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 3 months to 29 March 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
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 9 9 4
Rank change year-on-year 0 -5  
Contract jobs citing Windows 257 457 507
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 9.95% 11.81% 14.04%
As % of the Operating Systems category 54.33% 55.26% 63.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 156 189 219
Median daily rate £348 £369 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.76% +9.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £125 £156 £170
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £513
UK excluding London median daily rate £340 £340 £320
% change year-on-year - +6.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 68 94
Median hourly rate £16.00 £15.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.45 £10.58
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.25 £42.28 £20.13
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £15.50 £14.75
% change year-on-year -6.45% +5.08%  

Windows is in the operating system skills category. The next 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.

Contract Operating System Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 473 827 793
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 18.30% 21.38% 21.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 322 424 379
Median daily rate £363 £375 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.33% +2.73%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £230 £197
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £514
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £365 £338
% change year-on-year +5.47% +8.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 45 68 94
Median hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +14.28%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.00 £10.45
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £20.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.25 £16.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -7.57% +6.45%  

Windows
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing Windows as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Operating Systems category.

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 3 months to 29 March 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 3 months to 29 March 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 3 months to 29 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -6 132 £350 +14.75% 105
Cheshire -5 48 £350 -17.64% 35
Merseyside -1 32 £300 -20.00% 17
Lancashire -4 29 £418 +11.33% 9
Cumbria +3 7 £325 +22.64% 1
Windows
England

For the 6 months to 29 March 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.

1 208 (34.72%) Microsoft
2 204 (34.06%) Active Directory
3 174 (29.05%) Linux
3 174 (29.05%) Windows Server
4 134 (22.37%) Unix
5 126 (21.04%) SQL Server
6 124 (20.70%) VMware
7 108 (18.03%) ITIL
8 105 (17.53%) SQL
9 100 (16.69%) Windows Server 2012
9 100 (16.69%) Windows Server 2008
10 93 (15.53%) Firewall
11 83 (13.86%) Citrix
12 81 (13.52%) Windows 7
13 75 (12.52%) Security Cleared
14 73 (12.19%) MS Office
15 69 (11.52%) MS Excel
16 67 (11.19%) Finance
16 67 (11.19%) Agile Software Development
17 66 (11.02%) PowerShell
18 65 (10.85%) VMware Infrastructure
18 65 (10.85%) Oracle
19 64 (10.68%) Migration
19 64 (10.68%) SC Cleared
20 63 (10.52%) LAN
20 63 (10.52%) WAN
21 61 (10.18%) DNS
22 58 (9.68%) TCP/IP
23 54 (9.02%) MS Exchange
23 54 (9.02%) Analytical Skills

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 (9.02%) MS Exchange
2 33 (5.51%) IIS
3 28 (4.67%) SharePoint
4 27 (4.51%) Exchange Server 2010
5 20 (3.34%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 16 (2.67%) WebSphere
7 14 (2.34%) Tomcat
8 11 (1.84%) Exchange Server 2007
8 11 (1.84%) IBM Notes
9 10 (1.67%) Apache
9 10 (1.67%) Skype for Business
10 8 (1.34%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 8 (1.34%) JBoss
10 8 (1.34%) nginx
11 7 (1.17%) WebLogic
12 6 (1.00%) Confluence
13 5 (0.83%) BizTalk Server
13 5 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2013
14 4 (0.67%) SharePoint 2013
15 3 (0.50%) Mongrel
Applications
1 73 (12.19%) MS Office
2 69 (11.52%) MS Excel
3 21 (3.51%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (0.83%) InfoPath
4 5 (0.83%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.33%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 8 (1.34%) Oracle EBS
2 7 (1.17%) Dynamics CRM
3 4 (0.67%) Dynamics NAV
4 3 (0.50%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 2 (0.33%) Oracle Applications
5 2 (0.33%) Visualfiles
6 1 (0.17%) Infor M3
6 1 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
6 1 (0.17%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 51 (8.51%) Office 365
2 47 (7.85%) Microsoft Azure
3 40 (6.68%) Amazon AWS
4 16 (2.67%) Amazon EC2
5 15 (2.50%) IaaS
5 15 (2.50%) PaaS
6 13 (2.17%) AWS CloudFormation
7 12 (2.00%) Amazon S3
8 11 (1.84%) SaaS
9 7 (1.17%) Azure Active Directory
10 5 (0.83%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 4 (0.67%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 4 (0.67%) Amazon ELB
11 4 (0.67%) Amazon EMR
11 4 (0.67%) Amazon SQS
11 4 (0.67%) AWS CloudTrail
11 4 (0.67%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
11 4 (0.67%) AWS Lambda
11 4 (0.67%) Google Cloud Platform
11 4 (0.67%) TestFlight
Communications & Networking
1 93 (15.53%) Firewall
2 63 (10.52%) LAN
2 63 (10.52%) WAN
3 61 (10.18%) DNS
4 58 (9.68%) TCP/IP
5 50 (8.35%) VPN
6 37 (6.18%) VoIP
7 32 (5.34%) DHCP
8 26 (4.34%) SAN
9 25 (4.17%) SSL
10 21 (3.51%) Internet
11 19 (3.17%) NAS
11 19 (3.17%) VLAN
12 17 (2.84%) LDAP
13 11 (1.84%) FTP
14 10 (1.67%) HTTPS
15 9 (1.50%) HTTP
15 9 (1.50%) Wireless
16 7 (1.17%) Extranet
16 7 (1.17%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 126 (21.04%) SQL Server
2 33 (5.51%) SQL Server 2008
3 27 (4.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 25 (4.17%) Oracle Database
4 25 (4.17%) Relational Database
5 19 (3.17%) SQL Server 2012
5 19 (3.17%) SQL Server 2014
6 18 (3.01%) MongoDB
6 18 (3.01%) NoSQL
6 18 (3.01%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 13 (2.17%) Big Data
7 13 (2.17%) MySQL
7 13 (2.17%) SQL Server 2005
8 12 (2.00%) DB2
8 12 (2.00%) Oracle Database 11g
9 11 (1.84%) Oracle Database 12c
10 10 (1.67%) Redis
10 10 (1.67%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 7 (1.17%) SQLite
12 6 (1.00%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 23 (3.84%) Visual Studio
2 20 (3.34%) Git (software)
2 20 (3.34%) Jenkins
3 11 (1.84%) JIRA
4 6 (1.00%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
5 5 (0.83%) MSI
5 5 (0.83%) Team Foundation Server
5 5 (0.83%) Visual Studio Team System
5 5 (0.83%) Xcode
6 4 (0.67%) Android Studio
6 4 (0.67%) CocoaPods
6 4 (0.67%) GitLab
6 4 (0.67%) Maven
6 4 (0.67%) Mercurial
6 4 (0.67%) Selenium
6 4 (0.67%) Toad
7 3 (0.50%) Gradle
7 3 (0.50%) Travis CI
8 2 (0.33%) JBehave
8 2 (0.33%) TeamCity
General
1 67 (11.19%) Finance
2 28 (4.67%) Banking
3 18 (3.01%) Manufacturing
4 9 (1.50%) Local Government
5 7 (1.17%) Telecoms
6 6 (1.00%) Law
6 6 (1.00%) Legal
6 6 (1.00%) Marketing
6 6 (1.00%) Retail
7 4 (0.67%) Games
7 4 (0.67%) Pharmaceutical
8 3 (0.50%) Avionics
8 3 (0.50%) Electronics
9 2 (0.33%) Back Office
9 2 (0.33%) Investment Banking
10 1 (0.17%) French Language
10 1 (0.17%) German Language
10 1 (0.17%) Portuguese Language
10 1 (0.17%) Russian Language
10 1 (0.17%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 95 (15.86%) Analyst
2 48 (8.01%) Developer
3 36 (6.01%) 2nd Line Support
3 36 (6.01%) Architect
3 36 (6.01%) DBA
3 36 (6.01%) Support Engineer
4 32 (5.34%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 31 (5.18%) Support Analyst
6 30 (5.01%) Consultant
6 30 (5.01%) Service Analyst
7 29 (4.84%) Administrator
7 29 (4.84%) Service Desk Analyst
8 26 (4.34%) Desktop Support
9 25 (4.17%) Windows Engineer
10 22 (3.67%) 3rd Line Support
11 20 (3.34%) SQL DBA
12 17 (2.84%) 1st/2nd Line Support
12 17 (2.84%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 17 (2.84%) Active Directory Support
13 16 (2.67%) 1st Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 53 (8.85%) .NET
2 48 (8.01%) Web Services
3 41 (6.84%) Middleware
4 37 (6.18%) XML
5 26 (4.34%) Elastic Stack
6 25 (4.17%) ASP.NET
7 24 (4.01%) JSON
8 16 (2.67%) HTML
8 16 (2.67%) J2EE
9 13 (2.17%) WPF
10 12 (2.00%) Oracle Fusion
11 9 (1.50%) ASP.NET MVC
11 9 (1.50%) jQuery
11 9 (1.50%) REST
11 9 (1.50%) RESTful
11 9 (1.50%) XSLT
12 7 (1.17%) .NET Framework
12 7 (1.17%) Regular Expression
12 7 (1.17%) SOAP
13 6 (1.00%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 54 (9.02%) Analytical Skills
2 39 (6.51%) Data Centre
3 23 (3.84%) Management Information System
4 18 (3.01%) Blackberry
5 15 (2.50%) iPhone
5 15 (2.50%) Mainframe
5 15 (2.50%) Mobile App
6 14 (2.34%) Replication
7 13 (2.17%) Cyber Attack
8 12 (2.00%) Life Science
8 12 (2.00%) Linux Command Line
9 11 (1.84%) Clustering
9 11 (1.84%) PKI
9 11 (1.84%) Tandem
10 9 (1.50%) Video Conferencing
11 8 (1.34%) iPad
12 7 (1.17%) Security Operations Centre
13 6 (1.00%) NHS
13 6 (1.00%) User Experience
14 5 (0.83%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 174 (29.05%) Linux
1 174 (29.05%) Windows Server
2 134 (22.37%) Unix
3 100 (16.69%) Windows Server 2008
3 100 (16.69%) Windows Server 2012
4 81 (13.52%) Windows 7
5 53 (8.85%) AIX
6 48 (8.01%) Windows 10
7 45 (7.51%) Windows Server 2003
7 45 (7.51%) Windows XP
8 30 (5.01%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 27 (4.51%) Solaris
10 25 (4.17%) Windows 8
11 22 (3.67%) Android
12 21 (3.51%) Apple iOS
13 19 (3.17%) HPUX
14 16 (2.67%) Windows 2000
15 10 (1.67%) Windows Phone
16 7 (1.17%) Mac OS X
16 7 (1.17%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 108 (18.03%) ITIL
2 67 (11.19%) Agile Software Development
3 64 (10.68%) Migration
4 39 (6.51%) DevOps
5 37 (6.18%) Change Management
6 35 (5.84%) Patch Management
7 34 (5.68%) Service Management
8 32 (5.34%) Vulnerability Assessment
9 31 (5.18%) Vulnerability Management
10 30 (5.01%) Open Source
11 28 (4.67%) Cybersecurity
11 28 (4.67%) Network Monitoring
12 26 (4.34%) SOA
13 23 (3.84%) PRINCE2
13 23 (3.84%) Problem Management
14 20 (3.34%) Case Management
14 20 (3.34%) Information Security
14 20 (3.34%) Release Management
15 19 (3.17%) Security Operations
16 18 (3.01%) Security Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 105 (17.53%) SQL
2 66 (11.02%) PowerShell
3 43 (7.18%) Java
4 38 (6.34%) C#
5 33 (5.51%) Python
6 29 (4.84%) Perl
7 24 (4.01%) JavaScript
8 15 (2.50%) VBScript
9 13 (2.17%) C++
9 13 (2.17%) Shell Script
10 8 (1.34%) T-SQL
11 6 (1.00%) Bourne shell
11 6 (1.00%) Korn
11 6 (1.00%) PHP
11 6 (1.00%) PL/SQL
12 5 (0.83%) Apple Swift
12 5 (0.83%) Objective-C
13 4 (0.67%) ActionScript
13 4 (0.67%) Scala
13 4 (0.67%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 75 (12.52%) Security Cleared
2 64 (10.68%) SC Cleared
3 33 (5.51%) CISSP
4 31 (5.18%) Microsoft Certification
5 30 (5.01%) SANS
6 29 (4.84%) SSCP
7 21 (3.51%) MCSE
8 13 (2.17%) MCP
9 11 (1.84%) Cisco Certification
10 9 (1.50%) Degree
11 7 (1.17%) BPSS Clearance
11 7 (1.17%) CCNP
11 7 (1.17%) ITIL Certification
11 7 (1.17%) MCITP
11 7 (1.17%) MCSA
12 6 (1.00%) AWS Certification
12 6 (1.00%) CCNA
12 6 (1.00%) DBS Check
13 5 (0.83%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 3 (0.50%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (4.17%) SLA
2 8 (1.34%) QA
3 5 (0.83%) Disclosure Scotland
4 4 (0.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.50%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.50%) PMO
6 1 (0.17%) BS25999
6 1 (0.17%) COBIT
6 1 (0.17%) COSO
6 1 (0.17%) GDPR
6 1 (0.17%) GxP
6 1 (0.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 204 (34.06%) Active Directory
2 65 (10.85%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (3.01%) XenApp
4 17 (2.84%) Hyper-V
5 11 (1.84%) vSphere
6 9 (1.50%) Virtual Machines
6 9 (1.50%) VMware ESX
7 8 (1.34%) ProxySG
7 8 (1.34%) Virtual Servers
8 7 (1.17%) VMware ESXi
9 6 (1.00%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 5 (0.83%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 5 (0.83%) Docker
11 4 (0.67%) Microsoft App-V
12 3 (0.50%) BitLocker
12 3 (0.50%) Terminal Services
13 2 (0.33%) VMware GSX
13 2 (0.33%) Xen
14 1 (0.17%) Oracle RAC
14 1 (0.17%) Snort
Systems Management
1 52 (8.68%) SCCM
2 29 (4.84%) SCOM
3 27 (4.51%) QRadar
4 22 (3.67%) Opscode Chef
5 21 (3.51%) Puppet
6 13 (2.17%) Netcool
7 12 (2.00%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
8 10 (1.67%) Kibana
8 10 (1.67%) logstash
8 10 (1.67%) Microsoft Clustering
9 9 (1.50%) Ansible
9 9 (1.50%) Oracle RMAN
9 9 (1.50%) Tivoli
10 8 (1.34%) Nessus
10 8 (1.34%) Nmap
10 8 (1.34%) WSUS
11 7 (1.17%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
11 7 (1.17%) Failover Clustering
11 7 (1.17%) Microsoft Intune
11 7 (1.17%) Nexpose
Vendors
1 208 (34.72%) Microsoft
2 124 (20.70%) VMware
3 83 (13.86%) Citrix
4 65 (10.85%) Oracle
5 46 (7.68%) IBM
6 45 (7.51%) Apple
7 36 (6.01%) Cisco
7 36 (6.01%) HP
8 30 (5.01%) Red Hat
9 27 (4.51%) Splunk
10 23 (3.84%) NetApp
11 20 (3.34%) LogRhythm
12 16 (2.67%) Intel Security
13 15 (2.50%) Intel
14 12 (2.00%) CA
15 11 (1.84%) Blue Coat
15 11 (1.84%) Google
15 11 (1.84%) Lotus
16 9 (1.50%) ServiceNow
16 9 (1.50%) Symantec
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