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 3 July 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
3 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Windows
Rank 9 4 3
Rank change year-on-year
-5 -1
Contract jobs citing Windows 256 329 277
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 10.87% 14.04% 15.62%
As % of the Operating Systems category 64.81% 66.73% 74.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 130 139 111
Average daily rate
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£318 £300 £316
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.83% -5.13%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £125 £148 £136
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £404 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £321
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -6.39%
Number of hourly rates quoted 60 70 54
Average hourly rate £15.00 £13.69 £15.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+9.60% -11.70%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.50 £17.95 £24.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £14.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+6.89% -6.45%
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
395 493 371
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 16.77% 21.04% 20.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 220 220 151
Average daily rate £325 £300 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% -7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £135 £163 £144
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £430 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £310 £325
% change year-on-year
+12.90% -4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 78 60
Average hourly rate £16.50 £14.00 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.85% -12.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.00 £11.03
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.50 £22.50 £27.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.20 £15.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+8.00% -6.25%

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 3 July 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 3 July 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 3 July 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 -7 64 £334 +7.66% 48
Coventry +5 55 £330 +25.71% 26
Worcestershire -1 29 £300 -4.76% 7
Warwickshire -10 22 £406 +62.50% 10
Shropshire -6 18 £335 +18.37% 5
Staffordshire -8 16 £275 -8.33% 22
Wolverhampton -1 8 £250 -9.09% 6
West Bromwich -5 5 - - 1
Dudley -1 4 £125 - 1
Herefordshire - 3 £388 - 8
Solihull -1 2 - - 4
Walsall +4 1 £425 - 1
Windows
England

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 3 July 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.

1 253 (40.54%) Active Directory
2 204 (32.69%) Microsoft
3 179 (28.69%) Windows Server 2008
4 150 (24.04%) Windows 7
5 134 (21.47%) VMware
6 123 (19.71%) Windows XP
7 115 (18.43%) Windows Server 2003
8 112 (17.95%) Windows Server 2012
9 111 (17.79%) MS Office
10 99 (15.87%) Citrix
11 95 (15.22%) ITIL
12 94 (15.06%) SQL Server
13 91 (14.58%) Linux
14 78 (12.50%) MS Exchange
15 75 (12.02%) MS Excel
16 72 (11.54%) SQL
17 65 (10.42%) VMware Infrastructure
18 63 (10.10%) SCCM
19 59 (9.46%) DNS
20 57 (9.13%) Migration
21 52 (8.33%) LAN
21 52 (8.33%) Cisco
22 48 (7.69%) SAN
23 47 (7.53%) WAN
24 46 (7.37%) Firewall
25 45 (7.21%) Oracle
26 44 (7.05%) DHCP
26 44 (7.05%) HP
26 44 (7.05%) Security Cleared
27 41 (6.57%) Data Centre

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 3 July 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 78 (12.50%) MS Exchange
2 32 (5.13%) SharePoint
3 28 (4.49%) Exchange Server 2010
4 26 (4.17%) Lync
5 23 (3.69%) IIS
6 18 (2.88%) WebLogic
6 18 (2.88%) BizTalk Server
7 17 (2.72%) IBM Notes
8 10 (1.60%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 9 (1.44%) Exchange Server 2013
9 9 (1.44%) WebSphere
10 8 (1.28%) Exchange Server 2003
10 8 (1.28%) Lotus Domino
10 8 (1.28%) Tomcat
11 7 (1.12%) Apache
11 7 (1.12%) WebSphere Application Server
12 6 (0.96%) CICS
12 6 (0.96%) WorkSite
12 6 (0.96%) Exchange Server 2007
13 4 (0.64%) WebSphere Portal
Applications
1 111 (17.79%) MS Office
2 75 (12.02%) MS Excel
3 4 (0.64%) MS Visio
3 4 (0.64%) MS PowerPoint
3 4 (0.64%) InfoPath
4 3 (0.48%) Photoshop
5 2 (0.32%) MS Project
5 2 (0.32%) Vectorworks
6 1 (0.16%) PowerPivot
6 1 (0.16%) Adobe Illustrator
Business Applications
1 8 (1.28%) Dynamics CRM
1 8 (1.28%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (0.32%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.16%) Remedy AR System
3 1 (0.16%) Magento
3 1 (0.16%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 30 (4.81%) Microsoft Azure
2 26 (4.17%) Office 365
3 3 (0.48%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (0.48%) Yammer
4 2 (0.32%) Azure Active Directory
4 2 (0.32%) IaaS
5 1 (0.16%) Google Apps
5 1 (0.16%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 59 (9.46%) DNS
2 52 (8.33%) LAN
3 48 (7.69%) SAN
4 47 (7.53%) WAN
5 46 (7.37%) Firewall
6 44 (7.05%) DHCP
7 40 (6.41%) TCP/IP
8 27 (4.33%) Internet
9 20 (3.21%) VPN
10 17 (2.72%) Wireless
11 13 (2.08%) Intrusion Detection
11 13 (2.08%) NAS
12 10 (1.60%) SSL
13 9 (1.44%) VoIP
14 7 (1.12%) SMTP
14 7 (1.12%) Network Security
15 6 (0.96%) Intranet
16 5 (0.80%) VLAN
16 5 (0.80%) Unified Communications
17 4 (0.64%) Junos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 94 (15.06%) SQL Server
2 27 (4.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 21 (3.37%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 20 (3.21%) SQL Server 2008
5 16 (2.56%) MySQL
6 15 (2.40%) Oracle Database
7 10 (1.60%) DB2
8 9 (1.44%) SQL Server 2012
9 8 (1.28%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 7 (1.12%) MongoDB
10 7 (1.12%) Relational Database
11 6 (0.96%) SQL Server 2005
11 6 (0.96%) RDBMS
12 2 (0.32%) Data Warehouse
12 2 (0.32%) Oracle9i Database
12 2 (0.32%) Big Data
13 1 (0.16%) HOLAP
13 1 (0.16%) MS Access
13 1 (0.16%) MOLAP
13 1 (0.16%) ROLAP
Development Applications
1 18 (2.88%) Visual Studio
2 14 (2.24%) Subversion
3 10 (1.60%) MSI
3 10 (1.60%) Team Foundation Server
4 8 (1.28%) Git (software)
5 6 (0.96%) Jenkins
5 6 (0.96%) Introscope
6 5 (0.80%) JIRA
7 4 (0.64%) Hudson
8 3 (0.48%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 3 (0.48%) Oracle Forms
9 2 (0.32%) ClearCase
9 2 (0.32%) HP UFT
9 2 (0.32%) Maven
10 1 (0.16%) Rational Rhapsody
10 1 (0.16%) Octopus Deploy
10 1 (0.16%) NSubstitute
10 1 (0.16%) Selenium
10 1 (0.16%) TeamCity
10 1 (0.16%) TortoiseSVN
General
1 32 (5.13%) Finance
2 20 (3.21%) Telecoms
3 15 (2.40%) Retail
4 13 (2.08%) Automotive
5 9 (1.44%) Banking
6 7 (1.12%) Legal
7 6 (0.96%) Manufacturing
8 5 (0.80%) Back Office
9 4 (0.64%) Local Government
10 2 (0.32%) German Language
10 2 (0.32%) Law
10 2 (0.32%) Multimedia
10 2 (0.32%) Investment Banking
10 2 (0.32%) Electronics
10 2 (0.32%) Pharmaceutical
11 1 (0.16%) Advertising
11 1 (0.16%) Games
11 1 (0.16%) Military
11 1 (0.16%) Polish Language
11 1 (0.16%) French Language
Job Titles
1 116 (18.59%) Analyst
2 61 (9.78%) Architect
3 57 (9.13%) 2nd Line Support
4 50 (8.01%) Support Analyst
5 49 (7.85%) Support Engineer
6 45 (7.21%) Desktop Support
7 41 (6.57%) Administrator
8 39 (6.25%) Service Analyst
9 38 (6.09%) Service Desk Analyst
10 33 (5.29%) Developer
11 31 (4.97%) Server Engineer
12 26 (4.17%) 3rd Line Support
13 25 (4.01%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 22 (3.53%) 1st Line Support
15 21 (3.37%) Windows Server Engineer
16 19 (3.04%) IT Support
16 19 (3.04%) Consultant
17 16 (2.56%) Systems Administrator
18 15 (2.40%) Technical Architect
18 15 (2.40%) DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (6.57%) .NET
2 23 (3.69%) ASP.NET
3 18 (2.88%) HTML
4 17 (2.72%) CSS
5 16 (2.56%) XML
6 12 (1.92%) WinForms
6 12 (1.92%) jQuery
7 10 (1.60%) Web Services
7 10 (1.60%) WCF
8 9 (1.44%) ASP.NET MVC
9 8 (1.28%) .NET Framework
10 7 (1.12%) Ruby on Rails
10 7 (1.12%) CGI
10 7 (1.12%) Entity Framework
10 7 (1.12%) ASP.NET Web Forms
11 5 (0.80%) HTML5
11 5 (0.80%) XSLT
11 5 (0.80%) J2EE
11 5 (0.80%) Application Packaging
11 5 (0.80%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 41 (6.57%) Data Centre
2 34 (5.45%) Analytical Skills
3 22 (3.53%) Blackberry
4 21 (3.37%) NHS
5 17 (2.72%) Clustering
6 10 (1.60%) CMDB
7 9 (1.44%) Replication
8 8 (1.28%) PKI
8 8 (1.28%) Management Information System
9 7 (1.12%) PDA
10 6 (0.96%) Thin Client
10 6 (0.96%) Fat Client
10 6 (0.96%) LPAR
11 5 (0.80%) Mobile App
11 5 (0.80%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
12 4 (0.64%) iPhone
12 4 (0.64%) Statistics
12 4 (0.64%) Computer Science
13 3 (0.48%) iPad
14 2 (0.32%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 179 (28.69%) Windows Server 2008
2 150 (24.04%) Windows 7
3 123 (19.71%) Windows XP
4 115 (18.43%) Windows Server 2003
5 112 (17.95%) Windows Server 2012
6 91 (14.58%) Linux
7 40 (6.41%) UNIX
8 36 (5.77%) Windows 8
9 29 (4.65%) Solaris
10 19 (3.04%) Windows 2000
11 17 (2.72%) Windows Vista
12 16 (2.56%) AIX
12 16 (2.56%) Windows 2000 Server
13 12 (1.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 11 (1.76%) Apple iOS
15 9 (1.44%) Android
16 7 (1.12%) zOS
16 7 (1.12%) SUSE
16 7 (1.12%) HPUX
16 7 (1.12%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 95 (15.22%) ITIL
2 57 (9.13%) Migration
3 23 (3.69%) Service Management
4 21 (3.37%) Agile Software Development
5 20 (3.21%) Patch Management
6 18 (2.88%) Configuration Management
6 18 (2.88%) Change Management
6 18 (2.88%) Stakeholder Management
7 16 (2.56%) Open Source
8 15 (2.40%) Performance Tuning
8 15 (2.40%) CRM
9 14 (2.24%) ITSM
9 14 (2.24%) Load Balancing
9 14 (2.24%) SDLC
9 14 (2.24%) Change Control
9 14 (2.24%) Analytics
10 12 (1.92%) Performance Monitoring
10 12 (1.92%) Problem Management
10 12 (1.92%) PRINCE2
11 11 (1.76%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 72 (11.54%) SQL
2 30 (4.81%) Java
3 24 (3.85%) JavaScript
3 24 (3.85%) C#
3 24 (3.85%) PowerShell
4 10 (1.60%) T-SQL
4 10 (1.60%) VB.NET
5 8 (1.28%) C
5 8 (1.28%) VB
5 8 (1.28%) Shell Script
6 7 (1.12%) Ruby
6 7 (1.12%) VBScript
7 6 (0.96%) Jython
8 3 (0.48%) PHP
9 2 (0.32%) C++
9 2 (0.32%) Objective-C
9 2 (0.32%) VBA
10 1 (0.16%) Perl
10 1 (0.16%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 44 (7.05%) Security Cleared
2 41 (6.57%) Microsoft Certification
3 33 (5.29%) SC Cleared
4 21 (3.37%) MCITP
5 20 (3.21%) MCSE
6 14 (2.24%) Degree
7 13 (2.08%) ITIL Certification
8 9 (1.44%) MCP
9 8 (1.28%) Cisco Certification
9 8 (1.28%) CCNP
10 7 (1.12%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 6 (0.96%) CCNA
12 5 (0.80%) MCDBA
13 4 (0.64%) MCSA
13 4 (0.64%) CCDP
13 4 (0.64%) NVQ Level 4
13 4 (0.64%) MCTS
14 3 (0.48%) DV Cleared
14 3 (0.48%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 3 (0.48%) CCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (5.29%) SLA
2 22 (3.53%) QA
3 4 (0.64%) ISO 9001
3 4 (0.64%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 253 (40.54%) Active Directory
2 65 (10.42%) VMware Infrastructure
3 27 (4.33%) Hyper-V
3 27 (4.33%) XenApp
3 27 (4.33%) vSphere
4 16 (2.56%) Microsoft App-V
5 11 (1.76%) VMware ESX
6 6 (0.96%) Terminal Services
6 6 (0.96%) XenDesktop
7 5 (0.80%) XenServer
7 5 (0.80%) Terminal Server
7 5 (0.80%) PowerHA
8 4 (0.64%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 2 (0.32%) VMware Server
9 2 (0.32%) MetaFrame
10 1 (0.16%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
10 1 (0.16%) ISA Server
10 1 (0.16%) ProxySG
10 1 (0.16%) Veritas Volume Manager
10 1 (0.16%) Veritas Cluster Server
Systems Management
1 63 (10.10%) SCCM
2 21 (3.37%) SCOM
3 15 (2.40%) Backup Exec
4 11 (1.76%) NetBackup
5 8 (1.28%) Tivoli
5 8 (1.28%) SCOrch
6 6 (0.96%) CA Wily
6 6 (0.96%) Unicenter
7 5 (0.80%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 4 (0.64%) Puppet
8 4 (0.64%) WSUS
9 3 (0.48%) HP Data Protector
9 3 (0.48%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 3 (0.48%) DameWare
9 3 (0.48%) Windows Intune
10 2 (0.32%) EdgeSight
10 2 (0.32%) ARCserve
10 2 (0.32%) Norton AntiVirus
11 1 (0.16%) OpenView
11 1 (0.16%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 204 (32.69%) Microsoft
2 134 (21.47%) VMware
3 99 (15.87%) Citrix
4 52 (8.33%) Cisco
5 45 (7.21%) Oracle
6 44 (7.05%) HP
7 22 (3.53%) NetApp
8 21 (3.37%) Lotus
8 21 (3.37%) Dell
9 19 (3.04%) Symantec
10 15 (2.40%) IBM
11 14 (2.24%) Red Hat
11 14 (2.24%) CA
12 13 (2.08%) CheckPoint
13 12 (1.92%) Remedy
14 11 (1.76%) Juniper
15 10 (1.60%) Veeam
16 9 (1.44%) LANDesk
16 9 (1.44%) Pega
17 8 (1.28%) SolarWinds
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