The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the UK that had Software Developer featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 24 September 2016 with a comparison to same period over 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.

3 months to
24 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Developer
Rank 285 351 343
Rank change year-on-year
+66 -8
Contract jobs requiring a Software Developer 424 356 328
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.80% 0.61% 0.57%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.85% 0.65% 0.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 250 207 189
Median daily rate £400 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £294 £267
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £340 £335
% change year-on-year
+6.61% +1.49%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 19 11
Median hourly rate £41.50 £37.50 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.66% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.65 £29.90 £35.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.28 £42.70 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.75 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+8.66% -

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
50050 55150 53908
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.63% 95.01% 93.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 32734 35266 32824
Median daily rate £425 £405 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.93% +1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1662 2082 2153
Median hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.71% +6.06%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £42.00 £39.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.33 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-4.78% +5.03%

Software Developer
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of IT contracts that featured Software Developer in the job title.

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 24 September 2016.

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 24 September 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Developer within the UK over the 3 months to 24 September 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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
England +59 389 £400 +14.28% 384
London +27 117 £425 -2.85% 87
South East +28 73 £375 +7.14% 83
South West +54 59 £325 -13.33% 48
Yorkshire +9 30 £425 +25.00% 36
North West +11 28 £375 -3.22% 39
East of England +7 26 £369 +4.46% 42
West Midlands -14 25 £343 +14.16% 23
City of London +15 24 £425 -5.55% 18
Scotland +18 23 £325 - 20
Hampshire +9 22 £355 +1.42% 32
West Yorkshire +7 20 £425 +25.00% 29
North East -13 19 £475 +46.15% 9
Berkshire +21 18 £375 +7.14% 17
Tyne and Wear -19 18 £475 +46.15% 9
Leeds +2 17 £425 +25.00% 18
Newcastle upon Tyne -18 17 £475 +46.15% 7
Devon - 17 £254 - 3
Wiltshire +26 16 £280 -8.94% 6
Manchester -6 14 £400 +25.49% 24
East Midlands -11 13 £363 +3.57% 17
Plymouth - 13 £203 -
Buckinghamshire +25 11 £319 -13.19% 5
Edinburgh +15 10 £325 -3.70% 10
Cambridgeshire +13 10 £350 -12.50% 24
South Yorkshire +9 10 £425 -19.81% 2
Reading +23 9 £375 -11.76% 8
Staffordshire +5 9 £350 +12.00% 9
Sheffield +4 9 £425 -19.81% 2
Cambridge +12 8 - - 16

Software Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 September 2016, Software Developer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Software Developer in the job title.

1 327 (41.13%) Agile Software Development
2 324 (40.75%) C#
3 288 (36.23%) JavaScript
4 272 (34.21%) .NET
5 260 (32.70%) Java
6 227 (28.55%) HTML
7 212 (26.67%) SQL
8 183 (23.02%) CSS
8 183 (23.02%) Software Engineering
9 162 (20.38%) TDD
9 162 (20.38%) MVC
10 156 (19.62%) SQL Server
11 144 (18.11%) ASP.NET
12 138 (17.36%) C++
13 136 (17.11%) Linux
14 133 (16.73%) Scrum
15 132 (16.60%) AngularJS
16 113 (14.21%) jQuery
17 111 (13.96%) HTML5
18 108 (13.58%) Microsoft
19 102 (12.83%) Python
20 100 (12.58%) Web Services
21 97 (12.20%) XML
22 96 (12.08%) OO
23 92 (11.57%) C
23 92 (11.57%) REST
24 90 (11.32%) BDD
24 90 (11.32%) Visual Studio
25 87 (10.94%) Windows
26 86 (10.82%) Finance

Software Developer Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills 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 39 (4.91%) Apache
2 36 (4.53%) SharePoint
3 23 (2.89%) Tomcat
4 20 (2.52%) CMS
4 20 (2.52%) Elasticsearch
5 18 (2.26%) IIS
6 16 (2.01%) Apache Spark
7 15 (1.89%) Confluence
7 15 (1.89%) JBoss
8 14 (1.76%) Moodle
9 10 (1.26%) OpenStack
9 10 (1.26%) WebLogic
10 9 (1.13%) Cloud Foundry
10 9 (1.13%) GlassFish
11 8 (1.01%) Apache Solr
12 7 (0.88%) WebSphere
13 5 (0.63%) Drupal
13 5 (0.63%) SharePoint 2010
14 4 (0.50%) Liferay
14 4 (0.50%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 32 (4.03%) MS Excel
2 9 (1.13%) MS Office
3 2 (0.25%) Photoshop
3 2 (0.25%) Simulink
4 1 (0.13%) Doxygen
4 1 (0.13%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.13%) Revit
4 1 (0.13%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.13%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 17 (2.14%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 4 (0.50%) Visualfiles
3 2 (0.25%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.13%) BusinessWorks
4 1 (0.13%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.13%) Magento
4 1 (0.13%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 41 (5.16%) Amazon AWS
2 31 (3.90%) Microsoft Azure
3 24 (3.02%) GitHub
4 13 (1.64%) PaaS
5 6 (0.75%) Heroku
5 6 (0.75%) SaaS
6 4 (0.50%) Cloud Computing
7 3 (0.38%) Amazon Kinesis
7 3 (0.38%) AWS Lambda
7 3 (0.38%) Google Analytics
7 3 (0.38%) Google Cloud Platform
7 3 (0.38%) iTunes
7 3 (0.38%) Office 365
8 2 (0.25%) Force.com
8 2 (0.25%) Google Tag Manager
8 2 (0.25%) Slack
9 1 (0.13%) Bluemix
9 1 (0.13%) Firebase
9 1 (0.13%) OpenShift
9 1 (0.13%) Rackspace Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 35 (4.40%) HTTP
2 17 (2.14%) TCP/IP
3 12 (1.51%) LDAP
4 10 (1.26%) Internet
4 10 (1.26%) VoIP
5 9 (1.13%) SNMP
6 7 (0.88%) DNS
6 7 (0.88%) DSL
7 6 (0.75%) AMQP
7 6 (0.75%) FCAPS
7 6 (0.75%) Wireless
8 4 (0.50%) DVB
8 4 (0.50%) Ethernet
8 4 (0.50%) MQTT
8 4 (0.50%) Softphone
9 3 (0.38%) Bluetooth
9 3 (0.38%) RTSP
9 3 (0.38%) SSL
10 2 (0.25%) Intranet
10 2 (0.25%) LAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 156 (19.62%) SQL Server
2 65 (8.18%) MySQL
3 33 (4.15%) NoSQL
4 29 (3.65%) Oracle Database
5 27 (3.40%) MongoDB
6 25 (3.14%) Relational Database
6 25 (3.14%) SQL Server 2008
7 22 (2.77%) Big Data
8 21 (2.64%) Apache Cassandra
9 13 (1.64%) SQL Server 2012
10 12 (1.51%) Hadoop
10 12 (1.51%) Redis
11 11 (1.38%) SQL Server 2005
11 11 (1.38%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 11 (1.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 9 (1.13%) Crystal Reports
13 8 (1.01%) CouchDB
13 8 (1.01%) HBase
13 8 (1.01%) Neo4j
14 7 (0.88%) Parquet
Development Applications
1 90 (11.32%) Visual Studio
2 69 (8.68%) Git (software)
3 53 (6.67%) Selenium
4 50 (6.29%) Team Foundation Server
5 44 (5.53%) Jenkins
6 40 (5.03%) Subversion
7 32 (4.03%) JIRA
8 31 (3.90%) JUnit
9 30 (3.77%) Cucumber
10 27 (3.40%) Eclipse
11 24 (3.02%) Maven
11 24 (3.02%) WebDriver
12 22 (2.77%) NUnit
13 17 (2.14%) Grunt
13 17 (2.14%) gulp
14 15 (1.89%) Ant
15 14 (1.76%) ClearCase
16 13 (1.64%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 13 (1.64%) Jasmine
17 12 (1.51%) SpecFlow
General
1 86 (10.82%) Finance
2 35 (4.40%) Banking
3 29 (3.65%) Manufacturing
4 28 (3.52%) Telecoms
5 26 (3.27%) Electronics
6 24 (3.02%) Marketing
7 23 (2.89%) Retail
8 14 (1.76%) Games
9 12 (1.51%) Aerospace
10 9 (1.13%) Pharmaceutical
11 8 (1.01%) Back Office
11 8 (1.01%) Law
12 7 (0.88%) Advertising
12 7 (0.88%) Front Office
12 7 (0.88%) Investment Banking
13 6 (0.75%) Automotive
14 5 (0.63%) Legal
15 3 (0.38%) French Language
16 2 (0.25%) Dutch Language
16 2 (0.25%) Multimedia
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 272 (34.21%) .NET
2 227 (28.55%) HTML
3 183 (23.02%) CSS
4 144 (18.11%) ASP.NET
5 132 (16.60%) AngularJS
6 113 (14.21%) jQuery
7 111 (13.96%) HTML5
8 100 (12.58%) Web Services
9 97 (12.20%) XML
10 92 (11.57%) REST
11 82 (10.31%) ASP.NET MVC
12 73 (9.18%) .NET Framework
13 68 (8.55%) Spring
14 66 (8.30%) Node.js
15 63 (7.92%) Twitter Bootstrap
16 62 (7.80%) JSON
16 62 (7.80%) WCF
17 61 (7.67%) CSS3
18 57 (7.17%) SOAP
19 52 (6.54%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 42 (5.28%) Computer Science
2 35 (4.40%) Analytical Skills
3 33 (4.15%) User Experience
4 22 (2.77%) Mobile App
5 16 (2.01%) Client/Server
5 16 (2.01%) e-Learning
6 14 (1.76%) Algorithms
7 13 (1.64%) Mathematics
8 12 (1.51%) Embedded Systems
8 12 (1.51%) NHS
9 10 (1.26%) Enterprise Software
10 9 (1.13%) Management Information System
11 8 (1.01%) Derivative
12 7 (0.88%) Data Centre
12 7 (0.88%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 7 (0.88%) LIMS
12 7 (0.88%) Physics
12 7 (0.88%) Replication
13 6 (0.75%) Biology
13 6 (0.75%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 136 (17.11%) Linux
2 87 (10.94%) Windows
3 63 (7.92%) Unix
4 17 (2.14%) Android
5 14 (1.76%) Apple iOS
6 7 (0.88%) Windows Server
7 6 (0.75%) Mac OS X
7 6 (0.75%) Mesosphere
8 5 (0.63%) AIX
8 5 (0.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 4 (0.50%) Embedded Linux
9 4 (0.50%) Ubuntu
10 3 (0.38%) VxWorks
10 3 (0.38%) Windows 7
11 2 (0.25%) Windows Mobile
11 2 (0.25%) Windows Server 2008
11 2 (0.25%) Windows Server 2012
11 2 (0.25%) zOS
12 1 (0.13%) Fedora
12 1 (0.13%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 327 (41.13%) Agile Software Development
2 183 (23.02%) Software Engineering
3 162 (20.38%) MVC
3 162 (20.38%) TDD
4 133 (16.73%) Scrum
5 96 (12.08%) OO
6 90 (11.32%) BDD
7 78 (9.81%) Continuous Integration
8 71 (8.93%) Web Development
9 70 (8.81%) Unit Testing
10 57 (7.17%) SDLC
11 56 (7.04%) Open Source
12 47 (5.91%) OOD
13 41 (5.16%) DevOps
13 41 (5.16%) Test Automation
14 36 (4.53%) Front End Development
14 36 (4.53%) Microservices
15 35 (4.40%) Continuous Delivery
16 32 (4.03%) Configuration Management
16 32 (4.03%) Multithreading
Programming Languages
1 324 (40.75%) C#
2 288 (36.23%) JavaScript
3 260 (32.70%) Java
4 212 (26.67%) SQL
5 138 (17.36%) C++
6 102 (12.83%) Python
7 92 (11.57%) C
8 69 (8.68%) PHP
9 62 (7.80%) Scala
10 60 (7.55%) Ruby
11 30 (3.77%) T-SQL
12 29 (3.65%) Perl
13 28 (3.52%) VB.NET
14 21 (2.64%) Go
14 21 (2.64%) VB
15 16 (2.01%) PL/SQL
16 15 (1.89%) Bash Shell
16 15 (1.89%) Objective-C
16 15 (1.89%) TypeScript
17 14 (1.76%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 86 (10.82%) Security Cleared
2 82 (10.31%) Degree
3 63 (7.92%) SC Cleared
4 12 (1.51%) DV Cleared
5 5 (0.63%) BC Cleared
6 4 (0.50%) ITIL Certification
7 3 (0.38%) HNC
7 3 (0.38%) HND
8 2 (0.25%) BPSS Clearance
8 2 (0.25%) Microsoft Certification
9 1 (0.13%) CCNP
9 1 (0.13%) Cisco Certification
9 1 (0.13%) MCSE
9 1 (0.13%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 39 (4.91%) SDET
2 35 (4.40%) QA
3 8 (1.01%) Disclosure Scotland
3 8 (1.01%) ISO 14001
3 8 (1.01%) ISO 9001
4 6 (0.75%) MISRA
5 5 (0.63%) PCI DSS
5 5 (0.63%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 4 (0.50%) DO-178B
7 3 (0.38%) 21 CFR Part 11
7 3 (0.38%) ISO13485
7 3 (0.38%) MISRA C
8 1 (0.13%) Dodd-Frank
8 1 (0.13%) ECSS
8 1 (0.13%) EMIR
8 1 (0.13%) HL7
8 1 (0.13%) JTAG
8 1 (0.13%) MiFID
8 1 (0.13%) SLA
System Software
1 35 (4.40%) Docker
2 6 (0.75%) Active Directory
2 6 (0.75%) vSphere
3 4 (0.50%) Firmware
4 3 (0.38%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (0.25%) Ceph
5 2 (0.25%) etcd
5 2 (0.25%) Virtual Servers
6 1 (0.13%) Cygwin
6 1 (0.13%) flannel
6 1 (0.13%) GlusterFS
6 1 (0.13%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 21 (2.64%) Kubernetes
2 12 (1.51%) Puppet
3 10 (1.26%) Ansible
4 3 (0.38%) Grafana
5 1 (0.13%) Consul
5 1 (0.13%) HAProxy
5 1 (0.13%) Host Intrusion Detection System
5 1 (0.13%) Kibana
5 1 (0.13%) Mesos
5 1 (0.13%) Nagios
5 1 (0.13%) Netcool
5 1 (0.13%) Network Intrusion Detection System
5 1 (0.13%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.13%) Oracle Identity Management
5 1 (0.13%) Oracle Identity Manager
5 1 (0.13%) rkt
5 1 (0.13%) Zenoss
Vendors
1 108 (13.58%) Microsoft
2 69 (8.68%) Oracle
3 20 (2.52%) Google
4 18 (2.26%) SAP
5 11 (1.38%) Red Hat
5 11 (1.38%) VMware
6 7 (0.88%) Atlassian
6 7 (0.88%) IBM
6 7 (0.88%) Sitecore
7 6 (0.75%) Coverity
7 6 (0.75%) Nokia
7 6 (0.75%) Salesforce.com
7 6 (0.75%) Sybase
8 5 (0.63%) Canon
8 5 (0.63%) EPiServer
9 4 (0.50%) Apple
9 4 (0.50%) DevExpress
9 4 (0.50%) hybris
9 4 (0.50%) LexisNexis
9 4 (0.50%) OpenTV
West London
Vantage Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: From £500 to £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
England
G2 Recruitment Solutions
Posted: 2 days ago
South West
People Source Consulting
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Interact Consulting
Rate: 400-450 a day
Posted: Yesterday
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Leicester, Leicestershire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £375 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Difrent Ltd
Rate: Competitive rate
Posted: Yesterday
London
Ebury
Rate: £425.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
South East England
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £490 - £525 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Middlesex
TEKsystems
Rate: £375 - £450 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Guildford
Vivid Resourcing
Rate: £45 - £50 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
TEKsystems
Rate: £300 - £375 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Hampshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £200 - £300 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire
ISL
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £550 to £650 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £200 - £300 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Wokingham, Berkshire
V2
Rate: From £400 to £450 per day then up to £60,000 perm after 6 months
Posted: 12 days ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Avion Recruitment Solutions
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Kent
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Swindon
People Source Consulting
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 12 days ago
City, London
Sanderson
Rate: £420 - £480 per day
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Reading
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Rate: £250 - £300 per day
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Reading
Spectrum IT
Rate: £300 - £450 per day
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