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 22 September 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
22 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Windows
Rank 3 4 6
Rank change year-on-year
+1 +2
Contract jobs citing Windows 362 278 310
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 14.16% 13.15% 13.37%
As % of the Operating Systems category 68.69% 72.02% 69.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 150 144 149
Average daily rate
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£303 £300 £288
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.83% +4.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £140 £150 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £304 £310 £312
% change year-on-year
-1.93% -0.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 73 60 36
Average hourly rate £17.00 £13.00 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+30.76% -13.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.60 £10.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.08 £22.05 £26.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £15.00 £15.94
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -5.89%
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
527 386 449
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 20.61% 18.26% 19.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 231 202 230
Average daily rate £303 £300 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.83% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £155 £159 £163
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £323
% change year-on-year
- +0.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 78 62 43
Average hourly rate £18.00 £13.50 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+33.33% -10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.75 £10.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.20 £23.00 £33.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.20 £15.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+4.51% -8.82%

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 22 September 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 22 September 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 22 September 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 -1 115 £350 +21.73% 38
Coventry +1 43 £413 +142.64% 18
Warwickshire -5 35 £384 +28.00% 14
Shropshire +1 33 £188 -50.65% 6
Worcestershire +4 30 £300 - 6
Staffordshire 0 28 £320 -1.53% 11
Wolverhampton 0 15 £275 +17.02% 6
West Bromwich -2 12 £248 - 1
Walsall +3 6 £363 -
Dudley 0 5 £120 -20.00%
Herefordshire -1 4 - - 2
Sutton Coldfield - 3 - - 1
Solihull +3 2 £250 +56.25% 8
Halesowen - - - -
Windows
England

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 22 September 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.

1 251 (35.70%) Active Directory
2 246 (34.99%) Windows 7
3 197 (28.02%) Microsoft
4 184 (26.17%) Windows XP
5 163 (23.19%) Windows Server 2008
6 158 (22.48%) VMware
7 136 (19.35%) Windows Server 2003
8 122 (17.35%) Citrix
9 105 (14.94%) ITIL
10 101 (14.37%) MS Office
11 100 (14.22%) SCCM
12 97 (13.80%) Migration
13 96 (13.66%) MS Exchange
14 93 (13.23%) SQL
15 83 (11.81%) SQL Server
16 82 (11.66%) VMware Infrastructure
17 76 (10.81%) UNIX
18 75 (10.67%) Windows Server 2012
19 70 (9.96%) .NET
19 70 (9.96%) SAN
20 68 (9.67%) Security Cleared
21 67 (9.53%) Linux
22 65 (9.25%) C#
23 61 (8.68%) TCP/IP
24 57 (8.11%) MS Excel
25 56 (7.97%) XenApp
26 55 (7.82%) LAN
27 54 (7.68%) HP
28 52 (7.40%) Oracle
29 51 (7.25%) DHCP

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 22 September 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 96 (13.66%) MS Exchange
2 37 (5.26%) IBM Notes
3 28 (3.98%) SharePoint
4 26 (3.70%) Exchange Server 2003
5 19 (2.70%) Exchange Server 2010
6 16 (2.28%) WebSphere
7 13 (1.85%) Exchange Server 2007
7 13 (1.85%) Lync
8 12 (1.71%) WebLogic
9 11 (1.56%) Lotus Domino
10 8 (1.14%) IIS
11 6 (0.85%) SharePoint Server
11 6 (0.85%) BizTalk Server
12 4 (0.57%) CICS
12 4 (0.57%) Apache
12 4 (0.57%) TPMS
13 3 (0.43%) SharePoint 2010
13 3 (0.43%) SharePoint 2013
13 3 (0.43%) Exchange Server 2013
13 3 (0.43%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 101 (14.37%) MS Office
2 57 (8.11%) MS Excel
3 5 (0.71%) MS Project
4 3 (0.43%) InfoPath
4 3 (0.43%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.14%) Adobe Captivate
5 1 (0.14%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.14%) Acrobat
5 1 (0.14%) CATIA
Business Applications
1 14 (1.99%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (1.42%) Eikon
3 6 (0.85%) ENOVIA
4 4 (0.57%) TRIRIGA
5 1 (0.14%) Maximo
5 1 (0.14%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 16 (2.28%) Office 365
2 5 (0.71%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (0.28%) SaaS
3 2 (0.28%) Google Apps
3 2 (0.28%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 70 (9.96%) SAN
2 61 (8.68%) TCP/IP
3 55 (7.82%) LAN
4 51 (7.25%) DHCP
5 50 (7.11%) DNS
6 47 (6.69%) WAN
7 30 (4.27%) Firewall
8 24 (3.41%) VoIP
9 22 (3.13%) NAS
10 19 (2.70%) VLAN
11 18 (2.56%) VPN
12 14 (1.99%) NetScaler
13 9 (1.28%) HTTP
13 9 (1.28%) Internet
14 8 (1.14%) FTP
14 8 (1.14%) Wireless
15 7 (1.00%) Wi-Fi
15 7 (1.00%) WLAN
16 5 (0.71%) ATM
16 5 (0.71%) 3G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 83 (11.81%) SQL Server
2 15 (2.13%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 13 (1.85%) SQL Server 2008
4 10 (1.42%) SQL Server 2005
5 9 (1.28%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 9 (1.28%) MySQL
6 8 (1.14%) Oracle Database
7 6 (0.85%) Informix
8 5 (0.71%) MS Access
8 5 (0.71%) RDBMS
8 5 (0.71%) Relational Database
9 4 (0.57%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 4 (0.57%) SQL Server 2012
9 4 (0.57%) Data Warehouse
9 4 (0.57%) DB2
10 3 (0.43%) Oracle Database 10g
10 3 (0.43%) DataStage
10 3 (0.43%) SQL Server 2000
10 3 (0.43%) Oracle Database 11g
11 2 (0.28%) ReportNet
Development Applications
1 17 (2.42%) Visual Studio
2 14 (1.99%) Team Foundation Server
3 13 (1.85%) Subversion
4 11 (1.56%) JIRA
5 10 (1.42%) MSI
6 8 (1.14%) Oracle Forms
7 4 (0.57%) Toad
8 3 (0.43%) LoadRunner
8 3 (0.43%) InstallShield
8 3 (0.43%) AdminStudio
8 3 (0.43%) JMeter
8 3 (0.43%) Wise Package Studio
9 2 (0.28%) MSBuild
9 2 (0.28%) Selenium
9 2 (0.28%) ClearCase
9 2 (0.28%) Mercurial
9 2 (0.28%) WebDriver
10 1 (0.14%) Rhino Mocks
10 1 (0.14%) Moq
10 1 (0.14%) Oracle APEX
General
1 23 (3.27%) Finance
2 14 (1.99%) Back Office
3 11 (1.56%) Automotive
4 9 (1.28%) Banking
5 7 (1.00%) Telecoms
6 6 (0.85%) Retail
6 6 (0.85%) Legal
7 4 (0.57%) Games
8 3 (0.43%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.28%) Investment Banking
9 2 (0.28%) Corporate Banking
10 1 (0.14%) Marketing
10 1 (0.14%) Billing
10 1 (0.14%) Military
10 1 (0.14%) Law
10 1 (0.14%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 126 (17.92%) Analyst
2 78 (11.10%) Support Engineer
3 63 (8.96%) Developer
4 61 (8.68%) Support Analyst
5 56 (7.97%) 2nd Line Support
6 50 (7.11%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 44 (6.26%) Desktop Support
8 41 (5.83%) 1st Line Support
8 41 (5.83%) 3rd Line Support
9 36 (5.12%) Administrator
10 32 (4.55%) Architect
10 32 (4.55%) Consultant
11 30 (4.27%) .NET Developer
11 30 (4.27%) Server Engineer
12 25 (3.56%) Service Analyst
13 24 (3.41%) Service Desk Analyst
14 21 (2.99%) Desktop Engineer
15 20 (2.84%) Project Manager
16 17 (2.42%) Support Technician
16 17 (2.42%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 70 (9.96%) .NET
2 36 (5.12%) ASP.NET
3 28 (3.98%) Web Services
4 22 (3.13%) WCF
5 20 (2.84%) WinForms
6 19 (2.70%) XML
7 18 (2.56%) HTML
8 16 (2.28%) Middleware
9 14 (1.99%) Application Packaging
10 12 (1.71%) WebSphere Message Broker
10 12 (1.71%) jQuery
11 11 (1.56%) WebSphere MQ
12 10 (1.42%) CSS
13 9 (1.28%) XMPP
13 9 (1.28%) ASP.NET MVC
14 8 (1.14%) .NET Framework
15 7 (1.00%) SOAP
16 5 (0.71%) XSLT
16 5 (0.71%) HTML5
16 5 (0.71%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 48 (6.83%) Blackberry
2 25 (3.56%) Analytical Skills
3 20 (2.84%) Management Information System
4 17 (2.42%) PDA
5 12 (1.71%) NHS
5 12 (1.71%) Mobile App
6 11 (1.56%) Clustering
7 10 (1.42%) iPad
8 9 (1.28%) DataPower
9 8 (1.14%) Pocket PC
9 8 (1.14%) Client/Server
10 6 (0.85%) Mainframe
10 6 (0.85%) FMCG
11 5 (0.71%) iPhone
11 5 (0.71%) AS400
11 5 (0.71%) Firmware
11 5 (0.71%) Replication
12 4 (0.57%) N-Tier
12 4 (0.57%) CMDB
13 3 (0.43%) WURFL
Operating Systems
1 246 (34.99%) Windows 7
2 184 (26.17%) Windows XP
3 163 (23.19%) Windows Server 2008
4 136 (19.35%) Windows Server 2003
5 76 (10.81%) UNIX
6 75 (10.67%) Windows Server 2012
7 67 (9.53%) Linux
8 51 (7.25%) Windows 8
9 23 (3.27%) Windows Vista
10 19 (2.70%) Solaris
11 17 (2.42%) Windows Mobile
12 16 (2.28%) Apple iOS
13 15 (2.13%) Windows Phone
14 14 (1.99%) Android
15 12 (1.71%) Windows 2000
16 11 (1.56%) zOS
16 11 (1.56%) Windows CE
17 10 (1.42%) AIX
17 10 (1.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 9 (1.28%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 105 (14.94%) ITIL
2 97 (13.80%) Migration
3 37 (5.26%) Agile Software Development
4 30 (4.27%) Incident Management
5 24 (3.41%) Project Management
5 24 (3.41%) Root Cause Analysis
6 21 (2.99%) Scrum
7 18 (2.56%) Business Continuity
7 18 (2.56%) CRM
8 17 (2.42%) Change Management
9 15 (2.13%) Service Management
10 14 (1.99%) Disaster Recovery
10 14 (1.99%) Workflow
11 13 (1.85%) MVC
11 13 (1.85%) Data Protection
12 12 (1.71%) TDD
13 11 (1.56%) Business Intelligence
13 11 (1.56%) Performance Tuning
14 10 (1.42%) Data Migration
14 10 (1.42%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 93 (13.23%) SQL
2 65 (9.25%) C#
3 41 (5.83%) PowerShell
4 25 (3.56%) T-SQL
5 23 (3.27%) VB
5 23 (3.27%) JavaScript
6 15 (2.13%) C
6 15 (2.13%) Java
6 15 (2.13%) VB.NET
7 13 (1.85%) C++
8 8 (1.14%) Embedded C++
8 8 (1.14%) Shell Script
9 7 (1.00%) VBA
10 5 (0.71%) PL/SQL
11 4 (0.57%) VBScript
12 3 (0.43%) PHP
12 3 (0.43%) Bash Shell
13 2 (0.28%) R
13 2 (0.28%) Progress 4GL
13 2 (0.28%) Korn
Qualifications
1 68 (9.67%) Security Cleared
2 49 (6.97%) SC Cleared
3 32 (4.55%) Microsoft Certification
4 16 (2.28%) ITIL Certification
5 14 (1.99%) MCSE
6 9 (1.28%) MCP
6 9 (1.28%) Cisco Certification
6 9 (1.28%) MCITP
7 8 (1.14%) CCNA
8 7 (1.00%) Degree
8 7 (1.00%) DV Cleared
9 4 (0.57%) ISSAP
9 4 (0.57%) ISEB
9 4 (0.57%) CCNP
10 3 (0.43%) MCSA
10 3 (0.43%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 3 (0.43%) BC Cleared
10 3 (0.43%) MCTS
11 2 (0.28%) VCP4
11 2 (0.28%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (4.69%) SLA
2 15 (2.13%) QA
3 1 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 251 (35.70%) Active Directory
2 82 (11.66%) VMware Infrastructure
3 56 (7.97%) XenApp
4 33 (4.69%) vSphere
5 32 (4.55%) XenDesktop
6 28 (3.98%) Hyper-V
7 25 (3.56%) XenServer
8 10 (1.42%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 10 (1.42%) VMware ESX
9 9 (1.28%) VMware Server
10 8 (1.14%) Microsoft App-V
11 5 (0.71%) Terminal Services
11 5 (0.71%) VMware ESXi
12 4 (0.57%) NFS
12 4 (0.57%) Xen
12 4 (0.57%) Oracle RAC
13 3 (0.43%) Terminal Server
13 3 (0.43%) Nmap
14 2 (0.28%) PowerHA
14 2 (0.28%) Oracle RMAN
Systems Management
1 100 (14.22%) SCCM
2 42 (5.97%) SCOM
3 19 (2.70%) NetBackup
4 8 (1.14%) Backup Exec
4 8 (1.14%) HP Quality Center
5 5 (0.71%) SCVMM
5 5 (0.71%) WMI
5 5 (0.71%) WSUS
6 4 (0.57%) Tivoli
6 4 (0.57%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 4 (0.57%) McAfee ePO
6 4 (0.57%) Ionix
7 3 (0.43%) Sysprep
7 3 (0.43%) CORE IMPACT
7 3 (0.43%) Nessus
7 3 (0.43%) DameWare
8 2 (0.28%) Data Guard
8 2 (0.28%) MOM
8 2 (0.28%) BMC PATROL
8 2 (0.28%) Control-M
Vendors
1 197 (28.02%) Microsoft
2 158 (22.48%) VMware
3 122 (17.35%) Citrix
4 54 (7.68%) HP
5 52 (7.40%) Oracle
6 45 (6.40%) Lotus
7 41 (5.83%) Cisco
8 29 (4.13%) Dell
9 26 (3.70%) EMC
10 23 (3.27%) IBM
11 19 (2.70%) Red Hat
12 17 (2.42%) SAP
12 17 (2.42%) Symantec
13 15 (2.13%) NetApp
14 10 (1.42%) Reuters
15 9 (1.28%) McAfee
16 7 (1.00%) Apple
17 6 (0.85%) CA
17 6 (0.85%) Sophos
17 6 (0.85%) Brocade
Telford, Shropshire
Experis Ltd
Posted: 13 hours ago
Solihull, West Midlands (County)
Robert Walters
Rate: £11 per hour
Posted: 13 hours ago
West Midlands
Apeiro Ltd
Rate: Around £400 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
West Midlands
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £300.00 - £325.00 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
Rugby, Warwickshire
Polar Recruitment
Rate: £10.00 - £13.00 per hour
Posted: 20 hours ago
Shropshire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £16 - £24 per hour
Posted: 22 hours ago
Wolverhampton, West Midlands (County)
Senitor Associates
Rate: £8 - £12 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Senitor Associates
Rate: £10 - £16 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Senitor Associates
Rate: £8 - £12 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
West Midlands
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
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PwC Careers in the UK
Posted: 3 days ago
Coventry, Warwickshire
HomeSense UK
Posted: 4 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Jumar
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
West Midlands
Proactive Appointments
Rate: Market
Posted: 5 days ago
Birmingham
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Rate: £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Warwickshire
LA International
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Worcestershire
In Parallel Computer Staff Limited
Rate: From £37 to £39 per hour Dep on Exp
Posted: 6 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Net Talent
Posted: 6 days ago
Warwickshire
Greywood Associates Limited
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Coventry
DP Connect
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