Period
to 21 November 2017

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 November 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.

Microsoft Windows
England > West Midlands
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 6 8 7
Rank change year-on-year +2 -1 -3
Contract jobs citing Windows 601 627 561
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 12.42% 10.17% 11.38%
As % of the Operating Systems category 64.69% 60.23% 67.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 382 353 248
West Midlands median daily rate £325 £350 £328
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.14% +6.87% +4.80%
10th Percentile £141 £128 £149
90th Percentile £538 £500 £475
England median daily rate £350 £351 £350
% change year-on-year -0.14% +0.14% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 70 94 132
West Midlands median hourly rate £14.10 £13.50 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.44% -3.57% -6.67%
10th Percentile £10.00 £10.00 £10.35
90th Percentile £21.10 £20.74 £20.23
England median hourly rate £16.00 £15.25 £15.75
% change year-on-year +4.92% -3.17% +5.00%

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 929 1041 834
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 19.19% 16.89% 16.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 533 551 362
West Midlands median daily rate £365 £400 £336
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.75% +18.96% +5.08%
10th Percentile £155 £181 £145
90th Percentile £560 £519 £475
England median daily rate £425 £410 £400
% change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 89 104 123
West Midlands median hourly rate £14.50 £14.00 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.57% -3.45% -3.33%
10th Percentile £10.70 £10.08 £10.33
90th Percentile £34.37 £36.50 £21.40
England median hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year +6.06% - +6.45%

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 November 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 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 November 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 6 months to 21 November 2017. 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 +6 212 £325 -7.14% 26
Shropshire +7 77 £499 +42.61% 13
Warwickshire 0 73 £313 -10.71% 9
Coventry +4 70 £195 -51.25% 11
Solihull +13 35 £360 -15.29% 4
Staffordshire +3 25 £365 +21.67% 20
Worcestershire +1 19 £201 -33.17% 7
Herefordshire 0 14 £375 +15.38%
Wolverhampton -2 9 £113 -64.84% 8
Dudley -2 7 £260 +160.00%
West Bromwich -2 2 £114 -69.26%
Wednesbury - 2 - - 1
Smethwick -1 1 £295 +103.45%
Walsall -3 1 £193 +54.00%
Halesowen - 1 £114 - 2
Windows
England

For the 6 months to 21 November 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.

1 196 (32.61%) Active Directory
2 176 (29.28%) Microsoft
3 174 (28.95%) Windows Server
4 139 (23.13%) Windows 10
5 137 (22.80%) VMware
6 127 (21.13%) Windows 7
7 121 (20.13%) Office 365
8 118 (19.63%) Linux
9 102 (16.97%) Microsoft Office
10 89 (14.81%) SCCM
11 87 (14.48%) ITIL
12 86 (14.31%) Migration
13 77 (12.81%) Microsoft Azure
14 76 (12.65%) VMware Infrastructure
15 75 (12.48%) DevOps
16 74 (12.31%) PowerShell
17 73 (12.15%) SQL
17 73 (12.15%) Citrix
18 71 (11.81%) SQL Server
19 67 (11.15%) Agile Software Development
20 64 (10.65%) Windows Server 2012
21 62 (10.32%) MS Exchange
22 60 (9.98%) Oracle
23 58 (9.65%) Windows Server 2008
24 54 (8.99%) Jenkins
25 49 (8.15%) Security Cleared
26 48 (7.99%) Unix
27 47 (7.82%) Perl
27 47 (7.82%) Microsoft App-V
28 46 (7.65%) .NET

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 62 (10.32%) MS Exchange
2 39 (6.49%) Confluence
3 30 (4.99%) SharePoint
4 20 (3.33%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 16 (2.66%) Skype for Business
6 15 (2.50%) Elasticsearch
7 14 (2.33%) Exchange Server 2010
7 14 (2.33%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 10 (1.66%) Exchange Server 2013
9 9 (1.50%) IIS
10 8 (1.33%) Exchange Server 2003
10 8 (1.33%) Tomcat
11 7 (1.16%) Exchange Server 2000
11 7 (1.16%) IBM Notes
12 6 (1.00%) Exchange Server 5.5
12 6 (1.00%) WebSphere
13 5 (0.83%) nginx
14 4 (0.67%) OpenStack
14 4 (0.67%) SharePoint 2010
14 4 (0.67%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 102 (16.97%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (2.00%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (0.67%) Acrobat
3 4 (0.67%) Adobe Illustrator
3 4 (0.67%) Microsoft Project
3 4 (0.67%) MS Visio
3 4 (0.67%) RoboHelp
3 4 (0.67%) Snagit
4 1 (0.17%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (0.83%) Dynamics AX
1 5 (0.83%) Remedy ITSM
2 4 (0.67%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.67%) Oracle 11i
2 4 (0.67%) Oracle Applications
2 4 (0.67%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 121 (20.13%) Office 365
2 77 (12.81%) Microsoft Azure
3 42 (6.99%) Amazon AWS
4 20 (3.33%) IaaS
5 18 (3.00%) PaaS
6 12 (2.00%) Cloud Computing
7 9 (1.50%) GitHub
8 5 (0.83%) SaaS
9 3 (0.50%) Google Analytics
9 3 (0.50%) OneDrive
10 1 (0.17%) Azure Active Directory
10 1 (0.17%) Azure Data Factory
10 1 (0.17%) Data Lake Analytics
10 1 (0.17%) Google App Engine
10 1 (0.17%) Google Cloud Platform
10 1 (0.17%) Rackspace Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 45 (7.49%) DNS
2 39 (6.49%) Firewall
3 36 (5.99%) LAN
4 34 (5.66%) DHCP
5 30 (4.99%) WAN
6 26 (4.33%) SAN
6 26 (4.33%) VPN
7 21 (3.49%) TCP/IP
8 13 (2.16%) Internet
8 13 (2.16%) Wireless
9 11 (1.83%) Network Security
9 11 (1.83%) Remote Desktop
9 11 (1.83%) Skype
9 11 (1.83%) SSL
10 8 (1.33%) HTTP
10 8 (1.33%) VoIP
11 6 (1.00%) TACACS
11 6 (1.00%) Wi-Fi
12 5 (0.83%) Cisco ASA
12 5 (0.83%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 71 (11.81%) SQL Server
2 25 (4.16%) Oracle Database
3 9 (1.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 7 (1.16%) MySQL
4 7 (1.16%) NoSQL
5 6 (1.00%) MongoDB
5 6 (1.00%) SQL Server 2008
5 6 (1.00%) SQL Server 2014
6 5 (0.83%) Azure SQL Database
6 5 (0.83%) SQL Server 2012
6 5 (0.83%) SQL Server 2016
7 4 (0.67%) Amazon RDS
8 3 (0.50%) Data Warehouse
8 3 (0.50%) RDBMS
8 3 (0.50%) Relational Database
8 3 (0.50%) SQL Server 2005
8 3 (0.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 2 (0.33%) BusinessObjects
9 2 (0.33%) MS Access
10 1 (0.17%) Oracle9i Database
Development Applications
1 54 (8.99%) Jenkins
2 41 (6.82%) JIRA
3 37 (6.16%) Git (software)
4 29 (4.83%) Subversion
5 28 (4.66%) Maven
6 26 (4.33%) Sonatype Nexus
7 24 (3.99%) MSI
8 12 (2.00%) Vagrant
9 11 (1.83%) TeamCity
10 10 (1.66%) Bitbucket
11 9 (1.50%) Team Foundation Server
12 8 (1.33%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 8 (1.33%) Octopus Deploy
13 7 (1.16%) FishEye
14 5 (0.83%) Selenium
14 5 (0.83%) Visual Studio
15 4 (0.67%) Ant
16 3 (0.50%) IntelliJ
16 3 (0.50%) NuGet
16 3 (0.50%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 31 (5.16%) Finance
2 11 (1.83%) Retail
3 10 (1.66%) Telecoms
4 6 (1.00%) Manufacturing
5 4 (0.67%) Back Office
5 4 (0.67%) Banking
5 4 (0.67%) Law
6 3 (0.50%) Automotive
7 2 (0.33%) Advertising
7 2 (0.33%) French Language
7 2 (0.33%) Games
7 2 (0.33%) Legal
8 1 (0.17%) Billing
8 1 (0.17%) Front Office
8 1 (0.17%) Military
8 1 (0.17%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.17%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 101 (16.81%) Analyst
2 59 (9.82%) Desktop Support
3 58 (9.65%) Support Engineer
4 46 (7.65%) Consultant
5 44 (7.32%) 2nd Line Support
6 42 (6.99%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 40 (6.66%) DevOps Engineer
8 35 (5.82%) Service Analyst
9 34 (5.66%) Service Desk Analyst
10 32 (5.32%) Developer
11 31 (5.16%) 3rd Line Support
11 31 (5.16%) Administrator
11 31 (5.16%) IT Support
12 30 (4.99%) Support Analyst
13 26 (4.33%) Desktop Engineer
14 23 (3.83%) 2nd Line Engineer
14 23 (3.83%) 3rd Line Engineer
15 20 (3.33%) Systems Administrator
16 19 (3.16%) Architect
17 18 (3.00%) Azure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 46 (7.65%) .NET
2 26 (4.33%) Middleware
3 24 (3.99%) HTML
4 23 (3.83%) CSS
5 20 (3.33%) WSH
6 18 (3.00%) ASP.NET
7 16 (2.66%) .NET Framework
8 12 (2.00%) jQuery
9 11 (1.83%) ASP.NET Web Forms
9 11 (1.83%) Web Services
10 9 (1.50%) ASP.NET MVC
10 9 (1.50%) Entity Framework
10 9 (1.50%) JSON
10 9 (1.50%) LINQ
11 8 (1.33%) Twitter Bootstrap
12 7 (1.16%) XML
13 5 (0.83%) HTML5
14 4 (0.67%) 802.1X
14 4 (0.67%) AngularJS
14 4 (0.67%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 45 (7.49%) Data Centre
2 22 (3.66%) Analytical Skills
2 22 (3.66%) Blackberry
3 15 (2.50%) Fat Client
3 15 (2.50%) Thin Client
4 13 (2.16%) Management Information System
5 12 (2.00%) Enterprise Software
6 9 (1.50%) PKI
6 9 (1.50%) Replication
7 8 (1.33%) Computer Science
8 6 (1.00%) Driving Licence
8 6 (1.00%) Smart Meter
9 4 (0.67%) Clustering
9 4 (0.67%) Mobile App
10 3 (0.50%) NHS
10 3 (0.50%) Smartphone
10 3 (0.50%) User Experience
10 3 (0.50%) Wiki
11 2 (0.33%) Cyber Attack
11 2 (0.33%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 174 (28.95%) Windows Server
2 139 (23.13%) Windows 10
3 127 (21.13%) Windows 7
4 118 (19.63%) Linux
5 64 (10.65%) Windows Server 2012
6 58 (9.65%) Windows Server 2008
7 48 (7.99%) Unix
8 26 (4.33%) Windows 8
9 24 (3.99%) Windows Server 2003
10 23 (3.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 21 (3.49%) Windows XP
12 16 (2.66%) Android
13 14 (2.33%) Apple iOS
14 11 (1.83%) Windows 2000 Server
15 9 (1.50%) HPUX
15 9 (1.50%) Solaris
16 5 (0.83%) Ubuntu
17 3 (0.50%) AIX
17 3 (0.50%) Mac OS X
18 2 (0.33%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 87 (14.48%) ITIL
2 86 (14.31%) Migration
3 75 (12.48%) DevOps
4 67 (11.15%) Agile Software Development
5 44 (7.32%) Incident Management
6 39 (6.49%) Configuration Management
7 34 (5.66%) Test Automation
8 29 (4.83%) Scrum
9 26 (4.33%) Service Management
10 25 (4.16%) Release Management
10 25 (4.16%) Stakeholder Management
11 24 (3.99%) Kanban
12 23 (3.83%) SDLC
13 22 (3.66%) Change Management
13 22 (3.66%) Service Delivery
14 21 (3.49%) Application Discovery
14 21 (3.49%) Continuous Integration
15 20 (3.33%) Continuous Delivery
15 20 (3.33%) Open Source
15 20 (3.33%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 74 (12.31%) PowerShell
2 73 (12.15%) SQL
3 47 (7.82%) Perl
4 44 (7.32%) Python
5 34 (5.66%) C#
6 32 (5.32%) Java
7 25 (4.16%) JavaScript
8 22 (3.66%) VBScript
9 15 (2.50%) Ruby
10 14 (2.33%) Bash Shell
11 9 (1.50%) T-SQL
12 6 (1.00%) VB.NET
13 5 (0.83%) Groovy
13 5 (0.83%) PL/SQL
13 5 (0.83%) Shell Script
14 3 (0.50%) C++
14 3 (0.50%) Haskell
14 3 (0.50%) Scala
14 3 (0.50%) XPath
15 2 (0.33%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 49 (8.15%) Security Cleared
2 28 (4.66%) SC Cleared
3 26 (4.33%) Microsoft Certification
4 21 (3.49%) Degree
5 20 (3.33%) Cisco Certification
6 17 (2.83%) MCSE
7 14 (2.33%) CCIE
7 14 (2.33%) DV Cleared
8 13 (2.16%) CCNP
9 10 (1.66%) MCSA
9 10 (1.66%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 9 (1.50%) MCP
11 8 (1.33%) BC Cleared
12 7 (1.16%) CCNA
13 6 (1.00%) Computer Science Degree
13 6 (1.00%) RHCE
14 5 (0.83%) BPSS Clearance
14 5 (0.83%) DBS Check
14 5 (0.83%) ITIL Certification
15 3 (0.50%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (7.15%) SLA
2 22 (3.66%) QA
3 5 (0.83%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.33%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.17%) GCP
5 1 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.17%) MiFID
5 1 (0.17%) MISRA
5 1 (0.17%) MISRA C
5 1 (0.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.17%) Solvency II
System Software
1 196 (32.61%) Active Directory
2 76 (12.65%) VMware Infrastructure
3 47 (7.82%) Microsoft App-V
4 29 (4.83%) Hyper-V
5 25 (4.16%) Virtual Machines
6 18 (3.00%) Docker
7 13 (2.16%) XenApp
8 12 (2.00%) VMware ESXi
9 11 (1.83%) Terminal Services
9 11 (1.83%) vSphere
10 10 (1.66%) VMware Workstation
11 7 (1.16%) BitLocker
11 7 (1.16%) Virtual Servers
12 6 (1.00%) Samba
12 6 (1.00%) XenDesktop
13 5 (0.83%) VirtualBox
14 4 (0.67%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 2 (0.33%) Snort
15 2 (0.33%) Terminal Server
16 1 (0.17%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 89 (14.81%) SCCM
2 44 (7.32%) Puppet
3 20 (3.33%) WMI
4 19 (3.16%) Ansible
5 18 (3.00%) WSUS
6 17 (2.83%) Opscode Chef
7 15 (2.50%) Norton AntiVirus
7 15 (2.50%) ZABBIX
8 14 (2.33%) Terraform
9 10 (1.66%) McAfee ePO
9 10 (1.66%) SafeCom
10 8 (1.33%) SCOM
11 6 (1.00%) Backup Exec
12 4 (0.67%) Failover Clustering
12 4 (0.67%) HP Quality Center
12 4 (0.67%) Microsoft Intune
12 4 (0.67%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
12 4 (0.67%) Stealthwatch
13 3 (0.50%) Grafana
13 3 (0.50%) Kibana
Vendors
1 176 (29.28%) Microsoft
2 137 (22.80%) VMware
3 73 (12.15%) Citrix
4 60 (9.98%) Oracle
5 46 (7.65%) Cisco
6 32 (5.32%) HP
7 28 (4.66%) McAfee
8 26 (4.33%) NetApp
9 22 (3.66%) Dell
9 22 (3.66%) Red Hat
10 20 (3.33%) Symantec
11 17 (2.83%) IBM
12 16 (2.66%) Atlassian
13 11 (1.83%) Apple
14 10 (1.66%) Wyse
15 8 (1.33%) ArcSight
15 8 (1.33%) Juniper
15 8 (1.33%) Sophos
16 7 (1.16%) SolarWinds
16 7 (1.16%) Veeam