Period
to 19 March 2019

The median contractor rate for a Software Developer was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 6 months to 19 March 2019.

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
6 months to
19 Mar 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 156 135 156
Rank change year-on-year -21 +21 -8
Contract jobs requiring a Software Developer 41 55 32
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.83% 1.16% 0.65%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.87% 1.22% 0.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 28 18
West Midlands median daily rate £375 £338 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.11% +3.85% -10.96%
10th Percentile £271 £284 £258
90th Percentile £475 £539 £433
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 1 0
West Midlands median hourly rate £43.75 £24.98 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +75.14% - -
England median hourly rate £45.00 £42.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year +7.14% -1.18% -

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

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
West Midlands
Contract vacancies in the West Midlands with a recognized job title 4,700 4,513 4,664
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.57% 95.33% 94.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,947 2,816 2,865
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +3.23%
10th Percentile £263 £213 £220
90th Percentile £588 £563 £538
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +0.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 141 167 214
West Midlands median hourly rate £16.00 £20.00 £16.63
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +20.30% +10.83%
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.65 £11.00
90th Percentile £45.00 £48.75 £36.54
England median hourly rate £18.53 £18.70 £18.50
% change year-on-year -0.91% +1.08% -

Software Developer
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings that featured Software Developer in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

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 6 months to 19 March 2019.

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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Developer in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 19 March 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 6 months to 19 March 2019. 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
Staffordshire -12 10 £325 +1.56% 9
Coventry -11 8 £375 +5.63% 7
Birmingham +7 7 £388 +3.33% 21
Worcestershire -7 5 £388 +19.23% 21
Warwickshire +1 2 £356 -13.11% 9
Shropshire -41 2 £375 - 2
Solihull +1 1 - - 7
Software Developer
England

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

For the 6 months to 19 March 2019, Software Developer contract jobs required the following IT 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 featuring Software Developer in the job title.

1 26 (63.41%) C#
2 25 (60.98%) .NET
3 20 (48.78%) SQL
4 18 (43.90%) SQL Server
5 13 (31.71%) JavaScript
6 12 (29.27%) Software Engineering
6 12 (29.27%) HTML
7 9 (21.95%) SC Cleared
7 9 (21.95%) Security Cleared
7 9 (21.95%) Oracle
7 9 (21.95%) Agile Software Development
7 9 (21.95%) WinForms
8 8 (19.51%) MVC
8 8 (19.51%) VB.NET
8 8 (19.51%) Microsoft Azure
9 7 (17.07%) Git (software)
9 7 (17.07%) Computer Science
9 7 (17.07%) ASP.NET
9 7 (17.07%) Microsoft
10 6 (14.63%) Middleware
10 6 (14.63%) Web Services
10 6 (14.63%) Java
11 5 (12.20%) T-SQL
11 5 (12.20%) VBScript
11 5 (12.20%) XML
11 5 (12.20%) CSS
11 5 (12.20%) UML
11 5 (12.20%) Web Development
11 5 (12.20%) Degree
11 5 (12.20%) NoSQL

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 1 (2.44%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 3 (7.32%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (2.44%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 3 (7.32%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 8 (19.51%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (7.32%) GitHub
3 1 (2.44%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (2.44%) Apigee
3 1 (2.44%) Azure Functions
3 1 (2.44%) IaaS
3 1 (2.44%) PaaS
3 1 (2.44%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 4 (9.76%) Internet
2 1 (2.44%) Skype
2 1 (2.44%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (43.90%) SQL Server
2 5 (12.20%) NoSQL
3 3 (7.32%) Azure SQL Database
3 3 (7.32%) MS Access
3 3 (7.32%) Oracle Database
3 3 (7.32%) Oracle Database 12c
3 3 (7.32%) Relational Database
4 2 (4.88%) SQL Server 2000
4 2 (4.88%) SQLPlus
5 1 (2.44%) Cosmos DB
5 1 (2.44%) MongoDB
5 1 (2.44%) OLAP
5 1 (2.44%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 7 (17.07%) Git (software)
2 3 (7.32%) AccuRev
2 3 (7.32%) JIRA
2 3 (7.32%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (4.88%) Selenium
4 1 (2.44%) JUnit
4 1 (2.44%) MSTest
4 1 (2.44%) Visual Studio
4 1 (2.44%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 3 (7.32%) Back Office
2 1 (2.44%) Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (60.98%) .NET
2 12 (29.27%) HTML
3 9 (21.95%) WinForms
4 7 (17.07%) ASP.NET
5 6 (14.63%) Middleware
5 6 (14.63%) Web Services
6 5 (12.20%) .NET Core
6 5 (12.20%) AngularJS
6 5 (12.20%) CSS
6 5 (12.20%) XML
7 4 (9.76%) Classic ASP
7 4 (9.76%) SOAP
8 3 (7.32%) ASP.NET Web API
8 3 (7.32%) JSON
8 3 (7.32%) Oracle ADF
8 3 (7.32%) Oracle Fusion
8 3 (7.32%) REST
8 3 (7.32%) WebCenter
8 3 (7.32%) XSLT
9 2 (4.88%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 2 (4.88%) Algorithms
2 1 (2.44%) Greenfield Project
2 1 (2.44%) Mobile App
2 1 (2.44%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 3 (7.32%) Linux
2 1 (2.44%) Android
2 1 (2.44%) CentOS
2 1 (2.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (2.44%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (29.27%) Software Engineering
2 9 (21.95%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (19.51%) MVC
4 7 (17.07%) Computer Science
5 5 (12.20%) UML
5 5 (12.20%) Web Development
6 3 (7.32%) Content Management
6 3 (7.32%) Customer Requirements
6 3 (7.32%) Machine Learning
6 3 (7.32%) Microservices
6 3 (7.32%) Multithreading
6 3 (7.32%) OO
6 3 (7.32%) Process Management
7 2 (4.88%) Computer Vision
7 2 (4.88%) Cross-Browser Development
7 2 (4.88%) Dependency Injection
7 2 (4.88%) Event-Driven Architecture
7 2 (4.88%) Inversion of Control
7 2 (4.88%) Mathematics
7 2 (4.88%) Web Application Development
Programming Languages
1 26 (63.41%) C#
2 20 (48.78%) SQL
3 13 (31.71%) JavaScript
4 8 (19.51%) VB.NET
5 6 (14.63%) Java
6 5 (12.20%) T-SQL
6 5 (12.20%) VBScript
7 4 (9.76%) C++
8 3 (7.32%) Python
8 3 (7.32%) R
8 3 (7.32%) TypeScript
8 3 (7.32%) VB
8 3 (7.32%) VB6
8 3 (7.32%) VBA
9 2 (4.88%) PHP
10 1 (2.44%) Bash Shell
10 1 (2.44%) Elixir
10 1 (2.44%) Erlang
10 1 (2.44%) Go
10 1 (2.44%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 9 (21.95%) SC Cleared
1 9 (21.95%) Security Cleared
2 5 (12.20%) Degree
3 1 (2.44%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.44%) QA
System Software
1 3 (7.32%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (2.44%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 9 (21.95%) Oracle
2 7 (17.07%) Microsoft
3 2 (4.88%) Telerik
4 1 (2.44%) SAP
4 1 (2.44%) ServiceNow
4 1 (2.44%) WSO2