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 August 2014 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 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Windows
Rank 4 10 4
Rank change year-on-year
+6 -6
Contract jobs citing Windows 197 135 209
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 14.94% 11.30% 14.55%
As % of the Operating Systems category 64.80% 56.02% 58.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 100 59 67
Average daily rate
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£323 £310 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.03% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £172 £160 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £400 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £305 £315 £313
% change year-on-year
-3.17% +0.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 24 39
Average hourly rate £15.00 £14.50 £15.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% -6.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.15 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £23.38 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
- -6.25%
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
304 241 355
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 23.05% 20.17% 24.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 171 121 119
Average daily rate £323 £300 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.50% -6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £200 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £400 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £323 £325 £320
% change year-on-year
-0.76% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 28 43
Average hourly rate £15.00 £13.00 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% -18.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £22.50 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
- -5.88%

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 August 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 29 August 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 29 August 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
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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
Salford -2 7 £325 +8.33% 2
Altrincham +1 4 £265 - 5
Bolton +1 3 - - 3
Oldham -2 3 £365 +342.42%
Wigan +1 2 - - 3
Stockport -7 2 - - 11
Bury - 2 £205 -
Cheadle - 2 - - 1
Rochdale - - - - 3
Sale - - - - 1
Windows
North West

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 29 August 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.

1 136 (37.88%) Microsoft
2 107 (29.81%) Active Directory
3 96 (26.74%) Windows 7
4 76 (21.17%) MS Office
5 73 (20.33%) VMware
6 70 (19.50%) Citrix
7 67 (18.66%) Windows Server 2008
8 63 (17.55%) ITIL
9 60 (16.71%) MS Excel
10 56 (15.60%) Finance
11 50 (13.93%) MS Exchange
12 48 (13.37%) Windows XP
12 48 (13.37%) UNIX
12 48 (13.37%) Windows Server 2003
13 46 (12.81%) SCCM
14 44 (12.26%) SAN
15 42 (11.70%) Microsoft Certification
16 39 (10.86%) Cisco
16 39 (10.86%) Linux
16 39 (10.86%) VMware Infrastructure
17 33 (9.19%) SQL
18 32 (8.91%) Hyper-V
19 31 (8.64%) Banking
20 29 (8.08%) Information Security
20 29 (8.08%) .NET
20 29 (8.08%) Business Analysis
21 28 (7.80%) MCSE
21 28 (7.80%) Management Information System
22 27 (7.52%) Project Management
23 25 (6.96%) Mainframe

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 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 50 (13.93%) MS Exchange
2 24 (6.69%) Exchange Server 2010
3 12 (3.34%) Exchange Server 2007
4 11 (3.06%) SharePoint
5 6 (1.67%) IIS
5 6 (1.67%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 6 (1.67%) WebSphere
5 6 (1.67%) SharePoint 2010
6 5 (1.39%) Exchange Server 2003
6 5 (1.39%) Tomcat
7 4 (1.11%) CICS
7 4 (1.11%) Confluence
8 3 (0.84%) Lync
8 3 (0.84%) BizTalk Server
8 3 (0.84%) WebSphere Application Server
9 2 (0.56%) IBM Notes
9 2 (0.56%) Apache
9 2 (0.56%) WebLogic
10 1 (0.28%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 1 (0.28%) CMS
Applications
1 76 (21.17%) MS Office
2 60 (16.71%) MS Excel
3 5 (1.39%) MS Project
4 4 (1.11%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.28%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 6 (1.67%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (1.39%) SAP PM
3 3 (0.84%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 3 (0.84%) Office 365
2 2 (0.56%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.28%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 44 (12.26%) SAN
2 25 (6.96%) Firewall
3 20 (5.57%) LAN
3 20 (5.57%) DNS
4 17 (4.74%) Wireless
4 17 (4.74%) DHCP
5 15 (4.18%) VPN
6 13 (3.62%) WAN
7 10 (2.79%) TCP/IP
8 7 (1.95%) HTTP
9 4 (1.11%) VoIP
9 4 (1.11%) IPsec
9 4 (1.11%) Wireshark
9 4 (1.11%) AMQP
10 3 (0.84%) VLAN
10 3 (0.84%) Intranet
10 3 (0.84%) Internet
11 2 (0.56%) Structured Cabling
11 2 (0.56%) NetScaler
11 2 (0.56%) ADSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (6.69%) SQL Server
2 14 (3.90%) SQL Server 2008
3 10 (2.79%) SQL Server 2005
4 7 (1.95%) Oracle Database
5 6 (1.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 5 (1.39%) QlikView
7 4 (1.11%) Data Mining
8 3 (0.84%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 3 (0.84%) DB2
8 3 (0.84%) Hazelcast
8 3 (0.84%) SQL Server 2012
9 2 (0.56%) Relational Database
9 2 (0.56%) RDBMS
9 2 (0.56%) SQLPlus
9 2 (0.56%) NoSQL
10 1 (0.28%) RavenDB
10 1 (0.28%) MSDE
10 1 (0.28%) Oracle Database 10g
10 1 (0.28%) MySQL
10 1 (0.28%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 9 (2.51%) Eclipse
2 8 (2.23%) Visual Studio
3 7 (1.95%) MSTest
4 5 (1.39%) Subversion
5 4 (1.11%) Gradle
5 4 (1.11%) JUnit
5 4 (1.11%) JIRA
5 4 (1.11%) Mercurial
6 3 (0.84%) Maven
6 3 (0.84%) MSI
6 3 (0.84%) InstallShield
6 3 (0.84%) AdminStudio
7 2 (0.56%) Team Foundation Server
8 1 (0.28%) Wise Package Studio
8 1 (0.28%) Xcode
8 1 (0.28%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 56 (15.60%) Finance
2 31 (8.64%) Banking
3 8 (2.23%) Retail
4 4 (1.11%) Manufacturing
5 3 (0.84%) Back Office
5 3 (0.84%) Legal
6 2 (0.56%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.28%) Multimedia
7 1 (0.28%) Local Government
7 1 (0.28%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.28%) Advertising
7 1 (0.28%) Law
Job Titles
1 91 (25.35%) Analyst
2 35 (9.75%) Developer
3 32 (8.91%) Service Analyst
4 31 (8.64%) Desktop Support
4 31 (8.64%) 2nd Line Support
4 31 (8.64%) Service Desk Analyst
5 27 (7.52%) Support Engineer
6 26 (7.24%) Project Manager
7 24 (6.69%) Administrator
7 24 (6.69%) Support Analyst
8 20 (5.57%) 3rd Line Support
9 19 (5.29%) Business Analyst
10 18 (5.01%) Consultant
11 15 (4.18%) Architect
12 14 (3.90%) .NET Developer
12 14 (3.90%) Desktop Engineer
13 12 (3.34%) Desktop Support Engineer
13 12 (3.34%) 1st Line Support
14 10 (2.79%) Support Consultant
14 10 (2.79%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (8.08%) .NET
2 22 (6.13%) Web Services
3 17 (4.74%) ASP.NET
4 16 (4.46%) .NET Framework
5 12 (3.34%) Middleware
5 12 (3.34%) WCF
6 11 (3.06%) WinForms
7 9 (2.51%) WPF
7 9 (2.51%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
8 8 (2.23%) CSS
8 8 (2.23%) HTML
9 7 (1.95%) LINQ
9 7 (1.95%) JMS
10 6 (1.67%) XML
10 6 (1.67%) Regular Expression
11 5 (1.39%) jQuery
11 5 (1.39%) SOAP
12 4 (1.11%) EJB
12 4 (1.11%) Java EE
12 4 (1.11%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 28 (7.80%) Management Information System
2 25 (6.96%) Mainframe
3 12 (3.34%) Economics
4 10 (2.79%) Clustering
4 10 (2.79%) Blackberry
5 8 (2.23%) NHS
5 8 (2.23%) iPad
6 7 (1.95%) PMI
7 6 (1.67%) Enterprise Software
7 6 (1.67%) Statistics
7 6 (1.67%) Tandem
8 5 (1.39%) Computer Science
9 4 (1.11%) Replication
9 4 (1.11%) Smartphone
10 3 (0.84%) Life Science
11 2 (0.56%) Client/Server
11 2 (0.56%) Firmware
11 2 (0.56%) Handset
11 2 (0.56%) GIS
11 2 (0.56%) iSeries
Operating Systems
1 96 (26.74%) Windows 7
2 67 (18.66%) Windows Server 2008
3 48 (13.37%) Windows XP
3 48 (13.37%) UNIX
3 48 (13.37%) Windows Server 2003
4 39 (10.86%) Linux
5 25 (6.96%) Windows Server 2012
6 12 (3.34%) Windows 8
7 10 (2.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 8 (2.23%) Windows 2000
9 7 (1.95%) Solaris
9 7 (1.95%) AIX
10 6 (1.67%) HPUX
10 6 (1.67%) Windows Vista
10 6 (1.67%) Android
11 5 (1.39%) Windows NT
12 4 (1.11%) Apple iOS
13 2 (0.56%) Mac OS X
13 2 (0.56%) NetWare
13 2 (0.56%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 63 (17.55%) ITIL
2 29 (8.08%) Information Security
2 29 (8.08%) Business Analysis
3 27 (7.52%) Project Management
4 25 (6.96%) Migration
5 18 (5.01%) PRINCE2
5 18 (5.01%) Product Management
6 16 (4.46%) Stakeholder Management
7 14 (3.90%) OO
8 13 (3.62%) Vulnerability Management
9 10 (2.79%) MVC
9 10 (2.79%) Service Management
9 10 (2.79%) Disaster Recovery
9 10 (2.79%) Incident Management
10 9 (2.51%) Programme Management
11 7 (1.95%) Time Management
11 7 (1.95%) Change Management
12 6 (1.67%) CRM
12 6 (1.67%) Scrum
12 6 (1.67%) Business Continuity
Programming Languages
1 33 (9.19%) SQL
2 19 (5.29%) C#
3 16 (4.46%) PowerShell
4 15 (4.18%) Java
5 11 (3.06%) Perl
5 11 (3.06%) VBScript
6 7 (1.95%) PL/SQL
7 6 (1.67%) JavaScript
8 5 (1.39%) Groovy
9 4 (1.11%) T-SQL
10 3 (0.84%) XPath
10 3 (0.84%) Shell Script
10 3 (0.84%) VB
10 3 (0.84%) C
11 2 (0.56%) Python
11 2 (0.56%) VB.NET
11 2 (0.56%) Objective-C
12 1 (0.28%) VB6
12 1 (0.28%) Ruby
12 1 (0.28%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 42 (11.70%) Microsoft Certification
2 28 (7.80%) MCSE
3 17 (4.74%) Security Cleared
3 17 (4.74%) Degree
4 15 (4.18%) SC Cleared
5 13 (3.62%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 13 (3.62%) MCITP
5 13 (3.62%) MCP
6 10 (2.79%) MCSA
7 9 (2.51%) MCTS
7 9 (2.51%) VCP5
8 7 (1.95%) Cisco Certification
8 7 (1.95%) PMP
8 7 (1.95%) PMI Certification
8 7 (1.95%) CCNA
9 6 (1.67%) ITIL Certification
10 4 (1.11%) CISSP
10 4 (1.11%) CISA
11 3 (0.84%) ISEB
11 3 (0.84%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (3.62%) SLA
2 7 (1.95%) QA
3 5 (1.39%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.28%) COBIT
System Software
1 107 (29.81%) Active Directory
2 39 (10.86%) VMware Infrastructure
3 32 (8.91%) Hyper-V
4 17 (4.74%) VMware ESX
5 13 (3.62%) XenApp
6 5 (1.39%) Forefront TMG
6 5 (1.39%) Microsoft App-V
7 4 (1.11%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 2 (0.56%) RHEV
8 2 (0.56%) Terminal Services
8 2 (0.56%) ISA Server
8 2 (0.56%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.28%) RACF
9 1 (0.28%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 46 (12.81%) SCCM
2 19 (5.29%) Backup Exec
3 15 (4.18%) SCOM
4 5 (1.39%) SCSM
5 4 (1.11%) WSUS
6 3 (0.84%) McAfee ePO
6 3 (0.84%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 3 (0.84%) Control-M
6 3 (0.84%) HP SiteScope
7 2 (0.56%) ARCserve
7 2 (0.56%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 1 (0.28%) Oracle Identity Manager
8 1 (0.28%) ServiceCenter
8 1 (0.28%) Business Desktop Deployment
8 1 (0.28%) Cisco IPCC
8 1 (0.28%) NetBackup
8 1 (0.28%) ZENworks
8 1 (0.28%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 1 (0.28%) Nagios
8 1 (0.28%) OpenView
Vendors
1 136 (37.88%) Microsoft
2 73 (20.33%) VMware
3 70 (19.50%) Citrix
4 39 (10.86%) Cisco
5 25 (6.96%) HP
6 23 (6.41%) Oracle
7 19 (5.29%) Symantec
8 16 (4.46%) Juniper
9 13 (3.62%) Red Hat
10 11 (3.06%) IBM
11 9 (2.51%) McAfee
12 8 (2.23%) SAP
12 8 (2.23%) Splunk
13 7 (1.95%) CheckPoint
13 7 (1.95%) EMC
13 7 (1.95%) Cyber-Ark
14 6 (1.67%) Dell
14 6 (1.67%) Avaya
14 6 (1.67%) CA
14 6 (1.67%) NetApp
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