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 5 March 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
5 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Engineering
Rank 77 93 87
Rank change year-on-year
+16 -6
Contract jobs citing Software Engineering 1228 1023 933
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 2.37% 2.04% 2.12%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.11% 2.72% 2.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 706 579 483
Average daily rate
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£375 £375 £403
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -6.83%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £280 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £518 £525 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £355 £330 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.57% +1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 131 121 117
Average hourly rate £37.81 £37.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.82% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.00 £26.00 £32.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.50 £42.50 £42.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.00 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+1.33% -

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
39429 37564 32100
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 76.02% 75.01% 72.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 24726 22718 19169
Average daily rate £420 £401 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.86% +0.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £568 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1056 1102 1125
Average hourly rate £27.50 £27.50 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -8.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £12.25 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £27.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year
+9.09% -11.29%

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 5 March 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 5 March 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 5 March 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 +14 1125 £375 - 1014
London +11 382 £423 +2.42% 287
South East +12 312 £350 +3.70% 275
Hampshire +10 107 £365 +17.83% 58
South West +26 106 £400 +14.28% 122
North West +12 106 £363 +3.57% 57
East of England -1 76 £375 +7.14% 132
Yorkshire -8 76 £350 +16.66% 49
Surrey +18 65 £338 -3.57% 59
West Yorkshire -1 64 £350 +16.66% 31
Manchester +9 59 £325 -9.72% 33
City of London -16 58 £425 -3.40% 79
Leeds -10 47 £363 +20.83% 17
Scotland -4 40 £351 -6.53% 50
West Midlands -13 34 £300 -7.69% 31
Hertfordshire +26 31 £343 -14.37% 22
Gloucestershire +11 30 £486 -11.59% 17
Bristol +4 29 £388 +10.71% 41
Berkshire -1 29 £375 +11.11% 45
Buckinghamshire +6 28 £340 -2.15% 22
Wales +5 28 £415 +10.66% 10
Oxfordshire -16 25 £328 -11.48% 46
Cambridgeshire -13 24 £350 +3.70% 83
South Wales +11 21 £415 +10.66% 9
Cheshire +5 21 £375 +15.38% 16
Milton Keynes -2 19 £379 -15.83% 10
Lancashire +7 18 £400 - 4
Reading +12 17 £388 +19.23% 24
Oxford -11 17 £380 -1.93% 14
Cambridge -12 17 £350 +4.08% 74

Software Engineering
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 5 March 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 1024 (42.61%) Agile Software Development
2 839 (34.91%) Java
3 653 (27.17%) Linux
4 522 (21.72%) TDD
5 520 (21.64%) C++
6 519 (21.60%) JavaScript
7 509 (21.18%) SQL
8 448 (18.64%) HTML
8 448 (18.64%) C#
9 439 (18.27%) C
10 404 (16.81%) OO
11 397 (16.52%) Scrum
12 392 (16.31%) .NET
13 375 (15.61%) Python
14 367 (15.27%) Degree
15 365 (15.19%) Continuous Integration
16 329 (13.69%) XML
17 306 (12.73%) Web Services
18 303 (12.61%) CSS
19 298 (12.40%) UNIX
20 294 (12.23%) Oracle
20 294 (12.23%) Security Cleared
21 293 (12.19%) UML
22 283 (11.78%) Windows
23 267 (11.11%) Git (software)
24 255 (10.61%) Computer Science
25 252 (10.49%) Finance
26 245 (10.20%) HTML5
27 238 (9.90%) Analytical Skills
28 237 (9.86%) jQuery

Software Engineering
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 5 March 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
1 141 (5.87%) Node.js
2 132 (5.49%) Apache
3 91 (3.79%) Tomcat
4 88 (3.66%) WebLogic
5 60 (2.50%) WebSphere
6 50 (2.08%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 45 (1.87%) JBoss
8 42 (1.75%) SharePoint
9 28 (1.17%) CMS
10 23 (0.96%) IIS
11 20 (0.83%) Oracle Workflow
12 19 (0.79%) MQSeries
12 19 (0.79%) Apache Solr
13 17 (0.71%) SAS
14 16 (0.67%) Confluence
15 15 (0.62%) Elasticsearch
16 12 (0.50%) nginx
17 11 (0.46%) WebSphere Application Server
17 11 (0.46%) Jetty
18 10 (0.42%) ArcGIS
Applications
1 109 (4.54%) MS Excel
2 43 (1.79%) MS Visio
3 40 (1.66%) MS Office
4 31 (1.29%) MS PowerPoint
5 16 (0.67%) Spreadsheet
6 14 (0.58%) Simulink
7 11 (0.46%) MS Project
8 8 (0.33%) Photoshop
9 7 (0.29%) Stateflow
9 7 (0.29%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 6 (0.25%) Doxygen
11 5 (0.21%) TargetLink
12 2 (0.083%) Adobe Illustrator
13 1 (0.042%) InfoPath
13 1 (0.042%) PowerPivot
13 1 (0.042%) OmniGraffle
13 1 (0.042%) Final Cut Pro
13 1 (0.042%) S-PLUS
13 1 (0.042%) FrameMaker
13 1 (0.042%) Maya
Business Applications
1 32 (1.33%) Oracle EBS
2 16 (0.67%) Dynamics CRM
2 16 (0.67%) Oracle BPM
3 12 (0.50%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 7 (0.29%) SAP CRM
4 7 (0.29%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 3 (0.12%) Oracle General Ledger
6 2 (0.083%) ResourceLink
6 2 (0.083%) SAP ERP
6 2 (0.083%) Oracle Applications
7 1 (0.042%) Summit
7 1 (0.042%) Cognos TM1
7 1 (0.042%) assyst
7 1 (0.042%) Dynamics AX
7 1 (0.042%) Remedy ITSM
7 1 (0.042%) Google Analytics
7 1 (0.042%) Oracle EBS R12
7 1 (0.042%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 51 (2.12%) Amazon AWS
2 26 (1.08%) SaaS
2 26 (1.08%) Amazon EC2
3 18 (0.75%) Cloud Computing
4 17 (0.71%) Microsoft Azure
5 16 (0.67%) IaaS
6 15 (0.62%) GitHub
7 14 (0.58%) PaaS
8 13 (0.54%) Amazon S3
9 10 (0.42%) Amazon SQS
9 10 (0.42%) ElastiCache
9 10 (0.42%) Amazon ElastiCache
10 7 (0.29%) Office 365
11 4 (0.17%) Force.com
12 3 (0.12%) Route 53
13 1 (0.042%) Google Apps
13 1 (0.042%) Amazon ELB
13 1 (0.042%) Heroku
13 1 (0.042%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 108 (4.49%) HTTP
2 75 (3.12%) Internet
3 70 (2.91%) TCP/IP
4 35 (1.46%) Ethernet
5 30 (1.25%) SSL
6 28 (1.17%) Wireless
7 27 (1.12%) Firewall
8 25 (1.04%) Wi-Fi
9 24 (1.00%) Bluetooth
10 22 (0.92%) DNS
10 22 (0.92%) 3G
11 21 (0.87%) AMQP
12 18 (0.75%) Wireshark
12 18 (0.75%) SAN
13 17 (0.71%) GSM
13 17 (0.71%) LTE
14 16 (0.67%) DVB
15 15 (0.62%) MPLS
16 11 (0.46%) ZigBee
17 10 (0.42%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 201 (8.36%) SQL Server
2 160 (6.66%) MySQL
3 131 (5.45%) MongoDB
4 101 (4.20%) NoSQL
5 91 (3.79%) Relational Database
6 78 (3.25%) PostgreSQL
7 67 (2.79%) Hadoop
8 64 (2.66%) Oracle Database
9 58 (2.41%) Big Data
10 35 (1.46%) Apache Cassandra
11 34 (1.41%) RDBMS
12 31 (1.29%) Data Warehouse
13 29 (1.21%) CouchDB
14 28 (1.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 27 (1.12%) Oracle Database 11g
16 25 (1.04%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 25 (1.04%) Riak
17 23 (0.96%) SQL Server 2008
18 21 (0.87%) DB2
19 20 (0.83%) Ingres
Development Applications
1 267 (11.11%) Git (software)
2 194 (8.07%) Subversion
3 165 (6.87%) Jenkins
4 109 (4.54%) Selenium
5 103 (4.29%) JIRA
6 97 (4.04%) Ant
7 96 (4.00%) Visual Studio
8 92 (3.83%) JUnit
9 83 (3.45%) ClearCase
9 83 (3.45%) Cucumber
10 75 (3.12%) NUnit
11 74 (3.08%) Eclipse
12 72 (3.00%) Maven
13 60 (2.50%) GoogleTest
14 59 (2.46%) Grunt
15 57 (2.37%) Team Foundation Server
16 51 (2.12%) CppUnit
17 48 (2.00%) Rational DOORS
18 43 (1.79%) PHPUnit
19 37 (1.54%) ClearQuest
General
1 252 (10.49%) Finance
2 98 (4.08%) Telecoms
2 98 (4.08%) Banking
3 77 (3.20%) Electronics
4 48 (2.00%) Investment Banking
5 45 (1.87%) Games
6 44 (1.83%) Aerospace
6 44 (1.83%) Automotive
6 44 (1.83%) Marketing
7 39 (1.62%) Publishing
8 34 (1.41%) Retail
9 33 (1.37%) Manufacturing
10 31 (1.29%) Front Office
11 21 (0.87%) Military
12 20 (0.83%) Avionics
13 14 (0.58%) Legal
14 9 (0.37%) Billing
15 8 (0.33%) Advertising
16 6 (0.25%) Financial Institution
17 5 (0.21%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 1044 (43.45%) Developer
2 860 (35.79%) Software Engineer
3 247 (10.28%) Java Developer
4 133 (5.53%) Software Developer
5 109 (4.54%) Embedded Software Engineer
6 104 (4.33%) Senior Software Engineer
7 100 (4.16%) Analyst
7 100 (4.16%) Senior Developer
8 81 (3.37%) Architect
9 73 (3.04%) .NET Developer
10 72 (3.00%) Java Software Engineer
11 70 (2.91%) C++ Developer
12 66 (2.75%) PHP Developer
13 61 (2.54%) JavaScript Developer
14 57 (2.37%) Front-End Developer
15 56 (2.33%) iOS Developer
15 56 (2.33%) C# Developer
16 54 (2.25%) Programmer
17 52 (2.16%) Web Developer
17 52 (2.16%) DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 448 (18.64%) HTML
2 392 (16.31%) .NET
3 329 (13.69%) XML
4 306 (12.73%) Web Services
5 303 (12.61%) CSS
6 245 (10.20%) HTML5
7 237 (9.86%) jQuery
8 175 (7.28%) JSON
9 163 (6.78%) Spring
10 139 (5.78%) REST
11 134 (5.58%) CSS3
12 123 (5.12%) RESTful
12 123 (5.12%) AngularJS
13 119 (4.95%) SOAP
14 112 (4.66%) ASP.NET
15 101 (4.20%) Hibernate
16 88 (3.66%) J2EE
17 82 (3.41%) .NET Framework
18 80 (3.33%) Backbone.js
19 77 (3.20%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 255 (10.61%) Computer Science
2 238 (9.90%) Analytical Skills
3 97 (4.04%) Open Source
4 92 (3.83%) User Experience
5 73 (3.04%) Mobile App
6 72 (3.00%) Algorithms
7 64 (2.66%) Management Information System
8 54 (2.25%) Mathematics
9 47 (1.96%) Embedded Systems
10 46 (1.91%) Enterprise Software
11 45 (1.87%) Derivative
12 42 (1.75%) Device Driver
12 42 (1.75%) Digital Media
13 41 (1.71%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 34 (1.41%) Physics
15 31 (1.29%) Data Structures
16 27 (1.12%) DTV
17 23 (0.96%) iPhone
18 22 (0.92%) Data Integration
19 21 (0.87%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 653 (27.17%) Linux
2 298 (12.40%) UNIX
3 283 (11.78%) Windows
4 121 (5.04%) Apple iOS
5 107 (4.45%) Android
6 51 (2.12%) CentOS
7 41 (1.71%) Embedded Linux
8 37 (1.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 27 (1.12%) Ubuntu
10 20 (0.83%) Mac OS X
11 18 (0.75%) AIX
12 15 (0.62%) VxWorks
13 13 (0.54%) Debian
13 13 (0.54%) Windows Server 2008
14 12 (0.50%) Windows Mobile
14 12 (0.50%) Mac OS
15 11 (0.46%) Windows Phone
16 10 (0.42%) Oracle Linux
16 10 (0.42%) Windows 8
17 9 (0.37%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 1024 (42.61%) Agile Software Development
2 522 (21.72%) TDD
3 404 (16.81%) OO
4 397 (16.52%) Scrum
5 365 (15.19%) Continuous Integration
6 293 (12.19%) UML
7 181 (7.53%) BDD
8 179 (7.45%) Configuration Management
9 176 (7.32%) MVC
10 157 (6.53%) Project Management
11 153 (6.37%) Unit Testing
12 150 (6.24%) Multithreading
13 149 (6.20%) SOA
14 136 (5.66%) Mentoring
15 129 (5.37%) OOP
16 123 (5.12%) Refactoring
17 119 (4.95%) OOD
18 116 (4.83%) Test Automation
19 105 (4.37%) DevOps
20 94 (3.91%) Automated Testing
Programming Languages
1 839 (34.91%) Java
2 520 (21.64%) C++
3 519 (21.60%) JavaScript
4 509 (21.18%) SQL
5 448 (18.64%) C#
6 439 (18.27%) C
7 375 (15.61%) Python
8 212 (8.82%) PHP
9 193 (8.03%) Ruby
10 120 (4.99%) Perl
10 120 (4.99%) Embedded C
11 65 (2.70%) Scala
12 61 (2.54%) Shell Script
13 60 (2.50%) Objective-C
14 59 (2.46%) T-SQL
15 58 (2.41%) Embedded C++
16 57 (2.37%) PL/SQL
16 57 (2.37%) Bash Shell
17 48 (2.00%) VB.NET
18 37 (1.54%) VB
Qualifications
1 367 (15.27%) Degree
2 294 (12.23%) Security Cleared
3 178 (7.41%) SC Cleared
4 71 (2.95%) DV Cleared
5 53 (2.21%) VCP4
6 43 (1.79%) ISEB
7 28 (1.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 27 (1.12%) HND
9 17 (0.71%) Microsoft Certification
10 15 (0.62%) ISTQB
11 14 (0.58%) PhD
12 9 (0.37%) Six Sigma Green Belt
13 8 (0.33%) Cisco Certification
14 6 (0.25%) MCTS
15 5 (0.21%) Chartered Engineer
16 4 (0.17%) CCNP
16 4 (0.17%) CCNA
16 4 (0.17%) MCP
16 4 (0.17%) JNCIP
17 3 (0.12%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 94 (3.91%) QA
2 25 (1.04%) DO-178B
3 13 (0.54%) ISO 9001
4 4 (0.17%) TickIT
4 4 (0.17%) ISO 9000
4 4 (0.17%) WAI
4 4 (0.17%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.12%) JTAG
5 3 (0.12%) EMIR
6 2 (0.083%) DICOM
7 1 (0.042%) BS25999
7 1 (0.042%) ISO/IEC 15504 (SPICE)
7 1 (0.042%) SLA
7 1 (0.042%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.042%) ISO/IEC 14443
7 1 (0.042%) ISO/IEC 7816
7 1 (0.042%) IEC 61508
System Software
1 26 (1.08%) Firmware
2 23 (0.96%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (0.71%) Docker
4 12 (0.50%) Oracle RAC
5 8 (0.33%) Active Directory
6 7 (0.29%) Xen
7 5 (0.21%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 5 (0.21%) GPFS
8 4 (0.17%) vSphere
9 3 (0.12%) UAG
9 3 (0.12%) VMware ESXi
10 2 (0.083%) Varnish
10 2 (0.083%) Hyper-V
10 2 (0.083%) Oracle RMAN
10 2 (0.083%) vCloud
10 2 (0.083%) Apache Flume
11 1 (0.042%) HDFS
11 1 (0.042%) LXC
11 1 (0.042%) Microsoft App-V
11 1 (0.042%) NFS
Systems Management
1 108 (4.49%) Puppet
2 59 (2.46%) Opscode Chef
3 43 (1.79%) Ansible
4 38 (1.58%) Nagios
5 23 (0.96%) Graphite
6 20 (0.83%) Vagrant
7 18 (0.75%) CFEngine
8 16 (0.67%) Oracle Identity Management
9 9 (0.37%) Tivoli
9 9 (0.37%) Salt
10 7 (0.29%) Mesos
11 6 (0.25%) HP Quality Center
11 6 (0.25%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
12 4 (0.17%) Zenoss
12 4 (0.17%) FortiGate
13 3 (0.12%) ZABBIX
13 3 (0.12%) SCCM
13 3 (0.12%) Netcool
13 3 (0.12%) WSUS
14 2 (0.083%) Netcool/OMNIbus
Vendors
1 294 (12.23%) Oracle
2 187 (7.78%) Microsoft
3 61 (2.54%) Zend
4 43 (1.79%) IBM
5 41 (1.71%) VMware
5 41 (1.71%) Google
6 37 (1.54%) Red Hat
7 30 (1.25%) SAP
8 29 (1.21%) Adobe
9 28 (1.17%) Splunk
10 26 (1.08%) Salesforce.com
11 23 (0.96%) HP
12 20 (0.83%) SaltStack
13 18 (0.75%) Serena
14 17 (0.71%) Talend
15 16 (0.67%) Sybase
16 15 (0.62%) EMC
17 13 (0.54%) Cisco
17 13 (0.54%) ESRI
18 12 (0.50%) Atlassian
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