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 29 January 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
29 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Windows 8
Rank 100 101 89
Rank change year-on-year
+1 -12
Contract jobs citing Windows 8 8 8 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.38% 0.38% 0.33%
As % of the Operating Systems category 1.66% 2.05% 1.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 3 4
Average daily rate
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£155 £300 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-48.33% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £173 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
-46.92% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 0
Average hourly rate £12.75 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.00 £16.00 -
% change year-on-year
-12.50% -
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
482 391 363
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 22.63% 18.48% 19.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 218 196 138
Average daily rate £350 £305 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.75% -12.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £154 £155 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £305 £325
% change year-on-year
+10.65% -6.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 104 56 65
Average hourly rate £13.00 £15.00 £15.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.33% -4.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.00 £28.20 £31.45
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £17.25
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -13.04%

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
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 29 January 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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statistics and historical trends)
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
Warwickshire - 3 £190 - 2
Birmingham -3 2 - - 3
Coventry - 1 - - 1
Shropshire - 1 £120 - 2
Staffordshire - - - -
Worcestershire - - - -
Solihull - - - -
Wolverhampton - - - - 1
Herefordshire - - - - 1
Windows 8
England

Windows 8
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 29 January 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 34 (100.00%) Windows
2 20 (58.82%) Windows XP
2 20 (58.82%) Active Directory
3 15 (44.12%) Microsoft
3 15 (44.12%) Windows Server 2008
4 13 (38.24%) MS Exchange
5 12 (35.29%) SQL Server
5 12 (35.29%) Windows 7
6 9 (26.47%) Agile Software Development
7 8 (23.53%) C#
7 8 (23.53%) Exchange Server 2010
8 7 (20.59%) SQL
8 7 (20.59%) Visual Studio
8 7 (20.59%) Subversion
9 6 (17.65%) Windows Mobile
9 6 (17.65%) .NET
9 6 (17.65%) Citrix
9 6 (17.65%) Windows CE
10 5 (14.71%) Windows Phone 8
10 5 (14.71%) Mobile App
10 5 (14.71%) Windows Phone
10 5 (14.71%) Mobile Application Development
10 5 (14.71%) SQL Server 2008
10 5 (14.71%) Windows Server 2003
10 5 (14.71%) Embedded C++
10 5 (14.71%) C++
10 5 (14.71%) Web Services
10 5 (14.71%) Pocket PC
10 5 (14.71%) JIRA
10 5 (14.71%) WCF

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

For the 6 months to 29 January 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 13 (38.24%) MS Exchange
2 8 (23.53%) Exchange Server 2010
3 3 (8.82%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (2.94%) Exchange Server 5.5
4 1 (2.94%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 4 (11.76%) MS Office
2 2 (5.88%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 3 (8.82%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (5.88%) Office 365
2 2 (5.88%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 4 (11.76%) VoIP
2 1 (2.94%) LAN
2 1 (2.94%) WAN
2 1 (2.94%) DHCP
2 1 (2.94%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (35.29%) SQL Server
2 5 (14.71%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 7 (20.59%) Visual Studio
1 7 (20.59%) Subversion
2 5 (14.71%) JIRA
3 3 (8.82%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (5.88%) MSBuild
General
1 2 (5.88%) Legal
2 1 (2.94%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 9 (26.47%) 2nd Line Support
2 6 (17.65%) Developer
2 6 (17.65%) Mobile Developer
2 6 (17.65%) Windows Mobile Developer
3 3 (8.82%) Build Engineer
3 3 (8.82%) 1st Line Support
4 2 (5.88%) Support Engineer
4 2 (5.88%) Administrator
4 2 (5.88%) Analyst
4 2 (5.88%) Consultant
4 2 (5.88%) Applications Developer
4 2 (5.88%) Support Analyst
4 2 (5.88%) IT Support
4 2 (5.88%) Mobile Applications Developer
5 1 (2.94%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
5 1 (2.94%) Active Directory Consultant
5 1 (2.94%) IT Technician
5 1 (2.94%) Technical Support
5 1 (2.94%) Architect
5 1 (2.94%) Desktop Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (17.65%) .NET
2 5 (14.71%) Web Services
2 5 (14.71%) WCF
3 1 (2.94%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 5 (14.71%) Mobile App
1 5 (14.71%) Pocket PC
2 3 (8.82%) Video Conferencing
3 2 (5.88%) Blackberry
4 1 (2.94%) FMCG
4 1 (2.94%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 34 (100.00%) Windows
2 20 (58.82%) Windows XP
3 15 (44.12%) Windows Server 2008
4 12 (35.29%) Windows 7
5 6 (17.65%) Windows Mobile
5 6 (17.65%) Windows CE
6 5 (14.71%) Windows Phone 8
6 5 (14.71%) Windows Phone
6 5 (14.71%) Windows Server 2003
7 4 (11.76%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (2.94%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (26.47%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (14.71%) Mobile Application Development
2 5 (14.71%) Scrum
3 2 (5.88%) Migration
3 2 (5.88%) ERP
4 1 (2.94%) Data Entry
4 1 (2.94%) ITIL
4 1 (2.94%) Service Delivery
4 1 (2.94%) Change Management
4 1 (2.94%) TOGAF
4 1 (2.94%) Data Analysis
4 1 (2.94%) Supplier Management
4 1 (2.94%) Incident Management
4 1 (2.94%) Enterprise Architecture
Programming Languages
1 8 (23.53%) C#
2 7 (20.59%) SQL
3 5 (14.71%) Embedded C++
3 5 (14.71%) C++
4 3 (8.82%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 1 (2.94%) SC Cleared
1 1 (2.94%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (5.88%) QA
System Software
1 20 (58.82%) Active Directory
2 3 (8.82%) XenApp
2 3 (8.82%) VMware ESX
3 2 (5.88%) Citrix Presentation Server
3 2 (5.88%) XenServer
4 1 (2.94%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (2.94%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 4 (11.76%) SCCM
2 2 (5.88%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (2.94%) SCOM
3 1 (2.94%) Windows Intune
3 1 (2.94%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 15 (44.12%) Microsoft
2 6 (17.65%) Citrix
3 5 (14.71%) VMware
4 2 (5.88%) Perforce
4 2 (5.88%) HP
5 1 (2.94%) Cisco
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