Period
to 22 September 2019

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 22 September 2019 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
22 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 3 5 9
Rank change year-on-year +2 +4 -1
Contract jobs citing Windows 735 807 597
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 14.05% 13.69% 10.25%
As % of the Operating Systems category 64.42% 65.19% 49.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 441 459 340
North West median daily rate £315 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.00% +7.69% -13.33%
10th Percentile £120 £113 £125
90th Percentile £495 £500 £510
England median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14% -2.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 80 133 93
North West median hourly rate £15.00 £15.86 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.42% +2.32% +10.71%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £42.10 £35.00 £42.50
England median hourly rate £16.50 £16.95 £16.00
% change year-on-year -2.65% +5.94% +4.20%

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 1,141 1,238 1,196
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 21.81% 21.00% 20.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 730 731 728
North West median daily rate £400 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% -6.25% -
10th Percentile £138 £133 £182
90th Percentile £575 £538 £543
England median daily rate £425 £438 £425
% change year-on-year -2.86% +2.94% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 81 137 101
North West median hourly rate £15.00 £15.86 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.42% -0.88% +11.58%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £43.00 £35.00 £44.00
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

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 22 September 2019.

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 22 September 2019.

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 22 September 2019. 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 +3 361 £325 -5.80% 211
Cheshire 0 138 £300 -14.04% 75
Merseyside +1 101 £363 +20.83% 59
Cumbria +1 65 £160 -51.59% 4
Lancashire +2 58 £278 -40.16% 43
Windows
England

For the 6 months to 22 September 2019, 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.

1 263 (35.78%) Active Directory
2 257 (34.97%) Windows 10
3 218 (29.66%) Windows Server
4 201 (27.35%) Microsoft
5 167 (22.72%) Windows 7
5 167 (22.72%) Office 365
6 149 (20.27%) ITIL
7 138 (18.78%) VMware
8 136 (18.50%) Migration
9 117 (15.92%) SCCM
10 115 (15.65%) Security Cleared
11 108 (14.69%) SC Cleared
12 104 (14.15%) Citrix
13 100 (13.61%) Azure
14 92 (12.52%) PowerShell
15 89 (12.11%) Linux
15 89 (12.11%) Microsoft Office
16 84 (11.43%) SQL
17 80 (10.88%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 77 (10.48%) Windows Server 2012
19 76 (10.34%) VMware Infrastructure
20 74 (10.07%) MS Exchange
21 69 (9.39%) SQL Server
22 68 (9.25%) Data Centre
23 67 (9.12%) Windows Server 2008
24 65 (8.84%) AWS
25 63 (8.57%) Finance
26 60 (8.16%) DNS
27 59 (8.03%) Analytical Skills
28 57 (7.76%) 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 74 (10.07%) MS Exchange
2 47 (6.39%) SharePoint
3 33 (4.49%) Skype for Business
4 15 (2.04%) Exchange Server 2010
4 15 (2.04%) IIS
5 14 (1.90%) IBM Notes
6 13 (1.77%) Apache
7 12 (1.63%) Confluence
7 12 (1.63%) Exchange Server 2003
8 9 (1.22%) WebLogic
9 8 (1.09%) JBoss
10 6 (0.82%) Tomcat
11 5 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2013
12 4 (0.54%) WebSphere
12 4 (0.54%) WebSphere Application Server
13 3 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2007
13 3 (0.41%) SharePoint 2013
13 3 (0.41%) Umbraco
14 2 (0.27%) CMS
14 2 (0.27%) WordPress
Applications
1 89 (12.11%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (0.95%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.41%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (0.41%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (0.27%) SPSS
4 2 (0.27%) Stata
5 1 (0.14%) Adobe Illustrator
5 1 (0.14%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.14%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 7 (0.95%) Remedy ITSM
2 4 (0.54%) Eikon
3 3 (0.41%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.27%) Dynamics NAV
4 2 (0.27%) Payment Gateway
5 1 (0.14%) Oracle 11i
5 1 (0.14%) Oracle Applications
5 1 (0.14%) Oracle Assets
5 1 (0.14%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.14%) Oracle General Ledger
5 1 (0.14%) Oracle Payables
5 1 (0.14%) Oracle Receivables
5 1 (0.14%) Relativity
Cloud Services
1 167 (22.72%) Office 365
2 100 (13.61%) Azure
3 65 (8.84%) AWS
4 24 (3.27%) Azure Active Directory
5 17 (2.31%) Amazon S3
5 17 (2.31%) AWS CloudFormation
6 16 (2.18%) Amazon EC2
6 16 (2.18%) OneDrive
7 15 (2.04%) PaaS
8 13 (1.77%) Amazon ELB
8 13 (1.77%) IaaS
9 11 (1.50%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 10 (1.36%) GitHub
11 9 (1.22%) GCP
12 7 (0.95%) G Suite
12 7 (0.95%) Power Platform
12 7 (0.95%) Serverless
13 6 (0.82%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 5 (0.68%) Dynamics 365
15 4 (0.54%) AWS CloudTrail
Communications & Networking
1 60 (8.16%) DNS
2 50 (6.80%) DHCP
3 48 (6.53%) Firewall
4 36 (4.90%) LAN
5 31 (4.22%) WAN
6 30 (4.08%) TCP/IP
7 29 (3.95%) Skype
7 29 (3.95%) VPN
8 24 (3.27%) VoIP
9 20 (2.72%) SAN
10 19 (2.59%) SSL
10 19 (2.59%) Wi-Fi
11 17 (2.31%) HTTPS
12 14 (1.90%) NAS
13 13 (1.77%) HTTP
13 13 (1.77%) Internet
14 12 (1.63%) Remote Desktop
15 11 (1.50%) Intranet
15 11 (1.50%) PBX
15 11 (1.50%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 69 (9.39%) SQL Server
2 18 (2.45%) Oracle Database
3 15 (2.04%) Amazon RDS
3 15 (2.04%) MS Access
4 8 (1.09%) GIS
4 8 (1.09%) Oracle Reports
5 6 (0.82%) PostgreSQL
5 6 (0.82%) Relational Database
6 5 (0.68%) MySQL
6 5 (0.68%) SQL Server 2016
7 4 (0.54%) Big Data
7 4 (0.54%) MongoDB
7 4 (0.54%) Oracle BI Publisher
7 4 (0.54%) Power BI
7 4 (0.54%) SAP HANA
7 4 (0.54%) SQL Server 2012
7 4 (0.54%) SQL Server 2014
7 4 (0.54%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 3 (0.41%) DB2
8 3 (0.41%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 31 (4.22%) Jenkins
2 21 (2.86%) Git (software)
3 16 (2.18%) JIRA
4 9 (1.22%) TeamCity
5 8 (1.09%) GitLab
6 7 (0.95%) MSI
7 5 (0.68%) Visual Studio
8 4 (0.54%) Maven
8 4 (0.54%) Subversion
9 3 (0.41%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 3 (0.41%) Hudson
9 3 (0.41%) Team Foundation Server
10 2 (0.27%) Bitbucket Server
10 2 (0.27%) ClearCase
10 2 (0.27%) InstallShield
10 2 (0.27%) NUnit
10 2 (0.27%) Rational Robot
10 2 (0.27%) SonarQube
10 2 (0.27%) Visual Studio Coded UI
11 1 (0.14%) Oracle Forms
General
1 63 (8.57%) Finance
2 57 (7.76%) Public Sector
3 37 (5.03%) Telecoms
4 33 (4.49%) Retail
5 31 (4.22%) Banking
6 21 (2.86%) Police
7 20 (2.72%) Legal
8 17 (2.31%) Local Government
9 9 (1.22%) Law
10 8 (1.09%) Advertising
10 8 (1.09%) Manufacturing
11 5 (0.68%) Electronics
11 5 (0.68%) Marketing
12 4 (0.54%) Financial Institution
12 4 (0.54%) Front Office
13 3 (0.41%) Investment Banking
14 2 (0.27%) Housing Association
14 2 (0.27%) Publishing
15 1 (0.14%) Back Office
15 1 (0.14%) Games
Job Titles
1 94 (12.79%) Analyst
2 64 (8.71%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 60 (8.16%) Support Engineer
4 55 (7.48%) Windows Engineer
5 44 (5.99%) Administrator
6 42 (5.71%) Service Analyst
7 39 (5.31%) Service Desk Analyst
8 37 (5.03%) Desktop Support
9 35 (4.76%) Consultant
9 35 (4.76%) Deployment Engineer
10 33 (4.49%) DevOps Engineer
11 32 (4.35%) Desktop Engineer
12 30 (4.08%) Rollout Engineer
13 29 (3.95%) 1st Line Support
13 29 (3.95%) IT Engineer
14 28 (3.81%) 2nd Line Support
15 26 (3.54%) Support Analyst
16 24 (3.27%) DBA
16 24 (3.27%) IT Support
17 23 (3.13%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (3.27%) .NET
2 21 (2.86%) Web Services
3 17 (2.31%) Middleware
4 5 (0.68%) CSS
4 5 (0.68%) HTML
4 5 (0.68%) XML
5 4 (0.54%) .NET Framework
5 4 (0.54%) ASP.NET
5 4 (0.54%) WCF
5 4 (0.54%) WPF
6 3 (0.41%) ASP.NET Web API
6 3 (0.41%) Elastic Stack
6 3 (0.41%) Entity Framework
6 3 (0.41%) WinForms
6 3 (0.41%) XSD
6 3 (0.41%) XSLT
7 2 (0.27%) .NET Core
7 2 (0.27%) GraphQL
7 2 (0.27%) Qt
7 2 (0.27%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 68 (9.25%) Data Centre
2 59 (8.03%) Analytical Skills
3 52 (7.07%) Driving Licence
4 40 (5.44%) Management Information System
5 17 (2.31%) PKI
6 16 (2.18%) Blackberry
6 16 (2.18%) Clustering
7 15 (2.04%) Public Cloud
8 13 (1.77%) Smartphone
9 11 (1.50%) iPhone
10 10 (1.36%) Mainframe
10 10 (1.36%) Video Conferencing
11 7 (0.95%) NHS
11 7 (0.95%) Self-Motivation
12 6 (0.82%) Client/Server
12 6 (0.82%) Replication
13 5 (0.68%) Enterprise Software
13 5 (0.68%) User Experience
14 4 (0.54%) Hedge funds
14 4 (0.54%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 257 (34.97%) Windows 10
2 218 (29.66%) Windows Server
3 167 (22.72%) Windows 7
4 89 (12.11%) Linux
5 77 (10.48%) Windows Server 2012
6 67 (9.12%) Windows Server 2008
7 48 (6.53%) Windows Server 2003
8 45 (6.12%) Unix
9 27 (3.67%) Android
10 21 (2.86%) Windows XP
11 17 (2.31%) Solaris
12 14 (1.90%) Apple iOS
13 11 (1.50%) Windows 8
14 7 (0.95%) Windows 2000 Server
14 7 (0.95%) zOS
15 6 (0.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 6 (0.82%) Windows Phone
16 5 (0.68%) Windows NT
17 4 (0.54%) AIX
17 4 (0.54%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 149 (20.27%) ITIL
2 136 (18.50%) Migration
3 80 (10.88%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 53 (7.21%) Disaster Recovery
5 51 (6.94%) DevOps
6 50 (6.80%) Problem-Solving
7 48 (6.53%) Change Management
8 39 (5.31%) Agile Software Development
9 36 (4.90%) Incident Management
10 35 (4.76%) High Availability
10 35 (4.76%) Problem Management
10 35 (4.76%) Project Delivery
10 35 (4.76%) Service Management
11 30 (4.08%) Workflow
12 27 (3.67%) Capacity Planning
13 26 (3.54%) Service Delivery
14 24 (3.27%) User Acceptance Testing
15 23 (3.13%) Validation
16 20 (2.72%) Patch Management
16 20 (2.72%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 92 (12.52%) PowerShell
2 84 (11.43%) SQL
3 38 (5.17%) Python
4 25 (3.40%) Java
5 21 (2.86%) Bash Shell
6 14 (1.90%) C#
6 14 (1.90%) VB
7 11 (1.50%) T-SQL
8 9 (1.22%) JavaScript
8 9 (1.22%) Shell Script
8 9 (1.22%) VBScript
9 7 (0.95%) Perl
10 6 (0.82%) ActionScript
10 6 (0.82%) ActionScript 2.0
10 6 (0.82%) C
10 6 (0.82%) JCL
10 6 (0.82%) Ruby
11 5 (0.68%) C++
12 4 (0.54%) VB6
13 3 (0.41%) WebLogic Scripting Tool
Qualifications
1 115 (15.65%) Security Cleared
2 108 (14.69%) SC Cleared
3 28 (3.81%) ITIL Certification
4 24 (3.27%) Microsoft Certification
5 15 (2.04%) MCP
6 14 (1.90%) Degree
7 12 (1.63%) CCNA
7 12 (1.63%) Cisco Certification
8 9 (1.22%) MCSE
9 7 (0.95%) CCNP
10 5 (0.68%) MCSA
11 4 (0.54%) CISSP
11 4 (0.54%) Computer Science Degree
11 4 (0.54%) GNVQ
11 4 (0.54%) PMI Certification
12 3 (0.41%) BPSS Clearance
12 3 (0.41%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 3 (0.41%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 3 (0.41%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 2 (0.27%) GREM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 40 (5.44%) SLA
2 10 (1.36%) QA
3 7 (0.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.41%) GMP
5 2 (0.27%) Cyber Essentials
5 2 (0.27%) PA-DSS
5 2 (0.27%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.27%) PMO
6 1 (0.14%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.14%) GDPR
6 1 (0.14%) ISO 22301
6 1 (0.14%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 1 (0.14%) RMADS
System Software
1 263 (35.78%) Active Directory
2 76 (10.34%) VMware Infrastructure
3 27 (3.67%) Hyper-V
4 22 (2.99%) VMware ESXi
5 18 (2.45%) Docker
6 17 (2.31%) Virtual Machines
7 15 (2.04%) XenApp
8 14 (1.90%) Microsoft App-V
9 12 (1.63%) vSphere
10 8 (1.09%) Virtual Desktop
11 7 (0.95%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 6 (0.82%) Firmware
12 6 (0.82%) VirtualBox
13 4 (0.54%) BitLocker
13 4 (0.54%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 4 (0.54%) ProxySG
14 3 (0.41%) VMware Server
15 2 (0.27%) DFS Replication
15 2 (0.27%) ISA Server
15 2 (0.27%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 117 (15.92%) SCCM
2 27 (3.67%) Opscode Chef
3 26 (3.54%) Microsoft Intune
4 18 (2.45%) Ansible
5 14 (1.90%) Puppet
5 14 (1.90%) Terraform
6 11 (1.50%) Kubernetes
6 11 (1.50%) McAfee ePO
6 11 (1.50%) NetBackup
6 11 (1.50%) SCOM
7 10 (1.36%) WSUS
8 9 (1.22%) AirWatch
8 9 (1.22%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 8 (1.09%) Backup Exec
9 8 (1.09%) Microsoft Clustering
10 7 (0.95%) Single Sign-On
11 6 (0.82%) HP SIM
11 6 (0.82%) Norton AntiVirus
11 6 (0.82%) Prometheus
12 5 (0.68%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 201 (27.35%) Microsoft
2 138 (18.78%) VMware
3 104 (14.15%) Citrix
4 53 (7.21%) Cisco
5 48 (6.53%) Oracle
6 41 (5.58%) HP
7 28 (3.81%) Apple
7 28 (3.81%) Dell
8 27 (3.67%) Red Hat
9 23 (3.13%) McAfee
10 21 (2.86%) Google
11 17 (2.31%) IBM
11 17 (2.31%) NetApp
12 14 (1.90%) Ivanti
12 14 (1.90%) Lotus
13 13 (1.77%) SAP
14 12 (1.63%) EMC
15 10 (1.36%) Avaya
15 10 (1.36%) CA
15 10 (1.36%) Sophos