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 14 February 2016 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
14 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Windows
Rank 6 5 4
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -1
Contract jobs citing Windows 434 439 431
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 11.38% 13.48% 15.57%
As % of the Operating Systems category 54.59% 63.53% 69.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 193 198 162
Average daily rate £325 £350 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.14% +27.27%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £163 £170 £135
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £320 £300
% change year-on-year
+1.56% +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 84 85 95
Average hourly rate £17.50 £14.00 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -12.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £10.40 £10.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £29.40 £34.06
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+6.89% -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
795 691 623
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 20.84% 21.22% 22.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 428 330 249
Average daily rate £350 £350 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £188 £135
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £333 £310
% change year-on-year
+5.10% +7.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 87 85 103
Average hourly rate £17.77 £14.35 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+23.87% -13.06%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £10.25 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £30.00 £33.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £15.18
% change year-on-year
+6.25% +5.40%

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 14 February 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 14 February 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Windows within the North West region over the 3 months to 14 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 -1 223 £325 +2.36% 96
Cheshire -7 109 £300 -14.28% 42
Lancashire -2 49 £313 -21.87% 17
Merseyside -6 41 £406 +103.12% 15
Cumbria -8 5 £250 - 4
Windows
England

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 14 February 2016, 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 (35.59%) Active Directory
2 292 (32.99%) Microsoft
3 239 (27.01%) Windows Server
4 213 (24.07%) Windows 7
5 208 (23.50%) VMware
6 186 (21.02%) Linux
7 162 (18.31%) Migration
8 143 (16.16%) SQL
9 134 (15.14%) SQL Server
10 132 (14.92%) ITIL
10 132 (14.92%) Windows Server 2012
10 132 (14.92%) Windows Server 2008
11 125 (14.12%) Unix
12 124 (14.01%) MS Office
12 124 (14.01%) Citrix
13 116 (13.11%) MS Excel
14 114 (12.88%) Windows XP
15 113 (12.77%) DNS
16 109 (12.32%) VMware Infrastructure
17 102 (11.53%) Finance
18 99 (11.19%) Data Centre
19 92 (10.40%) Oracle
20 86 (9.72%) Windows Server 2003
20 86 (9.72%) Security Cleared
21 85 (9.60%) Agile Software Development
22 84 (9.49%) DHCP
23 80 (9.04%) HP
24 75 (8.47%) MS Exchange
25 74 (8.36%) Cisco
26 73 (8.25%) .NET

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 14 February 2016, 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 75 (8.47%) MS Exchange
2 39 (4.41%) SharePoint
3 36 (4.07%) IIS
4 35 (3.95%) Exchange Server 2010
5 34 (3.84%) Skype for Business
6 32 (3.62%) Apache
7 27 (3.05%) WebSphere
8 21 (2.37%) Tomcat
9 19 (2.15%) Exchange Server 2013
10 15 (1.69%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 15 (1.69%) WebSphere Application Server
11 11 (1.24%) JBoss
11 11 (1.24%) SharePoint 2010
11 11 (1.24%) WebLogic
12 9 (1.02%) Exchange Server 2003
12 9 (1.02%) IBM Notes
13 8 (0.90%) CMS
13 8 (0.90%) SharePoint 2013
14 7 (0.79%) Exchange Server 2007
15 5 (0.56%) Confluence
Applications
1 124 (14.01%) MS Office
2 116 (13.11%) MS Excel
3 16 (1.81%) MS PowerPoint
4 7 (0.79%) MS Project
4 7 (0.79%) Spreadsheet
5 3 (0.34%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.11%) Doxygen
6 1 (0.11%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 6 (0.68%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.56%) Dynamics AX
2 5 (0.56%) SystmOne
3 3 (0.34%) Oracle 11i
3 3 (0.34%) Oracle Applications
3 3 (0.34%) Oracle BPM
4 2 (0.23%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.11%) Magento
5 1 (0.11%) OpenCart
5 1 (0.11%) Oracle ERP
5 1 (0.11%) Oracle Retail
5 1 (0.11%) SDL Web 8
5 1 (0.11%) Unit4 Business World
5 1 (0.11%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 37 (4.18%) Office 365
2 20 (2.26%) Amazon AWS
3 17 (1.92%) Microsoft Azure
4 6 (0.68%) Amazon EC2
4 6 (0.68%) Google App Engine
4 6 (0.68%) Google Cloud Platform
4 6 (0.68%) IaaS
5 5 (0.56%) PaaS
6 4 (0.45%) Amazon S3
6 4 (0.45%) AWS CloudFormation
6 4 (0.45%) Cloud Computing
6 4 (0.45%) SaaS
7 3 (0.34%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
8 2 (0.23%) Mimecast
9 1 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Cloud
9 1 (0.11%) Azure Active Directory
9 1 (0.11%) Google Apps
9 1 (0.11%) OpenShift
9 1 (0.11%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 113 (12.77%) DNS
2 84 (9.49%) DHCP
3 71 (8.02%) TCP/IP
4 57 (6.44%) WAN
5 49 (5.54%) LAN
6 45 (5.08%) Firewall
7 40 (4.52%) Internet
7 40 (4.52%) SAN
8 30 (3.39%) SMTP
8 30 (3.39%) VoIP
9 27 (3.05%) HTTP
10 23 (2.60%) VPN
11 22 (2.49%) Wireless
12 21 (2.37%) Remote Desktop
13 18 (2.03%) SSL
14 17 (1.92%) FTP
14 17 (1.92%) SNMP
15 16 (1.81%) NAS
16 14 (1.58%) NetScaler
17 10 (1.13%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 134 (15.14%) SQL Server
2 37 (4.18%) Oracle Database
3 32 (3.62%) SQL Server 2012
4 28 (3.16%) SQL Server 2008
5 22 (2.49%) DB2
6 20 (2.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 18 (2.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 17 (1.92%) PostgreSQL
9 15 (1.69%) Relational Database
10 11 (1.24%) MySQL
10 11 (1.24%) RDBMS
11 8 (0.90%) Oracle Database 10g
11 8 (0.90%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 7 (0.79%) Big Data
12 7 (0.79%) SQL Server 2005
13 5 (0.56%) SAP BW
14 4 (0.45%) Apache Hive
14 4 (0.45%) Hadoop
14 4 (0.45%) Oracle Database 12c
14 4 (0.45%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 58 (6.55%) Visual Studio
2 38 (4.29%) Subversion
3 32 (3.62%) Git (software)
4 27 (3.05%) Jenkins
5 25 (2.82%) Team Foundation Server
6 20 (2.26%) JIRA
7 19 (2.15%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 13 (1.47%) Rational DOORS
9 11 (1.24%) ClearCase
10 10 (1.13%) JUnit
10 10 (1.13%) MSI
11 7 (0.79%) Eclipse
11 7 (0.79%) NUnit
11 7 (0.79%) Toad
12 6 (0.68%) Hudson
13 5 (0.56%) PHPUnit
13 5 (0.56%) Selenium
14 4 (0.45%) Bugzilla
14 4 (0.45%) ClearQuest
14 4 (0.45%) Xcode
General
1 102 (11.53%) Finance
2 65 (7.34%) Banking
3 21 (2.37%) Retail
4 18 (2.03%) Legal
4 18 (2.03%) Manufacturing
5 17 (1.92%) Local Government
6 15 (1.69%) Telecoms
7 9 (1.02%) Law
8 7 (0.79%) German Language
9 6 (0.68%) Dutch Language
10 5 (0.56%) Automotive
10 5 (0.56%) Italian Language
11 4 (0.45%) Back Office
11 4 (0.45%) French Language
11 4 (0.45%) Military
11 4 (0.45%) Pharmaceutical
11 4 (0.45%) Russian Language
12 3 (0.34%) Marketing
12 3 (0.34%) Portuguese Language
12 3 (0.34%) Turkish Language
Job Titles
1 172 (19.44%) Analyst
2 94 (10.62%) Support Engineer
3 91 (10.28%) Developer
4 72 (8.14%) Architect
5 62 (7.01%) 2nd Line Support
6 48 (5.42%) Desktop Support
7 46 (5.20%) Service Analyst
8 44 (4.97%) Service Desk Analyst
9 43 (4.86%) Consultant
10 38 (4.29%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 38 (4.29%) Support Analyst
11 37 (4.18%) 1st Line Support
12 35 (3.95%) Desktop Engineer
12 35 (3.95%) Windows Engineer
13 33 (3.73%) 2nd Line Engineer
13 33 (3.73%) IT Support
14 32 (3.62%) Infrastructure Architect
15 31 (3.50%) 3rd Line Support
16 29 (3.28%) 1st/2nd Line Support
16 29 (3.28%) IT Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 73 (8.25%) .NET
2 72 (8.14%) HTML
3 55 (6.21%) XML
4 46 (5.20%) Web Services
5 41 (4.63%) jQuery
6 37 (4.18%) HTML5
7 27 (3.05%) CSS
8 26 (2.94%) ASP.NET
9 25 (2.82%) AngularJS
10 24 (2.71%) Middleware
11 19 (2.15%) JSON
12 17 (1.92%) LAPP Stack
13 16 (1.81%) WSDL
14 15 (1.69%) Java EE
15 14 (1.58%) .NET Framework
16 13 (1.47%) J2EE
16 13 (1.47%) WinForms
17 11 (1.24%) Spring
17 11 (1.24%) Struts
17 11 (1.24%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 99 (11.19%) Data Centre
2 44 (4.97%) Analytical Skills
3 31 (3.50%) NHS
4 29 (3.28%) Clustering
5 27 (3.05%) Blackberry
6 22 (2.49%) Mainframe
7 19 (2.15%) Computer Science
8 17 (1.92%) Management Information System
9 13 (1.47%) Mobile App
10 11 (1.24%) Enterprise Software
11 10 (1.13%) VCE vBlock
12 9 (1.02%) FlexPod
13 8 (0.90%) Driving Licence
13 8 (0.90%) iPad
14 7 (0.79%) Fat Client
14 7 (0.79%) Life Science
14 7 (0.79%) Replication
14 7 (0.79%) Thin Client
15 6 (0.68%) Client/Server
15 6 (0.68%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 239 (27.01%) Windows Server
2 213 (24.07%) Windows 7
3 186 (21.02%) Linux
4 132 (14.92%) Windows Server 2008
4 132 (14.92%) Windows Server 2012
5 125 (14.12%) Unix
6 114 (12.88%) Windows XP
7 86 (9.72%) Windows Server 2003
8 63 (7.12%) Windows 8
9 60 (6.78%) AIX
10 53 (5.99%) Solaris
11 36 (4.07%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 33 (3.73%) Apple iOS
12 33 (3.73%) HPUX
13 27 (3.05%) Android
13 27 (3.05%) Windows Vista
14 22 (2.49%) Mac OS
15 16 (1.81%) Windows 10
16 15 (1.69%) Mac OS X
17 7 (0.79%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 162 (18.31%) Migration
2 132 (14.92%) ITIL
3 85 (9.60%) Agile Software Development
4 40 (4.52%) OO
4 40 (4.52%) Software Engineering
5 31 (3.50%) Project Management
5 31 (3.50%) TDD
6 28 (3.16%) Continuous Integration
7 25 (2.82%) User Acceptance Testing
8 23 (2.60%) Incident Management
8 23 (2.60%) OOP
8 23 (2.60%) Waterfall
9 22 (2.49%) Disaster Recovery
10 21 (2.37%) Change Management
10 21 (2.37%) Data Protection
11 20 (2.26%) Application Packaging
12 19 (2.15%) Kalman Filter
12 19 (2.15%) PRINCE2
12 19 (2.15%) Stakeholder Management
12 19 (2.15%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 143 (16.16%) SQL
2 72 (8.14%) Java
2 72 (8.14%) PowerShell
3 57 (6.44%) JavaScript
4 52 (5.88%) C#
5 46 (5.20%) C++
6 34 (3.84%) C
7 32 (3.62%) Perl
8 24 (2.71%) VBScript
9 23 (2.60%) VB
10 21 (2.37%) Shell Script
11 20 (2.26%) Bash Shell
11 20 (2.26%) Objective-C
12 19 (2.15%) Python
13 18 (2.03%) VB.NET
14 16 (1.81%) PHP
15 12 (1.36%) AWK
15 12 (1.36%) T-SQL
16 6 (0.68%) Ruby
17 5 (0.56%) FQL
Qualifications
1 86 (9.72%) Security Cleared
2 64 (7.23%) SC Cleared
3 45 (5.08%) Microsoft Certification
4 38 (4.29%) Degree
5 23 (2.60%) MCSE
6 18 (2.03%) Cisco Certification
7 15 (1.69%) MCITP
8 12 (1.36%) CCNA
9 11 (1.24%) MCSA
10 9 (1.02%) ITIL Certification
11 8 (0.90%) ISEB
11 8 (0.90%) MCP
12 6 (0.68%) CISSP
12 6 (0.68%) MCDST
13 5 (0.56%) BPSS Clearance
13 5 (0.56%) CCEA
13 5 (0.56%) CCNP
13 5 (0.56%) Citrix Certification
13 5 (0.56%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 4 (0.45%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (2.60%) SLA
2 16 (1.81%) QA
3 9 (1.02%) Disclosure Scotland
4 4 (0.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.34%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 315 (35.59%) Active Directory
2 109 (12.32%) VMware Infrastructure
3 62 (7.01%) Hyper-V
4 40 (4.52%) Microsoft App-V
5 34 (3.84%) XenApp
6 25 (2.82%) XenDesktop
7 24 (2.71%) vSphere
8 17 (1.92%) XenServer
9 12 (1.36%) VMware ESX
10 9 (1.02%) BitLocker
11 8 (0.90%) VMware ESXi
12 7 (0.79%) KVM
13 6 (0.68%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
14 5 (0.56%) Brightmail
14 5 (0.56%) Sendmail
14 5 (0.56%) Xen
15 4 (0.45%) HDFS
15 4 (0.45%) Oracle RAC
16 3 (0.34%) Citrix Presentation Server
16 3 (0.34%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 66 (7.46%) SCCM
2 16 (1.81%) Puppet
3 11 (1.24%) NetBackup
3 11 (1.24%) SCOM
4 10 (1.13%) HP Quality Center
4 10 (1.13%) WSUS
5 9 (1.02%) Opscode Chef
5 9 (1.02%) Tivoli
6 8 (0.90%) SCVMM
7 7 (0.79%) Nagios
7 7 (0.79%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 5 (0.56%) OpenNebula
8 5 (0.56%) Oracle RMAN
9 4 (0.45%) Ansible
9 4 (0.45%) Cacti
9 4 (0.45%) Cisco CUCM
9 4 (0.45%) Data Guard
9 4 (0.45%) SCOrch
9 4 (0.45%) SCSM
10 3 (0.34%) EdgeSight
Vendors
1 292 (32.99%) Microsoft
2 208 (23.50%) VMware
3 124 (14.01%) Citrix
4 92 (10.40%) Oracle
5 80 (9.04%) HP
6 74 (8.36%) Cisco
7 46 (5.20%) IBM
8 36 (4.07%) Red Hat
9 34 (3.84%) Dell
10 26 (2.94%) AppSense
11 23 (2.60%) NetApp
12 17 (1.92%) Symantec
13 16 (1.81%) SAP
14 14 (1.58%) Sun
15 13 (1.47%) Apple
16 12 (1.36%) 3PAR
16 12 (1.36%) CA
17 11 (1.24%) EMC
18 10 (1.13%) Intel Security
18 10 (1.13%) Juniper
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