Period
to 18 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £463 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 6 months to 18 November 2017.

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
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 111 144 185
Rank change year-on-year +33 +41 -8
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 93 84 55
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.64% 1.22% 0.64%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.72% 1.29% 0.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 58 52 23
North West median daily rate £463 £425 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.82% +13.33% +7.14%
10th Percentile £305 £360 £308
90th Percentile £645 £621 £486
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +10.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 10 17
North West median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +1.35%
10th Percentile £34.60 £37.33 £32.90
90th Percentile £52.04 £42.50 £40.00
England median hourly rate £42.50 £42.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +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 5392 6506 8112
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.86% 94.36% 94.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 3395 4186 4845
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £250 £250 £234
90th Percentile £588 £550 £571
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 252 240 403
North West median hourly rate £18.75 £16.11 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.41% -21.43% +28.13%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.04 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £45.91 £50.06
England median hourly rate £18.66 £18.50 £17.89
% change year-on-year +0.84% +3.41% +8.42%

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 18 November 2017.

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 18 November 2017.

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 18 November 2017. 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 +36 58 £463 +8.50% 20
Lancashire +21 16 £640 +52.38% 1
Cheshire -2 8 £375 -11.76% 9
Merseyside +10 5 £250 -33.33%
Cumbria -3 2 - - 1
Software Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 18 November 2017, 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 93 (100.00%) Software Engineering
2 43 (46.24%) Agile Software Development
3 41 (44.09%) Java
3 41 (44.09%) Linux
4 36 (38.71%) Git (software)
5 29 (31.18%) JavaScript
6 26 (27.96%) Node.js
7 25 (26.88%) TDD
7 25 (26.88%) Scrum
7 25 (26.88%) JIRA
8 22 (23.66%) NoSQL
8 22 (23.66%) Jenkins
9 21 (22.58%) Test Automation
9 21 (22.58%) SQL
10 20 (21.51%) Red Hat
11 19 (20.43%) C++
11 19 (20.43%) MongoDB
12 17 (18.28%) PostgreSQL
12 17 (18.28%) MySQL
12 17 (18.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 17 (18.28%) Open Source
13 16 (17.20%) Microservices
14 15 (16.13%) REST
14 15 (16.13%) Kanban
15 13 (13.98%) Continuous Integration
16 12 (12.90%) Spring
16 12 (12.90%) Windows
16 12 (12.90%) Configuration Management
16 12 (12.90%) UML
16 12 (12.90%) Web Services

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 10 (10.75%) Confluence
2 4 (4.30%) Elasticsearch
3 2 (2.15%) Kinematics
4 1 (1.08%) ArchestrA
4 1 (1.08%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 1 (1.08%) WebLogic
Applications
1 4 (4.30%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.08%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 3 (3.23%) LabWindows
Cloud Services
1 10 (10.75%) Amazon AWS
2 9 (9.68%) Slack
3 6 (6.45%) Amazon EC2
4 4 (4.30%) Amazon S3
4 4 (4.30%) PaaS
5 2 (2.15%) AWS CloudFormation
5 2 (2.15%) AWS Lambda
5 2 (2.15%) Microsoft Azure
5 2 (2.15%) SaaS
5 2 (2.15%) Serverless
5 2 (2.15%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 1 (1.08%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 10 (10.75%) SMS
2 2 (2.15%) TCP/IP
3 1 (1.08%) Broadband
3 1 (1.08%) Ethernet
3 1 (1.08%) HTTP
3 1 (1.08%) RS-422
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (23.66%) NoSQL
2 19 (20.43%) MongoDB
3 17 (18.28%) MySQL
3 17 (18.28%) PostgreSQL
4 11 (11.83%) Apache Cassandra
5 2 (2.15%) Big Data
5 2 (2.15%) Hadoop
5 2 (2.15%) Relational Database
5 2 (2.15%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 36 (38.71%) Git (software)
2 25 (26.88%) JIRA
3 22 (23.66%) Jenkins
4 11 (11.83%) Jasmine
4 11 (11.83%) JUnit
5 9 (9.68%) Cucumber
6 5 (5.38%) GitLab
6 5 (5.38%) Visual Studio
7 4 (4.30%) Rational DOORS
8 3 (3.23%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 3 (3.23%) Bitbucket
8 3 (3.23%) LabVIEW
8 3 (3.23%) Rational Statemate
9 2 (2.15%) ClearCase
9 2 (2.15%) Mercurial
9 2 (2.15%) Rational Rhapsody
9 2 (2.15%) Subversion
10 1 (1.08%) CMake
10 1 (1.08%) SpecFlow
10 1 (1.08%) WiX
General
1 7 (7.53%) Finance
2 5 (5.38%) Aerospace
3 3 (3.23%) Automotive
3 3 (3.23%) Manufacturing
4 2 (2.15%) Avionics
4 2 (2.15%) Games
4 2 (2.15%) Military
5 1 (1.08%) Electronics
5 1 (1.08%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (1.08%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (27.96%) Node.js
2 15 (16.13%) REST
3 12 (12.90%) Spring
3 12 (12.90%) Web Services
4 8 (8.60%) XML
5 7 (7.53%) .NET
5 7 (7.53%) React
5 7 (7.53%) RESTful
6 5 (5.38%) CSS
6 5 (5.38%) Elastic Stack
6 5 (5.38%) HTML
6 5 (5.38%) JSON
7 4 (4.30%) AngularJS
7 4 (4.30%) Qt
8 3 (3.23%) HTML5
8 3 (3.23%) Swing
9 2 (2.15%) Hibernate
9 2 (2.15%) jQuery
9 2 (2.15%) SAML
9 2 (2.15%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 7 (7.53%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (3.23%) Computer Science
3 2 (2.15%) Mobile App
3 2 (2.15%) Public Cloud
3 2 (2.15%) RIA
4 1 (1.08%) Acoustics
4 1 (1.08%) Algorithms
4 1 (1.08%) Data Structures
4 1 (1.08%) Device Driver
4 1 (1.08%) Driving Licence
4 1 (1.08%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 1 (1.08%) N-Tier
4 1 (1.08%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 41 (44.09%) Linux
2 17 (18.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 12 (12.90%) Windows
4 7 (7.53%) CentOS
4 7 (7.53%) Debian
4 7 (7.53%) Ubuntu
5 6 (6.45%) Unix
6 2 (2.15%) Android
6 2 (2.15%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 93 (100.00%) Software Engineering
2 43 (46.24%) Agile Software Development
3 25 (26.88%) Scrum
3 25 (26.88%) TDD
4 21 (22.58%) Test Automation
5 17 (18.28%) Open Source
6 16 (17.20%) Microservices
7 15 (16.13%) Kanban
8 13 (13.98%) Continuous Integration
9 12 (12.90%) Coaching
9 12 (12.90%) Configuration Management
9 12 (12.90%) Mentoring
9 12 (12.90%) SDLC
9 12 (12.90%) UML
10 11 (11.83%) BDD
11 10 (10.75%) DevOps
11 10 (10.75%) Integration Testing
12 9 (9.68%) Continuous Delivery
13 7 (7.53%) SFIA
13 7 (7.53%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 41 (44.09%) Java
2 29 (31.18%) JavaScript
3 21 (22.58%) SQL
4 19 (20.43%) C++
5 12 (12.90%) Python
6 11 (11.83%) C#
7 10 (10.75%) Bash Shell
8 8 (8.60%) Shell Script
9 6 (6.45%) Ada
10 5 (5.38%) C
11 4 (4.30%) VB
12 3 (3.23%) Groovy
12 3 (3.23%) Perl
12 3 (3.23%) VBA
13 2 (2.15%) Apple Swift
13 2 (2.15%) Embedded C
13 2 (2.15%) PHP
13 2 (2.15%) PowerShell
14 1 (1.08%) Assembly Language
14 1 (1.08%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 10 (10.75%) Security Cleared
2 9 (9.68%) SC Cleared
3 5 (5.38%) Degree
4 1 (1.08%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (5.38%) GPG13
2 1 (1.08%) IEC 62304
System Software
1 8 (8.60%) Docker
2 7 (7.53%) KVM
2 7 (7.53%) LXC
3 1 (1.08%) VirtualBox
3 1 (1.08%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 10 (10.75%) Ansible
2 6 (6.45%) Business Desktop Deployment
2 6 (6.45%) Packer
3 4 (4.30%) Kibana
3 4 (4.30%) logstash
4 2 (2.15%) Icinga
4 2 (2.15%) Nagios
4 2 (2.15%) Puppet
5 1 (1.08%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (1.08%) Wonderware InTouch
Vendors
1 20 (21.51%) Red Hat
2 5 (5.38%) Microsoft
2 5 (5.38%) Pega
3 4 (4.30%) Oracle
4 3 (3.23%) Atlassian
5 2 (2.15%) NVIDIA
5 2 (2.15%) VMware
5 2 (2.15%) Xamarin
6 1 (1.08%) Cisco
6 1 (1.08%) Genesys
6 1 (1.08%) Serena
6 1 (1.08%) Twitter
6 1 (1.08%) Wonderware