The table below looks at the statistics for Windows 8 skills 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 Windows 8 over the 3 months to 28 August 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Windows 8
Rank 130 119 122
Rank change year-on-year
-11 +3
Contract jobs citing Windows 8 38 17 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.88% 0.55% 0.49%
As % of the Operating Systems category 4.25% 2.30% 2.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 10 9
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-30.37% +3.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £152 £251 £195
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £700 £420
UK excluding London average daily rate £215 £288 £325
% change year-on-year
-25.21% -11.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 2 0
Average hourly rate £14.75 £28.75 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-48.69% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.25 £14.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year
+16.07% -39.13%
Windows 8
England

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

Operating Systems Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Operating Systems category
894 740 645
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 20.67% 23.99% 22.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 484 383 284
Average daily rate £365 £320 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.06% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £168 £175 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £428
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £323 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.52% -0.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 97 93 87
Average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -25.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £10.00 £10.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.30 £32.50 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -

Windows 8
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Windows 8 across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Operating Systems category.

Windows 8 Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Windows 8
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Windows 8 across the North West region.

Windows 8 Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Windows 8
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Windows 8 across the North West region over the 3 months to 28 August 2015.

Windows 8 Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Windows 8
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Windows 8 across the North West region.

Windows 8 Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Windows 8
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 Windows 8 within the North West region over the 3 months to 28 August 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
Manchester -6 17 £355 +13.60% 12
Merseyside -2 8 £240 - 7
Cheshire -7 7 £163 -44.68% 4
Lancashire -11 3 £155 -55.71% 3
Cumbria - 1 £275 - 2
Windows 8
England

Windows 8
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Windows 8 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 8.

1 61 (100.00%) Windows
2 35 (57.38%) Active Directory
3 30 (49.18%) Microsoft
3 30 (49.18%) Windows 7
4 24 (39.34%) Windows XP
5 21 (34.43%) MS Office
6 18 (29.51%) Citrix
7 17 (27.87%) VMware
8 15 (24.59%) MS Exchange
8 15 (24.59%) Windows Server 2008
9 14 (22.95%) SCCM
9 14 (22.95%) VMware Infrastructure
9 14 (22.95%) Migration
10 12 (19.67%) SLA
11 11 (18.03%) User Acceptance Testing
12 10 (16.39%) Android
12 10 (16.39%) Apple iOS
12 10 (16.39%) Operational Acceptance Testing
12 10 (16.39%) Blackberry
12 10 (16.39%) DHCP
13 9 (14.75%) Windows Server 2003
13 9 (14.75%) Windows Server 2012
13 9 (14.75%) Stakeholder Engagement
14 8 (13.11%) Project Management
15 7 (11.48%) Firewall
15 7 (11.48%) Wireless
15 7 (11.48%) Hyper-V
16 6 (9.84%) Microsoft Certification
16 6 (9.84%) DNS
16 6 (9.84%) WAN

Windows 8
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Windows 8 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 8. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 15 (24.59%) MS Exchange
2 5 (8.20%) IBM Notes
2 5 (8.20%) Exchange Server 2013
3 3 (4.92%) SharePoint
3 3 (4.92%) Exchange Server 2007
4 2 (3.28%) SharePoint 2010
4 2 (3.28%) Lync
4 2 (3.28%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 1 (1.64%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (1.64%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (1.64%) IIS
Applications
1 21 (34.43%) MS Office
2 4 (6.56%) MS Excel
3 1 (1.64%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (3.28%) Oracle Payables
Cloud Services
1 2 (3.28%) Google Apps
1 2 (3.28%) Office 365
1 2 (3.28%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 10 (16.39%) DHCP
2 7 (11.48%) Firewall
2 7 (11.48%) Wireless
3 6 (9.84%) WAN
3 6 (9.84%) DNS
4 4 (6.56%) LAN
5 2 (3.28%) Broadband
5 2 (3.28%) SAN
5 2 (3.28%) NAS
6 1 (1.64%) Cisco Nexus
6 1 (1.64%) IP Telephony
6 1 (1.64%) Intrusion Detection
6 1 (1.64%) Wi-Fi
6 1 (1.64%) TCP/IP
6 1 (1.64%) Internet
6 1 (1.64%) MPLS
6 1 (1.64%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (3.28%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.64%) Oracle Database 10g
2 1 (1.64%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 1 (1.64%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (1.64%) Oracle Database 11g
2 1 (1.64%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 1 (1.64%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (1.64%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (1.64%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 5 (8.20%) MSI
2 2 (3.28%) Visual Studio
General
1 4 (6.56%) Finance
2 3 (4.92%) Back Office
3 1 (1.64%) Pharmaceutical
3 1 (1.64%) Law
3 1 (1.64%) Legal
3 1 (1.64%) Retail
Job Titles
1 12 (19.67%) Analyst
2 11 (18.03%) Support Engineer
3 10 (16.39%) 2nd Line Support
3 10 (16.39%) Project Manager
4 8 (13.11%) Support Analyst
5 7 (11.48%) Desktop Support
6 5 (8.20%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
7 4 (6.56%) IT Support
7 4 (6.56%) Technical Support
7 4 (6.56%) Service Analyst
7 4 (6.56%) Technical Analyst
7 4 (6.56%) Service Desk Analyst
8 3 (4.92%) Desktop Support Analyst
8 3 (4.92%) 1st Line Support
8 3 (4.92%) Desktop Analyst
9 2 (3.28%) IT Support Technician
9 2 (3.28%) IT Support Engineer
9 2 (3.28%) Technical Engineer
9 2 (3.28%) Support Technician
9 2 (3.28%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.64%) .NET
1 1 (1.64%) Middleware
1 1 (1.64%) Application Packaging
1 1 (1.64%) WPF
1 1 (1.64%) Silverlight
1 1 (1.64%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 10 (16.39%) Blackberry
2 4 (6.56%) Fat Client
2 4 (6.56%) Thin Client
3 3 (4.92%) Data Centre
3 3 (4.92%) iPhone
3 3 (4.92%) iPad
3 3 (4.92%) NHS
4 2 (3.28%) Replication
5 1 (1.64%) Data Protection Act
5 1 (1.64%) Client/Server
5 1 (1.64%) Embedded Systems
5 1 (1.64%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 61 (100.00%) Windows
2 30 (49.18%) Windows 7
3 24 (39.34%) Windows XP
4 15 (24.59%) Windows Server 2008
5 10 (16.39%) Apple iOS
5 10 (16.39%) Android
6 9 (14.75%) Windows Server 2012
6 9 (14.75%) Windows Server 2003
7 5 (8.20%) BlackBerry OS
8 4 (6.56%) Windows Vista
9 2 (3.28%) Mac OS
10 1 (1.64%) Solaris
10 1 (1.64%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (22.95%) Migration
2 11 (18.03%) User Acceptance Testing
3 10 (16.39%) Operational Acceptance Testing
4 9 (14.75%) Stakeholder Engagement
5 8 (13.11%) Project Management
6 6 (9.84%) Logistics
7 5 (8.20%) ITIL
7 5 (8.20%) Application Discovery
8 3 (4.92%) PRINCE2
9 2 (3.28%) PRINCE
9 2 (3.28%) Document Management
9 2 (3.28%) Data Protection
9 2 (3.28%) Mobile Device Management
10 1 (1.64%) Performance Tuning
10 1 (1.64%) Email Migration
10 1 (1.64%) Product Management
10 1 (1.64%) Network Design
10 1 (1.64%) Business Continuity
10 1 (1.64%) Agile Software Development
10 1 (1.64%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (4.92%) PowerShell
2 2 (3.28%) SQL
2 2 (3.28%) VB
3 1 (1.64%) VB6
3 1 (1.64%) VBScript
3 1 (1.64%) C#
Qualifications
1 6 (9.84%) Microsoft Certification
2 4 (6.56%) MCSA
3 3 (4.92%) Security Cleared
4 2 (3.28%) SC Cleared
4 2 (3.28%) CCNP
4 2 (3.28%) MCSE
4 2 (3.28%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (1.64%) MCITP
5 1 (1.64%) CCNA
5 1 (1.64%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (19.67%) SLA
2 1 (1.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (1.64%) QA
System Software
1 35 (57.38%) Active Directory
2 14 (22.95%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (11.48%) Hyper-V
4 5 (8.20%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (1.64%) Oracle RAC
5 1 (1.64%) XenApp
5 1 (1.64%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 14 (22.95%) SCCM
2 2 (3.28%) WSUS
2 2 (3.28%) AirWatch
3 1 (1.64%) SCOM
Vendors
1 30 (49.18%) Microsoft
2 18 (29.51%) Citrix
3 17 (27.87%) VMware
4 5 (8.20%) Lotus
5 3 (4.92%) Oracle
5 3 (4.92%) Cisco
5 3 (4.92%) WatchGuard
6 2 (3.28%) AppSense
6 2 (3.28%) Google
6 2 (3.28%) LANDesk
6 2 (3.28%) Apple
7 1 (1.64%) Wyse
7 1 (1.64%) Avaya
7 1 (1.64%) Juniper
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