Period
to 21 January 2021

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 21 January 2021 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
21 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 8 3 4
Rank change year-on-year -5 +1 +4
Contract jobs citing Windows 289 782 829
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the North West 11.82% 15.86% 14.76%
As % of the Operating Systems category 66.90% 69.20% 67.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 198 496 497
Median daily rate £300 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -14.29% - -
10th Percentile £120 £125 £120
90th Percentile £501 £550 £513
England median daily rate £383 £350 £375
% change year-on-year +9.43% -6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 50 95 115
Median hourly rate £17.16 £16.74 £17.41
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.54% -3.88% +6.42%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £11.25
90th Percentile £58.88 £33.16 £22.09
England median hourly rate £17.00 £16.70 £16.00
% change year-on-year +1.80% +4.38% +1.85%

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 432 1,130 1,229
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 17.66% 22.91% 21.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 251 709 766
Median daily rate £363 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.33% - -6.25%
10th Percentile £128 £135 £135
90th Percentile £519 £575 £555
England median daily rate £430 £413 £425
% change year-on-year +4.24% -2.94% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 52 95 124
Median hourly rate £17.16 £16.74 £17.42
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.54% -3.93% +2.47%
10th Percentile £11.26 £11.17 £11.25
90th Percentile £55.20 £39.45 £24.58
Median hourly rate £17.63 £17.10 £17.25
% change year-on-year +3.07% -0.87% +1.47%

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 21 January 2021.

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 21 January 2021.

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 21 January 2021. 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 -4 140 £325 -7.14% 89
Cheshire 0 56 £360 +20.00% 33
Lancashire +1 52 £275 -14.06% 19
Cumbria 0 20 £178 -8.51% 5
Merseyside -18 14 £306 -23.44% 22
Windows
England

For the 6 months to 21 January 2021, 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.

1 149 (51.56%) Windows 10
2 105 (36.33%) Active Directory
3 95 (32.87%) Microsoft
4 91 (31.49%) Office 365
5 67 (23.18%) SCCM
6 52 (17.99%) Windows Server
7 50 (17.30%) Migration
8 44 (15.22%) PowerShell
9 42 (14.53%) Security Cleared
10 39 (13.49%) Azure
11 38 (13.15%) Microsoft Office
11 38 (13.15%) ITIL
12 37 (12.80%) Windows 7
13 36 (12.46%) SC Cleared
13 36 (12.46%) Linux
14 34 (11.76%) Problem-Solving
15 30 (10.38%) Citrix
16 27 (9.34%) SLA
16 27 (9.34%) SQL Server
17 24 (8.30%) DNS
18 23 (7.96%) Finance
19 22 (7.61%) Agile Software Development
19 22 (7.61%) MS Exchange
19 22 (7.61%) Windows Server 2012
19 22 (7.61%) Infrastructure Engineering
20 21 (7.27%) Perl
20 21 (7.27%) VMware
21 20 (6.92%) SQL
21 20 (6.92%) Microsoft Intune
21 20 (6.92%) Public Sector

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 22 (7.61%) MS Exchange
2 14 (4.84%) IIS
2 14 (4.84%) SharePoint
3 6 (2.08%) JBoss
4 5 (1.73%) Elasticsearch
4 5 (1.73%) Skype for Business
5 4 (1.38%) CMS
5 4 (1.38%) Tomcat
5 4 (1.38%) WebSphere
6 3 (1.04%) Apache
6 3 (1.04%) WebLogic
7 2 (0.69%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 2 (0.69%) Exchange Server 2013
7 2 (0.69%) nginx
7 2 (0.69%) WebSphere Application Server
8 1 (0.35%) DNN
8 1 (0.35%) EPiServer
8 1 (0.35%) Exchange Server 2010
8 1 (0.35%) NetWeaver
8 1 (0.35%) Oracle HTTP Server
Applications
1 38 (13.15%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (1.73%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 7 (2.42%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.35%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.35%) NetSuite
2 1 (0.35%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 91 (31.49%) Office 365
2 39 (13.49%) Azure
3 16 (5.54%) AWS
4 12 (4.15%) Azure Active Directory
5 4 (1.38%) GitHub
6 3 (1.04%) OpenShift
7 2 (0.69%) Amazon S3
7 2 (0.69%) AWS CloudFormation
7 2 (0.69%) AWS CloudTrail
8 1 (0.35%) Amazon EC2
8 1 (0.35%) GCP
8 1 (0.35%) IaaS
8 1 (0.35%) Mimecast
8 1 (0.35%) npm
8 1 (0.35%) OneDrive
8 1 (0.35%) PaaS
8 1 (0.35%) SaaS
8 1 (0.35%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 24 (8.30%) DNS
2 16 (5.54%) DHCP
3 15 (5.19%) VPN
4 13 (4.50%) TCP/IP
5 9 (3.11%) Wi-Fi
6 8 (2.77%) Network Security
7 7 (2.42%) HTTP
7 7 (2.42%) LAN
7 7 (2.42%) Remote Desktop
7 7 (2.42%) SAN
7 7 (2.42%) Skype
8 5 (1.73%) ATM
8 5 (1.73%) Firewall
8 5 (1.73%) Internet
8 5 (1.73%) VoIP
8 5 (1.73%) WAAS
9 4 (1.38%) IP Telephony
9 4 (1.38%) SSL
9 4 (1.38%) WAN
10 3 (1.04%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (9.34%) SQL Server
2 7 (2.42%) Oracle Database
3 4 (1.38%) Relational Database
3 4 (1.38%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 3 (1.04%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (1.04%) DB2
4 3 (1.04%) MySQL
4 3 (1.04%) RDBMS
5 2 (0.69%) BusinessObjects
5 2 (0.69%) MongoDB
5 2 (0.69%) Oracle Database 11g
5 2 (0.69%) PostgreSQL
5 2 (0.69%) SQL Server 2008
5 2 (0.69%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 2 (0.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 2 (0.69%) SQLBase
6 1 (0.35%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.35%) OLTP
6 1 (0.35%) SAP HANA
6 1 (0.35%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 14 (4.84%) Jenkins
2 12 (4.15%) Git (software)
3 11 (3.81%) Visual Studio
4 7 (2.42%) SonarQube
5 6 (2.08%) Hudson
5 6 (2.08%) JIRA
5 6 (2.08%) Sonatype Nexus
5 6 (2.08%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 6 (2.08%) Subversion
6 4 (1.38%) MSI
7 3 (1.04%) Bitbucket
7 3 (1.04%) Bitbucket Server
7 3 (1.04%) CA Release Automation
7 3 (1.04%) IBM UrbanCode
7 3 (1.04%) JUnit
7 3 (1.04%) Selenium
7 3 (1.04%) TeamCity
8 2 (0.69%) Oracle APEX
9 1 (0.35%) Gradle
9 1 (0.35%) Maven
General
1 23 (7.96%) Finance
2 20 (6.92%) Public Sector
3 16 (5.54%) Banking
4 9 (3.11%) Legal
4 9 (3.11%) Local Government
5 7 (2.42%) Telecoms
6 5 (1.73%) Retail
7 4 (1.38%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.69%) Back Office
8 2 (0.69%) Electronics
8 2 (0.69%) Marketing
8 2 (0.69%) Police
9 1 (0.35%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.35%) French Language
9 1 (0.35%) German Language
9 1 (0.35%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 45 (15.57%) Analyst
2 28 (9.69%) Service Analyst
3 27 (9.34%) Support Engineer
4 26 (9.00%) Deployment Engineer
4 26 (9.00%) Service Desk Analyst
5 24 (8.30%) Developer
6 21 (7.27%) 1st Line Support
6 21 (7.27%) Architect
6 21 (7.27%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 20 (6.92%) Windows Engineer
8 16 (5.54%) Desktop Support
9 14 (4.84%) IT Engineer
10 13 (4.50%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
10 13 (4.50%) Service Desk Support
10 13 (4.50%) Service Desk Support Analyst
11 12 (4.15%) 1st Line Support Analyst
11 12 (4.15%) Active Directory Support
11 12 (4.15%) Desktop Engineer
12 11 (3.81%) Rollout Engineer
12 11 (3.81%) Service Desk Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (5.19%) .NET
2 10 (3.46%) Web Services
3 9 (3.11%) Middleware
4 8 (2.77%) ASP.NET
5 7 (2.42%) CSS
5 7 (2.42%) HTML
6 6 (2.08%) JSON
6 6 (2.08%) SailPoint
7 4 (1.38%) Boost C++ Libraries
7 4 (1.38%) Kafka
7 4 (1.38%) Qt
7 4 (1.38%) YAML
8 3 (1.04%) .NET Core
8 3 (1.04%) .NET Framework
8 3 (1.04%) Elastic Stack
8 3 (1.04%) Spring Boot
9 2 (0.69%) Node.js
9 2 (0.69%) REST
9 2 (0.69%) SignalR
9 2 (0.69%) Universal Windows Platform
Miscellaneous
1 17 (5.88%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (3.81%) Driving Licence
2 11 (3.81%) Management Information System
3 10 (3.46%) NHS
4 9 (3.11%) Clustering
5 8 (2.77%) User Experience
6 7 (2.42%) Video Conferencing
7 6 (2.08%) Data Protection Act
7 6 (2.08%) PKI
8 5 (1.73%) EMC VNX
9 4 (1.38%) Blackberry
9 4 (1.38%) CMDB
10 3 (1.04%) Data Centre
10 3 (1.04%) Fat Client
10 3 (1.04%) Self-Motivation
10 3 (1.04%) Tandem
10 3 (1.04%) Thin Client
11 2 (0.69%) Greenfield Project
11 2 (0.69%) iPad
11 2 (0.69%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 149 (51.56%) Windows 10
2 52 (17.99%) Windows Server
3 37 (12.80%) Windows 7
4 36 (12.46%) Linux
5 22 (7.61%) Windows Server 2012
6 13 (4.50%) Windows XP
7 11 (3.81%) Android
8 8 (2.77%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 8 (2.77%) Windows Server 2016
9 7 (2.42%) Apple iOS
9 7 (2.42%) Unix
10 4 (1.38%) Solaris
10 4 (1.38%) Windows 8
10 4 (1.38%) Windows Server 2019
11 2 (0.69%) AIX
11 2 (0.69%) Mac OS
11 2 (0.69%) VMS
11 2 (0.69%) Windows Server 2008
11 2 (0.69%) zOS
12 1 (0.35%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 50 (17.30%) Migration
2 38 (13.15%) ITIL
3 34 (11.76%) Problem-Solving
4 22 (7.61%) Agile Software Development
4 22 (7.61%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 15 (5.19%) DevOps
6 12 (4.15%) Application Packaging
7 11 (3.81%) Identity Access Management
7 11 (3.81%) Infrastructure Monitoring
7 11 (3.81%) Product Roadmap
7 11 (3.81%) Time Management
8 10 (3.46%) Service Management
9 9 (3.11%) Continuous Integration
9 9 (3.11%) High Availability
10 8 (2.77%) CRM
10 8 (2.77%) Software Engineering
10 8 (2.77%) Test Automation
11 7 (2.42%) Change Management
11 7 (2.42%) Scrum
11 7 (2.42%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 44 (15.22%) PowerShell
2 21 (7.27%) Perl
3 20 (6.92%) SQL
4 18 (6.23%) C#
5 15 (5.19%) Python
6 14 (4.84%) JavaScript
7 12 (4.15%) Java
8 9 (3.11%) Bash Shell
9 8 (2.77%) VB.NET
10 6 (2.08%) C++
11 5 (1.73%) T-SQL
11 5 (1.73%) VB
12 3 (1.04%) PL/SQL
12 3 (1.04%) Ruby
12 3 (1.04%) Shell Script
13 2 (0.69%) C
13 2 (0.69%) RPG
13 2 (0.69%) VBA
13 2 (0.69%) XAML
14 1 (0.35%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 42 (14.53%) Security Cleared
2 36 (12.46%) SC Cleared
3 16 (5.54%) Degree
4 4 (1.38%) DBS Check
4 4 (1.38%) Microsoft Certification
5 3 (1.04%) BPSS Clearance
5 3 (1.04%) CCNA
5 3 (1.04%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (0.69%) A+ Certification
6 2 (0.69%) Citrix Certification
6 2 (0.69%) ITIL Certification
6 2 (0.69%) MCP
6 2 (0.69%) Oracle Certification
7 1 (0.35%) AWS Certification
7 1 (0.35%) CCA
7 1 (0.35%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 1 (0.35%) Master's Degree
7 1 (0.35%) MCITP
7 1 (0.35%) MCSA
7 1 (0.35%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (9.34%) SLA
2 9 (3.11%) QA
3 2 (0.69%) GDPR
3 2 (0.69%) GMP
4 1 (0.35%) WAI
4 1 (0.35%) WCAG
System Software
1 105 (36.33%) Active Directory
2 12 (4.15%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (3.11%) Docker
4 8 (2.77%) BitLocker
4 8 (2.77%) Hyper-V
5 6 (2.08%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (0.69%) Oracle RAC
6 2 (0.69%) XenApp
7 1 (0.35%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.35%) OpenAM
7 1 (0.35%) Terminal Services
7 1 (0.35%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (0.35%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.35%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (0.35%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 67 (23.18%) SCCM
2 20 (6.92%) Microsoft Intune
3 12 (4.15%) Opscode Chef
4 11 (3.81%) Netcool
4 11 (3.81%) SCOM
5 9 (3.11%) Microsoft Clustering
6 7 (2.42%) Kubernetes
6 7 (2.42%) Terraform
7 5 (1.73%) IBM BigFix
8 4 (1.38%) Ansible
8 4 (1.38%) Puppet
9 3 (1.04%) Jamf Pro
9 3 (1.04%) Kibana
9 3 (1.04%) McAfee ePO
9 3 (1.04%) Nagios
9 3 (1.04%) WSUS
9 3 (1.04%) ZABBIX
10 2 (0.69%) NetBackup
10 2 (0.69%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
10 2 (0.69%) Oracle RMAN
Vendors
1 95 (32.87%) Microsoft
2 30 (10.38%) Citrix
3 21 (7.27%) VMware
4 18 (6.23%) Oracle
5 17 (5.88%) Apple
6 10 (3.46%) Cisco
7 9 (3.11%) Red Hat
8 8 (2.77%) Avaya
8 8 (2.77%) IBM
9 7 (2.42%) EMC
9 7 (2.42%) Splunk
10 5 (1.73%) Ivanti
10 5 (1.73%) SAP
11 4 (1.38%) McAfee
11 4 (1.38%) Remedy
12 3 (1.04%) AppDynamics
12 3 (1.04%) Polycom
12 3 (1.04%) Samsung
12 3 (1.04%) ServiceNow
12 3 (1.04%) Veeam