Period
to 13 July 2020

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 13 July 2020 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
13 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 69 137 139
Rank change year-on-year +68 +2 +13
Contract jobs citing Customer Requirements 47 54 62
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands 2.55% 1.16% 1.19%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.01% 1.34% 1.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 29 28
Median daily rate £408 £400 £379
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.88% +5.61% -13.43%
10th Percentile £309 £254 £269
90th Percentile £474 £540 £545
England median daily rate £400 £450 £450
% change year-on-year -11.11% - +12.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 1
Median hourly rate £19.99 - £47.50
10th Percentile £18.77 - £46.25
90th Percentile £21.16 - £48.75
England median hourly rate £19.40 £17.66 £17.32
% change year-on-year +9.85% +1.96% -3.78%

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 1,563 4,023 4,389
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 84.95% 86.48% 84.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 934 2,526 2,650
Median daily rate £441 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.11% +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £263
90th Percentile £593 £600 £575
England median daily rate £481 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +1.21% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 115 195
Median hourly rate £20.57 £25.43 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -19.10% +64.03% -26.19%
10th Percentile £11.30 £11.30 £11.00
90th Percentile £46.40 £47.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate £31.94 £25.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year +27.76% +13.64% -12.00%

Customer Requirements
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing Customer Requirements as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Customer Requirements in the West Midlands.

Daily rate trend for Customer Requirements in the West Midlands

Customer Requirements
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Customer Requirements in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 13 July 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Customer Requirements in the West Midlands

Customer Requirements
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Customer Requirements in the West Midlands.

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 13 July 2020. 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 +41 27 £360 +12.50% 1
Birmingham +31 9 £413 -10.81%
Warwickshire +10 3 - -
Staffordshire +11 2 - -
Solihull +11 1 - - 1
West Bromwich - 1 £135 -
Herefordshire - 1 - -
Customer Requirements
England

For the 6 months to 13 July 2020, 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 21 (44.68%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 20 (42.55%) Test Scripting
3 19 (40.43%) Test Automation
4 18 (38.30%) ISTQB
4 18 (38.30%) Java
5 17 (36.17%) Selenium
6 16 (34.04%) JMeter
6 16 (34.04%) Windows
7 15 (31.91%) Oracle
7 15 (31.91%) Microsoft
7 15 (31.91%) ISEB
8 14 (29.79%) XML
8 14 (29.79%) SQL
8 14 (29.79%) Unix
8 14 (29.79%) JIRA
8 14 (29.79%) Security Cleared
9 13 (27.66%) Toad
9 13 (27.66%) WebLogic
10 12 (25.53%) Agile Software Development
10 12 (25.53%) Azure
10 12 (25.53%) Cucumber
11 11 (23.40%) JSON
12 10 (21.28%) Microsoft Excel
13 9 (19.15%) AWS
13 9 (19.15%) Mule
13 9 (19.15%) SC Cleared
14 8 (17.02%) Public Sector
14 8 (17.02%) Linux
14 8 (17.02%) webMethods
14 8 (17.02%) Degree

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 13 (27.66%) WebLogic
2 9 (19.15%) Mule
3 7 (14.89%) Confluence
4 2 (4.26%) SharePoint
Applications
1 10 (21.28%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (8.51%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (4.26%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (4.26%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 6 (12.77%) SAP FI-CA
2 4 (8.51%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (4.26%) SAP PSCD
Cloud Services
1 12 (25.53%) Azure
2 9 (19.15%) AWS
3 5 (10.64%) Tricentis Tosca
4 4 (8.51%) GCP
5 3 (6.38%) Dynamics 365
6 2 (4.26%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (2.13%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 6 (12.77%) VoIP
1 6 (12.77%) Wireless
2 5 (10.64%) BGP
2 5 (10.64%) EIGRP
2 5 (10.64%) LAN
2 5 (10.64%) OSPF
2 5 (10.64%) VPN
2 5 (10.64%) WAN
3 4 (8.51%) Cisco ISE
3 4 (8.51%) Cisco Nexus
3 4 (8.51%) DMVPN
3 4 (8.51%) Firewall
4 1 (2.13%) DMS-100
4 1 (2.13%) DNS
4 1 (2.13%) DSL
4 1 (2.13%) Ethernet
4 1 (2.13%) Internet
4 1 (2.13%) MPLS
4 1 (2.13%) Unified Communications
4 1 (2.13%) xDSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (12.77%) Apache Hive
1 6 (12.77%) Hadoop
1 6 (12.77%) MongoDB
1 6 (12.77%) MySQL
2 4 (8.51%) Oracle Database
3 2 (4.26%) BusinessObjects
3 2 (4.26%) MS Access
3 2 (4.26%) Oracle OWB
3 2 (4.26%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 17 (36.17%) Selenium
2 16 (34.04%) JMeter
3 14 (29.79%) JIRA
4 13 (27.66%) Toad
5 12 (25.53%) Cucumber
6 6 (12.77%) Git (software)
6 6 (12.77%) Jenkins
6 6 (12.77%) Postman
6 6 (12.77%) SoapUI
General
1 8 (17.02%) Public Sector
2 3 (6.38%) Manufacturing
2 3 (6.38%) Telecoms
3 2 (4.26%) Finance
4 1 (2.13%) French Language
4 1 (2.13%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 17 (36.17%) Analyst
2 13 (27.66%) Test Analyst
3 7 (14.89%) Automation Tester
3 7 (14.89%) Tester
4 5 (10.64%) Architect
4 5 (10.64%) Test Automation Engineer
4 5 (10.64%) Test Engineer
5 4 (8.51%) Network Architect
6 3 (6.38%) Consultant
6 3 (6.38%) CRM Consultant
6 3 (6.38%) Dynamics CRM Consultant
7 2 (4.26%) Automation Test Analyst
7 2 (4.26%) Developer
7 2 (4.26%) Digital Analyst
7 2 (4.26%) Functional Consultant
7 2 (4.26%) PMO Analyst
7 2 (4.26%) Principal Architect
7 2 (4.26%) Project Engineer
7 2 (4.26%) Telecoms Engineer
7 2 (4.26%) Voice Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (29.79%) XML
2 11 (23.40%) JSON
3 6 (12.77%) RabbitMQ
4 4 (8.51%) SOAP
5 3 (6.38%) WireMock
6 1 (2.13%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 5 (10.64%) Management Information System
2 2 (4.26%) Algorithms
2 2 (4.26%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (4.26%) e-Learning
3 1 (2.13%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 16 (34.04%) Windows
2 14 (29.79%) Unix
3 8 (17.02%) Linux
4 1 (2.13%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (42.55%) Test Scripting
2 19 (40.43%) Test Automation
3 12 (25.53%) Agile Software Development
4 6 (12.77%) Analytics
4 6 (12.77%) Continuous Delivery
4 6 (12.77%) Continuous Integration
4 6 (12.77%) Data Analytics
4 6 (12.77%) Microservices
4 6 (12.77%) Stakeholder Management
5 5 (10.64%) BDD
5 5 (10.64%) DevOps
5 5 (10.64%) TDD
6 4 (8.51%) API Testing
6 4 (8.51%) Architectural Design
6 4 (8.51%) Architecture Roadmap
6 4 (8.51%) CRM
6 4 (8.51%) Enterprise Architecture
6 4 (8.51%) MODAF
6 4 (8.51%) Network Architecture
6 4 (8.51%) Technology Roadmap
Programming Languages
1 18 (38.30%) Java
2 14 (29.79%) SQL
3 6 (12.77%) Python
4 4 (8.51%) PL/SQL
5 2 (4.26%) JavaScript
6 1 (2.13%) C
Qualifications
1 21 (44.68%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 18 (38.30%) ISTQB
3 15 (31.91%) ISEB
4 14 (29.79%) Security Cleared
5 9 (19.15%) SC Cleared
6 8 (17.02%) Degree
7 6 (12.77%) CCNA
7 6 (12.77%) Cisco Certification
8 4 (8.51%) CCDE
8 4 (8.51%) CCDP
8 4 (8.51%) CCIE
8 4 (8.51%) CCIE Routing and Switching
8 4 (8.51%) DV Cleared
9 3 (6.38%) BPSS Clearance
10 2 (4.26%) Master's Degree
10 2 (4.26%) MCSA
10 2 (4.26%) Microsoft Certification
11 1 (2.13%) CCIP
11 1 (2.13%) CCNP
11 1 (2.13%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.26%) Data Quality
1 2 (4.26%) PMO
1 2 (4.26%) QA
2 1 (2.13%) SLA
System Software
1 6 (12.77%) HDFS
2 5 (10.64%) Docker
3 1 (2.13%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 5 (10.64%) Kubernetes
1 5 (10.64%) Rancher
2 1 (2.13%) Nessus
Vendors
1 15 (31.91%) Microsoft
1 15 (31.91%) Oracle
2 8 (17.02%) webMethods
3 6 (12.77%) Cisco
3 6 (12.77%) SAP
4 5 (10.64%) Juniper
4 5 (10.64%) Splunk
5 4 (8.51%) Dell
5 4 (8.51%) Google
5 4 (8.51%) SolarWinds
6 2 (4.26%) Virgin Media
7 1 (2.13%) Alcatel-Lucent
7 1 (2.13%) Arqiva
7 1 (2.13%) CheckPoint
7 1 (2.13%) Citrix
7 1 (2.13%) Nortel
7 1 (2.13%) VMware