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 22 December 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
22 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Engineer
Rank 245 195 165
Rank change year-on-year
-50 -30
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 457 542 608
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.84% 1.05% 1.24%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.91% 1.14% 1.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 233 253 190
Average daily rate
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£375 £345 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.69% -1.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £230 £234
10% offered a daily rate of more than £518 £475 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £310 £325
% change year-on-year
+12.90% -4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 100 109 189
Average hourly rate £37.00 £36.50 £36.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.36% +1.38%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.50 £30.00 £30.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.13 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.00 £36.50 £36.00
% change year-on-year
+1.36% +1.38%

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
50176 47637 45728
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.03% 92.46% 92.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 32014 28679 25821
Average daily rate £400 £400 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2025 2106 2605
Average hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £18.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.57% -6.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £37.50 £40.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-5.88% -5.55%

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 22 December 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 22 December 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 22 December 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 -57 414 £375 +8.69% 369
South East -27 144 £350 +7.69% 111
South West +4 79 £400 +28.00% 48
London -47 73 £425 +4.61% 60
East of England +9 53 £350 +12.90% 70
Hampshire -8 46 £360 +9.50% 25
Cambridgeshire -5 27 £350 +16.66% 47
Bristol +5 25 £400 +39.13% 11
Surrey -7 23 £350 +7.69% 22
Wiltshire +2 22 £410 +31.20% 6
West Midlands -11 21 £275 - 24
Cambridge +1 19 £343 +14.16% 43
Scotland +1 18 £390 +38.05% 23
Hertfordshire +18 17 £338 - 12
Oxfordshire -17 15 £518 +64.28% 25
Oxford -10 14 £518 +52.20% 11
Southampton -11 14 £364 +21.25% 12
Wales -11 14 £325 -7.14% 7
Berkshire -32 14 £330 -2.22% 21
Yorkshire -28 13 £320 +6.66% 16
South Wales -5 12 £325 -7.14% 5
West Yorkshire -32 12 £320 +6.66% 11
North West -48 12 £400 +14.35% 19
Somerset +2 11 £550 - 8
Gloucestershire -6 11 £475 +7.95% 15
City of London -26 11 £467 +43.61% 17
Leeds -27 11 £320 +6.66% 9
East Sussex - 11 £300 -
Edinburgh -5 10 £390 - 9
Guildford - 10 £380 - 9

Software Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 December 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.

1 853 (85.47%) Software Engineering
2 332 (33.27%) Linux
3 326 (32.67%) C++
4 321 (32.16%) Agile Software Development
5 301 (30.16%) Java
6 296 (29.66%) C
7 203 (20.34%) Python
8 178 (17.84%) SQL
9 175 (17.54%) JavaScript
10 155 (15.53%) C#
11 152 (15.23%) OO
12 150 (15.03%) HTML
13 139 (13.93%) UML
14 138 (13.83%) Scrum
15 137 (13.73%) TDD
16 131 (13.13%) Security Cleared
17 129 (12.93%) Windows
18 128 (12.83%) .NET
19 125 (12.53%) Degree
20 122 (12.22%) Continuous Integration
21 112 (11.22%) UNIX
22 109 (10.92%) Web Services
23 108 (10.82%) XML
24 96 (9.62%) CSS
25 95 (9.52%) SC Cleared
26 90 (9.02%) PHP
27 86 (8.62%) Oracle
28 85 (8.52%) Git (software)
29 84 (8.42%) Embedded C
30 75 (7.52%) MySQL

Software Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 December 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 62 (6.21%) Apache
2 38 (3.81%) WebLogic
3 28 (2.81%) Tomcat
4 21 (2.10%) Node.js
4 21 (2.10%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 19 (1.90%) WebSphere
6 15 (1.50%) IIS
7 12 (1.20%) Confluence
8 11 (1.10%) WebSphere Application Server
8 11 (1.10%) Apache Solr
9 10 (1.00%) CMS
9 10 (1.00%) WebSphere Process Server
10 8 (0.80%) nginx
11 7 (0.70%) SAS
12 6 (0.60%) ArcGIS
12 6 (0.60%) Umbraco
12 6 (0.60%) WordPress
12 6 (0.60%) Elasticsearch
13 5 (0.50%) SharePoint
14 4 (0.40%) JBoss
Applications
1 23 (2.30%) MS Excel
2 11 (1.10%) MS Office
3 10 (1.00%) Simulink
4 8 (0.80%) Photoshop
5 7 (0.70%) Adobe Illustrator
6 3 (0.30%) Spreadsheet
6 3 (0.30%) MS Visio
7 2 (0.20%) Stateflow
7 2 (0.20%) TargetLink
8 1 (0.10%) Windchill
8 1 (0.10%) Doxygen
8 1 (0.10%) MS PowerPoint
8 1 (0.10%) Maya
8 1 (0.10%) 3ds Max
8 1 (0.10%) AutoCAD
8 1 (0.10%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 14 (1.40%) Oracle BPM
2 5 (0.50%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.20%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.20%) LabWindows
4 1 (0.10%) Cognos TM1
4 1 (0.10%) SyteLine
Cloud Services
1 30 (3.01%) Amazon AWS
2 15 (1.50%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (1.00%) Amazon EC2
3 10 (1.00%) Amazon S3
4 7 (0.70%) Cloud Computing
5 6 (0.60%) GitHub
6 5 (0.50%) Amazon SQS
7 4 (0.40%) Heroku
8 3 (0.30%) Route 53
8 3 (0.30%) SaaS
9 1 (0.10%) Office 365
9 1 (0.10%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 60 (6.01%) TCP/IP
2 48 (4.81%) HTTP
3 37 (3.71%) SSL
4 28 (2.81%) Internet
5 18 (1.80%) DVB
6 16 (1.60%) Ethernet
6 16 (1.60%) ZigBee
7 15 (1.50%) DNS
7 15 (1.50%) Firewall
8 14 (1.40%) Wireless
9 11 (1.10%) Network Security
9 11 (1.10%) 3G
10 9 (0.90%) SAN
10 9 (0.90%) SSH
11 8 (0.80%) Wi-Fi
11 8 (0.80%) NAS
11 8 (0.80%) MPLS
12 7 (0.70%) BGP
12 7 (0.70%) DHCP
12 7 (0.70%) Bluetooth
Database & Business Intelligence
1 75 (7.52%) MySQL
2 52 (5.21%) SQL Server
3 31 (3.11%) Relational Database
4 27 (2.71%) Big Data
5 24 (2.40%) NoSQL
6 22 (2.20%) Oracle Database
7 21 (2.10%) PostgreSQL
8 18 (1.80%) MongoDB
9 17 (1.70%) Hadoop
10 10 (1.00%) Data Warehouse
11 9 (0.90%) RDBMS
11 9 (0.90%) Redis
12 8 (0.80%) Oracle Database 11g
13 6 (0.60%) SQL Server 2008
13 6 (0.60%) Data Mining
13 6 (0.60%) Apache Hive
14 5 (0.50%) Oracle Reports
14 5 (0.50%) Crystal Reports
14 5 (0.50%) Oracle Database 10g
15 4 (0.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 85 (8.52%) Git (software)
2 72 (7.21%) Subversion
3 63 (6.31%) Jenkins
4 48 (4.81%) Rational DOORS
5 45 (4.51%) JIRA
6 43 (4.31%) ClearCase
7 36 (3.61%) Maven
8 33 (3.31%) Visual Studio
9 32 (3.21%) Cucumber
9 32 (3.21%) Selenium
10 27 (2.71%) JUnit
10 27 (2.71%) Eclipse
11 24 (2.40%) Ant
11 24 (2.40%) Team Foundation Server
12 22 (2.20%) NUnit
13 21 (2.10%) Mockito
14 20 (2.00%) PHPUnit
14 20 (2.00%) Rational Rhapsody
14 20 (2.00%) GoogleTest
15 17 (1.70%) LabVIEW
General
1 74 (7.41%) Electronics
2 55 (5.51%) Finance
3 42 (4.21%) Telecoms
4 38 (3.81%) Automotive
5 34 (3.41%) Aerospace
6 33 (3.31%) Banking
7 26 (2.61%) Avionics
8 23 (2.30%) Publishing
9 19 (1.90%) Manufacturing
10 16 (1.60%) Military
10 16 (1.60%) Investment Banking
11 8 (0.80%) Retail
12 7 (0.70%) Front Office
12 7 (0.70%) Marketing
13 5 (0.50%) Games
14 4 (0.40%) Billing
15 2 (0.20%) Legal
15 2 (0.20%) Pharmaceutical
16 1 (0.10%) Financial Institution
16 1 (0.10%) Advertising
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 150 (15.03%) HTML
2 128 (12.83%) .NET
3 109 (10.92%) Web Services
4 108 (10.82%) XML
5 96 (9.62%) CSS
6 73 (7.31%) HTML5
7 67 (6.71%) jQuery
8 65 (6.51%) Spring
9 57 (5.71%) REST
10 53 (5.31%) SOAP
11 46 (4.61%) JSON
12 45 (4.51%) Hibernate
13 41 (4.11%) ASP.NET
14 40 (4.01%) Middleware
14 40 (4.01%) Ajax
15 35 (3.51%) .NET Framework
16 32 (3.21%) AngularJS
17 30 (3.01%) J2EE
18 29 (2.91%) JMS
19 27 (2.71%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 73 (7.31%) Computer Science
2 61 (6.11%) Analytical Skills
3 46 (4.61%) Algorithms
4 43 (4.31%) Open Source
5 41 (4.11%) Embedded Systems
6 40 (4.01%) Device Driver
7 30 (3.01%) DTV
8 27 (2.71%) Mathematics
9 22 (2.20%) Management Information System
9 22 (2.20%) Mobile App
10 21 (2.10%) User Experience
11 20 (2.00%) Digital Media
12 17 (1.70%) Physics
13 14 (1.40%) STB
14 13 (1.30%) Video on Demand
14 13 (1.30%) CAN bus
15 12 (1.20%) Enterprise Software
15 12 (1.20%) Data Integration
15 12 (1.20%) Client/Server
16 10 (1.00%) IPTV
Operating Systems
1 332 (33.27%) Linux
2 129 (12.93%) Windows
3 112 (11.22%) UNIX
4 43 (4.31%) Embedded Linux
5 38 (3.81%) Android
6 25 (2.51%) CentOS
7 20 (2.00%) Apple iOS
8 15 (1.50%) Mac OS X
9 14 (1.40%) VxWorks
10 11 (1.10%) Windows 7
11 10 (1.00%) Ubuntu
12 7 (0.70%) AIX
12 7 (0.70%) HPUX
12 7 (0.70%) Oracle Linux
13 6 (0.60%) Windows Server 2008
13 6 (0.60%) Nucleus RTOS
13 6 (0.60%) Solaris
13 6 (0.60%) Windows Server 2003
14 5 (0.50%) Windows XP
14 5 (0.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 853 (85.47%) Software Engineering
2 321 (32.16%) Agile Software Development
3 152 (15.23%) OO
4 139 (13.93%) UML
5 138 (13.83%) Scrum
6 137 (13.73%) TDD
7 122 (12.22%) Continuous Integration
8 70 (7.01%) Configuration Management
9 69 (6.91%) MVC
10 64 (6.41%) Test Automation
11 53 (5.31%) Multithreading
12 50 (5.01%) Unit Testing
12 50 (5.01%) BDD
13 48 (4.81%) SOA
14 47 (4.71%) Web Development
15 44 (4.41%) Embedded Software Development
15 44 (4.41%) OOD
16 41 (4.11%) OOP
17 37 (3.71%) Validation
18 35 (3.51%) Refactoring
Programming Languages
1 326 (32.67%) C++
2 301 (30.16%) Java
3 296 (29.66%) C
4 203 (20.34%) Python
5 178 (17.84%) SQL
6 175 (17.54%) JavaScript
7 155 (15.53%) C#
8 90 (9.02%) PHP
9 84 (8.42%) Embedded C
10 68 (6.81%) Ruby
11 58 (5.81%) Perl
12 40 (4.01%) Bash Shell
13 25 (2.51%) Embedded C++
14 24 (2.40%) VB
15 23 (2.30%) PL/SQL
16 22 (2.20%) Shell Script
17 20 (2.00%) XQuery
18 18 (1.80%) Ada
19 17 (1.70%) XPath
20 16 (1.60%) Scala
Qualifications
1 131 (13.13%) Security Cleared
2 125 (12.53%) Degree
3 95 (9.52%) SC Cleared
4 22 (2.20%) DV Cleared
5 18 (1.80%) ISEB
6 15 (1.50%) ISTQB
7 7 (0.70%) BC Cleared
8 6 (0.60%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 5 (0.50%) Six Sigma Green Belt
10 3 (0.30%) HND
11 2 (0.20%) Cisco Certification
11 2 (0.20%) CCNP
11 2 (0.20%) JNCIP
12 1 (0.10%) MCP
12 1 (0.10%) Microsoft Certification
12 1 (0.10%) MCSE
12 1 (0.10%) MCSA
12 1 (0.10%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (3.81%) QA
2 29 (2.91%) DO-178B
3 6 (0.60%) ISO 9001
4 5 (0.50%) TickIT
5 4 (0.40%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.20%) ISO 9000
6 2 (0.20%) IEC 61508
6 2 (0.20%) DICOM
7 1 (0.10%) ISO 8583
7 1 (0.10%) JTAG
7 1 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 14443
System Software
1 13 (1.30%) VMware Infrastructure
2 11 (1.10%) Firmware
3 8 (0.80%) Oracle RAC
4 7 (0.70%) Varnish
5 6 (0.60%) Active Directory
5 6 (0.60%) Xen
6 5 (0.50%) Docker
7 3 (0.30%) Microsoft App-V
8 2 (0.20%) GPFS
8 2 (0.20%) XenApp
9 1 (0.10%) vSphere
9 1 (0.10%) UAG
9 1 (0.10%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.10%) HDFS
9 1 (0.10%) Hyper-V
9 1 (0.10%) NFS
9 1 (0.10%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 30 (3.01%) Puppet
2 22 (2.20%) Opscode Chef
3 14 (1.40%) Oracle Identity Management
4 9 (0.90%) Salt
5 7 (0.70%) Vagrant
6 5 (0.50%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 5 (0.50%) SCCM
6 5 (0.50%) Ansible
7 4 (0.40%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
7 4 (0.40%) Mesos
8 3 (0.30%) Graphite
8 3 (0.30%) HAProxy
8 3 (0.30%) yum
9 2 (0.20%) HP Quality Center
9 2 (0.20%) Tivoli
9 2 (0.20%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 2 (0.20%) Oozie
10 1 (0.10%) Nagios
10 1 (0.10%) WSUS
10 1 (0.10%) Zenoss
Vendors
1 86 (8.62%) Oracle
2 43 (4.31%) Microsoft
3 29 (2.91%) Google
4 26 (2.61%) Zend
5 24 (2.40%) IBM
6 19 (1.90%) VMware
7 14 (1.40%) HP
8 9 (0.90%) EMC
8 9 (0.90%) Software AG
8 9 (0.90%) ESRI
9 8 (0.80%) Hitachi
10 7 (0.70%) Salesforce.com
10 7 (0.70%) Red Hat
10 7 (0.70%) Rackspace
11 5 (0.50%) Perforce
11 5 (0.50%) Cognizant
11 5 (0.50%) Cisco
11 5 (0.50%) SAP
11 5 (0.50%) Borland
12 4 (0.40%) Adobe
City, London
Reed Professional Services
Rate: £300 - £450 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
West London
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Rate: From £350 to £450 per day 3 month contract - Closing date 5th January
Posted: 16 hours ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £38 - £42 per hour
Posted: 16 hours ago
Eastleigh, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £38 - £42 per hour
Posted: 17 hours ago
Bath, Avon
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Posted: 18 hours ago
City, London
Roc Search
Posted: 19 hours ago
Yeovil
Computer Futures
Rate: £40 - £45 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
City of London
Computer Futures
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Yeovil
Computer Futures
Rate: £40 - £41 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Templeton and Partners - SAP & UK Account
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 3 days ago
London
OHO Group
Rate: £300 - £340 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Gold Group
Rate: £300 - £350 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Eastleigh, Hampshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Swindon
Interquest - IQ Telecom
Rate: £0.0000 per month
Posted: 4 days ago
Redhill, Surrey
Fintrax
Posted: 4 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Blue Glue
Rate: From £400 to £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Reading
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £400 per day + competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
West Midlands
Progressive Recruitment
Rate: competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
Lincolnshire
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Rate: £250 - £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Hampshire
Synergize Consulting
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 5 days ago