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 28 May 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
28 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Windows
Rank 6 7 4
Rank change year-on-year
+1 -3
Contract jobs citing Windows 473 428 480
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 11.97% 11.48% 15.60%
As % of the Operating Systems category 55.65% 51.94% 69.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 221 190 215
Median daily rate £370 £325 £270
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.84% +20.37%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £151 £124
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £502 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £345 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+6.15% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 41 95 99
Median hourly rate £13.00 £14.35 £16.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.37% -14.35%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.00 £10.93
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.00 £19.18 £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £15.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
- +3.33%
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
850 824 686
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 21.51% 22.10% 22.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 468 429 340
Median daily rate £378 £375 £280
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.66% +33.93%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £188 £163
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £550 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £347 £313
% change year-on-year
+5.04% +11.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 98 100
Median hourly rate £13.50 £14.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.89% -19.44%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.00 £20.00 £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+3.12% +3.22%

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 28 May 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 28 May 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 28 May 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 +1 219 £325 +4.41% 87
Cheshire +8 153 £425 +6.25% 30
Merseyside -6 46 £325 +51.16% 17
Lancashire -3 41 £375 +38.88% 12
Windows
England

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 May 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.

1 350 (40.18%) Active Directory
2 313 (35.94%) Microsoft
3 264 (30.31%) Windows Server
4 221 (25.37%) VMware
5 194 (22.27%) Windows Server 2012
6 182 (20.90%) Linux
7 156 (17.91%) Citrix
8 153 (17.57%) Migration
9 139 (15.96%) Unix
10 137 (15.73%) Windows 7
11 136 (15.61%) Windows Server 2008
12 134 (15.38%) Finance
13 133 (15.27%) ITIL
14 124 (14.24%) VMware Infrastructure
15 121 (13.89%) MS Office
16 116 (13.32%) MS Excel
17 109 (12.51%) SCCM
18 106 (12.17%) PowerShell
19 105 (12.06%) SQL Server
20 101 (11.60%) Windows Server 2003
21 99 (11.37%) Security Cleared
22 95 (10.91%) Data Centre
23 94 (10.79%) SQL
23 94 (10.79%) Oracle
23 94 (10.79%) DNS
24 90 (10.33%) Agile Software Development
25 88 (10.10%) MS Exchange
26 81 (9.30%) HP
26 81 (9.30%) .NET
27 80 (9.18%) SC Cleared

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 88 (10.10%) MS Exchange
2 71 (8.15%) SharePoint
3 60 (6.89%) Apache
4 57 (6.54%) IIS
4 57 (6.54%) Skype for Business
5 32 (3.67%) SharePoint 2013
6 28 (3.21%) Tomcat
7 22 (2.53%) Exchange Server 2010
8 21 (2.41%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 17 (1.95%) WebSphere
10 15 (1.72%) Exchange Server 2013
10 15 (1.72%) WebLogic
11 14 (1.61%) JBoss
12 11 (1.26%) Exchange Server 2007
12 11 (1.26%) WebSphere Application Server
13 9 (1.03%) OpenStack
14 8 (0.92%) Exchange Server 2003
15 7 (0.80%) Confluence
15 7 (0.80%) Oracle Application Server
15 7 (0.80%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 121 (13.89%) MS Office
2 116 (13.32%) MS Excel
3 9 (1.03%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (0.46%) MS Project
4 4 (0.46%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.34%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.11%) Doxygen
Business Applications
1 7 (0.80%) Oracle 11i
1 7 (0.80%) Remedy ITSM
2 5 (0.57%) Oracle Applications
2 5 (0.57%) Oracle EBS
2 5 (0.57%) Oracle EBS R12
3 3 (0.34%) Markit EDM
3 3 (0.34%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 2 (0.23%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.11%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.11%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.11%) OpenText MBPM
5 1 (0.11%) Oracle BPM
5 1 (0.11%) Oracle Retail
5 1 (0.11%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 48 (5.51%) Office 365
2 32 (3.67%) IaaS
3 27 (3.10%) Amazon AWS
4 26 (2.99%) Microsoft Azure
5 16 (1.84%) PaaS
6 10 (1.15%) Amazon EC2
6 10 (1.15%) SaaS
7 9 (1.03%) Amazon S3
8 4 (0.46%) Azure Active Directory
8 4 (0.46%) Google App Engine
8 4 (0.46%) Google Cloud Platform
9 3 (0.34%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 3 (0.34%) Amazon EMR
9 3 (0.34%) Amazon Kinesis
9 3 (0.34%) AWS CloudFormation
9 3 (0.34%) AWS CloudTrail
9 3 (0.34%) AWS Lambda
9 3 (0.34%) GitHub
9 3 (0.34%) Route 53
9 3 (0.34%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 94 (10.79%) DNS
2 65 (7.46%) DHCP
3 57 (6.54%) TCP/IP
4 45 (5.17%) SAN
5 43 (4.94%) Skype
6 41 (4.71%) Firewall
7 35 (4.02%) WAN
8 26 (2.99%) LAN
9 25 (2.87%) SSL
10 24 (2.76%) NetScaler
11 23 (2.64%) VPN
12 21 (2.41%) Network Security
13 20 (2.30%) Internet
14 19 (2.18%) SMTP
15 16 (1.84%) HTTP
15 16 (1.84%) VoIP
16 14 (1.61%) FTP
16 14 (1.61%) Remote Desktop
17 11 (1.26%) Wireless
18 10 (1.15%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 105 (12.06%) SQL Server
2 32 (3.67%) Oracle Database
3 19 (2.18%) MySQL
4 18 (2.07%) Relational Database
5 17 (1.95%) PostgreSQL
6 15 (1.72%) DB2
6 15 (1.72%) SQL Server 2012
7 11 (1.26%) Amazon RDS
7 11 (1.26%) RDBMS
7 11 (1.26%) SQL Server 2008
8 7 (0.80%) Apache Hive
8 7 (0.80%) Hadoop
9 6 (0.69%) MS Access
9 6 (0.69%) Oracle Database 10g
9 6 (0.69%) Oracle Database 11g
10 5 (0.57%) Oracle Discoverer
10 5 (0.57%) SQL Server 2005
10 5 (0.57%) SQL Server 2014
11 4 (0.46%) Big Data
11 4 (0.46%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 36 (4.13%) Jenkins
1 36 (4.13%) Team Foundation Server
2 35 (4.02%) JIRA
3 29 (3.33%) Visual Studio
4 25 (2.87%) Git (software)
4 25 (2.87%) SpecFlow
5 24 (2.76%) TestComplete
6 20 (2.30%) Subversion
7 13 (1.49%) ClearCase
8 10 (1.15%) TeamCity
9 9 (1.03%) Gradle
9 9 (1.03%) MSI
9 9 (1.03%) Rational DOORS
9 9 (1.03%) Vagrant
10 7 (0.80%) Octopus Deploy
11 6 (0.69%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 6 (0.69%) TestDirector
11 6 (0.69%) Travis CI
12 5 (0.57%) GitLab
13 4 (0.46%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 134 (15.38%) Finance
2 59 (6.77%) Banking
3 26 (2.99%) Manufacturing
4 17 (1.95%) Law
4 17 (1.95%) Local Government
5 16 (1.84%) Legal
5 16 (1.84%) Telecoms
6 10 (1.15%) French Language
6 10 (1.15%) Retail
7 9 (1.03%) German Language
8 7 (0.80%) Italian Language
8 7 (0.80%) Military
9 6 (0.69%) Marketing
10 5 (0.57%) Back Office
10 5 (0.57%) Dutch Language
10 5 (0.57%) Pharmaceutical
11 4 (0.46%) Investment Banking
12 3 (0.34%) Electronics
12 3 (0.34%) Portuguese Language
13 2 (0.23%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 177 (20.32%) Analyst
2 73 (8.38%) Architect
3 59 (6.77%) Support Engineer
4 58 (6.66%) Developer
5 54 (6.20%) Service Analyst
6 52 (5.97%) Consultant
6 52 (5.97%) Service Desk Analyst
7 45 (5.17%) Support Analyst
8 41 (4.71%) Desktop Support
9 38 (4.36%) Desktop Engineer
10 37 (4.25%) Technical Analyst
11 35 (4.02%) Windows Engineer
12 33 (3.79%) Project Manager
13 31 (3.56%) 1st Line Support
13 31 (3.56%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 28 (3.21%) 2nd Line Support
14 28 (3.21%) Administrator
15 24 (2.76%) Citrix Specialist
15 24 (2.76%) Server Engineer
16 22 (2.53%) Infrastructure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 81 (9.30%) .NET
2 30 (3.44%) HTML
3 29 (3.33%) XML
4 26 (2.99%) Web Services
5 23 (2.64%) .NET Framework
6 20 (2.30%) CSS
7 18 (2.07%) jQuery
8 15 (1.72%) HTML5
9 13 (1.49%) LAMP
9 13 (1.49%) LAPP Stack
9 13 (1.49%) Middleware
10 11 (1.26%) WPF
11 10 (1.15%) JSON
11 10 (1.15%) Spring
12 9 (1.03%) ASP.NET
12 9 (1.03%) IBM Integration Bus
12 9 (1.03%) SOAP
12 9 (1.03%) WebSphere MQ
12 9 (1.03%) WinForms
13 8 (0.92%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 95 (10.91%) Data Centre
2 43 (4.94%) Analytical Skills
3 34 (3.90%) Clustering
4 33 (3.79%) Fat Client
4 33 (3.79%) Thin Client
5 28 (3.21%) Blackberry
6 26 (2.99%) Mainframe
6 26 (2.99%) PKI
7 17 (1.95%) Computer Science
8 16 (1.84%) Management Information System
9 15 (1.72%) Life Science
10 13 (1.49%) Mobile App
11 12 (1.38%) EPoS
11 12 (1.38%) NHS
12 9 (1.03%) iPad
13 8 (0.92%) Driving Licence
13 8 (0.92%) PMI
14 7 (0.80%) Private Cloud
14 7 (0.80%) Video Conferencing
15 6 (0.69%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 264 (30.31%) Windows Server
2 194 (22.27%) Windows Server 2012
3 182 (20.90%) Linux
4 139 (15.96%) Unix
5 137 (15.73%) Windows 7
6 136 (15.61%) Windows Server 2008
7 101 (11.60%) Windows Server 2003
8 66 (7.58%) Windows XP
9 56 (6.43%) Windows 10
10 52 (5.97%) Windows 8
11 43 (4.94%) AIX
12 41 (4.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 36 (4.13%) Solaris
14 29 (3.33%) Apple iOS
15 19 (2.18%) HPUX
16 17 (1.95%) Android
16 17 (1.95%) Mac OS
17 13 (1.49%) CentOS
18 10 (1.15%) Mac OS X
18 10 (1.15%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 153 (17.57%) Migration
2 133 (15.27%) ITIL
3 90 (10.33%) Agile Software Development
4 76 (8.73%) Software Engineering
5 62 (7.12%) Test Automation
6 47 (5.40%) Project Management
7 38 (4.36%) Continuous Integration
7 38 (4.36%) Data Migration
8 36 (4.13%) TDD
9 35 (4.02%) DevOps
10 33 (3.79%) Application Packaging
11 28 (3.21%) Disaster Recovery
11 28 (3.21%) Stakeholder Management
12 26 (2.99%) PRINCE2
13 24 (2.76%) Service Delivery
14 23 (2.64%) Change Management
14 23 (2.64%) Code Coverage
14 23 (2.64%) OO
14 23 (2.64%) Problem Management
15 22 (2.53%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 106 (12.17%) PowerShell
2 94 (10.79%) SQL
3 71 (8.15%) Java
4 43 (4.94%) Bash Shell
4 43 (4.94%) C#
5 36 (4.13%) JavaScript
6 32 (3.67%) Shell Script
7 27 (3.10%) Perl
7 27 (3.10%) Python
8 22 (2.53%) C++
8 22 (2.53%) PHP
8 22 (2.53%) VB
9 14 (1.61%) C
10 12 (1.38%) AWK
11 11 (1.26%) VB.NET
12 10 (1.15%) T-SQL
12 10 (1.15%) VBScript
13 8 (0.92%) Ruby
14 7 (0.80%) VC++
15 5 (0.57%) VB6
Qualifications
1 99 (11.37%) Security Cleared
2 80 (9.18%) SC Cleared
3 58 (6.66%) Microsoft Certification
4 38 (4.36%) Degree
5 24 (2.76%) MCSE
6 16 (1.84%) MCITP
7 15 (1.72%) CISSP
7 15 (1.72%) ITIL Certification
7 15 (1.72%) MCP
8 14 (1.61%) Cisco Certification
8 14 (1.61%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 14 (1.61%) MCSA
9 13 (1.49%) CISM
10 12 (1.38%) CCNA
10 12 (1.38%) MCDST
11 11 (1.26%) ISEB
12 9 (1.03%) ISTQB
13 8 (0.92%) MOS
13 8 (0.92%) PMI Certification
13 8 (0.92%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (3.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 17 (1.95%) PCI DSS
3 15 (1.72%) SLA
4 13 (1.49%) QA
5 8 (0.92%) COBIT
6 7 (0.80%) Disclosure Scotland
7 2 (0.23%) ISO27005
7 2 (0.23%) JSP 440
7 2 (0.23%) RMADS
System Software
1 350 (40.18%) Active Directory
2 124 (14.24%) VMware Infrastructure
3 61 (7.00%) Hyper-V
4 44 (5.05%) Microsoft App-V
5 33 (3.79%) XenApp
6 29 (3.33%) vSphere
7 14 (1.61%) VMware ESX
8 11 (1.26%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 10 (1.15%) UAG
9 10 (1.15%) XenDesktop
10 7 (0.80%) Oracle RAC
11 6 (0.69%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
12 5 (0.57%) Brightmail
12 5 (0.57%) Sendmail
12 5 (0.57%) Squid
12 5 (0.57%) VMware ESXi
13 4 (0.46%) BitLocker
13 4 (0.46%) HDFS
13 4 (0.46%) KVM
13 4 (0.46%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 109 (12.51%) SCCM
2 63 (7.23%) SCOM
3 48 (5.51%) Puppet
4 26 (2.99%) Opscode Chef
5 14 (1.61%) Norton AntiVirus
6 13 (1.49%) Tivoli
7 12 (1.38%) vRealize
7 12 (1.38%) WSUS
8 11 (1.26%) SCOrch
9 10 (1.15%) HP Quality Center
10 9 (1.03%) Red Hat Satellite
11 8 (0.92%) Nagios
12 7 (0.80%) NetBackup
12 7 (0.80%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
13 6 (0.69%) EMC NetWorker
14 5 (0.57%) BladeLogic
14 5 (0.57%) Data Guard
14 5 (0.57%) OpenNebula
14 5 (0.57%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
15 4 (0.46%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 313 (35.94%) Microsoft
2 221 (25.37%) VMware
3 156 (17.91%) Citrix
4 94 (10.79%) Oracle
5 81 (9.30%) HP
6 69 (7.92%) Cisco
7 46 (5.28%) IBM
8 35 (4.02%) AppSense
8 35 (4.02%) Red Hat
9 28 (3.21%) Wyse
10 27 (3.10%) Dell
11 24 (2.76%) Symantec
12 21 (2.41%) NetApp
12 21 (2.41%) Remedy
13 18 (2.07%) EMC
14 17 (1.95%) Intel Security
15 16 (1.84%) Splunk
16 14 (1.61%) Veritas
17 13 (1.49%) Apple
17 13 (1.49%) SaltStack
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