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 1 October 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
1 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Windows
Rank 4 5 4
Rank change year-on-year
+1 -1
Contract jobs citing Windows 479 374 470
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 15.00% 12.85% 14.24%
As % of the Operating Systems category 66.81% 58.90% 62.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 247 144 181
Average daily rate
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£325 £300 £333
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% -9.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £164 £200 £176
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £435 £435
UK excluding London average daily rate £305 £301 £313
% change year-on-year
+1.32% -3.68%
Number of hourly rates quoted 93 83 83
Average hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.60 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.50 £31.56 £25.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £14.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+10.34% -9.37%
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
717 635 758
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 22.45% 21.81% 22.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 395 265 312
Average daily rate £325 £310 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.83% -8.82%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £225 £248
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 95 88 87
Average hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £15.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.57% +14.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.75 £11.00 £11.17
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.50 £35.00 £34.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £15.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+10.00% -11.76%

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 1 October 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 1 October 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 1 October 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 +6 165 £325 +1.56% 107
Cheshire 0 130 £325 +8.33% 69
Lancashire 0 95 £300 - 10
Merseyside +1 42 £180 -36.84% 20
Cumbria 0 17 £375 +50.00% 2
Windows
England

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 1 October 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.

1 356 (37.20%) Active Directory
2 323 (33.75%) Microsoft
3 272 (28.42%) Windows 7
4 255 (26.65%) Windows Server 2008
5 236 (24.66%) VMware
6 227 (23.72%) Windows Server 2003
7 221 (23.09%) Citrix
8 182 (19.02%) Windows XP
9 157 (16.41%) MS Office
10 134 (14.00%) SQL
10 134 (14.00%) ITIL
10 134 (14.00%) SCCM
11 133 (13.90%) Linux
12 127 (13.27%) Finance
13 126 (13.17%) DNS
14 123 (12.85%) MS Exchange
15 116 (12.12%) Security Cleared
16 114 (11.91%) MS Excel
17 106 (11.08%) SC Cleared
18 104 (10.87%) UNIX
18 104 (10.87%) SQL Server
19 101 (10.55%) DHCP
20 100 (10.45%) VMware Infrastructure
21 88 (9.20%) Microsoft Certification
22 87 (9.09%) HP
23 84 (8.78%) TCP/IP
23 84 (8.78%) Analytical Skills
24 80 (8.36%) Windows Server 2012
25 79 (8.25%) .NET
25 79 (8.25%) SAN

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 1 October 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
1 123 (12.85%) MS Exchange
2 71 (7.42%) Exchange Server 2010
3 70 (7.31%) SharePoint
4 54 (5.64%) IIS
5 48 (5.02%) Exchange Server 2003
6 38 (3.97%) Exchange Server 2007
7 24 (2.51%) SharePoint 2010
8 22 (2.30%) Lync
9 21 (2.19%) Tomcat
10 14 (1.46%) WebSphere
11 13 (1.36%) Apache
12 12 (1.25%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 7 (0.73%) Confluence
14 6 (0.63%) SharePoint 2013
14 6 (0.63%) IBM Notes
15 5 (0.52%) WebSphere Application Server
15 5 (0.52%) WebLogic
16 4 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2013
16 4 (0.42%) SharePoint Server
16 4 (0.42%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 157 (16.41%) MS Office
2 114 (11.91%) MS Excel
3 16 (1.67%) MS Project
4 14 (1.46%) MS Visio
5 11 (1.15%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.10%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.10%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 19 (1.99%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (1.04%) Oracle EBS
3 4 (0.42%) SAP PM
4 2 (0.21%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 2 (0.21%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.10%) SAP R/3
Cloud Services
1 11 (1.15%) Office 365
2 6 (0.63%) Amazon ELB
2 6 (0.63%) Amazon EC2
2 6 (0.63%) Amazon S3
2 6 (0.63%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (0.42%) Microsoft Azure
4 3 (0.31%) PaaS
5 1 (0.10%) IaaS
5 1 (0.10%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 126 (13.17%) DNS
2 101 (10.55%) DHCP
3 84 (8.78%) TCP/IP
4 79 (8.25%) SAN
5 52 (5.43%) Firewall
6 51 (5.33%) LAN
7 44 (4.60%) WAN
8 34 (3.55%) VPN
9 33 (3.45%) SMS
10 22 (2.30%) Wi-Fi
10 22 (2.30%) Wireless
11 17 (1.78%) 3G
12 14 (1.46%) HTTP
13 10 (1.04%) Internet
13 10 (1.04%) VoIP
14 9 (0.94%) FTP
15 8 (0.84%) VLAN
16 6 (0.63%) Network Security
16 6 (0.63%) Intranet
17 5 (0.52%) DSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 104 (10.87%) SQL Server
2 41 (4.28%) SQL Server 2008
3 34 (3.55%) SQL Server 2005
4 15 (1.57%) Relational Database
5 14 (1.46%) Oracle Database
5 14 (1.46%) RDBMS
6 13 (1.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 12 (1.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 10 (1.04%) DB2
9 7 (0.73%) Hazelcast
10 6 (0.63%) Amazon RDS
10 6 (0.63%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 6 (0.63%) MySQL
11 5 (0.52%) QlikView
11 5 (0.52%) SQL Server 2012
12 4 (0.42%) Data Mining
12 4 (0.42%) Data Warehouse
13 3 (0.31%) Oracle Database 10g
13 3 (0.31%) Oracle Database 11g
14 2 (0.21%) Oracle OLAP
Development Applications
1 15 (1.57%) MSI
2 10 (1.04%) InstallShield
3 9 (0.94%) Maven
3 9 (0.94%) AdminStudio
4 8 (0.84%) MSTest
4 8 (0.84%) Team Foundation Server
4 8 (0.84%) JIRA
4 8 (0.84%) Eclipse
4 8 (0.84%) Subversion
5 6 (0.63%) Visual Studio
6 5 (0.52%) LoadRunner
7 4 (0.42%) Gradle
7 4 (0.42%) Mercurial
7 4 (0.42%) JUnit
8 3 (0.31%) QuickTest Pro
8 3 (0.31%) Git (software)
8 3 (0.31%) Wise Package Studio
8 3 (0.31%) Jenkins
9 2 (0.21%) Selenium
9 2 (0.21%) Toad
General
1 127 (13.27%) Finance
2 65 (6.79%) Banking
3 24 (2.51%) Local Government
4 17 (1.78%) Retail
5 12 (1.25%) Back Office
6 9 (0.94%) Telecoms
7 7 (0.73%) Legal
7 7 (0.73%) Manufacturing
8 5 (0.52%) Investment Banking
9 3 (0.31%) Financial Institution
9 3 (0.31%) Pharmaceutical
9 3 (0.31%) Marketing
10 2 (0.21%) Retail Banking
10 2 (0.21%) Law
11 1 (0.10%) Billing
11 1 (0.10%) Advertising
11 1 (0.10%) Automotive
11 1 (0.10%) German Language
Job Titles
1 170 (17.76%) Analyst
2 106 (11.08%) Desktop Support
3 95 (9.93%) Support Engineer
4 64 (6.69%) Desktop Engineer
4 64 (6.69%) Developer
5 59 (6.17%) Architect
6 52 (5.43%) Desktop Support Engineer
7 50 (5.22%) Consultant
7 50 (5.22%) Administrator
8 49 (5.12%) 2nd Line Support
9 46 (4.81%) Service Analyst
10 44 (4.60%) Project Manager
10 44 (4.60%) Service Desk Analyst
11 39 (4.08%) 3rd Line Support
12 36 (3.76%) Support Analyst
13 29 (3.03%) 1st Line Support
13 29 (3.03%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 25 (2.61%) Business Analyst
15 23 (2.40%) .NET Developer
16 22 (2.30%) Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 79 (8.25%) .NET
2 45 (4.70%) Web Services
3 25 (2.61%) HTML
4 23 (2.40%) ASP.NET
5 19 (1.99%) WinForms
5 19 (1.99%) CSS
5 19 (1.99%) Middleware
5 19 (1.99%) .NET Framework
6 15 (1.57%) XML
7 13 (1.36%) JMS
8 12 (1.25%) Application Packaging
8 12 (1.25%) WCF
9 11 (1.15%) XSLT
9 11 (1.15%) WPF
9 11 (1.15%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
10 10 (1.04%) Servlets
11 9 (0.94%) Spring
11 9 (0.94%) XML Schema
11 9 (0.94%) Grails
11 9 (0.94%) YUI
Miscellaneous
1 84 (8.78%) Analytical Skills
2 53 (5.54%) Clustering
3 50 (5.22%) Blackberry
4 43 (4.49%) Management Information System
5 27 (2.82%) Mainframe
6 26 (2.72%) Enterprise Software
7 19 (1.99%) Thin Client
7 19 (1.99%) Fat Client
8 11 (1.15%) Economics
9 10 (1.04%) iPad
9 10 (1.04%) Replication
10 9 (0.94%) Tandem
10 9 (0.94%) NHS
10 9 (0.94%) Reference Data
11 8 (0.84%) Computer Science
12 7 (0.73%) PDA
12 7 (0.73%) Statistics
13 6 (0.63%) User Experience
13 6 (0.63%) Smartcard
13 6 (0.63%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 272 (28.42%) Windows 7
2 255 (26.65%) Windows Server 2008
3 227 (23.72%) Windows Server 2003
4 182 (19.02%) Windows XP
5 133 (13.90%) Linux
6 104 (10.87%) UNIX
7 80 (8.36%) Windows Server 2012
8 51 (5.33%) Windows Vista
9 30 (3.13%) Windows 8
10 28 (2.93%) AIX
11 25 (2.61%) Windows 2000
12 24 (2.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 20 (2.09%) Solaris
14 13 (1.36%) Android
15 11 (1.15%) HPUX
16 10 (1.04%) Apple iOS
17 8 (0.84%) Windows NT
18 6 (0.63%) Windows 2000 Server
19 4 (0.42%) Windows Mobile
20 3 (0.31%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 134 (14.00%) ITIL
2 78 (8.15%) Migration
3 61 (6.37%) Information Security
4 49 (5.12%) Project Management
5 36 (3.76%) Stakeholder Management
6 35 (3.66%) Software Deployment
7 30 (3.13%) Business Analysis
8 27 (2.82%) PRINCE2
9 25 (2.61%) Agile Software Development
10 22 (2.30%) MVC
10 22 (2.30%) Load Balancing
11 21 (2.19%) Product Management
11 21 (2.19%) Disaster Recovery
11 21 (2.19%) CRM
12 18 (1.88%) Incident Management
13 17 (1.78%) Change Management
14 15 (1.57%) OO
14 15 (1.57%) Data Modelling
14 15 (1.57%) User Acceptance Testing
14 15 (1.57%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 134 (14.00%) SQL
2 64 (6.69%) PowerShell
3 39 (4.08%) Java
4 36 (3.76%) C#
5 30 (3.13%) Perl
6 27 (2.82%) VB
7 26 (2.72%) C
8 21 (2.19%) JavaScript
9 19 (1.99%) T-SQL
10 16 (1.67%) VBScript
11 14 (1.46%) Shell Script
12 11 (1.15%) PL/SQL
13 9 (0.94%) XPath
14 7 (0.73%) Python
15 6 (0.63%) C++
16 5 (0.52%) VB.NET
17 4 (0.42%) Groovy
18 3 (0.31%) PHP
19 2 (0.21%) Bash Shell
19 2 (0.21%) VC++
Qualifications
1 116 (12.12%) Security Cleared
2 106 (11.08%) SC Cleared
3 88 (9.20%) Microsoft Certification
4 62 (6.48%) MCSE
5 32 (3.34%) MCITP
6 22 (2.30%) Degree
7 20 (2.09%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 19 (1.99%) MCTS
9 18 (1.88%) MCP
10 16 (1.67%) ITIL Certification
11 13 (1.36%) MCSA
12 12 (1.25%) ISEB
13 11 (1.15%) CCNA
13 11 (1.15%) Cisco Certification
14 10 (1.04%) PMP
14 10 (1.04%) PMI Certification
15 9 (0.94%) VCP5
16 7 (0.73%) CISSP
17 3 (0.31%) CEH
17 3 (0.31%) GCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 39 (4.08%) SLA
2 11 (1.15%) QA
3 10 (1.04%) PCI DSS
4 8 (0.84%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 3 (0.31%) ISO 9001
6 2 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 17799
7 1 (0.10%) COBIT
System Software
1 356 (37.20%) Active Directory
2 100 (10.45%) VMware Infrastructure
3 73 (7.63%) XenApp
4 69 (7.21%) Hyper-V
5 59 (6.17%) Microsoft App-V
6 39 (4.08%) VMware ESX
7 32 (3.34%) XenServer
8 24 (2.51%) XenDesktop
9 17 (1.78%) vSphere
10 9 (0.94%) ISA Server
11 8 (0.84%) VMware ESXi
12 7 (0.73%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 6 (0.63%) Firmware
14 5 (0.52%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
14 5 (0.52%) Forefront TMG
15 3 (0.31%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 3 (0.31%) Brightmail
16 2 (0.21%) RHEV
16 2 (0.21%) Oracle RAC
16 2 (0.21%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 134 (14.00%) SCCM
2 40 (4.18%) SCOM
3 28 (2.93%) Backup Exec
4 13 (1.36%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 12 (1.25%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 12 (1.25%) Norton AntiVirus
6 9 (0.94%) NetBackup
6 9 (0.94%) Tivoli
7 8 (0.84%) HP Data Protector
8 7 (0.73%) HP Quality Center
9 6 (0.63%) Business Desktop Deployment
10 5 (0.52%) McAfee ePO
11 4 (0.42%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
11 4 (0.42%) SCSM
11 4 (0.42%) WSUS
11 4 (0.42%) SCVMM
12 3 (0.31%) Unicenter
12 3 (0.31%) Control-M
12 3 (0.31%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
13 2 (0.21%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 323 (33.75%) Microsoft
2 236 (24.66%) VMware
3 221 (23.09%) Citrix
4 87 (9.09%) HP
5 78 (8.15%) Oracle
6 64 (6.69%) Cisco
7 59 (6.17%) AppSense
8 45 (4.70%) Symantec
9 35 (3.66%) CA
10 28 (2.93%) Red Hat
11 24 (2.51%) Dell
12 23 (2.40%) Juniper
13 22 (2.30%) Cyber-Ark
14 21 (2.19%) Lumension
14 21 (2.19%) McAfee
15 20 (2.09%) IBM
16 14 (1.46%) NetApp
16 14 (1.46%) Sun
16 14 (1.46%) EMC
16 14 (1.46%) SAP
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