The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Staffordshire 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 26 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 / Staffordshire
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 7 9 11
Rank change year-on-year +2 +2  
Contract jobs citing Windows 17 17 19
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Staffordshire 14.29% 9.55% 10.86%
As % of the Operating Systems category 94.44% 62.96% 70.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 8 5
Median daily rate £220 £275 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -20.00% -8.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £201 £109 £188
10% offered a daily rate of more than £349 £303 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £338 £325
% change year-on-year - +3.84%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 5 9
Median hourly rate £13.00 £13.50 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.70% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.60 £11.17 £10.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.96 £27.68 £18.00
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 Staffordshire with a requirement for operating system skills.

Contract Operating System Skills
Staffordshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 18 27 27
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Staffordshire 15.13% 15.17% 15.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 9 8
Median daily rate £220 £250 £295
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.00% -15.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £105 £130
10% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £356 £325
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £345
% change year-on-year +3.44% +5.07%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 5 9
Median hourly rate £13.00 £13.50 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.70% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.12 £9.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.20 £36.00 £18.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £17.00 £16.20
% change year-on-year -8.82% +4.93%  

Windows
Job Vacancy Trend in Staffordshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Staffordshire 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 Staffordshire

Windows
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Staffordshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Windows in Staffordshire

Windows
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Staffordshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows in Staffordshire over the 3 months to 26 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Windows in Staffordshire

Windows
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Staffordshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Windows in Staffordshire

Windows
Contract Job Locations in Staffordshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Windows within the Staffordshire region over the 3 months to 26 June 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Tamworth -2 2 £363 +184.31% 1
Stoke-on-Trent -3 2 - - 9
Burton-upon-Trent - 2 - - 3
Stafford +3 1 £210 - 2
Cannock 0 1 £300 - 1
Windows
West Midlands

For the 6 months to 26 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 Staffordshire region with a requirement for Windows.

1 18 (56.25%) Windows Server
2 16 (50.00%) Active Directory
3 12 (37.50%) VMware
4 11 (34.38%) Windows 7
4 11 (34.38%) Office 365
5 10 (31.25%) VMware Infrastructure
5 10 (31.25%) Microsoft
6 7 (21.88%) SCCM
6 7 (21.88%) Windows Server 2012
7 6 (18.75%) Windows Server 2008
7 6 (18.75%) Microsoft Office
8 5 (15.63%) SQL
8 5 (15.63%) .NET
8 5 (15.63%) Cisco
9 4 (12.50%) MS Exchange
9 4 (12.50%) VB.NET
9 4 (12.50%) C#
9 4 (12.50%) ITIL
9 4 (12.50%) WinForms
9 4 (12.50%) Back Office
9 4 (12.50%) WPF
10 3 (9.38%) Exchange Server 2010
10 3 (9.38%) Mobile Device Management
10 3 (9.38%) Windows 10
10 3 (9.38%) Software Deployment
10 3 (9.38%) Migration
10 3 (9.38%) SharePoint
10 3 (9.38%) SAN
10 3 (9.38%) VPN
10 3 (9.38%) Dell

Windows
Co-occurring IT Skills in Staffordshire 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 4 (12.50%) MS Exchange
2 3 (9.38%) Exchange Server 2010
2 3 (9.38%) SharePoint
3 1 (3.13%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 6 (18.75%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 11 (34.38%) Office 365
2 1 (3.13%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (3.13%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 3 (9.38%) SAN
1 3 (9.38%) VPN
2 2 (6.25%) Firewall
2 2 (6.25%) Wi-Fi
3 1 (3.13%) 3G
3 1 (3.13%) DHCP
3 1 (3.13%) LAN
3 1 (3.13%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.13%) SQL Server
General
1 4 (12.50%) Back Office
2 2 (6.25%) Retail
3 1 (3.13%) Banking
3 1 (3.13%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 7 (21.88%) 3rd Line Engineer
1 7 (21.88%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 4 (12.50%) C# Developer
2 4 (12.50%) C# Software Developer
2 4 (12.50%) C# WPF Developer
2 4 (12.50%) Desktop Support
2 4 (12.50%) Developer
2 4 (12.50%) Software Developer
2 4 (12.50%) WPF Developer
3 3 (9.38%) 2nd Line Support
3 3 (9.38%) Active Directory Engineer
3 3 (9.38%) Analyst
3 3 (9.38%) Desktop Engineer
3 3 (9.38%) Exchange Engineer
3 3 (9.38%) Office 365 Engineer
3 3 (9.38%) SCCM Engineer
3 3 (9.38%) Support Engineer
3 3 (9.38%) Systems Engineer
4 2 (6.25%) .NET Developer
4 2 (6.25%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (15.63%) .NET
2 4 (12.50%) WinForms
2 4 (12.50%) WPF
3 1 (3.13%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 2 (6.25%) Data Centre
2 1 (3.13%) Driving Licence
2 1 (3.13%) HP Storage
2 1 (3.13%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 18 (56.25%) Windows Server
2 11 (34.38%) Windows 7
3 7 (21.88%) Windows Server 2012
4 6 (18.75%) Windows Server 2008
5 3 (9.38%) Windows 10
6 1 (3.13%) Unix
6 1 (3.13%) Windows 8
6 1 (3.13%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (12.50%) ITIL
2 3 (9.38%) Migration
2 3 (9.38%) Mobile Device Management
2 3 (9.38%) Software Deployment
3 2 (6.25%) Desktop Virtualisation
3 2 (6.25%) Enterprise Architecture
3 2 (6.25%) IT Strategy
3 2 (6.25%) Logistics
3 2 (6.25%) Performance Management
3 2 (6.25%) PRINCE2
4 1 (3.13%) Anti-Money Laundering
4 1 (3.13%) Break/Fix
4 1 (3.13%) Data Migration
4 1 (3.13%) Time Management
4 1 (3.13%) TOGAF
4 1 (3.13%) Vulnerability Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (15.63%) SQL
2 4 (12.50%) C#
2 4 (12.50%) VB.NET
3 1 (3.13%) Java
Qualifications
1 3 (9.38%) Microsoft Certification
2 2 (6.25%) ITIL Certification
2 2 (6.25%) Microsoft Certified Master
3 1 (3.13%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (3.13%) Degree
3 1 (3.13%) MCSA
3 1 (3.13%) MCSE
3 1 (3.13%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.13%) SEPA
System Software
1 16 (50.00%) Active Directory
2 10 (31.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (6.25%) Virtual Desktop
4 1 (3.13%) Hyper-V
4 1 (3.13%) vSphere
4 1 (3.13%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 7 (21.88%) SCCM
Vendors
1 12 (37.50%) VMware
2 10 (31.25%) Microsoft
3 5 (15.63%) Cisco
4 3 (9.38%) Citrix
4 3 (9.38%) Dell
5 2 (6.25%) Kaspersky
5 2 (6.25%) WatchGuard
6 1 (3.13%) HP
6 1 (3.13%) NetApp
6 1 (3.13%) Oracle
6 1 (3.13%) Xerox