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 17 April 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
17 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Engineer
Rank 211 202 187
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -15
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 572 575 533
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.02% 1.02% 1.10%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.11% 1.10% 1.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 238 266 230
Average daily rate
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£350 £340 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.94% -2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £244
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £310
% change year-on-year
+3.84% +4.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 103 115 100
Average hourly rate £39.50 £37.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.33% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.00 £30.40 £27.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.55 £42.50 £42.05
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.00 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+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
51645 52060 44962
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.40% 92.35% 92.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 31339 31560 25761
Average daily rate £400 £390 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% -2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £230 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £346
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +1.30%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2019 2073 2241
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -2.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -2.85%

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 17 April 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 17 April 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 17 April 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 -11 504 £350 +3.70% 481
South East -2 177 £350 +3.70% 118
London -24 101 £413 +6.79% 87
South West +30 86 £325 -7.14% 73
Hampshire +13 70 £350 +16.66% 22
East of England -21 42 £350 +12.00% 93
Scotland +17 39 £338 +3.21% 21
West Midlands -16 31 £300 +9.09% 23
North West -13 23 £338 -3.57% 25
Oxfordshire -10 22 £405 +37.28% 20
Gloucestershire -7 21 £365 -27.00% 10
Surrey -10 21 £365 -11.24% 26
Somerset +18 20 £275 - 13
Yorkshire -28 20 £320 - 28
Hertfordshire +17 17 £313 - 17
Edinburgh -1 17 £350 +6.38% 14
West Yorkshire -22 17 £320 - 21
City of London +1 16 £400 +6.66% 14
Bristol -7 14 £325 - 22
Leeds -30 14 £320 - 18
Warwickshire +11 13 £288 -11.53% 3
Berkshire +6 13 £388 +19.23% 22
Wales 0 13 £376 -16.38% 7
Cheltenham -7 12 £409 -18.25% 2
Wiltshire +11 11 £328 +0.76% 7
Portsmouth +6 11 £327 - 3
Oxford -5 11 £340 +172.00% 9
Manchester -8 11 £338 -3.57% 15
Cambridgeshire -19 11 £350 +9.37% 61
South Wales +6 10 £358 -13.33% 6

Software Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 April 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.

1 879 (87.90%) Software Engineering
2 340 (34.00%) C++
3 307 (30.70%) Java
4 306 (30.60%) C
5 301 (30.10%) Linux
6 263 (26.30%) Agile Software Development
7 180 (18.00%) Python
8 168 (16.80%) Security Cleared
9 167 (16.70%) JavaScript
10 155 (15.50%) C#
10 155 (15.50%) SQL
11 154 (15.40%) UML
12 141 (14.10%) HTML
13 133 (13.30%) Windows
14 121 (12.10%) OO
15 119 (11.90%) .NET
15 119 (11.90%) SC Cleared
16 111 (11.10%) Embedded C
17 107 (10.70%) XML
18 104 (10.40%) TDD
19 99 (9.90%) Degree
20 98 (9.80%) Web Services
21 94 (9.40%) Oracle
22 93 (9.30%) Configuration Management
22 93 (9.30%) Scrum
23 89 (8.90%) Git (software)
24 85 (8.50%) Continuous Integration
25 81 (8.10%) UNIX
26 80 (8.00%) Subversion
27 77 (7.70%) CSS

Software Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 43 (4.30%) Apache
1 43 (4.30%) WebLogic
2 33 (3.30%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 31 (3.10%) Tomcat
4 30 (3.00%) JBoss
5 28 (2.80%) WebSphere
6 20 (2.00%) MQSeries
7 19 (1.90%) Node.js
8 10 (1.00%) WordPress
8 10 (1.00%) nginx
8 10 (1.00%) SharePoint
9 8 (0.80%) IIS
10 6 (0.60%) OpenStack
10 6 (0.60%) Elasticsearch
11 5 (0.50%) WebSphere Application Server
11 5 (0.50%) CMS
11 5 (0.50%) MS Exchange
12 4 (0.40%) Apache Solr
12 4 (0.40%) Confluence
12 4 (0.40%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 25 (2.50%) MS Excel
2 22 (2.20%) Simulink
3 18 (1.80%) MS Office
4 7 (0.70%) Stateflow
5 6 (0.60%) Doxygen
5 6 (0.60%) TargetLink
6 4 (0.40%) MS PowerPoint
6 4 (0.40%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.20%) Windchill
7 2 (0.20%) Photoshop
7 2 (0.20%) MS Visio
8 1 (0.10%) Maya
8 1 (0.10%) 3ds Max
8 1 (0.10%) Adobe Illustrator
Business Applications
1 10 (1.00%) Oracle BPM
2 2 (0.20%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.10%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.10%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 47 (4.70%) Amazon AWS
2 11 (1.10%) Amazon S3
2 11 (1.10%) Amazon SQS
3 9 (0.90%) Amazon EC2
4 7 (0.70%) Cloud Computing
5 5 (0.50%) Amazon ElastiCache
6 4 (0.40%) Microsoft Azure
7 3 (0.30%) Office 365
7 3 (0.30%) Route 53
7 3 (0.30%) AWS CloudFormation
7 3 (0.30%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 3 (0.30%) SaaS
7 3 (0.30%) IaaS
8 2 (0.20%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 48 (4.80%) TCP/IP
2 39 (3.90%) Internet
3 24 (2.40%) HTTP
3 24 (2.40%) Wi-Fi
4 21 (2.10%) Wireless
5 15 (1.50%) Ethernet
5 15 (1.50%) Bluetooth
5 15 (1.50%) DVB
5 15 (1.50%) DNS
6 13 (1.30%) 3G
6 13 (1.30%) 802.11
7 10 (1.00%) SSL
7 10 (1.00%) SAN
7 10 (1.00%) SNMP
8 9 (0.90%) ZigBee
9 8 (0.80%) Firewall
9 8 (0.80%) IPsec
9 8 (0.80%) DHCP
9 8 (0.80%) GSM
10 7 (0.70%) 2G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 52 (5.20%) MySQL
1 52 (5.20%) SQL Server
2 31 (3.10%) Relational Database
3 23 (2.30%) NoSQL
4 21 (2.10%) Big Data
4 21 (2.10%) Oracle Database
5 17 (1.70%) Hadoop
6 16 (1.60%) MongoDB
7 13 (1.30%) SQL Server 2008
8 12 (1.20%) PostgreSQL
9 11 (1.10%) RDBMS
10 10 (1.00%) Redis
11 9 (0.90%) Oracle BI EE
12 8 (0.80%) Data Warehouse
13 7 (0.70%) Oracle Database 10g
13 7 (0.70%) Amazon RDS
14 6 (0.60%) Oracle Database 11g
15 5 (0.50%) SQL Server 2012
15 5 (0.50%) Amazon DynamoDB
16 4 (0.40%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 89 (8.90%) Git (software)
2 80 (8.00%) Subversion
3 60 (6.00%) Visual Studio
4 58 (5.80%) Rational DOORS
5 56 (5.60%) Jenkins
6 55 (5.50%) JIRA
7 51 (5.10%) ClearCase
8 44 (4.40%) Ant
9 43 (4.30%) Selenium
10 35 (3.50%) JUnit
11 29 (2.90%) GoogleTest
12 25 (2.50%) Eclipse
13 22 (2.20%) Cucumber
14 21 (2.10%) Rational Rhapsody
15 20 (2.00%) ClearQuest
15 20 (2.00%) NUnit
16 19 (1.90%) Maven
16 19 (1.90%) Talend Open Studio
17 16 (1.60%) PHPUnit
17 16 (1.60%) CppUnit
General
1 66 (6.60%) Electronics
2 57 (5.70%) Automotive
3 48 (4.80%) Finance
4 45 (4.50%) Telecoms
5 33 (3.30%) Aerospace
6 21 (2.10%) Manufacturing
7 19 (1.90%) Military
8 17 (1.70%) Avionics
9 15 (1.50%) Banking
9 15 (1.50%) Publishing
10 13 (1.30%) Games
11 9 (0.90%) Retail
12 7 (0.70%) Investment Banking
12 7 (0.70%) Front Office
13 5 (0.50%) Marketing
14 3 (0.30%) Billing
14 3 (0.30%) German Language
15 2 (0.20%) Legal
16 1 (0.10%) Back Office
16 1 (0.10%) Dutch Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 141 (14.10%) HTML
2 119 (11.90%) .NET
3 107 (10.70%) XML
4 98 (9.80%) Web Services
5 77 (7.70%) CSS
6 74 (7.40%) jQuery
6 74 (7.40%) HTML5
7 73 (7.30%) JSON
8 52 (5.20%) Spring
9 43 (4.30%) RESTful
10 40 (4.00%) AngularJS
11 35 (3.50%) REST
12 30 (3.00%) CSS3
13 26 (2.60%) SOAP
13 26 (2.60%) J2EE
13 26 (2.60%) ASP.NET
14 25 (2.50%) Apache Camel
15 22 (2.20%) Ajax
16 21 (2.10%) Hibernate
17 20 (2.00%) OpenGL
Miscellaneous
1 59 (5.90%) Computer Science
2 55 (5.50%) Analytical Skills
3 42 (4.20%) Device Driver
4 40 (4.00%) Embedded Systems
5 27 (2.70%) Algorithms
6 19 (1.90%) Mobile App
6 19 (1.90%) Digital Media
7 16 (1.60%) Open Source
7 16 (1.60%) DTV
8 15 (1.50%) STB
9 13 (1.30%) Management Information System
9 13 (1.30%) CAN bus
9 13 (1.30%) Derivative
9 13 (1.30%) Mathematics
10 12 (1.20%) Physics
10 12 (1.20%) IPTV
11 11 (1.10%) User Experience
12 10 (1.00%) Enterprise Software
13 9 (0.90%) Mechatronics
13 9 (0.90%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
Operating Systems
1 301 (30.10%) Linux
2 133 (13.30%) Windows
3 81 (8.10%) UNIX
4 36 (3.60%) Embedded Linux
5 25 (2.50%) Android
6 20 (2.00%) CentOS
7 14 (1.40%) Apple iOS
8 12 (1.20%) Windows CE
9 11 (1.10%) Windows 7
10 10 (1.00%) Mac OS X
11 9 (0.90%) AIX
11 9 (0.90%) HPUX
12 8 (0.80%) VxWorks
13 7 (0.70%) ThreadX
13 7 (0.70%) NetWare
13 7 (0.70%) Solaris
13 7 (0.70%) Windows 8
13 7 (0.70%) Windows Server 2012
13 7 (0.70%) Windows Server 2008
13 7 (0.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 879 (87.90%) Software Engineering
2 263 (26.30%) Agile Software Development
3 154 (15.40%) UML
4 121 (12.10%) OO
5 104 (10.40%) TDD
6 93 (9.30%) Scrum
6 93 (9.30%) Configuration Management
7 85 (8.50%) Continuous Integration
8 75 (7.50%) Multithreading
9 55 (5.50%) MVC
10 52 (5.20%) Unit Testing
11 50 (5.00%) SOA
12 48 (4.80%) Embedded Software Development
13 47 (4.70%) OOP
14 46 (4.60%) OOD
15 44 (4.40%) Requirements Analysis
16 43 (4.30%) BDD
16 43 (4.30%) Validation
17 38 (3.80%) Test Scripting
18 37 (3.70%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 340 (34.00%) C++
2 307 (30.70%) Java
3 306 (30.60%) C
4 180 (18.00%) Python
5 167 (16.70%) JavaScript
6 155 (15.50%) C#
6 155 (15.50%) SQL
7 111 (11.10%) Embedded C
8 66 (6.60%) Ruby
9 60 (6.00%) PHP
10 51 (5.10%) Perl
11 34 (3.40%) Bash Shell
12 33 (3.30%) Embedded C++
13 32 (3.20%) Ada
14 29 (2.90%) MATLAB
15 27 (2.70%) Scala
16 22 (2.20%) Shell Script
16 22 (2.20%) PL/SQL
17 14 (1.40%) VB
17 14 (1.40%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 168 (16.80%) Security Cleared
2 119 (11.90%) SC Cleared
3 99 (9.90%) Degree
4 16 (1.60%) DV Cleared
5 13 (1.30%) ISEB
6 9 (0.90%) ISTQB
7 8 (0.80%) PhD
8 7 (0.70%) Six Sigma Green Belt
9 6 (0.60%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 5 (0.50%) CCNP
10 5 (0.50%) Cisco Certification
10 5 (0.50%) Microsoft Certification
10 5 (0.50%) HND
11 4 (0.40%) MCP
11 4 (0.40%) JNCIP
12 3 (0.30%) MCSE
12 3 (0.30%) MCSA
13 1 (0.10%) HNC
13 1 (0.10%) CCNA
13 1 (0.10%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (3.10%) QA
2 29 (2.90%) DO-178B
3 5 (0.50%) ISO 9001
4 3 (0.30%) TickIT
4 3 (0.30%) IEC 61508
5 2 (0.20%) DICOM
6 1 (0.10%) JTAG
6 1 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 15504 (SPICE)
6 1 (0.10%) WCAG
6 1 (0.10%) SLA
6 1 (0.10%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 1 (0.10%) GCP
6 1 (0.10%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 11 (1.10%) Firmware
1 11 (1.10%) VMware Infrastructure
2 8 (0.80%) GPFS
3 6 (0.60%) Active Directory
3 6 (0.60%) Oracle RAC
4 5 (0.50%) iptables
5 3 (0.30%) Xen
5 3 (0.30%) Hyper-V
5 3 (0.30%) UAG
6 2 (0.20%) vCloud
6 2 (0.20%) Docker
6 2 (0.20%) XenApp
6 2 (0.20%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.10%) vSphere
7 1 (0.10%) HDFS
7 1 (0.10%) Ceph
7 1 (0.10%) Apache Flume
7 1 (0.10%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.10%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 15 (1.50%) Puppet
2 11 (1.10%) Tivoli
3 10 (1.00%) Oracle Identity Management
4 9 (0.90%) HP Quality Center
5 8 (0.80%) Zenoss
6 7 (0.70%) Ansible
7 5 (0.50%) SCCM
7 5 (0.50%) Opscode Chef
7 5 (0.50%) Vagrant
8 4 (0.40%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 4 (0.40%) Salt
8 4 (0.40%) Mesos
9 3 (0.30%) HAProxy
10 2 (0.20%) Nagios
10 2 (0.20%) Tivoli NetView
10 2 (0.20%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 2 (0.20%) Netcool
10 2 (0.20%) Netcool/OMNIbus
10 2 (0.20%) Kibana
11 1 (0.10%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 94 (9.40%) Oracle
2 63 (6.30%) Microsoft
3 32 (3.20%) VMware
4 28 (2.80%) Google
5 20 (2.00%) Serena
6 19 (1.90%) Talend
7 17 (1.70%) Zend
7 17 (1.70%) HP
8 15 (1.50%) IBM
9 12 (1.20%) Cisco
10 10 (1.00%) EMC
11 9 (0.90%) Hitachi
11 9 (0.90%) Red Hat
12 8 (0.80%) Informatica
12 8 (0.80%) Citrix
12 8 (0.80%) Adobe
13 7 (0.70%) Veritas
13 7 (0.70%) Perforce
14 6 (0.60%) Compaq
15 5 (0.50%) Borland
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