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 24 December 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
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Windows
Rank 7 3 11
Rank change year-on-year
-4 +8
Contract jobs citing Windows 14 12 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Preston 13.08% 31.58% 7.46%
As % of the Operating Systems category 77.78% 92.31% 38.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 1 4
Average daily rate
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£255 £445 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-42.69% +7.87%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £124 £445 £309
10% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £445 £495
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £300 £313
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 6 1
Average hourly rate £23.27 £15.00 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+55.13% -9.09%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.81 £15.00 £16.16
% change year-on-year
-1.28% -7.14%
Windows
Lancashire

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
18 13 13
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Preston 16.82% 34.21% 19.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 1 11
Average daily rate £350 £445 £398
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-21.34% +11.94%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £133 £445 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £445 £485
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.20% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 6 1
Average hourly rate £32.54 £15.00 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+116.93% -9.09%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £15.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -14.28%

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
Daily Rate Histogram in Preston

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Windows across the Preston region over the 3 months to 24 December 2014.

Windows Daily Rate Histogram 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 24 December 2014.

Windows Hourly Rate Histogram in Preston

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Preston

For the 6 months to 24 December 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 15 (50.00%) Microsoft
1 15 (50.00%) Windows 7
2 14 (46.67%) MS Office
2 14 (46.67%) Windows XP
3 13 (43.33%) Citrix
4 12 (40.00%) SC Cleared
4 12 (40.00%) Security Cleared
5 11 (36.67%) Windows Vista
5 11 (36.67%) SCCM
5 11 (36.67%) Software Deployment
5 11 (36.67%) Blackberry
6 10 (33.33%) Active Directory
6 10 (33.33%) SLA
7 9 (30.00%) Microsoft App-V
7 9 (30.00%) AppSense
8 8 (26.67%) CA
8 8 (26.67%) Lumension
9 7 (23.33%) Migration
10 4 (13.33%) VMware
10 4 (13.33%) ITIL
10 4 (13.33%) Data Migration
10 4 (13.33%) Hyper-V
11 3 (10.00%) PowerShell
11 3 (10.00%) Team Foundation Server
11 3 (10.00%) Data Integration
11 3 (10.00%) SQL
11 3 (10.00%) SQL Server
11 3 (10.00%) Windows Server 2003
11 3 (10.00%) NetBackup
11 3 (10.00%) Business Intelligence

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in Preston by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 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 (6.67%) IIS
2 1 (3.33%) IBM Notes
2 1 (3.33%) MS Exchange
2 1 (3.33%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 14 (46.67%) MS Office
2 2 (6.67%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 2 (6.67%) WAN
1 2 (6.67%) DHCP
1 2 (6.67%) DNS
2 1 (3.33%) SAN
2 1 (3.33%) MPLS
2 1 (3.33%) Firewall
2 1 (3.33%) OpenLDAP
2 1 (3.33%) NAS
2 1 (3.33%) Structured Cabling
2 1 (3.33%) TCP/IP
2 1 (3.33%) ADSL
2 1 (3.33%) LAN
2 1 (3.33%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (10.00%) SQL Server
2 1 (3.33%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 3 (10.00%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (6.67%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 2 (6.67%) Telecoms
2 1 (3.33%) Finance
2 1 (3.33%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 12 (40.00%) Support Engineer
2 11 (36.67%) Desktop Support
3 7 (23.33%) Desktop Support Engineer
3 7 (23.33%) Desktop Engineer
4 6 (20.00%) Analyst
5 4 (13.33%) 3rd Line Support
6 3 (10.00%) Desktop Support Analyst
6 3 (10.00%) Support Analyst
6 3 (10.00%) Desktop Analyst
6 3 (10.00%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
7 2 (6.67%) Windows Support Analyst
7 2 (6.67%) Developer
7 2 (6.67%) Data Analyst
8 1 (3.33%) Analyst Developer
8 1 (3.33%) Solutions Designer
8 1 (3.33%) Administrator
8 1 (3.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 1 (3.33%) Technical Support
8 1 (3.33%) Test Analyst
8 1 (3.33%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (6.67%) Classic ASP
1 2 (6.67%) Web Services
2 1 (3.33%) XML
2 1 (3.33%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 11 (36.67%) Blackberry
2 3 (10.00%) Data Integration
3 2 (6.67%) Replication
3 2 (6.67%) Clustering
4 1 (3.33%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 15 (50.00%) Windows 7
2 14 (46.67%) Windows XP
3 11 (36.67%) Windows Vista
4 3 (10.00%) Windows Server 2003
5 2 (6.67%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (6.67%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (36.67%) Software Deployment
2 7 (23.33%) Migration
3 4 (13.33%) ITIL
3 4 (13.33%) Data Migration
4 3 (10.00%) Business Intelligence
5 2 (6.67%) TQM
6 1 (3.33%) Service Delivery
6 1 (3.33%) Disaster Recovery
6 1 (3.33%) Agile Software Development
6 1 (3.33%) Asset Management
6 1 (3.33%) Data Analysis
6 1 (3.33%) Supply Chain Management
6 1 (3.33%) Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 3 (10.00%) SQL
1 3 (10.00%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 12 (40.00%) SC Cleared
1 12 (40.00%) Security Cleared
2 1 (3.33%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (33.33%) SLA
System Software
1 10 (33.33%) Active Directory
2 9 (30.00%) Microsoft App-V
3 4 (13.33%) Hyper-V
4 2 (6.67%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (3.33%) XenServer
5 1 (3.33%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 11 (36.67%) SCCM
2 3 (10.00%) NetBackup
3 2 (6.67%) Backup Exec
3 2 (6.67%) WMI
3 2 (6.67%) PureDisk
3 2 (6.67%) SCDPM
4 1 (3.33%) SCOrch
4 1 (3.33%) HP SIM
4 1 (3.33%) Cisco CUCM
4 1 (3.33%) SCOM
Vendors
1 15 (50.00%) Microsoft
2 13 (43.33%) Citrix
3 9 (30.00%) AppSense
4 8 (26.67%) Lumension
4 8 (26.67%) CA
5 4 (13.33%) VMware
6 2 (6.67%) Cisco
7 1 (3.33%) Oracle
7 1 (3.33%) Fortinet
7 1 (3.33%) Infor
7 1 (3.33%) SolarWinds
7 1 (3.33%) F5
7 1 (3.33%) NetApp
7 1 (3.33%) Lotus
7 1 (3.33%) CheckPoint
7 1 (3.33%) webMethods
7 1 (3.33%) Symantec
7 1 (3.33%) Remedy