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 August 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 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Engineer
Rank 257 252 254
Rank change year-on-year
-5 +2
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 501 542 482
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.93% 0.94% 0.87%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.98% 0.99% 0.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 259 236 268
Median daily rate £413 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.00% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £288 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £498 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 91 120 57
Median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.50 £32.08 £34.78
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £52.17 £45.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year
+6.25% -

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
51191 54614 52615
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.69% 94.95% 94.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 33346 34728 31784
Median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1648 2049 2054
Median hourly rate £17.00 £17.33 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.90% +1.94%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.88 £11.00 £10.57
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £16.72
% change year-on-year
-2.94% +1.67%

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 August 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 August 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 August 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 -26 438 £420 +12.00% 311
London -4 132 £500 +17.64% 74
South East -31 82 £375 +1.35% 71
East of England +34 56 £350 -3.44% 37
West Midlands -6 55 £415 +38.33% 9
South West -32 48 £375 - 46
Wales +46 41 £390 +11.42% 5
South Wales +43 36 £390 +11.42% 4
North West +29 32 £400 +23.07% 24
Newport - 27 £390 - 1
Cambridgeshire +28 24 £350 -6.66% 28
Cambridge +26 20 £350 -6.66% 21
Hertfordshire +16 19 £325 -1.51% 2
Gloucestershire +2 18 £440 +22.22% 15
Manchester +4 16 £400 +23.07% 19
Middlesex +2 16 £350 -
East Midlands -7 16 £325 -1.51% 12
City of London +25 15 £425 +6.25% 15
Shropshire -8 15 £415 -
Hampshire -9 15 £450 +21.62% 13
Scotland -5 14 £325 +8.33% 14
Telford -6 14 £415 -
West Sussex -2 13 £325 -13.62% 3
Oxfordshire -6 13 £500 +21.21% 9
Yorkshire -17 12 £310 - 30
Leicestershire +9 10 £325 -7.14% 1
Birmingham -2 10 - - 3
Berkshire -10 10 £375 -2.59% 16
Cheltenham +6 9 £475 - 5
Oxford -3 8 £500 +26.18% 2

Software Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 August 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 1029 (97.54%) Software Engineering
2 437 (41.42%) Agile Software Development
3 379 (35.92%) Java
4 348 (32.99%) C++
5 305 (28.91%) Linux
6 300 (28.44%) C
7 237 (22.46%) C#
8 235 (22.27%) TDD
9 216 (20.47%) JavaScript
9 216 (20.47%) SQL
10 177 (16.78%) OO
11 152 (14.41%) Scrum
12 150 (14.22%) UML
12 150 (14.22%) HTML
13 142 (13.46%) Web Services
14 141 (13.36%) .NET
15 133 (12.61%) Windows
16 130 (12.32%) Security Cleared
17 119 (11.28%) BDD
18 115 (10.90%) Continuous Integration
18 115 (10.90%) DevOps
19 111 (10.52%) CSS
20 104 (9.86%) Python
21 100 (9.48%) Unix
21 100 (9.48%) Spring
21 100 (9.48%) Unit Testing
21 100 (9.48%) Amazon AWS
22 97 (9.19%) REST
23 94 (8.91%) Git (software)
23 94 (8.91%) 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 45 (4.27%) Tomcat
2 38 (3.60%) Apache
3 35 (3.32%) WebLogic
4 31 (2.94%) JBoss
5 28 (2.65%) Apache Spark
6 27 (2.56%) OpenStack
7 24 (2.27%) Elasticsearch
8 21 (1.99%) Cloud Foundry
9 19 (1.80%) Confluence
10 18 (1.71%) WebSphere
11 13 (1.23%) WebLogic Portal
12 11 (1.04%) nginx
13 9 (0.85%) WebSphere Application Server
14 7 (0.66%) SharePoint
15 6 (0.57%) CMS
15 6 (0.57%) Jetty
16 5 (0.47%) Apache Solr
16 5 (0.47%) Skype for Business
17 3 (0.28%) IIS
17 3 (0.28%) Mule
Applications
1 31 (2.94%) MS Excel
2 25 (2.37%) Simulink
3 6 (0.57%) MS Office
4 4 (0.38%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.095%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 4 (0.38%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
2 3 (0.28%) LabWindows
3 2 (0.19%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.19%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.095%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 100 (9.48%) Amazon AWS
2 45 (4.27%) Microsoft Azure
3 26 (2.46%) PaaS
4 21 (1.99%) Amazon EC2
5 18 (1.71%) Heroku
6 17 (1.61%) Cloud Computing
7 16 (1.52%) GitHub
8 15 (1.42%) Amazon S3
9 14 (1.33%) SaaS
10 12 (1.14%) Amazon SQS
10 12 (1.14%) Google App Engine
10 12 (1.14%) Google Cloud Platform
11 6 (0.57%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
11 6 (0.57%) IaaS
12 5 (0.47%) AWS CloudFormation
12 5 (0.47%) Office 365
13 3 (0.28%) Amazon Kinesis
13 3 (0.28%) AWS Lambda
13 3 (0.28%) OpenShift
14 2 (0.19%) Force.com
Communications & Networking
1 58 (5.50%) HTTP
2 54 (5.12%) TCP/IP
3 35 (3.32%) SNMP
4 31 (2.94%) Internet
5 24 (2.27%) Wireless
6 23 (2.18%) Ethernet
7 22 (2.09%) VoIP
8 15 (1.42%) Bluetooth
8 15 (1.42%) LTE
9 10 (0.95%) AMQP
9 10 (0.95%) RS-422
9 10 (0.95%) SSL
10 9 (0.85%) RS-232
11 8 (0.76%) DVB
11 8 (0.76%) Firewall
11 8 (0.76%) IPv4
11 8 (0.76%) LDAP
12 7 (0.66%) 3G
13 6 (0.57%) HTTPS
13 6 (0.57%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 83 (7.87%) MongoDB
2 70 (6.64%) NoSQL
3 62 (5.88%) MySQL
4 52 (4.93%) Relational Database
5 50 (4.74%) SQL Server
6 41 (3.89%) Big Data
7 37 (3.51%) Hadoop
8 29 (2.75%) Apache Cassandra
9 22 (2.09%) PostgreSQL
10 20 (1.90%) Redis
11 19 (1.80%) Neo4j
12 12 (1.14%) HBase
12 12 (1.14%) Oracle Database
13 9 (0.85%) Amazon DynamoDB
13 9 (0.85%) OrientDB
14 8 (0.76%) RDBMS
15 7 (0.66%) Oracle Database 11g
16 6 (0.57%) Couchbase
16 6 (0.57%) DataStage
17 4 (0.38%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 94 (8.91%) Git (software)
2 77 (7.30%) Visual Studio
3 69 (6.54%) Jenkins
4 64 (6.07%) JUnit
5 58 (5.50%) Rational DOORS
6 54 (5.12%) Subversion
7 44 (4.17%) Eclipse
8 41 (3.89%) JIRA
9 36 (3.41%) Rational Rhapsody
10 35 (3.32%) Selenium
11 32 (3.03%) Maven
12 31 (2.94%) Cucumber
13 22 (2.09%) Mockito
14 21 (1.99%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 19 (1.80%) ClearCase
16 18 (1.71%) IntelliJ
17 16 (1.52%) StarTeam
18 14 (1.33%) Bitbucket
19 11 (1.04%) CppUnit
19 11 (1.04%) Gradle
General
1 80 (7.58%) Finance
2 42 (3.98%) Electronics
3 39 (3.70%) Aerospace
4 38 (3.60%) Telecoms
5 26 (2.46%) Manufacturing
6 25 (2.37%) Automotive
7 24 (2.27%) Publishing
8 18 (1.71%) Retail
9 15 (1.42%) Banking
10 14 (1.33%) Investment Banking
11 12 (1.14%) Games
12 11 (1.04%) Avionics
13 10 (0.95%) Military
14 9 (0.85%) Marketing
15 5 (0.47%) Back Office
15 5 (0.47%) Local Government
16 4 (0.38%) Front Office
17 3 (0.28%) Advertising
17 3 (0.28%) Financial Institution
18 1 (0.095%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 150 (14.22%) HTML
2 142 (13.46%) Web Services
3 141 (13.36%) .NET
4 111 (10.52%) CSS
5 100 (9.48%) Spring
6 97 (9.19%) REST
7 94 (8.91%) XML
8 93 (8.82%) Node.js
9 84 (7.96%) JSON
10 83 (7.87%) HTML5
11 76 (7.20%) AngularJS
12 68 (6.45%) RESTful
13 52 (4.93%) J2EE
14 51 (4.83%) .NET Framework
15 49 (4.64%) SOAP
16 44 (4.17%) Hibernate
17 42 (3.98%) jQuery
18 41 (3.89%) ASP.NET
19 34 (3.22%) Play Framework
19 34 (3.22%) STL
Miscellaneous
1 85 (8.06%) Analytical Skills
2 62 (5.88%) Embedded Systems
3 58 (5.50%) Computer Science
4 43 (4.08%) Algorithms
5 39 (3.70%) User Experience
6 28 (2.65%) Device Driver
7 23 (2.18%) Data Structures
7 23 (2.18%) Enterprise Software
8 18 (1.71%) Derivative
8 18 (1.71%) Digital TV
9 14 (1.33%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
10 13 (1.23%) Cyberthreat
10 13 (1.23%) STB
11 12 (1.14%) Mathematics
11 12 (1.14%) Wiki
12 11 (1.04%) Mobile App
13 10 (0.95%) 3D Graphics
13 10 (0.95%) MPEG
13 10 (0.95%) VHDL
14 9 (0.85%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 305 (28.91%) Linux
2 133 (12.61%) Windows
3 100 (9.48%) Unix
4 35 (3.32%) Embedded Linux
5 26 (2.46%) Android
6 25 (2.37%) Apple iOS
7 20 (1.90%) VxWorks
8 13 (1.23%) Mac OS X
9 12 (1.14%) Windows Server
10 10 (0.95%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 8 (0.76%) Ubuntu
12 6 (0.57%) Windows 7
13 5 (0.47%) Windows Mobile
14 4 (0.38%) Windows CE
15 3 (0.28%) CentOS
15 3 (0.28%) Debian
15 3 (0.28%) Nucleus RTOS
15 3 (0.28%) Windows Server 2003
15 3 (0.28%) Windows XP
16 2 (0.19%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1029 (97.54%) Software Engineering
2 437 (41.42%) Agile Software Development
3 235 (22.27%) TDD
4 177 (16.78%) OO
5 152 (14.41%) Scrum
6 150 (14.22%) UML
7 119 (11.28%) BDD
8 115 (10.90%) Continuous Integration
8 115 (10.90%) DevOps
9 100 (9.48%) Unit Testing
10 89 (8.44%) Open Source
11 82 (7.77%) Microservices
12 76 (7.20%) Multithreading
13 66 (6.26%) Configuration Management
14 54 (5.12%) Continuous Delivery
15 52 (4.93%) Web Development
16 47 (4.45%) MVC
17 44 (4.17%) OOD
18 40 (3.79%) High Availability
19 38 (3.60%) Data Management
Programming Languages
1 379 (35.92%) Java
2 348 (32.99%) C++
3 300 (28.44%) C
4 237 (22.46%) C#
5 216 (20.47%) JavaScript
5 216 (20.47%) SQL
6 104 (9.86%) Python
7 90 (8.53%) Embedded C
7 90 (8.53%) Scala
8 72 (6.82%) Ruby
9 53 (5.02%) Perl
10 48 (4.55%) Ada
11 41 (3.89%) PHP
12 35 (3.32%) MATLAB
13 34 (3.22%) Embedded C++
14 29 (2.75%) Go
15 26 (2.46%) Bash Shell
16 19 (1.80%) PL/SQL
17 16 (1.52%) Objective-C
18 15 (1.42%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 130 (12.32%) Security Cleared
2 92 (8.72%) SC Cleared
3 80 (7.58%) Degree
4 24 (2.27%) DV Cleared
5 10 (0.95%) BPSS Clearance
6 5 (0.47%) PhD
7 3 (0.28%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (3.13%) QA
2 22 (2.09%) MISRA
3 17 (1.61%) DO-178B
4 11 (1.04%) ISO 9001
4 11 (1.04%) MISRA C
5 9 (0.85%) Disclosure Scotland
6 7 (0.66%) SDET
7 3 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 12207
7 3 (0.28%) JTAG
8 2 (0.19%) IEC 61508
8 2 (0.19%) ISO26262
8 2 (0.19%) PCI DSS
8 2 (0.19%) SLA
8 2 (0.19%) TickIT
9 1 (0.095%) Def Stans
9 1 (0.095%) HL7
9 1 (0.095%) ISO13485
System Software
1 73 (6.92%) Docker
2 13 (1.23%) vSphere
3 12 (1.14%) Firmware
4 8 (0.76%) VMware Infrastructure
5 7 (0.66%) Active Directory
6 6 (0.57%) Apache Flume
6 6 (0.57%) iptables
6 6 (0.57%) OpenSSH
6 6 (0.57%) Virtual Machines
7 4 (0.38%) Shibboleth
8 2 (0.19%) etcd
8 2 (0.19%) HDFS
9 1 (0.095%) GPFS
9 1 (0.095%) SRDF
9 1 (0.095%) Time Sharing Option
9 1 (0.095%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 48 (4.55%) Puppet
2 22 (2.09%) Opscode Chef
3 18 (1.71%) Kubernetes
4 14 (1.33%) Ansible
5 7 (0.66%) Kibana
5 7 (0.66%) Mesos
6 5 (0.47%) OpenAM
7 4 (0.38%) Grafana
7 4 (0.38%) OpenSSO
7 4 (0.38%) Sun Identity Manager
8 3 (0.28%) BladeLogic
8 3 (0.28%) logstash
9 2 (0.19%) CA Single Sign-On
9 2 (0.19%) Consul
9 2 (0.19%) HP Operations Orchestration
9 2 (0.19%) Salt
9 2 (0.19%) SCCM
9 2 (0.19%) SCOrch
10 1 (0.095%) Cacti
10 1 (0.095%) Terraform
Vendors
1 77 (7.30%) Oracle
2 65 (6.16%) Microsoft
3 21 (1.99%) webMethods
4 20 (1.90%) IBM
5 18 (1.71%) Red Hat
6 16 (1.52%) Coverity
7 14 (1.33%) Google
8 12 (1.14%) Adobe
8 12 (1.14%) VMware
9 8 (0.76%) Atlassian
9 8 (0.76%) DevExpress
9 8 (0.76%) Telelogic
10 7 (0.66%) CA
10 7 (0.66%) Perforce
10 7 (0.66%) QNX
10 7 (0.66%) Syncfusion
11 6 (0.57%) Cloudera
11 6 (0.57%) Serena
11 6 (0.57%) Sun
12 5 (0.47%) ForgeRock
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