The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Chester 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 23 April 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
Cheshire / Chester
3 months to
23 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 10 6 21
Rank change year-on-year -4 +15  
Contract jobs citing Windows 15 32 16
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Chester 12.82% 16.75% 6.56%
As % of the Operating Systems category 71.43% 71.11% 29.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 14 4
Median daily rate £295 £365 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -19.17% -18.88%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £258 £400
10% offered a daily rate of more than £473 £435 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £340 £325
% change year-on-year -0.73% +4.61%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 10 8
Median hourly rate £15.15 £17.25 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.17% +23.21%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £13.95 £13.03
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.97 £21.40 £15.55
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.63 £15.25 £15.00
% change year-on-year -4.09% +1.66%  

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 Chester with a requirement for operating system skills.

Contract Operating System Skills
Chester
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 21 45 54
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Chester 17.95% 23.56% 22.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 26 30
Median daily rate £295 £413 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -28.48% -2.94%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £275 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £474 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £363 £340
% change year-on-year +6.20% +6.61%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 10 8
Median hourly rate £15.15 £17.50 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.42% +25.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £14.00 £11.73
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.68 £25.00 £16.84
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.25 £16.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -7.57% +6.45%  

Windows
Job Vacancy Trend in Chester

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Chester 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 Chester

Windows
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Chester

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Windows in Chester.

Contractor daily rate trend for Windows in Chester

Windows
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Chester

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows in Chester over the 3 months to 23 April 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Windows in Chester

Windows
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Chester

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Windows in Chester.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Windows in Chester

For the 6 months to 23 April 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 Chester region with a requirement for Windows.

1 16 (59.26%) Active Directory
2 13 (48.15%) Citrix
3 12 (44.44%) Microsoft
4 10 (37.04%) Windows 7
4 10 (37.04%) Windows Server
5 8 (29.63%) Windows Server 2003
5 8 (29.63%) Windows Server 2008
6 7 (25.93%) Local Government
6 7 (25.93%) SQL Server
7 6 (22.22%) Windows XP
7 6 (22.22%) LAN
7 6 (22.22%) WAN
7 6 (22.22%) Migration
7 6 (22.22%) SCCM
7 6 (22.22%) SCOM
8 5 (18.52%) PKI
8 5 (18.52%) VPN
8 5 (18.52%) SAN
8 5 (18.52%) Microsoft Office
8 5 (18.52%) ITIL
9 4 (14.81%) MS Exchange
9 4 (14.81%) SharePoint
9 4 (14.81%) TCP/IP
9 4 (14.81%) HP
9 4 (14.81%) Firewall
9 4 (14.81%) Management Information System
9 4 (14.81%) Clustering
9 4 (14.81%) Intel Security
9 4 (14.81%) Windows 10
9 4 (14.81%) Data Centre

Windows
Co-occurring IT Skills in Chester 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 4 (14.81%) MS Exchange
1 4 (14.81%) SharePoint
2 3 (11.11%) IBM Notes
2 3 (11.11%) IIS
2 3 (11.11%) Skype for Business
3 2 (7.41%) Exchange Server 2003
4 1 (3.70%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 1 (3.70%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 5 (18.52%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 2 (7.41%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 6 (22.22%) LAN
1 6 (22.22%) WAN
2 5 (18.52%) SAN
2 5 (18.52%) VPN
3 4 (14.81%) Firewall
3 4 (14.81%) TCP/IP
4 3 (11.11%) LDAP
4 3 (11.11%) Reverse Proxy
5 2 (7.41%) DNS
5 2 (7.41%) NAS
6 1 (3.70%) Fibre Channel
6 1 (3.70%) Remote Desktop
6 1 (3.70%) SSL
6 1 (3.70%) VLAN
6 1 (3.70%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (25.93%) SQL Server
2 1 (3.70%) Relational Database
2 1 (3.70%) SQL Server 2000
2 1 (3.70%) SQL Server 2005
2 1 (3.70%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (3.70%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (3.70%) SQL Server 2016
2 1 (3.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (3.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 1 (3.70%) JIRA
1 1 (3.70%) MSI
1 1 (3.70%) Selenium
1 1 (3.70%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 7 (25.93%) Local Government
2 2 (7.41%) Banking
2 2 (7.41%) Finance
2 2 (7.41%) Investment Banking
3 1 (3.70%) Back Office
3 1 (3.70%) French Language
3 1 (3.70%) German Language
3 1 (3.70%) Portuguese Language
3 1 (3.70%) Russian Language
3 1 (3.70%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 6 (22.22%) Desktop Support
1 6 (22.22%) Support Engineer
2 5 (18.52%) 1st Line Support
3 3 (11.11%) 1st Line Engineer
3 3 (11.11%) 1st Line Support Engineer
3 3 (11.11%) 3rd Line Support
3 3 (11.11%) Administrator
3 3 (11.11%) Security Officer
3 3 (11.11%) Server Engineer
4 2 (7.41%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 2 (7.41%) Active Directory Support
4 2 (7.41%) Desktop Engineer
4 2 (7.41%) Desktop Support Engineer
4 2 (7.41%) Exchange Support
4 2 (7.41%) Help Desk Support
4 2 (7.41%) IT Engineer
4 2 (7.41%) SCCM Engineer
4 2 (7.41%) Systems Administrator
4 2 (7.41%) Windows Administrator
4 2 (7.41%) Windows Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (7.41%) Middleware
2 1 (3.70%) .NET
2 1 (3.70%) Flash
Miscellaneous
1 5 (18.52%) PKI
2 4 (14.81%) Clustering
2 4 (14.81%) Data Centre
2 4 (14.81%) Management Information System
3 3 (11.11%) CESG
3 3 (11.11%) Smartphone
4 2 (7.41%) iPhone
5 1 (3.70%) Blackberry
5 1 (3.70%) Computer Science
5 1 (3.70%) EMC VNX
5 1 (3.70%) Handset
5 1 (3.70%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 10 (37.04%) Windows 7
1 10 (37.04%) Windows Server
2 8 (29.63%) Windows Server 2003
2 8 (29.63%) Windows Server 2008
3 6 (22.22%) Windows XP
4 4 (14.81%) Windows 10
5 3 (11.11%) AIX
5 3 (11.11%) Android
5 3 (11.11%) Apple iOS
5 3 (11.11%) Unix
6 1 (3.70%) Linux
6 1 (3.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (3.70%) Windows 2000
6 1 (3.70%) Windows 2000 Server
6 1 (3.70%) Windows 8
6 1 (3.70%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (3.70%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (22.22%) Migration
2 5 (18.52%) ITIL
3 3 (11.11%) Information Security
3 3 (11.11%) Information Security Management
3 3 (11.11%) Security Management
4 2 (7.41%) Application Packaging
4 2 (7.41%) Incident Management
4 2 (7.41%) Server Building
5 1 (3.70%) Data Analysis
5 1 (3.70%) Data Migration
5 1 (3.70%) Database Tuning
5 1 (3.70%) High Availability
5 1 (3.70%) Load Balancing
5 1 (3.70%) Mobile Device Management
5 1 (3.70%) Performance Analysis
5 1 (3.70%) Performance Management
5 1 (3.70%) Server Monitoring
5 1 (3.70%) Test Scripting
5 1 (3.70%) Time Management
5 1 (3.70%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 2 (7.41%) PowerShell
1 2 (7.41%) SQL
2 1 (3.70%) ANSI SQL
2 1 (3.70%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 3 (11.11%) ISEB
2 1 (3.70%) ISTQB
2 1 (3.70%) MCDST
2 1 (3.70%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (11.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 16 (59.26%) Active Directory
2 3 (11.11%) vSphere
3 2 (7.41%) Citrix Presentation Server
3 2 (7.41%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (7.41%) XenApp
4 1 (3.70%) BitLocker
4 1 (3.70%) Terminal Services
4 1 (3.70%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 6 (22.22%) SCCM
1 6 (22.22%) SCOM
2 3 (11.11%) SmoothWall
3 1 (3.70%) Ansible
3 1 (3.70%) BladeLogic
3 1 (3.70%) DameWare
3 1 (3.70%) Failover Clustering
3 1 (3.70%) Perfmon
3 1 (3.70%) Puppet
3 1 (3.70%) Sysprep
3 1 (3.70%) vCenter Server
3 1 (3.70%) vRealize
Vendors
1 13 (48.15%) Citrix
2 12 (44.44%) Microsoft
3 4 (14.81%) HP
3 4 (14.81%) Intel Security
4 3 (11.11%) Cisco
4 3 (11.11%) Juniper
4 3 (11.11%) Lotus
4 3 (11.11%) VMware
5 2 (7.41%) Samsung
6 1 (3.70%) 3PAR
6 1 (3.70%) AppSense
6 1 (3.70%) BMC
6 1 (3.70%) EMC
6 1 (3.70%) EqualLogic
6 1 (3.70%) IBM
6 1 (3.70%) NetApp