The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Reference Data in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Reference Data over the 3 months to 1 May 2016 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3 months to
1 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Reference Data
Rank 162 147 132
Rank change year-on-year
-15 -15
Contract jobs citing Reference Data 7 13 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.17% 0.33% 0.29%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.55% 1.06% 0.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 11 6
Average daily rate £425 £500 £613
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-15.00% -18.36%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £413 £475 £513
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £625 £638
UK excluding London average daily rate £438 £475 £478
% change year-on-year
-7.89% -0.52%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £32.50 £10.81
% change year-on-year
-52.30% +200.78%
Reference Data
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Miscellaneous category in contract jobs advertised in the North West region.

Miscellaneous Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Miscellaneous category
1269 1221 922
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 31.54% 30.71% 29.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 778 661 470
Average daily rate £388 £400 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.12% +23.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £275 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 64 73 83
Average hourly rate £22.50 £16.00 £17.13
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+40.62% -6.56%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.00 £11.89
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.91 £55.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.75 £18.90 £20.21
% change year-on-year
+15.07% -6.45%

Reference Data
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Reference Data across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Miscellaneous category.

Reference Data Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Reference Data
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Reference Data across the North West region.

Reference Data Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Reference Data
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Reference Data across the North West region over the 3 months to 1 May 2016.

Reference Data Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Reference Data
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Reference Data across the North West region.

Reference Data Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Reference Data
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Reference Data within the North West region over the 3 months to 1 May 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester - 6 £425 -
Cheshire -12 1 £700 +43.58%
Reference Data
England

Reference Data
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 1 May 2016, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Reference Data also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Reference Data.

1 7 (77.78%) Data Quality
2 6 (66.67%) Data Modelling
3 5 (55.56%) Data Management
3 5 (55.56%) Master Data Management
4 4 (44.44%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (44.44%) Credit Risk
4 4 (44.44%) Data Integration
4 4 (44.44%) Data Architecture
4 4 (44.44%) Validation
4 4 (44.44%) Java
5 3 (33.33%) SAS
5 3 (33.33%) Stakeholder Management
5 3 (33.33%) Data Cleansing
5 3 (33.33%) Taxonomies
5 3 (33.33%) Data Structures
5 3 (33.33%) Metadata Management
5 3 (33.33%) Data Governance
6 2 (22.22%) Re-Platforming
6 2 (22.22%) Big Data
6 2 (22.22%) Talend
6 2 (22.22%) DevOps
6 2 (22.22%) Private Cloud
6 2 (22.22%) Defect Management
6 2 (22.22%) Continuous Integration
6 2 (22.22%) Agile Software Development
6 2 (22.22%) Technical Architecture
6 2 (22.22%) Talend Open Studio
6 2 (22.22%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (22.22%) PostgreSQL
6 2 (22.22%) VMware

Reference Data
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 1 May 2016, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Reference Data also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Reference Data. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 3 (33.33%) SAS
2 2 (22.22%) Tuxedo
Applications
1 1 (11.11%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (11.11%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (11.11%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (22.22%) Cloud Computing
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (22.22%) Big Data
1 2 (22.22%) Data Warehouse
1 2 (22.22%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 2 (22.22%) Talend Open Studio
General
1 1 (11.11%) Billing
1 1 (11.11%) Finance
1 1 (11.11%) Financial Institution
1 1 (11.11%) Marketing
1 1 (11.11%) Retail
Job Titles
1 3 (33.33%) Architect
2 2 (22.22%) Big Data Consultant
2 2 (22.22%) Consultant
2 2 (22.22%) Data Consultant
2 2 (22.22%) Data Manager
3 1 (11.11%) Billing Architect
3 1 (11.11%) CRM Architect
3 1 (11.11%) Dynamics AX Architect
3 1 (11.11%) Dynamics CRM Architect
3 1 (11.11%) Risk Manager
3 1 (11.11%) SABSA Security Architect
3 1 (11.11%) Security Architect
3 1 (11.11%) Technical Architect
3 1 (11.11%) TOGAF Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (22.22%) Middleware
1 2 (22.22%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 4 (44.44%) Analytical Skills
1 4 (44.44%) Credit Risk
1 4 (44.44%) Data Integration
2 3 (33.33%) Data Structures
2 3 (33.33%) Taxonomies
3 2 (22.22%) Private Cloud
4 1 (11.11%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 2 (22.22%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (66.67%) Data Modelling
2 5 (55.56%) Data Management
2 5 (55.56%) Master Data Management
3 4 (44.44%) Data Architecture
3 4 (44.44%) Validation
4 3 (33.33%) Data Cleansing
4 3 (33.33%) Data Governance
4 3 (33.33%) Metadata Management
4 3 (33.33%) Stakeholder Management
5 2 (22.22%) Agile Software Development
5 2 (22.22%) Configuration Management
5 2 (22.22%) Continuous Integration
5 2 (22.22%) Defect Management
5 2 (22.22%) DevOps
5 2 (22.22%) EAI
5 2 (22.22%) Migration
5 2 (22.22%) Quality Management
5 2 (22.22%) Re-Platforming
5 2 (22.22%) SOA
5 2 (22.22%) Technical Architecture
Programming Languages
1 4 (44.44%) Java
2 2 (22.22%) COBOL
2 2 (22.22%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (11.11%) CESG Certified Professional
1 1 (11.11%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (77.78%) Data Quality
Vendors
1 2 (22.22%) Oracle
1 2 (22.22%) Talend
1 2 (22.22%) VMware
2 1 (11.11%) Microsoft