Period
to 5 August 2020

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 5 August 2020 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
5 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 58 65 60
Rank change year-on-year +7 -5 0
Contract jobs citing Software Engineering 66 170 212
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the North West 3.07% 3.22% 3.46%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.72% 3.78% 4.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 45 117 143
Median daily rate £450 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.86% +1.45%
10th Percentile £318 £391 £327
90th Percentile £591 £630 £598
England median daily rate £550 £500 £500
% change year-on-year +10.00% - +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 8 19
Median hourly rate £38.25 £42.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.93% +5.00% -4.76%
10th Percentile £21.88 £39.18 £31.90
90th Percentile £48.50 £43.30 £44.50
England median hourly rate £45.00 £46.50 £42.75
% change year-on-year -3.23% +8.77% -1.16%

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 1,774 4,494 5,225
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 82.40% 85.00% 85.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,089 2,962 3,283
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% -
10th Percentile £240 £263 £263
90th Percentile £605 £600 £575
England median daily rate £488 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +2.63% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 87 169 263
Median hourly rate £23.00 £23.75 £23.65
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.16% +0.42% -32.43%
10th Percentile £11.19 £12.81 £11.17
90th Percentile £63.50 £53.75 £53.35
Median hourly rate £35.00 £24.65 £21.50
% change year-on-year +41.99% +14.65% -7.53%

Software Engineering
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Software Engineering as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Software Engineering in the North West.

Daily rate trend for Software Engineering in the North West

Software Engineering
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Software Engineering in the North West over the 6 months to 5 August 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Software Engineering in the North West

Software Engineering
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Software Engineering in the North West.

Hourly rate trend for Software Engineering in the North West

Software Engineering
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Software Engineering in the North West over the 6 months to 5 August 2020.

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 5 August 2020. 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 +31 36 £475 +5.56% 75
Cheshire +16 12 £360 -15.99% 26
Lancashire -12 7 £616 +32.54% 14
Merseyside +19 3 £425 +70.00% 5
Cumbria +4 1 £313 -
Software Engineering
England

For the 6 months to 5 August 2020, 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 25 (37.88%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (28.79%) User Experience
3 17 (25.76%) Java
4 15 (22.73%) JavaScript
4 15 (22.73%) HTML
4 15 (22.73%) REST
5 13 (19.70%) Scrum
5 13 (19.70%) Degree
6 12 (18.18%) AWS
7 11 (16.67%) Microservices
7 11 (16.67%) C
7 11 (16.67%) Python
8 10 (15.15%) Unit Testing
8 10 (15.15%) Security Cleared
8 10 (15.15%) TDD
8 10 (15.15%) Docker
8 10 (15.15%) DevOps
8 10 (15.15%) RESTful
9 9 (13.64%) AngularJS
9 9 (13.64%) Mentoring
9 9 (13.64%) CSS
9 9 (13.64%) SAML
10 8 (12.12%) XML
10 8 (12.12%) Validation
10 8 (12.12%) SC Cleared
10 8 (12.12%) Lua
10 8 (12.12%) GitLab
10 8 (12.12%) Terraform
10 8 (12.12%) Front End Development
10 8 (12.12%) Service Design

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 1 (1.52%) Apache
1 1 (1.52%) Cloud Foundry
1 1 (1.52%) Elasticsearch
1 1 (1.52%) Jupyter
1 1 (1.52%) Mule
1 1 (1.52%) Tomcat
Applications
1 1 (1.52%) Autodesk Inventor
1 1 (1.52%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (1.52%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 12 (18.18%) AWS
2 8 (12.12%) Kong
3 5 (7.58%) Azure
4 4 (6.06%) Serverless
5 3 (4.55%) AWS Lambda
6 2 (3.03%) GCP
6 2 (3.03%) GitHub
7 1 (1.52%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (1.52%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (1.52%) Heroku
Communications & Networking
1 3 (4.55%) HTTP
2 2 (3.03%) DNS
2 2 (3.03%) FTP
2 2 (3.03%) TCP/IP
3 1 (1.52%) Bluetooth
3 1 (1.52%) DHCP
3 1 (1.52%) Ethernet
3 1 (1.52%) IPsec
3 1 (1.52%) RS-232
3 1 (1.52%) RS-485
3 1 (1.52%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (6.06%) SQL Server
2 3 (4.55%) MongoDB
3 2 (3.03%) MySQL
3 2 (3.03%) NoSQL
3 2 (3.03%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (3.03%) Relational Database
4 1 (1.52%) Amazon RDS
4 1 (1.52%) Big Data
4 1 (1.52%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.52%) Hadoop
4 1 (1.52%) Neo4j
4 1 (1.52%) SAP Data Services
Development Applications
1 8 (12.12%) GitLab
2 5 (7.58%) Git (software)
3 4 (6.06%) Cucumber
3 4 (6.06%) JUnit
4 3 (4.55%) Jenkins
5 2 (3.03%) Eclipse
5 2 (3.03%) Subversion
6 1 (1.52%) Gatling
6 1 (1.52%) Geb
6 1 (1.52%) Gradle
6 1 (1.52%) Octopus Deploy
6 1 (1.52%) Selenium
6 1 (1.52%) SonarQube
6 1 (1.52%) Spock
6 1 (1.52%) TeamCity
6 1 (1.52%) WebDriver
General
1 5 (7.58%) Finance
2 4 (6.06%) Public Sector
3 3 (4.55%) Retail
4 2 (3.03%) Electronics
4 2 (3.03%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.52%) Banking
5 1 (1.52%) Marketing
5 1 (1.52%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 20 (30.30%) Developer
2 17 (25.76%) Software Engineer
3 9 (13.64%) Designer
4 8 (12.12%) Senior Designer
5 6 (9.09%) Interaction Designer
6 5 (7.58%) Senior Interaction Designer
7 4 (6.06%) Android Developer
7 4 (6.06%) UX Designer
8 3 (4.55%) .NET Developer
8 3 (4.55%) Applications Developer
8 3 (4.55%) Senior UX Designer
9 2 (3.03%) Agile Coach
9 2 (3.03%) C# Software Engineer
9 2 (3.03%) Cloud Developer
9 2 (3.03%) DevOps Engineer
9 2 (3.03%) Head of Technology
9 2 (3.03%) Java Developer
9 2 (3.03%) Java Engineer
9 2 (3.03%) Java Software Engineer
9 2 (3.03%) Senior Digital Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (22.73%) HTML
1 15 (22.73%) REST
2 10 (15.15%) RESTful
3 9 (13.64%) AngularJS
3 9 (13.64%) CSS
3 9 (13.64%) SAML
4 8 (12.12%) HTML5
4 8 (12.12%) XML
5 7 (10.61%) Spring
5 7 (10.61%) Spring Boot
6 6 (9.09%) Cocoa
6 6 (9.09%) Cocoa Touch
6 6 (9.09%) Core Animation
6 6 (9.09%) Core Data
6 6 (9.09%) Ionic Framework
7 5 (7.58%) SOAP
8 4 (6.06%) .NET
8 4 (6.06%) Gherkin
9 3 (4.55%) JSON
9 3 (4.55%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 19 (28.79%) User Experience
2 6 (9.09%) Animation
3 2 (3.03%) Cloud Native
4 1 (1.52%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.52%) Embedded Systems
4 1 (1.52%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.52%) NHS
4 1 (1.52%) Private Cloud
4 1 (1.52%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 6 (9.09%) Apple iOS
2 5 (7.58%) Android
3 3 (4.55%) Linux
4 1 (1.52%) Unix
4 1 (1.52%) Windows
4 1 (1.52%) Windows 10
4 1 (1.52%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (37.88%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (19.70%) Scrum
3 11 (16.67%) Microservices
4 10 (15.15%) DevOps
4 10 (15.15%) TDD
4 10 (15.15%) Unit Testing
5 9 (13.64%) Mentoring
6 8 (12.12%) Front End Development
6 8 (12.12%) Performance Tuning
6 8 (12.12%) Prototyping
6 8 (12.12%) Service Design
6 8 (12.12%) Validation
7 7 (10.61%) Continuous Integration
7 7 (10.61%) Technical Leadership
8 6 (9.09%) Stakeholder Management
8 6 (9.09%) Systems Thinking
9 5 (7.58%) Collaborative Working
9 5 (7.58%) Kanban
9 5 (7.58%) Push Notifications
9 5 (7.58%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 17 (25.76%) Java
2 15 (22.73%) JavaScript
3 11 (16.67%) C
3 11 (16.67%) Python
4 8 (12.12%) Lua
5 6 (9.09%) Apple Swift
5 6 (9.09%) C#
5 6 (9.09%) C++
5 6 (9.09%) Go
5 6 (9.09%) Objective-C
6 3 (4.55%) Bash Shell
6 3 (4.55%) SQL
7 2 (3.03%) Ada
7 2 (3.03%) Kotlin
7 2 (3.03%) Scala
7 2 (3.03%) TypeScript
8 1 (1.52%) Embedded C
8 1 (1.52%) PHP
8 1 (1.52%) R
8 1 (1.52%) VBA
Qualifications
1 13 (19.70%) Degree
2 10 (15.15%) Security Cleared
3 8 (12.12%) SC Cleared
4 3 (4.55%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (1.52%) CCNA
5 1 (1.52%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (1.52%) DBS Check
5 1 (1.52%) HND
5 1 (1.52%) MCP
5 1 (1.52%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (4.55%) QA
2 1 (1.52%) COBIT
2 1 (1.52%) ISO 9000
2 1 (1.52%) TickIT
System Software
1 10 (15.15%) Docker
2 3 (4.55%) Firmware
3 1 (1.52%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 8 (12.12%) Terraform
2 6 (9.09%) Ansible
3 5 (7.58%) Kubernetes
4 3 (4.55%) Grafana
5 1 (1.52%) Docker Swarm
5 1 (1.52%) Prometheus
5 1 (1.52%) SCCM
5 1 (1.52%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 6 (9.09%) Apple
2 2 (3.03%) Cloudera
2 2 (3.03%) Informatica
2 2 (3.03%) Microsoft
2 2 (3.03%) SAP
3 1 (1.52%) Autodesk
3 1 (1.52%) Cisco
3 1 (1.52%) Google
3 1 (1.52%) Hortonworks
3 1 (1.52%) MuleSoft
3 1 (1.52%) Oracle
3 1 (1.52%) Salesforce.com
3 1 (1.52%) Talend
3 1 (1.52%) VMware