Period
to 23 January 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 23 January 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
23 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 46 62 85
Rank change year-on-year +16 +23 -15
Contract jobs citing Software Engineering 209 196 190
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 3.84% 3.23% 2.29%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 4.67% 3.82% 2.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 175 126 90
North West median daily rate £425 £425 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +9.68% +10.71%
10th Percentile £315 £300 £299
90th Percentile £638 £575 £514
England median daily rate £500 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +11.11% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 23 36
North West median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +1.35%
10th Percentile £36.69 £37.50 £32.25
90th Percentile £56.25 £50.00 £42.50
England median hourly rate £44.00 £42.50 £42.00
% change year-on-year +3.53% +1.19% +5.00%

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 4,478 5,136 6,804
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 82.36% 84.54% 81.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,906 3,322 4,184
North West median daily rate £410 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% - +9.59%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £250
90th Percentile £600 £575 £575
England median daily rate £450 £435 £425
% change year-on-year +3.45% +2.35% +6.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 207 146 271
North West median hourly rate £21.50 £23.30 £33.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.72% -30.46% +76.32%
10th Percentile £11.75 £11.38 £12.61
90th Percentile £53.00 £50.00 £52.47
England median hourly rate £23.63 £25.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -5.50% +8.70% +15.00%

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 23 January 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 23 January 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 23 January 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 +1 123 £425 - 157
Lancashire +18 52 £438 -20.45% 14
Cheshire +9 23 £450 +5.88% 43
Merseyside +7 4 £395 +0.32% 6
Software Engineering
England

For the 6 months to 23 January 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.

1 110 (52.63%) Agile Software Development
2 79 (37.80%) JavaScript
3 72 (34.45%) Java
4 63 (30.14%) TDD
5 62 (29.67%) Node.js
6 61 (29.19%) Git (software)
7 57 (27.27%) JIRA
7 57 (27.27%) Linux
8 56 (26.79%) Scrum
9 54 (25.84%) SQL
9 54 (25.84%) Test Automation
10 50 (23.92%) Coaching
11 49 (23.44%) Mentoring
12 44 (21.05%) C#
13 43 (20.57%) CSS
14 41 (19.62%) BDD
15 39 (18.66%) SDLC
15 39 (18.66%) HTML
16 38 (18.18%) Microservices
16 38 (18.18%) Kanban
16 38 (18.18%) Continuous Integration
17 35 (16.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 35 (16.75%) NoSQL
17 35 (16.75%) Open Source
17 35 (16.75%) SFIA
18 34 (16.27%) Confluence
19 32 (15.31%) Amazon AWS
19 32 (15.31%) DevOps
19 32 (15.31%) Slack
20 31 (14.83%) Jenkins

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 34 (16.27%) Confluence
2 8 (3.83%) Apache Spark
3 7 (3.35%) Elasticsearch
3 7 (3.35%) Tomcat
4 6 (2.87%) nginx
4 6 (2.87%) WebSphere
5 5 (2.39%) Apache
6 4 (1.91%) CMS
7 3 (1.44%) Oracle Beehive
7 3 (1.44%) WebLogic
7 3 (1.44%) WildFly
8 2 (0.96%) CICS
8 2 (0.96%) JBoss
8 2 (0.96%) MQSeries
9 1 (0.48%) ArchestrA
9 1 (0.48%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 1 (0.48%) SAS
9 1 (0.48%) Tornado
Applications
1 5 (2.39%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.96%) Adobe Illustrator
3 1 (0.48%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (0.96%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 32 (15.31%) Amazon AWS
1 32 (15.31%) Slack
2 9 (4.31%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (3.83%) PaaS
4 7 (3.35%) Amazon EC2
4 7 (3.35%) GitHub
4 7 (3.35%) SaaS
5 6 (2.87%) AWS Lambda
6 5 (2.39%) Amazon S3
6 5 (2.39%) Serverless
7 3 (1.44%) Google Cloud Platform
8 2 (0.96%) AWS CloudFormation
8 2 (0.96%) IaaS
8 2 (0.96%) OpenShift
8 2 (0.96%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 1 (0.48%) Amazon EMR
9 1 (0.48%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 12 (5.74%) HTTP
2 11 (5.26%) SMS
3 2 (0.96%) Cisco ASA
3 2 (0.96%) DNS
3 2 (0.96%) Firewall
3 2 (0.96%) Internet
3 2 (0.96%) SAN
3 2 (0.96%) SSL
3 2 (0.96%) TCP/IP
4 1 (0.48%) Ethernet
4 1 (0.48%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 35 (16.75%) NoSQL
2 31 (14.83%) MySQL
3 30 (14.35%) MongoDB
4 29 (13.88%) PostgreSQL
5 19 (9.09%) SQL Server
6 11 (5.26%) Apache Cassandra
7 10 (4.78%) Relational Database
8 9 (4.31%) Big Data
9 8 (3.83%) Hadoop
10 7 (3.35%) DB2
11 6 (2.87%) RDBMS
12 5 (2.39%) Data Warehouse
13 3 (1.44%) Amazon RDS
13 3 (1.44%) Amazon Redshift
13 3 (1.44%) Apache Hive
14 1 (0.48%) Amazon DynamoDB
14 1 (0.48%) BigQuery
14 1 (0.48%) Oracle Database
14 1 (0.48%) SQL Server 2008
14 1 (0.48%) ZAP BI
Development Applications
1 61 (29.19%) Git (software)
2 57 (27.27%) JIRA
3 31 (14.83%) Jenkins
4 26 (12.44%) Cucumber
5 13 (6.22%) JUnit
6 10 (4.78%) Jasmine
7 6 (2.87%) SonarQube
8 5 (2.39%) Subversion
8 5 (2.39%) Visual Studio
9 4 (1.91%) GitLab
9 4 (1.91%) JMeter
9 4 (1.91%) Mercurial
9 4 (1.91%) Selenium
10 3 (1.44%) ClearCase
10 3 (1.44%) Eclipse
10 3 (1.44%) Gradle
10 3 (1.44%) Rational Rhapsody
11 2 (0.96%) Bitbucket
11 2 (0.96%) ClearQuest
11 2 (0.96%) LabVIEW
General
1 28 (13.40%) Finance
2 9 (4.31%) Manufacturing
3 7 (3.35%) Back Office
4 6 (2.87%) Marketing
4 6 (2.87%) Retail
5 5 (2.39%) Aerospace
5 5 (2.39%) Telecoms
6 4 (1.91%) Electronics
7 3 (1.44%) Automotive
8 2 (0.96%) Advertising
8 2 (0.96%) Avionics
8 2 (0.96%) Games
8 2 (0.96%) Legal
8 2 (0.96%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.48%) Banking
9 1 (0.48%) Military
Job Titles
1 76 (36.36%) Software Engineer
2 71 (33.97%) Developer
3 25 (11.96%) Java Engineer
4 23 (11.00%) Java Software Engineer
5 19 (9.09%) Senior Software Engineer
6 18 (8.61%) Java Developer
6 18 (8.61%) Software Developer
7 15 (7.18%) DevOps Engineer
8 14 (6.70%) JavaScript Engineer
9 13 (6.22%) Java Software Developer
10 10 (4.78%) Technical Leader
11 9 (4.31%) JavaScript Developer
12 8 (3.83%) Delivery Manager
13 6 (2.87%) Agile Delivery Manager
13 6 (2.87%) Developer/Software Engineer
13 6 (2.87%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
13 6 (2.87%) Node.js Developer
14 5 (2.39%) Linux/Unix DevOps
14 5 (2.39%) NoSQL Developer
14 5 (2.39%) Senior Java Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 62 (29.67%) Node.js
2 43 (20.57%) CSS
3 39 (18.66%) HTML
4 29 (13.88%) .NET
4 29 (13.88%) REST
5 21 (10.05%) AngularJS
6 16 (7.66%) React
7 15 (7.18%) JSON
7 15 (7.18%) WinForms
8 13 (6.22%) Web Services
9 12 (5.74%) HTML5
9 12 (5.74%) WPF
10 11 (5.26%) XML
11 9 (4.31%) CSS3
11 9 (4.31%) jQuery
12 8 (3.83%) Middleware
12 8 (3.83%) RESTful
12 8 (3.83%) Sass
13 7 (3.35%) ASP.NET
13 7 (3.35%) JPA
Miscellaneous
1 19 (9.09%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (7.18%) User Experience
3 7 (3.35%) Computer Science
4 6 (2.87%) Clustering
5 4 (1.91%) Public Cloud
6 3 (1.44%) Greenfield Project
6 3 (1.44%) Mainframe
7 2 (0.96%) Enterprise Software
7 2 (0.96%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
7 2 (0.96%) RIA
8 1 (0.48%) Algorithms
8 1 (0.48%) Data Structures
8 1 (0.48%) Driving Licence
8 1 (0.48%) FMCG
8 1 (0.48%) Interactive TV
8 1 (0.48%) MHEG
8 1 (0.48%) Mobile App
8 1 (0.48%) Video on Demand
8 1 (0.48%) Web 2.0
8 1 (0.48%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 57 (27.27%) Linux
2 35 (16.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 11 (5.26%) Windows
4 6 (2.87%) Unix
5 2 (0.96%) CentOS
5 2 (0.96%) Debian
5 2 (0.96%) MVS
5 2 (0.96%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 110 (52.63%) Agile Software Development
2 63 (30.14%) TDD
3 56 (26.79%) Scrum
4 54 (25.84%) Test Automation
5 50 (23.92%) Coaching
6 49 (23.44%) Mentoring
7 41 (19.62%) BDD
8 39 (18.66%) SDLC
9 38 (18.18%) Continuous Integration
9 38 (18.18%) Kanban
9 38 (18.18%) Microservices
10 35 (16.75%) Open Source
10 35 (16.75%) SFIA
11 32 (15.31%) DevOps
12 23 (11.00%) User Stories
13 22 (10.53%) Continuous Delivery
14 18 (8.61%) Front End Development
15 15 (7.18%) MVC
16 13 (6.22%) Business Analysis
16 13 (6.22%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 79 (37.80%) JavaScript
2 72 (34.45%) Java
3 54 (25.84%) SQL
4 44 (21.05%) C#
5 20 (9.57%) C++
5 20 (9.57%) Python
6 13 (6.22%) Bash Shell
7 12 (5.74%) Shell Script
8 11 (5.26%) Ruby
9 6 (2.87%) C
9 6 (2.87%) Go
9 6 (2.87%) PHP
10 5 (2.39%) Perl
10 5 (2.39%) Scala
10 5 (2.39%) VB
11 4 (1.91%) Ada
11 4 (1.91%) PL/SQL
11 4 (1.91%) VBA
12 3 (1.44%) Embedded C
13 2 (0.96%) PL/1
Qualifications
1 23 (11.00%) Degree
2 17 (8.13%) Security Cleared
3 11 (5.26%) SC Cleared
4 2 (0.96%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (0.48%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (0.48%) Computer Science Degree
5 1 (0.48%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (1.91%) GPG13
1 4 (1.91%) QA
2 2 (0.96%) GCP
3 1 (0.48%) GDPR
3 1 (0.48%) IEC 62304
3 1 (0.48%) ISO 13485
3 1 (0.48%) ISO 26262
3 1 (0.48%) MISRA
3 1 (0.48%) WCAG
System Software
1 13 (6.22%) Docker
2 4 (1.91%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (1.91%) Xen
3 2 (0.96%) Hyper-V
3 2 (0.96%) KVM
3 2 (0.96%) LXC
4 1 (0.48%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 13 (6.22%) Puppet
2 11 (5.26%) Opscode Chef
3 6 (2.87%) Business Desktop Deployment
3 6 (2.87%) Kubernetes
4 5 (2.39%) Ansible
4 5 (2.39%) Icinga
4 5 (2.39%) Nagios
5 4 (1.91%) Kibana
5 4 (1.91%) logstash
6 2 (0.96%) FortiGate
6 2 (0.96%) Terraform
7 1 (0.48%) Nessus
7 1 (0.48%) Rancher
7 1 (0.48%) Wonderware InTouch
Vendors
1 18 (8.61%) Red Hat
2 15 (7.18%) Microsoft
3 14 (6.70%) Oracle
4 6 (2.87%) Atlassian
5 5 (2.39%) VMware
6 4 (1.91%) Google
6 4 (1.91%) MicroStrategy
6 4 (1.91%) SAP
7 3 (1.44%) Cadence
7 3 (1.44%) Perforce
8 2 (0.96%) Cisco
8 2 (0.96%) Fortinet
8 2 (0.96%) Juniper
8 2 (0.96%) Meraki
8 2 (0.96%) NetApp
8 2 (0.96%) Pega
8 2 (0.96%) ServiceNow
8 2 (0.96%) Syncsort
8 2 (0.96%) Twitter
8 2 (0.96%) Zend