The table below looks at the statistics for Windows skills in IT contracts advertised for the Merseyside region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Windows over the 3 months to 27 February 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
27 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Windows
Rank 1 3 2
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -1
Contract jobs citing Windows 77 34 31
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 21.88% 18.68% 16.15%
As % of the Operating Systems category 66.96% 79.07% 79.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 9 16
Average daily rate
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£325 £400 £243
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-18.75% +64.94%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £143 £254 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £418 £460 £348
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 7 5
Average hourly rate £13.00 £15.18 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-14.36% -5.12%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.00 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.00 £16.60 £25.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £15.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year
-3.33% -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 Merseyside region.

Operating Systems Category
Merseyside
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Operating Systems category
115 43 39
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 32.67% 23.63% 20.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 42 13 19
Average daily rate £325 £381 £239
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-14.75% +59.68%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £135 £280 £218
10% offered a daily rate of more than £675 £450 £465
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £313 £320
% change year-on-year
+8.80% -2.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 7 5
Average hourly rate £13.00 £15.18 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-14.36% -5.12%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.00 £16.00 £28.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £15.50 £16.20
% change year-on-year
- -4.32%

Windows
Jobs Demand Trend in Merseyside

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Windows across the Merseyside region as a proportion of the total demand within the Operating Systems category.

Windows Jobs Demand Trend in Merseyside

Windows
Daily Rate Trend in Merseyside

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Windows across the Merseyside region.

Windows Daily Rate Trend in Merseyside

Windows
Daily Rate Histogram in Merseyside

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Windows across the Merseyside region over the 3 months to 27 February 2015.

Windows Daily Rate Histogram in Merseyside

Windows
Hourly Rate Trend in Merseyside

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Windows across the Merseyside region.

Windows Hourly Rate Trend in Merseyside

Windows
Contract Job Locations in Merseyside

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Windows within the Merseyside region over the 3 months to 27 February 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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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
Liverpool +3 48 £325 -18.75% 9
Wirral -5 11 £170 - 1
St Helens - - - - 1
Birkenhead - - - - 1
Bootle - - - -
Windows
North West

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Merseyside

For the 6 months to 27 February 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Merseyside 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 50 (40.00%) Active Directory
2 46 (36.80%) Microsoft
3 44 (35.20%) Windows 7
4 39 (31.20%) Windows Server 2008
5 32 (25.60%) Windows Server 2012
6 28 (22.40%) DHCP
6 28 (22.40%) Hyper-V
7 27 (21.60%) VMware
8 25 (20.00%) Windows Server 2003
9 24 (19.20%) SCCM
10 23 (18.40%) Migration
10 23 (18.40%) Windows XP
10 23 (18.40%) DNS
11 22 (17.60%) Citrix
11 22 (17.60%) MS Office
12 21 (16.80%) IIS
12 21 (16.80%) ITIL
13 20 (16.00%) Microsoft Azure
14 18 (14.40%) Clustering
14 18 (14.40%) SharePoint
15 17 (13.60%) SQL Server
15 17 (13.60%) UNIX
16 16 (12.80%) MS Excel
16 16 (12.80%) HP
16 16 (12.80%) SAN
17 15 (12.00%) TCP/IP
18 13 (10.40%) .NET
18 13 (10.40%) Stakeholder Management
19 12 (9.60%) EMC
19 12 (9.60%) ASP.NET

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in Merseyside by Category

For the 6 months to 27 February 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Merseyside 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 21 (16.80%) IIS
2 18 (14.40%) SharePoint
3 11 (8.80%) BizTalk Server
4 9 (7.20%) MQSeries
5 7 (5.60%) SharePoint 2010
6 5 (4.00%) MS Exchange
7 3 (2.40%) Exchange Server 2003
7 3 (2.40%) Lync
7 3 (2.40%) Exchange Server 2010
8 2 (1.60%) Exchange Server 2013
8 2 (1.60%) Exchange Server 2007
8 2 (1.60%) Office Communications Server
9 1 (0.80%) IBM Notes
9 1 (0.80%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 22 (17.60%) MS Office
2 16 (12.80%) MS Excel
3 2 (1.60%) MS Project
4 1 (0.80%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.80%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.80%) SAP R/3
1 1 (0.80%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 20 (16.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (2.40%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 28 (22.40%) DHCP
2 23 (18.40%) DNS
3 16 (12.80%) SAN
4 15 (12.00%) TCP/IP
5 12 (9.60%) HTTP
6 7 (5.60%) WAN
7 6 (4.80%) LAN
7 6 (4.80%) DMZ
8 4 (3.20%) Internet
8 4 (3.20%) Firewall
9 2 (1.60%) Wireless
9 2 (1.60%) SMS
9 2 (1.60%) SMTP
9 2 (1.60%) FTP
9 2 (1.60%) SSL
10 1 (0.80%) OSPF
10 1 (0.80%) BGP
10 1 (0.80%) EIGRP
10 1 (0.80%) VPN
10 1 (0.80%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (13.60%) SQL Server
2 9 (7.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 6 (4.80%) SQL Server 2008
4 3 (2.40%) RDBMS
4 3 (2.40%) MySQL
4 3 (2.40%) SQL Server 2005
4 3 (2.40%) Relational Database
5 2 (1.60%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.80%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.80%) SQL Server 2000
6 1 (0.80%) Data Mining
6 1 (0.80%) Hadoop
6 1 (0.80%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 10 (8.00%) Team Foundation Server
2 8 (6.40%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.80%) Dreamweaver
3 1 (0.80%) MSI
3 1 (0.80%) TeamCity
3 1 (0.80%) YouTrack
General
1 9 (7.20%) Manufacturing
2 5 (4.00%) Automotive
3 2 (1.60%) Legal
3 2 (1.60%) Banking
4 1 (0.80%) Investment Banking
4 1 (0.80%) Local Government
4 1 (0.80%) Finance
4 1 (0.80%) Law
Job Titles
1 36 (28.80%) Analyst
2 13 (10.40%) Support Engineer
3 12 (9.60%) Support Analyst
4 10 (8.00%) Developer
4 10 (8.00%) Administrator
5 9 (7.20%) Desktop Engineer
5 9 (7.20%) BizTalk Developer
5 9 (7.20%) Wintel Analyst
6 8 (6.40%) Desktop Support
7 7 (5.60%) Service Analyst
7 7 (5.60%) Desktop Support Engineer
7 7 (5.60%) Service Desk Analyst
8 6 (4.80%) Architect
8 6 (4.80%) IT Support
9 5 (4.00%) Wintel Engineer
9 5 (4.00%) Applications Developer
9 5 (4.00%) Infrastructure Analyst
10 4 (3.20%) 2nd Line Support
10 4 (3.20%) 1st Line Support
10 4 (3.20%) IT Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (10.40%) .NET
2 12 (9.60%) ASP.NET
3 10 (8.00%) WCF
3 10 (8.00%) Web Services
3 10 (8.00%) XML
3 10 (8.00%) REST
4 9 (7.20%) MSMQ
5 4 (3.20%) CSS
6 3 (2.40%) Middleware
7 2 (1.60%) Application Packaging
8 1 (0.80%) jQuery
8 1 (0.80%) Yii
8 1 (0.80%) Laravel
8 1 (0.80%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 18 (14.40%) Clustering
2 8 (6.40%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (2.40%) Fat Client
3 3 (2.40%) Replication
3 3 (2.40%) NHS
3 3 (2.40%) Thin Client
4 2 (1.60%) Blackberry
5 1 (0.80%) Management Information System
5 1 (0.80%) CLARiiON
5 1 (0.80%) PDA
5 1 (0.80%) iPhone
5 1 (0.80%) iPad
5 1 (0.80%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (0.80%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 44 (35.20%) Windows 7
2 39 (31.20%) Windows Server 2008
3 32 (25.60%) Windows Server 2012
4 25 (20.00%) Windows Server 2003
5 23 (18.40%) Windows XP
6 17 (13.60%) UNIX
7 8 (6.40%) Linux
7 8 (6.40%) Windows 2000
8 7 (5.60%) VMS
9 4 (3.20%) Windows 8
10 2 (1.60%) OpenVMS
11 1 (0.80%) Windows Vista
11 1 (0.80%) AIX
11 1 (0.80%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (18.40%) Migration
2 21 (16.80%) ITIL
3 13 (10.40%) Stakeholder Management
4 11 (8.80%) High Availability
5 9 (7.20%) Web Application Development
5 9 (7.20%) Release Management
5 9 (7.20%) OOP
5 9 (7.20%) OO
6 8 (6.40%) SOA
6 8 (6.40%) Configuration Management
6 8 (6.40%) Agile Software Development
6 8 (6.40%) Performance Tuning
7 7 (5.60%) Disaster Recovery
8 5 (4.00%) Project Management
8 5 (4.00%) Root Cause Analysis
9 4 (3.20%) Content Management
10 3 (2.40%) Continuous Improvement
10 3 (2.40%) Performance Monitoring
10 3 (2.40%) Data Migration
10 3 (2.40%) ERP
Programming Languages
1 10 (8.00%) SQL
1 10 (8.00%) XQuery
1 10 (8.00%) XPath
2 9 (7.20%) C#
3 7 (5.60%) PowerShell
4 4 (3.20%) JavaScript
4 4 (3.20%) AWK
5 1 (0.80%) PHP
5 1 (0.80%) Java
5 1 (0.80%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 11 (8.80%) Security Cleared
2 7 (5.60%) SC Cleared
3 3 (2.40%) ITIL Certification
4 2 (1.60%) Microsoft Certification
5 1 (0.80%) PMP
5 1 (0.80%) PMI Certification
5 1 (0.80%) MCP
5 1 (0.80%) MCSE
5 1 (0.80%) CCNA
5 1 (0.80%) Citrix Certification
5 1 (0.80%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (6.40%) SLA
System Software
1 50 (40.00%) Active Directory
2 28 (22.40%) Hyper-V
3 8 (6.40%) VMware ESX
3 8 (6.40%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (5.60%) DFS Replication
5 6 (4.80%) Firmware
6 2 (1.60%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.80%) Terminal Services
7 1 (0.80%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
7 1 (0.80%) VMware Workstation
7 1 (0.80%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.80%) XenApp
7 1 (0.80%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 24 (19.20%) SCCM
2 6 (4.80%) SCOM
2 6 (4.80%) SCVMM
3 5 (4.00%) SCOrch
4 3 (2.40%) WSUS
5 2 (1.60%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 2 (1.60%) OpenView
6 1 (0.80%) Tivoli
6 1 (0.80%) MOM
6 1 (0.80%) Netcool
6 1 (0.80%) Netcool/OMNIbus
6 1 (0.80%) Norton AntiVirus
6 1 (0.80%) Puppet
6 1 (0.80%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.80%) Salt
Vendors
1 46 (36.80%) Microsoft
2 27 (21.60%) VMware
3 22 (17.60%) Citrix
4 16 (12.80%) HP
5 12 (9.60%) EMC
6 11 (8.80%) Remedy
7 7 (5.60%) Dell
7 7 (5.60%) IBM
8 5 (4.00%) Oracle
9 4 (3.20%) Cisco
10 3 (2.40%) SAP
10 3 (2.40%) NetApp
11 2 (1.60%) BMC
12 1 (0.80%) Motorola
12 1 (0.80%) Avaya
12 1 (0.80%) Lotus
12 1 (0.80%) Red Hat
12 1 (0.80%) CheckPoint
12 1 (0.80%) Symantec
12 1 (0.80%) Adobe
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