The table below looks at the statistics for Windows Server 2012 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 2012 over the 3 months to 30 January 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Windows Server 2012
Rank 73 108 115
Rank change year-on-year
+35 +7
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 2012 59 13 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.88% 0.49% 0.27%
As % of the Operating Systems category 8.70% 2.29% 1.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 28 3 4
Average daily rate
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£344 £300 £398
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.66% -24.52%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £280 £326
10% offered a daily rate of more than £417 £300 £456
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £316 £393
% change year-on-year
+2.76% -19.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 4 1
Average hourly rate £23.25 £31.56 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-26.31% +97.21%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.25 £16.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+28.78% +3.12%
Windows Server 2012
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
678 568 592
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 21.56% 21.28% 23.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 334 242 273
Average daily rate £350 £300 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% -7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £135 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £307 £325
% change year-on-year
+9.93% -5.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 88 87 84
Average hourly rate £14.35 £16.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.34% -8.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.23 £11.63 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.00 £36.07 £32.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -11.76%

Windows Server 2012
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Windows Server 2012 across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Operating Systems category.

Windows Server 2012 Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Windows Server 2012
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 2012 across the North West region.

Windows Server 2012 Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Windows Server 2012
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Windows Server 2012 across the North West region over the 3 months to 30 January 2015.

Windows Server 2012 Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Windows Server 2012
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 2012 across the North West region.

Windows Server 2012 Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Windows Server 2012
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Windows Server 2012 across the North West region over the 3 months to 30 January 2015.

Windows Server 2012 Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

Windows Server 2012
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 2012 within the North West region over the 3 months to 30 January 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 +15 28 £375 +25.00% 22
Merseyside - 21 £294 - 1
Cheshire +8 5 £331 - 6
Lancashire -16 2 £420 - 1
Cumbria - - - - 1
Windows Server 2012
England

Windows Server 2012
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Windows Server 2012 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 2012.

1 96 (100.00%) Windows
2 64 (66.67%) Windows Server 2008
3 57 (59.38%) Active Directory
4 51 (53.13%) Microsoft
5 49 (51.04%) VMware
6 45 (46.88%) Windows Server 2003
7 34 (35.42%) Citrix
8 33 (34.38%) MS Exchange
9 29 (30.21%) SQL Server
10 26 (27.08%) DHCP
11 24 (25.00%) VMware Infrastructure
12 23 (23.96%) Hyper-V
13 22 (22.92%) DNS
14 21 (21.88%) LAN
14 21 (21.88%) IIS
14 21 (21.88%) Exchange Server 2010
15 18 (18.75%) ITIL
16 17 (17.71%) SAN
17 16 (16.67%) HP
17 16 (16.67%) SQL
17 16 (16.67%) Finance
17 16 (16.67%) Migration
18 15 (15.63%) Firewall
18 15 (15.63%) MS Excel
18 15 (15.63%) Cisco
18 15 (15.63%) SCCM
19 13 (13.54%) BizTalk Server
20 12 (12.50%) TCP/IP
20 12 (12.50%) NetApp
20 12 (12.50%) Agile Software Development

Windows Server 2012
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Windows Server 2012 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 2012. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 33 (34.38%) MS Exchange
2 21 (21.88%) IIS
2 21 (21.88%) Exchange Server 2010
3 13 (13.54%) BizTalk Server
4 9 (9.38%) Exchange Server 2013
4 9 (9.38%) MQSeries
5 8 (8.33%) Exchange Server 2007
6 7 (7.29%) SharePoint
7 4 (4.17%) Exchange Server 2003
8 3 (3.13%) SharePoint 2010
8 3 (3.13%) SharePoint 2013
9 2 (2.08%) Tomcat
9 2 (2.08%) Confluence
Applications
1 15 (15.63%) MS Excel
2 10 (10.42%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 6 (6.25%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (2.08%) Office 365
3 1 (1.04%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 26 (27.08%) DHCP
2 22 (22.92%) DNS
3 21 (21.88%) LAN
4 17 (17.71%) SAN
5 15 (15.63%) Firewall
6 12 (12.50%) TCP/IP
7 11 (11.46%) WAN
8 10 (10.42%) HTTP
9 5 (5.21%) NetScaler
9 5 (5.21%) VLAN
9 5 (5.21%) DMZ
10 4 (4.17%) Wireless
10 4 (4.17%) iSCSI
11 2 (2.08%) Internet
11 2 (2.08%) Ethernet
11 2 (2.08%) Wireshark
11 2 (2.08%) NAS
12 1 (1.04%) OpenLDAP
12 1 (1.04%) Fibre Channel
12 1 (1.04%) VPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (30.21%) SQL Server
2 9 (9.38%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 5 (5.21%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (2.08%) RDBMS
4 2 (2.08%) MySQL
4 2 (2.08%) SQL Server 2005
4 2 (2.08%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (2.08%) Oracle Database
4 2 (2.08%) Relational Database
5 1 (1.04%) Data Mining
5 1 (1.04%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 11 (11.46%) Team Foundation Server
2 9 (9.38%) Visual Studio
3 3 (3.13%) JIRA
4 1 (1.04%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 1 (1.04%) Subversion
4 1 (1.04%) Fiddler
4 1 (1.04%) Toad
General
1 16 (16.67%) Finance
2 8 (8.33%) Banking
3 5 (5.21%) Legal
4 4 (4.17%) Local Government
5 2 (2.08%) Retail
6 1 (1.04%) Billing
6 1 (1.04%) Manufacturing
6 1 (1.04%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 15 (15.63%) Infrastructure Engineer
1 15 (15.63%) Analyst
2 14 (14.58%) 3rd Line Support
3 9 (9.38%) BizTalk Developer
3 9 (9.38%) Server Engineer
3 9 (9.38%) Developer
4 8 (8.33%) Wintel Analyst
5 7 (7.29%) Administrator
5 7 (7.29%) Support Engineer
6 6 (6.25%) Architect
6 6 (6.25%) Wintel Engineer
7 5 (5.21%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
7 5 (5.21%) Infrastructure Architect
7 5 (5.21%) Support Analyst
7 5 (5.21%) Systems Engineer
7 5 (5.21%) Applications Developer
8 4 (4.17%) Technical Support
9 3 (3.13%) Consultant
9 3 (3.13%) Infrastructure Analyst
10 2 (2.08%) 2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (11.46%) .NET
1 11 (11.46%) Web Services
2 10 (10.42%) XML
2 10 (10.42%) REST
2 10 (10.42%) WCF
3 9 (9.38%) ASP.NET
3 9 (9.38%) MSMQ
4 2 (2.08%) Middleware
4 2 (2.08%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 11 (11.46%) Clustering
2 2 (2.08%) NHS
2 2 (2.08%) Life Science
2 2 (2.08%) PKI
3 1 (1.04%) Open Source
3 1 (1.04%) Enterprise Software
3 1 (1.04%) CLARiiON
3 1 (1.04%) Client/Server
3 1 (1.04%) Smartcard
3 1 (1.04%) Replication
3 1 (1.04%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 96 (100.00%) Windows
2 64 (66.67%) Windows Server 2008
3 45 (46.88%) Windows Server 2003
4 11 (11.46%) Windows 7
5 7 (7.29%) Linux
6 6 (6.25%) Windows 2000
7 4 (4.17%) Windows XP
8 2 (2.08%) Windows Vista
9 1 (1.04%) Apple iOS
9 1 (1.04%) Windows 2000 Server
9 1 (1.04%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (18.75%) ITIL
2 16 (16.67%) Migration
3 12 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
4 9 (9.38%) Release Management
4 9 (9.38%) High Availability
4 9 (9.38%) Web Application Development
5 8 (8.33%) Disaster Recovery
5 8 (8.33%) OOP
5 8 (8.33%) OO
5 8 (8.33%) SOA
6 6 (6.25%) Project Management
7 5 (5.21%) Performance Tuning
7 5 (5.21%) Configuration Management
8 4 (4.17%) User Acceptance Testing
9 2 (2.08%) Service Management
9 2 (2.08%) ERP
9 2 (2.08%) Performance Management
9 2 (2.08%) Software Deployment
9 2 (2.08%) Technical Analysis
10 1 (1.04%) Product Management
Programming Languages
1 16 (16.67%) SQL
2 10 (10.42%) XQuery
2 10 (10.42%) XPath
3 9 (9.38%) C#
4 8 (8.33%) PowerShell
5 3 (3.13%) Java
6 2 (2.08%) T-SQL
7 1 (1.04%) Python
7 1 (1.04%) C
7 1 (1.04%) VBScript
7 1 (1.04%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 11 (11.46%) Microsoft Certification
2 9 (9.38%) CCNA
2 9 (9.38%) Cisco Certification
2 9 (9.38%) MCSE
3 6 (6.25%) Citrix Certification
3 6 (6.25%) CCEA
3 6 (6.25%) CCIA
4 5 (5.21%) CCA
5 4 (4.17%) MCP
5 4 (4.17%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 2 (2.08%) MCSA
6 2 (2.08%) Security Cleared
7 1 (1.04%) CCEE
7 1 (1.04%) MCITP
7 1 (1.04%) MCTS
7 1 (1.04%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 1 (1.04%) SC Cleared
7 1 (1.04%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.04%) PCI DSS
1 1 (1.04%) QA
1 1 (1.04%) SLA
System Software
1 57 (59.38%) Active Directory
2 24 (25.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 23 (23.96%) Hyper-V
4 9 (9.38%) Citrix Presentation Server
4 9 (9.38%) XenApp
4 9 (9.38%) XenDesktop
5 8 (8.33%) XenServer
6 5 (5.21%) DFS Replication
6 5 (5.21%) VMware ESX
6 5 (5.21%) Firmware
7 4 (4.17%) VMware ESXi
8 3 (3.13%) vSphere
9 1 (1.04%) Xen
9 1 (1.04%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (1.04%) NFS
9 1 (1.04%) Terminal Server
9 1 (1.04%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 15 (15.63%) SCCM
2 10 (10.42%) SCOM
3 5 (5.21%) SCVMM
3 5 (5.21%) NetBackup
4 2 (2.08%) Backup Exec
4 2 (2.08%) WSUS
5 1 (1.04%) HP SIM
5 1 (1.04%) XenMobile
5 1 (1.04%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 51 (53.13%) Microsoft
2 49 (51.04%) VMware
3 34 (35.42%) Citrix
4 16 (16.67%) HP
5 15 (15.63%) Cisco
6 12 (12.50%) NetApp
7 8 (8.33%) Dell
8 5 (5.21%) Symantec
9 4 (4.17%) EMC
9 4 (4.17%) Oracle
9 4 (4.17%) 3PAR
10 3 (3.13%) SolarWinds
10 3 (3.13%) IBM
11 2 (2.08%) AppSense
11 2 (2.08%) CheckPoint
11 2 (2.08%) Avaya
11 2 (2.08%) Atlassian
11 2 (2.08%) Spiceworks
11 2 (2.08%) Cyber-Ark
12 1 (1.04%) Veeam
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