The first table below looks at the demand for Windows skills in IT contracts advertised for the Midlands region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Windows over the 3 months to 25 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Operating Systems category for the Midlands region.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
25 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Windows
Rank 18 6 19
Rank change year-on-year
-12 +13
Contract jobs citing Windows 7 27 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the Midlands 4.14% 12.05% 5.42%
As % of the Operating Systems category 63.64% 84.38% 32.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 20 0
Average daily rate
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£450 £375 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £320 £313
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +2.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 0
Average hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-3.22% -6.06%
Operating Systems Category
Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Operating Systems category
11 32 46
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the Midlands 6.51% 14.29% 16.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 24 3
Average daily rate £450 £375 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% +25.00%
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £325 £323
% change year-on-year
-3.84% +0.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 7
Average hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £42.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -58.82%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £16.20 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-7.40% -7.42%
Windows
England

Windows
Jobs Demand Trend in the Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Windows across the Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within the Operating Systems category.

Windows Jobs Demand Trend in the Midlands

Windows
Daily Rate Trend in the Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Windows across the Midlands region.

Windows Daily Rate Trend in the Midlands

Windows
Daily Rate Histogram in the Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Windows across the Midlands region over the 3 months to 25 July 2014.

Windows Daily Rate Histogram in the Midlands

Windows
Hourly Rate Trend in the Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Windows across the Midlands region.

Windows Hourly Rate Trend in the Midlands

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the Midlands

For the 6 months to 25 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Midlands region citing Windows also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Windows.

1 17 (56.67%) Windows 7
2 10 (33.33%) Windows XP
2 10 (33.33%) Active Directory
3 9 (30.00%) Windows Server 2003
4 8 (26.67%) Microsoft
4 8 (26.67%) SCCM
5 7 (23.33%) Windows Server 2008
6 6 (20.00%) Windows Server 2012
6 6 (20.00%) SC Cleared
6 6 (20.00%) Security Cleared
7 5 (16.67%) Microsoft App-V
7 5 (16.67%) MSI
8 4 (13.33%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 4 (13.33%) Stakeholder Management
8 4 (13.33%) QA
8 4 (13.33%) Software Packaging
8 4 (13.33%) Windows 8
9 3 (10.00%) VMware
9 3 (10.00%) TCP/IP
9 3 (10.00%) UNIX
10 2 (6.67%) MS Office
10 2 (6.67%) DHCP
10 2 (6.67%) DNS
10 2 (6.67%) Cisco
10 2 (6.67%) MS Exchange
10 2 (6.67%) EMC
10 2 (6.67%) Migration
10 2 (6.67%) Business Continuity
10 2 (6.67%) Exchange Server 2007
10 2 (6.67%) SCOM

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in the Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 25 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Midlands region citing Windows also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Windows. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (6.67%) MS Exchange
1 2 (6.67%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 2 (6.67%) MS Office
2 1 (3.33%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 3 (10.00%) TCP/IP
2 2 (6.67%) DNS
2 2 (6.67%) DHCP
3 1 (3.33%) LAN
3 1 (3.33%) WAN
3 1 (3.33%) Firewall
3 1 (3.33%) VLAN
3 1 (3.33%) Cisco PIX
3 1 (3.33%) Network Security
Development Applications
1 5 (16.67%) MSI
Job Titles
1 5 (16.67%) Applications Packager
1 5 (16.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 3 (10.00%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
2 3 (10.00%) Architect
2 3 (10.00%) Infrastructure Architect
2 3 (10.00%) Deployment Engineer
3 2 (6.67%) Security Engineer
3 2 (6.67%) Infrastructure Consultant
3 2 (6.67%) Consultant
3 2 (6.67%) Administrator
3 2 (6.67%) Field Engineer
3 2 (6.67%) Desktop Engineer
4 1 (3.33%) Network Administrator
4 1 (3.33%) Help Desk Analyst
4 1 (3.33%) Network Engineer
4 1 (3.33%) Network Security Engineer
4 1 (3.33%) Desktop Support
4 1 (3.33%) Analyst
4 1 (3.33%) Security Administrator
4 1 (3.33%) Windows Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (13.33%) Software Packaging
2 1 (3.33%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 2 (6.67%) Enterprise Software
2 1 (3.33%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 17 (56.67%) Windows 7
2 10 (33.33%) Windows XP
3 9 (30.00%) Windows Server 2003
4 7 (23.33%) Windows Server 2008
5 6 (20.00%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (13.33%) Windows 8
7 3 (10.00%) UNIX
8 1 (3.33%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (13.33%) Stakeholder Management
2 2 (6.67%) Business Continuity
2 2 (6.67%) Network Design
2 2 (6.67%) Migration
3 1 (3.33%) Service Delivery
3 1 (3.33%) Change Management
3 1 (3.33%) Disaster Recovery
3 1 (3.33%) Trend Analysis
Programming Languages
1 2 (6.67%) PowerShell
2 1 (3.33%) SQL
2 1 (3.33%) VBScript
2 1 (3.33%) VB
Qualifications
1 6 (20.00%) SC Cleared
1 6 (20.00%) Security Cleared
2 1 (3.33%) NCDA
2 1 (3.33%) NCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (13.33%) QA
2 1 (3.33%) SLA
System Software
1 10 (33.33%) Active Directory
2 5 (16.67%) Microsoft App-V
3 1 (3.33%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 8 (26.67%) SCCM
2 4 (13.33%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 2 (6.67%) SCOM
Vendors
1 8 (26.67%) Microsoft
2 3 (10.00%) VMware
3 2 (6.67%) Cisco
3 2 (6.67%) EMC
4 1 (3.33%) Citrix
4 1 (3.33%) NetApp
4 1 (3.33%) CheckPoint
4 1 (3.33%) Oracle
4 1 (3.33%) F5