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 8 February 2016 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
8 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Windows 8
Rank 110 98 96
Rank change year-on-year
-12 -2
Contract jobs citing Windows 8 14 15 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.56% 0.68% 0.48%
As % of the Operating Systems category 2.60% 2.98% 2.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 7 3
Average daily rate £210 £130 £305
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+61.53% -57.37%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £171 £113 £301
10% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £224 £381
UK excluding London average daily rate £175 £154 £300
% change year-on-year
+13.82% -48.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 0
Average hourly rate £14.75 £12.75 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+15.68% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £14.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+17.85% -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
539 504 396
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 21.41% 22.82% 18.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 262 226 198
Average daily rate £355 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.23% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £130 £155
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £307
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +9.93%
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 101 61
Average hourly rate £16.00 £13.00 £14.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+23.07% -10.34%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.73 £11.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.55 £26.00 £31.70
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+9.37% +6.66%

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 8 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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
Shropshire -16 5 - -
Birmingham -5 3 £178 - 5
Coventry 0 2 £225 -
Worcestershire - 1 - - 1
Windows 8
England

Windows 8
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 8 February 2016, 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 23 (100.00%) Windows
2 19 (82.61%) Windows 7
3 15 (65.22%) Active Directory
4 10 (43.48%) Windows Server 2008
5 8 (34.78%) Windows Server 2012
5 8 (34.78%) Windows Server 2003
6 7 (30.43%) Microsoft
7 6 (26.09%) MS Office
7 6 (26.09%) Windows Server
8 5 (21.74%) VMware
9 4 (17.39%) Windows XP
9 4 (17.39%) Citrix
9 4 (17.39%) Microsoft Certification
9 4 (17.39%) Windows 10
9 4 (17.39%) SCCM
10 3 (13.04%) VMware Infrastructure
10 3 (13.04%) PowerShell
10 3 (13.04%) vSphere
10 3 (13.04%) Network Management
10 3 (13.04%) MS Exchange
10 3 (13.04%) ITIL
11 2 (8.70%) Manufacturing
11 2 (8.70%) Advertising
11 2 (8.70%) Stakeholder Management
11 2 (8.70%) LAN
11 2 (8.70%) IBM Notes
11 2 (8.70%) IBM Domino
11 2 (8.70%) MS Excel
11 2 (8.70%) SAN
11 2 (8.70%) Lotus

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

For the 6 months to 8 February 2016, 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 3 (13.04%) MS Exchange
2 2 (8.70%) IBM Domino
2 2 (8.70%) IBM Notes
3 1 (4.35%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (4.35%) IIS
Applications
1 6 (26.09%) MS Office
2 2 (8.70%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 1 (4.35%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 2 (8.70%) DHCP
1 2 (8.70%) DNS
1 2 (8.70%) LAN
1 2 (8.70%) SAN
1 2 (8.70%) TCP/IP
1 2 (8.70%) VPN
1 2 (8.70%) WAN
2 1 (4.35%) Firewall
2 1 (4.35%) Internet
2 1 (4.35%) MPLS
2 1 (4.35%) NAS
2 1 (4.35%) Network Security
2 1 (4.35%) Remote Desktop
2 1 (4.35%) VoIP
2 1 (4.35%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.35%) MS Access
1 1 (4.35%) SQL Server
General
1 2 (8.70%) Advertising
1 2 (8.70%) Manufacturing
2 1 (4.35%) Finance
2 1 (4.35%) Law
Job Titles
1 3 (13.04%) 1st Line Support
1 3 (13.04%) Infrastructure Engineer
1 3 (13.04%) SCCM Engineer
1 3 (13.04%) Support Engineer
2 2 (8.70%) 2nd Line Support
2 2 (8.70%) Active Directory Support
2 2 (8.70%) Analyst
2 2 (8.70%) Consultant
2 2 (8.70%) Help Desk Team Lead
2 2 (8.70%) Team Leader
3 1 (4.35%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
3 1 (4.35%) 2nd Line Desktop Support Engineer
3 1 (4.35%) 2nd Line Engineer
3 1 (4.35%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
3 1 (4.35%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Support
3 1 (4.35%) Desktop Support
3 1 (4.35%) First Line Help Desk Support
3 1 (4.35%) IT Engineer
3 1 (4.35%) Project Manager
3 1 (4.35%) Support Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 1 (4.35%) Data Centre
1 1 (4.35%) Fat Client
1 1 (4.35%) Thin Client
1 1 (4.35%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 23 (100.00%) Windows
2 19 (82.61%) Windows 7
3 10 (43.48%) Windows Server 2008
4 8 (34.78%) Windows Server 2003
4 8 (34.78%) Windows Server 2012
5 6 (26.09%) Windows Server
6 4 (17.39%) Windows 10
6 4 (17.39%) Windows XP
7 1 (4.35%) Windows 2000
7 1 (4.35%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (13.04%) ITIL
1 3 (13.04%) Network Management
2 2 (8.70%) Application Packaging
2 2 (8.70%) Coaching
2 2 (8.70%) Mentoring
2 2 (8.70%) Six Sigma
2 2 (8.70%) Stakeholder Management
3 1 (4.35%) Change Management
3 1 (4.35%) Disaster Recovery
3 1 (4.35%) Incident Management
3 1 (4.35%) Load Balancing
3 1 (4.35%) Migration
3 1 (4.35%) PRINCE2
3 1 (4.35%) Process Management
3 1 (4.35%) Project Management
3 1 (4.35%) Security Patching
3 1 (4.35%) Server Building
3 1 (4.35%) Server Patching
3 1 (4.35%) Service Delivery
3 1 (4.35%) Strategic Planning
Programming Languages
1 3 (13.04%) PowerShell
2 1 (4.35%) SQL
Qualifications
1 4 (17.39%) Microsoft Certification
2 2 (8.70%) Security Cleared
3 1 (4.35%) DBS Check
3 1 (4.35%) MCP
3 1 (4.35%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (8.70%) SLA
System Software
1 15 (65.22%) Active Directory
2 3 (13.04%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (13.04%) vSphere
3 1 (4.35%) Microsoft App-V
3 1 (4.35%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 4 (17.39%) SCCM
2 1 (4.35%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 7 (30.43%) Microsoft
2 5 (21.74%) VMware
3 4 (17.39%) Citrix
4 2 (8.70%) LANDesk
4 2 (8.70%) Lotus
4 2 (8.70%) Sophos
5 1 (4.35%) Aruba