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 5 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
5 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 493 473 528
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 12.22% 12.17% 16.96%
As % of the Operating Systems category 56.99% 56.58% 72.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 227 198 216
Median daily rate £375 £325 £268
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% +21.49%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £155 £162 £120
10% offered a daily rate of more than £491 £500 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £340 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+4.61% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 51 108 115
Median hourly rate £14.00 £14.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.72 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.85 £19.49 £36.49
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £15.25 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+1.63% -1.61%
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
865 836 727
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 21.43% 21.51% 23.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 469 416 316
Median daily rate £375 £364 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.09% +32.27%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £200 £141
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £550 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £343 £315
% change year-on-year
+5.83% +8.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 52 110 121
Median hourly rate £16.25 £14.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.07% -22.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.49 £11.00 £12.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.50 £20.19 £37.49
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+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 5 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 5 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 5 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 +1 209 £323 +0.78% 83
Cheshire +9 157 £425 +6.91% 29
Lancashire +2 65 £375 +24.66% 10
Merseyside -7 45 £363 +45.00% 27
Cumbria -13 4 £268 -13.70% 2
Windows
England

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 5 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.

1 351 (37.86%) Active Directory
2 332 (35.81%) Microsoft
3 278 (29.99%) Windows Server
4 226 (24.38%) VMware
5 207 (22.33%) Windows Server 2012
6 187 (20.17%) Linux
7 176 (18.99%) Migration
8 171 (18.45%) Windows 7
9 150 (16.18%) Citrix
10 142 (15.32%) Finance
11 141 (15.21%) Unix
12 138 (14.89%) ITIL
13 136 (14.67%) Windows Server 2008
14 134 (14.46%) MS Office
15 126 (13.59%) MS Excel
16 125 (13.48%) VMware Infrastructure
17 119 (12.84%) SQL Server
18 115 (12.41%) Security Cleared
19 113 (12.19%) PowerShell
20 111 (11.97%) DNS
21 110 (11.87%) SCCM
22 99 (10.68%) SQL
23 97 (10.46%) Oracle
24 96 (10.36%) Windows Server 2003
24 96 (10.36%) Data Centre
25 94 (10.14%) Agile Software Development
26 93 (10.03%) MS Exchange
27 89 (9.60%) .NET
28 85 (9.17%) SC Cleared
29 82 (8.85%) Windows XP

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 93 (10.03%) MS Exchange
2 71 (7.66%) SharePoint
3 63 (6.80%) Skype for Business
4 60 (6.47%) IIS
5 57 (6.15%) Apache
6 35 (3.78%) Tomcat
7 33 (3.56%) SharePoint 2013
8 27 (2.91%) Exchange Server 2010
9 22 (2.37%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 22 (2.37%) WebSphere
10 18 (1.94%) Exchange Server 2013
11 17 (1.83%) WebLogic
12 14 (1.51%) WebSphere Application Server
13 13 (1.40%) JBoss
14 11 (1.19%) Exchange Server 2007
15 10 (1.08%) Exchange Server 2003
16 9 (0.97%) OpenStack
17 7 (0.76%) IBM Notes
17 7 (0.76%) Oracle Application Server
18 6 (0.65%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 134 (14.46%) MS Office
2 126 (13.59%) MS Excel
3 13 (1.40%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (0.43%) MS Project
4 4 (0.43%) MS Visio
4 4 (0.43%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 1 (0.11%) Doxygen
Business Applications
1 7 (0.76%) Oracle 11i
1 7 (0.76%) Oracle Applications
2 6 (0.65%) Remedy ITSM
3 5 (0.54%) Oracle EBS
3 5 (0.54%) Oracle EBS R12
4 4 (0.43%) Dynamics AX
4 4 (0.43%) SystmOne
5 3 (0.32%) Markit EDM
5 3 (0.32%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 2 (0.22%) Dynamics CRM
7 1 (0.11%) Dynamics NAV
7 1 (0.11%) Magento
7 1 (0.11%) OpenCart
7 1 (0.11%) OpenText MBPM
7 1 (0.11%) Oracle BPM
7 1 (0.11%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 47 (5.07%) Office 365
2 29 (3.13%) IaaS
3 22 (2.37%) Microsoft Azure
4 20 (2.16%) Amazon AWS
5 15 (1.62%) PaaS
6 9 (0.97%) SaaS
7 7 (0.76%) Amazon S3
8 6 (0.65%) Amazon EC2
9 4 (0.43%) Azure Active Directory
10 2 (0.22%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 2 (0.22%) Amazon EMR
10 2 (0.22%) Amazon Kinesis
10 2 (0.22%) AWS CloudTrail
10 2 (0.22%) AWS Lambda
10 2 (0.22%) Cloud Computing
10 2 (0.22%) GitHub
10 2 (0.22%) Google App Engine
10 2 (0.22%) Google Cloud Platform
10 2 (0.22%) Route 53
10 2 (0.22%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 111 (11.97%) DNS
2 65 (7.01%) DHCP
3 58 (6.26%) TCP/IP
4 43 (4.64%) Skype
5 42 (4.53%) SAN
6 41 (4.42%) Firewall
7 38 (4.10%) WAN
8 28 (3.02%) SSL
9 26 (2.80%) LAN
9 26 (2.80%) VPN
10 25 (2.70%) Internet
11 21 (2.27%) NetScaler
11 21 (2.27%) SMTP
12 18 (1.94%) HTTP
13 16 (1.73%) VoIP
14 15 (1.62%) Network Security
14 15 (1.62%) Remote Desktop
15 14 (1.51%) FTP
16 13 (1.40%) Wireless
17 12 (1.29%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 119 (12.84%) SQL Server
2 38 (4.10%) Oracle Database
3 33 (3.56%) SQL Server 2012
4 17 (1.83%) MySQL
4 17 (1.83%) SQL Server 2008
5 16 (1.73%) PostgreSQL
5 16 (1.73%) Relational Database
6 14 (1.51%) DB2
7 10 (1.08%) Amazon RDS
7 10 (1.08%) Oracle Database 10g
7 10 (1.08%) RDBMS
8 7 (0.76%) Oracle Database 11g
8 7 (0.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 6 (0.65%) Apache Hive
9 6 (0.65%) Hadoop
9 6 (0.65%) MS Access
9 6 (0.65%) SQL Server 2014
10 5 (0.54%) Big Data
10 5 (0.54%) Oracle Discoverer
10 5 (0.54%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 46 (4.96%) Visual Studio
2 34 (3.67%) JIRA
2 34 (3.67%) Team Foundation Server
3 31 (3.34%) Subversion
4 28 (3.02%) Git (software)
4 28 (3.02%) Jenkins
5 20 (2.16%) SpecFlow
6 19 (2.05%) TestComplete
7 17 (1.83%) ClearCase
8 10 (1.08%) MSI
8 10 (1.08%) Rational DOORS
9 8 (0.86%) Gradle
9 8 (0.86%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 7 (0.76%) ClearQuest
10 7 (0.76%) TeamCity
11 6 (0.65%) Maven
11 6 (0.65%) Octopus Deploy
11 6 (0.65%) TestDirector
11 6 (0.65%) Toad
11 6 (0.65%) Vagrant
General
1 142 (15.32%) Finance
2 71 (7.66%) Banking
3 28 (3.02%) Manufacturing
4 17 (1.83%) Telecoms
5 15 (1.62%) Law
5 15 (1.62%) Local Government
6 14 (1.51%) Legal
7 13 (1.40%) Retail
8 10 (1.08%) German Language
9 7 (0.76%) Marketing
9 7 (0.76%) Military
10 6 (0.65%) Dutch Language
10 6 (0.65%) French Language
10 6 (0.65%) Pharmaceutical
11 5 (0.54%) Back Office
12 4 (0.43%) Electronics
12 4 (0.43%) Investment Banking
12 4 (0.43%) Italian Language
13 3 (0.32%) Russian Language
14 2 (0.22%) Portuguese Language
Job Titles
1 185 (19.96%) Analyst
2 74 (7.98%) Architect
2 74 (7.98%) Developer
3 68 (7.34%) Support Engineer
4 52 (5.61%) Service Analyst
5 49 (5.29%) Desktop Support
5 49 (5.29%) Service Desk Analyst
6 47 (5.07%) Support Analyst
7 46 (4.96%) Consultant
8 44 (4.75%) Desktop Engineer
9 43 (4.64%) 2nd Line Support
10 37 (3.99%) Technical Analyst
11 33 (3.56%) Windows Engineer
12 31 (3.34%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 31 (3.34%) Server Engineer
13 30 (3.24%) 1st Line Support
13 30 (3.24%) Administrator
14 28 (3.02%) Project Manager
15 24 (2.59%) Infrastructure Architect
16 21 (2.27%) Desktop Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 89 (9.60%) .NET
2 50 (5.39%) XML
3 40 (4.31%) HTML
4 34 (3.67%) Web Services
5 28 (3.02%) jQuery
6 26 (2.80%) .NET Framework
7 24 (2.59%) HTML5
8 22 (2.37%) ASP.NET
9 20 (2.16%) CSS
10 15 (1.62%) JSON
11 14 (1.51%) Middleware
12 13 (1.40%) Entity Framework
12 13 (1.40%) LAPP Stack
12 13 (1.40%) WebSphere MQ
13 12 (1.29%) WinForms
14 11 (1.19%) IBM Integration Bus
14 11 (1.19%) SOAP
14 11 (1.19%) WPF
15 10 (1.08%) AngularJS
15 10 (1.08%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 96 (10.36%) Data Centre
2 49 (5.29%) Analytical Skills
3 37 (3.99%) Clustering
4 29 (3.13%) Fat Client
4 29 (3.13%) Thin Client
5 28 (3.02%) Blackberry
6 26 (2.80%) NHS
7 23 (2.48%) Mainframe
8 20 (2.16%) Computer Science
8 20 (2.16%) Management Information System
8 20 (2.16%) PKI
9 18 (1.94%) Mobile App
10 15 (1.62%) Life Science
11 11 (1.19%) EPoS
12 9 (0.97%) FlexPod
12 9 (0.97%) VCE vBlock
13 8 (0.86%) Client/Server
13 8 (0.86%) iPad
13 8 (0.86%) Private Cloud
14 7 (0.76%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 278 (29.99%) Windows Server
2 207 (22.33%) Windows Server 2012
3 187 (20.17%) Linux
4 171 (18.45%) Windows 7
5 141 (15.21%) Unix
6 136 (14.67%) Windows Server 2008
7 96 (10.36%) Windows Server 2003
8 82 (8.85%) Windows XP
9 56 (6.04%) Windows 10
10 53 (5.72%) Windows 8
11 52 (5.61%) AIX
12 44 (4.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 42 (4.53%) Solaris
14 41 (4.42%) Apple iOS
15 29 (3.13%) Android
16 24 (2.59%) HPUX
17 22 (2.37%) Mac OS
18 17 (1.83%) Windows Vista
19 13 (1.40%) CentOS
20 9 (0.97%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 176 (18.99%) Migration
2 138 (14.89%) ITIL
3 94 (10.14%) Agile Software Development
4 80 (8.63%) Software Engineering
5 58 (6.26%) Test Automation
6 43 (4.64%) Project Management
7 39 (4.21%) Data Migration
8 37 (3.99%) Continuous Integration
9 36 (3.88%) TDD
10 34 (3.67%) OO
11 31 (3.34%) Application Packaging
12 30 (3.24%) DevOps
13 25 (2.70%) Disaster Recovery
13 25 (2.70%) Stakeholder Management
13 25 (2.70%) Waterfall
14 24 (2.59%) Problem Management
14 24 (2.59%) Service Delivery
15 22 (2.37%) Change Management
16 21 (2.27%) Configuration Management
16 21 (2.27%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 113 (12.19%) PowerShell
2 99 (10.68%) SQL
3 81 (8.74%) Java
4 48 (5.18%) C#
5 45 (4.85%) JavaScript
6 40 (4.31%) Bash Shell
7 34 (3.67%) Shell Script
8 30 (3.24%) C++
9 26 (2.80%) VB
10 24 (2.59%) Perl
10 24 (2.59%) Python
11 18 (1.94%) C
11 18 (1.94%) PHP
11 18 (1.94%) VBScript
12 16 (1.73%) VB.NET
13 13 (1.40%) Objective-C
14 12 (1.29%) AWK
15 10 (1.08%) T-SQL
16 7 (0.76%) VC++
17 5 (0.54%) Korn
Qualifications
1 115 (12.41%) Security Cleared
2 85 (9.17%) SC Cleared
3 56 (6.04%) Microsoft Certification
4 38 (4.10%) Degree
5 21 (2.27%) MCSE
6 15 (1.62%) Cisco Certification
7 13 (1.40%) CCNA
7 13 (1.40%) ITIL Certification
7 13 (1.40%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 13 (1.40%) MCITP
7 13 (1.40%) MCP
8 12 (1.29%) MCDST
8 12 (1.29%) MCSA
9 11 (1.19%) CISSP
9 11 (1.19%) ISEB
10 9 (0.97%) CISM
10 9 (0.97%) ISTQB
11 8 (0.86%) MOS
12 7 (0.76%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 6 (0.65%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (2.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 15 (1.62%) SLA
3 14 (1.51%) QA
4 10 (1.08%) PCI DSS
5 7 (0.76%) Disclosure Scotland
6 4 (0.43%) COBIT
7 2 (0.22%) ISO27005
7 2 (0.22%) JSP 440
7 2 (0.22%) RMADS
System Software
1 351 (37.86%) Active Directory
2 125 (13.48%) VMware Infrastructure
3 67 (7.23%) Hyper-V
4 47 (5.07%) Microsoft App-V
5 32 (3.45%) XenApp
6 26 (2.80%) vSphere
7 17 (1.83%) XenDesktop
8 11 (1.19%) VMware ESX
9 9 (0.97%) Oracle RAC
9 9 (0.97%) UAG
10 8 (0.86%) XenServer
11 7 (0.76%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 6 (0.65%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
12 6 (0.65%) VMware ESXi
13 5 (0.54%) Brightmail
13 5 (0.54%) Sendmail
14 4 (0.43%) BitLocker
14 4 (0.43%) HDFS
14 4 (0.43%) KVM
14 4 (0.43%) Squid
Systems Management
1 110 (11.87%) SCCM
2 62 (6.69%) SCOM
3 41 (4.42%) Puppet
4 23 (2.48%) Opscode Chef
5 14 (1.51%) WSUS
6 13 (1.40%) Tivoli
7 12 (1.29%) vRealize
8 11 (1.19%) SCOrch
9 10 (1.08%) HP Quality Center
9 10 (1.08%) Norton AntiVirus
10 9 (0.97%) NetBackup
11 7 (0.76%) Data Guard
11 7 (0.76%) Nagios
11 7 (0.76%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
12 6 (0.65%) EMC NetWorker
12 6 (0.65%) Red Hat Satellite
13 5 (0.54%) AirWatch
13 5 (0.54%) BladeLogic
13 5 (0.54%) OpenNebula
13 5 (0.54%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 332 (35.81%) Microsoft
2 226 (24.38%) VMware
3 150 (16.18%) Citrix
4 97 (10.46%) Oracle
5 81 (8.74%) HP
6 70 (7.55%) Cisco
7 55 (5.93%) IBM
8 41 (4.42%) Red Hat
9 34 (3.67%) AppSense
10 31 (3.34%) Dell
11 24 (2.59%) Wyse
12 22 (2.37%) Symantec
13 20 (2.16%) NetApp
14 18 (1.94%) Remedy
15 14 (1.51%) Apple
15 14 (1.51%) Veritas
16 13 (1.40%) Sun
17 11 (1.19%) EMC
17 11 (1.19%) Intel Security
17 11 (1.19%) Splunk
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