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 22 December 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
22 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Windows
Rank 4 5 2
Rank change year-on-year
+1 -3
Contract jobs citing Windows 215 180 177
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 15.35% 15.58% 14.73%
As % of the Operating Systems category 66.36% 70.04% 62.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 107 92 69
Average daily rate
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£338 £275 £301
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+22.72% -8.48%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £159 £135 £148
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £500 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £300 £313
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 47 28 39
Average hourly rate £13.50 £18.10 £18.28
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-25.42% -0.97%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.44 £9.88
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.80 £30.30 £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.75 £14.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+1.72% -9.37%
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
324 257 283
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 23.13% 22.25% 23.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 164 126 131
Average daily rate £350 £288 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+21.73% -8.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £188 £135 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £500 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.00% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 47 29 40
Average hourly rate £14.00 £18.71 £20.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-25.15% -7.62%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.21 £11.63 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.50 £31.00 £30.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £15.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -11.76%

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 22 December 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 22 December 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 22 December 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 +7 9 £320 +6.66% 3
Stockport +7 7 £188 +7.14% 6
Oldham -2 3 £450 +44.00% 2
Wigan +1 2 - - 2
Altrincham +4 1 £450 - 1
Bolton -1 1 - - 1
Bury - 1 £500 -
Cheadle - - - -
Ashton-under-Lyne - - - -
Rochdale - - - - 2
Sale - - - -
Windows
North West

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 22 December 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.

1 158 (40.72%) Microsoft
2 139 (35.82%) Active Directory
3 105 (27.06%) Windows 7
4 98 (25.26%) MS Office
5 97 (25.00%) VMware
6 87 (22.42%) Citrix
7 72 (18.56%) ITIL
8 70 (18.04%) Windows XP
9 69 (17.78%) Linux
10 63 (16.24%) MS Excel
11 59 (15.21%) Windows Server 2008
12 51 (13.14%) VMware Infrastructure
13 50 (12.89%) SAN
13 50 (12.89%) Migration
14 49 (12.63%) MS Exchange
14 49 (12.63%) Finance
15 44 (11.34%) UNIX
16 43 (11.08%) Microsoft Certification
17 42 (10.82%) Windows Server 2012
18 39 (10.05%) SQL Server
18 39 (10.05%) Windows Server 2003
19 37 (9.54%) SQL
19 37 (9.54%) Oracle
20 35 (9.02%) HP
21 32 (8.25%) LAN
21 32 (8.25%) Firewall
22 30 (7.73%) Cisco
23 28 (7.22%) Project Management
23 28 (7.22%) SCCM
23 28 (7.22%) Analytical Skills

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 22 December 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 49 (12.63%) MS Exchange
2 22 (5.67%) Exchange Server 2010
3 17 (4.38%) IIS
4 13 (3.35%) IBM Notes
5 12 (3.09%) Tomcat
5 12 (3.09%) WebSphere
6 8 (2.06%) CICS
6 8 (2.06%) SharePoint
7 7 (1.80%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 7 (1.80%) Exchange Server 2013
8 6 (1.55%) Exchange Server 2007
8 6 (1.55%) Confluence
9 5 (1.29%) SharePoint 2010
9 5 (1.29%) Exchange Server 2003
9 5 (1.29%) Apache
10 4 (1.03%) WebLogic
11 3 (0.77%) WebSphere Application Server
11 3 (0.77%) SharePoint 2013
12 2 (0.52%) JBoss
12 2 (0.52%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 98 (25.26%) MS Office
2 63 (16.24%) MS Excel
3 4 (1.03%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (0.52%) MS Project
5 1 (0.26%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (0.52%) Oracle 11i
2 1 (0.26%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.26%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.26%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 8 (2.06%) Office 365
2 4 (1.03%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.26%) Amazon EMR
3 1 (0.26%) Amazon EC2
3 1 (0.26%) Amazon S3
3 1 (0.26%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 50 (12.89%) SAN
2 32 (8.25%) LAN
2 32 (8.25%) Firewall
3 25 (6.44%) WAN
4 19 (4.90%) DNS
5 16 (4.12%) NAS
6 14 (3.61%) TCP/IP
7 12 (3.09%) DHCP
7 12 (3.09%) Fibre Channel
7 12 (3.09%) Wireless
8 11 (2.84%) HTTP
9 10 (2.58%) VPN
9 10 (2.58%) Internet
10 8 (2.06%) VLAN
10 8 (2.06%) iSCSI
11 7 (1.80%) AMQP
12 5 (1.29%) Cisco ASA
12 5 (1.29%) NetScaler
12 5 (1.29%) Network Security
13 4 (1.03%) VPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (10.05%) SQL Server
2 11 (2.84%) SQL Server 2008
2 11 (2.84%) Oracle Database
3 8 (2.06%) Hazelcast
3 8 (2.06%) SQL Server 2005
4 6 (1.55%) NoSQL
5 5 (1.29%) MySQL
6 4 (1.03%) Hadoop
6 4 (1.03%) Relational Database
6 4 (1.03%) Oracle Database 11g
6 4 (1.03%) RDBMS
6 4 (1.03%) Oracle Database 10g
7 3 (0.77%) DB2
7 3 (0.77%) Oracle Reports
7 3 (0.77%) SQL Server 2012
8 2 (0.52%) Oracle BI Publisher
8 2 (0.52%) MongoDB
8 2 (0.52%) Big Data
8 2 (0.52%) SQLite
8 2 (0.52%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 10 (2.58%) Maven
1 10 (2.58%) JIRA
2 7 (1.80%) Subversion
3 6 (1.55%) Mercurial
3 6 (1.55%) JUnit
3 6 (1.55%) Eclipse
3 6 (1.55%) Gradle
4 5 (1.29%) Visual Studio
4 5 (1.29%) MSTest
5 3 (0.77%) Cucumber
5 3 (0.77%) Team Foundation Server
5 3 (0.77%) Xcode
5 3 (0.77%) Oracle Forms
6 2 (0.52%) Oracle APEX
6 2 (0.52%) Ant
6 2 (0.52%) Appcelerator Titanium
7 1 (0.26%) NuGet
7 1 (0.26%) Selenium
7 1 (0.26%) Fiddler
7 1 (0.26%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 49 (12.63%) Finance
2 21 (5.41%) Banking
3 15 (3.87%) Legal
4 7 (1.80%) Retail
5 4 (1.03%) Telecoms
6 3 (0.77%) Pharmaceutical
7 2 (0.52%) Back Office
7 2 (0.52%) Law
7 2 (0.52%) Manufacturing
7 2 (0.52%) Advertising
8 1 (0.26%) Publishing
8 1 (0.26%) Local Government
8 1 (0.26%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 88 (22.68%) Analyst
2 50 (12.89%) Developer
3 43 (11.08%) Service Analyst
4 42 (10.82%) Service Desk Analyst
5 27 (6.96%) Support Engineer
6 25 (6.44%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 23 (5.93%) 3rd Line Support
7 23 (5.93%) Desktop Support
7 23 (5.93%) Architect
8 21 (5.41%) 2nd Line Support
9 20 (5.15%) Administrator
10 17 (4.38%) Support Analyst
11 16 (4.12%) Project Manager
11 16 (4.12%) Java Developer
12 15 (3.87%) Server Engineer
13 14 (3.61%) Consultant
14 13 (3.35%) Business Analyst
14 13 (3.35%) 1st Line Support
15 12 (3.09%) Desktop Engineer
16 10 (2.58%) Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (6.70%) Web Services
2 23 (5.93%) XML
3 20 (5.15%) .NET
4 16 (4.12%) XSLT
5 15 (3.87%) JMS
6 13 (3.35%) Middleware
6 13 (3.35%) .NET Framework
7 12 (3.09%) HTML
8 10 (2.58%) XML Schema
8 10 (2.58%) CSS
8 10 (2.58%) Servlets
8 10 (2.58%) Spring
8 10 (2.58%) Grails
9 9 (2.32%) WPF
9 9 (2.32%) WebSphere MQ
10 8 (2.06%) JSON
10 8 (2.06%) J2SE
10 8 (2.06%) jQuery
10 8 (2.06%) CSS3
11 6 (1.55%) Regular Expression
Miscellaneous
1 28 (7.22%) Analytical Skills
2 17 (4.38%) Mainframe
2 17 (4.38%) Clustering
3 14 (3.61%) Management Information System
3 14 (3.61%) Replication
4 12 (3.09%) NHS
5 11 (2.84%) Blackberry
5 11 (2.84%) Computer Science
6 8 (2.06%) Life Science
7 7 (1.80%) Celerra
8 6 (1.55%) iPad
8 6 (1.55%) Enterprise Storage
9 5 (1.29%) Mobile App
9 5 (1.29%) Open Source
10 4 (1.03%) Economics
11 3 (0.77%) Statistics
11 3 (0.77%) User Experience
12 2 (0.52%) Data Structures
12 2 (0.52%) Algorithms
12 2 (0.52%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 105 (27.06%) Windows 7
2 70 (18.04%) Windows XP
3 69 (17.78%) Linux
4 59 (15.21%) Windows Server 2008
5 44 (11.34%) UNIX
6 42 (10.82%) Windows Server 2012
7 39 (10.05%) Windows Server 2003
8 22 (5.67%) Android
8 22 (5.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 21 (5.41%) Apple iOS
10 19 (4.90%) Solaris
11 12 (3.09%) Windows 8
12 10 (2.58%) HPUX
12 10 (2.58%) Windows NT
13 9 (2.32%) AIX
13 9 (2.32%) Windows 2000
13 9 (2.32%) Windows Phone
14 7 (1.80%) Windows Vista
15 5 (1.29%) Windows Mobile
16 3 (0.77%) NetWare
Processes & Methodologies
1 72 (18.56%) ITIL
2 50 (12.89%) Migration
3 28 (7.22%) Project Management
4 19 (4.90%) Agile Software Development
4 19 (4.90%) Business Analysis
5 17 (4.38%) PRINCE2
6 14 (3.61%) Service Management
7 13 (3.35%) Information Security
7 13 (3.35%) Scrum
7 13 (3.35%) Product Management
8 12 (3.09%) Disaster Recovery
8 12 (3.09%) OO
9 11 (2.84%) Programme Management
9 11 (2.84%) iOS Development
10 9 (2.32%) Change Control
10 9 (2.32%) Stakeholder Management
10 9 (2.32%) Incident Management
11 8 (2.06%) Software Engineering
11 8 (2.06%) Change Management
11 8 (2.06%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 37 (9.54%) SQL
2 25 (6.44%) Java
3 17 (4.38%) PowerShell
4 15 (3.87%) XPath
5 14 (3.61%) JavaScript
5 14 (3.61%) C#
6 7 (1.80%) Perl
6 7 (1.80%) PL/SQL
7 5 (1.29%) PHP
7 5 (1.29%) VBScript
7 5 (1.29%) Objective-C
8 4 (1.03%) Shell Script
9 3 (0.77%) VB
9 3 (0.77%) T-SQL
9 3 (0.77%) Bash Shell
10 2 (0.52%) VB.NET
11 1 (0.26%) ABAP
11 1 (0.26%) Python
11 1 (0.26%) XAML
11 1 (0.26%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 43 (11.08%) Microsoft Certification
2 26 (6.70%) MCSE
3 15 (3.87%) Security Cleared
4 14 (3.61%) CCNA
4 14 (3.61%) Cisco Certification
5 11 (2.84%) MCP
6 10 (2.58%) MCSA
6 10 (2.58%) SC Cleared
7 8 (2.06%) MCITP
7 8 (2.06%) Citrix Certification
8 7 (1.80%) CCEA
8 7 (1.80%) CCA
8 7 (1.80%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 7 (1.80%) CCIA
9 6 (1.55%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 6 (1.55%) MCTS
9 6 (1.55%) ITIL Certification
10 5 (1.29%) Degree
10 5 (1.29%) DV Cleared
10 5 (1.29%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (4.12%) SLA
2 4 (1.03%) QA
3 2 (0.52%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.26%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.26%) HIPAA
System Software
1 139 (35.82%) Active Directory
2 51 (13.14%) VMware Infrastructure
3 27 (6.96%) Hyper-V
4 15 (3.87%) XenApp
5 14 (3.61%) XenDesktop
6 13 (3.35%) VMware ESX
7 10 (2.58%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 9 (2.32%) Terminal Services
9 8 (2.06%) Microsoft App-V
10 7 (1.80%) EMC RecoverPoint
11 6 (1.55%) vSphere
11 6 (1.55%) XenServer
12 4 (1.03%) VMware ESXi
13 2 (0.52%) RHEV
13 2 (0.52%) Firmware
14 1 (0.26%) Terminal Server
14 1 (0.26%) RACF
14 1 (0.26%) Xen
14 1 (0.26%) Oracle RAC
14 1 (0.26%) NFS
Systems Management
1 28 (7.22%) SCCM
2 5 (1.29%) SCOM
2 5 (1.29%) Puppet
3 4 (1.03%) Cisco Prime
3 4 (1.03%) HP Quality Center
3 4 (1.03%) NetBackup
4 3 (0.77%) Backup Exec
4 3 (0.77%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 3 (0.77%) Control-M
4 3 (0.77%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (0.52%) Ansible
5 2 (0.52%) Salt
5 2 (0.52%) ServiceCenter
5 2 (0.52%) Vagrant
6 1 (0.26%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 1 (0.26%) Nagios
6 1 (0.26%) Tivoli
6 1 (0.26%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 1 (0.26%) WSUS
Vendors
1 158 (40.72%) Microsoft
2 97 (25.00%) VMware
3 87 (22.42%) Citrix
4 37 (9.54%) Oracle
5 35 (9.02%) HP
6 30 (7.73%) Cisco
7 23 (5.93%) Red Hat
8 15 (3.87%) EMC
9 14 (3.61%) NetApp
10 13 (3.35%) Lotus
11 11 (2.84%) IBM
12 10 (2.58%) Symantec
13 8 (2.06%) Dell
13 8 (2.06%) SolarWinds
14 7 (1.80%) Atlassian
14 7 (1.80%) CheckPoint
15 5 (1.29%) Nortel
15 5 (1.29%) Veeam
16 4 (1.03%) AppSense
16 4 (1.03%) 3PAR
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