Period
to 21 July 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 21 July 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
21 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 5 6 7
Rank change year-on-year +1 +1 -1
Contract jobs citing Windows 682 489 671
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 13.11% 11.02% 11.21%
As % of the Operating Systems category 68.27% 62.77% 55.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 385 288 345
West Midlands median daily rate £345 £345 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -2.82% +13.15%
10th Percentile £117 £134 £135
90th Percentile £530 £529 £523
England median daily rate £375 £365 £360
% change year-on-year +2.74% +1.39% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 116 57 85
West Midlands median hourly rate £14.50 £14.22 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.00% +9.35% -13.33%
10th Percentile £10.78 £10.15 £10.00
90th Percentile £21.50 £20.10 £20.90
England median hourly rate £16.60 £15.08 £15.25
% change year-on-year +10.12% -1.15% -4.69%

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 999 779 1,205
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 19.21% 17.55% 20.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 529 470 612
West Midlands median daily rate £375 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% - +23.08%
10th Percentile £134 £183 £200
90th Percentile £538 £556 £525
England median daily rate £438 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 129 64 96
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.00 £14.50 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.45% +7.41% -11.48%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.33 £10.00
90th Percentile £25.50 £31.00 £26.25
England median hourly rate £17.50 £16.75 £16.50
% change year-on-year +4.48% +1.52% +2.10%

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 21 July 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 21 July 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 21 July 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 +2 160 £295 -9.23% 52
Shropshire -3 136 £425 -14.34% 17
Coventry +4 103 £450 +50.00% 30
Warwickshire +7 68 £475 +58.33% 25
Staffordshire +2 62 £315 +5.00% 25
Worcestershire 0 34 £200 -20.00% 22
Solihull -12 18 £335 -4.29% 5
Herefordshire -2 16 £350 -4.76% 4
Dudley -2 8 £118 +14.63% 3
Walsall +3 6 £375 +21.46%
Wolverhampton -9 6 - - 7
Sutton Coldfield - 3 £338 - 7
Halesowen - 3 £114 - 1
West Bromwich +11 2 £140 +27.27%
Windows
England

For the 6 months to 21 July 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.

1 240 (35.19%) Microsoft
2 224 (32.84%) Active Directory
3 177 (25.95%) Windows Server
4 135 (19.79%) SQL
5 134 (19.65%) Windows 10
6 133 (19.50%) Microsoft Azure
6 133 (19.50%) ITIL
7 127 (18.62%) VMware
8 125 (18.33%) Linux
9 113 (16.57%) Office 365
10 103 (15.10%) SQL Server
11 100 (14.66%) DevOps
12 98 (14.37%) Oracle
13 96 (14.08%) Microsoft Office
14 94 (13.78%) PowerShell
15 93 (13.64%) Agile Software Development
16 92 (13.49%) Unix
17 87 (12.76%) Windows Server 2012
18 74 (10.85%) SCCM
19 73 (10.70%) Windows 7
20 71 (10.41%) VMware Infrastructure
20 71 (10.41%) MS Exchange
21 69 (10.12%) Java
22 65 (9.53%) .NET
22 65 (9.53%) Migration
23 63 (9.24%) Windows Server 2008
23 63 (9.24%) Continuous Integration
24 62 (9.09%) C#
25 59 (8.65%) XML
26 58 (8.50%) Python

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 71 (10.41%) MS Exchange
2 47 (6.89%) WebLogic
3 33 (4.84%) SharePoint
4 30 (4.40%) Exchange Server 2010
5 23 (3.37%) Confluence
6 22 (3.23%) Apache
7 16 (2.35%) IIS
8 13 (1.91%) Skype for Business
8 13 (1.91%) Tomcat
9 9 (1.32%) nginx
10 7 (1.03%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 6 (0.88%) Exchange Server 2013
11 6 (0.88%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 5 (0.73%) JBoss
12 5 (0.73%) OpenStack
13 3 (0.44%) BizTalk Server
13 3 (0.44%) Elasticsearch
13 3 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2007
13 3 (0.44%) WebSphere
14 2 (0.29%) Oracle HTTP Server
Applications
1 96 (14.08%) Microsoft Office
2 18 (2.64%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (1.17%) MS Visio
4 6 (0.88%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 6 (0.88%) Microsoft Project
5 4 (0.59%) PTC Creo
5 4 (0.59%) Windchill
6 1 (0.15%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 23 (3.37%) Remedy ITSM
2 10 (1.47%) assyst
3 3 (0.44%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (0.44%) ENOVIA
3 3 (0.44%) SAP MII
4 2 (0.29%) Sage 200
5 1 (0.15%) SAP FI-CA
5 1 (0.15%) SAP PSCD
Cloud Services
1 133 (19.50%) Microsoft Azure
2 113 (16.57%) Office 365
3 57 (8.36%) Amazon AWS
4 41 (6.01%) Cloud Computing
4 41 (6.01%) IaaS
5 35 (5.13%) PaaS
6 26 (3.81%) SaaS
7 10 (1.47%) OneDrive
8 7 (1.03%) AWS CloudFormation
8 7 (1.03%) Dynamics 365
9 6 (0.88%) GitHub
10 5 (0.73%) Amazon EC2
10 5 (0.73%) Azure Active Directory
10 5 (0.73%) Google Cloud Platform
11 4 (0.59%) Amazon S3
11 4 (0.59%) Google Analytics
12 3 (0.44%) Amazon ELB
12 3 (0.44%) AWS Lambda
12 3 (0.44%) G Suite
12 3 (0.44%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 42 (6.16%) Firewall
2 39 (5.72%) DNS
3 32 (4.69%) TCP/IP
4 29 (4.25%) SAN
5 25 (3.67%) LAN
6 22 (3.23%) VPN
6 22 (3.23%) WAN
7 21 (3.08%) SNMP
8 19 (2.79%) DHCP
8 19 (2.79%) VLAN
9 17 (2.49%) Internet
10 15 (2.20%) Skype
11 14 (2.05%) Network Security
12 13 (1.91%) SSL
13 12 (1.76%) MPLS
14 8 (1.17%) Wireless
15 7 (1.03%) DMARC
15 7 (1.03%) HTTP
15 7 (1.03%) Intrusion Detection
15 7 (1.03%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 103 (15.10%) SQL Server
2 21 (3.08%) Oracle Database
3 19 (2.79%) MySQL
4 17 (2.49%) PostgreSQL
5 16 (2.35%) SQL Server 2008
6 14 (2.05%) MongoDB
7 12 (1.76%) NoSQL
8 9 (1.32%) Riak
9 7 (1.03%) Data Warehouse
10 6 (0.88%) Amazon RDS
10 6 (0.88%) Oracle OWB
10 6 (0.88%) Relational Database
10 6 (0.88%) SQL Server 2005
11 5 (0.73%) Oracle Reports
11 5 (0.73%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 5 (0.73%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 4 (0.59%) MS Access
12 4 (0.59%) SQL Server 2012
12 4 (0.59%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 3 (0.44%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 52 (7.62%) Jenkins
2 48 (7.04%) Git (software)
3 35 (5.13%) Subversion
4 30 (4.40%) Visual Studio
5 29 (4.25%) Team Foundation Server
6 28 (4.11%) Maven
7 27 (3.96%) JIRA
8 26 (3.81%) Sonatype Nexus
9 22 (3.23%) Toad
10 17 (2.49%) Visual Studio Team System
11 13 (1.91%) Selenium
12 12 (1.76%) TeamCity
13 10 (1.47%) MSI
14 8 (1.17%) Chocolatey
14 8 (1.17%) GitLab
14 8 (1.17%) Octopus Deploy
15 7 (1.03%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 6 (0.88%) HP UFT
16 6 (0.88%) PVCS
16 6 (0.88%) WiX
General
1 44 (6.45%) Finance
2 18 (2.64%) Retail
3 10 (1.47%) Automotive
3 10 (1.47%) Telecoms
4 7 (1.03%) Advertising
4 7 (1.03%) Manufacturing
5 5 (0.73%) Marketing
6 4 (0.59%) Electronics
6 4 (0.59%) Law
6 4 (0.59%) Mandarin Language
7 3 (0.44%) Back Office
7 3 (0.44%) Banking
7 3 (0.44%) General Ledger
7 3 (0.44%) Legal
8 1 (0.15%) French Language
8 1 (0.15%) Games
8 1 (0.15%) German Language
8 1 (0.15%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 139 (20.38%) Analyst
2 64 (9.38%) DevOps Engineer
2 64 (9.38%) Support Engineer
3 55 (8.06%) Desktop Support
4 50 (7.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 45 (6.60%) Developer
6 44 (6.45%) Service Analyst
6 44 (6.45%) Service Desk Analyst
7 37 (5.43%) Administrator
8 35 (5.13%) 2nd Line Support
8 35 (5.13%) Architect
9 34 (4.99%) Desktop Engineer
10 30 (4.40%) Test Analyst
11 28 (4.11%) Windows Engineer
12 27 (3.96%) 2nd Line Engineer
13 26 (3.81%) 3rd Line Engineer
14 25 (3.67%) Consultant
14 25 (3.67%) IT Support
14 25 (3.67%) Support Analyst
15 20 (2.93%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 65 (9.53%) .NET
2 59 (8.65%) XML
3 38 (5.57%) HTML
4 37 (5.43%) CSS
5 33 (4.84%) Middleware
6 21 (3.08%) ASP.NET
7 19 (2.79%) .NET Framework
8 18 (2.64%) JSON
9 15 (2.20%) Entity Framework
9 15 (2.20%) Web Services
10 13 (1.91%) AngularJS
10 13 (1.91%) ASP.NET Web API
11 11 (1.61%) WCF
12 10 (1.47%) ASP.NET MVC
12 10 (1.47%) WPF
13 9 (1.32%) jQuery
13 9 (1.32%) WinForms
14 7 (1.03%) REST
14 7 (1.03%) SOAP
15 6 (0.88%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 54 (7.92%) Data Centre
2 49 (7.18%) Analytical Skills
3 46 (6.74%) Self-Motivation
4 31 (4.55%) Management Information System
5 28 (4.11%) Enterprise Software
6 22 (3.23%) Clustering
7 20 (2.93%) Mobile App
7 20 (2.93%) Public Cloud
8 17 (2.49%) Fat Client
8 17 (2.49%) Thin Client
9 13 (1.91%) Driving Licence
10 11 (1.61%) User Experience
11 9 (1.32%) Greenfield Project
11 9 (1.32%) iPad
12 8 (1.17%) N-Tier
13 7 (1.03%) iPhone
13 7 (1.03%) Replication
14 6 (0.88%) Blackberry
14 6 (0.88%) Computer Science
14 6 (0.88%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 177 (25.95%) Windows Server
2 134 (19.65%) Windows 10
3 125 (18.33%) Linux
4 92 (13.49%) Unix
5 87 (12.76%) Windows Server 2012
6 73 (10.70%) Windows 7
7 63 (9.24%) Windows Server 2008
8 37 (5.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 30 (4.40%) Windows XP
10 23 (3.37%) Windows Server 2003
11 15 (2.20%) Android
12 14 (2.05%) Windows 8
13 11 (1.61%) Apple iOS
14 7 (1.03%) Mac OS X
14 7 (1.03%) Solaris
15 6 (0.88%) Ubuntu
15 6 (0.88%) Windows Vista
16 4 (0.59%) CentOS
16 4 (0.59%) VME
17 3 (0.44%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 133 (19.50%) ITIL
2 100 (14.66%) DevOps
3 93 (13.64%) Agile Software Development
4 65 (9.53%) Migration
5 63 (9.24%) Continuous Integration
6 52 (7.62%) Problem-Solving
7 48 (7.04%) ITIL V3
8 43 (6.30%) SDLC
9 39 (5.72%) Service Management
10 38 (5.57%) Test Automation
11 32 (4.69%) Deployment Automation
12 29 (4.25%) Task Automation
13 28 (4.11%) Customer Requirements
13 28 (4.11%) Scrum
14 27 (3.96%) Cybersecurity
15 26 (3.81%) Test Scripting
16 24 (3.52%) Project Management
17 23 (3.37%) Change Management
17 23 (3.37%) Configuration Management
17 23 (3.37%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 135 (19.79%) SQL
2 94 (13.78%) PowerShell
3 69 (10.12%) Java
4 62 (9.09%) C#
5 58 (8.50%) Python
6 46 (6.74%) Perl
7 38 (5.57%) JavaScript
8 24 (3.52%) T-SQL
9 13 (1.91%) Bash Shell
10 10 (1.47%) VBScript
11 6 (0.88%) VB.NET
12 5 (0.73%) PHP
12 5 (0.73%) Ruby
12 5 (0.73%) Shell Script
12 5 (0.73%) VB
13 4 (0.59%) C
13 4 (0.59%) Groovy
13 4 (0.59%) Haskell
14 3 (0.44%) Scala
14 3 (0.44%) XPath
Qualifications
1 55 (8.06%) Security Cleared
2 41 (6.01%) SC Cleared
3 39 (5.72%) Microsoft Certification
4 35 (5.13%) ISEB
5 30 (4.40%) Degree
6 29 (4.25%) ISTQB
7 26 (3.81%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 24 (3.52%) MCSE
9 22 (3.23%) Cisco Certification
10 17 (2.49%) CCNA
11 13 (1.91%) CISSP
11 13 (1.91%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 12 (1.76%) CCNP
12 12 (1.76%) Computer Science Degree
13 10 (1.47%) SANS
14 9 (1.32%) ITIL Certification
14 9 (1.32%) MCP
15 8 (1.17%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 8 (1.17%) MCSA
16 7 (1.03%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (3.67%) SLA
2 19 (2.79%) GDPR
3 13 (1.91%) QA
4 6 (0.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.44%) GCP
5 3 (0.44%) PMO
6 1 (0.15%) COBIT
6 1 (0.15%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.15%) Def Stans
6 1 (0.15%) MISRA
6 1 (0.15%) MISRA C
6 1 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 224 (32.84%) Active Directory
2 71 (10.41%) VMware Infrastructure
3 39 (5.72%) Hyper-V
4 26 (3.81%) VMware ESXi
5 24 (3.52%) XenApp
6 23 (3.37%) Docker
7 22 (3.23%) Microsoft App-V
8 19 (2.79%) vSphere
9 14 (2.05%) Virtual Machines
10 9 (1.32%) Terminal Services
10 9 (1.32%) VMware Workstation
11 7 (1.03%) NFS
11 7 (1.03%) Virtual Servers
12 6 (0.88%) Virtual Desktop
13 5 (0.73%) BitLocker
14 4 (0.59%) XenDesktop
15 3 (0.44%) DFS Replication
15 3 (0.44%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 3 (0.44%) VMware Server
15 3 (0.44%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 74 (10.85%) SCCM
2 46 (6.74%) Ansible
3 40 (5.87%) Puppet
4 38 (5.57%) WSUS
5 18 (2.64%) Opscode Chef
6 15 (2.20%) Microsoft Intune
6 15 (2.20%) Terraform
7 14 (2.05%) Microsoft Clustering
7 14 (2.05%) SCOM
8 12 (1.76%) Failover Clustering
9 11 (1.61%) vCenter Server
10 8 (1.17%) McAfee ePO
10 8 (1.17%) Nagios
11 7 (1.03%) Kibana
11 7 (1.03%) NetBackup
12 5 (0.73%) Backup Exec
12 5 (0.73%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 5 (0.73%) Rundeck
12 5 (0.73%) SCOrch
12 5 (0.73%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 240 (35.19%) Microsoft
2 127 (18.62%) VMware
3 98 (14.37%) Oracle
4 56 (8.21%) Citrix
5 47 (6.89%) Cisco
6 44 (6.45%) webMethods
7 40 (5.87%) Red Hat
8 35 (5.13%) Remedy
9 33 (4.84%) NetApp
10 30 (4.40%) HP
11 27 (3.96%) Apple
11 27 (3.96%) BMC
12 17 (2.49%) Dell
13 14 (2.05%) Google
13 14 (2.05%) IBM
13 14 (2.05%) McAfee
14 11 (1.61%) Symantec
15 10 (1.47%) CheckPoint
16 8 (1.17%) Fujitsu
16 8 (1.17%) Ivanti