The first table below looks at the demand for Windows 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 over the 3 months to 23 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 West 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
23 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Windows
Rank 4 5 5
Rank change year-on-year
+1 0
Contract jobs citing Windows 321 263 311
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 13.54% 13.38% 13.63%
As % of the Operating Systems category 64.59% 72.25% 67.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 128 120 139
Average daily rate
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£300 £300 £291
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £140 £160 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £425 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £320 £313
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +2.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 72 51 55
Average hourly rate £13.50 £14.85 £14.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.10% +2.43%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.50 £11.00 £11.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.20 £24.40 £24.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £15.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-6.45% -6.06%
Operating Systems Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Operating Systems category
497 364 463
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 20.97% 18.51% 20.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 207 161 223
Average daily rate £300 £325 £291
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.69% +11.58%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £162 £168 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £413 £425 £420
UK excluding London average daily rate £310 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
-4.61% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 80 57 64
Average hourly rate £13.94 £16.00 £15.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.90% +3.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.50 £11.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.55 £27.50 £31.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £16.20 £17.00
% change year-on-year
-7.40% -4.70%
Windows
England

Windows
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

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

Windows Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

Windows
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 across the West Midlands region.

Windows Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Windows
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Windows across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 23 July 2014.

Windows Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Windows
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 across the West Midlands region.

Windows Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Windows
Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Windows across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 23 July 2014.

Windows Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Windows
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 within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 23 July 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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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
Birmingham +1 93 £305 +1.75% 38
Coventry +1 50 £300 +200.00% 15
Worcestershire +2 35 £268 -15.07% 11
Warwickshire -5 25 £425 +41.66% 8
Shropshire 0 24 £230 -39.47% 12
Staffordshire +5 23 £320 -3.03% 8
Wolverhampton +6 8 £275 +69.23% 3
West Bromwich 0 8 £239 +0.52%
Dudley 0 8 - - 1
Walsall -3 3 - -
Sutton Coldfield - 3 £470 - 3
Solihull -4 2 £200 -42.85% 3
Herefordshire -4 2 - -
Halesowen - 2 - -
Bilston - - - -
Willenhall - - - -
Windows
England

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 23 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West 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.

1 260 (38.98%) Active Directory
2 242 (36.28%) Windows 7
3 201 (30.13%) Microsoft
4 173 (25.94%) Windows XP
5 159 (23.84%) Windows Server 2008
6 136 (20.39%) VMware
7 132 (19.79%) Windows Server 2003
8 110 (16.49%) Citrix
9 98 (14.69%) MS Office
10 96 (14.39%) SCCM
11 93 (13.94%) Migration
12 91 (13.64%) ITIL
13 86 (12.89%) MS Exchange
14 79 (11.84%) SQL
15 71 (10.64%) SQL Server
16 68 (10.19%) VMware Infrastructure
17 66 (9.90%) Security Cleared
17 66 (9.90%) .NET
18 63 (9.45%) MS Excel
19 62 (9.30%) SAN
20 60 (9.00%) HP
21 58 (8.70%) LAN
22 56 (8.40%) C#
22 56 (8.40%) Windows Server 2012
23 55 (8.25%) XenApp
23 55 (8.25%) UNIX
24 54 (8.10%) TCP/IP
25 50 (7.50%) WAN
25 50 (7.50%) Linux
26 48 (7.20%) SC Cleared

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 23 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West 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 86 (12.89%) MS Exchange
2 35 (5.25%) IBM Notes
3 25 (3.75%) SharePoint
4 24 (3.60%) Exchange Server 2003
5 16 (2.40%) Exchange Server 2010
6 14 (2.10%) WebLogic
7 12 (1.80%) IIS
7 12 (1.80%) WebSphere
8 9 (1.35%) Exchange Server 2007
9 8 (1.20%) Lync
9 8 (1.20%) Lotus Domino
9 8 (1.20%) SharePoint Server
10 3 (0.45%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 3 (0.45%) CMS
10 3 (0.45%) Exchange Server 2013
11 2 (0.30%) WorkSite
11 2 (0.30%) ColdFusion
11 2 (0.30%) BizTalk Server
11 2 (0.30%) WebSphere Application Server
12 1 (0.15%) Apache
Applications
1 98 (14.69%) MS Office
2 63 (9.45%) MS Excel
3 7 (1.05%) MS Project
4 6 (0.90%) InfoPath
5 4 (0.60%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.15%) Adobe Captivate
Business Applications
1 6 (0.90%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.60%) TRIRIGA
3 2 (0.30%) ENOVIA
4 1 (0.15%) assyst
4 1 (0.15%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 18 (2.70%) Office 365
2 2 (0.30%) SaaS
2 2 (0.30%) Google Apps
3 1 (0.15%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 62 (9.30%) SAN
2 58 (8.70%) LAN
3 54 (8.10%) TCP/IP
4 50 (7.50%) WAN
5 46 (6.90%) DNS
6 41 (6.15%) DHCP
7 25 (3.75%) Firewall
8 20 (3.00%) NAS
9 18 (2.70%) VPN
10 15 (2.25%) VLAN
11 12 (1.80%) Internet
11 12 (1.80%) VoIP
12 11 (1.65%) Wireless
13 10 (1.50%) FTP
14 9 (1.35%) NetScaler
15 8 (1.20%) HTTP
16 7 (1.05%) LDAP
16 7 (1.05%) DDNS
17 6 (0.90%) Wi-Fi
18 5 (0.75%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 71 (10.64%) SQL Server
2 21 (3.15%) SQL Server 2008
3 14 (2.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 13 (1.95%) Oracle Database
5 9 (1.35%) SQL Server 2012
5 9 (1.35%) Data Warehouse
6 7 (1.05%) RDBMS
6 7 (1.05%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 7 (1.05%) Relational Database
7 6 (0.90%) SQL Server 2005
8 4 (0.60%) MySQL
8 4 (0.60%) MS Access
9 3 (0.45%) DB2
9 3 (0.45%) DataStage
10 2 (0.30%) ReportNet
10 2 (0.30%) Oracle Database 10g
10 2 (0.30%) Crystal Reports
10 2 (0.30%) Informix
10 2 (0.30%) Oracle Reports
10 2 (0.30%) Cognos Analysis Studio
Development Applications
1 16 (2.40%) Visual Studio
2 15 (2.25%) MSI
3 14 (2.10%) Team Foundation Server
4 7 (1.05%) Subversion
4 7 (1.05%) Oracle Forms
5 5 (0.75%) Wise Package Studio
6 4 (0.60%) JIRA
6 4 (0.60%) AdminStudio
7 3 (0.45%) JMeter
7 3 (0.45%) InstallShield
7 3 (0.45%) LoadRunner
8 2 (0.30%) Toad
8 2 (0.30%) Selenium
8 2 (0.30%) WebDriver
9 1 (0.15%) Rhino Mocks
9 1 (0.15%) Moq
9 1 (0.15%) SpecFlow
9 1 (0.15%) NBehave
9 1 (0.15%) CA Gen
9 1 (0.15%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
General
1 27 (4.05%) Finance
2 10 (1.50%) Automotive
3 7 (1.05%) Back Office
3 7 (1.05%) Telecoms
4 6 (0.90%) Legal
4 6 (0.90%) Banking
4 6 (0.90%) Retail
5 3 (0.45%) Manufacturing
5 3 (0.45%) Games
6 2 (0.30%) Investment Banking
6 2 (0.30%) Corporate Banking
7 1 (0.15%) Military
7 1 (0.15%) Publishing
7 1 (0.15%) Law
Job Titles
1 104 (15.59%) Analyst
2 81 (12.14%) Support Engineer
3 63 (9.45%) Developer
4 53 (7.95%) 2nd Line Support
5 46 (6.90%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 46 (6.90%) Support Analyst
6 42 (6.30%) Desktop Support
7 40 (6.00%) 1st Line Support
8 38 (5.70%) 3rd Line Support
9 31 (4.65%) Administrator
10 30 (4.50%) Consultant
10 30 (4.50%) .NET Developer
11 25 (3.75%) Architect
12 22 (3.30%) Project Manager
13 20 (3.00%) Service Analyst
13 20 (3.00%) Support Technician
14 19 (2.85%) Service Desk Analyst
15 18 (2.70%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
16 16 (2.40%) IT Support
16 16 (2.40%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 66 (9.90%) .NET
2 46 (6.90%) ASP.NET
3 23 (3.45%) HTML
4 22 (3.30%) XML
5 21 (3.15%) WinForms
5 21 (3.15%) WCF
6 17 (2.55%) SOAP
6 17 (2.55%) jQuery
7 14 (2.10%) Web Services
7 14 (2.10%) Application Packaging
8 13 (1.95%) ASP.NET MVC
9 12 (1.80%) CSS
10 11 (1.65%) Ajax
10 11 (1.65%) WebSphere MQ
10 11 (1.65%) WebSphere Message Broker
11 10 (1.50%) Middleware
12 9 (1.35%) .NET Framework
12 9 (1.35%) WPF
12 9 (1.35%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
13 8 (1.20%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 41 (6.15%) Blackberry
2 20 (3.00%) Management Information System
3 15 (2.25%) PDA
4 12 (1.80%) NHS
5 11 (1.65%) Clustering
6 10 (1.50%) iPad
7 9 (1.35%) Mainframe
8 8 (1.20%) DataPower
9 6 (0.90%) CMDB
9 6 (0.90%) Client/Server
9 6 (0.90%) N-Tier
9 6 (0.90%) Replication
10 5 (0.75%) EPoS
10 5 (0.75%) AS400
10 5 (0.75%) Mobile App
11 4 (0.60%) iPhone
11 4 (0.60%) Firmware
12 3 (0.45%) Statistics
12 3 (0.45%) Smartphone
12 3 (0.45%) WURFL
Operating Systems
1 242 (36.28%) Windows 7
2 173 (25.94%) Windows XP
3 159 (23.84%) Windows Server 2008
4 132 (19.79%) Windows Server 2003
5 56 (8.40%) Windows Server 2012
6 55 (8.25%) UNIX
7 50 (7.50%) Linux
8 38 (5.70%) Windows 8
9 24 (3.60%) Windows Vista
10 22 (3.30%) Android
11 19 (2.85%) Apple iOS
12 18 (2.70%) Solaris
13 15 (2.25%) AIX
14 12 (1.80%) zOS
15 10 (1.50%) Windows NT
16 9 (1.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 8 (1.20%) Windows Mobile
17 8 (1.20%) Windows 2000
18 7 (1.05%) Windows CE
18 7 (1.05%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 93 (13.94%) Migration
2 91 (13.64%) ITIL
3 32 (4.80%) Incident Management
4 28 (4.20%) Project Management
5 21 (3.15%) Root Cause Analysis
6 18 (2.70%) Service Management
7 17 (2.55%) MVC
8 16 (2.40%) Disaster Recovery
8 16 (2.40%) SOA
9 15 (2.25%) Data Migration
10 14 (2.10%) Workflow
10 14 (2.10%) Business Continuity
11 13 (1.95%) Scrum
11 13 (1.95%) Change Management
12 12 (1.80%) Service Delivery
12 12 (1.80%) PRINCE2
12 12 (1.80%) TDD
12 12 (1.80%) Performance Tuning
13 11 (1.65%) Agile Software Development
14 10 (1.50%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 79 (11.84%) SQL
2 56 (8.40%) C#
3 40 (6.00%) PowerShell
4 30 (4.50%) JavaScript
5 24 (3.60%) T-SQL
6 19 (2.85%) Java
7 18 (2.70%) C
8 16 (2.40%) VB.NET
9 14 (2.10%) VB
10 7 (1.05%) VBA
10 7 (1.05%) PHP
11 5 (0.75%) PL/SQL
11 5 (0.75%) VBScript
11 5 (0.75%) Shell Script
12 4 (0.60%) Korn
12 4 (0.60%) ActionScript 2.0
12 4 (0.60%) Bash Shell
12 4 (0.60%) ActionScript
12 4 (0.60%) Perl
12 4 (0.60%) C++
Qualifications
1 66 (9.90%) Security Cleared
2 48 (7.20%) SC Cleared
3 42 (6.30%) Microsoft Certification
4 20 (3.00%) MCSE
5 12 (1.80%) ITIL Certification
5 12 (1.80%) MCITP
6 10 (1.50%) MCP
7 7 (1.05%) Degree
7 7 (1.05%) DV Cleared
8 6 (0.90%) MCTS
8 6 (0.90%) Cisco Certification
9 5 (0.75%) CCNA
10 4 (0.60%) ISEB
10 4 (0.60%) MCSA
10 4 (0.60%) BC Cleared
11 3 (0.45%) ISTQB
11 3 (0.45%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 3 (0.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 3 (0.45%) CCNP
11 3 (0.45%) CNE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (4.50%) SLA
2 20 (3.00%) QA
3 2 (0.30%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.15%) TickIT
System Software
1 260 (38.98%) Active Directory
2 68 (10.19%) VMware Infrastructure
3 55 (8.25%) XenApp
4 29 (4.35%) vSphere
5 25 (3.75%) XenDesktop
6 22 (3.30%) Hyper-V
7 19 (2.85%) XenServer
8 14 (2.10%) Microsoft App-V
9 10 (1.50%) VMware ESX
10 7 (1.05%) Oracle RAC
11 6 (0.90%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 5 (0.75%) VMware Server
13 4 (0.60%) Terminal Server
13 4 (0.60%) Terminal Services
13 4 (0.60%) Xen
14 3 (0.45%) Nmap
14 3 (0.45%) VMware ESXi
15 2 (0.30%) PowerHA
15 2 (0.30%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 1 (0.15%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 96 (14.39%) SCCM
2 31 (4.65%) SCOM
3 10 (1.50%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 8 (1.20%) NetBackup
5 6 (0.90%) Backup Exec
5 6 (0.90%) HP Quality Center
6 4 (0.60%) WMI
6 4 (0.60%) WSUS
6 4 (0.60%) McAfee ePO
6 4 (0.60%) SCVMM
6 4 (0.60%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 4 (0.60%) Control-M
7 3 (0.45%) Norton AntiVirus
7 3 (0.45%) MAILsweeper
7 3 (0.45%) DameWare
7 3 (0.45%) Tivoli
7 3 (0.45%) Nessus
7 3 (0.45%) Ionix
7 3 (0.45%) CORE IMPACT
8 2 (0.30%) Sysprep
Vendors
1 201 (30.13%) Microsoft
2 136 (20.39%) VMware
3 110 (16.49%) Citrix
4 60 (9.00%) HP
5 46 (6.90%) Oracle
6 40 (6.00%) Lotus
7 30 (4.50%) Cisco
7 30 (4.50%) IBM
8 21 (3.15%) Dell
9 19 (2.85%) EMC
10 16 (2.40%) NetApp
11 12 (1.80%) Apple
11 12 (1.80%) Business Objects
11 12 (1.80%) Symantec
12 11 (1.65%) SAP
13 10 (1.50%) Red Hat
13 10 (1.50%) 3PAR
14 7 (1.05%) CheckPoint
15 6 (0.90%) webMethods
15 6 (0.90%) McAfee
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esynergy Solutions - UK
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Rate: competitive
Posted: 20 hours ago
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Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 20 hours ago
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Posted: Yesterday
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eRecruit Solutions Ltd
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