The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West 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 25 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
England / West Midlands
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 6 7 8
Rank change year-on-year +1 +1  
Contract jobs citing Windows 239 332 263
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 11.91% 11.13% 11.08%
As % of the Operating Systems category 62.73% 57.54% 64.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 134 162 132
Median daily rate £350 £358 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.09% +10.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £135 £115 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £519 £490 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £338 £325
% change year-on-year - +3.84%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 38 60
Median hourly rate £14.00 £13.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.69% -7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £10.35 £10.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.45 £18.80 £21.85
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £16.25 £15.50
% change year-on-year -7.69% +4.83%  

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 West Midlands with a requirement for operating system skills.

Contract Operating System Skills
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 381 577 408
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 18.98% 19.34% 17.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 227 303 227
Median daily rate £375 £375 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +11.11%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £140 £120 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £496 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £345
% change year-on-year +3.44% +5.07%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 48 61
Median hourly rate £14.00 £13.25 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.66% -19.69%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.99 £10.34
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.00 £36.00 £26.50
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 the West Midlands

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

Windows
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Windows in the West Midlands

Windows
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows in the West Midlands over the 3 months to 25 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Windows in the West Midlands

Windows
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Windows 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Windows within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 25 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
Birmingham 0 57 £325 -16.12% 42
Shropshire +27 43 £525 +6.76% 13
Coventry +5 26 £238 -36.66% 22
Staffordshire +1 16 £220 -20.00% 18
Warwickshire -9 16 £135 -61.42% 10
Solihull -4 14 £300 -37.50% 7
Worcestershire +2 11 £198 -44.75% 7
Wolverhampton +1 8 £335 +252.30% 3
Herefordshire 0 7 £375 - 1
West Bromwich -1 1 £110 -63.33% 1
Dudley -1 1 - - 1
Walsall -3 1 £425 +112.50%
Windows
England

For the 6 months to 25 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 West Midlands region with a requirement for Windows.

1 169 (36.19%) Active Directory
2 129 (27.62%) Windows Server
3 125 (26.77%) Microsoft
4 114 (24.41%) Linux
5 108 (23.13%) Windows 7
6 91 (19.49%) VMware
7 82 (17.56%) Windows 10
8 78 (16.70%) Security Cleared
9 72 (15.42%) Windows Server 2008
10 70 (14.99%) Office 365
11 64 (13.70%) Windows Server 2012
11 64 (13.70%) Microsoft Azure
12 63 (13.49%) Microsoft Office
13 62 (13.28%) Puppet
14 61 (13.06%) ITIL
15 60 (12.85%) Amazon AWS
16 59 (12.63%) Python
16 59 (12.63%) SCCM
17 58 (12.42%) SC Cleared
18 55 (11.78%) JIRA
18 55 (11.78%) Citrix
19 54 (11.56%) Confluence
20 53 (11.35%) MS Exchange
20 53 (11.35%) SQL Server
21 48 (10.28%) SQL
21 48 (10.28%) Migration
22 47 (10.06%) DNS
22 47 (10.06%) VMware Infrastructure
22 47 (10.06%) DevOps
23 46 (9.85%) Docker

Windows
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West 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 54 (11.56%) Confluence
2 53 (11.35%) MS Exchange
3 40 (8.57%) Elasticsearch
4 22 (4.71%) Exchange Server 2010
5 15 (3.21%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 15 (3.21%) SharePoint
6 13 (2.78%) IIS
7 10 (2.14%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 10 (2.14%) Skype for Business
7 10 (2.14%) WebLogic
8 9 (1.93%) Exchange Server 2003
9 8 (1.71%) Exchange Server 2013
9 8 (1.71%) Oracle Application Server
9 8 (1.71%) SharePoint 2013
10 7 (1.50%) Exchange Server 2000
10 7 (1.50%) JBoss
11 6 (1.28%) Apache
11 6 (1.28%) Exchange Server 2007
11 6 (1.28%) Exchange Server 5.5
11 6 (1.28%) Tomcat
Applications
1 63 (13.49%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (1.07%) MS Visio
3 4 (0.86%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (0.64%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.21%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 6 (1.28%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (0.43%) Oracle 11i
2 2 (0.43%) Oracle Applications
2 2 (0.43%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (0.43%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.21%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 1 (0.21%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 70 (14.99%) Office 365
2 64 (13.70%) Microsoft Azure
3 60 (12.85%) Amazon AWS
4 7 (1.50%) GitHub
4 7 (1.50%) IaaS
5 6 (1.28%) Cloud Computing
5 6 (1.28%) Google Analytics
5 6 (1.28%) PaaS
6 4 (0.86%) Azure Active Directory
6 4 (0.86%) SaaS
7 2 (0.43%) Google Cloud Platform
8 1 (0.21%) IBM PureFlex
8 1 (0.21%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 47 (10.06%) DNS
2 43 (9.21%) TCP/IP
3 35 (7.49%) LAN
4 34 (7.28%) WAN
5 32 (6.85%) Firewall
6 28 (6.00%) VPN
7 24 (5.14%) DHCP
8 21 (4.50%) SAN
9 16 (3.43%) HTTP
10 15 (3.21%) Remote Desktop
11 14 (3.00%) SSL
12 10 (2.14%) Internet
13 9 (1.93%) Skype
13 9 (1.93%) SSH
14 8 (1.71%) VLAN
14 8 (1.71%) Wireless
15 7 (1.50%) SNMP
15 7 (1.50%) Wi-Fi
16 6 (1.28%) Cisco ASA
17 5 (1.07%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 53 (11.35%) SQL Server
2 36 (7.71%) PostgreSQL
3 19 (4.07%) Oracle Database
4 13 (2.78%) MySQL
5 12 (2.57%) MongoDB
5 12 (2.57%) NoSQL
6 11 (2.36%) SQL Server 2008
7 10 (2.14%) Relational Database
7 10 (2.14%) SQL Server 2005
7 10 (2.14%) SQL Server 2012
8 8 (1.71%) Oracle Database 10g
9 7 (1.50%) Oracle Database 11g
10 6 (1.28%) Data Warehouse
11 5 (1.07%) RDBMS
12 4 (0.86%) SQL Server 2016
13 3 (0.64%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 3 (0.64%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 3 (0.64%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 2 (0.43%) Oracle Discoverer
14 2 (0.43%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 55 (11.78%) JIRA
2 24 (5.14%) Jenkins
3 22 (4.71%) Git (software)
4 15 (3.21%) Maven
4 15 (3.21%) Sonatype Nexus
4 15 (3.21%) Subversion
5 12 (2.57%) Team Foundation Server
6 10 (2.14%) MSI
7 6 (1.28%) Ant
7 6 (1.28%) Cucumber
7 6 (1.28%) Gatling
7 6 (1.28%) Grunt
7 6 (1.28%) gulp
7 6 (1.28%) IntelliJ
7 6 (1.28%) Karma Test Runner
7 6 (1.28%) Selenium
7 6 (1.28%) Sublime Text
8 5 (1.07%) Visual Studio
9 4 (0.86%) InstallShield
10 3 (0.64%) XMLSpy
General
1 27 (5.78%) Finance
2 14 (3.00%) Retail
3 9 (1.93%) Telecoms
4 6 (1.28%) Manufacturing
5 5 (1.07%) Electronics
6 4 (0.86%) Advertising
6 4 (0.86%) Back Office
6 4 (0.86%) Banking
6 4 (0.86%) Legal
7 3 (0.64%) French Language
8 2 (0.43%) Automotive
9 1 (0.21%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.21%) Games
9 1 (0.21%) Law
9 1 (0.21%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 74 (15.85%) Analyst
2 47 (10.06%) Architect
3 36 (7.71%) 2nd Line Support
3 36 (7.71%) Developer
4 33 (7.07%) Support Engineer
5 30 (6.42%) Support Analyst
6 29 (6.21%) Desktop Support
6 29 (6.21%) DevOps Engineer
7 26 (5.57%) Service Analyst
8 24 (5.14%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 23 (4.93%) 1st Line Support
9 23 (4.93%) Service Desk Analyst
9 23 (4.93%) Solutions Architect
10 22 (4.71%) Consultant
11 21 (4.50%) Administrator
11 21 (4.50%) Service Desk Support
12 20 (4.28%) 2nd Line Engineer
13 18 (3.85%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
14 16 (3.43%) Senior Architect
15 15 (3.21%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (7.28%) .NET
2 23 (4.93%) Middleware
3 15 (3.21%) CSS
3 15 (3.21%) HTML
4 14 (3.00%) ASP.NET
5 12 (2.57%) Web Services
6 10 (2.14%) AngularJS
7 8 (1.71%) ASP.NET MVC 5
8 7 (1.50%) Node.js
9 6 (1.28%) 802.1X
9 6 (1.28%) Gherkin
9 6 (1.28%) jQuery
9 6 (1.28%) REST
9 6 (1.28%) SAML
9 6 (1.28%) Servlets
9 6 (1.28%) SOAP
9 6 (1.28%) WinForms
10 4 (0.86%) RESTful
10 4 (0.86%) WebSphere MQ
10 4 (0.86%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 31 (6.64%) Public Cloud
2 25 (5.35%) Analytical Skills
3 24 (5.14%) Data Centre
4 15 (3.21%) Blackberry
5 9 (1.93%) PKI
6 8 (1.71%) Computer Science
6 8 (1.71%) Fat Client
6 8 (1.71%) Thin Client
7 7 (1.50%) Clustering
7 7 (1.50%) Enterprise Software
8 6 (1.28%) Replication
9 5 (1.07%) Client/Server
9 5 (1.07%) Smartphone
10 4 (0.86%) Data Protection Act
10 4 (0.86%) DataPower
10 4 (0.86%) HP Storage
10 4 (0.86%) Management Information System
10 4 (0.86%) Video Conferencing
11 2 (0.43%) iSeries
11 2 (0.43%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 129 (27.62%) Windows Server
2 114 (24.41%) Linux
3 108 (23.13%) Windows 7
4 82 (17.56%) Windows 10
5 72 (15.42%) Windows Server 2008
6 64 (13.70%) Windows Server 2012
7 45 (9.64%) Unix
8 42 (8.99%) CentOS
9 26 (5.57%) Windows 8
10 24 (5.14%) Windows Server 2003
11 18 (3.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 12 (2.57%) Windows XP
13 10 (2.14%) HPUX
14 9 (1.93%) Ubuntu
15 8 (1.71%) Solaris
15 8 (1.71%) Windows 2000 Server
16 5 (1.07%) Android
17 3 (0.64%) Mac OS X
17 3 (0.64%) Windows Vista
18 2 (0.43%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 61 (13.06%) ITIL
2 48 (10.28%) Migration
3 47 (10.06%) DevOps
4 46 (9.85%) Agile Software Development
4 46 (9.85%) Configuration Management
5 31 (6.64%) Test Automation
6 22 (4.71%) Change Management
6 22 (4.71%) TDD
7 20 (4.28%) SDLC
8 19 (4.07%) Open Source
9 17 (3.64%) Incident Management
10 16 (3.43%) Mentoring
10 16 (3.43%) Service Management
10 16 (3.43%) Stakeholder Management
11 15 (3.21%) Disaster Recovery
11 15 (3.21%) Scrum
11 15 (3.21%) Server Virtualisation
12 14 (3.00%) Kanban
13 13 (2.78%) Continuous Integration
13 13 (2.78%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 59 (12.63%) Python
2 48 (10.28%) SQL
3 43 (9.21%) Ruby
4 42 (8.99%) Bash Shell
5 32 (6.85%) PowerShell
6 30 (6.42%) Perl
7 28 (6.00%) C#
8 26 (5.57%) Java
9 19 (4.07%) JavaScript
10 9 (1.93%) Shell Script
11 8 (1.71%) T-SQL
11 8 (1.71%) VB.NET
11 8 (1.71%) VBScript
12 7 (1.50%) Groovy
12 7 (1.50%) PL/SQL
12 7 (1.50%) VB
13 6 (1.28%) Haskell
13 6 (1.28%) Scala
14 4 (0.86%) VB6
15 3 (0.64%) C
Qualifications
1 78 (16.70%) Security Cleared
2 58 (12.42%) SC Cleared
3 23 (4.93%) Degree
4 18 (3.85%) Microsoft Certification
5 14 (3.00%) DV Cleared
6 10 (2.14%) Cisco Certification
7 8 (1.71%) MCSE
8 7 (1.50%) CCNP
8 7 (1.50%) Computer Science Degree
8 7 (1.50%) DBS Check
9 6 (1.28%) ITIL Certification
9 6 (1.28%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 5 (1.07%) MCSA
11 4 (0.86%) CCNA
12 3 (0.64%) CCIE
12 3 (0.64%) ISEB
12 3 (0.64%) ISTQB
12 3 (0.64%) MCITP
13 2 (0.43%) MCTS
13 2 (0.43%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (4.71%) SLA
2 6 (1.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 6 (1.28%) QA
3 4 (0.86%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 3 (0.64%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.43%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 1 (0.21%) SEPA
6 1 (0.21%) Solvency II
System Software
1 169 (36.19%) Active Directory
2 47 (10.06%) VMware Infrastructure
3 46 (9.85%) Docker
4 34 (7.28%) Microsoft App-V
5 25 (5.35%) Hyper-V
6 11 (2.36%) Virtual Machines
6 11 (2.36%) VMware ESXi
7 10 (2.14%) vSphere
7 10 (2.14%) XenApp
8 6 (1.28%) Samba
9 5 (1.07%) Terminal Services
10 4 (0.86%) Virtual Desktop
10 4 (0.86%) VMware Workstation
11 2 (0.43%) BitLocker
11 2 (0.43%) Firmware
11 2 (0.43%) Oracle RAC
11 2 (0.43%) Terminal Server
11 2 (0.43%) Virtual Servers
11 2 (0.43%) XenDesktop
12 1 (0.21%) RACF
Systems Management
1 62 (13.28%) Puppet
2 59 (12.63%) SCCM
3 44 (9.42%) Ansible
4 42 (8.99%) Terraform
5 12 (2.57%) WSUS
6 9 (1.93%) Opscode Chef
6 9 (1.93%) ZABBIX
7 7 (1.50%) SCOM
8 6 (1.28%) Grafana
8 6 (1.28%) Kibana
9 5 (1.07%) Oracle Identity Management
9 5 (1.07%) Oracle Identity Manager
9 5 (1.07%) vCenter Server
10 4 (0.86%) Norton AntiVirus
10 4 (0.86%) SafeCom
11 3 (0.64%) Microsoft Intune
11 3 (0.64%) Webmin
12 2 (0.43%) Data Guard
12 2 (0.43%) SCDPM
12 2 (0.43%) vMotion
Vendors
1 125 (26.77%) Microsoft
2 91 (19.49%) VMware
3 55 (11.78%) Citrix
4 40 (8.57%) Cisco
5 36 (7.71%) Oracle
6 20 (4.28%) Red Hat
7 19 (4.07%) HP
8 18 (3.85%) IBM
8 18 (3.85%) NetApp
9 15 (3.21%) Google
10 14 (3.00%) Dell
11 11 (2.36%) McAfee
11 11 (2.36%) Symantec
12 10 (2.14%) EMC
13 6 (1.28%) Juniper
13 6 (1.28%) LANDesk
13 6 (1.28%) SolarWinds
14 5 (1.07%) Atlassian
14 5 (1.07%) Sun
15 4 (0.86%) CommVault
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
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Rate: £300.00 - £350.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Warwickshire
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Modis International
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Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Keystream Resources Limited
Rate: £27,000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Talent International
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Telford, Shropshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £450 - £500.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
West Midlands
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Posted: 5 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Keystream Resources Limited
Rate: £22,000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
West Midlands
Bintelgroup - EAPT SOLUTIONS
Salary: Market Rate
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Herefordshire
Spring Technology
Posted: 6 days ago
Telford, Shropshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £500.00 - £520.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Shropshire Council
Posted: 16 days ago
Shropshire
Shropshire Council
Posted: 16 days ago
Shropshire
Shropshire Council
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