Period
to 15 August 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 15 August 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
15 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 5 9 7
Rank change year-on-year +4 -2 +5
Contract jobs citing Windows 208 132 223
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 15.65% 10.91% 12.37%
As % of the Operating Systems category 65.20% 50.00% 52.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 100 93 96
Cheshire median daily rate £325 £300 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.33% -29.41% +21.43%
10th Percentile £120 £150 £251
90th Percentile £429 £448 £488
North West median daily rate £349 £325 £360
% change year-on-year +7.38% -9.72% +16.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 45 19 27
Cheshire median hourly rate £15.00 £13.00 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.38% -3.70% -10.00%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.50 £10.00
90th Percentile £20.13 £17.74 £21.00
North West median hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £13.50
% change year-on-year -3.23% +14.81% -3.57%

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 319 264 423
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 24.00% 21.82% 23.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 173 183 246
Cheshire median daily rate £360 £400 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.00% -5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £160 £180 £276
90th Percentile £487 £538 £538
North West median daily rate £375 £400 £400
% change year-on-year -6.25% - +10.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 45 21 29
Cheshire median hourly rate £15.00 £13.00 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.38% -3.70% -12.90%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.50 £10.00
90th Percentile £20.13 £18.68 £21.00
North West median hourly rate £15.25 £16.00 £13.75
% change year-on-year -4.69% +16.36% -4.15%

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 15 August 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 15 August 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 15 August 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 +8 50 £360 +2.86% 1
Warrington +5 33 £263 -4.55% 18
Chester -2 25 £305 +1.67% 5
Macclesfield +12 19 £358 +276.32% 4
Crewe -6 14 £115 -75.14% 2
Wilmslow -1 11 £97 -46.39% 2
Ellesmere Port -2 6 £250 -4.76% 1
Runcorn +2 4 - - 2
Northwich +2 1 £150 - 1
Nantwich - 1 £118 - 1
Windows
North West

For the 6 months to 15 August 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 91 (43.75%) Active Directory
2 75 (36.06%) Microsoft
3 72 (34.62%) Windows 10
4 67 (32.21%) Windows Server
5 62 (29.81%) Office 365
6 58 (27.88%) Windows 7
7 53 (25.48%) Migration
8 49 (23.56%) PowerShell
9 42 (20.19%) VMware
10 41 (19.71%) Linux
10 41 (19.71%) SCCM
11 40 (19.23%) SQL Server
12 36 (17.31%) Windows Server 2008
13 34 (16.35%) Amazon AWS
14 33 (15.87%) VMware Infrastructure
14 33 (15.87%) SQL
15 32 (15.38%) Microsoft Office
16 31 (14.90%) Citrix
16 31 (14.90%) Windows Server 2012
17 30 (14.42%) LAN
17 30 (14.42%) Finance
18 29 (13.94%) MS Exchange
18 29 (13.94%) Opscode Chef
19 28 (13.46%) ITIL
19 28 (13.46%) Unix
20 27 (12.98%) Windows Server 2003
21 26 (12.50%) WAN
21 26 (12.50%) Skype for Business
22 24 (11.54%) Problem-Solving
23 23 (11.06%) DNS

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 29 (13.94%) MS Exchange
2 26 (12.50%) Skype for Business
3 18 (8.65%) Exchange Server 2010
3 18 (8.65%) SharePoint
4 10 (4.81%) IIS
5 9 (4.33%) Exchange Server 2003
6 8 (3.85%) SharePoint 2013
7 6 (2.88%) Confluence
8 5 (2.40%) Exchange Server 2007
8 5 (2.40%) Exchange Server 2013
9 4 (1.92%) OpenStack
10 2 (0.96%) Apache
10 2 (0.96%) JBoss
10 2 (0.96%) Tomcat
10 2 (0.96%) WebLogic
Applications
1 32 (15.38%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (2.88%) Microsoft Project
3 5 (2.40%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (1.44%) Teamcenter
2 2 (0.96%) Line 50
2 2 (0.96%) Sage X3
3 1 (0.48%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 62 (29.81%) Office 365
2 34 (16.35%) Amazon AWS
3 21 (10.10%) Microsoft Azure
4 8 (3.85%) Azure Active Directory
5 6 (2.88%) OneDrive
6 5 (2.40%) Amazon EC2
6 5 (2.40%) OpenShift
7 4 (1.92%) Amazon S3
8 2 (0.96%) AWS CloudFormation
8 2 (0.96%) GitHub
8 2 (0.96%) Google Cloud Platform
8 2 (0.96%) PaaS
8 2 (0.96%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 1 (0.48%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 1 (0.48%) Amazon ELB
9 1 (0.48%) Amazon EMR
9 1 (0.48%) AWS CloudTrail
9 1 (0.48%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
9 1 (0.48%) AWS Lambda
9 1 (0.48%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 30 (14.42%) LAN
2 26 (12.50%) WAN
3 23 (11.06%) DNS
4 16 (7.69%) SAN
4 16 (7.69%) Skype
5 15 (7.21%) DHCP
5 15 (7.21%) TCP/IP
6 13 (6.25%) Firewall
7 10 (4.81%) IPsec
7 10 (4.81%) VoIP
7 10 (4.81%) VPN
8 9 (4.33%) DMZ
9 8 (3.85%) NAS
10 7 (3.37%) Ethernet
11 6 (2.88%) MPLS
11 6 (2.88%) Remote Desktop
12 4 (1.92%) DSL
12 4 (1.92%) Unified Communications
13 3 (1.44%) SSH
14 2 (0.96%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (19.23%) SQL Server
2 9 (4.33%) SQL Server 2008
3 5 (2.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 4 (1.92%) Relational Database
4 4 (1.92%) SQL Server 2016
5 3 (1.44%) Power BI
6 2 (0.96%) SQL Server 2005
6 2 (0.96%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (0.48%) Amazon RDS
7 1 (0.48%) Amazon Redshift
7 1 (0.48%) Electronic Patient Records
7 1 (0.48%) Ingres
7 1 (0.48%) MS Access
7 1 (0.48%) MySQL
7 1 (0.48%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.48%) SQL Server 2000
7 1 (0.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 14 (6.73%) Jenkins
2 8 (3.85%) MSI
3 7 (3.37%) Git (software)
4 6 (2.88%) JIRA
5 4 (1.92%) Bitbucket
5 4 (1.92%) TeamCity
6 2 (0.96%) AdminStudio
6 2 (0.96%) GitLab
7 1 (0.48%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 1 (0.48%) CruiseControl
7 1 (0.48%) Hudson
7 1 (0.48%) Octopus Deploy
7 1 (0.48%) SoapUI
7 1 (0.48%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 30 (14.42%) Finance
2 16 (7.69%) Banking
3 15 (7.21%) Local Government
4 5 (2.40%) Back Office
5 4 (1.92%) Investment Banking
5 4 (1.92%) Manufacturing
6 3 (1.44%) Law
7 1 (0.48%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 26 (12.50%) Desktop Support
2 25 (12.02%) Server Engineer
3 23 (11.06%) Windows Engineer
4 19 (9.13%) Analyst
5 17 (8.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 16 (7.69%) Support Engineer
7 14 (6.73%) Desktop Engineer
8 13 (6.25%) Administrator
9 10 (4.81%) Service Analyst
9 10 (4.81%) Service Desk Analyst
10 8 (3.85%) DevOps Engineer
10 8 (3.85%) Windows Administrator
11 7 (3.37%) DBA
11 7 (3.37%) Delivery Manager
11 7 (3.37%) IT Support
11 7 (3.37%) SQL DBA
12 6 (2.88%) 2nd Line Support
12 6 (2.88%) Architect
12 6 (2.88%) Infrastructure Manager
12 6 (2.88%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (7.69%) .NET
2 5 (2.40%) .NET Core
2 5 (2.40%) LDAP
2 5 (2.40%) Middleware
3 4 (1.92%) Web Services
4 3 (1.44%) .NET Framework
4 3 (1.44%) AngularJS
4 3 (1.44%) Express
4 3 (1.44%) Hibernate
4 3 (1.44%) Spring
4 3 (1.44%) Spring Boot
5 2 (0.96%) IBM Integration Bus
5 2 (0.96%) Software Packaging
6 1 (0.48%) Apache Flex
6 1 (0.48%) ASP.NET
6 1 (0.48%) boto
6 1 (0.48%) HTML
6 1 (0.48%) JSON
6 1 (0.48%) XML
6 1 (0.48%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 17 (8.17%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (6.25%) Data Centre
3 11 (5.29%) PKI
4 7 (3.37%) Fat Client
4 7 (3.37%) Thin Client
5 6 (2.88%) Public Cloud
6 5 (2.40%) Clustering
6 5 (2.40%) Computer Science
6 5 (2.40%) Hybrid Cloud
6 5 (2.40%) Mainframe
6 5 (2.40%) PMI
7 3 (1.44%) Driving Licence
7 3 (1.44%) Self-Motivation
8 2 (0.96%) Management Information System
8 2 (0.96%) NHS
9 1 (0.48%) BYOD
9 1 (0.48%) Device Driver
9 1 (0.48%) IPTV
9 1 (0.48%) Private Cloud
9 1 (0.48%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 72 (34.62%) Windows 10
2 67 (32.21%) Windows Server
3 58 (27.88%) Windows 7
4 41 (19.71%) Linux
5 36 (17.31%) Windows Server 2008
6 31 (14.90%) Windows Server 2012
7 28 (13.46%) Unix
8 27 (12.98%) Windows Server 2003
9 18 (8.65%) Windows XP
10 10 (4.81%) Windows 8
11 8 (3.85%) Apple iOS
11 8 (3.85%) Mac OS
12 7 (3.37%) Windows 2000
13 6 (2.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 4 (1.92%) Windows Vista
15 2 (0.96%) Android
15 2 (0.96%) Solaris
16 1 (0.48%) CentOS
16 1 (0.48%) Oracle Linux
16 1 (0.48%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 53 (25.48%) Migration
2 28 (13.46%) ITIL
3 24 (11.54%) Problem-Solving
4 21 (10.10%) Agile Software Development
4 21 (10.10%) Time Management
5 19 (9.13%) DevOps
6 18 (8.65%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 18 (8.65%) Stakeholder Management
7 16 (7.69%) Software Deployment
8 14 (6.73%) Break/Fix
9 13 (6.25%) Asset Management
9 13 (6.25%) Change Management
9 13 (6.25%) Configuration Management
10 12 (5.77%) SDLC
11 11 (5.29%) Disaster Recovery
11 11 (5.29%) Project Management
12 10 (4.81%) Server Building
13 9 (4.33%) Capacity Planning
13 9 (4.33%) Risk Management
14 8 (3.85%) Software Distribution
Programming Languages
1 49 (23.56%) PowerShell
2 33 (15.87%) SQL
3 15 (7.21%) Python
4 14 (6.73%) VBScript
5 9 (4.33%) C#
6 8 (3.85%) Java
7 7 (3.37%) Ruby
7 7 (3.37%) T-SQL
7 7 (3.37%) VB
8 6 (2.88%) Bash Shell
8 6 (2.88%) Shell Script
9 4 (1.92%) JavaScript
10 3 (1.44%) C
10 3 (1.44%) C++
10 3 (1.44%) Go
10 3 (1.44%) Groovy
10 3 (1.44%) Java 8
10 3 (1.44%) TypeScript
11 2 (0.96%) Perl
11 2 (0.96%) PHP
Qualifications
1 16 (7.69%) Security Cleared
2 13 (6.25%) SC Cleared
3 6 (2.88%) Microsoft Certification
4 5 (2.40%) PMI Certification
4 5 (2.40%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 4 (1.92%) MCITP
6 3 (1.44%) A+ Certification
6 3 (1.44%) CCNA
6 3 (1.44%) Cisco Certification
6 3 (1.44%) MCTS
7 1 (0.48%) AWS Certification
7 1 (0.48%) CCNP
7 1 (0.48%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.48%) Degree
7 1 (0.48%) HP ASE
7 1 (0.48%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 1 (0.48%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (7.21%) SLA
2 2 (0.96%) GDPR
3 1 (0.48%) GxP
3 1 (0.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.48%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
3 1 (0.48%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.48%) QA
System Software
1 91 (43.75%) Active Directory
2 33 (15.87%) VMware Infrastructure
3 22 (10.58%) XenApp
4 17 (8.17%) VMware ESXi
5 16 (7.69%) Hyper-V
6 14 (6.73%) Docker
7 11 (5.29%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 9 (4.33%) Virtual Machines
9 8 (3.85%) Microsoft App-V
10 3 (1.44%) QEMU
10 3 (1.44%) VMware Workstation
10 3 (1.44%) vSphere
10 3 (1.44%) XenDesktop
11 2 (0.96%) BitLocker
11 2 (0.96%) VirtualBox
12 1 (0.48%) Oracle RAC
12 1 (0.48%) Virtual Desktop
12 1 (0.48%) Virtual Servers
12 1 (0.48%) VMware Server
12 1 (0.48%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 41 (19.71%) SCCM
2 29 (13.94%) Opscode Chef
3 15 (7.21%) SCOM
4 12 (5.77%) Puppet
5 8 (3.85%) Kubernetes
5 8 (3.85%) Norton AntiVirus
5 8 (3.85%) WSUS
6 7 (3.37%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 7 (3.37%) vCenter Server
7 6 (2.88%) Microsoft Intune
8 5 (2.40%) Ansible
8 5 (2.40%) McAfee ePO
8 5 (2.40%) Terraform
9 4 (1.92%) NetBackup
9 4 (1.92%) Tivoli Storage Manager
10 2 (0.96%) Microsoft Clustering
10 2 (0.96%) PaperCut
10 2 (0.96%) SmoothWall
10 2 (0.96%) ThinApp
11 1 (0.48%) Failover Clustering
Vendors
1 75 (36.06%) Microsoft
2 42 (20.19%) VMware
3 31 (14.90%) Citrix
4 13 (6.25%) HP
5 12 (5.77%) Cisco
6 9 (4.33%) Oracle
6 9 (4.33%) Symantec
7 8 (3.85%) McAfee
7 8 (3.85%) Red Hat
8 7 (3.37%) Apple
9 5 (2.40%) Clearswift
9 5 (2.40%) IBM
9 5 (2.40%) NetApp
9 5 (2.40%) Teradici
10 4 (1.92%) Dell
10 4 (1.92%) Isilon
10 4 (1.92%) Rackspace
10 4 (1.92%) Sage
10 4 (1.92%) Sophos
11 3 (1.44%) Altiris