The median contractor rate for a Software Developer was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 3 months to 24 March 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Software Developer
England / North West
Rank 99 123 132
Rank change year-on-year +24 +9  
Contract jobs requiring a Software Developer 31 36 18
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.19% 0.94% 0.51%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.25% 1.00% 0.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 18 11
Median daily rate £375 £400 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +33.33%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year - +7.69%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 10 0
Median hourly rate £55.00 £40.25 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.64% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £34.00
% change year-on-year - +25.00%  

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

Contract IT Job Roles
North West
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 2471 3605 3317
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 95.04% 94.30% 94.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 1541 2148 1747
Median daily rate £375 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 151 174 199
Median hourly rate £16.18 £26.83 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -39.69% +41.21%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.50 £11.47
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £49.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.38
% change year-on-year -12.50% +15.10%  

Software Developer
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West that featured Software Developer in the job title.

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 3 months to 24 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 24 March 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 3 months to 24 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
Manchester +6 17 £375 -6.25% 30
Cheshire +31 4 £420 +5.00% 22
Lancashire +11 3 - - 6
Merseyside - 2 £190 - 6
Software Developer
England

Software Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 March 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 28 (57.14%) .NET
2 25 (51.02%) C#
3 23 (46.94%) Agile Software Development
4 22 (44.90%) SQL
5 21 (42.86%) JavaScript
6 19 (38.78%) MVC
7 18 (36.73%) ASP.NET
8 16 (32.65%) HTML
9 15 (30.61%) SQL Server
10 14 (28.57%) CSS
11 11 (22.45%) TDD
11 11 (22.45%) Software Engineering
12 10 (20.41%) ASP.NET MVC
13 9 (18.37%) Java
14 8 (16.33%) Web Services
14 8 (16.33%) XML
14 8 (16.33%) JIRA
15 7 (14.29%) Git (software)
15 7 (14.29%) HTML5
15 7 (14.29%) NoSQL
15 7 (14.29%) .NET Framework
15 7 (14.29%) Degree
15 7 (14.29%) Computer Science
15 7 (14.29%) WCF
15 7 (14.29%) SQL Server 2000
15 7 (14.29%) Linux
16 6 (12.24%) Oracle
16 6 (12.24%) Microsoft
16 6 (12.24%) QA
16 6 (12.24%) JSON

Software Developer Skill Set
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 2 (4.08%) CMS
1 2 (4.08%) SharePoint
2 1 (2.04%) Confluence
2 1 (2.04%) SAS
2 1 (2.04%) Sitecore CMS
2 1 (2.04%) Umbraco
Applications
1 3 (6.12%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (4.08%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 3 (6.12%) Amazon AWS
1 3 (6.12%) GitHub
2 1 (2.04%) Amazon Kinesis
2 1 (2.04%) Amazon SQS
2 1 (2.04%) AWS CloudFormation
2 1 (2.04%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
2 1 (2.04%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 4 (8.16%) HTTP
2 2 (4.08%) TCP/IP
2 2 (4.08%) Wi-Fi
3 1 (2.04%) DLNA
3 1 (2.04%) HTTPS
3 1 (2.04%) tcpdump
3 1 (2.04%) UPnP
3 1 (2.04%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (30.61%) SQL Server
2 7 (14.29%) NoSQL
2 7 (14.29%) SQL Server 2000
3 4 (8.16%) SQL Server 2005
4 3 (6.12%) Firebird
4 3 (6.12%) SQL Server 2008
5 2 (4.08%) GIS
5 2 (4.08%) MySQL
5 2 (4.08%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (2.04%) Big Data
6 1 (2.04%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (2.04%) Hadoop
6 1 (2.04%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 8 (16.33%) JIRA
2 7 (14.29%) Git (software)
3 5 (10.20%) Team Foundation Server
4 4 (8.16%) AccuRev
5 3 (6.12%) gulp
5 3 (6.12%) Jasmine
5 3 (6.12%) Jenkins
5 3 (6.12%) Mocha
6 2 (4.08%) Babel
6 2 (4.08%) Selenium
6 2 (4.08%) Visual Studio
7 1 (2.04%) GoCD
7 1 (2.04%) HP UFT
7 1 (2.04%) Mercurial
7 1 (2.04%) PEAR
7 1 (2.04%) Sahi
7 1 (2.04%) Subversion
7 1 (2.04%) WATIR
7 1 (2.04%) webpack
General
1 4 (8.16%) Electronics
1 4 (8.16%) Finance
2 3 (6.12%) Banking
2 3 (6.12%) Games
3 1 (2.04%) Advertising
3 1 (2.04%) Investment Banking
3 1 (2.04%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (57.14%) .NET
2 18 (36.73%) ASP.NET
3 16 (32.65%) HTML
4 14 (28.57%) CSS
5 10 (20.41%) ASP.NET MVC
6 8 (16.33%) Web Services
6 8 (16.33%) XML
7 7 (14.29%) .NET Framework
7 7 (14.29%) HTML5
7 7 (14.29%) WCF
8 6 (12.24%) jQuery
8 6 (12.24%) JSON
8 6 (12.24%) Node.js
9 5 (10.20%) AngularJS
9 5 (10.20%) REST
9 5 (10.20%) WinForms
9 5 (10.20%) WPF
10 4 (8.16%) .NET Core
10 4 (8.16%) CSS3
10 4 (8.16%) WebGL
Miscellaneous
1 7 (14.29%) Computer Science
2 4 (8.16%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (4.08%) IPTV
3 2 (4.08%) MPEG
3 2 (4.08%) Streaming Video
4 1 (2.04%) Mobile App
4 1 (2.04%) STB
Operating Systems
1 7 (14.29%) Linux
2 6 (12.24%) Android
3 3 (6.12%) Apple iOS
4 2 (4.08%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (46.94%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (38.78%) MVC
3 11 (22.45%) Software Engineering
3 11 (22.45%) TDD
4 6 (12.24%) Unit Testing
5 5 (10.20%) E-Commerce
5 5 (10.20%) SDLC
5 5 (10.20%) UML
6 4 (8.16%) Continuous Integration
6 4 (8.16%) Scrum
6 4 (8.16%) Software Testing
6 4 (8.16%) Web Development
7 3 (6.12%) Android Development
7 3 (6.12%) Automated Testing
7 3 (6.12%) BDD
7 3 (6.12%) High Availability
7 3 (6.12%) Open Source
7 3 (6.12%) Progressive Enhancement
7 3 (6.12%) Refactoring
7 3 (6.12%) SMACSS
Programming Languages
1 25 (51.02%) C#
2 22 (44.90%) SQL
3 21 (42.86%) JavaScript
4 9 (18.37%) Java
5 4 (8.16%) Python
6 3 (6.12%) C++
6 3 (6.12%) ES6
7 2 (4.08%) Apple Swift
7 2 (4.08%) C
7 2 (4.08%) Objective-C
7 2 (4.08%) PHP
7 2 (4.08%) VB.NET
8 1 (2.04%) ECMAScript
8 1 (2.04%) Perl
8 1 (2.04%) Ruby
8 1 (2.04%) Scala
8 1 (2.04%) VB
Qualifications
1 7 (14.29%) Degree
2 4 (8.16%) Security Cleared
3 3 (6.12%) SC Cleared
4 1 (2.04%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (2.04%) ISEB
4 1 (2.04%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (12.24%) QA
System Software
1 1 (2.04%) Docker
1 1 (2.04%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 1 (2.04%) Grafana
1 1 (2.04%) Graphite
Vendors
1 6 (12.24%) Microsoft
1 6 (12.24%) Oracle
2 3 (6.12%) Perforce
3 1 (2.04%) Sitecore
3 1 (2.04%) Twitter
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