Period
to 23 September 2018

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 23 September 2018 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
23 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 5 9 8
Rank change year-on-year +4 -1 -1
Contract jobs citing Windows 798 592 781
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 13.69% 10.22% 10.61%
As % of the Operating Systems category 65.30% 49.83% 51.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 455 336 450
North West median daily rate £350 £325 £364
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% -10.65% +21.25%
10th Percentile £113 £126 £153
90th Percentile £500 £510 £550
England median daily rate £375 £350 £360
% change year-on-year +7.14% -2.78% +4.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 130 92 92
North West median hourly rate £15.86 £15.50 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.32% +10.71% -6.67%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £35.00 £42.50 £40.00
England median hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £15.36
% change year-on-year +3.13% +4.20% -3.18%

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 1,222 1,188 1,512
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 20.97% 20.51% 20.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 723 721 923
North West median daily rate £375 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% - +8.11%
10th Percentile £133 £185 £213
90th Percentile £538 £544 £525
England median daily rate £438 £425 £410
% change year-on-year +2.94% +3.66% +5.81%
Number of hourly rates quoted 134 100 100
North West median hourly rate £15.86 £16.06 £14.34
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.26% +12.01% -4.40%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £35.00 £44.00 £40.00
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year - +6.06% +1.85%

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 23 September 2018.

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 23 September 2018.

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 23 September 2018. 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 +3 373 £345 +1.47% 168
Cheshire +4 205 £349 +16.33% 72
Lancashire +3 88 £464 +13.46% 18
Merseyside +7 77 £300 +17.65% 34
Cumbria +8 31 £331 +1.69% 6
Windows
England

For the 6 months to 23 September 2018, 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.

1 309 (38.72%) Active Directory
2 282 (35.34%) Microsoft
3 264 (33.08%) Windows Server
4 243 (30.45%) Windows 10
5 188 (23.56%) Windows 7
6 173 (21.68%) Office 365
7 159 (19.92%) Linux
8 149 (18.67%) VMware
9 118 (14.79%) SCCM
10 112 (14.04%) ITIL
11 111 (13.91%) SQL
12 106 (13.28%) Microsoft Office
13 101 (12.66%) Citrix
14 99 (12.41%) Migration
15 97 (12.16%) Unix
16 96 (12.03%) Problem-Solving
17 90 (11.28%) Microsoft Azure
18 89 (11.15%) DNS
19 84 (10.53%) MS Exchange
20 83 (10.40%) VMware Infrastructure
21 82 (10.28%) SQL Server
22 80 (10.03%) Security Cleared
22 80 (10.03%) PowerShell
23 76 (9.52%) Infrastructure Engineering
24 71 (8.90%) Firewall
25 69 (8.65%) SC Cleared
26 66 (8.27%) Windows Server 2008
26 66 (8.27%) Cisco
27 64 (8.02%) LAN
28 61 (7.64%) WAN

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 84 (10.53%) MS Exchange
2 49 (6.14%) Skype for Business
3 45 (5.64%) Exchange Server 2010
4 38 (4.76%) SharePoint
5 32 (4.01%) IIS
6 23 (2.88%) Exchange Server 2013
7 17 (2.13%) Tuxedo
8 13 (1.63%) Confluence
8 13 (1.63%) SharePoint 2013
9 11 (1.38%) IBM Notes
10 8 (1.00%) Exchange Server 2003
11 7 (0.88%) Exchange Server 2007
12 5 (0.63%) ArcGIS
12 5 (0.63%) Tomcat
12 5 (0.63%) WebSphere
13 4 (0.50%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 3 (0.38%) Apache
14 3 (0.38%) JBoss
14 3 (0.38%) TPMS
15 2 (0.25%) WebLogic
Applications
1 106 (13.28%) Microsoft Office
2 14 (1.75%) Microsoft Project
3 10 (1.25%) Adobe Illustrator
3 10 (1.25%) Microsoft Excel
4 5 (0.63%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.38%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.13%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.13%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 11 (1.38%) Remedy ITSM
2 4 (0.50%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.50%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 3 (0.38%) Oracle EBS
3 3 (0.38%) Teamcenter
4 2 (0.25%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.25%) Line 50
4 2 (0.25%) Oracle 11i
4 2 (0.25%) Oracle Applications
4 2 (0.25%) Oracle Assets
4 2 (0.25%) Oracle General Ledger
4 2 (0.25%) Oracle Payables
4 2 (0.25%) Oracle Receivables
4 2 (0.25%) Sage X3
5 1 (0.13%) Primavera
5 1 (0.13%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 173 (21.68%) Office 365
2 90 (11.28%) Microsoft Azure
3 57 (7.14%) Amazon AWS
4 15 (1.88%) OneDrive
5 11 (1.38%) Amazon EC2
5 11 (1.38%) Azure Active Directory
5 11 (1.38%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 10 (1.25%) IaaS
7 9 (1.13%) Amazon ELB
8 7 (0.88%) AWS CloudFormation
8 7 (0.88%) PaaS
9 6 (0.75%) Google Cloud Platform
10 5 (0.63%) GitHub
10 5 (0.63%) SaaS
11 4 (0.50%) Cloud Computing
12 2 (0.25%) Amazon S3
12 2 (0.25%) AWS Lambda
12 2 (0.25%) G Suite
12 2 (0.25%) IBM Cloud
12 2 (0.25%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 89 (11.15%) DNS
2 71 (8.90%) Firewall
3 64 (8.02%) LAN
4 61 (7.64%) WAN
5 60 (7.52%) TCP/IP
6 59 (7.39%) DHCP
7 56 (7.02%) SAN
8 39 (4.89%) VPN
9 38 (4.76%) Skype
10 23 (2.88%) VoIP
11 21 (2.63%) VLAN
12 20 (2.51%) DMZ
12 20 (2.51%) NAS
13 13 (1.63%) Internet
13 13 (1.63%) MPLS
14 12 (1.50%) SSL
15 10 (1.25%) HTTP
15 10 (1.25%) HTTPS
15 10 (1.25%) Remote Desktop
16 9 (1.13%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 82 (10.28%) SQL Server
2 20 (2.51%) PostgreSQL
3 19 (2.38%) SQL Server 2008
4 10 (1.25%) MySQL
5 7 (0.88%) Amazon RDS
6 6 (0.75%) Big Data
6 6 (0.75%) Oracle Database
6 6 (0.75%) Relational Database
7 5 (0.63%) GIS
7 5 (0.63%) Power BI
7 5 (0.63%) SQL Server 2016
8 4 (0.50%) MS Access
8 4 (0.50%) RDBMS
8 4 (0.50%) SQL Server 2005
8 4 (0.50%) SQL Server 2012
8 4 (0.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 4 (0.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 3 (0.38%) IDMS
10 2 (0.25%) Hadoop
10 2 (0.25%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 38 (4.76%) Git (software)
2 29 (3.63%) Jenkins
3 17 (2.13%) Artifactory
3 17 (2.13%) JIRA
3 17 (2.13%) MSI
4 10 (1.25%) Axure RP
4 10 (1.25%) Karma Test Runner
5 7 (0.88%) Protractor
6 6 (0.75%) Bitbucket
6 6 (0.75%) Visual Studio Team System
7 5 (0.63%) Cucumber
7 5 (0.63%) Selenium
7 5 (0.63%) Visual Studio
8 4 (0.50%) TeamCity
9 3 (0.38%) JMeter
9 3 (0.38%) Oracle APEX
9 3 (0.38%) Subversion
10 2 (0.25%) HP UFT
10 2 (0.25%) Oracle Forms
10 2 (0.25%) Xcode
General
1 59 (7.39%) Finance
2 36 (4.51%) Banking
3 18 (2.26%) Manufacturing
4 15 (1.88%) Retail
4 15 (1.88%) Telecoms
5 14 (1.75%) Local Government
6 11 (1.38%) Back Office
6 11 (1.38%) Law
6 11 (1.38%) Legal
7 4 (0.50%) Danish Language
7 4 (0.50%) French Language
7 4 (0.50%) German Language
7 4 (0.50%) Hungarian Language
7 4 (0.50%) Latvian Language
7 4 (0.50%) Norwegian Language
7 4 (0.50%) Swedish Language
8 3 (0.38%) Financial Institution
8 3 (0.38%) Investment Banking
8 3 (0.38%) Marketing
9 2 (0.25%) Billing
Job Titles
1 108 (13.53%) Analyst
2 70 (8.77%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 64 (8.02%) Desktop Support
4 60 (7.52%) Support Engineer
5 50 (6.27%) Architect
6 47 (5.89%) Service Analyst
6 47 (5.89%) Service Desk Analyst
7 45 (5.64%) Windows Engineer
8 41 (5.14%) 2nd Line Support
9 40 (5.01%) Developer
10 37 (4.64%) Support Analyst
11 36 (4.51%) DevOps Engineer
12 31 (3.88%) 1st Line Support
13 29 (3.63%) Rollout Engineer
14 28 (3.51%) 2nd Line Engineer
14 28 (3.51%) Desktop Engineer
15 27 (3.38%) Consultant
16 26 (3.26%) Server Engineer
17 25 (3.13%) 1st/2nd Line Support
17 25 (3.13%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (5.14%) .NET
2 40 (5.01%) Middleware
3 20 (2.51%) Web Services
4 14 (1.75%) REST
5 10 (1.25%) AngularJS
5 10 (1.25%) CSS
5 10 (1.25%) CSS3
5 10 (1.25%) JSON
5 10 (1.25%) LESS
5 10 (1.25%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 8 (1.00%) ASP.NET
6 8 (1.00%) HTML
6 8 (1.00%) ISPF
6 8 (1.00%) LDAP
7 7 (0.88%) XML
8 5 (0.63%) .NET Core
8 5 (0.63%) HTML5
8 5 (0.63%) OpenLayers
8 5 (0.63%) SOAP
9 4 (0.50%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 45 (5.64%) Analytical Skills
1 45 (5.64%) Data Centre
2 29 (3.63%) NHS
3 25 (3.13%) Blackberry
4 19 (2.38%) Management Information System
5 18 (2.26%) Clustering
6 17 (2.13%) Fat Client
6 17 (2.13%) Thin Client
7 15 (1.88%) Self-Motivation
8 14 (1.75%) User Experience
9 13 (1.63%) Enterprise Software
9 13 (1.63%) Mainframe
10 12 (1.50%) Client/Server
11 11 (1.38%) Computer Science
11 11 (1.38%) PKI
12 10 (1.25%) Driving Licence
12 10 (1.25%) iPhone
12 10 (1.25%) Smartphone
13 9 (1.13%) Enterprise Storage
14 8 (1.00%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 264 (33.08%) Windows Server
2 243 (30.45%) Windows 10
3 188 (23.56%) Windows 7
4 159 (19.92%) Linux
5 97 (12.16%) Unix
6 66 (8.27%) Windows Server 2008
7 56 (7.02%) Windows XP
8 53 (6.64%) Windows Server 2012
9 41 (5.14%) Windows Server 2003
10 29 (3.63%) Apple iOS
11 27 (3.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 24 (3.01%) Android
12 24 (3.01%) Windows 8
13 19 (2.38%) zOS
14 15 (1.88%) Mac OS
15 14 (1.75%) AIX
15 14 (1.75%) Windows NT
16 13 (1.63%) Windows 2000
17 12 (1.50%) Solaris
18 10 (1.25%) Windows Embedded Compact
Processes & Methodologies
1 112 (14.04%) ITIL
2 99 (12.41%) Migration
3 96 (12.03%) Problem-Solving
4 76 (9.52%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 58 (7.27%) DevOps
6 51 (6.39%) Agile Software Development
7 39 (4.89%) Disaster Recovery
7 39 (4.89%) Stakeholder Management
8 36 (4.51%) Service Management
9 30 (3.76%) Continuous Integration
10 29 (3.63%) Change Management
11 24 (3.01%) Application Packaging
11 24 (3.01%) ITSM
11 24 (3.01%) Project Management
11 24 (3.01%) Time Management
12 22 (2.76%) Configuration Management
13 21 (2.63%) Asset Management
14 20 (2.51%) Continuous Deployment
14 20 (2.51%) Scrum
15 19 (2.38%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 111 (13.91%) SQL
2 80 (10.03%) PowerShell
3 47 (5.89%) Shell Script
4 44 (5.51%) Python
5 30 (3.76%) C#
6 28 (3.51%) Ruby
7 26 (3.26%) Perl
8 25 (3.13%) VB
9 24 (3.01%) JavaScript
10 17 (2.13%) VBScript
11 16 (2.01%) JCL
12 15 (1.88%) Bash Shell
13 14 (1.75%) Java
13 14 (1.75%) T-SQL
14 9 (1.13%) ActionScript
14 9 (1.13%) ActionScript 2.0
15 7 (0.88%) C++
16 5 (0.63%) C
16 5 (0.63%) VB.NET
17 4 (0.50%) VC++
Qualifications
1 80 (10.03%) Security Cleared
2 69 (8.65%) SC Cleared
3 38 (4.76%) Microsoft Certification
4 26 (3.26%) MCSE
5 25 (3.13%) Degree
6 18 (2.26%) Cisco Certification
7 16 (2.01%) CCNA
8 14 (1.75%) MCSA
9 11 (1.38%) MCITP
9 11 (1.38%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 10 (1.25%) DBS Check
10 10 (1.25%) ITIL Certification
11 9 (1.13%) CCNP
11 9 (1.13%) MCTS
12 8 (1.00%) MCP
13 7 (0.88%) A+ Certification
13 7 (0.88%) ISEB
14 5 (0.63%) PMI Certification
14 5 (0.63%) Postgraduate
15 4 (0.50%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (4.64%) SLA
2 8 (1.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 8 (1.00%) QA
3 6 (0.75%) GDPR
4 5 (0.63%) GxP
5 2 (0.25%) COBIT
5 2 (0.25%) COSO
5 2 (0.25%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.25%) WCAG
6 1 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 309 (38.72%) Active Directory
2 83 (10.40%) VMware Infrastructure
3 57 (7.14%) Hyper-V
4 42 (5.26%) XenApp
5 27 (3.38%) Microsoft App-V
6 25 (3.13%) VMware ESXi
7 19 (2.38%) Virtual Machines
8 17 (2.13%) Docker
9 16 (2.01%) vSphere
10 15 (1.88%) XenDesktop
11 14 (1.75%) Virtual Desktop
12 9 (1.13%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 8 (1.00%) Time Sharing Option
14 7 (0.88%) Virtual Servers
14 7 (0.88%) VMware NSX
15 6 (0.75%) Forefront TMG
15 6 (0.75%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 5 (0.63%) Terminal Services
16 5 (0.63%) XenServer
17 3 (0.38%) Xen
Systems Management
1 118 (14.79%) SCCM
2 50 (6.27%) Puppet
3 35 (4.39%) Opscode Chef
4 29 (3.63%) SCOM
5 27 (3.38%) Ansible
6 25 (3.13%) Terraform
7 17 (2.13%) NetBackup
8 16 (2.01%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 13 (1.63%) Microsoft Intune
9 13 (1.63%) WSUS
10 11 (1.38%) Kubernetes
10 11 (1.38%) Packer
11 8 (1.00%) Failover Clustering
11 8 (1.00%) Microsoft Clustering
12 7 (0.88%) OpenView
12 7 (0.88%) Tivoli
13 6 (0.75%) Nagios
13 6 (0.75%) Norton AntiVirus
13 6 (0.75%) SCVMM
13 6 (0.75%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 282 (35.34%) Microsoft
2 149 (18.67%) VMware
3 101 (12.66%) Citrix
4 66 (8.27%) Cisco
5 60 (7.52%) Oracle
6 39 (4.89%) HP
7 34 (4.26%) IBM
8 26 (3.26%) Apple
8 26 (3.26%) Remedy
9 22 (2.76%) Red Hat
10 19 (2.38%) EMC
10 19 (2.38%) NetApp
11 15 (1.88%) McAfee
12 14 (1.75%) ServiceNow
13 13 (1.63%) BMC
14 11 (1.38%) Ivanti
14 11 (1.38%) Lotus
14 11 (1.38%) Palo Alto
15 10 (1.25%) SolarWinds
15 10 (1.25%) Veeam