The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Reference Data in contract job vacancies advertised in the North West. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Reference Data over the 3 months to 24 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

Reference Data
England / North West
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 133 152 145
Rank change year-on-year +19 -7  
Contract jobs citing Reference Data 2 3 9
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.069% 0.079% 0.24%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.22% 0.25% 0.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 7
Median daily rate £525 £563 £590
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.66% -4.66%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £440 £475
% change year-on-year +2.27% -7.36%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £15.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year - +3.33%  

Reference Data is in the generic IT 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 generic IT skills.

Generic IT Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills 929 1194 965
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 32.03% 31.34% 25.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 519 711 549
Median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £214 £257 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £530 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 49 54 60
Median hourly rate £30.00 £14.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +106.89% -9.37%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.53 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £65.00 £47.39 £47.33
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £22.50 £18.69
% change year-on-year +11.11% +20.38%  

Reference Data
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing Reference Data as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Miscellaneous category.

Job vacancy trend for Reference Data in the North West

Reference Data
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Reference Data in the North West

Reference Data
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 Reference Data in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Reference Data in the North West

Reference Data
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 Reference Data within the North West region over the 3 months to 24 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
Cheshire +25 1 £525 -25.00%
Manchester +10 1 - -
Reference Data
England

For the 6 months to 24 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Reference Data 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 Reference Data.

1 2 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
1 2 (50.00%) Finance
2 1 (25.00%) Migration
2 1 (25.00%) Teradata
2 1 (25.00%) J2EE
2 1 (25.00%) Oracle
2 1 (25.00%) Web Services
2 1 (25.00%) CRM
2 1 (25.00%) SAS
2 1 (25.00%) Star Schema
2 1 (25.00%) Microsoft
2 1 (25.00%) ERwin
2 1 (25.00%) Banking
2 1 (25.00%) Data Management
2 1 (25.00%) Data Mart
2 1 (25.00%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (25.00%) Dimensional Modelling
2 1 (25.00%) Test Automation
2 1 (25.00%) Amazon S3
2 1 (25.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (25.00%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (25.00%) BDD
2 1 (25.00%) Amazon SQS
2 1 (25.00%) Node.js
2 1 (25.00%) Data Analytics
2 1 (25.00%) GitHub
2 1 (25.00%) Analytics
2 1 (25.00%) Jenkins
2 1 (25.00%) Amazon DynamoDB
2 1 (25.00%) Amazon RDS

Reference Data
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 1 (25.00%) SAS
Business Applications
1 1 (25.00%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (25.00%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (25.00%) Amazon S3
1 1 (25.00%) Amazon SQS
1 1 (25.00%) Dynamics 365
1 1 (25.00%) GitHub
1 1 (25.00%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (25.00%) Amazon DynamoDB
1 1 (25.00%) Amazon RDS
1 1 (25.00%) Data Mart
1 1 (25.00%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 1 (25.00%) ERwin
1 1 (25.00%) GitLab
1 1 (25.00%) Jenkins
General
1 2 (50.00%) Finance
2 1 (25.00%) Banking
Job Titles
1 1 (25.00%) Analyst
1 1 (25.00%) Business Analyst
1 1 (25.00%) CRM Developer
1 1 (25.00%) Developer
1 1 (25.00%) DevOps Engineer
1 1 (25.00%) Implementation Analyst
1 1 (25.00%) Node.js Developer
1 1 (25.00%) Product Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (25.00%) J2EE
1 1 (25.00%) Node.js
1 1 (25.00%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 1 (25.00%) Analytical Skills
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (25.00%) Analytics
2 1 (25.00%) BDD
2 1 (25.00%) Continuous Delivery
2 1 (25.00%) CRM
2 1 (25.00%) Data Analytics
2 1 (25.00%) Data Management
2 1 (25.00%) DevOps
2 1 (25.00%) Dimensional Modelling
2 1 (25.00%) Microservices
2 1 (25.00%) Migration
2 1 (25.00%) Reference Data Management
2 1 (25.00%) Software Delivery
2 1 (25.00%) Test Automation
2 1 (25.00%) User Stories
Vendors
1 1 (25.00%) Microsoft
1 1 (25.00%) Oracle
1 1 (25.00%) Teradata