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 24 June 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
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 9 9 7
Rank change year-on-year 0 -2  
Contract jobs citing Windows 305 383 441
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 10.52% 10.05% 11.79%
As % of the Operating Systems category 47.58% 47.28% 53.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 155 186 211
Median daily rate £321 £375 £301
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -14.40% +24.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £180 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £500 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £338 £325
% change year-on-year - +3.84%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 45 84
Median hourly rate £15.50 £13.50 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.81% -3.57%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.40 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £19.80 £19.23
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £16.38 £15.50
% change year-on-year -8.39% +5.64%  

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 641 810 824
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 22.10% 21.26% 22.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 371 475 432
Median daily rate £390 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.50% +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £250 £173
10% offered a daily rate of more than £518 £500 £514
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £348
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.31%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 58 47 90
Median hourly rate £15.50 £14.00 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.71% -3.44%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.79 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.10 £21.00 £20.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £17.00 £16.20
% change year-on-year -8.82% +4.93%  

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 24 June 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 24 June 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 24 June 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 -6 123 £325 -5.79% 75
Cheshire -2 75 £300 -29.41% 40
Lancashire +9 59 £410 +5.12% 12
Merseyside -5 36 £220 -34.81% 12
Cumbria +6 7 £225 -10.00% 1
Windows
England

For the 6 months to 24 June 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.

1 202 (36.27%) Active Directory
2 193 (34.65%) Microsoft
3 177 (31.78%) Windows Server
4 132 (23.70%) Linux
5 123 (22.08%) VMware
6 115 (20.65%) Windows 7
7 108 (19.39%) Unix
8 99 (17.77%) Windows Server 2012
9 95 (17.06%) SQL Server
10 93 (16.70%) ITIL
11 92 (16.52%) Security Cleared
12 90 (16.16%) Migration
13 89 (15.98%) DNS
14 88 (15.80%) Microsoft Office
15 87 (15.62%) Office 365
16 86 (15.44%) SQL
17 84 (15.08%) Citrix
18 83 (14.90%) SC Cleared
19 82 (14.72%) Windows Server 2008
20 79 (14.18%) Windows 10
21 76 (13.64%) MS Exchange
22 71 (12.75%) VMware Infrastructure
23 66 (11.85%) Finance
24 64 (11.49%) SCCM
25 58 (10.41%) PowerShell
26 55 (9.87%) IBM
27 53 (9.52%) LAN
28 52 (9.34%) WAN
28 52 (9.34%) Firewall
29 47 (8.44%) DHCP

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 76 (13.64%) MS Exchange
2 47 (8.44%) Exchange Server 2010
3 25 (4.49%) IIS
4 22 (3.95%) SharePoint
5 20 (3.59%) Exchange Server 2013
6 15 (2.69%) Skype for Business
7 14 (2.51%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 11 (1.97%) IBM Notes
9 10 (1.80%) Exchange Server 2007
9 10 (1.80%) Tomcat
10 9 (1.62%) WebSphere
11 8 (1.44%) Apache
12 7 (1.26%) Confluence
13 6 (1.08%) Exchange Server 2003
13 6 (1.08%) SAS
14 5 (0.90%) SharePoint 2013
15 4 (0.72%) Apache Spark
15 4 (0.72%) BizTalk Server
15 4 (0.72%) Cloud Foundry
15 4 (0.72%) WebLogic
Applications
1 88 (15.80%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (2.87%) Microsoft Excel
3 9 (1.62%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.54%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 3 (0.54%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.36%) Adobe Illustrator
5 2 (0.36%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (0.36%) OmniGraffle
5 2 (0.36%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 12 (2.15%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.90%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 4 (0.72%) Dynamics NAV
4 3 (0.54%) Maximo
5 2 (0.36%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.18%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.18%) Visualfiles
6 1 (0.18%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 87 (15.62%) Office 365
2 36 (6.46%) Microsoft Azure
3 20 (3.59%) Amazon AWS
4 14 (2.51%) PaaS
5 5 (0.90%) Google Cloud Platform
6 4 (0.72%) Amazon S3
6 4 (0.72%) Bluemix
6 4 (0.72%) Cloud Computing
6 4 (0.72%) Google Drive
6 4 (0.72%) IBM Cloud
6 4 (0.72%) OpenShift
7 3 (0.54%) Amazon EC2
7 3 (0.54%) AWS CloudFormation
7 3 (0.54%) SaaS
8 2 (0.36%) Azure Active Directory
8 2 (0.36%) Google App Engine
8 2 (0.36%) IaaS
9 1 (0.18%) Mimecast
9 1 (0.18%) OneDrive
9 1 (0.18%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 89 (15.98%) DNS
2 53 (9.52%) LAN
3 52 (9.34%) Firewall
3 52 (9.34%) WAN
4 47 (8.44%) DHCP
5 41 (7.36%) TCP/IP
6 39 (7.00%) VPN
7 29 (5.21%) VoIP
8 24 (4.31%) SAN
9 23 (4.13%) SSL
10 17 (3.05%) FTP
11 16 (2.87%) Remote Desktop
12 15 (2.69%) NAS
13 14 (2.51%) Internet
14 10 (1.80%) HTTP
14 10 (1.80%) MPLS
14 10 (1.80%) SSH
14 10 (1.80%) VLAN
14 10 (1.80%) Wireless
15 8 (1.44%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 95 (17.06%) SQL Server
2 28 (5.03%) SQL Server 2012
3 20 (3.59%) SQL Server 2014
4 19 (3.41%) SQL Server 2008
5 18 (3.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 17 (3.05%) Hadoop
6 17 (3.05%) Oracle Database
7 15 (2.69%) SQL Server 2005
8 11 (1.97%) TKPROF
9 10 (1.80%) Relational Database
9 10 (1.80%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 9 (1.62%) DTS
10 9 (1.62%) Redis
11 6 (1.08%) Big Data
11 6 (1.08%) DB2
11 6 (1.08%) MySQL
12 5 (0.90%) MongoDB
13 4 (0.72%) NoSQL
14 3 (0.54%) SAS Enterprise Guide
14 3 (0.54%) SAS Enterprise Miner
Development Applications
1 17 (3.05%) Visual Studio
2 16 (2.87%) Git (software)
3 15 (2.69%) JIRA
4 11 (1.97%) Toad
5 10 (1.80%) Jenkins
6 7 (1.26%) MSI
7 6 (1.08%) Subversion
8 5 (0.90%) Gradle
8 5 (0.90%) Mercurial
8 5 (0.90%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 5 (0.90%) Xcode
9 4 (0.72%) GitLab
9 4 (0.72%) Team Foundation Server
9 4 (0.72%) Visual Studio Team System
10 3 (0.54%) Ant
10 3 (0.54%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 3 (0.54%) Octopus Deploy
11 2 (0.36%) Android Studio
11 2 (0.36%) NUnit
11 2 (0.36%) Travis CI
General
1 66 (11.85%) Finance
2 26 (4.67%) Manufacturing
3 25 (4.49%) Banking
4 13 (2.33%) Local Government
5 8 (1.44%) Games
6 6 (1.08%) Legal
6 6 (1.08%) Marketing
6 6 (1.08%) Telecoms
7 5 (0.90%) Electronics
7 5 (0.90%) Law
7 5 (0.90%) Retail
8 4 (0.72%) Avionics
8 4 (0.72%) Investment Banking
9 3 (0.54%) Back Office
9 3 (0.54%) Front Office
10 2 (0.36%) Pharmaceutical
11 1 (0.18%) Billing
11 1 (0.18%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 89 (15.98%) Analyst
2 50 (8.98%) Consultant
3 39 (7.00%) 2nd Line Support
3 39 (7.00%) Architect
4 35 (6.28%) Support Engineer
5 34 (6.10%) Desktop Support
6 32 (5.75%) Developer
7 28 (5.03%) Administrator
8 25 (4.49%) DBA
8 25 (4.49%) Support Analyst
9 23 (4.13%) Service Analyst
10 21 (3.77%) 1st Line Support
10 21 (3.77%) Service Desk Analyst
11 20 (3.59%) 3rd Line Support
11 20 (3.59%) IT Support
12 19 (3.41%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 16 (2.87%) Active Directory Support
13 16 (2.87%) Windows Engineer
14 15 (2.69%) 2nd Line Engineer
14 15 (2.69%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (6.82%) Middleware
2 37 (6.64%) .NET
3 19 (3.41%) HTML
4 18 (3.23%) Web Services
5 16 (2.87%) Elastic Stack
6 15 (2.69%) XML
7 11 (1.97%) .NET Framework
7 11 (1.97%) ASP.NET
7 11 (1.97%) Oracle GoldenGate
8 9 (1.62%) WPF
9 8 (1.44%) JSON
9 8 (1.44%) SOAP
10 7 (1.26%) HTML5
10 7 (1.26%) REST
11 6 (1.08%) JMS
11 6 (1.08%) MSMQ
11 6 (1.08%) Qt
12 5 (0.90%) Cocoa
12 5 (0.90%) CSS
12 5 (0.90%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 39 (7.00%) Data Centre
2 36 (6.46%) Mainframe
3 30 (5.39%) Analytical Skills
4 24 (4.31%) Blackberry
5 19 (3.41%) PKI
6 18 (3.23%) Management Information System
7 15 (2.69%) Life Science
7 15 (2.69%) Replication
8 13 (2.33%) Clustering
8 13 (2.33%) iPhone
9 12 (2.15%) Mobile App
10 10 (1.80%) Linux Command Line
10 10 (1.80%) Smartphone
10 10 (1.80%) Video Conferencing
11 9 (1.62%) Public Cloud
12 8 (1.44%) Enterprise Software
13 6 (1.08%) Cyber Attack
13 6 (1.08%) iPad
14 5 (0.90%) Computer Science
14 5 (0.90%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 177 (31.78%) Windows Server
2 132 (23.70%) Linux
3 115 (20.65%) Windows 7
4 108 (19.39%) Unix
5 99 (17.77%) Windows Server 2012
6 82 (14.72%) Windows Server 2008
7 79 (14.18%) Windows 10
8 38 (6.82%) Windows 8
9 37 (6.64%) AIX
10 34 (6.10%) Apple iOS
11 32 (5.75%) Windows XP
12 31 (5.57%) Windows Server 2003
13 24 (4.31%) Android
14 23 (4.13%) HPUX
15 22 (3.95%) Solaris
16 21 (3.77%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 9 (1.62%) zOS
18 8 (1.44%) Windows Phone
19 5 (0.90%) Mac OS X
19 5 (0.90%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 93 (16.70%) ITIL
2 90 (16.16%) Migration
3 41 (7.36%) Agile Software Development
4 40 (7.18%) DevOps
5 27 (4.85%) Cybersecurity
6 24 (4.31%) Service Management
7 23 (4.13%) Patch Management
8 20 (3.59%) Incident Management
9 19 (3.41%) Information Security
9 19 (3.41%) Network Monitoring
9 19 (3.41%) Open Source
10 18 (3.23%) Change Management
10 18 (3.23%) Project Management
11 17 (3.05%) Vulnerability Assessment
12 16 (2.87%) Line Management
12 16 (2.87%) Problem Management
12 16 (2.87%) Vulnerability Management
13 15 (2.69%) Software Engineering
14 14 (2.51%) Security Operations
15 13 (2.33%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 86 (15.44%) SQL
2 58 (10.41%) PowerShell
3 39 (7.00%) Shell Script
4 34 (6.10%) Java
5 25 (4.49%) Python
6 24 (4.31%) C++
7 23 (4.13%) C#
8 20 (3.59%) Perl
9 13 (2.33%) PL/SQL
10 11 (1.97%) VB
11 8 (1.44%) Apple Swift
12 7 (1.26%) JavaScript
12 7 (1.26%) Scala
12 7 (1.26%) T-SQL
13 6 (1.08%) Bash Shell
13 6 (1.08%) JCL
14 5 (0.90%) Go
14 5 (0.90%) Objective-C
15 4 (0.72%) ActionScript
15 4 (0.72%) C
Qualifications
1 92 (16.52%) Security Cleared
2 83 (14.90%) SC Cleared
3 29 (5.21%) Microsoft Certification
4 19 (3.41%) MCP
5 16 (2.87%) CISSP
6 15 (2.69%) SANS
6 15 (2.69%) SSCP
7 11 (1.97%) Degree
7 11 (1.97%) MCSE
8 10 (1.80%) Cisco Certification
9 9 (1.62%) MCSA
10 6 (1.08%) CCNA
10 6 (1.08%) CCNP
10 6 (1.08%) ISEB
10 6 (1.08%) MCITP
11 4 (0.72%) DBS Check
11 4 (0.72%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 4 (0.72%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 3 (0.54%) ACSP
12 3 (0.54%) HP AIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (3.23%) SLA
2 4 (0.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (0.54%) PCI DSS
3 3 (0.54%) QA
4 1 (0.18%) COBIT
4 1 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
4 1 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
4 1 (0.18%) GDPR
4 1 (0.18%) GxP
4 1 (0.18%) PMO
4 1 (0.18%) SEPA
System Software
1 202 (36.27%) Active Directory
2 71 (12.75%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (3.23%) Hyper-V
4 17 (3.05%) XenApp
5 16 (2.87%) vSphere
6 13 (2.33%) VMware ESXi
7 11 (1.97%) Microsoft App-V
8 7 (1.26%) Virtual Machines
9 5 (0.90%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 3 (0.54%) Docker
11 2 (0.36%) BitLocker
11 2 (0.36%) Firmware
11 2 (0.36%) Virtual Desktop
11 2 (0.36%) Xen
11 2 (0.36%) XenDesktop
12 1 (0.18%) Apache Flume
12 1 (0.18%) Oracle RAC
12 1 (0.18%) VirtualBox
12 1 (0.18%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 64 (11.49%) SCCM
2 25 (4.49%) Ansible
3 23 (4.13%) SCOM
4 22 (3.95%) Puppet
5 20 (3.59%) Opscode Chef
6 16 (2.87%) QRadar
7 13 (2.33%) Failover Clustering
8 12 (2.15%) Oracle RMAN
9 11 (1.97%) Microsoft Clustering
10 10 (1.80%) WSUS
11 9 (1.62%) Kibana
11 9 (1.62%) logstash
12 7 (1.26%) vCenter Server
13 6 (1.08%) IBM BigFix
13 6 (1.08%) Microsoft Intune
13 6 (1.08%) Netcool
13 6 (1.08%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
13 6 (1.08%) Tivoli Storage Manager
14 5 (0.90%) BladeLogic
14 5 (0.90%) Mesos
Vendors
1 193 (34.65%) Microsoft
2 123 (22.08%) VMware
3 84 (15.08%) Citrix
4 55 (9.87%) IBM
5 43 (7.72%) HP
6 38 (6.82%) Oracle
7 36 (6.46%) Apple
8 33 (5.92%) Cisco
9 17 (3.05%) LogRhythm
9 17 (3.05%) Splunk
10 13 (2.33%) Red Hat
11 12 (2.15%) Google
12 11 (1.97%) Lotus
13 10 (1.80%) PlateSpin
13 10 (1.80%) ServiceNow
14 9 (1.62%) CA
14 9 (1.62%) NetApp
14 9 (1.62%) SAP
15 8 (1.44%) Dell
15 8 (1.44%) Symantec
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