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 22 December 2014 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
22 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Engineering
Rank 87 83 75
Rank change year-on-year
-4 -8
Contract jobs citing Software Engineering 1180 1142 1185
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 2.16% 2.22% 2.41%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.90% 3.00% 3.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 757 671 595
Average daily rate
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£400 £375 £415
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -9.63%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £281 £287
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £325 £350
% change year-on-year
+15.38% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 110 144 189
Average hourly rate £40.00 £36.00 £36.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.45 £21.90 £32.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £42.50 £43.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £36.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -

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
40696 38031 35236
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.64% 73.82% 71.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 26662 23403 20710
Average daily rate £420 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £270 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £580 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £365 £365
% change year-on-year
+6.16% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1104 1181 1433
Average hourly rate £24.00 £25.88 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.24% -13.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.90 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-7.40% -10.00%

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 22 December 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 22 December 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 22 December 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
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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 -3 1100 £400 +6.66% 740
London -8 418 £425 -0.58% 208
South East +7 267 £350 -4.76% 191
South West +6 123 £438 +34.61% 88
East of England +7 97 £450 +25.87% 97
Hampshire +1 91 £350 +1.44% 52
City of London -11 87 £435 -9.61% 56
North West -19 73 £375 +7.14% 49
Bristol +24 59 £400 +6.66% 26
Yorkshire -25 52 £363 +20.83% 37
Surrey -9 48 £350 +3.70% 41
West Yorkshire -27 47 £363 +20.83% 22
Leeds -19 42 £363 +20.83% 14
Cambridgeshire -16 41 £400 +18.51% 59
West Midlands -5 40 £275 -4.34% 38
Oxfordshire -5 33 £518 +55.63% 35
Berkshire -3 29 £350 -12.50% 28
Cambridge -6 29 £375 +15.83% 54
Scotland +2 28 £375 -16.66% 37
Manchester -18 28 £350 -6.66% 30
Hook -5 27 £305 -25.22%
Wales -5 25 £325 +8.33% 18
Oxford -1 24 £518 +41.78% 18
Lancashire -4 20 £400 +45.45% 4
Hertfordshire +18 19 £350 +12.90% 18
Buckinghamshire -14 19 £333 -21.76% 8
Gloucestershire -1 16 £563 +27.84% 22
South Wales -6 16 £325 +8.33% 10
East Midlands -16 16 £360 +16.12% 26
Edinburgh -3 15 £390 -5.45% 17

Software Engineering
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 December 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.

1 992 (43.13%) Agile Software Development
2 825 (35.87%) Java
3 608 (26.43%) Linux
4 522 (22.70%) SQL
5 516 (22.43%) JavaScript
6 495 (21.52%) TDD
7 481 (20.91%) C++
8 439 (19.09%) C#
9 432 (18.78%) HTML
10 412 (17.91%) C
11 409 (17.78%) Scrum
12 408 (17.74%) OO
13 391 (17.00%) .NET
14 372 (16.17%) Degree
15 370 (16.09%) Continuous Integration
16 361 (15.70%) Python
17 338 (14.70%) Oracle
18 312 (13.57%) Web Services
19 305 (13.26%) XML
20 299 (13.00%) CSS
21 282 (12.26%) UNIX
22 249 (10.83%) Windows
23 248 (10.78%) Finance
24 246 (10.70%) Computer Science
25 240 (10.43%) HTML5
26 238 (10.35%) Git (software)
27 229 (9.96%) UML
28 222 (9.65%) jQuery
29 219 (9.52%) MVC
30 218 (9.48%) SQL Server

Software Engineering
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 December 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
1 130 (5.65%) Apache
2 114 (4.96%) Node.js
3 89 (3.87%) Tomcat
4 70 (3.04%) WebLogic
5 63 (2.74%) WebSphere
6 46 (2.00%) SharePoint
7 41 (1.78%) CMS
8 34 (1.48%) JBoss
9 33 (1.43%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 29 (1.26%) IIS
11 21 (0.91%) Apache Solr
12 18 (0.78%) Confluence
12 18 (0.78%) SAS
13 16 (0.70%) SharePoint 2010
13 16 (0.70%) Umbraco
14 14 (0.61%) WebSphere Application Server
15 11 (0.48%) ArcGIS
15 11 (0.48%) BizTalk Server
15 11 (0.48%) WebSphere Process Server
15 11 (0.48%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 86 (3.74%) MS Excel
2 36 (1.57%) MS Office
3 30 (1.30%) MS Visio
4 19 (0.83%) MS PowerPoint
5 17 (0.74%) Photoshop
6 14 (0.61%) MS Project
6 14 (0.61%) Spreadsheet
7 11 (0.48%) Adobe Illustrator
8 8 (0.35%) Simulink
9 7 (0.30%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 4 (0.17%) Final Cut Pro
11 3 (0.13%) PowerPivot
12 2 (0.087%) TargetLink
12 2 (0.087%) Stateflow
13 1 (0.043%) S-PLUS
13 1 (0.043%) Maya
13 1 (0.043%) 3ds Max
13 1 (0.043%) AutoCAD
13 1 (0.043%) OmniGraffle
13 1 (0.043%) Doxygen
Business Applications
1 26 (1.13%) Oracle EBS
2 18 (0.78%) Oracle BPM
3 16 (0.70%) Dynamics CRM
4 15 (0.65%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 7 (0.30%) Cognos Business Intelligence
6 6 (0.26%) SAP CRM
7 4 (0.17%) BASE24
7 4 (0.17%) Oracle EBS R12
8 3 (0.13%) Cognos TM1
9 2 (0.087%) LabWindows
9 2 (0.087%) SAP ERP
9 2 (0.087%) Magento
9 2 (0.087%) ResourceLink
10 1 (0.043%) SyteLine
10 1 (0.043%) Markit EDM
10 1 (0.043%) Shopify
10 1 (0.043%) Oracle Payables
10 1 (0.043%) Remedy ITSM
10 1 (0.043%) Google Analytics
10 1 (0.043%) Oracle General Ledger
Cloud Services
1 45 (1.96%) Amazon AWS
2 23 (1.00%) GitHub
3 20 (0.87%) SaaS
4 19 (0.83%) Amazon EC2
5 17 (0.74%) Microsoft Azure
6 16 (0.70%) Amazon S3
7 15 (0.65%) Cloud Computing
7 15 (0.65%) PaaS
8 14 (0.61%) IaaS
9 6 (0.26%) Amazon SQS
10 4 (0.17%) Heroku
11 3 (0.13%) Route 53
12 2 (0.087%) Amazon ELB
12 2 (0.087%) Office 365
13 1 (0.043%) Google Apps
13 1 (0.043%) Force.com
Communications & Networking
1 116 (5.04%) HTTP
2 73 (3.17%) TCP/IP
3 55 (2.39%) Internet
4 46 (2.00%) SSL
5 30 (1.30%) Firewall
6 28 (1.22%) Ethernet
7 27 (1.17%) DVB
8 25 (1.09%) Wireless
9 23 (1.00%) DNS
10 22 (0.96%) Bluetooth
11 18 (0.78%) LTE
12 16 (0.70%) ZigBee
13 15 (0.65%) Wireshark
13 15 (0.65%) Wi-Fi
13 15 (0.65%) 3G
13 15 (0.65%) AMQP
14 14 (0.61%) MPLS
15 13 (0.57%) GSM
16 11 (0.48%) ATM
16 11 (0.48%) GPRS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 218 (9.48%) SQL Server
2 177 (7.70%) MySQL
3 106 (4.61%) MongoDB
4 100 (4.35%) NoSQL
5 91 (3.96%) Relational Database
6 84 (3.65%) PostgreSQL
7 80 (3.48%) Oracle Database
8 55 (2.39%) Big Data
9 51 (2.22%) Hadoop
10 44 (1.91%) Apache Cassandra
11 34 (1.48%) RDBMS
12 32 (1.39%) Data Warehouse
13 31 (1.35%) Oracle Database 11g
14 30 (1.30%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 27 (1.17%) SQL Server 2008
16 23 (1.00%) DB2
16 23 (1.00%) CouchDB
17 19 (0.83%) Oracle Reports
18 18 (0.78%) Ingres
18 18 (0.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 238 (10.35%) Git (software)
2 166 (7.22%) Subversion
3 155 (6.74%) Jenkins
4 106 (4.61%) Cucumber
5 91 (3.96%) Maven
6 83 (3.61%) Selenium
7 79 (3.43%) JIRA
8 74 (3.22%) ClearCase
9 72 (3.13%) Visual Studio
10 70 (3.04%) JUnit
11 65 (2.83%) Eclipse
12 62 (2.70%) Team Foundation Server
13 59 (2.57%) NUnit
14 57 (2.48%) Ant
15 45 (1.96%) PHPUnit
16 43 (1.87%) Rational DOORS
17 42 (1.83%) Grunt
18 39 (1.70%) GoogleTest
19 37 (1.61%) Hudson
20 34 (1.48%) CppUnit
General
1 248 (10.78%) Finance
2 111 (4.83%) Banking
3 106 (4.61%) Telecoms
4 95 (4.13%) Electronics
5 54 (2.35%) Investment Banking
6 42 (1.83%) Aerospace
7 41 (1.78%) Marketing
8 40 (1.74%) Automotive
9 35 (1.52%) Front Office
9 35 (1.52%) Publishing
10 33 (1.43%) Games
10 33 (1.43%) Retail
11 29 (1.26%) Manufacturing
12 23 (1.00%) Legal
12 23 (1.00%) Avionics
13 21 (0.91%) Military
14 13 (0.57%) Advertising
15 12 (0.52%) Financial Institution
16 10 (0.43%) Back Office
16 10 (0.43%) Billing
Job Titles
1 1016 (44.17%) Developer
2 853 (37.09%) Software Engineer
3 227 (9.87%) Java Developer
4 141 (6.13%) Software Developer
5 112 (4.87%) Embedded Software Engineer
6 100 (4.35%) Senior Software Engineer
7 99 (4.30%) .NET Developer
8 96 (4.17%) Senior Developer
9 82 (3.57%) Analyst
10 81 (3.52%) C++ Developer
11 77 (3.35%) Architect
12 69 (3.00%) Java Software Engineer
13 66 (2.87%) Web Developer
14 56 (2.43%) C# Developer
15 54 (2.35%) Python Developer
16 53 (2.30%) PHP Developer
17 52 (2.26%) Programmer
18 50 (2.17%) JavaScript Developer
19 49 (2.13%) Front-End Developer
20 45 (1.96%) DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 432 (18.78%) HTML
2 391 (17.00%) .NET
3 312 (13.57%) Web Services
4 305 (13.26%) XML
5 299 (13.00%) CSS
6 240 (10.43%) HTML5
7 222 (9.65%) jQuery
8 174 (7.57%) Spring
9 160 (6.96%) REST
10 136 (5.91%) JSON
11 134 (5.83%) ASP.NET
12 118 (5.13%) SOAP
13 117 (5.09%) CSS3
14 116 (5.04%) AngularJS
15 105 (4.57%) Hibernate
16 97 (4.22%) .NET Framework
17 95 (4.13%) Ajax
18 93 (4.04%) RESTful
19 90 (3.91%) J2EE
19 90 (3.91%) Backbone.js
Miscellaneous
1 246 (10.70%) Computer Science
2 178 (7.74%) Analytical Skills
3 123 (5.35%) Open Source
4 89 (3.87%) User Experience
5 82 (3.57%) Algorithms
6 73 (3.17%) Management Information System
7 61 (2.65%) Mobile App
8 56 (2.43%) Mathematics
9 53 (2.30%) Embedded Systems
10 49 (2.13%) DTV
11 48 (2.09%) Digital Media
12 47 (2.04%) Device Driver
13 41 (1.78%) Enterprise Software
14 38 (1.65%) Derivative
15 34 (1.48%) Data Integration
16 31 (1.35%) Data Structures
17 30 (1.30%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
18 25 (1.09%) STB
18 25 (1.09%) Physics
19 23 (1.00%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 608 (26.43%) Linux
2 282 (12.26%) UNIX
3 249 (10.83%) Windows
4 108 (4.70%) Android
5 96 (4.17%) Apple iOS
6 57 (2.48%) CentOS
7 43 (1.87%) Embedded Linux
8 33 (1.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 25 (1.09%) Ubuntu
10 19 (0.83%) Debian
10 19 (0.83%) Mac OS X
11 18 (0.78%) VxWorks
12 13 (0.57%) Windows Phone
13 11 (0.48%) Windows Server 2008
14 9 (0.39%) Oracle Linux
15 8 (0.35%) Nucleus RTOS
15 8 (0.35%) Mac OS
16 7 (0.30%) Windows 7
16 7 (0.30%) Windows Server 2003
16 7 (0.30%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 992 (43.13%) Agile Software Development
2 495 (21.52%) TDD
3 409 (17.78%) Scrum
4 408 (17.74%) OO
5 370 (16.09%) Continuous Integration
6 229 (9.96%) UML
7 219 (9.52%) MVC
8 171 (7.43%) BDD
9 141 (6.13%) Unit Testing
10 132 (5.74%) Configuration Management
10 132 (5.74%) Project Management
11 131 (5.70%) Refactoring
12 130 (5.65%) Test Automation
13 122 (5.30%) SOA
14 121 (5.26%) Mentoring
15 117 (5.09%) Multithreading
16 113 (4.91%) OOD
17 103 (4.48%) DevOps
18 102 (4.43%) Web Development
19 97 (4.22%) OOP
Programming Languages
1 825 (35.87%) Java
2 522 (22.70%) SQL
3 516 (22.43%) JavaScript
4 481 (20.91%) C++
5 439 (19.09%) C#
6 412 (17.91%) C
7 361 (15.70%) Python
8 204 (8.87%) PHP
9 188 (8.17%) Ruby
10 112 (4.87%) Perl
11 107 (4.65%) Embedded C
12 68 (2.96%) PL/SQL
13 60 (2.61%) Bash Shell
14 58 (2.52%) Shell Script
15 56 (2.43%) Scala
16 52 (2.26%) Embedded C++
17 47 (2.04%) VB.NET
18 44 (1.91%) VB
19 42 (1.83%) Objective-C
20 36 (1.57%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 372 (16.17%) Degree
2 216 (9.39%) Security Cleared
3 131 (5.70%) SC Cleared
4 56 (2.43%) DV Cleared
5 37 (1.61%) ISEB
6 25 (1.09%) ISTQB
7 23 (1.00%) HND
7 23 (1.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 14 (0.61%) Microsoft Certification
9 8 (0.35%) BC Cleared
10 6 (0.26%) Cisco Certification
11 5 (0.22%) PhD
11 5 (0.22%) Chartered Engineer
11 5 (0.22%) MCTS
11 5 (0.22%) Six Sigma Green Belt
12 4 (0.17%) CCNA
12 4 (0.17%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 4 (0.17%) PMI Certification
13 3 (0.13%) PMP
13 3 (0.13%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 142 (6.17%) QA
2 22 (0.96%) DO-178B
3 10 (0.43%) ISO 9001
4 6 (0.26%) PCI DSS
5 4 (0.17%) Data Quality
5 4 (0.17%) TickIT
6 3 (0.13%) SNOMED CT
6 3 (0.13%) ISO 9000
7 2 (0.087%) DICOM
8 1 (0.043%) BS25999
8 1 (0.043%) ISO 8583
8 1 (0.043%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.043%) DO-160
8 1 (0.043%) JTAG
8 1 (0.043%) ISO/IEC 14443
8 1 (0.043%) IEC 61508
System Software
1 24 (1.04%) Firmware
2 21 (0.91%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (0.65%) Oracle RAC
3 15 (0.65%) Docker
4 10 (0.43%) Varnish
5 7 (0.30%) Xen
6 6 (0.26%) Active Directory
7 5 (0.22%) Oracle RMAN
8 4 (0.17%) vSphere
8 4 (0.17%) Apache ZooKeeper
9 3 (0.13%) VMware ESXi
10 2 (0.087%) Hyper-V
10 2 (0.087%) vCloud
11 1 (0.043%) KVM
11 1 (0.043%) UAG
11 1 (0.043%) HDFS
11 1 (0.043%) LXC
11 1 (0.043%) XenApp
11 1 (0.043%) OpenSSH
11 1 (0.043%) Cygwin
Systems Management
1 96 (4.17%) Puppet
2 60 (2.61%) Opscode Chef
3 34 (1.48%) Nagios
4 32 (1.39%) Ansible
5 18 (0.78%) Graphite
6 16 (0.70%) Oracle Identity Management
7 15 (0.65%) Salt
8 13 (0.57%) Vagrant
9 11 (0.48%) HP Quality Center
9 11 (0.48%) CFEngine
10 6 (0.26%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
11 5 (0.22%) Mesos
12 4 (0.17%) Capistrano
12 4 (0.17%) FortiGate
13 3 (0.13%) yum
13 3 (0.13%) HAProxy
13 3 (0.13%) ITRS Geneos
13 3 (0.13%) Tivoli
13 3 (0.13%) WSUS
14 2 (0.087%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 338 (14.70%) Oracle
2 163 (7.09%) Microsoft
3 69 (3.00%) Zend
4 56 (2.43%) IBM
5 38 (1.65%) Google
6 36 (1.57%) Red Hat
7 35 (1.52%) SAP
8 31 (1.35%) VMware
9 24 (1.04%) Salesforce.com
10 19 (0.83%) Splunk
11 16 (0.70%) Adobe
12 15 (0.65%) HP
12 15 (0.65%) ESRI
13 14 (0.61%) Cisco
14 13 (0.57%) Sybase
14 13 (0.57%) Cognos
14 13 (0.57%) Twitter
15 12 (0.52%) Rackspace
15 12 (0.52%) SaltStack
15 12 (0.52%) Sun
Halifax, West Yorkshire
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Rate: From £300 to £400 per day 3 Months initially
Posted: 8 hours ago
City, London
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Rate: £300 - £450 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
West London
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Experis Ltd
Rate: £28 - £32 per hour
Posted: 11 hours ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £38 - £42 per hour
Posted: 11 hours ago
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Experis Ltd
Rate: £38 - £42 per hour
Posted: 12 hours ago
London
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Rate: Up to £510 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
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Wales
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Posted: 3 days ago
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4it Recruitment Ltd
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London
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