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 December 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 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Windows
Rank 3 4 5
Rank change year-on-year
+1 +1
Contract jobs citing Windows 372 272 274
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 16.24% 12.69% 13.68%
As % of the Operating Systems category 73.81% 66.02% 66.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 150 123 100
Average daily rate
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£275 £290 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.17% -10.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £123 £135 £159
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £448
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £300 £313
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 91 64 60
Average hourly rate £13.00 £15.00 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.33% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.00 £9.95
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.00 £27.50 £28.55
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.75 £14.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+1.72% -9.37%
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
504 412 409
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 22.01% 19.22% 20.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 233 202 164
Average daily rate £325 £315 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.17% -6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £130 £150 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £430 £449
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.00% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 97 66 65
Average hourly rate £13.00 £15.00 £15.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.33% -3.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.28 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.00 £27.50 £29.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £15.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -11.76%

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 December 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 December 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 December 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 +1 111 £350 +21.73% 46
Shropshire +15 65 £275 -26.66% 9
Warwickshire +2 56 £138 -28.10% 14
Coventry -1 30 £250 -13.79% 12
Staffordshire +3 17 £288 -2.54% 20
Worcestershire -3 17 £255 +7.36% 4
Herefordshire -1 15 £338 -3.57%
Wolverhampton -2 15 £201 -8.52% 5
West Bromwich +4 5 - - 1
Walsall -1 2 - - 1
Solihull -11 1 - - 9
Dudley - 1 £200 -
Halesowen - - - -
Kingswinford - - - -
Sutton Coldfield - - - - 1
Brierley Hill - - - -
Wednesbury - - - -
Windows
England

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 22 December 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.

1 270 (36.73%) Active Directory
2 231 (31.43%) Windows 7
3 212 (28.84%) Microsoft
4 185 (25.17%) Windows Server 2008
5 183 (24.90%) Windows XP
6 156 (21.22%) VMware
7 140 (19.05%) MS Office
8 133 (18.10%) Windows Server 2003
9 126 (17.14%) ITIL
10 121 (16.46%) Citrix
11 107 (14.56%) UNIX
12 106 (14.42%) Linux
13 97 (13.20%) MS Exchange
14 95 (12.93%) SQL
15 89 (12.11%) SCCM
15 89 (12.11%) Windows Server 2012
16 86 (11.70%) Security Cleared
17 84 (11.43%) Migration
18 77 (10.48%) SQL Server
18 77 (10.48%) MS Excel
19 76 (10.34%) VMware Infrastructure
20 70 (9.52%) Oracle
21 65 (8.84%) DNS
22 64 (8.71%) TCP/IP
23 63 (8.57%) DHCP
24 61 (8.30%) SAN
24 61 (8.30%) SC Cleared
25 56 (7.62%) .NET
25 56 (7.62%) Microsoft Certification
26 53 (7.21%) Cisco

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 22 December 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 97 (13.20%) MS Exchange
2 38 (5.17%) SharePoint
3 31 (4.22%) WebLogic
4 29 (3.95%) Apache
5 28 (3.81%) Exchange Server 2010
6 26 (3.54%) IBM Notes
7 24 (3.27%) Exchange Server 2003
8 21 (2.86%) Lync
9 20 (2.72%) Tomcat
10 18 (2.45%) BizTalk Server
11 17 (2.31%) WebSphere
12 15 (2.04%) Exchange Server 2007
13 13 (1.77%) JBoss
14 10 (1.36%) Confluence
15 8 (1.09%) Lotus Domino
16 7 (0.95%) IIS
17 5 (0.68%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
18 4 (0.54%) CICS
18 4 (0.54%) SharePoint 2013
18 4 (0.54%) TPMS
Applications
1 140 (19.05%) MS Office
2 77 (10.48%) MS Excel
3 5 (0.68%) MS Visio
4 4 (0.54%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (0.54%) MS Project
5 1 (0.14%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.14%) InfoPath
5 1 (0.14%) Adobe Captivate
5 1 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.14%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 1 (0.14%) Acrobat
5 1 (0.14%) CATIA
Business Applications
1 18 (2.45%) Dynamics CRM
2 14 (1.90%) Eikon
3 6 (0.82%) ENOVIA
4 2 (0.27%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.14%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 1 (0.14%) Maximo
5 1 (0.14%) Teamcenter
5 1 (0.14%) TRIRIGA
Cloud Services
1 14 (1.90%) Microsoft Azure
2 13 (1.77%) Office 365
3 2 (0.27%) GitHub
4 1 (0.14%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 65 (8.84%) DNS
2 64 (8.71%) TCP/IP
3 63 (8.57%) DHCP
4 61 (8.30%) SAN
5 48 (6.53%) LAN
6 37 (5.03%) WAN
7 36 (4.90%) Firewall
8 24 (3.27%) NAS
9 20 (2.72%) VoIP
10 13 (1.77%) VLAN
11 11 (1.50%) VPN
12 8 (1.09%) NetScaler
13 6 (0.82%) Intrusion Detection
13 6 (0.82%) WLAN
14 5 (0.68%) ATM
14 5 (0.68%) Internet
15 4 (0.54%) Wireless
15 4 (0.54%) Network Security
16 3 (0.41%) IP Telephony
16 3 (0.41%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 77 (10.48%) SQL Server
2 26 (3.54%) Oracle Database
3 16 (2.18%) SQL Server 2008
3 16 (2.18%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 9 (1.22%) SQL Server 2005
4 9 (1.22%) MySQL
5 6 (0.82%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 6 (0.82%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 5 (0.68%) Oracle Database 11g
7 4 (0.54%) DB2
7 4 (0.54%) Informix
7 4 (0.54%) MS Access
7 4 (0.54%) Oracle Database 10g
8 3 (0.41%) Data Warehouse
8 3 (0.41%) SQL Server 2000
9 2 (0.27%) OLTP
9 2 (0.27%) Oracle Reports
9 2 (0.27%) Big Data
9 2 (0.27%) Oracle ODI
9 2 (0.27%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 29 (3.95%) Subversion
2 18 (2.45%) JIRA
3 14 (1.90%) Team Foundation Server
3 14 (1.90%) Maven
3 14 (1.90%) Jenkins
4 13 (1.77%) Visual Studio
4 13 (1.77%) Hudson
5 4 (0.54%) Git (software)
5 4 (0.54%) Oracle Forms
5 4 (0.54%) ClearCase
5 4 (0.54%) Toad
6 3 (0.41%) MSBuild
7 2 (0.27%) Mercurial
7 2 (0.27%) ClearQuest
7 2 (0.27%) MSI
7 2 (0.27%) Ant
8 1 (0.14%) PVCS
8 1 (0.14%) SpecFlow
8 1 (0.14%) WiX
General
1 29 (3.95%) Finance
2 16 (2.18%) Back Office
2 16 (2.18%) Banking
3 14 (1.90%) Automotive
4 12 (1.63%) Legal
5 9 (1.22%) Retail
6 8 (1.09%) Law
7 7 (0.95%) Manufacturing
7 7 (0.95%) Telecoms
8 6 (0.82%) Local Government
9 1 (0.14%) Marketing
9 1 (0.14%) Billing
9 1 (0.14%) Publishing
9 1 (0.14%) Games
9 1 (0.14%) Military
9 1 (0.14%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 146 (19.86%) Analyst
2 84 (11.43%) Support Engineer
3 77 (10.48%) Support Analyst
4 72 (9.80%) 2nd Line Support
5 50 (6.80%) 3rd Line Support
5 50 (6.80%) Desktop Support
6 49 (6.67%) Developer
7 45 (6.12%) Server Engineer
8 43 (5.85%) Service Analyst
9 42 (5.71%) Administrator
10 41 (5.58%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 41 (5.58%) Architect
10 41 (5.58%) Service Desk Analyst
11 34 (4.63%) 1st Line Support
12 33 (4.49%) Desktop Engineer
13 30 (4.08%) Consultant
14 22 (2.99%) Help Desk Analyst
15 19 (2.59%) Server Support
15 19 (2.59%) Desktop Analyst
15 19 (2.59%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 56 (7.62%) .NET
2 28 (3.81%) Web Services
3 23 (3.13%) XML
4 15 (2.04%) ASP.NET
5 14 (1.90%) J2EE
6 13 (1.77%) Middleware
6 13 (1.77%) XMPP
6 13 (1.77%) WCF
7 12 (1.63%) RabbitMQ
8 8 (1.09%) WebSphere Message Broker
8 8 (1.09%) HTML
9 7 (0.95%) WebSphere MQ
9 7 (0.95%) XSD
9 7 (0.95%) WinForms
10 6 (0.82%) .NET Framework
10 6 (0.82%) XSLT
11 5 (0.68%) CSS
11 5 (0.68%) SOAP
11 5 (0.68%) jQuery
12 4 (0.54%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 50 (6.80%) Blackberry
2 44 (5.99%) Analytical Skills
3 15 (2.04%) Open Source
4 14 (1.90%) Mobile App
4 14 (1.90%) PDA
5 13 (1.77%) NHS
6 11 (1.50%) FMCG
7 10 (1.36%) Management Information System
7 10 (1.36%) IVR
8 9 (1.22%) Pocket PC
9 8 (1.09%) Enterprise Software
10 7 (0.95%) Replication
11 5 (0.68%) DataPower
12 4 (0.54%) CMDB
12 4 (0.54%) Video Conferencing
12 4 (0.54%) Mobile Banking
12 4 (0.54%) Data Structures
12 4 (0.54%) Enterprise Storage
12 4 (0.54%) Clustering
13 3 (0.41%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 231 (31.43%) Windows 7
2 185 (25.17%) Windows Server 2008
3 183 (24.90%) Windows XP
4 133 (18.10%) Windows Server 2003
5 107 (14.56%) UNIX
6 106 (14.42%) Linux
7 89 (12.11%) Windows Server 2012
8 48 (6.53%) Windows 8
9 40 (5.44%) Solaris
10 27 (3.67%) AIX
11 23 (3.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 18 (2.45%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
13 17 (2.31%) Windows 2000
14 14 (1.90%) Windows Vista
15 12 (1.63%) Windows Mobile
16 11 (1.50%) Windows CE
17 10 (1.36%) Windows Phone
18 8 (1.09%) Windows Phone 8
18 8 (1.09%) Windows 2000 Server
19 7 (0.95%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 126 (17.14%) ITIL
2 84 (11.43%) Migration
3 42 (5.71%) Agile Software Development
4 26 (3.54%) Change Management
4 26 (3.54%) Root Cause Analysis
5 23 (3.13%) Incident Management
6 22 (2.99%) CRM
7 16 (2.18%) Service Management
8 15 (2.04%) Project Management
8 15 (2.04%) Data Migration
9 14 (1.90%) Scrum
10 13 (1.77%) PRINCE2
11 12 (1.63%) Stakeholder Management
11 12 (1.63%) Business Continuity
11 12 (1.63%) Project Planning
11 12 (1.63%) Performance Tuning
12 11 (1.50%) DevOps
12 11 (1.50%) Infrastructure Management
12 11 (1.50%) Disaster Recovery
12 11 (1.50%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 95 (12.93%) SQL
2 49 (6.67%) Java
3 41 (5.58%) C#
4 33 (4.49%) PowerShell
5 22 (2.99%) Perl
6 18 (2.45%) VB
7 15 (2.04%) T-SQL
8 12 (1.63%) JavaScript
9 10 (1.36%) C++
9 10 (1.36%) C
9 10 (1.36%) Bash Shell
10 8 (1.09%) PL/SQL
10 8 (1.09%) VBA
10 8 (1.09%) Embedded C++
11 6 (0.82%) Shell Script
12 3 (0.41%) Ruby
12 3 (0.41%) Python
12 3 (0.41%) VB.NET
12 3 (0.41%) PHP
13 2 (0.27%) ActionScript
Qualifications
1 86 (11.70%) Security Cleared
2 61 (8.30%) SC Cleared
3 56 (7.62%) Microsoft Certification
4 30 (4.08%) MCSE
5 20 (2.72%) ITIL Certification
6 19 (2.59%) MCP
7 14 (1.90%) DV Cleared
7 14 (1.90%) MCITP
8 11 (1.50%) Cisco Certification
9 10 (1.36%) CCNA
10 8 (1.09%) Degree
11 7 (0.95%) MCTS
11 7 (0.95%) MCSA
11 7 (0.95%) CCNP
12 5 (0.68%) CCA
12 5 (0.68%) Citrix Certification
12 5 (0.68%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 4 (0.54%) ISSAP
13 4 (0.54%) CCEA
13 4 (0.54%) CCDP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (4.90%) SLA
2 7 (0.95%) QA
3 4 (0.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 270 (36.73%) Active Directory
2 76 (10.34%) VMware Infrastructure
3 46 (6.26%) XenApp
4 37 (5.03%) Hyper-V
5 28 (3.81%) vSphere
6 19 (2.59%) XenDesktop
7 18 (2.45%) XenServer
8 10 (1.36%) VMware ESX
9 9 (1.22%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 9 (1.22%) VMware Server
10 8 (1.09%) Squid
11 4 (0.54%) NFS
11 4 (0.54%) Terminal Services
12 3 (0.41%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
12 3 (0.41%) Microsoft App-V
12 3 (0.41%) Oracle RAC
12 3 (0.41%) VMware ESXi
13 2 (0.27%) PowerHA
13 2 (0.27%) Oracle RMAN
14 1 (0.14%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 89 (12.11%) SCCM
2 42 (5.71%) SCOM
3 22 (2.99%) NetBackup
4 12 (1.63%) Puppet
5 10 (1.36%) Backup Exec
6 8 (1.09%) Tivoli
7 5 (0.68%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 4 (0.54%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 4 (0.54%) Norton AntiVirus
8 4 (0.54%) Ionix
9 3 (0.41%) Sysprep
9 3 (0.41%) SCSM
9 3 (0.41%) DameWare
9 3 (0.41%) WMI
9 3 (0.41%) WSUS
10 2 (0.27%) HP Data Protector
10 2 (0.27%) Data Guard
10 2 (0.27%) HP Quality Center
10 2 (0.27%) OpenView
10 2 (0.27%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 212 (28.84%) Microsoft
2 156 (21.22%) VMware
3 121 (16.46%) Citrix
4 70 (9.52%) Oracle
5 53 (7.21%) Cisco
6 49 (6.67%) HP
7 30 (4.08%) Lotus
7 30 (4.08%) Red Hat
8 25 (3.40%) Dell
9 23 (3.13%) EMC
9 23 (3.13%) IBM
10 20 (2.72%) Symantec
11 17 (2.31%) NetApp
12 15 (2.04%) webMethods
12 15 (2.04%) SAP
13 14 (1.90%) Reuters
14 13 (1.77%) Sun
15 10 (1.36%) BEA
15 10 (1.36%) Remedy
16 8 (1.09%) Sophos
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Coventry, West Midlands (County)
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Rate: £180.00 - £210 per day
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Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
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Mortimer Spinks
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Warwick, Warwickshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £80 - £120 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Worcester, Worcestershire
Reed Professional Services
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Telford, Shropshire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Posted: 3 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Roc Search
Rate: £325 - £375 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Shropshire
ITF Solutions
Rate: £100 - £125 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Experis Ltd
Rate: market rates
Posted: 5 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Spring Technology
Rate: £400.00 - £550.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Shrewsbury, Shropshire
ITF Solutions
Rate: £250 - £325 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Nuneaton, Warwickshire
Big Red Recruitment
Rate: £10 - £13 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
Warwickshire
Mpower Plus UK Ltd
Posted: 6 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Austin Fraser
Rate: NEG
Posted: 6 days ago
West Midlands
Experis Ltd
Rate: £150.00 - £200.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Warwick, Warwickshire
Spring Technology
Rate: £14.00 - £15.00 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
West Midlands
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
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West Midlands
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
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