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 29 August 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
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Windows
Rank 4 4 5
Rank change year-on-year
0 +1
Contract jobs citing Windows 519 417 463
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 16.61% 14.55% 14.06%
As % of the Operating Systems category 69.20% 65.16% 61.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 258 174 163
Average daily rate
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£300 £313 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.00% -3.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £161 £200 £141
10% offered a daily rate of more than £468 £425 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £305 £315 £313
% change year-on-year
-3.17% +0.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 92 83 88
Average hourly rate £15.01 £16.84 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.85% +5.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.25 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.56 £34.80 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
- -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
750 640 749
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 24.01% 22.33% 22.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 391 284 290
Average daily rate £313 £320 £335
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.34% -4.47%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £210 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £428 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £323 £325 £320
% change year-on-year
-0.76% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 94 87 93
Average hourly rate £15.00 £20.00 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-25.00% +25.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.80 £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 29 August 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 29 August 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 29 August 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 +6 197 £323 +4.03% 91
Cheshire 0 150 £313 -3.84% 57
Lancashire 0 98 £300 -3.61% 11
Merseyside +5 36 £200 -40.74% 15
Cumbria 0 14 £350 +55.55% 3
Windows
England

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 29 August 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.

1 376 (37.30%) Active Directory
2 352 (34.92%) Microsoft
3 280 (27.78%) Windows 7
4 274 (27.18%) Windows Server 2008
5 246 (24.40%) Citrix
6 239 (23.71%) Windows Server 2003
7 234 (23.21%) VMware
8 210 (20.83%) Windows XP
9 170 (16.87%) MS Office
10 152 (15.08%) ITIL
11 151 (14.98%) SCCM
12 145 (14.38%) Security Cleared
13 137 (13.59%) MS Exchange
13 137 (13.59%) DNS
14 131 (13.00%) SC Cleared
15 127 (12.60%) Finance
16 126 (12.50%) SQL
17 123 (12.20%) Linux
18 116 (11.51%) MS Excel
19 111 (11.01%) UNIX
20 110 (10.91%) DHCP
20 110 (10.91%) VMware Infrastructure
21 104 (10.32%) HP
22 100 (9.92%) SQL Server
22 100 (9.92%) Microsoft Certification
23 85 (8.43%) SAN
24 84 (8.33%) .NET
24 84 (8.33%) Windows Server 2012
25 82 (8.13%) Migration
26 80 (7.94%) XenApp

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 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
1 137 (13.59%) MS Exchange
2 79 (7.84%) SharePoint
3 78 (7.74%) Exchange Server 2010
4 51 (5.06%) IIS
4 51 (5.06%) Exchange Server 2003
5 41 (4.07%) Exchange Server 2007
6 29 (2.88%) SharePoint 2010
7 20 (1.98%) Lync
8 14 (1.39%) Tomcat
9 12 (1.19%) Apache
10 11 (1.09%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 11 (1.09%) WebSphere
11 10 (0.99%) SharePoint 2013
12 6 (0.60%) Confluence
13 5 (0.50%) WebLogic
14 4 (0.40%) WebSphere Application Server
14 4 (0.40%) SAS
14 4 (0.40%) CICS
14 4 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2013
15 3 (0.30%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 170 (16.87%) MS Office
2 116 (11.51%) MS Excel
3 18 (1.79%) MS Project
4 16 (1.59%) MS Visio
5 9 (0.89%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.099%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.099%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 20 (1.98%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (0.99%) Oracle EBS
3 5 (0.50%) SAP PM
4 3 (0.30%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 2 (0.20%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.099%) SAP R/3
Cloud Services
1 10 (0.99%) Office 365
2 6 (0.60%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (0.60%) Amazon AWS
3 5 (0.50%) Amazon EC2
3 5 (0.50%) Amazon S3
3 5 (0.50%) Amazon ELB
4 3 (0.30%) PaaS
5 1 (0.099%) Google Apps
5 1 (0.099%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 137 (13.59%) DNS
2 110 (10.91%) DHCP
3 85 (8.43%) SAN
4 75 (7.44%) TCP/IP
5 60 (5.95%) LAN
6 54 (5.36%) Firewall
7 45 (4.46%) WAN
8 37 (3.67%) VPN
9 31 (3.08%) SMS
9 31 (3.08%) Wireless
10 19 (1.88%) Wi-Fi
11 18 (1.79%) 3G
12 14 (1.39%) HTTP
13 10 (0.99%) VoIP
14 8 (0.79%) Internet
15 7 (0.69%) FTP
15 7 (0.69%) Intranet
15 7 (0.69%) IP Telephony
15 7 (0.69%) VLAN
16 6 (0.60%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 100 (9.92%) SQL Server
2 37 (3.67%) SQL Server 2008
3 32 (3.17%) SQL Server 2005
4 14 (1.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 14 (1.39%) RDBMS
4 14 (1.39%) Relational Database
5 12 (1.19%) Oracle Database
6 11 (1.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 9 (0.89%) DB2
8 8 (0.79%) QlikView
9 6 (0.60%) SQL Server 2012
10 5 (0.50%) Amazon RDS
11 4 (0.40%) MySQL
11 4 (0.40%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 4 (0.40%) Data Warehouse
11 4 (0.40%) 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 (2.28%) MSI
2 11 (1.09%) AdminStudio
3 10 (0.99%) InstallShield
4 9 (0.89%) Eclipse
4 9 (0.89%) Wise Package Studio
4 9 (0.89%) MSTest
5 8 (0.79%) Visual Studio
6 7 (0.69%) Subversion
6 7 (0.69%) JIRA
7 6 (0.60%) Team Foundation Server
8 5 (0.50%) LoadRunner
9 4 (0.40%) JUnit
9 4 (0.40%) Mercurial
9 4 (0.40%) Selenium
9 4 (0.40%) Gradle
10 3 (0.30%) WebDriver
10 3 (0.30%) Maven
11 2 (0.20%) Git (software)
11 2 (0.20%) Toad
11 2 (0.20%) QuickTest Pro
General
1 127 (12.60%) Finance
2 62 (6.15%) Banking
3 26 (2.58%) Local Government
4 17 (1.69%) Retail
5 12 (1.19%) Back Office
6 10 (0.99%) Manufacturing
7 8 (0.79%) Telecoms
8 5 (0.50%) 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 (0.099%) Advertising
11 1 (0.099%) Automotive
11 1 (0.099%) Law
11 1 (0.099%) German Language
11 1 (0.099%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 171 (16.96%) Analyst
2 111 (11.01%) Desktop Support
3 109 (10.81%) Support Engineer
4 69 (6.85%) Desktop Engineer
5 65 (6.45%) 2nd Line Support
6 62 (6.15%) Developer
7 58 (5.75%) Desktop Support Engineer
8 56 (5.56%) Architect
9 47 (4.66%) Project Manager
9 47 (4.66%) Administrator
9 47 (4.66%) Service Analyst
10 46 (4.56%) Service Desk Analyst
11 45 (4.46%) Support Analyst
12 44 (4.37%) Consultant
13 39 (3.87%) 3rd Line Support
14 33 (3.27%) 1st Line Support
15 28 (2.78%) Server Engineer
16 26 (2.58%) .NET Developer
16 26 (2.58%) Business Analyst
17 25 (2.48%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 84 (8.33%) .NET
2 51 (5.06%) Web Services
3 28 (2.78%) ASP.NET
4 25 (2.48%) HTML
5 24 (2.38%) .NET Framework
6 22 (2.18%) WinForms
7 21 (2.08%) Application Packaging
7 21 (2.08%) CSS
7 21 (2.08%) Middleware
8 16 (1.59%) WCF
9 15 (1.49%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
10 14 (1.39%) WPF
11 9 (0.89%) JMS
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%) XML
13 7 (0.69%) SOAP
13 7 (0.69%) Regular Expression
Miscellaneous
1 57 (5.65%) Blackberry
2 54 (5.36%) Clustering
3 47 (4.66%) Management Information System
4 28 (2.78%) Mainframe
5 27 (2.68%) Enterprise Software
6 20 (1.98%) Thin Client
6 20 (1.98%) Fat Client
7 15 (1.49%) NHS
8 12 (1.19%) Economics
8 12 (1.19%) iPad
9 9 (0.89%) Reference Data
9 9 (0.89%) Replication
9 9 (0.89%) Tandem
9 9 (0.89%) PDA
10 8 (0.79%) Statistics
10 8 (0.79%) PKI
10 8 (0.79%) Smartcard
11 7 (0.69%) PMI
12 6 (0.60%) Firmware
12 6 (0.60%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 280 (27.78%) Windows 7
2 274 (27.18%) Windows Server 2008
3 239 (23.71%) Windows Server 2003
4 210 (20.83%) Windows XP
5 123 (12.20%) Linux
6 111 (11.01%) UNIX
7 84 (8.33%) Windows Server 2012
8 64 (6.35%) Windows Vista
9 33 (3.27%) AIX
10 31 (3.08%) Windows 8
11 26 (2.58%) Windows 2000
12 18 (1.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 15 (1.49%) Solaris
14 10 (0.99%) HPUX
15 7 (0.69%) Windows NT
16 6 (0.60%) Android
17 5 (0.50%) Windows 2000 Server
17 5 (0.50%) Windows Mobile
18 4 (0.40%) Apple iOS
19 3 (0.30%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 152 (15.08%) ITIL
2 82 (8.13%) Migration
3 67 (6.65%) Information Security
4 57 (5.65%) Project Management
5 41 (4.07%) Software Deployment
6 40 (3.97%) Stakeholder Management
7 36 (3.57%) Business Analysis
8 35 (3.47%) PRINCE2
9 27 (2.68%) MVC
10 24 (2.38%) Incident Management
11 23 (2.28%) Change Management
11 23 (2.28%) Service Management
12 22 (2.18%) CRM
13 21 (2.08%) Product Management
13 21 (2.08%) Change Control
14 20 (1.98%) Load Balancing
15 19 (1.88%) Disaster Recovery
16 18 (1.79%) OO
16 18 (1.79%) Release Management
17 16 (1.59%) Vulnerability Management
Programming Languages
1 126 (12.50%) SQL
2 73 (7.24%) PowerShell
3 40 (3.97%) C#
4 31 (3.08%) Java
4 31 (3.08%) Perl
4 31 (3.08%) VB
5 23 (2.28%) JavaScript
6 20 (1.98%) C
7 16 (1.59%) T-SQL
8 15 (1.49%) Shell Script
9 14 (1.39%) VBScript
10 13 (1.29%) PL/SQL
11 6 (0.60%) C++
11 6 (0.60%) Python
12 5 (0.50%) Groovy
13 4 (0.40%) VB.NET
14 3 (0.30%) XPath
15 2 (0.20%) Objective-C
15 2 (0.20%) VB6
15 2 (0.20%) VC++
Qualifications
1 145 (14.38%) Security Cleared
2 131 (13.00%) SC Cleared
3 100 (9.92%) Microsoft Certification
4 76 (7.54%) MCSE
5 31 (3.08%) MCITP
6 26 (2.58%) Degree
7 23 (2.28%) MCP
8 21 (2.08%) MCTS
9 19 (1.88%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 15 (1.49%) MCSA
10 15 (1.49%) Cisco Certification
10 15 (1.49%) ITIL Certification
11 14 (1.39%) ISEB
12 13 (1.29%) CCNA
13 10 (0.99%) PMP
13 10 (0.99%) PMI Certification
14 9 (0.89%) VCP5
15 7 (0.69%) CISSP
16 5 (0.50%) PRINCE2 Certification
17 4 (0.40%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 49 (4.86%) SLA
2 13 (1.29%) QA
3 9 (0.89%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 8 (0.79%) PCI DSS
5 5 (0.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 3 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 17799
6 3 (0.30%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.099%) COBIT
System Software
1 376 (37.30%) Active Directory
2 110 (10.91%) VMware Infrastructure
3 80 (7.94%) XenApp
4 74 (7.34%) Hyper-V
5 72 (7.14%) Microsoft App-V
6 41 (4.07%) XenServer
7 39 (3.87%) VMware ESX
8 31 (3.08%) XenDesktop
9 27 (2.68%) vSphere
10 10 (0.99%) ISA Server
11 8 (0.79%) VMware ESXi
11 8 (0.79%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 6 (0.60%) Forefront TMG
13 5 (0.50%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
14 4 (0.40%) 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 (14.98%) SCCM
2 41 (4.07%) SCOM
3 28 (2.78%) Backup Exec
4 16 (1.59%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 14 (1.39%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 12 (1.19%) Tivoli
7 10 (0.99%) Norton AntiVirus
8 8 (0.79%) HP Data Protector
8 8 (0.79%) HP Quality Center
9 7 (0.69%) NetBackup
10 6 (0.60%) WSUS
10 6 (0.60%) Business Desktop Deployment
11 5 (0.50%) McAfee ePO
11 5 (0.50%) SCSM
12 4 (0.40%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
12 4 (0.40%) SCVMM
13 3 (0.30%) HP SiteScope
13 3 (0.30%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
13 3 (0.30%) Unicenter
13 3 (0.30%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 352 (34.92%) Microsoft
2 246 (24.40%) Citrix
3 234 (23.21%) VMware
4 104 (10.32%) HP
5 72 (7.14%) Oracle
5 72 (7.14%) Cisco
6 60 (5.95%) AppSense
7 48 (4.76%) Symantec
8 43 (4.27%) CA
9 36 (3.57%) Dell
10 27 (2.68%) Lumension
11 24 (2.38%) McAfee
11 24 (2.38%) Red Hat
12 22 (2.18%) Cyber-Ark
13 21 (2.08%) IBM
14 20 (1.98%) Compaq
14 20 (1.98%) Juniper
15 16 (1.59%) SAP
16 13 (1.29%) NetApp
16 13 (1.29%) Sun
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