Period
to 22 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for Windows skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Windows over the 6 months to 22 November 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
North West > Cheshire
6 months to
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 7 8 9
Rank change year-on-year +1 +1 -5
Contract jobs citing Windows 156 184 218
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 11.69% 12.56% 10.57%
As % of the Operating Systems category 63.16% 60.33% 50.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 103 105 113
Cheshire median daily rate £313 £423 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -26.04% +30.00% -
10th Percentile £154 £141 £164
90th Percentile £500 £633 £485
North West median daily rate £315 £350 £300
% change year-on-year -10.00% +16.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 21 48
Cheshire median hourly rate £13.00 £13.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.70% -20.59% +13.33%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.25 £12.00
90th Percentile £18.00 £21.00 £36.13
North West median hourly rate £16.50 £14.34 £15.26
% change year-on-year +15.06% -6.03% +1.73%

Windows 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 247 305 430
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 18.50% 20.82% 20.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 156 190 256
Cheshire median daily rate £373 £425 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.35% +9.68% +10.71%
10th Percentile £180 £180 £213
90th Percentile £540 £578 £513
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £369
% change year-on-year - +8.47% +13.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 23 51
Cheshire median hourly rate £13.00 £13.50 £16.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.70% -19.83% +12.27%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.25 £12.00
90th Percentile £18.00 £21.00 £35.00
North West median hourly rate £17.43 £14.50 £15.77
% change year-on-year +20.21% -8.05% +5.13%

Windows
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

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

Job vacancy trend for Windows in Cheshire

Windows
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Windows in Cheshire

Windows
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows in Cheshire over the 6 months to 22 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Windows in Cheshire

Windows
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Windows in Cheshire

Windows
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 within the Cheshire region over the 6 months to 22 November 2017. 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
Warrington -4 34 £300 -36.84% 24
Chester +22 33 £300 -25.00% 8
Knutsford -13 16 £280 -33.73% 5
Crewe - 15 £485 - 5
Macclesfield +8 14 - - 4
Wilmslow +5 5 £180 - 5
Runcorn -3 4 £300 +3.45% 3
Northwich - 2 - - 1
Daresbury - 1 - -
Lymm - 1 - -
Windows
North West

For the 6 months to 22 November 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 Cheshire region with a requirement for Windows.

1 50 (32.05%) Windows 10
2 49 (31.41%) Active Directory
3 47 (30.13%) Microsoft
4 45 (28.85%) Linux
5 42 (26.92%) Windows 7
6 32 (20.51%) Windows Server
7 27 (17.31%) ITIL
7 27 (17.31%) SQL Server
8 26 (16.67%) Microsoft Azure
9 25 (16.03%) Office 365
10 23 (14.74%) VMware
10 23 (14.74%) PowerShell
11 22 (14.10%) Agile Software Development
11 22 (14.10%) Citrix
12 21 (13.46%) Jenkins
13 20 (12.82%) SCCM
13 20 (12.82%) Configuration Management
13 20 (12.82%) Migration
14 18 (11.54%) Unix
14 18 (11.54%) Microsoft Office
14 18 (11.54%) MS Exchange
15 17 (10.90%) Oracle
15 17 (10.90%) Apple
15 17 (10.90%) Puppet
16 16 (10.26%) Continuous Integration
16 16 (10.26%) Windows Server 2008
16 16 (10.26%) Ansible
16 16 (10.26%) SQL
16 16 (10.26%) Web Services
17 15 (9.62%) TeamCity

Windows
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 18 (11.54%) MS Exchange
2 8 (5.13%) SharePoint
3 7 (4.49%) Exchange Server 2007
3 7 (4.49%) Exchange Server 2013
3 7 (4.49%) Skype for Business
3 7 (4.49%) WebSphere
4 4 (2.56%) Exchange Server 2003
4 4 (2.56%) Exchange Server 2010
5 3 (1.92%) IIS
5 3 (1.92%) SAS
6 2 (1.28%) Confluence
6 2 (1.28%) FileNet
6 2 (1.28%) JBoss
6 2 (1.28%) WebSphere Application Server
6 2 (1.28%) WordPress
7 1 (0.64%) Apache
7 1 (0.64%) NetWeaver
7 1 (0.64%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 1 (0.64%) PegaRULES
7 1 (0.64%) Site Server
Applications
1 18 (11.54%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (4.49%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.64%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.64%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.64%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.64%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 26 (16.67%) Microsoft Azure
2 25 (16.03%) Office 365
3 6 (3.85%) PaaS
4 5 (3.21%) Amazon AWS
5 3 (1.92%) Azure Active Directory
5 3 (1.92%) OneDrive
5 3 (1.92%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 11 (7.05%) DNS
2 10 (6.41%) SAN
3 9 (5.77%) DHCP
4 8 (5.13%) Firewall
4 8 (5.13%) LAN
5 7 (4.49%) Skype
6 6 (3.85%) NAS
6 6 (3.85%) WAN
7 5 (3.21%) TCP/IP
8 4 (2.56%) Remote Desktop
9 3 (1.92%) LDAP
9 3 (1.92%) MPLS
9 3 (1.92%) SSL
10 2 (1.28%) Internet
10 2 (1.28%) SMS
10 2 (1.28%) VoIP
10 2 (1.28%) VPN
11 1 (0.64%) Fibre Channel
11 1 (0.64%) Intranet
11 1 (0.64%) Junos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (17.31%) SQL Server
2 9 (5.77%) SQL Server 2008
2 9 (5.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 8 (5.13%) SQL Server 2012
4 6 (3.85%) Oracle Database
4 6 (3.85%) SQL Server 2014
5 5 (3.21%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 4 (2.56%) SQL Server 2016
7 3 (1.92%) Data Warehouse
8 2 (1.28%) MySQL
8 2 (1.28%) Oracle Database 11g
8 2 (1.28%) Oracle Database 12c
8 2 (1.28%) Relational Database
8 2 (1.28%) SQL Server 2000
8 2 (1.28%) SQL Server 2005
9 1 (0.64%) Clusterpoint
9 1 (0.64%) MaxDB
9 1 (0.64%) MongoDB
9 1 (0.64%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 1 (0.64%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 21 (13.46%) Jenkins
2 15 (9.62%) TeamCity
3 12 (7.69%) Git (software)
4 6 (3.85%) Visual Studio
5 5 (3.21%) Subversion
6 3 (1.92%) JIRA
6 3 (1.92%) Mercurial
6 3 (1.92%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (1.28%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 2 (1.28%) Bitbucket
7 2 (1.28%) CMake
7 2 (1.28%) Gradle
7 2 (1.28%) InstallShield
7 2 (1.28%) MSI
7 2 (1.28%) SpecFlow
7 2 (1.28%) TestComplete
7 2 (1.28%) WiX
7 2 (1.28%) Xcode
8 1 (0.64%) NUnit
8 1 (0.64%) ReSharper
General
1 14 (8.97%) Banking
2 13 (8.33%) Finance
3 10 (6.41%) Local Government
4 3 (1.92%) Investment Banking
5 2 (1.28%) Publishing
6 1 (0.64%) Back Office
6 1 (0.64%) Games
Job Titles
1 24 (15.38%) Support Engineer
2 20 (12.82%) Desktop Support
3 19 (12.18%) Desktop Engineer
4 18 (11.54%) Desktop Support Engineer
5 11 (7.05%) Administrator
5 11 (7.05%) DevOps Engineer
6 10 (6.41%) Analyst
6 10 (6.41%) Developer
6 10 (6.41%) IT Engineer
7 9 (5.77%) Consultant
7 9 (5.77%) WebOps Engineer
8 8 (5.13%) DBA
8 8 (5.13%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 7 (4.49%) 2nd Line Support
10 6 (3.85%) Architect
10 6 (3.85%) Break Fix Engineer
10 6 (3.85%) Server Engineer
10 6 (3.85%) SQL DBA
11 5 (3.21%) Deployment Engineer
11 5 (3.21%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (10.26%) Web Services
2 9 (5.77%) .NET
3 8 (5.13%) Middleware
4 6 (3.85%) HTML
5 5 (3.21%) SOAP
6 4 (2.56%) ASP.NET
6 4 (2.56%) CSS
7 3 (1.92%) Software Packaging
7 3 (1.92%) WCF
8 2 (1.28%) .NET Framework
8 2 (1.28%) ADO.NET
8 2 (1.28%) AngularJS
8 2 (1.28%) Cocoa
8 2 (1.28%) Entity Framework
8 2 (1.28%) ISPF
8 2 (1.28%) jQuery
8 2 (1.28%) JSON
8 2 (1.28%) REST
8 2 (1.28%) XML
9 1 (0.64%) SignalR
Miscellaneous
1 10 (6.41%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (5.77%) Mainframe
3 7 (4.49%) Replication
4 5 (3.21%) Clustering
4 5 (3.21%) PKI
5 4 (2.56%) Data Centre
5 4 (2.56%) Management Information System
6 3 (1.92%) Blackberry
6 3 (1.92%) Computer Science
6 3 (1.92%) Public Cloud
7 2 (1.28%) Linux Command Line
7 2 (1.28%) User Experience
8 1 (0.64%) BYOD
8 1 (0.64%) Credit Risk
8 1 (0.64%) DataPower
8 1 (0.64%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 1 (0.64%) Greenfield Project
8 1 (0.64%) iPhone
8 1 (0.64%) Mobile App
8 1 (0.64%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 50 (32.05%) Windows 10
2 45 (28.85%) Linux
3 42 (26.92%) Windows 7
4 32 (20.51%) Windows Server
5 18 (11.54%) Unix
6 16 (10.26%) Windows Server 2008
7 12 (7.69%) Apple iOS
7 12 (7.69%) Windows Server 2012
8 11 (7.05%) AIX
8 11 (7.05%) Windows Server 2003
9 8 (5.13%) Android
10 5 (3.21%) Mac OS X
11 4 (2.56%) Windows 8
12 3 (1.92%) Windows XP
13 2 (1.28%) Solaris
14 1 (0.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 1 (0.64%) Windows 2000
14 1 (0.64%) Windows 2000 Server
14 1 (0.64%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (17.31%) ITIL
2 22 (14.10%) Agile Software Development
3 20 (12.82%) Configuration Management
3 20 (12.82%) Migration
4 16 (10.26%) Continuous Integration
5 12 (7.69%) Change Management
5 12 (7.69%) DevOps
6 9 (5.77%) Continuous Delivery
6 9 (5.77%) Time Management
6 9 (5.77%) Web Operations
7 8 (5.13%) Service Management
8 7 (4.49%) Line Management
8 7 (4.49%) Scrum
9 6 (3.85%) Break/Fix
9 6 (3.85%) ITSM
9 6 (3.85%) Problem Management
9 6 (3.85%) Test Automation
10 5 (3.21%) Disaster Recovery
10 5 (3.21%) Proactive Monitoring
10 5 (3.21%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 23 (14.74%) PowerShell
2 16 (10.26%) SQL
3 13 (8.33%) Python
3 13 (8.33%) Ruby
4 12 (7.69%) Bash Shell
5 10 (6.41%) C#
6 8 (5.13%) Shell Script
7 6 (3.85%) Java
8 4 (2.56%) JavaScript
8 4 (2.56%) T-SQL
8 4 (2.56%) VBScript
9 3 (1.92%) C++
9 3 (1.92%) PL/SQL
9 3 (1.92%) VB
10 2 (1.28%) Apple Swift
10 2 (1.28%) Groovy
10 2 (1.28%) JCL
10 2 (1.28%) Objective-C
10 2 (1.28%) Scala
11 1 (0.64%) PHP
Qualifications
1 11 (7.05%) SC Cleared
1 11 (7.05%) Security Cleared
2 4 (2.56%) Microsoft Certification
3 3 (1.92%) Cisco Certification
3 3 (1.92%) ITIL Certification
3 3 (1.92%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
3 3 (1.92%) MCITP
3 3 (1.92%) MCSA
4 2 (1.28%) CCIE
4 2 (1.28%) CCNA
4 2 (1.28%) CCNP
4 2 (1.28%) Degree
4 2 (1.28%) IBM Certification
4 2 (1.28%) ISEB
5 1 (0.64%) Chartered Engineer
5 1 (0.64%) CIPD
5 1 (0.64%) CISM
5 1 (0.64%) ISTQB
5 1 (0.64%) JNCIA
5 1 (0.64%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (3.85%) SLA
2 1 (0.64%) Cyber Essentials
2 1 (0.64%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
2 1 (0.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.64%) QA
System Software
1 49 (31.41%) Active Directory
2 11 (7.05%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (4.49%) XenApp
4 6 (3.85%) Hyper-V
4 6 (3.85%) VMware ESXi
5 5 (3.21%) Oracle RAC
5 5 (3.21%) vSphere
6 4 (2.56%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 4 (2.56%) Firmware
6 4 (2.56%) Microsoft App-V
7 3 (1.92%) XenDesktop
8 2 (1.28%) Time Sharing Option
8 2 (1.28%) Tivoli Directory Server
8 2 (1.28%) VirtualBox
9 1 (0.64%) Docker
9 1 (0.64%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 20 (12.82%) SCCM
2 17 (10.90%) Puppet
3 16 (10.26%) Ansible
4 13 (8.33%) Opscode Chef
5 6 (3.85%) SCOM
6 5 (3.21%) Tivoli
7 3 (1.92%) Data Guard
7 3 (1.92%) Microsoft Clustering
7 3 (1.92%) Microsoft Intune
7 3 (1.92%) NetBackup
7 3 (1.92%) Oracle RMAN
7 3 (1.92%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 2 (1.28%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
8 2 (1.28%) PowerBroker
8 2 (1.28%) Terraform
8 2 (1.28%) ThinApp
9 1 (0.64%) FortiGate
9 1 (0.64%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 1 (0.64%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 1 (0.64%) WSUS
Vendors
1 47 (30.13%) Microsoft
2 23 (14.74%) VMware
3 22 (14.10%) Citrix
4 17 (10.90%) Apple
4 17 (10.90%) Oracle
5 11 (7.05%) Cisco
6 10 (6.41%) HP
6 10 (6.41%) IBM
7 5 (3.21%) EMC
7 5 (3.21%) Red Hat
8 4 (2.56%) Dell
8 4 (2.56%) IBM Sterling
8 4 (2.56%) Palo Alto
8 4 (2.56%) Symantec
9 3 (1.92%) Juniper
9 3 (1.92%) NetApp
10 2 (1.28%) CyberArk
10 2 (1.28%) LANDesk
10 2 (1.28%) Lumension
10 2 (1.28%) Meraki