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 6 July 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
6 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Developer
Rank 339 321 294
Rank change year-on-year
-18 -27
Contract jobs requiring a Software Developer 305 297 294
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.56% 0.56% 0.60%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.60% 0.61% 0.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 177 177 188
Average daily rate
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£330 £338 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.22% +3.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £295 £250 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £310
% change year-on-year
- +4.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 12 19
Average hourly rate £39.00 £38.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.63% +1.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £27.75 £33.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £46.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.00 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+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
50702 48981 45586
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.40% 92.56% 92.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 32009 29925 26397
Average daily rate £400 £395 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.26% -1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £238
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 1910 1955 2127
Average hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.03% -10.81%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.29 £38.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.25 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+1.53% -7.14%

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 6 July 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
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 6 July 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 -25 248 £330 - 440
London +1 77 £450 +12.50% 98
South East -21 52 £330 -12.00% 87
South West +7 37 £375 +10.29% 63
Yorkshire -6 31 £323 +0.78% 30
City of London +10 26 £488 +25.80% 29
West Yorkshire -5 24 £320 - 17
Scotland -2 19 £350 -1.75% 20
East of England -20 16 £325 +6.12% 48
South Wales +15 15 £313 +4.16% 6
Wales +4 15 £313 +4.16% 6
Leeds -11 14 £320 +3.22% 9
Hampshire -8 13 £330 +1.53% 28
Edinburgh +5 12 £350 -8.19% 11
North West -25 12 £320 -1.53% 56
Cardiff +14 11 £313 +4.16% 3
East Midlands -9 11 £320 -4.47% 25
Berkshire -9 10 £338 -18.18% 18
Manchester -7 9 £320 -14.66% 30
Winchester -9 9 £330 +17.85% 1
Bristol +3 8 £363 +26.08% 13
Devon 0 8 £425 - 4
Exeter -2 7 £425 - 4
Bradford -4 7 £325 +1.56%
West Midlands -11 7 £400 +30.61% 25
Oxfordshire -18 7 £400 +28.00% 10
Wiltshire 0 6 £375 - 10
Sheffield -1 6 £325 +85.18% 2
Nottinghamshire -2 6 £320 -17.41% 11
South Yorkshire -7 6 £325 +62.50% 4

Software Developer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 6 July 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.

1 280 (46.05%) C#
2 279 (45.89%) .NET
3 199 (32.73%) Agile Software Development
4 188 (30.92%) SQL
5 176 (28.95%) JavaScript
6 175 (28.78%) Software Engineering
7 152 (25.00%) HTML
7 152 (25.00%) ASP.NET
8 151 (24.84%) SQL Server
9 132 (21.71%) Java
9 132 (21.71%) MVC
10 122 (20.07%) CSS
11 116 (19.08%) C++
12 106 (17.43%) Linux
13 98 (16.12%) Web Services
14 96 (15.79%) .NET Framework
15 93 (15.30%) XML
16 92 (15.13%) TDD
17 91 (14.97%) Microsoft
18 84 (13.82%) Windows
19 81 (13.32%) C
20 78 (12.83%) WCF
21 73 (12.01%) HTML5
22 72 (11.84%) Security Cleared
23 70 (11.51%) OO
24 68 (11.18%) Visual Studio
24 68 (11.18%) jQuery
25 64 (10.53%) ASP.NET MVC
26 61 (10.03%) Entity Framework
26 61 (10.03%) Finance

Software Developer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 6 July 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 19 (3.13%) SharePoint
2 14 (2.30%) IIS
2 14 (2.30%) JBoss
3 13 (2.14%) Apache
4 12 (1.97%) Node.js
5 10 (1.64%) WebSphere
6 9 (1.48%) WebLogic
7 7 (1.15%) Tomcat
7 7 (1.15%) CMS
8 6 (0.99%) MQSeries
8 6 (0.99%) SharePoint 2013
9 5 (0.82%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 5 (0.82%) nginx
9 5 (0.82%) Confluence
9 5 (0.82%) Drupal
10 3 (0.49%) SharePoint 2010
10 3 (0.49%) Apache Solr
10 3 (0.49%) Alfresco
11 2 (0.33%) Apache Pig
11 2 (0.33%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 31 (5.10%) MS Excel
2 5 (0.82%) MS Office
3 3 (0.49%) Photoshop
3 3 (0.49%) Adobe Illustrator
3 3 (0.49%) InfoPath
3 3 (0.49%) Maya
4 2 (0.33%) 3ds Max
4 2 (0.33%) MODO
4 2 (0.33%) CINEMA 4D
5 1 (0.16%) PowerPivot
5 1 (0.16%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (0.66%) BASE24
1 4 (0.66%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.49%) Visualfiles
3 2 (0.33%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.33%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.16%) Markit EDM
4 1 (0.16%) Adobe Campaign
4 1 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 8 (1.32%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (1.15%) Cloud Computing
3 6 (0.99%) Microsoft Azure
4 3 (0.49%) SaaS
5 1 (0.16%) PaaS
5 1 (0.16%) Heroku
5 1 (0.16%) IaaS
5 1 (0.16%) Yammer
5 1 (0.16%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 19 (3.13%) HTTP
2 16 (2.63%) TCP/IP
3 10 (1.64%) Internet
4 6 (0.99%) SSL
4 6 (0.99%) LDAP
4 6 (0.99%) FTP
5 5 (0.82%) SAN
6 4 (0.66%) Telnet
6 4 (0.66%) ZigBee
6 4 (0.66%) NAS
6 4 (0.66%) ATM
6 4 (0.66%) SNMP
6 4 (0.66%) SMTP
6 4 (0.66%) Fibre Channel
7 3 (0.49%) 4G
7 3 (0.49%) OpenVPN
7 3 (0.49%) FlexRay
7 3 (0.49%) VPN
7 3 (0.49%) 3G
7 3 (0.49%) 802.15
Database & Business Intelligence
1 151 (24.84%) SQL Server
2 32 (5.26%) Relational Database
3 31 (5.10%) SQL Server 2008
4 24 (3.95%) SQL Server 2005
5 23 (3.78%) PostgreSQL
6 22 (3.62%) MySQL
7 21 (3.45%) RDBMS
8 16 (2.63%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 14 (2.30%) MongoDB
10 13 (2.14%) Oracle Database
10 13 (2.14%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 8 (1.32%) NoSQL
11 8 (1.32%) SQL Server 2012
12 7 (1.15%) Data Warehouse
13 6 (0.99%) Oracle9i Database
13 6 (0.99%) MS Access
13 6 (0.99%) SQL Server 2000
13 6 (0.99%) Oracle Database 11g
13 6 (0.99%) SQLite
13 6 (0.99%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 68 (11.18%) Visual Studio
2 50 (8.22%) Team Foundation Server
3 33 (5.43%) Git (software)
4 27 (4.44%) Subversion
5 26 (4.28%) Selenium
6 21 (3.45%) JUnit
6 21 (3.45%) Jenkins
7 19 (3.13%) Eclipse
7 19 (3.13%) JIRA
8 18 (2.96%) TeamCity
9 17 (2.80%) NUnit
10 13 (2.14%) Maven
10 13 (2.14%) SpecFlow
11 12 (1.97%) Ant
12 8 (1.32%) NetBeans
12 8 (1.32%) MSTest
12 8 (1.32%) MSBuild
13 7 (1.15%) Cucumber
13 7 (1.15%) Oracle Forms
14 6 (0.99%) Hudson
General
1 61 (10.03%) Finance
2 34 (5.59%) Electronics
3 18 (2.96%) Telecoms
4 14 (2.30%) Banking
5 10 (1.64%) Manufacturing
6 9 (1.48%) Automotive
7 8 (1.32%) Front Office
8 6 (0.99%) Law
8 6 (0.99%) Legal
8 6 (0.99%) Military
8 6 (0.99%) German Language
9 5 (0.82%) Back Office
9 5 (0.82%) Financial Institution
10 3 (0.49%) Pharmaceutical
10 3 (0.49%) Games
10 3 (0.49%) Investment Banking
10 3 (0.49%) Marketing
11 2 (0.33%) Retail
11 2 (0.33%) Aerospace
12 1 (0.16%) Billing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 279 (45.89%) .NET
2 152 (25.00%) ASP.NET
2 152 (25.00%) HTML
3 122 (20.07%) CSS
4 98 (16.12%) Web Services
5 96 (15.79%) .NET Framework
6 93 (15.30%) XML
7 78 (12.83%) WCF
8 73 (12.01%) HTML5
9 68 (11.18%) jQuery
10 64 (10.53%) ASP.NET MVC
11 61 (10.03%) Entity Framework
12 55 (9.05%) CSS3
13 43 (7.07%) AngularJS
14 38 (6.25%) RESTful
15 36 (5.92%) Ajax
16 33 (5.43%) WPF
16 33 (5.43%) ASP.NET Web API
17 31 (5.10%) JSON
18 30 (4.93%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 36 (5.92%) Computer Science
2 21 (3.45%) NHS
2 21 (3.45%) Analytical Skills
3 19 (3.13%) N-Tier
4 16 (2.63%) Device Driver
4 16 (2.63%) Algorithms
5 11 (1.81%) User Experience
5 11 (1.81%) Mathematics
6 10 (1.64%) Client/Server
7 9 (1.48%) Enterprise Software
7 9 (1.48%) Visualisation
8 8 (1.32%) Management Information System
9 7 (1.15%) Mobile App
10 6 (0.99%) Digital Media
10 6 (0.99%) Embedded Systems
10 6 (0.99%) Physics
10 6 (0.99%) Life Science
11 5 (0.82%) Chemistry
12 4 (0.66%) Economics
12 4 (0.66%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
Operating Systems
1 106 (17.43%) Linux
2 84 (13.82%) Windows
3 31 (5.10%) UNIX
4 11 (1.81%) Windows CE
5 10 (1.64%) Android
6 9 (1.48%) Embedded Linux
7 8 (1.32%) Ubuntu
8 6 (0.99%) Apple iOS
9 4 (0.66%) CentOS
9 4 (0.66%) VxWorks
10 3 (0.49%) Windows Server 2008
10 3 (0.49%) Windows 7
11 2 (0.33%) Windows 8
12 1 (0.16%) Tizen
12 1 (0.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1 (0.16%) MVS
12 1 (0.16%) SUSE
12 1 (0.16%) Debian
12 1 (0.16%) Fedora
12 1 (0.16%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 199 (32.73%) Agile Software Development
2 175 (28.78%) Software Engineering
3 132 (21.71%) MVC
4 92 (15.13%) TDD
5 70 (11.51%) OO
6 57 (9.38%) Scrum
6 57 (9.38%) Unit Testing
7 48 (7.89%) Continuous Integration
8 44 (7.24%) Multithreading
9 43 (7.07%) OOP
10 38 (6.25%) UML
11 29 (4.77%) Web Development
12 28 (4.61%) OOD
12 28 (4.61%) SDLC
13 27 (4.44%) SOA
14 20 (3.29%) Migration
14 20 (3.29%) Open Source
14 20 (3.29%) BDD
15 17 (2.80%) Mentoring
15 17 (2.80%) Automated Testing
Programming Languages
1 280 (46.05%) C#
2 188 (30.92%) SQL
3 176 (28.95%) JavaScript
4 132 (21.71%) Java
5 116 (19.08%) C++
6 81 (13.32%) C
7 60 (9.87%) Python
8 51 (8.39%) T-SQL
9 35 (5.76%) VB.NET
10 25 (4.11%) PHP
10 25 (4.11%) Embedded C
11 24 (3.95%) Perl
12 18 (2.96%) Embedded C++
13 16 (2.63%) Ruby
13 16 (2.63%) PL/SQL
14 15 (2.47%) VB
15 10 (1.64%) Scala
16 7 (1.15%) Groovy
16 7 (1.15%) XPath
17 6 (0.99%) VBA
Qualifications
1 72 (11.84%) Security Cleared
2 56 (9.21%) Degree
3 42 (6.91%) SC Cleared
4 10 (1.64%) DV Cleared
5 5 (0.82%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (0.33%) HND
6 2 (0.33%) CTC Cleared
6 2 (0.33%) MCPD
7 1 (0.16%) MCSD
7 1 (0.16%) MCDBA
7 1 (0.16%) ISEB
7 1 (0.16%) Sun Certification
7 1 (0.16%) OCPJP
7 1 (0.16%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (4.28%) QA
2 5 (0.82%) HL7
3 2 (0.33%) 21 CFR Part 11
3 2 (0.33%) DO-178B
4 1 (0.16%) SLA
4 1 (0.16%) JTAG
4 1 (0.16%) IEC 61508
System Software
1 6 (0.99%) Firmware
1 6 (0.99%) Docker
2 5 (0.82%) Active Directory
3 3 (0.49%) GlusterFS
3 3 (0.49%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (0.49%) Varnish
Systems Management
1 3 (0.49%) ZABBIX
1 3 (0.49%) Puppet
1 3 (0.49%) Opscode Chef
1 3 (0.49%) logstash
1 3 (0.49%) Kibana
1 3 (0.49%) Rundeck
2 2 (0.33%) CA LISA
2 2 (0.33%) Control-M
3 1 (0.16%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 1 (0.16%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.16%) Ansible
3 1 (0.16%) Graylog
Vendors
1 91 (14.97%) Microsoft
2 55 (9.05%) Oracle
3 9 (1.48%) Business Objects
3 9 (1.48%) IBM
4 7 (1.15%) Telerik
5 5 (0.82%) QNX
5 5 (0.82%) Perforce
5 5 (0.82%) Talend
6 4 (0.66%) Coverity
6 4 (0.66%) VMware
6 4 (0.66%) Serena
6 4 (0.66%) SAP
6 4 (0.66%) HP
7 3 (0.49%) Adobe
7 3 (0.49%) Citrix
7 3 (0.49%) CA
7 3 (0.49%) Red Hat
7 3 (0.49%) Atlassian
7 3 (0.49%) Pega
7 3 (0.49%) Assembla
City, London
ISL Recruitment
Posted: 4 hours ago
Hampshire
Reed Technology
Rate: £380 - £410 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
LA International
Posted: 15 hours ago
Greater Manchester
Verticality Ltd
Rate: to £30k DOE
Posted: 16 hours ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
X4 Group
Rate: £23 - 27 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
Portsmouth
Templeton and Partners - SAP & UK Account
Rate: £350 - 400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Doncaster
Real Staffing
Rate: £300 - £315 per day + competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
Hampshire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 4 days ago
Essex
Computer Futures
Rate: £35 - £36 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
TEKsystems
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
ISL
Rate: £425 - £500 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
North Yorkshire
Uniting Ambition
Rate: Market related
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
LA International
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Waterlooville
Computer Futures
Rate: £18000 - £23000 per annum + competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
Lancashire
Progressive Recruitment
Rate: £20000 - £23000 per annum + competitive
Posted: 7 days ago
Manchester
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £250.00 - £300.00 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
Wigan
Computer Futures
Rate: £200 - £250 per day + competitive
Posted: 12 days ago
Lancaster
Computer Futures
Rate: £250 - £350 per day + competitive
Posted: 13 days ago
Berkshire
Real Staffing
Rate: £33 - £37 per hour + competitive
Posted: 18 days ago