The first table below looks at the demand 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 9 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Operating Systems category for the North West region.

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
9 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Windows Server 2008
Rank 32 36 54
Rank change year-on-year
+4 +18
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 2008 145 121 96
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 4.82% 4.78% 3.07%
As % of the Operating Systems category 21.48% 19.36% 14.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 81 52 31
Average daily rate
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£250 £252 £285
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.79% -11.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £150 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £319 £348 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £280 £320 £310
% change year-on-year
-12.50% +3.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 21 25
Average hourly rate £14.00 £25.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-44.00% +25.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.80 £14.00 £11.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.50 £35.00 £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £21.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-23.80% +5.00%
Operating Systems Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Operating Systems category
675 625 685
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 22.44% 24.66% 21.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 341 269 260
Average daily rate £290 £320 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.37% -1.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £175 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £310 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
-4.61% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 76 71 79
Average hourly rate £15.00 £19.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-21.05% -5.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.50 £32.50 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £16.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-6.25% -8.57%
Windows Server 2008
England

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 9 July 2014.

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 9 July 2014.

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 9 July 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 +9 72 £250 -0.79% 10
Manchester -6 36 £300 +25.00% 19
Lancashire -1 35 £241 -22.41% 2
Merseyside +1 1 £201 -41.88% 5
Cumbria - - - - 1
Windows Server 2008
England

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

For the 6 months to 9 July 2014, 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.

1 271 (100.00%) Windows
2 203 (74.91%) Windows Server 2003
3 159 (58.67%) Active Directory
4 128 (47.23%) Microsoft
5 119 (43.91%) VMware
6 115 (42.44%) Citrix
7 85 (31.37%) MS Exchange
8 73 (26.94%) DNS
9 68 (25.09%) Windows 7
10 67 (24.72%) DHCP
11 63 (23.25%) VMware Infrastructure
12 62 (22.88%) Windows Server 2012
13 60 (22.14%) Exchange Server 2010
14 56 (20.66%) HP
15 52 (19.19%) Microsoft Certification
15 52 (19.19%) SAN
16 50 (18.45%) SharePoint
16 50 (18.45%) ITIL
16 50 (18.45%) Security Cleared
17 49 (18.08%) Windows XP
18 47 (17.34%) IIS
18 47 (17.34%) Hyper-V
19 45 (16.61%) SC Cleared
20 44 (16.24%) PowerShell
20 44 (16.24%) LAN
21 43 (15.87%) SQL Server
21 43 (15.87%) Firewall
22 42 (15.50%) MCSE
22 42 (15.50%) Cisco
23 41 (15.13%) SCCM

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

For the 6 months to 9 July 2014, 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 85 (31.37%) MS Exchange
2 60 (22.14%) Exchange Server 2010
3 50 (18.45%) SharePoint
4 47 (17.34%) IIS
5 39 (14.39%) Exchange Server 2003
6 36 (13.28%) Exchange Server 2007
7 21 (7.75%) SharePoint 2010
8 10 (3.69%) SharePoint 2013
9 6 (2.21%) Lync
10 4 (1.48%) Exchange Server 2013
11 2 (0.74%) BizTalk Server
11 2 (0.74%) IBM Notes
11 2 (0.74%) SharePoint Server
12 1 (0.37%) SAS
12 1 (0.37%) Site Server
Applications
1 26 (9.59%) MS Excel
2 22 (8.12%) MS Office
3 1 (0.37%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (0.37%) MS Project
3 1 (0.37%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 6 (2.21%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.37%) BPCS
Cloud Services
1 3 (1.11%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (0.74%) Office 365
3 1 (0.37%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 73 (26.94%) DNS
2 67 (24.72%) DHCP
3 52 (19.19%) SAN
4 44 (16.24%) LAN
5 43 (15.87%) Firewall
6 36 (13.28%) WAN
6 36 (13.28%) TCP/IP
7 23 (8.49%) Wireless
8 13 (4.80%) VPN
9 11 (4.06%) Wi-Fi
10 10 (3.69%) 3G
11 7 (2.58%) VLAN
11 7 (2.58%) VoIP
12 5 (1.85%) IP Telephony
12 5 (1.85%) ADSL
13 4 (1.48%) IPsec
13 4 (1.48%) SSL
13 4 (1.48%) Internet
13 4 (1.48%) WLAN
13 4 (1.48%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 43 (15.87%) SQL Server
2 16 (5.90%) SQL Server 2008
3 14 (5.17%) SQL Server 2005
4 4 (1.48%) QlikView
5 2 (0.74%) SQL Server 2000
5 2 (0.74%) Oracle Database
5 2 (0.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.37%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.37%) Oracle Database 11g
6 1 (0.37%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (0.37%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.37%) MySQL
6 1 (0.37%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.37%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 4 (1.48%) Moq
1 4 (1.48%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (0.74%) MSI
3 1 (0.37%) Selenium
3 1 (0.37%) Wise Package Studio
3 1 (0.37%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.37%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 1 (0.37%) InstallShield
3 1 (0.37%) AdminStudio
General
1 29 (10.70%) Finance
2 23 (8.49%) Banking
3 13 (4.80%) Local Government
4 6 (2.21%) Telecoms
5 3 (1.11%) Manufacturing
6 2 (0.74%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.37%) Retail
7 1 (0.37%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.37%) Legal
Job Titles
1 35 (12.92%) Analyst
2 29 (10.70%) Support Engineer
3 22 (8.12%) Desktop Support
4 21 (7.75%) Wintel Engineer
5 20 (7.38%) Server Engineer
6 17 (6.27%) 2nd Line Support
7 16 (5.90%) Consultant
7 16 (5.90%) Desktop Engineer
8 14 (5.17%) 3rd Line Support
8 14 (5.17%) Support Analyst
9 13 (4.80%) Administrator
9 13 (4.80%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 11 (4.06%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 10 (3.69%) Wintel Support
11 10 (3.69%) Windows Server Engineer
12 9 (3.32%) Technical Specialist
13 8 (2.95%) Architect
14 7 (2.58%) Infrastructure Support Consultant
14 7 (2.58%) Operations Engineer
14 7 (2.58%) Wintel Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (7.01%) .NET
2 8 (2.95%) Web Services
3 5 (1.85%) Application Packaging
4 4 (1.48%) HTML
4 4 (1.48%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
4 4 (1.48%) jQuery
4 4 (1.48%) .NET Framework
5 3 (1.11%) HTML5
5 3 (1.11%) SOAP
6 2 (0.74%) XML
6 2 (0.74%) ASP.NET
6 2 (0.74%) WCF
7 1 (0.37%) JSON
7 1 (0.37%) ASP.NET MVC
7 1 (0.37%) ASP.NET MVC 4
7 1 (0.37%) ODBC
Miscellaneous
1 33 (12.18%) Clustering
2 18 (6.64%) Thin Client
2 18 (6.64%) Fat Client
3 13 (4.80%) Blackberry
4 7 (2.58%) Management Information System
5 6 (2.21%) Wiki
6 4 (1.48%) Enterprise Software
6 4 (1.48%) Inversion of Control
6 4 (1.48%) PKI
7 3 (1.11%) Replication
8 2 (0.74%) CESG
8 2 (0.74%) GIS
8 2 (0.74%) iPhone
9 1 (0.37%) Statistics
9 1 (0.37%) Video Conferencing
9 1 (0.37%) Social Media
9 1 (0.37%) Enterprise Storage
9 1 (0.37%) N-Tier
9 1 (0.37%) Firmware
Operating Systems
1 271 (100.00%) Windows
2 203 (74.91%) Windows Server 2003
3 68 (25.09%) Windows 7
4 62 (22.88%) Windows Server 2012
5 49 (18.08%) Windows XP
6 22 (8.12%) Linux
7 18 (6.64%) UNIX
8 9 (3.32%) Windows 8
8 9 (3.32%) AIX
9 6 (2.21%) Windows 2000 Server
9 6 (2.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 5 (1.85%) Solaris
11 4 (1.48%) Windows 2000
11 4 (1.48%) Windows Vista
12 3 (1.11%) HPUX
13 2 (0.74%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.37%) Windows Mobile
14 1 (0.37%) Android
14 1 (0.37%) Windows NT
14 1 (0.37%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 50 (18.45%) ITIL
2 28 (10.33%) Migration
3 16 (5.90%) Project Management
4 14 (5.17%) Change Management
5 12 (4.43%) Change Control
6 11 (4.06%) Release Management
6 11 (4.06%) PRINCE2
6 11 (4.06%) Service Management
7 10 (3.69%) Disaster Recovery
7 10 (3.69%) Load Balancing
8 9 (3.32%) Incident Management
9 7 (2.58%) Problem Management
10 6 (2.21%) Information Security
10 6 (2.21%) Configuration Management
10 6 (2.21%) CRM
11 5 (1.85%) Performance Tuning
11 5 (1.85%) Capacity Management
11 5 (1.85%) Stakeholder Management
11 5 (1.85%) ITSM
11 5 (1.85%) Business Continuity
Programming Languages
1 44 (16.24%) PowerShell
2 39 (14.39%) SQL
3 7 (2.58%) VB
4 6 (2.21%) Shell Script
5 4 (1.48%) C
6 3 (1.11%) Perl
7 2 (0.74%) T-SQL
7 2 (0.74%) Java
8 1 (0.37%) LINC
8 1 (0.37%) SELCOPY
8 1 (0.37%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.37%) C#
8 1 (0.37%) VBScript
8 1 (0.37%) PHP
8 1 (0.37%) VB.NET
8 1 (0.37%) VBA
8 1 (0.37%) JCL
8 1 (0.37%) AppleScript
8 1 (0.37%) REXX
Qualifications
1 52 (19.19%) Microsoft Certification
2 50 (18.45%) Security Cleared
3 45 (16.61%) SC Cleared
4 42 (15.50%) MCSE
5 20 (7.38%) MCITP
6 16 (5.90%) Degree
7 13 (4.80%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 11 (4.06%) Cisco Certification
9 10 (3.69%) CCNA
9 10 (3.69%) MCTS
10 9 (3.32%) VCP5
11 4 (1.48%) MCP
12 3 (1.11%) MCSA
12 3 (1.11%) CCNP
12 3 (1.11%) PMP
12 3 (1.11%) PMI Certification
12 3 (1.11%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 2 (0.74%) ITIL Certification
13 2 (0.74%) HNC
14 1 (0.37%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (4.06%) SLA
2 2 (0.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.37%) QA
3 1 (0.37%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 159 (58.67%) Active Directory
2 63 (23.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 47 (17.34%) Hyper-V
4 41 (15.13%) XenApp
5 27 (9.96%) VMware ESX
6 26 (9.59%) vSphere
7 18 (6.64%) XenServer
8 14 (5.17%) XenDesktop
9 8 (2.95%) Oracle RAC
10 7 (2.58%) ISA Server
11 6 (2.21%) Forefront TMG
11 6 (2.21%) VMware ESXi
12 4 (1.48%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
13 3 (1.11%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 3 (1.11%) Brightmail
13 3 (1.11%) Microsoft App-V
14 2 (0.74%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 1 (0.37%) DFS Replication
15 1 (0.37%) Terminal Server
15 1 (0.37%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 41 (15.13%) SCCM
2 35 (12.92%) SCOM
3 23 (8.49%) Backup Exec
4 7 (2.58%) Tivoli
5 6 (2.21%) SCSM
5 6 (2.21%) SCVMM
5 6 (2.21%) HP Quality Center
6 4 (1.48%) Norton AntiVirus
6 4 (1.48%) McAfee ePO
6 4 (1.48%) WSUS
6 4 (1.48%) Business Desktop Deployment
7 3 (1.11%) HP Data Protector
7 3 (1.11%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 3 (1.11%) HP SiteScope
7 3 (1.11%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 3 (1.11%) Unicenter
8 2 (0.74%) ARCserve
8 2 (0.74%) PureDisk
8 2 (0.74%) FortiGate
9 1 (0.37%) HP SIM
Vendors
1 128 (47.23%) Microsoft
2 119 (43.91%) VMware
3 115 (42.44%) Citrix
4 56 (20.66%) HP
5 42 (15.50%) Cisco
6 33 (12.18%) Symantec
7 22 (8.12%) Dell
8 17 (6.27%) IronPort
8 17 (6.27%) Compaq
9 16 (5.90%) Cyber-Ark
10 15 (5.54%) Juniper
11 14 (5.17%) Oracle
12 10 (3.69%) CA
13 9 (3.32%) F5
13 9 (3.32%) McAfee
13 9 (3.32%) Informatica
13 9 (3.32%) Red Hat
13 9 (3.32%) Siebel
13 9 (3.32%) Open Text
14 6 (2.21%) 3PAR
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