Period
to 17 April 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for Windows skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Windows over the 6 months to 17 April 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Windows
England > West Midlands
6 months to
17 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 7 5 5
Rank change year-on-year -2 0 +7
Permanent jobs citing Windows 642 996 1,211
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the West Midlands 13.07% 17.05% 15.23%
As % of the Operating Systems category 68.01% 77.15% 72.95%
Number of salaries quoted 536 796 988
10th Percentile £22,750 £21,500 £24,000
25th Percentile £31,250 £27,500 £29,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £40,000 £40,000 £39,750
Median % change year-on-year - +0.63% +13.57%
75th Percentile £53,750 £48,750 £48,750
90th Percentile £68,750 £57,500 £58,750
England median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +4.94%

Windows is in the Operating Systems category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for operating system skills.

All Operating Systems
West Midlands
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 944 1,291 1,660
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 19.22% 22.11% 20.88%
Number of salaries quoted 742 1,047 1,301
10th Percentile £23,500 £22,750 £24,500
25th Percentile £32,000 £30,000 £30,375
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £42,500 £45,000 £40,000
Median % change year-on-year -5.56% +12.50% +6.67%
75th Percentile £58,750 £52,500 £48,750
90th Percentile £70,000 £62,500 £58,750
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
% change year-on-year +5.26% - -

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
Salary Trend in the West Midlands

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

Salary trend for Windows in the West Midlands

Windows
Salary Histogram in the West Midlands

Salary distribution for jobs citing Windows in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 17 April 2021.

Salary histogram for Windows in the West Midlands

Windows
Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Windows within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 17 April 2021. 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham -1 218 £47,250 +5.00% 53
Coventry -1 87 £36,000 -20.00% 11
Warwickshire -2 75 £45,500 +1.11% 15
Solihull -3 61 £38,750 -3.13% 8
Staffordshire -6 60 £27,500 -15.38% 14
Worcestershire +1 52 £37,500 +22.95% 24
Shropshire -10 20 £40,000 +33.33% 11
Herefordshire +1 19 £50,000 +5.26% 3
Wolverhampton -5 13 £36,000 -38.72% 1
Walsall +11 7 £35,000 +48.94% 1
Wednesbury - 3 £62,500 -
Sutton Coldfield +1 1 £47,500 +58.33% 2
Willenhall 0 1 £35,000 +33.33%
Windows
England

For the 6 months to 17 April 2021, IT 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 permanent job ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Windows.

1 374 (58.26%) Microsoft
2 312 (48.60%) Active Directory
3 309 (48.13%) Windows Server
4 292 (45.48%) Azure
5 257 (40.03%) Microsoft 365
5 257 (40.03%) VMware
6 174 (27.10%) VMware Infrastructure
7 169 (26.32%) PowerShell
8 167 (26.01%) Linux
9 132 (20.56%) Firewall
10 126 (19.63%) SQL
11 120 (18.69%) Windows 10
12 114 (17.76%) Hyper-V
12 114 (17.76%) SQL Server
12 114 (17.76%) Microsoft Office
13 94 (14.64%) Problem-Solving
14 92 (14.33%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 92 (14.33%) DevOps
14 92 (14.33%) ITIL
15 90 (14.02%) DNS
15 90 (14.02%) Cisco
15 90 (14.02%) AWS
16 87 (13.55%) Agile Software Development
17 85 (13.24%) Citrix
18 73 (11.37%) LAN
19 72 (11.21%) WAN
20 67 (10.44%) MS Exchange
21 66 (10.28%) VMware ESXi
22 64 (9.97%) DHCP
22 64 (9.97%) SCCM

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 67 (10.44%) MS Exchange
2 50 (7.79%) IIS
3 49 (7.63%) SharePoint
4 19 (2.96%) Exchange Server 2013
5 12 (1.87%) Exchange Server 2010
6 9 (1.40%) BizTalk Server
6 9 (1.40%) Confluence
7 4 (0.62%) IBM Notes
7 4 (0.62%) Skype for Business
8 1 (0.16%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.16%) OpenStack
8 1 (0.16%) SAS
8 1 (0.16%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 114 (17.76%) Microsoft Office
2 21 (3.27%) Microsoft Excel
3 16 (2.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 12 (1.87%) MS Visio
5 4 (0.62%) Sketch
6 3 (0.47%) Adobe Illustrator
6 3 (0.47%) InVision
6 3 (0.47%) Photoshop
6 3 (0.47%) Zeplin
7 1 (0.16%) Figma
Business Applications
1 9 (1.40%) Workfront
2 7 (1.09%) Dynamics NAV
3 4 (0.62%) Bond Adapt
4 3 (0.47%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.31%) Sentinel
6 1 (0.16%) SAP FI-CA
6 1 (0.16%) SAP PSCD
Cloud Services
1 292 (45.48%) Azure
2 257 (40.03%) Microsoft 365
3 90 (14.02%) AWS
4 57 (8.88%) Azure Active Directory
5 40 (6.23%) GitHub
6 35 (5.45%) IaaS
7 29 (4.52%) PaaS
8 12 (1.87%) Cloud Computing
8 12 (1.87%) SaaS
9 11 (1.71%) GCP
10 9 (1.40%) Serverless
11 8 (1.25%) Power Platform
12 7 (1.09%) Mimecast
12 7 (1.09%) OneDrive
13 6 (0.93%) Dynamics 365
14 5 (0.78%) npm
15 3 (0.47%) OpenDNS
15 3 (0.47%) OpenShift
15 3 (0.47%) PowerApps
16 2 (0.31%) Google Workspace
Communications & Networking
1 132 (20.56%) Firewall
2 90 (14.02%) DNS
3 73 (11.37%) LAN
4 72 (11.21%) WAN
5 64 (9.97%) DHCP
6 63 (9.81%) TCP/IP
7 52 (8.10%) SAN
7 52 (8.10%) VPN
8 30 (4.67%) NAS
9 27 (4.21%) VLAN
9 27 (4.21%) VoIP
10 26 (4.05%) Remote Desktop
11 22 (3.43%) Wireless
12 19 (2.96%) Wi-Fi
13 18 (2.80%) BIG-IP
13 18 (2.80%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
14 15 (2.34%) Intrusion Detection
14 15 (2.34%) iSCSI
15 14 (2.18%) Network Security
16 9 (1.40%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 114 (17.76%) SQL Server
2 12 (1.87%) SQL Server 2012
3 9 (1.40%) Relational Database
4 7 (1.09%) NoSQL
4 7 (1.09%) SQL Server 2000
5 6 (0.93%) MySQL
5 6 (0.93%) Redis
5 6 (0.93%) SQL Server 2008
6 5 (0.78%) InfluxDB
6 5 (0.78%) Oracle Database
7 4 (0.62%) Amazon RDS
7 4 (0.62%) Azure SQL Database
7 4 (0.62%) Crystal Reports
7 4 (0.62%) Data Warehouse
7 4 (0.62%) SQL Server 2005
8 3 (0.47%) Cosmos DB
8 3 (0.47%) Oracle Database 11g
8 3 (0.47%) PostgreSQL
8 3 (0.47%) Power BI
8 3 (0.47%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 28 (4.36%) Octopus Deploy
1 28 (4.36%) TeamCity
2 21 (3.27%) JIRA
3 13 (2.02%) Artifactory
3 13 (2.02%) Jenkins
4 8 (1.25%) GitLab
5 6 (0.93%) NUnit
5 6 (0.93%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 5 (0.78%) gulp
6 5 (0.78%) jspm
6 5 (0.78%) Moq
6 5 (0.78%) MSTest
6 5 (0.78%) Spinnaker
7 3 (0.47%) Axure RP
7 3 (0.47%) Visual Studio
8 2 (0.31%) Git (software)
8 2 (0.31%) Visual Studio Team System
9 1 (0.16%) Postman
9 1 (0.16%) SoapUI
9 1 (0.16%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 52 (8.10%) Finance
2 22 (3.43%) Public Sector
3 21 (3.27%) Retail
4 20 (3.12%) Digital Economy
5 19 (2.96%) Manufacturing
6 17 (2.65%) Law
7 15 (2.34%) Legal
8 14 (2.18%) Publishing
8 14 (2.18%) Telecoms
9 8 (1.25%) Aerospace
9 8 (1.25%) Banking
9 8 (1.25%) Electronics
9 8 (1.25%) Games
10 4 (0.62%) Back Office
10 4 (0.62%) Front Office
11 3 (0.47%) Marketing
11 3 (0.47%) Multimedia
12 2 (0.31%) Automotive
12 2 (0.31%) Local Government
12 2 (0.31%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 112 (17.45%) Analyst
2 99 (15.42%) IT Engineer
3 77 (11.99%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 71 (11.06%) Support Engineer
5 69 (10.75%) IT Support
5 69 (10.75%) Support Analyst
6 50 (7.79%) Azure Engineer
7 40 (6.23%) DevOps Engineer
8 36 (5.61%) Systems Engineer
9 32 (4.98%) Cloud Engineer
10 31 (4.83%) VMware Engineer
11 30 (4.67%) IT Analyst
11 30 (4.67%) IT Support Engineer
12 29 (4.52%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 28 (4.36%) 2nd Line Support
13 28 (4.36%) Windows Engineer
14 26 (4.05%) Administrator
14 26 (4.05%) Developer
15 25 (3.89%) IT Support Analyst
16 23 (3.58%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (5.45%) Web Services
2 33 (5.14%) .NET
3 15 (2.34%) YAML
4 14 (2.18%) .NET Framework
4 14 (2.18%) CSS
4 14 (2.18%) HTML
5 13 (2.02%) JSON
6 11 (1.71%) ASP.NET
7 10 (1.56%) COM
8 9 (1.40%) 802.1X
8 9 (1.40%) ASP.NET Web API
9 8 (1.25%) jQuery
10 7 (1.09%) .NET Core
10 7 (1.09%) Ajax
10 7 (1.09%) AngularJS
10 7 (1.09%) ASP.NET MVC
10 7 (1.09%) REST
11 6 (0.93%) Entity Framework
11 6 (0.93%) Sass
11 6 (0.93%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 58 (9.03%) Management Information System
2 56 (8.72%) Clustering
3 55 (8.57%) Analytical Skills
4 42 (6.54%) Self-Motivation
5 30 (4.67%) Data Centre
6 17 (2.65%) Replication
7 14 (2.18%) Enterprise Storage
8 12 (1.87%) Client/Server
8 12 (1.87%) Private Cloud
9 11 (1.71%) Public Cloud
10 10 (1.56%) Driving Licence
11 9 (1.40%) PKI
12 7 (1.09%) User Experience
13 6 (0.93%) Cloud Native
13 6 (0.93%) iPad
13 6 (0.93%) Linux Command Line
14 5 (0.78%) Cyber Defence
14 5 (0.78%) Hybrid Cloud
15 4 (0.62%) HP Storage
15 4 (0.62%) Microsoft Licensing
Operating Systems
1 309 (48.13%) Windows Server
2 167 (26.01%) Linux
3 120 (18.69%) Windows 10
4 58 (9.03%) Windows Server 2016
5 54 (8.41%) Windows Server 2012
6 52 (8.10%) Unix
7 46 (7.17%) Windows Server 2019
8 41 (6.39%) Windows Server 2008
9 27 (4.21%) Windows 7
10 25 (3.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 14 (2.18%) Windows Server 2003
12 13 (2.02%) Apple iOS
13 12 (1.87%) CentOS
13 12 (1.87%) Mac OS
14 8 (1.25%) Android
15 7 (1.09%) Windows XP
16 6 (0.93%) Windows Vista
17 5 (0.78%) Ubuntu
18 4 (0.62%) SUSE
18 4 (0.62%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 94 (14.64%) Problem-Solving
2 92 (14.33%) DevOps
2 92 (14.33%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 92 (14.33%) ITIL
3 87 (13.55%) Agile Software Development
4 48 (7.48%) Information Security
5 47 (7.32%) SDLC
6 45 (7.01%) Infrastructure as Code
7 43 (6.70%) Change Management
8 38 (5.92%) Service Management
9 37 (5.76%) Project Management
10 36 (5.61%) Continuous Integration
11 34 (5.30%) Cybersecurity
12 32 (4.98%) Continuous Improvement
12 32 (4.98%) Mentoring
13 31 (4.83%) Computer Science
14 30 (4.67%) Problem Management
15 28 (4.36%) Configuration Management
16 27 (4.21%) Disaster Recovery
16 27 (4.21%) Server Management
Programming Languages
1 169 (26.32%) PowerShell
2 126 (19.63%) SQL
3 56 (8.72%) Python
4 34 (5.30%) C#
5 26 (4.05%) Java
6 24 (3.74%) Perl
7 22 (3.43%) Bash Shell
8 18 (2.80%) T-SQL
9 17 (2.65%) JavaScript
10 15 (2.34%) C
11 10 (1.56%) C++
12 9 (1.40%) VB.NET
13 6 (0.93%) Embedded C
13 6 (0.93%) VB
14 5 (0.78%) PHP
15 4 (0.62%) VB6
16 3 (0.47%) PL/SQL
16 3 (0.47%) VBA
17 2 (0.31%) Lisp
17 2 (0.31%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 50 (7.79%) Microsoft Certification
2 38 (5.92%) Degree
3 36 (5.61%) MCSE
4 31 (4.83%) MCSA
5 23 (3.58%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 21 (3.27%) Security Cleared
7 17 (2.65%) Cisco Certification
8 13 (2.02%) CCNA
9 12 (1.87%) SC Cleared
10 9 (1.40%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 9 (1.40%) NCDA
10 9 (1.40%) NCIE
11 8 (1.25%) CISSP
12 7 (1.09%) DV Cleared
13 6 (0.93%) DBS Check
14 5 (0.78%) CISA
14 5 (0.78%) MCITP
15 4 (0.62%) CISM
15 4 (0.62%) ISSAP
15 4 (0.62%) ISSEP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 44 (6.85%) SLA
2 38 (5.92%) GDPR
3 12 (1.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 7 (1.09%) QA
5 6 (0.93%) Cyber Essentials
5 6 (0.93%) ISO 9001
5 6 (0.93%) MISRA
5 6 (0.93%) MISRA C
6 5 (0.78%) NIST
7 4 (0.62%) COBIT
7 4 (0.62%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 4 (0.62%) PCI DSS
8 2 (0.31%) SOC 2
9 1 (0.16%) Actionable Recommendations
9 1 (0.16%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 1 (0.16%) JSP 440
9 1 (0.16%) NCSC
9 1 (0.16%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 312 (48.60%) Active Directory
2 174 (27.10%) VMware Infrastructure
3 114 (17.76%) Hyper-V
4 66 (10.28%) VMware ESXi
5 40 (6.23%) Docker
5 40 (6.23%) XenApp
6 26 (4.05%) BitLocker
7 20 (3.12%) Firmware
7 20 (3.12%) vSphere
8 18 (2.80%) Virtual Desktop
9 14 (2.18%) XenDesktop
10 13 (2.02%) NFS
11 12 (1.87%) Virtual Machines
11 12 (1.87%) Virtual Servers
12 11 (1.71%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 3 (0.47%) pfSense
14 2 (0.31%) VMware NSX
15 1 (0.16%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 64 (9.97%) SCCM
2 63 (9.81%) Ansible
3 53 (8.26%) Terraform
4 49 (7.63%) Puppet
5 48 (7.48%) Microsoft Clustering
6 46 (7.17%) Opscode Chef
7 42 (6.54%) Microsoft Intune
8 28 (4.36%) Kubernetes
9 23 (3.58%) Backup Exec
10 21 (3.27%) Rancher
10 21 (3.27%) vCenter Server
11 13 (2.02%) WSUS
12 11 (1.71%) Norton AntiVirus
13 10 (1.56%) SCOM
14 9 (1.40%) Prometheus
15 7 (1.09%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
15 7 (1.09%) NetBackup
16 6 (0.93%) CSIRT
17 5 (0.78%) Grafana
17 5 (0.78%) Zipkin
Vendors
1 374 (58.26%) Microsoft
2 257 (40.03%) VMware
3 90 (14.02%) Cisco
4 85 (13.24%) Citrix
5 58 (9.03%) Veeam
6 37 (5.76%) Dell
7 27 (4.21%) HP
7 27 (4.21%) Red Hat
8 26 (4.05%) EMC
8 26 (4.05%) Oracle
9 25 (3.89%) NetApp
10 22 (3.43%) CommVault
10 22 (3.43%) IBM
11 19 (2.96%) F5
12 18 (2.80%) DataCore
12 18 (2.80%) Dell Compellent
12 18 (2.80%) Isilon
13 17 (2.65%) TOWER Software
14 15 (2.34%) Fortinet
15 14 (2.18%) Sophos