Period
to 29 May 2020

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 29 May 2020 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
29 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 1 2 2
Rank change year-on-year +1 0 0
Contract jobs citing Agile Software Development 530 1,198 1,499
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the North West 18.02% 23.24% 25.60%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 21.87% 27.02% 29.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 353 835 1,038
Median daily rate £463 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £325 £325 £319
90th Percentile £638 £625 £575
England median daily rate £500 £500 £475
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 4 18
Median hourly rate £44.00 £38.37 £39.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.68% -3.48% -6.47%
10th Percentile £20.50 £30.78 £27.50
90th Percentile £55.00 £42.51 £60.03
England median hourly rate £39.77 £45.00 £45.00
% change year-on-year -11.62% - +4.65%

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 2,423 4,434 5,095
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 82.39% 86.00% 87.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,486 2,874 3,201
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% -
10th Percentile £239 £263 £263
90th Percentile £638 £618 £575
England median daily rate £475 £475 £463
% change year-on-year - +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 118 168 250
Median hourly rate £35.00 £25.67 £23.20
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.35% +10.65% -35.75%
10th Percentile £12.33 £13.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £54.00 £50.45 £51.40
Median hourly rate £28.75 £24.91 £22.50
% change year-on-year +15.42% +10.71% -10.00%

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 29 May 2020.

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 29 May 2020.

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 29 May 2020. 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 +1 326 £450 - 154
Cheshire -1 89 £475 +11.76% 37
Lancashire -2 53 £425 -10.53% 9
Merseyside -3 42 £550 +15.79% 14
Cumbria -13 4 - - 3
Agile Software Development
England

For the 6 months to 29 May 2020, 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.

1 125 (23.58%) AWS
2 112 (21.13%) DevOps
3 108 (20.38%) Scrum
4 106 (20.00%) Azure
5 94 (17.74%) Java
6 87 (16.42%) Problem-Solving
7 79 (14.91%) Linux
8 77 (14.53%) JavaScript
8 77 (14.53%) Public Sector
9 75 (14.15%) Docker
10 71 (13.40%) Windows
11 67 (12.64%) TDD
12 66 (12.45%) Finance
12 66 (12.45%) SQL
13 65 (12.26%) .NET
14 61 (11.51%) Microsoft
14 61 (11.51%) Jenkins
15 60 (11.32%) SQL Server
16 59 (11.13%) Python
17 57 (10.75%) Project Management
18 56 (10.57%) C#
19 55 (10.38%) Waterfall
20 53 (10.00%) JIRA
20 53 (10.00%) Continuous Integration
21 52 (9.81%) Analytical Skills
22 50 (9.43%) Test Automation
23 46 (8.68%) Stakeholder Management
24 45 (8.49%) Oracle
24 45 (8.49%) Git (software)
25 43 (8.11%) User Experience

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 19 (3.58%) SharePoint
2 13 (2.45%) CMS
3 9 (1.70%) Apache Spark
3 9 (1.70%) Confluence
4 8 (1.51%) Elasticsearch
5 6 (1.13%) IIS
5 6 (1.13%) Tuxedo
6 4 (0.75%) nginx
6 4 (0.75%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 3 (0.57%) Apache
7 3 (0.57%) Cloud Foundry
7 3 (0.57%) Skype for Business
7 3 (0.57%) WebSphere
8 2 (0.38%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 2 (0.38%) JBoss
8 2 (0.38%) K2 blackpearl
8 2 (0.38%) Oracle Coherence
8 2 (0.38%) SharePoint 2013
9 1 (0.19%) Moodle
9 1 (0.19%) OpenStack
Applications
1 14 (2.64%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (1.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 7 (1.32%) MS Visio
3 6 (1.13%) Microsoft Excel
4 4 (0.75%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.19%) Chatbot
5 1 (0.19%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 9 (1.70%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.75%) Oracle Assets
2 4 (0.75%) Oracle General Ledger
2 4 (0.75%) Oracle Payables
2 4 (0.75%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
2 4 (0.75%) Oracle Receivables
2 4 (0.75%) Payment Gateway
2 4 (0.75%) SAP CO
2 4 (0.75%) SAP FI
2 4 (0.75%) SAP FI/CO
3 3 (0.57%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (0.38%) Oracle Applications
4 2 (0.38%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 1 (0.19%) Magento
5 1 (0.19%) SAP S/4HANA
5 1 (0.19%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 125 (23.58%) AWS
2 106 (20.00%) Azure
3 30 (5.66%) Serverless
4 22 (4.15%) AWS CloudFormation
4 22 (4.15%) AWS Lambda
5 15 (2.83%) Office 365
6 13 (2.45%) Amazon Kinesis
6 13 (2.45%) GCP
6 13 (2.45%) GitHub
7 12 (2.26%) Amazon S3
8 10 (1.89%) PaaS
9 9 (1.70%) CloudFront
10 8 (1.51%) Amazon Cognito
11 7 (1.32%) Amazon EC2
11 7 (1.32%) Power Platform
11 7 (1.32%) SaaS
12 6 (1.13%) Dynamics 365
13 5 (0.94%) Trello
14 4 (0.75%) Azure Data Factory
14 4 (0.75%) Oracle CX
Communications & Networking
1 11 (2.08%) DNS
2 10 (1.89%) Firewall
2 10 (1.89%) HTTP
2 10 (1.89%) Network Security
2 10 (1.89%) Skype
3 6 (1.13%) MPLS
4 5 (0.94%) DMZ
4 5 (0.94%) Extranet
4 5 (0.94%) Internet
4 5 (0.94%) Intranet
4 5 (0.94%) Wi-Fi
5 4 (0.75%) BGP
5 4 (0.75%) DHCP
5 4 (0.75%) OSPF
5 4 (0.75%) SAN
5 4 (0.75%) WAN
6 3 (0.57%) NetScaler
6 3 (0.57%) RIP
6 3 (0.57%) TCP/IP
7 2 (0.38%) SCCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 60 (11.32%) SQL Server
2 41 (7.74%) MongoDB
3 40 (7.55%) MySQL
4 15 (2.83%) Big Data
5 13 (2.45%) Relational Database
6 12 (2.26%) PostgreSQL
7 10 (1.89%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 8 (1.51%) NoSQL
8 8 (1.51%) RDBMS
9 6 (1.13%) Amazon RDS
9 6 (1.13%) DataStage
10 5 (0.94%) Neo4j
10 5 (0.94%) Redis
11 4 (0.75%) Apache Cassandra
11 4 (0.75%) Cosmos DB
11 4 (0.75%) Power BI
11 4 (0.75%) SQL Server 2008
11 4 (0.75%) SQL Server 2012
11 4 (0.75%) SQL Server 2014
11 4 (0.75%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 61 (11.51%) Jenkins
2 53 (10.00%) JIRA
3 45 (8.49%) Git (software)
4 24 (4.53%) GitLab
4 24 (4.53%) Octopus Deploy
4 24 (4.53%) Selenium
5 12 (2.26%) CircleCI
5 12 (2.26%) Travis CI
6 10 (1.89%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 9 (1.70%) JMeter
7 9 (1.70%) JUnit
7 9 (1.70%) Mockito
7 9 (1.70%) Subversion
8 8 (1.51%) Maven
9 7 (1.32%) Visual Studio
10 6 (1.13%) Cucumber
10 6 (1.13%) SoapUI
10 6 (1.13%) SonarQube
10 6 (1.13%) WebDriver
11 5 (0.94%) Postman
General
1 77 (14.53%) Public Sector
2 66 (12.45%) Finance
3 14 (2.64%) Banking
3 14 (2.64%) Manufacturing
3 14 (2.64%) Retail
4 13 (2.45%) Marketing
5 11 (2.08%) Pharmaceutical
6 7 (1.32%) Legal
7 6 (1.13%) Telecoms
8 4 (0.75%) Advertising
8 4 (0.75%) Back Office
8 4 (0.75%) Law
9 2 (0.38%) Electronics
9 2 (0.38%) Games
9 2 (0.38%) Publishing
10 1 (0.19%) Aerospace
10 1 (0.19%) Automotive
10 1 (0.19%) Avionics
10 1 (0.19%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.19%) Social Science
Job Titles
1 129 (24.34%) Developer
2 69 (13.02%) Analyst
3 56 (10.57%) Architect
4 52 (9.81%) Business Analyst
5 44 (8.30%) DevOps Engineer
6 31 (5.85%) Project Manager
7 28 (5.28%) Java Developer
8 24 (4.53%) WebOps Engineer
9 22 (4.15%) Platform Engineer
10 19 (3.58%) AWS Engineer
11 18 (3.40%) .NET Developer
11 18 (3.40%) Consultant
12 16 (3.02%) Web Engineer
13 15 (2.83%) AWS DevOps
13 15 (2.83%) Operations Engineer
13 15 (2.83%) Senior DevOps
13 15 (2.83%) Software Developer
14 14 (2.64%) Designer
14 14 (2.64%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
15 12 (2.26%) Senior DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 65 (12.26%) .NET
2 42 (7.92%) HTML
3 40 (7.55%) CSS
4 30 (5.66%) Node.js
5 28 (5.28%) Web Services
6 23 (4.34%) SOAP
7 19 (3.58%) HTML5
8 18 (3.40%) React
9 17 (3.21%) Kafka
9 17 (3.21%) XML
10 16 (3.02%) jQuery
11 15 (2.83%) AngularJS
11 15 (2.83%) RESTful
12 14 (2.64%) Spring
13 13 (2.45%) ASP.NET
13 13 (2.45%) REST
14 11 (2.08%) CSS3
14 11 (2.08%) JSON
14 11 (2.08%) Twitter Bootstrap
15 10 (1.89%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 52 (9.81%) Analytical Skills
2 43 (8.11%) User Experience
3 14 (2.64%) Self-Motivation
4 13 (2.45%) Greenfield Project
5 12 (2.26%) Public Cloud
6 11 (2.08%) Management Information System
7 10 (1.89%) Mainframe
8 9 (1.70%) Data Centre
8 9 (1.70%) Enterprise Software
8 9 (1.70%) Mobile App
9 6 (1.13%) Robotics
10 5 (0.94%) Cloud Native
10 5 (0.94%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 5 (0.94%) SCADA
11 3 (0.57%) TM Forum
12 2 (0.38%) Life Science
12 2 (0.38%) Linked Data
12 2 (0.38%) Pharmacovigilance
12 2 (0.38%) Smartphone
12 2 (0.38%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 79 (14.91%) Linux
2 71 (13.40%) Windows
3 39 (7.36%) Windows Server
4 17 (3.21%) Unix
5 11 (2.08%) Android
5 11 (2.08%) Apple iOS
6 10 (1.89%) Windows 10
7 9 (1.70%) Mac OS X
8 7 (1.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 5 (0.94%) Windows Server 2008
10 4 (0.75%) CentOS
10 4 (0.75%) Windows Server 2012
10 4 (0.75%) Windows Server 2016
11 3 (0.57%) Ubuntu
11 3 (0.57%) VME
12 1 (0.19%) LynxOS
12 1 (0.19%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 112 (21.13%) DevOps
2 108 (20.38%) Scrum
3 87 (16.42%) Problem-Solving
4 67 (12.64%) TDD
5 57 (10.75%) Project Management
6 55 (10.38%) Waterfall
7 53 (10.00%) Continuous Integration
8 50 (9.43%) Test Automation
9 46 (8.68%) Stakeholder Management
10 43 (8.11%) Kanban
11 39 (7.36%) Microservices
12 38 (7.17%) BDD
13 36 (6.79%) Configuration Management
13 36 (6.79%) Software Engineering
14 32 (6.04%) Infrastructure as Code
15 27 (5.09%) PRINCE2
16 26 (4.91%) Pair Programming
17 25 (4.72%) Business Analysis
17 25 (4.72%) High Availability
17 25 (4.72%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 94 (17.74%) Java
2 77 (14.53%) JavaScript
3 66 (12.45%) SQL
4 59 (11.13%) Python
5 56 (10.57%) C#
6 34 (6.42%) Ruby
7 30 (5.66%) Bash Shell
8 20 (3.77%) C
9 18 (3.40%) Java 8
10 16 (3.02%) Perl
11 14 (2.64%) C++
12 13 (2.45%) PowerShell
13 9 (1.70%) Groovy
13 9 (1.70%) TypeScript
14 8 (1.51%) ES6
14 8 (1.51%) Shell Script
15 7 (1.32%) T-SQL
16 6 (1.13%) Scala
17 5 (0.94%) Go
17 5 (0.94%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 39 (7.36%) Security Cleared
2 28 (5.28%) SC Cleared
3 22 (4.15%) Degree
4 18 (3.40%) BPSS Clearance
5 9 (1.70%) AWS Certification
6 6 (1.13%) PMI Certification
7 5 (0.94%) DBS Check
7 5 (0.94%) PMP
8 4 (0.75%) CISM
8 4 (0.75%) IIBA
8 4 (0.75%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 3 (0.57%) CISSP
9 3 (0.57%) ISEB
9 3 (0.57%) ITIL Certification
10 2 (0.38%) CLAS
10 2 (0.38%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
10 2 (0.38%) ISTQB
10 2 (0.38%) Master's Degree
10 2 (0.38%) Six Sigma Green Belt
10 2 (0.38%) Six Sigma Yellow Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (4.72%) QA
2 12 (2.26%) GDPR
3 5 (0.94%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (0.94%) NCSC
3 5 (0.94%) NIST
3 5 (0.94%) PMO
4 4 (0.75%) PCI DSS
4 4 (0.75%) PSD2
5 3 (0.57%) HIPAA
5 3 (0.57%) SLA
6 2 (0.38%) GxP
6 2 (0.38%) P3O
7 1 (0.19%) Actionable Recommendations
7 1 (0.19%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.19%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.19%) EMIR
7 1 (0.19%) GPG13
7 1 (0.19%) ISO 20022
7 1 (0.19%) PMBOK
7 1 (0.19%) TARGET2
System Software
1 75 (14.15%) Docker
2 28 (5.28%) Active Directory
3 4 (0.75%) Hyper-V
3 4 (0.75%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (0.57%) BitLocker
4 3 (0.57%) VMware ESXi
4 3 (0.57%) XenDesktop
5 2 (0.38%) Firmware
6 1 (0.19%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (0.19%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 43 (8.11%) Kubernetes
2 34 (6.42%) Terraform
3 32 (6.04%) Ansible
4 29 (5.47%) Opscode Chef
5 28 (5.28%) Puppet
6 25 (4.72%) Rancher
7 13 (2.45%) Docker Swarm
8 12 (2.26%) Salt
9 10 (1.89%) SCOM
10 8 (1.51%) Prometheus
10 8 (1.51%) SCCM
11 7 (1.32%) Grafana
12 6 (1.13%) Nagios
13 5 (0.94%) Single Sign-On
14 3 (0.57%) Microsoft Intune
15 2 (0.38%) logstash
15 2 (0.38%) Uchiwa
16 1 (0.19%) NetBackup
16 1 (0.19%) Packer
16 1 (0.19%) PTC Integrity
Vendors
1 61 (11.51%) Microsoft
2 45 (8.49%) Oracle
3 39 (7.36%) VMware
4 28 (5.28%) SAP
5 25 (4.72%) Pega
6 16 (3.02%) Informatica
7 12 (2.26%) Salesforce.com
8 10 (1.89%) IBM
9 9 (1.70%) IBM Sterling
9 9 (1.70%) ServiceNow
10 8 (1.51%) MuleSoft
11 7 (1.32%) Google
11 7 (1.32%) NetApp
12 6 (1.13%) Cisco
12 6 (1.13%) EnterpriseDB
13 5 (0.94%) Red Hat
14 4 (0.75%) Automation Anywhere
15 3 (0.57%) Brocade
15 3 (0.57%) Meraki
15 3 (0.57%) Splunk