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 17 September 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
17 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Windows
Rank 4 4 4
Rank change year-on-year
0 0
Contract jobs citing Windows 483 407 483
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 15.50% 13.78% 14.23%
As % of the Operating Systems category 68.03% 61.67% 61.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 236 167 172
Average daily rate
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£308 £311 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.20% -4.23%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £163 £200 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £473 £428 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £305 £310 £310
% change year-on-year
-1.61% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 94 81 87
Average hourly rate £16.08 £16.84 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.51% +12.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.30 £31.56 £34.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £15.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -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
710 660 790
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 22.79% 22.34% 23.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 377 293 314
Average daily rate £325 £315 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.17% -7.35%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £220 £202
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £320
% change year-on-year
- +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 96 85 92
Average hourly rate £16.16 £17.50 £15.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.65% +14.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.00 £11.34
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.55 £35.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.15 £15.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+4.19% -8.82%

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 17 September 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 17 September 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 17 September 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 +8 178 £305 -1.61% 93
Cheshire 0 130 £325 +5.69% 62
Lancashire 0 96 £300 -5.88% 14
Merseyside -1 38 £190 -43.70% 10
Cumbria -2 13 £375 +50.00% 1
Windows
England

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 17 September 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.

1 366 (37.27%) Active Directory
2 338 (34.42%) Microsoft
3 277 (28.21%) Windows 7
4 262 (26.68%) Windows Server 2008
5 232 (23.63%) VMware
6 230 (23.42%) Citrix
7 229 (23.32%) Windows Server 2003
8 194 (19.76%) Windows XP
9 168 (17.11%) MS Office
10 148 (15.07%) SCCM
11 138 (14.05%) ITIL
12 136 (13.85%) SQL
13 130 (13.24%) Finance
14 129 (13.14%) Linux
14 129 (13.14%) MS Exchange
15 128 (13.03%) DNS
16 123 (12.53%) Security Cleared
17 120 (12.22%) MS Excel
18 115 (11.71%) UNIX
19 112 (11.41%) SC Cleared
20 106 (10.79%) SQL Server
21 103 (10.49%) VMware Infrastructure
22 101 (10.29%) DHCP
23 94 (9.57%) Microsoft Certification
24 92 (9.37%) HP
25 86 (8.76%) Analytical Skills
26 84 (8.55%) Windows Server 2012
27 83 (8.45%) .NET
27 83 (8.45%) SAN
28 82 (8.35%) TCP/IP

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 17 September 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
1 129 (13.14%) MS Exchange
2 72 (7.33%) Exchange Server 2010
2 72 (7.33%) SharePoint
3 54 (5.50%) IIS
4 49 (4.99%) Exchange Server 2003
5 40 (4.07%) Exchange Server 2007
6 25 (2.55%) SharePoint 2010
7 22 (2.24%) Lync
8 16 (1.63%) Tomcat
9 13 (1.32%) Apache
9 13 (1.32%) WebSphere
10 12 (1.22%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 7 (0.71%) Confluence
12 6 (0.61%) SharePoint 2013
12 6 (0.61%) WebSphere Application Server
13 5 (0.51%) WebLogic
14 4 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2013
14 4 (0.41%) SharePoint Server
14 4 (0.41%) BizTalk Server
14 4 (0.41%) CICS
Applications
1 168 (17.11%) MS Office
2 120 (12.22%) MS Excel
3 18 (1.83%) MS Project
4 15 (1.53%) MS Visio
5 10 (1.02%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.10%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.10%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 20 (2.04%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (1.02%) Oracle EBS
3 5 (0.51%) SAP PM
4 3 (0.31%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 2 (0.20%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.10%) SAP R/3
Cloud Services
1 11 (1.12%) Office 365
2 7 (0.71%) Amazon AWS
3 6 (0.61%) Amazon ELB
3 6 (0.61%) Amazon EC2
3 6 (0.61%) Amazon S3
4 5 (0.51%) Microsoft Azure
5 3 (0.31%) PaaS
6 1 (0.10%) IaaS
6 1 (0.10%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 128 (13.03%) DNS
2 101 (10.29%) DHCP
3 83 (8.45%) SAN
4 82 (8.35%) TCP/IP
5 57 (5.80%) LAN
6 50 (5.09%) Firewall
7 46 (4.68%) WAN
8 36 (3.67%) VPN
9 31 (3.16%) SMS
10 29 (2.95%) Wireless
11 19 (1.93%) Wi-Fi
12 16 (1.63%) 3G
13 14 (1.43%) HTTP
14 10 (1.02%) FTP
14 10 (1.02%) VoIP
15 9 (0.92%) Internet
15 9 (0.92%) VLAN
16 6 (0.61%) Network Security
16 6 (0.61%) LDAP
17 5 (0.51%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 106 (10.79%) SQL Server
2 42 (4.28%) SQL Server 2008
3 34 (3.46%) SQL Server 2005
4 15 (1.53%) Relational Database
5 14 (1.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 14 (1.43%) RDBMS
6 13 (1.32%) Oracle Database
7 11 (1.12%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 10 (1.02%) DB2
9 7 (0.71%) QlikView
10 6 (0.61%) SQL Server 2012
10 6 (0.61%) Amazon RDS
10 6 (0.61%) MySQL
11 5 (0.51%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 4 (0.41%) Hazelcast
12 4 (0.41%) Data Mining
12 4 (0.41%) Data Warehouse
13 2 (0.20%) Oracle OLAP
13 2 (0.20%) Data Mart
13 2 (0.20%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 20 (2.04%) MSI
2 12 (1.22%) AdminStudio
3 10 (1.02%) InstallShield
4 9 (0.92%) Eclipse
5 8 (0.81%) JIRA
5 8 (0.81%) Team Foundation Server
5 8 (0.81%) Wise Package Studio
5 8 (0.81%) MSTest
5 8 (0.81%) Subversion
6 7 (0.71%) Visual Studio
7 6 (0.61%) LoadRunner
8 4 (0.41%) Gradle
8 4 (0.41%) Selenium
8 4 (0.41%) Mercurial
8 4 (0.41%) Maven
8 4 (0.41%) JUnit
9 3 (0.31%) Toad
9 3 (0.31%) QuickTest Pro
9 3 (0.31%) WebDriver
9 3 (0.31%) Git (software)
General
1 130 (13.24%) Finance
2 68 (6.92%) Banking
3 26 (2.65%) Local Government
4 17 (1.73%) Retail
5 12 (1.22%) Back Office
6 10 (1.02%) Telecoms
7 9 (0.92%) Manufacturing
8 7 (0.71%) Legal
9 4 (0.41%) Investment Banking
10 3 (0.31%) Pharmaceutical
10 3 (0.31%) Marketing
11 2 (0.20%) Retail Banking
11 2 (0.20%) Financial Institution
12 1 (0.10%) Billing
12 1 (0.10%) Multimedia
12 1 (0.10%) Advertising
12 1 (0.10%) Automotive
12 1 (0.10%) Law
12 1 (0.10%) German Language
Job Titles
1 176 (17.92%) Analyst
2 105 (10.69%) Desktop Support
3 102 (10.39%) Support Engineer
4 63 (6.42%) Desktop Engineer
5 62 (6.31%) 2nd Line Support
6 60 (6.11%) Developer
7 57 (5.80%) Architect
8 52 (5.30%) Desktop Support Engineer
9 49 (4.99%) Service Analyst
10 48 (4.89%) Administrator
10 48 (4.89%) Service Desk Analyst
11 46 (4.68%) Consultant
12 44 (4.48%) Project Manager
13 40 (4.07%) 3rd Line Support
13 40 (4.07%) Support Analyst
14 32 (3.26%) 1st Line Support
15 28 (2.85%) Infrastructure Engineer
16 26 (2.65%) Business Analyst
17 23 (2.34%) .NET Developer
18 22 (2.24%) Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 83 (8.45%) .NET
2 47 (4.79%) Web Services
3 26 (2.65%) HTML
4 24 (2.44%) ASP.NET
5 21 (2.14%) CSS
5 21 (2.14%) Middleware
6 20 (2.04%) .NET Framework
7 19 (1.93%) WinForms
8 18 (1.83%) Application Packaging
9 13 (1.32%) WCF
10 11 (1.12%) SOAP
10 11 (1.12%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
10 11 (1.12%) WPF
11 10 (1.02%) XML
11 10 (1.02%) JMS
12 9 (0.92%) YUI
13 8 (0.81%) jQuery
13 8 (0.81%) ODBC
14 7 (0.71%) LINQ
14 7 (0.71%) Regular Expression
Miscellaneous
1 86 (8.76%) Analytical Skills
2 55 (5.60%) Clustering
3 52 (5.30%) Blackberry
4 45 (4.58%) Management Information System
5 27 (2.75%) Mainframe
6 25 (2.55%) Enterprise Software
7 17 (1.73%) Thin Client
7 17 (1.73%) Fat Client
8 13 (1.32%) iPad
9 12 (1.22%) Economics
10 11 (1.12%) NHS
10 11 (1.12%) Replication
11 9 (0.92%) Tandem
11 9 (0.92%) Reference Data
12 8 (0.81%) PKI
13 7 (0.71%) PMI
13 7 (0.71%) Computer Science
13 7 (0.71%) PDA
13 7 (0.71%) Statistics
14 6 (0.61%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 277 (28.21%) Windows 7
2 262 (26.68%) Windows Server 2008
3 229 (23.32%) Windows Server 2003
4 194 (19.76%) Windows XP
5 129 (13.14%) Linux
6 115 (11.71%) UNIX
7 84 (8.55%) Windows Server 2012
8 62 (6.31%) Windows Vista
9 31 (3.16%) AIX
10 29 (2.95%) Windows 8
11 25 (2.55%) Windows 2000
12 19 (1.93%) Solaris
12 19 (1.93%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 11 (1.12%) HPUX
14 8 (0.81%) Android
15 7 (0.71%) Windows NT
15 7 (0.71%) Apple iOS
16 6 (0.61%) Windows 2000 Server
17 5 (0.51%) Windows Mobile
18 3 (0.31%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 138 (14.05%) ITIL
2 77 (7.84%) Migration
3 67 (6.82%) Information Security
4 53 (5.40%) Project Management
5 39 (3.97%) Software Deployment
5 39 (3.97%) Stakeholder Management
6 32 (3.26%) Business Analysis
7 30 (3.05%) PRINCE2
8 28 (2.85%) Agile Software Development
9 22 (2.24%) Load Balancing
9 22 (2.24%) MVC
9 22 (2.24%) CRM
10 21 (2.14%) Disaster Recovery
10 21 (2.14%) Product Management
11 20 (2.04%) Incident Management
12 19 (1.93%) Service Management
13 18 (1.83%) Change Management
14 16 (1.63%) Vulnerability Management
14 16 (1.63%) OO
15 15 (1.53%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 136 (13.85%) SQL
2 66 (6.72%) PowerShell
3 37 (3.77%) C#
4 34 (3.46%) Java
5 32 (3.26%) Perl
6 30 (3.05%) VB
7 27 (2.75%) C
8 23 (2.34%) JavaScript
9 20 (2.04%) T-SQL
10 16 (1.63%) VBScript
11 14 (1.43%) Shell Script
12 12 (1.22%) PL/SQL
13 7 (0.71%) Python
14 5 (0.51%) VB.NET
14 5 (0.51%) C++
14 5 (0.51%) Groovy
15 4 (0.41%) XPath
16 3 (0.31%) PHP
17 2 (0.20%) Objective-C
17 2 (0.20%) VB6
Qualifications
1 123 (12.53%) Security Cleared
2 112 (11.41%) SC Cleared
3 94 (9.57%) Microsoft Certification
4 68 (6.92%) MCSE
5 32 (3.26%) MCITP
6 26 (2.65%) Degree
7 24 (2.44%) MCP
8 22 (2.24%) MCTS
9 20 (2.04%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 15 (1.53%) MCSA
10 15 (1.53%) ISEB
11 14 (1.43%) ITIL Certification
12 13 (1.32%) CCNA
12 13 (1.32%) Cisco Certification
13 10 (1.02%) PMP
13 10 (1.02%) PMI Certification
14 9 (0.92%) VCP5
15 8 (0.81%) CISSP
16 5 (0.51%) PRINCE2 Certification
17 4 (0.41%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 47 (4.79%) SLA
2 13 (1.32%) QA
3 8 (0.81%) PCI DSS
3 8 (0.81%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 4 (0.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 17799
5 2 (0.20%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.10%) COBIT
System Software
1 366 (37.27%) Active Directory
2 103 (10.49%) VMware Infrastructure
3 73 (7.43%) Hyper-V
4 71 (7.23%) XenApp
5 69 (7.03%) Microsoft App-V
6 37 (3.77%) VMware ESX
7 32 (3.26%) XenServer
8 23 (2.34%) XenDesktop
9 17 (1.73%) vSphere
10 10 (1.02%) ISA Server
11 8 (0.81%) VMware ESXi
12 7 (0.71%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 6 (0.61%) Forefront TMG
14 5 (0.51%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
15 3 (0.31%) Terminal Services
15 3 (0.31%) Brightmail
15 3 (0.31%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 2 (0.20%) RHEV
16 2 (0.20%) VMware Workstation
16 2 (0.20%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 148 (15.07%) SCCM
2 44 (4.48%) SCOM
3 29 (2.95%) Backup Exec
4 16 (1.63%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 14 (1.43%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 10 (1.02%) Tivoli
6 10 (1.02%) Norton AntiVirus
7 9 (0.92%) NetBackup
8 8 (0.81%) HP Data Protector
8 8 (0.81%) HP Quality Center
9 6 (0.61%) Business Desktop Deployment
10 5 (0.51%) McAfee ePO
10 5 (0.51%) WSUS
10 5 (0.51%) SCSM
11 4 (0.41%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
11 4 (0.41%) SCVMM
12 3 (0.31%) Unicenter
12 3 (0.31%) Control-M
12 3 (0.31%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
12 3 (0.31%) HP SiteScope
Vendors
1 338 (34.42%) Microsoft
2 232 (23.63%) VMware
3 230 (23.42%) Citrix
4 92 (9.37%) HP
5 76 (7.74%) Oracle
6 71 (7.23%) Cisco
7 61 (6.21%) AppSense
8 43 (4.38%) Symantec
9 41 (4.18%) CA
10 26 (2.65%) Red Hat
10 26 (2.65%) Dell
11 25 (2.55%) Lumension
12 23 (2.34%) Juniper
12 23 (2.34%) McAfee
13 22 (2.24%) Cyber-Ark
14 21 (2.14%) IBM
15 15 (1.53%) SAP
16 14 (1.43%) NetApp
16 14 (1.43%) Sun
17 12 (1.22%) Splunk
Manchester
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 3 hours ago
Preston
Reed Technology - UK Posting Account
Rate: £15 - £15.50 per hour
Posted: 3 hours ago
Greater Manchester
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £13 to £16 per hour
Posted: 9 hours ago
Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300.00 - £350.00 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £8.00 - £12.00 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Blue Octopus Recruitment LLP
Rate: Salary £28,000 - £30,000 plus Bonus Potential
Posted: Yesterday
Preston, Lancashire
Experis Ltd
Rate: Market Rate Value
Posted: Yesterday
Knutsford, Cheshire
Square One Resources
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £240 - £340 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester
Venn Group - UK
Rate: 9-11 Per Hour
Posted: Yesterday
Warrington, Cheshire
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: 2 days ago
Greater Manchester
Senitor Associates
Rate: £13 - £17 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Chester, Cheshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £350 - £450 per day + Daily
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Curve IT Recruitment
Rate: £1 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
North West
Venn Group - UK
Rate: 15-18 Per Hour
Posted: 7 days ago
St. Helens
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £20.00 - £21.50 per hour
Posted: 7 days ago
Wigan
Computer Futures
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 8 days ago
Warrington
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £9.00 - £11.00 per hour
Posted: 13 days ago
Cheshire
Real Staffing
Rate: £120 - £145 per day + competitive
Posted: 14 days ago
Greater Manchester
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £95.00 - £115.00 per day
Posted: 15 days ago