Period
to 3 June 2020

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 3 June 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.

Academic Degree
England > West Midlands
6 months to
3 Jun 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 53 44 53
Rank change year-on-year -9 +9 -20
Contract jobs citing Degree 70 203 173
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands 3.52% 4.46% 3.51%
As % of the Qualifications category 14.08% 21.99% 18.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 92 94
Median daily rate £475 £482 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.45% +7.11% +20.00%
10th Percentile £313 £313 £252
90th Percentile £750 £575 £639
England median daily rate £463 £475 £450
% change year-on-year -2.63% +5.56% +5.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 5 16
Median hourly rate £14.00 £45.00 £28.35
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -68.89% +58.73% +25.30%
10th Percentile £11.60 £23.10 £19.50
90th Percentile £18.42 £52.75 £44.75
England median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £38.75
% change year-on-year -12.50% +3.23% +29.17%

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 497 923 949
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 25.00% 20.29% 19.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 267 504 509
Median daily rate £460 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.22% +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £213 £259 £221
90th Percentile £650 £600 £550
England median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 24 47
Median hourly rate £15.85 £15.25 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.93% -30.68% +23.94%
10th Percentile £11.95 £12.00 £12.20
90th Percentile £20.48 £47.50 £42.50
Median hourly rate £35.00 £33.40 £25.22
% change year-on-year +4.79% +32.46% -15.95%

Degree
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing Degree as a proportion 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

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

Daily rate trend for Degree in the West Midlands

Degree
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Degree in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 3 June 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Degree in the West Midlands

Degree
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Hourly rate trend 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 3 June 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
Birmingham +12 19 £500 +3.31% 19
Staffordshire +13 14 £475 +2.15% 17
Coventry +18 13 £450 -10.00% 1
Warwickshire -2 10 £325 -38.10% 12
Shropshire +35 2 - - 3
Solihull +2 1 £400 - 1
Wolverhampton -1 1 £200 -60.00%
Worcestershire -7 1 £750 +36.36% 10
Herefordshire -11 1 - - 1
Degree
England

For the 6 months to 3 June 2020, 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 26 (37.14%) Agile Software Development
1 26 (37.14%) Problem-Solving
2 22 (31.43%) Microsoft
3 21 (30.00%) Analytical Skills
4 20 (28.57%) Mathematics
5 19 (27.14%) Security Cleared
6 16 (22.86%) Python
6 16 (22.86%) User Experience
7 15 (21.43%) Linux
8 14 (20.00%) Wireless
8 14 (20.00%) Computer Science
8 14 (20.00%) Public Sector
9 13 (18.57%) Telecoms
9 13 (18.57%) Finance
10 12 (17.14%) Management Information System
10 12 (17.14%) Cisco Certification
11 11 (15.71%) Cisco
11 11 (15.71%) Business Intelligence
11 11 (15.71%) SolarWinds
12 10 (14.29%) LAN
12 10 (14.29%) VPN
12 10 (14.29%) Juniper
12 10 (14.29%) OSPF
12 10 (14.29%) BGP
12 10 (14.29%) Project Management
12 10 (14.29%) Firewall
13 9 (12.86%) Dell
13 9 (12.86%) EIGRP
13 9 (12.86%) Risk Management
13 9 (12.86%) CCDP

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 2 (2.86%) SAS
1 2 (2.86%) Skype for Business
2 1 (1.43%) SharePoint
Applications
1 8 (11.43%) Microsoft Excel
1 8 (11.43%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (8.57%) Spreadsheet
3 4 (5.71%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (2.86%) SPSS
4 2 (2.86%) Stata
5 1 (1.43%) Figma
5 1 (1.43%) InVision
5 1 (1.43%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 1 (1.43%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 7 (10.00%) Azure
2 5 (7.14%) AWS
2 5 (7.14%) GCP
3 3 (4.29%) Power Platform
4 2 (2.86%) Amazon Alexa
4 2 (2.86%) Office 365
4 2 (2.86%) Siri
5 1 (1.43%) Google Docs
5 1 (1.43%) Google Sheets
5 1 (1.43%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 14 (20.00%) Wireless
2 10 (14.29%) BGP
2 10 (14.29%) Firewall
2 10 (14.29%) LAN
2 10 (14.29%) OSPF
2 10 (14.29%) VPN
3 9 (12.86%) Cisco ISE
3 9 (12.86%) Cisco Nexus
3 9 (12.86%) DMVPN
3 9 (12.86%) EIGRP
3 9 (12.86%) VoIP
3 9 (12.86%) WAN
4 5 (7.14%) Internet
5 2 (2.86%) Skype
5 2 (2.86%) Unified Communications
6 1 (1.43%) Cisco ASA
6 1 (1.43%) Cisco IOS
6 1 (1.43%) Multicast
6 1 (1.43%) SSH
6 1 (1.43%) Telepresence
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (4.29%) Power BI
1 3 (4.29%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.86%) Big Data
2 2 (2.86%) Microsoft Analysis Services
2 2 (2.86%) MySQL
2 2 (2.86%) Qlik Sense
2 2 (2.86%) SQL Server 2012
2 2 (2.86%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 2 (2.86%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (1.43%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.43%) MS Access
3 1 (1.43%) QlikView
3 1 (1.43%) Relational Database
3 1 (1.43%) Snowflake Schema
Development Applications
1 2 (2.86%) Visual Studio
2 1 (1.43%) Cucumber
2 1 (1.43%) Eclipse
2 1 (1.43%) GCC
2 1 (1.43%) GDB
2 1 (1.43%) Git (software)
2 1 (1.43%) JIRA
2 1 (1.43%) Mercurial
2 1 (1.43%) Selenium
2 1 (1.43%) SoapUI
General
1 14 (20.00%) Public Sector
2 13 (18.57%) Finance
2 13 (18.57%) Telecoms
3 5 (7.14%) Legal
4 4 (5.71%) Marketing
5 3 (4.29%) Electronics
5 3 (4.29%) Manufacturing
6 2 (2.86%) Automotive
6 2 (2.86%) Banking
6 2 (2.86%) Police
6 2 (2.86%) Retail
7 1 (1.43%) Billing
7 1 (1.43%) Law
7 1 (1.43%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 9 (12.86%) User Researcher
2 6 (8.57%) Architect
3 5 (7.14%) Analyst
3 5 (7.14%) Designer
3 5 (7.14%) Developer
3 5 (7.14%) Network Architect
3 5 (7.14%) User Experience Researcher
4 4 (5.71%) Consultant
4 4 (5.71%) Design Engineer
4 4 (5.71%) Network Design Engineer
4 4 (5.71%) Network Engineer
5 3 (4.29%) Change Manager
5 3 (4.29%) Content Designer
5 3 (4.29%) Project Engineer
5 3 (4.29%) Technical Support
5 3 (4.29%) UX Designer
6 2 (2.86%) DV Cleared Network Engineer
6 2 (2.86%) Power BI Developer
6 2 (2.86%) Resource Controller
6 2 (2.86%) Support Officer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (5.71%) HTML
2 3 (4.29%) .NET
2 3 (4.29%) CSS
3 2 (2.86%) HTML5
3 2 (2.86%) LDAP
3 2 (2.86%) SOAP
3 2 (2.86%) Web Services
4 1 (1.43%) AngularJS
4 1 (1.43%) jQuery
4 1 (1.43%) ONVIF
4 1 (1.43%) Qt
4 1 (1.43%) REST
4 1 (1.43%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 21 (30.00%) Analytical Skills
2 16 (22.86%) User Experience
3 12 (17.14%) Management Information System
4 9 (12.86%) CCTV
5 6 (8.57%) Self-Motivation
6 3 (4.29%) Algorithms
6 3 (4.29%) Equities
7 2 (2.86%) Client/Server
7 2 (2.86%) Data Structures
8 1 (1.43%) Data Centre
8 1 (1.43%) Digital Signage
8 1 (1.43%) Embedded Systems
8 1 (1.43%) IPTV
8 1 (1.43%) Mainframe
8 1 (1.43%) Video Conferencing
8 1 (1.43%) Video on Demand
8 1 (1.43%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 15 (21.43%) Linux
2 9 (12.86%) Windows
3 7 (10.00%) Apple iOS
4 5 (7.14%) Android
5 2 (2.86%) Unix
5 2 (2.86%) VMS
5 2 (2.86%) Windows Server
6 1 (1.43%) Mac OS X
6 1 (1.43%) Windows 10
6 1 (1.43%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (37.14%) Agile Software Development
1 26 (37.14%) Problem-Solving
2 20 (28.57%) Mathematics
3 14 (20.00%) Computer Science
4 11 (15.71%) Business Intelligence
5 10 (14.29%) Project Management
6 9 (12.86%) Actionable Insight
6 9 (12.86%) Cognitive Psychology
6 9 (12.86%) Market Research
6 9 (12.86%) MODAF
6 9 (12.86%) Psychology
6 9 (12.86%) Risk Management
6 9 (12.86%) Software Engineering
6 9 (12.86%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
7 7 (10.00%) Analytics
7 7 (10.00%) Customer Requirements
7 7 (10.00%) PRINCE2
8 6 (8.57%) Change Management
8 6 (8.57%) Network Design
8 6 (8.57%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 16 (22.86%) Python
2 9 (12.86%) C
3 6 (8.57%) JavaScript
4 4 (5.71%) SQL
5 3 (4.29%) C#
6 2 (2.86%) Ada
6 2 (2.86%) Java
6 2 (2.86%) MATLAB
6 2 (2.86%) R
6 2 (2.86%) T-SQL
7 1 (1.43%) C++
7 1 (1.43%) Fortran
7 1 (1.43%) VB.NET
7 1 (1.43%) VBA
Qualifications
1 19 (27.14%) Security Cleared
2 12 (17.14%) Cisco Certification
3 9 (12.86%) CCDP
3 9 (12.86%) DV Cleared
4 8 (11.43%) CCNA
4 8 (11.43%) Computer Science Degree
4 8 (11.43%) SC Cleared
5 7 (10.00%) APMP
5 7 (10.00%) HNC
6 6 (8.57%) CCNP
6 6 (8.57%) HND
7 5 (7.14%) CCDE
7 5 (7.14%) CCIE
7 5 (7.14%) CCIE Routing and Switching
8 3 (4.29%) Numerate Degree
9 2 (2.86%) Master's Degree
10 1 (1.43%) CCVP
10 1 (1.43%) ISTQB
10 1 (1.43%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 1 (1.43%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (10.00%) PMO
2 6 (8.57%) P3O
3 4 (5.71%) Data Quality
4 1 (1.43%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (2.86%) Active Directory
1 2 (2.86%) Virtual Machines
2 1 (1.43%) IAG
2 1 (1.43%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 2 (2.86%) TeMIP
2 1 (1.43%) HP ALM
2 1 (1.43%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 22 (31.43%) Microsoft
2 11 (15.71%) Cisco
2 11 (15.71%) SolarWinds
3 10 (14.29%) Juniper
4 9 (12.86%) Dell
4 9 (12.86%) Splunk
5 8 (11.43%) Google
6 3 (4.29%) Marketo
7 2 (2.86%) Oracle
7 2 (2.86%) SAP
7 2 (2.86%) Verint
7 2 (2.86%) VMware
8 1 (1.43%) Avaya
8 1 (1.43%) Capita
8 1 (1.43%) HP
8 1 (1.43%) Red Hat