Period
to 12 November 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 12 November 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
12 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 4 6 8
Rank change year-on-year +2 +2 -1
Contract jobs citing Windows 754 590 628
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 14.86% 12.48% 10.16%
As % of the Operating Systems category 69.94% 64.76% 59.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 399 377 357
West Midlands median daily rate £360 £325 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.77% -7.14% +8.53%
10th Percentile £127 £145 £128
90th Percentile £510 £538 £500
England median daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +7.14% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 111 67 87
West Midlands median hourly rate £14.50 £14.00 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.57% +3.70% -
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.00 £10.00
90th Percentile £21.75 £21.00 £19.80
England median hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £15.25
% change year-on-year +3.13% +4.92% -1.61%

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 1,078 911 1,051
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 21.25% 19.27% 17.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 550 527 565
West Midlands median daily rate £375 £360 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.17% -10.00% +21.21%
10th Percentile £145 £159 £185
90th Percentile £530 £575 £519
England median daily rate £425 £425 £408
% change year-on-year - +4.29% +1.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 126 85 98
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.00 £14.50 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.45% +3.57% -
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.60 £10.00
90th Percentile £22.00 £34.02 £36.50
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year - +6.06% -

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 12 November 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 12 November 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 12 November 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
Shropshire -2 198 £408 -20.49% 12
Birmingham +1 180 £350 +7.69% 57
Coventry +5 109 £360 +84.62% 25
Staffordshire +7 65 £360 -1.37% 34
Warwickshire +3 65 £334 +7.66% 26
Worcestershire 0 24 £138 -33.81% 28
Herefordshire -7 23 £375 +2.04% 9
Solihull -7 19 £325 -9.72% 7
Dudley +6 8 £98 -62.50%
Walsall +7 6 £169 -12.34% 2
Wolverhampton -5 6 - - 8
Sutton Coldfield - 4 £344 - 2
West Bromwich 0 3 £140 +23.08% 1
Halesowen 0 1 - - 1
Windows
England

For the 6 months to 12 November 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.

1 252 (33.42%) Active Directory
2 241 (31.96%) Microsoft
3 206 (27.32%) Windows Server
4 163 (21.62%) Linux
5 154 (20.42%) SQL
6 142 (18.83%) Agile Software Development
7 138 (18.30%) Windows 10
8 131 (17.37%) VMware
9 129 (17.11%) Office 365
10 128 (16.98%) Unix
11 124 (16.45%) ITIL
12 122 (16.18%) Oracle
13 113 (14.99%) Java
14 112 (14.85%) DevOps
15 105 (13.93%) Microsoft Azure
16 102 (13.53%) Microsoft Office
17 98 (13.00%) XML
18 91 (12.07%) SCCM
19 86 (11.41%) Test Automation
20 85 (11.27%) Jenkins
21 81 (10.74%) Windows 7
22 80 (10.61%) PowerShell
22 80 (10.61%) SQL Server
23 78 (10.34%) Infrastructure Engineering
24 76 (10.08%) Continuous Integration
24 76 (10.08%) Git (software)
25 75 (9.95%) WebLogic
26 72 (9.55%) Migration
27 71 (9.42%) VMware Infrastructure
28 67 (8.89%) Amazon AWS

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 75 (9.95%) WebLogic
2 45 (5.97%) Confluence
3 41 (5.44%) MS Exchange
4 29 (3.85%) SharePoint
5 27 (3.58%) nginx
6 26 (3.45%) Apache
7 24 (3.18%) Tomcat
8 16 (2.12%) Exchange Server 2010
9 12 (1.59%) Skype for Business
10 11 (1.46%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 10 (1.33%) JBoss
12 8 (1.06%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 5 (0.66%) Exchange Server 2013
13 5 (0.66%) IBM Notes
13 5 (0.66%) OpenStack
14 4 (0.53%) CMS
14 4 (0.53%) Elasticsearch
14 4 (0.53%) IIS
15 3 (0.40%) Mule
16 2 (0.27%) WebSphere
Applications
1 102 (13.53%) Microsoft Office
2 27 (3.58%) Microsoft Excel
3 17 (2.25%) MS Visio
4 10 (1.33%) Microsoft Project
5 9 (1.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (0.13%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.13%) Adobe Premiere
6 1 (0.13%) Chatbot
6 1 (0.13%) PTC Creo
6 1 (0.13%) SOLIDWORKS
6 1 (0.13%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.13%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 14 (1.86%) Remedy ITSM
2 12 (1.59%) SAP FI-CA
2 12 (1.59%) SAP PSCD
3 3 (0.40%) assyst
4 2 (0.27%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.27%) Eikon
4 2 (0.27%) ENOVIA
4 2 (0.27%) Sage 200
5 1 (0.13%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.13%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.13%) SAP ERP
5 1 (0.13%) SAP MII
Cloud Services
1 129 (17.11%) Office 365
2 105 (13.93%) Microsoft Azure
3 67 (8.89%) Amazon AWS
4 36 (4.77%) IaaS
5 33 (4.38%) PaaS
6 32 (4.24%) Cloud Computing
7 28 (3.71%) SaaS
8 24 (3.18%) GitHub
9 23 (3.05%) Google Analytics
10 10 (1.33%) Dynamics 365
11 8 (1.06%) Amazon EC2
11 8 (1.06%) Azure Active Directory
11 8 (1.06%) OneDrive
12 7 (0.93%) AWS CloudFormation
12 7 (0.93%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 2 (0.27%) Amazon ELB
13 2 (0.27%) Amazon S3
13 2 (0.27%) AWS Lambda
13 2 (0.27%) G Suite
13 2 (0.27%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 53 (7.03%) TCP/IP
2 49 (6.50%) Firewall
3 33 (4.38%) SSL
4 32 (4.24%) DNS
5 27 (3.58%) LAN
6 26 (3.45%) DHCP
7 23 (3.05%) HTTP
8 20 (2.65%) WAN
9 19 (2.52%) Wi-Fi
10 17 (2.25%) SAN
11 15 (1.99%) Kerberos
12 14 (1.86%) Internet
13 13 (1.72%) VLAN
14 10 (1.33%) SNMP
15 8 (1.06%) Reverse Proxy
15 8 (1.06%) WLAN
16 7 (0.93%) DMARC
16 7 (0.93%) Skype
16 7 (0.93%) VPN
17 6 (0.80%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 80 (10.61%) SQL Server
2 44 (5.84%) MongoDB
3 28 (3.71%) Oracle Database
4 24 (3.18%) NoSQL
5 18 (2.39%) PostgreSQL
6 9 (1.19%) MySQL
7 8 (1.06%) SQL Server 2008
8 6 (0.80%) Amazon RDS
8 6 (0.80%) Data Warehouse
8 6 (0.80%) Oracle Reports
8 6 (0.80%) Relational Database
8 6 (0.80%) Riak
8 6 (0.80%) SQL Server 2005
9 5 (0.66%) Big Data
9 5 (0.66%) Oracle OWB
9 5 (0.66%) RDBMS
10 4 (0.53%) SQL Server 2014
10 4 (0.53%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 4 (0.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 3 (0.40%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 85 (11.27%) Jenkins
2 76 (10.08%) Git (software)
3 48 (6.37%) JIRA
4 41 (5.44%) Selenium
5 38 (5.04%) Subversion
6 37 (4.91%) Toad
7 33 (4.38%) Cucumber
8 32 (4.24%) Maven
9 30 (3.98%) Sonatype Nexus
10 26 (3.45%) Team Foundation Server
11 23 (3.05%) Grunt
11 23 (3.05%) gulp
11 23 (3.05%) IntelliJ
11 23 (3.05%) Sublime Text
12 22 (2.92%) Bitbucket
12 22 (2.92%) Gatling
12 22 (2.92%) Karma Test Runner
13 21 (2.79%) Ant
13 21 (2.79%) Visual Studio
14 19 (2.52%) SoapUI
General
1 45 (5.97%) Finance
2 22 (2.92%) Retail
3 10 (1.33%) Marketing
4 9 (1.19%) Automotive
5 8 (1.06%) Manufacturing
6 7 (0.93%) Military
7 6 (0.80%) Telecoms
8 5 (0.66%) Advertising
9 4 (0.53%) Financial Institution
10 3 (0.40%) Banking
10 3 (0.40%) Games
11 2 (0.27%) Front Office
11 2 (0.27%) Law
12 1 (0.13%) Aerospace
12 1 (0.13%) Electronics
12 1 (0.13%) General Ledger
12 1 (0.13%) Investment Banking
12 1 (0.13%) Local Government
12 1 (0.13%) Mandarin Language
12 1 (0.13%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 166 (22.02%) Analyst
2 67 (8.89%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 64 (8.49%) DevOps Engineer
4 57 (7.56%) Test Analyst
5 48 (6.37%) Developer
6 47 (6.23%) Support Engineer
7 41 (5.44%) Desktop Support
7 41 (5.44%) Service Analyst
8 38 (5.04%) Architect
9 37 (4.91%) Service Desk Analyst
10 32 (4.24%) Windows Engineer
11 30 (3.98%) Consultant
12 28 (3.71%) 2nd Line Support
12 28 (3.71%) Support Analyst
13 25 (3.32%) IT Support
13 25 (3.32%) Project Manager
14 24 (3.18%) Administrator
14 24 (3.18%) Business Analyst
15 22 (2.92%) 3rd Line Engineer
16 21 (2.79%) AWS Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 98 (13.00%) XML
2 51 (6.76%) .NET
3 41 (5.44%) CSS
4 39 (5.17%) Middleware
5 33 (4.38%) HTML
6 27 (3.58%) jQuery
7 26 (3.45%) Node.js
8 25 (3.32%) SOAP
9 24 (3.18%) AngularJS
9 24 (3.18%) JSON
10 23 (3.05%) Gherkin
11 22 (2.92%) ASP.NET
12 20 (2.65%) Web Services
13 19 (2.52%) Servlets
14 16 (2.12%) REST
14 16 (2.12%) RESTful
15 15 (1.99%) Spring
16 14 (1.86%) Ruby on Rails
17 13 (1.72%) ASP.NET MVC
17 13 (1.72%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 57 (7.56%) Data Centre
2 47 (6.23%) Analytical Skills
3 34 (4.51%) Self-Motivation
4 27 (3.58%) Enterprise Software
5 23 (3.05%) Mobile App
6 22 (2.92%) Management Information System
7 20 (2.65%) Fat Client
7 20 (2.65%) Thin Client
8 18 (2.39%) Public Cloud
9 14 (1.86%) FMCG
10 13 (1.72%) Blackberry
10 13 (1.72%) Clustering
11 10 (1.33%) Driving Licence
11 10 (1.33%) iPad
12 9 (1.19%) Hybrid Cloud
12 9 (1.19%) PKI
13 8 (1.06%) User Experience
14 7 (0.93%) Mainframe
14 7 (0.93%) N-Tier
15 6 (0.80%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 206 (27.32%) Windows Server
2 163 (21.62%) Linux
3 138 (18.30%) Windows 10
4 128 (16.98%) Unix
5 81 (10.74%) Windows 7
6 65 (8.62%) Windows Server 2012
7 46 (6.10%) Windows Server 2008
8 43 (5.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 27 (3.58%) Windows XP
10 24 (3.18%) Ubuntu
11 22 (2.92%) Windows Server 2003
12 15 (1.99%) Android
12 15 (1.99%) Solaris
13 10 (1.33%) Windows 8
14 8 (1.06%) Apple iOS
15 7 (0.93%) Mac OS X
16 5 (0.66%) AIX
16 5 (0.66%) VME
17 3 (0.40%) HPUX
18 2 (0.27%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 142 (18.83%) Agile Software Development
2 124 (16.45%) ITIL
3 112 (14.85%) DevOps
4 86 (11.41%) Test Automation
5 78 (10.34%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 76 (10.08%) Continuous Integration
7 72 (9.55%) Migration
8 66 (8.75%) Problem-Solving
9 64 (8.49%) Customer Requirements
10 57 (7.56%) Test Scripting
11 53 (7.03%) Configuration Management
12 49 (6.50%) Microservices
12 49 (6.50%) Open Source
13 45 (5.97%) Scrum
14 43 (5.70%) Deployment Automation
14 43 (5.70%) SDLC
14 43 (5.70%) Test Strategy
15 40 (5.31%) SOA
16 37 (4.91%) Change Management
17 36 (4.77%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 154 (20.42%) SQL
2 113 (14.99%) Java
3 80 (10.61%) PowerShell
4 65 (8.62%) Python
5 58 (7.69%) C#
6 53 (7.03%) Perl
7 48 (6.37%) JavaScript
8 30 (3.98%) Ruby
9 22 (2.92%) Groovy
10 19 (2.52%) Haskell
11 18 (2.39%) VBScript
12 15 (1.99%) T-SQL
13 11 (1.46%) Scala
14 9 (1.19%) Bash Shell
15 7 (0.93%) VB
16 4 (0.53%) CoffeeScript
16 4 (0.53%) XPath
17 3 (0.40%) C
17 3 (0.40%) PL/SQL
18 2 (0.27%) C++
Qualifications
1 62 (8.22%) ISEB
2 58 (7.69%) ISTQB
3 54 (7.16%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 44 (5.84%) Security Cleared
5 43 (5.70%) Microsoft Certification
6 31 (4.11%) MCSE
7 30 (3.98%) Degree
8 28 (3.71%) SC Cleared
9 20 (2.65%) Cisco Certification
10 16 (2.12%) MCITP
10 16 (2.12%) MCP
11 15 (1.99%) Computer Science Degree
12 14 (1.86%) CCNA
13 13 (1.72%) CCNP
14 12 (1.59%) CISSP
15 10 (1.33%) DBS Check
16 9 (1.19%) DV Cleared
16 9 (1.19%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 7 (0.93%) ITIL Certification
18 6 (0.80%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (2.65%) SLA
2 18 (2.39%) QA
3 9 (1.19%) GDPR
3 9 (1.19%) PMO
4 7 (0.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 5 (0.66%) JSP 440
6 2 (0.27%) Def Stans
6 2 (0.27%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.13%) FISMA
7 1 (0.13%) HIPAA
7 1 (0.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 252 (33.42%) Active Directory
2 71 (9.42%) VMware Infrastructure
3 36 (4.77%) Docker
4 35 (4.64%) Hyper-V
5 26 (3.45%) Microsoft App-V
6 18 (2.39%) XenApp
7 17 (2.25%) Virtual Machines
8 16 (2.12%) VMware ESXi
9 13 (1.72%) vSphere
10 10 (1.33%) VMware Workstation
11 9 (1.19%) Terminal Services
12 8 (1.06%) BitLocker
13 7 (0.93%) Virtual Servers
14 4 (0.53%) NFS
14 4 (0.53%) XenDesktop
15 3 (0.40%) Firmware
15 3 (0.40%) Terminal Server
15 3 (0.40%) VMware Server
16 2 (0.27%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 1 (0.13%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 91 (12.07%) SCCM
2 56 (7.43%) Puppet
3 52 (6.90%) Ansible
4 35 (4.64%) WSUS
5 26 (3.45%) Kibana
6 22 (2.92%) Grafana
6 22 (2.92%) ZABBIX
7 17 (2.25%) McAfee ePO
7 17 (2.25%) Opscode Chef
7 17 (2.25%) SCOM
8 16 (2.12%) Terraform
9 15 (1.99%) Microsoft Intune
10 13 (1.72%) Nagios
11 12 (1.59%) Microsoft Clustering
12 8 (1.06%) Rundeck
12 8 (1.06%) SafeCom
13 7 (0.93%) Failover Clustering
13 7 (0.93%) Nessus
13 7 (0.93%) QRadar
14 6 (0.80%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 241 (31.96%) Microsoft
2 131 (17.37%) VMware
3 122 (16.18%) Oracle
4 66 (8.75%) webMethods
5 47 (6.23%) Cisco
5 47 (6.23%) Citrix
6 44 (5.84%) Red Hat
7 28 (3.71%) Google
8 25 (3.32%) Remedy
9 24 (3.18%) McAfee
9 24 (3.18%) SAP
10 23 (3.05%) HP
11 22 (2.92%) BMC
12 21 (2.79%) Apple
13 20 (2.65%) NetApp
14 18 (2.39%) IBM
15 16 (2.12%) Wyse
16 15 (1.99%) Dell
17 13 (1.72%) Symantec
18 11 (1.46%) Atlassian