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 23 April 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
23 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Windows
Rank 4 2 4
Rank change year-on-year
-2 +2
Contract jobs citing Windows 128 140 104
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 15.37% 18.16% 14.33%
As % of the Operating Systems category 63.37% 67.63% 54.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 56 48
Average daily rate £269 £292 £335
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.96% -12.83%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £124 £156 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £458 £436 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £305 £318
% change year-on-year
-1.63% -3.93%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 18 8
Average hourly rate £32.50 £15.75 £19.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+106.34% -20.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.61 £8.25 £12.94
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.40 £37.50 £28.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -6.25%
Operating Systems Category
Cheshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Operating Systems category
202 207 190
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 24.25% 26.85% 26.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 73 80 93
Average daily rate £275 £330 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-16.66% +1.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £132 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £428 £475 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £320 £320 £325
% change year-on-year
- -1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 18 8
Average hourly rate £31.53 £16.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+91.07% -5.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £8.25 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.95 £37.50 £29.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
- -5.88%
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 23 April 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 23 April 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 23 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Chester -1 54 £306 -1.60% 3
Knutsford +1 14 £250 -5.30%
Warrington -2 10 £350 +159.25% 7
Runcorn - 9 £270 - 4
Crewe +4 7 £134 -61.71% 2
Macclesfield 0 4 £200 -20.39% 3
Nantwich - 1 £320 -
Northwich - 1 - -
Wilmslow - 1 £140 - 2
Sandbach - - - -
Windows
North West

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 23 April 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 93 (35.50%) Microsoft
2 91 (34.73%) Active Directory
3 74 (28.24%) Windows 7
4 69 (26.34%) Citrix
5 68 (25.95%) Windows Server 2003
6 67 (25.57%) Windows Server 2008
7 59 (22.52%) Migration
8 49 (18.70%) Finance
9 47 (17.94%) XenApp
10 46 (17.56%) SCCM
10 46 (17.56%) VMware
10 46 (17.56%) ITIL
10 46 (17.56%) UNIX
11 43 (16.41%) MS Excel
12 40 (15.27%) MS Office
13 39 (14.89%) Local Government
14 37 (14.12%) Windows XP
15 33 (12.60%) AIX
16 30 (11.45%) Linux
16 30 (11.45%) Banking
17 29 (11.07%) AppSense
17 29 (11.07%) SQL Server
18 27 (10.31%) VMware Infrastructure
19 25 (9.54%) .NET
19 25 (9.54%) Change Management
19 25 (9.54%) Microsoft App-V
20 24 (9.16%) SQL
21 23 (8.78%) IIS
21 23 (8.78%) LAN
22 21 (8.02%) VB

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 23 April 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 23 (8.78%) IIS
2 20 (7.63%) SharePoint
3 15 (5.73%) MS Exchange
4 10 (3.82%) Exchange Server 2003
4 10 (3.82%) Exchange Server 2007
4 10 (3.82%) Exchange Server 2010
5 6 (2.29%) SharePoint 2010
5 6 (2.29%) Gentran
6 3 (1.15%) BizTalk Server
6 3 (1.15%) SharePoint Server
6 3 (1.15%) SharePoint 2013
6 3 (1.15%) Confluence
7 2 (0.76%) Lync
7 2 (0.76%) WebSphere
7 2 (0.76%) CMS
8 1 (0.38%) Tomcat
8 1 (0.38%) SAS
8 1 (0.38%) WebSphere Application Server
8 1 (0.38%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 1 (0.38%) IBM HTTP Server
Applications
1 43 (16.41%) MS Excel
2 40 (15.27%) MS Office
3 10 (3.82%) MS Project
3 10 (3.82%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.38%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (1.53%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.38%) SAP R/3
Cloud Services
1 12 (4.58%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (0.76%) PaaS
3 1 (0.38%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 23 (8.78%) LAN
2 20 (7.63%) TCP/IP
3 19 (7.25%) DNS
3 19 (7.25%) WAN
4 18 (6.87%) DHCP
5 15 (5.73%) SAN
6 13 (4.96%) Firewall
7 12 (4.58%) SSL
8 10 (3.82%) FTP
9 9 (3.44%) DMZ
10 8 (3.05%) VPN
11 5 (1.91%) HTTP
11 5 (1.91%) Wireless
11 5 (1.91%) VLAN
11 5 (1.91%) Cisco IOS
12 4 (1.53%) Cisco Nexus
12 4 (1.53%) Internet
12 4 (1.53%) HTTPS
12 4 (1.53%) SMS
13 3 (1.15%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (11.07%) SQL Server
2 6 (2.29%) SQL Server 2005
3 5 (1.91%) SQL Server 2008
4 3 (1.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 3 (1.15%) Oracle Database
5 2 (0.76%) Oracle Database 11g
5 2 (0.76%) SQL Server 2000
5 2 (0.76%) Oracle Database 10g
6 1 (0.38%) DB2
6 1 (0.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.38%) QlikView
6 1 (0.38%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 12 (4.58%) AdminStudio
2 10 (3.82%) MSI
3 5 (1.91%) Subversion
3 5 (1.91%) Git (software)
4 4 (1.53%) Moq
5 3 (1.15%) Maven
5 3 (1.15%) JIRA
5 3 (1.15%) Team Foundation Server
5 3 (1.15%) Gradle
5 3 (1.15%) Artifactory
5 3 (1.15%) Jenkins
5 3 (1.15%) Rational Rhapsody
5 3 (1.15%) FishEye
6 1 (0.38%) Visual Studio
General
1 49 (18.70%) Finance
2 39 (14.89%) Local Government
3 30 (11.45%) Banking
4 5 (1.91%) Telecoms
5 3 (1.15%) Retail
5 3 (1.15%) Financial Institution
5 3 (1.15%) Manufacturing
5 3 (1.15%) Publishing
6 1 (0.38%) Back Office
6 1 (0.38%) Legal
6 1 (0.38%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 29 (11.07%) Analyst
2 23 (8.78%) Project Manager
3 18 (6.87%) Developer
4 14 (5.34%) Consultant
4 14 (5.34%) Applications Packager
5 13 (4.96%) 2nd Line Support
5 13 (4.96%) Wintel Engineer
6 12 (4.58%) Architect
7 11 (4.20%) Software Engineer
8 10 (3.82%) ICT Project Manager
8 10 (3.82%) Infrastructure Specialist
9 9 (3.44%) .NET Developer
10 8 (3.05%) Network Engineer
10 8 (3.05%) 1st Line Support
10 8 (3.05%) Support Engineer
10 8 (3.05%) Service Analyst
10 8 (3.05%) Service Desk Analyst
10 8 (3.05%) Server Engineer
11 7 (2.67%) Deployment Engineer
11 7 (2.67%) Desktop Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (9.54%) .NET
2 21 (8.02%) Middleware
3 18 (6.87%) .NET Framework
3 18 (6.87%) Application Packaging
4 16 (6.11%) HTML
5 15 (5.73%) ASP.NET
5 15 (5.73%) WCF
6 13 (4.96%) WinForms
7 12 (4.58%) jQuery
8 11 (4.20%) WPF
9 10 (3.82%) Silverlight
10 9 (3.44%) HTML5
11 8 (3.05%) ISPF
12 7 (2.67%) ASP.NET MVC
13 5 (1.91%) CSS
13 5 (1.91%) Razor View Engine
13 5 (1.91%) Windows Identity Foundation
13 5 (1.91%) KnockoutJS
13 5 (1.91%) ASP.NET MVC 2
13 5 (1.91%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 20 (7.63%) Mainframe
2 19 (7.25%) Clustering
3 9 (3.44%) N-Tier
3 9 (3.44%) GIS
4 8 (3.05%) Enterprise Software
5 5 (1.91%) PKI
6 4 (1.53%) IBM Mainframe
6 4 (1.53%) Inversion of Control
6 4 (1.53%) Computer Science
6 4 (1.53%) Management Information System
6 4 (1.53%) Tandem
7 2 (0.76%) Digital Media
7 2 (0.76%) Fat Client
7 2 (0.76%) Open Source
7 2 (0.76%) PDA
7 2 (0.76%) CESG
7 2 (0.76%) Blackberry
7 2 (0.76%) Thin Client
8 1 (0.38%) EPoS
8 1 (0.38%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 74 (28.24%) Windows 7
2 68 (25.95%) Windows Server 2003
3 67 (25.57%) Windows Server 2008
4 46 (17.56%) UNIX
5 37 (14.12%) Windows XP
6 33 (12.60%) AIX
7 30 (11.45%) Linux
8 17 (6.49%) Windows Server 2012
9 7 (2.67%) Windows 2000
10 6 (2.29%) Windows Vista
11 4 (1.53%) Windows 2000 Server
12 3 (1.15%) Solaris
13 2 (0.76%) Windows 8
13 2 (0.76%) Ubuntu
13 2 (0.76%) Tru64
14 1 (0.38%) Windows NT
14 1 (0.38%) HPUX
14 1 (0.38%) Android
14 1 (0.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 1 (0.38%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 59 (22.52%) Migration
2 46 (17.56%) ITIL
3 25 (9.54%) Change Management
4 21 (8.02%) PRINCE2
5 17 (6.49%) OO
6 15 (5.73%) MVC
6 15 (5.73%) TDD
7 14 (5.34%) Project Planning
7 14 (5.34%) Information Security
8 13 (4.96%) Project Management
8 13 (4.96%) Compatibility Testing
9 11 (4.20%) Software Engineering
10 9 (3.44%) Stakeholder Management
11 8 (3.05%) MVVM
11 8 (3.05%) Multithreading
11 8 (3.05%) Problem Management
11 8 (3.05%) OOP
12 7 (2.67%) Matrix Management
12 7 (2.67%) Unit Testing
12 7 (2.67%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 24 (9.16%) SQL
2 21 (8.02%) VB
2 21 (8.02%) PowerShell
3 20 (7.63%) Shell Script
3 20 (7.63%) VBScript
4 19 (7.25%) C#
5 8 (3.05%) JCL
6 7 (2.67%) Perl
7 6 (2.29%) Java
7 6 (2.29%) JavaScript
8 5 (1.91%) Python
8 5 (1.91%) C++
9 4 (1.53%) Objective-C
9 4 (1.53%) C
10 2 (0.76%) LINC
11 1 (0.38%) Delphi
11 1 (0.38%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 19 (7.25%) Security Cleared
2 17 (6.49%) SC Cleared
3 12 (4.58%) Microsoft Certification
4 7 (2.67%) CCNP
4 7 (2.67%) Cisco Certification
5 6 (2.29%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 5 (1.91%) MCSE
6 5 (1.91%) MCITP
6 5 (1.91%) Degree
7 4 (1.53%) MCP
8 3 (1.15%) ITIL Certification
8 3 (1.15%) CCIP
8 3 (1.15%) CCNA
8 3 (1.15%) ISEB
9 2 (0.76%) BC Cleared
9 2 (0.76%) CISA
9 2 (0.76%) PMP
9 2 (0.76%) PMI Certification
9 2 (0.76%) CISSP
9 2 (0.76%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (2.29%) SLA
2 3 (1.15%) QA
2 3 (1.15%) HL7
3 2 (0.76%) COBIT
3 2 (0.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.76%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 91 (34.73%) Active Directory
2 47 (17.94%) XenApp
3 27 (10.31%) VMware Infrastructure
4 25 (9.54%) Microsoft App-V
5 17 (6.49%) Hyper-V
6 10 (3.82%) VMware ESX
7 6 (2.29%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 5 (1.91%) vSphere
9 4 (1.53%) XenServer
10 2 (0.76%) vCloud
10 2 (0.76%) Oracle RAC
10 2 (0.76%) VMware Workstation
10 2 (0.76%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
11 1 (0.38%) Terminal Services
11 1 (0.38%) ISA Server
11 1 (0.38%) XenDesktop
11 1 (0.38%) PowerHA
Systems Management
1 46 (17.56%) SCCM
2 17 (6.49%) SCOM
3 7 (2.67%) Tivoli
4 4 (1.53%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 3 (1.15%) SCVMM
5 3 (1.15%) AppDNA
6 2 (0.76%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (0.76%) Puppet
6 2 (0.76%) FortiGate
6 2 (0.76%) Business Desktop Deployment
6 2 (0.76%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 1 (0.38%) Tivoli Identity Manager
7 1 (0.38%) Tivoli Monitoring
7 1 (0.38%) Norton AntiVirus
7 1 (0.38%) NetBackup
7 1 (0.38%) OMEGAMON
7 1 (0.38%) WSUS
7 1 (0.38%) CA Wily
7 1 (0.38%) Oracle Identity Manager
7 1 (0.38%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 93 (35.50%) Microsoft
2 69 (26.34%) Citrix
3 46 (17.56%) VMware
4 29 (11.07%) AppSense
5 15 (5.73%) HP
5 15 (5.73%) Cisco
6 14 (5.34%) Oracle
7 10 (3.82%) Dell
8 9 (3.44%) IBM
9 7 (2.67%) McAfee
9 7 (2.67%) Cyber-Ark
10 5 (1.91%) SAP
10 5 (1.91%) Symantec
10 5 (1.91%) DevExpress
11 4 (1.53%) Atlassian
12 3 (1.15%) Progress
12 3 (1.15%) Toshiba
12 3 (1.15%) Riverbed
12 3 (1.15%) F5
13 2 (0.76%) Splunk
Warrington, Cheshire
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: Yesterday
Chester, Cheshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £310 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Chester, Cheshire
Reed Technology
Posted: Yesterday
Cheshire
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £250 per day + Negotiable
Posted: 6 days ago
Cheshire
esynergy Solutions - UK
Rate: £250 per day + Negotiable
Posted: 6 days ago
Cheshire
Roc Search
Posted: 6 days ago
Cheshire
Roc Search
Posted: 6 days ago
Warrington
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £300.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 16 days ago
Warrington
Computer Futures
Rate: £250 - £350 per annum
Posted: 16 days ago