Period
to 18 June 2018

The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £394 per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 6 months to 18 June 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 Engineer
England > West Midlands
6 months to
18 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 144 144 140
Rank change year-on-year 0 -4 -5
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 48 28 58
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.98% 0.64% 1.04%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.04% 0.68% 1.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 13 24
West Midlands median daily rate £394 £440 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.57% +6.02% +38.33%
10th Percentile £277 £357 £347
90th Percentile £476 £500 £469
England median daily rate £450 £425 £405
% change year-on-year +5.88% +4.94% +8.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 8 15
West Midlands median hourly rate £35.36 £40.50 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.70% +12.50% +2.86%
10th Percentile £28.42 £29.88 £32.50
90th Percentile £48.95 £46.38 £39.20
England median hourly rate £43.00 £43.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year - +1.18% +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 4,621 4,110 5,322
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.65% 94.66% 95.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,837 2,513 3,044
West Midlands median daily rate £420 £400 £395
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +1.27% +12.86%
10th Percentile £250 £219 £220
90th Percentile £575 £537 £538
England median daily rate £450 £434 £425
% change year-on-year +3.81% +2.00% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 196 202 159
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.50 £17.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.43% +9.38% -8.57%
10th Percentile £10.83 £11.25 £10.50
90th Percentile £39.38 £42.40 £38.75
England median hourly rate £18.51 £18.75 £20.00
% change year-on-year -1.31% -6.25% +14.29%

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 June 2018.

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 June 2018.

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 June 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
Worcestershire +4 16 £400 -9.15% 11
Warwickshire +6 13 £275 - 19
Birmingham -17 10 £375 -16.67% 29
Staffordshire +3 3 £350 - 7
Coventry -14 2 £388 +2.65% 12
Shropshire -18 1 £515 +5.48% 2
Solihull - 1 - - 1
Software Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 18 June 2018, 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 48 (100.00%) Software Engineering
2 24 (50.00%) C++
3 23 (47.92%) C
4 17 (35.42%) Python
5 16 (33.33%) UML
5 16 (33.33%) Security Cleared
6 15 (31.25%) C#
6 15 (31.25%) Embedded C++
6 15 (31.25%) SC Cleared
7 13 (27.08%) Agile Software Development
7 13 (27.08%) Linux
8 11 (22.92%) Automotive
9 10 (20.83%) MATLAB
10 9 (18.75%) Node.js
10 9 (18.75%) AngularJS
11 8 (16.67%) Algorithms
11 8 (16.67%) JavaScript
11 8 (16.67%) Degree
12 7 (14.58%) Configuration Management
12 7 (14.58%) Change Management
12 7 (14.58%) PHP
12 7 (14.58%) Visual Studio
12 7 (14.58%) Unix
13 6 (12.50%) Assembly Language
13 6 (12.50%) MFC
13 6 (12.50%) Electronics
13 6 (12.50%) Scrum
13 6 (12.50%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
13 6 (12.50%) Network Security
13 6 (12.50%) SELinux

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 2 (4.17%) Confluence
2 1 (2.08%) nginx
2 1 (2.08%) SharePoint
2 1 (2.08%) Tomcat
Applications
1 3 (6.25%) Simulink
2 2 (4.17%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (4.17%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (2.08%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (2.08%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (2.08%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 1 (2.08%) Distributed Ledger
Cloud Services
1 3 (6.25%) GitHub
2 2 (4.17%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (2.08%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (2.08%) Google Analytics
3 1 (2.08%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 6 (12.50%) Network Security
2 3 (6.25%) TCP/IP
3 2 (4.17%) 3G
3 2 (4.17%) 3GPP
3 2 (4.17%) 4G
3 2 (4.17%) 5G
3 2 (4.17%) 802.11
3 2 (4.17%) Bluetooth
3 2 (4.17%) FlexRay
3 2 (4.17%) HTTP
3 2 (4.17%) Internet
3 2 (4.17%) LTE
3 2 (4.17%) Profibus
3 2 (4.17%) Wireless
4 1 (2.08%) Ethernet
4 1 (2.08%) RS-232
4 1 (2.08%) SMTP
4 1 (2.08%) SNMP
4 1 (2.08%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (10.42%) MySQL
2 3 (6.25%) MongoDB
3 2 (4.17%) Redis
4 1 (2.08%) Big Data
4 1 (2.08%) Blockchain
4 1 (2.08%) Data Mining
4 1 (2.08%) Hadoop
4 1 (2.08%) NoSQL
4 1 (2.08%) RDBMS
4 1 (2.08%) Relational Database
4 1 (2.08%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 7 (14.58%) Visual Studio
2 5 (10.42%) Git (software)
2 5 (10.42%) JIRA
3 3 (6.25%) Selenium
4 2 (4.17%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 2 (4.17%) Bitbucket
4 2 (4.17%) Jasmine
4 2 (4.17%) Mocha
4 2 (4.17%) Subversion
5 1 (2.08%) Ant
5 1 (2.08%) Cucumber
5 1 (2.08%) Gatling
5 1 (2.08%) GitLab
5 1 (2.08%) Grunt
5 1 (2.08%) gulp
5 1 (2.08%) IntelliJ
5 1 (2.08%) Jenkins
5 1 (2.08%) Karma Test Runner
5 1 (2.08%) Sublime Text
5 1 (2.08%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 11 (22.92%) Automotive
2 6 (12.50%) Electronics
3 4 (8.33%) Finance
4 3 (6.25%) Law
5 2 (4.17%) Marketing
5 2 (4.17%) Persian Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (18.75%) AngularJS
1 9 (18.75%) Node.js
2 6 (12.50%) MFC
3 5 (10.42%) .NET
4 3 (6.25%) HTML
4 3 (6.25%) LESS
4 3 (6.25%) Sass
5 2 (4.17%) 802.1X
5 2 (4.17%) HTML5
5 2 (4.17%) jQuery
5 2 (4.17%) JSON
5 2 (4.17%) React
5 2 (4.17%) Symfony
5 2 (4.17%) WinForms
6 1 (2.08%) .NET Framework
6 1 (2.08%) ASP.NET
6 1 (2.08%) ASP.NET MVC
6 1 (2.08%) Flash
6 1 (2.08%) OAuth
6 1 (2.08%) Servlets
Miscellaneous
1 8 (16.67%) Algorithms
2 6 (12.50%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 3 (6.25%) Computer Science
4 2 (4.17%) Infotainment
4 2 (4.17%) Linux Command Line
4 2 (4.17%) User Experience
5 1 (2.08%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (2.08%) RIA
5 1 (2.08%) Semantic Web
Operating Systems
1 13 (27.08%) Linux
2 7 (14.58%) Unix
3 4 (8.33%) Windows
4 3 (6.25%) VxWorks
5 1 (2.08%) Solaris
5 1 (2.08%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (100.00%) Software Engineering
2 16 (33.33%) UML
3 13 (27.08%) Agile Software Development
4 7 (14.58%) Change Management
4 7 (14.58%) Configuration Management
5 6 (12.50%) Memory Management
5 6 (12.50%) Scrum
6 3 (6.25%) API Development
6 3 (6.25%) Prototyping
6 3 (6.25%) SDLC
7 2 (4.17%) API Design
7 2 (4.17%) Business Analysis
7 2 (4.17%) Cybersecurity
7 2 (4.17%) Data Analysis
7 2 (4.17%) Mathematics
7 2 (4.17%) Multithreading
7 2 (4.17%) Physics
7 2 (4.17%) Problem-Solving
7 2 (4.17%) Rapid Prototyping
7 2 (4.17%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 24 (50.00%) C++
2 23 (47.92%) C
3 17 (35.42%) Python
4 15 (31.25%) C#
4 15 (31.25%) Embedded C++
5 10 (20.83%) MATLAB
6 8 (16.67%) JavaScript
7 7 (14.58%) PHP
8 6 (12.50%) Assembly Language
9 4 (8.33%) Embedded C
10 3 (6.25%) Bash Shell
10 3 (6.25%) Java
10 3 (6.25%) Perl
11 2 (4.17%) Go
11 2 (4.17%) Pascal
11 2 (4.17%) Scala
11 2 (4.17%) SQL
11 2 (4.17%) VB.NET
12 1 (2.08%) Shell Script
12 1 (2.08%) VBA
Qualifications
1 16 (33.33%) Security Cleared
2 15 (31.25%) SC Cleared
3 8 (16.67%) Degree
4 3 (6.25%) Master's Degree
5 2 (4.17%) Computer Science Degree
5 2 (4.17%) PhD
6 1 (2.08%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (8.33%) IEC 62304
1 4 (8.33%) ISO 26262
2 2 (4.17%) IEC 61508
2 2 (4.17%) MISRA
2 2 (4.17%) QA
3 1 (2.08%) AQAP
3 1 (2.08%) GDPR
3 1 (2.08%) MISRA C
System Software
1 1 (2.08%) Docker
1 1 (2.08%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 6 (12.50%) SELinux
2 1 (2.08%) Grafana
2 1 (2.08%) Kibana
2 1 (2.08%) Puppet
Vendors
1 5 (10.42%) Microsoft
2 2 (4.17%) Atlassian
2 2 (4.17%) Google
2 2 (4.17%) Zend
3 1 (2.08%) QNX
3 1 (2.08%) VMware