Period
to 20 November 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for Windows skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Windows over the 6 months to 20 November 2018 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
England > North West
6 months to
20 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 4 9 8
Rank change year-on-year +5 -1 -1
Contract jobs citing Windows 859 587 763
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 14.38% 10.31% 11.25%
As % of the Operating Systems category 66.54% 51.95% 53.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 493 346 481
North West median daily rate £348 £315 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.48% -11.27% +18.33%
10th Percentile £115 £115 £140
90th Percentile £495 £525 £571
England median daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +7.14% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 142 90 83
North West median hourly rate £17.50 £16.75 £14.34
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.48% +16.81% -6.03%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.25 £10.58
90th Percentile £32.00 £42.50 £39.95
England median hourly rate £16.75 £16.00 £15.25
% change year-on-year +4.69% +4.92% -3.17%

Windows 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 1,291 1,130 1,425
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 21.61% 19.84% 21.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 782 696 916
North West median daily rate £375 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% - +8.11%
10th Percentile £138 £159 £199
90th Percentile £538 £550 £525
England median daily rate £425 £425 £410
% change year-on-year - +3.66% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 147 100 90
North West median hourly rate £17.50 £17.43 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.40% +20.21% -8.05%
10th Percentile £11.06 £11.25 £10.84
90th Percentile £33.20 £43.78 £40.00
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year - +6.06% -

Windows
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

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

Job vacancy trend for Windows in the North West

Windows
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 in the North West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Windows in the North West

Windows
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows in the North West over the 6 months to 20 November 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Windows in the North West

Windows
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 in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Windows in the North West

Windows
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows in the North West over the 6 months to 20 November 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Windows in the North West

Windows
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 within the North West region over the 6 months to 20 November 2018. 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 +5 419 £325 - 184
Cheshire +2 220 £350 +12.00% 47
Lancashire +5 88 £463 +37.04% 26
Merseyside +1 71 £300 +66.67% 42
Cumbria +11 31 £331 -17.38% 2
Windows
England

For the 6 months to 20 November 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Windows also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the North West region with a requirement for Windows.

1 321 (37.37%) Active Directory
2 318 (37.02%) Microsoft
3 306 (35.62%) Windows 10
4 262 (30.50%) Windows Server
5 218 (25.38%) Office 365
6 210 (24.45%) Windows 7
7 173 (20.14%) VMware
8 142 (16.53%) SCCM
9 133 (15.48%) Linux
10 118 (13.74%) SQL
11 115 (13.39%) ITIL
12 113 (13.15%) Microsoft Office
13 112 (13.04%) Microsoft Azure
14 104 (12.11%) Migration
15 93 (10.83%) Citrix
16 91 (10.59%) Unix
16 91 (10.59%) PowerShell
17 88 (10.24%) MS Exchange
18 85 (9.90%) Problem-Solving
19 84 (9.78%) DNS
20 81 (9.43%) Security Cleared
21 77 (8.96%) SQL Server
22 74 (8.61%) VMware Infrastructure
23 70 (8.15%) Infrastructure Engineering
24 65 (7.57%) SC Cleared
25 64 (7.45%) Windows Server 2012
25 64 (7.45%) LAN
25 64 (7.45%) Finance
26 63 (7.33%) Oracle
27 60 (6.98%) DevOps

Windows
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 88 (10.24%) MS Exchange
2 44 (5.12%) Exchange Server 2010
3 37 (4.31%) SharePoint
4 32 (3.73%) Skype for Business
5 27 (3.14%) IIS
6 18 (2.10%) Exchange Server 2013
7 17 (1.98%) Tuxedo
8 10 (1.16%) IBM Notes
9 9 (1.05%) Exchange Server 2007
9 9 (1.05%) SharePoint 2013
10 8 (0.93%) Tomcat
11 7 (0.81%) WebSphere
12 6 (0.70%) Confluence
12 6 (0.70%) Exchange Server 2003
13 5 (0.58%) Apache
14 4 (0.47%) ArcGIS
14 4 (0.47%) nginx
14 4 (0.47%) OpenStack
15 2 (0.23%) CloudStack
15 2 (0.23%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 113 (13.15%) Microsoft Office
2 14 (1.63%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (0.93%) Microsoft Project
4 5 (0.58%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.35%) Adobe Illustrator
6 2 (0.23%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.12%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.12%) CATIA
7 1 (0.12%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 11 (1.28%) Remedy ITSM
2 7 (0.81%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.35%) Oracle EBS
3 3 (0.35%) Teamcenter
4 2 (0.23%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.23%) Oracle 11i
4 2 (0.23%) Oracle Applications
4 2 (0.23%) Oracle Assets
4 2 (0.23%) Oracle General Ledger
4 2 (0.23%) Oracle Payables
4 2 (0.23%) Oracle Receivables
5 1 (0.12%) Line 50
5 1 (0.12%) Oracle Cash Management
5 1 (0.12%) Primavera
5 1 (0.12%) Sage X3
5 1 (0.12%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 218 (25.38%) Office 365
2 112 (13.04%) Microsoft Azure
3 59 (6.87%) Amazon AWS
4 23 (2.68%) OneDrive
5 13 (1.51%) Google Cloud Platform
5 13 (1.51%) IaaS
6 10 (1.16%) Azure Active Directory
7 9 (1.05%) Amazon EC2
7 9 (1.05%) PaaS
7 9 (1.05%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 8 (0.93%) Amazon ELB
9 5 (0.58%) AWS CloudFormation
10 4 (0.47%) Cloud Computing
10 4 (0.47%) GitHub
11 3 (0.35%) Amazon Glacier
11 3 (0.35%) SaaS
12 2 (0.23%) IBM Cloud
13 1 (0.12%) AWS Lambda
13 1 (0.12%) Dynamics 365
13 1 (0.12%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 84 (9.78%) DNS
2 64 (7.45%) LAN
3 59 (6.87%) WAN
4 57 (6.64%) Firewall
5 54 (6.29%) TCP/IP
6 52 (6.05%) DHCP
7 41 (4.77%) VPN
8 37 (4.31%) SAN
9 23 (2.68%) Skype
10 19 (2.21%) VoIP
11 18 (2.10%) NAS
12 17 (1.98%) Internet
13 14 (1.63%) VLAN
14 11 (1.28%) Remote Desktop
14 11 (1.28%) SSL
15 10 (1.16%) HTTPS
15 10 (1.16%) MPLS
16 9 (1.05%) DMZ
16 9 (1.05%) iSCSI
17 8 (0.93%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 77 (8.96%) SQL Server
2 20 (2.33%) PostgreSQL
3 15 (1.75%) SQL Server 2008
4 8 (0.93%) MySQL
4 8 (0.93%) SQL Server 2012
5 7 (0.81%) Amazon RDS
5 7 (0.81%) Oracle Database
6 5 (0.58%) GIS
6 5 (0.58%) SQL Server 2014
7 4 (0.47%) Big Data
7 4 (0.47%) MongoDB
7 4 (0.47%) Relational Database
7 4 (0.47%) SQL Server 2016
8 3 (0.35%) DB2
8 3 (0.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 2 (0.23%) Informix
9 2 (0.23%) MS Access
9 2 (0.23%) RDBMS
9 2 (0.23%) SQL Server 2005
9 2 (0.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 37 (4.31%) Git (software)
2 31 (3.61%) MSI
3 26 (3.03%) Jenkins
4 17 (1.98%) Artifactory
5 10 (1.16%) JIRA
6 9 (1.05%) Visual Studio
7 8 (0.93%) AdminStudio
7 8 (0.93%) Bitbucket
7 8 (0.93%) Subversion
8 6 (0.70%) Selenium
8 6 (0.70%) Visual Studio Team System
9 5 (0.58%) Cucumber
9 5 (0.58%) TeamCity
9 5 (0.58%) Wise Package Studio
9 5 (0.58%) Xcode
10 4 (0.47%) InstallShield
11 3 (0.35%) Axure RP
11 3 (0.35%) Karma Test Runner
11 3 (0.35%) Oracle APEX
11 3 (0.35%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 64 (7.45%) Finance
2 35 (4.07%) Banking
3 20 (2.33%) Retail
4 17 (1.98%) Manufacturing
5 14 (1.63%) Law
6 12 (1.40%) Local Government
7 11 (1.28%) Telecoms
8 9 (1.05%) Financial Institution
8 9 (1.05%) Legal
9 7 (0.81%) Marketing
10 6 (0.70%) Back Office
10 6 (0.70%) Billing
11 5 (0.58%) Automotive
11 5 (0.58%) French Language
11 5 (0.58%) German Language
12 4 (0.47%) Danish Language
12 4 (0.47%) Hungarian Language
12 4 (0.47%) Latvian Language
12 4 (0.47%) Norwegian Language
12 4 (0.47%) Swedish Language
Job Titles
1 126 (14.67%) Analyst
2 64 (7.45%) Support Engineer
3 63 (7.33%) Desktop Support
4 59 (6.87%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 51 (5.94%) Windows Engineer
6 47 (5.47%) 2nd Line Support
7 43 (5.01%) Developer
8 42 (4.89%) Architect
9 41 (4.77%) DevOps Engineer
10 40 (4.66%) Service Analyst
10 40 (4.66%) Service Desk Analyst
10 40 (4.66%) Support Analyst
11 34 (3.96%) Rollout Engineer
12 33 (3.84%) Desktop Engineer
13 30 (3.49%) 1st Line Support
13 30 (3.49%) Windows Rollout Engineer
14 28 (3.26%) Deployment Engineer
15 27 (3.14%) 1st/2nd Line Support
16 25 (2.91%) Applications Packager
16 25 (2.91%) Applications Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 53 (6.17%) .NET
2 36 (4.19%) Middleware
3 20 (2.33%) Web Services
4 17 (1.98%) SOAP
5 14 (1.63%) HTML
6 11 (1.28%) REST
7 10 (1.16%) JSON
8 9 (1.05%) ISPF
9 8 (0.93%) ASP.NET
9 8 (0.93%) XML
10 5 (0.58%) .NET Core
10 5 (0.58%) Cocoa
10 5 (0.58%) CSS
10 5 (0.58%) HTML5
10 5 (0.58%) OCX
10 5 (0.58%) WebSphere MQ
10 5 (0.58%) WinForms
11 4 (0.47%) AngularJS
11 4 (0.47%) OpenLayers
11 4 (0.47%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 51 (5.94%) Analytical Skills
2 39 (4.54%) Data Centre
3 36 (4.19%) NHS
4 33 (3.84%) Management Information System
5 17 (1.98%) Driving Licence
6 16 (1.86%) Mainframe
7 15 (1.75%) Fat Client
7 15 (1.75%) Thin Client
8 14 (1.63%) Blackberry
9 13 (1.51%) Self-Motivation
10 12 (1.40%) User Experience
11 11 (1.28%) Clustering
12 9 (1.05%) Computer Science
12 9 (1.05%) Enterprise Software
12 9 (1.05%) Enterprise Storage
12 9 (1.05%) Smartphone
13 8 (0.93%) Client/Server
13 8 (0.93%) iPhone
13 8 (0.93%) Replication
14 7 (0.81%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 306 (35.62%) Windows 10
2 262 (30.50%) Windows Server
3 210 (24.45%) Windows 7
4 133 (15.48%) Linux
5 91 (10.59%) Unix
6 64 (7.45%) Windows Server 2012
7 55 (6.40%) Windows Server 2008
8 47 (5.47%) Windows XP
9 35 (4.07%) Apple iOS
9 35 (4.07%) Windows Server 2003
10 26 (3.03%) Windows 8
11 24 (2.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 22 (2.56%) Mac OS
13 20 (2.33%) zOS
14 18 (2.10%) Android
15 11 (1.28%) CentOS
15 11 (1.28%) Mac OS X
15 11 (1.28%) VMS
16 9 (1.05%) AIX
17 8 (0.93%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 115 (13.39%) ITIL
2 104 (12.11%) Migration
3 85 (9.90%) Problem-Solving
4 70 (8.15%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 60 (6.98%) DevOps
6 42 (4.89%) Agile Software Development
7 33 (3.84%) ITSM
8 32 (3.73%) Application Packaging
8 32 (3.73%) Continuous Integration
8 32 (3.73%) Service Management
9 31 (3.61%) Disaster Recovery
10 30 (3.49%) Asset Management
11 29 (3.38%) Stakeholder Management
12 26 (3.03%) Software Deployment
13 25 (2.91%) Change Management
14 21 (2.44%) Break/Fix
15 20 (2.33%) Change Control
15 20 (2.33%) Patch Management
15 20 (2.33%) Project Management
16 19 (2.21%) ITIL V3
Programming Languages
1 118 (13.74%) SQL
2 91 (10.59%) PowerShell
3 48 (5.59%) Shell Script
4 39 (4.54%) C#
4 39 (4.54%) Python
5 24 (2.79%) VB
6 23 (2.68%) Perl
7 22 (2.56%) Ruby
8 17 (1.98%) C++
8 17 (1.98%) JCL
8 17 (1.98%) T-SQL
8 17 (1.98%) VBScript
9 15 (1.75%) JavaScript
10 14 (1.63%) Java
11 13 (1.51%) Bash Shell
12 9 (1.05%) ActionScript
12 9 (1.05%) ActionScript 2.0
13 8 (0.93%) C
14 7 (0.81%) VB.NET
15 5 (0.58%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 81 (9.43%) Security Cleared
2 65 (7.57%) SC Cleared
3 52 (6.05%) Microsoft Certification
4 37 (4.31%) MCSE
5 35 (4.07%) Degree
6 27 (3.14%) MCSA
7 21 (2.44%) Cisco Certification
8 19 (2.21%) CCNA
9 14 (1.63%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 13 (1.51%) MCP
11 10 (1.16%) A+ Certification
12 9 (1.05%) MCTS
13 8 (0.93%) CCNP
13 8 (0.93%) DBS Check
13 8 (0.93%) MCITP
14 7 (0.81%) ISEB
14 7 (0.81%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 5 (0.58%) ITIL Certification
16 4 (0.47%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
16 4 (0.47%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (4.19%) SLA
2 7 (0.81%) GxP
3 6 (0.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (0.70%) QA
4 3 (0.35%) GDPR
5 2 (0.23%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.12%) COBIT
6 1 (0.12%) COSO
6 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 1 (0.12%) PMO
6 1 (0.12%) SEPA
6 1 (0.12%) TARGET2
System Software
1 321 (37.37%) Active Directory
2 74 (8.61%) VMware Infrastructure
3 57 (6.64%) Hyper-V
4 30 (3.49%) XenApp
5 29 (3.38%) Microsoft App-V
6 23 (2.68%) VMware ESXi
7 22 (2.56%) Virtual Machines
8 17 (1.98%) Virtual Desktop
9 15 (1.75%) vSphere
10 14 (1.63%) Docker
11 10 (1.16%) XenDesktop
12 9 (1.05%) Time Sharing Option
13 8 (0.93%) NFS
14 7 (0.81%) VMware NSX
15 6 (0.70%) Citrix Presentation Server
16 5 (0.58%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 5 (0.58%) Terminal Services
16 5 (0.58%) Virtual Servers
16 5 (0.58%) Xen
16 5 (0.58%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 142 (16.53%) SCCM
2 49 (5.70%) Puppet
3 29 (3.38%) Opscode Chef
3 29 (3.38%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 25 (2.91%) Terraform
5 22 (2.56%) Ansible
6 21 (2.44%) SCOM
7 15 (1.75%) NetBackup
8 13 (1.51%) WSUS
9 10 (1.16%) Packer
10 9 (1.05%) Microsoft Clustering
11 8 (0.93%) Kubernetes
12 7 (0.81%) Microsoft Intune
12 7 (0.81%) OpenView
13 6 (0.70%) Nagios
13 6 (0.70%) vCenter Server
14 5 (0.58%) AirWatch
14 5 (0.58%) NetApp OnCommand
14 5 (0.58%) vMotion
14 5 (0.58%) vRealize
Vendors
1 318 (37.02%) Microsoft
2 173 (20.14%) VMware
3 93 (10.83%) Citrix
4 63 (7.33%) Oracle
5 59 (6.87%) Cisco
6 46 (5.36%) Apple
7 32 (3.73%) HP
8 28 (3.26%) Remedy
9 27 (3.14%) IBM
10 25 (2.91%) ServiceNow
11 21 (2.44%) NetApp
12 20 (2.33%) Red Hat
13 18 (2.10%) Google
14 14 (1.63%) McAfee
15 13 (1.51%) BMC
16 12 (1.40%) Ivanti
17 11 (1.28%) Brocade
17 11 (1.28%) SolarWinds
18 10 (1.16%) Avaya
18 10 (1.16%) Fortinet