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 4 September 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
4 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Developer
Rank 347 336 289
Rank change year-on-year
-11 -47
Contract jobs requiring a Software Developer 325 305 349
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.56% 0.55% 0.67%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.60% 0.59% 0.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 186 182 219
Average daily rate
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£350 £338 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £287 £258 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £426 £483
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+4.61% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 11 16
Average hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £36.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +3.44%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.35 £35.00 £22.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £42.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £36.25 £36.25
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -

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
54235 51432 48394
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.81% 92.07% 92.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 34663 31190 28805
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £235
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 1992 1996 2114
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.94% -2.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.33 £17.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+1.94% -

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 4 September 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 4 September 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 4 September 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 -8 275 £350 +3.70% 411
London +3 71 £463 +15.62% 79
South East -52 51 £350 -3.44% 93
Yorkshire -8 33 £320 - 33
East of England 0 30 £350 +22.80% 36
City of London +24 29 £519 +38.33% 15
North West -36 27 £363 +11.53% 48
South West +5 26 £375 +7.14% 58
West Yorkshire -10 26 £325 +1.56% 17
Scotland -3 21 £330 +3.93% 21
Leeds -19 18 £340 +9.67% 12
East Midlands -6 16 £350 +7.69% 27
Cambridgeshire 0 15 £400 +26.98% 24
Hampshire -14 15 £350 +2.18% 27
Manchester -15 13 £311 -2.73% 18
West Midlands +16 11 £300 +9.09% 21
Middlesex +8 9 £350 -6.66%
Cambridge -7 9 £400 +28.00% 21
Edinburgh -10 9 £350 +5.66% 7
Wales -13 9 £275 -24.13% 3
Berkshire -10 8 £375 +20.00% 17
Bristol 0 7 £369 +18.95% 13
Surrey -1 7 £320 +6.66% 17
Leicester +4 6 £350 - 1
Leicestershire -4 6 £350 +7.69% 4
West Lothian -4 6 £300 +20.00%
South Wales -7 6 £160 -55.86% 3
Reading -14 6 £375 +20.00% 11
Bedfordshire +11 5 £353 -11.75% 1
Southampton -2 5 £313 -10.71% 9

Software Developer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 September 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.

1 296 (45.68%) C#
2 272 (41.98%) .NET
3 218 (33.64%) Agile Software Development
4 200 (30.86%) JavaScript
5 196 (30.25%) SQL
6 174 (26.85%) Software Engineering
7 173 (26.70%) HTML
8 167 (25.77%) ASP.NET
9 158 (24.38%) SQL Server
10 141 (21.76%) MVC
11 139 (21.45%) Java
12 138 (21.30%) C++
13 129 (19.91%) CSS
14 100 (15.43%) Microsoft
15 96 (14.81%) C
16 94 (14.51%) Linux
17 91 (14.04%) Windows
17 91 (14.04%) jQuery
18 89 (13.73%) .NET Framework
18 89 (13.73%) TDD
19 87 (13.43%) Web Services
20 80 (12.35%) HTML5
21 77 (11.88%) XML
21 77 (11.88%) WCF
22 72 (11.11%) ASP.NET MVC
23 71 (10.96%) OO
24 70 (10.80%) Security Cleared
25 68 (10.49%) Unit Testing
25 68 (10.49%) Oracle
26 66 (10.19%) Visual Studio

Software Developer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 4 September 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 20 (3.09%) Node.js
2 19 (2.93%) IIS
3 17 (2.62%) JBoss
4 14 (2.16%) WebSphere
5 12 (1.85%) SharePoint
6 11 (1.70%) Confluence
7 10 (1.54%) WebLogic
8 7 (1.08%) CMS
8 7 (1.08%) Apache
8 7 (1.08%) Tomcat
9 6 (0.93%) nginx
10 5 (0.77%) Drupal
10 5 (0.77%) GlassFish
10 5 (0.77%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 5 (0.77%) SharePoint 2013
10 5 (0.77%) MQSeries
11 4 (0.62%) Elasticsearch
12 3 (0.46%) SharePoint 2010
12 3 (0.46%) Apache Solr
12 3 (0.46%) Alfresco
Applications
1 36 (5.56%) MS Excel
2 13 (2.01%) MS Office
3 8 (1.23%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (0.77%) Photoshop
5 3 (0.46%) Maya
6 2 (0.31%) 3ds Max
6 2 (0.31%) Adobe Illustrator
6 2 (0.31%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.31%) MODO
6 2 (0.31%) CINEMA 4D
7 1 (0.15%) PowerPivot
7 1 (0.15%) Simulink
7 1 (0.15%) MS Project
7 1 (0.15%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 4 (0.62%) BASE24
2 3 (0.46%) Visualfiles
3 2 (0.31%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.31%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.15%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.15%) Markit EDM
4 1 (0.15%) Adobe Campaign
4 1 (0.15%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 10 (1.54%) Amazon AWS
2 6 (0.93%) Cloud Computing
3 4 (0.62%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (0.62%) SaaS
4 2 (0.31%) PaaS
4 2 (0.31%) Heroku
4 2 (0.31%) Amazon EC2
5 1 (0.15%) IaaS
5 1 (0.15%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 28 (4.32%) HTTP
2 15 (2.31%) TCP/IP
3 9 (1.39%) Internet
4 6 (0.93%) FTP
5 5 (0.77%) ATM
6 4 (0.62%) LDAP
6 4 (0.62%) Wi-Fi
7 3 (0.46%) Wireless
7 3 (0.46%) Telnet
7 3 (0.46%) SSH
7 3 (0.46%) LTE
7 3 (0.46%) OpenLDAP
7 3 (0.46%) 4G
7 3 (0.46%) SNMP
7 3 (0.46%) SMTP
7 3 (0.46%) 3G
7 3 (0.46%) DVB
7 3 (0.46%) SSL
8 2 (0.31%) Radio Access Network
8 2 (0.31%) FlexRay
Database & Business Intelligence
1 158 (24.38%) SQL Server
2 33 (5.09%) SQL Server 2008
3 32 (4.94%) Relational Database
4 24 (3.70%) MySQL
5 22 (3.40%) SQL Server 2005
6 19 (2.93%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 19 (2.93%) MongoDB
7 17 (2.62%) RDBMS
7 17 (2.62%) PostgreSQL
8 15 (2.31%) Oracle Database
9 13 (2.01%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 12 (1.85%) SQL Server 2012
11 11 (1.70%) NoSQL
12 10 (1.54%) SQL Server 2000
13 9 (1.39%) BusinessObjects
14 7 (1.08%) Oracle Database 11g
15 6 (0.93%) Apache Cassandra
15 6 (0.93%) Hadoop
15 6 (0.93%) InterBase
15 6 (0.93%) Firebird
Development Applications
1 66 (10.19%) Visual Studio
2 55 (8.49%) Team Foundation Server
3 36 (5.56%) Git (software)
4 26 (4.01%) Selenium
5 24 (3.70%) JIRA
6 23 (3.55%) Subversion
7 18 (2.78%) SpecFlow
8 16 (2.47%) Eclipse
8 16 (2.47%) TeamCity
9 14 (2.16%) JUnit
10 13 (2.01%) NUnit
11 11 (1.70%) Maven
11 11 (1.70%) MSBuild
12 10 (1.54%) Jenkins
13 8 (1.23%) WebDriver
13 8 (1.23%) Ant
13 8 (1.23%) Microsoft Blend
14 7 (1.08%) Cucumber
15 5 (0.77%) Talend Open Studio
15 5 (0.77%) MSTest
General
1 57 (8.80%) Finance
2 29 (4.48%) Electronics
3 19 (2.93%) Telecoms
4 17 (2.62%) Manufacturing
5 16 (2.47%) Front Office
6 13 (2.01%) Banking
7 10 (1.54%) Automotive
8 7 (1.08%) Legal
9 6 (0.93%) Law
10 5 (0.77%) Pharmaceutical
10 5 (0.77%) Financial Institution
10 5 (0.77%) Investment Banking
11 4 (0.62%) Military
12 3 (0.46%) German Language
12 3 (0.46%) Marketing
12 3 (0.46%) Games
12 3 (0.46%) Retail
13 2 (0.31%) Back Office
13 2 (0.31%) Aerospace
13 2 (0.31%) Dutch Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 272 (41.98%) .NET
2 173 (26.70%) HTML
3 167 (25.77%) ASP.NET
4 129 (19.91%) CSS
5 91 (14.04%) jQuery
6 89 (13.73%) .NET Framework
7 87 (13.43%) Web Services
8 80 (12.35%) HTML5
9 77 (11.88%) XML
9 77 (11.88%) WCF
10 72 (11.11%) ASP.NET MVC
11 66 (10.19%) AngularJS
12 55 (8.49%) Entity Framework
13 52 (8.02%) CSS3
13 52 (8.02%) WPF
14 42 (6.48%) ASP.NET Web API
15 37 (5.71%) Ajax
16 33 (5.09%) JSON
17 31 (4.78%) RESTful
18 30 (4.63%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 26 (4.01%) Computer Science
2 23 (3.55%) Analytical Skills
3 22 (3.40%) NHS
4 19 (2.93%) User Experience
5 18 (2.78%) Mobile App
6 16 (2.47%) Algorithms
6 16 (2.47%) N-Tier
7 12 (1.85%) Device Driver
8 11 (1.70%) Mathematics
9 10 (1.54%) Enterprise Software
10 9 (1.39%) Visualisation
11 8 (1.23%) Client/Server
11 8 (1.23%) Management Information System
12 7 (1.08%) RIA
12 7 (1.08%) Linked Data
13 6 (0.93%) Life Science
13 6 (0.93%) Embedded Systems
13 6 (0.93%) DTV
13 6 (0.93%) Physics
14 5 (0.77%) Mechatronics
Operating Systems
1 94 (14.51%) Linux
2 91 (14.04%) Windows
3 45 (6.94%) UNIX
4 18 (2.78%) Android
5 16 (2.47%) Apple iOS
6 13 (2.01%) Windows CE
7 7 (1.08%) Embedded Linux
8 5 (0.77%) Windows Server 2008
9 4 (0.62%) Ubuntu
9 4 (0.62%) Windows Server 2003
9 4 (0.62%) VxWorks
10 3 (0.46%) Windows 7
11 2 (0.31%) Windows 8
12 1 (0.15%) Debian
12 1 (0.15%) Windows NT
12 1 (0.15%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.15%) Tizen
12 1 (0.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1 (0.15%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 218 (33.64%) Agile Software Development
2 174 (26.85%) Software Engineering
3 141 (21.76%) MVC
4 89 (13.73%) TDD
5 71 (10.96%) OO
6 68 (10.49%) Unit Testing
7 66 (10.19%) Scrum
8 51 (7.87%) Continuous Integration
9 40 (6.17%) Multithreading
9 40 (6.17%) BDD
10 38 (5.86%) SDLC
11 36 (5.56%) Web Development
11 36 (5.56%) OOP
12 33 (5.09%) UML
13 28 (4.32%) OOD
14 22 (3.40%) SOA
15 21 (3.24%) Mentoring
16 20 (3.09%) Migration
17 19 (2.93%) Automated Testing
18 18 (2.78%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 296 (45.68%) C#
2 200 (30.86%) JavaScript
3 196 (30.25%) SQL
4 139 (21.45%) Java
5 138 (21.30%) C++
6 96 (14.81%) C
7 63 (9.72%) Python
8 48 (7.41%) T-SQL
9 34 (5.25%) VB.NET
10 28 (4.32%) Perl
11 27 (4.17%) PHP
12 26 (4.01%) Embedded C
13 21 (3.24%) Ruby
14 19 (2.93%) Embedded C++
15 17 (2.62%) VB
16 10 (1.54%) PL/SQL
17 9 (1.39%) VBScript
18 7 (1.08%) XPath
18 7 (1.08%) Scala
19 6 (0.93%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 70 (10.80%) Security Cleared
2 44 (6.79%) Degree
3 35 (5.40%) SC Cleared
4 12 (1.85%) DV Cleared
5 7 (1.08%) Microsoft Certification
6 3 (0.46%) Sun Certification
6 3 (0.46%) Chartered Engineer
7 2 (0.31%) CTC Cleared
7 2 (0.31%) MCPD
8 1 (0.15%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (0.15%) MCSD
8 1 (0.15%) MCDBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (2.78%) QA
2 6 (0.93%) HL7
3 4 (0.62%) ISO 8583
4 2 (0.31%) DO-178B
4 2 (0.31%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 2 (0.31%) SLA
5 1 (0.15%) JTAG
5 1 (0.15%) IEC 61508
System Software
1 14 (2.16%) Docker
2 6 (0.93%) Firmware
3 4 (0.62%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (0.46%) GlusterFS
4 3 (0.46%) Active Directory
5 2 (0.31%) Varnish
6 1 (0.15%) vCloud
6 1 (0.15%) Time Sharing Option
6 1 (0.15%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 9 (1.39%) logstash
2 8 (1.23%) Vagrant
3 4 (0.62%) Opscode Chef
3 4 (0.62%) Puppet
4 3 (0.46%) Kibana
4 3 (0.46%) Rundeck
4 3 (0.46%) ZABBIX
5 2 (0.31%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 2 (0.31%) CA LISA
6 1 (0.15%) Ansible
6 1 (0.15%) Oozie
6 1 (0.15%) Control-M
6 1 (0.15%) WMI
6 1 (0.15%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (0.15%) Capistrano
Vendors
1 100 (15.43%) Microsoft
2 68 (10.49%) Oracle
3 8 (1.23%) IBM
4 7 (1.08%) Telerik
5 6 (0.93%) QNX
6 5 (0.77%) VMware
6 5 (0.77%) Talend
7 4 (0.62%) Perforce
7 4 (0.62%) SAP
7 4 (0.62%) HP
8 3 (0.46%) Sybase
8 3 (0.46%) Adobe
8 3 (0.46%) Sun
8 3 (0.46%) CA
8 3 (0.46%) Google
8 3 (0.46%) Atlassian
9 2 (0.31%) Pega
9 2 (0.31%) Xamarin
9 2 (0.31%) Coverity
9 2 (0.31%) AppDynamics
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London
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City, London
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Rate: £310 - £350 per annum
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Leeds, West Yorkshire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Posted: Yesterday
London
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Rate: Up to £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Venturi
Rate: £350 - £450 per day + DEO
Posted: 2 days ago
Bristol, Avon
People Source Consulting
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
LA International
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £280 - £320 per day
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Hampshire
LA International
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
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Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
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Rate: £400 - £450 per annum
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City, London
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Rate: £400 - £500 per day
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Rate: competitive
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Cambridgeshire
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Rate: competitive
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Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 11 days ago