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 3 months to 26 June 2017 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
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 64 68 99
Rank change year-on-year +4 +31  
Contract jobs citing Software Engineering 80 106 51
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 2.71% 2.83% 1.38%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.35% 3.44% 1.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 42 77 25
Median daily rate £431 £425 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.47% +13.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £351 £350 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £455
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £350
% change year-on-year - +14.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 6 8
Median hourly rate £42.00 £43.63 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.72% +17.90%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.70 £37.25 £36.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £48.00 £57.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.75 £42.25 £40.00
% change year-on-year +5.91% +5.62%  

Software Engineering is in the process and methodology skills category. The next 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 and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 2385 3083 2903
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 80.90% 82.19% 78.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 1409 1941 1709
Median daily rate £410 £415 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.20% +7.79%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 101 77 125
Median hourly rate £40.00 £29.25 £34.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.75% -13.97%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.58 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £53.00 £54.67
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

Software Engineering
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing Software Engineering as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

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 3 months to 26 June 2017.

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 3 months to 26 June 2017.

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 3 months to 26 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +23 41 £425 +6.25% 48
Cheshire -11 17 £488 +9.79% 13
Lancashire +12 11 - - 4
Merseyside - 7 £375 - 4
Cumbria -1 1 - -
Software Engineering
England

For the 6 months to 26 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Software Engineering also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for Software Engineering.

1 68 (46.90%) Agile Software Development
2 52 (35.86%) JavaScript
3 47 (32.41%) Java
4 44 (30.34%) Linux
5 37 (25.52%) Scrum
6 33 (22.76%) C++
7 32 (22.07%) SQL
8 31 (21.38%) TDD
9 29 (20.00%) C#
10 26 (17.93%) HTML
10 26 (17.93%) Node.js
11 25 (17.24%) REST
11 25 (17.24%) Test Automation
11 25 (17.24%) .NET
12 23 (15.86%) Finance
12 23 (15.86%) Computer Science
12 23 (15.86%) Git (software)
13 21 (14.48%) Degree
13 21 (14.48%) Integration Testing
13 21 (14.48%) Security Cleared
13 21 (14.48%) Spring
13 21 (14.48%) Web Services
14 20 (13.79%) OO
15 19 (13.10%) UML
15 19 (13.10%) Jenkins
16 18 (12.41%) XML
17 17 (11.72%) Python
17 17 (11.72%) MongoDB
18 16 (11.03%) DevOps
18 16 (11.03%) Kanban

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 4 (2.76%) Confluence
1 4 (2.76%) nginx
2 3 (2.07%) Apache Spark
3 2 (1.38%) Apache
3 2 (1.38%) IIS
3 2 (1.38%) Kinematics
3 2 (1.38%) OpenStack
3 2 (1.38%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.69%) BizTalk Server
4 1 (0.69%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 1 (0.69%) SAS
4 1 (0.69%) Tomcat
4 1 (0.69%) WebSphere
4 1 (0.69%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 10 (6.90%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (2.76%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (2.07%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.69%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 3 (2.07%) LabWindows
2 1 (0.69%) Oracle BPM
2 1 (0.69%) SAP MDG
2 1 (0.69%) SAP MDM
2 1 (0.69%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 9 (6.21%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (2.76%) PaaS
2 4 (2.76%) Slack
3 3 (2.07%) Amazon EC2
4 2 (1.38%) Amazon S3
4 2 (1.38%) AWS CloudFormation
4 2 (1.38%) AWS Lambda
4 2 (1.38%) GitHub
4 2 (1.38%) IaaS
5 1 (0.69%) Amazon CloudSearch
5 1 (0.69%) Amazon SQS
5 1 (0.69%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.69%) Google Cloud Platform
5 1 (0.69%) Microsoft Azure
5 1 (0.69%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 9 (6.21%) HTTP
2 6 (4.14%) TCP/IP
3 3 (2.07%) RS-232
4 2 (1.38%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (0.69%) DLNA
5 1 (0.69%) DNS
5 1 (0.69%) Ethernet
5 1 (0.69%) FTP
5 1 (0.69%) Kerberos
5 1 (0.69%) RS-422
5 1 (0.69%) SSH
5 1 (0.69%) UPnP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (11.72%) MongoDB
2 15 (10.34%) MySQL
3 14 (9.66%) SQL Server
4 12 (8.28%) NoSQL
5 8 (5.52%) Apache Cassandra
5 8 (5.52%) Hadoop
6 7 (4.83%) Big Data
6 7 (4.83%) Relational Database
7 6 (4.14%) PostgreSQL
8 3 (2.07%) Apache Hive
9 2 (1.38%) Impala
9 2 (1.38%) Oracle Database
10 1 (0.69%) Amazon RDS
10 1 (0.69%) InterSystems Cache
10 1 (0.69%) Redis
10 1 (0.69%) SAP HANA
10 1 (0.69%) SQL Server 2016
10 1 (0.69%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 1 (0.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 1 (0.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 23 (15.86%) Git (software)
2 19 (13.10%) Jenkins
3 13 (8.97%) Rational DOORS
3 13 (8.97%) Visual Studio
4 9 (6.21%) JUnit
4 9 (6.21%) Rational Statemate
5 8 (5.52%) JIRA
6 6 (4.14%) Jasmine
7 5 (3.45%) ClearCase
7 5 (3.45%) Gradle
7 5 (3.45%) Hudson
7 5 (3.45%) Mercurial
7 5 (3.45%) NUnit
7 5 (3.45%) Subversion
8 4 (2.76%) Rational Rhapsody
8 4 (2.76%) SonarQube
9 3 (2.07%) Mocha
10 2 (1.38%) Maven
10 2 (1.38%) Team Foundation Server
10 2 (1.38%) Vagrant
General
1 23 (15.86%) Finance
2 9 (6.21%) Avionics
2 9 (6.21%) Manufacturing
3 8 (5.52%) Banking
4 5 (3.45%) Games
4 5 (3.45%) Military
5 3 (2.07%) Electronics
5 3 (2.07%) Marketing
6 2 (1.38%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.69%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.69%) Law
7 1 (0.69%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.69%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 68 (46.90%) Software Engineer
2 59 (40.69%) Developer
3 19 (13.10%) Java Developer
4 16 (11.03%) JavaScript Developer
5 14 (9.66%) C++ Software Engineer
6 13 (8.97%) Java Engineer
7 12 (8.28%) Java Software Engineer
8 11 (7.59%) Software Developer
9 10 (6.90%) C# Software Engineer
10 9 (6.21%) Linux Engineer
10 9 (6.21%) Senior Software Engineer
11 8 (5.52%) .NET Developer
11 8 (5.52%) DevOps Engineer
11 8 (5.52%) Java Software Developer
11 8 (5.52%) Node.js Developer
12 7 (4.83%) Developer/Software Engineer
13 6 (4.14%) Ada Engineer
13 6 (4.14%) Ada Software Engineer
13 6 (4.14%) Data Engineer
14 5 (3.45%) Linux/Unix DevOps
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (17.93%) HTML
1 26 (17.93%) Node.js
2 25 (17.24%) .NET
2 25 (17.24%) REST
3 21 (14.48%) Spring
3 21 (14.48%) Web Services
4 18 (12.41%) XML
5 14 (9.66%) HTML5
6 12 (8.28%) AngularJS
6 12 (8.28%) CSS
7 11 (7.59%) Qt
8 10 (6.90%) J2EE
8 10 (6.90%) jQuery
8 10 (6.90%) JSON
8 10 (6.90%) SOAP
9 9 (6.21%) RESTful
10 8 (5.52%) GStreamer
11 7 (4.83%) ASP.NET
11 7 (4.83%) ASP.NET MVC
12 6 (4.14%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 23 (15.86%) Computer Science
2 9 (6.21%) Mobile App
3 7 (4.83%) Analytical Skills
4 5 (3.45%) Streaming Video
5 4 (2.76%) Clustering
5 4 (2.76%) Device Driver
5 4 (2.76%) RIA
5 4 (2.76%) Video on Demand
6 3 (2.07%) Interactive TV
6 3 (2.07%) MHEG
7 2 (1.38%) CCTV
7 2 (1.38%) Data Centre
7 2 (1.38%) Greenfield Project
7 2 (1.38%) IPTV
7 2 (1.38%) MPEG
7 2 (1.38%) User Experience
8 1 (0.69%) BBC
8 1 (0.69%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 1 (0.69%) iPad
8 1 (0.69%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 44 (30.34%) Linux
2 15 (10.34%) Windows
3 11 (7.59%) Android
4 10 (6.90%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 9 (6.21%) Apple iOS
6 6 (4.14%) Ubuntu
6 6 (4.14%) Unix
7 4 (2.76%) CentOS
7 4 (2.76%) Debian
8 2 (1.38%) Embedded Linux
9 1 (0.69%) VxWorks
9 1 (0.69%) Windows 8
9 1 (0.69%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 68 (46.90%) Agile Software Development
2 37 (25.52%) Scrum
3 31 (21.38%) TDD
4 25 (17.24%) Test Automation
5 21 (14.48%) Integration Testing
6 20 (13.79%) OO
7 19 (13.10%) UML
8 16 (11.03%) DevOps
8 16 (11.03%) Kanban
9 15 (10.34%) Continuous Integration
10 14 (9.66%) MVC
10 14 (9.66%) Unit Testing
11 13 (8.97%) Configuration Management
12 12 (8.28%) Microservices
12 12 (8.28%) SDLC
13 11 (7.59%) OOP
14 10 (6.90%) Open Source
15 9 (6.21%) BDD
15 9 (6.21%) HOOD
16 8 (5.52%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 52 (35.86%) JavaScript
2 47 (32.41%) Java
3 33 (22.76%) C++
4 32 (22.07%) SQL
5 29 (20.00%) C#
6 17 (11.72%) Python
7 13 (8.97%) Ada
8 12 (8.28%) Bash Shell
9 11 (7.59%) C
10 10 (6.90%) Shell Script
11 6 (4.14%) Apple Swift
12 5 (3.45%) Perl
13 4 (2.76%) PHP
13 4 (2.76%) Scala
14 2 (1.38%) Embedded C
14 2 (1.38%) ES6
14 2 (1.38%) Objective-C
14 2 (1.38%) PL/SQL
14 2 (1.38%) PowerShell
15 1 (0.69%) VB6
Qualifications
1 21 (14.48%) Degree
1 21 (14.48%) Security Cleared
2 13 (8.97%) SC Cleared
3 4 (2.76%) BPSS Clearance
3 4 (2.76%) Computer Science Degree
4 3 (2.07%) DV Cleared
5 2 (1.38%) HND
5 2 (1.38%) PhD
6 1 (0.69%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (4.83%) QA
2 3 (2.07%) MIL-STD-498
3 2 (1.38%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.69%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.69%) SLA
System Software
1 10 (6.90%) Docker
2 4 (2.76%) KVM
2 4 (2.76%) LXC
2 4 (2.76%) Xen
3 3 (2.07%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (1.38%) Firmware
4 2 (1.38%) HDFS
4 2 (1.38%) vSphere
5 1 (0.69%) Active Directory
5 1 (0.69%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 12 (8.28%) Puppet
2 10 (6.90%) Ansible
3 8 (5.52%) Opscode Chef
4 4 (2.76%) Kubernetes
4 4 (2.76%) Packer
4 4 (2.76%) Rancher
5 2 (1.38%) Salt
6 1 (0.69%) SCCM
6 1 (0.69%) Wonderware InTouch
6 1 (0.69%) WSUS
Vendors
1 14 (9.66%) Microsoft
2 11 (7.59%) Oracle
3 8 (5.52%) Red Hat
4 6 (4.14%) Pega
5 4 (2.76%) VMware
5 4 (2.76%) Xamarin
6 3 (2.07%) OpenTV
6 3 (2.07%) SAP
7 2 (1.38%) Apigee
7 2 (1.38%) IBM
7 2 (1.38%) MuleSoft
7 2 (1.38%) NVIDIA
8 1 (0.69%) Citrix
8 1 (0.69%) DevExpress
8 1 (0.69%) EMC
8 1 (0.69%) Google
8 1 (0.69%) Hyperion
8 1 (0.69%) Informatica
8 1 (0.69%) Northgate
8 1 (0.69%) Serena
Manchester, Lancashire
TEKsystems
Rate: £425 - £500 per day
Posted: 19 hours ago
Bury, Lancashire
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Rate: From £375 to £450 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
Wilmslow, Cheshire
Sanderson
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Greater Manchester
Spier Consulting Ltd
Rate: £300 - £320 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Chester, Cheshire
Icore Tech
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Warrington, Cheshire
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £500 to £600 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Warrington, Cheshire
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £520 to £550 per day
Posted: 6 days ago