Period
to 17 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Software Developer was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 6 months to 17 November 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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.

Software Developer
England > North West
6 months to
17 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 137 177 199
Rank change year-on-year +40 +22 -41
Contract jobs requiring a Software Developer 68 50 43
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.19% 0.72% 0.50%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.25% 0.76% 0.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 40 33 27
North West median daily rate £425 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.33% +7.14% +7.69%
10th Percentile £343 £258 £278
90th Percentile £588 £500 £533
England median daily rate £425 £388 £350
% change year-on-year +9.68% +10.71% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 5 7
North West median hourly rate £40.00 £40.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% -
10th Percentile £32.00 £31.50 £36.25
90th Percentile £43.00 £42.50 £40.00
England median hourly rate £41.15 £40.75 £38.50
% change year-on-year +0.98% +5.84% +0.65%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
North West
Contract vacancies in the North West with a recognized job title 5427 6545 8083
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.86% 94.38% 94.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 3410 4203 4823
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £250 £250 £234
90th Percentile £588 £550 £569
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 255 241 403
North West median hourly rate £19.00 £16.22 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.18% -20.90% +27.81%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.04 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.80 £45.75 £50.06
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.38 £17.98
% change year-on-year +1.77% +2.20% +8.97%

Software Developer
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings that featured Software Developer in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for Software Developer in the North West

Software Developer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Developer in the North West

Software Developer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Developer in the North West over the 6 months to 17 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Developer in the North West

Software Developer
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 Software Developer in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Developer in the North West

Software Developer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Developer in the North West over the 6 months to 17 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Software Developer in the North West

Software Developer
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 Software Developer within the North West region over the 6 months to 17 November 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 +33 45 £460 +31.43% 19
Lancashire +19 10 £425 +30.77% 3
Cheshire +11 6 £425 -29.17% 22
Merseyside -3 4 £331 -14.52% 6
Software Developer
England

Software Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 17 November 2017, Software Developer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region featuring Software Developer in the job title.

1 42 (61.76%) SQL
2 33 (48.53%) JIRA
3 30 (44.12%) Agile Software Development
4 29 (42.65%) Java
5 28 (41.18%) TDD
6 26 (38.24%) C#
6 26 (38.24%) .NET
7 24 (35.29%) NoSQL
8 23 (33.82%) JavaScript
9 22 (32.35%) Linux
9 22 (32.35%) Git (software)
10 20 (29.41%) Open Source
10 20 (29.41%) BDD
11 18 (26.47%) Software Engineering
11 18 (26.47%) MVC
11 18 (26.47%) Cucumber
11 18 (26.47%) Test Automation
12 17 (25.00%) WPF
13 16 (23.53%) Node.js
14 15 (22.06%) WinForms
15 14 (20.59%) Scrum
15 14 (20.59%) SQL Server
15 14 (20.59%) WCF
15 14 (20.59%) .NET Framework
15 14 (20.59%) REST
16 13 (19.12%) MongoDB
16 13 (19.12%) MySQL
16 13 (19.12%) Python
17 12 (17.65%) HTML
17 12 (17.65%) Finance

Software Developer Skill Set
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 12 (17.65%) Confluence
2 11 (16.18%) Apache Spark
3 5 (7.35%) SharePoint
4 2 (2.94%) IIS
4 2 (2.94%) Kinematics
4 2 (2.94%) nginx
4 2 (2.94%) Umbraco
5 1 (1.47%) Mongoose
Applications
1 2 (2.94%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (2.94%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 3 (4.41%) Dynamics NAV
2 2 (2.94%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 11 (16.18%) Slack
2 3 (4.41%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (4.41%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (2.94%) Amazon EC2
3 2 (2.94%) Amazon SQS
3 2 (2.94%) Office 365
3 2 (2.94%) Route 53
3 2 (2.94%) SaaS
4 1 (1.47%) GitHub
4 1 (1.47%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.94%) HTTP
1 2 (2.94%) tcpdump
1 2 (2.94%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (35.29%) NoSQL
2 14 (20.59%) SQL Server
3 13 (19.12%) MongoDB
3 13 (19.12%) MySQL
4 11 (16.18%) Big Data
4 11 (16.18%) Hadoop
4 11 (16.18%) PostgreSQL
5 9 (13.24%) SQL Server 2000
6 5 (7.35%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 3 (4.41%) Oracle Database
8 2 (2.94%) OLAP
8 2 (2.94%) Relational Database
8 2 (2.94%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 2 (2.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 1 (1.47%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 33 (48.53%) JIRA
2 22 (32.35%) Git (software)
3 18 (26.47%) Cucumber
4 11 (16.18%) Visual Studio
5 9 (13.24%) AccuRev
5 9 (13.24%) TeamCity
6 5 (7.35%) Team Foundation Server
7 3 (4.41%) ClearCase
7 3 (4.41%) Rational Robot
8 2 (2.94%) Jenkins
8 2 (2.94%) SpecFlow
8 2 (2.94%) Subversion
9 1 (1.47%) Artifactory
9 1 (1.47%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 1 (1.47%) Bitbucket
9 1 (1.47%) GitLab
9 1 (1.47%) SonarQube
9 1 (1.47%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 12 (17.65%) Finance
2 11 (16.18%) Manufacturing
2 11 (16.18%) Marketing
3 9 (13.24%) Electronics
3 9 (13.24%) Telecoms
4 2 (2.94%) Games
5 1 (1.47%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (38.24%) .NET
2 17 (25.00%) WPF
3 16 (23.53%) Node.js
4 15 (22.06%) WinForms
5 14 (20.59%) .NET Framework
5 14 (20.59%) REST
5 14 (20.59%) WCF
6 12 (17.65%) HTML
7 7 (10.29%) Akka
7 7 (10.29%) ASP.NET
7 7 (10.29%) CSS
7 7 (10.29%) XML
8 6 (8.82%) jQuery
9 5 (7.35%) WSDL
9 5 (7.35%) XSD
10 4 (5.88%) ASP.NET Web API
10 4 (5.88%) CSS3
10 4 (5.88%) Entity Framework
10 4 (5.88%) HTML5
10 4 (5.88%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 10 (14.71%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (13.24%) Computer Science
3 2 (2.94%) Credit Risk
3 2 (2.94%) N-Tier
3 2 (2.94%) RIA
3 2 (2.94%) Robotics
4 1 (1.47%) Acoustics
4 1 (1.47%) Digital Media
4 1 (1.47%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 1 (1.47%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (1.47%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 22 (32.35%) Linux
2 11 (16.18%) Windows
3 8 (11.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 2 (2.94%) Unix
4 2 (2.94%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (44.12%) Agile Software Development
2 28 (41.18%) TDD
3 20 (29.41%) BDD
3 20 (29.41%) Open Source
4 18 (26.47%) MVC
4 18 (26.47%) Software Engineering
4 18 (26.47%) Test Automation
5 14 (20.59%) Scrum
6 11 (16.18%) Coaching
6 11 (16.18%) E-Commerce
6 11 (16.18%) Mentoring
6 11 (16.18%) Microservices
6 11 (16.18%) SDLC
6 11 (16.18%) SFIA
7 9 (13.24%) Business Intelligence
7 9 (13.24%) Digital Marketing
7 9 (13.24%) Programme Management
8 8 (11.76%) User Stories
8 8 (11.76%) Web Application Development
9 7 (10.29%) Continuous Delivery
Programming Languages
1 42 (61.76%) SQL
2 29 (42.65%) Java
3 26 (38.24%) C#
4 23 (33.82%) JavaScript
5 13 (19.12%) Python
6 11 (16.18%) C++
7 10 (14.71%) Shell Script
8 8 (11.76%) VB
9 5 (7.35%) Clojure
10 3 (4.41%) VB6
11 2 (2.94%) PowerShell
11 2 (2.94%) T-SQL
12 1 (1.47%) C
12 1 (1.47%) Lua
12 1 (1.47%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 10 (14.71%) Degree
2 8 (11.76%) Security Cleared
3 6 (8.82%) SC Cleared
4 1 (1.47%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.94%) Data Quality
1 2 (2.94%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 10 (14.71%) Docker
2 2 (2.94%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 2 (2.94%) Grafana
1 2 (2.94%) Graphite
2 1 (1.47%) Ansible
Vendors
1 9 (13.24%) SAP
2 6 (8.82%) Microsoft
3 5 (7.35%) Oracle
4 2 (2.94%) Atlassian
4 2 (2.94%) NVIDIA
4 2 (2.94%) Pega