Period
to 19 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for Degree qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 19 November 2017 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.

Academic Degree
England > West Midlands
6 months to
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 40 41 37
Rank change year-on-year +1 -4 +13
Contract jobs citing Degree 207 251 212
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 4.35% 4.07% 4.28%
As % of the Qualifications category 24.32% 19.78% 22.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 127 171 111
West Midlands median daily rate £375 £375 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -3.23% +10.71%
10th Percentile £229 £234 £200
90th Percentile £540 £541 £513
England median daily rate £450 £425 £420
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +1.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 14 33
West Midlands median hourly rate £30.75 £25.25 £31.44
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.78% -19.69% -1.75%
10th Percentile £12.88 £13.25 £15.33
90th Percentile £35.85 £34.13 £43.75
England median hourly rate £31.66 £27.33 £33.55
% change year-on-year +15.84% -18.55% +12.02%

Degree is in the Academic Qualifications and Professional Certifications 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 academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
West Midlands
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 851 1269 929
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 17.88% 20.56% 18.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 474 700 498
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £395 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.27% +12.86% -
10th Percentile £208 £238 £200
90th Percentile £524 £544 £525
England median daily rate £425 £422 £400
% change year-on-year +0.83% +5.38% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 51 43 65
West Midlands median hourly rate £30.50 £24.50 £31.44
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +24.49% -22.07% +42.91%
10th Percentile £11.75 £12.55 £10.70
90th Percentile £50.00 £43.00 £43.75
England median hourly rate £25.12 £25.50 £23.75
% change year-on-year -1.49% +7.37% +25.00%

Degree
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

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

Job vacancy trend for Degree in the West Midlands

Degree
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Degree in the West Midlands

Degree
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Degree in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 19 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Degree in the West Midlands

Degree
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 Degree in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Degree in the West Midlands

Degree
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Degree in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 19 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Degree in the West Midlands

Degree
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 Degree within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 19 November 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 +19 62 £375 -13.79% 26
Warwickshire +16 58 £350 -3.71% 9
Coventry -2 41 £350 -12.50% 9
Shropshire -6 12 £446 +35.19%
Wolverhampton +1 5 £315 -32.26% 1
Staffordshire -4 4 £325 +29.48% 6
Solihull +4 2 £565 +31.40% 2
West Bromwich +3 2 £475 +126.21%
Worcestershire +3 2 £335 -7.59% 6
Kingswinford - 2 £463 -
Degree
England

For the 6 months to 19 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Degree also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Degree.

1 67 (32.37%) Agile Software Development
2 46 (22.22%) Computer Science
3 45 (21.74%) Analytical Skills
4 39 (18.84%) Project Management
5 38 (18.36%) Microsoft
5 38 (18.36%) SQL
6 36 (17.39%) C#
7 34 (16.43%) HTML
8 33 (15.94%) Scrum
9 30 (14.49%) Automotive
9 30 (14.49%) CSS
9 30 (14.49%) Mathematics
10 29 (14.01%) Analytics
11 28 (13.53%) Computer Science Degree
12 26 (12.56%) User Experience
12 26 (12.56%) JavaScript
12 26 (12.56%) Finance
13 25 (12.08%) Java
14 24 (11.59%) .NET
15 23 (11.11%) Python
15 23 (11.11%) Stakeholder Management
16 22 (10.63%) Software Engineering
17 20 (9.66%) NoSQL
17 20 (9.66%) Windows
17 20 (9.66%) SQL Server
18 19 (9.18%) ITIL
18 19 (9.18%) Active Directory
18 19 (9.18%) Mobile App
19 18 (8.70%) TDD
19 18 (8.70%) Service Design

Degree
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 16 (7.73%) Apache Spark
2 12 (5.80%) JBoss
3 11 (5.31%) GlassFish
3 11 (5.31%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 11 (5.31%) WildFly
4 10 (4.83%) SharePoint
5 5 (2.42%) MS Exchange
6 3 (1.45%) Confluence
6 3 (1.45%) Exchange Server 2010
6 3 (1.45%) SAS
7 2 (0.97%) MS Project Server
8 1 (0.48%) Apache Solr
8 1 (0.48%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.48%) IIS
8 1 (0.48%) Skype for Business
8 1 (0.48%) Tomcat
Applications
1 12 (5.80%) Microsoft Excel
1 12 (5.80%) Microsoft Office
1 12 (5.80%) Microsoft Project
2 5 (2.42%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (0.97%) Simulink
3 2 (0.97%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.48%) Adobe Illustrator
4 1 (0.48%) InVision
4 1 (0.48%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.48%) Photoshop
4 1 (0.48%) SPSS
4 1 (0.48%) Stateflow
4 1 (0.48%) TargetLink
Business Applications
1 1 (0.48%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (0.48%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.48%) SAP Forecasting and Replenishment
1 1 (0.48%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 4 (1.93%) Microsoft Azure
1 4 (1.93%) SaaS
2 2 (0.97%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.48%) Azure Active Directory
3 1 (0.48%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 10 (4.83%) Firewall
2 8 (3.86%) Network Security
3 7 (3.38%) HTTP
3 7 (3.38%) SSL
4 6 (2.90%) Intranet
4 6 (2.90%) Wi-Fi
5 5 (2.42%) Bluetooth
5 5 (2.42%) Internet
6 4 (1.93%) LAN
6 4 (1.93%) WLAN
7 3 (1.45%) NAS
7 3 (1.45%) Wireless
8 2 (0.97%) Cisco IOS
8 2 (0.97%) Ethernet
8 2 (0.97%) TCP/IP
8 2 (0.97%) VPN
8 2 (0.97%) WAN
9 1 (0.48%) DHCP
9 1 (0.48%) DNS
9 1 (0.48%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (9.66%) NoSQL
1 20 (9.66%) SQL Server
2 15 (7.25%) Big Data
2 15 (7.25%) MongoDB
3 14 (6.76%) Apache Cassandra
3 14 (6.76%) Hadoop
3 14 (6.76%) MySQL
4 12 (5.80%) PostgreSQL
5 7 (3.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 6 (2.90%) Data Warehouse
6 6 (2.90%) SQL Server 2008
7 5 (2.42%) Oracle Database
7 5 (2.42%) Power BI
7 5 (2.42%) SQL Server 2000
7 5 (2.42%) SQL Server 2005
8 4 (1.93%) QlikView
8 4 (1.93%) Spotfire
8 4 (1.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 3 (1.45%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 2 (0.97%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 13 (6.28%) JIRA
2 11 (5.31%) Hudson
2 11 (5.31%) JBehave
2 11 (5.31%) Jenkins
2 11 (5.31%) JUnit
3 10 (4.83%) WinAutomation
4 4 (1.93%) Team Foundation Server
5 3 (1.45%) Android Studio
5 3 (1.45%) Gradle
5 3 (1.45%) Selenium
6 2 (0.97%) CocoaPods
6 2 (0.97%) Cucumber
6 2 (0.97%) Mercurial
6 2 (0.97%) SpecFlow
7 1 (0.48%) AccuRev
7 1 (0.48%) Git (software)
7 1 (0.48%) Moq
7 1 (0.48%) Rational DOORS
7 1 (0.48%) Rational Rhapsody
7 1 (0.48%) Visual Studio
General
1 30 (14.49%) Automotive
2 26 (12.56%) Finance
3 14 (6.76%) Retail
4 7 (3.38%) Manufacturing
5 4 (1.93%) Banking
5 4 (1.93%) Electronics
5 4 (1.93%) Legal
6 3 (1.45%) Marketing
6 3 (1.45%) Telecoms
7 2 (0.97%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.48%) Advertising
8 1 (0.48%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.48%) Back Office
8 1 (0.48%) Law
8 1 (0.48%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.48%) Vietnamese Language
Job Titles
1 49 (23.67%) Developer
2 19 (9.18%) Analyst
3 18 (8.70%) Project Manager
4 17 (8.21%) Senior Developer
5 15 (7.25%) Designer
6 12 (5.80%) Architect
7 11 (5.31%) Digital Developer
7 11 (5.31%) Software Developer
8 9 (4.35%) Automation Engineer
9 8 (3.86%) Data Scientist
10 7 (3.38%) Software Engineer
10 7 (3.38%) UX Designer
11 6 (2.90%) Network Architect
11 6 (2.90%) Service Analyst
11 6 (2.90%) Service Desk Analyst
11 6 (2.90%) Service Desk Support
11 6 (2.90%) Service Desk Support Analyst
11 6 (2.90%) User Researcher
12 5 (2.42%) Security Engineer
12 5 (2.42%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (16.43%) HTML
2 30 (14.49%) CSS
3 24 (11.59%) .NET
4 14 (6.76%) Hibernate
4 14 (6.76%) jQuery
5 13 (6.28%) RESTful
6 12 (5.80%) ASP.NET
6 12 (5.80%) Java EE
7 11 (5.31%) AngularJS
7 11 (5.31%) HornetQ
7 11 (5.31%) HTML5
7 11 (5.31%) JAX-RS
7 11 (5.31%) JMS
7 11 (5.31%) RESTEasy
7 11 (5.31%) Spring
7 11 (5.31%) Spring Boot
7 11 (5.31%) Web Services
7 11 (5.31%) WireMock
8 10 (4.83%) Ajax
9 8 (3.86%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 46 (22.22%) Computer Science
2 45 (21.74%) Analytical Skills
3 26 (12.56%) User Experience
4 19 (9.18%) Mobile App
5 16 (7.73%) Management Information System
6 10 (4.83%) FMCG
7 8 (3.86%) Algorithms
8 6 (2.90%) Data Protection Act
9 5 (2.42%) Data Centre
9 5 (2.42%) Freedom of Information
10 4 (1.93%) Cyber Attack
10 4 (1.93%) Greenfield Project
11 3 (1.45%) Animation
11 3 (1.45%) NHS
11 3 (1.45%) Virtual Team
12 2 (0.97%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
12 2 (0.97%) EPoS
12 2 (0.97%) SCADA
12 2 (0.97%) Security Operations Centre
13 1 (0.48%) Infotainment
Operating Systems
1 20 (9.66%) Windows
2 16 (7.73%) Android
3 15 (7.25%) Apple iOS
4 12 (5.80%) Unix
5 9 (4.35%) Linux
6 6 (2.90%) Windows Server
7 1 (0.48%) VxWorks
7 1 (0.48%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (0.48%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 67 (32.37%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (18.84%) Project Management
3 33 (15.94%) Scrum
4 30 (14.49%) Mathematics
5 29 (14.01%) Analytics
6 23 (11.11%) Stakeholder Management
7 22 (10.63%) Software Engineering
8 19 (9.18%) ITIL
9 18 (8.70%) Service Design
9 18 (8.70%) TDD
10 15 (7.25%) Continuous Integration
10 15 (7.25%) Unit Testing
11 14 (6.76%) MVC
12 13 (6.28%) Functional Testing
12 13 (6.28%) Usability Testing
13 12 (5.80%) Business Intelligence
13 12 (5.80%) Dependency Injection
14 11 (5.31%) Change Management
14 11 (5.31%) DSDM
14 11 (5.31%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 38 (18.36%) SQL
2 36 (17.39%) C#
3 26 (12.56%) JavaScript
4 25 (12.08%) Java
5 23 (11.11%) Python
6 15 (7.25%) Scala
7 14 (6.76%) VB
8 11 (5.31%) PowerShell
9 10 (4.83%) R
10 9 (4.35%) C
11 7 (3.38%) T-SQL
12 4 (1.93%) C++
13 3 (1.45%) GraphQL
13 3 (1.45%) MATLAB
13 3 (1.45%) Ruby
13 3 (1.45%) VBA
14 2 (0.97%) Apple Swift
14 2 (0.97%) PL/SQL
14 2 (0.97%) Shell Script
14 2 (0.97%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 28 (13.53%) Computer Science Degree
2 11 (5.31%) Master's Degree
3 7 (3.38%) Cisco Certification
4 6 (2.90%) PMP
5 5 (2.42%) CCNA
5 5 (2.42%) CCNP
5 5 (2.42%) ISEB
5 5 (2.42%) Microsoft Certification
6 4 (1.93%) CCIE
6 4 (1.93%) ITIL Certification
6 4 (1.93%) PMI Certification
7 3 (1.45%) MCTS
7 3 (1.45%) Numerate Degree
8 2 (0.97%) CCIE Security
8 2 (0.97%) CISSP
8 2 (0.97%) MCITP
8 2 (0.97%) MCP
8 2 (0.97%) MCSE
8 2 (0.97%) NVQ Level 4
8 2 (0.97%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (3.38%) PMO
2 6 (2.90%) GDPR
2 6 (2.90%) SLA
3 4 (1.93%) QA
4 2 (0.97%) ISO 26262
4 2 (0.97%) ISO 9001
4 2 (0.97%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.48%) IEC 61508
5 1 (0.48%) IEC 62304
5 1 (0.48%) ISO 13485
5 1 (0.48%) ISO 9000
5 1 (0.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.48%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 1 (0.48%) MISRA
System Software
1 19 (9.18%) Active Directory
2 11 (5.31%) Docker
3 3 (1.45%) vSphere
3 3 (1.45%) XenApp
4 2 (0.97%) Snort
4 2 (0.97%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.48%) BitLocker
5 1 (0.48%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 3 (1.45%) Stealthwatch
2 2 (0.97%) Network Intrusion Detection System
3 1 (0.48%) FTK
3 1 (0.48%) SCCM
3 1 (0.48%) WSUS
Vendors
1 38 (18.36%) Microsoft
2 17 (8.21%) Oracle
3 10 (4.83%) IBM
3 10 (4.83%) Tableau
4 9 (4.35%) Cisco
5 8 (3.86%) VMware
6 6 (2.90%) Citrix
7 5 (2.42%) ArcSight
7 5 (2.42%) NetApp
8 4 (1.93%) HP
8 4 (1.93%) SAP
9 3 (1.45%) Apple
9 3 (1.45%) CommVault
9 3 (1.45%) EMC
10 2 (0.97%) 3PAR
10 2 (0.97%) Blue Coat
10 2 (0.97%) CheckPoint
10 2 (0.97%) Hitachi
10 2 (0.97%) Lancope
10 2 (0.97%) Red Hat