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 25 June 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.

Reference Data
England / West Midlands
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 114 135 119
Rank change year-on-year +21 -16  
Contract jobs citing Reference Data 2 5 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.100% 0.17% 0.042%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.35% 0.66% 0.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 4 0
Median daily rate - £405 -
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £445 £475
% change year-on-year +6.74% -6.31%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £15.50 -

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 577 752 638
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 28.75% 25.21% 26.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 331 457 384
Median daily rate £375 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £145 £210 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £501 £490
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 30 44
Median hourly rate £14.61 £15.21 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.91% -19.97%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.17 £11.50 £10.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.50 £22.20 £36.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £23.00 £18.90
% change year-on-year +8.69% +21.69%  

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

For the 6 months to 25 June 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 (66.67%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (66.67%) Data Cleansing
1 2 (66.67%) Spreadsheet
2 1 (33.33%) Tomcat
2 1 (33.33%) CRUD
2 1 (33.33%) Grails

Reference Data
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 1 (33.33%) Tomcat
Applications
1 2 (66.67%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (66.67%) Spreadsheet
Job Titles
1 2 (66.67%) Analyst
1 2 (66.67%) Data Analyst
1 2 (66.67%) Excel Analyst
1 2 (66.67%) Junior
1 2 (66.67%) Junior Analyst
1 2 (66.67%) Junior Data Analyst
2 1 (33.33%) Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (33.33%) Grails
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (66.67%) Data Cleansing
2 1 (33.33%) CRUD