The table below looks at the statistics for Windows 8 skills in IT contracts advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Windows 8 over the 3 months to 19 September 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Windows 8
Rank 94 104 98
Rank change year-on-year
+10 -6
Contract jobs citing Windows 8 34 7 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 1.32% 0.33% 0.70%
As % of the Operating Systems category 6.38% 1.81% 3.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 3 3
Average daily rate
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£320 £280 £280
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £289 £325 £280
% change year-on-year
-11.15% +16.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 0
Average hourly rate £13.00 £22.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-42.22% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.25 £23.00 -
% change year-on-year
-38.04% -
Windows 8
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Operating Systems category in contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands region.

Operating Systems Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Operating Systems category
533 386 444
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 20.73% 18.29% 19.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 231 200 226
Average daily rate £303 £300 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.83% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £155 £159 £163
10% offered a daily rate of more than £453 £425 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £320
% change year-on-year
- +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 80 60 42
Average hourly rate £17.50 £13.50 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+29.62% -10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.77 £10.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.16 £23.00 £33.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.20 £15.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+4.51% -8.82%

Windows 8
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Windows 8 across the West Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within the Operating Systems category.

Windows 8 Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

Windows 8
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Windows 8 across the West Midlands region.

Windows 8 Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Windows 8
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Windows 8 across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 19 September 2014.

Windows 8 Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Windows 8
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Windows 8 across the West Midlands region.

Windows 8 Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Windows 8
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Windows 8 within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 19 September 2014. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham +6 11 £350 +118.75% 6
Staffordshire +4 7 £160 - 1
Herefordshire - 3 - -
Coventry - 2 £500 -
Warwickshire -9 1 - -
Worcestershire - 1 £200 -
Shropshire - - - -
Solihull - - - -
Wolverhampton - - - -
Windows 8
England

Windows 8
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region citing Windows 8 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 8.

1 51 (100.00%) Windows
2 27 (52.94%) Windows 7
3 25 (49.02%) Microsoft
4 22 (43.14%) Active Directory
5 21 (41.18%) Windows XP
6 20 (39.22%) Windows Server 2008
7 18 (35.29%) MS Exchange
8 16 (31.37%) C#
9 14 (27.45%) .NET
9 14 (27.45%) SQL Server
10 13 (25.49%) Agile Software Development
11 12 (23.53%) SQL
12 11 (21.57%) Windows Mobile
13 10 (19.61%) Subversion
13 10 (19.61%) Visual Studio
13 10 (19.61%) Citrix
13 10 (19.61%) Windows CE
13 10 (19.61%) Windows Server 2012
14 9 (17.65%) VMware
15 8 (15.69%) Embedded C++
15 8 (15.69%) C++
15 8 (15.69%) Web Services
15 8 (15.69%) Pocket PC
15 8 (15.69%) Scrum
15 8 (15.69%) WCF
15 8 (15.69%) JIRA
15 8 (15.69%) Windows Phone 8
15 8 (15.69%) Mobile App
15 8 (15.69%) Windows Phone
15 8 (15.69%) Mobile Application Development

Windows 8
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region citing Windows 8 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 8. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 18 (35.29%) MS Exchange
2 7 (13.73%) Exchange Server 2007
3 3 (5.88%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (1.96%) IBM Notes
4 1 (1.96%) Exchange Server 5.5
4 1 (1.96%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 3 (5.88%) MS Excel
2 2 (3.92%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 4 (7.84%) Office 365
2 3 (5.88%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (3.92%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 4 (7.84%) LAN
1 4 (7.84%) WAN
1 4 (7.84%) VPN
2 2 (3.92%) Wi-Fi
2 2 (3.92%) TCP/IP
2 2 (3.92%) DMZ
3 1 (1.96%) VoIP
3 1 (1.96%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (27.45%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.96%) DataStage
2 1 (1.96%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 10 (19.61%) Subversion
1 10 (19.61%) Visual Studio
2 8 (15.69%) JIRA
3 3 (5.88%) MSI
3 3 (5.88%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (3.92%) MSBuild
5 1 (1.96%) InstallShield
General
1 2 (3.92%) Finance
2 1 (1.96%) Legal
Job Titles
1 14 (27.45%) Developer
2 10 (19.61%) Mobile Developer
2 10 (19.61%) Windows Mobile Developer
3 6 (11.76%) 2nd Line Support
4 4 (7.84%) Build Engineer
4 4 (7.84%) C# .NET Developer
4 4 (7.84%) .NET Developer
4 4 (7.84%) C# Developer
5 3 (5.88%) Administrator
5 3 (5.88%) Analyst
5 3 (5.88%) Consultant
5 3 (5.88%) Systems Administrator
5 3 (5.88%) Applications Developer
5 3 (5.88%) 3rd Line Support
5 3 (5.88%) Mobile Applications Developer
5 3 (5.88%) Windows Systems Administrator
5 3 (5.88%) Windows Administrator
5 3 (5.88%) Desktop Engineer
6 2 (3.92%) Technical Tester
6 2 (3.92%) Technical Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (27.45%) .NET
2 8 (15.69%) Web Services
2 8 (15.69%) WCF
3 2 (3.92%) Application Packaging
3 2 (3.92%) ASP.NET
4 1 (1.96%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
4 1 (1.96%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 8 (15.69%) Pocket PC
1 8 (15.69%) Mobile App
2 2 (3.92%) FMCG
2 2 (3.92%) Client/Server
3 1 (1.96%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 51 (100.00%) Windows
2 27 (52.94%) Windows 7
3 21 (41.18%) Windows XP
4 20 (39.22%) Windows Server 2008
5 11 (21.57%) Windows Mobile
6 10 (19.61%) Windows CE
6 10 (19.61%) Windows Server 2012
7 8 (15.69%) Windows Phone 8
7 8 (15.69%) Windows Phone
8 7 (13.73%) Windows Server 2003
9 4 (7.84%) Windows Vista
10 2 (3.92%) Apple iOS
11 1 (1.96%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (25.49%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (15.69%) Scrum
2 8 (15.69%) Mobile Application Development
3 4 (7.84%) Migration
4 2 (3.92%) Software Engineering
4 2 (3.92%) Systems Analysis
4 2 (3.92%) Test Scripting
4 2 (3.92%) WAN Optimisation
4 2 (3.92%) Project Management
4 2 (3.92%) Regression Testing
4 2 (3.92%) MVC
4 2 (3.92%) OOP
4 2 (3.92%) OO
4 2 (3.92%) Performance Tuning
4 2 (3.92%) Test Planning
5 1 (1.96%) ERP
5 1 (1.96%) ITIL
5 1 (1.96%) Service Delivery
5 1 (1.96%) Data Entry
5 1 (1.96%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 16 (31.37%) C#
2 12 (23.53%) SQL
3 8 (15.69%) Embedded C++
3 8 (15.69%) C++
4 3 (5.88%) PowerShell
5 1 (1.96%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 1 (1.96%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (3.92%) QA
2 1 (1.96%) SLA
System Software
1 22 (43.14%) Active Directory
2 7 (13.73%) XenApp
2 7 (13.73%) VMware ESX
3 6 (11.76%) XenServer
3 6 (11.76%) Citrix Presentation Server
4 2 (3.92%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (1.96%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (1.96%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 7 (13.73%) SCCM
2 4 (7.84%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (3.92%) McAfee ePO
4 1 (1.96%) WSUS
Vendors
1 25 (49.02%) Microsoft
2 10 (19.61%) Citrix
3 9 (17.65%) VMware
4 7 (13.73%) HP
5 2 (3.92%) Riverbed
5 2 (3.92%) McAfee
5 2 (3.92%) Perforce
6 1 (1.96%) Lotus
6 1 (1.96%) Cisco
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