The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the Midlands 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 28 March 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
England / Midlands
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 12 21 9
Rank change year-on-year +9 -12  
Contract jobs citing Windows 8 9 18
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 6.72% 4.25% 11.76%
As % of the Operating Systems category 88.89% 52.94% 60.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 5 10
Median daily rate £275 £500 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -45.00% +25.00%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £345 £340 £320
% change year-on-year +1.47% +6.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £15.50 £14.75
% change year-on-year -6.45% +5.08%  

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 the Midlands with a requirement for operating system skills.

Contract Operating System Skills
Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 9 17 30
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the Midlands 7.56% 8.02% 19.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 8 10
Median daily rate £300 £500 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -40.00% +25.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £450 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £363 £640 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £363 £338
% change year-on-year +6.89% +7.40%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.25 £16.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -7.57% +6.45%  

Windows
Job Vacancy Trend in the Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the Midlands 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 the Midlands

Windows
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Windows in the Midlands

Windows
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows in the Midlands over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Windows in the Midlands

Windows
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the Midlands

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Windows in the Midlands

For the 6 months to 28 March 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 Midlands region with a requirement for Windows.

1 8 (44.44%) Microsoft
2 6 (33.33%) SQL
3 5 (27.78%) Unix
3 5 (27.78%) SQL Server
4 4 (22.22%) Oracle
4 4 (22.22%) Linux
4 4 (22.22%) ETL
4 4 (22.22%) DNS
4 4 (22.22%) Continuous Integration
4 4 (22.22%) Security Cleared
4 4 (22.22%) Team Foundation Server
5 3 (16.67%) nginx
5 3 (16.67%) OSCP
5 3 (16.67%) SQL Server 2012
5 3 (16.67%) Protective Monitoring
5 3 (16.67%) Security Testing
5 3 (16.67%) SC Cleared
5 3 (16.67%) DV Cleared
5 3 (16.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 3 (16.67%) Incident Management
5 3 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
5 3 (16.67%) CEH
5 3 (16.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 3 (16.67%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 3 (16.67%) .NET
5 3 (16.67%) DB2
5 3 (16.67%) PostgreSQL
5 3 (16.67%) Risk Management
5 3 (16.67%) Ansible
5 3 (16.67%) CREST Certified

Windows
Co-occurring IT Skills in the Midlands 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 3 (16.67%) nginx
2 2 (11.11%) Apache
2 2 (11.11%) Apache Solr
2 2 (11.11%) BizTalk Server
2 2 (11.11%) Cloud Foundry
2 2 (11.11%) IIS
2 2 (11.11%) JBoss
2 2 (11.11%) MQSeries
2 2 (11.11%) OpenStack
2 2 (11.11%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 2 (11.11%) SharePoint
2 2 (11.11%) Tomcat
2 2 (11.11%) WebSphere
3 1 (5.56%) CICS
3 1 (5.56%) SAS
Applications
1 2 (11.11%) MS Excel
2 1 (5.56%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (11.11%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (11.11%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (11.11%) IaaS
1 2 (11.11%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (11.11%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (22.22%) DNS
2 2 (11.11%) DHCP
3 1 (5.56%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (27.78%) SQL Server
2 3 (16.67%) DB2
2 3 (16.67%) PostgreSQL
2 3 (16.67%) SQL Server 2012
2 3 (16.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3 (16.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (11.11%) Apache Cassandra
3 2 (11.11%) MongoDB
3 2 (11.11%) MySQL
3 2 (11.11%) NoSQL
3 2 (11.11%) RDBMS
3 2 (11.11%) Relational Database
3 2 (11.11%) Riak
3 2 (11.11%) SQL Server 2005
3 2 (11.11%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (5.56%) DataStage
4 1 (5.56%) Pentaho
4 1 (5.56%) SAS Enterprise Guide
4 1 (5.56%) SAS Enterprise Miner
4 1 (5.56%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 4 (22.22%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (11.11%) Ant
2 2 (11.11%) Git (software)
2 2 (11.11%) GoCD
2 2 (11.11%) Jenkins
2 2 (11.11%) Maven
2 2 (11.11%) MSBuild
2 2 (11.11%) SonarQube
3 1 (5.56%) ChangeMan
General
1 2 (11.11%) Finance
Job Titles
1 3 (16.67%) Developer
2 2 (11.11%) Administrator
2 2 (11.11%) BizTalk Developer
2 2 (11.11%) DevOps Engineer
2 2 (11.11%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 2 (11.11%) Security Engineer
2 2 (11.11%) Senior DevOps
2 2 (11.11%) Senior DevOps Engineer
2 2 (11.11%) Subject Matter Expert
2 2 (11.11%) Technical Infrastructure Engineer
3 1 (5.56%) Consultant
3 1 (5.56%) IT Trainer
3 1 (5.56%) Lead Developer
3 1 (5.56%) Linux Administrator
3 1 (5.56%) Linux Systems Administrator
3 1 (5.56%) Microsoft Trainer
3 1 (5.56%) Project Manager
3 1 (5.56%) SAS Administrator
3 1 (5.56%) Systems Administrator
3 1 (5.56%) TIBCO Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (16.67%) .NET
2 2 (11.11%) LAMP
2 2 (11.11%) LAPP Stack
2 2 (11.11%) LEMP Stack
2 2 (11.11%) MSMQ
2 2 (11.11%) Node.js
2 2 (11.11%) SAML
2 2 (11.11%) WCF
3 1 (5.56%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (5.56%) Data Centre
2 1 (5.56%) IBM Mainframe
2 1 (5.56%) Mainframe
2 1 (5.56%) VSAM
Operating Systems
1 5 (27.78%) Unix
2 4 (22.22%) Linux
3 2 (11.11%) CoreOS
3 2 (11.11%) Solaris
3 2 (11.11%) Windows 10
4 1 (5.56%) Debian
4 1 (5.56%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (22.22%) Continuous Integration
1 4 (22.22%) ETL
2 3 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (16.67%) Customer Requirements
2 3 (16.67%) Incident Management
2 3 (16.67%) Protective Monitoring
2 3 (16.67%) Risk Management
2 3 (16.67%) Security Testing
2 3 (16.67%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 2 (11.11%) Business Activity Monitoring
3 2 (11.11%) Continuous Delivery
3 2 (11.11%) CRM
3 2 (11.11%) DevOps
3 2 (11.11%) IT Strategy
3 2 (11.11%) Kanban
3 2 (11.11%) Load Balancing
3 2 (11.11%) Presales
3 2 (11.11%) Scrum
3 2 (11.11%) SIEM
3 2 (11.11%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 6 (33.33%) SQL
2 2 (11.11%) C#
2 2 (11.11%) Go
2 2 (11.11%) JavaScript
2 2 (11.11%) Perl
2 2 (11.11%) PowerShell
2 2 (11.11%) Python
2 2 (11.11%) Ruby
3 1 (5.56%) COBOL
3 1 (5.56%) Java
3 1 (5.56%) R
Qualifications
1 4 (22.22%) Security Cleared
2 3 (16.67%) CEH
2 3 (16.67%) CREST Certified
2 3 (16.67%) DV Cleared
2 3 (16.67%) OSCP
2 3 (16.67%) SC Cleared
3 2 (11.11%) MCITP
3 2 (11.11%) MCP
3 2 (11.11%) MCTS
3 2 (11.11%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (5.56%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.56%) QA
System Software
1 2 (11.11%) Docker
1 2 (11.11%) Hyper-V
1 2 (11.11%) Snort
1 2 (11.11%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (5.56%) Active Directory
2 1 (5.56%) NFS
2 1 (5.56%) Samba
Systems Management
1 3 (16.67%) Ansible
2 2 (11.11%) Control-M
2 2 (11.11%) Kubernetes
2 2 (11.11%) Mesos
2 2 (11.11%) Nagios
2 2 (11.11%) Opscode Chef
2 2 (11.11%) rkt
2 2 (11.11%) Unicenter
2 2 (11.11%) ZABBIX
3 1 (5.56%) systemd
Vendors
1 8 (44.44%) Microsoft
2 4 (22.22%) Oracle
3 2 (11.11%) CheckPoint
3 2 (11.11%) Cisco
3 2 (11.11%) Fortinet
3 2 (11.11%) Juniper
3 2 (11.11%) LANDesk
3 2 (11.11%) New Relic
3 2 (11.11%) PeopleSoft
3 2 (11.11%) Salesforce.com
3 2 (11.11%) SAP
3 2 (11.11%) VMware
4 1 (5.56%) Dell
4 1 (5.56%) IBM
4 1 (5.56%) TIBCO