Period
to 22 September 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for Software Engineering skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Software Engineering over the 6 months to 22 September 2018 with a comparison to the 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 Engineering
England > North West
6 months to
22 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 66 52 64
Rank change year-on-year -14 +12 +67
Contract jobs citing Software Engineering 194 195 210
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 3.29% 3.35% 2.85%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.93% 4.08% 3.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 137 152 148
North West median daily rate £425 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.56% +5.88% +13.33%
10th Percentile £342 £308 £320
90th Percentile £575 £638 £583
England median daily rate £500 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 29 15
North West median hourly rate £40.00 £42.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.88% +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £27.50 £36.00 £37.50
90th Percentile £46.00 £50.34 £48.25
England median hourly rate £43.50 £45.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year -3.33% +5.88% +6.25%

Software Engineering is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
North West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 4,932 4,778 6,210
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 83.69% 82.04% 84.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,113 2,936 3,928
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £263 £263 £260
90th Percentile £575 £550 £556
England median daily rate £465 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 266 199 183
North West median hourly rate £22.00 £30.00 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -26.67% +39.53% -27.66%
10th Percentile £11.21 £11.74 £12.19
90th Percentile £52.00 £52.60 £52.65
England median hourly rate £20.90 £23.14 £22.84
% change year-on-year -9.70% +1.31% +3.82%

Software Engineering
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Software Engineering as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for Software Engineering in the North West

Software Engineering
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 Engineering in the North West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Engineering in the North West

Software Engineering
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Engineering in the North West over the 6 months to 22 September 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Engineering in the North West

Software Engineering
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 Engineering in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Engineering in the North West

Software Engineering
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Engineering in the North West over the 6 months to 22 September 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Software Engineering in the North West

Software Engineering
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 Engineering within the North West region over the 6 months to 22 September 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 -16 116 £425 - 167
Cheshire +1 42 £413 -15.38% 38
Lancashire -2 31 £475 -24.00% 16
Cumbria -5 3 - - 3
Merseyside +5 2 £350 -6.67% 9
Software Engineering
England

For the 6 months to 22 September 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Software Engineering also mentioned the following 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 with a requirement for Software Engineering.

1 109 (56.19%) Agile Software Development
2 75 (38.66%) Java
3 53 (27.32%) TDD
4 51 (26.29%) BDD
5 45 (23.20%) Git (software)
5 45 (23.20%) SQL
6 44 (22.68%) .NET
7 43 (22.16%) Amazon AWS
8 42 (21.65%) JavaScript
8 42 (21.65%) C#
9 37 (19.07%) Test Automation
10 35 (18.04%) HTML
11 33 (17.01%) Spring
12 31 (15.98%) Python
12 31 (15.98%) Node.js
13 30 (15.46%) Jenkins
13 30 (15.46%) CSS
14 27 (13.92%) Microservices
15 26 (13.40%) Continuous Integration
16 25 (12.89%) Degree
17 24 (12.37%) SQL Server
17 24 (12.37%) Unit Testing
17 24 (12.37%) Microsoft Azure
18 23 (11.86%) User Experience
18 23 (11.86%) Linux
18 23 (11.86%) PostgreSQL
18 23 (11.86%) JIRA
19 22 (11.34%) Selenium
19 22 (11.34%) SDLC
20 21 (10.82%) Mentoring

Software Engineering
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 13 (6.70%) Confluence
2 4 (2.06%) BizTalk Server
2 4 (2.06%) SharePoint
2 4 (2.06%) Tomcat
2 4 (2.06%) WebSphere
3 2 (1.03%) Apache
3 2 (1.03%) Apache Spark
3 2 (1.03%) JBoss
3 2 (1.03%) WebLogic
4 1 (0.52%) CMS
4 1 (0.52%) WinCC
Applications
1 2 (1.03%) Simulink
2 1 (0.52%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.52%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.52%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 5 (2.58%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (1.55%) Distributed Ledger
3 1 (0.52%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.52%) Exstream
3 1 (0.52%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 43 (22.16%) Amazon AWS
2 24 (12.37%) Microsoft Azure
3 11 (5.67%) PaaS
3 11 (5.67%) SaaS
3 11 (5.67%) Slack
4 6 (3.09%) GitHub
5 5 (2.58%) AWS CloudFormation
6 3 (1.55%) Boomi
6 3 (1.55%) Dynamics 365
6 3 (1.55%) IaaS
6 3 (1.55%) iPaaS
7 2 (1.03%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 2 (1.03%) Amazon EC2
7 2 (1.03%) Amazon ElastiCache
7 2 (1.03%) Google Cloud Platform
7 2 (1.03%) npm
8 1 (0.52%) Amazon ELB
8 1 (0.52%) Amazon S3
8 1 (0.52%) Azure Data Factory
8 1 (0.52%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 4 (2.06%) SMS
2 2 (1.03%) Internet
3 1 (0.52%) FlexRay
3 1 (0.52%) HTTP
3 1 (0.52%) HTTPS
3 1 (0.52%) RS-232
3 1 (0.52%) RS-422
3 1 (0.52%) RS-485
3 1 (0.52%) SSH
3 1 (0.52%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (12.37%) SQL Server
2 23 (11.86%) PostgreSQL
3 13 (6.70%) MySQL
4 10 (5.15%) NoSQL
5 9 (4.64%) Big Data
6 8 (4.12%) MongoDB
7 6 (3.09%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 5 (2.58%) DB2
9 4 (2.06%) Amazon Aurora
9 4 (2.06%) Amazon Redshift
10 3 (1.55%) Apache Cassandra
10 3 (1.55%) Apache Hive
10 3 (1.55%) Blockchain
10 3 (1.55%) Data Warehouse
10 3 (1.55%) Geospatial Data
10 3 (1.55%) GIS
11 2 (1.03%) Oracle Database
11 2 (1.03%) Relational Database
12 1 (0.52%) Data Lake
12 1 (0.52%) HDInsight
Development Applications
1 45 (23.20%) Git (software)
2 30 (15.46%) Jenkins
3 23 (11.86%) JIRA
4 22 (11.34%) Selenium
5 14 (7.22%) JUnit
6 13 (6.70%) Maven
7 12 (6.19%) JMeter
8 10 (5.15%) Jasmine
9 8 (4.12%) Cucumber
10 7 (3.61%) HP UFT
11 6 (3.09%) LoadRunner
11 6 (3.09%) TestNG
11 6 (3.09%) Visual Studio
12 5 (2.58%) Mercurial
12 5 (2.58%) TeamCity
12 5 (2.58%) WebDriver
13 4 (2.06%) Burp Suite
13 4 (2.06%) LabVIEW
13 4 (2.06%) Octopus Deploy
14 3 (1.55%) Karma Test Runner
General
1 14 (7.22%) Finance
2 9 (4.64%) Retail
3 5 (2.58%) Law
3 5 (2.58%) Manufacturing
4 4 (2.06%) Banking
4 4 (2.06%) Pharmaceutical
5 3 (1.55%) Electronics
6 2 (1.03%) Games
7 1 (0.52%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.52%) Automotive
7 1 (0.52%) Avionics
7 1 (0.52%) Legal
7 1 (0.52%) Marketing
7 1 (0.52%) Retail Banking
7 1 (0.52%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 69 (35.57%) Software Engineer
2 59 (30.41%) Developer
3 18 (9.28%) Java Engineer
4 17 (8.76%) .NET Developer
4 17 (8.76%) Java Developer
5 16 (8.25%) Java Software Engineer
6 15 (7.73%) Test Engineer
7 12 (6.19%) Full Stack Developer
7 12 (6.19%) Senior Software Engineer
8 8 (4.12%) C# Developer
9 7 (3.61%) Designer
9 7 (3.61%) DevOps Engineer
10 6 (3.09%) Architect
10 6 (3.09%) C# .NET Developer
10 6 (3.09%) C++ Software Engineer
10 6 (3.09%) Data Engineer
10 6 (3.09%) Interaction Designer
10 6 (3.09%) Software Developer
11 5 (2.58%) Analyst
11 5 (2.58%) C# Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 44 (22.68%) .NET
2 35 (18.04%) HTML
3 33 (17.01%) Spring
4 31 (15.98%) Node.js
5 30 (15.46%) CSS
6 17 (8.76%) REST
6 17 (8.76%) Spring Boot
7 13 (6.70%) React
8 11 (5.67%) ASP.NET
9 10 (5.15%) ASP.NET Web API
9 10 (5.15%) Hibernate
10 9 (4.64%) AngularJS
10 9 (4.64%) Spring Security
11 7 (3.61%) .NET Framework
11 7 (3.61%) Entity Framework
11 7 (3.61%) SOAP
11 7 (3.61%) WinForms
11 7 (3.61%) XML
12 6 (3.09%) ASP.NET MVC
13 5 (2.58%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 23 (11.86%) User Experience
2 10 (5.15%) Public Cloud
3 8 (4.12%) Computer Science
4 7 (3.61%) Wiki
5 6 (3.09%) Greenfield Project
5 6 (3.09%) Management Information System
6 4 (2.06%) Analytical Skills
6 4 (2.06%) Cloud Native
6 4 (2.06%) Enterprise Software
6 4 (2.06%) Taxonomies
7 3 (1.55%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 3 (1.55%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
7 3 (1.55%) Mobile App
7 3 (1.55%) NHS
8 2 (1.03%) 3D Graphics
8 2 (1.03%) Hedge funds
8 2 (1.03%) Minimum Viable Product
8 2 (1.03%) Raspberry Pi
9 1 (0.52%) Blog
9 1 (0.52%) Embedded Systems
Operating Systems
1 23 (11.86%) Linux
2 9 (4.64%) Windows
3 7 (3.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 6 (3.09%) CentOS
4 6 (3.09%) Unix
5 3 (1.55%) Windows Server
6 2 (1.03%) Android
6 2 (1.03%) Apple iOS
6 2 (1.03%) Debian
6 2 (1.03%) Windows 10
7 1 (0.52%) FreeRTOS
7 1 (0.52%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 109 (56.19%) Agile Software Development
2 53 (27.32%) TDD
3 51 (26.29%) BDD
4 37 (19.07%) Test Automation
5 27 (13.92%) Microservices
6 26 (13.40%) Continuous Integration
7 24 (12.37%) Unit Testing
8 22 (11.34%) SDLC
9 21 (10.82%) Mentoring
10 20 (10.31%) Pair Programming
10 20 (10.31%) Scrum
11 19 (9.79%) Coaching
12 18 (9.28%) DevOps
12 18 (9.28%) Kanban
13 16 (8.25%) MVC
13 16 (8.25%) UX Design
14 15 (7.73%) SFIA
15 14 (7.22%) Integration Testing
15 14 (7.22%) Open Source
16 11 (5.67%) Refactoring
Programming Languages
1 75 (38.66%) Java
2 45 (23.20%) SQL
3 42 (21.65%) C#
3 42 (21.65%) JavaScript
4 31 (15.98%) Python
5 18 (9.28%) Java 8
6 17 (8.76%) C++
7 12 (6.19%) C
8 8 (4.12%) Shell Script
9 7 (3.61%) Bash Shell
9 7 (3.61%) VB.NET
10 5 (2.58%) Ruby
11 4 (2.06%) Go
11 4 (2.06%) Perl
11 4 (2.06%) PHP
11 4 (2.06%) PL/SQL
11 4 (2.06%) TypeScript
11 4 (2.06%) VB
12 3 (1.55%) Ada
12 3 (1.55%) VC++
Qualifications
1 25 (12.89%) Degree
2 14 (7.22%) Security Cleared
3 6 (3.09%) HND
4 5 (2.58%) ISEB
4 5 (2.58%) SC Cleared
5 4 (2.06%) Computer Science Degree
6 2 (1.03%) ISTQB
6 2 (1.03%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 1 (0.52%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (0.52%) Chartered Engineer
7 1 (0.52%) HNC
7 1 (0.52%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (8.76%) QA
2 4 (2.06%) WCAG
3 2 (1.03%) PMO
4 1 (0.52%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.52%) IEC 61131
4 1 (0.52%) IEC 62304
4 1 (0.52%) ISO 13485
4 1 (0.52%) ISO 9000
4 1 (0.52%) MIL-STD-498
4 1 (0.52%) TickIT
System Software
1 16 (8.25%) Docker
2 3 (1.55%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (1.03%) Microsoft App-V
3 2 (1.03%) VirtualBox
3 2 (1.03%) XenApp
4 1 (0.52%) KVM
4 1 (0.52%) QEMU
Systems Management
1 11 (5.67%) Ansible
2 10 (5.15%) Kubernetes
2 10 (5.15%) Puppet
3 7 (3.61%) Terraform
4 4 (2.06%) Nessus
5 2 (1.03%) Business Desktop Deployment
5 2 (1.03%) Grafana
5 2 (1.03%) Graylog
Vendors
1 18 (9.28%) Microsoft
1 18 (9.28%) Oracle
2 4 (2.06%) Hyperion
2 4 (2.06%) Talend
3 3 (1.55%) Dell
3 3 (1.55%) Google
3 3 (1.55%) Red Hat
3 3 (1.55%) TIBCO
4 2 (1.03%) Citrix
4 2 (1.03%) Ivanti
5 1 (0.52%) Black Duck
5 1 (0.52%) Cloudera
5 1 (0.52%) Cypress Semiconductor
5 1 (0.52%) Hortonworks
5 1 (0.52%) MapR
5 1 (0.52%) OpenText
5 1 (0.52%) Perforce
5 1 (0.52%) Rockwell
5 1 (0.52%) SAP
5 1 (0.52%) Tableau