The first table below looks at the demand 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 28 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category.

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
28 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Engineering
Rank 89 89 93
Rank change year-on-year
0 +4
Contract jobs citing Software Engineering 1157 1087 1128
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 2.12% 2.13% 1.95%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.86% 2.92% 2.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 762 618 504
Average daily rate
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£375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £253 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 81 98 225
Average hourly rate £39.50 £37.50 £39.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.33% -3.84%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.97 £30.00 £32.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.75 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £39.00
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -3.84%
Processes & Methodologies Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
40489 37285 40846
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.06% 72.95% 70.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 25068 22600 23485
Average daily rate £400 £405 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.23% +1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £270 £268
10% offered a daily rate of more than £560 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1169 1070 1445
Average hourly rate £24.50 £30.00 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-18.33% -3.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.28
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.00 £48.84 £46.70
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £31.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-14.51% -3.12%

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 28 July 2014.

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 28 July 2014.

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 28 July 2014. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 1059 £375 - 808
London +20 495 £425 +6.25% 279
South East -21 201 £350 -0.70% 150
South West +26 112 £350 +5.66% 73
City of London -1 111 £500 +24.37% 73
Hampshire -8 88 £328 -18.12% 44
East of England -32 79 £350 +6.06% 126
Yorkshire +1 72 £325 +8.33% 54
West Yorkshire -1 64 £325 +8.33% 35
Leeds -3 52 £325 +8.33% 25
Scotland -4 50 £315 -21.25% 49
Bristol +17 47 £350 +9.37% 20
Cambridgeshire -16 40 £375 +3.44% 86
North West -22 38 £350 +10.23% 38
Cambridge -1 33 £369 +18.95% 74
Southampton +8 32 £328 -6.42% 18
Berkshire +13 28 £300 +9.09% 30
Gloucestershire +9 28 £340 - 8
West Midlands -18 27 £275 -8.33% 30
Surrey -27 27 £350 +7.69% 22
Wales -5 26 £300 -7.69% 15
South Wales -8 21 £300 -22.58% 7
Edinburgh -9 21 £315 -1.56% 19
Middlesex +6 20 £356 +14.91% 3
Manchester +3 18 £338 -11.18% 22
East Midlands -7 18 £325 -7.14% 52
Cardiff +5 16 £300 -7.69% 4
Reading +21 15 £400 - 11
Somerset -15 14 £290 -10.76% 13
Cheshire -6 13 £381 +1.66% 9

Software Engineering
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 July 2014, 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.

1 741 (32.02%) Java
2 552 (23.85%) Agile Software Development
3 536 (23.16%) Linux
4 494 (21.35%) C#
5 474 (20.48%) C++
6 469 (20.27%) Scrum
7 445 (19.23%) OO
8 434 (18.76%) .NET
9 428 (18.50%) SQL
9 428 (18.50%) TDD
10 412 (17.80%) JavaScript
11 388 (16.77%) C
12 343 (14.82%) HTML
13 340 (14.69%) Degree
14 331 (14.30%) Web Services
15 276 (11.93%) CSS
16 275 (11.88%) Windows
17 273 (11.80%) Python
18 255 (11.02%) Oracle
19 254 (10.98%) SQL Server
20 250 (10.80%) Computer Science
20 250 (10.80%) Continuous Integration
21 233 (10.07%) Finance
22 228 (9.85%) XML
23 224 (9.68%) MVC
24 217 (9.38%) UML
24 217 (9.38%) Security Cleared
25 195 (8.43%) UNIX
26 191 (8.25%) Git (software)
26 191 (8.25%) jQuery

Software Engineering
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 July 2014, 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 92 (3.98%) Tomcat
2 86 (3.72%) Apache
3 60 (2.59%) Node.js
4 44 (1.90%) SharePoint
5 42 (1.82%) CMS
6 41 (1.77%) WebSphere
7 32 (1.38%) WebLogic
8 31 (1.34%) IIS
9 23 (0.99%) Elasticsearch
10 16 (0.69%) Confluence
10 16 (0.69%) Oracle Coherence
11 13 (0.56%) SAS
12 12 (0.52%) BizTalk Server
12 12 (0.52%) Mule
13 11 (0.48%) Sitecore CMS
13 11 (0.48%) SharePoint 2010
14 9 (0.39%) WebSphere Application Server
14 9 (0.39%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 9 (0.39%) Drupal
15 8 (0.35%) Jetty
Applications
1 86 (3.72%) MS Excel
2 28 (1.21%) MS Office
3 24 (1.04%) MS Visio
4 23 (0.99%) Simulink
5 15 (0.65%) MS Project
6 12 (0.52%) MS PowerPoint
7 10 (0.43%) Photoshop
7 10 (0.43%) Adobe Illustrator
8 4 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
9 3 (0.13%) InfoPath
10 2 (0.086%) Final Cut Pro
11 1 (0.043%) TargetLink
11 1 (0.043%) PowerPivot
11 1 (0.043%) OmniGraffle
11 1 (0.043%) Doxygen
11 1 (0.043%) Stateflow
11 1 (0.043%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 22 (0.95%) Dynamics AX
2 10 (0.43%) Markit EDM
2 10 (0.43%) RMDS
3 8 (0.35%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 5 (0.22%) Dynamics CRM
4 5 (0.22%) TRIRIGA
4 5 (0.22%) BASE24
4 5 (0.22%) Oracle BPM
5 3 (0.13%) Oracle EBS
5 3 (0.13%) Oracle EBS R12
5 3 (0.13%) Magento
6 2 (0.086%) ION MarketView
6 2 (0.086%) SAP ERP
6 2 (0.086%) Tridion
6 2 (0.086%) BusinessWorks
7 1 (0.043%) Oracle 11i
7 1 (0.043%) Summit
7 1 (0.043%) Cognos TM1
Cloud Services
1 72 (3.11%) Amazon AWS
2 34 (1.47%) Amazon EC2
3 32 (1.38%) Microsoft Azure
4 23 (0.99%) Cloud Computing
5 20 (0.86%) SaaS
6 17 (0.73%) Amazon S3
7 11 (0.48%) Office 365
7 11 (0.48%) Amazon ELB
8 10 (0.43%) GitHub
9 7 (0.30%) IaaS
9 7 (0.30%) Amazon SQS
9 7 (0.30%) PaaS
10 5 (0.22%) Heroku
10 5 (0.22%) Google App Engine
11 4 (0.17%) Google Compute Engine
12 3 (0.13%) ElastiCache
13 2 (0.086%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 90 (3.89%) HTTP
2 71 (3.07%) TCP/IP
3 67 (2.90%) Internet
4 26 (1.12%) DNS
5 25 (1.08%) DVB
6 22 (0.95%) Wireless
7 21 (0.91%) LTE
8 18 (0.78%) SSL
9 17 (0.73%) Firewall
10 16 (0.69%) Intranet
10 16 (0.69%) GSM
11 13 (0.56%) Ethernet
12 11 (0.48%) 3G
12 11 (0.48%) GPRS
13 10 (0.43%) 3GPP
13 10 (0.43%) ATM
13 10 (0.43%) Network Security
13 10 (0.43%) AMQP
14 9 (0.39%) 4G
14 9 (0.39%) RTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 254 (10.98%) SQL Server
2 130 (5.62%) MySQL
3 103 (4.45%) MongoDB
4 87 (3.76%) NoSQL
5 84 (3.63%) Relational Database
6 71 (3.07%) SQL Server 2008
7 63 (2.72%) Oracle Database
8 43 (1.86%) Big Data
9 42 (1.82%) PostgreSQL
10 36 (1.56%) Apache Cassandra
11 35 (1.51%) Data Warehouse
12 34 (1.47%) Hadoop
13 32 (1.38%) RDBMS
14 31 (1.34%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 27 (1.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 23 (0.99%) DB2
17 22 (0.95%) SQL Server 2005
18 19 (0.82%) Oracle Database 11g
19 18 (0.78%) Redis
20 17 (0.73%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 191 (8.25%) Git (software)
2 134 (5.79%) Visual Studio
3 123 (5.32%) Subversion
4 101 (4.36%) Jenkins
5 96 (4.15%) Cucumber
6 86 (3.72%) JUnit
7 82 (3.54%) Maven
8 80 (3.46%) Team Foundation Server
9 67 (2.90%) ClearCase
9 67 (2.90%) Eclipse
10 63 (2.72%) Selenium
11 56 (2.42%) JIRA
11 56 (2.42%) Rational DOORS
12 53 (2.29%) NUnit
13 38 (1.64%) Rational Rhapsody
14 28 (1.21%) TeamCity
14 28 (1.21%) Ant
15 25 (1.08%) Mockito
16 24 (1.04%) SpecFlow
17 23 (0.99%) Hudson
General
1 233 (10.07%) Finance
2 132 (5.70%) Banking
3 96 (4.15%) Electronics
4 95 (4.11%) Front Office
5 91 (3.93%) Telecoms
6 82 (3.54%) Investment Banking
7 40 (1.73%) Automotive
8 38 (1.64%) Military
9 37 (1.60%) Marketing
10 36 (1.56%) Games
10 36 (1.56%) Manufacturing
11 35 (1.51%) Retail
12 27 (1.17%) Legal
13 26 (1.12%) Back Office
14 24 (1.04%) Avionics
15 22 (0.95%) Aerospace
16 21 (0.91%) Publishing
17 15 (0.65%) Financial Institution
18 13 (0.56%) Advertising
19 12 (0.52%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 1031 (44.55%) Software Engineer
2 1019 (44.04%) Developer
3 216 (9.33%) Java Developer
4 145 (6.27%) Senior Software Engineer
5 129 (5.57%) Software Developer
6 120 (5.19%) .NET Developer
7 118 (5.10%) Embedded Software Engineer
8 104 (4.49%) C# Developer
9 78 (3.37%) Analyst
10 74 (3.20%) Java Software Engineer
11 73 (3.15%) Senior Developer
12 70 (3.03%) C++ Software Engineer
13 68 (2.94%) C++ Developer
14 67 (2.90%) Programmer
15 65 (2.81%) Python Developer
16 63 (2.72%) Architect
17 62 (2.68%) PHP Developer
18 61 (2.64%) Web Developer
19 49 (2.12%) C# .NET Developer
20 45 (1.94%) .NET Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 434 (18.76%) .NET
2 343 (14.82%) HTML
3 331 (14.30%) Web Services
4 276 (11.93%) CSS
5 228 (9.85%) XML
6 191 (8.25%) jQuery
7 181 (7.82%) Spring
8 162 (7.00%) ASP.NET
9 143 (6.18%) HTML5
10 140 (6.05%) REST
11 130 (5.62%) .NET Framework
12 119 (5.14%) WCF
13 110 (4.75%) WPF
14 107 (4.62%) SOAP
15 100 (4.32%) Hibernate
16 96 (4.15%) JSON
17 83 (3.59%) RESTful
18 80 (3.46%) J2EE
19 79 (3.41%) Ajax
19 79 (3.41%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 250 (10.80%) Computer Science
2 116 (5.01%) Open Source
3 94 (4.06%) Embedded Systems
4 75 (3.24%) Mobile App
5 69 (2.98%) Derivative
6 66 (2.85%) Enterprise Software
7 57 (2.46%) DTV
7 57 (2.46%) Device Driver
8 51 (2.20%) Mathematics
9 45 (1.94%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 35 (1.51%) Client/Server
11 31 (1.34%) Management Information System
11 31 (1.34%) STB
12 30 (1.30%) Equities
13 28 (1.21%) Equity Derivative
13 28 (1.21%) Fixed Income
14 24 (1.04%) Streaming Video
14 24 (1.04%) iPad
15 23 (0.99%) Physics
16 21 (0.91%) Firmware
Operating Systems
1 536 (23.16%) Linux
2 275 (11.88%) Windows
3 195 (8.43%) UNIX
4 118 (5.10%) Android
5 104 (4.49%) Apple iOS
6 53 (2.29%) Embedded Linux
7 26 (1.12%) Windows Server 2012
8 20 (0.86%) CentOS
9 17 (0.73%) Windows Server 2008
10 15 (0.65%) Solaris
11 14 (0.61%) Windows CE
12 13 (0.56%) Mac OS X
13 10 (0.43%) VxWorks
13 10 (0.43%) Windows 7
14 9 (0.39%) Debian
15 8 (0.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 7 (0.30%) Ubuntu
17 6 (0.26%) Mac OS
17 6 (0.26%) Fedora
17 6 (0.26%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 552 (23.85%) Agile Software Development
2 469 (20.27%) Scrum
3 445 (19.23%) OO
4 428 (18.50%) TDD
5 250 (10.80%) Continuous Integration
6 224 (9.68%) MVC
7 217 (9.38%) UML
8 188 (8.12%) BDD
9 162 (7.00%) Unit Testing
10 133 (5.75%) Multithreading
11 121 (5.23%) Configuration Management
12 116 (5.01%) OOD
13 105 (4.54%) Web Development
14 103 (4.45%) OOP
15 102 (4.41%) Project Management
16 96 (4.15%) DevOps
17 94 (4.06%) E-Commerce
18 90 (3.89%) Validation
19 83 (3.59%) Test Automation
20 78 (3.37%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 741 (32.02%) Java
2 494 (21.35%) C#
3 474 (20.48%) C++
4 428 (18.50%) SQL
5 412 (17.80%) JavaScript
6 388 (16.77%) C
7 273 (11.80%) Python
8 188 (8.12%) PHP
9 168 (7.26%) Ruby
10 113 (4.88%) Embedded C
11 107 (4.62%) Perl
12 76 (3.28%) Scala
13 54 (2.33%) MATLAB
14 50 (2.16%) Objective-C
15 45 (1.94%) VB.NET
16 41 (1.77%) Shell Script
17 40 (1.73%) VB
17 40 (1.73%) PL/SQL
18 35 (1.51%) Embedded C++
19 34 (1.47%) PHP5
Qualifications
1 340 (14.69%) Degree
2 217 (9.38%) Security Cleared
3 150 (6.48%) SC Cleared
4 29 (1.25%) DV Cleared
5 24 (1.04%) ISEB
6 21 (0.91%) ISTQB
7 14 (0.61%) PhD
7 14 (0.61%) Microsoft Certification
8 12 (0.52%) HND
9 10 (0.43%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 9 (0.39%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 6 (0.26%) Chartered Engineer
12 5 (0.22%) MCTS
13 4 (0.17%) PMI Certification
13 4 (0.17%) MCP
13 4 (0.17%) MCSE
13 4 (0.17%) Six Sigma Green Belt
14 3 (0.13%) APMP
14 3 (0.13%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
14 3 (0.13%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 126 (5.45%) QA
2 38 (1.64%) DO-178B
3 11 (0.48%) ISO 9001
4 6 (0.26%) PCI DSS
5 4 (0.17%) SLA
5 4 (0.17%) SNOMED CT
6 2 (0.086%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.043%) EMIR
7 1 (0.043%) DICOM
7 1 (0.043%) DO-160
7 1 (0.043%) ISO 14001
7 1 (0.043%) ISO 8583
7 1 (0.043%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 22 (0.95%) Varnish
2 13 (0.56%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (0.48%) Active Directory
4 9 (0.39%) Oracle RAC
5 6 (0.26%) vCloud
6 5 (0.22%) KVM
6 5 (0.22%) Docker
7 4 (0.17%) Xen
8 3 (0.13%) Oracle RMAN
9 2 (0.086%) Hyper-V
9 2 (0.086%) vSphere
9 2 (0.086%) UAG
10 1 (0.043%) Nmap
10 1 (0.043%) NDS
10 1 (0.043%) GPFS
10 1 (0.043%) Apache Flume
10 1 (0.043%) Platform Symphony
10 1 (0.043%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 69 (2.98%) Puppet
2 59 (2.55%) Opscode Chef
3 18 (0.78%) Salt
4 14 (0.61%) Nagios
5 10 (0.43%) HP Quality Center
5 10 (0.43%) Vagrant
6 8 (0.35%) Ansible
7 6 (0.26%) ITRS Geneos
8 5 (0.22%) Capistrano
9 4 (0.17%) ZABBIX
9 4 (0.17%) Tivoli
10 3 (0.13%) SCCM
10 3 (0.13%) Oozie
10 3 (0.13%) HAProxy
11 2 (0.086%) OpenIDM
11 2 (0.086%) OpenAM
11 2 (0.086%) SCOrch
11 2 (0.086%) Kibana
11 2 (0.086%) Netcool/Webtop
11 2 (0.086%) Netcool
Vendors
1 255 (11.02%) Oracle
2 154 (6.66%) Microsoft
3 61 (2.64%) Zend
4 60 (2.59%) JBoss
5 47 (2.03%) IBM
6 38 (1.64%) Google
7 32 (1.38%) Facebook
8 26 (1.12%) VMware
9 21 (0.91%) Sybase
10 19 (0.82%) SAP
10 19 (0.82%) TIBCO
11 18 (0.78%) HP
11 18 (0.78%) Adobe
12 17 (0.73%) Perforce
13 16 (0.69%) Red Hat
14 15 (0.65%) Serena
14 15 (0.65%) Sitecore
15 14 (0.61%) Salesforce.com
15 14 (0.61%) Cisco
16 13 (0.56%) Intel
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
TEKsystems
Rate: £300 - £301400 per day
Posted: 55 minutes ago
West London
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Rate: From £350 to £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 2 days ago
Eastleigh, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £40 - £42 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £300 - £375 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
York, North Yorkshire
Coal IT Services
Rate: From £280 to £300 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Mercator IT Solutions
Rate: £Market
Posted: 2 days ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £38 - £42 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £200 - £300 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Linux Recruit
Rate: Up to £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Hounslow, Middlesex
Experis Ltd
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per hour + Holiday
Posted: 3 days ago
Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £390.00 - £400.00 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £110.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £400.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Central London / West End
Oliver Bernard
Rate: From £600 to £650 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £38 - £42 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Adlam Consulting Ltd
Posted: 4 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £300 - £330 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Nationwide People Ltd
Rate: £350 - £360 Per Day
Posted: 4 days ago