Period
to 23 July 2019

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 23 July 2019 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
23 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 5 5 10
Rank change year-on-year 0 +5 -3
Contract jobs citing Windows 130 199 125
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 13.51% 14.66% 10.13%
As % of the Operating Systems category 65.99% 63.99% 48.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 82 87 87
Cheshire median daily rate £250 £335 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -25.37% +11.67% -29.41%
10th Percentile £100 £116 £126
90th Percentile £425 £465 £423
North West median daily rate £313 £349 £325
% change year-on-year -10.46% +7.38% -13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 47 19
Cheshire median hourly rate £16.50 £14.00 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.86% +7.69% -3.70%
10th Percentile £13.65 £11.17 £10.50
90th Percentile £27.10 £20.13 £18.54
North West median hourly rate £16.00 £15.00 £15.75
% change year-on-year +6.67% -4.76% +12.50%

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 197 311 260
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 20.48% 22.92% 21.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 128 155 181
Cheshire median daily rate £320 £360 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.11% -7.10% -8.82%
10th Percentile £112 £213 £180
90th Percentile £488 £498 £538
North West median daily rate £390 £375 £400
% change year-on-year +4.00% -6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 47 21
Cheshire median hourly rate £16.50 £14.00 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.86% +7.69% -3.70%
10th Percentile £13.65 £11.17 £10.50
90th Percentile £27.10 £20.13 £18.68
North West median hourly rate £16.00 £15.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year +6.67% -6.25% +16.36%

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 23 July 2019.

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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Cheshire

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows in Cheshire over the 6 months to 23 July 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 23 July 2019. 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 35 £300 +9.09% 25
Crewe +15 25 £100 -13.04% 5
Chester +13 24 £308 +0.41% 6
Knutsford -12 20 £353 -2.08% 7
Macclesfield -8 6 £186 -47.90% 7
Alderley Edge - 3 - -
Wilmslow -3 2 £303 +214.25% 4
Ellesmere Port 0 1 £325 -
Northwich -3 1 £250 +66.67% 2
Windows
North West

For the 6 months to 23 July 2019, IT contractor jobs citing Windows 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.

1 60 (46.15%) Windows 10
2 48 (36.92%) Active Directory
3 45 (34.62%) Office 365
4 43 (33.08%) Windows 7
5 30 (23.08%) Microsoft
5 30 (23.08%) MS Exchange
5 30 (23.08%) ITIL
5 30 (23.08%) Windows Server
6 29 (22.31%) SCCM
7 26 (20.00%) Migration
8 20 (15.38%) Microsoft Office
9 19 (14.62%) Change Management
10 17 (13.08%) Security Cleared
11 16 (12.31%) Windows Server 2008
11 16 (12.31%) Analytical Skills
12 15 (11.54%) SC Cleared
12 15 (11.54%) VMware
12 15 (11.54%) McAfee
13 14 (10.77%) Windows Server 2003
14 13 (10.00%) Finance
14 13 (10.00%) Incident Management
14 13 (10.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 12 (9.23%) Windows Server 2012
15 12 (9.23%) Agile Software Development
15 12 (9.23%) Microsoft Azure
15 12 (9.23%) Citrix
16 11 (8.46%) SQL Server
16 11 (8.46%) Linux
16 11 (8.46%) SharePoint
16 11 (8.46%) McAfee ePO

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 30 (23.08%) MS Exchange
2 11 (8.46%) SharePoint
2 11 (8.46%) Skype for Business
3 9 (6.92%) IBM Notes
4 8 (6.15%) Exchange Server 2003
5 4 (3.08%) IIS
6 2 (1.54%) Exchange Server 2010
6 2 (1.54%) Exchange Server 2013
7 1 (0.77%) Confluence
7 1 (0.77%) Site Server
Applications
1 20 (15.38%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.77%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.77%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.77%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 45 (34.62%) Office 365
2 12 (9.23%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (6.92%) Amazon AWS
4 7 (5.38%) Amazon CloudWatch
4 7 (5.38%) Amazon S3
4 7 (5.38%) AWS CloudFormation
5 6 (4.62%) Amazon EC2
5 6 (4.62%) Amazon ELB
6 3 (2.31%) SaaS
7 2 (1.54%) IaaS
7 2 (1.54%) Mimecast
7 2 (1.54%) OneDrive
7 2 (1.54%) Slack
8 1 (0.77%) Google Cloud Platform
8 1 (0.77%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 8 (6.15%) VPN
2 7 (5.38%) DHCP
2 7 (5.38%) DNS
2 7 (5.38%) LAN
2 7 (5.38%) Skype
2 7 (5.38%) WAN
3 6 (4.62%) SSL
4 5 (3.85%) Firewall
4 5 (3.85%) SAN
4 5 (3.85%) VoIP
5 4 (3.08%) DMZ
5 4 (3.08%) HTTPS
5 4 (3.08%) Internet
5 4 (3.08%) Wi-Fi
6 3 (2.31%) TCP/IP
7 2 (1.54%) Intranet
7 2 (1.54%) VLAN
7 2 (1.54%) WebEx
8 1 (0.77%) Fibre Channel
8 1 (0.77%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (8.46%) SQL Server
2 6 (4.62%) Amazon RDS
3 4 (3.08%) GIS
4 1 (0.77%) Hadoop
4 1 (0.77%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.77%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.77%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (0.77%) SQL Server 2014
4 1 (0.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 8 (6.15%) Jenkins
2 6 (4.62%) Git (software)
3 2 (1.54%) Visual Studio
4 1 (0.77%) AdminStudio
4 1 (0.77%) JIRA
4 1 (0.77%) Maven
General
1 13 (10.00%) Finance
2 10 (7.69%) Local Government
3 5 (3.85%) Advertising
4 4 (3.08%) Banking
5 2 (1.54%) Investment Banking
5 2 (1.54%) Law
6 1 (0.77%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.77%) Retail
Job Titles
1 36 (27.69%) Analyst
2 25 (19.23%) Service Analyst
2 25 (19.23%) Service Desk Analyst
3 10 (7.69%) Desktop Engineer
3 10 (7.69%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 9 (6.92%) Administrator
4 9 (6.92%) Rollout Engineer
5 7 (5.38%) Support Analyst
6 6 (4.62%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
6 6 (4.62%) 3rd Line Support
6 6 (4.62%) Cloud Engineer
6 6 (4.62%) Windows Engineer
7 5 (3.85%) IT Technician
7 5 (3.85%) Support Engineer
8 4 (3.08%) 2nd Line Support
8 4 (3.08%) 2nd/3rd Line Support Analyst
8 4 (3.08%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
8 4 (3.08%) Developer
8 4 (3.08%) Messaging Engineer
8 4 (3.08%) Migration Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (4.62%) .NET
2 5 (3.85%) Web Services
3 4 (3.08%) Middleware
4 1 (0.77%) .NET Framework
4 1 (0.77%) 802.1X
4 1 (0.77%) ADO.NET
4 1 (0.77%) ASP.NET
4 1 (0.77%) HTML
4 1 (0.77%) Regular Expression
4 1 (0.77%) REST
4 1 (0.77%) SOAP
4 1 (0.77%) Software Packaging
4 1 (0.77%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 16 (12.31%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (6.15%) Clustering
2 8 (6.15%) PKI
3 7 (5.38%) Data Centre
4 6 (4.62%) Public Cloud
5 5 (3.85%) iPhone
6 4 (3.08%) Mainframe
6 4 (3.08%) Management Information System
7 3 (2.31%) PMI
8 2 (1.54%) Driving Licence
8 2 (1.54%) Video Conferencing
9 1 (0.77%) AS400
9 1 (0.77%) BYOD
9 1 (0.77%) Greenfield Project
9 1 (0.77%) Hybrid Cloud
9 1 (0.77%) Replication
9 1 (0.77%) Self-Motivation
9 1 (0.77%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 60 (46.15%) Windows 10
2 43 (33.08%) Windows 7
3 30 (23.08%) Windows Server
4 16 (12.31%) Windows Server 2008
5 14 (10.77%) Windows Server 2003
6 12 (9.23%) Windows Server 2012
7 11 (8.46%) Linux
8 6 (4.62%) Unix
9 4 (3.08%) Apple iOS
10 3 (2.31%) Android
11 2 (1.54%) Mac OS X
11 2 (1.54%) Windows XP
12 1 (0.77%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.77%) Windows 8
12 1 (0.77%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (23.08%) ITIL
2 26 (20.00%) Migration
3 19 (14.62%) Change Management
4 13 (10.00%) Incident Management
4 13 (10.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 12 (9.23%) Agile Software Development
6 11 (8.46%) Problem Management
7 10 (7.69%) Patch Management
7 10 (7.69%) Service Management
8 9 (6.92%) Information Security
8 9 (6.92%) Trend Analysis
9 8 (6.15%) Break/Fix
9 8 (6.15%) Server Building
10 7 (5.38%) Computer Science
10 7 (5.38%) Continuous Integration
10 7 (5.38%) Open Source
11 6 (4.62%) Continuous Deployment
11 6 (4.62%) Deployment Automation
11 6 (4.62%) Infrastructure as Code
11 6 (4.62%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 9 (6.92%) SQL
2 8 (6.15%) Python
3 7 (5.38%) Bash Shell
3 7 (5.38%) PowerShell
4 6 (4.62%) C#
5 4 (3.08%) Java
6 2 (1.54%) VB
6 2 (1.54%) VBScript
7 1 (0.77%) JavaScript
7 1 (0.77%) Perl
7 1 (0.77%) PL/SQL
7 1 (0.77%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 17 (13.08%) Security Cleared
2 15 (11.54%) SC Cleared
3 9 (6.92%) MCP
4 6 (4.62%) GNVQ
4 6 (4.62%) ITIL Certification
5 3 (2.31%) Microsoft Certification
5 3 (2.31%) PMI Certification
6 2 (1.54%) CCNA
6 2 (1.54%) CCNP
6 2 (1.54%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (1.54%) MCSA
6 2 (1.54%) MCSE
7 1 (0.77%) CCDA
7 1 (0.77%) CISSP
7 1 (0.77%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (4.62%) SLA
2 3 (2.31%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (1.54%) Cyber Essentials
4 1 (0.77%) GDPR
4 1 (0.77%) ISO 22301
4 1 (0.77%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 48 (36.92%) Active Directory
2 9 (6.92%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (5.38%) Hyper-V
3 7 (5.38%) VMware ESXi
3 7 (5.38%) XenApp
4 6 (4.62%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 2 (1.54%) Docker
6 1 (0.77%) DFS Replication
6 1 (0.77%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 29 (22.31%) SCCM
2 11 (8.46%) McAfee ePO
3 10 (7.69%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 9 (6.92%) Opscode Chef
5 7 (5.38%) SCOM
6 6 (4.62%) Terraform
7 5 (3.85%) vCenter Server
8 4 (3.08%) Microsoft Clustering
8 4 (3.08%) WSUS
9 3 (2.31%) AirWatch
9 3 (2.31%) Microsoft Intune
10 2 (1.54%) NetBackup
10 2 (1.54%) PowerBroker
11 1 (0.77%) Backup Exec
11 1 (0.77%) BladeLogic
11 1 (0.77%) Failover Clustering
11 1 (0.77%) Host Intrusion Detection System
11 1 (0.77%) Kubernetes
11 1 (0.77%) Puppet
11 1 (0.77%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 30 (23.08%) Microsoft
2 15 (11.54%) McAfee
2 15 (11.54%) VMware
3 12 (9.23%) Citrix
4 9 (6.92%) Lotus
5 5 (3.85%) Ivanti
6 4 (3.08%) Cisco
7 3 (2.31%) EMC
7 3 (2.31%) HP
7 3 (2.31%) SolarWinds
7 3 (2.31%) Sun
8 2 (1.54%) Apple
8 2 (1.54%) Avaya
8 2 (1.54%) Blue Coat
8 2 (1.54%) Google
8 2 (1.54%) Meraki
8 2 (1.54%) MobileIron
8 2 (1.54%) Oracle
8 2 (1.54%) SAP
9 1 (0.77%) Splunk