Period
to 19 February 2018

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 6 months to 19 February 2018 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
6 months to
19 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 7 12 7
Rank change year-on-year +5 -5 -4
Contract jobs citing Windows 545 482 597
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 11.47% 9.21% 11.65%
As % of the Operating Systems category 62.29% 58.85% 58.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 339 274 271
West Midlands median daily rate £325 £338 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.70% +3.85% +12.55%
10th Percentile £137 £120 £150
90th Percentile £550 £488 £500
England median daily rate £365 £360 £350
% change year-on-year +1.39% +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 63 81 114
West Midlands median hourly rate £13.50 £14.48 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.77% +7.26% -3.57%
10th Percentile £8.39 £10.25 £10.25
90th Percentile £27.60 £21.47 £20.00
England median hourly rate £15.86 £15.25 £15.50
% change year-on-year +4.00% -1.61% +3.33%

Windows is in the Operating Systems category. The following 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.

All Operating Systems
West Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 875 819 1,012
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 18.42% 15.65% 19.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 497 456 462
West Midlands median daily rate £368 £389 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.47% +3.67% +17.37%
10th Percentile £155 £128 £176
90th Percentile £550 £525 £525
England median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 83 94 106
West Midlands median hourly rate £14.50 £14.96 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.09% +15.10% -8.77%
10th Percentile £10.03 £10.50 £10.17
90th Percentile £43.30 £31.07 £20.38
England median hourly rate £17.38 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year +5.30% - +3.13%

Windows
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing Windows as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

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 6 months to 19 February 2018.

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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 19 February 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 6 months to 19 February 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham +5 190 £311 +4.62% 68
Warwickshire +5 81 £400 +14.29% 27
Coventry +9 66 £288 -32.35% 34
Shropshire -4 66 £450 +36.36% 9
Solihull +19 28 £350 -17.65% 7
Worcestershire +4 23 £290 +114.81% 27
Staffordshire 0 23 £365 +62.22% 46
Wolverhampton +3 11 £185 -43.94% 14
Herefordshire -1 7 £150 -66.67% 6
Dudley -6 7 £260 - 3
Halesowen - 3 £114 - 1
Wednesbury - 2 - -
West Bromwich -1 1 £118 - 4
Windows
England

For the 6 months to 19 February 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Windows also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Windows.

1 183 (33.58%) Active Directory
2 162 (29.72%) Microsoft
3 145 (26.61%) Windows Server
4 125 (22.94%) Linux
4 125 (22.94%) VMware
5 115 (21.10%) ITIL
6 108 (19.82%) Windows 10
7 100 (18.35%) Windows 7
8 89 (16.33%) Microsoft Office
9 85 (15.60%) Microsoft Azure
10 83 (15.23%) Oracle
10 83 (15.23%) SQL
11 74 (13.58%) Migration
11 74 (13.58%) VMware Infrastructure
12 72 (13.21%) PowerShell
13 70 (12.84%) Office 365
14 67 (12.29%) DevOps
15 65 (11.93%) SCCM
16 64 (11.74%) Windows Server 2012
17 63 (11.56%) Unix
18 61 (11.19%) SQL Server
19 60 (11.01%) MS Exchange
20 59 (10.83%) Citrix
21 57 (10.46%) Agile Software Development
22 55 (10.09%) SLA
22 55 (10.09%) Windows Server 2008
22 55 (10.09%) Amazon AWS
23 51 (9.36%) DNS
24 49 (8.99%) Python
24 49 (8.99%) Jenkins

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 60 (11.01%) MS Exchange
2 27 (4.95%) SharePoint
3 23 (4.22%) Confluence
4 21 (3.85%) IIS
5 16 (2.94%) Exchange Server 2010
6 13 (2.39%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 12 (2.20%) WebLogic
8 11 (2.02%) Exchange Server 2013
8 11 (2.02%) Skype for Business
9 9 (1.65%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 8 (1.47%) Apache
10 8 (1.47%) Tomcat
11 6 (1.10%) JBoss
12 5 (0.92%) Exchange Server 2007
12 5 (0.92%) IBM Notes
13 4 (0.73%) CMS
13 4 (0.73%) Elasticsearch
13 4 (0.73%) nginx
14 3 (0.55%) SharePoint Server
15 2 (0.37%) SAS
Applications
1 89 (16.33%) Microsoft Office
2 15 (2.75%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (0.73%) Acrobat
3 4 (0.73%) Adobe Illustrator
3 4 (0.73%) Microsoft Project
3 4 (0.73%) MS Visio
3 4 (0.73%) RoboHelp
3 4 (0.73%) Snagit
4 2 (0.37%) Simulink
5 1 (0.18%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.18%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 8 (1.47%) Remedy ITSM
2 6 (1.10%) assyst
3 4 (0.73%) Dynamics CRM
3 4 (0.73%) Oracle 11i
3 4 (0.73%) Oracle Applications
3 4 (0.73%) Oracle EBS R12
4 2 (0.37%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.18%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 85 (15.60%) Microsoft Azure
2 70 (12.84%) Office 365
3 55 (10.09%) Amazon AWS
4 18 (3.30%) Cloud Computing
5 15 (2.75%) IaaS
6 14 (2.57%) PaaS
7 11 (2.02%) AWS CloudFormation
8 5 (0.92%) Google Cloud Platform
8 5 (0.92%) SaaS
9 4 (0.73%) Amazon EC2
10 3 (0.55%) G Suite
11 2 (0.37%) Azure Active Directory
12 1 (0.18%) Amazon S3
12 1 (0.18%) Azure Data Factory
12 1 (0.18%) Data Lake Analytics
12 1 (0.18%) Dynamics 365
12 1 (0.18%) GitHub
12 1 (0.18%) Google App Engine
12 1 (0.18%) OneDrive
12 1 (0.18%) Rackspace Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 51 (9.36%) DNS
2 42 (7.71%) Firewall
3 40 (7.34%) DHCP
4 38 (6.97%) LAN
5 30 (5.50%) VPN
6 29 (5.32%) WAN
7 27 (4.95%) SAN
8 25 (4.59%) TCP/IP
9 23 (4.22%) Network Security
10 17 (3.12%) VLAN
11 14 (2.57%) SNMP
12 13 (2.39%) MPLS
13 12 (2.20%) Internet
13 12 (2.20%) Wireless
14 9 (1.65%) Skype
15 8 (1.47%) 802.11
15 8 (1.47%) NetScaler
16 7 (1.28%) SMS
17 6 (1.10%) SSL
17 6 (1.10%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 61 (11.19%) SQL Server
2 24 (4.40%) Oracle Database
3 9 (1.65%) MySQL
3 9 (1.65%) Relational Database
4 6 (1.10%) Amazon RDS
4 6 (1.10%) Hadoop
4 6 (1.10%) MongoDB
4 6 (1.10%) Oracle Reports
4 6 (1.10%) RDBMS
4 6 (1.10%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 5 (0.92%) Data Warehouse
6 4 (0.73%) DB2
6 4 (0.73%) SQL Server 2008
6 4 (0.73%) SQL Server 2016
7 3 (0.55%) Oracle OWB
7 3 (0.55%) SQL Server 2005
7 3 (0.55%) SQL Server 2012
8 2 (0.37%) Azure SQL Database
8 2 (0.37%) Big Data
8 2 (0.37%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 49 (8.99%) Jenkins
2 41 (7.52%) Git (software)
3 39 (7.16%) Subversion
4 25 (4.59%) JIRA
4 25 (4.59%) Maven
5 24 (4.40%) Sonatype Nexus
6 21 (3.85%) MSI
7 19 (3.49%) GitLab
8 18 (3.30%) TeamCity
9 12 (2.20%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 12 (2.20%) Selenium
10 10 (1.83%) JMeter
11 9 (1.65%) Team Foundation Server
12 8 (1.47%) Toad
13 7 (1.28%) Visual Studio Team System
14 6 (1.10%) Visual Studio
15 5 (0.92%) Octopus Deploy
16 3 (0.55%) Bitbucket
17 2 (0.37%) GoCD
17 2 (0.37%) WiX
General
1 30 (5.50%) Finance
2 12 (2.20%) Retail
3 8 (1.47%) Manufacturing
4 4 (0.73%) Law
4 4 (0.73%) Legal
4 4 (0.73%) Telecoms
5 3 (0.55%) Automotive
5 3 (0.55%) German Language
6 2 (0.37%) Advertising
6 2 (0.37%) Back Office
6 2 (0.37%) French Language
6 2 (0.37%) Games
7 1 (0.18%) Banking
7 1 (0.18%) Electronics
7 1 (0.18%) Military
7 1 (0.18%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 95 (17.43%) Analyst
2 60 (11.01%) Desktop Support
3 58 (10.64%) Support Engineer
4 39 (7.16%) Consultant
5 38 (6.97%) Desktop Engineer
6 37 (6.79%) 2nd Line Support
7 36 (6.61%) Architect
8 35 (6.42%) DevOps Engineer
9 32 (5.87%) IT Support
10 29 (5.32%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 29 (5.32%) Service Analyst
11 28 (5.14%) Service Desk Analyst
11 28 (5.14%) Support Analyst
12 27 (4.95%) 3rd Line Support
13 25 (4.59%) Desktop Support Engineer
14 21 (3.85%) 3rd Line Engineer
15 20 (3.67%) 2nd Line Engineer
15 20 (3.67%) Lead DevOps
16 19 (3.49%) Administrator
16 19 (3.49%) Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (5.87%) Middleware
2 29 (5.32%) .NET
3 23 (4.22%) JSON
4 18 (3.30%) XML
5 16 (2.94%) CSS
6 15 (2.75%) HTML
7 14 (2.57%) .NET Framework
8 13 (2.39%) WSH
9 10 (1.83%) 802.1X
9 10 (1.83%) ASP.NET
10 8 (1.47%) Entity Framework
10 8 (1.47%) Web Services
11 6 (1.10%) ASP.NET MVC
11 6 (1.10%) jQuery
12 5 (0.92%) ASP.NET Web Forms
12 5 (0.92%) LINQ
13 4 (0.73%) AngularJS
13 4 (0.73%) Software Packaging
13 4 (0.73%) Twitter Bootstrap
14 3 (0.55%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 42 (7.71%) Data Centre
2 25 (4.59%) Analytical Skills
3 22 (4.04%) Management Information System
4 18 (3.30%) PKI
5 14 (2.57%) Enterprise Software
5 14 (2.57%) Public Cloud
6 9 (1.65%) Driving Licence
7 8 (1.47%) Fat Client
7 8 (1.47%) Replication
7 8 (1.47%) Thin Client
8 7 (1.28%) Blackberry
8 7 (1.28%) Clustering
8 7 (1.28%) Hybrid Cloud
9 6 (1.10%) Computer Science
9 6 (1.10%) DataPower
10 5 (0.92%) AS400
10 5 (0.92%) Enterprise Cloud
10 5 (0.92%) User Experience
11 4 (0.73%) NHS
11 4 (0.73%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 145 (26.61%) Windows Server
2 125 (22.94%) Linux
3 108 (19.82%) Windows 10
4 100 (18.35%) Windows 7
5 64 (11.74%) Windows Server 2012
6 63 (11.56%) Unix
7 55 (10.09%) Windows Server 2008
8 29 (5.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 28 (5.14%) Windows Server 2003
9 28 (5.14%) Windows XP
10 22 (4.04%) Windows 8
11 14 (2.57%) Apple iOS
12 13 (2.39%) Android
13 8 (1.47%) Windows Vista
14 4 (0.73%) CentOS
14 4 (0.73%) Solaris
14 4 (0.73%) Ubuntu
15 3 (0.55%) Embedded Linux
15 3 (0.55%) HPUX
15 3 (0.55%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 115 (21.10%) ITIL
2 74 (13.58%) Migration
3 67 (12.29%) DevOps
4 57 (10.46%) Agile Software Development
5 36 (6.61%) SDLC
6 32 (5.87%) Test Automation
7 30 (5.50%) Incident Management
8 27 (4.95%) Continuous Integration
8 27 (4.95%) Scrum
8 27 (4.95%) Service Management
9 25 (4.59%) Configuration Management
10 23 (4.22%) Change Management
11 22 (4.04%) Application Discovery
12 21 (3.85%) Stakeholder Management
13 20 (3.67%) Service Delivery
14 19 (3.49%) Information Security
14 19 (3.49%) Kanban
14 19 (3.49%) Mentoring
14 19 (3.49%) Open Source
14 19 (3.49%) Release Management
Programming Languages
1 83 (15.23%) SQL
2 72 (13.21%) PowerShell
3 49 (8.99%) Python
4 42 (7.71%) Perl
5 31 (5.69%) Java
6 23 (4.22%) C#
7 17 (3.12%) VBScript
8 16 (2.94%) JavaScript
9 13 (2.39%) Shell Script
10 10 (1.83%) Bash Shell
11 8 (1.47%) Ruby
12 7 (1.28%) T-SQL
13 6 (1.10%) C++
14 5 (0.92%) C
15 4 (0.73%) VB
15 4 (0.73%) VB.NET
16 3 (0.55%) MATLAB
16 3 (0.55%) VBA
17 2 (0.37%) RPG
18 1 (0.18%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 29 (5.32%) Degree
2 27 (4.95%) Cisco Certification
3 26 (4.77%) Microsoft Certification
4 19 (3.49%) CCNA
4 19 (3.49%) MCSE
5 18 (3.30%) CCNP
6 17 (3.12%) Security Cleared
7 13 (2.39%) CISSP
7 13 (2.39%) MCP
8 9 (1.65%) CCIE
8 9 (1.65%) SANS
8 9 (1.65%) SC Cleared
9 8 (1.47%) DBS Check
9 8 (1.47%) ISEB
10 7 (1.28%) ITIL Certification
10 7 (1.28%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 7 (1.28%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 6 (1.10%) DV Cleared
11 6 (1.10%) MCSA
11 6 (1.10%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 55 (10.09%) SLA
2 15 (2.75%) QA
3 12 (2.20%) GDPR
4 5 (0.92%) Data Quality
5 4 (0.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 3 (0.55%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.18%) AQAP
7 1 (0.18%) GCP
7 1 (0.18%) HIPAA
7 1 (0.18%) ISO 26262
7 1 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 1 (0.18%) MISRA
7 1 (0.18%) MISRA C
7 1 (0.18%) NIST 800
7 1 (0.18%) PMO
System Software
1 183 (33.58%) Active Directory
2 74 (13.58%) VMware Infrastructure
3 26 (4.77%) Microsoft App-V
4 21 (3.85%) Virtual Machines
5 20 (3.67%) Docker
5 20 (3.67%) Hyper-V
6 19 (3.49%) VMware ESXi
7 14 (2.57%) XenApp
8 8 (1.47%) Virtual Servers
9 7 (1.28%) VirtualBox
9 7 (1.28%) XenDesktop
10 6 (1.10%) BitLocker
10 6 (1.10%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 6 (1.10%) Terminal Services
10 6 (1.10%) vSphere
11 4 (0.73%) VMware Workstation
11 4 (0.73%) XenServer
12 3 (0.55%) KVM
13 2 (0.37%) RACF
13 2 (0.37%) Snort
Systems Management
1 65 (11.93%) SCCM
2 41 (7.52%) Puppet
3 24 (4.40%) WSUS
4 22 (4.04%) Ansible
5 18 (3.30%) Opscode Chef
6 15 (2.75%) ZABBIX
7 13 (2.39%) WMI
8 12 (2.20%) logstash
9 11 (2.02%) Graylog
9 11 (2.02%) McAfee ePO
9 11 (2.02%) Nagios
9 11 (2.02%) Tivoli
10 10 (1.83%) Rundeck
10 10 (1.83%) SCOM
11 9 (1.65%) Norton AntiVirus
12 8 (1.47%) Single Sign-On
13 7 (1.28%) Terraform
14 6 (1.10%) SCVMM
15 5 (0.92%) AirWatch
15 5 (0.92%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 162 (29.72%) Microsoft
2 125 (22.94%) VMware
3 83 (15.23%) Oracle
4 59 (10.83%) Citrix
5 39 (7.16%) Cisco
6 37 (6.79%) HP
7 28 (5.14%) Red Hat
8 24 (4.40%) Dell
9 23 (4.22%) McAfee
10 18 (3.30%) NetApp
11 16 (2.94%) IBM
11 16 (2.94%) Splunk
12 14 (2.57%) Apple
13 12 (2.20%) webMethods
14 11 (2.02%) Micro Focus
14 11 (2.02%) Remedy
14 11 (2.02%) Serena
14 11 (2.02%) Symantec
15 10 (1.83%) CA
16 9 (1.65%) Google