Period
to 15 October 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 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 Engineer
England > North West
6 months to
15 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 144 120 172
Rank change year-on-year -24 +52 +12
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 76 87 67
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.28% 1.56% 0.93%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.35% 1.64% 0.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 56 43
North West median daily rate £444 £445 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.28% +5.95% +12.00%
10th Percentile £351 £305 £360
90th Percentile £639 £645 £645
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 20 9
North West median hourly rate £41.25 £42.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.94% +6.25% +8.11%
10th Percentile £29.75 £34.60 £37.15
90th Percentile £46.30 £51.71 £43.50
England median hourly rate £45.00 £42.50 £42.00
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%

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 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 15 October 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 15 October 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 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 -28 44 £425 -5.56% 70
Cheshire -6 19 £450 +20.00% 18
Lancashire -17 12 £532 -16.95% 10
Cumbria -3 1 - -
Software Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 15 October 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 74 (97.37%) Software Engineering
2 35 (46.05%) Agile Software Development
3 32 (42.11%) Java
4 24 (31.58%) Node.js
5 23 (30.26%) TDD
6 20 (26.32%) Amazon AWS
7 17 (22.37%) Test Automation
7 17 (22.37%) Spring
8 16 (21.05%) Git (software)
9 15 (19.74%) BDD
10 14 (18.42%) Microservices
10 14 (18.42%) Maven
10 14 (18.42%) JavaScript
10 14 (18.42%) SQL
11 13 (17.11%) Mentoring
11 13 (17.11%) Microsoft Azure
12 12 (15.79%) SDLC
12 12 (15.79%) C
12 12 (15.79%) Linux
13 11 (14.47%) Python
13 11 (14.47%) PostgreSQL
13 11 (14.47%) JIRA
13 11 (14.47%) DevOps
13 11 (14.47%) Terraform
14 10 (13.16%) Coaching
14 10 (13.16%) Security Cleared
14 10 (13.16%) C#
14 10 (13.16%) C++
14 10 (13.16%) MySQL
15 9 (11.84%) JUnit

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 8 (10.53%) Confluence
2 2 (2.63%) Apache
3 1 (1.32%) WinCC
Applications
1 1 (1.32%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (1.32%) Simulink
1 1 (1.32%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 5 (6.58%) Distributed Ledger
2 1 (1.32%) Exstream
Cloud Services
1 20 (26.32%) Amazon AWS
2 13 (17.11%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (11.84%) PaaS
3 9 (11.84%) SaaS
4 5 (6.58%) Slack
5 4 (5.26%) IaaS
6 3 (3.95%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (1.32%) Amazon ElastiCache
7 1 (1.32%) GitHub
7 1 (1.32%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 4 (5.26%) Internet
2 1 (1.32%) Firewall
2 1 (1.32%) FlexRay
2 1 (1.32%) HTTP
2 1 (1.32%) RS-232
2 1 (1.32%) RS-485
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (14.47%) PostgreSQL
2 10 (13.16%) MySQL
3 6 (7.89%) Big Data
3 6 (7.89%) SQL Server
4 5 (6.58%) Blockchain
4 5 (6.58%) MongoDB
4 5 (6.58%) NoSQL
5 3 (3.95%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 3 (3.95%) Geospatial Data
5 3 (3.95%) GIS
6 2 (2.63%) Apache Cassandra
6 2 (2.63%) Apache Hive
7 1 (1.32%) Redis
7 1 (1.32%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 16 (21.05%) Git (software)
2 14 (18.42%) Maven
3 11 (14.47%) JIRA
4 9 (11.84%) JUnit
5 8 (10.53%) Jenkins
6 6 (7.89%) Selenium
7 5 (6.58%) Cucumber
8 4 (5.26%) Gatling
8 4 (5.26%) Gradle
8 4 (5.26%) Rational DOORS
8 4 (5.26%) Spock
8 4 (5.26%) TeamCity
9 3 (3.95%) Bitbucket
9 3 (3.95%) Jasmine
9 3 (3.95%) Octopus Deploy
9 3 (3.95%) Visual Studio
10 2 (2.63%) Artifactory
10 2 (2.63%) GitLab
10 2 (2.63%) LabVIEW
10 2 (2.63%) SonarQube
General
1 3 (3.95%) Aerospace
1 3 (3.95%) Automotive
1 3 (3.95%) Banking
1 3 (3.95%) Finance
1 3 (3.95%) Law
1 3 (3.95%) Manufacturing
2 2 (2.63%) Avionics
2 2 (2.63%) Electronics
2 2 (2.63%) Games
3 1 (1.32%) Marketing
3 1 (1.32%) Pharmaceutical
3 1 (1.32%) Retail Banking
3 1 (1.32%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (31.58%) Node.js
2 17 (22.37%) Spring
3 9 (11.84%) .NET
4 7 (9.21%) CSS
4 7 (9.21%) HTML
5 5 (6.58%) ASP.NET Web API
5 5 (6.58%) REST
6 4 (5.26%) Hibernate
6 4 (5.26%) HTML5
6 4 (5.26%) Spring Boot
7 3 (3.95%) .NET Core
7 3 (3.95%) AngularJS
7 3 (3.95%) Dapper ORM
7 3 (3.95%) Django
7 3 (3.95%) Elastic Stack
7 3 (3.95%) React
7 3 (3.95%) RESTful
7 3 (3.95%) WCF
7 3 (3.95%) WinForms
8 2 (2.63%) Unity (Game Engine)
Miscellaneous
1 9 (11.84%) Public Cloud
2 6 (7.89%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (6.58%) Management Information System
4 4 (5.26%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 3 (3.95%) Cloud Native
5 3 (3.95%) Computer Science
6 2 (2.63%) 3D Graphics
6 2 (2.63%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
7 1 (1.32%) Blog
7 1 (1.32%) SCADA
7 1 (1.32%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 12 (15.79%) Linux
2 4 (5.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 4 (5.26%) Windows
3 3 (3.95%) CentOS
4 2 (2.63%) Apple iOS
5 1 (1.32%) Android
5 1 (1.32%) FreeRTOS
5 1 (1.32%) Ubuntu
5 1 (1.32%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 74 (97.37%) Software Engineering
2 35 (46.05%) Agile Software Development
3 23 (30.26%) TDD
4 17 (22.37%) Test Automation
5 15 (19.74%) BDD
6 14 (18.42%) Microservices
7 13 (17.11%) Mentoring
8 12 (15.79%) SDLC
9 11 (14.47%) DevOps
10 10 (13.16%) Coaching
11 8 (10.53%) Continuous Integration
11 8 (10.53%) Unit Testing
12 6 (7.89%) Digital Transformation Programme
12 6 (7.89%) Integration Testing
12 6 (7.89%) Kanban
12 6 (7.89%) MVC
12 6 (7.89%) Open Source
12 6 (7.89%) Problem-Solving
12 6 (7.89%) User Stories
13 5 (6.58%) Secure Coding
Programming Languages
1 32 (42.11%) Java
2 14 (18.42%) JavaScript
2 14 (18.42%) SQL
3 12 (15.79%) C
4 11 (14.47%) Python
5 10 (13.16%) C#
5 10 (13.16%) C++
6 7 (9.21%) Java 8
7 5 (6.58%) PHP
8 4 (5.26%) Ada
8 4 (5.26%) Shell Script
9 3 (3.95%) Go
9 3 (3.95%) Objective-C
10 2 (2.63%) Bash Shell
10 2 (2.63%) Embedded C
10 2 (2.63%) TypeScript
10 2 (2.63%) VC++
11 1 (1.32%) MATLAB
11 1 (1.32%) VB
11 1 (1.32%) VBA
Qualifications
1 10 (13.16%) Security Cleared
2 6 (7.89%) Degree
3 2 (2.63%) HND
3 2 (2.63%) SC Cleared
4 1 (1.32%) Computer Science Degree
4 1 (1.32%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.32%) Disclosure Scotland
1 1 (1.32%) IEC 61131
1 1 (1.32%) IEC 62304
1 1 (1.32%) ISO 13485
1 1 (1.32%) MIL-STD-498
System Software
1 7 (9.21%) Docker
Systems Management
1 11 (14.47%) Terraform
2 7 (9.21%) Ansible
3 6 (7.89%) Puppet
4 3 (3.95%) Kubernetes
5 2 (2.63%) Grafana
5 2 (2.63%) Graylog
Vendors
1 4 (5.26%) Black Duck
1 4 (5.26%) Microsoft
1 4 (5.26%) Red Hat
2 2 (2.63%) Google
3 1 (1.32%) EnterpriseDB
3 1 (1.32%) OpenText
3 1 (1.32%) Pega
3 1 (1.32%) Rockwell
3 1 (1.32%) SAP
3 1 (1.32%) ServiceNow
3 1 (1.32%) Siemens