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 8 February 2016 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
8 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Engineer
Rank 234 292 228
Rank change year-on-year
+58 -64
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 534 374 442
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.04% 0.72% 0.91%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.10% 0.77% 0.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 255 168 197
Average daily rate £400 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £475 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+5.71% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 127 89 95
Average hourly rate £45.00 £38.25 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.64% +2.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £32.00 £31.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.68 £44.55 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £44.00 £38.75 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+13.54% +3.33%

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
48598 48731 45782
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.48% 94.46% 94.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 31271 30416 27107
Average daily rate £413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £238 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1757 1902 2013
Average hourly rate £17.50 £16.72 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.66% -4.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.38
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -

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 8 February 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 8 February 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 8 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 +63 497 £403 +7.33% 465
South East +12 141 £350 -5.40% 126
London +69 118 £500 +25.00% 109
East of England +39 78 £370 +5.71% 48
South West +19 72 £340 +0.74% 71
Hampshire +13 49 £325 -13.33% 29
North West +5 47 £425 +41.66% 38
Cambridgeshire +25 29 £361 +9.46% 34
Cambridge +10 28 £361 +9.46% 33
Manchester -3 26 £425 +54.54% 22
Bedfordshire +26 24 £370 +5.71% 4
Surrey -1 23 £225 -34.54% 21
Luton +13 21 £370 +5.71% 3
Bristol +10 20 £338 -15.62% 25
Berkshire +18 19 £420 +5.00% 31
Hertfordshire +7 18 £375 - 5
Somerset +8 17 £313 -32.06% 13
Wales +1 17 £370 - 12
City of London +57 16 £563 +50.00% 21
West Midlands -15 15 £430 +56.36% 18
South Wales -4 14 £370 - 12
Gloucestershire +6 13 £425 - 20
Scotland -6 13 £343 -23.46% 10
Yorkshire -12 13 £385 +14.07% 36
Buckinghamshire +16 11 £425 +21.42% 7
Lancashire +2 11 - - 4
East Midlands -1 10 £300 - 13
Reading -3 10 £600 +50.00% 15
Yeovil -7 10 - - 5
Stevenage - 10 - -

Software Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 8 February 2016, 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 1069 (96.48%) Software Engineering
2 415 (37.45%) C++
3 315 (28.43%) Linux
4 312 (28.16%) Java
5 303 (27.35%) Agile Software Development
6 301 (27.17%) C#
7 285 (25.72%) C
8 203 (18.32%) SQL
9 198 (17.87%) OO
10 184 (16.61%) .NET
11 171 (15.43%) Python
12 151 (13.63%) JavaScript
13 149 (13.45%) Security Cleared
14 148 (13.36%) UML
15 139 (12.55%) Windows
16 135 (12.18%) Scrum
17 134 (12.09%) HTML
18 133 (12.00%) TDD
19 127 (11.46%) Web Services
20 122 (11.01%) Finance
20 122 (11.01%) SC Cleared
21 118 (10.65%) Unix
22 112 (10.11%) Degree
23 109 (9.84%) Git (software)
24 103 (9.30%) Multithreading
24 103 (9.30%) SQL Server
24 103 (9.30%) Visual Studio
25 101 (9.12%) Unit Testing
26 99 (8.94%) Embedded C
26 99 (8.94%) Subversion

Software Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 8 February 2016, 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 40 (3.61%) Apache
2 38 (3.43%) Tomcat
3 32 (2.89%) Node.js
4 23 (2.08%) JBoss
5 20 (1.81%) SharePoint
6 15 (1.35%) Apache Spark
6 15 (1.35%) WebSphere
7 13 (1.17%) CMS
7 13 (1.17%) WebLogic
8 10 (0.90%) Confluence
8 10 (0.90%) IIS
8 10 (0.90%) nginx
9 8 (0.72%) SharePoint 2013
10 6 (0.54%) SharePoint 2010
11 4 (0.36%) Apache Solr
11 4 (0.36%) Documentum
12 3 (0.27%) Cloud Foundry
12 3 (0.27%) Drupal
12 3 (0.27%) Elasticsearch
12 3 (0.27%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 35 (3.16%) MS Excel
2 33 (2.98%) MS Office
3 23 (2.08%) Simulink
4 17 (1.53%) MS PowerPoint
5 7 (0.63%) InfoPath
6 4 (0.36%) Doxygen
6 4 (0.36%) FrameMaker
6 4 (0.36%) Stateflow
6 4 (0.36%) TargetLink
7 2 (0.18%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 16 (1.44%) Payment Gateway
2 6 (0.54%) LabWindows
3 3 (0.27%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 2 (0.18%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (0.18%) SAP ERP
5 1 (0.090%) BASE24
5 1 (0.090%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.090%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 53 (4.78%) Amazon AWS
2 34 (3.07%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (0.90%) Amazon S3
4 8 (0.72%) Amazon SQS
5 7 (0.63%) PaaS
6 6 (0.54%) Cloud Computing
6 6 (0.54%) GitHub
6 6 (0.54%) SaaS
7 4 (0.36%) AWS CloudFormation
8 3 (0.27%) AWS Lambda
8 3 (0.27%) Google Cloud Platform
9 2 (0.18%) Amazon EC2
9 2 (0.18%) Amazon EMR
9 2 (0.18%) Google App Engine
9 2 (0.18%) Heroku
9 2 (0.18%) IaaS
10 1 (0.090%) Amazon ElastiCache
10 1 (0.090%) Amazon Kinesis
10 1 (0.090%) Google Compute Engine
10 1 (0.090%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 65 (5.87%) TCP/IP
2 53 (4.78%) HTTP
3 41 (3.70%) Internet
4 23 (2.08%) Wireless
5 21 (1.90%) DVB
6 19 (1.71%) Wi-Fi
7 18 (1.62%) Bluetooth
7 18 (1.62%) LTE
8 14 (1.26%) Ethernet
8 14 (1.26%) GSM
9 11 (0.99%) Modbus
9 11 (0.99%) RS-232
10 10 (0.90%) SSL
11 9 (0.81%) DNS
11 9 (0.81%) LDAP
11 9 (0.81%) UMTS
11 9 (0.81%) ZigBee
12 8 (0.72%) RANAP
12 8 (0.72%) RTP
12 8 (0.72%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 103 (9.30%) SQL Server
2 56 (5.05%) NoSQL
3 35 (3.16%) Hadoop
4 34 (3.07%) Relational Database
5 26 (2.35%) Big Data
6 25 (2.26%) KDB
7 23 (2.08%) MongoDB
7 23 (2.08%) SQL Server 2008
8 22 (1.99%) MySQL
9 19 (1.71%) Oracle Database
10 17 (1.53%) SQL Server 2014
11 16 (1.44%) PostgreSQL
11 16 (1.44%) SQL Server 2012
12 12 (1.08%) Apache Hive
12 12 (1.08%) RDBMS
13 11 (0.99%) OLTP
14 9 (0.81%) Apache Cassandra
14 9 (0.81%) HBase
15 8 (0.72%) Redis
16 7 (0.63%) GIS
Development Applications
1 109 (9.84%) Git (software)
2 103 (9.30%) Visual Studio
3 99 (8.94%) Subversion
4 85 (7.67%) Rational DOORS
5 70 (6.32%) Jenkins
6 67 (6.05%) Eclipse
7 49 (4.42%) JUnit
8 46 (4.15%) Cucumber
9 37 (3.34%) NUnit
10 35 (3.16%) ClearCase
10 35 (3.16%) Rational Rhapsody
10 35 (3.16%) Team Foundation Server
11 33 (2.98%) JIRA
11 33 (2.98%) Maven
12 30 (2.71%) Gradle
13 29 (2.62%) Ant
13 29 (2.62%) SpecFlow
14 25 (2.26%) Selenium
15 24 (2.17%) VTune
16 23 (2.08%) Moq
General
1 122 (11.01%) Finance
2 55 (4.96%) Banking
2 55 (4.96%) Electronics
3 45 (4.06%) Investment Banking
3 45 (4.06%) Telecoms
4 39 (3.52%) Manufacturing
5 38 (3.43%) Automotive
6 34 (3.07%) Aerospace
7 30 (2.71%) Military
8 26 (2.35%) Avionics
9 13 (1.17%) Games
10 11 (0.99%) Front Office
11 9 (0.81%) Marketing
11 9 (0.81%) Publishing
12 7 (0.63%) Legal
12 7 (0.63%) Retail
13 5 (0.45%) Pharmaceutical
14 3 (0.27%) Back Office
15 1 (0.090%) Financial Institution
15 1 (0.090%) Multimedia
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 184 (16.61%) .NET
2 134 (12.09%) HTML
3 127 (11.46%) Web Services
4 91 (8.21%) CSS
5 90 (8.12%) ASP.NET
6 76 (6.86%) WPF
7 66 (5.96%) REST
8 63 (5.69%) RESTful
8 63 (5.69%) XML
9 62 (5.60%) Spring
10 60 (5.42%) HTML5
11 53 (4.78%) .NET Framework
12 42 (3.79%) AngularJS
13 39 (3.52%) ASP.NET MVC
13 39 (3.52%) JSON
14 37 (3.34%) WCF
15 33 (2.98%) jQuery
16 32 (2.89%) SOAP
17 31 (2.80%) Hibernate
17 31 (2.80%) Qt
Miscellaneous
1 63 (5.69%) Analytical Skills
2 61 (5.51%) Computer Science
3 47 (4.24%) Embedded Systems
4 29 (2.62%) Device Driver
5 24 (2.17%) Derivative
5 24 (2.17%) User Experience
6 23 (2.08%) DTV
7 22 (1.99%) Fixed Income
7 22 (1.99%) Mobile App
8 21 (1.90%) Grid Computing
9 19 (1.71%) Management Information System
10 18 (1.62%) Client/Server
10 18 (1.62%) STB
11 15 (1.35%) Algorithms
11 15 (1.35%) Mathematics
11 15 (1.35%) SCADA
12 13 (1.17%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
12 13 (1.17%) MPEG
13 10 (0.90%) Streaming Video
13 10 (0.90%) VHDL
Operating Systems
1 315 (28.43%) Linux
2 139 (12.55%) Windows
3 118 (10.65%) Unix
4 34 (3.07%) Solaris
5 33 (2.98%) Android
6 29 (2.62%) Embedded Linux
7 23 (2.08%) VxWorks
8 19 (1.71%) Windows Server
9 16 (1.44%) Apple iOS
10 15 (1.35%) Mac OS X
11 12 (1.08%) Windows Server 2003
12 11 (0.99%) CentOS
12 11 (0.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 10 (0.90%) Windows 7
13 10 (0.90%) Windows XP
14 8 (0.72%) Ubuntu
15 6 (0.54%) AIX
16 5 (0.45%) Nucleus RTOS
17 4 (0.36%) HPUX
18 3 (0.27%) OpenVMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1069 (96.48%) Software Engineering
2 303 (27.35%) Agile Software Development
3 198 (17.87%) OO
4 148 (13.36%) UML
5 135 (12.18%) Scrum
6 133 (12.00%) TDD
7 103 (9.30%) Multithreading
8 101 (9.12%) Unit Testing
9 93 (8.39%) Continuous Integration
10 84 (7.58%) SDLC
11 71 (6.41%) MVC
12 69 (6.23%) BDD
13 68 (6.14%) Configuration Management
14 64 (5.78%) Integration Testing
15 63 (5.69%) Open Source
16 57 (5.14%) Automated Testing
17 47 (4.24%) Electronic Trading
17 47 (4.24%) Low Latency
17 47 (4.24%) OOD
18 46 (4.15%) OOP
Programming Languages
1 415 (37.45%) C++
2 312 (28.16%) Java
3 301 (27.17%) C#
4 285 (25.72%) C
5 203 (18.32%) SQL
6 171 (15.43%) Python
7 151 (13.63%) JavaScript
8 99 (8.94%) Embedded C
9 81 (7.31%) Scala
10 68 (6.14%) Ada
11 49 (4.42%) Ruby
12 42 (3.79%) Embedded C++
13 41 (3.70%) Bash Shell
13 41 (3.70%) Perl
14 31 (2.80%) MATLAB
15 23 (2.08%) Ada 95
16 18 (1.62%) PHP
16 18 (1.62%) PL/SQL
17 16 (1.44%) PowerShell
17 16 (1.44%) VB
Qualifications
1 149 (13.45%) Security Cleared
2 122 (11.01%) SC Cleared
3 112 (10.11%) Degree
4 17 (1.53%) BPSS Clearance
5 14 (1.26%) DV Cleared
6 6 (0.54%) HND
7 4 (0.36%) Chartered Engineer
8 2 (0.18%) Server+ Certification
9 1 (0.090%) BC Cleared
9 1 (0.090%) Microsoft Certification
9 1 (0.090%) PMI Certification
9 1 (0.090%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (2.44%) MISRA
2 22 (1.99%) DO-178B
3 14 (1.26%) ISO 9001
4 13 (1.17%) TickIT
5 12 (1.08%) MISRA C
5 12 (1.08%) QA
6 10 (0.90%) ISO26262
7 6 (0.54%) Disclosure Scotland
8 5 (0.45%) ISO 8583
9 4 (0.36%) FedRAMP
9 4 (0.36%) OIPF
10 3 (0.27%) GAMP
11 2 (0.18%) IEC 61508
11 2 (0.18%) SDET
12 1 (0.090%) Data Quality
12 1 (0.090%) ECSS
12 1 (0.090%) ISO/IEC 12207
12 1 (0.090%) ISO/IEC 15504 (SPICE)
12 1 (0.090%) SLA
System Software
1 24 (2.17%) Apache ZooKeeper
2 13 (1.17%) Firmware
3 12 (1.08%) Docker
3 12 (1.08%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (0.81%) Active Directory
5 8 (0.72%) VMware ESXi
6 6 (0.54%) vSphere
7 4 (0.36%) Cygwin
8 3 (0.27%) Apache Flume
9 2 (0.18%) GPFS
10 1 (0.090%) iptables
10 1 (0.090%) zsh
Systems Management
1 8 (0.72%) Puppet
2 7 (0.63%) Opscode Chef
3 6 (0.54%) Oozie
4 5 (0.45%) Mesos
5 4 (0.36%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 3 (0.27%) CA Single Sign-On
6 3 (0.27%) Kubernetes
7 2 (0.18%) CA Wily
7 2 (0.18%) Wonderware InTouch
8 1 (0.090%) Nagios
8 1 (0.090%) Tivoli
8 1 (0.090%) WMI
Vendors
1 79 (7.13%) Microsoft
2 66 (5.96%) Oracle
3 28 (2.53%) IBM
4 20 (1.81%) VMware
5 14 (1.26%) Serena
6 11 (0.99%) Perforce
7 10 (0.90%) Google
7 10 (0.90%) HP
8 9 (0.81%) Informatica
8 9 (0.81%) SAP
9 7 (0.63%) Cisco
9 7 (0.63%) Coverity
9 7 (0.63%) Red Hat
10 6 (0.54%) CA
10 6 (0.54%) TIBCO
10 6 (0.54%) Wonderware
11 5 (0.45%) BEA
11 5 (0.45%) ESRI
11 5 (0.45%) Luciad
12 4 (0.36%) Fidessa
Feltham, Middlesex
Computer People
Rate: £400.00 - £448.00 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
Somerset
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
Guildford, Surrey
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £45 - £50 per hour
Posted: 13 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
ISL
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey
Informatiq Consulting
Rate: £45 - £55 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Feltham, Middlesex
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £40 - £55 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
Cambridgeshire
X4 Group
Rate: £30 - 40 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol, Avon
ISL
Posted: 3 days ago
Erskine, Renfrewshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £400.00 - £445.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Understanding Recruitment
Rate: £400 - £401 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Southampton, Hampshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £350.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Preston, Lancashire
AAP3
Rate: £30 - £48 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
Tonbridge, Kent
TEKsystems
Rate: £575 - £625 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Oho Group Ltd.
Rate: £35 - 40 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago
Winchester, Hampshire
Connectus
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Redhill, Surrey
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: From £40 to £50 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Computer People
Rate: £300.00 - £330 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Yeovil, Somerset
AAP3
Rate: £35 - £50 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
London
LA International
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Yeovil, Somerset
Connectus
Rate: £25.5 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Intapeople
Rate: £325 - £375 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Hampshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £40 - £50 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
Luton, Bedfordshire
AAP3
Rate: £50 - £50.78 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Intapeople
Rate: £400 - £600 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Rate: £400 - £440 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
Exeter, Devon
LA International
Posted: 6 days ago
Guildford, Surrey
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £45 - £50 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
Buckinghamshire
Capitol International Services Ltd
Posted: 6 days ago
York, North Yorkshire
Portland Fuel
Rate: From £20,000 to £27,000 per annum
Posted: 19 days ago