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 30 January 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Windows
Rank 7 6 5
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -1
Contract jobs citing Windows 180 160 143
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 12.96% 14.45% 14.44%
As % of the Operating Systems category 59.41% 70.80% 59.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 80 84 49
Average daily rate
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£319 £250 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+27.50% -20.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £174 £135 £221
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £485 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £315 £290 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.62% -3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 23 34
Average hourly rate £13.69 £15.00 £18.07
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.76% -16.98%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.13 £9.64
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.35 £30.00 £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £14.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
- -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
303 226 241
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 21.81% 20.42% 24.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 146 117 109
Average daily rate £350 £263 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+33.33% -16.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £188 £135 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £307 £325
% change year-on-year
+9.93% -5.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 24 35
Average hourly rate £13.94 £17.50 £18.14
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.37% -3.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.06 £10.83 £9.69
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £30.00 £31.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -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 30 January 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 30 January 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 30 January 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
Salford - 8 - - 7
Stockport +5 5 £188 -46.42% 5
Oldham -2 5 £331 - 2
Bury - 3 £500 -
Wigan 0 1 - - 1
Bolton -4 1 - - 4
Cheadle - 1 - - 1
Altrincham - - - - 4
Ashton-under-Lyne - - - -
Rochdale - - - - 3
Sale - - - -
Windows
North West

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 30 January 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.

1 147 (40.50%) Microsoft
2 129 (35.54%) Active Directory
3 101 (27.82%) Windows 7
4 89 (24.52%) Citrix
5 88 (24.24%) VMware
6 84 (23.14%) MS Office
7 70 (19.28%) Linux
8 69 (19.01%) ITIL
8 69 (19.01%) Windows XP
9 55 (15.15%) MS Excel
9 55 (15.15%) Windows Server 2008
10 49 (13.50%) VMware Infrastructure
11 47 (12.95%) Migration
12 44 (12.12%) MS Exchange
13 43 (11.85%) SAN
14 42 (11.57%) Firewall
15 41 (11.29%) Finance
15 41 (11.29%) Windows Server 2012
16 39 (10.74%) Windows Server 2003
16 39 (10.74%) UNIX
17 36 (9.92%) SQL
17 36 (9.92%) Cisco
18 35 (9.64%) Oracle
18 35 (9.64%) SQL Server
19 34 (9.37%) IIS
19 34 (9.37%) Microsoft Certification
20 31 (8.54%) Analytical Skills
21 30 (8.26%) LAN
22 29 (7.99%) HP
23 28 (7.71%) Java

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 44 (12.12%) MS Exchange
2 34 (9.37%) IIS
3 21 (5.79%) IBM Notes
4 20 (5.51%) Exchange Server 2010
5 15 (4.13%) Apache
6 14 (3.86%) WebSphere
7 13 (3.58%) Tomcat
8 8 (2.20%) SharePoint
8 8 (2.20%) CICS
8 8 (2.20%) Exchange Server 2013
9 7 (1.93%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 5 (1.38%) SharePoint 2010
10 5 (1.38%) Confluence
11 4 (1.10%) WebLogic
11 4 (1.10%) Exchange Server 2003
12 3 (0.83%) SharePoint 2013
13 2 (0.55%) JBoss
13 2 (0.55%) BizTalk Server
13 2 (0.55%) Exchange Server 2007
14 1 (0.28%) Lync
Applications
1 84 (23.14%) MS Office
2 55 (15.15%) MS Excel
3 4 (1.10%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (0.55%) MS Project
5 1 (0.28%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (0.55%) Oracle 11i
2 1 (0.28%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (0.28%) BusinessWorks
2 1 (0.28%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 8 (2.20%) Office 365
2 4 (1.10%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.28%) Amazon EMR
3 1 (0.28%) Amazon EC2
3 1 (0.28%) Amazon S3
3 1 (0.28%) Google Apps
3 1 (0.28%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 43 (11.85%) SAN
2 42 (11.57%) Firewall
3 30 (8.26%) LAN
4 23 (6.34%) WAN
5 19 (5.23%) VPN
6 16 (4.41%) NAS
7 15 (4.13%) DNS
8 14 (3.86%) TCP/IP
8 14 (3.86%) HTTP
9 13 (3.58%) SSL
10 12 (3.31%) Internet
10 12 (3.31%) Fibre Channel
11 11 (3.03%) Cisco ASA
11 11 (3.03%) Network Security
12 10 (2.75%) DHCP
13 9 (2.48%) iSCSI
13 9 (2.48%) Wireless
14 8 (2.20%) VLAN
15 6 (1.65%) AMQP
16 5 (1.38%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 35 (9.64%) SQL Server
2 17 (4.68%) Oracle Database
3 10 (2.75%) Hazelcast
4 8 (2.20%) NoSQL
5 6 (1.65%) Oracle Database 11g
5 6 (1.65%) Hadoop
6 5 (1.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 5 (1.38%) SQL Server 2008
6 5 (1.38%) SQL Server 2005
6 5 (1.38%) Oracle Database 10g
6 5 (1.38%) MySQL
7 4 (1.10%) MongoDB
7 4 (1.10%) Big Data
8 3 (0.83%) Oracle Reports
9 2 (0.55%) Oracle Discoverer
9 2 (0.55%) RDBMS
9 2 (0.55%) PostgreSQL
9 2 (0.55%) SQLPlus
9 2 (0.55%) SQLite
9 2 (0.55%) Oracle BI Publisher
Development Applications
1 12 (3.31%) Maven
2 9 (2.48%) JIRA
3 5 (1.38%) Gradle
3 5 (1.38%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 5 (1.38%) Mercurial
3 5 (1.38%) Cucumber
3 5 (1.38%) Subversion
3 5 (1.38%) Eclipse
3 5 (1.38%) Toad
3 5 (1.38%) Ant
3 5 (1.38%) JUnit
4 3 (0.83%) Xcode
4 3 (0.83%) Oracle Forms
5 2 (0.55%) Visual Studio
5 2 (0.55%) Oracle APEX
5 2 (0.55%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (0.55%) Appcelerator Titanium
6 1 (0.28%) NuGet
6 1 (0.28%) Jenkins
6 1 (0.28%) MSTest
General
1 41 (11.29%) Finance
2 15 (4.13%) Banking
2 15 (4.13%) Legal
3 7 (1.93%) Retail
4 6 (1.65%) Telecoms
5 2 (0.55%) Back Office
5 2 (0.55%) Law
5 2 (0.55%) Manufacturing
5 2 (0.55%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.28%) Local Government
6 1 (0.28%) Billing
6 1 (0.28%) Retail Banking
6 1 (0.28%) Advertising
6 1 (0.28%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 79 (21.76%) Analyst
2 42 (11.57%) Service Analyst
2 42 (11.57%) Developer
2 42 (11.57%) Service Desk Analyst
3 25 (6.89%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 22 (6.06%) Desktop Support
5 20 (5.51%) Support Engineer
6 19 (5.23%) 2nd Line Support
7 18 (4.96%) Support Analyst
8 17 (4.68%) Java Developer
8 17 (4.68%) Architect
9 16 (4.41%) Administrator
10 15 (4.13%) 3rd Line Support
11 14 (3.86%) 1st Line Support
11 14 (3.86%) Server Engineer
12 12 (3.31%) Project Manager
13 10 (2.75%) Consultant
13 10 (2.75%) Desktop Engineer
14 9 (2.48%) Team Leader
15 8 (2.20%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (6.61%) XML
2 18 (4.96%) XSLT
2 18 (4.96%) Web Services
3 16 (4.41%) JMS
4 12 (3.31%) HTML
4 12 (3.31%) Servlets
4 12 (3.31%) XML Schema
4 12 (3.31%) Grails
4 12 (3.31%) Spring
5 11 (3.03%) WebSphere MQ
5 11 (3.03%) .NET
6 10 (2.75%) J2SE
6 10 (2.75%) CSS
7 8 (2.20%) DOM
7 8 (2.20%) SAX
7 8 (2.20%) jQuery
7 8 (2.20%) CSS3
8 7 (1.93%) JSON
9 6 (1.65%) XHTML
9 6 (1.65%) Apache Cordova
Miscellaneous
1 31 (8.54%) Analytical Skills
2 16 (4.41%) Clustering
3 14 (3.86%) Replication
4 13 (3.58%) Computer Science
5 12 (3.31%) NHS
6 10 (2.75%) Blackberry
7 9 (2.48%) Life Science
8 8 (2.20%) Open Source
9 7 (1.93%) Celerra
9 7 (1.93%) Mainframe
9 7 (1.93%) Management Information System
10 6 (1.65%) Enterprise Storage
11 5 (1.38%) Mobile App
11 5 (1.38%) iPad
12 2 (0.55%) Handset
12 2 (0.55%) Data Protection Act
12 2 (0.55%) Freedom of Information Act
12 2 (0.55%) Freedom of Information
12 2 (0.55%) STB
12 2 (0.55%) IPTV
Operating Systems
1 101 (27.82%) Windows 7
2 70 (19.28%) Linux
3 69 (19.01%) Windows XP
4 55 (15.15%) Windows Server 2008
5 41 (11.29%) Windows Server 2012
6 39 (10.74%) Windows Server 2003
6 39 (10.74%) UNIX
7 24 (6.61%) Android
8 21 (5.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 21 (5.79%) Apple iOS
9 14 (3.86%) Solaris
10 11 (3.03%) Windows NT
11 10 (2.75%) Windows 8
12 9 (2.48%) Windows Phone
13 8 (2.20%) Windows 2000
14 6 (1.65%) Windows Vista
14 6 (1.65%) Windows Mobile
15 5 (1.38%) AIX
15 5 (1.38%) HPUX
16 4 (1.10%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 69 (19.01%) ITIL
2 47 (12.95%) Migration
3 21 (5.79%) Agile Software Development
4 18 (4.96%) Project Management
5 17 (4.68%) Service Management
6 16 (4.41%) Information Security
7 13 (3.58%) PRINCE2
8 12 (3.31%) Scrum
8 12 (3.31%) Software Engineering
8 12 (3.31%) Incident Management
9 11 (3.03%) iOS Development
9 11 (3.03%) Disaster Recovery
10 10 (2.75%) OO
10 10 (2.75%) TDD
11 9 (2.48%) DevOps
11 9 (2.48%) Change Control
12 8 (2.20%) Continuous Integration
13 7 (1.93%) Performance Tuning
13 7 (1.93%) Business Analysis
13 7 (1.93%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 36 (9.92%) SQL
2 28 (7.71%) Java
3 18 (4.96%) PowerShell
4 17 (4.68%) XPath
5 13 (3.58%) JavaScript
6 9 (2.48%) C#
7 5 (1.38%) Objective-C
7 5 (1.38%) PHP
7 5 (1.38%) VBScript
8 3 (0.83%) Bash Shell
8 3 (0.83%) Shell Script
8 3 (0.83%) VB
8 3 (0.83%) PL/SQL
8 3 (0.83%) T-SQL
9 2 (0.55%) Perl
10 1 (0.28%) Ruby
10 1 (0.28%) Erlang
10 1 (0.28%) PHP5
10 1 (0.28%) XAML
10 1 (0.28%) Python
Qualifications
1 34 (9.37%) Microsoft Certification
2 22 (6.06%) MCSE
3 14 (3.86%) Security Cleared
4 13 (3.58%) Cisco Certification
4 13 (3.58%) CCNA
5 7 (1.93%) CCIA
5 7 (1.93%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
5 7 (1.93%) SC Cleared
5 7 (1.93%) DV Cleared
5 7 (1.93%) Citrix Certification
5 7 (1.93%) CCEA
5 7 (1.93%) MCP
6 6 (1.65%) CCA
7 5 (1.38%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 5 (1.38%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 4 (1.10%) MCSA
8 4 (1.10%) ISEB
8 4 (1.10%) Degree
9 3 (0.83%) ISACA
9 3 (0.83%) CISMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (6.34%) SLA
2 6 (1.65%) QA
3 1 (0.28%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.28%) HIPAA
3 1 (0.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 129 (35.54%) Active Directory
2 49 (13.50%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (5.51%) Hyper-V
4 14 (3.86%) XenDesktop
5 13 (3.58%) XenApp
6 12 (3.31%) VMware ESX
7 9 (2.48%) Terminal Services
8 8 (2.20%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 8 (2.20%) Microsoft App-V
8 8 (2.20%) vSphere
9 7 (1.93%) VMware ESXi
9 7 (1.93%) EMC RecoverPoint
10 6 (1.65%) XenServer
11 4 (1.10%) ISA Server
11 4 (1.10%) Oracle RMAN
12 2 (0.55%) Xen
13 1 (0.28%) Oracle RAC
13 1 (0.28%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 1 (0.28%) Firmware
13 1 (0.28%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 25 (6.89%) SCCM
2 8 (2.20%) Puppet
3 4 (1.10%) CA SiteMinder
3 4 (1.10%) MIMEsweeper
3 4 (1.10%) Data Guard
3 4 (1.10%) NetBackup
3 4 (1.10%) HP Quality Center
3 4 (1.10%) Cisco Prime
3 4 (1.10%) Vagrant
3 4 (1.10%) Opscode Chef
4 3 (0.83%) Ansible
4 3 (0.83%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 2 (0.55%) ServiceCenter
5 2 (0.55%) Backup Exec
5 2 (0.55%) Salt
6 1 (0.28%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 1 (0.28%) XenMobile
6 1 (0.28%) SCOM
6 1 (0.28%) WSUS
6 1 (0.28%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 147 (40.50%) Microsoft
2 89 (24.52%) Citrix
3 88 (24.24%) VMware
4 36 (9.92%) Cisco
5 35 (9.64%) Oracle
6 29 (7.99%) HP
7 22 (6.06%) Red Hat
8 21 (5.79%) Lotus
9 19 (5.23%) CheckPoint
10 12 (3.31%) NetApp
11 10 (2.75%) EMC
12 8 (2.20%) Dell
13 7 (1.93%) Clearswift
13 7 (1.93%) Symantec
14 6 (1.65%) Atlassian
14 6 (1.65%) SolarWinds
15 5 (1.38%) Nortel
16 4 (1.10%) SAP
16 4 (1.10%) IBM
16 4 (1.10%) SurfControl
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