The first table below looks at the demand for Release Management skills 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 Release Management over the 3 months to 17 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category for the North West region.

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.

Location
3 months to
17 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Release Management
Rank 112 97 126
Rank change year-on-year
-15 +29
Contract jobs citing Release Management 23 20 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.73% 0.83% 0.33%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.02% 1.18% 0.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 9 4
Average daily rate £225 £350 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-35.71% -6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £218 £266 £340
10% offered a daily rate of more than £258 £407 £393
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £400
% change year-on-year
- -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 1 1
Average hourly rate £28.50 £30.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.00% +33.33%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £29.75 £29.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year
+2.58% +13.72%
Processes & Methodologies Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2253 1702 1940
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 71.18% 70.59% 63.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 1160 852 965
Average daily rate £375 £340 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.29% -2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £485 £480
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £363 £370
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -2.02%
Number of hourly rates quoted 125 82 91
Average hourly rate £30.50 £25.97 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.44% +29.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.49 £13.30 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £61.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £32.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +16.36%
Release Management
England

Release Management
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Release Management across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Release Management Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Release Management
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Release Management Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Release Management
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Release Management Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Release Management
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Release Management across the North West region over the 3 months to 17 April 2014.

Release Management Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

Release Management
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 Release Management within the North West region over the 3 months to 17 April 2014. 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Lancashire -13 10 £225 -31.29% 2
Cheshire -9 8 £260 -25.82% 5
Manchester -17 3 - - 4
Merseyside - - - - 1
Release Management
England

Release Management
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 17 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Release Management 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 Release Management.

1 12 (31.58%) Blackberry
2 11 (28.95%) Project Management
2 11 (28.95%) Finance
3 10 (26.32%) Banking
3 10 (26.32%) Windows
4 9 (23.68%) Microsoft
4 9 (23.68%) Service Delivery
4 9 (23.68%) PowerShell
5 8 (21.05%) Windows Server 2008
5 8 (21.05%) MS Exchange
5 8 (21.05%) Symantec
5 8 (21.05%) Security Cleared
6 7 (18.42%) SQL Server
6 7 (18.42%) SC Cleared
6 7 (18.42%) Exchange Server 2010
6 7 (18.42%) F5
6 7 (18.42%) IronPort
7 6 (15.79%) MS Office
7 6 (15.79%) MS Excel
7 6 (15.79%) UNIX
7 6 (15.79%) Active Directory
8 5 (13.16%) NHS
8 5 (13.16%) ITIL
8 5 (13.16%) VBA
9 4 (10.53%) Migration
9 4 (10.53%) Stakeholder Management
9 4 (10.53%) SQL Server 2008
9 4 (10.53%) SQL
9 4 (10.53%) Service Management
10 3 (7.89%) Financial Institution

Release Management
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Release Management 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 Release Management. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 8 (21.05%) MS Exchange
2 7 (18.42%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (2.63%) WebLogic Integration
3 1 (2.63%) SharePoint 2010
3 1 (2.63%) WebLogic
3 1 (2.63%) Apache
3 1 (2.63%) Tomcat
3 1 (2.63%) SharePoint
Applications
1 6 (15.79%) MS Office
1 6 (15.79%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (2.63%) SAP MM
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.63%) FTP
1 1 (2.63%) TCP/IP
1 1 (2.63%) VPN
1 1 (2.63%) SAN
1 1 (2.63%) Firewall
1 1 (2.63%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (18.42%) SQL Server
2 4 (10.53%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (5.26%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (5.26%) Oracle Database
3 2 (5.26%) SQL Server 2005
3 2 (5.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 2 (5.26%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (2.63%) Oracle Database 10g
4 1 (2.63%) SAP BW
4 1 (2.63%) Oracle9i Database
4 1 (2.63%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 1 (2.63%) MSI
1 1 (2.63%) Team Foundation Server
1 1 (2.63%) MSBuild
General
1 11 (28.95%) Finance
2 10 (26.32%) Banking
3 3 (7.89%) Financial Institution
4 1 (2.63%) Retail
4 1 (2.63%) Investment Banking
4 1 (2.63%) Retail Banking
4 1 (2.63%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 11 (28.95%) Analyst
2 7 (18.42%) Release Manager
3 6 (15.79%) Operations Engineer
4 5 (13.16%) Service Desk Analyst
4 5 (13.16%) Service Analyst
5 4 (10.53%) Operations Analyst
6 3 (7.89%) Developer
7 2 (5.26%) Configuration and Release Manager
7 2 (5.26%) SQL Developer
7 2 (5.26%) Configuration Manager
7 2 (5.26%) Project Manager
7 2 (5.26%) DBA
8 1 (2.63%) Development Manager
8 1 (2.63%) Senior Manager
8 1 (2.63%) Senior Developer
8 1 (2.63%) Support Analyst
8 1 (2.63%) Support Engineer
8 1 (2.63%) Applications Support
8 1 (2.63%) Programme Manager
8 1 (2.63%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (5.26%) .NET
2 1 (2.63%) ASP.NET
2 1 (2.63%) Web Services
2 1 (2.63%) .NET Framework
2 1 (2.63%) JSON
2 1 (2.63%) Application Packaging
2 1 (2.63%) LINQ
2 1 (2.63%) jQuery
2 1 (2.63%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 12 (31.58%) Blackberry
2 5 (13.16%) NHS
3 2 (5.26%) Replication
3 2 (5.26%) Clustering
4 1 (2.63%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 10 (26.32%) Windows
2 8 (21.05%) Windows Server 2008
3 6 (15.79%) UNIX
4 2 (5.26%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (2.63%) SUSE
5 1 (2.63%) HPUX
5 1 (2.63%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (28.95%) Project Management
2 9 (23.68%) Service Delivery
3 5 (13.16%) ITIL
4 4 (10.53%) Service Management
4 4 (10.53%) Migration
4 4 (10.53%) Stakeholder Management
5 3 (7.89%) PRINCE2
6 2 (5.26%) ETL
6 2 (5.26%) Business Intelligence
6 2 (5.26%) Data Analysis
6 2 (5.26%) Operations Management
6 2 (5.26%) Wealth Management
7 1 (2.63%) Performance Testing
7 1 (2.63%) Security Testing
7 1 (2.63%) Integration Testing
7 1 (2.63%) Test Scripting
7 1 (2.63%) Investment Management
7 1 (2.63%) Data Migration
7 1 (2.63%) Dependency Injection
7 1 (2.63%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 9 (23.68%) PowerShell
2 5 (13.16%) VBA
3 4 (10.53%) SQL
4 2 (5.26%) T-SQL
4 2 (5.26%) VB
4 2 (5.26%) C#
5 1 (2.63%) Java
5 1 (2.63%) FoxPro (VFP)
Qualifications
1 8 (21.05%) Security Cleared
2 7 (18.42%) SC Cleared
3 1 (2.63%) ISEB
3 1 (2.63%) PMP
3 1 (2.63%) PMI Certification
3 1 (2.63%) ISEB Practitioner
3 1 (2.63%) ISTQB
3 1 (2.63%) Degree
System Software
1 6 (15.79%) Active Directory
2 1 (2.63%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (2.63%) Oracle RAC
2 1 (2.63%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 1 (2.63%) Norton AntiVirus
1 1 (2.63%) Business Desktop Deployment
1 1 (2.63%) SCCM
1 1 (2.63%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (2.63%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 9 (23.68%) Microsoft
2 8 (21.05%) Symantec
3 7 (18.42%) IronPort
3 7 (18.42%) F5
4 2 (5.26%) HP
4 2 (5.26%) Oracle
4 2 (5.26%) SAP
5 1 (2.63%) CA
5 1 (2.63%) CheckPoint
5 1 (2.63%) TIBCO
5 1 (2.63%) Cyber-Ark