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 3 months to 24 March 2017 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Windows
England / West Midlands
Rank 9 7 4
Rank change year-on-year -2 -3  
Contract jobs citing Windows 228 301 351
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 9.89% 11.22% 14.03%
As % of the Operating Systems category 63.87% 49.34% 70.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 120 134 152
Median daily rate £345 £365 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.47% +21.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £115 £150 £128
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £513 £435
UK excluding London median daily rate £345 £340 £320
% change year-on-year +1.47% +6.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 47 74
Median hourly rate £15.93 £15.13 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.25% +8.07%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.73 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £21.75 £27.15
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £15.50 £14.50
% change year-on-year -6.45% +6.89%  

Windows is in the operating system skills category. The next 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.

Contract Operating System Skills
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 357 610 500
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 15.49% 22.74% 19.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 209 279 225
Median daily rate £400 £375 £313
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% +20.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £200 £138
10% offered a daily rate of more than £509 £513 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £363 £338
% change year-on-year +6.89% +7.40%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 48 81
Median hourly rate £14.93 £16.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.71% +6.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.73 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £22.50 £30.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.25 £16.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -7.57% +6.45%  

Windows
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands citing Windows as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Operating Systems category.

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 3 months to 24 March 2017.

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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 24 March 2017.

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 3 months to 24 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham -8 56 £325 - 36
Shropshire +28 40 £480 +20.00% 7
Warwickshire +12 34 £325 +34.85% 14
Coventry -6 26 £325 -11.86% 14
Herefordshire +4 22 £330 -32.30% 4
Staffordshire -5 15 £225 -18.18% 15
Worcestershire 0 9 £250 +127.27% 7
Dudley 0 5 £103 - 1
Solihull -4 4 £425 -3.73% 4
Wolverhampton 0 3 - - 3
Smethwick -1 2 £345 - 1
Windows
England

Windows
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 24 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Windows also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Windows.

1 181 (37.79%) Active Directory
2 148 (30.90%) Windows Server
3 138 (28.81%) Microsoft
4 107 (22.34%) Linux
5 101 (21.09%) Windows 7
6 80 (16.70%) VMware
7 69 (14.41%) MS Office
8 68 (14.20%) Windows Server 2008
9 65 (13.57%) Microsoft Azure
10 64 (13.36%) SQL
11 59 (12.32%) Office 365
11 59 (12.32%) Windows Server 2012
12 58 (12.11%) Windows 10
12 58 (12.11%) Unix
12 58 (12.11%) Security Cleared
13 53 (11.06%) ITIL
13 53 (11.06%) MS Excel
14 48 (10.02%) SQL Server
15 46 (9.60%) Migration
16 41 (8.56%) SC Cleared
17 39 (8.14%) Finance
17 39 (8.14%) Oracle
17 39 (8.14%) Cisco
18 37 (7.72%) Java
18 37 (7.72%) Agile Software Development
19 36 (7.52%) TCP/IP
19 36 (7.52%) Citrix
20 33 (6.89%) DNS
20 33 (6.89%) SCCM
21 32 (6.68%) VMware Infrastructure

Windows
Top Related 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 31 (6.47%) MS Exchange
2 29 (6.05%) Elasticsearch
3 25 (5.22%) SharePoint
4 24 (5.01%) Confluence
5 23 (4.80%) WebLogic
6 21 (4.38%) IIS
6 21 (4.38%) Skype for Business
7 13 (2.71%) Oracle Application Server
8 10 (2.09%) Apache
8 10 (2.09%) Exchange Server 2010
8 10 (2.09%) JBoss
8 10 (2.09%) Oracle HTTP Server
9 8 (1.67%) Exchange Server 2007
9 8 (1.67%) Exchange Server 2013
10 7 (1.46%) Tomcat
11 6 (1.25%) nginx
11 6 (1.25%) SharePoint 2010
11 6 (1.25%) SharePoint 2013
12 5 (1.04%) Exchange Server 2003
13 4 (0.84%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 69 (14.41%) MS Office
2 53 (11.06%) MS Excel
3 10 (2.09%) Spreadsheet
4 6 (1.25%) MS Visio
5 4 (0.84%) MS PowerPoint
6 3 (0.63%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 4 (0.84%) Oracle 11i
1 4 (0.84%) Oracle Applications
1 4 (0.84%) Oracle EBS
1 4 (0.84%) Oracle EBS R12
2 2 (0.42%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 1 (0.21%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 65 (13.57%) Microsoft Azure
2 59 (12.32%) Office 365
3 29 (6.05%) Amazon AWS
4 9 (1.88%) OneDrive
5 7 (1.46%) Yammer
6 6 (1.25%) Cloud Computing
6 6 (1.25%) GitHub
6 6 (1.25%) Google Analytics
7 3 (0.63%) IaaS
7 3 (0.63%) IBM PureFlex
8 2 (0.42%) Azure Active Directory
8 2 (0.42%) Google Cloud Platform
9 1 (0.21%) Mimecast
9 1 (0.21%) PaaS
9 1 (0.21%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 36 (7.52%) TCP/IP
2 33 (6.89%) DNS
3 28 (5.85%) LAN
4 26 (5.43%) Firewall
4 26 (5.43%) WAN
5 22 (4.59%) DHCP
6 21 (4.38%) HTTP
7 18 (3.76%) Skype
8 17 (3.55%) VPN
9 16 (3.34%) Internet
10 14 (2.92%) SAN
11 12 (2.51%) VoIP
12 11 (2.30%) SSL
13 10 (2.09%) Unified Communications
14 8 (1.67%) Network Security
14 8 (1.67%) Wireless
15 7 (1.46%) Remote Desktop
16 6 (1.25%) Intranet
16 6 (1.25%) SSH
16 6 (1.25%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 48 (10.02%) SQL Server
2 19 (3.97%) PostgreSQL
3 17 (3.55%) Oracle Database
4 15 (3.13%) MySQL
5 14 (2.92%) SQL Server 2008
6 13 (2.71%) Oracle Database 10g
6 13 (2.71%) Oracle Database 11g
7 12 (2.51%) SQL Server 2005
8 11 (2.30%) Relational Database
8 11 (2.30%) SQL Server 2012
9 10 (2.09%) MongoDB
9 10 (2.09%) NoSQL
10 7 (1.46%) Data Warehouse
11 4 (0.84%) Oracle Discoverer
11 4 (0.84%) SQL Server 2014
12 3 (0.63%) Oracle BI EE
12 3 (0.63%) SQL Server 2016
12 3 (0.63%) SQLite
13 2 (0.42%) MS Access
13 2 (0.42%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 25 (5.22%) JIRA
2 14 (2.92%) Team Foundation Server
3 11 (2.30%) Git (software)
4 10 (2.09%) Visual Studio
5 9 (1.88%) Jenkins
5 9 (1.88%) MSI
6 8 (1.67%) Selenium
7 7 (1.46%) Cucumber
7 7 (1.46%) Gatling
8 6 (1.25%) Ant
8 6 (1.25%) Grunt
8 6 (1.25%) gulp
8 6 (1.25%) IntelliJ
8 6 (1.25%) Karma Test Runner
8 6 (1.25%) Sublime Text
9 5 (1.04%) InstallShield
10 4 (0.84%) Toad
11 2 (0.42%) LabVIEW
11 2 (0.42%) SoapUI
11 2 (0.42%) WebLogic Workshop
General
1 39 (8.14%) Finance
2 16 (3.34%) Retail
3 11 (2.30%) Manufacturing
4 9 (1.88%) Advertising
5 7 (1.46%) Banking
6 6 (1.25%) Electronics
6 6 (1.25%) Telecoms
7 4 (0.84%) Back Office
7 4 (0.84%) Marketing
8 3 (0.63%) Automotive
9 2 (0.42%) Aerospace
9 2 (0.42%) Legal
9 2 (0.42%) Private Banking
9 2 (0.42%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.21%) French Language
10 1 (0.21%) Games
10 1 (0.21%) Investment Banking
10 1 (0.21%) Law
10 1 (0.21%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 97 (20.25%) Analyst
2 49 (10.23%) Architect
3 43 (8.98%) Developer
4 37 (7.72%) Support Analyst
5 31 (6.47%) Support Engineer
6 27 (5.64%) 1st Line Support
7 26 (5.43%) Service Analyst
8 25 (5.22%) 2nd Line Support
9 24 (5.01%) Service Desk Analyst
10 23 (4.80%) Consultant
11 18 (3.76%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 18 (3.76%) Help Desk Support
12 17 (3.55%) Administrator
12 17 (3.55%) Windows Engineer
13 16 (3.34%) Solutions Architect
14 15 (3.13%) Help Desk Analyst
15 14 (2.92%) Desktop Support
15 14 (2.92%) Technical Architect
16 13 (2.71%) 3rd Line Support
16 13 (2.71%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (5.64%) .NET
2 14 (2.92%) CSS
3 13 (2.71%) AngularJS
4 11 (2.30%) ASP.NET
4 11 (2.30%) XML
5 10 (2.09%) HTML
6 9 (1.88%) Elastic Stack
6 9 (1.88%) Middleware
6 9 (1.88%) REST
6 9 (1.88%) SAML
7 8 (1.67%) SOAP
7 8 (1.67%) Web Services
8 7 (1.46%) ASP.NET MVC 5
8 7 (1.46%) jQuery
8 7 (1.46%) Node.js
9 6 (1.25%) Gherkin
9 6 (1.25%) RESTful
9 6 (1.25%) Servlets
9 6 (1.25%) Twitter Bootstrap
9 6 (1.25%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 24 (5.01%) Analytical Skills
2 21 (4.38%) Data Centre
3 19 (3.97%) Public Cloud
4 10 (2.09%) PKI
5 8 (1.67%) Client/Server
5 8 (1.67%) Computer Science
6 6 (1.25%) DataPower
6 6 (1.25%) Hybrid Cloud
6 6 (1.25%) Management Information System
7 5 (1.04%) NHS
7 5 (1.04%) Replication
7 5 (1.04%) Video Conferencing
8 4 (0.84%) HP Storage
8 4 (0.84%) Mainframe
8 4 (0.84%) Mobile App
9 3 (0.63%) Driving Licence
9 3 (0.63%) Smartphone
10 2 (0.42%) CMDB
10 2 (0.42%) Fat Client
10 2 (0.42%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 148 (30.90%) Windows Server
2 107 (22.34%) Linux
3 101 (21.09%) Windows 7
4 68 (14.20%) Windows Server 2008
5 59 (12.32%) Windows Server 2012
6 58 (12.11%) Unix
6 58 (12.11%) Windows 10
7 24 (5.01%) CentOS
8 21 (4.38%) Windows Server 2003
9 18 (3.76%) Windows 8
9 18 (3.76%) Windows XP
10 11 (2.30%) Android
11 9 (1.88%) Windows Vista
12 8 (1.67%) Apple iOS
12 8 (1.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 6 (1.25%) AIX
13 6 (1.25%) Ubuntu
14 5 (1.04%) HPUX
15 4 (0.84%) Windows Mobile
16 3 (0.63%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 53 (11.06%) ITIL
2 46 (9.60%) Migration
3 37 (7.72%) Agile Software Development
4 32 (6.68%) DevOps
5 23 (4.80%) Stakeholder Management
6 20 (4.18%) Configuration Management
7 19 (3.97%) Change Management
8 17 (3.55%) Customer Requirements
9 15 (3.13%) Business Intelligence
9 15 (3.13%) Cybersecurity
9 15 (3.13%) Service Management
10 13 (2.71%) Continuous Integration
10 13 (2.71%) Mentoring
11 12 (2.51%) High Availability
11 12 (2.51%) SDLC
12 11 (2.30%) Application Packaging
12 11 (2.30%) Incident Management
12 11 (2.30%) Information Security
12 11 (2.30%) Open Source
12 11 (2.30%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 64 (13.36%) SQL
2 37 (7.72%) Java
3 28 (5.85%) C#
3 28 (5.85%) PowerShell
4 25 (5.22%) Python
4 25 (5.22%) Ruby
5 22 (4.59%) JavaScript
6 21 (4.38%) Bash Shell
7 10 (2.09%) C
8 9 (1.88%) Perl
8 9 (1.88%) Shell Script
8 9 (1.88%) T-SQL
9 8 (1.67%) VB
10 7 (1.46%) PL/SQL
11 6 (1.25%) Groovy
11 6 (1.25%) Haskell
11 6 (1.25%) Scala
12 5 (1.04%) VBScript
13 4 (0.84%) VB.NET
13 4 (0.84%) VB6
Qualifications
1 58 (12.11%) Security Cleared
2 41 (8.56%) SC Cleared
3 25 (5.22%) Microsoft Certification
4 24 (5.01%) Degree
5 12 (2.51%) MCSE
6 9 (1.88%) Cisco Certification
6 9 (1.88%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 8 (1.67%) DBS Check
7 8 (1.67%) DV Cleared
7 8 (1.67%) MCITP
8 7 (1.46%) CCNA
9 5 (1.04%) BPSS Clearance
9 5 (1.04%) ISEB
9 5 (1.04%) ITIL Certification
10 4 (0.84%) CCNP
10 4 (0.84%) ISTQB
10 4 (0.84%) MCP
10 4 (0.84%) MCSA
11 3 (0.63%) MOS
11 3 (0.63%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (4.18%) SLA
2 10 (2.09%) QA
3 7 (1.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 6 (1.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 4 (0.84%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.42%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.21%) Cyber Essentials
7 1 (0.21%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.21%) SEPA
System Software
1 181 (37.79%) Active Directory
2 32 (6.68%) VMware Infrastructure
3 28 (5.85%) Docker
4 26 (5.43%) Hyper-V
5 17 (3.55%) Microsoft App-V
6 12 (2.51%) VMware ESX
7 11 (2.30%) Virtual Machines
8 7 (1.46%) XenApp
9 6 (1.25%) vSphere
10 4 (0.84%) Oracle RAC
11 3 (0.63%) VMware ESXi
12 2 (0.42%) Firmware
12 2 (0.42%) Virtual Desktop
12 2 (0.42%) Virtual Servers
13 1 (0.21%) BitLocker
13 1 (0.21%) DFS Replication
13 1 (0.21%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 1 (0.21%) Samba
13 1 (0.21%) Terminal Server
13 1 (0.21%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 33 (6.89%) SCCM
2 24 (5.01%) Puppet
3 23 (4.80%) Ansible
4 22 (4.59%) Terraform
5 15 (3.13%) Kibana
6 13 (2.71%) WSUS
7 12 (2.51%) SCOM
8 10 (2.09%) logstash
8 10 (2.09%) Microsoft Intune
9 9 (1.88%) Oracle Identity Management
9 9 (1.88%) Oracle Identity Manager
10 6 (1.25%) Grafana
10 6 (1.25%) Nagios
11 4 (0.84%) AirWatch
11 4 (0.84%) BMC PATROL
11 4 (0.84%) Data Guard
12 3 (0.63%) HP Data Protector
12 3 (0.63%) Nexpose
12 3 (0.63%) Opsview
12 3 (0.63%) Webmin
Vendors
1 138 (28.81%) Microsoft
2 80 (16.70%) VMware
3 39 (8.14%) Cisco
3 39 (8.14%) Oracle
4 36 (7.52%) Citrix
5 18 (3.76%) HP
6 16 (3.34%) IBM
7 14 (2.92%) Google
8 13 (2.71%) Dell
9 12 (2.51%) NetApp
10 11 (2.30%) Intel Security
11 9 (1.88%) LANDesk
11 9 (1.88%) Red Hat
11 9 (1.88%) webMethods
12 8 (1.67%) EMC
13 7 (1.46%) Juniper
13 7 (1.46%) LogRhythm
13 7 (1.46%) SolarWinds
14 6 (1.25%) CheckPoint
14 6 (1.25%) Symantec
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