Period
to 22 February 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 February 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 Feb 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 4 11 8
Rank change year-on-year +7 -3 -2
Contract jobs citing Windows 825 554 697
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 14.37% 10.29% 11.78%
As % of the Operating Systems category 68.41% 53.07% 57.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 504 317 456
North West median daily rate £350 £340 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% -2.86% +11.11%
10th Percentile £123 £128 £130
90th Percentile £535 £530 £566
England median daily rate £375 £365 £360
% change year-on-year +2.74% +1.39% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 96 96 68
North West median hourly rate £17.50 £15.86 £15.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.34% +4.86% -11.03%
10th Percentile £11.40 £11.21 £10.50
90th Percentile £30.60 £36.25 £41.80
England median hourly rate £16.00 £15.86 £15.25
% change year-on-year +0.88% +4.00% -1.61%

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 1,206 1,044 1,215
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 21.01% 19.39% 20.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 772 632 814
North West median daily rate £375 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £138 £175 £175
90th Percentile £575 £563 £550
England median daily rate £433 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +1.76% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 106 106 76
North West median hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -5.88%
10th Percentile £11.78 £11.25 £10.69
90th Percentile £31.86 £40.00 £43.13
England median hourly rate £17.13 £17.30 £16.50
% change year-on-year -1.01% +4.85% -

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 22 February 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 February 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 February 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 +8 441 £325 - 162
Cheshire 0 167 £350 -12.50% 91
Lancashire +18 97 £515 +79.13% 20
Merseyside -1 71 £300 +45.45% 31
Cumbria +8 25 £192 -30.18% 4
Windows
England

For the 6 months to 22 February 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.

1 291 (35.27%) Windows 10
2 278 (33.70%) Active Directory
3 268 (32.48%) Microsoft
4 216 (26.18%) Windows Server
5 202 (24.48%) Office 365
6 170 (20.61%) VMware
7 169 (20.48%) Windows 7
8 167 (20.24%) Linux
9 139 (16.85%) SCCM
10 115 (13.94%) SQL
11 112 (13.58%) ITIL
12 111 (13.45%) Migration
13 110 (13.33%) SQL Server
14 106 (12.85%) Citrix
14 106 (12.85%) Microsoft Azure
15 102 (12.36%) Microsoft Office
16 92 (11.15%) Security Cleared
17 90 (10.91%) Oracle
18 86 (10.42%) Unix
19 85 (10.30%) TCP/IP
20 84 (10.18%) DevOps
21 83 (10.06%) Amazon AWS
22 77 (9.33%) Finance
23 75 (9.09%) LAN
24 73 (8.85%) SC Cleared
25 72 (8.73%) Problem-Solving
26 70 (8.48%) VPN
27 68 (8.24%) WAN
27 68 (8.24%) Apple
28 67 (8.12%) VMware Infrastructure

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 64 (7.76%) MS Exchange
2 32 (3.88%) SharePoint
3 25 (3.03%) IIS
4 20 (2.42%) Exchange Server 2010
5 17 (2.06%) Skype for Business
6 13 (1.58%) Tomcat
7 11 (1.33%) Apache
7 11 (1.33%) Exchange Server 2013
8 7 (0.85%) IBM Notes
8 7 (0.85%) WebSphere
9 6 (0.73%) Tuxedo
10 5 (0.61%) Confluence
10 5 (0.61%) Exchange Server 2007
11 4 (0.48%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 4 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2003
12 3 (0.36%) OpenStack
13 2 (0.24%) CloudStack
13 2 (0.24%) CMS
13 2 (0.24%) nginx
13 2 (0.24%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 102 (12.36%) Microsoft Office
2 15 (1.82%) Microsoft Excel
3 9 (1.09%) Microsoft Project
4 6 (0.73%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 6 (0.73%) Spreadsheet
5 4 (0.48%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.24%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.12%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.12%) CATIA
7 1 (0.12%) InDesign
7 1 (0.12%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 20 (2.42%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.61%) Remedy ITSM
3 4 (0.48%) Eikon
4 2 (0.24%) OPENHousing
5 1 (0.12%) HFM
5 1 (0.12%) Oracle Cash Management
5 1 (0.12%) Retail-J
Cloud Services
1 202 (24.48%) Office 365
2 106 (12.85%) Microsoft Azure
3 83 (10.06%) Amazon AWS
4 40 (4.85%) Cloud Computing
5 27 (3.27%) Serverless
6 18 (2.18%) Google Cloud Platform
6 18 (2.18%) OneDrive
7 17 (2.06%) IaaS
8 16 (1.94%) OpenShift
9 15 (1.82%) AWS CloudFormation
10 14 (1.70%) PaaS
11 11 (1.33%) Azure Active Directory
12 9 (1.09%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 8 (0.97%) Amazon EC2
14 7 (0.85%) Amazon S3
15 5 (0.61%) Dynamics 365
15 5 (0.61%) SaaS
16 4 (0.48%) Amazon CloudWatch
16 4 (0.48%) AWS Lambda
17 3 (0.36%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 85 (10.30%) TCP/IP
2 75 (9.09%) LAN
3 70 (8.48%) VPN
4 68 (8.24%) WAN
5 66 (8.00%) Firewall
6 62 (7.52%) DNS
7 43 (5.21%) VoIP
8 42 (5.09%) DHCP
9 33 (4.00%) SAN
10 16 (1.94%) Skype
11 15 (1.82%) Intrusion Detection
12 13 (1.58%) NAS
13 11 (1.33%) HTTP
14 9 (1.09%) FTP
14 9 (1.09%) Internet
14 9 (1.09%) IPsec
14 9 (1.09%) VLAN
15 8 (0.97%) Fibre Channel
15 8 (0.97%) Remote Desktop
16 7 (0.85%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 110 (13.33%) SQL Server
2 15 (1.82%) PostgreSQL
3 12 (1.45%) MySQL
4 11 (1.33%) SQL Server 2012
5 9 (1.09%) SQL Server 2014
6 7 (0.85%) Azure SQL Database
6 7 (0.85%) MongoDB
7 5 (0.61%) Oracle Database
8 4 (0.48%) Amazon RDS
8 4 (0.48%) DB2
8 4 (0.48%) SQL Server 2008
9 3 (0.36%) EDRMS
9 3 (0.36%) Relational Database
9 3 (0.36%) SQL Server 2016
10 2 (0.24%) Apache Cassandra
10 2 (0.24%) Big Data
10 2 (0.24%) GIS
10 2 (0.24%) Oracle BI Publisher
10 2 (0.24%) Oracle Database 11g
10 2 (0.24%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 39 (4.73%) MSI
2 37 (4.48%) Git (software)
3 30 (3.64%) Jenkins
4 21 (2.55%) AdminStudio
5 16 (1.94%) Artifactory
5 16 (1.94%) GitLab
6 13 (1.58%) Wise Package Studio
7 11 (1.33%) JIRA
7 11 (1.33%) Subversion
8 10 (1.21%) Sonatype Nexus
9 8 (0.97%) Visual Studio
10 7 (0.85%) TeamCity
11 6 (0.73%) Selenium
12 5 (0.61%) InstallShield
12 5 (0.61%) Xcode
13 4 (0.48%) Bitbucket
14 3 (0.36%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 3 (0.36%) Team Foundation Server
14 3 (0.36%) Visual Studio Team System
15 2 (0.24%) Axure RP
General
1 77 (9.33%) Finance
2 37 (4.48%) Banking
3 18 (2.18%) Law
4 16 (1.94%) Retail
5 13 (1.58%) Billing
5 13 (1.58%) Local Government
6 11 (1.33%) Financial Institution
6 11 (1.33%) Legal
7 8 (0.97%) Telecoms
8 7 (0.85%) Manufacturing
9 6 (0.73%) Marketing
9 6 (0.73%) Pharmaceutical
10 5 (0.61%) Automotive
10 5 (0.61%) Investment Banking
11 4 (0.48%) Front Office
11 4 (0.48%) Publishing
12 2 (0.24%) Back Office
13 1 (0.12%) Advertising
13 1 (0.12%) French Language
13 1 (0.12%) German Language
Job Titles
1 132 (16.00%) Analyst
2 62 (7.52%) Support Engineer
3 55 (6.67%) Architect
4 54 (6.55%) Windows Engineer
5 47 (5.70%) Developer
5 47 (5.70%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 40 (4.85%) Applications Packager
6 40 (4.85%) Service Analyst
6 40 (4.85%) Service Desk Analyst
7 39 (4.73%) DevOps Engineer
8 35 (4.24%) AWS Engineer
9 34 (4.12%) 2nd Line Support
9 34 (4.12%) Desktop Support
10 33 (4.00%) Support Analyst
11 30 (3.64%) Desktop Engineer
12 28 (3.39%) Rollout Engineer
13 27 (3.27%) Infrastructure Architect
14 26 (3.15%) 3rd Line Engineer
15 24 (2.91%) Deployment Engineer
16 22 (2.67%) Desktop Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 53 (6.42%) .NET
2 30 (3.64%) Elastic Stack
2 30 (3.64%) SOAP
2 30 (3.64%) Web Services
3 24 (2.91%) REST
4 23 (2.79%) HTML
5 22 (2.67%) XML
6 18 (2.18%) Middleware
7 15 (1.82%) ASP.NET
8 12 (1.45%) .NET Framework
8 12 (1.45%) ADO.NET
8 12 (1.45%) OCX
8 12 (1.45%) YAML
9 10 (1.21%) JSON
10 8 (0.97%) ISPF
11 6 (0.73%) ASP.NET Web API
11 6 (0.73%) CSS
11 6 (0.73%) JSP
12 5 (0.61%) WPF
12 5 (0.61%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 53 (6.42%) Analytical Skills
2 38 (4.61%) Management Information System
3 33 (4.00%) Data Centre
3 33 (4.00%) Hybrid Cloud
4 27 (3.27%) Cyberattack
5 21 (2.55%) NHS
6 19 (2.30%) Driving Licence
7 15 (1.82%) Blackberry
8 14 (1.70%) User Experience
9 12 (1.45%) Clustering
9 12 (1.45%) Public Cloud
10 10 (1.21%) Security Operations Centre
11 9 (1.09%) Mainframe
11 9 (1.09%) Replication
12 8 (0.97%) iPhone
12 8 (0.97%) Linux Command Line
12 8 (0.97%) Private Cloud
12 8 (0.97%) Self-Motivation
13 7 (0.85%) Mobile App
13 7 (0.85%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 291 (35.27%) Windows 10
2 216 (26.18%) Windows Server
3 169 (20.48%) Windows 7
4 167 (20.24%) Linux
5 86 (10.42%) Unix
6 61 (7.39%) Windows Server 2012
7 52 (6.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 41 (4.97%) Windows Server 2008
9 39 (4.73%) Apple iOS
10 37 (4.48%) Windows 8
11 36 (4.36%) Windows XP
12 32 (3.88%) Android
13 22 (2.67%) Windows Server 2003
14 19 (2.30%) Mac OS
15 13 (1.58%) zOS
16 12 (1.45%) CentOS
16 12 (1.45%) Mac OS X
17 8 (0.97%) HPUX
18 5 (0.61%) Data ONTAP
18 5 (0.61%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 112 (13.58%) ITIL
2 111 (13.45%) Migration
3 84 (10.18%) DevOps
4 72 (8.73%) Problem-Solving
5 64 (7.76%) Agile Software Development
6 61 (7.39%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 45 (5.45%) Patch Management
8 44 (5.33%) Application Packaging
9 40 (4.85%) Stakeholder Management
10 35 (4.24%) Information Security
11 33 (4.00%) Cybersecurity
11 33 (4.00%) Service Management
12 30 (3.64%) ITSM
12 30 (3.64%) User Acceptance Testing
13 29 (3.52%) Disaster Recovery
14 28 (3.39%) Open Source
15 27 (3.27%) Network Monitoring
15 27 (3.27%) SIEM
15 27 (3.27%) Vulnerability Assessment
15 27 (3.27%) Vulnerability Management
Programming Languages
1 115 (13.94%) SQL
2 56 (6.79%) PowerShell
3 52 (6.30%) C#
4 37 (4.48%) Bash Shell
5 31 (3.76%) Python
6 26 (3.15%) VBScript
7 25 (3.03%) Shell Script
7 25 (3.03%) VB
8 24 (2.91%) Ruby
9 18 (2.18%) Java
10 16 (1.94%) T-SQL
11 14 (1.70%) C++
12 13 (1.58%) Perl
13 12 (1.45%) JCL
14 11 (1.33%) PL/SQL
14 11 (1.33%) VB.NET
15 9 (1.09%) JavaScript
16 7 (0.85%) C
17 6 (0.73%) PHP
18 5 (0.61%) ActionScript
Qualifications
1 92 (11.15%) Security Cleared
2 73 (8.85%) SC Cleared
3 43 (5.21%) Microsoft Certification
4 33 (4.00%) Degree
5 29 (3.52%) MCSE
6 23 (2.79%) MCSA
7 21 (2.55%) AWS Certification
8 18 (2.18%) MCP
9 16 (1.94%) CCNA
9 16 (1.94%) Cisco Certification
10 13 (1.58%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 9 (1.09%) CISSP
11 9 (1.09%) ITIL Certification
12 8 (0.97%) MCITP
13 7 (0.85%) DBS Check
14 6 (0.73%) A+ Certification
14 6 (0.73%) BPSS Clearance
14 6 (0.73%) SSCP
15 5 (0.61%) MCTS
15 5 (0.61%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (5.21%) SLA
2 12 (1.45%) QA
3 10 (1.21%) GxP
4 5 (0.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.36%) GDPR
6 1 (0.12%) COBIT
6 1 (0.12%) COSO
6 1 (0.12%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.12%) PMO
6 1 (0.12%) SEPA
6 1 (0.12%) TARGET2
System Software
1 278 (33.70%) Active Directory
2 67 (8.12%) VMware Infrastructure
3 42 (5.09%) Hyper-V
4 41 (4.97%) Docker
5 40 (4.85%) Microsoft App-V
6 30 (3.64%) XenApp
7 19 (2.30%) VMware ESXi
8 18 (2.18%) Virtual Desktop
9 16 (1.94%) vSphere
10 11 (1.33%) Virtual Machines
11 8 (0.97%) NFS
11 8 (0.97%) Time Sharing Option
12 5 (0.61%) BitLocker
13 4 (0.48%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 4 (0.48%) XenServer
14 3 (0.36%) Terminal Services
14 3 (0.36%) VMware NSX
14 3 (0.36%) XenDesktop
15 2 (0.24%) Virtual Servers
15 2 (0.24%) Xen
Systems Management
1 139 (16.85%) SCCM
2 36 (4.36%) Puppet
3 35 (4.24%) Kubernetes
4 28 (3.39%) Ansible
5 27 (3.27%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 23 (2.79%) Terraform
7 20 (2.42%) Opscode Chef
8 18 (2.18%) QRadar
9 11 (1.33%) SCOM
10 9 (1.09%) Microsoft Clustering
11 8 (0.97%) Microsoft Intune
11 8 (0.97%) Salt
11 8 (0.97%) WSUS
12 6 (0.73%) AirWatch
12 6 (0.73%) logstash
12 6 (0.73%) NetBackup
13 5 (0.61%) BladeLogic
13 5 (0.61%) NetApp OnCommand
14 4 (0.48%) Grafana
14 4 (0.48%) Nagios
Vendors
1 268 (32.48%) Microsoft
2 170 (20.61%) VMware
3 106 (12.85%) Citrix
4 90 (10.91%) Oracle
5 68 (8.24%) Apple
6 53 (6.42%) Red Hat
7 47 (5.70%) Cisco
8 35 (4.24%) IBM
9 32 (3.88%) Splunk
10 28 (3.39%) HP
11 27 (3.27%) AlienVault
12 24 (2.91%) Google
12 24 (2.91%) McAfee
13 22 (2.67%) ServiceNow
14 17 (2.06%) Ivanti
15 15 (1.82%) NetApp
16 14 (1.70%) Remedy
17 13 (1.58%) Veeam
18 12 (1.45%) BMC
18 12 (1.45%) Xerox