The median contractor rate for a Product Specialist was £350 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 3 months to 23 March 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Product Specialist
England / North West
Rank 133 - 146
Rank change year-on-year - 0  
Contract jobs requiring a Product Specialist 4 0 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.16% - 0.029%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.16% - 0.030%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 0 1
Median daily rate £350 - £290
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £295
% change year-on-year +7.69% +10.16%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £14.00

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in the North West. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
North West
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 2433 3598 3306
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 95.04% 94.26% 94.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 1517 2142 1745
Median daily rate £375 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 147 176 196
Median hourly rate £16.50 £26.92 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -38.69% +41.65%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.50 £11.36
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.98 £49.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +17.64%  

Product Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West that featured Product Specialist in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Product Specialist in the North West

Product Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Product Specialist in the North West

Product Specialist
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 Product Specialist within the North West region over the 3 months to 23 March 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
Manchester - 3 £350 -
Lancashire - 1 £415 -
Product Specialist
England

Product Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 23 March 2017, Product Specialist contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region featuring Product Specialist in the job title.

1 4 (100.00%) Retail
2 3 (75.00%) Axway
2 3 (75.00%) EDIFACT
2 3 (75.00%) ActionScript 3.0
2 3 (75.00%) ActionScript 2.0
2 3 (75.00%) ActionScript
2 3 (75.00%) MySQL
2 3 (75.00%) Oracle
2 3 (75.00%) JDBC
2 3 (75.00%) XML
2 3 (75.00%) ODBC
2 3 (75.00%) Unix
2 3 (75.00%) Windows
2 3 (75.00%) Linux
2 3 (75.00%) JMS
2 3 (75.00%) FTP
2 3 (75.00%) HTTP
2 3 (75.00%) HTTPS
2 3 (75.00%) SSL
2 3 (75.00%) IBM
3 1 (25.00%) HP
3 1 (25.00%) EMC
3 1 (25.00%) SAN
3 1 (25.00%) Telecoms
3 1 (25.00%) Cisco
3 1 (25.00%) E-Commerce
3 1 (25.00%) 3PAR
3 1 (25.00%) Fibre Channel
3 1 (25.00%) Data Centre
3 1 (25.00%) Finance

Product Specialist Skill Set
Top Related 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:

Communications & Networking
1 3 (75.00%) FTP
1 3 (75.00%) HTTP
1 3 (75.00%) HTTPS
1 3 (75.00%) SSL
2 1 (25.00%) Fibre Channel
2 1 (25.00%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (75.00%) MySQL
General
1 4 (100.00%) Retail
2 1 (25.00%) Banking
2 1 (25.00%) Finance
2 1 (25.00%) Marketing
2 1 (25.00%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (75.00%) EDIFACT
1 3 (75.00%) JDBC
1 3 (75.00%) JMS
1 3 (75.00%) ODBC
1 3 (75.00%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (25.00%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 3 (75.00%) Linux
1 3 (75.00%) Unix
1 3 (75.00%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (25.00%) Data Migration
1 1 (25.00%) E-Commerce
1 1 (25.00%) Migration
1 1 (25.00%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (75.00%) ActionScript
1 3 (75.00%) ActionScript 2.0
1 3 (75.00%) ActionScript 3.0
Vendors
1 3 (75.00%) Axway
1 3 (75.00%) IBM
1 3 (75.00%) Oracle
2 1 (25.00%) 3PAR
2 1 (25.00%) Brocade
2 1 (25.00%) Cisco
2 1 (25.00%) EMC
2 1 (25.00%) HP