The first table below looks at the demand for Windows 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 over the 3 months to 28 July 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
28 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Windows
Rank 4 3 5
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +2
Contract jobs citing Windows 469 444 424
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 15.55% 16.49% 13.04%
As % of the Operating Systems category 67.19% 69.92% 60.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 220 188 145
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £153 £175 £135
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £420 £404
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £320 £314
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +1.99%
Number of hourly rates quoted 84 78 85
Average hourly rate £15.01 £17.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-14.21% -2.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.45 £35.56 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-3.22% -6.06%
Operating Systems Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Operating Systems category
698 635 702
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 23.14% 23.58% 21.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 363 275 264
Average daily rate £300 £313 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.00% -3.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £490 £425 £448
UK excluding London average daily rate £310 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
-4.61% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 85 80 88
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 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.50 £40.00 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £16.20 £17.00
% change year-on-year
-7.40% -4.70%
Windows
England

Windows
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Windows across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within 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 28 July 2014.

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 28 July 2014.

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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Windows within the North West region over the 3 months to 28 July 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
Manchester +3 177 £310 +3.33% 79
Cheshire -2 150 £275 -15.38% 46
Lancashire -1 86 £270 -15.29% 10
Merseyside +5 33 £200 -40.74% 18
Cumbria 0 11 £108 -57.00% 4
Windows
England

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Windows 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.

1 382 (38.59%) Active Directory
2 360 (36.36%) Microsoft
3 324 (32.73%) Windows 7
4 274 (27.68%) Windows Server 2008
5 252 (25.45%) Citrix
6 231 (23.33%) Windows Server 2003
7 218 (22.02%) Windows XP
8 208 (21.01%) VMware
9 186 (18.79%) MS Office
10 160 (16.16%) SCCM
11 157 (15.86%) Security Cleared
12 154 (15.56%) ITIL
13 137 (13.84%) SC Cleared
14 133 (13.43%) MS Exchange
15 123 (12.42%) DNS
16 115 (11.62%) MS Excel
17 112 (11.31%) UNIX
18 111 (11.21%) Finance
19 104 (10.51%) DHCP
20 100 (10.10%) Migration
21 99 (10.00%) VMware Infrastructure
22 94 (9.49%) SQL Server
22 94 (9.49%) SQL
23 93 (9.39%) HP
24 86 (8.69%) Microsoft Certification
25 83 (8.38%) Linux
26 81 (8.18%) Microsoft App-V
27 80 (8.08%) XenApp
28 79 (7.98%) SAN
29 78 (7.88%) PowerShell

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 28 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Windows 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. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 133 (13.43%) MS Exchange
2 76 (7.68%) SharePoint
3 71 (7.17%) Exchange Server 2010
4 58 (5.86%) IIS
5 47 (4.75%) Exchange Server 2003
6 36 (3.64%) Exchange Server 2007
7 27 (2.73%) SharePoint 2010
8 17 (1.72%) Lync
9 15 (1.52%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 11 (1.11%) Tomcat
10 11 (1.11%) SharePoint 2013
11 7 (0.71%) IBM Notes
12 6 (0.61%) WebSphere
13 5 (0.51%) CICS
14 4 (0.40%) SharePoint Server
14 4 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2013
15 3 (0.30%) BizTalk Server
15 3 (0.30%) Apache
15 3 (0.30%) WebSphere Application Server
15 3 (0.30%) WebLogic
Applications
1 186 (18.79%) MS Office
2 115 (11.62%) MS Excel
3 21 (2.12%) MS Project
4 18 (1.82%) MS Visio
5 4 (0.40%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.10%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 20 (2.02%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.51%) SAP PM
3 3 (0.30%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 3 (0.30%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.10%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.10%) BPCS
4 1 (0.10%) SAP R/3
Cloud Services
1 13 (1.31%) Office 365
2 6 (0.61%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (0.30%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (0.30%) PaaS
4 2 (0.20%) Amazon EC2
4 2 (0.20%) Amazon S3
4 2 (0.20%) Amazon ELB
5 1 (0.10%) IaaS
5 1 (0.10%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 123 (12.42%) DNS
2 104 (10.51%) DHCP
3 79 (7.98%) SAN
4 70 (7.07%) Firewall
5 67 (6.77%) TCP/IP
6 61 (6.16%) LAN
7 47 (4.75%) WAN
8 40 (4.04%) VPN
9 35 (3.54%) Wireless
10 24 (2.42%) SMS
11 19 (1.92%) Wi-Fi
12 17 (1.72%) 3G
13 14 (1.41%) VoIP
14 13 (1.31%) HTTP
15 11 (1.11%) Intranet
15 11 (1.11%) Internet
15 11 (1.11%) IP Telephony
16 10 (1.01%) Network Security
17 8 (0.81%) VLAN
17 8 (0.81%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 94 (9.49%) SQL Server
2 30 (3.03%) SQL Server 2008
3 28 (2.83%) SQL Server 2005
4 18 (1.82%) Oracle Database
5 12 (1.21%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 11 (1.11%) QlikView
6 11 (1.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 6 (0.61%) SQL Server 2012
8 5 (0.51%) Data Mining
8 5 (0.51%) DB2
9 4 (0.40%) Ingres
10 3 (0.30%) Relational Database
10 3 (0.30%) RDBMS
10 3 (0.30%) SQLPlus
11 2 (0.20%) Oracle Database 10g
11 2 (0.20%) SQL Server 2000
11 2 (0.20%) Oracle Reports
11 2 (0.20%) Data Warehouse
11 2 (0.20%) Amazon RDS
11 2 (0.20%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 30 (3.03%) MSI
2 13 (1.31%) AdminStudio
3 11 (1.11%) Visual Studio
4 10 (1.01%) InstallShield
4 10 (1.01%) Wise Package Studio
5 8 (0.81%) Team Foundation Server
6 7 (0.71%) MSTest
7 6 (0.61%) LoadRunner
7 6 (0.61%) Selenium
8 5 (0.51%) Eclipse
8 5 (0.51%) Toad
9 4 (0.40%) Subversion
9 4 (0.40%) Moq
10 3 (0.30%) WebDriver
10 3 (0.30%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 2 (0.20%) Cucumber
11 2 (0.20%) SpecFlow
12 1 (0.10%) LoadUI
12 1 (0.10%) InstallAnywhere
12 1 (0.10%) OpenSTA
General
1 111 (11.21%) Finance
2 59 (5.96%) Banking
3 36 (3.64%) Local Government
4 13 (1.31%) Retail
5 12 (1.21%) Telecoms
6 10 (1.01%) Manufacturing
7 6 (0.61%) Back Office
8 5 (0.51%) Legal
9 3 (0.30%) Investment Banking
10 2 (0.20%) Italian Language
10 2 (0.20%) Spanish Language
10 2 (0.20%) Law
10 2 (0.20%) Pharmaceutical
10 2 (0.20%) Financial Institution
10 2 (0.20%) Advertising
10 2 (0.20%) Marketing
10 2 (0.20%) French Language
11 1 (0.10%) German Language
11 1 (0.10%) Publishing
11 1 (0.10%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 172 (17.37%) Analyst
2 112 (11.31%) Support Engineer
3 111 (11.21%) Desktop Support
4 75 (7.58%) Desktop Engineer
5 67 (6.77%) 2nd Line Support
6 57 (5.76%) Desktop Support Engineer
7 54 (5.45%) Developer
8 53 (5.35%) Project Manager
9 46 (4.65%) Support Analyst
10 45 (4.55%) Architect
10 45 (4.55%) Consultant
11 44 (4.44%) Service Analyst
12 42 (4.24%) Service Desk Analyst
13 38 (3.84%) Administrator
14 37 (3.74%) 3rd Line Support
15 34 (3.43%) Applications Packager
16 33 (3.33%) 1st Line Support
17 32 (3.23%) Server Engineer
18 27 (2.73%) .NET Developer
19 25 (2.53%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 71 (7.17%) .NET
2 41 (4.14%) Web Services
3 38 (3.84%) Application Packaging
4 35 (3.54%) ASP.NET
5 31 (3.13%) .NET Framework
6 22 (2.22%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
7 21 (2.12%) HTML
8 19 (1.92%) Middleware
8 19 (1.92%) WCF
9 18 (1.82%) WPF
10 17 (1.72%) WinForms
11 13 (1.31%) jQuery
11 13 (1.31%) CSS
11 13 (1.31%) ASP.NET MVC
12 10 (1.01%) HTML5
13 9 (0.91%) LINQ
14 8 (0.81%) XML
14 8 (0.81%) SOAP
15 6 (0.61%) WSH
15 6 (0.61%) Regular Expression
Miscellaneous
1 56 (5.66%) Blackberry
2 44 (4.44%) Management Information System
3 43 (4.34%) Clustering
4 30 (3.03%) Mainframe
5 25 (2.53%) Thin Client
5 25 (2.53%) Fat Client
6 20 (2.02%) Enterprise Software
7 16 (1.62%) NHS
8 12 (1.21%) Economics
9 11 (1.11%) iPad
10 10 (1.01%) Replication
11 9 (0.91%) Statistics
12 7 (0.71%) Tandem
12 7 (0.71%) Smartcard
12 7 (0.71%) PMI
13 6 (0.61%) PKI
13 6 (0.61%) PDA
13 6 (0.61%) Wiki
14 5 (0.51%) iPhone
14 5 (0.51%) IBM Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 324 (32.73%) Windows 7
2 274 (27.68%) Windows Server 2008
3 231 (23.33%) Windows Server 2003
4 218 (22.02%) Windows XP
5 112 (11.31%) UNIX
6 83 (8.38%) Linux
7 76 (7.68%) Windows Server 2012
8 63 (6.36%) Windows Vista
9 37 (3.74%) Windows 8
10 21 (2.12%) Windows 2000
11 20 (2.02%) AIX
12 18 (1.82%) Solaris
13 10 (1.01%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 8 (0.81%) HPUX
15 7 (0.71%) Windows NT
16 6 (0.61%) Windows 2000 Server
17 4 (0.40%) Windows Mobile
18 3 (0.30%) Mac OS
18 3 (0.30%) zOS
19 2 (0.20%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 154 (15.56%) ITIL
2 100 (10.10%) Migration
3 65 (6.57%) Information Security
4 50 (5.05%) Project Management
5 44 (4.44%) Software Deployment
6 40 (4.04%) PRINCE2
7 37 (3.74%) Stakeholder Management
8 30 (3.03%) Service Management
8 30 (3.03%) Business Analysis
9 27 (2.73%) MVC
10 25 (2.53%) Change Management
11 24 (2.42%) Change Control
12 21 (2.12%) CRM
13 19 (1.92%) Incident Management
14 18 (1.82%) OO
14 18 (1.82%) Problem Management
15 17 (1.72%) Project Planning
16 16 (1.62%) Disaster Recovery
16 16 (1.62%) Product Management
17 15 (1.52%) Release Management
Programming Languages
1 94 (9.49%) SQL
2 78 (7.88%) PowerShell
3 38 (3.84%) C#
4 31 (3.13%) VB
5 19 (1.92%) VBScript
6 16 (1.62%) Shell Script
7 14 (1.41%) C
7 14 (1.41%) Java
7 14 (1.41%) JavaScript
7 14 (1.41%) Perl
8 13 (1.31%) T-SQL
9 11 (1.11%) PL/SQL
10 8 (0.81%) C++
11 5 (0.51%) VC++
11 5 (0.51%) Groovy
12 3 (0.30%) VB.NET
13 2 (0.20%) VB6
14 1 (0.10%) SELCOPY
14 1 (0.10%) JCL
14 1 (0.10%) XAML
Qualifications
1 157 (15.86%) Security Cleared
2 137 (13.84%) SC Cleared
3 86 (8.69%) Microsoft Certification
4 57 (5.76%) MCSE
5 29 (2.93%) MCITP
5 29 (2.93%) Degree
6 20 (2.02%) MCP
7 19 (1.92%) Cisco Certification
8 18 (1.82%) MCTS
8 18 (1.82%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 15 (1.52%) CCNA
10 14 (1.41%) ISEB
10 14 (1.41%) MCSA
11 13 (1.31%) ITIL Certification
12 10 (1.01%) PMP
12 10 (1.01%) PMI Certification
12 10 (1.01%) CISSP
13 9 (0.91%) VCP5
14 7 (0.71%) CCNP
15 6 (0.61%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 59 (5.96%) SLA
2 16 (1.62%) QA
3 10 (1.01%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 8 (0.81%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 8 (0.81%) ISO/IEC 17799
5 6 (0.61%) ISO 9001
6 4 (0.40%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.10%) COBIT
System Software
1 382 (38.59%) Active Directory
2 99 (10.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 81 (8.18%) Microsoft App-V
4 80 (8.08%) XenApp
5 73 (7.37%) Hyper-V
6 40 (4.04%) VMware ESX
7 35 (3.54%) XenDesktop
8 28 (2.83%) XenServer
9 27 (2.73%) vSphere
10 10 (1.01%) ISA Server
11 9 (0.91%) Oracle RAC
12 7 (0.71%) VMware ESXi
13 6 (0.61%) Forefront TMG
14 5 (0.51%) VMware Server
14 5 (0.51%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
15 4 (0.40%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 4 (0.40%) Terminal Server
16 3 (0.30%) Terminal Services
16 3 (0.30%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 3 (0.30%) Brightmail
Systems Management
1 160 (16.16%) SCCM
2 49 (4.95%) SCOM
3 28 (2.83%) Backup Exec
4 15 (1.52%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 14 (1.41%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 11 (1.11%) Tivoli
6 11 (1.11%) Norton AntiVirus
7 10 (1.01%) HP Quality Center
8 9 (0.91%) WSUS
9 7 (0.71%) NetBackup
10 6 (0.61%) Business Desktop Deployment
11 5 (0.51%) SCSM
11 5 (0.51%) SCVMM
12 4 (0.40%) HP Data Protector
12 4 (0.40%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
12 4 (0.40%) McAfee ePO
13 3 (0.30%) HP SiteScope
13 3 (0.30%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
13 3 (0.30%) Tivoli Storage Manager
13 3 (0.30%) Unicenter
Vendors
1 360 (36.36%) Microsoft
2 252 (25.45%) Citrix
3 208 (21.01%) VMware
4 93 (9.39%) HP
5 71 (7.17%) Cisco
6 66 (6.67%) AppSense
7 64 (6.46%) Oracle
8 52 (5.25%) Symantec
9 43 (4.34%) CA
10 33 (3.33%) Dell
11 26 (2.63%) Lumension
12 23 (2.32%) Cyber-Ark
13 22 (2.22%) McAfee
14 21 (2.12%) IBM
15 19 (1.92%) Compaq
15 19 (1.92%) Juniper
16 17 (1.72%) EMC
16 17 (1.72%) IronPort
17 16 (1.62%) SAP
17 16 (1.62%) CheckPoint
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