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 28 August 2014 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
28 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Windows
Rank 4 5 5
Rank change year-on-year
+1 0
Contract jobs citing Windows 350 266 310
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 13.81% 12.81% 13.67%
As % of the Operating Systems category 66.67% 70.74% 67.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 149 142 145
Average daily rate
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£320 £300 £286
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +5.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £154 £160 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £305 £315 £313
% change year-on-year
-3.33% +0.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 80 47 42
Average hourly rate £15.00 £13.50 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% -10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.53 £9.60 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.50 £22.20 £25.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.12 £16.00
% change year-on-year
-0.76% -5.53%
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
525 376 460
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 20.71% 18.10% 20.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 232 198 232
Average daily rate £315 £300 £288
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% +4.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £163 £160 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £323 £325 £320
% change year-on-year
-0.76% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 86 50 48
Average hourly rate £15.00 £13.98 £15.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.33% -9.83%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.71 £10.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.84 £23.00 £31.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
- -5.88%

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 28 August 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 28 August 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 28 August 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 -1 119 £350 +16.66% 42
Coventry +3 46 £350 +250.00% 8
Worcestershire +10 33 £303 -1.62% 9
Warwickshire -11 30 £402 +33.83% 5
Staffordshire +1 23 £325 -0.76% 16
Shropshire +2 21 £240 -40.74% 4
Wolverhampton +3 14 £275 +26.43% 5
West Bromwich -1 12 £248 +4.21%
Walsall +2 7 £363 +151.73% 1
Dudley 0 7 £120 -20.00%
Herefordshire -5 3 - - 3
Solihull +1 2 £200 -21.56% 3
Sutton Coldfield - 2 - - 1
Halesowen - 2 - -
Windows
England

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 28 August 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.

1 257 (37.09%) Active Directory
2 248 (35.79%) Windows 7
3 200 (28.86%) Microsoft
4 184 (26.55%) Windows XP
5 161 (23.23%) Windows Server 2008
6 155 (22.37%) VMware
7 135 (19.48%) Windows Server 2003
8 115 (16.59%) Citrix
9 105 (15.15%) ITIL
10 99 (14.29%) Migration
11 98 (14.14%) SCCM
12 97 (14.00%) MS Office
12 97 (14.00%) MS Exchange
13 93 (13.42%) SQL
14 82 (11.83%) VMware Infrastructure
15 81 (11.69%) SQL Server
16 75 (10.82%) SAN
17 74 (10.68%) UNIX
18 70 (10.10%) .NET
19 69 (9.96%) Windows Server 2012
20 68 (9.81%) Security Cleared
21 66 (9.52%) C#
22 65 (9.38%) Linux
23 63 (9.09%) HP
24 59 (8.51%) MS Excel
25 57 (8.23%) LAN
26 54 (7.79%) TCP/IP
26 54 (7.79%) XenApp
27 51 (7.36%) Windows 8
28 50 (7.22%) SC Cleared

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 97 (14.00%) MS Exchange
2 36 (5.19%) IBM Notes
3 31 (4.47%) SharePoint
4 28 (4.04%) Exchange Server 2003
5 18 (2.60%) Exchange Server 2010
6 15 (2.16%) WebSphere
7 12 (1.73%) Exchange Server 2007
7 12 (1.73%) WebLogic
8 10 (1.44%) Lync
9 9 (1.30%) IIS
9 9 (1.30%) Lotus Domino
10 8 (1.15%) SharePoint Server
11 5 (0.72%) BizTalk Server
12 4 (0.58%) CICS
12 4 (0.58%) SharePoint 2010
12 4 (0.58%) TPMS
13 3 (0.43%) Exchange Server 2013
13 3 (0.43%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 3 (0.43%) CMS
13 3 (0.43%) Apache
Applications
1 97 (14.00%) MS Office
2 59 (8.51%) MS Excel
3 7 (1.01%) MS Project
4 4 (0.58%) Spreadsheet
4 4 (0.58%) InfoPath
5 1 (0.14%) Adobe Captivate
5 1 (0.14%) CATIA
Business Applications
1 12 (1.73%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.72%) Eikon
2 5 (0.72%) ENOVIA
3 4 (0.58%) TRIRIGA
4 1 (0.14%) assyst
4 1 (0.14%) Maximo
4 1 (0.14%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 18 (2.60%) Office 365
2 3 (0.43%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (0.29%) SaaS
3 2 (0.29%) Google Apps
4 1 (0.14%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 75 (10.82%) SAN
2 57 (8.23%) LAN
3 54 (7.79%) TCP/IP
4 49 (7.07%) WAN
5 47 (6.78%) DNS
6 46 (6.64%) DHCP
7 27 (3.90%) Firewall
8 22 (3.17%) NAS
9 19 (2.74%) VoIP
10 18 (2.60%) VLAN
11 15 (2.16%) VPN
12 12 (1.73%) NetScaler
13 11 (1.59%) Wireless
14 10 (1.44%) FTP
15 9 (1.30%) HTTP
16 7 (1.01%) Internet
16 7 (1.01%) Wi-Fi
17 5 (0.72%) 3G
17 5 (0.72%) WLAN
18 4 (0.58%) ADSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 81 (11.69%) SQL Server
2 14 (2.02%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 12 (1.73%) SQL Server 2008
4 10 (1.44%) Oracle Database
4 10 (1.44%) SQL Server 2005
5 8 (1.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 7 (1.01%) MySQL
7 6 (0.87%) Informix
8 5 (0.72%) RDBMS
8 5 (0.72%) Relational Database
8 5 (0.72%) SQL Server 2012
9 4 (0.58%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 4 (0.58%) DB2
10 3 (0.43%) MS Access
10 3 (0.43%) Data Warehouse
10 3 (0.43%) Oracle Database 10g
10 3 (0.43%) DataStage
10 3 (0.43%) SQL Server 2000
10 3 (0.43%) Oracle Database 11g
11 2 (0.29%) ReportNet
Development Applications
1 18 (2.60%) Visual Studio
2 14 (2.02%) MSI
2 14 (2.02%) Team Foundation Server
3 13 (1.88%) Subversion
4 11 (1.59%) JIRA
5 8 (1.15%) Oracle Forms
6 5 (0.72%) Wise Package Studio
7 4 (0.58%) AdminStudio
8 3 (0.43%) JMeter
8 3 (0.43%) InstallShield
8 3 (0.43%) Toad
8 3 (0.43%) LoadRunner
9 2 (0.29%) ClearCase
9 2 (0.29%) Mercurial
9 2 (0.29%) WebDriver
9 2 (0.29%) Selenium
10 1 (0.14%) Oracle APEX
10 1 (0.14%) Rhino Mocks
10 1 (0.14%) Moq
10 1 (0.14%) MSBuild
General
1 25 (3.61%) Finance
2 13 (1.88%) Back Office
3 10 (1.44%) Automotive
4 8 (1.15%) Telecoms
5 6 (0.87%) Legal
5 6 (0.87%) Banking
6 4 (0.58%) Retail
7 3 (0.43%) Manufacturing
7 3 (0.43%) Games
8 2 (0.29%) Investment Banking
8 2 (0.29%) Corporate Banking
9 1 (0.14%) Marketing
9 1 (0.14%) Military
9 1 (0.14%) Law
Job Titles
1 115 (16.59%) Analyst
2 83 (11.98%) Support Engineer
3 65 (9.38%) Developer
4 54 (7.79%) Support Analyst
5 49 (7.07%) 2nd Line Support
6 46 (6.64%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 46 (6.64%) Desktop Support
7 42 (6.06%) 3rd Line Support
8 41 (5.92%) 1st Line Support
9 34 (4.91%) Administrator
10 32 (4.62%) .NET Developer
10 32 (4.62%) Architect
11 30 (4.33%) Consultant
12 24 (3.46%) Service Analyst
13 23 (3.32%) Project Manager
13 23 (3.32%) Service Desk Analyst
14 20 (2.89%) Desktop Engineer
14 20 (2.89%) Support Technician
15 18 (2.60%) Server Engineer
15 18 (2.60%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 70 (10.10%) .NET
2 38 (5.48%) ASP.NET
3 26 (3.75%) Web Services
4 22 (3.17%) WinForms
4 22 (3.17%) WCF
5 17 (2.45%) Application Packaging
6 16 (2.31%) HTML
7 15 (2.16%) XML
7 15 (2.16%) Middleware
8 13 (1.88%) jQuery
9 12 (1.73%) WebSphere Message Broker
10 11 (1.59%) WebSphere MQ
10 11 (1.59%) ASP.NET MVC
11 9 (1.30%) CSS
12 8 (1.15%) .NET Framework
13 6 (0.87%) SOAP
14 5 (0.72%) XSLT
14 5 (0.72%) XMPP
14 5 (0.72%) Software Packaging
14 5 (0.72%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 47 (6.78%) Blackberry
2 20 (2.89%) Management Information System
3 17 (2.45%) PDA
4 12 (1.73%) NHS
4 12 (1.73%) Mobile App
5 11 (1.59%) Clustering
6 10 (1.44%) iPad
7 9 (1.30%) DataPower
8 8 (1.15%) Pocket PC
8 8 (1.15%) Mainframe
9 7 (1.01%) Replication
10 6 (0.87%) Client/Server
11 5 (0.72%) Firmware
11 5 (0.72%) AS400
11 5 (0.72%) FMCG
12 4 (0.58%) iPhone
12 4 (0.58%) CMDB
12 4 (0.58%) N-Tier
13 3 (0.43%) Smartphone
13 3 (0.43%) WURFL
Operating Systems
1 248 (35.79%) Windows 7
2 184 (26.55%) Windows XP
3 161 (23.23%) Windows Server 2008
4 135 (19.48%) Windows Server 2003
5 74 (10.68%) UNIX
6 69 (9.96%) Windows Server 2012
7 65 (9.38%) Linux
8 51 (7.36%) Windows 8
9 25 (3.61%) Windows Vista
10 21 (3.03%) Solaris
11 18 (2.60%) Android
12 17 (2.45%) Windows Mobile
13 15 (2.16%) Apple iOS
13 15 (2.16%) Windows Phone
14 13 (1.88%) zOS
15 12 (1.73%) AIX
16 11 (1.59%) Windows CE
17 9 (1.30%) Windows NT
17 9 (1.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 8 (1.15%) Windows Phone 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 105 (15.15%) ITIL
2 99 (14.29%) Migration
3 31 (4.47%) Incident Management
4 30 (4.33%) Project Management
5 23 (3.32%) Scrum
5 23 (3.32%) Root Cause Analysis
6 19 (2.74%) Agile Software Development
7 18 (2.60%) Service Management
8 15 (2.16%) CRM
8 15 (2.16%) Disaster Recovery
9 14 (2.02%) MVC
9 14 (2.02%) PRINCE2
9 14 (2.02%) Data Protection
10 13 (1.88%) Performance Tuning
10 13 (1.88%) Business Continuity
11 12 (1.73%) TDD
11 12 (1.73%) Workflow
11 12 (1.73%) Change Management
12 11 (1.59%) Service Delivery
13 10 (1.44%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 93 (13.42%) SQL
2 66 (9.52%) C#
3 37 (5.34%) PowerShell
4 25 (3.61%) T-SQL
5 23 (3.32%) VB
5 23 (3.32%) JavaScript
6 16 (2.31%) VB.NET
7 14 (2.02%) C
8 13 (1.88%) Java
8 13 (1.88%) C++
9 8 (1.15%) Embedded C++
10 7 (1.01%) Shell Script
10 7 (1.01%) VBA
11 5 (0.72%) PL/SQL
12 3 (0.43%) PHP
12 3 (0.43%) VBScript
12 3 (0.43%) Bash Shell
13 2 (0.29%) R
13 2 (0.29%) ActionScript 2.0
13 2 (0.29%) Progress 4GL
Qualifications
1 68 (9.81%) Security Cleared
2 50 (7.22%) SC Cleared
3 38 (5.48%) Microsoft Certification
4 20 (2.89%) MCSE
5 14 (2.02%) ITIL Certification
6 12 (1.73%) MCITP
7 10 (1.44%) MCP
8 8 (1.15%) DV Cleared
9 7 (1.01%) Degree
9 7 (1.01%) Cisco Certification
10 6 (0.87%) CCNA
11 4 (0.58%) ISEB
12 3 (0.43%) CCNP
12 3 (0.43%) MCSA
12 3 (0.43%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 3 (0.43%) ISSAP
12 3 (0.43%) MCTS
12 3 (0.43%) BC Cleared
13 2 (0.29%) VCP4
13 2 (0.29%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (4.47%) SLA
2 19 (2.74%) QA
3 2 (0.29%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 257 (37.09%) Active Directory
2 82 (11.83%) VMware Infrastructure
3 54 (7.79%) XenApp
4 32 (4.62%) vSphere
5 30 (4.33%) XenDesktop
6 26 (3.75%) Hyper-V
7 24 (3.46%) XenServer
8 11 (1.59%) Microsoft App-V
9 10 (1.44%) VMware ESX
10 8 (1.15%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 8 (1.15%) VMware Server
11 7 (1.01%) Oracle RAC
12 5 (0.72%) VMware ESXi
13 4 (0.58%) Xen
13 4 (0.58%) Terminal Services
14 3 (0.43%) NFS
14 3 (0.43%) Terminal Server
14 3 (0.43%) Nmap
15 2 (0.29%) Oracle RMAN
15 2 (0.29%) PowerHA
Systems Management
1 98 (14.14%) SCCM
2 31 (4.47%) SCOM
3 14 (2.02%) NetBackup
4 9 (1.30%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 7 (1.01%) Backup Exec
5 7 (1.01%) HP Quality Center
6 5 (0.72%) WMI
6 5 (0.72%) SCVMM
6 5 (0.72%) Tivoli
7 4 (0.58%) Control-M
7 4 (0.58%) MAILsweeper
7 4 (0.58%) WSUS
7 4 (0.58%) McAfee ePO
7 4 (0.58%) Ionix
8 3 (0.43%) Sysprep
8 3 (0.43%) CORE IMPACT
8 3 (0.43%) Data Guard
8 3 (0.43%) Nessus
8 3 (0.43%) DameWare
9 2 (0.29%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 200 (28.86%) Microsoft
2 155 (22.37%) VMware
3 115 (16.59%) Citrix
4 63 (9.09%) HP
5 49 (7.07%) Oracle
6 42 (6.06%) Lotus
7 36 (5.19%) Cisco
8 27 (3.90%) Dell
9 23 (3.32%) IBM
10 21 (3.03%) EMC
11 16 (2.31%) SAP
11 16 (2.31%) Red Hat
11 16 (2.31%) NetApp
12 14 (2.02%) Symantec
13 12 (1.73%) Apple
14 10 (1.44%) 3PAR
15 8 (1.15%) CheckPoint
15 8 (1.15%) McAfee
16 6 (0.87%) Brocade
17 5 (0.72%) Reuters
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