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 23 October 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
23 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Windows Server 2008
Rank 46 43 70
Rank change year-on-year
-3 +27
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 2008 115 106 73
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 3.54% 3.85% 2.35%
As % of the Operating Systems category 15.50% 17.38% 10.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 60 38 34
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£300 £279 £311
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.62% -10.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £209 £172
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £415 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £300 £320
% change year-on-year
- -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 26 19
Average hourly rate £16.50 £24.00 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-31.25% +26.31%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.70 £11.50 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £33.28 £22.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.00 £17.50 £19.50
% change year-on-year
+20.00% -10.25%
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
742 610 694
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 22.84% 22.14% 22.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 390 239 294
Average daily rate £325 £310 £335
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.83% -7.46%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £215 £202
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £320 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.56% -1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 94 92 80
Average hourly rate £15.00 £18.00 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.66% +20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.75 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.03 £31.56 £22.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.16 £15.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+7.73% -11.76%

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 October 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 October 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 October 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 +3 38 £309 +37.22% 10
Lancashire -8 28 £300 - 3
Manchester -14 28 £300 -7.69% 18
Merseyside -4 14 £190 -33.33% 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 23 October 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.

1 253 (100.00%) Windows
2 185 (73.12%) Windows Server 2003
3 144 (56.92%) Active Directory
4 125 (49.41%) VMware
5 124 (49.01%) Microsoft
6 93 (36.76%) Citrix
7 79 (31.23%) DNS
8 67 (26.48%) MS Exchange
9 64 (25.30%) VMware Infrastructure
9 64 (25.30%) Windows 7
10 61 (24.11%) DHCP
11 58 (22.92%) Windows Server 2012
12 57 (22.53%) SQL
13 54 (21.34%) SQL Server
14 52 (20.55%) Microsoft Certification
15 49 (19.37%) SharePoint
16 46 (18.18%) IIS
17 45 (17.79%) Exchange Server 2010
18 44 (17.39%) XenApp
18 44 (17.39%) TCP/IP
18 44 (17.39%) Windows XP
19 43 (17.00%) SAN
20 42 (16.60%) Hyper-V
21 41 (16.21%) HP
22 39 (15.42%) MCSE
23 38 (15.02%) Cisco
24 37 (14.62%) Clustering
24 37 (14.62%) SCCM
25 35 (13.83%) Exchange Server 2003
26 34 (13.44%) ITIL

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

For the 6 months to 23 October 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 67 (26.48%) MS Exchange
2 49 (19.37%) SharePoint
3 46 (18.18%) IIS
4 45 (17.79%) Exchange Server 2010
5 35 (13.83%) Exchange Server 2003
6 31 (12.25%) Exchange Server 2007
7 22 (8.70%) SharePoint 2010
8 8 (3.16%) Lync
9 4 (1.58%) Exchange Server 2013
10 3 (1.19%) Confluence
10 3 (1.19%) SharePoint 2013
10 3 (1.19%) WebLogic
10 3 (1.19%) Documentum
10 3 (1.19%) Tomcat
10 3 (1.19%) WebSphere
11 2 (0.79%) SharePoint Server
11 2 (0.79%) BizTalk Server
12 1 (0.40%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 1 (0.40%) NetWeaver
Applications
1 28 (11.07%) MS Excel
2 26 (10.28%) MS Office
3 1 (0.40%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 3 (1.19%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.40%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.79%) Office 365
2 1 (0.40%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 79 (31.23%) DNS
2 61 (24.11%) DHCP
3 44 (17.39%) TCP/IP
4 43 (17.00%) SAN
5 27 (10.67%) Firewall
6 23 (9.09%) LAN
7 17 (6.72%) WAN
8 10 (3.95%) Wireless
9 9 (3.56%) VPN
9 9 (3.56%) Wi-Fi
10 8 (3.16%) 3G
11 5 (1.98%) SMS
11 5 (1.98%) VoIP
11 5 (1.98%) VLAN
12 4 (1.58%) NetScaler
12 4 (1.58%) NAS
13 3 (1.19%) FTP
14 2 (0.79%) Intranet
14 2 (0.79%) OpenLDAP
15 1 (0.40%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 54 (21.34%) SQL Server
2 29 (11.46%) SQL Server 2008
3 20 (7.91%) SQL Server 2005
4 8 (3.16%) Oracle Database
5 4 (1.58%) Oracle Database 11g
6 3 (1.19%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 3 (1.19%) MySQL
6 3 (1.19%) Oracle Database 10g
6 3 (1.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 3 (1.19%) BODI
6 3 (1.19%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 2 (0.79%) SQL Server 2012
8 1 (0.40%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 3 (1.19%) Team Foundation Server
1 3 (1.19%) JIRA
2 1 (0.40%) Selenium
2 1 (0.40%) MSI
2 1 (0.40%) InstallShield
2 1 (0.40%) AdminStudio
2 1 (0.40%) Visual Studio
2 1 (0.40%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 31 (12.25%) Finance
2 25 (9.88%) Banking
3 6 (2.37%) Local Government
4 5 (1.98%) Telecoms
4 5 (1.98%) Retail
5 3 (1.19%) Manufacturing
5 3 (1.19%) Investment Banking
6 2 (0.79%) Retail Banking
7 1 (0.40%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 38 (15.02%) Analyst
2 23 (9.09%) Support Engineer
2 23 (9.09%) Administrator
3 21 (8.30%) 3rd Line Support
3 21 (8.30%) Desktop Support
4 17 (6.72%) Support Analyst
4 17 (6.72%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 17 (6.72%) Server Engineer
5 15 (5.93%) Consultant
6 14 (5.53%) Desktop Engineer
7 13 (5.14%) 2nd Line Support
8 12 (4.74%) Wintel Engineer
9 11 (4.35%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 10 (3.95%) Windows Server Engineer
10 10 (3.95%) Wintel Support
11 9 (3.56%) 1st Line Support
12 8 (3.16%) Support Consultant
13 7 (2.77%) Infrastructure Support Consultant
13 7 (2.77%) Wintel Analyst
13 7 (2.77%) Infrastructure Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (9.88%) .NET
2 7 (2.77%) ODBC
3 4 (1.58%) Application Packaging
3 4 (1.58%) ASP.NET
3 4 (1.58%) CSS
4 3 (1.19%) WebSphere Message Broker
4 3 (1.19%) WebSphere MQ
5 2 (0.79%) Web Services
6 1 (0.40%) Middleware
6 1 (0.40%) XML
6 1 (0.40%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 37 (14.62%) Clustering
2 10 (3.95%) Thin Client
2 10 (3.95%) Fat Client
3 9 (3.56%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (2.37%) Management Information System
5 5 (1.98%) Blackberry
6 4 (1.58%) Enterprise Software
7 3 (1.19%) Replication
8 2 (0.79%) PKI
8 2 (0.79%) iPhone
9 1 (0.40%) iPad
9 1 (0.40%) Enterprise Storage
9 1 (0.40%) EqualLogic
9 1 (0.40%) User Experience
9 1 (0.40%) EPoS
9 1 (0.40%) NHS
9 1 (0.40%) Client/Server
9 1 (0.40%) GIS
9 1 (0.40%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 253 (100.00%) Windows
2 185 (73.12%) Windows Server 2003
3 64 (25.30%) Windows 7
4 58 (22.92%) Windows Server 2012
5 44 (17.39%) Windows XP
6 30 (11.86%) Linux
7 13 (5.14%) UNIX
8 11 (4.35%) Solaris
9 8 (3.16%) Windows 8
10 7 (2.77%) AIX
11 5 (1.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 4 (1.58%) HPUX
12 4 (1.58%) Windows 2000
13 3 (1.19%) Windows 2000 Server
13 3 (1.19%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.40%) Android
14 1 (0.40%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (13.44%) ITIL
2 21 (8.30%) Migration
3 19 (7.51%) Load Balancing
4 13 (5.14%) Project Management
5 11 (4.35%) Problem Management
6 9 (3.56%) Disaster Recovery
7 8 (3.16%) Service Management
8 6 (2.37%) Content Management
8 6 (2.37%) Incident Management
8 6 (2.37%) Change Management
8 6 (2.37%) PRINCE2
9 5 (1.98%) Change Control
9 5 (1.98%) High Availability
9 5 (1.98%) Performance Tuning
10 4 (1.58%) Agile Software Development
10 4 (1.58%) Web Development
10 4 (1.58%) Service Delivery
10 4 (1.58%) Stakeholder Management
10 4 (1.58%) Kalman Filter
10 4 (1.58%) Capacity Management
Programming Languages
1 57 (22.53%) SQL
2 30 (11.86%) PowerShell
3 13 (5.14%) C
4 9 (3.56%) Java
5 5 (1.98%) Shell Script
5 5 (1.98%) VB
6 4 (1.58%) T-SQL
6 4 (1.58%) JavaScript
7 1 (0.40%) Perl
7 1 (0.40%) C#
7 1 (0.40%) VBScript
7 1 (0.40%) VB.NET
7 1 (0.40%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 52 (20.55%) Microsoft Certification
2 39 (15.42%) MCSE
3 33 (13.04%) Security Cleared
4 31 (12.25%) SC Cleared
5 24 (9.49%) MCITP
6 16 (6.32%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 15 (5.93%) MCTS
8 13 (5.14%) Degree
9 10 (3.95%) MCP
10 9 (3.56%) VCP5
11 6 (2.37%) MCSA
12 4 (1.58%) Cisco Certification
13 3 (1.19%) ITIL Certification
13 3 (1.19%) PMP
13 3 (1.19%) PMI Certification
13 3 (1.19%) CCNA
14 2 (0.79%) ISTQB
14 2 (0.79%) ISEB
14 2 (0.79%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 2 (0.79%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (3.56%) SLA
2 3 (1.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (0.40%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 144 (56.92%) Active Directory
2 64 (25.30%) VMware Infrastructure
3 44 (17.39%) XenApp
4 42 (16.60%) Hyper-V
5 27 (10.67%) VMware ESX
6 18 (7.11%) XenServer
7 15 (5.93%) vSphere
8 6 (2.37%) VMware ESXi
8 6 (2.37%) XenDesktop
9 5 (1.98%) ISA Server
10 4 (1.58%) Microsoft App-V
11 3 (1.19%) Oracle RAC
11 3 (1.19%) Brightmail
11 3 (1.19%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
12 2 (0.79%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 2 (0.79%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 1 (0.40%) VMware Server
13 1 (0.40%) DFS Replication
13 1 (0.40%) Forefront TMG
13 1 (0.40%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 37 (14.62%) SCCM
2 24 (9.49%) SCOM
3 22 (8.70%) Backup Exec
4 8 (3.16%) HP Data Protector
5 5 (1.98%) Norton AntiVirus
5 5 (1.98%) NetBackup
6 4 (1.58%) WSUS
6 4 (1.58%) Business Desktop Deployment
6 4 (1.58%) Tivoli
6 4 (1.58%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 3 (1.19%) SCVMM
7 3 (1.19%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 2 (0.79%) McAfee ePO
8 2 (0.79%) HP SIM
9 1 (0.40%) EMC NetWorker
9 1 (0.40%) SCSM
9 1 (0.40%) Unicenter
9 1 (0.40%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 1 (0.40%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 1 (0.40%) Legato
Vendors
1 125 (49.41%) VMware
2 124 (49.01%) Microsoft
3 93 (36.76%) Citrix
4 41 (16.21%) HP
5 38 (15.02%) Cisco
6 28 (11.07%) Symantec
7 17 (6.72%) Oracle
8 14 (5.53%) Dell
8 14 (5.53%) Juniper
9 13 (5.14%) Cyber-Ark
10 9 (3.56%) AppSense
11 7 (2.77%) SonicWALL
11 7 (2.77%) McAfee
11 7 (2.77%) EMC
12 6 (2.37%) Compaq
12 6 (2.37%) Sophos
12 6 (2.37%) Draytek
13 5 (1.98%) SolarWinds
13 5 (1.98%) 3PAR
13 5 (1.98%) F5
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