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 26 July 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
26 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Engineer
Rank 255 239 215
Rank change year-on-year
-16 -24
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 506 561 527
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.94% 0.98% 0.98%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.99% 1.04% 1.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 285 279 315
Median daily rate £400 £370 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.10% +5.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £307 £288 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £573 £492 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.57% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 76 118 62
Median hourly rate £42.00 £42.50 £39.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.17% +8.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £33.20 £34.04
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.48 £55.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.00 £41.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year
+2.43% +2.50%

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
51163 53980 51056
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.75% 94.77% 94.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 33272 34147 30940
Median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1536 2015 2063
Median hourly rate £17.00 £16.60 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.40% +0.60%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.85 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.50 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.16 £16.10
% change year-on-year
+2.10% +0.37%

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 26 July 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 26 July 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 26 July 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 -28 452 £415 +10.66% 374
London -5 132 £475 +5.55% 81
South East -39 94 £360 +2.85% 76
West Midlands 0 50 £449 +49.66% 12
East of England +26 47 £350 - 53
South West -46 42 £369 -10.06% 61
North West +19 36 £410 +26.15% 31
Wales +41 33 £380 +4.82% 4
South Wales +33 28 £385 +10.00% 4
Newport +19 23 £390 -17.89% 3
Hampshire -14 20 £360 +9.09% 17
Yorkshire -15 20 £325 -1.51% 30
Cambridgeshire +18 19 £350 -6.66% 42
Shropshire -13 19 £415 +45.61% 1
Middlesex +7 18 £350 - 1
Telford -16 18 £415 - 1
Cambridge +21 17 £350 -6.66% 33
City of London +43 15 £481 +13.23% 15
West Yorkshire -1 15 £325 -18.75% 21
Scotland -15 15 £260 -21.21% 19
North East -24 15 £495 +52.30% 11
Cheshire +9 13 £600 +84.61% 5
East Midlands +6 13 £325 +8.33% 16
Oxfordshire +2 13 £450 +5.88% 8
Manchester +1 13 £400 +10.34% 22
Surrey -5 13 £381 +11.31% 16
Leeds -6 13 £378 -9.03% 14
Tyne and Wear -36 13 £495 +52.30% 6
Hertfordshire +17 12 £325 -1.51% 3
Newcastle upon Tyne -30 12 £498 +53.07% 6

Software Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 July 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 1065 (97.35%) Software Engineering
2 431 (39.40%) Agile Software Development
3 383 (35.01%) Java
4 358 (32.72%) C++
5 323 (29.52%) Linux
6 312 (28.52%) C
7 253 (23.13%) C#
8 233 (21.30%) TDD
9 219 (20.02%) SQL
10 207 (18.92%) JavaScript
11 179 (16.36%) OO
12 153 (13.99%) UML
13 149 (13.62%) Windows
14 148 (13.53%) HTML
15 145 (13.25%) Security Cleared
16 143 (13.07%) Scrum
17 140 (12.80%) .NET
18 127 (11.61%) Continuous Integration
19 123 (11.24%) Web Services
20 120 (10.97%) DevOps
21 115 (10.51%) CSS
22 114 (10.42%) Python
23 107 (9.78%) Unit Testing
24 102 (9.32%) BDD
25 100 (9.14%) Embedded C
26 98 (8.96%) XML
27 95 (8.68%) Unix
27 95 (8.68%) SC Cleared
28 94 (8.59%) Git (software)
28 94 (8.59%) Spring

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 35 (3.20%) Apache
2 34 (3.11%) WebLogic
3 31 (2.83%) Tomcat
4 30 (2.74%) OpenStack
5 29 (2.65%) JBoss
6 26 (2.38%) Apache Spark
7 21 (1.92%) Cloud Foundry
8 20 (1.83%) Confluence
9 19 (1.74%) Elasticsearch
10 13 (1.19%) WebSphere
11 12 (1.10%) WebLogic Portal
12 8 (0.73%) nginx
13 6 (0.55%) SharePoint
14 5 (0.46%) CMS
14 5 (0.46%) Skype for Business
14 5 (0.46%) WebSphere Application Server
15 3 (0.27%) Apache Solr
15 3 (0.27%) IIS
15 3 (0.27%) Jetty
15 3 (0.27%) Mule
Applications
1 31 (2.83%) MS Excel
2 24 (2.19%) Simulink
3 6 (0.55%) MS Office
4 4 (0.37%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.091%) Doxygen
5 1 (0.091%) FrameMaker
5 1 (0.091%) InfoPath
5 1 (0.091%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 4 (0.37%) LabWindows
2 3 (0.27%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.18%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.091%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 75 (6.86%) Amazon AWS
2 44 (4.02%) Microsoft Azure
3 28 (2.56%) PaaS
4 16 (1.46%) Amazon EC2
4 16 (1.46%) SaaS
5 14 (1.28%) Heroku
6 13 (1.19%) Google App Engine
6 13 (1.19%) Google Cloud Platform
7 11 (1.01%) Cloud Computing
8 10 (0.91%) GitHub
9 8 (0.73%) IaaS
10 7 (0.64%) Amazon S3
11 6 (0.55%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
12 5 (0.46%) Amazon SQS
12 5 (0.46%) Office 365
13 3 (0.27%) Amazon Kinesis
13 3 (0.27%) OpenShift
14 2 (0.18%) AWS CloudFormation
14 2 (0.18%) Force.com
14 2 (0.18%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 60 (5.48%) HTTP
1 60 (5.48%) TCP/IP
2 34 (3.11%) SNMP
3 33 (3.02%) Wireless
4 28 (2.56%) Internet
5 25 (2.29%) LTE
6 20 (1.83%) Ethernet
7 19 (1.74%) VoIP
8 16 (1.46%) SSL
9 13 (1.19%) RS-232
10 11 (1.01%) 3G
10 11 (1.01%) DVB
10 11 (1.01%) Wi-Fi
11 10 (0.91%) RS-422
12 9 (0.82%) AMQP
12 9 (0.82%) Bluetooth
12 9 (0.82%) LDAP
13 8 (0.73%) 3GPP
13 8 (0.73%) Broadband
13 8 (0.73%) PPP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 82 (7.50%) MongoDB
2 58 (5.30%) MySQL
2 58 (5.30%) SQL Server
3 51 (4.66%) Relational Database
4 50 (4.57%) NoSQL
5 34 (3.11%) Hadoop
6 33 (3.02%) Big Data
7 30 (2.74%) Apache Cassandra
8 24 (2.19%) PostgreSQL
9 20 (1.83%) Neo4j
10 19 (1.74%) Redis
11 11 (1.01%) Oracle Database
12 9 (0.82%) HBase
12 9 (0.82%) OrientDB
13 7 (0.64%) Data Mining
13 7 (0.64%) DB2
13 7 (0.64%) Oracle Database 11g
14 6 (0.55%) Amazon DynamoDB
14 6 (0.55%) DataStage
14 6 (0.55%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 94 (8.59%) Git (software)
2 84 (7.68%) Visual Studio
3 70 (6.40%) Rational DOORS
4 68 (6.22%) Jenkins
5 58 (5.30%) Subversion
6 54 (4.94%) Eclipse
7 52 (4.75%) JUnit
8 40 (3.66%) Rational Rhapsody
8 40 (3.66%) Selenium
9 36 (3.29%) JIRA
10 25 (2.29%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 25 (2.29%) Maven
11 24 (2.19%) ClearCase
12 22 (2.01%) IntelliJ
13 20 (1.83%) Cucumber
14 17 (1.55%) StarTeam
15 16 (1.46%) Bitbucket
15 16 (1.46%) Mockito
16 12 (1.10%) Gradle
17 11 (1.01%) CppUnit
General
1 82 (7.50%) Finance
2 56 (5.12%) Telecoms
3 47 (4.30%) Electronics
4 46 (4.20%) Aerospace
5 25 (2.29%) Automotive
6 23 (2.10%) Avionics
7 21 (1.92%) Banking
8 20 (1.83%) Investment Banking
9 18 (1.65%) Manufacturing
10 14 (1.28%) Games
10 14 (1.28%) Publishing
11 13 (1.19%) Retail
12 12 (1.10%) Military
13 9 (0.82%) Marketing
14 6 (0.55%) Back Office
15 5 (0.46%) Legal
15 5 (0.46%) Local Government
16 4 (0.37%) Front Office
17 3 (0.27%) Advertising
18 2 (0.18%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 148 (13.53%) HTML
2 140 (12.80%) .NET
3 123 (11.24%) Web Services
4 115 (10.51%) CSS
5 98 (8.96%) XML
6 94 (8.59%) Spring
7 87 (7.95%) REST
8 83 (7.59%) HTML5
9 79 (7.22%) Node.js
10 72 (6.58%) JSON
11 63 (5.76%) AngularJS
12 55 (5.03%) .NET Framework
12 55 (5.03%) SOAP
13 52 (4.75%) Hibernate
14 50 (4.57%) J2EE
14 50 (4.57%) RESTful
15 45 (4.11%) WPF
16 44 (4.02%) STL
17 42 (3.84%) ASP.NET
18 38 (3.47%) Play Framework
Miscellaneous
1 71 (6.49%) Analytical Skills
2 60 (5.48%) Embedded Systems
3 52 (4.75%) Computer Science
4 44 (4.02%) User Experience
5 43 (3.93%) Algorithms
6 33 (3.02%) Device Driver
7 26 (2.38%) Enterprise Software
8 21 (1.92%) Data Structures
9 19 (1.74%) Digital TV
10 18 (1.65%) VHDL
11 17 (1.55%) Derivative
11 17 (1.55%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
12 15 (1.37%) Mobile App
12 15 (1.37%) Statistics
13 14 (1.28%) Mathematics
13 14 (1.28%) STB
14 13 (1.19%) Cyberthreat
14 13 (1.19%) MPEG
15 12 (1.10%) Data Centre
16 10 (0.91%) 3D Graphics
Operating Systems
1 323 (29.52%) Linux
2 149 (13.62%) Windows
3 95 (8.68%) Unix
4 36 (3.29%) Embedded Linux
5 26 (2.38%) Android
6 23 (2.10%) Apple iOS
7 22 (2.01%) VxWorks
8 15 (1.37%) Mac OS X
8 15 (1.37%) Windows Server
9 14 (1.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 9 (0.82%) Ubuntu
11 8 (0.73%) Windows 7
12 5 (0.46%) CentOS
12 5 (0.46%) Windows Mobile
12 5 (0.46%) Windows Server 2003
13 4 (0.37%) AIX
14 3 (0.27%) HPUX
14 3 (0.27%) Solaris
14 3 (0.27%) VMS
14 3 (0.27%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1065 (97.35%) Software Engineering
2 431 (39.40%) Agile Software Development
3 233 (21.30%) TDD
4 179 (16.36%) OO
5 153 (13.99%) UML
6 143 (13.07%) Scrum
7 127 (11.61%) Continuous Integration
8 120 (10.97%) DevOps
9 107 (9.78%) Unit Testing
10 102 (9.32%) BDD
11 83 (7.59%) Multithreading
12 82 (7.50%) Open Source
13 81 (7.40%) Microservices
14 73 (6.67%) Configuration Management
15 60 (5.48%) Continuous Delivery
16 49 (4.48%) MVC
17 48 (4.39%) SDLC
18 47 (4.30%) OOD
19 46 (4.20%) Embedded Software Development
20 42 (3.84%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 383 (35.01%) Java
2 358 (32.72%) C++
3 312 (28.52%) C
4 253 (23.13%) C#
5 219 (20.02%) SQL
6 207 (18.92%) JavaScript
7 114 (10.42%) Python
8 100 (9.14%) Embedded C
9 92 (8.41%) Scala
10 79 (7.22%) Ruby
11 60 (5.48%) Perl
12 50 (4.57%) Ada
13 37 (3.38%) PHP
14 35 (3.20%) MATLAB
15 33 (3.02%) Go
16 31 (2.83%) Bash Shell
16 31 (2.83%) Embedded C++
17 22 (2.01%) PL/SQL
18 17 (1.55%) Assembly Language
19 16 (1.46%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 145 (13.25%) Security Cleared
2 95 (8.68%) SC Cleared
3 74 (6.76%) Degree
4 28 (2.56%) DV Cleared
5 13 (1.19%) BPSS Clearance
6 4 (0.37%) PhD
7 1 (0.091%) BC Cleared
7 1 (0.091%) HND
7 1 (0.091%) MCSE
7 1 (0.091%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (0.091%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (2.74%) QA
2 23 (2.10%) MISRA
3 19 (1.74%) DO-178B
4 16 (1.46%) MISRA C
5 13 (1.19%) ISO 9001
6 12 (1.10%) Disclosure Scotland
7 6 (0.55%) SDET
8 3 (0.27%) ISO26262
8 3 (0.27%) JTAG
9 2 (0.18%) IEC 61508
9 2 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 12207
9 2 (0.18%) SLA
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%) OIPF
System Software
1 74 (6.76%) Docker
2 14 (1.28%) Firmware
2 14 (1.28%) vSphere
3 11 (1.01%) Active Directory
4 10 (0.91%) VMware Infrastructure
5 4 (0.37%) Apache Flume
5 4 (0.37%) iptables
5 4 (0.37%) OpenSSH
6 3 (0.27%) GPFS
6 3 (0.27%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (0.18%) Cygwin
7 2 (0.18%) etcd
7 2 (0.18%) Shibboleth
7 2 (0.18%) Xen
7 2 (0.18%) XenServer
8 1 (0.091%) Time Sharing Option
8 1 (0.091%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 54 (4.94%) Puppet
2 20 (1.83%) Opscode Chef
3 18 (1.65%) Kubernetes
4 16 (1.46%) Ansible
5 10 (0.91%) Kibana
6 8 (0.73%) logstash
7 7 (0.64%) Graphite
7 7 (0.64%) StatsD
8 6 (0.55%) 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%) OpenAM
9 3 (0.27%) SCOrch
10 2 (0.18%) Consul
10 2 (0.18%) everRun
10 2 (0.18%) OpenSSO
10 2 (0.18%) Salt
10 2 (0.18%) Sun Identity Manager
Vendors
1 83 (7.59%) Oracle
2 70 (6.40%) Microsoft
3 25 (2.29%) webMethods
4 20 (1.83%) Red Hat
5 18 (1.65%) IBM
6 17 (1.55%) Coverity
7 16 (1.46%) Adobe
7 16 (1.46%) Google
7 16 (1.46%) VMware
8 8 (0.73%) Atlassian
8 8 (0.73%) Perforce
8 8 (0.73%) Telelogic
9 7 (0.64%) CA
9 7 (0.64%) DevExpress
9 7 (0.64%) Freescale
9 7 (0.64%) QNX
9 7 (0.64%) Serena
10 6 (0.55%) HP
10 6 (0.55%) Siemens
10 6 (0.55%) Wind River
London
G2 Recruitment Solutions
Posted: 21 hours ago
Newport, Gwent
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 12 hours ago
Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £450 to £500 per day
Posted: 5 hours ago
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
Raytheon Systems Ltd
Rate: Competitive salary + benefits
Posted: 6 hours ago
Poole, Dorset
Team Jobs
Rate: From £35 to £45 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £40 - £45 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
London
Mortimer Spinks
Posted: Yesterday
London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Gloucestershire
Informatiq Consulting
Posted: 2 days ago
Vale of Glamorgan
IntaPeople
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
Guildford, Surrey
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £40 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Staffordshire
G2 Recruitment Solutions
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 7 days ago
Central London / West End
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 5 days ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Rate: Excellent Rate
Posted: 5 days ago
Wiltshire
G2 Recruitment Solutions
Rate: Market rates
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £350 - £400 per day + permanent considered
Posted: 5 days ago
Hertfordshire
Hydrogen
Rate: £300.00 - £350.00 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: £500 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Gloucestershire
In Parallel Computer Staff Limited
Rate: From £42 to £45 per hour Dep On Exp
Posted: 5 days ago
Taunton, Somerset
Sopra Steria Recruitment
Rate: From £20,000 to £42,000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: 4 days ago
Solihull, West Midlands (County)
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 6 days ago
Midlands
PAREXEL International
Posted: 20 days ago