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 23 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
23 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Windows Server 2008
Rank 30 36 56
Rank change year-on-year
+6 +20
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 2008 138 118 91
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 4.59% 4.43% 2.79%
As % of the Operating Systems category 20.03% 18.79% 12.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 78 53 25
Average daily rate
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£270 £260 £290
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.84% -10.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £225 £138
10% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £371 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £286 £325 £313
% change year-on-year
-11.92% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 24 26
Average hourly rate £14.50 £28.25 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-48.67% +41.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.70 £15.05 £11.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.45 £41.92 £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £21.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
-20.93% +13.15%
Operating Systems Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Operating Systems category
689 628 722
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 22.91% 23.57% 22.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 362 278 273
Average daily rate £300 £313 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.00% -3.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £490 £425 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £310 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
-4.61% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 77 76 86
Average hourly rate £15.00 £20.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-25.00% +11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £35.00 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £16.20 £17.00
% change year-on-year
-7.40% -4.70%
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 23 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 23 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 23 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 +11 66 £260 +3.17% 12
Manchester 0 37 £300 +20.00% 17
Lancashire +6 30 £250 -19.35% 2
Merseyside -1 3 £200 -42.02% 1
Cumbria - - - - 2
Windows Server 2008
England

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

For the 6 months to 23 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.

1 277 (100.00%) Windows
2 205 (74.01%) Windows Server 2003
3 164 (59.21%) Active Directory
4 133 (48.01%) Microsoft
5 128 (46.21%) VMware
6 114 (41.16%) Citrix
7 86 (31.05%) MS Exchange
8 75 (27.08%) DNS
9 69 (24.91%) DHCP
10 65 (23.47%) Windows 7
11 64 (23.10%) VMware Infrastructure
12 63 (22.74%) Windows Server 2012
13 60 (21.66%) Exchange Server 2010
14 58 (20.94%) HP
15 55 (19.86%) Microsoft Certification
16 54 (19.49%) Security Cleared
17 53 (19.13%) SharePoint
17 53 (19.13%) ITIL
18 50 (18.05%) SAN
19 49 (17.69%) SC Cleared
20 48 (17.33%) Windows XP
21 46 (16.61%) IIS
21 46 (16.61%) Hyper-V
22 45 (16.25%) Cisco
23 44 (15.88%) SQL Server
24 42 (15.16%) MCSE
24 42 (15.16%) Firewall
24 42 (15.16%) PowerShell
24 42 (15.16%) XenApp
25 41 (14.80%) SCCM

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

For the 6 months to 23 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 86 (31.05%) MS Exchange
2 60 (21.66%) Exchange Server 2010
3 53 (19.13%) SharePoint
4 46 (16.61%) IIS
5 39 (14.08%) Exchange Server 2003
6 35 (12.64%) Exchange Server 2007
7 20 (7.22%) SharePoint 2010
8 9 (3.25%) SharePoint 2013
9 6 (2.17%) Lync
10 4 (1.44%) Exchange Server 2013
11 2 (0.72%) SharePoint Server
11 2 (0.72%) BizTalk Server
11 2 (0.72%) IBM Notes
12 1 (0.36%) SAS
12 1 (0.36%) Site Server
Applications
1 27 (9.75%) MS Excel
2 23 (8.30%) MS Office
3 1 (0.36%) MS Project
3 1 (0.36%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.36%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 6 (2.17%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.36%) BPCS
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.72%) Office 365
2 1 (0.36%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.36%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 75 (27.08%) DNS
2 69 (24.91%) DHCP
3 50 (18.05%) SAN
4 42 (15.16%) Firewall
5 40 (14.44%) LAN
6 35 (12.64%) TCP/IP
7 31 (11.19%) WAN
8 23 (8.30%) Wireless
9 14 (5.05%) VPN
10 11 (3.97%) Wi-Fi
11 10 (3.61%) 3G
12 7 (2.53%) VLAN
13 6 (2.17%) VoIP
14 5 (1.81%) ADSL
14 5 (1.81%) IP Telephony
15 4 (1.44%) IPsec
15 4 (1.44%) SSL
15 4 (1.44%) WLAN
15 4 (1.44%) FTP
16 3 (1.08%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 44 (15.88%) SQL Server
2 17 (6.14%) SQL Server 2008
3 14 (5.05%) SQL Server 2005
4 4 (1.44%) QlikView
5 2 (0.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (0.72%) SQL Server 2000
5 2 (0.72%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (0.72%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.36%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.36%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.36%) Oracle Database 10g
6 1 (0.36%) Oracle Database 11g
6 1 (0.36%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 4 (1.44%) Team Foundation Server
1 4 (1.44%) Moq
2 2 (0.72%) MSI
3 1 (0.36%) InstallShield
3 1 (0.36%) AdminStudio
3 1 (0.36%) Selenium
3 1 (0.36%) Wise Package Studio
3 1 (0.36%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.36%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 28 (10.11%) Finance
2 23 (8.30%) Banking
3 11 (3.97%) Local Government
4 6 (2.17%) Telecoms
5 3 (1.08%) Manufacturing
6 2 (0.72%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.36%) Retail
7 1 (0.36%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.36%) Legal
Job Titles
1 37 (13.36%) Analyst
2 28 (10.11%) Support Engineer
3 23 (8.30%) Desktop Support
3 23 (8.30%) Server Engineer
4 20 (7.22%) Wintel Engineer
5 18 (6.50%) 2nd Line Support
6 16 (5.78%) 3rd Line Support
6 16 (5.78%) Consultant
7 15 (5.42%) Support Analyst
7 15 (5.42%) Desktop Engineer
8 13 (4.69%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 13 (4.69%) Administrator
8 13 (4.69%) Windows Server Engineer
9 12 (4.33%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 10 (3.61%) Wintel Support
11 9 (3.25%) Technical Specialist
12 8 (2.89%) Architect
13 7 (2.53%) Support Consultant
13 7 (2.53%) Infrastructure Architect
13 7 (2.53%) Infrastructure Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (6.14%) .NET
2 6 (2.17%) Web Services
3 5 (1.81%) Application Packaging
4 4 (1.44%) jQuery
4 4 (1.44%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
4 4 (1.44%) .NET Framework
4 4 (1.44%) HTML
5 3 (1.08%) SOAP
5 3 (1.08%) HTML5
6 2 (0.72%) WCF
6 2 (0.72%) XML
7 1 (0.36%) ODBC
7 1 (0.36%) JSON
7 1 (0.36%) ASP.NET
7 1 (0.36%) ASP.NET MVC
7 1 (0.36%) ASP.NET MVC 4
Miscellaneous
1 31 (11.19%) Clustering
2 18 (6.50%) Thin Client
2 18 (6.50%) Fat Client
3 13 (4.69%) Blackberry
4 7 (2.53%) Management Information System
5 6 (2.17%) Wiki
6 4 (1.44%) Inversion of Control
6 4 (1.44%) Enterprise Software
7 3 (1.08%) PKI
7 3 (1.08%) Replication
8 2 (0.72%) CESG
8 2 (0.72%) GIS
8 2 (0.72%) iPhone
9 1 (0.36%) Enterprise Storage
9 1 (0.36%) Statistics
9 1 (0.36%) Video Conferencing
9 1 (0.36%) N-Tier
9 1 (0.36%) Firmware
Operating Systems
1 277 (100.00%) Windows
2 205 (74.01%) Windows Server 2003
3 65 (23.47%) Windows 7
4 63 (22.74%) Windows Server 2012
5 48 (17.33%) Windows XP
6 25 (9.03%) Linux
7 19 (6.86%) UNIX
8 9 (3.25%) AIX
8 9 (3.25%) Windows 8
9 7 (2.53%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 5 (1.81%) Windows 2000 Server
10 5 (1.81%) Solaris
11 3 (1.08%) HPUX
11 3 (1.08%) Windows 2000
11 3 (1.08%) Windows Vista
12 2 (0.72%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.36%) MVS
13 1 (0.36%) Android
13 1 (0.36%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 53 (19.13%) ITIL
2 28 (10.11%) Migration
3 16 (5.78%) Project Management
4 14 (5.05%) Change Management
5 12 (4.33%) Change Control
6 11 (3.97%) Release Management
6 11 (3.97%) Service Management
7 10 (3.61%) PRINCE2
7 10 (3.61%) Load Balancing
8 9 (3.25%) Disaster Recovery
8 9 (3.25%) Incident Management
9 7 (2.53%) Problem Management
10 6 (2.17%) Performance Tuning
10 6 (2.17%) Information Security
10 6 (2.17%) Configuration Management
10 6 (2.17%) CRM
11 5 (1.81%) ITSM
11 5 (1.81%) Stakeholder Management
11 5 (1.81%) Capacity Management
11 5 (1.81%) Business Continuity
Programming Languages
1 42 (15.16%) PowerShell
2 40 (14.44%) SQL
3 7 (2.53%) VB
3 7 (2.53%) Shell Script
4 5 (1.81%) C
5 3 (1.08%) Perl
6 2 (0.72%) Java
7 1 (0.36%) JavaScript
7 1 (0.36%) C#
7 1 (0.36%) VBA
7 1 (0.36%) REXX
7 1 (0.36%) T-SQL
7 1 (0.36%) VBScript
7 1 (0.36%) JCL
7 1 (0.36%) SELCOPY
Qualifications
1 55 (19.86%) Microsoft Certification
2 54 (19.49%) Security Cleared
3 49 (17.69%) SC Cleared
4 42 (15.16%) MCSE
5 18 (6.50%) MCITP
6 16 (5.78%) Degree
7 14 (5.05%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 9 (3.25%) Cisco Certification
8 9 (3.25%) VCP5
9 8 (2.89%) MCTS
9 8 (2.89%) CCNA
10 5 (1.81%) MCP
11 4 (1.44%) MCSA
12 3 (1.08%) CCNP
12 3 (1.08%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 3 (1.08%) ITIL Certification
12 3 (1.08%) PMP
12 3 (1.08%) PMI Certification
13 2 (0.72%) HNC
13 2 (0.72%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (3.97%) SLA
2 2 (0.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.36%) QA
3 1 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 164 (59.21%) Active Directory
2 64 (23.10%) VMware Infrastructure
3 46 (16.61%) Hyper-V
4 42 (15.16%) XenApp
5 29 (10.47%) VMware ESX
6 26 (9.39%) vSphere
7 21 (7.58%) XenServer
8 16 (5.78%) XenDesktop
9 8 (2.89%) Oracle RAC
10 7 (2.53%) ISA Server
11 6 (2.17%) Forefront TMG
12 5 (1.81%) VMware ESXi
13 4 (1.44%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
14 3 (1.08%) Microsoft App-V
14 3 (1.08%) Brightmail
15 2 (0.72%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 1 (0.36%) Citrix Presentation Server
16 1 (0.36%) Terminal Server
16 1 (0.36%) Terminal Services
16 1 (0.36%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 41 (14.80%) SCCM
2 35 (12.64%) SCOM
3 24 (8.66%) Backup Exec
4 7 (2.53%) Tivoli
5 6 (2.17%) HP Quality Center
5 6 (2.17%) SCSM
6 5 (1.81%) SCVMM
7 4 (1.44%) HP Data Protector
7 4 (1.44%) McAfee ePO
7 4 (1.44%) WSUS
7 4 (1.44%) Business Desktop Deployment
7 4 (1.44%) Norton AntiVirus
8 3 (1.08%) Unicenter
8 3 (1.08%) HP SiteScope
8 3 (1.08%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 3 (1.08%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 2 (0.72%) FortiGate
9 2 (0.72%) ARCserve
9 2 (0.72%) PureDisk
10 1 (0.36%) HP SIM
Vendors
1 133 (48.01%) Microsoft
2 128 (46.21%) VMware
3 114 (41.16%) Citrix
4 58 (20.94%) HP
5 45 (16.25%) Cisco
6 33 (11.91%) Symantec
7 24 (8.66%) Dell
8 19 (6.86%) Compaq
9 17 (6.14%) IronPort
9 17 (6.14%) Cyber-Ark
10 15 (5.42%) Juniper
11 14 (5.05%) Oracle
12 10 (3.61%) CA
12 10 (3.61%) Red Hat
13 9 (3.25%) Informatica
13 9 (3.25%) Siebel
13 9 (3.25%) McAfee
13 9 (3.25%) Open Text
13 9 (3.25%) F5
14 6 (2.17%) SolarWinds
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