The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the UK that had Software Engineer featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 28 September 2016 with a comparison to same period over 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.

3 months to
28 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Engineer
Rank 239 236 263
Rank change year-on-year
-3 +27
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 562 596 459
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.05% 1.03% 0.80%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.11% 1.08% 0.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 298 277 248
Median daily rate £425 £400 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +10.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £573 £600 £513
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £370 £338
% change year-on-year
+8.10% +9.62%
Number of hourly rates quoted 105 128 49
Median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £31.44 £33.45
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £47.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year
+6.25% -

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
50559 55175 53302
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.62% 94.96% 93.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 33062 35242 32521
Median daily rate £425 £405 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.93% +1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £380 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.63% +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1693 2081 2120
Median hourly rate £16.50 £17.37 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.00% +5.27%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.33 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-4.78% +5.03%

Software Engineer
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of IT contracts that featured Software Engineer in the job title.

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 28 September 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 28 September 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 28 September 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -3 498 £430 +7.50% 386
London -15 146 £500 +5.26% 108
South East -11 105 £413 +11.48% 71
West Midlands +7 59 £360 +20.00% 15
South West -23 57 £400 +6.66% 44
East of England +19 56 £375 - 76
Wales +44 39 £390 +11.42% 6
South Wales +40 36 £395 +12.85% 5
North West +18 35 £420 +12.00% 24
Hertfordshire +24 27 £325 -2.98% 11
Gloucestershire +9 26 £440 +18.91% 10
Newport +31 24 £390 -10.34% 1
Birmingham +11 21 £360 +15.20% 5
Cambridgeshire +33 20 £375 - 59
Oxfordshire -2 20 £483 +17.09% 13
Scotland -3 18 £331 +20.45% 20
East Midlands -8 17 £350 +2.94% 10
Middlesex +7 16 £350 -5.40%
Cambridge +20 15 - - 47
Surrey -5 15 £400 +4.57% 21
City of London -10 15 £450 -30.76% 21
Manchester -14 15 £428 +11.76% 18
West Sussex +8 14 £325 -19.25% 3
North East -6 14 £463 +42.30% 9
Tyne and Wear -18 14 £463 +42.30% 7
Newcastle upon Tyne -21 14 £463 +42.30% 6
Oxford -1 13 £500 +21.21% 5
Hampshire -8 13 £475 +32.12% 14
Berkshire 0 12 £370 -11.90% 12
Cheltenham +3 11 £475 +72.41% 1

Software Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 September 2016, Software Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Software Engineer in the job title.

1 1030 (96.99%) Software Engineering
2 446 (42.00%) Agile Software Development
3 373 (35.12%) Java
4 354 (33.33%) C++
5 285 (26.84%) C
6 268 (25.24%) Linux
7 256 (24.11%) TDD
8 238 (22.41%) C#
9 218 (20.53%) JavaScript
10 211 (19.87%) SQL
11 167 (15.73%) OO
12 157 (14.78%) BDD
13 150 (14.12%) UML
14 149 (14.03%) HTML
14 149 (14.03%) Scrum
15 148 (13.94%) .NET
16 132 (12.43%) Web Services
17 122 (11.49%) Security Cleared
18 121 (11.39%) Continuous Integration
19 118 (11.11%) Windows
20 115 (10.83%) DevOps
21 114 (10.73%) Amazon AWS
21 114 (10.73%) Node.js
22 113 (10.64%) REST
23 110 (10.36%) CSS
24 108 (10.17%) Python
25 106 (9.98%) Git (software)
26 104 (9.79%) Spring
27 98 (9.23%) XML
28 97 (9.13%) Open Source

Software Engineer Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 58 (5.46%) Tomcat
2 46 (4.33%) Apache
3 38 (3.58%) WebLogic
4 30 (2.82%) JBoss
5 29 (2.73%) Confluence
6 28 (2.64%) Apache Spark
6 28 (2.64%) Elasticsearch
7 22 (2.07%) Cloud Foundry
7 22 (2.07%) WebSphere
8 20 (1.88%) nginx
9 17 (1.60%) OpenStack
10 13 (1.22%) WebLogic Portal
10 13 (1.22%) WebSphere Application Server
11 8 (0.75%) Apache Solr
12 7 (0.66%) CMS
12 7 (0.66%) Jetty
12 7 (0.66%) SharePoint
13 5 (0.47%) Skype for Business
14 3 (0.28%) IIS
14 3 (0.28%) Mule
Applications
1 34 (3.20%) Simulink
2 28 (2.64%) MS Excel
3 4 (0.38%) MS Office
4 1 (0.094%) MS Project
4 1 (0.094%) Stateflow
4 1 (0.094%) TargetLink
Business Applications
1 4 (0.38%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
1 4 (0.38%) LabWindows
2 2 (0.19%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.094%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.094%) Magento
3 1 (0.094%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.094%) Oracle Cash Management
3 1 (0.094%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.094%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.094%) Oracle Payables
3 1 (0.094%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 114 (10.73%) Amazon AWS
2 38 (3.58%) Microsoft Azure
3 24 (2.26%) Amazon EC2
3 24 (2.26%) Amazon S3
4 23 (2.17%) Heroku
5 20 (1.88%) Cloud Computing
6 19 (1.79%) GitHub
7 18 (1.69%) Amazon SQS
7 18 (1.69%) PaaS
8 12 (1.13%) Google App Engine
8 12 (1.13%) Google Cloud Platform
9 8 (0.75%) SaaS
10 7 (0.66%) AWS CloudFormation
10 7 (0.66%) AWS Lambda
11 6 (0.56%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
12 5 (0.47%) Office 365
13 4 (0.38%) Amazon Kinesis
13 4 (0.38%) Slack
14 3 (0.28%) OpenShift
15 2 (0.19%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 57 (5.37%) HTTP
2 56 (5.27%) TCP/IP
3 36 (3.39%) Internet
4 34 (3.20%) SNMP
5 25 (2.35%) VoIP
6 19 (1.79%) Ethernet
7 14 (1.32%) Bluetooth
8 10 (0.94%) DVB
8 10 (0.94%) RS-422
9 9 (0.85%) LTE
9 9 (0.85%) RS-232
10 8 (0.75%) Asterisk PBX
10 8 (0.75%) Diameter Protocol
10 8 (0.75%) GSM
10 8 (0.75%) LDAP
10 8 (0.75%) MQTT
10 8 (0.75%) PBX
10 8 (0.75%) RTP
10 8 (0.75%) UMTS
10 8 (0.75%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 96 (9.04%) MongoDB
2 82 (7.72%) NoSQL
3 57 (5.37%) MySQL
4 54 (5.08%) SQL Server
5 48 (4.52%) Relational Database
6 43 (4.05%) Big Data
7 29 (2.73%) Apache Cassandra
7 29 (2.73%) Hadoop
8 19 (1.79%) PostgreSQL
9 18 (1.69%) Oracle Database
10 17 (1.60%) Neo4j
11 16 (1.51%) Redis
12 15 (1.41%) HBase
13 11 (1.04%) Amazon DynamoDB
14 9 (0.85%) RDBMS
15 8 (0.75%) Oracle Database 11g
16 6 (0.56%) Couchbase
16 6 (0.56%) OrientDB
17 4 (0.38%) Apache Hive
17 4 (0.38%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 106 (9.98%) Git (software)
2 74 (6.97%) Visual Studio
3 67 (6.31%) JUnit
4 65 (6.12%) Jenkins
5 59 (5.56%) Rational DOORS
6 53 (4.99%) JIRA
7 50 (4.71%) Subversion
8 47 (4.43%) Eclipse
9 41 (3.86%) Cucumber
9 41 (3.86%) Selenium
10 38 (3.58%) Maven
11 34 (3.20%) Rational Rhapsody
12 21 (1.98%) IntelliJ
13 19 (1.79%) Mockito
14 16 (1.51%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 16 (1.51%) StarTeam
15 13 (1.22%) ClearCase
16 12 (1.13%) Ant
16 12 (1.13%) Gradle
17 11 (1.04%) Vagrant
General
1 81 (7.63%) Finance
2 42 (3.95%) Aerospace
3 36 (3.39%) Electronics
4 30 (2.82%) Automotive
5 29 (2.73%) Telecoms
6 28 (2.64%) Manufacturing
7 26 (2.45%) Publishing
8 19 (1.79%) Retail
9 14 (1.32%) Banking
9 14 (1.32%) Military
10 12 (1.13%) Games
10 12 (1.13%) Investment Banking
11 10 (0.94%) Marketing
12 9 (0.85%) Avionics
13 5 (0.47%) Front Office
14 3 (0.28%) Advertising
15 2 (0.19%) Back Office
15 2 (0.19%) Financial Institution
16 1 (0.094%) Legal
16 1 (0.094%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 149 (14.03%) HTML
2 148 (13.94%) .NET
3 132 (12.43%) Web Services
4 114 (10.73%) Node.js
5 113 (10.64%) REST
6 110 (10.36%) CSS
7 104 (9.79%) Spring
8 98 (9.23%) XML
9 94 (8.85%) AngularJS
10 89 (8.38%) JSON
11 77 (7.25%) RESTful
12 72 (6.78%) HTML5
13 46 (4.33%) .NET Framework
14 44 (4.14%) J2EE
15 43 (4.05%) ASP.NET
16 42 (3.95%) jQuery
17 39 (3.67%) SOAP
18 37 (3.48%) Play Framework
19 35 (3.30%) React
20 34 (3.20%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 93 (8.76%) Analytical Skills
2 74 (6.97%) Embedded Systems
3 61 (5.74%) Computer Science
4 36 (3.39%) Algorithms
5 24 (2.26%) Device Driver
6 22 (2.07%) User Experience
7 21 (1.98%) Data Structures
8 18 (1.69%) Enterprise Software
9 17 (1.60%) Digital TV
10 15 (1.41%) Derivative
11 14 (1.32%) STB
12 13 (1.22%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
12 13 (1.22%) Mobile App
13 12 (1.13%) Mathematics
14 11 (1.04%) 3D Graphics
15 10 (0.94%) MPEG
15 10 (0.94%) Wiki
16 9 (0.85%) Statistics
17 7 (0.66%) Interest Rate Derivative
17 7 (0.66%) Semantic Web
Operating Systems
1 268 (25.24%) Linux
2 118 (11.11%) Windows
3 96 (9.04%) Unix
4 33 (3.11%) Embedded Linux
5 22 (2.07%) Android
6 20 (1.88%) Apple iOS
7 19 (1.79%) VxWorks
8 12 (1.13%) Mac OS X
9 8 (0.75%) Windows CE
10 7 (0.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 7 (0.66%) Ubuntu
10 7 (0.66%) Windows Server
11 5 (0.47%) Windows Mobile
12 4 (0.38%) Nucleus RTOS
13 3 (0.28%) CentOS
13 3 (0.28%) Debian
13 3 (0.28%) Windows 10
14 2 (0.19%) SUSE
14 2 (0.19%) ThreadX
14 2 (0.19%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 1030 (96.99%) Software Engineering
2 446 (42.00%) Agile Software Development
3 256 (24.11%) TDD
4 167 (15.73%) OO
5 157 (14.78%) BDD
6 150 (14.12%) UML
7 149 (14.03%) Scrum
8 121 (11.39%) Continuous Integration
9 115 (10.83%) DevOps
10 97 (9.13%) Open Source
11 95 (8.95%) Unit Testing
12 93 (8.76%) Microservices
13 77 (7.25%) Multithreading
14 62 (5.84%) Configuration Management
15 57 (5.37%) Continuous Delivery
16 52 (4.90%) Web Development
17 47 (4.43%) Data Management
17 47 (4.43%) MVC
18 45 (4.24%) High Availability
19 41 (3.86%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 373 (35.12%) Java
2 354 (33.33%) C++
3 285 (26.84%) C
4 238 (22.41%) C#
5 218 (20.53%) JavaScript
6 211 (19.87%) SQL
7 108 (10.17%) Python
8 93 (8.76%) Scala
9 74 (6.97%) Embedded C
10 61 (5.74%) Ruby
11 53 (4.99%) Ada
12 50 (4.71%) Perl
13 41 (3.86%) MATLAB
14 37 (3.48%) PHP
15 32 (3.01%) Bash Shell
16 29 (2.73%) Embedded C++
17 28 (2.64%) Go
18 16 (1.51%) Ada 95
18 16 (1.51%) Assembly Language
19 15 (1.41%) R
Qualifications
1 122 (11.49%) Security Cleared
2 92 (8.66%) SC Cleared
3 76 (7.16%) Degree
4 17 (1.60%) DV Cleared
5 10 (0.94%) BPSS Clearance
6 5 (0.47%) PhD
7 3 (0.28%) ISEB
7 3 (0.28%) ISTQB
7 3 (0.28%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 3 (0.28%) Postgraduate
8 1 (0.094%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (3.20%) MISRA
2 33 (3.11%) QA
3 20 (1.88%) DO-178B
4 18 (1.69%) MISRA C
5 10 (0.94%) Disclosure Scotland
6 9 (0.85%) SDET
7 6 (0.56%) ISO 9001
8 4 (0.38%) IEC 61508
8 4 (0.38%) ISO/IEC 12207
8 4 (0.38%) ISO26262
9 3 (0.28%) JTAG
10 2 (0.19%) Def Stans
10 2 (0.19%) PCI DSS
10 2 (0.19%) TickIT
11 1 (0.094%) HL7
11 1 (0.094%) ISO13485
11 1 (0.094%) SLA
System Software
1 80 (7.53%) Docker
2 11 (1.04%) vSphere
3 9 (0.85%) Firmware
4 8 (0.75%) Virtual Machines
5 6 (0.56%) Active Directory
5 6 (0.56%) iptables
5 6 (0.56%) OpenSSH
6 4 (0.38%) Apache Flume
6 4 (0.38%) HDFS
6 4 (0.38%) Shibboleth
7 2 (0.19%) etcd
8 1 (0.094%) GPFS
8 1 (0.094%) SRDF
8 1 (0.094%) Time Sharing Option
8 1 (0.094%) vCloud
8 1 (0.094%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 47 (4.43%) Puppet
2 26 (2.45%) Opscode Chef
3 16 (1.51%) Kubernetes
4 14 (1.32%) Ansible
5 7 (0.66%) Kibana
5 7 (0.66%) Mesos
6 5 (0.47%) OpenAM
7 4 (0.38%) Grafana
7 4 (0.38%) OpenSSO
7 4 (0.38%) Sun Identity Manager
8 3 (0.28%) HP Quality Center
8 3 (0.28%) logstash
9 2 (0.19%) Consul
9 2 (0.19%) Salt
9 2 (0.19%) SCCM
10 1 (0.094%) Cacti
10 1 (0.094%) Graphite
10 1 (0.094%) Munin
10 1 (0.094%) StatsD
10 1 (0.094%) Terraform
Vendors
1 74 (6.97%) Oracle
2 61 (5.74%) Microsoft
3 20 (1.88%) webMethods
4 19 (1.79%) IBM
5 16 (1.51%) Coverity
6 15 (1.41%) Red Hat
7 14 (1.32%) Google
8 11 (1.04%) Adobe
8 11 (1.04%) Cloudera
9 8 (0.75%) Atlassian
9 8 (0.75%) Cisco
10 7 (0.66%) DevExpress
10 7 (0.66%) HP
11 6 (0.56%) Serena
11 6 (0.56%) Sun
11 6 (0.56%) Syncfusion
12 5 (0.47%) Apigee
12 5 (0.47%) ForgeRock
12 5 (0.47%) Siemens
12 5 (0.47%) Sitecore
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
The One Group
Rate: £250 - 400 per day
Posted: 20 hours ago
Wilmslow, Cheshire
LA International
Posted: 13 hours ago
Oxford
Volt
Rate: £450.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 21 hours ago
London
Hays Finance Technology
Rate: £550.00 - £575.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Newport, Gwent
Digitech Resourcing Ltd
Rate: From £400 to £650 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Hayes, Middlesex
Software Personnel International Ltd
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
Weymouth, Dorset
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Avion Recruitment Solutions
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Wales
Avion Recruitment Solutions
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
West London
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Rate: £400.00 - £500.00 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
London
Nakama
Rate: Unspecified Market Rates
Posted: 19 hours ago
England
G2 Recruitment Solutions
Posted: 6 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Networking People
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Abingdon, Oxfordshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Gloucestershire
Informatiq Consulting
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 6 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Networkers
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Posted: 2 days ago
Gloucestershire
In Parallel Computer Staff Limited
Rate: From £43 to £45 per hour Dep on Exp
Posted: 6 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Interaction Recruitment PLC
Rate: £350 - 450 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Rate: Up to £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Reed Technology
Rate: £375 - £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Camberley
Spectrum IT
Rate: £40 - £42 per hour
Posted: 8 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £490 - £525 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
BBC Research & Development
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 16 days ago
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
Raytheon Systems Ltd
Rate: Competitive salary + benefits
Posted: 22 days ago
Peterborough
BGL Group
Rate: Competitive + Benefits + Bonus
Posted: 16 days ago
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
BGL Group
Rate: Competitive + Benefits
Posted: 22 days ago