Period
to 21 May 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 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
North West > Cheshire
6 months to
21 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 4 8 7
Rank change year-on-year +4 -1 +1
Contract jobs citing Windows 180 123 250
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 13.93% 11.44% 12.73%
As % of the Operating Systems category 66.42% 53.02% 57.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 80 70 115
Cheshire median daily rate £350 £321 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.03% -23.57% +10.53%
10th Percentile £148 £123 £230
90th Percentile £500 £514 £488
North West median daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 25 40
Cheshire median hourly rate £14.00 £15.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.67% +7.14% -6.67%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.50 £9.95
90th Percentile £18.65 £21.00 £24.13
North West median hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year -3.23% -6.06% +17.86%

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 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
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 21 May 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 21 May 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 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 +6 37 £349 -0.29% 5
Warrington -2 28 £350 +16.67% 25
Chester -7 21 £306 +2.08% 12
Macclesfield +9 15 £358 -40.42% 2
Crewe -9 14 £500 +244.83% 3
Runcorn +1 5 - - 6
Ellesmere Port +1 3 - - 1
Wilmslow -1 3 £97 -46.39% 5
Northwich - 1 £150 - 1
Windows
North West

For the 6 months to 21 May 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 73 (40.56%) Active Directory
2 69 (38.33%) Windows Server
3 56 (31.11%) Migration
4 55 (30.56%) Microsoft
5 48 (26.67%) Linux
5 48 (26.67%) PowerShell
6 45 (25.00%) SQL Server
7 42 (23.33%) Windows 10
8 40 (22.22%) VMware
9 36 (20.00%) Office 365
10 35 (19.44%) Windows 7
11 33 (18.33%) Windows Server 2008
11 33 (18.33%) Finance
11 33 (18.33%) Windows Server 2003
12 32 (17.78%) SCCM
13 31 (17.22%) VMware Infrastructure
13 31 (17.22%) Citrix
14 30 (16.67%) SQL
15 28 (15.56%) Windows Server 2012
16 27 (15.00%) Microsoft Azure
16 27 (15.00%) ITIL
16 27 (15.00%) SAN
17 26 (14.44%) Agile Software Development
17 26 (14.44%) LAN
18 25 (13.89%) Cisco
18 25 (13.89%) WAN
18 25 (13.89%) Unix
18 25 (13.89%) Amazon AWS
19 24 (13.33%) XenApp
19 24 (13.33%) Microsoft Office

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 21 (11.67%) Skype for Business
2 15 (8.33%) MS Exchange
3 14 (7.78%) IIS
4 8 (4.44%) Confluence
5 7 (3.89%) Exchange Server 2003
5 7 (3.89%) Exchange Server 2010
5 7 (3.89%) Exchange Server 2013
5 7 (3.89%) SharePoint
6 5 (2.78%) Exchange Server 2007
7 4 (2.22%) WebSphere
8 3 (1.67%) OpenStack
9 2 (1.11%) Apache
9 2 (1.11%) Elasticsearch
9 2 (1.11%) FileNet
9 2 (1.11%) JBoss
9 2 (1.11%) SAS
9 2 (1.11%) SharePoint 2013
9 2 (1.11%) Tomcat
9 2 (1.11%) WebLogic
10 1 (0.56%) Gentran
Applications
1 24 (13.33%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (3.33%) Microsoft Project
3 2 (1.11%) HipChat
4 1 (0.56%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.56%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.56%) Line 50
1 1 (0.56%) Sage X3
Cloud Services
1 36 (20.00%) Office 365
2 27 (15.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 25 (13.89%) Amazon AWS
4 10 (5.56%) PaaS
5 7 (3.89%) IaaS
6 6 (3.33%) Amazon EC2
6 6 (3.33%) Amazon S3
7 5 (2.78%) OpenShift
8 4 (2.22%) GitHub
9 3 (1.67%) Google Cloud Platform
9 3 (1.67%) OneDrive
10 2 (1.11%) AWS CloudFormation
11 1 (0.56%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 1 (0.56%) Amazon ELB
11 1 (0.56%) Amazon EMR
11 1 (0.56%) Amazon SQS
11 1 (0.56%) AWS CloudTrail
11 1 (0.56%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
11 1 (0.56%) AWS Lambda
11 1 (0.56%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 27 (15.00%) SAN
2 26 (14.44%) LAN
3 25 (13.89%) WAN
4 18 (10.00%) TCP/IP
5 14 (7.78%) DHCP
5 14 (7.78%) DNS
6 12 (6.67%) Firewall
7 11 (6.11%) VoIP
8 10 (5.56%) IPsec
8 10 (5.56%) MPLS
9 9 (5.00%) Skype
9 9 (5.00%) VPN
10 8 (4.44%) DMZ
10 8 (4.44%) NAS
11 7 (3.89%) Ethernet
12 5 (2.78%) Reverse Proxy
13 4 (2.22%) VLAN
14 3 (1.67%) Internet
14 3 (1.67%) iSCSI
15 2 (1.11%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 45 (25.00%) SQL Server
2 7 (3.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 4 (2.22%) MySQL
3 4 (2.22%) Relational Database
3 4 (2.22%) SQL Server 2008
4 3 (1.67%) Oracle Database
4 3 (1.67%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (1.11%) Big Data
5 2 (1.11%) GIS
5 2 (1.11%) Hadoop
5 2 (1.11%) MS Access
5 2 (1.11%) Power BI
5 2 (1.11%) SQL Server 2014
5 2 (1.11%) SQL Server 2016
6 1 (0.56%) Electronic Patient Records
6 1 (0.56%) Oracle Database 11g
6 1 (0.56%) Oracle Database 12c
6 1 (0.56%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.56%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (0.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 22 (12.22%) Jenkins
2 13 (7.22%) Git (software)
3 9 (5.00%) TeamCity
4 8 (4.44%) JIRA
5 7 (3.89%) MSI
5 7 (3.89%) Visual Studio
6 5 (2.78%) Team Foundation Server
7 4 (2.22%) Visual Studio Team System
8 3 (1.67%) Subversion
9 2 (1.11%) CA Release Automation
9 2 (1.11%) GitLab
9 2 (1.11%) Sonatype Nexus
9 2 (1.11%) VSS/SourceSafe
9 2 (1.11%) Xcode
10 1 (0.56%) AdminStudio
10 1 (0.56%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 1 (0.56%) Hudson
General
1 33 (18.33%) Finance
2 20 (11.11%) Banking
3 15 (8.33%) Local Government
4 5 (2.78%) Investment Banking
5 3 (1.67%) Law
6 2 (1.11%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 27 (15.00%) Server Engineer
2 24 (13.33%) Windows Engineer
3 23 (12.78%) Desktop Support
4 16 (8.89%) Support Engineer
5 14 (7.78%) Desktop Engineer
6 13 (7.22%) Analyst
6 13 (7.22%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 12 (6.67%) Administrator
7 12 (6.67%) IT Support
8 8 (4.44%) Architect
8 8 (4.44%) Consultant
8 8 (4.44%) Developer
8 8 (4.44%) Infrastructure Support
9 7 (3.89%) Azure DevOps
9 7 (3.89%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
9 7 (3.89%) Windows Server Engineer
10 6 (3.33%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 6 (3.33%) Service Analyst
10 6 (3.33%) SQL DBA
10 6 (3.33%) Storage Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (7.78%) Web Services
2 11 (6.11%) JSON
3 9 (5.00%) .NET
4 8 (4.44%) Middleware
5 7 (3.89%) LDAP
6 6 (3.33%) .NET Framework
6 6 (3.33%) REST
7 4 (2.22%) AngularJS
7 4 (2.22%) HTML
7 4 (2.22%) SOAP
7 4 (2.22%) XML
8 3 (1.67%) Express
8 3 (1.67%) Hibernate
8 3 (1.67%) ISPF
8 3 (1.67%) Spring
8 3 (1.67%) Spring Boot
9 2 (1.11%) Elastic Stack
9 2 (1.11%) Flask
9 2 (1.11%) Gherkin
9 2 (1.11%) SQLAlchemy
Miscellaneous
1 19 (10.56%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (8.33%) Data Centre
3 12 (6.67%) PKI
4 10 (5.56%) Public Cloud
5 7 (3.89%) Clustering
5 7 (3.89%) Mainframe
6 5 (2.78%) Computer Science
6 5 (2.78%) PMI
6 5 (2.78%) Self-Motivation
7 4 (2.22%) Replication
8 3 (1.67%) Mobile App
9 2 (1.11%) Linux Command Line
9 2 (1.11%) Minimum Viable Product
10 1 (0.56%) BYOD
10 1 (0.56%) Device Driver
10 1 (0.56%) EMC VMAX
10 1 (0.56%) Fat Client
10 1 (0.56%) iPhone
10 1 (0.56%) Online Banking
10 1 (0.56%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 69 (38.33%) Windows Server
2 48 (26.67%) Linux
3 42 (23.33%) Windows 10
4 35 (19.44%) Windows 7
5 33 (18.33%) Windows Server 2003
5 33 (18.33%) Windows Server 2008
6 28 (15.56%) Windows Server 2012
7 25 (13.89%) Unix
8 10 (5.56%) Windows XP
9 7 (3.89%) Windows 2000
10 6 (3.33%) AIX
10 6 (3.33%) Windows 8
11 5 (2.78%) Apple iOS
11 5 (2.78%) Mac OS
12 4 (2.22%) Android
12 4 (2.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 2 (1.11%) Mac OS X
13 2 (1.11%) Solaris
14 1 (0.56%) Windows Embedded Compact
14 1 (0.56%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 56 (31.11%) Migration
2 27 (15.00%) ITIL
3 26 (14.44%) Agile Software Development
4 21 (11.67%) DevOps
5 20 (11.11%) Configuration Management
5 20 (11.11%) Problem-Solving
6 19 (10.56%) Time Management
7 13 (7.22%) Stakeholder Management
8 12 (6.67%) Disaster Recovery
8 12 (6.67%) Software Deployment
9 11 (6.11%) Asset Management
9 11 (6.11%) Change Management
10 10 (5.56%) Scrum
11 9 (5.00%) Break/Fix
11 9 (5.00%) SDLC
12 8 (4.44%) Capacity Management
12 8 (4.44%) Capacity Planning
12 8 (4.44%) Project Management
13 7 (3.89%) Procure-to-Pay
13 7 (3.89%) Server Building
Programming Languages
1 48 (26.67%) PowerShell
2 30 (16.67%) SQL
3 19 (10.56%) Python
4 14 (7.78%) Ruby
5 12 (6.67%) Java
5 12 (6.67%) VBScript
6 9 (5.00%) Bash Shell
7 7 (3.89%) VB
8 5 (2.78%) C#
8 5 (2.78%) Shell Script
9 4 (2.22%) JavaScript
9 4 (2.22%) T-SQL
10 3 (1.67%) C
10 3 (1.67%) C++
10 3 (1.67%) Go
10 3 (1.67%) Groovy
10 3 (1.67%) Java 8
10 3 (1.67%) JCL
10 3 (1.67%) TypeScript
11 2 (1.11%) Apple Swift
Qualifications
1 12 (6.67%) Security Cleared
2 10 (5.56%) SC Cleared
3 5 (2.78%) CCNA
3 5 (2.78%) Cisco Certification
3 5 (2.78%) Microsoft Certification
3 5 (2.78%) PMI Certification
3 5 (2.78%) PRINCE2 Certification
4 4 (2.22%) MCITP
5 3 (1.67%) MCTS
6 2 (1.11%) IBM Certification
6 2 (1.11%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (0.56%) AWS Certification
7 1 (0.56%) CCNP
7 1 (0.56%) HP ASE
7 1 (0.56%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (4.44%) SLA
2 1 (0.56%) GDPR
2 1 (0.56%) GxP
System Software
1 73 (40.56%) Active Directory
2 31 (17.22%) VMware Infrastructure
3 24 (13.33%) XenApp
4 15 (8.33%) Hyper-V
5 13 (7.22%) VMware ESXi
6 12 (6.67%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 9 (5.00%) Docker
8 7 (3.89%) vSphere
9 6 (3.33%) Virtual Machines
10 5 (2.78%) Microsoft App-V
11 3 (1.67%) QEMU
11 3 (1.67%) Time Sharing Option
11 3 (1.67%) VMware Workstation
12 2 (1.11%) BitLocker
12 2 (1.11%) VirtualBox
12 2 (1.11%) XenDesktop
13 1 (0.56%) Firmware
13 1 (0.56%) Oracle RAC
13 1 (0.56%) Terminal Services
13 1 (0.56%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 32 (17.78%) SCCM
2 20 (11.11%) Opscode Chef
3 15 (8.33%) SCOM
4 12 (6.67%) Puppet
5 7 (3.89%) Norton AntiVirus
6 6 (3.33%) Ansible
6 6 (3.33%) McAfee ePO
6 6 (3.33%) Microsoft Intune
6 6 (3.33%) WSUS
7 4 (2.22%) Microsoft Clustering
7 4 (2.22%) SmoothWall
8 3 (1.67%) HP SIM
8 3 (1.67%) Kubernetes
8 3 (1.67%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 3 (1.67%) Tivoli
8 3 (1.67%) vCenter Server
8 3 (1.67%) vMotion
9 2 (1.11%) Terraform
10 1 (0.56%) PaperCut
10 1 (0.56%) Salt
Vendors
1 55 (30.56%) Microsoft
2 40 (22.22%) VMware
3 31 (17.22%) Citrix
4 25 (13.89%) Cisco
5 14 (7.78%) IBM
6 13 (7.22%) Red Hat
7 12 (6.67%) HP
7 12 (6.67%) Oracle
8 11 (6.11%) Apple
9 10 (5.56%) Symantec
10 9 (5.00%) EMC
11 8 (4.44%) McAfee
12 5 (2.78%) Avaya
12 5 (2.78%) NetApp
12 5 (2.78%) Splunk
13 4 (2.22%) Ivanti
13 4 (2.22%) Sophos
14 3 (1.67%) Altiris
14 3 (1.67%) Brocade
14 3 (1.67%) Google