Period
to 21 January 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 21 January 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
21 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 5 6 8
Rank change year-on-year +1 +2 -1
Contract jobs citing Windows 658 569 513
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 13.51% 12.28% 9.45%
As % of the Operating Systems category 68.05% 64.73% 59.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 382 362 291
West Midlands median daily rate £360 £325 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.77% -3.70% -2.10%
10th Percentile £129 £145 £115
90th Percentile £523 £538 £488
England median daily rate £375 £356 £354
% change year-on-year +5.26% +0.71% +1.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 70 67 82
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.13 £14.00 £14.10
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.04% -0.71% +4.44%
10th Percentile £10.73 £9.30 £10.28
90th Percentile £21.08 £27.35 £20.58
England median hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £15.39
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.96% -2.29%

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 967 879 859
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 19.85% 18.97% 15.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 522 511 455
West Midlands median daily rate £375 £350 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% -6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £143 £158 £125
90th Percentile £538 £538 £525
England median daily rate £425 £425 £413
% change year-on-year - +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 80 85 92
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.85 £14.50 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.31% - +9.21%
10th Percentile £10.98 £10.60 £10.51
90th Percentile £21.75 £38.66 £27.25
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year - +6.06% -2.02%

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 January 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 21 January 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 21 January 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 -1 169 £360 +15.20% 62
Shropshire -8 159 £415 -7.78% 10
Coventry +7 94 £350 +29.63% 30
Warwickshire -5 57 £325 -9.72% 23
Staffordshire +10 54 £365 - 27
Worcestershire -1 31 £406 +69.27% 34
Herefordshire -6 25 £375 +150.00% 10
Solihull -5 16 £310 -13.89% 15
Walsall - 8 £173 -
Wolverhampton 0 7 £400 +116.22%
Dudley +4 4 £110 -57.69%
West Bromwich -2 3 £110 -6.38% 4
Sutton Coldfield - 1 £350 - 4
Windows
England

For the 6 months to 21 January 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.

1 233 (35.41%) Active Directory
2 216 (32.83%) Microsoft
3 175 (26.60%) Windows Server
4 162 (24.62%) Linux
5 146 (22.19%) Agile Software Development
6 136 (20.67%) Windows 10
7 119 (18.09%) VMware
8 110 (16.72%) Office 365
9 97 (14.74%) DevOps
10 96 (14.59%) Microsoft Office
11 92 (13.98%) SQL
12 90 (13.68%) ITIL
13 87 (13.22%) Windows 7
14 85 (12.92%) SCCM
14 85 (12.92%) Test Automation
14 85 (12.92%) Jenkins
15 84 (12.77%) Unix
15 84 (12.77%) Oracle
16 83 (12.61%) Git (software)
17 81 (12.31%) Microsoft Azure
18 77 (11.70%) Python
19 76 (11.55%) Java
19 76 (11.55%) Problem-Solving
20 75 (11.40%) Infrastructure Engineering
21 74 (11.25%) Amazon AWS
22 72 (10.94%) Configuration Management
23 68 (10.33%) Perl
23 68 (10.33%) XML
24 66 (10.03%) Migration
25 65 (9.88%) Puppet

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 42 (6.38%) WebLogic
2 36 (5.47%) Confluence
3 35 (5.32%) MS Exchange
4 22 (3.34%) nginx
5 21 (3.19%) SharePoint
6 19 (2.89%) Tomcat
7 16 (2.43%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 12 (1.82%) Apache
9 10 (1.52%) JBoss
10 9 (1.37%) Skype for Business
11 8 (1.22%) Exchange Server 2010
12 6 (0.91%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 6 (0.91%) CMS
12 6 (0.91%) IBM Notes
13 4 (0.61%) IIS
14 3 (0.46%) Exchange Server 2013
14 3 (0.46%) Mule
15 2 (0.30%) NetWeaver
15 2 (0.30%) SharePoint 2010
16 1 (0.15%) SAS
Applications
1 96 (14.59%) Microsoft Office
2 17 (2.58%) Microsoft Excel
3 14 (2.13%) MS Visio
4 11 (1.67%) Microsoft Project
5 5 (0.76%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (0.15%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.15%) Adobe Premiere
6 1 (0.15%) Chatbot
6 1 (0.15%) Houdini
6 1 (0.15%) Maya
6 1 (0.15%) NUKE
6 1 (0.15%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.15%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 11 (1.67%) SAP FI-CA
1 11 (1.67%) SAP PSCD
2 2 (0.30%) assyst
2 2 (0.30%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.30%) Eikon
3 1 (0.15%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.15%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 110 (16.72%) Office 365
2 81 (12.31%) Microsoft Azure
3 74 (11.25%) Amazon AWS
4 31 (4.71%) Cloud Computing
5 26 (3.95%) IaaS
6 25 (3.80%) PaaS
7 24 (3.65%) GitHub
8 23 (3.50%) Google Analytics
9 19 (2.89%) SaaS
10 14 (2.13%) Azure Active Directory
11 7 (1.06%) Amazon EC2
12 6 (0.91%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 5 (0.76%) OneDrive
14 4 (0.61%) Dynamics 365
15 2 (0.30%) AWS CloudFormation
15 2 (0.30%) Azure Data Factory
16 1 (0.15%) Amazon S3
16 1 (0.15%) Apigee
16 1 (0.15%) AWS Lambda
16 1 (0.15%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 54 (8.21%) Firewall
2 53 (8.05%) TCP/IP
3 37 (5.62%) LAN
4 36 (5.47%) DNS
5 30 (4.56%) WAN
6 29 (4.41%) SSL
7 26 (3.95%) Wi-Fi
8 25 (3.80%) DHCP
9 23 (3.50%) HTTP
10 18 (2.74%) VLAN
11 17 (2.58%) Internet
11 17 (2.58%) SAN
12 13 (1.98%) Kerberos
13 9 (1.37%) SNMP
13 9 (1.37%) VPN
13 9 (1.37%) WLAN
14 7 (1.06%) DMARC
14 7 (1.06%) Skype
15 6 (0.91%) MPLS
16 5 (0.76%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 47 (7.14%) SQL Server
2 40 (6.08%) MongoDB
3 25 (3.80%) NoSQL
4 24 (3.65%) Oracle Database
5 8 (1.22%) PostgreSQL
6 6 (0.91%) Oracle OWB
6 6 (0.91%) Oracle Reports
7 5 (0.76%) Amazon RDS
7 5 (0.76%) Big Data
8 4 (0.61%) MySQL
8 4 (0.61%) RDBMS
8 4 (0.61%) Relational Database
9 3 (0.46%) Riak
10 2 (0.30%) Apache Hive
10 2 (0.30%) BusinessObjects
10 2 (0.30%) Hadoop
10 2 (0.30%) HDInsight
10 2 (0.30%) SAP BW
10 2 (0.30%) SQL Server 2008
11 1 (0.15%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 85 (12.92%) Jenkins
2 83 (12.61%) Git (software)
3 44 (6.69%) Maven
4 41 (6.23%) Sonatype Nexus
4 41 (6.23%) Subversion
5 40 (6.08%) JIRA
6 35 (5.32%) Selenium
7 33 (5.02%) Cucumber
8 23 (3.50%) Grunt
8 23 (3.50%) gulp
8 23 (3.50%) IntelliJ
8 23 (3.50%) Sublime Text
9 22 (3.34%) Gatling
9 22 (3.34%) Karma Test Runner
10 19 (2.89%) Ant
11 18 (2.74%) SoapUI
11 18 (2.74%) Toad
12 17 (2.58%) Bitbucket
13 13 (1.98%) Team Foundation Server
14 11 (1.67%) TeamCity
General
1 37 (5.62%) Finance
2 23 (3.50%) Retail
3 12 (1.82%) Military
4 8 (1.22%) Telecoms
5 7 (1.06%) Manufacturing
5 7 (1.06%) Marketing
6 4 (0.61%) Advertising
6 4 (0.61%) Automotive
6 4 (0.61%) Financial Institution
7 3 (0.46%) Aerospace
7 3 (0.46%) Banking
7 3 (0.46%) Legal
8 2 (0.30%) Electronics
8 2 (0.30%) Front Office
8 2 (0.30%) Games
8 2 (0.30%) Law
9 1 (0.15%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.15%) Multimedia
9 1 (0.15%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 117 (17.78%) Analyst
2 65 (9.88%) DevOps Engineer
3 62 (9.42%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 38 (5.78%) Support Engineer
5 34 (5.17%) Architect
5 34 (5.17%) Service Analyst
6 32 (4.86%) Test Analyst
7 31 (4.71%) IT Support
8 30 (4.56%) Developer
8 30 (4.56%) Project Manager
9 29 (4.41%) Service Desk Analyst
9 29 (4.41%) Windows Engineer
10 28 (4.26%) Server Engineer
11 25 (3.80%) 2nd Line Support
11 25 (3.80%) AWS Engineer
11 25 (3.80%) Consultant
11 25 (3.80%) Desktop Support
12 24 (3.65%) AWS DevOps
12 24 (3.65%) AWS DevOps Engineer
13 23 (3.50%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 68 (10.33%) XML
2 43 (6.53%) Middleware
3 29 (4.41%) .NET
4 26 (3.95%) AngularJS
4 26 (3.95%) jQuery
5 24 (3.65%) CSS
5 24 (3.65%) Node.js
5 24 (3.65%) SOAP
6 23 (3.50%) Gherkin
6 23 (3.50%) Web Services
7 20 (3.04%) JSON
8 19 (2.89%) Servlets
9 17 (2.58%) REST
10 16 (2.43%) RESTful
11 15 (2.28%) HTML
11 15 (2.28%) Spring
12 14 (2.13%) ASP.NET
12 14 (2.13%) Ruby on Rails
13 12 (1.82%) Elastic Stack
14 11 (1.67%) Play Framework
Miscellaneous
1 48 (7.29%) Data Centre
2 37 (5.62%) Analytical Skills
3 31 (4.71%) Enterprise Software
4 18 (2.74%) Hybrid Cloud
4 18 (2.74%) Management Information System
5 17 (2.58%) FMCG
5 17 (2.58%) Self-Motivation
6 14 (2.13%) Fat Client
6 14 (2.13%) Thin Client
7 12 (1.82%) Blackberry
8 11 (1.67%) Driving Licence
9 10 (1.52%) Public Cloud
10 9 (1.37%) Clustering
11 7 (1.06%) PKI
12 6 (0.91%) Smartphone
12 6 (0.91%) User Experience
13 5 (0.76%) Fintech
13 5 (0.76%) Mobile App
13 5 (0.76%) Replication
13 5 (0.76%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 175 (26.60%) Windows Server
2 162 (24.62%) Linux
3 136 (20.67%) Windows 10
4 87 (13.22%) Windows 7
5 84 (12.77%) Unix
6 51 (7.75%) Windows Server 2012
7 50 (7.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 29 (4.41%) Windows Server 2008
9 24 (3.65%) Ubuntu
10 19 (2.89%) Windows XP
11 17 (2.58%) Solaris
12 13 (1.98%) Windows Server 2003
13 10 (1.52%) Windows 8
14 9 (1.37%) Android
15 6 (0.91%) Apple iOS
15 6 (0.91%) Mac OS X
16 5 (0.76%) AIX
17 3 (0.46%) CentOS
17 3 (0.46%) HPUX
18 2 (0.30%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 146 (22.19%) Agile Software Development
2 97 (14.74%) DevOps
3 90 (13.68%) ITIL
4 85 (12.92%) Test Automation
5 76 (11.55%) Problem-Solving
6 75 (11.40%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 72 (10.94%) Configuration Management
8 66 (10.03%) Migration
9 61 (9.27%) Open Source
10 58 (8.81%) SOA
11 52 (7.90%) Deployment Automation
12 50 (7.60%) Scrum
13 48 (7.29%) Continuous Integration
14 44 (6.69%) SDLC
15 42 (6.38%) Kanban
16 39 (5.93%) Microservices
17 38 (5.78%) Customer Requirements
18 33 (5.02%) TDD
18 33 (5.02%) Test Scripting
19 32 (4.86%) Task Automation
Programming Languages
1 92 (13.98%) SQL
2 77 (11.70%) Python
3 76 (11.55%) Java
4 68 (10.33%) Perl
5 60 (9.12%) PowerShell
6 38 (5.78%) Ruby
7 35 (5.32%) C#
8 32 (4.86%) JavaScript
9 22 (3.34%) Groovy
10 19 (2.89%) Haskell
11 12 (1.82%) VBScript
12 11 (1.67%) Scala
13 7 (1.06%) VB
14 5 (0.76%) T-SQL
15 4 (0.61%) Bash Shell
15 4 (0.61%) CoffeeScript
15 4 (0.61%) VB.NET
16 3 (0.46%) PL/SQL
16 3 (0.46%) XPath
17 2 (0.30%) C++
Qualifications
1 40 (6.08%) Security Cleared
2 36 (5.47%) ISEB
3 33 (5.02%) Microsoft Certification
4 32 (4.86%) ISTQB
5 29 (4.41%) MCSE
6 28 (4.26%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 22 (3.34%) Degree
8 20 (3.04%) SC Cleared
9 16 (2.43%) Cisco Certification
9 16 (2.43%) DV Cleared
10 14 (2.13%) MCP
11 13 (1.98%) CCNA
11 13 (1.98%) CCNP
12 12 (1.82%) CISSP
13 10 (1.52%) MCITP
14 9 (1.37%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 8 (1.22%) DBS Check
16 6 (0.91%) ISEB Practitioner
16 6 (0.91%) SANS
17 5 (0.76%) CISMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (2.43%) QA
2 12 (1.82%) SLA
3 8 (1.22%) GDPR
4 7 (1.06%) PMO
5 5 (0.76%) JSP 440
6 3 (0.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 3 (0.46%) PCI DSS
7 2 (0.30%) Def Stans
8 1 (0.15%) FISMA
8 1 (0.15%) HIPAA
8 1 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 233 (35.41%) Active Directory
2 52 (7.90%) VMware Infrastructure
3 48 (7.29%) Docker
4 33 (5.02%) Hyper-V
5 22 (3.34%) Microsoft App-V
6 18 (2.74%) VMware ESXi
7 15 (2.28%) XenApp
8 9 (1.37%) Virtual Machines
9 8 (1.22%) Terminal Server
9 8 (1.22%) Terminal Services
10 7 (1.06%) VMware Workstation
11 6 (0.91%) BitLocker
11 6 (0.91%) vSphere
11 6 (0.91%) XenDesktop
12 3 (0.46%) Firmware
12 3 (0.46%) Virtual Servers
13 2 (0.30%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 2 (0.30%) VMware NSX
13 2 (0.30%) VMware Server
14 1 (0.15%) Snort
Systems Management
1 85 (12.92%) SCCM
2 65 (9.88%) Puppet
3 53 (8.05%) Ansible
4 38 (5.78%) ZABBIX
5 23 (3.50%) Kibana
5 23 (3.50%) SCOM
6 22 (3.34%) Grafana
7 17 (2.58%) WSUS
8 15 (2.28%) McAfee ePO
9 14 (2.13%) Microsoft Intune
9 14 (2.13%) Nagios
10 10 (1.52%) Norton AntiVirus
11 9 (1.37%) Docker Swarm
11 9 (1.37%) Single Sign-On
12 8 (1.22%) Microsoft Clustering
12 8 (1.22%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
13 7 (1.06%) Kubernetes
13 7 (1.06%) Opscode Chef
13 7 (1.06%) QRadar
13 7 (1.06%) Terraform
Vendors
1 216 (32.83%) Microsoft
2 119 (18.09%) VMware
3 84 (12.77%) Oracle
4 53 (8.05%) Red Hat
5 47 (7.14%) Cisco
6 44 (6.69%) Citrix
7 34 (5.17%) webMethods
8 27 (4.10%) Google
9 24 (3.65%) McAfee
9 24 (3.65%) SAP
10 19 (2.89%) HP
11 18 (2.74%) Dell
12 13 (1.98%) Apple
12 13 (1.98%) Symantec
13 12 (1.82%) IBM
13 12 (1.82%) Wyse
14 10 (1.52%) NetApp
14 10 (1.52%) SolarWinds
15 9 (1.37%) CheckPoint
16 8 (1.22%) Riverbed