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 23 September 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
23 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Engineer
Rank 228 197 166
Rank change year-on-year
-31 -31
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 541 564 720
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.94% 1.07% 1.23%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.03% 1.15% 1.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 285 282 253
Average daily rate
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£375 £338 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% -3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £168 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £450 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £300 £313
% change year-on-year
+16.66% -4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 71 104 203
Average hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -6.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £27.50 £31.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -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
52507 48877 54297
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 90.85% 92.73% 92.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 32079 29293 30388
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 £360 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2048 2078 2690
Average hourly rate £16.61 £17.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.30% -5.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.34
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -8.57%

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 September 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 September 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 September 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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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 -15 503 £375 +11.11% 410
London +5 168 £436 +15.49% 84
South East -4 144 £336 +12.08% 89
South West +1 72 £375 +25.00% 46
Hampshire +13 56 £338 +3.84% 18
East of England -9 53 £394 +36.36% 90
City of London +23 39 £483 +20.08% 21
Cambridgeshire +12 28 £350 +25.56% 66
Scotland -6 25 £350 -2.09% 21
Surrey -3 22 £363 +50.88% 15
Cambridge +3 21 £356 +29.54% 52
Southampton +3 20 £350 -1.40% 7
Bristol 0 20 £400 +30.08% 15
Oxfordshire +4 19 £388 +1.63% 11
Berkshire +3 18 £325 -5.45% 22
Yorkshire -18 18 £325 +8.33% 28
Dorset +8 15 £363 +101.38% 8
North West -17 15 £350 +7.69% 27
West Midlands -17 13 £506 +305.00% 15
Somerset 0 12 £290 +13.17% 8
Gloucestershire -14 12 £350 - 7
West Yorkshire -25 12 £325 +8.33% 16
Leeds -11 11 £325 +8.33% 13
Manchester -11 11 £350 -6.66% 13
Staines +7 10 £363 - 1
Edinburgh -1 10 £300 -11.76% 14
Essex -2 9 £275 - 3
Bedfordshire -10 9 £450 -
East Midlands -12 9 £275 -8.33% 21
Middlesex +4 8 £375 - 4

Software Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 September 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 1038 (89.02%) Software Engineering
2 366 (31.39%) Agile Software Development
3 354 (30.36%) Linux
4 345 (29.59%) Java
5 335 (28.73%) C++
6 326 (27.96%) C
7 219 (18.78%) C#
8 198 (16.98%) JavaScript
9 188 (16.12%) .NET
10 182 (15.61%) Scrum
11 175 (15.01%) OO
12 169 (14.49%) SQL
12 169 (14.49%) Windows
13 166 (14.24%) Web Services
14 162 (13.89%) Python
15 154 (13.21%) HTML
16 152 (13.04%) TDD
17 145 (12.44%) UML
18 142 (12.18%) Continuous Integration
19 130 (11.15%) XML
20 128 (10.98%) Degree
21 123 (10.55%) Security Cleared
22 116 (9.95%) CSS
23 111 (9.52%) Embedded C
24 104 (8.92%) UNIX
25 100 (8.58%) SQL Server
26 99 (8.49%) MVC
27 98 (8.40%) Git (software)
28 94 (8.06%) PHP
29 93 (7.98%) SC Cleared

Software Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 23 September 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 48 (4.12%) Apache
2 30 (2.57%) WebLogic
2 30 (2.57%) WebSphere
3 29 (2.49%) Node.js
4 23 (1.97%) IIS
5 20 (1.72%) Tomcat
6 16 (1.37%) WebSphere Application Server
7 13 (1.11%) Confluence
8 12 (1.03%) CMS
9 11 (0.94%) WebSphere Process Server
10 10 (0.86%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 8 (0.69%) SharePoint
12 7 (0.60%) Apache Solr
12 7 (0.60%) ArcGIS
12 7 (0.60%) Umbraco
13 6 (0.51%) SAS
14 5 (0.43%) Elasticsearch
15 4 (0.34%) nginx
15 4 (0.34%) Sitecore CMS
16 3 (0.26%) OpenEdge
Applications
1 23 (1.97%) MS Excel
2 21 (1.80%) Simulink
3 9 (0.77%) Adobe Illustrator
3 9 (0.77%) Photoshop
4 8 (0.69%) MS Office
5 2 (0.17%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.086%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.086%) MS Project
6 1 (0.086%) Doxygen
6 1 (0.086%) TargetLink
6 1 (0.086%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 12 (1.03%) Dynamics AX
2 7 (0.60%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 4 (0.34%) Oracle BPM
4 2 (0.17%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.17%) LabWindows
4 2 (0.17%) RMDS
4 2 (0.17%) ION MarketView
5 1 (0.086%) BusinessWorks
5 1 (0.086%) SyteLine
5 1 (0.086%) Cognos TM1
5 1 (0.086%) Markit EDM
Cloud Services
1 49 (4.20%) Amazon AWS
2 26 (2.23%) Microsoft Azure
3 16 (1.37%) Amazon EC2
4 11 (0.94%) Office 365
5 10 (0.86%) SaaS
5 10 (0.86%) Cloud Computing
6 9 (0.77%) Amazon S3
7 6 (0.51%) GitHub
8 5 (0.43%) IaaS
8 5 (0.43%) Amazon SQS
9 4 (0.34%) Heroku
10 3 (0.26%) PaaS
10 3 (0.26%) ElastiCache
10 3 (0.26%) Amazon ElastiCache
11 2 (0.17%) Route 53
12 1 (0.086%) Google Compute Engine
12 1 (0.086%) Google App Engine
Communications & Networking
1 65 (5.57%) HTTP
2 60 (5.15%) TCP/IP
3 36 (3.09%) SSL
4 30 (2.57%) Internet
5 23 (1.97%) DVB
6 19 (1.63%) Ethernet
7 18 (1.54%) DNS
8 12 (1.03%) Wireless
9 11 (0.94%) LTE
10 10 (0.86%) SSH
11 9 (0.77%) Network Security
11 9 (0.77%) Modbus
11 9 (0.77%) 3G
12 8 (0.69%) BGP
12 8 (0.69%) ZigBee
13 7 (0.60%) DHCP
13 7 (0.60%) SAN
13 7 (0.60%) GSM
14 6 (0.51%) UMTS
14 6 (0.51%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 100 (8.58%) SQL Server
2 70 (6.00%) MySQL
3 37 (3.17%) SQL Server 2008
4 35 (3.00%) Relational Database
5 26 (2.23%) NoSQL
6 23 (1.97%) Big Data
6 23 (1.97%) Oracle Database
7 22 (1.89%) MongoDB
8 21 (1.80%) PostgreSQL
9 17 (1.46%) Hadoop
10 13 (1.11%) Redis
11 10 (0.86%) RDBMS
11 10 (0.86%) Amazon RDS
11 10 (0.86%) Couchbase
12 7 (0.60%) DB2
12 7 (0.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 7 (0.60%) SQL Server 2005
12 7 (0.60%) SimpleDB
13 6 (0.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 6 (0.51%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 98 (8.40%) Git (software)
2 69 (5.92%) Subversion
3 65 (5.57%) Visual Studio
4 62 (5.32%) Jenkins
5 57 (4.89%) Rational DOORS
6 54 (4.63%) Team Foundation Server
7 49 (4.20%) ClearCase
8 47 (4.03%) Maven
9 45 (3.86%) JIRA
10 37 (3.17%) Cucumber
11 35 (3.00%) Selenium
12 30 (2.57%) Eclipse
12 30 (2.57%) JUnit
13 29 (2.49%) Rational Rhapsody
14 24 (2.06%) Mockito
15 23 (1.97%) TeamCity
16 19 (1.63%) NUnit
17 17 (1.46%) Ant
18 16 (1.37%) LabVIEW
18 16 (1.37%) PHPUnit
General
1 81 (6.95%) Finance
2 68 (5.83%) Electronics
3 58 (4.97%) Telecoms
4 44 (3.77%) Banking
5 42 (3.60%) Automotive
6 28 (2.40%) Avionics
7 25 (2.14%) Investment Banking
8 23 (1.97%) Aerospace
9 22 (1.89%) Manufacturing
10 15 (1.29%) Military
11 12 (1.03%) Publishing
12 11 (0.94%) Games
12 11 (0.94%) Retail
12 11 (0.94%) Marketing
13 8 (0.69%) Front Office
14 4 (0.34%) Legal
15 3 (0.26%) Billing
15 3 (0.26%) German Language
16 2 (0.17%) Multimedia
17 1 (0.086%) Advertising
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 188 (16.12%) .NET
2 166 (14.24%) Web Services
3 154 (13.21%) HTML
4 130 (11.15%) XML
5 116 (9.95%) CSS
6 83 (7.12%) jQuery
7 77 (6.60%) Spring
8 76 (6.52%) ASP.NET
9 74 (6.35%) REST
10 68 (5.83%) HTML5
11 63 (5.40%) .NET Framework
12 60 (5.15%) SOAP
13 51 (4.37%) JSON
14 49 (4.20%) Hibernate
15 46 (3.95%) WCF
16 45 (3.86%) WPF
17 44 (3.77%) Ajax
18 39 (3.34%) JMS
19 35 (3.00%) Middleware
20 34 (2.92%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 81 (6.95%) Computer Science
2 64 (5.49%) Embedded Systems
3 57 (4.89%) Device Driver
4 52 (4.46%) Analytical Skills
5 50 (4.29%) Open Source
6 46 (3.95%) DTV
7 36 (3.09%) Mathematics
7 36 (3.09%) Enterprise Software
8 23 (1.97%) STB
9 22 (1.89%) Mobile App
9 22 (1.89%) User Experience
10 20 (1.72%) Client/Server
11 19 (1.63%) Firmware
12 18 (1.54%) Physics
13 17 (1.46%) Management Information System
14 15 (1.29%) IPTV
14 15 (1.29%) CAN bus
15 12 (1.03%) Data Integration
16 11 (0.94%) Streaming Video
17 10 (0.86%) Market Risk
Operating Systems
1 354 (30.36%) Linux
2 169 (14.49%) Windows
3 104 (8.92%) UNIX
4 43 (3.69%) Embedded Linux
4 43 (3.69%) Android
5 24 (2.06%) Apple iOS
6 21 (1.80%) Windows Server 2012
7 18 (1.54%) CentOS
8 17 (1.46%) Mac OS X
9 13 (1.11%) VxWorks
10 12 (1.03%) Windows Server 2008
11 10 (0.86%) Ubuntu
12 9 (0.77%) Windows 7
13 8 (0.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 8 (0.69%) Debian
13 8 (0.69%) Windows CE
14 7 (0.60%) Windows Server 2003
15 5 (0.43%) AIX
15 5 (0.43%) HPUX
15 5 (0.43%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 1038 (89.02%) Software Engineering
2 366 (31.39%) Agile Software Development
3 182 (15.61%) Scrum
4 175 (15.01%) OO
5 152 (13.04%) TDD
6 145 (12.44%) UML
7 142 (12.18%) Continuous Integration
8 99 (8.49%) MVC
9 76 (6.52%) Configuration Management
10 66 (5.66%) Multithreading
11 61 (5.23%) BDD
12 55 (4.72%) Unit Testing
12 55 (4.72%) OOP
13 49 (4.20%) Validation
14 46 (3.95%) Test Automation
15 44 (3.77%) DevOps
16 43 (3.69%) Embedded Software Development
17 41 (3.52%) Web Development
17 41 (3.52%) Automated Testing
18 40 (3.43%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 345 (29.59%) Java
2 335 (28.73%) C++
3 326 (27.96%) C
4 219 (18.78%) C#
5 198 (16.98%) JavaScript
6 169 (14.49%) SQL
7 162 (13.89%) Python
8 111 (9.52%) Embedded C
9 94 (8.06%) PHP
10 75 (6.43%) Ruby
11 48 (4.12%) Perl
12 31 (2.66%) MATLAB
12 31 (2.66%) Bash Shell
13 29 (2.49%) Embedded C++
14 28 (2.40%) Scala
15 27 (2.32%) VB
16 23 (1.97%) VBScript
17 21 (1.80%) Shell Script
18 18 (1.54%) Ada
19 15 (1.29%) Assembly Language
Qualifications
1 128 (10.98%) Degree
2 123 (10.55%) Security Cleared
3 93 (7.98%) SC Cleared
4 21 (1.80%) DV Cleared
5 8 (0.69%) ISEB
6 7 (0.60%) PhD
6 7 (0.60%) ISTQB
7 5 (0.43%) 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%) HND
10 1 (0.086%) MCSE
10 1 (0.086%) Microsoft Certification
10 1 (0.086%) Sun Certification
10 1 (0.086%) MCTS
10 1 (0.086%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 46 (3.95%) DO-178B
2 37 (3.17%) QA
3 4 (0.34%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.086%) ISO/IEC 14443
4 1 (0.086%) ISO 9000
4 1 (0.086%) TickIT
4 1 (0.086%) ISO 8583
System Software
1 12 (1.03%) Varnish
2 9 (0.77%) Active Directory
3 8 (0.69%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (0.69%) Docker
4 5 (0.43%) Xen
4 5 (0.43%) Oracle RAC
5 2 (0.17%) UAG
5 2 (0.17%) GPFS
5 2 (0.17%) KVM
6 1 (0.086%) vCloud
6 1 (0.086%) Apache Flume
6 1 (0.086%) NFS
6 1 (0.086%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.086%) vSphere
6 1 (0.086%) VMware ESX
6 1 (0.086%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 37 (3.17%) Opscode Chef
2 33 (2.83%) Puppet
3 17 (1.46%) Salt
4 9 (0.77%) SCCM
5 8 (0.69%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 6 (0.51%) Vagrant
7 4 (0.34%) Oracle Identity Management
7 4 (0.34%) HP Quality Center
7 4 (0.34%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
8 3 (0.26%) Tivoli
8 3 (0.26%) YUM
9 2 (0.17%) Oozie
9 2 (0.17%) HAProxy
9 2 (0.17%) Kibana
10 1 (0.086%) SCOrch
10 1 (0.086%) Ansible
10 1 (0.086%) ARCserve
10 1 (0.086%) ZENworks
10 1 (0.086%) WSUS
Vendors
1 83 (7.12%) Oracle
2 55 (4.72%) Microsoft
3 30 (2.57%) IBM
4 24 (2.06%) JBoss
5 23 (1.97%) Zend
6 19 (1.63%) Google
7 15 (1.29%) VMware
8 12 (1.03%) Perforce
9 11 (0.94%) Serena
9 11 (0.94%) ESRI
9 11 (0.94%) Software AG
9 11 (0.94%) Red Hat
10 10 (0.86%) Rackspace
11 9 (0.77%) HP
12 8 (0.69%) QNX
13 7 (0.60%) Intel
13 7 (0.60%) Cisco
13 7 (0.60%) SAP
13 7 (0.60%) Salesforce.com
14 6 (0.51%) TIBCO
Bracknell, Berkshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £300 - £360 per day
Posted: 3 hours ago
Cambridgeshire
Premier Group Recruitment
Rate: £35 - £40 per hour
Posted: 9 hours ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £350 - £550 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Buckinghamshire
Hudson - London
Rate: £280 - £300 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Glossop, Derbyshire
People Source Consulting
Rate: £55.80 - £71.74 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
London
Reed Technology - UK Posting Account
Rate: £375 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: £300 - £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
North West England
Real Staffing
Rate: £30 - £42 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol, Somerset
Kainos Software
Posted: 3 days ago
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Intelligent Recruitment
Rate: From £250 to £350 per annum Rate is for an 8 hr day and 3 month renewa
Posted: 4 days ago
South West London
Nationwide People Ltd
Rate: £55000 - £65000 Per Annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Solutions Recruitment
Rate: From £350 to £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
UK
Explore Recruitment Solutions
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
England
Amoria Bond - UK
Posted: 4 days ago
North West England
Real Staffing
Rate: £30 - £40 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Yoh Company
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Oxfordshire
Real Staffing
Rate: £40 - £41 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
Cambridge
Computer Futures
Rate: £35 - £40 per hour + competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
Buckinghamshire
Proteus Europe
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 5 days ago
London
I.T. Skillfinder
Posted: 6 days ago