Period
to 28 July 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for Agile Software Development skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Agile Software Development over the 6 months to 28 July 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Agile Software Development
England > North West
6 months to
28 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 1 2 2
Rank change year-on-year +1 0 0
Contract jobs citing Agile Software Development 788 396 1,188
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the North West 23.29% 17.48% 22.47%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 27.31% 20.86% 26.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 597 276 821
10th Percentile £343 £327 £331
25th Percentile £401 £375 £378
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £470 £450 £450
Median % change year-on-year +4.44% - +5.88%
75th Percentile £538 £538 £538
90th Percentile £626 £602 £606
England median daily rate £525 £500 £500
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 10 12
10th Percentile £37.45 £20.01 £29.26
25th Percentile £42.63 " £39.40
Median hourly rate £52.50 £20.50 £43.00
Median % change year-on-year +156.10% -52.33% +10.26%
75th Percentile £62.37 £41.69 £47.81
90th Percentile £67.53 £44.20 £51.90
England median hourly rate £52.50 £47.50 £47.50
% change year-on-year +10.53% - +6.15%

Agile Software Development is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
North West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 2,885 1,898 4,558
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 85.25% 83.80% 86.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,048 1,253 3,051
10th Percentile £248 £250 £263
25th Percentile £356 £325 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £440 £425 £425
Median % change year-on-year +3.53% - +6.25%
75th Percentile £525 £538 £519
90th Percentile £613 £612 £600
England median daily rate £500 £488 £475
% change year-on-year +2.56% +2.63% +2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 157 74 166
10th Percentile £11.22 £11.22 £12.79
25th Percentile £13.25 £13.50 £16.25
Median hourly rate £19.68 £20.50 £24.50
Median % change year-on-year -4.02% -16.33% +16.67%
75th Percentile £46.50 £44.00 £42.92
90th Percentile £60.77 £66.13 £53.75
England median hourly rate £23.00 £24.70 £22.93
% change year-on-year -6.88% +7.72% +11.85%

Agile Software Development
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Agile Software Development as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for Agile Software Development in the North West

Agile Software Development
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Agile Software Development in the North West.

Daily rate trend for Agile Software Development in the North West

Agile Software Development
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Agile Software Development in the North West over the 6 months to 28 July 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Agile Software Development in the North West

Agile Software Development
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Agile Software Development in the North West.

Hourly rate trend for Agile Software Development in the North West

Agile Software Development
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Agile Software Development in the North West over the 6 months to 28 July 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Agile Software Development in the North West

Agile Software Development
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Agile Software Development within the North West region over the 6 months to 28 July 2021. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +1 486 £470 +4.44% 437
Cheshire -1 101 £436 -0.17% 86
Merseyside +7 70 £550 +12.82% 49
Lancashire +3 52 £442 +10.38% 38
Cumbria 0 10 £435 -15.94% 7
Agile Software Development
England

For the 6 months to 28 July 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Agile Software Development also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the North West region with a requirement for Agile Software Development.

1 156 (19.80%) Scrum
2 155 (19.67%) DevOps
3 152 (19.29%) Java
4 141 (17.89%) Social Skills
5 131 (16.62%) JavaScript
5 131 (16.62%) AWS
6 120 (15.23%) .NET
7 118 (14.97%) Public Sector
8 115 (14.59%) Azure
9 113 (14.34%) Stakeholder Management
10 104 (13.20%) Security Cleared
11 102 (12.94%) Microservices
12 99 (12.56%) JIRA
13 92 (11.68%) Project Delivery
14 88 (11.17%) Test Automation
15 86 (10.91%) Project Management
16 85 (10.79%) Finance
17 82 (10.41%) Software Engineering
18 76 (9.64%) C#
19 74 (9.39%) SQL
19 74 (9.39%) TDD
19 74 (9.39%) Jenkins
20 72 (9.14%) Microsoft
21 66 (8.38%) Git (software)
21 66 (8.38%) Confluence
22 64 (8.12%) CSS
23 63 (7.99%) HTML
24 60 (7.61%) User Stories
24 60 (7.61%) Docker
25 56 (7.11%) Continuous Integration

Agile Software Development
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 66 (8.38%) Confluence
2 16 (2.03%) SharePoint
3 7 (0.89%) WebSphere
4 6 (0.76%) Tomcat
5 5 (0.63%) BizTalk Server
5 5 (0.63%) JBoss
5 5 (0.63%) MS Exchange
5 5 (0.63%) Oracle Application Server
6 4 (0.51%) Apache
6 4 (0.51%) Cloud Foundry
6 4 (0.51%) CMS
6 4 (0.51%) Skype for Business
7 3 (0.38%) Drupal
7 3 (0.38%) Oracle Service Bus
8 2 (0.25%) GeoServer
8 2 (0.25%) Jetty
8 2 (0.25%) Umbraco
9 1 (0.13%) Apache Spark
9 1 (0.13%) Elasticsearch
9 1 (0.13%) nginx
Applications
1 16 (2.03%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (1.40%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 10 (1.27%) Microsoft Project
4 8 (1.02%) Microsoft Excel
4 8 (1.02%) MS Visio
5 5 (0.63%) Sketch
6 3 (0.38%) InVision
7 1 (0.13%) Figma
7 1 (0.13%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 9 (1.14%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.76%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.25%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 2 (0.25%) Shopify
4 1 (0.13%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 131 (16.62%) AWS
2 115 (14.59%) Azure
3 43 (5.46%) Serverless
4 38 (4.82%) AWS CloudFormation
5 34 (4.31%) PaaS
6 33 (4.19%) Dynamics 365
6 33 (4.19%) GCP
7 29 (3.68%) SaaS
8 22 (2.79%) AWS Lambda
9 20 (2.54%) GitHub
9 20 (2.54%) Power Platform
10 19 (2.41%) IaaS
11 18 (2.28%) Microsoft 365
12 11 (1.40%) Power Automate
13 10 (1.27%) Azure Data Factory
13 10 (1.27%) NuGet
14 9 (1.14%) Amazon EC2
14 9 (1.14%) Amazon S3
14 9 (1.14%) BrowserStack
14 9 (1.14%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 17 (2.16%) SSL
2 6 (0.76%) HTTP
3 5 (0.63%) Firewall
3 5 (0.63%) IPsec
3 5 (0.63%) Kerberos
3 5 (0.63%) Skype
4 3 (0.38%) ATM
4 3 (0.38%) DNS
4 3 (0.38%) PSTN
4 3 (0.38%) TCP/IP
5 2 (0.25%) DHCP
5 2 (0.25%) HTTPS
5 2 (0.25%) Internet
5 2 (0.25%) LAN
5 2 (0.25%) POP3
5 2 (0.25%) SMTP
5 2 (0.25%) SSH
5 2 (0.25%) Unified Communications
5 2 (0.25%) VLAN
5 2 (0.25%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 33 (4.19%) SQL Server
2 27 (3.43%) MySQL
3 19 (2.41%) Relational Database
4 16 (2.03%) NoSQL
5 14 (1.78%) MongoDB
6 11 (1.40%) Big Data
7 10 (1.27%) Power BI
8 7 (0.89%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 7 (0.89%) Amazon RDS
8 7 (0.89%) Oracle Database
8 7 (0.89%) PostgreSQL
9 5 (0.63%) Data Lake
9 5 (0.63%) Data Warehouse
9 5 (0.63%) Oracle Reports
10 4 (0.51%) Amazon Redshift
10 4 (0.51%) Azure SQL Database
10 4 (0.51%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 4 (0.51%) Redis
11 3 (0.38%) PowerCenter
11 3 (0.38%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 99 (12.56%) JIRA
2 74 (9.39%) Jenkins
3 66 (8.38%) Git (software)
4 28 (3.55%) Selenium
5 21 (2.66%) GitLab
6 20 (2.54%) Cucumber
7 19 (2.41%) Postman
8 18 (2.28%) SpecFlow
9 17 (2.16%) JMeter
10 16 (2.03%) Bitbucket
11 13 (1.65%) WebDriver
12 12 (1.52%) JUnit
12 12 (1.52%) Maven
13 11 (1.40%) Travis CI
14 9 (1.14%) Artifactory
14 9 (1.14%) SonarQube
14 9 (1.14%) TeamCity
15 8 (1.02%) SoapUI
16 7 (0.89%) Gradle
16 7 (0.89%) Mockito
General
1 141 (17.89%) Social Skills
2 118 (14.97%) Public Sector
3 85 (10.79%) Finance
4 49 (6.22%) Games
5 44 (5.58%) Analytical Skills
5 44 (5.58%) Retail
6 33 (4.19%) Banking
7 18 (2.28%) Manufacturing
8 17 (2.16%) Marketing
9 15 (1.90%) Influencing Skills
10 13 (1.65%) Presentation Skills
11 12 (1.52%) Documentation Skills
12 11 (1.40%) Telecoms
13 7 (0.89%) Legal
13 7 (0.89%) Organisational Skills
14 6 (0.76%) Investment Banking
15 5 (0.63%) Automotive
16 4 (0.51%) Electronics
16 4 (0.51%) Spanish Language
17 3 (0.38%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 215 (27.28%) Developer
2 71 (9.01%) Project Manager
3 59 (7.49%) Analyst
4 57 (7.23%) Architect
5 52 (6.60%) Business Analyst
6 36 (4.57%) Designer
6 36 (4.57%) DevOps Engineer
7 35 (4.44%) .NET Developer
8 29 (3.68%) Solutions Architect
9 28 (3.55%) Java Developer
10 27 (3.43%) Software Engineer
11 26 (3.30%) Consultant
11 26 (3.30%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
12 25 (3.17%) AWS Engineer
13 24 (3.05%) Software Developer
14 21 (2.66%) Scrum Master
14 21 (2.66%) Test Engineer
15 19 (2.41%) User Researcher
16 18 (2.28%) Delivery Manager
16 18 (2.28%) React Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 120 (15.23%) .NET
2 64 (8.12%) CSS
3 63 (7.99%) HTML
4 56 (7.11%) React
5 53 (6.73%) Node.js
6 49 (6.22%) REST
7 42 (5.33%) Web Services
8 32 (4.06%) AngularJS
9 31 (3.93%) .NET Framework
9 31 (3.93%) Spring
10 29 (3.68%) RESTful
11 23 (2.92%) SOAP
12 22 (2.79%) JSON
13 20 (2.54%) Spring Boot
14 18 (2.28%) XML
15 16 (2.03%) ASP.NET
16 14 (1.78%) Kafka
16 14 (1.78%) Laravel
17 12 (1.52%) .NET Core
17 12 (1.52%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 50 (6.35%) User Experience
2 36 (4.57%) Data Protection Act
3 34 (4.31%) Public Cloud
4 18 (2.28%) Self-Motivation
5 13 (1.65%) Greenfield Project
6 10 (1.27%) Cloud Native
7 9 (1.14%) Mobile App
7 9 (1.14%) NHS
8 7 (0.89%) Enterprise Cloud
8 7 (0.89%) Enterprise Software
8 7 (0.89%) N-Tier
8 7 (0.89%) Video Conferencing
9 6 (0.76%) Data Centre
9 6 (0.76%) Legacy Applications
9 6 (0.76%) Management Information System
9 6 (0.76%) PKI
9 6 (0.76%) Virtual Team
10 5 (0.63%) Clustering
10 5 (0.63%) CMDB
10 5 (0.63%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 37 (4.70%) Windows
2 32 (4.06%) Linux
3 27 (3.43%) Unix
4 11 (1.40%) Android
5 10 (1.27%) Windows 10
6 7 (0.89%) AIX
7 6 (0.76%) Apple iOS
8 5 (0.63%) zOS
9 4 (0.51%) Windows 7
9 4 (0.51%) Windows Server
10 2 (0.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 2 (0.25%) Solaris
11 1 (0.13%) SUSE
11 1 (0.13%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 156 (19.80%) Scrum
2 155 (19.67%) DevOps
3 113 (14.34%) Stakeholder Management
4 102 (12.94%) Microservices
5 92 (11.68%) Project Delivery
6 88 (11.17%) Test Automation
7 86 (10.91%) Project Management
8 82 (10.41%) Software Engineering
9 74 (9.39%) TDD
10 60 (7.61%) User Stories
11 56 (7.11%) Continuous Integration
11 56 (7.11%) SDLC
12 55 (6.98%) BDD
13 54 (6.85%) PRINCE2
14 46 (5.84%) ITIL
14 46 (5.84%) Migration
15 44 (5.58%) Kanban
16 43 (5.46%) User Research
17 41 (5.20%) Coaching
18 40 (5.08%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 152 (19.29%) Java
2 131 (16.62%) JavaScript
3 76 (9.64%) C#
4 74 (9.39%) SQL
5 54 (6.85%) Python
6 25 (3.17%) Go
6 25 (3.17%) TypeScript
7 22 (2.79%) PHP
8 18 (2.28%) PowerShell
9 14 (1.78%) Bash Shell
9 14 (1.78%) Shell Script
10 13 (1.65%) Scala
11 11 (1.40%) Ruby
12 10 (1.27%) Java 8
13 7 (0.89%) PL/SQL
14 6 (0.76%) Apex Code
14 6 (0.76%) C++
14 6 (0.76%) T-SQL
15 5 (0.63%) ES6
15 5 (0.63%) Kotlin
Qualifications
1 104 (13.20%) Security Cleared
2 49 (6.22%) BPSS Clearance
3 46 (5.84%) SC Cleared
4 27 (3.43%) Degree
5 19 (2.41%) ITIL Certification
6 14 (1.78%) ISTQB
7 11 (1.40%) ISEB
7 11 (1.40%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 10 (1.27%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 8 (1.02%) Microsoft Certification
10 7 (0.89%) PMI Certification
11 5 (0.63%) Computer Science Degree
11 5 (0.63%) Master's Degree
12 4 (0.51%) DV Cleared
12 4 (0.51%) ISEB Practitioner
12 4 (0.51%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 3 (0.38%) APMG
13 3 (0.38%) BC Cleared
13 3 (0.38%) IIBA
13 3 (0.38%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (5.46%) QA
2 21 (2.66%) Accessibility
3 12 (1.52%) PMO
4 5 (0.63%) Disclosure Scotland
5 4 (0.51%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.25%) ISO 9001
6 2 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (0.25%) P3O
7 1 (0.13%) Actionable Recommendations
7 1 (0.13%) GMP
7 1 (0.13%) PSD2
7 1 (0.13%) SLA
System Software
1 60 (7.61%) Docker
2 16 (2.03%) Active Directory
3 7 (0.89%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (0.63%) RACF
5 4 (0.51%) vSphere
6 3 (0.38%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.13%) NFS
7 1 (0.13%) Veritas Cluster Server
7 1 (0.13%) Veritas Volume Manager
7 1 (0.13%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.13%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 45 (5.71%) Terraform
2 43 (5.46%) Kubernetes
3 37 (4.70%) Ansible
4 30 (3.81%) Opscode Chef
5 25 (3.17%) Grafana
6 20 (2.54%) Prometheus
7 19 (2.41%) Nagios
8 8 (1.02%) Rancher
8 8 (1.02%) Single Sign-On
9 5 (0.63%) CA Wily
10 4 (0.51%) Tivoli
11 3 (0.38%) HP Fortify
11 3 (0.38%) Puppet
11 3 (0.38%) SCCM
11 3 (0.38%) vRealize
12 2 (0.25%) Active Directory Federation Services
13 1 (0.13%) Graylog
13 1 (0.13%) Packer
13 1 (0.13%) vRealize Orchestrator
13 1 (0.13%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 72 (9.14%) Microsoft
2 31 (3.93%) Oracle
3 29 (3.68%) ServiceNow
4 25 (3.17%) Salesforce.com
5 13 (1.65%) Google
6 12 (1.52%) IBM
6 12 (1.52%) VMware
7 10 (1.27%) MuleSoft
8 9 (1.14%) CA Agile Central
8 9 (1.14%) SAP
9 8 (1.02%) Atlassian
9 8 (1.02%) Splunk
10 7 (0.89%) HP
11 6 (0.76%) CA
12 5 (0.63%) Zend
13 4 (0.51%) BMC
13 4 (0.51%) Dell
13 4 (0.51%) Ivanti
13 4 (0.51%) Polycom
13 4 (0.51%) Red Hat