The table below looks at the statistics 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 30 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Windows
Rank 4 7 6
Rank change year-on-year
+3 -1
Contract jobs citing Windows 348 243 242
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 16.09% 11.66% 13.35%
As % of the Operating Systems category 70.88% 63.12% 67.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 143 114 81
Average daily rate
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£288 £300 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.16% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £123 £151 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £438 £425 £473
UK excluding London average daily rate £315 £290 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.62% -3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 95 46 62
Average hourly rate £13.00 £14.50 £15.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.34% -7.93%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.43 £10.00 £10.05
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.00 £21.00 £30.85
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £14.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
- -9.37%
Windows
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
491 385 356
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 22.70% 18.47% 19.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 225 194 138
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 £138 £154 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £468
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £307 £325
% change year-on-year
+9.93% -5.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 104 55 64
Average hourly rate £13.00 £15.00 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.33% -9.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.00 £22.69 £32.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -11.76%

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 30 January 2015.

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 30 January 2015.

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 30 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
Birmingham +1 108 £350 +16.66% 39
Warwickshire +10 61 £138 -38.88% 24
Shropshire +7 59 £275 -31.25% 5
Coventry +6 37 £288 -4.16% 23
Wolverhampton +5 17 £200 -9.09% 4
Worcestershire +4 14 £225 -30.76% 5
Staffordshire 0 14 £288 -0.86% 15
Herefordshire 0 7 £268 -23.57% 1
Solihull +3 5 £363 +20.83% 5
West Bromwich - 3 - -
Walsall -3 2 - - 2
Dudley - 1 £200 -
Halesowen - - - -
Kingswinford - - - -
Sutton Coldfield - - - - 2
Brierley Hill - - - -
Wednesbury - - - -
Windows
England

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, 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.

1 275 (38.41%) Active Directory
2 215 (30.03%) Windows 7
3 212 (29.61%) Microsoft
4 180 (25.14%) Windows XP
5 170 (23.74%) Windows Server 2008
6 149 (20.81%) MS Office
7 125 (17.46%) VMware
8 117 (16.34%) ITIL
9 115 (16.06%) Windows Server 2003
10 109 (15.22%) UNIX
11 105 (14.66%) Linux
12 100 (13.97%) Citrix
13 98 (13.69%) Windows Server 2012
14 90 (12.57%) SCCM
15 88 (12.29%) SQL
16 82 (11.45%) SQL Server
17 81 (11.31%) MS Excel
17 81 (11.31%) Security Cleared
18 76 (10.61%) MS Exchange
19 73 (10.20%) Oracle
20 72 (10.06%) Migration
21 61 (8.52%) DNS
22 60 (8.38%) VMware Infrastructure
23 59 (8.24%) DHCP
23 59 (8.24%) Microsoft Certification
24 58 (8.10%) TCP/IP
24 58 (8.10%) Java
25 56 (7.82%) SC Cleared
26 51 (7.12%) .NET
26 51 (7.12%) HP

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, 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 76 (10.61%) MS Exchange
2 44 (6.15%) SharePoint
3 31 (4.33%) WebLogic
4 30 (4.19%) Apache
5 25 (3.49%) Exchange Server 2010
6 23 (3.21%) IBM Notes
7 22 (3.07%) Lync
8 21 (2.93%) Tomcat
9 19 (2.65%) BizTalk Server
10 18 (2.51%) Exchange Server 2003
11 17 (2.37%) WebSphere
12 14 (1.96%) JBoss
13 11 (1.54%) Confluence
14 10 (1.40%) Exchange Server 2007
15 8 (1.12%) Lotus Domino
16 7 (0.98%) IIS
17 5 (0.70%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
18 4 (0.56%) Exchange Server 2013
18 4 (0.56%) SharePoint 2013
18 4 (0.56%) WorkSite
Applications
1 149 (20.81%) MS Office
2 81 (11.31%) MS Excel
3 6 (0.84%) MS Visio
4 5 (0.70%) MS PowerPoint
5 4 (0.56%) MS Project
6 1 (0.14%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.14%) CATIA
6 1 (0.14%) Acrobat
6 1 (0.14%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.14%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 21 (2.93%) Dynamics CRM
2 14 (1.96%) Eikon
3 9 (1.26%) Dynamics AX
4 4 (0.56%) ENOVIA
5 1 (0.14%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.14%) Remedy AR System
5 1 (0.14%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 1 (0.14%) Teamcenter
5 1 (0.14%) Maximo
5 1 (0.14%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 29 (4.05%) Microsoft Azure
2 10 (1.40%) Office 365
3 2 (0.28%) GitHub
4 1 (0.14%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 61 (8.52%) DNS
2 59 (8.24%) DHCP
3 58 (8.10%) TCP/IP
4 48 (6.70%) LAN
4 48 (6.70%) SAN
5 38 (5.31%) WAN
6 30 (4.19%) Firewall
7 18 (2.51%) NAS
8 15 (2.09%) VoIP
9 11 (1.54%) VPN
10 8 (1.12%) VLAN
11 7 (0.98%) Internet
12 6 (0.84%) Intrusion Detection
13 5 (0.70%) Wireless
13 5 (0.70%) FTP
13 5 (0.70%) Network Security
14 4 (0.56%) ATM
15 3 (0.42%) IP Telephony
15 3 (0.42%) Intranet
15 3 (0.42%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 82 (11.45%) SQL Server
2 26 (3.63%) Oracle Database
3 20 (2.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 18 (2.51%) SQL Server 2008
5 14 (1.96%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 13 (1.82%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 11 (1.54%) MySQL
8 7 (0.98%) SQL Server 2005
8 7 (0.98%) DB2
9 4 (0.56%) Relational Database
9 4 (0.56%) RDBMS
9 4 (0.56%) MS Access
9 4 (0.56%) Oracle Database 11g
10 3 (0.42%) SQL Server 2000
10 3 (0.42%) Informix
10 3 (0.42%) Data Warehouse
10 3 (0.42%) Oracle Database 10g
11 2 (0.28%) Oracle Reports
11 2 (0.28%) Oracle OWB
12 1 (0.14%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 31 (4.33%) Subversion
2 17 (2.37%) JIRA
3 16 (2.23%) Maven
4 15 (2.09%) Jenkins
4 15 (2.09%) Hudson
5 14 (1.96%) Team Foundation Server
6 12 (1.68%) Visual Studio
7 8 (1.12%) ClearCase
8 5 (0.70%) Toad
9 4 (0.56%) TortoiseSVN
9 4 (0.56%) Git (software)
10 3 (0.42%) Ant
10 3 (0.42%) Oracle Forms
10 3 (0.42%) MSBuild
11 2 (0.28%) ClearQuest
11 2 (0.28%) MSI
12 1 (0.14%) CruiseControl
12 1 (0.14%) PVCS
12 1 (0.14%) NSubstitute
12 1 (0.14%) SpecFlow
General
1 29 (4.05%) Finance
2 19 (2.65%) Banking
3 15 (2.09%) Automotive
3 15 (2.09%) Legal
4 14 (1.96%) Back Office
5 13 (1.82%) Retail
6 10 (1.40%) Telecoms
7 8 (1.12%) Manufacturing
7 8 (1.12%) Local Government
8 7 (0.98%) Law
9 2 (0.28%) Games
10 1 (0.14%) Marketing
10 1 (0.14%) Billing
10 1 (0.14%) Electronics
10 1 (0.14%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 140 (19.55%) Analyst
2 75 (10.47%) 2nd Line Support
3 72 (10.06%) Support Analyst
4 63 (8.80%) Support Engineer
5 53 (7.40%) Desktop Support
6 52 (7.26%) Server Engineer
7 51 (7.12%) Architect
8 44 (6.15%) Service Analyst
9 42 (5.87%) 3rd Line Support
9 42 (5.87%) Service Desk Analyst
10 41 (5.73%) Developer
11 37 (5.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 36 (5.03%) Administrator
13 27 (3.77%) Consultant
14 25 (3.49%) 1st Line Support
14 25 (3.49%) Desktop Engineer
15 22 (3.07%) Help Desk Analyst
15 22 (3.07%) Technical Architect
15 22 (3.07%) Server Support
16 19 (2.65%) Desktop Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 51 (7.12%) .NET
2 24 (3.35%) XML
3 21 (2.93%) Web Services
4 16 (2.23%) Middleware
5 15 (2.09%) J2EE
6 13 (1.82%) XMPP
6 13 (1.82%) RabbitMQ
7 12 (1.68%) ASP.NET
8 10 (1.40%) HTML
9 9 (1.26%) WCF
10 8 (1.12%) WebSphere MQ
10 8 (1.12%) WinForms
10 8 (1.12%) WebSphere Message Broker
11 7 (0.98%) jQuery
11 7 (0.98%) XSLT
12 6 (0.84%) XSD
12 6 (0.84%) CSS
13 5 (0.70%) Application Packaging
13 5 (0.70%) .NET Framework
13 5 (0.70%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 46 (6.42%) Analytical Skills
2 44 (6.15%) Blackberry
3 15 (2.09%) Open Source
4 13 (1.82%) Replication
5 12 (1.68%) NHS
5 12 (1.68%) PDA
6 10 (1.40%) FMCG
6 10 (1.40%) Mobile App
6 10 (1.40%) Management Information System
6 10 (1.40%) IVR
7 8 (1.12%) Enterprise Software
7 8 (1.12%) CMDB
8 6 (0.84%) Pocket PC
9 5 (0.70%) Statistics
9 5 (0.70%) Enterprise Storage
10 4 (0.56%) Video Conferencing
10 4 (0.56%) DataPower
10 4 (0.56%) Mobile Banking
10 4 (0.56%) Mainframe
10 4 (0.56%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 215 (30.03%) Windows 7
2 180 (25.14%) Windows XP
3 170 (23.74%) Windows Server 2008
4 115 (16.06%) Windows Server 2003
5 109 (15.22%) UNIX
6 105 (14.66%) Linux
7 98 (13.69%) Windows Server 2012
8 39 (5.45%) Solaris
9 35 (4.89%) Windows 8
10 26 (3.63%) AIX
11 21 (2.93%) Windows 2000
12 20 (2.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 17 (2.37%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
14 15 (2.09%) Windows Vista
14 15 (2.09%) Windows 2000 Server
15 13 (1.82%) HPUX
16 9 (1.26%) zOS
17 7 (0.98%) Windows Mobile
17 7 (0.98%) Windows CE
17 7 (0.98%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 117 (16.34%) ITIL
2 72 (10.06%) Migration
3 35 (4.89%) Change Management
3 35 (4.89%) Agile Software Development
4 26 (3.63%) CRM
5 24 (3.35%) Root Cause Analysis
6 18 (2.51%) Stakeholder Management
6 18 (2.51%) Incident Management
7 16 (2.23%) Service Management
7 16 (2.23%) Problem Management
8 13 (1.82%) Configuration Management
8 13 (1.82%) Project Management
8 13 (1.82%) PRINCE2
8 13 (1.82%) DevOps
9 12 (1.68%) Infrastructure Management
9 12 (1.68%) Business Intelligence
9 12 (1.68%) Business Continuity
10 11 (1.54%) Project Planning
10 11 (1.54%) Scrum
10 11 (1.54%) Kalman Filter
Programming Languages
1 88 (12.29%) SQL
2 58 (8.10%) Java
3 36 (5.03%) PowerShell
4 33 (4.61%) C#
5 23 (3.21%) Perl
6 17 (2.37%) VB
7 16 (2.23%) JavaScript
8 10 (1.40%) Bash Shell
8 10 (1.40%) T-SQL
8 10 (1.40%) C
9 9 (1.26%) Shell Script
10 8 (1.12%) PL/SQL
10 8 (1.12%) VBA
11 7 (0.98%) C++
12 5 (0.70%) Embedded C++
13 4 (0.56%) PHP
13 4 (0.56%) VBScript
13 4 (0.56%) VB.NET
14 3 (0.42%) Ruby
14 3 (0.42%) Python
Qualifications
1 81 (11.31%) Security Cleared
2 59 (8.24%) Microsoft Certification
3 56 (7.82%) SC Cleared
4 32 (4.47%) MCSE
5 21 (2.93%) ITIL Certification
6 19 (2.65%) MCP
7 14 (1.96%) DV Cleared
7 14 (1.96%) MCITP
8 10 (1.40%) Degree
9 7 (0.98%) MCSA
9 7 (0.98%) Cisco Certification
10 6 (0.84%) CCNP
10 6 (0.84%) CCNA
10 6 (0.84%) MCTS
11 5 (0.70%) CCA
11 5 (0.70%) Citrix Certification
12 4 (0.56%) CCEA
12 4 (0.56%) CCDP
12 4 (0.56%) IBM Certification
12 4 (0.56%) ISSAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (4.61%) SLA
2 12 (1.68%) QA
3 4 (0.56%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 4 (0.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.14%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 275 (38.41%) Active Directory
2 60 (8.38%) VMware Infrastructure
3 38 (5.31%) Hyper-V
4 26 (3.63%) XenApp
5 20 (2.79%) vSphere
6 9 (1.26%) XenServer
6 9 (1.26%) XenDesktop
7 8 (1.12%) Squid
8 6 (0.84%) Microsoft App-V
8 6 (0.84%) VMware Server
9 5 (0.70%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 5 (0.70%) VMware ESX
10 4 (0.56%) NFS
10 4 (0.56%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
11 2 (0.28%) VMware ESXi
11 2 (0.28%) Terminal Services
11 2 (0.28%) Oracle RAC
12 1 (0.14%) Xen
12 1 (0.14%) ProxySG
12 1 (0.14%) Oracle RMAN
Systems Management
1 90 (12.57%) SCCM
2 43 (6.01%) SCOM
3 21 (2.93%) NetBackup
4 13 (1.82%) Puppet
5 8 (1.12%) Tivoli
6 6 (0.84%) Backup Exec
7 5 (0.70%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 5 (0.70%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 5 (0.70%) SCOrch
8 4 (0.56%) Norton AntiVirus
8 4 (0.56%) DameWare
8 4 (0.56%) WSUS
9 3 (0.42%) WMI
9 3 (0.42%) OpenView
9 3 (0.42%) EdgeSight
9 3 (0.42%) SCSM
9 3 (0.42%) Sysprep
10 2 (0.28%) HP Quality Center
11 1 (0.14%) ServiceCenter
11 1 (0.14%) Nessus
Vendors
1 212 (29.61%) Microsoft
2 125 (17.46%) VMware
3 100 (13.97%) Citrix
4 73 (10.20%) Oracle
5 51 (7.12%) HP
6 48 (6.70%) Cisco
7 27 (3.77%) Lotus
7 27 (3.77%) Red Hat
8 23 (3.21%) Dell
9 22 (3.07%) IBM
10 20 (2.79%) EMC
11 19 (2.65%) Symantec
12 17 (2.37%) webMethods
13 15 (2.09%) Remedy
14 14 (1.96%) Reuters
15 13 (1.82%) NetApp
15 13 (1.82%) Sun
16 11 (1.54%) BEA
16 11 (1.54%) SAP
17 7 (0.98%) Sophos
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Roc Search
Posted: 2 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
TEKsystems
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands (County)
Experis Ltd
Rate: market rates
Posted: 3 days ago
Nuneaton, Warwickshire
Big Red Recruitment
Rate: £10 - £15 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Greywood Associates Limited
Rate: £130 - £140 per day + Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Spargonet Consulting Plc
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
West Midlands
G2 Recruitment Solutions Ltd.
Rate: £Neg
Posted: 4 days ago
Warwickshire
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Warwickshire
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
Solihull
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
Coventry
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
Birmingham
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
LA International
Rate: £140 - £150 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
West Midlands
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
West Midlands
Spring Technology
Rate: £13.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Network ITR
Rate: 250 to 350 per day GBP
Posted: 5 days ago
Telford, Shropshire
ITF Solutions
Rate: £100 - £105 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Ross-On-Wye, Herefordshire
Proactive Appointments
Rate: Up to £130 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
West Midlands
TRG
Rate: 250-300 Per Annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Solihull
Capita - ITIN
Rate: £300 - £425 per day
Posted: 8 days ago