The table below looks at the statistics for Software Engineering skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Software Engineering over the 3 months to 29 May 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
29 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Engineering
Rank 84 83 88
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +5
Contract jobs citing Software Engineering 1232 1195 1030
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 2.31% 2.26% 2.18%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.99% 3.00% 2.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 717 744 552
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 117 130 102
Average hourly rate £40.00 £39.25 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.91% +4.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.00 £30.95 £27.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.17 £43.88 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £39.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+1.26% +5.33%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Processes & Methodologies Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
41173 39816 35317
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 77.21% 75.21% 74.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 26232 25172 21131
Average daily rate £413 £400 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -3.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £365
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +2.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1182 1174 1060
Average hourly rate £29.00 £28.25 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.65% -11.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £12.77 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.81 £50.00 £49.52
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
- -6.25%

Software Engineering
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Software Engineering within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Software Engineering Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Software Engineering
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Software Engineering within the UK.

Software Engineering Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Software Engineering
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Engineering within the UK over the 3 months to 29 May 2015.

Software Engineering Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Software Engineering
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Software Engineering within the UK.

Software Engineering Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Software Engineering
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Engineering within the UK over the 3 months to 29 May 2015.

Software Engineering Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Software Engineering
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 Engineering within the UK over the 3 months to 29 May 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 -5 1101 £400 - 960
London -6 404 £465 +3.33% 329
South East +14 308 £338 -11.18% 208
South West +3 121 £375 +10.70% 100
Hampshire +9 102 £326 +0.30% 32
Yorkshire -17 90 £350 +8.52% 59
City of London -16 74 £475 -10.20% 85
West Yorkshire -24 69 £350 +7.69% 36
Scotland +11 58 £400 +14.28% 53
North West +17 57 £375 +15.38% 48
East of England -23 57 £348 +6.10% 113
Bristol +11 44 £413 +26.92% 41
Surrey -2 44 £363 -12.12% 43
Leeds -32 44 £395 +21.53% 20
Berkshire +15 40 £350 +3.70% 46
Oxfordshire +3 36 £425 +41.66% 40
Wales +15 35 £365 -8.75% 6
West Midlands -16 33 £319 +1.19% 46
South Wales +15 31 £365 -8.75% 5
Cambridgeshire -12 26 £370 +12.97% 68
Buckinghamshire +15 25 £381 -4.68% 11
Cambridge -8 24 £370 +13.84% 53
Somerset +25 23 £250 -25.92% 24
Cheshire +8 23 £375 -1.63% 13
Cardiff +24 22 £365 -8.75% 1
Edinburgh -5 22 £350 -16.66% 29
Gloucestershire -12 22 £384 -6.96% 10
Glasgow +12 20 £425 +50.44% 14
East Midlands +3 20 £338 +3.84% 39
Reading +7 18 £333 -21.76% 30

Software Engineering
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 May 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Software Engineering also 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 that cited Software Engineering.

1 1045 (41.88%) Agile Software Development
2 853 (34.19%) Java
3 628 (25.17%) Linux
4 573 (22.97%) TDD
5 534 (21.40%) JavaScript
6 527 (21.12%) C++
7 513 (20.56%) C#
8 510 (20.44%) HTML
9 494 (19.80%) SQL
10 457 (18.32%) C
11 434 (17.39%) OO
12 415 (16.63%) .NET
13 391 (15.67%) Scrum
14 349 (13.99%) Web Services
15 342 (13.71%) Continuous Integration
16 334 (13.39%) CSS
17 329 (13.19%) Security Cleared
18 318 (12.75%) UML
19 315 (12.63%) XML
20 312 (12.51%) Python
21 299 (11.98%) HTML5
22 296 (11.86%) Finance
22 296 (11.86%) Git (software)
23 293 (11.74%) Windows
24 289 (11.58%) Degree
25 288 (11.54%) Oracle
26 261 (10.46%) jQuery
27 253 (10.14%) UNIX
28 242 (9.70%) SQL Server
29 237 (9.50%) SDLC

Software Engineering
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 May 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Software Engineering also 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 that cited Software Engineering. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 131 (5.25%) Node.js
2 111 (4.45%) Apache
3 100 (4.01%) Tomcat
4 73 (2.93%) WebSphere
5 68 (2.73%) WebLogic
6 57 (2.28%) JBoss
7 51 (2.04%) SharePoint
8 36 (1.44%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 32 (1.28%) Elasticsearch
10 25 (1.00%) MQSeries
11 23 (0.92%) CMS
11 23 (0.92%) Confluence
12 22 (0.88%) nginx
13 20 (0.80%) Oracle Workflow
14 18 (0.72%) IIS
15 17 (0.68%) Apache Solr
16 16 (0.64%) SharePoint 2013
17 12 (0.48%) Jetty
17 12 (0.48%) WordPress
18 10 (0.40%) Adobe Experience Manager
Applications
1 82 (3.29%) MS Excel
2 37 (1.48%) MS Office
3 36 (1.44%) MS Visio
4 30 (1.20%) MS PowerPoint
5 25 (1.00%) Simulink
6 11 (0.44%) Doxygen
7 10 (0.40%) Spreadsheet
7 10 (0.40%) MS Project
8 8 (0.32%) Stateflow
9 6 (0.24%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 6 (0.24%) TargetLink
10 3 (0.12%) HipChat
11 2 (0.080%) Photoshop
12 1 (0.040%) FrameMaker
12 1 (0.040%) Adobe Illustrator
12 1 (0.040%) Maya
12 1 (0.040%) SPSS
12 1 (0.040%) OmniGraffle
Business Applications
1 21 (0.84%) Oracle EBS
2 10 (0.40%) Oracle BPM
3 8 (0.32%) Dynamics CRM
3 8 (0.32%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 7 (0.28%) Oracle 11i
5 6 (0.24%) Primavera
6 4 (0.16%) BASE24
7 3 (0.12%) SAP CRM
7 3 (0.12%) Dynamics AX
7 3 (0.12%) Oracle General Ledger
7 3 (0.12%) SAP ERP
8 2 (0.080%) AWD
8 2 (0.080%) Oracle Applications
9 1 (0.040%) MFGPRO
9 1 (0.040%) Dynamics NAV
9 1 (0.040%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 116 (4.65%) Amazon AWS
2 34 (1.36%) Amazon EC2
3 27 (1.08%) Microsoft Azure
4 24 (0.96%) SaaS
5 22 (0.88%) Amazon S3
6 17 (0.68%) Cloud Computing
7 15 (0.60%) Amazon SQS
8 11 (0.44%) AWS CloudFormation
9 10 (0.40%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 10 (0.40%) Amazon ElastiCache
10 7 (0.28%) Force.com
10 7 (0.28%) PaaS
10 7 (0.28%) GitHub
10 7 (0.28%) Route 53
10 7 (0.28%) Office 365
11 3 (0.12%) Google Analytics
11 3 (0.12%) Google Cloud Platform
11 3 (0.12%) IaaS
11 3 (0.12%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 2 (0.080%) Google Drive
Communications & Networking
1 109 (4.37%) HTTP
2 92 (3.69%) Internet
3 80 (3.21%) TCP/IP
4 34 (1.36%) Wi-Fi
5 31 (1.24%) Wireless
6 21 (0.84%) Ethernet
7 18 (0.72%) SAN
7 18 (0.72%) Bluetooth
7 18 (0.72%) SSL
8 17 (0.68%) 3G
8 17 (0.68%) DNS
9 16 (0.64%) LTE
9 16 (0.64%) GSM
9 16 (0.64%) 802.11
10 13 (0.52%) AMQP
10 13 (0.52%) Fibre Channel
11 12 (0.48%) SNMP
11 12 (0.48%) IPv6
11 12 (0.48%) Firewall
12 11 (0.44%) DVB
Database & Business Intelligence
1 242 (9.70%) SQL Server
2 158 (6.33%) MySQL
3 123 (4.93%) MongoDB
4 114 (4.57%) Relational Database
5 90 (3.61%) NoSQL
6 69 (2.77%) Oracle Database
7 65 (2.61%) Hadoop
8 61 (2.44%) Big Data
9 52 (2.08%) PostgreSQL
10 46 (1.84%) RDBMS
11 43 (1.72%) Data Warehouse
12 35 (1.40%) DB2
13 30 (1.20%) Apache Cassandra
14 29 (1.16%) CouchDB
14 29 (1.16%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 28 (1.12%) SQL Server 2008
16 24 (0.96%) Redis
17 22 (0.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
18 18 (0.72%) SQL Server 2012
19 16 (0.64%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 296 (11.86%) Git (software)
2 195 (7.82%) Subversion
3 150 (6.01%) Jenkins
4 124 (4.97%) JUnit
5 122 (4.89%) Visual Studio
6 121 (4.85%) Selenium
7 118 (4.73%) JIRA
8 93 (3.73%) Cucumber
9 87 (3.49%) Ant
10 75 (3.01%) Eclipse
11 67 (2.69%) Maven
12 65 (2.61%) ClearCase
13 61 (2.44%) NUnit
13 61 (2.44%) Grunt
14 57 (2.28%) Rational DOORS
15 54 (2.16%) Team Foundation Server
16 48 (1.92%) GoogleTest
17 36 (1.44%) WebDriver
18 35 (1.40%) CppUnit
19 32 (1.28%) Gradle
General
1 296 (11.86%) Finance
2 105 (4.21%) Banking
3 97 (3.89%) Telecoms
4 80 (3.21%) Electronics
5 60 (2.40%) Games
6 58 (2.32%) Investment Banking
7 51 (2.04%) Automotive
8 50 (2.00%) Marketing
9 49 (1.96%) Retail
10 43 (1.72%) Manufacturing
11 40 (1.60%) Front Office
11 40 (1.60%) Military
12 37 (1.48%) Aerospace
13 22 (0.88%) Legal
13 22 (0.88%) Publishing
14 17 (0.68%) Avionics
15 14 (0.56%) Financial Institution
16 10 (0.40%) Back Office
17 6 (0.24%) Billing
18 3 (0.12%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 1104 (44.25%) Developer
2 956 (38.32%) Software Engineer
3 295 (11.82%) Java Developer
4 160 (6.41%) Software Developer
5 129 (5.17%) Embedded Software Engineer
6 117 (4.69%) Senior Developer
7 113 (4.53%) Senior Software Engineer
8 103 (4.13%) Java Software Engineer
9 89 (3.57%) Architect
9 89 (3.57%) Analyst
10 87 (3.49%) C# Developer
10 87 (3.49%) .NET Developer
11 65 (2.61%) JavaScript Developer
12 64 (2.57%) Senior Java Developer
13 59 (2.36%) iOS Developer
14 55 (2.20%) C++ Developer
14 55 (2.20%) C++ Software Engineer
15 53 (2.12%) PHP Developer
16 52 (2.08%) Front-End Developer
17 50 (2.00%) C# .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 510 (20.44%) HTML
2 415 (16.63%) .NET
3 349 (13.99%) Web Services
4 334 (13.39%) CSS
5 315 (12.63%) XML
6 299 (11.98%) HTML5
7 261 (10.46%) jQuery
8 196 (7.86%) JSON
9 185 (7.41%) Spring
10 177 (7.09%) REST
11 157 (6.29%) ASP.NET
12 154 (6.17%) AngularJS
13 151 (6.05%) CSS3
13 151 (6.05%) RESTful
14 127 (5.09%) SOAP
15 120 (4.81%) J2EE
16 99 (3.97%) .NET Framework
17 83 (3.33%) WCF
18 79 (3.17%) Hibernate
19 74 (2.97%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 211 (8.46%) Analytical Skills
2 199 (7.98%) Computer Science
3 96 (3.85%) User Experience
4 91 (3.65%) Mobile App
5 68 (2.73%) Management Information System
6 59 (2.36%) Algorithms
7 56 (2.24%) Device Driver
8 49 (1.96%) Embedded Systems
8 49 (1.96%) Derivative
9 47 (1.88%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 37 (1.48%) Enterprise Software
11 35 (1.40%) Mathematics
12 30 (1.20%) Data Structures
13 27 (1.08%) Equities
14 25 (1.00%) STB
15 24 (0.96%) Equity Derivative
16 23 (0.92%) Physics
17 22 (0.88%) Visualisation
17 22 (0.88%) N-Tier
18 21 (0.84%) IPTV
Operating Systems
1 628 (25.17%) Linux
2 293 (11.74%) Windows
3 253 (10.14%) UNIX
4 138 (5.53%) Apple iOS
5 134 (5.37%) Android
6 41 (1.64%) Embedded Linux
7 40 (1.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 27 (1.08%) Mac OS X
9 26 (1.04%) CentOS
10 24 (0.96%) AIX
11 23 (0.92%) Windows CE
12 13 (0.52%) Mac OS
13 12 (0.48%) Windows Mobile
14 11 (0.44%) VxWorks
14 11 (0.44%) Windows 8
15 10 (0.40%) Windows 7
15 10 (0.40%) Solaris
16 9 (0.36%) Windows XP
17 8 (0.32%) Windows Server 2012
17 8 (0.32%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 1045 (41.88%) Agile Software Development
2 573 (22.97%) TDD
3 434 (17.39%) OO
4 391 (15.67%) Scrum
5 342 (13.71%) Continuous Integration
6 318 (12.75%) UML
7 237 (9.50%) SDLC
8 201 (8.06%) MVC
9 192 (7.70%) BDD
10 189 (7.58%) Unit Testing
11 187 (7.49%) Multithreading
12 170 (6.81%) Configuration Management
13 135 (5.41%) OOP
14 133 (5.33%) OOD
15 131 (5.25%) Project Management
16 126 (5.05%) SOA
17 125 (5.01%) Mentoring
18 107 (4.29%) Open Source
19 97 (3.89%) E-Commerce
20 96 (3.85%) Automated Testing
Programming Languages
1 853 (34.19%) Java
2 534 (21.40%) JavaScript
3 527 (21.12%) C++
4 513 (20.56%) C#
5 494 (19.80%) SQL
6 457 (18.32%) C
7 312 (12.51%) Python
8 171 (6.85%) Ruby
9 162 (6.49%) PHP
10 141 (5.65%) Embedded C
11 111 (4.45%) Perl
12 93 (3.73%) Scala
13 85 (3.41%) Objective-C
14 65 (2.61%) PL/SQL
15 64 (2.57%) Embedded C++
16 58 (2.32%) T-SQL
17 48 (1.92%) Bash Shell
18 37 (1.48%) VB.NET
19 36 (1.44%) Ada
19 36 (1.44%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 329 (13.19%) Security Cleared
2 289 (11.58%) Degree
3 212 (8.50%) SC Cleared
4 59 (2.36%) DV Cleared
5 35 (1.40%) ISEB
6 24 (0.96%) HND
7 22 (0.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 12 (0.48%) Microsoft Certification
9 11 (0.44%) PhD
10 10 (0.40%) ISTQB
11 7 (0.28%) Six Sigma Green Belt
12 5 (0.20%) PMP
12 5 (0.20%) PMI Certification
12 5 (0.20%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 4 (0.16%) JNCIP
13 4 (0.16%) CCNP
13 4 (0.16%) Cisco Certification
13 4 (0.16%) MCP
13 4 (0.16%) MCSE
14 3 (0.12%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 75 (3.01%) QA
2 25 (1.00%) DO-178B
3 8 (0.32%) ISO 9001
4 7 (0.28%) IEC 61508
5 4 (0.16%) EMIR
5 4 (0.16%) JTAG
5 4 (0.16%) WAI
5 4 (0.16%) TickIT
6 3 (0.12%) PCI DSS
7 2 (0.080%) SLA
8 1 (0.040%) ISO/IEC 15504 (SPICE)
8 1 (0.040%) ISO 9000
8 1 (0.040%) WCAG
8 1 (0.040%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.040%) ISO/IEC 14443
8 1 (0.040%) ISO/IEC 7816
8 1 (0.040%) BS25999
8 1 (0.040%) Data Quality
System Software
1 30 (1.20%) VMware Infrastructure
2 22 (0.88%) Docker
2 22 (0.88%) Firmware
3 9 (0.36%) GPFS
4 6 (0.24%) Oracle RAC
4 6 (0.24%) Active Directory
5 4 (0.16%) Apache Flume
5 4 (0.16%) GlusterFS
6 3 (0.12%) UAG
6 3 (0.12%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 3 (0.12%) VirtualBox
7 2 (0.080%) Ceph
7 2 (0.080%) Varnish
7 2 (0.080%) Hyper-V
8 1 (0.040%) NFS
8 1 (0.040%) Snort
8 1 (0.040%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.040%) HDFS
8 1 (0.040%) iptables
Systems Management
1 86 (3.45%) Puppet
2 48 (1.92%) Opscode Chef
3 29 (1.16%) Ansible
4 24 (0.96%) Vagrant
4 24 (0.96%) Nagios
5 17 (0.68%) Zenoss
6 13 (0.52%) Graphite
7 11 (0.44%) Tivoli
7 11 (0.44%) Salt
8 9 (0.36%) CFEngine
8 9 (0.36%) Kibana
9 7 (0.28%) HAProxy
10 5 (0.20%) Oracle Identity Management
11 4 (0.16%) logstash
11 4 (0.16%) ZABBIX
12 3 (0.12%) OpenView Configuration Management
12 3 (0.12%) SCCM
12 3 (0.12%) Rundeck
13 2 (0.080%) StatsD
13 2 (0.080%) Graylog
Vendors
1 288 (11.54%) Oracle
2 209 (8.38%) Microsoft
3 61 (2.44%) VMware
4 45 (1.80%) IBM
5 37 (1.48%) Google
6 34 (1.36%) Zend
7 31 (1.24%) Sybase
8 28 (1.12%) Adobe
9 27 (1.08%) Red Hat
10 24 (0.96%) Talend
10 24 (0.96%) HP
10 24 (0.96%) Serena
11 23 (0.92%) Atlassian
12 21 (0.84%) Apple
12 21 (0.84%) Splunk
13 20 (0.80%) Salesforce.com
14 16 (0.64%) SAP
15 14 (0.56%) Veritas
16 12 (0.48%) Facebook
16 12 (0.48%) Perforce
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