Period
to 16 November 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 16 November 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
16 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 70 66 43
Rank change year-on-year -4 -23 +15
Contract jobs citing Software Engineering 149 202 216
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 2.77% 3.40% 3.77%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.27% 4.07% 4.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 97 136 183
North West median daily rate £450 £439 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% -2.50% +5.26%
10th Percentile £361 £350 £325
90th Percentile £585 £625 £638
England median daily rate £506 £500 £475
% change year-on-year +1.25% +5.26% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 13 26
North West median hourly rate £41.75 £37.50 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.33% -11.76% +6.25%
10th Percentile £39.84 £27.50 £35.63
90th Percentile £44.85 £41.90 £53.36
England median hourly rate £47.50 £44.00 £44.00
% change year-on-year +7.95% - +3.53%

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 4,555 4,959 4,738
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 84.74% 83.43% 82.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,967 3,140 3,018
North West median daily rate £425 £403 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.59% +0.63% -
10th Percentile £263 £263 £263
90th Percentile £575 £575 £585
England median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 200 286 203
North West median hourly rate £20.50 £21.38 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.12% -20.81% +22.73%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.41 £11.75
90th Percentile £53.75 £51.13 £51.12
England median hourly rate £24.00 £22.00 £23.32
% change year-on-year +9.09% -5.66% +2.12%

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 16 November 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 16 November 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 16 November 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 +8 94 £440 +0.57% 136
Lancashire +2 37 £524 +16.39% 14
Cheshire -17 11 £525 +20.00% 28
Cumbria - 2 £316 - 1
Merseyside - 2 £520 - 3
Software Engineering
England

For the 6 months to 16 November 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 64 (42.95%) Agile Software Development
2 44 (29.53%) Java
3 41 (27.52%) JavaScript
4 35 (23.49%) AWS
5 31 (20.81%) Scrum
6 28 (18.79%) .NET
7 24 (16.11%) Migration
7 24 (16.11%) Test Automation
7 24 (16.11%) Microservices
8 22 (14.77%) C#
8 22 (14.77%) SQL
9 20 (13.42%) Public Sector
10 19 (12.75%) User Experience
10 19 (12.75%) TDD
11 18 (12.08%) Git (software)
11 18 (12.08%) Linux
12 17 (11.41%) CSS
12 17 (11.41%) HTML
12 17 (11.41%) Python
12 17 (11.41%) DevOps
12 17 (11.41%) SDLC
12 17 (11.41%) Serverless
13 16 (10.74%) AWS Lambda
13 16 (10.74%) .NET Core
13 16 (10.74%) Node.js
13 16 (10.74%) AngularJS
13 16 (10.74%) Analytics
13 16 (10.74%) C
14 15 (10.07%) Amazon EC2
14 15 (10.07%) Analytical Skills

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 8 (5.37%) Apache Spark
2 5 (3.36%) Confluence
3 3 (2.01%) WebSphere
3 3 (2.01%) WebSphere Application Server
4 2 (1.34%) Elasticsearch
5 1 (0.67%) Apache ServiceMix
5 1 (0.67%) Cloud Foundry
5 1 (0.67%) CMS
5 1 (0.67%) Oracle Service Bus
5 1 (0.67%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 1 (0.67%) SAS
5 1 (0.67%) Umbraco
Applications
1 3 (2.01%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.67%) Stata
Business Applications
1 4 (2.68%) osCommerce
2 1 (0.67%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.67%) Magento
2 1 (0.67%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 35 (23.49%) AWS
2 17 (11.41%) Serverless
3 16 (10.74%) AWS Lambda
4 15 (10.07%) Amazon EC2
5 12 (8.05%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 12 (8.05%) Azure
6 11 (7.38%) AWS CloudFormation
6 11 (7.38%) SaaS
7 10 (6.71%) Amazon S3
7 10 (6.71%) GitHub
8 4 (2.68%) GCP
9 3 (2.01%) npm
9 3 (2.01%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 1 (0.67%) Amazon ECS
10 1 (0.67%) Amazon SQS
10 1 (0.67%) Boomi
10 1 (0.67%) Heroku
10 1 (0.67%) IaaS
10 1 (0.67%) PaaS
10 1 (0.67%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 5 (3.36%) TCP/IP
2 2 (1.34%) HTTP
3 1 (0.67%) Bluetooth
3 1 (0.67%) DNS
3 1 (0.67%) FTP
3 1 (0.67%) GSM
3 1 (0.67%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (8.72%) NoSQL
2 11 (7.38%) Amazon DynamoDB
2 11 (7.38%) MongoDB
3 8 (5.37%) Hadoop
3 8 (5.37%) Oracle Database
4 6 (4.03%) Data Warehouse
5 5 (3.36%) Relational Database
6 4 (2.68%) MySQL
6 4 (2.68%) SQL Server
7 3 (2.01%) Amazon Redshift
8 2 (1.34%) Apache Cassandra
8 2 (1.34%) PostgreSQL
8 2 (1.34%) Redis
9 1 (0.67%) Amazon QuickSight
9 1 (0.67%) Crystal Reports
9 1 (0.67%) Hazelcast
9 1 (0.67%) Neo4j
9 1 (0.67%) RDBMS
9 1 (0.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 1 (0.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 18 (12.08%) Git (software)
2 11 (7.38%) Jenkins
3 10 (6.71%) JIRA
4 8 (5.37%) Artifactory
4 8 (5.37%) Selenium
4 8 (5.37%) Subversion
5 7 (4.70%) Sonatype Nexus
5 7 (4.70%) Visual Studio
6 5 (3.36%) Cucumber
6 5 (3.36%) JUnit
6 5 (3.36%) Team Foundation Server
7 4 (2.68%) Ant
7 4 (2.68%) Gradle
7 4 (2.68%) Maven
7 4 (2.68%) Visual Studio Coded UI
7 4 (2.68%) WebDriver
8 3 (2.01%) Grunt
8 3 (2.01%) gulp
8 3 (2.01%) Oracle APEX
8 3 (2.01%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 20 (13.42%) Public Sector
2 11 (7.38%) Banking
3 5 (3.36%) Finance
4 4 (2.68%) Telecoms
5 3 (2.01%) Electronics
5 3 (2.01%) Law
6 2 (1.34%) Avionics
6 2 (1.34%) Games
6 2 (1.34%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.67%) Billing
7 1 (0.67%) Digital Economy
7 1 (0.67%) Marketing
7 1 (0.67%) Military
Job Titles
1 67 (44.97%) Software Engineer
2 50 (33.56%) Developer
3 15 (10.07%) Architect
3 15 (10.07%) Senior Software Engineer
3 15 (10.07%) Software Developer
4 13 (8.72%) Java Developer
5 10 (6.71%) JavaScript Developer
5 10 (6.71%) Lead Developer
5 10 (6.71%) Senior Developer
6 9 (6.04%) Data Architect
6 9 (6.04%) Senior Software Developer
7 8 (5.37%) JavaScript Engineer
7 8 (5.37%) Lead Software Developer
8 7 (4.70%) Developer/Software Engineer
8 7 (4.70%) Java Engineer
8 7 (4.70%) Java Software Engineer
9 6 (4.03%) AWS Developer
9 6 (4.03%) Embedded Engineer
9 6 (4.03%) Embedded Software Engineer
10 5 (3.36%) DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (18.79%) .NET
2 17 (11.41%) CSS
2 17 (11.41%) HTML
3 16 (10.74%) .NET Core
3 16 (10.74%) AngularJS
3 16 (10.74%) Node.js
4 12 (8.05%) Spring Boot
5 11 (7.38%) HTML5
6 8 (5.37%) Web Services
7 7 (4.70%) OAuth
7 7 (4.70%) REST
8 6 (4.03%) React Native
8 6 (4.03%) Spring
9 5 (3.36%) .NET Framework
9 5 (3.36%) CSS3
9 5 (3.36%) React
9 5 (3.36%) XML
10 4 (2.68%) Java EE
10 4 (2.68%) Sass
10 4 (2.68%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 19 (12.75%) User Experience
2 15 (10.07%) Analytical Skills
3 13 (8.72%) Mobile App
4 7 (4.70%) Linux Command Line
5 4 (2.68%) Hybrid Cloud
5 4 (2.68%) Public Cloud
5 4 (2.68%) SCADA
6 3 (2.01%) Data Centre
7 2 (1.34%) Cloud Native
7 2 (1.34%) Embedded Systems
8 1 (0.67%) BBC
8 1 (0.67%) CAN bus
8 1 (0.67%) Device Driver
8 1 (0.67%) Greenfield Project
8 1 (0.67%) Management Information System
8 1 (0.67%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 18 (12.08%) Linux
2 8 (5.37%) Windows
3 6 (4.03%) Android
4 4 (2.68%) Apple iOS
4 4 (2.68%) Windows Server
4 4 (2.68%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (1.34%) Embedded Linux
5 2 (1.34%) Windows Embedded Compact
6 1 (0.67%) FreeRTOS
6 1 (0.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (0.67%) Unix
6 1 (0.67%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 64 (42.95%) Agile Software Development
2 31 (20.81%) Scrum
3 24 (16.11%) Microservices
3 24 (16.11%) Migration
3 24 (16.11%) Test Automation
4 19 (12.75%) TDD
5 17 (11.41%) DevOps
5 17 (11.41%) SDLC
6 16 (10.74%) Analytics
7 13 (8.72%) OO
8 12 (8.05%) Kanban
8 12 (8.05%) Mentoring
8 12 (8.05%) Problem-Solving
8 12 (8.05%) Software Delivery
9 11 (7.38%) User Stories
10 10 (6.71%) BDD
10 10 (6.71%) Coaching
10 10 (6.71%) OOP
11 9 (6.04%) Data Modelling
11 9 (6.04%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 44 (29.53%) Java
2 41 (27.52%) JavaScript
3 22 (14.77%) C#
3 22 (14.77%) SQL
4 17 (11.41%) Python
5 16 (10.74%) C
6 13 (8.72%) C++
7 10 (6.71%) TypeScript
8 8 (5.37%) Go
9 5 (3.36%) Java 8
10 4 (2.68%) Ada
10 4 (2.68%) Apple Swift
10 4 (2.68%) Kotlin
10 4 (2.68%) Objective-C
10 4 (2.68%) Scala
11 3 (2.01%) Bash Shell
11 3 (2.01%) Embedded C
11 3 (2.01%) ES6
11 3 (2.01%) ES7
11 3 (2.01%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 11 (7.38%) Security Cleared
2 9 (6.04%) SC Cleared
3 6 (4.03%) BPSS Clearance
4 3 (2.01%) Degree
5 1 (0.67%) HND
5 1 (0.67%) ISTQB
5 1 (0.67%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (3.36%) QA
2 4 (2.68%) NCSC
3 1 (0.67%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.67%) ISO 9000
3 1 (0.67%) MISRA
3 1 (0.67%) TickIT
System Software
1 14 (9.40%) Docker
2 1 (0.67%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.67%) BusyBox
Systems Management
1 7 (4.70%) Kubernetes
2 2 (1.34%) Single Sign-On
2 2 (1.34%) Terraform
3 1 (0.67%) Istio
3 1 (0.67%) linkerd
3 1 (0.67%) Packer
3 1 (0.67%) Rancher
Vendors
1 11 (7.38%) Microsoft
1 11 (7.38%) Oracle
2 9 (6.04%) Tableau
3 7 (4.70%) Facebook
3 7 (4.70%) Twitter
3 7 (4.70%) YouTube
4 3 (2.01%) Atlassian
4 3 (2.01%) IBM
4 3 (2.01%) MicroStrategy
5 2 (1.34%) Google
5 2 (1.34%) Informatica
6 1 (0.67%) Cloudera
6 1 (0.67%) Dell
6 1 (0.67%) Micro Focus
6 1 (0.67%) MuleSoft
6 1 (0.67%) Red Hat
6 1 (0.67%) SAP
6 1 (0.67%) Serena
6 1 (0.67%) TIBCO