The table below looks at the statistics for Windows Server 2008 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 Server 2008 over the 3 months to 30 January 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Windows Server 2008
Rank 65 73 42
Rank change year-on-year
+8 -31
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 2008 69 50 92
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.19% 1.87% 3.58%
As % of the Operating Systems category 10.18% 8.80% 15.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 24 28
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£305 £275 £307
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.90% -10.27%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £169 £225 £193
10% offered a daily rate of more than £388 £313 £415
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 16 24
Average hourly rate £19.00 £25.50 £21.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-25.49% +20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.80 £13.00 £11.45
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.50 £38.95 £33.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £16.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+21.21% -13.15%
Windows Server 2008
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
678 568 592
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 21.56% 21.28% 23.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 334 242 273
Average daily rate £350 £300 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% -7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £135 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £307 £325
% change year-on-year
+9.93% -5.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 88 87 84
Average hourly rate £14.35 £16.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.34% -8.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.23 £11.63 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.00 £36.07 £32.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -11.76%

Windows Server 2008
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Windows Server 2008 across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Operating Systems category.

Windows Server 2008 Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Windows Server 2008
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 Server 2008 across the North West region.

Windows Server 2008 Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Windows Server 2008
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Windows Server 2008 across the North West region over the 3 months to 30 January 2015.

Windows Server 2008 Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Windows Server 2008
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 Server 2008 across the North West region.

Windows Server 2008 Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Windows Server 2008
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Windows Server 2008 across the North West region over the 3 months to 30 January 2015.

Windows Server 2008 Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

Windows Server 2008
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 Server 2008 within the North West region over the 3 months to 30 January 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 -5 27 £350 +27.27% 22
Merseyside - 18 £275 - 4
Cheshire +1 12 £313 +13.63% 11
Lancashire -11 9 £325 +20.37% 5
Cumbria - - - - 1
Windows Server 2008
England

Windows Server 2008
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Windows Server 2008 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 Server 2008.

1 184 (100.00%) Windows
2 107 (58.15%) Active Directory
2 107 (58.15%) Windows Server 2003
3 88 (47.83%) VMware
4 80 (43.48%) Microsoft
5 64 (34.78%) Windows Server 2012
6 58 (31.52%) Citrix
7 52 (28.26%) DNS
8 49 (26.63%) Windows 7
9 47 (25.54%) VMware Infrastructure
10 46 (25.00%) SQL
11 44 (23.91%) DHCP
11 44 (23.91%) MS Exchange
12 37 (20.11%) SQL Server
12 37 (20.11%) Hyper-V
13 35 (19.02%) IIS
14 33 (17.93%) HP
15 31 (16.85%) TCP/IP
16 30 (16.30%) Clustering
16 30 (16.30%) SCCM
17 29 (15.76%) MS Excel
18 28 (15.22%) Windows XP
18 28 (15.22%) Finance
18 28 (15.22%) XenApp
19 27 (14.67%) Exchange Server 2010
20 26 (14.13%) Oracle
20 26 (14.13%) ITIL
20 26 (14.13%) SAN
21 25 (13.59%) SharePoint
22 24 (13.04%) Migration

Windows Server 2008
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Windows Server 2008 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 Server 2008. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 44 (23.91%) MS Exchange
2 35 (19.02%) IIS
3 27 (14.67%) Exchange Server 2010
4 25 (13.59%) SharePoint
5 15 (8.15%) SharePoint 2010
6 14 (7.61%) Exchange Server 2007
7 12 (6.52%) Exchange Server 2003
8 4 (2.17%) Exchange Server 2013
8 4 (2.17%) Documentum
8 4 (2.17%) WebLogic
8 4 (2.17%) BizTalk Server
9 3 (1.63%) WebSphere
9 3 (1.63%) Lync
9 3 (1.63%) SharePoint 2013
10 2 (1.09%) Confluence
10 2 (1.09%) SharePoint Server
10 2 (1.09%) Tomcat
10 2 (1.09%) JBoss
10 2 (1.09%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 1 (0.54%) NetWeaver
Applications
1 29 (15.76%) MS Excel
2 23 (12.50%) MS Office
3 1 (0.54%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 4 (2.17%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (1.09%) Oracle 11i
Cloud Services
1 6 (3.26%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (1.63%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 52 (28.26%) DNS
2 44 (23.91%) DHCP
3 31 (16.85%) TCP/IP
4 26 (14.13%) SAN
5 22 (11.96%) LAN
6 15 (8.15%) WAN
7 13 (7.07%) Firewall
8 8 (4.35%) VLAN
9 6 (3.26%) NAS
10 5 (2.72%) DMZ
10 5 (2.72%) SMS
10 5 (2.72%) Wi-Fi
10 5 (2.72%) NetScaler
11 4 (2.17%) iSCSI
11 4 (2.17%) Wireless
11 4 (2.17%) 3G
12 2 (1.09%) Ethernet
12 2 (1.09%) Intranet
12 2 (1.09%) Internet
13 1 (0.54%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 37 (20.11%) SQL Server
2 20 (10.87%) SQL Server 2008
3 13 (7.07%) SQL Server 2005
4 12 (6.52%) Oracle Database
5 6 (3.26%) Oracle Database 11g
6 5 (2.72%) Oracle Database 10g
7 4 (2.17%) Relational Database
7 4 (2.17%) BODI
7 4 (2.17%) RDBMS
8 3 (1.63%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 3 (1.63%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 3 (1.63%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 2 (1.09%) SQL Server 2012
9 2 (1.09%) Oracle BI Publisher
9 2 (1.09%) PostgreSQL
9 2 (1.09%) Oracle Discoverer
9 2 (1.09%) Oracle Reports
9 2 (1.09%) MySQL
9 2 (1.09%) SQLPlus
10 1 (0.54%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 3 (1.63%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (1.09%) Oracle APEX
2 2 (1.09%) JIRA
2 2 (1.09%) Oracle Forms
3 1 (0.54%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.54%) Fiddler
General
1 28 (15.22%) Finance
2 12 (6.52%) Banking
3 6 (3.26%) Local Government
4 5 (2.72%) Retail
5 2 (1.09%) Retail Banking
5 2 (1.09%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.54%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.54%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 34 (18.48%) Analyst
2 21 (11.41%) Administrator
3 18 (9.78%) 3rd Line Support
4 15 (8.15%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 14 (7.61%) Support Analyst
6 10 (5.43%) Systems Administrator
7 8 (4.35%) Wintel Analyst
7 8 (4.35%) Server Engineer
7 8 (4.35%) 1st Line Support
7 8 (4.35%) Architect
8 7 (3.80%) Support Engineer
8 7 (3.80%) Windows Administrator
8 7 (3.80%) Wintel Engineer
9 6 (3.26%) SharePoint Administrator
9 6 (3.26%) Windows Systems Administrator
9 6 (3.26%) 2nd Line Support
9 6 (3.26%) Infrastructure Architect
9 6 (3.26%) Desktop Support
9 6 (3.26%) Consultant
10 5 (2.72%) Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (9.24%) .NET
2 9 (4.89%) XML
3 6 (3.26%) XML Messaging
3 6 (3.26%) ODBC
4 4 (2.17%) ASP.NET
4 4 (2.17%) CSS
5 3 (1.63%) Middleware
5 3 (1.63%) WebSphere MQ
5 3 (1.63%) Web Services
5 3 (1.63%) WebSphere Message Broker
6 2 (1.09%) Application Packaging
7 1 (0.54%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 30 (16.30%) Clustering
2 7 (3.80%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (2.72%) Enterprise Software
4 4 (2.17%) Fat Client
4 4 (2.17%) Thin Client
4 4 (2.17%) NHS
5 3 (1.63%) Life Science
6 2 (1.09%) PKI
6 2 (1.09%) Management Information System
6 2 (1.09%) Client/Server
7 1 (0.54%) EPoS
7 1 (0.54%) Blackberry
7 1 (0.54%) Smartcard
7 1 (0.54%) CLARiiON
7 1 (0.54%) Replication
7 1 (0.54%) EqualLogic
7 1 (0.54%) Open Source
7 1 (0.54%) User Experience
7 1 (0.54%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 184 (100.00%) Windows
2 107 (58.15%) Windows Server 2003
3 64 (34.78%) Windows Server 2012
4 49 (26.63%) Windows 7
5 28 (15.22%) Windows XP
6 14 (7.61%) Linux
7 10 (5.43%) Solaris
8 7 (3.80%) Windows 2000
9 6 (3.26%) HPUX
10 5 (2.72%) UNIX
11 4 (2.17%) Windows 8
12 3 (1.63%) AIX
12 3 (1.63%) Windows 2000 Server
13 2 (1.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 2 (1.09%) Windows Vista
13 2 (1.09%) VMS
14 1 (0.54%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.54%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (14.13%) ITIL
2 24 (13.04%) Migration
3 14 (7.61%) Disaster Recovery
4 13 (7.07%) Project Management
5 9 (4.89%) Load Balancing
5 9 (4.89%) High Availability
6 7 (3.80%) Agile Software Development
7 6 (3.26%) Time Management
7 6 (3.26%) Problem Management
8 5 (2.72%) Configuration Management
8 5 (2.72%) Service Management
8 5 (2.72%) Content Management
8 5 (2.72%) User Acceptance Testing
8 5 (2.72%) Performance Tuning
9 4 (2.17%) Root Cause Analysis
9 4 (2.17%) Project Planning
10 3 (1.63%) PRINCE2
10 3 (1.63%) Service Delivery
10 3 (1.63%) Change Management
10 3 (1.63%) Identity Management
Programming Languages
1 46 (25.00%) SQL
2 19 (10.33%) PowerShell
3 10 (5.43%) C
4 9 (4.89%) Java
5 6 (3.26%) JavaScript
6 4 (2.17%) T-SQL
6 4 (2.17%) VBScript
7 3 (1.63%) VB
8 2 (1.09%) PL/SQL
8 2 (1.09%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.54%) C#
9 1 (0.54%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.54%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 23 (12.50%) Microsoft Certification
2 19 (10.33%) MCSE
3 17 (9.24%) SC Cleared
3 17 (9.24%) Security Cleared
4 10 (5.43%) MCITP
5 7 (3.80%) MCTS
6 6 (3.26%) MCP
7 4 (2.17%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 4 (2.17%) Cisco Certification
8 3 (1.63%) ITIL Certification
8 3 (1.63%) CCNA
8 3 (1.63%) MCSA
9 2 (1.09%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 2 (1.09%) ISTQB
9 2 (1.09%) ISEB
9 2 (1.09%) Citrix Certification
10 1 (0.54%) CCEA
10 1 (0.54%) PMP
10 1 (0.54%) PMI Certification
10 1 (0.54%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (3.80%) SLA
2 3 (1.63%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 2 (1.09%) PCI DSS
3 2 (1.09%) QA
System Software
1 107 (58.15%) Active Directory
2 47 (25.54%) VMware Infrastructure
3 37 (20.11%) Hyper-V
4 28 (15.22%) XenApp
5 11 (5.98%) VMware ESX
6 8 (4.35%) XenServer
7 6 (3.26%) vSphere
7 6 (3.26%) Firmware
8 5 (2.72%) DFS Replication
9 4 (2.17%) Microsoft App-V
10 3 (1.63%) XenDesktop
10 3 (1.63%) Oracle RAC
10 3 (1.63%) VMware ESXi
11 2 (1.09%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 1 (0.54%) Terminal Server
12 1 (0.54%) ISA Server
12 1 (0.54%) NFS
12 1 (0.54%) Xen
12 1 (0.54%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 1 (0.54%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 30 (16.30%) SCCM
2 14 (7.61%) SCOM
3 6 (3.26%) Backup Exec
4 5 (2.72%) NetBackup
4 5 (2.72%) SCVMM
5 4 (2.17%) HP Data Protector
6 3 (1.63%) WSUS
7 2 (1.09%) EMC NetWorker
8 1 (0.54%) Legato
8 1 (0.54%) Norton AntiVirus
8 1 (0.54%) MOM
8 1 (0.54%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 1 (0.54%) McAfee ePO
8 1 (0.54%) XenMobile
8 1 (0.54%) HP SIM
8 1 (0.54%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 88 (47.83%) VMware
2 80 (43.48%) Microsoft
3 58 (31.52%) Citrix
4 33 (17.93%) HP
5 26 (14.13%) Oracle
6 22 (11.96%) Cisco
7 12 (6.52%) AppSense
7 12 (6.52%) Dell
8 11 (5.98%) Symantec
9 10 (5.43%) EMC
9 10 (5.43%) NetApp
10 5 (2.72%) McAfee
11 4 (2.17%) 3PAR
11 4 (2.17%) F5
11 4 (2.17%) Compuware
11 4 (2.17%) Business Objects
12 3 (1.63%) Red Hat
13 2 (1.09%) Cyber-Ark
13 2 (1.09%) Atlassian
13 2 (1.09%) SonicWALL
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