Period
to 22 January 2018

The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £444 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 6 months to 22 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 Engineer
England > North West
6 months to
22 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 132 135 171
Rank change year-on-year +3 +36 +5
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 74 72 81
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.37% 1.19% 0.97%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.44% 1.26% 1.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 42 36 28
North West median daily rate £444 £434 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.31% +5.15% +17.86%
10th Percentile £307 £363 £325
90th Percentile £620 £578 £488
England median daily rate £475 £425 £420
% change year-on-year +11.76% +1.19% +12.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 17 21
North West median hourly rate £41.13 £40.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.81% +6.67% +3.45%
10th Percentile £35.94 £36.80 £35.25
90th Percentile £51.50 £50.60 £42.50
England median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £40.25
% change year-on-year - +5.59% +0.63%

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 5,151 5,694 7,959
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.65% 94.33% 94.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,285 3,669 4,802
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £235 £236 £225
90th Percentile £597 £575 £563
England median daily rate £450 £425 £415
% change year-on-year +5.88% +2.41% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 266 215 396
North West median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £21.40
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -18.22% +29.70%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.02 £11.25
90th Percentile £48.29 £46.40 £47.71
England median hourly rate £18.25 £18.39 £18.50
% change year-on-year -0.75% -0.61% +12.12%

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 January 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 January 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 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 +7 41 £475 +7.95% 78
Lancashire +17 22 £375 -28.57% 4
Cheshire -7 6 £405 -3.57% 20
Merseyside +12 1 £145 -61.33% 4
Software Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 22 January 2018, Software Engineer 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 Engineer in the job title.

1 74 (100.00%) Software Engineering
2 35 (47.30%) Agile Software Development
2 35 (47.30%) Java
3 31 (41.89%) JavaScript
4 30 (40.54%) Linux
5 28 (37.84%) Git (software)
6 26 (35.14%) Node.js
6 26 (35.14%) JIRA
7 25 (33.78%) TDD
8 24 (32.43%) Test Automation
9 23 (31.08%) Scrum
10 21 (28.38%) Jenkins
10 21 (28.38%) SQL
11 18 (24.32%) SDLC
11 18 (24.32%) NoSQL
12 17 (22.97%) Open Source
12 17 (22.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 16 (21.62%) Kanban
13 16 (21.62%) BDD
13 16 (21.62%) Microservices
14 15 (20.27%) Mentoring
14 15 (20.27%) Coaching
14 15 (20.27%) MongoDB
14 15 (20.27%) REST
14 15 (20.27%) MySQL
15 14 (18.92%) Red Hat
15 14 (18.92%) PostgreSQL
15 14 (18.92%) Confluence
15 14 (18.92%) Continuous Integration
16 13 (17.57%) Cucumber

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 14 (18.92%) Confluence
2 2 (2.70%) Apache
2 2 (2.70%) Apache Spark
2 2 (2.70%) Elasticsearch
2 2 (2.70%) Oracle Beehive
2 2 (2.70%) WebLogic
2 2 (2.70%) WildFly
3 1 (1.35%) ArchestrA
3 1 (1.35%) CICS
3 1 (1.35%) CMS
3 1 (1.35%) MQSeries
3 1 (1.35%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 5 (6.76%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.35%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (1.35%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 13 (17.57%) Slack
2 12 (16.22%) Amazon AWS
3 5 (6.76%) Amazon EC2
4 3 (4.05%) AWS Lambda
4 3 (4.05%) Microsoft Azure
4 3 (4.05%) PaaS
4 3 (4.05%) SaaS
5 2 (2.70%) Amazon S3
5 2 (2.70%) AWS CloudFormation
5 2 (2.70%) GitHub
5 2 (2.70%) Google Cloud Platform
5 2 (2.70%) Serverless
5 2 (2.70%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 8 (10.81%) SMS
2 1 (1.35%) Ethernet
2 1 (1.35%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (24.32%) NoSQL
2 15 (20.27%) MongoDB
2 15 (20.27%) MySQL
3 14 (18.92%) PostgreSQL
4 10 (13.51%) Apache Cassandra
5 3 (4.05%) Big Data
6 2 (2.70%) Amazon RDS
6 2 (2.70%) SQL Server
7 1 (1.35%) DB2
Development Applications
1 28 (37.84%) Git (software)
2 26 (35.14%) JIRA
3 21 (28.38%) Jenkins
4 13 (17.57%) Cucumber
5 10 (13.51%) Jasmine
5 10 (13.51%) JUnit
6 3 (4.05%) Rational Rhapsody
6 3 (4.05%) Visual Studio
7 2 (2.70%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 2 (2.70%) Bitbucket
7 2 (2.70%) ClearCase
7 2 (2.70%) GitLab
7 2 (2.70%) JMeter
7 2 (2.70%) Mercurial
7 2 (2.70%) Rational DOORS
7 2 (2.70%) Rational Statemate
7 2 (2.70%) Selenium
7 2 (2.70%) Subversion
8 1 (1.35%) ClearQuest
8 1 (1.35%) LabVIEW
General
1 11 (14.86%) Finance
2 6 (8.11%) Manufacturing
3 5 (6.76%) Aerospace
4 4 (5.41%) Telecoms
5 3 (4.05%) Automotive
5 3 (4.05%) Electronics
5 3 (4.05%) Marketing
6 2 (2.70%) Avionics
7 1 (1.35%) Military
7 1 (1.35%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (35.14%) Node.js
2 15 (20.27%) REST
3 8 (10.81%) React
4 7 (9.46%) CSS
4 7 (9.46%) HTML
5 6 (8.11%) .NET
6 5 (6.76%) AngularJS
7 4 (5.41%) Sass
8 3 (4.05%) HTML5
8 3 (4.05%) RESTful
8 3 (4.05%) Web Services
8 3 (4.05%) XML
9 2 (2.70%) ASP.NET
9 2 (2.70%) Elastic Stack
9 2 (2.70%) J2EE
9 2 (2.70%) JSON
9 2 (2.70%) Qt
9 2 (2.70%) Swing
10 1 (1.35%) Angular 2
10 1 (1.35%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 8 (10.81%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (4.05%) Computer Science
2 3 (4.05%) Public Cloud
3 2 (2.70%) Mainframe
4 1 (1.35%) Algorithms
4 1 (1.35%) Data Structures
4 1 (1.35%) Driving Licence
4 1 (1.35%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
4 1 (1.35%) FMCG
4 1 (1.35%) N-Tier
4 1 (1.35%) RIA
4 1 (1.35%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 30 (40.54%) Linux
2 17 (22.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 6 (8.11%) Windows
4 5 (6.76%) Unix
5 1 (1.35%) CentOS
5 1 (1.35%) Debian
5 1 (1.35%) MVS
5 1 (1.35%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 74 (100.00%) Software Engineering
2 35 (47.30%) Agile Software Development
3 25 (33.78%) TDD
4 24 (32.43%) Test Automation
5 23 (31.08%) Scrum
6 18 (24.32%) SDLC
7 17 (22.97%) Open Source
8 16 (21.62%) BDD
8 16 (21.62%) Kanban
8 16 (21.62%) Microservices
9 15 (20.27%) Coaching
9 15 (20.27%) Mentoring
10 14 (18.92%) Continuous Integration
11 10 (13.51%) SFIA
11 10 (13.51%) User Stories
12 9 (12.16%) Continuous Delivery
12 9 (12.16%) UML
13 7 (9.46%) Customer Requirements
13 7 (9.46%) DevOps
14 6 (8.11%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 35 (47.30%) Java
2 31 (41.89%) JavaScript
3 21 (28.38%) SQL
4 13 (17.57%) C++
5 12 (16.22%) C#
6 7 (9.46%) Python
7 5 (6.76%) Shell Script
7 5 (6.76%) VB
8 4 (5.41%) Ada
8 4 (5.41%) Bash Shell
8 4 (5.41%) C
8 4 (5.41%) VBA
9 3 (4.05%) PHP
9 3 (4.05%) Ruby
10 2 (2.70%) Embedded C
10 2 (2.70%) Go
10 2 (2.70%) PL/SQL
10 2 (2.70%) PowerShell
11 1 (1.35%) COBOL
11 1 (1.35%) Perl
Qualifications
1 10 (13.51%) Security Cleared
2 8 (10.81%) SC Cleared
3 7 (9.46%) Degree
4 1 (1.35%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.70%) GCP
1 2 (2.70%) GPG13
2 1 (1.35%) IEC 62304
2 1 (1.35%) ISO 13485
System Software
1 4 (5.41%) Docker
2 1 (1.35%) KVM
2 1 (1.35%) LXC
2 1 (1.35%) VirtualBox
2 1 (1.35%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 6 (8.11%) Business Desktop Deployment
2 4 (5.41%) Ansible
2 4 (5.41%) Puppet
3 3 (4.05%) Kubernetes
4 2 (2.70%) Icinga
4 2 (2.70%) Kibana
4 2 (2.70%) logstash
4 2 (2.70%) Nagios
4 2 (2.70%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (1.35%) Terraform
5 1 (1.35%) Wonderware InTouch
Vendors
1 14 (18.92%) Red Hat
2 7 (9.46%) Microsoft
3 4 (5.41%) Oracle
4 3 (4.05%) SAP
5 2 (2.70%) Atlassian
5 2 (2.70%) Google
5 2 (2.70%) VMware
6 1 (1.35%) Syncsort
6 1 (1.35%) Twitter
6 1 (1.35%) Wonderware
6 1 (1.35%) Zend