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 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
30 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Windows
Rank 9 4 5
Rank change year-on-year
-5 +1
Contract jobs citing Windows 256 322 264
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 10.64% 13.23% 13.37%
As % of the Operating Systems category 65.81% 64.66% 72.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 129 130 124
Average daily rate
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£320 £300 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £125 £140 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £416 £428
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £320
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 57 72 54
Average hourly rate £15.00 £13.75 £14.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+9.09% -3.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £9.50 £10.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.15 £22.50 £23.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -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
389 498 364
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 16.17% 20.47% 18.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 205 210 165
Average daily rate £341 £300 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.66% -7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £138 £163 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £435
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £311 £325
% change year-on-year
+12.54% -4.30%
Number of hourly rates quoted 60 80 59
Average hourly rate £16.50 £14.50 £15.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.79% -6.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.72 £9.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.50 £23.45 £26.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £15.00 £16.20
% change year-on-year
+10.00% -7.40%

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 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 30 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 30 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 -6 55 £300 -4.00% 44
Coventry +3 53 £300 - 22
Worcestershire 0 33 £410 +36.66% 10
Warwickshire 0 25 £418 -1.76% 9
Staffordshire -6 21 £313 -2.34% 22
Shropshire -8 14 £240 -4.00% 7
Herefordshire +4 7 £415 - 10
Wolverhampton -5 4 £295 +7.27% 3
West Bromwich 0 3 - - 2
Dudley 0 2 £123 - 2
Walsall +2 1 £475 +31.03% 1
Solihull 0 1 - - 1
Windows
England

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 30 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.

1 225 (36.70%) Active Directory
2 194 (31.65%) Microsoft
3 182 (29.69%) Windows Server 2008
4 145 (23.65%) VMware
5 140 (22.84%) Windows 7
6 112 (18.27%) Windows Server 2012
7 110 (17.94%) Windows Server 2003
8 106 (17.29%) Windows XP
9 103 (16.80%) Citrix
10 100 (16.31%) MS Office
11 99 (16.15%) ITIL
12 97 (15.82%) Linux
13 89 (14.52%) SQL Server
14 80 (13.05%) MS Exchange
15 78 (12.72%) SQL
16 73 (11.91%) MS Excel
17 68 (11.09%) VMware Infrastructure
18 60 (9.79%) DNS
19 58 (9.46%) SCCM
20 57 (9.30%) Migration
21 56 (9.14%) Cisco
22 49 (7.99%) Security Cleared
23 48 (7.83%) Firewall
24 47 (7.67%) Oracle
25 46 (7.50%) SAN
26 44 (7.18%) .NET
27 43 (7.01%) DHCP
28 40 (6.53%) WAN
28 40 (6.53%) Data Centre
29 39 (6.36%) Windows 8

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 30 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 80 (13.05%) MS Exchange
2 31 (5.06%) Lync
3 30 (4.89%) Exchange Server 2010
4 27 (4.40%) SharePoint
5 25 (4.08%) IIS
6 18 (2.94%) WebLogic
7 15 (2.45%) IBM Notes
7 15 (2.45%) BizTalk Server
8 12 (1.96%) Exchange Server 2013
9 9 (1.47%) WebSphere
9 9 (1.47%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 8 (1.31%) Lotus Domino
11 7 (1.14%) Tomcat
11 7 (1.14%) WebSphere Application Server
11 7 (1.14%) Exchange Server 2003
11 7 (1.14%) Exchange Server 2007
12 6 (0.98%) CICS
12 6 (0.98%) Apache
13 4 (0.65%) WebSphere Process Server
13 4 (0.65%) WebSphere Portal
Applications
1 100 (16.31%) MS Office
2 73 (11.91%) MS Excel
3 4 (0.65%) MS Visio
3 4 (0.65%) MS PowerPoint
3 4 (0.65%) InfoPath
4 3 (0.49%) Photoshop
5 2 (0.33%) MS Project
5 2 (0.33%) Vectorworks
6 1 (0.16%) OmniGraffle
6 1 (0.16%) PowerPivot
6 1 (0.16%) Adobe Illustrator
Business Applications
1 2 (0.33%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.16%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.16%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.16%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.16%) SAP GRC
Cloud Services
1 31 (5.06%) Office 365
2 20 (3.26%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (0.82%) Yammer
4 4 (0.65%) Amazon AWS
5 2 (0.33%) IaaS
5 2 (0.33%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (0.16%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 1 (0.16%) OneDrive
6 1 (0.16%) Google Apps
6 1 (0.16%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 60 (9.79%) DNS
2 48 (7.83%) Firewall
3 46 (7.50%) SAN
4 43 (7.01%) DHCP
5 40 (6.53%) WAN
6 39 (6.36%) LAN
6 39 (6.36%) TCP/IP
7 25 (4.08%) Internet
8 23 (3.75%) VPN
9 15 (2.45%) Wireless
9 15 (2.45%) Intrusion Detection
10 13 (2.12%) NAS
11 9 (1.47%) SSL
11 9 (1.47%) VoIP
12 8 (1.31%) Network Security
13 7 (1.14%) Unified Communications
13 7 (1.14%) SMTP
14 6 (0.98%) Intranet
15 5 (0.82%) Wi-Fi
15 5 (0.82%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 89 (14.52%) SQL Server
2 20 (3.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 20 (3.26%) SQL Server 2008
3 15 (2.45%) Oracle Database
4 14 (2.28%) MySQL
4 14 (2.28%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 10 (1.63%) SQL Server 2012
6 9 (1.47%) DB2
7 8 (1.31%) MongoDB
8 7 (1.14%) SQL Server 2005
9 6 (0.98%) Relational Database
10 5 (0.82%) RDBMS
11 3 (0.49%) BusinessObjects
12 2 (0.33%) Big Data
12 2 (0.33%) Data Warehouse
12 2 (0.33%) Oracle9i Database
12 2 (0.33%) IBM InfoSphere
13 1 (0.16%) Microsoft Power View
13 1 (0.16%) MS Access
13 1 (0.16%) MOLAP
Development Applications
1 18 (2.94%) Visual Studio
2 13 (2.12%) Subversion
3 11 (1.79%) MSI
4 10 (1.63%) Team Foundation Server
5 9 (1.47%) Git (software)
6 6 (0.98%) Introscope
7 5 (0.82%) Jenkins
8 4 (0.65%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 4 (0.65%) JIRA
9 3 (0.49%) Oracle Forms
9 3 (0.49%) Hudson
10 2 (0.33%) Rational Rhapsody
10 2 (0.33%) HP UFT
11 1 (0.16%) XMLSpy
11 1 (0.16%) PVCS
11 1 (0.16%) Selenium
11 1 (0.16%) TeamCity
11 1 (0.16%) Maven
11 1 (0.16%) Ant
11 1 (0.16%) Balsamiq Mockups
General
1 36 (5.87%) Finance
2 16 (2.61%) Retail
2 16 (2.61%) Telecoms
3 9 (1.47%) Automotive
3 9 (1.47%) Banking
4 8 (1.31%) Manufacturing
5 5 (0.82%) Back Office
6 4 (0.65%) Legal
7 3 (0.49%) Multimedia
7 3 (0.49%) Local Government
7 3 (0.49%) Advertising
8 2 (0.33%) Games
8 2 (0.33%) Electronics
8 2 (0.33%) Pharmaceutical
8 2 (0.33%) Investment Banking
8 2 (0.33%) Law
8 2 (0.33%) German Language
9 1 (0.16%) Polish Language
9 1 (0.16%) French Language
9 1 (0.16%) Military
Job Titles
1 113 (18.43%) Analyst
2 56 (9.14%) Architect
3 48 (7.83%) Support Engineer
4 47 (7.67%) 2nd Line Support
5 45 (7.34%) Support Analyst
5 45 (7.34%) Administrator
6 41 (6.69%) Developer
7 36 (5.87%) Service Analyst
7 36 (5.87%) Service Desk Analyst
8 31 (5.06%) Desktop Support
9 30 (4.89%) Server Engineer
10 29 (4.73%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 24 (3.92%) 3rd Line Support
11 24 (3.92%) Windows Server Engineer
12 21 (3.43%) 1st Line Support
12 21 (3.43%) Systems Administrator
13 20 (3.26%) Consultant
14 18 (2.94%) .NET Developer
15 17 (2.77%) IT Support
16 16 (2.61%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 44 (7.18%) .NET
2 25 (4.08%) ASP.NET
3 22 (3.59%) HTML
4 21 (3.43%) CSS
5 17 (2.77%) XML
6 15 (2.45%) WinForms
6 15 (2.45%) jQuery
7 14 (2.28%) Web Services
8 11 (1.79%) WCF
9 8 (1.31%) .NET Framework
9 8 (1.31%) ASP.NET MVC
9 8 (1.31%) HTML5
10 7 (1.14%) Application Packaging
10 7 (1.14%) Entity Framework
10 7 (1.14%) ASP.NET Web Forms
10 7 (1.14%) Ruby on Rails
10 7 (1.14%) CGI
11 5 (0.82%) WebSphere MQ
11 5 (0.82%) Middleware
11 5 (0.82%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 40 (6.53%) Data Centre
2 35 (5.71%) Analytical Skills
3 19 (3.10%) NHS
4 18 (2.94%) Blackberry
5 17 (2.77%) Clustering
6 10 (1.63%) Management Information System
7 9 (1.47%) Thin Client
7 9 (1.47%) Mobile App
7 9 (1.47%) Fat Client
8 7 (1.14%) CMDB
9 6 (0.98%) LPAR
9 6 (0.98%) PKI
10 5 (0.82%) Computer Science
10 5 (0.82%) iPhone
10 5 (0.82%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 4 (0.65%) iPad
11 4 (0.65%) Video Conferencing
11 4 (0.65%) PDA
11 4 (0.65%) Statistics
12 3 (0.49%) Animation
Operating Systems
1 182 (29.69%) Windows Server 2008
2 140 (22.84%) Windows 7
3 112 (18.27%) Windows Server 2012
4 110 (17.94%) Windows Server 2003
5 106 (17.29%) Windows XP
6 97 (15.82%) Linux
7 39 (6.36%) UNIX
7 39 (6.36%) Windows 8
8 27 (4.40%) Solaris
9 17 (2.77%) AIX
10 16 (2.61%) Windows Vista
11 15 (2.45%) Windows 2000
12 14 (2.28%) Android
13 13 (2.12%) Apple iOS
14 12 (1.96%) Windows 2000 Server
15 11 (1.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 8 (1.31%) Windows Phone
17 7 (1.14%) SUSE
18 6 (0.98%) zOS
19 5 (0.82%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 99 (16.15%) ITIL
2 57 (9.30%) Migration
3 24 (3.92%) Agile Software Development
4 21 (3.43%) Service Management
5 18 (2.94%) Patch Management
6 17 (2.77%) Open Source
7 16 (2.61%) Configuration Management
8 15 (2.45%) Waterfall
8 15 (2.45%) Analytics
8 15 (2.45%) Performance Tuning
9 14 (2.28%) Change Control
9 14 (2.28%) Stakeholder Management
9 14 (2.28%) PRINCE2
9 14 (2.28%) Load Balancing
10 13 (2.12%) RUP
10 13 (2.12%) ITSM
11 12 (1.96%) Scrum
11 12 (1.96%) Performance Monitoring
11 12 (1.96%) SDLC
12 11 (1.79%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 78 (12.72%) SQL
2 28 (4.57%) C#
3 26 (4.24%) Java
4 24 (3.92%) JavaScript
4 24 (3.92%) PowerShell
5 15 (2.45%) VB.NET
6 12 (1.96%) T-SQL
7 8 (1.31%) C
7 8 (1.31%) VB
8 7 (1.14%) Ruby
9 6 (0.98%) Jython
9 6 (0.98%) Shell Script
9 6 (0.98%) VBScript
10 4 (0.65%) Objective-C
11 3 (0.49%) PHP
12 2 (0.33%) C++
12 2 (0.33%) VBA
13 1 (0.16%) ActionScript
Qualifications
1 49 (7.99%) Security Cleared
2 39 (6.36%) Microsoft Certification
3 31 (5.06%) SC Cleared
4 22 (3.59%) MCSE
5 19 (3.10%) MCITP
6 16 (2.61%) Degree
7 12 (1.96%) MCP
8 11 (1.79%) ITIL Certification
9 10 (1.63%) Cisco Certification
9 10 (1.63%) CCNP
10 8 (1.31%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 7 (1.14%) DV Cleared
11 7 (1.14%) MCSA
12 6 (0.98%) CCNA
13 5 (0.82%) MCDBA
13 5 (0.82%) CCIE
13 5 (0.82%) MCTS
14 4 (0.65%) CCDP
14 4 (0.65%) NVQ Level 4
14 4 (0.65%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (4.57%) SLA
2 20 (3.26%) QA
3 3 (0.49%) ISO 9001
3 3 (0.49%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 225 (36.70%) Active Directory
2 68 (11.09%) VMware Infrastructure
3 29 (4.73%) XenApp
4 26 (4.24%) Hyper-V
5 25 (4.08%) vSphere
6 17 (2.77%) Microsoft App-V
7 11 (1.79%) VMware ESX
8 6 (0.98%) Terminal Services
8 6 (0.98%) XenDesktop
9 5 (0.82%) VMware ESXi
9 5 (0.82%) PowerHA
9 5 (0.82%) XenServer
10 4 (0.65%) Terminal Server
10 4 (0.65%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 2 (0.33%) VMware Server
11 2 (0.33%) ISA Server
11 2 (0.33%) MetaFrame
12 1 (0.16%) Veritas Volume Manager
12 1 (0.16%) Veritas Cluster Server
Systems Management
1 58 (9.46%) SCCM
2 22 (3.59%) SCOM
3 17 (2.77%) Backup Exec
4 9 (1.47%) NetBackup
5 8 (1.31%) Tivoli
6 6 (0.98%) Unicenter
6 6 (0.98%) CA Wily
7 5 (0.82%) SCOrch
8 4 (0.65%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 3 (0.49%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 3 (0.49%) WSUS
9 3 (0.49%) HP Data Protector
9 3 (0.49%) Puppet
9 3 (0.49%) Windows Intune
10 2 (0.33%) ARCserve
10 2 (0.33%) Norton AntiVirus
10 2 (0.33%) DameWare
11 1 (0.16%) Nagios
11 1 (0.16%) Tivoli Storage Manager
11 1 (0.16%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 194 (31.65%) Microsoft
2 145 (23.65%) VMware
3 103 (16.80%) Citrix
4 56 (9.14%) Cisco
5 47 (7.67%) Oracle
6 37 (6.04%) HP
7 25 (4.08%) NetApp
8 21 (3.43%) Dell
8 21 (3.43%) IBM
9 19 (3.10%) Lotus
10 17 (2.77%) Symantec
11 14 (2.28%) CA
12 13 (2.12%) Red Hat
12 13 (2.12%) Juniper
12 13 (2.12%) Pega
13 12 (1.96%) Veeam
13 12 (1.96%) CheckPoint
14 9 (1.47%) SAP
15 7 (1.14%) Remedy
15 7 (1.14%) SolarWinds
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Green Thompson Consulting
Rate: Up to £300 per day
Posted: 6 hours ago
Malvern, Worcestershire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £450.00 - £520.00 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
Coventry
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: Yesterday
Oldbury, West Midlands (County)
Executive Resource Group
Rate: £350 - 400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
West Midlands
Fox IT SM ltd
Rate: £Negotiable
Posted: 3 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £140 - £160 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Coventry
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Staffordshire
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Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
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Rate: competitive
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Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
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