The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies in Birmingham during the 3 months to 30 March 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Software Engineer
West Midlands / Birmingham
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 49 59 65
Rank change year-on-year +10 +6  
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 6 1 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 0.96% 0.15% 0.26%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.00% 0.15% 0.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 0 0
Median daily rate £450 - -
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £340
% change year-on-year +6.66% +10.29%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
Median hourly rate £40.00 £35.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.28% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.25 £39.00
% change year-on-year +0.59% +8.33%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
Birmingham
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 599 650 710
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Birmingham 96.30% 95.03% 93.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 398 409 460
Median daily rate £400 £375 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% +2.73%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 21 25
Median hourly rate £14.00 £16.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.50% +14.28%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £9.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.00 £35.00 £26.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -7.89% +11.76%  

Software Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in Birmingham

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Birmingham that featured Software Engineer in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Software Engineer in Birmingham

Software Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Software Engineer in Birmingham.

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Engineer in Birmingham

Software Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Engineer in Birmingham.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Engineer in Birmingham

Software Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 30 March 2017, Software Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Birmingham region featuring Software Engineer in the job title.

1 10 (100.00%) Software Engineering
2 4 (40.00%) C
2 4 (40.00%) JavaScript
2 4 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (30.00%) HTML5
3 3 (30.00%) Mocha
3 3 (30.00%) Git (software)
3 3 (30.00%) Node.js
3 3 (30.00%) CSS3
3 3 (30.00%) Mustache
3 3 (30.00%) Express
3 3 (30.00%) JSHint
3 3 (30.00%) Microservices
3 3 (30.00%) gulp
3 3 (30.00%) Asynchronous Programming
3 3 (30.00%) Linux Command Line
3 3 (30.00%) HTML
3 3 (30.00%) CSS
3 3 (30.00%) Unix
3 3 (30.00%) Linux
3 3 (30.00%) ECMAScript
3 3 (30.00%) Embedded C
3 3 (30.00%) Electronics
3 3 (30.00%) Workflow
4 2 (20.00%) Automotive
4 2 (20.00%) MATLAB
4 2 (20.00%) Simulink
4 2 (20.00%) Technical Architecture
4 2 (20.00%) Firmware
4 2 (20.00%) Test Planning

Software Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Applications
1 2 (20.00%) Simulink
2 1 (10.00%) Stateflow
Cloud Services
1 2 (20.00%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (10.00%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (10.00%) TCP/IP
Development Applications
1 3 (30.00%) Git (software)
1 3 (30.00%) gulp
1 3 (30.00%) JSHint
1 3 (30.00%) Mocha
2 1 (10.00%) LabVIEW
2 1 (10.00%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (10.00%) Visual Studio
General
1 3 (30.00%) Electronics
2 2 (20.00%) Automotive
3 1 (10.00%) Aerospace
3 1 (10.00%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (30.00%) CSS
1 3 (30.00%) CSS3
1 3 (30.00%) Express
1 3 (30.00%) HTML
1 3 (30.00%) HTML5
1 3 (30.00%) Mustache
1 3 (30.00%) Node.js
2 1 (10.00%) .NET
2 1 (10.00%) Android SDK
2 1 (10.00%) ASP.NET
2 1 (10.00%) iOS SDK
2 1 (10.00%) jQuery
2 1 (10.00%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 3 (30.00%) Linux Command Line
2 1 (10.00%) Fintech
2 1 (10.00%) Mobile App
2 1 (10.00%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 3 (30.00%) Linux
1 3 (30.00%) Unix
2 1 (10.00%) Android
2 1 (10.00%) Apple iOS
2 1 (10.00%) VxWorks
2 1 (10.00%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (100.00%) Software Engineering
2 4 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (30.00%) Asynchronous Programming
3 3 (30.00%) Microservices
3 3 (30.00%) Workflow
4 2 (20.00%) Functional Testing
4 2 (20.00%) Technical Architecture
4 2 (20.00%) Test Planning
5 1 (10.00%) BDD
5 1 (10.00%) Dependency Injection
5 1 (10.00%) Integration Testing
5 1 (10.00%) Inversion of Control
5 1 (10.00%) TDD
5 1 (10.00%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 4 (40.00%) C
1 4 (40.00%) JavaScript
2 3 (30.00%) ECMAScript
2 3 (30.00%) Embedded C
3 2 (20.00%) C++
3 2 (20.00%) MATLAB
4 1 (10.00%) C#
4 1 (10.00%) Embedded C++
4 1 (10.00%) Java
4 1 (10.00%) Objective-C
4 1 (10.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (10.00%) SC Cleared
1 1 (10.00%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (10.00%) ISO26262
1 1 (10.00%) MISRA
1 1 (10.00%) MISRA C
System Software
1 2 (20.00%) Firmware