Period
to 15 August 2018

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 15 August 2018 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
15 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 53 62 55
Rank change year-on-year +9 -7 -7
Contract jobs citing Degree 234 174 245
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 3.82% 3.04% 3.26%
As % of the Qualifications category 21.02% 16.62% 16.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 135 97 141
North West median daily rate £400 £370 £381
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.11% -2.76% -1.81%
10th Percentile £218 £158 £200
90th Percentile £583 £538 £500
England median daily rate £453 £440 £420
% change year-on-year +2.84% +4.76% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 23 13
North West median hourly rate £32.50 £39.50 £47.39
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.72% -16.65% +28.08%
10th Percentile £16.40 £30.00 £28.65
90th Percentile £50.63 £45.80 £47.91
England median hourly rate £36.13 £31.50 £28.00
% change year-on-year +14.68% +12.50% -6.67%

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 1,113 1,047 1,520
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 18.18% 18.27% 20.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 672 552 838
North West median daily rate £425 £400 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £208 £245 £250
90th Percentile £585 £549 £550
England median daily rate £450 £427 £415
% change year-on-year +5.39% +2.89% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 80 100 64
North West median hourly rate £35.00 £39.13 £41.37
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.54% -5.42% +37.33%
10th Percentile £13.38 £15.23 £12.02
90th Percentile £67.50 £55.00 £81.13
England median hourly rate £22.50 £28.75 £27.00
% change year-on-year -21.74% +6.48% +20.00%

Degree
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Degree as a percentage 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

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Degree in the North West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Degree in the North West

Degree
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Degree in the North West over the 6 months to 15 August 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Degree in the North West

Degree
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Degree in the North West

Degree
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Degree in the North West over the 6 months to 15 August 2018.

Contractor 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 15 August 2018. 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 -6 120 £375 +3.45% 159
Lancashire +13 45 £475 +37.68% 31
Cheshire -11 42 £400 - 47
Cumbria +7 16 £375 - 1
Merseyside +19 10 £588 +62.07% 22
Degree
England

For the 6 months to 15 August 2018, 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 81 (34.62%) Agile Software Development
2 49 (20.94%) Finance
3 48 (20.51%) Computer Science
4 44 (18.80%) JavaScript
5 43 (18.38%) Analytical Skills
6 42 (17.95%) Problem-Solving
7 37 (15.81%) Project Management
8 35 (14.96%) HTML
8 35 (14.96%) ITIL
9 34 (14.53%) Microsoft
10 31 (13.25%) Software Engineering
10 31 (13.25%) Computer Science Degree
11 29 (12.39%) .NET
12 28 (11.97%) C#
12 28 (11.97%) SQL
12 28 (11.97%) Continuous Improvement
13 27 (11.54%) Cisco Certification
14 26 (11.11%) Cisco
14 26 (11.11%) Stakeholder Management
15 25 (10.68%) Management Information System
15 25 (10.68%) Business Analysis
16 24 (10.26%) Java
17 23 (9.83%) Security Cleared
17 23 (9.83%) Decision-Making
18 22 (9.40%) User Experience
18 22 (9.40%) SQL Server
19 21 (8.97%) Oracle
19 21 (8.97%) CSS
19 21 (8.97%) Linux
20 20 (8.55%) Service Management

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 9 (3.85%) WebSphere
2 8 (3.42%) Apache
3 7 (2.99%) JBoss
3 7 (2.99%) WebLogic
3 7 (2.99%) WebSphere Application Server
4 6 (2.56%) Confluence
5 4 (1.71%) ArcGIS
6 3 (1.28%) Apache Spark
6 3 (1.28%) Elasticsearch
6 3 (1.28%) SAS
6 3 (1.28%) SharePoint
7 2 (0.85%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 1 (0.43%) IIS
8 1 (0.43%) OpenStack
8 1 (0.43%) Umbraco
8 1 (0.43%) WinCC
Applications
1 18 (7.69%) Microsoft Excel
2 17 (7.26%) Microsoft Office
3 5 (2.14%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (1.71%) Microsoft Project
5 3 (1.28%) InVision
6 2 (0.85%) Adobe After Effects
6 2 (0.85%) Adobe Illustrator
6 2 (0.85%) Adobe Premiere
6 2 (0.85%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.85%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.43%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.43%) SPSS
7 1 (0.43%) Stata
Business Applications
1 3 (1.28%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (0.85%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.43%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.43%) NetSuite
3 1 (0.43%) Oracle Payables
3 1 (0.43%) SAP S/4HANA
3 1 (0.43%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 14 (5.98%) SaaS
2 11 (4.70%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (3.85%) GitHub
4 7 (2.99%) Amazon AWS
4 7 (2.99%) PaaS
5 3 (1.28%) Office 365
5 3 (1.28%) Serverless
6 2 (0.85%) Amazon EC2
6 2 (0.85%) Amazon ElastiCache
6 2 (0.85%) Amazon ELB
6 2 (0.85%) Amazon Kinesis
6 2 (0.85%) AWS CloudFormation
6 2 (0.85%) AWS Lambda
6 2 (0.85%) AWS OpsWorks
6 2 (0.85%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (0.85%) CloudFront
6 2 (0.85%) Dynamics 365
6 2 (0.85%) Google Cloud Platform
6 2 (0.85%) Route 53
7 1 (0.43%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 18 (7.69%) Firewall
2 13 (5.56%) WAN
3 9 (3.85%) LAN
3 9 (3.85%) Network Security
3 9 (3.85%) TCP/IP
4 8 (3.42%) DHCP
4 8 (3.42%) DNS
4 8 (3.42%) IP Telephony
4 8 (3.42%) Unified Communications
4 8 (3.42%) VPN
5 5 (2.14%) BGP
5 5 (2.14%) Cisco IOS
5 5 (2.14%) OSPF
5 5 (2.14%) PuTTY
5 5 (2.14%) Wireless
6 4 (1.71%) ISDN
6 4 (1.71%) MPLS
6 4 (1.71%) VLAN
6 4 (1.71%) VoIP
6 4 (1.71%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (9.40%) SQL Server
2 15 (6.41%) NoSQL
3 14 (5.98%) Relational Database
4 11 (4.70%) MongoDB
5 7 (2.99%) SQL Server 2000
6 6 (2.56%) MySQL
7 5 (2.14%) GIS
7 5 (2.14%) RDBMS
8 4 (1.71%) Big Data
8 4 (1.71%) PostgreSQL
9 3 (1.28%) Hadoop
10 2 (0.85%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 2 (0.85%) Amazon Redshift
10 2 (0.85%) Data Mining
10 2 (0.85%) SQL Server 2012
10 2 (0.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 2 (0.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 1 (0.43%) Impala
11 1 (0.43%) Oracle Database
11 1 (0.43%) SAS Data Integration Studio
Development Applications
1 20 (8.55%) JIRA
2 14 (5.98%) Git (software)
3 10 (4.27%) AccuRev
4 8 (3.42%) Jenkins
5 6 (2.56%) JUnit
5 6 (2.56%) Mercurial
5 6 (2.56%) Oracle APEX
5 6 (2.56%) TestNG
6 5 (2.14%) Selenium
7 4 (1.71%) Gradle
7 4 (1.71%) Maven
8 3 (1.28%) Axure RP
8 3 (1.28%) Cucumber
8 3 (1.28%) Karma Test Runner
8 3 (1.28%) Rational DOORS
9 2 (0.85%) Appium
9 2 (0.85%) Bitbucket
9 2 (0.85%) Hudson
9 2 (0.85%) Ranorex
9 2 (0.85%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 49 (20.94%) Finance
2 14 (5.98%) Banking
3 10 (4.27%) Legal
3 10 (4.27%) Telecoms
4 9 (3.85%) Manufacturing
5 8 (3.42%) Pharmaceutical
6 6 (2.56%) Games
7 5 (2.14%) Law
7 5 (2.14%) Marketing
8 4 (1.71%) Retail
9 3 (1.28%) Retail Banking
10 2 (0.85%) Back Office
11 1 (0.43%) Advertising
11 1 (0.43%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.43%) Automotive
11 1 (0.43%) Avionics
11 1 (0.43%) Electronics
11 1 (0.43%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 48 (20.51%) Analyst
2 47 (20.09%) Developer
3 24 (10.26%) Business Analyst
4 18 (7.69%) User Researcher
5 12 (5.13%) Designer
5 12 (5.13%) Java Developer
6 10 (4.27%) Project Manager
7 8 (3.42%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 8 (3.42%) Senior Manager
7 8 (3.42%) Software Developer
7 8 (3.42%) Software Engineer
8 7 (2.99%) C# Developer
8 7 (2.99%) Network Engineer
8 7 (2.99%) Python Developer
8 7 (2.99%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
9 6 (2.56%) Delivery Manager
9 6 (2.56%) Interaction Designer
9 6 (2.56%) Tester
10 5 (2.14%) .NET Developer
10 5 (2.14%) Desktop Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (14.96%) HTML
2 29 (12.39%) .NET
3 21 (8.97%) CSS
4 19 (8.12%) Web Services
5 14 (5.98%) ASP.NET
5 14 (5.98%) Spring
6 12 (5.13%) JSON
7 10 (4.27%) .NET Framework
8 9 (3.85%) AngularJS
8 9 (3.85%) HTML5
8 9 (3.85%) REST
8 9 (3.85%) RESTful
9 8 (3.42%) SOAP
9 8 (3.42%) WCF
9 8 (3.42%) XML
10 7 (2.99%) jQuery
10 7 (2.99%) WinForms
10 7 (2.99%) WPF
11 6 (2.56%) Django
12 5 (2.14%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 48 (20.51%) Computer Science
2 43 (18.38%) Analytical Skills
3 25 (10.68%) Management Information System
4 22 (9.40%) User Experience
5 11 (4.70%) Enterprise Software
5 11 (4.70%) Self-Motivation
6 9 (3.85%) Mobile App
7 8 (3.42%) Data Centre
8 5 (2.14%) Algorithms
9 4 (1.71%) Blog
9 4 (1.71%) CMDB
9 4 (1.71%) Mobile Games
9 4 (1.71%) Smartphone
9 4 (1.71%) Virtual Team
10 3 (1.28%) Public Cloud
11 2 (0.85%) Data Structures
11 2 (0.85%) Hedge funds
11 2 (0.85%) Life Science
11 2 (0.85%) Linux Command Line
11 2 (0.85%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 21 (8.97%) Linux
2 18 (7.69%) Windows
3 13 (5.56%) Unix
4 10 (4.27%) Windows Server
5 2 (0.85%) Android
5 2 (0.85%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.43%) Windows 10
6 1 (0.43%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 81 (34.62%) Agile Software Development
2 42 (17.95%) Problem-Solving
3 37 (15.81%) Project Management
4 35 (14.96%) ITIL
5 31 (13.25%) Software Engineering
6 28 (11.97%) Continuous Improvement
7 26 (11.11%) Stakeholder Management
8 25 (10.68%) Business Analysis
9 23 (9.83%) Decision-Making
10 20 (8.55%) Service Management
11 19 (8.12%) Market Research
11 19 (8.12%) Psychology
12 17 (7.26%) PRINCE2
12 17 (7.26%) SFIA
13 16 (6.84%) Analytics
13 16 (6.84%) SDLC
14 15 (6.41%) Prototyping
15 14 (5.98%) ITSM
15 14 (5.98%) MVC
15 14 (5.98%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 44 (18.80%) JavaScript
2 28 (11.97%) C#
2 28 (11.97%) SQL
3 24 (10.26%) Java
4 16 (6.84%) Python
5 6 (2.56%) T-SQL
5 6 (2.56%) VB.NET
6 3 (1.28%) Ruby
6 3 (1.28%) Scala
7 2 (0.85%) Ada
7 2 (0.85%) Bash Shell
7 2 (0.85%) Shell Script
7 2 (0.85%) TypeScript
8 1 (0.43%) C++
8 1 (0.43%) Groovy
8 1 (0.43%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.43%) PowerShell
8 1 (0.43%) R
8 1 (0.43%) VBA
8 1 (0.43%) X++
Qualifications
1 31 (13.25%) Computer Science Degree
2 27 (11.54%) Cisco Certification
3 23 (9.83%) Security Cleared
4 16 (6.84%) SC Cleared
5 15 (6.41%) CCNA
6 14 (5.98%) CCNP
7 13 (5.56%) CISSP
8 10 (4.27%) CCIE
8 10 (4.27%) CISM
9 9 (3.85%) Chartered Engineer
9 9 (3.85%) MBA
9 9 (3.85%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 8 (3.42%) CCDP
10 8 (3.42%) HND
10 8 (3.42%) ISEB
11 7 (2.99%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 6 (2.56%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 5 (2.14%) CCENT
14 4 (1.71%) Microsoft Certification
14 4 (1.71%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (1.71%) QA
2 3 (1.28%) GDPR
2 3 (1.28%) ISO 13485
3 2 (0.85%) GLP
3 2 (0.85%) ISO 9000
3 2 (0.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.85%) P3O
4 1 (0.43%) COBIT
4 1 (0.43%) COSHH
4 1 (0.43%) COSO
4 1 (0.43%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.43%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.43%) IEC 61131
4 1 (0.43%) IEC 62304
4 1 (0.43%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.43%) MIL-STD-498
4 1 (0.43%) NIST 800
4 1 (0.43%) PMO
4 1 (0.43%) SLA
4 1 (0.43%) TickIT
System Software
1 6 (2.56%) Active Directory
2 4 (1.71%) Virtual Machines
3 3 (1.28%) Microsoft App-V
3 3 (1.28%) XenApp
3 3 (1.28%) XenDesktop
4 2 (0.85%) VirtualBox
5 1 (0.43%) Docker
5 1 (0.43%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.43%) KVM
5 1 (0.43%) QEMU
Systems Management
1 7 (2.99%) CA Single Sign-On
2 4 (1.71%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (1.71%) SolarWinds Orion
3 2 (0.85%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (0.43%) Business Desktop Deployment
4 1 (0.43%) Failover Clustering
4 1 (0.43%) Stealthwatch
4 1 (0.43%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 34 (14.53%) Microsoft
2 26 (11.11%) Cisco
3 21 (8.97%) Oracle
4 9 (3.85%) Moogsoft
4 9 (3.85%) Remedy
5 8 (3.42%) IBM
6 7 (2.99%) CA
6 7 (2.99%) F5
6 7 (2.99%) ServiceNow
7 5 (2.14%) Google
8 4 (1.71%) ESRI
8 4 (1.71%) ForeScout
8 4 (1.71%) HP
8 4 (1.71%) Juniper
8 4 (1.71%) Mapbox
9 3 (1.28%) Adobe
9 3 (1.28%) CheckPoint
9 3 (1.28%) Citrix
9 3 (1.28%) Saba
9 3 (1.28%) SAP