Period
to 18 September 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 18 September 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
18 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 4 6 7
Rank change year-on-year +2 +1 +1
Contract jobs citing Windows 741 526 640
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 14.47% 11.75% 10.45%
As % of the Operating Systems category 71.80% 63.76% 58.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 390 329 333
West Midlands median daily rate £360 £325 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.77% -7.14% +3.70%
10th Percentile £119 £150 £120
90th Percentile £530 £500 £513
England median daily rate £375 £350 £363
% change year-on-year +7.14% -3.45% +5.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 120 58 80
West Midlands median hourly rate £14.00 £14.20 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.41% +9.23% -6.27%
10th Percentile £10.75 £11.00 £10.00
90th Percentile £20.83 £20.83 £20.30
England median hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year +6.25% +3.23% -2.27%

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 1,032 825 1,090
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 20.16% 18.44% 17.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 537 492 564
West Midlands median daily rate £375 £375 £395
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -5.06% +17.04%
10th Percentile £129 £170 £168
90th Percentile £538 £560 £519
England median daily rate £438 £425 £410
% change year-on-year +2.94% +3.66% +5.81%
Number of hourly rates quoted 135 72 91
West Midlands median hourly rate £14.50 £14.37 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.89% +6.46% -6.90%
10th Percentile £10.89 £11.00 £10.00
90th Percentile £21.50 £30.35 £36.50
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year - +6.06% +0.46%

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 18 September 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 18 September 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 18 September 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 0 182 £304 -4.33% 60
Shropshire 0 173 £425 -15.00% 14
Coventry +1 95 £450 +130.77% 27
Staffordshire +3 66 £358 +5.54% 25
Warwickshire +9 61 £463 +54.25% 21
Worcestershire -2 28 £200 +5.96% 21
Herefordshire 0 19 £375 +2.04% 3
Solihull -11 19 £350 -2.78% 10
Dudley +9 12 £110 -62.39% 3
Walsall +4 6 £375 +21.46% 1
Wolverhampton -8 5 - - 2
Sutton Coldfield - 4 £344 - 6
West Bromwich +6 2 £140 +27.27%
Halesowen - 2 - - 3
Windows
England

For the 6 months to 18 September 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.

1 249 (33.60%) Microsoft
2 233 (31.44%) Active Directory
3 191 (25.78%) Windows Server
4 149 (20.11%) SQL
4 149 (20.11%) Linux
5 147 (19.84%) Windows 10
6 140 (18.89%) Office 365
7 131 (17.68%) ITIL
8 130 (17.54%) VMware
9 124 (16.73%) Agile Software Development
10 123 (16.60%) Microsoft Azure
11 116 (15.65%) DevOps
12 109 (14.71%) Unix
13 104 (14.04%) Oracle
14 101 (13.63%) SQL Server
15 98 (13.23%) Microsoft Office
16 95 (12.82%) Java
17 89 (12.01%) SCCM
18 88 (11.88%) Windows 7
19 86 (11.61%) PowerShell
19 86 (11.61%) Windows Server 2012
20 85 (11.47%) Continuous Integration
21 81 (10.93%) VMware Infrastructure
22 78 (10.53%) XML
23 76 (10.26%) Jenkins
24 73 (9.85%) Git (software)
24 73 (9.85%) Migration
25 71 (9.58%) C#
26 67 (9.04%) .NET
27 65 (8.77%) Test Automation

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 58 (7.83%) WebLogic
2 56 (7.56%) MS Exchange
3 37 (4.99%) SharePoint
4 34 (4.59%) Confluence
5 29 (3.91%) Apache
6 25 (3.37%) nginx
7 24 (3.24%) Tomcat
8 22 (2.97%) Exchange Server 2010
9 14 (1.89%) Skype for Business
10 11 (1.48%) IIS
10 11 (1.48%) JBoss
11 5 (0.67%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 5 (0.67%) Exchange Server 2013
11 5 (0.67%) OpenStack
11 5 (0.67%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 4 (0.54%) CMS
13 3 (0.40%) BizTalk Server
13 3 (0.40%) Elasticsearch
13 3 (0.40%) Mule
13 3 (0.40%) WebSphere
Applications
1 98 (13.23%) Microsoft Office
2 21 (2.83%) Microsoft Excel
3 13 (1.75%) MS Visio
4 9 (1.21%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (0.54%) Microsoft Project
5 4 (0.54%) PTC Creo
5 4 (0.54%) Windchill
6 1 (0.13%) SOLIDWORKS
6 1 (0.13%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 20 (2.70%) Remedy ITSM
2 7 (0.94%) assyst
2 7 (0.94%) SAP FI-CA
2 7 (0.94%) SAP PSCD
3 3 (0.40%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (0.40%) ENOVIA
3 3 (0.40%) SAP MII
4 2 (0.27%) Sage 200
5 1 (0.13%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 140 (18.89%) Office 365
2 123 (16.60%) Microsoft Azure
3 59 (7.96%) Amazon AWS
4 45 (6.07%) IaaS
5 38 (5.13%) Cloud Computing
5 38 (5.13%) PaaS
6 32 (4.32%) SaaS
7 23 (3.10%) GitHub
8 21 (2.83%) Google Analytics
9 13 (1.75%) OneDrive
10 10 (1.35%) Dynamics 365
11 8 (1.08%) Azure Active Directory
12 7 (0.94%) AWS CloudFormation
13 5 (0.67%) Amazon EC2
13 5 (0.67%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 3 (0.40%) Amazon ELB
14 3 (0.40%) Amazon S3
14 3 (0.40%) AWS Lambda
14 3 (0.40%) Google Cloud Platform
14 3 (0.40%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 45 (6.07%) Firewall
1 45 (6.07%) TCP/IP
2 41 (5.53%) DNS
3 32 (4.32%) SSL
4 23 (3.10%) DHCP
4 23 (3.10%) SAN
5 21 (2.83%) HTTP
6 18 (2.43%) LAN
7 17 (2.29%) SNMP
8 16 (2.16%) Internet
8 16 (2.16%) WAN
9 13 (1.75%) VPN
10 11 (1.48%) Skype
10 11 (1.48%) VLAN
10 11 (1.48%) Wi-Fi
11 9 (1.21%) Wireless
12 8 (1.08%) Reverse Proxy
13 7 (0.94%) DMARC
13 7 (0.94%) MPLS
13 7 (0.94%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 101 (13.63%) SQL Server
2 33 (4.45%) MongoDB
3 26 (3.51%) NoSQL
4 23 (3.10%) Oracle Database
5 19 (2.56%) PostgreSQL
6 17 (2.29%) SQL Server 2008
7 15 (2.02%) MySQL
8 8 (1.08%) Amazon RDS
8 8 (1.08%) Relational Database
8 8 (1.08%) Riak
9 6 (0.81%) Data Warehouse
9 6 (0.81%) RDBMS
9 6 (0.81%) SQL Server 2005
10 5 (0.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 5 (0.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 4 (0.54%) MS Access
11 4 (0.54%) SQL Server 2000
11 4 (0.54%) SQL Server 2012
11 4 (0.54%) SQL Server 2014
11 4 (0.54%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 76 (10.26%) Jenkins
2 73 (9.85%) Git (software)
3 39 (5.26%) JIRA
4 37 (4.99%) Subversion
5 35 (4.72%) Selenium
6 31 (4.18%) Team Foundation Server
6 31 (4.18%) Toad
7 30 (4.05%) Visual Studio
8 29 (3.91%) Maven
9 26 (3.51%) Cucumber
10 23 (3.10%) Sonatype Nexus
11 21 (2.83%) Grunt
11 21 (2.83%) gulp
11 21 (2.83%) IntelliJ
11 21 (2.83%) Sublime Text
12 20 (2.70%) Bitbucket
12 20 (2.70%) Gatling
12 20 (2.70%) Karma Test Runner
13 19 (2.56%) Ant
14 18 (2.43%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 51 (6.88%) Finance
2 16 (2.16%) Retail
3 12 (1.62%) Telecoms
4 10 (1.35%) Automotive
4 10 (1.35%) Marketing
5 7 (0.94%) Advertising
5 7 (0.94%) Manufacturing
6 5 (0.67%) Military
7 4 (0.54%) Electronics
7 4 (0.54%) Mandarin Language
8 3 (0.40%) Back Office
8 3 (0.40%) Games
8 3 (0.40%) General Ledger
8 3 (0.40%) Law
9 2 (0.27%) Legal
10 1 (0.13%) Banking
10 1 (0.13%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.13%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 159 (21.46%) Analyst
2 64 (8.64%) DevOps Engineer
3 55 (7.42%) Developer
3 55 (7.42%) Support Engineer
4 52 (7.02%) Service Analyst
5 50 (6.75%) Service Desk Analyst
6 47 (6.34%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 45 (6.07%) Desktop Support
8 43 (5.80%) Test Analyst
9 36 (4.86%) Architect
10 33 (4.45%) 2nd Line Support
11 32 (4.32%) Administrator
12 30 (4.05%) Windows Engineer
13 26 (3.51%) 2nd Line Engineer
13 26 (3.51%) Project Manager
14 25 (3.37%) Consultant
15 24 (3.24%) Desktop Engineer
15 24 (3.24%) IT Support
15 24 (3.24%) Support Analyst
16 22 (2.97%) 3rd Line Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 78 (10.53%) XML
2 67 (9.04%) .NET
3 46 (6.21%) CSS
4 41 (5.53%) HTML
5 36 (4.86%) Middleware
6 27 (3.64%) ASP.NET
7 26 (3.51%) jQuery
8 25 (3.37%) AngularJS
9 23 (3.10%) JSON
9 23 (3.10%) Node.js
10 21 (2.83%) Gherkin
11 18 (2.43%) SOAP
12 17 (2.29%) Servlets
13 16 (2.16%) .NET Framework
13 16 (2.16%) ASP.NET MVC
13 16 (2.16%) Web Services
14 15 (2.02%) REST
15 14 (1.89%) Spring
16 12 (1.62%) RESTful
16 12 (1.62%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 53 (7.15%) Data Centre
2 46 (6.21%) Analytical Skills
2 46 (6.21%) Self-Motivation
3 30 (4.05%) Enterprise Software
4 28 (3.78%) Management Information System
5 24 (3.24%) Mobile App
6 22 (2.97%) Clustering
7 18 (2.43%) Fat Client
7 18 (2.43%) Thin Client
8 17 (2.29%) Public Cloud
9 11 (1.48%) iPad
9 11 (1.48%) PKI
10 10 (1.35%) Blackberry
10 10 (1.35%) Driving Licence
11 8 (1.08%) N-Tier
12 7 (0.94%) Computer Science
12 7 (0.94%) iPhone
12 7 (0.94%) Mainframe
12 7 (0.94%) User Experience
13 6 (0.81%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 191 (25.78%) Windows Server
2 149 (20.11%) Linux
3 147 (19.84%) Windows 10
4 109 (14.71%) Unix
5 88 (11.88%) Windows 7
6 86 (11.61%) Windows Server 2012
7 59 (7.96%) Windows Server 2008
8 36 (4.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 30 (4.05%) Windows XP
10 24 (3.24%) Ubuntu
11 19 (2.56%) Windows Server 2003
12 14 (1.89%) Android
13 12 (1.62%) Solaris
14 11 (1.48%) Apple iOS
15 10 (1.35%) Mac OS X
16 9 (1.21%) Windows 8
17 5 (0.67%) VME
18 4 (0.54%) CentOS
18 4 (0.54%) Windows 2000 Server
19 3 (0.40%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 131 (17.68%) ITIL
2 124 (16.73%) Agile Software Development
3 116 (15.65%) DevOps
4 85 (11.47%) Continuous Integration
5 73 (9.85%) Migration
6 65 (8.77%) Test Automation
7 60 (8.10%) Problem-Solving
8 57 (7.69%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 52 (7.02%) Customer Requirements
10 49 (6.61%) ITIL V3
11 44 (5.94%) Test Scripting
12 41 (5.53%) Microservices
13 39 (5.26%) Configuration Management
14 38 (5.13%) Deployment Automation
15 36 (4.86%) Scrum
15 36 (4.86%) Service Management
16 34 (4.59%) Open Source
16 34 (4.59%) SDLC
17 31 (4.18%) Analytics
17 31 (4.18%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 149 (20.11%) SQL
2 95 (12.82%) Java
3 86 (11.61%) PowerShell
4 71 (9.58%) C#
5 61 (8.23%) Python
6 55 (7.42%) JavaScript
7 50 (6.75%) Perl
8 23 (3.10%) Ruby
9 21 (2.83%) T-SQL
10 20 (2.70%) Groovy
11 17 (2.29%) Haskell
12 14 (1.89%) VBScript
13 10 (1.35%) Bash Shell
13 10 (1.35%) Scala
14 6 (0.81%) XPath
15 5 (0.67%) PHP
16 4 (0.54%) CoffeeScript
16 4 (0.54%) Shell Script
16 4 (0.54%) VB
16 4 (0.54%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 54 (7.29%) Security Cleared
2 51 (6.88%) ISEB
3 48 (6.48%) ISTQB
4 46 (6.21%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 44 (5.94%) Microsoft Certification
6 41 (5.53%) SC Cleared
7 29 (3.91%) MCSE
8 24 (3.24%) Degree
9 19 (2.56%) Cisco Certification
10 14 (1.89%) CISSP
11 13 (1.75%) CCNA
11 13 (1.75%) Computer Science Degree
11 13 (1.75%) MCITP
11 13 (1.75%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 12 (1.62%) MCP
13 11 (1.48%) CCNP
13 11 (1.48%) DBS Check
14 8 (1.08%) ITIL Certification
14 8 (1.08%) MCSA
15 6 (0.81%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (2.56%) QA
2 18 (2.43%) SLA
3 10 (1.35%) GDPR
4 8 (1.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 5 (0.67%) JSP 440
5 5 (0.67%) PMO
6 2 (0.27%) GCP
7 1 (0.13%) Def Stans
System Software
1 233 (31.44%) Active Directory
2 81 (10.93%) VMware Infrastructure
3 40 (5.40%) Hyper-V
4 31 (4.18%) Docker
5 27 (3.64%) Microsoft App-V
6 24 (3.24%) VMware ESXi
7 19 (2.56%) XenApp
8 18 (2.43%) Virtual Machines
9 17 (2.29%) vSphere
10 9 (1.21%) BitLocker
11 8 (1.08%) Terminal Services
11 8 (1.08%) Virtual Servers
11 8 (1.08%) VMware Workstation
12 7 (0.94%) NFS
13 5 (0.67%) XenDesktop
14 4 (0.54%) Virtual Desktop
14 4 (0.54%) VMware Server
15 3 (0.40%) DFS Replication
15 3 (0.40%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 3 (0.40%) Squid
Systems Management
1 89 (12.01%) SCCM
2 53 (7.15%) Puppet
3 50 (6.75%) Ansible
4 39 (5.26%) WSUS
5 23 (3.10%) Kibana
6 21 (2.83%) Opscode Chef
7 20 (2.70%) Grafana
8 19 (2.56%) Microsoft Intune
9 17 (2.29%) SCOM
10 15 (2.02%) Microsoft Clustering
11 14 (1.89%) Terraform
12 11 (1.48%) Failover Clustering
12 11 (1.48%) Nagios
13 8 (1.08%) McAfee ePO
13 8 (1.08%) Rundeck
13 8 (1.08%) vCenter Server
14 7 (0.94%) Nessus
14 7 (0.94%) ZABBIX
15 6 (0.81%) Backup Exec
16 5 (0.67%) SafeCom
Vendors
1 249 (33.60%) Microsoft
2 130 (17.54%) VMware
3 104 (14.04%) Oracle
4 51 (6.88%) webMethods
5 48 (6.48%) Citrix
6 44 (5.94%) Cisco
7 37 (4.99%) Red Hat
8 31 (4.18%) NetApp
8 31 (4.18%) Remedy
9 30 (4.05%) HP
10 28 (3.78%) Google
11 24 (3.24%) BMC
12 23 (3.10%) Apple
13 20 (2.70%) SAP
14 17 (2.29%) IBM
15 16 (2.16%) Dell
16 13 (1.75%) McAfee
17 11 (1.48%) Atlassian
18 10 (1.35%) Wyse
19 9 (1.21%) Capita