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 30 June 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
30 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Engineer
Rank 271 227 215
Rank change year-on-year
-44 -12
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 496 546 583
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.92% 0.97% 1.08%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.98% 1.03% 1.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 284 265 349
Median daily rate £400 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £290 £278
10% offered a daily rate of more than £574 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 83 103 93
Median hourly rate £42.00 £40.19 £39.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.50% +1.74%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.00 £32.54 £32.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.62 £55.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.00 £40.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -

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
50811 53185 51069
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.71% 94.78% 94.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 33087 33473 31333
Median daily rate £425 £400 £396
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +1.01%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £245 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £570 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £396 £365 £350
% change year-on-year
+8.49% +4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1525 2016 2057
Median hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £40.00 £38.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £16.14 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+8.42% -2.18%

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 30 June 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 30 June 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 30 June 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 -15 450 £400 +6.66% 330
London 0 120 £450 -8.16% 86
South East -18 117 £360 +2.85% 79
South West -22 49 £338 -18.18% 33
West Midlands +1 42 £415 +38.33% 11
East of England +24 36 £350 +1.81% 44
North West -3 27 £400 +10.34% 28
Hampshire -6 25 £360 +10.09% 19
North East -36 23 £495 - 10
Wales +30 22 £390 +5.40% 2
Yorkshire 0 21 £325 -1.51% 23
Shropshire -14 21 £415 +45.61%
South Wales +26 20 £390 +6.84% 1
Telford -12 20 £415 -
Surrey +2 19 £381 +10.50% 25
Tyne and Wear -44 19 £495 - 8
Newcastle upon Tyne -40 18 £495 - 8
Newport +26 17 £390 +13.86%
Middlesex +8 17 £350 - 1
West Yorkshire -10 17 £323 -18.35% 16
Scotland -25 17 £264 -25.04% 21
Oxfordshire +5 15 £450 +7.78% 11
Leeds -5 15 £325 -21.68% 13
Kent +14 14 £750 +122.22% 1
Somerset -6 14 £375 +66.66% 11
City of London +50 13 £500 +17.64% 13
Cambridge +15 13 £350 -12.50% 31
Cambridgeshire +11 13 £350 -9.67% 34
Bristol -7 13 £338 -18.18% 5
Manchester +6 12 £400 +8.47% 20

Software Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 June 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 1075 (97.46%) Software Engineering
2 406 (36.81%) Agile Software Development
3 381 (34.54%) Java
4 372 (33.73%) C++
5 338 (30.64%) Linux
6 322 (29.19%) C
7 248 (22.48%) C#
8 225 (20.40%) TDD
9 210 (19.04%) JavaScript
10 203 (18.40%) SQL
11 184 (16.68%) OO
12 158 (14.32%) HTML
13 156 (14.14%) Security Cleared
14 149 (13.51%) UML
15 144 (13.06%) Scrum
15 144 (13.06%) Windows
16 136 (12.33%) .NET
17 130 (11.79%) Continuous Integration
18 123 (11.15%) Web Services
19 122 (11.06%) CSS
20 121 (10.97%) Python
21 117 (10.61%) Unit Testing
22 113 (10.24%) DevOps
23 108 (9.79%) SC Cleared
24 105 (9.52%) Embedded C
25 97 (8.79%) Unix
25 97 (8.79%) Spring
25 97 (8.79%) Git (software)
26 95 (8.61%) Multithreading
27 91 (8.25%) BDD

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 32 (2.90%) OpenStack
2 31 (2.81%) WebLogic
3 28 (2.54%) Apache
3 28 (2.54%) Tomcat
4 27 (2.45%) JBoss
5 24 (2.18%) Cloud Foundry
6 21 (1.90%) Confluence
7 19 (1.72%) Apache Spark
7 19 (1.72%) Elasticsearch
8 13 (1.18%) WebSphere
9 11 (1.00%) WebLogic Portal
10 6 (0.54%) CMS
10 6 (0.54%) nginx
11 5 (0.45%) WebSphere Application Server
12 3 (0.27%) Apache Solr
12 3 (0.27%) IIS
12 3 (0.27%) Jetty
12 3 (0.27%) Mule
12 3 (0.27%) SharePoint
13 2 (0.18%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 20 (1.81%) MS Excel
2 18 (1.63%) Simulink
3 7 (0.63%) MS Office
4 4 (0.36%) FrameMaker
4 4 (0.36%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.091%) Doxygen
5 1 (0.091%) InfoPath
5 1 (0.091%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 3 (0.27%) Dynamics CRM
1 3 (0.27%) LabWindows
1 3 (0.27%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.091%) Magento
2 1 (0.091%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.091%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 69 (6.26%) Amazon AWS
2 49 (4.44%) Microsoft Azure
3 32 (2.90%) PaaS
4 16 (1.45%) Heroku
4 16 (1.45%) SaaS
5 11 (1.00%) Google App Engine
5 11 (1.00%) Google Cloud Platform
6 10 (0.91%) Amazon EC2
6 10 (0.91%) Cloud Computing
7 9 (0.82%) GitHub
8 8 (0.73%) IaaS
9 6 (0.54%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
10 5 (0.45%) Amazon SQS
11 4 (0.36%) Amazon S3
12 3 (0.27%) Amazon Kinesis
13 2 (0.18%) AWS CloudFormation
13 2 (0.18%) Force.com
13 2 (0.18%) Google Analytics
13 2 (0.18%) Office 365
13 2 (0.18%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 61 (5.53%) HTTP
1 61 (5.53%) TCP/IP
2 34 (3.08%) Wireless
3 30 (2.72%) LTE
4 29 (2.63%) SNMP
5 27 (2.45%) Internet
6 23 (2.09%) Ethernet
7 18 (1.63%) SSL
8 16 (1.45%) VoIP
9 15 (1.36%) DVB
10 14 (1.27%) Wi-Fi
11 13 (1.18%) RS-232
12 12 (1.09%) 3G
13 11 (1.00%) RS-422
14 10 (0.91%) Bluetooth
15 9 (0.82%) 3GPP
15 9 (0.82%) AMQP
15 9 (0.82%) Broadband
15 9 (0.82%) PPP
16 8 (0.73%) Modbus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 79 (7.16%) MongoDB
2 67 (6.07%) SQL Server
3 53 (4.81%) MySQL
4 45 (4.08%) NoSQL
4 45 (4.08%) Relational Database
5 41 (3.72%) Hadoop
6 33 (2.99%) Apache Cassandra
7 25 (2.27%) Big Data
8 24 (2.18%) PostgreSQL
9 22 (1.99%) Redis
10 17 (1.54%) Neo4j
11 12 (1.09%) Oracle Database
12 8 (0.73%) Data Mining
12 8 (0.73%) OrientDB
13 7 (0.63%) DB2
13 7 (0.63%) Oracle Database 11g
14 6 (0.54%) Amazon DynamoDB
14 6 (0.54%) Apache Hive
14 6 (0.54%) DataStage
14 6 (0.54%) HBase
Development Applications
1 97 (8.79%) Git (software)
2 77 (6.98%) Visual Studio
3 74 (6.71%) Rational DOORS
4 69 (6.26%) Jenkins
5 67 (6.07%) Subversion
6 52 (4.71%) Eclipse
7 45 (4.08%) JUnit
7 45 (4.08%) Rational Rhapsody
8 40 (3.63%) Selenium
9 39 (3.54%) JIRA
10 31 (2.81%) Maven
11 28 (2.54%) ClearCase
12 23 (2.09%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 22 (1.99%) Cucumber
14 19 (1.72%) Mockito
15 16 (1.45%) NUnit
16 14 (1.27%) Ant
16 14 (1.27%) CppUnit
16 14 (1.27%) IntelliJ
16 14 (1.27%) StarTeam
General
1 89 (8.07%) Finance
2 62 (5.62%) Telecoms
3 56 (5.08%) Electronics
4 47 (4.26%) Aerospace
5 29 (2.63%) Avionics
6 26 (2.36%) Automotive
7 23 (2.09%) Banking
8 20 (1.81%) Investment Banking
8 20 (1.81%) Manufacturing
9 16 (1.45%) Games
9 16 (1.45%) Military
10 14 (1.27%) Publishing
11 10 (0.91%) Retail
12 8 (0.73%) Legal
13 7 (0.63%) Back Office
13 7 (0.63%) Marketing
14 5 (0.45%) Local Government
15 3 (0.27%) Advertising
16 2 (0.18%) Financial Institution
16 2 (0.18%) Front Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 158 (14.32%) HTML
2 136 (12.33%) .NET
3 123 (11.15%) Web Services
4 122 (11.06%) CSS
5 97 (8.79%) Spring
6 91 (8.25%) XML
7 87 (7.89%) HTML5
8 82 (7.43%) REST
9 80 (7.25%) Node.js
10 66 (5.98%) AngularJS
11 61 (5.53%) JSON
12 56 (5.08%) WPF
13 55 (4.99%) RESTful
14 54 (4.90%) Hibernate
14 54 (4.90%) SOAP
15 49 (4.44%) J2EE
16 46 (4.17%) .NET Framework
16 46 (4.17%) ASP.NET
17 45 (4.08%) STL
18 38 (3.45%) Boost C++ Libraries
Miscellaneous
1 56 (5.08%) Analytical Skills
2 55 (4.99%) Embedded Systems
3 46 (4.17%) User Experience
4 41 (3.72%) Computer Science
5 38 (3.45%) Algorithms
6 37 (3.35%) Device Driver
7 25 (2.27%) Digital TV
8 20 (1.81%) Data Structures
8 20 (1.81%) VHDL
9 19 (1.72%) Mathematics
10 18 (1.63%) Enterprise Software
10 18 (1.63%) Mobile App
11 17 (1.54%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
11 17 (1.54%) STB
12 16 (1.45%) Derivative
13 15 (1.36%) MPEG
14 13 (1.18%) Data Centre
15 12 (1.09%) Cyberthreat
16 11 (1.00%) Visualisation
16 11 (1.00%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 338 (30.64%) Linux
2 144 (13.06%) Windows
3 97 (8.79%) Unix
4 34 (3.08%) Embedded Linux
5 27 (2.45%) Android
5 27 (2.45%) VxWorks
6 20 (1.81%) Apple iOS
7 16 (1.45%) Mac OS X
8 14 (1.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 13 (1.18%) Windows Server
10 9 (0.82%) Ubuntu
11 8 (0.73%) Windows 7
12 6 (0.54%) Nucleus RTOS
13 5 (0.45%) AIX
13 5 (0.45%) CentOS
13 5 (0.45%) Windows Server 2003
14 4 (0.36%) HPUX
14 4 (0.36%) Solaris
14 4 (0.36%) VMS
14 4 (0.36%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1075 (97.46%) Software Engineering
2 406 (36.81%) Agile Software Development
3 225 (20.40%) TDD
4 184 (16.68%) OO
5 149 (13.51%) UML
6 144 (13.06%) Scrum
7 130 (11.79%) Continuous Integration
8 117 (10.61%) Unit Testing
9 113 (10.24%) DevOps
10 95 (8.61%) Multithreading
11 91 (8.25%) BDD
12 79 (7.16%) Open Source
13 74 (6.71%) Configuration Management
13 74 (6.71%) Microservices
14 58 (5.26%) Continuous Delivery
15 57 (5.17%) SDLC
16 53 (4.81%) Embedded Software Development
16 53 (4.81%) OOD
17 49 (4.44%) Integration Testing
17 49 (4.44%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 381 (34.54%) Java
2 372 (33.73%) C++
3 322 (29.19%) C
4 248 (22.48%) C#
5 210 (19.04%) JavaScript
6 203 (18.40%) SQL
7 121 (10.97%) Python
8 105 (9.52%) Embedded C
9 86 (7.80%) Scala
10 81 (7.34%) Ruby
11 62 (5.62%) Perl
12 50 (4.53%) Ada
13 35 (3.17%) Bash Shell
13 35 (3.17%) Go
13 35 (3.17%) PHP
14 32 (2.90%) Embedded C++
14 32 (2.90%) MATLAB
15 28 (2.54%) PL/SQL
16 19 (1.72%) Ada 95
17 17 (1.54%) Assembly Language
Qualifications
1 156 (14.14%) Security Cleared
2 108 (9.79%) SC Cleared
3 72 (6.53%) Degree
4 30 (2.72%) DV Cleared
5 14 (1.27%) BPSS Clearance
6 4 (0.36%) PhD
7 3 (0.27%) HND
8 2 (0.18%) Microsoft Certification
9 1 (0.091%) BC Cleared
9 1 (0.091%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (2.45%) QA
2 22 (1.99%) MISRA
3 20 (1.81%) DO-178B
4 15 (1.36%) MISRA C
5 13 (1.18%) Disclosure Scotland
6 12 (1.09%) ISO 9001
7 4 (0.36%) SDET
8 3 (0.27%) ISO26262
8 3 (0.27%) SLA
9 2 (0.18%) IEC 61508
9 2 (0.18%) OIPF
9 2 (0.18%) TickIT
10 1 (0.091%) Data Quality
10 1 (0.091%) Def Stans
10 1 (0.091%) ECSS
10 1 (0.091%) HL7
10 1 (0.091%) ISO13485
10 1 (0.091%) JTAG
System Software
1 61 (5.53%) Docker
2 16 (1.45%) vSphere
3 14 (1.27%) Firmware
4 11 (1.00%) VMware Infrastructure
5 10 (0.91%) Active Directory
6 4 (0.36%) Apache Flume
6 4 (0.36%) GPFS
6 4 (0.36%) Virtual Machines
7 3 (0.27%) Cygwin
7 3 (0.27%) iptables
7 3 (0.27%) OpenSSH
8 2 (0.18%) etcd
8 2 (0.18%) Xen
8 2 (0.18%) XenServer
9 1 (0.091%) Shibboleth
9 1 (0.091%) Time Sharing Option
9 1 (0.091%) vCloud
9 1 (0.091%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 45 (4.08%) Puppet
2 19 (1.72%) Kubernetes
3 16 (1.45%) Opscode Chef
4 12 (1.09%) Ansible
5 10 (0.91%) Kibana
6 8 (0.73%) logstash
7 7 (0.63%) Graphite
7 7 (0.63%) StatsD
8 6 (0.54%) Mesos
9 3 (0.27%) BladeLogic
9 3 (0.27%) CA Single Sign-On
9 3 (0.27%) Grafana
9 3 (0.27%) HP Operations Orchestration
9 3 (0.27%) SCOrch
10 2 (0.18%) Consul
10 2 (0.18%) everRun
10 2 (0.18%) OpenAM
10 2 (0.18%) Salt
11 1 (0.091%) Oozie
11 1 (0.091%) Sun Identity Manager
Vendors
1 84 (7.62%) Oracle
2 63 (5.71%) Microsoft
3 23 (2.09%) IBM
3 23 (2.09%) webMethods
4 19 (1.72%) Red Hat
4 19 (1.72%) VMware
5 15 (1.36%) Adobe
5 15 (1.36%) Google
6 14 (1.27%) Coverity
7 10 (0.91%) Perforce
8 9 (0.82%) Serena
9 8 (0.73%) Atlassian
9 8 (0.73%) Telelogic
10 7 (0.63%) CA
10 7 (0.63%) HP
10 7 (0.63%) QNX
11 6 (0.54%) Luciad
11 6 (0.54%) Siemens
11 6 (0.54%) Syncfusion
11 6 (0.54%) Wind River
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Experis IT
Posted: 17 hours ago
Gloucestershire
Informatiq Consulting
Posted: Yesterday
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
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Posted: 22 hours ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £550 - £650 per day + depending on experience
Posted: 2 days ago
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Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Amoria Bond
Rate: £1.00 - £1000.00 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £36 per hour + negotiable
Posted: 3 days ago
London
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Rate: £525 - £550 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Llandrindod Wells, Powys
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Rate: £300 - £375 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Hertfordshire
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Rate: £300.00 - £350.00 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
London
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Rate: From £480 to £530 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
North West London
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Rate: £300 - £360 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Oho Group
Rate: DOE
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