The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for Performance Tuning skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Performance Tuning over the 3 months to 23 June 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.

Performance Tuning
England / North West
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 97 123 108
Rank change year-on-year +26 -15  
Contract jobs citing Performance Tuning 43 40 41
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.46% 1.05% 1.10%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.80% 1.27% 1.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 23 18
Median daily rate £375 £450 £345
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -16.66% +30.43%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £305 £293
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £525 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £40.00 £65.00
% change year-on-year - -38.46%  

Performance Tuning is in the process and methodology skills category. The next 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 process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 2383 3147 2945
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 80.97% 82.27% 78.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 1406 1979 1696
Median daily rate £410 £415 £381
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.20% +8.92%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £383
% change year-on-year +3.75% +4.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 101 77 130
Median hourly rate £39.50 £29.25 £33.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +35.04% -11.36%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.58 £14.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £53.00 £57.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.50 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +17.54% -5.00%  

Performance Tuning
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing Performance Tuning as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Performance Tuning in the North West

Performance Tuning
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Performance Tuning in the North West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Performance Tuning in the North West

Performance Tuning
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Performance Tuning in the North West over the 3 months to 23 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Performance Tuning in the North West

Performance Tuning
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 Performance Tuning in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Performance Tuning in the North West

Performance Tuning
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 Performance Tuning within the North West region over the 3 months to 23 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Lancashire +19 17 £375 +66.66% 1
Manchester +6 13 £381 -27.38% 6
Cheshire +30 12 £365 +12.30% 2
Merseyside -8 2 £363 -14.70% 1
Performance Tuning
England

For the 6 months to 23 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Performance Tuning 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 Performance Tuning.

1 41 (59.42%) SQL
2 25 (36.23%) Oracle
2 25 (36.23%) SQL Server
3 21 (30.43%) Agile Software Development
4 18 (26.09%) Linux
5 16 (23.19%) Clustering
6 15 (21.74%) ETL
6 15 (21.74%) Oracle Database
7 12 (17.39%) Microsoft
7 12 (17.39%) DB2
7 12 (17.39%) PL/SQL
8 11 (15.94%) Red Hat
8 11 (15.94%) zOS
8 11 (15.94%) Security Cleared
9 10 (14.49%) SC Cleared
9 10 (14.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 10 (14.49%) Continuous Integration
9 10 (14.49%) Finance
10 9 (13.04%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 9 (13.04%) Business Intelligence
11 8 (11.59%) Shell Script
11 8 (11.59%) T-SQL
11 8 (11.59%) Unix
11 8 (11.59%) Migration
11 8 (11.59%) Middleware
11 8 (11.59%) Oracle Database 12c
11 8 (11.59%) Mentoring
12 7 (10.14%) Performance Monitoring
12 7 (10.14%) SQL Server 2012
12 7 (10.14%) Jenkins

Performance Tuning
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 7 (10.14%) WebLogic
2 6 (8.70%) JBoss
2 6 (8.70%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 5 (7.25%) Oracle Service Bus
3 5 (7.25%) WebSphere
3 5 (7.25%) WebSphere Application Server
4 4 (5.80%) SharePoint
5 3 (4.35%) Apache Spark
6 1 (1.45%) Apache
6 1 (1.45%) OpenStack
6 1 (1.45%) Tomcat
Applications
1 2 (2.90%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (2.90%) MS Visio
1 2 (2.90%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 4 (5.80%) Oracle BPM
2 1 (1.45%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.90%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (2.90%) Azure Active Directory
1 2 (2.90%) Cloud Computing
1 2 (2.90%) GitHub
1 2 (2.90%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.45%) IaaS
2 1 (1.45%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 7 (10.14%) TCP/IP
2 6 (8.70%) SSH
3 2 (2.90%) Firewall
3 2 (2.90%) LDAP
3 2 (2.90%) SAN
4 1 (1.45%) BGP
4 1 (1.45%) Cisco ASA
4 1 (1.45%) DNS
4 1 (1.45%) EIGRP
4 1 (1.45%) FTP
4 1 (1.45%) H.323
4 1 (1.45%) HTTPS
4 1 (1.45%) Intrusion Detection
4 1 (1.45%) Kerberos
4 1 (1.45%) Network Security
4 1 (1.45%) OSPF
4 1 (1.45%) SMTP
4 1 (1.45%) SSL
4 1 (1.45%) VLAN
4 1 (1.45%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (36.23%) SQL Server
2 15 (21.74%) Oracle Database
3 12 (17.39%) DB2
4 10 (14.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 9 (13.04%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 8 (11.59%) Oracle Database 12c
7 7 (10.14%) Oracle BI EE
7 7 (10.14%) SQL Server 2012
7 7 (10.14%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 6 (8.70%) Data Warehouse
8 6 (8.70%) Oracle ODI
8 6 (8.70%) Relational Database
9 5 (7.25%) RDBMS
10 4 (5.80%) Essbase
10 4 (5.80%) SQL Server 2014
10 4 (5.80%) SQL Server 2016
11 3 (4.35%) Data Mining
11 3 (4.35%) MySQL
11 3 (4.35%) Power BI
11 3 (4.35%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 7 (10.14%) Jenkins
2 6 (8.70%) Talend Open Studio
3 5 (7.25%) Eclipse
3 5 (7.25%) Hudson
4 2 (2.90%) ERwin
4 2 (2.90%) Subversion
5 1 (1.45%) JDeveloper
5 1 (1.45%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 10 (14.49%) Finance
2 5 (7.25%) Banking
3 3 (4.35%) Marketing
4 2 (2.90%) Retail
5 1 (1.45%) Games
5 1 (1.45%) Local Government
5 1 (1.45%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 29 (42.03%) Developer
2 25 (36.23%) DBA
3 9 (13.04%) DB2 DBA
3 9 (13.04%) Oracle Developer
4 8 (11.59%) Administrator
4 8 (11.59%) Oracle DBA
5 7 (10.14%) SQL DBA
5 7 (10.14%) SQL Developer
5 7 (10.14%) SSIS Developer
6 5 (7.25%) Consultant
7 4 (5.80%) Business Intelligence Developer
7 4 (5.80%) ETL Developer
7 4 (5.80%) SQL Server DBA
8 3 (4.35%) Analyst
8 3 (4.35%) Database Developer
8 3 (4.35%) Java Developer
8 3 (4.35%) Middleware Consultant
8 3 (4.35%) Middleware Developer
8 3 (4.35%) OBIEE Developer
8 3 (4.35%) Senior SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (11.59%) Middleware
2 5 (7.25%) MDX
2 5 (7.25%) Oracle Fusion
2 5 (7.25%) Oracle GoldenGate
3 4 (5.80%) WebSphere MQ
4 1 (1.45%) CSS
4 1 (1.45%) CSS3
4 1 (1.45%) HTML
4 1 (1.45%) HTML5
4 1 (1.45%) J2EE
4 1 (1.45%) JMS
4 1 (1.45%) Kafka
4 1 (1.45%) React
4 1 (1.45%) SAML
4 1 (1.45%) Spring
4 1 (1.45%) Web Services
4 1 (1.45%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 16 (23.19%) Clustering
2 5 (7.25%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (2.90%) Data Centre
3 2 (2.90%) Replication
4 1 (1.45%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.45%) Linux Command Line
4 1 (1.45%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.45%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 18 (26.09%) Linux
2 11 (15.94%) zOS
3 8 (11.59%) Unix
4 6 (8.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 5 (7.25%) Windows
6 4 (5.80%) VMS
7 3 (4.35%) AIX
7 3 (4.35%) Solaris
8 2 (2.90%) HPUX
9 1 (1.45%) SUSE
9 1 (1.45%) Ubuntu
9 1 (1.45%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (30.43%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (21.74%) ETL
3 10 (14.49%) Continuous Integration
4 9 (13.04%) Business Intelligence
5 8 (11.59%) Mentoring
5 8 (11.59%) Migration
6 7 (10.14%) Data Migration
6 7 (10.14%) Performance Monitoring
6 7 (10.14%) Unit Testing
7 6 (8.70%) High Availability
7 6 (8.70%) SOA
8 5 (7.25%) Data Modelling
8 5 (7.25%) SDLC
8 5 (7.25%) Visualisation
9 4 (5.80%) BPEL
9 4 (5.80%) Data Visualisation
9 4 (5.80%) Dimensional Modelling
9 4 (5.80%) Disaster Recovery
9 4 (5.80%) SIEM
10 3 (4.35%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 41 (59.42%) SQL
2 12 (17.39%) PL/SQL
3 8 (11.59%) Shell Script
3 8 (11.59%) T-SQL
4 6 (8.70%) Java
5 2 (2.90%) PowerShell
5 2 (2.90%) R
6 1 (1.45%) C
6 1 (1.45%) JavaScript
6 1 (1.45%) Ruby
6 1 (1.45%) Scala
6 1 (1.45%) WebLogic Scripting Tool
Qualifications
1 11 (15.94%) Security Cleared
2 10 (14.49%) SC Cleared
3 1 (1.45%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (1.45%) CISM
3 1 (1.45%) CISSP
3 1 (1.45%) ISEB
3 1 (1.45%) MCSE
3 1 (1.45%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.90%) Data Quality
2 1 (1.45%) PCI DSS
2 1 (1.45%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (7.25%) Virtual Machines
2 2 (2.90%) Active Directory
3 1 (1.45%) Firmware
3 1 (1.45%) HDFS
3 1 (1.45%) NFS
3 1 (1.45%) VMware ESXi
3 1 (1.45%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 6 (8.70%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
1 6 (8.70%) Oracle RMAN
2 5 (7.25%) Data Guard
3 2 (2.90%) Ansible
3 2 (2.90%) Control-M
3 2 (2.90%) Puppet
4 1 (1.45%) Cisco CUCM
4 1 (1.45%) Nagios
4 1 (1.45%) Oracle Identity Management
4 1 (1.45%) Oracle Identity Manager
4 1 (1.45%) QRadar
4 1 (1.45%) Salt
4 1 (1.45%) SCOM
4 1 (1.45%) Tivoli Storage Manager
4 1 (1.45%) yum
Vendors
1 25 (36.23%) Oracle
2 12 (17.39%) Microsoft
3 11 (15.94%) Red Hat
4 6 (8.70%) Talend
5 4 (5.80%) Ab Initio
5 4 (5.80%) Hyperion
6 2 (2.90%) Tableau
6 2 (2.90%) Teradata
6 2 (2.90%) Vertica
6 2 (2.90%) VMware
7 1 (1.45%) AlienVault
7 1 (1.45%) ArcSight
7 1 (1.45%) Cisco
7 1 (1.45%) HP
7 1 (1.45%) Qualys
7 1 (1.45%) Splunk
7 1 (1.45%) Veritas