The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Freedom of Information in contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Freedom of Information over the 3 months to 28 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

Freedom of Information (FOI)
England / West Midlands
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 114 128 123
Rank change year-on-year +14 -5  
Contract jobs citing Freedom of Information 1 1 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.045% 0.037% 0.15%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.17% 0.15% 0.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 1 3
Median daily rate £395 £400 £180
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.25% +122.22%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £250 £275 £225
% change year-on-year -9.09% +22.22%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £11.65 £24.00 £14.85
% change year-on-year -51.45% +61.61%  

Freedom of Information is in the generic IT skills category. The next 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 generic IT skills.

Generic IT Skills
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills 605 661 691
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 27.22% 24.16% 26.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 389 394 372
Median daily rate £400 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 31 74
Median hourly rate £16.00 £13.50 £22.60
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.51% -40.25%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.45 £10.96 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £35.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.68 £27.22 £18.83
% change year-on-year -31.36% +44.56%  

Freedom of Information
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands citing Freedom of Information as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Miscellaneous category.

Job vacancy trend for Freedom of Information in the West Midlands

Freedom of Information
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Freedom of Information in the West Midlands

Freedom of Information
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Freedom of Information in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Freedom of Information in the West Midlands

Freedom of Information
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 28 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Freedom of Information also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Freedom of Information.

1 5 (83.33%) Security Management
1 5 (83.33%) Information Security
1 5 (83.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 5 (83.33%) ISMS
2 4 (66.67%) PCI DSS
3 3 (50.00%) CESG
4 2 (33.33%) Management Information System
4 2 (33.33%) Risk Management
4 2 (33.33%) ITIL
4 2 (33.33%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 2 (33.33%) Incident Management
4 2 (33.33%) Data Protection
4 2 (33.33%) PABX
4 2 (33.33%) Continuous Improvement
5 1 (16.67%) Data Quality
5 1 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (16.67%) Records Management
5 1 (16.67%) Knowledge Management
5 1 (16.67%) Customer Requirements
5 1 (16.67%) Information Assurance
5 1 (16.67%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (16.67%) Business Intelligence
5 1 (16.67%) Change Management
5 1 (16.67%) Information Security Management
5 1 (16.67%) Finance
5 1 (16.67%) Publishing
5 1 (16.67%) Data Management
5 1 (16.67%) Information Management
5 1 (16.67%) Data Protection Act
5 1 (16.67%) Freedom of Information Act

Freedom of Information
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:

Communications & Networking
1 2 (33.33%) PABX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (16.67%) Data Warehouse
General
1 1 (16.67%) Finance
1 1 (16.67%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 4 (66.67%) Information Manager
1 4 (66.67%) Information Security Manager
1 4 (66.67%) Security Manager
2 2 (33.33%) Telephony Manager
3 1 (16.67%) Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) Business Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) Head of Information
3 1 (16.67%) Head of Information Management
3 1 (16.67%) Head of Knowledge Management
Miscellaneous
1 3 (50.00%) CESG
2 2 (33.33%) Management Information System
3 1 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (16.67%) Data Protection Act
3 1 (16.67%) Freedom of Information Act
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (83.33%) Information Security
1 5 (83.33%) ISMS
1 5 (83.33%) Security Management
2 2 (33.33%) Continuous Improvement
2 2 (33.33%) Data Protection
2 2 (33.33%) Incident Management
2 2 (33.33%) ITIL
2 2 (33.33%) Risk Management
3 1 (16.67%) Business Intelligence
3 1 (16.67%) Change Management
3 1 (16.67%) Customer Requirements
3 1 (16.67%) Data Management
3 1 (16.67%) Information Assurance
3 1 (16.67%) Information Management
3 1 (16.67%) Information Security Management
3 1 (16.67%) Knowledge Management
3 1 (16.67%) Problem Management
3 1 (16.67%) Records Management
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (83.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 4 (66.67%) PCI DSS
3 2 (33.33%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 1 (16.67%) Data Quality