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 31 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Developer
Rank 358 326 297
Rank change year-on-year
-32 -29
Contract jobs requiring a Software Developer 289 313 318
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.51% 0.57% 0.62%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.55% 0.62% 0.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 169 188 199
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£350 £330 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £265 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £320 £300
% change year-on-year
+5.46% +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 17 15
Average hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £37.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £29.90 £27.48
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £48.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £36.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -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
52581 50525 47327
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.47% 92.45% 92.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 33383 30630 27733
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 1941 1999 2141
Average hourly rate £17.00 £16.56 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.65% -5.37%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £37.80 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
- -2.94%

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 31 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
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 31 July 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 31 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 -53 242 £350 +6.06% 386
London -25 65 £463 +15.62% 86
South East -27 48 £350 - 74
Yorkshire +2 39 £323 +0.78% 29
City of London +4 31 £500 +33.33% 16
West Yorkshire -3 30 £325 +4.83% 17
South West 0 29 £369 +5.35% 49
Scotland -8 19 £344 +1.85% 12
Leeds -13 19 £330 +10.00% 9
East of England -21 16 £344 +12.24% 44
North West -39 15 £350 +3.70% 59
East Midlands -4 13 £320 -4.47% 21
Edinburgh -3 12 £350 +3.70% 3
Hampshire -22 12 £330 -1.49% 19
Berkshire -6 9 £338 -18.18% 13
Manchester -8 9 £320 -4.47% 30
South Wales +7 8 £240 -36.00% 6
Wales 0 8 £240 -36.00% 7
Nottinghamshire -1 8 £320 -17.41% 11
Nottingham -5 8 £320 -17.41% 7
Bristol +1 7 £363 - 12
West Midlands -1 7 £390 +32.76% 21
Oxfordshire -21 7 £400 +28.00% 19
Devon - 7 £425 - 8
Wiltshire -2 6 £375 +3.44% 8
East Sussex -4 6 £270 +68.75% 6
South Yorkshire -4 6 £325 - 7
Sheffield -5 6 £325 - 4
Exeter - 6 £425 - 2
Bedfordshire +14 5 £353 -8.90% 7

Software Developer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 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.

1 288 (46.01%) C#
2 276 (44.09%) .NET
3 204 (32.59%) Agile Software Development
4 193 (30.83%) SQL
5 190 (30.35%) JavaScript
6 176 (28.12%) Software Engineering
7 162 (25.88%) HTML
7 162 (25.88%) ASP.NET
8 157 (25.08%) SQL Server
9 141 (22.52%) MVC
10 134 (21.41%) Java
11 128 (20.45%) CSS
12 125 (19.97%) C++
13 102 (16.29%) Linux
14 97 (15.50%) .NET Framework
15 93 (14.86%) TDD
16 91 (14.54%) Web Services
16 91 (14.54%) XML
16 91 (14.54%) Microsoft
17 83 (13.26%) Windows
18 82 (13.10%) C
18 82 (13.10%) HTML5
19 79 (12.62%) jQuery
20 78 (12.46%) Security Cleared
21 77 (12.30%) WCF
22 73 (11.66%) ASP.NET MVC
23 68 (10.86%) OO
24 64 (10.22%) Visual Studio
25 63 (10.06%) Entity Framework
26 62 (9.90%) Scrum

Software Developer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 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 17 (2.72%) SharePoint
2 15 (2.40%) IIS
3 13 (2.08%) JBoss
4 12 (1.92%) Apache
5 11 (1.76%) Confluence
5 11 (1.76%) Node.js
6 10 (1.60%) WebSphere
7 9 (1.44%) WebLogic
7 9 (1.44%) Tomcat
8 7 (1.12%) CMS
9 6 (0.96%) Drupal
9 6 (0.96%) nginx
10 5 (0.80%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 5 (0.80%) SharePoint 2013
10 5 (0.80%) MQSeries
11 3 (0.48%) Elasticsearch
11 3 (0.48%) BizTalk Server
11 3 (0.48%) Apache Solr
11 3 (0.48%) Alfresco
11 3 (0.48%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 34 (5.43%) MS Excel
2 8 (1.28%) MS Office
3 4 (0.64%) Photoshop
4 3 (0.48%) Maya
4 3 (0.48%) InfoPath
5 2 (0.32%) CINEMA 4D
5 2 (0.32%) MODO
5 2 (0.32%) 3ds Max
5 2 (0.32%) Adobe Illustrator
5 2 (0.32%) MS PowerPoint
5 2 (0.32%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.16%) MS Project
6 1 (0.16%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 5 (0.80%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.64%) BASE24
3 3 (0.48%) Visualfiles
4 2 (0.32%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.16%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.16%) Markit EDM
5 1 (0.16%) Adobe Campaign
Cloud Services
1 8 (1.28%) Amazon AWS
2 6 (0.96%) Cloud Computing
3 4 (0.64%) SaaS
4 3 (0.48%) Microsoft Azure
5 2 (0.32%) Heroku
5 2 (0.32%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.16%) PaaS
6 1 (0.16%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 22 (3.51%) HTTP
2 12 (1.92%) TCP/IP
3 11 (1.76%) Internet
4 5 (0.80%) ATM
4 5 (0.80%) SAN
5 4 (0.64%) Telnet
5 4 (0.64%) NAS
5 4 (0.64%) Fibre Channel
5 4 (0.64%) SMTP
5 4 (0.64%) SNMP
5 4 (0.64%) LDAP
6 3 (0.48%) FTP
6 3 (0.48%) 3G
6 3 (0.48%) SSL
6 3 (0.48%) 4G
6 3 (0.48%) SSH
6 3 (0.48%) LTE
6 3 (0.48%) OpenLDAP
6 3 (0.48%) Wi-Fi
6 3 (0.48%) FlexRay
Database & Business Intelligence
1 157 (25.08%) SQL Server
2 33 (5.27%) Relational Database
3 29 (4.63%) MySQL
4 27 (4.31%) SQL Server 2008
5 22 (3.51%) SQL Server 2005
6 21 (3.35%) RDBMS
7 20 (3.19%) PostgreSQL
7 20 (3.19%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 16 (2.56%) MongoDB
9 14 (2.24%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 13 (2.08%) Oracle Database
11 11 (1.76%) SQL Server 2012
12 10 (1.60%) NoSQL
12 10 (1.60%) BusinessObjects
13 6 (0.96%) SQL Server 2000
13 6 (0.96%) Oracle9i Database
13 6 (0.96%) MS Access
13 6 (0.96%) Data Warehouse
13 6 (0.96%) Oracle Database 11g
13 6 (0.96%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 64 (10.22%) Visual Studio
2 42 (6.71%) Team Foundation Server
3 36 (5.75%) Git (software)
4 26 (4.15%) Selenium
4 26 (4.15%) Subversion
5 24 (3.83%) JIRA
6 21 (3.35%) TeamCity
7 18 (2.88%) JUnit
7 18 (2.88%) Jenkins
8 17 (2.72%) Eclipse
9 15 (2.40%) SpecFlow
10 13 (2.08%) NUnit
11 11 (1.76%) Maven
11 11 (1.76%) Ant
11 11 (1.76%) MSBuild
12 8 (1.28%) NetBeans
13 7 (1.12%) Oracle Forms
13 7 (1.12%) Cucumber
14 6 (0.96%) Hudson
15 5 (0.80%) MSTest
General
1 57 (9.11%) Finance
2 32 (5.11%) Electronics
3 16 (2.56%) Telecoms
4 14 (2.24%) Banking
5 10 (1.60%) Manufacturing
5 10 (1.60%) Front Office
6 9 (1.44%) Automotive
7 7 (1.12%) Legal
8 6 (0.96%) Law
8 6 (0.96%) German Language
9 5 (0.80%) Military
9 5 (0.80%) Financial Institution
10 4 (0.64%) Back Office
10 4 (0.64%) Investment Banking
11 3 (0.48%) Pharmaceutical
11 3 (0.48%) Games
11 3 (0.48%) Retail
12 2 (0.32%) Aerospace
12 2 (0.32%) Marketing
12 2 (0.32%) Dutch Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 276 (44.09%) .NET
2 162 (25.88%) ASP.NET
2 162 (25.88%) HTML
3 128 (20.45%) CSS
4 97 (15.50%) .NET Framework
5 91 (14.54%) Web Services
5 91 (14.54%) XML
6 82 (13.10%) HTML5
7 79 (12.62%) jQuery
8 77 (12.30%) WCF
9 73 (11.66%) ASP.NET MVC
10 63 (10.06%) Entity Framework
11 57 (9.11%) CSS3
11 57 (9.11%) AngularJS
12 40 (6.39%) ASP.NET Web API
12 40 (6.39%) WPF
13 37 (5.91%) RESTful
14 35 (5.59%) JSON
14 35 (5.59%) Ajax
15 28 (4.47%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 37 (5.91%) Computer Science
2 23 (3.67%) Analytical Skills
3 20 (3.19%) N-Tier
4 19 (3.04%) NHS
5 13 (2.08%) Device Driver
5 13 (2.08%) Algorithms
5 13 (2.08%) Visualisation
6 12 (1.92%) User Experience
7 11 (1.76%) Mathematics
8 10 (1.60%) Mobile App
8 10 (1.60%) Enterprise Software
9 8 (1.28%) Management Information System
9 8 (1.28%) Client/Server
10 6 (0.96%) Physics
10 6 (0.96%) Life Science
10 6 (0.96%) Mechatronics
10 6 (0.96%) Embedded Systems
11 5 (0.80%) Chemistry
11 5 (0.80%) Equities
12 4 (0.64%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 102 (16.29%) Linux
2 83 (13.26%) Windows
3 28 (4.47%) UNIX
4 9 (1.44%) Windows CE
4 9 (1.44%) Android
5 7 (1.12%) Embedded Linux
5 7 (1.12%) Apple iOS
6 5 (0.80%) Ubuntu
7 4 (0.64%) CentOS
7 4 (0.64%) VxWorks
8 3 (0.48%) Windows Server 2008
8 3 (0.48%) Windows 7
9 2 (0.32%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.16%) Tizen
10 1 (0.16%) SUSE
10 1 (0.16%) Debian
10 1 (0.16%) Fedora
10 1 (0.16%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 204 (32.59%) Agile Software Development
2 176 (28.12%) Software Engineering
3 141 (22.52%) MVC
4 93 (14.86%) TDD
5 68 (10.86%) OO
6 62 (9.90%) Scrum
6 62 (9.90%) Unit Testing
7 49 (7.83%) Continuous Integration
8 43 (6.87%) Multithreading
9 39 (6.23%) OOP
10 37 (5.91%) UML
10 37 (5.91%) Web Development
10 37 (5.91%) SDLC
11 27 (4.31%) BDD
12 25 (3.99%) OOD
12 25 (3.99%) SOA
13 21 (3.35%) Open Source
13 21 (3.35%) Mentoring
14 20 (3.19%) Automated Testing
15 19 (3.04%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 288 (46.01%) C#
2 193 (30.83%) SQL
3 190 (30.35%) JavaScript
4 134 (21.41%) Java
5 125 (19.97%) C++
6 82 (13.10%) C
7 61 (9.74%) Python
8 48 (7.67%) T-SQL
9 28 (4.47%) PHP
9 28 (4.47%) VB.NET
10 27 (4.31%) Perl
11 26 (4.15%) Embedded C
12 20 (3.19%) Embedded C++
13 17 (2.72%) Ruby
14 14 (2.24%) PL/SQL
14 14 (2.24%) VB
15 7 (1.12%) XPath
15 7 (1.12%) Groovy
16 6 (0.96%) VBA
16 6 (0.96%) VC++
Qualifications
1 78 (12.46%) Security Cleared
2 53 (8.47%) Degree
3 45 (7.19%) SC Cleared
4 10 (1.60%) DV Cleared
5 6 (0.96%) Microsoft Certification
6 3 (0.48%) CTC Cleared
7 2 (0.32%) MCPD
8 1 (0.16%) Sun Certification
8 1 (0.16%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (0.16%) OCPJP
8 1 (0.16%) Chartered Engineer
8 1 (0.16%) MCSD
8 1 (0.16%) MCDBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (3.83%) QA
2 7 (1.12%) HL7
3 2 (0.32%) 21 CFR Part 11
3 2 (0.32%) SLA
3 2 (0.32%) DO-178B
4 1 (0.16%) JTAG
4 1 (0.16%) IEC 61508
System Software
1 13 (2.08%) Docker
2 5 (0.80%) Firmware
3 3 (0.48%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (0.48%) Varnish
3 3 (0.48%) GlusterFS
3 3 (0.48%) Active Directory
4 1 (0.16%) Time Sharing Option
Systems Management
1 9 (1.44%) logstash
2 7 (1.12%) Vagrant
3 4 (0.64%) Puppet
4 3 (0.48%) Rundeck
4 3 (0.48%) Kibana
4 3 (0.48%) Opscode Chef
4 3 (0.48%) ZABBIX
5 2 (0.32%) Control-M
5 2 (0.32%) CA LISA
6 1 (0.16%) Ansible
6 1 (0.16%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 1 (0.16%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (0.16%) Capistrano
6 1 (0.16%) Graylog
Vendors
1 91 (14.54%) Microsoft
2 58 (9.27%) Oracle
3 9 (1.44%) IBM
4 7 (1.12%) Telerik
5 5 (0.80%) Perforce
5 5 (0.80%) QNX
5 5 (0.80%) Talend
6 4 (0.64%) Coverity
6 4 (0.64%) VMware
6 4 (0.64%) HP
7 3 (0.48%) SAP
7 3 (0.48%) Adobe
7 3 (0.48%) Citrix
7 3 (0.48%) Atlassian
7 3 (0.48%) Pega
8 2 (0.32%) Wonderware
8 2 (0.32%) Xamarin
8 2 (0.32%) Splunk
8 2 (0.32%) AppDynamics
8 2 (0.32%) CA
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Hampshire
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
Hampshire
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Rate: £40 - £45 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: From £300 to £340 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
The Open University
Rate: £31,342 - £37,394 per year
Posted: 3 days ago
North Yorkshire
Uniting Ambition
Rate: Market related
Posted: 4 days ago
Leicester, Leicestershire
Uniting Ambition
Rate: £300 - 340 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
West Midlands
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £250 - £350 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Vivid Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £45 - 50 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Preferred Choice
Rate: £450.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester
Sanderson
Rate: £300 - £325 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Scotland
G2 Recruitment Solutions Ltd.
Rate: Market rates paid weekly
Posted: 6 days ago
Ipswich
Sanderson
Rate: £300 - £350 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
North West
Next Ventures Limited
Posted: 9 days ago
Hampshire
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 10 days ago
Waterlooville
Computer Futures
Rate: £18000 - £23000 per annum + competitive
Posted: 11 days ago
Bedford
Capita - ITIN
Rate: £350.00 - £387.00 per annum
Posted: 11 days ago
Bedfordshire
Capita - ITIN
Rate: £325.00 - £387.00 per annum
Posted: 13 days ago
London
OHO Group
Rate: £30k - 55k per year
Posted: 17 days ago
Wigan
Computer Futures
Rate: £250 - £350 per day + competitive
Posted: 19 days ago