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 30 July 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
30 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Engineer
Rank 207 208 181
Rank change year-on-year
+1 -27
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 616 576 580
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.08% 1.05% 1.13%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.17% 1.14% 1.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 294 323 282
Average daily rate
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£353 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.71% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £170
10% offered a daily rate of more than £490 £500 £453
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £319
% change year-on-year
+7.69% +1.96%
Number of hourly rates quoted 138 79 96
Average hourly rate £40.38 £37.50 £36.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.68% +2.73%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.44 £32.50 £29.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £45.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.19 £39.50 £36.25
% change year-on-year
+1.74% +8.96%

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
52752 50560 47327
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.46% 92.47% 92.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 33520 30690 27691
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1927 2009 2145
Average hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.03% -8.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £37.80 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
- -2.94%

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 30 July 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 30 July 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 30 July 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 -6 547 £370 +2.77% 521
South East +9 170 £343 +4.58% 114
London -28 135 £450 +5.88% 105
South West +28 105 £375 +7.14% 86
East of England -17 46 £350 +3.70% 85
Hampshire -10 45 £326 +0.30% 21
Bristol +16 39 £413 +17.85% 35
Somerset +25 34 £225 -43.92% 12
Scotland 0 33 £303 +14.15% 21
Yorkshire -37 31 £353 +8.46% 37
Berkshire +20 28 £263 -12.50% 19
City of London -27 24 £425 -5.55% 16
West Midlands +14 22 £300 +9.09% 27
Cambridgeshire -20 21 £375 +3.44% 59
West Yorkshire -41 20 £388 +19.23% 25
Oxfordshire -14 18 £413 +52.77% 35
Leeds -48 18 £414 +27.30% 22
North West -15 17 £325 - 31
Yeovil +1 16 - - 2
Surrey -4 16 £346 -4.48% 12
East Sussex +5 14 £340 +15.25% 4
East Midlands -3 13 £290 +5.45% 29
Cambridge -21 13 £375 +1.69% 55
New Malden - 13 - - 1
Templecombe - 13 - -
Buckinghamshire +5 12 £288 -8.00% 11
Reading -1 12 £251 -19.60% 9
Edinburgh -11 12 £270 +3.84% 16
Wales -1 11 £350 +16.66% 13
West Sussex -4 11 £300 +36.36% 1

Software Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 July 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 1068 (89.67%) Software Engineering
2 411 (34.51%) C++
3 380 (31.91%) Java
4 356 (29.89%) Agile Software Development
5 349 (29.30%) Linux
6 324 (27.20%) C
7 265 (22.25%) C#
8 211 (17.72%) JavaScript
8 211 (17.72%) Windows
9 202 (16.96%) TDD
10 201 (16.88%) HTML
11 192 (16.12%) SQL
12 190 (15.95%) Security Cleared
13 182 (15.28%) Scrum
14 173 (14.53%) UML
15 170 (14.27%) .NET
16 161 (13.52%) OO
17 148 (12.43%) Web Services
18 146 (12.26%) Python
19 143 (12.01%) Continuous Integration
20 140 (11.75%) SC Cleared
21 129 (10.83%) CSS
22 121 (10.16%) Degree
23 116 (9.74%) Git (software)
23 116 (9.74%) Embedded C
24 114 (9.57%) HTML5
25 110 (9.24%) XML
26 98 (8.23%) Multithreading
27 95 (7.98%) Oracle
27 95 (7.98%) MVC

Software Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 July 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 77 (6.47%) Tomcat
2 68 (5.71%) Apache
3 34 (2.85%) Node.js
4 28 (2.35%) WebSphere
5 22 (1.85%) JBoss
6 18 (1.51%) SharePoint
7 16 (1.34%) WebLogic
8 10 (0.84%) nginx
8 10 (0.84%) Confluence
9 9 (0.76%) Jetty
9 9 (0.76%) WebSphere Application Server
10 8 (0.67%) IIS
10 8 (0.67%) MQSeries
10 8 (0.67%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 6 (0.50%) SharePoint 2013
11 6 (0.50%) WordPress
12 5 (0.42%) Zope
12 5 (0.42%) MS Exchange
13 3 (0.25%) Oracle Spatial
13 3 (0.25%) Drupal
Applications
1 24 (2.02%) MS Excel
2 22 (1.85%) Simulink
3 21 (1.76%) MS Office
4 8 (0.67%) MS PowerPoint
5 6 (0.50%) TargetLink
6 5 (0.42%) MS Visio
7 4 (0.34%) Stateflow
8 2 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
8 2 (0.17%) Doxygen
9 1 (0.084%) Windchill
9 1 (0.084%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 3 (0.25%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.084%) Oracle BPM
2 1 (0.084%) Odoo
2 1 (0.084%) BusinessWorks
2 1 (0.084%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 61 (5.12%) Amazon AWS
2 16 (1.34%) Microsoft Azure
3 14 (1.18%) Amazon S3
4 12 (1.01%) Amazon EC2
5 10 (0.84%) Amazon SQS
6 7 (0.59%) Route 53
6 7 (0.59%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 6 (0.50%) SaaS
8 5 (0.42%) Cloud Computing
9 3 (0.25%) Amazon ElastiCache
9 3 (0.25%) AWS CloudFormation
10 2 (0.17%) IaaS
10 2 (0.17%) Office 365
11 1 (0.084%) Amazon EMR
11 1 (0.084%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 50 (4.20%) HTTP
2 46 (3.86%) TCP/IP
3 40 (3.36%) Internet
4 23 (1.93%) Wi-Fi
5 14 (1.18%) Wireless
5 14 (1.18%) 802.11
6 13 (1.09%) VoIP
7 12 (1.01%) DVB
8 11 (0.92%) Bluetooth
9 10 (0.84%) ATM
9 10 (0.84%) Ethernet
9 10 (0.84%) IPsec
10 9 (0.76%) SNMP
10 9 (0.76%) 3G
11 7 (0.59%) LDAP
11 7 (0.59%) Intrusion Detection
11 7 (0.59%) LTE
11 7 (0.59%) FlexRay
12 6 (0.50%) Network Security
12 6 (0.50%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 78 (6.55%) SQL Server
2 74 (6.21%) MySQL
3 48 (4.03%) NoSQL
4 47 (3.95%) Relational Database
5 37 (3.11%) MongoDB
6 27 (2.27%) Oracle Database
7 21 (1.76%) Hadoop
8 19 (1.60%) Big Data
8 19 (1.60%) RDBMS
9 18 (1.51%) PostgreSQL
9 18 (1.51%) SQL Server 2008
10 17 (1.43%) Apache Cassandra
11 14 (1.18%) CouchDB
12 13 (1.09%) Redis
13 10 (0.84%) Data Warehouse
13 10 (0.84%) Amazon RDS
14 9 (0.76%) SQL Server 2012
15 8 (0.67%) SimpleDB
16 7 (0.59%) Couchbase
16 7 (0.59%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 116 (9.74%) Git (software)
2 83 (6.97%) Visual Studio
3 77 (6.47%) Subversion
4 67 (5.63%) Rational DOORS
4 67 (5.63%) Jenkins
5 42 (3.53%) Eclipse
6 41 (3.44%) Maven
7 39 (3.27%) ClearCase
8 38 (3.19%) JIRA
9 34 (2.85%) JUnit
10 29 (2.43%) Selenium
11 27 (2.27%) Ant
12 24 (2.02%) Cucumber
13 17 (1.43%) Rational Rhapsody
13 17 (1.43%) NUnit
14 16 (1.34%) TeamCity
15 14 (1.18%) ClearQuest
16 13 (1.09%) Hudson
17 12 (1.01%) WebDriver
17 12 (1.01%) Gradle
General
1 68 (5.71%) Electronics
2 62 (5.21%) Finance
3 59 (4.95%) Automotive
4 49 (4.11%) Telecoms
5 45 (3.78%) Aerospace
6 38 (3.19%) Military
7 31 (2.60%) Manufacturing
8 19 (1.60%) Banking
9 18 (1.51%) Games
9 18 (1.51%) Avionics
10 12 (1.01%) Front Office
11 8 (0.67%) Retail
12 6 (0.50%) Marketing
13 5 (0.42%) Investment Banking
13 5 (0.42%) Publishing
14 4 (0.34%) Legal
15 3 (0.25%) German Language
16 2 (0.17%) Dutch Language
17 1 (0.084%) French Language
17 1 (0.084%) Multimedia
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 201 (16.88%) HTML
2 170 (14.27%) .NET
3 148 (12.43%) Web Services
4 129 (10.83%) CSS
5 114 (9.57%) HTML5
6 110 (9.24%) XML
7 88 (7.39%) REST
8 84 (7.05%) Spring
9 74 (6.21%) jQuery
10 73 (6.13%) ASP.NET
11 60 (5.04%) JSON
12 51 (4.28%) AngularJS
13 48 (4.03%) RESTful
14 47 (3.95%) WPF
15 45 (3.78%) .NET Framework
16 39 (3.27%) Entity Framework
17 37 (3.11%) SOAP
18 35 (2.94%) J2EE
19 32 (2.69%) ASP.NET MVC
20 30 (2.52%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 70 (5.88%) Computer Science
2 51 (4.28%) Embedded Systems
2 51 (4.28%) Analytical Skills
3 43 (3.61%) Device Driver
4 42 (3.53%) Management Information System
5 24 (2.02%) Algorithms
6 23 (1.93%) DTV
7 22 (1.85%) Enterprise Software
8 17 (1.43%) Mobile App
9 16 (1.34%) User Experience
9 16 (1.34%) STB
10 15 (1.26%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
11 14 (1.18%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 12 (1.01%) IPTV
12 12 (1.01%) Derivative
13 11 (0.92%) Mathematics
13 11 (0.92%) CAN bus
13 11 (0.92%) Digital Media
14 10 (0.84%) Mechatronics
14 10 (0.84%) Human Factors
Operating Systems
1 349 (29.30%) Linux
2 211 (17.72%) Windows
3 93 (7.81%) UNIX
4 50 (4.20%) Android
5 39 (3.27%) Embedded Linux
6 32 (2.69%) Apple iOS
7 15 (1.26%) Windows CE
8 13 (1.09%) VxWorks
9 12 (1.01%) AIX
9 12 (1.01%) CentOS
10 11 (0.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 10 (0.84%) Windows Server 2003
12 9 (0.76%) Ubuntu
12 9 (0.76%) Solaris
13 8 (0.67%) Mac OS X
13 8 (0.67%) Windows Server 2008
14 7 (0.59%) Windows Server 2012
15 5 (0.42%) Windows 7
15 5 (0.42%) NetWare
15 5 (0.42%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 1068 (89.67%) Software Engineering
2 356 (29.89%) Agile Software Development
3 202 (16.96%) TDD
4 182 (15.28%) Scrum
5 173 (14.53%) UML
6 161 (13.52%) OO
7 143 (12.01%) Continuous Integration
8 98 (8.23%) Multithreading
9 95 (7.98%) MVC
10 85 (7.14%) Configuration Management
11 73 (6.13%) SDLC
12 70 (5.88%) BDD
13 67 (5.63%) Unit Testing
14 58 (4.87%) Web Development
15 54 (4.53%) Requirements Analysis
16 51 (4.28%) OOD
17 49 (4.11%) SOA
18 47 (3.95%) Validation
19 46 (3.86%) E-Commerce
20 41 (3.44%) OOP
Programming Languages
1 411 (34.51%) C++
2 380 (31.91%) Java
3 324 (27.20%) C
4 265 (22.25%) C#
5 211 (17.72%) JavaScript
6 192 (16.12%) SQL
7 146 (12.26%) Python
8 116 (9.74%) Embedded C
9 61 (5.12%) Perl
10 60 (5.04%) Embedded C++
11 58 (4.87%) PHP
12 56 (4.70%) Ruby
13 47 (3.95%) Ada
14 33 (2.77%) MATLAB
15 31 (2.60%) PowerShell
16 30 (2.52%) Bash Shell
17 28 (2.35%) Scala
17 28 (2.35%) Objective-C
18 21 (1.76%) T-SQL
18 21 (1.76%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 190 (15.95%) Security Cleared
2 140 (11.75%) SC Cleared
3 121 (10.16%) Degree
4 10 (0.84%) DV Cleared
5 8 (0.67%) ISTQB
6 7 (0.59%) HND
7 5 (0.42%) ISEB
7 5 (0.42%) Microsoft Certification
8 4 (0.34%) Six Sigma Green Belt
9 3 (0.25%) PhD
9 3 (0.25%) MCSE
9 3 (0.25%) MCP
10 2 (0.17%) MCSA
10 2 (0.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 1 (0.084%) BC Cleared
11 1 (0.084%) CTC Cleared
11 1 (0.084%) A+ Certification
11 1 (0.084%) HNC
11 1 (0.084%) CCNP
11 1 (0.084%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 41 (3.44%) QA
2 22 (1.85%) DO-178B
3 12 (1.01%) ISO 9001
4 9 (0.76%) IEC 61508
5 8 (0.67%) TickIT
6 5 (0.42%) DO-254
7 2 (0.17%) JTAG
8 1 (0.084%) WCAG
8 1 (0.084%) SLA
8 1 (0.084%) 21 CFR Part 11
8 1 (0.084%) GCP
8 1 (0.084%) GMP
System Software
1 24 (2.02%) VMware Infrastructure
2 15 (1.26%) Firmware
3 6 (0.50%) Docker
3 6 (0.50%) GPFS
4 5 (0.42%) Active Directory
4 5 (0.42%) KVM
4 5 (0.42%) Hyper-V
5 4 (0.34%) Snort
6 2 (0.17%) Oracle RAC
6 2 (0.17%) UAG
6 2 (0.17%) Cygwin
6 2 (0.17%) vCloud
7 1 (0.084%) Apache Flume
7 1 (0.084%) Ceph
7 1 (0.084%) VirtualBox
7 1 (0.084%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.084%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 22 (1.85%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 21 (1.76%) Puppet
3 20 (1.68%) Opscode Chef
4 15 (1.26%) HP Quality Center
5 9 (0.76%) Tivoli
5 9 (0.76%) Ansible
6 8 (0.67%) Salt
6 8 (0.67%) WMI
6 8 (0.67%) SCCM
7 7 (0.59%) HAProxy
8 5 (0.42%) Zenoss
8 5 (0.42%) BladeLogic
8 5 (0.42%) Capistrano
9 4 (0.34%) Nagios
9 4 (0.34%) Graphite
10 3 (0.25%) DatAdvantage
11 2 (0.17%) Oracle Identity Management
11 2 (0.17%) Kibana
11 2 (0.17%) Netcool
11 2 (0.17%) Netcool/OMNIbus
Vendors
1 95 (7.98%) Oracle
2 72 (6.05%) Microsoft
3 57 (4.79%) VMware
4 35 (2.94%) HP
5 22 (1.85%) IBM
6 15 (1.26%) Serena
7 14 (1.18%) Luciad
8 12 (1.01%) Zend
8 12 (1.01%) New Relic
9 11 (0.92%) Perforce
10 10 (0.84%) Google
10 10 (0.84%) Red Hat
11 9 (0.76%) Cisco
12 8 (0.67%) EMC
13 7 (0.59%) BMC
13 7 (0.59%) QNX
13 7 (0.59%) Dell
13 7 (0.59%) Atlassian
13 7 (0.59%) Talend
13 7 (0.59%) hybris
UK
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Rate: £280 - 310 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
Devon
McGregor Boyall
Posted: 16 hours ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Edgar Cowen
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + Interview slots available!
Posted: 16 hours ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £350 - £450 per annum
Posted: 18 hours ago
Kenilworth, Warwickshire
Cooper Lomaz Recruitment Limited
Posted: Yesterday
Southampton, Hampshire
Talent International
Rate: £295.85 - £332.83 per day
Posted: Yesterday
West London
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Rate: From £300 to £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £300 - £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
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Posted: 2 days ago
York, North Yorkshire
Searchability
Rate: £250 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Dundee, Angus
Cathcart Associates Ltd
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £40 - £45 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Preferred Choice
Rate: £450.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Portsmouth, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £50 - £65 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol, Avon
ENTERPRISE RECRUITMENT LTD
Rate: From £45,000 to £55,000 per annum Fixed 12 month contract
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ISL
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 3 days ago
East Sussex
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Posted: 6 days ago
Warwickshire
Connectus
Rate: £30 - £40 per hour
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Kenilworth, Warwickshire
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Rate: upto £40 p/h
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