Period
to 13 November 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 13 November 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
13 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 79 58 41
Rank change year-on-year -21 -17 +2
Contract jobs citing Degree 101 192 202
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 2.57% 3.76% 4.22%
As % of the Qualifications category 13.80% 19.18% 23.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 111 124
West Midlands median daily rate £438 £450 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.78% +20.00% +3.45%
10th Percentile £205 £313 £227
90th Percentile £579 £600 £540
England median daily rate £467 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +3.67% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 4 21
West Midlands median hourly rate £40.00 £30.75 £31.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +30.08% -0.81% +19.23%
10th Percentile £11.13 £15.75 £12.50
90th Percentile £57.00 £53.69 £36.00
England median hourly rate £45.00 £37.50 £30.63
% change year-on-year +20.00% +22.45% +17.79%

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 732 1,001 843
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 18.60% 19.59% 17.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 486 561 467
West Midlands median daily rate £450 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% - +2.56%
10th Percentile £213 £210 £209
90th Percentile £588 £538 £527
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 53 50
West Midlands median hourly rate £25.43 £18.03 £30.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +41.01% -41.37% +25.51%
10th Percentile £11.27 £12.36 £11.70
90th Percentile £47.35 £47.50 £50.00
England median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +40.00% - -

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 November 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 13 November 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 13 November 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
Birmingham -9 30 £325 -37.95% 73
Coventry -6 18 £500 -16.67% 27
Warwickshire -19 16 £353 -29.50% 44
Worcestershire -6 10 £328 -25.14% 19
Staffordshire +8 8 £453 +25.69% 24
Solihull +6 5 £190 - 8
Shropshire +30 3 £450 +5.88% 11
Dudley - 2 - - 2
Degree
England

For the 6 months to 13 November 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 27 (26.73%) Problem-Solving
2 26 (25.74%) Analytical Skills
3 24 (23.76%) Agile Software Development
3 24 (23.76%) Computer Science
4 22 (21.78%) Microsoft
5 18 (17.82%) User Experience
6 16 (15.84%) Computer Science Degree
7 13 (12.87%) ITIL
8 12 (11.88%) Java
8 12 (11.88%) Project Management
8 12 (11.88%) Telecoms
9 10 (9.90%) Finance
9 10 (9.90%) Continuous Improvement
10 9 (8.91%) Change Management
10 9 (8.91%) Firewall
11 8 (7.92%) Management Information System
11 8 (7.92%) Oracle
11 8 (7.92%) C++
11 8 (7.92%) PRINCE2
11 8 (7.92%) Cisco
11 8 (7.92%) VMware
11 8 (7.92%) Retail
11 8 (7.92%) SIEM
11 8 (7.92%) Security Cleared
11 8 (7.92%) Market Research
12 7 (6.93%) SC Cleared
12 7 (6.93%) Software Delivery
12 7 (6.93%) Analytics
12 7 (6.93%) Cybersecurity
12 7 (6.93%) TOGAF

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 6 (5.94%) SharePoint
2 4 (3.96%) Confluence
3 3 (2.97%) Exchange Server 2010
3 3 (2.97%) Exchange Server 2013
3 3 (2.97%) MS Exchange
4 2 (1.98%) ArcGIS
5 1 (0.99%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 1 (0.99%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 7 (6.93%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (5.94%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (2.97%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (1.98%) InVision
4 2 (1.98%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (1.98%) MS Visio
4 2 (1.98%) Sketch
5 1 (0.99%) Figma
5 1 (0.99%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 1 (0.99%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (0.99%) Primavera
1 1 (0.99%) SAP IS-U
Cloud Services
1 6 (5.94%) Office 365
2 5 (4.95%) Azure
3 4 (3.96%) AWS
4 2 (1.98%) OneDrive
4 2 (1.98%) SaaS
4 2 (1.98%) Salesforce Service Cloud
5 1 (0.99%) Adobe Creative Cloud
5 1 (0.99%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (0.99%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.99%) Dynamics 365
5 1 (0.99%) IaaS
5 1 (0.99%) PaaS
5 1 (0.99%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 9 (8.91%) Firewall
2 7 (6.93%) Wireless
3 6 (5.94%) TCP/IP
4 3 (2.97%) MPLS
4 3 (2.97%) Multicast
4 3 (2.97%) Unified Communications
5 2 (1.98%) Intrusion Detection
5 2 (1.98%) LAN
5 2 (1.98%) Network Security
5 2 (1.98%) Remote Desktop
5 2 (1.98%) Skype
5 2 (1.98%) WAN
6 1 (0.99%) Broadband
6 1 (0.99%) Internet
6 1 (0.99%) Intranet
6 1 (0.99%) RS-232
6 1 (0.99%) SAN
6 1 (0.99%) SNMP
6 1 (0.99%) VLAN
6 1 (0.99%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.98%) Data Warehouse
1 2 (1.98%) GIS
1 2 (1.98%) MS Access
1 2 (1.98%) MySQL
2 1 (0.99%) Big Data
2 1 (0.99%) Hadoop
2 1 (0.99%) NoSQL
2 1 (0.99%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (0.99%) Power BI
2 1 (0.99%) QGIS
2 1 (0.99%) Relational Database
2 1 (0.99%) Spatial Data
2 1 (0.99%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.99%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (0.99%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 5 (4.95%) JIRA
1 5 (4.95%) Visual Studio
2 3 (2.97%) Cucumber
2 3 (2.97%) Selenium
3 2 (1.98%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.99%) Ant
4 1 (0.99%) Apache Ivy
4 1 (0.99%) Bitbucket
4 1 (0.99%) CircleCI
4 1 (0.99%) Gradle
4 1 (0.99%) Maven
4 1 (0.99%) Rational DOORS
4 1 (0.99%) Rational Rhapsody
4 1 (0.99%) Subversion
General
1 12 (11.88%) Telecoms
2 10 (9.90%) Finance
3 8 (7.92%) Retail
4 6 (5.94%) Public Sector
5 5 (4.95%) Electronics
6 4 (3.96%) Automotive
6 4 (3.96%) Legal
6 4 (3.96%) Manufacturing
7 3 (2.97%) Marketing
8 2 (1.98%) Banking
9 1 (0.99%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.99%) Billing
9 1 (0.99%) Law
9 1 (0.99%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 14 (13.86%) Analyst
2 11 (10.89%) Architect
3 7 (6.93%) Developer
3 7 (6.93%) User Researcher
4 6 (5.94%) Project Manager
4 6 (5.94%) Solutions Architect
5 5 (4.95%) Software Engineer
6 4 (3.96%) Senior Software Engineer
7 3 (2.97%) Business Analyst
7 3 (2.97%) Consultant
7 3 (2.97%) Contracts Manager
7 3 (2.97%) Cybersecurity Specialist
7 3 (2.97%) IT Support
7 3 (2.97%) Java Architect
7 3 (2.97%) Project Engineer
7 3 (2.97%) Project Officer
7 3 (2.97%) Project Support Officer
7 3 (2.97%) Security Analyst
7 3 (2.97%) Security Specialist
7 3 (2.97%) User Experience Researcher
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (2.97%) Gherkin
2 2 (1.98%) .NET
2 2 (1.98%) RESTful
3 1 (0.99%) CSS
3 1 (0.99%) Flash
3 1 (0.99%) HTML
3 1 (0.99%) Java EE
3 1 (0.99%) Java SE
3 1 (0.99%) JSON
3 1 (0.99%) OpenGL
3 1 (0.99%) SAML
3 1 (0.99%) SOAP
3 1 (0.99%) Web Services
3 1 (0.99%) XML
3 1 (0.99%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 26 (25.74%) Analytical Skills
2 18 (17.82%) User Experience
3 8 (7.92%) Management Information System
4 7 (6.93%) CCTV
5 4 (3.96%) Mobile App
6 3 (2.97%) ASIC
6 3 (2.97%) Driving Licence
6 3 (2.97%) Embedded Systems
6 3 (2.97%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
7 2 (1.98%) Life Science
7 2 (1.98%) Smartphone
7 2 (1.98%) Social Media
7 2 (1.98%) VHDL
8 1 (0.99%) Client/Server
8 1 (0.99%) Clustering
8 1 (0.99%) CPLD
8 1 (0.99%) e-Learning
8 1 (0.99%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 1 (0.99%) New Media
8 1 (0.99%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 7 (6.93%) Linux
1 7 (6.93%) Windows
2 4 (3.96%) Windows Server
3 3 (2.97%) Ubuntu
4 2 (1.98%) Mac OS
4 2 (1.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 2 (1.98%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (0.99%) Android
5 1 (0.99%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.99%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (26.73%) Problem-Solving
2 24 (23.76%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (23.76%) Computer Science
3 13 (12.87%) ITIL
4 12 (11.88%) Project Management
5 10 (9.90%) Continuous Improvement
6 9 (8.91%) Change Management
7 8 (7.92%) Market Research
7 8 (7.92%) PRINCE2
7 8 (7.92%) SIEM
8 7 (6.93%) Analytics
8 7 (6.93%) Business Analysis
8 7 (6.93%) Cybersecurity
8 7 (6.93%) Integration Testing
8 7 (6.93%) Migration
8 7 (6.93%) Psychology
8 7 (6.93%) Risk Management
8 7 (6.93%) Software Delivery
8 7 (6.93%) Stakeholder Management
8 7 (6.93%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 12 (11.88%) Java
2 8 (7.92%) C++
3 6 (5.94%) C
3 6 (5.94%) PowerShell
4 3 (2.97%) Python
5 2 (1.98%) ABAP
5 2 (1.98%) Assembly Language
5 2 (1.98%) C#
5 2 (1.98%) PHP
5 2 (1.98%) SQL
6 1 (0.99%) Apple Swift
6 1 (0.99%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.99%) Kotlin
6 1 (0.99%) MATLAB
6 1 (0.99%) Perl
6 1 (0.99%) T-SQL
6 1 (0.99%) VB.NET
6 1 (0.99%) VBA
Qualifications
1 16 (15.84%) Computer Science Degree
2 8 (7.92%) Security Cleared
3 7 (6.93%) SC Cleared
4 6 (5.94%) CISSP
5 5 (4.95%) Cisco Certification
6 3 (2.97%) CCNA
6 3 (2.97%) CCNP
6 3 (2.97%) HNC
6 3 (2.97%) MCSE
6 3 (2.97%) Microsoft Certification
6 3 (2.97%) PMI Certification
6 3 (2.97%) PMP
7 2 (1.98%) CISM
7 2 (1.98%) HND
7 2 (1.98%) ITIL Certification
7 2 (1.98%) JNCIP
7 2 (1.98%) MBA
7 2 (1.98%) MCSA
7 2 (1.98%) SANS
8 1 (0.99%) CompTIA Security+
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (4.95%) ISO/IEC 20000
2 4 (3.96%) Data Quality
2 4 (3.96%) NIST
2 4 (3.96%) SLA
3 3 (2.97%) Cyber Essentials
3 3 (2.97%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
3 3 (2.97%) GDPR
3 3 (2.97%) PMO
4 2 (1.98%) DO-254
5 1 (0.99%) COBIT
5 1 (0.99%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.99%) JTAG
5 1 (0.99%) MISRA
5 1 (0.99%) MISRA C
5 1 (0.99%) NEBOSH
5 1 (0.99%) QA
System Software
1 5 (4.95%) Active Directory
2 3 (2.97%) Firmware
2 3 (2.97%) LXC
2 3 (2.97%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (1.98%) VMware ESXi
3 2 (1.98%) vSphere
3 2 (1.98%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 4 (3.96%) QRadar
2 3 (2.97%) SCCM
3 2 (1.98%) Nessus
4 1 (0.99%) PingFederate
4 1 (0.99%) SCSM
4 1 (0.99%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 22 (21.78%) Microsoft
2 8 (7.92%) Cisco
2 8 (7.92%) Oracle
2 8 (7.92%) VMware
3 6 (5.94%) SAP
4 3 (2.97%) Juniper
4 3 (2.97%) Splunk
5 2 (1.98%) Atlassian
5 2 (1.98%) Barracuda Networks
5 2 (1.98%) Citrix
5 2 (1.98%) NetApp
5 2 (1.98%) Nokia
5 2 (1.98%) Qualys
5 2 (1.98%) Red Hat
5 2 (1.98%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (0.99%) Adobe
6 1 (0.99%) AlienVault
6 1 (0.99%) ESRI
6 1 (0.99%) IBM
6 1 (0.99%) LogRhythm