Period
to 20 February 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 20 February 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
20 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 6 6 12
Rank change year-on-year 0 +6 -7
Contract jobs citing Windows 161 166 205
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 12.22% 13.63% 10.50%
As % of the Operating Systems category 66.53% 68.03% 53.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 86 104 108
Cheshire median daily rate £394 £425 £314
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.35% +35.46% -7.04%
10th Percentile £225 £130 £205
90th Percentile £538 £653 £500
North West median daily rate £340 £363 £315
% change year-on-year -6.21% +15.08% -3.08%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 25 46
Cheshire median hourly rate £13.00 £15.00 £16.92
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.33% -11.35% +16.69%
10th Percentile £11.10 £10.80 £12.50
90th Percentile £19.05 £21.90 £23.88
North West median hourly rate £15.86 £15.25 £17.00
% change year-on-year +4.00% -10.29% +17.24%

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 242 244 385
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 18.36% 20.03% 19.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 128 157 234
Cheshire median daily rate £375 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.31% - +10.34%
10th Percentile £225 £160 £232
90th Percentile £538 £600 £529
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 26 46
Cheshire median hourly rate £13.00 £15.25 £16.92
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.75% -9.87% +16.69%
10th Percentile £11.12 £10.88 £12.50
90th Percentile £22.50 £23.13 £23.88
North West median hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year +6.25% -5.88% +17.24%

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 20 February 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 20 February 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 20 February 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 -5 36 £375 -21.05% 29
Chester +4 27 £280 +8.74% 12
Crewe -6 20 £500 +244.83% 9
Macclesfield +8 18 - - 6
Knutsford -12 11 £280 -19.42% 10
Ellesmere Port +1 3 - - 3
Runcorn -3 1 - - 3
Daresbury - 1 - -
Lymm - 1 - -
Windows
North West

For the 6 months to 20 February 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 53 (32.92%) Linux
2 48 (29.81%) Active Directory
3 43 (26.71%) Windows 10
4 42 (26.09%) Microsoft
5 41 (25.47%) Windows Server
6 40 (24.84%) Windows 7
7 36 (22.36%) PowerShell
8 32 (19.88%) Microsoft Azure
9 30 (18.63%) SQL Server
10 29 (18.01%) Jenkins
11 27 (16.77%) VMware
12 26 (16.15%) Migration
12 26 (16.15%) Agile Software Development
12 26 (16.15%) Office 365
13 25 (15.53%) ITIL
13 25 (15.53%) Web Services
13 25 (15.53%) Configuration Management
14 24 (14.91%) Puppet
15 23 (14.29%) Cisco
15 23 (14.29%) Python
16 22 (13.66%) DevOps
17 20 (12.42%) Apple
17 20 (12.42%) Ansible
17 20 (12.42%) TeamCity
18 19 (11.80%) Citrix
18 19 (11.80%) Ruby
18 19 (11.80%) Continuous Integration
18 19 (11.80%) SCCM
18 19 (11.80%) Finance
19 18 (11.18%) Unix

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 14 (8.70%) MS Exchange
2 9 (5.59%) WebSphere
3 8 (4.97%) Skype for Business
4 6 (3.73%) Exchange Server 2010
5 5 (3.11%) Exchange Server 2007
5 5 (3.11%) IIS
6 4 (2.48%) Confluence
6 4 (2.48%) FileNet
6 4 (2.48%) SAS
7 3 (1.86%) Exchange Server 2003
7 3 (1.86%) Exchange Server 2013
7 3 (1.86%) SharePoint
8 2 (1.24%) Elasticsearch
9 1 (0.62%) Gentran
9 1 (0.62%) JBoss
9 1 (0.62%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 17 (10.56%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (3.11%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (1.24%) HipChat
4 1 (0.62%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.62%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 32 (19.88%) Microsoft Azure
2 26 (16.15%) Office 365
3 11 (6.83%) Amazon AWS
4 10 (6.21%) PaaS
5 7 (4.35%) IaaS
6 2 (1.24%) Amazon EC2
6 2 (1.24%) Amazon S3
6 2 (1.24%) GitHub
6 2 (1.24%) OneDrive
7 1 (0.62%) Google Cloud Platform
7 1 (0.62%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 17 (10.56%) SAN
2 13 (8.07%) LAN
2 13 (8.07%) WAN
3 12 (7.45%) DHCP
4 11 (6.83%) DNS
5 10 (6.21%) Firewall
6 9 (5.59%) TCP/IP
7 7 (4.35%) MPLS
8 5 (3.11%) VoIP
8 5 (3.11%) VPN
9 4 (2.48%) Internet
9 4 (2.48%) Reverse Proxy
9 4 (2.48%) Skype
10 3 (1.86%) FTP
10 3 (1.86%) iSCSI
10 3 (1.86%) Remote Desktop
11 2 (1.24%) EIGRP
11 2 (1.24%) SMS
11 2 (1.24%) SSL
11 2 (1.24%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (18.63%) SQL Server
2 5 (3.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 4 (2.48%) MySQL
3 4 (2.48%) Oracle Database
3 4 (2.48%) SQL Server 2008
3 4 (2.48%) SQL Server 2012
3 4 (2.48%) SQL Server 2014
4 2 (1.24%) Big Data
4 2 (1.24%) GIS
4 2 (1.24%) Hadoop
4 2 (1.24%) MS Access
4 2 (1.24%) Oracle Database 11g
4 2 (1.24%) Oracle Database 12c
4 2 (1.24%) SQL Server 2016
4 2 (1.24%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.62%) Clusterpoint
5 1 (0.62%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.62%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 29 (18.01%) Jenkins
2 20 (12.42%) TeamCity
3 16 (9.94%) Git (software)
4 9 (5.59%) Visual Studio
5 6 (3.73%) Team Foundation Server
6 5 (3.11%) JIRA
6 5 (3.11%) Subversion
7 4 (2.48%) Visual Studio Team System
7 4 (2.48%) Xcode
8 2 (1.24%) MSI
8 2 (1.24%) Sonatype Nexus
8 2 (1.24%) VSS/SourceSafe
9 1 (0.62%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 19 (11.80%) Finance
2 16 (9.94%) Banking
3 12 (7.45%) Local Government
4 3 (1.86%) Investment Banking
5 1 (0.62%) Back Office
5 1 (0.62%) Games
5 1 (0.62%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 22 (13.66%) Desktop Support
2 21 (13.04%) Support Engineer
3 19 (11.80%) Desktop Engineer
4 16 (9.94%) Desktop Support Engineer
5 15 (9.32%) DevOps Engineer
6 14 (8.70%) WebOps Engineer
7 13 (8.07%) Analyst
8 10 (6.21%) Developer
8 10 (6.21%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 10 (6.21%) IT Support
8 10 (6.21%) Server Engineer
9 9 (5.59%) Azure DevOps
9 9 (5.59%) Consultant
9 9 (5.59%) IT Engineer
9 9 (5.59%) Windows Engineer
10 7 (4.35%) Administrator
11 6 (3.73%) 2nd Line Support
11 6 (3.73%) Architect
11 6 (3.73%) Azure Engineer
11 6 (3.73%) Support Technician
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (15.53%) Web Services
2 12 (7.45%) JSON
3 10 (6.21%) .NET
4 9 (5.59%) SOAP
5 8 (4.97%) REST
6 7 (4.35%) Middleware
7 6 (3.73%) HTML
7 6 (3.73%) XML
8 5 (3.11%) LDAP
9 4 (2.48%) Cocoa
9 4 (2.48%) ISPF
10 3 (1.86%) .NET Framework
11 2 (1.24%) ASP.NET
11 2 (1.24%) CSS
11 2 (1.24%) Flask
11 2 (1.24%) Gherkin
11 2 (1.24%) Node.js
11 2 (1.24%) OAuth
11 2 (1.24%) SAML
11 2 (1.24%) SQLAlchemy
Miscellaneous
1 13 (8.07%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (4.97%) Data Centre
3 7 (4.35%) Mainframe
3 7 (4.35%) PKI
3 7 (4.35%) Public Cloud
3 7 (4.35%) Replication
4 6 (3.73%) Clustering
5 3 (1.86%) Management Information System
5 3 (1.86%) Mobile App
6 2 (1.24%) Linux Command Line
6 2 (1.24%) Minimum Viable Product
6 2 (1.24%) User Experience
7 1 (0.62%) CESG
7 1 (0.62%) Computer Science
7 1 (0.62%) e-Learning
7 1 (0.62%) EMC VMAX
7 1 (0.62%) NHS
7 1 (0.62%) Online Banking
7 1 (0.62%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 53 (32.92%) Linux
2 43 (26.71%) Windows 10
3 41 (25.47%) Windows Server
4 40 (24.84%) Windows 7
5 18 (11.18%) Unix
6 17 (10.56%) Windows Server 2003
7 13 (8.07%) Windows Server 2008
8 11 (6.83%) AIX
9 9 (5.59%) Windows Server 2012
10 7 (4.35%) Apple iOS
11 6 (3.73%) Android
11 6 (3.73%) Windows XP
12 5 (3.11%) Windows 8
13 4 (2.48%) Mac OS X
14 3 (1.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 2 (1.24%) Solaris
16 1 (0.62%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (16.15%) Agile Software Development
1 26 (16.15%) Migration
2 25 (15.53%) Configuration Management
2 25 (15.53%) ITIL
3 22 (13.66%) DevOps
4 19 (11.80%) Continuous Integration
5 14 (8.70%) Web Operations
6 13 (8.07%) Scrum
7 11 (6.83%) Time Management
8 10 (6.21%) Continuous Delivery
9 9 (5.59%) Change Management
10 7 (4.35%) Break/Fix
10 7 (4.35%) Disaster Recovery
11 5 (3.11%) PRINCE2
11 5 (3.11%) Stakeholder Management
12 4 (2.48%) ITSM
12 4 (2.48%) Problem Management
12 4 (2.48%) Procure-to-Pay
12 4 (2.48%) Task Automation
12 4 (2.48%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 36 (22.36%) PowerShell
2 23 (14.29%) Python
3 19 (11.80%) Ruby
4 18 (11.18%) Bash Shell
4 18 (11.18%) SQL
5 10 (6.21%) Shell Script
6 9 (5.59%) Java
7 7 (4.35%) C#
8 5 (3.11%) VB
9 4 (2.48%) Apple Swift
9 4 (2.48%) JCL
9 4 (2.48%) Objective-C
9 4 (2.48%) PL/SQL
10 2 (1.24%) JavaScript
10 2 (1.24%) Scala
10 2 (1.24%) VBScript
11 1 (0.62%) C++
11 1 (0.62%) Perl
11 1 (0.62%) PHP
11 1 (0.62%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 7 (4.35%) SC Cleared
1 7 (4.35%) Security Cleared
2 5 (3.11%) Cisco Certification
3 4 (2.48%) CCNA
3 4 (2.48%) IBM Certification
3 4 (2.48%) Microsoft Certification
4 3 (1.86%) ITIL Certification
4 3 (1.86%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 3 (1.86%) MCITP
4 3 (1.86%) MCSA
5 2 (1.24%) CCIE
5 2 (1.24%) CCNP
5 2 (1.24%) ISEB
6 1 (0.62%) CCDP
6 1 (0.62%) CIPD
6 1 (0.62%) CISM
6 1 (0.62%) CISSP
6 1 (0.62%) ISTQB
6 1 (0.62%) JNCIA
6 1 (0.62%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (3.73%) SLA
2 1 (0.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.62%) QA
System Software
1 48 (29.81%) Active Directory
2 13 (8.07%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (6.83%) Hyper-V
4 10 (6.21%) XenApp
5 6 (3.73%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 6 (3.73%) vSphere
6 5 (3.11%) VMware ESXi
7 4 (2.48%) Time Sharing Option
8 3 (1.86%) Firmware
8 3 (1.86%) Oracle RAC
9 2 (1.24%) Microsoft App-V
9 2 (1.24%) Virtual Machines
9 2 (1.24%) XenDesktop
10 1 (0.62%) Tivoli Directory Server
10 1 (0.62%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 24 (14.91%) Puppet
2 20 (12.42%) Ansible
3 19 (11.80%) SCCM
4 18 (11.18%) Opscode Chef
5 9 (5.59%) SCOM
6 5 (3.11%) Tivoli
7 4 (2.48%) McAfee ePO
7 4 (2.48%) Microsoft Clustering
7 4 (2.48%) NetBackup
7 4 (2.48%) Terraform
7 4 (2.48%) WSUS
8 3 (1.86%) SmoothWall
8 3 (1.86%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 2 (1.24%) HP SIM
9 2 (1.24%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
9 2 (1.24%) vCenter Server
9 2 (1.24%) vMotion
10 1 (0.62%) Data Guard
10 1 (0.62%) FortiGate
10 1 (0.62%) PowerBroker
Vendors
1 42 (26.09%) Microsoft
2 27 (16.77%) VMware
3 23 (14.29%) Cisco
4 20 (12.42%) Apple
5 19 (11.80%) Citrix
6 15 (9.32%) IBM
7 13 (8.07%) Oracle
8 10 (6.21%) EMC
9 8 (4.97%) Red Hat
10 7 (4.35%) HP
10 7 (4.35%) NetApp
11 5 (3.11%) Dell
11 5 (3.11%) McAfee
11 5 (3.11%) Palo Alto
11 5 (3.11%) Splunk
12 4 (2.48%) Avaya
12 4 (2.48%) Juniper
13 3 (1.86%) Blue Coat
13 3 (1.86%) Brocade
13 3 (1.86%) Ivanti