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 29 August 2014 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
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Windows Server 2008
Rank 42 44 69
Rank change year-on-year
+2 +25
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 2008 125 108 78
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 4.00% 3.77% 2.37%
As % of the Operating Systems category 16.67% 16.88% 10.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 68 44 22
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£280 £293 £295
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.27% -0.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £211 £208 £132
10% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £418 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £310 £315
% change year-on-year
-3.22% -1.58%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 26 27
Average hourly rate £17.13 £29.50 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-41.94% +78.78%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.15 £13.25 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.75 £40.57 £26.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.50 £21.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
-7.14% +10.52%
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
750 640 749
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 24.01% 22.33% 22.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 391 284 290
Average daily rate £313 £320 £335
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.34% -4.47%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £210 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £428 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £323 £325 £320
% change year-on-year
-0.76% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 94 87 93
Average hourly rate £15.00 £20.00 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-25.00% +25.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.80 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £35.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
- -5.88%

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 29 August 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 29 August 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 29 August 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 -1 49 £280 -0.44% 10
Manchester -13 35 £320 -1.53% 22
Lancashire +8 27 £300 +7.14% 4
Merseyside -9 5 £200 -35.74% 4
Cumbria -5 1 £325 +136.36% 1
Windows Server 2008
England

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

For the 6 months to 29 August 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.

1 274 (100.00%) Windows
2 207 (75.55%) Windows Server 2003
3 164 (59.85%) Active Directory
4 137 (50.00%) Microsoft
4 137 (50.00%) VMware
5 113 (41.24%) Citrix
6 92 (33.58%) DNS
7 89 (32.48%) MS Exchange
8 76 (27.74%) DHCP
9 74 (27.01%) VMware Infrastructure
10 67 (24.45%) Windows Server 2012
11 64 (23.36%) Microsoft Certification
12 62 (22.63%) Exchange Server 2010
13 59 (21.53%) HP
14 57 (20.80%) SharePoint
14 57 (20.80%) Windows 7
15 52 (18.98%) ITIL
15 52 (18.98%) MCSE
16 50 (18.25%) SAN
17 49 (17.88%) SQL
18 48 (17.52%) Windows XP
18 48 (17.52%) XenApp
18 48 (17.52%) Security Cleared
19 47 (17.15%) SQL Server
20 44 (16.06%) SC Cleared
21 43 (15.69%) Hyper-V
22 42 (15.33%) PowerShell
22 42 (15.33%) IIS
22 42 (15.33%) Cisco
23 41 (14.96%) TCP/IP

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

For the 6 months to 29 August 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 89 (32.48%) MS Exchange
2 62 (22.63%) Exchange Server 2010
3 57 (20.80%) SharePoint
4 42 (15.33%) IIS
5 41 (14.96%) Exchange Server 2003
6 39 (14.23%) Exchange Server 2007
7 23 (8.39%) SharePoint 2010
8 8 (2.92%) Lync
9 7 (2.55%) SharePoint 2013
10 4 (1.46%) Exchange Server 2013
11 2 (0.73%) Confluence
11 2 (0.73%) BizTalk Server
11 2 (0.73%) Tomcat
12 1 (0.36%) IBM Notes
12 1 (0.36%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 1 (0.36%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 29 (10.58%) MS Excel
2 23 (8.39%) MS Office
3 1 (0.36%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 5 (1.82%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.73%) Office 365
2 1 (0.36%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 92 (33.58%) DNS
2 76 (27.74%) DHCP
3 50 (18.25%) SAN
4 41 (14.96%) TCP/IP
5 36 (13.14%) LAN
6 31 (11.31%) Firewall
7 27 (9.85%) WAN
8 18 (6.57%) Wireless
9 11 (4.01%) VPN
10 10 (3.65%) Wi-Fi
10 10 (3.65%) 3G
11 5 (1.82%) IP Telephony
11 5 (1.82%) VLAN
11 5 (1.82%) VoIP
12 4 (1.46%) WLAN
12 4 (1.46%) FTP
12 4 (1.46%) IPsec
13 3 (1.09%) HTTP
13 3 (1.09%) ADSL
14 2 (0.73%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 47 (17.15%) SQL Server
2 19 (6.93%) SQL Server 2008
3 15 (5.47%) SQL Server 2005
4 2 (0.73%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (0.73%) Oracle Database
4 2 (0.73%) MySQL
5 1 (0.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.36%) QlikView
5 1 (0.36%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (0.36%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (0.36%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.36%) Oracle Database 10g
5 1 (0.36%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 2 (0.73%) JIRA
1 2 (0.73%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (0.36%) Selenium
2 1 (0.36%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 1 (0.36%) MSI
2 1 (0.36%) InstallShield
2 1 (0.36%) AdminStudio
General
1 28 (10.22%) Finance
2 22 (8.03%) Banking
3 10 (3.65%) Local Government
4 4 (1.46%) Telecoms
5 3 (1.09%) Manufacturing
6 2 (0.73%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.36%) Retail
7 1 (0.36%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 34 (12.41%) Analyst
2 29 (10.58%) Support Engineer
3 27 (9.85%) Server Engineer
4 22 (8.03%) Desktop Support
5 18 (6.57%) 3rd Line Support
5 18 (6.57%) 2nd Line Support
6 17 (6.20%) Support Analyst
6 17 (6.20%) Administrator
7 15 (5.47%) Desktop Engineer
7 15 (5.47%) Consultant
7 15 (5.47%) Windows Server Engineer
7 15 (5.47%) Wintel Engineer
8 13 (4.74%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 12 (4.38%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 10 (3.65%) Wintel Support
11 7 (2.55%) Infrastructure Consultant
11 7 (2.55%) Operations Engineer
11 7 (2.55%) Infrastructure Support Consultant
11 7 (2.55%) Technical Specialist
11 7 (2.55%) Infrastructure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (7.30%) .NET
2 5 (1.82%) Web Services
2 5 (1.82%) ODBC
3 4 (1.46%) Application Packaging
4 3 (1.09%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 39 (14.23%) Clustering
2 16 (5.84%) Thin Client
2 16 (5.84%) Fat Client
3 13 (4.74%) Blackberry
4 7 (2.55%) Management Information System
5 5 (1.82%) PKI
6 3 (1.09%) Wiki
6 3 (1.09%) Enterprise Software
6 3 (1.09%) Replication
7 2 (0.73%) CESG
7 2 (0.73%) GIS
7 2 (0.73%) iPhone
8 1 (0.36%) EqualLogic
8 1 (0.36%) iPad
8 1 (0.36%) Enterprise Storage
8 1 (0.36%) Life Science
8 1 (0.36%) EPoS
8 1 (0.36%) NHS
8 1 (0.36%) Firmware
Operating Systems
1 274 (100.00%) Windows
2 207 (75.55%) Windows Server 2003
3 67 (24.45%) Windows Server 2012
4 57 (20.80%) Windows 7
5 48 (17.52%) Windows XP
6 29 (10.58%) Linux
7 16 (5.84%) UNIX
8 9 (3.28%) AIX
9 7 (2.55%) Windows 8
9 7 (2.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 5 (1.82%) Solaris
10 5 (1.82%) Windows 2000
11 3 (1.09%) Mac OS X
11 3 (1.09%) HPUX
11 3 (1.09%) Windows Vista
12 2 (0.73%) Windows 2000 Server
13 1 (0.36%) Android
13 1 (0.36%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (18.98%) ITIL
2 22 (8.03%) Migration
3 19 (6.93%) Project Management
4 17 (6.20%) Load Balancing
5 12 (4.38%) Change Management
6 11 (4.01%) Service Management
6 11 (4.01%) PRINCE2
6 11 (4.01%) Release Management
7 9 (3.28%) Change Control
7 9 (3.28%) Disaster Recovery
8 8 (2.92%) Incident Management
8 8 (2.92%) Problem Management
9 6 (2.19%) Performance Management
9 6 (2.19%) Performance Tuning
9 6 (2.19%) Configuration Management
10 5 (1.82%) Stakeholder Management
10 5 (1.82%) ITSM
10 5 (1.82%) CRM
10 5 (1.82%) Capacity Management
10 5 (1.82%) Kalman Filter
Programming Languages
1 49 (17.88%) SQL
2 42 (15.33%) PowerShell
3 9 (3.28%) C
4 7 (2.55%) Shell Script
5 6 (2.19%) VB
5 6 (2.19%) Java
6 3 (1.09%) Perl
7 1 (0.36%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 64 (23.36%) Microsoft Certification
2 52 (18.98%) MCSE
3 48 (17.52%) Security Cleared
4 44 (16.06%) SC Cleared
5 22 (8.03%) MCITP
6 16 (5.84%) Degree
7 14 (5.11%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 13 (4.74%) MCTS
9 10 (3.65%) MCP
10 9 (3.28%) VCP5
11 6 (2.19%) MCSA
12 5 (1.82%) CCNA
12 5 (1.82%) Cisco Certification
13 4 (1.46%) ITIL Certification
14 3 (1.09%) PMP
14 3 (1.09%) PMI Certification
14 3 (1.09%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 2 (0.73%) HNC
15 2 (0.73%) Citrix Certification
15 2 (0.73%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (3.28%) SLA
2 3 (1.09%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 2 (0.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.36%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 164 (59.85%) Active Directory
2 74 (27.01%) VMware Infrastructure
3 48 (17.52%) XenApp
4 43 (15.69%) Hyper-V
5 29 (10.58%) XenServer
6 28 (10.22%) VMware ESX
7 27 (9.85%) vSphere
8 17 (6.20%) XenDesktop
9 8 (2.92%) ISA Server
10 6 (2.19%) Forefront TMG
10 6 (2.19%) VMware ESXi
11 4 (1.46%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
11 4 (1.46%) Oracle RAC
12 3 (1.09%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 3 (1.09%) Microsoft App-V
12 3 (1.09%) Brightmail
13 2 (0.73%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 1 (0.36%) Terminal Server
14 1 (0.36%) Terminal Services
14 1 (0.36%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 40 (14.60%) SCCM
2 32 (11.68%) SCOM
3 25 (9.12%) Backup Exec
4 8 (2.92%) HP Data Protector
5 7 (2.55%) Tivoli
6 5 (1.82%) Norton AntiVirus
6 5 (1.82%) McAfee ePO
6 5 (1.82%) SCSM
7 4 (1.46%) SCVMM
7 4 (1.46%) WSUS
7 4 (1.46%) Business Desktop Deployment
8 3 (1.09%) Unicenter
8 3 (1.09%) HP Quality Center
8 3 (1.09%) HP SiteScope
8 3 (1.09%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 3 (1.09%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 2 (0.73%) NetBackup
9 2 (0.73%) FortiGate
9 2 (0.73%) ARCserve
10 1 (0.36%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 137 (50.00%) Microsoft
1 137 (50.00%) VMware
2 113 (41.24%) Citrix
3 59 (21.53%) HP
4 42 (15.33%) Cisco
5 32 (11.68%) Symantec
6 25 (9.12%) Dell
7 19 (6.93%) Compaq
8 16 (5.84%) Cyber-Ark
9 15 (5.47%) Juniper
10 14 (5.11%) Oracle
11 13 (4.74%) IronPort
12 12 (4.38%) McAfee
13 10 (3.65%) Red Hat
14 9 (3.28%) CA
14 9 (3.28%) F5
15 7 (2.55%) 3PAR
16 6 (2.19%) SolarWinds
16 6 (2.19%) SonicWALL
16 6 (2.19%) Draytek
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