Period
to 7 August 2020

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 7 August 2020 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
7 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 8 6 4
Rank change year-on-year -2 -2 +2
Contract jobs citing Windows 223 531 695
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands 14.23% 12.01% 13.61%
As % of the Operating Systems category 62.12% 64.76% 70.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 131 353 387
Median daily rate £380 £338 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.59% -3.57% +7.69%
10th Percentile £128 £131 £116
90th Percentile £475 £575 £530
England median daily rate £388 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +3.33% - +2.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 52 120
Median hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.23% +6.90% +2.11%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £10.80
90th Percentile £35.00 £20.68 £21.53
England median hourly rate £19.00 £16.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year +18.75% -5.88% +9.68%

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 359 820 987
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 22.91% 18.55% 19.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 205 522 518
Median daily rate £405 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.25% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £139 £150 £130
90th Percentile £583 £587 £538
England median daily rate £450 £434 £438
% change year-on-year +3.75% -0.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 55 131
Median hourly rate £16.23 £15.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.68% +3.33% +5.06%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £35.00 £26.50 £21.75
Median hourly rate £19.50 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +11.43% - +2.94%

Windows
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing Windows as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Windows in the West Midlands.

Daily rate trend for Windows in the West Midlands

Windows
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Windows in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 7 August 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Windows in the West Midlands

Windows
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Windows in the West Midlands.

Hourly rate trend for Windows in the West Midlands

Windows
Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Windows in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 7 August 2020.

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 7 August 2020. 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 +4 71 £325 +18.18% 21
Shropshire +10 62 £430 -1.99% 1
Coventry 0 25 £150 -62.50% 6
Warwickshire -14 13 £225 -30.77% 10
Staffordshire -1 11 £148 -41.00% 12
Worcestershire +4 6 £475 +15.15% 7
Herefordshire -12 6 £450 +11.11% 4
Dudley -1 4 £320 +52.38%
Solihull +7 3 £400 +45.45% 6
Wolverhampton -4 3 £400 +81.82%
Walsall - 3 £338 - 1
Windows
England

For the 6 months to 7 August 2020, 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 78 (34.98%) Microsoft
2 68 (30.49%) Active Directory
3 62 (27.80%) Windows 10
4 48 (21.52%) Unix
5 47 (21.08%) SQL
6 44 (19.73%) Java
6 44 (19.73%) Microsoft Office
7 43 (19.28%) XML
7 43 (19.28%) Oracle
8 39 (17.49%) Office 365
9 36 (16.14%) WebLogic
10 35 (15.70%) Azure
11 33 (14.80%) Windows Server
12 32 (14.35%) SCCM
13 31 (13.90%) Windows 7
14 29 (13.00%) Test Automation
14 29 (13.00%) Security Cleared
14 29 (13.00%) VMware
15 28 (12.56%) Linux
16 26 (11.66%) Toad
16 26 (11.66%) SDLC
16 26 (11.66%) Public Sector
17 25 (11.21%) DevOps
18 24 (10.76%) Citrix
18 24 (10.76%) Migration
19 23 (10.31%) Agile Software Development
20 22 (9.87%) ISEB
20 22 (9.87%) SC Cleared
20 22 (9.87%) JIRA
21 21 (9.42%) webMethods

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 36 (16.14%) WebLogic
2 14 (6.28%) Mule
3 13 (5.83%) Confluence
4 11 (4.93%) MS Exchange
5 8 (3.59%) SharePoint
6 6 (2.69%) Exchange Server 2013
7 4 (1.79%) Skype for Business
8 3 (1.35%) SAS
9 2 (0.90%) SharePoint Server
10 1 (0.45%) Exchange Server 2010
10 1 (0.45%) GlassFish
Applications
1 44 (19.73%) Microsoft Office
2 20 (8.97%) Microsoft Excel
3 9 (4.04%) Microsoft Project
4 5 (2.24%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (1.79%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.45%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 8 (3.59%) SAP FI-CA
2 2 (0.90%) assyst
2 2 (0.90%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.45%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.45%) Lorenzo
Cloud Services
1 39 (17.49%) Office 365
2 35 (15.70%) Azure
3 13 (5.83%) AWS
4 6 (2.69%) Azure Active Directory
4 6 (2.69%) Google Analytics
4 6 (2.69%) Google Tag Manager
5 5 (2.24%) IaaS
5 5 (2.24%) Tricentis Tosca
6 3 (1.35%) PaaS
6 3 (1.35%) Power Platform
7 2 (0.90%) Azure ExpressRoute
7 2 (0.90%) GitHub
7 2 (0.90%) OneDrive
7 2 (0.90%) PowerApps
7 2 (0.90%) SaaS
8 1 (0.45%) Adobe Creative Cloud
8 1 (0.45%) Amazon EKS
8 1 (0.45%) AWS CloudFormation
8 1 (0.45%) Data Lake Analytics
8 1 (0.45%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 19 (8.52%) WAN
2 18 (8.07%) LAN
3 12 (5.38%) DNS
4 10 (4.48%) Firewall
5 8 (3.59%) DHCP
5 8 (3.59%) SAN
6 6 (2.69%) Skype
6 6 (2.69%) TCP/IP
7 5 (2.24%) VPN
7 5 (2.24%) Wi-Fi
7 5 (2.24%) Wireless
8 4 (1.79%) Internet
9 3 (1.35%) Remote Desktop
10 2 (0.90%) 3G
10 2 (0.90%) DMZ
10 2 (0.90%) iSCSI
10 2 (0.90%) Network Security
11 1 (0.45%) Connectrix
11 1 (0.45%) NetScaler
11 1 (0.45%) Reverse Proxy
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (6.28%) SQL Server
2 11 (4.93%) Oracle Database
3 9 (4.04%) Oracle OWB
4 8 (3.59%) Apache Hive
4 8 (3.59%) Hadoop
4 8 (3.59%) MongoDB
4 8 (3.59%) MySQL
5 3 (1.35%) Power BI
6 2 (0.90%) Azure SQL Database
6 2 (0.90%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (0.90%) OLAP
6 2 (0.90%) SQL Server 2016
6 2 (0.90%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (0.45%) DTS
7 1 (0.45%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 1 (0.45%) OLTP
7 1 (0.45%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.45%) Snowflake Schema
7 1 (0.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (0.45%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 26 (11.66%) Toad
2 22 (9.87%) JIRA
3 17 (7.62%) Cucumber
4 14 (6.28%) Selenium
5 12 (5.38%) Git (software)
5 12 (5.38%) JMeter
6 11 (4.93%) Postman
7 9 (4.04%) Jenkins
8 8 (3.59%) SoapUI
9 6 (2.69%) MSI
10 2 (0.90%) eggPlant
10 2 (0.90%) Octopus Deploy
10 2 (0.90%) Subversion
10 2 (0.90%) Visual Studio Team System
11 1 (0.45%) GCC
11 1 (0.45%) GDB
11 1 (0.45%) InstallShield
11 1 (0.45%) Mercurial
11 1 (0.45%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 1 (0.45%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 26 (11.66%) Public Sector
2 10 (4.48%) Finance
3 4 (1.79%) Manufacturing
4 2 (0.90%) Aerospace
4 2 (0.90%) Law
4 2 (0.90%) Publishing
4 2 (0.90%) Retail
4 2 (0.90%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.45%) Automotive
5 1 (0.45%) Banking
5 1 (0.45%) Billing
5 1 (0.45%) Electronics
5 1 (0.45%) French Language
5 1 (0.45%) Housing Association
5 1 (0.45%) Investment Banking
5 1 (0.45%) Marketing
5 1 (0.45%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (0.45%) Police
5 1 (0.45%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 39 (17.49%) Analyst
2 24 (10.76%) Support Engineer
3 22 (9.87%) Desktop Engineer
4 18 (8.07%) Windows Engineer
5 17 (7.62%) Desktop Support
6 16 (7.17%) IT Engineer
7 13 (5.83%) IT Support
8 12 (5.38%) Desktop Support Engineer
9 11 (4.93%) Deployment Engineer
10 10 (4.48%) 2nd Line Support
10 10 (4.48%) Test Engineer
11 9 (4.04%) Test Analyst
11 9 (4.04%) Test Manager
11 9 (4.04%) Wintel Engineer
12 8 (3.59%) Developer
12 8 (3.59%) Digital Analyst
12 8 (3.59%) Support Analyst
13 7 (3.14%) 1st Line Support
13 7 (3.14%) 2nd Line Engineer
13 7 (3.14%) Applications Packager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (19.28%) XML
2 18 (8.07%) JSON
3 13 (5.83%) SOAP
4 11 (4.93%) RabbitMQ
5 5 (2.24%) LDAP
5 5 (2.24%) Node.js
5 5 (2.24%) OpenID
5 5 (2.24%) REST
5 5 (2.24%) SAML
6 4 (1.79%) Middleware
6 4 (1.79%) Spring
6 4 (1.79%) Web Services
7 3 (1.35%) .NET
7 3 (1.35%) Spring Boot
7 3 (1.35%) WireMock
8 1 (0.45%) .NET Core
8 1 (0.45%) AngularJS
8 1 (0.45%) Kendo UI
8 1 (0.45%) Seaborn
8 1 (0.45%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 14 (6.28%) Data Centre
2 11 (4.93%) Analytical Skills
3 10 (4.48%) NHS
4 8 (3.59%) Self-Motivation
5 5 (2.24%) Driving Licence
5 5 (2.24%) PKI
5 5 (2.24%) Replication
6 4 (1.79%) Clustering
6 4 (1.79%) iPad
6 4 (1.79%) Management Information System
7 3 (1.35%) Smartphone
7 3 (1.35%) User Experience
8 2 (0.90%) Blackberry
8 2 (0.90%) Fat Client
8 2 (0.90%) Social Media
8 2 (0.90%) Thin Client
9 1 (0.45%) CMDB
9 1 (0.45%) Derivative
9 1 (0.45%) Device Driver
9 1 (0.45%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 62 (27.80%) Windows 10
2 48 (21.52%) Unix
3 33 (14.80%) Windows Server
4 31 (13.90%) Windows 7
5 28 (12.56%) Linux
6 17 (7.62%) Windows Server 2016
7 16 (7.17%) Windows Server 2012
8 7 (3.14%) Windows Server 2008
9 3 (1.35%) Mac OS
9 3 (1.35%) Windows 8
9 3 (1.35%) Windows XP
10 2 (0.90%) AIX
10 2 (0.90%) Apple iOS
10 2 (0.90%) Mac OS X
10 2 (0.90%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 2 (0.90%) Solaris
10 2 (0.90%) Windows Server 2019
11 1 (0.45%) HPUX
11 1 (0.45%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.45%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (13.00%) Test Automation
2 26 (11.66%) SDLC
3 25 (11.21%) DevOps
4 24 (10.76%) Migration
5 23 (10.31%) Agile Software Development
6 20 (8.97%) ITIL
6 20 (8.97%) Problem-Solving
6 20 (8.97%) Stakeholder Management
6 20 (8.97%) Test Strategy
7 19 (8.52%) Customer Requirements
8 17 (7.62%) Analytics
8 17 (7.62%) Continuous Integration
9 16 (7.17%) Test Scripting
10 14 (6.28%) Planning and Forecasting
11 13 (5.83%) Data Analysis
11 13 (5.83%) Data Modelling
11 13 (5.83%) Mentoring
12 12 (5.38%) API Testing
12 12 (5.38%) Microservices
12 12 (5.38%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 47 (21.08%) SQL
2 44 (19.73%) Java
3 18 (8.07%) PowerShell
4 8 (3.59%) PL/SQL
5 7 (3.14%) Bash Shell
6 3 (1.35%) C
6 3 (1.35%) C#
7 2 (0.90%) C++
7 2 (0.90%) Python
7 2 (0.90%) T-SQL
8 1 (0.45%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
8 1 (0.45%) Fortran
8 1 (0.45%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.45%) PHP
8 1 (0.45%) PROC SQL
8 1 (0.45%) Ruby
8 1 (0.45%) SAS Macro
8 1 (0.45%) VB
8 1 (0.45%) VBA
Qualifications
1 29 (13.00%) Security Cleared
2 22 (9.87%) ISEB
2 22 (9.87%) SC Cleared
3 19 (8.52%) ISTQB
4 15 (6.73%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 8 (3.59%) DV Cleared
5 8 (3.59%) Microsoft Certification
6 7 (3.14%) ISEB Practitioner
7 6 (2.69%) MCSE
8 5 (2.24%) BPSS Clearance
9 4 (1.79%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 4 (1.79%) MCSA
10 3 (1.35%) Degree
10 3 (1.35%) MCP
11 2 (0.90%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 1 (0.45%) A+ Certification
12 1 (0.45%) ACCA
12 1 (0.45%) CIMA
12 1 (0.45%) ITIL Certification
12 1 (0.45%) MBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (3.59%) SLA
2 1 (0.45%) GDPR
2 1 (0.45%) ISO 26262
2 1 (0.45%) MISRA
2 1 (0.45%) MISRA C
System Software
1 68 (30.49%) Active Directory
2 15 (6.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (6.28%) Docker
4 12 (5.38%) XenApp
5 11 (4.93%) Virtual Machines
6 10 (4.48%) Microsoft App-V
7 8 (3.59%) HDFS
7 8 (3.59%) Virtual Desktop
7 8 (3.59%) vSphere
7 8 (3.59%) XenDesktop
8 4 (1.79%) DFS Replication
8 4 (1.79%) Hyper-V
8 4 (1.79%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.45%) BitLocker
9 1 (0.45%) Citrix Hypervisor
9 1 (0.45%) SRDF
9 1 (0.45%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 32 (14.35%) SCCM
2 12 (5.38%) Kubernetes
3 8 (3.59%) Rancher
4 7 (3.14%) Microsoft Intune
5 5 (2.24%) Data Guard
6 4 (1.79%) Microsoft Clustering
6 4 (1.79%) NetBackup
6 4 (1.79%) SCOM
7 3 (1.35%) Terraform
7 3 (1.35%) WMI
8 2 (0.90%) Failover Clustering
8 2 (0.90%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 2 (0.90%) SCDPM
8 2 (0.90%) SCSM
8 2 (0.90%) SCVMM
8 2 (0.90%) SolarWinds Orion
8 2 (0.90%) vCenter Server
8 2 (0.90%) WSUS
9 1 (0.45%) Ansible
9 1 (0.45%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 78 (34.98%) Microsoft
2 43 (19.28%) Oracle
3 29 (13.00%) VMware
4 24 (10.76%) Citrix
5 21 (9.42%) webMethods
6 14 (6.28%) CheckPoint
7 10 (4.48%) IBM
8 9 (4.04%) Google
8 9 (4.04%) SAP
9 8 (3.59%) Veeam
10 7 (3.14%) Splunk
11 6 (2.69%) Apple
11 6 (2.69%) Cisco
11 6 (2.69%) ServiceNow
11 6 (2.69%) SolarWinds
12 4 (1.79%) HP
13 3 (1.35%) Dell
13 3 (1.35%) Red Hat
14 2 (0.90%) NetApp
14 2 (0.90%) Remedy