Period
to 18 August 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 August 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 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 67 95 77
Rank change year-on-year +28 -18 -5
Contract jobs citing Continuous Improvement 151 83 157
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 2.96% 1.90% 2.59%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.54% 2.28% 3.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 106 56 87
West Midlands median daily rate £453 £463 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.16% +23.33% +15.38%
10th Percentile £325 £285 £177
90th Percentile £575 £575 £575
England median daily rate £475 £457 £440
% change year-on-year +3.94% +3.86% +8.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 4
West Midlands median hourly rate £77.50 - £21.48
10th Percentile £76.25 - £14.49
90th Percentile £78.75 - £34.80
England median hourly rate £28.50 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year +3.64% - -

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 4,264 3,638 5,077
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 83.54% 83.42% 83.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,554 2,299 2,960
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £265 £250 £234
90th Percentile £575 £550 £538
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 200 125 126
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.50 £21.00 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -26.19% +23.53% -24.44%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.00 £10.73
90th Percentile £35.00 £52.10 £39.25
England median hourly rate £21.50 £24.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year -10.42% +2.13% +9.05%

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 August 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 August 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 +22 54 £463 +2.78% 24
Shropshire -8 32 £455 -17.27% 5
Coventry -1 22 £475 +5.56% 9
Warwickshire -1 14 £413 -2.94% 13
Herefordshire -6 5 £375 -1.64% 6
Solihull -8 4 £323 -
Staffordshire -3 3 £538 -2.27% 6
Worcestershire -12 2 - - 10
Wolverhampton - 1 £375 -
Continuous Improvement
England

For the 6 months to 18 August 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 82 (54.30%) Agile Software Development
2 27 (17.88%) Microsoft
3 26 (17.22%) Project Management
4 25 (16.56%) Scrum
5 24 (15.89%) Test Automation
5 24 (15.89%) DevOps
6 23 (15.23%) JavaScript
6 23 (15.23%) SQL
7 21 (13.91%) C#
7 21 (13.91%) Analytics
8 20 (13.25%) Continuous Integration
8 20 (13.25%) Microsoft Azure
8 20 (13.25%) Finance
8 20 (13.25%) Stakeholder Management
8 20 (13.25%) Acceptance Criteria
9 19 (12.58%) Java
9 19 (12.58%) Service Management
10 18 (11.92%) Software Engineering
10 18 (11.92%) Selenium
11 17 (11.26%) AngularJS
11 17 (11.26%) User Stories
11 17 (11.26%) ITIL
11 17 (11.26%) Windows
11 17 (11.26%) Problem-Solving
12 16 (10.60%) CSS
12 16 (10.60%) .NET
12 16 (10.60%) Service Design
12 16 (10.60%) RESTful
12 16 (10.60%) Git (software)
12 16 (10.60%) Gherkin

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 8 (5.30%) nginx
1 8 (5.30%) Tomcat
2 7 (4.64%) Confluence
3 4 (2.65%) SharePoint
4 2 (1.32%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 2 (1.32%) Skype for Business
5 1 (0.66%) Documentum
5 1 (0.66%) Elasticsearch
5 1 (0.66%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (0.66%) MS Exchange
5 1 (0.66%) NetWeaver
5 1 (0.66%) WebSphere
Applications
1 5 (3.31%) Microsoft Project
2 4 (2.65%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (1.99%) Microsoft Office
4 1 (0.66%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.66%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (1.32%) Exchequer
2 1 (0.66%) Cognos Business Intelligence
2 1 (0.66%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.66%) Movex
2 1 (0.66%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 20 (13.25%) Microsoft Azure
2 13 (8.61%) Google Analytics
3 11 (7.28%) GitHub
4 5 (3.31%) Amazon AWS
5 4 (2.65%) IaaS
5 4 (2.65%) SaaS
6 3 (1.99%) PaaS
7 2 (1.32%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (1.32%) Google Tag Manager
7 2 (1.32%) npm
7 2 (1.32%) Office 365
7 2 (1.32%) Yarn
8 1 (0.66%) Azure Machine Learning
8 1 (0.66%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 10 (6.62%) HTTP
2 8 (5.30%) SSL
2 8 (5.30%) TCP/IP
3 5 (3.31%) SMS
4 4 (2.65%) Internet
4 4 (2.65%) Wireless
5 2 (1.32%) Radio Access Network
5 2 (1.32%) Skype
6 1 (0.66%) BGP
6 1 (0.66%) DNS
6 1 (0.66%) Firewall
6 1 (0.66%) Junos
6 1 (0.66%) LAN
6 1 (0.66%) MPLS
6 1 (0.66%) RSVP
6 1 (0.66%) Unified Communications
6 1 (0.66%) VLAN
6 1 (0.66%) VoIP
6 1 (0.66%) VPN
6 1 (0.66%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (7.95%) MongoDB
2 11 (7.28%) SQL Server
3 10 (6.62%) NoSQL
4 3 (1.99%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (1.99%) Power BI
5 2 (1.32%) Data Mining
5 2 (1.32%) SQL Server 2008
5 2 (1.32%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 2 (1.32%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (1.32%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.66%) Big Data
6 1 (0.66%) Essbase
6 1 (0.66%) Hadoop
6 1 (0.66%) MS Access
6 1 (0.66%) OLAP
6 1 (0.66%) OLAP Cube
6 1 (0.66%) Qlik Sense
6 1 (0.66%) QlikView
6 1 (0.66%) SAP HANA
6 1 (0.66%) Text Mining
Development Applications
1 18 (11.92%) Selenium
2 16 (10.60%) Git (software)
3 14 (9.27%) gulp
3 14 (9.27%) Karma Test Runner
4 13 (8.61%) Cucumber
4 13 (8.61%) Jenkins
5 11 (7.28%) Grunt
5 11 (7.28%) IntelliJ
5 11 (7.28%) Sublime Text
6 9 (5.96%) Ant
7 8 (5.30%) Bitbucket
7 8 (5.30%) Gatling
7 8 (5.30%) JIRA
8 7 (4.64%) Visual Studio
9 6 (3.97%) Jasmine
9 6 (3.97%) webpack
10 5 (3.31%) SoapUI
11 4 (2.65%) JUnit
12 3 (1.99%) Mocha
12 3 (1.99%) RSpec
General
1 20 (13.25%) Finance
2 6 (3.97%) Manufacturing
3 4 (2.65%) Marketing
3 4 (2.65%) Military
4 3 (1.99%) Retail
5 2 (1.32%) Automotive
5 2 (1.32%) Billing
5 2 (1.32%) Electronics
5 2 (1.32%) Games
5 2 (1.32%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 29 (19.21%) Analyst
2 18 (11.92%) Developer
3 14 (9.27%) Business Analyst
4 11 (7.28%) Architect
4 11 (7.28%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
4 11 (7.28%) Project Manager
5 8 (5.30%) Delivery Manager
5 8 (5.30%) DevOps Engineer
5 8 (5.30%) Service Manager
5 8 (5.30%) Software Engineer
6 6 (3.97%) HTML Developer
6 6 (3.97%) Portfolio Manager
6 6 (3.97%) React Developer
7 5 (3.31%) Digital Analyst
7 5 (3.31%) HTML CSS Developer
7 5 (3.31%) Service Transition Manager
7 5 (3.31%) Strategy Manager
7 5 (3.31%) Technical Analyst
7 5 (3.31%) Transition Manager
8 4 (2.65%) Scrum Master
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (11.26%) AngularJS
2 16 (10.60%) .NET
2 16 (10.60%) CSS
2 16 (10.60%) Gherkin
2 16 (10.60%) RESTful
3 15 (9.93%) jQuery
4 13 (8.61%) HTML
4 13 (8.61%) Node.js
4 13 (8.61%) React
5 12 (7.95%) Web Services
6 11 (7.28%) Sass
7 10 (6.62%) KnockoutJS
7 10 (6.62%) LESS
8 9 (5.96%) Twitter Bootstrap
9 8 (5.30%) HTML5
9 8 (5.30%) Servlets
10 6 (3.97%) Ruby on Rails
11 5 (3.31%) ASP.NET
11 5 (3.31%) Spring
12 4 (2.65%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 15 (9.93%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (8.61%) User Experience
3 5 (3.31%) Management Information System
3 5 (3.31%) Public Cloud
4 4 (2.65%) Blog
5 3 (1.99%) Data Centre
5 3 (1.99%) Self-Motivation
6 2 (1.32%) Data Structures
7 1 (0.66%) CMDB
7 1 (0.66%) Computer Science
7 1 (0.66%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.66%) Fat Client
7 1 (0.66%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 17 (11.26%) Windows
2 12 (7.95%) Linux
3 11 (7.28%) Ubuntu
4 3 (1.99%) Mac OS X
4 3 (1.99%) Windows Server
4 3 (1.99%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (1.32%) Unix
6 1 (0.66%) Windows 10
6 1 (0.66%) Windows 7
6 1 (0.66%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 82 (54.30%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (17.22%) Project Management
3 25 (16.56%) Scrum
4 24 (15.89%) DevOps
4 24 (15.89%) Test Automation
5 21 (13.91%) Analytics
6 20 (13.25%) Acceptance Criteria
6 20 (13.25%) Continuous Integration
6 20 (13.25%) Stakeholder Management
7 19 (12.58%) Service Management
8 18 (11.92%) Software Engineering
9 17 (11.26%) ITIL
9 17 (11.26%) Problem-Solving
9 17 (11.26%) User Stories
10 16 (10.60%) Service Design
11 14 (9.27%) Mentoring
12 13 (8.61%) Front End Development
13 12 (7.95%) Kanban
13 12 (7.95%) Microservices
13 12 (7.95%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 23 (15.23%) JavaScript
1 23 (15.23%) SQL
2 21 (13.91%) C#
3 19 (12.58%) Java
4 14 (9.27%) Groovy
5 11 (7.28%) PowerShell
5 11 (7.28%) Ruby
6 9 (5.96%) Scala
7 8 (5.30%) Haskell
7 8 (5.30%) Perl
7 8 (5.30%) Python
8 7 (4.64%) T-SQL
8 7 (4.64%) TypeScript
9 4 (2.65%) ES6
9 4 (2.65%) ES7
9 4 (2.65%) PureScript
10 3 (1.99%) CoffeeScript
10 3 (1.99%) ES8
11 1 (0.66%) C
11 1 (0.66%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 12 (7.95%) Security Cleared
2 9 (5.96%) Degree
3 8 (5.30%) SC Cleared
4 5 (3.31%) BPSS Clearance
5 4 (2.65%) HND
6 3 (1.99%) DV Cleared
6 3 (1.99%) ISEB
7 2 (1.32%) APMP
7 2 (1.32%) CIPD
7 2 (1.32%) ITIL Certification
7 2 (1.32%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 1 (0.66%) ACCA
8 1 (0.66%) CIMA
8 1 (0.66%) Cisco Certification
8 1 (0.66%) CISSP
8 1 (0.66%) HNC
8 1 (0.66%) ISTQB
8 1 (0.66%) JNCIA
8 1 (0.66%) JNCIP
8 1 (0.66%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (6.62%) QA
2 5 (3.31%) PMO
3 4 (2.65%) GDPR
3 4 (2.65%) SLA
4 3 (1.99%) ISO 9000
5 1 (0.66%) COBIT
5 1 (0.66%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.66%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.66%) ISO 14001
5 1 (0.66%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.66%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 11 (7.28%) Docker
2 3 (1.99%) Active Directory
3 2 (1.32%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (1.32%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.66%) IAG
4 1 (0.66%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 14 (9.27%) Puppet
2 11 (7.28%) Grafana
2 11 (7.28%) Kibana
3 5 (3.31%) Ansible
3 5 (3.31%) Opscode Chef
3 5 (3.31%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 3 (1.99%) Graphite
5 2 (1.32%) WSUS
6 1 (0.66%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 27 (17.88%) Microsoft
2 14 (9.27%) Google
3 5 (3.31%) Atlassian
3 5 (3.31%) SaltStack
3 5 (3.31%) SAP
4 4 (2.65%) Huawei
5 3 (1.99%) NCR
5 3 (1.99%) OpenText
5 3 (1.99%) Pega
5 3 (1.99%) ServiceNow
6 2 (1.32%) Adobe
6 2 (1.32%) Cisco
6 2 (1.32%) Ericsson
6 2 (1.32%) Juniper
6 2 (1.32%) Mapinfo
6 2 (1.32%) Nokia
6 2 (1.32%) Oracle
6 2 (1.32%) Remedy
6 2 (1.32%) Tableau
6 2 (1.32%) webMethods