Period
to 15 December 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for Windows Server skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Windows Server over the 6 months to 15 December 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 Server
England > North West
6 months to
15 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 62 57 50
Rank change year-on-year -5 -7 -10
Contract jobs citing Windows Server 176 231 286
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 3.10% 3.56% 3.31%
As % of the Operating Systems category 16.03% 17.09% 17.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 111 140 172
North West median daily rate £325 £325 £289
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +12.55% -9.77%
10th Percentile £115 £162 £170
90th Percentile £488 £475 £438
England median daily rate £350 £341 £330
% change year-on-year +2.79% +3.18% +1.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 21 41
North West median hourly rate £16.75 £20.73 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -19.20% +38.20% -10.29%
10th Percentile £11.50 £13.25 £11.00
90th Percentile £43.00 £39.75 £28.75
England median hourly rate £16.81 £22.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year -25.31% +25.00% -5.26%

Windows Server is in the Operating Systems category. The following 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.

All Operating Systems
North West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 1098 1352 1679
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 19.33% 20.84% 19.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 682 887 913
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +14.29% +4.48%
10th Percentile £170 £180 £171
90th Percentile £562 £527 £509
England median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 99 82 189
North West median hourly rate £17.43 £15.00 £16.16
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.20% -7.18% +7.73%
10th Percentile £11.33 £11.25 £11.00
90th Percentile £42.60 £42.25 £40.00
England median hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year +6.06% - +3.13%

Windows Server
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Windows Server as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for Windows Server in the North West

Windows Server
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 in the North West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Windows Server in the North West

Windows Server
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows Server in the North West over the 6 months to 15 December 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Windows Server in the North West

Windows Server
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Windows Server in the North West

Windows Server
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows Server in the North West over the 6 months to 15 December 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Windows Server in the North West

Windows Server
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 within the North West region over the 6 months to 15 December 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -2 96 £325 +4.84% 40
Cheshire +1 38 £375 -5.66% 23
Merseyside -4 23 £325 -7.14% 8
Lancashire -7 9 £195 -37.60% 6
Cumbria -2 3 £450 - 2
Windows Server
England

For the 6 months to 15 December 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Windows Server 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.

1 176 (100.00%) Windows
2 93 (52.84%) Active Directory
3 81 (46.02%) Microsoft
4 69 (39.20%) VMware
5 61 (34.66%) Windows Server 2008
6 57 (32.39%) Windows Server 2012
7 55 (31.25%) ITIL
8 51 (28.98%) DNS
9 42 (23.86%) SQL Server
10 41 (23.30%) DHCP
11 40 (22.73%) Citrix
12 39 (22.16%) Windows Server 2003
12 39 (22.16%) Office 365
13 36 (20.45%) PowerShell
13 36 (20.45%) Cisco
14 33 (18.75%) MS Exchange
14 33 (18.75%) VMware Infrastructure
15 31 (17.61%) Hyper-V
16 29 (16.48%) SQL
17 28 (15.91%) Linux
17 28 (15.91%) Firewall
18 26 (14.77%) SAN
18 26 (14.77%) Windows 7
18 26 (14.77%) SCCM
19 25 (14.20%) Microsoft Azure
20 24 (13.64%) Unix
21 23 (13.07%) WAN
22 22 (12.50%) LAN
22 22 (12.50%) Oracle
23 21 (11.93%) TCP/IP

Windows Server
Co-occurring 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 (18.75%) MS Exchange
2 18 (10.23%) Exchange Server 2010
3 12 (6.82%) IIS
3 12 (6.82%) Skype for Business
4 10 (5.68%) Exchange Server 2013
4 10 (5.68%) SharePoint
5 5 (2.84%) SAS
5 5 (2.84%) WebSphere
6 4 (2.27%) Apache
7 3 (1.70%) Exchange Server 2003
8 2 (1.14%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 2 (1.14%) WordPress
9 1 (0.57%) Drupal
9 1 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2007
9 1 (0.57%) Gentran
9 1 (0.57%) IBM Notes
9 1 (0.57%) NetWeaver
9 1 (0.57%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 1 (0.57%) PegaRULES
Applications
1 20 (11.36%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (2.27%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.57%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.57%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (1.14%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.57%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 39 (22.16%) Office 365
2 25 (14.20%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (4.55%) Amazon AWS
4 6 (3.41%) Azure Active Directory
5 5 (2.84%) IaaS
6 4 (2.27%) PaaS
7 1 (0.57%) Google Cloud Platform
7 1 (0.57%) OneDrive
7 1 (0.57%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 51 (28.98%) DNS
2 41 (23.30%) DHCP
3 28 (15.91%) Firewall
4 26 (14.77%) SAN
5 23 (13.07%) WAN
6 22 (12.50%) LAN
7 21 (11.93%) TCP/IP
8 16 (9.09%) VLAN
9 14 (7.95%) VPN
10 12 (6.82%) Network Security
10 12 (6.82%) Skype
11 11 (6.25%) NAS
12 10 (5.68%) MPLS
13 9 (5.11%) Junos
13 9 (5.11%) SSL
14 8 (4.55%) Wi-Fi
15 7 (3.98%) NetScaler
16 6 (3.41%) ADSL
16 6 (3.41%) VoIP
17 5 (2.84%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (23.86%) SQL Server
2 8 (4.55%) MySQL
3 7 (3.98%) Oracle Database
4 6 (3.41%) SQL Server 2012
5 4 (2.27%) Relational Database
5 4 (2.27%) SQL Server 2008
6 3 (1.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 2 (1.14%) GIS
7 2 (1.14%) MongoDB
7 2 (1.14%) NoSQL
7 2 (1.14%) Oracle Reports
7 2 (1.14%) PostgreSQL
7 2 (1.14%) SQL Server 2000
7 2 (1.14%) SQL Server 2005
8 1 (0.57%) Amazon RDS
8 1 (0.57%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.57%) DTS
8 1 (0.57%) MaxDB
8 1 (0.57%) RDBMS
8 1 (0.57%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 8 (4.55%) Visual Studio
2 5 (2.84%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (1.70%) Jenkins
3 3 (1.70%) MSI
3 3 (1.70%) Subversion
3 3 (1.70%) Visual Studio Team System
3 3 (1.70%) WinDbg
4 2 (1.14%) Git (software)
4 2 (1.14%) JIRA
5 1 (0.57%) FxCop
5 1 (0.57%) MSBuild
5 1 (0.57%) ReSharper
5 1 (0.57%) SoapUI
5 1 (0.57%) T4 Templates
General
1 21 (11.93%) Finance
2 11 (6.25%) Banking
3 4 (2.27%) Law
3 4 (2.27%) Retail
4 3 (1.70%) Back Office
4 3 (1.70%) Investment Banking
4 3 (1.70%) Local Government
4 3 (1.70%) Marketing
4 3 (1.70%) Retail Finance
5 2 (1.14%) Legal
5 2 (1.14%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.14%) Pharmaceutical
5 2 (1.14%) Publishing
6 1 (0.57%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 20 (11.36%) Analyst
2 19 (10.80%) Server Engineer
3 16 (9.09%) 2nd Line Support
3 16 (9.09%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 14 (7.95%) Support Engineer
5 12 (6.82%) Consultant
6 11 (6.25%) Administrator
6 11 (6.25%) Support Analyst
7 10 (5.68%) 3rd Line Support
7 10 (5.68%) Network Engineer
8 9 (5.11%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 9 (5.11%) Architect
8 9 (5.11%) Windows Engineer
9 8 (4.55%) 1st/2nd Line Support
9 8 (4.55%) Citrix Engineer
9 8 (4.55%) Systems Engineer
9 8 (4.55%) Technical Support
10 7 (3.98%) Desktop Support
10 7 (3.98%) Server Support
11 6 (3.41%) Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (7.95%) .NET
2 9 (5.11%) XML
3 8 (4.55%) .NET Framework
4 7 (3.98%) Web Services
5 6 (3.41%) JSON
6 5 (2.84%) REST
7 4 (2.27%) SOAP
7 4 (2.27%) XML Messaging
8 3 (1.70%) ASP.NET
8 3 (1.70%) ISPF
8 3 (1.70%) jQuery
8 3 (1.70%) Middleware
9 2 (1.14%) Autofac
9 2 (1.14%) Hibernate
9 2 (1.14%) SAML
9 2 (1.14%) Spring
9 2 (1.14%) XSD
10 1 (0.57%) ADO.NET
10 1 (0.57%) CSS
10 1 (0.57%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 12 (6.82%) Data Centre
2 11 (6.25%) Blackberry
3 9 (5.11%) Analytical Skills
4 8 (4.55%) Management Information System
5 7 (3.98%) Mainframe
5 7 (3.98%) Replication
6 6 (3.41%) iPhone
6 6 (3.41%) PKI
7 5 (2.84%) iPad
7 5 (2.84%) Virtual Team
8 4 (2.27%) CMDB
8 4 (2.27%) Fat Client
8 4 (2.27%) Thin Client
9 3 (1.70%) Clustering
9 3 (1.70%) Credit Risk
9 3 (1.70%) Enterprise Software
9 3 (1.70%) Public Cloud
10 2 (1.14%) Cyberthreat
10 2 (1.14%) Mobile App
10 2 (1.14%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 176 (100.00%) Windows
2 61 (34.66%) Windows Server 2008
3 57 (32.39%) Windows Server 2012
4 39 (22.16%) Windows Server 2003
5 28 (15.91%) Linux
6 26 (14.77%) Windows 7
7 24 (13.64%) Unix
8 21 (11.93%) Windows 10
9 15 (8.52%) Windows 8
10 5 (2.84%) AIX
10 5 (2.84%) SUSE
11 4 (2.27%) Mac OS X
11 4 (2.27%) Windows XP
12 3 (1.70%) Android
12 3 (1.70%) Apple iOS
12 3 (1.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 3 (1.70%) Windows 2000
12 3 (1.70%) Windows Vista
13 2 (1.14%) HPUX
13 2 (1.14%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (31.25%) ITIL
2 19 (10.80%) Change Management
3 18 (10.23%) Agile Software Development
3 18 (10.23%) Migration
4 12 (6.82%) Service Management
5 9 (5.11%) Disaster Recovery
5 9 (5.11%) Kalman Filter
6 8 (4.55%) Cybersecurity
6 8 (4.55%) DevOps
6 8 (4.55%) SIEM
7 7 (3.98%) Business Continuity
7 7 (3.98%) Server Virtualisation
7 7 (3.98%) Service Delivery
7 7 (3.98%) Test Automation
8 6 (3.41%) Email Filtering
8 6 (3.41%) Multi-Factor Authentication
8 6 (3.41%) Network Design
8 6 (3.41%) Scrum
9 5 (2.84%) Facilities Management
9 5 (2.84%) Penetration Testing
Programming Languages
1 36 (20.45%) PowerShell
2 29 (16.48%) SQL
3 12 (6.82%) Shell Script
4 7 (3.98%) C#
5 5 (2.84%) Java
5 5 (2.84%) PL/SQL
6 4 (2.27%) Python
6 4 (2.27%) VB
7 3 (1.70%) JCL
7 3 (1.70%) VBScript
8 2 (1.14%) JavaScript
8 2 (1.14%) PHP
9 1 (0.57%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.57%) Perl
9 1 (0.57%) Ruby
9 1 (0.57%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.57%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 16 (9.09%) Microsoft Certification
2 12 (6.82%) Security Cleared
3 11 (6.25%) Cisco Certification
4 10 (5.68%) CCNA
5 9 (5.11%) MCSE
5 9 (5.11%) SC Cleared
6 8 (4.55%) ITIL Certification
7 7 (3.98%) MCITP
8 6 (3.41%) MCSA
9 5 (2.84%) DBS Check
10 4 (2.27%) CCIE
10 4 (2.27%) CCNP
10 4 (2.27%) Degree
10 4 (2.27%) JNCIA
10 4 (2.27%) MCP
11 3 (1.70%) CISSP
12 2 (1.14%) Citrix Certification
13 1 (0.57%) CCA
13 1 (0.57%) ISEB
13 1 (0.57%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (1.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 3 (1.70%) PCI DSS
2 2 (1.14%) SLA
3 1 (0.57%) GxP
3 1 (0.57%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 93 (52.84%) Active Directory
2 33 (18.75%) VMware Infrastructure
3 31 (17.61%) Hyper-V
4 20 (11.36%) XenApp
5 15 (8.52%) VMware ESXi
6 13 (7.39%) Microsoft App-V
7 11 (6.25%) XenDesktop
8 7 (3.98%) vSphere
9 6 (3.41%) ProxySG
10 4 (2.27%) Virtual Machines
11 3 (1.70%) Time Sharing Option
11 3 (1.70%) Virtual Desktop
12 2 (1.14%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 2 (1.14%) Docker
12 2 (1.14%) VMware Server
13 1 (0.57%) Forefront TMG
13 1 (0.57%) NFS
13 1 (0.57%) VMware Workstation
13 1 (0.57%) Xen
13 1 (0.57%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 26 (14.77%) SCCM
2 12 (6.82%) WSUS
3 7 (3.98%) Tivoli
4 5 (2.84%) Backup Exec
4 5 (2.84%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 5 (2.84%) McAfee ePO
4 5 (2.84%) Puppet
4 5 (2.84%) SCOM
4 5 (2.84%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 4 (2.27%) AppDNA
5 4 (2.27%) BladeLogic
6 3 (1.70%) vCenter Server
7 2 (1.14%) EdgeSight
7 2 (1.14%) Failover Clustering
7 2 (1.14%) Microsoft Clustering
7 2 (1.14%) Nagios
7 2 (1.14%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 1 (0.57%) NetBackup
8 1 (0.57%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 1 (0.57%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 81 (46.02%) Microsoft
2 69 (39.20%) VMware
3 40 (22.73%) Citrix
4 36 (20.45%) Cisco
5 22 (12.50%) Oracle
6 17 (9.66%) HP
7 12 (6.82%) Juniper
8 9 (5.11%) CheckPoint
8 9 (5.11%) Symantec
9 8 (4.55%) Apple
9 8 (4.55%) AppSense
10 7 (3.98%) McAfee
10 7 (3.98%) NetApp
11 6 (3.41%) Blue Coat
11 6 (3.41%) IBM
11 6 (3.41%) IronPort
11 6 (3.41%) Lumension
11 6 (3.41%) Palo Alto
11 6 (3.41%) Red Hat
12 5 (2.84%) MobileIron