Period
to 21 May 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for Windows Server skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Windows Server over the 6 months to 21 May 2018 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 Server
North West > Cheshire
6 months to
21 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 34 47 46
Rank change year-on-year +13 -1 +16
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 70 34 80
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 5.42% 3.16% 4.07%
As % of the Operating Systems category 25.83% 14.66% 18.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 33 43
Cheshire median daily rate £350 £301 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.47% -29.29% +30.77%
10th Percentile £235 £190 £242
90th Percentile £488 £490 £485
North West median daily rate £361 £325 £370
% change year-on-year +11.15% -12.16% +28.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 3 6
Cheshire median hourly rate £21.25 £14.00 £18.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +51.79% -25.33% +33.93%
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.80 £15.25
90th Percentile £33.75 £25.80 £21.00
North West median hourly rate £25.00 £15.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year +61.29% -22.50% +21.21%

Windows Server is in the Operating Systems category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for operating system skills.

All Operating Systems
Cheshire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 271 232 438
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 20.98% 21.58% 22.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 131 151 242
Cheshire median daily rate £360 £400 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.00% -3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £213 £200 £263
90th Percentile £538 £525 £525
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% +2.39%
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 28 40
Cheshire median hourly rate £14.00 £15.08 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.13% +7.68% -6.67%
10th Percentile £11.04 £10.50 £9.95
90th Percentile £21.50 £25.25 £24.13
North West median hourly rate £15.38 £16.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year -3.91% - +14.29%

Windows Server
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

Job postings citing Windows Server as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Cheshire.

Job vacancy trend for Windows Server in Cheshire

Windows Server
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Windows Server in Cheshire

Windows Server
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows Server in Cheshire over the 6 months to 21 May 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Windows Server in Cheshire

Windows Server
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Windows Server in Cheshire

Windows Server
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Cheshire

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows Server in Cheshire over the 6 months to 21 May 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Windows Server in Cheshire

Windows Server
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Windows Server within the Cheshire region over the 6 months to 21 May 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Knutsford +7 16 £363 +3.57%
Chester -4 13 £280 -6.67% 1
Warrington -6 6 £444 -1.39% 11
Wilmslow - 3 £97 -
Crewe -17 2 - - 1
Macclesfield +2 1 - -
Windows Server
North West

For the 6 months to 21 May 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Windows Server also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Cheshire region with a requirement for Windows Server.

1 69 (98.57%) Windows
2 35 (50.00%) SQL Server
2 35 (50.00%) Active Directory
3 29 (41.43%) Migration
4 28 (40.00%) Windows Server 2003
5 27 (38.57%) PowerShell
6 26 (37.14%) Windows Server 2008
6 26 (37.14%) VMware
7 25 (35.71%) Citrix
7 25 (35.71%) Microsoft
8 24 (34.29%) XenApp
9 23 (32.86%) SCCM
10 22 (31.43%) Windows Server 2012
10 22 (31.43%) SAN
11 20 (28.57%) LAN
11 20 (28.57%) WAN
11 20 (28.57%) VMware Infrastructure
12 18 (25.71%) Office 365
13 16 (22.86%) Skype for Business
13 16 (22.86%) Cisco
14 15 (21.43%) SQL
14 15 (21.43%) SCOM
14 15 (21.43%) Local Government
15 14 (20.00%) Data Centre
15 14 (20.00%) Linux
16 13 (18.57%) IIS
16 13 (18.57%) MS Exchange
16 13 (18.57%) VMware ESXi
17 12 (17.14%) Analytical Skills
17 12 (17.14%) PKI

Windows Server
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheshire 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 16 (22.86%) Skype for Business
2 13 (18.57%) IIS
2 13 (18.57%) MS Exchange
3 7 (10.00%) Exchange Server 2003
4 5 (7.14%) Exchange Server 2007
4 5 (7.14%) Exchange Server 2010
4 5 (7.14%) Exchange Server 2013
5 2 (2.86%) SAS
5 2 (2.86%) SharePoint
5 2 (2.86%) WebSphere
6 1 (1.43%) Gentran
Applications
1 4 (5.71%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.43%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.43%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 18 (25.71%) Office 365
2 12 (17.14%) Amazon AWS
3 11 (15.71%) Microsoft Azure
4 4 (5.71%) IaaS
5 3 (4.29%) PaaS
6 1 (1.43%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 22 (31.43%) SAN
2 20 (28.57%) LAN
2 20 (28.57%) WAN
3 11 (15.71%) TCP/IP
4 10 (14.29%) IPsec
5 8 (11.43%) DHCP
5 8 (11.43%) DNS
5 8 (11.43%) NAS
6 7 (10.00%) DMZ
6 7 (10.00%) Ethernet
6 7 (10.00%) Firewall
6 7 (10.00%) MPLS
7 5 (7.14%) Reverse Proxy
7 5 (7.14%) VoIP
8 4 (5.71%) Skype
8 4 (5.71%) VPN
9 3 (4.29%) iSCSI
10 2 (2.86%) Cisco Nexus
10 2 (2.86%) FTP
10 2 (2.86%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 35 (50.00%) SQL Server
2 5 (7.14%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (2.86%) GIS
3 2 (2.86%) MySQL
3 2 (2.86%) Oracle Database
4 1 (1.43%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (1.43%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (1.43%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (1.43%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 5 (7.14%) Jenkins
2 4 (5.71%) MSI
2 4 (5.71%) Team Foundation Server
2 4 (5.71%) Visual Studio
2 4 (5.71%) Visual Studio Team System
3 3 (4.29%) Git (software)
4 2 (2.86%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 1 (1.43%) Subversion
General
1 15 (21.43%) Local Government
2 6 (8.57%) Banking
2 6 (8.57%) Finance
3 1 (1.43%) Investment Banking
3 1 (1.43%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 24 (34.29%) Server Engineer
2 10 (14.29%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 8 (11.43%) Administrator
3 8 (11.43%) Support Engineer
3 8 (11.43%) Windows Engineer
4 7 (10.00%) Windows Server Engineer
5 6 (8.57%) Infrastructure Support
6 5 (7.14%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
6 5 (7.14%) Storage Engineer
7 4 (5.71%) Azure DevOps
7 4 (5.71%) Consultant
7 4 (5.71%) DBA
7 4 (5.71%) Desktop Support
7 4 (5.71%) Network Engineer
7 4 (5.71%) SCCM Engineer
7 4 (5.71%) Senior Server Engineer
7 4 (5.71%) Senior Windows Engineer
7 4 (5.71%) Senior Windows Server Engineer
7 4 (5.71%) SQL DBA
7 4 (5.71%) Storage Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (7.14%) JSON
2 4 (5.71%) .NET
2 4 (5.71%) LDAP
3 3 (4.29%) .NET Framework
3 3 (4.29%) ISPF
3 3 (4.29%) Middleware
4 2 (2.86%) Web Services
4 2 (2.86%) WebSphere MQ
5 1 (1.43%) Ajax
5 1 (1.43%) AngularJS
5 1 (1.43%) ASP.NET
5 1 (1.43%) ASP.NET Web Forms
5 1 (1.43%) CSS
5 1 (1.43%) Ember.js
5 1 (1.43%) Flash
5 1 (1.43%) HTML
5 1 (1.43%) HTML5
5 1 (1.43%) jQuery
5 1 (1.43%) Node.js
5 1 (1.43%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 14 (20.00%) Data Centre
2 12 (17.14%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (17.14%) PKI
3 7 (10.00%) Public Cloud
4 4 (5.71%) Clustering
5 3 (4.29%) Mainframe
5 3 (4.29%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (1.43%) EMC VMAX
6 1 (1.43%) Mobile App
6 1 (1.43%) Online Banking
6 1 (1.43%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 69 (98.57%) Windows
2 28 (40.00%) Windows Server 2003
3 26 (37.14%) Windows Server 2008
4 22 (31.43%) Windows Server 2012
5 14 (20.00%) Linux
6 9 (12.86%) Windows 10
7 6 (8.57%) Unix
7 6 (8.57%) Windows 2000
8 4 (5.71%) Windows 7
9 3 (4.29%) AIX
9 3 (4.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (41.43%) Migration
2 11 (15.71%) Software Deployment
3 10 (14.29%) Time Management
4 9 (12.86%) Asset Management
4 9 (12.86%) ITIL
5 8 (11.43%) Configuration Management
5 8 (11.43%) Disaster Recovery
6 7 (10.00%) Capacity Planning
6 7 (10.00%) Problem-Solving
6 7 (10.00%) Server Building
7 6 (8.57%) Deployment Automation
7 6 (8.57%) Software Distribution
8 5 (7.14%) Capacity Management
8 5 (7.14%) Change Management
8 5 (7.14%) High Availability
8 5 (7.14%) PRINCE2
8 5 (7.14%) Problem Management
8 5 (7.14%) Test Scripting
9 4 (5.71%) Agile Software Development
9 4 (5.71%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 27 (38.57%) PowerShell
2 15 (21.43%) SQL
3 8 (11.43%) VBScript
4 5 (7.14%) Shell Script
5 4 (5.71%) T-SQL
6 3 (4.29%) JCL
7 2 (2.86%) Java
7 2 (2.86%) PL/SQL
8 1 (1.43%) C#
8 1 (1.43%) JavaScript
8 1 (1.43%) Perl
8 1 (1.43%) PHP
8 1 (1.43%) Python
8 1 (1.43%) Ruby
8 1 (1.43%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 7 (10.00%) Security Cleared
2 5 (7.14%) SC Cleared
3 4 (5.71%) CCNA
3 4 (5.71%) Cisco Certification
4 3 (4.29%) MCITP
4 3 (4.29%) MCTS
4 3 (4.29%) Microsoft Certification
5 2 (2.86%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.43%) GxP
1 1 (1.43%) SLA
System Software
1 35 (50.00%) Active Directory
2 24 (34.29%) XenApp
3 20 (28.57%) VMware Infrastructure
4 13 (18.57%) VMware ESXi
5 12 (17.14%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 12 (17.14%) Hyper-V
6 6 (8.57%) Docker
7 5 (7.14%) vSphere
8 4 (5.71%) Microsoft App-V
9 3 (4.29%) Time Sharing Option
9 3 (4.29%) Virtual Machines
9 3 (4.29%) VMware Workstation
10 1 (1.43%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 23 (32.86%) SCCM
2 15 (21.43%) SCOM
3 8 (11.43%) Opscode Chef
4 7 (10.00%) Norton AntiVirus
5 6 (8.57%) WSUS
6 5 (7.14%) Puppet
7 4 (5.71%) McAfee ePO
7 4 (5.71%) Microsoft Intune
7 4 (5.71%) SmoothWall
8 3 (4.29%) HP SIM
8 3 (4.29%) Microsoft Clustering
8 3 (4.29%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 3 (4.29%) vCenter Server
8 3 (4.29%) vMotion
9 2 (2.86%) Tivoli
10 1 (1.43%) NetBackup
10 1 (1.43%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 26 (37.14%) VMware
2 25 (35.71%) Citrix
2 25 (35.71%) Microsoft
3 16 (22.86%) Cisco
4 11 (15.71%) HP
5 7 (10.00%) Symantec
6 6 (8.57%) EMC
7 5 (7.14%) Avaya
7 5 (7.14%) IBM
7 5 (7.14%) Oracle
8 4 (5.71%) Ivanti
8 4 (5.71%) McAfee
9 3 (4.29%) Altiris
9 3 (4.29%) Brocade
9 3 (4.29%) Dell
9 3 (4.29%) EqualLogic
9 3 (4.29%) NetApp
9 3 (4.29%) Red Hat
10 1 (1.43%) arcserve
10 1 (1.43%) Sophos