Period
to 21 May 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 May 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 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 7 9 7
Rank change year-on-year +2 -2 -2
Contract jobs citing Windows 552 431 626
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 11.26% 9.99% 11.62%
As % of the Operating Systems category 64.19% 62.37% 54.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 338 233 308
West Midlands median daily rate £325 £325 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -7.14% +16.67%
10th Percentile £129 £113 £135
90th Percentile £538 £499 £525
England median daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year +3.45% +3.57% +0.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 86 60 90
West Midlands median hourly rate £14.50 £14.34 £13.79
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.12% +4.03% -1.54%
10th Percentile £9.66 £10.48 £10.32
90th Percentile £20.63 £22.10 £20.53
England median hourly rate £16.00 £15.25 £15.75
% change year-on-year +4.92% -3.17% +0.53%

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 860 691 1,155
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 17.55% 16.02% 21.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 500 399 566
West Midlands median daily rate £375 £375 £395
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -5.06% +21.54%
10th Percentile £150 £124 £175
90th Percentile £538 £538 £525
England median daily rate £448 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.29% +6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 95 70 90
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.00 £14.50 £13.60
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.45% +6.62% -9.33%
10th Percentile £10.39 £10.50 £10.32
90th Percentile £25.50 £31.00 £23.75
England median hourly rate £17.50 £16.88 £17.00
% change year-on-year +3.70% -0.74% +5.20%

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 May 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 May 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 May 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 +1 154 £270 -13.60% 52
Coventry +5 80 £378 +23.27% 26
Shropshire -3 76 £475 -3.11% 14
Warwickshire -1 59 £475 +72.73% 22
Staffordshire +5 45 £310 +40.91% 27
Worcestershire 0 35 £275 +111.54% 24
Solihull +10 22 £350 -9.68% 6
Herefordshire -1 14 £323 -1.53% 3
Wolverhampton -1 9 - - 12
Walsall +1 5 £363 -14.71% 2
Dudley -5 4 £150 +46.34% 5
Halesowen - 3 £114 - 1
Windows
England

For the 6 months to 21 May 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.

1 195 (35.33%) Active Directory
2 190 (34.42%) Microsoft
3 146 (26.45%) Windows Server
4 127 (23.01%) ITIL
4 127 (23.01%) Linux
5 111 (20.11%) VMware
6 110 (19.93%) Microsoft Azure
7 108 (19.57%) Windows 10
8 90 (16.30%) SQL
9 83 (15.04%) SQL Server
10 82 (14.86%) Office 365
11 80 (14.49%) DevOps
12 79 (14.31%) Windows Server 2012
12 79 (14.31%) Microsoft Office
13 76 (13.77%) PowerShell
14 71 (12.86%) Oracle
14 71 (12.86%) Agile Software Development
15 68 (12.32%) MS Exchange
15 68 (12.32%) Windows 7
16 63 (11.41%) SCCM
17 61 (11.05%) Amazon AWS
18 60 (10.87%) Windows Server 2008
19 59 (10.69%) VMware Infrastructure
19 59 (10.69%) Unix
20 58 (10.51%) Migration
20 58 (10.51%) Python
21 55 (9.96%) Citrix
22 54 (9.78%) Cisco
23 51 (9.24%) DNS
24 50 (9.06%) Git (software)

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 68 (12.32%) MS Exchange
2 28 (5.07%) IIS
3 24 (4.35%) Exchange Server 2010
4 21 (3.80%) SharePoint
5 17 (3.08%) WebLogic
6 14 (2.54%) Tomcat
7 13 (2.36%) Apache
8 12 (2.17%) Skype for Business
9 11 (1.99%) JBoss
10 10 (1.81%) Confluence
11 9 (1.63%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 5 (0.91%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 5 (0.91%) Exchange Server 2007
12 5 (0.91%) Exchange Server 2013
12 5 (0.91%) nginx
13 2 (0.36%) BizTalk Server
13 2 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2000
13 2 (0.36%) GlassFish
13 2 (0.36%) OpenStack
13 2 (0.36%) Oracle HTTP Server
Applications
1 79 (14.31%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (1.63%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (1.27%) Microsoft Project
3 7 (1.27%) MS Visio
4 4 (0.72%) PTC Creo
4 4 (0.72%) Windchill
5 3 (0.54%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 2 (0.36%) Simulink
7 1 (0.18%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 13 (2.36%) assyst
1 13 (2.36%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.36%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (0.36%) Dynamics NAV
2 2 (0.36%) SAP MII
3 1 (0.18%) ENOVIA
Cloud Services
1 110 (19.93%) Microsoft Azure
2 82 (14.86%) Office 365
3 61 (11.05%) Amazon AWS
4 34 (6.16%) Cloud Computing
5 29 (5.25%) IaaS
6 23 (4.17%) PaaS
7 16 (2.90%) SaaS
8 12 (2.17%) AWS CloudFormation
9 8 (1.45%) Google Cloud Platform
10 6 (1.09%) Amazon EC2
10 6 (1.09%) OneDrive
11 5 (0.91%) GitHub
12 4 (0.72%) Azure Active Directory
12 4 (0.72%) Google Analytics
13 3 (0.54%) G Suite
13 3 (0.54%) Yammer
14 2 (0.36%) Amazon S3
15 1 (0.18%) Amazon ELB
15 1 (0.18%) AWS Lambda
15 1 (0.18%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 51 (9.24%) DNS
2 43 (7.79%) Firewall
3 35 (6.34%) LAN
3 35 (6.34%) TCP/IP
4 30 (5.43%) SAN
5 28 (5.07%) DHCP
5 28 (5.07%) VPN
5 28 (5.07%) WAN
6 23 (4.17%) SNMP
6 23 (4.17%) VLAN
7 18 (3.26%) Network Security
8 16 (2.90%) Internet
9 15 (2.72%) MPLS
10 14 (2.54%) Skype
11 10 (1.81%) NetScaler
12 8 (1.45%) 802.11
12 8 (1.45%) SSL
12 8 (1.45%) Wireless
13 7 (1.27%) HTTP
13 7 (1.27%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 83 (15.04%) SQL Server
2 18 (3.26%) MySQL
3 17 (3.08%) Oracle Database
4 15 (2.72%) Relational Database
5 12 (2.17%) MongoDB
6 11 (1.99%) NoSQL
7 9 (1.63%) RDBMS
7 9 (1.63%) SQL Server 2008
8 8 (1.45%) Amazon RDS
9 7 (1.27%) Oracle Reports
9 7 (1.27%) PostgreSQL
10 6 (1.09%) Hadoop
10 6 (1.09%) Oracle OWB
10 6 (1.09%) Riak
11 4 (0.72%) SQL Server 2016
12 3 (0.54%) Big Data
12 3 (0.54%) Cloud Spanner
12 3 (0.54%) Redis
12 3 (0.54%) SQL Server 2005
12 3 (0.54%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 50 (9.06%) Git (software)
2 47 (8.51%) Jenkins
3 38 (6.88%) Subversion
4 26 (4.71%) Maven
5 23 (4.17%) Sonatype Nexus
6 18 (3.26%) Selenium
6 18 (3.26%) Visual Studio
7 17 (3.08%) GitLab
7 17 (3.08%) Team Foundation Server
8 14 (2.54%) TeamCity
9 13 (2.36%) JIRA
10 11 (1.99%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 11 (1.99%) MSI
11 10 (1.81%) JMeter
12 8 (1.45%) Visual Studio Team System
13 7 (1.27%) Toad
13 7 (1.27%) WiX
14 6 (1.09%) PVCS
15 4 (0.72%) Ant
15 4 (0.72%) IntelliJ
General
1 37 (6.70%) Finance
2 18 (3.26%) Retail
3 9 (1.63%) Telecoms
4 8 (1.45%) Automotive
4 8 (1.45%) Manufacturing
5 5 (0.91%) Back Office
5 5 (0.91%) Electronics
5 5 (0.91%) Law
5 5 (0.91%) Legal
6 4 (0.72%) Mandarin Language
7 3 (0.54%) Banking
7 3 (0.54%) German Language
8 2 (0.36%) Advertising
8 2 (0.36%) French Language
8 2 (0.36%) General Ledger
8 2 (0.36%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 83 (15.04%) Analyst
2 59 (10.69%) Support Engineer
3 52 (9.42%) Desktop Support
4 47 (8.51%) DevOps Engineer
5 41 (7.43%) Architect
6 39 (7.07%) Desktop Engineer
7 37 (6.70%) 2nd Line Support
8 34 (6.16%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 29 (5.25%) Developer
10 28 (5.07%) Service Analyst
10 28 (5.07%) Service Desk Analyst
11 27 (4.89%) Administrator
11 27 (4.89%) Consultant
12 26 (4.71%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 25 (4.53%) 2nd Line Engineer
14 24 (4.35%) IT Support
15 22 (3.99%) Project Manager
16 19 (3.44%) Desktop Support Engineer
16 19 (3.44%) Windows Engineer
17 18 (3.26%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 47 (8.51%) .NET
2 33 (5.98%) Middleware
3 31 (5.62%) XML
4 24 (4.35%) JSON
5 21 (3.80%) CSS
5 21 (3.80%) HTML
6 18 (3.26%) .NET Framework
7 15 (2.72%) Entity Framework
8 14 (2.54%) AngularJS
8 14 (2.54%) ASP.NET
9 13 (2.36%) ASP.NET Web API
10 12 (2.17%) Web Services
11 10 (1.81%) 802.1X
11 10 (1.81%) WCF
12 9 (1.63%) WPF
13 7 (1.27%) ASP.NET MVC
13 7 (1.27%) WinForms
14 6 (1.09%) Angular 2
14 6 (1.09%) Dapper ORM
14 6 (1.09%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 44 (7.97%) Data Centre
2 40 (7.25%) Analytical Skills
3 30 (5.43%) Self-Motivation
4 28 (5.07%) Management Information System
5 24 (4.35%) Enterprise Software
6 20 (3.62%) Public Cloud
7 19 (3.44%) Clustering
8 17 (3.08%) PKI
9 12 (2.17%) Driving Licence
10 11 (1.99%) Greenfield Project
11 9 (1.63%) Fat Client
11 9 (1.63%) Thin Client
11 9 (1.63%) User Experience
12 7 (1.27%) Computer Science
12 7 (1.27%) Hybrid Cloud
12 7 (1.27%) iPhone
12 7 (1.27%) Replication
13 6 (1.09%) DataPower
14 5 (0.91%) Enterprise Cloud
14 5 (0.91%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 146 (26.45%) Windows Server
2 127 (23.01%) Linux
3 108 (19.57%) Windows 10
4 79 (14.31%) Windows Server 2012
5 68 (12.32%) Windows 7
6 60 (10.87%) Windows Server 2008
7 59 (10.69%) Unix
8 38 (6.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 31 (5.62%) Windows XP
10 28 (5.07%) Windows Server 2003
11 14 (2.54%) Windows 8
12 13 (2.36%) Android
13 10 (1.81%) Apple iOS
14 9 (1.63%) Solaris
14 9 (1.63%) Windows Vista
15 7 (1.27%) Ubuntu
16 6 (1.09%) Mac OS X
17 5 (0.91%) CentOS
18 3 (0.54%) Debian
18 3 (0.54%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 127 (23.01%) ITIL
2 80 (14.49%) DevOps
3 71 (12.86%) Agile Software Development
4 58 (10.51%) Migration
5 44 (7.97%) Continuous Integration
6 42 (7.61%) Problem-Solving
7 40 (7.25%) SDLC
8 36 (6.52%) Test Automation
9 34 (6.16%) ITIL V3
10 27 (4.89%) Service Management
11 26 (4.71%) Deployment Automation
11 26 (4.71%) Task Automation
12 24 (4.35%) Cybersecurity
13 22 (3.99%) Scrum
14 21 (3.80%) Continuous Deployment
15 20 (3.62%) Configuration Management
15 20 (3.62%) High Availability
16 19 (3.44%) Data Protection
16 19 (3.44%) Project Management
17 18 (3.26%) Network Design
Programming Languages
1 90 (16.30%) SQL
2 76 (13.77%) PowerShell
3 58 (10.51%) Python
4 49 (8.88%) Perl
5 45 (8.15%) C#
6 32 (5.80%) Java
7 23 (4.17%) JavaScript
8 17 (3.08%) Shell Script
9 15 (2.72%) T-SQL
10 11 (1.99%) Bash Shell
11 7 (1.27%) C++
11 7 (1.27%) Ruby
11 7 (1.27%) VB.NET
12 5 (0.91%) C
13 4 (0.72%) Groovy
13 4 (0.72%) Haskell
13 4 (0.72%) PHP
14 3 (0.54%) Scala
14 3 (0.54%) VB
14 3 (0.54%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 37 (6.70%) Security Cleared
2 28 (5.07%) Microsoft Certification
3 26 (4.71%) SC Cleared
4 25 (4.53%) Cisco Certification
5 23 (4.17%) Degree
6 22 (3.99%) CCNA
7 17 (3.08%) MCSE
8 16 (2.90%) CCNP
9 15 (2.72%) CISSP
10 12 (2.17%) SANS
11 10 (1.81%) ISEB
12 8 (1.45%) ITIL Certification
12 8 (1.45%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 8 (1.45%) MCP
13 7 (1.27%) DBS Check
13 7 (1.27%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 6 (1.09%) ISEB Practitioner
15 4 (0.72%) ISTQB
15 4 (0.72%) MCSA
15 4 (0.72%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (4.53%) SLA
2 19 (3.44%) GDPR
3 11 (1.99%) QA
4 5 (0.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.54%) GCP
5 3 (0.54%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.36%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.18%) AQAP
7 1 (0.18%) COBIT
7 1 (0.18%) Def Stans
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
1 195 (35.33%) Active Directory
2 59 (10.69%) VMware Infrastructure
3 32 (5.80%) Hyper-V
4 27 (4.89%) VMware ESXi
5 21 (3.80%) XenApp
6 19 (3.44%) Docker
7 17 (3.08%) Microsoft App-V
8 11 (1.99%) vSphere
9 7 (1.27%) Virtual Machines
9 7 (1.27%) XenServer
10 6 (1.09%) Virtual Desktop
11 5 (0.91%) Terminal Services
11 5 (0.91%) Virtual Servers
11 5 (0.91%) XenDesktop
12 4 (0.72%) BitLocker
12 4 (0.72%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 4 (0.72%) VMware Workstation
13 3 (0.54%) DFS Replication
13 3 (0.54%) NFS
13 3 (0.54%) Squid
Systems Management
1 63 (11.41%) SCCM
2 46 (8.33%) Puppet
3 36 (6.52%) Ansible
4 27 (4.89%) WSUS
5 22 (3.99%) Opscode Chef
6 14 (2.54%) Nagios
7 12 (2.17%) SCOM
8 11 (1.99%) Graylog
8 11 (1.99%) logstash
8 11 (1.99%) Tivoli
9 10 (1.81%) Automic
9 10 (1.81%) Microsoft Clustering
9 10 (1.81%) Microsoft Intune
9 10 (1.81%) Rundeck
10 9 (1.63%) Failover Clustering
10 9 (1.63%) vCenter Server
11 8 (1.45%) SCVMM
11 8 (1.45%) ZABBIX
12 7 (1.27%) Single Sign-On
13 6 (1.09%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 190 (34.42%) Microsoft
2 111 (20.11%) VMware
3 71 (12.86%) Oracle
4 55 (9.96%) Citrix
5 54 (9.78%) Cisco
6 42 (7.61%) Red Hat
7 30 (5.43%) HP
8 23 (4.17%) NetApp
9 21 (3.80%) Apple
9 21 (3.80%) Remedy
10 18 (3.26%) Dell
10 18 (3.26%) Google
11 15 (2.72%) webMethods
12 14 (2.54%) BMC
13 13 (2.36%) IBM
13 13 (2.36%) Splunk
14 12 (2.17%) CA
15 11 (1.99%) Micro Focus
15 11 (1.99%) Serena
16 10 (1.81%) McAfee