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 1 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
1 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Developer
Rank 313 311 282
Rank change year-on-year
-2 -29
Contract jobs requiring a Software Developer 335 315 316
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.60% 0.58% 0.65%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.65% 0.63% 0.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 188 174 208
Average daily rate
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£333 £350 £343
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.00% +2.18%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £282 £233 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £325 £320
% change year-on-year
+1.53% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 11 21
Average hourly rate £37.00 £37.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.33% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.75 £22.00 £17.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £60.25 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year
-6.66% -

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
51527 50292 44718
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.33% 92.33% 92.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 31396 30820 25579
Average daily rate £400 £388 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.15% -3.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £560 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2022 2008 2205
Average hourly rate £17.30 £17.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.14% -2.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £40.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.83 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-3.85% -

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 1 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 1 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 1 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 -15 286 £333 -5.00% 410
South East -6 82 £330 -8.33% 83
London -8 74 £350 -12.22% 95
South West +11 39 £363 +31.81% 31
Yorkshire -2 24 £350 +45.83% 33
Hampshire +8 23 £340 +7.50% 22
West Midlands -19 22 £350 +20.68% 31
West Yorkshire -5 21 £338 +17.39% 21
South Wales +16 18 £298 -25.62% 2
Wales +11 18 £298 -25.62% 4
Scotland +1 17 £375 - 14
East of England -2 17 £330 +13.79% 54
Cardiff +27 16 £298 -17.93%
Berkshire -7 16 £325 -7.14% 7
Leeds -12 15 £320 +18.51% 10
North West -29 15 £325 - 47
City of London -3 14 £325 -18.75% 25
Buckinghamshire -5 12 £315 -17.10% 5
East Midlands -6 11 £325 +23.80% 25
Winchester -6 10 £330 +3.12% 3
Devon +11 9 - - 1
Gloucestershire -4 9 £403 - 3
Birmingham -8 9 £400 +45.45% 11
Exeter +9 8 - - 1
Somerset +9 8 £313 - 8
East Sussex -5 8 £275 -3.50% 5
Reading -8 8 £338 -15.62% 5
Essex +8 7 £335 - 3
Edinburgh 0 7 £358 +5.92% 3
Milton Keynes -7 7 £310 -18.42% 3

Software Developer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 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.

1 295 (46.97%) C#
2 287 (45.70%) .NET
3 216 (34.39%) Agile Software Development
4 209 (33.28%) JavaScript
5 208 (33.12%) SQL
6 177 (28.18%) HTML
7 158 (25.16%) SQL Server
8 145 (23.09%) Software Engineering
9 141 (22.45%) ASP.NET
10 136 (21.66%) CSS
10 136 (21.66%) Java
11 129 (20.54%) MVC
12 123 (19.59%) Linux
13 121 (19.27%) C++
14 108 (17.20%) XML
15 102 (16.24%) .NET Framework
15 102 (16.24%) Security Cleared
16 101 (16.08%) Windows
17 96 (15.29%) TDD
18 95 (15.13%) Microsoft
19 93 (14.81%) Python
20 92 (14.65%) Web Services
21 82 (13.06%) C
21 82 (13.06%) OO
22 74 (11.78%) HTML5
23 73 (11.62%) T-SQL
24 68 (10.83%) Visual Studio
24 68 (10.83%) WCF
25 67 (10.67%) Scrum
26 66 (10.51%) jQuery

Software Developer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 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 21 (3.34%) Node.js
2 20 (3.18%) IIS
3 19 (3.03%) SharePoint
4 13 (2.07%) JBoss
5 11 (1.75%) CMS
6 10 (1.59%) WebLogic
6 10 (1.59%) Apache
7 9 (1.43%) WebSphere
8 8 (1.27%) MQSeries
8 8 (1.27%) Tomcat
9 5 (0.80%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 5 (0.80%) SharePoint 2013
10 4 (0.64%) Elasticsearch
10 4 (0.64%) SharePoint 2010
11 3 (0.48%) Drupal
11 3 (0.48%) BizTalk Server
11 3 (0.48%) Confluence
11 3 (0.48%) Apache Solr
12 2 (0.32%) nginx
12 2 (0.32%) Apache Qpid
Applications
1 34 (5.41%) MS Excel
2 10 (1.59%) MS Office
3 4 (0.64%) Spreadsheet
4 3 (0.48%) InfoPath
4 3 (0.48%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.16%) Doxygen
5 1 (0.16%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.16%) Adobe Illustrator
5 1 (0.16%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.16%) Maya
Business Applications
1 6 (0.96%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.48%) Visualfiles
2 3 (0.48%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (0.32%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (0.32%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.16%) CA PPM
4 1 (0.16%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.16%) Adobe Campaign
Cloud Services
1 12 (1.91%) Microsoft Azure
2 9 (1.43%) Amazon AWS
3 8 (1.27%) Cloud Computing
4 3 (0.48%) Heroku
4 3 (0.48%) GitHub
5 2 (0.32%) Google Cloud Platform
5 2 (0.32%) SaaS
5 2 (0.32%) Google App Engine
6 1 (0.16%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.16%) PaaS
6 1 (0.16%) IaaS
6 1 (0.16%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 23 (3.66%) TCP/IP
2 17 (2.71%) HTTP
3 15 (2.39%) Internet
4 12 (1.91%) FTP
5 10 (1.59%) Network Security
6 7 (1.11%) SSL
7 6 (0.96%) SNMP
7 6 (0.96%) Ethernet
8 5 (0.80%) 3G
8 5 (0.80%) Telnet
8 5 (0.80%) SAN
8 5 (0.80%) 2G
8 5 (0.80%) 4G
8 5 (0.80%) Radio Access Network
8 5 (0.80%) Modbus
9 4 (0.64%) LTE
9 4 (0.64%) NAS
9 4 (0.64%) Fibre Channel
9 4 (0.64%) Intranet
9 4 (0.64%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 158 (25.16%) SQL Server
2 47 (7.48%) SQL Server 2008
3 38 (6.05%) Relational Database
4 27 (4.30%) MySQL
4 27 (4.30%) PostgreSQL
5 25 (3.98%) MongoDB
6 22 (3.50%) RDBMS
7 21 (3.34%) SQL Server 2005
8 17 (2.71%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 17 (2.71%) Oracle Database
9 14 (2.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 13 (2.07%) NoSQL
11 9 (1.43%) Data Warehouse
11 9 (1.43%) Ingres
11 9 (1.43%) SQL Server 2000
12 8 (1.27%) Oracle Database 11g
13 7 (1.11%) Oracle9i Database
14 6 (0.96%) DTS
14 6 (0.96%) SQLite
15 5 (0.80%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 68 (10.83%) Visual Studio
2 46 (7.32%) Team Foundation Server
3 39 (6.21%) Git (software)
4 35 (5.57%) Subversion
5 25 (3.98%) JUnit
6 22 (3.50%) Selenium
7 21 (3.34%) Jenkins
8 20 (3.18%) Eclipse
8 20 (3.18%) NUnit
9 18 (2.87%) Ant
10 17 (2.71%) JIRA
11 14 (2.23%) TeamCity
12 11 (1.75%) Maven
13 10 (1.59%) MSBuild
13 10 (1.59%) Oracle Forms
14 9 (1.43%) CruiseControl
14 9 (1.43%) GoogleTest
14 9 (1.43%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
15 8 (1.27%) CppUnit
15 8 (1.27%) ClearQuest
General
1 63 (10.03%) Finance
2 23 (3.66%) Electronics
3 20 (3.18%) Telecoms
4 9 (1.43%) Automotive
5 8 (1.27%) Banking
6 5 (0.80%) Marketing
6 5 (0.80%) German Language
6 5 (0.80%) Military
6 5 (0.80%) Manufacturing
6 5 (0.80%) Back Office
7 4 (0.64%) Front Office
7 4 (0.64%) Law
7 4 (0.64%) Retail
8 3 (0.48%) Advertising
8 3 (0.48%) Games
9 2 (0.32%) Publishing
9 2 (0.32%) Legal
9 2 (0.32%) Aerospace
10 1 (0.16%) Avionics
10 1 (0.16%) Turkish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 287 (45.70%) .NET
2 177 (28.18%) HTML
3 141 (22.45%) ASP.NET
4 136 (21.66%) CSS
5 108 (17.20%) XML
6 102 (16.24%) .NET Framework
7 92 (14.65%) Web Services
8 74 (11.78%) HTML5
9 68 (10.83%) WCF
10 66 (10.51%) jQuery
11 55 (8.76%) CSS3
12 54 (8.60%) Entity Framework
13 52 (8.28%) ASP.NET MVC
14 42 (6.69%) RESTful
15 41 (6.53%) AngularJS
16 35 (5.57%) XSLT
17 32 (5.10%) Ajax
18 30 (4.78%) WinForms
18 30 (4.78%) JSON
19 29 (4.62%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 43 (6.85%) Analytical Skills
2 34 (5.41%) Computer Science
3 23 (3.66%) Open Source
4 21 (3.34%) NHS
5 18 (2.87%) Algorithms
6 14 (2.23%) Mobile App
6 14 (2.23%) User Experience
7 13 (2.07%) Client/Server
8 11 (1.75%) Management Information System
8 11 (1.75%) Device Driver
8 11 (1.75%) Visualisation
9 10 (1.59%) N-Tier
10 7 (1.11%) Enterprise Software
11 6 (0.96%) Digital Media
11 6 (0.96%) Life Science
11 6 (0.96%) Mathematics
12 5 (0.80%) Chemistry
12 5 (0.80%) IPTV
12 5 (0.80%) DTV
12 5 (0.80%) Embedded Systems
Operating Systems
1 123 (19.59%) Linux
2 101 (16.08%) Windows
3 44 (7.01%) UNIX
4 14 (2.23%) Ubuntu
5 10 (1.59%) Windows CE
6 8 (1.27%) Embedded Linux
7 6 (0.96%) Android
8 5 (0.80%) Windows Server 2008
9 4 (0.64%) CentOS
10 3 (0.48%) zOS
10 3 (0.48%) MVS
11 2 (0.32%) Windows 8
11 2 (0.32%) Windows 7
11 2 (0.32%) Apple iOS
11 2 (0.32%) Mac OS X
11 2 (0.32%) VxWorks
11 2 (0.32%) Windows Server 2003
11 2 (0.32%) AIX
11 2 (0.32%) HPUX
11 2 (0.32%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 216 (34.39%) Agile Software Development
2 145 (23.09%) Software Engineering
3 129 (20.54%) MVC
4 96 (15.29%) TDD
5 82 (13.06%) OO
6 67 (10.67%) Scrum
7 66 (10.51%) Unit Testing
8 49 (7.80%) Continuous Integration
9 47 (7.48%) OOP
10 43 (6.85%) UML
11 39 (6.21%) Multithreading
12 35 (5.57%) OOD
13 31 (4.94%) SOA
14 30 (4.78%) Web Development
15 20 (3.18%) Configuration Management
16 19 (3.03%) BDD
16 19 (3.03%) Mentoring
17 17 (2.71%) Project Management
18 16 (2.55%) Requirements Analysis
18 16 (2.55%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 295 (46.97%) C#
2 209 (33.28%) JavaScript
3 208 (33.12%) SQL
4 136 (21.66%) Java
5 121 (19.27%) C++
6 93 (14.81%) Python
7 82 (13.06%) C
8 73 (11.62%) T-SQL
9 35 (5.57%) VB.NET
10 32 (5.10%) Perl
11 27 (4.30%) PHP
12 25 (3.98%) Ruby
13 23 (3.66%) VBScript
14 19 (3.03%) PL/SQL
15 17 (2.71%) VB
16 14 (2.23%) VBA
17 13 (2.07%) Embedded C
18 11 (1.75%) Embedded C++
18 11 (1.75%) Scala
19 10 (1.59%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 102 (16.24%) Security Cleared
2 65 (10.35%) SC Cleared
3 51 (8.12%) Degree
4 20 (3.18%) DV Cleared
5 6 (0.96%) HND
6 4 (0.64%) Microsoft Certification
7 3 (0.48%) CTC Cleared
7 3 (0.48%) ISEB
7 3 (0.48%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 2 (0.32%) Sun Certification
9 1 (0.16%) MCPD
9 1 (0.16%) OCPJP
9 1 (0.16%) MCSD
9 1 (0.16%) MCDBA
9 1 (0.16%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (3.18%) QA
2 6 (0.96%) HL7
3 2 (0.32%) DO-178B
3 2 (0.32%) 21 CFR Part 11
3 2 (0.32%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.16%) JTAG
4 1 (0.16%) IEC 61508
System Software
1 6 (0.96%) Firmware
2 5 (0.80%) Active Directory
3 4 (0.64%) Docker
3 4 (0.64%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (0.32%) vCloud
4 2 (0.32%) vSphere
4 2 (0.32%) Varnish
5 1 (0.16%) GlusterFS
Systems Management
1 4 (0.64%) Opscode Chef
1 4 (0.64%) Puppet
2 3 (0.48%) Ansible
3 2 (0.32%) Nagios
3 2 (0.32%) Control-M
4 1 (0.16%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 1 (0.16%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (0.16%) ZABBIX
4 1 (0.16%) CA LISA
4 1 (0.16%) logstash
4 1 (0.16%) Kibana
4 1 (0.16%) Graylog
Vendors
1 95 (15.13%) Microsoft
2 60 (9.55%) Oracle
3 9 (1.43%) Business Objects
3 9 (1.43%) IBM
4 6 (0.96%) VMware
4 6 (0.96%) Telerik
5 5 (0.80%) Google
5 5 (0.80%) CA
5 5 (0.80%) Talend
6 4 (0.64%) Twitter
6 4 (0.64%) Perforce
6 4 (0.64%) Serena
7 3 (0.48%) Huawei
7 3 (0.48%) Red Hat
7 3 (0.48%) Ericsson
7 3 (0.48%) HP
7 3 (0.48%) Nortel
7 3 (0.48%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
7 3 (0.48%) Coverity
7 3 (0.48%) Assembla
City, London
ISL
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Bournemouth
Computer Futures
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Reading
Next Ventures Limited
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Up to £320 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
ISL
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
South UK
Next Ventures Limited
Posted: 3 days ago
Bradford, West Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Reed Professional Services
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Bath
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £400 per day + competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
City of London
Templeton and Partners - SAP & UK Account
Rate: Market related
Posted: 4 days ago
South UK
Next Ventures Limited
Posted: 5 days ago
Bath
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
Reading
Computer Futures
Rate: £35 - £38 per hour + competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
Winchester, Hampshire
Connectus
Rate: £330 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City of London
Energize Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Posted: 11 days ago
London
Interquest - IQ Telecom
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 11 days ago
Gloucestershire
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + competitive
Posted: 12 days ago
Essex
Next Ventures Limited
Posted: 12 days ago
Livingston
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 12 days ago
Loughborough
Interquest - ITQ Financial - Tunbridge Wells
Rate: £325 - £425 per day
Posted: 12 days ago