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 27 February 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
27 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Windows Server 2008
Rank 63 55 41
Rank change year-on-year
-8 -14
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 2008 87 80 99
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.54% 2.93% 4.18%
As % of the Operating Systems category 11.60% 12.78% 18.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 36 44
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£310 £280 £251
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.86% +11.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £156 £223 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £410 £403 £378
UK excluding London average daily rate £320 £300 £288
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +4.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 17 23
Average hourly rate £14.75 £25.00 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-41.00% +35.13%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.30 £15.30 £11.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.70 £36.80 £32.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £17.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+5.88% -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
750 626 543
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 21.86% 22.90% 22.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 356 247 225
Average daily rate £350 £300 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £188 £135 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £313 £320
% change year-on-year
+8.80% -2.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 92 116 89
Average hourly rate £13.16 £16.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.27% -5.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.20 £11.00 £9.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.00 £35.00 £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £15.50 £16.20
% change year-on-year
- -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 27 February 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
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 27 February 2015.

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 27 February 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 -13 27 £281 -2.17% 23
Merseyside +2 18 £525 +87.50% 5
Cheshire -12 14 £300 +9.09% 11
Lancashire -14 10 £325 +8.33% 2
Windows Server 2008
England

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

For the 6 months to 27 February 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.

1 180 (100.00%) Windows
2 103 (57.22%) Active Directory
3 97 (53.89%) Windows Server 2003
4 83 (46.11%) Windows Server 2012
5 74 (41.11%) VMware
6 71 (39.44%) Microsoft
7 53 (29.44%) Citrix
8 45 (25.00%) Windows 7
9 43 (23.89%) SQL Server
10 40 (22.22%) Hyper-V
11 38 (21.11%) MS Exchange
11 38 (21.11%) DHCP
12 37 (20.56%) Migration
13 36 (20.00%) Oracle
14 34 (18.89%) SQL
14 34 (18.89%) DNS
14 34 (18.89%) VMware Infrastructure
15 29 (16.11%) Security Cleared
15 29 (16.11%) SQL Server 2008
16 28 (15.56%) SC Cleared
16 28 (15.56%) SCCM
16 28 (15.56%) MS Excel
16 28 (15.56%) IIS
16 28 (15.56%) Disaster Recovery
17 27 (15.00%) HP
17 27 (15.00%) SAN
18 26 (14.44%) ITIL
18 26 (14.44%) MS Office
18 26 (14.44%) TCP/IP
19 25 (13.89%) Finance

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

For the 6 months to 27 February 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 38 (21.11%) MS Exchange
2 28 (15.56%) IIS
3 25 (13.89%) Exchange Server 2010
4 19 (10.56%) SharePoint
5 15 (8.33%) NetWeaver
6 13 (7.22%) Exchange Server 2007
7 12 (6.67%) SharePoint 2010
8 9 (5.00%) Exchange Server 2003
9 6 (3.33%) Exchange Server 2013
10 5 (2.78%) SharePoint 2013
11 4 (2.22%) BizTalk Server
11 4 (2.22%) Documentum
11 4 (2.22%) WebLogic
12 3 (1.67%) WebSphere
13 2 (1.11%) JBoss
13 2 (1.11%) Lync
13 2 (1.11%) Office Communications Server
14 1 (0.56%) Confluence
14 1 (0.56%) SharePoint Server
14 1 (0.56%) Tomcat
Applications
1 28 (15.56%) MS Excel
2 26 (14.44%) MS Office
3 1 (0.56%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 4 (2.22%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (1.11%) Oracle 11i
Cloud Services
1 11 (6.11%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (2.22%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 38 (21.11%) DHCP
2 34 (18.89%) DNS
3 27 (15.00%) SAN
4 26 (14.44%) TCP/IP
5 17 (9.44%) LAN
6 14 (7.78%) Firewall
7 9 (5.00%) WAN
8 7 (3.89%) NetScaler
9 6 (3.33%) VLAN
9 6 (3.33%) NAS
9 6 (3.33%) DMZ
10 5 (2.78%) Wi-Fi
10 5 (2.78%) SMS
11 4 (2.22%) iSCSI
11 4 (2.22%) 3G
12 3 (1.67%) Wireless
13 2 (1.11%) Intranet
13 2 (1.11%) Ethernet
14 1 (0.56%) VPN
14 1 (0.56%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 43 (23.89%) SQL Server
2 29 (16.11%) SQL Server 2008
3 14 (7.78%) SAP HANA
4 11 (6.11%) Oracle Database
5 8 (4.44%) SQL Server 2005
6 5 (2.78%) Oracle Database 11g
6 5 (2.78%) RDBMS
6 5 (2.78%) Relational Database
7 4 (2.22%) BODI
7 4 (2.22%) Oracle Database 10g
8 2 (1.11%) Oracle Reports
8 2 (1.11%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 2 (1.11%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 2 (1.11%) Oracle Discoverer
8 2 (1.11%) SQLPlus
8 2 (1.11%) PostgreSQL
8 2 (1.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 2 (1.11%) Oracle BI Publisher
8 2 (1.11%) SQL Server 2012
9 1 (0.56%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 2 (1.11%) Oracle Forms
1 2 (1.11%) Oracle APEX
1 2 (1.11%) Fiddler
2 1 (0.56%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (0.56%) JIRA
2 1 (0.56%) Visual Studio
General
1 25 (13.89%) Finance
2 12 (6.67%) Banking
3 4 (2.22%) Retail
4 2 (1.11%) Local Government
4 2 (1.11%) Retail Banking
4 2 (1.11%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.56%) Financial Institution
5 1 (0.56%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.56%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 36 (20.00%) Analyst
2 23 (12.78%) Architect
3 19 (10.56%) 3rd Line Support
4 17 (9.44%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 16 (8.89%) Administrator
6 13 (7.22%) SAP Architect
7 12 (6.67%) Support Analyst
8 10 (5.56%) Support Engineer
8 10 (5.56%) Systems Administrator
9 9 (5.00%) Wintel Analyst
10 7 (3.89%) Service Analyst
10 7 (3.89%) Service Desk Analyst
10 7 (3.89%) Windows Administrator
11 6 (3.33%) Infrastructure Architect
11 6 (3.33%) 1st Line Support
11 6 (3.33%) Consultant
11 6 (3.33%) Wintel Engineer
11 6 (3.33%) Windows Systems Administrator
12 5 (2.78%) Desktop Support
12 5 (2.78%) 2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (5.00%) .NET
1 9 (5.00%) XML
2 7 (3.89%) SAP Basis
3 6 (3.33%) XML Messaging
4 5 (2.78%) Middleware
5 4 (2.22%) Web Services
5 4 (2.22%) ASP.NET
5 4 (2.22%) CSS
6 3 (1.67%) WebSphere MQ
6 3 (1.67%) Application Packaging
6 3 (1.67%) WebSphere Message Broker
7 2 (1.11%) ODBC
8 1 (0.56%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 19 (10.56%) Clustering
2 9 (5.00%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (2.78%) Enterprise Software
4 4 (2.22%) Fat Client
4 4 (2.22%) NHS
4 4 (2.22%) Thin Client
5 2 (1.11%) Life Science
5 2 (1.11%) Management Information System
5 2 (1.11%) Client/Server
6 1 (0.56%) Data Structures
6 1 (0.56%) Open Source
6 1 (0.56%) EqualLogic
6 1 (0.56%) User Experience
6 1 (0.56%) Replication
6 1 (0.56%) CLARiiON
6 1 (0.56%) Smartcard
6 1 (0.56%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 180 (100.00%) Windows
2 97 (53.89%) Windows Server 2003
3 83 (46.11%) Windows Server 2012
4 45 (25.00%) Windows 7
5 24 (13.33%) Windows XP
6 23 (12.78%) Linux
7 19 (10.56%) UNIX
8 9 (5.00%) Solaris
9 7 (3.89%) Windows 2000
10 6 (3.33%) HPUX
11 5 (2.78%) Windows 8
12 3 (1.67%) AIX
13 2 (1.11%) VMS
13 2 (1.11%) Windows Vista
13 2 (1.11%) Windows 2000 Server
13 2 (1.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 1 (0.56%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (20.56%) Migration
2 28 (15.56%) Disaster Recovery
3 26 (14.44%) ITIL
4 23 (12.78%) High Availability
5 17 (9.44%) ERP
6 13 (7.22%) Technical Architecture
7 11 (6.11%) Project Management
8 7 (3.89%) Content Management
8 7 (3.89%) Root Cause Analysis
9 6 (3.33%) Problem Management
9 6 (3.33%) Time Management
9 6 (3.33%) Performance Tuning
9 6 (3.33%) Agile Software Development
9 6 (3.33%) Configuration Management
10 5 (2.78%) Change Management
10 5 (2.78%) Service Management
11 4 (2.22%) Stakeholder Management
12 3 (1.67%) Identity Management
12 3 (1.67%) Service Delivery
12 3 (1.67%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 34 (18.89%) SQL
2 17 (9.44%) PowerShell
3 6 (3.33%) T-SQL
3 6 (3.33%) VBScript
3 6 (3.33%) C
3 6 (3.33%) JavaScript
4 5 (2.78%) Java
5 3 (1.67%) Shell Script
5 3 (1.67%) VB
6 2 (1.11%) PL/SQL
7 1 (0.56%) C#
7 1 (0.56%) VB.NET
7 1 (0.56%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 29 (16.11%) Security Cleared
2 28 (15.56%) SC Cleared
3 15 (8.33%) Microsoft Certification
4 12 (6.67%) MCSE
5 5 (2.78%) MCITP
6 4 (2.22%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 4 (2.22%) Cisco Certification
7 3 (1.67%) CCNA
8 2 (1.11%) ISEB
8 2 (1.11%) Citrix Certification
8 2 (1.11%) CCEA
8 2 (1.11%) MCP
8 2 (1.11%) MCSA
8 2 (1.11%) MCTS
8 2 (1.11%) ISTQB
8 2 (1.11%) ITIL Certification
8 2 (1.11%) VCP4
8 2 (1.11%) CCEE
8 2 (1.11%) CCIA
8 2 (1.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (4.44%) SLA
2 2 (1.11%) QA
3 1 (0.56%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 103 (57.22%) Active Directory
2 40 (22.22%) Hyper-V
3 34 (18.89%) VMware Infrastructure
4 20 (11.11%) XenApp
5 10 (5.56%) VMware ESX
6 7 (3.89%) Firmware
7 6 (3.33%) DFS Replication
7 6 (3.33%) vSphere
8 5 (2.78%) XenDesktop
9 3 (1.67%) VMware ESXi
10 2 (1.11%) XenServer
10 2 (1.11%) Oracle RAC
10 2 (1.11%) Terminal Server
10 2 (1.11%) Microsoft App-V
10 2 (1.11%) Xen
11 1 (0.56%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 1 (0.56%) Terminal Services
11 1 (0.56%) VMware Server
11 1 (0.56%) NFS
Systems Management
1 28 (15.56%) SCCM
2 8 (4.44%) SCOM
3 6 (3.33%) SCVMM
3 6 (3.33%) NetBackup
4 5 (2.78%) Backup Exec
5 3 (1.67%) WSUS
6 2 (1.11%) EMC NetWorker
6 2 (1.11%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 1 (0.56%) XenMobile
7 1 (0.56%) HP SIM
7 1 (0.56%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 1 (0.56%) Legato
7 1 (0.56%) Tivoli
7 1 (0.56%) MOM
7 1 (0.56%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 74 (41.11%) VMware
2 71 (39.44%) Microsoft
3 53 (29.44%) Citrix
4 36 (20.00%) Oracle
5 27 (15.00%) HP
6 20 (11.11%) Cisco
7 17 (9.44%) SAP
8 13 (7.22%) Dell
8 13 (7.22%) NetApp
9 12 (6.67%) EMC
10 11 (6.11%) Symantec
10 11 (6.11%) AppSense
11 5 (2.78%) 3PAR
12 4 (2.22%) F5
12 4 (2.22%) Business Objects
12 4 (2.22%) Compuware
12 4 (2.22%) McAfee
13 3 (1.67%) Red Hat
14 2 (1.11%) Avaya
14 2 (1.11%) Compaq
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