The table below looks at the statistics for the Software Engineer 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 Engineer in their job title over the 3 months to 29 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
29 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Engineer
Rank 240 195 173
Rank change year-on-year
-45 -22
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 421 503 512
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.84% 1.03% 1.13%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.91% 1.11% 1.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 183 228 144
Average daily rate
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£370 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.71% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £229
10% offered a daily rate of more than £507 £475 £506
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 107 105 166
Average hourly rate £37.00 £37.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.33% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.50 £28.60 £31.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.18 £42.50 £43.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.00 £37.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
- -1.33%

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
46318 45203 42184
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.45% 92.55% 92.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 29063 26904 23919
Average daily rate £400 £400 £378
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.82%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £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 1785 1961 2473
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.48 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.57% -5.54%
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 £16.21 £16.50 £17.56
% change year-on-year
-1.78% -6.03%

Software Engineer
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Software Engineer in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Software Engineer Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Software Engineer
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Software Engineer within the UK.

Software Engineer Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Software Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 29 January 2015.

Software Engineer Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Software Engineer
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Software Engineer within the UK.

Software Engineer Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Software Engineer
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 29 January 2015.

Software Engineer Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Software Engineer
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 Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 29 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 -60 377 £375 +7.14% 471
South East -42 130 £375 +15.38% 117
London -43 64 £400 - 92
South West +14 63 £375 +25.00% 69
East of England +5 48 £350 -12.50% 91
Hampshire -18 46 £375 +15.38% 24
West Midlands -3 23 £275 - 22
North West -24 22 £293 -16.42% 34
Hertfordshire +16 21 £325 - 10
Surrey -3 20 £344 -1.78% 29
Cambridgeshire -10 18 £350 -12.50% 66
Gloucestershire -1 17 - - 15
Scotland -3 17 £390 +35.65% 19
Edinburgh +4 13 £390 +30.00% 11
Oxford -9 13 £518 +52.20% 8
Oxfordshire -22 13 £518 +68.29% 15
Bristol -1 12 £400 +60.00% 17
Manchester -8 12 £275 -26.66% 21
East Sussex -1 11 £325 - 3
Dorset -5 11 £255 - 19
Cambridge -5 11 £340 -9.33% 60
Wales -13 11 £325 -13.33% 10
Somerset +10 10 £460 - 10
Wiltshire +3 9 £318 -0.78% 4
City of London -7 9 £425 +45.29% 19
South Wales -8 9 £325 -13.33% 10
Cheltenham -11 9 - - 6
Buckinghamshire -16 9 £350 -12.50% 10
Southampton -23 9 £380 +13.01% 7
Yorkshire -27 9 £338 +12.50% 16

Software Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 January 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Software Engineer 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 Engineer in their job title.

1 832 (85.86%) Software Engineering
2 315 (32.51%) C++
3 311 (32.09%) Linux
4 307 (31.68%) Java
5 300 (30.96%) Agile Software Development
6 297 (30.65%) C
7 205 (21.16%) Python
8 168 (17.34%) JavaScript
9 163 (16.82%) SQL
10 153 (15.79%) UML
10 153 (15.79%) Security Cleared
11 151 (15.58%) HTML
12 148 (15.27%) OO
13 146 (15.07%) C#
14 122 (12.59%) TDD
15 119 (12.28%) Windows
15 119 (12.28%) XML
16 116 (11.97%) Scrum
17 115 (11.87%) .NET
18 113 (11.66%) UNIX
18 113 (11.66%) Degree
19 108 (11.15%) Continuous Integration
19 108 (11.15%) SC Cleared
20 97 (10.01%) CSS
21 94 (9.70%) Oracle
21 94 (9.70%) Embedded C
22 92 (9.49%) Web Services
22 92 (9.49%) Git (software)
23 88 (9.08%) PHP
24 83 (8.57%) Configuration Management

Software Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 January 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Software Engineer 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 Engineer in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 51 (5.26%) Apache
2 49 (5.06%) WebLogic
3 33 (3.41%) WebSphere
3 33 (3.41%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 21 (2.17%) Tomcat
5 18 (1.86%) Node.js
6 17 (1.75%) JBoss
7 14 (1.44%) IIS
8 12 (1.24%) MQSeries
8 12 (1.24%) WebSphere Application Server
9 10 (1.03%) Apache Solr
10 9 (0.93%) Confluence
10 9 (0.93%) WebSphere Process Server
10 9 (0.93%) CMS
11 6 (0.62%) ArcGIS
11 6 (0.62%) SAS
11 6 (0.62%) nginx
11 6 (0.62%) Elasticsearch
11 6 (0.62%) OpenStack
12 4 (0.41%) SharePoint
Applications
1 21 (2.17%) MS Excel
2 13 (1.34%) Simulink
3 9 (0.93%) MS Office
4 6 (0.62%) Doxygen
5 5 (0.52%) Photoshop
6 4 (0.41%) Adobe Illustrator
6 4 (0.41%) Stateflow
7 3 (0.31%) Spreadsheet
8 2 (0.21%) MS Visio
8 2 (0.21%) TargetLink
9 1 (0.10%) Windchill
9 1 (0.10%) Maya
9 1 (0.10%) 3ds Max
9 1 (0.10%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 14 (1.44%) Oracle BPM
2 4 (0.41%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.21%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.10%) SyteLine
4 1 (0.10%) LabWindows
Cloud Services
1 26 (2.68%) Amazon AWS
2 12 (1.24%) Microsoft Azure
3 11 (1.14%) Amazon EC2
4 10 (1.03%) Amazon S3
5 6 (0.62%) Cloud Computing
5 6 (0.62%) Amazon SQS
6 3 (0.31%) Route 53
6 3 (0.31%) GitHub
7 2 (0.21%) Amazon ElastiCache
7 2 (0.21%) ElastiCache
8 1 (0.10%) IaaS
8 1 (0.10%) Office 365
8 1 (0.10%) SaaS
8 1 (0.10%) Heroku
Communications & Networking
1 61 (6.30%) TCP/IP
2 45 (4.64%) HTTP
3 36 (3.72%) SSL
4 27 (2.79%) Internet
5 20 (2.06%) Ethernet
6 15 (1.55%) DVB
6 15 (1.55%) Wireless
7 14 (1.44%) Firewall
7 14 (1.44%) DNS
8 13 (1.34%) ZigBee
8 13 (1.34%) Network Security
9 11 (1.14%) Bluetooth
9 11 (1.14%) MPLS
10 9 (0.93%) 3G
11 8 (0.83%) Wi-Fi
11 8 (0.83%) SAN
12 7 (0.72%) NAS
12 7 (0.72%) VPN
12 7 (0.72%) DHCP
12 7 (0.72%) ASN.1
Database & Business Intelligence
1 70 (7.22%) MySQL
2 45 (4.64%) SQL Server
3 25 (2.58%) Big Data
4 24 (2.48%) Relational Database
5 23 (2.37%) NoSQL
5 23 (2.37%) Oracle Database
6 20 (2.06%) PostgreSQL
7 18 (1.86%) MongoDB
8 16 (1.65%) Hadoop
9 10 (1.03%) Oracle Database 11g
9 10 (1.03%) Redis
10 9 (0.93%) SQL Server 2008
10 9 (0.93%) Data Warehouse
10 9 (0.93%) Oracle Database 10g
11 6 (0.62%) RDBMS
11 6 (0.62%) Data Mining
11 6 (0.62%) Crystal Reports
12 5 (0.52%) Apache Hive
12 5 (0.52%) Oracle BI EE
12 5 (0.52%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 92 (9.49%) Git (software)
2 75 (7.74%) Subversion
3 68 (7.02%) Jenkins
4 58 (5.99%) JIRA
5 50 (5.16%) Selenium
6 49 (5.06%) Rational DOORS
7 42 (4.33%) ClearCase
8 41 (4.23%) Ant
9 37 (3.82%) JUnit
10 35 (3.61%) Visual Studio
11 32 (3.30%) Maven
12 28 (2.89%) Cucumber
13 27 (2.79%) GoogleTest
14 26 (2.68%) Eclipse
15 24 (2.48%) Team Foundation Server
16 22 (2.27%) Rational Rhapsody
17 20 (2.06%) PHPUnit
18 18 (1.86%) NUnit
19 17 (1.75%) Mockito
20 14 (1.44%) LabVIEW
General
1 67 (6.91%) Electronics
2 51 (5.26%) Finance
3 46 (4.75%) Automotive
4 42 (4.33%) Telecoms
5 38 (3.92%) Aerospace
6 25 (2.58%) Avionics
6 25 (2.58%) Publishing
7 24 (2.48%) Banking
8 15 (1.55%) Manufacturing
9 14 (1.44%) Military
10 13 (1.34%) Investment Banking
11 7 (0.72%) Billing
12 5 (0.52%) Retail
12 5 (0.52%) Front Office
12 5 (0.52%) Games
12 5 (0.52%) Marketing
13 2 (0.21%) Legal
13 2 (0.21%) Pharmaceutical
14 1 (0.10%) Multimedia
14 1 (0.10%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 151 (15.58%) HTML
2 119 (12.28%) XML
3 115 (11.87%) .NET
4 97 (10.01%) CSS
5 92 (9.49%) Web Services
6 77 (7.95%) jQuery
7 74 (7.64%) HTML5
8 59 (6.09%) Spring
8 59 (6.09%) JSON
9 49 (5.06%) REST
10 46 (4.75%) SOAP
11 40 (4.13%) Hibernate
12 38 (3.92%) AngularJS
13 35 (3.61%) Middleware
14 31 (3.20%) Ajax
14 31 (3.20%) J2EE
14 31 (3.20%) CSS3
15 27 (2.79%) JMS
16 26 (2.68%) WSDL
16 26 (2.68%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 66 (6.81%) Analytical Skills
2 63 (6.50%) Computer Science
3 39 (4.02%) Device Driver
4 35 (3.61%) Algorithms
5 34 (3.51%) Open Source
6 32 (3.30%) Embedded Systems
7 21 (2.17%) Mathematics
7 21 (2.17%) DTV
8 20 (2.06%) Digital Media
8 20 (2.06%) Mobile App
9 19 (1.96%) Management Information System
10 16 (1.65%) User Experience
11 15 (1.55%) Physics
12 13 (1.34%) CAN bus
12 13 (1.34%) Video on Demand
12 13 (1.34%) Data Integration
13 12 (1.24%) STB
14 11 (1.14%) Enterprise Software
15 10 (1.03%) Derivative
16 9 (0.93%) Mechatronics
Operating Systems
1 311 (32.09%) Linux
2 119 (12.28%) Windows
3 113 (11.66%) UNIX
4 42 (4.33%) Embedded Linux
5 29 (2.99%) Android
6 24 (2.48%) CentOS
7 18 (1.86%) Apple iOS
8 15 (1.55%) Mac OS X
9 12 (1.24%) VxWorks
10 10 (1.03%) Ubuntu
10 10 (1.03%) Windows 7
11 8 (0.83%) Windows Server 2008
12 7 (0.72%) Oracle Linux
12 7 (0.72%) AIX
12 7 (0.72%) HPUX
12 7 (0.72%) Windows XP
13 6 (0.62%) ThreadX
13 6 (0.62%) Windows Server 2003
14 5 (0.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 5 (0.52%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 832 (85.86%) Software Engineering
2 300 (30.96%) Agile Software Development
3 153 (15.79%) UML
4 148 (15.27%) OO
5 122 (12.59%) TDD
6 116 (11.97%) Scrum
7 108 (11.15%) Continuous Integration
8 83 (8.57%) Configuration Management
9 69 (7.12%) MVC
10 61 (6.30%) SOA
11 60 (6.19%) Test Automation
12 56 (5.78%) Unit Testing
13 54 (5.57%) Multithreading
14 49 (5.06%) OOD
15 48 (4.95%) OOP
16 46 (4.75%) Embedded Software Development
17 43 (4.44%) Web Development
17 43 (4.44%) BDD
18 34 (3.51%) Mentoring
18 34 (3.51%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 315 (32.51%) C++
2 307 (31.68%) Java
3 297 (30.65%) C
4 205 (21.16%) Python
5 168 (17.34%) JavaScript
6 163 (16.82%) SQL
7 146 (15.07%) C#
8 94 (9.70%) Embedded C
9 88 (9.08%) PHP
10 75 (7.74%) Ruby
11 58 (5.99%) Perl
12 37 (3.82%) Bash Shell
13 26 (2.68%) PL/SQL
14 25 (2.58%) Shell Script
15 24 (2.48%) Ada
16 23 (2.37%) Embedded C++
17 21 (2.17%) Scala
18 18 (1.86%) VB
19 17 (1.75%) MATLAB
20 16 (1.65%) XQuery
Qualifications
1 153 (15.79%) Security Cleared
2 113 (11.66%) Degree
3 108 (11.15%) SC Cleared
4 26 (2.68%) DV Cleared
5 17 (1.75%) ISEB
6 14 (1.44%) ISTQB
7 7 (0.72%) Six Sigma Green Belt
7 7 (0.72%) BC Cleared
8 6 (0.62%) PhD
8 6 (0.62%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 4 (0.41%) JNCIP
9 4 (0.41%) Cisco Certification
9 4 (0.41%) CCNP
10 3 (0.31%) HND
11 1 (0.10%) MCP
11 1 (0.10%) MCSE
11 1 (0.10%) MCSA
11 1 (0.10%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 41 (4.23%) QA
2 30 (3.10%) DO-178B
3 7 (0.72%) ISO 9001
4 5 (0.52%) TickIT
5 2 (0.21%) ISO 9000
5 2 (0.21%) DICOM
5 2 (0.21%) IEC 61508
6 1 (0.10%) JTAG
6 1 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 15504 (SPICE)
System Software
1 13 (1.34%) VMware Infrastructure
2 10 (1.03%) Firmware
3 8 (0.83%) Oracle RAC
4 6 (0.62%) Xen
5 5 (0.52%) Docker
6 4 (0.41%) Active Directory
7 3 (0.31%) Varnish
7 3 (0.31%) Microsoft App-V
8 2 (0.21%) Hyper-V
8 2 (0.21%) XenApp
8 2 (0.21%) GPFS
9 1 (0.10%) HDFS
9 1 (0.10%) vSphere
9 1 (0.10%) UAG
9 1 (0.10%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.10%) NFS
9 1 (0.10%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 27 (2.79%) Puppet
2 18 (1.86%) Opscode Chef
3 14 (1.44%) Oracle Identity Management
4 8 (0.83%) Vagrant
5 6 (0.62%) Ansible
6 5 (0.52%) Salt
6 5 (0.52%) Mesos
7 4 (0.41%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
7 4 (0.41%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 4 (0.41%) SCCM
7 4 (0.41%) HP Quality Center
8 3 (0.31%) Graphite
8 3 (0.31%) Zenoss
8 3 (0.31%) yum
9 2 (0.21%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 2 (0.21%) Tivoli
9 2 (0.21%) HAProxy
10 1 (0.10%) Oozie
10 1 (0.10%) WSUS
10 1 (0.10%) Nagios
Vendors
1 94 (9.70%) Oracle
2 44 (4.54%) Microsoft
3 33 (3.41%) Google
4 26 (2.68%) Zend
5 21 (2.17%) VMware
6 18 (1.86%) IBM
7 12 (1.24%) Serena
7 12 (1.24%) HP
7 12 (1.24%) Talend
8 9 (0.93%) EMC
9 8 (0.83%) Software AG
10 7 (0.72%) Red Hat
10 7 (0.72%) Hitachi
10 7 (0.72%) Adobe
11 6 (0.62%) ESRI
11 6 (0.62%) Cisco
11 6 (0.62%) Rackspace
12 5 (0.52%) Wind River
12 5 (0.52%) SAP
12 5 (0.52%) Salesforce.com
Bristol
Kainos
Posted: 14 hours ago
South Wales
CPS Group UK
Posted: 18 hours ago
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Softweb Resourcing Limited
Rate: From £250 to £350 per day up to 2 year contract
Posted: 20 hours ago
UK
Vivid Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £30 - 35 per hour
Posted: 22 hours ago
Cheshire
Parallel Consulting
Rate: £280 - £300 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Guildford, Surrey
Network ITR
Rate: 300 to 375 per day GBP
Posted: Yesterday
Poole, Dorset
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £350 - £450 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Poole, Dorset
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £28 - £36 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Posted: 2 days ago
West London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £450.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Lincolnshire
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Rate: £40 - £45 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Warwickshire
X4 Group
Rate: £250 - 275 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Engage PSG
Rate: £200 - £275 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Feltham, Middlesex
TEKsystems
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
South West
G2 Recruitment Solutions Ltd.
Rate: £30 - 35 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
Berkshire
G2 Recruitment Solutions Ltd.
Rate: GOOD RATES
Posted: 3 days ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Experis Engineering
Rate: Market
Posted: 3 days ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Tank Recruitment
Posted: 3 days ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Experis Ltd
Rate: Market
Posted: 3 days ago