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 4 September 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
4 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Windows
Rank 9 4 5
Rank change year-on-year
-5 +1
Contract jobs citing Windows 265 345 269
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 10.74% 13.50% 13.01%
As % of the Operating Systems category 68.65% 66.60% 70.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 125 146 142
Average daily rate
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£350 £315 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.95% +5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £145 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £305 £313
% change year-on-year
+6.55% -2.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 57 78 50
Average hourly rate £15.00 £17.00 £13.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.76% +30.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.29 £9.52 £9.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.00 £27.95 £22.55
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.86 £15.60 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+1.66% +4.00%
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
386 518 379
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 15.64% 20.27% 18.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 182 230 197
Average daily rate £330 £315 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.76% +5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £160 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £323 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.52% -0.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 60 84 52
Average hourly rate £15.00 £17.00 £13.98
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.76% +21.64%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.78 £9.75 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.30 £31.50 £23.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -

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 4 September 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 4 September 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 4 September 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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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 75 £300 -6.25% 29
Coventry +2 43 £215 -44.51% 17
Worcestershire 0 36 £420 +38.84% 9
Warwickshire +4 31 £401 -0.06% 14
Staffordshire -13 18 £316 -1.93% 8
Shropshire -13 13 £195 -18.75% 3
Herefordshire +4 7 £415 - 4
Wolverhampton -4 3 £215 -21.81% 2
Walsall +1 2 £475 +31.03% 3
West Bromwich 0 2 - - 2
Dudley 0 1 £120 - 2
Stourbridge - 1 - - 1
Windows
England

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 4 September 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.

1 202 (35.69%) Active Directory
2 183 (32.33%) Microsoft
3 159 (28.09%) Windows Server 2008
4 139 (24.56%) VMware
5 129 (22.79%) Windows 7
6 104 (18.37%) Windows Server 2003
7 101 (17.84%) Windows Server 2012
8 95 (16.78%) Linux
9 91 (16.08%) SQL Server
10 87 (15.37%) Windows XP
11 84 (14.84%) Citrix
11 84 (14.84%) MS Office
12 78 (13.78%) ITIL
13 76 (13.43%) SQL
14 69 (12.19%) MS Excel
14 69 (12.19%) MS Exchange
15 60 (10.60%) VMware Infrastructure
16 58 (10.25%) Cisco
17 55 (9.72%) Firewall
18 54 (9.54%) Migration
19 50 (8.83%) SCCM
20 47 (8.30%) DNS
21 45 (7.95%) SAN
21 45 (7.95%) Security Cleared
22 44 (7.77%) UNIX
23 43 (7.60%) Oracle
24 42 (7.42%) Finance
25 41 (7.24%) .NET
26 37 (6.54%) TCP/IP
27 36 (6.36%) WAN

Windows
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 4 September 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 69 (12.19%) MS Exchange
2 29 (5.12%) Lync
3 26 (4.59%) Exchange Server 2010
4 24 (4.24%) SharePoint
5 22 (3.89%) IIS
6 17 (3.00%) WebLogic
7 11 (1.94%) BizTalk Server
8 10 (1.77%) Exchange Server 2013
9 9 (1.59%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 8 (1.41%) Exchange Server 2007
10 8 (1.41%) Exchange Server 2003
11 7 (1.24%) WebSphere
11 7 (1.24%) WorkSite
11 7 (1.24%) IBM Notes
11 7 (1.24%) Tomcat
12 6 (1.06%) Apache
12 6 (1.06%) WebSphere Application Server
12 6 (1.06%) CICS
13 4 (0.71%) WebSphere Process Server
13 4 (0.71%) WebSphere Portal
Applications
1 84 (14.84%) MS Office
2 69 (12.19%) MS Excel
3 5 (0.88%) MS Visio
4 4 (0.71%) MS PowerPoint
5 3 (0.53%) Photoshop
6 2 (0.35%) MS Project
6 2 (0.35%) InfoPath
6 2 (0.35%) Vectorworks
7 1 (0.18%) OmniGraffle
7 1 (0.18%) PowerPivot
7 1 (0.18%) Adobe Illustrator
Business Applications
1 6 (1.06%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (0.35%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.18%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.18%) SAP GRC
Cloud Services
1 26 (4.59%) Office 365
2 22 (3.89%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (1.24%) Amazon AWS
4 5 (0.88%) IaaS
5 4 (0.71%) Yammer
6 2 (0.35%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.18%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 1 (0.18%) OneDrive
7 1 (0.18%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 55 (9.72%) Firewall
2 47 (8.30%) DNS
3 45 (7.95%) SAN
4 37 (6.54%) TCP/IP
5 36 (6.36%) WAN
6 35 (6.18%) LAN
7 31 (5.48%) DHCP
8 25 (4.42%) VPN
9 24 (4.24%) Internet
10 17 (3.00%) Wireless
11 12 (2.12%) Intrusion Detection
12 10 (1.77%) Network Security
12 10 (1.77%) NAS
13 9 (1.59%) SSL
14 7 (1.24%) Wi-Fi
14 7 (1.24%) SMTP
14 7 (1.24%) VoIP
14 7 (1.24%) Unified Communications
15 6 (1.06%) VLAN
16 5 (0.88%) Junos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 91 (16.08%) SQL Server
2 16 (2.83%) SQL Server 2008
3 13 (2.30%) MySQL
4 10 (1.77%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 10 (1.77%) SQL Server 2012
5 9 (1.59%) DB2
6 8 (1.41%) MongoDB
6 8 (1.41%) SQL Server 2005
7 7 (1.24%) Relational Database
8 6 (1.06%) IBM InfoSphere
8 6 (1.06%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 6 (1.06%) RDBMS
9 5 (0.88%) Oracle Database
10 2 (0.35%) Data Warehouse
10 2 (0.35%) Oracle9i Database
10 2 (0.35%) BusinessObjects
10 2 (0.35%) Big Data
11 1 (0.18%) HOLAP
11 1 (0.18%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 1 (0.18%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 13 (2.30%) Visual Studio
1 13 (2.30%) Subversion
1 13 (2.30%) Team Foundation Server
2 11 (1.94%) MSI
3 9 (1.59%) Git (software)
3 9 (1.59%) Jenkins
4 6 (1.06%) Introscope
5 4 (0.71%) JIRA
6 3 (0.53%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 3 (0.53%) Hudson
7 2 (0.35%) Rational Rhapsody
8 1 (0.18%) Balsamiq Mockups
8 1 (0.18%) Axure RP
8 1 (0.18%) Ant
8 1 (0.18%) Oracle Forms
8 1 (0.18%) XMLSpy
8 1 (0.18%) PVCS
8 1 (0.18%) Selenium
8 1 (0.18%) TeamCity
8 1 (0.18%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 42 (7.42%) Finance
2 15 (2.65%) Retail
3 12 (2.12%) Telecoms
4 9 (1.59%) Banking
5 8 (1.41%) Legal
5 8 (1.41%) Manufacturing
6 7 (1.24%) Automotive
6 7 (1.24%) Law
7 6 (1.06%) Back Office
8 5 (0.88%) Advertising
9 4 (0.71%) Local Government
10 3 (0.53%) Multimedia
11 2 (0.35%) Investment Banking
11 2 (0.35%) Games
11 2 (0.35%) Pharmaceutical
12 1 (0.18%) Electronics
12 1 (0.18%) Military
12 1 (0.18%) German Language
Job Titles
1 99 (17.49%) Analyst
2 46 (8.13%) Developer
2 46 (8.13%) Architect
3 41 (7.24%) Support Engineer
4 39 (6.89%) Support Analyst
4 39 (6.89%) Service Analyst
4 39 (6.89%) Service Desk Analyst
5 37 (6.54%) 2nd Line Support
6 35 (6.18%) Administrator
7 31 (5.48%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 31 (5.48%) Server Engineer
8 25 (4.42%) 3rd Line Support
8 25 (4.42%) 1st Line Support
9 24 (4.24%) Desktop Support
10 23 (4.06%) Consultant
10 23 (4.06%) Windows Server Engineer
11 20 (3.53%) Systems Administrator
11 20 (3.53%) Project Manager
12 17 (3.00%) .NET Developer
13 16 (2.83%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (7.24%) .NET
2 22 (3.89%) XML
3 20 (3.53%) HTML
4 19 (3.36%) CSS
5 18 (3.18%) ASP.NET
6 14 (2.47%) WinForms
7 13 (2.30%) jQuery
8 10 (1.77%) Web Services
9 8 (1.41%) CGI
9 8 (1.41%) WCF
9 8 (1.41%) HTML5
10 7 (1.24%) Ruby on Rails
10 7 (1.24%) XSLT
11 6 (1.06%) Application Packaging
12 5 (0.88%) .NET Framework
12 5 (0.88%) WebSphere MQ
12 5 (0.88%) Middleware
12 5 (0.88%) ASP.NET MVC
12 5 (0.88%) Entity Framework
13 4 (0.71%) ASP.NET Web Forms
Miscellaneous
1 29 (5.12%) Data Centre
2 26 (4.59%) Analytical Skills
3 22 (3.89%) Blackberry
4 18 (3.18%) NHS
5 16 (2.83%) Clustering
6 10 (1.77%) Management Information System
7 8 (1.41%) Mobile App
8 7 (1.24%) Fat Client
8 7 (1.24%) Thin Client
9 6 (1.06%) LPAR
9 6 (1.06%) Algorithms
10 5 (0.88%) Computer Science
10 5 (0.88%) CMDB
10 5 (0.88%) PKI
11 4 (0.71%) Replication
11 4 (0.71%) Video Conferencing
11 4 (0.71%) iPhone
11 4 (0.71%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 4 (0.71%) iPad
12 3 (0.53%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 159 (28.09%) Windows Server 2008
2 129 (22.79%) Windows 7
3 104 (18.37%) Windows Server 2003
4 101 (17.84%) Windows Server 2012
5 95 (16.78%) Linux
6 87 (15.37%) Windows XP
7 44 (7.77%) UNIX
8 33 (5.83%) Solaris
9 29 (5.12%) Windows 8
10 21 (3.71%) AIX
11 19 (3.36%) Android
12 18 (3.18%) Apple iOS
13 14 (2.47%) Windows Vista
14 10 (1.77%) Windows 2000
14 10 (1.77%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 9 (1.59%) Windows Phone
16 7 (1.24%) SUSE
17 6 (1.06%) zOS
17 6 (1.06%) Windows 2000 Server
18 4 (0.71%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 78 (13.78%) ITIL
2 54 (9.54%) Migration
3 24 (4.24%) Agile Software Development
4 21 (3.71%) Open Source
5 20 (3.53%) Configuration Management
6 18 (3.18%) Disaster Recovery
7 17 (3.00%) Service Management
8 14 (2.47%) Analytics
8 14 (2.47%) Performance Tuning
9 13 (2.30%) Patch Management
9 13 (2.30%) Stakeholder Management
10 12 (2.12%) PRINCE2
10 12 (2.12%) Performance Monitoring
11 11 (1.94%) Change Control
11 11 (1.94%) Security Architecture
11 11 (1.94%) Project Management
11 11 (1.94%) ITSM
12 10 (1.77%) DevOps
13 9 (1.59%) Waterfall
13 9 (1.59%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 76 (13.43%) SQL
2 27 (4.77%) PowerShell
3 23 (4.06%) T-SQL
4 22 (3.89%) C#
4 22 (3.89%) Java
5 18 (3.18%) JavaScript
6 16 (2.83%) VB.NET
7 9 (1.59%) Shell Script
7 9 (1.59%) C
8 7 (1.24%) Ruby
9 6 (1.06%) Jython
10 5 (0.88%) VB
11 4 (0.71%) PL/SQL
11 4 (0.71%) Objective-C
12 3 (0.53%) PHP
12 3 (0.53%) VBScript
13 2 (0.35%) C++
13 2 (0.35%) VBA
14 1 (0.18%) Python
14 1 (0.18%) ActionScript
Qualifications
1 45 (7.95%) Security Cleared
2 34 (6.01%) Microsoft Certification
3 29 (5.12%) SC Cleared
4 23 (4.06%) MCSE
5 19 (3.36%) Degree
6 12 (2.12%) MCITP
6 12 (2.12%) Cisco Certification
7 11 (1.94%) MCP
7 11 (1.94%) CCNP
8 10 (1.77%) ITIL Certification
9 8 (1.41%) MCSA
10 7 (1.24%) CCNA
10 7 (1.24%) DV Cleared
11 6 (1.06%) CCIE
11 6 (1.06%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 4 (0.71%) CCSA
12 4 (0.71%) Check Point Certification
12 4 (0.71%) MCTS
12 4 (0.71%) NVQ Level 4
13 3 (0.53%) CCDA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (3.89%) QA
2 21 (3.71%) SLA
3 2 (0.35%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 2 (0.35%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.18%) WCAG
4 1 (0.18%) JSP 440
System Software
1 202 (35.69%) Active Directory
2 60 (10.60%) VMware Infrastructure
3 22 (3.89%) Hyper-V
4 15 (2.65%) XenApp
5 13 (2.30%) vSphere
5 13 (2.30%) VMware ESX
5 13 (2.30%) Microsoft App-V
6 7 (1.24%) PowerHA
7 5 (0.88%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 5 (0.88%) Terminal Services
7 5 (0.88%) VMware ESXi
7 5 (0.88%) XenServer
7 5 (0.88%) XenDesktop
8 4 (0.71%) VirtualBox
8 4 (0.71%) Terminal Server
9 2 (0.35%) IAG
9 2 (0.35%) UAG
9 2 (0.35%) ISA Server
9 2 (0.35%) MetaFrame
9 2 (0.35%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 50 (8.83%) SCCM
2 21 (3.71%) SCOM
3 18 (3.18%) Backup Exec
4 11 (1.94%) NetBackup
5 9 (1.59%) Tivoli
6 6 (1.06%) Unicenter
6 6 (1.06%) CA Wily
6 6 (1.06%) Puppet
7 4 (0.71%) HP Data Protector
7 4 (0.71%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 3 (0.53%) ARCserve
8 3 (0.53%) WSUS
8 3 (0.53%) Opscode Chef
9 2 (0.35%) SCOrch
9 2 (0.35%) Windows Intune
9 2 (0.35%) Norton AntiVirus
9 2 (0.35%) DameWare
10 1 (0.18%) Nagios
10 1 (0.18%) Tivoli Storage Manager
10 1 (0.18%) HP SIM
Vendors
1 183 (32.33%) Microsoft
2 139 (24.56%) VMware
3 84 (14.84%) Citrix
4 58 (10.25%) Cisco
5 43 (7.60%) Oracle
6 34 (6.01%) HP
7 20 (3.53%) IBM
8 18 (3.18%) Dell
8 18 (3.18%) NetApp
9 16 (2.83%) Juniper
10 14 (2.47%) CA
10 14 (2.47%) CheckPoint
10 14 (2.47%) Symantec
11 13 (2.30%) Red Hat
12 10 (1.77%) SAP
13 9 (1.59%) LANDesk
14 8 (1.41%) Veeam
14 8 (1.41%) McAfee
15 7 (1.24%) SolarWinds
15 7 (1.24%) Pega
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