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 24 February 2017 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
24 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Windows
England / North West
Rank 9 8 5
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -3
Contract jobs citing Windows 291 404 479
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 11.04% 10.58% 14.20%
As % of the Operating Systems category 55.43% 50.82% 64.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 181 168 216
Median daily rate £350 £325 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -3.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £125 £166 £173
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £475 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £340 £325 £323
% change year-on-year
+4.61% +0.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 84 90
Median hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.57% +25.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £10.28
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.00 £40.00 £25.41
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £15.50 £14.50
% change year-on-year
-6.45% +6.89%

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
525 795 737
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 19.91% 20.82% 21.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 349 416 347
Median daily rate £375 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £250 £188
10% offered a daily rate of more than £537 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £350 £335
% change year-on-year
+4.28% +4.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 43 87 90
Median hourly rate £16.00 £20.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +42.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £10.05
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £30.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £17.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
-8.82% +6.25%

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 24 February 2017.

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 24 February 2017.

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 24 February 2017. 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 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 -1 148 £340 +5.42% 93
Cheshire +8 56 £361 +20.41% 34
Merseyside 0 42 £350 -12.50% 15
Lancashire -1 35 £525 +40.00% 6
Cumbria 0 3 £401 +51.32% 1
Windows
England

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 February 2017, 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.

1 248 (35.73%) Microsoft
2 226 (32.56%) Active Directory
3 211 (30.40%) Linux
4 196 (28.24%) Windows Server
5 154 (22.19%) Unix
6 148 (21.33%) SQL Server
7 143 (20.61%) VMware
8 130 (18.73%) ITIL
9 127 (18.30%) Windows Server 2012
10 115 (16.57%) SQL
11 109 (15.71%) Firewall
11 109 (15.71%) Windows Server 2008
12 96 (13.83%) Windows 7
13 93 (13.40%) MS Office
14 90 (12.97%) Oracle
14 90 (12.97%) Security Cleared
15 89 (12.82%) MS Excel
16 85 (12.25%) LAN
16 85 (12.25%) Citrix
16 85 (12.25%) Finance
17 82 (11.82%) Agile Software Development
18 79 (11.38%) WAN
19 72 (10.37%) SC Cleared
20 71 (10.23%) Migration
21 70 (10.09%) TCP/IP
21 70 (10.09%) VMware Infrastructure
22 69 (9.94%) PowerShell
22 69 (9.94%) VPN
23 68 (9.80%) Web Services
24 67 (9.65%) Analytical Skills

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 48 (6.92%) MS Exchange
2 40 (5.76%) IIS
3 33 (4.76%) SharePoint
4 23 (3.31%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 20 (2.88%) Apache
5 20 (2.88%) Exchange Server 2010
6 17 (2.45%) WebSphere
7 15 (2.16%) Tomcat
8 11 (1.59%) IBM Notes
9 9 (1.30%) nginx
10 8 (1.15%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 8 (1.15%) Exchange Server 2007
10 8 (1.15%) Skype for Business
11 7 (1.01%) CICS
11 7 (1.01%) JBoss
12 6 (0.86%) BizTalk Server
12 6 (0.86%) SharePoint 2013
12 6 (0.86%) WebLogic
13 5 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2003
14 4 (0.58%) Jetty
Applications
1 93 (13.40%) MS Office
2 89 (12.82%) MS Excel
3 34 (4.90%) MS PowerPoint
4 16 (2.31%) MS Visio
5 5 (0.72%) InfoPath
6 2 (0.29%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 8 (1.15%) Oracle EBS
2 6 (0.86%) Dynamics CRM
3 4 (0.58%) Dynamics NAV
4 3 (0.43%) SAP BPC
5 2 (0.29%) Oracle Applications
5 2 (0.29%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.29%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 2 (0.29%) Visualfiles
6 1 (0.14%) Infor M3
6 1 (0.14%) Markit EDM
6 1 (0.14%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 53 (7.64%) Office 365
2 50 (7.20%) Microsoft Azure
3 45 (6.48%) Amazon AWS
4 20 (2.88%) IaaS
5 17 (2.45%) Amazon EC2
6 15 (2.16%) Amazon S3
6 15 (2.16%) PaaS
7 13 (1.87%) AWS CloudFormation
8 11 (1.59%) SaaS
9 8 (1.15%) Azure Active Directory
10 6 (0.86%) Amazon EMR
10 6 (0.86%) AWS Lambda
11 5 (0.72%) Google Cloud Platform
11 5 (0.72%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 4 (0.58%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 4 (0.58%) Amazon ELB
12 4 (0.58%) Amazon SQS
12 4 (0.58%) AWS CloudTrail
12 4 (0.58%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
12 4 (0.58%) TestFlight
Communications & Networking
1 109 (15.71%) Firewall
2 85 (12.25%) LAN
3 79 (11.38%) WAN
4 70 (10.09%) TCP/IP
5 69 (9.94%) VPN
6 64 (9.22%) DNS
7 52 (7.49%) VoIP
8 33 (4.76%) DHCP
9 30 (4.32%) SAN
10 24 (3.46%) SSL
11 20 (2.88%) Internet
11 20 (2.88%) NAS
12 18 (2.59%) LDAP
12 18 (2.59%) VLAN
13 15 (2.16%) Wireless
14 10 (1.44%) FTP
14 10 (1.44%) HTTP
14 10 (1.44%) HTTPS
14 10 (1.44%) Wi-Fi
15 8 (1.15%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 148 (21.33%) SQL Server
2 34 (4.90%) SQL Server 2008
3 28 (4.03%) Relational Database
3 28 (4.03%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 27 (3.89%) Oracle Database
5 24 (3.46%) NoSQL
5 24 (3.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 23 (3.31%) MongoDB
7 20 (2.88%) SQL Server 2014
8 18 (2.59%) Big Data
9 17 (2.45%) SQL Server 2012
10 16 (2.31%) Redis
11 15 (2.16%) DB2
11 15 (2.16%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 14 (2.02%) MySQL
12 14 (2.02%) Oracle Database 11g
13 13 (1.87%) Oracle Database 12c
14 8 (1.15%) Hadoop
14 8 (1.15%) SQL Server 2000
14 8 (1.15%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 25 (3.60%) Visual Studio
2 20 (2.88%) Jenkins
2 20 (2.88%) JIRA
3 18 (2.59%) Git (software)
4 13 (1.87%) Team Foundation Server
5 6 (0.86%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
6 5 (0.72%) Android Studio
6 5 (0.72%) MSI
6 5 (0.72%) NUnit
6 5 (0.72%) Visual Studio Team System
7 4 (0.58%) CocoaPods
7 4 (0.58%) Maven
7 4 (0.58%) Moq
7 4 (0.58%) Selenium
7 4 (0.58%) Toad
7 4 (0.58%) Travis CI
7 4 (0.58%) Xcode
8 3 (0.43%) Eclipse
8 3 (0.43%) Gradle
8 3 (0.43%) Mercurial
General
1 85 (12.25%) Finance
2 30 (4.32%) Banking
3 17 (2.45%) Manufacturing
4 8 (1.15%) Law
4 8 (1.15%) Legal
5 7 (1.01%) Retail
6 6 (0.86%) Telecoms
7 5 (0.72%) Local Government
7 5 (0.72%) Marketing
8 4 (0.58%) Pharmaceutical
9 2 (0.29%) Avionics
9 2 (0.29%) Back Office
9 2 (0.29%) Electronics
9 2 (0.29%) German Language
9 2 (0.29%) Investment Banking
10 1 (0.14%) French Language
10 1 (0.14%) Games
10 1 (0.14%) Portuguese Language
10 1 (0.14%) Russian Language
10 1 (0.14%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 115 (16.57%) Analyst
2 56 (8.07%) Developer
3 47 (6.77%) Architect
4 41 (5.91%) Support Engineer
5 38 (5.48%) 2nd Line Support
5 38 (5.48%) DBA
6 37 (5.33%) Support Analyst
7 35 (5.04%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 31 (4.47%) Desktop Support
8 31 (4.47%) Service Analyst
9 29 (4.18%) Service Desk Analyst
10 28 (4.03%) Administrator
11 27 (3.89%) 3rd Line Support
11 27 (3.89%) Windows Engineer
12 25 (3.60%) Consultant
13 22 (3.17%) 3rd Line Engineer
14 21 (3.03%) .NET Developer
14 21 (3.03%) SQL DBA
15 20 (2.88%) 1st/2nd Line Support
15 20 (2.88%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 68 (9.80%) Web Services
2 62 (8.93%) .NET
3 45 (6.48%) XML
4 41 (5.91%) Middleware
5 39 (5.62%) Elastic Stack
6 32 (4.61%) ASP.NET
7 28 (4.03%) JSON
8 20 (2.88%) J2EE
9 16 (2.31%) HTML
10 14 (2.02%) RESTful
11 13 (1.87%) WPF
12 12 (1.73%) .NET Framework
12 12 (1.73%) Oracle Fusion
13 11 (1.59%) ASP.NET MVC
14 10 (1.44%) jQuery
14 10 (1.44%) SOAP
14 10 (1.44%) WinForms
14 10 (1.44%) XSLT
15 8 (1.15%) REST
15 8 (1.15%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 67 (9.65%) Analytical Skills
2 42 (6.05%) Data Centre
3 28 (4.03%) Management Information System
4 22 (3.17%) Blackberry
5 20 (2.88%) Cyber Attack
6 17 (2.45%) Replication
7 15 (2.16%) Mobile App
8 14 (2.02%) iPhone
9 12 (1.73%) Fat Client
9 12 (1.73%) Mainframe
9 12 (1.73%) Thin Client
10 10 (1.44%) Tandem
11 9 (1.30%) Life Science
11 9 (1.30%) Linux Command Line
11 9 (1.30%) Security Operations Centre
11 9 (1.30%) User Experience
12 8 (1.15%) NHS
12 8 (1.15%) PKI
12 8 (1.15%) Smartphone
13 7 (1.01%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 211 (30.40%) Linux
2 196 (28.24%) Windows Server
3 154 (22.19%) Unix
4 127 (18.30%) Windows Server 2012
5 109 (15.71%) Windows Server 2008
6 96 (13.83%) Windows 7
7 61 (8.79%) AIX
8 56 (8.07%) Windows 10
9 51 (7.35%) Windows Server 2003
10 49 (7.06%) Windows XP
11 29 (4.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 28 (4.03%) Windows 8
13 27 (3.89%) Solaris
14 24 (3.46%) Android
14 24 (3.46%) HPUX
15 23 (3.31%) Apple iOS
16 15 (2.16%) Windows 2000
17 13 (1.87%) Windows Phone
18 7 (1.01%) Mac OS X
18 7 (1.01%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 130 (18.73%) ITIL
2 82 (11.82%) Agile Software Development
3 71 (10.23%) Migration
4 46 (6.63%) Patch Management
5 44 (6.34%) Network Monitoring
5 44 (6.34%) Service Management
5 44 (6.34%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 43 (6.20%) Vulnerability Management
7 41 (5.91%) Change Management
7 41 (5.91%) Open Source
8 40 (5.76%) Cybersecurity
9 39 (5.62%) DevOps
9 39 (5.62%) Project Management
10 29 (4.18%) SOA
11 26 (3.75%) Case Management
11 26 (3.75%) Problem Management
11 26 (3.75%) Release Management
12 25 (3.60%) Information Security
13 23 (3.31%) PRINCE2
13 23 (3.31%) Security Operations
Programming Languages
1 115 (16.57%) SQL
2 69 (9.94%) PowerShell
3 52 (7.49%) Java
4 47 (6.77%) C#
5 43 (6.20%) Python
6 32 (4.61%) JavaScript
7 30 (4.32%) Perl
8 17 (2.45%) VBScript
9 13 (1.87%) C++
9 13 (1.87%) T-SQL
10 12 (1.73%) Shell Script
11 9 (1.30%) Bash Shell
12 8 (1.15%) VB
13 7 (1.01%) PHP
13 7 (1.01%) PL/SQL
13 7 (1.01%) VB6
14 6 (0.86%) Bourne shell
14 6 (0.86%) Korn
15 5 (0.72%) VB.NET
16 4 (0.58%) ActionScript
Qualifications
1 90 (12.97%) Security Cleared
2 72 (10.37%) SC Cleared
3 48 (6.92%) CISSP
4 43 (6.20%) SANS
5 42 (6.05%) SSCP
6 36 (5.19%) Microsoft Certification
7 26 (3.75%) MCSE
8 22 (3.17%) Cisco Certification
9 18 (2.59%) CCNA
10 12 (1.73%) BPSS Clearance
11 9 (1.30%) Degree
11 9 (1.30%) MCP
12 8 (1.15%) ITIL Certification
13 7 (1.01%) CCNP
13 7 (1.01%) DBS Check
13 7 (1.01%) MCSA
14 6 (0.86%) AWS Certification
14 6 (0.86%) MCITP
15 5 (0.72%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 4 (0.58%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (5.04%) SLA
2 11 (1.59%) Disclosure Scotland
3 9 (1.30%) QA
4 3 (0.43%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.14%) BS25999
5 1 (0.14%) COBIT
5 1 (0.14%) COSO
5 1 (0.14%) GxP
5 1 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 226 (32.56%) Active Directory
2 70 (10.09%) VMware Infrastructure
3 25 (3.60%) XenApp
4 21 (3.03%) Hyper-V
5 18 (2.59%) vSphere
6 15 (2.16%) VMware ESX
7 11 (1.59%) Virtual Servers
8 10 (1.44%) Microsoft App-V
9 8 (1.15%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 8 (1.15%) ProxySG
9 8 (1.15%) Virtual Machines
10 7 (1.01%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 6 (0.86%) VMware ESXi
12 5 (0.72%) Docker
13 4 (0.58%) XenDesktop
14 3 (0.43%) BitLocker
14 3 (0.43%) Oracle RAC
14 3 (0.43%) Terminal Services
14 3 (0.43%) Xen
15 2 (0.29%) Samba
Systems Management
1 62 (8.93%) SCCM
2 39 (5.62%) QRadar
3 28 (4.03%) SCOM
4 27 (3.89%) Puppet
5 26 (3.75%) Opscode Chef
6 16 (2.31%) Kibana
6 16 (2.31%) logstash
7 13 (1.87%) Netcool
8 12 (1.73%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
9 10 (1.44%) Oracle RMAN
10 9 (1.30%) Nessus
10 9 (1.30%) Tivoli
11 8 (1.15%) Ansible
11 8 (1.15%) Backup Exec
11 8 (1.15%) Data Guard
11 8 (1.15%) RSA enVision
11 8 (1.15%) WSUS
12 7 (1.01%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
12 7 (1.01%) Microsoft Intune
12 7 (1.01%) Nexpose
Vendors
1 248 (35.73%) Microsoft
2 143 (20.61%) VMware
3 90 (12.97%) Oracle
4 85 (12.25%) Citrix
5 60 (8.65%) Apple
6 58 (8.36%) IBM
7 48 (6.92%) Cisco
8 41 (5.91%) Splunk
9 38 (5.48%) HP
10 31 (4.47%) LogRhythm
11 30 (4.32%) Red Hat
12 25 (3.60%) NetApp
13 20 (2.88%) Intel Security
14 16 (2.31%) AppSense
15 14 (2.02%) SAP
16 13 (1.87%) Google
17 12 (1.73%) CA
17 12 (1.73%) Intel
17 12 (1.73%) Symantec
18 11 (1.59%) Lotus
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