Period
to 17 December 2017

The median contractor rate for a Consultant was £475 per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 6 months to 17 December 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.

Consultant
England > West Midlands
6 months to
17 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 17 27 25
Rank change year-on-year +10 -2 -11
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 372 340 322
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 7.73% 5.83% 6.40%
As % of the Job Titles category 8.14% 6.14% 6.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 211 210 159
West Midlands median daily rate £475 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +2.86% +9.38%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £305
90th Percentile £588 £575 £563
England median daily rate £475 £455 £450
% change year-on-year +4.40% +1.11% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 1 0
West Midlands median hourly rate £46.25 £32.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +42.31% - -
England median hourly rate £46.66 £45.00 £43.50
% change year-on-year +3.69% +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 4568 5533 4755
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.91% 94.91% 94.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 2908 3334 2697
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £213 £227 £214
90th Percentile £541 £541 £538
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 197 227 260
West Midlands median hourly rate £17.50 £15.00 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.67% -11.76% +6.25%
10th Percentile £10.42 £10.00 £10.33
90th Percentile £46.15 £37.85 £38.88
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £17.89
% change year-on-year +3.89% +0.61% +8.42%

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 17 December 2017.

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 17 December 2017. 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 -6 101 £475 +5.56% 18
Warwickshire -1 47 £450 +4.65% 6
Coventry +8 38 £475 +0.53% 2
Shropshire +18 37 £473 +5.00% 2
Solihull +17 25 £550 +39.68% 2
Staffordshire +15 13 £475 +46.15% 3
Worcestershire +8 5 £300 -14.29% 1
Herefordshire +2 2 £688 +52.78%
Wolverhampton -5 1 £450 +4.05%
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 17 December 2017, Consultant 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 West Midlands region featuring Consultant in the job title.

1 72 (19.35%) SAP
2 55 (14.78%) Microsoft
3 44 (11.83%) Windows
4 43 (11.56%) Agile Software Development
5 39 (10.48%) Migration
6 38 (10.22%) DevOps
7 37 (9.95%) Stakeholder Management
8 36 (9.68%) Finance
8 36 (9.68%) Microsoft Azure
9 35 (9.41%) Oracle
10 28 (7.53%) CRM
10 28 (7.53%) PowerShell
10 28 (7.53%) JIRA
11 27 (7.26%) Security Cleared
11 27 (7.26%) ERP
12 24 (6.45%) Active Directory
13 23 (6.18%) SQL
13 23 (6.18%) Linux
13 23 (6.18%) Manufacturing
14 22 (5.91%) Office 365
14 22 (5.91%) Jenkins
15 21 (5.65%) Windows Server
15 21 (5.65%) SharePoint
16 20 (5.38%) Confluence
16 20 (5.38%) Atlassian
17 19 (5.11%) Terraform
17 19 (5.11%) ITIL
17 19 (5.11%) Project Management
17 19 (5.11%) Scrum
18 18 (4.84%) .NET

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 (5.65%) SharePoint
2 20 (5.38%) Confluence
3 11 (2.96%) Elasticsearch
4 7 (1.88%) SharePoint 2013
4 7 (1.88%) Skype for Business
5 6 (1.61%) SAS
6 5 (1.34%) SharePoint 2010
7 4 (1.08%) Liferay
8 3 (0.81%) BizTalk Server
9 2 (0.54%) SharePoint Server
9 2 (0.54%) Sonic ESB
9 2 (0.54%) WebSphere
10 1 (0.27%) Anypoint
10 1 (0.27%) Exchange Server 2013
10 1 (0.27%) Mule
10 1 (0.27%) NetWeaver
Applications
1 5 (1.34%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.08%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.54%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (0.54%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 18 (4.84%) Dynamics CRM
2 15 (4.03%) Dynamics AX
3 13 (3.49%) SAP IS-U
4 10 (2.69%) SAP Retail
5 8 (2.15%) SAP MM
6 7 (1.88%) SAP S/4HANA
7 6 (1.61%) SAP APO
8 5 (1.34%) Oracle Utilities
8 5 (1.34%) SAP WM
9 4 (1.08%) Dynamics NAV
9 4 (1.08%) Maximo
9 4 (1.08%) SAP HCM
9 4 (1.08%) SAP HR
9 4 (1.08%) SAP PP
10 3 (0.81%) OpenText VIM for SAP
10 3 (0.81%) Oracle EBS
10 3 (0.81%) ResourceLink
10 3 (0.81%) SAP PA-EC
10 3 (0.81%) SAP SD
11 2 (0.54%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 36 (9.68%) Microsoft Azure
2 22 (5.91%) Office 365
3 15 (4.03%) IaaS
3 15 (4.03%) SaaS
4 13 (3.49%) Azure Active Directory
4 13 (3.49%) Dynamics 365
5 12 (3.23%) PaaS
6 9 (2.42%) OneDrive
6 9 (2.42%) SuccessFactors
7 6 (1.61%) Amazon AWS
7 6 (1.61%) GitHub
8 1 (0.27%) Amazon EC2
8 1 (0.27%) Data Lake Analytics
8 1 (0.27%) Google Cloud Platform
8 1 (0.27%) IBM SmartCloud
8 1 (0.27%) Route 53
8 1 (0.27%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
8 1 (0.27%) Salesforce Service Cloud
8 1 (0.27%) Scribe Online
Communications & Networking
1 10 (2.69%) DNS
2 9 (2.42%) DHCP
3 7 (1.88%) Firewall
3 7 (1.88%) WAN
4 6 (1.61%) LAN
4 6 (1.61%) LDAP
4 6 (1.61%) Network Security
5 5 (1.34%) VPN
6 4 (1.08%) Cisco IOS
6 4 (1.08%) Skype
7 3 (0.81%) IOS XR
7 3 (0.81%) TCP/IP
8 2 (0.54%) DMZ
8 2 (0.54%) Ethernet
8 2 (0.54%) SMS
8 2 (0.54%) SSH
8 2 (0.54%) Telnet
8 2 (0.54%) VLAN
9 1 (0.27%) Intrusion Detection
9 1 (0.27%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (4.57%) SQL Server
2 8 (2.15%) Data Warehouse
3 7 (1.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 7 (1.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 6 (1.61%) Oracle Database
5 3 (0.81%) Oracle BI EE
5 3 (0.81%) SAP BW
5 3 (0.81%) SQL Server 2014
6 2 (0.54%) Oracle BI Publisher
6 2 (0.54%) Oracle Database 11g
6 2 (0.54%) Oracle Database 12c
6 2 (0.54%) Oracle ODI
6 2 (0.54%) Oracle Reports
6 2 (0.54%) SQL Server 2016
6 2 (0.54%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1 (0.27%) Amazon RDS
7 1 (0.27%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.27%) IBM InfoSphere
7 1 (0.27%) Power BI
7 1 (0.27%) SAS Visual Analytics
Development Applications
1 28 (7.53%) JIRA
2 22 (5.91%) Jenkins
3 13 (3.49%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 12 (3.23%) Git (software)
5 9 (2.42%) Bitbucket
6 7 (1.88%) Sonatype Nexus
7 6 (1.61%) FishEye
7 6 (1.61%) Vagrant
8 5 (1.34%) AppScan
8 5 (1.34%) Selenium
8 5 (1.34%) Subversion
9 3 (0.81%) Team Foundation Server
9 3 (0.81%) Visual Studio Team System
10 2 (0.54%) Selenium IDE
10 2 (0.54%) WebDriver
11 1 (0.27%) GitLab
11 1 (0.27%) JMeter
11 1 (0.27%) Visual Studio
General
1 36 (9.68%) Finance
2 23 (6.18%) Manufacturing
3 16 (4.30%) Retail
4 12 (3.23%) Automotive
5 8 (2.15%) Advertising
5 8 (2.15%) Billing
6 6 (1.61%) General Ledger
6 6 (1.61%) Telecoms
7 4 (1.08%) Banking
8 2 (0.54%) Local Government
8 2 (0.54%) Marketing
9 1 (0.27%) French Language
9 1 (0.27%) Front Office
9 1 (0.27%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (4.84%) .NET
2 9 (2.42%) Oracle Fusion
3 8 (2.15%) JSON
4 7 (1.88%) Software Packaging
5 4 (1.08%) Middleware
5 4 (1.08%) Web Services
6 3 (0.81%) .NET Framework
6 3 (0.81%) RESTful
6 3 (0.81%) SAP PI
6 3 (0.81%) SAP Smart Forms
7 2 (0.54%) AngularJS
7 2 (0.54%) CSS
7 2 (0.54%) EDI
7 2 (0.54%) Flash
7 2 (0.54%) HTML
7 2 (0.54%) REST
7 2 (0.54%) SOAP
7 2 (0.54%) XML
8 1 (0.27%) ASP.NET Web API
8 1 (0.27%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 11 (2.96%) Management Information System
2 10 (2.69%) Analytical Skills
3 9 (2.42%) NHS
4 7 (1.88%) Data Centre
5 6 (1.61%) Greenfield Project
6 5 (1.34%) Replication
7 4 (1.08%) AS400
7 4 (1.08%) CMDB
7 4 (1.08%) PKI
8 2 (0.54%) N-Tier
8 2 (0.54%) User Experience
9 1 (0.27%) Fat Client
9 1 (0.27%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 1 (0.27%) Grid Computing
9 1 (0.27%) iSeries
9 1 (0.27%) Learning Management System
9 1 (0.27%) SCADA
9 1 (0.27%) Smartphone
9 1 (0.27%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 44 (11.83%) Windows
2 23 (6.18%) Linux
3 21 (5.65%) Windows Server
4 8 (2.15%) AIX
4 8 (2.15%) Windows Server 2012
5 6 (1.61%) Windows Server 2008
6 4 (1.08%) Unix
7 3 (0.81%) Solaris
8 2 (0.54%) CentOS
8 2 (0.54%) OS/400
8 2 (0.54%) Windows 10
9 1 (0.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.27%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 43 (11.56%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (10.48%) Migration
3 38 (10.22%) DevOps
4 37 (9.95%) Stakeholder Management
5 28 (7.53%) CRM
6 27 (7.26%) ERP
7 19 (5.11%) ITIL
7 19 (5.11%) Project Management
7 19 (5.11%) Scrum
8 18 (4.84%) User Acceptance Testing
9 17 (4.57%) Business Intelligence
10 15 (4.03%) Logistics
11 12 (3.23%) Business Analysis
11 12 (3.23%) Configuration Management
11 12 (3.23%) Information Security
11 12 (3.23%) Service Management
11 12 (3.23%) Workflow
12 10 (2.69%) Data Migration
12 10 (2.69%) Process Improvement
12 10 (2.69%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 28 (7.53%) PowerShell
2 23 (6.18%) SQL
3 17 (4.57%) ABAP
3 17 (4.57%) Java
4 8 (2.15%) Perl
4 8 (2.15%) Python
4 8 (2.15%) Ruby
5 7 (1.88%) Bash Shell
6 6 (1.61%) C#
6 6 (1.61%) JavaScript
7 2 (0.54%) RPG
7 2 (0.54%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.27%) C
8 1 (0.27%) C++
8 1 (0.27%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.27%) RPG IV
8 1 (0.27%) T-SQL
8 1 (0.27%) TypeScript
8 1 (0.27%) UniBasic
8 1 (0.27%) VBA
Qualifications
1 27 (7.26%) Security Cleared
2 17 (4.57%) SC Cleared
3 9 (2.42%) Microsoft Certification
4 7 (1.88%) BC Cleared
5 6 (1.61%) MCSA
5 6 (1.61%) MCSE
6 5 (1.34%) Six Sigma Black Belt
7 3 (0.81%) CISSP
8 2 (0.54%) CCNP
8 2 (0.54%) Cisco Certification
8 2 (0.54%) ITIL Certification
8 2 (0.54%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 1 (0.27%) CCDA
9 1 (0.27%) CCDP
9 1 (0.27%) CCIP
9 1 (0.27%) CCNA
9 1 (0.27%) CCSP
9 1 (0.27%) ISEB
9 1 (0.27%) PMI Certification
9 1 (0.27%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (2.42%) GDPR
2 8 (2.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (1.34%) PMO
4 4 (1.08%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 4 (1.08%) SLA
5 3 (0.81%) Cyber Essentials
5 3 (0.81%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.81%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 3 (0.81%) NIST 800
5 3 (0.81%) Solvency II
6 2 (0.54%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.27%) FATCA
7 1 (0.27%) ISO 22301
7 1 (0.27%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.27%) ISO/IEC 27005
7 1 (0.27%) QA
System Software
1 24 (6.45%) Active Directory
2 5 (1.34%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (0.81%) Firmware
3 3 (0.81%) Hyper-V
3 3 (0.81%) Microsoft Virtual Server
3 3 (0.81%) Virtual Machines
3 3 (0.81%) Virtual Servers
3 3 (0.81%) VMware NSX
4 2 (0.54%) vCloud
5 1 (0.27%) BitLocker
5 1 (0.27%) Docker
5 1 (0.27%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (0.27%) OpenAM
5 1 (0.27%) OpenDJ
5 1 (0.27%) Terminal Server
5 1 (0.27%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 19 (5.11%) Terraform
2 16 (4.30%) Puppet
3 14 (3.76%) Ansible
4 8 (2.15%) Opscode Chef
5 5 (1.34%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 4 (1.08%) SCCM
7 3 (0.81%) SCOM
8 2 (0.54%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
8 2 (0.54%) Failover Clustering
9 1 (0.27%) Consul
9 1 (0.27%) Control-M
9 1 (0.27%) ITRS Geneos
9 1 (0.27%) Kubernetes
9 1 (0.27%) Microsoft Intune
9 1 (0.27%) Netcool
9 1 (0.27%) Oracle ZFS
9 1 (0.27%) Packer
9 1 (0.27%) Stealthwatch
9 1 (0.27%) WSUS
Vendors
1 72 (19.35%) SAP
2 55 (14.78%) Microsoft
3 35 (9.41%) Oracle
4 20 (5.38%) Atlassian
5 12 (3.23%) Cisco
6 11 (2.96%) Capita
6 11 (2.96%) IBM
6 11 (2.96%) VMware
7 8 (2.15%) Ariba
7 8 (2.15%) ServiceNow
8 5 (1.34%) Jaspersoft
9 4 (1.08%) Black Duck
9 4 (1.08%) Salesforce.com
10 3 (0.81%) CheckPoint
10 3 (0.81%) Juniper
10 3 (0.81%) Kronos
10 3 (0.81%) SonicWALL
11 2 (0.54%) NGA Human Resources
11 2 (0.54%) Riverbed
11 2 (0.54%) SolarWinds