The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for Middleware skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Middleware over the 3 months to 22 March 2017 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.

3 months to
22 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Middleware
England / West Midlands
Rank 94 95 63
Rank change year-on-year +1 -32  
Contract jobs citing Middleware 21 40 53
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.92% 1.51% 2.17%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 3.82% 6.00% 8.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 30 37
Median daily rate £450 £450 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £375 £365
10% offered a daily rate of more than £493 £508 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £450
% change year-on-year +5.88% -5.55%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 1
Median hourly rate £23.00 £35.00 £31.44
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -34.28% +11.32%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.00 £42.00 £38.25
% change year-on-year -45.23% +9.80%  

Middleware is in the industry standards, technical specifications and software library and framework 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 industry standards, technical specifications and software library and framework skills.

Contract Software Library & Framework Skills
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for industry standards, technical specifications and software library and framework skills 550 667 590
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 24.13% 25.14% 24.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 370 407 364
Median daily rate £375 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £522 £500 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year +3.44% +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 9 16
Median hourly rate £25.00 £20.25 £34.20
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.45% -40.78%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.00 £9.00 £17.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.00 £45.00 £45.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £38.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.55%  

Middleware
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands citing Middleware as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category.

Job vacancy trend for Middleware in the West Midlands

Middleware
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Middleware in the West Midlands

Middleware
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Middleware in the West Midlands over the 3 months to 22 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Middleware in the West Midlands

Middleware
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 Middleware in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Middleware in the West Midlands

Middleware
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 Middleware within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 22 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Shropshire +36 7 £575 -4.16% 2
Coventry -5 5 £450 +74.75%
Staffordshire +1 2 £425 -5.55%
Birmingham +3 1 - - 3
Warwickshire -8 1 - - 3
Worcestershire - 1 £300 -
Middleware
England

Middleware
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 22 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Middleware 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 Middleware.

1 20 (37.74%) CMS
1 20 (37.74%) Content Management
2 19 (35.85%) Drupal
3 15 (28.30%) CSS
4 14 (26.42%) SOAP
4 14 (26.42%) Web Services
4 14 (26.42%) JavaScript
4 14 (26.42%) Security Cleared
5 13 (24.53%) HTML5
5 13 (24.53%) HTML
6 12 (22.64%) Agile Software Development
6 12 (22.64%) REST
6 12 (22.64%) Front End Development
7 11 (20.75%) Web Development
8 10 (18.87%) XML
8 10 (18.87%) SOA
8 10 (18.87%) Microsoft
9 9 (16.98%) Windows
9 9 (16.98%) SQL
10 8 (15.09%) Unix
10 8 (15.09%) JSON
10 8 (15.09%) BPSS Clearance
11 7 (13.21%) WSO2
11 7 (13.21%) TDD
11 7 (13.21%) XSLT
12 6 (11.32%) Oracle
12 6 (11.32%) IBM
12 6 (11.32%) Mentoring
12 6 (11.32%) Coaching
12 6 (11.32%) Microservices

Middleware
Top Related 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 20 (37.74%) CMS
2 19 (35.85%) Drupal
3 4 (7.55%) BizTalk Server
4 2 (3.77%) Confluence
4 2 (3.77%) IIS
4 2 (3.77%) JBoss
5 1 (1.89%) Tomcat
5 1 (1.89%) Tuxedo
5 1 (1.89%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1 (1.89%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (3.77%) Oracle BPM
2 1 (1.89%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 3 (5.66%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.89%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.77%) HTTP
2 1 (1.89%) 3G
2 1 (1.89%) BGP
2 1 (1.89%) BIG-IP
2 1 (1.89%) Cisco Nexus
2 1 (1.89%) CTI
2 1 (1.89%) Ethernet
2 1 (1.89%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
2 1 (1.89%) Firewall
2 1 (1.89%) OSPF
2 1 (1.89%) RS-232
2 1 (1.89%) RS-485
2 1 (1.89%) SSL
2 1 (1.89%) TCP/IP
2 1 (1.89%) Wi-Fi
2 1 (1.89%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (7.55%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.89%) Oracle Database
2 1 (1.89%) Oracle Database 11g
2 1 (1.89%) RDBMS
2 1 (1.89%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 6 (11.32%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (5.66%) LoadRunner
3 2 (3.77%) Git (software)
3 2 (3.77%) Jenkins
3 2 (3.77%) JIRA
3 2 (3.77%) Maven
3 2 (3.77%) SoapUI
3 2 (3.77%) Subversion
4 1 (1.89%) LabVIEW
4 1 (1.89%) Oracle Forms
4 1 (1.89%) Sonatype Nexus
4 1 (1.89%) Visual Studio
General
1 2 (3.77%) Automotive
1 2 (3.77%) Finance
1 2 (3.77%) Manufacturing
2 1 (1.89%) Advertising
2 1 (1.89%) Banking
Job Titles
1 34 (64.15%) Developer
2 18 (33.96%) Drupal Developer
3 11 (20.75%) JavaScript Developer
4 8 (15.09%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
4 8 (15.09%) Middleware Developer
5 6 (11.32%) Messaging Developer
6 5 (9.43%) HTML CSS Developer
6 5 (9.43%) HTML Developer
7 4 (7.55%) Consultant
8 3 (5.66%) Architect
9 2 (3.77%) Analyst
9 2 (3.77%) Delivery Manager
9 2 (3.77%) Full Stack Developer
9 2 (3.77%) Oracle Consultant
9 2 (3.77%) Performance Analyst
9 2 (3.77%) Performance Test Analyst
9 2 (3.77%) Project Manager
9 2 (3.77%) Senior Manager
9 2 (3.77%) Solutions Architect
9 2 (3.77%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (28.30%) CSS
2 14 (26.42%) SOAP
2 14 (26.42%) Web Services
3 13 (24.53%) HTML
3 13 (24.53%) HTML5
4 12 (22.64%) REST
5 10 (18.87%) XML
6 8 (15.09%) JSON
7 7 (13.21%) XSLT
8 6 (11.32%) RESTful
9 5 (9.43%) .NET
10 2 (3.77%) Oracle ADF
10 2 (3.77%) Oracle Fusion
11 1 (1.89%) .NET Framework
11 1 (1.89%) ASP.NET Web API
11 1 (1.89%) Entity Framework
11 1 (1.89%) jQuery
11 1 (1.89%) JSF
11 1 (1.89%) JSON Schema
11 1 (1.89%) WebCenter
Miscellaneous
1 6 (11.32%) DataPower
2 3 (5.66%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (3.77%) Data Centre
3 2 (3.77%) EPoS
4 1 (1.89%) Embedded Systems
4 1 (1.89%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (1.89%) SWIFT
4 1 (1.89%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 9 (16.98%) Windows
2 8 (15.09%) Unix
3 3 (5.66%) Linux
4 1 (1.89%) Embedded Linux
4 1 (1.89%) Mac OS X
4 1 (1.89%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (37.74%) Content Management
2 12 (22.64%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (22.64%) Front End Development
3 11 (20.75%) Web Development
4 10 (18.87%) SOA
5 7 (13.21%) TDD
6 6 (11.32%) API Design
6 6 (11.32%) Coaching
6 6 (11.32%) Mentoring
6 6 (11.32%) Microservices
6 6 (11.32%) SDLC
7 4 (7.55%) Continuous Integration
8 3 (5.66%) Continuous Improvement
8 3 (5.66%) Migration
8 3 (5.66%) Non-Functional Testing
8 3 (5.66%) Scrum
9 2 (3.77%) Business Intelligence
9 2 (3.77%) Matrix Management
9 2 (3.77%) MVC
9 2 (3.77%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 14 (26.42%) JavaScript
2 9 (16.98%) SQL
3 3 (5.66%) C#
3 3 (5.66%) Java
4 1 (1.89%) Assembly Language
4 1 (1.89%) C
4 1 (1.89%) C++
4 1 (1.89%) Perl
4 1 (1.89%) Python
Qualifications
1 14 (26.42%) Security Cleared
2 8 (15.09%) BPSS Clearance
3 2 (3.77%) SC Cleared
4 1 (1.89%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.89%) SEPA
System Software
1 1 (1.89%) Docker
1 1 (1.89%) Firmware
1 1 (1.89%) Hyper-V
1 1 (1.89%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 2 (3.77%) HP Quality Center
1 2 (3.77%) OpenView
2 1 (1.89%) Ansible
2 1 (1.89%) HP Operations Orchestration
2 1 (1.89%) HP SiteScope
2 1 (1.89%) logstash
2 1 (1.89%) OPNET
2 1 (1.89%) Puppet
Vendors
1 10 (18.87%) Microsoft
2 7 (13.21%) WSO2
3 6 (11.32%) IBM
3 6 (11.32%) Oracle
4 3 (5.66%) HP
5 2 (3.77%) Cisco
5 2 (3.77%) SolarWinds
6 1 (1.89%) Assembla
6 1 (1.89%) BMC
6 1 (1.89%) CheckPoint
6 1 (1.89%) F5
6 1 (1.89%) Fortinet
6 1 (1.89%) Juniper
6 1 (1.89%) Nokia
6 1 (1.89%) Sitecore
6 1 (1.89%) VMware