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 31 May 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
31 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Engineer
Rank 235 233 221
Rank change year-on-year
-2 -12
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 556 510 557
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.04% 0.94% 1.04%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.09% 0.99% 1.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 295 243 311
Median daily rate £400 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £310 £300 £276
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £340 £328
% change year-on-year
+13.23% +3.81%
Number of hourly rates quoted 108 89 101
Median hourly rate £42.35 £40.00 £39.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.87% +2.56%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.75 £33.90 £31.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £52.17 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.25 £40.00 £39.00
% change year-on-year
+5.62% +2.56%

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
50823 51340 50433
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.76% 94.71% 94.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 33235 31856 31169
Median daily rate £425 £400 £393
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +1.91%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1467 2031 2115
Median hourly rate £17.50 £16.83 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.01% -1.02%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £40.50 £39.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £16.16 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+8.29% -2.06%

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 31 May 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 31 May 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 31 May 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 +13 501 £413 +10.00% 332
South East -19 158 £360 +6.66% 72
London +26 127 £451 -3.98% 77
South West -10 70 £338 -18.18% 39
Hampshire -19 32 £346 +5.17% 16
West Midlands -4 31 £415 +35.51% 17
North West -8 28 £425 +15.25% 29
East of England +6 27 £360 +9.92% 55
Scotland -18 27 £270 -31.27% 26
Kent +6 26 £700 +107.40%
Yorkshire -7 23 £435 +28.88% 19
Surrey -8 22 £388 +8.01% 20
North East -28 21 £495 - 6
Somerset +7 19 - - 5
Oxfordshire +4 19 £435 +2.35% 10
Tyne and Wear -29 18 £495 - 4
Newcastle upon Tyne -38 17 £495 - 4
Middlesex - 17 £350 - 1
Yeovil +6 16 - - 1
Manchester -6 16 £425 +13.33% 21
Wales +22 15 £375 +2.73% 8
Bristol -13 15 £338 -18.18% 12
West Sussex -23 15 £358 +30.00% 5
West Yorkshire -5 14 £450 +8.43% 14
Shropshire -20 14 £415 +45.61%
South Wales +20 13 £380 +10.94% 7
East Midlands +10 13 £438 +29.62% 18
Oxford +4 13 £350 -25.53% 3
Leeds -13 13 £448 +7.83% 13
City of London +43 12 £463 +8.82% 8

Software Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 May 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 1072 (96.93%) Software Engineering
2 407 (36.80%) Agile Software Development
3 386 (34.90%) C++
4 371 (33.54%) Java
5 340 (30.74%) Linux
6 321 (29.02%) C
7 255 (23.06%) C#
8 218 (19.71%) TDD
9 202 (18.26%) JavaScript
10 201 (18.17%) SQL
11 185 (16.73%) OO
12 168 (15.19%) HTML
13 163 (14.74%) Security Cleared
14 157 (14.20%) Scrum
15 145 (13.11%) UML
16 143 (12.93%) Windows
17 142 (12.84%) .NET
18 140 (12.66%) Continuous Integration
19 137 (12.39%) Python
20 132 (11.93%) Web Services
21 131 (11.84%) Unit Testing
22 127 (11.48%) CSS
23 114 (10.31%) SC Cleared
24 110 (9.95%) Embedded C
25 100 (9.04%) Git (software)
26 98 (8.86%) DevOps
27 96 (8.68%) Unix
27 96 (8.68%) Spring
28 95 (8.59%) XML
29 93 (8.41%) Finance

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 79 (7.14%) Node.js
2 31 (2.80%) Tomcat
3 30 (2.71%) Apache
4 28 (2.53%) OpenStack
5 26 (2.35%) WebLogic
6 25 (2.26%) JBoss
7 22 (1.99%) Cloud Foundry
7 22 (1.99%) Confluence
8 18 (1.63%) Apache Spark
9 17 (1.54%) Elasticsearch
10 9 (0.81%) CMS
10 9 (0.81%) WebSphere
11 8 (0.72%) WebLogic Portal
12 5 (0.45%) nginx
13 3 (0.27%) Apache Solr
13 3 (0.27%) Jetty
13 3 (0.27%) Mule
14 2 (0.18%) Apache Pig
14 2 (0.18%) IIS
14 2 (0.18%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 20 (1.81%) MS Excel
2 19 (1.72%) Simulink
3 8 (0.72%) MS Office
4 5 (0.45%) MS PowerPoint
5 4 (0.36%) FrameMaker
6 1 (0.090%) Doxygen
6 1 (0.090%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 4 (0.36%) LabWindows
2 3 (0.27%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.18%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.18%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.090%) Magento
4 1 (0.090%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.090%) Oracle Retail
4 1 (0.090%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 61 (5.52%) Amazon AWS
2 49 (4.43%) Microsoft Azure
3 31 (2.80%) PaaS
4 18 (1.63%) SaaS
5 16 (1.45%) Heroku
6 9 (0.81%) IaaS
7 8 (0.72%) Cloud Computing
7 8 (0.72%) Google App Engine
7 8 (0.72%) Google Cloud Platform
8 7 (0.63%) Amazon EC2
9 6 (0.54%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
10 5 (0.45%) Amazon S3
11 4 (0.36%) Amazon SQS
11 4 (0.36%) GitHub
12 3 (0.27%) Amazon Kinesis
13 2 (0.18%) AWS CloudFormation
13 2 (0.18%) AWS Lambda
13 2 (0.18%) Force.com
13 2 (0.18%) Google Analytics
13 2 (0.18%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 61 (5.52%) HTTP
2 53 (4.79%) TCP/IP
3 36 (3.25%) Wireless
4 30 (2.71%) LTE
5 27 (2.44%) Internet
6 20 (1.81%) DVB
6 20 (1.81%) Ethernet
7 18 (1.63%) SNMP
7 18 (1.63%) SSL
8 15 (1.36%) Wi-Fi
9 14 (1.27%) Bluetooth
10 12 (1.08%) 3G
10 12 (1.08%) GSM
10 12 (1.08%) VoIP
11 10 (0.90%) Broadband
11 10 (0.90%) RS-232
12 9 (0.81%) 3GPP
12 9 (0.81%) AMQP
12 9 (0.81%) Diameter Protocol
12 9 (0.81%) UMTS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 76 (6.87%) SQL Server
2 58 (5.24%) MongoDB
3 50 (4.52%) MySQL
4 49 (4.43%) Relational Database
5 46 (4.16%) Hadoop
6 37 (3.35%) NoSQL
7 30 (2.71%) Apache Cassandra
8 25 (2.26%) Big Data
9 24 (2.17%) PostgreSQL
10 21 (1.90%) Redis
11 15 (1.36%) Neo4j
12 12 (1.08%) Oracle Database
13 9 (0.81%) OrientDB
14 8 (0.72%) Apache Hive
14 8 (0.72%) Data Mining
14 8 (0.72%) Oracle Database 11g
15 7 (0.63%) DB2
15 7 (0.63%) HBase
16 6 (0.54%) DataStage
16 6 (0.54%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 100 (9.04%) Git (software)
2 82 (7.41%) Visual Studio
3 75 (6.78%) Jenkins
4 72 (6.51%) Rational DOORS
5 71 (6.42%) Subversion
6 49 (4.43%) Eclipse
7 48 (4.34%) Rational Rhapsody
8 43 (3.89%) JUnit
9 39 (3.53%) JIRA
10 37 (3.35%) Selenium
11 31 (2.80%) Maven
12 28 (2.53%) ClearCase
13 24 (2.17%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 23 (2.08%) Cucumber
15 21 (1.90%) Mockito
16 20 (1.81%) Ant
17 17 (1.54%) NUnit
18 16 (1.45%) CppUnit
19 15 (1.36%) Gradle
20 14 (1.27%) GoogleTest
General
1 93 (8.41%) Finance
2 61 (5.52%) Telecoms
3 58 (5.24%) Electronics
4 50 (4.52%) Aerospace
5 31 (2.80%) Avionics
6 26 (2.35%) Automotive
7 25 (2.26%) Manufacturing
8 24 (2.17%) Banking
9 20 (1.81%) Investment Banking
10 18 (1.63%) Military
11 14 (1.27%) Publishing
12 13 (1.18%) Games
13 9 (0.81%) Retail
14 8 (0.72%) Legal
14 8 (0.72%) Marketing
15 5 (0.45%) Back Office
15 5 (0.45%) Local Government
16 3 (0.27%) Advertising
16 3 (0.27%) Financial Institution
17 1 (0.090%) Front Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 168 (15.19%) HTML
2 142 (12.84%) .NET
3 132 (11.93%) Web Services
4 127 (11.48%) CSS
5 96 (8.68%) Spring
6 95 (8.59%) XML
7 91 (8.23%) HTML5
8 78 (7.05%) REST
9 71 (6.42%) WPF
10 65 (5.88%) AngularJS
11 55 (4.97%) Hibernate
11 55 (4.97%) RESTful
12 54 (4.88%) JSON
13 51 (4.61%) ASP.NET
13 51 (4.61%) SOAP
14 50 (4.52%) .NET Framework
15 43 (3.89%) STL
16 42 (3.80%) J2EE
17 40 (3.62%) CSS3
18 39 (3.53%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 50 (4.52%) Analytical Skills
2 45 (4.07%) Computer Science
2 45 (4.07%) Embedded Systems
3 44 (3.98%) User Experience
4 36 (3.25%) Algorithms
5 33 (2.98%) Device Driver
6 30 (2.71%) DTV
7 22 (1.99%) Mobile App
8 21 (1.90%) Mathematics
9 20 (1.81%) Enterprise Software
9 20 (1.81%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
9 20 (1.81%) STB
10 19 (1.72%) VHDL
11 17 (1.54%) Data Structures
12 15 (1.36%) Data Centre
12 15 (1.36%) MPEG
12 15 (1.36%) Wiki
13 14 (1.27%) Visualisation
14 13 (1.18%) Cyberthreat
14 13 (1.18%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 340 (30.74%) Linux
2 143 (12.93%) Windows
3 96 (8.68%) Unix
4 30 (2.71%) VxWorks
5 27 (2.44%) Android
6 26 (2.35%) Embedded Linux
7 20 (1.81%) Apple iOS
8 18 (1.63%) Mac OS X
9 17 (1.54%) Windows Server
10 15 (1.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 9 (0.81%) Windows Server 2003
12 7 (0.63%) Nucleus RTOS
12 7 (0.63%) Ubuntu
12 7 (0.63%) Windows 7
13 5 (0.45%) AIX
13 5 (0.45%) CentOS
13 5 (0.45%) Solaris
14 4 (0.36%) HPUX
14 4 (0.36%) NetWare
14 4 (0.36%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1072 (96.93%) Software Engineering
2 407 (36.80%) Agile Software Development
3 218 (19.71%) TDD
4 185 (16.73%) OO
5 157 (14.20%) Scrum
6 145 (13.11%) UML
7 140 (12.66%) Continuous Integration
8 131 (11.84%) Unit Testing
9 98 (8.86%) DevOps
10 92 (8.32%) Multithreading
11 87 (7.87%) BDD
12 73 (6.60%) Configuration Management
13 62 (5.61%) Microservices
13 62 (5.61%) Open Source
13 62 (5.61%) SDLC
14 60 (5.42%) Continuous Delivery
15 57 (5.15%) Integration Testing
16 54 (4.88%) OOD
17 52 (4.70%) Embedded Software Development
17 52 (4.70%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 386 (34.90%) C++
2 371 (33.54%) Java
3 321 (29.02%) C
4 255 (23.06%) C#
5 202 (18.26%) JavaScript
6 201 (18.17%) SQL
7 137 (12.39%) Python
8 110 (9.95%) Embedded C
9 76 (6.87%) Scala
10 74 (6.69%) Ruby
11 62 (5.61%) Perl
12 58 (5.24%) Ada
13 39 (3.53%) Bash Shell
13 39 (3.53%) Embedded C++
14 35 (3.16%) MATLAB
15 31 (2.80%) PHP
16 29 (2.62%) Go
16 29 (2.62%) PL/SQL
17 22 (1.99%) Ada 95
18 17 (1.54%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 163 (14.74%) Security Cleared
2 114 (10.31%) SC Cleared
3 84 (7.59%) Degree
4 33 (2.98%) DV Cleared
5 16 (1.45%) BPSS Clearance
6 4 (0.36%) HND
6 4 (0.36%) PhD
7 2 (0.18%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (0.090%) BC Cleared
8 1 (0.090%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (2.08%) MISRA
2 22 (1.99%) QA
3 21 (1.90%) DO-178B
4 16 (1.45%) MISRA C
5 14 (1.27%) Disclosure Scotland
6 9 (0.81%) ISO 9001
7 3 (0.27%) OIPF
7 3 (0.27%) SDET
7 3 (0.27%) SLA
8 2 (0.18%) ISO26262
8 2 (0.18%) TickIT
9 1 (0.090%) Data Quality
9 1 (0.090%) Def Stans
9 1 (0.090%) ECSS
9 1 (0.090%) FedRAMP
9 1 (0.090%) IEC 61508
9 1 (0.090%) JTAG
System Software
1 57 (5.15%) Docker
2 16 (1.45%) vSphere
3 15 (1.36%) VMware Infrastructure
4 14 (1.27%) Firmware
5 10 (0.90%) Active Directory
6 5 (0.45%) Apache Flume
7 4 (0.36%) Cygwin
7 4 (0.36%) GPFS
8 3 (0.27%) iptables
8 3 (0.27%) OpenSSH
9 2 (0.18%) etcd
9 2 (0.18%) VMware ESXi
9 2 (0.18%) Xen
9 2 (0.18%) XenServer
10 1 (0.090%) Time Sharing Option
10 1 (0.090%) zsh
Systems Management
1 38 (3.44%) Puppet
2 18 (1.63%) Kubernetes
3 10 (0.90%) Opscode Chef
4 9 (0.81%) Ansible
5 8 (0.72%) Kibana
5 8 (0.72%) Mesos
6 6 (0.54%) Graphite
6 6 (0.54%) logstash
6 6 (0.54%) StatsD
7 3 (0.27%) BladeLogic
7 3 (0.27%) CA Single Sign-On
7 3 (0.27%) HP Operations Orchestration
7 3 (0.27%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 3 (0.27%) SCOrch
8 2 (0.18%) CA Wily
8 2 (0.18%) Oozie
9 1 (0.090%) Cacti
9 1 (0.090%) Munin
9 1 (0.090%) Nagios
9 1 (0.090%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 87 (7.87%) Oracle
2 64 (5.79%) Microsoft
3 25 (2.26%) VMware
4 22 (1.99%) IBM
5 19 (1.72%) Red Hat
5 19 (1.72%) webMethods
6 14 (1.27%) Google
7 12 (1.08%) Adobe
8 10 (0.90%) Perforce
8 10 (0.90%) Serena
9 9 (0.81%) HP
10 8 (0.72%) Atlassian
10 8 (0.72%) Coverity
10 8 (0.72%) Telelogic
11 7 (0.63%) CA
11 7 (0.63%) Informatica
11 7 (0.63%) Luciad
11 7 (0.63%) QNX
12 6 (0.54%) SAP
12 6 (0.54%) Wind River
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Softweb Resourcing Limited
Rate: From £250 to £350 per day Rate DOE - 3 Month Contract + Extenstion
Posted: 13 hours ago
North West London
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Rate: £300 - £360 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
Somerset
Sopra Steria Recruitment Limited
Posted: Yesterday
Poole, Dorset
Team Jobs
Rate: From £35 to £45 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago
Luton, Bedfordshire
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Rate: £50.00 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago
Cambridge
Amoria Bond
Rate: £10 - £80 per hour
Posted: 7 days ago
Middlesex
Amoria Bond
Rate: £1.00 - £1000.00 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
Essex
G2 Recruitment Solutions
Posted: 4 days ago
Yorkshire and the Humber
CPS Group Limited
Posted: 6 days ago
Bristol
CPS Group Limited
Posted: 12 days ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £450 - £700 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
East of England
Amoria Bond
Rate: £1.00 - £1000.00 per hour
Posted: 9 days ago
City, London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £550 - £700 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Gloucestershire
CPS Group Limited
Posted: 14 days ago
West Midlands
CPS Group Limited
Rate: £35 - £37 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
Yeovil
aap3
Rate: £35 - £42 per hour
Posted: 21 days ago
Luton
aap3
Rate: £50.78 per hour
Posted: 13 days ago
East Midlands
G2 Recruitment Solutions
Posted: 19 days ago
Essex
CPS Group Limited
Rate: £30 - £32 per hour
Posted: 21 days ago
West Midlands
Amoria Bond
Rate: £1.00 - £100.00 per hour
Posted: 21 days ago
Maidenhead
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 13 days ago
Luton
aap3
Rate: £50.7800 per annum
Posted: 13 days ago
Essex
CPS Group Limited
Rate: £30 - £33 per hour
Posted: 21 days ago
London, United Kingdom
Ticketmaster
Rate: £300 - £450 per day
Posted: 18 days ago
UK
Edward Carter Solutions
Rate: £0 - £475 per day
Posted: 27 days ago