The 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 1 September 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

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
1 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Reference Data
Rank 113 104 -
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -
Contract jobs citing Reference Data 4 1 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.15% 0.047% -
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.80% 0.24% -
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 £475 £315 £575
% change year-on-year
+50.79% -45.21%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £12.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
- -65.71%
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Miscellaneous category in contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands region.

Miscellaneous Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Miscellaneous category
500 416 423
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 19.29% 19.68% 18.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 237 216 208
Average daily rate £350 £320 £349
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.37% -8.24%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £194 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £490 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
- +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 27 31
Average hourly rate £19.50 £17.25 £28.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.04% -38.39%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.62 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £30.25 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.96 £17.50 £29.00
% change year-on-year
+14.02% -39.65%

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 26 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 1 September 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 4 (100.00%) SQL
1 4 (100.00%) VBA
1 4 (100.00%) Finance
2 3 (75.00%) MS Excel
2 3 (75.00%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (75.00%) Use Case
2 3 (75.00%) Waterfall
3 2 (50.00%) Business Analysis
3 2 (50.00%) Data Modelling
3 2 (50.00%) SAS
3 2 (50.00%) MS Office
4 1 (25.00%) Migration
4 1 (25.00%) Quality Management
4 1 (25.00%) Front Office
4 1 (25.00%) Risk Management
4 1 (25.00%) Workflow
4 1 (25.00%) VB
4 1 (25.00%) Microsoft
4 1 (25.00%) MS Access
4 1 (25.00%) Software Testing
4 1 (25.00%) Banking
4 1 (25.00%) Data Management
4 1 (25.00%) Investment Banking
4 1 (25.00%) Data Transformation
4 1 (25.00%) Market Risk
4 1 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing

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

For the 6 months to 1 September 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 (50.00%) SAS
Applications
1 3 (75.00%) MS Excel
2 2 (50.00%) MS Office
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (25.00%) MS Access
General
1 4 (100.00%) Finance
2 1 (25.00%) Banking
2 1 (25.00%) Investment Banking
2 1 (25.00%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 4 (100.00%) Business Analyst
1 4 (100.00%) Analyst
2 2 (50.00%) Data Analyst
3 1 (25.00%) Technical Analyst
3 1 (25.00%) Technical Business Analyst
3 1 (25.00%) Banking Business Analyst
3 1 (25.00%) Investment Banking Business Analyst
3 1 (25.00%) Business Data Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 1 (25.00%) Market Risk
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (75.00%) Agile Software Development
1 3 (75.00%) Use Case
1 3 (75.00%) Waterfall
2 2 (50.00%) Business Analysis
2 2 (50.00%) Data Modelling
3 1 (25.00%) Quality Management
3 1 (25.00%) Risk Management
3 1 (25.00%) Workflow
3 1 (25.00%) Migration
3 1 (25.00%) Software Testing
3 1 (25.00%) Data Management
3 1 (25.00%) Data Transformation
3 1 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 4 (100.00%) SQL
1 4 (100.00%) VBA
2 1 (25.00%) VB
Vendors
1 1 (25.00%) Microsoft