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 27 July 2016 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
27 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Windows
Rank 9 7 4
Rank change year-on-year
-2 -3
Contract jobs citing Windows 362 446 464
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 9.89% 11.78% 15.41%
As % of the Operating Systems category 47.88% 55.40% 66.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 176 215 223
Median daily rate £335 £300 £281
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.66% +6.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £123 £147 £151
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £457
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+1.53% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 76 76
Median hourly rate £13.50 £14.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.89% -3.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £9.93
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.83 £21.75 £25.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.25 £15.50 £14.50
% change year-on-year
-1.61% +6.89%
Windows
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
756 805 693
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 20.65% 21.26% 23.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 439 430 362
Median daily rate £400 £325 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+23.07% +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £164 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £485
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £305
% change year-on-year
- +14.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 56 81 77
Median hourly rate £14.00 £15.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £11.50 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.50 £22.25 £25.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
- +10.00%

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 27 July 2016.

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 27 July 2016.

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 27 July 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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 -3 191 £325 +27.45% 75
Cheshire -3 74 £400 +23.07% 27
Merseyside -5 52 £350 +75.00% 17
Lancashire -6 34 £288 -7.92% 14
Cumbria +6 1 £250 +11.11% 1
Windows
England

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 27 July 2016, 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.

1 394 (46.68%) Active Directory
2 315 (37.32%) Microsoft
3 297 (35.19%) Windows Server
4 228 (27.01%) VMware
5 206 (24.41%) Windows Server 2012
6 166 (19.67%) Linux
7 157 (18.60%) Citrix
8 147 (17.42%) Windows Server 2008
9 139 (16.47%) Migration
10 131 (15.52%) SCCM
11 129 (15.28%) Unix
12 128 (15.17%) Finance
13 126 (14.93%) ITIL
14 121 (14.34%) Windows 7
15 120 (14.22%) VMware Infrastructure
16 118 (13.98%) Windows Server 2003
17 112 (13.27%) PowerShell
18 111 (13.15%) MS Excel
19 108 (12.80%) Security Cleared
20 106 (12.56%) SQL Server
21 103 (12.20%) MS Office
22 101 (11.97%) Oracle
23 100 (11.85%) MS Exchange
24 98 (11.61%) SQL
25 94 (11.14%) DNS
26 84 (9.95%) SC Cleared
27 81 (9.60%) DHCP
27 81 (9.60%) .NET
27 81 (9.60%) Agile Software Development
28 79 (9.36%) Data Centre

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
1 100 (11.85%) MS Exchange
2 68 (8.06%) SharePoint
3 58 (6.87%) IIS
4 57 (6.75%) Skype for Business
5 38 (4.50%) Apache
6 33 (3.91%) SharePoint 2013
7 27 (3.20%) Exchange Server 2010
8 25 (2.96%) Tomcat
9 17 (2.01%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 13 (1.54%) WebLogic
11 12 (1.42%) Exchange Server 2013
11 12 (1.42%) IBM Notes
11 12 (1.42%) JBoss
11 12 (1.42%) WebSphere
12 10 (1.18%) Exchange Server 2007
13 9 (1.07%) OpenStack
14 8 (0.95%) SAS
14 8 (0.95%) WebSphere Application Server
15 7 (0.83%) Oracle Application Server
16 6 (0.71%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 111 (13.15%) MS Excel
2 103 (12.20%) MS Office
3 5 (0.59%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (0.24%) MS Project
4 2 (0.24%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.24%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 9 (1.07%) Remedy ITSM
2 5 (0.59%) Oracle 11i
2 5 (0.59%) Oracle Applications
2 5 (0.59%) Oracle EBS
2 5 (0.59%) Oracle EBS R12
3 3 (0.36%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.36%) Markit EDM
3 3 (0.36%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 2 (0.24%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.24%) Infor M3
5 1 (0.12%) OpenText MBPM
5 1 (0.12%) Oracle BPM
5 1 (0.12%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 55 (6.52%) Office 365
2 35 (4.15%) Amazon AWS
3 28 (3.32%) IaaS
4 26 (3.08%) Microsoft Azure
5 13 (1.54%) PaaS
6 11 (1.30%) Amazon EC2
7 9 (1.07%) SaaS
8 8 (0.95%) Amazon S3
9 4 (0.47%) Azure Active Directory
9 4 (0.47%) Google App Engine
9 4 (0.47%) Google Cloud Platform
9 4 (0.47%) SoftLayer
10 3 (0.36%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 3 (0.36%) Amazon EMR
10 3 (0.36%) Amazon Kinesis
10 3 (0.36%) AWS CloudFormation
10 3 (0.36%) AWS CloudTrail
10 3 (0.36%) AWS Lambda
10 3 (0.36%) GitHub
10 3 (0.36%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 94 (11.14%) DNS
2 81 (9.60%) DHCP
3 59 (6.99%) Firewall
4 49 (5.81%) TCP/IP
5 47 (5.57%) SAN
6 45 (5.33%) Skype
7 34 (4.03%) WAN
8 30 (3.55%) LAN
9 29 (3.44%) Internet
9 29 (3.44%) Network Security
10 23 (2.73%) SSL
11 21 (2.49%) VPN
12 19 (2.25%) VLAN
13 18 (2.13%) HTTP
14 16 (1.90%) NetScaler
15 13 (1.54%) FTP
16 12 (1.42%) Remote Desktop
16 12 (1.42%) SMTP
16 12 (1.42%) VoIP
17 10 (1.18%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 106 (12.56%) SQL Server
2 26 (3.08%) DB2
3 25 (2.96%) Oracle Database
4 17 (2.01%) MySQL
5 16 (1.90%) Relational Database
6 12 (1.42%) SQL Server 2012
7 11 (1.30%) Amazon RDS
8 10 (1.18%) SQL Server 2008
9 9 (1.07%) RDBMS
10 7 (0.83%) Oracle Database 11g
10 7 (0.83%) SQL Server 2014
11 6 (0.71%) GIS
11 6 (0.71%) MongoDB
11 6 (0.71%) MS Access
12 5 (0.59%) Oracle Database 10g
12 5 (0.59%) Oracle Discoverer
12 5 (0.59%) PostgreSQL
12 5 (0.59%) SQL Server 2005
13 4 (0.47%) Hadoop
13 4 (0.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 46 (5.45%) Jenkins
2 32 (3.79%) JIRA
3 31 (3.67%) Team Foundation Server
4 27 (3.20%) SpecFlow
5 26 (3.08%) TestComplete
6 24 (2.84%) Git (software)
7 18 (2.13%) Visual Studio
8 15 (1.78%) TeamCity
9 12 (1.42%) Subversion
10 10 (1.18%) ClearCase
10 10 (1.18%) Gradle
10 10 (1.18%) Vagrant
11 9 (1.07%) Octopus Deploy
12 8 (0.95%) Rational DOORS
13 7 (0.83%) GitLab
14 6 (0.71%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 6 (0.71%) ClearQuest
14 6 (0.71%) JUnit
15 5 (0.59%) MSI
15 5 (0.59%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 128 (15.17%) Finance
2 47 (5.57%) Banking
3 27 (3.20%) Manufacturing
4 19 (2.25%) Law
5 18 (2.13%) Legal
6 14 (1.66%) Telecoms
7 12 (1.42%) French Language
8 10 (1.18%) German Language
9 9 (1.07%) Local Government
10 7 (0.83%) Italian Language
11 5 (0.59%) Dutch Language
11 5 (0.59%) Marketing
11 5 (0.59%) Pharmaceutical
11 5 (0.59%) Retail
12 4 (0.47%) Back Office
12 4 (0.47%) Military
12 4 (0.47%) Portuguese Language
13 3 (0.36%) Electronics
13 3 (0.36%) Investment Banking
14 2 (0.24%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 164 (19.43%) Analyst
2 70 (8.29%) Architect
3 59 (6.99%) Consultant
4 58 (6.87%) Support Engineer
5 55 (6.52%) Support Analyst
6 52 (6.16%) Service Analyst
7 49 (5.81%) Service Desk Analyst
8 47 (5.57%) Desktop Support
8 47 (5.57%) Developer
9 42 (4.98%) Desktop Engineer
10 41 (4.86%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 36 (4.27%) 1st Line Support
12 35 (4.15%) Windows Engineer
13 32 (3.79%) 2nd Line Support
14 28 (3.32%) Project Manager
15 27 (3.20%) Technical Analyst
16 26 (3.08%) Administrator
17 25 (2.96%) Desktop Support Engineer
18 24 (2.84%) Senior Analyst
19 22 (2.61%) .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 81 (9.60%) .NET
2 26 (3.08%) Web Services
3 22 (2.61%) XML
4 20 (2.37%) CSS
4 20 (2.37%) HTML
5 17 (2.01%) .NET Framework
6 16 (1.90%) Middleware
7 11 (1.30%) jQuery
7 11 (1.30%) SOAP
8 10 (1.18%) ASP.NET
8 10 (1.18%) LAMP
9 9 (1.07%) ASP.NET Web API
9 9 (1.07%) JSON
10 7 (0.83%) ASP.NET MVC
10 7 (0.83%) CSS3
10 7 (0.83%) HTML5
10 7 (0.83%) REST
10 7 (0.83%) WPF
11 6 (0.71%) IBM Integration Bus
11 6 (0.71%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 79 (9.36%) Data Centre
2 43 (5.09%) Mainframe
3 39 (4.62%) Analytical Skills
4 31 (3.67%) Clustering
4 31 (3.67%) Fat Client
4 31 (3.67%) Thin Client
5 28 (3.32%) PKI
6 21 (2.49%) Blackberry
7 17 (2.01%) Life Science
8 14 (1.66%) Management Information System
9 12 (1.42%) Computer Science
9 12 (1.42%) Mobile App
9 12 (1.42%) NHS
10 9 (1.07%) Driving Licence
10 9 (1.07%) PMI
11 8 (0.95%) Digital Media
11 8 (0.95%) EPoS
11 8 (0.95%) User Experience
12 6 (0.71%) iPad
12 6 (0.71%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 297 (35.19%) Windows Server
2 206 (24.41%) Windows Server 2012
3 166 (19.67%) Linux
4 147 (17.42%) Windows Server 2008
5 129 (15.28%) Unix
6 121 (14.34%) Windows 7
7 118 (13.98%) Windows Server 2003
8 63 (7.46%) Windows XP
9 59 (6.99%) Windows 10
10 53 (6.28%) Windows 8
11 50 (5.92%) AIX
12 48 (5.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 42 (4.98%) Solaris
14 28 (3.32%) Apple iOS
15 26 (3.08%) HPUX
16 15 (1.78%) Android
17 14 (1.66%) Mac OS
18 12 (1.42%) CentOS
19 9 (1.07%) Windows Mobile
20 7 (0.83%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 139 (16.47%) Migration
2 126 (14.93%) ITIL
3 81 (9.60%) Agile Software Development
4 78 (9.24%) Software Engineering
5 64 (7.58%) Test Automation
6 42 (4.98%) Project Management
7 39 (4.62%) Continuous Integration
8 38 (4.50%) DevOps
8 38 (4.50%) TDD
9 34 (4.03%) Configuration Management
9 34 (4.03%) Stakeholder Management
10 32 (3.79%) Data Migration
11 31 (3.67%) Application Packaging
12 27 (3.20%) Problem Management
13 26 (3.08%) Change Management
14 25 (2.96%) Code Coverage
15 24 (2.84%) Disaster Recovery
15 24 (2.84%) Incident Management
15 24 (2.84%) PRINCE2
16 23 (2.73%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 112 (13.27%) PowerShell
2 98 (11.61%) SQL
3 69 (8.18%) Java
4 38 (4.50%) C#
5 33 (3.91%) JavaScript
6 32 (3.79%) Bash Shell
7 28 (3.32%) Python
7 28 (3.32%) Shell Script
8 26 (3.08%) PHP
9 15 (1.78%) C
10 14 (1.66%) C++
10 14 (1.66%) VB
11 10 (1.18%) Ruby
11 10 (1.18%) T-SQL
11 10 (1.18%) VB.NET
12 9 (1.07%) Perl
13 6 (0.71%) VC++
14 5 (0.59%) Objective-C
14 5 (0.59%) VBScript
14 5 (0.59%) XAML
Qualifications
1 108 (12.80%) Security Cleared
2 84 (9.95%) SC Cleared
3 59 (6.99%) Microsoft Certification
4 34 (4.03%) Degree
5 26 (3.08%) MCSE
6 21 (2.49%) ITIL Certification
7 20 (2.37%) MCP
8 17 (2.01%) Cisco Certification
9 16 (1.90%) CCNA
10 15 (1.78%) CISM
10 15 (1.78%) CISSP
10 15 (1.78%) MCSA
11 14 (1.66%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 13 (1.54%) MCITP
13 10 (1.18%) MCDST
14 9 (1.07%) ISEB
14 9 (1.07%) PMI Certification
15 8 (0.95%) CCEA
15 8 (0.95%) Citrix Certification
15 8 (0.95%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (3.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 25 (2.96%) PCI DSS
3 21 (2.49%) SLA
4 17 (2.01%) QA
5 12 (1.42%) COBIT
6 2 (0.24%) Disclosure Scotland
6 2 (0.24%) ISO27005
6 2 (0.24%) JSP 440
6 2 (0.24%) RMADS
System Software
1 394 (46.68%) Active Directory
2 120 (14.22%) VMware Infrastructure
3 58 (6.87%) Hyper-V
4 36 (4.27%) vSphere
4 36 (4.27%) XenApp
5 30 (3.55%) Microsoft App-V
6 22 (2.61%) VMware ESX
7 16 (1.90%) Virtual Machines
8 10 (1.18%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 8 (0.95%) UAG
9 8 (0.95%) XenDesktop
10 7 (0.83%) Oracle RAC
11 6 (0.71%) Virtual Servers
12 5 (0.59%) Squid
12 5 (0.59%) VMware ESXi
12 5 (0.59%) Xen
13 4 (0.47%) KVM
13 4 (0.47%) NFS
13 4 (0.47%) Sendmail
13 4 (0.47%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 131 (15.52%) SCCM
2 75 (8.89%) SCOM
3 52 (6.16%) Puppet
4 29 (3.44%) Opscode Chef
5 25 (2.96%) Microsoft Clustering
6 24 (2.84%) WSUS
7 17 (2.01%) Norton AntiVirus
8 11 (1.30%) SCOrch
8 11 (1.30%) Tivoli
8 11 (1.30%) vRealize
9 10 (1.18%) HP Quality Center
9 10 (1.18%) Red Hat Satellite
10 7 (0.83%) EMC NetWorker
10 7 (0.83%) McAfee ePO
11 6 (0.71%) Backup Exec
11 6 (0.71%) Nagios
12 5 (0.59%) Data Guard
12 5 (0.59%) SCVMM
12 5 (0.59%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 5 (0.59%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 315 (37.32%) Microsoft
2 228 (27.01%) VMware
3 157 (18.60%) Citrix
4 101 (11.97%) Oracle
5 78 (9.24%) Cisco
6 70 (8.29%) HP
7 42 (4.98%) IBM
8 37 (4.38%) EMC
9 32 (3.79%) Red Hat
10 28 (3.32%) AppSense
11 27 (3.20%) Intel Security
11 27 (3.20%) Wyse
12 26 (3.08%) Symantec
13 21 (2.49%) Remedy
14 20 (2.37%) Splunk
15 19 (2.25%) Dell
16 15 (1.78%) CheckPoint
16 15 (1.78%) NetApp
17 14 (1.66%) Apple
18 13 (1.54%) SaltStack
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