Period
to 11 December 2018

The median contractor rate for a Software Developer was £350 per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 6 months to 11 December 2018.

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
11 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 144 149 167
Rank change year-on-year +5 +18 -11
Contract jobs requiring a Software Developer 65 39 46
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.25% 0.79% 0.77%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.31% 0.84% 0.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 13 17
West Midlands median daily rate £350 £325 £335
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% -2.99% +11.67%
10th Percentile £250 £255 £254
90th Percentile £488 £375 £420
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +14.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 3 3
West Midlands median hourly rate £45.00 £33.00 £36.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.36% -9.59% -
10th Percentile £31.20 £26.28 £35.75
90th Percentile £56.80 £35.70 £41.25
England median hourly rate £45.00 £41.20 £41.50
% change year-on-year +9.22% -0.72% +5.06%

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 4,958 4,663 5,665
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.40% 94.95% 95.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,079 2,959 3,423
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £238 £210 £225
90th Percentile £575 £539 £541
England median daily rate £459 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +1.89% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 194 200 229
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.85 £17.13 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.45% +14.17% -9.64%
10th Percentile £10.83 £10.30 £10.00
90th Percentile £43.38 £47.50 £39.50
England median hourly rate £18.12 £18.70 £18.38
% change year-on-year -3.13% +1.77% +2.08%

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 11 December 2018.

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 11 December 2018.

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 11 December 2018. 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
Birmingham +18 15 £450 +23.29% 26
Staffordshire -14 13 £325 +1.56% 18
Warwickshire +9 6 £375 +25.00% 9
Coventry -15 6 £375 +5.63% 3
Shropshire -52 4 £484 +125.00% 2
Solihull +2 3 £325 - 4
Worcestershire -3 2 - - 16
Software Developer
England

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

For the 6 months to 11 December 2018, 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 34 (52.31%) C#
1 34 (52.31%) .NET
2 24 (36.92%) SQL
3 21 (32.31%) SQL Server
4 18 (27.69%) JavaScript
5 16 (24.62%) HTML
6 15 (23.08%) Agile Software Development
7 14 (21.54%) Software Engineering
7 14 (21.54%) MVC
8 12 (18.46%) Security Cleared
8 12 (18.46%) WinForms
8 12 (18.46%) Java
8 12 (18.46%) VB.NET
8 12 (18.46%) CSS
8 12 (18.46%) Git (software)
9 11 (16.92%) AngularJS
9 11 (16.92%) Oracle
9 11 (16.92%) Middleware
9 11 (16.92%) Degree
9 11 (16.92%) WPF
10 10 (15.38%) Computer Science
11 9 (13.85%) .NET Framework
11 9 (13.85%) SC Cleared
11 9 (13.85%) NoSQL
11 9 (13.85%) .NET Core
12 8 (12.31%) REST
12 8 (12.31%) Microservices
12 8 (12.31%) JIRA
13 7 (10.77%) WCF
13 7 (10.77%) Content Management

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 (3.08%) Confluence
2 1 (1.54%) Apache
2 1 (1.54%) CMS
2 1 (1.54%) Elasticsearch
2 1 (1.54%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 1 (1.54%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 7 (10.77%) Oracle BPM
2 1 (1.54%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 6 (9.23%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (6.15%) GitHub
3 2 (3.08%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (1.54%) Apigee
4 1 (1.54%) BrowserStack
4 1 (1.54%) Google Analytics
4 1 (1.54%) IaaS
4 1 (1.54%) PaaS
4 1 (1.54%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.08%) Internet
1 2 (3.08%) Skype
2 1 (1.54%) SMS
2 1 (1.54%) SSL
2 1 (1.54%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (32.31%) SQL Server
2 9 (13.85%) NoSQL
3 7 (10.77%) Oracle Database
3 7 (10.77%) Oracle Database 12c
4 6 (9.23%) SQL Server 2000
5 4 (6.15%) Relational Database
6 3 (4.62%) MongoDB
7 2 (3.08%) Azure SQL Database
7 2 (3.08%) PostgreSQL
8 1 (1.54%) Cosmos DB
8 1 (1.54%) MySQL
8 1 (1.54%) OLAP
8 1 (1.54%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 12 (18.46%) Git (software)
2 8 (12.31%) JIRA
3 6 (9.23%) AccuRev
4 4 (6.15%) Team Foundation Server
5 3 (4.62%) Cucumber
5 3 (4.62%) Jenkins
5 3 (4.62%) NUnit
5 3 (4.62%) Selenium
5 3 (4.62%) Visual Studio
6 2 (3.08%) gulp
6 2 (3.08%) SoapUI
6 2 (3.08%) Subversion
6 2 (3.08%) WebDriver
7 1 (1.54%) Artifactory
7 1 (1.54%) Gatling
7 1 (1.54%) Grunt
7 1 (1.54%) Mockito
7 1 (1.54%) PHPUnit
7 1 (1.54%) SonarQube
7 1 (1.54%) Sublime Text
General
1 6 (9.23%) Law
2 3 (4.62%) Back Office
3 1 (1.54%) Automotive
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (52.31%) .NET
2 16 (24.62%) HTML
3 12 (18.46%) CSS
3 12 (18.46%) WinForms
4 11 (16.92%) AngularJS
4 11 (16.92%) Middleware
4 11 (16.92%) WPF
5 9 (13.85%) .NET Core
5 9 (13.85%) .NET Framework
6 8 (12.31%) REST
7 7 (10.77%) HTML5
7 7 (10.77%) Oracle ADF
7 7 (10.77%) Oracle Fusion
7 7 (10.77%) WCF
7 7 (10.77%) WebCenter
8 5 (7.69%) ASP.NET Web API
8 5 (7.69%) Sass
8 5 (7.69%) SOAP
8 5 (7.69%) Spring
9 4 (6.15%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 4 (6.15%) Algorithms
2 2 (3.08%) Greenfield Project
3 1 (1.54%) Mobile App
3 1 (1.54%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 6 (9.23%) Linux
2 5 (7.69%) Windows
3 3 (4.62%) VxWorks
4 2 (3.08%) Android
5 1 (1.54%) Apple iOS
5 1 (1.54%) CentOS
5 1 (1.54%) FreeRTOS
5 1 (1.54%) Mac OS
5 1 (1.54%) Mac OS X
5 1 (1.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (1.54%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (23.08%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (21.54%) MVC
2 14 (21.54%) Software Engineering
3 10 (15.38%) Computer Science
4 8 (12.31%) Microservices
5 7 (10.77%) Content Management
5 7 (10.77%) Customer Requirements
5 7 (10.77%) E-Commerce
5 7 (10.77%) Process Management
6 6 (9.23%) TDD
7 5 (7.69%) UML
7 5 (7.69%) Web Application Development
8 4 (6.15%) DevOps
8 4 (6.15%) Test Automation
8 4 (6.15%) Web Development
9 3 (4.62%) Continuous Integration
9 3 (4.62%) Mathematics
9 3 (4.62%) Multithreading
9 3 (4.62%) OO
9 3 (4.62%) OOD
Programming Languages
1 34 (52.31%) C#
2 24 (36.92%) SQL
3 18 (27.69%) JavaScript
4 12 (18.46%) Java
4 12 (18.46%) VB.NET
5 4 (6.15%) C++
5 4 (6.15%) PHP
5 4 (6.15%) Python
5 4 (6.15%) T-SQL
5 4 (6.15%) TypeScript
6 3 (4.62%) R
7 2 (3.08%) Bash Shell
8 1 (1.54%) Groovy
8 1 (1.54%) Java 8
8 1 (1.54%) PowerShell
8 1 (1.54%) Ruby
8 1 (1.54%) Scala
8 1 (1.54%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 12 (18.46%) Security Cleared
2 11 (16.92%) Degree
3 9 (13.85%) SC Cleared
4 2 (3.08%) Computer Science Degree
5 1 (1.54%) ISEB
5 1 (1.54%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (3.08%) DO-178B
1 2 (3.08%) IEC 62304
1 2 (3.08%) ISO 13485
2 1 (1.54%) GDPR
2 1 (1.54%) QA
2 1 (1.54%) WCAG
System Software
1 6 (9.23%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (1.54%) Grafana
1 1 (1.54%) Graphite
1 1 (1.54%) Kibana
1 1 (1.54%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 11 (16.92%) Oracle
2 7 (10.77%) Microsoft
3 2 (3.08%) Telerik
3 2 (3.08%) WSO2
4 1 (1.54%) Atlassian
4 1 (1.54%) Google
4 1 (1.54%) ServiceNow
4 1 (1.54%) Splunk
4 1 (1.54%) Xamarin
4 1 (1.54%) Zend