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 17 September 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
17 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Clustering
Rank 110 92 96
Rank change year-on-year
-18 +4
Contract jobs citing Clustering 28 43 46
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.90% 1.46% 1.35%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 3.10% 5.67% 5.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 21 18
Average daily rate
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£325 £300 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% -25.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £302 £225 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £435 £435 £454
UK excluding London average daily rate £355 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
+1.42% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 1
Average hourly rate £15.00 £31.56 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-52.46% -15.85%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £27.50 £31.56 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-12.85% +40.24%
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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
903 758 898
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 28.98% 25.66% 26.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 502 393 417
Average daily rate £350 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £213 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £452 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £345
% change year-on-year
- +1.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 54 89
Average hourly rate £16.16 £17.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.65% -2.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.75 £10.50 £11.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £60.00 £35.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.53 £17.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+5.88% -36.36%

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 17 September 2014.

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 17 September 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
Cheshire -4 16 £305 +21.03% 4
Manchester -9 6 £370 +13.84% 6
Lancashire - 3 £365 -
Merseyside -9 1 - - 1
Clustering
England

Clustering
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 17 September 2014, 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 55 (88.71%) Windows
2 39 (62.90%) Windows Server 2008
3 37 (59.68%) Windows Server 2003
4 35 (56.45%) Active Directory
5 34 (54.84%) DNS
6 28 (45.16%) TCP/IP
7 27 (43.55%) PowerShell
8 26 (41.94%) SQL Server
9 25 (40.32%) SQL
10 24 (38.71%) SharePoint
11 23 (37.10%) IIS
11 23 (37.10%) Hyper-V
12 22 (35.48%) SCCM
13 21 (33.87%) SQL Server 2005
13 21 (33.87%) SQL Server 2008
14 20 (32.26%) DHCP
15 19 (30.65%) Microsoft
15 19 (30.65%) SharePoint 2010
16 18 (29.03%) Load Balancing
16 18 (29.03%) .NET
17 15 (24.19%) SAN
17 15 (24.19%) VMware
18 14 (22.58%) MCSE
18 14 (22.58%) Microsoft Certification
18 14 (22.58%) SCOM
19 13 (20.97%) MCITP
19 13 (20.97%) MCTS
20 12 (19.35%) Windows Server 2012
21 11 (17.74%) Finance
21 11 (17.74%) Migration

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Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 17 September 2014, 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 24 (38.71%) SharePoint
2 23 (37.10%) IIS
3 19 (30.65%) SharePoint 2010
4 11 (17.74%) MS Exchange
5 6 (9.68%) Exchange Server 2010
6 5 (8.06%) Lync
7 3 (4.84%) Tomcat
7 3 (4.84%) Exchange Server 2003
8 2 (3.23%) SharePoint Server
8 2 (3.23%) WebSphere
8 2 (3.23%) WebSphere Application Server
9 1 (1.61%) WebLogic
9 1 (1.61%) IBM HTTP Server
9 1 (1.61%) JCAPS
Applications
1 5 (8.06%) MS Excel
2 2 (3.23%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 4 (6.45%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.61%) Office 365
1 1 (1.61%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 34 (54.84%) DNS
2 28 (45.16%) TCP/IP
3 20 (32.26%) DHCP
4 15 (24.19%) SAN
5 7 (11.29%) LAN
6 6 (9.68%) WAN
7 4 (6.45%) Wireless
7 4 (6.45%) IPsec
8 2 (3.23%) Firewall
8 2 (3.23%) LDAP
9 1 (1.61%) Intranet
9 1 (1.61%) HTTP
9 1 (1.61%) Reverse Proxy
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (41.94%) SQL Server
2 21 (33.87%) SQL Server 2005
2 21 (33.87%) SQL Server 2008
3 4 (6.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 3 (4.84%) DTS
4 3 (4.84%) SQL Server 2012
4 3 (4.84%) Oracle Database
5 1 (1.61%) Oracle Database 10g
5 1 (1.61%) RDBMS
5 1 (1.61%) Oracle9i Database
5 1 (1.61%) MS Access
5 1 (1.61%) MSDE
5 1 (1.61%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (1.61%) Relational Database
5 1 (1.61%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 3 (4.84%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (1.61%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 1 (1.61%) Maven
2 1 (1.61%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 1 (1.61%) Gerrit
2 1 (1.61%) Git (software)
General
1 11 (17.74%) Finance
2 5 (8.06%) Banking
3 2 (3.23%) Local Government
3 2 (3.23%) Manufacturing
3 2 (3.23%) Retail
4 1 (1.61%) Investment Banking
4 1 (1.61%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 12 (19.35%) Administrator
2 10 (16.13%) Analyst
2 10 (16.13%) Wintel Analyst
3 7 (11.29%) Developer
3 7 (11.29%) DBA
3 7 (11.29%) Wintel Engineer
4 6 (9.68%) SharePoint Administrator
5 5 (8.06%) SharePoint Developer
6 4 (6.45%) Server Engineer
6 4 (6.45%) SQL DBA
6 4 (6.45%) Infrastructure Architect
6 4 (6.45%) Support Engineer
6 4 (6.45%) Architect
7 3 (4.84%) Systems Administrator
7 3 (4.84%) Project Engineer
7 3 (4.84%) Wintel Server Engineer
8 2 (3.23%) SQL Server DBA
8 2 (3.23%) Wintel Support Analyst
8 2 (3.23%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 2 (3.23%) Wintel Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (29.03%) .NET
2 2 (3.23%) Middleware
2 2 (3.23%) EJB
2 2 (3.23%) JMS
3 1 (1.61%) JSP
3 1 (1.61%) Servlets
3 1 (1.61%) Web Services
3 1 (1.61%) XML
3 1 (1.61%) ASP.NET
3 1 (1.61%) J2EE
3 1 (1.61%) HornetQ
3 1 (1.61%) JPA
3 1 (1.61%) EJB 3.0
3 1 (1.61%) GWT
3 1 (1.61%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 9 (14.52%) Replication
2 2 (3.23%) PKI
2 2 (3.23%) CESG
3 1 (1.61%) Firmware
3 1 (1.61%) Management Information System
3 1 (1.61%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 55 (88.71%) Windows
2 39 (62.90%) Windows Server 2008
3 37 (59.68%) Windows Server 2003
4 12 (19.35%) Windows Server 2012
5 9 (14.52%) Linux
6 3 (4.84%) AIX
6 3 (4.84%) UNIX
6 3 (4.84%) Windows 2000
7 2 (3.23%) Solaris
8 1 (1.61%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (29.03%) Load Balancing
2 11 (17.74%) Migration
2 11 (17.74%) ITIL
3 9 (14.52%) High Availability
4 7 (11.29%) Disaster Recovery
5 5 (8.06%) Capacity Management
5 5 (8.06%) Problem Management
6 4 (6.45%) Incident Management
6 4 (6.45%) Performance Tuning
6 4 (6.45%) Change Management
6 4 (6.45%) CRM
7 3 (4.84%) Security Management
8 2 (3.23%) Release Management
8 2 (3.23%) Database Security
8 2 (3.23%) Service Management
9 1 (1.61%) E-Commerce
9 1 (1.61%) EAI
9 1 (1.61%) SOA
9 1 (1.61%) PRINCE2
9 1 (1.61%) UML
Programming Languages
1 27 (43.55%) PowerShell
2 25 (40.32%) SQL
3 6 (9.68%) T-SQL
4 2 (3.23%) Shell Script
4 2 (3.23%) Java
4 2 (3.23%) JavaScript
5 1 (1.61%) C
Qualifications
1 14 (22.58%) MCSE
1 14 (22.58%) Microsoft Certification
2 13 (20.97%) MCITP
2 13 (20.97%) MCTS
3 3 (4.84%) ITIL Certification
3 3 (4.84%) Security Cleared
4 2 (3.23%) SC Cleared
5 1 (1.61%) ISEB
5 1 (1.61%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 1 (1.61%) IBM Certification
5 1 (1.61%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (4.84%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 2 (3.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (1.61%) SLA
3 1 (1.61%) HL7
3 1 (1.61%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 35 (56.45%) Active Directory
2 23 (37.10%) Hyper-V
3 6 (9.68%) VMware ESX
4 5 (8.06%) VMware Infrastructure
5 3 (4.84%) Forefront TMG
6 1 (1.61%) DFS Replication
6 1 (1.61%) LiteSpeed
6 1 (1.61%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 1 (1.61%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 22 (35.48%) SCCM
2 14 (22.58%) SCOM
3 4 (6.45%) SCVMM
3 4 (6.45%) SCSM
3 4 (6.45%) Backup Exec
4 2 (3.23%) NetBackup
5 1 (1.61%) Tivoli
5 1 (1.61%) Tivoli Monitoring
5 1 (1.61%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 1 (1.61%) Nagios
5 1 (1.61%) WSUS
Vendors
1 19 (30.65%) Microsoft
2 15 (24.19%) VMware
3 11 (17.74%) HP
4 10 (16.13%) Citrix
5 6 (9.68%) Cisco
6 5 (8.06%) Oracle
7 4 (6.45%) 3PAR
7 4 (6.45%) Avaya
8 3 (4.84%) IBM
8 3 (4.84%) Remedy
8 3 (4.84%) McAfee
9 2 (3.23%) JBoss
9 2 (3.23%) Dell
10 1 (1.61%) EMC
10 1 (1.61%) Sun
10 1 (1.61%) Juniper
10 1 (1.61%) CommVault
10 1 (1.61%) Cyber-Ark