The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Lancashire 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 27 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 / Lancashire
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 6 14 9
Rank change year-on-year +8 -5  
Contract jobs citing Windows 56 38 45
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 16.82% 8.60% 11.69%
As % of the Operating Systems category 40.58% 26.03% 35.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 18 24
Median daily rate £420 £390 £270
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% +44.44%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £227 £223
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £483 £418
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £338 £325
% change year-on-year - +3.84%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 5 9
Median hourly rate £42.50 £14.00 £11.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +203.57% +21.73%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.80 £11.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £32.20 £16.00
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 Lancashire with a requirement for operating system skills.

Contract Operating System Skills
Lancashire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 138 146 126
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Lancashire 41.44% 33.03% 32.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 69 89 86
Median daily rate £425 £413 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +10.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £310 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £500 £570
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year +3.44% +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 5 10
Median hourly rate £38.75 £14.00 £12.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +176.78% +16.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £14.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £16.00 £31.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £17.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year -11.42% +6.06%  

Windows
Job Vacancy Trend in Lancashire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Lancashire 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 Lancashire

Windows
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Lancashire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Windows in Lancashire

Windows
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Lancashire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows in Lancashire over the 3 months to 27 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Windows in Lancashire

Windows
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Lancashire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Windows in Lancashire

Windows
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Lancashire

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows in Lancashire over the 3 months to 27 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Windows in Lancashire

Windows
Contract Job Locations in Lancashire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Windows within the Lancashire region over the 3 months to 27 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
Preston +1 38 £444 +81.12% 3
Blackpool +17 3 £438 -2.77%
Colne - 2 £350 -
Lancaster - 2 £250 -
Lytham St Annes +8 1 £175 -43.54%
Windows
North West

For the 6 months to 27 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 Lancashire region with a requirement for Windows.

1 49 (55.68%) Linux
2 46 (52.27%) Migration
3 37 (42.05%) Security Cleared
4 34 (38.64%) SC Cleared
5 33 (37.50%) Microsoft
6 26 (29.55%) VMware
7 24 (27.27%) Active Directory
8 22 (25.00%) DNS
8 22 (25.00%) Oracle
9 21 (23.86%) VMware Infrastructure
10 20 (22.73%) Middleware
11 17 (19.32%) SQL
11 17 (19.32%) AIX
12 16 (18.18%) Unix
13 15 (17.05%) Mainframe
13 15 (17.05%) Citrix
13 15 (17.05%) PowerShell
14 14 (15.91%) IBM
14 14 (15.91%) HPUX
14 14 (15.91%) Solaris
14 14 (15.91%) Data Centre
15 13 (14.77%) Windows Server
15 13 (14.77%) Oracle Database
15 13 (14.77%) SQL Server
16 11 (12.50%) Oracle RMAN
16 11 (12.50%) Microsoft Office
16 11 (12.50%) Perl
16 11 (12.50%) PL/SQL
16 11 (12.50%) Toad
16 11 (12.50%) TKPROF

Windows
Co-occurring IT Skills in Lancashire 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 7 (7.95%) MS Exchange
1 7 (7.95%) WebSphere
2 5 (5.68%) SAS
3 4 (4.55%) Cloud Foundry
3 4 (4.55%) OpenStack
4 3 (3.41%) Exchange Server 2010
4 3 (3.41%) WebLogic
5 2 (2.27%) IBM Notes
5 2 (2.27%) IIS
5 2 (2.27%) Skype for Business
6 1 (1.14%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (1.14%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (1.14%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (1.14%) SharePoint
6 1 (1.14%) SharePoint 2013
6 1 (1.14%) Tomcat
Applications
1 11 (12.50%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (4.55%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (4.55%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (2.27%) Adobe Creative Suite
3 2 (2.27%) Adobe Illustrator
3 2 (2.27%) MS Visio
3 2 (2.27%) OmniGraffle
3 2 (2.27%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 3 (3.41%) Dynamics CRM
1 3 (3.41%) Maximo
2 2 (2.27%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (1.14%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 5 (5.68%) Office 365
2 4 (4.55%) Bluemix
2 4 (4.55%) Cloud Computing
2 4 (4.55%) IBM Cloud
2 4 (4.55%) OpenShift
2 4 (4.55%) PaaS
3 1 (1.14%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.14%) AWS CloudFormation
3 1 (1.14%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (1.14%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 22 (25.00%) DNS
2 7 (7.95%) DHCP
2 7 (7.95%) SAN
3 6 (6.82%) Firewall
4 3 (3.41%) Internet
4 3 (3.41%) LAN
4 3 (3.41%) WAN
5 2 (2.27%) Broadband
5 2 (2.27%) DSL
5 2 (2.27%) Ethernet
5 2 (2.27%) IP Telephony
5 2 (2.27%) iSCSI
5 2 (2.27%) MPLS
5 2 (2.27%) NAS
5 2 (2.27%) SNMP
5 2 (2.27%) TCP/IP
5 2 (2.27%) VoIP
5 2 (2.27%) VPN
5 2 (2.27%) VRRP
5 2 (2.27%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (14.77%) Oracle Database
1 13 (14.77%) SQL Server
2 11 (12.50%) TKPROF
3 6 (6.82%) DB2
4 3 (3.41%) Oracle Reports
4 3 (3.41%) SAS Data Integration Studio
4 3 (3.41%) SAS Enterprise Guide
4 3 (3.41%) SAS Enterprise Miner
5 2 (2.27%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 11 (12.50%) Toad
2 9 (10.23%) Visual Studio
3 5 (5.68%) Mercurial
4 2 (2.27%) Axure RP
4 2 (2.27%) ClearCase
4 2 (2.27%) Rational Robot
4 2 (2.27%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (1.14%) Android Studio
5 1 (1.14%) Jenkins
5 1 (1.14%) Oracle Forms
5 1 (1.14%) Subversion
General
1 6 (6.82%) Manufacturing
2 5 (5.68%) Finance
3 4 (4.55%) Avionics
4 1 (1.14%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 16 (18.18%) Architect
2 13 (14.77%) DBA
3 11 (12.50%) Oracle DBA
4 8 (9.09%) Administrator
4 8 (9.09%) Infrastructure Architect
4 8 (9.09%) Infrastructure Specialist
5 6 (6.82%) C++ Software Engineer
5 6 (6.82%) Software Engineer
6 5 (5.68%) 1st Line Support
6 5 (5.68%) Analyst
6 5 (5.68%) VMware Specialist
7 4 (4.55%) 1st Line Support Analyst
7 4 (4.55%) Database Architect
7 4 (4.55%) Developer
7 4 (4.55%) Migration Architect
7 4 (4.55%) Migration Specialist
7 4 (4.55%) Oracle Architect
8 3 (3.41%) Migration Manager
8 3 (3.41%) Windows Infrastructure Specialist
8 3 (3.41%) Windows Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (22.73%) Middleware
2 11 (12.50%) Oracle GoldenGate
3 6 (6.82%) Qt
4 3 (3.41%) .NET
5 2 (2.27%) .NET Framework
5 2 (2.27%) Entity Framework
5 2 (2.27%) WinForms
5 2 (2.27%) WPF
5 2 (2.27%) XML
5 2 (2.27%) XSD
5 2 (2.27%) XSLT
5 2 (2.27%) YAML
6 1 (1.14%) ASP.NET
6 1 (1.14%) ASP.NET MVC
6 1 (1.14%) CSS
6 1 (1.14%) HTML
6 1 (1.14%) jQuery
6 1 (1.14%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 15 (17.05%) Mainframe
2 14 (15.91%) Data Centre
3 7 (7.95%) Replication
4 4 (4.55%) RIA
5 3 (3.41%) AS400
5 3 (3.41%) Clustering
5 3 (3.41%) iSeries
5 3 (3.41%) Life Science
6 2 (2.27%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (2.27%) Microsoft Licensing
6 2 (2.27%) User Experience
7 1 (1.14%) Blackberry
7 1 (1.14%) DataPower
7 1 (1.14%) PKI
7 1 (1.14%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 49 (55.68%) Linux
2 17 (19.32%) AIX
3 16 (18.18%) Unix
4 14 (15.91%) HPUX
4 14 (15.91%) Solaris
5 13 (14.77%) Windows Server
6 5 (5.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 5 (5.68%) Windows Server 2012
6 5 (5.68%) Windows XP
6 5 (5.68%) zOS
7 4 (4.55%) Windows 7
7 4 (4.55%) Windows Server 2003
8 3 (3.41%) Android
8 3 (3.41%) Windows 2000
8 3 (3.41%) Windows Server 2008
9 2 (2.27%) Apple iOS
9 2 (2.27%) Windows 8
9 2 (2.27%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (52.27%) Migration
2 9 (10.23%) DevOps
3 8 (9.09%) Performance Monitoring
3 8 (9.09%) Software Engineering
4 6 (6.82%) Agile Software Development
4 6 (6.82%) ITIL
5 5 (5.68%) Change Management
5 5 (5.68%) Data Migration
6 4 (4.55%) Configuration Management
6 4 (4.55%) UML
7 3 (3.41%) CRM
7 3 (3.41%) Data Integration
7 3 (3.41%) Disaster Recovery
7 3 (3.41%) ERP
7 3 (3.41%) High Availability
7 3 (3.41%) Load Balancing
7 3 (3.41%) Performance Tuning
7 3 (3.41%) Programme Management
7 3 (3.41%) Release Management
7 3 (3.41%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 17 (19.32%) SQL
2 15 (17.05%) PowerShell
3 11 (12.50%) Perl
3 11 (12.50%) PL/SQL
4 6 (6.82%) C++
5 3 (3.41%) C#
5 3 (3.41%) Shell Script
6 2 (2.27%) VB
6 2 (2.27%) VB6
7 1 (1.14%) C
7 1 (1.14%) Java
Qualifications
1 37 (42.05%) Security Cleared
2 34 (38.64%) SC Cleared
3 3 (3.41%) Microsoft Certification
4 2 (2.27%) MCITP
4 2 (2.27%) MCSE
4 2 (2.27%) NVQ Level 3
5 1 (1.14%) BC Cleared
5 1 (1.14%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.27%) SLA
2 1 (1.14%) QA
System Software
1 24 (27.27%) Active Directory
2 21 (23.86%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (4.55%) Hyper-V
4 3 (3.41%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (2.27%) vSphere
6 1 (1.14%) BitLocker
6 1 (1.14%) Docker
6 1 (1.14%) Oracle RAC
6 1 (1.14%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 11 (12.50%) Oracle RMAN
2 7 (7.95%) Ansible
3 6 (6.82%) Tivoli Storage Manager
4 5 (5.68%) Puppet
5 4 (4.55%) Opscode Chef
5 4 (4.55%) Salt
6 3 (3.41%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 3 (3.41%) Tivoli
7 2 (2.27%) Backup Exec
7 2 (2.27%) SCCM
7 2 (2.27%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 2 (2.27%) vMotion
7 2 (2.27%) WSUS
8 1 (1.14%) Control-M
8 1 (1.14%) Data Guard
8 1 (1.14%) Kubernetes
8 1 (1.14%) SCOM
8 1 (1.14%) Terraform
Vendors
1 33 (37.50%) Microsoft
2 26 (29.55%) VMware
3 22 (25.00%) Oracle
4 15 (17.05%) Citrix
5 14 (15.91%) IBM
6 9 (10.23%) PlateSpin
7 7 (7.95%) HP
8 5 (5.68%) SAP
9 3 (3.41%) Red Hat
10 2 (2.27%) Adobe
10 2 (2.27%) Dell
10 2 (2.27%) Kaseya
10 2 (2.27%) Kaspersky
10 2 (2.27%) Lotus
10 2 (2.27%) NETGEAR
10 2 (2.27%) SolarWinds
10 2 (2.27%) SonicWALL
10 2 (2.27%) Symantec
11 1 (1.14%) CA
11 1 (1.14%) Capita