Period
to 24 August 2019

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 24 August 2019 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
24 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 56 69 43
Rank change year-on-year +13 -26 +3
Contract jobs citing Degree 144 155 185
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 3.34% 3.03% 4.26%
As % of the Qualifications category 16.98% 15.59% 23.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 68 92 106
West Midlands median daily rate £478 £475 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.53% +26.67% -6.25%
10th Percentile £205 £301 £209
90th Percentile £578 £600 £536
England median daily rate £475 £455 £438
% change year-on-year +4.40% +4.00% +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 9 17
West Midlands median hourly rate £41.25 £30.21 £31.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.57% -2.56% -11.43%
10th Percentile £25.50 £21.08 £12.90
90th Percentile £58.13 £32.35 £35.10
England median hourly rate £44.00 £37.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year +18.92% +15.63% +14.29%

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 848 994 791
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 19.68% 19.42% 18.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 514 532 451
West Midlands median daily rate £450 £413 £403
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.09% +2.48% +5.92%
10th Percentile £256 £213 £213
90th Percentile £602 £550 £535
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 60 38
West Midlands median hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -36.00% +24.66%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.18 £11.60
90th Percentile £47.30 £30.81 £39.20
England median hourly rate £35.07 £23.00 £28.35
% change year-on-year +52.46% -18.86% +7.98%

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 24 August 2019.

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 24 August 2019.

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 24 August 2019. 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
Worcestershire +7 32 £500 +12.68% 30
Birmingham -13 30 £325 -40.91% 68
Warwickshire +1 23 £525 +7.14% 39
Coventry +4 22 £500 -16.67% 28
Staffordshire +9 9 £453 +25.69% 33
Solihull +16 8 £295 - 6
Dudley - 5 £200 - 1
Shropshire +8 4 £550 +22.22% 3
Wolverhampton +8 1 £500 +48.15% 1
Degree
England

For the 6 months to 24 August 2019, 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 38 (26.39%) Computer Science
2 36 (25.00%) Problem-Solving
3 32 (22.22%) Agile Software Development
4 31 (21.53%) Microsoft
4 31 (21.53%) Analytical Skills
5 27 (18.75%) C++
6 24 (16.67%) Software Engineering
6 24 (16.67%) Mathematics
7 23 (15.97%) Java
8 22 (15.28%) Security Cleared
9 21 (14.58%) SC Cleared
9 21 (14.58%) Project Management
10 20 (13.89%) User Experience
11 19 (13.19%) Linux
11 19 (13.19%) Firewall
12 16 (11.11%) Change Management
12 16 (11.11%) C
12 16 (11.11%) Visual Studio
12 16 (11.11%) ITIL
12 16 (11.11%) Embedded Systems
13 15 (10.42%) Analytics
13 15 (10.42%) Configuration Management
13 15 (10.42%) Electronics
13 15 (10.42%) Telecoms
13 15 (10.42%) Computer Science Degree
14 14 (9.72%) Microsoft Excel
15 13 (9.03%) Continuous Improvement
15 13 (9.03%) Public Sector
16 12 (8.33%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
16 12 (8.33%) Management Information System

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 (2.08%) Exchange Server 2010
1 3 (2.08%) Exchange Server 2013
1 3 (2.08%) MS Exchange
2 2 (1.39%) ArcGIS
2 2 (1.39%) SharePoint
3 1 (0.69%) Apache Solr
3 1 (0.69%) Apache Spark
3 1 (0.69%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (0.69%) OpenStack
3 1 (0.69%) Skype for Business
3 1 (0.69%) WinCC
Applications
1 14 (9.72%) Microsoft Excel
2 8 (5.56%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (5.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 4 (2.78%) MS Visio
4 3 (2.08%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.69%) Figma
5 1 (0.69%) InVision
5 1 (0.69%) Simulink
5 1 (0.69%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 3 (2.08%) WebTrends
2 2 (1.39%) SAP BPC
3 1 (0.69%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.69%) Primavera
3 1 (0.69%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.69%) SAP IS-U
3 1 (0.69%) SAP R/3
3 1 (0.69%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 10 (6.94%) Azure
2 8 (5.56%) AWS
3 3 (2.08%) SaaS
3 3 (2.08%) Salesforce Service Cloud
4 2 (1.39%) Adobe Analytics
4 2 (1.39%) Azure Active Directory
4 2 (1.39%) Google Analytics
4 2 (1.39%) IaaS
4 2 (1.39%) PaaS
4 2 (1.39%) SuccessFactors
5 1 (0.69%) Amazon ECS
5 1 (0.69%) AWS CloudFormation
5 1 (0.69%) AWS Fargate
5 1 (0.69%) GCP
5 1 (0.69%) Office 365
5 1 (0.69%) OpenShift
5 1 (0.69%) Power Platform
5 1 (0.69%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 19 (13.19%) Firewall
2 12 (8.33%) TCP/IP
3 9 (6.25%) Wireless
4 5 (3.47%) MPLS
4 5 (3.47%) Unified Communications
5 4 (2.78%) Internet
5 4 (2.78%) Network Security
6 3 (2.08%) LAN
6 3 (2.08%) Multicast
6 3 (2.08%) SNMP
6 3 (2.08%) WAN
7 2 (1.39%) Remote Desktop
7 2 (1.39%) SAN
7 2 (1.39%) Skype
7 2 (1.39%) VLAN
7 2 (1.39%) VoIP
8 1 (0.69%) 802.11
8 1 (0.69%) DSL
8 1 (0.69%) Intranet
8 1 (0.69%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (4.17%) NoSQL
2 4 (2.78%) Big Data
2 4 (2.78%) Data Warehouse
2 4 (2.78%) Hadoop
2 4 (2.78%) MS Access
2 4 (2.78%) MySQL
3 3 (2.08%) PostgreSQL
3 3 (2.08%) SQL Server
4 2 (1.39%) Apache Cassandra
4 2 (1.39%) GIS
5 1 (0.69%) Apache Hive
5 1 (0.69%) BigQuery
5 1 (0.69%) HBase
5 1 (0.69%) Impala
5 1 (0.69%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.69%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.69%) Oracle Database 12c
5 1 (0.69%) Redis
5 1 (0.69%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 16 (11.11%) Visual Studio
2 8 (5.56%) Rational DOORS
3 5 (3.47%) Jenkins
3 5 (3.47%) StarTeam
4 4 (2.78%) Cucumber
4 4 (2.78%) Maven
4 4 (2.78%) Selenium
5 3 (2.08%) Ant
5 3 (2.08%) Apache Ivy
5 3 (2.08%) Gradle
5 3 (2.08%) JIRA
5 3 (2.08%) Rational Rhapsody
5 3 (2.08%) Subversion
6 1 (0.69%) Burp Suite
6 1 (0.69%) EasyMock
6 1 (0.69%) Git (software)
6 1 (0.69%) Hudson
6 1 (0.69%) Metasploit
6 1 (0.69%) Mockito
General
1 15 (10.42%) Electronics
1 15 (10.42%) Telecoms
2 13 (9.03%) Public Sector
3 9 (6.25%) Finance
4 8 (5.56%) Retail
5 5 (3.47%) Automotive
6 4 (2.78%) Aerospace
7 3 (2.08%) Manufacturing
7 3 (2.08%) Marketing
7 3 (2.08%) Military
8 2 (1.39%) Billing
8 2 (1.39%) Legal
8 2 (1.39%) Local Government
9 1 (0.69%) Advertising
9 1 (0.69%) Law
9 1 (0.69%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 24 (16.67%) Architect
2 21 (14.58%) Analyst
3 17 (11.81%) Software Engineer
4 13 (9.03%) Senior Software Engineer
4 13 (9.03%) Solutions Architect
5 9 (6.25%) User Researcher
6 7 (4.86%) Developer
6 7 (4.86%) Project Manager
7 6 (4.17%) User Experience Researcher
8 5 (3.47%) Firmware Engineer
8 5 (3.47%) Senior Firmware Engineer
9 4 (2.78%) C++ Software Engineer
9 4 (2.78%) Operations Analyst
9 4 (2.78%) Team Leader
10 3 (2.08%) E-Commerce Manager
10 3 (2.08%) E-Commerce Project Manager
10 3 (2.08%) Project Engineer
10 3 (2.08%) Risk Analyst
10 3 (2.08%) Security Specialist
10 3 (2.08%) Web Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (3.47%) JSON
2 4 (2.78%) .NET
2 4 (2.78%) Web Services
2 4 (2.78%) XML
3 3 (2.08%) Gherkin
3 3 (2.08%) Java EE
3 3 (2.08%) OpenGL
3 3 (2.08%) RESTful
3 3 (2.08%) SOAP
3 3 (2.08%) XSD
4 2 (1.39%) HTML
4 2 (1.39%) Oracle Fusion
5 1 (0.69%) CSS
5 1 (0.69%) DOM
5 1 (0.69%) Flash
5 1 (0.69%) J2EE
5 1 (0.69%) Java SE
5 1 (0.69%) LDAP
5 1 (0.69%) OAuth
5 1 (0.69%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 31 (21.53%) Analytical Skills
2 20 (13.89%) User Experience
3 16 (11.11%) Embedded Systems
4 12 (8.33%) Management Information System
5 8 (5.56%) Algorithms
5 8 (5.56%) ASIC
5 8 (5.56%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
5 8 (5.56%) VHDL
6 7 (4.86%) CCTV
7 4 (2.78%) Driving Licence
7 4 (2.78%) Mobile App
7 4 (2.78%) SCADA
8 3 (2.08%) CPLD
8 3 (2.08%) Enterprise Software
8 3 (2.08%) Self-Motivation
9 2 (1.39%) Life Science
9 2 (1.39%) Public Cloud
9 2 (1.39%) Smartphone
9 2 (1.39%) Virtual Team
10 1 (0.69%) e-Learning
Operating Systems
1 19 (13.19%) Linux
2 9 (6.25%) Ubuntu
2 9 (6.25%) Windows
3 6 (4.17%) Windows Server
4 5 (3.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 5 (3.47%) Windows Server 2003
5 4 (2.78%) Unix
6 2 (1.39%) Mac OS
7 1 (0.69%) Kali Linux
7 1 (0.69%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (26.39%) Computer Science
2 36 (25.00%) Problem-Solving
3 32 (22.22%) Agile Software Development
4 24 (16.67%) Mathematics
4 24 (16.67%) Software Engineering
5 21 (14.58%) Project Management
6 16 (11.11%) Change Management
6 16 (11.11%) ITIL
7 15 (10.42%) Analytics
7 15 (10.42%) Configuration Management
8 13 (9.03%) Continuous Improvement
9 12 (8.33%) UML
9 12 (8.33%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
10 11 (7.64%) Actionable Insight
10 11 (7.64%) Cognitive Psychology
10 11 (7.64%) Market Research
10 11 (7.64%) Psychology
11 10 (6.94%) DevOps
11 10 (6.94%) Integration Testing
11 10 (6.94%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 27 (18.75%) C++
2 23 (15.97%) Java
3 16 (11.11%) C
4 8 (5.56%) C#
4 8 (5.56%) PowerShell
5 6 (4.17%) Python
5 6 (4.17%) SQL
6 5 (3.47%) Assembly Language
7 3 (2.08%) JavaScript
7 3 (2.08%) MATLAB
7 3 (2.08%) PHP
8 2 (1.39%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.69%) ABAP
9 1 (0.69%) Lua
9 1 (0.69%) Perl
9 1 (0.69%) Ruby
9 1 (0.69%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.69%) TypeScript
9 1 (0.69%) VB
9 1 (0.69%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 22 (15.28%) Security Cleared
2 21 (14.58%) SC Cleared
3 15 (10.42%) Computer Science Degree
4 10 (6.94%) Cisco Certification
5 8 (5.56%) CCNA
6 7 (4.86%) Master's Degree
7 6 (4.17%) Chartered Engineer
7 6 (4.17%) DV Cleared
7 6 (4.17%) HNC
7 6 (4.17%) HND
8 5 (3.47%) MCSA
8 5 (3.47%) MCSE
8 5 (3.47%) Microsoft Certification
9 4 (2.78%) CCNP
9 4 (2.78%) CISSP
10 3 (2.08%) CEH
11 2 (1.39%) GIAC
11 2 (1.39%) ITIL Certification
11 2 (1.39%) JNCIP
11 2 (1.39%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (3.47%) DO-254
1 5 (3.47%) ISO/IEC 20000
2 4 (2.78%) Data Quality
3 3 (2.08%) Cyber Essentials
3 3 (2.08%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
3 3 (2.08%) GDPR
3 3 (2.08%) MISRA
3 3 (2.08%) MISRA C
3 3 (2.08%) NIST
4 2 (1.39%) QA
5 1 (0.69%) JTAG
5 1 (0.69%) NEBOSH
5 1 (0.69%) PMO
5 1 (0.69%) SLA
System Software
1 9 (6.25%) LXC
2 8 (5.56%) Firmware
3 7 (4.86%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (4.17%) XenApp
5 5 (3.47%) VMware ESXi
5 5 (3.47%) vSphere
6 4 (2.78%) Docker
7 3 (2.08%) Active Directory
8 2 (1.39%) Snort
9 1 (0.69%) Citrix Hypervisor
9 1 (0.69%) Oracle RAC
9 1 (0.69%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 3 (2.08%) Ansible
1 3 (2.08%) Kubernetes
2 2 (1.39%) Host Intrusion Detection System
2 2 (1.39%) Nessus
2 2 (1.39%) Network Intrusion Detection System
3 1 (0.69%) Data Guard
3 1 (0.69%) Grafana
3 1 (0.69%) Hadoop YARN
3 1 (0.69%) Nagios
3 1 (0.69%) Nmap
3 1 (0.69%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 1 (0.69%) QRadar
3 1 (0.69%) Rundeck
3 1 (0.69%) SCCM
Vendors
1 31 (21.53%) Microsoft
2 12 (8.33%) Cisco
2 12 (8.33%) VMware
3 11 (7.64%) Oracle
4 10 (6.94%) SAP
5 6 (4.17%) Citrix
5 6 (4.17%) Google
6 5 (3.47%) NetApp
6 5 (3.47%) Red Hat
7 3 (2.08%) Adobe
7 3 (2.08%) Green Hills
7 3 (2.08%) Mentor Graphics
7 3 (2.08%) Salesforce.com
7 3 (2.08%) Splunk
8 2 (1.39%) IBM
8 2 (1.39%) Juniper
8 2 (1.39%) Nokia
8 2 (1.39%) ServiceNow
9 1 (0.69%) Avaya
9 1 (0.69%) Wonderware