Period
to 11 December 2017

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 11 December 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.

Systems or Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC)
England > North West
6 months to
11 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 73 87 77
Rank change year-on-year +14 -10 +12
Contract jobs citing SDLC 140 148 207
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 2.46% 2.28% 2.41%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.03% 2.70% 2.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 90 90 132
North West median daily rate £400 £394 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.59% -4.55% -1.67%
10th Percentile £275 £310 £313
90th Percentile £563 £503 £570
England median daily rate £475 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 7 2
North West median hourly rate £41.00 £39.75 £38.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.14% +3.25% -
10th Percentile £23.10 £34.63 £37.30
90th Percentile £43.85 £69.07 £39.70
England median hourly rate £40.00 £42.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year -5.88% +6.25% +6.67%

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 4625 5473 7027
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 81.43% 84.23% 81.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 2981 3534 4294
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £263 £256 £250
90th Percentile £588 £563 £575
England median daily rate £450 £428 £425
% change year-on-year +5.14% +0.71% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 200 161 281
North West median hourly rate £27.00 £22.85 £30.15
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.19% -24.23% +72.29%
10th Percentile £11.54 £11.50 £12.50
90th Percentile £53.00 £53.50 £52.47
England median hourly rate £25.00 £24.36 £22.00
% change year-on-year +2.65% +10.70% +15.79%

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 11 December 2017.

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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing SDLC in the North West over the 6 months to 11 December 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 11 December 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 -1 60 £394 +2.94% 34
Cheshire +5 37 £400 -5.88% 18
Lancashire +24 28 £394 +12.50% 1
Merseyside -4 11 £400 - 10
SDLC
England

For the 6 months to 11 December 2017, IT contractor jobs citing SDLC 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 SDLC.

1 72 (51.43%) Agile Software Development
2 52 (37.14%) SQL
3 48 (34.29%) Test Automation
4 47 (33.57%) Java
5 45 (32.14%) JavaScript
6 40 (28.57%) Software Engineering
7 38 (27.14%) Finance
8 36 (25.71%) JIRA
9 35 (25.00%) TDD
10 32 (22.86%) Git (software)
11 28 (20.00%) MongoDB
11 28 (20.00%) REST
12 25 (17.86%) Scrum
13 24 (17.14%) BDD
13 24 (17.14%) Node.js
14 23 (16.43%) Confluence
14 23 (16.43%) Coaching
14 23 (16.43%) Linux
15 22 (15.71%) Microsoft
15 22 (15.71%) Oracle
15 22 (15.71%) Microservices
15 22 (15.71%) Mentoring
15 22 (15.71%) NoSQL
15 22 (15.71%) Cucumber
16 21 (15.00%) Open Source
16 21 (15.00%) Waterfall
16 21 (15.00%) Slack
17 20 (14.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 20 (14.29%) MySQL
17 20 (14.29%) PostgreSQL

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 23 (16.43%) Confluence
2 4 (2.86%) CMS
3 3 (2.14%) Oracle Service Bus
3 3 (2.14%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 2 (1.43%) Apache Pig
4 2 (1.43%) Sitecore CMS
4 2 (1.43%) Umbraco
5 1 (0.71%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.71%) Elasticsearch
5 1 (0.71%) SAS
5 1 (0.71%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.71%) WebSphere
Applications
1 8 (5.71%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (3.57%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (1.43%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.71%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.71%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (2.14%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (1.43%) Oracle BPM
3 1 (0.71%) CA PPM
3 1 (0.71%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 1 (0.71%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.71%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 21 (15.00%) Slack
2 3 (2.14%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.71%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.71%) GitHub
3 1 (0.71%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 6 (4.29%) Internet
2 3 (2.14%) HTTP
2 3 (2.14%) TCP/IP
2 3 (2.14%) Wireshark
3 1 (0.71%) Intranet
3 1 (0.71%) Network Security
3 1 (0.71%) SMS
3 1 (0.71%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (20.00%) MongoDB
2 22 (15.71%) NoSQL
3 20 (14.29%) MySQL
3 20 (14.29%) PostgreSQL
4 19 (13.57%) SQL Server
5 10 (7.14%) Relational Database
6 8 (5.71%) RDBMS
7 7 (5.00%) Apache Cassandra
7 7 (5.00%) Data Warehouse
8 6 (4.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 4 (2.86%) Apache Hive
9 4 (2.86%) SQL Server 2008
9 4 (2.86%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 3 (2.14%) Big Data
10 3 (2.14%) DataStage
10 3 (2.14%) IBM InfoSphere
10 3 (2.14%) SQL Server 2005
11 2 (1.43%) MariaDB
11 2 (1.43%) Oracle Database
11 2 (1.43%) Oracle ODI
Development Applications
1 36 (25.71%) JIRA
2 32 (22.86%) Git (software)
3 22 (15.71%) Cucumber
4 14 (10.00%) JUnit
5 13 (9.29%) Jenkins
6 8 (5.71%) Jasmine
7 7 (5.00%) Eclipse
7 7 (5.00%) Gradle
7 7 (5.00%) Visual Studio
8 6 (4.29%) Bitbucket
8 6 (4.29%) JProfiler
9 5 (3.57%) Team Foundation Server
10 3 (2.14%) MSI
10 3 (2.14%) Rational DOORS
10 3 (2.14%) Selenium
10 3 (2.14%) SoapUI
10 3 (2.14%) TestComplete
10 3 (2.14%) WinDbg
11 2 (1.43%) Maven
11 2 (1.43%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 38 (27.14%) Finance
2 17 (12.14%) Banking
3 12 (8.57%) Retail
4 5 (3.57%) Manufacturing
5 3 (2.14%) Back Office
6 2 (1.43%) Avionics
7 1 (0.71%) Advertising
7 1 (0.71%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.71%) Automotive
7 1 (0.71%) Billing
7 1 (0.71%) Legal
7 1 (0.71%) Marketing
7 1 (0.71%) Military
7 1 (0.71%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 50 (35.71%) Developer
2 27 (19.29%) Java Developer
3 20 (14.29%) Analyst
4 18 (12.86%) Software Engineer
5 16 (11.43%) Business Analyst
6 11 (7.86%) Java Engineer
6 11 (7.86%) Software Developer
7 10 (7.14%) Java Software Engineer
8 9 (6.43%) Java Software Developer
9 8 (5.71%) Architect
10 7 (5.00%) .NET Developer
11 6 (4.29%) Consultant
11 6 (4.29%) Delivery Manager
11 6 (4.29%) JavaScript Engineer
11 6 (4.29%) Senior Software Engineer
11 6 (4.29%) Test Engineer
12 4 (2.86%) Agile Business Analyst
12 4 (2.86%) Agile Delivery Manager
12 4 (2.86%) Solutions Architect
12 4 (2.86%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (20.00%) REST
2 24 (17.14%) Node.js
3 15 (10.71%) .NET
3 15 (10.71%) Spring
4 13 (9.29%) HTML
5 12 (8.57%) jQuery
6 11 (7.86%) CSS
6 11 (7.86%) JSON
6 11 (7.86%) Web Services
6 11 (7.86%) XML
7 10 (7.14%) J2EE
8 9 (6.43%) Ajax
9 8 (5.71%) Hibernate
10 7 (5.00%) ASP.NET
10 7 (5.00%) RESTful
10 7 (5.00%) SOAP
11 6 (4.29%) AngularJS
11 6 (4.29%) JPA
11 6 (4.29%) Middleware
12 5 (3.57%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 7 (5.00%) Management Information System
1 7 (5.00%) User Experience
2 5 (3.57%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (2.14%) Data Structures
4 2 (1.43%) Computer Science
4 2 (1.43%) Online Banking
4 2 (1.43%) RIA
4 2 (1.43%) Smart Meter
4 2 (1.43%) Virtual Team
5 1 (0.71%) Clustering
5 1 (0.71%) Credit Risk
5 1 (0.71%) Data Centre
5 1 (0.71%) FMCG
5 1 (0.71%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 1 (0.71%) Greenfield Project
5 1 (0.71%) Mobile App
5 1 (0.71%) N-Tier
5 1 (0.71%) PMI
5 1 (0.71%) Replication
5 1 (0.71%) Web 2.0
Operating Systems
1 23 (16.43%) Linux
2 20 (14.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 9 (6.43%) Windows
4 5 (3.57%) Android
5 4 (2.86%) Apple iOS
5 4 (2.86%) Unix
5 4 (2.86%) Windows 7
6 3 (2.14%) Windows 10
6 3 (2.14%) Windows 8
6 3 (2.14%) Windows Server
6 3 (2.14%) Windows Server 2003
6 3 (2.14%) Windows Server 2008
6 3 (2.14%) Windows Server 2012
6 3 (2.14%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 72 (51.43%) Agile Software Development
2 48 (34.29%) Test Automation
3 40 (28.57%) Software Engineering
4 35 (25.00%) TDD
5 25 (17.86%) Scrum
6 24 (17.14%) BDD
7 23 (16.43%) Coaching
8 22 (15.71%) Mentoring
8 22 (15.71%) Microservices
9 21 (15.00%) Open Source
9 21 (15.00%) Waterfall
10 18 (12.86%) User Stories
11 17 (12.14%) Business Analysis
11 17 (12.14%) Kanban
11 17 (12.14%) SFIA
12 16 (11.43%) Continuous Integration
12 16 (11.43%) Data Modelling
12 16 (11.43%) Stakeholder Management
13 14 (10.00%) UML
14 13 (9.29%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 52 (37.14%) SQL
2 47 (33.57%) Java
3 45 (32.14%) JavaScript
4 18 (12.86%) C#
5 5 (3.57%) VB
6 4 (2.86%) C++
6 4 (2.86%) Python
6 4 (2.86%) T-SQL
6 4 (2.86%) VBA
7 3 (2.14%) PowerShell
8 2 (1.43%) PL/SQL
8 2 (1.43%) R
8 2 (1.43%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.71%) Ada
9 1 (0.71%) Kotlin
9 1 (0.71%) Ruby
9 1 (0.71%) Scala
9 1 (0.71%) TypeScript
9 1 (0.71%) XPath
Qualifications
1 14 (10.00%) Degree
2 7 (5.00%) Security Cleared
3 3 (2.14%) SC Cleared
4 2 (1.43%) ECDL
4 2 (1.43%) HND
4 2 (1.43%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (0.71%) CISM
5 1 (0.71%) CISSP
5 1 (0.71%) DV Cleared
5 1 (0.71%) Microsoft Certification
5 1 (0.71%) PMI Certification
5 1 (0.71%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (4.29%) QA
2 2 (1.43%) MIL-STD-1553
2 2 (1.43%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.71%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.71%) PMO
3 1 (0.71%) SEPA
3 1 (0.71%) WCAG
System Software
1 3 (2.14%) Docker
1 3 (2.14%) Microsoft App-V
1 3 (2.14%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
1 3 (2.14%) Virtual Desktop
2 2 (1.43%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (2.14%) SCCM
1 3 (2.14%) Tivoli
1 3 (2.14%) WSUS
2 2 (1.43%) ITRS Geneos
3 1 (0.71%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.71%) Nessus
3 1 (0.71%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 22 (15.71%) Microsoft
1 22 (15.71%) Oracle
2 7 (5.00%) Red Hat
3 5 (3.57%) Perforce
4 4 (2.86%) HP
4 4 (2.86%) IBM
4 4 (2.86%) Sophos
5 3 (2.14%) Sitecore
6 2 (1.43%) Ab Initio
6 2 (1.43%) Atlassian
6 2 (1.43%) Blue Prism
6 2 (1.43%) Capita
6 2 (1.43%) Kony
7 1 (0.71%) CA
7 1 (0.71%) Cadence
7 1 (0.71%) Cognos
7 1 (0.71%) Pega