The first table below looks at the demand 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 18 April 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 Manchester 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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Windows
Rank 5 6 7
Rank change year-on-year
+1 +1
Contract jobs citing Windows 206 121 163
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 14.56% 12.54% 11.75%
As % of the Operating Systems category 72.79% 62.37% 54.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 88 43 59
Average daily rate £275 £270 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.85% -12.90%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £110 £125 £136
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £375 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £300 £320
% change year-on-year
- -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 33 36
Average hourly rate £13.75 £16.00 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-14.06% -5.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £9.60 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.44 £26.30 £37.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -6.25%
Operating Systems Category
Manchester
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Operating Systems category
283 194 297
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 20.00% 20.10% 21.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 133 78 123
Average daily rate £300 £270 £315
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% -14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £120 £125 £148
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £375 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £320 £315 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.58% -3.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 33 40
Average hourly rate £14.25 £16.00 £17.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.96% -7.24%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £9.25 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.71 £27.00 £25.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
- -5.88%
Windows
North West

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 18 April 2014.

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 18 April 2014.

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 18 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Stockport +2 7 £233 +8.13% 9
Wigan 0 6 - - 3
Bolton -4 5 £200 -27.27% 6
Oldham -1 3 £158 +26.00% 5
Salford -2 2 - - 6
Rochdale 0 1 £190 +26.66% 2
Altrincham -12 1 - - 2
Sale - - - - 1
Bury - - - -
Cheadle - - - - 3
Windows
North West

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, 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.

1 146 (38.73%) Microsoft
2 144 (38.20%) Active Directory
3 109 (28.91%) Windows 7
4 79 (20.95%) Citrix
5 76 (20.16%) MS Office
6 74 (19.63%) ITIL
7 71 (18.83%) MS Exchange
8 69 (18.30%) Windows XP
9 66 (17.51%) UNIX
9 66 (17.51%) Windows Server 2008
10 55 (14.59%) MS Excel
11 54 (14.32%) VMware
12 45 (11.94%) Finance
13 42 (11.14%) SCCM
14 41 (10.88%) SQL
15 40 (10.61%) Firewall
16 38 (10.08%) Migration
17 37 (9.81%) VMware Infrastructure
18 36 (9.55%) HP
19 35 (9.28%) VPN
19 35 (9.28%) Windows Server 2003
20 33 (8.75%) Microsoft Certification
21 31 (8.22%) Service Management
22 30 (7.96%) Oracle
23 29 (7.69%) DNS
23 29 (7.69%) Cisco
23 29 (7.69%) SCOM
24 28 (7.43%) Blackberry
25 27 (7.16%) DHCP
25 27 (7.16%) SQL Server

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, 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 71 (18.83%) MS Exchange
2 27 (7.16%) Exchange Server 2010
3 20 (5.31%) IBM Notes
4 19 (5.04%) SharePoint
5 15 (3.98%) Exchange Server 2007
6 13 (3.45%) Exchange Server 2003
7 12 (3.18%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 11 (2.92%) IIS
9 9 (2.39%) Lync
10 8 (2.12%) SharePoint 2010
10 8 (2.12%) CICS
11 5 (1.33%) WebSphere
12 4 (1.06%) SharePoint 2013
13 3 (0.80%) BizTalk Server
13 3 (0.80%) Tomcat
14 2 (0.53%) Exchange Server 2013
14 2 (0.53%) WorkSite
14 2 (0.53%) WebSphere Application Server
14 2 (0.53%) IBM HTTP Server
15 1 (0.27%) Site Server
Applications
1 76 (20.16%) MS Office
2 55 (14.59%) MS Excel
3 5 (1.33%) MS Project
4 4 (1.06%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.80%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (1.33%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.80%) SAP PM
3 2 (0.53%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.53%) assyst
3 2 (0.53%) Oracle iProcurement
3 2 (0.53%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 9 (2.39%) Office 365
2 5 (1.33%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.27%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.27%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 40 (10.61%) Firewall
2 35 (9.28%) VPN
3 29 (7.69%) DNS
4 27 (7.16%) DHCP
5 22 (5.84%) WAN
5 22 (5.84%) SAN
6 21 (5.57%) LAN
7 15 (3.98%) Wireless
8 13 (3.45%) TCP/IP
9 11 (2.92%) VoIP
9 11 (2.92%) IP Telephony
10 10 (2.65%) SSL
11 8 (2.12%) IPv4
11 8 (2.12%) Internet
12 7 (1.86%) Network Security
12 7 (1.86%) Nortel Meridian
13 6 (1.59%) HTTP
14 5 (1.33%) Intranet
15 4 (1.06%) NAS
15 4 (1.06%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (7.16%) SQL Server
2 19 (5.04%) Oracle Database
3 11 (2.92%) Oracle Database 11g
4 7 (1.86%) SQL Server 2008
5 6 (1.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 5 (1.33%) QlikView
7 4 (1.06%) SQL Server 2005
7 4 (1.06%) Ingres
8 3 (0.80%) SQLPlus
8 3 (0.80%) DB2
8 3 (0.80%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 2 (0.53%) NoSQL
9 2 (0.53%) SQL Server 2012
9 2 (0.53%) Hadoop
9 2 (0.53%) Oracle Database 10g
9 2 (0.53%) Oracle9i Database
10 1 (0.27%) MSDE
10 1 (0.27%) DataStage
10 1 (0.27%) MS Access
10 1 (0.27%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 10 (2.65%) MSI
2 8 (2.12%) Visual Studio
2 8 (2.12%) InstallShield
3 5 (1.33%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (0.80%) Eclipse
4 3 (0.80%) Toad
4 3 (0.80%) MSTest
4 3 (0.80%) JIRA
4 3 (0.80%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 2 (0.53%) Cucumber
5 2 (0.53%) SpecFlow
5 2 (0.53%) Selenium
6 1 (0.27%) AdminStudio
6 1 (0.27%) LoadRunner
6 1 (0.27%) Git (software)
6 1 (0.27%) Wise Package Studio
6 1 (0.27%) Subversion
6 1 (0.27%) Rational Rhapsody
6 1 (0.27%) MSBuild
General
1 45 (11.94%) Finance
2 25 (6.63%) Banking
3 8 (2.12%) Local Government
3 8 (2.12%) Retail
4 5 (1.33%) Manufacturing
5 4 (1.06%) Multimedia
5 4 (1.06%) Telecoms
6 3 (0.80%) Back Office
6 3 (0.80%) Games
6 3 (0.80%) Legal
7 2 (0.53%) Marketing
7 2 (0.53%) Law
7 2 (0.53%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 76 (20.16%) Analyst
2 41 (10.88%) Support Engineer
3 31 (8.22%) Project Manager
3 31 (8.22%) 2nd Line Support
4 28 (7.43%) Service Analyst
5 24 (6.37%) Service Desk Analyst
5 24 (6.37%) Support Analyst
6 22 (5.84%) Applications Packager
6 22 (5.84%) Desktop Support
7 21 (5.57%) Consultant
8 19 (5.04%) Developer
9 18 (4.77%) Architect
9 18 (4.77%) IT Support
10 15 (3.98%) 1st Line Support
11 12 (3.18%) Security Analyst
11 12 (3.18%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
11 12 (3.18%) DBA
12 10 (2.65%) Infrastructure Architect
12 10 (2.65%) Oracle DBA
12 10 (2.65%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (6.63%) .NET
2 21 (5.57%) Application Packaging
3 20 (5.31%) Web Services
4 14 (3.71%) ASP.NET
5 13 (3.45%) CSS
6 12 (3.18%) HTML
7 11 (2.92%) WCF
7 11 (2.92%) .NET Framework
8 10 (2.65%) XML
9 8 (2.12%) jQuery
9 8 (2.12%) Middleware
10 7 (1.86%) WinForms
10 7 (1.86%) WPF
10 7 (1.86%) HTML5
11 6 (1.59%) SOAP
12 5 (1.33%) LINQ
12 5 (1.33%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
13 4 (1.06%) ASP.NET Web Forms
13 4 (1.06%) REST
13 4 (1.06%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 28 (7.43%) Blackberry
2 21 (5.57%) Mainframe
3 11 (2.92%) Clustering
3 11 (2.92%) Management Information System
4 8 (2.12%) iPad
4 8 (2.12%) NHS
5 6 (1.59%) Economics
5 6 (1.59%) PMI
6 5 (1.33%) Replication
6 5 (1.33%) Statistics
7 4 (1.06%) Enterprise Software
7 4 (1.06%) Smartphone
7 4 (1.06%) Fat Client
7 4 (1.06%) IBM Mainframe
7 4 (1.06%) Thin Client
7 4 (1.06%) AS400
8 3 (0.80%) Kindle
8 3 (0.80%) Social Media
8 3 (0.80%) Mobile App
8 3 (0.80%) New Media
Operating Systems
1 109 (28.91%) Windows 7
2 69 (18.30%) Windows XP
3 66 (17.51%) UNIX
3 66 (17.51%) Windows Server 2008
4 35 (9.28%) Windows Server 2003
5 26 (6.90%) Linux
5 26 (6.90%) Windows 2000
6 23 (6.10%) Windows 8
7 19 (5.04%) Windows Server 2012
8 18 (4.77%) NetWare
9 15 (3.98%) Windows NT
10 10 (2.65%) Windows Vista
11 8 (2.12%) Solaris
12 7 (1.86%) Apple iOS
13 5 (1.33%) AIX
14 3 (0.80%) Mac OS X
14 3 (0.80%) Android
15 2 (0.53%) Windows Mobile
15 2 (0.53%) Windows 2000 Server
15 2 (0.53%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 74 (19.63%) ITIL
2 38 (10.08%) Migration
3 31 (8.22%) Service Management
4 22 (5.84%) Information Security
5 21 (5.57%) PRINCE2
6 17 (4.51%) Project Management
7 14 (3.71%) Disaster Recovery
7 14 (3.71%) Stakeholder Management
8 13 (3.45%) Incident Management
9 11 (2.92%) MVC
9 11 (2.92%) Problem Management
10 10 (2.65%) Customer Engagement
11 9 (2.39%) Performance Monitoring
11 9 (2.39%) Change Control
12 8 (2.12%) Business Analysis
12 8 (2.12%) Supplier Management
13 7 (1.86%) Change Management
13 7 (1.86%) ITSM
13 7 (1.86%) CRM
14 6 (1.59%) Vulnerability Management
Programming Languages
1 41 (10.88%) SQL
2 25 (6.63%) PowerShell
3 16 (4.24%) C#
4 15 (3.98%) VBScript
5 11 (2.92%) JavaScript
6 5 (1.33%) Perl
7 4 (1.06%) T-SQL
7 4 (1.06%) Java
7 4 (1.06%) VB
8 3 (0.80%) ActionScript
8 3 (0.80%) PL/SQL
8 3 (0.80%) Groovy
9 2 (0.53%) VB.NET
9 2 (0.53%) C
9 2 (0.53%) AppleScript
10 1 (0.27%) ABAP
10 1 (0.27%) VBA
10 1 (0.27%) C++
10 1 (0.27%) Delphi
Qualifications
1 33 (8.75%) Microsoft Certification
2 17 (4.51%) MCSE
3 16 (4.24%) Degree
4 12 (3.18%) MCITP
4 12 (3.18%) MCTS
5 9 (2.39%) MCP
5 9 (2.39%) MCSA
5 9 (2.39%) ISEB
5 9 (2.39%) CCNA
5 9 (2.39%) Cisco Certification
6 8 (2.12%) CISSP
7 6 (1.59%) Security Cleared
7 6 (1.59%) ITIL Certification
7 6 (1.59%) PMP
7 6 (1.59%) PMI Certification
7 6 (1.59%) CISA
8 4 (1.06%) DV Cleared
8 4 (1.06%) GIAC
9 2 (0.53%) CRISC
9 2 (0.53%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (6.63%) SLA
2 11 (2.92%) QA
3 1 (0.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (0.27%) HL7
System Software
1 144 (38.20%) Active Directory
2 37 (9.81%) VMware Infrastructure
3 24 (6.37%) XenDesktop
4 21 (5.57%) Microsoft App-V
5 17 (4.51%) Hyper-V
6 10 (2.65%) Oracle RAC
7 9 (2.39%) XenApp
8 7 (1.86%) VMware ESX
9 5 (1.33%) Terminal Server
9 5 (1.33%) Forefront TMG
10 4 (1.06%) vSphere
10 4 (1.06%) VMware Server
11 3 (0.80%) ISA Server
11 3 (0.80%) MetaFrame
12 2 (0.53%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 2 (0.53%) RACF
12 2 (0.53%) Terminal Services
12 2 (0.53%) VMware Workstation
13 1 (0.27%) Samba
13 1 (0.27%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 42 (11.14%) SCCM
2 29 (7.69%) SCOM
3 16 (4.24%) ServiceCenter
4 13 (3.45%) SCSM
5 12 (3.18%) Backup Exec
6 11 (2.92%) Data Guard
7 10 (2.65%) WSUS
8 6 (1.59%) WMI
8 6 (1.59%) MOM
9 5 (1.33%) Norton AntiVirus
10 3 (0.80%) McAfee ePO
10 3 (0.80%) HP SiteScope
11 2 (0.53%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 2 (0.53%) OpenView
11 2 (0.53%) ARCserve
11 2 (0.53%) Tivoli
11 2 (0.53%) Novell Identity Manager
11 2 (0.53%) NetBackup
12 1 (0.27%) Cisco IPCC
12 1 (0.27%) MIMEsweeper
Vendors
1 146 (38.73%) Microsoft
2 79 (20.95%) Citrix
3 54 (14.32%) VMware
4 36 (9.55%) HP
5 30 (7.96%) Oracle
6 29 (7.69%) Cisco
7 22 (5.84%) Avaya
8 21 (5.57%) Lotus
9 18 (4.77%) CheckPoint
9 18 (4.77%) Novell
10 16 (4.24%) Symantec
10 16 (4.24%) Wyse
11 14 (3.71%) Nortel
12 10 (2.65%) Mitel
12 10 (2.65%) Kaspersky
12 10 (2.65%) SurfControl
12 10 (2.65%) AppSense
12 10 (2.65%) McAfee
13 9 (2.39%) IBM
14 7 (1.86%) BT
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