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 1 June 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
1 Jun 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Windows Server 2008
Rank 72 33 39
Rank change year-on-year
-39 +6
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 2008 78 149 101
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.16% 4.86% 4.31%
As % of the Operating Systems category 9.90% 21.47% 18.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 78 39
Average daily rate
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£270 £250 £252
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.00% -0.79%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £210 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £398 £325 £325
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £280 £320
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -12.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 29 12
Average hourly rate £18.46 £28.50 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-35.22% +35.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.60 £11.60 £16.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.19 £32.78 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £16.50 £20.50
% change year-on-year
+15.15% -19.51%
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
788 694 561
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 21.82% 22.66% 23.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 410 343 239
Average daily rate £375 £280 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+33.93% -6.67%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £165 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £348 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+11.20% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 94 102 66
Average hourly rate £15.00 £16.75 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.44% -4.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £10.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.19 £34.00 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £15.50 £16.20
% change year-on-year
+3.22% -4.32%

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 1 June 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
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 1 June 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 -7 36 £338 +12.50% 22
Cheshire -45 16 £220 -12.00% 13
Merseyside -3 14 £223 -11.00% 4
Lancashire -28 8 £270 +8.00% 3
Windows Server 2008
England

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

For the 6 months to 1 June 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.

1 162 (100.00%) Windows
2 104 (64.20%) Active Directory
3 98 (60.49%) Windows Server 2003
4 80 (49.38%) VMware
5 69 (42.59%) Windows Server 2012
6 67 (41.36%) Microsoft
7 59 (36.42%) Citrix
8 45 (27.78%) VMware Infrastructure
9 43 (26.54%) MS Exchange
10 40 (24.69%) Migration
11 32 (19.75%) DNS
11 32 (19.75%) ITIL
11 32 (19.75%) Hyper-V
12 31 (19.14%) Exchange Server 2010
13 29 (17.90%) XenApp
14 28 (17.28%) Security Cleared
14 28 (17.28%) SAN
15 27 (16.67%) Microsoft Certification
15 27 (16.67%) SQL Server
15 27 (16.67%) DHCP
16 26 (16.05%) MS Office
16 26 (16.05%) Oracle
17 25 (15.43%) HP
17 25 (15.43%) Windows 7
18 24 (14.81%) SC Cleared
19 23 (14.20%) LAN
20 22 (13.58%) Finance
21 21 (12.96%) SCCM
21 21 (12.96%) Linux
21 21 (12.96%) SQL Server 2008

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

For the 6 months to 1 June 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 43 (26.54%) MS Exchange
2 31 (19.14%) Exchange Server 2010
3 14 (8.64%) NetWeaver
4 13 (8.02%) IIS
4 13 (8.02%) Exchange Server 2007
5 12 (7.41%) SharePoint
6 7 (4.32%) Exchange Server 2013
7 6 (3.70%) Exchange Server 2003
8 5 (3.09%) Lync
9 3 (1.85%) SharePoint 2010
9 3 (1.85%) IBM Notes
10 2 (1.23%) Office Communications Server
10 2 (1.23%) SharePoint 2013
11 1 (0.62%) JBoss
11 1 (0.62%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 1 (0.62%) BizTalk Server
11 1 (0.62%) TPMS
Applications
1 26 (16.05%) MS Office
2 18 (11.11%) MS Excel
3 2 (1.23%) MS Project
4 1 (0.62%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.62%) Oracle 11i
Cloud Services
1 10 (6.17%) Office 365
2 6 (3.70%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (2.47%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (1.85%) SaaS
5 1 (0.62%) Symantec.cloud
5 1 (0.62%) Mimecast
5 1 (0.62%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (0.62%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 32 (19.75%) DNS
2 28 (17.28%) SAN
3 27 (16.67%) DHCP
4 23 (14.20%) LAN
5 19 (11.73%) WAN
5 19 (11.73%) Firewall
6 15 (9.26%) TCP/IP
7 11 (6.79%) VPN
8 5 (3.09%) NAS
8 5 (3.09%) SSL
8 5 (3.09%) SMTP
8 5 (3.09%) FTP
8 5 (3.09%) HTTP
9 4 (2.47%) VLAN
9 4 (2.47%) NetScaler
10 3 (1.85%) iSCSI
10 3 (1.85%) SMS
10 3 (1.85%) Internet
10 3 (1.85%) Wi-Fi
11 1 (0.62%) Fibre Channel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (16.67%) SQL Server
2 21 (12.96%) SQL Server 2008
3 14 (8.64%) SAP HANA
4 4 (2.47%) SQL Server 2005
4 4 (2.47%) RDBMS
4 4 (2.47%) Oracle Database
4 4 (2.47%) Relational Database
5 3 (1.85%) SQL Server 2012
6 2 (1.23%) Oracle Database 11g
6 2 (1.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 2 (1.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 2 (1.23%) Oracle Database 10g
7 1 (0.62%) Oracle BI Publisher
7 1 (0.62%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (0.62%) Oracle Discoverer
7 1 (0.62%) Data Mining
7 1 (0.62%) SQLPlus
7 1 (0.62%) SQL Server 2000
7 1 (0.62%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1 (0.62%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 2 (1.23%) Fiddler
1 2 (1.23%) MSI
2 1 (0.62%) Oracle Forms
2 1 (0.62%) JIRA
2 1 (0.62%) Oracle APEX
General
1 22 (13.58%) Finance
2 6 (3.70%) Retail
3 3 (1.85%) Banking
4 2 (1.23%) Financial Institution
4 2 (1.23%) Law
5 1 (0.62%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (0.62%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 31 (19.14%) Analyst
2 22 (13.58%) Architect
3 19 (11.73%) Support Engineer
4 17 (10.49%) 3rd Line Support
4 17 (10.49%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 13 (8.02%) Technical Analyst
5 13 (8.02%) SAP Architect
6 10 (6.17%) Support Analyst
7 9 (5.56%) Systems Administrator
7 9 (5.56%) 2nd Line Support
8 8 (4.94%) Administrator
8 8 (4.94%) Citrix Analyst
9 7 (4.32%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
9 7 (4.32%) Service Analyst
9 7 (4.32%) Service Desk Analyst
10 6 (3.70%) Migration Engineer
10 6 (3.70%) Technical Support
11 5 (3.09%) Windows Engineer
11 5 (3.09%) Windows Systems Administrator
11 5 (3.09%) Windows Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (4.32%) XML
1 7 (4.32%) SAP Basis
2 6 (3.70%) XML Messaging
3 5 (3.09%) Middleware
4 3 (1.85%) Application Packaging
5 2 (1.23%) Web Services
6 1 (0.62%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 13 (8.02%) Data Centre
2 9 (5.56%) Clustering
3 7 (4.32%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (2.47%) NHS
5 3 (1.85%) Data Structures
6 1 (0.62%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (0.62%) User Experience
6 1 (0.62%) Enterprise Cloud
6 1 (0.62%) iPhone
6 1 (0.62%) EqualLogic
6 1 (0.62%) iPad
6 1 (0.62%) Client/Server
6 1 (0.62%) Blackberry
6 1 (0.62%) Smartcard
6 1 (0.62%) Life Science
6 1 (0.62%) CLARiiON
6 1 (0.62%) Handset
6 1 (0.62%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 162 (100.00%) Windows
2 98 (60.49%) Windows Server 2003
3 69 (42.59%) Windows Server 2012
4 25 (15.43%) Windows 7
5 21 (12.96%) Linux
6 19 (11.73%) Windows XP
7 18 (11.11%) UNIX
8 6 (3.70%) Windows 2000
8 6 (3.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 5 (3.09%) Windows 8
9 5 (3.09%) Solaris
10 4 (2.47%) Windows NT
10 4 (2.47%) Windows 2000 Server
11 2 (1.23%) Apple iOS
11 2 (1.23%) CentOS
12 1 (0.62%) Android
12 1 (0.62%) BlackBerry OS
12 1 (0.62%) HPUX
12 1 (0.62%) VMS
12 1 (0.62%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (24.69%) Migration
2 32 (19.75%) ITIL
3 18 (11.11%) ERP
4 17 (10.49%) Disaster Recovery
5 15 (9.26%) Project Management
6 14 (8.64%) High Availability
7 13 (8.02%) Technical Architecture
8 11 (6.79%) Server Building
9 8 (4.94%) Patch Management
10 7 (4.32%) Performance Tuning
11 5 (3.09%) PRINCE2
11 5 (3.09%) Agile Software Development
11 5 (3.09%) Data Analysis
12 4 (2.47%) Stakeholder Management
12 4 (2.47%) Change Management
12 4 (2.47%) Root Cause Analysis
13 3 (1.85%) Data Centre Operations
13 3 (1.85%) Performance Monitoring
13 3 (1.85%) Problem Management
13 3 (1.85%) Performance Management
Programming Languages
1 18 (11.11%) SQL
2 16 (9.88%) PowerShell
3 5 (3.09%) VBScript
4 4 (2.47%) C
5 3 (1.85%) T-SQL
5 3 (1.85%) Shell Script
6 1 (0.62%) Bash Shell
6 1 (0.62%) VB
6 1 (0.62%) Java
6 1 (0.62%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.62%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 28 (17.28%) Security Cleared
2 27 (16.67%) Microsoft Certification
3 24 (14.81%) SC Cleared
4 19 (11.73%) MCSE
5 13 (8.02%) MCP
6 12 (7.41%) ITIL Certification
7 8 (4.94%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 7 (4.32%) Cisco Certification
8 7 (4.32%) Citrix Certification
9 6 (3.70%) MCITP
9 6 (3.70%) CCEE
10 4 (2.47%) CCA
10 4 (2.47%) CCIE
10 4 (2.47%) MCSA
10 4 (2.47%) CCAA
11 3 (1.85%) CCNA
11 3 (1.85%) Degree
12 2 (1.23%) CCEA
12 2 (1.23%) PMP
12 2 (1.23%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (5.56%) QA
2 8 (4.94%) SLA
3 7 (4.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.62%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 104 (64.20%) Active Directory
2 45 (27.78%) VMware Infrastructure
3 32 (19.75%) Hyper-V
4 29 (17.90%) XenApp
5 17 (10.49%) VMware ESX
6 16 (9.88%) XenDesktop
7 13 (8.02%) VMware ESXi
8 11 (6.79%) vSphere
9 10 (6.17%) XenServer
10 8 (4.94%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 8 (4.94%) MetaFrame
11 4 (2.47%) Microsoft App-V
12 3 (1.85%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 2 (1.23%) VMware Server
13 2 (1.23%) Xen
13 2 (1.23%) Firmware
13 2 (1.23%) Terminal Server
13 2 (1.23%) Terminal Services
14 1 (0.62%) BitLocker
14 1 (0.62%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 21 (12.96%) SCCM
2 5 (3.09%) WSUS
2 5 (3.09%) Backup Exec
3 4 (2.47%) AirWatch
4 3 (1.85%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 3 (1.85%) EdgeSight
4 3 (1.85%) McAfee ePO
4 3 (1.85%) Norton AntiVirus
4 3 (1.85%) SCOM
4 3 (1.85%) SCVMM
5 2 (1.23%) NetBackup
5 2 (1.23%) Tivoli
5 2 (1.23%) SCDPM
5 2 (1.23%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 1 (0.62%) XenMobile
6 1 (0.62%) MOM
6 1 (0.62%) EMC NetWorker
Vendors
1 80 (49.38%) VMware
2 67 (41.36%) Microsoft
3 59 (36.42%) Citrix
4 26 (16.05%) Oracle
5 25 (15.43%) HP
6 16 (9.88%) NetApp
6 16 (9.88%) SAP
7 13 (8.02%) AppSense
8 12 (7.41%) Dell
8 12 (7.41%) Cisco
9 10 (6.17%) EMC
10 8 (4.94%) Symantec
10 8 (4.94%) McAfee
11 6 (3.70%) Red Hat
12 5 (3.09%) IBM
12 5 (3.09%) Compaq
13 4 (2.47%) Veeam
14 3 (1.85%) Lumension
14 3 (1.85%) 3PAR
14 3 (1.85%) Lotus
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