Period
to 6 July 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for SDLC skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited SDLC over the 6 months to 6 July 2020 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.

Systems or Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC)
England > West Midlands
6 months to
6 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 53 70 69
Rank change year-on-year +17 -1 +11
Contract jobs citing SDLC 70 124 152
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands 3.79% 2.66% 2.95%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 4.48% 3.06% 3.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 49 86 95
Median daily rate £450 £416 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.11% -0.89% +12.00%
10th Percentile £356 £324 £272
90th Percentile £588 £563 £575
England median daily rate £500 £500 £475
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +1.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £30.71
England median hourly rate £43.00 £43.00 £44.50
% change year-on-year - -3.37% +9.20%

SDLC is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following 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 process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
West Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 1,563 4,053 4,357
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 84.53% 86.79% 84.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 937 2,534 2,613
Median daily rate £441 £448 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.45% +5.29% +6.25%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £263
90th Percentile £588 £600 £575
England median daily rate £480 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +1.05% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 59 116 196
Median hourly rate £21.50 £25.21 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.72% +68.08% -28.57%
10th Percentile £11.66 £11.34 £10.88
90th Percentile £44.00 £47.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate £32.50 £25.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year +30.00% +13.64% -12.00%

SDLC
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing SDLC as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for SDLC in the West Midlands

SDLC
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing SDLC in the West Midlands.

Daily rate trend for SDLC in the West Midlands

SDLC
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing SDLC in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 6 July 2020.

Daily rate histogram for SDLC in the West Midlands

SDLC
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing SDLC in the West Midlands.

Hourly rate trend for SDLC in the West Midlands

SDLC
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 SDLC within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 6 July 2020. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Shropshire +31 24 £428 +3.57% 2
Birmingham +30 17 £450 +12.50% 7
Coventry +20 13 £575 +27.78% 3
Warwickshire -5 8 £340 -15.00%
Solihull +12 6 £463 -11.90% 4
Worcestershire - 2 £475 - 2
Staffordshire +6 1 £413 +26.92% 1
SDLC
England

For the 6 months to 6 July 2020, IT contractor jobs citing SDLC also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for SDLC.

1 34 (48.57%) Agile Software Development
2 25 (35.71%) Java
3 23 (32.86%) SQL
4 20 (28.57%) Oracle
5 19 (27.14%) Windows
5 19 (27.14%) Microsoft
6 17 (24.29%) Test Automation
6 17 (24.29%) Test Strategy
7 16 (22.86%) Unix
8 15 (21.43%) CSS
9 13 (18.57%) XML
9 13 (18.57%) Finance
9 13 (18.57%) DevOps
9 13 (18.57%) Planning and Forecasting
9 13 (18.57%) Azure
9 13 (18.57%) Public Sector
10 12 (17.14%) QA
10 12 (17.14%) Mentoring
10 12 (17.14%) Coaching
10 12 (17.14%) Oracle OWB
10 12 (17.14%) Microsoft Project
10 12 (17.14%) CheckPoint
11 11 (15.71%) ISEB
11 11 (15.71%) IBM
11 11 (15.71%) SQL Server
11 11 (15.71%) HTML
11 11 (15.71%) WebLogic
11 11 (15.71%) Stakeholder Management
11 11 (15.71%) Software Engineering
11 11 (15.71%) ISEB Practitioner

SDLC
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 11 (15.71%) WebLogic
2 1 (1.43%) Confluence
Applications
1 12 (17.14%) Microsoft Project
2 7 (10.00%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (1.43%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.43%) Oracle Applications
1 1 (1.43%) SAP HR
1 1 (1.43%) SAP IS-U
Cloud Services
1 13 (18.57%) Azure
2 4 (5.71%) GCP
3 3 (4.29%) PaaS
4 2 (2.86%) OpenShift
5 1 (1.43%) AWS
5 1 (1.43%) Azure Stack
5 1 (1.43%) GitHub
5 1 (1.43%) Google Docs
5 1 (1.43%) Google Sheets
5 1 (1.43%) IaaS
5 1 (1.43%) SaaS
5 1 (1.43%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 5 (7.14%) HTTPS
2 3 (4.29%) RTSP
3 1 (1.43%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (17.14%) Oracle OWB
2 11 (15.71%) SQL Server
3 6 (8.57%) PostgreSQL
4 5 (7.14%) MongoDB
4 5 (7.14%) MySQL
4 5 (7.14%) Redis
4 5 (7.14%) Relational Database
5 4 (5.71%) NoSQL
5 4 (5.71%) Pentaho
6 3 (4.29%) Data Warehouse
6 3 (4.29%) OLAP
7 2 (2.86%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
7 2 (2.86%) OLTP
7 2 (2.86%) SAP BW
8 1 (1.43%) OLAP Cube
8 1 (1.43%) SQL Server 2012
8 1 (1.43%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 1 (1.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (1.43%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 1 (1.43%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 5 (7.14%) webpack
2 3 (4.29%) JIRA
3 2 (2.86%) Git (software)
3 2 (2.86%) SpecFlow
4 1 (1.43%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 1 (1.43%) Cucumber
4 1 (1.43%) Jenkins
4 1 (1.43%) Maven
4 1 (1.43%) Selenium
4 1 (1.43%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 13 (18.57%) Finance
1 13 (18.57%) Public Sector
2 6 (8.57%) Telecoms
3 3 (4.29%) Legal
3 3 (4.29%) Multimedia
3 3 (4.29%) Retail
4 2 (2.86%) Banking
4 2 (2.86%) Billing
5 1 (1.43%) Games
Job Titles
1 14 (20.00%) Developer
2 10 (14.29%) Analyst
2 10 (14.29%) Test Manager
3 8 (11.43%) Business Analyst
3 8 (11.43%) Consultant
3 8 (11.43%) Java Developer
4 5 (7.14%) Azure Consultant
5 4 (5.71%) Project Manager
5 4 (5.71%) Software Engineer
6 3 (4.29%) Architect
6 3 (4.29%) Business Intelligence Developer
6 3 (4.29%) Lead DevOps
6 3 (4.29%) User Researcher
7 2 (2.86%) Head of Development
7 2 (2.86%) Infrastructure Business Analyst
7 2 (2.86%) Network Analyst
7 2 (2.86%) Product Owner
7 2 (2.86%) SC Cleared Business Analyst
7 2 (2.86%) Software Developer
7 2 (2.86%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (21.43%) CSS
2 13 (18.57%) XML
3 11 (15.71%) HTML
4 7 (10.00%) .NET
5 6 (8.57%) REST
5 6 (8.57%) Spring
6 5 (7.14%) HTML5
6 5 (7.14%) jQuery
6 5 (7.14%) Memcached
6 5 (7.14%) Node.js
6 5 (7.14%) React
6 5 (7.14%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 4 (5.71%) .NET Framework
8 3 (4.29%) FFmpeg
8 3 (4.29%) GStreamer
8 3 (4.29%) HEVC
8 3 (4.29%) SAML
9 2 (2.86%) .NET Core
9 2 (2.86%) Web Services
10 1 (1.43%) MDX
Miscellaneous
1 9 (12.86%) User Experience
2 6 (8.57%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (8.57%) Reinsurance
3 5 (7.14%) Self-Motivation
4 3 (4.29%) Greenfield Project
4 3 (4.29%) MPEG
4 3 (4.29%) PKI
5 2 (2.86%) CCTV
6 1 (1.43%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 19 (27.14%) Windows
2 16 (22.86%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (48.57%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (24.29%) Test Automation
2 17 (24.29%) Test Strategy
3 13 (18.57%) DevOps
3 13 (18.57%) Planning and Forecasting
4 12 (17.14%) Coaching
4 12 (17.14%) Mentoring
5 11 (15.71%) Software Engineering
5 11 (15.71%) Stakeholder Management
5 11 (15.71%) Test Management
6 10 (14.29%) Data Modelling
6 10 (14.29%) Migration
7 9 (12.86%) Problem-Solving
8 8 (11.43%) Business Analysis
8 8 (11.43%) Scrum
8 8 (11.43%) Waterfall
8 8 (11.43%) Workshop Facilitation
9 7 (10.00%) Front End Development
9 7 (10.00%) Visualisation
10 6 (8.57%) Feasibility Study
Programming Languages
1 25 (35.71%) Java
2 23 (32.86%) SQL
3 10 (14.29%) JavaScript
4 8 (11.43%) C#
5 4 (5.71%) Python
6 1 (1.43%) C
6 1 (1.43%) T-SQL
6 1 (1.43%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 11 (15.71%) ISEB
1 11 (15.71%) ISEB Practitioner
1 11 (15.71%) SC Cleared
1 11 (15.71%) Security Cleared
2 2 (2.86%) CISSP
3 1 (1.43%) (ISC)2 CCSP
3 1 (1.43%) CCSP
3 1 (1.43%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (1.43%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (17.14%) QA
2 2 (2.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (2.86%) SLA
3 1 (1.43%) ISO 22301
3 1 (1.43%) NIST
System Software
1 2 (2.86%) Docker
Systems Management
1 6 (8.57%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 20 (28.57%) Oracle
2 19 (27.14%) Microsoft
3 12 (17.14%) CheckPoint
4 11 (15.71%) IBM
5 8 (11.43%) webMethods
6 5 (7.14%) Google
7 4 (5.71%) SAP
8 2 (2.86%) Birst
8 2 (2.86%) Guidewire
8 2 (2.86%) Infor
9 1 (1.43%) Atlassian