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 29 April 2016 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.

3 months to
29 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Windows
Rank 7 9 5
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -4
Contract jobs citing Windows 196 185 198
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 10.82% 11.16% 14.35%
As % of the Operating Systems category 56.00% 61.06% 71.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 92 81 84
Average daily rate £325 £325 £283
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +15.04%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £121 £160 £110
10% offered a daily rate of more than £497 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £339 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+4.23% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 33 35
Average hourly rate £13.50 £13.50 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -3.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.80 £10.01 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.60 £19.00 £25.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.25 £15.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+1.66% -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 Manchester region.

Operating Systems Category
Manchester
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Operating Systems category
350 303 276
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 19.33% 18.28% 20.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 183 135 125
Average daily rate £350 £338 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.70% +8.87%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £173 £120
10% offered a daily rate of more than £490 £475 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £338 £320
% change year-on-year
+7.40% +5.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 33 37
Average hourly rate £15.00 £13.87 £15.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.14% -10.51%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.03 £10.01 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £173.00 £19.82 £25.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £15.80 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+7.59% -1.25%

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 29 April 2016.

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 29 April 2016.

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 29 April 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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
Rochdale - 2 £300 - 1
Oldham +1 1 - - 3
Audenshaw 0 1 - -
Stockport -6 1 £300 - 8
Ashton-under-Lyne - 1 - -
Salford - 1 £425 - 2
Windows
North West

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, 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.

1 162 (37.59%) Active Directory
2 133 (30.86%) Microsoft
3 107 (24.83%) Windows Server
4 88 (20.42%) Windows Server 2012
5 83 (19.26%) Windows 7
6 80 (18.56%) VMware
6 80 (18.56%) Linux
7 74 (17.17%) Migration
8 69 (16.01%) Citrix
9 68 (15.78%) Unix
9 68 (15.78%) Windows Server 2008
10 67 (15.55%) DNS
11 65 (15.08%) MS Office
12 61 (14.15%) ITIL
13 59 (13.69%) SQL Server
13 59 (13.69%) Finance
14 51 (11.83%) Data Centre
15 50 (11.60%) SQL
16 47 (10.90%) Windows XP
17 46 (10.67%) Windows Server 2003
18 43 (9.98%) TCP/IP
19 41 (9.51%) Cisco
19 41 (9.51%) MS Excel
20 40 (9.28%) Oracle
20 40 (9.28%) HP
21 37 (8.58%) DHCP
22 35 (8.12%) Banking
23 34 (7.89%) VMware Infrastructure
24 33 (7.66%) Java
25 31 (7.19%) PowerShell

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, 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 27 (6.26%) MS Exchange
2 22 (5.10%) Apache
3 21 (4.87%) IIS
4 17 (3.94%) WebSphere
5 14 (3.25%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 14 (3.25%) Tomcat
6 13 (3.02%) SharePoint
6 13 (3.02%) WebLogic
7 10 (2.32%) WebSphere Application Server
8 6 (1.39%) JBoss
8 6 (1.39%) Skype for Business
9 5 (1.16%) IBM Notes
10 4 (0.93%) CMS
10 4 (0.93%) Exchange Server 2010
10 4 (0.93%) Exchange Server 2013
10 4 (0.93%) OpenStack
10 4 (0.93%) Oracle Application Server
10 4 (0.93%) SharePoint 2013
10 4 (0.93%) SharePoint Server
11 3 (0.70%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 65 (15.08%) MS Office
2 41 (9.51%) MS Excel
3 12 (2.78%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (0.93%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.70%) MS Project
5 3 (0.70%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 6 (1.39%) Oracle 11i
1 6 (1.39%) Oracle Applications
2 5 (1.16%) SystmOne
3 4 (0.93%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.93%) Oracle EBS
3 4 (0.93%) Oracle EBS R12
3 4 (0.93%) Remedy ITSM
4 2 (0.46%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.23%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.23%) Magento
5 1 (0.23%) OpenCart
5 1 (0.23%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 23 (5.34%) Office 365
2 9 (2.09%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (1.86%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (0.93%) Amazon EC2
4 4 (0.93%) Azure Active Directory
5 3 (0.70%) IaaS
6 2 (0.46%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (0.46%) Google App Engine
6 2 (0.46%) Google Cloud Platform
6 2 (0.46%) SoftLayer
7 1 (0.23%) PaaS
7 1 (0.23%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 67 (15.55%) DNS
2 43 (9.98%) TCP/IP
3 37 (8.58%) DHCP
4 19 (4.41%) Firewall
4 19 (4.41%) NetScaler
5 15 (3.48%) SMTP
6 14 (3.25%) VPN
7 13 (3.02%) SAN
7 13 (3.02%) SSL
8 11 (2.55%) LAN
8 11 (2.55%) Network Security
8 11 (2.55%) SNMP
9 9 (2.09%) FTP
9 9 (2.09%) HTTP
10 8 (1.86%) VoIP
10 8 (1.86%) WAN
11 6 (1.39%) Wireless
12 5 (1.16%) SSH
12 5 (1.16%) VLAN
13 4 (0.93%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 59 (13.69%) SQL Server
2 22 (5.10%) SQL Server 2012
3 21 (4.87%) Oracle Database
4 11 (2.55%) Oracle Database 10g
5 10 (2.32%) DB2
5 10 (2.32%) PostgreSQL
5 10 (2.32%) SQL Server 2008
6 8 (1.86%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 7 (1.62%) Oracle Database 11g
8 5 (1.16%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 4 (0.93%) MySQL
9 4 (0.93%) Oracle Database 12c
9 4 (0.93%) Oracle Discoverer
10 3 (0.70%) SQL Server 2014
11 2 (0.46%) Oracle9i Database
11 2 (0.46%) Relational Database
11 2 (0.46%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 1 (0.23%) MS Access
12 1 (0.23%) Oracle BI EE
12 1 (0.23%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 19 (4.41%) Subversion
1 19 (4.41%) Visual Studio
2 11 (2.55%) Git (software)
2 11 (2.55%) Jenkins
3 10 (2.32%) MSI
4 9 (2.09%) Team Foundation Server
5 8 (1.86%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 6 (1.39%) JIRA
7 5 (1.16%) Toad
8 4 (0.93%) Appcelerator Titanium
8 4 (0.93%) ClearCase
8 4 (0.93%) Maven
8 4 (0.93%) Xcode
9 3 (0.70%) Moq
10 2 (0.46%) Eclipse
10 2 (0.46%) GitLab
10 2 (0.46%) Gradle
10 2 (0.46%) TestDirector
10 2 (0.46%) Travis CI
10 2 (0.46%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 59 (13.69%) Finance
2 35 (8.12%) Banking
3 16 (3.71%) Manufacturing
4 14 (3.25%) Law
4 14 (3.25%) Legal
5 13 (3.02%) Telecoms
6 11 (2.55%) Retail
7 6 (1.39%) Marketing
8 4 (0.93%) Back Office
9 3 (0.70%) French Language
9 3 (0.70%) German Language
10 2 (0.46%) Electronics
11 1 (0.23%) Advertising
11 1 (0.23%) Automotive
11 1 (0.23%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.23%) Italian Language
11 1 (0.23%) Local Government
11 1 (0.23%) Pharmaceutical
11 1 (0.23%) Retail Banking
11 1 (0.23%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 108 (25.06%) Analyst
2 37 (8.58%) Support Analyst
3 35 (8.12%) Developer
4 33 (7.66%) Support Engineer
5 30 (6.96%) Desktop Engineer
5 30 (6.96%) Service Analyst
6 28 (6.50%) Service Desk Analyst
7 23 (5.34%) Desktop Support
8 22 (5.10%) Architect
9 20 (4.64%) 2nd Line Support
9 20 (4.64%) Consultant
10 18 (4.18%) DBA
11 17 (3.94%) Administrator
11 17 (3.94%) Citrix Specialist
11 17 (3.94%) Technical Analyst
12 15 (3.48%) Applications Support
13 14 (3.25%) 1st Line Support
13 14 (3.25%) Desktop Analyst
13 14 (3.25%) Desktop Support Analyst
14 13 (3.02%) Applications Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (6.96%) .NET
2 28 (6.50%) XML
3 22 (5.10%) Web Services
4 18 (4.18%) HTML
5 15 (3.48%) ASP.NET
5 15 (3.48%) jQuery
6 11 (2.55%) WebSphere MQ
7 10 (2.32%) HTML5
7 10 (2.32%) LAPP Stack
8 9 (2.09%) IBM Integration Bus
8 9 (2.09%) JSON
8 9 (2.09%) Middleware
9 8 (1.86%) AngularJS
10 7 (1.62%) CSS
11 6 (1.39%) Java EE
11 6 (1.39%) WCF
11 6 (1.39%) WinForms
12 5 (1.16%) .NET Framework
12 5 (1.16%) Ajax
12 5 (1.16%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 51 (11.83%) Data Centre
2 24 (5.57%) Analytical Skills
3 23 (5.34%) NHS
4 17 (3.94%) Blackberry
5 16 (3.71%) Mainframe
6 14 (3.25%) Fat Client
6 14 (3.25%) Thin Client
7 11 (2.55%) Computer Science
8 10 (2.32%) Life Science
9 9 (2.09%) EPoS
9 9 (2.09%) PKI
10 6 (1.39%) Client/Server
11 5 (1.16%) Clustering
11 5 (1.16%) Management Information System
11 5 (1.16%) Mobile App
11 5 (1.16%) Video Conferencing
12 3 (0.70%) Data Extraction
12 3 (0.70%) Social Media
13 2 (0.46%) Statistics
13 2 (0.46%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 107 (24.83%) Windows Server
2 88 (20.42%) Windows Server 2012
3 83 (19.26%) Windows 7
4 80 (18.56%) Linux
5 68 (15.78%) Unix
5 68 (15.78%) Windows Server 2008
6 47 (10.90%) Windows XP
7 46 (10.67%) Windows Server 2003
8 21 (4.87%) Windows 8
9 18 (4.18%) AIX
9 18 (4.18%) Apple iOS
10 13 (3.02%) Mac OS
10 13 (3.02%) Windows 10
11 11 (2.55%) Android
12 10 (2.32%) Solaris
13 8 (1.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 8 (1.86%) Windows Vista
14 7 (1.62%) Mac OS X
15 6 (1.39%) CentOS
16 4 (0.93%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 74 (17.17%) Migration
2 61 (14.15%) ITIL
3 30 (6.96%) Agile Software Development
4 22 (5.10%) Application Packaging
5 14 (3.25%) OO
6 13 (3.02%) Problem Management
6 13 (3.02%) Software Engineering
7 12 (2.78%) DevOps
7 12 (2.78%) Document Management
7 12 (2.78%) TDD
8 10 (2.32%) ITSM
8 10 (2.32%) Server Virtualisation
8 10 (2.32%) SIEM
8 10 (2.32%) Waterfall
9 9 (2.09%) Continuous Integration
9 9 (2.09%) Incident Management
9 9 (2.09%) Kalman Filter
9 9 (2.09%) Risk Management
9 9 (2.09%) Stakeholder Management
9 9 (2.09%) Technical Analysis
Programming Languages
1 50 (11.60%) SQL
2 33 (7.66%) Java
3 31 (7.19%) PowerShell
4 28 (6.50%) JavaScript
5 21 (4.87%) Shell Script
6 19 (4.41%) Bash Shell
7 17 (3.94%) Perl
8 13 (3.02%) C
8 13 (3.02%) C#
8 13 (3.02%) C++
8 13 (3.02%) VBScript
9 10 (2.32%) Objective-C
9 10 (2.32%) VB
10 9 (2.09%) AWK
11 8 (1.86%) Python
12 7 (1.62%) PHP
12 7 (1.62%) VB.NET
13 5 (1.16%) T-SQL
14 4 (0.93%) Korn
14 4 (0.93%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 22 (5.10%) Microsoft Certification
2 12 (2.78%) Security Cleared
3 10 (2.32%) Cisco Certification
3 10 (2.32%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 9 (2.09%) Degree
4 9 (2.09%) MCDST
5 8 (1.86%) CCNA
5 8 (1.86%) MOS
6 6 (1.39%) MCSE
6 6 (1.39%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 5 (1.16%) ITIL Certification
7 5 (1.16%) SC Cleared
8 4 (0.93%) CISM
8 4 (0.93%) CISSP
8 4 (0.93%) MCP
8 4 (0.93%) MCSA
9 2 (0.46%) ISEB
9 2 (0.46%) ISTQB
9 2 (0.46%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 2 (0.46%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (2.78%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 10 (2.32%) PCI DSS
3 8 (1.86%) QA
4 7 (1.62%) SLA
5 4 (0.93%) COBIT
System Software
1 162 (37.59%) Active Directory
2 34 (7.89%) VMware Infrastructure
3 26 (6.03%) Microsoft App-V
4 17 (3.94%) Hyper-V
5 11 (2.55%) XenApp
6 8 (1.86%) Oracle RAC
7 7 (1.62%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
8 5 (1.16%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 5 (1.16%) XenDesktop
9 3 (0.70%) KVM
9 3 (0.70%) UAG
9 3 (0.70%) vSphere
10 2 (0.46%) BitLocker
10 2 (0.46%) Dovecot
10 2 (0.46%) iptables
10 2 (0.46%) NFS
10 2 (0.46%) Sendmail
10 2 (0.46%) Squid
10 2 (0.46%) VMware ESXi
10 2 (0.46%) Xen
Systems Management
1 30 (6.96%) SCCM
2 9 (2.09%) Puppet
3 8 (1.86%) Data Guard
3 8 (1.86%) Norton AntiVirus
3 8 (1.86%) SCOM
3 8 (1.86%) Tivoli
4 7 (1.62%) NetBackup
4 7 (1.62%) Opscode Chef
5 4 (0.93%) OpenNebula
5 4 (0.93%) Oracle RMAN
5 4 (0.93%) SCVMM
6 3 (0.70%) Cacti
6 3 (0.70%) Nagios
6 3 (0.70%) ServiceCenter
6 3 (0.70%) vMotion
7 2 (0.46%) Cisco CUCM
7 2 (0.46%) HAProxy
7 2 (0.46%) SCSM
7 2 (0.46%) WSUS
7 2 (0.46%) yum
Vendors
1 133 (30.86%) Microsoft
2 80 (18.56%) VMware
3 69 (16.01%) Citrix
4 41 (9.51%) Cisco
5 40 (9.28%) HP
5 40 (9.28%) Oracle
6 20 (4.64%) AppSense
6 20 (4.64%) Wyse
7 18 (4.18%) IBM
8 17 (3.94%) Dell
9 14 (3.25%) Remedy
9 14 (3.25%) Symantec
10 13 (3.02%) NetApp
11 12 (2.78%) Red Hat
12 9 (2.09%) CA
12 9 (2.09%) Splunk
13 8 (1.86%) Intel Security
14 7 (1.62%) LANDesk
14 7 (1.62%) SAP
15 6 (1.39%) ServiceNow
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