The table below looks at the statistics for Windows skills in IT contracts advertised for the Manchester 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 6 5 6
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +1
Contract jobs citing Windows 202 163 124
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 13.19% 13.21% 12.35%
As % of the Operating Systems category 63.32% 62.69% 62.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 100 68 56
Average daily rate
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£281 £310 £290
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.27% +6.89%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £140 £150 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £435 £475 £383
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £321
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -6.39%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 28 19
Average hourly rate £13.00 £15.00 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.33% -6.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £9.27 £9.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.00 £27.00 £25.50
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 Manchester region.

Operating Systems Category
Manchester
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Operating Systems category
319 260 198
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 20.82% 21.07% 19.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 168 125 85
Average daily rate £313 £313 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +4.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £190 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £475 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £310 £325
% change year-on-year
+12.90% -4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 28 20
Average hourly rate £14.50 £15.00 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £9.71 £9.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.70 £25.00 £25.00
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 Manchester

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

Windows Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

Windows
Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Windows Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

Windows
Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

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

Windows Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

Windows
Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Windows Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

Windows
Hourly Rate Histogram in Manchester

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Windows across the Manchester region over the 3 months to 3 July 2015.

Windows Hourly Rate Histogram in Manchester

Windows
Contract Job Locations in Manchester

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Windows within the Manchester 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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statistics and historical trends)
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
Stockport +1 5 £175 - 8
Salford -1 2 - - 1
Bolton -6 2 £675 - 5
Cheadle - 2 - -
Oldham - 2 £140 - 1
Wigan -2 1 - - 1
Stalybridge - 1 - -
Windows
North West

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 3 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Manchester 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.

1 171 (43.07%) Active Directory
2 170 (42.82%) Microsoft
3 130 (32.75%) Windows 7
4 112 (28.21%) Citrix
5 109 (27.46%) VMware
6 93 (23.43%) ITIL
7 90 (22.67%) MS Office
8 73 (18.39%) Migration
9 69 (17.38%) MS Excel
10 68 (17.13%) Windows XP
11 64 (16.12%) Windows Server 2008
12 60 (15.11%) SCCM
12 60 (15.11%) MS Exchange
13 56 (14.11%) VMware Infrastructure
14 54 (13.60%) Windows Server 2003
15 51 (12.85%) Linux
15 51 (12.85%) Windows Server 2012
16 50 (12.59%) SQL
17 48 (12.09%) Microsoft Certification
18 45 (11.34%) Finance
19 44 (11.08%) Oracle
20 40 (10.08%) SQL Server
20 40 (10.08%) Cisco
20 40 (10.08%) XenApp
21 39 (9.82%) SAN
22 38 (9.57%) Hyper-V
23 35 (8.82%) Firewall
23 35 (8.82%) Security Cleared
24 34 (8.56%) WAN
25 33 (8.31%) Incident Management

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 3 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Manchester 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 60 (15.11%) MS Exchange
2 33 (8.31%) Exchange Server 2010
3 26 (6.55%) IIS
4 19 (4.79%) Exchange Server 2013
5 17 (4.28%) IBM Notes
6 15 (3.78%) Apache
7 9 (2.27%) Lync
8 6 (1.51%) Confluence
8 6 (1.51%) WebLogic
9 5 (1.26%) SharePoint
9 5 (1.26%) Tomcat
10 4 (1.01%) CICS
10 4 (1.01%) WebSphere
10 4 (1.01%) Exchange Server 2007
11 3 (0.76%) Oracle Workflow
12 2 (0.50%) Exchange Server 2003
12 2 (0.50%) JBoss
12 2 (0.50%) SharePoint 2010
12 2 (0.50%) CMS
13 1 (0.25%) Jetty
Applications
1 90 (22.67%) MS Office
2 69 (17.38%) MS Excel
3 3 (0.76%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (0.50%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.25%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (1.01%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.25%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 20 (5.04%) Office 365
2 1 (0.25%) IaaS
2 1 (0.25%) Symantec.cloud
2 1 (0.25%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (0.25%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.25%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (0.25%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 39 (9.82%) SAN
2 35 (8.82%) Firewall
3 34 (8.56%) WAN
4 30 (7.56%) LAN
5 24 (6.05%) VPN
6 21 (5.29%) TCP/IP
7 19 (4.79%) Internet
8 17 (4.28%) DNS
9 16 (4.03%) Cisco ASA
10 14 (3.53%) SSL
10 14 (3.53%) DHCP
11 12 (3.02%) NAS
12 11 (2.77%) Wireless
13 10 (2.52%) Network Security
13 10 (2.52%) iSCSI
14 9 (2.27%) OSPF
14 9 (2.27%) BGP
14 9 (2.27%) Fibre Channel
15 8 (2.02%) MPLS
15 8 (2.02%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (10.08%) SQL Server
2 26 (6.55%) Oracle Database
3 10 (2.52%) MongoDB
4 9 (2.27%) SQL Server 2008
4 9 (2.27%) Hadoop
5 7 (1.76%) SQL Server 2005
5 7 (1.76%) Big Data
6 6 (1.51%) NoSQL
7 5 (1.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 5 (1.26%) Relational Database
8 4 (1.01%) SQL Server 2012
8 4 (1.01%) MySQL
8 4 (1.01%) RDBMS
8 4 (1.01%) Oracle Database 10g
9 2 (0.50%) PostgreSQL
9 2 (0.50%) Oracle Reports
9 2 (0.50%) Data Mining
9 2 (0.50%) Oracle Discoverer
9 2 (0.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 2 (0.50%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 13 (3.27%) JIRA
2 9 (2.27%) Eclipse
3 7 (1.76%) MSI
4 6 (1.51%) Ant
4 6 (1.51%) JUnit
4 6 (1.51%) Toad
4 6 (1.51%) Subversion
4 6 (1.51%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 6 (1.51%) Mercurial
4 6 (1.51%) Cucumber
4 6 (1.51%) Gradle
4 6 (1.51%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 4 (1.01%) Visual Studio
6 3 (0.76%) Team Foundation Server
6 3 (0.76%) Moq
7 2 (0.50%) Fiddler
7 2 (0.50%) MSTest
7 2 (0.50%) Maven
7 2 (0.50%) InstallShield
8 1 (0.25%) AdminStudio
General
1 45 (11.34%) Finance
2 20 (5.04%) Legal
3 14 (3.53%) Banking
4 12 (3.02%) Manufacturing
4 12 (3.02%) Law
5 10 (2.52%) Telecoms
6 8 (2.02%) Retail
7 6 (1.51%) Marketing
8 4 (1.01%) Electronics
9 2 (0.50%) Financial Institution
9 2 (0.50%) Back Office
9 2 (0.50%) Billing
10 1 (0.25%) Local Government
10 1 (0.25%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 112 (28.21%) Analyst
2 50 (12.59%) Support Engineer
3 41 (10.33%) Service Analyst
4 37 (9.32%) 2nd Line Support
5 36 (9.07%) Support Analyst
6 32 (8.06%) Service Desk Analyst
7 29 (7.30%) 3rd Line Support
7 29 (7.30%) Architect
8 22 (5.54%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 19 (4.79%) 1st Line Support
10 18 (4.53%) Desktop Support
10 18 (4.53%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
11 16 (4.03%) Developer
11 16 (4.03%) Technical Analyst
12 12 (3.02%) Technical Engineer
12 12 (3.02%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
13 11 (2.77%) Help Desk Analyst
13 11 (2.77%) Solutions Architect
14 10 (2.52%) Test Analyst
14 10 (2.52%) Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (3.02%) .NET
2 10 (2.52%) Application Packaging
3 9 (2.27%) Web Services
3 9 (2.27%) JSON
4 8 (2.02%) XML
4 8 (2.02%) JMS
5 7 (1.76%) Middleware
6 6 (1.51%) Java EE
6 6 (1.51%) EJB
7 5 (1.26%) HTML
8 4 (1.01%) XSLT
9 3 (0.76%) CSS
9 3 (0.76%) WCF
9 3 (0.76%) HTML5
9 3 (0.76%) CSS3
9 3 (0.76%) AngularJS
10 2 (0.50%) Twitter Bootstrap
10 2 (0.50%) Backbone.js
10 2 (0.50%) Ember.js
10 2 (0.50%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 28 (7.05%) Analytical Skills
2 27 (6.80%) Data Centre
3 14 (3.53%) Thin Client
3 14 (3.53%) Clustering
3 14 (3.53%) Fat Client
4 11 (2.77%) Blackberry
5 10 (2.52%) Life Science
6 8 (2.02%) Replication
7 7 (1.76%) Mainframe
7 7 (1.76%) Celerra
7 7 (1.76%) Computer Science
7 7 (1.76%) EMC VNX
8 6 (1.51%) Private Cloud
9 4 (1.01%) Data Structures
9 4 (1.01%) Management Information System
9 4 (1.01%) Handset
9 4 (1.01%) NHS
9 4 (1.01%) DTV
10 3 (0.76%) iPhone
10 3 (0.76%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 130 (32.75%) Windows 7
2 68 (17.13%) Windows XP
3 64 (16.12%) Windows Server 2008
4 54 (13.60%) Windows Server 2003
5 51 (12.85%) Linux
5 51 (12.85%) Windows Server 2012
6 31 (7.81%) UNIX
7 16 (4.03%) Windows 8
8 14 (3.53%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 12 (3.02%) Solaris
10 11 (2.77%) Apple iOS
11 7 (1.76%) CentOS
11 7 (1.76%) Windows NT
12 6 (1.51%) Android
12 6 (1.51%) Windows Mobile
13 5 (1.26%) Windows 2000 Server
14 4 (1.01%) AIX
14 4 (1.01%) Windows 2000
15 2 (0.50%) VMS
15 2 (0.50%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 93 (23.43%) ITIL
2 73 (18.39%) Migration
3 33 (8.31%) Incident Management
4 31 (7.81%) User Acceptance Testing
5 28 (7.05%) Agile Software Development
6 21 (5.29%) Test Scripting
7 19 (4.79%) PRINCE2
8 17 (4.28%) Service Management
9 16 (4.03%) Project Management
10 15 (3.78%) Configuration Management
11 14 (3.53%) Software Engineering
11 14 (3.53%) SDLC
12 13 (3.27%) Continuous Integration
12 13 (3.27%) Time Management
12 13 (3.27%) OO
13 12 (3.02%) Information Security
14 11 (2.77%) Programme Management
14 11 (2.77%) Scrum
15 10 (2.52%) Stakeholder Management
15 10 (2.52%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 50 (12.59%) SQL
2 24 (6.05%) Java
3 13 (3.27%) PowerShell
4 9 (2.27%) C#
5 8 (2.02%) VBScript
6 7 (1.76%) Perl
7 6 (1.51%) JavaScript
7 6 (1.51%) Python
8 5 (1.26%) Shell Script
8 5 (1.26%) PHP
8 5 (1.26%) VBA
9 4 (1.01%) PL/SQL
9 4 (1.01%) Bash Shell
10 3 (0.76%) VB
10 3 (0.76%) Objective-C
10 3 (0.76%) T-SQL
11 2 (0.50%) XPath
12 1 (0.25%) C
Qualifications
1 48 (12.09%) Microsoft Certification
2 35 (8.82%) Security Cleared
3 19 (4.79%) MCITP
4 18 (4.53%) Cisco Certification
5 17 (4.28%) MCSA
6 16 (4.03%) MCSE
7 13 (3.27%) CCNA
8 12 (3.02%) DV Cleared
9 11 (2.77%) Citrix Certification
10 10 (2.52%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 9 (2.27%) MCDST
11 9 (2.27%) SC Cleared
12 8 (2.02%) MOS
12 8 (2.02%) A+ Certification
12 8 (2.02%) ITIL Certification
12 8 (2.02%) CCA
12 8 (2.02%) MCP
13 7 (1.76%) Degree
14 6 (1.51%) CCEE
15 4 (1.01%) CCAA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (6.30%) SLA
1 25 (6.30%) QA
2 18 (4.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 171 (43.07%) Active Directory
2 56 (14.11%) VMware Infrastructure
3 40 (10.08%) XenApp
4 38 (9.57%) Hyper-V
5 14 (3.53%) XenDesktop
6 11 (2.77%) VMware ESXi
6 11 (2.77%) BitLocker
6 11 (2.77%) VMware ESX
7 9 (2.27%) Terminal Services
8 8 (2.02%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 8 (2.02%) Microsoft App-V
8 8 (2.02%) MetaFrame
9 7 (1.76%) EMC RecoverPoint
10 6 (1.51%) vSphere
11 4 (1.01%) ISA Server
12 3 (0.76%) XenServer
13 2 (0.50%) VMware Server
13 2 (0.50%) Terminal Server
13 2 (0.50%) Xen
13 2 (0.50%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 60 (15.11%) SCCM
2 10 (2.52%) Puppet
3 6 (1.51%) HP Quality Center
3 6 (1.51%) Vagrant
4 5 (1.26%) Backup Exec
5 4 (1.01%) Oracle RMAN
5 4 (1.01%) SCOM
5 4 (1.01%) HP Data Protector
5 4 (1.01%) Data Guard
5 4 (1.01%) MIMEsweeper
6 3 (0.76%) Norton AntiVirus
6 3 (0.76%) EMC NetWorker
6 3 (0.76%) Hyperic
6 3 (0.76%) Cisco CUCM
6 3 (0.76%) AirWatch
7 2 (0.50%) McAfee ePO
7 2 (0.50%) NetBackup
7 2 (0.50%) CA Single Sign-On
7 2 (0.50%) Tivoli
8 1 (0.25%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 170 (42.82%) Microsoft
2 112 (28.21%) Citrix
3 109 (27.46%) VMware
4 44 (11.08%) Oracle
5 40 (10.08%) Cisco
6 24 (6.05%) CheckPoint
7 23 (5.79%) AppSense
8 21 (5.29%) HP
9 20 (5.04%) Red Hat
10 18 (4.53%) NetApp
10 18 (4.53%) Wyse
11 17 (4.28%) Lotus
12 16 (4.03%) EMC
13 12 (3.02%) Symantec
14 10 (2.52%) McAfee
15 9 (2.27%) Clearswift
16 8 (2.02%) SolarWinds
17 7 (1.76%) Sophos
17 7 (1.76%) Apple
17 7 (1.76%) Nortel
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