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 October 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
30 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Windows
Rank 3 4 5
Rank change year-on-year
+1 +1
Contract jobs citing Windows 374 288 292
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 15.01% 14.16% 13.17%
As % of the Operating Systems category 74.06% 69.40% 65.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 154 137 130
Average daily rate
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£320 £288 £288
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.30% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £130 £135 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £418
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £303 £310
% change year-on-year
+3.13% -2.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 78 71 40
Average hourly rate £15.00 £13.50 £14.80
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% -8.78%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.15 £27.25 £27.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.50 £15.63
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -7.20%
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
505 415 446
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 20.26% 20.40% 20.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 231 203 205
Average daily rate £325 £300 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% -3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £150 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £452 £425 £420
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £320 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.56% -1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 78 71 48
Average hourly rate £15.50 £13.92 £15.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.33% -10.17%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.75 £27.50 £33.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £15.00 £16.72
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -10.28%

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 October 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 30 October 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 30 October 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 0 120 £350 +21.73% 48
Shropshire +9 46 £171 -29.38% 10
Warwickshire -4 42 £288 +4.54% 19
Coventry -3 39 £425 +75.25% 11
Staffordshire 0 29 £306 -5.76% 9
Wolverhampton +1 18 £265 +12.76% 4
Worcestershire -4 16 £291 +11.48% 4
Herefordshire -1 10 £350 - 8
West Bromwich -1 7 £250 - 2
Walsall +4 4 £363 - 4
Solihull -5 2 £300 +42.51% 6
Sutton Coldfield - 1 - - 1
Dudley - - - - 1
Halesowen - - - - 1
Windows
England

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 30 October 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.

1 256 (36.62%) Active Directory
2 238 (34.05%) Windows 7
3 209 (29.90%) Microsoft
4 182 (26.04%) Windows XP
5 161 (23.03%) Windows Server 2008
6 157 (22.46%) VMware
7 129 (18.45%) MS Office
8 127 (18.17%) Windows Server 2003
9 122 (17.45%) Citrix
10 109 (15.59%) ITIL
11 107 (15.31%) MS Exchange
12 93 (13.30%) SQL
13 88 (12.59%) SCCM
14 85 (12.16%) UNIX
15 83 (11.87%) Linux
16 81 (11.59%) Migration
17 80 (11.44%) SQL Server
18 77 (11.02%) Windows Server 2012
19 75 (10.73%) Security Cleared
20 74 (10.59%) VMware Infrastructure
21 70 (10.01%) TCP/IP
21 70 (10.01%) SAN
22 61 (8.73%) .NET
22 61 (8.73%) Oracle
22 61 (8.73%) MS Excel
23 56 (8.01%) C#
24 54 (7.73%) DNS
24 54 (7.73%) SC Cleared
25 53 (7.58%) DHCP
26 51 (7.30%) Blackberry

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 30 October 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
1 107 (15.31%) MS Exchange
2 33 (4.72%) IBM Notes
3 32 (4.58%) Exchange Server 2003
4 30 (4.29%) SharePoint
5 21 (3.00%) WebLogic
5 21 (3.00%) Exchange Server 2010
6 20 (2.86%) Lync
7 19 (2.72%) WebSphere
8 17 (2.43%) Apache
9 15 (2.15%) Exchange Server 2007
10 14 (2.00%) Lotus Domino
11 11 (1.57%) BizTalk Server
12 10 (1.43%) Tomcat
13 8 (1.14%) IIS
14 4 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2013
14 4 (0.57%) TPMS
14 4 (0.57%) CICS
15 3 (0.43%) SharePoint 2013
15 3 (0.43%) SharePoint 2010
16 2 (0.29%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 129 (18.45%) MS Office
2 61 (8.73%) MS Excel
3 7 (1.00%) MS Project
4 3 (0.43%) InfoPath
5 2 (0.29%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (0.29%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.14%) Acrobat
6 1 (0.14%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.14%) CATIA
6 1 (0.14%) Adobe Captivate
6 1 (0.14%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.14%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 15 (2.15%) Dynamics CRM
2 14 (2.00%) Eikon
3 6 (0.86%) ENOVIA
4 4 (0.57%) TRIRIGA
5 1 (0.14%) Maximo
5 1 (0.14%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 15 (2.15%) Office 365
2 5 (0.72%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (0.29%) GitHub
3 2 (0.29%) Google Apps
4 1 (0.14%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 70 (10.01%) TCP/IP
1 70 (10.01%) SAN
2 54 (7.73%) DNS
3 53 (7.58%) DHCP
4 49 (7.01%) LAN
5 37 (5.29%) WAN
6 31 (4.43%) Firewall
7 28 (4.01%) NAS
8 25 (3.58%) VoIP
9 20 (2.86%) VLAN
10 19 (2.72%) VPN
11 10 (1.43%) NetScaler
12 7 (1.00%) Wi-Fi
12 7 (1.00%) Wireless
12 7 (1.00%) WLAN
13 6 (0.86%) FTP
13 6 (0.86%) HTTP
13 6 (0.86%) Internet
14 5 (0.72%) ATM
14 5 (0.72%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 80 (11.44%) SQL Server
2 16 (2.29%) SQL Server 2008
3 15 (2.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 15 (2.15%) Oracle Database
4 10 (1.43%) SQL Server 2005
4 10 (1.43%) MySQL
5 7 (1.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 5 (0.72%) MS Access
7 4 (0.57%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 4 (0.57%) Oracle Database 11g
7 4 (0.57%) DB2
7 4 (0.57%) Informix
7 4 (0.57%) Oracle Database 10g
8 3 (0.43%) SQL Server 2000
8 3 (0.43%) DataStage
8 3 (0.43%) RDBMS
8 3 (0.43%) Data Warehouse
8 3 (0.43%) Oracle Reports
8 3 (0.43%) Relational Database
9 2 (0.29%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 16 (2.29%) Visual Studio
2 15 (2.15%) Subversion
3 13 (1.86%) Team Foundation Server
4 9 (1.29%) JIRA
5 7 (1.00%) Oracle Forms
6 6 (0.86%) MSI
7 4 (0.57%) ClearCase
7 4 (0.57%) Toad
8 2 (0.29%) Mercurial
8 2 (0.29%) Jenkins
8 2 (0.29%) MSBuild
8 2 (0.29%) Maven
8 2 (0.29%) Ant
8 2 (0.29%) InstallShield
8 2 (0.29%) AdminStudio
8 2 (0.29%) ClearQuest
9 1 (0.14%) PVCS
9 1 (0.14%) NUnit
9 1 (0.14%) SpecFlow
9 1 (0.14%) NBehave
General
1 24 (3.43%) Finance
2 19 (2.72%) Banking
3 17 (2.43%) Back Office
4 11 (1.57%) Automotive
5 8 (1.14%) Retail
5 8 (1.14%) Telecoms
6 5 (0.72%) Legal
7 3 (0.43%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.29%) Investment Banking
8 2 (0.29%) Corporate Banking
8 2 (0.29%) Games
8 2 (0.29%) Law
9 1 (0.14%) Electronics
9 1 (0.14%) Billing
9 1 (0.14%) Military
9 1 (0.14%) Publishing
9 1 (0.14%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 130 (18.60%) Analyst
2 87 (12.45%) Support Engineer
3 80 (11.44%) Support Analyst
4 65 (9.30%) 2nd Line Support
5 52 (7.44%) Developer
6 49 (7.01%) Desktop Support
7 45 (6.44%) 1st Line Support
8 41 (5.87%) Administrator
8 41 (5.87%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 38 (5.44%) 3rd Line Support
10 35 (5.01%) Architect
11 34 (4.86%) Consultant
12 31 (4.43%) Server Engineer
12 31 (4.43%) Desktop Engineer
13 27 (3.86%) Service Analyst
14 25 (3.58%) Service Desk Analyst
15 22 (3.15%) Project Manager
15 22 (3.15%) Desktop Analyst
16 21 (3.00%) Desktop Support Analyst
17 19 (2.72%) Desktop Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 61 (8.73%) .NET
2 29 (4.15%) Web Services
3 28 (4.01%) ASP.NET
4 21 (3.00%) WCF
4 21 (3.00%) XML
4 21 (3.00%) Middleware
5 13 (1.86%) WinForms
5 13 (1.86%) XMPP
6 12 (1.72%) WebSphere Message Broker
6 12 (1.72%) HTML
7 11 (1.57%) WebSphere MQ
8 10 (1.43%) Application Packaging
9 9 (1.29%) jQuery
10 8 (1.14%) ASP.NET MVC
10 8 (1.14%) .NET Framework
10 8 (1.14%) CSS
10 8 (1.14%) SOAP
11 6 (0.86%) XSLT
12 5 (0.72%) XSD
12 5 (0.72%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 51 (7.30%) Blackberry
2 31 (4.43%) Analytical Skills
3 16 (2.29%) PDA
4 13 (1.86%) Management Information System
4 13 (1.86%) Mobile App
5 12 (1.72%) NHS
6 10 (1.43%) FMCG
6 10 (1.43%) IVR
7 9 (1.29%) Pocket PC
7 9 (1.29%) DataPower
8 6 (0.86%) Clustering
9 5 (0.72%) AS400
9 5 (0.72%) Replication
9 5 (0.72%) Enterprise Software
10 4 (0.57%) iPad
10 4 (0.57%) Video Conferencing
10 4 (0.57%) Data Structures
10 4 (0.57%) Client/Server
11 3 (0.43%) Device Driver
11 3 (0.43%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 238 (34.05%) Windows 7
2 182 (26.04%) Windows XP
3 161 (23.03%) Windows Server 2008
4 127 (18.17%) Windows Server 2003
5 85 (12.16%) UNIX
6 83 (11.87%) Linux
7 77 (11.02%) Windows Server 2012
8 48 (6.87%) Windows 8
9 29 (4.15%) Solaris
10 24 (3.43%) Windows Vista
11 17 (2.43%) Windows 2000
12 15 (2.15%) Windows Mobile
13 11 (1.57%) zOS
13 11 (1.57%) Windows CE
13 11 (1.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 11 (1.57%) Windows Phone
14 10 (1.43%) Apple iOS
15 9 (1.29%) AIX
16 8 (1.14%) Windows Phone 8
17 7 (1.00%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 109 (15.59%) ITIL
2 81 (11.59%) Migration
3 38 (5.44%) Agile Software Development
4 27 (3.86%) Incident Management
5 26 (3.72%) Root Cause Analysis
5 26 (3.72%) Change Management
6 21 (3.00%) Project Management
7 20 (2.86%) CRM
8 18 (2.58%) Scrum
9 14 (2.00%) Performance Tuning
10 13 (1.86%) Service Management
10 13 (1.86%) Stakeholder Management
11 12 (1.72%) Data Migration
11 12 (1.72%) Workflow
11 12 (1.72%) Business Continuity
11 12 (1.72%) PRINCE2
12 11 (1.57%) TDD
12 11 (1.57%) Project Planning
13 10 (1.43%) Time Management
13 10 (1.43%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 93 (13.30%) SQL
2 56 (8.01%) C#
3 38 (5.44%) Java
4 29 (4.15%) PowerShell
5 20 (2.86%) T-SQL
5 20 (2.86%) VB
6 18 (2.58%) JavaScript
7 13 (1.86%) Perl
7 13 (1.86%) C++
7 13 (1.86%) C
8 11 (1.57%) Bash Shell
9 8 (1.14%) VBA
9 8 (1.14%) VB.NET
9 8 (1.14%) Embedded C++
10 6 (0.86%) Shell Script
11 5 (0.72%) PHP
12 4 (0.57%) PL/SQL
13 2 (0.29%) ActionScript 2.0
13 2 (0.29%) R
13 2 (0.29%) Korn
Qualifications
1 75 (10.73%) Security Cleared
2 54 (7.73%) SC Cleared
3 40 (5.72%) Microsoft Certification
4 17 (2.43%) MCSE
4 17 (2.43%) ITIL Certification
5 10 (1.43%) MCITP
5 10 (1.43%) CCNA
5 10 (1.43%) Cisco Certification
6 9 (1.29%) DV Cleared
7 8 (1.14%) MCP
8 6 (0.86%) Degree
8 6 (0.86%) CCNP
9 4 (0.57%) ISSAP
10 3 (0.43%) CCDP
10 3 (0.43%) MCSA
10 3 (0.43%) MCTS
10 3 (0.43%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 3 (0.43%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 2 (0.29%) VCP4
11 2 (0.29%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (4.58%) SLA
2 12 (1.72%) QA
3 4 (0.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 256 (36.62%) Active Directory
2 74 (10.59%) VMware Infrastructure
3 48 (6.87%) XenApp
4 27 (3.86%) XenDesktop
4 27 (3.86%) vSphere
5 24 (3.43%) XenServer
5 24 (3.43%) Hyper-V
6 11 (1.57%) VMware ESX
6 11 (1.57%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 9 (1.29%) VMware Server
8 5 (0.72%) Firmware
8 5 (0.72%) Terminal Services
8 5 (0.72%) VMware ESXi
9 4 (0.57%) NFS
10 3 (0.43%) Oracle RAC
10 3 (0.43%) Xen
11 2 (0.29%) PowerHA
11 2 (0.29%) Oracle RMAN
12 1 (0.14%) VMware Workstation
12 1 (0.14%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 88 (12.59%) SCCM
2 34 (4.86%) SCOM
3 20 (2.86%) NetBackup
4 11 (1.57%) Backup Exec
5 7 (1.00%) WMI
6 5 (0.72%) Sysprep
7 4 (0.57%) Ionix
7 4 (0.57%) HP Quality Center
7 4 (0.57%) WSUS
7 4 (0.57%) DameWare
8 3 (0.43%) Tivoli
8 3 (0.43%) Norton AntiVirus
9 2 (0.29%) McAfee ePO
9 2 (0.29%) Data Guard
9 2 (0.29%) SCVMM
9 2 (0.29%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 2 (0.29%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 1 (0.14%) MAILsweeper
10 1 (0.14%) Nessus
10 1 (0.14%) ITRS Geneos
Vendors
1 209 (29.90%) Microsoft
2 157 (22.46%) VMware
3 122 (17.45%) Citrix
4 61 (8.73%) Oracle
5 50 (7.15%) HP
6 49 (7.01%) Cisco
7 42 (6.01%) Lotus
8 34 (4.86%) Dell
9 25 (3.58%) IBM
10 22 (3.15%) EMC
11 21 (3.00%) Red Hat
11 21 (3.00%) Symantec
12 17 (2.43%) SAP
13 16 (2.29%) NetApp
14 14 (2.00%) Reuters
15 13 (1.86%) Sun
16 12 (1.72%) webMethods
17 6 (0.86%) CA
17 6 (0.86%) McAfee
17 6 (0.86%) Sophos
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