Period
to 23 April 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 23 April 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
23 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 59 66 54
Rank change year-on-year +7 -12 +19
Contract jobs citing Software Engineering 206 163 243
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 3.57% 3.00% 3.12%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 4.19% 3.60% 3.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 139 99 122
North West median daily rate £438 £423 £414
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.55% +2.11% +11.82%
10th Percentile £313 £160 £305
90th Percentile £625 £534 £500
England median daily rate £500 £450 £433
% change year-on-year +11.11% +4.05% +8.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 35 27
North West median hourly rate £40.50 £42.00 £38.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.57% +10.53% +2.70%
10th Percentile £33.13 £36.25 £32.50
90th Percentile £44.95 £50.00 £45.30
England median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £42.50

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 4,919 4,533 6,425
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 85.19% 83.45% 82.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,115 2,835 3,916
North West median daily rate £401 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £259 £235 £250
90th Percentile £588 £550 £563
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +4.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 242 186 241
North West median hourly rate £21.60 £35.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -38.29% - +59.09%
10th Percentile £11.56 £12.50 £13.00
90th Percentile £54.91 £51.50 £50.80
England median hourly rate £22.50 £25.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year -10.00% +6.38% +11.90%

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 23 April 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 23 April 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 23 April 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 -1 115 £428 +7.00% 145
Lancashire +6 57 £425 -19.05% 11
Cheshire -9 25 £500 +17.65% 29
Merseyside +16 5 £375 -31.82% 8
Cumbria -5 1 - - 1
Software Engineering
England

For the 6 months to 23 April 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.

1 126 (61.17%) Agile Software Development
2 84 (40.78%) Java
3 58 (28.16%) SQL
4 57 (27.67%) JavaScript
5 53 (25.73%) TDD
6 51 (24.76%) Test Automation
7 50 (24.27%) C#
8 44 (21.36%) Scrum
8 44 (21.36%) BDD
8 44 (21.36%) SDLC
9 43 (20.87%) Node.js
10 41 (19.90%) Git (software)
11 40 (19.42%) Linux
12 38 (18.45%) JIRA
13 37 (17.96%) Continuous Integration
13 37 (17.96%) Coaching
14 36 (17.48%) DevOps
14 36 (17.48%) Jenkins
14 36 (17.48%) HTML
14 36 (17.48%) .NET
15 34 (16.50%) Mentoring
15 34 (16.50%) Open Source
16 32 (15.53%) Amazon AWS
16 32 (15.53%) CSS
16 32 (15.53%) Degree
17 30 (14.56%) Finance
17 30 (14.56%) SFIA
18 28 (13.59%) Kanban
19 27 (13.11%) REST
20 25 (12.14%) NoSQL

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 22 (10.68%) Confluence
2 10 (4.85%) Tomcat
3 8 (3.88%) Apache Spark
4 6 (2.91%) Apache
4 6 (2.91%) CMS
5 5 (2.43%) JBoss
6 4 (1.94%) Amazon Alexa
6 4 (1.94%) WebSphere
7 3 (1.46%) Oracle Beehive
7 3 (1.46%) WebLogic
7 3 (1.46%) WildFly
8 2 (0.97%) CICS
8 2 (0.97%) MQSeries
8 2 (0.97%) SAS
8 2 (0.97%) Tornado
9 1 (0.49%) nginx
9 1 (0.49%) WinCC
Applications
1 6 (2.91%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.49%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (0.97%) Magento
2 1 (0.49%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 32 (15.53%) Amazon AWS
2 20 (9.71%) Slack
3 10 (4.85%) Google Cloud Platform
3 10 (4.85%) Microsoft Azure
4 9 (4.37%) AWS Lambda
4 9 (4.37%) PaaS
5 8 (3.88%) Serverless
6 7 (3.40%) OpenShift
6 7 (3.40%) SaaS
7 4 (1.94%) Amazon EC2
7 4 (1.94%) GitHub
8 3 (1.46%) IaaS
9 2 (0.97%) Amazon S3
10 1 (0.49%) Amazon EMR
10 1 (0.49%) AWS CloudFormation
10 1 (0.49%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 10 (4.85%) HTTP
2 5 (2.43%) SMS
3 4 (1.94%) SSL
4 3 (1.46%) Bluetooth
4 3 (1.46%) DNS
4 3 (1.46%) Wi-Fi
5 2 (0.97%) Internet
5 2 (0.97%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (12.14%) NoSQL
2 24 (11.65%) MySQL
3 23 (11.17%) PostgreSQL
4 21 (10.19%) MongoDB
5 16 (7.77%) SQL Server
6 12 (5.83%) Apache Cassandra
6 12 (5.83%) Big Data
7 10 (4.85%) Relational Database
8 6 (2.91%) DB2
8 6 (2.91%) RDBMS
9 3 (1.46%) Amazon RDS
10 2 (0.97%) Data Warehouse
10 2 (0.97%) Hadoop
10 2 (0.97%) SQL Server 2012
10 2 (0.97%) SQL Server 2014
11 1 (0.49%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 1 (0.49%) Amazon Redshift
11 1 (0.49%) Apache Hive
11 1 (0.49%) BigQuery
11 1 (0.49%) ZAP BI
Development Applications
1 41 (19.90%) Git (software)
2 38 (18.45%) JIRA
3 36 (17.48%) Jenkins
4 18 (8.74%) Cucumber
5 16 (7.77%) JUnit
6 14 (6.80%) Jasmine
7 10 (4.85%) JMeter
7 10 (4.85%) Selenium
8 7 (3.40%) Gradle
8 7 (3.40%) Visual Studio
9 6 (2.91%) Rational DOORS
10 5 (2.43%) ClearCase
11 4 (1.94%) Burp Suite
11 4 (1.94%) HP UFT
11 4 (1.94%) LoadRunner
11 4 (1.94%) Maven
11 4 (1.94%) Subversion
12 3 (1.46%) AccuRev
12 3 (1.46%) LabVIEW
12 3 (1.46%) Visual Studio Code
General
1 30 (14.56%) Finance
2 17 (8.25%) Manufacturing
3 11 (5.34%) Marketing
4 9 (4.37%) Electronics
4 9 (4.37%) Retail
5 8 (3.88%) Telecoms
6 4 (1.94%) Banking
6 4 (1.94%) Law
7 3 (1.46%) Automotive
7 3 (1.46%) Legal
8 2 (0.97%) Advertising
8 2 (0.97%) Games
9 1 (0.49%) Avionics
9 1 (0.49%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 81 (39.32%) Software Engineer
2 52 (25.24%) Developer
3 34 (16.50%) Java Engineer
4 31 (15.05%) Java Software Engineer
5 17 (8.25%) Senior Software Engineer
6 13 (6.31%) DevOps Engineer
7 11 (5.34%) AWS Engineer
8 9 (4.37%) Cloud Engineer
8 9 (4.37%) Cloud Software Engineer
8 9 (4.37%) Consultant
8 9 (4.37%) Full Stack Developer
8 9 (4.37%) Kubernetes Engineer
8 9 (4.37%) Software Developer
9 8 (3.88%) .NET Developer
9 8 (3.88%) Delivery Manager
9 8 (3.88%) Java Developer
10 7 (3.40%) Embedded Engineer
10 7 (3.40%) Embedded Software Engineer
10 7 (3.40%) Senior Java Software Engineer
10 7 (3.40%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (20.87%) Node.js
2 36 (17.48%) .NET
2 36 (17.48%) HTML
3 32 (15.53%) CSS
4 27 (13.11%) REST
5 23 (11.17%) AngularJS
6 12 (5.83%) HTML5
7 11 (5.34%) ASP.NET
7 11 (5.34%) jQuery
7 11 (5.34%) Spring
7 11 (5.34%) Web Services
8 8 (3.88%) .NET Framework
8 8 (3.88%) ASP.NET MVC
8 8 (3.88%) Middleware
8 8 (3.88%) React
8 8 (3.88%) WPF
9 7 (3.40%) J2EE
9 7 (3.40%) JPA
9 7 (3.40%) JSON
9 7 (3.40%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 19 (9.22%) Analytical Skills
1 19 (9.22%) User Experience
2 5 (2.43%) Computer Science
3 4 (1.94%) Mobile Payment
4 3 (1.46%) Enterprise Software
4 3 (1.46%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
4 3 (1.46%) Mainframe
4 3 (1.46%) Public Cloud
4 3 (1.46%) Self-Motivation
5 2 (0.97%) Greenfield Project
5 2 (0.97%) Mobile App
5 2 (0.97%) Raspberry Pi
5 2 (0.97%) RIA
6 1 (0.49%) Clustering
6 1 (0.49%) FMCG
6 1 (0.49%) Minimum Viable Product
6 1 (0.49%) NHS
6 1 (0.49%) Online Banking
6 1 (0.49%) SCADA
6 1 (0.49%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 40 (19.42%) Linux
2 22 (10.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 9 (4.37%) Windows
4 7 (3.40%) Unix
5 4 (1.94%) Android
5 4 (1.94%) Apple iOS
6 3 (1.46%) Windows 10
6 3 (1.46%) Windows Server
7 2 (0.97%) Debian
7 2 (0.97%) MVS
7 2 (0.97%) Windows 7
7 2 (0.97%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.49%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 126 (61.17%) Agile Software Development
2 53 (25.73%) TDD
3 51 (24.76%) Test Automation
4 44 (21.36%) BDD
4 44 (21.36%) Scrum
4 44 (21.36%) SDLC
5 37 (17.96%) Coaching
5 37 (17.96%) Continuous Integration
6 36 (17.48%) DevOps
7 34 (16.50%) Mentoring
7 34 (16.50%) Open Source
8 30 (14.56%) SFIA
9 28 (13.59%) Kanban
10 25 (12.14%) Microservices
11 24 (11.65%) Problem-Solving
12 23 (11.17%) MVC
13 21 (10.19%) Front End Development
13 21 (10.19%) Programme Management
14 20 (9.71%) Continuous Delivery
15 19 (9.22%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 84 (40.78%) Java
2 58 (28.16%) SQL
3 57 (27.67%) JavaScript
4 50 (24.27%) C#
5 25 (12.14%) C++
6 19 (9.22%) Python
7 14 (6.80%) Go
8 10 (4.85%) Ruby
8 10 (4.85%) VB
9 8 (3.88%) C
9 8 (3.88%) VB.NET
10 6 (2.91%) Ada
10 6 (2.91%) Java 8
10 6 (2.91%) PHP
10 6 (2.91%) Scala
11 5 (2.43%) Groovy
11 5 (2.43%) TypeScript
11 5 (2.43%) VBA
12 3 (1.46%) Perl
12 3 (1.46%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 32 (15.53%) Degree
2 15 (7.28%) Security Cleared
3 9 (4.37%) SC Cleared
4 3 (1.46%) Computer Science Degree
5 1 (0.49%) BC Cleared
5 1 (0.49%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (0.49%) HND
5 1 (0.49%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (4.37%) GCP
2 5 (2.43%) QA
3 4 (1.94%) MIL-STD-498
3 4 (1.94%) WCAG
4 3 (1.46%) MISRA
5 2 (0.97%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.49%) IEC 61131
6 1 (0.49%) ISO 13485
System Software
1 15 (7.28%) Docker
2 1 (0.49%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (0.49%) Xen
2 1 (0.49%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 20 (9.71%) Kubernetes
2 8 (3.88%) Ansible
2 8 (3.88%) Puppet
3 6 (2.91%) Opscode Chef
3 6 (2.91%) Terraform
4 4 (1.94%) Nessus
5 2 (0.97%) Packer
5 2 (0.97%) Rancher
6 1 (0.49%) Business Desktop Deployment
6 1 (0.49%) Consul
6 1 (0.49%) Docker Swarm
Vendors
1 23 (11.17%) Microsoft
2 17 (8.25%) Red Hat
3 13 (6.31%) Google
4 10 (4.85%) Oracle
5 8 (3.88%) SAP
6 5 (2.43%) Atlassian
7 4 (1.94%) Splunk
8 3 (1.46%) ServiceNow
9 2 (0.97%) Adobe
9 2 (0.97%) AppDynamics
9 2 (0.97%) Cadence
9 2 (0.97%) Conga
9 2 (0.97%) Salesforce.com
9 2 (0.97%) Sitecore
9 2 (0.97%) Syncsort
9 2 (0.97%) Zend
10 1 (0.49%) Citrix
10 1 (0.49%) Embarcadero
10 1 (0.49%) Perforce
10 1 (0.49%) Siemens