The table below looks at the statistics for the Software Developer role 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 Software Developer in their job title over the 3 months to 5 March 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
5 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Developer
Rank 125 111 84
Rank change year-on-year
-14 -27
Contract jobs requiring a Software Developer 22 19 26
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.65% 0.70% 1.14%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.70% 0.75% 1.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 16 13
Average daily rate
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£313 £350 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-10.71% +12.90%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £325 £237
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £375 £372
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+7.69% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £33.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £36.25 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+10.34% -3.33%
Software Developer
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised in the North West region. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
3138 2535 2101
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 92.10% 93.61% 92.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 1684 1318 1036
Average daily rate £375 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £215 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £495
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 184 208 165
Average hourly rate £19.45 £17.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.14% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.49 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £40.00 £38.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.72 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-1.64% -2.85%

Software Developer
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Software Developer in the job title across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Software Developer Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Software Developer
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Software Developer Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Software Developer
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Developer across the North West region over the 3 months to 5 March 2015.

Software Developer Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Software Developer
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Software Developer Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Software Developer
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 Software Developer within the North West region over the 3 months to 5 March 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 -9 13 £300 -17.24% 36
Lancashire -6 5 £400 +6.66% 5
Cheshire +4 3 £313 -3.84% 11
Merseyside - - - - 4
Software Developer
England

Software Developer
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 5 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region that cited Software Developer in their job title 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 with Software Developer in their job title.

1 18 (48.65%) C#
2 17 (45.95%) SQL
2 17 (45.95%) .NET
3 14 (37.84%) SQL Server
3 14 (37.84%) JavaScript
3 14 (37.84%) HTML
3 14 (37.84%) MVC
4 12 (32.43%) ASP.NET
5 11 (29.73%) Java
5 11 (29.73%) Linux
5 11 (29.73%) Agile Software Development
5 11 (29.73%) TDD
6 10 (27.03%) XML
6 10 (27.03%) CSS
7 9 (24.32%) Web Services
8 7 (18.92%) Windows
8 7 (18.92%) Software Testing
8 7 (18.92%) Selenium
8 7 (18.92%) Unit Testing
8 7 (18.92%) Git (software)
8 7 (18.92%) ASP.NET MVC
9 6 (16.22%) REST
9 6 (16.22%) WCF
9 6 (16.22%) Degree
9 6 (16.22%) Software Engineering
9 6 (16.22%) XSLT
10 5 (13.51%) IIS
10 5 (13.51%) Team Foundation Server
10 5 (13.51%) Scala
10 5 (13.51%) jQuery

Software Developer
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 5 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region that cited Software Developer in their job title 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 with Software Developer in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 5 (13.51%) IIS
2 4 (10.81%) Apache
3 3 (8.11%) MQSeries
4 2 (5.41%) Umbraco
4 2 (5.41%) CMS
5 1 (2.70%) Oracle Workflow
5 1 (2.70%) Node.js
Applications
1 1 (2.70%) MS Excel
1 1 (2.70%) Doxygen
Business Applications
1 1 (2.70%) Oracle Applications
1 1 (2.70%) Oracle EBS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (8.11%) TCP/IP
2 2 (5.41%) Internet
3 1 (2.70%) Bluetooth
3 1 (2.70%) GSM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (37.84%) SQL Server
2 2 (5.41%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (5.41%) NoSQL
2 2 (5.41%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (2.70%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 7 (18.92%) Selenium
1 7 (18.92%) Git (software)
2 5 (13.51%) Team Foundation Server
3 4 (10.81%) TeamCity
3 4 (10.81%) Jenkins
3 4 (10.81%) Hudson
4 3 (8.11%) Eclipse
5 1 (2.70%) Oracle Forms
5 1 (2.70%) ReSharper
5 1 (2.70%) NUnit
5 1 (2.70%) SpecFlow
5 1 (2.70%) GoogleTest
General
1 4 (10.81%) Finance
2 2 (5.41%) Retail
2 2 (5.41%) Back Office
3 1 (2.70%) Games
3 1 (2.70%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (45.95%) .NET
2 14 (37.84%) HTML
3 12 (32.43%) ASP.NET
4 10 (27.03%) XML
4 10 (27.03%) CSS
5 9 (24.32%) Web Services
6 7 (18.92%) ASP.NET MVC
7 6 (16.22%) REST
7 6 (16.22%) WCF
7 6 (16.22%) XSLT
8 5 (13.51%) jQuery
9 4 (10.81%) Symfony
9 4 (10.81%) CodeIgniter
9 4 (10.81%) RESTful
9 4 (10.81%) .NET Framework
9 4 (10.81%) SOAP
9 4 (10.81%) LAMP
9 4 (10.81%) ASP.NET Web Forms
10 3 (8.11%) XML Schema
10 3 (8.11%) Saxon XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 3 (8.11%) N-Tier
1 3 (8.11%) Mobile App
1 3 (8.11%) Digital Media
2 2 (5.41%) Open Source
2 2 (5.41%) NHS
3 1 (2.70%) User Experience
3 1 (2.70%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (2.70%) Raspberry Pi
3 1 (2.70%) BeagleBone
3 1 (2.70%) Computer Science
3 1 (2.70%) IPTV
3 1 (2.70%) Interactive TV
3 1 (2.70%) New Media
3 1 (2.70%) MHEG
Operating Systems
1 11 (29.73%) Linux
2 7 (18.92%) Windows
3 4 (10.81%) UNIX
4 3 (8.11%) MVS
4 3 (8.11%) zOS
5 2 (5.41%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (37.84%) MVC
2 11 (29.73%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (29.73%) TDD
3 7 (18.92%) Software Testing
3 7 (18.92%) Unit Testing
4 6 (16.22%) Software Engineering
5 4 (10.81%) System Testing
5 4 (10.81%) Web Development
5 4 (10.81%) OOP
5 4 (10.81%) OO
6 3 (8.11%) Test Planning
6 3 (8.11%) Validation
6 3 (8.11%) Regression Testing
6 3 (8.11%) Test Scripting
6 3 (8.11%) Continuous Integration
6 3 (8.11%) Waterfall
6 3 (8.11%) BDD
6 3 (8.11%) Mobile Application Development
6 3 (8.11%) V-Model
7 2 (5.41%) Data Management
Programming Languages
1 18 (48.65%) C#
2 17 (45.95%) SQL
3 14 (37.84%) JavaScript
4 11 (29.73%) Java
5 5 (13.51%) Scala
6 4 (10.81%) PHP
6 4 (10.81%) T-SQL
7 3 (8.11%) XQuery
7 3 (8.11%) XPath
8 2 (5.41%) VB
9 1 (2.70%) XAML
9 1 (2.70%) PL/SQL
9 1 (2.70%) C++
9 1 (2.70%) C
9 1 (2.70%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 6 (16.22%) Degree
2 3 (8.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 3 (8.11%) ISEB
2 3 (8.11%) HND
2 3 (8.11%) Security Cleared
3 2 (5.41%) DV Cleared
4 1 (2.70%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (10.81%) QA
Vendors
1 3 (8.11%) IBM
1 3 (8.11%) CA
1 3 (8.11%) Oracle
2 1 (2.70%) OpenTV
2 1 (2.70%) Microsoft
2 1 (2.70%) Google
2 1 (2.70%) Twitter
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