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 5 December 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
5 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Windows
Rank 5 6 6
Rank change year-on-year
+1 0
Contract jobs citing Windows 415 459 455
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 12.88% 11.08% 13.90%
As % of the Operating Systems category 59.12% 58.85% 65.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 275 216 220
Median daily rate £375 £295 £315
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+27.11% -6.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £140 £159 £142
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £434 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+1.53% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 86 93
Median hourly rate £14.75 £17.17 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-14.06% +18.37%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.00 £40.00 £25.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £15.25 £15.00
% change year-on-year
-1.63% +1.66%
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
702 780 695
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 21.79% 18.83% 21.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 477 410 363
Median daily rate £400 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £197 £170 £170
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £475 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
- +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 88 96
Median hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.88% +13.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.50 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.50 £40.00 £27.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
- +3.12%

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 5 December 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 5 December 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 5 December 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 -2 189 £325 +6.55% 77
Cheshire +3 105 £450 +50.00% 40
Merseyside +7 57 £375 +17.64% 13
Lancashire -3 45 £350 +37.25% 5
Cumbria +7 4 - - 1
Windows
England

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 5 December 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.

1 282 (37.35%) Active Directory
2 275 (36.42%) Microsoft
3 234 (30.99%) Windows Server
4 196 (25.96%) Linux
5 180 (23.84%) VMware
6 155 (20.53%) SQL Server
7 144 (19.07%) Windows Server 2012
8 143 (18.94%) Unix
9 130 (17.22%) Windows Server 2008
10 129 (17.09%) ITIL
11 126 (16.69%) SQL
12 112 (14.83%) Firewall
13 109 (14.44%) MS Excel
13 109 (14.44%) Windows 7
14 106 (14.04%) Oracle
15 103 (13.64%) MS Office
16 101 (13.38%) Citrix
17 91 (12.05%) Security Cleared
18 89 (11.79%) Migration
18 89 (11.79%) Agile Software Development
19 85 (11.26%) LAN
20 81 (10.73%) Finance
21 77 (10.20%) SCCM
22 76 (10.07%) WAN
23 74 (9.80%) VMware Infrastructure
24 73 (9.67%) Cisco
25 72 (9.54%) TCP/IP
25 72 (9.54%) Windows Server 2003
26 70 (9.27%) .NET
27 69 (9.14%) AIX

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 64 (8.48%) MS Exchange
2 44 (5.83%) SharePoint
3 42 (5.56%) IIS
4 25 (3.31%) Exchange Server 2010
5 23 (3.05%) Skype for Business
6 21 (2.78%) WebSphere
7 17 (2.25%) Apache
8 13 (1.72%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 10 (1.32%) IBM Notes
10 8 (1.06%) CICS
10 8 (1.06%) SharePoint 2013
11 7 (0.93%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 7 (0.93%) Exchange Server 2003
11 7 (0.93%) Exchange Server 2007
11 7 (0.93%) JBoss
11 7 (0.93%) SharePoint 2010
11 7 (0.93%) Tomcat
11 7 (0.93%) WebLogic
11 7 (0.93%) WebSphere Application Server
12 6 (0.79%) nginx
Applications
1 109 (14.44%) MS Excel
2 103 (13.64%) MS Office
3 43 (5.70%) MS PowerPoint
4 19 (2.52%) MS Visio
5 5 (0.66%) InfoPath
5 5 (0.66%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 4 (0.53%) Dynamics CRM
1 4 (0.53%) Oracle EBS
1 4 (0.53%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (0.40%) SAP BPC
3 1 (0.13%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.13%) Infor M3
3 1 (0.13%) Markit EDM
3 1 (0.13%) Orchard Housing
3 1 (0.13%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 58 (7.68%) Office 365
2 39 (5.17%) Amazon AWS
2 39 (5.17%) Microsoft Azure
3 18 (2.38%) IaaS
4 13 (1.72%) Amazon S3
5 11 (1.46%) PaaS
5 11 (1.46%) SaaS
6 10 (1.32%) Amazon EC2
7 8 (1.06%) AWS CloudFormation
7 8 (1.06%) Azure Active Directory
8 4 (0.53%) Amazon EMR
8 4 (0.53%) AWS Lambda
8 4 (0.53%) Google Analytics
9 3 (0.40%) Cloud Computing
10 2 (0.26%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 2 (0.26%) Amazon ELB
10 2 (0.26%) Amazon SQS
10 2 (0.26%) G Suite
10 2 (0.26%) TestFlight
10 2 (0.26%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 112 (14.83%) Firewall
2 85 (11.26%) LAN
3 76 (10.07%) WAN
4 72 (9.54%) TCP/IP
5 69 (9.14%) DNS
6 64 (8.48%) DHCP
7 55 (7.28%) VPN
8 46 (6.09%) VoIP
9 45 (5.96%) SAN
10 31 (4.11%) VLAN
11 30 (3.97%) Internet
12 25 (3.31%) SSL
13 17 (2.25%) LDAP
13 17 (2.25%) Wi-Fi
14 16 (2.12%) Network Security
15 14 (1.85%) HTTP
15 14 (1.85%) NAS
15 14 (1.85%) Wireless
16 11 (1.46%) FTP
16 11 (1.46%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 155 (20.53%) SQL Server
2 24 (3.18%) DB2
2 24 (3.18%) Oracle Database
3 22 (2.91%) SQL Server 2008
3 22 (2.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 20 (2.65%) Relational Database
4 20 (2.65%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 19 (2.52%) MongoDB
5 19 (2.52%) NoSQL
6 18 (2.38%) Oracle Database 11g
7 16 (2.12%) SQL Server 2014
8 15 (1.99%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 13 (1.72%) MySQL
9 13 (1.72%) SQL Server 2012
10 12 (1.59%) SQL Server 2000
11 11 (1.46%) Big Data
12 10 (1.32%) Oracle Database 12c
12 10 (1.32%) Redis
13 7 (0.93%) SQL Server 2005
14 6 (0.79%) Oracle9i Database
Development Applications
1 27 (3.58%) Jenkins
2 23 (3.05%) JIRA
3 22 (2.91%) Visual Studio
4 15 (1.99%) Team Foundation Server
5 14 (1.85%) Git (software)
6 10 (1.32%) MSI
7 8 (1.06%) NUnit
8 7 (0.93%) Moq
8 7 (0.93%) Subversion
9 6 (0.79%) GitLab
9 6 (0.79%) TeamCity
10 5 (0.66%) Android Studio
10 5 (0.66%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
11 4 (0.53%) JUnit
12 3 (0.40%) Calabash
12 3 (0.40%) ClearCase
12 3 (0.40%) ClearQuest
12 3 (0.40%) Robotium
12 3 (0.40%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 3 (0.40%) Xcode
General
1 81 (10.73%) Finance
2 29 (3.84%) Banking
3 26 (3.44%) Manufacturing
4 8 (1.06%) Law
5 7 (0.93%) Legal
6 6 (0.79%) German Language
7 5 (0.66%) Local Government
7 5 (0.66%) Telecoms
8 4 (0.53%) Dutch Language
8 4 (0.53%) Retail
9 3 (0.40%) French Language
9 3 (0.40%) Marketing
10 2 (0.26%) Investment Banking
10 2 (0.26%) Italian Language
10 2 (0.26%) Pharmaceutical
10 2 (0.26%) Portuguese Language
11 1 (0.13%) Back Office
11 1 (0.13%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.13%) Games
11 1 (0.13%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 125 (16.56%) Analyst
2 67 (8.87%) Developer
3 50 (6.62%) Architect
4 49 (6.49%) Support Analyst
5 47 (6.23%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 43 (5.70%) Support Engineer
7 33 (4.37%) 2nd Line Support
7 33 (4.37%) Desktop Support
8 31 (4.11%) .NET Developer
9 29 (3.84%) Service Analyst
10 28 (3.71%) Consultant
10 28 (3.71%) Windows Engineer
11 27 (3.58%) Service Desk Analyst
12 26 (3.44%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 25 (3.31%) Administrator
13 25 (3.31%) DBA
14 23 (3.05%) 3rd Line Support
15 21 (2.78%) 1st Line Support
15 21 (2.78%) IT Support
16 20 (2.65%) Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 70 (9.27%) .NET
2 58 (7.68%) Web Services
3 40 (5.30%) XML
4 33 (4.37%) ASP.NET
5 28 (3.71%) Middleware
6 25 (3.31%) ELK Stack
7 22 (2.91%) JSON
8 19 (2.52%) SOAP
9 14 (1.85%) REST
9 14 (1.85%) WinForms
10 13 (1.72%) HTML
10 13 (1.72%) WCF
11 12 (1.59%) .NET Framework
11 12 (1.59%) WPF
12 11 (1.46%) CSS
12 11 (1.46%) jQuery
13 10 (1.32%) ASP.NET MVC
13 10 (1.32%) J2EE
14 9 (1.19%) RESTful
14 9 (1.19%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 65 (8.61%) Analytical Skills
2 54 (7.15%) Data Centre
3 29 (3.84%) Mainframe
4 27 (3.58%) Management Information System
5 21 (2.78%) Blackberry
6 17 (2.25%) Replication
7 15 (1.99%) Cyber Attack
8 14 (1.85%) Fat Client
8 14 (1.85%) Thin Client
9 13 (1.72%) NHS
9 13 (1.72%) User Experience
10 12 (1.59%) Wiki
11 11 (1.46%) iPhone
11 11 (1.46%) PKI
12 10 (1.32%) Computer Science
12 10 (1.32%) Tandem
13 9 (1.19%) Mobile App
14 7 (0.93%) Digital Media
15 6 (0.79%) Life Science
15 6 (0.79%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 234 (30.99%) Windows Server
2 196 (25.96%) Linux
3 144 (19.07%) Windows Server 2012
4 143 (18.94%) Unix
5 130 (17.22%) Windows Server 2008
6 109 (14.44%) Windows 7
7 72 (9.54%) Windows Server 2003
8 69 (9.14%) AIX
9 68 (9.01%) Windows XP
10 48 (6.36%) Windows 10
11 37 (4.90%) Windows 8
12 36 (4.77%) Solaris
13 35 (4.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 32 (4.24%) HPUX
15 25 (3.31%) Android
16 22 (2.91%) Apple iOS
17 16 (2.12%) Windows 2000
18 13 (1.72%) Windows Phone
19 9 (1.19%) Windows Mobile
20 8 (1.06%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 129 (17.09%) ITIL
2 89 (11.79%) Agile Software Development
2 89 (11.79%) Migration
3 52 (6.89%) Service Management
4 39 (5.17%) Project Management
5 37 (4.90%) Patch Management
6 36 (4.77%) Change Management
7 32 (4.24%) Vulnerability Management
8 31 (4.11%) Open Source
9 29 (3.84%) Network Monitoring
9 29 (3.84%) Problem Management
9 29 (3.84%) Stakeholder Management
9 29 (3.84%) Vulnerability Assessment
10 27 (3.58%) Cybersecurity
11 25 (3.31%) PRINCE2
12 24 (3.18%) Configuration Management
12 24 (3.18%) Incident Management
12 24 (3.18%) Release Management
13 22 (2.91%) Information Security
13 22 (2.91%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 126 (16.69%) SQL
2 64 (8.48%) PowerShell
3 52 (6.89%) C#
4 43 (5.70%) Java
5 35 (4.64%) Python
6 32 (4.24%) JavaScript
7 16 (2.12%) C++
7 16 (2.12%) Perl
7 16 (2.12%) T-SQL
8 13 (1.72%) Bash Shell
8 13 (1.72%) VBScript
9 12 (1.59%) PHP
10 11 (1.46%) VB.NET
11 10 (1.32%) Shell Script
11 10 (1.32%) VB
12 9 (1.19%) C
13 6 (0.79%) Bourne shell
13 6 (0.79%) Korn
13 6 (0.79%) Objective-C
13 6 (0.79%) VB6
Qualifications
1 91 (12.05%) Security Cleared
2 65 (8.61%) SC Cleared
3 38 (5.03%) CISSP
3 38 (5.03%) Microsoft Certification
4 30 (3.97%) SANS
5 29 (3.84%) SSCP
6 27 (3.58%) MCSE
7 23 (3.05%) Cisco Certification
8 22 (2.91%) CCNA
9 20 (2.65%) Degree
10 17 (2.25%) ITIL Certification
11 12 (1.59%) BPSS Clearance
12 10 (1.32%) MCP
12 10 (1.32%) MCSA
13 8 (1.06%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 6 (0.79%) DBS Check
15 5 (0.66%) CCNP
15 5 (0.66%) ISEB
16 4 (0.53%) CISM
17 3 (0.40%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (4.77%) SLA
2 14 (1.85%) QA
3 12 (1.59%) PCI DSS
4 10 (1.32%) Disclosure Scotland
4 10 (1.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 4 (0.53%) COBIT
6 1 (0.13%) BS25999
6 1 (0.13%) COSO
6 1 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 17799
6 1 (0.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 282 (37.35%) Active Directory
2 74 (9.80%) VMware Infrastructure
3 33 (4.37%) XenApp
4 31 (4.11%) Hyper-V
5 30 (3.97%) VMware ESX
6 29 (3.84%) vSphere
7 13 (1.72%) Microsoft App-V
7 13 (1.72%) Virtual Servers
8 11 (1.46%) Virtual Machines
9 8 (1.06%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 6 (0.79%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 6 (0.79%) XenDesktop
11 5 (0.66%) ProxySG
11 5 (0.66%) VMware ESXi
12 3 (0.40%) Postfix
12 3 (0.40%) Xen
13 2 (0.26%) Dovecot
13 2 (0.26%) Oracle RAC
13 2 (0.26%) VMware Server
13 2 (0.26%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 77 (10.20%) SCCM
2 35 (4.64%) SCOM
3 25 (3.31%) QRadar
4 21 (2.78%) Puppet
5 19 (2.52%) Opscode Chef
6 16 (2.12%) WSUS
7 13 (1.72%) McAfee ePO
7 13 (1.72%) Tivoli
8 12 (1.59%) Backup Exec
9 10 (1.32%) Nessus
9 10 (1.32%) Netcool
10 9 (1.19%) Kibana
10 9 (1.19%) logstash
11 8 (1.06%) HP Quality Center
11 8 (1.06%) NetBackup
12 7 (0.93%) Data Guard
12 7 (0.93%) Nexpose
12 7 (0.93%) Nmap
12 7 (0.93%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
12 7 (0.93%) yum
Vendors
1 275 (36.42%) Microsoft
2 180 (23.84%) VMware
3 106 (14.04%) Oracle
4 101 (13.38%) Citrix
5 73 (9.67%) Cisco
6 50 (6.62%) Apple
7 45 (5.96%) IBM
8 40 (5.30%) HP
9 32 (4.24%) Intel Security
9 32 (4.24%) Splunk
10 30 (3.97%) Red Hat
11 23 (3.05%) EMC
11 23 (3.05%) NetApp
12 20 (2.65%) Dell
12 20 (2.65%) Symantec
13 18 (2.38%) AppSense
14 17 (2.25%) LogRhythm
15 16 (2.12%) SAP
16 14 (1.85%) Sun
17 13 (1.72%) ArcSight
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