Period
to 25 February 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 25 February 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
25 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 52 48 64
Rank change year-on-year -4 +16 -1
Contract jobs citing Degree 162 244 165
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 3.51% 4.27% 3.12%
As % of the Qualifications category 14.75% 22.98% 17.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 72 122 111
North West median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - -10.61%
10th Percentile £193 £310 £283
90th Percentile £599 £592 £581
England median daily rate £450 £475 £450
% change year-on-year -5.26% +5.56% +5.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 41 11
North West median hourly rate £50.00 £41.00 £36.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.95% +13.10% -9.38%
10th Percentile £29.71 £20.99 £16.10
90th Percentile £56.25 £53.00 £48.75
England median hourly rate £39.25 £40.00 £34.11
% change year-on-year -1.88% +17.27% +13.70%

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 1,098 1,062 926
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 23.82% 18.60% 17.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 620 593 549
North West median daily rate £450 £425 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +2.41% -5.14%
10th Percentile £182 £213 £200
90th Percentile £623 £613 £588
England median daily rate £475 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +5.44% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 74 109 71
North West median hourly rate £35.00 £32.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.69% -7.14% -10.26%
10th Percentile £14.38 £16.32 £13.00
90th Percentile £55.00 £51.25 £67.50
England median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +16.67% +20.00% -9.09%

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 25 February 2020.

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 25 February 2020.

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 25 February 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 -11 59 £400 - 116
Cheshire +14 40 £425 +13.33% 54
Lancashire +2 27 £500 +16.28% 29
Cumbria -8 24 £55 - 9
Merseyside +10 11 £433 -26.38% 26
Degree
England

For the 6 months to 25 February 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 48 (29.63%) Analytical Skills
2 45 (27.78%) Problem-Solving
3 34 (20.99%) Agile Software Development
4 33 (20.37%) Finance
5 26 (16.05%) Project Management
5 26 (16.05%) Microsoft
5 26 (16.05%) Security Cleared
6 24 (14.81%) Windows
6 24 (14.81%) Stakeholder Management
6 24 (14.81%) Business Analysis
7 23 (14.20%) SC Cleared
8 22 (13.58%) ITIL
9 19 (11.73%) Migration
9 19 (11.73%) Computer Science
10 18 (11.11%) Management Information System
10 18 (11.11%) SQL
10 18 (11.11%) Microsoft Office
11 16 (9.88%) Oracle
11 16 (9.88%) Workflow
12 15 (9.26%) Self-Motivation
12 15 (9.26%) Public Sector
13 14 (8.64%) Mentoring
13 14 (8.64%) User Experience
14 13 (8.02%) Analytics
14 13 (8.02%) Change Management
14 13 (8.02%) SharePoint
14 13 (8.02%) Scrum
15 12 (7.41%) Git (software)
15 12 (7.41%) Computer Science Degree
16 11 (6.79%) Decision-Making

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 13 (8.02%) SharePoint
2 5 (3.09%) Apache Spark
3 4 (2.47%) K2 blackpearl
3 4 (2.47%) OpenStack
3 4 (2.47%) SAS
3 4 (2.47%) SharePoint 2013
4 2 (1.23%) Apache
4 2 (1.23%) IIS
4 2 (1.23%) OnBase
5 1 (0.62%) Appian
5 1 (0.62%) Confluence
5 1 (0.62%) JBoss
5 1 (0.62%) Moodle
5 1 (0.62%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 1 (0.62%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 18 (11.11%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (4.94%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (3.70%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (1.85%) Windchill
5 2 (1.23%) MS Visio
5 2 (1.23%) SPSS
5 2 (1.23%) Stata
6 1 (0.62%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.62%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.62%) Adobe Premiere
6 1 (0.62%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.62%) InVision
6 1 (0.62%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.62%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.62%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 2 (1.23%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.62%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.62%) SAP PS
2 1 (0.62%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 11 (6.79%) Azure
2 5 (3.09%) Power Platform
3 4 (2.47%) AWS
3 4 (2.47%) Office 365
4 3 (1.85%) Dynamics 365
4 3 (1.85%) Google Analytics
5 1 (0.62%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.62%) G Suite
5 1 (0.62%) GCP
5 1 (0.62%) Heroku
5 1 (0.62%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (2.47%) Firewall
2 3 (1.85%) LAN
2 3 (1.85%) Network Security
2 3 (1.85%) SAN
2 3 (1.85%) VoIP
3 2 (1.23%) DHCP
3 2 (1.23%) DNS
3 2 (1.23%) Fibre Channel
3 2 (1.23%) IP Telephony
3 2 (1.23%) MPLS
3 2 (1.23%) NAS
3 2 (1.23%) TCP/IP
3 2 (1.23%) VPN
3 2 (1.23%) WAN
3 2 (1.23%) Wireless
4 1 (0.62%) Cisco IOS
4 1 (0.62%) Cisco Wireless
4 1 (0.62%) Skype
4 1 (0.62%) Unified Communications
4 1 (0.62%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (4.94%) Oracle Database
1 8 (4.94%) SQL Server
2 5 (3.09%) Hadoop
2 5 (3.09%) Power BI
3 3 (1.85%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (1.85%) Oracle Reports
3 3 (1.85%) QlikView
4 2 (1.23%) Big Data
4 2 (1.23%) MS Access
4 2 (1.23%) Relational Database
4 2 (1.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (1.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (0.62%) MySQL
5 1 (0.62%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.62%) Oracle BI EE
5 1 (0.62%) Qlik Sense
5 1 (0.62%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 12 (7.41%) Git (software)
2 6 (3.70%) Jenkins
3 4 (2.47%) Artifactory
3 4 (2.47%) Gerrit
3 4 (2.47%) Robot Framework
3 4 (2.47%) Vagrant
4 3 (1.85%) Rational DOORS
4 3 (1.85%) SonarQube
4 3 (1.85%) Sonatype Nexus
5 1 (0.62%) Axure RP
5 1 (0.62%) Balsamiq
5 1 (0.62%) Buildbot
5 1 (0.62%) GCC
5 1 (0.62%) HP UFT
5 1 (0.62%) JIRA
5 1 (0.62%) Rational Statemate
5 1 (0.62%) Selenium
5 1 (0.62%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.62%) VectorCAST
5 1 (0.62%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 33 (20.37%) Finance
2 15 (9.26%) Public Sector
3 10 (6.17%) Manufacturing
4 8 (4.94%) Pharmaceutical
5 7 (4.32%) Telecoms
6 4 (2.47%) Marketing
7 3 (1.85%) Aerospace
7 3 (1.85%) Automotive
7 3 (1.85%) Banking
7 3 (1.85%) Games
7 3 (1.85%) Publishing
8 2 (1.23%) Billing
8 2 (1.23%) Law
8 2 (1.23%) Legal
8 2 (1.23%) Local Government
8 2 (1.23%) Mandarin Language
8 2 (1.23%) Social Science
9 1 (0.62%) Avionics
9 1 (0.62%) Dutch Language
9 1 (0.62%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 31 (19.14%) Analyst
2 16 (9.88%) Business Analyst
3 15 (9.26%) Project Manager
4 10 (6.17%) Administrator
4 10 (6.17%) Designer
5 9 (5.56%) DBA
6 8 (4.94%) IT Manager
6 8 (4.94%) Oracle DBA
7 7 (4.32%) Architect
7 7 (4.32%) Developer
7 7 (4.32%) Interaction Designer
8 6 (3.70%) Data Scientist
9 5 (3.09%) Data Analyst
9 5 (3.09%) IT Project Manager
9 5 (3.09%) Senior Analyst
9 5 (3.09%) Senior DBA
10 4 (2.47%) Change Manager
10 4 (2.47%) Senior Oracle DBA
10 4 (2.47%) Service Manager
10 4 (2.47%) UX Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (4.94%) HTML
2 7 (4.32%) CSS
3 4 (2.47%) Node.js
4 3 (1.85%) .NET
4 3 (1.85%) JSP
4 3 (1.85%) Spring
5 2 (1.23%) AngularJS
5 2 (1.23%) XML
6 1 (0.62%) Angular 2
6 1 (0.62%) HTML5
6 1 (0.62%) J2EE
6 1 (0.62%) Java EE
6 1 (0.62%) JSON
6 1 (0.62%) OSGi
6 1 (0.62%) REST
6 1 (0.62%) Sass
6 1 (0.62%) SOAP
6 1 (0.62%) Struts
6 1 (0.62%) TensorFlow
6 1 (0.62%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 48 (29.63%) Analytical Skills
2 18 (11.11%) Management Information System
3 15 (9.26%) Self-Motivation
4 14 (8.64%) User Experience
5 5 (3.09%) Data Centre
5 5 (3.09%) Data Structures
6 4 (2.47%) Linux Command Line
6 4 (2.47%) PMI
6 4 (2.47%) Robotics
6 4 (2.47%) Virtual Team
7 3 (1.85%) Algorithms
7 3 (1.85%) Life Science
7 3 (1.85%) NHS
8 2 (1.23%) Blackberry
8 2 (1.23%) EMC VNX
8 2 (1.23%) iPhone
8 2 (1.23%) Mobile App
8 2 (1.23%) Security Operations Centre
8 2 (1.23%) Video Conferencing
9 1 (0.62%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 24 (14.81%) Windows
2 9 (5.56%) Linux
3 6 (3.70%) Windows 10
4 5 (3.09%) Windows Server
5 4 (2.47%) Android
5 4 (2.47%) Apple iOS
5 4 (2.47%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (1.23%) Mac OS X
6 2 (1.23%) Solaris
6 2 (1.23%) Unix
6 2 (1.23%) Windows 7
7 1 (0.62%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (27.78%) Problem-Solving
2 34 (20.99%) Agile Software Development
3 26 (16.05%) Project Management
4 24 (14.81%) Business Analysis
4 24 (14.81%) Stakeholder Management
5 22 (13.58%) ITIL
6 19 (11.73%) Computer Science
6 19 (11.73%) Migration
7 16 (9.88%) Workflow
8 14 (8.64%) Mentoring
9 13 (8.02%) Analytics
9 13 (8.02%) Change Management
9 13 (8.02%) Scrum
10 11 (6.79%) Decision-Making
11 10 (6.17%) Collaborative Working
11 10 (6.17%) Data Analysis
11 10 (6.17%) Data Migration
11 10 (6.17%) Project Delivery
11 10 (6.17%) Risk Management
11 10 (6.17%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 18 (11.11%) SQL
2 11 (6.79%) Java
2 11 (6.79%) Python
3 8 (4.94%) JavaScript
4 7 (4.32%) R
5 5 (3.09%) C
5 5 (3.09%) C#
6 3 (1.85%) Bash Shell
6 3 (1.85%) Go
6 3 (1.85%) PHP
7 2 (1.23%) Ada
8 1 (0.62%) C++
8 1 (0.62%) Groovy
8 1 (0.62%) Perl
8 1 (0.62%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.62%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 26 (16.05%) Security Cleared
2 23 (14.20%) SC Cleared
3 12 (7.41%) Computer Science Degree
4 11 (6.79%) PMI Certification
5 7 (4.32%) ITIL Certification
5 7 (4.32%) PhD
5 7 (4.32%) PMP
6 6 (3.70%) HND
6 6 (3.70%) Postgraduate
7 5 (3.09%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 3 (1.85%) Chartered Engineer
8 3 (1.85%) Cisco Certification
8 3 (1.85%) CISM
8 3 (1.85%) CISSP
8 3 (1.85%) Master's Degree
8 3 (1.85%) Six Sigma Green Belt
8 3 (1.85%) Six Sigma Yellow Belt
9 2 (1.23%) IIBA
9 2 (1.23%) Microsoft Certification
9 2 (1.23%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (5.56%) SLA
2 8 (4.94%) QA
3 3 (1.85%) Data Quality
3 3 (1.85%) GDPR
4 2 (1.23%) Actionable Recommendations
4 2 (1.23%) GxP
4 2 (1.23%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 1 (0.62%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.62%) GMP
5 1 (0.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.62%) NCSC
System Software
1 4 (2.47%) Docker
2 3 (1.85%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (1.23%) Active Directory
3 2 (1.23%) Firmware
3 2 (1.23%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.62%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 4 (2.47%) Ansible
1 4 (2.47%) Kubernetes
1 4 (2.47%) Terraform
2 3 (1.85%) Grafana
2 3 (1.85%) Kibana
3 2 (1.23%) HP Data Protector
3 2 (1.23%) NetBackup
3 2 (1.23%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 2 (1.23%) Oracle RMAN
3 2 (1.23%) SnapMirror
4 1 (0.62%) Backup Exec
4 1 (0.62%) FortiGate
4 1 (0.62%) Puppet
4 1 (0.62%) SCCM
4 1 (0.62%) WSUS
Vendors
1 26 (16.05%) Microsoft
2 16 (9.88%) Oracle
3 7 (4.32%) SAP
4 6 (3.70%) Cisco
4 6 (3.70%) HP
5 5 (3.09%) Citrix
5 5 (3.09%) TOWER Software
6 4 (2.47%) Google
7 3 (1.85%) Brocade
7 3 (1.85%) Coverity
7 3 (1.85%) Dell
7 3 (1.85%) EMC
7 3 (1.85%) NetApp
7 3 (1.85%) ServiceNow
7 3 (1.85%) Sun
7 3 (1.85%) Tableau
7 3 (1.85%) VMware
8 2 (1.23%) Kofax
8 2 (1.23%) Salesforce.com
8 2 (1.23%) Xamarin