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 23 January 2017 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
23 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Software Engineer
UK
Rank 202 232 302
Rank change year-on-year
+30 +70
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 536 528 354
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.19% 1.06% 0.70%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.26% 1.12% 0.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 296 260 172
Median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £300 £295
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £600 £518
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 92 118 79
Median hourly rate £42.10 £45.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.44% +20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £37.50 £32.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.68 £45.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.00 £44.00 £38.50
% change year-on-year
-4.54% +14.28%

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
42508 47354 48039
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.77% 94.75% 94.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 27665 30191 30170
Median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.03% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £587 £570
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1501 1736 1893
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% +6.06%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.13 £10.75 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.87 £47.50 £38.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
- +9.37%

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 23 January 2017.

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 January 2017.

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 23 January 2017. 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 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 +2 444 £425 +2.40% 380
London +19 141 £450 -14.28% 83
South East -15 94 £388 +10.71% 77
East of England -3 64 £400 +15.31% 58
South West -3 59 £425 +23.18% 53
Wales +36 48 £425 +25.92% 4
South Wales +32 38 £425 +25.92% 4
North West +19 35 £440 +3.52% 32
Scotland +42 34 £325 -4.41% 20
Cambridgeshire +5 32 £330 -17.50% 46
Cambridge +7 26 £330 -8.01% 37
Somerset +8 22 £350 - 9
East Midlands +10 20 £338 +12.50% 10
Manchester +5 19 £440 -2.22% 26
Hampshire -19 19 £400 +21.21% 22
Glasgow +27 18 £336 -
Hertfordshire -1 18 £425 - 6
Cardiff +20 17 £425 +25.92% 1
Surrey +20 17 £400 +77.77% 11
Oxfordshire +13 15 £600 +42.85% 11
Gloucestershire +1 13 £433 +1.76% 11
Newport -5 13 £425 +14.86% 1
West Midlands -11 13 £418 -2.90% 25
Berkshire +17 12 £324 -15.84% 18
Yeovil +1 12 - - 2
Camberley - 12 - - 3
Oxford +13 11 £600 - 6
City of London -22 11 £438 -25.53% 14
Edinburgh +20 10 £225 -33.33% 15
Middlesex +5 10 £355 +4.41% 1

Software Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 January 2017, 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 1050 (96.15%) Software Engineering
2 467 (42.77%) Agile Software Development
3 390 (35.71%) Java
4 361 (33.06%) C++
5 287 (26.28%) C
6 277 (25.37%) Linux
7 264 (24.18%) TDD
8 231 (21.15%) C#
9 215 (19.69%) SQL
10 200 (18.32%) JavaScript
11 194 (17.77%) BDD
12 193 (17.67%) Security Cleared
13 187 (17.12%) Scrum
14 179 (16.39%) OO
15 159 (14.56%) Web Services
16 158 (14.47%) Python
17 154 (14.10%) UML
18 142 (13.00%) HTML
19 140 (12.82%) SC Cleared
20 134 (12.27%) Git (software)
21 133 (12.18%) .NET
22 131 (12.00%) Amazon AWS
23 120 (10.99%) REST
24 115 (10.53%) Continuous Integration
25 110 (10.07%) Windows
26 109 (9.98%) Spring
27 107 (9.80%) Node.js
28 106 (9.71%) RESTful
29 105 (9.62%) Open Source
30 95 (8.70%) DevOps

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 58 (5.31%) Tomcat
2 56 (5.13%) Apache
3 46 (4.21%) Confluence
4 33 (3.02%) Elasticsearch
5 32 (2.93%) JBoss
6 29 (2.66%) WebSphere
7 25 (2.29%) nginx
8 24 (2.20%) Apache Spark
8 24 (2.20%) WebLogic
9 18 (1.65%) WebSphere Application Server
10 12 (1.10%) Apache Pig
11 11 (1.01%) Alfresco
11 11 (1.01%) Cloud Foundry
11 11 (1.01%) OpenStack
11 11 (1.01%) WebSphere Process Server
12 10 (0.92%) CMS
12 10 (0.92%) NServiceBus
13 9 (0.82%) Apache Solr
14 6 (0.55%) Jetty
14 6 (0.55%) SharePoint
Applications
1 31 (2.84%) Simulink
2 24 (2.20%) MS Excel
3 6 (0.55%) MS Office
4 3 (0.27%) MS PowerPoint
5 2 (0.18%) Photoshop
5 2 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (0.18%) TargetLink
6 1 (0.092%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.092%) Doxygen
6 1 (0.092%) SOLIDWORKS
6 1 (0.092%) Stateflow
6 1 (0.092%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 4 (0.37%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
1 4 (0.37%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (0.18%) LabWindows
3 1 (0.092%) BusinessWorks
3 1 (0.092%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.092%) Oracle Cash Management
3 1 (0.092%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.092%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.092%) Oracle Payables
3 1 (0.092%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.092%) Summit
3 1 (0.092%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 131 (12.00%) Amazon AWS
2 37 (3.39%) Microsoft Azure
3 31 (2.84%) GitHub
4 23 (2.11%) Amazon S3
5 22 (2.01%) Amazon EC2
5 22 (2.01%) Amazon SQS
6 21 (1.92%) Heroku
7 18 (1.65%) AWS Lambda
8 14 (1.28%) Cloud Computing
9 13 (1.19%) AWS CloudFormation
10 12 (1.10%) PaaS
11 11 (1.01%) Slack
12 9 (0.82%) SaaS
13 5 (0.46%) IaaS
14 3 (0.27%) Amazon EMR
14 3 (0.27%) Amazon Kinesis
15 2 (0.18%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
15 2 (0.18%) OpenShift
16 1 (0.092%) Google Cloud Platform
16 1 (0.092%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 81 (7.42%) HTTP
2 68 (6.23%) TCP/IP
3 40 (3.66%) Internet
4 36 (3.30%) VoIP
5 23 (2.11%) LTE
6 22 (2.01%) Asterisk PBX
6 22 (2.01%) Diameter Protocol
6 22 (2.01%) GSM
6 22 (2.01%) PBX
6 22 (2.01%) RANAP
6 22 (2.01%) RTP
6 22 (2.01%) SSL
6 22 (2.01%) UMTS
7 15 (1.37%) SNMP
8 14 (1.28%) Bluetooth
8 14 (1.28%) Wireless
9 13 (1.19%) Ethernet
10 12 (1.10%) Broadband
11 10 (0.92%) Firewall
12 9 (0.82%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 88 (8.06%) NoSQL
2 73 (6.68%) MongoDB
3 68 (6.23%) MySQL
4 56 (5.13%) SQL Server
5 51 (4.67%) PostgreSQL
6 40 (3.66%) Big Data
7 34 (3.11%) Relational Database
8 32 (2.93%) Hadoop
9 26 (2.38%) Apache Cassandra
10 23 (2.11%) Oracle Database
11 14 (1.28%) SQL Server 2008
12 13 (1.19%) Neo4j
12 13 (1.19%) Redis
13 12 (1.10%) Apache Hive
14 11 (1.01%) Data Warehouse
15 10 (0.92%) RDBMS
16 8 (0.73%) HBase
16 8 (0.73%) Oracle Database 11g
16 8 (0.73%) OrientDB
17 7 (0.64%) Amazon DynamoDB
Development Applications
1 134 (12.27%) Git (software)
2 94 (8.61%) Jenkins
3 83 (7.60%) JUnit
4 82 (7.51%) JIRA
5 75 (6.87%) Cucumber
6 74 (6.78%) Visual Studio
7 72 (6.59%) Maven
8 65 (5.95%) Subversion
9 43 (3.94%) Eclipse
10 42 (3.85%) Rational DOORS
11 36 (3.30%) Selenium
12 33 (3.02%) GCC
13 30 (2.75%) Mockito
14 27 (2.47%) GDB
15 26 (2.38%) Ant
16 24 (2.20%) Rational Rhapsody
17 23 (2.11%) Trac
18 21 (1.92%) Team Foundation Server
19 15 (1.37%) Mercurial
19 15 (1.37%) Vagrant
General
1 62 (5.68%) Finance
2 44 (4.03%) Telecoms
3 41 (3.75%) Aerospace
3 41 (3.75%) Manufacturing
4 36 (3.30%) Publishing
5 33 (3.02%) Automotive
6 28 (2.56%) Electronics
7 22 (2.01%) Retail
8 21 (1.92%) Military
9 13 (1.19%) Games
10 7 (0.64%) Marketing
11 5 (0.46%) Avionics
11 5 (0.46%) Banking
12 3 (0.27%) Advertising
13 2 (0.18%) Front Office
13 2 (0.18%) Law
13 2 (0.18%) Pharmaceutical
14 1 (0.092%) Financial Institution
14 1 (0.092%) Investment Banking
14 1 (0.092%) Multimedia
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 159 (14.56%) Web Services
2 142 (13.00%) HTML
3 133 (12.18%) .NET
4 120 (10.99%) REST
5 109 (9.98%) Spring
6 107 (9.80%) Node.js
7 106 (9.71%) RESTful
8 95 (8.70%) CSS
9 84 (7.69%) XML
10 70 (6.41%) AngularJS
11 68 (6.23%) HTML5
12 63 (5.77%) JSON
13 44 (4.03%) Boost C++ Libraries
13 44 (4.03%) React
14 43 (3.94%) jQuery
15 41 (3.75%) STL
16 37 (3.39%) ASP.NET
17 32 (2.93%) J2EE
17 32 (2.93%) SOAP
18 28 (2.56%) JMS
Miscellaneous
1 69 (6.32%) Embedded Systems
2 61 (5.59%) Analytical Skills
3 57 (5.22%) Computer Science
4 30 (2.75%) User Experience
5 23 (2.11%) Algorithms
6 18 (1.65%) Device Driver
7 16 (1.47%) Wiki
8 14 (1.28%) Data Structures
9 10 (0.92%) Client/Server
9 10 (0.92%) Data Centre
9 10 (0.92%) Mobile App
9 10 (0.92%) Visualisation
10 8 (0.73%) Digital TV
10 8 (0.73%) STB
11 7 (0.64%) Clustering
11 7 (0.64%) Derivative
12 6 (0.55%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
12 6 (0.55%) MPEG
12 6 (0.55%) PKI
12 6 (0.55%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 277 (25.37%) Linux
2 110 (10.07%) Windows
3 92 (8.42%) Unix
4 21 (1.92%) Android
5 20 (1.83%) Embedded Linux
6 18 (1.65%) Apple iOS
7 13 (1.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 9 (0.82%) Windows CE
9 8 (0.73%) Ubuntu
9 8 (0.73%) VxWorks
10 7 (0.64%) CentOS
10 7 (0.64%) Windows Server
11 5 (0.46%) Mac OS X
12 4 (0.37%) VME
12 4 (0.37%) Windows 10
13 3 (0.27%) Nucleus RTOS
13 3 (0.27%) Windows 7
13 3 (0.27%) Windows Server 2008
14 2 (0.18%) AIX
15 1 (0.092%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 1050 (96.15%) Software Engineering
2 467 (42.77%) Agile Software Development
3 264 (24.18%) TDD
4 194 (17.77%) BDD
5 187 (17.12%) Scrum
6 179 (16.39%) OO
7 154 (14.10%) UML
8 115 (10.53%) Continuous Integration
9 105 (9.62%) Open Source
10 95 (8.70%) DevOps
11 83 (7.60%) Unit Testing
12 72 (6.59%) Multithreading
13 71 (6.50%) SDLC
14 70 (6.41%) High Availability
15 63 (5.77%) Configuration Management
16 62 (5.68%) Microservices
17 60 (5.49%) MVC
18 56 (5.13%) Continuous Delivery
19 51 (4.67%) Web Development
20 45 (4.12%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 390 (35.71%) Java
2 361 (33.06%) C++
3 287 (26.28%) C
4 231 (21.15%) C#
5 215 (19.69%) SQL
6 200 (18.32%) JavaScript
7 158 (14.47%) Python
8 89 (8.15%) Embedded C
9 73 (6.68%) Scala
10 67 (6.14%) Ruby
11 57 (5.22%) Perl
12 48 (4.40%) Ada
13 45 (4.12%) Embedded C++
14 41 (3.75%) MATLAB
15 40 (3.66%) Bash Shell
16 29 (2.66%) PHP
17 25 (2.29%) PowerShell
18 19 (1.74%) Shell Script
19 16 (1.47%) Go
20 15 (1.37%) Ada 95
Qualifications
1 193 (17.67%) Security Cleared
2 140 (12.82%) SC Cleared
3 68 (6.23%) Degree
4 23 (2.11%) DV Cleared
5 12 (1.10%) BPSS Clearance
6 5 (0.46%) MCTS
6 5 (0.46%) Microsoft Certification
7 3 (0.27%) ISEB
7 3 (0.27%) ISTQB
7 3 (0.27%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 3 (0.27%) PhD
7 3 (0.27%) RHCE
8 2 (0.18%) Postgraduate
9 1 (0.092%) BC Cleared
9 1 (0.092%) HND
9 1 (0.092%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (3.21%) QA
2 28 (2.56%) MISRA
3 16 (1.47%) MISRA C
4 15 (1.37%) SDET
5 11 (1.01%) DO-178B
6 8 (0.73%) Disclosure Scotland
7 4 (0.37%) ISO 9001
7 4 (0.37%) ISO26262
7 4 (0.37%) PCI DSS
8 3 (0.27%) ISO/IEC 12207
8 3 (0.27%) TickIT
9 2 (0.18%) Def Stans
9 2 (0.18%) IEC 61508
10 1 (0.092%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 1 (0.092%) SAS 70
10 1 (0.092%) SLA
System Software
1 57 (5.22%) Docker
2 14 (1.28%) Virtual Machines
3 11 (1.01%) VMware Infrastructure
4 8 (0.73%) Firmware
5 7 (0.64%) vSphere
6 5 (0.46%) HDFS
7 3 (0.27%) Apache Flume
7 3 (0.27%) Apache ZooKeeper
8 2 (0.18%) iptables
8 2 (0.18%) KVM
8 2 (0.18%) LXC
8 2 (0.18%) OpenSSH
8 2 (0.18%) Shibboleth
9 1 (0.092%) Active Directory
9 1 (0.092%) BusyBox
9 1 (0.092%) SRDF
Systems Management
1 23 (2.11%) Puppet
2 22 (2.01%) Opscode Chef
3 11 (1.01%) Ansible
3 11 (1.01%) Graphite
4 8 (0.73%) Hadoop YARN
5 6 (0.55%) Kubernetes
6 5 (0.46%) Kibana
6 5 (0.46%) Terraform
7 4 (0.37%) Grafana
7 4 (0.37%) Mesos
8 3 (0.27%) HP Quality Center
8 3 (0.27%) Salt
9 2 (0.18%) OpenAM
9 2 (0.18%) OpenSSO
9 2 (0.18%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 2 (0.18%) SCCM
9 2 (0.18%) Sun Identity Manager
10 1 (0.092%) BladeLogic
10 1 (0.092%) EMC NetWorker
10 1 (0.092%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 74 (6.78%) Oracle
2 71 (6.50%) Microsoft
3 22 (2.01%) Cisco
4 15 (1.37%) Atlassian
5 13 (1.19%) IBM
5 13 (1.19%) Red Hat
6 11 (1.01%) VMware
7 9 (0.82%) HP
8 7 (0.64%) Cloudera
8 7 (0.64%) Google
8 7 (0.64%) Sitecore
8 7 (0.64%) Twitter
9 6 (0.55%) Coverity
10 4 (0.37%) EMC
10 4 (0.37%) hybris
10 4 (0.37%) ICL
10 4 (0.37%) ILOG
10 4 (0.37%) Pega
10 4 (0.37%) SAP
10 4 (0.37%) Splunk
Oxfordshire
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £500 per day + competitive
Posted: 20 hours ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £475 - £530 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
Surrey
Salt
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
Buckinghamshire
X4 Group
Rate: £280 - 320 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
West Midlands
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
Yorkshire and the Humber
G2 Recruitment Solutions
Rate: £35 - £45 per hour + negotiable
Posted: 3 days ago
4 Pentonville Road - London
Ticketmaster
Rate: £17,000
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Kyna Associates
Rate: £65000 Per Annum bonus+benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Cheshire
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
West Midlands
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Opilio Recruitment
Rate: From £400 to £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Energon Global
Rate: £600 - £700 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Richmond, Surrey
Energon People
Rate: £600 - £700 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Randstad Strategic Accounts
Rate: £160 - £175 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Salt
Rate: £450.00 - £550.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Kingfisher Consultancy
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Central London / West End
First Point
Rate: £600.00 - £700.00 per day + 6 month rolling
Posted: 3 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Experis Ltd
Rate: £200.00 - £250.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £375 - £450 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Liverpool
Real Staffing
Posted: 7 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 6 days ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Jenrick IT
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Rate: £450.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Newcastle upon Tyne
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Uniting Ambition
Rate: £400 - 500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
West London
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Rate: £400.00 - £480.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: £500 - £600 per day + 7.5hr working day
Posted: 5 days ago
North West London
X4 Group
Rate: £250 - 350 per day + (this is open to negotiation and subject to exper
Posted: 5 days ago
Camberley, Surrey
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Posted: 5 days ago