The table below looks at the statistics for Windows skills in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Windows over the 3 months to 22 January 2017 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
22 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Windows
England / North West
Rank 7 6 6
Rank change year-on-year
-1 0
Contract jobs citing Windows 302 438 419
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 11.79% 11.34% 13.37%
As % of the Operating Systems category 55.82% 59.19% 62.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 199 198 207
Median daily rate £345 £325 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.15% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £144 £166 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £503 £450 £453
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £325 £310
% change year-on-year
+3.84% +4.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 78 92
Median hourly rate £15.25 £17.77 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-14.18% +22.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £10.08
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.38 £40.00 £26.68
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £16.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
-9.37% +6.66%

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
541 740 670
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 21.12% 19.15% 21.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 368 394 346
Median daily rate £364 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.92% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £185 £170
10% offered a daily rate of more than £516 £488 £455
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 81 94
Median hourly rate £16.00 £20.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +33.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £10.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.88 £40.00 £30.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
-2.94% +6.25%

Windows
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North West region citing Windows as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Operating Systems category.

Windows Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Windows
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 across the North West region.

Windows Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Windows
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Windows across the North West region over the 3 months to 22 January 2017.

Windows Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Windows
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 across the North West region.

Windows Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Windows
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Windows across the North West region over the 3 months to 22 January 2017.

Windows Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

Windows
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Windows within the North West region over the 3 months to 22 January 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester 0 148 £325 - 94
Cheshire +4 60 £386 +22.61% 25
Merseyside +7 41 £350 -15.15% 16
Lancashire -1 38 £350 +20.68% 6
Cumbria +13 5 £401 - 2
Windows
England

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 22 January 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Windows also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for Windows.

1 253 (35.63%) Microsoft
2 235 (33.10%) Active Directory
3 206 (29.01%) Windows Server
4 195 (27.46%) Linux
5 160 (22.54%) SQL Server
6 156 (21.97%) VMware
7 138 (19.44%) Unix
8 126 (17.75%) Windows Server 2012
9 121 (17.04%) SQL
10 115 (16.20%) ITIL
10 115 (16.20%) Windows Server 2008
11 108 (15.21%) Firewall
12 102 (14.37%) MS Excel
13 100 (14.08%) Oracle
13 100 (14.08%) Windows 7
14 95 (13.38%) Agile Software Development
15 93 (13.10%) MS Office
16 84 (11.83%) Citrix
16 84 (11.83%) Security Cleared
17 81 (11.41%) Migration
18 79 (11.13%) LAN
19 78 (10.99%) Finance
20 71 (10.00%) WAN
20 71 (10.00%) Analytical Skills
21 70 (9.86%) VMware Infrastructure
21 70 (9.86%) TCP/IP
22 69 (9.72%) DNS
22 69 (9.72%) .NET
22 69 (9.72%) PowerShell
23 68 (9.58%) Web Services

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 56 (7.89%) MS Exchange
2 41 (5.77%) IIS
3 38 (5.35%) SharePoint
4 22 (3.10%) WebSphere
5 21 (2.96%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 20 (2.82%) Exchange Server 2010
7 18 (2.54%) Apache
7 18 (2.54%) Skype for Business
8 13 (1.83%) Tomcat
9 10 (1.41%) Exchange Server 2007
10 9 (1.27%) IBM Notes
11 8 (1.13%) CICS
12 7 (0.99%) nginx
12 7 (0.99%) SharePoint 2010
12 7 (0.99%) SharePoint 2013
12 7 (0.99%) WebSphere Application Server
13 6 (0.85%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 6 (0.85%) Exchange Server 2003
13 6 (0.85%) JBoss
13 6 (0.85%) WebLogic
Applications
1 102 (14.37%) MS Excel
2 93 (13.10%) MS Office
3 43 (6.06%) MS PowerPoint
4 19 (2.68%) MS Visio
5 5 (0.70%) InfoPath
5 5 (0.70%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 6 (0.85%) Oracle EBS
2 3 (0.42%) SAP BPC
3 2 (0.28%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.28%) Oracle Applications
3 2 (0.28%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.14%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.14%) Infor M3
4 1 (0.14%) Markit EDM
4 1 (0.14%) Orchard Housing
4 1 (0.14%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 52 (7.32%) Office 365
2 49 (6.90%) Microsoft Azure
3 46 (6.48%) Amazon AWS
4 20 (2.82%) IaaS
5 17 (2.39%) Amazon S3
6 15 (2.11%) Amazon EC2
7 13 (1.83%) AWS CloudFormation
7 13 (1.83%) PaaS
8 11 (1.55%) SaaS
9 8 (1.13%) Azure Active Directory
10 6 (0.85%) Amazon EMR
10 6 (0.85%) AWS Lambda
11 5 (0.70%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 4 (0.56%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 4 (0.56%) Amazon ELB
12 4 (0.56%) Amazon SQS
12 4 (0.56%) AWS CloudTrail
12 4 (0.56%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
12 4 (0.56%) Google Analytics
12 4 (0.56%) TestFlight
Communications & Networking
1 108 (15.21%) Firewall
2 79 (11.13%) LAN
3 71 (10.00%) WAN
4 70 (9.86%) TCP/IP
5 69 (9.72%) DNS
6 56 (7.89%) VPN
7 42 (5.92%) DHCP
8 41 (5.77%) VoIP
9 38 (5.35%) SAN
10 25 (3.52%) VLAN
11 23 (3.24%) Internet
11 23 (3.24%) SSL
12 18 (2.54%) LDAP
12 18 (2.54%) NAS
13 16 (2.25%) Wi-Fi
14 12 (1.69%) FTP
14 12 (1.69%) HTTP
14 12 (1.69%) SMTP
14 12 (1.69%) Wireless
15 10 (1.41%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 160 (22.54%) SQL Server
2 33 (4.65%) Relational Database
3 29 (4.08%) Oracle Database
4 28 (3.94%) SQL Server 2008
5 27 (3.80%) NoSQL
6 26 (3.66%) MongoDB
7 25 (3.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 20 (2.82%) Oracle Database 11g
8 20 (2.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 18 (2.54%) SQL Server 2014
10 17 (2.39%) Big Data
11 16 (2.25%) DB2
12 15 (2.11%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 13 (1.83%) MySQL
13 13 (1.83%) Oracle Database 12c
13 13 (1.83%) SQL Server 2012
14 9 (1.27%) Redis
15 8 (1.13%) SQL Server 2000
16 7 (0.99%) SQL Server 2005
16 7 (0.99%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 27 (3.80%) Visual Studio
2 22 (3.10%) Jenkins
3 19 (2.68%) JIRA
4 17 (2.39%) Git (software)
5 16 (2.25%) Team Foundation Server
6 10 (1.41%) MSI
7 8 (1.13%) NUnit
8 7 (0.99%) Moq
9 6 (0.85%) GitLab
9 6 (0.85%) Subversion
10 5 (0.70%) Android Studio
10 5 (0.70%) Visual Studio Team System
10 5 (0.70%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
10 5 (0.70%) Xcode
11 4 (0.56%) CocoaPods
11 4 (0.56%) Maven
11 4 (0.56%) Selenium
11 4 (0.56%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 3 (0.42%) Eclipse
12 3 (0.42%) JUnit
General
1 78 (10.99%) Finance
2 31 (4.37%) Banking
3 21 (2.96%) Manufacturing
4 7 (0.99%) Legal
5 6 (0.85%) Law
6 5 (0.70%) Local Government
6 5 (0.70%) Telecoms
7 4 (0.56%) Marketing
7 4 (0.56%) Pharmaceutical
7 4 (0.56%) Retail
8 2 (0.28%) Electronics
8 2 (0.28%) German Language
8 2 (0.28%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.14%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.14%) French Language
9 1 (0.14%) Games
9 1 (0.14%) Portuguese Language
9 1 (0.14%) Publishing
9 1 (0.14%) Russian Language
9 1 (0.14%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 109 (15.35%) Analyst
2 70 (9.86%) Developer
3 45 (6.34%) Architect
4 41 (5.77%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 39 (5.49%) Support Analyst
5 39 (5.49%) Support Engineer
6 32 (4.51%) 2nd Line Support
7 31 (4.37%) Consultant
8 29 (4.08%) .NET Developer
8 29 (4.08%) Desktop Support
8 29 (4.08%) Windows Engineer
9 28 (3.94%) DBA
10 25 (3.52%) 3rd Line Support
11 24 (3.38%) Administrator
11 24 (3.38%) Service Analyst
12 23 (3.24%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 22 (3.10%) C# Developer
13 22 (3.10%) Service Desk Analyst
14 19 (2.68%) IT Support
15 18 (2.54%) 1st/2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 69 (9.72%) .NET
2 68 (9.58%) Web Services
3 48 (6.76%) XML
4 34 (4.79%) ASP.NET
4 34 (4.79%) Middleware
5 30 (4.23%) JSON
6 25 (3.52%) ELK Stack
7 20 (2.82%) SOAP
8 17 (2.39%) J2EE
9 16 (2.25%) HTML
9 16 (2.25%) WCF
9 16 (2.25%) WinForms
9 16 (2.25%) WPF
10 15 (2.11%) .NET Framework
11 12 (1.69%) REST
12 11 (1.55%) ASP.NET MVC
12 11 (1.55%) jQuery
13 10 (1.41%) Oracle Fusion
13 10 (1.41%) RESTful
13 10 (1.41%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 71 (10.00%) Analytical Skills
2 47 (6.62%) Data Centre
3 28 (3.94%) Management Information System
4 22 (3.10%) Blackberry
5 15 (2.11%) Cyber Attack
6 14 (1.97%) iPhone
6 14 (1.97%) Replication
7 12 (1.69%) Fat Client
7 12 (1.69%) Thin Client
8 11 (1.55%) Mobile App
8 11 (1.55%) PKI
8 11 (1.55%) User Experience
8 11 (1.55%) Wiki
9 10 (1.41%) Tandem
10 9 (1.27%) NHS
11 8 (1.13%) Computer Science
11 8 (1.13%) Smartphone
12 7 (0.99%) Inversion of Control
12 7 (0.99%) Mainframe
13 6 (0.85%) Cryptography
Operating Systems
1 206 (29.01%) Windows Server
2 195 (27.46%) Linux
3 138 (19.44%) Unix
4 126 (17.75%) Windows Server 2012
5 115 (16.20%) Windows Server 2008
6 100 (14.08%) Windows 7
7 57 (8.03%) Windows Server 2003
8 56 (7.89%) AIX
8 56 (7.89%) Windows 10
9 52 (7.32%) Windows XP
10 30 (4.23%) Windows 8
11 26 (3.66%) Android
12 24 (3.38%) Solaris
13 22 (3.10%) Apple iOS
14 20 (2.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 18 (2.54%) HPUX
16 15 (2.11%) Windows 2000
17 13 (1.83%) Windows Phone
18 9 (1.27%) Mac OS X
19 6 (0.85%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 115 (16.20%) ITIL
2 95 (13.38%) Agile Software Development
3 81 (11.41%) Migration
4 46 (6.48%) Service Management
5 40 (5.63%) Change Management
6 39 (5.49%) Project Management
7 31 (4.37%) Open Source
7 31 (4.37%) Patch Management
8 30 (4.23%) Problem Management
8 30 (4.23%) Vulnerability Management
9 29 (4.08%) Vulnerability Assessment
10 27 (3.80%) Cybersecurity
10 27 (3.80%) Network Monitoring
10 27 (3.80%) Stakeholder Management
11 26 (3.66%) DevOps
11 26 (3.66%) SOA
12 25 (3.52%) Release Management
13 23 (3.24%) PRINCE2
14 21 (2.96%) Configuration Management
14 21 (2.96%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 121 (17.04%) SQL
2 69 (9.72%) PowerShell
3 58 (8.17%) C#
4 44 (6.20%) Java
5 37 (5.21%) Python
6 33 (4.65%) JavaScript
7 19 (2.68%) Perl
8 17 (2.39%) VBScript
9 16 (2.25%) C++
10 15 (2.11%) T-SQL
11 13 (1.83%) Bash Shell
12 11 (1.55%) Shell Script
12 11 (1.55%) VB
13 9 (1.27%) VB.NET
14 7 (0.99%) PHP
14 7 (0.99%) VB6
15 6 (0.85%) Bourne shell
15 6 (0.85%) Korn
15 6 (0.85%) Objective-C
16 5 (0.70%) Apple Swift
Qualifications
1 84 (11.83%) Security Cleared
2 64 (9.01%) SC Cleared
3 38 (5.35%) CISSP
4 32 (4.51%) Microsoft Certification
5 30 (4.23%) SANS
6 29 (4.08%) SSCP
7 24 (3.38%) MCSE
8 21 (2.96%) Degree
9 20 (2.82%) Cisco Certification
10 19 (2.68%) CCNA
11 12 (1.69%) BPSS Clearance
12 8 (1.13%) ITIL Certification
12 8 (1.13%) MCSA
13 6 (0.85%) AWS Certification
13 6 (0.85%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 5 (0.70%) ISEB
14 5 (0.70%) MCP
15 4 (0.56%) CCNP
16 3 (0.42%) CISM
16 3 (0.42%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (4.51%) SLA
2 11 (1.55%) Disclosure Scotland
3 10 (1.41%) QA
4 8 (1.13%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.42%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (0.28%) COBIT
7 1 (0.14%) BS25999
7 1 (0.14%) COSO
7 1 (0.14%) GxP
7 1 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 17799
7 1 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 235 (33.10%) Active Directory
2 70 (9.86%) VMware Infrastructure
3 28 (3.94%) XenApp
4 26 (3.66%) VMware ESX
5 20 (2.82%) Hyper-V
5 20 (2.82%) vSphere
6 12 (1.69%) Virtual Servers
7 11 (1.55%) Microsoft App-V
8 10 (1.41%) Virtual Machines
9 8 (1.13%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 8 (1.13%) ProxySG
10 7 (0.99%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 5 (0.70%) VMware ESXi
11 5 (0.70%) XenDesktop
12 4 (0.56%) Docker
13 3 (0.42%) BitLocker
13 3 (0.42%) Oracle RAC
13 3 (0.42%) Postfix
13 3 (0.42%) Terminal Services
13 3 (0.42%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 64 (9.01%) SCCM
2 28 (3.94%) SCOM
3 25 (3.52%) QRadar
4 24 (3.38%) Opscode Chef
5 23 (3.24%) Puppet
6 10 (1.41%) McAfee ePO
6 10 (1.41%) Nessus
6 10 (1.41%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 10 (1.41%) Tivoli
7 9 (1.27%) Backup Exec
7 9 (1.27%) Kibana
7 9 (1.27%) logstash
7 9 (1.27%) Netcool
8 8 (1.13%) Data Guard
8 8 (1.13%) HP Quality Center
8 8 (1.13%) NetBackup
9 7 (0.99%) Nexpose
9 7 (0.99%) Nmap
9 7 (0.99%) yum
10 6 (0.85%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 253 (35.63%) Microsoft
2 156 (21.97%) VMware
3 100 (14.08%) Oracle
4 84 (11.83%) Citrix
5 55 (7.75%) Cisco
6 48 (6.76%) Apple
7 40 (5.63%) IBM
8 33 (4.65%) HP
9 28 (3.94%) Red Hat
9 28 (3.94%) Splunk
10 27 (3.80%) Intel Security
11 23 (3.24%) NetApp
12 18 (2.54%) AppSense
13 17 (2.39%) Dell
13 17 (2.39%) LogRhythm
14 15 (2.11%) SAP
14 15 (2.11%) Symantec
15 14 (1.97%) Sun
16 12 (1.69%) Google
16 12 (1.69%) Intel
Manchester, Lancashire
Robert Walters
Rate: £120 - £170 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Harvey Nash plc
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Harvey Nash plc
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
CPS Group UK
Rate: £120 - £200 per day + Depending on exp + 45ppm
Posted: 5 days ago
Liverpool
Michael Page Technology
Rate: £40000 - £50000 per annum + £5,800 car allowance + great package
Posted: 5 days ago
North West
Venn Group
Rate: £10 - £11 Per Hour
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester
Lawrence Harvey
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Plan-net
Rate: Competitive rate
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester
CPS Group Limited
Rate: £140 - £160 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Knutsford, Cheshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
onezeero.
Rate: £10 - £12 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
Greater Manchester
Venn Group
Rate: £11 Per Hour
Posted: 6 days ago
North West
Venn Group
Rate: £100 Per Day
Posted: 5 days ago