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 3 months to 30 March 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
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 10 5 9
Rank change year-on-year -5 +4  
Contract jobs citing Windows 50 140 101
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 9.12% 13.82% 11.85%
As % of the Operating Systems category 50.00% 61.67% 63.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 49 42
Median daily rate £348 £425 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -18.23% +13.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £231 £250 £268
10% offered a daily rate of more than £438 £514 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £340 £340 £320
% change year-on-year - +6.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 23 27
Median hourly rate £15.50 £14.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.71% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.30 £10.20 £10.45
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.54 £19.50 £19.74
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £15.38 £14.85
% change year-on-year -5.72% +3.56%  

Windows is in the operating system skills category. The next 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.

Contract Operating System Skills
Cheshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 100 227 158
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 18.25% 22.41% 18.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 66 110 78
Median daily rate £360 £425 £398
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -15.29% +6.91%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £265 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £540 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £365 £338
% change year-on-year +5.47% +8.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 23 27
Median hourly rate £15.33 £14.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.46% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.93 £25.00 £20.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £16.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -6.06% +6.45%  

Windows
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Cheshire citing Windows as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Operating Systems category.

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 3 months to 30 March 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 3 months to 30 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Chester -8 11 £295 -1.66% 6
Knutsford +5 8 £348 -26.84% 1
Warrington -4 7 £300 -30.63% 14
Macclesfield -5 1 £640 +44.22% 1
Runcorn - 1 - - 1
Winsford - 1 - -
Ellesmere Port - 1 £263 - 1
Windows
North West

For the 6 months to 30 March 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 56 (44.09%) Active Directory
2 45 (35.43%) Microsoft
3 30 (23.62%) Windows Server
4 29 (22.83%) SQL Server
5 27 (21.26%) ITIL
5 27 (21.26%) Linux
6 24 (18.90%) Citrix
7 23 (18.11%) Unix
8 21 (16.54%) Agile Software Development
9 20 (15.75%) SCCM
9 20 (15.75%) Windows 7
10 19 (14.96%) Windows Server 2008
10 19 (14.96%) Finance
11 18 (14.17%) Analytical Skills
12 17 (13.39%) MS Office
13 16 (12.60%) Web Services
13 16 (12.60%) AIX
14 15 (11.81%) SQL
14 15 (11.81%) Migration
15 14 (11.02%) Perl
15 14 (11.02%) Oracle
15 14 (11.02%) Python
15 14 (11.02%) PowerShell
15 14 (11.02%) JSON
16 13 (10.24%) Middleware
16 13 (10.24%) MS Exchange
16 13 (10.24%) SSL
17 12 (9.45%) MS Excel
17 12 (9.45%) VMware
17 12 (9.45%) Banking

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 13 (10.24%) MS Exchange
2 11 (8.66%) IIS
3 10 (7.87%) SharePoint
4 5 (3.94%) JBoss
4 5 (3.94%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 4 (3.15%) Exchange Server 2010
5 4 (3.15%) Skype for Business
5 4 (3.15%) WebLogic
6 3 (2.36%) Apache
6 3 (2.36%) nginx
6 3 (2.36%) Oracle 10gAS
6 3 (2.36%) Tomcat
7 2 (1.57%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 2 (1.57%) CICS
7 2 (1.57%) Confluence
7 2 (1.57%) Exchange Server 2003
7 2 (1.57%) Exchange Server 2007
7 2 (1.57%) Exchange Server 2013
7 2 (1.57%) Exchange Server 5.5
7 2 (1.57%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 17 (13.39%) MS Office
2 12 (9.45%) MS Excel
3 3 (2.36%) MS PowerPoint
3 3 (2.36%) MS Visio
4 2 (1.57%) MS Project
5 1 (0.79%) InfoPath
Cloud Services
1 12 (9.45%) Office 365
2 9 (7.09%) Amazon AWS
3 7 (5.51%) Amazon EC2
3 7 (5.51%) AWS CloudFormation
4 5 (3.94%) Amazon S3
4 5 (3.94%) Virtual Private Cloud
5 4 (3.15%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 4 (3.15%) Amazon ELB
5 4 (3.15%) Amazon EMR
5 4 (3.15%) Amazon SQS
5 4 (3.15%) AWS CloudTrail
5 4 (3.15%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
5 4 (3.15%) AWS Lambda
5 4 (3.15%) Microsoft Azure
6 2 (1.57%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.79%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 13 (10.24%) SSL
2 9 (7.09%) LAN
2 9 (7.09%) VPN
2 9 (7.09%) WAN
3 7 (5.51%) SAN
4 6 (4.72%) DNS
4 6 (4.72%) LDAP
4 6 (4.72%) TCP/IP
5 5 (3.94%) DHCP
5 5 (3.94%) Firewall
5 5 (3.94%) Kerberos
6 4 (3.15%) Reverse Proxy
6 4 (3.15%) SSH
7 3 (2.36%) IPsec
7 3 (2.36%) NAS
8 2 (1.57%) Internet
8 2 (1.57%) VLAN
9 1 (0.79%) DMZ
9 1 (0.79%) FTP
9 1 (0.79%) X.509
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (22.83%) SQL Server
2 6 (4.72%) Relational Database
3 5 (3.94%) Big Data
3 5 (3.94%) DB2
3 5 (3.94%) MongoDB
3 5 (3.94%) NoSQL
4 4 (3.15%) Amazon RDS
4 4 (3.15%) Amazon Redshift
4 4 (3.15%) SQL Server 2008
4 4 (3.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 4 (3.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 3 (2.36%) Data Warehouse
5 3 (2.36%) SQL Server 2005
5 3 (2.36%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 2 (1.57%) MS Access
6 2 (1.57%) Oracle Database
6 2 (1.57%) SQL Server 2000
6 2 (1.57%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (0.79%) Oracle Database 12c
7 1 (0.79%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 9 (7.09%) Jenkins
2 6 (4.72%) Visual Studio
3 4 (3.15%) JIRA
4 3 (2.36%) Git (software)
4 3 (2.36%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (1.57%) MSI
6 1 (0.79%) Bitbucket
6 1 (0.79%) GitLab
6 1 (0.79%) Log4j
6 1 (0.79%) Selenium
6 1 (0.79%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 1 (0.79%) Subversion
6 1 (0.79%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
6 1 (0.79%) Xcode
General
1 19 (14.96%) Finance
2 12 (9.45%) Banking
3 8 (6.30%) Local Government
4 3 (2.36%) Manufacturing
4 3 (2.36%) Pharmaceutical
5 2 (1.57%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.79%) Back Office
6 1 (0.79%) French Language
6 1 (0.79%) Games
6 1 (0.79%) German Language
6 1 (0.79%) Portuguese Language
6 1 (0.79%) Russian Language
6 1 (0.79%) Spanish Language
6 1 (0.79%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 14 (11.02%) Consultant
2 8 (6.30%) 2nd Line Support
2 8 (6.30%) Analyst
2 8 (6.30%) Desktop Support
3 7 (5.51%) Active Directory Support
3 7 (5.51%) Architect
3 7 (5.51%) Developer
3 7 (5.51%) Project Manager
3 7 (5.51%) Support Engineer
4 6 (4.72%) 1st Line Support
4 6 (4.72%) DBA
4 6 (4.72%) Exchange Support
4 6 (4.72%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 5 (3.94%) 1st/2nd Line Support
5 5 (3.94%) 3rd Line Support
5 5 (3.94%) AWS Engineer
5 5 (3.94%) Service Desk Analyst
5 5 (3.94%) SQL DBA
6 4 (3.15%) Active Directory Engineer
6 4 (3.15%) SCCM Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (12.60%) Web Services
2 14 (11.02%) JSON
3 13 (10.24%) Middleware
4 9 (7.09%) HTML
5 8 (6.30%) .NET
5 8 (6.30%) XML
6 6 (4.72%) boto
6 6 (4.72%) YAML
7 5 (3.94%) ASP.NET
7 5 (3.94%) J2EE
8 4 (3.15%) SAML
9 3 (2.36%) .NET Framework
9 3 (2.36%) jQuery
9 3 (2.36%) Oracle Fusion
9 3 (2.36%) WinForms
9 3 (2.36%) WPF
10 2 (1.57%) OAuth2
10 2 (1.57%) OpenID
10 2 (1.57%) REST
10 2 (1.57%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 18 (14.17%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (8.66%) Linux Command Line
3 10 (7.87%) Blackberry
3 10 (7.87%) PKI
4 8 (6.30%) Data Centre
5 6 (4.72%) Clustering
6 5 (3.94%) iPhone
6 5 (3.94%) Mainframe
6 5 (3.94%) Management Information System
7 4 (3.15%) Smartphone
8 3 (2.36%) Mobile App
8 3 (2.36%) Replication
9 2 (1.57%) CESG
9 2 (1.57%) Computer Science
9 2 (1.57%) Fat Client
9 2 (1.57%) iPad
9 2 (1.57%) PMI
9 2 (1.57%) Smartcard
9 2 (1.57%) Thin Client
10 1 (0.79%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 30 (23.62%) Windows Server
2 27 (21.26%) Linux
3 23 (18.11%) Unix
4 20 (15.75%) Windows 7
5 19 (14.96%) Windows Server 2008
6 16 (12.60%) AIX
7 12 (9.45%) Windows 10
7 12 (9.45%) Windows Server 2012
8 11 (8.66%) Windows Server 2003
9 9 (7.09%) Android
9 9 (7.09%) Windows XP
10 7 (5.51%) Windows 8
11 6 (4.72%) HPUX
11 6 (4.72%) Windows Phone
12 5 (3.94%) Apple iOS
12 5 (3.94%) Solaris
13 4 (3.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 2 (1.57%) Windows 2000
14 2 (1.57%) Windows Vista
15 1 (0.79%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (21.26%) ITIL
2 21 (16.54%) Agile Software Development
3 15 (11.81%) Migration
4 12 (9.45%) High Availability
5 11 (8.66%) Change Management
6 8 (6.30%) Automated Testing
6 8 (6.30%) Project Management
7 7 (5.51%) DevOps
7 7 (5.51%) Identity Management
7 7 (5.51%) Incident Management
7 7 (5.51%) Mobile Device Management
7 7 (5.51%) Risk Management
7 7 (5.51%) Scrum
8 6 (4.72%) Asset Management
8 6 (4.72%) ETL
8 6 (4.72%) Performance Tuning
8 6 (4.72%) SOA
8 6 (4.72%) Waterfall
9 5 (3.94%) Information Security
9 5 (3.94%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 15 (11.81%) SQL
2 14 (11.02%) Perl
2 14 (11.02%) PowerShell
2 14 (11.02%) Python
3 10 (7.87%) Java
4 7 (5.51%) JavaScript
5 6 (4.72%) C#
6 4 (3.15%) T-SQL
7 3 (2.36%) VB
7 3 (2.36%) VB.NET
7 3 (2.36%) VBScript
8 2 (1.57%) Ruby
8 2 (1.57%) Shell Script
8 2 (1.57%) VB6
9 1 (0.79%) ANSI SQL
9 1 (0.79%) Apple Swift
9 1 (0.79%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.79%) JCL
9 1 (0.79%) Objective-C
9 1 (0.79%) PHP
Qualifications
1 8 (6.30%) Security Cleared
2 7 (5.51%) Microsoft Certification
3 6 (4.72%) AWS Certification
4 5 (3.94%) SC Cleared
5 3 (2.36%) ISEB
5 3 (2.36%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 2 (1.57%) MCDST
6 2 (1.57%) MCP
6 2 (1.57%) MCSE
6 2 (1.57%) PMI Certification
7 1 (0.79%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (0.79%) CCA
7 1 (0.79%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (0.79%) CISSP
7 1 (0.79%) Citrix Certification
7 1 (0.79%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.79%) Degree
7 1 (0.79%) ISTQB
7 1 (0.79%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (1.57%) Disclosure Scotland
2 2 (1.57%) SLA
3 1 (0.79%) BS25999
3 1 (0.79%) COBIT
3 1 (0.79%) COSO
3 1 (0.79%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.79%) QA
3 1 (0.79%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 56 (44.09%) Active Directory
2 7 (5.51%) Virtual Machines
3 6 (4.72%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (3.94%) Hyper-V
5 4 (3.15%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 4 (3.15%) Docker
6 3 (2.36%) VMware ESX
7 2 (1.57%) BitLocker
7 2 (1.57%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (1.57%) VMware GSX
7 2 (1.57%) XenApp
8 1 (0.79%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.79%) Terminal Services
8 1 (0.79%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.79%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 20 (15.75%) SCCM
2 11 (8.66%) SCOM
3 9 (7.09%) Opscode Chef
3 9 (7.09%) Puppet
4 5 (3.94%) AirWatch
4 5 (3.94%) Microsoft Intune
4 5 (3.94%) Salt
5 4 (3.15%) Docker Swarm
5 4 (3.15%) IBM BigFix
5 4 (3.15%) Kubernetes
5 4 (3.15%) Netcool
5 4 (3.15%) WSUS
6 3 (2.36%) Microsoft Clustering
7 2 (1.57%) Failover Clustering
7 2 (1.57%) MOM
7 2 (1.57%) SmoothWall
7 2 (1.57%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 1 (0.79%) MAILsweeper
8 1 (0.79%) Norton AntiVirus
8 1 (0.79%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 45 (35.43%) Microsoft
2 24 (18.90%) Citrix
3 14 (11.02%) Oracle
4 12 (9.45%) VMware
5 9 (7.09%) Apple
6 6 (4.72%) Cisco
6 6 (4.72%) HP
7 5 (3.94%) IBM
7 5 (3.94%) Intel Security
8 4 (3.15%) CA
8 4 (3.15%) ServiceNow
8 4 (3.15%) Symantec
9 3 (2.36%) Juniper
9 3 (2.36%) NetApp
9 3 (2.36%) SolarWinds
10 2 (1.57%) AppSense
10 2 (1.57%) Blue Coat
10 2 (1.57%) Lotus
11 1 (0.79%) Dell
11 1 (0.79%) EMC
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