The first table below looks at the demand for B2B skills in IT contracts advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited B2B over the 3 months to 23 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category for the West Midlands region.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
23 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
B2B (Business-to-Business)
Rank 108 98 98
Rank change year-on-year
-10 0
Contract jobs citing B2B 13 7 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.55% 0.36% 0.35%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.75% 0.53% 0.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 4 6
Average daily rate
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£425 £375 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.33% +15.38%
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £360 £350
% change year-on-year
+18.05% +2.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £15.63 £102.50
% change year-on-year
+92.00% -84.75%
Processes & Methodologies Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
1739 1309 1571
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 73.38% 66.58% 68.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 926 652 751
Average daily rate £375 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £501 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 132 58 70
Average hourly rate £31.50 £37.80 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.66% +26.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.30 £13.63 £11.77
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.00 £37.80 £42.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £31.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-14.51% -3.12%
B2B
England

B2B
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing B2B across the West Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

B2B Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

B2B
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing B2B across the West Midlands region.

B2B Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

B2B
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing B2B across the West Midlands region.

B2B Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

B2B
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing B2B within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 23 July 2014. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Solihull +6 6 £375 -
Birmingham 0 2 £425 +13.33% 4
Coventry - 1 - -
Walsall - - - -
Staffordshire - - - - 3
Worcestershire - - - -
B2B
England

B2B
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 23 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region citing B2B also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited B2B.

1 6 (25.00%) Finance
1 6 (25.00%) Project Management
1 6 (25.00%) Stakeholder Management
2 5 (20.83%) SAP
2 5 (20.83%) PRINCE2
3 4 (16.67%) UNIX
3 4 (16.67%) Windows
3 4 (16.67%) Linux
3 4 (16.67%) ActionScript
3 4 (16.67%) EDI
3 4 (16.67%) IBM
3 4 (16.67%) Red Hat
3 4 (16.67%) zOS
3 4 (16.67%) WebSphere MQ
3 4 (16.67%) WebSphere
3 4 (16.67%) WebSphere Message Broker
3 4 (16.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 4 (16.67%) ActionScript 2.0
3 4 (16.67%) Root Cause Analysis
4 3 (12.50%) Data Integration
4 3 (12.50%) DataPower
4 3 (12.50%) Retail
4 3 (12.50%) Microsoft
4 3 (12.50%) SOA
5 2 (8.33%) Rational Rose
5 2 (8.33%) SQL
5 2 (8.33%) E-Commerce
5 2 (8.33%) ACCA
5 2 (8.33%) CIMA
5 2 (8.33%) Change Management

B2B
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 23 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region citing B2B also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited B2B. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 4 (16.67%) WebSphere
2 1 (4.17%) Drupal
2 1 (4.17%) WebSphere Application Server
2 1 (4.17%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (4.17%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 2 (8.33%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (4.17%) Magento
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.17%) Extranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.17%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (8.33%) Rational Rose
General
1 6 (25.00%) Finance
2 3 (12.50%) Retail
3 2 (8.33%) Billing
Job Titles
1 9 (37.50%) Project Manager
2 7 (29.17%) Analyst
3 5 (20.83%) Business Analyst
4 3 (12.50%) Integration Manager
4 3 (12.50%) Integration Project Manager
5 2 (8.33%) Change Analyst
5 2 (8.33%) Microsoft Consultant
5 2 (8.33%) Business Change Analyst
5 2 (8.33%) Dynamics AX Consultant
5 2 (8.33%) Consultant
5 2 (8.33%) Administrator
5 2 (8.33%) Developer
6 1 (4.17%) Test Analyst
6 1 (4.17%) Web Developer
6 1 (4.17%) Change Manager
6 1 (4.17%) WebSphere Administrator
6 1 (4.17%) Drupal Developer
6 1 (4.17%) Change Project Manager
6 1 (4.17%) Magento Developer
6 1 (4.17%) PRINCE2 Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (16.67%) EDI
1 4 (16.67%) WebSphere MQ
1 4 (16.67%) WebSphere Message Broker
2 1 (4.17%) Yii
2 1 (4.17%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 3 (12.50%) Data Integration
1 3 (12.50%) DataPower
2 2 (8.33%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 4 (16.67%) UNIX
1 4 (16.67%) Windows
1 4 (16.67%) Linux
1 4 (16.67%) zOS
1 4 (16.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (25.00%) Project Management
1 6 (25.00%) Stakeholder Management
2 5 (20.83%) PRINCE2
3 4 (16.67%) Root Cause Analysis
4 3 (12.50%) SOA
5 2 (8.33%) E-Commerce
5 2 (8.33%) Change Management
6 1 (4.17%) Validation
6 1 (4.17%) Software Testing
6 1 (4.17%) Test Management
6 1 (4.17%) Business Intelligence
6 1 (4.17%) B2C
Programming Languages
1 4 (16.67%) ActionScript
1 4 (16.67%) ActionScript 2.0
2 2 (8.33%) SQL
3 1 (4.17%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 2 (8.33%) ACCA
1 2 (8.33%) CIMA
1 2 (8.33%) AAT
2 1 (4.17%) Degree
2 1 (4.17%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Vendors
1 5 (20.83%) SAP
2 4 (16.67%) IBM
2 4 (16.67%) Red Hat
3 3 (12.50%) Microsoft
4 1 (4.17%) BMC