Period
to 5 August 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for Degree qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 5 August 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.

Academic Degree
England > North West
6 months to
5 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 44 71 50
Rank change year-on-year +27 -21 +13
Contract jobs citing Degree 91 154 243
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the North West 4.23% 2.91% 3.97%
As % of the Qualifications category 15.50% 16.42% 21.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 49 86 143
Median daily rate £411 £438 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.94% +9.38% +8.11%
10th Percentile £148 £296 £215
90th Percentile £540 £628 £581
England median daily rate £455 £475 £450
% change year-on-year -4.21% +5.56% +0.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 30 29
Median hourly rate £47.50 £48.91 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.88% +50.49% -15.58%
10th Percentile £19.20 £28.19 £16.40
90th Percentile £57.60 £54.48 £53.20
England median hourly rate £35.00 £42.50 £36.38
% change year-on-year -17.65% +16.84% +19.78%

Degree is in the Academic Qualifications and Professional Certifications 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 academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
North West
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 587 938 1,123
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 27.26% 17.74% 18.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 362 575 659
Median daily rate £450 £430 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.65% +3.61% +3.11%
10th Percentile £183 £190 £206
90th Percentile £625 £600 £576
England median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 73 82
Median hourly rate £35.00 £36.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.78% +2.86% -11.95%
10th Percentile £16.28 £15.25 £14.16
90th Percentile £78.00 £59.75 £67.50
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £22.75
% change year-on-year - +53.85% -21.55%

Degree
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

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

Job vacancy trend for Degree in the North West

Degree
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Degree in the North West.

Daily rate trend for Degree in the North West

Degree
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Degree in the North West over the 6 months to 5 August 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Degree in the North West

Degree
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Degree in the North West.

Hourly rate trend for Degree in the North West

Degree
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Degree in the North West over the 6 months to 5 August 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Degree in the North West

Degree
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 Degree within the North West region over the 6 months to 5 August 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
Cheshire +32 40 £385 +10.00% 30
Manchester +28 33 £450 - 35
Cumbria -5 8 - - 4
Lancashire +20 6 £364 -15.41% 8
Merseyside +16 3 £433 -3.62% 4
Degree
England

For the 6 months to 5 August 2020, IT contractor jobs citing Degree 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 Degree.

1 25 (27.47%) Finance
1 25 (27.47%) Problem-Solving
2 23 (25.27%) Analytical Skills
3 19 (20.88%) Agile Software Development
4 16 (17.58%) Decision-Making
5 15 (16.48%) User Experience
5 15 (16.48%) Banking
6 14 (15.38%) Stakeholder Management
7 13 (14.29%) Change Management
7 13 (14.29%) Project Management
7 13 (14.29%) HTML
7 13 (14.29%) Software Engineering
8 12 (13.19%) Computer Science
9 11 (12.09%) Root Cause Analysis
9 11 (12.09%) SQL
9 11 (12.09%) Windows
10 10 (10.99%) SLA
10 10 (10.99%) Microsoft
10 10 (10.99%) Legal
11 9 (9.89%) Microsoft Office
11 9 (9.89%) ITIL
11 9 (9.89%) Waterfall
11 9 (9.89%) SC Cleared
11 9 (9.89%) Security Cleared
11 9 (9.89%) Computer Science Degree
11 9 (9.89%) Service Design
12 8 (8.79%) Prototyping
12 8 (8.79%) Business Change Management
12 8 (8.79%) Kalman Filter
12 8 (8.79%) JavaScript

Degree
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 3 (3.30%) Adobe Experience Manager
1 3 (3.30%) SharePoint
2 2 (2.20%) SAS
Applications
1 9 (9.89%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (7.69%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (2.20%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (1.10%) Adobe Illustrator
4 1 (1.10%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (1.10%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 2 (2.20%) Teamcenter
2 1 (1.10%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 3 (3.30%) Azure
2 1 (1.10%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (1.10%) G Suite
2 1 (1.10%) Heroku
2 1 (1.10%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.30%) TCP/IP
2 2 (2.20%) Internet
2 2 (2.20%) Network Security
2 2 (2.20%) VoIP
2 2 (2.20%) Wireless
3 1 (1.10%) Cisco ASA
3 1 (1.10%) Cisco Wireless
3 1 (1.10%) DHCP
3 1 (1.10%) DNS
3 1 (1.10%) Firewall
3 1 (1.10%) Intrusion Detection
3 1 (1.10%) LAN
3 1 (1.10%) MPLS
3 1 (1.10%) RS-232
3 1 (1.10%) SAN
3 1 (1.10%) Skype
3 1 (1.10%) VPN
3 1 (1.10%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (8.79%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.30%) Big Data
3 2 (2.20%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.10%) MS Access
4 1 (1.10%) Oracle BI EE
4 1 (1.10%) Power BI
4 1 (1.10%) Qlik Sense
4 1 (1.10%) QlikView
4 1 (1.10%) SAP HANA
4 1 (1.10%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 4 (4.40%) Rational DOORS
2 1 (1.10%) LabVIEW
General
1 25 (27.47%) Finance
2 15 (16.48%) Banking
3 10 (10.99%) Legal
4 7 (7.69%) Manufacturing
4 7 (7.69%) Pharmaceutical
5 6 (6.59%) Public Sector
6 4 (4.40%) Law
7 3 (3.30%) Marketing
7 3 (3.30%) Telecoms
8 2 (2.20%) Military
8 2 (2.20%) Police
9 1 (1.10%) Advertising
9 1 (1.10%) Billing
9 1 (1.10%) Electronics
9 1 (1.10%) Games
9 1 (1.10%) Mandarin Language
Job Titles
1 21 (23.08%) Analyst
2 14 (15.38%) Designer
3 10 (10.99%) Systems Engineer
4 8 (8.79%) Senior Designer
5 7 (7.69%) Developer
5 7 (7.69%) Interaction Designer
6 6 (6.59%) Business Analyst
6 6 (6.59%) Senior Interaction Designer
7 5 (5.49%) Architect
7 5 (5.49%) Integration Engineer
7 5 (5.49%) Project Manager
7 5 (5.49%) Systems Integration Engineer
7 5 (5.49%) Technical Analyst
8 4 (4.40%) Change Analyst
8 4 (4.40%) Change and Release Analyst
8 4 (4.40%) Payments Analyst
8 4 (4.40%) Principal Engineer
8 4 (4.40%) Release Analyst
8 4 (4.40%) Systems Analyst
9 3 (3.30%) UX Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (14.29%) HTML
2 8 (8.79%) CSS
3 5 (5.49%) AngularJS
3 5 (5.49%) HTML5
3 5 (5.49%) Ionic Framework
3 5 (5.49%) RESTful
4 4 (4.40%) Cocoa
4 4 (4.40%) Cocoa Touch
4 4 (4.40%) Core Animation
4 4 (4.40%) Core Data
5 1 (1.10%) Android SDK
5 1 (1.10%) CGI
5 1 (1.10%) JSON
5 1 (1.10%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 23 (25.27%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (16.48%) User Experience
3 6 (6.59%) Self-Motivation
4 4 (4.40%) Animation
4 4 (4.40%) Management Information System
5 2 (2.20%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (1.10%) Acoustics
6 1 (1.10%) Algorithms
6 1 (1.10%) Blackberry
6 1 (1.10%) Clustering
6 1 (1.10%) Credit Risk
6 1 (1.10%) Cyber Defence
6 1 (1.10%) Data Structures
6 1 (1.10%) Driving Licence
6 1 (1.10%) iPhone
6 1 (1.10%) Mobile App
6 1 (1.10%) Pharmacovigilance
6 1 (1.10%) Replication
6 1 (1.10%) Security Operations Centre
6 1 (1.10%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 11 (12.09%) Windows
2 5 (5.49%) Apple iOS
2 5 (5.49%) Unix
3 4 (4.40%) Linux
4 3 (3.30%) Android
5 2 (2.20%) Windows 10
5 2 (2.20%) Windows Server
6 1 (1.10%) Mac OS
6 1 (1.10%) Mac OS X
6 1 (1.10%) Windows 7
6 1 (1.10%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (27.47%) Problem-Solving
2 19 (20.88%) Agile Software Development
3 16 (17.58%) Decision-Making
4 14 (15.38%) Stakeholder Management
5 13 (14.29%) Change Management
5 13 (14.29%) Project Management
5 13 (14.29%) Software Engineering
6 12 (13.19%) Computer Science
7 11 (12.09%) Root Cause Analysis
8 9 (9.89%) ITIL
8 9 (9.89%) Service Design
8 9 (9.89%) Waterfall
9 8 (8.79%) Business Change Management
9 8 (8.79%) Kalman Filter
9 8 (8.79%) Prototyping
9 8 (8.79%) Validation
10 7 (7.69%) Mentoring
10 7 (7.69%) Risk Management
10 7 (7.69%) Systems Thinking
10 7 (7.69%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 11 (12.09%) SQL
2 8 (8.79%) JavaScript
3 4 (4.40%) Apple Swift
3 4 (4.40%) Objective-C
3 4 (4.40%) Shell Script
4 3 (3.30%) C++
4 3 (3.30%) Python
5 2 (2.20%) C
5 2 (2.20%) Java
5 2 (2.20%) PowerShell
5 2 (2.20%) R
6 1 (1.10%) Bash Shell
6 1 (1.10%) Kotlin
6 1 (1.10%) MATLAB
6 1 (1.10%) Perl
6 1 (1.10%) PHP
Qualifications
1 9 (9.89%) Computer Science Degree
1 9 (9.89%) SC Cleared
1 9 (9.89%) Security Cleared
2 4 (4.40%) Master's Degree
3 3 (3.30%) Chartered Engineer
3 3 (3.30%) CISM
3 3 (3.30%) PMI Certification
4 2 (2.20%) CISSP
4 2 (2.20%) HND
4 2 (2.20%) IIBA
4 2 (2.20%) PMP
5 1 (1.10%) CCNA
5 1 (1.10%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (1.10%) CPIM
5 1 (1.10%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (1.10%) MCP
5 1 (1.10%) Microsoft Certification
5 1 (1.10%) PhD
5 1 (1.10%) Postgraduate
5 1 (1.10%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (10.99%) SLA
2 2 (2.20%) GxP
3 1 (1.10%) Data Quality
3 1 (1.10%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (1.10%) GDPR
3 1 (1.10%) GPG13
3 1 (1.10%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (1.10%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
3 1 (1.10%) NIST
3 1 (1.10%) PCI DSS
3 1 (1.10%) QA
3 1 (1.10%) RMADS
System Software
1 2 (2.20%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.10%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (1.10%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 1 (1.10%) Backup Exec
1 1 (1.10%) SCCM
1 1 (1.10%) WSUS
Vendors
1 10 (10.99%) Microsoft
2 8 (8.79%) Oracle
3 4 (4.40%) Apple
4 3 (3.30%) Adobe
4 3 (3.30%) SAP
5 2 (2.20%) Bloomberg
5 2 (2.20%) Cisco
5 2 (2.20%) HP
5 2 (2.20%) Nuix
5 2 (2.20%) Symantec
5 2 (2.20%) VMware
6 1 (1.10%) Ariba
6 1 (1.10%) Citrix
6 1 (1.10%) Dell
6 1 (1.10%) Intel
6 1 (1.10%) ServiceNow
6 1 (1.10%) Sophos
6 1 (1.10%) Sun
6 1 (1.10%) Tableau
6 1 (1.10%) Varonis