Period
to 20 August 2019

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 20 August 2019 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
20 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 6 4 6
Rank change year-on-year -2 +2 +1
Contract jobs citing Windows 543 704 521
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 12.59% 13.90% 12.04%
As % of the Operating Systems category 66.46% 71.98% 63.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 356 387 328
West Midlands median daily rate £330 £350 £336
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.71% +4.09% -3.93%
10th Percentile £131 £118 £150
90th Percentile £575 £530 £503
England median daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year - +3.45% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 119 52
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.50 £14.50 £14.20
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.90% +2.11% +5.19%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.75 £10.28
90th Percentile £20.60 £21.50 £17.95
England median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year -2.94% +9.68% +1.26%

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 817 978 815
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 18.94% 19.31% 18.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 516 516 492
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - -5.66%
10th Percentile £146 £128 £192
90th Percentile £588 £538 £557
England median daily rate £425 £438 £425
% change year-on-year -2.86% +2.94% +5.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 133 59
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £14.22
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +5.52% +4.60%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.85 £10.45
90th Percentile £20.60 £21.50 £28.20
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.38
% change year-on-year - +0.68% +5.35%

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 20 August 2019.

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 20 August 2019.

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 20 August 2019. 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 +1 159 £275 -6.38% 58
Coventry -3 84 £400 -11.11% 19
Shropshire -11 76 £439 +7.67% 12
Warwickshire +8 73 £325 -23.53% 26
Staffordshire +2 41 £250 -29.33% 34
Worcestershire -2 28 £413 +117.11% 44
Dudley 0 23 £205 +86.36% 10
Herefordshire +2 10 £405 +8.00% 9
Wolverhampton +11 8 £220 - 5
Solihull -8 6 £313 -6.72% 25
West Bromwich 0 3 £110 -21.43%
Sutton Coldfield +2 2 - -
Halesowen 0 2 £130 - 1
Windows
England

For the 6 months to 20 August 2019, 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.

1 173 (31.86%) Active Directory
2 170 (31.31%) Microsoft
3 156 (28.73%) Windows 10
4 145 (26.70%) VMware
5 118 (21.73%) Windows Server
6 115 (21.18%) Office 365
7 101 (18.60%) Linux
8 95 (17.50%) Microsoft Azure
9 89 (16.39%) Migration
10 84 (15.47%) Windows 7
11 80 (14.73%) VMware Infrastructure
12 71 (13.08%) ITIL
13 70 (12.89%) SCCM
14 68 (12.52%) Public Sector
15 66 (12.15%) Windows Server 2012
16 65 (11.97%) Oracle
17 61 (11.23%) Security Cleared
17 61 (11.23%) Amazon AWS
18 58 (10.68%) Citrix
19 57 (10.50%) Microsoft Office
19 57 (10.50%) PowerShell
20 52 (9.58%) Agile Software Development
20 52 (9.58%) Problem-Solving
21 51 (9.39%) Unix
21 51 (9.39%) Cisco
22 50 (9.21%) SQL
23 46 (8.47%) Windows Server 2008
24 45 (8.29%) VMware ESXi
25 44 (8.10%) Infrastructure Engineering
25 44 (8.10%) SQL Server

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 27 (4.97%) SharePoint
2 25 (4.60%) MS Exchange
3 18 (3.31%) Confluence
4 16 (2.95%) Skype for Business
5 10 (1.84%) WebLogic
6 6 (1.10%) Exchange Server 2013
7 5 (0.92%) WebSphere
8 4 (0.74%) Apache
8 4 (0.74%) IIS
9 3 (0.55%) SAS
9 3 (0.55%) Tomcat
10 2 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2000
10 2 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2010
10 2 (0.37%) Jetty
10 2 (0.37%) Mongrel
10 2 (0.37%) nginx
11 1 (0.18%) CMS
11 1 (0.18%) Exchange Server 2007
11 1 (0.18%) OpenStack
11 1 (0.18%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 57 (10.50%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (2.03%) Microsoft Project
3 6 (1.10%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (0.92%) Microsoft Excel
5 4 (0.74%) MS Visio
6 3 (0.55%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 11 (2.03%) Remedy ITSM
2 9 (1.66%) Oracle Applications
3 5 (0.92%) assyst
4 3 (0.55%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 1 (0.18%) DELMIA
5 1 (0.18%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.18%) Oracle 11i
5 1 (0.18%) SAP S/4HANA
5 1 (0.18%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 115 (21.18%) Office 365
2 95 (17.50%) Microsoft Azure
3 61 (11.23%) Amazon AWS
4 12 (2.21%) Power Platform
5 11 (2.03%) IaaS
6 10 (1.84%) PaaS
7 7 (1.29%) Azure Active Directory
7 7 (1.29%) OneDrive
8 6 (1.10%) Amazon EC2
9 5 (0.92%) Google Cloud Platform
9 5 (0.92%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 4 (0.74%) GitHub
11 3 (0.55%) Amazon ELB
11 3 (0.55%) Cloud Computing
11 3 (0.55%) Google App Engine
12 2 (0.37%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 2 (0.37%) PowerApps
12 2 (0.37%) SaaS
12 2 (0.37%) Serverless
13 1 (0.18%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 43 (7.92%) Firewall
2 36 (6.63%) DNS
3 29 (5.34%) DHCP
4 23 (4.24%) VPN
5 21 (3.87%) Skype
6 20 (3.68%) WAN
7 19 (3.50%) LAN
7 19 (3.50%) TCP/IP
8 16 (2.95%) Unified Communications
9 14 (2.58%) SAN
10 10 (1.84%) Wireless
11 7 (1.29%) VLAN
12 6 (1.10%) Internet
12 6 (1.10%) IP Telephony
12 6 (1.10%) Wi-Fi
13 5 (0.92%) Cisco ASA
13 5 (0.92%) Cisco IOS
13 5 (0.92%) Kerberos
13 5 (0.92%) NetScaler
13 5 (0.92%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 44 (8.10%) SQL Server
2 11 (2.03%) Power BI
3 10 (1.84%) Oracle OWB
4 8 (1.47%) MySQL
4 8 (1.47%) Oracle Database
5 4 (0.74%) BusinessObjects
5 4 (0.74%) PostgreSQL
5 4 (0.74%) SAP BW
5 4 (0.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 3 (0.55%) Big Data
6 3 (0.55%) Data Warehouse
6 3 (0.55%) DB2
7 2 (0.37%) Amazon RDS
7 2 (0.37%) Azure SQL Database
7 2 (0.37%) DB2 UDB
7 2 (0.37%) SQL Server 2017
8 1 (0.18%) GIS
8 1 (0.18%) SAP HANA
8 1 (0.18%) SQL Server 2008
8 1 (0.18%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 22 (4.05%) JIRA
2 20 (3.68%) Jenkins
3 16 (2.95%) GitLab
4 12 (2.21%) Visual Studio
5 3 (0.55%) Git (software)
5 3 (0.55%) Visual Studio Team System
6 2 (0.37%) MSI
6 2 (0.37%) Travis CI
7 1 (0.18%) Bugzilla
7 1 (0.18%) Hudson
7 1 (0.18%) Rational DOORS
7 1 (0.18%) Selenium
7 1 (0.18%) SpecFlow
General
1 68 (12.52%) Public Sector
2 34 (6.26%) Finance
3 15 (2.76%) Telecoms
4 13 (2.39%) Retail
5 7 (1.29%) Manufacturing
5 7 (1.29%) Military
6 5 (0.92%) Advertising
7 4 (0.74%) Electronics
7 4 (0.74%) Financial Institution
7 4 (0.74%) German Language
7 4 (0.74%) Legal
8 3 (0.55%) Games
8 3 (0.55%) Marketing
9 2 (0.37%) Banking
9 2 (0.37%) Local Government
10 1 (0.18%) Aerospace
10 1 (0.18%) Housing Association
10 1 (0.18%) Investment Banking
10 1 (0.18%) Law
10 1 (0.18%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 97 (17.86%) Analyst
2 61 (11.23%) Windows Engineer
3 46 (8.47%) Architect
4 39 (7.18%) Support Engineer
5 34 (6.26%) Deployment Engineer
5 34 (6.26%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 31 (5.71%) DevOps Engineer
7 28 (5.16%) Desktop Engineer
7 28 (5.16%) Server Engineer
8 26 (4.79%) Desktop Support
8 26 (4.79%) Systems Engineer
9 25 (4.60%) Service Analyst
10 22 (4.05%) Consultant
11 21 (3.87%) IT Engineer
12 20 (3.68%) Azure Engineer
12 20 (3.68%) Service Desk Analyst
13 19 (3.50%) 2nd Line Support
13 19 (3.50%) IT Support
13 19 (3.50%) Windows Deployment Engineer
13 19 (3.50%) Wintel Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (2.76%) .NET
2 12 (2.21%) Elastic Stack
3 10 (1.84%) XML
4 7 (1.29%) Web Services
5 4 (0.74%) LDAP
5 4 (0.74%) ODBC
6 3 (0.55%) J2EE
6 3 (0.55%) WebSphere MQ
6 3 (0.55%) WinForms
7 2 (0.37%) .NET Core
7 2 (0.37%) Middleware
7 2 (0.37%) Servlets
8 1 (0.18%) .NET Framework
8 1 (0.18%) AngularJS
8 1 (0.18%) ASP.NET
8 1 (0.18%) ASP.NET Core
8 1 (0.18%) CSS
8 1 (0.18%) HTML
8 1 (0.18%) JSON
8 1 (0.18%) MassTransit
Miscellaneous
1 31 (5.71%) Analytical Skills
1 31 (5.71%) Data Centre
2 18 (3.31%) Driving Licence
3 16 (2.95%) Self-Motivation
4 13 (2.39%) Management Information System
5 9 (1.66%) Replication
6 7 (1.29%) CMDB
6 7 (1.29%) NHS
6 7 (1.29%) Social Media
6 7 (1.29%) Video Conferencing
7 6 (1.10%) Clustering
7 6 (1.10%) Enterprise Software
7 6 (1.10%) FMCG
7 6 (1.10%) User Experience
8 4 (0.74%) Hybrid Cloud
8 4 (0.74%) PKI
9 2 (0.37%) Linux Command Line
9 2 (0.37%) Mobile App
9 2 (0.37%) Private Cloud
9 2 (0.37%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 156 (28.73%) Windows 10
2 118 (21.73%) Windows Server
3 101 (18.60%) Linux
4 84 (15.47%) Windows 7
5 66 (12.15%) Windows Server 2012
6 51 (9.39%) Unix
7 46 (8.47%) Windows Server 2008
8 31 (5.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 30 (5.52%) Windows Server 2003
10 21 (3.87%) Windows XP
11 19 (3.50%) Solaris
12 12 (2.21%) Apple iOS
13 9 (1.66%) Windows 8
14 8 (1.47%) Android
15 5 (0.92%) HPUX
16 4 (0.74%) Mac OS
17 3 (0.55%) CentOS
17 3 (0.55%) Windows 2000 Server
18 1 (0.18%) OpenVMS
18 1 (0.18%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 89 (16.39%) Migration
2 71 (13.08%) ITIL
3 52 (9.58%) Agile Software Development
3 52 (9.58%) Problem-Solving
4 44 (8.10%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 42 (7.73%) DevOps
6 32 (5.89%) SDLC
7 27 (4.97%) Change Management
8 23 (4.24%) Time Management
9 22 (4.05%) Mentoring
10 19 (3.50%) Data Modelling
10 19 (3.50%) Service Delivery
11 17 (3.13%) Service Management
11 17 (3.13%) Waterfall
12 16 (2.95%) Analytics
12 16 (2.95%) RUP
12 16 (2.95%) Workshop Facilitation
13 14 (2.58%) Business Intelligence
13 14 (2.58%) Configuration Management
14 13 (2.39%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 57 (10.50%) PowerShell
2 50 (9.21%) SQL
3 17 (3.13%) Java
4 10 (1.84%) Python
5 8 (1.47%) C#
6 7 (1.29%) Bash Shell
6 7 (1.29%) C
7 6 (1.10%) Perl
7 6 (1.10%) PL/SQL
8 5 (0.92%) Shell Script
9 4 (0.74%) T-SQL
10 3 (0.55%) ABAP
11 2 (0.37%) Go
11 2 (0.37%) JavaScript
12 1 (0.18%) Ruby
12 1 (0.18%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 61 (11.23%) Security Cleared
2 39 (7.18%) Microsoft Certification
3 26 (4.79%) DV Cleared
3 26 (4.79%) SC Cleared
4 25 (4.60%) MCSE
5 22 (4.05%) Cisco Certification
5 22 (4.05%) MCSA
6 18 (3.31%) CCNA
7 10 (1.84%) BPSS Clearance
7 10 (1.84%) ISEB
7 10 (1.84%) ISEB Practitioner
8 9 (1.66%) Degree
8 9 (1.66%) HNC
8 9 (1.66%) RHCE
9 8 (1.47%) RHCSA
10 7 (1.29%) DBS Check
11 6 (1.10%) VCP6
11 6 (1.10%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 5 (0.92%) HND
12 5 (0.92%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (4.05%) SLA
2 7 (1.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (0.92%) GDPR
3 5 (0.92%) PMO
4 3 (0.55%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.55%) QA
5 1 (0.18%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.18%) JSP 440
System Software
1 173 (31.86%) Active Directory
2 80 (14.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 45 (8.29%) VMware ESXi
4 35 (6.45%) Hyper-V
4 35 (6.45%) XenApp
5 30 (5.52%) vSphere
6 19 (3.50%) XenDesktop
7 17 (3.13%) Virtual Machines
8 10 (1.84%) Microsoft App-V
9 8 (1.47%) PowerDNS
10 5 (0.92%) Docker
10 5 (0.92%) Oracle RAC
11 4 (0.74%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 4 (0.74%) Samba
11 4 (0.74%) Virtual Desktop
12 3 (0.55%) ISA Server
12 3 (0.55%) Virtual Servers
12 3 (0.55%) VMware Server
13 2 (0.37%) DFS Replication
13 2 (0.37%) Forefront TMG
Systems Management
1 70 (12.89%) SCCM
2 25 (4.60%) Terraform
3 24 (4.42%) Ansible
4 19 (3.50%) Microsoft Intune
5 12 (2.21%) McAfee ePO
5 12 (2.21%) NetBackup
6 11 (2.03%) Netcool
7 10 (1.84%) Avamar
7 10 (1.84%) OpenView
7 10 (1.84%) WSUS
8 9 (1.66%) SCOM
9 8 (1.47%) Opsview
10 7 (1.29%) Puppet
11 5 (0.92%) Opscode Chef
12 4 (0.74%) Backup Exec
12 4 (0.74%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
12 4 (0.74%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 4 (0.74%) Oracle RMAN
12 4 (0.74%) SCVMM
12 4 (0.74%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 170 (31.31%) Microsoft
2 145 (26.70%) VMware
3 65 (11.97%) Oracle
4 58 (10.68%) Citrix
5 51 (9.39%) Cisco
6 32 (5.89%) Red Hat
7 27 (4.97%) HP
8 26 (4.79%) Apple
9 22 (4.05%) NetApp
10 21 (3.87%) EMC
11 20 (3.68%) Splunk
12 15 (2.76%) McAfee
12 15 (2.76%) Remedy
13 13 (2.39%) IBM
14 12 (2.21%) BMC
15 11 (2.03%) CheckPoint
15 11 (2.03%) Google
15 11 (2.03%) Veeam
16 10 (1.84%) webMethods
17 9 (1.66%) SAP