Period
to 13 December 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 13 December 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
13 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 57 45 42
Rank change year-on-year -12 -3 -6
Contract jobs citing Degree 202 199 247
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 3.89% 4.05% 4.15%
As % of the Qualifications category 19.82% 23.27% 19.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 125 123 168
West Midlands median daily rate £475 £388 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +22.58% +10.71% -12.50%
10th Percentile £313 £225 £231
90th Percentile £600 £540 £541
England median daily rate £462 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.72% +5.88% +0.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 20 16
West Midlands median hourly rate £26.50 £30.50 £25.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.11% +20.79% -19.69%
10th Percentile £10.55 £12.38 £13.07
90th Percentile £51.38 £37.28 £68.75
England median hourly rate £39.75 £32.25 £27.33
% change year-on-year +23.26% +18.01% -21.92%

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 1,019 855 1,271
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 19.61% 17.41% 21.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 598 469 710
West Midlands median daily rate £410 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% +3.23% +5.80%
10th Percentile £216 £195 £234
90th Percentile £544 £525 £545
England median daily rate £450 £435 £425
% change year-on-year +3.45% +2.35% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 51 39
West Midlands median hourly rate £17.77 £30.50 £24.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -41.75% +24.49% -22.07%
10th Percentile £12.62 £11.25 £12.40
90th Percentile £50.05 £50.00 £46.70
England median hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year - -1.96% +5.24%

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 13 December 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 13 December 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 13 December 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 -4 52 £500 +33.33% 87
Warwickshire +3 39 £500 +17.65% 42
Coventry -13 38 £600 +140.00% 12
Shropshire -37 26 £423 -3.43% 8
Staffordshire +2 21 £360 +15.20% 32
Worcestershire +7 16 £438 +42.28% 36
Solihull +4 5 £155 -72.57% 8
Degree
England

For the 6 months to 13 December 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 93 (46.04%) Agile Software Development
2 73 (36.14%) Computer Science
3 49 (24.26%) Problem-Solving
4 46 (22.77%) Analytical Skills
5 40 (19.80%) SQL
6 36 (17.82%) Finance
6 36 (17.82%) Waterfall
7 35 (17.33%) Computer Science Degree
8 34 (16.83%) C#
9 32 (15.84%) Microsoft Azure
10 30 (14.85%) .NET
10 30 (14.85%) Microsoft Office
11 29 (14.36%) Windows
11 29 (14.36%) Microsoft
12 27 (13.37%) Amazon AWS
13 26 (12.87%) Mathematics
13 26 (12.87%) Web Services
14 25 (12.38%) Java
15 24 (11.88%) JavaScript
15 24 (11.88%) Linux
16 23 (11.39%) C
16 23 (11.39%) Change Management
16 23 (11.39%) DevOps
17 22 (10.89%) NoSQL
17 22 (10.89%) Management Information System
18 21 (10.40%) SQL Server
18 21 (10.40%) JIRA
18 21 (10.40%) Psychology
18 21 (10.40%) Open Source
18 21 (10.40%) Market Research

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 (5.45%) OpenStack
2 5 (2.48%) IBM Notes
3 3 (1.49%) Confluence
3 3 (1.49%) SAS
4 2 (0.99%) Apache Airflow
4 2 (0.99%) CMS
4 2 (0.99%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 2 (0.99%) SAP Portal
4 2 (0.99%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.50%) Elasticsearch
5 1 (0.50%) Jupyter
Applications
1 30 (14.85%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (7.92%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (2.97%) MS Visio
4 4 (1.98%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (0.99%) Adobe After Effects
5 2 (0.99%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.99%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.50%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.50%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.50%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.50%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 9 (4.46%) Remedy ITSM
2 4 (1.98%) SAP GRC
3 2 (0.99%) SAP BPC
4 1 (0.50%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.50%) Eikon
4 1 (0.50%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 32 (15.84%) Microsoft Azure
2 27 (13.37%) Amazon AWS
3 10 (4.95%) SuccessFactors
4 7 (3.47%) Google Cloud Platform
5 5 (2.48%) GitHub
5 5 (2.48%) Office 365
6 4 (1.98%) Azure Active Directory
6 4 (1.98%) PaaS
7 2 (0.99%) Taleo
8 1 (0.50%) BrowserStack
8 1 (0.50%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.50%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 11 (5.45%) HTTP
2 10 (4.95%) 802.11
2 10 (4.95%) SNMP
2 10 (4.95%) VPN
3 9 (4.46%) Wireless
4 8 (3.96%) VoIP
5 7 (3.47%) Skype
6 6 (2.97%) Firewall
6 6 (2.97%) Internet
6 6 (2.97%) Network Security
7 2 (0.99%) BGP
7 2 (0.99%) OSPF
7 2 (0.99%) SAN
7 2 (0.99%) TCP/IP
8 1 (0.50%) 3G
8 1 (0.50%) Cisco IOS
8 1 (0.50%) DNS
8 1 (0.50%) Ethernet
8 1 (0.50%) LAN
8 1 (0.50%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (10.89%) NoSQL
2 21 (10.40%) SQL Server
3 10 (4.95%) Big Data
4 9 (4.46%) Data Warehouse
5 8 (3.96%) Hadoop
6 5 (2.48%) SAP HANA
6 5 (2.48%) SQL Server 2000
7 4 (1.98%) MySQL
7 4 (1.98%) Oracle Database
7 4 (1.98%) Oracle Database 12c
7 4 (1.98%) PostgreSQL
8 3 (1.49%) MongoDB
8 3 (1.49%) Oracle Reports
9 2 (0.99%) BusinessObjects
9 2 (0.99%) Relational Database
10 1 (0.50%) Cosmos DB
10 1 (0.50%) Power BI
10 1 (0.50%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 21 (10.40%) JIRA
2 12 (5.94%) AccuRev
2 12 (5.94%) Visual Studio
3 11 (5.45%) Burp Suite
3 11 (5.45%) Jenkins
3 11 (5.45%) Metasploit
4 8 (3.96%) Ant
4 8 (3.96%) Apache Ivy
4 8 (3.96%) Git (software)
4 8 (3.96%) Gradle
4 8 (3.96%) Maven
5 5 (2.48%) GitLab
6 4 (1.98%) SoapUI
7 2 (0.99%) Cucumber
7 2 (0.99%) Rational DOORS
7 2 (0.99%) Selenium
7 2 (0.99%) Vagrant
7 2 (0.99%) WebDriver
8 1 (0.50%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 1 (0.50%) TeamCity
General
1 36 (17.82%) Finance
2 10 (4.95%) Electronics
3 7 (3.47%) Retail
4 6 (2.97%) Manufacturing
5 5 (2.48%) Aerospace
5 5 (2.48%) Banking
5 5 (2.48%) Military
6 4 (1.98%) Automotive
6 4 (1.98%) Cantonese Language
6 4 (1.98%) Law
6 4 (1.98%) Mandarin Language
7 2 (0.99%) Marketing
7 2 (0.99%) Publishing
7 2 (0.99%) Retail Banking
7 2 (0.99%) Retail Finance
8 1 (0.50%) Advertising
8 1 (0.50%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.50%) Front Office
8 1 (0.50%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.50%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 39 (19.31%) Developer
2 21 (10.40%) Analyst
2 21 (10.40%) User Researcher
3 17 (8.42%) Architect
4 14 (6.93%) C# Developer
5 13 (6.44%) .NET Developer
5 13 (6.44%) Product Owner
6 11 (5.45%) Software Developer
6 11 (5.45%) Software Engineer
7 10 (4.95%) Penetration Tester
7 10 (4.95%) Tester
8 9 (4.46%) C# .NET Developer
8 9 (4.46%) Embedded Engineer
8 9 (4.46%) Embedded Software Engineer
9 8 (3.96%) Designer
9 8 (3.96%) Solutions Architect
10 6 (2.97%) Desktop Support
10 6 (2.97%) Project Manager
10 6 (2.97%) Remedy Developer
11 5 (2.48%) Security Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (14.85%) .NET
2 26 (12.87%) Web Services
3 18 (8.91%) HTML
4 17 (8.42%) RESTful
5 14 (6.93%) SOAP
5 14 (6.93%) WPF
6 13 (6.44%) CSS
6 13 (6.44%) WinForms
7 10 (4.95%) 802.1X
7 10 (4.95%) XML
8 9 (4.46%) .NET Framework
8 9 (4.46%) Java EE
9 8 (3.96%) JSON
9 8 (3.96%) XSD
10 7 (3.47%) Oracle Fusion
11 6 (2.97%) Middleware
11 6 (2.97%) REST
12 5 (2.48%) jQuery
12 5 (2.48%) WCF
13 4 (1.98%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 46 (22.77%) Analytical Skills
2 22 (10.89%) Management Information System
3 19 (9.41%) Mobile App
4 14 (6.93%) User Experience
5 12 (5.94%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
6 11 (5.45%) SCADA
7 10 (4.95%) Cyberthreat
8 9 (4.46%) Enterprise Software
8 9 (4.46%) Self-Motivation
9 8 (3.96%) Algorithms
9 8 (3.96%) Wiki
10 6 (2.97%) Data Centre
10 6 (2.97%) Hybrid Cloud
11 5 (2.48%) Blackberry
12 4 (1.98%) ASIC
12 4 (1.98%) CPLD
12 4 (1.98%) PKI
12 4 (1.98%) VHDL
13 3 (1.49%) Public Cloud
14 2 (0.99%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 29 (14.36%) Windows
2 24 (11.88%) Linux
3 14 (6.93%) Unix
4 11 (5.45%) Kali Linux
5 6 (2.97%) Apple iOS
6 5 (2.48%) Windows 7
6 5 (2.48%) Windows Server
7 4 (1.98%) Oracle Linux
8 3 (1.49%) Android
8 3 (1.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 2 (0.99%) Windows 10
10 1 (0.50%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 93 (46.04%) Agile Software Development
2 73 (36.14%) Computer Science
3 49 (24.26%) Problem-Solving
4 36 (17.82%) Waterfall
5 26 (12.87%) Mathematics
6 23 (11.39%) Change Management
6 23 (11.39%) DevOps
7 21 (10.40%) Cognitive Psychology
7 21 (10.40%) Market Research
7 21 (10.40%) Open Source
7 21 (10.40%) Psychology
7 21 (10.40%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
8 20 (9.90%) Actionable Insight
8 20 (9.90%) ITIL
8 20 (9.90%) Security Architecture
9 17 (8.42%) Actionable Customer Insight
9 17 (8.42%) Analytics
9 17 (8.42%) Customer Insight
10 15 (7.43%) Product Management
10 15 (7.43%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 40 (19.80%) SQL
2 34 (16.83%) C#
3 25 (12.38%) Java
4 24 (11.88%) JavaScript
5 23 (11.39%) C
6 19 (9.41%) Python
7 13 (6.44%) C++
7 13 (6.44%) VB.NET
8 11 (5.45%) Bash Shell
8 11 (5.45%) Lua
8 11 (5.45%) PowerShell
8 11 (5.45%) Ruby
9 7 (3.47%) MATLAB
10 5 (2.48%) Assembly Language
11 4 (1.98%) Shell Script
12 2 (0.99%) VB
13 1 (0.50%) Embedded C
13 1 (0.50%) Objective-C
13 1 (0.50%) PHP
13 1 (0.50%) RPG
Qualifications
1 35 (17.33%) Computer Science Degree
2 21 (10.40%) Security Cleared
3 18 (8.91%) SC Cleared
4 11 (5.45%) OSCE
5 9 (4.46%) CISSP
6 8 (3.96%) CISM
7 7 (3.47%) CISA
8 5 (2.48%) Cisco Certification
9 4 (1.98%) CEH
9 4 (1.98%) HNC
9 4 (1.98%) HND
9 4 (1.98%) MBA
9 4 (1.98%) MCSE
9 4 (1.98%) Microsoft Certification
9 4 (1.98%) OCP
9 4 (1.98%) Oracle Certification
10 3 (1.49%) CIMA
10 3 (1.49%) ITIL Certification
10 3 (1.49%) PMI Certification
10 3 (1.49%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (4.46%) GDPR
2 5 (2.48%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 4 (1.98%) ISO 14001
3 4 (1.98%) ISO 9001
3 4 (1.98%) PCI DSS
3 4 (1.98%) QA
4 3 (1.49%) PMO
4 3 (1.49%) SLA
5 1 (0.50%) COBIT
5 1 (0.50%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.50%) ISO 13485
System Software
1 12 (5.94%) Active Directory
2 4 (1.98%) Firmware
2 4 (1.98%) Oracle RAC
2 4 (1.98%) Virtual Desktop
2 4 (1.98%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (0.99%) Docker
3 2 (0.99%) IAG
4 1 (0.50%) Snort
4 1 (0.50%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 11 (5.45%) Nessus
1 11 (5.45%) Nmap
2 6 (2.97%) Ansible
3 4 (1.98%) Data Guard
3 4 (1.98%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 2 (0.99%) Kibana
4 2 (0.99%) Kubernetes
4 2 (0.99%) SELinux
4 2 (0.99%) Terraform
5 1 (0.50%) Host Intrusion Detection System
5 1 (0.50%) IBM BigFix
5 1 (0.50%) logstash
5 1 (0.50%) Microsoft Intune
5 1 (0.50%) Network Intrusion Detection System
5 1 (0.50%) QRadar
Vendors
1 29 (14.36%) Microsoft
2 19 (9.41%) Oracle
3 17 (8.42%) SAP
4 12 (5.94%) Google
5 10 (4.95%) Remedy
6 9 (4.46%) BMC
7 6 (2.97%) Avaya
7 6 (2.97%) Cisco
8 5 (2.48%) Lotus
9 4 (1.98%) ServiceNow
10 3 (1.49%) Red Hat
11 2 (0.99%) Adobe
11 2 (0.99%) Apple
11 2 (0.99%) Bloomberg
11 2 (0.99%) Mentor Graphics
11 2 (0.99%) Tableau
11 2 (0.99%) VMware
11 2 (0.99%) Xamarin
12 1 (0.50%) Axway
12 1 (0.50%) Barracuda Networks