Period
to 13 December 2018

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 13 December 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
North West > Cheshire
6 months to
13 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 4 8 7
Rank change year-on-year +4 -1 0
Contract jobs citing Windows 212 152 176
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 17.03% 11.38% 12.81%
As % of the Operating Systems category 67.95% 64.41% 61.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 119 92 105
Cheshire median daily rate £350 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.67% -6.25% +23.08%
10th Percentile £120 £170 £141
90th Percentile £454 £538 £633
North West median daily rate £350 £338 £350
% change year-on-year +3.70% -3.57% +16.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 54 25 21
Cheshire median hourly rate £17.50 £13.00 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.62% -3.70% -21.35%
10th Percentile £13.00 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £20.13 £17.65 £21.00
North West median hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £14.75
% change year-on-year +2.94% +15.25% -7.81%

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 312 236 287
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 25.06% 17.66% 20.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 189 146 182
Cheshire median daily rate £365 £375 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.78% -11.76% +9.68%
10th Percentile £196 £185 £177
90th Percentile £475 £553 £600
North West median daily rate £375 £400 £400
% change year-on-year -6.25% - +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 54 25 24
Cheshire median hourly rate £17.50 £13.00 £14.18
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.62% -8.32% -16.59%
10th Percentile £13.00 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £20.13 £17.65 £22.05
North West median hourly rate £17.50 £17.43 £15.00
% change year-on-year +0.40% +16.20% -7.18%

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 13 December 2018.

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 13 December 2018.

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 13 December 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
Warrington +6 57 £369 +18.47% 9
Chester +2 31 £295 - 8
Knutsford +5 28 £400 +42.86% 8
Macclesfield -1 25 £375 - 4
Wilmslow +1 14 - - 7
Crewe -13 11 £100 -80.00% 1
Alderley Edge - 7 - -
Ellesmere Port - 6 £250 - 1
Nantwich - 1 £118 - 4
Northwich - 1 - - 1
Windows
North West

For the 6 months to 13 December 2018, 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 92 (43.40%) Active Directory
2 88 (41.51%) Windows 10
3 81 (38.21%) Office 365
4 79 (37.26%) Microsoft
5 65 (30.66%) Windows 7
5 65 (30.66%) Windows Server
6 46 (21.70%) SCCM
7 44 (20.75%) Microsoft Office
8 40 (18.87%) VMware
9 38 (17.92%) Microsoft Azure
10 37 (17.45%) Migration
11 30 (14.15%) SQL
12 28 (13.21%) MS Exchange
13 27 (12.74%) Apple iOS
13 27 (12.74%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 26 (12.26%) PowerShell
14 26 (12.26%) Apple
14 26 (12.26%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
15 25 (11.79%) LAN
16 24 (11.32%) DNS
17 23 (10.85%) WAN
18 22 (10.38%) Mac OS
18 22 (10.38%) Security Cleared
18 22 (10.38%) Software Deployment
19 21 (9.91%) Windows Server 2008
19 21 (9.91%) SharePoint
19 21 (9.91%) SQL Server
19 21 (9.91%) ITIL
20 20 (9.43%) Unix
21 19 (8.96%) VMware Infrastructure

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 28 (13.21%) MS Exchange
2 21 (9.91%) SharePoint
3 17 (8.02%) Exchange Server 2010
4 11 (5.19%) Skype for Business
5 6 (2.83%) SharePoint 2013
6 5 (2.36%) Exchange Server 2003
6 5 (2.36%) Exchange Server 2007
6 5 (2.36%) IIS
6 5 (2.36%) WebSphere
7 3 (1.42%) Confluence
7 3 (1.42%) Exchange Server 2013
7 3 (1.42%) IBM Notes
8 1 (0.47%) Office Communications Server
8 1 (0.47%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 1 (0.47%) Tomcat
Applications
1 44 (20.75%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (3.77%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (1.42%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (0.94%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.47%) CATIA
Business Applications
1 3 (1.42%) Teamcenter
2 2 (0.94%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.47%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 81 (38.21%) Office 365
2 38 (17.92%) Microsoft Azure
3 19 (8.96%) Amazon AWS
3 19 (8.96%) OneDrive
4 8 (3.77%) Azure Active Directory
5 4 (1.89%) IaaS
6 3 (1.42%) Amazon Glacier
7 1 (0.47%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 1 (0.47%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.47%) Amazon ELB
7 1 (0.47%) Amazon EMR
7 1 (0.47%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.47%) Amazon SQS
7 1 (0.47%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (0.47%) AWS CloudTrail
7 1 (0.47%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
7 1 (0.47%) AWS Lambda
7 1 (0.47%) G Suite
7 1 (0.47%) Serverless
7 1 (0.47%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 25 (11.79%) LAN
2 24 (11.32%) DNS
3 23 (10.85%) WAN
4 16 (7.55%) DHCP
5 13 (6.13%) TCP/IP
5 13 (6.13%) VPN
6 11 (5.19%) Firewall
7 9 (4.25%) SAN
8 6 (2.83%) Remote Desktop
8 6 (2.83%) Skype
9 5 (2.36%) Unified Communications
10 4 (1.89%) NAS
11 3 (1.42%) ATM
11 3 (1.42%) Intranet
11 3 (1.42%) iSCSI
11 3 (1.42%) Network Security
11 3 (1.42%) VoIP
12 2 (0.94%) Internet
12 2 (0.94%) Wireless
13 1 (0.47%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (9.91%) SQL Server
2 7 (3.30%) SQL Server 2008
3 4 (1.89%) SQL Server 2016
4 3 (1.42%) MySQL
5 2 (0.94%) SQL Server 2005
5 2 (0.94%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.47%) Amazon RDS
6 1 (0.47%) Amazon Redshift
6 1 (0.47%) Electronic Patient Records
6 1 (0.47%) Ingres
6 1 (0.47%) MS Access
6 1 (0.47%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.47%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.47%) SQL Server 2000
6 1 (0.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.47%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 7 (3.30%) Git (software)
2 6 (2.83%) Jenkins
2 6 (2.83%) Subversion
3 5 (2.36%) Xcode
4 4 (1.89%) JIRA
5 2 (0.94%) MSI
6 1 (0.47%) AdminStudio
6 1 (0.47%) Bitbucket
6 1 (0.47%) CA Release Automation
6 1 (0.47%) Chocolatey
6 1 (0.47%) CruiseControl
6 1 (0.47%) Octopus Deploy
6 1 (0.47%) SoapUI
6 1 (0.47%) TeamCity
6 1 (0.47%) Vagrant
6 1 (0.47%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 14 (6.60%) Local Government
2 13 (6.13%) Finance
3 8 (3.77%) Banking
4 6 (2.83%) Marketing
5 3 (1.42%) Back Office
5 3 (1.42%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.47%) Advertising
6 1 (0.47%) Billing
6 1 (0.47%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.47%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.47%) Law
6 1 (0.47%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.47%) Retail
Job Titles
1 23 (10.85%) Analyst
1 23 (10.85%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 17 (8.02%) Desktop Support
3 15 (7.08%) Support Engineer
4 14 (6.60%) Developer
5 13 (6.13%) Server Engineer
6 11 (5.19%) Customer Engineer
7 10 (4.72%) Project Manager
7 10 (4.72%) Senior Customer Engineer
7 10 (4.72%) Service Analyst
7 10 (4.72%) Service Desk Analyst
8 9 (4.25%) Desktop Engineer
9 8 (3.77%) Administrator
9 8 (3.77%) Systems Engineer
10 7 (3.30%) 2nd Line Support
10 7 (3.30%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 7 (3.30%) Senior Desktop Support
11 6 (2.83%) 1st/2nd Line Support
11 6 (2.83%) Consultant
11 6 (2.83%) Rollout Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (8.02%) .NET
2 9 (4.25%) HTML
3 8 (3.77%) Middleware
3 8 (3.77%) REST
3 8 (3.77%) Web Services
4 7 (3.30%) SOAP
5 6 (2.83%) JSON
5 6 (2.83%) XML
6 5 (2.36%) .NET Core
6 5 (2.36%) Cocoa
7 4 (1.89%) ASP.NET
7 4 (1.89%) WebSphere MQ
8 3 (1.42%) ADO.NET
9 2 (0.94%) .NET Framework
10 1 (0.47%) Apache Flex
10 1 (0.47%) jQuery
10 1 (0.47%) Software Packaging
10 1 (0.47%) WCF
10 1 (0.47%) WPF
10 1 (0.47%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 14 (6.60%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (5.66%) Data Centre
3 7 (3.30%) Clustering
3 7 (3.30%) Hybrid Cloud
3 7 (3.30%) Management Information System
4 6 (2.83%) Fat Client
4 6 (2.83%) IBM Mainframe
4 6 (2.83%) Mainframe
4 6 (2.83%) PKI
4 6 (2.83%) Replication
4 6 (2.83%) Thin Client
5 5 (2.36%) User Experience
6 4 (1.89%) Driving Licence
6 4 (1.89%) Enterprise Storage
7 3 (1.42%) Self-Motivation
8 2 (0.94%) Public Cloud
9 1 (0.47%) Data Structures
9 1 (0.47%) Enterprise Software
9 1 (0.47%) Linux Command Line
9 1 (0.47%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 88 (41.51%) Windows 10
2 65 (30.66%) Windows 7
2 65 (30.66%) Windows Server
3 27 (12.74%) Apple iOS
4 22 (10.38%) Mac OS
5 21 (9.91%) Windows Server 2008
6 20 (9.43%) Unix
7 17 (8.02%) Linux
8 12 (5.66%) Windows Server 2012
8 12 (5.66%) Windows XP
9 11 (5.19%) Windows Server 2003
10 10 (4.72%) Windows 8
11 5 (2.36%) Mac OS X
11 5 (2.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 3 (1.42%) Windows Vista
13 1 (0.47%) Android
13 1 (0.47%) HPUX
13 1 (0.47%) Oracle Linux
13 1 (0.47%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (17.45%) Migration
2 27 (12.74%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 22 (10.38%) Software Deployment
4 21 (9.91%) ITIL
5 17 (8.02%) Asset Management
6 14 (6.60%) Agile Software Development
7 13 (6.13%) Stakeholder Management
8 12 (5.66%) ITSM
9 11 (5.19%) DevOps
9 11 (5.19%) Problem-Solving
10 10 (4.72%) Change Management
10 10 (4.72%) Disaster Recovery
10 10 (4.72%) Project Management
10 10 (4.72%) Risk Management
11 8 (3.77%) Break/Fix
12 7 (3.30%) High Availability
12 7 (3.30%) Service Management
13 6 (2.83%) Patch Management
13 6 (2.83%) SDLC
13 6 (2.83%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 30 (14.15%) SQL
2 26 (12.26%) PowerShell
3 13 (6.13%) C#
4 9 (4.25%) Python
5 5 (2.36%) Apple Swift
5 5 (2.36%) Objective-C
5 5 (2.36%) Shell Script
5 5 (2.36%) T-SQL
6 3 (1.42%) C++
6 3 (1.42%) JavaScript
6 3 (1.42%) VBScript
7 2 (0.94%) Java
7 2 (0.94%) Perl
7 2 (0.94%) PHP
7 2 (0.94%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.47%) Bash Shell
8 1 (0.47%) C
8 1 (0.47%) VB
8 1 (0.47%) VBA
Qualifications
1 22 (10.38%) Security Cleared
2 18 (8.49%) SC Cleared
3 10 (4.72%) A+ Certification
4 4 (1.89%) MCP
5 3 (1.42%) Degree
5 3 (1.42%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (0.94%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 2 (0.94%) MCITP
7 1 (0.47%) AWS Certification
7 1 (0.47%) GNVQ
7 1 (0.47%) MCSA
7 1 (0.47%) MCSE
7 1 (0.47%) MCTS
7 1 (0.47%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (6.13%) SLA
2 1 (0.47%) GDPR
2 1 (0.47%) QA
System Software
1 92 (43.40%) Active Directory
2 19 (8.96%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (4.72%) VMware ESXi
4 8 (3.77%) Hyper-V
4 8 (3.77%) Virtual Machines
4 8 (3.77%) XenApp
5 6 (2.83%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 5 (2.36%) Docker
7 4 (1.89%) Virtual Desktop
8 2 (0.94%) DFS Replication
8 2 (0.94%) Microsoft App-V
9 1 (0.47%) Firmware
9 1 (0.47%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (0.47%) Oracle RAC
9 1 (0.47%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (0.47%) vSphere
9 1 (0.47%) Xen
9 1 (0.47%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.47%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 46 (21.70%) SCCM
2 26 (12.26%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 13 (6.13%) Opscode Chef
4 10 (4.72%) SCOM
5 7 (3.30%) NetBackup
5 7 (3.30%) Puppet
6 6 (2.83%) Microsoft Clustering
6 6 (2.83%) vCenter Server
6 6 (2.83%) WSUS
7 5 (2.36%) Kubernetes
7 5 (2.36%) McAfee ePO
8 4 (1.89%) AirWatch
8 4 (1.89%) OpenView
8 4 (1.89%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 1 (0.47%) BladeLogic
9 1 (0.47%) Foglight
9 1 (0.47%) Nagios
9 1 (0.47%) Norton AntiVirus
9 1 (0.47%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
9 1 (0.47%) SmoothWall
Vendors
1 79 (37.26%) Microsoft
2 40 (18.87%) VMware
3 26 (12.26%) Apple
4 19 (8.96%) ServiceNow
5 12 (5.66%) Citrix
5 12 (5.66%) Oracle
6 10 (4.72%) HP
7 8 (3.77%) McAfee
8 7 (3.30%) IBM
8 7 (3.30%) Veritas
9 5 (2.36%) Cisco
9 5 (2.36%) Clearswift
9 5 (2.36%) NetApp
9 5 (2.36%) Teradici
10 4 (1.89%) Blue Coat
10 4 (1.89%) Dell
10 4 (1.89%) Isilon
10 4 (1.89%) Nimble Storage
10 4 (1.89%) SolarWinds
10 4 (1.89%) Veeam