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 7 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
7 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Engineer
Rank 206 190 182
Rank change year-on-year
-16 -8
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 593 596 584
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.08% 1.13% 1.17%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.17% 1.22% 1.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 280 345 289
Average daily rate
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£375 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £232
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £477 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 128 89 95
Average hourly rate £42.00 £39.50 £37.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.32% +6.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.54 £33.00 £25.92
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.38 £40.00 £37.00
% change year-on-year
+0.95% +8.10%

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
50665 48981 46333
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.39% 92.57% 92.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 32010 29890 26848
Average daily rate £400 £395 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.26% -1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £228 £238
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 1905 1968 2163
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 £38.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.08 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+2.61% -8.11%

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 7 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 7 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 7 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 -17 527 £375 +7.14% 519
South East -3 164 £350 - 128
London -13 145 £490 +15.29% 108
South West +16 100 £411 +17.50% 66
Hampshire -8 47 £329 +5.12% 25
Somerset +33 36 £225 -56.09% 3
East of England -28 36 £344 +4.16% 88
Bristol +15 35 £413 +17.85% 36
Scotland -4 31 £350 +32.07% 38
Yorkshire -47 30 £334 +2.69% 31
Berkshire +23 23 £251 -17.95% 26
Oxfordshire -6 21 £410 +38.98% 27
West Midlands +12 20 £300 +9.09% 43
West Yorkshire -54 20 £395 +21.53% 22
Leeds -56 19 £415 +27.69% 20
North West -14 17 £363 +12.40% 28
City of London -20 17 £425 -13.26% 28
Templecombe - 16 - -
West Sussex +2 15 £275 +25.00% 5
Cambridgeshire -23 15 £375 +8.69% 57
Yeovil -2 13 - -
Surrey -27 13 £343 -16.96% 20
New Malden - 13 - -
Reading +5 12 £240 -23.20% 11
Edinburgh -5 12 £270 +1.88% 17
Gloucestershire -14 12 £301 -13.92% 12
Buckinghamshire +1 11 £413 +26.92% 9
Cambridge -24 11 £388 +13.97% 54
Oxford -13 10 £448 +54.31% 12
Hertfordshire -6 9 £325 +4.00% 14

Software Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 7 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 1053 (89.01%) Software Engineering
2 411 (34.74%) C++
3 379 (32.04%) Java
4 339 (28.66%) Linux
5 334 (28.23%) C
6 319 (26.97%) Agile Software Development
7 242 (20.46%) C#
8 213 (18.01%) Security Cleared
9 203 (17.16%) Windows
10 202 (17.08%) JavaScript
11 196 (16.57%) HTML
12 184 (15.55%) UML
13 176 (14.88%) TDD
14 173 (14.62%) SQL
15 162 (13.69%) OO
16 161 (13.61%) .NET
17 154 (13.02%) SC Cleared
18 152 (12.85%) Scrum
19 150 (12.68%) Python
20 133 (11.24%) Continuous Integration
21 132 (11.16%) Web Services
22 128 (10.82%) CSS
23 121 (10.23%) Embedded C
24 114 (9.64%) XML
24 114 (9.64%) HTML5
25 113 (9.55%) Git (software)
26 107 (9.04%) Degree
27 101 (8.54%) UNIX
28 100 (8.45%) Oracle
29 97 (8.20%) Multithreading

Software Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 7 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 66 (5.58%) Tomcat
2 60 (5.07%) Apache
3 37 (3.13%) WebSphere
4 31 (2.62%) JBoss
5 29 (2.45%) Node.js
6 27 (2.28%) WebLogic
7 18 (1.52%) SharePoint
8 17 (1.44%) MQSeries
8 17 (1.44%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 10 (0.85%) nginx
10 9 (0.76%) WebSphere Application Server
11 7 (0.59%) IIS
11 7 (0.59%) Confluence
12 6 (0.51%) WordPress
12 6 (0.51%) SharePoint 2013
12 6 (0.51%) Jetty
13 5 (0.42%) Zope
13 5 (0.42%) MS Exchange
14 2 (0.17%) Oracle Coherence
14 2 (0.17%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 23 (1.94%) Simulink
2 22 (1.86%) MS Excel
3 18 (1.52%) MS Office
4 6 (0.51%) Stateflow
4 6 (0.51%) Doxygen
4 6 (0.51%) TargetLink
5 5 (0.42%) MS PowerPoint
6 4 (0.34%) MS Visio
7 2 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.085%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.085%) Adobe Illustrator
8 1 (0.085%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 3 (0.25%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.085%) Oracle BPM
2 1 (0.085%) Odoo
2 1 (0.085%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 57 (4.82%) Amazon AWS
2 16 (1.35%) Microsoft Azure
3 15 (1.27%) Amazon S3
4 11 (0.93%) Amazon EC2
4 11 (0.93%) Amazon SQS
5 7 (0.59%) Route 53
5 7 (0.59%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 5 (0.42%) SaaS
6 5 (0.42%) Cloud Computing
7 3 (0.25%) Amazon ElastiCache
7 3 (0.25%) AWS CloudFormation
8 2 (0.17%) IaaS
8 2 (0.17%) Office 365
9 1 (0.085%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 47 (3.97%) TCP/IP
2 45 (3.80%) HTTP
3 36 (3.04%) Internet
4 24 (2.03%) Wi-Fi
5 16 (1.35%) Wireless
6 14 (1.18%) 802.11
6 14 (1.18%) Bluetooth
7 12 (1.01%) VoIP
7 12 (1.01%) Ethernet
8 10 (0.85%) ATM
8 10 (0.85%) 3G
8 10 (0.85%) IPsec
9 9 (0.76%) DVB
9 9 (0.76%) SNMP
10 8 (0.68%) SAN
10 8 (0.68%) GSM
10 8 (0.68%) LTE
11 7 (0.59%) Intrusion Detection
11 7 (0.59%) Network Security
11 7 (0.59%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 80 (6.76%) SQL Server
2 70 (5.92%) MySQL
3 42 (3.55%) NoSQL
4 41 (3.47%) Relational Database
5 34 (2.87%) MongoDB
6 28 (2.37%) Oracle Database
7 22 (1.86%) SQL Server 2008
8 18 (1.52%) Big Data
8 18 (1.52%) RDBMS
8 18 (1.52%) PostgreSQL
9 17 (1.44%) Hadoop
10 15 (1.27%) Apache Cassandra
11 14 (1.18%) CouchDB
12 11 (0.93%) Redis
13 10 (0.85%) Amazon RDS
14 9 (0.76%) Oracle BI EE
15 8 (0.68%) SQL Server 2012
15 8 (0.68%) SimpleDB
16 7 (0.59%) Couchbase
16 7 (0.59%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 113 (9.55%) Git (software)
2 78 (6.59%) Subversion
3 71 (6.00%) Visual Studio
4 64 (5.41%) Jenkins
5 62 (5.24%) Rational DOORS
6 51 (4.31%) JIRA
7 45 (3.80%) Selenium
8 43 (3.63%) Eclipse
9 40 (3.38%) Ant
9 40 (3.38%) ClearCase
10 37 (3.13%) JUnit
11 35 (2.96%) Maven
12 26 (2.20%) Cucumber
13 18 (1.52%) GoogleTest
13 18 (1.52%) NUnit
14 16 (1.35%) Talend Open Studio
14 16 (1.35%) ClearQuest
14 16 (1.35%) Rational Rhapsody
15 14 (1.18%) CppUnit
16 11 (0.93%) Hudson
General
1 64 (5.41%) Electronics
1 64 (5.41%) Finance
2 58 (4.90%) Automotive
3 55 (4.65%) Telecoms
4 47 (3.97%) Aerospace
5 37 (3.13%) Military
6 29 (2.45%) Manufacturing
7 18 (1.52%) Games
7 18 (1.52%) Banking
8 17 (1.44%) Avionics
9 12 (1.01%) Front Office
10 8 (0.68%) Retail
11 6 (0.51%) Investment Banking
11 6 (0.51%) Marketing
12 5 (0.42%) Publishing
13 4 (0.34%) Legal
14 3 (0.25%) Billing
14 3 (0.25%) German Language
15 1 (0.085%) Dutch Language
15 1 (0.085%) French Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 196 (16.57%) HTML
2 161 (13.61%) .NET
3 132 (11.16%) Web Services
4 128 (10.82%) CSS
5 114 (9.64%) XML
5 114 (9.64%) HTML5
6 82 (6.93%) REST
7 81 (6.85%) Spring
8 76 (6.42%) jQuery
9 74 (6.26%) JSON
10 61 (5.16%) ASP.NET
11 57 (4.82%) AngularJS
12 47 (3.97%) RESTful
13 41 (3.47%) WPF
14 39 (3.30%) .NET Framework
14 39 (3.30%) J2EE
15 38 (3.21%) CSS3
16 34 (2.87%) SOAP
16 34 (2.87%) Apache Camel
17 31 (2.62%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 63 (5.33%) Computer Science
2 58 (4.90%) Analytical Skills
3 50 (4.23%) Device Driver
4 47 (3.97%) Embedded Systems
5 37 (3.13%) Management Information System
6 24 (2.03%) Enterprise Software
7 23 (1.94%) Algorithms
8 17 (1.44%) Mobile App
9 15 (1.27%) DTV
9 15 (1.27%) Derivative
10 14 (1.18%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
10 14 (1.18%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 14 (1.18%) STB
10 14 (1.18%) User Experience
11 12 (1.01%) Mathematics
12 11 (0.93%) IPTV
12 11 (0.93%) CAN bus
13 10 (0.85%) Digital Media
13 10 (0.85%) Mechatronics
14 9 (0.76%) Human Factors
Operating Systems
1 339 (28.66%) Linux
2 203 (17.16%) Windows
3 101 (8.54%) UNIX
4 50 (4.23%) Android
5 37 (3.13%) Embedded Linux
6 34 (2.87%) Apple iOS
7 16 (1.35%) Windows CE
8 13 (1.10%) AIX
9 12 (1.01%) CentOS
10 11 (0.93%) Windows Server 2003
11 10 (0.85%) VxWorks
11 10 (0.85%) Windows Server 2008
12 9 (0.76%) Mac OS X
12 9 (0.76%) Solaris
13 8 (0.68%) Ubuntu
13 8 (0.68%) Windows Server 2012
14 7 (0.59%) Windows 8
14 7 (0.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 7 (0.59%) NetWare
14 7 (0.59%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 1053 (89.01%) Software Engineering
2 319 (26.97%) Agile Software Development
3 184 (15.55%) UML
4 176 (14.88%) TDD
5 162 (13.69%) OO
6 152 (12.85%) Scrum
7 133 (11.24%) Continuous Integration
8 97 (8.20%) Multithreading
9 92 (7.78%) Configuration Management
10 88 (7.44%) MVC
11 72 (6.09%) Unit Testing
12 62 (5.24%) SDLC
13 57 (4.82%) BDD
13 57 (4.82%) OOD
14 54 (4.56%) Requirements Analysis
15 51 (4.31%) SOA
16 50 (4.23%) Web Development
17 48 (4.06%) OOP
18 45 (3.80%) Validation
19 44 (3.72%) Embedded Software Development
Programming Languages
1 411 (34.74%) C++
2 379 (32.04%) Java
3 334 (28.23%) C
4 242 (20.46%) C#
5 202 (17.08%) JavaScript
6 173 (14.62%) SQL
7 150 (12.68%) Python
8 121 (10.23%) Embedded C
9 61 (5.16%) Perl
10 59 (4.99%) Ruby
11 56 (4.73%) PHP
12 53 (4.48%) Embedded C++
13 42 (3.55%) Ada
14 35 (2.96%) MATLAB
15 34 (2.87%) Bash Shell
16 31 (2.62%) Scala
17 27 (2.28%) Objective-C
18 24 (2.03%) PowerShell
19 19 (1.61%) PL/SQL
19 19 (1.61%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 213 (18.01%) Security Cleared
2 154 (13.02%) SC Cleared
3 107 (9.04%) Degree
4 13 (1.10%) DV Cleared
5 8 (0.68%) PhD
6 6 (0.51%) HND
6 6 (0.51%) ISTQB
7 5 (0.42%) Microsoft Certification
8 4 (0.34%) Six Sigma Green Belt
8 4 (0.34%) ISEB
9 3 (0.25%) MCSE
9 3 (0.25%) MCP
10 2 (0.17%) MCSA
10 2 (0.17%) Cisco Certification
10 2 (0.17%) CCNP
10 2 (0.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 1 (0.085%) BC Cleared
11 1 (0.085%) CTC Cleared
11 1 (0.085%) A+ Certification
11 1 (0.085%) JNCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (3.21%) QA
2 25 (2.11%) DO-178B
3 9 (0.76%) ISO 9001
4 8 (0.68%) IEC 61508
5 3 (0.25%) DO-254
5 3 (0.25%) TickIT
6 2 (0.17%) JTAG
7 1 (0.085%) ISO/IEC 15504 (SPICE)
7 1 (0.085%) WCAG
7 1 (0.085%) SLA
7 1 (0.085%) 21 CFR Part 11
7 1 (0.085%) GCP
System Software
1 23 (1.94%) VMware Infrastructure
2 13 (1.10%) Firmware
3 8 (0.68%) GPFS
4 5 (0.42%) Active Directory
4 5 (0.42%) KVM
5 4 (0.34%) Docker
5 4 (0.34%) Snort
6 3 (0.25%) Hyper-V
7 2 (0.17%) Oracle RAC
7 2 (0.17%) UAG
7 2 (0.17%) Cygwin
7 2 (0.17%) vCloud
8 1 (0.085%) Apache Flume
8 1 (0.085%) Ceph
8 1 (0.085%) VirtualBox
8 1 (0.085%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.085%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 22 (1.86%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 20 (1.69%) Opscode Chef
3 18 (1.52%) Puppet
4 13 (1.10%) HP Quality Center
5 11 (0.93%) Tivoli
6 9 (0.76%) Ansible
7 8 (0.68%) Salt
7 8 (0.68%) WMI
7 8 (0.68%) SCCM
8 7 (0.59%) HAProxy
9 5 (0.42%) Zenoss
9 5 (0.42%) BladeLogic
9 5 (0.42%) Capistrano
10 4 (0.34%) Nagios
11 3 (0.25%) DatAdvantage
12 2 (0.17%) Graphite
12 2 (0.17%) Kibana
12 2 (0.17%) Oracle Identity Management
12 2 (0.17%) Netcool
12 2 (0.17%) Netcool/OMNIbus
Vendors
1 100 (8.45%) Oracle
2 77 (6.51%) Microsoft
3 57 (4.82%) VMware
4 29 (2.45%) HP
5 22 (1.86%) IBM
5 22 (1.86%) Serena
6 16 (1.35%) Talend
7 14 (1.18%) Luciad
8 13 (1.10%) Google
8 13 (1.10%) Zend
9 11 (0.93%) EMC
10 10 (0.85%) Cisco
11 9 (0.76%) Informatica
11 9 (0.76%) Red Hat
12 8 (0.68%) Adobe
12 8 (0.68%) Perforce
12 8 (0.68%) New Relic
13 7 (0.59%) hybris
13 7 (0.59%) BMC
13 7 (0.59%) Veritas
Leeds, West Yorkshire
ISL
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 3 hours ago
Dunfermline, Fife
X4 Group
Rate: £150 - 175 per day
Posted: 4 hours ago
Luton, Bedfordshire
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Posted: 13 hours ago
Portsmouth, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £50 - £65 per hour
Posted: 19 hours ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Connectus
Rate: £35 - £45 per hour
Posted: 19 hours ago
UK
Vivid Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £300 - 380 per day
Posted: 19 hours ago
Tadley, Hampshire
Polar Recruitment
Rate: £12.00 - £15.00 per hour + none
Posted: 21 hours ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Cooper Lomaz Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £40 per hour
Posted: 22 hours ago
London
Triad Resourcing
Posted: Yesterday
South West
People Source Consulting Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
Surrey
Uniting Ambition
Rate: £400 - 500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Mercator IT Solutions
Posted: 3 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Cooper Lomaz Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £350 - 400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Preferred Choice
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Fife
Connectus
Rate: £40.38 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Cathcart Associates Ltd
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Hertfordshire
Informatiq Consulting
Rate: £280 - £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
I.T. Skillfinder
Posted: 4 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Hotfoot Recruitment
Rate: C£350-£400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Apollo Solutions
Rate: £40 - £45 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago