Period
to 15 October 2018

The median contractor rate for a Software Developer was £361 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 6 months to 15 October 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
15 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 147 137 188
Rank change year-on-year -10 +51 +13
Contract jobs requiring a Software Developer 73 68 51
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.23% 1.22% 0.71%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.30% 1.28% 0.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 52 39 33
North West median daily rate £361 £425 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -15.00% +21.43% -3.45%
10th Percentile £300 £331 £250
90th Percentile £432 £588 £494
England median daily rate £450 £425 £386
% change year-on-year +5.88% +10.10% +10.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 15 8
North West median hourly rate £39.00 £40.00 £37.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.50% +7.38% -0.67%
10th Percentile £16.40 £30.00 £27.63
90th Percentile £42.60 £42.25 £42.50
England median hourly rate £45.00 £40.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +12.50% - +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 5,628 5,292 6,775
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.05% 94.72% 94.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,483 3,270 4,290
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £240 £250 £250
90th Percentile £575 £575 £553
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 350 245 257
North West median hourly rate £20.00 £19.25 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.90% +13.24% -9.96%
10th Percentile £11.16 £11.25 £11.00
90th Percentile £47.50 £48.75 £47.39
England median hourly rate £18.06 £18.70 £18.50
% change year-on-year -3.44% +1.08% +2.89%

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 15 October 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
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 15 October 2018.

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 15 October 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 -13 53 £360 -15.29% 73
Lancashire -11 10 £220 -48.24% 8
Cheshire -17 7 £363 -14.71% 28
Merseyside +7 2 £363 - 10
Software Developer
England

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

For the 6 months to 15 October 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 51 (69.86%) .NET
2 43 (58.90%) C#
3 39 (53.42%) Agile Software Development
4 35 (47.95%) SQL
5 30 (41.10%) MVC
6 29 (39.73%) SQL Server
6 29 (39.73%) JIRA
7 22 (30.14%) WinForms
8 19 (26.03%) E-Commerce
8 19 (26.03%) WCF
8 19 (26.03%) WPF
8 19 (26.03%) NoSQL
9 18 (24.66%) AccuRev
10 17 (23.29%) Degree
11 15 (20.55%) Computer Science
11 15 (20.55%) Web Services
12 14 (19.18%) RESTful
12 14 (19.18%) VB.NET
12 14 (19.18%) JavaScript
13 13 (17.81%) SQL Server 2000
13 13 (17.81%) TDD
14 12 (16.44%) Microsoft
14 12 (16.44%) HTML
14 12 (16.44%) CSS
14 12 (16.44%) Web Application Development
15 11 (15.07%) Test Automation
15 11 (15.07%) ASP.NET
15 11 (15.07%) Java
15 11 (15.07%) .NET Framework
15 11 (15.07%) Selenium

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 4 (5.48%) Confluence
1 4 (5.48%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.37%) NServiceBus
2 1 (1.37%) Umbraco
Applications
1 2 (2.74%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (2.74%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 9 (12.33%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (2.74%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (2.74%) Amazon ElastiCache
2 2 (2.74%) AWS CloudFormation
2 2 (2.74%) GitHub
2 2 (2.74%) IaaS
3 1 (1.37%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.74%) Internet
2 1 (1.37%) HTTPS
2 1 (1.37%) Intranet
2 1 (1.37%) SSH
2 1 (1.37%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (39.73%) SQL Server
2 19 (26.03%) NoSQL
3 13 (17.81%) SQL Server 2000
4 7 (9.59%) MySQL
5 5 (6.85%) MongoDB
5 5 (6.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 3 (4.11%) RDBMS
6 3 (4.11%) Relational Database
7 2 (2.74%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 2 (2.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (1.37%) Firebird
8 1 (1.37%) Redis
8 1 (1.37%) SQL Server 2012
8 1 (1.37%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 29 (39.73%) JIRA
2 18 (24.66%) AccuRev
3 11 (15.07%) Selenium
4 10 (13.70%) Git (software)
5 8 (10.96%) Octopus Deploy
6 5 (6.85%) Visual Studio
7 3 (4.11%) TeamCity
8 2 (2.74%) JMeter
8 2 (2.74%) SpecFlow
8 2 (2.74%) Subversion
8 2 (2.74%) Visual Studio Team System
9 1 (1.37%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 1 (1.37%) Clang
9 1 (1.37%) CruiseControl
9 1 (1.37%) Cucumber
9 1 (1.37%) eggPlant
9 1 (1.37%) Jenkins
9 1 (1.37%) Team Foundation Server
9 1 (1.37%) WebDriver
9 1 (1.37%) Xcode
General
1 2 (2.74%) Back Office
1 2 (2.74%) Manufacturing
2 1 (1.37%) Banking
2 1 (1.37%) Finance
2 1 (1.37%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 51 (69.86%) .NET
2 22 (30.14%) WinForms
3 19 (26.03%) WCF
3 19 (26.03%) WPF
4 15 (20.55%) Web Services
5 14 (19.18%) RESTful
6 12 (16.44%) CSS
6 12 (16.44%) HTML
7 11 (15.07%) .NET Framework
7 11 (15.07%) ASP.NET
8 8 (10.96%) AngularJS
9 7 (9.59%) HTML5
9 7 (9.59%) XML
10 6 (8.22%) .NET Core
11 5 (6.85%) Express
11 5 (6.85%) jQuery
11 5 (6.85%) JSON
11 5 (6.85%) MEAN Stack
11 5 (6.85%) Node.js
11 5 (6.85%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 15 (20.55%) Computer Science
2 4 (5.48%) Algorithms
3 3 (4.11%) Greenfield Project
4 2 (2.74%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (2.74%) Cloud Native
4 2 (2.74%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 2 (2.74%) e-Learning
4 2 (2.74%) Management Information System
4 2 (2.74%) User Experience
5 1 (1.37%) Data Structures
5 1 (1.37%) Digital Media
5 1 (1.37%) iPad
5 1 (1.37%) iPhone
5 1 (1.37%) Mobile App
5 1 (1.37%) N-Tier
5 1 (1.37%) Online Banking
5 1 (1.37%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 8 (10.96%) Windows
2 6 (8.22%) Windows Server
3 2 (2.74%) Apple iOS
4 1 (1.37%) Android
4 1 (1.37%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (53.42%) Agile Software Development
2 30 (41.10%) MVC
3 19 (26.03%) E-Commerce
4 13 (17.81%) TDD
5 12 (16.44%) Web Application Development
6 11 (15.07%) Test Automation
7 8 (10.96%) BDD
8 6 (8.22%) Problem-Solving
8 6 (8.22%) Scrum
8 6 (8.22%) SDET
8 6 (8.22%) SDLC
9 5 (6.85%) Continuous Integration
9 5 (6.85%) Software Engineering
10 4 (5.48%) Information Security
10 4 (5.48%) Unit Testing
11 3 (4.11%) Coaching
11 3 (4.11%) Mentoring
11 3 (4.11%) OO
11 3 (4.11%) Pair Programming
11 3 (4.11%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 43 (58.90%) C#
2 35 (47.95%) SQL
3 14 (19.18%) JavaScript
3 14 (19.18%) VB.NET
4 11 (15.07%) Java
5 5 (6.85%) Python
5 5 (6.85%) T-SQL
6 4 (5.48%) VB
7 3 (4.11%) PHP
7 3 (4.11%) VBA
8 2 (2.74%) C
8 2 (2.74%) C++
8 2 (2.74%) Shell Script
9 1 (1.37%) Erlang
9 1 (1.37%) F#
9 1 (1.37%) Go
9 1 (1.37%) Haskell
9 1 (1.37%) Objective-C
9 1 (1.37%) Ruby
9 1 (1.37%) Scala
Qualifications
1 17 (23.29%) Degree
2 5 (6.85%) Security Cleared
3 2 (2.74%) Computer Science Degree
3 2 (2.74%) SC Cleared
4 1 (1.37%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (8.22%) QA
System Software
1 3 (4.11%) Docker
Vendors
1 12 (16.44%) Microsoft
2 1 (1.37%) Sage
2 1 (1.37%) Xamarin