Period
to 5 December 2020

The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £388 per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 6 months to 5 December 2020.

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
5 Dec 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 83 149 142
Rank change year-on-year +66 -7 +24
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 22 22 68
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.39% 0.59% 1.32%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.46% 0.61% 1.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 12 36
Median daily rate £388 £425 £444
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.82% -4.23% +11.64%
10th Percentile £256 £330 £363
90th Percentile £498 £486 £589
England median daily rate £525 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +10.53% - +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 5 9
Median hourly rate £45.00 £42.50 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.88% -5.56% +12.50%
10th Percentile £41.63 £40.20 £32.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £48.75 £58.90
England median hourly rate £45.00 £47.50 £45.00
% change year-on-year -5.26% +5.56% +5.88%

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 1,508 3,608 4,918
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.38% 95.96% 95.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 992 2,339 3,059
Median daily rate £400 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £163 £190 £245
90th Percentile £540 £575 £575
England median daily rate £475 £463 £455
% change year-on-year +2.70% +1.65% +1.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 82 199 197
Median hourly rate £17.00 £15.85 £15.85
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.26% - -9.43%
10th Percentile £12.56 £11.17 £10.79
90th Percentile £43.75 £36.00 £43.75
Median hourly rate £30.00 £19.31 £18.38
% change year-on-year +55.36% +5.07% -1.72%

Software Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings that featured Software Engineer in the job title as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Software Engineer in the West Midlands.

Daily rate trend for Software Engineer in the West Midlands

Software Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Software Engineer in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 5 December 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Software Engineer in the West Midlands

Software Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Software Engineer in the West Midlands.

Hourly rate trend 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 5 December 2020. 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 +7 11 £388 -
Birmingham +52 7 £463 +5.71% 10
Coventry +39 2 £263 -50.00% 3
Staffordshire - 1 - - 4
Software Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 5 December 2020, 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 20 (90.91%) Software Engineering
2 15 (68.18%) Java
3 12 (54.55%) SQL
3 12 (54.55%) Problem-Solving
4 11 (50.00%) Test Strategy
5 10 (45.45%) Oracle
5 10 (45.45%) Business Intelligence
5 10 (45.45%) Configuration Management
6 9 (40.91%) Shell Script
6 9 (40.91%) webMethods
6 9 (40.91%) Scrum
6 9 (40.91%) Problem Management
6 9 (40.91%) BEA
6 9 (40.91%) Unix
6 9 (40.91%) OO
6 9 (40.91%) RUP
6 9 (40.91%) Data Modelling
6 9 (40.91%) WebLogic
6 9 (40.91%) J2EE
6 9 (40.91%) Perl
6 9 (40.91%) PL/SQL
6 9 (40.91%) Waterfall
6 9 (40.91%) Pega
7 8 (36.36%) Process Improvement
8 7 (31.82%) CA Gen
8 7 (31.82%) COBOL
9 6 (27.27%) ETL
10 5 (22.73%) JavaScript
11 4 (18.18%) C#
11 4 (18.18%) Public Sector

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 9 (40.91%) WebLogic
2 1 (4.55%) Apache
Applications
1 1 (4.55%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (4.55%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 3 (13.64%) Azure
2 2 (9.09%) AWS
3 1 (4.55%) Amazon S3
3 1 (4.55%) AWS Lambda
3 1 (4.55%) Serverless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (9.09%) Data Warehouse
1 2 (9.09%) SQL Server
2 1 (4.55%) Apache Hive
2 1 (4.55%) BusinessObjects
2 1 (4.55%) Hadoop
2 1 (4.55%) Impala
2 1 (4.55%) MongoDB
2 1 (4.55%) MySQL
2 1 (4.55%) Pentaho
2 1 (4.55%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 7 (31.82%) CA Gen
2 2 (9.09%) Cucumber
2 2 (9.09%) GitLab
2 2 (9.09%) JMeter
2 2 (9.09%) Postman
2 2 (9.09%) Selenium
2 2 (9.09%) SpecFlow
3 1 (4.55%) Git (software)
3 1 (4.55%) Jenkins
3 1 (4.55%) Visual Studio
General
1 4 (18.18%) Public Sector
2 1 (4.55%) Aerospace
2 1 (4.55%) Automotive
2 1 (4.55%) Electronics
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (40.91%) J2EE
2 4 (18.18%) Node.js
3 3 (13.64%) .NET
3 3 (13.64%) ASP.NET
4 2 (9.09%) WCF
5 1 (4.55%) RESTful
5 1 (4.55%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 1 (4.55%) CAN bus
1 1 (4.55%) Driving Licence
1 1 (4.55%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 9 (40.91%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (90.91%) Software Engineering
2 12 (54.55%) Problem-Solving
3 11 (50.00%) Test Strategy
4 10 (45.45%) Business Intelligence
4 10 (45.45%) Configuration Management
5 9 (40.91%) Data Modelling
5 9 (40.91%) OO
5 9 (40.91%) Problem Management
5 9 (40.91%) RUP
5 9 (40.91%) Scrum
5 9 (40.91%) Waterfall
6 8 (36.36%) Process Improvement
7 6 (27.27%) ETL
8 3 (13.64%) BDD
8 3 (13.64%) TDD
8 3 (13.64%) Test Automation
8 3 (13.64%) Unit Testing
9 2 (9.09%) OWASP
9 2 (9.09%) Performance Testing
9 2 (9.09%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 15 (68.18%) Java
2 12 (54.55%) SQL
3 9 (40.91%) Perl
3 9 (40.91%) PL/SQL
3 9 (40.91%) Shell Script
4 7 (31.82%) COBOL
5 5 (22.73%) JavaScript
6 4 (18.18%) C#
7 3 (13.64%) C
7 3 (13.64%) C++
8 1 (4.55%) Ada
8 1 (4.55%) Embedded C
8 1 (4.55%) VB
Qualifications
1 3 (13.64%) SC Cleared
1 3 (13.64%) Security Cleared
2 2 (9.09%) ISTQB
2 2 (9.09%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (9.09%) Data Quality
1 2 (9.09%) QA
2 1 (4.55%) MISRA
System Software
1 2 (9.09%) Firmware
2 1 (4.55%) Docker
2 1 (4.55%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 1 (4.55%) Ansible
1 1 (4.55%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 10 (45.45%) Oracle
2 9 (40.91%) BEA
2 9 (40.91%) Pega
2 9 (40.91%) webMethods
3 2 (9.09%) Atmel
3 2 (9.09%) Informatica
3 2 (9.09%) Microsoft
4 1 (4.55%) Cloudera