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 26 January 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
26 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Engineering
Rank 81 89 85
Rank change year-on-year
+8 -4
Contract jobs citing Software Engineering 1128 1023 1009
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 2.22% 2.10% 2.22%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.95% 2.83% 3.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 696 602 489
Average daily rate
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£390 £375 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.00% -6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £283 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £325 £350
% change year-on-year
+11.53% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 119 133 166
Average hourly rate £39.00 £36.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% -4.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.40 £21.00 £32.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.05 £42.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.00 £36.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -4.00%

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
38219 36146 32687
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 75.29% 74.26% 71.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 24558 22025 19397
Average daily rate £423 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.62% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £271 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £398 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.00% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1002 1117 1319
Average hourly rate £25.00 £26.50 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.66% -11.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.25 £27.00 £31.50
% change year-on-year
-6.48% -14.28%

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 26 January 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 26 January 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 26 January 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 1045 £400 +6.66% 977
London +2 386 £425 - 264
South East 0 257 £350 - 228
South West +20 102 £438 +34.61% 103
North West +5 95 £350 - 71
Hampshire -3 86 £350 -1.40% 58
East of England -1 84 £488 +25.80% 181
City of London -12 55 £450 -12.19% 56
Yorkshire -13 50 £353 +17.50% 47
Surrey -5 44 £338 +3.84% 54
West Yorkshire -19 44 £355 +18.33% 33
Manchester 0 43 £340 -7.79% 46
Bristol +21 42 £419 +15.51% 25
Oxfordshire -3 36 £518 +78.44% 35
West Midlands -4 36 £325 +8.33% 30
Cambridgeshire -21 31 £350 -1.06% 121
Leeds -28 29 £363 +20.83% 22
Scotland +3 28 £375 -6.25% 37
Oxford +3 26 £518 +41.78% 13
Hertfordshire +21 25 £475 +18.75% 31
Lancashire +3 23 £400 +45.45% 3
Berkshire -11 23 £350 -9.67% 34
Gloucestershire -1 22 £680 +37.37% 26
Wales +1 21 £369 -1.66% 16
Cambridge -13 21 £340 -2.85% 106
Buckinghamshire -19 21 £425 - 14
South Wales +4 18 £369 -1.66% 13
East Midlands +4 17 £360 +5.88% 40
Cheshire -9 16 £385 +18.46% 12
East Sussex +10 15 £325 - 6

Software Engineering
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 January 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 1003 (43.68%) Agile Software Development
2 827 (36.02%) Java
3 605 (26.35%) Linux
4 511 (22.26%) TDD
5 497 (21.65%) JavaScript
6 493 (21.47%) SQL
7 480 (20.91%) C++
8 443 (19.29%) C#
9 434 (18.90%) HTML
10 431 (18.77%) C
11 398 (17.33%) OO
12 383 (16.68%) Continuous Integration
13 379 (16.51%) .NET
13 379 (16.51%) Scrum
14 371 (16.16%) Degree
15 362 (15.77%) Python
16 331 (14.42%) XML
17 315 (13.72%) Oracle
18 310 (13.50%) Web Services
19 299 (13.02%) CSS
20 284 (12.37%) UNIX
21 263 (11.45%) Windows
22 261 (11.37%) UML
23 255 (11.11%) Git (software)
24 248 (10.80%) Finance
25 245 (10.67%) Computer Science
26 243 (10.58%) Security Cleared
27 236 (10.28%) HTML5
28 233 (10.15%) jQuery
29 218 (9.49%) PHP

Software Engineering
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 26 January 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
1 125 (5.44%) Apache
2 115 (5.01%) Node.js
3 84 (3.66%) Tomcat
4 79 (3.44%) WebLogic
5 70 (3.05%) WebSphere
6 47 (2.05%) JBoss
6 47 (2.05%) SharePoint
7 44 (1.92%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 32 (1.39%) CMS
9 25 (1.09%) IIS
10 24 (1.05%) Apache Solr
11 17 (0.74%) Confluence
11 17 (0.74%) SAS
12 15 (0.65%) WebSphere Application Server
12 15 (0.65%) SharePoint 2010
12 15 (0.65%) Umbraco
13 14 (0.61%) Elasticsearch
14 13 (0.57%) MQSeries
15 12 (0.52%) ArcGIS
16 11 (0.48%) WebSphere Process Server
Applications
1 97 (4.22%) MS Excel
2 43 (1.87%) MS Office
3 40 (1.74%) MS Visio
4 25 (1.09%) MS PowerPoint
5 13 (0.57%) Photoshop
6 12 (0.52%) Spreadsheet
7 10 (0.44%) MS Project
7 10 (0.44%) Simulink
7 10 (0.44%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 7 (0.30%) Adobe Illustrator
9 6 (0.26%) Doxygen
10 5 (0.22%) Stateflow
11 2 (0.087%) Final Cut Pro
11 2 (0.087%) TargetLink
11 2 (0.087%) PowerPivot
12 1 (0.044%) OmniGraffle
12 1 (0.044%) InfoPath
12 1 (0.044%) S-PLUS
12 1 (0.044%) Maya
12 1 (0.044%) 3ds Max
Business Applications
1 30 (1.31%) Oracle EBS
2 19 (0.83%) Dynamics CRM
3 17 (0.74%) Oracle BPM
4 16 (0.70%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 7 (0.30%) SAP CRM
5 7 (0.30%) Cognos Business Intelligence
6 2 (0.087%) SAP ERP
6 2 (0.087%) Google Analytics
6 2 (0.087%) BASE24
6 2 (0.087%) LabWindows
6 2 (0.087%) Cognos TM1
6 2 (0.087%) ResourceLink
6 2 (0.087%) Magento
7 1 (0.044%) Shopify
7 1 (0.044%) Oracle Payables
7 1 (0.044%) assyst
7 1 (0.044%) Summit
7 1 (0.044%) Oracle General Ledger
7 1 (0.044%) Oracle EBS R12
7 1 (0.044%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 52 (2.26%) Amazon AWS
2 26 (1.13%) Amazon EC2
3 19 (0.83%) SaaS
3 19 (0.83%) GitHub
4 17 (0.74%) Amazon S3
4 17 (0.74%) Cloud Computing
5 16 (0.70%) Microsoft Azure
6 14 (0.61%) PaaS
6 14 (0.61%) IaaS
7 9 (0.39%) Amazon SQS
8 6 (0.26%) ElastiCache
8 6 (0.26%) Amazon ElastiCache
9 3 (0.13%) Route 53
10 2 (0.087%) Office 365
10 2 (0.087%) Heroku
11 1 (0.044%) Force.com
11 1 (0.044%) Google Apps
11 1 (0.044%) Amazon ELB
Communications & Networking
1 119 (5.18%) HTTP
2 73 (3.18%) TCP/IP
3 61 (2.66%) Internet
4 44 (1.92%) SSL
5 35 (1.52%) Ethernet
6 26 (1.13%) Firewall
7 25 (1.09%) Bluetooth
8 24 (1.05%) Wireless
9 20 (0.87%) DVB
10 19 (0.83%) AMQP
11 18 (0.78%) Wireshark
11 18 (0.78%) DNS
12 16 (0.70%) MPLS
13 15 (0.65%) SAN
13 15 (0.65%) Wi-Fi
14 13 (0.57%) ZigBee
14 13 (0.57%) Network Security
14 13 (0.57%) 3G
15 11 (0.48%) NAS
16 10 (0.44%) LTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 201 (8.75%) SQL Server
2 171 (7.45%) MySQL
3 112 (4.88%) MongoDB
4 99 (4.31%) NoSQL
5 88 (3.83%) Relational Database
6 85 (3.70%) PostgreSQL
7 69 (3.01%) Oracle Database
8 57 (2.48%) Big Data
9 55 (2.40%) Hadoop
10 42 (1.83%) Apache Cassandra
11 33 (1.44%) RDBMS
12 31 (1.35%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 28 (1.22%) Data Warehouse
14 26 (1.13%) CouchDB
15 25 (1.09%) Oracle Database 11g
16 24 (1.05%) SQL Server 2008
17 22 (0.96%) Riak
18 21 (0.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
18 21 (0.91%) DB2
19 20 (0.87%) Ingres
Development Applications
1 255 (11.11%) Git (software)
2 188 (8.19%) Subversion
3 164 (7.14%) Jenkins
4 99 (4.31%) Selenium
5 93 (4.05%) JUnit
6 92 (4.01%) Cucumber
7 85 (3.70%) JIRA
8 82 (3.57%) Visual Studio
9 80 (3.48%) Ant
10 78 (3.40%) Maven
11 73 (3.18%) ClearCase
12 70 (3.05%) Eclipse
13 65 (2.83%) Team Foundation Server
14 59 (2.57%) NUnit
15 51 (2.22%) GoogleTest
15 51 (2.22%) Grunt
16 46 (2.00%) PHPUnit
17 44 (1.92%) Rational DOORS
18 42 (1.83%) CppUnit
19 36 (1.57%) CruiseControl
General
1 248 (10.80%) Finance
2 106 (4.62%) Telecoms
3 94 (4.09%) Banking
4 86 (3.75%) Electronics
5 49 (2.13%) Aerospace
6 46 (2.00%) Automotive
7 44 (1.92%) Investment Banking
7 44 (1.92%) Marketing
8 41 (1.79%) Publishing
9 31 (1.35%) Games
9 31 (1.35%) Retail
10 29 (1.26%) Front Office
11 28 (1.22%) Manufacturing
12 23 (1.00%) Avionics
13 21 (0.91%) Military
14 15 (0.65%) Legal
15 12 (0.52%) Billing
16 11 (0.48%) Advertising
17 7 (0.30%) Back Office
18 5 (0.22%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 996 (43.38%) Developer
2 836 (36.41%) Software Engineer
3 226 (9.84%) Java Developer
4 132 (5.75%) Software Developer
5 113 (4.92%) Embedded Software Engineer
6 97 (4.22%) Senior Software Engineer
7 89 (3.88%) Senior Developer
8 87 (3.79%) Analyst
8 87 (3.79%) .NET Developer
9 80 (3.48%) Architect
10 78 (3.40%) Java Software Engineer
11 71 (3.09%) C++ Developer
12 64 (2.79%) PHP Developer
13 63 (2.74%) Web Developer
14 52 (2.26%) JavaScript Developer
15 51 (2.22%) Programmer
15 51 (2.22%) Front-End Developer
16 49 (2.13%) DevOps Engineer
17 47 (2.05%) C# Developer
18 46 (2.00%) iOS Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 434 (18.90%) HTML
2 379 (16.51%) .NET
3 331 (14.42%) XML
4 310 (13.50%) Web Services
5 299 (13.02%) CSS
6 236 (10.28%) HTML5
7 233 (10.15%) jQuery
8 163 (7.10%) Spring
9 160 (6.97%) JSON
10 154 (6.71%) REST
11 125 (5.44%) CSS3
12 121 (5.27%) ASP.NET
13 120 (5.23%) AngularJS
14 119 (5.18%) SOAP
15 97 (4.22%) Hibernate
16 96 (4.18%) RESTful
17 91 (3.96%) J2EE
18 87 (3.79%) Backbone.js
19 86 (3.75%) .NET Framework
20 81 (3.53%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 245 (10.67%) Computer Science
2 206 (8.97%) Analytical Skills
3 107 (4.66%) Open Source
4 95 (4.14%) User Experience
5 68 (2.96%) Management Information System
6 66 (2.87%) Algorithms
7 62 (2.70%) Mobile App
8 54 (2.35%) Mathematics
9 51 (2.22%) Digital Media
10 47 (2.05%) Embedded Systems
10 47 (2.05%) Device Driver
11 44 (1.92%) Enterprise Software
12 40 (1.74%) DTV
13 36 (1.57%) Derivative
14 34 (1.48%) Data Integration
15 28 (1.22%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
16 27 (1.18%) Physics
17 25 (1.09%) Data Structures
18 21 (0.91%) Inversion of Control
19 20 (0.87%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 605 (26.35%) Linux
2 284 (12.37%) UNIX
3 263 (11.45%) Windows
4 108 (4.70%) Android
5 102 (4.44%) Apple iOS
6 56 (2.44%) CentOS
7 42 (1.83%) Embedded Linux
8 39 (1.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 25 (1.09%) Ubuntu
10 21 (0.91%) Mac OS X
11 17 (0.74%) VxWorks
12 16 (0.70%) Debian
13 13 (0.57%) Windows Phone
14 12 (0.52%) AIX
15 11 (0.48%) Windows Server 2008
16 10 (0.44%) Windows Mobile
17 9 (0.39%) Oracle Linux
17 9 (0.39%) Windows XP
18 8 (0.35%) Mac OS
18 8 (0.35%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 1003 (43.68%) Agile Software Development
2 511 (22.26%) TDD
3 398 (17.33%) OO
4 383 (16.68%) Continuous Integration
5 379 (16.51%) Scrum
6 261 (11.37%) UML
7 214 (9.32%) MVC
8 184 (8.01%) BDD
9 156 (6.79%) Configuration Management
10 143 (6.23%) Project Management
11 142 (6.18%) Unit Testing
12 139 (6.05%) Refactoring
13 133 (5.79%) Test Automation
13 133 (5.79%) Mentoring
14 132 (5.75%) SOA
15 120 (5.23%) Multithreading
16 118 (5.14%) OOP
17 112 (4.88%) OOD
18 104 (4.53%) DevOps
19 95 (4.14%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 827 (36.02%) Java
2 497 (21.65%) JavaScript
3 493 (21.47%) SQL
4 480 (20.91%) C++
5 443 (19.29%) C#
6 431 (18.77%) C
7 362 (15.77%) Python
8 218 (9.49%) PHP
9 194 (8.45%) Ruby
10 121 (5.27%) Embedded C
11 115 (5.01%) Perl
12 64 (2.79%) PL/SQL
13 62 (2.70%) Shell Script
14 59 (2.57%) Scala
15 54 (2.35%) Bash Shell
16 51 (2.22%) Embedded C++
17 45 (1.96%) Objective-C
18 41 (1.79%) VB.NET
19 40 (1.74%) T-SQL
20 39 (1.70%) XPath
Qualifications
1 371 (16.16%) Degree
2 243 (10.58%) Security Cleared
3 144 (6.27%) SC Cleared
4 61 (2.66%) DV Cleared
5 39 (1.70%) ISEB
6 27 (1.18%) HND
7 26 (1.13%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 15 (0.65%) ISTQB
8 15 (0.65%) Microsoft Certification
9 10 (0.44%) PhD
10 8 (0.35%) Cisco Certification
10 8 (0.35%) BC Cleared
11 7 (0.30%) Six Sigma Green Belt
12 6 (0.26%) Chartered Engineer
12 6 (0.26%) MCTS
13 4 (0.17%) JNCIP
13 4 (0.17%) CCNP
13 4 (0.17%) CCNA
14 3 (0.13%) Oracle Certification
14 3 (0.13%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 117 (5.10%) QA
2 26 (1.13%) DO-178B
3 11 (0.48%) ISO 9001
4 4 (0.17%) TickIT
4 4 (0.17%) ISO 9000
4 4 (0.17%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.13%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.087%) DICOM
7 1 (0.044%) BS25999
7 1 (0.044%) SLA
7 1 (0.044%) ISO/IEC 15504 (SPICE)
7 1 (0.044%) ISO 8583
7 1 (0.044%) WAI
7 1 (0.044%) JTAG
7 1 (0.044%) ISO/IEC 14443
7 1 (0.044%) IEC 61508
System Software
1 25 (1.09%) Firmware
2 24 (1.05%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (0.74%) Docker
4 12 (0.52%) Oracle RAC
5 7 (0.30%) Xen
6 6 (0.26%) Active Directory
7 5 (0.22%) Varnish
7 5 (0.22%) Apache ZooKeeper
8 4 (0.17%) vSphere
9 3 (0.13%) VMware ESXi
10 2 (0.087%) Hyper-V
10 2 (0.087%) Oracle RMAN
10 2 (0.087%) vCloud
10 2 (0.087%) Apache Flume
11 1 (0.044%) UAG
11 1 (0.044%) HDFS
11 1 (0.044%) GPFS
11 1 (0.044%) LXC
11 1 (0.044%) Microsoft App-V
11 1 (0.044%) NFS
Systems Management
1 93 (4.05%) Puppet
2 56 (2.44%) Opscode Chef
3 36 (1.57%) Ansible
3 36 (1.57%) Nagios
4 21 (0.91%) Graphite
5 19 (0.83%) Vagrant
6 16 (0.70%) Oracle Identity Management
7 15 (0.65%) CFEngine
8 10 (0.44%) Salt
9 7 (0.30%) HP Quality Center
10 6 (0.26%) Mesos
10 6 (0.26%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
11 4 (0.17%) Tivoli
11 4 (0.17%) FortiGate
12 3 (0.13%) yum
12 3 (0.13%) Capistrano
12 3 (0.13%) WSUS
12 3 (0.13%) ZABBIX
12 3 (0.13%) Zenoss
13 2 (0.087%) logstash
Vendors
1 315 (13.72%) Oracle
2 173 (7.53%) Microsoft
3 71 (3.09%) Zend
4 51 (2.22%) IBM
5 41 (1.79%) Red Hat
6 37 (1.61%) SAP
6 37 (1.61%) Google
7 35 (1.52%) VMware
8 27 (1.18%) Salesforce.com
9 24 (1.05%) Adobe
10 23 (1.00%) Splunk
11 15 (0.65%) SaltStack
12 14 (0.61%) HP
12 14 (0.61%) Cisco
13 13 (0.57%) Sybase
14 12 (0.52%) Cognos
14 12 (0.52%) Sun
14 12 (0.52%) Talend
14 12 (0.52%) Atlassian
15 11 (0.48%) Rackspace
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Rate: £250 - £340 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
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Rate: £300 - £350 per annum
Posted: 17 hours ago
Dorset
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Rate: Unspecified Neg
Posted: 2 days ago
Crewe, Cheshire
Pari Passu
Rate: Rates Negotiable
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Engage PSG
Rate: £200 - £275 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Computer People
Rate: £400.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Computer People
Rate: £400.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day Market Rate
Posted: 2 days ago
Hampshire
Square One Resources
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 2 days ago
Hampshire
Advanced Resource Managers
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 2 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Blue Glue
Rate: From £400 to £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Chelmsford, Essex
Cooper Lomaz Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £40 - 45 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £500.00 - £600.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
West Midlands
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Rate: From £300 to £350 per day
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Gloucestershire
In Parallel Computer Staff Limited
Rate: From £39 to £42 per hour + Dep On Exp
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London
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West London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £300.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Stafford-Sharp Associates
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Gosport, Hampshire
LA International
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