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 10 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
10 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Windows
Rank 2 2 5
Rank change year-on-year
0 +3
Contract jobs citing Windows 156 165 124
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 20.13% 22.18% 15.03%
As % of the Operating Systems category 70.27% 73.66% 61.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 75 67 51
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£268 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-17.69% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £138 £216 £166
10% offered a daily rate of more than £435 £425 £459
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £320 £313
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +2.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 19 18
Average hourly rate £15.00 £22.50 £22.41
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-33.33% +0.40%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £14.50 £14.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.53 £42.50 £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £16.72
% change year-on-year
-3.22% -7.29%
Operating Systems Category
Cheshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Operating Systems category
222 224 202
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 28.65% 30.11% 24.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 113 92 87
Average daily rate £275 £333 £345
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-17.41% -3.47%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £142 £226 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £465 £475 £460
UK excluding London average daily rate £310 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
-4.61% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 19 18
Average hourly rate £14.35 £27.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-47.83% +37.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.00 £14.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.00 £42.50 £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £16.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-6.25% -8.57%
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 10 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 10 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 10 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
Chester +3 33 £310 +3.33% 3
Warrington -4 27 £390 +32.76% 13
Knutsford 0 15 £268 -11.57% 1
Crewe +9 12 £137 -31.75%
Runcorn - 10 £280 - 3
Macclesfield +2 4 £325 -23.52%
Wilmslow - 4 - - 1
Nantwich - 1 £200 - 1
Daresbury - - - -
Windows
North West

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 10 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.

1 132 (48.00%) Active Directory
2 113 (41.09%) Windows Server 2008
3 107 (38.91%) Windows Server 2003
4 100 (36.36%) Microsoft
5 82 (29.82%) Windows 7
6 64 (23.27%) Citrix
7 61 (22.18%) VMware
8 51 (18.55%) ITIL
9 49 (17.82%) Migration
10 47 (17.09%) SCCM
11 46 (16.73%) SQL Server
12 40 (14.55%) MS Excel
12 40 (14.55%) TCP/IP
13 39 (14.18%) Finance
14 38 (13.82%) Windows XP
14 38 (13.82%) IIS
15 37 (13.45%) DNS
16 35 (12.73%) Linux
17 34 (12.36%) SharePoint
18 33 (12.00%) MS Exchange
18 33 (12.00%) SQL
19 32 (11.64%) UNIX
19 32 (11.64%) Security Cleared
19 32 (11.64%) Local Government
19 32 (11.64%) Windows Server 2012
20 31 (11.27%) MS Office
21 30 (10.91%) DHCP
21 30 (10.91%) PowerShell
21 30 (10.91%) SC Cleared
22 28 (10.18%) Clustering

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 10 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 (13.82%) IIS
2 34 (12.36%) SharePoint
3 33 (12.00%) MS Exchange
4 23 (8.36%) Exchange Server 2003
5 21 (7.64%) Exchange Server 2010
6 18 (6.55%) Exchange Server 2007
7 14 (5.09%) SharePoint 2010
8 6 (2.18%) Lync
8 6 (2.18%) Tomcat
9 3 (1.09%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 2 (0.73%) SharePoint 2013
11 1 (0.36%) NServiceBus
11 1 (0.36%) WebLogic
11 1 (0.36%) SharePoint Server
11 1 (0.36%) WebSphere
11 1 (0.36%) SAS
Applications
1 40 (14.55%) MS Excel
2 31 (11.27%) MS Office
3 5 (1.82%) MS Project
3 5 (1.82%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.36%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 7 (2.55%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.36%) SAP R/3
2 1 (0.36%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 5 (1.82%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (0.73%) PaaS
2 2 (0.73%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 40 (14.55%) TCP/IP
2 37 (13.45%) DNS
3 30 (10.91%) DHCP
4 24 (8.73%) SAN
5 23 (8.36%) Firewall
5 23 (8.36%) LAN
6 20 (7.27%) WAN
7 15 (5.45%) VPN
8 7 (2.55%) Wireless
9 6 (2.18%) VLAN
9 6 (2.18%) Network Security
10 5 (1.82%) HTTP
10 5 (1.82%) Cisco IOS
11 4 (1.45%) Cisco Nexus
11 4 (1.45%) VoIP
11 4 (1.45%) FTP
12 3 (1.09%) ADSL
12 3 (1.09%) OSPF
12 3 (1.09%) EIGRP
12 3 (1.09%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (16.73%) SQL Server
2 18 (6.55%) SQL Server 2005
3 15 (5.45%) SQL Server 2008
4 5 (1.82%) Oracle Database
5 4 (1.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 2 (0.73%) Oracle Reports
6 2 (0.73%) SQL Server 2012
6 2 (0.73%) SQL Server 2000
6 2 (0.73%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (0.36%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.36%) MySQL
7 1 (0.36%) RDBMS
7 1 (0.36%) Oracle Database 10g
7 1 (0.36%) DB2
7 1 (0.36%) QlikView
7 1 (0.36%) Oracle Database 11g
7 1 (0.36%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 7 (2.55%) MSI
2 5 (1.82%) AdminStudio
3 4 (1.45%) Moq
4 3 (1.09%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (0.73%) LoadRunner
6 1 (0.36%) Visual Studio
6 1 (0.36%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 1 (0.36%) Oracle Forms
General
1 39 (14.18%) Finance
2 32 (11.64%) Local Government
3 26 (9.45%) Banking
4 7 (2.55%) Telecoms
5 4 (1.45%) Manufacturing
6 3 (1.09%) Back Office
7 2 (0.73%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.36%) Retail
8 1 (0.36%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.36%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.36%) Publishing
8 1 (0.36%) Legal
Job Titles
1 39 (14.18%) Analyst
2 19 (6.91%) Desktop Support
2 19 (6.91%) Wintel Engineer
3 18 (6.55%) Developer
3 18 (6.55%) 2nd Line Support
4 16 (5.82%) Architect
5 14 (5.09%) Project Manager
5 14 (5.09%) Administrator
6 12 (4.36%) 1st Line Support
6 12 (4.36%) Support Engineer
6 12 (4.36%) Server Engineer
7 11 (4.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 10 (3.64%) Wintel Analyst
9 9 (3.27%) Service Analyst
9 9 (3.27%) Service Desk Analyst
9 9 (3.27%) Desktop Engineer
10 8 (2.91%) Technical Specialist
10 8 (2.91%) Help Desk Support
10 8 (2.91%) .NET Developer
10 8 (2.91%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (9.09%) .NET
2 15 (5.45%) Application Packaging
3 10 (3.64%) .NET Framework
4 9 (3.27%) HTML
5 8 (2.91%) ASP.NET
5 8 (2.91%) jQuery
6 7 (2.55%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
7 6 (2.18%) HTML5
7 6 (2.18%) Middleware
7 6 (2.18%) WinForms
7 6 (2.18%) WCF
8 5 (1.82%) Web Services
8 5 (1.82%) ASP.NET MVC
9 4 (1.45%) ActiveMQ
9 4 (1.45%) WPF
10 2 (0.73%) Silverlight
10 2 (0.73%) WebSphere MQ
10 2 (0.73%) Ajax
10 2 (0.73%) CSS
11 1 (0.36%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 28 (10.18%) Clustering
2 11 (4.00%) Management Information System
3 9 (3.27%) Enterprise Software
4 6 (2.18%) PKI
5 4 (1.45%) Replication
5 4 (1.45%) Inversion of Control
6 3 (1.09%) Statistics
6 3 (1.09%) Mainframe
6 3 (1.09%) N-Tier
7 2 (0.73%) Thin Client
7 2 (0.73%) PDA
7 2 (0.73%) CESG
7 2 (0.73%) SecurID
7 2 (0.73%) Fat Client
7 2 (0.73%) Computer Science
7 2 (0.73%) Open Source
8 1 (0.36%) CMDB
8 1 (0.36%) iPad
8 1 (0.36%) Video Conferencing
8 1 (0.36%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 113 (41.09%) Windows Server 2008
2 107 (38.91%) Windows Server 2003
3 82 (29.82%) Windows 7
4 38 (13.82%) Windows XP
5 35 (12.73%) Linux
6 32 (11.64%) UNIX
6 32 (11.64%) Windows Server 2012
7 12 (4.36%) AIX
8 9 (3.27%) Windows Vista
9 7 (2.55%) Windows 8
9 7 (2.55%) Windows 2000
10 6 (2.18%) Windows 2000 Server
11 3 (1.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 2 (0.73%) Ubuntu
13 1 (0.36%) Tru64
13 1 (0.36%) Windows NT
13 1 (0.36%) Solaris
13 1 (0.36%) CentOS
13 1 (0.36%) Windows Phone 8
13 1 (0.36%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 51 (18.55%) ITIL
2 49 (17.82%) Migration
3 20 (7.27%) Information Security
4 15 (5.45%) Stakeholder Management
5 14 (5.09%) PRINCE2
6 13 (4.73%) Change Management
7 11 (4.00%) Project Planning
8 10 (3.64%) Problem Management
9 9 (3.27%) MVC
10 8 (2.91%) Project Management
10 8 (2.91%) Load Balancing
11 7 (2.55%) CRM
11 7 (2.55%) TDD
12 6 (2.18%) Incident Management
12 6 (2.18%) Compatibility Testing
12 6 (2.18%) Capacity Planning
12 6 (2.18%) High Availability
12 6 (2.18%) Change Control
13 5 (1.82%) MVVM
13 5 (1.82%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 33 (12.00%) SQL
2 30 (10.91%) PowerShell
3 12 (4.36%) VB
4 11 (4.00%) C#
5 9 (3.27%) Shell Script
6 7 (2.55%) T-SQL
6 7 (2.55%) VBScript
7 5 (1.82%) JavaScript
8 3 (1.09%) Java
9 2 (0.73%) C
9 2 (0.73%) C++
9 2 (0.73%) Perl
10 1 (0.36%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.36%) Delphi
10 1 (0.36%) XAML
10 1 (0.36%) LINC
10 1 (0.36%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 32 (11.64%) Security Cleared
2 30 (10.91%) SC Cleared
3 21 (7.64%) Microsoft Certification
4 11 (4.00%) MCITP
5 10 (3.64%) MCSE
6 7 (2.55%) CCNP
6 7 (2.55%) Cisco Certification
6 7 (2.55%) ITIL Certification
6 7 (2.55%) MCTS
7 4 (1.45%) ISEB
8 3 (1.09%) MCP
8 3 (1.09%) CCIP
8 3 (1.09%) CCNA
8 3 (1.09%) MCSA
8 3 (1.09%) PMP
8 3 (1.09%) PMI Certification
8 3 (1.09%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 3 (1.09%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 2 (0.73%) Degree
9 2 (0.73%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (2.91%) SLA
2 3 (1.09%) PCI DSS
3 2 (0.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.73%) COBIT
3 2 (0.73%) QA
4 1 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.36%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 132 (48.00%) Active Directory
2 27 (9.82%) Hyper-V
3 26 (9.45%) XenApp
4 21 (7.64%) VMware Infrastructure
5 13 (4.73%) Microsoft App-V
6 12 (4.36%) VMware ESX
7 5 (1.82%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
7 5 (1.82%) vSphere
7 5 (1.82%) VMware ESXi
8 3 (1.09%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 3 (1.09%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 2 (0.73%) VMware Workstation
9 2 (0.73%) vCloud
10 1 (0.36%) XenDesktop
10 1 (0.36%) DFS Replication
10 1 (0.36%) Oracle RAC
10 1 (0.36%) ISA Server
10 1 (0.36%) Terminal Server
10 1 (0.36%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 47 (17.09%) SCCM
2 24 (8.73%) SCOM
3 8 (2.91%) Tivoli
4 5 (1.82%) Business Desktop Deployment
4 5 (1.82%) SCVMM
5 4 (1.45%) Norton AntiVirus
5 4 (1.45%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 3 (1.09%) NetBackup
7 2 (0.73%) Backup Exec
7 2 (0.73%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 2 (0.73%) Puppet
7 2 (0.73%) FortiGate
7 2 (0.73%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (0.36%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 1 (0.36%) WSUS
8 1 (0.36%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 100 (36.36%) Microsoft
2 64 (23.27%) Citrix
3 61 (22.18%) VMware
4 19 (6.91%) HP
5 17 (6.18%) Cisco
6 15 (5.45%) Cyber-Ark
7 14 (5.09%) AppSense
8 13 (4.73%) Symantec
9 10 (3.64%) McAfee
10 9 (3.27%) Oracle
11 7 (2.55%) Dell
12 6 (2.18%) IBM
13 5 (1.82%) Sophos
13 5 (1.82%) SonicWALL
13 5 (1.82%) Draytek
14 4 (1.45%) SolarWinds
14 4 (1.45%) Remedy
14 4 (1.45%) CA
14 4 (1.45%) Red Hat
14 4 (1.45%) SAP
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