Period
to 21 October 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for Strategic Thinking skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Strategic Thinking over the 6 months to 21 October 2018 with a comparison to the 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.

Strategic Thinking
England > West Midlands
6 months to
21 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 182 160 159
Rank change year-on-year -22 -1 +22
Contract jobs citing Strategic Thinking 20 24 57
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.40% 0.52% 0.92%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.47% 0.62% 1.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 13 30
West Midlands median daily rate £357 £475 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -24.84% +18.75% -0.62%
10th Percentile £250 £259 £290
90th Percentile £698 £621 £488
England median daily rate £475 £488 £457
% change year-on-year -2.56% +6.73% -0.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
West Midlands median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £28.50 £28.50 £14.00
% change year-on-year - +103.57% -58.38%

Strategic Thinking is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
West Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 4,292 3,896 5,239
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 85.04% 84.11% 84.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,574 2,478 3,112
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £263 £240 £250
90th Percentile £575 £550 £550
England median daily rate £473 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.00% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 190 135 140
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.00 £24.98 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -39.95% +42.74% -18.60%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.25 £10.74
90th Percentile £32.63 £53.75 £39.50
England median hourly rate £21.00 £24.82 £22.50
% change year-on-year -15.39% +10.31% +3.97%

Strategic Thinking
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing Strategic Thinking as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for Strategic Thinking in the West Midlands

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Strategic Thinking in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for Strategic Thinking in the West Midlands

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Strategic Thinking in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 21 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Strategic Thinking in the West Midlands

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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 Strategic Thinking in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Strategic Thinking in the West Midlands

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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 Strategic Thinking within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 21 October 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
Shropshire - 10 £606 - 1
Coventry -13 4 £276 -3.75% 1
Warwickshire +4 1 £550 -4.35% 2
Birmingham 0 1 - - 1
Walsall - 1 £288 -
Strategic Thinking
England

For the 6 months to 21 October 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Strategic Thinking also mentioned the following 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 with a requirement for Strategic Thinking.

1 7 (35.00%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (30.00%) ITIL
2 6 (30.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (25.00%) Web Application Development
3 5 (25.00%) Publishing
3 5 (25.00%) User Experience
4 4 (20.00%) Finance
5 3 (15.00%) Migration
5 3 (15.00%) Management Information System
5 3 (15.00%) TOGAF
5 3 (15.00%) MCSE
5 3 (15.00%) CCNP
5 3 (15.00%) CCNA
5 3 (15.00%) Cisco Certification
5 3 (15.00%) Microsoft Certification
5 3 (15.00%) Legal
5 3 (15.00%) Office 365
5 3 (15.00%) User Stories
5 3 (15.00%) Social Media
5 3 (15.00%) Amazon AWS
5 3 (15.00%) Web Usability
5 3 (15.00%) Customer Engagement
5 3 (15.00%) Data Centre
5 3 (15.00%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (15.00%) Creative Thinking
6 2 (10.00%) Acceptance Criteria
6 2 (10.00%) Microservices
6 2 (10.00%) Kubernetes
6 2 (10.00%) Digital Economy
6 2 (10.00%) Commercial Awareness

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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:

Cloud Services
1 6 (30.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (15.00%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (15.00%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 1 (5.00%) SMS
Development Applications
1 2 (10.00%) Artifactory
General
1 5 (25.00%) Publishing
2 4 (20.00%) Finance
3 3 (15.00%) Legal
4 2 (10.00%) Digital Economy
5 1 (5.00%) Aerospace
5 1 (5.00%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 5 (25.00%) Architect
1 5 (25.00%) Content Designer
1 5 (25.00%) Designer
2 3 (15.00%) Service Assurance Manager
2 3 (15.00%) Service Manager
2 3 (15.00%) Solutions Architect
3 2 (10.00%) Analyst
3 2 (10.00%) Business Analyst
3 2 (10.00%) Cloud Architect
3 2 (10.00%) IT Architect
3 2 (10.00%) IT Manager
3 2 (10.00%) Product Manager
3 2 (10.00%) Senior Manager
3 2 (10.00%) Senior Product Manager
3 2 (10.00%) Technical Architect
4 1 (5.00%) Consultant
4 1 (5.00%) Developer
4 1 (5.00%) Infrastructure Solutions Architect
4 1 (5.00%) IT Services Manager
4 1 (5.00%) Security Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (5.00%) jQuery
1 1 (5.00%) REST
1 1 (5.00%) SOAP
1 1 (5.00%) Visualforce
Miscellaneous
1 5 (25.00%) User Experience
2 3 (15.00%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (15.00%) Data Centre
2 3 (15.00%) Management Information System
2 3 (15.00%) Social Media
3 1 (5.00%) Minimum Viable Product
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (35.00%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (30.00%) ITIL
3 5 (25.00%) Web Application Development
4 3 (15.00%) Creative Thinking
4 3 (15.00%) Customer Engagement
4 3 (15.00%) Migration
4 3 (15.00%) TOGAF
4 3 (15.00%) User Stories
4 3 (15.00%) Web Usability
5 2 (10.00%) Acceptance Criteria
5 2 (10.00%) Commercial Awareness
5 2 (10.00%) Content Management
5 2 (10.00%) Decision-Making
5 2 (10.00%) DevOps
5 2 (10.00%) Line Management
5 2 (10.00%) Microservices
5 2 (10.00%) Problem-Solving
5 2 (10.00%) Programme Management
5 2 (10.00%) SEO
5 2 (10.00%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (5.00%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 3 (15.00%) CCNA
1 3 (15.00%) CCNP
1 3 (15.00%) Cisco Certification
1 3 (15.00%) MCSE
1 3 (15.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 2 (10.00%) SC Cleared
2 2 (10.00%) Security Cleared
3 1 (5.00%) BPSS Clearance
3 1 (5.00%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.00%) GDPR
System Software
1 2 (10.00%) Docker
Systems Management
1 2 (10.00%) Ansible
1 2 (10.00%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 2 (10.00%) Splunk
2 1 (5.00%) Salesforce.com