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 17 April 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
17 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Windows 8
Rank 130 118 104
Rank change year-on-year
-12 -14
Contract jobs citing Windows 8 26 22 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.67% 0.69% 0.65%
As % of the Operating Systems category 3.09% 3.05% 2.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 5 6
Average daily rate
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£225 £385 £263
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-41.55% +46.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £183 £264 £218
10% offered a daily rate of more than £675 £425 £329
UK excluding London average daily rate £198 £205 £248
% change year-on-year
-3.65% -17.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 5 0
Average hourly rate £13.00 £14.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.14% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.00 £16.13 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-13.17% -10.41%
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
841 721 553
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 21.77% 22.77% 22.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 401 300 240
Average daily rate £375 £280 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+33.92% +1.81%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £212 £140 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £344 £320 £313
% change year-on-year
+7.42% +2.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 98 135 76
Average hourly rate £13.69 £18.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-23.97% +2.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.15 £9.38
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.00 £35.00 £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £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 17 April 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 17 April 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 -9 12 £225 - 4
Lancashire +3 6 - - 1
Cheshire -3 5 £420 -1.17% 7
Manchester -16 3 £165 -56.57% 9
Windows 8
England

Windows 8
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 41 (100.00%) Windows
2 27 (65.85%) Windows 7
3 24 (58.54%) Active Directory
4 23 (56.10%) Microsoft
5 13 (31.71%) Apple iOS
5 13 (31.71%) Android
6 12 (29.27%) Windows XP
6 12 (29.27%) MS Office
7 11 (26.83%) Citrix
7 11 (26.83%) Project Management
8 9 (21.95%) MS Exchange
9 8 (19.51%) Migration
9 8 (19.51%) VMware
10 7 (17.07%) Apple
11 6 (14.63%) NHS
11 6 (14.63%) Back Office
11 6 (14.63%) SLA
11 6 (14.63%) LANDesk
11 6 (14.63%) Mobile Device Management
11 6 (14.63%) AirWatch
12 5 (12.20%) SCCM
12 5 (12.20%) Stakeholder Engagement
12 5 (12.20%) Wireless
12 5 (12.20%) IBM Notes
12 5 (12.20%) Firewall
12 5 (12.20%) Lotus
13 4 (9.76%) PRINCE
13 4 (9.76%) Blackberry
13 4 (9.76%) Finance
13 4 (9.76%) MCSA

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

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 9 (21.95%) MS Exchange
2 5 (12.20%) IBM Notes
3 4 (9.76%) SharePoint
3 4 (9.76%) Lync
3 4 (9.76%) Exchange Server 2013
4 3 (7.32%) Exchange Server 2007
5 2 (4.88%) Office Communications Server
5 2 (4.88%) SharePoint 2010
5 2 (4.88%) Exchange Server 2010
5 2 (4.88%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (2.44%) IIS
Applications
1 12 (29.27%) MS Office
2 2 (4.88%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (7.32%) Oracle Payables
Cloud Services
1 3 (7.32%) Office 365
2 2 (4.88%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (2.44%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 5 (12.20%) Wireless
1 5 (12.20%) Firewall
2 3 (7.32%) Broadband
2 3 (7.32%) DHCP
2 3 (7.32%) DNS
2 3 (7.32%) SAN
3 2 (4.88%) WAN
3 2 (4.88%) Internet
3 2 (4.88%) TCP/IP
4 1 (2.44%) VPN
4 1 (2.44%) LAN
4 1 (2.44%) VoIP
4 1 (2.44%) Intranet
4 1 (2.44%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (2.44%) IP Telephony
4 1 (2.44%) VLAN
4 1 (2.44%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.44%) SQL Server
1 1 (2.44%) Oracle Database 10g
1 1 (2.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
1 1 (2.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 1 (2.44%) Oracle Database 11g
1 1 (2.44%) SQL Server Analysis Services
1 1 (2.44%) SQL Server 2008
1 1 (2.44%) SQL Server 2012
1 1 (2.44%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 1 (2.44%) MSI
General
1 6 (14.63%) Back Office
2 4 (9.76%) Finance
Job Titles
1 9 (21.95%) Support Engineer
2 7 (17.07%) Analyst
3 6 (14.63%) Desktop Support
3 6 (14.63%) Support Analyst
4 5 (12.20%) Project Manager
4 5 (12.20%) IT Support
5 4 (9.76%) 2nd Line Support
6 3 (7.32%) Architect
6 3 (7.32%) Support Technician
6 3 (7.32%) Desktop Support Analyst
6 3 (7.32%) IT Support Technician
6 3 (7.32%) Technical Analyst
6 3 (7.32%) Desktop Analyst
7 2 (4.88%) Desktop Engineer
7 2 (4.88%) Server Support Engineer
7 2 (4.88%) Server Engineer
7 2 (4.88%) IT Support Engineer
7 2 (4.88%) Desktop Support Engineer
7 2 (4.88%) Consultant
7 2 (4.88%) Senior Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.44%) Middleware
1 1 (2.44%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 6 (14.63%) NHS
2 4 (9.76%) Blackberry
2 4 (9.76%) iPad
3 3 (7.32%) Fat Client
3 3 (7.32%) Thin Client
3 3 (7.32%) Client/Server
3 3 (7.32%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (4.88%) Mainframe
5 1 (2.44%) Smartcard
5 1 (2.44%) iPhone
5 1 (2.44%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 41 (100.00%) Windows
2 27 (65.85%) Windows 7
3 13 (31.71%) Apple iOS
3 13 (31.71%) Android
4 12 (29.27%) Windows XP
5 4 (9.76%) Windows Server 2008
6 3 (7.32%) Windows Server 2003
6 3 (7.32%) BlackBerry OS
6 3 (7.32%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (4.88%) Linux
7 2 (4.88%) Windows Vista
8 1 (2.44%) Windows Mobile
8 1 (2.44%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (26.83%) Project Management
2 8 (19.51%) Migration
3 6 (14.63%) Mobile Device Management
4 5 (12.20%) Stakeholder Engagement
5 4 (9.76%) PRINCE2
5 4 (9.76%) PRINCE
6 2 (4.88%) Change Management
6 2 (4.88%) GAP Analysis
6 2 (4.88%) Asset Management
6 2 (4.88%) Supplier Management
6 2 (4.88%) Time Management
6 2 (4.88%) Performance Management
6 2 (4.88%) Requirements Engineering
6 2 (4.88%) Root Cause Analysis
6 2 (4.88%) Software Asset Management
6 2 (4.88%) Software Licensing
7 1 (2.44%) ITIL
7 1 (2.44%) Software License Management
7 1 (2.44%) Infrastructure Management
7 1 (2.44%) Email Migration
Programming Languages
1 1 (2.44%) SQL
1 1 (2.44%) VBScript
1 1 (2.44%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 4 (9.76%) MCSA
1 4 (9.76%) Microsoft Certification
2 3 (7.32%) MCSE
3 2 (4.88%) MCP
4 1 (2.44%) SC Cleared
4 1 (2.44%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (14.63%) SLA
System Software
1 24 (58.54%) Active Directory
2 4 (9.76%) Hyper-V
3 2 (4.88%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (2.44%) XenApp
4 1 (2.44%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (2.44%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 6 (14.63%) AirWatch
2 5 (12.20%) SCCM
3 2 (4.88%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 23 (56.10%) Microsoft
2 11 (26.83%) Citrix
3 8 (19.51%) VMware
4 7 (17.07%) Apple
5 6 (14.63%) LANDesk
6 5 (12.20%) Lotus
7 4 (9.76%) Oracle
8 3 (7.32%) Cisco
8 3 (7.32%) HP
9 1 (2.44%) WatchGuard
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