The table below looks at the statistics for the Software Developer role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Software Developer in their job title over the 3 months to 26 May 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
26 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Developer
Rank 331 298 290
Rank change year-on-year
-33 -8
Contract jobs requiring a Software Developer 318 324 287
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.58% 0.62% 0.62%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.63% 0.67% 0.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 176 188 193
Average daily rate
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£330 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.71% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £238 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £335 £316
% change year-on-year
-1.49% +5.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 14 24
Average hourly rate £39.00 £36.75 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.12% -2.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.85 £23.65 £32.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.25 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.00 £36.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -4.00%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
50225 48710 42844
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.36% 92.47% 92.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 31072 30211 24612
Average daily rate £400 £390 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% -2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1971 1993 2105
Average hourly rate £16.60 £17.00 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.35% -8.10%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.50 £40.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.16 £16.75 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-3.52% -4.28%

Software Developer
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Software Developer in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Software Developer Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Software Developer
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Software Developer within the UK.

Software Developer Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Software Developer
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Developer within the UK over the 3 months to 26 May 2015.

Software Developer Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Software Developer
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Software Developer within the UK.

Software Developer Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Software Developer
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Developer within the UK over the 3 months to 26 May 2015.

Software Developer Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Software Developer
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Developer within the UK over the 3 months to 26 May 2015. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -34 260 £330 -5.71% 377
London -13 73 £350 -12.50% 76
South East -26 58 £330 -7.04% 52
South West +16 38 £375 +13.63% 46
Yorkshire -1 32 £320 +21.90% 32
West Yorkshire +3 27 £320 +8.47% 16
South Wales +21 21 £299 -17.58% 4
Wales +17 21 £299 -17.58% 7
Hampshire +7 19 £330 +3.12% 4
Cardiff +25 18 £299 -17.58% 3
Leeds -7 18 £320 +9.40% 7
Scotland -7 18 £376 +1.68% 20
East of England -16 17 £325 +0.15% 42
West Midlands -20 15 £356 +18.75% 32
City of London -4 13 £388 -8.82% 23
Berkshire -9 12 £331 -11.66% 10
North West -29 12 £325 - 58
East Midlands -12 11 £320 +21.90% 27
Gloucestershire -2 9 £403 - 4
Winchester -3 9 £330 +17.85%
Edinburgh -5 9 £350 -8.19% 7
Somerset +17 8 £313 -25.81% 14
Devon +5 8 £425 -
Bradford - 8 £325 - 3
Exeter +3 7 £425 -
Essex +2 6 £335 - 3
Wiltshire -1 6 £375 - 7
Cambridgeshire -4 6 £300 -14.28% 28
Cambridge -5 6 £300 -15.49% 24
Cheltenham -6 6 £405 - 1

Software Developer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 May 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Software Developer in their job title mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Software Developer in their job title.

1 283 (47.72%) C#
2 273 (46.04%) .NET
3 200 (33.73%) JavaScript
4 199 (33.56%) Agile Software Development
5 185 (31.20%) SQL
6 173 (29.17%) HTML
7 153 (25.80%) Software Engineering
8 148 (24.96%) SQL Server
9 141 (23.78%) ASP.NET
10 132 (22.26%) CSS
11 128 (21.59%) MVC
12 126 (21.25%) Java
13 113 (19.06%) Linux
14 110 (18.55%) C++
15 103 (17.37%) XML
16 100 (16.86%) Web Services
17 98 (16.53%) .NET Framework
18 96 (16.19%) TDD
19 92 (15.51%) Windows
20 91 (15.35%) Security Cleared
21 87 (14.67%) Microsoft
22 85 (14.33%) C
23 81 (13.66%) Python
24 77 (12.98%) HTML5
25 70 (11.80%) OO
25 70 (11.80%) jQuery
26 69 (11.64%) Visual Studio
27 66 (11.13%) T-SQL
27 66 (11.13%) WCF
28 62 (10.46%) Unit Testing

Software Developer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 26 May 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Software Developer in their job title mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Software Developer in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 18 (3.04%) SharePoint
2 17 (2.87%) Node.js
3 16 (2.70%) IIS
4 13 (2.19%) JBoss
5 12 (2.02%) Apache
6 9 (1.52%) WebSphere
6 9 (1.52%) Tomcat
7 8 (1.35%) WebLogic
7 8 (1.35%) MQSeries
7 8 (1.35%) CMS
8 6 (1.01%) SharePoint 2013
9 5 (0.84%) Drupal
9 5 (0.84%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 3 (0.51%) Apache Solr
10 3 (0.51%) SharePoint 2010
10 3 (0.51%) Confluence
10 3 (0.51%) Elasticsearch
11 2 (0.34%) Apache Pig
11 2 (0.34%) Apache Spark
11 2 (0.34%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 29 (4.89%) MS Excel
2 8 (1.35%) MS Office
3 3 (0.51%) InfoPath
4 1 (0.17%) Doxygen
4 1 (0.17%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.17%) Maya
4 1 (0.17%) Adobe Illustrator
4 1 (0.17%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.17%) Photoshop
4 1 (0.17%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 4 (0.67%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.51%) Visualfiles
3 2 (0.34%) BASE24
3 2 (0.34%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (0.34%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.17%) Adobe Campaign
Cloud Services
1 9 (1.52%) Amazon AWS
2 8 (1.35%) Cloud Computing
3 7 (1.18%) Microsoft Azure
4 3 (0.51%) Heroku
4 3 (0.51%) SaaS
5 2 (0.34%) Google Cloud Platform
5 2 (0.34%) GitHub
5 2 (0.34%) Google App Engine
6 1 (0.17%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.17%) PaaS
6 1 (0.17%) Yammer
6 1 (0.17%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 24 (4.05%) TCP/IP
2 17 (2.87%) HTTP
3 13 (2.19%) Internet
4 12 (2.02%) FTP
5 7 (1.18%) Network Security
5 7 (1.18%) SSL
6 6 (1.01%) SNMP
6 6 (1.01%) Ethernet
7 5 (0.84%) SAN
7 5 (0.84%) Telnet
7 5 (0.84%) SMTP
7 5 (0.84%) Modbus
8 4 (0.67%) Fibre Channel
8 4 (0.67%) LDAP
8 4 (0.67%) NAS
8 4 (0.67%) ZigBee
8 4 (0.67%) SSH
9 3 (0.51%) Wireshark
9 3 (0.51%) 2G
9 3 (0.51%) 3G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 148 (24.96%) SQL Server
2 38 (6.41%) SQL Server 2008
3 35 (5.90%) Relational Database
4 25 (4.22%) PostgreSQL
5 24 (4.05%) MySQL
6 23 (3.88%) MongoDB
7 22 (3.71%) SQL Server 2005
8 20 (3.37%) RDBMS
9 17 (2.87%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 16 (2.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 12 (2.02%) Oracle Database
11 12 (2.02%) NoSQL
12 10 (1.69%) SQL Server 2000
13 9 (1.52%) Data Warehouse
14 7 (1.18%) Ingres
15 6 (1.01%) SQL Server 2012
15 6 (1.01%) DTS
15 6 (1.01%) Oracle9i Database
15 6 (1.01%) Oracle Database 11g
15 6 (1.01%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 69 (11.64%) Visual Studio
2 51 (8.60%) Team Foundation Server
3 35 (5.90%) Git (software)
4 32 (5.40%) Subversion
5 27 (4.55%) Selenium
6 20 (3.37%) JUnit
7 19 (3.20%) Jenkins
8 18 (3.04%) Eclipse
8 18 (3.04%) NUnit
9 16 (2.70%) Ant
9 16 (2.70%) JIRA
10 14 (2.36%) TeamCity
11 10 (1.69%) Maven
12 9 (1.52%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
12 9 (1.52%) MSBuild
13 8 (1.35%) SpecFlow
14 7 (1.18%) CruiseControl
14 7 (1.18%) ClearQuest
14 7 (1.18%) Oracle Forms
14 7 (1.18%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 52 (8.77%) Finance
2 29 (4.89%) Electronics
3 18 (3.04%) Telecoms
4 8 (1.35%) Automotive
5 7 (1.18%) Banking
5 7 (1.18%) Manufacturing
6 6 (1.01%) German Language
7 5 (0.84%) Military
8 4 (0.67%) Front Office
8 4 (0.67%) Back Office
8 4 (0.67%) Law
8 4 (0.67%) Retail
9 3 (0.51%) Games
9 3 (0.51%) Pharmaceutical
10 2 (0.34%) Financial Institution
10 2 (0.34%) Legal
10 2 (0.34%) Aerospace
10 2 (0.34%) Publishing
10 2 (0.34%) Marketing
11 1 (0.17%) Billing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 273 (46.04%) .NET
2 173 (29.17%) HTML
3 141 (23.78%) ASP.NET
4 132 (22.26%) CSS
5 103 (17.37%) XML
6 100 (16.86%) Web Services
7 98 (16.53%) .NET Framework
8 77 (12.98%) HTML5
9 70 (11.80%) jQuery
10 66 (11.13%) WCF
11 60 (10.12%) ASP.NET MVC
12 58 (9.78%) CSS3
13 51 (8.60%) Entity Framework
14 43 (7.25%) RESTful
15 39 (6.58%) AngularJS
16 37 (6.24%) XSLT
17 36 (6.07%) Ajax
18 29 (4.89%) WinForms
18 29 (4.89%) WPF
18 29 (4.89%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 35 (5.90%) Analytical Skills
2 30 (5.06%) Computer Science
3 22 (3.71%) NHS
4 16 (2.70%) Algorithms
5 14 (2.36%) Mobile App
5 14 (2.36%) N-Tier
5 14 (2.36%) Device Driver
6 13 (2.19%) User Experience
7 12 (2.02%) Client/Server
8 10 (1.69%) Visualisation
9 9 (1.52%) Management Information System
9 9 (1.52%) Enterprise Software
10 6 (1.01%) Digital Media
10 6 (1.01%) Life Science
11 5 (0.84%) Chemistry
11 5 (0.84%) Embedded Systems
12 4 (0.67%) Data Structures
12 4 (0.67%) Data Centre
12 4 (0.67%) Mathematics
12 4 (0.67%) Physics
Operating Systems
1 113 (19.06%) Linux
2 92 (15.51%) Windows
3 37 (6.24%) UNIX
4 11 (1.85%) Windows CE
5 10 (1.69%) Ubuntu
6 7 (1.18%) Embedded Linux
7 6 (1.01%) Android
8 5 (0.84%) Windows Server 2008
9 4 (0.67%) VxWorks
9 4 (0.67%) CentOS
10 3 (0.51%) MVS
10 3 (0.51%) zOS
11 2 (0.34%) Windows 8
11 2 (0.34%) Windows 7
11 2 (0.34%) Apple iOS
11 2 (0.34%) Windows Server 2003
11 2 (0.34%) Windows Mobile
12 1 (0.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1 (0.17%) SUSE
12 1 (0.17%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 199 (33.56%) Agile Software Development
2 153 (25.80%) Software Engineering
3 128 (21.59%) MVC
4 96 (16.19%) TDD
5 70 (11.80%) OO
6 62 (10.46%) Unit Testing
7 59 (9.95%) Scrum
8 44 (7.42%) Continuous Integration
9 42 (7.08%) OOP
10 40 (6.75%) UML
11 37 (6.24%) Multithreading
12 32 (5.40%) OOD
13 29 (4.89%) SDLC
14 26 (4.38%) SOA
15 24 (4.05%) Web Development
15 24 (4.05%) Open Source
16 19 (3.20%) BDD
17 18 (3.04%) Mentoring
18 17 (2.87%) Migration
18 17 (2.87%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 283 (47.72%) C#
2 200 (33.73%) JavaScript
3 185 (31.20%) SQL
4 126 (21.25%) Java
5 110 (18.55%) C++
6 85 (14.33%) C
7 81 (13.66%) Python
8 66 (11.13%) T-SQL
9 33 (5.56%) VB.NET
10 28 (4.72%) Perl
11 27 (4.55%) Ruby
12 25 (4.22%) PHP
13 18 (3.04%) Embedded C
14 15 (2.53%) PL/SQL
15 14 (2.36%) VBScript
15 14 (2.36%) VB
15 14 (2.36%) Embedded C++
16 11 (1.85%) Scala
17 9 (1.52%) VBA
18 8 (1.35%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 91 (15.35%) Security Cleared
2 55 (9.27%) SC Cleared
3 47 (7.93%) Degree
4 13 (2.19%) DV Cleared
5 4 (0.67%) HND
5 4 (0.67%) Microsoft Certification
6 3 (0.51%) CTC Cleared
6 3 (0.51%) ISEB
6 3 (0.51%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 1 (0.17%) OCPJP
7 1 (0.17%) MCPD
7 1 (0.17%) Sun Certification
7 1 (0.17%) MCDBA
7 1 (0.17%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (3.54%) QA
2 5 (0.84%) HL7
3 2 (0.34%) DO-178B
3 2 (0.34%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 1 (0.17%) JTAG
4 1 (0.17%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.17%) SLA
4 1 (0.17%) IEC 61508
System Software
1 6 (1.01%) Firmware
2 5 (0.84%) VMware Infrastructure
2 5 (0.84%) Active Directory
2 5 (0.84%) Docker
3 3 (0.51%) Varnish
4 2 (0.34%) vCloud
4 2 (0.34%) vSphere
5 1 (0.17%) GlusterFS
Systems Management
1 5 (0.84%) Puppet
1 5 (0.84%) Opscode Chef
2 3 (0.51%) Ansible
3 2 (0.34%) CA LISA
3 2 (0.34%) Control-M
4 1 (0.17%) ZABBIX
4 1 (0.17%) Nagios
4 1 (0.17%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 1 (0.17%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (0.17%) Rundeck
4 1 (0.17%) logstash
4 1 (0.17%) Kibana
4 1 (0.17%) Graylog
Vendors
1 87 (14.67%) Microsoft
2 49 (8.26%) Oracle
3 11 (1.85%) IBM
4 9 (1.52%) Business Objects
5 8 (1.35%) Telerik
6 7 (1.18%) VMware
7 5 (0.84%) Google
7 5 (0.84%) CA
7 5 (0.84%) Talend
8 4 (0.67%) HP
8 4 (0.67%) QNX
8 4 (0.67%) Serena
8 4 (0.67%) Perforce
8 4 (0.67%) Coverity
9 3 (0.51%) Pega
9 3 (0.51%) Red Hat
9 3 (0.51%) Twitter
9 3 (0.51%) Assembla
10 2 (0.34%) AppDynamics
10 2 (0.34%) DigitalOcean
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