Period
to 22 October 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for Customer Requirements skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Customer Requirements over the 6 months to 22 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.

Customer Requirements
England > West Midlands
6 months to
22 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 96 128 153
Rank change year-on-year +32 +25 -48
Contract jobs citing Customer Requirements 115 54 63
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 2.26% 1.17% 1.02%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.66% 1.39% 1.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 53 10 30
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £338 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +18.52% -25.00% +7.14%
10th Percentile £271 £199 £327
90th Percentile £563 £533 £525
England median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 2
West Midlands median hourly rate £22.50 £30.50 £18.94
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -26.23% +61.03% -31.13%
10th Percentile £21.25 £30.50 £17.52
90th Percentile £23.75 £30.50 £20.37
England median hourly rate £17.00 £30.00 £28.18
% change year-on-year -43.33% +6.46% -24.85%

Customer Requirements 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 4,331 3,897 5,215
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 85.05% 84.10% 84.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,604 2,478 3,100
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 £473 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.00% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 192 135 140
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.00 £24.98 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -39.95% +42.74% -16.67%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.25 £10.74
90th Percentile £32.36 £53.75 £39.50
England median hourly rate £21.00 £24.82 £22.50
% change year-on-year -15.39% +10.31% +3.97%

Customer Requirements
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

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

Job vacancy trend for Customer Requirements in the West Midlands

Customer Requirements
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Customer Requirements in the West Midlands

Customer Requirements
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Customer Requirements in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 22 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Customer Requirements in the West Midlands

Customer Requirements
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 Customer Requirements in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Customer Requirements in the West Midlands

Customer Requirements
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 Customer Requirements within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 22 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
Shropshire +11 65 £400 - 1
Birmingham +10 18 £416 +9.18% 15
Warwickshire +11 4 £350 -41.67% 7
Staffordshire -12 4 £550 +83.33% 9
Solihull -23 2 - - 1
Worcestershire - 2 £463 - 4
Coventry -17 1 £375 - 4
Customer Requirements
England

For the 6 months to 22 October 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Customer Requirements 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 Customer Requirements.

1 66 (57.39%) Oracle
2 62 (53.91%) SQL
2 62 (53.91%) XML
3 60 (52.17%) Windows
3 60 (52.17%) Test Scripting
4 57 (49.57%) Java
5 53 (46.09%) Unix
6 52 (45.22%) ISEB
7 49 (42.61%) ISTQB
7 49 (42.61%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 36 (31.30%) webMethods
8 36 (31.30%) WebLogic
9 30 (26.09%) Toad
10 22 (19.13%) Agile Software Development
11 21 (18.26%) SAP
12 18 (15.65%) Security Cleared
13 17 (14.78%) SoapUI
13 17 (14.78%) Microsoft Excel
14 16 (13.91%) Microsoft
14 16 (13.91%) Content Management
15 15 (13.04%) SC Cleared
16 13 (11.30%) Test Automation
16 13 (11.30%) JIRA
17 12 (10.43%) Oracle Database
18 11 (9.57%) Microservices
18 11 (9.57%) System Integration Testing
18 11 (9.57%) Confluence
18 11 (9.57%) MongoDB
18 11 (9.57%) RabbitMQ
18 11 (9.57%) Microsoft Azure

Customer Requirements
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 36 (31.30%) WebLogic
2 11 (9.57%) Confluence
3 8 (6.96%) Documentum
4 5 (4.35%) Apache
4 5 (4.35%) CMS
5 4 (3.48%) nginx
6 1 (0.87%) SharePoint
Applications
1 17 (14.78%) Microsoft Excel
2 8 (6.96%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 4 (3.48%) Microsoft Office
4 2 (1.74%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (1.74%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.87%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 10 (8.70%) SAP FI-CA
1 10 (8.70%) SAP PSCD
2 8 (6.96%) Oracle BPM
3 4 (3.48%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (1.74%) SAP S/4HANA
5 1 (0.87%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.87%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 1 (0.87%) SAP IS-U
Cloud Services
1 11 (9.57%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (4.35%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (2.61%) Office 365
4 2 (1.74%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (0.87%) Amazon EC2
5 1 (0.87%) Amazon ELB
5 1 (0.87%) Amazon S3
5 1 (0.87%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 4 (3.48%) DNS
1 4 (3.48%) Reverse Proxy
1 4 (3.48%) SSL
2 2 (1.74%) BGP
2 2 (1.74%) Internet
2 2 (1.74%) OSPF
2 2 (1.74%) RTP
3 1 (0.87%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (10.43%) Oracle Database
2 11 (9.57%) MongoDB
3 8 (6.96%) Oracle Database 12c
4 6 (5.22%) SQL Server
5 5 (4.35%) BusinessObjects
5 5 (4.35%) MS Access
6 4 (3.48%) PostgreSQL
6 4 (3.48%) Relational Database
7 3 (2.61%) Data Warehouse
8 2 (1.74%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
8 2 (1.74%) Lumira
8 2 (1.74%) Oracle OWB
8 2 (1.74%) SAP BW
9 1 (0.87%) Amazon RDS
9 1 (0.87%) Apache Hive
9 1 (0.87%) Hadoop
9 1 (0.87%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 30 (26.09%) Toad
2 17 (14.78%) SoapUI
3 13 (11.30%) JIRA
4 8 (6.96%) Git (software)
4 8 (6.96%) Selenium
5 6 (5.22%) Cucumber
5 6 (5.22%) Jenkins
5 6 (5.22%) Subversion
6 4 (3.48%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 4 (3.48%) Bitbucket
6 4 (3.48%) ClearCase
6 4 (3.48%) Vagrant
7 3 (2.61%) Gatling
8 2 (1.74%) Team Foundation Server
8 2 (1.74%) Visual Studio
9 1 (0.87%) JUnit
9 1 (0.87%) WebDriver
9 1 (0.87%) WinAutomation
General
1 9 (7.83%) Finance
2 4 (3.48%) Telecoms
3 2 (1.74%) Marketing
4 1 (0.87%) Games
4 1 (0.87%) Retail
Job Titles
1 69 (60.00%) Analyst
2 51 (44.35%) Test Analyst
3 12 (10.43%) Developer
4 11 (9.57%) Consultant
5 10 (8.70%) Business Analyst
6 8 (6.96%) Agile Business Analyst
6 8 (6.96%) BPM Developer
6 8 (6.96%) Oracle Developer
7 7 (6.09%) SAP Analyst
7 7 (6.09%) SAP Test Analyst
7 7 (6.09%) Software Developer
8 6 (5.22%) SQL Analyst
8 6 (5.22%) XML Analyst
9 5 (4.35%) CMS Business Analyst
10 4 (3.48%) Architect
11 3 (2.61%) Documentum Business Analyst
11 3 (2.61%) Dynamics CRM Consultant
11 3 (2.61%) Microsoft CRM Consultant
11 3 (2.61%) Test Leader
11 3 (2.61%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 62 (53.91%) XML
2 11 (9.57%) RabbitMQ
3 10 (8.70%) SOAP
4 8 (6.96%) .NET
4 8 (6.96%) Middleware
4 8 (6.96%) Oracle ADF
4 8 (6.96%) Oracle Fusion
4 8 (6.96%) WebCenter
5 5 (4.35%) Web Services
6 4 (3.48%) XSLT
7 3 (2.61%) jQuery
7 3 (2.61%) JSON
8 2 (1.74%) Drools
8 2 (1.74%) Gherkin
9 1 (0.87%) ASP.NET
9 1 (0.87%) ASP.NET MVC
9 1 (0.87%) ASP.NET Web API
9 1 (0.87%) OAuth
9 1 (0.87%) RESTful
9 1 (0.87%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 6 (5.22%) Management Information System
2 5 (4.35%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (4.35%) Mainframe
3 4 (3.48%) Self-Motivation
4 1 (0.87%) NHS
4 1 (0.87%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 60 (52.17%) Windows
2 53 (46.09%) Unix
3 9 (7.83%) Windows Server
4 4 (3.48%) Linux
4 4 (3.48%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 60 (52.17%) Test Scripting
2 22 (19.13%) Agile Software Development
3 16 (13.91%) Content Management
4 13 (11.30%) Test Automation
5 11 (9.57%) Microservices
5 11 (9.57%) System Integration Testing
6 10 (8.70%) Analytics
7 9 (7.83%) Business Analysis
7 9 (7.83%) Integration Testing
7 9 (7.83%) Scrum
8 8 (6.96%) BDD
8 8 (6.96%) BPMN
8 8 (6.96%) Enterprise Architecture
8 8 (6.96%) Process Management
8 8 (6.96%) Stakeholder Management
8 8 (6.96%) User Stories
8 8 (6.96%) Workflow
9 7 (6.09%) Data Analytics
9 7 (6.09%) Defect Management
10 6 (5.22%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 62 (53.91%) SQL
2 57 (49.57%) Java
3 4 (3.48%) JavaScript
4 3 (2.61%) T-SQL
5 2 (1.74%) C#
5 2 (1.74%) VBA
6 1 (0.87%) Groovy
6 1 (0.87%) Scala
Qualifications
1 52 (45.22%) ISEB
2 49 (42.61%) ISTQB
2 49 (42.61%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 18 (15.65%) Security Cleared
4 15 (13.04%) SC Cleared
5 7 (6.09%) Degree
6 4 (3.48%) Postgraduate
7 3 (2.61%) MCITP
7 3 (2.61%) MCSE
7 3 (2.61%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (1.74%) Cisco Certification
8 2 (1.74%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (0.87%) AWS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (4.35%) QA
2 4 (3.48%) Data Quality
3 3 (2.61%) PMO
4 1 (0.87%) GDPR
System Software
1 6 (5.22%) VMware Infrastructure
2 5 (4.35%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.87%) Docker
3 1 (0.87%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 5 (4.35%) Nagios
1 5 (4.35%) Terraform
2 4 (3.48%) Ansible
2 4 (3.48%) Opscode Chef
2 4 (3.48%) Rundeck
3 3 (2.61%) Microsoft Intune
4 2 (1.74%) AirWatch
4 2 (1.74%) XenMobile
5 1 (0.87%) Opsview
5 1 (0.87%) Puppet
5 1 (0.87%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 66 (57.39%) Oracle
2 36 (31.30%) webMethods
3 21 (18.26%) SAP
4 16 (13.91%) Microsoft
5 8 (6.96%) OpenText
6 6 (5.22%) VMware
7 4 (3.48%) Atlassian
7 4 (3.48%) Cisco
7 4 (3.48%) IBM
8 2 (1.74%) Juniper
8 2 (1.74%) Salesforce.com
9 1 (0.87%) Fujitsu
9 1 (0.87%) ICL
9 1 (0.87%) Niku