Period
to 22 January 2019

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 22 January 2019 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
22 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 60 47 57
Rank change year-on-year -13 +10 +28
Contract jobs citing Software Engineering 198 205 196
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 3.50% 3.80% 3.25%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 4.17% 4.55% 3.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 131 172 126
North West median daily rate £440 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.53% - +9.68%
10th Percentile £328 £315 £300
90th Percentile £675 £638 £575
England median daily rate £500 £500 £450
% change year-on-year - +11.11% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 20 23
North West median hourly rate £40.00 £42.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.88% +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £33.27 £36.69 £37.50
90th Percentile £44.00 £56.25 £50.00
England median hourly rate £45.00 £44.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +1.19%

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 4,746 4,504 5,176
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 83.87% 83.58% 85.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,002 2,922 3,342
North West median daily rate £425 £405 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.94% +1.25% -
10th Percentile £263 £258 £254
90th Percentile £588 £600 £575
England median daily rate £475 £450 £430
% change year-on-year +5.56% +4.65% +1.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 266 209 151
North West median hourly rate £24.42 £21.70 £21.05
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.51% +3.11% -31.05%
10th Percentile £12.85 £11.75 £11.25
90th Percentile £49.66 £48.75 £49.75
England median hourly rate £23.50 £23.14 £23.75
% change year-on-year +1.56% -2.57% +3.26%

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 22 January 2019.

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 22 January 2019.

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 22 January 2019. 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 -10 103 £438 +2.94% 150
Lancashire -8 61 £445 +4.71% 17
Cheshire +8 30 £425 -5.56% 48
Software Engineering
England

For the 6 months to 22 January 2019, 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.

1 109 (55.05%) Agile Software Development
2 69 (34.85%) Java
3 57 (28.79%) BDD
4 52 (26.26%) .NET
5 46 (23.23%) C#
5 46 (23.23%) TDD
6 37 (18.69%) Test Automation
7 35 (17.68%) JavaScript
8 34 (17.17%) SQL
8 34 (17.17%) Linux
9 33 (16.67%) Jenkins
9 33 (16.67%) Microservices
10 32 (16.16%) SDLC
11 29 (14.65%) Git (software)
12 28 (14.14%) SQL Server
13 27 (13.64%) Spring
13 27 (13.64%) Node.js
14 25 (12.63%) Amazon AWS
14 25 (12.63%) Selenium
14 25 (12.63%) Integration Testing
14 25 (12.63%) Continuous Integration
14 25 (12.63%) HTML
14 25 (12.63%) CSS
15 24 (12.12%) Python
15 24 (12.12%) Microsoft
15 24 (12.12%) Microsoft Azure
15 24 (12.12%) Mentoring
16 23 (11.62%) Coaching
16 23 (11.62%) REST
16 23 (11.62%) JMeter

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 20 (10.10%) Confluence
2 6 (3.03%) WebLogic
3 4 (2.02%) BizTalk Server
3 4 (2.02%) SharePoint
4 3 (1.52%) Apache
4 3 (1.52%) JBoss
5 2 (1.01%) Apache Spark
5 2 (1.01%) OpenStack
6 1 (0.51%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 1 (0.51%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.51%) Tuxedo
6 1 (0.51%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1 (0.51%) CATIA
1 1 (0.51%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 5 (2.53%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (2.02%) Distributed Ledger
3 1 (0.51%) Exstream
Cloud Services
1 25 (12.63%) Amazon AWS
2 24 (12.12%) Microsoft Azure
3 14 (7.07%) Slack
4 8 (4.04%) IaaS
5 5 (2.53%) AWS CloudFormation
6 4 (2.02%) PaaS
6 4 (2.02%) SaaS
7 3 (1.52%) Boomi
7 3 (1.52%) iPaaS
8 2 (1.01%) Amazon ElastiCache
8 2 (1.01%) Amazon ELB
8 2 (1.01%) GitHub
8 2 (1.01%) npm
9 1 (0.51%) Adobe Analytics
9 1 (0.51%) Amazon EC2
9 1 (0.51%) Azure Data Factory
9 1 (0.51%) Data Lake Analytics
9 1 (0.51%) Dynamics 365
9 1 (0.51%) Office 365
9 1 (0.51%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 5 (2.53%) SSL
2 4 (2.02%) DNS
2 4 (2.02%) ICMP
2 4 (2.02%) Internet
2 4 (2.02%) Network Security
2 4 (2.02%) VPN
3 3 (1.52%) Intranet
4 1 (0.51%) Firewall
4 1 (0.51%) HTTP
4 1 (0.51%) HTTPS
4 1 (0.51%) RS-232
4 1 (0.51%) RS-485
4 1 (0.51%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (14.14%) SQL Server
2 18 (9.09%) PostgreSQL
3 13 (6.57%) Big Data
3 13 (6.57%) MySQL
4 12 (6.06%) Relational Database
5 10 (5.05%) NoSQL
6 8 (4.04%) Hadoop
6 8 (4.04%) MongoDB
7 6 (3.03%) Oracle Database
8 5 (2.53%) RDBMS
9 4 (2.02%) Blockchain
10 3 (1.52%) Apache Hive
10 3 (1.52%) Geospatial Data
10 3 (1.52%) GIS
11 2 (1.01%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 2 (1.01%) DB2
12 1 (0.51%) Data Warehouse
12 1 (0.51%) Firebird
12 1 (0.51%) MS Access
12 1 (0.51%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 33 (16.67%) Jenkins
2 29 (14.65%) Git (software)
3 25 (12.63%) Selenium
4 23 (11.62%) JIRA
4 23 (11.62%) JMeter
5 15 (7.58%) GitLab
5 15 (7.58%) Sonatype Nexus
6 12 (6.06%) HP UFT
6 12 (6.06%) Jasmine
6 12 (6.06%) JUnit
6 12 (6.06%) LoadRunner
7 11 (5.56%) WebDriver
8 9 (4.55%) Burp Suite
8 9 (4.55%) Maven
9 8 (4.04%) Artifactory
10 7 (3.54%) SonarQube
11 5 (2.53%) Gradle
11 5 (2.53%) gulp
11 5 (2.53%) Mockito
11 5 (2.53%) Spock
General
1 7 (3.54%) Finance
1 7 (3.54%) Law
2 6 (3.03%) Banking
3 5 (2.53%) Automotive
4 3 (1.52%) Aerospace
4 3 (1.52%) Legal
4 3 (1.52%) Retail
5 2 (1.01%) Avionics
5 2 (1.01%) Military
5 2 (1.01%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.51%) Billing
6 1 (0.51%) Electronics
6 1 (0.51%) Games
6 1 (0.51%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.51%) Marketing
6 1 (0.51%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 60 (30.30%) Developer
1 60 (30.30%) Software Engineer
2 19 (9.60%) .NET Developer
3 17 (8.59%) Java Developer
3 17 (8.59%) Java Engineer
3 17 (8.59%) Test Engineer
4 15 (7.58%) Architect
5 12 (6.06%) Senior Software Engineer
6 11 (5.56%) C# Developer
7 10 (5.05%) C# .NET Developer
7 10 (5.05%) C++ Software Engineer
7 10 (5.05%) Java Software Engineer
8 8 (4.04%) Full Stack Developer
9 7 (3.54%) Technical Architect
10 6 (3.03%) C Software Engineer
10 6 (3.03%) DevOps Engineer
10 6 (3.03%) Software Test Engineer
10 6 (3.03%) Solutions Architect
11 5 (2.53%) Designer
11 5 (2.53%) Infrastructure Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 52 (26.26%) .NET
2 27 (13.64%) Node.js
2 27 (13.64%) Spring
3 25 (12.63%) CSS
3 25 (12.63%) HTML
4 23 (11.62%) REST
5 18 (9.09%) ASP.NET
6 17 (8.59%) Spring Boot
7 14 (7.07%) Hibernate
8 13 (6.57%) React
9 11 (5.56%) XML
10 10 (5.05%) J2EE
11 9 (4.55%) ASP.NET Web API
12 8 (4.04%) ASP.NET MVC
12 8 (4.04%) Kafka
12 8 (4.04%) Web Services
12 8 (4.04%) XHTML
13 7 (3.54%) .NET Framework
13 7 (3.54%) Ajax
13 7 (3.54%) Django
Miscellaneous
1 15 (7.58%) User Experience
2 9 (4.55%) Management Information System
3 7 (3.54%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (3.54%) Enterprise Software
4 5 (2.53%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 5 (2.53%) Greenfield Project
5 3 (1.52%) Fintech
5 3 (1.52%) Tandem
6 2 (1.01%) Blog
6 2 (1.01%) Cloud Native
6 2 (1.01%) Hedge funds
6 2 (1.01%) Mobile App
7 1 (0.51%) Augmented Reality
7 1 (0.51%) Client/Server
7 1 (0.51%) CMDB
7 1 (0.51%) Data Centre
7 1 (0.51%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
7 1 (0.51%) Life Science
7 1 (0.51%) NHS
7 1 (0.51%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 34 (17.17%) Linux
2 16 (8.08%) Windows
3 12 (6.06%) CentOS
4 4 (2.02%) Solaris
4 4 (2.02%) Unix
5 3 (1.52%) Android
5 3 (1.52%) Apple iOS
5 3 (1.52%) Embedded Linux
5 3 (1.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 3 (1.52%) Windows Server
6 1 (0.51%) Oracle Linux
6 1 (0.51%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 109 (55.05%) Agile Software Development
2 57 (28.79%) BDD
3 46 (23.23%) TDD
4 37 (18.69%) Test Automation
5 33 (16.67%) Microservices
6 32 (16.16%) SDLC
7 25 (12.63%) Continuous Integration
7 25 (12.63%) Integration Testing
8 24 (12.12%) Mentoring
9 23 (11.62%) Coaching
10 21 (10.61%) Waterfall
11 20 (10.10%) MVC
12 19 (9.60%) DevOps
12 19 (9.60%) Open Source
13 18 (9.09%) Problem-Solving
14 17 (8.59%) Unit Testing
14 17 (8.59%) Web Development
15 16 (8.08%) Scrum
16 14 (7.07%) OWASP
17 13 (6.57%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 69 (34.85%) Java
2 46 (23.23%) C#
3 35 (17.68%) JavaScript
4 34 (17.17%) SQL
5 24 (12.12%) Python
6 16 (8.08%) C++
7 15 (7.58%) C
8 10 (5.05%) Java 8
9 7 (3.54%) PHP
10 4 (2.02%) Ada
10 4 (2.02%) Embedded C
10 4 (2.02%) Ruby
10 4 (2.02%) Shell Script
10 4 (2.02%) TypeScript
10 4 (2.02%) VB
10 4 (2.02%) VB.NET
11 3 (1.52%) ES6
11 3 (1.52%) Scala
11 3 (1.52%) VB6
12 2 (1.01%) Embedded C++
Qualifications
1 15 (7.58%) Degree
2 11 (5.56%) Security Cleared
3 8 (4.04%) SC Cleared
4 4 (2.02%) BPSS Clearance
5 3 (1.52%) ISEB
6 2 (1.01%) Computer Science Degree
7 1 (0.51%) DV Cleared
7 1 (0.51%) HNC
7 1 (0.51%) HND
7 1 (0.51%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (8.08%) QA
2 8 (4.04%) WCAG
3 2 (1.01%) MIL-STD-498
4 1 (0.51%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.51%) GDPR
System Software
1 9 (4.55%) Docker
2 4 (2.02%) Active Directory
3 2 (1.01%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (0.51%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.51%) KVM
4 1 (0.51%) QEMU
4 1 (0.51%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 19 (9.60%) Terraform
2 18 (9.09%) Ansible
3 14 (7.07%) Puppet
4 9 (4.55%) Nessus
5 1 (0.51%) Grafana
5 1 (0.51%) Graylog
Vendors
1 24 (12.12%) Microsoft
2 14 (7.07%) Black Duck
2 14 (7.07%) Red Hat
3 11 (5.56%) Oracle
4 7 (3.54%) Cloudera
4 7 (3.54%) Hortonworks
5 4 (2.02%) Gemalto
6 3 (1.52%) Atlassian
6 3 (1.52%) Dell
6 3 (1.52%) TIBCO
7 2 (1.01%) ServiceNow
8 1 (0.51%) Adobe
8 1 (0.51%) EnterpriseDB
8 1 (0.51%) MapR
8 1 (0.51%) MuleSoft
8 1 (0.51%) OpenText
8 1 (0.51%) Pega
8 1 (0.51%) Perforce
8 1 (0.51%) Tableau
8 1 (0.51%) VMware