Period
to 20 January 2019

The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £444 per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 6 months to 20 January 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 Engineer
England > West Midlands
6 months to
20 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 125 143 136
Rank change year-on-year +18 -7 -1
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 69 35 61
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.44% 0.75% 1.11%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.51% 0.79% 1.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 10 27
West Midlands median daily rate £444 £398 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.64% +10.42% +20.00%
10th Percentile £402 £253 £313
90th Percentile £499 £438 £408
England median daily rate £475 £475 £425
% change year-on-year - +11.76% +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 16 10
West Midlands median hourly rate £45.00 £38.75 £37.85
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.13% +2.38% +20.27%
10th Percentile £32.50 £30.41 £29.09
90th Percentile £58.00 £52.25 £43.80
England median hourly rate £45.00 £42.50 £42.50
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%

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 4,578 4,416 5,180
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.28% 94.87% 94.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,852 2,769 3,103
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £260 £212 £219
90th Percentile £575 £538 £550
England median daily rate £465 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 162 199 228
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.86 £17.50 £15.92
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.37% +9.92% -6.35%
10th Percentile £10.76 £10.46 £10.60
90th Percentile £43.75 £47.75 £38.08
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year +1.08% - -

Software Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

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

Job vacancy trend for Software Engineer in the West Midlands

Software Engineer
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 Engineer in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Engineer in the West Midlands

Software Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Engineer in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 20 January 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Engineer in the West Midlands

Software Engineer
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 Engineer in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Engineer in the West Midlands

Software Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Engineer in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 20 January 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Software Engineer in the West Midlands

Software Engineer
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 Engineer within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 20 January 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
Shropshire - 34 £450 - 2
Worcestershire - 19 £438 - 18
Birmingham +4 6 £343 -14.38% 20
Coventry -15 4 - - 4
Staffordshire -8 3 £350 +20.69% 11
Warwickshire 0 2 - - 13
Software Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 20 January 2019, Software Engineer 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 Engineer in the job title.

1 68 (98.55%) Software Engineering
2 33 (47.83%) Agile Software Development
3 28 (40.58%) Configuration Management
4 23 (33.33%) Java
4 23 (33.33%) Process Improvement
5 22 (31.88%) DevOps
6 21 (30.43%) Test Strategy
6 21 (30.43%) Git (software)
7 20 (28.99%) C++
7 20 (28.99%) Microservices
8 17 (24.64%) C
8 17 (24.64%) SQL
9 16 (23.19%) UML
9 16 (23.19%) SC Cleared
9 16 (23.19%) Security Cleared
9 16 (23.19%) Docker
10 15 (21.74%) Unix
11 14 (20.29%) Visual Studio
11 14 (20.29%) Change Management
12 13 (18.84%) C#
12 13 (18.84%) Spring
12 13 (18.84%) Spring Boot
12 13 (18.84%) REST
13 12 (17.39%) Continuous Improvement
14 11 (15.94%) Problem-Solving
14 11 (15.94%) JavaScript
14 11 (15.94%) PL/SQL
14 11 (15.94%) Linux
15 10 (14.49%) OO
15 10 (14.49%) TDD

Software Engineer 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 8 (11.59%) nginx
1 8 (11.59%) Tomcat
2 5 (7.25%) SAS
3 1 (1.45%) Confluence
3 1 (1.45%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.45%) WebLogic
Applications
1 3 (4.35%) Simulink
1 3 (4.35%) Stateflow
Cloud Services
1 10 (14.49%) GitHub
2 9 (13.04%) Google Analytics
3 6 (8.70%) Microsoft Azure
4 3 (4.35%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (1.45%) PaaS
5 1 (1.45%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 8 (11.59%) HTTP
1 8 (11.59%) SSL
1 8 (11.59%) TCP/IP
2 2 (2.90%) Network Security
3 1 (1.45%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (13.04%) MongoDB
1 9 (13.04%) NoSQL
2 3 (4.35%) SQL Server
3 2 (2.90%) Relational Database
4 1 (1.45%) Amazon Redshift
4 1 (1.45%) BusinessObjects
4 1 (1.45%) BusinessObjects XI
4 1 (1.45%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.45%) Hadoop
4 1 (1.45%) Oracle Database
4 1 (1.45%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (1.45%) Pentaho
4 1 (1.45%) Power BI
4 1 (1.45%) RDBMS
4 1 (1.45%) SAS EBI
Development Applications
1 21 (30.43%) Git (software)
2 14 (20.29%) Visual Studio
3 10 (14.49%) Bitbucket
3 10 (14.49%) Jenkins
4 9 (13.04%) Cucumber
4 9 (13.04%) Gatling
4 9 (13.04%) gulp
4 9 (13.04%) IntelliJ
4 9 (13.04%) Selenium
4 9 (13.04%) Sublime Text
5 8 (11.59%) Ant
5 8 (11.59%) Grunt
5 8 (11.59%) Karma Test Runner
6 6 (8.70%) JUnit
7 4 (5.80%) RSpec
8 2 (2.90%) Artifactory
9 1 (1.45%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 1 (1.45%) CMake
9 1 (1.45%) Visual Studio Code
9 1 (1.45%) WebDriver
General
1 6 (8.70%) Electronics
2 4 (5.80%) Automotive
3 3 (4.35%) Law
4 1 (1.45%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.45%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (18.84%) REST
1 13 (18.84%) Spring
1 13 (18.84%) Spring Boot
2 10 (14.49%) JSON
3 9 (13.04%) Apache Camel
3 9 (13.04%) Gherkin
3 9 (13.04%) Node.js
4 8 (11.59%) AngularJS
4 8 (11.59%) jQuery
4 8 (11.59%) RESTful
4 8 (11.59%) Servlets
5 7 (10.14%) CSS
6 4 (5.80%) .NET
6 4 (5.80%) Lambda Expressions
6 4 (5.80%) Ruby on Rails
7 3 (4.35%) HTML
8 2 (2.90%) JSON Schema
8 2 (2.90%) Middleware
8 2 (2.90%) SOAP
8 2 (2.90%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 8 (11.59%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
2 7 (10.14%) Embedded Systems
3 3 (4.35%) Algorithms
4 1 (1.45%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.45%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (1.45%) NHS
4 1 (1.45%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 15 (21.74%) Unix
2 11 (15.94%) Linux
3 8 (11.59%) Ubuntu
3 8 (11.59%) Windows
4 1 (1.45%) Android
4 1 (1.45%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 68 (98.55%) Software Engineering
2 33 (47.83%) Agile Software Development
3 28 (40.58%) Configuration Management
4 23 (33.33%) Process Improvement
5 22 (31.88%) DevOps
6 21 (30.43%) Test Strategy
7 20 (28.99%) Microservices
8 16 (23.19%) UML
9 14 (20.29%) Change Management
10 12 (17.39%) Continuous Improvement
11 11 (15.94%) Problem-Solving
12 10 (14.49%) Analytics
12 10 (14.49%) OO
12 10 (14.49%) TDD
13 9 (13.04%) Continuous Integration
13 9 (13.04%) RUP
13 9 (13.04%) Test Automation
14 8 (11.59%) Lean Software Development
14 8 (11.59%) Mathematics
14 8 (11.59%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 23 (33.33%) Java
2 20 (28.99%) C++
3 17 (24.64%) C
3 17 (24.64%) SQL
4 13 (18.84%) C#
5 11 (15.94%) JavaScript
5 11 (15.94%) PL/SQL
6 9 (13.04%) Groovy
6 9 (13.04%) Python
6 9 (13.04%) Ruby
7 8 (11.59%) Haskell
7 8 (11.59%) Perl
8 6 (8.70%) MATLAB
9 5 (7.25%) Embedded C
9 5 (7.25%) Shell Script
10 2 (2.90%) Assembly Language
10 2 (2.90%) Embedded C++
11 1 (1.45%) Bash Shell
11 1 (1.45%) PHP
11 1 (1.45%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 16 (23.19%) SC Cleared
1 16 (23.19%) Security Cleared
2 9 (13.04%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.45%) IEC 62304
1 1 (1.45%) QA
System Software
1 16 (23.19%) Docker
2 4 (5.80%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 9 (13.04%) Grafana
1 9 (13.04%) Kibana
2 8 (11.59%) Puppet
3 4 (5.80%) Tivoli
4 3 (4.35%) Kubernetes
5 2 (2.90%) SELinux
6 1 (1.45%) Ansible
6 1 (1.45%) Graphite
6 1 (1.45%) Terraform
Vendors
1 9 (13.04%) Google
1 9 (13.04%) Oracle
2 8 (11.59%) WSO2
3 4 (5.80%) IBM
4 2 (2.90%) Informatica
5 1 (1.45%) Cloudera
5 1 (1.45%) Microsoft
5 1 (1.45%) Splunk