Period
to 21 May 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 21 May 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
21 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 55 59 54
Rank change year-on-year +4 -5 -9
Contract jobs citing Degree 211 180 245
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 3.64% 3.34% 3.19%
As % of the Qualifications category 20.35% 17.80% 15.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 127 96 133
North West median daily rate £400 £383 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.58% -4.38% +6.67%
10th Percentile £219 £156 £263
90th Percentile £593 £613 £557
England median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +1.49%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 23 23
North West median hourly rate £41.25 £40.00 £47.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.13% -14.89% +123.81%
10th Percentile £25.40 £30.00 £27.71
90th Percentile £53.65 £49.95 £49.58
England median hourly rate £38.50 £30.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year +28.33% -14.29% +16.67%

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 1,037 1,011 1,557
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 17.88% 18.74% 20.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 600 546 817
North West median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +3.90%
10th Percentile £208 £245 £255
90th Percentile £576 £575 £560
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 65 107 82
North West median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.50% - +59.24%
10th Percentile £14.68 £11.30 £15.75
90th Percentile £65.70 £55.00 £57.75
England median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year -16.67% +9.09% +25.00%

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 21 May 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 21 May 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 21 May 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 -9 106 £375 - 149
Lancashire +15 52 £450 -30.77% 24
Cheshire -22 30 £388 +12.73% 64
Cumbria +3 14 £550 +144.44% 1
Merseyside +10 7 £588 +67.86% 35
Degree
England

For the 6 months to 21 May 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 95 (45.02%) Agile Software Development
2 57 (27.01%) Finance
3 44 (20.85%) Problem-Solving
4 42 (19.91%) ITIL
5 40 (18.96%) Project Management
5 40 (18.96%) Computer Science
6 37 (17.54%) Software Engineering
7 35 (16.59%) Analytical Skills
8 33 (15.64%) JavaScript
9 30 (14.22%) User Experience
10 29 (13.74%) SQL
11 28 (13.27%) Stakeholder Management
12 27 (12.80%) HTML
12 27 (12.80%) SQL Server
13 25 (11.85%) Microsoft
13 25 (11.85%) Management Information System
13 25 (11.85%) SFIA
13 25 (11.85%) Decision-Making
14 24 (11.37%) Computer Science Degree
14 24 (11.37%) .NET
15 23 (10.90%) Cisco
15 23 (10.90%) Continuous Improvement
15 23 (10.90%) SDLC
16 22 (10.43%) PRINCE2
17 21 (9.95%) Market Research
17 21 (9.95%) Business Analysis
18 20 (9.48%) JIRA
18 20 (9.48%) Psychology
18 20 (9.48%) Linux
18 20 (9.48%) CSS

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 (4.27%) WebSphere
2 8 (3.79%) Apache
3 7 (3.32%) JBoss
3 7 (3.32%) WebLogic
3 7 (3.32%) WebSphere Application Server
4 4 (1.90%) SAS
5 3 (1.42%) Drupal
6 2 (0.95%) Confluence
6 2 (0.95%) SharePoint
7 1 (0.47%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 1 (0.47%) Apache Spark
7 1 (0.47%) ArcGIS
7 1 (0.47%) Elasticsearch
7 1 (0.47%) OpenStack
7 1 (0.47%) Skype for Business
7 1 (0.47%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.47%) WinCC
Applications
1 12 (5.69%) Microsoft Excel
1 12 (5.69%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (3.32%) Photoshop
3 6 (2.84%) Adobe After Effects
3 6 (2.84%) Adobe Illustrator
3 6 (2.84%) Adobe Premiere
4 5 (2.37%) InVision
5 4 (1.90%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 2 (0.95%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.95%) MS Visio
7 1 (0.47%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 1 (0.47%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (0.47%) Elite 3E
1 1 (0.47%) NetSuite
1 1 (0.47%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (0.47%) Oracle Payables
1 1 (0.47%) SAP BPC
1 1 (0.47%) SAP ERP
1 1 (0.47%) SAP MM
1 1 (0.47%) SAP SD
1 1 (0.47%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 12 (5.69%) PaaS
1 12 (5.69%) SaaS
2 9 (4.27%) GitHub
3 5 (2.37%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (0.95%) Amazon EC2
4 2 (0.95%) Amazon ElastiCache
4 2 (0.95%) Amazon ELB
4 2 (0.95%) Amazon Kinesis
4 2 (0.95%) AWS CloudFormation
4 2 (0.95%) AWS Lambda
4 2 (0.95%) AWS OpsWorks
4 2 (0.95%) CloudFront
4 2 (0.95%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (0.95%) Route 53
4 2 (0.95%) Serverless
5 1 (0.47%) Basecamp
5 1 (0.47%) Dynamics 365
5 1 (0.47%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 9 (4.27%) Firewall
1 9 (4.27%) WAN
2 8 (3.79%) Unified Communications
3 7 (3.32%) Network Security
4 5 (2.37%) DHCP
4 5 (2.37%) DNS
4 5 (2.37%) IP Telephony
4 5 (2.37%) TCP/IP
4 5 (2.37%) VPN
5 4 (1.90%) BGP
5 4 (1.90%) LAN
5 4 (1.90%) OSPF
5 4 (1.90%) Wireless
6 3 (1.42%) Internet
6 3 (1.42%) SMS
7 2 (0.95%) Skype
7 2 (0.95%) SSL
8 1 (0.47%) MPLS
8 1 (0.47%) VoIP
8 1 (0.47%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (12.80%) SQL Server
2 18 (8.53%) NoSQL
3 13 (6.16%) SQL Server 2000
4 11 (5.21%) Relational Database
5 6 (2.84%) PostgreSQL
6 5 (2.37%) Data Warehouse
6 5 (2.37%) MongoDB
7 4 (1.90%) MySQL
7 4 (1.90%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 4 (1.90%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 3 (1.42%) SQL Server 2008
9 2 (0.95%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 2 (0.95%) GIS
9 2 (0.95%) Hadoop
9 2 (0.95%) Oracle Reports
9 2 (0.95%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 1 (0.47%) DB2
10 1 (0.47%) OLTP
10 1 (0.47%) RDBMS
10 1 (0.47%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 20 (9.48%) JIRA
2 14 (6.64%) AccuRev
3 6 (2.84%) Oracle APEX
4 5 (2.37%) Axure RP
4 5 (2.37%) Jenkins
5 4 (1.90%) Maven
5 4 (1.90%) Rational DOORS
6 3 (1.42%) Git (software)
6 3 (1.42%) Gradle
6 3 (1.42%) JUnit
6 3 (1.42%) Mercurial
6 3 (1.42%) TestNG
6 3 (1.42%) Visual Studio
7 2 (0.95%) CircleCI
7 2 (0.95%) Hudson
7 2 (0.95%) Rational Statemate
7 2 (0.95%) Selenium
7 2 (0.95%) Travis CI
8 1 (0.47%) Gatling
8 1 (0.47%) git-flow
General
1 57 (27.01%) Finance
2 10 (4.74%) Legal
3 8 (3.79%) Banking
3 8 (3.79%) Marketing
4 7 (3.32%) Law
4 7 (3.32%) Telecoms
5 6 (2.84%) Manufacturing
6 4 (1.90%) Retail
7 3 (1.42%) Games
7 3 (1.42%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.47%) Advertising
8 1 (0.47%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.47%) Avionics
8 1 (0.47%) Electronics
8 1 (0.47%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.47%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.47%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 40 (18.96%) Developer
2 30 (14.22%) Analyst
3 20 (9.48%) User Researcher
4 15 (7.11%) Designer
5 13 (6.16%) Business Analyst
5 13 (6.16%) Desktop Support
5 13 (6.16%) Project Manager
5 13 (6.16%) Software Developer
5 13 (6.16%) Software Engineer
6 12 (5.69%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 11 (5.21%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
8 10 (4.74%) Architect
9 9 (4.27%) Senior User Researcher
10 8 (3.79%) Delivery Manager
10 8 (3.79%) UX Designer
11 7 (3.32%) DevOps Engineer
11 7 (3.32%) Junior
11 7 (3.32%) Senior Manager
12 6 (2.84%) Agile Delivery Manager
12 6 (2.84%) Citrix Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (12.80%) HTML
2 24 (11.37%) .NET
3 20 (9.48%) CSS
4 16 (7.58%) Web Services
5 14 (6.64%) WCF
6 13 (6.16%) WinForms
6 13 (6.16%) WPF
7 12 (5.69%) .NET Framework
8 6 (2.84%) Django
8 6 (2.84%) JSON
9 5 (2.37%) REST
10 4 (1.90%) AngularJS
10 4 (1.90%) SOAP
11 3 (1.42%) ASP.NET
11 3 (1.42%) jQuery
11 3 (1.42%) Middleware
11 3 (1.42%) RESTful
11 3 (1.42%) Spring
11 3 (1.42%) XML
12 2 (0.95%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 40 (18.96%) Computer Science
2 35 (16.59%) Analytical Skills
3 30 (14.22%) User Experience
4 25 (11.85%) Management Information System
5 9 (4.27%) Self-Motivation
6 8 (3.79%) Data Centre
6 8 (3.79%) Enterprise Software
7 6 (2.84%) Mobile App
8 3 (1.42%) Blog
8 3 (1.42%) CMDB
8 3 (1.42%) Public Cloud
8 3 (1.42%) Virtual Team
9 2 (0.95%) Animation
9 2 (0.95%) Linux Command Line
9 2 (0.95%) Video Conferencing
10 1 (0.47%) Online Games
10 1 (0.47%) SCADA
10 1 (0.47%) Smartphone
10 1 (0.47%) Taxonomies
10 1 (0.47%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 20 (9.48%) Linux
2 10 (4.74%) Unix
3 9 (4.27%) Windows
4 5 (2.37%) Apple iOS
4 5 (2.37%) Windows Server
5 4 (1.90%) Android
6 1 (0.47%) Mac OS X
6 1 (0.47%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 95 (45.02%) Agile Software Development
2 44 (20.85%) Problem-Solving
3 42 (19.91%) ITIL
4 40 (18.96%) Project Management
5 37 (17.54%) Software Engineering
6 28 (13.27%) Stakeholder Management
7 25 (11.85%) Decision-Making
7 25 (11.85%) SFIA
8 23 (10.90%) Continuous Improvement
8 23 (10.90%) SDLC
9 22 (10.43%) PRINCE2
10 21 (9.95%) Business Analysis
10 21 (9.95%) Market Research
11 20 (9.48%) ITSM
11 20 (9.48%) Prototyping
11 20 (9.48%) Psychology
12 19 (9.00%) Resource Management
13 18 (8.53%) E-Commerce
13 18 (8.53%) Front End Development
13 18 (8.53%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 33 (15.64%) JavaScript
2 29 (13.74%) SQL
3 19 (9.00%) Java
4 8 (3.79%) C#
4 8 (3.79%) Python
5 7 (3.32%) VB.NET
6 5 (2.37%) T-SQL
7 4 (1.90%) Shell Script
8 3 (1.42%) Ada
8 3 (1.42%) Bash Shell
8 3 (1.42%) PHP
8 3 (1.42%) PL/SQL
8 3 (1.42%) Ruby
9 2 (0.95%) C++
9 2 (0.95%) Scala
10 1 (0.47%) Groovy
10 1 (0.47%) PowerShell
10 1 (0.47%) VB
10 1 (0.47%) VBA
10 1 (0.47%) X++
Qualifications
1 24 (11.37%) Computer Science Degree
2 20 (9.48%) Cisco Certification
3 16 (7.58%) Security Cleared
4 15 (7.11%) CCNP
5 14 (6.64%) CISSP
6 13 (6.16%) CCIE
6 13 (6.16%) Chartered Engineer
6 13 (6.16%) CISM
6 13 (6.16%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 12 (5.69%) CCDP
7 12 (5.69%) SC Cleared
8 11 (5.21%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 9 (4.27%) MBA
10 7 (3.32%) Citrix Certification
11 6 (2.84%) CCNA
11 6 (2.84%) HND
12 4 (1.90%) Master's Degree
13 3 (1.42%) ISEB
13 3 (1.42%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 3 (1.42%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (1.90%) QA
2 2 (0.95%) GDPR
3 1 (0.47%) COBIT
3 1 (0.47%) COSO
3 1 (0.47%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.47%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.47%) IEC 61131
3 1 (0.47%) ISO 9000
3 1 (0.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.47%) MIL-STD-498
3 1 (0.47%) P3O
3 1 (0.47%) PMO
3 1 (0.47%) SLA
3 1 (0.47%) TickIT
System Software
1 7 (3.32%) Microsoft App-V
1 7 (3.32%) XenApp
1 7 (3.32%) XenDesktop
2 3 (1.42%) Active Directory
3 2 (0.95%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (0.95%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.47%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 7 (3.32%) CA Single Sign-On
2 3 (1.42%) Opscode Chef
3 2 (0.95%) Ansible
3 2 (0.95%) SCCM
4 1 (0.47%) AirWatch
4 1 (0.47%) Business Desktop Deployment
4 1 (0.47%) Failover Clustering
4 1 (0.47%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (0.47%) Mesos
4 1 (0.47%) Puppet
Vendors
1 25 (11.85%) Microsoft
2 23 (10.90%) Cisco
3 15 (7.11%) Oracle
4 7 (3.32%) CA
4 7 (3.32%) Citrix
4 7 (3.32%) IBM
4 7 (3.32%) Ivanti
4 7 (3.32%) ServiceNow
5 4 (1.90%) Adobe
6 3 (1.42%) ForeScout
6 3 (1.42%) SAP
7 2 (0.95%) Cadence
7 2 (0.95%) CheckPoint
7 2 (0.95%) F5
7 2 (0.95%) Google
7 2 (0.95%) VMware
8 1 (0.47%) Atlassian
8 1 (0.47%) Hortonworks
8 1 (0.47%) Pega
8 1 (0.47%) Tableau