Period
to 18 July 2018

The median contractor rate for a Software Developer was £350 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 6 months to 18 July 2018.

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
18 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 160 132 184
Rank change year-on-year -28 +52 +29
Contract jobs requiring a Software Developer 60 63 51
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.98% 1.11% 0.66%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.03% 1.18% 0.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 38 31
North West median daily rate £350 £381 £369
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.20% +3.46% +13.38%
10th Percentile £323 £295 £250
90th Percentile £419 £475 £438
England median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +10.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 13 10
North West median hourly rate £41.00 £40.00 £39.88
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.50% +0.31% -16.05%
10th Percentile £37.90 £30.00 £29.00
90th Percentile £42.70 £47.75 £46.43
England median hourly rate £42.75 £40.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year +6.88% -5.88% +14.86%

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 5,830 5,339 7,290
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.06% 94.36% 94.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,624 3,239 4,447
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £250 £225 £247
90th Percentile £575 £545 £539
England median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 316 287 306
North West median hourly rate £17.50 £21.50 £18.99
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.60% +13.20% +2.88%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £11.28
90th Percentile £51.25 £51.50 £47.39
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year +1.08% -2.63% +8.57%

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 18 July 2018.

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
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 18 July 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 -15 40 £350 -6.67% 55
Cheshire -10 9 £363 -13.69% 20
Lancashire -8 5 - - 16
Merseyside +21 4 £363 -6.45% 28
Software Developer
England

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

For the 6 months to 18 July 2018, Software Developer contract jobs required the following IT 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 featuring Software Developer in the job title.

1 43 (71.67%) .NET
2 41 (68.33%) C#
3 32 (53.33%) SQL
4 24 (40.00%) SQL Server
5 23 (38.33%) MVC
5 23 (38.33%) Agile Software Development
6 20 (33.33%) WCF
7 18 (30.00%) WPF
7 18 (30.00%) JIRA
8 16 (26.67%) NoSQL
8 16 (26.67%) WinForms
8 16 (26.67%) E-Commerce
9 15 (25.00%) AccuRev
10 13 (21.67%) ASP.NET
10 13 (21.67%) JavaScript
10 13 (21.67%) HTML
10 13 (21.67%) SQL Server 2000
11 12 (20.00%) Java
11 12 (20.00%) CSS
12 11 (18.33%) VB.NET
13 9 (15.00%) Degree
14 8 (13.33%) VB
15 7 (11.67%) XML
15 7 (11.67%) .NET Framework
15 7 (11.67%) Git (software)
15 7 (11.67%) HTML5
15 7 (11.67%) Node.js
15 7 (11.67%) Web Application Development
15 7 (11.67%) AngularJS
16 6 (10.00%) Computer Science

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 5 (8.33%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.67%) CMS
2 1 (1.67%) SAS
2 1 (1.67%) Umbraco
Applications
1 2 (3.33%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (3.33%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 2 (3.33%) GitHub
1 2 (3.33%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.67%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.33%) Internet
2 1 (1.67%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (40.00%) SQL Server
2 16 (26.67%) NoSQL
3 13 (21.67%) SQL Server 2000
4 6 (10.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 5 (8.33%) MongoDB
6 4 (6.67%) MySQL
7 3 (5.00%) RDBMS
7 3 (5.00%) Relational Database
7 3 (5.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (1.67%) Azure SQL Database
8 1 (1.67%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 18 (30.00%) JIRA
2 15 (25.00%) AccuRev
3 7 (11.67%) Git (software)
4 4 (6.67%) Visual Studio
5 2 (3.33%) Cucumber
5 2 (3.33%) Subversion
5 2 (3.33%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (1.67%) Clang
6 1 (1.67%) CruiseControl
6 1 (1.67%) eggPlant
6 1 (1.67%) Jenkins
6 1 (1.67%) JMeter
6 1 (1.67%) Octopus Deploy
6 1 (1.67%) Protractor
6 1 (1.67%) RSpec
6 1 (1.67%) Selenium
6 1 (1.67%) TeamCity
6 1 (1.67%) Xcode
General
1 4 (6.67%) Back Office
1 4 (6.67%) Games
2 2 (3.33%) Finance
2 2 (3.33%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.67%) Banking
3 1 (1.67%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (71.67%) .NET
2 20 (33.33%) WCF
3 18 (30.00%) WPF
4 16 (26.67%) WinForms
5 13 (21.67%) ASP.NET
5 13 (21.67%) HTML
6 12 (20.00%) CSS
7 7 (11.67%) .NET Framework
7 7 (11.67%) AngularJS
7 7 (11.67%) HTML5
7 7 (11.67%) Node.js
7 7 (11.67%) XML
8 6 (10.00%) Web Services
9 5 (8.33%) Express
9 5 (8.33%) JSON
9 5 (8.33%) MEAN Stack
9 5 (8.33%) XSLT
10 4 (6.67%) .NET Core
10 4 (6.67%) jQuery
10 4 (6.67%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 6 (10.00%) Computer Science
2 4 (6.67%) Algorithms
3 2 (3.33%) Greenfield Project
3 2 (3.33%) User Experience
4 1 (1.67%) Data Structures
4 1 (1.67%) iPad
4 1 (1.67%) iPhone
4 1 (1.67%) N-Tier
4 1 (1.67%) Online Banking
4 1 (1.67%) Raspberry Pi
4 1 (1.67%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 6 (10.00%) Windows
2 4 (6.67%) Windows Server
3 2 (3.33%) Apple iOS
4 1 (1.67%) Android
4 1 (1.67%) Debian
4 1 (1.67%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (38.33%) Agile Software Development
1 23 (38.33%) MVC
2 16 (26.67%) E-Commerce
3 7 (11.67%) Web Application Development
4 5 (8.33%) Problem-Solving
5 4 (6.67%) Front End Development
5 4 (6.67%) Software Engineering
5 4 (6.67%) Web Development
6 3 (5.00%) Continuous Improvement
6 3 (5.00%) Continuous Integration
6 3 (5.00%) SDLC
6 3 (5.00%) SOLID
6 3 (5.00%) TDD
6 3 (5.00%) Test Automation
7 2 (3.33%) Capacity Management
7 2 (3.33%) DevOps
7 2 (3.33%) iOS Development
7 2 (3.33%) Microservices
7 2 (3.33%) Process Improvement
7 2 (3.33%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 41 (68.33%) C#
2 32 (53.33%) SQL
3 13 (21.67%) JavaScript
4 12 (20.00%) Java
5 11 (18.33%) VB.NET
6 8 (13.33%) VB
7 4 (6.67%) T-SQL
8 3 (5.00%) C++
8 3 (5.00%) PHP
8 3 (5.00%) VBA
9 2 (3.33%) ES6
10 1 (1.67%) C
10 1 (1.67%) Erlang
10 1 (1.67%) F#
10 1 (1.67%) Go
10 1 (1.67%) Haskell
10 1 (1.67%) Objective-C
10 1 (1.67%) Python
10 1 (1.67%) Ruby
10 1 (1.67%) Scala
Qualifications
1 9 (15.00%) Degree
2 4 (6.67%) Security Cleared
3 1 (1.67%) BPSS Clearance
3 1 (1.67%) SC Cleared
System Software
1 2 (3.33%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (1.67%) Kibana
Vendors
1 5 (8.33%) Microsoft
2 1 (1.67%) Capita
2 1 (1.67%) Oracle
2 1 (1.67%) Sage
2 1 (1.67%) Xamarin