Period
to 26 February 2020

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 26 February 2020 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
26 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 3 4 11
Rank change year-on-year +1 +7 -3
Contract jobs citing Windows 729 815 556
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 15.95% 14.17% 10.38%
As % of the Operating Systems category 71.19% 67.92% 53.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 453 498 320
North West median daily rate £350 £350 £350
10th Percentile £125 £122 £128
90th Percentile £550 £538 £538
England median daily rate £350 £375 £365
% change year-on-year -6.67% +2.74% +1.39%
Number of hourly rates quoted 85 92 95
North West median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £15.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +10.34% +4.86%
10th Percentile £13.00 £11.60 £11.20
90th Percentile £42.00 £30.29 £36.75
England median hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £15.73
% change year-on-year +6.25% +1.72% +3.15%

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 1,024 1,200 1,047
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 22.40% 20.86% 19.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 626 768 635
North West median daily rate £400 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% -6.25% -
10th Percentile £138 £137 £175
90th Percentile £575 £575 £563
England median daily rate £413 £435 £425
% change year-on-year -5.17% +2.35% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 89 102 105
North West median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.03 £11.25
90th Percentile £42.10 £31.86 £40.00
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.38 £17.25
% change year-on-year +0.72% +0.72% +4.55%

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 26 February 2020.

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 26 February 2020.

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 26 February 2020. 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 -1 318 £350 +7.69% 218
Cheshire +3 125 £300 -14.29% 75
Cumbria +1 92 £195 +1.56% 12
Lancashire +5 90 £300 -41.75% 64
Merseyside +6 83 £410 +36.67% 33
Windows
England

For the 6 months to 26 February 2020, 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.

1 296 (40.60%) Windows 10
2 230 (31.55%) Windows Server
2 230 (31.55%) Active Directory
3 219 (30.04%) Microsoft
4 158 (21.67%) Windows 7
4 158 (21.67%) Office 365
5 142 (19.48%) Security Cleared
6 140 (19.20%) Azure
7 135 (18.52%) SCCM
8 132 (18.11%) Migration
9 127 (17.42%) ITIL
9 127 (17.42%) VMware
10 119 (16.32%) Linux
11 117 (16.05%) SC Cleared
12 113 (15.50%) Citrix
13 104 (14.27%) SQL
14 94 (12.89%) PowerShell
15 91 (12.48%) SQL Server
16 89 (12.21%) AWS
17 86 (11.80%) Microsoft Office
18 83 (11.39%) Agile Software Development
19 71 (9.74%) Problem-Solving
20 70 (9.60%) Analytical Skills
20 70 (9.60%) DNS
21 68 (9.33%) Oracle
22 64 (8.78%) Firewall
22 64 (8.78%) DevOps
23 62 (8.50%) Windows Server 2008
24 61 (8.37%) Cisco
25 60 (8.23%) Windows Server 2012

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 54 (7.41%) MS Exchange
2 51 (7.00%) SharePoint
3 25 (3.43%) Skype for Business
4 22 (3.02%) IIS
5 13 (1.78%) Apache
6 11 (1.51%) Exchange Server 2013
7 9 (1.23%) Apache Spark
7 9 (1.23%) Exchange Server 2010
8 8 (1.10%) WebLogic
9 7 (0.96%) Confluence
9 7 (0.96%) Exchange Server 2003
9 7 (0.96%) Umbraco
10 6 (0.82%) CMS
10 6 (0.82%) JBoss
11 5 (0.69%) Exchange Server 2007
11 5 (0.69%) Tomcat
12 4 (0.55%) SharePoint 2010
12 4 (0.55%) SharePoint 2013
12 4 (0.55%) Tuxedo
12 4 (0.55%) WordPress
Applications
1 86 (11.80%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (1.10%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (0.82%) Chatbot
3 6 (0.82%) Microsoft Project
4 5 (0.69%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.41%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (0.55%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.27%) Dynamics NAV
2 2 (0.27%) Oracle Cash Management
3 1 (0.14%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.14%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 158 (21.67%) Office 365
2 140 (19.20%) Azure
3 89 (12.21%) AWS
4 26 (3.57%) PaaS
5 25 (3.43%) IaaS
6 23 (3.16%) Azure Active Directory
7 22 (3.02%) OneDrive
8 19 (2.61%) Amazon S3
9 16 (2.19%) Serverless
10 14 (1.92%) SaaS
11 13 (1.78%) Amazon EC2
11 13 (1.78%) AWS CloudFormation
11 13 (1.78%) AWS Lambda
12 9 (1.23%) Amazon Kinesis
12 9 (1.23%) CloudFront
13 8 (1.10%) Amazon ELB
13 8 (1.10%) Azure ExpressRoute
13 8 (1.10%) OpenShift
13 8 (1.10%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 7 (0.96%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 70 (9.60%) DNS
2 64 (8.78%) Firewall
3 51 (7.00%) DHCP
4 45 (6.17%) SAN
5 33 (4.53%) WAN
6 32 (4.39%) LAN
7 29 (3.98%) VPN
8 25 (3.43%) TCP/IP
9 24 (3.29%) Skype
10 18 (2.47%) Internet
10 18 (2.47%) VoIP
11 16 (2.19%) MPLS
12 12 (1.65%) NAS
13 10 (1.37%) BGP
13 10 (1.37%) OSPF
13 10 (1.37%) Remote Desktop
14 9 (1.23%) Wi-Fi
14 9 (1.23%) Wireless
15 8 (1.10%) NetScaler
15 8 (1.10%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 91 (12.48%) SQL Server
2 30 (4.12%) MySQL
3 24 (3.29%) MongoDB
4 13 (1.78%) Oracle Database
5 12 (1.65%) PostgreSQL
6 10 (1.37%) Hadoop
7 9 (1.23%) Qlik Sense
8 7 (0.96%) Amazon RDS
8 7 (0.96%) Big Data
9 5 (0.69%) Data Warehouse
9 5 (0.69%) MS Access
9 5 (0.69%) Oracle Reports
9 5 (0.69%) Relational Database
9 5 (0.69%) SQL Server 2017
9 5 (0.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 5 (0.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 4 (0.55%) DB2
10 4 (0.55%) Oracle Database 11g
10 4 (0.55%) SQL Server 2005
10 4 (0.55%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 49 (6.72%) Jenkins
2 28 (3.84%) Git (software)
3 26 (3.57%) Octopus Deploy
4 22 (3.02%) JIRA
5 21 (2.88%) GitLab
6 17 (2.33%) MSI
7 11 (1.51%) TeamCity
8 6 (0.82%) Oracle APEX
9 5 (0.69%) IBM UrbanCode
10 4 (0.55%) InstallShield
10 4 (0.55%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 3 (0.41%) AdminStudio
11 3 (0.41%) Bitbucket
11 3 (0.41%) Cucumber
11 3 (0.41%) Oracle Forms
11 3 (0.41%) Visual Studio
12 2 (0.27%) Artifactory
12 2 (0.27%) Selenium
12 2 (0.27%) Sonatype Nexus
12 2 (0.27%) Zephyr
General
1 60 (8.23%) Public Sector
2 53 (7.27%) Finance
3 29 (3.98%) Retail
4 27 (3.70%) Banking
5 26 (3.57%) Telecoms
6 21 (2.88%) Local Government
7 15 (2.06%) Legal
8 10 (1.37%) Law
9 6 (0.82%) Manufacturing
10 5 (0.69%) Housing Association
11 4 (0.55%) Advertising
11 4 (0.55%) Electronics
11 4 (0.55%) Investment Banking
12 2 (0.27%) Games
12 2 (0.27%) Marketing
12 2 (0.27%) Multimedia
13 1 (0.14%) Billing
13 1 (0.14%) Corporate Banking
13 1 (0.14%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 95 (13.03%) Analyst
2 74 (10.15%) Windows Engineer
3 64 (8.78%) Support Engineer
4 53 (7.27%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 50 (6.86%) Service Analyst
6 47 (6.45%) Service Desk Analyst
7 45 (6.17%) Consultant
8 34 (4.66%) Desktop Support
9 31 (4.25%) 2nd Line Support
10 30 (4.12%) Desktop Engineer
10 30 (4.12%) IT Support
11 28 (3.84%) IT Engineer
12 26 (3.57%) Build Engineer
13 25 (3.43%) 1st Line Support
13 25 (3.43%) Support Analyst
14 24 (3.29%) Administrator
14 24 (3.29%) WebOps Engineer
15 23 (3.16%) AWS Engineer
15 23 (3.16%) Deployment Engineer
15 23 (3.16%) Platform Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (2.88%) .NET
2 12 (1.65%) Web Services
3 9 (1.23%) Kafka
3 9 (1.23%) Middleware
4 8 (1.10%) HTML
5 7 (0.96%) LDAP
6 6 (0.82%) ASP.NET
7 5 (0.69%) XML
8 4 (0.55%) .NET Framework
8 4 (0.55%) CSS
9 3 (0.41%) WinForms
10 2 (0.27%) Entity Framework
10 2 (0.27%) J2EE
10 2 (0.27%) jQuery
10 2 (0.27%) JSON
10 2 (0.27%) REST
10 2 (0.27%) Spring
10 2 (0.27%) WCF
10 2 (0.27%) WPF
10 2 (0.27%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 70 (9.60%) Analytical Skills
2 57 (7.82%) Data Centre
3 35 (4.80%) Driving Licence
4 20 (2.74%) Management Information System
5 19 (2.61%) Self-Motivation
6 18 (2.47%) Blackberry
7 16 (2.19%) EMC VNX
8 15 (2.06%) iPhone
9 14 (1.92%) PKI
10 12 (1.65%) NHS
11 11 (1.51%) Clustering
12 9 (1.23%) Celerra
12 9 (1.23%) CLARiiON
13 8 (1.10%) Smartphone
14 7 (0.96%) Linux Command Line
14 7 (0.96%) Video Conferencing
15 6 (0.82%) SCADA
15 6 (0.82%) User Experience
16 5 (0.69%) Public Cloud
17 4 (0.55%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 296 (40.60%) Windows 10
2 230 (31.55%) Windows Server
3 158 (21.67%) Windows 7
4 119 (16.32%) Linux
5 62 (8.50%) Windows Server 2008
6 60 (8.23%) Windows Server 2012
7 48 (6.58%) Unix
8 35 (4.80%) Windows Server 2003
9 23 (3.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 22 (3.02%) Solaris
11 18 (2.47%) Android
12 13 (1.78%) Apple iOS
13 10 (1.37%) Windows 8
14 8 (1.10%) Mac OS X
15 7 (0.96%) zOS
16 6 (0.82%) AIX
16 6 (0.82%) Windows XP
17 5 (0.69%) VME
18 3 (0.41%) Mac OS
18 3 (0.41%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 132 (18.11%) Migration
2 127 (17.42%) ITIL
3 83 (11.39%) Agile Software Development
4 71 (9.74%) Problem-Solving
5 64 (8.78%) DevOps
6 59 (8.09%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 40 (5.49%) Continuous Integration
8 36 (4.94%) High Availability
9 28 (3.84%) Project Delivery
10 27 (3.70%) Application Packaging
10 27 (3.70%) Change Management
10 27 (3.70%) Incident Management
10 27 (3.70%) Problem Management
11 26 (3.57%) Web Operations
12 25 (3.43%) Service Management
13 23 (3.16%) ITIL V3
13 23 (3.16%) Workflow
14 21 (2.88%) Configuration Management
15 19 (2.61%) Scrum
15 19 (2.61%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 104 (14.27%) SQL
2 94 (12.89%) PowerShell
3 51 (7.00%) Python
4 27 (3.70%) Bash Shell
5 25 (3.43%) Shell Script
6 19 (2.61%) C
6 19 (2.61%) Java
7 16 (2.19%) VB
8 13 (1.78%) Ruby
9 11 (1.51%) C#
10 8 (1.10%) JavaScript
11 6 (0.82%) C++
11 6 (0.82%) PL/SQL
12 5 (0.69%) COBOL
12 5 (0.69%) Perl
12 5 (0.69%) T-SQL
12 5 (0.69%) VB.NET
12 5 (0.69%) VBA
13 3 (0.41%) ActionScript
13 3 (0.41%) PHP
Qualifications
1 142 (19.48%) Security Cleared
2 117 (16.05%) SC Cleared
3 24 (3.29%) Degree
4 14 (1.92%) Microsoft Certification
5 13 (1.78%) AWS Certification
5 13 (1.78%) ITIL Certification
6 10 (1.37%) DBS Check
7 9 (1.23%) Cisco Certification
7 9 (1.23%) MCP
7 9 (1.23%) MCSE
8 7 (0.96%) CCNA
9 6 (0.82%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 5 (0.69%) PMI Certification
11 4 (0.55%) CISSP
11 4 (0.55%) GNVQ
12 3 (0.41%) A+ Certification
12 3 (0.41%) BC Cleared
12 3 (0.41%) GIAC
12 3 (0.41%) HND
12 3 (0.41%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 52 (7.13%) SLA
2 22 (3.02%) QA
3 5 (0.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (0.55%) BS7799
5 2 (0.27%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.27%) PMO
6 1 (0.14%) GDPR
6 1 (0.14%) GMP
6 1 (0.14%) NIST
System Software
1 230 (31.55%) Active Directory
2 54 (7.41%) VMware Infrastructure
3 45 (6.17%) Docker
4 35 (4.80%) Hyper-V
5 24 (3.29%) Microsoft App-V
6 22 (3.02%) VMware ESXi
7 20 (2.74%) BitLocker
7 20 (2.74%) XenApp
8 19 (2.61%) Virtual Machines
9 16 (2.19%) XenDesktop
10 14 (1.92%) Firmware
11 13 (1.78%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 12 (1.65%) vSphere
13 9 (1.23%) EMC RecoverPoint
14 7 (0.96%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 6 (0.82%) Virtual Servers
16 4 (0.55%) VirtualBox
16 4 (0.55%) VMware NSX
16 4 (0.55%) VMware Server
17 3 (0.41%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 135 (18.52%) SCCM
2 28 (3.84%) SCOM
3 27 (3.70%) Ansible
4 23 (3.16%) NetBackup
4 23 (3.16%) Opscode Chef
5 22 (3.02%) Rancher
6 17 (2.33%) Kubernetes
6 17 (2.33%) Microsoft Intune
7 15 (2.06%) Oracle RMAN
7 15 (2.06%) Puppet
8 14 (1.92%) Terraform
9 13 (1.78%) AppDNA
10 11 (1.51%) vCenter Server
10 11 (1.51%) vRealize
11 8 (1.10%) McAfee ePO
11 8 (1.10%) Microsoft Clustering
11 8 (1.10%) WSUS
12 7 (0.96%) Jamf Pro
13 6 (0.82%) Packer
13 6 (0.82%) SnapMirror
Vendors
1 219 (30.04%) Microsoft
2 127 (17.42%) VMware
3 113 (15.50%) Citrix
4 68 (9.33%) Oracle
5 61 (8.37%) Cisco
6 48 (6.58%) HP
7 30 (4.12%) Dell
8 28 (3.84%) EMC
9 27 (3.70%) NetApp
10 26 (3.57%) Red Hat
11 23 (3.16%) IBM
12 22 (3.02%) Brocade
13 21 (2.88%) Apple
13 21 (2.88%) McAfee
14 16 (2.19%) Google
14 16 (2.19%) SAP
15 15 (2.06%) Ivanti
16 13 (1.78%) ServiceNow
17 12 (1.65%) IBM Sterling
18 9 (1.23%) SolarWinds