The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £444 per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 3 months to 27 June 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
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 111 103 96
Rank change year-on-year -8 -7  
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 10 38 21
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.48% 1.25% 0.90%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.51% 1.32% 0.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 21 6
Median daily rate £444 £415 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.01% +38.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £390 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £496 £475 £395
UK excluding London median daily rate £393 £378 £348
% change year-on-year +3.97% +8.63%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 9 6
Median hourly rate £40.75 £37.50 £34.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.66% +10.29%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.50 £35.15 £30.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.45 £39.00 £38.78
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.50 £42.35 £40.00
% change year-on-year +2.71% +5.87%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 1955 2872 2224
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 94.58% 94.72% 95.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 1177 1712 1348
Median daily rate £388 £398 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.51% +13.57%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £228 £231 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 86 91 136
Median hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £16.60
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -0.60%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £10.96 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.45 £39.00 £29.95
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.14
% change year-on-year - +8.42%  

Software Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands that featured Software Engineer in the job title.

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 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 3 months to 27 June 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 3 months to 27 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham - 4 £450 - 4
Warwickshire +8 2 - - 6
Coventry +11 1 £400 +3.22% 1
Staffordshire +2 1 - - 2
Shropshire -8 1 £488 +17.65%
Software Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 27 June 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 26 (89.66%) Software Engineering
2 15 (51.72%) C
3 12 (41.38%) Agile Software Development
4 10 (34.48%) Automotive
4 10 (34.48%) Embedded C
5 8 (27.59%) Linux
5 8 (27.59%) JavaScript
6 7 (24.14%) C++
7 6 (20.69%) HTML
7 6 (20.69%) CSS
8 5 (17.24%) Unix
8 5 (17.24%) SQL
8 5 (17.24%) Scrum
8 5 (17.24%) Security Cleared
8 5 (17.24%) Git (software)
8 5 (17.24%) Test Automation
8 5 (17.24%) gulp
9 4 (13.79%) Microservices
9 4 (13.79%) MISRA
9 4 (13.79%) SC Cleared
9 4 (13.79%) HTML5
9 4 (13.79%) Node.js
9 4 (13.79%) Electronics
9 4 (13.79%) Java
9 4 (13.79%) C#
9 4 (13.79%) Python
9 4 (13.79%) UML
9 4 (13.79%) TCP/IP
9 4 (13.79%) MATLAB
9 4 (13.79%) Simulink

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 (6.90%) JBoss
2 1 (3.45%) Apache
2 1 (3.45%) Apache Spark
2 1 (3.45%) GlassFish
2 1 (3.45%) nginx
2 1 (3.45%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 1 (3.45%) SharePoint
2 1 (3.45%) Tomcat
2 1 (3.45%) WebLogic
2 1 (3.45%) WildFly
Applications
1 4 (13.79%) Simulink
2 2 (6.90%) TargetLink
3 1 (3.45%) Stateflow
Cloud Services
1 2 (6.90%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (3.45%) GitHub
2 1 (3.45%) Google Analytics
2 1 (3.45%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (3.45%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (13.79%) TCP/IP
2 2 (6.90%) Ethernet
2 2 (6.90%) HTTP
2 2 (6.90%) Wireless
3 1 (3.45%) 3G
3 1 (3.45%) FlexRay
3 1 (3.45%) Internet
3 1 (3.45%) Intranet
3 1 (3.45%) Profibus
3 1 (3.45%) RS-232
3 1 (3.45%) RS-485
3 1 (3.45%) SNMP
3 1 (3.45%) SSL
3 1 (3.45%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (6.90%) MongoDB
1 2 (6.90%) NoSQL
1 2 (6.90%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (3.45%) Apache Cassandra
2 1 (3.45%) Big Data
2 1 (3.45%) Hadoop
2 1 (3.45%) MySQL
2 1 (3.45%) RDBMS
2 1 (3.45%) Relational Database
2 1 (3.45%) SQL Server
2 1 (3.45%) SQL Server 2000
2 1 (3.45%) SQL Server 2005
2 1 (3.45%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 5 (17.24%) Git (software)
1 5 (17.24%) gulp
2 3 (10.34%) GCC
2 3 (10.34%) JSHint
2 3 (10.34%) Mocha
3 2 (6.90%) Cucumber
3 2 (6.90%) Grunt
3 2 (6.90%) IntelliJ
3 2 (6.90%) Jenkins
3 2 (6.90%) JUnit
3 2 (6.90%) Karma Test Runner
3 2 (6.90%) LabVIEW
3 2 (6.90%) Sublime Text
3 2 (6.90%) Visual Studio
4 1 (3.45%) Ant
4 1 (3.45%) Bower
4 1 (3.45%) Eclipse
4 1 (3.45%) PhantomJS
4 1 (3.45%) Selenium
4 1 (3.45%) WebStorm
General
1 10 (34.48%) Automotive
2 4 (13.79%) Electronics
3 2 (6.90%) Aerospace
4 1 (3.45%) Manufacturing
4 1 (3.45%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (20.69%) CSS
1 6 (20.69%) HTML
2 4 (13.79%) HTML5
2 4 (13.79%) Node.js
3 3 (10.34%) .NET
3 3 (10.34%) CSS3
3 3 (10.34%) Express
3 3 (10.34%) jQuery
3 3 (10.34%) Mustache
4 2 (6.90%) AngularJS
4 2 (6.90%) ASP.NET
4 2 (6.90%) Hibernate
4 2 (6.90%) J2EE
4 2 (6.90%) REST
4 2 (6.90%) SOAP
4 2 (6.90%) Spring
5 1 (3.45%) Gherkin
5 1 (3.45%) JAX-RS
5 1 (3.45%) Razor View Engine
5 1 (3.45%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 3 (10.34%) Device Driver
1 3 (10.34%) Linux Command Line
2 2 (6.90%) Embedded Systems
3 1 (3.45%) Fintech
3 1 (3.45%) Infotainment
3 1 (3.45%) Mobile App
3 1 (3.45%) SCADA
3 1 (3.45%) Streaming Video
3 1 (3.45%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 8 (27.59%) Linux
2 5 (17.24%) Unix
3 3 (10.34%) Windows
4 2 (6.90%) VxWorks
5 1 (3.45%) Android
5 1 (3.45%) Apple iOS
5 1 (3.45%) Embedded Linux
5 1 (3.45%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (89.66%) Software Engineering
2 12 (41.38%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (17.24%) Scrum
3 5 (17.24%) Test Automation
4 4 (13.79%) Microservices
4 4 (13.79%) UML
5 3 (10.34%) Asynchronous Programming
5 3 (10.34%) Configuration Management
5 3 (10.34%) Continuous Integration
5 3 (10.34%) Functional Testing
5 3 (10.34%) Software Architecture
5 3 (10.34%) TDD
5 3 (10.34%) Workflow
6 2 (6.90%) Analytics
6 2 (6.90%) BDD
6 2 (6.90%) Dependency Injection
6 2 (6.90%) SDLC
6 2 (6.90%) SysML
6 2 (6.90%) Test Planning
6 2 (6.90%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 15 (51.72%) C
2 10 (34.48%) Embedded C
3 8 (27.59%) JavaScript
4 7 (24.14%) C++
5 5 (17.24%) SQL
6 4 (13.79%) C#
6 4 (13.79%) Java
6 4 (13.79%) MATLAB
6 4 (13.79%) Python
7 3 (10.34%) ECMAScript
8 2 (6.90%) Embedded C++
8 2 (6.90%) Scala
9 1 (3.45%) Assembly Language
9 1 (3.45%) Groovy
9 1 (3.45%) Haskell
9 1 (3.45%) Pascal
9 1 (3.45%) Perl
9 1 (3.45%) Ruby
9 1 (3.45%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 5 (17.24%) Security Cleared
2 4 (13.79%) SC Cleared
3 3 (10.34%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (13.79%) MISRA
2 3 (10.34%) ISO 26262
3 2 (6.90%) MISRA C
4 1 (3.45%) IEC 62304
4 1 (3.45%) QA
4 1 (3.45%) WAI
4 1 (3.45%) WCAG
System Software
1 2 (6.90%) Docker
2 1 (3.45%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 1 (3.45%) Grafana
1 1 (3.45%) Kibana
1 1 (3.45%) Puppet
Vendors
1 2 (6.90%) Microsoft
2 1 (3.45%) Adobe
2 1 (3.45%) Assembla
2 1 (3.45%) Google
2 1 (3.45%) IBM
2 1 (3.45%) MathWorks
2 1 (3.45%) Oracle
2 1 (3.45%) QNX
2 1 (3.45%) webMethods