Period
to 21 October 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 October 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 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 5 6 8
Rank change year-on-year +1 +2 +1
Contract jobs citing Windows 207 147 195
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 15.87% 11.43% 12.30%
As % of the Operating Systems category 63.89% 57.42% 54.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 115 109 108
Cheshire median daily rate £350 £301 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.47% -29.29% +30.77%
10th Percentile £120 £150 £168
90th Percentile £475 £485 £629
North West median daily rate £346 £314 £363
% change year-on-year +10.38% -13.45% +20.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 49 19 23
Cheshire median hourly rate £17.50 £13.00 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.62% -3.70% -20.21%
10th Percentile £13.00 £11.20 £10.65
90th Percentile £20.13 £19.20 £21.00
North West median hourly rate £17.41 £16.31 £14.00
% change year-on-year +6.73% +16.52% -6.67%

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 324 256 355
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 24.85% 19.91% 22.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 197 178 223
Cheshire median daily rate £365 £375 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.78% -11.76% +9.68%
10th Percentile £204 £172 £245
90th Percentile £485 £538 £574
North West median daily rate £375 £400 £400
% change year-on-year -6.25% - +8.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 49 20 25
Cheshire median hourly rate £17.50 £13.00 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.62% -3.70% -19.83%
10th Percentile £13.00 £11.23 £10.80
90th Percentile £20.13 £21.50 £21.00
North West median hourly rate £17.41 £17.47 £14.34
% change year-on-year -0.31% +21.79% -6.00%

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 October 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 October 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 October 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 +3 48 £350 +16.67% 25
Knutsford +2 35 £362 +29.39% 4
Chester -5 27 £305 +1.67% 17
Macclesfield +6 24 £475 +400.00% 4
Wilmslow 0 13 - - 4
Crewe -15 13 £100 -79.27% 2
Ellesmere Port - 6 £250 -
Alderley Edge - 4 - -
Runcorn +2 2 - - 6
Nantwich - 1 £118 - 1
Windows
North West

For the 6 months to 21 October 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 89 (43.00%) Active Directory
2 79 (38.16%) Office 365
3 75 (36.23%) Windows 10
3 75 (36.23%) Microsoft
4 62 (29.95%) Windows Server
5 54 (26.09%) Windows 7
6 43 (20.77%) SCCM
7 39 (18.84%) VMware
8 38 (18.36%) Migration
9 37 (17.87%) Microsoft Office
10 36 (17.39%) Microsoft Azure
11 35 (16.91%) Linux
12 34 (16.43%) PowerShell
13 30 (14.49%) SQL
14 29 (14.01%) Unix
14 29 (14.01%) LAN
15 28 (13.53%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 27 (13.04%) MS Exchange
17 26 (12.56%) WAN
18 25 (12.08%) ITIL
19 24 (11.59%) Security Cleared
20 23 (11.11%) Apple iOS
20 23 (11.11%) DNS
21 22 (10.63%) SharePoint
21 22 (10.63%) SQL Server
21 22 (10.63%) Apple
21 22 (10.63%) VMware Infrastructure
22 21 (10.14%) Windows Server 2008
22 21 (10.14%) Amazon AWS
23 20 (9.66%) Mac OS

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 27 (13.04%) MS Exchange
2 22 (10.63%) SharePoint
3 20 (9.66%) Skype for Business
4 16 (7.73%) Exchange Server 2010
5 7 (3.38%) Exchange Server 2003
5 7 (3.38%) SharePoint 2013
6 6 (2.90%) IIS
7 5 (2.42%) WebSphere
8 4 (1.93%) Exchange Server 2007
9 3 (1.45%) Confluence
9 3 (1.45%) Exchange Server 2013
10 1 (0.48%) IBM Notes
10 1 (0.48%) OpenStack
10 1 (0.48%) Tomcat
Applications
1 37 (17.87%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (4.35%) Microsoft Project
3 8 (3.86%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.97%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (1.45%) Teamcenter
2 1 (0.48%) Line 50
2 1 (0.48%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.48%) Sage X3
Cloud Services
1 79 (38.16%) Office 365
2 36 (17.39%) Microsoft Azure
3 21 (10.14%) Amazon AWS
4 17 (8.21%) OneDrive
5 8 (3.86%) Azure Active Directory
6 4 (1.93%) IaaS
7 1 (0.48%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.48%) Amazon Glacier
7 1 (0.48%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (0.48%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.48%) G Suite
7 1 (0.48%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 29 (14.01%) LAN
2 26 (12.56%) WAN
3 23 (11.11%) DNS
4 18 (8.70%) Firewall
5 16 (7.73%) DHCP
6 15 (7.25%) TCP/IP
6 15 (7.25%) VPN
7 14 (6.76%) SAN
8 13 (6.28%) Skype
9 6 (2.90%) VoIP
10 5 (2.42%) MPLS
10 5 (2.42%) Unified Communications
11 4 (1.93%) DSL
11 4 (1.93%) NAS
11 4 (1.93%) Remote Desktop
12 3 (1.45%) ATM
12 3 (1.45%) Network Security
12 3 (1.45%) SSH
13 2 (0.97%) VLAN
13 2 (0.97%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (10.63%) SQL Server
2 8 (3.86%) SQL Server 2008
3 5 (2.42%) SQL Server 2016
4 3 (1.45%) MySQL
4 3 (1.45%) SQL Server 2005
4 3 (1.45%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.48%) Ingres
5 1 (0.48%) MS Access
5 1 (0.48%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.48%) Power BI
5 1 (0.48%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.48%) SQL Server 2000
5 1 (0.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 9 (4.35%) Git (software)
1 9 (4.35%) Jenkins
2 4 (1.93%) Bitbucket
2 4 (1.93%) JIRA
2 4 (1.93%) Subversion
2 4 (1.93%) Xcode
3 3 (1.45%) MSI
4 1 (0.48%) AdminStudio
4 1 (0.48%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 1 (0.48%) CA Release Automation
4 1 (0.48%) Chocolatey
4 1 (0.48%) CruiseControl
4 1 (0.48%) Hudson
4 1 (0.48%) Octopus Deploy
4 1 (0.48%) SoapUI
4 1 (0.48%) TeamCity
4 1 (0.48%) Vagrant
4 1 (0.48%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 19 (9.18%) Finance
2 15 (7.25%) Local Government
3 7 (3.38%) Banking
4 6 (2.90%) Marketing
5 4 (1.93%) Back Office
5 4 (1.93%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.48%) Advertising
6 1 (0.48%) Billing
6 1 (0.48%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.48%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.48%) Law
6 1 (0.48%) Retail
Job Titles
1 25 (12.08%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 24 (11.59%) Analyst
3 19 (9.18%) Server Engineer
4 18 (8.70%) Desktop Support
5 16 (7.73%) Support Engineer
6 10 (4.83%) Developer
7 9 (4.35%) Administrator
7 9 (4.35%) Project Manager
8 8 (3.86%) Delivery Manager
8 8 (3.86%) Desktop Engineer
8 8 (3.86%) DevOps Engineer
8 8 (3.86%) Service Analyst
8 8 (3.86%) Service Desk Analyst
9 7 (3.38%) Consultant
9 7 (3.38%) Infrastructure Delivery Manager
9 7 (3.38%) Infrastructure Manager
9 7 (3.38%) IT Analyst
9 7 (3.38%) IT Support
9 7 (3.38%) Rollout Engineer
9 7 (3.38%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (7.73%) .NET
2 8 (3.86%) Middleware
3 6 (2.90%) Web Services
4 5 (2.42%) .NET Core
4 5 (2.42%) LDAP
4 5 (2.42%) XML
5 4 (1.93%) Cocoa
5 4 (1.93%) HTML
5 4 (1.93%) JSON
5 4 (1.93%) REST
5 4 (1.93%) SOAP
5 4 (1.93%) WebSphere MQ
6 2 (0.97%) Software Packaging
7 1 (0.48%) Apache Flex
7 1 (0.48%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 13 (6.28%) Data Centre
2 9 (4.35%) Analytical Skills
3 8 (3.86%) PKI
4 7 (3.38%) Clustering
4 7 (3.38%) Hybrid Cloud
4 7 (3.38%) Management Information System
5 6 (2.90%) Computer Science
5 6 (2.90%) Fat Client
5 6 (2.90%) IBM Mainframe
5 6 (2.90%) Mainframe
5 6 (2.90%) PMI
5 6 (2.90%) Public Cloud
5 6 (2.90%) Replication
5 6 (2.90%) Thin Client
6 4 (1.93%) Enterprise Storage
6 4 (1.93%) User Experience
7 3 (1.45%) Driving Licence
8 2 (0.97%) NHS
8 2 (0.97%) Self-Motivation
8 2 (0.97%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 75 (36.23%) Windows 10
2 62 (29.95%) Windows Server
3 54 (26.09%) Windows 7
4 35 (16.91%) Linux
5 29 (14.01%) Unix
6 23 (11.11%) Apple iOS
7 21 (10.14%) Windows Server 2008
8 20 (9.66%) Mac OS
9 13 (6.28%) Windows Server 2003
9 13 (6.28%) Windows Server 2012
9 13 (6.28%) Windows XP
10 10 (4.83%) Windows 8
11 6 (2.90%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 4 (1.93%) Mac OS X
13 3 (1.45%) Windows Vista
14 2 (0.97%) Android
14 2 (0.97%) Solaris
15 1 (0.48%) AIX
15 1 (0.48%) HPUX
15 1 (0.48%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (18.36%) Migration
2 28 (13.53%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 25 (12.08%) ITIL
4 19 (9.18%) Stakeholder Management
5 18 (8.70%) Agile Software Development
5 18 (8.70%) Software Deployment
6 17 (8.21%) Project Management
7 16 (7.73%) Disaster Recovery
8 15 (7.25%) Asset Management
8 15 (7.25%) Change Management
8 15 (7.25%) DevOps
9 14 (6.76%) Problem-Solving
10 12 (5.80%) SDLC
11 11 (5.31%) ITSM
11 11 (5.31%) Risk Management
12 9 (4.35%) Break/Fix
13 8 (3.86%) Server Building
14 7 (3.38%) Capacity Management
14 7 (3.38%) High Availability
14 7 (3.38%) Patch Management
Programming Languages
1 34 (16.43%) PowerShell
2 30 (14.49%) SQL
3 10 (4.83%) C#
4 7 (3.38%) Python
5 6 (2.90%) Shell Script
6 4 (1.93%) Apple Swift
6 4 (1.93%) Bash Shell
6 4 (1.93%) Objective-C
6 4 (1.93%) VBScript
7 3 (1.45%) C++
7 3 (1.45%) T-SQL
8 2 (0.97%) Java
8 2 (0.97%) JavaScript
8 2 (0.97%) PHP
8 2 (0.97%) VB
9 1 (0.48%) Perl
9 1 (0.48%) VBA
Qualifications
1 24 (11.59%) Security Cleared
2 19 (9.18%) SC Cleared
3 10 (4.83%) A+ Certification
4 6 (2.90%) PMI Certification
5 5 (2.42%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 3 (1.45%) Degree
7 2 (0.97%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 1 (0.48%) DBS Check
8 1 (0.48%) GNVQ
8 1 (0.48%) MCP
8 1 (0.48%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (5.80%) SLA
2 1 (0.48%) GDPR
2 1 (0.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.48%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
2 1 (0.48%) PCI DSS
2 1 (0.48%) QA
System Software
1 89 (43.00%) Active Directory
2 22 (10.63%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (6.28%) Hyper-V
4 10 (4.83%) VMware ESXi
5 9 (4.35%) XenApp
6 8 (3.86%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 7 (3.38%) Virtual Machines
8 5 (2.42%) Docker
9 4 (1.93%) Virtual Desktop
10 3 (1.45%) Microsoft App-V
11 1 (0.48%) Firmware
11 1 (0.48%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 1 (0.48%) Oracle RAC
11 1 (0.48%) Virtual Servers
11 1 (0.48%) vSphere
11 1 (0.48%) Xen
11 1 (0.48%) XenDesktop
11 1 (0.48%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 43 (20.77%) SCCM
2 20 (9.66%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 16 (7.73%) Opscode Chef
4 12 (5.80%) SCOM
5 10 (4.83%) Puppet
6 6 (2.90%) Microsoft Clustering
6 6 (2.90%) vCenter Server
6 6 (2.90%) WSUS
7 5 (2.42%) Ansible
7 5 (2.42%) Kubernetes
7 5 (2.42%) McAfee ePO
7 5 (2.42%) Microsoft Intune
7 5 (2.42%) NetBackup
7 5 (2.42%) Terraform
8 4 (1.93%) AirWatch
8 4 (1.93%) OpenView
8 4 (1.93%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 2 (0.97%) ThinApp
10 1 (0.48%) Failover Clustering
10 1 (0.48%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
Vendors
1 75 (36.23%) Microsoft
2 39 (18.84%) VMware
3 22 (10.63%) Apple
4 16 (7.73%) ServiceNow
5 15 (7.25%) Oracle
6 12 (5.80%) Citrix
7 10 (4.83%) HP
8 9 (4.35%) Cisco
9 8 (3.86%) IBM
9 8 (3.86%) McAfee
10 6 (2.90%) NetApp
11 5 (2.42%) Clearswift
11 5 (2.42%) Teradici
11 5 (2.42%) Veritas
12 4 (1.93%) Blue Coat
12 4 (1.93%) Dell
12 4 (1.93%) Isilon
12 4 (1.93%) Rackspace
12 4 (1.93%) SolarWinds
12 4 (1.93%) Veeam