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 5 March 2015 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
5 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Windows
Rank 5 5 2
Rank change year-on-year
0 -3
Contract jobs citing Windows 480 422 351
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 14.09% 15.58% 15.43%
As % of the Operating Systems category 63.91% 70.33% 68.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 215 156 136
Average daily rate
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£325 £275 £270
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.18% +1.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £133 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 85 112 74
Average hourly rate £14.00 £16.50 £16.16
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-15.15% +2.10%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.40 £10.65 £9.14
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.18 £35.00 £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £15.00 £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
751 600 512
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 22.04% 22.16% 22.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 355 243 218
Average daily rate £350 £300 £288
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% +4.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £188 £135 £144
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £315 £320
% change year-on-year
+7.93% -1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 85 120 75
Average hourly rate £13.00 £16.50 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-21.21% -2.94%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.25 £11.00 £9.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.73 £35.00 £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £15.77
% change year-on-year
-3.22% -1.71%

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 5 March 2015.

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 March 2015.

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 5 March 2015. 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 -3 172 £300 +9.09% 106
Cheshire +2 119 £350 +27.27% 59
Merseyside +2 74 £325 -21.21% 24
Lancashire -3 69 £400 +77.77% 19
Cumbria 0 22 - - 5
Windows
England

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 5 March 2015, 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.

1 315 (33.87%) Microsoft
2 311 (33.44%) Active Directory
3 241 (25.91%) Windows 7
4 223 (23.98%) VMware
5 193 (20.75%) Citrix
6 188 (20.22%) Linux
7 175 (18.82%) Windows Server 2008
8 146 (15.70%) MS Office
9 145 (15.59%) Migration
10 143 (15.38%) Oracle
10 143 (15.38%) ITIL
11 141 (15.16%) Windows XP
12 137 (14.73%) UNIX
13 125 (13.44%) VMware Infrastructure
14 122 (13.12%) Windows Server 2003
15 121 (13.01%) Windows Server 2012
16 119 (12.80%) SQL Server
17 117 (12.58%) SQL
18 114 (12.26%) Finance
19 111 (11.94%) MS Excel
20 110 (11.83%) Security Cleared
21 106 (11.40%) MS Exchange
22 97 (10.43%) IIS
23 85 (9.14%) Agile Software Development
24 82 (8.82%) SC Cleared
25 81 (8.71%) SAN
26 80 (8.60%) Cisco
27 76 (8.17%) Hyper-V
28 74 (7.96%) HP
29 70 (7.53%) Firewall

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 5 March 2015, 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
1 106 (11.40%) MS Exchange
2 97 (10.43%) IIS
3 50 (5.38%) SharePoint
4 40 (4.30%) Exchange Server 2010
5 25 (2.69%) WebSphere
6 24 (2.58%) IBM Notes
7 21 (2.26%) Tomcat
8 17 (1.83%) SharePoint 2010
8 17 (1.83%) Apache
9 15 (1.61%) Exchange Server 2013
9 15 (1.61%) NetWeaver
10 13 (1.40%) Exchange Server 2003
10 13 (1.40%) Exchange Server 2007
10 13 (1.40%) BizTalk Server
11 11 (1.18%) Lync
11 11 (1.18%) SAS
12 10 (1.08%) WebLogic
13 9 (0.97%) CICS
13 9 (0.97%) MQSeries
14 8 (0.86%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 146 (15.70%) MS Office
2 111 (11.94%) MS Excel
3 7 (0.75%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (0.43%) MS Project
5 3 (0.32%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.11%) Doxygen
Business Applications
1 11 (1.18%) Oracle EBS
2 9 (0.97%) BusinessWorks
3 3 (0.32%) Oracle Payables
4 2 (0.22%) Oracle 11i
4 2 (0.22%) Oracle EBS R12
5 1 (0.11%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.11%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.11%) SAP R/3
Cloud Services
1 20 (2.15%) Microsoft Azure
2 16 (1.72%) Office 365
3 7 (0.75%) PaaS
4 6 (0.65%) Amazon AWS
5 4 (0.43%) Cloud Computing
6 3 (0.32%) OpenShift
7 2 (0.22%) Amazon EC2
7 2 (0.22%) Amazon S3
8 1 (0.11%) SaaS
8 1 (0.11%) Google Apps
8 1 (0.11%) IaaS
8 1 (0.11%) Amazon EMR
8 1 (0.11%) Amazon ELB
Communications & Networking
1 81 (8.71%) SAN
2 70 (7.53%) Firewall
3 66 (7.10%) TCP/IP
4 61 (6.56%) DNS
5 58 (6.24%) DHCP
6 49 (5.27%) WAN
7 43 (4.62%) LAN
8 35 (3.76%) Internet
9 32 (3.44%) NAS
10 29 (3.12%) HTTP
11 25 (2.69%) Wireless
12 24 (2.58%) VPN
12 24 (2.58%) SSL
13 23 (2.47%) Fibre Channel
14 20 (2.15%) iSCSI
14 20 (2.15%) Cisco ASA
15 18 (1.94%) DMZ
16 17 (1.83%) LDAP
17 16 (1.72%) VLAN
18 14 (1.51%) BGP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 119 (12.80%) SQL Server
2 52 (5.59%) Oracle Database
3 31 (3.33%) SQL Server 2008
4 22 (2.37%) MySQL
5 21 (2.26%) Relational Database
6 16 (1.72%) RDBMS
6 16 (1.72%) Big Data
7 14 (1.51%) SAP HANA
8 13 (1.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 12 (1.29%) Hadoop
9 12 (1.29%) SQL Server 2005
10 11 (1.18%) MongoDB
10 11 (1.18%) NoSQL
11 9 (0.97%) Oracle Database 11g
11 9 (0.97%) Oracle Database 10g
12 8 (0.86%) Data Warehouse
12 8 (0.86%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 8 (0.86%) Hazelcast
12 8 (0.86%) SQLite
13 6 (0.65%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 29 (3.12%) Team Foundation Server
2 23 (2.47%) Git (software)
3 22 (2.37%) Visual Studio
4 20 (2.15%) Eclipse
5 18 (1.94%) JIRA
6 15 (1.61%) Subversion
7 12 (1.29%) Selenium
8 10 (1.08%) Maven
9 9 (0.97%) Toad
9 9 (0.97%) Ant
10 8 (0.86%) MSI
11 7 (0.75%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 7 (0.75%) Mercurial
11 7 (0.75%) Cucumber
12 6 (0.65%) JUnit
12 6 (0.65%) Gradle
12 6 (0.65%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
13 5 (0.54%) Jenkins
13 5 (0.54%) AdminStudio
13 5 (0.54%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 114 (12.26%) Finance
2 41 (4.41%) Banking
3 21 (2.26%) Legal
4 18 (1.94%) Manufacturing
5 16 (1.72%) Retail
5 16 (1.72%) Telecoms
6 11 (1.18%) Local Government
7 10 (1.08%) Back Office
8 5 (0.54%) Dutch Language
8 5 (0.54%) German Language
8 5 (0.54%) Automotive
8 5 (0.54%) Law
8 5 (0.54%) Investment Banking
9 3 (0.32%) French Language
9 3 (0.32%) Billing
10 2 (0.22%) Pharmaceutical
10 2 (0.22%) Advertising
10 2 (0.22%) Financial Institution
10 2 (0.22%) Retail Banking
10 2 (0.22%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 178 (19.14%) Analyst
2 89 (9.57%) Developer
3 84 (9.03%) Architect
4 67 (7.20%) Service Analyst
5 65 (6.99%) Support Engineer
6 63 (6.77%) Service Desk Analyst
7 54 (5.81%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 49 (5.27%) Support Analyst
9 46 (4.95%) Desktop Support
10 39 (4.19%) Consultant
11 37 (3.98%) Administrator
12 34 (3.66%) 2nd Line Support
13 28 (3.01%) Desktop Engineer
13 28 (3.01%) 1st Line Support
14 27 (2.90%) IT Support
14 27 (2.90%) 3rd Line Support
15 24 (2.58%) Java Developer
16 23 (2.47%) Solutions Architect
17 22 (2.37%) Project Manager
18 21 (2.26%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 65 (6.99%) Web Services
2 52 (5.59%) XML
3 49 (5.27%) .NET
4 42 (4.52%) HTML
5 22 (2.37%) HTML5
6 20 (2.15%) CSS
7 18 (1.94%) Application Packaging
8 17 (1.83%) .NET Framework
8 17 (1.83%) Middleware
8 17 (1.83%) XSLT
8 17 (1.83%) ASP.NET
9 15 (1.61%) JSON
9 15 (1.61%) WCF
9 15 (1.61%) JMS
10 14 (1.51%) jQuery
11 13 (1.40%) Java EE
11 13 (1.40%) AngularJS
11 13 (1.40%) Spring
11 13 (1.40%) J2EE
12 12 (1.29%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 59 (6.34%) Analytical Skills
2 51 (5.48%) Clustering
3 28 (3.01%) Blackberry
3 28 (3.01%) Enterprise Software
4 26 (2.80%) Replication
4 26 (2.80%) NHS
5 22 (2.37%) Mobile App
6 16 (1.72%) Mainframe
6 16 (1.72%) Open Source
7 15 (1.61%) Celerra
8 14 (1.51%) Thin Client
8 14 (1.51%) Management Information System
8 14 (1.51%) Fat Client
8 14 (1.51%) Computer Science
9 13 (1.40%) Data Structures
10 12 (1.29%) Life Science
11 9 (0.97%) PKI
11 9 (0.97%) iPad
11 9 (0.97%) CESG
11 9 (0.97%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 241 (25.91%) Windows 7
2 188 (20.22%) Linux
3 175 (18.82%) Windows Server 2008
4 141 (15.16%) Windows XP
5 137 (14.73%) UNIX
6 122 (13.12%) Windows Server 2003
7 121 (13.01%) Windows Server 2012
8 53 (5.70%) Apple iOS
9 47 (5.05%) Android
10 46 (4.95%) Solaris
11 37 (3.98%) Windows 8
12 32 (3.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 23 (2.47%) AIX
14 22 (2.37%) Windows Phone
15 20 (2.15%) VMS
16 17 (1.83%) Windows Vista
17 15 (1.61%) Windows 2000
18 14 (1.51%) Windows Mobile
19 12 (1.29%) Windows NT
20 11 (1.18%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 145 (15.59%) Migration
2 143 (15.38%) ITIL
3 85 (9.14%) Agile Software Development
4 42 (4.52%) Disaster Recovery
5 41 (4.41%) Project Management
6 40 (4.30%) Configuration Management
7 37 (3.98%) Software Engineering
7 37 (3.98%) Stakeholder Management
8 36 (3.87%) OO
9 34 (3.66%) Incident Management
10 32 (3.44%) Service Management
10 32 (3.44%) Validation
11 29 (3.12%) Information Security
11 29 (3.12%) TDD
12 27 (2.90%) High Availability
13 26 (2.80%) Waterfall
14 24 (2.58%) Test Scripting
14 24 (2.58%) Continuous Integration
15 21 (2.26%) Scrum
16 20 (2.15%) ERP
Programming Languages
1 117 (12.58%) SQL
2 66 (7.10%) Java
3 47 (5.05%) PowerShell
4 39 (4.19%) C#
5 36 (3.87%) JavaScript
6 28 (3.01%) XPath
7 19 (2.04%) C
7 19 (2.04%) Shell Script
8 15 (1.61%) VBScript
9 10 (1.08%) XQuery
9 10 (1.08%) Objective-C
10 9 (0.97%) VB
10 9 (0.97%) Perl
10 9 (0.97%) Python
11 8 (0.86%) PHP
12 7 (0.75%) C++
13 6 (0.65%) Bash Shell
14 5 (0.54%) AWK
14 5 (0.54%) VBA
15 4 (0.43%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 110 (11.83%) Security Cleared
2 82 (8.82%) SC Cleared
3 48 (5.16%) Microsoft Certification
4 31 (3.33%) MCSE
5 23 (2.47%) VCP4
6 21 (2.26%) Cisco Certification
7 20 (2.15%) CCNA
8 19 (2.04%) ISEB
9 16 (1.72%) ITIL Certification
10 15 (1.61%) DV Cleared
11 14 (1.51%) Degree
12 12 (1.29%) CISSP
12 12 (1.29%) Citrix Certification
12 12 (1.29%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 11 (1.18%) CCEA
13 11 (1.18%) MCP
14 10 (1.08%) HND
14 10 (1.08%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 9 (0.97%) CCA
16 8 (0.86%) CCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 50 (5.38%) SLA
2 13 (1.40%) QA
3 3 (0.32%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.11%) HIPAA
4 1 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.11%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 311 (33.44%) Active Directory
2 125 (13.44%) VMware Infrastructure
3 76 (8.17%) Hyper-V
4 51 (5.48%) XenApp
5 36 (3.87%) VMware ESX
6 24 (2.58%) Microsoft App-V
6 24 (2.58%) vSphere
6 24 (2.58%) VMware ESXi
7 21 (2.26%) XenDesktop
8 20 (2.15%) Terminal Services
9 15 (1.61%) EMC RecoverPoint
10 14 (1.51%) Firmware
11 11 (1.18%) XenServer
12 7 (0.75%) DFS Replication
13 6 (0.65%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 5 (0.54%) Oracle RMAN
15 4 (0.43%) NFS
15 4 (0.43%) ISA Server
16 3 (0.32%) Oracle RAC
16 3 (0.32%) Xen
Systems Management
1 69 (7.42%) SCCM
2 18 (1.94%) Puppet
3 15 (1.61%) CA Single Sign-On
4 14 (1.51%) SCOM
5 11 (1.18%) HP Quality Center
6 10 (1.08%) Opscode Chef
7 9 (0.97%) TIBCO Hawk
8 7 (0.75%) NetBackup
9 6 (0.65%) Norton AntiVirus
9 6 (0.65%) Nessus
9 6 (0.65%) Vagrant
9 6 (0.65%) SCOrch
9 6 (0.65%) Ansible
9 6 (0.65%) Salt
9 6 (0.65%) SCVMM
9 6 (0.65%) EMC NetWorker
10 5 (0.54%) WSUS
11 4 (0.43%) MIMEsweeper
11 4 (0.43%) Tivoli
11 4 (0.43%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 315 (33.87%) Microsoft
2 223 (23.98%) VMware
3 193 (20.75%) Citrix
4 143 (15.38%) Oracle
5 80 (8.60%) Cisco
6 74 (7.96%) HP
7 43 (4.62%) CheckPoint
8 39 (4.19%) EMC
9 36 (3.87%) AppSense
10 32 (3.44%) Red Hat
11 28 (3.01%) NetApp
12 24 (2.58%) Lotus
12 24 (2.58%) SAP
13 22 (2.37%) IBM
14 20 (2.15%) Symantec
15 18 (1.94%) Dell
16 16 (1.72%) Business Objects
16 16 (1.72%) Sun
17 15 (1.61%) Apple
17 15 (1.61%) Remedy
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