Period
to 6 December 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 6 December 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
6 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 3 4 8
Rank change year-on-year +1 +4 -1
Contract jobs citing Windows 817 893 585
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 15.19% 14.85% 10.25%
As % of the Operating Systems category 68.14% 67.24% 52.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 493 516 338
North West median daily rate £315 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.00% +7.69% -7.14%
10th Percentile £123 £120 £124
90th Percentile £538 £500 £538
England median daily rate £350 £375 £350
% change year-on-year -6.67% +7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 96 137 90
North West median hourly rate £16.72 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.47% +6.06% +13.54%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £42.25 £32.00 £42.50
England median hourly rate £16.74 £16.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year +1.42% +3.13% +4.92%

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 1,199 1,328 1,115
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 22.29% 22.09% 19.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 739 801 689
North West median daily rate £375 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -6.25% -
10th Percentile £133 £138 £166
90th Percentile £575 £538 £551
England median daily rate £420 £425 £425
% change year-on-year -1.18% - +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 99 143 101
North West median hourly rate £16.74 £17.50 £17.43
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.37% +0.40% +17.29%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.02 £11.25
90th Percentile £48.05 £34.40 £43.00
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 6 December 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 6 December 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 6 December 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 +1 347 £325 - 240
Cheshire +1 148 £238 -32.14% 90
Merseyside +4 115 £375 +15.38% 54
Cumbria +1 96 £180 -45.54% 10
Lancashire -2 88 £300 -39.39% 32
Windows
England

For the 6 months to 6 December 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.

1 316 (38.68%) Windows 10
2 284 (34.76%) Active Directory
3 254 (31.09%) Microsoft
4 239 (29.25%) Windows Server
5 188 (23.01%) Windows 7
6 185 (22.64%) Office 365
7 152 (18.60%) ITIL
8 142 (17.38%) Security Cleared
9 141 (17.26%) SCCM
10 140 (17.14%) Migration
11 131 (16.03%) VMware
12 127 (15.54%) Azure
13 121 (14.81%) SC Cleared
14 112 (13.71%) Citrix
15 107 (13.10%) Linux
16 106 (12.97%) PowerShell
17 101 (12.36%) Microsoft Office
18 91 (11.14%) SQL
19 87 (10.65%) Infrastructure Engineering
20 77 (9.42%) Windows Server 2008
21 76 (9.30%) Windows Server 2012
22 75 (9.18%) DNS
23 72 (8.81%) MS Exchange
24 68 (8.32%) Unix
25 67 (8.20%) Firewall
26 66 (8.08%) SQL Server
27 65 (7.96%) Oracle
27 65 (7.96%) Cisco
27 65 (7.96%) Data Centre
28 64 (7.83%) AWS

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 72 (8.81%) MS Exchange
2 58 (7.10%) SharePoint
3 28 (3.43%) Skype for Business
4 19 (2.33%) IIS
5 18 (2.20%) Exchange Server 2010
6 13 (1.59%) Apache
6 13 (1.59%) Exchange Server 2003
7 12 (1.47%) Confluence
8 10 (1.22%) WebLogic
9 9 (1.10%) Exchange Server 2013
10 7 (0.86%) JBoss
11 6 (0.73%) Tomcat
11 6 (0.73%) Umbraco
12 5 (0.61%) CMS
12 5 (0.61%) IBM Notes
12 5 (0.61%) SharePoint 2013
13 4 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2007
13 4 (0.49%) WebSphere
13 4 (0.49%) WebSphere Application Server
14 3 (0.37%) WordPress
Applications
1 101 (12.36%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (0.86%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (0.86%) Microsoft Project
3 2 (0.24%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (0.24%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.12%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 8 (0.98%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (0.37%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.24%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (0.24%) Oracle Cash Management
3 2 (0.24%) Payment Gateway
4 1 (0.12%) Oracle 11i
4 1 (0.12%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.12%) Oracle Assets
4 1 (0.12%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.12%) Oracle General Ledger
4 1 (0.12%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.12%) Oracle Receivables
4 1 (0.12%) Relativity
Cloud Services
1 185 (22.64%) Office 365
2 127 (15.54%) Azure
3 64 (7.83%) AWS
4 30 (3.67%) Azure Active Directory
5 25 (3.06%) PaaS
6 24 (2.94%) OneDrive
7 19 (2.33%) IaaS
8 12 (1.47%) Amazon EC2
8 12 (1.47%) Amazon S3
8 12 (1.47%) AWS CloudFormation
9 10 (1.22%) Serverless
10 9 (1.10%) GCP
11 8 (0.98%) Amazon ELB
11 8 (0.98%) GitHub
11 8 (0.98%) SaaS
12 7 (0.86%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 7 (0.86%) Cloud Computing
12 7 (0.86%) G Suite
12 7 (0.86%) Power Platform
13 4 (0.49%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 75 (9.18%) DNS
2 67 (8.20%) Firewall
3 58 (7.10%) DHCP
4 39 (4.77%) LAN
5 35 (4.28%) VPN
6 34 (4.16%) SAN
6 34 (4.16%) WAN
7 32 (3.92%) TCP/IP
8 28 (3.43%) Skype
9 27 (3.30%) VoIP
10 20 (2.45%) Wi-Fi
11 17 (2.08%) HTTPS
11 17 (2.08%) Internet
12 14 (1.71%) NAS
13 13 (1.59%) SSL
13 13 (1.59%) Wireless
14 12 (1.47%) HTTP
15 11 (1.35%) MPLS
16 10 (1.22%) Intranet
16 10 (1.22%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 66 (8.08%) SQL Server
2 13 (1.59%) Oracle Database
2 13 (1.59%) PostgreSQL
3 12 (1.47%) Amazon RDS
4 11 (1.35%) Hadoop
5 10 (1.22%) Oracle Reports
6 9 (1.10%) Qlik Sense
7 8 (0.98%) Big Data
8 7 (0.86%) Relational Database
8 7 (0.86%) SQL Server 2016
9 6 (0.73%) MS Access
10 5 (0.61%) GIS
10 5 (0.61%) SQL Server 2012
11 4 (0.49%) SAP HANA
12 3 (0.37%) Oracle Database 11g
12 3 (0.37%) Power BI
12 3 (0.37%) RDBMS
12 3 (0.37%) SQL Server 2008
12 3 (0.37%) SQL Server 2014
12 3 (0.37%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 26 (3.18%) Jenkins
2 25 (3.06%) JIRA
3 18 (2.20%) GitLab
4 17 (2.08%) Git (software)
5 13 (1.59%) TeamCity
6 8 (0.98%) MSI
7 6 (0.73%) Oracle APEX
8 5 (0.61%) Octopus Deploy
9 4 (0.49%) InstallShield
10 3 (0.37%) AdminStudio
10 3 (0.37%) Cucumber
10 3 (0.37%) Hudson
10 3 (0.37%) Oracle Forms
10 3 (0.37%) Subversion
11 2 (0.24%) Artifactory
11 2 (0.24%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 2 (0.24%) Bitbucket
11 2 (0.24%) Maven
11 2 (0.24%) NUnit
11 2 (0.24%) Selenium
General
1 59 (7.22%) Public Sector
2 58 (7.10%) Finance
3 44 (5.39%) Retail
4 41 (5.02%) Telecoms
5 35 (4.28%) Banking
6 24 (2.94%) Local Government
7 19 (2.33%) Legal
8 12 (1.47%) Law
9 10 (1.22%) Manufacturing
10 6 (0.73%) Electronics
11 5 (0.61%) Advertising
12 4 (0.49%) Housing Association
12 4 (0.49%) Investment Banking
12 4 (0.49%) Marketing
13 2 (0.24%) Games
14 1 (0.12%) Back Office
14 1 (0.12%) Billing
14 1 (0.12%) Corporate Banking
14 1 (0.12%) Police
14 1 (0.12%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 111 (13.59%) Analyst
2 82 (10.04%) Windows Engineer
3 73 (8.94%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 73 (8.94%) Support Engineer
4 58 (7.10%) Service Analyst
5 54 (6.61%) Service Desk Analyst
6 51 (6.24%) Consultant
7 43 (5.26%) Desktop Engineer
7 43 (5.26%) Desktop Support
8 42 (5.14%) Administrator
9 36 (4.41%) IT Support
10 32 (3.92%) Build Engineer
10 32 (3.92%) Deployment Engineer
11 31 (3.79%) Rollout Engineer
12 29 (3.55%) 1st Line Support
12 29 (3.55%) IT Engineer
13 26 (3.18%) 2nd Line Support
14 25 (3.06%) Desktop Support Engineer
15 24 (2.94%) DevOps Engineer
15 24 (2.94%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (2.57%) .NET
2 17 (2.08%) Web Services
3 14 (1.71%) Middleware
4 7 (0.86%) HTML
5 6 (0.73%) ASP.NET
6 5 (0.61%) .NET Framework
7 4 (0.49%) WPF
8 3 (0.37%) CSS
8 3 (0.37%) Elastic Stack
8 3 (0.37%) Entity Framework
8 3 (0.37%) LDAP
8 3 (0.37%) WCF
8 3 (0.37%) WinForms
8 3 (0.37%) XML
9 2 (0.24%) ASP.NET Web API
9 2 (0.24%) boto
9 2 (0.24%) jQuery
9 2 (0.24%) JSON
9 2 (0.24%) LINQ
9 2 (0.24%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 65 (7.96%) Data Centre
2 55 (6.73%) Analytical Skills
3 43 (5.26%) Driving Licence
4 21 (2.57%) Blackberry
5 20 (2.45%) Management Information System
6 17 (2.08%) Smartphone
7 15 (1.84%) Clustering
7 15 (1.84%) iPhone
7 15 (1.84%) PKI
7 15 (1.84%) Self-Motivation
8 12 (1.47%) NHS
8 12 (1.47%) Public Cloud
9 11 (1.35%) EMC VNX
10 10 (1.22%) Video Conferencing
11 9 (1.10%) Celerra
11 9 (1.10%) CLARiiON
12 7 (0.86%) Mainframe
12 7 (0.86%) PMI
13 6 (0.73%) SCADA
14 5 (0.61%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 316 (38.68%) Windows 10
2 239 (29.25%) Windows Server
3 188 (23.01%) Windows 7
4 107 (13.10%) Linux
5 77 (9.42%) Windows Server 2008
6 76 (9.30%) Windows Server 2012
7 68 (8.32%) Unix
8 53 (6.49%) Windows Server 2003
9 26 (3.18%) Android
10 23 (2.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 21 (2.57%) Solaris
12 18 (2.20%) Windows 8
12 18 (2.20%) Windows XP
13 14 (1.71%) Apple iOS
14 13 (1.59%) zOS
15 10 (1.22%) AIX
16 9 (1.10%) Windows 2000 Server
17 7 (0.86%) Windows NT
18 6 (0.73%) Mac OS X
19 5 (0.61%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 152 (18.60%) ITIL
2 140 (17.14%) Migration
3 87 (10.65%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 60 (7.34%) Problem-Solving
5 55 (6.73%) DevOps
6 48 (5.88%) Agile Software Development
7 45 (5.51%) Change Management
8 43 (5.26%) Incident Management
9 42 (5.14%) Project Delivery
10 39 (4.77%) Problem Management
11 33 (4.04%) Disaster Recovery
11 33 (4.04%) Workflow
12 30 (3.67%) Service Management
13 24 (2.94%) Time Management
14 20 (2.45%) Stakeholder Management
15 19 (2.33%) Application Packaging
15 19 (2.33%) Break/Fix
15 19 (2.33%) Configuration Management
16 18 (2.20%) Data Migration
16 18 (2.20%) ITIL V3
Programming Languages
1 106 (12.97%) PowerShell
2 91 (11.14%) SQL
3 41 (5.02%) Python
4 29 (3.55%) Java
5 23 (2.82%) Shell Script
6 17 (2.08%) Bash Shell
7 16 (1.96%) VB
8 14 (1.71%) C
9 12 (1.47%) Ruby
10 9 (1.10%) Perl
11 8 (0.98%) ActionScript
11 8 (0.98%) ActionScript 2.0
11 8 (0.98%) C#
11 8 (0.98%) JCL
11 8 (0.98%) T-SQL
12 6 (0.73%) PL/SQL
13 5 (0.61%) COBOL
13 5 (0.61%) JavaScript
14 4 (0.49%) VBA
14 4 (0.49%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 142 (17.38%) Security Cleared
2 121 (14.81%) SC Cleared
3 27 (3.30%) ITIL Certification
4 20 (2.45%) Microsoft Certification
5 19 (2.33%) Degree
6 15 (1.84%) MCP
7 10 (1.22%) Cisco Certification
8 9 (1.10%) CCNA
8 9 (1.10%) MCSE
9 8 (0.98%) DBS Check
9 8 (0.98%) PMI Certification
10 6 (0.73%) GNVQ
11 5 (0.61%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 4 (0.49%) AWS Certification
12 4 (0.49%) Computer Science Degree
12 4 (0.49%) MCSA
13 3 (0.37%) BPSS Clearance
13 3 (0.37%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 3 (0.37%) MOS
13 3 (0.37%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 57 (6.98%) SLA
2 10 (1.22%) QA
3 4 (0.49%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.37%) PMO
5 1 (0.12%) BS7799
5 1 (0.12%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.12%) GMP
5 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 1 (0.12%) NIST
5 1 (0.12%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 284 (34.76%) Active Directory
2 54 (6.61%) VMware Infrastructure
3 40 (4.90%) Hyper-V
4 27 (3.30%) Virtual Machines
5 24 (2.94%) VMware ESXi
6 19 (2.33%) Docker
6 19 (2.33%) Microsoft App-V
7 16 (1.96%) BitLocker
8 14 (1.71%) XenApp
9 11 (1.35%) Firmware
10 9 (1.10%) EMC RecoverPoint
10 9 (1.10%) vSphere
10 9 (1.10%) XenDesktop
11 8 (0.98%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 8 (0.98%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 8 (0.98%) Virtual Desktop
12 6 (0.73%) VirtualBox
13 5 (0.61%) Virtual Servers
14 3 (0.37%) VMware NSX
15 2 (0.24%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 141 (17.26%) SCCM
2 27 (3.30%) Microsoft Intune
3 26 (3.18%) Ansible
4 24 (2.94%) Opscode Chef
5 19 (2.33%) NetBackup
6 15 (1.84%) McAfee ePO
6 15 (1.84%) Puppet
6 15 (1.84%) SCOM
7 13 (1.59%) Oracle RMAN
8 12 (1.47%) Kubernetes
8 12 (1.47%) Terraform
9 11 (1.35%) WSUS
10 7 (0.86%) Microsoft Clustering
10 7 (0.86%) vCenter Server
11 6 (0.73%) AirWatch
11 6 (0.73%) Backup Exec
11 6 (0.73%) HP SIM
11 6 (0.73%) Packer
12 5 (0.61%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 4 (0.49%) PaperCut
Vendors
1 254 (31.09%) Microsoft
2 131 (16.03%) VMware
3 112 (13.71%) Citrix
4 65 (7.96%) Cisco
4 65 (7.96%) Oracle
5 54 (6.61%) HP
6 35 (4.28%) McAfee
7 31 (3.79%) Dell
7 31 (3.79%) Red Hat
8 27 (3.30%) Apple
9 23 (2.82%) EMC
9 23 (2.82%) Google
10 22 (2.69%) IBM
11 18 (2.20%) Ivanti
12 15 (1.84%) SAP
13 14 (1.71%) NetApp
14 13 (1.59%) Brocade
15 11 (1.35%) Symantec
16 10 (1.22%) ServiceNow
17 9 (1.10%) Remedy