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 24 February 2017 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
24 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Software Engineer
UK
Rank 215 231 265
Rank change year-on-year
+16 +34
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 518 545 423
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.14% 1.05% 0.81%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.20% 1.10% 0.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 293 253 185
Median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £304 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £588 £469
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £370 £350
% change year-on-year
+8.10% +5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 108 132 89
Median hourly rate £42.50 £44.00 £37.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.40% +16.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £37.50 £32.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £50.39 £45.15
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £43.63 £38.00
% change year-on-year
-2.57% +14.80%

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
43026 49406 49767
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.75% 94.99% 94.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 28072 31841 30661
Median daily rate £425 £414 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.65% +3.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £260 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1547 1650 1932
Median hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.71% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.23 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £50.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
-2.77% +5.88%

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 24 February 2017.

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 24 February 2017.

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 24 February 2017. 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 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 -6 429 £425 +4.93% 394
London +36 133 £450 -5.26% 110
South East -14 97 £375 +4.89% 76
South West -1 67 £425 +25.92% 51
East of England -10 52 £425 +22.30% 63
Wales +33 47 £425 +14.86% 7
South Wales +33 37 £425 +14.86% 7
Scotland +40 31 £325 -5.10% 28
Hertfordshire +5 24 £425 +13.33% 7
Yorkshire +26 23 £400 -4.76% 28
North West -8 22 £425 +4.29% 37
Somerset +2 21 £350 +9.80% 12
Hampshire -22 21 £400 +23.07% 25
West Yorkshire +31 19 £410 -2.38% 16
Leeds +21 19 £410 -2.95% 14
Oxfordshire +19 19 £481 +11.91% 14
East Midlands +14 18 £325 +8.33% 7
Cambridgeshire -5 18 £455 +44.44% 50
Edinburgh +34 17 £225 -36.84% 19
Cardiff +24 17 £425 +21.42% 2
Surrey +6 16 £375 +22.44% 10
Cambridge 0 14 £455 +44.44% 44
City of London -5 14 £450 +1.80% 22
Berkshire +14 13 £175 -58.20% 14
Lancashire +10 13 £550 - 3
West Midlands +7 13 £450 +4.65% 16
Buckinghamshire -4 13 £325 -16.66%
Oxford +12 12 £550 - 5
Yeovil -2 11 - - 2
Gloucestershire -5 11 £433 +8.12% 5

Software Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 February 2017, 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 1064 (95.60%) Software Engineering
2 445 (39.98%) Agile Software Development
3 405 (36.39%) Java
4 364 (32.70%) C++
5 288 (25.88%) Linux
6 269 (24.17%) C
7 248 (22.28%) TDD
8 240 (21.56%) C#
9 214 (19.23%) SQL
10 201 (18.06%) Security Cleared
11 195 (17.52%) JavaScript
12 183 (16.44%) Scrum
13 177 (15.90%) BDD
14 175 (15.72%) OO
14 175 (15.72%) Python
15 159 (14.29%) UML
16 149 (13.39%) Web Services
16 149 (13.39%) SC Cleared
17 141 (12.67%) Git (software)
17 141 (12.67%) HTML
18 139 (12.49%) .NET
19 116 (10.42%) Amazon AWS
20 115 (10.33%) REST
21 110 (9.88%) Continuous Integration
21 110 (9.88%) Spring
22 106 (9.52%) Windows
23 102 (9.16%) Node.js
24 101 (9.07%) CSS
25 99 (8.89%) RESTful
26 98 (8.81%) DevOps

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 56 (5.03%) Apache
2 52 (4.67%) Tomcat
3 48 (4.31%) Confluence
4 30 (2.70%) WebSphere
5 29 (2.61%) JBoss
6 27 (2.43%) Apache Spark
7 24 (2.16%) Elasticsearch
7 24 (2.16%) nginx
8 22 (1.98%) WebLogic
9 15 (1.35%) WebSphere Application Server
10 13 (1.17%) NServiceBus
11 12 (1.08%) Apache Pig
11 12 (1.08%) OpenStack
12 11 (0.99%) WebSphere Process Server
13 10 (0.90%) Alfresco
13 10 (0.90%) Cloud Foundry
13 10 (0.90%) CMS
14 7 (0.63%) Apache Solr
15 6 (0.54%) GlassFish
15 6 (0.54%) SharePoint
Applications
1 38 (3.41%) Simulink
2 23 (2.07%) MS Excel
3 8 (0.72%) MS Office
4 4 (0.36%) MS PowerPoint
5 3 (0.27%) TargetLink
6 2 (0.18%) Photoshop
6 2 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.18%) Stateflow
7 1 (0.090%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.090%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.090%) Doxygen
7 1 (0.090%) HipChat
7 1 (0.090%) SOLIDWORKS
7 1 (0.090%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 4 (0.36%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 3 (0.27%) BusinessWorks
3 2 (0.18%) LabWindows
3 2 (0.18%) Oracle Cash Management
3 2 (0.18%) Payment Gateway
3 2 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.090%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.090%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.090%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.090%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.090%) Summit
4 1 (0.090%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 116 (10.42%) Amazon AWS
2 38 (3.41%) Microsoft Azure
3 27 (2.43%) GitHub
4 17 (1.53%) Amazon EC2
4 17 (1.53%) AWS Lambda
4 17 (1.53%) Heroku
5 15 (1.35%) Amazon S3
5 15 (1.35%) Amazon SQS
6 14 (1.26%) PaaS
7 11 (0.99%) Slack
8 9 (0.81%) AWS CloudFormation
8 9 (0.81%) Cloud Computing
8 9 (0.81%) SaaS
9 8 (0.72%) IaaS
10 4 (0.36%) Amazon Kinesis
11 3 (0.27%) Amazon EMR
12 2 (0.18%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
12 2 (0.18%) Google Cloud Platform
12 2 (0.18%) Oracle CX
13 1 (0.090%) Google Play
Communications & Networking
1 75 (6.74%) HTTP
2 68 (6.11%) TCP/IP
3 39 (3.50%) Internet
4 36 (3.23%) VoIP
5 27 (2.43%) SSL
6 24 (2.16%) LTE
7 23 (2.07%) Asterisk PBX
7 23 (2.07%) Diameter Protocol
7 23 (2.07%) GSM
7 23 (2.07%) PBX
7 23 (2.07%) RANAP
7 23 (2.07%) RTP
7 23 (2.07%) UMTS
8 16 (1.44%) Bluetooth
9 13 (1.17%) Firewall
9 13 (1.17%) SNMP
9 13 (1.17%) Wireshark
10 12 (1.08%) Broadband
10 12 (1.08%) Wireless
11 9 (0.81%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 74 (6.65%) NoSQL
2 67 (6.02%) MongoDB
3 61 (5.48%) MySQL
4 58 (5.21%) SQL Server
5 56 (5.03%) PostgreSQL
6 35 (3.14%) Big Data
7 30 (2.70%) Hadoop
7 30 (2.70%) Relational Database
8 28 (2.52%) Apache Cassandra
9 20 (1.80%) Oracle Database
10 13 (1.17%) Apache Hive
10 13 (1.17%) SQL Server 2008
11 11 (0.99%) Data Warehouse
11 11 (0.99%) Redis
12 10 (0.90%) Neo4j
13 8 (0.72%) RDBMS
14 6 (0.54%) HBase
14 6 (0.54%) MarkLogic
14 6 (0.54%) Oracle Database 11g
14 6 (0.54%) OrientDB
Development Applications
1 141 (12.67%) Git (software)
2 94 (8.45%) Jenkins
3 84 (7.55%) JIRA
4 77 (6.92%) Visual Studio
5 66 (5.93%) JUnit
6 64 (5.75%) Maven
7 63 (5.66%) Cucumber
8 56 (5.03%) Rational DOORS
8 56 (5.03%) Subversion
9 51 (4.58%) Eclipse
10 37 (3.32%) GCC
10 37 (3.32%) Rational Rhapsody
11 33 (2.96%) GDB
12 30 (2.70%) Selenium
13 28 (2.52%) Team Foundation Server
14 27 (2.43%) Ant
15 24 (2.16%) Trac
16 22 (1.98%) Mockito
17 16 (1.44%) Mercurial
18 13 (1.17%) WebDriver
General
1 77 (6.92%) Finance
2 47 (4.22%) Telecoms
3 38 (3.41%) Aerospace
3 38 (3.41%) Manufacturing
4 36 (3.23%) Automotive
5 28 (2.52%) Publishing
6 25 (2.25%) Electronics
7 23 (2.07%) Military
8 19 (1.71%) Retail
9 13 (1.17%) Games
10 11 (0.99%) Avionics
11 9 (0.81%) Banking
12 8 (0.72%) Marketing
13 3 (0.27%) Advertising
13 3 (0.27%) Front Office
14 2 (0.18%) Law
14 2 (0.18%) Multimedia
15 1 (0.090%) Financial Institution
15 1 (0.090%) Investment Banking
15 1 (0.090%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 149 (13.39%) Web Services
2 141 (12.67%) HTML
3 139 (12.49%) .NET
4 115 (10.33%) REST
5 110 (9.88%) Spring
6 102 (9.16%) Node.js
7 101 (9.07%) CSS
8 99 (8.89%) RESTful
9 83 (7.46%) XML
10 65 (5.84%) HTML5
11 62 (5.57%) AngularJS
12 49 (4.40%) Boost C++ Libraries
13 47 (4.22%) JSON
14 44 (3.95%) STL
15 42 (3.77%) jQuery
16 40 (3.59%) React
17 37 (3.32%) ASP.NET
18 35 (3.14%) SOAP
19 28 (2.52%) J2EE
20 25 (2.25%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 66 (5.93%) Embedded Systems
2 59 (5.30%) Computer Science
3 53 (4.76%) Analytical Skills
4 32 (2.88%) User Experience
5 21 (1.89%) Device Driver
6 18 (1.62%) Algorithms
7 12 (1.08%) Data Structures
7 12 (1.08%) RIA
8 11 (0.99%) Wiki
9 10 (0.90%) Client/Server
9 10 (0.90%) Clustering
9 10 (0.90%) Data Centre
9 10 (0.90%) Mobile App
10 9 (0.81%) Management Information System
11 8 (0.72%) Linux Command Line
11 8 (0.72%) STB
12 7 (0.63%) Derivative
12 7 (0.63%) Digital TV
13 6 (0.54%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
13 6 (0.54%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 288 (25.88%) Linux
2 106 (9.52%) Windows
3 84 (7.55%) Unix
4 32 (2.88%) Android
5 26 (2.34%) Apple iOS
6 20 (1.80%) Embedded Linux
7 15 (1.35%) Ubuntu
8 14 (1.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 10 (0.90%) Windows Embedded Compact
10 8 (0.72%) CentOS
11 7 (0.63%) Windows Server
12 5 (0.45%) VxWorks
13 4 (0.36%) VME
14 3 (0.27%) Mac OS X
14 3 (0.27%) Windows 10
14 3 (0.27%) Windows Server 2008
15 2 (0.18%) Windows 7
16 1 (0.090%) CoreOS
16 1 (0.090%) Mac OS
16 1 (0.090%) OpenWrt
Processes & Methodologies
1 1064 (95.60%) Software Engineering
2 445 (39.98%) Agile Software Development
3 248 (22.28%) TDD
4 183 (16.44%) Scrum
5 177 (15.90%) BDD
6 175 (15.72%) OO
7 159 (14.29%) UML
8 110 (9.88%) Continuous Integration
9 98 (8.81%) DevOps
10 96 (8.63%) Open Source
11 86 (7.73%) Unit Testing
12 82 (7.37%) Multithreading
13 76 (6.83%) SDLC
14 75 (6.74%) Configuration Management
15 70 (6.29%) MVC
16 65 (5.84%) High Availability
17 64 (5.75%) Microservices
18 60 (5.39%) Integration Testing
19 58 (5.21%) Continuous Delivery
20 46 (4.13%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 405 (36.39%) Java
2 364 (32.70%) C++
3 269 (24.17%) C
4 240 (21.56%) C#
5 214 (19.23%) SQL
6 195 (17.52%) JavaScript
7 175 (15.72%) Python
8 85 (7.64%) Embedded C
9 68 (6.11%) Scala
10 67 (6.02%) Ruby
11 63 (5.66%) Perl
12 54 (4.85%) Ada
13 45 (4.04%) MATLAB
14 40 (3.59%) Bash Shell
15 38 (3.41%) Embedded C++
16 33 (2.96%) PHP
17 31 (2.79%) PowerShell
18 19 (1.71%) Ada 95
18 19 (1.71%) Shell Script
19 18 (1.62%) Go
Qualifications
1 201 (18.06%) Security Cleared
2 149 (13.39%) SC Cleared
3 60 (5.39%) Degree
4 19 (1.71%) DV Cleared
5 13 (1.17%) BPSS Clearance
6 6 (0.54%) MCTS
6 6 (0.54%) Microsoft Certification
6 6 (0.54%) RHCE
7 3 (0.27%) HND
7 3 (0.27%) ISEB
7 3 (0.27%) ISTQB
7 3 (0.27%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 3 (0.27%) PhD
8 1 (0.090%) BC Cleared
8 1 (0.090%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (3.32%) QA
2 27 (2.43%) MISRA
3 17 (1.53%) MISRA C
4 14 (1.26%) SDET
5 10 (0.90%) DO-178B
6 9 (0.81%) ISO26262
7 7 (0.63%) Disclosure Scotland
8 5 (0.45%) IEC 61508
9 4 (0.36%) ISO 9001
9 4 (0.36%) PCI DSS
10 3 (0.27%) Def Stans
10 3 (0.27%) TickIT
11 2 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 12207
12 1 (0.090%) ISO13485
12 1 (0.090%) MiFID
12 1 (0.090%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 1 (0.090%) SAS 70
System Software
1 59 (5.30%) Docker
2 11 (0.99%) Virtual Machines
2 11 (0.99%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (0.90%) Firmware
4 7 (0.63%) vSphere
5 4 (0.36%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 3 (0.27%) HDFS
7 2 (0.18%) Apache Flume
7 2 (0.18%) KVM
7 2 (0.18%) LXC
8 1 (0.090%) Active Directory
8 1 (0.090%) BusyBox
8 1 (0.090%) Shibboleth
Systems Management
1 26 (2.34%) Puppet
2 23 (2.07%) Opscode Chef
3 13 (1.17%) Ansible
3 13 (1.17%) Graphite
4 8 (0.72%) Hadoop YARN
5 7 (0.63%) Mesos
6 6 (0.54%) Salt
7 5 (0.45%) Kubernetes
7 5 (0.45%) Terraform
8 4 (0.36%) Kibana
9 3 (0.27%) Grafana
9 3 (0.27%) HP Quality Center
10 2 (0.18%) logstash
10 2 (0.18%) TIBCO Hawk
11 1 (0.090%) Business Desktop Deployment
11 1 (0.090%) Data Guard
11 1 (0.090%) Oracle RMAN
11 1 (0.090%) Sun Identity Manager
11 1 (0.090%) vRealize
11 1 (0.090%) Wonderware InTouch
Vendors
1 76 (6.83%) Oracle
2 70 (6.29%) Microsoft
3 24 (2.16%) Cisco
4 15 (1.35%) Atlassian
5 14 (1.26%) IBM
5 14 (1.26%) VMware
6 13 (1.17%) Red Hat
7 9 (0.81%) Google
7 9 (0.81%) HP
8 8 (0.72%) hybris
9 7 (0.63%) Serena
9 7 (0.63%) Sitecore
10 6 (0.54%) SAP
10 6 (0.54%) Twitter
11 5 (0.45%) Adobe
11 5 (0.45%) Cloudera
12 4 (0.36%) Coverity
12 4 (0.36%) Freescale
12 4 (0.36%) ICL
12 4 (0.36%) Splunk
Wiltshire
MRL Group
Rate: £Neg
Posted: 3 days ago
Swindon, Wiltshire
Talent International
Rate: £50 - £60 per hour + Onsite Parking, Flexitime
Posted: 15 hours ago
Middlesex
Montash
Rate: £300 - £301 per day
Posted: 23 hours ago
London
Avion Recruitment Solutions
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
London
Joseph Harry Ltd
Posted: 2 hours ago
City, London
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
Livingston
CPS Group Limited
Posted: 3 days ago
Fareham, Hampshire
Net Talent
Posted: 2 days ago
Leicestershire
G2 Recruitment Solutions
Rate: £200 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Hampshire
Source Technology
Rate: From £40 to £45 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Uniting Ambition
Rate: £450 - 550 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
New Malden
aap3
Rate: £35.00 - £45.00 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Essex
LA International
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
West Midlands
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
Camberley, Surrey
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Premier IT
Posted: 2 days ago
Oxfordshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £400 - £505 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Premier IT
Rate: £350 - £600 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Lawrence Harvey Enterprise
Rate: £425.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Cambridge
OHO Group Ltd.
Rate: £40 - £50 per hour
Posted: 9 days ago
Newport, Gwent
Avion Recruitment Solutions
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: From £400 to £500 per day 3 Months initially
Posted: 3 days ago
Cambridge
OHO Group Ltd.
Rate: £40 - £47 per hour
Posted: 18 days ago
Cambridge
OHO Group Ltd.
Rate: £450 - £650 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
Cambridge
OHO Group Ltd.
Rate: £450 - £650 per day
Posted: 8 days ago
London
Joseph Harry Ltd
Posted: 4 days ago
Swindon, Wiltshire
Talent International
Rate: £0.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Gloucestershire
CPS Group Limited
Posted: 27 days ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Cardiff University
Rate: From £40,523 to £46,924 per annum
Posted: 23 days ago