The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Belfast with a requirement for Windows skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Windows over the 3 months to 25 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Microsoft Windows
County Antrim / Belfast
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 26 8 8
Rank change year-on-year -18 0  
Contract jobs citing Windows 40 9 13
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Belfast 12.35% 10.71% 16.25%
As % of the Operating Systems category 23.12% 60.00% 44.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 3 7
Median daily rate £433 £125 £121
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +246.40% +3.73%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £78 £105 £104
10% offered a daily rate of more than £470 £265 £375
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £338 £325
% change year-on-year - +3.84%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 1
Median hourly rate £13.78 £13.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.96% -25.71%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £16.25 £15.50
% change year-on-year -7.69% +4.83%  

Windows is in the operating system skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Belfast with a requirement for operating system skills.

Contract Operating System Skills
Belfast
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 173 15 29
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Belfast 53.40% 17.86% 36.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 143 6 17
Median daily rate £413 £300 £206
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +37.50% +45.45%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £100 £109
10% offered a daily rate of more than £485 £355 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £345
% change year-on-year +3.44% +5.07%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 1
Median hourly rate £13.78 £13.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.96% -25.71%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £17.00 £16.20
% change year-on-year -8.82% +4.93%  

Windows
Job Vacancy Trend in Belfast

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Belfast citing Windows as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Operating Systems category.

Job vacancy trend for Windows in Belfast

Windows
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Belfast

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Windows in Belfast.

Contractor daily rate trend for Windows in Belfast

Windows
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Belfast

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows in Belfast over the 3 months to 25 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Windows in Belfast

Windows
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Belfast

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Windows in Belfast

For the 6 months to 25 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Windows also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Belfast region with a requirement for Windows.

1 33 (55.00%) Finance
2 29 (48.33%) Unit Testing
3 28 (46.67%) C++
4 26 (43.33%) SQL Server
4 26 (43.33%) Visual Studio
5 21 (35.00%) Linux
6 20 (33.33%) Electronic Trading
7 19 (31.67%) UML
8 18 (30.00%) Low Latency
9 15 (25.00%) Active Directory
10 13 (21.67%) Microsoft
10 13 (21.67%) SQL
10 13 (21.67%) Windows Server
11 12 (20.00%) Microsoft Office
11 12 (20.00%) Degree
11 12 (20.00%) Banking
12 11 (18.33%) TCP/IP
12 11 (18.33%) Unix
13 10 (16.67%) MS Exchange
13 10 (16.67%) C
13 10 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
13 10 (16.67%) Windows Server 2012
14 9 (15.00%) Windows Server 2008
14 9 (15.00%) Front Office
15 8 (13.33%) Equities
15 8 (13.33%) Multithreading
15 8 (13.33%) Windows 7
15 8 (13.33%) Windows 8
16 7 (11.67%) Java
16 7 (11.67%) STL

Windows
Co-occurring IT Skills in Belfast by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 10 (16.67%) MS Exchange
2 4 (6.67%) Exchange Server 2010
3 3 (5.00%) IIS
3 3 (5.00%) SharePoint
4 2 (3.33%) IBM Notes
4 2 (3.33%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 12 (20.00%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.67%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.67%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (1.67%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (1.67%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (6.67%) ION MarketView
2 3 (5.00%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 4 (6.67%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (1.67%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 11 (18.33%) TCP/IP
2 4 (6.67%) Internet
2 4 (6.67%) LDAP
3 3 (5.00%) VPN
4 2 (3.33%) DHCP
4 2 (3.33%) DNS
4 2 (3.33%) NetScaler
4 2 (3.33%) SAN
5 1 (1.67%) Avaya Modular Messaging
5 1 (1.67%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (43.33%) SQL Server
2 4 (6.67%) MongoDB
2 4 (6.67%) NoSQL
3 2 (3.33%) SQL Server 2000
3 2 (3.33%) SQL Server 2005
3 2 (3.33%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (3.33%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (1.67%) DB2
4 1 (1.67%) Oracle Database
4 1 (1.67%) RDBMS
4 1 (1.67%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 26 (43.33%) Visual Studio
2 6 (10.00%) CppUnit
3 4 (6.67%) Artifactory
3 4 (6.67%) Jenkins
3 4 (6.67%) Sonatype Nexus
3 4 (6.67%) TeamCity
General
1 33 (55.00%) Finance
2 12 (20.00%) Banking
3 9 (15.00%) Front Office
4 6 (10.00%) Investment Banking
5 4 (6.67%) Manufacturing
6 2 (3.33%) Telecoms
7 1 (1.67%) Multimedia
7 1 (1.67%) Retail
Job Titles
1 24 (40.00%) Developer
2 23 (38.33%) C++ Developer
3 6 (10.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 6 (10.00%) IT Support
4 5 (8.33%) C++ Software Engineer
4 5 (8.33%) Software Engineer
5 4 (6.67%) Analyst
5 4 (6.67%) Support Officer
6 3 (5.00%) Support Engineer
7 2 (3.33%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 2 (3.33%) DevOps Engineer
7 2 (3.33%) IT Engineer
7 2 (3.33%) Support Analyst
7 2 (3.33%) Technical Leader
7 2 (3.33%) Wintel Engineer
8 1 (1.67%) IT Analyst
8 1 (1.67%) JavaScript Engineer
8 1 (1.67%) MongoDB Developer
8 1 (1.67%) Node.js Developer
8 1 (1.67%) Wintel Server Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (11.67%) STL
2 5 (8.33%) Boost C++ Libraries
3 4 (6.67%) Node.js
4 3 (5.00%) .NET
4 3 (5.00%) .NET Framework
5 1 (1.67%) HTML
5 1 (1.67%) Middleware
5 1 (1.67%) SAP Basis
Miscellaneous
1 10 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (13.33%) Equities
3 6 (10.00%) Computer Science
4 4 (6.67%) iPad
4 4 (6.67%) Social Network
4 4 (6.67%) Virtual Team
5 3 (5.00%) Video Conferencing
6 1 (1.67%) Client/Server
6 1 (1.67%) Data Structures
6 1 (1.67%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 1 (1.67%) Management Information System
6 1 (1.67%) PKI
6 1 (1.67%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 21 (35.00%) Linux
2 13 (21.67%) Windows Server
3 11 (18.33%) Unix
4 10 (16.67%) Windows Server 2012
5 9 (15.00%) Windows Server 2008
6 8 (13.33%) Windows 7
6 8 (13.33%) Windows 8
7 2 (3.33%) AIX
8 1 (1.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (1.67%) Solaris
8 1 (1.67%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (48.33%) Unit Testing
2 20 (33.33%) Electronic Trading
3 19 (31.67%) UML
4 18 (30.00%) Low Latency
5 8 (13.33%) Multithreading
6 6 (10.00%) Requirements Analysis
7 5 (8.33%) Continuous Integration
7 5 (8.33%) Software Engineering
8 4 (6.67%) Asset Management
8 4 (6.67%) DevOps
8 4 (6.67%) Disaster Recovery
8 4 (6.67%) IT Asset Management
8 4 (6.67%) ITIL
8 4 (6.67%) OO
8 4 (6.67%) SDLC
9 3 (5.00%) Network Architecture
10 2 (3.33%) Analytics
10 2 (3.33%) Process Improvement
10 2 (3.33%) Risk Analytics
10 2 (3.33%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 28 (46.67%) C++
2 13 (21.67%) SQL
3 10 (16.67%) C
4 7 (11.67%) Java
5 6 (10.00%) PowerShell
6 5 (8.33%) C#
6 5 (8.33%) JavaScript
7 1 (1.67%) VB
7 1 (1.67%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 12 (20.00%) Degree
2 3 (5.00%) Computer Science Degree
2 3 (5.00%) ITIL Certification
2 3 (5.00%) SC Cleared
2 3 (5.00%) Security Cleared
3 2 (3.33%) MCP
3 2 (3.33%) MCSE
3 2 (3.33%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.67%) SLA
System Software
1 15 (25.00%) Active Directory
2 6 (10.00%) Hyper-V
3 5 (8.33%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (6.67%) Docker
5 2 (3.33%) XenApp
6 1 (1.67%) DFS Replication
6 1 (1.67%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 4 (6.67%) Backup Exec
1 4 (6.67%) Norton AntiVirus
1 4 (6.67%) Opscode Chef
1 4 (6.67%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
2 3 (5.00%) SCOM
3 2 (3.33%) SCCM
Vendors
1 13 (21.67%) Microsoft
2 7 (11.67%) HP
3 5 (8.33%) Citrix
3 5 (8.33%) Oracle
3 5 (8.33%) VMware
4 4 (6.67%) Bloomberg
4 4 (6.67%) Reuters
4 4 (6.67%) Symantec
4 4 (6.67%) Veeam
5 3 (5.00%) BMC
5 3 (5.00%) Polycom
5 3 (5.00%) Remedy
6 2 (3.33%) Dell
6 2 (3.33%) Forcepoint
6 2 (3.33%) Lotus
6 2 (3.33%) McAfee
6 2 (3.33%) Sophos
7 1 (1.67%) Avaya
7 1 (1.67%) BT
7 1 (1.67%) SAP