Period
to 18 October 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for Continuous Improvement skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Continuous Improvement over the 6 months to 18 October 2018 with a comparison to the 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.

Continual Improvement
England > West Midlands
6 months to
18 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 72 98 60
Rank change year-on-year +26 -38 +16
Contract jobs citing Continuous Improvement 157 91 193
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 3.09% 1.97% 3.11%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.63% 2.34% 3.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 94 59 101
West Midlands median daily rate £435 £450 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.39% +12.50% +9.59%
10th Percentile £286 £263 £200
90th Percentile £575 £588 £575
England median daily rate £475 £459 £449
% change year-on-year +3.53% +2.24% +6.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 1
West Midlands median hourly rate - £31.42 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +25.67% +72.41%
England median hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year -9.09% - -

Continuous Improvement is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
West Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 4,323 3,893 5,246
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 85.01% 84.12% 84.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,593 2,476 3,116
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £263 £240 £250
90th Percentile £575 £550 £550
England median daily rate £470 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +4.44% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 193 141 138
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.00 £23.48 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -36.12% +34.17% -18.60%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.25 £10.75
90th Percentile £32.21 £53.75 £39.50
England median hourly rate £21.00 £24.66 £22.50
% change year-on-year -14.84% +9.60% +3.85%

Continuous Improvement
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing Continuous Improvement as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for Continuous Improvement in the West Midlands

Continuous Improvement
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Continuous Improvement in the West Midlands

Continuous Improvement
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Continuous Improvement in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 18 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Continuous Improvement in the West Midlands

Continuous Improvement
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 Continuous Improvement in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Continuous Improvement in the West Midlands

Continuous Improvement
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 Continuous Improvement within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 18 October 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 +33 53 £450 - 20
Shropshire -13 45 £415 -24.55% 10
Coventry -7 24 £475 +7.04% 11
Warwickshire +2 14 £438 +16.67% 12
Solihull 0 5 £369 - 5
Herefordshire -10 5 £375 -1.64% 1
Worcestershire -9 2 - - 7
Walsall - 1 £288 - 3
Continuous Improvement
England

For the 6 months to 18 October 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Continuous Improvement also mentioned the following 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 with a requirement for Continuous Improvement.

1 96 (61.15%) Agile Software Development
2 33 (21.02%) Test Automation
3 31 (19.75%) JavaScript
3 31 (19.75%) Scrum
4 27 (17.20%) Microsoft
5 26 (16.56%) Analytics
6 25 (15.92%) Microsoft Azure
6 25 (15.92%) Continuous Integration
7 24 (15.29%) Project Management
7 24 (15.29%) Web Services
7 24 (15.29%) Selenium
7 24 (15.29%) Acceptance Criteria
8 23 (14.65%) Java
8 23 (14.65%) jQuery
8 23 (14.65%) DevOps
9 22 (14.01%) Gherkin
9 22 (14.01%) CSS
9 22 (14.01%) Problem-Solving
10 20 (12.74%) Collaborative Working
10 20 (12.74%) Windows
10 20 (12.74%) AngularJS
10 20 (12.74%) User Experience
11 19 (12.10%) User Stories
11 19 (12.10%) Groovy
11 19 (12.10%) RESTful
11 19 (12.10%) Git (software)
11 19 (12.10%) C#
11 19 (12.10%) HTML
11 19 (12.10%) Software Engineering
11 19 (12.10%) Finance

Continuous Improvement
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 9 (5.73%) nginx
1 9 (5.73%) Tomcat
2 8 (5.10%) Confluence
3 4 (2.55%) SharePoint
4 2 (1.27%) Skype for Business
5 1 (0.64%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 1 (0.64%) Apache
5 1 (0.64%) Documentum
5 1 (0.64%) Elasticsearch
5 1 (0.64%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (0.64%) JBoss
5 1 (0.64%) MS Exchange
5 1 (0.64%) NetWeaver
5 1 (0.64%) WebLogic
5 1 (0.64%) WordPress
Applications
1 7 (4.46%) Microsoft Project
2 5 (3.18%) Microsoft Office
3 4 (2.55%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.64%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.64%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (1.27%) Exchequer
2 1 (0.64%) Cognos Business Intelligence
2 1 (0.64%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.64%) Movex
2 1 (0.64%) SAP CRM
2 1 (0.64%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 25 (15.92%) Microsoft Azure
2 15 (9.55%) Google Analytics
3 13 (8.28%) GitHub
4 10 (6.37%) Amazon AWS
5 9 (5.73%) SaaS
6 4 (2.55%) IaaS
6 4 (2.55%) Office 365
7 3 (1.91%) PaaS
8 2 (1.27%) Google Tag Manager
8 2 (1.27%) npm
8 2 (1.27%) Yarn
9 1 (0.64%) Azure Machine Learning
9 1 (0.64%) Cloud Computing
9 1 (0.64%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 9 (5.73%) HTTP
1 9 (5.73%) SSL
1 9 (5.73%) TCP/IP
2 4 (2.55%) Internet
2 4 (2.55%) Wireless
3 3 (1.91%) SMS
4 2 (1.27%) Radio Access Network
4 2 (1.27%) Skype
5 1 (0.64%) DNS
5 1 (0.64%) Firewall
5 1 (0.64%) Junos
5 1 (0.64%) LAN
5 1 (0.64%) Unified Communications
5 1 (0.64%) VoIP
5 1 (0.64%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (8.92%) MongoDB
2 12 (7.64%) NoSQL
3 6 (3.82%) MySQL
3 6 (3.82%) SQL Server
4 4 (2.55%) Data Warehouse
4 4 (2.55%) SQLite
5 2 (1.27%) Big Data
5 2 (1.27%) Hadoop
5 2 (1.27%) MS Access
6 1 (0.64%) BusinessObjects
6 1 (0.64%) Crystal Reports
6 1 (0.64%) Data Mining
6 1 (0.64%) EDMS
6 1 (0.64%) Essbase
6 1 (0.64%) Power BI
6 1 (0.64%) SAP BW
6 1 (0.64%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (0.64%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.64%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.64%) Text Mining
Development Applications
1 24 (15.29%) Selenium
2 19 (12.10%) Git (software)
3 16 (10.19%) gulp
3 16 (10.19%) Jenkins
4 15 (9.55%) Cucumber
4 15 (9.55%) JIRA
4 15 (9.55%) Karma Test Runner
5 13 (8.28%) Grunt
5 13 (8.28%) IntelliJ
5 13 (8.28%) Sublime Text
6 11 (7.01%) Ant
7 9 (5.73%) Gatling
7 9 (5.73%) SoapUI
8 8 (5.10%) Bitbucket
9 7 (4.46%) Jasmine
9 7 (4.46%) webpack
10 6 (3.82%) Team Foundation Server
10 6 (3.82%) Visual Studio Team System
11 5 (3.18%) Eclipse
11 5 (3.18%) JUnit
General
1 19 (12.10%) Finance
2 5 (3.18%) Military
3 4 (2.55%) Billing
3 4 (2.55%) Marketing
4 3 (1.91%) Manufacturing
4 3 (1.91%) Retail
5 2 (1.27%) Electronics
5 2 (1.27%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.64%) Aerospace
6 1 (0.64%) Back Office
6 1 (0.64%) Digital Economy
6 1 (0.64%) Games
6 1 (0.64%) Legal
Job Titles
1 44 (28.03%) Analyst
2 25 (15.92%) Developer
3 24 (15.29%) Business Analyst
4 12 (7.64%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
5 11 (7.01%) Architect
5 11 (7.01%) Project Manager
6 8 (5.10%) Software Engineer
7 7 (4.46%) Delivery Manager
7 7 (4.46%) Process Analyst
7 7 (4.46%) React Developer
7 7 (4.46%) User Researcher
8 6 (3.82%) Digital Analyst
8 6 (3.82%) HTML Developer
8 6 (3.82%) Portfolio Manager
8 6 (3.82%) Test Analyst
9 5 (3.18%) Business Process Analyst
9 5 (3.18%) Digital Business Analyst
9 5 (3.18%) Security Analyst
9 5 (3.18%) Strategy Manager
9 5 (3.18%) Training Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (15.29%) Web Services
2 23 (14.65%) jQuery
3 22 (14.01%) CSS
3 22 (14.01%) Gherkin
4 20 (12.74%) AngularJS
5 19 (12.10%) HTML
5 19 (12.10%) RESTful
6 16 (10.19%) KnockoutJS
6 16 (10.19%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 15 (9.55%) Node.js
8 14 (8.92%) HTML5
8 14 (8.92%) React
9 12 (7.64%) .NET
9 12 (7.64%) LESS
9 12 (7.64%) Sass
10 10 (6.37%) JSON
11 9 (5.73%) Servlets
12 7 (4.46%) Ruby on Rails
13 5 (3.18%) SOAP
13 5 (3.18%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 20 (12.74%) User Experience
2 16 (10.19%) Analytical Skills
3 8 (5.10%) Blog
3 8 (5.10%) Public Cloud
3 8 (5.10%) Self-Motivation
4 5 (3.18%) iPhone
4 5 (3.18%) Mobile App
5 4 (2.55%) Management Information System
6 3 (1.91%) Data Centre
6 3 (1.91%) Security Operations Centre
7 2 (1.27%) Computer Science
7 2 (1.27%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.64%) CMDB
8 1 (0.64%) Data Structures
8 1 (0.64%) EPoS
8 1 (0.64%) Fat Client
8 1 (0.64%) Smart Meter
8 1 (0.64%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 20 (12.74%) Windows
2 15 (9.55%) Linux
3 13 (8.28%) Ubuntu
4 6 (3.82%) Android
4 6 (3.82%) Apple iOS
5 5 (3.18%) Mac OS X
6 4 (2.55%) Unix
7 3 (1.91%) Windows Server
8 2 (1.27%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.64%) Windows 10
9 1 (0.64%) Windows 7
9 1 (0.64%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 96 (61.15%) Agile Software Development
2 33 (21.02%) Test Automation
3 31 (19.75%) Scrum
4 26 (16.56%) Analytics
5 25 (15.92%) Continuous Integration
6 24 (15.29%) Acceptance Criteria
6 24 (15.29%) Project Management
7 23 (14.65%) DevOps
8 22 (14.01%) Problem-Solving
9 20 (12.74%) Collaborative Working
10 19 (12.10%) Software Engineering
10 19 (12.10%) User Stories
11 16 (10.19%) Service Management
12 15 (9.55%) IT Strategy
12 15 (9.55%) Kanban
12 15 (9.55%) Mentoring
13 14 (8.92%) ITIL
13 14 (8.92%) Microservices
13 14 (8.92%) Open Source
13 14 (8.92%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 31 (19.75%) JavaScript
2 23 (14.65%) Java
3 19 (12.10%) C#
3 19 (12.10%) Groovy
4 15 (9.55%) Scala
4 15 (9.55%) SQL
5 13 (8.28%) Ruby
6 9 (5.73%) Haskell
6 9 (5.73%) Perl
6 9 (5.73%) Python
7 8 (5.10%) TypeScript
8 5 (3.18%) Apple Swift
8 5 (3.18%) Objective-C
8 5 (3.18%) PureScript
9 4 (2.55%) CoffeeScript
9 4 (2.55%) ES6
9 4 (2.55%) ES7
9 4 (2.55%) PowerShell
10 3 (1.91%) ES8
10 3 (1.91%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 9 (5.73%) Security Cleared
2 8 (5.10%) Degree
3 5 (3.18%) HND
4 4 (2.55%) BPSS Clearance
5 3 (1.91%) DV Cleared
5 3 (1.91%) SC Cleared
6 2 (1.27%) CIMA
6 2 (1.27%) Computer Science Degree
6 2 (1.27%) ISEB
7 1 (0.64%) A+ Certification
7 1 (0.64%) ACCA
7 1 (0.64%) APMP
7 1 (0.64%) CCNA
7 1 (0.64%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (0.64%) CISSP
7 1 (0.64%) HNC
7 1 (0.64%) ISTQB
7 1 (0.64%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 1 (0.64%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (9.55%) QA
2 10 (6.37%) GDPR
3 7 (4.46%) PMO
4 4 (2.55%) SLA
5 1 (0.64%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.64%) ISO 14001
5 1 (0.64%) ISO 9000
5 1 (0.64%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.64%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 12 (7.64%) Docker
2 3 (1.91%) Active Directory
3 2 (1.27%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.64%) IAG
4 1 (0.64%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (0.64%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 12 (7.64%) Grafana
1 12 (7.64%) Kibana
1 12 (7.64%) Puppet
2 5 (3.18%) HockeyApp
2 5 (3.18%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 3 (1.91%) Graphite
4 2 (1.27%) Ansible
4 2 (1.27%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.64%) Kubernetes
5 1 (0.64%) SCCM
5 1 (0.64%) WSUS
Vendors
1 27 (17.20%) Microsoft
2 17 (10.83%) Google
3 12 (7.64%) Atlassian
4 6 (3.82%) SAP
4 6 (3.82%) Xamarin
5 5 (3.18%) Apple
5 5 (3.18%) Twitter
6 4 (2.55%) Huawei
7 3 (1.91%) Oracle
7 3 (1.91%) Pega
7 3 (1.91%) ServiceNow
7 3 (1.91%) VMware
8 2 (1.27%) Adobe
8 2 (1.27%) Arqiva
8 2 (1.27%) Citrix
8 2 (1.27%) Ericsson
8 2 (1.27%) Mapinfo
8 2 (1.27%) Nokia
8 2 (1.27%) Remedy
8 2 (1.27%) SaltStack