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 April 2016 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.

3 months to
30 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Windows
Rank 7 4 4
Rank change year-on-year
-3 0
Contract jobs citing Windows 327 357 329
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 11.31% 13.31% 13.99%
As % of the Operating Systems category 53.52% 70.14% 69.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 146 172 144
Average daily rate £325 £325 £263
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +23.80%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £115 £130 £135
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £435
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+3.84% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 69 67
Average hourly rate £13.00 £15.00 £14.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.33% +5.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.45 £30.00 £22.73
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.26 £15.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+1.70% -3.22%
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
611 509 476
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 21.13% 18.97% 20.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 276 255 229
Average daily rate £355 £325 £303
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.23% +7.43%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £137 £148 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £463
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £339 £320
% change year-on-year
+6.79% +6.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 74 70
Average hourly rate £14.50 £15.85 £14.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.51% +9.31%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.73 £10.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.50 £30.00 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £15.85 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+7.25% -0.93%

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 April 2016.

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 April 2016.

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 April 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 +4 106 £325 +6.55% 54
Coventry -7 43 £356 +7.95% 12
Shropshire -33 31 £400 - 8
Staffordshire +9 25 £288 -7.10% 19
Solihull +5 24 £442 - 9
Warwickshire -11 24 £241 -25.84% 14
Worcestershire 0 20 £320 -22.42% 6
Dudley +1 6 £95 -63.46% 3
Herefordshire -1 6 £425 +41.66% 1
West Bromwich +2 4 - -
Wolverhampton -6 3 £225 - 5
Walsall +2 2 £200 -52.94%
Halesowen - 2 £240 - 4
Smethwick - 2 - -
Windows
England

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 30 April 2016, 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.

1 200 (32.79%) Microsoft
2 198 (32.46%) Active Directory
3 188 (30.82%) Windows Server
4 129 (21.15%) Windows 7
5 127 (20.82%) SQL Server
6 123 (20.16%) SQL
7 120 (19.67%) Unix
8 119 (19.51%) VMware
9 115 (18.85%) Linux
10 90 (14.75%) MS Office
11 89 (14.59%) Windows Server 2012
12 86 (14.10%) Oracle
13 80 (13.11%) Windows Server 2008
14 75 (12.30%) Security Cleared
14 75 (12.30%) ITIL
15 69 (11.31%) Citrix
16 62 (10.16%) WebLogic
17 60 (9.84%) MS Excel
18 59 (9.67%) Finance
19 58 (9.51%) Windows XP
20 56 (9.18%) Migration
21 53 (8.69%) SC Cleared
22 51 (8.36%) Agile Software Development
22 51 (8.36%) .NET
22 51 (8.36%) Java
23 49 (8.03%) Windows Server 2003
23 49 (8.03%) Office 365
24 47 (7.70%) Analytical Skills
25 46 (7.54%) Service Management
26 45 (7.38%) Microsoft Certification

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 30 April 2016, 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 62 (10.16%) WebLogic
2 39 (6.39%) SharePoint
3 37 (6.07%) MS Exchange
4 31 (5.08%) Documentum
5 29 (4.75%) JBoss
6 28 (4.59%) Captiva
7 20 (3.28%) IIS
8 17 (2.79%) Tomcat
9 16 (2.62%) IBM Notes
10 14 (2.30%) Skype for Business
11 12 (1.97%) Elasticsearch
12 10 (1.64%) Exchange Server 2013
13 9 (1.48%) Oracle Application Server
14 7 (1.15%) IBM Domino
15 6 (0.98%) Apache
15 6 (0.98%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 6 (0.98%) Exchange Server 2007
15 6 (0.98%) Exchange Server 2010
16 5 (0.82%) BizTalk Server
16 5 (0.82%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 90 (14.75%) MS Office
2 60 (9.84%) MS Excel
3 11 (1.80%) MS Visio
4 7 (1.15%) MS PowerPoint
4 7 (1.15%) MS Project
5 2 (0.33%) InfoPath
5 2 (0.33%) Open Workbench
6 1 (0.16%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 9 (1.48%) Oracle 11i
1 9 (1.48%) Oracle Applications
1 9 (1.48%) Oracle EBS
1 9 (1.48%) Oracle EBS R12
2 8 (1.31%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.33%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 49 (8.03%) Office 365
2 27 (4.43%) Microsoft Azure
3 11 (1.80%) Amazon AWS
4 7 (1.15%) IaaS
5 5 (0.82%) GitHub
6 3 (0.49%) Google Apps
6 3 (0.49%) Mimecast
7 2 (0.33%) Azure Active Directory
7 2 (0.33%) Yammer
8 1 (0.16%) Adobe Creative Cloud
8 1 (0.16%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 36 (5.90%) LAN
2 34 (5.57%) DNS
3 32 (5.25%) Firewall
3 32 (5.25%) WAN
4 25 (4.10%) Remote Desktop
4 25 (4.10%) TCP/IP
5 24 (3.93%) DHCP
6 23 (3.77%) SAN
6 23 (3.77%) VPN
7 22 (3.61%) Internet
8 21 (3.44%) Wireless
9 16 (2.62%) SSL
10 12 (1.97%) Wi-Fi
11 9 (1.48%) Network Security
12 7 (1.15%) Ethernet
13 6 (0.98%) HTTP
13 6 (0.98%) Intranet
13 6 (0.98%) SMTP
13 6 (0.98%) VoIP
13 6 (0.98%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 127 (20.82%) SQL Server
2 29 (4.75%) Oracle Database
3 24 (3.93%) SQL Server 2008
4 20 (3.28%) Relational Database
5 13 (2.13%) Oracle Database 10g
5 13 (2.13%) RDBMS
6 12 (1.97%) SQL Server 2012
7 10 (1.64%) BusinessObjects
7 10 (1.64%) Oracle Database 11g
7 10 (1.64%) Oracle OWB
8 9 (1.48%) Oracle Discoverer
8 9 (1.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 7 (1.15%) Oracle Reports
10 6 (0.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 5 (0.82%) SQL Server 2005
11 5 (0.82%) SQL Server 2014
12 4 (0.66%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 3 (0.49%) Azure SQL Database
13 3 (0.49%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 3 (0.49%) Oracle BI EE
Development Applications
1 40 (6.56%) Team Foundation Server
2 18 (2.95%) JIRA
2 18 (2.95%) PVCS
3 15 (2.46%) Git (software)
4 14 (2.30%) Jenkins
5 11 (1.80%) Toad
6 10 (1.64%) ClearQuest
6 10 (1.64%) Visual Studio
7 7 (1.15%) Octopus Deploy
8 6 (0.98%) Eclipse
9 5 (0.82%) JUnit
9 5 (0.82%) Oracle Forms
9 5 (0.82%) Subversion
9 5 (0.82%) TeamCity
10 4 (0.66%) Ant
10 4 (0.66%) Artifactory
10 4 (0.66%) Maven
11 3 (0.49%) MSI
12 2 (0.33%) ClearCase
12 2 (0.33%) JIRA Agile
General
1 59 (9.67%) Finance
2 19 (3.11%) Retail
3 13 (2.13%) Law
4 10 (1.64%) Telecoms
5 8 (1.31%) Banking
5 8 (1.31%) Legal
5 8 (1.31%) Manufacturing
6 7 (1.15%) Billing
6 7 (1.15%) German Language
7 6 (0.98%) Automotive
8 5 (0.82%) Advertising
9 3 (0.49%) Games
10 2 (0.33%) Back Office
10 2 (0.33%) Front Office
10 2 (0.33%) Investment Banking
10 2 (0.33%) Italian Language
10 2 (0.33%) Marketing
10 2 (0.33%) Spanish Language
11 1 (0.16%) Electronics
11 1 (0.16%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 104 (17.05%) Analyst
2 62 (10.16%) Architect
3 61 (10.00%) Support Engineer
4 58 (9.51%) Developer
5 51 (8.36%) Consultant
6 37 (6.07%) Support Analyst
7 34 (5.57%) 2nd Line Support
8 30 (4.92%) Windows Engineer
9 28 (4.59%) Desktop Support
10 27 (4.43%) 3rd Line Support
10 27 (4.43%) Administrator
11 25 (4.10%) Service Analyst
12 23 (3.77%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 23 (3.77%) Service Desk Analyst
13 22 (3.61%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 22 (3.61%) Desktop Engineer
13 22 (3.61%) Middleware Consultant
14 21 (3.44%) .NET Developer
14 21 (3.44%) DBA
15 18 (2.95%) 2nd Line Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 51 (8.36%) .NET
2 33 (5.41%) Web Services
3 30 (4.92%) XML
4 24 (3.93%) REST
5 23 (3.77%) Middleware
6 22 (3.61%) RESTful
6 22 (3.61%) SOAP
7 18 (2.95%) HTML
8 16 (2.62%) WinForms
9 13 (2.13%) .NET Framework
10 12 (1.97%) ELK Stack
11 11 (1.80%) CSS
12 9 (1.48%) ASP.NET
13 5 (0.82%) Entity Framework
13 5 (0.82%) Hibernate
13 5 (0.82%) J2EE
13 5 (0.82%) jQuery
13 5 (0.82%) JSP
13 5 (0.82%) Servlets
13 5 (0.82%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 47 (7.70%) Analytical Skills
2 39 (6.39%) Data Centre
3 22 (3.61%) DataPower
4 14 (2.30%) Management Information System
5 13 (2.13%) Blackberry
6 10 (1.64%) Driving Licence
6 10 (1.64%) NHS
7 8 (1.31%) Client/Server
8 7 (1.15%) Statistics
9 6 (0.98%) Internet of Things
10 5 (0.82%) Fat Client
10 5 (0.82%) Mobile App
10 5 (0.82%) Thin Client
11 4 (0.66%) Blog
11 4 (0.66%) Clustering
11 4 (0.66%) Computer Science
11 4 (0.66%) Data Integration
11 4 (0.66%) Home Automation
11 4 (0.66%) Replication
11 4 (0.66%) RSA SecurID
Operating Systems
1 188 (30.82%) Windows Server
2 129 (21.15%) Windows 7
3 120 (19.67%) Unix
4 115 (18.85%) Linux
5 89 (14.59%) Windows Server 2012
6 80 (13.11%) Windows Server 2008
7 58 (9.51%) Windows XP
8 49 (8.03%) Windows Server 2003
9 31 (5.08%) Windows 8
10 30 (4.92%) Windows 10
11 18 (2.95%) Android
12 16 (2.62%) Apple iOS
13 13 (2.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 8 (1.31%) CentOS
14 8 (1.31%) Windows Vista
15 7 (1.15%) AIX
15 7 (1.15%) Mac OS X
16 6 (0.98%) Windows Phone
17 3 (0.49%) Solaris
17 3 (0.49%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 75 (12.30%) ITIL
2 56 (9.18%) Migration
3 51 (8.36%) Agile Software Development
4 46 (7.54%) Service Management
5 26 (4.26%) Configuration Management
6 25 (4.10%) Incident Management
7 20 (3.28%) DevOps
7 20 (3.28%) Project Management
8 19 (3.11%) Performance Tuning
8 19 (3.11%) SDLC
9 18 (2.95%) Service Delivery
10 17 (2.79%) Business Intelligence
10 17 (2.79%) Stakeholder Management
11 16 (2.62%) Continuous Integration
11 16 (2.62%) Data Modelling
11 16 (2.62%) SOA
12 15 (2.46%) RUP
12 15 (2.46%) TOGAF
13 14 (2.30%) Change Management
13 14 (2.30%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 123 (20.16%) SQL
2 51 (8.36%) Java
3 43 (7.05%) PowerShell
4 29 (4.75%) C#
5 17 (2.79%) T-SQL
6 15 (2.46%) VBScript
7 13 (2.13%) JavaScript
7 13 (2.13%) VB.NET
8 10 (1.64%) PL/SQL
8 10 (1.64%) VB
9 9 (1.48%) Shell Script
10 8 (1.31%) Python
11 6 (0.98%) C++
12 5 (0.82%) Bash Shell
13 3 (0.49%) C
13 3 (0.49%) Ruby
14 2 (0.33%) JCL
14 2 (0.33%) Perl
14 2 (0.33%) VB6
14 2 (0.33%) VBA
Qualifications
1 75 (12.30%) Security Cleared
2 53 (8.69%) SC Cleared
3 45 (7.38%) Microsoft Certification
4 22 (3.61%) MCSE
5 15 (2.46%) Degree
6 13 (2.13%) Cisco Certification
7 12 (1.97%) CCNA
8 10 (1.64%) MCP
9 9 (1.48%) MCSA
10 7 (1.15%) MCITP
11 6 (0.98%) DV Cleared
12 5 (0.82%) CCNP
12 5 (0.82%) Oracle Certification
13 4 (0.66%) BPSS Clearance
13 4 (0.66%) DBS Check
13 4 (0.66%) ISEB
13 4 (0.66%) Sun Certification
14 3 (0.49%) A+ Certification
14 3 (0.49%) ISTQB
14 3 (0.49%) OCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (2.62%) SLA
2 10 (1.64%) QA
3 8 (1.31%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.49%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.33%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (0.33%) WCAG
6 1 (0.16%) COBIT
6 1 (0.16%) JSP 440
System Software
1 198 (32.46%) Active Directory
2 44 (7.21%) VMware Infrastructure
3 25 (4.10%) Hyper-V
4 14 (2.30%) vSphere
5 12 (1.97%) XenDesktop
6 11 (1.80%) XenApp
7 10 (1.64%) Oracle RAC
8 8 (1.31%) Microsoft App-V
9 7 (1.15%) XenServer
10 5 (0.82%) VMware ESXi
10 5 (0.82%) VMware Server
11 3 (0.49%) NFS
11 3 (0.49%) Samba
12 2 (0.33%) Job Entry Subsystem
12 2 (0.33%) PowerHA
12 2 (0.33%) Time Sharing Option
13 1 (0.16%) DFS Replication
13 1 (0.16%) Terminal Server
13 1 (0.16%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
13 1 (0.16%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 43 (7.05%) SCCM
2 34 (5.57%) SCOM
3 15 (2.46%) WSUS
4 14 (2.30%) BMC PATROL
5 13 (2.13%) OPNET
6 12 (1.97%) Kibana
6 12 (1.97%) logstash
6 12 (1.97%) Puppet
7 11 (1.80%) Opscode Chef
8 9 (1.48%) Data Guard
9 7 (1.15%) Backup Exec
10 6 (0.98%) Terraform
11 5 (0.82%) SCOrch
12 4 (0.66%) AirWatch
12 4 (0.66%) MAILsweeper
12 4 (0.66%) Opsview
13 3 (0.49%) McAfee ePO
13 3 (0.49%) NetBackup
13 3 (0.49%) Norton AntiVirus
13 3 (0.49%) Windows Intune
Vendors
1 200 (32.79%) Microsoft
2 119 (19.51%) VMware
3 86 (14.10%) Oracle
4 69 (11.31%) Citrix
5 42 (6.89%) Pega
6 38 (6.23%) IBM
7 35 (5.74%) EMC
8 31 (5.08%) Cisco
9 27 (4.43%) HP
10 25 (4.10%) Dell
11 22 (3.61%) webMethods
12 18 (2.95%) Sophos
13 17 (2.79%) BMC
14 15 (2.46%) Intel Security
14 15 (2.46%) Red Hat
15 14 (2.30%) Lotus
15 14 (2.30%) NetApp
16 12 (1.97%) Digital Fuel
17 10 (1.64%) Avaya
17 10 (1.64%) Google
West Midlands
Senitor Associates
Rate: £17 - £22 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Herefordshire
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
Worcester, Worcestershire
Hays Talent Solutions
Rate: £340.00 - £375.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
West Midlands
LA International
Rate: £275 - £325 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Venturi
Rate: £425 - £500 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Rugby
Vivid Resourcing
Rate: Competitive Market Rates
Posted: 4 days ago
Solihull, West Midlands (County)
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 4 days ago
Warwick, Warwickshire
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Halesowen
Venturi
Rate: £200.00 - £280.00 per annum
Posted: 8 days ago
Halesowen
Venturi
Rate: £200.00 - £280.00 per annum
Posted: 10 days ago
Coventry
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Posted: 12 days ago
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