Period
to 16 January 2021

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 16 January 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.

Academic Degree
England > North West
6 months to
16 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 40 62 46
Rank change year-on-year +22 -16 +19
Contract jobs citing Degree 91 152 254
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the North West 3.80% 3.08% 4.49%
As % of the Qualifications category 17.64% 13.22% 24.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 67 73 137
Median daily rate £463 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.82% +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £330 £253 £313
90th Percentile £564 £593 £575
England median daily rate £475 £450 £475
% change year-on-year +5.56% -5.26% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 41 37
Median hourly rate £42.50 £50.00 £37.52
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.00% +33.26% -9.04%
10th Percentile £38.75 £29.71 £18.60
90th Percentile £47.38 £56.25 £53.00
England median hourly rate £38.00 £45.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year -15.56% +12.50% +31.15%

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 516 1,150 1,034
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 21.55% 23.29% 18.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 342 673 605
Median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +4.94%
10th Percentile £190 £175 £225
90th Percentile £593 £600 £600
England median daily rate £475 £465 £450
% change year-on-year +2.15% +3.33% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 81 108
Median hourly rate £42.00 £29.71 £31.29
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +41.37% -5.03% -13.70%
10th Percentile £15.28 £13.39 £16.20
90th Percentile £60.00 £54.00 £52.48
Median hourly rate £40.00 £33.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +21.21% +32.00% +16.89%

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 16 January 2021.

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
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 16 January 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 +26 42 £525 +23.53% 72
Cheshire +15 22 £484 +13.82% 36
Lancashire +4 12 £437 +1.51% 17
Cumbria +5 5 £425 +46.55% 5
Merseyside +18 3 £350 -30.00% 12
Degree
England

For the 6 months to 16 January 2021, 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%) User Experience
2 22 (24.18%) Problem-Solving
3 21 (23.08%) Service Design
4 19 (20.88%) Analytical Skills
4 19 (20.88%) Software Engineering
5 17 (18.68%) Agile Software Development
5 17 (18.68%) Project Management
6 16 (17.58%) Finance
7 15 (16.48%) JavaScript
7 15 (16.48%) Microsoft
7 15 (16.48%) Front End Development
8 14 (15.38%) Prototyping
8 14 (15.38%) Windows
8 14 (15.38%) Security Cleared
9 13 (14.29%) SC Cleared
9 13 (14.29%) CSS
9 13 (14.29%) HTML
9 13 (14.29%) Collaborative Working
10 12 (13.19%) Systems Thinking
10 12 (13.19%) Management Information System
10 12 (13.19%) Computer Science
11 11 (12.09%) Stakeholder Management
11 11 (12.09%) C#
11 11 (12.09%) Decision-Making
12 10 (10.99%) Computer Science Degree
12 10 (10.99%) Marketing
13 9 (9.89%) Git (software)
13 9 (9.89%) Linux
13 9 (9.89%) Public Sector
14 8 (8.79%) Network 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 5 (5.49%) Elasticsearch
2 3 (3.30%) Apache
2 3 (3.30%) IIS
2 3 (3.30%) Tomcat
2 3 (3.30%) WebLogic
3 2 (2.20%) Apache Spark
3 2 (2.20%) JBoss
3 2 (2.20%) nginx
4 1 (1.10%) ArcGIS
4 1 (1.10%) CMS
4 1 (1.10%) Confluence
4 1 (1.10%) DNN
4 1 (1.10%) IBM HTTP Server
4 1 (1.10%) Oracle HTTP Server
4 1 (1.10%) SharePoint
4 1 (1.10%) WebSphere
4 1 (1.10%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 7 (7.69%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (5.49%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (4.40%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (2.20%) Adobe Illustrator
4 2 (2.20%) InDesign
4 2 (2.20%) Photoshop
5 1 (1.10%) Sketch
5 1 (1.10%) SPSS
Cloud Services
1 3 (3.30%) Power Platform
2 2 (2.20%) Adobe Creative Cloud
2 2 (2.20%) AWS
2 2 (2.20%) Azure
3 1 (1.10%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 6 (6.59%) Network Security
2 5 (5.49%) Firewall
3 4 (4.40%) SSL
4 3 (3.30%) ATM
4 3 (3.30%) BGP
4 3 (3.30%) OSPF
4 3 (3.30%) TCP/IP
4 3 (3.30%) VRRP
4 3 (3.30%) VXLAN
4 3 (3.30%) WAN
4 3 (3.30%) Wireshark
5 2 (2.20%) 2G
5 2 (2.20%) 3G
5 2 (2.20%) 4G
5 2 (2.20%) 5G
5 2 (2.20%) Radio Access Network
6 1 (1.10%) HTTP
6 1 (1.10%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (4.40%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.30%) Power BI
3 2 (2.20%) Apache Hive
3 2 (2.20%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (2.20%) Hadoop
3 2 (2.20%) HBase
3 2 (2.20%) Impala
3 2 (2.20%) MongoDB
3 2 (2.20%) Oracle Database
3 2 (2.20%) Oracle Database 11g
4 1 (1.10%) Geospatial Data
4 1 (1.10%) GIS
4 1 (1.10%) SAP HANA
4 1 (1.10%) Spotfire
4 1 (1.10%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 9 (9.89%) Git (software)
2 5 (5.49%) Visual Studio
3 3 (3.30%) Jenkins
3 3 (3.30%) Oracle APEX
3 3 (3.30%) Subversion
4 2 (2.20%) IntelliJ
4 2 (2.20%) JIRA
4 2 (2.20%) Maven
4 2 (2.20%) SonarQube
4 2 (2.20%) Sonatype Nexus
4 2 (2.20%) TeamCity
5 1 (1.10%) CMake
5 1 (1.10%) eCATT
5 1 (1.10%) GitLab
5 1 (1.10%) Gradle
General
1 16 (17.58%) Finance
2 10 (10.99%) Marketing
3 9 (9.89%) Public Sector
4 6 (6.59%) Banking
5 5 (5.49%) Legal
6 4 (4.40%) Electronics
6 4 (4.40%) Manufacturing
7 3 (3.30%) Publishing
7 3 (3.30%) Telecoms
8 2 (2.20%) Avionics
9 1 (1.10%) Financial Institution
9 1 (1.10%) Law
9 1 (1.10%) Mandarin Language
9 1 (1.10%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (1.10%) Retail
Job Titles
1 22 (24.18%) Designer
2 14 (15.38%) Interaction Designer
3 10 (10.99%) Senior Designer
4 9 (9.89%) Project Manager
5 8 (8.79%) Developer
5 8 (8.79%) Network Engineer
5 8 (8.79%) Senior Interaction Designer
6 6 (6.59%) Analyst
7 5 (5.49%) Software Developer
7 5 (5.49%) UX Designer
8 4 (4.40%) Platform Engineer
8 4 (4.40%) Support Engineer
9 3 (3.30%) Consultant
9 3 (3.30%) IT Manager
9 3 (3.30%) IT Project Manager
9 3 (3.30%) Network Manager
9 3 (3.30%) Network Support
9 3 (3.30%) Network Support Engineer
9 3 (3.30%) User Researcher
10 2 (2.20%) SQL DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (14.29%) CSS
1 13 (14.29%) HTML
2 5 (5.49%) Middleware
3 3 (3.30%) Boost C++ Libraries
3 3 (3.30%) J2EE
3 3 (3.30%) Kafka
3 3 (3.30%) Qt
4 2 (2.20%) .NET
4 2 (2.20%) .NET Framework
4 2 (2.20%) Apache Camel
4 2 (2.20%) Protocol Buffers
4 2 (2.20%) RESTful
4 2 (2.20%) SOAP
4 2 (2.20%) Spark Streaming
4 2 (2.20%) Visualforce
4 2 (2.20%) XML
5 1 (1.10%) ActiveMQ
5 1 (1.10%) LDAP
5 1 (1.10%) SAP Basis
5 1 (1.10%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 25 (27.47%) User Experience
2 19 (20.88%) Analytical Skills
3 12 (13.19%) Management Information System
4 6 (6.59%) PKI
5 5 (5.49%) Equities
6 4 (4.40%) Life Science
6 4 (4.40%) Self-Motivation
7 3 (3.30%) Hedge funds
7 3 (3.30%) Linux Command Line
8 2 (2.20%) Animation
8 2 (2.20%) EFT
8 2 (2.20%) Social Media
9 1 (1.10%) Algorithms
9 1 (1.10%) Augmented Reality
9 1 (1.10%) DataPower
9 1 (1.10%) Taxonomies
Operating Systems
1 14 (15.38%) Windows
2 9 (9.89%) Linux
3 5 (5.49%) Unix
4 4 (4.40%) Solaris
4 4 (4.40%) Windows 10
5 2 (2.20%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (1.10%) Android
6 1 (1.10%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (24.18%) Problem-Solving
2 21 (23.08%) Service Design
3 19 (20.88%) Software Engineering
4 17 (18.68%) Agile Software Development
4 17 (18.68%) Project Management
5 15 (16.48%) Front End Development
6 14 (15.38%) Prototyping
7 13 (14.29%) Collaborative Working
8 12 (13.19%) Computer Science
8 12 (13.19%) Systems Thinking
9 11 (12.09%) Decision-Making
9 11 (12.09%) Stakeholder Management
10 8 (8.79%) Continuous Improvement
10 8 (8.79%) DevOps
10 8 (8.79%) Network Management
11 7 (7.69%) Analytics
11 7 (7.69%) Change Management
11 7 (7.69%) High Availability
11 7 (7.69%) Mentoring
11 7 (7.69%) Value Proposition
Programming Languages
1 15 (16.48%) JavaScript
2 11 (12.09%) C#
3 8 (8.79%) Bash Shell
3 8 (8.79%) Java
3 8 (8.79%) Python
4 7 (7.69%) SQL
5 6 (6.59%) C++
6 5 (5.49%) Perl
6 5 (5.49%) PowerShell
7 4 (4.40%) C
8 3 (3.30%) AWK
8 3 (3.30%) Ruby
8 3 (3.30%) sed
9 2 (2.20%) Apex Code
9 2 (2.20%) PL/SQL
9 2 (2.20%) Scala
9 2 (2.20%) Shell Script
9 2 (2.20%) T-SQL
9 2 (2.20%) XPath
10 1 (1.10%) VBA
Qualifications
1 14 (15.38%) Security Cleared
2 13 (14.29%) SC Cleared
3 10 (10.99%) Computer Science Degree
4 4 (4.40%) Master's Degree
5 3 (3.30%) CCNP
5 3 (3.30%) Cisco Certification
5 3 (3.30%) HNC
5 3 (3.30%) HND
6 2 (2.20%) CISM
6 2 (2.20%) CISSP
7 1 (1.10%) CRISC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (4.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 4 (4.40%) NIST
1 4 (4.40%) PCI DSS
1 4 (4.40%) QA
2 3 (3.30%) GDPR
2 3 (3.30%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
3 2 (2.20%) Actionable Recommendations
3 2 (2.20%) Data Quality
4 1 (1.10%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (1.10%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (2.20%) Apache Flume
1 2 (2.20%) Apache ZooKeeper
1 2 (2.20%) Firmware
1 2 (2.20%) Oracle RAC
1 2 (2.20%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (1.10%) OpenAM
Systems Management
1 3 (3.30%) Ansible
1 3 (3.30%) FortiGate
1 3 (3.30%) Opscode Chef
2 2 (2.20%) Hadoop YARN
2 2 (2.20%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
2 2 (2.20%) Oracle RMAN
3 1 (1.10%) CA Single Sign-On
3 1 (1.10%) Single Sign-On
3 1 (1.10%) Tivoli Identity Manager
Vendors
1 15 (16.48%) Microsoft
2 6 (6.59%) Oracle
3 5 (5.49%) IBM
4 4 (4.40%) Remedy
5 3 (3.30%) Arista
5 3 (3.30%) Cisco
5 3 (3.30%) Fortinet
5 3 (3.30%) Interxion
5 3 (3.30%) SAP
5 3 (3.30%) TIBCO
6 2 (2.20%) Adobe
6 2 (2.20%) EMC
6 2 (2.20%) Salesforce.com
6 2 (2.20%) Solace
6 2 (2.20%) Veeam
6 2 (2.20%) VMware
7 1 (1.10%) CA
7 1 (1.10%) CyberSource
7 1 (1.10%) ForgeRock
7 1 (1.10%) ServiceNow