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 30 January 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Developer
Rank 323 249 252
Rank change year-on-year
-74 +3
Contract jobs requiring a Software Developer 298 362 344
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.58% 0.75% 0.77%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.63% 0.81% 0.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 169 204 177
Average daily rate
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£375 £325 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% +1.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £266 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £310 £300
% change year-on-year
+12.90% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 15 22
Average hourly rate £35.18 £36.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.29% -4.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.10 £32.15 £28.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £43.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.18 £36.75 £37.50
% change year-on-year
-4.28% -2.00%

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
47189 44564 41455
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.47% 92.53% 92.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 29609 26528 23470
Average daily rate £400 £400 £378
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £228 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1818 1936 2419
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £18.40
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.71% -4.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.25 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.16 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-2.06% -5.71%

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 30 January 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 30 January 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 30 January 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 -73 255 £375 +15.38% 462
South East -2 68 £338 +3.84% 104
London -63 65 £413 +5.09% 76
East of England +18 42 £360 +6.66% 68
South West +10 38 £388 +37.77% 39
Scotland +5 25 £400 +42.22% 26
Gloucestershire +4 24 £400 +25.98% 4
Hampshire -17 24 £315 -6.66% 21
North West -12 21 £325 - 60
Edinburgh +10 17 £400 +81.81% 9
Cambridgeshire -9 16 £310 -6.41% 43
Gloucester - 15 £400 - 2
Hertfordshire +15 14 £310 -31.11% 7
City of London -9 14 £363 -7.87% 19
Wales -10 14 £310 +2.64% 13
Surrey 0 12 £450 +20.00% 27
Cambridge -3 12 £310 -6.41% 37
Manchester -6 11 £270 -22.85% 39
West Midlands -21 11 £340 +23.07% 38
Essex +13 10 £413 -8.33% 9
Buckinghamshire -4 9 £410 +26.15% 4
South Wales - 9 £315 - 9
Cardiff - 8 £315 - 7
East Midlands +2 7 £325 +8.33% 22
Berkshire -7 7 £575 +87.75% 21
Lancashire - 7 £400 - 3
Reading +10 6 £575 +90.87% 9
East Sussex -11 6 - - 6
Wiltshire -2 5 £356 +18.75% 9
Swindon -5 5 £356 +18.75% 2

Software Developer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 January 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.

1 290 (46.40%) C#
2 281 (44.96%) .NET
3 227 (36.32%) SQL
4 207 (33.12%) JavaScript
4 207 (33.12%) Agile Software Development
5 192 (30.72%) HTML
6 173 (27.68%) SQL Server
7 160 (25.60%) Java
8 149 (23.84%) CSS
9 145 (23.20%) ASP.NET
10 134 (21.44%) Software Engineering
11 126 (20.16%) C++
12 122 (19.52%) MVC
13 115 (18.40%) Linux
14 112 (17.92%) XML
15 102 (16.32%) Python
16 98 (15.68%) OO
16 98 (15.68%) TDD
17 90 (14.40%) Web Services
18 88 (14.08%) Microsoft
18 88 (14.08%) .NET Framework
19 87 (13.92%) Windows
20 86 (13.76%) jQuery
21 83 (13.28%) Security Cleared
22 76 (12.16%) C
23 74 (11.84%) Finance
24 68 (10.88%) Oracle
25 66 (10.56%) HTML5
26 64 (10.24%) UNIX
27 63 (10.08%) T-SQL

Software Developer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 (3.36%) SharePoint
2 18 (2.88%) Node.js
3 15 (2.40%) IIS
4 13 (2.08%) Tomcat
5 10 (1.60%) Apache
6 9 (1.44%) BizTalk Server
6 9 (1.44%) CMS
7 5 (0.80%) SharePoint 2013
7 5 (0.80%) JBoss
7 5 (0.80%) WebLogic
7 5 (0.80%) WebSphere
8 4 (0.64%) Umbraco
8 4 (0.64%) WebSphere Process Server
8 4 (0.64%) WebSphere Application Server
9 3 (0.48%) SharePoint 2010
9 3 (0.48%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 3 (0.48%) MQSeries
10 2 (0.32%) MS Project Server
10 2 (0.32%) WordPress
10 2 (0.32%) GlassFish
Applications
1 34 (5.44%) MS Excel
2 9 (1.44%) MS Office
2 9 (1.44%) Photoshop
3 7 (1.12%) Spreadsheet
4 4 (0.64%) MS Project
5 3 (0.48%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.48%) Adobe Illustrator
6 2 (0.32%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.16%) Maya
7 1 (0.16%) 3ds Max
7 1 (0.16%) MS PowerPoint
7 1 (0.16%) Doxygen
Business Applications
1 3 (0.48%) Dynamics CRM
1 3 (0.48%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (0.32%) Google Analytics
2 2 (0.32%) Summit
2 2 (0.32%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.16%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.16%) CA Clarity
3 1 (0.16%) Retail-J
Cloud Services
1 21 (3.36%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (1.12%) Cloud Computing
3 3 (0.48%) Heroku
3 3 (0.48%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (0.48%) GitHub
4 2 (0.32%) Google Cloud Platform
4 2 (0.32%) Yammer
4 2 (0.32%) Google App Engine
5 1 (0.16%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 28 (4.48%) TCP/IP
2 18 (2.88%) HTTP
3 15 (2.40%) Internet
4 13 (2.08%) SSL
4 13 (2.08%) FTP
5 10 (1.60%) Network Security
5 10 (1.60%) DVB
6 9 (1.44%) Ethernet
7 5 (0.80%) Radio Access Network
7 5 (0.80%) 4G
7 5 (0.80%) Modbus
7 5 (0.80%) 3G
8 4 (0.64%) ZigBee
8 4 (0.64%) 3GPP
8 4 (0.64%) SNMP
8 4 (0.64%) Intranet
8 4 (0.64%) 2G
8 4 (0.64%) LTE
9 3 (0.48%) OpenVPN
9 3 (0.48%) MQTT
Database & Business Intelligence
1 173 (27.68%) SQL Server
2 58 (9.28%) SQL Server 2008
3 34 (5.44%) MySQL
4 30 (4.80%) Relational Database
5 25 (4.00%) PostgreSQL
6 20 (3.20%) MongoDB
7 15 (2.40%) Big Data
8 14 (2.24%) RDBMS
8 14 (2.24%) Oracle Database
9 13 (2.08%) Ingres
9 13 (2.08%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 13 (2.08%) SQL Server 2005
10 12 (1.92%) SQL Server 2000
11 11 (1.76%) NoSQL
12 10 (1.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 9 (1.44%) Data Warehouse
13 9 (1.44%) DTS
14 8 (1.28%) SQLite
14 8 (1.28%) SQL Server 2012
15 6 (0.96%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 59 (9.44%) Visual Studio
2 41 (6.56%) Team Foundation Server
3 39 (6.24%) Subversion
4 38 (6.08%) Git (software)
5 32 (5.12%) NUnit
6 26 (4.16%) Eclipse
7 24 (3.84%) Jenkins
8 19 (3.04%) JUnit
9 17 (2.72%) GoogleTest
9 17 (2.72%) ClearCase
9 17 (2.72%) Selenium
10 15 (2.40%) Ant
11 13 (2.08%) CppUnit
11 13 (2.08%) CruiseControl
12 12 (1.92%) ClearQuest
13 11 (1.76%) Maven
14 9 (1.44%) Jasmine
15 8 (1.28%) JIRA
15 8 (1.28%) MSTest
15 8 (1.28%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
General
1 74 (11.84%) Finance
2 24 (3.84%) Telecoms
3 18 (2.88%) Banking
4 14 (2.24%) Electronics
5 9 (1.44%) Retail
6 7 (1.12%) Publishing
6 7 (1.12%) Marketing
7 6 (0.96%) Turkish Language
7 6 (0.96%) Back Office
8 5 (0.80%) Aerospace
9 4 (0.64%) Automotive
9 4 (0.64%) Manufacturing
9 4 (0.64%) Advertising
10 3 (0.48%) Investment Banking
11 2 (0.32%) Corporate Banking
11 2 (0.32%) Multimedia
11 2 (0.32%) Military
11 2 (0.32%) Financial Institution
11 2 (0.32%) Front Office
12 1 (0.16%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 281 (44.96%) .NET
2 192 (30.72%) HTML
3 149 (23.84%) CSS
4 145 (23.20%) ASP.NET
5 112 (17.92%) XML
6 90 (14.40%) Web Services
7 88 (14.08%) .NET Framework
8 86 (13.76%) jQuery
9 66 (10.56%) HTML5
10 56 (8.96%) WCF
11 52 (8.32%) ASP.NET MVC
12 45 (7.20%) CSS3
13 39 (6.24%) Spring
14 35 (5.60%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
14 35 (5.60%) JSON
14 35 (5.60%) Ajax
15 29 (4.64%) AngularJS
16 28 (4.48%) REST
17 27 (4.32%) WinForms
18 26 (4.16%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 48 (7.68%) Analytical Skills
2 38 (6.08%) Computer Science
3 22 (3.52%) Mathematics
4 18 (2.88%) Mobile App
5 17 (2.72%) Open Source
5 17 (2.72%) Algorithms
6 15 (2.40%) NHS
7 13 (2.08%) User Experience
7 13 (2.08%) DTV
8 12 (1.92%) Client/Server
9 9 (1.44%) Management Information System
10 8 (1.28%) Data Structures
11 7 (1.12%) Digital Media
11 7 (1.12%) Informatics
12 6 (0.96%) Statistics
12 6 (0.96%) SCORM
12 6 (0.96%) STB
12 6 (0.96%) IPTV
12 6 (0.96%) N-Tier
12 6 (0.96%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 115 (18.40%) Linux
2 87 (13.92%) Windows
3 64 (10.24%) UNIX
4 18 (2.88%) Ubuntu
5 14 (2.24%) Android
6 8 (1.28%) Apple iOS
7 6 (0.96%) Embedded Linux
8 4 (0.64%) Windows Server 2003
8 4 (0.64%) Mac OS X
9 3 (0.48%) zOS
9 3 (0.48%) Windows CE
9 3 (0.48%) MVS
10 2 (0.32%) Windows Mobile
10 2 (0.32%) AIX
10 2 (0.32%) HPUX
10 2 (0.32%) Solaris
10 2 (0.32%) Windows Server 2008
11 1 (0.16%) Windows 7
11 1 (0.16%) OpenWrt
11 1 (0.16%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 207 (33.12%) Agile Software Development
2 134 (21.44%) Software Engineering
3 122 (19.52%) MVC
4 98 (15.68%) OO
4 98 (15.68%) TDD
5 63 (10.08%) Scrum
6 58 (9.28%) Continuous Integration
7 51 (8.16%) Unit Testing
8 43 (6.88%) UML
8 43 (6.88%) OOD
9 33 (5.28%) OOP
10 32 (5.12%) Configuration Management
11 30 (4.80%) Multithreading
11 30 (4.80%) SOA
12 28 (4.48%) Web Development
13 23 (3.68%) BDD
14 21 (3.36%) Project Management
15 17 (2.72%) Workflow
16 16 (2.56%) Mentoring
17 15 (2.40%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 290 (46.40%) C#
2 227 (36.32%) SQL
3 207 (33.12%) JavaScript
4 160 (25.60%) Java
5 126 (20.16%) C++
6 102 (16.32%) Python
7 76 (12.16%) C
8 63 (10.08%) T-SQL
9 42 (6.72%) VB.NET
10 39 (6.24%) Perl
11 38 (6.08%) PHP
12 28 (4.48%) VBScript
13 24 (3.84%) Ruby
14 22 (3.52%) VB
15 20 (3.20%) VBA
16 19 (3.04%) PL/SQL
17 9 (1.44%) VB6
18 7 (1.12%) Scala
18 7 (1.12%) Bash Shell
18 7 (1.12%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 83 (13.28%) Security Cleared
2 61 (9.76%) Degree
3 57 (9.12%) SC Cleared
4 15 (2.40%) DV Cleared
5 6 (0.96%) HND
5 6 (0.96%) ISEB
6 3 (0.48%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 3 (0.48%) Sun Certification
6 3 (0.48%) Postgraduate
6 3 (0.48%) BC Cleared
6 3 (0.48%) ISTQB
7 2 (0.32%) OCPJP
8 1 (0.16%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (0.16%) PhD
8 1 (0.16%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (3.04%) QA
2 8 (1.28%) PCI DSS
3 6 (0.96%) ISO 9001
4 4 (0.64%) TickIT
5 2 (0.32%) HL7
5 2 (0.32%) ISO 8583
5 2 (0.32%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 6 (0.96%) Firmware
2 5 (0.80%) Docker
3 4 (0.64%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (0.64%) Active Directory
4 3 (0.48%) vCloud
5 2 (0.32%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 5 (0.80%) Puppet
2 4 (0.64%) Opscode Chef
3 3 (0.48%) SCCM
4 2 (0.32%) Control-M
4 2 (0.32%) Nagios
4 2 (0.32%) Ansible
5 1 (0.16%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (0.16%) Oozie
5 1 (0.16%) Graphite
Vendors
1 88 (14.08%) Microsoft
2 68 (10.88%) Oracle
3 11 (1.76%) Google
4 7 (1.12%) IBM
5 6 (0.96%) Software AG
5 6 (0.96%) Twitter
6 5 (0.80%) Perforce
6 5 (0.80%) VMware
7 4 (0.64%) CA
7 4 (0.64%) Jaspersoft
8 3 (0.48%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
8 3 (0.48%) Assembla
8 3 (0.48%) Sun
8 3 (0.48%) Adobe
8 3 (0.48%) Red Hat
8 3 (0.48%) Ericsson
8 3 (0.48%) Nortel
8 3 (0.48%) Progress
8 3 (0.48%) SAP
8 3 (0.48%) Sybase
Scotland
X4 Group
Rate: £280 - 320 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Loughborough
Interquest - ITQ Financial - Tunbridge Wells
Rate: £325 - £425 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Exeter, Devon
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: Yesterday
Cardiff
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + competitive
Posted: Yesterday
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
TEKsystems
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Redhill, Surrey
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Cardiff
Computer Futures
Rate: £350 - £450 per day + competitive
Posted: Yesterday
Reading
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £400 per day + competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
Camden, London
Royal Veterinary College
Rate: £42,252K to £54,343K per annum, inclusive of London Allowance
Posted: 2 days ago
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Rate: Up to £37,000 per annum Plus benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Kyna Associates
Rate: £300 - £350 Per Day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Square One Resources
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Square One Resources
Rate: Up to £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
G2 Recruitment Solutions Ltd.
Rate: Market related
Posted: 3 days ago
Reading
Computer Futures
Rate: £350 - £450 per day + competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
Newbury
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £500 per day + competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Hudson IT
Rate: Negotiable Day Rate (DOE)
Posted: 4 days ago
Essex
ComputAppoint
Posted: 4 days ago
UK
Vivid Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £30 - 35 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
Northamptonshire
Salt
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 5 days ago