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 27 March 2015 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
27 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Engineer
Rank 215 210 198
Rank change year-on-year
-5 -12
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 533 493 473
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.99% 0.95% 1.03%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.07% 1.03% 1.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 216 209 180
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.38% -6.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £455 £450 £650
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £320 £300
% change year-on-year
+6.25% +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 101 105 107
Average hourly rate £38.13 £37.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.66% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.00 £29.00 £30.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.95 £42.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.13 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+1.66% -

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
49598 47956 42731
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.44% 92.38% 92.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 30070 28704 24525
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £228 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1954 2000 2187
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.51
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.85 £17.00 £17.33
% change year-on-year
-0.86% -1.87%

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 27 March 2015.

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 27 March 2015.

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 27 March 2015. 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 -2 477 £350 +7.69% 504
South East +3 172 £356 +14.91% 146
London -29 87 £400 +6.66% 105
South West +32 83 £300 -11.11% 70
Hampshire +8 68 £356 +18.75% 36
East of England -22 43 £350 +9.37% 76
West Midlands -4 29 £300 +9.09% 14
Scotland +2 26 £325 +8.33% 20
North West -13 26 £324 -4.07% 23
Gloucestershire -3 23 £405 - 7
Surrey +12 22 £365 +4.28% 33
Hertfordshire +13 20 £285 - 16
Yorkshire -16 18 £320 +12.28% 26
Manchester -6 16 £293 -17.89% 10
Oxfordshire -15 16 £340 +21.42% 32
Somerset - 16 £275 - 16
West Yorkshire -8 15 £320 +7.56% 20
Dorset +10 14 £255 - 8
Edinburgh -6 14 £350 +16.66% 13
Warwickshire +7 12 £288 -4.16% 1
Wales -5 12 £415 +0.60% 9
Bristol -5 12 £325 -3.70% 23
West Sussex -24 12 £375 +33.92% 6
East Sussex +6 11 £300 - 4
City of London -6 11 £388 +6.89% 16
Cheltenham -6 11 £409 - 2
Leeds -18 11 £320 +6.66% 16
Wiltshire +11 10 £328 +0.76% 8
Buckinghamshire +3 10 £325 -18.75% 4
Berkshire -17 10 £400 +23.07% 24

Software Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 March 2015, 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.

1 865 (87.46%) Software Engineering
2 342 (34.58%) C++
3 301 (30.43%) Linux
4 294 (29.73%) C
5 289 (29.22%) Java
6 263 (26.59%) Agile Software Development
7 192 (19.41%) Python
8 172 (17.39%) JavaScript
8 172 (17.39%) Security Cleared
9 163 (16.48%) UML
10 160 (16.18%) C#
11 157 (15.87%) SQL
12 140 (14.16%) HTML
13 130 (13.14%) Windows
14 129 (13.04%) .NET
15 121 (12.23%) OO
16 119 (12.03%) SC Cleared
17 109 (11.02%) Degree
18 107 (10.82%) XML
19 103 (10.41%) Embedded C
20 98 (9.91%) UNIX
21 97 (9.81%) Configuration Management
21 97 (9.81%) Scrum
21 97 (9.81%) TDD
22 94 (9.50%) Web Services
22 94 (9.50%) Oracle
23 90 (9.10%) Continuous Integration
24 86 (8.70%) Git (software)
24 86 (8.70%) Subversion
25 83 (8.39%) CSS

Software Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 March 2015, 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 45 (4.55%) WebLogic
2 44 (4.45%) Apache
3 35 (3.54%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 26 (2.63%) JBoss
5 25 (2.53%) Tomcat
6 23 (2.33%) WebSphere
7 19 (1.92%) MQSeries
7 19 (1.92%) Node.js
8 10 (1.01%) WordPress
9 9 (0.91%) SharePoint
9 9 (0.91%) nginx
10 8 (0.81%) IIS
11 7 (0.71%) OpenStack
12 6 (0.61%) Apache Solr
12 6 (0.61%) Elasticsearch
13 5 (0.51%) CMS
13 5 (0.51%) MS Exchange
14 4 (0.40%) Confluence
14 4 (0.40%) WebSphere Application Server
15 3 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 25 (2.53%) MS Excel
2 24 (2.43%) Simulink
3 15 (1.52%) MS Office
4 7 (0.71%) Stateflow
4 7 (0.71%) TargetLink
5 6 (0.61%) Doxygen
6 4 (0.40%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.30%) MS PowerPoint
7 3 (0.30%) MS Visio
8 2 (0.20%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.10%) Maya
9 1 (0.10%) 3ds Max
9 1 (0.10%) Adobe Illustrator
9 1 (0.10%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 10 (1.01%) Oracle BPM
2 2 (0.20%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.10%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.10%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 22 (2.22%) Amazon AWS
2 9 (0.91%) Amazon EC2
3 8 (0.81%) Cloud Computing
4 7 (0.71%) Amazon SQS
5 6 (0.61%) Amazon S3
6 5 (0.51%) Microsoft Azure
6 5 (0.51%) ElastiCache
6 5 (0.51%) Amazon ElastiCache
7 3 (0.30%) AWS CloudFormation
7 3 (0.30%) IaaS
7 3 (0.30%) SaaS
7 3 (0.30%) Office 365
8 2 (0.20%) Route 53
8 2 (0.20%) GitHub
8 2 (0.20%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 47 (4.75%) TCP/IP
2 37 (3.74%) Internet
3 21 (2.12%) HTTP
4 19 (1.92%) Wireless
5 16 (1.62%) Wi-Fi
5 16 (1.62%) DVB
6 14 (1.42%) DNS
6 14 (1.42%) Ethernet
7 13 (1.31%) Bluetooth
7 13 (1.31%) 3G
8 12 (1.21%) SSL
9 10 (1.01%) SAN
9 10 (1.01%) ZigBee
10 9 (0.91%) Firewall
10 9 (0.91%) SNMP
11 8 (0.81%) GSM
11 8 (0.81%) IPsec
12 7 (0.71%) 2G
12 7 (0.71%) ASN.1
12 7 (0.71%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 56 (5.66%) MySQL
2 52 (5.26%) SQL Server
3 31 (3.13%) Relational Database
4 26 (2.63%) Oracle Database
5 23 (2.33%) NoSQL
6 18 (1.82%) Big Data
7 16 (1.62%) MongoDB
8 14 (1.42%) Hadoop
9 13 (1.31%) SQL Server 2008
9 13 (1.31%) PostgreSQL
10 11 (1.11%) Data Warehouse
10 11 (1.11%) Oracle Database 11g
11 10 (1.01%) Redis
12 9 (0.91%) Oracle BI EE
12 9 (0.91%) RDBMS
13 7 (0.71%) Oracle Database 10g
14 6 (0.61%) Data Mining
15 5 (0.51%) Amazon DynamoDB
15 5 (0.51%) Amazon RDS
16 4 (0.40%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 86 (8.70%) Subversion
1 86 (8.70%) Git (software)
2 61 (6.17%) Jenkins
3 58 (5.86%) Rational DOORS
4 56 (5.66%) ClearCase
5 55 (5.56%) Visual Studio
6 51 (5.16%) Ant
6 51 (5.16%) JIRA
7 45 (4.55%) Selenium
8 34 (3.44%) GoogleTest
9 29 (2.93%) JUnit
10 25 (2.53%) NUnit
11 24 (2.43%) Rational Rhapsody
12 23 (2.33%) Cucumber
12 23 (2.33%) Eclipse
13 22 (2.22%) Maven
14 20 (2.02%) CppUnit
15 19 (1.92%) ClearQuest
16 18 (1.82%) Talend Open Studio
17 17 (1.72%) PHPUnit
General
1 67 (6.77%) Electronics
2 58 (5.86%) Automotive
3 50 (5.06%) Finance
4 43 (4.35%) Telecoms
5 37 (3.74%) Aerospace
6 20 (2.02%) Avionics
7 18 (1.82%) Military
8 17 (1.72%) Banking
8 17 (1.72%) Manufacturing
8 17 (1.72%) Publishing
9 12 (1.21%) Games
10 9 (0.91%) Investment Banking
11 6 (0.61%) Front Office
12 5 (0.51%) Retail
13 4 (0.40%) Marketing
13 4 (0.40%) Billing
14 3 (0.30%) German Language
15 2 (0.20%) Legal
15 2 (0.20%) Pharmaceutical
16 1 (0.10%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 140 (14.16%) HTML
2 129 (13.04%) .NET
3 107 (10.82%) XML
4 94 (9.50%) Web Services
5 83 (8.39%) CSS
6 79 (7.99%) jQuery
7 69 (6.98%) JSON
8 67 (6.77%) HTML5
9 43 (4.35%) Spring
10 40 (4.04%) RESTful
11 39 (3.94%) AngularJS
12 30 (3.03%) REST
13 29 (2.93%) CSS3
13 29 (2.93%) SOAP
14 27 (2.73%) ASP.NET
14 27 (2.73%) Ajax
15 25 (2.53%) Hibernate
15 25 (2.53%) WPF
15 25 (2.53%) Apache Camel
16 23 (2.33%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 67 (6.77%) Analytical Skills
2 66 (6.67%) Computer Science
3 40 (4.04%) Embedded Systems
4 38 (3.84%) Device Driver
5 35 (3.54%) Algorithms
6 20 (2.02%) Mobile App
7 19 (1.92%) Digital Media
8 18 (1.82%) DTV
9 17 (1.72%) Open Source
10 16 (1.62%) Mathematics
10 16 (1.62%) Management Information System
11 15 (1.52%) Physics
12 14 (1.42%) Derivative
12 14 (1.42%) STB
13 13 (1.31%) CAN bus
14 11 (1.11%) Mechatronics
14 11 (1.11%) User Experience
14 11 (1.11%) IPTV
15 9 (0.91%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
15 9 (0.91%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 301 (30.43%) Linux
2 130 (13.14%) Windows
3 98 (9.91%) UNIX
4 36 (3.64%) Embedded Linux
5 23 (2.33%) Android
6 21 (2.12%) CentOS
7 15 (1.52%) Apple iOS
8 11 (1.11%) Windows CE
9 10 (1.01%) Windows 7
9 10 (1.01%) Mac OS X
10 8 (0.81%) VxWorks
10 8 (0.81%) AIX
10 8 (0.81%) HPUX
11 7 (0.71%) ThreadX
11 7 (0.71%) Ubuntu
11 7 (0.71%) Windows Server 2008
11 7 (0.71%) Oracle Linux
11 7 (0.71%) Windows 8
11 7 (0.71%) Windows Server 2012
12 6 (0.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 865 (87.46%) Software Engineering
2 263 (26.59%) Agile Software Development
3 163 (16.48%) UML
4 121 (12.23%) OO
5 97 (9.81%) Configuration Management
5 97 (9.81%) TDD
5 97 (9.81%) Scrum
6 90 (9.10%) Continuous Integration
7 73 (7.38%) Multithreading
8 59 (5.97%) SOA
9 55 (5.56%) OOD
9 55 (5.56%) Embedded Software Development
10 54 (5.46%) MVC
11 52 (5.26%) Unit Testing
12 46 (4.65%) Test Automation
13 45 (4.55%) Requirements Analysis
14 42 (4.25%) OOP
15 40 (4.04%) Project Management
15 40 (4.04%) BDD
16 36 (3.64%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 342 (34.58%) C++
2 294 (29.73%) C
3 289 (29.22%) Java
4 192 (19.41%) Python
5 172 (17.39%) JavaScript
6 160 (16.18%) C#
7 157 (15.87%) SQL
8 103 (10.41%) Embedded C
9 67 (6.77%) Ruby
10 66 (6.67%) PHP
11 54 (5.46%) Perl
12 31 (3.13%) Bash Shell
13 30 (3.03%) Ada
13 30 (3.03%) MATLAB
14 29 (2.93%) Embedded C++
15 27 (2.73%) PL/SQL
16 22 (2.22%) Shell Script
17 18 (1.82%) Scala
18 14 (1.42%) VB.NET
19 11 (1.11%) VB
Qualifications
1 172 (17.39%) Security Cleared
2 119 (12.03%) SC Cleared
3 109 (11.02%) Degree
4 17 (1.72%) DV Cleared
5 15 (1.52%) ISEB
6 12 (1.21%) ISTQB
7 8 (0.81%) PhD
7 8 (0.81%) Six Sigma Green Belt
8 6 (0.61%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 5 (0.51%) CCNP
9 5 (0.51%) Cisco Certification
9 5 (0.51%) Microsoft Certification
10 4 (0.40%) JNCIP
10 4 (0.40%) MCP
10 4 (0.40%) HND
11 3 (0.30%) MCSE
11 3 (0.30%) MCSA
12 2 (0.20%) BC Cleared
13 1 (0.10%) CCNA
13 1 (0.10%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (3.44%) QA
2 26 (2.63%) DO-178B
3 9 (0.91%) ISO 9001
4 5 (0.51%) TickIT
5 3 (0.30%) IEC 61508
6 2 (0.20%) DICOM
7 1 (0.10%) JTAG
7 1 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 15504 (SPICE)
7 1 (0.10%) WCAG
7 1 (0.10%) SLA
7 1 (0.10%) 21 CFR Part 11
7 1 (0.10%) GCP
7 1 (0.10%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 11 (1.11%) VMware Infrastructure
2 9 (0.91%) Firmware
2 9 (0.91%) Oracle RAC
3 6 (0.61%) GPFS
3 6 (0.61%) iptables
4 5 (0.51%) Active Directory
5 3 (0.30%) Xen
5 3 (0.30%) Hyper-V
5 3 (0.30%) UAG
6 2 (0.20%) vCloud
6 2 (0.20%) Docker
6 2 (0.20%) XenApp
6 2 (0.20%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.10%) vSphere
7 1 (0.10%) HDFS
7 1 (0.10%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.10%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 18 (1.82%) Puppet
2 10 (1.01%) Oracle Identity Management
3 9 (0.91%) Tivoli
4 8 (0.81%) Vagrant
4 8 (0.81%) Opscode Chef
5 6 (0.61%) Ansible
5 6 (0.61%) Zenoss
5 6 (0.61%) HP Quality Center
6 5 (0.51%) SCCM
7 4 (0.40%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 4 (0.40%) Mesos
8 3 (0.30%) Salt
9 2 (0.20%) Graphite
9 2 (0.20%) HAProxy
9 2 (0.20%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 2 (0.20%) Netcool
9 2 (0.20%) Netcool/OMNIbus
10 1 (0.10%) Tivoli NetView
10 1 (0.10%) Nagios
10 1 (0.10%) Kibana
Vendors
1 94 (9.50%) Oracle
2 58 (5.86%) Microsoft
3 28 (2.83%) VMware
3 28 (2.83%) Google
4 20 (2.02%) Zend
5 19 (1.92%) Serena
6 18 (1.82%) Talend
7 15 (1.52%) IBM
7 15 (1.52%) HP
8 12 (1.21%) EMC
9 11 (1.11%) Cisco
10 10 (1.01%) Hitachi
11 8 (0.81%) Informatica
11 8 (0.81%) Red Hat
11 8 (0.81%) Adobe
12 7 (0.71%) Citrix
12 7 (0.71%) Perforce
13 6 (0.61%) Compaq
13 6 (0.61%) Veritas
14 5 (0.51%) Borland
West Midlands
X4 Group
Rate: £250 - 300 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Cooper Lomaz Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £250 - 350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £450.00 - £480.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Yeovil, Somerset
Connectus
Rate: £37 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Premier Media
Rate: £300 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
North West
Next Ventures Ltd
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 2 days ago
Scotland
ANSON MCCADE
Rate: £350-500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Havant, Hampshire
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
SEC Recruitment Limited
Posted: 3 days ago
Erskine, Renfrewshire
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: 3 days ago
Hampshire
Novate IT Ltd
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
West Midlands
CPS Group UK
Posted: 3 days ago
Woking, Surrey
Involved Solutions Ltd
Rate: £350 - £375 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Woking, Surrey
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Posted: 4 days ago
Leicester, Leicestershire
TEKsystems
Rate: £340 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
AMsource Technology
Rate: £300 - £340 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
ISL
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Hertfordshire
Cooper Lomaz Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Market related
Posted: 4 days ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Connectus
Rate: £40 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
Lancashire
Connectus
Rate: £37 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago