Period
to 29 October 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 29 October 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
29 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 6 3 4
Rank change year-on-year -3 +1 +5
Contract jobs citing Windows 256 779 853
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the North West 12.75% 14.51% 14.35%
As % of the Operating Systems category 60.81% 67.74% 65.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 168 485 491
Median daily rate £325 £320 £345
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.56% -7.25% +10.40%
10th Percentile £120 £123 £119
90th Percentile £506 £523 £495
England median daily rate £400 £365 £375
% change year-on-year +9.59% -2.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 82 136
Median hourly rate £17.43 £15.86 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.90% -9.37% +6.06%
10th Percentile £12.41 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £29.75 £42.45 £35.00
England median hourly rate £18.25 £16.66 £16.98
% change year-on-year +9.56% -1.87% +2.88%

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 421 1,150 1,293
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 20.97% 21.42% 21.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 253 722 784
Median daily rate £363 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.33% - -6.25%
10th Percentile £142 £135 £138
90th Percentile £538 £575 £538
England median daily rate £442 £425 £435
% change year-on-year +3.94% -2.30% +2.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 84 141
Median hourly rate £17.43 £15.93 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.42% -8.97% +0.20%
10th Percentile £12.49 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £34.10 £49.43 £35.00
Median hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +14.29% - -

Windows
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Windows as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Windows in the North West.

Daily rate trend for Windows in the North West

Windows
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Windows in the North West over the 6 months to 29 October 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Windows in the North West

Windows
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Windows in the North West.

Hourly rate trend for Windows in the North West

Windows
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Windows in the North West over the 6 months to 29 October 2020.

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 29 October 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 -4 119 £350 +3.55% 83
Cheshire -4 55 £325 +44.44% 34
Lancashire +3 47 £275 -8.33% 18
Cumbria 0 18 £189 +18.13% 4
Merseyside -11 12 £275 -24.66% 23
Windows
England

For the 6 months to 29 October 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.

1 128 (50.00%) Windows 10
2 106 (41.41%) Microsoft
3 91 (35.55%) Active Directory
4 67 (26.17%) SCCM
4 67 (26.17%) Office 365
5 61 (23.83%) Windows Server
6 47 (18.36%) Azure
7 41 (16.02%) Migration
8 40 (15.63%) PowerShell
9 38 (14.84%) Windows 7
10 35 (13.67%) Linux
11 34 (13.28%) Microsoft Office
12 32 (12.50%) ITIL
12 32 (12.50%) Security Cleared
13 30 (11.72%) Problem-Solving
14 29 (11.33%) SQL
14 29 (11.33%) VMware
15 28 (10.94%) Finance
15 28 (10.94%) Microsoft Intune
16 27 (10.55%) SC Cleared
17 25 (9.77%) SQL Server
18 23 (8.98%) Oracle
18 23 (8.98%) Azure Active Directory
19 22 (8.59%) DNS
20 21 (8.20%) AWS
20 21 (8.20%) Infrastructure Engineering
21 20 (7.81%) VMware Infrastructure
21 20 (7.81%) Windows Server 2012
21 20 (7.81%) Agile Software Development
22 18 (7.03%) Cisco

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 15 (5.86%) MS Exchange
2 10 (3.91%) SharePoint
3 8 (3.13%) IIS
4 4 (1.56%) JBoss
4 4 (1.56%) Skype for Business
4 4 (1.56%) Tomcat
4 4 (1.56%) WebSphere
5 3 (1.17%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (0.78%) Apache
6 2 (0.78%) CMS
6 2 (0.78%) Confluence
6 2 (0.78%) Elasticsearch
6 2 (0.78%) Exchange Server 2010
6 2 (0.78%) nginx
6 2 (0.78%) Oracle BPEL
6 2 (0.78%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 2 (0.78%) WebLogic
6 2 (0.78%) WebSphere Application Server
7 1 (0.39%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 1 (0.39%) SAS
Applications
1 34 (13.28%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.17%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.39%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.39%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 7 (2.73%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (1.17%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.39%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.39%) Oracle 11i
3 1 (0.39%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.39%) Oracle Assets
3 1 (0.39%) Oracle Financials
3 1 (0.39%) Oracle General Ledger
3 1 (0.39%) Oracle Payables
3 1 (0.39%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 67 (26.17%) Office 365
2 47 (18.36%) Azure
3 23 (8.98%) Azure Active Directory
4 21 (8.20%) AWS
5 6 (2.34%) AWS CloudFormation
5 6 (2.34%) AWS CloudTrail
6 5 (1.95%) Amazon EC2
7 4 (1.56%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 4 (1.56%) Amazon ECS
7 4 (1.56%) Amazon GuardDuty
7 4 (1.56%) Amazon S3
7 4 (1.56%) OneDrive
8 3 (1.17%) GitHub
8 3 (1.17%) Route 53
8 3 (1.17%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 1 (0.39%) IaaS
9 1 (0.39%) PaaS
9 1 (0.39%) Power Platform
9 1 (0.39%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 22 (8.59%) DNS
2 18 (7.03%) Skype
3 17 (6.64%) VoIP
4 14 (5.47%) DHCP
5 9 (3.52%) Firewall
5 9 (3.52%) VPN
6 7 (2.73%) SAN
6 7 (2.73%) TCP/IP
6 7 (2.73%) WAN
7 6 (2.34%) HTTP
7 6 (2.34%) LAN
7 6 (2.34%) Network Security
7 6 (2.34%) Remote Desktop
8 5 (1.95%) Internet
8 5 (1.95%) IP Telephony
8 5 (1.95%) SSL
8 5 (1.95%) Wireless
9 4 (1.56%) MPLS
10 3 (1.17%) Cisco ASA
10 3 (1.17%) Cisco Firepower
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (9.77%) SQL Server
2 13 (5.08%) Oracle Database
3 6 (2.34%) Relational Database
4 4 (1.56%) MySQL
4 4 (1.56%) Oracle Database 11g
4 4 (1.56%) PostgreSQL
4 4 (1.56%) Qlik Sense
5 3 (1.17%) Data Warehouse
5 3 (1.17%) DB2
5 3 (1.17%) MongoDB
6 2 (0.78%) Amazon RDS
6 2 (0.78%) BusinessObjects
6 2 (0.78%) Hadoop
6 2 (0.78%) MS Access
6 2 (0.78%) Oracle Discoverer
6 2 (0.78%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (0.39%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 1 (0.39%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.39%) IBM InfoSphere
7 1 (0.39%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 9 (3.52%) Visual Studio
2 7 (2.73%) Jenkins
3 6 (2.34%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 5 (1.95%) Bitbucket
5 4 (1.56%) MSI
5 4 (1.56%) SonarQube
6 3 (1.17%) Hudson
6 3 (1.17%) IBM UrbanCode
6 3 (1.17%) JIRA
6 3 (1.17%) JUnit
6 3 (1.17%) Oracle APEX
6 3 (1.17%) Selenium
6 3 (1.17%) Sonatype Nexus
7 2 (0.78%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 2 (0.78%) Dreamweaver
7 2 (0.78%) Git (software)
8 1 (0.39%) AdminStudio
8 1 (0.39%) ERwin
8 1 (0.39%) InstallShield
8 1 (0.39%) Oracle Forms
General
1 28 (10.94%) Finance
2 15 (5.86%) Public Sector
3 12 (4.69%) Banking
4 11 (4.30%) Legal
5 8 (3.13%) Local Government
6 4 (1.56%) Manufacturing
7 3 (1.17%) Telecoms
8 2 (0.78%) Back Office
8 2 (0.78%) Police
9 1 (0.39%) Advertising
9 1 (0.39%) Electronics
9 1 (0.39%) Law
9 1 (0.39%) Marketing
9 1 (0.39%) Publishing
9 1 (0.39%) Retail
Job Titles
1 28 (10.94%) Support Engineer
2 26 (10.16%) Architect
3 25 (9.77%) Analyst
4 23 (8.98%) Windows Engineer
5 19 (7.42%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 18 (7.03%) Developer
7 17 (6.64%) Desktop Support
8 14 (5.47%) Deployment Engineer
9 13 (5.08%) Desktop Engineer
9 13 (5.08%) Rollout Engineer
10 11 (4.30%) 2nd Line Support
11 10 (3.91%) Desktop Support Engineer
11 10 (3.91%) IT Engineer
11 10 (3.91%) Service Analyst
12 8 (3.13%) 1st Line Support
12 8 (3.13%) Service Desk Analyst
12 8 (3.13%) Support Analyst
13 7 (2.73%) AWS Engineer
13 7 (2.73%) Infrastructure Architect
13 7 (2.73%) IT Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (6.25%) .NET
2 11 (4.30%) ASP.NET
3 9 (3.52%) HTML
4 8 (3.13%) Web Services
5 7 (2.73%) CSS
6 6 (2.34%) .NET Framework
6 6 (2.34%) JSON
6 6 (2.34%) SailPoint
7 4 (1.56%) XML
8 3 (1.17%) .NET Core
8 3 (1.17%) AngularJS
8 3 (1.17%) Entity Framework
8 3 (1.17%) LINQ
8 3 (1.17%) SAML
8 3 (1.17%) YAML
9 2 (0.78%) Node.js
9 2 (0.78%) REST
9 2 (0.78%) RESTful
9 2 (0.78%) SignalR
9 2 (0.78%) Universal Windows Platform
Miscellaneous
1 16 (6.25%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (4.30%) NHS
3 8 (3.13%) Driving Licence
3 8 (3.13%) Management Information System
4 6 (2.34%) Self-Motivation
5 5 (1.95%) Mainframe
6 4 (1.56%) Blackberry
6 4 (1.56%) PKI
6 4 (1.56%) Public Cloud
6 4 (1.56%) User Experience
6 4 (1.56%) Video Conferencing
7 3 (1.17%) Cyberthreat
7 3 (1.17%) Data Protection Act
8 2 (0.78%) Client/Server
8 2 (0.78%) CMDB
8 2 (0.78%) EFT
8 2 (0.78%) Fat Client
8 2 (0.78%) Greenfield Project
8 2 (0.78%) Life Science
8 2 (0.78%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 128 (50.00%) Windows 10
2 61 (23.83%) Windows Server
3 38 (14.84%) Windows 7
4 35 (13.67%) Linux
5 20 (7.81%) Windows Server 2012
6 12 (4.69%) Windows Server 2016
7 11 (4.30%) Apple iOS
7 11 (4.30%) Unix
8 5 (1.95%) Android
8 5 (1.95%) Windows Server 2019
9 4 (1.56%) Solaris
10 3 (1.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 3 (1.17%) Windows 8
10 3 (1.17%) Windows Server 2008
10 3 (1.17%) Windows XP
11 2 (0.78%) AIX
11 2 (0.78%) VMS
11 2 (0.78%) Windows Server 2003
11 2 (0.78%) zOS
12 1 (0.39%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (16.02%) Migration
2 32 (12.50%) ITIL
3 30 (11.72%) Problem-Solving
4 21 (8.20%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 20 (7.81%) Agile Software Development
6 16 (6.25%) DevOps
7 13 (5.08%) Application Packaging
7 13 (5.08%) Cybersecurity
7 13 (5.08%) Product Roadmap
8 12 (4.69%) Service Management
9 9 (3.52%) Application Virtualisation
9 9 (3.52%) Identity Access Management
10 8 (3.13%) Build Automation
10 8 (3.13%) CRM
10 8 (3.13%) Desktop Virtualisation
10 8 (3.13%) Multi-Factor Authentication
10 8 (3.13%) Time Management
11 7 (2.73%) Change Management
11 7 (2.73%) Data Analysis
11 7 (2.73%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 40 (15.63%) PowerShell
2 29 (11.33%) SQL
3 15 (5.86%) C#
4 13 (5.08%) Java
5 12 (4.69%) Bash Shell
5 12 (4.69%) JavaScript
6 11 (4.30%) Perl
7 9 (3.52%) VB
8 8 (3.13%) Python
8 8 (3.13%) Shell Script
9 6 (2.34%) VB.NET
10 5 (1.95%) VBA
11 3 (1.17%) PL/SQL
11 3 (1.17%) Ruby
11 3 (1.17%) T-SQL
12 2 (0.78%) C
12 2 (0.78%) RPG
12 2 (0.78%) XAML
12 2 (0.78%) XPath
13 1 (0.39%) ActionScript
Qualifications
1 32 (12.50%) Security Cleared
2 27 (10.55%) SC Cleared
3 10 (3.91%) Degree
4 9 (3.52%) Microsoft Certification
5 8 (3.13%) Cisco Certification
6 5 (1.95%) Oracle Certification
7 4 (1.56%) Computer Science Degree
7 4 (1.56%) ITIL Certification
7 4 (1.56%) MCP
8 3 (1.17%) CCNA
8 3 (1.17%) CISSP
8 3 (1.17%) Citrix Certification
9 2 (0.78%) A+ Certification
9 2 (0.78%) CCA
9 2 (0.78%) CCSP
9 2 (0.78%) CEH
9 2 (0.78%) CISA
9 2 (0.78%) CISM
9 2 (0.78%) MCSE
9 2 (0.78%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (5.08%) SLA
2 5 (1.95%) QA
3 2 (0.78%) GDPR
3 2 (0.78%) GMP
4 1 (0.39%) Data Quality
System Software
1 91 (35.55%) Active Directory
2 20 (7.81%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (3.91%) Hyper-V
4 8 (3.13%) BitLocker
4 8 (3.13%) Docker
5 5 (1.95%) Microsoft App-V
6 3 (1.17%) GlusterFS
6 3 (1.17%) NFS
7 2 (0.78%) Oracle RAC
7 2 (0.78%) XenApp
8 1 (0.39%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.39%) Virtual Desktop
8 1 (0.39%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.39%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.39%) VMware NSX
8 1 (0.39%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 67 (26.17%) SCCM
2 28 (10.94%) Microsoft Intune
3 18 (7.03%) Terraform
4 14 (5.47%) Ansible
4 14 (5.47%) Puppet
5 11 (4.30%) SCOM
6 7 (2.73%) WSUS
7 6 (2.34%) Kubernetes
7 6 (2.34%) Netcool
8 5 (1.95%) Nagios
8 5 (1.95%) Opscode Chef
8 5 (1.95%) Single Sign-On
9 4 (1.56%) Graylog
9 4 (1.56%) Prometheus
9 4 (1.56%) WMI
10 3 (1.17%) Data Guard
10 3 (1.17%) FortiGate
10 3 (1.17%) SafeCom
10 3 (1.17%) ZABBIX
11 2 (0.78%) Jamf Pro
Vendors
1 106 (41.41%) Microsoft
2 29 (11.33%) VMware
3 23 (8.98%) Oracle
4 18 (7.03%) Cisco
4 18 (7.03%) Citrix
5 14 (5.47%) Apple
6 10 (3.91%) McAfee
7 7 (2.73%) HP
7 7 (2.73%) IBM
8 6 (2.34%) SolarWinds
9 5 (1.95%) Splunk
10 4 (1.56%) Meraki
10 4 (1.56%) Palo Alto
10 4 (1.56%) Remedy
11 3 (1.17%) Avaya
11 3 (1.17%) Canon
11 3 (1.17%) Dell
11 3 (1.17%) Okta
11 3 (1.17%) SAP
11 3 (1.17%) ServiceNow