Period
to 20 July 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 20 July 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
20 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 53 65 55
Rank change year-on-year +12 -10 +58
Contract jobs citing Software Engineering 227 168 252
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 3.67% 2.97% 3.28%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 4.33% 3.60% 3.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 152 110 164
North West median daily rate £438 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% - +16.04%
10th Percentile £335 £289 £313
90th Percentile £606 £575 £513
England median daily rate £500 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +11.11% - +12.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 38 14
North West median hourly rate £39.50 £42.25 £39.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.51% +7.99% +5.74%
10th Percentile £32.45 £35.88 £32.50
90th Percentile £44.13 £49.13 £48.53
England median hourly rate £43.00 £43.50 £42.25
% change year-on-year -1.15% +2.96% +5.63%

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 5,239 4,662 6,376
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 84.62% 82.48% 82.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,291 2,850 3,933
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £263 £256 £260
90th Percentile £575 £538 £550
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 260 218 215
North West median hourly rate £24.13 £36.74 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -34.33% +36.06% -0.61%
10th Percentile £11.47 £11.75 £12.58
90th Percentile £53.56 £52.65 £50.75
England median hourly rate £22.50 £24.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year -8.16% +4.26% +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 20 July 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 20 July 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 20 July 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 -3 132 £425 - 127
Cheshire +4 44 £450 -7.69% 36
Lancashire -3 44 £475 -11.21% 3
Merseyside +15 4 £375 - 10
Cumbria -3 3 - - 1
Software Engineering
England

For the 6 months to 20 July 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.

1 132 (58.15%) Agile Software Development
2 93 (40.97%) Java
3 58 (25.55%) JavaScript
4 53 (23.35%) Git (software)
5 52 (22.91%) SQL
6 51 (22.47%) TDD
6 51 (22.47%) Amazon AWS
7 44 (19.38%) BDD
8 42 (18.50%) HTML
9 41 (18.06%) Node.js
9 41 (18.06%) Test Automation
10 40 (17.62%) Jenkins
10 40 (17.62%) C#
11 39 (17.18%) Linux
12 38 (16.74%) DevOps
12 38 (16.74%) Continuous Integration
13 36 (15.86%) Scrum
14 34 (14.98%) Degree
14 34 (14.98%) CSS
15 33 (14.54%) Spring
16 32 (14.10%) Finance
17 31 (13.66%) .NET
17 31 (13.66%) SDLC
18 29 (12.78%) Coaching
18 29 (12.78%) JIRA
19 27 (11.89%) Python
19 27 (11.89%) Open Source
20 25 (11.01%) Kanban
20 25 (11.01%) Kubernetes
20 25 (11.01%) PostgreSQL

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 14 (6.17%) Confluence
2 11 (4.85%) Tomcat
3 5 (2.20%) Apache
3 5 (2.20%) Apache Spark
3 5 (2.20%) CMS
3 5 (2.20%) JBoss
3 5 (2.20%) WebSphere
4 4 (1.76%) Amazon Alexa
5 2 (0.88%) Tornado
6 1 (0.44%) Oracle Beehive
6 1 (0.44%) SAS
6 1 (0.44%) WebLogic
6 1 (0.44%) WildFly
6 1 (0.44%) WinCC
Applications
1 3 (1.32%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.88%) Simulink
3 1 (0.44%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.44%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.44%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 3 (1.32%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.88%) Distributed Ledger
3 1 (0.44%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.44%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 51 (22.47%) Amazon AWS
2 19 (8.37%) Microsoft Azure
3 17 (7.49%) PaaS
4 16 (7.05%) SaaS
5 12 (5.29%) Slack
6 8 (3.52%) Google Cloud Platform
7 7 (3.08%) GitHub
7 7 (3.08%) OpenShift
8 5 (2.20%) Amazon EC2
8 5 (2.20%) AWS Lambda
8 5 (2.20%) Serverless
9 3 (1.32%) AWS CloudFormation
9 3 (1.32%) Dynamics 365
9 3 (1.32%) IaaS
10 2 (0.88%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 1 (0.44%) Amazon S3
11 1 (0.44%) BrowserStack
11 1 (0.44%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 9 (3.96%) SMS
2 5 (2.20%) HTTP
3 3 (1.32%) Bluetooth
3 3 (1.32%) DNS
3 3 (1.32%) Wi-Fi
4 2 (0.88%) SSL
5 1 (0.44%) FlexRay
5 1 (0.44%) Internet
5 1 (0.44%) RS-422
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (11.01%) PostgreSQL
2 18 (7.93%) MySQL
2 18 (7.93%) NoSQL
2 18 (7.93%) SQL Server
3 14 (6.17%) MongoDB
4 11 (4.85%) Big Data
5 8 (3.52%) Apache Cassandra
6 6 (2.64%) DB2
7 4 (1.76%) Amazon Aurora
7 4 (1.76%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 4 (1.76%) Amazon Redshift
7 4 (1.76%) Relational Database
8 3 (1.32%) Data Warehouse
9 2 (0.88%) Apache Hive
9 2 (0.88%) Blockchain
9 2 (0.88%) RDBMS
9 2 (0.88%) SQL Server 2012
9 2 (0.88%) SQL Server 2014
10 1 (0.44%) Amazon RDS
10 1 (0.44%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 53 (23.35%) Git (software)
2 40 (17.62%) Jenkins
3 29 (12.78%) JIRA
4 17 (7.49%) JUnit
5 15 (6.61%) Selenium
6 14 (6.17%) Cucumber
6 14 (6.17%) Maven
7 11 (4.85%) Jasmine
8 9 (3.96%) JMeter
8 9 (3.96%) Visual Studio
9 7 (3.08%) Mercurial
9 7 (3.08%) Rational DOORS
10 6 (2.64%) Gradle
10 6 (2.64%) LabVIEW
10 6 (2.64%) TestNG
11 4 (1.76%) Burp Suite
11 4 (1.76%) ClearCase
11 4 (1.76%) HP UFT
11 4 (1.76%) LoadRunner
12 3 (1.32%) Visual Studio Code
General
1 32 (14.10%) Finance
2 15 (6.61%) Manufacturing
3 13 (5.73%) Retail
4 8 (3.52%) Electronics
4 8 (3.52%) Marketing
5 6 (2.64%) Law
5 6 (2.64%) Telecoms
6 5 (2.20%) Banking
7 4 (1.76%) Automotive
7 4 (1.76%) Games
8 3 (1.32%) Pharmaceutical
9 2 (0.88%) Avionics
10 1 (0.44%) Advertising
10 1 (0.44%) Aerospace
10 1 (0.44%) Investment Banking
10 1 (0.44%) Legal
10 1 (0.44%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 87 (38.33%) Software Engineer
2 51 (22.47%) Developer
3 34 (14.98%) Java Engineer
4 29 (12.78%) Java Software Engineer
5 16 (7.05%) Java Developer
6 15 (6.61%) AWS Engineer
6 15 (6.61%) DevOps Engineer
6 15 (6.61%) Senior Software Engineer
7 13 (5.73%) Test Engineer
8 10 (4.41%) Full Stack Developer
9 9 (3.96%) Cloud Engineer
10 8 (3.52%) Cloud Software Engineer
10 8 (3.52%) Kubernetes Engineer
10 8 (3.52%) Senior Java Engineer
10 8 (3.52%) Senior Java Software Engineer
11 7 (3.08%) Analyst
11 7 (3.08%) C++ Software Engineer
11 7 (3.08%) Consultant
11 7 (3.08%) Designer
12 6 (2.64%) .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (18.50%) HTML
2 41 (18.06%) Node.js
3 34 (14.98%) CSS
4 33 (14.54%) Spring
5 31 (13.66%) .NET
6 24 (10.57%) REST
7 17 (7.49%) AngularJS
8 16 (7.05%) Spring Boot
9 10 (4.41%) Hibernate
9 10 (4.41%) XML
10 9 (3.96%) jQuery
10 9 (3.96%) React
10 9 (3.96%) Web Services
10 9 (3.96%) WPF
11 8 (3.52%) HTML5
11 8 (3.52%) WinForms
12 7 (3.08%) Ajax
12 7 (3.08%) ASP.NET
12 7 (3.08%) JPA
12 7 (3.08%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 23 (10.13%) User Experience
2 12 (5.29%) Analytical Skills
3 11 (4.85%) Public Cloud
4 8 (3.52%) Wiki
5 7 (3.08%) Computer Science
6 6 (2.64%) Greenfield Project
7 5 (2.20%) Mobile Payment
8 4 (1.76%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
8 4 (1.76%) Mobile App
8 4 (1.76%) Taxonomies
9 3 (1.32%) Management Information System
10 2 (0.88%) 3D Graphics
10 2 (0.88%) Cloud Native
10 2 (0.88%) Minimum Viable Product
10 2 (0.88%) NHS
10 2 (0.88%) Raspberry Pi
10 2 (0.88%) RIA
11 1 (0.44%) Enterprise Software
11 1 (0.44%) Linux Command Line
11 1 (0.44%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 39 (17.18%) Linux
2 16 (7.05%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 11 (4.85%) Windows
4 10 (4.41%) Unix
5 6 (2.64%) CentOS
6 5 (2.20%) Android
6 5 (2.20%) Apple iOS
7 4 (1.76%) Windows 10
7 4 (1.76%) Windows Server
8 2 (0.88%) Debian
8 2 (0.88%) Windows 7
8 2 (0.88%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.44%) FreeRTOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 132 (58.15%) Agile Software Development
2 51 (22.47%) TDD
3 44 (19.38%) BDD
4 41 (18.06%) Test Automation
5 38 (16.74%) Continuous Integration
5 38 (16.74%) DevOps
6 36 (15.86%) Scrum
7 31 (13.66%) SDLC
8 29 (12.78%) Coaching
9 27 (11.89%) Open Source
10 25 (11.01%) Kanban
11 23 (10.13%) Mentoring
12 22 (9.69%) Microservices
12 22 (9.69%) SFIA
13 20 (8.81%) Unit Testing
13 20 (8.81%) UX Design
14 17 (7.49%) Programme Management
15 16 (7.05%) Continuous Delivery
15 16 (7.05%) MVC
15 16 (7.05%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 93 (40.97%) Java
2 58 (25.55%) JavaScript
3 52 (22.91%) SQL
4 40 (17.62%) C#
5 27 (11.89%) Python
6 23 (10.13%) C++
7 16 (7.05%) Java 8
8 14 (6.17%) C
9 13 (5.73%) Go
10 10 (4.41%) VB.NET
11 8 (3.52%) VB
12 7 (3.08%) Ada
12 7 (3.08%) Bash Shell
12 7 (3.08%) Ruby
13 6 (2.64%) Groovy
13 6 (2.64%) Perl
13 6 (2.64%) Scala
13 6 (2.64%) Shell Script
14 5 (2.20%) PL/SQL
15 4 (1.76%) VC++
Qualifications
1 34 (14.98%) Degree
2 19 (8.37%) Security Cleared
3 8 (3.52%) SC Cleared
4 7 (3.08%) HND
5 5 (2.20%) Computer Science Degree
6 2 (0.88%) ISEB
6 2 (0.88%) ISTQB
6 2 (0.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 1 (0.44%) BC Cleared
7 1 (0.44%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (0.44%) Chartered Engineer
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (6.17%) QA
2 8 (3.52%) GCP
3 4 (1.76%) MIL-STD-498
3 4 (1.76%) WCAG
4 3 (1.32%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (1.32%) MISRA
5 2 (0.88%) PMO
6 1 (0.44%) IEC 61131
6 1 (0.44%) IEC 62304
6 1 (0.44%) ISO 13485
6 1 (0.44%) ISO 9000
6 1 (0.44%) TickIT
System Software
1 20 (8.81%) Docker
2 2 (0.88%) Microsoft App-V
2 2 (0.88%) Virtual Machines
2 2 (0.88%) VirtualBox
2 2 (0.88%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 25 (11.01%) Kubernetes
2 11 (4.85%) Ansible
2 11 (4.85%) Puppet
3 8 (3.52%) Terraform
4 4 (1.76%) Nessus
5 3 (1.32%) Business Desktop Deployment
5 3 (1.32%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (0.88%) Packer
6 2 (0.88%) Rancher
7 1 (0.44%) Consul
7 1 (0.44%) Docker Swarm
7 1 (0.44%) Grafana
7 1 (0.44%) Graylog
Vendors
1 20 (8.81%) Oracle
2 19 (8.37%) Microsoft
3 12 (5.29%) Google
3 12 (5.29%) Red Hat
4 6 (2.64%) SAP
5 4 (1.76%) Hyperion
5 4 (1.76%) Splunk
5 4 (1.76%) Talend
6 3 (1.32%) ServiceNow
7 2 (0.88%) AppDynamics
7 2 (0.88%) Citrix
7 2 (0.88%) Ivanti
7 2 (0.88%) Sitecore
8 1 (0.44%) Adobe
8 1 (0.44%) Atlassian
8 1 (0.44%) Cypress Semiconductor
8 1 (0.44%) JD Edwards
8 1 (0.44%) Salesforce.com
8 1 (0.44%) Siemens
8 1 (0.44%) Teradata