The table below looks at the statistics for TopLink 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 TopLink over the 3 months to 24 October 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
24 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Oracle TopLink
Rank 114 - 111
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs citing TopLink 5 0 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.20% - 0.045%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 0.75% - 0.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 0 0
Average daily rate
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£369 - -
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.00 - £32.97
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category in contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands region.

Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category
666 525 625
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 26.19% 25.46% 28.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 378 319 325
Average daily rate £350 £300 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% -7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £225 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £463 £416 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 9 17
Average hourly rate £22.00 £24.00 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.33% -26.15%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
- +16.66%

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Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing TopLink across the West Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category.

TopLink Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

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Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

TopLink Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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Top 12 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 24 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region citing TopLink 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 TopLink.

1 8 (100.00%) Java
2 7 (87.50%) Migration
2 7 (87.50%) J2EE
2 7 (87.50%) WebSphere
3 6 (75.00%) IBM
3 6 (75.00%) XML
4 3 (37.50%) Mentoring
5 2 (25.00%) Manufacturing
6 1 (12.50%) Eclipse
6 1 (12.50%) Oracle
6 1 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (12.50%) Line Management

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Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 24 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region citing TopLink 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 TopLink. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 7 (87.50%) WebSphere
Development Applications
1 1 (12.50%) Eclipse
General
1 2 (25.00%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 8 (100.00%) Developer
2 4 (50.00%) Senior Developer
3 2 (25.00%) Java Developer
4 1 (12.50%) Java/J2EE Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (87.50%) J2EE
2 6 (75.00%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (87.50%) Migration
2 3 (37.50%) Mentoring
3 1 (12.50%) Line Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (100.00%) Java
Vendors
1 6 (75.00%) IBM
2 1 (12.50%) Oracle