Period
to 10 December 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for SDLC skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited SDLC over the 6 months to 10 December 2018 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.

Systems or Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC)
England > North West
6 months to
10 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 90 81 90
Rank change year-on-year -9 +9 -14
Contract jobs citing SDLC 152 139 148
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 2.53% 2.46% 2.28%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.06% 2.99% 2.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 104 89 90
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £394
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +1.59% -4.55%
10th Percentile £311 £275 £310
90th Percentile £578 £563 £503
England median daily rate £488 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +2.63% +5.56% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 17 7
North West median hourly rate £36.25 £41.00 £39.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.59% +3.14% +3.25%
10th Percentile £33.13 £23.10 £34.63
90th Percentile £39.38 £43.85 £69.07
England median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year +6.25% -5.88% +6.25%

SDLC is in the Processes and Methodologies 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 process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
North West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 4,973 4,653 5,558
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 82.90% 82.51% 85.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,148 2,991 3,570
North West median daily rate £410 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% - -
10th Percentile £263 £263 £250
90th Percentile £575 £588 £563
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 279 205 169
North West median hourly rate £22.22 £28.00 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.66% +27.27% -25.98%
10th Percentile £11.80 £11.63 £11.25
90th Percentile £48.55 £52.70 £53.10
England median hourly rate £22.00 £24.69 £22.84
% change year-on-year -10.88% +8.10% +3.80%

SDLC
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing SDLC as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for SDLC in the North West

SDLC
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for SDLC in the North West

SDLC
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SDLC in the North West over the 6 months to 10 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SDLC in the North West

SDLC
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 SDLC in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for SDLC in the North West

SDLC
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 SDLC within the North West region over the 6 months to 10 December 2018. 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 -20 60 £375 -4.76% 58
Lancashire -14 34 £420 +6.67% 16
Cheshire -6 33 £364 -9.00% 21
Merseyside +1 18 £463 +15.63% 6
Cumbria - 1 £300 - 1
SDLC
England

For the 6 months to 10 December 2018, IT contractor jobs citing SDLC 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 SDLC.

1 103 (67.76%) Agile Software Development
2 45 (29.61%) SQL
3 41 (26.97%) JIRA
4 34 (22.37%) Web Services
5 33 (21.71%) TDD
6 31 (20.39%) Software Engineering
7 28 (18.42%) Java
7 28 (18.42%) Confluence
7 28 (18.42%) BDD
8 27 (17.76%) Problem-Solving
8 27 (17.76%) .NET
8 27 (17.76%) Scrum
9 26 (17.11%) Continuous Integration
10 25 (16.45%) HTML
11 24 (15.79%) Analytical Skills
12 23 (15.13%) Test Automation
12 23 (15.13%) JavaScript
13 22 (14.47%) Oracle
13 22 (14.47%) SQL Server
13 22 (14.47%) Jenkins
14 21 (13.82%) Git (software)
14 21 (13.82%) RESTful
14 21 (13.82%) XML
14 21 (13.82%) Unix
14 21 (13.82%) Selenium
15 20 (13.16%) Finance
15 20 (13.16%) Linux
16 19 (12.50%) CSS
16 19 (12.50%) SOAP
16 19 (12.50%) Project Management

SDLC
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 28 (18.42%) Confluence
2 2 (1.32%) WebSphere
3 1 (0.66%) Apache Pig
3 1 (0.66%) Apache Spark
3 1 (0.66%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (0.66%) OpenStack
3 1 (0.66%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 1 (0.66%) SharePoint
3 1 (0.66%) Tomcat
Applications
1 4 (2.63%) Microsoft Project
2 3 (1.97%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (1.97%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (1.32%) Fireworks
3 2 (1.32%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (1.32%) Photoshop
4 1 (0.66%) CATIA
4 1 (0.66%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (2.63%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.66%) Finacle
2 1 (0.66%) Maximo
2 1 (0.66%) SAP FI
Cloud Services
1 17 (11.18%) Amazon AWS
1 17 (11.18%) Microsoft Azure
2 14 (9.21%) Slack
3 5 (3.29%) GitHub
4 4 (2.63%) IaaS
5 2 (1.32%) Yarn
6 1 (0.66%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.66%) Google Cloud Platform
6 1 (0.66%) npm
6 1 (0.66%) Office 365
6 1 (0.66%) OneDrive
6 1 (0.66%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (3.95%) Firewall
2 5 (3.29%) Reverse Proxy
2 5 (3.29%) SAN
3 4 (2.63%) Internet
4 3 (1.97%) HTTP
5 2 (1.32%) FTP
5 2 (1.32%) TCP/IP
6 1 (0.66%) ATM
6 1 (0.66%) Kerberos
6 1 (0.66%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (14.47%) SQL Server
2 10 (6.58%) MySQL
3 9 (5.92%) MongoDB
4 7 (4.61%) GIS
5 4 (2.63%) Big Data
6 3 (1.97%) Azure SQL Database
6 3 (1.97%) Geospatial Data
6 3 (1.97%) Oracle Database
6 3 (1.97%) PostgreSQL
6 3 (1.97%) Relational Database
7 2 (1.32%) DB2
7 2 (1.32%) Oracle Database 12c
7 2 (1.32%) RDBMS
8 1 (0.66%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.66%) Hadoop
8 1 (0.66%) Ingres
8 1 (0.66%) NoSQL
8 1 (0.66%) Oracle Database 10g
8 1 (0.66%) Oracle Database 11g
8 1 (0.66%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 41 (26.97%) JIRA
2 22 (14.47%) Jenkins
3 21 (13.82%) Git (software)
3 21 (13.82%) Selenium
4 14 (9.21%) HP UFT
4 14 (9.21%) LoadRunner
5 12 (7.89%) JMeter
6 10 (6.58%) Burp Suite
7 9 (5.92%) JUnit
8 8 (5.26%) Cucumber
9 7 (4.61%) Octopus Deploy
10 6 (3.95%) Bitbucket
10 6 (3.95%) Mockito
10 6 (3.95%) SoapUI
10 6 (3.95%) TestNG
11 4 (2.63%) Eclipse
11 4 (2.63%) Maven
11 4 (2.63%) Subversion
12 3 (1.97%) Grunt
12 3 (1.97%) gulp
General
1 20 (13.16%) Finance
2 14 (9.21%) Retail
3 12 (7.89%) Banking
4 5 (3.29%) Investment Banking
4 5 (3.29%) Law
5 2 (1.32%) Back Office
5 2 (1.32%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.66%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.66%) Legal
6 1 (0.66%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 51 (33.55%) Developer
2 19 (12.50%) Analyst
3 15 (9.87%) .NET Developer
4 12 (7.89%) Project Manager
4 12 (7.89%) Test Engineer
5 11 (7.24%) Java Developer
6 10 (6.58%) Architect
6 10 (6.58%) Software Engineer
7 9 (5.92%) Business Analyst
7 9 (5.92%) Tester
8 6 (3.95%) C# Developer
8 6 (3.95%) Python Developer
8 6 (3.95%) Software Developer
9 5 (3.29%) Consultant
9 5 (3.29%) Senior Software Engineer
9 5 (3.29%) Test Analyst
10 4 (2.63%) Applications Developer
10 4 (2.63%) Performance Analyst
10 4 (2.63%) Performance Test Analyst
10 4 (2.63%) Security Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (22.37%) Web Services
2 27 (17.76%) .NET
3 25 (16.45%) HTML
4 21 (13.82%) RESTful
4 21 (13.82%) XML
5 19 (12.50%) CSS
5 19 (12.50%) SOAP
6 18 (11.84%) REST
7 17 (11.18%) JSON
8 12 (7.89%) jQuery
8 12 (7.89%) Spring
9 10 (6.58%) AngularJS
10 8 (5.26%) ASP.NET
10 8 (5.26%) Node.js
11 7 (4.61%) Django
11 7 (4.61%) React
12 6 (3.95%) CSS3
12 6 (3.95%) HTML5
13 4 (2.63%) ASP.NET MVC
13 4 (2.63%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 24 (15.79%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (6.58%) Management Information System
3 5 (3.29%) Enterprise Software
3 5 (3.29%) Replication
4 4 (2.63%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 4 (2.63%) Mobile App
4 4 (2.63%) Self-Motivation
4 4 (2.63%) User Experience
5 2 (1.32%) Algorithms
5 2 (1.32%) Data Structures
5 2 (1.32%) Greenfield Project
5 2 (1.32%) PMI
6 1 (0.66%) Blog
6 1 (0.66%) Mainframe
6 1 (0.66%) Mobile Payment
Operating Systems
1 21 (13.82%) Unix
2 20 (13.16%) Linux
3 13 (8.55%) Windows
4 3 (1.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 2 (1.32%) CentOS
5 2 (1.32%) Windows Server
6 1 (0.66%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 103 (67.76%) Agile Software Development
2 33 (21.71%) TDD
3 31 (20.39%) Software Engineering
4 28 (18.42%) BDD
5 27 (17.76%) Problem-Solving
5 27 (17.76%) Scrum
6 26 (17.11%) Continuous Integration
7 23 (15.13%) Test Automation
8 19 (12.50%) Mentoring
8 19 (12.50%) Project Management
8 19 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
9 17 (11.18%) Microservices
9 17 (11.18%) Waterfall
10 14 (9.21%) Coaching
10 14 (9.21%) OWASP
11 13 (8.55%) E-Commerce
11 13 (8.55%) Integration Testing
11 13 (8.55%) MVC
12 12 (7.89%) Continuous Delivery
13 11 (7.24%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 45 (29.61%) SQL
2 28 (18.42%) Java
3 23 (15.13%) JavaScript
4 13 (8.55%) Python
5 12 (7.89%) C#
6 6 (3.95%) PHP
6 6 (3.95%) PL/SQL
6 6 (3.95%) VB
7 5 (3.29%) C
7 5 (3.29%) VB.NET
7 5 (3.29%) VB6
8 4 (2.63%) Shell Script
9 2 (1.32%) Ada
9 2 (1.32%) Apex Code
9 2 (1.32%) TypeScript
10 1 (0.66%) C++
10 1 (0.66%) Erlang
10 1 (0.66%) ES6
10 1 (0.66%) PowerShell
10 1 (0.66%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 11 (7.24%) Degree
2 6 (3.95%) CISSP
3 4 (2.63%) CISM
3 4 (2.63%) ISEB
4 3 (1.97%) Computer Science Degree
4 3 (1.97%) Security Cleared
5 2 (1.32%) PMI Certification
5 2 (1.32%) SC Cleared
6 1 (0.66%) ISTQB
6 1 (0.66%) Numerate Degree
6 1 (0.66%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (11.84%) QA
2 9 (5.92%) WCAG
3 4 (2.63%) SLA
4 2 (1.32%) MIL-STD-498
System Software
1 3 (1.97%) Docker
2 1 (0.66%) Apache Flume
2 1 (0.66%) Apache ZooKeeper
2 1 (0.66%) Oracle RAC
2 1 (0.66%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 10 (6.58%) Nessus
2 5 (3.29%) HP Quality Center
3 4 (2.63%) Single Sign-On
4 3 (1.97%) Puppet
5 1 (0.66%) Ansible
5 1 (0.66%) BMC PATROL
5 1 (0.66%) Ganglia
5 1 (0.66%) HP ALM
5 1 (0.66%) Nagios
5 1 (0.66%) NetBackup
5 1 (0.66%) ServiceCenter
5 1 (0.66%) Terraform
Vendors
1 22 (14.47%) Oracle
2 16 (10.53%) Microsoft
3 5 (3.29%) Pega
4 4 (2.63%) HP
5 2 (1.32%) Adobe
5 2 (1.32%) Citrix
5 2 (1.32%) Google
5 2 (1.32%) Qualys
5 2 (1.32%) Salesforce.com
5 2 (1.32%) SAP
5 2 (1.32%) Splunk
5 2 (1.32%) VMware
6 1 (0.66%) Cloudera
6 1 (0.66%) Cypress Semiconductor
6 1 (0.66%) EnterpriseDB
6 1 (0.66%) Hortonworks
6 1 (0.66%) hybris
6 1 (0.66%) ServiceNow
6 1 (0.66%) Siebel
6 1 (0.66%) TIBCO