Period
to 11 December 2018

The median contractor rate for a Developer was £413 per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 6 months to 11 December 2018.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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.

Developer
England > West Midlands
6 months to
11 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 2 2 2
Rank change year-on-year 0 0 -1
Contract jobs requiring a Developer 1,056 931 1,262
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 20.32% 18.96% 21.19%
As % of the Job Titles category 21.30% 19.97% 22.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 690 642 809
West Midlands median daily rate £413 £375 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.00% +3.45% +3.57%
10th Percentile £300 £246 £263
90th Percentile £538 £500 £488
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 22 24
West Midlands median hourly rate £47.50 £31.75 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +49.61% +44.32% +25.71%
10th Percentile £32.50 £22.59 £14.50
90th Percentile £60.63 £53.13 £42.25
England median hourly rate £44.50 £42.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year +4.71% +6.25% +5.96%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
West Midlands
Contract vacancies in the West Midlands with a recognized job title 4,958 4,663 5,665
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.40% 94.95% 95.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,079 2,959 3,423
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £238 £210 £225
90th Percentile £575 £539 £541
England median daily rate £459 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +1.89% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 194 200 229
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.85 £17.13 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.45% +14.17% -9.64%
10th Percentile £10.83 £10.30 £10.00
90th Percentile £43.38 £47.50 £39.50
England median hourly rate £18.12 £18.70 £18.38
% change year-on-year -3.13% +1.77% +2.08%

Developer
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings that featured Developer in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for Developer in the West Midlands

Developer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Developer in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for Developer in the West Midlands

Developer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Developer in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 11 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Developer in the West Midlands

Developer
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 Developer in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Developer in the West Midlands

Developer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Developer in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 11 December 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Developer in the West Midlands

Developer
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 Developer within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 11 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 +1 333 £425 +16.44% 211
Shropshire +1 214 £446 -14.33% 32
Coventry -2 147 £425 +8.97% 42
Staffordshire -1 99 £375 +7.14% 107
Warwickshire -8 58 £425 +39.34% 47
Solihull +10 31 £400 +6.67% 35
Wolverhampton +2 23 £444 +26.79% 4
Worcestershire -2 16 £363 +11.54% 62
Walsall +2 10 £375 +20.97% 3
Sutton Coldfield +9 2 £385 - 13
West Bromwich -3 2 £200 -11.11% 1
Herefordshire -21 2 £390 +20.00% 6
Dudley - 1 £250 - 1
Developer
England

Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 11 December 2018, Developer contract jobs required the following IT 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 featuring Developer in the job title.

1 462 (43.75%) Agile Software Development
2 401 (37.97%) JavaScript
3 330 (31.25%) C#
4 327 (30.97%) SQL
5 326 (30.87%) HTML
6 318 (30.11%) .NET
7 317 (30.02%) CSS
8 279 (26.42%) Java
9 244 (23.11%) SQL Server
10 218 (20.64%) TDD
11 208 (19.70%) Git (software)
12 207 (19.60%) MVC
13 175 (16.57%) Scrum
14 169 (16.00%) Microservices
15 167 (15.81%) Spring
16 166 (15.72%) Microsoft Azure
17 161 (15.25%) Web Services
18 160 (15.15%) ASP.NET
19 151 (14.30%) Continuous Integration
20 149 (14.11%) REST
21 140 (13.26%) AngularJS
22 137 (12.97%) HTML5
23 135 (12.78%) jQuery
23 135 (12.78%) Microsoft
24 132 (12.50%) DevOps
25 125 (11.84%) Docker
26 110 (10.42%) Spring Boot
26 110 (10.42%) BDD
27 107 (10.13%) Test Automation
28 101 (9.56%) .NET Framework

Developer Skill Set
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 38 (3.60%) Confluence
2 27 (2.56%) Documentum
3 26 (2.46%) WebSphere
4 25 (2.37%) CMS
5 24 (2.27%) WebLogic
6 17 (1.61%) Tomcat
7 16 (1.52%) Apache
7 16 (1.52%) SharePoint
8 14 (1.33%) BizTalk Server
9 12 (1.14%) JBoss
9 12 (1.14%) nginx
9 12 (1.14%) WordPress
10 8 (0.76%) Drupal
11 7 (0.66%) Elasticsearch
11 7 (0.66%) Umbraco
12 6 (0.57%) NServiceBus
12 6 (0.57%) Sitecore CMS
13 4 (0.38%) Oracle Workflow
14 3 (0.28%) Apache Spark
14 3 (0.28%) ColdFusion
Applications
1 7 (0.66%) Photoshop
2 5 (0.47%) GIMP
3 4 (0.38%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.19%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 2 (0.19%) Microsoft Office
5 1 (0.095%) AutoCAD
5 1 (0.095%) Chatbot
5 1 (0.095%) Revit
5 1 (0.095%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 45 (4.26%) Dynamics CRM
2 15 (1.42%) Magento
3 9 (0.85%) Remedy ITSM
4 8 (0.76%) Oracle BPM
5 3 (0.28%) Shopify
6 2 (0.19%) Exstream
6 2 (0.19%) Payment Gateway
6 2 (0.19%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 1 (0.095%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 1 (0.095%) Cognos TM1
7 1 (0.095%) NetSuite
7 1 (0.095%) Oracle ERP
7 1 (0.095%) SAP CRM
7 1 (0.095%) SAP MII
7 1 (0.095%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 166 (15.72%) Microsoft Azure
2 46 (4.36%) Amazon AWS
3 39 (3.69%) GitHub
4 37 (3.50%) Dynamics 365
5 29 (2.75%) Google Analytics
6 18 (1.70%) SaaS
7 14 (1.33%) Azure Data Factory
8 11 (1.04%) Amazon EC2
9 10 (0.95%) Office 365
9 10 (0.95%) PaaS
9 10 (0.95%) Serverless
10 9 (0.85%) Slack
11 8 (0.76%) Force.com
11 8 (0.76%) Salesforce Service Cloud
12 7 (0.66%) Google Tag Manager
12 7 (0.66%) IaaS
13 6 (0.57%) Azure Functions
13 6 (0.57%) npm
14 2 (0.19%) Google Cloud Platform
15 1 (0.095%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 19 (1.80%) SSL
2 18 (1.70%) TCP/IP
3 17 (1.61%) HTTP
4 10 (0.95%) Skype
5 8 (0.76%) DSL
6 7 (0.66%) SMS
7 3 (0.28%) Internet
8 2 (0.19%) Extranet
8 2 (0.19%) Intranet
8 2 (0.19%) RTP
9 1 (0.095%) Bluetooth
9 1 (0.095%) Wi-Fi
9 1 (0.095%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 244 (23.11%) SQL Server
2 71 (6.72%) Relational Database
3 63 (5.97%) MongoDB
4 59 (5.59%) NoSQL
5 55 (5.21%) PostgreSQL
6 47 (4.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 46 (4.36%) MySQL
8 35 (3.31%) Data Warehouse
9 33 (3.13%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 29 (2.75%) Power BI
11 26 (2.46%) Oracle Database
12 22 (2.08%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 19 (1.80%) RDBMS
13 19 (1.80%) SQL Server 2012
14 18 (1.70%) Azure SQL Database
15 17 (1.61%) Oracle Database 11g
16 16 (1.52%) SQL Server 2016
17 15 (1.42%) Oracle Database 12c
17 15 (1.42%) Redis
18 14 (1.33%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 208 (19.70%) Git (software)
2 90 (8.52%) Jenkins
3 72 (6.82%) Visual Studio
4 67 (6.34%) JIRA
5 63 (5.97%) Cucumber
5 63 (5.97%) Selenium
6 54 (5.11%) JUnit
6 54 (5.11%) Maven
7 50 (4.73%) gulp
8 48 (4.55%) Team Foundation Server
9 45 (4.26%) Subversion
10 39 (3.69%) IntelliJ
11 34 (3.22%) Visual Studio Team System
12 33 (3.13%) Mockito
13 32 (3.03%) SonarQube
14 31 (2.94%) Eclipse
14 31 (2.94%) Grunt
15 26 (2.46%) Sublime Text
16 23 (2.18%) DbUnit
16 23 (2.18%) Gatling
General
1 52 (4.92%) Finance
2 25 (2.37%) Marketing
3 20 (1.89%) Retail
4 14 (1.33%) Law
5 13 (1.23%) Games
6 10 (0.95%) Back Office
7 7 (0.66%) Banking
8 6 (0.57%) Aerospace
9 5 (0.47%) Local Government
9 5 (0.47%) Publishing
10 3 (0.28%) Advertising
10 3 (0.28%) Automotive
10 3 (0.28%) Multimedia
10 3 (0.28%) Telecoms
11 2 (0.19%) Billing
11 2 (0.19%) German Language
11 2 (0.19%) Manufacturing
12 1 (0.095%) Electronics
12 1 (0.095%) Financial Institution
12 1 (0.095%) Music Industry
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 326 (30.87%) HTML
2 318 (30.11%) .NET
3 317 (30.02%) CSS
4 167 (15.81%) Spring
5 161 (15.25%) Web Services
6 160 (15.15%) ASP.NET
7 149 (14.11%) REST
8 140 (13.26%) AngularJS
9 137 (12.97%) HTML5
10 135 (12.78%) jQuery
11 110 (10.42%) Spring Boot
12 101 (9.56%) .NET Framework
13 97 (9.19%) SOAP
14 89 (8.43%) CSS3
14 89 (8.43%) RESTful
15 86 (8.14%) ASP.NET Web API
16 80 (7.58%) JSON
17 79 (7.48%) ASP.NET MVC
18 78 (7.39%) Node.js
19 77 (7.29%) React
Miscellaneous
1 68 (6.44%) User Experience
2 39 (3.69%) Mobile App
3 32 (3.03%) Greenfield Project
4 25 (2.37%) Enterprise Software
5 17 (1.61%) Self-Motivation
6 13 (1.23%) Analytical Skills
7 11 (1.04%) Public Cloud
8 10 (0.95%) iPhone
9 8 (0.76%) Mainframe
10 7 (0.66%) NHS
11 6 (0.57%) Data Structures
11 6 (0.57%) N-Tier
12 5 (0.47%) Algorithms
12 5 (0.47%) W3C
13 3 (0.28%) iPad
13 3 (0.28%) Smart Home
13 3 (0.28%) Taxonomies
14 2 (0.19%) Driving Licence
14 2 (0.19%) Fintech
14 2 (0.19%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 56 (5.30%) Linux
1 56 (5.30%) Unix
2 42 (3.98%) Windows
3 34 (3.22%) Android
4 33 (3.13%) Apple iOS
5 18 (1.70%) Ubuntu
6 12 (1.14%) VME
7 11 (1.04%) Mac OS X
8 9 (0.85%) Mac OS
9 3 (0.28%) CentOS
9 3 (0.28%) VxWorks
10 1 (0.095%) Debian
10 1 (0.095%) Embedded Linux
10 1 (0.095%) FreeRTOS
10 1 (0.095%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 462 (43.75%) Agile Software Development
2 218 (20.64%) TDD
3 207 (19.60%) MVC
4 175 (16.57%) Scrum
5 169 (16.00%) Microservices
6 151 (14.30%) Continuous Integration
7 132 (12.50%) DevOps
8 110 (10.42%) BDD
9 107 (10.13%) Test Automation
10 92 (8.71%) Migration
11 75 (7.10%) Kanban
12 74 (7.01%) OO
13 72 (6.82%) Business Intelligence
14 69 (6.53%) Front End Development
15 60 (5.68%) Web Development
16 59 (5.59%) CRM
17 51 (4.83%) Process Improvement
18 48 (4.55%) E-Commerce
18 48 (4.55%) Test Strategy
19 47 (4.45%) SOLID
Programming Languages
1 401 (37.97%) JavaScript
2 330 (31.25%) C#
3 327 (30.97%) SQL
4 279 (26.42%) Java
5 79 (7.48%) PHP
6 67 (6.34%) Java 8
7 48 (4.55%) Scala
8 43 (4.07%) PL/SQL
8 43 (4.07%) Ruby
9 38 (3.60%) T-SQL
10 35 (3.31%) Python
11 32 (3.03%) VB.NET
12 31 (2.94%) TypeScript
13 22 (2.08%) Groovy
14 20 (1.89%) Perl
14 20 (1.89%) Shell Script
15 19 (1.80%) Apple Swift
16 18 (1.70%) Objective-C
17 17 (1.61%) ES6
18 16 (1.52%) Apex Code
Qualifications
1 98 (9.28%) Security Cleared
2 75 (7.10%) SC Cleared
3 39 (3.69%) Degree
4 10 (0.95%) Computer Science Degree
5 7 (0.66%) Oracle Certification
6 5 (0.47%) OCA
7 4 (0.38%) BPSS Clearance
8 3 (0.28%) DBS Check
9 1 (0.095%) BC Cleared
9 1 (0.095%) ISEB
9 1 (0.095%) ISTQB
9 1 (0.095%) Master's Degree
9 1 (0.095%) OCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (2.37%) QA
2 15 (1.42%) WCAG
3 8 (0.76%) Data Quality
4 6 (0.57%) PMO
5 5 (0.47%) WAI
6 3 (0.28%) Disclosure Scotland
7 2 (0.19%) DO-178B
7 2 (0.19%) IEC 62304
7 2 (0.19%) ISO 13485
8 1 (0.095%) GDPR
System Software
1 125 (11.84%) Docker
2 10 (0.95%) VMware Infrastructure
2 10 (0.95%) vSphere
3 2 (0.19%) Active Directory
4 1 (0.095%) Firmware
4 1 (0.095%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 26 (2.46%) Kibana
2 25 (2.37%) Grafana
3 24 (2.27%) Kubernetes
4 21 (1.99%) Puppet
5 14 (1.33%) Graphite
6 11 (1.04%) HockeyApp
7 5 (0.47%) Ansible
8 4 (0.38%) Docker Swarm
9 2 (0.19%) cPanel
9 2 (0.19%) Mesos
9 2 (0.19%) Plesk
9 2 (0.19%) Terraform
10 1 (0.095%) Business Desktop Deployment
10 1 (0.095%) Salt
10 1 (0.095%) Single Sign-On
10 1 (0.095%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 135 (12.78%) Microsoft
2 101 (9.56%) Oracle
3 42 (3.98%) Google
4 30 (2.84%) IBM
4 30 (2.84%) WSO2
5 26 (2.46%) Xamarin
6 25 (2.37%) Salesforce.com
7 21 (1.99%) UiPath
8 17 (1.61%) Pega
9 16 (1.52%) Atlassian
9 16 (1.52%) Zend
10 15 (1.42%) webMethods
11 14 (1.33%) BEA
12 13 (1.23%) Splunk
12 13 (1.23%) Twitter
13 11 (1.04%) Teradata
14 10 (0.95%) Apple
14 10 (0.95%) SAP
14 10 (0.95%) VMware
15 9 (0.85%) BMC