The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the UK that had Software Engineer featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 11 December 2016 with a comparison to same period over 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.

3 months to
11 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Engineer
Rank 211 239 294
Rank change year-on-year
+28 +55
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 591 561 408
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.19% 1.02% 0.72%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.26% 1.08% 0.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 334 302 218
Median daily rate £425 £425 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +13.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £316 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £571 £650 £518
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £370 £350
% change year-on-year
+8.10% +5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 98 109 64
Median hourly rate £41.00 £41.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +2.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £37.50 £32.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.60 £50.68 £45.88
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.00 £41.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year
- +2.50%

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
46863 52014 52705
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.55% 94.72% 93.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 30655 33167 33349
Median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.03% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £259 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +2.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1649 2000 2163
Median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £16.08
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% +5.72%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £43.50 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
-2.94% +6.25%

Software Engineer
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of IT contracts that featured Software Engineer in the job title.

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 11 December 2016.

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 11 December 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 11 December 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +7 503 £425 - 312
London -12 147 £488 -17.02% 89
South East +10 125 £413 +10.00% 64
South West +16 73 £418 +17.60% 36
East of England -3 48 £330 -5.71% 37
North West +10 47 £428 +6.87% 25
Wales +29 45 £425 +3.03% 8
South Wales +32 41 £425 +3.03% 7
Scotland +18 31 £338 -0.36% 20
West Midlands +4 28 £355 +25.66% 14
Cambridgeshire +14 27 £290 -27.95% 28
Surrey +32 26 £400 +39.13% 9
Gloucestershire +21 26 £425 +46.55% 11
Hampshire -7 26 £425 +14.17% 18
Manchester -3 24 £440 +10.00% 22
Newport +13 23 £425 -1.16% 2
Oxfordshire +3 22 £508 +20.23% 9
Cambridge +21 21 £290 -27.95% 26
Somerset +27 18 £350 -6.66% 6
Glasgow +18 18 £338 -3.57% 1
Oxford +5 16 £529 +24.47% 5
East Midlands +4 16 £338 +3.84% 10
Middlesex +5 15 £360 -4.63%
Hertfordshire +4 14 £425 - 4
Cardiff +22 13 £425 +13.33% 3
Cheltenham +10 13 £433 - 2
Yeovil 0 13 - - 2
Buckinghamshire +16 12 £320 -30.81% 11
Camberley - 12 - - 3
Yorkshire +23 10 £425 +6.25% 32

Software Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 11 December 2016, Software Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Software Engineer in the job title.

1 1041 (96.39%) Software Engineering
2 461 (42.69%) Agile Software Development
3 371 (34.35%) Java
4 351 (32.50%) C++
5 276 (25.56%) C
6 259 (23.98%) Linux
7 243 (22.50%) TDD
8 241 (22.31%) C#
9 226 (20.93%) SQL
10 213 (19.72%) JavaScript
11 184 (17.04%) BDD
12 180 (16.67%) OO
13 177 (16.39%) Security Cleared
14 175 (16.20%) Scrum
15 169 (15.65%) UML
16 153 (14.17%) Web Services
17 143 (13.24%) HTML
18 142 (13.15%) Python
19 137 (12.69%) .NET
20 129 (11.94%) SC Cleared
21 127 (11.76%) Amazon AWS
22 125 (11.57%) REST
23 124 (11.48%) Git (software)
24 115 (10.65%) Open Source
25 113 (10.46%) Windows
26 111 (10.28%) DevOps
27 105 (9.72%) Node.js
27 105 (9.72%) RESTful
27 105 (9.72%) Continuous Integration
28 102 (9.44%) XML

Software Engineer Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 52 (4.81%) Tomcat
2 48 (4.44%) Apache
3 42 (3.89%) Confluence
4 33 (3.06%) Elasticsearch
5 32 (2.96%) JBoss
6 31 (2.87%) Apache Spark
7 28 (2.59%) WebLogic
7 28 (2.59%) WebSphere
8 23 (2.13%) nginx
9 17 (1.57%) WebSphere Application Server
10 14 (1.30%) OpenStack
11 13 (1.20%) Cloud Foundry
12 12 (1.11%) SharePoint
13 10 (0.93%) CMS
13 10 (0.93%) NServiceBus
14 9 (0.83%) Apache Solr
15 8 (0.74%) Alfresco
15 8 (0.74%) WebSphere Process Server
16 6 (0.56%) Jetty
17 5 (0.46%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 37 (3.43%) Simulink
2 29 (2.69%) MS Excel
3 7 (0.65%) MS Office
4 2 (0.19%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.093%) Adobe Illustrator
5 1 (0.093%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.093%) SOLIDWORKS
5 1 (0.093%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.093%) Stateflow
5 1 (0.093%) TargetLink
Business Applications
1 4 (0.37%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
1 4 (0.37%) LabWindows
2 3 (0.28%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.093%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.093%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.093%) Oracle Cash Management
3 1 (0.093%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.093%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.093%) Oracle Payables
3 1 (0.093%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 127 (11.76%) Amazon AWS
2 36 (3.33%) Microsoft Azure
3 30 (2.78%) GitHub
4 26 (2.41%) Amazon EC2
5 24 (2.22%) Amazon S3
6 21 (1.94%) Heroku
7 20 (1.85%) Amazon SQS
8 15 (1.39%) Cloud Computing
9 14 (1.30%) PaaS
10 12 (1.11%) AWS Lambda
11 11 (1.02%) AWS CloudFormation
11 11 (1.02%) Slack
12 9 (0.83%) SaaS
13 6 (0.56%) Google App Engine
13 6 (0.56%) Google Cloud Platform
14 5 (0.46%) IaaS
14 5 (0.46%) Office 365
15 3 (0.28%) Amazon EMR
15 3 (0.28%) Amazon Kinesis
15 3 (0.28%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 76 (7.04%) HTTP
2 65 (6.02%) TCP/IP
3 38 (3.52%) VoIP
4 34 (3.15%) Internet
5 28 (2.59%) SNMP
6 19 (1.76%) LTE
7 17 (1.57%) Asterisk PBX
7 17 (1.57%) Diameter Protocol
7 17 (1.57%) GSM
7 17 (1.57%) PBX
7 17 (1.57%) RANAP
7 17 (1.57%) RTP
7 17 (1.57%) UMTS
8 15 (1.39%) Wireless
9 12 (1.11%) Bluetooth
9 12 (1.11%) Ethernet
9 12 (1.11%) SSL
10 11 (1.02%) Broadband
11 8 (0.74%) MQTT
12 7 (0.65%) DVB
Database & Business Intelligence
1 94 (8.70%) NoSQL
2 93 (8.61%) MongoDB
3 65 (6.02%) MySQL
4 57 (5.28%) SQL Server
5 45 (4.17%) Big Data
6 44 (4.07%) PostgreSQL
7 40 (3.70%) Relational Database
8 30 (2.78%) Hadoop
9 28 (2.59%) Apache Cassandra
10 20 (1.85%) Oracle Database
11 16 (1.48%) HBase
12 14 (1.30%) Neo4j
12 14 (1.30%) SQL Server 2008
13 12 (1.11%) Amazon DynamoDB
13 12 (1.11%) RDBMS
14 8 (0.74%) Data Warehouse
14 8 (0.74%) Oracle Database 11g
14 8 (0.74%) Redis
15 7 (0.65%) Apache Hive
16 6 (0.56%) Couchbase
Development Applications
1 124 (11.48%) Git (software)
2 84 (7.78%) JUnit
3 82 (7.59%) Visual Studio
4 81 (7.50%) Jenkins
5 71 (6.57%) JIRA
6 68 (6.30%) Cucumber
7 58 (5.37%) Maven
8 55 (5.09%) Subversion
9 53 (4.91%) Eclipse
10 50 (4.63%) Rational DOORS
11 41 (3.80%) Selenium
12 26 (2.41%) GCC
12 26 (2.41%) Mockito
13 22 (2.04%) Ant
14 21 (1.94%) GDB
14 21 (1.94%) Rational Rhapsody
15 19 (1.76%) IntelliJ
16 18 (1.67%) Team Foundation Server
16 18 (1.67%) Trac
17 14 (1.30%) NUnit
General
1 66 (6.11%) Finance
2 43 (3.98%) Telecoms
3 41 (3.80%) Aerospace
4 33 (3.06%) Manufacturing
5 31 (2.87%) Publishing
6 29 (2.69%) Automotive
7 27 (2.50%) Electronics
8 24 (2.22%) Retail
9 16 (1.48%) Military
10 14 (1.30%) Banking
11 10 (0.93%) Investment Banking
11 10 (0.93%) Marketing
12 9 (0.83%) Games
13 4 (0.37%) Front Office
14 3 (0.28%) Avionics
15 2 (0.19%) Advertising
15 2 (0.19%) Back Office
15 2 (0.19%) Dutch Language
15 2 (0.19%) French Language
16 1 (0.093%) German Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 153 (14.17%) Web Services
2 143 (13.24%) HTML
3 137 (12.69%) .NET
4 125 (11.57%) REST
5 105 (9.72%) Node.js
5 105 (9.72%) RESTful
6 102 (9.44%) CSS
6 102 (9.44%) XML
7 94 (8.70%) Spring
8 82 (7.59%) JSON
9 76 (7.04%) AngularJS
10 65 (6.02%) HTML5
11 46 (4.26%) jQuery
12 41 (3.80%) React
13 39 (3.61%) ASP.NET
14 38 (3.52%) SOAP
15 37 (3.43%) Boost C++ Libraries
16 35 (3.24%) STL
17 33 (3.06%) J2EE
18 32 (2.96%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 79 (7.31%) Embedded Systems
2 72 (6.67%) Analytical Skills
3 65 (6.02%) Computer Science
4 31 (2.87%) User Experience
5 28 (2.59%) Algorithms
6 15 (1.39%) Derivative
7 14 (1.30%) Device Driver
7 14 (1.30%) Enterprise Software
8 12 (1.11%) Data Structures
9 11 (1.02%) Wiki
10 10 (0.93%) Client/Server
10 10 (0.93%) STB
11 9 (0.83%) Digital TV
11 9 (0.83%) Mobile App
12 8 (0.74%) Data Centre
13 7 (0.65%) Interest Rate Derivative
13 7 (0.65%) Statistics
13 7 (0.65%) Visualisation
14 6 (0.56%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
15 5 (0.46%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 259 (23.98%) Linux
2 113 (10.46%) Windows
3 92 (8.52%) Unix
4 23 (2.13%) Embedded Linux
5 17 (1.57%) Android
6 16 (1.48%) Apple iOS
7 11 (1.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 11 (1.02%) Windows Server
8 8 (0.74%) Windows CE
9 6 (0.56%) Ubuntu
9 6 (0.56%) VxWorks
10 5 (0.46%) Mac OS X
10 5 (0.46%) Windows 10
11 4 (0.37%) CentOS
11 4 (0.37%) Windows 7
12 3 (0.28%) Nucleus RTOS
12 3 (0.28%) Windows Server 2008
13 2 (0.19%) AIX
13 2 (0.19%) VMS
13 2 (0.19%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 1041 (96.39%) Software Engineering
2 461 (42.69%) Agile Software Development
3 243 (22.50%) TDD
4 184 (17.04%) BDD
5 180 (16.67%) OO
6 175 (16.20%) Scrum
7 169 (15.65%) UML
8 115 (10.65%) Open Source
9 111 (10.28%) DevOps
10 105 (9.72%) Continuous Integration
11 80 (7.41%) Unit Testing
12 73 (6.76%) Microservices
13 66 (6.11%) High Availability
14 63 (5.83%) Multithreading
15 60 (5.56%) Configuration Management
16 58 (5.37%) Continuous Delivery
16 58 (5.37%) SDLC
17 54 (5.00%) MVC
17 54 (5.00%) Web Development
18 44 (4.07%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 371 (34.35%) Java
2 351 (32.50%) C++
3 276 (25.56%) C
4 241 (22.31%) C#
5 226 (20.93%) SQL
6 213 (19.72%) JavaScript
7 142 (13.15%) Python
8 86 (7.96%) Scala
9 85 (7.87%) Embedded C
10 67 (6.20%) Ruby
11 49 (4.54%) Ada
12 45 (4.17%) Embedded C++
12 45 (4.17%) Perl
13 44 (4.07%) MATLAB
14 33 (3.06%) Bash Shell
15 30 (2.78%) PHP
16 23 (2.13%) PowerShell
17 18 (1.67%) Go
18 15 (1.39%) Ada 95
18 15 (1.39%) R
Qualifications
1 177 (16.39%) Security Cleared
2 129 (11.94%) SC Cleared
3 75 (6.94%) Degree
4 19 (1.76%) DV Cleared
5 12 (1.11%) BPSS Clearance
6 3 (0.28%) ISEB
6 3 (0.28%) ISTQB
6 3 (0.28%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 3 (0.28%) MCTS
6 3 (0.28%) Microsoft Certification
6 3 (0.28%) Postgraduate
7 2 (0.19%) PhD
8 1 (0.093%) BC Cleared
8 1 (0.093%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (3.24%) QA
2 34 (3.15%) MISRA
3 21 (1.94%) MISRA C
4 15 (1.39%) DO-178B
5 14 (1.30%) SDET
6 9 (0.83%) Disclosure Scotland
7 5 (0.46%) ISO 9001
7 5 (0.46%) ISO/IEC 12207
8 4 (0.37%) ISO26262
8 4 (0.37%) PCI DSS
9 3 (0.28%) TickIT
10 2 (0.19%) IEC 61508
10 2 (0.19%) JTAG
11 1 (0.093%) Def Stans
11 1 (0.093%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 1 (0.093%) SAS 70
11 1 (0.093%) SLA
System Software
1 68 (6.30%) Docker
2 10 (0.93%) Virtual Machines
3 8 (0.74%) Firmware
3 8 (0.74%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (0.65%) vSphere
5 5 (0.46%) HDFS
6 4 (0.37%) Active Directory
6 4 (0.37%) Shibboleth
7 3 (0.28%) Apache Flume
7 3 (0.28%) iptables
7 3 (0.28%) OpenSSH
8 1 (0.093%) KVM
8 1 (0.093%) LXC
8 1 (0.093%) SRDF
Systems Management
1 30 (2.78%) Puppet
2 26 (2.41%) Opscode Chef
3 13 (1.20%) Ansible
4 8 (0.74%) Graphite
5 7 (0.65%) Kibana
6 6 (0.56%) Grafana
6 6 (0.56%) Kubernetes
7 4 (0.37%) Mesos
7 4 (0.37%) OpenAM
7 4 (0.37%) OpenSSO
7 4 (0.37%) Sun Identity Manager
8 3 (0.28%) HP Quality Center
8 3 (0.28%) logstash
9 2 (0.19%) Hadoop YARN
9 2 (0.19%) Salt
9 2 (0.19%) SCCM
9 2 (0.19%) Terraform
10 1 (0.093%) NetBackup
10 1 (0.093%) Oozie
10 1 (0.093%) StatsD
Vendors
1 72 (6.67%) Microsoft
1 72 (6.67%) Oracle
2 17 (1.57%) Cisco
3 15 (1.39%) Coverity
4 14 (1.30%) Atlassian
5 13 (1.20%) IBM
5 13 (1.20%) Red Hat
6 11 (1.02%) Cloudera
7 10 (0.93%) Google
8 9 (0.83%) webMethods
9 8 (0.74%) Twitter
9 8 (0.74%) VMware
10 7 (0.65%) Adobe
11 6 (0.56%) Sitecore
11 6 (0.56%) Splunk
11 6 (0.56%) Sun
12 5 (0.46%) Apigee
12 5 (0.46%) HP
13 4 (0.37%) ILOG
13 4 (0.37%) Intel
Somerset
G2 Recruitment Solutions
Rate: Market rates
Posted: 2 days ago
Essex
Tec Partners
Rate: £0.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £500 - £700 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
South Yorkshire
Digital Gurus
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Reed Technology
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Hertfordshire
Spargonet Consulting Plc
Rate: £400 - £450 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Computer Recruiter Ltd
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Burns Sheehan
Rate: £450.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
South Wales
In Parallel Computer Staff Limited
Rate: From £32 to £35 per hour depending on experience
Posted: 4 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Swansea, West Glamorgan
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Leicester, Leicestershire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Rate: Up to £600 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
CoreCom Consulting
Posted: 5 days ago
Camberley, Surrey
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Northern Recruitment Group
Rate: £500 per day - 6 months contract to begin in January
Posted: 3 days ago