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 2 June 2015 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
2 Jun 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Engineer
Rank 211 186 183
Rank change year-on-year
-25 -3
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 560 606 556
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.04% 1.16% 1.21%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.13% 1.25% 1.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 270 327 260
Average daily rate
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£363 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.57% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £482 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £330 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.27% +1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 102 110 95
Average hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.51 £30.00 £26.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.17 £42.50 £41.70
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+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
49496 48382 42407
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.36% 92.51% 92.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 30854 29920 24330
Average daily rate £400 £390 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% -2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £228 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1937 1986 2076
Average hourly rate £16.60 £17.00 £18.26
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.35% -6.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.13
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.50 £40.00 £41.77
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.16 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-2.06% -5.71%

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 2 June 2015.

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 2 June 2015.

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 2 June 2015. 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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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 -27 495 £363 +3.57% 552
South East +3 174 £330 -12.00% 146
London -5 120 £450 +5.88% 115
South West +4 77 £405 +15.71% 83
Hampshire +24 65 £327 +5.48% 27
Scotland -3 35 £372 +6.29% 22
East of England -46 32 £328 +2.34% 98
Yorkshire -47 28 £338 +3.84% 29
Oxfordshire -3 27 £410 +37.81% 25
Bristol -1 24 £413 +26.92% 37
Somerset +29 23 £225 -56.09% 17
North West 0 23 £369 +10.07% 25
West Midlands -7 22 £300 +14.28% 28
West Yorkshire -51 21 £415 +27.69% 16
Berkshire +11 20 £240 -23.20% 30
Leeds -47 19 £415 +27.69% 9
Edinburgh +2 14 £270 -22.85% 12
Cambridgeshire -27 14 £370 +13.84% 68
East Sussex -1 13 £300 -25.00% 19
Cambridge -15 13 £370 +13.84% 57
Gloucestershire -23 12 £325 -35.00% 11
Surrey -26 12 £363 -13.69% 18
Brighton - 12 £300 - 17
Portsmouth +7 11 £327 - 5
Oxford -4 11 £425 +104.81% 4
East Midlands -5 11 £338 +14.40% 24
City of London -12 11 £425 -15.00% 21
Lancashire - 11 £306 - 4
Reading +8 9 £240 -22.89% 16
Farnborough +6 9 £305 - 1

Software Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 June 2015, 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.

1 951 (88.80%) Software Engineering
2 349 (32.59%) C++
3 328 (30.63%) Java
4 314 (29.32%) C
5 300 (28.01%) Linux
6 286 (26.70%) Agile Software Development
7 210 (19.61%) C#
8 193 (18.02%) Security Cleared
9 188 (17.55%) JavaScript
10 172 (16.06%) HTML
11 169 (15.78%) Windows
12 162 (15.13%) UML
13 155 (14.47%) SQL
14 149 (13.91%) Python
14 149 (13.91%) TDD
15 148 (13.82%) .NET
16 138 (12.89%) SC Cleared
17 136 (12.70%) OO
18 122 (11.39%) Scrum
19 117 (10.92%) Web Services
20 114 (10.64%) Continuous Integration
21 113 (10.55%) Embedded C
22 111 (10.36%) XML
23 109 (10.18%) HTML5
24 104 (9.71%) Git (software)
25 103 (9.62%) CSS
26 97 (9.06%) Configuration Management
27 94 (8.78%) Oracle
28 90 (8.40%) Degree
29 84 (7.84%) UNIX

Software Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 2 June 2015, 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 44 (4.11%) Tomcat
2 42 (3.92%) Apache
3 35 (3.27%) WebSphere
4 32 (2.99%) WebLogic
5 30 (2.80%) JBoss
6 23 (2.15%) Node.js
6 23 (2.15%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 20 (1.87%) MQSeries
8 16 (1.49%) SharePoint
9 11 (1.03%) nginx
10 7 (0.65%) SharePoint 2013
10 7 (0.65%) WebSphere Application Server
10 7 (0.65%) IIS
11 6 (0.56%) WordPress
12 5 (0.47%) OpenStack
12 5 (0.47%) Elasticsearch
12 5 (0.47%) Confluence
12 5 (0.47%) Jetty
12 5 (0.47%) Zope
13 4 (0.37%) Apache Solr
Applications
1 25 (2.33%) Simulink
2 23 (2.15%) MS Excel
3 18 (1.68%) MS Office
4 7 (0.65%) Stateflow
5 6 (0.56%) Doxygen
5 6 (0.56%) TargetLink
6 4 (0.37%) MS Visio
7 3 (0.28%) MS PowerPoint
8 2 (0.19%) Windchill
8 2 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
9 1 (0.093%) Adobe Illustrator
9 1 (0.093%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 4 (0.37%) Oracle BPM
2 1 (0.093%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.093%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 56 (5.23%) Amazon AWS
2 16 (1.49%) Amazon S3
3 15 (1.40%) Microsoft Azure
4 13 (1.21%) Amazon EC2
5 12 (1.12%) Amazon SQS
6 7 (0.65%) Route 53
6 7 (0.65%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 5 (0.47%) Amazon ElastiCache
7 5 (0.47%) Cloud Computing
8 4 (0.37%) SaaS
9 3 (0.28%) IaaS
9 3 (0.28%) Office 365
9 3 (0.28%) AWS CloudFormation
10 2 (0.19%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 50 (4.67%) TCP/IP
2 39 (3.64%) Internet
3 37 (3.45%) HTTP
4 24 (2.24%) Wi-Fi
5 18 (1.68%) Wireless
6 15 (1.40%) Bluetooth
7 14 (1.31%) 802.11
8 13 (1.21%) Ethernet
9 11 (1.03%) 3G
9 11 (1.03%) DNS
10 9 (0.84%) GSM
10 9 (0.84%) SNMP
11 8 (0.75%) DVB
11 8 (0.75%) SAN
12 7 (0.65%) LTE
12 7 (0.65%) ZigBee
12 7 (0.65%) ASN.1
12 7 (0.65%) Intrusion Detection
13 6 (0.56%) SSL
13 6 (0.56%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 65 (6.07%) SQL Server
2 61 (5.70%) MySQL
3 40 (3.73%) NoSQL
4 39 (3.64%) Relational Database
5 32 (2.99%) MongoDB
6 24 (2.24%) Oracle Database
7 18 (1.68%) RDBMS
7 18 (1.68%) Big Data
8 17 (1.59%) SQL Server 2008
9 15 (1.40%) Apache Cassandra
9 15 (1.40%) Hadoop
9 15 (1.40%) PostgreSQL
10 14 (1.31%) Redis
10 14 (1.31%) CouchDB
11 11 (1.03%) Amazon RDS
12 9 (0.84%) Oracle BI EE
13 8 (0.75%) SimpleDB
14 7 (0.65%) SQL Server 2012
14 7 (0.65%) Couchbase
14 7 (0.65%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 104 (9.71%) Git (software)
2 76 (7.10%) Subversion
3 67 (6.26%) Visual Studio
4 58 (5.42%) Jenkins
4 58 (5.42%) Rational DOORS
5 56 (5.23%) JIRA
6 46 (4.30%) ClearCase
7 45 (4.20%) Selenium
8 44 (4.11%) Ant
9 34 (3.17%) JUnit
10 27 (2.52%) Eclipse
11 25 (2.33%) Maven
12 24 (2.24%) Cucumber
13 20 (1.87%) Rational Rhapsody
13 20 (1.87%) GoogleTest
14 19 (1.77%) Talend Open Studio
14 19 (1.77%) NUnit
15 17 (1.59%) ClearQuest
16 15 (1.40%) CppUnit
17 13 (1.21%) LabVIEW
General
1 55 (5.14%) Electronics
2 54 (5.04%) Automotive
3 50 (4.67%) Finance
3 50 (4.67%) Telecoms
4 35 (3.27%) Aerospace
5 27 (2.52%) Military
6 23 (2.15%) Manufacturing
7 17 (1.59%) Avionics
7 17 (1.59%) Games
8 13 (1.21%) Banking
9 8 (0.75%) Retail
9 8 (0.75%) Front Office
9 8 (0.75%) Publishing
10 5 (0.47%) Investment Banking
11 4 (0.37%) Marketing
11 4 (0.37%) Legal
12 3 (0.28%) German Language
12 3 (0.28%) Billing
13 1 (0.093%) Dutch Language
13 1 (0.093%) Back Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 172 (16.06%) HTML
2 148 (13.82%) .NET
3 117 (10.92%) Web Services
4 111 (10.36%) XML
5 109 (10.18%) HTML5
6 103 (9.62%) CSS
7 77 (7.19%) jQuery
8 76 (7.10%) JSON
9 64 (5.98%) REST
9 64 (5.98%) AngularJS
10 63 (5.88%) Spring
11 55 (5.14%) ASP.NET
12 52 (4.86%) RESTful
13 40 (3.73%) CSS3
14 38 (3.55%) .NET Framework
15 35 (3.27%) J2EE
16 33 (3.08%) WPF
17 30 (2.80%) SOAP
17 30 (2.80%) Apache Camel
18 27 (2.52%) Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 58 (5.42%) Analytical Skills
2 54 (5.04%) Computer Science
3 45 (4.20%) Device Driver
4 40 (3.73%) Embedded Systems
5 23 (2.15%) Algorithms
6 20 (1.87%) Management Information System
6 20 (1.87%) Mobile App
7 18 (1.68%) Enterprise Software
8 15 (1.40%) Derivative
9 14 (1.31%) STB
9 14 (1.31%) User Experience
10 13 (1.21%) CAN bus
11 11 (1.03%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
12 10 (0.93%) IPTV
12 10 (0.93%) Mechatronics
12 10 (0.93%) Digital Media
13 9 (0.84%) Human Factors
13 9 (0.84%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 9 (0.84%) DTV
14 8 (0.75%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 300 (28.01%) Linux
2 169 (15.78%) Windows
3 84 (7.84%) UNIX
4 45 (4.20%) Android
5 30 (2.80%) Embedded Linux
6 29 (2.71%) Apple iOS
7 14 (1.31%) Windows CE
7 14 (1.31%) CentOS
8 10 (0.93%) Windows 7
9 9 (0.84%) AIX
9 9 (0.84%) Mac OS X
10 8 (0.75%) Solaris
10 8 (0.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 8 (0.75%) Windows Server 2012
11 7 (0.65%) Windows 8
11 7 (0.65%) Windows Server 2008
11 7 (0.65%) HPUX
11 7 (0.65%) NetWare
11 7 (0.65%) VxWorks
12 6 (0.56%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 951 (88.80%) Software Engineering
2 286 (26.70%) Agile Software Development
3 162 (15.13%) UML
4 149 (13.91%) TDD
5 136 (12.70%) OO
6 122 (11.39%) Scrum
7 114 (10.64%) Continuous Integration
8 97 (9.06%) Configuration Management
9 80 (7.47%) Multithreading
10 79 (7.38%) MVC
11 65 (6.07%) Unit Testing
12 55 (5.14%) SDLC
13 52 (4.86%) OOD
13 52 (4.86%) SOA
14 51 (4.76%) OOP
15 49 (4.58%) Requirements Analysis
16 45 (4.20%) Validation
17 44 (4.11%) BDD
18 43 (4.01%) Integration Testing
18 43 (4.01%) Embedded Software Development
Programming Languages
1 349 (32.59%) C++
2 328 (30.63%) Java
3 314 (29.32%) C
4 210 (19.61%) C#
5 188 (17.55%) JavaScript
6 155 (14.47%) SQL
7 149 (13.91%) Python
8 113 (10.55%) Embedded C
9 59 (5.51%) Ruby
10 51 (4.76%) PHP
11 47 (4.39%) Perl
12 39 (3.64%) Embedded C++
13 36 (3.36%) Ada
14 35 (3.27%) MATLAB
15 34 (3.17%) Bash Shell
16 32 (2.99%) Scala
17 23 (2.15%) PL/SQL
18 20 (1.87%) Objective-C
19 18 (1.68%) PowerShell
20 16 (1.49%) VC++
Qualifications
1 193 (18.02%) Security Cleared
2 138 (12.89%) SC Cleared
3 90 (8.40%) Degree
4 15 (1.40%) DV Cleared
5 9 (0.84%) ISEB
6 7 (0.65%) Six Sigma Green Belt
6 7 (0.65%) ISTQB
6 7 (0.65%) PhD
7 6 (0.56%) Microsoft Certification
8 5 (0.47%) HND
9 4 (0.37%) MCSE
9 4 (0.37%) MCP
9 4 (0.37%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 3 (0.28%) MCSA
10 3 (0.28%) Cisco Certification
10 3 (0.28%) CCNP
11 2 (0.19%) JNCIP
12 1 (0.093%) CTC Cleared
12 1 (0.093%) HNC
12 1 (0.093%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (2.99%) QA
2 24 (2.24%) DO-178B
3 8 (0.75%) ISO 9001
4 7 (0.65%) IEC 61508
5 3 (0.28%) TickIT
6 2 (0.19%) JTAG
7 1 (0.093%) WCAG
7 1 (0.093%) ISO/IEC 15504 (SPICE)
7 1 (0.093%) 21 CFR Part 11
7 1 (0.093%) GCP
7 1 (0.093%) SLA
System Software
1 16 (1.49%) VMware Infrastructure
2 9 (0.84%) Firmware
3 8 (0.75%) GPFS
4 7 (0.65%) Active Directory
5 3 (0.28%) Docker
5 3 (0.28%) UAG
5 3 (0.28%) Hyper-V
6 2 (0.19%) Oracle RAC
6 2 (0.19%) vCloud
7 1 (0.093%) Apache Flume
7 1 (0.093%) VirtualBox
7 1 (0.093%) iptables
7 1 (0.093%) Ceph
7 1 (0.093%) vSphere
7 1 (0.093%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.093%) Snort
Systems Management
1 17 (1.59%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 15 (1.40%) Opscode Chef
3 14 (1.31%) Puppet
4 11 (1.03%) HP Quality Center
4 11 (1.03%) Tivoli
5 10 (0.93%) Ansible
6 9 (0.84%) Salt
7 8 (0.75%) Zenoss
8 7 (0.65%) HAProxy
8 7 (0.65%) SCCM
9 5 (0.47%) Oracle Identity Management
9 5 (0.47%) WMI
10 4 (0.37%) Nagios
11 2 (0.19%) Tivoli NetView
11 2 (0.19%) Netcool
11 2 (0.19%) Netcool/OMNIbus
11 2 (0.19%) Kibana
12 1 (0.093%) Graphite
12 1 (0.093%) Mesos
12 1 (0.093%) Vagrant
Vendors
1 94 (8.78%) Oracle
2 76 (7.10%) Microsoft
3 48 (4.48%) VMware
4 23 (2.15%) HP
5 22 (2.05%) IBM
5 22 (2.05%) Serena
6 19 (1.77%) Talend
7 16 (1.49%) Google
8 14 (1.31%) Zend
9 10 (0.93%) Cisco
9 10 (0.93%) EMC
10 9 (0.84%) Red Hat
10 9 (0.84%) Adobe
11 8 (0.75%) Informatica
12 7 (0.65%) New Relic
12 7 (0.65%) hybris
12 7 (0.65%) Perforce
12 7 (0.65%) Veritas
13 6 (0.56%) Hitachi
13 6 (0.56%) Compaq
York, North Yorkshire
Searchability
Rate: £250 - £500 per day
Posted: 1 hour ago
Central London / West End
Digital Pursuit Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £425 per day
Posted: 3 hours ago
Templecombe, Somerset
Clear Edge Consulting
Rate: Up to £55 per hour
Posted: 10 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
Arrows Group
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
Slough
Computer Futures
Rate: £35 - £37 per hour + competitive
Posted: 11 hours ago
Reading, Berkshire
LA International
Rate: £250 - £275 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Portsmouth, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
Warwickshire
Connectus
Rate: £33.55 - £45.55 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago
Luton, Bedfordshire
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Novate IT Ltd
Rate: £0.000 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Essex
Cooper Lomaz Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £35 - 40 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago
Essex
Cooper Lomaz Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £35 - 40 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago
Kent
Computer Futures
Rate: £37 - £40 per hour + competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Yeovil, Somerset
Connectus
Rate: £32.54 - £45.00 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Dawson & Walsh
Rate: £550 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Sheffield, Yorkshire
Access Computer Consulting Plc
Posted: 6 days ago
Leamington Spa
Real Staffing
Rate: £30 - £35 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
Cambridge
Progressive Recruitment
Rate: competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
Oxfordshire
Progressive Recruitment
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 11 days ago