Period
to 19 April 2018

The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £475 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 6 months to 19 April 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 Engineer
England > North West
6 months to
19 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 139 140 159
Rank change year-on-year +1 +19 +22
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 83 63 81
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.44% 1.15% 1.03%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.51% 1.21% 1.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 42 22 34
North West median daily rate £475 £428 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.11% +0.59% +31.27%
10th Percentile £363 £314 £307
90th Percentile £625 £521 £505
England median daily rate £455 £425 £415
% change year-on-year +7.06% +2.41% +10.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 27 14
North West median hourly rate £39.00 £40.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.50% - +8.11%
10th Percentile £33.13 £36.25 £32.88
90th Percentile £44.55 £50.00 £48.00
England median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £42.50

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 5,510 5,196 7,467
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.35% 94.78% 94.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,436 3,244 4,467
North West median daily rate £400 £377 £393
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.17% -4.01% +4.67%
10th Percentile £238 £219 £225
90th Percentile £575 £545 £550
England median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 312 257 333
North West median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.50% -11.11% +28.57%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £11.50
90th Percentile £52.15 £49.60 £47.81
England median hourly rate £18.69 £19.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -1.62% - +11.76%

Software Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

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

Job vacancy trend for Software Engineer in the North West

Software Engineer
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 Engineer in the North West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Engineer in the North West

Software Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Engineer in the North West over the 6 months to 19 April 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Engineer in the North West

Software Engineer
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 Engineer in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Engineer in the North West

Software Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Engineer in the North West over the 6 months to 19 April 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Software Engineer in the North West

Software Engineer
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 Engineer within the North West region over the 6 months to 19 April 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 +6 42 £488 +10.80% 59
Lancashire -3 28 £375 -31.82% 4
Cheshire -20 10 £500 +33.33% 13
Merseyside +11 1 £375 - 2
Cumbria -6 1 - -
Software Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 19 April 2018, Software Engineer 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 Engineer in the job title.

1 83 (100.00%) Software Engineering
2 47 (56.63%) Java
3 42 (50.60%) Agile Software Development
4 28 (33.73%) Test Automation
5 26 (31.33%) Node.js
5 26 (31.33%) SDLC
5 26 (31.33%) SQL
6 25 (30.12%) JavaScript
6 25 (30.12%) Linux
6 25 (30.12%) TDD
7 23 (27.71%) Open Source
8 19 (22.89%) Coaching
8 19 (22.89%) Scrum
9 18 (21.69%) JIRA
9 18 (21.69%) BDD
9 18 (21.69%) Jenkins
10 17 (20.48%) Git (software)
10 17 (20.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 16 (19.28%) Amazon AWS
11 16 (19.28%) REST
11 16 (19.28%) NoSQL
11 16 (19.28%) Mentoring
11 16 (19.28%) MySQL
12 15 (18.07%) C++
12 15 (18.07%) Red Hat
12 15 (18.07%) Microservices
12 15 (18.07%) MongoDB
12 15 (18.07%) Confluence
13 14 (16.87%) Cucumber
13 14 (16.87%) Slack

Software Engineer 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 15 (18.07%) Confluence
2 6 (7.23%) Apache Spark
3 4 (4.82%) Apache
4 3 (3.61%) Amazon Alexa
4 3 (3.61%) Oracle Beehive
4 3 (3.61%) WebLogic
4 3 (3.61%) WildFly
5 1 (1.20%) CICS
5 1 (1.20%) CMS
5 1 (1.20%) JBoss
5 1 (1.20%) MQSeries
5 1 (1.20%) Tomcat
5 1 (1.20%) WinCC
Applications
1 6 (7.23%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.20%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.20%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (1.20%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 16 (19.28%) Amazon AWS
2 14 (16.87%) Slack
3 9 (10.84%) Google Cloud Platform
4 4 (4.82%) Amazon EC2
4 4 (4.82%) AWS Lambda
4 4 (4.82%) GitHub
4 4 (4.82%) Microsoft Azure
5 3 (3.61%) PaaS
5 3 (3.61%) SaaS
5 3 (3.61%) Serverless
6 1 (1.20%) Amazon S3
6 1 (1.20%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.61%) Bluetooth
1 3 (3.61%) DNS
1 3 (3.61%) HTTP
1 3 (3.61%) SMS
1 3 (3.61%) Wi-Fi
2 1 (1.20%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (19.28%) MySQL
1 16 (19.28%) NoSQL
2 15 (18.07%) MongoDB
3 14 (16.87%) PostgreSQL
4 12 (14.46%) Apache Cassandra
5 10 (12.05%) Big Data
6 3 (3.61%) Amazon RDS
7 2 (2.41%) SQL Server
8 1 (1.20%) DB2
Development Applications
1 18 (21.69%) Jenkins
1 18 (21.69%) JIRA
2 17 (20.48%) Git (software)
3 14 (16.87%) Cucumber
4 12 (14.46%) Jasmine
4 12 (14.46%) JUnit
5 6 (7.23%) Rational DOORS
6 5 (6.02%) ClearCase
7 4 (4.82%) Visual Studio
8 3 (3.61%) JMeter
8 3 (3.61%) Rational Rhapsody
8 3 (3.61%) Selenium
8 3 (3.61%) Visual Studio Code
9 2 (2.41%) Liquibase
9 2 (2.41%) Maven
9 2 (2.41%) Rational Statemate
10 1 (1.20%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 1 (1.20%) Bitbucket
10 1 (1.20%) ClearQuest
10 1 (1.20%) Subversion
General
1 14 (16.87%) Finance
2 12 (14.46%) Manufacturing
3 9 (10.84%) Electronics
3 9 (10.84%) Telecoms
4 8 (9.64%) Marketing
5 3 (3.61%) Automotive
5 3 (3.61%) Law
6 1 (1.20%) Avionics
6 1 (1.20%) Banking
6 1 (1.20%) Military
6 1 (1.20%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (31.33%) Node.js
2 16 (19.28%) REST
3 6 (7.23%) Spring
4 5 (6.02%) .NET
4 5 (6.02%) AngularJS
4 5 (6.02%) Hibernate
4 5 (6.02%) HTML
5 4 (4.82%) J2EE
6 3 (3.61%) COM
6 3 (3.61%) CSS
6 3 (3.61%) React
7 2 (2.41%) .NET Framework
7 2 (2.41%) HTML5
7 2 (2.41%) JPA
7 2 (2.41%) Sass
7 2 (2.41%) SOAP
7 2 (2.41%) Web Services
8 1 (1.20%) Django
8 1 (1.20%) JSON
8 1 (1.20%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 12 (14.46%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (2.41%) Computer Science
2 2 (2.41%) Greenfield Project
2 2 (2.41%) Mainframe
2 2 (2.41%) Public Cloud
2 2 (2.41%) RIA
3 1 (1.20%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 1 (1.20%) FMCG
3 1 (1.20%) Management Information System
3 1 (1.20%) Raspberry Pi
3 1 (1.20%) SCADA
3 1 (1.20%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 25 (30.12%) Linux
2 17 (20.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 6 (7.23%) Windows
4 5 (6.02%) Unix
5 1 (1.20%) Debian
5 1 (1.20%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 83 (100.00%) Software Engineering
2 42 (50.60%) Agile Software Development
3 28 (33.73%) Test Automation
4 26 (31.33%) SDLC
5 25 (30.12%) TDD
6 23 (27.71%) Open Source
7 19 (22.89%) Coaching
7 19 (22.89%) Scrum
8 18 (21.69%) BDD
9 16 (19.28%) Mentoring
10 15 (18.07%) Microservices
11 14 (16.87%) Continuous Integration
11 14 (16.87%) Kanban
12 12 (14.46%) Programme Management
12 12 (14.46%) SFIA
13 11 (13.25%) DevOps
14 10 (12.05%) Continuous Delivery
14 10 (12.05%) Integration Testing
14 10 (12.05%) Machine Learning
14 10 (12.05%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 47 (56.63%) Java
2 26 (31.33%) SQL
3 25 (30.12%) JavaScript
4 15 (18.07%) C++
5 11 (13.25%) C#
5 11 (13.25%) Python
6 8 (9.64%) Go
7 6 (7.23%) Ada
7 6 (7.23%) Java 8
7 6 (7.23%) VB
8 5 (6.02%) C
8 5 (6.02%) VBA
9 4 (4.82%) PHP
9 4 (4.82%) Ruby
10 3 (3.61%) PL/SQL
10 3 (3.61%) Scala
10 3 (3.61%) VC++
11 2 (2.41%) Embedded C
11 2 (2.41%) Embedded C++
12 1 (1.20%) PL/1
Qualifications
1 13 (15.66%) Security Cleared
2 11 (13.25%) Degree
3 9 (10.84%) SC Cleared
4 1 (1.20%) BC Cleared
4 1 (1.20%) Computer Science Degree
4 1 (1.20%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (10.84%) GCP
2 4 (4.82%) MIL-STD-498
3 3 (3.61%) MISRA
4 2 (2.41%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (1.20%) IEC 61131
5 1 (1.20%) ISO 13485
System Software
1 5 (6.02%) Docker
Systems Management
1 11 (13.25%) Kubernetes
2 6 (7.23%) Ansible
3 3 (3.61%) Puppet
4 2 (2.41%) Opscode Chef
4 2 (2.41%) Terraform
Vendors
1 15 (18.07%) Red Hat
2 10 (12.05%) Google
2 10 (12.05%) Microsoft
3 8 (9.64%) SAP
4 3 (3.61%) Oracle
5 1 (1.20%) Atlassian
5 1 (1.20%) Rockwell
5 1 (1.20%) Siemens
5 1 (1.20%) Syncsort
5 1 (1.20%) Zend