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 12 February 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.

Location
3 months to
12 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Windows
Rank 8 5 8
Rank change year-on-year
-3 +3
Contract jobs citing Windows 290 340 253
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 11.36% 15.39% 11.81%
As % of the Operating Systems category 53.21% 68.41% 62.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 141 134 113
Average daily rate £375 £275 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+36.36% -15.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £123 £151
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £438 £448
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £320 £300
% change year-on-year
+1.56% +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 41 94 52
Average hourly rate £14.25 £13.06 £14.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+9.15% -9.96%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.72 £11.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.00 £26.00 £22.67
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+10.34% -3.33%
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
545 497 403
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 21.36% 22.50% 18.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 271 220 200
Average daily rate £355 £310 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.51% -4.61%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £130 £155
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £450 £451
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £335 £308
% change year-on-year
+4.47% +8.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 104 62
Average hourly rate £16.00 £13.00 £14.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+23.07% -10.34%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.73 £11.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.00 £26.00 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+9.37% +6.66%

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 12 February 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 12 February 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 12 February 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 -2 101 £325 - 41
Shropshire -14 37 £675 +145.45% 4
Coventry -6 33 £325 +8.33% 19
Staffordshire +2 25 £300 +4.34% 22
Warwickshire -21 13 £275 +100.00% 15
Wolverhampton +1 11 £218 +8.75% 3
Worcestershire +2 8 £275 +22.22% 15
Solihull -10 8 £438 +20.68% 4
Walsall 0 4 £388 -
Dudley +1 3 - - 2
Herefordshire -6 1 - - 3
Windows
England

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 12 February 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.

1 179 (30.39%) Microsoft
2 174 (29.54%) Active Directory
3 172 (29.20%) Windows Server
4 131 (22.24%) SQL
5 120 (20.37%) Windows 7
6 117 (19.86%) VMware
7 112 (19.02%) SQL Server
7 112 (19.02%) Unix
8 95 (16.13%) MS Office
8 95 (16.13%) Windows Server 2008
9 87 (14.77%) Linux
10 85 (14.43%) ITIL
10 85 (14.43%) Citrix
11 80 (13.58%) Windows Server 2012
12 67 (11.38%) Finance
13 66 (11.21%) Security Cleared
14 64 (10.87%) Oracle
15 62 (10.53%) Windows XP
16 55 (9.34%) Migration
17 51 (8.66%) Windows Server 2003
17 51 (8.66%) MS Excel
17 51 (8.66%) .NET
18 50 (8.49%) MS Exchange
19 49 (8.32%) SC Cleared
20 48 (8.15%) Analytical Skills
20 48 (8.15%) Cisco
21 47 (7.98%) VMware Infrastructure
22 45 (7.64%) Agile Software Development
23 43 (7.30%) LAN
23 43 (7.30%) SCCM

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 12 February 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 50 (8.49%) MS Exchange
2 38 (6.45%) WebLogic
3 28 (4.75%) SharePoint
4 24 (4.07%) Skype for Business
5 22 (3.74%) Documentum
6 20 (3.40%) JBoss
7 19 (3.23%) Captiva
8 18 (3.06%) Exchange Server 2010
9 16 (2.72%) Tomcat
10 12 (2.04%) Exchange Server 2013
10 12 (2.04%) IBM Notes
11 11 (1.87%) IIS
12 10 (1.70%) Exchange Server 2007
13 8 (1.36%) Apache
13 8 (1.36%) Elasticsearch
14 7 (1.19%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 6 (1.02%) BizTalk Server
15 6 (1.02%) Confluence
16 5 (0.85%) SharePoint 2013
17 3 (0.51%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 95 (16.13%) MS Office
2 51 (8.66%) MS Excel
3 5 (0.85%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (0.51%) AutoCAD
4 3 (0.51%) Siemens NX
5 2 (0.34%) MS Project
5 2 (0.34%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.34%) PTC Creo
5 2 (0.34%) Windchill
6 1 (0.17%) Acrobat
6 1 (0.17%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 9 (1.53%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.68%) Teamcenter
3 2 (0.34%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (0.34%) Sage 300 ERP
3 2 (0.34%) Sage CRM
4 1 (0.17%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 35 (5.94%) Office 365
2 20 (3.40%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (1.53%) Amazon AWS
4 8 (1.36%) IaaS
5 3 (0.51%) GitHub
5 3 (0.51%) Mimecast
6 2 (0.34%) Azure Active Directory
6 2 (0.34%) SaaS
6 2 (0.34%) Yammer
7 1 (0.17%) IBM PureFlex
7 1 (0.17%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 43 (7.30%) LAN
2 41 (6.96%) Firewall
3 32 (5.43%) WAN
4 30 (5.09%) DNS
5 26 (4.41%) TCP/IP
6 22 (3.74%) SAN
7 16 (2.72%) Remote Desktop
8 14 (2.38%) DHCP
9 12 (2.04%) Network Security
9 12 (2.04%) VPN
9 12 (2.04%) Wireless
10 10 (1.70%) Internet
11 8 (1.36%) VoIP
12 5 (0.85%) SMTP
13 4 (0.68%) Cisco ASA
13 4 (0.68%) Intranet
13 4 (0.68%) Junos
13 4 (0.68%) NAS
13 4 (0.68%) Unified Communications
13 4 (0.68%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 112 (19.02%) SQL Server
2 21 (3.57%) SQL Server 2012
3 17 (2.89%) SQL Server 2008
4 11 (1.87%) Relational Database
5 10 (1.70%) SQL Server 2005
6 9 (1.53%) Oracle Database
6 9 (1.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 8 (1.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 6 (1.02%) MySQL
9 4 (0.68%) RDBMS
10 3 (0.51%) Azure SQL Database
10 3 (0.51%) Ingres
10 3 (0.51%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 3 (0.51%) MS Access
10 3 (0.51%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 2 (0.34%) Data Mining
11 2 (0.34%) IBM InfoSphere
11 2 (0.34%) Oracle Database 11g
11 2 (0.34%) PostgreSQL
11 2 (0.34%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 31 (5.26%) Team Foundation Server
2 14 (2.38%) Git (software)
2 14 (2.38%) JIRA
3 11 (1.87%) PVCS
3 11 (1.87%) Subversion
4 9 (1.53%) Visual Studio
5 7 (1.19%) Jenkins
6 4 (0.68%) FishEye
6 4 (0.68%) Sonatype Nexus
7 3 (0.51%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 3 (0.51%) ClearCase
7 3 (0.51%) ClearQuest
7 3 (0.51%) GitLab
7 3 (0.51%) JIRA Agile
8 2 (0.34%) FxCop
8 2 (0.34%) Hudson
8 2 (0.34%) Octopus Deploy
8 2 (0.34%) Oracle Forms
8 2 (0.34%) StyleCop
9 1 (0.17%) Rational DOORS
General
1 67 (11.38%) Finance
2 24 (4.07%) Law
3 18 (3.06%) Legal
4 10 (1.70%) Retail
4 10 (1.70%) Telecoms
5 9 (1.53%) Banking
6 7 (1.19%) German Language
6 7 (1.19%) Manufacturing
7 6 (1.02%) Advertising
7 6 (1.02%) Games
8 5 (0.85%) Billing
9 4 (0.68%) Back Office
10 3 (0.51%) Automotive
11 2 (0.34%) Front Office
11 2 (0.34%) Investment Banking
11 2 (0.34%) Local Government
12 1 (0.17%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 101 (17.15%) Analyst
2 64 (10.87%) Architect
3 59 (10.02%) Support Engineer
4 50 (8.49%) Developer
5 49 (8.32%) Consultant
6 35 (5.94%) Support Analyst
7 30 (5.09%) Service Analyst
8 28 (4.75%) Service Desk Analyst
9 27 (4.58%) 2nd Line Support
9 27 (4.58%) 3rd Line Support
10 26 (4.41%) .NET Developer
10 26 (4.41%) Project Manager
11 24 (4.07%) Desktop Support
12 23 (3.90%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 23 (3.90%) IT Support
13 21 (3.57%) Windows Engineer
14 20 (3.40%) Administrator
14 20 (3.40%) Middleware Consultant
15 18 (3.06%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
15 18 (3.06%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 51 (8.66%) .NET
2 27 (4.58%) Web Services
3 25 (4.24%) XML
4 24 (4.07%) WinForms
5 22 (3.74%) REST
6 20 (3.40%) Middleware
6 20 (3.40%) RESTful
6 20 (3.40%) SOAP
7 15 (2.55%) HTML
8 14 (2.38%) ASP.NET
9 11 (1.87%) .NET Framework
10 9 (1.53%) CSS
11 8 (1.36%) ELK Stack
12 6 (1.02%) Ajax
13 5 (0.85%) Entity Framework
13 5 (0.85%) XSLT
14 4 (0.68%) ASP.NET MVC
14 4 (0.68%) jQuery
14 4 (0.68%) WCF
15 3 (0.51%) LINQ
Miscellaneous
1 48 (8.15%) Analytical Skills
2 39 (6.62%) Data Centre
3 31 (5.26%) Blackberry
4 20 (3.40%) DataPower
5 12 (2.04%) NHS
6 11 (1.87%) e-Health
7 9 (1.53%) Fat Client
7 9 (1.53%) Thin Client
8 8 (1.36%) Mobile App
9 7 (1.19%) Driving Licence
9 7 (1.19%) Enterprise Storage
9 7 (1.19%) Management Information System
9 7 (1.19%) Statistics
10 6 (1.02%) User Experience
11 4 (0.68%) Blog
11 4 (0.68%) Psychology
11 4 (0.68%) Replication
11 4 (0.68%) SecurID
12 3 (0.51%) Clustering
12 3 (0.51%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 172 (29.20%) Windows Server
2 120 (20.37%) Windows 7
3 112 (19.02%) Unix
4 95 (16.13%) Windows Server 2008
5 87 (14.77%) Linux
6 80 (13.58%) Windows Server 2012
7 62 (10.53%) Windows XP
8 51 (8.66%) Windows Server 2003
9 23 (3.90%) Windows 8
10 22 (3.74%) Solaris
11 21 (3.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 13 (2.21%) Windows 10
13 10 (1.70%) Apple iOS
13 10 (1.70%) Mac OS X
14 9 (1.53%) Android
15 8 (1.36%) AIX
16 6 (1.02%) Windows Phone
17 4 (0.68%) Windows Vista
18 3 (0.51%) Windows 2000
18 3 (0.51%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 85 (14.43%) ITIL
2 55 (9.34%) Migration
3 45 (7.64%) Agile Software Development
4 34 (5.77%) Service Management
5 25 (4.24%) Service Delivery
6 24 (4.07%) Project Management
7 22 (3.74%) Data Modelling
8 20 (3.40%) Change Management
9 19 (3.23%) Incident Management
9 19 (3.23%) Network Management
9 19 (3.23%) SDLC
10 18 (3.06%) Risk Management
11 17 (2.89%) Disaster Recovery
12 15 (2.55%) RUP
12 15 (2.55%) SOA
13 14 (2.38%) CRM
13 14 (2.38%) DevOps
13 14 (2.38%) ITIL V3
13 14 (2.38%) TOGAF
14 13 (2.21%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 131 (22.24%) SQL
2 36 (6.11%) Java
3 28 (4.75%) PowerShell
4 27 (4.58%) C#
4 27 (4.58%) T-SQL
5 21 (3.57%) VB.NET
6 18 (3.06%) JavaScript
6 18 (3.06%) Perl
7 15 (2.55%) C
8 11 (1.87%) VBScript
9 7 (1.19%) C++
10 4 (0.68%) Python
10 4 (0.68%) VB
11 3 (0.51%) Tcl
11 3 (0.51%) XPath
12 2 (0.34%) JCL
12 2 (0.34%) PL/SQL
12 2 (0.34%) Shell Script
12 2 (0.34%) VB6
12 2 (0.34%) VBA
Qualifications
1 66 (11.21%) Security Cleared
2 49 (8.32%) SC Cleared
3 42 (7.13%) Microsoft Certification
4 21 (3.57%) Degree
5 19 (3.23%) Cisco Certification
6 17 (2.89%) CCNA
7 16 (2.72%) MCSE
8 14 (2.38%) MCP
9 13 (2.21%) CISSP
10 11 (1.87%) MCITP
11 7 (1.19%) APMP
11 7 (1.19%) DV Cleared
12 5 (0.85%) ISEB
13 4 (0.68%) CISM
13 4 (0.68%) DBS Check
13 4 (0.68%) ECDL
13 4 (0.68%) ISTQB
13 4 (0.68%) MCSA
13 4 (0.68%) NCIE
13 4 (0.68%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (2.55%) SLA
2 6 (1.02%) QA
3 5 (0.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (0.85%) JSP 440
4 4 (0.68%) PCI DSS
4 4 (0.68%) WCAG
5 1 (0.17%) MISRA
5 1 (0.17%) MISRA C
System Software
1 174 (29.54%) Active Directory
2 47 (7.98%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (2.72%) Hyper-V
4 13 (2.21%) vSphere
5 12 (2.04%) XenDesktop
6 9 (1.53%) XenApp
7 7 (1.19%) Microsoft App-V
8 6 (1.02%) VMware ESXi
9 5 (0.85%) PowerHA
10 4 (0.68%) VMware Server
11 3 (0.51%) NFS
11 3 (0.51%) Samba
11 3 (0.51%) Terminal Server
11 3 (0.51%) vCloud
11 3 (0.51%) VMware ESX
11 3 (0.51%) XenServer
12 2 (0.34%) IAG
12 2 (0.34%) Time Sharing Option
12 2 (0.34%) UAG
12 2 (0.34%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 43 (7.30%) SCCM
2 24 (4.07%) SCOM
3 12 (2.04%) CA Spectrum
4 11 (1.87%) CiscoWorks
5 10 (1.70%) Puppet
5 10 (1.70%) WSUS
6 8 (1.36%) BMC PATROL
6 8 (1.36%) Kibana
6 8 (1.36%) logstash
6 8 (1.36%) OPNET
7 6 (1.02%) Opscode Chef
8 4 (0.68%) Backup Exec
8 4 (0.68%) NetBackup
8 4 (0.68%) vRealize
9 3 (0.51%) Norton AntiVirus
9 3 (0.51%) Opsview
9 3 (0.51%) SCOrch
9 3 (0.51%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 2 (0.34%) AirWatch
10 2 (0.34%) SCSM
Vendors
1 179 (30.39%) Microsoft
2 117 (19.86%) VMware
3 85 (14.43%) Citrix
4 64 (10.87%) Oracle
5 48 (8.15%) Cisco
6 40 (6.79%) EMC
7 35 (5.94%) Pega
8 34 (5.77%) IBM
9 23 (3.90%) Red Hat
10 20 (3.40%) HP
11 17 (2.89%) Dell
11 17 (2.89%) webMethods
12 16 (2.72%) iManage
12 16 (2.72%) Sophos
13 14 (2.38%) NetApp
14 12 (2.04%) CA
14 12 (2.04%) Lotus
15 10 (1.70%) BMC
16 8 (1.36%) Digital Fuel
17 7 (1.19%) LANDesk
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