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 29 August 2014 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
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Developer
Rank 332 281 303
Rank change year-on-year
-51 +22
Contract jobs requiring a Software Developer 314 350 333
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.56% 0.66% 0.58%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.60% 0.72% 0.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 189 218 171
Average daily rate
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£338 £325 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.84% +4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £250 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £483 £413
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 15 34
Average hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £37.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £25.50 £16.84
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £48.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £37.50

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
52093 48868 53723
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.10% 92.73% 92.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 31576 29013 30174
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £233 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2015 2118 2639
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.85% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -5.55%

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 29 August 2014.

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 29 August 2014.

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 29 August 2014. 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 -39 278 £335 +3.07% 334
South East -6 80 £363 +11.53% 51
London -15 80 £400 - 72
East of England -14 38 £293 +40.96% 40
Hampshire -7 29 £350 +20.68% 8
North West -5 28 £325 +2.36% 58
Berkshire +14 17 £400 +3.22% 4
East Midlands +5 16 £330 +32.00% 16
South West -45 15 £345 -10.96% 25
Reading +17 14 £400 - 1
City of London +1 14 £400 +6.66% 18
Cambridgeshire -11 14 £313 +108.33% 18
Scotland -24 13 £318 +8.08% 25
Yorkshire -13 12 £320 +16.36% 32
Cambridge -14 12 £313 +108.33% 16
Leicestershire - 11 £325 - 3
West Yorkshire -1 9 £320 +20.75% 15
Leeds -1 9 £310 +23.38% 7
Cheshire +3 8 £325 +8.33% 12
Southampton -4 8 £363 -
Oxfordshire -4 8 £375 -16.66% 11
Manchester -7 8 £320 -8.57% 31
Hertfordshire - 8 £261 - 12
Buckinghamshire -3 7 £399 +5.28% 2
Surrey -3 7 £300 -5.51% 12
East Sussex -4 7 £250 -28.57% 4
Lancashire -10 7 - - 7
West Midlands -13 7 £294 -2.48% 22
Norfolk - 7 £238 - 1
Middlesex +1 6 £375 +17.18% 2

Software Developer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, 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.

1 303 (48.56%) C#
2 290 (46.47%) .NET
3 196 (31.41%) SQL Server
4 192 (30.77%) SQL
5 180 (28.85%) HTML
6 179 (28.69%) JavaScript
7 168 (26.92%) Java
8 146 (23.40%) ASP.NET
9 145 (23.24%) Agile Software Development
10 133 (21.31%) CSS
11 128 (20.51%) MVC
12 127 (20.35%) Software Engineering
13 108 (17.31%) TDD
14 102 (16.35%) OO
15 98 (15.71%) Web Services
16 94 (15.06%) Microsoft
17 91 (14.58%) jQuery
18 88 (14.10%) XML
19 83 (13.30%) Windows
20 82 (13.14%) Oracle
21 81 (12.98%) HTML5
22 79 (12.66%) C++
23 77 (12.34%) .NET Framework
24 73 (11.70%) Visual Studio
25 72 (11.54%) Linux
25 72 (11.54%) Scrum
26 70 (11.22%) Finance
26 70 (11.22%) WCF
27 67 (10.74%) Degree
28 60 (9.62%) Python

Software Developer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, 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 20 (3.21%) SharePoint
2 16 (2.56%) BizTalk Server
3 15 (2.40%) IIS
4 12 (1.92%) Apache
5 11 (1.76%) WordPress
6 10 (1.60%) Tomcat
7 9 (1.44%) CMS
7 9 (1.44%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 6 (0.96%) WebSphere
9 5 (0.80%) WebLogic
9 5 (0.80%) ArcGIS
9 5 (0.80%) Apache Solr
10 4 (0.64%) WebSphere Application Server
10 4 (0.64%) TIBCO EMS
10 4 (0.64%) WebSphere Process Server
11 3 (0.48%) SharePoint 2010
11 3 (0.48%) Node.js
11 3 (0.48%) Moodle
12 2 (0.32%) ColdFusion
12 2 (0.32%) ArcSDE
Applications
1 39 (6.25%) MS Excel
2 12 (1.92%) Photoshop
3 9 (1.44%) MS Office
4 6 (0.96%) Adobe Illustrator
5 3 (0.48%) InfoPath
5 3 (0.48%) AutoCAD
6 2 (0.32%) Simulink
6 2 (0.32%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.32%) MS Project
7 1 (0.16%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 6 (0.96%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 4 (0.64%) BusinessWorks
3 3 (0.48%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.16%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.16%) Global One
4 1 (0.16%) Google Analytics
4 1 (0.16%) Retail-J
Cloud Services
1 17 (2.72%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (0.96%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (0.64%) Amazon EC2
4 2 (0.32%) SaaS
4 2 (0.32%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.16%) GitHub
5 1 (0.16%) Office 365
5 1 (0.16%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 19 (3.04%) HTTP
2 16 (2.56%) Internet
3 15 (2.40%) TCP/IP
4 12 (1.92%) DVB
5 7 (1.12%) SSL
6 6 (0.96%) LTE
6 6 (0.96%) SAN
7 5 (0.80%) NAS
8 4 (0.64%) Fibre Channel
8 4 (0.64%) Modbus
9 3 (0.48%) Network Security
9 3 (0.48%) DNS
9 3 (0.48%) Intranet
9 3 (0.48%) IPv4
9 3 (0.48%) IPv6
10 2 (0.32%) AMQP
10 2 (0.32%) 4G
10 2 (0.32%) MQTT
10 2 (0.32%) 2G
10 2 (0.32%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 196 (31.41%) SQL Server
2 45 (7.21%) SQL Server 2008
3 38 (6.09%) MySQL
4 29 (4.65%) Relational Database
5 19 (3.04%) Oracle Database
6 14 (2.24%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 13 (2.08%) PostgreSQL
8 12 (1.92%) Oracle Database 11g
9 11 (1.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 10 (1.60%) NoSQL
10 10 (1.60%) MongoDB
10 10 (1.60%) Oracle Reports
10 10 (1.60%) Crystal Reports
10 10 (1.60%) SQL Server 2005
11 9 (1.44%) Big Data
12 8 (1.28%) SQL Server 2012
12 8 (1.28%) MS Access
12 8 (1.28%) RDBMS
13 5 (0.80%) Data Warehouse
13 5 (0.80%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 73 (11.70%) Visual Studio
2 38 (6.09%) Team Foundation Server
3 35 (5.61%) Git (software)
4 32 (5.13%) Jenkins
5 27 (4.33%) NUnit
6 23 (3.69%) Subversion
7 22 (3.53%) Maven
7 22 (3.53%) JUnit
8 13 (2.08%) Hudson
9 12 (1.92%) Eclipse
9 12 (1.92%) Selenium
10 11 (1.76%) ClearCase
10 11 (1.76%) Cucumber
11 9 (1.44%) JIRA
12 8 (1.28%) GDB
12 8 (1.28%) SoapUI
13 7 (1.12%) Oracle Forms
14 6 (0.96%) MSTest
14 6 (0.96%) WebDriver
15 5 (0.80%) Ant
General
1 70 (11.22%) Finance
2 36 (5.77%) Banking
3 34 (5.45%) Telecoms
4 15 (2.40%) Back Office
5 13 (2.08%) Retail
6 12 (1.92%) Marketing
7 10 (1.60%) Manufacturing
8 8 (1.28%) Electronics
8 8 (1.28%) Investment Banking
9 6 (0.96%) Automotive
10 5 (0.80%) Multimedia
11 4 (0.64%) Publishing
12 3 (0.48%) Front Office
13 2 (0.32%) Financial Institution
13 2 (0.32%) Advertising
13 2 (0.32%) Dutch Language
14 1 (0.16%) General Ledger
14 1 (0.16%) Norwegian Language
14 1 (0.16%) Pharmaceutical
14 1 (0.16%) Law
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 290 (46.47%) .NET
2 180 (28.85%) HTML
3 146 (23.40%) ASP.NET
4 133 (21.31%) CSS
5 98 (15.71%) Web Services
6 91 (14.58%) jQuery
7 88 (14.10%) XML
8 81 (12.98%) HTML5
9 77 (12.34%) .NET Framework
10 70 (11.22%) WCF
11 57 (9.13%) WPF
12 53 (8.49%) ASP.NET MVC
13 52 (8.33%) Spring
14 48 (7.69%) SOAP
15 42 (6.73%) WinForms
16 37 (5.93%) REST
16 37 (5.93%) Ajax
17 35 (5.61%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
18 34 (5.45%) CSS3
18 34 (5.45%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 33 (5.29%) Computer Science
2 24 (3.85%) Mathematics
3 20 (3.21%) N-Tier
4 17 (2.72%) DTV
5 15 (2.40%) Open Source
6 11 (1.76%) Digital Media
7 8 (1.28%) Embedded Systems
7 8 (1.28%) Hedge funds
7 8 (1.28%) Client/Server
7 8 (1.28%) STB
8 7 (1.12%) E-Learning
8 7 (1.12%) Physics
9 6 (0.96%) Visualisation
9 6 (0.96%) Learning Management System
9 6 (0.96%) Mobile App
9 6 (0.96%) Enterprise Software
9 6 (0.96%) Streaming Video
10 5 (0.80%) SCORM
10 5 (0.80%) APACS
10 5 (0.80%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 83 (13.30%) Windows
2 72 (11.54%) Linux
3 17 (2.72%) UNIX
4 14 (2.24%) Android
5 8 (1.28%) Apple iOS
6 6 (0.96%) Ubuntu
7 4 (0.64%) Windows 7
7 4 (0.64%) Windows Server 2003
7 4 (0.64%) VxWorks
7 4 (0.64%) Fedora
8 3 (0.48%) Embedded Linux
8 3 (0.48%) Windows Server 2012
8 3 (0.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 2 (0.32%) Windows Server 2008
9 2 (0.32%) CentOS
9 2 (0.32%) Windows Phone
9 2 (0.32%) Mac OS X
9 2 (0.32%) Windows XP
10 1 (0.16%) Solaris
10 1 (0.16%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 145 (23.24%) Agile Software Development
2 128 (20.51%) MVC
3 127 (20.35%) Software Engineering
4 108 (17.31%) TDD
5 102 (16.35%) OO
6 72 (11.54%) Scrum
7 60 (9.62%) Unit Testing
8 45 (7.21%) Continuous Integration
9 41 (6.57%) UML
10 38 (6.09%) SOA
11 37 (5.93%) OOP
12 29 (4.65%) BDD
13 27 (4.33%) OOD
14 26 (4.17%) Web Development
15 24 (3.85%) Configuration Management
15 24 (3.85%) E-Commerce
16 22 (3.53%) MVVM
17 18 (2.88%) Test Automation
18 16 (2.56%) DevOps
18 16 (2.56%) Pair Programming
Programming Languages
1 303 (48.56%) C#
2 192 (30.77%) SQL
3 179 (28.69%) JavaScript
4 168 (26.92%) Java
5 79 (12.66%) C++
6 60 (9.62%) Python
7 57 (9.13%) C
8 50 (8.01%) PHP
9 39 (6.25%) VB.NET
10 28 (4.49%) VB
11 27 (4.33%) T-SQL
12 25 (4.01%) PL/SQL
12 25 (4.01%) Perl
13 20 (3.21%) VBA
14 18 (2.88%) Ruby
15 15 (2.40%) Groovy
16 11 (1.76%) VB6
17 10 (1.60%) XAML
18 8 (1.28%) VBScript
19 7 (1.12%) ActionScript
Qualifications
1 67 (10.74%) Degree
2 43 (6.89%) Security Cleared
3 22 (3.53%) SC Cleared
4 12 (1.92%) DV Cleared
5 11 (1.76%) Microsoft Certification
6 4 (0.64%) MCTS
7 2 (0.32%) Sun Certification
7 2 (0.32%) MCSD
7 2 (0.32%) Chartered Engineer
7 2 (0.32%) BC Cleared
8 1 (0.16%) OCPJP
8 1 (0.16%) CTC Cleared
8 1 (0.16%) Postgraduate
8 1 (0.16%) PhD
8 1 (0.16%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (2.88%) QA
2 5 (0.80%) ISO 8583
2 5 (0.80%) PCI DSS
3 3 (0.48%) HL7
4 1 (0.16%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 6 (0.96%) Docker
1 6 (0.96%) Active Directory
2 4 (0.64%) Varnish
3 2 (0.32%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.16%) NDS
4 1 (0.16%) vCloud
4 1 (0.16%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 8 (1.28%) SCCM
2 6 (0.96%) Puppet
3 4 (0.64%) Opscode Chef
4 2 (0.32%) Nagios
5 1 (0.16%) HP NNM
5 1 (0.16%) SCOM
5 1 (0.16%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
5 1 (0.16%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 1 (0.16%) Control-M
5 1 (0.16%) Vagrant
5 1 (0.16%) Oozie
5 1 (0.16%) Capistrano
Vendors
1 94 (15.06%) Microsoft
2 82 (13.14%) Oracle
3 14 (2.24%) Sybase
4 9 (1.44%) Telerik
4 9 (1.44%) TIBCO
5 8 (1.28%) JBoss
6 7 (1.12%) Cisco
6 7 (1.12%) IBM
6 7 (1.12%) Adobe
7 6 (0.96%) Software AG
7 6 (0.96%) SAP
7 6 (0.96%) Zend
8 5 (0.80%) Google
9 4 (0.64%) Akamai
10 3 (0.48%) VMware
10 3 (0.48%) Mercator
10 3 (0.48%) ESRI
10 3 (0.48%) Jaspersoft
11 2 (0.32%) FatWire
11 2 (0.32%) Perforce
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