The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Clustering in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Clustering over the 3 months to 29 July 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
29 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Clustering
Rank 125 107 79
Rank change year-on-year
-18 -28
Contract jobs citing Clustering 25 24 51
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.65% 0.79% 1.91%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 2.38% 2.65% 6.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 8 27
Average daily rate
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£335 £283 £298
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.58% -5.04%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £209 £234 £226
10% offered a daily rate of more than £379 £310 £371
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £346 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.69% -1.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Average hourly rate - £15.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -40.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.75 £22.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+5.55% -10.00%
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England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Miscellaneous category in contract jobs advertised in the North West region.

Miscellaneous Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Miscellaneous category
1050 907 798
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 27.16% 29.86% 29.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 615 478 367
Average daily rate £375 £375 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +15.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £215 £212
10% offered a daily rate of more than £593 £600 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 47 54 47
Average hourly rate £16.56 £15.25 £16.84
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.55% -9.44%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.50 £35.00 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.08 £21.75 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-12.27% +8.75%

Clustering
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Clustering across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Miscellaneous category.

Clustering Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Clustering
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Clustering Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Clustering
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Clustering across the North West region over the 3 months to 29 July 2015.

Clustering Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Clustering
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Clustering Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Clustering
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Clustering within the North West region over the 3 months to 29 July 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
Merseyside -5 9 £259 -13.75% 1
Manchester -11 8 £363 - 9
Cheshire -19 3 £350 +32.07% 1
Lancashire - 3 £213 - 3
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England

Clustering
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 29 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Clustering 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 Clustering.

1 34 (57.63%) Windows
2 29 (49.15%) Microsoft
2 29 (49.15%) Active Directory
3 26 (44.07%) SQL
4 25 (42.37%) VMware
5 21 (35.59%) Firewall
5 21 (35.59%) SQL Server
6 19 (32.20%) Replication
7 18 (30.51%) IIS
7 18 (30.51%) DNS
8 17 (28.81%) VMware ESX
8 17 (28.81%) Hyper-V
9 16 (27.12%) VMware Infrastructure
9 16 (27.12%) Migration
9 16 (27.12%) Windows Server 2003
9 16 (27.12%) Citrix
10 15 (25.42%) SAN
11 14 (23.73%) Disaster Recovery
11 14 (23.73%) Windows Server 2008
12 13 (22.03%) Performance Tuning
12 13 (22.03%) T-SQL
13 12 (20.34%) Oracle
13 12 (20.34%) Cisco
13 12 (20.34%) Oracle Database
13 12 (20.34%) Data Centre
13 12 (20.34%) SQL Server 2008
13 12 (20.34%) NAS
14 11 (18.64%) Terminal Services
15 10 (16.95%) HTTP
15 10 (16.95%) DHCP

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Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 29 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Clustering 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 Clustering. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 18 (30.51%) IIS
2 8 (13.56%) MS Exchange
3 5 (8.47%) Exchange Server 2007
4 4 (6.78%) Exchange Server 2010
4 4 (6.78%) Exchange Server 2013
4 4 (6.78%) Exchange Server 2003
5 3 (5.08%) SAS
5 3 (5.08%) BizTalk Server
5 3 (5.08%) SharePoint
6 2 (3.39%) JCAPS
7 1 (1.69%) Lync
7 1 (1.69%) Office Communications Server
7 1 (1.69%) Cloud Foundry
7 1 (1.69%) OpenStack
Applications
1 6 (10.17%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.69%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 3 (5.08%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (1.69%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (1.69%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 7 (11.86%) Amazon AWS
2 6 (10.17%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (1.69%) Heroku
3 1 (1.69%) Engine Yard
3 1 (1.69%) Office 365
3 1 (1.69%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 21 (35.59%) Firewall
2 18 (30.51%) DNS
3 15 (25.42%) SAN
4 12 (20.34%) NAS
5 10 (16.95%) DMZ
5 10 (16.95%) DHCP
5 10 (16.95%) HTTP
6 9 (15.25%) WAN
6 9 (15.25%) SMTP
6 9 (15.25%) Internet
6 9 (15.25%) EIGRP
7 8 (13.56%) MPLS
7 8 (13.56%) OSPF
7 8 (13.56%) BGP
7 8 (13.56%) Fibre Channel
7 8 (13.56%) iSCSI
7 8 (13.56%) Cisco ASA
7 8 (13.56%) Wireless
7 8 (13.56%) VPLS
8 7 (11.86%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (35.59%) SQL Server
2 12 (20.34%) SQL Server 2008
2 12 (20.34%) Oracle Database
3 6 (10.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 4 (6.78%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (3.39%) OLAP Cube
5 2 (3.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (3.39%) Oracle Database 11g
5 2 (3.39%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 2 (3.39%) OLAP
5 2 (3.39%) Oracle Reports
5 2 (3.39%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (1.69%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (1.69%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 1 (1.69%) Jenkins
General
1 8 (13.56%) Finance
2 6 (10.17%) Telecoms
2 6 (10.17%) Marketing
3 4 (6.78%) Manufacturing
4 3 (5.08%) Law
4 3 (5.08%) Legal
4 3 (5.08%) Electronics
5 2 (3.39%) Financial Institution
6 1 (1.69%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (1.69%) Banking
6 1 (1.69%) Retail
Job Titles
1 9 (15.25%) Developer
1 9 (15.25%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 8 (13.56%) Architect
3 7 (11.86%) Technical Architect
3 7 (11.86%) DBA
4 5 (8.47%) Analyst
4 5 (8.47%) SQL Developer
4 5 (8.47%) SQL DBA
5 3 (5.08%) BizTalk Developer
5 3 (5.08%) Customer Analyst
5 3 (5.08%) Project Engineer
5 3 (5.08%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
5 3 (5.08%) Support Engineer
5 3 (5.08%) Insight Analyst
5 3 (5.08%) Customer Insight Analyst
6 2 (3.39%) Systems Administrator
6 2 (3.39%) 2nd Line Support
6 2 (3.39%) Administrator
6 2 (3.39%) Migration Engineer
6 2 (3.39%) Oracle DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (5.08%) EDI
1 3 (5.08%) JMS
1 3 (5.08%) EDIFACT
1 3 (5.08%) WCF
2 2 (3.39%) .NET
2 2 (3.39%) ASP.NET
3 1 (1.69%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 19 (32.20%) Replication
2 12 (20.34%) Data Centre
3 8 (13.56%) EMC VNX
3 8 (13.56%) Celerra
4 4 (6.78%) NHS
5 3 (5.08%) Blackberry
5 3 (5.08%) DTV
5 3 (5.08%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (3.39%) Data Structures
7 1 (1.69%) Performance Metrics
7 1 (1.69%) Hybrid Cloud
7 1 (1.69%) Management Information System
7 1 (1.69%) Device Driver
7 1 (1.69%) HACMP
7 1 (1.69%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 34 (57.63%) Windows
2 16 (27.12%) Windows Server 2003
3 14 (23.73%) Windows Server 2008
4 10 (16.95%) UNIX
5 9 (15.25%) Windows Server 2012
5 9 (15.25%) Solaris
6 6 (10.17%) Linux
7 3 (5.08%) Windows 2000
8 2 (3.39%) AIX
8 2 (3.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (27.12%) Migration
2 14 (23.73%) Disaster Recovery
3 13 (22.03%) Performance Tuning
4 10 (16.95%) ITIL
4 10 (16.95%) Configuration Management
5 9 (15.25%) Business Continuity
6 7 (11.86%) Change Control
6 7 (11.86%) Server Building
7 6 (10.17%) Patch Management
8 5 (8.47%) Database Mirroring
8 5 (8.47%) Business Intelligence
8 5 (8.47%) Project Management
9 4 (6.78%) Service Management
9 4 (6.78%) ETL
9 4 (6.78%) Stakeholder Management
9 4 (6.78%) Load Balancing
10 3 (5.08%) Marketing Strategy
10 3 (5.08%) Digital Marketing
10 3 (5.08%) Customer Insight
10 3 (5.08%) Propensity Modelling
Programming Languages
1 26 (44.07%) SQL
2 13 (22.03%) T-SQL
3 3 (5.08%) ActionScript
3 3 (5.08%) ActionScript 2.0
4 2 (3.39%) Shell Script
4 2 (3.39%) PowerShell
4 2 (3.39%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 10 (16.95%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
2 7 (11.86%) ITIL Certification
3 6 (10.17%) Microsoft Certification
3 6 (10.17%) MCP
4 2 (3.39%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (1.69%) Degree
5 1 (1.69%) HNC
5 1 (1.69%) CCNP
5 1 (1.69%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (3.39%) QA
1 2 (3.39%) HL7
System Software
1 29 (49.15%) Active Directory
2 17 (28.81%) VMware ESX
2 17 (28.81%) Hyper-V
3 16 (27.12%) VMware Infrastructure
4 11 (18.64%) Terminal Services
5 10 (16.95%) XenApp
6 8 (13.56%) EMC RecoverPoint
7 6 (10.17%) VMware ESXi
8 4 (6.78%) vSphere
8 4 (6.78%) XenDesktop
9 2 (3.39%) Firmware
9 2 (3.39%) DFS Replication
10 1 (1.69%) GPFS
10 1 (1.69%) Oracle RAC
10 1 (1.69%) Veritas Volume Manager
Systems Management
1 6 (10.17%) SCCM
2 4 (6.78%) NetBackup
2 4 (6.78%) EMC NetWorker
3 3 (5.08%) Norton AntiVirus
3 3 (5.08%) Backup Exec
4 2 (3.39%) LiteSpeed
4 2 (3.39%) Tivoli
4 2 (3.39%) SCVMM
5 1 (1.69%) Puppet
5 1 (1.69%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (1.69%) Oracle ZFS
5 1 (1.69%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 29 (49.15%) Microsoft
2 25 (42.37%) VMware
3 16 (27.12%) Citrix
4 12 (20.34%) Oracle
4 12 (20.34%) Cisco
5 10 (16.95%) CheckPoint
6 8 (13.56%) EMC
6 8 (13.56%) Nortel
6 8 (13.56%) SolarWinds
7 4 (6.78%) Avaya
7 4 (6.78%) HP
8 3 (5.08%) SAP
8 3 (5.08%) Symantec
8 3 (5.08%) Sophos
8 3 (5.08%) NetApp
8 3 (5.08%) Veritas
8 3 (5.08%) Acronis
9 2 (3.39%) Neverfail
9 2 (3.39%) Red Hat
9 2 (3.39%) IBM
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