Period
to 20 September 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 20 September 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
20 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 74 91 85
Rank change year-on-year +17 -6 -26
Contract jobs citing SDLC 169 118 171
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 2.84% 2.02% 2.32%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.40% 2.47% 2.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 123 73 99
North West median daily rate £387 £400 £383
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.25% +4.58% -4.43%
10th Percentile £300 £290 £318
90th Percentile £500 £563 £498
England median daily rate £475 £475 £440
% change year-on-year - +7.95% +2.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 13 5
North West median hourly rate £103.13 £40.00 £62.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +157.81% -36.00% +68.92%
10th Percentile £45.81 £18.60 £34.45
90th Percentile £165.94 £43.65 £69.07
England median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £42.45
% change year-on-year +6.25% -5.77% -0.12%

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 4,786 6,194
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 83.48% 82.02% 84.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,142 2,936 3,904
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £263 £263 £260
90th Percentile £575 £550 £556
England median daily rate £465 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 269 195 180
North West median hourly rate £22.00 £30.00 £21.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -26.67% +37.93% -26.82%
10th Percentile £11.23 £11.73 £12.16
90th Percentile £51.25 £52.80 £53.00
England median hourly rate £21.00 £23.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -8.70% - +4.55%

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 20 September 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 20 September 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 20 September 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 0 77 £395 +5.33% 61
Cheshire +15 61 £361 -8.25% 24
Lancashire -9 15 £395 -4.24% 15
Merseyside +22 13 £438 +20.69% 10
Cumbria - 1 £300 -
SDLC
England

For the 6 months to 20 September 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.

1 115 (68.05%) Agile Software Development
2 41 (24.26%) Scrum
3 39 (23.08%) SQL
4 38 (22.49%) Java
4 38 (22.49%) JIRA
5 36 (21.30%) TDD
6 33 (19.53%) HTML
6 33 (19.53%) Web Services
7 32 (18.93%) JavaScript
7 32 (18.93%) Finance
8 31 (18.34%) Problem-Solving
9 29 (17.16%) Test Automation
10 28 (16.57%) Stakeholder Management
11 25 (14.79%) CSS
11 25 (14.79%) Project Management
12 24 (14.20%) BDD
13 23 (13.61%) Continuous Integration
13 23 (13.61%) .NET
14 22 (13.02%) XML
14 22 (13.02%) Software Engineering
14 22 (13.02%) Jenkins
15 21 (12.43%) Analytical Skills
15 21 (12.43%) Selenium
15 21 (12.43%) Waterfall
15 21 (12.43%) Linux
16 20 (11.83%) Oracle
16 20 (11.83%) Confluence
16 20 (11.83%) RESTful
17 19 (11.24%) JSON
17 19 (11.24%) QA

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 20 (11.83%) Confluence
2 3 (1.78%) WebSphere
3 2 (1.18%) SAS
4 1 (0.59%) Apache
4 1 (0.59%) IIS
4 1 (0.59%) JBoss
4 1 (0.59%) NServiceBus
4 1 (0.59%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.59%) Tomcat
Applications
1 7 (4.14%) Microsoft Project
2 5 (2.96%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (1.78%) Fireworks
3 3 (1.78%) Photoshop
4 2 (1.18%) Microsoft Excel
5 1 (0.59%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (1.78%) SAP FI
2 2 (1.18%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.59%) Finacle
3 1 (0.59%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 16 (9.47%) Amazon AWS
2 13 (7.69%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (4.73%) Slack
4 6 (3.55%) GitHub
5 3 (1.78%) BrowserStack
5 3 (1.78%) Yarn
6 2 (1.18%) IaaS
7 1 (0.59%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.59%) Basecamp
7 1 (0.59%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.59%) npm
7 1 (0.59%) Office 365
7 1 (0.59%) OneDrive
7 1 (0.59%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (2.96%) Firewall
1 5 (2.96%) Reverse Proxy
1 5 (2.96%) SAN
2 3 (1.78%) SMS
3 2 (1.18%) Internet
3 2 (1.18%) Unified Communications
4 1 (0.59%) SSL
4 1 (0.59%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (8.88%) SQL Server
2 10 (5.92%) MongoDB
3 9 (5.33%) MySQL
4 7 (4.14%) PostgreSQL
5 4 (2.37%) Azure SQL Database
5 4 (2.37%) Data Warehouse
6 3 (1.78%) Big Data
6 3 (1.78%) Geospatial Data
6 3 (1.78%) GIS
6 3 (1.78%) Relational Database
7 2 (1.18%) NoSQL
7 2 (1.18%) Oracle Database
7 2 (1.18%) Oracle Database 12c
8 1 (0.59%) Apache Cassandra
8 1 (0.59%) IBM InfoSphere
8 1 (0.59%) Riak
8 1 (0.59%) SQL Server 2012
8 1 (0.59%) SQL Server 2014
8 1 (0.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.59%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 38 (22.49%) JIRA
2 22 (13.02%) Jenkins
3 21 (12.43%) Selenium
4 17 (10.06%) Git (software)
5 12 (7.10%) Cucumber
5 12 (7.10%) JUnit
6 9 (5.33%) Bitbucket
6 9 (5.33%) SoapUI
7 8 (4.73%) HP UFT
7 8 (4.73%) Octopus Deploy
8 7 (4.14%) Mockito
8 7 (4.14%) TestNG
9 5 (2.96%) Maven
10 4 (2.37%) Burp Suite
10 4 (2.37%) Eclipse
10 4 (2.37%) Grunt
10 4 (2.37%) gulp
10 4 (2.37%) JMeter
10 4 (2.37%) LoadRunner
10 4 (2.37%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 32 (18.93%) Finance
2 11 (6.51%) Banking
3 10 (5.92%) Retail
4 5 (2.96%) Telecoms
5 4 (2.37%) Legal
5 4 (2.37%) Manufacturing
6 3 (1.78%) Electronics
6 3 (1.78%) Marketing
7 2 (1.18%) Back Office
7 2 (1.18%) Games
7 2 (1.18%) Investment Banking
7 2 (1.18%) Law
8 1 (0.59%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.59%) Local Government
8 1 (0.59%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.59%) Publishing
8 1 (0.59%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 67 (39.64%) Developer
2 23 (13.61%) Analyst
3 15 (8.88%) Business Analyst
4 14 (8.28%) Java Developer
5 13 (7.69%) Project Manager
6 11 (6.51%) Architect
7 10 (5.92%) Python Developer
7 10 (5.92%) Software Engineer
8 9 (5.33%) .NET Developer
8 9 (5.33%) Test Engineer
9 8 (4.73%) Delivery Manager
9 8 (4.73%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
10 7 (4.14%) Django Developer
10 7 (4.14%) Python/Django Developer
10 7 (4.14%) Solutions Architect
11 6 (3.55%) DevOps Engineer
11 6 (3.55%) Infrastructure Manager
11 6 (3.55%) Software Developer
11 6 (3.55%) Test Analyst
11 6 (3.55%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (19.53%) HTML
1 33 (19.53%) Web Services
2 25 (14.79%) CSS
3 23 (13.61%) .NET
4 22 (13.02%) XML
5 20 (11.83%) RESTful
6 19 (11.24%) JSON
7 17 (10.06%) jQuery
7 17 (10.06%) SOAP
8 15 (8.88%) REST
9 14 (8.28%) AngularJS
10 13 (7.69%) Spring
11 12 (7.10%) HTML5
12 11 (6.51%) Django
12 11 (6.51%) React
13 9 (5.33%) Middleware
13 9 (5.33%) Node.js
14 7 (4.14%) CSS3
15 5 (2.96%) Hibernate
15 5 (2.96%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 21 (12.43%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (7.69%) User Experience
3 10 (5.92%) Computer Science
4 9 (5.33%) Enterprise Software
5 8 (4.73%) Management Information System
6 6 (3.55%) PMI
7 5 (2.96%) Mobile App
7 5 (2.96%) Replication
8 4 (2.37%) Self-Motivation
9 2 (1.18%) Algorithms
9 2 (1.18%) Data Structures
9 2 (1.18%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 2 (1.18%) Greenfield Project
10 1 (0.59%) Credit Risk
10 1 (0.59%) Minimum Viable Product
10 1 (0.59%) Mobile Payment
10 1 (0.59%) Robotics
10 1 (0.59%) Taxonomies
10 1 (0.59%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 21 (12.43%) Linux
2 19 (11.24%) Unix
3 16 (9.47%) Windows
4 3 (1.78%) Windows 10
4 3 (1.78%) Windows Server
5 1 (0.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (0.59%) Windows 7
5 1 (0.59%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (0.59%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 115 (68.05%) Agile Software Development
2 41 (24.26%) Scrum
3 36 (21.30%) TDD
4 31 (18.34%) Problem-Solving
5 29 (17.16%) Test Automation
6 28 (16.57%) Stakeholder Management
7 25 (14.79%) Project Management
8 24 (14.20%) BDD
9 23 (13.61%) Continuous Integration
10 22 (13.02%) Software Engineering
11 21 (12.43%) Waterfall
12 15 (8.88%) ITIL
12 15 (8.88%) Mentoring
12 15 (8.88%) MVC
13 14 (8.28%) Continuous Delivery
14 12 (7.10%) Coaching
14 12 (7.10%) DevOps
14 12 (7.10%) Kanban
14 12 (7.10%) Microservices
14 12 (7.10%) Project Planning
Programming Languages
1 39 (23.08%) SQL
2 38 (22.49%) Java
3 32 (18.93%) JavaScript
4 17 (10.06%) Python
5 10 (5.92%) C#
6 4 (2.37%) PHP
7 3 (1.78%) C++
7 3 (1.78%) VB
8 2 (1.18%) Apex Code
8 2 (1.18%) C
8 2 (1.18%) Shell Script
8 2 (1.18%) T-SQL
8 2 (1.18%) TypeScript
9 1 (0.59%) Ada
9 1 (0.59%) Erlang
9 1 (0.59%) ES6
9 1 (0.59%) PL/SQL
9 1 (0.59%) PowerShell
9 1 (0.59%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.59%) VBA
Qualifications
1 10 (5.92%) Degree
2 6 (3.55%) PMI Certification
3 5 (2.96%) PRINCE2 Certification
4 4 (2.37%) Computer Science Degree
4 4 (2.37%) ISEB
5 3 (1.78%) CISSP
5 3 (1.78%) Security Cleared
6 2 (1.18%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (1.18%) DBS Check
6 2 (1.18%) ISTQB
6 2 (1.18%) Numerate Degree
6 2 (1.18%) SC Cleared
6 2 (1.18%) TOGAF Certification
7 1 (0.59%) CISM
7 1 (0.59%) CRISC
7 1 (0.59%) HND
7 1 (0.59%) ISEB Practitioner
7 1 (0.59%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 1 (0.59%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (11.24%) QA
2 4 (2.37%) WCAG
3 3 (1.78%) SLA
4 2 (1.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (1.18%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 1 (0.59%) GDPR
5 1 (0.59%) IEC 62304
5 1 (0.59%) ISO 13485
5 1 (0.59%) MIL-STD-498
5 1 (0.59%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.59%) PMO
System Software
1 5 (2.96%) Docker
2 2 (1.18%) Microsoft App-V
2 2 (1.18%) XenApp
3 1 (0.59%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 4 (2.37%) Nessus
2 3 (1.78%) Single Sign-On
3 2 (1.18%) Puppet
4 1 (0.59%) HP ALM
4 1 (0.59%) Terraform
4 1 (0.59%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 20 (11.83%) Oracle
2 17 (10.06%) Microsoft
3 6 (3.55%) SAP
4 5 (2.96%) Pega
5 3 (1.78%) Adobe
5 3 (1.78%) Siebel
5 3 (1.78%) TIBCO
6 2 (1.18%) Casewise
6 2 (1.18%) Citrix
6 2 (1.18%) HP
6 2 (1.18%) IBM
6 2 (1.18%) Ivanti
6 2 (1.18%) Qualys
6 2 (1.18%) Red Hat
6 2 (1.18%) Salesforce.com
6 2 (1.18%) Splunk
7 1 (0.59%) Atlassian
7 1 (0.59%) Cypress Semiconductor
7 1 (0.59%) Google
7 1 (0.59%) Xamarin