The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for SEO skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited SEO over the 3 months to 27 June 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.

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)
England / North West
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 134 134 145
Rank change year-on-year 0 +11  
Contract jobs citing SEO 5 25 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.17% 0.66% 0.22%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.21% 0.80% 0.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 20 7
Median daily rate £405 £475 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -14.73% +53.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £356 £268 £248
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £500 £360
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £350 £275
% change year-on-year -7.14% +27.27%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.00 £19.61 £12.50
% change year-on-year +47.88% +56.88%  

SEO is in the process and methodology 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 process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 2381 3115 2862
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 80.85% 82.06% 78.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 1410 1960 1689
Median daily rate £410 £415 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.20% +7.79%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 99 78 122
Median hourly rate £40.00 £28.50 £34.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.35% -16.17%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.58 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £53.00 £56.35
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

SEO
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing SEO as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for SEO in the North West

SEO
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for SEO in the North West

SEO
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 SEO in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for SEO in the North West

SEO
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 SEO within the North West region over the 3 months to 27 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 +16 3 £440 -12.00% 4
Manchester +8 2 £360 +2.85% 6
SEO
England

For the 6 months to 27 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing SEO 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 SEO.

1 7 (58.33%) CSS
1 7 (58.33%) HTML
1 7 (58.33%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (50.00%) Ajax
2 6 (50.00%) JavaScript
2 6 (50.00%) XML
2 6 (50.00%) DOM
3 5 (41.67%) Adobe
3 5 (41.67%) jQuery
3 5 (41.67%) HTML5
3 5 (41.67%) CSS3
3 5 (41.67%) User Experience
3 5 (41.67%) Front End Development
4 4 (33.33%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 4 (33.33%) Analytics
4 4 (33.33%) Twitter Bootstrap
4 4 (33.33%) Web 2.0
4 4 (33.33%) XHTML
5 3 (25.00%) CMS
5 3 (25.00%) Content Management
5 3 (25.00%) Web Development
5 3 (25.00%) Test Automation
6 2 (16.67%) Scala
6 2 (16.67%) CouchDB
6 2 (16.67%) Git (software)
6 2 (16.67%) Social Media
6 2 (16.67%) BDD
6 2 (16.67%) MongoDB
6 2 (16.67%) NoSQL
6 2 (16.67%) REST

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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 4 (33.33%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 3 (25.00%) CMS
3 2 (16.67%) Apache
4 1 (8.33%) EPiServer
4 1 (8.33%) WordPress
Applications
1 1 (8.33%) Adobe Illustrator
1 1 (8.33%) Photoshop
Cloud Services
1 1 (8.33%) AdWords
1 1 (8.33%) BrowserStack
1 1 (8.33%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 2 (16.67%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (16.67%) CouchDB
1 2 (16.67%) MongoDB
1 2 (16.67%) MySQL
1 2 (16.67%) Neo4j
1 2 (16.67%) NoSQL
1 2 (16.67%) Relational Database
1 2 (16.67%) Riak
1 2 (16.67%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (16.67%) Git (software)
General
1 2 (16.67%) Marketing
2 1 (8.33%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 6 (50.00%) Developer
2 3 (25.00%) Designer
2 3 (25.00%) Web Developer
3 2 (16.67%) Architect
3 2 (16.67%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
3 2 (16.67%) Java Developer
3 2 (16.67%) Solutions Architect
3 2 (16.67%) Web Architect
3 2 (16.67%) Web Designer
4 1 (8.33%) Content Manager
4 1 (8.33%) Copywriter
4 1 (8.33%) Front End Web Designer
4 1 (8.33%) Front End Web Developer (Client-Side Developer)
4 1 (8.33%) Senior Designer
4 1 (8.33%) Senior Software Tester
4 1 (8.33%) Senior Tester
4 1 (8.33%) SEO Manager
4 1 (8.33%) Software Tester
4 1 (8.33%) Tester
4 1 (8.33%) Web Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (58.33%) CSS
1 7 (58.33%) HTML
2 6 (50.00%) Ajax
2 6 (50.00%) DOM
2 6 (50.00%) XML
3 5 (41.67%) CSS3
3 5 (41.67%) HTML5
3 5 (41.67%) jQuery
4 4 (33.33%) Twitter Bootstrap
4 4 (33.33%) XHTML
5 2 (16.67%) Apache Wicket
5 2 (16.67%) Play Framework
5 2 (16.67%) REST
5 2 (16.67%) SAX
5 2 (16.67%) Servlets
5 2 (16.67%) SOAP
5 2 (16.67%) Spring
5 2 (16.67%) Spring MVC
5 2 (16.67%) Web Services
5 2 (16.67%) XML Schema
Miscellaneous
1 5 (41.67%) User Experience
2 4 (33.33%) Web 2.0
3 2 (16.67%) Social Media
3 2 (16.67%) Wiki
4 1 (8.33%) Blog
4 1 (8.33%) iPad
4 1 (8.33%) Motion Graphics
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (58.33%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (41.67%) Front End Development
3 4 (33.33%) Analytics
4 3 (25.00%) Content Management
4 3 (25.00%) Test Automation
4 3 (25.00%) Web Development
5 2 (16.67%) Asset Management
5 2 (16.67%) BDD
5 2 (16.67%) Kanban
5 2 (16.67%) MVC
5 2 (16.67%) Pair Programming
5 2 (16.67%) Refactoring
5 2 (16.67%) Scenario Testing
5 2 (16.67%) Scrum
5 2 (16.67%) TDD
5 2 (16.67%) Web Analytics
5 2 (16.67%) Wireframes
6 1 (8.33%) A/B Testing
6 1 (8.33%) Content Writing
6 1 (8.33%) Qualitative Research
Programming Languages
1 6 (50.00%) JavaScript
2 2 (16.67%) C#
2 2 (16.67%) Groovy
2 2 (16.67%) Java
2 2 (16.67%) Python
2 2 (16.67%) Ruby
2 2 (16.67%) Scala
2 2 (16.67%) SQL
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (16.67%) SLA
2 1 (8.33%) QA
Vendors
1 5 (41.67%) Adobe
2 2 (16.67%) Oracle
3 1 (8.33%) Google