Period
to 16 January 2018

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 16 January 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
16 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 129 169 164
Rank change year-on-year +40 -5 -1
Contract jobs requiring a Software Developer 77 48 83
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.42% 0.78% 0.99%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.48% 0.83% 1.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 53 29 38
North West median daily rate £425 £350 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +21.43% -12.50% +23.08%
10th Percentile £323 £207 £288
90th Percentile £575 £500 £527
England median daily rate £425 £400 £360
% change year-on-year +6.25% +11.11% -4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 7 19
North West median hourly rate £40.00 £42.50 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.88% +13.33% -
England median hourly rate £41.15 £41.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year -0.84% +3.75% +6.67%

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 5,200 5,778 7,973
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.66% 94.35% 94.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,319 3,726 4,803
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £238 £240 £226
90th Percentile £598 £575 £560
England median daily rate £450 £425 £415
% change year-on-year +5.88% +2.41% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 264 219 393
North West median hourly rate £17.74 £17.50 £21.30
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.37% -17.84% +29.09%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £48.70 £48.75 £47.63
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.29 £18.25
% change year-on-year +1.15% +0.22% +10.61%

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 16 January 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 16 January 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 +47 59 £388 +10.71% 60
Lancashire +14 10 £425 +25.93% 6
Merseyside +2 4 £331 -8.62% 14
Cheshire +1 3 £406 -27.78% 33
Software Developer
England

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

For the 6 months to 16 January 2018, 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 52 (67.53%) SQL
2 42 (54.55%) JIRA
3 36 (46.75%) Agile Software Development
4 33 (42.86%) .NET
5 30 (38.96%) Java
6 29 (37.66%) TDD
7 28 (36.36%) NoSQL
8 27 (35.06%) C#
9 26 (33.77%) JavaScript
9 26 (33.77%) Git (software)
10 23 (29.87%) MVC
10 23 (29.87%) WPF
11 22 (28.57%) WinForms
11 22 (28.57%) Linux
12 21 (27.27%) SQL Server
12 21 (27.27%) Test Automation
13 20 (25.97%) BDD
14 19 (24.68%) Cucumber
15 18 (23.38%) WCF
15 18 (23.38%) Software Engineering
15 18 (23.38%) Open Source
16 17 (22.08%) .NET Framework
16 17 (22.08%) E-Commerce
17 16 (20.78%) MySQL
17 16 (20.78%) Node.js
18 15 (19.48%) AccuRev
18 15 (19.48%) Docker
18 15 (19.48%) SQL Server 2000
18 15 (19.48%) Scrum
19 14 (18.18%) Degree

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 13 (16.88%) Apache Spark
2 12 (15.58%) Confluence
3 2 (2.60%) Apache
3 2 (2.60%) IIS
3 2 (2.60%) Oracle Beehive
3 2 (2.60%) SharePoint
3 2 (2.60%) WebLogic
3 2 (2.60%) WildFly
4 1 (1.30%) CMS
4 1 (1.30%) Mongoose
4 1 (1.30%) nginx
4 1 (1.30%) SAS
Applications
1 2 (2.60%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (2.60%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (1.30%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 11 (14.29%) Slack
2 5 (6.49%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (2.60%) GitHub
3 2 (2.60%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (2.60%) npm
4 1 (1.30%) Amazon EC2
4 1 (1.30%) Amazon SQS
4 1 (1.30%) PaaS
4 1 (1.30%) Route 53
4 1 (1.30%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.60%) HTTP
2 1 (1.30%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (36.36%) NoSQL
2 21 (27.27%) SQL Server
3 16 (20.78%) MySQL
4 15 (19.48%) SQL Server 2000
5 13 (16.88%) MongoDB
6 12 (15.58%) Big Data
6 12 (15.58%) Hadoop
7 11 (14.29%) PostgreSQL
8 5 (6.49%) OLAP
9 3 (3.90%) Relational Database
10 2 (2.60%) Amazon RDS
10 2 (2.60%) Oracle Database
10 2 (2.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 1 (1.30%) Azure SQL Database
11 1 (1.30%) RDBMS
11 1 (1.30%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 42 (54.55%) JIRA
2 26 (33.77%) Git (software)
3 19 (24.68%) Cucumber
4 15 (19.48%) AccuRev
5 12 (15.58%) TeamCity
6 7 (9.09%) Visual Studio
7 3 (3.90%) JMeter
7 3 (3.90%) Subversion
8 2 (2.60%) Jenkins
8 2 (2.60%) Selenium
8 2 (2.60%) Team Foundation Server
9 1 (1.30%) Artifactory
9 1 (1.30%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 1 (1.30%) Bitbucket
9 1 (1.30%) GitLab
9 1 (1.30%) Jasmine
9 1 (1.30%) Protractor
9 1 (1.30%) RSpec
9 1 (1.30%) SonarQube
9 1 (1.30%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 12 (15.58%) Manufacturing
1 12 (15.58%) Marketing
2 11 (14.29%) Finance
3 10 (12.99%) Electronics
3 10 (12.99%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.30%) Back Office
4 1 (1.30%) Banking
4 1 (1.30%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (42.86%) .NET
2 23 (29.87%) WPF
3 22 (28.57%) WinForms
4 18 (23.38%) WCF
5 17 (22.08%) .NET Framework
6 16 (20.78%) Node.js
7 13 (16.88%) HTML
7 13 (16.88%) REST
8 9 (11.69%) CSS
9 8 (10.39%) ASP.NET
9 8 (10.39%) HTML5
9 8 (10.39%) jQuery
10 7 (9.09%) Akka
10 7 (9.09%) AngularJS
11 6 (7.79%) Web Services
12 5 (6.49%) CSS3
12 5 (6.49%) PySpark
12 5 (6.49%) Twitter Bootstrap
12 5 (6.49%) XML
13 4 (5.19%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 13 (16.88%) Computer Science
2 8 (10.39%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (2.60%) Credit Risk
3 2 (2.60%) Digital Media
4 1 (1.30%) Data Centre
4 1 (1.30%) FMCG
4 1 (1.30%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (1.30%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.30%) Public Cloud
4 1 (1.30%) RIA
4 1 (1.30%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 22 (28.57%) Linux
2 9 (11.69%) Windows
3 8 (10.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 2 (2.60%) Unix
4 2 (2.60%) Windows Server
5 1 (1.30%) Android
5 1 (1.30%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (46.75%) Agile Software Development
2 29 (37.66%) TDD
3 23 (29.87%) MVC
4 21 (27.27%) Test Automation
5 20 (25.97%) BDD
6 18 (23.38%) Open Source
6 18 (23.38%) Software Engineering
7 17 (22.08%) E-Commerce
8 15 (19.48%) Scrum
9 13 (16.88%) Microservices
9 13 (16.88%) Web Application Development
10 12 (15.58%) Business Intelligence
11 11 (14.29%) Coaching
11 11 (14.29%) Mentoring
11 11 (14.29%) SDLC
11 11 (14.29%) SFIA
12 10 (12.99%) Digital Marketing
12 10 (12.99%) Programme Management
13 9 (11.69%) Continuous Delivery
14 8 (10.39%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 52 (67.53%) SQL
2 30 (38.96%) Java
3 27 (35.06%) C#
4 26 (33.77%) JavaScript
5 13 (16.88%) Python
6 12 (15.58%) Shell Script
7 9 (11.69%) C++
8 5 (6.49%) Clojure
8 5 (6.49%) VB
9 4 (5.19%) VB.NET
10 2 (2.60%) PL/SQL
10 2 (2.60%) PowerShell
10 2 (2.60%) Scala
11 1 (1.30%) C
11 1 (1.30%) Delphi
11 1 (1.30%) Lua
11 1 (1.30%) T-SQL
11 1 (1.30%) VB6
Qualifications
1 14 (18.18%) Degree
2 5 (6.49%) Security Cleared
3 4 (5.19%) SC Cleared
4 1 (1.30%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.60%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 15 (19.48%) Docker
2 1 (1.30%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 1 (1.30%) Ansible
Vendors
1 11 (14.29%) Microsoft
2 10 (12.99%) SAP
3 7 (9.09%) Oracle
4 2 (2.60%) Atlassian
4 2 (2.60%) Pega