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 18 April 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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Windows
Rank 3 4 7
Rank change year-on-year
+1 +3
Contract jobs citing Windows 338 279 282
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 14.21% 15.23% 12.51%
As % of the Operating Systems category 68.84% 76.02% 66.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 150 112 97
Average daily rate £280 £265 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.66% -17.18%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £141 £104 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £442 £450 £430
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £300 £320
% change year-on-year
- -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 67 50 63
Average hourly rate £14.50 £13.00 £14.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.53% -10.34%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.73 £23.00 £22.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -6.25%
Operating Systems Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Operating Systems category
491 367 422
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 20.65% 20.03% 18.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 235 153 159
Average daily rate £303 £275 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.00% -14.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £174 £135 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £440
UK excluding London average daily rate £320 £315 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.58% -3.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 74 57 65
Average hourly rate £15.00 £13.50 £14.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% -6.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £37.00 £22.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
- -5.88%
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 18 April 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 18 April 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 18 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham 0 99 £280 -2.60% 23
Warwickshire -2 45 £250 -6.54% 9
Shropshire +2 44 £323 -13.86% 7
Coventry -6 32 £210 +95.34% 13
Staffordshire +10 29 £263 -16.99% 12
Worcestershire 0 16 £315 +88.05% 11
Wolverhampton -5 12 £220 +60.00% 5
Solihull -4 6 £350 +4.47%
Walsall - 5 £223 - 3
Herefordshire -1 4 - - 3
West Bromwich - 2 £110 -
Dudley -3 1 - - 1
Sutton Coldfield - 1 £240 - 3
Tipton - - - -
Halesowen - - - -
Smethwick - - - -
Windows
England

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 18 April 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.

1 233 (41.31%) Windows 7
2 197 (34.93%) Active Directory
3 162 (28.72%) Microsoft
4 146 (25.89%) Windows XP
5 130 (23.05%) Windows Server 2008
6 110 (19.50%) Windows Server 2003
7 91 (16.13%) Migration
8 84 (14.89%) VMware
9 83 (14.72%) SQL
10 73 (12.94%) MS Office
10 73 (12.94%) Citrix
11 67 (11.88%) SQL Server
12 64 (11.35%) .NET
13 60 (10.64%) ITIL
14 59 (10.46%) SCCM
15 57 (10.11%) MS Excel
16 54 (9.57%) C#
17 53 (9.40%) MS Exchange
18 49 (8.69%) Linux
19 47 (8.33%) UNIX
20 43 (7.62%) HP
21 41 (7.27%) LAN
21 41 (7.27%) Oracle
21 41 (7.27%) VMware Infrastructure
22 38 (6.74%) PowerShell
23 37 (6.56%) Microsoft Certification
23 37 (6.56%) ASP.NET
24 35 (6.21%) WAN
24 35 (6.21%) Security Cleared
25 32 (5.67%) XenApp

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 53 (9.40%) MS Exchange
2 30 (5.32%) SharePoint
3 25 (4.43%) IBM Notes
4 22 (3.90%) IIS
5 15 (2.66%) Exchange Server 2010
6 12 (2.13%) Exchange Server 2003
7 11 (1.95%) WebLogic
8 8 (1.42%) Lync
9 6 (1.06%) Exchange Server 2007
10 5 (0.89%) SharePoint 2010
11 4 (0.71%) WebSphere
11 4 (0.71%) SharePoint Server
12 3 (0.53%) CMS
12 3 (0.53%) Apache
13 2 (0.35%) Tomcat
13 2 (0.35%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 1 (0.18%) Office Communications Server
14 1 (0.18%) Oracle Service Bus
14 1 (0.18%) IBM HTTP Server
14 1 (0.18%) Oracle Application Server
Applications
1 73 (12.94%) MS Office
2 57 (10.11%) MS Excel
3 5 (0.89%) MS Project
4 4 (0.71%) InfoPath
5 3 (0.53%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.35%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (0.89%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.18%) Infor M3
2 1 (0.18%) Movex
2 1 (0.18%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 17 (3.01%) Office 365
2 2 (0.35%) SaaS
3 1 (0.18%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.18%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 41 (7.27%) LAN
2 35 (6.21%) WAN
3 31 (5.50%) SAN
4 30 (5.32%) TCP/IP
5 20 (3.55%) DNS
6 18 (3.19%) DHCP
6 18 (3.19%) Firewall
7 14 (2.48%) Internet
8 12 (2.13%) Wireless
9 9 (1.60%) VPN
10 8 (1.42%) LDAP
11 7 (1.24%) NAS
11 7 (1.24%) DDNS
11 7 (1.24%) FTP
12 6 (1.06%) VoIP
12 6 (1.06%) NetScaler
13 5 (0.89%) ADSL
13 5 (0.89%) HTTP
14 4 (0.71%) Kerberos
14 4 (0.71%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 67 (11.88%) SQL Server
2 26 (4.61%) SQL Server 2008
3 16 (2.84%) Oracle Database
4 12 (2.13%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 9 (1.60%) MS Access
5 9 (1.60%) Data Warehouse
6 8 (1.42%) SQLite
7 7 (1.24%) Relational Database
8 6 (1.06%) MySQL
8 6 (1.06%) SQL Server 2005
8 6 (1.06%) SQL Server 2012
9 4 (0.71%) RDBMS
9 4 (0.71%) Oracle Database 10g
9 4 (0.71%) DB2
9 4 (0.71%) Oracle Database 11g
9 4 (0.71%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 3 (0.53%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 2 (0.35%) Informix
11 2 (0.35%) ReportNet
12 1 (0.18%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 27 (4.79%) Visual Studio
2 17 (3.01%) MSI
3 15 (2.66%) Team Foundation Server
4 10 (1.77%) Subversion
5 8 (1.42%) JIRA
5 8 (1.42%) Wise Package Studio
6 5 (0.89%) InstallShield
7 3 (0.53%) JMeter
7 3 (0.53%) LoadRunner
7 3 (0.53%) Oracle Forms
8 2 (0.35%) Toad
8 2 (0.35%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 2 (0.35%) AdminStudio
8 2 (0.35%) Selenium
8 2 (0.35%) Rhino Mocks
8 2 (0.35%) WebDriver
9 1 (0.18%) CA Gen
9 1 (0.18%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
9 1 (0.18%) WinDbg
9 1 (0.18%) Oracle APEX
General
1 28 (4.96%) Finance
2 11 (1.95%) Banking
3 10 (1.77%) Automotive
4 9 (1.60%) Retail
5 8 (1.42%) Manufacturing
6 6 (1.06%) Local Government
6 6 (1.06%) Games
7 5 (0.89%) Legal
7 5 (0.89%) Telecoms
8 4 (0.71%) Back Office
9 2 (0.35%) Advertising
9 2 (0.35%) Front Office
10 1 (0.18%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.18%) Publishing
10 1 (0.18%) Law
10 1 (0.18%) Billing
10 1 (0.18%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.18%) Marketing
10 1 (0.18%) French Language
10 1 (0.18%) German Language
Job Titles
1 76 (13.48%) Analyst
2 64 (11.35%) Developer
3 61 (10.82%) Support Engineer
4 47 (8.33%) 2nd Line Support
5 41 (7.27%) Desktop Support
6 36 (6.38%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 23 (4.08%) Architect
7 23 (4.08%) 3rd Line Support
8 22 (3.90%) Support Analyst
9 21 (3.72%) Desktop Engineer
9 21 (3.72%) Consultant
10 20 (3.55%) IT Support
11 19 (3.37%) C# Developer
12 18 (3.19%) 1st Line Support
12 18 (3.19%) Rollout Engineer
13 17 (3.01%) .NET Developer
13 17 (3.01%) Service Desk Analyst
13 17 (3.01%) Service Analyst
14 16 (2.84%) Project Manager
14 16 (2.84%) Support Technician
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 64 (11.35%) .NET
2 37 (6.56%) ASP.NET
3 29 (5.14%) HTML
4 24 (4.26%) WCF
5 22 (3.90%) .NET Framework
6 19 (3.37%) WinForms
7 17 (3.01%) CSS
8 15 (2.66%) Application Packaging
8 15 (2.66%) SOAP
8 15 (2.66%) XML
9 14 (2.48%) HTML5
10 13 (2.30%) WPF
10 13 (2.30%) jQuery
11 11 (1.95%) Web Services
12 10 (1.77%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
13 9 (1.60%) Software Packaging
13 9 (1.60%) J2EE
14 8 (1.42%) JMS
14 8 (1.42%) Ajax
15 7 (1.24%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 20 (3.55%) Blackberry
2 17 (3.01%) Management Information System
3 11 (1.95%) PDA
4 10 (1.77%) Mobile App
5 9 (1.60%) iPad
5 9 (1.60%) Clustering
5 9 (1.60%) Pocket PC
5 9 (1.60%) Mainframe
6 8 (1.42%) Replication
7 7 (1.24%) NHS
7 7 (1.24%) N-Tier
8 6 (1.06%) EPoS
8 6 (1.06%) CMDB
9 5 (0.89%) iPhone
9 5 (0.89%) Client/Server
10 3 (0.53%) Fat Client
10 3 (0.53%) Handset
10 3 (0.53%) Thin Client
11 2 (0.35%) Statistics
11 2 (0.35%) AS400
Operating Systems
1 233 (41.31%) Windows 7
2 146 (25.89%) Windows XP
3 130 (23.05%) Windows Server 2008
4 110 (19.50%) Windows Server 2003
5 49 (8.69%) Linux
6 47 (8.33%) UNIX
7 29 (5.14%) Windows Server 2012
8 27 (4.79%) Android
9 25 (4.43%) Windows 8
10 18 (3.19%) Windows Vista
11 16 (2.84%) Apple iOS
11 16 (2.84%) AIX
12 13 (2.30%) Windows Mobile
12 13 (2.30%) Windows CE
12 13 (2.30%) Solaris
13 7 (1.24%) SUSE
14 6 (1.06%) Windows NT
14 6 (1.06%) Windows 2000
14 6 (1.06%) zOS
14 6 (1.06%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 91 (16.13%) Migration
2 60 (10.64%) ITIL
3 23 (4.08%) Project Management
4 20 (3.55%) Service Management
4 20 (3.55%) Incident Management
5 18 (3.19%) Agile Software Development
6 16 (2.84%) Scrum
7 15 (2.66%) Data Migration
8 14 (2.48%) Software Engineering
8 14 (2.48%) Disaster Recovery
9 12 (2.13%) SOA
9 12 (2.13%) MVC
10 11 (1.95%) Service Delivery
10 11 (1.95%) Problem Management
11 10 (1.77%) PRINCE2
11 10 (1.77%) Configuration Management
11 10 (1.77%) Workflow
11 10 (1.77%) Business Continuity
12 9 (1.60%) Root Cause Analysis
12 9 (1.60%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 83 (14.72%) SQL
2 54 (9.57%) C#
3 38 (6.74%) PowerShell
4 30 (5.32%) JavaScript
5 27 (4.79%) Java
6 19 (3.37%) T-SQL
7 17 (3.01%) VB
8 14 (2.48%) VB.NET
9 12 (2.13%) C
10 10 (1.77%) VBScript
10 10 (1.77%) PHP
11 8 (1.42%) C++
12 7 (1.24%) Embedded C++
13 6 (1.06%) PL/SQL
13 6 (1.06%) VBA
13 6 (1.06%) Shell Script
14 4 (0.71%) FoxPro (VFP)
14 4 (0.71%) Perl
15 3 (0.53%) Bash Shell
15 3 (0.53%) Korn
Qualifications
1 37 (6.56%) Microsoft Certification
2 35 (6.21%) Security Cleared
3 20 (3.55%) SC Cleared
4 18 (3.19%) MCSE
5 9 (1.60%) MCP
6 8 (1.42%) MCITP
7 6 (1.06%) Degree
8 5 (0.89%) DV Cleared
8 5 (0.89%) MCSA
9 4 (0.71%) ITIL Certification
10 3 (0.53%) MCTS
10 3 (0.53%) ISTQB
10 3 (0.53%) CNE
10 3 (0.53%) Novell Certification
10 3 (0.53%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 3 (0.53%) ISEB
11 2 (0.35%) A+ Certification
11 2 (0.35%) PMP
11 2 (0.35%) PMI Certification
11 2 (0.35%) OCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (3.90%) SLA
2 13 (2.30%) QA
3 2 (0.35%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 2 (0.35%) COBIT
3 2 (0.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.18%) TickIT
System Software
1 197 (34.93%) Active Directory
2 41 (7.27%) VMware Infrastructure
3 32 (5.67%) XenApp
4 19 (3.37%) Microsoft App-V
5 16 (2.84%) vSphere
6 12 (2.13%) Hyper-V
7 10 (1.77%) Oracle RAC
7 10 (1.77%) XenDesktop
8 6 (1.06%) VMware ESX
9 5 (0.89%) Terminal Server
10 3 (0.53%) Nmap
11 2 (0.35%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 2 (0.35%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 1 (0.18%) XenServer
12 1 (0.18%) SRDF
12 1 (0.18%) Veritas Volume Manager
12 1 (0.18%) IAG
12 1 (0.18%) UAG
12 1 (0.18%) Oracle RMAN
12 1 (0.18%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 59 (10.46%) SCCM
2 17 (3.01%) SCOM
3 15 (2.66%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 6 (1.06%) Norton AntiVirus
4 6 (1.06%) Tivoli
5 5 (0.89%) Control-M
5 5 (0.89%) MOM
5 5 (0.89%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 5 (0.89%) MAILsweeper
6 4 (0.71%) NetBackup
6 4 (0.71%) HP Quality Center
7 3 (0.53%) SCVMM
7 3 (0.53%) Data Guard
7 3 (0.53%) CORE IMPACT
7 3 (0.53%) Nessus
7 3 (0.53%) ARCserve
8 2 (0.35%) BMC PATROL
8 2 (0.35%) WSUS
8 2 (0.35%) Backup Exec
8 2 (0.35%) DameWare
Vendors
1 162 (28.72%) Microsoft
2 84 (14.89%) VMware
3 73 (12.94%) Citrix
4 43 (7.62%) HP
5 41 (7.27%) Oracle
6 30 (5.32%) IBM
7 25 (4.43%) Lotus
8 18 (3.19%) Cisco
9 13 (2.30%) Symantec
9 13 (2.30%) Apple
10 9 (1.60%) 3PAR
10 9 (1.60%) Business Objects
11 8 (1.42%) NetApp
12 7 (1.24%) Red Hat
12 7 (1.24%) CheckPoint
12 7 (1.24%) Dell
12 7 (1.24%) EMC
13 6 (1.06%) Avaya
14 5 (0.89%) LANDesk
14 5 (0.89%) McAfee
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