The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for Windows 8 skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Windows 8 over the 3 months to 22 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.

3 months to
22 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Windows 8
England / North West
Rank 112 121 126
Rank change year-on-year +9 +5  
Contract jobs citing Windows 8 16 39 19
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.63% 1.02% 0.55%
As % of the Operating Systems category 3.45% 4.50% 2.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 15 6
Median daily rate £120 £263 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -54.28% -35.97%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £100 £146 £195
10% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £451 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £150 £183 £165
% change year-on-year -17.80% +10.60%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 16 8
Median hourly rate £14.50 £16.84 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.89% +29.53%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.00 £16.50 £14.00
% change year-on-year -15.15% +17.85%  

Windows 8 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 the North West with a requirement for operating system skills.

Contract Operating System Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 464 867 773
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 18.14% 22.58% 22.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 317 445 372
Median daily rate £375 £375 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.44%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £225 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £513
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £364 £336
% change year-on-year +6.37% +8.50%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 43 71 88
Median hourly rate £16.00 £16.84 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.98% +20.28%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £10.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £25.45
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.25 £17.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year -10.29% +9.67%  

Windows 8
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing Windows 8 as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Operating Systems category.

Job vacancy trend for Windows 8 in the North West

Windows 8
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Windows 8 in the North West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Windows 8 in the North West

Windows 8
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows 8 in the North West over the 3 months to 22 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Windows 8 in the North West

Windows 8
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Windows 8 in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Windows 8 in the North West

Windows 8
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Windows 8 within the North West region over the 3 months to 22 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
Manchester +3 6 £100 -52.94% 7
Cheshire +15 5 £120 -58.26% 4
Lancashire +21 1 - -
Merseyside - 1 - - 1
Windows 8
England

Windows 8
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 22 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Windows 8 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 North West region with a requirement for Windows 8.

1 24 (100.00%) Windows
2 17 (70.83%) Active Directory
3 15 (62.50%) Windows 7
4 11 (45.83%) Windows 10
4 11 (45.83%) SQL
5 10 (41.67%) Windows XP
5 10 (41.67%) Microsoft
6 8 (33.33%) ITIL
7 7 (29.17%) MS Office
7 7 (29.17%) Windows Server
8 5 (20.83%) Internet
8 5 (20.83%) Citrix
9 4 (16.67%) HP
9 4 (16.67%) Blackberry
9 4 (16.67%) SOAP
9 4 (16.67%) Web Services
9 4 (16.67%) MS Excel
9 4 (16.67%) SharePoint
9 4 (16.67%) Dynamics NAV
9 4 (16.67%) Incident Management
9 4 (16.67%) Change Management
9 4 (16.67%) Wi-Fi
9 4 (16.67%) Office 365
9 4 (16.67%) Apple iOS
9 4 (16.67%) Trend Analysis
9 4 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
9 4 (16.67%) Problem Management
9 4 (16.67%) iPhone
10 3 (12.50%) Android
10 3 (12.50%) Data Entry

Windows 8
Top Related IT Skills in the North West 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 (16.67%) SharePoint
2 1 (4.17%) Moodle
Applications
1 7 (29.17%) MS Office
2 4 (16.67%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (16.67%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 4 (16.67%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 5 (20.83%) Internet
2 4 (16.67%) Wi-Fi
3 3 (12.50%) HTTPS
4 2 (8.33%) Remote Desktop
5 1 (4.17%) 3G
5 1 (4.17%) DHCP
5 1 (4.17%) DNS
5 1 (4.17%) LAN
5 1 (4.17%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (12.50%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 1 (4.17%) Git (software)
1 1 (4.17%) Subversion
1 1 (4.17%) Xcode
General
1 3 (12.50%) Finance
2 1 (4.17%) Banking
2 1 (4.17%) French Language
2 1 (4.17%) German Language
2 1 (4.17%) Manufacturing
2 1 (4.17%) Portuguese Language
2 1 (4.17%) Russian Language
2 1 (4.17%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 8 (33.33%) Analyst
2 7 (29.17%) 2nd Line Support
3 5 (20.83%) Service Analyst
3 5 (20.83%) Service Desk Analyst
4 4 (16.67%) Active Directory Support
4 4 (16.67%) Developer
4 4 (16.67%) IT Engineer
4 4 (16.67%) IT Support
4 4 (16.67%) IT Support Engineer
4 4 (16.67%) Support Engineer
5 3 (12.50%) .NET Developer
5 3 (12.50%) 2nd Line Engineer
5 3 (12.50%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
5 3 (12.50%) C# .NET Developer
5 3 (12.50%) C# Developer
5 3 (12.50%) C# WCF Developer
5 3 (12.50%) WCF Developer
6 2 (8.33%) 1st/2nd Line Support
6 2 (8.33%) Server Support
6 2 (8.33%) Technical Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (16.67%) SOAP
1 4 (16.67%) Web Services
2 3 (12.50%) .NET
2 3 (12.50%) WCF
2 3 (12.50%) WPF
3 1 (4.17%) Cocoa
3 1 (4.17%) HTML
3 1 (4.17%) JSON
3 1 (4.17%) REST
3 1 (4.17%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
1 4 (16.67%) Blackberry
1 4 (16.67%) iPhone
2 1 (4.17%) Fat Client
2 1 (4.17%) Life Science
2 1 (4.17%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 24 (100.00%) Windows
2 15 (62.50%) Windows 7
3 11 (45.83%) Windows 10
4 10 (41.67%) Windows XP
5 7 (29.17%) Windows Server
6 4 (16.67%) Apple iOS
7 3 (12.50%) Android
8 1 (4.17%) Mac OS X
8 1 (4.17%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (4.17%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (33.33%) ITIL
2 4 (16.67%) Change Management
2 4 (16.67%) Incident Management
2 4 (16.67%) Problem Management
2 4 (16.67%) Trend Analysis
3 3 (12.50%) Data Entry
3 3 (12.50%) Validation
4 1 (4.17%) Data Protection
4 1 (4.17%) iOS Development
4 1 (4.17%) Mobile Development
4 1 (4.17%) Scrum
4 1 (4.17%) Software Delivery
4 1 (4.17%) Software Engineering
4 1 (4.17%) Software Licensing
4 1 (4.17%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 11 (45.83%) SQL
2 3 (12.50%) C#
3 1 (4.17%) Apple Swift
3 1 (4.17%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 2 (8.33%) Microsoft Certification
1 2 (8.33%) SC Cleared
1 2 (8.33%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (4.17%) SLA
System Software
1 17 (70.83%) Active Directory
2 1 (4.17%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (4.17%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (4.17%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 3 (12.50%) SCCM
2 1 (4.17%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 10 (41.67%) Microsoft
2 5 (20.83%) Citrix
3 4 (16.67%) HP
4 1 (4.17%) Apple
4 1 (4.17%) AppSense
4 1 (4.17%) Capita
4 1 (4.17%) ThinPrint
4 1 (4.17%) VMware