The table below looks at the statistics for Windows skills in IT contracts advertised for the Preston region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Windows over the 3 months to 22 August 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
22 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Windows
Rank 6 5 26
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +21
Contract jobs citing Windows 18 14 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Preston 17.82% 22.22% 0.77%
As % of the Operating Systems category 85.71% 100.00% 5.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 4 1
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£179 £306 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-41.63% +2.08%
UK excluding London average daily rate £301 £318 £315
% change year-on-year
-5.25% +0.79%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 0 0
Average hourly rate £21.12 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
-3.22% -3.12%
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Operating Systems category in contract jobs advertised in the Preston region.

Operating Systems Category
Preston
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Operating Systems category
21 14 20
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Preston 20.79% 22.22% 15.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 4 19
Average daily rate £120 £306 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-60.81% -23.43%
UK excluding London average daily rate £320 £325 £320
% change year-on-year
-1.53% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 0 0
Average hourly rate £21.73 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.73 £16.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-1.68% -8.57%

Windows
Jobs Demand Trend in Preston

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Windows across the Preston region as a proportion of the total demand within the Operating Systems category.

Windows Jobs Demand Trend in Preston

Windows
Daily Rate Trend in Preston

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Windows across the Preston region.

Windows Daily Rate Trend in Preston

Windows
Hourly Rate Trend in Preston

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Windows across the Preston region.

Windows Hourly Rate Trend in Preston

Windows
Hourly Rate Histogram in Preston

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Windows across the Preston region over the 3 months to 22 August 2014.

Windows Hourly Rate Histogram in Preston

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Preston

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Preston 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 42 (77.78%) Windows 7
2 38 (70.37%) Windows XP
3 36 (66.67%) MS Office
3 36 (66.67%) Windows Vista
4 34 (62.96%) Security Cleared
4 34 (62.96%) Citrix
4 34 (62.96%) Microsoft App-V
5 33 (61.11%) SC Cleared
6 32 (59.26%) Microsoft
7 30 (55.56%) SCCM
7 30 (55.56%) Software Deployment
8 29 (53.70%) AppSense
9 28 (51.85%) Blackberry
10 27 (50.00%) CA
11 25 (46.30%) SLA
11 25 (46.30%) Lumension
12 23 (42.59%) Active Directory
13 12 (22.22%) TQM
14 8 (14.81%) MSI
14 8 (14.81%) VB
14 8 (14.81%) Wise Package Studio
14 8 (14.81%) Application Packaging
15 7 (12.96%) Hyper-V
16 6 (11.11%) WSH
16 6 (11.11%) OpenView Configuration Management
17 5 (9.26%) MS Excel
18 4 (7.41%) VMware
19 3 (5.56%) Scrum
19 3 (5.56%) Service Delivery
19 3 (5.56%) UNIX

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in Preston by Category

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Preston 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 2 (3.70%) MS Exchange
2 1 (1.85%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 1 (1.85%) Exchange Server 2003
2 1 (1.85%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 36 (66.67%) MS Office
2 5 (9.26%) MS Excel
3 2 (3.70%) MS Project
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.85%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.70%) DNS
1 2 (3.70%) DHCP
2 1 (1.85%) Firewall
2 1 (1.85%) Intranet
2 1 (1.85%) Internet
2 1 (1.85%) MPLS
2 1 (1.85%) SAN
2 1 (1.85%) ADSL
2 1 (1.85%) LAN
2 1 (1.85%) SMS
2 1 (1.85%) WAN
2 1 (1.85%) TCP/IP
2 1 (1.85%) OpenLDAP
2 1 (1.85%) NAS
2 1 (1.85%) Structured Cabling
Development Applications
1 8 (14.81%) MSI
1 8 (14.81%) Wise Package Studio
2 3 (5.56%) Selenium
2 3 (5.56%) WebDriver
3 2 (3.70%) AdminStudio
Job Titles
1 26 (48.15%) Desktop Support
2 25 (46.30%) Support Engineer
3 20 (37.04%) Desktop Support Engineer
3 20 (37.04%) Desktop Engineer
4 9 (16.67%) Applications Packager
5 5 (9.26%) 2nd Line Support
6 4 (7.41%) Technical Support
7 3 (5.56%) Technical Specialist
7 3 (5.56%) Support Specialist
7 3 (5.56%) 3rd Line Support
7 3 (5.56%) Analyst
7 3 (5.56%) Technical Support Specialist
7 3 (5.56%) QA Engineer
8 2 (3.70%) Security Support Engineer
8 2 (3.70%) Desktop Analyst
8 2 (3.70%) Security Engineer
8 2 (3.70%) Windows Support Analyst
8 2 (3.70%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
8 2 (3.70%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
8 2 (3.70%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (14.81%) Application Packaging
2 6 (11.11%) WSH
3 2 (3.70%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 28 (51.85%) Blackberry
2 2 (3.70%) Replication
3 1 (1.85%) Mathematics
3 1 (1.85%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 42 (77.78%) Windows 7
2 38 (70.37%) Windows XP
3 36 (66.67%) Windows Vista
4 3 (5.56%) UNIX
4 3 (5.56%) Linux
5 2 (3.70%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (3.70%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (3.70%) Windows Server 2003
6 1 (1.85%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (55.56%) Software Deployment
2 12 (22.22%) TQM
3 3 (5.56%) Scrum
3 3 (5.56%) Service Delivery
4 2 (3.70%) Software Distribution
4 2 (3.70%) Performance Testing
4 2 (3.70%) Security Testing
4 2 (3.70%) OO
4 2 (3.70%) Project Management
4 2 (3.70%) Migration
5 1 (1.85%) Disaster Recovery
5 1 (1.85%) ITIL
5 1 (1.85%) Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 8 (14.81%) VB
Qualifications
1 34 (62.96%) Security Cleared
2 33 (61.11%) SC Cleared
3 2 (3.70%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (3.70%) ISTQB
3 2 (3.70%) ISEB
4 1 (1.85%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (1.85%) MCP
4 1 (1.85%) MCSE
4 1 (1.85%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (46.30%) SLA
2 3 (5.56%) QA
System Software
1 34 (62.96%) Microsoft App-V
2 23 (42.59%) Active Directory
3 7 (12.96%) Hyper-V
4 1 (1.85%) XenServer
4 1 (1.85%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (1.85%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 30 (55.56%) SCCM
2 6 (11.11%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 2 (3.70%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 2 (3.70%) NetBackup
3 2 (3.70%) Backup Exec
4 1 (1.85%) HP SIM
4 1 (1.85%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 34 (62.96%) Citrix
2 32 (59.26%) Microsoft
3 29 (53.70%) AppSense
4 27 (50.00%) CA
5 25 (46.30%) Lumension
6 4 (7.41%) VMware
7 2 (3.70%) Infor
7 2 (3.70%) Remedy
8 1 (1.85%) CheckPoint
8 1 (1.85%) HP
8 1 (1.85%) Cisco
8 1 (1.85%) SolarWinds
8 1 (1.85%) Fortinet
8 1 (1.85%) F5