The first table below looks at the demand for Software Engineering 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 Software Engineering over the 3 months to 23 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
23 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Engineering
Rank 100 83 70
Rank change year-on-year
-17 -13
Contract jobs citing Software Engineering 42 36 59
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.33% 1.46% 1.90%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.87% 2.08% 3.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 14 35
Average daily rate £331 £324 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.31% -0.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £252 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £403 £364 £390
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 1 4
Average hourly rate £33.00 £32.50 £28.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.53% +13.04%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.65 £32.50 £28.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.80 £32.50 £34.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.75 £37.50 £37.00
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +1.35%
Processes & Methodologies Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2245 1733 1966
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 71.02% 70.48% 63.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 1173 857 989
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 £256 £230 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £475 £480
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £360 £370
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 127 84 88
Average hourly rate £28.50 £28.25 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.88% +41.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £61.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.50 £32.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year
-4.68% +23.07%
Software Engineering
England

Software Engineering
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

Software Engineering Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Software Engineering
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 Engineering across the North West region.

Software Engineering Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Software Engineering
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Engineering across the North West region over the 3 months to 23 April 2014.

Software Engineering Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Software Engineering
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 Engineering across the North West region.

Software Engineering Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Software Engineering
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 Engineering within the North West region over the 3 months to 23 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
Manchester +6 28 £325 +0.77% 29
Cheshire -9 6 - - 13
Merseyside -2 3 £363 - 3
Cumbria - 3 £375 - 1
Lancashire -22 1 - - 2
Software Engineering
England

Software Engineering
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 23 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Software Engineering 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 Software Engineering.

1 48 (41.38%) .NET
2 44 (37.93%) OO
2 44 (37.93%) TDD
3 43 (37.07%) C#
4 36 (31.03%) Java
5 32 (27.59%) WPF
6 26 (22.41%) .NET Framework
6 26 (22.41%) HTML
6 26 (22.41%) SQL
7 25 (21.55%) WinForms
8 24 (20.69%) Subversion
8 24 (20.69%) MVC
9 22 (18.97%) JavaScript
9 22 (18.97%) OOP
10 20 (17.24%) PHP
10 20 (17.24%) CSS
10 20 (17.24%) Spring
11 19 (16.38%) Microsoft
12 17 (14.66%) Windows
12 17 (14.66%) Games
13 16 (13.79%) ASP.NET
13 16 (13.79%) C++
13 16 (13.79%) Agile Software Development
13 16 (13.79%) BDD
14 15 (12.93%) Git (software)
14 15 (12.93%) Ruby
15 14 (12.07%) jQuery
15 14 (12.07%) Continuous Integration
15 14 (12.07%) XML
15 14 (12.07%) Scrum

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

For the 6 months to 23 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Software Engineering 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 Software Engineering. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 4 (3.45%) BizTalk Server
2 3 (2.59%) Tomcat
2 3 (2.59%) Mule
2 3 (2.59%) WebSphere
3 2 (1.72%) Apache
4 1 (0.86%) Alfresco
Applications
1 5 (4.31%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (1.72%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 7 (6.03%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.86%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (5.17%) Internet
2 3 (2.59%) Intranet
3 1 (0.86%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (11.21%) SQL Server
2 12 (10.34%) Oracle Database
3 7 (6.03%) MySQL
4 4 (3.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 2 (1.72%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (0.86%) MongoDB
6 1 (0.86%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.86%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (0.86%) CouchDB
6 1 (0.86%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.86%) Couchbase
Development Applications
1 24 (20.69%) Subversion
2 15 (12.93%) Git (software)
3 11 (9.48%) Eclipse
4 10 (8.62%) Cucumber
5 5 (4.31%) Visual Studio
5 5 (4.31%) RSpec
5 5 (4.31%) Maven
6 4 (3.45%) Hudson
6 4 (3.45%) Rational Rhapsody
6 4 (3.45%) JUnit
6 4 (3.45%) NetBeans
7 3 (2.59%) PHPUnit
7 3 (2.59%) JIRA
8 2 (1.72%) Grunt
8 2 (1.72%) QUnit
8 2 (1.72%) Jasmine
8 2 (1.72%) Mercurial
8 2 (1.72%) Mocha
8 2 (1.72%) Ant
9 1 (0.86%) Xcode
General
1 17 (14.66%) Games
2 9 (7.76%) Finance
3 5 (4.31%) Retail
4 4 (3.45%) Manufacturing
4 4 (3.45%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.72%) Banking
Job Titles
1 62 (53.45%) Software Engineer
2 56 (48.28%) Developer
3 12 (10.34%) Java Developer
4 10 (8.62%) Software Developer
4 10 (8.62%) C# Developer
5 8 (6.90%) Programmer
6 7 (6.03%) C# .NET Developer
7 6 (5.17%) Front-End Developer
8 5 (4.31%) .NET Developer
8 5 (4.31%) Integration Engineer
8 5 (4.31%) JavaScript Developer
9 4 (3.45%) C# Software Engineer
9 4 (3.45%) Team Leader
9 4 (3.45%) Development Team Leader
9 4 (3.45%) Web Developer
10 3 (2.59%) HTML Developer
10 3 (2.59%) WPF Developer
10 3 (2.59%) CSS Developer
10 3 (2.59%) Mobile Developer
10 3 (2.59%) Java Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 48 (41.38%) .NET
2 32 (27.59%) WPF
3 26 (22.41%) .NET Framework
3 26 (22.41%) HTML
4 25 (21.55%) WinForms
5 20 (17.24%) CSS
5 20 (17.24%) Spring
6 16 (13.79%) ASP.NET
7 14 (12.07%) jQuery
7 14 (12.07%) XML
8 13 (11.21%) Web Services
8 13 (11.21%) WCF
9 11 (9.48%) HTML5
9 11 (9.48%) ASP.NET MVC
10 8 (6.90%) Razor View Engine
10 8 (6.90%) SOAP
10 8 (6.90%) XSLT
10 8 (6.90%) WSDL
11 7 (6.03%) Hibernate
11 7 (6.03%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 7 (6.03%) N-Tier
1 7 (6.03%) Enterprise Software
2 6 (5.17%) SCADA
3 5 (4.31%) BBC
3 5 (4.31%) Open Source
3 5 (4.31%) Derivative
3 5 (4.31%) Computer Science
3 5 (4.31%) Mobile App
4 4 (3.45%) Interactive TV
4 4 (3.45%) New Media
5 3 (2.59%) Mobile Games
5 3 (2.59%) MHEG
5 3 (2.59%) IPTV
6 2 (1.72%) Mathematics
6 2 (1.72%) RIA
6 2 (1.72%) 3D Graphics
7 1 (0.86%) iDTV
7 1 (0.86%) iPhone
7 1 (0.86%) Visualisation
7 1 (0.86%) Web 2.0
Operating Systems
1 17 (14.66%) Windows
2 12 (10.34%) Linux
3 9 (7.76%) Apple iOS
3 9 (7.76%) Android
4 5 (4.31%) CentOS
5 2 (1.72%) VMS
5 2 (1.72%) OpenVMS
6 1 (0.86%) Windows Server 2003
6 1 (0.86%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (37.93%) OO
1 44 (37.93%) TDD
2 24 (20.69%) MVC
3 22 (18.97%) OOP
4 16 (13.79%) Agile Software Development
4 16 (13.79%) BDD
5 14 (12.07%) Continuous Integration
5 14 (12.07%) Scrum
6 13 (11.21%) Unit Testing
7 12 (10.34%) Project Management
8 11 (9.48%) OOD
9 9 (7.76%) Software Testing
10 7 (6.03%) SOA
10 7 (6.03%) Multithreading
11 6 (5.17%) Automated Testing
12 5 (4.31%) E-Commerce
12 5 (4.31%) UML
12 5 (4.31%) MVVM
12 5 (4.31%) Kanban
13 4 (3.45%) Mobile Application Development
Programming Languages
1 43 (37.07%) C#
2 36 (31.03%) Java
3 26 (22.41%) SQL
4 22 (18.97%) JavaScript
5 20 (17.24%) PHP
6 16 (13.79%) C++
7 15 (12.93%) Ruby
8 9 (7.76%) C
9 7 (6.03%) VB.NET
10 5 (4.31%) Objective-C
11 4 (3.45%) Groovy
11 4 (3.45%) ActionScript
11 4 (3.45%) XAML
12 3 (2.59%) PL/SQL
12 3 (2.59%) VC++
13 2 (1.72%) XPath
13 2 (1.72%) DCL
13 2 (1.72%) Python
13 2 (1.72%) Pascal
13 2 (1.72%) PowerHouse
Qualifications
1 9 (7.76%) Degree
2 5 (4.31%) Security Cleared
3 4 (3.45%) SC Cleared
3 4 (3.45%) Microsoft Certification
4 3 (2.59%) MCP
4 3 (2.59%) MCTS
4 3 (2.59%) MCPD
5 1 (0.86%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (6.03%) QA
2 4 (3.45%) HL7
3 3 (2.59%) SLA
3 3 (2.59%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.86%) PCI DSS
Vendors
1 19 (16.38%) Microsoft
2 13 (11.21%) Oracle
3 9 (7.76%) IBM
4 5 (4.31%) Red Hat
4 5 (4.31%) DevExpress
5 3 (2.59%) Perforce
5 3 (2.59%) OpenTV
6 2 (1.72%) Zend
7 1 (0.86%) Open Text
7 1 (0.86%) Apple
7 1 (0.86%) Progress
7 1 (0.86%) Wonderware
7 1 (0.86%) Atlassian
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