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 22 May 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Windows 8
Rank 124 114 105
Rank change year-on-year
-10 -9
Contract jobs citing Windows 8 24 14 19
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.65% 0.46% 0.81%
As % of the Operating Systems category 3.02% 2.07% 3.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 2 13
Average daily rate
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£225 £283 £420
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-20.35% -32.65%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £135 £209 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £471 £357 £464
UK excluding London average daily rate £178 £220 £300
% change year-on-year
-19.31% -26.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 4 0
Average hourly rate £13.00 £13.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.70% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.25 £14.25 £18.00
% change year-on-year
- -20.83%
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
796 675 546
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 21.69% 22.32% 23.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 417 327 240
Average daily rate £375 £280 £290
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+33.93% -3.45%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £174 £144 £169
10% offered a daily rate of more than £572 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+12.00% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 97 101 66
Average hourly rate £14.35 £18.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.30% +2.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £10.69 £9.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.87 £35.00 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.75 £15.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+1.61% -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 22 May 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 22 May 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 -4 11 £225 - 2
Lancashire +12 5 - -
Cheshire -8 4 £410 - 4
Manchester -15 4 £150 -60.00% 10
Windows 8
England

Windows 8
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 37 (100.00%) Windows
2 23 (62.16%) Active Directory
3 22 (59.46%) Windows 7
4 21 (56.76%) Microsoft
5 13 (35.14%) Apple iOS
5 13 (35.14%) Android
6 12 (32.43%) MS Office
7 9 (24.32%) Windows XP
7 9 (24.32%) Citrix
7 9 (24.32%) Project Management
8 7 (18.92%) Migration
8 7 (18.92%) MS Exchange
9 6 (16.22%) SLA
9 6 (16.22%) VMware
9 6 (16.22%) Back Office
9 6 (16.22%) Apple
9 6 (16.22%) NHS
9 6 (16.22%) LANDesk
9 6 (16.22%) SCCM
9 6 (16.22%) Mobile Device Management
9 6 (16.22%) AirWatch
10 5 (13.51%) Wireless
10 5 (13.51%) Windows Server 2008
10 5 (13.51%) Firewall
11 4 (10.81%) Blackberry
11 4 (10.81%) SharePoint
11 4 (10.81%) Microsoft Certification
11 4 (10.81%) Oracle
11 4 (10.81%) Exchange Server 2013
11 4 (10.81%) Office 365

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

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 7 (18.92%) MS Exchange
2 4 (10.81%) SharePoint
2 4 (10.81%) Exchange Server 2013
2 4 (10.81%) Lync
3 3 (8.11%) Exchange Server 2007
3 3 (8.11%) IBM Notes
4 2 (5.41%) Exchange Server 2003
4 2 (5.41%) Office Communications Server
4 2 (5.41%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (5.41%) SharePoint 2010
5 1 (2.70%) IIS
Applications
1 12 (32.43%) MS Office
2 2 (5.41%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (8.11%) Oracle Payables
Cloud Services
1 4 (10.81%) Office 365
2 2 (5.41%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (2.70%) Google Apps
3 1 (2.70%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 5 (13.51%) Wireless
1 5 (13.51%) Firewall
2 3 (8.11%) Broadband
2 3 (8.11%) DNS
2 3 (8.11%) DHCP
3 2 (5.41%) Internet
3 2 (5.41%) TCP/IP
3 2 (5.41%) WAN
4 1 (2.70%) NAS
4 1 (2.70%) IP Telephony
4 1 (2.70%) VLAN
4 1 (2.70%) LAN
4 1 (2.70%) VoIP
4 1 (2.70%) VPN
4 1 (2.70%) SAN
4 1 (2.70%) Intranet
4 1 (2.70%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.70%) SQL Server 2012
1 1 (2.70%) Oracle Database
1 1 (2.70%) SQL Server 2008
1 1 (2.70%) Oracle Database 11g
1 1 (2.70%) SQL Server Analysis Services
1 1 (2.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
1 1 (2.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 1 (2.70%) SQL Server
1 1 (2.70%) Oracle Database 10g
General
1 6 (16.22%) Back Office
2 1 (2.70%) Finance
Job Titles
1 9 (24.32%) Analyst
2 7 (18.92%) Support Analyst
2 7 (18.92%) Support Engineer
3 6 (16.22%) Desktop Support
3 6 (16.22%) IT Support
4 4 (10.81%) 2nd Line Support
4 4 (10.81%) Technical Analyst
4 4 (10.81%) Project Manager
5 3 (8.11%) Desktop Analyst
5 3 (8.11%) IT Support Technician
5 3 (8.11%) IT Support Engineer
5 3 (8.11%) Support Technician
5 3 (8.11%) Architect
5 3 (8.11%) Desktop Support Analyst
6 2 (5.41%) Desktop Support Engineer
6 2 (5.41%) Senior Project Manager
6 2 (5.41%) Technical Support Analyst
6 2 (5.41%) Technical Support
6 2 (5.41%) Senior Manager
6 2 (5.41%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.70%) Application Packaging
1 1 (2.70%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 6 (16.22%) NHS
2 4 (10.81%) Blackberry
2 4 (10.81%) iPad
3 2 (5.41%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (2.70%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (2.70%) Embedded Systems
4 1 (2.70%) iPhone
4 1 (2.70%) Fat Client
4 1 (2.70%) Client/Server
4 1 (2.70%) Smartcard
4 1 (2.70%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 37 (100.00%) Windows
2 22 (59.46%) Windows 7
3 13 (35.14%) Apple iOS
3 13 (35.14%) Android
4 9 (24.32%) Windows XP
5 5 (13.51%) Windows Server 2008
6 3 (8.11%) BlackBerry OS
6 3 (8.11%) Windows Server 2012
6 3 (8.11%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (2.70%) Windows Vista
7 1 (2.70%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (24.32%) Project Management
2 7 (18.92%) Migration
3 6 (16.22%) Mobile Device Management
4 3 (8.11%) Stakeholder Engagement
4 3 (8.11%) PRINCE2
4 3 (8.11%) PRINCE
5 2 (5.41%) Change Management
5 2 (5.41%) GAP Analysis
5 2 (5.41%) Performance Management
5 2 (5.41%) Root Cause Analysis
5 2 (5.41%) Requirements Engineering
6 1 (2.70%) Network Management
6 1 (2.70%) Portfolio Management
6 1 (2.70%) Infrastructure Management
6 1 (2.70%) Email Migration
6 1 (2.70%) User Acceptance Testing
6 1 (2.70%) Project Planning
6 1 (2.70%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 1 (2.70%) PowerShell
1 1 (2.70%) SQL
1 1 (2.70%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 4 (10.81%) Microsoft Certification
2 3 (8.11%) MCSA
3 2 (5.41%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (16.22%) SLA
2 1 (2.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 23 (62.16%) Active Directory
2 4 (10.81%) Hyper-V
3 2 (5.41%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (2.70%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 6 (16.22%) SCCM
1 6 (16.22%) AirWatch
2 2 (5.41%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 21 (56.76%) Microsoft
2 9 (24.32%) Citrix
3 6 (16.22%) VMware
3 6 (16.22%) Apple
3 6 (16.22%) LANDesk
4 4 (10.81%) Oracle
5 3 (8.11%) Lotus
5 3 (8.11%) Cisco
6 1 (2.70%) WatchGuard
6 1 (2.70%) Google
6 1 (2.70%) HP
6 1 (2.70%) Wyse
6 1 (2.70%) AppSense
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