The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for Windows Server 2008 skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Windows Server 2008 over the 3 months to 24 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
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Windows Server 2008
England / North West
Rank 92 89 65
Rank change year-on-year -3 -24  
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 2008 38 71 90
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.46% 1.86% 2.56%
As % of the Operating Systems category 8.12% 8.36% 11.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 32 36
Median daily rate £330 £338 £323
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.22% +4.51%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £279 £226 £164
10% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £498 £410
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £313 £310
% change year-on-year +8.00% +0.80%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 10 12
Median hourly rate £16.00 £20.00 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +37.93%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.55 £10.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.15 £42.93 £29.02
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £20.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year -20.00% +11.11%  

Windows Server 2008 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 468 849 776
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 18.00% 22.21% 22.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 323 439 371
Median daily rate £365 £375 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.66% +3.44%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £230 £199
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £513
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £363 £338
% change year-on-year +6.89% +7.40%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 68 89
Median hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £13.87
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +15.35%  
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 £30.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.25 £16.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -7.57% +6.45%  

Windows Server 2008
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing Windows Server 2008 as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Operating Systems category.

Job vacancy trend for Windows Server 2008 in the North West

Windows Server 2008
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 Server 2008 in the North West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Windows Server 2008 in the North West

Windows Server 2008
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows Server 2008 in the North West over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Windows Server 2008 in the North West

Windows Server 2008
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 Server 2008 in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Windows Server 2008 in the North West

Windows Server 2008
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 Server 2008 within the North West region over the 3 months to 24 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 -8 15 £345 +43.75% 21
Cheshire +28 9 £295 -30.58% 9
Merseyside +1 9 £310 -23.69% 4
Cumbria - 4 £401 - 1
Windows Server 2008
England

Windows Server 2008
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Windows Server 2008 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 Server 2008.

1 107 (100.00%) Windows
2 92 (85.98%) Windows Server
3 72 (67.29%) Windows Server 2012
4 58 (54.21%) Microsoft
5 55 (51.40%) Active Directory
6 44 (41.12%) VMware
7 42 (39.25%) Windows Server 2003
8 33 (30.84%) Citrix
8 33 (30.84%) MS Exchange
9 28 (26.17%) SQL Server
10 27 (25.23%) VMware Infrastructure
11 25 (23.36%) SQL
11 25 (23.36%) Firewall
12 22 (20.56%) ITIL
13 21 (19.63%) DNS
13 21 (19.63%) Exchange Server 2010
14 20 (18.69%) Cisco
14 20 (18.69%) HP
15 19 (17.76%) PowerShell
16 18 (16.82%) XenApp
16 18 (16.82%) MS Office
17 17 (15.89%) Migration
17 17 (15.89%) Microsoft Azure
18 16 (14.95%) Windows 7
18 16 (14.95%) SCCM
18 16 (14.95%) IIS
19 15 (14.02%) SAN
19 15 (14.02%) Red Hat
19 15 (14.02%) LAN
20 14 (13.08%) WAN

Windows Server 2008
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 33 (30.84%) MS Exchange
2 21 (19.63%) Exchange Server 2010
3 16 (14.95%) IIS
4 10 (9.35%) Exchange Server 2007
5 8 (7.48%) SharePoint
6 5 (4.67%) BizTalk Server
7 3 (2.80%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 3 (2.80%) SharePoint 2013
8 2 (1.87%) Apache
8 2 (1.87%) Exchange Server 2003
8 2 (1.87%) Exchange Server 2013
8 2 (1.87%) Skype for Business
9 1 (0.93%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 18 (16.82%) MS Office
2 11 (10.28%) MS Excel
3 1 (0.93%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (0.93%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (4.67%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 17 (15.89%) Microsoft Azure
2 13 (12.15%) Office 365
3 8 (7.48%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (3.74%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 25 (23.36%) Firewall
2 21 (19.63%) DNS
3 15 (14.02%) LAN
3 15 (14.02%) SAN
4 14 (13.08%) WAN
5 12 (11.21%) NAS
5 12 (11.21%) TCP/IP
6 10 (9.35%) DHCP
7 9 (8.41%) VLAN
8 4 (3.74%) NetScaler
9 3 (2.80%) Internet
9 3 (2.80%) LDAP
9 3 (2.80%) Reverse Proxy
10 2 (1.87%) 3G
10 2 (1.87%) Fibre Channel
10 2 (1.87%) FTP
10 2 (1.87%) VPN
10 2 (1.87%) Wi-Fi
11 1 (0.93%) 4G
11 1 (0.93%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (26.17%) SQL Server
2 11 (10.28%) SQL Server 2008
3 10 (9.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 10 (9.35%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 7 (6.54%) SQL Server 2012
5 5 (4.67%) SQL Server 2014
6 4 (3.74%) Data Warehouse
6 4 (3.74%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 2 (1.87%) MySQL
7 2 (1.87%) SQL Server 2000
7 2 (1.87%) SQL Server 2005
8 1 (0.93%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 4 (3.74%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (0.93%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 10 (9.35%) Finance
2 7 (6.54%) Local Government
3 5 (4.67%) Banking
3 5 (4.67%) Manufacturing
4 1 (0.93%) Games
4 1 (0.93%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 17 (15.89%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 13 (12.15%) Analyst
3 11 (10.28%) Administrator
3 11 (10.28%) DBA
3 11 (10.28%) SQL DBA
4 9 (8.41%) 3rd Line Support
5 8 (7.48%) Windows Engineer
6 7 (6.54%) Support Engineer
7 6 (5.61%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 6 (5.61%) Consultant
7 6 (5.61%) IT Analyst
7 6 (5.61%) Monitoring Engineer
7 6 (5.61%) Service Analyst
7 6 (5.61%) Service Desk Analyst
8 5 (4.67%) Citrix Specialist
8 5 (4.67%) Developer
8 5 (4.67%) Server Engineer
8 5 (4.67%) Systems Engineer
8 5 (4.67%) Systems Monitoring Engineer
9 4 (3.74%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (11.21%) Web Services
2 9 (8.41%) .NET
3 6 (5.61%) Regular Expression
4 3 (2.80%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 14 (13.08%) Data Centre
2 9 (8.41%) Replication
3 7 (6.54%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (6.54%) Video Conferencing
4 5 (4.67%) Clustering
4 5 (4.67%) Fat Client
4 5 (4.67%) Life Science
4 5 (4.67%) Thin Client
5 4 (3.74%) NHS
6 3 (2.80%) Blackberry
6 3 (2.80%) PKI
7 2 (1.87%) CESG
7 2 (1.87%) Management Information System
8 1 (0.93%) AS400
8 1 (0.93%) CMDB
8 1 (0.93%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.93%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 107 (100.00%) Windows
2 92 (85.98%) Windows Server
3 72 (67.29%) Windows Server 2012
4 42 (39.25%) Windows Server 2003
5 16 (14.95%) Windows 7
6 14 (13.08%) Linux
6 14 (13.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 10 (9.35%) Solaris
8 9 (8.41%) AIX
9 8 (7.48%) Unix
9 8 (7.48%) Windows 10
9 8 (7.48%) Windows XP
10 6 (5.61%) HPUX
11 4 (3.74%) SUSE
12 3 (2.80%) Data ONTAP
13 2 (1.87%) Windows 2000
13 2 (1.87%) Windows 8
14 1 (0.93%) Mac OS
14 1 (0.93%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.93%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (20.56%) ITIL
2 17 (15.89%) Migration
3 8 (7.48%) Change Management
4 7 (6.54%) Disaster Recovery
4 7 (6.54%) Release Management
4 7 (6.54%) Service Management
5 6 (5.61%) High Availability
6 5 (4.67%) CRM
6 5 (4.67%) Document Management
7 4 (3.74%) Agile Software Development
7 4 (3.74%) Continuous Improvement
7 4 (3.74%) Continuous Integration
7 4 (3.74%) Data Centre Operations
7 4 (3.74%) Database Mirroring
7 4 (3.74%) ETL
7 4 (3.74%) Information Security
7 4 (3.74%) Performance Tuning
7 4 (3.74%) Security Monitoring
8 3 (2.80%) Application Discovery
8 3 (2.80%) Mobile Device Management
Programming Languages
1 25 (23.36%) SQL
2 19 (17.76%) PowerShell
3 7 (6.54%) VBScript
4 6 (5.61%) Bourne shell
4 6 (5.61%) Java
4 6 (5.61%) Korn
4 6 (5.61%) Perl
5 5 (4.67%) C++
6 4 (3.74%) T-SQL
7 3 (2.80%) JavaScript
7 3 (2.80%) PHP
8 1 (0.93%) C#
8 1 (0.93%) PHP 5
Qualifications
1 13 (12.15%) Security Cleared
2 11 (10.28%) Microsoft Certification
3 9 (8.41%) MCSE
3 9 (8.41%) SC Cleared
4 6 (5.61%) MCSA
5 5 (4.67%) ITIL Certification
5 5 (4.67%) MCP
6 3 (2.80%) Cisco Certification
6 3 (2.80%) DBS Check
6 3 (2.80%) ISEB
7 2 (1.87%) CCNA
7 2 (1.87%) Degree
8 1 (0.93%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (0.93%) CCNP
8 1 (0.93%) MCITP
8 1 (0.93%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.80%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 3 (2.80%) QA
2 2 (1.87%) SLA
3 1 (0.93%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 55 (51.40%) Active Directory
2 27 (25.23%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (16.82%) XenApp
4 8 (7.48%) ProxySG
5 6 (5.61%) Microsoft App-V
6 5 (4.67%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 4 (3.74%) vSphere
8 2 (1.87%) VMware ESX
8 2 (1.87%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.93%) Hyper-V
9 1 (0.93%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (0.93%) Virtual Machines
9 1 (0.93%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 16 (14.95%) SCCM
2 10 (9.35%) SCOM
3 6 (5.61%) HP SiteScope
3 6 (5.61%) Netcool
3 6 (5.61%) Tivoli
4 2 (1.87%) SmoothWall
5 1 (0.93%) Backup Exec
5 1 (0.93%) BladeLogic
5 1 (0.93%) Failover Clustering
5 1 (0.93%) MAILsweeper
5 1 (0.93%) McAfee ePO
5 1 (0.93%) Microsoft Clustering
5 1 (0.93%) Nagios
5 1 (0.93%) Norton AntiVirus
5 1 (0.93%) Perfmon
5 1 (0.93%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 1 (0.93%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 1 (0.93%) WSUS
Vendors
1 58 (54.21%) Microsoft
2 44 (41.12%) VMware
3 33 (30.84%) Citrix
4 20 (18.69%) Cisco
4 20 (18.69%) HP
5 15 (14.02%) Red Hat
6 14 (13.08%) NetApp
7 10 (9.35%) AppSense
8 8 (7.48%) Blue Coat
9 7 (6.54%) Polycom
10 6 (5.61%) CA
10 6 (5.61%) IBM
10 6 (5.61%) IronPort
11 5 (4.67%) Intel
11 5 (4.67%) RightFax
12 4 (3.74%) F5
12 4 (3.74%) Webroot
12 4 (3.74%) Wyse
13 3 (2.80%) Intel Security
13 3 (2.80%) Symantec
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