Period
to 22 April 2021

The median contractor rate for a Developer was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 6 months to 22 April 2021.

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
22 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 5 2 2
Rank change year-on-year -3 0 0
Contract jobs requiring a Developer 292 488 956
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands 13.90% 19.27% 19.53%
As % of the Job Titles category 14.84% 20.19% 20.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 225 337 616
10th Percentile £272 £313 £309
25th Percentile £338 £363 £356
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £400 £425 £425
Median % change year-on-year -5.88% - +6.25%
75th Percentile £445 £500 £480
90th Percentile £495 £550 £538
England median daily rate £500 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 6
10th Percentile " " £41.25
25th Percentile £42.50 £12.75 £42.19
Median hourly rate £45.00 £13.50 £50.50
Median % change year-on-year +233.33% -73.27% +64.71%
75th Percentile £47.50 £14.25 £59.97
90th Percentile " " £61.56
England median hourly rate £48.18 £45.00 £46.00
% change year-on-year +7.06% -2.17% +15.00%

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 1,968 2,417 4,670
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.67% 95.46% 95.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,424 1,499 3,016
10th Percentile £205 £213 £258
25th Percentile £315 £350 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £403 £433 £425
Median % change year-on-year -6.94% +1.76% +3.03%
75th Percentile £488 £525 £513
90th Percentile £563 £586 £588
England median daily rate £475 £475 £475
Number of hourly rates quoted 85 105 134
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.25 £10.88
25th Percentile £14.00 £13.00 £12.00
Median hourly rate £16.00 £15.50 £15.86
Median % change year-on-year +3.23% -2.24% -2.43%
75th Percentile £19.25 £18.75 £27.13
90th Percentile £27.30 £23.15 £45.00
England median hourly rate £22.00 £18.70 £18.00
% change year-on-year +17.65% +3.89% +1.47%

Developer
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings that featured Developer in the job title as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Developer in the West Midlands.

Daily rate trend for Developer in the West Midlands

Developer
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Developer in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 22 April 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Developer in the West Midlands

Developer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Developer in the West Midlands.

Hourly rate trend 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 22 April 2021. 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 -1 127 £400 -11.11% 200
Shropshire -18 45 £428 +1.90% 17
Warwickshire -8 24 £400 +6.24% 29
Staffordshire +5 23 £370 +4.23% 61
Coventry -3 22 £400 -20.00% 26
Solihull -7 4 £225 -50.28% 14
Worcestershire -1 3 £323 +17.27% 28
Walsall - 2 £325 - 5
Wolverhampton +2 1 £325 -16.13% 6
Halesowen - 1 - - 3
Developer
England

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

For the 6 months to 22 April 2021, 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.

1 102 (34.93%) SQL
2 87 (29.79%) Agile Software Development
3 75 (25.68%) C#
3 75 (25.68%) JavaScript
4 71 (24.32%) .NET
5 58 (19.86%) HTML
6 53 (18.15%) CSS
7 52 (17.81%) Java
8 48 (16.44%) Azure
9 47 (16.10%) Git (software)
10 46 (15.75%) Oracle
11 40 (13.70%) Business Intelligence
12 38 (13.01%) SQL Server
13 37 (12.67%) OO
14 34 (11.64%) Microsoft
15 33 (11.30%) DevOps
16 32 (10.96%) AngularJS
17 31 (10.62%) React
17 31 (10.62%) Unix
17 31 (10.62%) Python
17 31 (10.62%) PL/SQL
18 30 (10.27%) JSON
19 29 (9.93%) Finance
19 29 (9.93%) Process Improvement
20 28 (9.59%) Test Strategy
20 28 (9.59%) Node.js
20 28 (9.59%) J2EE
20 28 (9.59%) WebLogic
21 27 (9.25%) Web Services
22 26 (8.90%) MVC

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 28 (9.59%) WebLogic
2 8 (2.74%) Confluence
3 7 (2.40%) Apache
4 6 (2.05%) Apache Spark
5 5 (1.71%) SharePoint
6 3 (1.03%) IIS
7 2 (0.68%) CMS
7 2 (0.68%) JBoss
7 2 (0.68%) WordPress
8 1 (0.34%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 1 (0.34%) Drupal
8 1 (0.34%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.34%) GeoServer
8 1 (0.34%) Headless CMS
8 1 (0.34%) Jupyter
8 1 (0.34%) Kentico
8 1 (0.34%) SAS
Applications
1 5 (1.71%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (1.37%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.37%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (0.34%) Doxygen
3 1 (0.34%) Figma
Business Applications
1 4 (1.37%) Cognos Business Intelligence
1 4 (1.37%) Magento
2 2 (0.68%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.68%) Shopify
3 1 (0.34%) assyst
3 1 (0.34%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.34%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.34%) NetSuite
3 1 (0.34%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.34%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 48 (16.44%) Azure
2 23 (7.88%) Power Platform
3 18 (6.16%) AWS
4 9 (3.08%) SaaS
4 9 (3.08%) Serverless
5 5 (1.71%) Dynamics 365
5 5 (1.71%) GitHub
6 4 (1.37%) GCP
6 4 (1.37%) PaaS
7 3 (1.03%) Amazon S3
7 3 (1.03%) Azure Active Directory
7 3 (1.03%) Azure Functions
7 3 (1.03%) Cloudflare
8 2 (0.68%) Azure Cosmos DB
8 2 (0.68%) Azure Service Bus
8 2 (0.68%) PowerApps
9 1 (0.34%) AWS Lambda
9 1 (0.34%) Azure App Service
9 1 (0.34%) Azure Key Vault
9 1 (0.34%) Azure Storage
Communications & Networking
1 4 (1.37%) Internet
2 3 (1.03%) DNS
3 2 (0.68%) HTTP
3 2 (0.68%) VoIP
4 1 (0.34%) DAB
4 1 (0.34%) Ethernet
4 1 (0.34%) Skype
4 1 (0.34%) SMTP
4 1 (0.34%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (13.01%) SQL Server
2 23 (7.88%) Power BI
3 19 (6.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 16 (5.48%) MySQL
5 11 (3.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 10 (3.42%) Hadoop
6 10 (3.42%) Relational Database
6 10 (3.42%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 9 (3.08%) Data Warehouse
7 9 (3.08%) MongoDB
8 6 (2.05%) Pentaho
8 6 (2.05%) PostgreSQL
9 5 (1.71%) NoSQL
10 4 (1.37%) Azure SQL Database
10 4 (1.37%) Big Data
10 4 (1.37%) Impala
10 4 (1.37%) Oracle BI EE
10 4 (1.37%) Oracle BI Publisher
10 4 (1.37%) Qlik Sense
10 4 (1.37%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 47 (16.10%) Git (software)
2 26 (8.90%) Jenkins
3 19 (6.51%) Maven
4 13 (4.45%) JIRA
5 10 (3.42%) Visual Studio
6 9 (3.08%) MSTest
7 7 (2.40%) Bitbucket
8 6 (2.05%) Selenium
9 5 (1.71%) CA Gen
9 5 (1.71%) GitLab
9 5 (1.71%) NUnit
9 5 (1.71%) webpack
10 4 (1.37%) JUnit
10 4 (1.37%) Mocha
10 4 (1.37%) RStudio
10 4 (1.37%) Visual Studio Team System
11 3 (1.03%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 2 (0.68%) Eclipse
12 2 (0.68%) Subversion
12 2 (0.68%) TeamCity
General
1 29 (9.93%) Finance
2 24 (8.22%) Public Sector
3 3 (1.03%) Law
3 3 (1.03%) Marketing
3 3 (1.03%) Retail
4 2 (0.68%) Games
4 2 (0.68%) Local Government
4 2 (0.68%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.34%) Banking
5 1 (0.34%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 71 (24.32%) .NET
2 58 (19.86%) HTML
3 53 (18.15%) CSS
4 32 (10.96%) AngularJS
5 31 (10.62%) React
6 30 (10.27%) JSON
7 28 (9.59%) J2EE
7 28 (9.59%) Node.js
8 27 (9.25%) Web Services
9 22 (7.53%) RESTful
10 18 (6.16%) .NET Core
11 17 (5.82%) ASP.NET
12 16 (5.48%) XML
13 15 (5.14%) jQuery
14 14 (4.79%) RabbitMQ
14 14 (4.79%) Spring
15 13 (4.45%) HTML5
16 12 (4.11%) REST
17 11 (3.77%) Spring Boot
18 10 (3.42%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 19 (6.51%) User Experience
2 8 (2.74%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (2.40%) Greenfield Project
4 5 (1.71%) NHS
5 4 (1.37%) Mobile App
6 3 (1.03%) EPoS
6 3 (1.03%) Self-Motivation
7 2 (0.68%) Animation
7 2 (0.68%) e-Learning
7 2 (0.68%) Enterprise Software
7 2 (0.68%) Renewable Energy
8 1 (0.34%) Algorithms
8 1 (0.34%) Data Structures
8 1 (0.34%) Hybrid Cloud
8 1 (0.34%) Management Information System
8 1 (0.34%) PKI
8 1 (0.34%) Public Cloud
8 1 (0.34%) Smartphone
8 1 (0.34%) Video\Live Streaming
8 1 (0.34%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 31 (10.62%) Unix
2 17 (5.82%) Linux
3 10 (3.42%) Windows
4 9 (3.08%) Apple iOS
5 6 (2.05%) Android
6 2 (0.68%) Alpine Linux
6 2 (0.68%) Ubuntu
7 1 (0.34%) AIX
7 1 (0.34%) Embedded Linux
7 1 (0.34%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 87 (29.79%) Agile Software Development
2 40 (13.70%) Business Intelligence
3 37 (12.67%) OO
4 33 (11.30%) DevOps
5 29 (9.93%) Process Improvement
6 28 (9.59%) Test Strategy
7 26 (8.90%) Front End Development
7 26 (8.90%) Microservices
7 26 (8.90%) MVC
8 24 (8.22%) Problem-Solving
8 24 (8.22%) RUP
9 22 (7.53%) Unit Testing
10 21 (7.19%) TDD
11 19 (6.51%) Scrum
12 17 (5.82%) Web Development
13 16 (5.48%) Test Automation
14 15 (5.14%) SDLC
15 13 (4.45%) Continuous Integration
15 13 (4.45%) Data Modelling
15 13 (4.45%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 102 (34.93%) SQL
2 75 (25.68%) C#
2 75 (25.68%) JavaScript
3 52 (17.81%) Java
4 31 (10.62%) PL/SQL
4 31 (10.62%) Python
5 23 (7.88%) Shell Script
6 22 (7.53%) Java 8
7 19 (6.51%) PHP
8 11 (3.77%) Scala
8 11 (3.77%) VB.NET
9 10 (3.42%) T-SQL
10 9 (3.08%) TypeScript
11 8 (2.74%) C
12 7 (2.40%) Go
12 7 (2.40%) PowerShell
13 5 (1.71%) ES6
13 5 (1.71%) Ruby
14 4 (1.37%) Apple Swift
14 4 (1.37%) C++
Qualifications
1 14 (4.79%) Security Cleared
2 12 (4.11%) SC Cleared
3 10 (3.42%) Degree
4 2 (0.68%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (0.34%) ISTQB
5 1 (0.34%) Microsoft Certification
5 1 (0.34%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (5.14%) QA
2 6 (2.05%) Data Quality
3 2 (0.68%) WCAG
4 1 (0.34%) SLA
System Software
1 14 (4.79%) Docker
2 3 (1.03%) Active Directory
2 3 (1.03%) HDFS
3 1 (0.34%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 22 (7.53%) Ansible
2 7 (2.40%) Kubernetes
3 2 (0.68%) Puppet
4 1 (0.34%) Kiali
4 1 (0.34%) Kibana
4 1 (0.34%) logstash
4 1 (0.34%) Terraform
Vendors
1 46 (15.75%) Oracle
2 34 (11.64%) Microsoft
3 26 (8.90%) BEA
3 26 (8.90%) webMethods
4 21 (7.19%) Informatica
5 6 (2.05%) WSO2
6 5 (1.71%) Blue Prism
6 5 (1.71%) Citrix
6 5 (1.71%) Cloudera
6 5 (1.71%) Google
6 5 (1.71%) SAP
6 5 (1.71%) UiPath
7 4 (1.37%) Cognos
8 3 (1.03%) CA
8 3 (1.03%) ServiceNow
8 3 (1.03%) WooCommerce
9 2 (0.68%) Pega
9 2 (0.68%) Salesforce.com
9 2 (0.68%) Sitecore
9 2 (0.68%) Talend