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 24 June 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
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 9 7 11
Rank change year-on-year -2 +4  
Contract jobs citing Windows 75 111 104
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 11.89% 12.08% 10.38%
As % of the Operating Systems category 46.01% 48.68% 45.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 57 55
Median daily rate £300 £425 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -29.41% +13.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £234 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £430 £474 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £338 £325
% change year-on-year - +3.84%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 13 22
Median hourly rate £13.00 £13.50 £15.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.70% -11.47%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.26 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £21.00 £17.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £16.38 £15.50
% change year-on-year -8.39% +5.64%  

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 163 228 227
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 25.83% 24.81% 22.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 110 152 129
Median daily rate £360 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -15.29% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £290 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £348
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.31%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 13 24
Median hourly rate £13.00 £13.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.70% -10.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.99 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £21.00 £17.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £17.00 £16.20
% change year-on-year -8.82% +4.93%  

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 24 June 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 24 June 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 +14 24 £300 -27.27% 3
Warrington +5 15 £300 -29.41% 14
Knutsford -7 8 £350 -17.64% 4
Runcorn +2 6 £300 -28.57% 2
Wilmslow -1 3 £180 - 5
Northwich +4 2 - - 1
Crewe -2 2 - - 3
Macclesfield 0 1 £95 -75.48%
Windows
North West

For the 6 months to 24 June 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 49 (39.84%) Active Directory
2 41 (33.33%) Microsoft
3 36 (29.27%) Windows Server
4 28 (22.76%) Unix
5 27 (21.95%) Citrix
5 27 (21.95%) Windows 7
6 24 (19.51%) ITIL
6 24 (19.51%) SCCM
6 24 (19.51%) Windows Server 2008
7 22 (17.89%) SQL Server
8 21 (17.07%) Linux
9 19 (15.45%) Microsoft Office
9 19 (15.45%) VMware
10 18 (14.63%) Migration
10 18 (14.63%) PKI
11 17 (13.82%) Finance
11 17 (13.82%) LAN
11 17 (13.82%) Office 365
12 16 (13.01%) Windows Server 2012
12 16 (13.01%) Windows Server 2003
13 15 (12.20%) WAN
13 15 (12.20%) PowerShell
13 15 (12.20%) Analytical Skills
14 14 (11.38%) SCOM
14 14 (11.38%) Shell Script
14 14 (11.38%) IBM
14 14 (11.38%) Mainframe
15 13 (10.57%) DNS
15 13 (10.57%) MS Exchange
15 13 (10.57%) AIX

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 (10.57%) MS Exchange
2 11 (8.94%) SharePoint
3 10 (8.13%) IIS
4 7 (5.69%) Skype for Business
5 5 (4.07%) Exchange Server 2013
6 4 (3.25%) Exchange Server 2003
6 4 (3.25%) Exchange Server 2007
6 4 (3.25%) Exchange Server 2010
7 3 (2.44%) IBM Notes
8 2 (1.63%) Apache
8 2 (1.63%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 2 (1.63%) JBoss
8 2 (1.63%) SharePoint 2013
9 1 (0.81%) Confluence
9 1 (0.81%) SharePoint 2010
9 1 (0.81%) Site Server
Applications
1 19 (15.45%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (3.25%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (1.63%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.81%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 17 (13.82%) Office 365
2 10 (8.13%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (3.25%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 17 (13.82%) LAN
2 15 (12.20%) WAN
3 13 (10.57%) DNS
4 12 (9.76%) SSL
5 9 (7.32%) SAN
5 9 (7.32%) SSH
5 9 (7.32%) TCP/IP
6 8 (6.50%) DHCP
7 7 (5.69%) FTP
8 6 (4.88%) VPN
9 5 (4.07%) Firewall
9 5 (4.07%) Reverse Proxy
10 4 (3.25%) HTTP
10 4 (3.25%) LDAP
10 4 (3.25%) NAS
10 4 (3.25%) NetScaler
10 4 (3.25%) PuTTY
10 4 (3.25%) Remote Desktop
10 4 (3.25%) tcpdump
11 3 (2.44%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (17.89%) SQL Server
2 6 (4.88%) SQL Server 2005
3 5 (4.07%) SQL Server 2008
3 5 (4.07%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 5 (4.07%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 4 (3.25%) SQL Server 2012
5 3 (2.44%) SQL Server 2000
5 3 (2.44%) SQL Server 2016
6 2 (1.63%) MS Access
6 2 (1.63%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.81%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
7 1 (0.81%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.81%) MongoDB
7 1 (0.81%) MySQL
7 1 (0.81%) OLAP
7 1 (0.81%) OLTP
7 1 (0.81%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.81%) SQL Server 2014
7 1 (0.81%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1 (0.81%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 7 (5.69%) Git (software)
2 4 (3.25%) MSI
2 4 (3.25%) Subversion
2 4 (3.25%) Xcode
3 3 (2.44%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 2 (1.63%) Bitbucket
4 2 (1.63%) Jenkins
4 2 (1.63%) JIRA
4 2 (1.63%) Visual Studio
5 1 (0.81%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 1 (0.81%) CMake
5 1 (0.81%) GitLab
5 1 (0.81%) Gradle
5 1 (0.81%) InstallShield
5 1 (0.81%) Moq
5 1 (0.81%) NUnit
5 1 (0.81%) SpecFlow
5 1 (0.81%) TestComplete
5 1 (0.81%) WiX
General
1 17 (13.82%) Finance
2 13 (10.57%) Local Government
3 12 (9.76%) Banking
4 4 (3.25%) Manufacturing
5 3 (2.44%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.81%) Back Office
6 1 (0.81%) Billing
6 1 (0.81%) Games
6 1 (0.81%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 25 (20.33%) Consultant
2 10 (8.13%) Desktop Support
3 9 (7.32%) Administrator
3 9 (7.32%) Developer
4 8 (6.50%) Analyst
4 8 (6.50%) Support Engineer
5 7 (5.69%) Server Engineer
6 6 (4.88%) 1st Line Support
7 5 (4.07%) 2nd Line Support
7 5 (4.07%) Active Directory Support
7 5 (4.07%) Exchange Support
7 5 (4.07%) iOS Developer
7 5 (4.07%) IT Support
7 5 (4.07%) Technical Consultant
8 4 (3.25%) 1st/2nd Line Support
8 4 (3.25%) Break Fix Engineer
8 4 (3.25%) DBA
8 4 (3.25%) Desktop Engineer
8 4 (3.25%) Security Officer
8 4 (3.25%) SQL DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (9.76%) Middleware
2 7 (5.69%) HTML
2 7 (5.69%) Web Services
3 6 (4.88%) .NET
3 6 (4.88%) JSON
4 4 (3.25%) Cocoa
4 4 (3.25%) REST
4 4 (3.25%) SOAP
4 4 (3.25%) Software Packaging
4 4 (3.25%) XML
4 4 (3.25%) X-Windows
5 3 (2.44%) ASP.NET
5 3 (2.44%) EDI
6 2 (1.63%) .NET Framework
6 2 (1.63%) Ajax
6 2 (1.63%) CSS
6 2 (1.63%) jQuery
6 2 (1.63%) LAMP
6 2 (1.63%) WPF
7 1 (0.81%) Flash
Miscellaneous
1 18 (14.63%) PKI
2 15 (12.20%) Analytical Skills
3 14 (11.38%) Mainframe
4 9 (7.32%) Clustering
4 9 (7.32%) Data Centre
4 9 (7.32%) Linux Command Line
5 6 (4.88%) Management Information System
6 4 (3.25%) Blackberry
6 4 (3.25%) iPhone
7 3 (2.44%) CESG
7 3 (2.44%) Computer Science
7 3 (2.44%) Mobile App
7 3 (2.44%) Smartphone
8 2 (1.63%) BYOD
8 2 (1.63%) PMI
9 1 (0.81%) Fat Client
9 1 (0.81%) Handset
9 1 (0.81%) Replication
9 1 (0.81%) Thin Client
9 1 (0.81%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 36 (29.27%) Windows Server
2 28 (22.76%) Unix
3 27 (21.95%) Windows 7
4 24 (19.51%) Windows Server 2008
5 21 (17.07%) Linux
6 16 (13.01%) Windows Server 2003
6 16 (13.01%) Windows Server 2012
7 13 (10.57%) AIX
8 12 (9.76%) Apple iOS
8 12 (9.76%) Windows 10
9 9 (7.32%) Windows XP
10 8 (6.50%) Windows 8
11 6 (4.88%) Android
11 6 (4.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 4 (3.25%) HPUX
12 4 (3.25%) Mac OS X
12 4 (3.25%) Solaris
13 2 (1.63%) CentOS
13 2 (1.63%) Windows 2000 Server
14 1 (0.81%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (19.51%) ITIL
2 18 (14.63%) Migration
3 9 (7.32%) Statistics
4 8 (6.50%) Agile Software Development
4 8 (6.50%) Line Management
4 8 (6.50%) Problem Management
5 7 (5.69%) Information Security
5 7 (5.69%) Project Management
5 7 (5.69%) Service Management
6 6 (4.88%) Asset Management
6 6 (4.88%) Change Management
6 6 (4.88%) iOS Development
7 5 (4.07%) High Availability
7 5 (4.07%) Incident Management
8 4 (3.25%) DevOps
8 4 (3.25%) Mobile Development
8 4 (3.25%) Patch Management
8 4 (3.25%) Presales
8 4 (3.25%) Server Building
8 4 (3.25%) Software Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 15 (12.20%) PowerShell
2 14 (11.38%) Shell Script
3 9 (7.32%) SQL
4 6 (4.88%) C#
5 5 (4.07%) Perl
6 4 (3.25%) Apple Swift
6 4 (3.25%) Java
6 4 (3.25%) JCL
6 4 (3.25%) Objective-C
6 4 (3.25%) Python
6 4 (3.25%) VB
7 3 (2.44%) JavaScript
7 3 (2.44%) T-SQL
7 3 (2.44%) VBScript
8 1 (0.81%) Bash Shell
8 1 (0.81%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
8 1 (0.81%) Groovy
8 1 (0.81%) PHP
8 1 (0.81%) Ruby
8 1 (0.81%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 8 (6.50%) SC Cleared
1 8 (6.50%) Security Cleared
2 5 (4.07%) ISEB
3 4 (3.25%) Microsoft Certification
4 2 (1.63%) MCDST
4 2 (1.63%) MCP
4 2 (1.63%) PMI Certification
4 2 (1.63%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 1 (0.81%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (0.81%) CISSP
5 1 (0.81%) Degree
5 1 (0.81%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (3.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 4 (3.25%) SLA
2 2 (1.63%) PCI DSS
2 2 (1.63%) QA
3 1 (0.81%) Cyber Essentials
3 1 (0.81%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
System Software
1 49 (39.84%) Active Directory
2 13 (10.57%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (7.32%) vSphere
3 9 (7.32%) XenApp
4 5 (4.07%) Citrix Presentation Server
4 5 (4.07%) VMware ESXi
5 4 (3.25%) Virtual Machines
6 3 (2.44%) Hyper-V
6 3 (2.44%) Microsoft App-V
7 2 (1.63%) Firmware
8 1 (0.81%) BitLocker
8 1 (0.81%) VirtualBox
8 1 (0.81%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 24 (19.51%) SCCM
2 14 (11.38%) SCOM
3 4 (3.25%) Failover Clustering
3 4 (3.25%) IBM BigFix
3 4 (3.25%) Microsoft Intune
3 4 (3.25%) Netcool
3 4 (3.25%) vCenter Server
4 3 (2.44%) Puppet
4 3 (2.44%) SmoothWall
4 3 (2.44%) WSUS
5 2 (1.63%) Ansible
5 2 (1.63%) McAfee ePO
5 2 (1.63%) Microsoft Clustering
5 2 (1.63%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (1.63%) Perfmon
5 2 (1.63%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 2 (1.63%) ThinApp
5 2 (1.63%) vMotion
6 1 (0.81%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 1 (0.81%) yum
Vendors
1 41 (33.33%) Microsoft
2 27 (21.95%) Citrix
3 19 (15.45%) VMware
4 14 (11.38%) IBM
5 9 (7.32%) HP
6 8 (6.50%) Apple
7 7 (5.69%) McAfee
8 6 (4.88%) CA
8 6 (4.88%) Cisco
9 4 (3.25%) IBM Sterling
9 4 (3.25%) Juniper
9 4 (3.25%) ServiceNow
9 4 (3.25%) Symantec
10 3 (2.44%) AppSense
10 3 (2.44%) Dell
10 3 (2.44%) Lotus
10 3 (2.44%) Oracle
10 3 (2.44%) Samsung
11 2 (1.63%) Altiris
11 2 (1.63%) EMC
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