The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for SOA skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited SOA over the 3 months to 25 March 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)
England / North West
Rank 102 85 89
Rank change year-on-year -17 +4  
Contract jobs citing SOA 29 73 64
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.11% 1.90% 1.81%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.35% 2.31% 2.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 32 43
Median daily rate £363 £475 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -23.68% +8.57%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £297 £353 £320
10% offered a daily rate of more than £460 £538 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £440
% change year-on-year - +2.27%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 0
Median hourly rate - £57.75 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £50.39 £35.63
% change year-on-year -15.65% +41.44%  

SOA 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 2142 3164 2795
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 82.35% 82.44% 78.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 1354 1915 1525
Median daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £290 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £538 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.06%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 110 122 127
Median hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.66% -6.25%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.50 £16.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.20 £50.00 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.75 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.09% +29.16%  

SOA
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

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

Job vacancy trend for SOA in the North West

SOA
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for SOA in the North West

SOA
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SOA in the North West over the 3 months to 25 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SOA in the North West

SOA
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing SOA in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for SOA in the North West

SOA
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 SOA within the North West region over the 3 months to 25 March 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
Merseyside +12 13 £400 -15.78% 3
Manchester -11 12 £300 -29.41% 10
Cheshire +8 2 £394 -19.23% 4
SOA
England

SOA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 25 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing SOA 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 SOA.

1 51 (61.45%) Oracle
1 51 (61.45%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 45 (54.22%) Middleware
3 32 (38.55%) Oracle Fusion
4 27 (32.53%) SQL Server
4 27 (32.53%) SQL
5 26 (31.33%) Windows
5 26 (31.33%) Agile Software Development
6 25 (30.12%) Web Services
6 25 (30.12%) XML
7 24 (28.92%) JavaScript
8 22 (26.51%) Microservices
9 21 (25.30%) .NET
10 18 (21.69%) J2EE
10 18 (21.69%) Continuous Integration
11 17 (20.48%) Security Cleared
11 17 (20.48%) Java
11 17 (20.48%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
12 16 (19.28%) NoSQL
12 16 (19.28%) Performance Management
13 15 (18.07%) C#
14 14 (16.87%) Unix
14 14 (16.87%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
14 14 (16.87%) SC Cleared
14 14 (16.87%) Relational Database
15 13 (15.66%) Big Data
15 13 (15.66%) OO
15 13 (15.66%) DB2
16 12 (14.46%) HTML
16 12 (14.46%) AIX

SOA
Top Related 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 51 (61.45%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 9 (10.84%) Oracle Service Bus
3 7 (8.43%) SharePoint
4 5 (6.02%) WebSphere
5 4 (4.82%) WebLogic
6 2 (2.41%) JBoss
6 2 (2.41%) SAS
7 1 (1.20%) Apache
7 1 (1.20%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (1.20%) Confluence
7 1 (1.20%) Drupal
7 1 (1.20%) GlassFish
7 1 (1.20%) Mule
7 1 (1.20%) Mule ESB
7 1 (1.20%) Oracle HTTP Server
7 1 (1.20%) Tomcat
7 1 (1.20%) WebLogic Integration
7 1 (1.20%) WebLogic Portal
7 1 (1.20%) WebSphere Application Server
7 1 (1.20%) WebSphere Process Server
Applications
1 11 (13.25%) MS Excel
2 5 (6.02%) InfoPath
3 4 (4.82%) MS Office
4 1 (1.20%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 10 (12.05%) Oracle EBS
2 5 (6.02%) Oracle BPM
3 3 (3.61%) Oracle Applications
4 2 (2.41%) Oracle EBS R12
4 2 (2.41%) Oracle Retail
5 1 (1.20%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (1.20%) Magento
5 1 (1.20%) Oracle Financials
5 1 (1.20%) SAP MDG
5 1 (1.20%) SAP MDM
Cloud Services
1 5 (6.02%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (4.82%) Google Analytics
3 3 (3.61%) GitHub
3 3 (3.61%) SaaS
4 2 (2.41%) PaaS
5 1 (1.20%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (1.20%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (1.20%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (4.82%) Extranet
1 4 (4.82%) Internet
1 4 (4.82%) Intranet
2 1 (1.20%) Firewall
2 1 (1.20%) HTTP
2 1 (1.20%) LDAP
2 1 (1.20%) RFID
2 1 (1.20%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (32.53%) SQL Server
2 16 (19.28%) NoSQL
3 14 (16.87%) Relational Database
4 13 (15.66%) Big Data
4 13 (15.66%) DB2
5 12 (14.46%) MongoDB
6 9 (10.84%) Oracle Database
7 6 (7.23%) Oracle Database 11g
8 5 (6.02%) Oracle ODI
9 3 (3.61%) Oracle Database 12c
10 2 (2.41%) RDBMS
11 1 (1.20%) BusinessObjects
11 1 (1.20%) Data Warehouse
11 1 (1.20%) Oracle Database 10g
11 1 (1.20%) PostgreSQL
11 1 (1.20%) PowerCenter
11 1 (1.20%) Spotfire
11 1 (1.20%) SQL Server 2005
11 1 (1.20%) SQL Server 2012
11 1 (1.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 10 (12.05%) Visual Studio
2 6 (7.23%) NUnit
2 6 (7.23%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
3 4 (4.82%) Git (software)
4 3 (3.61%) JIRA
4 3 (3.61%) Mercurial
4 3 (3.61%) Rational Application Developer
4 3 (3.61%) SoapUI
4 3 (3.61%) WebSphere Studio Application Developer
5 2 (2.41%) Oracle APEX
6 1 (1.20%) JDeveloper
6 1 (1.20%) jMock
6 1 (1.20%) JUnit
6 1 (1.20%) Mockito
6 1 (1.20%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 6 (7.23%) Finance
2 3 (3.61%) Banking
2 3 (3.61%) Retail
3 1 (1.20%) Pharmaceutical
3 1 (1.20%) Prime Brokerage
Job Titles
1 34 (40.96%) Developer
2 24 (28.92%) Architect
3 19 (22.89%) DBA
4 12 (14.46%) Solutions Architect
5 11 (13.25%) Java Developer
6 10 (12.05%) Oracle DBA
7 8 (9.64%) .NET Developer
7 8 (9.64%) Oracle Developer
8 7 (8.43%) Senior Developer
9 6 (7.23%) Middleware Developer
9 6 (7.23%) SC Cleared DBA
9 6 (7.23%) SharePoint Developer
10 5 (6.02%) Cloud Architect
10 5 (6.02%) Senior Java Developer
11 4 (4.82%) Agile Developer
12 3 (3.61%) Domain Architect
12 3 (3.61%) Java Scala Developer
12 3 (3.61%) Scala Developer
12 3 (3.61%) Senior Java Scala Developer
12 3 (3.61%) Senior Scala Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 45 (54.22%) Middleware
2 32 (38.55%) Oracle Fusion
3 25 (30.12%) Web Services
3 25 (30.12%) XML
4 21 (25.30%) .NET
5 18 (21.69%) J2EE
6 12 (14.46%) ASP.NET
6 12 (14.46%) HTML
6 12 (14.46%) JSON
7 10 (12.05%) REST
8 8 (9.64%) jQuery
9 6 (7.23%) ASP.NET MVC
9 6 (7.23%) ASP.NET Web API
9 6 (7.23%) RESTful
9 6 (7.23%) WF
10 5 (6.02%) CSS
11 3 (3.61%) CSS3
11 3 (3.61%) HTML5
11 3 (3.61%) Node.js
11 3 (3.61%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 9 (10.84%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (8.43%) Computer Science
3 5 (6.02%) User Experience
4 3 (3.61%) Data Centre
5 2 (2.41%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (2.41%) Mobile App
6 1 (1.20%) Clustering
6 1 (1.20%) DataPower
6 1 (1.20%) Derivative
6 1 (1.20%) iPad
6 1 (1.20%) Taxonomies
Operating Systems
1 26 (31.33%) Windows
2 14 (16.87%) Unix
3 12 (14.46%) AIX
3 12 (14.46%) Linux
4 1 (1.20%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (31.33%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (26.51%) Microservices
3 18 (21.69%) Continuous Integration
4 16 (19.28%) Performance Management
5 13 (15.66%) OO
6 12 (14.46%) Scrum
7 11 (13.25%) TDD
8 10 (12.05%) MVC
9 9 (10.84%) OOP
10 8 (9.64%) SDLC
10 8 (9.64%) Workflow
11 7 (8.43%) DevOps
11 7 (8.43%) Software Engineering
11 7 (8.43%) Unit Testing
12 6 (7.23%) Analytics
12 6 (7.23%) BPEL
12 6 (7.23%) Continuous Deployment
12 6 (7.23%) Pair Programming
12 6 (7.23%) Performance Tuning
12 6 (7.23%) Software Delivery
Programming Languages
1 27 (32.53%) SQL
2 24 (28.92%) JavaScript
3 17 (20.48%) Java
4 15 (18.07%) C#
5 6 (7.23%) Clojure
5 6 (7.23%) Groovy
5 6 (7.23%) Scala
6 5 (6.02%) PL/SQL
7 4 (4.82%) Python
8 3 (3.61%) F#
8 3 (3.61%) Ruby
9 2 (2.41%) Perl
10 1 (1.20%) T-SQL
10 1 (1.20%) VB
10 1 (1.20%) VB6
10 1 (1.20%) WebLogic Scripting Tool
10 1 (1.20%) XPath
10 1 (1.20%) XQuery
Qualifications
1 17 (20.48%) Security Cleared
2 14 (16.87%) SC Cleared
3 7 (8.43%) Degree
4 1 (1.20%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (1.20%) MCP
4 1 (1.20%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (1.20%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.41%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (1.20%) Data Quality
2 1 (1.20%) QA
System Software
1 4 (4.82%) Virtual Machines
2 3 (3.61%) Hyper-V
3 1 (1.20%) Active Directory
3 1 (1.20%) Shibboleth
Systems Management
1 17 (20.48%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
2 14 (16.87%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 1 (1.20%) Kibana
3 1 (1.20%) Oracle Identity Management
3 1 (1.20%) Oracle Identity Manager
Vendors
1 51 (61.45%) Oracle
2 10 (12.05%) Microsoft
3 5 (6.02%) Google
4 4 (4.82%) Nintex
5 3 (3.61%) Cisco
5 3 (3.61%) Dell
5 3 (3.61%) EMC
5 3 (3.61%) IBM
6 2 (2.41%) Hyperion
6 2 (2.41%) Software AG
6 2 (2.41%) webMethods
7 1 (1.20%) ATG
7 1 (1.20%) Informatica
7 1 (1.20%) Kronos
7 1 (1.20%) MuleSoft
7 1 (1.20%) Remedy
7 1 (1.20%) SAP
7 1 (1.20%) Siebel
7 1 (1.20%) Sybase
7 1 (1.20%) Yahoo!