Period
to 20 November 2017

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 20 November 2017 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
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 67 69 58
Rank change year-on-year +2 -11 -3
Contract jobs citing Degree 159 200 243
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 2.79% 2.95% 2.83%
As % of the Qualifications category 16.09% 15.92% 14.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 107 119 127
North West median daily rate £375 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +3.23% +16.10%
10th Percentile £213 £210 £259
90th Percentile £600 £680 £898
England median daily rate £450 £425 £420
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +1.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 11 30
North West median hourly rate £32.00 £29.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.34% -27.50% +8.11%
10th Percentile £18.70 £12.08 £29.72
90th Percentile £45.35 £47.39 £55.28
England median hourly rate £32.00 £27.16 £33.88
% change year-on-year +17.84% -19.84% +13.11%

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 988 1256 1714
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 17.36% 18.51% 19.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 566 741 964
North West median daily rate £400 £423 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.33% +5.63% +7.38%
10th Percentile £200 £231 £251
90th Percentile £550 £595 £572
England median daily rate £425 £423 £400
% change year-on-year +0.59% +5.63% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 78 57 108
North West median hourly rate £38.88 £27.50 £30.52
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +41.36% -9.90% +48.88%
10th Percentile £14.62 £12.13 £15.31
90th Percentile £53.60 £53.20 £55.00
England median hourly rate £25.12 £26.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year -3.38% +8.33% +26.32%

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 20 November 2017.

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 20 November 2017.

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 20 November 2017. 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 +24 89 £363 -3.33% 80
Cheshire +5 36 £450 +5.88% 29
Lancashire -12 14 £400 -9.09% 6
Merseyside -3 11 £369 -17.60% 10
Cumbria -5 5 - - 2
Degree
England

For the 6 months to 20 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Degree also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for Degree.

1 52 (32.70%) Agile Software Development
2 50 (31.45%) Finance
3 45 (28.30%) Computer Science
4 40 (25.16%) Microsoft
5 36 (22.64%) Project Management
6 32 (20.13%) SQL
6 32 (20.13%) ITIL
7 31 (19.50%) .NET
8 30 (18.87%) SQL Server
9 23 (14.47%) Computer Science Degree
10 21 (13.21%) Analytical Skills
10 21 (13.21%) Microsoft Office
10 21 (13.21%) Management Information System
11 20 (12.58%) C#
12 19 (11.95%) Java
12 19 (11.95%) JavaScript
12 19 (11.95%) Windows
12 19 (11.95%) JIRA
13 18 (11.32%) Programme Management
14 16 (10.06%) Stakeholder Management
14 16 (10.06%) Scrum
14 16 (10.06%) Business Analysis
15 15 (9.43%) .NET Framework
15 15 (9.43%) E-Commerce
16 14 (8.81%) CSS
16 14 (8.81%) C++
16 14 (8.81%) HTML
16 14 (8.81%) Banking
16 14 (8.81%) Mathematics
17 13 (8.18%) MVC

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 (3.14%) Apache Spark
2 4 (2.52%) Kinematics
2 4 (2.52%) SharePoint
3 3 (1.89%) CMS
3 3 (1.89%) Confluence
3 3 (1.89%) MS Exchange
3 3 (1.89%) Sitecore CMS
4 2 (1.26%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (1.26%) SAS
4 2 (1.26%) Skype for Business
4 2 (1.26%) WinCC
5 1 (0.63%) Apache
5 1 (0.63%) Tomcat
Applications
1 21 (13.21%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (6.29%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (5.03%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 7 (4.40%) Microsoft Project
5 5 (3.14%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.63%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 2 (1.26%) Maximo
1 2 (1.26%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.63%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.63%) Magento
2 1 (0.63%) Oracle 11i
2 1 (0.63%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (0.63%) Oracle BPM
2 1 (0.63%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (0.63%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (0.63%) Oracle Payables
2 1 (0.63%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
2 1 (0.63%) Oracle Receivables
2 1 (0.63%) Oracle SCM
2 1 (0.63%) SAP HCM
2 1 (0.63%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 6 (3.77%) PaaS
2 3 (1.89%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (1.89%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (1.26%) Office 365
4 1 (0.63%) G Suite
4 1 (0.63%) Google Analytics
4 1 (0.63%) Google Cloud Platform
4 1 (0.63%) OneDrive
4 1 (0.63%) SaaS
4 1 (0.63%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 3 (1.89%) DHCP
1 3 (1.89%) DNS
1 3 (1.89%) PuTTY
1 3 (1.89%) WinSCP
2 2 (1.26%) Firewall
2 2 (1.26%) Internet
2 2 (1.26%) LAN
2 2 (1.26%) Network Security
2 2 (1.26%) SSL
2 2 (1.26%) VoIP
2 2 (1.26%) WAN
3 1 (0.63%) Cisco IOS
3 1 (0.63%) Intranet
3 1 (0.63%) IP Telephony
3 1 (0.63%) iSCSI
3 1 (0.63%) ISDN
3 1 (0.63%) NetScaler
3 1 (0.63%) PBX
3 1 (0.63%) Unified Communications
3 1 (0.63%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (18.87%) SQL Server
2 12 (7.55%) NoSQL
2 12 (7.55%) Relational Database
3 10 (6.29%) Hadoop
4 8 (5.03%) SQL Server 2000
5 6 (3.77%) Big Data
6 5 (3.14%) MongoDB
7 3 (1.89%) MySQL
8 2 (1.26%) Data Warehouse
8 2 (1.26%) Oracle BI EE
8 2 (1.26%) Oracle Database
8 2 (1.26%) PostgreSQL
8 2 (1.26%) RDBMS
8 2 (1.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 1 (0.63%) BigQuery
9 1 (0.63%) Microsoft Power View
9 1 (0.63%) OLAP Cube
9 1 (0.63%) Oracle Database 12c
9 1 (0.63%) SAS Data Integration Studio
9 1 (0.63%) SAS Visual Analytics
Development Applications
1 19 (11.95%) JIRA
2 9 (5.66%) AccuRev
3 6 (3.77%) Git (software)
3 6 (3.77%) Gradle
3 6 (3.77%) Visual Studio
4 4 (2.52%) Cucumber
4 4 (2.52%) Maven
5 3 (1.89%) Ant
5 3 (1.89%) Grunt
5 3 (1.89%) gulp
5 3 (1.89%) JMeter
5 3 (1.89%) Rational DOORS
5 3 (1.89%) Selenium
5 3 (1.89%) TortoiseSVN
5 3 (1.89%) WATIR
5 3 (1.89%) WebDriver
6 2 (1.26%) InstallShield
6 2 (1.26%) SpecFlow
6 2 (1.26%) WiX
6 2 (1.26%) Xcode
General
1 50 (31.45%) Finance
2 14 (8.81%) Banking
3 11 (6.92%) Marketing
3 11 (6.92%) Telecoms
4 10 (6.29%) Manufacturing
5 8 (5.03%) Games
6 5 (3.14%) Legal
7 4 (2.52%) Retail
7 4 (2.52%) Retail Banking
8 3 (1.89%) Financial Institution
8 3 (1.89%) Pharmaceutical
9 2 (1.26%) Avionics
9 2 (1.26%) Electronics
9 2 (1.26%) Local Government
10 1 (0.63%) Aerospace
10 1 (0.63%) Automotive
10 1 (0.63%) French Language
10 1 (0.63%) German Language
10 1 (0.63%) Military
10 1 (0.63%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 36 (22.64%) Analyst
2 33 (20.75%) Developer
3 15 (9.43%) Business Analyst
4 14 (8.81%) Architect
5 11 (6.92%) Desktop Support
5 11 (6.92%) Project Manager
6 9 (5.66%) Software Developer
6 9 (5.66%) Test Analyst
7 6 (3.77%) Cloud Architect
7 6 (3.77%) IT Manager
8 5 (3.14%) .NET Developer
8 5 (3.14%) Junior
8 5 (3.14%) Software Engineer
9 4 (2.52%) Buyer
9 4 (2.52%) C# Developer
9 4 (2.52%) Consultant
9 4 (2.52%) IT Buyer
9 4 (2.52%) Java Developer
9 4 (2.52%) Solutions Architect
9 4 (2.52%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (19.50%) .NET
2 15 (9.43%) .NET Framework
3 14 (8.81%) CSS
3 14 (8.81%) HTML
4 11 (6.92%) WCF
5 10 (6.29%) WinForms
5 10 (6.29%) WPF
6 8 (5.03%) ASP.NET
7 7 (4.40%) HTML5
7 7 (4.40%) MSMQ
7 7 (4.40%) RabbitMQ
7 7 (4.40%) RESTful
8 6 (3.77%) AngularJS
8 6 (3.77%) JSON
8 6 (3.77%) Node.js
9 4 (2.52%) ASP.NET MVC
9 4 (2.52%) CSS3
9 4 (2.52%) Spring
9 4 (2.52%) Unity (Game Engine)
9 4 (2.52%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 45 (28.30%) Computer Science
2 21 (13.21%) Analytical Skills
2 21 (13.21%) Management Information System
3 8 (5.03%) User Experience
4 7 (4.40%) Public Cloud
5 5 (3.14%) Credit Risk
5 5 (3.14%) Life Science
5 5 (3.14%) Virtual Team
6 4 (2.52%) Data Centre
6 4 (2.52%) Mobile App
6 4 (2.52%) PMI
7 3 (1.89%) Data Protection Act
8 2 (1.26%) CMDB
8 2 (1.26%) Freedom of Information
8 2 (1.26%) Freedom of Information Act
8 2 (1.26%) Learning Management System
8 2 (1.26%) Mainframe
8 2 (1.26%) NHS
8 2 (1.26%) SCADA
8 2 (1.26%) SCORM
Operating Systems
1 19 (11.95%) Windows
2 11 (6.92%) Unix
3 9 (5.66%) Linux
4 6 (3.77%) Apple iOS
5 4 (2.52%) Android
6 2 (1.26%) Windows 7
6 2 (1.26%) Windows Server
7 1 (0.63%) Solaris
7 1 (0.63%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (0.63%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (32.70%) Agile Software Development
2 36 (22.64%) Project Management
3 32 (20.13%) ITIL
4 18 (11.32%) Programme Management
5 16 (10.06%) Business Analysis
5 16 (10.06%) Scrum
5 16 (10.06%) Stakeholder Management
6 15 (9.43%) E-Commerce
7 14 (8.81%) Mathematics
8 13 (8.18%) DevOps
8 13 (8.18%) MVC
9 12 (7.55%) Software Engineering
10 11 (6.92%) Continuous Improvement
10 11 (6.92%) PRINCE2
11 10 (6.29%) Data Management
11 10 (6.29%) Kanban
11 10 (6.29%) Risk Management
11 10 (6.29%) SDLC
12 9 (5.66%) Business Intelligence
12 9 (5.66%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 32 (20.13%) SQL
2 20 (12.58%) C#
3 19 (11.95%) Java
3 19 (11.95%) JavaScript
4 14 (8.81%) C++
5 10 (6.29%) Python
6 9 (5.66%) Scala
6 9 (5.66%) Shell Script
7 7 (4.40%) Go
8 5 (3.14%) PHP
9 4 (2.52%) TypeScript
10 3 (1.89%) PowerShell
10 3 (1.89%) Ruby
10 3 (1.89%) VB
10 3 (1.89%) VB.NET
11 2 (1.26%) Apple Swift
11 2 (1.26%) Groovy
11 2 (1.26%) T-SQL
11 2 (1.26%) VBA
12 1 (0.63%) Google Apps Script
Qualifications
1 23 (14.47%) Computer Science Degree
2 12 (7.55%) Security Cleared
3 9 (5.66%) SC Cleared
4 6 (3.77%) HND
5 5 (3.14%) BPSS Clearance
5 5 (3.14%) ISEB
5 5 (3.14%) PMI Certification
6 4 (2.52%) CISM
6 4 (2.52%) ECDL
6 4 (2.52%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 3 (1.89%) CCNP
7 3 (1.89%) Cisco Certification
7 3 (1.89%) IIBA
7 3 (1.89%) ITIL Certification
7 3 (1.89%) Master's Degree
7 3 (1.89%) PMP
7 3 (1.89%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 2 (1.26%) Chartered Engineer
8 2 (1.26%) CRISC
8 2 (1.26%) PgMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (6.29%) QA
2 8 (5.03%) GDPR
3 4 (2.52%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (1.89%) COBIT
4 3 (1.89%) Data Quality
4 3 (1.89%) PMO
5 2 (1.26%) GAMP
5 2 (1.26%) MIL-STD-1553
6 1 (0.63%) GMP
6 1 (0.63%) ISO 9000
6 1 (0.63%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (3.14%) Active Directory
2 4 (2.52%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (1.89%) Hyper-V
3 3 (1.89%) Microsoft App-V
3 3 (1.89%) XenApp
3 3 (1.89%) XenDesktop
4 2 (1.26%) VirtualBox
4 2 (1.26%) XenServer
5 1 (0.63%) Docker
5 1 (0.63%) NFS
5 1 (0.63%) Oracle RAC
5 1 (0.63%) Squid
5 1 (0.63%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 8 (5.03%) Ansible
2 7 (4.40%) Mesos
3 6 (3.77%) SCCM
4 4 (2.52%) HP Quality Center
5 3 (1.89%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 2 (1.26%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (1.26%) Puppet
6 2 (1.26%) SCOM
6 2 (1.26%) WSUS
7 1 (0.63%) AppDNA
7 1 (0.63%) Backup Exec
7 1 (0.63%) BladeLogic
7 1 (0.63%) Nagios
7 1 (0.63%) NetBackup
7 1 (0.63%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 40 (25.16%) Microsoft
2 9 (5.66%) Oracle
3 5 (3.14%) HP
3 5 (3.14%) SAP
3 5 (3.14%) VMware
4 4 (2.52%) NVIDIA
5 3 (1.89%) Apple
5 3 (1.89%) AppSense
5 3 (1.89%) Atlassian
5 3 (1.89%) Cisco
5 3 (1.89%) Citrix
5 3 (1.89%) IBM
5 3 (1.89%) Sitecore
6 2 (1.26%) Allen-Bradley
6 2 (1.26%) Google
6 2 (1.26%) JD Edwards
6 2 (1.26%) Siemens
6 2 (1.26%) SolarWinds
6 2 (1.26%) Sophos
6 2 (1.26%) Wonderware