Period
to 25 April 2019

The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £414 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 6 months to 25 April 2019.

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
25 Apr 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 167 129 138
Rank change year-on-year -38 +9 +20
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 39 83 63
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.71% 1.44% 1.17%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.75% 1.51% 1.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 45 21
North West median daily rate £414 £475 £430
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.89% +10.47% +1.18%
10th Percentile £327 £363 £310
90th Percentile £476 £625 £525
England median daily rate £450 £463 £425
% change year-on-year -2.70% +8.82% +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 17 27
North West median hourly rate £41.50 £39.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.41% -2.50% -
10th Percentile £36.43 £33.13 £36.25
90th Percentile £47.28 £46.60 £50.00
England median hourly rate £45.00 £42.50 £42.50
% change year-on-year +5.88% - -

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 5,181 5,502 5,106
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.53% 95.26% 94.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,308 3,415 3,167
North West median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -3.85%
10th Percentile £250 £233 £219
90th Percentile £613 £575 £550
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 243 306 263
North West median hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.29% -12.50% -11.27%
10th Percentile £13.00 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £49.13 £51.25 £50.00
England median hourly rate £19.00 £18.66 £19.00
% change year-on-year +1.82% -1.79% -

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 25 April 2019.

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 25 April 2019.

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 25 April 2019. 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
Lancashire -22 18 £439 +17.00% 16
Manchester -24 18 £409 -16.15% 72
Cheshire +4 3 £390 -22.00% 15
Software Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 25 April 2019, 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 39 (100.00%) Software Engineering
2 18 (46.15%) JavaScript
3 16 (41.03%) Java
4 15 (38.46%) Amazon AWS
5 13 (33.33%) Node.js
6 12 (30.77%) Jenkins
6 12 (30.77%) Spring
6 12 (30.77%) Git (software)
7 11 (28.21%) Microsoft
8 9 (23.08%) TDD
8 9 (23.08%) Maven
8 9 (23.08%) HTML
8 9 (23.08%) CSS
8 9 (23.08%) Express
8 9 (23.08%) Spring Boot
9 8 (20.51%) SonarQube
9 8 (20.51%) GitLab
9 8 (20.51%) Artifactory
9 8 (20.51%) JAX-RS
9 8 (20.51%) Apache CXF
9 8 (20.51%) Microsoft Azure
9 8 (20.51%) Sonatype Nexus
9 8 (20.51%) Dropwizard
9 8 (20.51%) Mongoose
9 8 (20.51%) C++
9 8 (20.51%) Agile Software Development
10 7 (17.95%) SQL
10 7 (17.95%) CSS3
11 6 (15.38%) HTML5
11 6 (15.38%) SDLC

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 1 (2.56%) Apache
1 1 (2.56%) JBoss
1 1 (2.56%) Tomcat
1 1 (2.56%) WebLogic
1 1 (2.56%) WebSphere
Applications
1 3 (7.69%) Microsoft Excel
1 3 (7.69%) Microsoft Office
1 3 (7.69%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 15 (38.46%) Amazon AWS
2 8 (20.51%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (15.38%) AWS Lambda
3 6 (15.38%) Serverless
4 3 (7.69%) Amazon EC2
4 3 (7.69%) Virtual Private Cloud
5 2 (5.13%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 2 (5.13%) Amazon S3
6 1 (2.56%) Adobe Analytics
6 1 (2.56%) AWS CloudFormation
6 1 (2.56%) GitHub
6 1 (2.56%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.56%) Ethernet
1 1 (2.56%) Profibus
1 1 (2.56%) RS-232
1 1 (2.56%) RS-485
1 1 (2.56%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (12.82%) MongoDB
1 5 (12.82%) MySQL
1 5 (12.82%) PostgreSQL
2 4 (10.26%) NoSQL
3 2 (5.13%) Amazon DynamoDB
3 2 (5.13%) SQL Server
4 1 (2.56%) DB2
4 1 (2.56%) Oracle Database
4 1 (2.56%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 12 (30.77%) Git (software)
1 12 (30.77%) Jenkins
2 9 (23.08%) Maven
3 8 (20.51%) Artifactory
3 8 (20.51%) GitLab
3 8 (20.51%) SonarQube
3 8 (20.51%) Sonatype Nexus
4 4 (10.26%) gulp
5 3 (7.69%) Rational DOORS
6 2 (5.13%) ClearCase
6 2 (5.13%) Gradle
6 2 (5.13%) JIRA
6 2 (5.13%) Rational Rhapsody
7 1 (2.56%) Babel
7 1 (2.56%) Bitbucket
7 1 (2.56%) LabVIEW
7 1 (2.56%) Mockito
7 1 (2.56%) Rational Statemate
7 1 (2.56%) Subversion
7 1 (2.56%) webpack
General
1 3 (7.69%) Law
2 2 (5.13%) Electronics
2 2 (5.13%) Finance
2 2 (5.13%) Telecoms
3 1 (2.56%) Automotive
3 1 (2.56%) Avionics
3 1 (2.56%) Banking
3 1 (2.56%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (33.33%) Node.js
2 12 (30.77%) Spring
3 9 (23.08%) CSS
3 9 (23.08%) Express
3 9 (23.08%) HTML
3 9 (23.08%) Spring Boot
4 8 (20.51%) Apache CXF
4 8 (20.51%) Dropwizard
4 8 (20.51%) JAX-RS
4 8 (20.51%) Mongoose
5 7 (17.95%) CSS3
6 6 (15.38%) Hibernate
6 6 (15.38%) HTML5
7 5 (12.82%) Sass
7 5 (12.82%) Sequelize
7 5 (12.82%) Twitter Bootstrap
8 4 (10.26%) LESS
8 4 (10.26%) Nunjucks
8 4 (10.26%) React
8 4 (10.26%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 5 (12.82%) User Experience
2 1 (2.56%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (2.56%) CPLD
2 1 (2.56%) Enterprise Software
2 1 (2.56%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
2 1 (2.56%) Management Information System
2 1 (2.56%) Self-Motivation
2 1 (2.56%) Verilog
2 1 (2.56%) VHDL
Operating Systems
1 6 (15.38%) Linux
2 4 (10.26%) Windows
3 1 (2.56%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (100.00%) Software Engineering
2 9 (23.08%) TDD
3 8 (20.51%) Agile Software Development
4 6 (15.38%) SDLC
5 5 (12.82%) Continuous Integration
5 5 (12.82%) Microservices
5 5 (12.82%) Web Development
6 4 (10.26%) BDD
6 4 (10.26%) Event-Driven Architecture
6 4 (10.26%) Front End Development
6 4 (10.26%) Open Source
6 4 (10.26%) Progressive Enhancement
6 4 (10.26%) Stakeholder Management
6 4 (10.26%) Technical Leadership
6 4 (10.26%) UML
7 3 (7.69%) Decision-Making
7 3 (7.69%) DevOps
7 3 (7.69%) Integration Testing
7 3 (7.69%) Kanban
7 3 (7.69%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 18 (46.15%) JavaScript
2 16 (41.03%) Java
3 8 (20.51%) C++
4 7 (17.95%) SQL
5 6 (15.38%) C
6 4 (10.26%) Java 8
7 3 (7.69%) Ada
7 3 (7.69%) Embedded C
8 2 (5.13%) Embedded C++
8 2 (5.13%) PHP
9 1 (2.56%) Assembly Language
9 1 (2.56%) Bash Shell
9 1 (2.56%) C#
9 1 (2.56%) ES6
9 1 (2.56%) Groovy
9 1 (2.56%) Perl
9 1 (2.56%) Python
9 1 (2.56%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 4 (10.26%) Degree
2 3 (7.69%) Security Cleared
3 2 (5.13%) BPSS Clearance
3 2 (5.13%) DBS Check
3 2 (5.13%) Numerate Degree
3 2 (5.13%) SC Cleared
4 1 (2.56%) Computer Science Degree
4 1 (2.56%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (5.13%) MIL-STD-498
2 1 (2.56%) Data Quality
2 1 (2.56%) IEC 61508
2 1 (2.56%) MISRA
2 1 (2.56%) MISRA C
System Software
1 5 (12.82%) Docker
2 1 (2.56%) Firmware
Vendors
1 11 (28.21%) Microsoft
2 2 (5.13%) Oracle
3 1 (2.56%) Adobe
3 1 (2.56%) Red Hat
3 1 (2.56%) Sitecore
3 1 (2.56%) Tealium
3 1 (2.56%) Telerik