The table below looks at the statistics for Windows 8 skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Windows 8 over the 3 months to 18 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
18 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Windows 8
Rank 302 314 484
Rank change year-on-year
+12 +170
Contract jobs citing Windows 8 350 288 59
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.63% 0.56% 0.12%
As % of the Operating Systems category 2.76% 2.45% 0.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 164 144 25
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-40.27% +3.21%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £118 £160 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £475 £565
UK excluding London average daily rate £203 £323 £300
% change year-on-year
-37.20% +7.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 33 0
Average hourly rate £14.50 £14.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.57% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.00 £13.75 -
% change year-on-year
+1.81% -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Operating Systems category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Operating Systems Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Operating Systems category
12698 11766 10989
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 22.96% 22.77% 22.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 7520 6542 5800
Average daily rate £360 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £155 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £513 £533
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.20% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1071 1064 1137
Average hourly rate £16.00 £15.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% -11.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.20 £34.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £15.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -11.76%

Windows 8
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Windows 8 within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Operating Systems category.

Windows 8 Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Windows 8
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Windows 8 within the UK.

Windows 8 Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Windows 8
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Windows 8 within the UK over the 3 months to 18 December 2014.

Windows 8 Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Windows 8
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Windows 8 within the UK.

Windows 8 Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Windows 8
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Windows 8 within the UK over the 3 months to 18 December 2014.

Windows 8 Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Windows 8
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Windows 8 within the UK over the 3 months to 18 December 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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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
England +12 324 £220 -39.84% 126
London +41 151 £225 -43.75% 48
South East -4 79 £200 -10.11% 22
City of London +5 26 £270 -11.47% 14
North West -3 19 £353 +93.15% 13
South West -24 18 £325 +34.02% 7
Surrey +1 17 £219 +36.87% 6
Scotland -1 17 £114 -67.50% 3
East of England -10 17 £220 -37.14% 9
Hampshire -8 15 £243 +10.22% 6
West Midlands +6 14 £155 -48.33% 6
Berkshire +2 12 £488 +103.12% 4
Buckinghamshire -4 12 £145 +11.53% 3
Oxfordshire -20 12 £175 +37.25% 2
Milton Keynes -7 11 £145 +11.53%
Yorkshire -22 11 £325 +18.18% 10
East Midlands +1 10 £138 -47.61% 7
Manchester -9 9 £214 -44.83% 6
Oxford -14 9 £175 +25.00% 1
Cheshire - 7 £405 - 5
Devon - 7 £250 -
Nottinghamshire +7 6 £175 -33.33%
Essex -3 6 - - 4
Edinburgh -4 6 £114 -67.54% 1
Bristol - 6 £325 - 3
Reading +14 5 £488 +103.12% 4
Nottingham +4 5 - -
West Yorkshire -22 5 £306 +11.36% 3
Eastleigh - 5 £290 - 1
Birmingham - 5 - -

Windows 8
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 December 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Windows 8 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 8.

1 710 (100.00%) Windows
2 438 (61.69%) Windows 7
3 353 (49.72%) Active Directory
4 341 (48.03%) Microsoft
5 229 (32.25%) MS Office
6 219 (30.85%) Windows XP
7 207 (29.15%) Windows Server 2008
8 193 (27.18%) MS Exchange
9 140 (19.72%) MS Excel
10 138 (19.44%) Citrix
11 133 (18.73%) VMware
11 133 (18.73%) Windows Server 2012
12 112 (15.77%) ITIL
13 103 (14.51%) Windows Server 2003
14 97 (13.66%) SCCM
15 82 (11.55%) TCP/IP
16 80 (11.27%) Exchange Server 2010
17 79 (11.13%) Security Cleared
17 79 (11.13%) DNS
18 78 (10.99%) LAN
19 76 (10.70%) Cisco
20 72 (10.14%) Firewall
20 72 (10.14%) VMware Infrastructure
21 64 (9.01%) DHCP
22 63 (8.87%) WAN
23 62 (8.73%) SQL
23 62 (8.73%) Finance
24 61 (8.59%) Blackberry
25 56 (7.89%) SC Cleared
26 55 (7.75%) Microsoft Certification

Windows 8
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 December 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Windows 8 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 8. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 193 (27.18%) MS Exchange
2 80 (11.27%) Exchange Server 2010
3 51 (7.18%) Exchange Server 2007
4 46 (6.48%) SharePoint
4 46 (6.48%) Exchange Server 2003
5 40 (5.63%) Lync
6 22 (3.10%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 20 (2.82%) IBM Notes
8 19 (2.68%) Exchange Server 2013
9 16 (2.25%) IIS
10 13 (1.83%) OpenStack
11 5 (0.70%) SharePoint 2013
12 4 (0.56%) Apache
13 3 (0.42%) WorkSite
13 3 (0.42%) SharePoint 2010
14 2 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2000
15 1 (0.14%) Exchange Server 5.5
15 1 (0.14%) SharePoint Server
15 1 (0.14%) Tomcat
15 1 (0.14%) CICS
Applications
1 229 (32.25%) MS Office
2 140 (19.72%) MS Excel
3 11 (1.55%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (0.28%) MS Project
4 2 (0.28%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.14%) PrintSoft PReS
5 1 (0.14%) Adobe Illustrator
5 1 (0.14%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.14%) Acrobat
5 1 (0.14%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 6 (0.85%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.42%) assyst
2 3 (0.42%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.14%) ResourceLink
3 1 (0.14%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.14%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.14%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 33 (4.65%) Office 365
2 12 (1.69%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (1.13%) Google Apps
4 7 (0.99%) Cloud Computing
5 4 (0.56%) SaaS
6 3 (0.42%) GitHub
6 3 (0.42%) OpenShift
6 3 (0.42%) IaaS
6 3 (0.42%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 82 (11.55%) TCP/IP
2 79 (11.13%) DNS
3 78 (10.99%) LAN
4 72 (10.14%) Firewall
5 64 (9.01%) DHCP
6 63 (8.87%) WAN
7 46 (6.48%) VPN
8 38 (5.35%) SAN
9 37 (5.21%) Internet
10 25 (3.52%) VoIP
11 23 (3.24%) Wireless
12 17 (2.39%) Wi-Fi
13 15 (2.11%) VLAN
13 15 (2.11%) NAS
14 11 (1.55%) MPLS
15 10 (1.41%) Broadband
16 8 (1.13%) DSL
17 7 (0.99%) ADSL
18 6 (0.85%) 802.11
18 6 (0.85%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 53 (7.46%) SQL Server
2 18 (2.54%) SQL Server 2008
3 9 (1.27%) MySQL
4 7 (0.99%) SQL Server 2005
4 7 (0.99%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 6 (0.85%) SQL Server 2012
6 4 (0.56%) Oracle Database
6 4 (0.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 4 (0.56%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 4 (0.56%) Oracle Database 11g
7 3 (0.42%) Oracle Database 10g
8 2 (0.28%) Hadoop
8 2 (0.28%) EDMS
8 2 (0.28%) FileMaker
8 2 (0.28%) PostgreSQL
8 2 (0.28%) BusinessObjects
8 2 (0.28%) MS Access
8 2 (0.28%) DB2
8 2 (0.28%) Crystal Reports
9 1 (0.14%) IDMS
Development Applications
1 16 (2.25%) Visual Studio
2 12 (1.69%) Subversion
3 9 (1.27%) JIRA
4 7 (0.99%) StarTeam
4 7 (0.99%) MSI
5 4 (0.56%) Team Foundation Server
6 3 (0.42%) MSBuild
7 2 (0.28%) Git (software)
7 2 (0.28%) AdminStudio
8 1 (0.14%) Eclipse
8 1 (0.14%) Jenkins
8 1 (0.14%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
8 1 (0.14%) WinDbg
8 1 (0.14%) GCC
General
1 62 (8.73%) Finance
2 17 (2.39%) Telecoms
3 15 (2.11%) Legal
4 12 (1.69%) Law
5 11 (1.55%) Banking
5 11 (1.55%) Manufacturing
5 11 (1.55%) Advertising
6 10 (1.41%) French Language
7 4 (0.56%) Investment Banking
7 4 (0.56%) Dutch Language
8 3 (0.42%) Back Office
8 3 (0.42%) Publishing
8 3 (0.42%) Pharmaceutical
9 2 (0.28%) Local Government
9 2 (0.28%) Marketing
10 1 (0.14%) Spanish Language
10 1 (0.14%) Retail
10 1 (0.14%) Billing
10 1 (0.14%) Multimedia
10 1 (0.14%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 145 (20.42%) Analyst
2 135 (19.01%) Support Engineer
3 82 (11.55%) Support Analyst
4 80 (11.27%) Desktop Support
5 62 (8.73%) 2nd Line Support
6 61 (8.59%) Desktop Engineer
7 51 (7.18%) 1st Line Support
7 51 (7.18%) IT Support
8 41 (5.77%) Developer
9 40 (5.63%) 3rd Line Support
10 36 (5.07%) Service Analyst
10 36 (5.07%) Desktop Support Engineer
11 35 (4.93%) Service Desk Analyst
12 25 (3.52%) Project Manager
13 24 (3.38%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 20 (2.82%) Support Technician
15 19 (2.68%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
16 18 (2.54%) Mobile Developer
16 18 (2.54%) Desktop Analyst
16 18 (2.54%) Desktop Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (3.38%) .NET
2 14 (1.97%) Application Packaging
3 9 (1.27%) WCF
3 9 (1.27%) WPF
3 9 (1.27%) HTML
4 8 (1.13%) Web Services
5 7 (0.99%) CSS
6 5 (0.70%) Silverlight
6 5 (0.70%) WinForms
6 5 (0.70%) XML
7 4 (0.56%) HTML5
7 4 (0.56%) ASP.NET
8 3 (0.42%) XNA
8 3 (0.42%) FIX Protocol
8 3 (0.42%) .NET Framework
8 3 (0.42%) CSS3
9 2 (0.28%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
9 2 (0.28%) ASP.NET Web API
9 2 (0.28%) Apache Cordova
9 2 (0.28%) Flash
Miscellaneous
1 61 (8.59%) Blackberry
2 34 (4.79%) Analytical Skills
3 23 (3.24%) Fat Client
3 23 (3.24%) Thin Client
4 22 (3.10%) iPhone
5 19 (2.68%) Mobile App
6 15 (2.11%) FMCG
6 15 (2.11%) iPad
7 12 (1.69%) Management Information System
8 11 (1.55%) Smartphone
9 10 (1.41%) Video Conferencing
9 10 (1.41%) Open Source
10 8 (1.13%) Replication
10 8 (1.13%) Client/Server
10 8 (1.13%) Pocket PC
11 7 (0.99%) PKI
12 6 (0.85%) Computer Science
13 5 (0.70%) User Experience
14 4 (0.56%) NHS
15 3 (0.42%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 710 (100.00%) Windows
2 438 (61.69%) Windows 7
3 219 (30.85%) Windows XP
4 207 (29.15%) Windows Server 2008
5 133 (18.73%) Windows Server 2012
6 103 (14.51%) Windows Server 2003
7 47 (6.62%) Linux
8 33 (4.65%) Windows Vista
9 31 (4.37%) Mac OS X
10 28 (3.94%) Windows Phone
11 27 (3.80%) Android
12 24 (3.38%) Windows Mobile
13 17 (2.39%) UNIX
13 17 (2.39%) Apple iOS
14 16 (2.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 13 (1.83%) Windows Phone 8
16 10 (1.41%) Windows CE
16 10 (1.41%) Solaris
17 6 (0.85%) Mac OS
18 5 (0.70%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 112 (15.77%) ITIL
2 54 (7.61%) Migration
3 27 (3.80%) Service Management
4 22 (3.10%) Project Management
4 22 (3.10%) Agile Software Development
5 18 (2.54%) Service Delivery
6 17 (2.39%) Incident Management
6 17 (2.39%) PRINCE2
7 16 (2.25%) Problem Management
8 15 (2.11%) Change Management
9 14 (1.97%) Stakeholder Management
10 12 (1.69%) Line Management
10 12 (1.69%) Time Management
10 12 (1.69%) Document Management
11 11 (1.55%) Configuration Management
11 11 (1.55%) Disaster Recovery
11 11 (1.55%) Mobile Application Development
12 10 (1.41%) Coaching
13 9 (1.27%) Asset Management
13 9 (1.27%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 62 (8.73%) SQL
2 40 (5.63%) PowerShell
3 37 (5.21%) C#
4 20 (2.82%) VB
5 17 (2.39%) Shell Script
6 16 (2.25%) VBScript
7 9 (1.27%) C++
8 8 (1.13%) Embedded C++
9 7 (0.99%) Perl
10 6 (0.85%) JavaScript
11 5 (0.70%) VBA
12 4 (0.56%) XAML
12 4 (0.56%) PHP
13 3 (0.42%) VB.NET
13 3 (0.42%) Python
14 2 (0.28%) C
14 2 (0.28%) Java
15 1 (0.14%) VB6
15 1 (0.14%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 79 (11.13%) Security Cleared
2 56 (7.89%) SC Cleared
3 55 (7.75%) Microsoft Certification
4 39 (5.49%) MCSE
5 28 (3.94%) MCP
6 22 (3.10%) DV Cleared
7 21 (2.96%) Degree
8 17 (2.39%) Cisco Certification
8 17 (2.39%) CCNA
9 12 (1.69%) Network+ Certification
9 12 (1.69%) ITIL Certification
10 9 (1.27%) MCSA
11 8 (1.13%) RHCSA
12 7 (0.99%) RHCA
12 7 (0.99%) RHCE
12 7 (0.99%) A+ Certification
13 6 (0.85%) MCTS
13 6 (0.85%) MCITP
14 5 (0.70%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 5 (0.70%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (4.93%) SLA
2 9 (1.27%) QA
3 5 (0.70%) COBIT
4 1 (0.14%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 353 (49.72%) Active Directory
2 72 (10.14%) VMware Infrastructure
3 38 (5.35%) XenApp
4 35 (4.93%) Hyper-V
5 25 (3.52%) Microsoft App-V
6 18 (2.54%) VMware ESX
7 12 (1.69%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 11 (1.55%) XenDesktop
9 9 (1.27%) Terminal Services
9 9 (1.27%) XenServer
10 8 (1.13%) vSphere
11 7 (0.99%) Xen
12 4 (0.56%) NLBS
13 3 (0.42%) Oracle RAC
13 3 (0.42%) VMware Workstation
14 2 (0.28%) UAG
14 2 (0.28%) VMware ESXi
14 2 (0.28%) Terminal Server
15 1 (0.14%) VMware Server
15 1 (0.14%) MetaFrame
Systems Management
1 97 (13.66%) SCCM
2 26 (3.66%) Backup Exec
3 22 (3.10%) WSUS
4 17 (2.39%) Norton AntiVirus
5 13 (1.83%) SCOM
6 12 (1.69%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 10 (1.41%) OVSD
8 8 (1.13%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 6 (0.85%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 5 (0.70%) DameWare
11 4 (0.56%) HP Quality Center
11 4 (0.56%) SCOrch
12 3 (0.42%) NetBackup
12 3 (0.42%) Nessus
12 3 (0.42%) Windows Intune
12 3 (0.42%) SCSM
13 2 (0.28%) FreeIPA
13 2 (0.28%) AppDNA
13 2 (0.28%) SCVMM
14 1 (0.14%) ServiceCenter
Vendors
1 341 (48.03%) Microsoft
2 138 (19.44%) Citrix
3 133 (18.73%) VMware
4 76 (10.70%) Cisco
5 37 (5.21%) Symantec
6 36 (5.07%) Apple
7 35 (4.93%) HP
8 28 (3.94%) Dell
9 21 (2.96%) Oracle
10 20 (2.82%) Lotus
11 18 (2.54%) CheckPoint
11 18 (2.54%) SAP
12 17 (2.39%) Red Hat
13 14 (1.97%) Bloomberg
14 12 (1.69%) Sophos
15 11 (1.55%) Google
15 11 (1.55%) McAfee
15 11 (1.55%) Reuters
15 11 (1.55%) Veeam
16 9 (1.27%) LANDesk
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