Period
to 22 July 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 22 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 Engineer
England > North West
6 months to
22 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 135 127 174
Rank change year-on-year -8 +47 +27
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 89 80 69
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.45% 1.40% 0.90%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.52% 1.48% 0.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 49 40 46
North West median daily rate £475 £433 £403
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.83% +7.45% +23.85%
10th Percentile £356 £288 £305
90th Percentile £625 £645 £519
England median daily rate £450 £430 £415
% change year-on-year +4.65% +3.61% +12.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 30 7
North West median hourly rate £39.00 £40.75 £39.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.29% +4.49% +5.41%
10th Percentile £31.90 £36.13 £32.50
90th Percentile £44.50 £47.63 £48.70
England median hourly rate £43.00 £42.50 £42.25
% change year-on-year +1.18% +0.59% +4.32%

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 5,850 5,392 7,283
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.11% 94.38% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,638 3,266 4,452
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £250 £231 £250
90th Percentile £575 £544 £538
England median daily rate £450 £440 £425
% change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 319 286 303
North West median hourly rate £19.03 £22.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.50% +15.79% +2.81%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £11.26
90th Percentile £51.25 £51.50 £47.39
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.14 £19.00
% change year-on-year +3.09% -4.53% +8.57%

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 22 July 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 22 July 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 22 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 -4 49 £500 +14.29% 61
Cheshire +4 21 £463 +23.33% 10
Lancashire -20 17 £375 -41.41% 1
Merseyside +14 1 £375 +3.45% 5
Cumbria -5 1 - - 1
Software Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 22 July 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 87 (97.75%) Software Engineering
2 44 (49.44%) Agile Software Development
2 44 (49.44%) Java
3 30 (33.71%) Node.js
4 28 (31.46%) Amazon AWS
5 21 (23.60%) Test Automation
5 21 (23.60%) TDD
6 19 (21.35%) JavaScript
6 19 (21.35%) Linux
7 17 (19.10%) SQL
7 17 (19.10%) Spring
8 16 (17.98%) C++
9 15 (16.85%) Open Source
9 15 (16.85%) Security Cleared
9 15 (16.85%) Microsoft Azure
9 15 (16.85%) SDLC
10 14 (15.73%) Jenkins
10 14 (15.73%) BDD
10 14 (15.73%) Git (software)
11 13 (14.61%) Continuous Integration
11 13 (14.61%) DevOps
11 13 (14.61%) Coaching
12 12 (13.48%) Maven
12 12 (13.48%) JIRA
13 11 (12.36%) Finance
13 11 (12.36%) Scrum
13 11 (12.36%) C
13 11 (12.36%) C#
13 11 (12.36%) MySQL
13 11 (12.36%) Microservices

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 9 (10.11%) Confluence
2 4 (4.49%) Apache Spark
3 3 (3.37%) Amazon Alexa
3 3 (3.37%) Apache
4 1 (1.12%) JBoss
4 1 (1.12%) Oracle Beehive
4 1 (1.12%) Tomcat
4 1 (1.12%) WebLogic
4 1 (1.12%) WildFly
4 1 (1.12%) WinCC
Applications
1 3 (3.37%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.12%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.12%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (1.12%) Simulink
2 1 (1.12%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 2 (2.25%) Distributed Ledger
Cloud Services
1 28 (31.46%) Amazon AWS
2 15 (16.85%) Microsoft Azure
3 11 (12.36%) PaaS
3 11 (12.36%) SaaS
4 8 (8.99%) Google Cloud Platform
4 8 (8.99%) Slack
5 3 (3.37%) Amazon EC2
5 3 (3.37%) AWS Lambda
5 3 (3.37%) GitHub
5 3 (3.37%) Serverless
6 2 (2.25%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (1.12%) Amazon S3
7 1 (1.12%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.37%) Bluetooth
1 3 (3.37%) DNS
1 3 (3.37%) HTTP
1 3 (3.37%) SMS
1 3 (3.37%) Wi-Fi
2 1 (1.12%) FlexRay
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (12.36%) MySQL
2 10 (11.24%) PostgreSQL
3 9 (10.11%) Big Data
3 9 (10.11%) MongoDB
4 8 (8.99%) NoSQL
5 7 (7.87%) Apache Cassandra
6 4 (4.49%) SQL Server
7 2 (2.25%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 2 (2.25%) Blockchain
8 1 (1.12%) Amazon RDS
8 1 (1.12%) Apache Hive
8 1 (1.12%) Redis
Development Applications
1 14 (15.73%) Git (software)
1 14 (15.73%) Jenkins
2 12 (13.48%) JIRA
2 12 (13.48%) Maven
3 9 (10.11%) Cucumber
3 9 (10.11%) JUnit
4 8 (8.99%) Jasmine
5 7 (7.87%) Rational DOORS
6 6 (6.74%) Visual Studio
7 4 (4.49%) ClearCase
8 3 (3.37%) Rational Statemate
8 3 (3.37%) TeamCity
8 3 (3.37%) Visual Studio Code
9 2 (2.25%) Octopus Deploy
9 2 (2.25%) Selenium
10 1 (1.12%) Eclipse
10 1 (1.12%) eggPlant
10 1 (1.12%) JMeter
10 1 (1.12%) LabVIEW
10 1 (1.12%) Subversion
General
1 11 (12.36%) Finance
2 10 (11.24%) Manufacturing
3 7 (7.87%) Electronics
4 6 (6.74%) Marketing
4 6 (6.74%) Telecoms
5 5 (5.62%) Law
6 4 (4.49%) Automotive
7 2 (2.25%) Avionics
7 2 (2.25%) Banking
7 2 (2.25%) Games
8 1 (1.12%) Aerospace
8 1 (1.12%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (1.12%) Retail
8 1 (1.12%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (33.71%) Node.js
2 17 (19.10%) Spring
3 9 (10.11%) REST
4 8 (8.99%) HTML
5 6 (6.74%) AngularJS
5 6 (6.74%) CSS
6 4 (4.49%) .NET
6 4 (4.49%) COM
6 4 (4.49%) Hibernate
6 4 (4.49%) HTML5
6 4 (4.49%) React
7 3 (3.37%) Spring Boot
8 2 (2.25%) ActiveMQ
8 2 (2.25%) ASP.NET Web API
8 2 (2.25%) Dapper ORM
8 2 (2.25%) Entity Framework
8 2 (2.25%) JPA
8 2 (2.25%) jQuery
8 2 (2.25%) Unity (Game Engine)
8 2 (2.25%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 10 (11.24%) Public Cloud
2 9 (10.11%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (2.25%) 3D Graphics
3 2 (2.25%) Cloud Native
3 2 (2.25%) Computer Science
3 2 (2.25%) Greenfield Project
3 2 (2.25%) Management Information System
3 2 (2.25%) RIA
4 1 (1.12%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
4 1 (1.12%) Raspberry Pi
4 1 (1.12%) SCADA
4 1 (1.12%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 19 (21.35%) Linux
2 9 (10.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 7 (7.87%) Windows
4 4 (4.49%) Unix
5 1 (1.12%) Android
5 1 (1.12%) Apple iOS
5 1 (1.12%) Debian
5 1 (1.12%) FreeRTOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 87 (97.75%) Software Engineering
2 44 (49.44%) Agile Software Development
3 21 (23.60%) TDD
3 21 (23.60%) Test Automation
4 15 (16.85%) Open Source
4 15 (16.85%) SDLC
5 14 (15.73%) BDD
6 13 (14.61%) Coaching
6 13 (14.61%) Continuous Integration
6 13 (14.61%) DevOps
7 11 (12.36%) Microservices
7 11 (12.36%) Scrum
8 9 (10.11%) Integration Testing
8 9 (10.11%) Mentoring
8 9 (10.11%) Programme Management
9 8 (8.99%) Continuous Delivery
9 8 (8.99%) Digital Transformation Programme
9 8 (8.99%) Machine Learning
9 8 (8.99%) SFIA
10 7 (7.87%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 44 (49.44%) Java
2 19 (21.35%) JavaScript
3 17 (19.10%) SQL
4 16 (17.98%) C++
5 11 (12.36%) C
5 11 (12.36%) C#
6 10 (11.24%) Python
7 9 (10.11%) Go
8 8 (8.99%) Java 8
9 7 (7.87%) Ada
10 4 (4.49%) VC++
11 3 (3.37%) Ruby
11 3 (3.37%) Scala
11 3 (3.37%) VB
12 2 (2.25%) Bash Shell
12 2 (2.25%) Objective-C
12 2 (2.25%) PHP
12 2 (2.25%) VBA
13 1 (1.12%) Perl
13 1 (1.12%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 15 (16.85%) Security Cleared
2 9 (10.11%) Degree
3 5 (5.62%) SC Cleared
4 2 (2.25%) HND
5 1 (1.12%) BC Cleared
5 1 (1.12%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (8.99%) GCP
2 4 (4.49%) MIL-STD-498
3 3 (3.37%) Disclosure Scotland
3 3 (3.37%) MISRA
4 1 (1.12%) IEC 61131
4 1 (1.12%) IEC 62304
4 1 (1.12%) ISO 13485
System Software
1 6 (6.74%) Docker
Systems Management
1 11 (12.36%) Kubernetes
2 4 (4.49%) Ansible
3 3 (3.37%) Puppet
3 3 (3.37%) Terraform
4 1 (1.12%) Grafana
4 1 (1.12%) Graylog
4 1 (1.12%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 10 (11.24%) Google
2 9 (10.11%) Red Hat
3 7 (7.87%) Microsoft
4 6 (6.74%) SAP
5 1 (1.12%) Atlassian
5 1 (1.12%) Oracle
5 1 (1.12%) Rockwell
5 1 (1.12%) Siemens