The first table below looks at the prevalence of the term Reference Data 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 Reference Data over the 3 months to 30 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 terms in our Miscellaneous 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
30 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Reference Data
Rank 114 102 107
Rank change year-on-year
-12 +5
Contract jobs citing Reference Data 4 1 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.16% 0.050% 0.090%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.83% 0.25% 0.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 1 0
Average daily rate
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£425 £463 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.10% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £500 £325 £350
% change year-on-year
+53.84% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £30.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
- -14.28%
Miscellaneous Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Miscellaneous category
482 398 401
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 19.67% 19.99% 18.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 221 200 184
Average daily rate £328 £325 £333
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.76% -2.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £186 £200 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £540 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
- +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 27 36
Average hourly rate £26.60 £16.50 £27.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+61.21% -38.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.71 £10.56 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £30.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.75 £21.00 £25.73
% change year-on-year
-1.19% -18.38%
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Reference Data
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Reference Data across the West Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within the Miscellaneous category.

Reference Data Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

Reference Data
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Reference Data Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Reference Data
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 30 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region citing Reference Data 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 Reference Data.

1 5 (100.00%) Finance
2 4 (80.00%) SQL
2 4 (80.00%) VBA
2 4 (80.00%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (80.00%) Use Case
3 3 (60.00%) Business Analysis
3 3 (60.00%) Waterfall
3 3 (60.00%) MS Excel
3 3 (60.00%) Data Modelling
4 2 (40.00%) SAS
4 2 (40.00%) MS Office
4 2 (40.00%) User Acceptance Testing
5 1 (20.00%) Stress Testing
5 1 (20.00%) BPMN
5 1 (20.00%) User Stories
5 1 (20.00%) Data Transformation
5 1 (20.00%) Relational Database
5 1 (20.00%) Software Testing
5 1 (20.00%) Degree
5 1 (20.00%) QA
5 1 (20.00%) Banking
5 1 (20.00%) Data Management
5 1 (20.00%) Data Analysis
5 1 (20.00%) Investment Banking
5 1 (20.00%) Migration
5 1 (20.00%) Stakeholder Management
5 1 (20.00%) Quality Management
5 1 (20.00%) Management Information System
5 1 (20.00%) Front Office
5 1 (20.00%) Risk Management

Reference Data
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 30 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region citing Reference Data 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 Reference Data. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (40.00%) SAS
Applications
1 3 (60.00%) MS Excel
2 2 (40.00%) MS Office
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (20.00%) Relational Database
1 1 (20.00%) MS Access
General
1 5 (100.00%) Finance
2 1 (20.00%) Banking
2 1 (20.00%) Investment Banking
2 1 (20.00%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 5 (100.00%) Business Analyst
1 5 (100.00%) Analyst
2 2 (40.00%) Data Analyst
3 1 (20.00%) Business Data Analyst
3 1 (20.00%) Agile Business Analyst
3 1 (20.00%) Banking Business Analyst
3 1 (20.00%) Investment Banking Business Analyst
3 1 (20.00%) Technical Business Analyst
3 1 (20.00%) IT Business Analyst
3 1 (20.00%) Technical Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 1 (20.00%) Management Information System
1 1 (20.00%) Market Risk
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (80.00%) Agile Software Development
1 4 (80.00%) Use Case
2 3 (60.00%) Business Analysis
2 3 (60.00%) Waterfall
2 3 (60.00%) Data Modelling
3 2 (40.00%) User Acceptance Testing
4 1 (20.00%) Stress Testing
4 1 (20.00%) BPMN
4 1 (20.00%) User Stories
4 1 (20.00%) Data Transformation
4 1 (20.00%) Software Testing
4 1 (20.00%) Data Management
4 1 (20.00%) Data Analysis
4 1 (20.00%) Migration
4 1 (20.00%) Stakeholder Management
4 1 (20.00%) Quality Management
4 1 (20.00%) Risk Management
4 1 (20.00%) Workflow
4 1 (20.00%) UML
Programming Languages
1 4 (80.00%) SQL
1 4 (80.00%) VBA
2 1 (20.00%) VB
Qualifications
1 1 (20.00%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (20.00%) QA
Vendors
1 1 (20.00%) Microsoft