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 27 August 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
27 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Windows
Rank 10 8 3
Rank change year-on-year
-2 -5
Contract jobs citing Windows 74 120 156
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 9.99% 11.15% 18.48%
As % of the Operating Systems category 47.74% 52.40% 70.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 57 66
Median daily rate £338 £325 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.84% +4.83%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £169 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £503 £469 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £325 £301
% change year-on-year
- +8.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 27 37
Median hourly rate £13.50 £16.16 £16.08
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.46% +0.49%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.91 £9.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.00 £37.50 £35.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £15.86 £15.00
% change year-on-year
-5.42% +5.73%
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
155 229 221
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 20.92% 21.28% 26.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 87 126 104
Median daily rate £401 £375 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.80% +15.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £215 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £495 £463
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £320
% change year-on-year
- +9.37%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 30 37
Median hourly rate £13.50 £14.00 £16.16
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.57% -13.36%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.15 £10.88 £8.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.00 £35.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
-2.94% +6.25%

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 27 August 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 27 August 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 +3 17 £413 +37.50% 10
Knutsford +9 11 £394 +6.06% 2
Macclesfield +7 6 £275 - 2
Chester -15 6 £400 +14.28% 5
Congleton - 2 £275 -
Runcorn 0 1 £160 -65.59% 2
Sandbach - 1 £300 -
Windows
North West

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 27 August 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.

1 110 (48.46%) Microsoft
2 98 (43.17%) Active Directory
3 85 (37.44%) Windows Server
4 73 (32.16%) Windows Server 2012
5 67 (29.52%) Security Cleared
6 64 (28.19%) Migration
7 59 (25.99%) Software Engineering
7 59 (25.99%) PowerShell
8 56 (24.67%) Test Automation
9 54 (23.79%) SC Cleared
9 54 (23.79%) Linux
10 49 (21.59%) VMware
10 49 (21.59%) SCCM
11 45 (19.82%) Agile Software Development
11 45 (19.82%) MS Excel
12 41 (18.06%) .NET
13 38 (16.74%) SQL
14 37 (16.30%) Citrix
14 37 (16.30%) SCOM
15 36 (15.86%) SharePoint
16 34 (14.98%) VMware Infrastructure
17 33 (14.54%) Finance
17 33 (14.54%) Windows 10
18 32 (14.10%) Skype
19 31 (13.66%) Skype for Business
19 31 (13.66%) MS Exchange
19 31 (13.66%) SQL Server
19 31 (13.66%) MS Office
20 30 (13.22%) TDD
21 26 (11.45%) Team Foundation Server

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 (15.86%) SharePoint
2 31 (13.66%) MS Exchange
2 31 (13.66%) Skype for Business
3 24 (10.57%) SharePoint 2013
4 17 (7.49%) IIS
5 10 (4.41%) Apache
5 10 (4.41%) Tomcat
6 5 (2.20%) JBoss
7 4 (1.76%) OpenStack
8 2 (0.88%) Exchange Server 2007
8 2 (0.88%) Exchange Server 2010
8 2 (0.88%) Exchange Server 2013
8 2 (0.88%) IBM Notes
9 1 (0.44%) Confluence
9 1 (0.44%) Oracle Application Server
9 1 (0.44%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 45 (19.82%) MS Excel
2 31 (13.66%) MS Office
3 4 (1.76%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (1.32%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (1.76%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.88%) Markit EDM
3 1 (0.44%) Oracle BPM
3 1 (0.44%) Orchard Housing
Cloud Services
1 12 (5.29%) Office 365
2 8 (3.52%) Amazon AWS
2 8 (3.52%) IaaS
2 8 (3.52%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (3.52%) SaaS
3 7 (3.08%) PaaS
4 1 (0.44%) Amazon S3
4 1 (0.44%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 32 (14.10%) Skype
2 20 (8.81%) DHCP
3 12 (5.29%) SSL
4 11 (4.85%) DNS
4 11 (4.85%) SAN
5 8 (3.52%) Firewall
5 8 (3.52%) WAN
6 6 (2.64%) HTTPS
7 5 (2.20%) Internet
7 5 (2.20%) MPLS
7 5 (2.20%) VPN
8 4 (1.76%) LAN
8 4 (1.76%) Remote Desktop
9 3 (1.32%) Unified Communications
10 2 (0.88%) NetScaler
10 2 (0.88%) Network Security
10 2 (0.88%) PCoIP
10 2 (0.88%) Softphone
10 2 (0.88%) TCP/IP
11 1 (0.44%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (13.66%) SQL Server
2 14 (6.17%) DB2
3 7 (3.08%) Amazon RDS
4 5 (2.20%) SQL Server 2008
4 5 (2.20%) SQL Server 2012
4 5 (2.20%) SQL Server 2014
5 4 (1.76%) MySQL
6 2 (0.88%) GIS
7 1 (0.44%) Data Mining
7 1 (0.44%) MongoDB
7 1 (0.44%) NoSQL
7 1 (0.44%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.44%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 26 (11.45%) Team Foundation Server
2 24 (10.57%) SpecFlow
3 23 (10.13%) TestComplete
4 19 (8.37%) Jenkins
5 11 (4.85%) Git (software)
6 8 (3.52%) Gradle
6 8 (3.52%) Vagrant
7 6 (2.64%) GitLab
7 6 (2.64%) JIRA
7 6 (2.64%) MSI
7 6 (2.64%) TeamCity
8 5 (2.20%) Octopus Deploy
8 5 (2.20%) Sonatype Nexus
9 4 (1.76%) Visual Studio
10 3 (1.32%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 3 (1.32%) TestDirector
11 2 (0.88%) InstallShield
11 2 (0.88%) Mercurial
11 2 (0.88%) SonarQube
11 2 (0.88%) WiX
General
1 33 (14.54%) Finance
2 13 (5.73%) Banking
3 7 (3.08%) Manufacturing
4 6 (2.64%) German Language
5 5 (2.20%) Dutch Language
5 5 (2.20%) French Language
5 5 (2.20%) Pharmaceutical
6 4 (1.76%) Italian Language
6 4 (1.76%) Military
6 4 (1.76%) Portuguese Language
7 3 (1.32%) Local Government
8 2 (0.88%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.44%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.44%) Billing
9 1 (0.44%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 30 (13.22%) Architect
2 25 (11.01%) Consultant
3 21 (9.25%) Analyst
4 14 (6.17%) Developer
4 14 (6.17%) DevOps Consultant
5 12 (5.29%) Designer
5 12 (5.29%) Integration Consultant
5 12 (5.29%) Support Engineer
6 11 (4.85%) Service Analyst
7 10 (4.41%) Project Manager
7 10 (4.41%) Service Desk Analyst
8 9 (3.96%) .NET Developer
9 8 (3.52%) Continuous Deployment Engineer
9 8 (3.52%) Desktop Support
9 8 (3.52%) Windows Engineer
10 7 (3.08%) Administrator
10 7 (3.08%) Desktop Engineer
10 7 (3.08%) Solutions Architect
11 6 (2.64%) Desktop Support Engineer
11 6 (2.64%) Infrastructure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (18.06%) .NET
2 6 (2.64%) ASP.NET
2 6 (2.64%) ASP.NET Web API
2 6 (2.64%) Middleware
3 5 (2.20%) .NET Framework
3 5 (2.20%) CSS
3 5 (2.20%) WCF
4 3 (1.32%) HTML
4 3 (1.32%) LAMP
4 3 (1.32%) WAMP
4 3 (1.32%) WinForms
4 3 (1.32%) XML
5 2 (0.88%) AngularJS
5 2 (0.88%) CSS3
5 2 (0.88%) Entity Framework
5 2 (0.88%) HTML5
5 2 (0.88%) JSP
5 2 (0.88%) LINQ
5 2 (0.88%) WPF
5 2 (0.88%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 22 (9.69%) Mainframe
2 13 (5.73%) Data Centre
3 12 (5.29%) Fat Client
3 12 (5.29%) Thin Client
4 11 (4.85%) Analytical Skills
5 8 (3.52%) PKI
6 6 (2.64%) Wiki
7 5 (2.20%) Cryptography
8 4 (1.76%) Clustering
8 4 (1.76%) Public Cloud
9 3 (1.32%) Blackberry
9 3 (1.32%) Computer Science
9 3 (1.32%) Hybrid Cloud
9 3 (1.32%) iPhone
9 3 (1.32%) Mobile App
10 2 (0.88%) HP Storage
10 2 (0.88%) IBM Mainframe
10 2 (0.88%) NHS
10 2 (0.88%) PMI
10 2 (0.88%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 85 (37.44%) Windows Server
2 73 (32.16%) Windows Server 2012
3 54 (23.79%) Linux
4 33 (14.54%) Windows 10
5 25 (11.01%) Unix
5 25 (11.01%) Windows Server 2008
6 24 (10.57%) AIX
7 18 (7.93%) Windows 7
8 17 (7.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 16 (7.05%) Windows 8
10 15 (6.61%) Windows Server 2003
11 13 (5.73%) Windows XP
12 12 (5.29%) HPUX
12 12 (5.29%) Solaris
13 5 (2.20%) CentOS
13 5 (2.20%) Windows Mobile
14 4 (1.76%) Apple iOS
15 2 (0.88%) Android
15 2 (0.88%) Mac OS
15 2 (0.88%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 64 (28.19%) Migration
2 59 (25.99%) Software Engineering
3 56 (24.67%) Test Automation
4 45 (19.82%) Agile Software Development
5 30 (13.22%) TDD
6 25 (11.01%) Continuous Integration
6 25 (11.01%) Data Migration
6 25 (11.01%) ITIL
7 22 (9.69%) Code Coverage
8 20 (8.81%) DevOps
8 20 (8.81%) Project Management
9 17 (7.49%) Continuous Deployment
10 15 (6.61%) Change Management
11 13 (5.73%) Problem Management
12 11 (4.85%) Stakeholder Management
13 10 (4.41%) Service Management
14 9 (3.96%) Configuration Management
14 9 (3.96%) Identity Management
15 8 (3.52%) MVC
15 8 (3.52%) Supplier Management
Programming Languages
1 59 (25.99%) PowerShell
2 38 (16.74%) SQL
3 23 (10.13%) Java
4 14 (6.17%) Shell Script
5 11 (4.85%) Bash Shell
5 11 (4.85%) C#
6 8 (3.52%) C++
6 8 (3.52%) Python
6 8 (3.52%) VB
7 6 (2.64%) JavaScript
8 5 (2.20%) T-SQL
9 4 (1.76%) PHP
10 3 (1.32%) VBScript
11 2 (0.88%) C
11 2 (0.88%) Ruby
11 2 (0.88%) VB.NET
11 2 (0.88%) XAML
Qualifications
1 67 (29.52%) Security Cleared
2 54 (23.79%) SC Cleared
3 21 (9.25%) Degree
4 13 (5.73%) Microsoft Certification
5 8 (3.52%) MCSE
6 7 (3.08%) ISEB
7 6 (2.64%) ISTQB
8 5 (2.20%) CCEA
8 5 (2.20%) Citrix Certification
8 5 (2.20%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 5 (2.20%) MCITP
9 3 (1.32%) ITIL Certification
9 3 (1.32%) MCSA
9 3 (1.32%) MCTS
9 3 (1.32%) RHCE
10 2 (0.88%) CCNA
10 2 (0.88%) CESG Certified Professional
10 2 (0.88%) Cisco Certification
10 2 (0.88%) MCP
10 2 (0.88%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (3.08%) QA
2 3 (1.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.88%) JSP 440
3 2 (0.88%) RMADS
3 2 (0.88%) SLA
System Software
1 98 (43.17%) Active Directory
2 34 (14.98%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (6.61%) vSphere
4 6 (2.64%) Hyper-V
4 6 (2.64%) VMware ESX
5 5 (2.20%) XenApp
6 3 (1.32%) UAG
7 2 (0.88%) Microsoft App-V
7 2 (0.88%) VirtualBox
8 1 (0.44%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 1 (0.44%) Docker
8 1 (0.44%) Postfix
8 1 (0.44%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 49 (21.59%) SCCM
2 37 (16.30%) SCOM
3 21 (9.25%) Puppet
4 11 (4.85%) Opscode Chef
5 6 (2.64%) vRealize
5 6 (2.64%) yum
6 5 (2.20%) Tivoli
7 4 (1.76%) BladeLogic
7 4 (1.76%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 4 (1.76%) SCOrch
8 3 (1.32%) HP Quality Center
8 3 (1.32%) Microsoft Clustering
8 3 (1.32%) Microsoft Intune
8 3 (1.32%) Red Hat Satellite
8 3 (1.32%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 2 (0.88%) WSUS
10 1 (0.44%) AirWatch
10 1 (0.44%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 1 (0.44%) Norton AntiVirus
10 1 (0.44%) Rundeck
Vendors
1 110 (48.46%) Microsoft
2 49 (21.59%) VMware
3 37 (16.30%) Citrix
4 24 (10.57%) Oracle
5 14 (6.17%) EMC
6 11 (4.85%) Cisco
7 9 (3.96%) HP
7 9 (3.96%) IBM
8 7 (3.08%) BMC
9 6 (2.64%) Apple
10 4 (1.76%) Remedy
11 3 (1.32%) Ab Initio
11 3 (1.32%) ATG
11 3 (1.32%) Avaya
11 3 (1.32%) Brocade
11 3 (1.32%) Forcepoint
11 3 (1.32%) NetApp
11 3 (1.32%) Red Hat
11 3 (1.32%) Salesforce.com
11 3 (1.32%) Symantec
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