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 29 June 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
29 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Windows
Rank 9 7 4
Rank change year-on-year
-2 -3
Contract jobs citing Windows 380 440 469
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 10.11% 11.88% 15.43%
As % of the Operating Systems category 47.20% 53.99% 68.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 187 213 212
Median daily rate £375 £300 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% +9.09%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £150 £132
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £451 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £340 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+4.61% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 79 75
Median hourly rate £13.50 £14.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.57% -6.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.00 £19.45 £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £15.50 £14.50
% change year-on-year
+6.45% +6.89%
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
805 815 684
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 21.42% 22.00% 22.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 478 429 338
Median daily rate £400 £350 £289
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% +21.31%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £173 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £360 £350 £310
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +12.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 50 85 75
Median hourly rate £14.00 £14.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.44% -3.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £11.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.25 £20.50 £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+6.06% +10.00%

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 29 June 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 29 June 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 29 June 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 -1 178 £339 +20.44% 84
Cheshire +1 103 £425 +13.33% 32
Merseyside -5 46 £363 +64.77% 18
Lancashire -4 41 £390 +44.44% 11
Cumbria -3 1 £250 +11.11% 3
Windows
England

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 29 June 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.

1 372 (44.44%) Active Directory
2 305 (36.44%) Microsoft
3 274 (32.74%) Windows Server
4 215 (25.69%) VMware
5 190 (22.70%) Windows Server 2012
6 172 (20.55%) Linux
7 151 (18.04%) Citrix
8 143 (17.08%) Migration
9 142 (16.97%) Windows Server 2008
10 140 (16.73%) Unix
11 129 (15.41%) Finance
12 128 (15.29%) ITIL
13 122 (14.58%) VMware Infrastructure
14 120 (14.34%) SCCM
14 120 (14.34%) Windows 7
15 110 (13.14%) Windows Server 2003
16 108 (12.90%) Security Cleared
16 108 (12.90%) PowerShell
17 104 (12.43%) MS Excel
18 102 (12.19%) Oracle
18 102 (12.19%) MS Office
19 101 (12.07%) SQL
20 96 (11.47%) SQL Server
21 95 (11.35%) MS Exchange
22 87 (10.39%) DNS
22 87 (10.39%) SC Cleared
23 85 (10.16%) Agile Software Development
24 83 (9.92%) .NET
24 83 (9.92%) Data Centre
25 73 (8.72%) Software Engineering

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 95 (11.35%) MS Exchange
2 67 (8.00%) SharePoint
3 58 (6.93%) Skype for Business
4 54 (6.45%) IIS
5 47 (5.62%) Apache
6 32 (3.82%) SharePoint 2013
7 30 (3.58%) Exchange Server 2010
8 25 (2.99%) Tomcat
9 17 (2.03%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 16 (1.91%) Exchange Server 2013
11 15 (1.79%) WebSphere
12 13 (1.55%) WebLogic
13 11 (1.31%) IBM Notes
13 11 (1.31%) JBoss
14 10 (1.19%) Exchange Server 2007
15 9 (1.08%) OpenStack
15 9 (1.08%) WebSphere Application Server
16 8 (0.96%) Exchange Server 2003
17 7 (0.84%) Confluence
17 7 (0.84%) Oracle Application Server
Applications
1 104 (12.43%) MS Excel
2 102 (12.19%) MS Office
3 5 (0.60%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (0.24%) MS Project
4 2 (0.24%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.24%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.12%) Doxygen
Business Applications
1 8 (0.96%) Remedy ITSM
2 5 (0.60%) Oracle 11i
2 5 (0.60%) Oracle Applications
2 5 (0.60%) Oracle EBS
2 5 (0.60%) Oracle EBS R12
3 3 (0.36%) Markit EDM
3 3 (0.36%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 2 (0.24%) Infor M3
5 1 (0.12%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.12%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.12%) OpenText MBPM
5 1 (0.12%) Oracle BPM
5 1 (0.12%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 55 (6.57%) Office 365
2 31 (3.70%) IaaS
3 28 (3.35%) Amazon AWS
4 25 (2.99%) Microsoft Azure
5 15 (1.79%) PaaS
6 10 (1.19%) Amazon EC2
7 9 (1.08%) Amazon S3
7 9 (1.08%) SaaS
8 4 (0.48%) Azure Active Directory
8 4 (0.48%) Google App Engine
8 4 (0.48%) Google Cloud Platform
9 3 (0.36%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 3 (0.36%) Amazon EMR
9 3 (0.36%) Amazon Kinesis
9 3 (0.36%) AWS CloudFormation
9 3 (0.36%) AWS CloudTrail
9 3 (0.36%) AWS Lambda
9 3 (0.36%) GitHub
9 3 (0.36%) Route 53
9 3 (0.36%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 87 (10.39%) DNS
2 72 (8.60%) DHCP
3 49 (5.85%) TCP/IP
4 44 (5.26%) Firewall
4 44 (5.26%) SAN
4 44 (5.26%) Skype
5 31 (3.70%) WAN
6 25 (2.99%) Network Security
7 24 (2.87%) LAN
8 23 (2.75%) Internet
8 23 (2.75%) VPN
9 21 (2.51%) SSL
10 17 (2.03%) NetScaler
11 16 (1.91%) HTTP
12 14 (1.67%) FTP
12 14 (1.67%) Remote Desktop
12 14 (1.67%) VoIP
13 13 (1.55%) SMTP
14 9 (1.08%) VLAN
15 8 (0.96%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 96 (11.47%) SQL Server
2 27 (3.23%) DB2
3 25 (2.99%) Oracle Database
4 18 (2.15%) MySQL
5 16 (1.91%) Relational Database
6 14 (1.67%) SQL Server 2012
7 12 (1.43%) PostgreSQL
8 11 (1.31%) Amazon RDS
8 11 (1.31%) SQL Server 2008
9 9 (1.08%) RDBMS
10 7 (0.84%) SQL Server 2014
11 6 (0.72%) Apache Hive
11 6 (0.72%) GIS
11 6 (0.72%) Hadoop
11 6 (0.72%) MS Access
12 5 (0.60%) MongoDB
12 5 (0.60%) Oracle Database 10g
12 5 (0.60%) Oracle Database 11g
12 5 (0.60%) Oracle Discoverer
12 5 (0.60%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 43 (5.14%) Jenkins
2 38 (4.54%) JIRA
3 33 (3.94%) Team Foundation Server
4 27 (3.23%) SpecFlow
5 26 (3.11%) TestComplete
6 24 (2.87%) Git (software)
7 23 (2.75%) Visual Studio
8 13 (1.55%) ClearCase
8 13 (1.55%) Subversion
9 11 (1.31%) TeamCity
10 10 (1.19%) Gradle
10 10 (1.19%) Vagrant
11 8 (0.96%) Octopus Deploy
11 8 (0.96%) Rational DOORS
12 6 (0.72%) ClearQuest
12 6 (0.72%) TestDirector
12 6 (0.72%) Travis CI
13 5 (0.60%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 5 (0.60%) GitLab
14 4 (0.48%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 129 (15.41%) Finance
2 53 (6.33%) Banking
3 27 (3.23%) Manufacturing
4 18 (2.15%) Law
5 16 (1.91%) Legal
6 15 (1.79%) Telecoms
7 12 (1.43%) French Language
7 12 (1.43%) Local Government
8 11 (1.31%) German Language
9 9 (1.08%) Italian Language
10 6 (0.72%) Dutch Language
10 6 (0.72%) Marketing
10 6 (0.72%) Retail
11 5 (0.60%) Military
11 5 (0.60%) Pharmaceutical
11 5 (0.60%) Portuguese Language
12 4 (0.48%) Back Office
13 3 (0.36%) Electronics
13 3 (0.36%) Investment Banking
14 2 (0.24%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 171 (20.43%) Analyst
2 70 (8.36%) Architect
3 58 (6.93%) Support Engineer
4 55 (6.57%) Consultant
5 54 (6.45%) Service Analyst
6 52 (6.21%) Developer
6 52 (6.21%) Service Desk Analyst
7 49 (5.85%) Support Analyst
8 38 (4.54%) Desktop Support
9 37 (4.42%) Desktop Engineer
10 36 (4.30%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 35 (4.18%) Technical Analyst
12 34 (4.06%) 1st Line Support
12 34 (4.06%) Windows Engineer
13 30 (3.58%) 2nd Line Support
13 30 (3.58%) Project Manager
14 28 (3.35%) Administrator
15 24 (2.87%) Senior Analyst
16 23 (2.75%) Server Engineer
17 22 (2.63%) Infrastructure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 83 (9.92%) .NET
2 26 (3.11%) HTML
3 24 (2.87%) Web Services
4 22 (2.63%) CSS
5 21 (2.51%) XML
6 19 (2.27%) .NET Framework
7 15 (1.79%) Middleware
8 13 (1.55%) jQuery
9 12 (1.43%) ASP.NET
10 11 (1.31%) HTML5
10 11 (1.31%) LAMP
10 11 (1.31%) SOAP
11 9 (1.08%) WPF
12 8 (0.96%) ASP.NET MVC
12 8 (0.96%) ASP.NET Web API
12 8 (0.96%) CSS3
12 8 (0.96%) LAPP Stack
12 8 (0.96%) Spring
13 7 (0.84%) Hibernate
13 7 (0.84%) IBM Integration Bus
Miscellaneous
1 83 (9.92%) Data Centre
2 46 (5.50%) Mainframe
3 41 (4.90%) Analytical Skills
4 29 (3.46%) Clustering
4 29 (3.46%) PKI
5 28 (3.35%) Fat Client
5 28 (3.35%) Thin Client
6 23 (2.75%) Blackberry
7 16 (1.91%) Computer Science
7 16 (1.91%) Life Science
8 14 (1.67%) Management Information System
9 11 (1.31%) NHS
10 10 (1.19%) EPoS
10 10 (1.19%) Mobile App
11 9 (1.08%) Driving Licence
11 9 (1.08%) iPad
11 9 (1.08%) PMI
12 7 (0.84%) Enterprise Software
13 5 (0.60%) EMC VNX
13 5 (0.60%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 274 (32.74%) Windows Server
2 190 (22.70%) Windows Server 2012
3 172 (20.55%) Linux
4 142 (16.97%) Windows Server 2008
5 140 (16.73%) Unix
6 120 (14.34%) Windows 7
7 110 (13.14%) Windows Server 2003
8 60 (7.17%) Windows XP
9 56 (6.69%) Windows 10
10 54 (6.45%) Windows 8
11 52 (6.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 51 (6.09%) AIX
13 45 (5.38%) Solaris
14 26 (3.11%) HPUX
15 25 (2.99%) Apple iOS
16 14 (1.67%) Mac OS
17 13 (1.55%) Android
18 11 (1.31%) CentOS
19 9 (1.08%) Mac OS X
20 6 (0.72%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 143 (17.08%) Migration
2 128 (15.29%) ITIL
3 85 (10.16%) Agile Software Development
4 73 (8.72%) Software Engineering
5 64 (7.65%) Test Automation
6 46 (5.50%) Project Management
7 38 (4.54%) Continuous Integration
8 36 (4.30%) DevOps
9 35 (4.18%) Stakeholder Management
10 34 (4.06%) TDD
11 33 (3.94%) Data Migration
12 32 (3.82%) Configuration Management
13 28 (3.35%) Disaster Recovery
14 27 (3.23%) Application Packaging
15 25 (2.99%) Code Coverage
15 25 (2.99%) PRINCE2
16 24 (2.87%) Problem Management
17 23 (2.75%) Change Management
17 23 (2.75%) MVC
18 22 (2.63%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 108 (12.90%) PowerShell
2 101 (12.07%) SQL
3 67 (8.00%) Java
4 43 (5.14%) C#
5 38 (4.54%) Bash Shell
6 32 (3.82%) JavaScript
7 30 (3.58%) Shell Script
8 26 (3.11%) Python
9 23 (2.75%) PHP
10 19 (2.27%) Perl
11 17 (2.03%) C++
12 15 (1.79%) VB
13 13 (1.55%) C
14 12 (1.43%) VB.NET
15 11 (1.31%) T-SQL
16 8 (0.96%) Ruby
17 7 (0.84%) AWK
18 6 (0.72%) VC++
19 5 (0.60%) Korn
19 5 (0.60%) XAML
Qualifications
1 108 (12.90%) Security Cleared
2 87 (10.39%) SC Cleared
3 60 (7.17%) Microsoft Certification
4 38 (4.54%) Degree
5 25 (2.99%) MCSE
6 20 (2.39%) ITIL Certification
6 20 (2.39%) MCP
7 17 (2.03%) CISSP
8 16 (1.91%) Cisco Certification
8 16 (1.91%) CISM
9 14 (1.67%) CCNA
9 14 (1.67%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 14 (1.67%) MCITP
9 14 (1.67%) MCSA
10 11 (1.31%) ISEB
11 10 (1.19%) MCDST
12 9 (1.08%) ISTQB
12 9 (1.08%) PMI Certification
13 8 (0.96%) CCEA
13 8 (0.96%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (3.94%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 21 (2.51%) PCI DSS
3 17 (2.03%) QA
4 16 (1.91%) SLA
5 11 (1.31%) COBIT
6 2 (0.24%) Disclosure Scotland
6 2 (0.24%) ISO27005
6 2 (0.24%) JSP 440
6 2 (0.24%) RMADS
System Software
1 372 (44.44%) Active Directory
2 122 (14.58%) VMware Infrastructure
3 58 (6.93%) Hyper-V
4 35 (4.18%) vSphere
4 35 (4.18%) XenApp
5 30 (3.58%) Microsoft App-V
6 16 (1.91%) VMware ESX
7 15 (1.79%) Virtual Machines
8 11 (1.31%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 11 (1.31%) XenDesktop
9 8 (0.96%) UAG
10 7 (0.84%) Oracle RAC
11 6 (0.72%) Virtual Servers
12 5 (0.60%) Brightmail
12 5 (0.60%) Sendmail
12 5 (0.60%) Squid
12 5 (0.60%) Virtual Desktop
12 5 (0.60%) VMware ESXi
13 4 (0.48%) Xen
13 4 (0.48%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 120 (14.34%) SCCM
2 72 (8.60%) SCOM
3 50 (5.97%) Puppet
4 26 (3.11%) Microsoft Clustering
4 26 (3.11%) Opscode Chef
5 22 (2.63%) WSUS
6 17 (2.03%) Norton AntiVirus
7 12 (1.43%) SCOrch
7 12 (1.43%) vRealize
8 10 (1.19%) HP Quality Center
8 10 (1.19%) Red Hat Satellite
8 10 (1.19%) Tivoli
9 8 (0.96%) Nagios
10 7 (0.84%) EMC NetWorker
10 7 (0.84%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
11 6 (0.72%) Backup Exec
11 6 (0.72%) SCVMM
12 5 (0.60%) BladeLogic
12 5 (0.60%) Data Guard
12 5 (0.60%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 305 (36.44%) Microsoft
2 215 (25.69%) VMware
3 151 (18.04%) Citrix
4 102 (12.19%) Oracle
5 69 (8.24%) HP
6 67 (8.00%) Cisco
7 37 (4.42%) IBM
8 34 (4.06%) Red Hat
9 33 (3.94%) EMC
10 29 (3.46%) Symantec
11 27 (3.23%) AppSense
12 23 (2.75%) Wyse
13 22 (2.63%) Intel Security
14 21 (2.51%) Remedy
15 19 (2.27%) Splunk
16 17 (2.03%) Dell
17 16 (1.91%) NetApp
18 14 (1.67%) Veritas
19 13 (1.55%) SaltStack
20 12 (1.43%) Apple
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