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 19 September 2014 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Developer
Rank 319 286 314
Rank change year-on-year
-33 +28
Contract jobs requiring a Software Developer 330 352 331
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.57% 0.67% 0.57%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.63% 0.72% 0.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 193 217 174
Average daily rate
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£350 £325 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% +4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £250 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £473 £413
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 14 29
Average hourly rate £37.50 £36.88 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.69% -1.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £21.80 £14.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £48.50 £45.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.25 £35.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -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
52430 48925 53586
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 91.02% 92.73% 92.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 32042 29264 29965
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £231 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £348
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +0.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2056 2117 2633
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.00 £18.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -6.84%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -8.57%

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 19 September 2014.

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 19 September 2014.

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 19 September 2014. 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 -38 287 £350 +7.69% 397
South East +21 88 £350 +7.69% 71
London -26 81 £413 +3.12% 75
East of England -9 35 £275 +83.33% 42
Hampshire 0 33 £343 +18.10% 13
North West +5 30 £325 +2.36% 64
Berkshire +14 17 £288 -26.98% 11
South West -43 17 £350 +7.69% 31
East Midlands +3 14 £325 +30.00% 16
Yorkshire -15 14 £320 +6.66% 51
Scotland -21 14 £325 +15.55% 14
Reading +22 13 £225 -43.75% 3
City of London +14 13 £405 +0.99% 23
Leicestershire +14 12 £325 - 1
Oxfordshire -5 10 £375 -16.66% 12
Manchester -5 10 £320 -3.03% 35
West Yorkshire 0 9 £320 +13.27% 33
Leeds -1 9 £310 +16.98% 19
Buckinghamshire -3 9 £400 +20.30% 4
Cambridgeshire -5 9 £325 +116.66% 23
Norfolk - 9 £250 - 1
Cheshire +13 8 £350 +55.55% 9
East Sussex -8 8 £255 -27.14% 4
Cambridge -13 8 £325 +116.66% 19
Norwich - 8 £250 - 1
Middlesex +5 7 £375 +17.18% 1
Oxford 0 7 £375 -16.66% 6
Surrey -4 7 £300 -14.28% 20
Somerset -7 7 £363 - 4
Hertfordshire - 7 £258 - 7

Software Developer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, 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.

1 309 (49.13%) C#
2 290 (46.10%) .NET
3 212 (33.70%) Agile Software Development
4 200 (31.80%) SQL Server
5 180 (28.62%) SQL
6 174 (27.66%) HTML
7 173 (27.50%) JavaScript
8 169 (26.87%) Java
9 149 (23.69%) ASP.NET
10 137 (21.78%) MVC
11 134 (21.30%) Software Engineering
12 131 (20.83%) CSS
13 105 (16.69%) OO
14 103 (16.38%) TDD
15 99 (15.74%) Web Services
16 96 (15.26%) Microsoft
17 94 (14.94%) XML
18 87 (13.83%) jQuery
19 83 (13.20%) C++
20 80 (12.72%) Scrum
20 80 (12.72%) .NET Framework
21 79 (12.56%) Windows
22 78 (12.40%) HTML5
23 77 (12.24%) Linux
24 76 (12.08%) Oracle
25 72 (11.45%) WCF
26 71 (11.29%) Degree
27 69 (10.97%) Visual Studio
28 67 (10.65%) Python
29 65 (10.33%) Finance

Software Developer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, 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 22 (3.50%) SharePoint
2 17 (2.70%) BizTalk Server
3 16 (2.54%) IIS
4 12 (1.91%) Apache
5 11 (1.75%) Tomcat
5 11 (1.75%) WordPress
6 10 (1.59%) CMS
7 9 (1.43%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 8 (1.27%) WebSphere
9 6 (0.95%) WebSphere Process Server
9 6 (0.95%) WebSphere Application Server
9 6 (0.95%) WebLogic
10 5 (0.79%) Apache Solr
11 4 (0.64%) TIBCO EMS
12 3 (0.48%) Node.js
12 3 (0.48%) Moodle
12 3 (0.48%) SharePoint 2010
12 3 (0.48%) ArcGIS
12 3 (0.48%) Umbraco
13 2 (0.32%) Jetty
Applications
1 39 (6.20%) MS Excel
2 10 (1.59%) Photoshop
3 8 (1.27%) MS Office
4 4 (0.64%) Adobe Illustrator
5 3 (0.48%) InfoPath
6 2 (0.32%) Simulink
6 2 (0.32%) AutoCAD
6 2 (0.32%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.32%) MS Project
7 1 (0.16%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 6 (0.95%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 4 (0.64%) BusinessWorks
3 3 (0.48%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.32%) Google Analytics
5 1 (0.16%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.16%) Retail-J
Cloud Services
1 20 (3.18%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (0.95%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (0.64%) Amazon EC2
4 3 (0.48%) Cloud Computing
5 2 (0.32%) SaaS
6 1 (0.16%) Amazon SQS
6 1 (0.16%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 22 (3.50%) HTTP
2 18 (2.86%) TCP/IP
3 14 (2.23%) Internet
3 14 (2.23%) DVB
4 9 (1.43%) SSL
5 5 (0.79%) SAN
5 5 (0.79%) Network Security
6 4 (0.64%) Modbus
6 4 (0.64%) NAS
6 4 (0.64%) LTE
6 4 (0.64%) Fibre Channel
7 3 (0.48%) DNS
7 3 (0.48%) Intranet
7 3 (0.48%) IPv4
7 3 (0.48%) IPv6
7 3 (0.48%) NGN
8 2 (0.32%) DHCP
8 2 (0.32%) Ethernet
8 2 (0.32%) FTP
8 2 (0.32%) MQTT
Database & Business Intelligence
1 200 (31.80%) SQL Server
2 47 (7.47%) SQL Server 2008
3 32 (5.09%) MySQL
4 23 (3.66%) Relational Database
5 18 (2.86%) Oracle Database
6 17 (2.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 15 (2.38%) PostgreSQL
8 12 (1.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 12 (1.91%) Big Data
9 11 (1.75%) SQL Server 2005
9 11 (1.75%) Oracle Database 11g
10 9 (1.43%) SQL Server 2012
10 9 (1.43%) Oracle Reports
10 9 (1.43%) Crystal Reports
11 8 (1.27%) RDBMS
11 8 (1.27%) NoSQL
12 7 (1.11%) MS Access
13 6 (0.95%) Data Warehouse
13 6 (0.95%) MongoDB
14 5 (0.79%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 69 (10.97%) Visual Studio
2 40 (6.36%) Team Foundation Server
3 36 (5.72%) Git (software)
4 32 (5.09%) Jenkins
5 28 (4.45%) NUnit
6 25 (3.97%) Subversion
7 24 (3.82%) JUnit
8 22 (3.50%) Maven
9 16 (2.54%) Selenium
10 15 (2.38%) Eclipse
11 13 (2.07%) Cucumber
12 12 (1.91%) ClearCase
12 12 (1.91%) Hudson
13 9 (1.43%) SoapUI
14 8 (1.27%) JIRA
14 8 (1.27%) GDB
15 7 (1.11%) Oracle Forms
16 6 (0.95%) MSTest
16 6 (0.95%) WebDriver
17 5 (0.79%) Mockito
General
1 65 (10.33%) Finance
2 32 (5.09%) Banking
3 28 (4.45%) Telecoms
4 16 (2.54%) Back Office
5 11 (1.75%) Marketing
6 10 (1.59%) Retail
6 10 (1.59%) Manufacturing
7 8 (1.27%) Electronics
8 6 (0.95%) Automotive
9 5 (0.79%) Publishing
9 5 (0.79%) Multimedia
9 5 (0.79%) Investment Banking
10 3 (0.48%) Front Office
10 3 (0.48%) Financial Institution
11 2 (0.32%) Dutch Language
11 2 (0.32%) Advertising
11 2 (0.32%) Law
11 2 (0.32%) Legal
12 1 (0.16%) Pharmaceutical
12 1 (0.16%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 290 (46.10%) .NET
2 174 (27.66%) HTML
3 149 (23.69%) ASP.NET
4 131 (20.83%) CSS
5 99 (15.74%) Web Services
6 94 (14.94%) XML
7 87 (13.83%) jQuery
8 80 (12.72%) .NET Framework
9 78 (12.40%) HTML5
10 72 (11.45%) WCF
11 57 (9.06%) ASP.NET MVC
12 53 (8.43%) WPF
13 52 (8.27%) Spring
14 47 (7.47%) SOAP
15 44 (7.00%) WinForms
16 39 (6.20%) REST
17 36 (5.72%) Ajax
18 35 (5.56%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
19 33 (5.25%) CSS3
20 31 (4.93%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 37 (5.88%) Computer Science
2 23 (3.66%) Mathematics
3 20 (3.18%) N-Tier
4 19 (3.02%) Analytical Skills
4 19 (3.02%) DTV
5 15 (2.38%) User Experience
5 15 (2.38%) Open Source
6 9 (1.43%) Digital Media
6 9 (1.43%) Embedded Systems
6 9 (1.43%) STB
7 7 (1.11%) Hedge funds
7 7 (1.11%) Mobile App
7 7 (1.11%) Enterprise Software
7 7 (1.11%) E-Learning
7 7 (1.11%) Physics
8 6 (0.95%) IPTV
8 6 (0.95%) Streaming Video
8 6 (0.95%) Visualisation
8 6 (0.95%) Learning Management System
9 5 (0.79%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 79 (12.56%) Windows
2 77 (12.24%) Linux
3 20 (3.18%) UNIX
4 15 (2.38%) Android
5 8 (1.27%) Ubuntu
6 6 (0.95%) Apple iOS
7 4 (0.64%) Windows Server 2003
7 4 (0.64%) VxWorks
7 4 (0.64%) Windows 7
8 3 (0.48%) Windows Server 2012
8 3 (0.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 3 (0.48%) Embedded Linux
9 2 (0.32%) Mac OS X
9 2 (0.32%) Windows XP
9 2 (0.32%) Solaris
10 1 (0.16%) CentOS
10 1 (0.16%) OpenWrt
10 1 (0.16%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.16%) Windows Phone
10 1 (0.16%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 212 (33.70%) Agile Software Development
2 137 (21.78%) MVC
3 134 (21.30%) Software Engineering
4 105 (16.69%) OO
5 103 (16.38%) TDD
6 80 (12.72%) Scrum
7 62 (9.86%) Unit Testing
8 47 (7.47%) Continuous Integration
8 47 (7.47%) UML
9 39 (6.20%) SOA
10 34 (5.41%) OOP
11 30 (4.77%) BDD
12 29 (4.61%) OOD
13 23 (3.66%) Configuration Management
14 22 (3.50%) MVVM
14 22 (3.50%) Web Development
14 22 (3.50%) E-Commerce
15 19 (3.02%) Workflow
16 18 (2.86%) Test Automation
17 17 (2.70%) Software Architecture
Programming Languages
1 309 (49.13%) C#
2 180 (28.62%) SQL
3 173 (27.50%) JavaScript
4 169 (26.87%) Java
5 83 (13.20%) C++
6 67 (10.65%) Python
7 61 (9.70%) C
8 55 (8.74%) PHP
9 32 (5.09%) VB.NET
10 29 (4.61%) VB
10 29 (4.61%) T-SQL
11 24 (3.82%) Perl
12 21 (3.34%) Ruby
13 19 (3.02%) PL/SQL
13 19 (3.02%) VBA
14 12 (1.91%) Groovy
15 11 (1.75%) VB6
16 10 (1.59%) XAML
17 8 (1.27%) VBScript
18 6 (0.95%) Embedded C
Qualifications
1 71 (11.29%) Degree
2 45 (7.15%) Security Cleared
3 23 (3.66%) SC Cleared
4 11 (1.75%) DV Cleared
5 10 (1.59%) Microsoft Certification
6 3 (0.48%) MCTS
7 2 (0.32%) BC Cleared
7 2 (0.32%) Chartered Engineer
7 2 (0.32%) MCSD
8 1 (0.16%) Postgraduate
8 1 (0.16%) PhD
8 1 (0.16%) ISEB
8 1 (0.16%) Sun Certification
8 1 (0.16%) OCPJP
8 1 (0.16%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (2.54%) QA
2 6 (0.95%) PCI DSS
3 3 (0.48%) HL7
4 2 (0.32%) ISO 8583
5 1 (0.16%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 7 (1.11%) Docker
2 6 (0.95%) Active Directory
3 3 (0.48%) Varnish
4 2 (0.32%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.16%) vCloud
5 1 (0.16%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.16%) NDS
Systems Management
1 8 (1.27%) SCCM
2 6 (0.95%) Puppet
3 4 (0.64%) Opscode Chef
4 2 (0.32%) Nagios
5 1 (0.16%) Capistrano
5 1 (0.16%) Vagrant
5 1 (0.16%) Oozie
5 1 (0.16%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
5 1 (0.16%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 1 (0.16%) Control-M
5 1 (0.16%) HP NNM
5 1 (0.16%) SCOM
Vendors
1 96 (15.26%) Microsoft
2 76 (12.08%) Oracle
3 13 (2.07%) Sybase
4 9 (1.43%) IBM
4 9 (1.43%) TIBCO
5 8 (1.27%) Google
5 8 (1.27%) Telerik
5 8 (1.27%) Software AG
5 8 (1.27%) JBoss
6 7 (1.11%) Cisco
7 6 (0.95%) SAP
8 5 (0.79%) Zend
9 4 (0.64%) Adobe
10 3 (0.48%) Akamai
10 3 (0.48%) Jaspersoft
10 3 (0.48%) Mercator
10 3 (0.48%) Red Hat
10 3 (0.48%) ESRI
10 3 (0.48%) FatWire
10 3 (0.48%) VMware
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