The median contractor rate for a Software Developer was £413 per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 3 months to 25 April 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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.

Software Developer
England / West Midlands
3 months to
25 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 94 112 101
Rank change year-on-year +18 -11  
Contract jobs requiring a Software Developer 18 21 24
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.83% 0.74% 0.87%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.88% 0.77% 0.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 8 15
Median daily rate £413 £338 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +22.22% -10.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £255 £264
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £395 £482
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +7.14% +7.69%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 2
Median hourly rate £32.50 - £29.14
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £34.00
% change year-on-year - +25.00%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 2045 2717 2586
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 94.11% 95.20% 93.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 1278 1539 1501
Median daily rate £400 £395 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.26% +8.96%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £245 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £513 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 97 74 174
Median hourly rate £15.00 £14.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.14% -20.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £10.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.19 £37.50 £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £16.60
% change year-on-year -2.77% +8.43%  

Software Developer
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands that featured Software Developer in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Software Developer in the West Midlands

Software Developer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Developer in the West Midlands

Software Developer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Developer in the West Midlands over the 3 months to 25 April 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Developer in the West Midlands

Software Developer
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 Software Developer in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Developer in the West Midlands

Software Developer
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 Software Developer within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 25 April 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 +5 4 £375 +7.14% 13
Staffordshire -2 3 - - 5
Herefordshire - 2 £285 -
Shropshire +28 1 - -
Warwickshire - 1 - - 5
Worcestershire - 1 - - 4
Software Developer
England

Software Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 25 April 2017, Software Developer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the West Midlands region featuring Software Developer in the job title.

1 17 (53.13%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (50.00%) .NET
3 15 (46.88%) C#
4 11 (34.38%) SQL Server
5 9 (28.13%) ASP.NET
5 9 (28.13%) CSS
5 9 (28.13%) HTML
5 9 (28.13%) SQL
6 8 (25.00%) Java
6 8 (25.00%) JavaScript
6 8 (25.00%) MVC
7 6 (18.75%) Git (software)
7 6 (18.75%) WPF
7 6 (18.75%) TDD
7 6 (18.75%) VB.NET
7 6 (18.75%) Windows
7 6 (18.75%) SDLC
8 5 (15.63%) SOA
8 5 (15.63%) Visual Studio
8 5 (15.63%) Web Development
8 5 (15.63%) JSON
9 4 (12.50%) jQuery
9 4 (12.50%) Continuous Improvement
9 4 (12.50%) WSO2
9 4 (12.50%) BDD
9 4 (12.50%) MySQL
9 4 (12.50%) E-Commerce
9 4 (12.50%) XSLT
9 4 (12.50%) Unix
9 4 (12.50%) Subversion

Software Developer Skill Set
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 2 (6.25%) NServiceBus
1 2 (6.25%) OpenStack
2 1 (3.13%) CMS
2 1 (3.13%) DNN
2 1 (3.13%) Elasticsearch
Cloud Services
1 2 (6.25%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (6.25%) IaaS
1 2 (6.25%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (3.13%) PaaS
2 1 (3.13%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 2 (6.25%) Firewall
2 1 (3.13%) Broadband
2 1 (3.13%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (34.38%) SQL Server
2 4 (12.50%) MySQL
2 4 (12.50%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (6.25%) MongoDB
3 2 (6.25%) MS Access
3 2 (6.25%) RDBMS
3 2 (6.25%) Relational Database
3 2 (6.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (3.13%) CouchDB
4 1 (3.13%) DB2
4 1 (3.13%) Event Store
4 1 (3.13%) PouchDB
4 1 (3.13%) RavenDB
4 1 (3.13%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (3.13%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 6 (18.75%) Git (software)
2 5 (15.63%) Visual Studio
3 4 (12.50%) Subversion
4 2 (6.25%) Eclipse
4 2 (6.25%) Mercurial
5 1 (3.13%) JIRA
5 1 (3.13%) Mocha
5 1 (3.13%) Robot Framework
5 1 (3.13%) SpecFlow
5 1 (3.13%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 1 (3.13%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (3.13%) Travis CI
General
1 3 (9.38%) Back Office
2 2 (6.25%) Automotive
3 1 (3.13%) Advertising
3 1 (3.13%) Dutch Language
3 1 (3.13%) Local Government
3 1 (3.13%) Manufacturing
3 1 (3.13%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (50.00%) .NET
2 9 (28.13%) ASP.NET
2 9 (28.13%) CSS
2 9 (28.13%) HTML
3 6 (18.75%) WPF
4 5 (15.63%) JSON
5 4 (12.50%) jQuery
5 4 (12.50%) XSLT
6 3 (9.38%) AngularJS
6 3 (9.38%) ASP.NET MVC 5
6 3 (9.38%) KnockoutJS
6 3 (9.38%) WinForms
6 3 (9.38%) XML
7 2 (6.25%) .NET Framework
7 2 (6.25%) Apache Cordova
7 2 (6.25%) Entity Framework
7 2 (6.25%) Node.js
7 2 (6.25%) React
7 2 (6.25%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 2 (6.25%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 4 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (6.25%) Computer Science
3 1 (3.13%) Infotainment
3 1 (3.13%) Internet of Things
3 1 (3.13%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 6 (18.75%) Windows
2 4 (12.50%) Unix
3 3 (9.38%) Android
4 1 (3.13%) Apple iOS
4 1 (3.13%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (53.13%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (25.00%) MVC
3 6 (18.75%) SDLC
3 6 (18.75%) TDD
4 5 (15.63%) SOA
4 5 (15.63%) Web Development
5 4 (12.50%) BDD
5 4 (12.50%) Continuous Improvement
5 4 (12.50%) E-Commerce
6 3 (9.38%) Change Management
6 3 (9.38%) Mentoring
6 3 (9.38%) Test Automation
7 2 (6.25%) Automation Testing
7 2 (6.25%) Configuration Management
7 2 (6.25%) Continuous Integration
7 2 (6.25%) Integration Testing
7 2 (6.25%) Kanban
7 2 (6.25%) OOP
8 1 (3.13%) Data Modelling
8 1 (3.13%) EAI
Programming Languages
1 15 (46.88%) C#
2 9 (28.13%) SQL
3 8 (25.00%) Java
3 8 (25.00%) JavaScript
4 6 (18.75%) VB.NET
5 3 (9.38%) PowerShell
5 3 (9.38%) Python
5 3 (9.38%) T-SQL
6 1 (3.13%) Apex Code
6 1 (3.13%) ES6
6 1 (3.13%) PHP
6 1 (3.13%) TypeScript
6 1 (3.13%) XAML
Qualifications
1 4 (12.50%) BPSS Clearance
2 2 (6.25%) Degree
3 1 (3.13%) SC Cleared
3 1 (3.13%) Security Cleared
Vendors
1 4 (12.50%) Microsoft
1 4 (12.50%) MuleSoft
1 4 (12.50%) WSO2
2 3 (9.38%) Oracle
3 2 (6.25%) VMware
4 1 (3.13%) CheckPoint
4 1 (3.13%) IBM
4 1 (3.13%) Mapbox
4 1 (3.13%) Salesforce.com
4 1 (3.13%) Xamarin