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 average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Windows over the 3 months to 26 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
26 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Windows
Rank 6 4 2
Rank change year-on-year
-2 -2
Contract jobs citing Windows 437 408 410
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 13.89% 14.99% 15.38%
As % of the Operating Systems category 64.84% 68.57% 66.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 210 174 163
Average daily rate
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£325 £283 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.04% -13.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £135 £141
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £442 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £295 £310
% change year-on-year
+6.02% -4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 91 84 83
Average hourly rate £14.35 £15.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.45% -11.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.06 £10.76 £9.99
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.89 £38.82 £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £16.08
% change year-on-year
- -6.68%
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
674 595 619
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 21.42% 21.87% 23.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 340 266 282
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 £165 £135 £153
10% offered a daily rate of more than £458 £480 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £334 £308 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.61% -5.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 92 87 86
Average hourly rate £14.50 £16.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.37% -8.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.25 £11.63 £10.95
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.00 £36.07 £33.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.73 £15.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+4.83% -14.28%

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 26 January 2015.

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 26 January 2015.

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 26 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 -1 187 £311 +21.86% 101
Cheshire 0 113 £350 +9.71% 52
Merseyside +3 64 £188 -37.50% 23
Lancashire -3 52 £400 +87.13% 13
Cumbria -2 4 - - 1
Windows
England

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 26 January 2015, 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.

1 318 (33.76%) Microsoft
2 294 (31.21%) Active Directory
3 239 (25.37%) VMware
4 235 (24.95%) Windows 7
5 198 (21.02%) Citrix
6 189 (20.06%) Linux
7 186 (19.75%) Windows Server 2008
8 150 (15.92%) Windows XP
9 146 (15.50%) MS Office
10 143 (15.18%) ITIL
11 140 (14.86%) SQL
12 136 (14.44%) Windows Server 2003
13 120 (12.74%) VMware Infrastructure
14 119 (12.63%) UNIX
15 118 (12.53%) Finance
16 117 (12.42%) Oracle
17 112 (11.89%) Migration
18 111 (11.78%) MS Excel
19 105 (11.15%) SQL Server
20 102 (10.83%) Windows Server 2012
21 99 (10.51%) IIS
22 95 (10.08%) MS Exchange
23 92 (9.77%) Security Cleared
24 84 (8.92%) SCCM
25 82 (8.70%) HP
26 78 (8.28%) DNS
27 77 (8.17%) SC Cleared
28 76 (8.07%) Cisco
29 74 (7.86%) Analytical Skills
30 70 (7.43%) SAN

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 26 January 2015, 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 99 (10.51%) IIS
2 95 (10.08%) MS Exchange
3 53 (5.63%) SharePoint
4 45 (4.78%) Exchange Server 2010
5 31 (3.29%) WebSphere
6 29 (3.08%) Tomcat
7 27 (2.87%) Apache
8 24 (2.55%) IBM Notes
9 18 (1.91%) Exchange Server 2007
10 17 (1.80%) SharePoint 2010
10 17 (1.80%) Exchange Server 2003
11 14 (1.49%) BizTalk Server
12 11 (1.17%) WebLogic
12 11 (1.17%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 11 (1.17%) Lync
12 11 (1.17%) Confluence
13 10 (1.06%) Exchange Server 2013
14 9 (0.96%) MQSeries
15 8 (0.85%) CICS
16 7 (0.74%) iPlanet
Applications
1 146 (15.50%) MS Office
2 111 (11.78%) MS Excel
3 12 (1.27%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (0.42%) MS Project
4 4 (0.42%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.11%) Doxygen
5 1 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 17 (1.80%) Oracle EBS
2 7 (0.74%) BusinessWorks
3 2 (0.21%) Oracle 11i
3 2 (0.21%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.11%) SAP R/3
4 1 (0.11%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.11%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.11%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 12 (1.27%) Microsoft Azure
1 12 (1.27%) Office 365
2 10 (1.06%) Amazon AWS
3 6 (0.64%) Amazon EC2
3 6 (0.64%) Amazon S3
4 5 (0.53%) Amazon ELB
5 2 (0.21%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.11%) IaaS
6 1 (0.11%) Amazon EMR
6 1 (0.11%) SaaS
6 1 (0.11%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 78 (8.28%) DNS
2 70 (7.43%) SAN
3 68 (7.22%) TCP/IP
4 64 (6.79%) DHCP
5 62 (6.58%) Firewall
6 51 (5.41%) LAN
7 47 (4.99%) WAN
8 31 (3.29%) HTTP
9 28 (2.97%) VPN
10 27 (2.87%) Internet
11 23 (2.44%) SSL
12 22 (2.34%) NAS
13 19 (2.02%) LDAP
14 18 (1.91%) SMS
15 14 (1.49%) Wireless
15 14 (1.49%) VLAN
16 13 (1.38%) Fibre Channel
17 12 (1.27%) Network Security
18 11 (1.17%) iSCSI
18 11 (1.17%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 105 (11.15%) SQL Server
2 29 (3.08%) SQL Server 2008
3 28 (2.97%) Oracle Database
4 21 (2.23%) Relational Database
4 21 (2.23%) MySQL
5 20 (2.12%) SQL Server 2005
6 17 (1.80%) RDBMS
7 16 (1.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 11 (1.17%) Hazelcast
8 11 (1.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 10 (1.06%) Big Data
10 9 (0.96%) Oracle Database 11g
10 9 (0.96%) NoSQL
11 8 (0.85%) DB2
12 7 (0.74%) Oracle Database 10g
12 7 (0.74%) SQLite
13 6 (0.64%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 6 (0.64%) Hadoop
14 5 (0.53%) PostgreSQL
14 5 (0.53%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 30 (3.18%) Team Foundation Server
2 20 (2.12%) Git (software)
3 18 (1.91%) Visual Studio
3 18 (1.91%) Eclipse
4 16 (1.70%) JIRA
5 14 (1.49%) Subversion
6 13 (1.38%) Maven
7 11 (1.17%) Selenium
8 9 (0.96%) Mercurial
8 9 (0.96%) MSI
9 8 (0.85%) JUnit
9 8 (0.85%) Gradle
10 7 (0.74%) Jenkins
10 7 (0.74%) Ant
10 7 (0.74%) Toad
10 7 (0.74%) AdminStudio
11 5 (0.53%) Cucumber
12 4 (0.42%) MSTest
12 4 (0.42%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 4 (0.42%) Xcode
General
1 118 (12.53%) Finance
2 38 (4.03%) Banking
3 20 (2.12%) Retail
4 19 (2.02%) Legal
5 18 (1.91%) Local Government
6 15 (1.59%) Manufacturing
7 12 (1.27%) Telecoms
8 8 (0.85%) Back Office
9 6 (0.64%) Automotive
10 5 (0.53%) Investment Banking
11 3 (0.32%) German Language
11 3 (0.32%) Law
11 3 (0.32%) Marketing
11 3 (0.32%) Dutch Language
12 2 (0.21%) French Language
12 2 (0.21%) Retail Banking
12 2 (0.21%) Billing
12 2 (0.21%) Pharmaceutical
13 1 (0.11%) Financial Institution
13 1 (0.11%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 172 (18.26%) Analyst
2 96 (10.19%) Developer
3 64 (6.79%) Service Analyst
4 63 (6.69%) Support Engineer
5 62 (6.58%) Service Desk Analyst
6 58 (6.16%) Desktop Support
7 56 (5.94%) Architect
8 48 (5.10%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 46 (4.88%) Administrator
10 41 (4.35%) Support Analyst
11 40 (4.25%) Consultant
12 32 (3.40%) Desktop Engineer
13 28 (2.97%) 3rd Line Support
13 28 (2.97%) 2nd Line Support
14 26 (2.76%) 1st Line Support
15 25 (2.65%) Java Developer
15 25 (2.65%) Desktop Support Engineer
16 24 (2.55%) Project Manager
17 23 (2.44%) Server Engineer
18 18 (1.91%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 69 (7.32%) .NET
2 67 (7.11%) Web Services
3 52 (5.52%) XML
4 47 (4.99%) HTML
5 29 (3.08%) CSS
6 21 (2.23%) JMS
7 19 (2.02%) XSLT
8 17 (1.80%) Middleware
8 17 (1.80%) HTML5
9 16 (1.70%) .NET Framework
9 16 (1.70%) ASP.NET
10 15 (1.59%) WCF
11 14 (1.49%) JSON
11 14 (1.49%) Servlets
11 14 (1.49%) Spring
12 13 (1.38%) XML Schema
12 13 (1.38%) WebSphere MQ
12 13 (1.38%) Java EE
12 13 (1.38%) Grails
12 13 (1.38%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 74 (7.86%) Analytical Skills
2 52 (5.52%) Clustering
3 37 (3.93%) Blackberry
4 36 (3.82%) Enterprise Software
5 22 (2.34%) Mobile App
6 19 (2.02%) NHS
7 18 (1.91%) Management Information System
8 15 (1.59%) Replication
8 15 (1.59%) Computer Science
9 14 (1.49%) Mainframe
10 12 (1.27%) Thin Client
10 12 (1.27%) Life Science
10 12 (1.27%) Fat Client
11 11 (1.17%) PKI
11 11 (1.17%) iPad
12 9 (0.96%) Reference Data
12 9 (0.96%) CESG
13 8 (0.85%) Open Source
14 7 (0.74%) Data Integration
14 7 (0.74%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 235 (24.95%) Windows 7
2 189 (20.06%) Linux
3 186 (19.75%) Windows Server 2008
4 150 (15.92%) Windows XP
5 136 (14.44%) Windows Server 2003
6 119 (12.63%) UNIX
7 102 (10.83%) Windows Server 2012
8 40 (4.25%) Android
9 37 (3.93%) Apple iOS
10 34 (3.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 34 (3.61%) Solaris
11 29 (3.08%) Windows Vista
11 29 (3.08%) AIX
11 29 (3.08%) Windows 8
12 22 (2.34%) Windows 2000
13 20 (2.12%) VMS
13 20 (2.12%) Windows Phone
14 14 (1.49%) HPUX
15 13 (1.38%) Windows Mobile
16 12 (1.27%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 143 (15.18%) ITIL
2 112 (11.89%) Migration
3 69 (7.32%) Agile Software Development
4 42 (4.46%) Project Management
5 41 (4.35%) Information Security
6 33 (3.50%) Software Engineering
7 29 (3.08%) Incident Management
8 28 (2.97%) Service Management
8 28 (2.97%) OO
9 27 (2.87%) Configuration Management
10 25 (2.65%) TDD
11 23 (2.44%) Validation
11 23 (2.44%) Disaster Recovery
12 22 (2.34%) Stakeholder Management
13 21 (2.23%) Waterfall
14 20 (2.12%) Test Scripting
14 20 (2.12%) Scrum
15 18 (1.91%) PRINCE2
15 18 (1.91%) Software Testing
15 18 (1.91%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 140 (14.86%) SQL
2 66 (7.01%) Java
3 52 (5.52%) PowerShell
4 42 (4.46%) JavaScript
4 42 (4.46%) C#
5 31 (3.29%) XPath
6 25 (2.65%) C
7 22 (2.34%) Perl
8 17 (1.80%) VB
9 16 (1.70%) Shell Script
10 13 (1.38%) VBScript
11 10 (1.06%) XQuery
12 9 (0.96%) Python
13 8 (0.85%) PHP
13 8 (0.85%) T-SQL
13 8 (0.85%) Objective-C
14 6 (0.64%) C++
14 6 (0.64%) PL/SQL
15 5 (0.53%) Bash Shell
16 4 (0.42%) AWK
Qualifications
1 92 (9.77%) Security Cleared
2 77 (8.17%) SC Cleared
3 63 (6.69%) Microsoft Certification
4 44 (4.67%) MCSE
5 20 (2.12%) ISEB
5 20 (2.12%) ITIL Certification
6 18 (1.91%) Cisco Certification
7 17 (1.80%) CCNA
8 15 (1.59%) MCP
9 14 (1.49%) CISSP
10 12 (1.27%) MCITP
11 11 (1.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 10 (1.06%) Degree
13 9 (0.96%) HND
13 9 (0.96%) MCSA
13 9 (0.96%) Citrix Certification
13 9 (0.96%) MCTS
14 7 (0.74%) CCIA
14 7 (0.74%) CCEA
14 7 (0.74%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 51 (5.41%) SLA
2 15 (1.59%) QA
3 7 (0.74%) PCI DSS
4 4 (0.42%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.11%) HIPAA
5 1 (0.11%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 294 (31.21%) Active Directory
2 120 (12.74%) VMware Infrastructure
3 62 (6.58%) Hyper-V
4 53 (5.63%) XenApp
5 41 (4.35%) Microsoft App-V
6 26 (2.76%) VMware ESX
7 24 (2.55%) vSphere
8 21 (2.23%) XenServer
9 20 (2.12%) XenDesktop
10 19 (2.02%) VMware ESXi
11 16 (1.70%) Firmware
12 11 (1.17%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 10 (1.06%) Terminal Services
14 7 (0.74%) EMC RecoverPoint
15 5 (0.53%) DFS Replication
15 5 (0.53%) ISA Server
16 4 (0.42%) Oracle RAC
17 3 (0.32%) Oracle RMAN
18 2 (0.21%) NFS
18 2 (0.21%) Xen
Systems Management
1 84 (8.92%) SCCM
2 21 (2.23%) SCOM
3 15 (1.59%) CA SiteMinder
4 10 (1.06%) HP Quality Center
5 9 (0.96%) Backup Exec
6 8 (0.85%) Norton AntiVirus
6 8 (0.85%) Puppet
7 7 (0.74%) NetBackup
7 7 (0.74%) TIBCO Hawk
8 6 (0.64%) Nessus
9 5 (0.53%) SCVMM
9 5 (0.53%) WSUS
9 5 (0.53%) Opscode Chef
9 5 (0.53%) SCOrch
10 4 (0.42%) Cisco Prime
10 4 (0.42%) HP Data Protector
10 4 (0.42%) Vagrant
10 4 (0.42%) MIMEsweeper
10 4 (0.42%) Tivoli
10 4 (0.42%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 318 (33.76%) Microsoft
2 239 (25.37%) VMware
3 198 (21.02%) Citrix
4 117 (12.42%) Oracle
5 82 (8.70%) HP
6 76 (8.07%) Cisco
7 52 (5.52%) AppSense
8 38 (4.03%) Red Hat
9 34 (3.61%) CheckPoint
10 26 (2.76%) EMC
11 25 (2.65%) Sun
12 24 (2.55%) Lotus
13 23 (2.44%) IBM
14 22 (2.34%) Dell
14 22 (2.34%) NetApp
15 20 (2.12%) Symantec
16 15 (1.59%) CA
16 15 (1.59%) F5
17 14 (1.49%) Remedy
18 13 (1.38%) McAfee
Manchester, Lancashire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 3 hours ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Quindell Resourcing
Rate: £depending on exp.
Posted: 4 hours ago
Warrington, Cheshire
Kelway Ltd
Rate: From £160 to £160 per hour £160.00 Day Rate
Posted: 18 hours ago
Nantwich
Energize Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £300 - £350 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Wirral, Merseyside
Square One Resources
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 3 days ago
North West England
Progressive Recruitment
Rate: competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
Liverpool, Lancashire
Square One Resources
Posted: 4 days ago
Cheshire
X4 Group
Rate: £300 - 375 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Crewe, Cheshire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £8 - £10 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
Wirral, Merseyside
Square One Resources
Rate: Market rates
Posted: 6 days ago
Greater Manchester
Spring Technology
Rate: £260.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Liverpool
Church International
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Chorley, Lancashire
Square One Resources
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 6 days ago
Cheshire
Roc Search
Posted: 6 days ago
Blackpool, Lancashire
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £170 - £180 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Spring Technology
Rate: £260.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
LA International
Posted: 6 days ago
Chester
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £14.00 per hour
Posted: 7 days ago
Manchester
Amoria Bond - UK
Posted: 7 days ago
Manchester
Amoria Bond - UK
Posted: 9 days ago