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 June 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.

Middleware
England / West Midlands
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 66 109 104
Rank change year-on-year +43 -5  
Contract jobs citing Middleware 49 32 19
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 2.42% 1.06% 0.78%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 10.02% 4.20% 3.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 15 11
Median daily rate £540 £440 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +22.72% -2.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £345 £400
10% offered a daily rate of more than £593 £563 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £488 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +8.33% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
Median hourly rate £25.00 £22.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.63% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £28.00 £39.00
% change year-on-year +25.00% -28.20%  

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 489 762 553
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 24.11% 25.33% 22.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 325 491 360
Median daily rate £375 £375 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +13.63%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £243 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £488 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 10 11
Median hourly rate £31.00 £36.50 £23.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.06% +53.68%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £22.00 £22.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.50 £37.50 £39.55
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £36.00 £38.89
% change year-on-year +18.05% -7.41%  

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

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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 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Middleware in the West Midlands

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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 Middleware in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Middleware in the West Midlands

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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 June 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 +42 33 £550 +25.00% 2
Coventry +14 1 - -
Birmingham +5 1 £363 +11.53% 2
Warwickshire 0 1 £325 -24.76% 2
Dudley - 1 - -
Middleware
England

For the 6 months to 22 June 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 48 (68.57%) Agile Software Development
2 41 (58.57%) SOA
3 34 (48.57%) Subversion
3 34 (48.57%) Git (software)
4 33 (47.14%) TDD
4 33 (47.14%) Unix
5 32 (45.71%) JSON
6 31 (44.29%) Linux
7 28 (40.00%) XSLT
8 27 (38.57%) SOAP
8 27 (38.57%) WSO2
9 26 (37.14%) BPSS Clearance
10 25 (35.71%) XML
11 23 (32.86%) Scrum
12 22 (31.43%) Windows
13 21 (30.00%) Kanban
14 20 (28.57%) Jenkins
15 19 (27.14%) DevOps
15 19 (27.14%) Maven
16 18 (25.71%) Oracle
16 18 (25.71%) MuleSoft
17 17 (24.29%) Test Automation
17 17 (24.29%) Web Services
18 16 (22.86%) SDLC
19 15 (21.43%) JSON Schema
19 15 (21.43%) WSDL
19 15 (21.43%) Mac OS X
20 14 (20.00%) HTTP
20 14 (20.00%) XSD
20 14 (20.00%) SoapUI

Middleware
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 10 (14.29%) Confluence
2 9 (12.86%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 4 (5.71%) BizTalk Server
3 4 (5.71%) Documentum
3 4 (5.71%) JBoss
4 2 (2.86%) Mule
4 2 (2.86%) WebLogic
5 1 (1.43%) CMS
5 1 (1.43%) IIS
5 1 (1.43%) Mule ESB
5 1 (1.43%) Tomcat
5 1 (1.43%) Tuxedo
5 1 (1.43%) WebSphere
Applications
1 3 (4.29%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.43%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 12 (17.14%) Amazon AWS
2 8 (11.43%) Cloud Computing
3 5 (7.14%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (1.43%) IaaS
4 1 (1.43%) PaaS
4 1 (1.43%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 14 (20.00%) HTTP
2 13 (18.57%) SSL
3 5 (7.14%) TCP/IP
4 4 (5.71%) Firewall
5 3 (4.29%) FTP
6 2 (2.86%) Wi-Fi
7 1 (1.43%) 3G
7 1 (1.43%) Ethernet
7 1 (1.43%) LAN
7 1 (1.43%) RS-232
7 1 (1.43%) RS-485
7 1 (1.43%) SAN
7 1 (1.43%) Wireless
7 1 (1.43%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (11.43%) Oracle Database
2 5 (7.14%) SQL Server
3 2 (2.86%) RDBMS
3 2 (2.86%) Relational Database
4 1 (1.43%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 34 (48.57%) Git (software)
1 34 (48.57%) Subversion
2 20 (28.57%) Jenkins
3 19 (27.14%) Maven
4 14 (20.00%) SoapUI
5 11 (15.71%) Sonatype Nexus
6 10 (14.29%) JIRA
7 4 (5.71%) Team Foundation Server
8 3 (4.29%) XMLSpy
9 2 (2.86%) LoadRunner
10 1 (1.43%) Cucumber
10 1 (1.43%) JMeter
10 1 (1.43%) LabVIEW
10 1 (1.43%) Selenium
10 1 (1.43%) Visual Studio
General
1 4 (5.71%) Manufacturing
2 2 (2.86%) Automotive
3 1 (1.43%) Advertising
3 1 (1.43%) Banking
3 1 (1.43%) Finance
3 1 (1.43%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 34 (48.57%) Developer
2 13 (18.57%) Architect
2 13 (18.57%) Middleware Developer
3 12 (17.14%) SOA Developer
4 11 (15.71%) Agile Developer
4 11 (15.71%) Linux Developer
5 9 (12.86%) Senior Developer
6 8 (11.43%) DevOps Engineer
6 8 (11.43%) Messaging Developer
7 6 (8.57%) Solutions Architect
8 5 (7.14%) Infrastructure Architect
8 5 (7.14%) Senior Agile Developer
9 4 (5.71%) Analyst
9 4 (5.71%) Infrastructure Solutions Architect
9 4 (5.71%) Middleware Architect
10 3 (4.29%) Enterprise Infrastructure Architect
10 3 (4.29%) Enterprise Solutions Architect
10 3 (4.29%) Lead Developer
10 3 (4.29%) Team Leader
10 3 (4.29%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (45.71%) JSON
2 28 (40.00%) XSLT
3 27 (38.57%) SOAP
4 25 (35.71%) XML
5 17 (24.29%) Web Services
6 15 (21.43%) JSON Schema
6 15 (21.43%) WSDL
7 14 (20.00%) XSD
8 13 (18.57%) REST
9 5 (7.14%) .NET
9 5 (7.14%) Apache Camel
10 4 (5.71%) RESTful
10 4 (5.71%) WebSphere MQ
11 3 (4.29%) ASP.NET
11 3 (4.29%) jQuery
12 2 (2.86%) .NET Framework
12 2 (2.86%) ASP.NET Web API
12 2 (2.86%) CSS
12 2 (2.86%) Entity Framework
12 2 (2.86%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 7 (10.00%) Enterprise Software
2 5 (7.14%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (5.71%) DataPower
4 2 (2.86%) Data Centre
5 1 (1.43%) Embedded Systems
5 1 (1.43%) EPoS
5 1 (1.43%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.43%) Private Cloud
5 1 (1.43%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 33 (47.14%) Unix
2 31 (44.29%) Linux
3 22 (31.43%) Windows
4 15 (21.43%) Mac OS X
5 8 (11.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (1.43%) AIX
6 1 (1.43%) Embedded Linux
6 1 (1.43%) HPUX
6 1 (1.43%) MVS
6 1 (1.43%) Solaris
6 1 (1.43%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (68.57%) Agile Software Development
2 41 (58.57%) SOA
3 33 (47.14%) TDD
4 23 (32.86%) Scrum
5 21 (30.00%) Kanban
6 19 (27.14%) DevOps
7 17 (24.29%) Test Automation
8 16 (22.86%) SDLC
9 12 (17.14%) Conceptual Models
9 12 (17.14%) Mentoring
10 11 (15.71%) Continuous Improvement
10 11 (15.71%) Continuous Integration
11 10 (14.29%) Configuration Management
12 9 (12.86%) Coaching
13 8 (11.43%) API Design
13 8 (11.43%) Case Management
13 8 (11.43%) Server Virtualisation
14 7 (10.00%) Microservices
14 7 (10.00%) Service Delivery
14 7 (10.00%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 11 (15.71%) Perl
1 11 (15.71%) Python
2 7 (10.00%) SQL
3 4 (5.71%) C#
3 4 (5.71%) Java
4 2 (2.86%) VB.NET
5 1 (1.43%) Assembly Language
5 1 (1.43%) C
5 1 (1.43%) C++
5 1 (1.43%) Groovy
5 1 (1.43%) JavaScript
5 1 (1.43%) PL/SQL
5 1 (1.43%) XPath
Qualifications
1 26 (37.14%) BPSS Clearance
2 1 (1.43%) A+ Certification
2 1 (1.43%) SC Cleared
2 1 (1.43%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (4.29%) QA
2 1 (1.43%) SEPA
2 1 (1.43%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (4.29%) Docker
1 3 (4.29%) Virtual Machines
2 1 (1.43%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 13 (18.57%) Puppet
2 8 (11.43%) Ansible
3 7 (10.00%) ZABBIX
4 2 (2.86%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (1.43%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (1.43%) HP SiteScope
5 1 (1.43%) logstash
5 1 (1.43%) OpenView
Vendors
1 27 (38.57%) WSO2
2 18 (25.71%) MuleSoft
2 18 (25.71%) Oracle
3 10 (14.29%) Microsoft
4 8 (11.43%) Red Hat
5 7 (10.00%) IBM
6 4 (5.71%) Pega
7 3 (4.29%) SAP
8 1 (1.43%) Assembla
8 1 (1.43%) Cisco
8 1 (1.43%) HP
8 1 (1.43%) webMethods