The table below looks at the statistics for Windows skills in IT contracts advertised for the Lancashire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Windows over the 3 months to 29 May 2015 with a comparison to the same period in 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.

Location
3 months to
29 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Windows
Rank 13 1 1
Rank change year-on-year
-12 0
Contract jobs citing Windows 40 118 62
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 9.39% 22.52% 29.38%
As % of the Operating Systems category 33.06% 85.51% 86.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 59 18
Average daily rate
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£301 £250 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.32% -9.09%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £209 £162
10% offered a daily rate of more than £503 £300 £336
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £320
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 24 19
Average hourly rate £11.75 £26.00 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-54.80% +36.84%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.45 £18.00 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.85 £32.65 £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -3.22%
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 Lancashire region.

Operating Systems Category
Lancashire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Operating Systems category
121 138 72
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 28.40% 26.34% 34.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 83 73 20
Average daily rate £400 £250 £288
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+60.00% -13.04%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £195 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £590 £410 £399
UK excluding London average daily rate £348 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+11.36% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 24 19
Average hourly rate £12.00 £21.00 £19.04
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-42.85% +10.29%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £18.00 £16.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.37 £32.72 £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £15.50 £16.20
% change year-on-year
+3.22% -4.32%

Windows
Jobs Demand Trend in Lancashire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Windows across the Lancashire region as a proportion of the total demand within the Operating Systems category.

Windows Jobs Demand Trend in Lancashire

Windows
Daily Rate Trend in Lancashire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Windows across the Lancashire region.

Windows Daily Rate Trend in Lancashire

Windows
Daily Rate Histogram in Lancashire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Windows across the Lancashire region over the 3 months to 29 May 2015.

Windows Daily Rate Histogram in Lancashire

Windows
Hourly Rate Trend in Lancashire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Windows across the Lancashire region.

Windows Hourly Rate Trend in Lancashire

Windows
Contract Job Locations in Lancashire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Windows within the Lancashire region over the 3 months to 29 May 2015. 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
Blackpool -13 15 £270 +9.09% 3
Preston -9 10 £425 +88.88% 3
Blackburn +4 4 £265 - 5
Lytham St Annes -1 3 £338 +22.72%
Chorley - 1 £400 - 2
Windows
North West

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Lancashire

For the 6 months to 29 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Lancashire 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 42 (37.84%) VMware
2 39 (35.14%) Linux
2 39 (35.14%) Security Cleared
3 36 (32.43%) VMware Infrastructure
4 35 (31.53%) Active Directory
5 32 (28.83%) SC Cleared
6 29 (26.13%) Microsoft
7 28 (25.23%) Windows 7
8 27 (24.32%) Citrix
9 23 (20.72%) SQL
9 23 (20.72%) Migration
10 20 (18.02%) Windows Server 2003
11 18 (16.22%) vSphere
11 18 (16.22%) Windows Server 2008
12 16 (14.41%) Validation
13 15 (13.51%) PowerShell
14 14 (12.61%) ITIL
15 13 (11.71%) SQL Server
15 13 (11.71%) Solaris
15 13 (11.71%) Cisco
15 13 (11.71%) Git (software)
15 13 (11.71%) Agile Software Development
15 13 (11.71%) Software Testing
16 12 (10.81%) Software Engineering
16 12 (10.81%) Finance
16 12 (10.81%) HP
16 12 (10.81%) Web Services
16 12 (10.81%) Oracle
17 11 (9.91%) MS Exchange
17 11 (9.91%) CheckPoint

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in Lancashire by Category

For the 6 months to 29 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Lancashire 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 11 (9.91%) MS Exchange
2 9 (8.11%) SharePoint
3 8 (7.21%) SAS
4 4 (3.60%) Cloud Foundry
5 3 (2.70%) OpenStack
5 3 (2.70%) WebSphere
6 2 (1.80%) BizTalk Server
6 2 (1.80%) IIS
6 2 (1.80%) Exchange Server 2003
6 2 (1.80%) SharePoint 2010
6 2 (1.80%) SharePoint 2013
7 1 (0.90%) Lync
7 1 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 5 (4.50%) MS Excel
2 2 (1.80%) MS Office
3 1 (0.90%) Doxygen
Business Applications
1 1 (0.90%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 7 (6.31%) PaaS
2 4 (3.60%) OpenShift
3 3 (2.70%) SaaS
3 3 (2.70%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 10 (9.01%) DNS
1 10 (9.01%) DHCP
2 5 (4.50%) LAN
3 3 (2.70%) SMS
4 2 (1.80%) Internet
4 2 (1.80%) SAN
4 2 (1.80%) VLAN
5 1 (0.90%) WAN
5 1 (0.90%) FTP
5 1 (0.90%) HTTP
5 1 (0.90%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.90%) PuTTY
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (11.71%) SQL Server
2 10 (9.01%) Relational Database
3 8 (7.21%) Data Warehouse
3 8 (7.21%) RDBMS
4 7 (6.31%) Oracle Database
5 4 (3.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 2 (1.80%) SQL Server 2000
6 2 (1.80%) DTS
6 2 (1.80%) Big Data
6 2 (1.80%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (0.90%) Oracle Database 12c
7 1 (0.90%) Oracle Database 11g
7 1 (0.90%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 13 (11.71%) Git (software)
2 9 (8.11%) Eclipse
2 9 (8.11%) Team Foundation Server
2 9 (8.11%) Selenium
3 4 (3.60%) LoadRunner
3 4 (3.60%) Visual Studio
3 4 (3.60%) Maven
3 4 (3.60%) Jenkins
4 3 (2.70%) Facilita Forecast
4 3 (2.70%) QuickTest Pro
5 2 (1.80%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 2 (1.80%) WebDriver
6 1 (0.90%) Mercurial
6 1 (0.90%) Toad
6 1 (0.90%) MSI
General
1 12 (10.81%) Finance
2 6 (5.41%) Back Office
3 1 (0.90%) Banking
3 1 (0.90%) Retail
Job Titles
1 19 (17.12%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 13 (11.71%) Support Engineer
2 13 (11.71%) Developer
3 9 (8.11%) Cloud Engineer
4 7 (6.31%) 2nd Line Support
4 7 (6.31%) Architect
5 6 (5.41%) Analyst
5 6 (5.41%) Systems Administrator
5 6 (5.41%) Administrator
6 5 (4.50%) AWS Developer
6 5 (4.50%) Consultant
6 5 (4.50%) Tester
6 5 (4.50%) Desktop Support
7 4 (3.60%) Windows Systems Administrator
7 4 (3.60%) Windows Administrator
7 4 (3.60%) Infrastructure Architect
7 4 (3.60%) Infrastructure Specialist
8 3 (2.70%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
8 3 (2.70%) Server Engineer
8 3 (2.70%) Applications Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (10.81%) Web Services
2 8 (7.21%) XML
3 6 (5.41%) XML Messaging
4 4 (3.60%) Middleware
5 2 (1.80%) .NET
5 2 (1.80%) .NET Framework
6 1 (0.90%) Application Packaging
6 1 (0.90%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 10 (9.01%) NHS
1 10 (9.01%) Data Structures
2 6 (5.41%) iPad
2 6 (5.41%) Private Cloud
3 4 (3.60%) Smartcard
3 4 (3.60%) Client/Server
4 3 (2.70%) Performance Metrics
4 3 (2.70%) Blackberry
5 2 (1.80%) Clustering
5 2 (1.80%) Thin Client
5 2 (1.80%) Fat Client
5 2 (1.80%) iPhone
5 2 (1.80%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (1.80%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (0.90%) Smartphone
6 1 (0.90%) Video Conferencing
6 1 (0.90%) Chip and PIN
6 1 (0.90%) Management Information System
6 1 (0.90%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 39 (35.14%) Linux
2 28 (25.23%) Windows 7
3 20 (18.02%) Windows Server 2003
4 18 (16.22%) Windows Server 2008
5 13 (11.71%) Solaris
6 10 (9.01%) UNIX
7 9 (8.11%) VMS
7 9 (8.11%) Windows 8
7 9 (8.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 7 (6.31%) Apple iOS
9 6 (5.41%) Android
10 4 (3.60%) AIX
11 3 (2.70%) Windows Server 2012
11 3 (2.70%) Windows XP
12 1 (0.90%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (20.72%) Migration
2 16 (14.41%) Validation
3 14 (12.61%) ITIL
4 13 (11.71%) Agile Software Development
4 13 (11.71%) Software Testing
5 12 (10.81%) Software Engineering
6 11 (9.91%) Test Scripting
7 9 (8.11%) Test Planning
7 9 (8.11%) Waterfall
7 9 (8.11%) V-Model
7 9 (8.11%) TDD
8 8 (7.21%) BDD
8 8 (7.21%) Data Security
8 8 (7.21%) ETL
8 8 (7.21%) DevOps
9 7 (6.31%) Project Management
9 7 (6.31%) Mobile Device Management
9 7 (6.31%) Performance Monitoring
10 6 (5.41%) Open Source
10 6 (5.41%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 23 (20.72%) SQL
2 15 (13.51%) PowerShell
3 10 (9.01%) Java
4 8 (7.21%) C
5 4 (3.60%) Bash Shell
6 3 (2.70%) C#
7 2 (1.80%) T-SQL
8 1 (0.90%) Ruby
8 1 (0.90%) C++
Qualifications
1 39 (35.14%) Security Cleared
2 32 (28.83%) SC Cleared
3 10 (9.01%) Microsoft Certification
4 9 (8.11%) HND
4 9 (8.11%) ISEB
4 9 (8.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 6 (5.41%) MCSE
6 4 (3.60%) MCP
7 2 (1.80%) ITIL Certification
7 2 (1.80%) Degree
8 1 (0.90%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.70%) QA
System Software
1 36 (32.43%) VMware Infrastructure
2 35 (31.53%) Active Directory
3 18 (16.22%) vSphere
4 11 (9.91%) XenApp
5 8 (7.21%) Hyper-V
5 8 (7.21%) XenServer
5 8 (7.21%) VMware ESX
6 7 (6.31%) XenDesktop
7 4 (3.60%) Microsoft App-V
8 3 (2.70%) BitLocker
9 2 (1.80%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 8 (7.21%) Puppet
2 7 (6.31%) AirWatch
3 5 (4.50%) Norton AntiVirus
4 4 (3.60%) Ansible
4 4 (3.60%) Opscode Chef
4 4 (3.60%) Salt
5 3 (2.70%) EdgeSight
5 3 (2.70%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 3 (2.70%) McAfee ePO
6 2 (1.80%) NetBackup
6 2 (1.80%) Backup Exec
6 2 (1.80%) WMI
6 2 (1.80%) PureDisk
6 2 (1.80%) SCDPM
7 1 (0.90%) HP Quality Center
7 1 (0.90%) SCCM
Vendors
1 42 (37.84%) VMware
2 29 (26.13%) Microsoft
3 27 (24.32%) Citrix
4 13 (11.71%) Cisco
5 12 (10.81%) HP
5 12 (10.81%) Oracle
6 11 (9.91%) CheckPoint
7 10 (9.01%) AppSense
8 8 (7.21%) Business Objects
8 8 (7.21%) Informatica
9 7 (6.31%) Symantec
9 7 (6.31%) McAfee
10 6 (5.41%) LANDesk
10 6 (5.41%) Apple
11 5 (4.50%) Compaq
11 5 (4.50%) Dell
12 4 (3.60%) IBM
12 4 (3.60%) Red Hat
12 4 (3.60%) Sun
13 3 (2.70%) Lumension
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