Period
to 22 March 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 22 March 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
22 Mar 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 48 46 34
Rank change year-on-year -2 -12 +3
Contract jobs citing Degree 216 188 228
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 4.34% 3.95% 4.69%
As % of the Qualifications category 21.66% 21.49% 23.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 105 106 150
West Midlands median daily rate £484 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +21.00% +14.29% -10.26%
10th Percentile £313 £225 £213
90th Percentile £575 £550 £500
England median daily rate £475 £450 £430
% change year-on-year +5.56% +4.65% +1.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 24 18
West Midlands median hourly rate £45.00 £27.75 £24.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +62.16% +13.27% -30.00%
10th Percentile £10.55 £16.25 £11.10
90th Percentile £55.38 £45.75 £51.48
England median hourly rate £38.00 £35.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year +8.57% +16.67% -19.46%

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 997 875 981
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 20.02% 18.40% 20.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 585 474 541
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £413 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +6.45% -3.13%
10th Percentile £250 £213 £213
90th Percentile £600 £550 £530
England median daily rate £460 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.22% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 49 36
West Midlands median hourly rate £29.25 £29.70 £24.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.52% +21.22% +25.29%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.90 £10.88
90th Percentile £54.85 £50.00 £43.75
England median hourly rate £29.00 £25.00 £28.00
% change year-on-year +16.00% -10.71% +1.82%

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 22 March 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 22 March 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 22 March 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
Warwickshire +2 47 £500 +5.26% 7
Birmingham +3 38 £467 -1.68% 26
Coventry -14 36 £500 +73.91% 9
Worcestershire +10 31 £550 +81.07% 17
Shropshire -27 24 £431 -6.76% 3
Staffordshire +9 17 £360 +15.20% 4
Solihull +13 11 £155 -
Herefordshire - 3 £375 - 2
Degree
England

For the 6 months to 22 March 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 93 (43.06%) Agile Software Development
2 64 (29.63%) Computer Science
3 60 (27.78%) Analytical Skills
4 53 (24.54%) Problem-Solving
5 38 (17.59%) Security Cleared
5 38 (17.59%) Linux
6 37 (17.13%) Finance
6 37 (17.13%) SC Cleared
7 36 (16.67%) ITIL
8 35 (16.20%) Computer Science Degree
9 33 (15.28%) C#
10 32 (14.81%) Waterfall
11 31 (14.35%) Project Management
12 30 (13.89%) Microsoft
13 29 (13.43%) SQL
13 29 (13.43%) Management Information System
14 28 (12.96%) Python
14 28 (12.96%) User Experience
15 27 (12.50%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
15 27 (12.50%) Cognitive Psychology
15 27 (12.50%) C
15 27 (12.50%) Market Research
15 27 (12.50%) Microsoft Azure
15 27 (12.50%) Mathematics
15 27 (12.50%) Psychology
16 25 (11.57%) Customer Insight
16 25 (11.57%) Microsoft Office
16 25 (11.57%) Actionable Insight
17 24 (11.11%) Java
17 24 (11.11%) Amazon AWS

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 11 (5.09%) OpenStack
2 5 (2.31%) SharePoint
3 4 (1.85%) SAS
4 2 (0.93%) Apache Airflow
4 2 (0.93%) Elasticsearch
4 2 (0.93%) IBM Notes
4 2 (0.93%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 1 (0.46%) Apache
5 1 (0.46%) Apache Solr
5 1 (0.46%) Apache Spark
5 1 (0.46%) CMS
5 1 (0.46%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (0.46%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (0.46%) Jupyter
5 1 (0.46%) Mailman
5 1 (0.46%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 25 (11.57%) Microsoft Office
2 14 (6.48%) Microsoft Excel
3 10 (4.63%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.46%) Adobe After Effects
4 1 (0.46%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 1 (0.46%) Simulink
4 1 (0.46%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (1.39%) Oracle ERP
2 2 (0.93%) C-CURE
2 2 (0.93%) SAP GRC
3 1 (0.46%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.46%) Eikon
3 1 (0.46%) Oracle Cash Management
3 1 (0.46%) Oracle General Ledger
3 1 (0.46%) Oracle Payables
3 1 (0.46%) Oracle Receivables
3 1 (0.46%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.46%) SAP BPC
3 1 (0.46%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 27 (12.50%) Microsoft Azure
2 24 (11.11%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (1.85%) Google Cloud Platform
4 3 (1.39%) SaaS
4 3 (1.39%) SuccessFactors
5 2 (0.93%) Azure Active Directory
5 2 (0.93%) Office 365
5 2 (0.93%) Serverless
6 1 (0.46%) Azure Data Factory
6 1 (0.46%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.46%) Dynamics 365
6 1 (0.46%) IaaS
6 1 (0.46%) OpenShift
6 1 (0.46%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 14 (6.48%) Internet
2 11 (5.09%) HTTP
2 11 (5.09%) SNMP
3 10 (4.63%) 802.11
3 10 (4.63%) VPN
4 8 (3.70%) VoIP
4 8 (3.70%) Wireless
5 6 (2.78%) Firewall
6 4 (1.85%) Ethernet
6 4 (1.85%) TCP/IP
7 3 (1.39%) LAN
7 3 (1.39%) MPLS
7 3 (1.39%) SAN
8 2 (0.93%) Bluetooth
8 2 (0.93%) Junos
8 2 (0.93%) Network Security
8 2 (0.93%) Skype
8 2 (0.93%) SMS
8 2 (0.93%) Unified Communications
9 1 (0.46%) DKIM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (8.33%) NoSQL
2 15 (6.94%) SQL Server
3 10 (4.63%) Big Data
4 9 (4.17%) MySQL
4 9 (4.17%) PostgreSQL
5 8 (3.70%) Data Warehouse
5 8 (3.70%) Hadoop
6 7 (3.24%) Oracle Database
6 7 (3.24%) Oracle Database 12c
7 6 (2.78%) Power BI
8 5 (2.31%) Oracle Reports
9 4 (1.85%) BusinessObjects
9 4 (1.85%) Relational Database
10 3 (1.39%) MongoDB
10 3 (1.39%) SAP HANA
11 2 (0.93%) Apache Cassandra
11 2 (0.93%) SQL Server 2000
12 1 (0.46%) Apache Hive
12 1 (0.46%) RDBMS
12 1 (0.46%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 17 (7.87%) JIRA
2 16 (7.41%) Rational DOORS
3 11 (5.09%) Burp Suite
3 11 (5.09%) Metasploit
4 10 (4.63%) Jenkins
5 9 (4.17%) Git (software)
6 8 (3.70%) AccuRev
6 8 (3.70%) Maven
6 8 (3.70%) StarTeam
7 7 (3.24%) Ant
7 7 (3.24%) Apache Ivy
7 7 (3.24%) Gradle
8 4 (1.85%) Visual Studio
9 2 (0.93%) HP UFT
9 2 (0.93%) LoadRunner
9 2 (0.93%) SoapUI
9 2 (0.93%) Vagrant
10 1 (0.46%) gulp
10 1 (0.46%) Travis CI
10 1 (0.46%) webpack
General
1 37 (17.13%) Finance
2 17 (7.87%) Telecoms
3 11 (5.09%) Retail
4 8 (3.70%) Military
5 7 (3.24%) Electronics
6 4 (1.85%) Banking
7 3 (1.39%) Aerospace
7 3 (1.39%) Manufacturing
7 3 (1.39%) Retail Banking
7 3 (1.39%) Retail Finance
8 2 (0.93%) Advertising
8 2 (0.93%) Cantonese Language
8 2 (0.93%) Legal
8 2 (0.93%) Mandarin Language
9 1 (0.46%) Automotive
9 1 (0.46%) Billing
9 1 (0.46%) Front Office
9 1 (0.46%) Games
9 1 (0.46%) Law
9 1 (0.46%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 31 (14.35%) Architect
2 27 (12.50%) User Researcher
3 19 (8.80%) Developer
4 18 (8.33%) Analyst
5 13 (6.02%) Solutions Architect
5 13 (6.02%) User Experience Researcher
6 12 (5.56%) Product Owner
7 11 (5.09%) Designer
8 10 (4.63%) C# Developer
8 10 (4.63%) Interaction Designer
8 10 (4.63%) Penetration Tester
8 10 (4.63%) Project Manager
8 10 (4.63%) Tester
9 8 (3.70%) .NET Developer
10 7 (3.24%) AWS Architect
10 7 (3.24%) Cloud Architect
10 7 (3.24%) DBA
10 7 (3.24%) Oracle DBA
10 7 (3.24%) Senior Designer
10 7 (3.24%) Senior Interaction Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (10.65%) .NET
2 17 (7.87%) Web Services
3 14 (6.48%) HTML
4 12 (5.56%) RESTful
5 11 (5.09%) SOAP
6 10 (4.63%) 802.1X
6 10 (4.63%) XML
7 8 (3.70%) Java EE
7 8 (3.70%) JSON
7 8 (3.70%) WinForms
8 7 (3.24%) Oracle GoldenGate
8 7 (3.24%) WPF
8 7 (3.24%) XSD
9 6 (2.78%) CSS
10 4 (1.85%) .NET Framework
10 4 (1.85%) REST
11 3 (1.39%) Middleware
11 3 (1.39%) Spring
12 2 (0.93%) ASP.NET
12 2 (0.93%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 60 (27.78%) Analytical Skills
2 29 (13.43%) Management Information System
3 28 (12.96%) User Experience
4 18 (8.33%) Self-Motivation
5 16 (7.41%) Algorithms
6 12 (5.56%) SCADA
7 11 (5.09%) ASIC
8 10 (4.63%) Cyberthreat
9 9 (4.17%) Embedded Systems
10 8 (3.70%) Enterprise Software
10 8 (3.70%) Mobile App
10 8 (3.70%) VHDL
10 8 (3.70%) Wiki
11 7 (3.24%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
12 6 (2.78%) Device Driver
13 5 (2.31%) CPLD
13 5 (2.31%) Data Centre
13 5 (2.31%) Public Cloud
14 3 (1.39%) Credit Risk
15 2 (0.93%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 38 (17.59%) Linux
2 19 (8.80%) Windows
3 11 (5.09%) Kali Linux
4 10 (4.63%) Unix
5 7 (3.24%) Oracle Linux
6 4 (1.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 4 (1.85%) Windows 7
7 3 (1.39%) Windows Server
8 2 (0.93%) Apple iOS
8 2 (0.93%) Embedded Linux
8 2 (0.93%) Windows 10
9 1 (0.46%) Android
9 1 (0.46%) CentOS
9 1 (0.46%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.46%) SUSE
9 1 (0.46%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 93 (43.06%) Agile Software Development
2 64 (29.63%) Computer Science
3 53 (24.54%) Problem-Solving
4 36 (16.67%) ITIL
5 32 (14.81%) Waterfall
6 31 (14.35%) Project Management
7 27 (12.50%) Cognitive Psychology
7 27 (12.50%) Market Research
7 27 (12.50%) Mathematics
7 27 (12.50%) Psychology
7 27 (12.50%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
8 25 (11.57%) Actionable Insight
8 25 (11.57%) Customer Insight
9 23 (10.65%) Actionable Customer Insight
9 23 (10.65%) Open Source
10 22 (10.19%) DevOps
11 17 (7.87%) Analytics
11 17 (7.87%) Security Architecture
12 16 (7.41%) Business Intelligence
13 15 (6.94%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 33 (15.28%) C#
2 29 (13.43%) SQL
3 28 (12.96%) Python
4 27 (12.50%) C
5 24 (11.11%) Java
6 21 (9.72%) C++
7 12 (5.56%) Bash Shell
7 12 (5.56%) PowerShell
8 11 (5.09%) JavaScript
8 11 (5.09%) Lua
8 11 (5.09%) Ruby
9 9 (4.17%) Shell Script
10 8 (3.70%) MATLAB
10 8 (3.70%) VB.NET
11 6 (2.78%) Assembly Language
12 3 (1.39%) R
12 3 (1.39%) VB
13 2 (0.93%) PHP
14 1 (0.46%) T-SQL
14 1 (0.46%) VBA
Qualifications
1 38 (17.59%) Security Cleared
2 37 (17.13%) SC Cleared
3 35 (16.20%) Computer Science Degree
4 11 (5.09%) Chartered Engineer
4 11 (5.09%) Master's Degree
4 11 (5.09%) OSCE
5 10 (4.63%) DV Cleared
6 7 (3.24%) OCP
6 7 (3.24%) Oracle Certification
7 6 (2.78%) CISSP
8 5 (2.31%) CISA
8 5 (2.31%) Cisco Certification
9 4 (1.85%) BPSS Clearance
9 4 (1.85%) CCNP
9 4 (1.85%) MBA
9 4 (1.85%) SANS
10 3 (1.39%) CCNA
10 3 (1.39%) CISM
10 3 (1.39%) CREST Certified
10 3 (1.39%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (4.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 5 (2.31%) SLA
3 4 (1.85%) PCI DSS
4 3 (1.39%) GDPR
4 3 (1.39%) QA
5 2 (0.93%) COBIT
5 2 (0.93%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.93%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (0.93%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.46%) NEBOSH
6 1 (0.46%) PMO
System Software
1 8 (3.70%) Active Directory
2 7 (3.24%) Oracle RAC
2 7 (3.24%) Virtual Machines
3 5 (2.31%) Docker
3 5 (2.31%) Firmware
4 2 (0.93%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.46%) LXC
5 1 (0.46%) Sendmail
5 1 (0.46%) Snort
5 1 (0.46%) XenApp
5 1 (0.46%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 12 (5.56%) Ansible
2 11 (5.09%) Nessus
2 11 (5.09%) Nmap
3 7 (3.24%) Data Guard
3 7 (3.24%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 6 (2.78%) Kubernetes
4 6 (2.78%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 2 (0.93%) Netcool
5 2 (0.93%) TeMIP
5 2 (0.93%) Terraform
6 1 (0.46%) Hadoop YARN
6 1 (0.46%) Host Intrusion Detection System
6 1 (0.46%) IBM BigFix
6 1 (0.46%) Kibana
6 1 (0.46%) logstash
6 1 (0.46%) Microsoft Intune
6 1 (0.46%) QRadar
6 1 (0.46%) Rundeck
6 1 (0.46%) SCCM
6 1 (0.46%) SELinux
Vendors
1 30 (13.89%) Microsoft
2 22 (10.19%) Oracle
3 11 (5.09%) Google
4 7 (3.24%) SAP
5 6 (2.78%) Cisco
6 4 (1.85%) Nokia
6 4 (1.85%) VMware
7 3 (1.39%) IBM
7 3 (1.39%) Juniper
7 3 (1.39%) Mentor Graphics
7 3 (1.39%) Red Hat
8 2 (0.93%) BMC
8 2 (0.93%) HP
8 2 (0.93%) Lotus
8 2 (0.93%) SolarWinds
8 2 (0.93%) Splunk
8 2 (0.93%) Tableau
9 1 (0.46%) Adobe
9 1 (0.46%) Citrix
9 1 (0.46%) Dell