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 29 March 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
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 13 7 6
Rank change year-on-year -6 -1  
Contract jobs citing Windows 132 187 189
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 9.99% 10.44% 11.61%
As % of the Operating Systems category 53.23% 53.58% 58.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 87 83 84
Median daily rate £350 £305 £323
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.75% -5.42%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £148 £122 £161
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £478 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £340 £340 £320
% change year-on-year - +6.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 16 29
Median hourly rate £15.50 £14.25 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.77% +5.55%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.70 £26.25 £19.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £15.50 £14.75
% change year-on-year -6.45% +5.08%  

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 248 349 325
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Manchester 18.77% 19.49% 19.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 179 178 155
Median daily rate £368 £345 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.52% -1.42%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £175 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £460 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £365 £338
% change year-on-year +5.47% +8.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 16 29
Median hourly rate £15.50 £14.25 £13.87
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.77% +2.73%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.00 £10.01
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.00 £142.75 £20.00
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 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 29 March 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 29 March 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 29 March 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
Salford +10 16 £450 +5.88% 5
Bolton 0 9 £345 +21.58% 2
Stockport 0 1 - - 11
Bury - 1 £425 - 1
Windows
North West

For the 6 months to 29 March 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 96 (32.21%) Active Directory
2 93 (31.21%) Windows Server
3 90 (30.20%) Microsoft
4 82 (27.52%) Linux
5 75 (25.17%) Unix
6 69 (23.15%) VMware
7 65 (21.81%) Firewall
8 57 (19.13%) Windows Server 2012
9 56 (18.79%) SQL Server
10 51 (17.11%) SQL
11 50 (16.78%) TCP/IP
12 48 (16.11%) WAN
12 48 (16.11%) LAN
13 47 (15.77%) Windows Server 2008
14 40 (13.42%) DNS
15 37 (12.42%) VPN
15 37 (12.42%) Finance
15 37 (12.42%) Microsoft Azure
16 36 (12.08%) Citrix
16 36 (12.08%) Apple
16 36 (12.08%) VoIP
16 36 (12.08%) .NET
16 36 (12.08%) ITIL
17 35 (11.74%) Windows 7
18 34 (11.41%) VMware Infrastructure
19 33 (11.07%) MS Office
19 33 (11.07%) Patch Management
20 32 (10.74%) CISSP
20 32 (10.74%) Vulnerability Assessment
21 31 (10.40%) Vulnerability Management

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 17 (5.70%) MS Exchange
2 14 (4.70%) IIS
3 11 (3.69%) SharePoint
4 9 (3.02%) Exchange Server 2010
5 8 (2.68%) Tomcat
6 7 (2.35%) IBM Notes
7 5 (1.68%) BizTalk Server
7 5 (1.68%) Exchange Server 2007
7 5 (1.68%) Skype for Business
8 4 (1.34%) Apache
8 4 (1.34%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 3 (1.01%) Jetty
9 3 (1.01%) Mongrel
9 3 (1.01%) nginx
9 3 (1.01%) SharePoint 2013
9 3 (1.01%) WebSphere
10 2 (0.67%) Confluence
11 1 (0.34%) CMS
11 1 (0.34%) SharePoint 2010
11 1 (0.34%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 33 (11.07%) MS Office
2 27 (9.06%) MS Excel
3 1 (0.34%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (0.34%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (1.68%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (1.34%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (0.67%) Visualfiles
4 1 (0.34%) Infor M3
4 1 (0.34%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.34%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.34%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 37 (12.42%) Microsoft Azure
2 30 (10.07%) Office 365
3 26 (8.72%) Amazon AWS
4 9 (3.02%) Amazon EC2
5 7 (2.35%) Amazon S3
6 6 (2.01%) AWS CloudFormation
7 5 (1.68%) Azure Active Directory
8 4 (1.34%) Google Cloud Platform
8 4 (1.34%) IaaS
8 4 (1.34%) PaaS
8 4 (1.34%) TestFlight
9 3 (1.01%) Google App Engine
10 2 (0.67%) Yammer
11 1 (0.34%) Cloud Computing
11 1 (0.34%) Zapier
Communications & Networking
1 65 (21.81%) Firewall
2 50 (16.78%) TCP/IP
3 48 (16.11%) LAN
3 48 (16.11%) WAN
4 40 (13.42%) DNS
5 37 (12.42%) VPN
6 36 (12.08%) VoIP
7 20 (6.71%) DHCP
8 16 (5.37%) VLAN
9 12 (4.03%) SAN
10 11 (3.69%) LDAP
11 10 (3.36%) FTP
11 10 (3.36%) SSL
12 9 (3.02%) HTTPS
12 9 (3.02%) Internet
13 8 (2.68%) HTTP
13 8 (2.68%) Wireless
14 5 (1.68%) Intrusion Detection
14 5 (1.68%) Network Security
14 5 (1.68%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 56 (18.79%) SQL Server
2 19 (6.38%) SQL Server 2008
3 17 (5.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 16 (5.37%) SQL Server 2012
5 13 (4.36%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 12 (4.03%) Oracle Database
6 12 (4.03%) SQL Server 2014
7 11 (3.69%) Relational Database
8 10 (3.36%) Redis
8 10 (3.36%) SQL Server 2005
9 9 (3.02%) Oracle Database 11g
10 7 (2.35%) MongoDB
10 7 (2.35%) MySQL
10 7 (2.35%) NoSQL
10 7 (2.35%) SQLite
11 6 (2.01%) Hadoop
11 6 (2.01%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 5 (1.68%) DTS
12 5 (1.68%) Oracle Database 12c
13 4 (1.34%) Ingres
Development Applications
1 15 (5.03%) Git (software)
2 9 (3.02%) Jenkins
3 5 (1.68%) JIRA
3 5 (1.68%) Visual Studio Team System
4 4 (1.34%) Android Studio
4 4 (1.34%) CocoaPods
4 4 (1.34%) Maven
4 4 (1.34%) Visual Studio
4 4 (1.34%) Xcode
5 3 (1.01%) Gradle
5 3 (1.01%) MSI
5 3 (1.01%) Travis CI
6 2 (0.67%) Ant
6 2 (0.67%) Eclipse
6 2 (0.67%) GitLab
6 2 (0.67%) IntelliJ
6 2 (0.67%) JBehave
6 2 (0.67%) JUnit
6 2 (0.67%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (0.67%) TeamCity
General
1 37 (12.42%) Finance
2 12 (4.03%) Banking
3 6 (2.01%) Law
3 6 (2.01%) Legal
3 6 (2.01%) Retail
4 4 (1.34%) Manufacturing
5 3 (1.01%) Electronics
5 3 (1.01%) Games
5 3 (1.01%) Telecoms
6 2 (0.67%) Marketing
7 1 (0.34%) Back Office
7 1 (0.34%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 52 (17.45%) Analyst
2 28 (9.40%) Developer
3 21 (7.05%) Support Engineer
4 17 (5.70%) 2nd Line Support
5 16 (5.37%) Consultant
5 16 (5.37%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 15 (5.03%) 3rd Line Support
7 14 (4.70%) Architect
7 14 (4.70%) Service Analyst
7 14 (4.70%) Windows Engineer
8 13 (4.36%) .NET Developer
8 13 (4.36%) DBA
8 13 (4.36%) Desktop Support
8 13 (4.36%) Support Analyst
9 12 (4.03%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 12 (4.03%) Service Desk Analyst
9 12 (4.03%) SQL DBA
10 11 (3.69%) Administrator
10 11 (3.69%) Technical Specialist
11 10 (3.36%) Security Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (12.08%) .NET
2 26 (8.72%) Elastic Stack
3 24 (8.05%) Web Services
4 11 (3.69%) ASP.NET
5 10 (3.36%) WPF
6 9 (3.02%) XML
7 7 (2.35%) REST
7 7 (2.35%) RESTful
8 6 (2.01%) ASP.NET MVC
8 6 (2.01%) ASP.NET Web API
9 5 (1.68%) J2EE
10 4 (1.34%) Cocoa
10 4 (1.34%) Cocoa Touch
10 4 (1.34%) EDIFACT
10 4 (1.34%) HTML
10 4 (1.34%) JDBC
10 4 (1.34%) JMS
10 4 (1.34%) JSON
10 4 (1.34%) ODBC
10 4 (1.34%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 15 (5.03%) Data Centre
2 14 (4.70%) Management Information System
3 13 (4.36%) Analytical Skills
3 13 (4.36%) Cyber Attack
4 11 (3.69%) Mobile App
5 8 (2.68%) Replication
6 7 (2.35%) Security Operations Centre
7 6 (2.01%) iPhone
8 5 (1.68%) iPad
9 4 (1.34%) Blackberry
9 4 (1.34%) Mainframe
9 4 (1.34%) NHS
9 4 (1.34%) Oracle Licensing
10 3 (1.01%) Clustering
10 3 (1.01%) Driving Licence
10 3 (1.01%) Life Science
10 3 (1.01%) Public Cloud
11 2 (0.67%) Video Conferencing
11 2 (0.67%) Wiki
12 1 (0.34%) Fat Client
Operating Systems
1 93 (31.21%) Windows Server
2 82 (27.52%) Linux
3 75 (25.17%) Unix
4 57 (19.13%) Windows Server 2012
5 47 (15.77%) Windows Server 2008
6 35 (11.74%) Windows 7
7 22 (7.38%) Windows Server 2003
8 16 (5.37%) Windows 10
9 15 (5.03%) Apple iOS
10 12 (4.03%) Windows XP
11 11 (3.69%) Android
12 10 (3.36%) Windows 8
13 6 (2.01%) AIX
13 6 (2.01%) Mac OS X
13 6 (2.01%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 5 (1.68%) Oracle Linux
14 5 (1.68%) zOS
15 4 (1.34%) Solaris
15 4 (1.34%) Windows Phone
16 2 (0.67%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (12.08%) ITIL
2 33 (11.07%) Patch Management
3 32 (10.74%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 31 (10.40%) Vulnerability Management
5 28 (9.40%) Migration
5 28 (9.40%) Network Monitoring
6 27 (9.06%) Cybersecurity
7 26 (8.72%) Agile Software Development
8 19 (6.38%) Case Management
9 18 (6.04%) DevOps
10 17 (5.70%) Open Source
10 17 (5.70%) Security Operations
11 15 (5.03%) Information Security
12 14 (4.70%) SIEM
13 13 (4.36%) Security Monitoring
14 10 (3.36%) Document Management
15 9 (3.02%) Analytics
15 9 (3.02%) Change Management
15 9 (3.02%) Configuration Management
16 8 (2.68%) Data Analytics
Programming Languages
1 51 (17.11%) SQL
2 24 (8.05%) PowerShell
3 21 (7.05%) Java
4 15 (5.03%) Python
5 14 (4.70%) C#
6 11 (3.69%) Shell Script
7 9 (3.02%) JavaScript
8 8 (2.68%) C++
9 4 (1.34%) ActionScript
9 4 (1.34%) ActionScript 2.0
9 4 (1.34%) ActionScript 3.0
9 4 (1.34%) Apple Swift
9 4 (1.34%) Objective-C
9 4 (1.34%) Scala
9 4 (1.34%) T-SQL
10 3 (1.01%) PHP
11 2 (0.67%) Bash Shell
11 2 (0.67%) JCL
11 2 (0.67%) Perl
11 2 (0.67%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 32 (10.74%) CISSP
2 30 (10.07%) SANS
3 29 (9.73%) SSCP
4 28 (9.40%) Security Cleared
5 23 (7.72%) SC Cleared
6 9 (3.02%) Microsoft Certification
7 7 (2.35%) Cisco Certification
7 7 (2.35%) MCSE
8 6 (2.01%) Degree
9 5 (1.68%) CCNP
9 5 (1.68%) DBS Check
9 5 (1.68%) MCITP
10 4 (1.34%) BPSS Clearance
10 4 (1.34%) MCP
11 3 (1.01%) CCNA
11 3 (1.01%) MCTS
11 3 (1.01%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 2 (0.67%) CISM
13 1 (0.34%) ITIL Certification
13 1 (0.34%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (4.70%) SLA
2 3 (1.01%) QA
3 2 (0.67%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.34%) GDPR
4 1 (0.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 96 (32.21%) Active Directory
2 34 (11.41%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (3.02%) Hyper-V
3 9 (3.02%) XenApp
4 8 (2.68%) ProxySG
5 7 (2.35%) Virtual Servers
6 6 (2.01%) vSphere
7 5 (1.68%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 5 (1.68%) VMware ESX
7 5 (1.68%) VMware ESXi
8 3 (1.01%) Microsoft App-V
9 2 (0.67%) Terminal Services
9 2 (0.67%) Xen
10 1 (0.34%) BitLocker
10 1 (0.34%) Docker
10 1 (0.34%) Snort
10 1 (0.34%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
10 1 (0.34%) Virtual Desktop
10 1 (0.34%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 27 (9.06%) QRadar
2 18 (6.04%) SCCM
3 13 (4.36%) Opscode Chef
4 12 (4.03%) Puppet
5 10 (3.36%) Kibana
5 10 (3.36%) logstash
6 8 (2.68%) SCOM
7 7 (2.35%) Ansible
7 7 (2.35%) Nessus
7 7 (2.35%) Nexpose
7 7 (2.35%) Nmap
8 5 (1.68%) Failover Clustering
8 5 (1.68%) Microsoft Clustering
8 5 (1.68%) Oracle RMAN
8 5 (1.68%) Red Hat Satellite
8 5 (1.68%) ZABBIX
9 4 (1.34%) BladeLogic
9 4 (1.34%) Data Guard
9 4 (1.34%) RSA enVision
10 3 (1.01%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 90 (30.20%) Microsoft
2 69 (23.15%) VMware
3 36 (12.08%) Apple
3 36 (12.08%) Citrix
4 29 (9.73%) IBM
5 27 (9.06%) Splunk
6 23 (7.72%) Oracle
7 19 (6.38%) Cisco
7 19 (6.38%) LogRhythm
8 15 (5.03%) Intel
9 12 (4.03%) HP
10 11 (3.69%) Red Hat
11 10 (3.36%) Intel Security
12 9 (3.02%) Blue Coat
13 8 (2.68%) ArcSight
13 8 (2.68%) NetApp
13 8 (2.68%) NetWitness
14 7 (2.35%) Lotus
14 7 (2.35%) Qualys
14 7 (2.35%) SAP
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