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 19 December 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Windows
Rank 5 4 3
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -1
Contract jobs citing Windows 452 452 455
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 13.99% 15.96% 15.09%
As % of the Operating Systems category 65.22% 72.55% 66.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 221 196 201
Average daily rate
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£325 £300 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% -7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £140 £135 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £466 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £310 £300 £313
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 96 86 82
Average hourly rate £14.50 £17.50 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-17.14% +2.94%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.75 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £34.06 £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.81 £14.75 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+0.38% -7.81%
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
693 623 681
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 21.45% 22.00% 22.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 351 274 323
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 £170 £135 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £465 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £310 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.87% -4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 99 88 84
Average hourly rate £15.00 £19.00 £18.68
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-21.05% +1.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.25 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.50 £34.06 £33.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.85 £15.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+5.66% -11.76%

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 19 December 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 19 December 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 19 December 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 +1 213 £350 +27.27% 87
Cheshire -2 110 £338 +3.84% 47
Merseyside +1 54 £170 -43.33% 10
Lancashire -6 51 £294 -2.08% 10
Cumbria +7 14 £188 - 1
Windows
England

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 19 December 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.

1 340 (36.17%) Microsoft
2 326 (34.68%) Active Directory
3 259 (27.55%) Windows 7
4 241 (25.64%) VMware
5 211 (22.45%) Citrix
6 200 (21.28%) Windows Server 2008
7 174 (18.51%) Windows XP
8 170 (18.09%) MS Office
9 160 (17.02%) Linux
10 146 (15.53%) Windows Server 2003
11 139 (14.79%) SQL
12 134 (14.26%) ITIL
13 114 (12.13%) MS Excel
14 111 (11.81%) VMware Infrastructure
15 108 (11.49%) Finance
16 107 (11.38%) Migration
17 106 (11.28%) SQL Server
18 104 (11.06%) Oracle
19 102 (10.85%) MS Exchange
20 100 (10.64%) UNIX
21 98 (10.43%) SCCM
22 92 (9.79%) DNS
23 90 (9.57%) Windows Server 2012
24 88 (9.36%) HP
25 84 (8.94%) Security Cleared
26 79 (8.40%) Microsoft Certification
27 76 (8.09%) .NET
28 74 (7.87%) TCP/IP
29 72 (7.66%) DHCP
29 72 (7.66%) SAN

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 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
1 102 (10.85%) MS Exchange
2 59 (6.28%) IIS
3 52 (5.53%) SharePoint
4 49 (5.21%) Exchange Server 2010
5 25 (2.66%) Exchange Server 2007
6 23 (2.45%) Exchange Server 2003
7 19 (2.02%) WebSphere
7 19 (2.02%) Tomcat
8 18 (1.91%) SharePoint 2010
9 17 (1.81%) IBM Notes
10 16 (1.70%) Apache
11 12 (1.28%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 12 (1.28%) Lync
12 10 (1.06%) WebLogic
13 9 (0.96%) Confluence
13 9 (0.96%) Exchange Server 2013
14 8 (0.85%) CICS
15 7 (0.74%) SharePoint 2013
15 7 (0.74%) SAS
16 5 (0.53%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 170 (18.09%) MS Office
2 114 (12.13%) MS Excel
3 13 (1.38%) MS PowerPoint
4 11 (1.17%) MS Project
5 10 (1.06%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.11%) Doxygen
Business Applications
1 17 (1.81%) Oracle EBS
2 6 (0.64%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.21%) Oracle 11i
3 2 (0.21%) Oracle EBS R12
3 2 (0.21%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.11%) SAP R/3
Cloud Services
1 15 (1.60%) Office 365
2 11 (1.17%) Amazon AWS
3 8 (0.85%) Microsoft Azure
4 7 (0.74%) Amazon EC2
4 7 (0.74%) Amazon S3
5 6 (0.64%) Amazon ELB
6 2 (0.21%) IaaS
6 2 (0.21%) PaaS
7 1 (0.11%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.11%) SaaS
7 1 (0.11%) Amazon EMR
7 1 (0.11%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 92 (9.79%) DNS
2 74 (7.87%) TCP/IP
3 72 (7.66%) DHCP
3 72 (7.66%) SAN
4 53 (5.64%) LAN
5 52 (5.53%) Firewall
6 49 (5.21%) WAN
7 22 (2.34%) NAS
8 19 (2.02%) Wireless
8 19 (2.02%) HTTP
8 19 (2.02%) VPN
8 19 (2.02%) SMS
9 17 (1.81%) Internet
10 14 (1.49%) Wi-Fi
11 12 (1.28%) SSL
11 12 (1.28%) Fibre Channel
12 11 (1.17%) VLAN
13 10 (1.06%) iSCSI
14 9 (0.96%) 3G
14 9 (0.96%) DMZ
Database & Business Intelligence
1 106 (11.28%) SQL Server
2 38 (4.04%) SQL Server 2008
3 27 (2.87%) SQL Server 2005
4 21 (2.23%) Oracle Database
4 21 (2.23%) MySQL
5 18 (1.91%) Relational Database
6 16 (1.70%) RDBMS
7 10 (1.06%) DB2
7 10 (1.06%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 9 (0.96%) Hazelcast
9 8 (0.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 8 (0.85%) Oracle Database 11g
10 7 (0.74%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 7 (0.74%) NoSQL
10 7 (0.74%) Oracle Database 10g
11 6 (0.64%) Amazon RDS
11 6 (0.64%) SQL Server 2012
12 5 (0.53%) SQLite
13 4 (0.43%) Data Warehouse
13 4 (0.43%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 18 (1.91%) Team Foundation Server
2 15 (1.60%) JIRA
3 14 (1.49%) Subversion
4 13 (1.38%) Eclipse
5 12 (1.28%) Git (software)
6 11 (1.17%) Maven
7 10 (1.06%) MSI
7 10 (1.06%) Visual Studio
8 8 (0.85%) MSTest
8 8 (0.85%) Selenium
9 7 (0.74%) Mercurial
9 7 (0.74%) AdminStudio
10 6 (0.64%) JUnit
10 6 (0.64%) Gradle
11 4 (0.43%) LoadRunner
11 4 (0.43%) Xcode
11 4 (0.43%) Jenkins
12 3 (0.32%) Cucumber
12 3 (0.32%) Appcelerator Titanium
12 3 (0.32%) Toad
General
1 108 (11.49%) Finance
2 43 (4.57%) Banking
3 22 (2.34%) Retail
4 21 (2.23%) Local Government
5 20 (2.13%) Legal
6 11 (1.17%) Telecoms
7 10 (1.06%) Manufacturing
8 9 (0.96%) Back Office
9 5 (0.53%) Investment Banking
10 4 (0.43%) Marketing
11 3 (0.32%) Automotive
11 3 (0.32%) Law
11 3 (0.32%) Pharmaceutical
12 2 (0.21%) Advertising
12 2 (0.21%) Retail Banking
13 1 (0.11%) German Language
13 1 (0.11%) Financial Institution
13 1 (0.11%) Publishing
13 1 (0.11%) Billing
Job Titles
1 193 (20.53%) Analyst
2 87 (9.26%) Developer
3 77 (8.19%) Desktop Support
4 74 (7.87%) Support Engineer
5 64 (6.81%) Service Analyst
6 62 (6.60%) Service Desk Analyst
7 54 (5.74%) Architect
8 45 (4.79%) Administrator
9 44 (4.68%) Support Analyst
9 44 (4.68%) Consultant
10 43 (4.57%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 43 (4.57%) Desktop Engineer
11 37 (3.94%) 2nd Line Support
12 36 (3.83%) 3rd Line Support
12 36 (3.83%) Desktop Support Engineer
13 29 (3.09%) 1st Line Support
14 28 (2.98%) Server Engineer
15 27 (2.87%) Project Manager
16 22 (2.34%) Business Analyst
17 21 (2.23%) Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 76 (8.09%) .NET
2 58 (6.17%) Web Services
3 37 (3.94%) HTML
4 34 (3.62%) XML
5 29 (3.09%) CSS
6 25 (2.66%) .NET Framework
7 20 (2.13%) Middleware
8 18 (1.91%) JMS
9 17 (1.81%) XSLT
9 17 (1.81%) ASP.NET
10 12 (1.28%) Servlets
10 12 (1.28%) WinForms
11 11 (1.17%) WPF
11 11 (1.17%) Grails
11 11 (1.17%) jQuery
11 11 (1.17%) Application Packaging
11 11 (1.17%) Spring
11 11 (1.17%) XML Schema
11 11 (1.17%) WebSphere MQ
12 10 (1.06%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 69 (7.34%) Analytical Skills
2 58 (6.17%) Clustering
3 40 (4.26%) Blackberry
4 34 (3.62%) Enterprise Software
5 24 (2.55%) Management Information System
6 21 (2.23%) Mainframe
7 20 (2.13%) Mobile App
8 17 (1.81%) Replication
9 16 (1.70%) NHS
10 15 (1.60%) Fat Client
10 15 (1.60%) Thin Client
11 13 (1.38%) iPad
12 12 (1.28%) PKI
12 12 (1.28%) Computer Science
13 10 (1.06%) Life Science
14 9 (0.96%) Reference Data
14 9 (0.96%) CESG
15 7 (0.74%) Celerra
15 7 (0.74%) Data Integration
15 7 (0.74%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 259 (27.55%) Windows 7
2 200 (21.28%) Windows Server 2008
3 174 (18.51%) Windows XP
4 160 (17.02%) Linux
5 146 (15.53%) Windows Server 2003
6 100 (10.64%) UNIX
7 90 (9.57%) Windows Server 2012
8 39 (4.15%) Windows Vista
9 38 (4.04%) Solaris
10 37 (3.94%) Android
11 35 (3.72%) Apple iOS
12 34 (3.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 33 (3.51%) Windows 8
14 28 (2.98%) Windows 2000
15 24 (2.55%) AIX
16 20 (2.13%) Windows Phone
17 18 (1.91%) HPUX
18 12 (1.28%) Windows NT
18 12 (1.28%) Windows Mobile
19 9 (0.96%) Windows Phone 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 134 (14.26%) ITIL
2 107 (11.38%) Migration
3 47 (5.00%) Project Management
4 44 (4.68%) Agile Software Development
5 41 (4.36%) Information Security
6 26 (2.77%) Incident Management
7 25 (2.66%) Disaster Recovery
8 24 (2.55%) Service Management
8 24 (2.55%) Business Analysis
8 24 (2.55%) Configuration Management
8 24 (2.55%) Software Deployment
9 22 (2.34%) MVC
9 22 (2.34%) Stakeholder Management
10 21 (2.23%) Software Engineering
10 21 (2.23%) PRINCE2
11 19 (2.02%) Performance Tuning
11 19 (2.02%) OO
12 18 (1.91%) Scrum
12 18 (1.91%) TDD
13 17 (1.81%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 139 (14.79%) SQL
2 55 (5.85%) PowerShell
3 53 (5.64%) Java
4 41 (4.36%) JavaScript
5 36 (3.83%) C#
6 25 (2.66%) Perl
7 21 (2.23%) C
8 19 (2.02%) XPath
9 18 (1.91%) VB
10 13 (1.38%) VBScript
11 12 (1.28%) PL/SQL
11 12 (1.28%) T-SQL
12 9 (0.96%) Python
13 8 (0.85%) Shell Script
13 8 (0.85%) PHP
14 6 (0.64%) Objective-C
15 5 (0.53%) Bash Shell
15 5 (0.53%) C++
16 3 (0.32%) VB.NET
17 1 (0.11%) Erlang
Qualifications
1 84 (8.94%) Security Cleared
2 79 (8.40%) Microsoft Certification
3 71 (7.55%) SC Cleared
4 51 (5.43%) MCSE
5 21 (2.23%) MCITP
6 20 (2.13%) MCP
6 20 (2.13%) ISEB
7 17 (1.81%) Cisco Certification
8 16 (1.70%) CCNA
8 16 (1.70%) MCSA
9 14 (1.49%) MCTS
10 12 (1.28%) CISSP
10 12 (1.28%) ITIL Certification
11 10 (1.06%) Degree
12 9 (0.96%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 9 (0.96%) Citrix Certification
13 8 (0.85%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 7 (0.74%) CCIA
14 7 (0.74%) HND
14 7 (0.74%) CCEA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 42 (4.47%) SLA
2 12 (1.28%) QA
3 9 (0.96%) PCI DSS
4 5 (0.53%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.11%) HIPAA
5 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 17799
5 1 (0.11%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 326 (34.68%) Active Directory
2 111 (11.81%) VMware Infrastructure
3 62 (6.60%) XenApp
4 60 (6.38%) Hyper-V
5 46 (4.89%) Microsoft App-V
6 28 (2.98%) VMware ESX
7 27 (2.87%) XenServer
8 26 (2.77%) XenDesktop
9 17 (1.81%) VMware ESXi
10 16 (1.70%) Firmware
11 15 (1.60%) vSphere
12 12 (1.28%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 10 (1.06%) Terminal Services
14 7 (0.74%) EMC RecoverPoint
15 5 (0.53%) DFS Replication
16 4 (0.43%) Oracle RAC
17 3 (0.32%) ISA Server
18 2 (0.21%) RHEV
18 2 (0.21%) Xen
19 1 (0.11%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 98 (10.43%) SCCM
2 28 (2.98%) SCOM
3 11 (1.17%) Backup Exec
3 11 (1.17%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 10 (1.06%) HP Quality Center
5 8 (0.85%) NetBackup
6 7 (0.74%) Norton AntiVirus
7 6 (0.64%) Nessus
7 6 (0.64%) SCVMM
8 5 (0.53%) HP Data Protector
8 5 (0.53%) Puppet
9 4 (0.43%) Tivoli
9 4 (0.43%) Opscode Chef
9 4 (0.43%) Cisco Prime
9 4 (0.43%) WSUS
10 3 (0.32%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 3 (0.32%) Control-M
11 2 (0.21%) MOM
11 2 (0.21%) Cisco CUCM
11 2 (0.21%) SCDPM
Vendors
1 340 (36.17%) Microsoft
2 241 (25.64%) VMware
3 211 (22.45%) Citrix
4 104 (11.06%) Oracle
5 88 (9.36%) HP
6 60 (6.38%) Cisco
7 52 (5.53%) AppSense
8 38 (4.04%) Red Hat
9 27 (2.87%) EMC
10 25 (2.66%) IBM
11 23 (2.45%) Symantec
11 23 (2.45%) Dell
12 21 (2.23%) NetApp
13 17 (1.81%) Sun
13 17 (1.81%) CA
13 17 (1.81%) Lotus
14 16 (1.70%) F5
15 13 (1.38%) Lumension
15 13 (1.38%) McAfee
15 13 (1.38%) CheckPoint
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