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 22 August 2014 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
22 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Engineer
Rank 209 184 162
Rank change year-on-year
-25 -22
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 563 591 720
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.00% 1.11% 1.24%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.08% 1.20% 1.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 305 284 253
Average daily rate
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£350 £325 £335
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -2.98%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £264 £125 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £313
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 75 101 213
Average hourly rate £38.00 £35.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.57% -6.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £27.50 £32.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.00 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £35.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -6.66%

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
52042 49402 53772
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.34% 92.67% 92.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 31512 29330 30174
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £233 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2002 2126 2663
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.85% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.41
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.10%

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 22 August 2014.

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 22 August 2014.

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 22 August 2014. 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 -27 519 £350 +7.69% 396
London +9 180 £445 +18.66% 91
South East -7 143 £325 - 81
South West -8 72 £350 +11.11% 57
East of England -18 58 £363 +18.85% 70
Hampshire +12 57 £331 +1.92% 12
City of London +32 42 £450 +11.94% 24
Cambridgeshire -7 33 £350 +21.21% 46
Scotland -4 27 £260 -29.25% 21
Southampton +8 22 £350 - 2
Yorkshire -14 22 £325 +8.33% 21
Cambridge -3 21 £363 +31.81% 39
Berkshire +3 20 £325 +1.96% 14
Gloucestershire -12 20 £350 - 9
Surrey -14 19 £356 +14.00% 17
Bristol -5 18 £375 +19.04% 18
West Yorkshire -6 18 £325 +13.04% 7
Leeds -3 17 £325 +62.50% 6
North West -14 15 £350 +10.23% 24
Oxfordshire +8 14 £318 -18.06% 18
Manchester +1 14 £350 -7.28% 10
Wales -3 14 £300 -11.11% 11
Somerset -7 13 £290 +10.47% 10
Reading +10 12 £420 +150.74% 7
Middlesex +2 12 £363 +16.93% 5
Bedfordshire -6 12 £450 +25.00% 4
Staines 0 11 £356 +1.78%
South Wales 0 11 £300 -11.11% 6
Edinburgh -13 11 £245 -27.94% 11
West Midlands -34 11 £350 +75.00% 21

Software Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, 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 1040 (88.96%) Software Engineering
2 336 (28.74%) C++
3 323 (27.63%) Linux
4 314 (26.86%) Java
5 312 (26.69%) C
6 234 (20.02%) C#
7 199 (17.02%) .NET
8 195 (16.68%) Agile Software Development
9 185 (15.83%) JavaScript
10 182 (15.57%) Scrum
11 176 (15.06%) Windows
12 172 (14.71%) OO
13 163 (13.94%) Web Services
14 155 (13.26%) SQL
15 150 (12.83%) TDD
16 140 (11.98%) HTML
16 140 (11.98%) Python
17 139 (11.89%) Continuous Integration
18 135 (11.55%) UML
19 126 (10.78%) Security Cleared
20 117 (10.01%) Degree
21 111 (9.50%) CSS
22 109 (9.32%) SQL Server
23 108 (9.24%) XML
24 107 (9.15%) Embedded C
25 103 (8.81%) MVC
26 94 (8.04%) SC Cleared
27 90 (7.70%) UNIX
28 89 (7.61%) Git (software)
29 88 (7.53%) PHP

Software Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, 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 35 (2.99%) Apache
2 30 (2.57%) Node.js
3 23 (1.97%) IIS
4 22 (1.88%) WebLogic
5 21 (1.80%) WebSphere
6 17 (1.45%) Tomcat
7 13 (1.11%) CMS
8 11 (0.94%) WebSphere Application Server
9 10 (0.86%) Confluence
10 8 (0.68%) SharePoint
10 8 (0.68%) Umbraco
11 7 (0.60%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 6 (0.51%) WebSphere Process Server
13 5 (0.43%) Apache Solr
13 5 (0.43%) Sitecore CMS
13 5 (0.43%) Elasticsearch
14 4 (0.34%) SAS
14 4 (0.34%) MS Exchange
15 3 (0.26%) nginx
15 3 (0.26%) Mule
Applications
1 26 (2.22%) MS Excel
2 25 (2.14%) Simulink
3 12 (1.03%) MS Office
4 9 (0.77%) Adobe Illustrator
4 9 (0.77%) Photoshop
5 2 (0.17%) MS Project
6 1 (0.086%) TargetLink
6 1 (0.086%) Doxygen
6 1 (0.086%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.086%) Stateflow
6 1 (0.086%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 12 (1.03%) Dynamics AX
2 7 (0.60%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 3 (0.26%) Markit EDM
3 3 (0.26%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.17%) RMDS
4 2 (0.17%) LabWindows
4 2 (0.17%) ION MarketView
5 1 (0.086%) SyteLine
5 1 (0.086%) Cognos TM1
5 1 (0.086%) BusinessWorks
Cloud Services
1 50 (4.28%) Amazon AWS
2 27 (2.31%) Microsoft Azure
3 14 (1.20%) Amazon EC2
4 11 (0.94%) Office 365
5 10 (0.86%) Cloud Computing
5 10 (0.86%) SaaS
6 7 (0.60%) Amazon S3
7 5 (0.43%) Amazon SQS
7 5 (0.43%) GitHub
7 5 (0.43%) IaaS
8 4 (0.34%) Heroku
9 3 (0.26%) PaaS
9 3 (0.26%) ElastiCache
9 3 (0.26%) Amazon ElastiCache
10 1 (0.086%) Google App Engine
10 1 (0.086%) Google Compute Engine
Communications & Networking
1 56 (4.79%) HTTP
2 53 (4.53%) TCP/IP
3 31 (2.65%) Internet
4 21 (1.80%) DVB
5 18 (1.54%) SSL
6 16 (1.37%) Wireless
7 15 (1.28%) DNS
8 13 (1.11%) Ethernet
9 10 (0.86%) BGP
9 10 (0.86%) SSH
9 10 (0.86%) LTE
10 8 (0.68%) SAN
10 8 (0.68%) RTP
10 8 (0.68%) GSM
10 8 (0.68%) Modbus
10 8 (0.68%) ZigBee
11 7 (0.60%) UMTS
11 7 (0.60%) Bluetooth
11 7 (0.60%) 3G
12 6 (0.51%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 109 (9.32%) SQL Server
2 65 (5.56%) MySQL
3 38 (3.25%) SQL Server 2008
4 31 (2.65%) Relational Database
5 30 (2.57%) MongoDB
6 27 (2.31%) NoSQL
7 21 (1.80%) Big Data
8 20 (1.71%) Oracle Database
9 16 (1.37%) PostgreSQL
9 16 (1.37%) Hadoop
10 11 (0.94%) Redis
11 9 (0.77%) Couchbase
11 9 (0.77%) RDBMS
12 8 (0.68%) SQL Server 2005
12 8 (0.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 8 (0.68%) Amazon RDS
13 7 (0.60%) Apache Cassandra
13 7 (0.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 7 (0.60%) DB2
14 6 (0.51%) SimpleDB
Development Applications
1 89 (7.61%) Git (software)
2 73 (6.24%) Subversion
3 66 (5.65%) Visual Studio
4 59 (5.05%) Rational DOORS
5 56 (4.79%) Team Foundation Server
6 51 (4.36%) Jenkins
6 51 (4.36%) ClearCase
7 38 (3.25%) Cucumber
8 36 (3.08%) JIRA
9 35 (2.99%) Rational Rhapsody
10 34 (2.91%) Maven
11 32 (2.74%) Selenium
12 31 (2.65%) JUnit
13 29 (2.48%) Eclipse
14 25 (2.14%) NUnit
15 23 (1.97%) TeamCity
16 20 (1.71%) Mockito
17 18 (1.54%) LabVIEW
18 14 (1.20%) Hudson
19 13 (1.11%) WebDriver
General
1 87 (7.44%) Finance
2 73 (6.24%) Electronics
3 56 (4.79%) Telecoms
4 48 (4.11%) Banking
5 40 (3.42%) Automotive
6 30 (2.57%) Investment Banking
7 27 (2.31%) Avionics
8 23 (1.97%) Manufacturing
9 21 (1.80%) Aerospace
10 18 (1.54%) Military
11 13 (1.11%) Marketing
12 12 (1.03%) Games
13 11 (0.94%) Publishing
13 11 (0.94%) Retail
14 8 (0.68%) Front Office
15 4 (0.34%) Legal
15 4 (0.34%) German Language
16 2 (0.17%) Multimedia
16 2 (0.17%) Advertising
17 1 (0.086%) Dutch Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 199 (17.02%) .NET
2 163 (13.94%) Web Services
3 140 (11.98%) HTML
4 111 (9.50%) CSS
5 108 (9.24%) XML
6 78 (6.67%) ASP.NET
6 78 (6.67%) jQuery
7 67 (5.73%) Spring
8 66 (5.65%) REST
9 64 (5.47%) .NET Framework
10 60 (5.13%) HTML5
11 52 (4.45%) WPF
11 52 (4.45%) JSON
12 49 (4.19%) WCF
13 47 (4.02%) SOAP
14 44 (3.76%) Hibernate
15 41 (3.51%) Ajax
16 33 (2.82%) Middleware
17 32 (2.74%) POSIX
17 32 (2.74%) LINQ
Miscellaneous
1 75 (6.42%) Computer Science
1 75 (6.42%) Embedded Systems
2 54 (4.62%) Device Driver
3 51 (4.36%) Open Source
4 47 (4.02%) DTV
5 36 (3.08%) Enterprise Software
6 30 (2.57%) Mathematics
7 23 (1.97%) STB
8 21 (1.80%) Mobile App
8 21 (1.80%) Firmware
9 19 (1.63%) IPTV
9 19 (1.63%) Client/Server
10 17 (1.45%) Physics
11 15 (1.28%) MPEG
12 14 (1.20%) Streaming Video
12 14 (1.20%) CAN bus
13 11 (0.94%) Management Information System
13 11 (0.94%) Derivative
14 9 (0.77%) Market Risk
15 8 (0.68%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 323 (27.63%) Linux
2 176 (15.06%) Windows
3 90 (7.70%) UNIX
4 40 (3.42%) Android
5 39 (3.34%) Embedded Linux
6 23 (1.97%) Apple iOS
7 22 (1.88%) Windows Server 2012
8 13 (1.11%) Windows 7
9 12 (1.03%) VxWorks
9 12 (1.03%) Windows Server 2008
10 11 (0.94%) CentOS
11 9 (0.77%) Mac OS X
11 9 (0.77%) Windows CE
12 8 (0.68%) Ubuntu
13 7 (0.60%) Debian
13 7 (0.60%) Windows Server 2003
14 6 (0.51%) AIX
14 6 (0.51%) HPUX
14 6 (0.51%) Solaris
14 6 (0.51%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1040 (88.96%) Software Engineering
2 195 (16.68%) Agile Software Development
3 182 (15.57%) Scrum
4 172 (14.71%) OO
5 150 (12.83%) TDD
6 139 (11.89%) Continuous Integration
7 135 (11.55%) UML
8 103 (8.81%) MVC
9 76 (6.50%) Multithreading
10 74 (6.33%) Configuration Management
11 61 (5.22%) BDD
12 55 (4.70%) Unit Testing
13 51 (4.36%) Validation
14 50 (4.28%) OOP
15 41 (3.51%) DevOps
16 40 (3.42%) Embedded Software Development
16 40 (3.42%) Test Automation
17 39 (3.34%) Automated Testing
18 38 (3.25%) Integration Testing
19 34 (2.91%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 336 (28.74%) C++
2 314 (26.86%) Java
3 312 (26.69%) C
4 234 (20.02%) C#
5 185 (15.83%) JavaScript
6 155 (13.26%) SQL
7 140 (11.98%) Python
8 107 (9.15%) Embedded C
9 88 (7.53%) PHP
10 76 (6.50%) Ruby
11 44 (3.76%) Perl
12 39 (3.34%) MATLAB
13 31 (2.65%) Scala
14 29 (2.48%) Embedded C++
15 28 (2.40%) VB
15 28 (2.40%) Bash Shell
16 26 (2.22%) VBScript
17 24 (2.05%) Shell Script
18 18 (1.54%) Assembly Language
19 17 (1.45%) Ada
Qualifications
1 126 (10.78%) Security Cleared
2 117 (10.01%) Degree
3 94 (8.04%) SC Cleared
4 13 (1.11%) DV Cleared
5 9 (0.77%) PhD
6 8 (0.68%) ISEB
6 8 (0.68%) ISTQB
7 4 (0.34%) BC Cleared
8 3 (0.26%) Six Sigma Green Belt
9 2 (0.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 1 (0.086%) CTC Cleared
10 1 (0.086%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 1 (0.086%) MCITP
10 1 (0.086%) MCTS
10 1 (0.086%) MCSE
10 1 (0.086%) Microsoft Certification
10 1 (0.086%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 44 (3.76%) DO-178B
2 34 (2.91%) QA
3 4 (0.34%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.086%) ISO/IEC 14443
4 1 (0.086%) ISO 8583
System Software
1 12 (1.03%) Varnish
2 8 (0.68%) Active Directory
3 6 (0.51%) Docker
3 6 (0.51%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (0.43%) Oracle RAC
5 3 (0.26%) vCloud
5 3 (0.26%) GPFS
6 2 (0.17%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (0.17%) KVM
6 2 (0.17%) UAG
6 2 (0.17%) Xen
6 2 (0.17%) XenApp
7 1 (0.086%) vSphere
7 1 (0.086%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.086%) Apache Flume
7 1 (0.086%) Nmap
7 1 (0.086%) NFS
Systems Management
1 39 (3.34%) Opscode Chef
2 33 (2.82%) Puppet
3 15 (1.28%) Salt
4 8 (0.68%) SCCM
5 7 (0.60%) Vagrant
5 7 (0.60%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 4 (0.34%) Tivoli
6 4 (0.34%) HP Quality Center
7 2 (0.17%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 2 (0.17%) Kibana
7 2 (0.17%) SCOrch
8 1 (0.086%) HAProxy
8 1 (0.086%) Oozie
8 1 (0.086%) Nessus
8 1 (0.086%) ZENworks
8 1 (0.086%) ARCserve
8 1 (0.086%) Control-M
Vendors
1 78 (6.67%) Oracle
2 59 (5.05%) Microsoft
3 27 (2.31%) Zend
3 27 (2.31%) JBoss
4 24 (2.05%) IBM
5 16 (1.37%) Serena
6 14 (1.20%) Perforce
7 13 (1.11%) VMware
7 13 (1.11%) HP
8 12 (1.03%) Google
9 9 (0.77%) Rackspace
9 9 (0.77%) Red Hat
10 8 (0.68%) Software AG
10 8 (0.68%) Sybase
11 7 (0.60%) QNX
11 7 (0.60%) SAP
11 7 (0.60%) Cisco
11 7 (0.60%) Intel
12 6 (0.51%) EMC
12 6 (0.51%) Adobe
Worcestershire
In Parallel Computer Staff Limited
Rate: From £37 to £39 per hour Dep on Exp
Posted: 23 hours ago
Middlesex
Proteus Europe
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 23 hours ago
Bedfordshire
Connectus
Rate: £35 - £38 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Dorset
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £40 - £46 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Solutions Recruitment
Rate: From £350 to £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Venturi
Rate: £300 - £320 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Fleet, Hampshire
Latcom Ltd
Rate: From £20 to £24 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Surrey
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £300 to £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Hampshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £35 - £45 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: From £600 to £650 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Whiteley, Hampshire
Mercator IT Solutions
Rate: Market
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: £300 - £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £38 - £42 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Luton, Bedfordshire
Yoh
Posted: 3 days ago
Dorset
Square One Resources
Rate: Market rates
Posted: 3 days ago
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Vertical IT
Rate: £300 - £340 per day + Excellent Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Street, Somerset
People Source Consulting
Rate: £350 - £400 per day + (Potentially higher)
Posted: 3 days ago
Dorset
Square One Resources
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Square One Resources
Rate: From £250 to £350 per day for 3 months rolling
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
People Source Consulting
Rate: £480 per day
Posted: 4 days ago