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 31 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Engineering
Rank 84 93 95
Rank change year-on-year
+9 +2
Contract jobs citing Software Engineering 1344 1151 1068
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 2.36% 2.11% 2.09%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.04% 2.77% 2.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 829 759 614
Average daily rate
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£400 £375 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -1.31%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £278 £251
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £340 £338
% change year-on-year
+2.94% +0.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 150 79 95
Average hourly rate £41.50 £39.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.06% +5.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £33.84 £30.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £45.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.38 £40.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+0.95% +6.66%

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
44182 41616 38228
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 77.70% 76.15% 74.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 28632 25727 23174
Average daily rate £415 £400 £405
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.75% -1.23%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £275 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1181 1176 1105
Average hourly rate £30.00 £25.00 £30.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% -18.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.85 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.17 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.50 £26.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year
+15.09% -14.51%

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 31 July 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 31 July 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 31 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 +7 1214 £400 +6.66% 953
London +3 492 £450 +5.88% 306
South East +30 285 £350 - 184
South West +8 153 £375 +7.14% 116
Hampshire +10 100 £338 +3.84% 52
City of London -22 96 £500 - 67
Yorkshire -10 87 £340 +4.61% 67
East of England -2 71 £363 +3.57% 119
West Yorkshire -14 67 £340 +4.61% 50
Scotland +7 66 £375 +17.18% 36
Leeds -21 52 £375 +15.38% 41
Somerset +25 51 £350 +20.68% 22
Bristol -2 48 £413 +17.85% 36
North West -19 46 £364 +3.92% 63
West Midlands +14 39 £345 +25.45% 43
Berkshire +15 37 £313 +4.16% 29
Oxfordshire +4 35 £425 +57.40% 35
Surrey +1 30 £343 -2.14% 32
Cambridgeshire -10 30 £350 -3.44% 72
Edinburgh -3 26 £363 +15.07% 18
Wales -3 25 £350 +16.66% 17
Cambridge -15 23 £375 +1.69% 67
East Midlands +3 22 £340 +4.61% 42
Buckinghamshire +11 21 £425 +20.56% 13
South Wales +2 21 £350 +16.66% 13
Gloucestershire -8 20 £315 -7.35% 22
Glasgow +13 19 £375 +7.14% 7
Reading +3 19 £313 -25.59% 15
Cheshire -4 19 £368 -3.60% 12
South Yorkshire +9 18 £375 +7.14% 9

Software Engineering
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 1144 (43.37%) Agile Software Development
2 915 (34.69%) Java
3 671 (25.44%) Linux
4 642 (24.34%) TDD
5 615 (23.31%) C++
6 607 (23.01%) JavaScript
7 589 (22.33%) C#
8 549 (20.81%) HTML
9 521 (19.75%) SQL
10 502 (19.03%) OO
11 452 (17.13%) .NET
12 451 (17.10%) Scrum
13 450 (17.06%) C
14 387 (14.67%) Continuous Integration
15 364 (13.80%) CSS
16 348 (13.19%) Web Services
17 333 (12.62%) Security Cleared
18 327 (12.40%) Finance
19 321 (12.17%) Windows
20 314 (11.90%) UML
21 313 (11.87%) HTML5
22 309 (11.71%) Degree
23 306 (11.60%) Python
24 302 (11.45%) Git (software)
25 282 (10.69%) Oracle
26 279 (10.58%) SQL Server
26 279 (10.58%) jQuery
27 276 (10.46%) XML
28 263 (9.97%) UNIX
29 253 (9.59%) SDLC

Software Engineering
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 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
1 136 (5.16%) Node.js
2 132 (5.00%) Tomcat
3 128 (4.85%) Apache
4 65 (2.46%) WebSphere
5 49 (1.86%) SharePoint
6 41 (1.55%) JBoss
7 39 (1.48%) WebLogic
8 32 (1.21%) IIS
9 30 (1.14%) Confluence
10 26 (0.99%) Elasticsearch
11 24 (0.91%) Jetty
12 22 (0.83%) CMS
13 21 (0.80%) Oracle Workflow
14 19 (0.72%) nginx
15 16 (0.61%) SharePoint 2013
16 14 (0.53%) Oracle SOA Suite
17 13 (0.49%) MQSeries
18 11 (0.42%) Drupal
19 10 (0.38%) Apache Spark
20 9 (0.34%) Oracle Coherence
Applications
1 83 (3.15%) MS Excel
2 36 (1.36%) MS Office
3 25 (0.95%) MS PowerPoint
4 24 (0.91%) Simulink
5 20 (0.76%) MS Visio
6 12 (0.45%) MS Project
7 8 (0.30%) Spreadsheet
8 7 (0.27%) Doxygen
9 6 (0.23%) TargetLink
10 5 (0.19%) Photoshop
11 4 (0.15%) Stateflow
12 3 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 3 (0.11%) HipChat
12 3 (0.11%) Adobe Illustrator
13 2 (0.076%) Maya
14 1 (0.038%) FrameMaker
14 1 (0.038%) OmniGraffle
Business Applications
1 12 (0.45%) Oracle BPM
2 8 (0.30%) Oracle EBS
3 7 (0.27%) Oracle 11i
3 7 (0.27%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 7 (0.27%) Dynamics CRM
4 6 (0.23%) Primavera
4 6 (0.23%) BASE24
5 5 (0.19%) SAP CRM
6 3 (0.11%) Remedy ITSM
6 3 (0.11%) Oracle General Ledger
7 2 (0.076%) Dynamics AX
7 2 (0.076%) Oracle Applications
7 2 (0.076%) AWD
8 1 (0.038%) BusinessWorks
8 1 (0.038%) MFGPRO
8 1 (0.038%) SAP ERP
8 1 (0.038%) Dynamics NAV
8 1 (0.038%) Magento
8 1 (0.038%) Markit EDM
8 1 (0.038%) Odoo
Cloud Services
1 123 (4.66%) Amazon AWS
2 28 (1.06%) Amazon EC2
3 26 (0.99%) Microsoft Azure
4 25 (0.95%) SaaS
5 16 (0.61%) Amazon S3
5 16 (0.61%) Amazon SQS
6 13 (0.49%) Cloud Computing
7 12 (0.45%) GitHub
8 11 (0.42%) AWS CloudFormation
9 7 (0.27%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 7 (0.27%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
9 7 (0.27%) Route 53
9 7 (0.27%) PaaS
10 6 (0.23%) Office 365
11 5 (0.19%) Force.com
12 4 (0.15%) Amazon ELB
12 4 (0.15%) Amazon ElastiCache
13 3 (0.11%) Google Cloud Platform
14 2 (0.076%) IaaS
14 2 (0.076%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 111 (4.21%) HTTP
2 92 (3.49%) Internet
3 90 (3.41%) TCP/IP
4 33 (1.25%) Wi-Fi
5 25 (0.95%) Wireless
6 19 (0.72%) SSL
7 18 (0.68%) DNS
8 17 (0.64%) Firewall
9 16 (0.61%) LTE
9 16 (0.61%) 3G
9 16 (0.61%) 802.11
10 15 (0.57%) SAN
10 15 (0.57%) DVB
11 14 (0.53%) Intranet
11 14 (0.53%) ATM
12 13 (0.49%) Bluetooth
12 13 (0.49%) SNMP
13 12 (0.45%) AMQP
13 12 (0.45%) IPv4
14 11 (0.42%) IPv6
Database & Business Intelligence
1 279 (10.58%) SQL Server
2 154 (5.84%) MySQL
3 142 (5.38%) Relational Database
4 126 (4.78%) MongoDB
5 102 (3.87%) NoSQL
6 87 (3.30%) Oracle Database
7 70 (2.65%) Hadoop
8 68 (2.58%) Big Data
9 55 (2.08%) RDBMS
10 42 (1.59%) PostgreSQL
10 42 (1.59%) Data Warehouse
11 37 (1.40%) SQL Server 2008
12 36 (1.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 36 (1.36%) DB2
13 34 (1.29%) Apache Cassandra
14 29 (1.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 28 (1.06%) Redis
16 22 (0.83%) CouchDB
17 20 (0.76%) SQL Server 2012
18 19 (0.72%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 302 (11.45%) Git (software)
2 205 (7.77%) Subversion
3 179 (6.79%) Jenkins
4 124 (4.70%) JUnit
5 122 (4.62%) Visual Studio
6 121 (4.59%) Cucumber
7 109 (4.13%) Selenium
8 107 (4.06%) JIRA
9 98 (3.71%) Maven
10 84 (3.18%) Eclipse
11 69 (2.62%) Rational DOORS
12 61 (2.31%) Ant
13 52 (1.97%) NUnit
14 51 (1.93%) ClearCase
15 48 (1.82%) Grunt
16 45 (1.71%) Team Foundation Server
17 44 (1.67%) WebDriver
18 43 (1.63%) Gradle
19 39 (1.48%) TeamCity
20 35 (1.33%) Mockito
General
1 327 (12.40%) Finance
2 122 (4.62%) Banking
3 101 (3.83%) Telecoms
4 87 (3.30%) Electronics
5 67 (2.54%) Games
6 64 (2.43%) Investment Banking
7 59 (2.24%) Marketing
8 55 (2.08%) Automotive
9 52 (1.97%) Military
10 51 (1.93%) Manufacturing
11 50 (1.90%) Retail
12 49 (1.86%) Front Office
13 48 (1.82%) Aerospace
14 27 (1.02%) Legal
15 19 (0.72%) Avionics
16 18 (0.68%) Publishing
16 18 (0.68%) Financial Institution
17 12 (0.45%) Back Office
18 6 (0.23%) Multimedia
19 4 (0.15%) Billing
Job Titles
1 1175 (44.54%) Developer
2 1074 (40.71%) Software Engineer
3 335 (12.70%) Java Developer
4 176 (6.67%) Software Developer
5 148 (5.61%) Senior Developer
6 142 (5.38%) Embedded Software Engineer
7 127 (4.81%) Senior Software Engineer
8 125 (4.74%) Java Software Engineer
9 111 (4.21%) .NET Developer
10 110 (4.17%) C# Developer
11 91 (3.45%) Architect
12 78 (2.96%) Senior Java Developer
13 77 (2.92%) Analyst
14 76 (2.88%) C++ Developer
15 71 (2.69%) C++ Software Engineer
16 64 (2.43%) C# .NET Developer
17 61 (2.31%) JavaScript Developer
18 52 (1.97%) Project Manager
19 50 (1.90%) iOS Developer
20 47 (1.78%) C# Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 549 (20.81%) HTML
2 452 (17.13%) .NET
3 364 (13.80%) CSS
4 348 (13.19%) Web Services
5 313 (11.87%) HTML5
6 279 (10.58%) jQuery
7 276 (10.46%) XML
8 228 (8.64%) Spring
9 218 (8.26%) REST
10 189 (7.16%) ASP.NET
11 174 (6.60%) JSON
12 166 (6.29%) AngularJS
13 145 (5.50%) CSS3
14 143 (5.42%) RESTful
15 129 (4.89%) SOAP
16 125 (4.74%) J2EE
17 102 (3.87%) .NET Framework
18 95 (3.60%) ASP.NET MVC
19 84 (3.18%) WPF
20 76 (2.88%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 199 (7.54%) Computer Science
2 194 (7.35%) Analytical Skills
3 95 (3.60%) Management Information System
4 93 (3.53%) Mobile App
5 87 (3.30%) User Experience
6 65 (2.46%) Embedded Systems
7 60 (2.27%) Algorithms
8 59 (2.24%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 53 (2.01%) Derivative
10 49 (1.86%) Device Driver
11 43 (1.63%) Data Structures
12 32 (1.21%) Mathematics
13 30 (1.14%) Equities
14 29 (1.10%) DTV
15 28 (1.06%) STB
16 26 (0.99%) Equity Derivative
16 26 (0.99%) IPTV
17 25 (0.95%) iPhone
18 24 (0.91%) Enterprise Software
19 23 (0.87%) Fixed Income
Operating Systems
1 671 (25.44%) Linux
2 321 (12.17%) Windows
3 263 (9.97%) UNIX
4 130 (4.93%) Android
4 130 (4.93%) Apple iOS
5 55 (2.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 52 (1.97%) Embedded Linux
7 33 (1.25%) Mac OS X
8 26 (0.99%) Windows CE
8 26 (0.99%) CentOS
9 22 (0.83%) AIX
10 19 (0.72%) Ubuntu
11 14 (0.53%) Windows Server 2008
11 14 (0.53%) VxWorks
12 12 (0.45%) Solaris
13 11 (0.42%) Windows Server 2003
13 11 (0.42%) Mac OS
14 10 (0.38%) Windows Server 2012
15 9 (0.34%) Windows 7
16 6 (0.23%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1144 (43.37%) Agile Software Development
2 642 (24.34%) TDD
3 502 (19.03%) OO
4 451 (17.10%) Scrum
5 387 (14.67%) Continuous Integration
6 314 (11.90%) UML
7 253 (9.59%) SDLC
8 232 (8.79%) MVC
9 226 (8.57%) Unit Testing
10 225 (8.53%) BDD
11 222 (8.42%) Multithreading
12 157 (5.95%) Configuration Management
13 154 (5.84%) OOD
14 134 (5.08%) E-Commerce
15 132 (5.00%) Mentoring
16 124 (4.70%) Project Management
17 122 (4.62%) Automated Testing
18 119 (4.51%) Web Development
18 119 (4.51%) Open Source
19 117 (4.44%) OOP
Programming Languages
1 915 (34.69%) Java
2 615 (23.31%) C++
3 607 (23.01%) JavaScript
4 589 (22.33%) C#
5 521 (19.75%) SQL
6 450 (17.06%) C
7 306 (11.60%) Python
8 163 (6.18%) Ruby
9 144 (5.46%) Embedded C
10 143 (5.42%) Perl
11 134 (5.08%) PHP
12 104 (3.94%) Scala
13 88 (3.34%) Embedded C++
14 85 (3.22%) Objective-C
15 79 (2.99%) T-SQL
16 64 (2.43%) PL/SQL
17 48 (1.82%) Ada
18 45 (1.71%) Bash Shell
19 38 (1.44%) MATLAB
20 35 (1.33%) Apple Swift
Qualifications
1 333 (12.62%) Security Cleared
2 309 (11.71%) Degree
3 221 (8.38%) SC Cleared
4 54 (2.05%) DV Cleared
5 26 (0.99%) ISEB
6 13 (0.49%) HND
7 10 (0.38%) PhD
8 9 (0.34%) ISTQB
8 9 (0.34%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 7 (0.27%) Microsoft Certification
10 6 (0.23%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 6 (0.23%) PMP
10 6 (0.23%) PMI Certification
11 4 (0.15%) Postgraduate
11 4 (0.15%) Six Sigma Green Belt
12 3 (0.11%) APMP
12 3 (0.11%) ITIL Certification
12 3 (0.11%) CISM
12 3 (0.11%) MCSE
12 3 (0.11%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 103 (3.90%) QA
2 23 (0.87%) DO-178B
3 13 (0.49%) ISO 9001
4 10 (0.38%) TickIT
4 10 (0.38%) IEC 61508
5 7 (0.27%) SLA
6 4 (0.15%) JTAG
6 4 (0.15%) EMIR
7 3 (0.11%) WAI
8 2 (0.076%) DO-254
9 1 (0.038%) Data Quality
9 1 (0.038%) GMP
9 1 (0.038%) ISO/IEC 14443
9 1 (0.038%) ISO/IEC 7816
9 1 (0.038%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 1 (0.038%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 1 (0.038%) WCAG
System Software
1 44 (1.67%) Docker
2 36 (1.36%) VMware Infrastructure
3 23 (0.87%) Firmware
4 7 (0.27%) Active Directory
4 7 (0.27%) GPFS
4 7 (0.27%) VirtualBox
5 6 (0.23%) Hyper-V
5 6 (0.23%) KVM
6 4 (0.15%) Snort
7 3 (0.11%) Apache Flume
7 3 (0.11%) GlusterFS
8 2 (0.076%) Platform Symphony
8 2 (0.076%) Oracle RAC
8 2 (0.076%) Cygwin
8 2 (0.076%) Ceph
8 2 (0.076%) HDFS
8 2 (0.076%) UAG
9 1 (0.038%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.038%) Xen
9 1 (0.038%) NFS
Systems Management
1 94 (3.56%) Puppet
2 60 (2.27%) Opscode Chef
3 24 (0.91%) Vagrant
3 24 (0.91%) Ansible
4 20 (0.76%) Nagios
5 16 (0.61%) Zenoss
6 14 (0.53%) Graphite
7 10 (0.38%) Tivoli
8 9 (0.34%) Salt
9 8 (0.30%) Kibana
9 8 (0.30%) HP Quality Center
10 7 (0.27%) HAProxy
11 6 (0.23%) logstash
12 5 (0.19%) DatAdvantage
12 5 (0.19%) Capistrano
12 5 (0.19%) BladeLogic
12 5 (0.19%) Apache Shiro
13 3 (0.11%) Rundeck
13 3 (0.11%) Netcool
13 3 (0.11%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 282 (10.69%) Oracle
2 211 (8.00%) Microsoft
3 70 (2.65%) VMware
4 45 (1.71%) IBM
5 38 (1.44%) Google
6 36 (1.36%) Sybase
7 35 (1.33%) HP
8 31 (1.18%) Red Hat
9 29 (1.10%) Atlassian
10 23 (0.87%) Apple
11 22 (0.83%) Zend
12 18 (0.68%) Splunk
13 17 (0.64%) New Relic
13 17 (0.64%) Perforce
14 16 (0.61%) Serena
14 16 (0.61%) Luciad
14 16 (0.61%) Adobe
15 14 (0.53%) SAP
16 12 (0.45%) EMC
16 12 (0.45%) Salesforce.com
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