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 27 March 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
27 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Windows Server 2008
Rank 63 48 40
Rank change year-on-year
-15 -8
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 2008 89 108 95
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.47% 3.81% 4.07%
As % of the Operating Systems category 11.42% 17.03% 17.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 52 40
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£323 £273 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.50% +9.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £164 £193 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £410 £405 £351
UK excluding London average daily rate £308 £300 £275
% change year-on-year
+2.50% +9.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 25 19
Average hourly rate £14.50 £30.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-51.66% +50.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.30 £14.10 £11.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.19 £33.60 £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -12.50%
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
779 634 541
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 21.60% 22.37% 23.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 373 259 233
Average daily rate £375 £290 £270
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+29.31% +7.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £150 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £514 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £315 £309
% change year-on-year
+7.93% +1.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 95 130 74
Average hourly rate £13.87 £17.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.74% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.45 £11.80 £9.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.19 £35.00 £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £16.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
-6.25% -

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 27 March 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 27 March 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 27 March 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 -3 33 £338 +50.00% 21
Merseyside -6 17 £675 +154.71% 7
Cheshire -23 14 £300 +9.09% 12
Lancashire -30 6 £323 +20.16% 3
Windows Server 2008
England

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

For the 6 months to 27 March 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.

1 177 (100.00%) Windows
2 110 (62.15%) Active Directory
3 100 (56.50%) Windows Server 2003
4 87 (49.15%) Windows Server 2012
5 69 (38.98%) Microsoft
6 68 (38.42%) VMware
7 57 (32.20%) Citrix
8 41 (23.16%) MS Exchange
8 41 (23.16%) Hyper-V
9 40 (22.60%) Windows 7
9 40 (22.60%) Migration
10 37 (20.90%) SQL Server
11 36 (20.34%) DHCP
12 34 (19.21%) Oracle
12 34 (19.21%) VMware Infrastructure
13 32 (18.08%) ITIL
14 30 (16.95%) DNS
15 28 (15.82%) HP
15 28 (15.82%) MS Excel
15 28 (15.82%) SAN
16 27 (15.25%) Disaster Recovery
17 26 (14.69%) SCCM
17 26 (14.69%) Windows XP
17 26 (14.69%) SQL
17 26 (14.69%) Security Cleared
17 26 (14.69%) XenApp
17 26 (14.69%) Exchange Server 2010
18 25 (14.12%) SC Cleared
19 24 (13.56%) IIS
19 24 (13.56%) MS Office

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

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 41 (23.16%) MS Exchange
2 26 (14.69%) Exchange Server 2010
3 24 (13.56%) IIS
4 18 (10.17%) SharePoint
5 14 (7.91%) NetWeaver
6 13 (7.34%) Exchange Server 2007
7 12 (6.78%) SharePoint 2010
8 10 (5.65%) Exchange Server 2003
9 6 (3.39%) Exchange Server 2013
10 5 (2.82%) SharePoint 2013
11 4 (2.26%) Documentum
11 4 (2.26%) WebLogic
12 3 (1.69%) BizTalk Server
12 3 (1.69%) WebSphere
13 2 (1.13%) Office Communications Server
13 2 (1.13%) Lync
13 2 (1.13%) JBoss
14 1 (0.56%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 28 (15.82%) MS Excel
2 24 (13.56%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 4 (2.26%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (1.13%) Oracle 11i
Cloud Services
1 11 (6.21%) Microsoft Azure
2 9 (5.08%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 36 (20.34%) DHCP
2 30 (16.95%) DNS
3 28 (15.82%) SAN
4 22 (12.43%) LAN
5 21 (11.86%) TCP/IP
6 17 (9.60%) Firewall
7 14 (7.91%) WAN
8 9 (5.08%) VPN
9 7 (3.95%) NAS
9 7 (3.95%) NetScaler
10 6 (3.39%) DMZ
11 5 (2.82%) Wi-Fi
12 4 (2.26%) Wireless
12 4 (2.26%) VLAN
12 4 (2.26%) iSCSI
13 3 (1.69%) SMS
14 2 (1.13%) SMTP
14 2 (1.13%) Ethernet
14 2 (1.13%) FTP
14 2 (1.13%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 37 (20.90%) SQL Server
2 23 (12.99%) SQL Server 2008
3 14 (7.91%) SAP HANA
4 10 (5.65%) Oracle Database
5 5 (2.82%) RDBMS
5 5 (2.82%) Relational Database
6 4 (2.26%) Oracle Database 10g
6 4 (2.26%) BODI
6 4 (2.26%) Oracle Database 11g
7 3 (1.69%) SQL Server 2005
8 2 (1.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 2 (1.13%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 2 (1.13%) Oracle BI Publisher
8 2 (1.13%) SQLPlus
8 2 (1.13%) PostgreSQL
8 2 (1.13%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 2 (1.13%) Oracle Reports
8 2 (1.13%) Oracle Discoverer
9 1 (0.56%) Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.56%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 3 (1.69%) Fiddler
2 2 (1.13%) Oracle Forms
2 2 (1.13%) Oracle APEX
General
1 22 (12.43%) Finance
2 8 (4.52%) Banking
3 3 (1.69%) Retail
4 2 (1.13%) Manufacturing
4 2 (1.13%) Financial Institution
5 1 (0.56%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.56%) Local Government
5 1 (0.56%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 42 (23.73%) Analyst
2 23 (12.99%) Architect
3 20 (11.30%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 17 (9.60%) 3rd Line Support
5 13 (7.34%) Technical Analyst
5 13 (7.34%) SAP Architect
6 12 (6.78%) Administrator
7 11 (6.21%) Support Analyst
8 9 (5.08%) Support Engineer
8 9 (5.08%) Wintel Analyst
9 8 (4.52%) Citrix Analyst
9 8 (4.52%) Systems Administrator
10 7 (3.95%) Service Analyst
10 7 (3.95%) Service Desk Analyst
11 6 (3.39%) Infrastructure Architect
11 6 (3.39%) 2nd Line Support
11 6 (3.39%) Wintel Engineer
12 5 (2.82%) 1st Line Support
12 5 (2.82%) Windows Administrator
13 4 (2.26%) Windows Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (4.52%) XML
2 7 (3.95%) SAP Basis
3 6 (3.39%) Middleware
3 6 (3.39%) XML Messaging
4 5 (2.82%) .NET
5 4 (2.26%) ASP.NET
5 4 (2.26%) CSS
5 4 (2.26%) Application Packaging
6 3 (1.69%) WebSphere Message Broker
6 3 (1.69%) Web Services
6 3 (1.69%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 18 (10.17%) Clustering
2 11 (6.21%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (2.82%) Enterprise Software
4 4 (2.26%) NHS
5 3 (1.69%) Life Science
6 2 (1.13%) Fat Client
6 2 (1.13%) Thin Client
6 2 (1.13%) Management Information System
6 2 (1.13%) Data Structures
6 2 (1.13%) Client/Server
7 1 (0.56%) CLARiiON
7 1 (0.56%) User Experience
7 1 (0.56%) Smartcard
7 1 (0.56%) Blackberry
7 1 (0.56%) iPhone
7 1 (0.56%) Open Source
7 1 (0.56%) EqualLogic
7 1 (0.56%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 177 (100.00%) Windows
2 100 (56.50%) Windows Server 2003
3 87 (49.15%) Windows Server 2012
4 40 (22.60%) Windows 7
5 26 (14.69%) Windows XP
6 23 (12.99%) Linux
6 23 (12.99%) UNIX
7 13 (7.34%) Solaris
8 9 (5.08%) Windows 2000
9 6 (3.39%) HPUX
10 5 (2.82%) Windows 8
11 3 (1.69%) AIX
12 2 (1.13%) VMS
12 2 (1.13%) Windows Vista
12 2 (1.13%) Windows 2000 Server
12 2 (1.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 1 (0.56%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (22.60%) Migration
2 32 (18.08%) ITIL
3 27 (15.25%) Disaster Recovery
4 23 (12.99%) High Availability
5 17 (9.60%) ERP
6 13 (7.34%) Technical Architecture
7 12 (6.78%) Project Management
8 8 (4.52%) Performance Tuning
9 7 (3.95%) Root Cause Analysis
9 7 (3.95%) Time Management
9 7 (3.95%) Content Management
10 6 (3.39%) Configuration Management
11 5 (2.82%) Service Management
11 5 (2.82%) Service Delivery
11 5 (2.82%) Agile Software Development
11 5 (2.82%) Problem Management
12 4 (2.26%) Change Management
12 4 (2.26%) Stakeholder Management
13 3 (1.69%) Software Testing
13 3 (1.69%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 26 (14.69%) SQL
2 15 (8.47%) PowerShell
3 8 (4.52%) VBScript
4 6 (3.39%) JavaScript
5 4 (2.26%) Shell Script
6 3 (1.69%) VB
6 3 (1.69%) T-SQL
7 2 (1.13%) PL/SQL
7 2 (1.13%) C
7 2 (1.13%) Java
Qualifications
1 26 (14.69%) Security Cleared
2 25 (14.12%) SC Cleared
3 19 (10.73%) Microsoft Certification
4 15 (8.47%) MCSE
5 8 (4.52%) ITIL Certification
5 8 (4.52%) Cisco Certification
6 7 (3.95%) Citrix Certification
6 7 (3.95%) CCEE
7 5 (2.82%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 5 (2.82%) MCP
8 4 (2.26%) CCIE
8 4 (2.26%) CCA
8 4 (2.26%) CCAA
8 4 (2.26%) MCITP
9 3 (1.69%) CCIA
9 3 (1.69%) CCEA
9 3 (1.69%) CCNA
10 2 (1.13%) ISEB
10 2 (1.13%) MCSA
10 2 (1.13%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (5.65%) QA
2 9 (5.08%) SLA
3 7 (3.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.56%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 110 (62.15%) Active Directory
2 41 (23.16%) Hyper-V
3 34 (19.21%) VMware Infrastructure
4 26 (14.69%) XenApp
5 8 (4.52%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 8 (4.52%) MetaFrame
5 8 (4.52%) VMware ESX
6 7 (3.95%) Firmware
6 7 (3.95%) XenDesktop
6 7 (3.95%) vSphere
7 6 (3.39%) DFS Replication
8 5 (2.82%) VMware ESXi
9 3 (1.69%) XenServer
9 3 (1.69%) Terminal Server
10 2 (1.13%) Terminal Services
10 2 (1.13%) Xen
10 2 (1.13%) Oracle RAC
11 1 (0.56%) NFS
11 1 (0.56%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 1 (0.56%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 26 (14.69%) SCCM
2 6 (3.39%) SCOM
2 6 (3.39%) SCVMM
2 6 (3.39%) Backup Exec
3 4 (2.26%) NetBackup
4 3 (1.69%) WSUS
5 2 (1.13%) Tivoli
5 2 (1.13%) SCDPM
5 2 (1.13%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 1 (0.56%) XenMobile
6 1 (0.56%) MOM
6 1 (0.56%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 1 (0.56%) EMC NetWorker
6 1 (0.56%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 69 (38.98%) Microsoft
2 68 (38.42%) VMware
3 57 (32.20%) Citrix
4 34 (19.21%) Oracle
5 28 (15.82%) HP
6 18 (10.17%) Cisco
6 18 (10.17%) AppSense
7 17 (9.60%) SAP
8 15 (8.47%) Dell
9 14 (7.91%) NetApp
10 12 (6.78%) EMC
11 10 (5.65%) Symantec
12 7 (3.95%) Red Hat
13 5 (2.82%) McAfee
14 4 (2.26%) 3PAR
14 4 (2.26%) F5
14 4 (2.26%) Business Objects
14 4 (2.26%) Compuware
15 3 (1.69%) Compaq
15 3 (1.69%) Wyse
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