Period
to 27 January 2021

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 27 January 2021 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
27 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 46 66 66
Rank change year-on-year +20 0 -17
Contract jobs citing Software Engineering 96 142 196
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the North West 3.84% 2.94% 3.49%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 4.63% 3.50% 4.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 77 113 129
Median daily rate £425 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.56% +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £362 £351 £327
90th Percentile £548 £685 £678
England median daily rate £525 £525 £500
% change year-on-year - +5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 8 14
Median hourly rate £43.75 £43.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.74% +7.50% -5.88%
10th Percentile £41.18 £40.25 £18.51
90th Percentile £48.90 £46.55 £43.75
England median hourly rate £45.00 £47.50 £45.00
% change year-on-year -5.26% +5.56% +5.88%

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 2,072 4,057 4,764
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 82.98% 83.91% 84.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,420 2,646 3,071
Median daily rate £425 £425 £425
10th Percentile £200 £250 £263
90th Percentile £600 £588 £600
England median daily rate £475 £475 £475
Number of hourly rates quoted 100 194 258
Median hourly rate £17.43 £24.35 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -28.41% +10.67% +4.76%
10th Percentile £10.88 £12.25 £12.83
90th Percentile £50.98 £53.75 £48.75
Median hourly rate £26.65 £20.50 £22.00
% change year-on-year +30.00% -6.82% -

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 27 January 2021.

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
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 27 January 2021. 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 +6 58 £425 -3.13% 148
Cheshire +31 11 £430 -18.10% 23
Merseyside +24 10 £498 -4.33% 5
Lancashire -10 9 £375 -37.50% 8
Cumbria +18 1 - - 4
Software Engineering
England

For the 6 months to 27 January 2021, 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 50 (52.08%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (40.63%) Java
3 35 (36.46%) JavaScript
4 30 (31.25%) C#
5 22 (22.92%) Degree
6 21 (21.88%) User Experience
7 20 (20.83%) Front End Development
8 19 (19.79%) Python
9 18 (18.75%) C++
10 17 (17.71%) Prototyping
11 16 (16.67%) Service Design
11 16 (16.67%) AWS
12 15 (15.63%) Go
12 15 (15.63%) TDD
13 14 (14.58%) HTML
13 14 (14.58%) Security Cleared
14 13 (13.54%) CSS
14 13 (13.54%) Scrum
15 12 (12.50%) Systems Thinking
16 11 (11.46%) C
16 11 (11.46%) Git (software)
16 11 (11.46%) SC Cleared
16 11 (11.46%) DevOps
16 11 (11.46%) Jenkins
17 10 (10.42%) Public Sector
18 9 (9.38%) Collaborative Working
18 9 (9.38%) Windows
18 9 (9.38%) SQL
18 9 (9.38%) Games
19 8 (8.33%) Spring

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 2 (2.08%) Apache
2 1 (1.04%) Apache Spark
2 1 (1.04%) Oracle Self-Service HR
2 1 (1.04%) SharePoint
Applications
1 3 (3.13%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (1.04%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (1.04%) Oracle Assets
1 1 (1.04%) Oracle Cash Management
1 1 (1.04%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (1.04%) Oracle General Ledger
1 1 (1.04%) Oracle iRecruitment
1 1 (1.04%) Oracle Payables
1 1 (1.04%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 16 (16.67%) AWS
2 7 (7.29%) Azure
2 7 (7.29%) Serverless
3 4 (4.17%) AWS Lambda
4 2 (2.08%) AWS CloudFormation
4 2 (2.08%) Azure Active Directory
4 2 (2.08%) GCP
4 2 (2.08%) GitHub
5 1 (1.04%) npm
5 1 (1.04%) PaaS
5 1 (1.04%) Power Platform
5 1 (1.04%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (6.25%) ATM
2 2 (2.08%) DHCP
2 2 (2.08%) DNS
2 2 (2.08%) LAN
2 2 (2.08%) TCP/IP
2 2 (2.08%) VLAN
2 2 (2.08%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.08%) Big Data
1 2 (2.08%) Hadoop
1 2 (2.08%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.04%) MySQL
2 1 (1.04%) NoSQL
2 1 (1.04%) Pentaho
2 1 (1.04%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 11 (11.46%) Git (software)
1 11 (11.46%) Jenkins
2 8 (8.33%) Visual Studio
3 6 (6.25%) Subversion
4 5 (5.21%) Maven
5 4 (4.17%) Artifactory
5 4 (4.17%) ClearCase
5 4 (4.17%) ClearQuest
5 4 (4.17%) GitLab
5 4 (4.17%) JIRA
5 4 (4.17%) Rational DOORS
5 4 (4.17%) Sonatype Nexus
6 3 (3.13%) Cucumber
6 3 (3.13%) JUnit
7 2 (2.08%) CA Gen
8 1 (1.04%) Android Studio
8 1 (1.04%) Babel
8 1 (1.04%) CocoaPods
8 1 (1.04%) SoapUI
8 1 (1.04%) webpack
General
1 10 (10.42%) Public Sector
2 9 (9.38%) Games
3 7 (7.29%) Finance
3 7 (7.29%) Retail
4 4 (4.17%) Electronics
4 4 (4.17%) Law
5 3 (3.13%) Banking
5 3 (3.13%) Manufacturing
5 3 (3.13%) Marketing
5 3 (3.13%) Telecoms
6 1 (1.04%) Avionics
6 1 (1.04%) Financial Institution
6 1 (1.04%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 46 (47.92%) Software Engineer
2 22 (22.92%) Java Engineer
2 22 (22.92%) Java Software Engineer
3 19 (19.79%) Developer
4 17 (17.71%) Designer
5 15 (15.63%) C# Software Engineer
6 13 (13.54%) Interaction Designer
7 9 (9.38%) JavaScript Engineer
7 9 (9.38%) Senior Designer
7 9 (9.38%) Software Developer
8 7 (7.29%) Python Engineer
8 7 (7.29%) Python Software Engineer
9 6 (6.25%) PHP Software Engineer
9 6 (6.25%) Senior Interaction Designer
9 6 (6.25%) Senior Software Engineer
9 6 (6.25%) UX Designer
10 4 (4.17%) AWS Engineer
10 4 (4.17%) AWS Software Engineer
10 4 (4.17%) Java Developer
11 3 (3.13%) Digital UX Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (14.58%) HTML
2 13 (13.54%) CSS
3 8 (8.33%) React
3 8 (8.33%) Spring
3 8 (8.33%) Spring Boot
4 6 (6.25%) Node.js
5 5 (5.21%) .NET
6 4 (4.17%) Boost C++ Libraries
6 4 (4.17%) Kafka
6 4 (4.17%) Qt
7 3 (3.13%) Gherkin
7 3 (3.13%) HTML5
7 3 (3.13%) REST
7 3 (3.13%) SOAP
8 2 (2.08%) AngularJS
8 2 (2.08%) Express
8 2 (2.08%) OAuth
8 2 (2.08%) OpenID
8 2 (2.08%) SAML
8 2 (2.08%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 21 (21.88%) User Experience
2 6 (6.25%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (4.17%) Device Driver
4 2 (2.08%) Greenfield Project
5 1 (1.04%) Algorithms
5 1 (1.04%) Analytical Mindset
5 1 (1.04%) Cloud Native
5 1 (1.04%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.04%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 9 (9.38%) Windows
2 7 (7.29%) Linux
2 7 (7.29%) Unix
3 6 (6.25%) Windows 10
4 4 (4.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 2 (2.08%) AIX
6 1 (1.04%) Android
6 1 (1.04%) Apple iOS
6 1 (1.04%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 50 (52.08%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (20.83%) Front End Development
3 17 (17.71%) Prototyping
4 16 (16.67%) Service Design
5 15 (15.63%) TDD
6 13 (13.54%) Scrum
7 12 (12.50%) Systems Thinking
8 11 (11.46%) DevOps
9 9 (9.38%) Collaborative Working
10 7 (7.29%) Microservices
10 7 (7.29%) OOP
10 7 (7.29%) Test Automation
11 6 (6.25%) Test Scripting
12 4 (4.17%) Business Intelligence
12 4 (4.17%) Coaching
12 4 (4.17%) Computer Science
12 4 (4.17%) Mentoring
12 4 (4.17%) Software Delivery
12 4 (4.17%) Time Management
12 4 (4.17%) UML
Programming Languages
1 39 (40.63%) Java
2 35 (36.46%) JavaScript
3 30 (31.25%) C#
4 19 (19.79%) Python
5 18 (18.75%) C++
6 15 (15.63%) Go
7 11 (11.46%) C
8 9 (9.38%) SQL
9 6 (6.25%) PHP
10 4 (4.17%) PowerShell
11 3 (3.13%) Ada
11 3 (3.13%) TypeScript
12 2 (2.08%) Korn
12 2 (2.08%) PL/SQL
12 2 (2.08%) Shell Script
13 1 (1.04%) Apple Swift
13 1 (1.04%) Kotlin
13 1 (1.04%) Ruby
13 1 (1.04%) T-SQL
13 1 (1.04%) VC++
Qualifications
1 22 (22.92%) Degree
2 14 (14.58%) Security Cleared
3 11 (11.46%) SC Cleared
4 4 (4.17%) BPSS Clearance
5 3 (3.13%) Computer Science Degree
5 3 (3.13%) DBS Check
6 1 (1.04%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (7.29%) QA
System Software
1 5 (5.21%) Docker
2 4 (4.17%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (2.08%) Active Directory
4 1 (1.04%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 7 (7.29%) Terraform
2 6 (6.25%) Opscode Chef
3 4 (4.17%) Ansible
4 3 (3.13%) Kubernetes
5 2 (2.08%) Grafana
Vendors
1 7 (7.29%) Microsoft
2 4 (4.17%) Oracle
2 4 (4.17%) Red Hat
3 3 (3.13%) SAP
4 2 (2.08%) CA
4 2 (2.08%) Cloudera
4 2 (2.08%) IBM
5 1 (1.04%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (1.04%) Splunk