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 2 September 2014 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
2 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Windows
Rank 4 4 5
Rank change year-on-year
0 +1
Contract jobs citing Windows 513 427 465
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 16.56% 14.66% 14.10%
As % of the Operating Systems category 70.66% 64.89% 61.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 251 173 166
Average daily rate
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£305 £320 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.68% -1.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £200 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £460 £425 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £305 £313 £312
% change year-on-year
-2.40% +0.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 91 85 89
Average hourly rate £16.08 £16.50 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.54% +3.12%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.70 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.56 £34.60 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -6.25%
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
726 658 751
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 23.44% 22.60% 22.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 372 285 293
Average daily rate £320 £320 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -5.18%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £213 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £435 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £323 £325 £320
% change year-on-year
-0.57% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 93 89 94
Average hourly rate £16.08 £20.00 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-19.60% +21.21%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £35.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
- -5.88%

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 2 September 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 2 September 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 2 September 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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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 +5 194 £323 +4.03% 109
Cheshire 0 149 £316 -2.69% 60
Lancashire 0 99 £300 -3.61% 9
Merseyside +4 35 £200 -40.74% 15
Cumbria -2 10 £375 +66.66% 2
Windows
England

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 2 September 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.

1 381 (37.50%) Active Directory
2 356 (35.04%) Microsoft
3 283 (27.85%) Windows 7
4 280 (27.56%) Windows Server 2008
5 249 (24.51%) Citrix
6 243 (23.92%) Windows Server 2003
7 237 (23.33%) VMware
8 210 (20.67%) Windows XP
9 172 (16.93%) MS Office
10 154 (15.16%) ITIL
11 151 (14.86%) SCCM
12 145 (14.27%) Security Cleared
13 139 (13.68%) MS Exchange
14 138 (13.58%) DNS
15 131 (12.89%) SC Cleared
16 128 (12.60%) SQL
17 127 (12.50%) Finance
18 124 (12.20%) Linux
19 118 (11.61%) MS Excel
20 113 (11.12%) VMware Infrastructure
21 112 (11.02%) UNIX
22 111 (10.93%) DHCP
23 105 (10.33%) SQL Server
24 104 (10.24%) HP
25 100 (9.84%) Microsoft Certification
26 86 (8.46%) Windows Server 2012
27 85 (8.37%) SAN
27 85 (8.37%) .NET
28 81 (7.97%) Migration
28 81 (7.97%) XenApp

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 2 September 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
1 139 (13.68%) MS Exchange
2 79 (7.78%) Exchange Server 2010
2 79 (7.78%) SharePoint
3 55 (5.41%) IIS
4 51 (5.02%) Exchange Server 2003
5 42 (4.13%) Exchange Server 2007
6 29 (2.85%) SharePoint 2010
7 20 (1.97%) Lync
8 14 (1.38%) Tomcat
9 12 (1.18%) Apache
9 12 (1.18%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 11 (1.08%) WebSphere
11 9 (0.89%) SharePoint 2013
12 6 (0.59%) Confluence
13 5 (0.49%) WebLogic
14 4 (0.39%) WebSphere Application Server
14 4 (0.39%) SAS
14 4 (0.39%) CICS
14 4 (0.39%) BizTalk Server
14 4 (0.39%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 172 (16.93%) MS Office
2 118 (11.61%) MS Excel
3 18 (1.77%) MS Project
4 16 (1.57%) MS Visio
5 9 (0.89%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.098%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.098%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 20 (1.97%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (0.98%) Oracle EBS
3 5 (0.49%) SAP PM
4 3 (0.30%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 2 (0.20%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.098%) SAP R/3
Cloud Services
1 10 (0.98%) Office 365
2 6 (0.59%) Amazon AWS
3 5 (0.49%) Amazon EC2
3 5 (0.49%) Amazon S3
3 5 (0.49%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (0.49%) Amazon ELB
4 3 (0.30%) PaaS
5 1 (0.098%) Google Apps
5 1 (0.098%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 138 (13.58%) DNS
2 111 (10.93%) DHCP
3 85 (8.37%) SAN
4 77 (7.58%) TCP/IP
5 61 (6.00%) LAN
6 56 (5.51%) Firewall
7 46 (4.53%) WAN
8 37 (3.64%) VPN
9 31 (3.05%) SMS
9 31 (3.05%) Wireless
10 20 (1.97%) Wi-Fi
11 18 (1.77%) 3G
12 14 (1.38%) HTTP
13 10 (0.98%) VoIP
14 9 (0.89%) Internet
15 8 (0.79%) VLAN
16 7 (0.69%) IP Telephony
16 7 (0.69%) FTP
16 7 (0.69%) Intranet
17 6 (0.59%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 105 (10.33%) SQL Server
2 41 (4.04%) SQL Server 2008
3 35 (3.44%) SQL Server 2005
4 14 (1.38%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 14 (1.38%) RDBMS
4 14 (1.38%) Relational Database
5 12 (1.18%) Oracle Database
6 11 (1.08%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 9 (0.89%) DB2
8 8 (0.79%) QlikView
9 6 (0.59%) SQL Server 2012
10 5 (0.49%) Amazon RDS
11 4 (0.39%) MySQL
11 4 (0.39%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 4 (0.39%) Data Warehouse
11 4 (0.39%) Data Mining
12 3 (0.30%) Hazelcast
13 2 (0.20%) NoSQL
13 2 (0.20%) Oracle Reports
13 2 (0.20%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 23 (2.26%) MSI
2 11 (1.08%) AdminStudio
3 10 (0.98%) InstallShield
4 9 (0.89%) Visual Studio
4 9 (0.89%) Eclipse
4 9 (0.89%) Wise Package Studio
4 9 (0.89%) MSTest
5 7 (0.69%) Subversion
5 7 (0.69%) JIRA
6 6 (0.59%) Team Foundation Server
7 5 (0.49%) LoadRunner
8 4 (0.39%) JUnit
8 4 (0.39%) Mercurial
8 4 (0.39%) Selenium
8 4 (0.39%) Gradle
9 3 (0.30%) WebDriver
9 3 (0.30%) Maven
10 2 (0.20%) Git (software)
10 2 (0.20%) Toad
10 2 (0.20%) QuickTest Pro
General
1 127 (12.50%) Finance
2 62 (6.10%) Banking
3 27 (2.66%) Local Government
4 17 (1.67%) Retail
5 12 (1.18%) Back Office
6 10 (0.98%) Manufacturing
7 8 (0.79%) Telecoms
8 5 (0.49%) Legal
9 3 (0.30%) Investment Banking
9 3 (0.30%) Marketing
9 3 (0.30%) Pharmaceutical
10 2 (0.20%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.098%) Advertising
11 1 (0.098%) Automotive
11 1 (0.098%) Law
11 1 (0.098%) German Language
11 1 (0.098%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 173 (17.03%) Analyst
2 111 (10.93%) Desktop Support
3 109 (10.73%) Support Engineer
4 69 (6.79%) Desktop Engineer
5 67 (6.59%) 2nd Line Support
6 61 (6.00%) Developer
7 58 (5.71%) Desktop Support Engineer
8 55 (5.41%) Architect
9 47 (4.63%) Project Manager
9 47 (4.63%) Administrator
9 47 (4.63%) Service Analyst
10 46 (4.53%) Consultant
10 46 (4.53%) Service Desk Analyst
11 45 (4.43%) Support Analyst
12 41 (4.04%) 3rd Line Support
13 33 (3.25%) 1st Line Support
14 28 (2.76%) Server Engineer
15 26 (2.56%) .NET Developer
15 26 (2.56%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 26 (2.56%) Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 85 (8.37%) .NET
2 52 (5.12%) Web Services
3 28 (2.76%) ASP.NET
4 25 (2.46%) HTML
5 24 (2.36%) .NET Framework
6 22 (2.17%) WinForms
7 21 (2.07%) Application Packaging
7 21 (2.07%) CSS
7 21 (2.07%) Middleware
8 16 (1.57%) WCF
9 15 (1.48%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
10 14 (1.38%) WPF
11 9 (0.89%) JMS
11 9 (0.89%) XML
11 9 (0.89%) LINQ
11 9 (0.89%) YUI
12 8 (0.79%) jQuery
12 8 (0.79%) ASP.NET MVC
12 8 (0.79%) SOAP
13 7 (0.69%) Regular Expression
Miscellaneous
1 57 (5.61%) Blackberry
2 54 (5.31%) Clustering
3 47 (4.63%) Management Information System
4 28 (2.76%) Mainframe
5 27 (2.66%) Enterprise Software
6 20 (1.97%) Thin Client
6 20 (1.97%) Fat Client
7 14 (1.38%) NHS
8 12 (1.18%) Economics
8 12 (1.18%) iPad
9 10 (0.98%) Replication
10 9 (0.89%) Tandem
10 9 (0.89%) PDA
10 9 (0.89%) Reference Data
11 8 (0.79%) Statistics
11 8 (0.79%) PKI
11 8 (0.79%) Smartcard
12 7 (0.69%) PMI
13 6 (0.59%) Firmware
13 6 (0.59%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 283 (27.85%) Windows 7
2 280 (27.56%) Windows Server 2008
3 243 (23.92%) Windows Server 2003
4 210 (20.67%) Windows XP
5 124 (12.20%) Linux
6 112 (11.02%) UNIX
7 86 (8.46%) Windows Server 2012
8 64 (6.30%) Windows Vista
9 33 (3.25%) AIX
10 30 (2.95%) Windows 8
11 26 (2.56%) Windows 2000
12 18 (1.77%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 16 (1.57%) Solaris
14 10 (0.98%) HPUX
15 7 (0.69%) Windows NT
16 6 (0.59%) Android
17 5 (0.49%) Windows 2000 Server
17 5 (0.49%) Windows Mobile
18 4 (0.39%) Apple iOS
19 3 (0.30%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 154 (15.16%) ITIL
2 81 (7.97%) Migration
3 67 (6.59%) Information Security
4 57 (5.61%) Project Management
5 41 (4.04%) Software Deployment
6 40 (3.94%) Stakeholder Management
7 36 (3.54%) Business Analysis
8 35 (3.44%) PRINCE2
9 26 (2.56%) MVC
10 24 (2.36%) Change Management
10 24 (2.36%) Incident Management
11 23 (2.26%) Service Management
12 22 (2.17%) CRM
13 21 (2.07%) Product Management
13 21 (2.07%) Change Control
14 20 (1.97%) Disaster Recovery
14 20 (1.97%) Load Balancing
15 18 (1.77%) Release Management
15 18 (1.77%) OO
16 16 (1.57%) Vulnerability Management
Programming Languages
1 128 (12.60%) SQL
2 73 (7.19%) PowerShell
3 41 (4.04%) C#
4 31 (3.05%) Java
4 31 (3.05%) Perl
4 31 (3.05%) VB
5 24 (2.36%) C
6 23 (2.26%) JavaScript
7 18 (1.77%) T-SQL
8 15 (1.48%) Shell Script
9 14 (1.38%) VBScript
10 13 (1.28%) PL/SQL
11 6 (0.59%) C++
11 6 (0.59%) Python
12 5 (0.49%) VB.NET
12 5 (0.49%) Groovy
13 3 (0.30%) XPath
14 2 (0.20%) Objective-C
14 2 (0.20%) VB6
14 2 (0.20%) VC++
Qualifications
1 145 (14.27%) Security Cleared
2 131 (12.89%) SC Cleared
3 100 (9.84%) Microsoft Certification
4 76 (7.48%) MCSE
5 31 (3.05%) MCITP
6 26 (2.56%) Degree
7 23 (2.26%) MCP
8 21 (2.07%) MCTS
9 19 (1.87%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 15 (1.48%) MCSA
10 15 (1.48%) Cisco Certification
10 15 (1.48%) ITIL Certification
11 14 (1.38%) ISEB
12 13 (1.28%) CCNA
13 10 (0.98%) PMP
13 10 (0.98%) PMI Certification
14 9 (0.89%) VCP5
15 8 (0.79%) CISSP
16 5 (0.49%) PRINCE2 Certification
17 4 (0.39%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 49 (4.82%) SLA
2 13 (1.28%) QA
3 9 (0.89%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 8 (0.79%) PCI DSS
5 5 (0.49%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 3 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 17799
6 3 (0.30%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.098%) COBIT
System Software
1 381 (37.50%) Active Directory
2 113 (11.12%) VMware Infrastructure
3 81 (7.97%) XenApp
4 74 (7.28%) Hyper-V
5 72 (7.09%) Microsoft App-V
6 41 (4.04%) XenServer
7 39 (3.84%) VMware ESX
8 31 (3.05%) XenDesktop
9 27 (2.66%) vSphere
10 10 (0.98%) ISA Server
11 8 (0.79%) VMware ESXi
11 8 (0.79%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 6 (0.59%) Forefront TMG
13 5 (0.49%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
14 4 (0.39%) Oracle RAC
15 3 (0.30%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 3 (0.30%) Terminal Services
15 3 (0.30%) Brightmail
16 2 (0.20%) vCloud
16 2 (0.20%) RHEV
Systems Management
1 151 (14.86%) SCCM
2 42 (4.13%) SCOM
3 29 (2.85%) Backup Exec
4 16 (1.57%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 14 (1.38%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 12 (1.18%) Tivoli
7 10 (0.98%) Norton AntiVirus
8 8 (0.79%) HP Data Protector
8 8 (0.79%) HP Quality Center
8 8 (0.79%) NetBackup
9 6 (0.59%) Business Desktop Deployment
10 5 (0.49%) WSUS
10 5 (0.49%) McAfee ePO
10 5 (0.49%) SCSM
11 4 (0.39%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
11 4 (0.39%) SCVMM
12 3 (0.30%) HP SiteScope
12 3 (0.30%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
12 3 (0.30%) Unicenter
12 3 (0.30%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 356 (35.04%) Microsoft
2 249 (24.51%) Citrix
3 237 (23.33%) VMware
4 104 (10.24%) HP
5 74 (7.28%) Cisco
6 72 (7.09%) Oracle
7 62 (6.10%) AppSense
8 48 (4.72%) Symantec
9 43 (4.23%) CA
10 36 (3.54%) Dell
11 27 (2.66%) Lumension
12 24 (2.36%) Red Hat
12 24 (2.36%) McAfee
13 22 (2.17%) Cyber-Ark
14 21 (2.07%) Juniper
14 21 (2.07%) IBM
15 20 (1.97%) Compaq
16 16 (1.57%) SAP
17 14 (1.38%) NetApp
17 14 (1.38%) F5
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