The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for WCF skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited WCF over the 3 months to 22 April 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.

Windows Communication Foundation (WCF)
England / North West
3 months to
22 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 118 133 109
Rank change year-on-year +15 -24  
Contract jobs citing WCF 18 29 49
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.63% 0.73% 1.27%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 1.97% 2.82% 5.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 22 26
Median daily rate £375 £325 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.38% -14.47%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £321 £180 £296
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £375 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £375 £355
% change year-on-year -3.33% +5.63%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £39.25 £11.00 £33.75
% change year-on-year +256.81% -67.40%  

WCF is in the industry standards, technical specifications and software library and framework 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 industry standards, technical specifications and software library and framework skills.

Contract Software Library & Framework Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for industry standards, technical specifications and software library and framework skills 916 1028 889
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 31.94% 25.87% 23.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 609 700 557
Median daily rate £375 £399 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.01% +10.06%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 37 21
Median hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.66% -11.76%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.50 £18.80 £16.49
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.75 £46.09
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.50 £38.00 £36.50
% change year-on-year +9.21% +4.10%  

WCF
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing WCF as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category.

Job vacancy trend for WCF in the North West

WCF
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing WCF in the North West.

Contractor daily rate trend for WCF in the North West

WCF
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing WCF in the North West over the 3 months to 22 April 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for WCF in the North West

WCF
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 WCF in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for WCF in the North West

WCF
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 WCF within the North West region over the 3 months to 22 April 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 +6 10 £375 +9.48% 16
Merseyside +3 4 £325 - 4
Lancashire - 2 £342 - 4
Cheshire +20 1 £338 +8.87% 9
WCF
England

For the 6 months to 22 April 2017, IT contractor jobs citing WCF 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 WCF.

1 33 (97.06%) .NET
2 26 (76.47%) Agile Software Development
3 23 (67.65%) SQL
4 21 (61.76%) C#
4 21 (61.76%) SQL Server
5 19 (55.88%) MVC
6 16 (47.06%) Microsoft
7 15 (44.12%) .NET Framework
8 14 (41.18%) ASP.NET
9 13 (38.24%) CSS
9 13 (38.24%) HTML
9 13 (38.24%) JavaScript
9 13 (38.24%) WPF
10 11 (32.35%) Web Services
11 10 (29.41%) WinForms
11 10 (29.41%) Degree
12 9 (26.47%) ASP.NET MVC
12 9 (26.47%) Greenfield Project
13 8 (23.53%) XML
13 8 (23.53%) NoSQL
13 8 (23.53%) JIRA
13 8 (23.53%) Computer Science
13 8 (23.53%) TDD
14 7 (20.59%) AccuRev
14 7 (20.59%) E-Commerce
14 7 (20.59%) Visual Studio
14 7 (20.59%) Scrum
14 7 (20.59%) ASP.NET Web API
15 6 (17.65%) Windows
15 6 (17.65%) Ajax

WCF
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 2 (5.88%) CMS
1 2 (5.88%) NServiceBus
1 2 (5.88%) Sitecore CMS
2 1 (2.94%) EPiServer
2 1 (2.94%) SharePoint
2 1 (2.94%) Umbraco
Business Applications
1 4 (11.76%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (2.94%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (2.94%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 2 (5.88%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (2.94%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (2.94%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 5 (14.71%) HTTPS
2 3 (8.82%) Internet
2 3 (8.82%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (61.76%) SQL Server
2 8 (23.53%) NoSQL
3 5 (14.71%) RDBMS
3 5 (14.71%) Relational Database
3 5 (14.71%) SQL Server 2005
3 5 (14.71%) SQL Server 2008
4 4 (11.76%) SQL Server 2000
5 3 (8.82%) SQLite
6 2 (5.88%) MongoDB
6 2 (5.88%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (2.94%) Couchbase
7 1 (2.94%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (2.94%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 8 (23.53%) JIRA
2 7 (20.59%) AccuRev
2 7 (20.59%) Visual Studio
3 4 (11.76%) Visual Studio Team System
4 2 (5.88%) Cucumber
4 2 (5.88%) Octopus Deploy
5 1 (2.94%) Jenkins
5 1 (2.94%) Mocha
5 1 (2.94%) Selenium
5 1 (2.94%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 1 (2.94%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 4 (11.76%) Finance
2 2 (5.88%) Banking
2 2 (5.88%) Telecoms
3 1 (2.94%) Advertising
3 1 (2.94%) Back Office
3 1 (2.94%) Retail
Job Titles
1 30 (88.24%) Developer
2 18 (52.94%) .NET Developer
3 9 (26.47%) C# .NET Developer
3 9 (26.47%) C# Developer
4 7 (20.59%) C# WCF Developer
4 7 (20.59%) WCF Developer
5 6 (17.65%) Software Developer
6 5 (14.71%) ASP.NET Developer
6 5 (14.71%) C# ASP.NET Developer
7 4 (11.76%) CRM Developer
7 4 (11.76%) Dynamics CRM Developer
7 4 (11.76%) Microsoft Developer
7 4 (11.76%) Senior Developer
7 4 (11.76%) SQL Developer
8 3 (8.82%) Senior .NET Developer
8 3 (8.82%) Technical Leader
9 2 (5.88%) Lead Developer
9 2 (5.88%) Senior ASP.NET Developer
9 2 (5.88%) Senior C# .NET Developer
9 2 (5.88%) Senior SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (97.06%) .NET
2 15 (44.12%) .NET Framework
3 14 (41.18%) ASP.NET
4 13 (38.24%) CSS
4 13 (38.24%) HTML
4 13 (38.24%) WPF
5 11 (32.35%) Web Services
6 10 (29.41%) WinForms
7 9 (26.47%) ASP.NET MVC
8 8 (23.53%) XML
9 7 (20.59%) ASP.NET Web API
10 6 (17.65%) Ajax
10 6 (17.65%) jQuery
11 5 (14.71%) SOAP
12 4 (11.76%) AngularJS
12 4 (11.76%) ASP.NET Web Forms
12 4 (11.76%) Entity Framework
13 3 (8.82%) LINQ
13 3 (8.82%) RESTful
14 2 (5.88%) NHibernate
Miscellaneous
1 9 (26.47%) Greenfield Project
2 8 (23.53%) Computer Science
3 2 (5.88%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (2.94%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 6 (17.65%) Windows
2 3 (8.82%) Android
2 3 (8.82%) Apple iOS
2 3 (8.82%) Windows 10
2 3 (8.82%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (76.47%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (55.88%) MVC
3 8 (23.53%) TDD
4 7 (20.59%) E-Commerce
4 7 (20.59%) Scrum
5 5 (14.71%) Unit Testing
6 4 (11.76%) CRM
6 4 (11.76%) OO
7 3 (8.82%) BDD
7 3 (8.82%) Data Entry
7 3 (8.82%) SOA
7 3 (8.82%) Software Engineering
7 3 (8.82%) Validation
7 3 (8.82%) Web Application Development
8 2 (5.88%) ITIL
8 2 (5.88%) OOD
8 2 (5.88%) Project Management
8 2 (5.88%) SDLC
9 1 (2.94%) API Development
9 1 (2.94%) SOLID
Programming Languages
1 23 (67.65%) SQL
2 21 (61.76%) C#
3 13 (38.24%) JavaScript
4 4 (11.76%) T-SQL
5 2 (5.88%) VB
5 2 (5.88%) VB.NET
6 1 (2.94%) C++
6 1 (2.94%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 10 (29.41%) Degree
2 2 (5.88%) HNC
2 2 (5.88%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
2 2 (5.88%) Microsoft Certification
3 1 (2.94%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.94%) QA
System Software
1 1 (2.94%) Docker
Vendors
1 16 (47.06%) Microsoft
2 2 (5.88%) Sitecore