The first table below looks at the demand 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 23 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Job Titles currently tracked.

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
23 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Engineer
Rank 184 179 156
Rank change year-on-year
-5 -23
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 582 589 713
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.08% 1.16% 1.23%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.17% 1.25% 1.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 330 283 237
Average daily rate
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£350 £350 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £188 £247
10% offered a daily rate of more than £498 £475 £443
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £320 £313
% change year-on-year
+1.56% +2.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 78 101 220
Average hourly rate £37.50 £36.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.73% -2.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £28.60 £32.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.00 £36.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -4.00%
Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
49763 47179 53563
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.42% 92.54% 92.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 30243 27592 29833
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 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £568
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 1973 2142 2712
Average hourly rate £16.50 £18.00 £19.42
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.33% -7.31%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.80 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.48 £17.23 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-4.32% -6.89%

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 23 July 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 23 July 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 23 July 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 -19 521 £350 - 379
London -13 171 £425 +13.33% 95
South East -18 128 £328 +0.76% 62
South West +2 69 £350 +7.69% 41
East of England -11 64 £334 +5.11% 90
Hampshire -4 53 £325 -1.51% 8
Yorkshire +12 46 £325 +8.33% 28
City of London +26 45 £450 +11.94% 23
West Yorkshire +8 45 £325 +8.33% 16
Leeds +12 44 £325 +8.33% 12
Cambridgeshire -1 37 £363 +21.84% 58
Scotland -3 34 £265 -33.75% 22
Cambridge +12 27 £369 +27.15% 48
Gloucestershire 0 21 £355 +51.06% 10
Bristol -13 19 £350 +20.17% 6
Edinburgh -12 17 £260 -21.21% 13
Surrey -35 16 £363 +11.53% 3
Southampton -2 15 £313 -10.71% 5
Berkshire +2 14 £300 -25.00% 15
Wales -10 14 £300 -33.33% 10
North West -24 14 £323 +7.50% 21
Middlesex +4 13 £363 +16.93% 2
Manchester +7 12 £325 -14.47% 14
Hertfordshire +1 12 £313 +8.69% 11
Reading +13 11 £313 -26.47% 6
Wiltshire -4 10 £361 +3.21% 7
South Wales -17 10 £300 -33.33% 6
Buckinghamshire +1 9 £325 - 4
Oxfordshire -5 9 £270 -30.32% 13
East Midlands -7 9 £275 +10.00% 20

Software Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 July 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 1045 (90.71%) Software Engineering
2 338 (29.34%) C++
3 309 (26.82%) Linux
4 308 (26.74%) C
5 299 (25.95%) Java
6 241 (20.92%) C#
7 207 (17.97%) .NET
8 186 (16.15%) Agile Software Development
9 175 (15.19%) JavaScript
10 169 (14.67%) Windows
10 169 (14.67%) OO
11 168 (14.58%) Scrum
12 153 (13.28%) SQL
13 149 (12.93%) Web Services
14 141 (12.24%) TDD
15 134 (11.63%) UML
16 132 (11.46%) HTML
17 128 (11.11%) Continuous Integration
18 124 (10.76%) Security Cleared
19 123 (10.68%) Degree
20 119 (10.33%) Python
21 115 (9.98%) SQL Server
22 110 (9.55%) CSS
23 101 (8.77%) PHP
24 97 (8.42%) XML
25 96 (8.33%) Embedded C
26 94 (8.16%) MVC
27 90 (7.81%) SC Cleared
28 84 (7.29%) UNIX
29 82 (7.12%) Git (software)

Software Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 23 July 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 32 (2.78%) Apache
2 30 (2.60%) Node.js
3 21 (1.82%) WebLogic
4 18 (1.56%) IIS
5 14 (1.22%) Tomcat
5 14 (1.22%) WebSphere
6 10 (0.87%) CMS
7 7 (0.61%) SharePoint
7 7 (0.61%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 7 (0.61%) Umbraco
7 7 (0.61%) Mule
8 6 (0.52%) LiveCycle
8 6 (0.52%) WebSphere Application Server
9 5 (0.43%) Elasticsearch
10 4 (0.35%) Sitecore CMS
10 4 (0.35%) MS Exchange
10 4 (0.35%) SAS
10 4 (0.35%) Confluence
11 3 (0.26%) nginx
11 3 (0.26%) Drupal
Applications
1 28 (2.43%) MS Excel
2 24 (2.08%) Simulink
3 12 (1.04%) MS Office
4 8 (0.69%) Photoshop
4 8 (0.69%) Adobe Illustrator
5 1 (0.087%) Doxygen
5 1 (0.087%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.087%) OmniGraffle
5 1 (0.087%) TargetLink
5 1 (0.087%) MS Project
5 1 (0.087%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 12 (1.04%) Dynamics AX
2 4 (0.35%) Magento
2 4 (0.35%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 3 (0.26%) Markit EDM
4 2 (0.17%) ION MarketView
4 2 (0.17%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.17%) RMDS
5 1 (0.087%) Cognos TM1
5 1 (0.087%) BusinessWorks
Cloud Services
1 40 (3.47%) Amazon AWS
2 20 (1.74%) Microsoft Azure
3 11 (0.95%) Office 365
4 10 (0.87%) Cloud Computing
4 10 (0.87%) Amazon EC2
4 10 (0.87%) SaaS
5 5 (0.43%) GitHub
5 5 (0.43%) IaaS
6 3 (0.26%) ElastiCache
6 3 (0.26%) PaaS
6 3 (0.26%) Heroku
6 3 (0.26%) Amazon S3
7 2 (0.17%) Amazon SQS
8 1 (0.087%) Google App Engine
8 1 (0.087%) Google Compute Engine
Communications & Networking
1 47 (4.08%) HTTP
2 45 (3.91%) TCP/IP
3 42 (3.65%) Internet
4 19 (1.65%) DVB
5 17 (1.48%) DNS
5 17 (1.48%) Wireless
6 13 (1.13%) Ethernet
7 11 (0.95%) SSL
8 9 (0.78%) LTE
9 8 (0.69%) SSH
9 8 (0.69%) RTP
9 8 (0.69%) BGP
9 8 (0.69%) LDAP
9 8 (0.69%) GSM
10 7 (0.61%) Broadband
10 7 (0.61%) FTP
10 7 (0.61%) UMTS
10 7 (0.61%) DHCP
10 7 (0.61%) 3G
10 7 (0.61%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 115 (9.98%) SQL Server
2 51 (4.43%) MySQL
3 45 (3.91%) SQL Server 2008
4 32 (2.78%) MongoDB
5 31 (2.69%) Relational Database
6 24 (2.08%) NoSQL
7 17 (1.48%) PostgreSQL
7 17 (1.48%) Big Data
8 15 (1.30%) Hadoop
9 12 (1.04%) Oracle Database
10 11 (0.95%) Redis
11 10 (0.87%) Data Warehouse
12 9 (0.78%) DB2
12 9 (0.78%) Couchbase
12 9 (0.78%) Apache Cassandra
13 8 (0.69%) RDBMS
13 8 (0.69%) Amazon RDS
14 7 (0.61%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 7 (0.61%) SQL Server 2005
15 6 (0.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 82 (7.12%) Git (software)
2 72 (6.25%) Subversion
3 71 (6.16%) Visual Studio
4 52 (4.51%) ClearCase
5 51 (4.43%) Rational DOORS
6 49 (4.25%) Jenkins
7 47 (4.08%) Team Foundation Server
8 37 (3.21%) Maven
9 36 (3.13%) Rational Rhapsody
10 31 (2.69%) Cucumber
11 29 (2.52%) Eclipse
12 28 (2.43%) Selenium
13 26 (2.26%) NUnit
13 26 (2.26%) JUnit
14 22 (1.91%) JIRA
15 16 (1.39%) Ant
16 14 (1.22%) LabVIEW
16 14 (1.22%) Mockito
17 13 (1.13%) Hudson
17 13 (1.13%) TeamCity
General
1 80 (6.94%) Finance
2 67 (5.82%) Electronics
3 57 (4.95%) Telecoms
4 41 (3.56%) Banking
5 37 (3.21%) Automotive
6 26 (2.26%) Investment Banking
7 24 (2.08%) Avionics
7 24 (2.08%) Games
7 24 (2.08%) Manufacturing
8 19 (1.65%) Military
9 13 (1.13%) Aerospace
10 9 (0.78%) Retail
10 9 (0.78%) Marketing
11 6 (0.52%) Front Office
12 5 (0.43%) Multimedia
12 5 (0.43%) Publishing
13 4 (0.35%) Legal
13 4 (0.35%) German Language
14 3 (0.26%) Advertising
15 2 (0.17%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 207 (17.97%) .NET
2 149 (12.93%) Web Services
3 132 (11.46%) HTML
4 110 (9.55%) CSS
5 97 (8.42%) XML
6 76 (6.60%) ASP.NET
7 73 (6.34%) jQuery
8 66 (5.73%) .NET Framework
9 64 (5.56%) WPF
10 58 (5.03%) HTML5
10 58 (5.03%) Spring
11 54 (4.69%) JSON
12 53 (4.60%) REST
13 52 (4.51%) WCF
14 41 (3.56%) Ajax
14 41 (3.56%) SOAP
15 36 (3.13%) Hibernate
16 33 (2.86%) POSIX
17 32 (2.78%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
18 31 (2.69%) LINQ
Miscellaneous
1 74 (6.42%) Embedded Systems
2 73 (6.34%) Computer Science
3 48 (4.17%) Device Driver
4 43 (3.73%) Open Source
5 42 (3.65%) DTV
6 40 (3.47%) Enterprise Software
7 29 (2.52%) Mathematics
8 21 (1.82%) Mobile App
9 20 (1.74%) Client/Server
9 20 (1.74%) IPTV
10 19 (1.65%) STB
10 19 (1.65%) Firmware
11 15 (1.30%) Physics
12 14 (1.22%) MPEG
12 14 (1.22%) Streaming Video
13 13 (1.13%) Derivative
13 13 (1.13%) CAN bus
14 9 (0.78%) CUDA
14 9 (0.78%) N-Tier
15 8 (0.69%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 309 (26.82%) Linux
2 169 (14.67%) Windows
3 84 (7.29%) UNIX
4 45 (3.91%) Android
5 41 (3.56%) Embedded Linux
6 22 (1.91%) Windows Server 2012
7 21 (1.82%) Apple iOS
8 14 (1.22%) Windows Server 2008
8 14 (1.22%) CentOS
9 11 (0.95%) Windows CE
10 10 (0.87%) Windows 7
11 9 (0.78%) Windows Server 2003
11 9 (0.78%) VxWorks
12 7 (0.61%) Debian
12 7 (0.61%) Ubuntu
12 7 (0.61%) Mac OS X
13 6 (0.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 4 (0.35%) Oracle Linux
14 4 (0.35%) Windows XP
14 4 (0.35%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 1045 (90.71%) Software Engineering
2 186 (16.15%) Agile Software Development
3 169 (14.67%) OO
4 168 (14.58%) Scrum
5 141 (12.24%) TDD
6 134 (11.63%) UML
7 128 (11.11%) Continuous Integration
8 94 (8.16%) MVC
9 78 (6.77%) Multithreading
10 67 (5.82%) Configuration Management
11 58 (5.03%) Unit Testing
12 50 (4.34%) BDD
13 49 (4.25%) OOP
14 46 (3.99%) Validation
15 44 (3.82%) Automated Testing
16 40 (3.47%) Embedded Software Development
16 40 (3.47%) DevOps
17 37 (3.21%) Test Automation
18 33 (2.86%) Integration Testing
19 32 (2.78%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 338 (29.34%) C++
2 308 (26.74%) C
3 299 (25.95%) Java
4 241 (20.92%) C#
5 175 (15.19%) JavaScript
6 153 (13.28%) SQL
7 119 (10.33%) Python
8 101 (8.77%) PHP
9 96 (8.33%) Embedded C
10 69 (5.99%) Ruby
11 54 (4.69%) Perl
12 40 (3.47%) MATLAB
13 31 (2.69%) Scala
14 30 (2.60%) Embedded C++
15 26 (2.26%) Bash Shell
16 24 (2.08%) VBScript
17 23 (2.00%) VB
18 21 (1.82%) Shell Script
19 20 (1.74%) PHP5
20 18 (1.56%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 124 (10.76%) Security Cleared
2 123 (10.68%) Degree
3 90 (7.81%) SC Cleared
4 11 (0.95%) DV Cleared
5 10 (0.87%) PhD
6 8 (0.69%) ISTQB
7 7 (0.61%) ISEB
8 6 (0.52%) Six Sigma Green Belt
9 4 (0.35%) Microsoft Certification
9 4 (0.35%) MCTS
10 3 (0.26%) MCP
10 3 (0.26%) MCPD
11 2 (0.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 1 (0.087%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 1 (0.087%) CTC Cleared
12 1 (0.087%) MCSE
12 1 (0.087%) MCITP
12 1 (0.087%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (3.30%) DO-178B
2 33 (2.86%) QA
3 3 (0.26%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.087%) IEC 61508
4 1 (0.087%) DICOM
4 1 (0.087%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 14 (1.22%) Active Directory
1 14 (1.22%) Varnish
2 5 (0.43%) Docker
3 4 (0.35%) Oracle RAC
3 4 (0.35%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (0.26%) vCloud
4 3 (0.26%) GPFS
5 2 (0.17%) Xen
5 2 (0.17%) KVM
5 2 (0.17%) XenApp
5 2 (0.17%) vSphere
5 2 (0.17%) UAG
5 2 (0.17%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.087%) Nmap
6 1 (0.087%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.087%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 32 (2.78%) Opscode Chef
2 31 (2.69%) Puppet
3 14 (1.22%) Salt
4 7 (0.61%) Vagrant
4 7 (0.61%) Tivoli
5 6 (0.52%) SCCM
6 5 (0.43%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 4 (0.35%) HP Quality Center
8 3 (0.26%) Ionix
8 3 (0.26%) Netcool/Webtop
8 3 (0.26%) Netcool
8 3 (0.26%) Netcool/OMNIbus
9 2 (0.17%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 2 (0.17%) SCOrch
9 2 (0.17%) Kibana
10 1 (0.087%) HAProxy
10 1 (0.087%) Oozie
10 1 (0.087%) Control-M
10 1 (0.087%) ARCserve
10 1 (0.087%) ZENworks
Vendors
1 74 (6.42%) Microsoft
2 62 (5.38%) Oracle
3 33 (2.86%) JBoss
4 30 (2.60%) Zend
5 26 (2.26%) IBM
6 15 (1.30%) Perforce
7 14 (1.22%) Serena
8 12 (1.04%) VMware
9 11 (0.95%) HP
10 10 (0.87%) Intel
10 10 (0.87%) Google
11 9 (0.78%) Adobe
11 9 (0.78%) EMC
12 8 (0.69%) Red Hat
12 8 (0.69%) Sybase
12 8 (0.69%) Rackspace
13 7 (0.61%) WSO2
13 7 (0.61%) Cisco
13 7 (0.61%) Salesforce.com
13 7 (0.61%) TIBCO
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £38 - £42 per hour
Posted: 9 hours ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
London
Reed Technology - UK Posting Account
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Salford
Reed Technology - UK Posting Account
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
London
OCC Computer personnel
Rate: Day rate flexible depending on experience
Posted: 16 hours ago
Southampton
Claremont Consulting Limited
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 19 hours ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: Yesterday
Oxfordshire
Amoria Bond - UK
Posted: Yesterday
Loughborough, Leicestershire
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Rate: £200 - £260 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Street, Somerset
People Source Consulting
Rate: £280 - £300 per day + (Potentially higher)
Posted: Yesterday
Shefford, Bedfordshire
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Posted: Yesterday
Bedfordshire
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Posted: Yesterday
Bracknell, Berkshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: Yesterday
South East England
Amoria Bond - UK
Posted: Yesterday
Greenford, Middlesex
Connectus
Rate: £48 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
West Midlands
G2 Recruitment Solutions Ltd.
Posted: 2 days ago
Bristol, Avon
e-Recruiter
Rate: £200 - £230 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
AMsource Technology
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day depending on experience
Posted: 2 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
ENTERPRISE RECRUITMENT LTD
Rate: £call
Posted: 2 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Senitor Associates
Rate: £200 - £220 per day
Posted: 5 days ago