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 3 months to 27 March 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.

XML
England / West Midlands
3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 51 61 36
Rank change year-on-year +10 -25  
Contract jobs citing XML 67 79 113
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 2.98% 2.93% 4.38%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 12.23% 11.74% 18.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 48 43 81
Median daily rate £425 £425 £425
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £311 £287
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £395 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +5.33% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 0 3
Median hourly rate £25.00 - £17.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.00 - £17.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.75 - £26.45
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £38.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year +11.84% +5.55%  

XML 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 548 673 624
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 24.39% 25.00% 24.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 378 411 396
Median daily rate £375 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £522 £500 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year +3.44% +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 8 17
Median hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £32.85
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% -39.11%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.00 £9.00 £17.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.00 £45.00 £45.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.50 £38.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year +6.57% +5.55%  

XML
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

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

Job vacancy trend for XML 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 XML in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for XML in the West Midlands

XML
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing XML in the West Midlands over the 3 months to 27 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for XML in the West Midlands

XML
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing XML in the West Midlands.

Contractor 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 3 months to 27 March 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 +5 16 £350 -22.22% 9
Shropshire +23 14 £500 +40.64% 2
Warwickshire -1 9 £343 +6.20% 7
Staffordshire +4 5 £338 -12.33% 4
Worcestershire +2 2 £350 +7.69%
Coventry -1 2 - - 5
Herefordshire -13 2 £350 -17.64%
XML
England

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Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 27 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing XML 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 XML.

1 83 (52.20%) Agile Software Development
2 69 (43.40%) Java
3 60 (37.74%) SQL
4 56 (35.22%) CSS
5 55 (34.59%) HTML
6 52 (32.70%) JSON
7 51 (32.08%) C#
8 43 (27.04%) .NET
9 42 (26.42%) Web Services
10 41 (25.79%) SOAP
11 40 (25.16%) JavaScript
12 34 (21.38%) MVC
13 33 (20.75%) Oracle
14 31 (19.50%) Scrum
15 30 (18.87%) SQL Server
16 29 (18.24%) Linux
17 28 (17.61%) jQuery
18 26 (16.35%) Microsoft
18 26 (16.35%) Open Source
18 26 (16.35%) REST
19 24 (15.09%) Microservices
19 24 (15.09%) WCF
20 23 (14.47%) Unix
21 21 (13.21%) Visual Studio
21 21 (13.21%) Docker
21 21 (13.21%) MongoDB
22 20 (12.58%) PowerShell
23 19 (11.95%) XSLT
23 19 (11.95%) Puppet
24 18 (11.32%) Scala

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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 12 (7.55%) WebLogic
2 11 (6.92%) NServiceBus
3 7 (4.40%) JBoss
4 5 (3.14%) BizTalk Server
5 4 (2.52%) Apache
6 3 (1.89%) Confluence
6 3 (1.89%) Documentum
6 3 (1.89%) Oracle Workflow
6 3 (1.89%) Tomcat
7 2 (1.26%) ColdFusion
7 2 (1.26%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 2 (1.26%) WebSphere
7 2 (1.26%) WebSphere Application Server
8 1 (0.63%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 1 (0.63%) DNN
8 1 (0.63%) IIS
8 1 (0.63%) SharePoint
8 1 (0.63%) SharePoint 2010
8 1 (0.63%) WordPress
Applications
1 4 (2.52%) Doxygen
1 4 (2.52%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.63%) Acrobat
2 1 (0.63%) FrameMaker
2 1 (0.63%) MS Office
2 1 (0.63%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (1.89%) assyst
1 3 (1.89%) Oracle BPM
1 3 (1.89%) SAP HR
2 2 (1.26%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (1.26%) SAP CAR
2 2 (1.26%) SAP POS DM
3 1 (0.63%) Exstream
3 1 (0.63%) Remedy AR System
3 1 (0.63%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 5 (3.14%) GitHub
2 2 (1.26%) Amazon CloudWatch
Communications & Networking
1 11 (6.92%) Broadband
2 7 (4.40%) HTTP
2 7 (4.40%) SSL
3 4 (2.52%) Internet
3 4 (2.52%) TCP/IP
4 3 (1.89%) OSPF
4 3 (1.89%) SNMP
5 2 (1.26%) FTP
5 2 (1.26%) LDAP
5 2 (1.26%) Wireshark
6 1 (0.63%) Bluetooth
6 1 (0.63%) RTSP
6 1 (0.63%) Wi-Fi
6 1 (0.63%) Wireless
6 1 (0.63%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (18.87%) SQL Server
2 21 (13.21%) MongoDB
3 16 (10.06%) NoSQL
4 12 (7.55%) SQL Server 2008
5 6 (3.77%) MySQL
6 3 (1.89%) Hadoop
6 3 (1.89%) HBase
6 3 (1.89%) Oracle Database
6 3 (1.89%) SQL Server 2012
7 2 (1.26%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
7 2 (1.26%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (1.26%) DataStage
7 2 (1.26%) IBM InfoSphere
7 2 (1.26%) Relational Database
7 2 (1.26%) SAP HANA
7 2 (1.26%) SQL Server 2014
7 2 (1.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 2 (1.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 21 (13.21%) Visual Studio
2 18 (11.32%) IntelliJ
3 17 (10.69%) Subversion
4 16 (10.06%) Eclipse
5 15 (9.43%) Team Foundation Server
6 14 (8.81%) Git (software)
7 13 (8.18%) Selenium
8 10 (6.29%) Jenkins
9 9 (5.66%) Moq
9 9 (5.66%) NUnit
10 7 (4.40%) SoapUI
11 6 (3.77%) JUnit
12 5 (3.14%) JIRA
12 5 (3.14%) PVCS
13 4 (2.52%) Cucumber
13 4 (2.52%) Dreamweaver
13 4 (2.52%) Toad
14 3 (1.89%) gulp
14 3 (1.89%) TeamCity
14 3 (1.89%) WebDriver
General
1 17 (10.69%) Finance
2 12 (7.55%) Telecoms
3 4 (2.52%) Manufacturing
4 3 (1.89%) Automotive
5 2 (1.26%) Back Office
5 2 (1.26%) Legal
5 2 (1.26%) Pharmaceutical
5 2 (1.26%) Retail
6 1 (0.63%) Electronics
6 1 (0.63%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 108 (67.92%) Developer
2 24 (15.09%) Java Developer
3 20 (12.58%) .NET Developer
4 18 (11.32%) Scala Developer
5 16 (10.06%) Analyst
5 16 (10.06%) Linux Developer
6 15 (9.43%) C# Developer
6 15 (9.43%) Programmer
7 14 (8.81%) Java Programmer
7 14 (8.81%) Java Scala Developer
7 14 (8.81%) MongoDB Developer
8 12 (7.55%) C# .NET Developer
8 12 (7.55%) Open Source Developer
8 12 (7.55%) Test Analyst
9 11 (6.92%) ServiceNow Developer
9 11 (6.92%) Software Engineer
10 10 (6.29%) C# Software Engineer
11 9 (5.66%) COBOL Developer
11 9 (5.66%) XML Developer
12 8 (5.03%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 56 (35.22%) CSS
2 55 (34.59%) HTML
3 52 (32.70%) JSON
4 43 (27.04%) .NET
5 42 (26.42%) Web Services
6 41 (25.79%) SOAP
7 28 (17.61%) jQuery
8 26 (16.35%) REST
9 24 (15.09%) WCF
10 19 (11.95%) XSLT
11 18 (11.32%) Play Framework
12 15 (9.43%) AngularJS
12 15 (9.43%) HTML5
12 15 (9.43%) KnockoutJS
13 12 (7.55%) .NET Framework
13 12 (7.55%) Middleware
14 11 (6.92%) Entity Framework
14 11 (6.92%) StructureMap
15 10 (6.29%) Spring
16 9 (5.66%) EDIFACT
Miscellaneous
1 5 (3.14%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (2.52%) Computer Science
3 3 (1.89%) CMDB
3 3 (1.89%) Enterprise Software
3 3 (1.89%) User Experience
4 2 (1.26%) Data Structures
4 2 (1.26%) Mobile App
5 1 (0.63%) Driving Licence
5 1 (0.63%) Mainframe
5 1 (0.63%) N-Tier
5 1 (0.63%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 29 (18.24%) Linux
2 23 (14.47%) Unix
3 11 (6.92%) Windows
4 5 (3.14%) AIX
5 3 (1.89%) Mac OS X
5 3 (1.89%) SUSE
6 1 (0.63%) Android
6 1 (0.63%) Debian
6 1 (0.63%) Ubuntu
6 1 (0.63%) Windows Server
6 1 (0.63%) Windows Server 2003
6 1 (0.63%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (0.63%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 83 (52.20%) Agile Software Development
2 34 (21.38%) MVC
3 31 (19.50%) Scrum
4 26 (16.35%) Open Source
5 24 (15.09%) Microservices
6 18 (11.32%) OO
6 18 (11.32%) TDD
7 17 (10.69%) Continuous Integration
7 17 (10.69%) SOA
8 15 (9.43%) SOLID
9 14 (8.81%) SDLC
10 13 (8.18%) Software Engineering
10 13 (8.18%) Test Scripting
11 11 (6.92%) Configuration Management
11 11 (6.92%) OOD
12 10 (6.29%) System Integration Testing
13 9 (5.66%) Coaching
13 9 (5.66%) ETL
13 9 (5.66%) Kanban
13 9 (5.66%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 69 (43.40%) Java
2 60 (37.74%) SQL
3 51 (32.08%) C#
4 40 (25.16%) JavaScript
5 20 (12.58%) PowerShell
6 18 (11.32%) Scala
7 10 (6.29%) COBOL
8 8 (5.03%) Python
8 8 (5.03%) T-SQL
9 6 (3.77%) PL/SQL
10 5 (3.14%) C
10 5 (3.14%) C++
11 3 (1.89%) ABAP
11 3 (1.89%) Ruby
11 3 (1.89%) Shell Script
12 2 (1.26%) Perl
12 2 (1.26%) PHP
13 1 (0.63%) VB
13 1 (0.63%) VB.NET
13 1 (0.63%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 13 (8.18%) Security Cleared
2 11 (6.92%) BPSS Clearance
3 6 (3.77%) ISEB
4 5 (3.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 4 (2.52%) SC Cleared
5 4 (2.52%) Sun Certification
6 3 (1.89%) ISTQB
7 2 (1.26%) Degree
8 1 (0.63%) HNC
8 1 (0.63%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (0.63%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (3.77%) QA
System Software
1 21 (13.21%) Docker
2 1 (0.63%) NFS
Systems Management
1 19 (11.95%) Puppet
2 2 (1.26%) Ansible
2 2 (1.26%) Zenoss
3 1 (0.63%) BladeLogic
3 1 (0.63%) SCCM
3 1 (0.63%) SCVMM
3 1 (0.63%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 33 (20.75%) Oracle
2 26 (16.35%) Microsoft
3 17 (10.69%) webMethods
4 12 (7.55%) ServiceNow
5 8 (5.03%) Micro Focus
5 8 (5.03%) SAP
5 8 (5.03%) WSO2
6 6 (3.77%) CheckPoint
6 6 (3.77%) Pega
7 5 (3.14%) Adobe
8 4 (2.52%) IBM
8 4 (2.52%) Remedy
9 3 (1.89%) Aruba
9 3 (1.89%) Cisco
9 3 (1.89%) Cloudera
9 3 (1.89%) Fortinet
9 3 (1.89%) Riverbed
10 2 (1.26%) IDERA
10 2 (1.26%) RedGate
10 2 (1.26%) Tableau