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 1 August 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
1 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Windows Server 2008
Rank 36 37 63
Rank change year-on-year
+1 +26
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 2008 128 121 85
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 4.23% 4.42% 2.64%
As % of the Operating Systems category 18.21% 19.12% 12.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 71 57 25
Average daily rate
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£275 £263 £290
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.76% -9.48%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £215 £138
10% offered a daily rate of more than £324 £380 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £288 £315 £315
% change year-on-year
-8.73% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 25 25
Average hourly rate £15.00 £29.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-48.27% +45.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.80 £15.40 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.30 £41.73 £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £20.75 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-18.07% +3.75%
Operating Systems Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Operating Systems category
703 633 703
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 23.22% 23.14% 21.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 360 277 265
Average daily rate £300 £313 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.00% -5.30%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £212 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £425 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
-3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 88 78 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 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £35.00 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £16.20 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-7.40% -7.42%
Windows Server 2008
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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 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 1 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 1 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 +5 57 £265 +5.15% 15
Manchester -4 37 £300 +20.00% 14
Lancashire +6 26 £270 -12.90% 1
Merseyside -4 4 £200 -29.82% 5
Cumbria -3 1 £325 +52.94% 1
Windows Server 2008
England

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

For the 6 months to 1 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.

1 272 (100.00%) Windows
2 203 (74.63%) Windows Server 2003
3 157 (57.72%) Active Directory
4 131 (48.16%) Microsoft
5 130 (47.79%) VMware
6 109 (40.07%) Citrix
7 86 (31.62%) MS Exchange
8 78 (28.68%) DNS
9 69 (25.37%) DHCP
10 66 (24.26%) VMware Infrastructure
10 66 (24.26%) Windows Server 2012
11 59 (21.69%) Windows 7
12 57 (20.96%) Exchange Server 2010
12 57 (20.96%) Microsoft Certification
13 56 (20.59%) HP
14 54 (19.85%) SharePoint
14 54 (19.85%) ITIL
15 51 (18.75%) Security Cleared
16 50 (18.38%) SAN
17 47 (17.28%) SQL Server
18 46 (16.91%) IIS
18 46 (16.91%) SC Cleared
19 45 (16.54%) Hyper-V
20 44 (16.18%) MCSE
20 44 (16.18%) Windows XP
20 44 (16.18%) Cisco
21 42 (15.44%) SQL
21 42 (15.44%) PowerShell
22 40 (14.71%) XenApp
23 39 (14.34%) SCCM

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

For the 6 months to 1 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 86 (31.62%) MS Exchange
2 57 (20.96%) Exchange Server 2010
3 54 (19.85%) SharePoint
4 46 (16.91%) IIS
5 36 (13.24%) Exchange Server 2003
5 36 (13.24%) Exchange Server 2007
6 20 (7.35%) SharePoint 2010
7 9 (3.31%) SharePoint 2013
8 8 (2.94%) Lync
9 4 (1.47%) Exchange Server 2013
10 2 (0.74%) SharePoint Server
10 2 (0.74%) BizTalk Server
11 1 (0.37%) IBM Notes
11 1 (0.37%) SAS
11 1 (0.37%) Tomcat
11 1 (0.37%) Confluence
Applications
1 27 (9.93%) MS Excel
2 22 (8.09%) MS Office
3 1 (0.37%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 5 (1.84%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.37%) Office 365
1 1 (0.37%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 78 (28.68%) DNS
2 69 (25.37%) DHCP
3 50 (18.38%) SAN
4 39 (14.34%) Firewall
5 37 (13.60%) LAN
6 36 (13.24%) TCP/IP
7 29 (10.66%) WAN
8 20 (7.35%) Wireless
9 14 (5.15%) VPN
10 10 (3.68%) Wi-Fi
10 10 (3.68%) 3G
11 7 (2.57%) VLAN
12 5 (1.84%) VoIP
12 5 (1.84%) ADSL
12 5 (1.84%) IP Telephony
13 4 (1.47%) IPsec
13 4 (1.47%) WLAN
13 4 (1.47%) FTP
13 4 (1.47%) SSL
14 3 (1.10%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 47 (17.28%) SQL Server
2 17 (6.25%) SQL Server 2008
3 15 (5.51%) SQL Server 2005
4 4 (1.47%) QlikView
5 2 (0.74%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (0.74%) SQL Server 2000
6 1 (0.37%) MySQL
6 1 (0.37%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.37%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.37%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 4 (1.47%) Moq
1 4 (1.47%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (0.74%) MSI
3 1 (0.37%) InstallShield
3 1 (0.37%) AdminStudio
3 1 (0.37%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.37%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 1 (0.37%) Wise Package Studio
3 1 (0.37%) Selenium
3 1 (0.37%) JIRA
General
1 27 (9.93%) Finance
2 24 (8.82%) Banking
3 10 (3.68%) Local Government
4 6 (2.21%) Telecoms
5 3 (1.10%) Manufacturing
6 2 (0.74%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.37%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.37%) Legal
7 1 (0.37%) Retail
Job Titles
1 35 (12.87%) Analyst
2 29 (10.66%) Support Engineer
3 25 (9.19%) Server Engineer
4 21 (7.72%) Desktop Support
5 19 (6.99%) Wintel Engineer
6 17 (6.25%) 3rd Line Support
7 16 (5.88%) Consultant
7 16 (5.88%) 2nd Line Support
8 15 (5.51%) Desktop Engineer
9 13 (4.78%) Administrator
9 13 (4.78%) Support Analyst
9 13 (4.78%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 13 (4.78%) Windows Server Engineer
10 12 (4.41%) Desktop Support Engineer
11 10 (3.68%) Wintel Support
12 9 (3.31%) Technical Specialist
13 7 (2.57%) Support Consultant
13 7 (2.57%) Infrastructure Consultant
13 7 (2.57%) Infrastructure Support Consultant
13 7 (2.57%) Operations Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (6.62%) .NET
2 5 (1.84%) Web Services
2 5 (1.84%) Application Packaging
3 4 (1.47%) jQuery
3 4 (1.47%) .NET Framework
3 4 (1.47%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
3 4 (1.47%) HTML
4 3 (1.10%) SOAP
4 3 (1.10%) HTML5
5 2 (0.74%) WCF
5 2 (0.74%) XML
6 1 (0.37%) ASP.NET
6 1 (0.37%) ODBC
6 1 (0.37%) ASP.NET MVC 4
6 1 (0.37%) JSON
6 1 (0.37%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 34 (12.50%) Clustering
2 17 (6.25%) Thin Client
2 17 (6.25%) Fat Client
3 13 (4.78%) Blackberry
4 7 (2.57%) Management Information System
5 6 (2.21%) Wiki
6 4 (1.47%) Inversion of Control
6 4 (1.47%) Enterprise Software
7 3 (1.10%) Replication
7 3 (1.10%) PKI
8 2 (0.74%) iPhone
8 2 (0.74%) CESG
8 2 (0.74%) GIS
9 1 (0.37%) NHS
9 1 (0.37%) Firmware
9 1 (0.37%) N-Tier
9 1 (0.37%) Enterprise Storage
9 1 (0.37%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 272 (100.00%) Windows
2 203 (74.63%) Windows Server 2003
3 66 (24.26%) Windows Server 2012
4 59 (21.69%) Windows 7
5 44 (16.18%) Windows XP
6 29 (10.66%) Linux
7 19 (6.99%) UNIX
8 9 (3.31%) AIX
9 7 (2.57%) Windows 8
9 7 (2.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 5 (1.84%) Windows 2000 Server
11 4 (1.47%) Solaris
12 3 (1.10%) Windows 2000
12 3 (1.10%) HPUX
12 3 (1.10%) Windows Vista
13 2 (0.74%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.37%) MVS
14 1 (0.37%) Windows Mobile
14 1 (0.37%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 54 (19.85%) ITIL
2 24 (8.82%) Migration
3 14 (5.15%) Project Management
3 14 (5.15%) Change Management
4 12 (4.41%) Change Control
5 11 (4.04%) Service Management
5 11 (4.04%) Load Balancing
5 11 (4.04%) Release Management
6 10 (3.68%) PRINCE2
7 9 (3.31%) Disaster Recovery
7 9 (3.31%) Incident Management
8 7 (2.57%) Problem Management
9 6 (2.21%) Performance Tuning
9 6 (2.21%) Information Security
9 6 (2.21%) Configuration Management
10 5 (1.84%) CRM
10 5 (1.84%) Stakeholder Management
10 5 (1.84%) ITSM
10 5 (1.84%) Business Continuity
10 5 (1.84%) Capacity Management
Programming Languages
1 42 (15.44%) SQL
1 42 (15.44%) PowerShell
2 7 (2.57%) Shell Script
3 6 (2.21%) VB
4 5 (1.84%) C
5 3 (1.10%) Perl
6 2 (0.74%) Java
7 1 (0.37%) JCL
7 1 (0.37%) REXX
7 1 (0.37%) JavaScript
7 1 (0.37%) C#
7 1 (0.37%) VBA
7 1 (0.37%) T-SQL
7 1 (0.37%) SELCOPY
Qualifications
1 57 (20.96%) Microsoft Certification
2 51 (18.75%) Security Cleared
3 46 (16.91%) SC Cleared
4 44 (16.18%) MCSE
5 19 (6.99%) MCITP
6 16 (5.88%) Degree
7 14 (5.15%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 9 (3.31%) MCTS
8 9 (3.31%) VCP5
9 8 (2.94%) Cisco Certification
10 7 (2.57%) CCNA
10 7 (2.57%) MCP
11 5 (1.84%) MCSA
12 3 (1.10%) CCNP
12 3 (1.10%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 3 (1.10%) ITIL Certification
12 3 (1.10%) PMP
12 3 (1.10%) PMI Certification
13 2 (0.74%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 2 (0.74%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (3.68%) SLA
2 2 (0.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (0.74%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (0.37%) QA
System Software
1 157 (57.72%) Active Directory
2 66 (24.26%) VMware Infrastructure
3 45 (16.54%) Hyper-V
4 40 (14.71%) XenApp
5 31 (11.40%) VMware ESX
6 24 (8.82%) vSphere
7 22 (8.09%) XenServer
8 16 (5.88%) XenDesktop
9 7 (2.57%) ISA Server
9 7 (2.57%) Oracle RAC
10 6 (2.21%) Forefront TMG
11 5 (1.84%) VMware ESXi
12 4 (1.47%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
13 3 (1.10%) Brightmail
14 2 (0.74%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 2 (0.74%) Microsoft App-V
15 1 (0.37%) Terminal Server
15 1 (0.37%) Terminal Services
15 1 (0.37%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 1 (0.37%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 39 (14.34%) SCCM
2 33 (12.13%) SCOM
3 24 (8.82%) Backup Exec
4 7 (2.57%) Tivoli
5 6 (2.21%) HP Quality Center
6 5 (1.84%) SCSM
6 5 (1.84%) SCVMM
7 4 (1.47%) McAfee ePO
7 4 (1.47%) HP Data Protector
7 4 (1.47%) WSUS
7 4 (1.47%) Business Desktop Deployment
7 4 (1.47%) Norton AntiVirus
8 3 (1.10%) Unicenter
8 3 (1.10%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 3 (1.10%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 3 (1.10%) HP SiteScope
9 2 (0.74%) FortiGate
9 2 (0.74%) ARCserve
10 1 (0.37%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 1 (0.37%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 131 (48.16%) Microsoft
2 130 (47.79%) VMware
3 109 (40.07%) Citrix
4 56 (20.59%) HP
5 44 (16.18%) Cisco
6 30 (11.03%) Symantec
7 23 (8.46%) Dell
8 18 (6.62%) Compaq
9 17 (6.25%) IronPort
9 17 (6.25%) Cyber-Ark
10 15 (5.51%) Juniper
11 13 (4.78%) Oracle
12 10 (3.68%) Red Hat
12 10 (3.68%) CA
13 9 (3.31%) Siebel
13 9 (3.31%) Informatica
13 9 (3.31%) McAfee
13 9 (3.31%) Open Text
13 9 (3.31%) F5
14 6 (2.21%) SolarWinds
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