Period
to 17 November 2017

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 17 November 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
England > North West
6 months to
17 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 9 8 7
Rank change year-on-year -1 -1 -3
Contract jobs citing Windows 595 773 950
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 10.40% 11.15% 11.12%
As % of the Operating Systems category 52.10% 53.42% 55.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 349 482 464
North West median daily rate £323 £350 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.86% +16.67% -
10th Percentile £118 £139 £144
90th Percentile £525 £571 £475
England median daily rate £350 £351 £350
% change year-on-year -0.14% +0.14% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 90 86 175
North West median hourly rate £16.75 £14.32 £15.26
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.01% -6.19% +1.73%
10th Percentile £11.25 £10.69 £10.85
90th Percentile £42.50 £39.88 £38.75
England median hourly rate £16.13 £15.25 £15.75
% change year-on-year +5.74% -3.17% +5.00%

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 1142 1447 1701
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 19.96% 20.87% 19.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 702 924 912
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £371
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.74% +14.23%
10th Percentile £160 £191 £175
90th Percentile £550 £525 £513
England median daily rate £425 £410 £400
% change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 100 93 183
North West median hourly rate £17.43 £14.50 £15.77
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.21% -8.05% +5.13%
10th Percentile £11.25 £10.95 £10.80
90th Percentile £43.78 £40.00 £38.75
England median hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year +6.06% - +6.45%

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 17 November 2017.

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 17 November 2017.

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 17 November 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 -4 304 £325 -7.14% 59
Cheshire +1 151 £313 -26.04% 42
Merseyside -1 60 £182 -52.97% 9
Lancashire -1 47 £331 -1.12% 7
Cumbria +1 8 £400 +60.00% 1
Windows
England

For the 6 months to 17 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Windows 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.

1 219 (36.81%) Active Directory
2 192 (32.27%) Microsoft
3 180 (30.25%) Windows Server
4 136 (22.86%) Windows 10
5 129 (21.68%) Windows 7
6 126 (21.18%) ITIL
7 125 (21.01%) Linux
8 113 (18.99%) VMware
9 98 (16.47%) Office 365
10 89 (14.96%) DNS
11 87 (14.62%) Security Cleared
12 86 (14.45%) Windows Server 2012
13 85 (14.29%) SCCM
14 83 (13.95%) SQL
15 80 (13.45%) Citrix
16 79 (13.28%) SQL Server
16 79 (13.28%) Windows Server 2008
17 77 (12.94%) SC Cleared
18 76 (12.77%) MS Exchange
18 76 (12.77%) Agile Software Development
19 74 (12.44%) Unix
20 72 (12.10%) Microsoft Office
21 71 (11.93%) DHCP
22 68 (11.43%) PowerShell
23 60 (10.08%) DevOps
24 59 (9.92%) Finance
25 56 (9.41%) Migration
26 55 (9.24%) Firewall
26 55 (9.24%) Microsoft Azure
27 54 (9.08%) Apple

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 76 (12.77%) MS Exchange
2 44 (7.39%) Exchange Server 2010
3 24 (4.03%) Exchange Server 2013
4 22 (3.70%) Skype for Business
5 19 (3.19%) SharePoint
6 17 (2.86%) IIS
7 10 (1.68%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 10 (1.68%) Elasticsearch
7 10 (1.68%) WebSphere
8 9 (1.51%) Confluence
9 8 (1.34%) Exchange Server 2007
10 6 (1.01%) Apache
10 6 (1.01%) Apache Pig
11 5 (0.84%) Exchange Server 2003
12 4 (0.67%) Apache Spark
12 4 (0.67%) SAS
12 4 (0.67%) Tomcat
13 3 (0.50%) IBM Notes
13 3 (0.50%) JBoss
13 3 (0.50%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 72 (12.10%) Microsoft Office
2 15 (2.52%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (1.18%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.50%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 3 (0.50%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.34%) Adobe Illustrator
5 2 (0.34%) OmniGraffle
5 2 (0.34%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (0.84%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.34%) Oracle 11i
2 2 (0.34%) Oracle Applications
2 2 (0.34%) Oracle Assets
2 2 (0.34%) Oracle Payables
2 2 (0.34%) Oracle Receivables
2 2 (0.34%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.17%) Maximo
3 1 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.17%) Oracle Financials
3 1 (0.17%) Oracle General Ledger
3 1 (0.17%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 98 (16.47%) Office 365
2 55 (9.24%) Microsoft Azure
3 29 (4.87%) Amazon AWS
4 20 (3.36%) PaaS
5 10 (1.68%) Azure Active Directory
6 9 (1.51%) Amazon EC2
6 9 (1.51%) Amazon S3
7 7 (1.18%) Google Drive
7 7 (1.18%) SaaS
8 4 (0.67%) AWS CloudFormation
9 3 (0.50%) IaaS
9 3 (0.50%) OneDrive
10 2 (0.34%) Google Cloud Platform
11 1 (0.17%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 89 (14.96%) DNS
2 71 (11.93%) DHCP
3 55 (9.24%) Firewall
4 40 (6.72%) LAN
5 37 (6.22%) WAN
6 36 (6.05%) TCP/IP
7 32 (5.38%) SAN
7 32 (5.38%) VPN
8 23 (3.87%) VoIP
9 21 (3.53%) Skype
10 18 (3.03%) NAS
10 18 (3.03%) VLAN
11 16 (2.69%) Remote Desktop
12 14 (2.35%) Wi-Fi
13 13 (2.18%) Network Security
14 12 (2.02%) MPLS
15 11 (1.85%) SSL
16 9 (1.51%) Junos
16 9 (1.51%) SNMP
17 7 (1.18%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 79 (13.28%) SQL Server
2 26 (4.37%) Oracle Database
3 15 (2.52%) SQL Server 2012
4 13 (2.18%) Relational Database
4 13 (2.18%) SQL Server 2008
5 12 (2.02%) Hadoop
6 10 (1.68%) Big Data
7 9 (1.51%) SQL Server 2014
7 9 (1.51%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 7 (1.18%) MySQL
9 5 (0.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 4 (0.67%) Data Warehouse
10 4 (0.67%) DB2
10 4 (0.67%) SQL Server 2016
10 4 (0.67%) TKPROF
11 3 (0.50%) Blockchain
11 3 (0.50%) MongoDB
11 3 (0.50%) SQL Server 2000
11 3 (0.50%) SQL Server 2005
12 2 (0.34%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 35 (5.88%) Jenkins
2 31 (5.21%) JIRA
3 24 (4.03%) Git (software)
4 21 (3.53%) TeamCity
4 21 (3.53%) Visual Studio
5 12 (2.02%) GitLab
6 10 (1.68%) Team Foundation Server
7 9 (1.51%) Subversion
8 7 (1.18%) Toad
9 6 (1.01%) Mercurial
9 6 (1.01%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 5 (0.84%) Sonatype Nexus
11 4 (0.67%) ClearCase
11 4 (0.67%) Rational Robot
12 3 (0.50%) MSI
12 3 (0.50%) Xcode
13 2 (0.34%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 2 (0.34%) InstallShield
13 2 (0.34%) Oracle APEX
13 2 (0.34%) TestComplete
General
1 59 (9.92%) Finance
2 38 (6.39%) Banking
3 16 (2.69%) Manufacturing
4 13 (2.18%) Retail
5 10 (1.68%) Local Government
5 10 (1.68%) Publishing
6 7 (1.18%) Legal
6 7 (1.18%) Marketing
6 7 (1.18%) Telecoms
7 6 (1.01%) Back Office
7 6 (1.01%) Pharmaceutical
8 5 (0.84%) Investment Banking
8 5 (0.84%) Law
8 5 (0.84%) Retail Finance
9 2 (0.34%) Electronics
10 1 (0.17%) Advertising
10 1 (0.17%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.17%) Games
10 1 (0.17%) Private Banking
10 1 (0.17%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 81 (13.61%) Analyst
2 68 (11.43%) Desktop Support
3 58 (9.75%) Support Engineer
4 42 (7.06%) Developer
5 39 (6.55%) Architect
5 39 (6.55%) Desktop Engineer
6 35 (5.88%) DevOps Engineer
6 35 (5.88%) Support Analyst
7 33 (5.55%) 2nd Line Support
8 30 (5.04%) Desktop Support Engineer
9 27 (4.54%) Service Analyst
10 25 (4.20%) 3rd Line Support
10 25 (4.20%) Administrator
10 25 (4.20%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 25 (4.20%) Service Desk Analyst
11 24 (4.03%) Consultant
12 23 (3.87%) IT Support
13 22 (3.70%) DBA
13 22 (3.70%) Windows Engineer
14 18 (3.03%) 1st Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 39 (6.55%) .NET
2 36 (6.05%) Web Services
3 28 (4.71%) XML
4 23 (3.87%) Elastic Stack
5 21 (3.53%) JSON
6 17 (2.86%) WPF
7 16 (2.69%) .NET Framework
7 16 (2.69%) HTML
7 16 (2.69%) Middleware
8 15 (2.52%) SOAP
9 14 (2.35%) RESTful
10 12 (2.02%) REST
10 12 (2.02%) WinForms
11 10 (1.68%) ASP.NET
11 10 (1.68%) WCF
12 9 (1.51%) jQuery
12 9 (1.51%) RabbitMQ
13 8 (1.34%) CSS
13 8 (1.34%) MSMQ
14 6 (1.01%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 31 (5.21%) Data Centre
2 29 (4.87%) Analytical Skills
3 26 (4.37%) Management Information System
4 25 (4.20%) Mainframe
5 23 (3.87%) Blackberry
6 16 (2.69%) Replication
7 12 (2.02%) iPhone
7 12 (2.02%) Smartphone
8 11 (1.85%) Computer Science
9 10 (1.68%) Clustering
9 10 (1.68%) Cyber Attack
9 10 (1.68%) Enterprise Software
10 9 (1.51%) PKI
10 9 (1.51%) Public Cloud
11 8 (1.34%) Mobile App
12 7 (1.18%) iPad
12 7 (1.18%) Life Science
13 6 (1.01%) Fat Client
13 6 (1.01%) NHS
13 6 (1.01%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 180 (30.25%) Windows Server
2 136 (22.86%) Windows 10
3 129 (21.68%) Windows 7
4 125 (21.01%) Linux
5 86 (14.45%) Windows Server 2012
6 79 (13.28%) Windows Server 2008
7 74 (12.44%) Unix
8 42 (7.06%) Apple iOS
9 38 (6.39%) Windows Server 2003
10 36 (6.05%) Android
11 26 (4.37%) Windows 8
12 21 (3.53%) AIX
13 17 (2.86%) Windows XP
14 11 (1.85%) Mac OS X
15 7 (1.18%) HPUX
16 6 (1.01%) Mac OS
16 6 (1.01%) Solaris
16 6 (1.01%) zOS
17 4 (0.67%) SUSE
17 4 (0.67%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 126 (21.18%) ITIL
2 76 (12.77%) Agile Software Development
3 60 (10.08%) DevOps
4 56 (9.41%) Migration
5 40 (6.72%) Cybersecurity
6 34 (5.71%) Service Management
7 28 (4.71%) Continuous Integration
8 26 (4.37%) Change Management
9 25 (4.20%) Configuration Management
9 25 (4.20%) Project Management
10 24 (4.03%) Software Engineering
11 23 (3.87%) Incident Management
12 20 (3.36%) Time Management
13 19 (3.19%) Test Automation
14 16 (2.69%) Break/Fix
14 16 (2.69%) TDD
15 15 (2.52%) Continuous Delivery
16 14 (2.35%) Patch Management
17 13 (2.18%) Task Automation
18 12 (2.02%) Line Management
Programming Languages
1 83 (13.95%) SQL
2 68 (11.43%) PowerShell
3 38 (6.39%) Python
4 31 (5.21%) C#
5 26 (4.37%) Shell Script
6 25 (4.20%) Bash Shell
7 24 (4.03%) Java
8 21 (3.53%) C++
8 21 (3.53%) VB
9 18 (3.03%) Ruby
10 12 (2.02%) T-SQL
11 11 (1.85%) JavaScript
12 9 (1.51%) PL/SQL
13 7 (1.18%) C
13 7 (1.18%) Go
13 7 (1.18%) Objective-C
14 6 (1.01%) Scala
15 5 (0.84%) VB6
15 5 (0.84%) VBScript
16 4 (0.67%) Perl
Qualifications
1 87 (14.62%) Security Cleared
2 77 (12.94%) SC Cleared
3 30 (5.04%) Microsoft Certification
4 19 (3.19%) Degree
4 19 (3.19%) ITIL Certification
5 16 (2.69%) MCP
6 13 (2.18%) CISSP
6 13 (2.18%) MCSA
7 12 (2.02%) Cisco Certification
8 11 (1.85%) CCNA
9 10 (1.68%) MCITP
10 9 (1.51%) SANS
10 9 (1.51%) SSCP
11 8 (1.34%) MCSE
12 6 (1.01%) Computer Science Degree
12 6 (1.01%) DBS Check
12 6 (1.01%) ISEB
13 5 (0.84%) CCNP
13 5 (0.84%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 5 (0.84%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (2.52%) SLA
2 12 (2.02%) GPG13
3 6 (1.01%) QA
4 5 (0.84%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 4 (0.67%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.50%) Disclosure Scotland
7 2 (0.34%) GDPR
7 2 (0.34%) PMO
8 1 (0.17%) COBIT
8 1 (0.17%) COSO
8 1 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials
8 1 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 1 (0.17%) GxP
System Software
1 219 (36.81%) Active Directory
2 50 (8.40%) VMware Infrastructure
3 41 (6.89%) Hyper-V
4 30 (5.04%) XenApp
5 23 (3.87%) Microsoft App-V
6 18 (3.03%) VMware ESXi
7 16 (2.69%) XenDesktop
8 12 (2.02%) vSphere
9 7 (1.18%) Docker
9 7 (1.18%) Virtual Machines
10 6 (1.01%) Apache Flume
10 6 (1.01%) ProxySG
11 5 (0.84%) Oracle RAC
12 4 (0.67%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 4 (0.67%) Firmware
12 4 (0.67%) XenServer
13 2 (0.34%) Tivoli Directory Server
13 2 (0.34%) VirtualBox
13 2 (0.34%) VMware Server
13 2 (0.34%) Xen
Systems Management
1 85 (14.29%) SCCM
2 38 (6.39%) Ansible
3 34 (5.71%) Puppet
4 24 (4.03%) Opscode Chef
5 16 (2.69%) WSUS
6 11 (1.85%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 10 (1.68%) Kibana
7 10 (1.68%) QRadar
7 10 (1.68%) SCOM
8 9 (1.51%) logstash
9 8 (1.34%) Nessus
9 8 (1.34%) Nexpose
9 8 (1.34%) Nmap
9 8 (1.34%) Oracle RMAN
9 8 (1.34%) Tivoli
10 7 (1.18%) Mesos
11 6 (1.01%) Backup Exec
11 6 (1.01%) Terraform
12 5 (0.84%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
13 4 (0.67%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 192 (32.27%) Microsoft
2 113 (18.99%) VMware
3 80 (13.45%) Citrix
4 54 (9.08%) Apple
5 51 (8.57%) Cisco
6 47 (7.90%) Oracle
7 35 (5.88%) HP
8 17 (2.86%) IBM
8 17 (2.86%) Splunk
9 14 (2.35%) Juniper
9 14 (2.35%) McAfee
10 13 (2.18%) Google
11 12 (2.02%) AppSense
11 12 (2.02%) Red Hat
11 12 (2.02%) Symantec
12 11 (1.85%) Dell
13 10 (1.68%) NetApp
13 10 (1.68%) Palo Alto
14 9 (1.51%) CheckPoint
14 9 (1.51%) ServiceNow