The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham with a requirement for Windows skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Windows over the 3 months to 27 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Microsoft Windows
West Midlands / Birmingham
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 11 11 13
Rank change year-on-year 0 +2  
Contract jobs citing Windows 58 97 68
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 9.13% 11.73% 9.35%
As % of the Operating Systems category 58.59% 67.36% 52.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 58 36
Median daily rate £325 £391 £344
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -16.93% +13.81%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £156 £174 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £550 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £338 £325
% change year-on-year - +3.84%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 8 15
Median hourly rate £14.22 £11.80 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.46% -23.87%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.41 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.26 £13.10 £26.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £16.38 £15.50
% change year-on-year -8.39% +5.64%  

Windows is in the operating system skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham with a requirement for operating system skills.

Contract Operating System Skills
Birmingham
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 99 144 130
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Birmingham 15.59% 17.41% 17.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 63 93 78
Median daily rate £320 £330 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.03% -2.94%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £158 £175 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £500 £413
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year +3.44% +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 9 15
Median hourly rate £10.00 £11.80 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.25% -45.11%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £17.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year -11.42% +6.06%  

Windows
Job Vacancy Trend in Birmingham

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Birmingham citing Windows as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Operating Systems category.

Job vacancy trend for Windows in Birmingham

Windows
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Windows in Birmingham.

Contractor daily rate trend for Windows in Birmingham

Windows
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Birmingham

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows in Birmingham over the 3 months to 27 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Windows in Birmingham

Windows
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Windows in Birmingham.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Windows in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 27 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Windows also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Birmingham region with a requirement for Windows.

1 51 (45.54%) Active Directory
2 34 (30.36%) VMware
3 33 (29.46%) Microsoft
4 32 (28.57%) Windows Server
5 29 (25.89%) Windows 7
5 29 (25.89%) Windows 10
6 24 (21.43%) SCCM
7 21 (18.75%) VMware Infrastructure
8 20 (17.86%) Windows Server 2008
9 19 (16.96%) Office 365
10 17 (15.18%) Windows Server 2012
11 16 (14.29%) Cisco
11 16 (14.29%) SQL Server
12 14 (12.50%) SQL
12 14 (12.50%) Microsoft Azure
13 13 (11.61%) MS Exchange
14 12 (10.71%) LAN
14 12 (10.71%) VPN
14 12 (10.71%) DNS
15 11 (9.82%) DHCP
15 11 (9.82%) Microsoft Office
15 11 (9.82%) Microsoft App-V
15 11 (9.82%) Finance
16 10 (8.93%) ITIL
16 10 (8.93%) Linux
16 10 (8.93%) Citrix
16 10 (8.93%) PowerShell
16 10 (8.93%) Windows 8
16 10 (8.93%) Data Centre
17 9 (8.04%) WAN

Windows
Co-occurring IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 13 (11.61%) MS Exchange
2 5 (4.46%) Confluence
2 5 (4.46%) Skype for Business
3 4 (3.57%) Exchange Server 2007
3 4 (3.57%) IIS
3 4 (3.57%) SharePoint
4 3 (2.68%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 3 (2.68%) Elasticsearch
4 3 (2.68%) Exchange Server 2010
4 3 (2.68%) Exchange Server 2013
4 3 (2.68%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (0.89%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.89%) Oracle 10gAS
5 1 (0.89%) Oracle Application Server
5 1 (0.89%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 11 (9.82%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.79%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.89%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.89%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.89%) Cognos Business Intelligence
Cloud Services
1 19 (16.96%) Office 365
2 14 (12.50%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (7.14%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (1.79%) Azure Active Directory
4 2 (1.79%) IaaS
5 1 (0.89%) OneDrive
5 1 (0.89%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 12 (10.71%) DNS
1 12 (10.71%) LAN
1 12 (10.71%) VPN
2 11 (9.82%) DHCP
3 9 (8.04%) WAN
4 8 (7.14%) Firewall
5 6 (5.36%) SAN
6 5 (4.46%) VLAN
7 4 (3.57%) Cisco ASA
7 4 (3.57%) Skype
7 4 (3.57%) SSH
7 4 (3.57%) TACACS
8 3 (2.68%) HSRP
8 3 (2.68%) Internet
8 3 (2.68%) IPsec
8 3 (2.68%) NAS
8 3 (2.68%) SNMP
8 3 (2.68%) SSL
8 3 (2.68%) TCP/IP
8 3 (2.68%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (14.29%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.68%) SQL Server 2005
3 2 (1.79%) Amazon RDS
3 2 (1.79%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (1.79%) Oracle Database
3 2 (1.79%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (1.79%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (1.79%) SQL Server 2014
3 2 (1.79%) SQL Server 2016
4 1 (0.89%) MongoDB
4 1 (0.89%) MS Access
4 1 (0.89%) OLAP
4 1 (0.89%) Oracle Database 10g
4 1 (0.89%) Oracle OLAP
4 1 (0.89%) Oracle9i Database
4 1 (0.89%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (0.89%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (0.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (0.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 5 (4.46%) JIRA
1 5 (4.46%) MSI
2 4 (3.57%) InstallShield
3 3 (2.68%) Visual Studio
4 2 (1.79%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.89%) Git (software)
5 1 (0.89%) LabVIEW
5 1 (0.89%) Oracle Forms
5 1 (0.89%) Subversion
5 1 (0.89%) TeamCity
5 1 (0.89%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 11 (9.82%) Finance
2 3 (2.68%) Retail
3 2 (1.79%) Legal
4 1 (0.89%) Advertising
4 1 (0.89%) Aerospace
4 1 (0.89%) Banking
4 1 (0.89%) Electronics
4 1 (0.89%) Law
4 1 (0.89%) Manufacturing
4 1 (0.89%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 15 (13.39%) Analyst
2 11 (9.82%) Desktop Support
3 9 (8.04%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 7 (6.25%) 1st Line Support
4 7 (6.25%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 7 (6.25%) Architect
5 6 (5.36%) 2nd Line Support
5 6 (5.36%) 3rd Line Support
5 6 (5.36%) Consultant
5 6 (5.36%) Developer
5 6 (5.36%) Support Engineer
6 5 (4.46%) Technical Architect
7 4 (3.57%) Administrator
7 4 (3.57%) Applications Packager
7 4 (3.57%) Business Analyst
7 4 (3.57%) Project Manager
7 4 (3.57%) Software Packager
7 4 (3.57%) Support Analyst
8 3 (2.68%) DevOps Engineer
8 3 (2.68%) Lead DevOps
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (6.25%) .NET
2 5 (4.46%) ASP.NET
3 3 (2.68%) 802.1X
3 3 (2.68%) ASP.NET Web API
3 3 (2.68%) ASP.NET Web Forms
3 3 (2.68%) CSS
3 3 (2.68%) HTML
3 3 (2.68%) Web Services
4 2 (1.79%) AngularJS
4 2 (1.79%) CSS3
4 2 (1.79%) HTML5
5 1 (0.89%) ADO.NET
5 1 (0.89%) DHTML
5 1 (0.89%) Entity Framework
5 1 (0.89%) MDX
5 1 (0.89%) MEAN Stack
5 1 (0.89%) Node.js
5 1 (0.89%) WCF
5 1 (0.89%) XHTML
5 1 (0.89%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 10 (8.93%) Data Centre
2 6 (5.36%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (4.46%) Public Cloud
4 4 (3.57%) PKI
5 2 (1.79%) Blackberry
5 2 (1.79%) Clustering
5 2 (1.79%) Fat Client
5 2 (1.79%) HP Storage
5 2 (1.79%) Mobile App
5 2 (1.79%) Smartphone
5 2 (1.79%) Thin Client
6 1 (0.89%) EMC VNX
6 1 (0.89%) Enterprise Storage
6 1 (0.89%) NHS
6 1 (0.89%) PMI
6 1 (0.89%) Private Cloud
6 1 (0.89%) Smart Meter
6 1 (0.89%) User Experience
6 1 (0.89%) Video Conferencing
6 1 (0.89%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 32 (28.57%) Windows Server
2 29 (25.89%) Windows 10
2 29 (25.89%) Windows 7
3 20 (17.86%) Windows Server 2008
4 17 (15.18%) Windows Server 2012
5 10 (8.93%) Linux
5 10 (8.93%) Windows 8
6 9 (8.04%) Windows Server 2003
7 5 (4.46%) Unix
8 4 (3.57%) Windows XP
9 3 (2.68%) CentOS
10 2 (1.79%) HPUX
10 2 (1.79%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.89%) Android
11 1 (0.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.89%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (8.93%) ITIL
2 9 (8.04%) Migration
3 8 (7.14%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (7.14%) Problem Management
3 8 (7.14%) Stakeholder Management
4 5 (4.46%) Application Packaging
4 5 (4.46%) Change Management
4 5 (4.46%) Incident Management
4 5 (4.46%) Service Management
5 4 (3.57%) Logistics
5 4 (3.57%) Mobile Device Management
5 4 (3.57%) User Acceptance Testing
5 4 (3.57%) Virtual Environments
6 3 (2.68%) DevOps
6 3 (2.68%) Document Management
6 3 (2.68%) Line Management
6 3 (2.68%) MVC
6 3 (2.68%) Technical Analysis
6 3 (2.68%) Time Management
7 2 (1.79%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 14 (12.50%) SQL
2 10 (8.93%) PowerShell
3 4 (3.57%) VBScript
4 3 (2.68%) T-SQL
5 2 (1.79%) C#
5 2 (1.79%) JavaScript
5 2 (1.79%) VB.NET
6 1 (0.89%) F#
6 1 (0.89%) Java
6 1 (0.89%) PL/SQL
6 1 (0.89%) Python
Qualifications
1 8 (7.14%) Cisco Certification
2 7 (6.25%) SC Cleared
2 7 (6.25%) Security Cleared
3 6 (5.36%) CCNP
4 4 (3.57%) CCNA
4 4 (3.57%) Microsoft Certification
5 3 (2.68%) CCIE
5 3 (2.68%) MCSE
5 3 (2.68%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 2 (1.79%) Degree
6 2 (1.79%) ITIL Certification
6 2 (1.79%) VCP6
7 1 (0.89%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.89%) ISEB
7 1 (0.89%) ISTQB
7 1 (0.89%) MCITP
7 1 (0.89%) MCP
7 1 (0.89%) MCTS
7 1 (0.89%) MOS
7 1 (0.89%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.79%) QA
1 2 (1.79%) SLA
2 1 (0.89%) Data Quality
2 1 (0.89%) PCI DSS
2 1 (0.89%) Solvency II
System Software
1 51 (45.54%) Active Directory
2 21 (18.75%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (9.82%) Microsoft App-V
4 8 (7.14%) Hyper-V
5 5 (4.46%) VMware ESXi
5 5 (4.46%) vSphere
6 3 (2.68%) Docker
6 3 (2.68%) Terminal Services
7 2 (1.79%) BitLocker
7 2 (1.79%) Terminal Server
7 2 (1.79%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (1.79%) VMware Workstation
7 2 (1.79%) XenApp
8 1 (0.89%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 24 (21.43%) SCCM
2 4 (3.57%) WSUS
3 3 (2.68%) Ansible
3 3 (2.68%) Puppet
3 3 (2.68%) Terraform
4 2 (1.79%) Norton AntiVirus
4 2 (1.79%) SafeCom
5 1 (0.89%) Backup Exec
5 1 (0.89%) Cisco CUCM
5 1 (0.89%) EMC VPLEX
5 1 (0.89%) Failover Clustering
5 1 (0.89%) ITRS Geneos
5 1 (0.89%) Jamf Pro
5 1 (0.89%) Microsoft Clustering
5 1 (0.89%) Microsoft Intune
5 1 (0.89%) Oracle RMAN
5 1 (0.89%) SCOM
5 1 (0.89%) SCOrch
5 1 (0.89%) vMotion
5 1 (0.89%) vRealize
Vendors
1 34 (30.36%) VMware
2 33 (29.46%) Microsoft
3 16 (14.29%) Cisco
4 10 (8.93%) Citrix
5 6 (5.36%) NetApp
6 5 (4.46%) EMC
6 5 (4.46%) HP
6 5 (4.46%) Oracle
7 4 (3.57%) Dell
7 4 (3.57%) IBM
7 4 (3.57%) SolarWinds
8 3 (2.68%) Juniper
8 3 (2.68%) Kaspersky
8 3 (2.68%) Sophos
8 3 (2.68%) Symantec
9 2 (1.79%) Apple
9 2 (1.79%) McAfee
9 2 (1.79%) Meraki
9 2 (1.79%) Wyse
10 1 (0.89%) iManage
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