Period
to 15 May 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for XML skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited XML over the 6 months to 15 May 2021 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.

XML
England > West Midlands
6 months to
15 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 69 55 66
Rank change year-on-year -14 +11 +9
Contract jobs citing XML 59 78 143
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands 2.68% 3.53% 3.11%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 13.88% 14.58% 11.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 48 35 105
10th Percentile £315 £369 £308
25th Percentile £329 £411 £342
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £361 £450 £425
Median % change year-on-year -19.78% +5.88% +6.25%
75th Percentile £389 £546 £550
90th Percentile £438 £675 £588
England median daily rate £500 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £50.00 - -
England median hourly rate £58.00 £50.50 £55.00
% change year-on-year +14.85% -8.18% +34.15%

XML is in the Software Libraries and Frameworks 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 technical specification, industry standards, software libraries and framework skills.

All Software Libraries and Frameworks
West Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for technical specification, industry standards, software libraries and framework skills 425 535 1,245
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 19.30% 24.23% 27.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 297 359 839
10th Percentile £299 £325 £313
25th Percentile £350 £370 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £400 £450 £450
Median % change year-on-year -11.11% - +11.80%
75th Percentile £475 £538 £523
90th Percentile £538 £588 £575
England median daily rate £500 £500 £500
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 3
Median hourly rate £50.00 £15.45 £34.50
Median % change year-on-year +223.62% -55.22% +16.16%
England median hourly rate £45.00 £46.50 £44.92
% change year-on-year -3.23% +3.53% +6.94%

XML
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing XML as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for XML in the West Midlands

XML
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Daily rate trend for XML in the West Midlands

XML
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing XML in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 15 May 2021.

Daily rate histogram for XML in the West Midlands

XML
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Hourly rate trend for XML in the West Midlands

XML
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 XML within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 15 May 2021. 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 -29 33 £344 -19.06% 4
Birmingham -1 10 £350 -37.78% 11
Warwickshire - 9 £381 - 1
Coventry +15 2 £475 -9.52% 2
Solihull +5 1 £600 -
Staffordshire -5 1 - - 3
XML
England

For the 6 months to 15 May 2021, IT contractor jobs citing XML 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 XML.

1 40 (67.80%) SQL
2 32 (54.24%) Oracle
3 30 (50.85%) Agile Software Development
3 30 (50.85%) JSON
3 30 (50.85%) Test Automation
4 29 (49.15%) Unix
4 29 (49.15%) Windows
5 28 (47.46%) Social Skills
6 24 (40.68%) QA
6 24 (40.68%) ISEB
6 24 (40.68%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 23 (38.98%) SAP
7 23 (38.98%) ISTQB
8 21 (35.59%) JIRA
8 21 (35.59%) Public Sector
9 19 (32.20%) SOAP
10 17 (28.81%) Web Services
10 17 (28.81%) JavaScript
11 16 (27.12%) PL/SQL
11 16 (27.12%) Selenium
11 16 (27.12%) Defect Management
11 16 (27.12%) Confluence
11 16 (27.12%) Cucumber
11 16 (27.12%) SoapUI
12 15 (25.42%) Waterfall
12 15 (25.42%) Microsoft
13 14 (23.73%) MySQL
13 14 (23.73%) SQL Server
13 14 (23.73%) C#
13 14 (23.73%) Java

XML
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 16 (27.12%) Confluence
2 5 (8.47%) Mule
2 5 (8.47%) WebLogic
3 1 (1.69%) Apache
3 1 (1.69%) CICS
3 1 (1.69%) JBoss
3 1 (1.69%) MQSeries
3 1 (1.69%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 1 (1.69%) Tomcat
Applications
1 9 (15.25%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 14 (23.73%) SAP FI-CA
1 14 (23.73%) SAP PSCD
2 8 (13.56%) SAP HCM
3 1 (1.69%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (1.69%) NetSuite
3 1 (1.69%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 11 (18.64%) Azure
2 8 (13.56%) SuccessFactors
3 6 (10.17%) AWS
4 5 (8.47%) Tricentis Tosca
5 1 (1.69%) AWS CloudFormation
5 1 (1.69%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (1.69%) Azure Service Bus
5 1 (1.69%) Boomi
5 1 (1.69%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (1.69%) Dynamics 365
5 1 (1.69%) Force.com
5 1 (1.69%) GitHub
5 1 (1.69%) IaaS
5 1 (1.69%) OpenShift
5 1 (1.69%) PaaS
5 1 (1.69%) Power Platform
5 1 (1.69%) SaaS
5 1 (1.69%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 6 (10.17%) HTTP
2 2 (3.39%) PuTTY
2 2 (3.39%) WinSCP
3 1 (1.69%) Firewall
3 1 (1.69%) Network Security
3 1 (1.69%) Reverse Proxy
3 1 (1.69%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (23.73%) MySQL
1 14 (23.73%) SQL Server
2 13 (22.03%) Oracle Database
3 6 (10.17%) Relational Database
4 5 (8.47%) MongoDB
5 2 (3.39%) RDBMS
6 1 (1.69%) Apache Hive
6 1 (1.69%) Azure SQL Database
6 1 (1.69%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (1.69%) Hadoop
6 1 (1.69%) Oracle Database 11g
6 1 (1.69%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (1.69%) Power BI
6 1 (1.69%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (1.69%) SQL Server 2016
6 1 (1.69%) SQL Server 2017
6 1 (1.69%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (1.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (1.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (1.69%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 21 (35.59%) JIRA
2 16 (27.12%) Cucumber
2 16 (27.12%) Selenium
2 16 (27.12%) SoapUI
3 14 (23.73%) Postman
4 9 (15.25%) Gatling
5 6 (10.17%) Jenkins
6 5 (8.47%) JMeter
7 4 (6.78%) eggPlant
7 4 (6.78%) Git (software)
7 4 (6.78%) MSTest
7 4 (6.78%) Toad
8 3 (5.08%) Maven
9 2 (3.39%) Ant
9 2 (3.39%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 2 (3.39%) Subversion
10 1 (1.69%) Bugzilla
10 1 (1.69%) HP UFT
10 1 (1.69%) Visual Studio
10 1 (1.69%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 28 (47.46%) Social Skills
2 21 (35.59%) Public Sector
3 6 (10.17%) Finance
4 5 (8.47%) Analytical Skills
4 5 (8.47%) Influencing Skills
5 1 (1.69%) Legal
5 1 (1.69%) Organisational Skills
5 1 (1.69%) Presentation Skills
5 1 (1.69%) Retail
Job Titles
1 26 (44.07%) Analyst
2 25 (42.37%) Test Analyst
3 15 (25.42%) Developer
4 9 (15.25%) C# Developer
4 9 (15.25%) SAP Analyst
4 9 (15.25%) SAP Test Analyst
5 7 (11.86%) .NET Developer
5 7 (11.86%) C# .NET Developer
5 7 (11.86%) Integration Developer
5 7 (11.86%) QA Analyst
5 7 (11.86%) QA Test Analyst
6 5 (8.47%) Tester
7 4 (6.78%) Linux Specialist
7 4 (6.78%) Senior Developer
8 3 (5.08%) Architect
8 3 (5.08%) Automation Tester
8 3 (5.08%) DevOps Engineer
8 3 (5.08%) Senior .NET Developer
8 3 (5.08%) Senior C# .NET Developer
8 3 (5.08%) Senior C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (50.85%) JSON
2 19 (32.20%) SOAP
3 17 (28.81%) Web Services
4 12 (20.34%) .NET
5 11 (18.64%) RESTful
6 9 (15.25%) REST
7 7 (11.86%) HTML
8 6 (10.17%) .NET Core
8 6 (10.17%) CSS
8 6 (10.17%) WSDL
9 5 (8.47%) AngularJS
9 5 (8.47%) ASP.NET
9 5 (8.47%) LINQ
9 5 (8.47%) Swagger
10 4 (6.78%) XSD
10 4 (6.78%) XSLT
11 3 (5.08%) XBRL
12 2 (3.39%) RabbitMQ
12 2 (3.39%) SAML
12 2 (3.39%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 2 (3.39%) PKI
2 1 (1.69%) Enterprise Software
2 1 (1.69%) Self-Motivation
2 1 (1.69%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 29 (49.15%) Unix
1 29 (49.15%) Windows
2 9 (15.25%) Linux
3 3 (5.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 2 (3.39%) SUSE
4 2 (3.39%) Windows Server
5 1 (1.69%) Android
5 1 (1.69%) CentOS
5 1 (1.69%) Ubuntu
5 1 (1.69%) Windows 10
5 1 (1.69%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (50.85%) Agile Software Development
1 30 (50.85%) Test Automation
2 16 (27.12%) Defect Management
3 15 (25.42%) Waterfall
4 13 (22.03%) Test Scripting
5 12 (20.34%) Customer Requirements
5 12 (20.34%) DevOps
6 9 (15.25%) Open Source
7 7 (11.86%) TDD
8 6 (10.17%) BDD
8 6 (10.17%) Continuous Integration
8 6 (10.17%) ETL
8 6 (10.17%) Microservices
8 6 (10.17%) SOA
9 5 (8.47%) API Testing
9 5 (8.47%) Continuous Improvement
9 5 (8.47%) Inversion of Control
9 5 (8.47%) SDLC
10 4 (6.78%) Process Improvement
10 4 (6.78%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 40 (67.80%) SQL
2 17 (28.81%) JavaScript
3 16 (27.12%) PL/SQL
4 14 (23.73%) C#
4 14 (23.73%) Java
5 2 (3.39%) PowerShell
5 2 (3.39%) Python
5 2 (3.39%) Ruby
6 1 (1.69%) Bash Shell
6 1 (1.69%) C
6 1 (1.69%) Perl
6 1 (1.69%) Scala
6 1 (1.69%) VB.NET
6 1 (1.69%) XAML
Qualifications
1 24 (40.68%) ISEB
1 24 (40.68%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 23 (38.98%) ISTQB
3 3 (5.08%) SC Cleared
3 3 (5.08%) Security Cleared
4 2 (3.39%) Degree
5 1 (1.69%) CISA
5 1 (1.69%) CISM
5 1 (1.69%) CISSP
5 1 (1.69%) Computer Science Degree
5 1 (1.69%) ISSAP
5 1 (1.69%) ISSEP
5 1 (1.69%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (40.68%) QA
2 1 (1.69%) COBIT
2 1 (1.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (1.69%) NIST
System Software
1 7 (11.86%) Docker
2 6 (10.17%) Virtual Machines
3 5 (8.47%) Active Directory
4 1 (1.69%) HDFS
4 1 (1.69%) Virtual Desktop
4 1 (1.69%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (1.69%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 6 (10.17%) Kubernetes
2 5 (8.47%) Ansible
3 4 (6.78%) Rancher
3 4 (6.78%) Red Hat Satellite
3 4 (6.78%) Red Hat Spacewalk
4 1 (1.69%) Data Guard
4 1 (1.69%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (1.69%) Puppet
4 1 (1.69%) Terraform
Vendors
1 32 (54.24%) Oracle
2 23 (38.98%) SAP
3 15 (25.42%) Microsoft
4 6 (10.17%) Red Hat
4 6 (10.17%) VMware
5 4 (6.78%) F5
6 3 (5.08%) webMethods
7 2 (3.39%) Salesforce.com
8 1 (1.69%) AppDynamics
8 1 (1.69%) BEA
8 1 (1.69%) Citrix
8 1 (1.69%) Dell
8 1 (1.69%) JD Edwards
8 1 (1.69%) MuleSoft
8 1 (1.69%) New Relic
8 1 (1.69%) Xamarin