Period
to 23 January 2018

The median contractor rate for a Consultant was £475 per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 6 months to 23 January 2018.

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.

Consultant
England > West Midlands
6 months to
23 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 19 28 24
Rank change year-on-year +9 -4 -11
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 356 313 311
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 7.54% 5.78% 6.30%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.95% 6.11% 6.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 196 197 172
West Midlands median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +2.10%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £310
90th Percentile £588 £575 £568
England median daily rate £480 £460 £450
% change year-on-year +4.35% +2.22% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 0
West Midlands median hourly rate £47.50 £32.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +46.15% - -
England median hourly rate £47.50 £45.00 £43.50
% change year-on-year +5.56% +3.45% +58.18%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
West Midlands
Contract vacancies in the West Midlands with a recognized job title 4,479 5,121 4,664
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.87% 94.62% 94.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,797 3,075 2,614
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £208 £219 £224
90th Percentile £538 £543 £534
England median daily rate £450 £425 £415
% change year-on-year +5.88% +2.41% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 204 225 225
West Midlands median hourly rate £16.50 £15.99 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.19% -5.94% +7.26%
10th Percentile £10.36 £10.60 £10.33
90th Percentile £46.83 £36.95 £37.50
England median hourly rate £18.38 £18.42 £18.50
% change year-on-year -0.24% -0.43% +12.12%

Consultant
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings that featured Consultant in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for Consultant in the West Midlands

Consultant
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Consultant in the West Midlands

Consultant
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Consultant in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 23 January 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Consultant in the West Midlands

Consultant
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Consultant in the West Midlands

Consultant
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Consultant within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 23 January 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham -5 106 £475 - 57
Warwickshire +2 43 £435 -3.28% 5
Coventry -1 33 £475 - 8
Shropshire +7 31 £530 +21.14% 2
Solihull +14 29 £550 +17.33% 1
Staffordshire +12 11 £475 +46.15% 7
Worcestershire +5 7 £175 -50.00% 3
Herefordshire +1 3 £688 +61.76%
Wolverhampton -7 1 £450 +12.50% 1
Bilston - 1 £613 -
Tipton - 1 - -
Consultant
England

Consultant Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 23 January 2018, Consultant contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the West Midlands region featuring Consultant in the job title.

1 69 (19.38%) SAP
2 63 (17.70%) Microsoft
3 43 (12.08%) Windows
3 43 (12.08%) Microsoft Azure
4 39 (10.96%) Stakeholder Management
5 38 (10.67%) Migration
6 37 (10.39%) Agile Software Development
6 37 (10.39%) Finance
7 36 (10.11%) DevOps
8 30 (8.43%) CRM
8 30 (8.43%) Active Directory
9 28 (7.87%) ERP
10 27 (7.58%) PowerShell
11 25 (7.02%) Linux
11 25 (7.02%) Oracle
11 25 (7.02%) SQL
12 22 (6.18%) SQL Server
12 22 (6.18%) Puppet
13 21 (5.90%) Office 365
13 21 (5.90%) Security Cleared
13 21 (5.90%) Dynamics CRM
13 21 (5.90%) SharePoint
14 20 (5.62%) ITIL
14 20 (5.62%) Business Intelligence
15 18 (5.06%) Jenkins
15 18 (5.06%) Terraform
16 17 (4.78%) Windows Server
16 17 (4.78%) Ansible
16 17 (4.78%) Dynamics 365
16 17 (4.78%) Dynamics AX

Consultant Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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:

Application Platforms
1 21 (5.90%) SharePoint
2 7 (1.97%) Confluence
2 7 (1.97%) SharePoint 2013
2 7 (1.97%) Skype for Business
3 6 (1.69%) SharePoint 2010
4 5 (1.40%) Elasticsearch
4 5 (1.40%) SAS
5 3 (0.84%) BizTalk Server
6 2 (0.56%) SharePoint Server
6 2 (0.56%) Sonic ESB
7 1 (0.28%) Anypoint
7 1 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2013
7 1 (0.28%) MS Exchange
7 1 (0.28%) Mule
7 1 (0.28%) NetWeaver
7 1 (0.28%) WebSphere
Applications
1 6 (1.69%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (1.12%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (0.56%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 21 (5.90%) Dynamics CRM
2 17 (4.78%) Dynamics AX
3 13 (3.65%) SAP IS-U
4 10 (2.81%) SAP Retail
5 7 (1.97%) SAP MM
6 6 (1.69%) SAP S/4HANA
7 5 (1.40%) Oracle EBS
7 5 (1.40%) SAP WM
8 4 (1.12%) Dynamics NAV
8 4 (1.12%) iTrent
8 4 (1.12%) SAP APO
9 3 (0.84%) Maximo
9 3 (0.84%) ResourceLink
9 3 (0.84%) SAP CO
9 3 (0.84%) SAP FI
9 3 (0.84%) SAP FI/CO
9 3 (0.84%) SAP HR
9 3 (0.84%) SAP Payroll
9 3 (0.84%) SAP PP
10 2 (0.56%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 43 (12.08%) Microsoft Azure
2 21 (5.90%) Office 365
3 17 (4.78%) Dynamics 365
4 16 (4.49%) IaaS
5 15 (4.21%) SaaS
6 14 (3.93%) Azure Active Directory
7 12 (3.37%) PaaS
8 11 (3.09%) Amazon AWS
9 9 (2.53%) OneDrive
9 9 (2.53%) SuccessFactors
10 4 (1.12%) Amazon EC2
11 2 (0.56%) Route 53
12 1 (0.28%) Amazon ElastiCache
12 1 (0.28%) Amazon ELB
12 1 (0.28%) Amazon S3
12 1 (0.28%) Amazon SQS
12 1 (0.28%) AWS CloudFormation
12 1 (0.28%) Cloud Computing
12 1 (0.28%) FinancialForce
12 1 (0.28%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 11 (3.09%) DNS
2 9 (2.53%) DHCP
3 7 (1.97%) Firewall
4 6 (1.69%) LAN
4 6 (1.69%) VPN
4 6 (1.69%) WAN
5 4 (1.12%) Network Security
5 4 (1.12%) Skype
5 4 (1.12%) TCP/IP
6 3 (0.84%) Cisco IOS
7 2 (0.56%) DMZ
7 2 (0.56%) Ethernet
7 2 (0.56%) HTTP
7 2 (0.56%) IOS XR
7 2 (0.56%) SAN
7 2 (0.56%) SMS
7 2 (0.56%) SSH
7 2 (0.56%) Telnet
7 2 (0.56%) VLAN
8 1 (0.28%) Spanning Tree
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (6.18%) SQL Server
2 8 (2.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 7 (1.97%) Data Warehouse
3 7 (1.97%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 5 (1.40%) Amazon RDS
4 5 (1.40%) Oracle Database
5 3 (0.84%) MongoDB
5 3 (0.84%) Oracle BI EE
5 3 (0.84%) Oracle BI Publisher
5 3 (0.84%) Oracle Database 11g
5 3 (0.84%) Oracle Reports
5 3 (0.84%) SAP BW
5 3 (0.84%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 2 (0.56%) Crystal Reports
6 2 (0.56%) Oracle Database 12c
6 2 (0.56%) Oracle ODI
6 2 (0.56%) Power BI
6 2 (0.56%) Relational Database
6 2 (0.56%) SAP HANA
6 2 (0.56%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 18 (5.06%) Jenkins
2 15 (4.21%) JIRA
3 14 (3.93%) Git (software)
4 13 (3.65%) Sonatype Nexus
5 7 (1.97%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 5 (1.40%) Selenium
6 5 (1.40%) Visual Studio Team System
7 4 (1.12%) Bitbucket
7 4 (1.12%) Team Foundation Server
8 2 (0.56%) FishEye
8 2 (0.56%) LSMW
8 2 (0.56%) Selenium IDE
8 2 (0.56%) Subversion
8 2 (0.56%) Vagrant
8 2 (0.56%) Visual Studio
8 2 (0.56%) WebDriver
9 1 (0.28%) GitLab
9 1 (0.28%) JMeter
9 1 (0.28%) Maven
9 1 (0.28%) Oracle Forms
General
1 37 (10.39%) Finance
2 17 (4.78%) Manufacturing
3 16 (4.49%) Retail
4 10 (2.81%) Automotive
5 8 (2.25%) Advertising
5 8 (2.25%) Billing
6 7 (1.97%) General Ledger
7 6 (1.69%) Telecoms
8 3 (0.84%) Banking
9 2 (0.56%) Local Government
10 1 (0.28%) French Language
10 1 (0.28%) Front Office
10 1 (0.28%) Legal
10 1 (0.28%) Marketing
10 1 (0.28%) Military
10 1 (0.28%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (4.21%) .NET
2 12 (3.37%) Software Packaging
3 7 (1.97%) JSON
3 7 (1.97%) Oracle Fusion
4 6 (1.69%) Web Services
5 4 (1.12%) Middleware
6 3 (0.84%) .NET Framework
6 3 (0.84%) CSS
6 3 (0.84%) HTML
6 3 (0.84%) LDAP
6 3 (0.84%) RESTful
6 3 (0.84%) SAP Smart Forms
6 3 (0.84%) XML
7 2 (0.56%) AngularJS
7 2 (0.56%) EDI
7 2 (0.56%) Elastic Stack
7 2 (0.56%) Flash
7 2 (0.56%) REST
7 2 (0.56%) SOAP
8 1 (0.28%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 10 (2.81%) Data Centre
2 9 (2.53%) Management Information System
2 9 (2.53%) NHS
3 7 (1.97%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (1.69%) Greenfield Project
4 6 (1.69%) Replication
5 4 (1.12%) PKI
6 3 (0.84%) AS400
7 2 (0.56%) CMDB
7 2 (0.56%) N-Tier
8 1 (0.28%) Clustering
8 1 (0.28%) Data Structures
8 1 (0.28%) Fat Client
8 1 (0.28%) FMCG
8 1 (0.28%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 1 (0.28%) iSeries
8 1 (0.28%) Public Cloud
8 1 (0.28%) Smartphone
8 1 (0.28%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 43 (12.08%) Windows
2 25 (7.02%) Linux
3 17 (4.78%) Windows Server
4 11 (3.09%) Windows Server 2012
5 8 (2.25%) Windows Server 2008
6 5 (1.40%) Unix
7 4 (1.12%) AIX
7 4 (1.12%) Solaris
8 3 (0.84%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 2 (0.56%) CentOS
9 2 (0.56%) Windows 10
10 1 (0.28%) OS/400
10 1 (0.28%) SUSE
10 1 (0.28%) Windows 7
10 1 (0.28%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (10.96%) Stakeholder Management
2 38 (10.67%) Migration
3 37 (10.39%) Agile Software Development
4 36 (10.11%) DevOps
5 30 (8.43%) CRM
6 28 (7.87%) ERP
7 20 (5.62%) Business Intelligence
7 20 (5.62%) ITIL
8 17 (4.78%) Logistics
9 16 (4.49%) Configuration Management
9 16 (4.49%) Project Management
10 13 (3.65%) Data Migration
10 13 (3.65%) Scrum
11 12 (3.37%) Service Management
12 11 (3.09%) Analytics
12 11 (3.09%) Information Security
12 11 (3.09%) Workflow
13 9 (2.53%) Business Analysis
13 9 (2.53%) Process Improvement
13 9 (2.53%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 27 (7.58%) PowerShell
2 25 (7.02%) SQL
3 15 (4.21%) ABAP
4 12 (3.37%) Java
5 9 (2.53%) Python
6 8 (2.25%) JavaScript
7 7 (1.97%) Ruby
8 6 (1.69%) Bash Shell
8 6 (1.69%) C#
8 6 (1.69%) Perl
9 3 (0.84%) Shell Script
10 2 (0.56%) PL/SQL
11 1 (0.28%) C
11 1 (0.28%) C++
11 1 (0.28%) PHP
11 1 (0.28%) RPG
11 1 (0.28%) RPG IV
11 1 (0.28%) T-SQL
11 1 (0.28%) UniBasic
11 1 (0.28%) VBA
Qualifications
1 21 (5.90%) Security Cleared
2 16 (4.49%) SC Cleared
3 10 (2.81%) Microsoft Certification
4 7 (1.97%) MCSE
5 6 (1.69%) MCSA
6 4 (1.12%) Six Sigma Black Belt
7 2 (0.56%) BC Cleared
7 2 (0.56%) CCNP
7 2 (0.56%) Cisco Certification
7 2 (0.56%) CISSP
7 2 (0.56%) ITIL Certification
7 2 (0.56%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 1 (0.28%) CCA
8 1 (0.28%) CCDA
8 1 (0.28%) CCDP
8 1 (0.28%) CCIP
8 1 (0.28%) CCNA
8 1 (0.28%) CCSP
8 1 (0.28%) ISEB
8 1 (0.28%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (3.09%) GDPR
2 9 (2.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (1.69%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 5 (1.40%) PMO
5 3 (0.84%) Cyber Essentials
5 3 (0.84%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.84%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 3 (0.84%) NIST 800
5 3 (0.84%) SLA
5 3 (0.84%) Solvency II
6 2 (0.56%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.56%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.28%) FATCA
7 1 (0.28%) ISO 22301
7 1 (0.28%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.28%) QA
System Software
1 30 (8.43%) Active Directory
2 5 (1.40%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (1.12%) Docker
3 4 (1.12%) Hyper-V
3 4 (1.12%) Virtual Machines
4 3 (0.84%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 3 (0.84%) Virtual Servers
4 3 (0.84%) VMware NSX
5 2 (0.56%) Firmware
5 2 (0.56%) vCloud
6 1 (0.28%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.28%) OpenAM
6 1 (0.28%) OpenDJ
6 1 (0.28%) Terminal Server
6 1 (0.28%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 22 (6.18%) Puppet
2 18 (5.06%) Terraform
3 17 (4.78%) Ansible
4 8 (2.25%) Opscode Chef
4 8 (2.25%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 5 (1.40%) SCOM
6 4 (1.12%) SCCM
7 2 (0.56%) Failover Clustering
7 2 (0.56%) Microsoft Intune
7 2 (0.56%) WSUS
8 1 (0.28%) collectd
8 1 (0.28%) Consul
8 1 (0.28%) ITRS Geneos
8 1 (0.28%) Kibana
8 1 (0.28%) logstash
8 1 (0.28%) Oracle ZFS
8 1 (0.28%) Salt
8 1 (0.28%) StatsD
8 1 (0.28%) Stealthwatch
8 1 (0.28%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 69 (19.38%) SAP
2 63 (17.70%) Microsoft
3 25 (7.02%) Oracle
4 14 (3.93%) VMware
5 13 (3.65%) Capita
6 11 (3.09%) Cisco
7 10 (2.81%) ServiceNow
8 7 (1.97%) Atlassian
9 6 (1.69%) Jaspersoft
10 5 (1.40%) Ariba
11 4 (1.12%) Red Hat
11 4 (1.12%) Salesforce.com
12 3 (0.84%) CheckPoint
12 3 (0.84%) IBM
12 3 (0.84%) Juniper
12 3 (0.84%) NetApp
13 2 (0.56%) Citrix
13 2 (0.56%) Epicor
13 2 (0.56%) JD Edwards
13 2 (0.56%) Siemens