The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Reference Data in contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Reference Data over the 3 months to 27 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.

3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Reference Data
England / West Midlands
Rank 115 124 -
Rank change year-on-year +9 -  
Contract jobs citing Reference Data 1 8 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.045% 0.30% -
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.16% 1.23% -
Number of daily rates quoted 1 8 0
Median daily rate £363 £475 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -23.68% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £495 £444 £425
% change year-on-year +11.54% +4.41%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £32.50

Reference Data 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 617 648 689
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 27.46% 24.07% 26.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 391 384 370
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 £395 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +5.33% -  
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 £27.75 £18.75
% change year-on-year -32.68% +48.00%  

Reference Data
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

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

Job vacancy trend for Reference Data in the West Midlands

Reference Data
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Reference Data in the West Midlands

Reference Data
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 Reference Data within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 27 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
Birmingham -4 1 £363 -23.68%
Reference Data
England

Reference Data
Top 24 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 27 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Reference Data 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 Reference Data.

1 2 (100.00%) Tomcat
2 1 (50.00%) Data Modelling
2 1 (50.00%) Nagios
2 1 (50.00%) JMeter
2 1 (50.00%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (50.00%) Load Balancing
2 1 (50.00%) Grails
2 1 (50.00%) Data Integration
2 1 (50.00%) Data Architecture
2 1 (50.00%) OpenLDAP
2 1 (50.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (50.00%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (50.00%) Splunk
2 1 (50.00%) Data Quality
2 1 (50.00%) Redis
2 1 (50.00%) Docker
2 1 (50.00%) CRUD
2 1 (50.00%) LAPP Stack
2 1 (50.00%) Java
2 1 (50.00%) JavaScript
2 1 (50.00%) PHP
2 1 (50.00%) Linux
2 1 (50.00%) Apache

Reference Data
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 2 (100.00%) Tomcat
2 1 (50.00%) Apache
Cloud Services
1 1 (50.00%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (50.00%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (50.00%) OpenLDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (50.00%) PostgreSQL
1 1 (50.00%) Redis
Development Applications
1 1 (50.00%) JMeter
Job Titles
1 1 (50.00%) Architect
1 1 (50.00%) Developer
1 1 (50.00%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (50.00%) Grails
1 1 (50.00%) LAPP Stack
Operating Systems
1 1 (50.00%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
1 1 (50.00%) CRUD
1 1 (50.00%) Data Architecture
1 1 (50.00%) Data Integration
1 1 (50.00%) Data Modelling
1 1 (50.00%) Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 1 (50.00%) Java
1 1 (50.00%) JavaScript
1 1 (50.00%) PHP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (50.00%) Data Quality
System Software
1 1 (50.00%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (50.00%) Nagios
Vendors
1 1 (50.00%) Splunk