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 2 September 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
2 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Windows
Rank 2 6 11
Rank change year-on-year
+4 +5
Contract jobs citing Windows 81 35 29
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 21.26% 14.29% 11.51%
As % of the Operating Systems category 69.23% 68.63% 61.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 17 15
Average daily rate
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£300 £200 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+50.00% -40.74%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £135 £159 £185
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £338 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £310 £313
% change year-on-year
+4.83% -0.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 10 4
Average hourly rate £15.00 £12.63 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.81% -23.48%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.20 £11.00 £11.95
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.40 £30.55 £21.05
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.75 £15.25 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+3.27% +1.66%
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
117 51 47
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 30.71% 20.82% 18.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 49 23 22
Average daily rate £250 £200 £344
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -41.81%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £135 £163 £201
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £450 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £323 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.52% -0.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 10 4
Average hourly rate £15.00 £11.75 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+27.65% -41.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £11.00 £11.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £62.04 £21.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -

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 2 September 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
Hourly Rate Histogram in Merseyside

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Windows across the Merseyside region over the 3 months to 2 September 2015.

Windows Hourly Rate Histogram 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 2 September 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 +5 60 £263 +31.25% 16
Bootle 0 5 - -
St Helens - 2 £240 -
Wirral 0 1 - -
Windows
North West

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Merseyside

For the 6 months to 2 September 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 72 (48.65%) Microsoft
2 53 (35.81%) Active Directory
3 42 (28.38%) VMware
4 41 (27.70%) Citrix
5 37 (25.00%) Windows 7
6 36 (24.32%) Windows Server 2008
7 30 (20.27%) SQL
7 30 (20.27%) MS Office
8 29 (19.59%) ITIL
9 27 (18.24%) DNS
10 26 (17.57%) Windows Server 2003
11 21 (14.19%) DHCP
12 20 (13.51%) MS Excel
12 20 (13.51%) Windows 8
12 20 (13.51%) Windows Server 2012
13 19 (12.84%) VMware Infrastructure
14 18 (12.16%) Migration
14 18 (12.16%) Windows XP
15 17 (11.49%) Firewall
16 16 (10.81%) MS Exchange
16 16 (10.81%) SQL Server
16 16 (10.81%) WAN
16 16 (10.81%) Microsoft Certification
16 16 (10.81%) XenApp
17 15 (10.14%) SCCM
17 15 (10.14%) LAN
17 15 (10.14%) Finance
18 14 (9.46%) IIS
18 14 (9.46%) Linux
19 13 (8.78%) Hyper-V

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in Merseyside by Category

For the 6 months to 2 September 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 16 (10.81%) MS Exchange
2 14 (9.46%) IIS
3 8 (5.41%) Exchange Server 2007
4 6 (4.05%) Exchange Server 2013
4 6 (4.05%) Exchange Server 2003
5 5 (3.38%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (0.68%) OpenStack
6 1 (0.68%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.68%) Cloud Foundry
6 1 (0.68%) Office Communications Server
6 1 (0.68%) Lync
6 1 (0.68%) SharePoint
6 1 (0.68%) SAS
6 1 (0.68%) CICS
6 1 (0.68%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 30 (20.27%) MS Office
2 20 (13.51%) MS Excel
3 1 (0.68%) MS Project
Cloud Services
1 10 (6.76%) Amazon AWS
2 8 (5.41%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (4.73%) Google Apps
4 3 (2.03%) Office 365
5 1 (0.68%) IaaS
5 1 (0.68%) Google Analytics
5 1 (0.68%) Amazon S3
5 1 (0.68%) SaaS
5 1 (0.68%) Heroku
5 1 (0.68%) Engine Yard
5 1 (0.68%) Amazon SQS
5 1 (0.68%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 27 (18.24%) DNS
2 21 (14.19%) DHCP
3 17 (11.49%) Firewall
4 16 (10.81%) WAN
5 15 (10.14%) LAN
6 7 (4.73%) SAN
7 6 (4.05%) SSL
7 6 (4.05%) SMTP
7 6 (4.05%) FTP
7 6 (4.05%) HTTP
7 6 (4.05%) VLAN
8 5 (3.38%) Wireless
8 5 (3.38%) TCP/IP
8 5 (3.38%) VPN
8 5 (3.38%) VoIP
8 5 (3.38%) Internet
9 4 (2.70%) Wi-Fi
9 4 (2.70%) NAS
10 3 (2.03%) Cisco ASA
10 3 (2.03%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (10.81%) SQL Server
2 12 (8.11%) SQL Server 2008
3 10 (6.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 9 (6.08%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 2 (1.35%) SQL Server 2005
5 2 (1.35%) MongoDB
5 2 (1.35%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.68%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.68%) Azure SQL Database
6 1 (0.68%) MySQL
6 1 (0.68%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (0.68%) DB2
6 1 (0.68%) MS Access
6 1 (0.68%) Adabas
Development Applications
1 9 (6.08%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 3 (2.03%) Subversion
3 2 (1.35%) Maven
3 2 (1.35%) Ant
3 2 (1.35%) Visual Studio
3 2 (1.35%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (1.35%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.68%) Octopus Deploy
4 1 (0.68%) Hudson
4 1 (0.68%) MSBuild
4 1 (0.68%) TeamCity
4 1 (0.68%) Git (software)
General
1 15 (10.14%) Finance
2 9 (6.08%) Banking
3 2 (1.35%) Publishing
3 2 (1.35%) Legal
3 2 (1.35%) Back Office
4 1 (0.68%) Telecoms
4 1 (0.68%) Manufacturing
4 1 (0.68%) Retail
4 1 (0.68%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 43 (29.05%) Analyst
2 29 (19.59%) Support Analyst
3 21 (14.19%) Support Engineer
4 19 (12.84%) Administrator
5 17 (11.49%) Desktop Support
6 12 (8.11%) Applications Support
7 10 (6.76%) 2nd Line Support
7 10 (6.76%) Desktop Support Analyst
7 10 (6.76%) Consultant
7 10 (6.76%) Desktop Analyst
8 9 (6.08%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
9 8 (5.41%) Applications Support Analyst
10 7 (4.73%) Citrix Administrator
11 6 (4.05%) Desktop Administrator
11 6 (4.05%) Service Desk Analyst
11 6 (4.05%) Architect
11 6 (4.05%) Service Analyst
12 5 (3.38%) 3rd Line Support
12 5 (3.38%) Data Analyst
12 5 (3.38%) Network Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (6.76%) .NET
2 7 (4.73%) Web Services
3 5 (3.38%) ASP.NET
4 3 (2.03%) 802.1X
5 1 (0.68%) HTML
5 1 (0.68%) CSS
5 1 (0.68%) ADO.NET
5 1 (0.68%) XML
5 1 (0.68%) XSLT
5 1 (0.68%) ISPF
5 1 (0.68%) .NET Framework
5 1 (0.68%) Application Packaging
5 1 (0.68%) WPF
5 1 (0.68%) Google Maps API
5 1 (0.68%) RESTful
5 1 (0.68%) iOS SDK
5 1 (0.68%) KnockoutJS
5 1 (0.68%) AngularJS
5 1 (0.68%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 12 (8.11%) Clustering
2 8 (5.41%) Fat Client
2 8 (5.41%) Thin Client
2 8 (5.41%) Blackberry
2 8 (5.41%) Data Centre
3 5 (3.38%) NHS
4 3 (2.03%) Mobile App
4 3 (2.03%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (1.35%) iPhone
6 1 (0.68%) User Experience
6 1 (0.68%) Hybrid Cloud
6 1 (0.68%) Mainframe
6 1 (0.68%) Device Driver
6 1 (0.68%) Streaming Video
6 1 (0.68%) Video Conferencing
6 1 (0.68%) Data Extraction
Operating Systems
1 37 (25.00%) Windows 7
2 36 (24.32%) Windows Server 2008
3 26 (17.57%) Windows Server 2003
4 20 (13.51%) Windows 8
4 20 (13.51%) Windows Server 2012
5 18 (12.16%) Windows XP
6 14 (9.46%) Linux
7 11 (7.43%) Apple iOS
7 11 (7.43%) Android
8 6 (4.05%) Mac OS
9 4 (2.70%) BlackBerry OS
9 4 (2.70%) Windows Mobile
9 4 (2.70%) Windows Vista
10 2 (1.35%) Windows CE
10 2 (1.35%) VMS
10 2 (1.35%) OpenVMS
11 1 (0.68%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.68%) OS/390
11 1 (0.68%) zOS
11 1 (0.68%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (19.59%) ITIL
2 18 (12.16%) Migration
3 9 (6.08%) Disaster Recovery
3 9 (6.08%) Performance Tuning
4 8 (5.41%) Patch Management
4 8 (5.41%) Infrastructure Management
5 7 (4.73%) Agile Software Development
5 7 (4.73%) Data Analysis
6 5 (3.38%) Service Management
7 4 (2.70%) Project Management
7 4 (2.70%) Network Management
7 4 (2.70%) Server Building
8 3 (2.03%) Network Architecture
8 3 (2.03%) Configuration Management
8 3 (2.03%) ITSM
9 2 (1.35%) Software Engineering
9 2 (1.35%) PRINCE2
9 2 (1.35%) Stakeholder Engagement
9 2 (1.35%) Web Development
9 2 (1.35%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 30 (20.27%) SQL
2 6 (4.05%) C#
2 6 (4.05%) PowerShell
3 2 (1.35%) Java
3 2 (1.35%) JavaScript
4 1 (0.68%) PHP
4 1 (0.68%) C++
4 1 (0.68%) VBScript
4 1 (0.68%) VB
4 1 (0.68%) Python
4 1 (0.68%) Embedded C++
4 1 (0.68%) Assembly Language
4 1 (0.68%) NATURAL
4 1 (0.68%) JCL
4 1 (0.68%) LINC
Qualifications
1 16 (10.81%) Microsoft Certification
2 12 (8.11%) ITIL Certification
2 12 (8.11%) MCP
3 7 (4.73%) Citrix Certification
4 6 (4.05%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 5 (3.38%) Security Cleared
6 4 (2.70%) Cisco Certification
7 3 (2.03%) SC Cleared
7 3 (2.03%) CTC Cleared
7 3 (2.03%) CCNP
7 3 (2.03%) MCSE
8 2 (1.35%) MCSA
8 2 (1.35%) CCIE
8 2 (1.35%) CCNA
9 1 (0.68%) CCEA
9 1 (0.68%) CCEE
9 1 (0.68%) PMP
9 1 (0.68%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (4.05%) SLA
2 2 (1.35%) QA
System Software
1 53 (35.81%) Active Directory
2 19 (12.84%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (10.81%) XenApp
4 13 (8.78%) Hyper-V
5 11 (7.43%) VMware ESX
5 11 (7.43%) XenDesktop
6 7 (4.73%) VMware ESXi
6 7 (4.73%) VMware Workstation
7 6 (4.05%) Microsoft App-V
7 6 (4.05%) vSphere
7 6 (4.05%) Terminal Services
8 3 (2.03%) Xen
9 1 (0.68%) Firmware
9 1 (0.68%) Job Entry Subsystem
Systems Management
1 15 (10.14%) SCCM
2 3 (2.03%) SCOM
2 3 (2.03%) Norton AntiVirus
2 3 (2.03%) NetBackup
2 3 (2.03%) Backup Exec
3 2 (1.35%) BladeLogic
3 2 (1.35%) Puppet
3 2 (1.35%) Opscode Chef
3 2 (1.35%) SCSM
4 1 (0.68%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 72 (48.65%) Microsoft
2 42 (28.38%) VMware
3 41 (27.70%) Citrix
4 9 (6.08%) Cisco
5 8 (5.41%) Google
6 6 (4.05%) Symantec
7 5 (3.38%) Apple
7 5 (3.38%) HP
8 3 (2.03%) Oracle
8 3 (2.03%) Veritas
8 3 (2.03%) Acronis
8 3 (2.03%) Sophos
9 2 (1.35%) WatchGuard
9 2 (1.35%) Remedy
9 2 (1.35%) AppSense
9 2 (1.35%) Unisys
9 2 (1.35%) IBM
9 2 (1.35%) Juniper
10 1 (0.68%) Teradata
10 1 (0.68%) PlateSpin
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