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 22 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
22 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 422 476 362
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 11.50% 15.74% 15.37%
As % of the Operating Systems category 53.02% 70.52% 66.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 189 210 153
Average daily rate
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£320 £265 £260
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.75% +1.92%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £120 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £514 £450 £420
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £314
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -4.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 94 99 65
Average hourly rate £14.17 £17.50 £16.72
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-19.01% +4.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.93 £9.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.75 £35.50 £31.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.25 £15.00 £15.25
% change year-on-year
+1.66% -1.63%
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
796 675 546
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 21.69% 22.32% 23.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 417 327 240
Average daily rate £375 £280 £290
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+33.93% -3.45%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £174 £144 £169
10% offered a daily rate of more than £572 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+12.00% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 97 101 66
Average hourly rate £14.35 £18.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.30% +2.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £10.69 £9.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.87 £35.00 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.75 £15.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+1.61% -3.12%

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 22 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 22 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 22 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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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 0 176 £310 +3.33% 95
Cheshire -12 102 £400 +49.53% 46
Merseyside 0 61 £220 +35.38% 16
Lancashire -11 44 £270 +8.00% 21
Cumbria -5 12 £310 -17.33% 3
Windows
England

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 22 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.

1 320 (35.36%) Microsoft
2 307 (33.92%) Active Directory
3 226 (24.97%) VMware
4 219 (24.20%) Windows 7
5 185 (20.44%) Citrix
6 184 (20.33%) Linux
7 162 (17.90%) Windows Server 2008
8 139 (15.36%) Security Cleared
9 138 (15.25%) ITIL
9 138 (15.25%) Migration
10 129 (14.25%) Windows Server 2003
11 128 (14.14%) Oracle
12 127 (14.03%) MS Office
13 126 (13.92%) VMware Infrastructure
14 121 (13.37%) Windows XP
15 118 (13.04%) UNIX
16 117 (12.93%) SQL
17 112 (12.38%) MS Exchange
18 111 (12.27%) SQL Server
19 107 (11.82%) MS Excel
20 106 (11.71%) Windows Server 2012
21 104 (11.49%) Finance
22 94 (10.39%) SC Cleared
23 83 (9.17%) Agile Software Development
24 82 (9.06%) SCCM
25 77 (8.51%) IIS
26 75 (8.29%) Cisco
27 72 (7.96%) Microsoft Certification
27 72 (7.96%) SAN
28 66 (7.29%) Java

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 22 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
1 112 (12.38%) MS Exchange
2 77 (8.51%) IIS
3 51 (5.64%) Exchange Server 2010
4 43 (4.75%) SharePoint
5 23 (2.54%) IBM Notes
6 19 (2.10%) Exchange Server 2013
6 19 (2.10%) Apache
7 17 (1.88%) WebSphere
8 14 (1.55%) NetWeaver
9 13 (1.44%) Exchange Server 2007
9 13 (1.44%) Tomcat
10 12 (1.33%) BizTalk Server
10 12 (1.33%) Lync
11 11 (1.22%) Exchange Server 2003
12 10 (1.10%) MQSeries
12 10 (1.10%) Confluence
13 9 (0.99%) SharePoint 2010
13 9 (0.99%) SAS
14 7 (0.77%) WebLogic
15 6 (0.66%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 127 (14.03%) MS Office
2 107 (11.82%) MS Excel
3 5 (0.55%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (0.22%) MS Project
4 2 (0.22%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.11%) Doxygen
Business Applications
1 9 (0.99%) BusinessWorks
2 6 (0.66%) 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 Applications
5 1 (0.11%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.11%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 22 (2.43%) Office 365
2 19 (2.10%) Microsoft Azure
2 19 (2.10%) Amazon AWS
3 8 (0.88%) PaaS
4 5 (0.55%) Google Apps
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%) IaaS
6 2 (0.22%) OneDrive
7 1 (0.11%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.11%) Mimecast
7 1 (0.11%) Symantec.cloud
7 1 (0.11%) Amazon ELB
7 1 (0.11%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.11%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 72 (7.96%) SAN
2 65 (7.18%) DNS
3 63 (6.96%) Firewall
4 62 (6.85%) WAN
5 58 (6.41%) DHCP
6 55 (6.08%) LAN
7 47 (5.19%) Internet
7 47 (5.19%) TCP/IP
8 36 (3.98%) VPN
9 23 (2.54%) Wireless
10 21 (2.32%) SSL
11 19 (2.10%) VLAN
11 19 (2.10%) NAS
11 19 (2.10%) Cisco ASA
12 18 (1.99%) HTTP
13 16 (1.77%) LDAP
14 15 (1.66%) MPLS
15 14 (1.55%) BGP
15 14 (1.55%) iSCSI
16 13 (1.44%) Fibre Channel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 111 (12.27%) SQL Server
2 46 (5.08%) Oracle Database
3 29 (3.20%) Relational Database
4 25 (2.76%) SQL Server 2008
5 24 (2.65%) RDBMS
6 19 (2.10%) Big Data
7 14 (1.55%) MySQL
7 14 (1.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 14 (1.55%) SAP HANA
8 13 (1.44%) Hadoop
8 13 (1.44%) MongoDB
9 9 (0.99%) SQL Server 2012
9 9 (0.99%) NoSQL
9 9 (0.99%) SQL Server 2005
9 9 (0.99%) Data Warehouse
10 8 (0.88%) Oracle Database 10g
11 7 (0.77%) Oracle Database 11g
11 7 (0.77%) PostgreSQL
12 6 (0.66%) DB2
12 6 (0.66%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 31 (3.43%) Git (software)
2 25 (2.76%) Visual Studio
3 24 (2.65%) Team Foundation Server
4 20 (2.21%) Eclipse
4 20 (2.21%) Subversion
5 19 (2.10%) JIRA
6 12 (1.33%) Jenkins
7 10 (1.10%) Ant
7 10 (1.10%) Selenium
7 10 (1.10%) Gradle
8 9 (0.99%) Maven
8 9 (0.99%) MSI
9 8 (0.88%) Mercurial
10 7 (0.77%) Cucumber
10 7 (0.77%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 7 (0.77%) Toad
10 7 (0.77%) JUnit
11 6 (0.66%) VSS/SourceSafe
11 6 (0.66%) Moq
11 6 (0.66%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 104 (11.49%) Finance
2 40 (4.42%) Banking
3 21 (2.32%) Retail
4 20 (2.21%) Legal
5 17 (1.88%) Manufacturing
6 14 (1.55%) Law
7 10 (1.10%) Telecoms
8 8 (0.88%) Back Office
9 7 (0.77%) Local Government
10 6 (0.66%) Dutch Language
10 6 (0.66%) German Language
11 5 (0.55%) Pharmaceutical
12 4 (0.44%) Automotive
12 4 (0.44%) French Language
12 4 (0.44%) Russian Language
12 4 (0.44%) Retail Banking
13 3 (0.33%) Marketing
13 3 (0.33%) Financial Institution
14 2 (0.22%) Investment Banking
14 2 (0.22%) Billing
Job Titles
1 192 (21.22%) Analyst
2 100 (11.05%) Architect
3 76 (8.40%) Developer
3 76 (8.40%) Support Engineer
4 69 (7.62%) Support Analyst
5 62 (6.85%) Service Analyst
6 61 (6.74%) Desktop Support
7 58 (6.41%) Service Desk Analyst
8 52 (5.75%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 41 (4.53%) 2nd Line Support
10 31 (3.43%) 3rd Line Support
11 30 (3.31%) 1st Line Support
11 30 (3.31%) Administrator
12 29 (3.20%) Infrastructure Architect
13 28 (3.09%) IT Support
14 27 (2.98%) Project Manager
15 26 (2.87%) Consultant
15 26 (2.87%) Technical Analyst
16 25 (2.76%) Technical Architect
17 23 (2.54%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 59 (6.52%) Web Services
2 53 (5.86%) HTML
3 43 (4.75%) .NET
4 37 (4.09%) XML
5 23 (2.54%) Middleware
6 21 (2.32%) HTML5
7 19 (2.10%) WCF
8 18 (1.99%) ASP.NET
9 17 (1.88%) Application Packaging
10 16 (1.77%) Java EE
10 16 (1.77%) AngularJS
11 15 (1.66%) JSON
11 15 (1.66%) CSS
12 11 (1.22%) REST
13 10 (1.10%) J2EE
13 10 (1.10%) JMS
13 10 (1.10%) .NET Framework
13 10 (1.10%) jQuery
14 9 (0.99%) MSMQ
15 7 (0.77%) TIBCO EMS
Miscellaneous
1 58 (6.41%) Analytical Skills
2 28 (3.09%) Clustering
3 23 (2.54%) Blackberry
4 21 (2.32%) NHS
5 20 (2.21%) Thin Client
5 20 (2.21%) Fat Client
6 18 (1.99%) Enterprise Software
7 16 (1.77%) Replication
7 16 (1.77%) Open Source
8 14 (1.55%) Management Information System
9 12 (1.33%) Private Cloud
9 12 (1.33%) Data Structures
10 11 (1.22%) Mainframe
11 10 (1.10%) Computer Science
11 10 (1.10%) iPad
12 8 (0.88%) Life Science
12 8 (0.88%) Celerra
13 7 (0.77%) FlexPod
13 7 (0.77%) Mobile App
13 7 (0.77%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 219 (24.20%) Windows 7
2 184 (20.33%) Linux
3 162 (17.90%) Windows Server 2008
4 129 (14.25%) Windows Server 2003
5 121 (13.37%) Windows XP
6 118 (13.04%) UNIX
7 106 (11.71%) Windows Server 2012
8 39 (4.31%) Solaris
9 37 (4.09%) Windows 8
10 34 (3.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 31 (3.43%) AIX
11 31 (3.43%) Apple iOS
12 26 (2.87%) Android
13 20 (2.21%) VMS
14 13 (1.44%) Windows Vista
15 12 (1.33%) Windows Mobile
16 10 (1.10%) Mac OS
17 9 (0.99%) Windows NT
17 9 (0.99%) Windows 2000
18 8 (0.88%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 138 (15.25%) ITIL
1 138 (15.25%) Migration
2 83 (9.17%) Agile Software Development
3 50 (5.52%) Project Management
4 48 (5.30%) Incident Management
5 46 (5.08%) Stakeholder Management
6 38 (4.20%) Software Engineering
7 36 (3.98%) OO
8 34 (3.76%) TDD
9 33 (3.65%) Waterfall
9 33 (3.65%) Continuous Integration
9 33 (3.65%) Disaster Recovery
10 31 (3.43%) Service Management
11 28 (3.09%) Validation
12 26 (2.87%) Configuration Management
12 26 (2.87%) Information Security
13 25 (2.76%) Test Scripting
14 21 (2.32%) User Acceptance Testing
14 21 (2.32%) Technical Architecture
15 20 (2.21%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 117 (12.93%) SQL
2 66 (7.29%) Java
3 43 (4.75%) PowerShell
4 42 (4.64%) C#
5 31 (3.43%) JavaScript
6 20 (2.21%) C
7 18 (1.99%) Shell Script
8 14 (1.55%) Perl
8 14 (1.55%) XPath
9 12 (1.33%) VBScript
9 12 (1.33%) C++
9 12 (1.33%) Objective-C
10 11 (1.22%) PHP
11 10 (1.10%) Python
11 10 (1.10%) XQuery
12 9 (0.99%) Bash Shell
13 6 (0.66%) PL/SQL
14 5 (0.55%) VBA
14 5 (0.55%) T-SQL
15 4 (0.44%) VB
Qualifications
1 139 (15.36%) Security Cleared
2 94 (10.39%) SC Cleared
3 72 (7.96%) Microsoft Certification
4 31 (3.43%) MCSE
5 24 (2.65%) MCP
5 24 (2.65%) ITIL Certification
6 17 (1.88%) MCITP
6 17 (1.88%) Cisco Certification
7 16 (1.77%) Degree
8 15 (1.66%) DV Cleared
8 15 (1.66%) Citrix Certification
9 14 (1.55%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 13 (1.44%) ISEB
11 12 (1.33%) CCNA
11 12 (1.33%) MCDST
12 11 (1.22%) MCSA
13 10 (1.10%) HND
13 10 (1.10%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 9 (0.99%) A+ Certification
15 8 (0.88%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 45 (4.97%) SLA
2 30 (3.31%) QA
3 20 (2.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.11%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 307 (33.92%) Active Directory
2 126 (13.92%) VMware Infrastructure
3 66 (7.29%) Hyper-V
4 61 (6.74%) XenApp
5 34 (3.76%) VMware ESX
6 30 (3.31%) vSphere
7 24 (2.65%) XenDesktop
8 23 (2.54%) VMware ESXi
9 16 (1.77%) Microsoft App-V
10 15 (1.66%) Terminal Services
11 14 (1.55%) BitLocker
12 12 (1.33%) XenServer
13 9 (0.99%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 8 (0.88%) MetaFrame
14 8 (0.88%) EMC RecoverPoint
15 5 (0.55%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 5 (0.55%) VMware Workstation
16 4 (0.44%) ISA Server
16 4 (0.44%) NFS
17 3 (0.33%) Xen
Systems Management
1 82 (9.06%) SCCM
2 24 (2.65%) Puppet
3 15 (1.66%) CA Single Sign-On
4 14 (1.55%) AirWatch
5 10 (1.10%) Opscode Chef
6 9 (0.99%) SCOM
6 9 (0.99%) TIBCO Hawk
7 8 (0.88%) HP Quality Center
8 7 (0.77%) Ansible
8 7 (0.77%) Salt
8 7 (0.77%) Vagrant
8 7 (0.77%) WSUS
8 7 (0.77%) Norton AntiVirus
9 6 (0.66%) OpenView
9 6 (0.66%) Oracle RMAN
10 5 (0.55%) SCOrch
10 5 (0.55%) McAfee ePO
10 5 (0.55%) EMC NetWorker
10 5 (0.55%) Backup Exec
11 4 (0.44%) MIMEsweeper
Vendors
1 320 (35.36%) Microsoft
2 226 (24.97%) VMware
3 185 (20.44%) Citrix
4 128 (14.14%) Oracle
5 75 (8.29%) Cisco
6 65 (7.18%) HP
7 41 (4.53%) CheckPoint
8 40 (4.42%) NetApp
9 37 (4.09%) EMC
10 36 (3.98%) AppSense
11 32 (3.54%) Red Hat
12 24 (2.65%) Sun
13 23 (2.54%) Lotus
13 23 (2.54%) IBM
14 19 (2.10%) Wyse
14 19 (2.10%) McAfee
15 18 (1.99%) SAP
16 17 (1.88%) Apple
17 16 (1.77%) Symantec
18 15 (1.66%) Remedy
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