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 3 July 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
3 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Windows
Rank 10 2 1
Rank change year-on-year
-8 -1
Contract jobs citing Windows 44 92 75
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 11.43% 18.89% 30.36%
As % of the Operating Systems category 34.65% 85.19% 91.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 47 22
Average daily rate
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£280 £253 £311
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.78% -18.79%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £223 £212 £216
10% offered a daily rate of more than £418 £306 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £321
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -6.39%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 10 16
Average hourly rate £11.75 £18.00 £19.02
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-34.72% -5.36%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.35 £15.90 £12.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.75 £28.00 £26.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £14.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+6.89% -6.45%
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
127 108 82
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 32.99% 22.18% 33.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 90 58 23
Average daily rate £375 £250 £319
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+50.00% -21.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £211 £216
10% offered a daily rate of more than £570 £425 £388
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £310 £325
% change year-on-year
+12.90% -4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 10 16
Average hourly rate £12.00 £18.00 £19.52
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-33.33% -7.78%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £15.90 £14.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.30 £27.50 £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.20 £15.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+8.00% -6.25%

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 3 July 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 3 July 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 -6 20 £270 +9.09% 3
Lytham St Annes 0 6 £350 +16.66%
Blackburn +5 4 £265 - 3
Preston -12 3 £425 +91.01% 1
Chorley - 3 £375 - 1
Windows
North West

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Lancashire

For the 6 months to 3 July 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 41 (38.68%) Active Directory
1 41 (38.68%) Security Cleared
2 39 (36.79%) VMware
3 37 (34.91%) Microsoft
4 35 (33.02%) Windows 7
5 33 (31.13%) VMware Infrastructure
5 33 (31.13%) Citrix
6 31 (29.25%) Linux
7 29 (27.36%) SC Cleared
8 20 (18.87%) Windows Server 2008
8 20 (18.87%) Windows Server 2003
8 20 (18.87%) Migration
9 19 (17.92%) SQL
9 19 (17.92%) ITIL
9 19 (17.92%) PowerShell
10 17 (16.04%) Microsoft Certification
11 15 (14.15%) DHCP
11 15 (14.15%) DNS
11 15 (14.15%) AppSense
11 15 (14.15%) XenApp
12 14 (13.21%) vSphere
12 14 (13.21%) SharePoint
13 13 (12.26%) Solaris
13 13 (12.26%) Validation
13 13 (12.26%) XenServer
14 12 (11.32%) Data Structures
14 12 (11.32%) MS Exchange
14 12 (11.32%) SQL Server
14 12 (11.32%) HP
15 11 (10.38%) Web Services

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in Lancashire by Category

For the 6 months to 3 July 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 14 (13.21%) SharePoint
2 12 (11.32%) MS Exchange
3 8 (7.55%) SAS
4 4 (3.77%) Cloud Foundry
5 3 (2.83%) OpenStack
5 3 (2.83%) Exchange Server 2003
5 3 (2.83%) WebSphere
6 2 (1.89%) SharePoint 2010
6 2 (1.89%) BizTalk Server
6 2 (1.89%) SharePoint 2013
6 2 (1.89%) IIS
7 1 (0.94%) Lync
7 1 (0.94%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 6 (5.66%) MS Excel
2 3 (2.83%) MS Office
3 1 (0.94%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.94%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 7 (6.60%) PaaS
2 4 (3.77%) OpenShift
3 3 (2.83%) Cloud Computing
3 3 (2.83%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 15 (14.15%) DHCP
1 15 (14.15%) DNS
2 5 (4.72%) LAN
3 4 (3.77%) SAN
4 3 (2.83%) SMS
5 1 (0.94%) WAN
5 1 (0.94%) Internet
5 1 (0.94%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (11.32%) SQL Server
2 10 (9.43%) Relational Database
3 8 (7.55%) Data Warehouse
3 8 (7.55%) RDBMS
4 5 (4.72%) Oracle Database
5 4 (3.77%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 2 (1.89%) Big Data
6 2 (1.89%) SQL Server 2012
6 2 (1.89%) DTS
6 2 (1.89%) SQL Server 2000
7 1 (0.94%) Oracle Database 10g
7 1 (0.94%) Oracle Database 12c
7 1 (0.94%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 7 (6.60%) Git (software)
2 5 (4.72%) Visual Studio
2 5 (4.72%) HP UFT
2 5 (4.72%) LoadRunner
2 5 (4.72%) Facilita Forecast
3 4 (3.77%) Jenkins
3 4 (3.77%) Maven
4 3 (2.83%) Selenium
4 3 (2.83%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (2.83%) Eclipse
5 2 (1.89%) MSI
6 1 (0.94%) WebDriver
General
1 6 (5.66%) Back Office
2 5 (4.72%) Finance
3 1 (0.94%) Retail
Job Titles
1 14 (13.21%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 12 (11.32%) Support Engineer
3 7 (6.60%) Architect
3 7 (6.60%) Tester
3 7 (6.60%) Developer
3 7 (6.60%) Analyst
4 6 (5.66%) 2nd Line Support
5 5 (4.72%) Consultant
5 5 (4.72%) Cloud Engineer
6 4 (3.77%) Infrastructure Architect
6 4 (3.77%) Infrastructure Specialist
6 4 (3.77%) Applications Tester
6 4 (3.77%) Desktop Support
6 4 (3.77%) Test Engineer
7 3 (2.83%) Data Warehouse Consultant
7 3 (2.83%) Infrastructure Analyst
7 3 (2.83%) 3rd Line Support
7 3 (2.83%) Test Analyst
7 3 (2.83%) Technical Support
7 3 (2.83%) Performance Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (10.38%) Web Services
2 7 (6.60%) XML
3 4 (3.77%) Middleware
4 3 (2.83%) HTML
5 2 (1.89%) .NET
5 2 (1.89%) XML Messaging
5 2 (1.89%) .NET Framework
6 1 (0.94%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 12 (11.32%) Data Structures
2 10 (9.43%) NHS
3 6 (5.66%) Private Cloud
4 5 (4.72%) Data Centre
4 5 (4.72%) Performance Metrics
4 5 (4.72%) iPad
5 3 (2.83%) Client/Server
6 2 (1.89%) Blackberry
6 2 (1.89%) Computer Science
7 1 (0.94%) Video Conferencing
7 1 (0.94%) iPhone
7 1 (0.94%) Clustering
7 1 (0.94%) Smartphone
7 1 (0.94%) Chip and PIN
7 1 (0.94%) Smartcard
7 1 (0.94%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.94%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 35 (33.02%) Windows 7
2 31 (29.25%) Linux
3 20 (18.87%) Windows Server 2003
3 20 (18.87%) Windows Server 2008
4 13 (12.26%) Solaris
5 11 (10.38%) UNIX
6 9 (8.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 8 (7.55%) Windows 8
8 7 (6.60%) Windows Server 2012
9 6 (5.66%) Apple iOS
9 6 (5.66%) VMS
9 6 (5.66%) Android
10 4 (3.77%) AIX
11 2 (1.89%) Windows XP
12 1 (0.94%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (18.87%) Migration
2 19 (17.92%) ITIL
3 13 (12.26%) Validation
4 9 (8.49%) Performance Monitoring
5 8 (7.55%) DevOps
5 8 (7.55%) Data Security
5 8 (7.55%) Software Testing
5 8 (7.55%) ETL
5 8 (7.55%) Configuration Management
5 8 (7.55%) Server Building
6 7 (6.60%) Mobile Device Management
6 7 (6.60%) Project Management
6 7 (6.60%) Test Scripting
7 6 (5.66%) Open Source
8 5 (4.72%) Software Engineering
8 5 (4.72%) Performance Testing
9 4 (3.77%) Test Strategy
9 4 (3.77%) Software Deployment
9 4 (3.77%) Regression Testing
9 4 (3.77%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 19 (17.92%) SQL
1 19 (17.92%) PowerShell
2 9 (8.49%) VBScript
3 7 (6.60%) C
4 4 (3.77%) Bash Shell
4 4 (3.77%) Java
5 3 (2.83%) C#
6 2 (1.89%) T-SQL
7 1 (0.94%) VB
7 1 (0.94%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 41 (38.68%) Security Cleared
2 29 (27.36%) SC Cleared
3 17 (16.04%) Microsoft Certification
4 7 (6.60%) MCSA
4 7 (6.60%) MCITP
5 6 (5.66%) MCSE
6 4 (3.77%) Degree
6 4 (3.77%) MCP
7 3 (2.83%) HND
7 3 (2.83%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 3 (2.83%) CCNP
7 3 (2.83%) CCNA
7 3 (2.83%) ISEB
7 3 (2.83%) Cisco Certification
7 3 (2.83%) VCP4
7 3 (2.83%) VCP5
7 3 (2.83%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 1 (0.94%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (4.72%) QA
System Software
1 41 (38.68%) Active Directory
2 33 (31.13%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (14.15%) XenApp
4 14 (13.21%) vSphere
5 13 (12.26%) XenServer
6 9 (8.49%) Microsoft App-V
7 8 (7.55%) VMware ESX
8 7 (6.60%) XenDesktop
9 2 (1.89%) Hyper-V
9 2 (1.89%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.94%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 8 (7.55%) Puppet
2 7 (6.60%) AirWatch
3 4 (3.77%) Ansible
3 4 (3.77%) Salt
3 4 (3.77%) Opscode Chef
4 3 (2.83%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 3 (2.83%) McAfee ePO
4 3 (2.83%) Norton AntiVirus
4 3 (2.83%) EdgeSight
5 2 (1.89%) SCCM
6 1 (0.94%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (0.94%) WSUS
6 1 (0.94%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 39 (36.79%) VMware
2 37 (34.91%) Microsoft
3 33 (31.13%) Citrix
4 15 (14.15%) AppSense
5 12 (11.32%) HP
6 8 (7.55%) Business Objects
6 8 (7.55%) Informatica
7 7 (6.60%) Oracle
7 7 (6.60%) CheckPoint
7 7 (6.60%) Symantec
7 7 (6.60%) McAfee
7 7 (6.60%) Cisco
8 6 (5.66%) Apple
8 6 (5.66%) LANDesk
9 5 (4.72%) Compaq
9 5 (4.72%) Dell
10 4 (3.77%) IBM
10 4 (3.77%) Sun
10 4 (3.77%) Red Hat
10 4 (3.77%) Altiris
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