Period
to 15 January 2019

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 January 2019 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 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 46 59 68
Rank change year-on-year +13 +9 +2
Contract jobs citing Degree 254 170 186
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 4.48% 3.15% 3.06%
As % of the Qualifications category 24.64% 17.40% 16.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 131 114 109
North West median daily rate £410 £400 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% -5.88% +9.68%
10th Percentile £313 £266 £227
90th Percentile £575 £585 £718
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 13 18
North West median hourly rate £37.52 £41.25 £38.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.04% +7.14% -8.33%
10th Percentile £18.60 £16.48 £21.12
90th Percentile £53.00 £45.80 £49.83
England median hourly rate £40.00 £32.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year +23.08% +18.18% -26.67%

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 1,031 977 1,126
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 18.19% 18.09% 18.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 589 580 674
North West median daily rate £425 £409 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.98% -3.82% +6.25%
10th Percentile £223 £213 £213
90th Percentile £600 £588 £625
England median daily rate £450 £440 £425
% change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +4.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 116 72 68
North West median hourly rate £34.95 £35.63 £27.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.89% +28.38% -9.08%
10th Percentile £16.51 £14.95 £11.83
90th Percentile £51.63 £57.25 £53.15
England median hourly rate £27.50 £23.23 £25.50
% change year-on-year +18.41% -8.92% -0.62%

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 January 2019.

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 January 2019.

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 January 2019. 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 +14 137 £400 +10.34% 161
Cheshire +18 48 £400 -20.00% 61
Lancashire -2 41 £423 +5.63% 33
Cumbria +11 19 - - 14
Merseyside -7 9 £588 +56.67% 18
Degree
England

For the 6 months to 15 January 2019, 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 94 (37.01%) Agile Software Development
2 58 (22.83%) Computer Science
3 46 (18.11%) C#
4 45 (17.72%) .NET
5 44 (17.32%) Microsoft
6 42 (16.54%) SQL
7 39 (15.35%) Analytical Skills
8 38 (14.96%) SQL Server
9 37 (14.57%) Finance
10 36 (14.17%) Windows
10 36 (14.17%) Security Cleared
11 33 (12.99%) SC Cleared
12 32 (12.60%) ITIL
13 30 (11.81%) Microsoft Azure
14 29 (11.42%) E-Commerce
14 29 (11.42%) Computer Science Degree
15 28 (11.02%) Problem-Solving
15 28 (11.02%) Analytics
15 28 (11.02%) Java
15 28 (11.02%) Project Management
15 28 (11.02%) NoSQL
16 26 (10.24%) JIRA
16 26 (10.24%) Banking
16 26 (10.24%) Management Information System
16 26 (10.24%) Risk Management
16 26 (10.24%) Stakeholder Management
16 26 (10.24%) JavaScript
16 26 (10.24%) HTML
17 25 (9.84%) User Experience
18 23 (9.06%) Continuous Improvement

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 (3.54%) Tomcat
2 6 (2.36%) CMS
3 5 (1.97%) ArcGIS
4 4 (1.57%) Drupal
4 4 (1.57%) Elasticsearch
4 4 (1.57%) MS Exchange
4 4 (1.57%) SharePoint
5 3 (1.18%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 2 (0.79%) Apache
6 2 (0.79%) Apache Spark
6 2 (0.79%) Confluence
6 2 (0.79%) Exchange Server 2010
6 2 (0.79%) IIS
6 2 (0.79%) WebSphere
7 1 (0.39%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.39%) Exchange Server 2003
7 1 (0.39%) Exchange Server 2007
7 1 (0.39%) OpenEdge
7 1 (0.39%) OpenStack
7 1 (0.39%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 18 (7.09%) Microsoft Office
2 14 (5.51%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (2.76%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (1.57%) Microsoft Project
4 4 (1.57%) MS Visio
4 4 (1.57%) Photoshop
5 3 (1.18%) OmniGraffle
5 3 (1.18%) UXPin
6 1 (0.39%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 6 (2.36%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.79%) Primavera
3 1 (0.39%) Oracle Cash Management
3 1 (0.39%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.39%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 30 (11.81%) Microsoft Azure
2 10 (3.94%) Google Cloud Platform
2 10 (3.94%) Office 365
3 5 (1.97%) Amazon AWS
3 5 (1.97%) Dynamics 365
4 4 (1.57%) SaaS
5 3 (1.18%) GitHub
5 3 (1.18%) Google Analytics
6 2 (0.79%) Azure Active Directory
6 2 (0.79%) IaaS
6 2 (0.79%) PaaS
7 1 (0.39%) Boomi
7 1 (0.39%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.39%) G Suite
7 1 (0.39%) Mimecast
7 1 (0.39%) npm
7 1 (0.39%) OneDrive
7 1 (0.39%) Yarn
Communications & Networking
1 16 (6.30%) DNS
2 15 (5.91%) Firewall
3 13 (5.12%) TCP/IP
4 9 (3.54%) LAN
5 8 (3.15%) VPN
6 7 (2.76%) DHCP
6 7 (2.76%) WAN
6 7 (2.76%) Wireless
7 6 (2.36%) SAN
8 5 (1.97%) Cisco Wireless
8 5 (1.97%) Network Security
9 4 (1.57%) Cisco ISE
9 4 (1.57%) PuTTY
9 4 (1.57%) VoIP
9 4 (1.57%) WLAN
10 3 (1.18%) Cisco IOS
10 3 (1.18%) Wireshark
11 2 (0.79%) BGP
11 2 (0.79%) Cisco ASA
11 2 (0.79%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (14.96%) SQL Server
2 28 (11.02%) NoSQL
3 16 (6.30%) SQL Server 2000
4 13 (5.12%) DB2
4 13 (5.12%) GIS
5 8 (3.15%) Relational Database
6 5 (1.97%) MongoDB
7 4 (1.57%) Power BI
8 3 (1.18%) Big Data
8 3 (1.18%) PostgreSQL
8 3 (1.18%) RDBMS
9 2 (0.79%) Data Warehouse
9 2 (0.79%) QlikView
9 2 (0.79%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 2 (0.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 1 (0.39%) Amazon Redshift
10 1 (0.39%) BigQuery
10 1 (0.39%) Oracle Database
10 1 (0.39%) Spatial Data
Development Applications
1 26 (10.24%) JIRA
2 22 (8.66%) AccuRev
3 8 (3.15%) Cucumber
3 8 (3.15%) JUnit
4 6 (2.36%) Rational DOORS
5 4 (1.57%) Axure RP
5 4 (1.57%) Gradle
5 4 (1.57%) Maven
5 4 (1.57%) Selenium
6 3 (1.18%) Balsamiq Mockups
6 3 (1.18%) ProtoShare
6 3 (1.18%) Rational Statemate
7 2 (0.79%) Git (software)
7 2 (0.79%) Jenkins
7 2 (0.79%) Karma Test Runner
7 2 (0.79%) MSI
7 2 (0.79%) Octopus Deploy
7 2 (0.79%) Plastic SCM
7 2 (0.79%) TeamCity
7 2 (0.79%) Visual Studio
General
1 37 (14.57%) Finance
2 26 (10.24%) Banking
3 19 (7.48%) Law
4 14 (5.51%) Investment Banking
5 13 (5.12%) Manufacturing
6 12 (4.72%) Legal
7 10 (3.94%) Marketing
8 7 (2.76%) Retail
9 5 (1.97%) Telecoms
10 3 (1.18%) Aerospace
10 3 (1.18%) Avionics
10 3 (1.18%) Back Office
11 2 (0.79%) Games
11 2 (0.79%) Pharmaceutical
12 1 (0.39%) Advertising
12 1 (0.39%) Electronics
12 1 (0.39%) Financial Institution
12 1 (0.39%) Military
Job Titles
1 82 (32.28%) Developer
2 30 (11.81%) Analyst
3 29 (11.42%) C# Developer
4 18 (7.09%) .NET Developer
4 18 (7.09%) C# .NET Developer
5 16 (6.30%) Software Developer
6 15 (5.91%) Architect
7 14 (5.51%) Business Analyst
7 14 (5.51%) C# Software Developer
7 14 (5.51%) Java Developer
7 14 (5.51%) User Researcher
8 12 (4.72%) C# VB.NET Developer
8 12 (4.72%) Consultant
8 12 (4.72%) VB.NET Developer
9 11 (4.33%) Designer
9 11 (4.33%) Network Engineer
10 10 (3.94%) Senior Developer
11 9 (3.54%) Security Consultant
12 8 (3.15%) COBOL Developer
12 8 (3.15%) Senior Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 45 (17.72%) .NET
2 26 (10.24%) HTML
3 21 (8.27%) WinForms
3 21 (8.27%) WPF
4 19 (7.48%) CSS
4 19 (7.48%) Web Services
5 18 (7.09%) .NET Framework
5 18 (7.09%) AngularJS
6 17 (6.69%) WCF
7 13 (5.12%) ASP.NET
8 12 (4.72%) HTML5
8 12 (4.72%) RESTful
9 11 (4.33%) React
10 8 (3.15%) Sass
11 7 (2.76%) Middleware
12 6 (2.36%) Aurelia
12 6 (2.36%) LESS
13 5 (1.97%) KnockoutJS
13 5 (1.97%) Spring
13 5 (1.97%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 39 (15.35%) Analytical Skills
2 26 (10.24%) Management Information System
3 25 (9.84%) User Experience
4 17 (6.69%) Data Centre
5 8 (3.15%) Greenfield Project
6 7 (2.76%) Blog
7 5 (1.97%) Enterprise Software
7 5 (1.97%) Mobile App
7 5 (1.97%) Private Cloud
8 4 (1.57%) Self-Motivation
8 4 (1.57%) Virtual Team
9 3 (1.18%) Graphic Design
10 2 (0.79%) Algorithms
10 2 (0.79%) Client/Server
10 2 (0.79%) Driving Licence
10 2 (0.79%) Hedge funds
10 2 (0.79%) Mobile Games
10 2 (0.79%) Public Cloud
10 2 (0.79%) Replication
10 2 (0.79%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 36 (14.17%) Windows
2 18 (7.09%) Linux
3 17 (6.69%) Windows Server
4 11 (4.33%) Windows Server 2012
5 7 (2.76%) Unix
6 4 (1.57%) Windows 10
7 3 (1.18%) Android
7 3 (1.18%) Apple iOS
7 3 (1.18%) Windows 7
8 2 (0.79%) HPUX
8 2 (0.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (0.79%) Solaris
9 1 (0.39%) Oracle Linux
9 1 (0.39%) Windows 8
9 1 (0.39%) Windows Phone
9 1 (0.39%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 94 (37.01%) Agile Software Development
2 58 (22.83%) Computer Science
3 32 (12.60%) ITIL
4 29 (11.42%) E-Commerce
5 28 (11.02%) Analytics
5 28 (11.02%) Problem-Solving
5 28 (11.02%) Project Management
6 26 (10.24%) Risk Management
6 26 (10.24%) Stakeholder Management
7 23 (9.06%) Continuous Improvement
7 23 (9.06%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
8 19 (7.48%) DevOps
9 18 (7.09%) MVC
9 18 (7.09%) Network Design
9 18 (7.09%) Psychology
9 18 (7.09%) TDD
10 17 (6.69%) Information Security
11 16 (6.30%) Collaborative Working
11 16 (6.30%) Service Design
11 16 (6.30%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 46 (18.11%) C#
2 42 (16.54%) SQL
3 28 (11.02%) Java
4 26 (10.24%) JavaScript
5 22 (8.66%) VB.NET
6 10 (3.94%) PowerShell
7 9 (3.54%) COBOL
7 9 (3.54%) PHP
8 8 (3.15%) Java 8
8 8 (3.15%) Python
9 7 (2.76%) TypeScript
10 5 (1.97%) T-SQL
11 4 (1.57%) Bash Shell
12 3 (1.18%) C
12 3 (1.18%) Perl
13 2 (0.79%) Ada
13 2 (0.79%) C++
14 1 (0.39%) AWK
14 1 (0.39%) Korn
14 1 (0.39%) sed
Qualifications
1 36 (14.17%) Security Cleared
2 33 (12.99%) SC Cleared
3 29 (11.42%) Computer Science Degree
4 21 (8.27%) CISSP
5 20 (7.87%) CISM
6 13 (5.12%) Microsoft Certification
7 12 (4.72%) Cisco Certification
7 12 (4.72%) Master's Degree
7 12 (4.72%) MCSE
8 11 (4.33%) MCSA
9 9 (3.54%) CCNA
9 9 (3.54%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 8 (3.15%) TOGAF Certification
11 7 (2.76%) CISA
12 6 (2.36%) MBA
13 5 (1.97%) ISEB
13 5 (1.97%) Postgraduate
14 4 (1.57%) CCNP
14 4 (1.57%) HND
14 4 (1.57%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (4.33%) QA
2 10 (3.94%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (2.76%) SLA
4 5 (1.97%) Actionable Recommendations
5 3 (1.18%) P3O
6 2 (0.79%) COBIT
6 2 (0.79%) COSO
6 2 (0.79%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.39%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.39%) Def Stans
7 1 (0.39%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 1 (0.39%) IEC 61131
7 1 (0.39%) JSP 440
7 1 (0.39%) MIL-STD-498
7 1 (0.39%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.39%) PMO
7 1 (0.39%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.39%) SEPA
7 1 (0.39%) TARGET2
System Software
1 17 (6.69%) Active Directory
2 7 (2.76%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (1.57%) Docker
4 3 (1.18%) vSphere
5 2 (0.79%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (0.79%) NFS
5 2 (0.79%) Virtual Desktop
5 2 (0.79%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.39%) KVM
6 1 (0.39%) QEMU
6 1 (0.39%) Terminal Services
6 1 (0.39%) vCloud
6 1 (0.39%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 6 (2.36%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (1.18%) SolarWinds Orion
3 2 (0.79%) Cisco Prime
3 2 (0.79%) Grafana
3 2 (0.79%) Nagios
3 2 (0.79%) Stealthwatch
3 2 (0.79%) Tivoli Storage Manager
3 2 (0.79%) vRealize
4 1 (0.39%) AirWatch
4 1 (0.39%) HP ALM
4 1 (0.39%) SCCM
4 1 (0.39%) ServiceCenter
4 1 (0.39%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 1 (0.39%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 44 (17.32%) Microsoft
2 20 (7.87%) VMware
3 15 (5.91%) Cisco
4 12 (4.72%) Google
4 12 (4.72%) HP
5 8 (3.15%) Oracle
6 7 (2.76%) Dell
6 7 (2.76%) Moogsoft
6 7 (2.76%) Remedy
6 7 (2.76%) SAP
6 7 (2.76%) Sun
7 6 (2.36%) Citrix
7 6 (2.36%) SolarWinds
8 5 (1.97%) ESRI
8 5 (1.97%) F5
9 4 (1.57%) Adobe
9 4 (1.57%) Mapbox
10 3 (1.18%) IBM
10 3 (1.18%) Juniper
10 3 (1.18%) Saba