Period
to 14 December 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 14 December 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
14 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 4 4 6
Rank change year-on-year 0 +2 +2
Contract jobs citing Windows 577 733 598
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 15.85% 14.08% 12.25%
As % of the Operating Systems category 73.50% 68.12% 63.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 341 415 386
West Midlands median daily rate £300 £360 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -16.67% +10.77% -6.34%
10th Percentile £130 £125 £143
90th Percentile £538 £506 £538
England median daily rate £350 £375 £350
% change year-on-year -6.67% +7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 91 93 68
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.85 £15.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.67% +7.14% -
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.85 £10.35
90th Percentile £20.75 £21.75 £23.28
England median hourly rate £16.95 £16.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year +2.73% +3.13% +5.79%

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 785 1,076 943
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 21.57% 20.67% 19.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 466 570 545
West Midlands median daily rate £360 £375 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +2.74% -2.67%
10th Percentile £133 £140 £156
90th Percentile £562 £530 £553
England median daily rate £418 £429 £425
% change year-on-year -2.57% +0.82% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 90 107 88
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.85 £15.85 £14.45
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +9.67% +3.23%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £22.18 £21.75 £41.15
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

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 14 December 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 14 December 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 14 December 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 -2 169 £184 -49.03% 61
Shropshire +5 90 £423 +3.05% 20
Coventry +4 89 £275 -21.43% 28
Warwickshire +5 76 £288 -9.09% 33
Staffordshire +5 46 £175 -51.39% 32
Worcestershire +2 26 £406 +1.56% 29
Herefordshire +2 18 £365 -2.67% 9
Dudley 0 15 £300 +207.69% 2
Wolverhampton +10 7 £258 - 5
West Bromwich +1 5 £274 +95.54% 7
Solihull -10 5 £130 -50.94% 23
Walsall 0 4 £198 -11.73% 2
Halesowen - 1 - - 3
Windows
England

For the 6 months to 14 December 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.

1 239 (41.42%) Active Directory
2 222 (38.47%) Windows 10
3 180 (31.20%) Microsoft
4 121 (20.97%) Migration
4 121 (20.97%) Office 365
5 117 (20.28%) Windows 7
6 116 (20.10%) Windows Server
7 106 (18.37%) VMware
8 100 (17.33%) Azure
9 88 (15.25%) SCCM
10 81 (14.04%) Microsoft Office
11 70 (12.13%) Linux
12 69 (11.96%) Security Cleared
13 62 (10.75%) Agile Software Development
13 62 (10.75%) DNS
13 62 (10.75%) Public Sector
14 59 (10.23%) Windows Server 2012
15 57 (9.88%) Unix
16 55 (9.53%) DHCP
16 55 (9.53%) VMware Infrastructure
17 50 (8.67%) SQL Server
18 48 (8.32%) PowerShell
18 48 (8.32%) SDLC
18 48 (8.32%) DevOps
19 46 (7.97%) Problem-Solving
20 45 (7.80%) SQL
21 44 (7.63%) Oracle
21 44 (7.63%) Citrix
22 43 (7.45%) MS Exchange
22 43 (7.45%) Java

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 43 (7.45%) MS Exchange
2 34 (5.89%) SharePoint
3 19 (3.29%) Confluence
4 16 (2.77%) WebLogic
5 11 (1.91%) Exchange Server 2000
6 9 (1.56%) Skype for Business
6 9 (1.56%) Tomcat
7 7 (1.21%) IIS
8 6 (1.04%) nginx
9 5 (0.87%) Apache
9 5 (0.87%) Exchange Server 2013
10 3 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2010
10 3 (0.52%) WebSphere
11 2 (0.35%) JBoss
11 2 (0.35%) Jetty
11 2 (0.35%) Mongrel
12 1 (0.17%) Exchange Server 2003
12 1 (0.17%) Exchange Server 2007
12 1 (0.17%) IBM Notes
12 1 (0.17%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 81 (14.04%) Microsoft Office
2 17 (2.95%) Microsoft Project
3 10 (1.73%) Microsoft Excel
4 9 (1.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.52%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.17%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.17%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 6 (1.04%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (0.52%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.52%) Oracle Applications
3 2 (0.35%) assyst
4 1 (0.17%) SAP S/4HANA
4 1 (0.17%) SystmOne
4 1 (0.17%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 121 (20.97%) Office 365
2 100 (17.33%) Azure
3 41 (7.11%) AWS
4 28 (4.85%) Azure Active Directory
5 11 (1.91%) Power Platform
5 11 (1.91%) SaaS
6 10 (1.73%) GitHub
6 10 (1.73%) OneDrive
7 9 (1.56%) IaaS
7 9 (1.56%) PaaS
8 7 (1.21%) Amazon EC2
9 6 (1.04%) GCP
10 5 (0.87%) Mimecast
10 5 (0.87%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 4 (0.69%) Amazon ELB
11 4 (0.69%) Dynamics 365
11 4 (0.69%) Google Analytics
12 3 (0.52%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 3 (0.52%) G Suite
12 3 (0.52%) Google App Engine
Communications & Networking
1 62 (10.75%) DNS
2 55 (9.53%) DHCP
3 31 (5.37%) TCP/IP
4 30 (5.20%) Firewall
5 28 (4.85%) VPN
6 26 (4.51%) WAN
7 21 (3.64%) SAN
8 17 (2.95%) Skype
9 15 (2.60%) LAN
10 14 (2.43%) VLAN
11 10 (1.73%) X.500
12 9 (1.56%) HTTP
13 8 (1.39%) Internet
13 8 (1.39%) NAS
14 7 (1.21%) Cisco ASA
14 7 (1.21%) SSL
15 6 (1.04%) iSCSI
15 6 (1.04%) Wi-Fi
16 5 (0.87%) Ethernet
17 4 (0.69%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 50 (8.67%) SQL Server
2 11 (1.91%) Power BI
3 7 (1.21%) Oracle OWB
4 6 (1.04%) MongoDB
4 6 (1.04%) MySQL
5 5 (0.87%) NoSQL
5 5 (0.87%) Oracle Database
6 4 (0.69%) Data Warehouse
6 4 (0.69%) SQL Server 2016
7 3 (0.52%) SAP HANA
7 3 (0.52%) SQL Server 2017
7 3 (0.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 2 (0.35%) Azure SQL Database
8 2 (0.35%) Big Data
8 2 (0.35%) DB2
8 2 (0.35%) SQL Server 2012
9 1 (0.17%) BusinessObjects
9 1 (0.17%) Oracle Reports
9 1 (0.17%) PostgreSQL
9 1 (0.17%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 22 (3.81%) JIRA
2 16 (2.77%) Jenkins
3 11 (1.91%) GitLab
4 9 (1.56%) Selenium
5 8 (1.39%) Cucumber
5 8 (1.39%) Gatling
6 7 (1.21%) Git (software)
7 5 (0.87%) Ant
7 5 (0.87%) Travis CI
8 4 (0.69%) Grunt
8 4 (0.69%) gulp
8 4 (0.69%) IntelliJ
8 4 (0.69%) Karma Test Runner
8 4 (0.69%) Sublime Text
8 4 (0.69%) Visual Studio Team System
9 3 (0.52%) AdminStudio
9 3 (0.52%) Eclipse
9 3 (0.52%) MSI
9 3 (0.52%) Visual Studio
10 2 (0.35%) JUnit
General
1 62 (10.75%) Public Sector
2 20 (3.47%) Finance
3 13 (2.25%) Telecoms
4 12 (2.08%) Retail
5 7 (1.21%) Manufacturing
6 6 (1.04%) Banking
6 6 (1.04%) German Language
6 6 (1.04%) Legal
7 4 (0.69%) Automotive
7 4 (0.69%) Electronics
8 3 (0.52%) Games
8 3 (0.52%) Local Government
8 3 (0.52%) Military
9 2 (0.35%) Advertising
9 2 (0.35%) Financial Institution
9 2 (0.35%) Housing Association
10 1 (0.17%) Back Office
10 1 (0.17%) Investment Banking
10 1 (0.17%) Law
10 1 (0.17%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 102 (17.68%) Analyst
2 66 (11.44%) Support Engineer
3 63 (10.92%) Windows Engineer
4 41 (7.11%) Desktop Support
5 40 (6.93%) Deployment Engineer
5 40 (6.93%) IT Engineer
6 38 (6.59%) 2nd Line Support
7 37 (6.41%) Architect
8 34 (5.89%) IT Support
9 32 (5.55%) Desktop Engineer
10 29 (5.03%) Support Analyst
11 24 (4.16%) Service Analyst
11 24 (4.16%) Service Desk Analyst
12 23 (3.99%) 2nd Line Engineer
12 23 (3.99%) Developer
13 21 (3.64%) Rollout Engineer
14 20 (3.47%) 3rd Line Engineer
14 20 (3.47%) Windows Deployment Engineer
15 19 (3.29%) IT Support Engineer
16 18 (3.12%) Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 39 (6.76%) XML
2 21 (3.64%) LDAP
3 20 (3.47%) JSON
4 19 (3.29%) Node.js
5 18 (3.12%) REST
5 18 (3.12%) SAML
6 17 (2.95%) SOAP
7 16 (2.77%) OpenID
8 9 (1.56%) .NET
8 9 (1.56%) HTML
9 8 (1.39%) CSS
10 7 (1.21%) Servlets
11 5 (0.87%) AngularJS
11 5 (0.87%) Elastic Stack
11 5 (0.87%) J2EE
12 4 (0.69%) Gherkin
12 4 (0.69%) jQuery
12 4 (0.69%) Play Framework
12 4 (0.69%) Web Services
13 2 (0.35%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 34 (5.89%) Data Centre
2 29 (5.03%) Analytical Skills
3 26 (4.51%) Self-Motivation
4 20 (3.47%) Driving Licence
5 16 (2.77%) PKI
6 15 (2.60%) Management Information System
7 10 (1.73%) User Experience
8 9 (1.56%) Clustering
8 9 (1.56%) NHS
9 6 (1.04%) Replication
9 6 (1.04%) Smartphone
9 6 (1.04%) Social Media
10 4 (0.69%) FMCG
10 4 (0.69%) Hybrid Cloud
11 3 (0.52%) CMDB
11 3 (0.52%) Fat Client
11 3 (0.52%) Public Cloud
11 3 (0.52%) Tandem
11 3 (0.52%) Thin Client
11 3 (0.52%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 222 (38.47%) Windows 10
2 117 (20.28%) Windows 7
3 116 (20.10%) Windows Server
4 70 (12.13%) Linux
5 59 (10.23%) Windows Server 2012
6 57 (9.88%) Unix
7 34 (5.89%) Windows Server 2008
8 19 (3.29%) Windows XP
9 15 (2.60%) Solaris
10 13 (2.25%) Windows 2000 Server
10 13 (2.25%) Windows Server 2003
11 10 (1.73%) Apple iOS
12 9 (1.56%) Android
12 9 (1.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 8 (1.39%) Ubuntu
14 5 (0.87%) HPUX
14 5 (0.87%) Windows 8
15 4 (0.69%) CentOS
15 4 (0.69%) Mac OS
16 2 (0.35%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 121 (20.97%) Migration
2 62 (10.75%) Agile Software Development
3 48 (8.32%) DevOps
3 48 (8.32%) SDLC
4 46 (7.97%) Problem-Solving
5 43 (7.45%) ITIL
6 36 (6.24%) Stakeholder Management
7 34 (5.89%) Test Automation
8 30 (5.20%) Data Modelling
9 27 (4.68%) Time Management
10 26 (4.51%) Break/Fix
10 26 (4.51%) Continuous Integration
10 26 (4.51%) Data Analysis
10 26 (4.51%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 25 (4.33%) Change Management
11 25 (4.33%) Mentoring
12 24 (4.16%) Waterfall
13 23 (3.99%) Workshop Facilitation
14 22 (3.81%) Analytics
14 22 (3.81%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 48 (8.32%) PowerShell
2 45 (7.80%) SQL
3 43 (7.45%) Java
4 19 (3.29%) Bash Shell
5 12 (2.08%) JavaScript
6 11 (1.91%) C
7 10 (1.73%) C#
7 10 (1.73%) Perl
7 10 (1.73%) Python
8 7 (1.21%) Ruby
9 5 (0.87%) Groovy
9 5 (0.87%) Scala
9 5 (0.87%) Shell Script
10 4 (0.69%) Haskell
10 4 (0.69%) PL/SQL
11 3 (0.52%) VBScript
12 1 (0.17%) C++
12 1 (0.17%) Dart
12 1 (0.17%) PHP
12 1 (0.17%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 69 (11.96%) Security Cleared
2 35 (6.07%) SC Cleared
3 28 (4.85%) Microsoft Certification
4 27 (4.68%) DV Cleared
5 16 (2.77%) MCSA
6 12 (2.08%) MCSE
6 12 (2.08%) RHCE
7 11 (1.91%) ISEB
8 10 (1.73%) RHCSA
9 7 (1.21%) ISEB Practitioner
9 7 (1.21%) MCP
10 6 (1.04%) BPSS Clearance
10 6 (1.04%) Degree
11 4 (0.69%) CCNA
11 4 (0.69%) Cisco Certification
11 4 (0.69%) ISTQB
11 4 (0.69%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 3 (0.52%) A+ Certification
12 3 (0.52%) CCNP
12 3 (0.52%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (3.29%) SLA
2 8 (1.39%) QA
3 6 (1.04%) PMO
4 5 (0.87%) GDPR
5 1 (0.17%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 239 (41.42%) Active Directory
2 55 (9.53%) VMware Infrastructure
3 30 (5.20%) VMware ESXi
4 29 (5.03%) vSphere
5 26 (4.51%) Hyper-V
6 23 (3.99%) Docker
7 18 (3.12%) XenApp
8 14 (2.43%) Virtual Machines
9 13 (2.25%) Microsoft App-V
10 9 (1.56%) PowerDNS
11 8 (1.39%) DFS Replication
11 8 (1.39%) XenDesktop
12 7 (1.21%) Virtual Desktop
13 4 (0.69%) Virtual Servers
14 3 (0.52%) Samba
15 2 (0.35%) Forefront TMG
15 2 (0.35%) ISA Server
15 2 (0.35%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 2 (0.35%) Squid
15 2 (0.35%) Xen
Systems Management
1 88 (15.25%) SCCM
2 21 (3.64%) WSUS
3 19 (3.29%) Terraform
4 14 (2.43%) Ansible
5 12 (2.08%) Microsoft Intune
5 12 (2.08%) Puppet
6 11 (1.91%) NetBackup
7 9 (1.56%) Failover Clustering
7 9 (1.56%) Microsoft Clustering
7 9 (1.56%) SCOM
8 7 (1.21%) Avamar
8 7 (1.21%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 7 (1.21%) SCSM
9 6 (1.04%) Grafana
9 6 (1.04%) Netcool
9 6 (1.04%) OpenView
9 6 (1.04%) Opscode Chef
9 6 (1.04%) SCDPM
9 6 (1.04%) SCVMM
10 4 (0.69%) QRadar
Vendors
1 180 (31.20%) Microsoft
2 106 (18.37%) VMware
3 44 (7.63%) Citrix
3 44 (7.63%) Oracle
4 32 (5.55%) Cisco
5 28 (4.85%) Apple
6 24 (4.16%) Google
7 23 (3.99%) Red Hat
8 19 (3.29%) HP
9 16 (2.77%) Dell
9 16 (2.77%) webMethods
10 15 (2.60%) NetApp
11 14 (2.43%) CheckPoint
11 14 (2.43%) Splunk
12 13 (2.25%) McAfee
12 13 (2.25%) Veeam
13 11 (1.91%) EMC
13 11 (1.91%) IBM
14 9 (1.56%) Remedy
15 7 (1.21%) Juniper