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 1 September 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
1 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Engineer
Rank 225 208 197
Rank change year-on-year
-17 -11
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 604 566 580
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.02% 1.00% 1.10%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.10% 1.09% 1.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 255 302 280
Average daily rate
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£370 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.71% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £262 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £513 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+7.69% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 137 79 103
Average hourly rate £40.00 £40.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +14.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.44 £30.00 £27.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.91 £45.00 £44.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £40.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
- +14.28%

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
55081 52161 48911
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.78% 92.21% 92.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 35197 31609 29039
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £233
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 2038 2020 2121
Average hourly rate £17.33 £17.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.94% -2.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+3.03% -2.94%

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 1 September 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 1 September 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 1 September 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 -19 539 £375 +7.14% 445
South East -29 142 £370 +13.84% 110
London -41 135 £450 +0.61% 89
South West +21 107 £375 +4.16% 56
East of England -6 46 £350 -6.66% 90
Scotland +3 35 £306 +23.73% 18
Hampshire -26 33 £349 +3.25% 21
West Midlands +28 32 £300 -14.28% 23
Somerset +17 29 £310 +6.89% 8
Bristol +6 25 £413 +3.12% 15
East Midlands +5 25 £328 +36.45% 22
Berkshire +1 25 £313 -3.84% 9
Yorkshire -28 25 £310 -4.61% 24
Surrey -5 24 £343 -3.85% 14
Gloucestershire -1 22 £350 -1.40% 16
City of London -16 21 £475 +5.55% 11
Cambridgeshire -16 21 £375 +5.26% 64
Yeovil +1 19 £310 +12.72% 2
West Yorkshire -24 19 £375 +15.38% 14
North West -19 17 £325 -7.14% 25
Leicestershire +8 16 £350 +59.09% 2
Wiltshire +7 15 £230 -36.33% 5
Cambridge -12 14 £375 -8.53% 55
West Sussex -5 12 £350 - 1
Reading -8 12 £420 +12.75% 3
Leeds -30 12 £406 +25.00% 13
East Sussex +4 11 £370 +54.16% 10
Hertfordshire +4 11 £330 +20.00% 12
Middlesex +2 11 £350 -3.44%
Buckinghamshire +1 11 - - 15

Software Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 September 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 1051 (90.14%) Software Engineering
2 422 (36.19%) C++
3 354 (30.36%) Java
4 345 (29.59%) Agile Software Development
5 332 (28.47%) Linux
6 300 (25.73%) C
7 297 (25.47%) C#
8 208 (17.84%) Windows
9 201 (17.24%) HTML
10 199 (17.07%) SQL
11 197 (16.90%) TDD
12 193 (16.55%) JavaScript
13 180 (15.44%) .NET
14 176 (15.09%) Scrum
15 171 (14.67%) UML
16 170 (14.58%) Security Cleared
17 167 (14.32%) OO
18 142 (12.18%) Web Services
18 142 (12.18%) Python
19 140 (12.01%) Continuous Integration
20 132 (11.32%) SC Cleared
21 131 (11.23%) CSS
22 122 (10.46%) Degree
23 113 (9.69%) Git (software)
24 104 (8.92%) HTML5
25 101 (8.66%) Visual Studio
26 97 (8.32%) Multithreading
27 95 (8.15%) MVC
28 92 (7.89%) Microsoft
29 90 (7.72%) Embedded C

Software Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 September 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 73 (6.26%) Tomcat
2 64 (5.49%) Apache
3 44 (3.77%) Node.js
4 29 (2.49%) WebSphere
5 20 (1.72%) SharePoint
6 16 (1.37%) JBoss
7 11 (0.94%) nginx
8 10 (0.86%) WebLogic
9 9 (0.77%) SharePoint 2013
10 8 (0.69%) Jetty
10 8 (0.69%) WebSphere Application Server
11 7 (0.60%) IIS
12 6 (0.51%) Drupal
12 6 (0.51%) Confluence
13 4 (0.34%) Zope
13 4 (0.34%) SharePoint 2010
14 3 (0.26%) Oracle Spatial
14 3 (0.26%) MS Exchange
14 3 (0.26%) WordPress
14 3 (0.26%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 41 (3.52%) MS Excel
2 38 (3.26%) MS Office
3 20 (1.72%) Simulink
4 19 (1.63%) MS PowerPoint
5 4 (0.34%) InfoPath
5 4 (0.34%) TargetLink
5 4 (0.34%) MS Visio
6 3 (0.26%) Stateflow
7 2 (0.17%) Doxygen
7 2 (0.17%) MS Project
8 1 (0.086%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.086%) Windchill
8 1 (0.086%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (0.26%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.086%) Oracle BPM
2 1 (0.086%) Odoo
2 1 (0.086%) BusinessWorks
2 1 (0.086%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.086%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 49 (4.20%) Amazon AWS
2 15 (1.29%) Microsoft Azure
3 13 (1.11%) Amazon S3
4 8 (0.69%) Amazon EC2
5 7 (0.60%) Amazon SQS
6 6 (0.51%) Route 53
6 6 (0.51%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 5 (0.43%) SaaS
8 1 (0.086%) Office 365
8 1 (0.086%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.086%) Amazon EMR
Communications & Networking
1 60 (5.15%) HTTP
2 49 (4.20%) TCP/IP
3 38 (3.26%) Internet
4 18 (1.54%) Wi-Fi
5 13 (1.11%) VoIP
6 12 (1.03%) 802.11
7 11 (0.94%) SNMP
7 11 (0.94%) Wireless
8 10 (0.86%) DVB
8 10 (0.86%) Ethernet
8 10 (0.86%) LDAP
8 10 (0.86%) ATM
9 9 (0.77%) Bluetooth
9 9 (0.77%) FTP
9 9 (0.77%) SSL
10 8 (0.69%) IPsec
10 8 (0.69%) LTE
11 7 (0.60%) SSH
11 7 (0.60%) Intranet
12 6 (0.51%) FlexRay
Database & Business Intelligence
1 84 (7.20%) SQL Server
2 61 (5.23%) MySQL
3 51 (4.37%) Relational Database
4 45 (3.86%) NoSQL
5 38 (3.26%) MongoDB
6 24 (2.06%) RDBMS
7 22 (1.89%) Hadoop
7 22 (1.89%) Oracle Database
8 19 (1.63%) SQL Server 2008
9 18 (1.54%) PostgreSQL
10 17 (1.46%) Big Data
10 17 (1.46%) Apache Cassandra
11 13 (1.11%) CouchDB
12 11 (0.94%) Redis
13 10 (0.86%) Data Warehouse
14 9 (0.77%) SQLite
15 8 (0.69%) SQL Server 2012
16 7 (0.60%) Amazon RDS
16 7 (0.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 6 (0.51%) SimpleDB
Development Applications
1 113 (9.69%) Git (software)
2 101 (8.66%) Visual Studio
3 72 (6.17%) Rational DOORS
4 68 (5.83%) Subversion
5 58 (4.97%) Jenkins
6 40 (3.43%) Eclipse
7 37 (3.17%) Maven
8 31 (2.66%) JUnit
9 27 (2.32%) JIRA
10 26 (2.23%) ClearCase
11 23 (1.97%) Cucumber
12 21 (1.80%) Selenium
13 20 (1.72%) Team Foundation Server
14 16 (1.37%) Ant
15 15 (1.29%) TeamCity
16 13 (1.11%) NUnit
16 13 (1.11%) Gradle
17 12 (1.03%) Rational Rhapsody
18 11 (0.94%) Hudson
18 11 (0.94%) ReSharper
General
1 72 (6.17%) Finance
2 62 (5.32%) Electronics
3 54 (4.63%) Automotive
4 45 (3.86%) Military
5 43 (3.69%) Aerospace
6 42 (3.60%) Telecoms
7 30 (2.57%) Manufacturing
8 23 (1.97%) Avionics
9 18 (1.54%) Games
10 15 (1.29%) Banking
11 11 (0.94%) Front Office
12 8 (0.69%) Retail
13 6 (0.51%) Marketing
14 5 (0.43%) Publishing
15 4 (0.34%) Legal
16 2 (0.17%) Dutch Language
16 2 (0.17%) French Language
17 1 (0.086%) German Language
17 1 (0.086%) Italian Language
17 1 (0.086%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 201 (17.24%) HTML
2 180 (15.44%) .NET
3 142 (12.18%) Web Services
4 131 (11.23%) CSS
5 104 (8.92%) HTML5
6 90 (7.72%) REST
7 88 (7.55%) XML
8 86 (7.38%) ASP.NET
9 75 (6.43%) Spring
10 62 (5.32%) jQuery
11 50 (4.29%) AngularJS
11 50 (4.29%) WPF
12 48 (4.12%) JSON
13 47 (4.03%) .NET Framework
14 39 (3.34%) SOAP
14 39 (3.34%) RESTful
15 38 (3.26%) Entity Framework
16 32 (2.74%) ASP.NET MVC
16 32 (2.74%) J2EE
17 30 (2.57%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 68 (5.83%) Computer Science
2 49 (4.20%) Embedded Systems
3 44 (3.77%) Device Driver
3 44 (3.77%) Analytical Skills
4 40 (3.43%) Management Information System
5 21 (1.80%) Algorithms
6 20 (1.72%) Enterprise Software
6 20 (1.72%) DTV
7 18 (1.54%) Mobile App
8 17 (1.46%) User Experience
9 14 (1.20%) STB
10 13 (1.11%) Mathematics
11 12 (1.03%) Streaming Video
11 12 (1.03%) MPEG
12 11 (0.94%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
13 10 (0.86%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 10 (0.86%) CAN bus
13 10 (0.86%) Digital Media
13 10 (0.86%) Data Structures
14 9 (0.77%) Human Factors
Operating Systems
1 332 (28.47%) Linux
2 208 (17.84%) Windows
3 89 (7.63%) UNIX
4 57 (4.89%) Android
5 41 (3.52%) Embedded Linux
6 37 (3.17%) Apple iOS
7 13 (1.11%) Windows CE
7 13 (1.11%) VxWorks
8 12 (1.03%) Windows Server 2003
9 10 (0.86%) AIX
9 10 (0.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 9 (0.77%) Ubuntu
11 8 (0.69%) Windows 7
11 8 (0.69%) Windows Server 2012
11 8 (0.69%) Mac OS X
12 7 (0.60%) Windows Server 2008
13 6 (0.51%) CentOS
13 6 (0.51%) Solaris
14 4 (0.34%) OpenVMS
15 3 (0.26%) FreeBSD
Processes & Methodologies
1 1051 (90.14%) Software Engineering
2 345 (29.59%) Agile Software Development
3 197 (16.90%) TDD
4 176 (15.09%) Scrum
5 171 (14.67%) UML
6 167 (14.32%) OO
7 140 (12.01%) Continuous Integration
8 97 (8.32%) Multithreading
9 95 (8.15%) MVC
10 79 (6.78%) SDLC
11 73 (6.26%) Configuration Management
12 72 (6.17%) BDD
13 66 (5.66%) Unit Testing
14 61 (5.23%) Web Development
15 49 (4.20%) Requirements Analysis
16 48 (4.12%) Validation
17 44 (3.77%) E-Commerce
17 44 (3.77%) OOD
18 39 (3.34%) SOA
18 39 (3.34%) OOP
Programming Languages
1 422 (36.19%) C++
2 354 (30.36%) Java
3 300 (25.73%) C
4 297 (25.47%) C#
5 199 (17.07%) SQL
6 193 (16.55%) JavaScript
7 142 (12.18%) Python
8 90 (7.72%) Embedded C
9 57 (4.89%) Perl
9 57 (4.89%) Ruby
10 53 (4.55%) Embedded C++
11 49 (4.20%) PHP
12 44 (3.77%) Ada
13 34 (2.92%) Objective-C
13 34 (2.92%) Bash Shell
14 33 (2.83%) PowerShell
15 29 (2.49%) Scala
15 29 (2.49%) MATLAB
16 23 (1.97%) VBScript
17 17 (1.46%) VB
Qualifications
1 170 (14.58%) Security Cleared
2 132 (11.32%) SC Cleared
3 122 (10.46%) Degree
4 8 (0.69%) ISTQB
5 7 (0.60%) HND
5 7 (0.60%) DV Cleared
6 5 (0.43%) ISEB
6 5 (0.43%) Chartered Engineer
7 2 (0.17%) MCP
7 2 (0.17%) Server+ Certification
7 2 (0.17%) Microsoft Certification
7 2 (0.17%) Six Sigma Green Belt
7 2 (0.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 1 (0.086%) A+ Certification
8 1 (0.086%) Cisco Certification
8 1 (0.086%) MCSE
8 1 (0.086%) PhD
8 1 (0.086%) CCNP
8 1 (0.086%) CCNA
8 1 (0.086%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (2.74%) QA
2 25 (2.14%) DO-178B
3 23 (1.97%) ISO 9001
4 22 (1.89%) TickIT
5 10 (0.86%) IEC 61508
6 5 (0.43%) DO-254
7 3 (0.26%) ISO 8583
8 2 (0.17%) JTAG
9 1 (0.086%) WCAG
9 1 (0.086%) ISO/IEC 12207
9 1 (0.086%) ISO/IEC 15504 (SPICE)
9 1 (0.086%) GMP
System Software
1 25 (2.14%) VMware Infrastructure
2 14 (1.20%) Firmware
3 9 (0.77%) Docker
4 7 (0.60%) Hyper-V
5 5 (0.43%) Active Directory
5 5 (0.43%) KVM
6 4 (0.34%) Snort
7 3 (0.26%) GPFS
8 2 (0.17%) vSphere
8 2 (0.17%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (0.17%) Cygwin
9 1 (0.086%) VirtualBox
9 1 (0.086%) Apache Flume
9 1 (0.086%) XenServer
9 1 (0.086%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.086%) Ceph
Systems Management
1 23 (1.97%) Puppet
2 22 (1.89%) Opscode Chef
3 20 (1.72%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 13 (1.11%) HP Quality Center
5 9 (0.77%) WMI
6 8 (0.69%) Ansible
7 7 (0.60%) Salt
8 6 (0.51%) HAProxy
9 5 (0.43%) BladeLogic
9 5 (0.43%) Capistrano
10 4 (0.34%) SCCM
10 4 (0.34%) Zenoss
10 4 (0.34%) Nagios
10 4 (0.34%) Tivoli
10 4 (0.34%) Graphite
11 3 (0.26%) DatAdvantage
11 3 (0.26%) CA Single Sign-On
12 2 (0.17%) Tivoli NetView
12 2 (0.17%) Kibana
12 2 (0.17%) Oracle Identity Management
Vendors
1 92 (7.89%) Microsoft
2 89 (7.63%) Oracle
3 52 (4.46%) VMware
4 36 (3.09%) HP
5 24 (2.06%) IBM
6 14 (1.20%) Luciad
7 11 (0.94%) New Relic
8 10 (0.86%) Serena
9 9 (0.77%) Google
9 9 (0.77%) Atlassian
9 9 (0.77%) Cisco
9 9 (0.77%) Perforce
10 7 (0.60%) QNX
10 7 (0.60%) Red Hat
10 7 (0.60%) Dell
10 7 (0.60%) BMC
10 7 (0.60%) Zend
11 6 (0.51%) TIBCO
11 6 (0.51%) ESRI
11 6 (0.51%) hybris
London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: £500 per day plus other benefits
Posted: 2 hours ago
London
Cathcart Associates Ltd
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 3 hours ago
London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 hours ago
South East
Next Ventures Ltd
Rate: Depending on experience
Posted: 16 hours ago
City, London
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Eastleigh, Hampshire
Computer People
Rate: £349.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £400 - £450 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £300.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £400.00 - £457.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Suffolk
X4 Group
Rate: £250 - 350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
West London
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Rate: From £300 to £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Ipswich, Suffolk
Cooper Lomaz Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 5 days ago
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Corriculo
Rate: From £300 to £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £250.00 - £300.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Somerset
Venn Group
Rate: £40 - £45 Per Hour
Posted: 5 days ago
Gloucestershire
In Parallel Computer Staff Limited
Rate: From £44 to £46 per hour Dep On Exp
Posted: 6 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Oliver Bernard
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Salisbury, Wiltshire
Softweb Resourcing Limited
Rate: From £30 to £36 per hour 6 months + work from home
Posted: 6 days ago
Farnborough, Hampshire
LA International
Posted: 6 days ago