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 31 July 2015 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Windows 8
Rank 96 95 96
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +1
Contract jobs citing Windows 8 20 24 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.83% 0.98% 0.30%
As % of the Operating Systems category 5.28% 4.77% 1.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 15 1
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£220 £301 £280
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-26.78% +7.32%
UK excluding London average daily rate £188 £250 £325
% change year-on-year
-25.00% -23.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 5
Average hourly rate £15.75 - £22.00
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.38 - £16.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.70 - £23.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.10 £14.00 £19.75
% change year-on-year
+15.00% -29.11%
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
379 503 365
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 15.77% 20.54% 18.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 194 211 166
Average daily rate £325 £301 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.15% -7.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £163 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £432
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+12.00% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 60 79 59
Average hourly rate £16.50 £14.50 £15.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.79% -6.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.72 £9.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.50 £23.50 £26.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £15.00 £16.23
% change year-on-year
+10.00% -7.55%

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 31 July 2015.

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 31 July 2015. 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 +7 10 £150 -57.14% 3
Warwickshire +3 3 - -
Wolverhampton - 2 £315 -
Shropshire - 2 - -
Coventry +2 1 £275 -8.33%
Windows 8
England

Windows 8
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, 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 39 (100.00%) Windows
2 20 (51.28%) Windows XP
3 19 (48.72%) Windows 7
4 17 (43.59%) Active Directory
4 17 (43.59%) Windows Server 2008
5 12 (30.77%) Microsoft
6 11 (28.21%) Windows Server 2012
7 10 (25.64%) Office 365
8 9 (23.08%) MS Exchange
8 9 (23.08%) Windows Server 2003
8 9 (23.08%) VMware
9 8 (20.51%) VMware Infrastructure
10 7 (17.95%) SCCM
10 7 (17.95%) LAN
10 7 (17.95%) WAN
10 7 (17.95%) MS Office
10 7 (17.95%) Exchange Server 2010
11 6 (15.38%) Citrix
12 5 (12.82%) Cisco
12 5 (12.82%) MSI
12 5 (12.82%) HP
12 5 (12.82%) TCP/IP
12 5 (12.82%) Hyper-V
12 5 (12.82%) Windows Vista
12 5 (12.82%) Microsoft App-V
12 5 (12.82%) Exchange Server 2013
13 4 (10.26%) vSphere
13 4 (10.26%) Wireless
13 4 (10.26%) Stakeholder Management
13 4 (10.26%) Veeam

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

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, 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 9 (23.08%) MS Exchange
2 7 (17.95%) Exchange Server 2010
3 5 (12.82%) Exchange Server 2013
4 3 (7.69%) Lotus Domino
5 2 (5.13%) IBM Notes
6 1 (2.56%) CMS
6 1 (2.56%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (2.56%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (2.56%) Umbraco
Applications
1 7 (17.95%) MS Office
2 3 (7.69%) MS Excel
3 2 (5.13%) Vectorworks
3 2 (5.13%) Photoshop
Cloud Services
1 10 (25.64%) Office 365
2 2 (5.13%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (2.56%) Yammer
3 1 (2.56%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 7 (17.95%) LAN
1 7 (17.95%) WAN
2 5 (12.82%) TCP/IP
3 4 (10.26%) VoIP
3 4 (10.26%) Wireless
4 3 (7.69%) Firewall
4 3 (7.69%) DHCP
4 3 (7.69%) VPN
4 3 (7.69%) DNS
5 2 (5.13%) Wi-Fi
5 2 (5.13%) Structured Cabling
6 1 (2.56%) NAS
6 1 (2.56%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (5.13%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.56%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 5 (12.82%) MSI
2 2 (5.13%) Visual Studio
General
1 3 (7.69%) Telecoms
2 1 (2.56%) Advertising
2 1 (2.56%) Military
2 1 (2.56%) French Language
2 1 (2.56%) German Language
2 1 (2.56%) Polish Language
2 1 (2.56%) Back Office
2 1 (2.56%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 6 (15.38%) Analyst
2 5 (12.82%) Applications Packager
3 4 (10.26%) 2nd Line Support
3 4 (10.26%) Help Desk Support
4 3 (7.69%) Desktop Engineer
4 3 (7.69%) Support Engineer
5 2 (5.13%) Service Analyst
5 2 (5.13%) Administrator
5 2 (5.13%) Systems Administrator
5 2 (5.13%) Support Analyst
5 2 (5.13%) Desktop Support
5 2 (5.13%) Developer
5 2 (5.13%) Service Desk Analyst
5 2 (5.13%) Deployment Engineer
5 2 (5.13%) IT Support
6 1 (2.56%) Architect
6 1 (2.56%) Deployment Specialist
6 1 (2.56%) Implementation Engineer
6 1 (2.56%) PC Engineer
6 1 (2.56%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (7.69%) Software Packaging
2 1 (2.56%) jQuery
2 1 (2.56%) ASP.NET MVC
2 1 (2.56%) ASP.NET Web Forms
2 1 (2.56%) HTML
2 1 (2.56%) .NET
2 1 (2.56%) ASP.NET
2 1 (2.56%) CSS
2 1 (2.56%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 3 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (2.56%) Thin Client
2 1 (2.56%) Blackberry
2 1 (2.56%) Fat Client
2 1 (2.56%) Social Media
2 1 (2.56%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 39 (100.00%) Windows
2 20 (51.28%) Windows XP
3 19 (48.72%) Windows 7
4 17 (43.59%) Windows Server 2008
5 11 (28.21%) Windows Server 2012
6 9 (23.08%) Windows Server 2003
7 5 (12.82%) Windows Vista
8 3 (7.69%) Linux
9 2 (5.13%) Windows 2000
9 2 (5.13%) Mac OS X
10 1 (2.56%) Windows CE
10 1 (2.56%) UNIX
10 1 (2.56%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (10.26%) Stakeholder Management
1 4 (10.26%) ITIL
2 3 (7.69%) Migration
2 3 (7.69%) Application Discovery
3 1 (2.56%) CRM
3 1 (2.56%) Service Management
3 1 (2.56%) Service Delivery
3 1 (2.56%) ITSM
3 1 (2.56%) MVC
3 1 (2.56%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (2.56%) Asset Management
3 1 (2.56%) Incident Management
3 1 (2.56%) Problem Management
3 1 (2.56%) Load Testing
3 1 (2.56%) Data Protection
3 1 (2.56%) Product Management
3 1 (2.56%) Business Transformation
3 1 (2.56%) Mobile Application Development
3 1 (2.56%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 1 (2.56%) C#
1 1 (2.56%) JavaScript
1 1 (2.56%) SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (5.13%) Microsoft Certification
1 2 (5.13%) MCP
2 1 (2.56%) MCSE
2 1 (2.56%) MCSA
2 1 (2.56%) A+ Certification
2 1 (2.56%) MCTS
2 1 (2.56%) MCITP
2 1 (2.56%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (10.26%) QA
2 3 (7.69%) SLA
System Software
1 17 (43.59%) Active Directory
2 8 (20.51%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (12.82%) Hyper-V
3 5 (12.82%) Microsoft App-V
4 4 (10.26%) vSphere
5 2 (5.13%) XenServer
5 2 (5.13%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 7 (17.95%) SCCM
2 3 (7.69%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 2 (5.13%) DameWare
4 1 (2.56%) Windows Intune
Vendors
1 12 (30.77%) Microsoft
2 9 (23.08%) VMware
3 6 (15.38%) Citrix
4 5 (12.82%) Cisco
4 5 (12.82%) HP
5 4 (10.26%) Adobe
5 4 (10.26%) Lotus
5 4 (10.26%) Symantec
5 4 (10.26%) Veeam
6 2 (5.13%) Autodesk
6 2 (5.13%) Remedy
7 1 (2.56%) Sophos
7 1 (2.56%) Avaya
7 1 (2.56%) Motorola
7 1 (2.56%) LANDesk