Period
to 18 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 6 months to 18 November 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 Engineer
England > West Midlands
6 months to
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 155 127 123
Rank change year-on-year -28 -4 +28
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 29 93 48
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.61% 1.50% 0.97%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.64% 1.58% 1.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 40 16
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £360 £288
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.11% +25.22% +4.55%
10th Percentile £328 £313 £180
90th Percentile £450 £480 £378
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +10.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 20 16
West Midlands median hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £31.44
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +19.27% -7.53%
10th Percentile £30.35 £31.50 £29.25
90th Percentile £51.75 £43.75 £38.13
England median hourly rate £42.50 £42.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% -

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 4534 5902 4711
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.64% 94.99% 94.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 2862 3538 2697
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £213 £231 £213
90th Percentile £540 £550 £525
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 198 239 273
West Midlands median hourly rate £17.13 £15.00 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.17% -11.76% +4.94%
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.00 £10.53
90th Percentile £43.75 £38.75 £38.75
England median hourly rate £18.66 £18.50 £17.89
% change year-on-year +0.84% +3.41% +8.42%

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 18 November 2017.

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 18 November 2017.

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 18 November 2017. 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 -6 10 £400 +11.11% 4
Coventry +25 9 £390 +20.00% 2
Warwickshire 0 8 - -
Shropshire -4 1 £488 +17.65% 1
Software Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 18 November 2017, Software Engineer 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 Engineer in the job title.

1 27 (93.10%) Software Engineering
2 15 (51.72%) Automotive
3 11 (37.93%) C
4 9 (31.03%) Agile Software Development
5 8 (27.59%) C++
5 8 (27.59%) Java
6 7 (24.14%) Degree
7 6 (20.69%) Embedded C
8 5 (17.24%) MISRA
8 5 (17.24%) Algorithms
8 5 (17.24%) Python
8 5 (17.24%) TCP/IP
8 5 (17.24%) MATLAB
8 5 (17.24%) Simulink
8 5 (17.24%) SQL
8 5 (17.24%) UML
9 4 (13.79%) Analytics
10 3 (10.34%) Hadoop
10 3 (10.34%) Apple iOS
10 3 (10.34%) Change Control
10 3 (10.34%) Deep Learning
10 3 (10.34%) Big Data
10 3 (10.34%) Data Engineering
10 3 (10.34%) Apache Spark
10 3 (10.34%) Scrum
10 3 (10.34%) JSON
10 3 (10.34%) Security Cleared
10 3 (10.34%) Continuous Integration
10 3 (10.34%) Multithreading
10 3 (10.34%) XML

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 3 (10.34%) Apache Spark
2 2 (6.90%) JBoss
3 1 (3.45%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 1 (3.45%) Apache
3 1 (3.45%) GlassFish
3 1 (3.45%) nginx
3 1 (3.45%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 1 (3.45%) SharePoint
3 1 (3.45%) Tomcat
3 1 (3.45%) WebLogic
3 1 (3.45%) WildFly
Applications
1 5 (17.24%) Simulink
2 1 (3.45%) Stateflow
2 1 (3.45%) TargetLink
Cloud Services
1 2 (6.90%) GitHub
2 1 (3.45%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 5 (17.24%) TCP/IP
2 3 (10.34%) HTTP
2 3 (10.34%) SSL
3 2 (6.90%) Bluetooth
3 2 (6.90%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (3.45%) FlexRay
4 1 (3.45%) Internet
4 1 (3.45%) Intranet
4 1 (3.45%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (10.34%) Big Data
1 3 (10.34%) Hadoop
2 2 (6.90%) MongoDB
2 2 (6.90%) NoSQL
2 2 (6.90%) SQL Server
3 1 (3.45%) Apache Cassandra
3 1 (3.45%) MySQL
3 1 (3.45%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (3.45%) SQL Server 2000
3 1 (3.45%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (3.45%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 2 (6.90%) Jenkins
1 2 (6.90%) JUnit
1 2 (6.90%) Rational DOORS
2 1 (3.45%) Android Studio
2 1 (3.45%) Ant
2 1 (3.45%) Artifactory
2 1 (3.45%) CocoaPods
2 1 (3.45%) Cucumber
2 1 (3.45%) Eclipse
2 1 (3.45%) Git (software)
2 1 (3.45%) Gradle
2 1 (3.45%) Grunt
2 1 (3.45%) Hudson
2 1 (3.45%) IntelliJ
2 1 (3.45%) JBehave
2 1 (3.45%) JIRA
2 1 (3.45%) Karma Test Runner
2 1 (3.45%) NuGet
2 1 (3.45%) Selenium
2 1 (3.45%) Sublime Text
General
1 15 (51.72%) Automotive
2 3 (10.34%) Aerospace
3 2 (6.90%) Electronics
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (10.34%) JSON
1 3 (10.34%) XML
2 2 (6.90%) .NET
2 2 (6.90%) CSS
2 2 (6.90%) Hibernate
2 2 (6.90%) HTML
2 2 (6.90%) jQuery
2 2 (6.90%) Middleware
2 2 (6.90%) OpenGL
2 2 (6.90%) Spring
3 1 (3.45%) ASP.NET
3 1 (3.45%) Classic ASP
3 1 (3.45%) EJB
3 1 (3.45%) J2EE
3 1 (3.45%) J2SE
3 1 (3.45%) JMS
3 1 (3.45%) Servlets
3 1 (3.45%) SOAP
3 1 (3.45%) WCF
3 1 (3.45%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 5 (17.24%) Algorithms
2 2 (6.90%) Computer Science
2 2 (6.90%) Data Centre
2 2 (6.90%) User Experience
3 1 (3.45%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (3.45%) Animation
3 1 (3.45%) CUDA
3 1 (3.45%) DataPower
3 1 (3.45%) Device Driver
3 1 (3.45%) Embedded Systems
3 1 (3.45%) Mobile App
3 1 (3.45%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 3 (10.34%) Apple iOS
1 3 (10.34%) VxWorks
2 2 (6.90%) Android
2 2 (6.90%) Linux
2 2 (6.90%) Unix
3 1 (3.45%) Ubuntu
3 1 (3.45%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (93.10%) Software Engineering
2 9 (31.03%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (17.24%) UML
4 4 (13.79%) Analytics
5 3 (10.34%) Change Control
5 3 (10.34%) Continuous Integration
5 3 (10.34%) Data Engineering
5 3 (10.34%) Deep Learning
5 3 (10.34%) Multithreading
5 3 (10.34%) Scrum
6 2 (6.90%) Configuration Management
6 2 (6.90%) Embedded Software Development
6 2 (6.90%) Infrastructure Transformation
6 2 (6.90%) iOS Development
6 2 (6.90%) MVC
6 2 (6.90%) SDLC
6 2 (6.90%) TDD
6 2 (6.90%) Test Automation
6 2 (6.90%) Workflow
7 1 (3.45%) Multithreaded Programming
Programming Languages
1 11 (37.93%) C
2 8 (27.59%) C++
2 8 (27.59%) Java
3 6 (20.69%) Embedded C
4 5 (17.24%) MATLAB
4 5 (17.24%) Python
4 5 (17.24%) SQL
5 2 (6.90%) C#
5 2 (6.90%) JavaScript
5 2 (6.90%) Scala
6 1 (3.45%) Apple Swift
6 1 (3.45%) COBOL
6 1 (3.45%) Embedded C++
6 1 (3.45%) Groovy
6 1 (3.45%) Haskell
6 1 (3.45%) Korn
6 1 (3.45%) Objective-C
6 1 (3.45%) Perl
6 1 (3.45%) Ruby
6 1 (3.45%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 7 (24.14%) Degree
2 3 (10.34%) Security Cleared
3 2 (6.90%) Computer Science Degree
3 2 (6.90%) SC Cleared
4 1 (3.45%) HNC
4 1 (3.45%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (17.24%) MISRA
2 2 (6.90%) ISO 26262
3 1 (3.45%) IEC 62304
System Software
1 2 (6.90%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (3.45%) Grafana
1 1 (3.45%) Kibana
1 1 (3.45%) Puppet
Vendors
1 2 (6.90%) Adobe
1 2 (6.90%) Oracle
2 1 (3.45%) Apple
2 1 (3.45%) Google
2 1 (3.45%) MathWorks
2 1 (3.45%) Microsoft
2 1 (3.45%) webMethods