Period
to 24 February 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 24 February 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
24 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 74 80 69
Rank change year-on-year +6 -11 -8
Contract jobs citing SDLC 141 142 216
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 2.64% 2.40% 2.63%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.16% 2.85% 3.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 89 77 139
North West median daily rate £388 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.13% - -
10th Percentile £275 £310 £273
90th Percentile £565 £530 £535
England median daily rate £475 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +4.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 16 10
North West median hourly rate £40.75 £43.75 £39.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.86% +10.76% +44.95%
10th Percentile £25.25 £36.50 £32.50
90th Percentile £43.00 £57.50 £69.07
England median hourly rate £42.75 £42.00 £41.23
% change year-on-year +1.79% +1.87% +12.96%

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 4,458 4,978 6,716
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 83.58% 84.27% 81.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,871 3,237 4,087
North West median daily rate £413 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.13% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £256 £263 £250
90th Percentile £600 £575 £560
England median daily rate £455 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +4.00% +2.94% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 224 169 285
North West median hourly rate £24.78 £27.50 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.89% -15.38% +64.77%
10th Percentile £12.08 £12.95 £13.00
90th Percentile £56.75 £51.50 £50.48
England median hourly rate £24.30 £25.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year -2.82% +6.38% +16.05%

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 24 February 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
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 24 February 2018.

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 24 February 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 +10 69 £375 -7.69% 85
Cheshire -6 33 £400 +6.67% 28
Lancashire +13 26 £425 +25.93% 20
Merseyside +6 8 £383 -1.22% 9
Cumbria -1 2 - -
SDLC
England

For the 6 months to 24 February 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 73 (51.77%) Agile Software Development
2 55 (39.01%) SQL
3 46 (32.62%) Java
4 44 (31.21%) JavaScript
4 44 (31.21%) Software Engineering
5 41 (29.08%) Test Automation
6 35 (24.82%) Finance
7 34 (24.11%) Scrum
7 34 (24.11%) Git (software)
8 32 (22.70%) TDD
8 32 (22.70%) JIRA
9 30 (21.28%) REST
10 28 (19.86%) MongoDB
10 28 (19.86%) Coaching
11 27 (19.15%) Waterfall
12 26 (18.44%) Node.js
13 24 (17.02%) Mentoring
13 24 (17.02%) Linux
14 23 (16.31%) Microsoft
14 23 (16.31%) .NET
14 23 (16.31%) MySQL
14 23 (16.31%) NoSQL
14 23 (16.31%) BDD
15 22 (15.60%) Confluence
15 22 (15.60%) C#
16 21 (14.89%) SQL Server
16 21 (14.89%) Kanban
17 20 (14.18%) PostgreSQL
18 19 (13.48%) Slack
18 19 (13.48%) Microservices

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 22 (15.60%) Confluence
2 3 (2.13%) Oracle Service Bus
2 3 (2.13%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 2 (1.42%) CMS
3 2 (1.42%) SAS
3 2 (1.42%) WebSphere
4 1 (0.71%) Drupal
4 1 (0.71%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (0.71%) Umbraco
Applications
1 5 (3.55%) Microsoft Excel
1 5 (3.55%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.71%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (0.71%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (3.55%) BPCS
2 1 (0.71%) CA PPM
2 1 (0.71%) Cognos Business Intelligence
2 1 (0.71%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 19 (13.48%) Slack
2 1 (0.71%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (0.71%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 12 (8.51%) Internet
2 5 (3.55%) HTTP
3 4 (2.84%) SSL
3 4 (2.84%) Unified Communications
4 3 (2.13%) Bluetooth
4 3 (2.13%) TCP/IP
4 3 (2.13%) Wi-Fi
4 3 (2.13%) Wireshark
5 2 (1.42%) FTP
5 2 (1.42%) HTTPS
6 1 (0.71%) Network Security
6 1 (0.71%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (19.86%) MongoDB
2 23 (16.31%) MySQL
2 23 (16.31%) NoSQL
3 21 (14.89%) SQL Server
4 20 (14.18%) PostgreSQL
5 11 (7.80%) Relational Database
6 8 (5.67%) Apache Cassandra
6 8 (5.67%) Data Warehouse
7 6 (4.26%) DB2
7 6 (4.26%) RDBMS
8 5 (3.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 4 (2.84%) SQL Server 2008
10 3 (2.13%) Couchbase
10 3 (2.13%) SQL Server 2005
10 3 (2.13%) SQL Server 2014
10 3 (2.13%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 2 (1.42%) Big Data
11 2 (1.42%) IBM InfoSphere
11 2 (1.42%) Oracle Database
11 2 (1.42%) Redis
Development Applications
1 34 (24.11%) Git (software)
2 32 (22.70%) JIRA
3 19 (13.48%) Cucumber
4 15 (10.64%) Jenkins
5 13 (9.22%) JUnit
6 9 (6.38%) Jasmine
7 6 (4.26%) Bitbucket
7 6 (4.26%) Visual Studio
8 5 (3.55%) Eclipse
8 5 (3.55%) Gradle
8 5 (3.55%) Team Foundation Server
9 4 (2.84%) JProfiler
9 4 (2.84%) Rational Rose
10 3 (2.13%) MSI
10 3 (2.13%) TestComplete
10 3 (2.13%) WinDbg
11 2 (1.42%) gulp
11 2 (1.42%) Selenium
11 2 (1.42%) SoapUI
11 2 (1.42%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 35 (24.82%) Finance
2 12 (8.51%) Banking
2 12 (8.51%) Manufacturing
3 10 (7.09%) Back Office
4 6 (4.26%) Retail
5 5 (3.55%) Marketing
6 4 (2.84%) Investment Banking
7 3 (2.13%) Automotive
7 3 (2.13%) Law
8 2 (1.42%) Advertising
8 2 (1.42%) Telecoms
9 1 (0.71%) Electronics
9 1 (0.71%) Private Banking
9 1 (0.71%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 47 (33.33%) Developer
2 24 (17.02%) Software Engineer
3 22 (15.60%) Java Developer
4 13 (9.22%) Java Engineer
4 13 (9.22%) Java Software Engineer
5 11 (7.80%) Architect
5 11 (7.80%) Software Developer
6 10 (7.09%) Project Manager
7 9 (6.38%) Analyst
8 8 (5.67%) Consultant
9 7 (4.96%) Full Stack Developer
9 7 (4.96%) Java Software Developer
10 6 (4.26%) .NET Developer
10 6 (4.26%) Business Analyst
10 6 (4.26%) JavaScript Engineer
10 6 (4.26%) Senior Software Engineer
10 6 (4.26%) Test Engineer
11 5 (3.55%) Agile Delivery Manager
11 5 (3.55%) Delivery Manager
11 5 (3.55%) Functional Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (21.28%) REST
2 26 (18.44%) Node.js
3 23 (16.31%) .NET
4 18 (12.77%) XML
5 15 (10.64%) CSS
5 15 (10.64%) HTML
6 13 (9.22%) Web Services
7 12 (8.51%) SOAP
8 11 (7.80%) Ajax
9 10 (7.09%) J2EE
10 9 (6.38%) .NET Framework
10 9 (6.38%) Middleware
10 9 (6.38%) Spring
11 8 (5.67%) AngularJS
12 7 (4.96%) jQuery
12 7 (4.96%) WPF
13 6 (4.26%) DOM
13 6 (4.26%) JSON
14 5 (3.55%) EDI
14 5 (3.55%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 10 (7.09%) User Experience
2 6 (4.26%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (4.26%) Management Information System
3 4 (2.84%) PMI
4 3 (2.13%) Algorithms
4 3 (2.13%) Client/Server
4 3 (2.13%) Data Structures
4 3 (2.13%) Mainframe
5 2 (1.42%) Computer Science
5 2 (1.42%) Online Banking
5 2 (1.42%) RIA
6 1 (0.71%) FMCG
6 1 (0.71%) Greenfield Project
6 1 (0.71%) Mobile App
6 1 (0.71%) Smart Meter
6 1 (0.71%) Web 2.0
Operating Systems
1 24 (17.02%) Linux
2 18 (12.77%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 9 (6.38%) Windows
4 4 (2.84%) Android
4 4 (2.84%) Unix
4 4 (2.84%) Windows 10
4 4 (2.84%) Windows 7
4 4 (2.84%) Windows Server
4 4 (2.84%) Windows Server 2012
5 3 (2.13%) Apple iOS
5 3 (2.13%) Windows 8
5 3 (2.13%) Windows Server 2003
5 3 (2.13%) Windows Server 2008
5 3 (2.13%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 73 (51.77%) Agile Software Development
2 44 (31.21%) Software Engineering
3 41 (29.08%) Test Automation
4 34 (24.11%) Scrum
5 32 (22.70%) TDD
6 28 (19.86%) Coaching
7 27 (19.15%) Waterfall
8 24 (17.02%) Mentoring
9 23 (16.31%) BDD
10 21 (14.89%) Kanban
11 19 (13.48%) Microservices
12 18 (12.77%) Open Source
13 17 (12.06%) Stakeholder Management
14 16 (11.35%) User Stories
15 15 (10.64%) SFIA
16 14 (9.93%) Project Management
17 12 (8.51%) Business Analysis
18 11 (7.80%) Continuous Integration
18 11 (7.80%) Customer Requirements
18 11 (7.80%) Enterprise Architecture
Programming Languages
1 55 (39.01%) SQL
2 46 (32.62%) Java
3 44 (31.21%) JavaScript
4 22 (15.60%) C#
5 8 (5.67%) C++
6 7 (4.96%) Python
7 5 (3.55%) RPG
7 5 (3.55%) RPG IV
7 5 (3.55%) VB
8 4 (2.84%) C
8 4 (2.84%) Ruby
8 4 (2.84%) VBA
9 3 (2.13%) Groovy
9 3 (2.13%) PL/SQL
9 3 (2.13%) PowerShell
9 3 (2.13%) Scala
9 3 (2.13%) T-SQL
9 3 (2.13%) XPath
10 2 (1.42%) R
10 2 (1.42%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 14 (9.93%) Degree
2 9 (6.38%) Security Cleared
3 6 (4.26%) SC Cleared
4 4 (2.84%) PMI Certification
5 2 (1.42%) ISEB
5 2 (1.42%) ISTQB
5 2 (1.42%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 1 (0.71%) CCA
6 1 (0.71%) CISM
6 1 (0.71%) CISSP
6 1 (0.71%) Computer Science Degree
6 1 (0.71%) ECDL
6 1 (0.71%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (0.71%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (0.71%) PMP
6 1 (0.71%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (2.84%) QA
2 3 (2.13%) MISRA
3 2 (1.42%) PMO
4 1 (0.71%) GDPR
4 1 (0.71%) IFRS
4 1 (0.71%) IFRS 9
4 1 (0.71%) PSD2
4 1 (0.71%) WCAG
System Software
1 3 (2.13%) Docker
1 3 (2.13%) Microsoft App-V
1 3 (2.13%) Virtual Desktop
2 2 (1.42%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (2.13%) HP ALM
2 2 (1.42%) SCCM
2 2 (1.42%) WSUS
3 1 (0.71%) Nagios
3 1 (0.71%) Nessus
3 1 (0.71%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (0.71%) Puppet
3 1 (0.71%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 23 (16.31%) Microsoft
2 13 (9.22%) Oracle
3 8 (5.67%) Red Hat
4 5 (3.55%) Infor
5 4 (2.84%) Casewise
6 3 (2.13%) Cadence
6 3 (2.13%) HP
6 3 (2.13%) IBM
6 3 (2.13%) Perforce
6 3 (2.13%) Sophos
7 2 (1.42%) Blue Prism
7 2 (1.42%) Capita
7 2 (1.42%) Kony
8 1 (0.71%) CA
8 1 (0.71%) Cognos
8 1 (0.71%) hybris
8 1 (0.71%) SAP
8 1 (0.71%) Sitecore