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 3 months to 26 March 2017 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Software Engineering
England / North West
Rank 65 43 60
Rank change year-on-year -22 +17  
Contract jobs citing Software Engineering 65 149 96
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 2.53% 3.88% 2.68%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.08% 4.71% 3.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 39 76 69
Median daily rate £413 £425 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.94% +21.42%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £294 £323 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £475 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 14 4
Median hourly rate £42.00 £37.50 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.00% +1.35%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.50 £35.00 £35.95
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.50 £45.60 £42.95
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £38.50
% change year-on-year - +10.38%  

Software Engineering is in the process and methodology skills category. The next 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 and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 2113 3163 2829
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 82.35% 82.43% 78.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 1340 1915 1539
Median daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £281 £290 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £538 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £398
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.62%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 109 122 127
Median hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.66% -6.25%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £16.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.50 £50.00 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.75 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.09% +29.16%  

Software Engineering
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing Software Engineering as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

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 3 months to 26 March 2017.

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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 26 March 2017.

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 3 months to 26 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -5 38 £406 -4.41% 55
Lancashire +12 14 - - 6
Cheshire -9 9 £425 - 12
Merseyside +2 2 - - 3
Software Engineering
England

Software Engineering
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 26 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Software Engineering also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for Software Engineering.

1 81 (46.29%) Agile Software Development
2 76 (43.43%) TDD
2 76 (43.43%) JavaScript
3 54 (30.86%) REST
4 53 (30.29%) Java
4 53 (30.29%) Scrum
5 52 (29.71%) SQL
6 51 (29.14%) Web Services
6 51 (29.14%) Linux
7 40 (22.86%) HTML
8 39 (22.29%) Node.js
8 39 (22.29%) BDD
9 35 (20.00%) OO
10 33 (18.86%) Finance
11 30 (17.14%) High Availability
12 29 (16.57%) CSS
13 28 (16.00%) C#
13 28 (16.00%) C++
14 27 (15.43%) JUnit
14 27 (15.43%) NoSQL
15 24 (13.71%) RESTful
15 24 (13.71%) Unit Testing
15 24 (13.71%) Git (software)
16 23 (13.14%) Degree
16 23 (13.14%) .NET
17 22 (12.57%) Continuous Integration
17 22 (12.57%) HTML5
18 21 (12.00%) Integration Testing
18 21 (12.00%) XML
19 20 (11.43%) Security Cleared

Software Engineering
Top Related 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 6 (3.43%) Confluence
2 5 (2.86%) WebSphere
3 4 (2.29%) GlassFish
3 4 (2.29%) JBoss
3 4 (2.29%) Tomcat
3 4 (2.29%) WebLogic
4 3 (1.71%) Apache Spark
4 3 (1.71%) CMS
4 3 (1.71%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 3 (1.71%) SharePoint
4 3 (1.71%) Sitecore CMS
4 3 (1.71%) Umbraco
5 2 (1.14%) BizTalk Server
5 2 (1.14%) OpenStack
6 1 (0.57%) Apache
6 1 (0.57%) SAS
6 1 (0.57%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 12 (6.86%) MS Excel
2 7 (4.00%) MS Office
3 4 (2.29%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.57%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 1 (0.57%) Oracle BPM
1 1 (0.57%) SAP MDG
1 1 (0.57%) SAP MDM
1 1 (0.57%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 19 (10.86%) Amazon AWS
2 6 (3.43%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (3.43%) Slack
3 3 (1.71%) PaaS
4 2 (1.14%) Amazon EC2
4 2 (1.14%) Amazon S3
4 2 (1.14%) GitHub
4 2 (1.14%) IaaS
5 1 (0.57%) Amazon SQS
5 1 (0.57%) AWS CloudFormation
5 1 (0.57%) AWS Lambda
5 1 (0.57%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.57%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 18 (10.29%) HTTP
2 7 (4.00%) TCP/IP
3 3 (1.71%) Internet
3 3 (1.71%) RS-232
4 2 (1.14%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (0.57%) DLNA
5 1 (0.57%) Ethernet
5 1 (0.57%) Kerberos
5 1 (0.57%) UPnP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (15.43%) NoSQL
2 17 (9.71%) SQL Server
3 15 (8.57%) MongoDB
3 15 (8.57%) MySQL
4 11 (6.29%) PostgreSQL
5 8 (4.57%) Relational Database
6 7 (4.00%) Big Data
6 7 (4.00%) Hadoop
7 5 (2.86%) Apache Cassandra
7 5 (2.86%) RDBMS
8 4 (2.29%) Couchbase
9 3 (1.71%) Apache Hive
9 3 (1.71%) DB2
10 2 (1.14%) Impala
10 2 (1.14%) MarkLogic
10 2 (1.14%) SQL Server 2008
11 1 (0.57%) IDMS
11 1 (0.57%) Oracle Database
11 1 (0.57%) QlikView
11 1 (0.57%) Spotfire
Development Applications
1 27 (15.43%) JUnit
2 24 (13.71%) Git (software)
3 13 (7.43%) StarTeam
4 12 (6.86%) Jenkins
4 12 (6.86%) Visual Studio
5 10 (5.71%) JIRA
6 8 (4.57%) Jasmine
7 6 (3.43%) Mercurial
7 6 (3.43%) Rational DOORS
7 6 (3.43%) Rational Rhapsody
8 5 (2.86%) Cucumber
8 5 (2.86%) NUnit
8 5 (2.86%) Subversion
9 4 (2.29%) Selenium
10 3 (1.71%) Babel
10 3 (1.71%) VectorCAST
10 3 (1.71%) webpack
11 2 (1.14%) Hudson
11 2 (1.14%) SoapUI
11 2 (1.14%) Vagrant
General
1 33 (18.86%) Finance
2 16 (9.14%) Games
3 13 (7.43%) Banking
4 9 (5.14%) Avionics
4 9 (5.14%) Manufacturing
5 5 (2.86%) Military
6 4 (2.29%) Aerospace
7 3 (1.71%) Marketing
7 3 (1.71%) Telecoms
8 2 (1.14%) Electronics
8 2 (1.14%) Retail
9 1 (0.57%) Front Office
9 1 (0.57%) International Banking
9 1 (0.57%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.57%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 85 (48.57%) Developer
2 64 (36.57%) Software Engineer
3 24 (13.71%) JavaScript Developer
4 17 (9.71%) Java Developer
5 11 (6.29%) C++ Software Engineer
5 11 (6.29%) Software Developer
6 10 (5.71%) .NET Developer
7 9 (5.14%) Lead Developer
8 8 (4.57%) Digital Developer
8 8 (4.57%) Java Engineer
8 8 (4.57%) Java Software Engineer
8 8 (4.57%) Node.js Developer
8 8 (4.57%) Scala Software Engineer
8 8 (4.57%) Senior Developer
9 6 (3.43%) Analyst
9 6 (3.43%) Architect
10 5 (2.86%) Consultant
10 5 (2.86%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
10 5 (2.86%) Graduate
10 5 (2.86%) Senior Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 54 (30.86%) REST
2 51 (29.14%) Web Services
3 40 (22.86%) HTML
4 39 (22.29%) Node.js
5 29 (16.57%) CSS
6 24 (13.71%) RESTful
7 23 (13.14%) .NET
8 22 (12.57%) HTML5
9 21 (12.00%) XML
10 19 (10.86%) AngularJS
11 17 (9.71%) J2EE
11 17 (9.71%) JSON
11 17 (9.71%) SOAP
11 17 (9.71%) Spring
12 15 (8.57%) React
13 10 (5.71%) Ajax
14 9 (5.14%) XSLT
15 8 (4.57%) .NET Framework
15 8 (4.57%) ASP.NET
15 8 (4.57%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 17 (9.71%) Computer Science
2 15 (8.57%) Analytical Skills
3 11 (6.29%) Mobile App
4 5 (2.86%) Streaming Video
4 5 (2.86%) User Experience
5 4 (2.29%) 3D Graphics
5 4 (2.29%) Device Driver
5 4 (2.29%) IPTV
6 3 (1.71%) Interactive TV
6 3 (1.71%) MHEG
7 2 (1.14%) Data Centre
7 2 (1.14%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
7 2 (1.14%) MPEG
7 2 (1.14%) New Media
7 2 (1.14%) RIA
7 2 (1.14%) Video on Demand
8 1 (0.57%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 1 (0.57%) Mainframe
8 1 (0.57%) STB
8 1 (0.57%) Taxonomies
Operating Systems
1 51 (29.14%) Linux
2 15 (8.57%) Windows
3 13 (7.43%) Android
3 13 (7.43%) VME
4 12 (6.86%) Apple iOS
5 11 (6.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 10 (5.71%) Unix
7 2 (1.14%) AIX
7 2 (1.14%) Embedded Linux
7 2 (1.14%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.57%) Mac OS X
8 1 (0.57%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 81 (46.29%) Agile Software Development
2 76 (43.43%) TDD
3 53 (30.29%) Scrum
4 39 (22.29%) BDD
5 35 (20.00%) OO
6 30 (17.14%) High Availability
7 24 (13.71%) Unit Testing
8 22 (12.57%) Continuous Integration
9 21 (12.00%) Integration Testing
10 18 (10.29%) SDLC
11 17 (9.71%) OOP
12 16 (9.14%) Kanban
13 13 (7.43%) Continuous Delivery
13 13 (7.43%) Open Source
14 12 (6.86%) MVC
14 12 (6.86%) Performance Tuning
15 11 (6.29%) UML
16 10 (5.71%) DevOps
16 10 (5.71%) OOD
17 9 (5.14%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 76 (43.43%) JavaScript
2 53 (30.29%) Java
3 52 (29.71%) SQL
4 28 (16.00%) C#
4 28 (16.00%) C++
5 13 (7.43%) COBOL
6 12 (6.86%) Python
7 11 (6.29%) Scala
8 10 (5.71%) C
9 9 (5.14%) Perl
10 8 (4.57%) PHP
10 8 (4.57%) Ruby
11 6 (3.43%) Ada
11 6 (3.43%) ES6
12 4 (2.29%) Embedded C
12 4 (2.29%) Shell Script
13 3 (1.71%) ActionScript
13 3 (1.71%) ECMAScript
14 2 (1.14%) Korn
14 2 (1.14%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 23 (13.14%) Degree
2 20 (11.43%) Security Cleared
3 9 (5.14%) SC Cleared
4 6 (3.43%) BPSS Clearance
5 3 (1.71%) HND
6 2 (1.14%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (1.14%) PhD
7 1 (0.57%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (4.57%) QA
2 4 (2.29%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (1.14%) Data Quality
3 2 (1.14%) ISO26262
3 2 (1.14%) MISRA
4 1 (0.57%) SLA
System Software
1 13 (7.43%) Virtual Machines
2 6 (3.43%) Docker
3 2 (1.14%) Firmware
3 2 (1.14%) HDFS
3 2 (1.14%) vSphere
4 1 (0.57%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (0.57%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 7 (4.00%) Ansible
2 6 (3.43%) Opscode Chef
2 6 (3.43%) Puppet
3 3 (1.71%) Terraform
4 2 (1.14%) Salt
5 1 (0.57%) Kubernetes
5 1 (0.57%) Wonderware InTouch
Vendors
1 15 (8.57%) Microsoft
2 13 (7.43%) HP
2 13 (7.43%) ICL
3 11 (6.29%) Oracle
4 9 (5.14%) Red Hat
5 4 (2.29%) hybris
5 4 (2.29%) Twitter
6 3 (1.71%) Google
6 3 (1.71%) OpenTV
6 3 (1.71%) SAP
6 3 (1.71%) Sitecore
6 3 (1.71%) Xamarin
7 2 (1.14%) Apigee
7 2 (1.14%) IBM
7 2 (1.14%) MuleSoft
7 2 (1.14%) Northgate
7 2 (1.14%) Perforce
7 2 (1.14%) VMware
8 1 (0.57%) Hyperion
8 1 (0.57%) Informatica
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