Period
to 21 September 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 21 September 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
21 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 62 40 42
Rank change year-on-year -22 +2 -4
Contract jobs citing Degree 165 191 247
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 3.22% 4.24% 3.96%
As % of the Qualifications category 16.57% 23.49% 19.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 102 110 159
West Midlands median daily rate £475 £375 £395
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +26.67% -5.06% +12.86%
10th Percentile £301 £225 £224
90th Percentile £600 £540 £555
England median daily rate £462 £438 £420
% change year-on-year +5.60% +4.17% +1.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 19 9
West Midlands median hourly rate £28.61 £30.50 £29.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.21% +3.39% -6.17%
10th Percentile £23.67 £11.25 £14.25
90th Percentile £35.57 £36.85 £38.60
England median hourly rate £39.50 £32.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year +23.44% +16.36% -12.53%

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 996 813 1,289
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 19.46% 18.07% 20.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 535 457 719
West Midlands median daily rate £410 £410 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +9.33% +10.29%
10th Percentile £212 £225 £225
90th Percentile £544 £538 £544
England median daily rate £450 £425 £415
% change year-on-year +5.88% +2.41% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 58 44 42
West Midlands median hourly rate £16.00 £24.99 £22.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -35.97% +12.31% -25.39%
10th Percentile £11.92 £11.25 £12.78
90th Percentile £30.14 £47.08 £43.38
England median hourly rate £24.00 £27.50 £25.31
% change year-on-year -12.73% +8.65% +12.49%

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 21 September 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 21 September 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 21 September 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 -11 53 £544 +45.00% 80
Warwickshire -5 32 £490 +40.00% 48
Coventry -25 22 £600 +65.52% 16
Worcestershire +4 17 £444 +14.52% 24
Staffordshire +6 16 £338 -1.82% 38
Shropshire -40 15 £425 -2.86% 9
Solihull -5 3 - - 11
Wolverhampton - 1 £338 - 5
Degree
England

For the 6 months to 21 September 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 (34.55%) Agile Software Development
2 35 (21.21%) Computer Science
3 32 (19.39%) Change Management
4 30 (18.18%) SQL
4 30 (18.18%) Problem-Solving
5 26 (15.76%) Analytical Skills
6 25 (15.15%) Finance
7 24 (14.55%) HTML
8 23 (13.94%) JavaScript
8 23 (13.94%) Windows
8 23 (13.94%) Computer Science Degree
9 22 (13.33%) Project Management
10 21 (12.73%) Microsoft
10 21 (12.73%) CSS
11 20 (12.12%) Mobile App
12 19 (11.52%) Psychology
13 18 (10.91%) SAP
13 18 (10.91%) Microsoft Excel
13 18 (10.91%) Service Management
14 17 (10.30%) Microsoft Azure
15 16 (9.70%) Unix
15 16 (9.70%) Cognitive Psychology
15 16 (9.70%) Decision-Making
15 16 (9.70%) Self-Motivation
16 15 (9.09%) C#
16 15 (9.09%) Management Information System
16 15 (9.09%) Security Cleared
16 15 (9.09%) Mathematics
16 15 (9.09%) Software Engineering
17 14 (8.48%) ITSM

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 3 (1.82%) Confluence
1 3 (1.82%) IBM Notes
2 2 (1.21%) SAP Portal
2 2 (1.21%) SAS
3 1 (0.61%) Apache Spark
3 1 (0.61%) CMS
3 1 (0.61%) Exchange Server 2003
3 1 (0.61%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 18 (10.91%) Microsoft Excel
2 12 (7.27%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (7.27%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 8 (4.85%) MS Visio
4 2 (1.21%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.61%) Adobe After Effects
5 1 (0.61%) Adobe Illustrator
5 1 (0.61%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.61%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 13 (7.88%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (1.21%) SAP BPC
2 2 (1.21%) SAP GRC
3 1 (0.61%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 1 (0.61%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.61%) Movex
3 1 (0.61%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 17 (10.30%) Microsoft Azure
2 9 (5.45%) Amazon AWS
3 7 (4.24%) Office 365
3 7 (4.24%) SuccessFactors
4 6 (3.64%) PaaS
5 5 (3.03%) GitHub
5 5 (3.03%) Google Cloud Platform
6 3 (1.82%) Azure Active Directory
6 3 (1.82%) SaaS
7 2 (1.21%) Taleo
8 1 (0.61%) Azure Machine Learning
8 1 (0.61%) BrowserStack
8 1 (0.61%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.61%) IaaS
8 1 (0.61%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 7 (4.24%) Internet
2 6 (3.64%) Network Security
3 5 (3.03%) Skype
4 3 (1.82%) Firewall
5 2 (1.21%) BGP
5 2 (1.21%) OSPF
5 2 (1.21%) SMS
5 2 (1.21%) SNMP
5 2 (1.21%) TCP/IP
6 1 (0.61%) DHCP
6 1 (0.61%) DNS
6 1 (0.61%) Ethernet
6 1 (0.61%) HTTP
6 1 (0.61%) Intrusion Detection
6 1 (0.61%) Kerberos
6 1 (0.61%) MPLS
6 1 (0.61%) SAN
6 1 (0.61%) SMTP
6 1 (0.61%) Wireless
6 1 (0.61%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (7.27%) SQL Server
2 8 (4.85%) NoSQL
3 5 (3.03%) Data Warehouse
3 5 (3.03%) MS Access
4 4 (2.42%) Big Data
4 4 (2.42%) Relational Database
5 3 (1.82%) SAP HANA
5 3 (1.82%) SQL Server 2000
6 2 (1.21%) Hadoop
6 2 (1.21%) Power BI
7 1 (0.61%) BigQuery
7 1 (0.61%) Data Mining
7 1 (0.61%) EDMS
7 1 (0.61%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.61%) Oracle Database 11g
7 1 (0.61%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1 (0.61%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (0.61%) Star Schema
7 1 (0.61%) Text Mining
Development Applications
1 12 (7.27%) Visual Studio
2 10 (6.06%) JIRA
3 6 (3.64%) AccuRev
4 5 (3.03%) GitLab
5 4 (2.42%) Jenkins
6 2 (1.21%) Axure RP
6 2 (1.21%) Cucumber
6 2 (1.21%) Git (software)
6 2 (1.21%) Rational DOORS
6 2 (1.21%) Selenium
6 2 (1.21%) SoapUI
6 2 (1.21%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (1.21%) WebDriver
7 1 (0.61%) Ant
7 1 (0.61%) Apache Ivy
7 1 (0.61%) Gradle
7 1 (0.61%) JMeter
7 1 (0.61%) LoadRunner
7 1 (0.61%) Maven
7 1 (0.61%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 25 (15.15%) Finance
2 10 (6.06%) Electronics
3 7 (4.24%) Legal
4 6 (3.64%) Manufacturing
5 5 (3.03%) Automotive
6 4 (2.42%) Aerospace
6 4 (2.42%) Military
7 3 (1.82%) Law
7 3 (1.82%) Marketing
8 2 (1.21%) Banking
8 2 (1.21%) Cantonese Language
8 2 (1.21%) Mandarin Language
8 2 (1.21%) Publishing
8 2 (1.21%) Retail
9 1 (0.61%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.61%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.61%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 35 (21.21%) Developer
2 26 (15.76%) Analyst
3 18 (10.91%) User Researcher
4 13 (7.88%) Software Engineer
5 11 (6.67%) Architect
6 9 (5.45%) Applications Developer
6 9 (5.45%) Embedded Engineer
6 9 (5.45%) Embedded Software Engineer
6 9 (5.45%) Remedy Developer
7 8 (4.85%) Designer
8 7 (4.24%) Software Developer
8 7 (4.24%) Solutions Architect
9 6 (3.64%) Business Process Analyst
9 6 (3.64%) C# Developer
9 6 (3.64%) Process Analyst
9 6 (3.64%) Project Manager
9 6 (3.64%) Senior User Researcher
10 5 (3.03%) .NET Developer
10 5 (3.03%) Digital User Researcher
10 5 (3.03%) UX Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (14.55%) HTML
2 21 (12.73%) CSS
3 13 (7.88%) .NET
4 9 (5.45%) Web Services
5 7 (4.24%) WPF
6 6 (3.64%) .NET Framework
6 6 (3.64%) Oracle Fusion
7 5 (3.03%) jQuery
7 5 (3.03%) OAuth
7 5 (3.03%) OAuth2
7 5 (3.03%) RESTful
7 5 (3.03%) WinForms
8 4 (2.42%) HTML5
8 4 (2.42%) SAML
9 3 (1.82%) Middleware
9 3 (1.82%) React
9 3 (1.82%) SOAP
9 3 (1.82%) WCF
10 2 (1.21%) CSS3
10 2 (1.21%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 35 (21.21%) Computer Science
2 26 (15.76%) Analytical Skills
3 20 (12.12%) Mobile App
4 16 (9.70%) Self-Motivation
5 15 (9.09%) Management Information System
6 11 (6.67%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
6 11 (6.67%) User Experience
7 6 (3.64%) Hybrid Cloud
8 5 (3.03%) Algorithms
8 5 (3.03%) PKI
9 4 (2.42%) Data Centre
10 3 (1.82%) ASIC
10 3 (1.82%) Blackberry
10 3 (1.82%) CPLD
10 3 (1.82%) VHDL
11 2 (1.21%) Blog
11 2 (1.21%) Driving Licence
11 2 (1.21%) Embedded Systems
11 2 (1.21%) Public Cloud
12 1 (0.61%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 23 (13.94%) Windows
2 16 (9.70%) Unix
3 5 (3.03%) Apple iOS
4 4 (2.42%) Linux
5 3 (1.82%) Android
5 3 (1.82%) Windows Server
6 2 (1.21%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.61%) Solaris
7 1 (0.61%) Windows 7
7 1 (0.61%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 57 (34.55%) Agile Software Development
2 32 (19.39%) Change Management
3 30 (18.18%) Problem-Solving
4 22 (13.33%) Project Management
5 19 (11.52%) Psychology
6 18 (10.91%) Service Management
7 16 (9.70%) Cognitive Psychology
7 16 (9.70%) Decision-Making
8 15 (9.09%) Mathematics
8 15 (9.09%) Software Engineering
9 14 (8.48%) ITSM
10 13 (7.88%) Analytics
11 12 (7.27%) Configuration Management
11 12 (7.27%) Cryptography
11 12 (7.27%) ITIL
11 12 (7.27%) Market Research
12 11 (6.67%) Business Analysis
12 11 (6.67%) Human Factors
12 11 (6.67%) Qualitative Research
12 11 (6.67%) Quantitative Research
Programming Languages
1 30 (18.18%) SQL
2 23 (13.94%) JavaScript
3 15 (9.09%) C#
4 13 (7.88%) C++
5 11 (6.67%) C
6 9 (5.45%) Java
7 7 (4.24%) Python
8 5 (3.03%) VB.NET
9 4 (2.42%) Assembly Language
9 4 (2.42%) MATLAB
9 4 (2.42%) TypeScript
10 2 (1.21%) Apple Swift
10 2 (1.21%) Bash Shell
10 2 (1.21%) Objective-C
10 2 (1.21%) Perl
10 2 (1.21%) PowerShell
10 2 (1.21%) T-SQL
11 1 (0.61%) PHP
11 1 (0.61%) PL/SQL
11 1 (0.61%) RPG
Qualifications
1 23 (13.94%) Computer Science Degree
2 15 (9.09%) Security Cleared
3 10 (6.06%) SC Cleared
4 8 (4.85%) CISM
4 8 (4.85%) CISSP
5 6 (3.64%) HNC
5 6 (3.64%) HND
6 5 (3.03%) CEH
6 5 (3.03%) CISA
7 4 (2.42%) CIPD
7 4 (2.42%) Cisco Certification
7 4 (2.42%) Postgraduate
8 3 (1.82%) ISEB
8 3 (1.82%) Microsoft Certification
8 3 (1.82%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 2 (1.21%) CIMA
9 2 (1.21%) ISTQB
9 2 (1.21%) ITIL Certification
9 2 (1.21%) MCSE
9 2 (1.21%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (5.45%) GDPR
2 6 (3.64%) Data Quality
2 6 (3.64%) ISO 14001
2 6 (3.64%) ISO 9001
3 5 (3.03%) QA
4 4 (2.42%) GCP
4 4 (2.42%) PMO
5 3 (1.82%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (1.82%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (1.21%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.61%) ISO 13485
7 1 (0.61%) ISO 22301
7 1 (0.61%) RMADS
7 1 (0.61%) SLA
System Software
1 9 (5.45%) Active Directory
2 4 (2.42%) Virtual Desktop
3 3 (1.82%) Firmware
4 2 (1.21%) Docker
4 2 (1.21%) IAG
5 1 (0.61%) Virtual Servers
5 1 (0.61%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 2 (1.21%) SELinux
2 1 (0.61%) Kibana
2 1 (0.61%) WSUS
Vendors
1 21 (12.73%) Microsoft
2 18 (10.91%) SAP
3 14 (8.48%) Remedy
4 13 (7.88%) BMC
5 11 (6.67%) Oracle
6 6 (3.64%) Avaya
7 4 (2.42%) Cisco
8 3 (1.82%) Google
8 3 (1.82%) Lotus
8 3 (1.82%) ServiceNow
8 3 (1.82%) Xamarin
9 2 (1.21%) Apple
9 2 (1.21%) Mentor Graphics
9 2 (1.21%) Tableau
9 2 (1.21%) VMware
10 1 (0.61%) Ariba
10 1 (0.61%) Bloomberg
10 1 (0.61%) CA
10 1 (0.61%) CheckPoint
10 1 (0.61%) Cloudera