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 May 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 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Windows
Rank 7 4 4
Rank change year-on-year
-3 0
Contract jobs citing Windows 482 529 383
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 12.35% 16.96% 15.42%
As % of the Operating Systems category 57.24% 72.87% 66.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 203 216 152
Average daily rate
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£325 £265 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+22.64% +6.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £164 £120 £133
10% offered a daily rate of more than £502 £450 £420
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £310
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -3.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 106 116 72
Average hourly rate £14.00 £17.75 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-21.12% +1.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.50 £9.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.14 £37.49 £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.13 £15.50 £15.10
% change year-on-year
-2.41% +2.64%
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
842 726 574
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 21.57% 23.27% 23.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 417 317 241
Average daily rate £375 £275 £288
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+36.36% -4.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £140 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £570 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £320 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.58% -1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 107 122 72
Average hourly rate £14.00 £18.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-22.22% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.91 £9.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.19 £36.00 £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £15.85 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+0.94% -0.93%

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 May 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 May 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 May 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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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 -4 189 £325 +12.06% 109
Cheshire -12 102 £398 +47.22% 63
Merseyside +4 74 £250 -16.66% 18
Lancashire -8 59 £311 +24.33% 10
Cumbria 0 29 £310 -11.42%
Windows
England

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 1 May 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.

1 325 (35.52%) Microsoft
2 306 (33.44%) Active Directory
3 225 (24.59%) Windows 7
4 214 (23.39%) VMware
5 182 (19.89%) Citrix
6 181 (19.78%) Linux
7 166 (18.14%) Windows Server 2008
8 148 (16.17%) ITIL
9 140 (15.30%) MS Office
10 135 (14.75%) Security Cleared
11 133 (14.54%) Windows XP
12 132 (14.43%) Migration
13 131 (14.32%) Oracle
14 128 (13.99%) Windows Server 2003
15 124 (13.55%) VMware Infrastructure
16 123 (13.44%) Windows Server 2012
17 118 (12.90%) SQL
18 116 (12.68%) UNIX
19 113 (12.35%) SQL Server
20 111 (12.13%) MS Excel
21 110 (12.02%) MS Exchange
22 104 (11.37%) Finance
23 92 (10.05%) SC Cleared
24 85 (9.29%) Agile Software Development
25 77 (8.42%) Cisco
25 77 (8.42%) IIS
26 73 (7.98%) SCCM
27 71 (7.76%) SAN
28 70 (7.65%) DNS
28 70 (7.65%) Firewall

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 1 May 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
1 110 (12.02%) MS Exchange
2 77 (8.42%) IIS
3 42 (4.59%) SharePoint
3 42 (4.59%) Exchange Server 2010
4 24 (2.62%) IBM Notes
5 20 (2.19%) Apache
6 17 (1.86%) WebSphere
7 15 (1.64%) Exchange Server 2013
8 14 (1.53%) NetWeaver
8 14 (1.53%) Tomcat
9 13 (1.42%) BizTalk Server
10 12 (1.31%) Exchange Server 2007
11 11 (1.20%) Exchange Server 2003
12 10 (1.09%) SharePoint 2010
13 9 (0.98%) Confluence
13 9 (0.98%) MQSeries
13 9 (0.98%) SAS
14 8 (0.87%) Lync
15 7 (0.77%) WebLogic
15 7 (0.77%) CICS
Applications
1 140 (15.30%) MS Office
2 111 (12.13%) MS Excel
3 5 (0.55%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (0.22%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.11%) Doxygen
5 1 (0.11%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 9 (0.98%) BusinessWorks
2 7 (0.77%) Oracle EBS
3 3 (0.33%) Oracle Payables
4 2 (0.22%) Oracle 11i
5 1 (0.11%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.11%) Oracle EBS R12
5 1 (0.11%) Oracle Applications
5 1 (0.11%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.11%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 22 (2.40%) Microsoft Azure
1 22 (2.40%) Office 365
2 20 (2.19%) Amazon AWS
3 8 (0.87%) PaaS
4 5 (0.55%) Cloud Computing
5 4 (0.44%) SaaS
5 4 (0.44%) OpenShift
6 2 (0.22%) Amazon S3
6 2 (0.22%) OneDrive
7 1 (0.11%) Amazon ELB
7 1 (0.11%) IaaS
7 1 (0.11%) Google Apps
7 1 (0.11%) Symantec.cloud
7 1 (0.11%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.11%) Google Analytics
7 1 (0.11%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 71 (7.76%) SAN
2 70 (7.65%) DNS
2 70 (7.65%) Firewall
3 64 (6.99%) DHCP
4 60 (6.56%) WAN
5 57 (6.23%) LAN
6 52 (5.68%) TCP/IP
7 46 (5.03%) Internet
8 34 (3.72%) VPN
9 26 (2.84%) Wireless
10 22 (2.40%) SSL
11 21 (2.30%) NAS
12 20 (2.19%) VLAN
12 20 (2.19%) Cisco ASA
13 19 (2.08%) HTTP
14 17 (1.86%) iSCSI
15 16 (1.75%) LDAP
16 15 (1.64%) Fibre Channel
16 15 (1.64%) DMZ
16 15 (1.64%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 113 (12.35%) SQL Server
2 47 (5.14%) Oracle Database
3 28 (3.06%) Relational Database
4 27 (2.95%) SQL Server 2008
5 24 (2.62%) RDBMS
6 18 (1.97%) Big Data
7 16 (1.75%) MySQL
8 14 (1.53%) SAP HANA
9 13 (1.42%) MongoDB
10 12 (1.31%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 12 (1.31%) Hadoop
11 10 (1.09%) SQL Server 2005
11 10 (1.09%) NoSQL
12 9 (0.98%) SQL Server 2012
12 9 (0.98%) Oracle Database 10g
12 9 (0.98%) Data Warehouse
13 7 (0.77%) Oracle Database 11g
13 7 (0.77%) PostgreSQL
13 7 (0.77%) Oracle Reports
14 6 (0.66%) DB2
Development Applications
1 29 (3.17%) Git (software)
2 26 (2.84%) Visual Studio
2 26 (2.84%) Team Foundation Server
3 20 (2.19%) Eclipse
4 19 (2.08%) Subversion
5 18 (1.97%) JIRA
6 11 (1.20%) Jenkins
7 10 (1.09%) Ant
7 10 (1.09%) Selenium
8 9 (0.98%) Gradle
8 9 (0.98%) Maven
8 9 (0.98%) MSI
9 8 (0.87%) Mercurial
10 7 (0.77%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 7 (0.77%) Cucumber
10 7 (0.77%) Toad
10 7 (0.77%) JUnit
11 6 (0.66%) VSS/SourceSafe
11 6 (0.66%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 5 (0.55%) Moq
General
1 104 (11.37%) Finance
2 38 (4.15%) Banking
3 24 (2.62%) Legal
4 18 (1.97%) Manufacturing
5 17 (1.86%) Retail
6 12 (1.31%) Law
7 11 (1.20%) Telecoms
8 10 (1.09%) Back Office
9 8 (0.87%) Local Government
10 6 (0.66%) Dutch Language
10 6 (0.66%) German Language
11 5 (0.55%) Automotive
11 5 (0.55%) Pharmaceutical
12 4 (0.44%) French Language
13 3 (0.33%) Russian Language
13 3 (0.33%) Marketing
13 3 (0.33%) Investment Banking
14 2 (0.22%) Billing
14 2 (0.22%) Financial Institution
14 2 (0.22%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 195 (21.31%) Analyst
2 91 (9.95%) Architect
3 78 (8.52%) Developer
4 70 (7.65%) Support Analyst
4 70 (7.65%) Support Engineer
5 67 (7.32%) Desktop Support
6 60 (6.56%) Service Analyst
7 57 (6.23%) Service Desk Analyst
8 53 (5.79%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 36 (3.93%) 2nd Line Support
10 32 (3.50%) Administrator
11 30 (3.28%) 1st Line Support
11 30 (3.28%) IT Support
12 29 (3.17%) 3rd Line Support
13 28 (3.06%) Technical Analyst
14 27 (2.95%) Infrastructure Architect
14 27 (2.95%) Project Manager
15 26 (2.84%) Desktop Engineer
16 25 (2.73%) Consultant
17 24 (2.62%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 61 (6.67%) Web Services
2 51 (5.57%) HTML
3 42 (4.59%) .NET
4 38 (4.15%) XML
5 21 (2.30%) HTML5
6 20 (2.19%) Application Packaging
7 19 (2.08%) WCF
8 18 (1.97%) ASP.NET
9 17 (1.86%) Middleware
10 16 (1.75%) Java EE
10 16 (1.75%) AngularJS
11 14 (1.53%) CSS
11 14 (1.53%) JSON
12 11 (1.20%) REST
12 11 (1.20%) JMS
13 10 (1.09%) J2EE
13 10 (1.09%) .NET Framework
13 10 (1.09%) jQuery
14 9 (0.98%) MSMQ
15 7 (0.77%) SAP Basis
Miscellaneous
1 61 (6.67%) Analytical Skills
2 36 (3.93%) Clustering
3 21 (2.30%) Enterprise Software
3 21 (2.30%) Blackberry
3 21 (2.30%) NHS
4 17 (1.86%) Open Source
4 17 (1.86%) Replication
5 16 (1.75%) Thin Client
5 16 (1.75%) Fat Client
6 12 (1.31%) Mainframe
6 12 (1.31%) Management Information System
6 12 (1.31%) Computer Science
6 12 (1.31%) Data Structures
6 12 (1.31%) Private Cloud
7 10 (1.09%) iPad
7 10 (1.09%) Celerra
8 9 (0.98%) Mobile App
9 8 (0.87%) iPhone
9 8 (0.87%) Life Science
10 7 (0.77%) FlexPod
Operating Systems
1 225 (24.59%) Windows 7
2 181 (19.78%) Linux
3 166 (18.14%) Windows Server 2008
4 133 (14.54%) Windows XP
5 128 (13.99%) Windows Server 2003
6 123 (13.44%) Windows Server 2012
7 116 (12.68%) UNIX
8 42 (4.59%) Solaris
8 42 (4.59%) Windows 8
9 35 (3.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 32 (3.50%) Apple iOS
11 30 (3.28%) AIX
12 28 (3.06%) Android
13 22 (2.40%) VMS
14 14 (1.53%) Windows 2000
15 12 (1.31%) Windows Mobile
15 12 (1.31%) Windows Vista
16 11 (1.20%) Windows NT
17 9 (0.98%) Windows Phone
18 8 (0.87%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 148 (16.17%) ITIL
2 132 (14.43%) Migration
3 85 (9.29%) Agile Software Development
4 49 (5.36%) Project Management
5 46 (5.03%) Incident Management
6 38 (4.15%) Software Engineering
6 38 (4.15%) Disaster Recovery
6 38 (4.15%) Stakeholder Management
7 36 (3.93%) OO
7 36 (3.93%) Configuration Management
8 32 (3.50%) TDD
8 32 (3.50%) Waterfall
9 31 (3.39%) Continuous Integration
10 30 (3.28%) Service Management
11 27 (2.95%) Validation
12 25 (2.73%) Information Security
13 24 (2.62%) Test Scripting
14 23 (2.51%) High Availability
15 21 (2.30%) PRINCE2
15 21 (2.30%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 118 (12.90%) SQL
2 58 (6.34%) Java
3 48 (5.25%) PowerShell
4 43 (4.70%) C#
5 31 (3.39%) JavaScript
6 19 (2.08%) C
6 19 (2.08%) Shell Script
7 16 (1.75%) VBScript
7 16 (1.75%) XPath
8 13 (1.42%) Perl
9 12 (1.31%) PHP
10 11 (1.20%) Objective-C
10 11 (1.20%) C++
11 10 (1.09%) Python
11 10 (1.09%) XQuery
11 10 (1.09%) Bash Shell
12 6 (0.66%) VB
12 6 (0.66%) PL/SQL
13 5 (0.55%) T-SQL
13 5 (0.55%) VBA
Qualifications
1 135 (14.75%) Security Cleared
2 92 (10.05%) SC Cleared
3 68 (7.43%) Microsoft Certification
4 33 (3.61%) MCSE
5 23 (2.51%) ITIL Certification
6 21 (2.30%) MCP
7 20 (2.19%) Cisco Certification
8 18 (1.97%) Citrix Certification
9 16 (1.75%) DV Cleared
10 15 (1.64%) Degree
10 15 (1.64%) CCNA
11 14 (1.53%) MCITP
11 14 (1.53%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 13 (1.42%) ISEB
13 11 (1.20%) CCA
14 10 (1.09%) CCEA
14 10 (1.09%) A+ Certification
14 10 (1.09%) HND
14 10 (1.09%) MCDST
14 10 (1.09%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 44 (4.81%) SLA
2 27 (2.95%) QA
3 15 (1.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.11%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.11%) HIPAA
4 1 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 306 (33.44%) Active Directory
2 124 (13.55%) VMware Infrastructure
3 65 (7.10%) Hyper-V
4 55 (6.01%) XenApp
5 31 (3.39%) VMware ESX
6 30 (3.28%) vSphere
7 25 (2.73%) XenDesktop
8 21 (2.30%) VMware ESXi
9 19 (2.08%) Terminal Services
10 18 (1.97%) Microsoft App-V
11 12 (1.31%) XenServer
11 12 (1.31%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 10 (1.09%) Firmware
12 10 (1.09%) EMC RecoverPoint
13 8 (0.87%) MetaFrame
13 8 (0.87%) BitLocker
14 7 (0.77%) DFS Replication
15 4 (0.44%) ISA Server
15 4 (0.44%) NFS
15 4 (0.44%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 73 (7.98%) SCCM
2 24 (2.62%) Puppet
3 15 (1.64%) CA Single Sign-On
4 12 (1.31%) Opscode Chef
5 11 (1.20%) AirWatch
6 9 (0.98%) TIBCO Hawk
7 8 (0.87%) SCOM
8 7 (0.77%) Vagrant
8 7 (0.77%) Salt
8 7 (0.77%) Ansible
8 7 (0.77%) SCVMM
8 7 (0.77%) HP Quality Center
8 7 (0.77%) Norton AntiVirus
9 6 (0.66%) Oracle RMAN
10 5 (0.55%) SCOrch
10 5 (0.55%) EMC NetWorker
10 5 (0.55%) WSUS
10 5 (0.55%) NetBackup
10 5 (0.55%) Backup Exec
11 4 (0.44%) MIMEsweeper
Vendors
1 325 (35.52%) Microsoft
2 214 (23.39%) VMware
3 182 (19.89%) Citrix
4 131 (14.32%) Oracle
5 77 (8.42%) Cisco
6 67 (7.32%) HP
7 42 (4.59%) CheckPoint
8 38 (4.15%) NetApp
8 38 (4.15%) EMC
9 36 (3.93%) AppSense
10 34 (3.72%) Red Hat
11 24 (2.62%) Lotus
11 24 (2.62%) Sun
12 22 (2.40%) IBM
13 21 (2.30%) Dell
14 20 (2.19%) SAP
15 18 (1.97%) Symantec
15 18 (1.97%) Remedy
15 18 (1.97%) McAfee
16 16 (1.75%) Apple
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