The table below looks at the statistics for SOA 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 SOA over the 3 months to 30 January 2015 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)
Rank 79 65 41
Rank change year-on-year
-14 -24
Contract jobs citing SOA 28 44 67
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 1.29% 2.11% 3.70%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.91% 3.02% 5.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 22 49
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.19% +16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £348 £225 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £590 £525 £650
UK excluding London average daily rate £450 £400 £400
% change year-on-year
+12.50% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £34.00
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
SOA
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
1469 1456 1234
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 67.91% 69.87% 68.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 858 783 610
Average daily rate £375 £350 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +3.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £398 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.00% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 97 77 107
Average hourly rate £26.00 £31.00 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.12% -3.12%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.78 £11.95
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £77.50 £37.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £27.50 £31.32
% change year-on-year
-5.45% -12.19%

SOA
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

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

SOA Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

SOA
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

SOA Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

SOA
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SOA across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 30 January 2015.

SOA Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

SOA
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

SOA Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

SOA
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 SOA within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 30 January 2015. 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
Birmingham -9 6 £495 +23.75% 4
Coventry +5 4 £455 +5.81% 7
Warwickshire -7 4 £375 +13.63% 1
Staffordshire +1 2 £423 +23.80%
Solihull - 1 - - 3
Worcestershire - - - -
SOA
England

SOA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region citing SOA 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 SOA.

1 30 (36.14%) XML
2 29 (34.94%) Middleware
3 27 (32.53%) Oracle
4 24 (28.92%) Java
5 21 (25.30%) EAI
5 21 (25.30%) IBM
6 20 (24.10%) Web Services
7 19 (22.89%) .NET
7 19 (22.89%) Agile Software Development
8 17 (20.48%) WebSphere
8 17 (20.48%) Microsoft
9 16 (19.28%) C#
10 13 (15.66%) SQL
11 12 (14.46%) SOAP
11 12 (14.46%) XSLT
11 12 (14.46%) Finance
12 11 (13.25%) ASP.NET
12 11 (13.25%) HTML
12 11 (13.25%) JavaScript
13 10 (12.05%) CSS
13 10 (12.05%) XSD
13 10 (12.05%) UNIX
13 10 (12.05%) Windows
13 10 (12.05%) N-Tier
13 10 (12.05%) MS Excel
13 10 (12.05%) webMethods
13 10 (12.05%) REST
13 10 (12.05%) Enterprise Software
14 8 (9.64%) Business Transformation
14 8 (9.64%) DataPower

SOA
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region citing SOA 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 SOA. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 17 (20.48%) WebSphere
2 5 (6.02%) JBoss
3 4 (4.82%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 4 (4.82%) Oracle Service Bus
3 4 (4.82%) BizTalk Server
3 4 (4.82%) WebLogic
4 3 (3.61%) Oracle BPEL
5 2 (2.41%) WebSphere Application Server
6 1 (1.20%) MQSeries
6 1 (1.20%) SharePoint
6 1 (1.20%) WebLogic Portal
6 1 (1.20%) PegaRULES
6 1 (1.20%) TIBCO EMS
6 1 (1.20%) SharePoint 2010
6 1 (1.20%) SAP Portal
Applications
1 10 (12.05%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.20%) MS Visio
2 1 (1.20%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 2 (2.41%) Oracle EBS
1 2 (2.41%) Oracle Financials
2 1 (1.20%) Oracle Payables
2 1 (1.20%) Oracle Receivables
2 1 (1.20%) Oracle Cash Management
2 1 (1.20%) Oracle 11i
2 1 (1.20%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (1.20%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (1.20%) SAP ERP
2 1 (1.20%) TIBCO iProcess
2 1 (1.20%) Oracle BPM
2 1 (1.20%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (1.20%) Oracle General Ledger
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.41%) SaaS
2 1 (1.20%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 4 (4.82%) HTTP
2 3 (3.61%) FTP
3 1 (1.20%) SMTP
3 1 (1.20%) Extranet
3 1 (1.20%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (9.64%) SQL Server
1 8 (9.64%) Relational Database
2 5 (6.02%) RDBMS
3 4 (4.82%) Oracle Database 11g
3 4 (4.82%) DB2
3 4 (4.82%) Oracle Database
4 2 (2.41%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (1.20%) Oracle BI Publisher
5 1 (1.20%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (1.20%) Oracle9i Database
5 1 (1.20%) Oracle Database 10g
5 1 (1.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (1.20%) Oracle BI EE
Development Applications
1 6 (7.23%) Team Foundation Server
1 6 (7.23%) Subversion
2 5 (6.02%) JIRA
2 5 (6.02%) Git (software)
3 4 (4.82%) SoapUI
3 4 (4.82%) TortoiseSVN
3 4 (4.82%) ClearCase
3 4 (4.82%) Ant
4 3 (3.61%) Visual Studio
5 2 (2.41%) Selenium
5 2 (2.41%) Maven
6 1 (1.20%) JUnit
6 1 (1.20%) CruiseControl
6 1 (1.20%) Talend Open Studio
6 1 (1.20%) Hudson
General
1 12 (14.46%) Finance
2 7 (8.43%) Manufacturing
3 3 (3.61%) Telecoms
4 2 (2.41%) Retail
5 1 (1.20%) Automotive
5 1 (1.20%) Legal
5 1 (1.20%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 35 (42.17%) Architect
2 27 (32.53%) Developer
3 15 (18.07%) Integration Architect
4 12 (14.46%) Solutions Architect
5 10 (12.05%) .NET Developer
6 7 (8.43%) Senior Developer
6 7 (8.43%) Designer
7 5 (6.02%) Consultant
7 5 (6.02%) Java Developer
8 4 (4.82%) Middleware Developer
8 4 (4.82%) Oracle Developer
8 4 (4.82%) Integration Manager
9 3 (3.61%) Analyst
9 3 (3.61%) Test Analyst
9 3 (3.61%) Technical Consultant
9 3 (3.61%) Solutions Designer
9 3 (3.61%) C# Developer
9 3 (3.61%) Technical Analyst
9 3 (3.61%) ASP.NET Developer
9 3 (3.61%) Technical Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (36.14%) XML
2 29 (34.94%) Middleware
3 20 (24.10%) Web Services
4 19 (22.89%) .NET
5 12 (14.46%) SOAP
5 12 (14.46%) XSLT
6 11 (13.25%) ASP.NET
6 11 (13.25%) HTML
7 10 (12.05%) CSS
7 10 (12.05%) XSD
7 10 (12.05%) REST
8 7 (8.43%) WebSphere MQ
8 7 (8.43%) WebSphere Message Broker
8 7 (8.43%) HTML5
9 6 (7.23%) WCF
9 6 (7.23%) JSON
9 6 (7.23%) WSDL
10 5 (6.02%) jQuery
10 5 (6.02%) Oracle Fusion
10 5 (6.02%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 10 (12.05%) N-Tier
1 10 (12.05%) Enterprise Software
2 8 (9.64%) DataPower
3 7 (8.43%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (4.82%) Mobile App
4 4 (4.82%) User Experience
4 4 (4.82%) Data Structures
5 3 (3.61%) Computer Science
6 2 (2.41%) Learning Management System
6 2 (2.41%) E-Learning
6 2 (2.41%) SCORM
6 2 (2.41%) Mainframe
7 1 (1.20%) Management Information System
7 1 (1.20%) AS400
7 1 (1.20%) Open Source
Operating Systems
1 10 (12.05%) UNIX
1 10 (12.05%) Windows
2 8 (9.64%) Linux
3 6 (7.23%) AIX
4 5 (6.02%) zOS
5 4 (4.82%) Windows 2000 Server
5 4 (4.82%) Windows NT
5 4 (4.82%) HPUX
6 3 (3.61%) Android
6 3 (3.61%) Apple iOS
7 2 (2.41%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (25.30%) EAI
2 19 (22.89%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (9.64%) Business Transformation
3 8 (9.64%) Unit Testing
3 8 (9.64%) Stakeholder Management
3 8 (9.64%) ERP
3 8 (9.64%) OO
4 7 (8.43%) OOP
4 7 (8.43%) Capacity Planning
4 7 (8.43%) Continuous Improvement
5 6 (7.23%) Data Mapping
5 6 (7.23%) MVC
5 6 (7.23%) UML
5 6 (7.23%) Mentoring
6 5 (6.02%) Performance Tuning
6 5 (6.02%) Business Intelligence
7 4 (4.82%) Root Cause Analysis
7 4 (4.82%) Integration Testing
7 4 (4.82%) Continuous Integration
7 4 (4.82%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 24 (28.92%) Java
2 16 (19.28%) C#
3 13 (15.66%) SQL
4 11 (13.25%) JavaScript
5 5 (6.02%) VB.NET
6 3 (3.61%) T-SQL
7 2 (2.41%) VB6
7 2 (2.41%) VB
8 1 (1.20%) Python
8 1 (1.20%) XPath
8 1 (1.20%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 4 (4.82%) ISTQB
1 4 (4.82%) Degree
1 4 (4.82%) IBM Certification
2 3 (3.61%) ISEB
3 1 (1.20%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (1.20%) Oracle Certification
3 1 (1.20%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (7.23%) QA
System Software
1 2 (2.41%) Oracle RAC
2 1 (1.20%) Oracle RMAN
Systems Management
1 3 (3.61%) CA LISA
2 2 (2.41%) Data Guard
3 1 (1.20%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 27 (32.53%) Oracle
2 21 (25.30%) IBM
3 17 (20.48%) Microsoft
4 10 (12.05%) webMethods
5 7 (8.43%) HP
6 6 (7.23%) TIBCO
6 6 (7.23%) Software AG
7 5 (6.02%) SAP
8 3 (3.61%) Green Hat
8 3 (3.61%) Sencha
9 1 (1.20%) MicroStrategy
9 1 (1.20%) Mercator
9 1 (1.20%) Pega
9 1 (1.20%) Talend
9 1 (1.20%) Twitter
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