Period
to 20 June 2018

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 20 June 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.

Academic Degree
England > West Midlands
6 months to
20 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 56 32 41
Rank change year-on-year -24 +9 +3
Contract jobs citing Degree 162 222 214
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 3.31% 5.13% 3.79%
As % of the Qualifications category 16.89% 26.18% 18.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 85 133 147
West Midlands median daily rate £450 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +20.00% - +12.78%
10th Percentile £258 £213 £220
90th Percentile £650 £500 £589
England median daily rate £450 £430 £425
% change year-on-year +4.65% +1.18% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 18 11
West Midlands median hourly rate £29.70 £24.13 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.11% -31.07% +11.32%
10th Percentile £19.30 £11.10 £20.00
90th Percentile £45.95 £32.58 £38.25
England median hourly rate £39.50 £29.75 £35.00
% change year-on-year +32.77% -15.00% +16.67%

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 959 848 1,143
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 19.60% 19.60% 20.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 510 475 637
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +3.23% +10.71%
10th Percentile £221 £225 £245
90th Percentile £550 £535 £538
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 51 41 44
West Midlands median hourly rate £21.00 £21.50 £19.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.33% +11.69% -34.55%
10th Percentile £12.20 £10.75 £12.83
90th Percentile £42.50 £40.25 £41.38
England median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £28.00
% change year-on-year -16.67% +7.14% +24.44%

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 20 June 2018.

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 20 June 2018.

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 20 June 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 -9 51 £475 +40.74% 75
Warwickshire -10 38 £488 +30.00% 87
Coventry -29 26 £425 -10.34% 27
Shropshire -15 14 £450 +8.43% 11
Staffordshire +5 10 £420 +24.44% 16
Worcestershire -5 5 £400 +3.23% 23
Solihull -3 2 - - 8
West Bromwich +6 1 £115 -68.28%
Wolverhampton - 1 £338 - 5
Degree
England

For the 6 months to 20 June 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Degree 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 Degree.

1 57 (35.19%) Agile Software Development
2 38 (23.46%) Project Management
3 30 (18.52%) Analytical Skills
3 30 (18.52%) Problem-Solving
4 27 (16.67%) Microsoft
5 26 (16.05%) Finance
6 25 (15.43%) Windows
6 25 (15.43%) User Experience
6 25 (15.43%) Computer Science
7 24 (14.81%) SQL
8 22 (13.58%) Change Management
9 21 (12.96%) Automotive
10 20 (12.35%) HTML
10 20 (12.35%) Management Information System
10 20 (12.35%) Psychology
11 19 (11.73%) Mobile App
11 19 (11.73%) Analytics
11 19 (11.73%) Self-Motivation
11 19 (11.73%) Computer Science Degree
12 18 (11.11%) Decision-Making
12 18 (11.11%) JavaScript
12 18 (11.11%) CSS
13 17 (10.49%) Cognitive Psychology
14 16 (9.88%) Microsoft Excel
14 16 (9.88%) Microsoft Azure
15 15 (9.26%) Cybersecurity
15 15 (9.26%) Service Management
16 14 (8.64%) ITIL
16 14 (8.64%) Line Management
16 14 (8.64%) Continuous Improvement

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 5 (3.09%) MS Exchange
2 3 (1.85%) Confluence
2 3 (1.85%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (1.23%) Apache Spark
3 2 (1.23%) Liferay
3 2 (1.23%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.62%) Exchange Server 2003
4 1 (0.62%) IIS
4 1 (0.62%) SAS
4 1 (0.62%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 16 (9.88%) Microsoft Excel
2 10 (6.17%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (6.17%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 5 (3.09%) MS Visio
4 4 (2.47%) Photoshop
5 3 (1.85%) Adobe After Effects
5 3 (1.85%) Adobe Illustrator
5 3 (1.85%) InVision
5 3 (1.85%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (1.23%) Simulink
7 1 (0.62%) CATIA
7 1 (0.62%) Siemens NX
7 1 (0.62%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.62%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 7 (4.32%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (1.85%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (1.23%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.62%) Cognos Business Intelligence
4 1 (0.62%) Movex
4 1 (0.62%) Q-Pulse
4 1 (0.62%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 16 (9.88%) Microsoft Azure
2 9 (5.56%) Amazon AWS
3 5 (3.09%) Office 365
3 5 (3.09%) SaaS
4 4 (2.47%) PaaS
5 3 (1.85%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (1.23%) GitHub
6 2 (1.23%) IaaS
6 2 (1.23%) IBM Cloud
7 1 (0.62%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.62%) Azure Machine Learning
7 1 (0.62%) Bluemix
7 1 (0.62%) Dynamics 365
7 1 (0.62%) Google Analytics
7 1 (0.62%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 9 (5.56%) Internet
2 8 (4.94%) Firewall
3 6 (3.70%) MPLS
3 6 (3.70%) SNMP
4 5 (3.09%) Network Security
4 5 (3.09%) SAN
4 5 (3.09%) VLAN
4 5 (3.09%) WAN
5 4 (2.47%) 3G
5 4 (2.47%) LAN
5 4 (2.47%) LTE
6 3 (1.85%) 3GPP
6 3 (1.85%) 4G
6 3 (1.85%) 5G
6 3 (1.85%) 802.11
6 3 (1.85%) FlexRay
6 3 (1.85%) SMS
7 2 (1.23%) WLAN
8 1 (0.62%) DHCP
8 1 (0.62%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (6.17%) SQL Server
2 5 (3.09%) Data Warehouse
2 5 (3.09%) MS Access
2 5 (3.09%) Relational Database
3 3 (1.85%) Big Data
3 3 (1.85%) Oracle Reports
3 3 (1.85%) Power BI
4 2 (1.23%) Hadoop
4 2 (1.23%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.62%) Amazon RDS
5 1 (0.62%) BigQuery
5 1 (0.62%) Data Mining
5 1 (0.62%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.62%) MySQL
5 1 (0.62%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.62%) Qlik Sense
5 1 (0.62%) SAP HANA
5 1 (0.62%) SQL Server 2000
5 1 (0.62%) SQL Server 2016
5 1 (0.62%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 5 (3.09%) JIRA
2 4 (2.47%) Visual Studio
3 3 (1.85%) Axure RP
3 3 (1.85%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (1.23%) Git (software)
4 2 (1.23%) GitLab
4 2 (1.23%) Jenkins
4 2 (1.23%) Rational DOORS
5 1 (0.62%) AccuRev
5 1 (0.62%) CircleCI
5 1 (0.62%) ClearQuest
5 1 (0.62%) CruiseControl
5 1 (0.62%) Cucumber
5 1 (0.62%) MonoDevelop
5 1 (0.62%) Selenium
5 1 (0.62%) SoapUI
5 1 (0.62%) VersionOne
5 1 (0.62%) Visual Studio Team System
5 1 (0.62%) WebDriver
General
1 26 (16.05%) Finance
2 21 (12.96%) Automotive
3 13 (8.02%) Manufacturing
4 8 (4.94%) Legal
5 6 (3.70%) Digital Economy
6 4 (2.47%) Electronics
6 4 (2.47%) Marketing
6 4 (2.47%) Retail
7 3 (1.85%) Advertising
8 1 (0.62%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.62%) Games
8 1 (0.62%) Military
8 1 (0.62%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 21 (12.96%) Analyst
2 19 (11.73%) Developer
2 19 (11.73%) User Researcher
3 17 (10.49%) Architect
4 12 (7.41%) Project Manager
5 11 (6.79%) Designer
5 11 (6.79%) UX Designer
6 8 (4.94%) Senior User Researcher
6 8 (4.94%) Software Engineer
7 6 (3.70%) Applications Developer
7 6 (3.70%) Business Analyst
7 6 (3.70%) Delivery Manager
7 6 (3.70%) Security Architect
7 6 (3.70%) Solutions Architect
8 5 (3.09%) Lecturer
9 4 (2.47%) Cloud Architect
9 4 (2.47%) Digital Designer
9 4 (2.47%) Digital User Researcher
9 4 (2.47%) Digital UX Designer
9 4 (2.47%) GDPR Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (12.35%) HTML
2 18 (11.11%) CSS
3 10 (6.17%) .NET
4 5 (3.09%) JSON
5 4 (2.47%) .NET Framework
5 4 (2.47%) HTML5
6 3 (1.85%) 802.1X
6 3 (1.85%) Framer.js
6 3 (1.85%) jQuery
6 3 (1.85%) XML
7 2 (1.23%) JMS
7 2 (1.23%) OAuth
7 2 (1.23%) OAuth2
7 2 (1.23%) RabbitMQ
7 2 (1.23%) REST
7 2 (1.23%) Velocity
8 1 (0.62%) AngularJS
8 1 (0.62%) CSS3
8 1 (0.62%) Gherkin
8 1 (0.62%) WebKit
Miscellaneous
1 30 (18.52%) Analytical Skills
2 25 (15.43%) Computer Science
2 25 (15.43%) User Experience
3 20 (12.35%) Management Information System
4 19 (11.73%) Mobile App
4 19 (11.73%) Self-Motivation
5 6 (3.70%) Infotainment
6 3 (1.85%) Algorithms
6 3 (1.85%) Data Centre
6 3 (1.85%) Hybrid Cloud
7 2 (1.23%) Cloud Native
7 2 (1.23%) Data Structures
7 2 (1.23%) Driving Licence
7 2 (1.23%) PKI
7 2 (1.23%) Public Cloud
8 1 (0.62%) Blog
8 1 (0.62%) Data Protection Act
8 1 (0.62%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.62%) RIA
8 1 (0.62%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 25 (15.43%) Windows
2 13 (8.02%) Unix
3 7 (4.32%) Android
3 7 (4.32%) Windows Server
4 6 (3.70%) Apple iOS
4 6 (3.70%) Linux
5 3 (1.85%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (0.62%) Solaris
6 1 (0.62%) VxWorks
6 1 (0.62%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 57 (35.19%) Agile Software Development
2 38 (23.46%) Project Management
3 30 (18.52%) Problem-Solving
4 22 (13.58%) Change Management
5 20 (12.35%) Psychology
6 19 (11.73%) Analytics
7 18 (11.11%) Decision-Making
8 17 (10.49%) Cognitive Psychology
9 15 (9.26%) Cybersecurity
9 15 (9.26%) Service Management
10 14 (8.64%) Continuous Improvement
10 14 (8.64%) ITIL
10 14 (8.64%) Line Management
10 14 (8.64%) Mathematics
11 13 (8.02%) Stakeholder Management
12 12 (7.41%) Service Design
13 11 (6.79%) Human Factors
13 11 (6.79%) Market Research
13 11 (6.79%) Qualitative Research
13 11 (6.79%) Quantitative Research
Programming Languages
1 24 (14.81%) SQL
2 18 (11.11%) JavaScript
3 13 (8.02%) Python
4 8 (4.94%) C#
5 6 (3.70%) C++
5 6 (3.70%) Java
5 6 (3.70%) Perl
5 6 (3.70%) PowerShell
6 3 (1.85%) MATLAB
6 3 (1.85%) T-SQL
6 3 (1.85%) TypeScript
7 2 (1.23%) Bash Shell
7 2 (1.23%) C
7 2 (1.23%) PHP
7 2 (1.23%) VB
7 2 (1.23%) VBA
8 1 (0.62%) Apple Swift
8 1 (0.62%) Objective-C
8 1 (0.62%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.62%) R
Qualifications
1 19 (11.73%) Computer Science Degree
2 8 (4.94%) CISSP
3 7 (4.32%) Cisco Certification
3 7 (4.32%) Master's Degree
4 6 (3.70%) CCNP
4 6 (3.70%) Security Cleared
5 5 (3.09%) CCNA
5 5 (3.09%) SANS
6 4 (2.47%) CIPD
6 4 (2.47%) PhD
6 4 (2.47%) Postgraduate
7 3 (1.85%) CISM
7 3 (1.85%) HNC
7 3 (1.85%) HND
7 3 (1.85%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 3 (1.85%) SC Cleared
7 3 (1.85%) Six Sigma Yellow Belt
8 2 (1.23%) AWS Certification
8 2 (1.23%) BPSS Clearance
8 2 (1.23%) Six Sigma Green Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (8.02%) GDPR
2 6 (3.70%) Data Quality
3 4 (2.47%) QA
4 3 (1.85%) ISO 14001
4 3 (1.85%) ISO 9001
4 3 (1.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (1.85%) PCI DSS
4 3 (1.85%) PMO
4 3 (1.85%) SLA
5 2 (1.23%) ISO 22301
5 2 (1.23%) ISO 26262
6 1 (0.62%) AQAP
6 1 (0.62%) Def Stans
6 1 (0.62%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.62%) IEC 61508
6 1 (0.62%) IEC 62304
6 1 (0.62%) RMADS
System Software
1 8 (4.94%) Active Directory
2 4 (2.47%) Docker
3 3 (1.85%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (1.85%) vSphere
3 3 (1.85%) XenApp
4 1 (0.62%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 2 (1.23%) WSUS
2 1 (0.62%) Kibana
2 1 (0.62%) Stealthwatch
Vendors
1 27 (16.67%) Microsoft
2 7 (4.32%) BMC
2 7 (4.32%) Remedy
2 7 (4.32%) SAP
2 7 (4.32%) VMware
3 5 (3.09%) EMC
3 5 (3.09%) Oracle
4 4 (2.47%) Cisco
4 4 (2.47%) Citrix
4 4 (2.47%) Tableau
5 3 (1.85%) CommVault
5 3 (1.85%) IBM
5 3 (1.85%) NetApp
6 2 (1.23%) CheckPoint
6 2 (1.23%) Google
6 2 (1.23%) WSO2
7 1 (0.62%) CA Agile Central
7 1 (0.62%) Lancope
7 1 (0.62%) MapR
7 1 (0.62%) WorldPay