The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Manchester 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 / Manchester
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 13 7 7
Rank change year-on-year -6 0  
Contract jobs citing Windows 123 173 189
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 9.00% 9.60% 12.45%
As % of the Operating Systems category 50.41% 53.07% 61.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 55 87 91
Median daily rate £325 £345 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.79% +25.45%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £125 £149 £145
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £500 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £338 £325
% change year-on-year - +3.84%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 14 39
Median hourly rate £15.50 £12.50 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +24.00% -3.84%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.15 £10.00 £10.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £17.48 £19.85
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 Manchester with a requirement for operating system skills.

Contract Operating System Skills
Manchester
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 244 326 305
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Manchester 17.85% 18.08% 20.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 137 178 153
Median daily rate £400 £375 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% +20.96%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £208 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £500 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £348
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.31%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 16 42
Median hourly rate £15.50 £14.50 £13.94
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.89% +4.05%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.15 £12.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.00 £28.50 £20.00
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 Manchester

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Manchester 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 Manchester

Windows
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Windows in Manchester

Windows
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows in Manchester over the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Windows in Manchester

Windows
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Windows in Manchester

Windows
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Manchester

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows in Manchester over the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Windows in Manchester

Windows
Contract Job Locations in Manchester

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Windows within the Manchester 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
Stockport +7 6 - - 9
Salford +6 2 - - 1
Oldham -1 2 £140 - 2
Bolton -2 2 £403 +183.95% 1
Altrincham - 1 £250 - 1
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 Manchester region with a requirement for Windows.

1 93 (36.61%) Microsoft
2 86 (33.86%) Active Directory
3 80 (31.50%) Windows Server
4 60 (23.62%) Unix
4 60 (23.62%) Windows 7
5 51 (20.08%) Linux
6 48 (18.90%) VMware
7 47 (18.50%) SQL
7 47 (18.50%) DNS
8 46 (18.11%) SQL Server
9 45 (17.72%) ITIL
9 45 (17.72%) Office 365
10 44 (17.32%) Windows Server 2012
10 44 (17.32%) Microsoft Office
10 44 (17.32%) Windows 10
11 35 (13.78%) Finance
12 31 (12.20%) MS Exchange
12 31 (12.20%) VPN
13 30 (11.81%) WAN
14 29 (11.42%) LAN
14 29 (11.42%) Firewall
14 29 (11.42%) Windows Server 2008
15 28 (11.02%) TCP/IP
16 27 (10.63%) DHCP
16 27 (10.63%) Security Cleared
16 27 (10.63%) DevOps
17 26 (10.24%) Cybersecurity
18 25 (9.84%) VoIP
18 25 (9.84%) Apple
18 25 (9.84%) Java

Windows
Co-occurring IT Skills in Manchester 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 31 (12.20%) MS Exchange
2 22 (8.66%) Exchange Server 2010
3 10 (3.94%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 10 (3.94%) IIS
4 9 (3.54%) Exchange Server 2013
5 8 (3.15%) SharePoint
6 7 (2.76%) Tomcat
7 6 (2.36%) IBM Notes
8 5 (1.97%) Exchange Server 2007
8 5 (1.97%) Skype for Business
9 4 (1.57%) Apache Spark
9 4 (1.57%) BizTalk Server
9 4 (1.57%) Confluence
10 3 (1.18%) Apache
11 2 (0.79%) Jetty
11 2 (0.79%) Mongrel
11 2 (0.79%) nginx
11 2 (0.79%) WebSphere
12 1 (0.39%) Apache Pig
12 1 (0.39%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 44 (17.32%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.79%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.39%) Adobe Creative Suite
3 1 (0.39%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.39%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (1.57%) Dynamics CRM
1 4 (1.57%) Dynamics NAV
2 3 (1.18%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.39%) Visualfiles
3 1 (0.39%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 45 (17.72%) Office 365
2 20 (7.87%) Microsoft Azure
3 11 (4.33%) Amazon AWS
4 10 (3.94%) PaaS
5 5 (1.97%) Google Cloud Platform
6 3 (1.18%) Amazon EC2
6 3 (1.18%) AWS CloudFormation
7 2 (0.79%) Amazon S3
7 2 (0.79%) Google App Engine
7 2 (0.79%) IaaS
7 2 (0.79%) SaaS
8 1 (0.39%) Azure Active Directory
8 1 (0.39%) TestFlight
8 1 (0.39%) Yammer
8 1 (0.39%) Zapier
Communications & Networking
1 47 (18.50%) DNS
2 31 (12.20%) VPN
3 30 (11.81%) WAN
4 29 (11.42%) Firewall
4 29 (11.42%) LAN
5 28 (11.02%) TCP/IP
6 27 (10.63%) DHCP
7 25 (9.84%) VoIP
8 11 (4.33%) SSL
9 10 (3.94%) FTP
10 9 (3.54%) Remote Desktop
11 7 (2.76%) VLAN
12 6 (2.36%) Cisco IOS
12 6 (2.36%) HTTP
12 6 (2.36%) HTTPS
12 6 (2.36%) Wireless
13 5 (1.97%) Cisco ASA
13 5 (1.97%) MPLS
14 4 (1.57%) Skype
14 4 (1.57%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (18.11%) SQL Server
2 16 (6.30%) SQL Server 2012
3 15 (5.91%) Hadoop
4 13 (5.12%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 12 (4.72%) SQL Server 2008
5 12 (4.72%) SQL Server 2014
6 9 (3.54%) DTS
6 9 (3.54%) Redis
6 9 (3.54%) SQL Server 2005
7 8 (3.15%) Relational Database
8 5 (1.97%) Big Data
8 5 (1.97%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 4 (1.57%) MySQL
10 3 (1.18%) Blockchain
11 1 (0.39%) MongoDB
11 1 (0.39%) NoSQL
11 1 (0.39%) Oracle Database
11 1 (0.39%) Oracle Database 11g
11 1 (0.39%) Oracle Database 12c
11 1 (0.39%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 6 (2.36%) Git (software)
2 5 (1.97%) Jenkins
2 5 (1.97%) JIRA
2 5 (1.97%) Visual Studio
3 4 (1.57%) Visual Studio Team System
4 3 (1.18%) Gradle
4 3 (1.18%) MSI
5 2 (0.79%) Ant
5 2 (0.79%) GitLab
5 2 (0.79%) Maven
5 2 (0.79%) Octopus Deploy
5 2 (0.79%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 2 (0.79%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (0.79%) Travis CI
6 1 (0.39%) Android Studio
6 1 (0.39%) CocoaPods
6 1 (0.39%) Eclipse
6 1 (0.39%) Eclipse RCP
6 1 (0.39%) JUnit
6 1 (0.39%) Xcode
General
1 35 (13.78%) Finance
2 11 (4.33%) Banking
2 11 (4.33%) Manufacturing
3 7 (2.76%) Games
4 6 (2.36%) Legal
4 6 (2.36%) Telecoms
5 5 (1.97%) Electronics
5 5 (1.97%) Law
5 5 (1.97%) Retail
6 3 (1.18%) Marketing
7 1 (0.39%) Back Office
7 1 (0.39%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.39%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 51 (20.08%) Analyst
2 23 (9.06%) 2nd Line Support
3 21 (8.27%) Architect
3 21 (8.27%) Consultant
4 18 (7.09%) Desktop Support
5 17 (6.69%) Support Analyst
6 14 (5.51%) Developer
6 14 (5.51%) Support Engineer
7 12 (4.72%) 3rd Line Support
8 10 (3.94%) Cloud Architect
8 10 (3.94%) IT Support
8 10 (3.94%) Service Analyst
9 8 (3.15%) Active Directory Support
9 8 (3.15%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 8 (3.15%) Security Engineer
9 8 (3.15%) Service Desk Analyst
9 8 (3.15%) Windows Engineer
10 7 (2.76%) Desktop Analyst
10 7 (2.76%) Senior Analyst
10 7 (2.76%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (9.06%) .NET
2 16 (6.30%) Elastic Stack
3 10 (3.94%) HTML
4 9 (3.54%) Web Services
5 6 (2.36%) HTML5
5 6 (2.36%) XML
6 5 (1.97%) .NET Framework
6 5 (1.97%) ASP.NET
6 5 (1.97%) MSMQ
6 5 (1.97%) RabbitMQ
6 5 (1.97%) RESTful
6 5 (1.97%) WPF
7 4 (1.57%) EDIFACT
7 4 (1.57%) JDBC
7 4 (1.57%) JMS
7 4 (1.57%) ODBC
8 3 (1.18%) AngularJS
8 3 (1.18%) Middleware
8 3 (1.18%) Unity (Game Engine)
8 3 (1.18%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 16 (6.30%) Blackberry
2 12 (4.72%) Management Information System
3 11 (4.33%) Data Centre
4 9 (3.54%) Analytical Skills
5 7 (2.76%) Enterprise Software
5 7 (2.76%) Life Science
5 7 (2.76%) Mobile App
5 7 (2.76%) Public Cloud
6 6 (2.36%) Cyber Attack
6 6 (2.36%) iPhone
6 6 (2.36%) Replication
7 5 (1.97%) Mainframe
7 5 (1.97%) Security Operations Centre
7 5 (1.97%) Video Conferencing
8 4 (1.57%) iPad
9 3 (1.18%) Greenfield Project
9 3 (1.18%) Mobile Games
9 3 (1.18%) RSA SecurID
10 2 (0.79%) Computer Science
10 2 (0.79%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 80 (31.50%) Windows Server
2 60 (23.62%) Unix
2 60 (23.62%) Windows 7
3 51 (20.08%) Linux
4 44 (17.32%) Windows 10
4 44 (17.32%) Windows Server 2012
5 29 (11.42%) Windows Server 2008
6 23 (9.06%) Windows 8
7 17 (6.69%) Windows XP
8 13 (5.12%) Apple iOS
9 8 (3.15%) Android
10 7 (2.76%) Windows Server 2003
11 5 (1.97%) AIX
11 5 (1.97%) Windows Phone
12 4 (1.57%) zOS
13 3 (1.18%) Solaris
14 2 (0.79%) HPUX
14 2 (0.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 1 (0.39%) CentOS
15 1 (0.39%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (17.72%) ITIL
2 27 (10.63%) DevOps
3 26 (10.24%) Cybersecurity
4 21 (8.27%) Agile Software Development
4 21 (8.27%) Migration
5 19 (7.48%) Network Monitoring
6 17 (6.69%) Open Source
6 17 (6.69%) Patch Management
6 17 (6.69%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 16 (6.30%) Vulnerability Management
8 12 (4.72%) Security Operations
9 11 (4.33%) Incident Management
9 11 (4.33%) Information Security
10 10 (3.94%) Project Management
10 10 (3.94%) SIEM
11 9 (3.54%) Case Management
11 9 (3.54%) Database Mirroring
11 9 (3.54%) Identity Access Management
12 8 (3.15%) Change Control
13 7 (2.76%) IT Strategy
Programming Languages
1 47 (18.50%) SQL
2 25 (9.84%) Java
3 22 (8.66%) Shell Script
4 20 (7.87%) PowerShell
5 19 (7.48%) Python
6 16 (6.30%) C++
7 8 (3.15%) C#
8 7 (2.76%) Scala
9 5 (1.97%) Bash Shell
9 5 (1.97%) Go
9 5 (1.97%) VB
10 4 (1.57%) ActionScript
10 4 (1.57%) ActionScript 2.0
10 4 (1.57%) ActionScript 3.0
10 4 (1.57%) T-SQL
11 3 (1.18%) Apple Swift
11 3 (1.18%) JavaScript
12 2 (0.79%) JCL
12 2 (0.79%) Perl
12 2 (0.79%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 27 (10.63%) Security Cleared
2 24 (9.45%) SC Cleared
3 16 (6.30%) Microsoft Certification
4 15 (5.91%) CISSP
4 15 (5.91%) SANS
4 15 (5.91%) SSCP
5 11 (4.33%) MCP
6 10 (3.94%) Degree
7 6 (2.36%) Cisco Certification
8 4 (1.57%) CCNP
8 4 (1.57%) DBS Check
8 4 (1.57%) MCITP
8 4 (1.57%) MCSA
8 4 (1.57%) MCSE
8 4 (1.57%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 3 (1.18%) ACSP
9 3 (1.18%) HP AIS
9 3 (1.18%) MCTS
9 3 (1.18%) Network+ Certification
9 3 (1.18%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (4.72%) SLA
2 1 (0.39%) GDPR
2 1 (0.39%) PMO
2 1 (0.39%) SEPA
System Software
1 86 (33.86%) Active Directory
2 21 (8.27%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (3.15%) Hyper-V
4 5 (1.97%) Microsoft App-V
5 3 (1.18%) Docker
5 3 (1.18%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (1.18%) vSphere
6 2 (0.79%) Virtual Desktop
6 2 (0.79%) Xen
7 1 (0.39%) Apache Flume
7 1 (0.39%) XenApp
7 1 (0.39%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 21 (8.27%) SCCM
2 16 (6.30%) QRadar
3 15 (5.91%) Ansible
3 15 (5.91%) Puppet
4 14 (5.51%) Opscode Chef
5 9 (3.54%) Failover Clustering
5 9 (3.54%) Kibana
5 9 (3.54%) logstash
5 9 (3.54%) Microsoft Clustering
6 5 (1.97%) Mesos
7 4 (1.57%) BladeLogic
8 3 (1.18%) RSA enVision
8 3 (1.18%) WSUS
9 2 (0.79%) Kubernetes
9 2 (0.79%) SCOM
9 2 (0.79%) Terraform
9 2 (0.79%) yum
10 1 (0.39%) IBM BigFix
10 1 (0.39%) SafeCom
10 1 (0.39%) Wonderware InTouch
Vendors
1 93 (36.61%) Microsoft
2 48 (18.90%) VMware
3 25 (9.84%) Apple
4 24 (9.45%) IBM
5 22 (8.66%) Citrix
6 17 (6.69%) Splunk
7 16 (6.30%) LogRhythm
8 15 (5.91%) HP
9 11 (4.33%) Cisco
10 7 (2.76%) Oracle
11 6 (2.36%) AppDynamics
11 6 (2.36%) Google
11 6 (2.36%) Intel
11 6 (2.36%) Lotus
12 5 (1.97%) Atlassian
12 5 (1.97%) IronPort
12 5 (1.97%) RightFax
12 5 (1.97%) ServiceNow
13 4 (1.57%) Axway
13 4 (1.57%) Wyse
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