.72%) QA
4 1 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.36%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 134 (48.55%) Active Directory
2 25 (9.06%) XenApp
3 24 (8.70%) Hyper-V
4 20 (7.25%) VMware Infrastructure
5 14 (5.07%) VMware ESX
6 13 (4.71%) Microsoft App-V
7 6 (2.17%) vSphere
8 5 (1.81%) VMware ESXi
8 5 (1.81%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
9 3 (1.09%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 2 (0.72%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 2 (0.72%) VMware Workstation
10 2 (0.72%) vCloud
11 1 (0.36%) XenDesktop
11 1 (0.36%) DFS Replication
11 1 (0.36%) ISA Server
11 1 (0.36%) Terminal Server
11 1 (0.36%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 47 (17.03%) SCCM
2 22 (7.97%) SCOM
3 7 (2.54%) Tivoli
4 5 (1.81%) SCVMM
4 5 (1.81%) Business Desktop Deployment
5 4 (1.45%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 4 (1.45%) Backup Exec
5 4 (1.45%) Norton AntiVirus
6 3 (1.09%) NetBackup
7 2 (0.72%) Puppet
7 2 (0.72%) FortiGate
7 2 (0.72%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (0.36%) WSUS
8 1 (0.36%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 1 (0.36%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 1 (0.36%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 98 (35.51%) Microsoft
2 64 (23.19%) VMware
3 62 (22.46%) Citrix
4 19 (6.88%) Cisco
5 18 (6.52%) HP
6 16 (5.80%) Cyber-Ark
7 14 (5.07%) AppSense
8 13 (4.71%) Symantec
9 10 (3.62%) McAfee
10 9 (3.26%) Oracle
11 7 (2.54%) Dell
12 5 (1.81%) IBM
12 5 (1.81%) Sophos
12 5 (1.81%) Red Hat
12 5 (1.81%) SonicWALL
12 5 (1.81%) Draytek
13 4 (1.45%) SolarWinds
13 4 (1.45%) CA
13 4 (1.45%) Remedy
13 4 (1.45%) SAP
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