The table below looks at the statistics for SOA 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 SOA over the 3 months to 29 May 2015 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.

Location
3 months to
29 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)
Rank 88 109 98
Rank change year-on-year
+21 -11
Contract jobs citing SOA 63 25 23
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.74% 0.80% 0.97%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.27% 1.11% 1.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 14 15
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£450 £438 £360
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% +21.52%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £326 £366 £301
10% offered a daily rate of more than £595 £489 £483
UK excluding London average daily rate £450 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
+12.50% +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.25 £49.25 £31.46
% change year-on-year
-26.39% +56.54%
SOA
England

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

Processes & Methodologies Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2770 2245 1732
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 76.67% 72.28% 73.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 1604 1179 849
Average daily rate £393 £388 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.29% +10.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £239
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £365
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +2.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 135 113 86
Average hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £20.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% +46.34%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £14.16 £12.92
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £60.00 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
- -6.25%

SOA
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

SOA Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

SOA
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

SOA Daily Rate Trend in the North West

SOA
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SOA across the North West region over the 3 months to 29 May 2015.

SOA Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

SOA
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

SOA Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

SOA
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 SOA within the North West region over the 3 months to 29 May 2015. 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
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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 +16 31 £450 - 11
Merseyside -1 15 £470 +17.50% 2
Cheshire +1 11 £450 +20.00% 1
Lancashire +10 3 £299 -28.36% 1
SOA
England

SOA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 29 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing SOA 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 SOA.

1 59 (43.70%) Oracle
2 52 (38.52%) Agile Software Development
3 46 (34.07%) Web Services
4 37 (27.41%) Java
5 34 (25.19%) Microsoft
6 31 (22.96%) SQL
7 30 (22.22%) TOGAF
8 28 (20.74%) Oracle Fusion
8 28 (20.74%) Middleware
9 26 (19.26%) .NET
9 26 (19.26%) XML
10 25 (18.52%) SQL Server
10 25 (18.52%) REST
11 24 (17.78%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 23 (17.04%) Oracle BPM
12 23 (17.04%) C#
13 22 (16.30%) Oracle Service Bus
14 20 (14.81%) Oracle Database
14 20 (14.81%) OO
15 19 (14.07%) SDLC
16 18 (13.33%) MVC
17 17 (12.59%) SOAP
17 17 (12.59%) WCF
17 17 (12.59%) TDD
18 16 (11.85%) Oracle Database 11g
18 16 (11.85%) OOP
18 16 (11.85%) Open Source
19 15 (11.11%) E-Commerce
19 15 (11.11%) ASP.NET
19 15 (11.11%) WebLogic

SOA
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 29 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing SOA 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 SOA. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 24 (17.78%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 22 (16.30%) Oracle Service Bus
3 15 (11.11%) WebLogic
4 12 (8.89%) BizTalk Server
5 11 (8.15%) IIS
6 8 (5.93%) JBoss
7 7 (5.19%) MQSeries
7 7 (5.19%) Liferay
8 6 (4.44%) WebSphere
8 6 (4.44%) SharePoint
8 6 (4.44%) Apache ServiceMix
9 5 (3.70%) Apache
10 4 (2.96%) AquaLogic
10 4 (2.96%) CMS
10 4 (2.96%) Tomcat
11 3 (2.22%) TIBCO ActiveMatrix
11 3 (2.22%) Documentum
11 3 (2.22%) Oracle Workflow
11 3 (2.22%) Oracle BPEL
11 3 (2.22%) JCAPS
Applications
1 7 (5.19%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.74%) Photoshop
2 1 (0.74%) Adobe Illustrator
Business Applications
1 23 (17.04%) Oracle BPM
2 12 (8.89%) Oracle EBS
3 7 (5.19%) Dynamics AX
4 5 (3.70%) BusinessWorks
5 4 (2.96%) Oracle EBS R12
6 3 (2.22%) Oracle Applications
6 3 (2.22%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 11 (8.15%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (4.44%) SaaS
2 6 (4.44%) PaaS
3 3 (2.22%) IaaS
4 2 (1.48%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (1.48%) IBM Blueworks
Communications & Networking
1 14 (10.37%) HTTP
2 5 (3.70%) FTP
3 3 (2.22%) Wi-Fi
3 3 (2.22%) Internet
3 3 (2.22%) VPN
4 1 (0.74%) HSRP
4 1 (0.74%) TCP/IP
4 1 (0.74%) VoIP
4 1 (0.74%) Firewall
4 1 (0.74%) IPsec
4 1 (0.74%) 802.11
4 1 (0.74%) MPLS
4 1 (0.74%) OSPF
4 1 (0.74%) BGP
4 1 (0.74%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (18.52%) SQL Server
2 20 (14.81%) Oracle Database
3 16 (11.85%) Oracle Database 11g
4 13 (9.63%) Data Warehouse
5 8 (5.93%) NoSQL
6 7 (5.19%) Oracle ODI
6 7 (5.19%) Oracle Database 12c
6 7 (5.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 6 (4.44%) MongoDB
8 4 (2.96%) Relational Database
9 3 (2.22%) Couchbase
9 3 (2.22%) Oracle Reports
10 2 (1.48%) SQL Server 2008
10 2 (1.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 2 (1.48%) RDBMS
10 2 (1.48%) Oracle Database 10g
10 2 (1.48%) MS Access
11 1 (0.74%) SQL Server 2012
11 1 (0.74%) MarkLogic
11 1 (0.74%) RavenDB
Development Applications
1 12 (8.89%) Visual Studio
2 10 (7.41%) Team Foundation Server
3 7 (5.19%) Ant
3 7 (5.19%) Selenium
4 6 (4.44%) SoapUI
5 5 (3.70%) Jenkins
5 5 (3.70%) Subversion
5 5 (3.70%) Lombardi
6 3 (2.22%) Eclipse
7 2 (1.48%) Git (software)
8 1 (0.74%) Balsamiq Mockups
8 1 (0.74%) Axure RP
8 1 (0.74%) Gradle
8 1 (0.74%) SpecFlow
8 1 (0.74%) JUnit
8 1 (0.74%) Dreamweaver
8 1 (0.74%) Log4j
8 1 (0.74%) Maven
8 1 (0.74%) TestNG
General
1 13 (9.63%) Finance
2 8 (5.93%) Local Government
2 8 (5.93%) Retail
3 7 (5.19%) Banking
4 1 (0.74%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 54 (40.00%) Architect
2 53 (39.26%) Developer
3 22 (16.30%) Solutions Architect
4 13 (9.63%) Oracle Developer
4 13 (9.63%) .NET Developer
5 11 (8.15%) Tester
6 9 (6.67%) Technical Architect
7 8 (5.93%) Applications Developer
8 7 (5.19%) BizTalk Developer
9 6 (4.44%) QA Tester
9 6 (4.44%) C# Developer
9 6 (4.44%) Consultant
10 5 (3.70%) Designer
10 5 (3.70%) Software Architect
10 5 (3.70%) Business Architect
11 4 (2.96%) Oracle Architect
11 4 (2.96%) Java Architect
11 4 (2.96%) Java Technical Architect
11 4 (2.96%) Enterprise Architect
11 4 (2.96%) Applications Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 46 (34.07%) Web Services
2 28 (20.74%) Oracle Fusion
2 28 (20.74%) Middleware
3 26 (19.26%) .NET
3 26 (19.26%) XML
4 25 (18.52%) REST
5 17 (12.59%) SOAP
5 17 (12.59%) WCF
6 15 (11.11%) ASP.NET
7 14 (10.37%) JSON
8 13 (9.63%) CSS
9 12 (8.89%) SAML
10 11 (8.15%) OAuth
10 11 (8.15%) RabbitMQ
11 10 (7.41%) MSMQ
12 9 (6.67%) J2EE
13 8 (5.93%) Spring
13 8 (5.93%) Hibernate
13 8 (5.93%) CSS3
14 7 (5.19%) Apache Camel
Miscellaneous
1 8 (5.93%) Mobile App
2 7 (5.19%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (3.70%) Enterprise Software
4 4 (2.96%) Management Information System
4 4 (2.96%) N-Tier
5 3 (2.22%) PKI
5 3 (2.22%) Computer Science
6 2 (1.48%) NHS
7 1 (0.74%) Inversion of Control
7 1 (0.74%) User Experience
7 1 (0.74%) Informatics
Operating Systems
1 12 (8.89%) Linux
2 11 (8.15%) UNIX
2 11 (8.15%) Windows
3 8 (5.93%) Windows Server 2012
4 3 (2.22%) AIX
5 2 (1.48%) SUSE
5 2 (1.48%) HPUX
6 1 (0.74%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.74%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (38.52%) Agile Software Development
2 30 (22.22%) TOGAF
3 20 (14.81%) OO
4 19 (14.07%) SDLC
5 18 (13.33%) MVC
6 17 (12.59%) TDD
7 16 (11.85%) OOP
7 16 (11.85%) Open Source
8 15 (11.11%) E-Commerce
9 13 (9.63%) Business Intelligence
10 12 (8.89%) Process Management
10 12 (8.89%) UML
11 11 (8.15%) CRM
12 10 (7.41%) BPEL
12 10 (7.41%) EAI
13 9 (6.67%) Release Management
14 8 (5.93%) Scrum
14 8 (5.93%) ERP
15 7 (5.19%) Web Application Development
15 7 (5.19%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 37 (27.41%) Java
2 31 (22.96%) SQL
3 23 (17.04%) C#
4 12 (8.89%) XQuery
5 10 (7.41%) XPath
5 10 (7.41%) PL/SQL
6 8 (5.93%) JavaScript
7 7 (5.19%) Shell Script
8 6 (4.44%) Ruby
9 5 (3.70%) Groovy
10 3 (2.22%) Python
10 3 (2.22%) PHP
10 3 (2.22%) T-SQL
10 3 (2.22%) PHP5
11 2 (1.48%) VB
11 2 (1.48%) Perl
11 2 (1.48%) FoxPro (VFP)
12 1 (0.74%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 11 (8.15%) Security Cleared
2 8 (5.93%) Degree
3 7 (5.19%) SC Cleared
4 4 (2.96%) ISEB
5 2 (1.48%) ISTQB
5 2 (1.48%) ISEB Practitioner
5 2 (1.48%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 1 (0.74%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (0.74%) CCIE
6 1 (0.74%) CCNP
6 1 (0.74%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (7.41%) QA
2 4 (2.96%) SLA
System Software
1 7 (5.19%) Active Directory
2 6 (4.44%) Squid
Systems Management
1 5 (3.70%) TIBCO Hawk
2 3 (2.22%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 2 (1.48%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (0.74%) Cisco UCCX
4 1 (0.74%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 59 (43.70%) Oracle
2 34 (25.19%) Microsoft
3 12 (8.89%) IBM
4 9 (6.67%) TIBCO
5 8 (5.93%) Citrix
6 5 (3.70%) Pega
7 4 (2.96%) Informatica
8 3 (2.22%) HP
9 2 (1.48%) BEA
9 2 (1.48%) hybris
10 1 (0.74%) Cisco
10 1 (0.74%) Capita
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