The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for WCF skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited WCF over the 3 months to 24 June 2017 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.

Windows Communication Foundation (WCF)
England / West Midlands
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 104 107 77
Rank change year-on-year +3 -30  
Contract jobs citing WCF 12 35 44
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.60% 1.16% 1.84%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 2.45% 4.57% 8.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 17 29
Median daily rate £344 £430 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +22.85%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £323 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £433 £463 £428
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 4
Median hourly rate - - £22.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.25 £42.50 £23.75
% change year-on-year +1.76% +78.94%  

WCF is in the industry standards, technical specifications and software library and framework skills category. The next 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 industry standards, technical specifications and software library and framework skills.

Contract Software Library & Framework Skills
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for industry standards, technical specifications and software library and framework skills 490 766 549
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 24.41% 25.37% 22.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 321 490 353
Median daily rate £375 £375 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +13.63%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £241 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £488 £438
UK excluding London median daily rate £398 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.00% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 12 11
Median hourly rate £31.00 £24.00 £23.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +29.16% +1.05%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £22.00 £22.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.50 £37.50 £39.55
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £36.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +18.05% -10.00%  

WCF
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands citing WCF as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category.

Job vacancy trend for WCF 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 WCF in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for WCF in the West Midlands

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing WCF in the West Midlands over the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for WCF in the West Midlands

WCF
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 WCF in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for WCF 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 WCF within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 24 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 +9 6 £425 +12.58% 4
Coventry +2 3 £351 -16.29% 1
Staffordshire +1 1 £338 - 2
Shropshire - 1 £275 -
WCF
England

For the 6 months to 24 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing WCF also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for WCF.

1 33 (91.67%) .NET
2 26 (72.22%) Agile Software Development
3 25 (69.44%) Microsoft
4 24 (66.67%) HTML
5 22 (61.11%) JavaScript
5 22 (61.11%) CSS
6 21 (58.33%) .NET Framework
7 19 (52.78%) C#
8 18 (50.00%) Visual Studio
9 15 (41.67%) TDD
9 15 (41.67%) Visual Studio Team System
9 15 (41.67%) ASP.NET Web API
10 14 (38.89%) MVC
10 14 (38.89%) SQL Server
11 13 (36.11%) CRM
12 12 (33.33%) Web Services
12 12 (33.33%) SQL
12 12 (33.33%) Dynamics CRM
13 11 (30.56%) ASP.NET
14 10 (27.78%) Entity Framework
14 10 (27.78%) Scrum
14 10 (27.78%) SOLID
15 9 (25.00%) Continuous Integration
16 8 (22.22%) Microsoft Azure
16 8 (22.22%) ASP.NET MVC
17 7 (19.44%) HTML5
18 6 (16.67%) NUnit
18 6 (16.67%) Test Automation
19 5 (13.89%) Inversion of Control
19 5 (13.89%) Team Foundation Server

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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:

Application Platforms
1 4 (11.11%) NServiceBus
2 3 (8.33%) ThingWorx
Applications
1 3 (8.33%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 12 (33.33%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 8 (22.22%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (5.56%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (2.78%) Dynamics 365
3 1 (2.78%) IaaS
3 1 (2.78%) PaaS
3 1 (2.78%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (38.89%) SQL Server
2 3 (8.33%) RDBMS
2 3 (8.33%) Relational Database
2 3 (8.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (2.78%) Apache Cassandra
3 1 (2.78%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (2.78%) NoSQL
3 1 (2.78%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (2.78%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 18 (50.00%) Visual Studio
2 15 (41.67%) Visual Studio Team System
3 6 (16.67%) NUnit
4 5 (13.89%) MSTest
4 5 (13.89%) Team Foundation Server
5 4 (11.11%) ReSharper
5 4 (11.11%) SpecFlow
5 4 (11.11%) Subversion
6 3 (8.33%) Git (software)
6 3 (8.33%) MSBuild
6 3 (8.33%) NCover
6 3 (8.33%) NDepend
6 3 (8.33%) NuGet
6 3 (8.33%) Selenium
6 3 (8.33%) StyleCop
6 3 (8.33%) TeamCity
7 2 (5.56%) Jenkins
7 2 (5.56%) Moq
8 1 (2.78%) CruiseControl
8 1 (2.78%) Maven
General
1 4 (11.11%) Automotive
2 3 (8.33%) Manufacturing
3 1 (2.78%) Finance
3 1 (2.78%) Retail
Job Titles
1 32 (88.89%) Developer
2 16 (44.44%) .NET Developer
3 11 (30.56%) CRM Developer
4 9 (25.00%) Senior Developer
5 8 (22.22%) Dynamics CRM Developer
6 7 (19.44%) C# Developer
7 6 (16.67%) C# .NET Developer
7 6 (16.67%) Microsoft Developer
8 4 (11.11%) ASP.NET Developer
8 4 (11.11%) Senior .NET Developer
9 3 (8.33%) Azure Developer
10 2 (5.56%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
10 2 (5.56%) C# ASP.NET Developer
10 2 (5.56%) Designer
10 2 (5.56%) JavaScript Developer
10 2 (5.56%) Lead Developer
10 2 (5.56%) UX Designer
11 1 (2.78%) Architect
11 1 (2.78%) Consultant
11 1 (2.78%) Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (91.67%) .NET
2 24 (66.67%) HTML
3 22 (61.11%) CSS
4 21 (58.33%) .NET Framework
5 15 (41.67%) ASP.NET Web API
6 12 (33.33%) Web Services
7 11 (30.56%) ASP.NET
8 10 (27.78%) Entity Framework
9 8 (22.22%) ASP.NET MVC
10 7 (19.44%) HTML5
11 5 (13.89%) AngularJS
12 4 (11.11%) jQuery
13 3 (8.33%) ASP.NET Web Forms
13 3 (8.33%) NHibernate
13 3 (8.33%) RESTful
13 3 (8.33%) WPF
13 3 (8.33%) XML
14 2 (5.56%) CSS3
14 2 (5.56%) React
14 2 (5.56%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 5 (13.89%) User Experience
2 3 (8.33%) SCADA
3 1 (2.78%) Fintech
3 1 (2.78%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 1 (2.78%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (72.22%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (41.67%) TDD
3 14 (38.89%) MVC
4 13 (36.11%) CRM
5 10 (27.78%) Scrum
5 10 (27.78%) SOLID
6 9 (25.00%) Continuous Integration
7 6 (16.67%) Test Automation
8 5 (13.89%) BDD
8 5 (13.89%) Inversion of Control
8 5 (13.89%) Mentoring
9 4 (11.11%) Domain-Driven Design
9 4 (11.11%) Web Development
10 3 (8.33%) ATDD
10 3 (8.33%) Don't repeat yourself (DRY)
10 3 (8.33%) OO
10 3 (8.33%) Software Engineering
10 3 (8.33%) User Stories
10 3 (8.33%) Workflow
10 3 (8.33%) YAGNI
Programming Languages
1 22 (61.11%) JavaScript
2 19 (52.78%) C#
3 12 (33.33%) SQL
4 5 (13.89%) PowerShell
5 3 (8.33%) VB.NET
5 3 (8.33%) VBA
6 2 (5.56%) T-SQL
7 1 (2.78%) C
7 1 (2.78%) F#
Qualifications
1 4 (11.11%) SC Cleared
1 4 (11.11%) Security Cleared
2 3 (8.33%) DV Cleared
Vendors
1 25 (69.44%) Microsoft
2 1 (2.78%) Oracle