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 1 September 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
1 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Windows
Rank 7 4 4
Rank change year-on-year
-3 0
Contract jobs citing Windows 517 519 417
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 11.76% 16.61% 14.55%
As % of the Operating Systems category 57.89% 69.02% 65.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 248 258 174
Average daily rate
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£300 £300 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £135 £161 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £468 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £305 £315
% change year-on-year
+6.55% -3.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 96 92 83
Average hourly rate £15.00 £15.01 £16.84
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.08% -10.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £10.25 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £31.56 £34.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -
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
893 752 641
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 20.31% 24.06% 22.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 483 392 285
Average daily rate £365 £316 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.41% -1.17%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £167 £175 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £428
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £323 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.52% -0.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 102 94 87
Average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -25.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £10.00 £10.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.60 £32.50 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -

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 1 September 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 1 September 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 1 September 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 -2 218 £288 -10.85% 104
Cheshire -5 121 £325 +4.00% 53
Merseyside +4 82 £300 +50.00% 25
Lancashire -10 60 £300 - 10
Cumbria -19 10 £275 -21.42% 6
Windows
England

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 1 September 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.

1 382 (41.25%) Microsoft
2 365 (39.42%) Active Directory
3 263 (28.40%) VMware
4 252 (27.21%) Windows 7
5 196 (21.17%) Citrix
6 173 (18.68%) ITIL
7 164 (17.71%) Windows Server 2008
8 161 (17.39%) MS Office
9 148 (15.98%) Migration
10 139 (15.01%) SQL
11 134 (14.47%) Windows XP
12 131 (14.15%) MS Excel
13 130 (14.04%) Windows Server 2003
14 127 (13.71%) VMware Infrastructure
15 124 (13.39%) Linux
16 119 (12.85%) Security Cleared
17 117 (12.63%) SCCM
18 112 (12.10%) DNS
19 109 (11.77%) MS Exchange
20 102 (11.02%) Microsoft Certification
21 101 (10.91%) Finance
22 98 (10.58%) DHCP
22 98 (10.58%) Windows Server 2012
23 85 (9.18%) SQL Server
24 81 (8.75%) SC Cleared
25 79 (8.53%) XenApp
26 77 (8.32%) PowerShell
27 72 (7.78%) LAN
27 72 (7.78%) WAN
28 71 (7.67%) HP

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 1 September 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
1 109 (11.77%) MS Exchange
2 64 (6.91%) Exchange Server 2010
3 45 (4.86%) IIS
4 35 (3.78%) Exchange Server 2013
5 34 (3.67%) SharePoint
6 19 (2.05%) IBM Notes
7 17 (1.84%) Lync
8 16 (1.73%) WebSphere
9 14 (1.51%) Exchange Server 2007
10 11 (1.19%) Exchange Server 2003
10 11 (1.19%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 10 (1.08%) Apache
11 10 (1.08%) Tomcat
12 7 (0.76%) SharePoint 2010
13 6 (0.65%) Jetty
13 6 (0.65%) nginx
13 6 (0.65%) Confluence
13 6 (0.65%) JBoss
13 6 (0.65%) WebLogic
14 5 (0.54%) NetWeaver
Applications
1 161 (17.39%) MS Office
2 131 (14.15%) MS Excel
3 9 (0.97%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (0.32%) Spreadsheet
4 3 (0.32%) MS Visio
4 3 (0.32%) MS Project
5 2 (0.22%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 8 (0.86%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 4 (0.43%) Oracle BPM
3 2 (0.22%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.22%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.22%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.11%) Eikon
4 1 (0.11%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.11%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.11%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.11%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 29 (3.13%) Office 365
2 24 (2.59%) Amazon AWS
3 13 (1.40%) Microsoft Azure
4 12 (1.30%) Amazon EC2
5 9 (0.97%) Google App Engine
5 9 (0.97%) Google Cloud Platform
6 7 (0.76%) Cloud Computing
6 7 (0.76%) Google Apps
7 4 (0.43%) Mimecast
7 4 (0.43%) Amazon S3
7 4 (0.43%) SaaS
8 3 (0.32%) IaaS
8 3 (0.32%) Amazon ELB
9 1 (0.11%) OpenShift
9 1 (0.11%) AWS CloudFormation
9 1 (0.11%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 1 (0.11%) PaaS
9 1 (0.11%) Heroku
9 1 (0.11%) Engine Yard
9 1 (0.11%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 112 (12.10%) DNS
2 98 (10.58%) DHCP
3 72 (7.78%) LAN
3 72 (7.78%) WAN
4 64 (6.91%) SAN
5 63 (6.80%) TCP/IP
6 49 (5.29%) Firewall
7 44 (4.75%) Internet
8 41 (4.43%) VPN
9 28 (3.02%) HTTP
10 26 (2.81%) VoIP
10 26 (2.81%) Wireless
11 21 (2.27%) SMTP
11 21 (2.27%) FTP
12 17 (1.84%) NAS
13 14 (1.51%) VLAN
14 13 (1.40%) SSL
15 10 (1.08%) MPLS
16 9 (0.97%) IPsec
17 8 (0.86%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 85 (9.18%) SQL Server
2 24 (2.59%) SQL Server 2008
3 21 (2.27%) Relational Database
4 20 (2.16%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 16 (1.73%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 13 (1.40%) DB2
6 13 (1.40%) RDBMS
7 12 (1.30%) SQL Server 2012
7 12 (1.30%) Oracle Database
8 10 (1.08%) MySQL
9 8 (0.86%) Oracle Reports
9 8 (0.86%) MongoDB
10 6 (0.65%) PostgreSQL
10 6 (0.65%) Crystal Reports
11 5 (0.54%) SAP BW
11 5 (0.54%) SQL Server 2005
12 4 (0.43%) SQLite
12 4 (0.43%) MS Access
12 4 (0.43%) Big Data
13 3 (0.32%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 35 (3.78%) Visual Studio
2 26 (2.81%) Jenkins
3 22 (2.38%) Git (software)
4 18 (1.94%) Subversion
5 17 (1.84%) MSI
6 11 (1.19%) InstallShield
6 11 (1.19%) JIRA
7 10 (1.08%) Maven
7 10 (1.08%) LoadRunner
7 10 (1.08%) Facilita Forecast
7 10 (1.08%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 9 (0.97%) HP UFT
8 9 (0.97%) Team Foundation Server
9 8 (0.86%) JUnit
10 7 (0.76%) FishEye
11 6 (0.65%) Eclipse
12 5 (0.54%) Ant
12 5 (0.54%) JMeter
12 5 (0.54%) NUnit
12 5 (0.54%) TeamCity
General
1 101 (10.91%) Finance
2 43 (4.64%) Banking
3 26 (2.81%) Retail
4 21 (2.27%) Law
4 21 (2.27%) Legal
5 16 (1.73%) Manufacturing
6 12 (1.30%) Telecoms
7 10 (1.08%) Marketing
8 8 (0.86%) Local Government
8 8 (0.86%) Electronics
9 6 (0.65%) Pharmaceutical
10 5 (0.54%) Financial Institution
10 5 (0.54%) French Language
10 5 (0.54%) German Language
10 5 (0.54%) Portuguese Language
10 5 (0.54%) Russian Language
11 4 (0.43%) Italian Language
11 4 (0.43%) Retail Banking
11 4 (0.43%) Turkish Language
12 3 (0.32%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 202 (21.81%) Analyst
2 104 (11.23%) Support Engineer
3 74 (7.99%) Desktop Support
4 73 (7.88%) 2nd Line Support
5 68 (7.34%) Service Analyst
6 67 (7.24%) Support Analyst
7 61 (6.59%) Service Desk Analyst
8 59 (6.37%) Architect
9 54 (5.83%) Developer
10 48 (5.18%) 3rd Line Support
11 45 (4.86%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 44 (4.75%) Consultant
13 38 (4.10%) 1st Line Support
14 35 (3.78%) Administrator
15 34 (3.67%) Project Manager
16 30 (3.24%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
16 30 (3.24%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
17 28 (3.02%) Infrastructure Architect
18 26 (2.81%) Applications Support
19 23 (2.48%) Technical Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 71 (7.67%) HTML
2 55 (5.94%) .NET
3 34 (3.67%) Web Services
4 28 (3.02%) CSS
5 27 (2.92%) XML
6 24 (2.59%) Middleware
7 18 (1.94%) jQuery
7 18 (1.94%) HTML5
8 17 (1.84%) Application Packaging
9 16 (1.73%) J2EE
10 15 (1.62%) ASP.NET
10 15 (1.62%) JSON
11 14 (1.51%) AngularJS
12 11 (1.19%) Servlets
13 10 (1.08%) JDBC
14 9 (0.97%) WSDL
14 9 (0.97%) Struts
14 9 (0.97%) Spring
15 7 (0.76%) Java EE
15 7 (0.76%) EJB
Miscellaneous
1 59 (6.37%) Data Centre
2 47 (5.08%) Analytical Skills
3 25 (2.70%) Blackberry
4 24 (2.59%) NHS
5 23 (2.48%) Thin Client
5 23 (2.48%) Fat Client
6 21 (2.27%) Clustering
7 14 (1.51%) Computer Science
8 12 (1.30%) Management Information System
8 12 (1.30%) Device Driver
9 10 (1.08%) Replication
9 10 (1.08%) iPad
10 9 (0.97%) iPhone
10 9 (0.97%) Data Structures
10 9 (0.97%) Performance Metrics
11 8 (0.86%) Mobile App
11 8 (0.86%) DTV
12 7 (0.76%) Client/Server
13 6 (0.65%) Handset
13 6 (0.65%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 252 (27.21%) Windows 7
2 164 (17.71%) Windows Server 2008
3 134 (14.47%) Windows XP
4 130 (14.04%) Windows Server 2003
5 124 (13.39%) Linux
6 98 (10.58%) Windows Server 2012
7 71 (7.67%) UNIX
8 60 (6.48%) Windows 8
9 28 (3.02%) Solaris
10 22 (2.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 21 (2.27%) Android
12 18 (1.94%) Apple iOS
12 18 (1.94%) AIX
13 13 (1.40%) Windows Vista
14 12 (1.30%) Mac OS
15 11 (1.19%) Windows Mobile
16 7 (0.76%) Windows NT
17 6 (0.65%) Mac OS X
17 6 (0.65%) Windows CE
18 5 (0.54%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 173 (18.68%) ITIL
2 148 (15.98%) Migration
3 59 (6.37%) Agile Software Development
4 58 (6.26%) Incident Management
5 51 (5.51%) Project Management
6 44 (4.75%) User Acceptance Testing
7 29 (3.13%) PRINCE2
7 29 (3.13%) Server Building
8 27 (2.92%) Service Management
8 27 (2.92%) Stakeholder Management
9 26 (2.81%) TDD
10 25 (2.70%) Continuous Integration
11 24 (2.59%) Change Management
12 23 (2.48%) Data Analysis
13 22 (2.38%) Software Engineering
13 22 (2.38%) Problem Management
13 22 (2.38%) Configuration Management
14 21 (2.27%) Test Scripting
14 21 (2.27%) DevOps
15 20 (2.16%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 139 (15.01%) SQL
2 77 (8.32%) PowerShell
3 67 (7.24%) Java
4 40 (4.32%) C#
5 33 (3.56%) VBScript
6 29 (3.13%) JavaScript
7 26 (2.81%) C++
8 25 (2.70%) C
9 23 (2.48%) VB
10 18 (1.94%) Python
11 15 (1.62%) Perl
12 14 (1.51%) PHP
13 11 (1.19%) Bash Shell
14 10 (1.08%) Objective-C
15 9 (0.97%) VB.NET
16 7 (0.76%) Ruby
17 6 (0.65%) T-SQL
18 5 (0.54%) ABAP
18 5 (0.54%) VBA
19 4 (0.43%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 119 (12.85%) Security Cleared
2 102 (11.02%) Microsoft Certification
3 81 (8.75%) SC Cleared
4 37 (4.00%) MCITP
5 35 (3.78%) Cisco Certification
5 35 (3.78%) MCSE
6 33 (3.56%) MCSA
7 31 (3.35%) Degree
8 29 (3.13%) MCP
9 26 (2.81%) CCNA
10 24 (2.59%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 20 (2.16%) ITIL Certification
12 18 (1.94%) Citrix Certification
13 14 (1.51%) CCNP
14 12 (1.30%) MCDST
15 9 (0.97%) A+ Certification
16 8 (0.86%) CCA
16 8 (0.86%) MOS
17 7 (0.76%) CCEE
17 7 (0.76%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 52 (5.62%) SLA
2 43 (4.64%) QA
3 19 (2.05%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.32%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 365 (39.42%) Active Directory
2 127 (13.71%) VMware Infrastructure
3 79 (8.53%) XenApp
4 57 (6.16%) Hyper-V
5 40 (4.32%) XenDesktop
6 38 (4.10%) Microsoft App-V
7 32 (3.46%) VMware ESX
8 26 (2.81%) vSphere
9 25 (2.70%) XenServer
10 20 (2.16%) VMware ESXi
11 15 (1.62%) BitLocker
12 8 (0.86%) Terminal Services
12 8 (0.86%) MetaFrame
12 8 (0.86%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 8 (0.86%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 7 (0.76%) VMware Workstation
14 6 (0.65%) Xen
15 4 (0.43%) NFS
16 3 (0.32%) Terminal Server
16 3 (0.32%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 117 (12.63%) SCCM
2 20 (2.16%) Puppet
3 13 (1.40%) Opscode Chef
3 13 (1.40%) SCOM
4 11 (1.19%) Backup Exec
5 9 (0.97%) HP Quality Center
6 8 (0.86%) McAfee ePO
6 8 (0.86%) WSUS
7 7 (0.76%) Norton AntiVirus
7 7 (0.76%) OpenView
8 5 (0.54%) NetBackup
8 5 (0.54%) AirWatch
9 4 (0.43%) Ansible
9 4 (0.43%) Cisco CUCM
10 3 (0.32%) Hyperic
10 3 (0.32%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
10 3 (0.32%) EdgeSight
10 3 (0.32%) Oracle RMAN
10 3 (0.32%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 3 (0.32%) BladeLogic
Vendors
1 382 (41.25%) Microsoft
2 263 (28.40%) VMware
3 196 (21.17%) Citrix
4 71 (7.67%) HP
5 65 (7.02%) Oracle
6 60 (6.48%) Cisco
7 44 (4.75%) AppSense
8 32 (3.46%) IBM
9 31 (3.35%) NetApp
10 26 (2.81%) Symantec
11 23 (2.48%) SAP
12 22 (2.38%) McAfee
13 21 (2.27%) EMC
14 19 (2.05%) Lotus
15 18 (1.94%) Red Hat
15 18 (1.94%) Wyse
16 17 (1.84%) Google
17 16 (1.73%) Dell
18 14 (1.51%) Sophos
19 12 (1.30%) Veeam
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