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 1 September 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
1 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Engineering
Rank 99 89 91
Rank change year-on-year
-10 +2
Contract jobs citing Software Engineering 1116 1168 1212
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.97% 2.19% 2.09%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.66% 2.99% 2.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 700 686 584
Average daily rate
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£375 £384 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.34% +2.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £286 £247 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £320
% change year-on-year
+7.69% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 86 119 209
Average hourly rate £37.50 £36.00 £38.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% -5.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.75 £27.50 £31.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.15 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.00 £36.00 £38.00
% change year-on-year
+5.55% -5.26%

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
41933 39117 41115
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.18% 73.26% 70.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 26041 24038 23859
Average daily rate £410 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.50% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £273 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £360
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1160 1070 1463
Average hourly rate £25.00 £29.00 £31.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.79% -7.93%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £30.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-11.66% -3.22%

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 1 September 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 1 September 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 1 September 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 -5 1050 £375 -3.22% 827
London -2 467 £425 +3.03% 265
South East -1 220 £350 - 174
South West +6 117 £375 +15.38% 78
City of London -2 106 £450 +5.88% 71
Hampshire 0 89 £338 -11.76% 32
Yorkshire -4 71 £325 +8.33% 46
East of England -40 69 £375 +13.63% 131
North West +5 52 £325 -3.70% 67
West Yorkshire -13 49 £325 +8.33% 27
Bristol +15 44 £400 +18.51% 19
Leeds -11 40 £325 +8.33% 20
Surrey -1 36 £350 +12.00% 30
Southampton +4 35 £350 -1.40% 5
Gloucestershire +5 32 £340 - 11
Scotland -24 32 £315 -18.18% 57
Manchester +11 30 £350 -6.66% 31
Cambridgeshire -25 30 £375 +3.44% 89
West Midlands -13 29 £235 -21.66% 29
Berkshire +19 28 £325 +1.96% 28
Middlesex +15 27 £363 +16.93% 4
Wales +4 23 £300 -7.69% 17
Cambridge -14 21 £388 +39.01% 75
South Wales 0 19 £300 -7.69% 9
East Midlands -15 17 £310 -4.61% 27
North Yorkshire +17 16 £320 +28.00% 8
Oxfordshire -3 16 £338 -12.90% 37
York +21 15 £320 - 3
Staines +3 15 £356 +1.78% 1
Somerset -8 15 £290 -10.76% 13

Software Engineering
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 September 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.

1 783 (33.90%) Java
2 580 (25.11%) Agile Software Development
3 552 (23.90%) Linux
4 489 (21.17%) C#
5 484 (20.95%) Scrum
6 462 (20.00%) C++
7 453 (19.61%) TDD
8 439 (19.00%) SQL
9 437 (18.92%) OO
10 434 (18.79%) JavaScript
11 417 (18.05%) .NET
12 412 (17.84%) C
13 362 (15.67%) Degree
14 355 (15.37%) HTML
15 354 (15.32%) Web Services
16 299 (12.94%) Oracle
16 299 (12.94%) Python
17 285 (12.34%) Continuous Integration
18 273 (11.82%) Windows
19 270 (11.69%) CSS
20 267 (11.56%) Computer Science
21 257 (11.13%) SQL Server
22 250 (10.82%) XML
23 242 (10.48%) MVC
24 233 (10.09%) Finance
25 221 (9.57%) UML
26 219 (9.48%) Git (software)
27 214 (9.26%) Security Cleared
28 208 (9.00%) jQuery
28 208 (9.00%) UNIX

Software Engineering
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 September 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 99 (4.29%) Tomcat
2 93 (4.03%) Apache
3 64 (2.77%) Node.js
4 58 (2.51%) WebSphere
5 49 (2.12%) SharePoint
6 44 (1.90%) CMS
7 36 (1.56%) WebLogic
8 28 (1.21%) IIS
9 21 (0.91%) Confluence
10 15 (0.65%) SAS
10 15 (0.65%) Umbraco
11 14 (0.61%) Elasticsearch
12 13 (0.56%) Oracle Coherence
12 13 (0.56%) WebSphere Application Server
13 12 (0.52%) SharePoint 2010
14 11 (0.48%) Sitecore CMS
14 11 (0.48%) BizTalk Server
15 10 (0.43%) Apache Solr
16 9 (0.39%) Oracle SOA Suite
16 9 (0.39%) Drupal
Applications
1 84 (3.64%) MS Excel
2 30 (1.30%) MS Office
3 24 (1.04%) Simulink
4 23 (1.00%) MS Visio
5 17 (0.74%) MS Project
6 14 (0.61%) Photoshop
6 14 (0.61%) Adobe Illustrator
7 12 (0.52%) MS PowerPoint
8 6 (0.26%) Spreadsheet
9 3 (0.13%) Final Cut Pro
9 3 (0.13%) InfoPath
10 2 (0.087%) PowerPivot
11 1 (0.043%) TargetLink
11 1 (0.043%) Doxygen
11 1 (0.043%) Stateflow
11 1 (0.043%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 22 (0.95%) Dynamics AX
2 11 (0.48%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 10 (0.43%) RMDS
4 7 (0.30%) Dynamics CRM
4 7 (0.30%) Markit EDM
5 5 (0.22%) Oracle BPM
5 5 (0.22%) TRIRIGA
5 5 (0.22%) BASE24
6 3 (0.13%) Oracle EBS
6 3 (0.13%) Oracle EBS R12
7 2 (0.087%) SAP ERP
7 2 (0.087%) LabWindows
7 2 (0.087%) Cognos TM1
7 2 (0.087%) Tridion
7 2 (0.087%) BusinessWorks
7 2 (0.087%) ION MarketView
8 1 (0.043%) Shopify
8 1 (0.043%) Oracle Payables
8 1 (0.043%) Summit
8 1 (0.043%) Google Analytics
Cloud Services
1 79 (3.42%) Amazon AWS
2 39 (1.69%) Amazon EC2
3 32 (1.39%) Microsoft Azure
4 25 (1.08%) Cloud Computing
5 23 (1.00%) SaaS
6 21 (0.91%) Amazon S3
7 14 (0.61%) GitHub
8 11 (0.48%) Office 365
8 11 (0.48%) Amazon ELB
9 9 (0.39%) Amazon SQS
10 7 (0.30%) PaaS
10 7 (0.30%) IaaS
11 6 (0.26%) Heroku
12 5 (0.22%) Google App Engine
13 4 (0.17%) Google Compute Engine
14 3 (0.13%) ElastiCache
14 3 (0.13%) Amazon ElastiCache
15 1 (0.043%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 102 (4.42%) HTTP
2 73 (3.16%) TCP/IP
3 58 (2.51%) Internet
4 33 (1.43%) DVB
5 30 (1.30%) SSL
6 26 (1.13%) DNS
7 25 (1.08%) Wireless
8 22 (0.95%) LTE
9 17 (0.74%) Firewall
9 17 (0.74%) GSM
10 16 (0.69%) Network Security
11 13 (0.56%) Ethernet
11 13 (0.56%) 3G
12 11 (0.48%) GPRS
12 11 (0.48%) Bluetooth
12 11 (0.48%) ZigBee
13 10 (0.43%) 3GPP
14 9 (0.39%) ATM
14 9 (0.39%) RTP
14 9 (0.39%) BGP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 257 (11.13%) SQL Server
2 143 (6.19%) MySQL
3 90 (3.90%) Relational Database
4 85 (3.68%) NoSQL
5 83 (3.59%) MongoDB
6 78 (3.38%) Oracle Database
7 66 (2.86%) SQL Server 2008
8 47 (2.03%) PostgreSQL
9 43 (1.86%) Big Data
10 35 (1.52%) Apache Cassandra
10 35 (1.52%) Data Warehouse
11 33 (1.43%) RDBMS
12 29 (1.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 28 (1.21%) Hadoop
14 22 (0.95%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 21 (0.91%) Oracle Database 11g
15 21 (0.91%) DB2
16 18 (0.78%) SQL Server 2005
16 18 (0.78%) Redis
17 16 (0.69%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 219 (9.48%) Git (software)
2 131 (5.67%) Subversion
3 114 (4.94%) Visual Studio
4 110 (4.76%) Cucumber
5 109 (4.72%) Jenkins
6 86 (3.72%) Maven
7 85 (3.68%) Team Foundation Server
8 80 (3.46%) JUnit
9 68 (2.94%) ClearCase
10 66 (2.86%) JIRA
11 65 (2.81%) Eclipse
11 65 (2.81%) Selenium
12 61 (2.64%) Rational DOORS
13 46 (1.99%) NUnit
14 36 (1.56%) Hudson
15 35 (1.52%) TeamCity
16 34 (1.47%) Rational Rhapsody
17 30 (1.30%) PHPUnit
18 29 (1.26%) Mockito
19 26 (1.13%) Xcode
General
1 233 (10.09%) Finance
2 142 (6.15%) Banking
3 104 (4.50%) Electronics
4 100 (4.33%) Telecoms
5 90 (3.90%) Front Office
6 87 (3.77%) Investment Banking
7 46 (1.99%) Automotive
8 39 (1.69%) Military
9 38 (1.65%) Marketing
10 36 (1.56%) Retail
11 33 (1.43%) Manufacturing
12 30 (1.30%) Aerospace
13 28 (1.21%) Games
14 25 (1.08%) Legal
14 25 (1.08%) Avionics
15 21 (0.91%) Publishing
16 20 (0.87%) Back Office
17 15 (0.65%) Financial Institution
18 12 (0.52%) Advertising
19 10 (0.43%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 1029 (44.55%) Software Engineer
2 1014 (43.90%) Developer
3 225 (9.74%) Java Developer
4 126 (5.45%) Software Developer
4 126 (5.45%) Senior Software Engineer
5 125 (5.41%) Embedded Software Engineer
6 115 (4.98%) .NET Developer
7 100 (4.33%) C# Developer
8 88 (3.81%) Java Software Engineer
9 80 (3.46%) Senior Developer
10 70 (3.03%) Architect
10 70 (3.03%) Analyst
11 69 (2.99%) C++ Developer
12 68 (2.94%) Python Developer
13 66 (2.86%) Web Developer
14 60 (2.60%) C++ Software Engineer
15 57 (2.47%) PHP Developer
16 54 (2.34%) Programmer
17 47 (2.03%) C# .NET Developer
18 46 (1.99%) iOS Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 417 (18.05%) .NET
2 355 (15.37%) HTML
3 354 (15.32%) Web Services
4 270 (11.69%) CSS
5 250 (10.82%) XML
6 208 (9.00%) jQuery
7 191 (8.27%) Spring
8 165 (7.14%) HTML5
9 154 (6.67%) ASP.NET
10 153 (6.62%) REST
11 113 (4.89%) .NET Framework
12 111 (4.81%) WCF
13 110 (4.76%) SOAP
14 108 (4.68%) Hibernate
15 99 (4.29%) JSON
16 93 (4.03%) WPF
17 91 (3.94%) RESTful
18 88 (3.81%) J2EE
19 82 (3.55%) CSS3
19 82 (3.55%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 267 (11.56%) Computer Science
2 121 (5.24%) Open Source
3 91 (3.94%) Embedded Systems
4 77 (3.33%) Mobile App
5 65 (2.81%) DTV
6 62 (2.68%) Device Driver
7 60 (2.60%) Derivative
8 59 (2.55%) Enterprise Software
9 54 (2.34%) Mathematics
10 48 (2.08%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 43 (1.86%) Management Information System
12 37 (1.60%) STB
13 29 (1.26%) Equities
14 26 (1.13%) Client/Server
15 25 (1.08%) Equity Derivative
15 25 (1.08%) Data Integration
16 24 (1.04%) Firmware
17 23 (1.00%) Streaming Video
17 23 (1.00%) Physics
17 23 (1.00%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 552 (23.90%) Linux
2 273 (11.82%) Windows
3 208 (9.00%) UNIX
4 111 (4.81%) Android
5 102 (4.42%) Apple iOS
6 49 (2.12%) Embedded Linux
7 26 (1.13%) Windows Server 2012
8 24 (1.04%) CentOS
9 19 (0.82%) Mac OS X
10 17 (0.74%) Windows Server 2008
11 16 (0.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 14 (0.61%) Solaris
13 13 (0.56%) VxWorks
14 12 (0.52%) Windows 7
14 12 (0.52%) Debian
15 11 (0.48%) Windows CE
16 8 (0.35%) Fedora
16 8 (0.35%) Ubuntu
17 7 (0.30%) VMS
18 6 (0.26%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 580 (25.11%) Agile Software Development
2 484 (20.95%) Scrum
3 453 (19.61%) TDD
4 437 (18.92%) OO
5 285 (12.34%) Continuous Integration
6 242 (10.48%) MVC
7 221 (9.57%) UML
8 199 (8.61%) BDD
9 154 (6.67%) Unit Testing
10 122 (5.28%) Multithreading
10 122 (5.28%) Configuration Management
11 113 (4.89%) Web Development
12 105 (4.55%) OOD
13 104 (4.50%) OOP
14 99 (4.29%) Test Automation
15 97 (4.20%) E-Commerce
16 94 (4.07%) Project Management
17 93 (4.03%) DevOps
18 88 (3.81%) Validation
19 85 (3.68%) Pair Programming
Programming Languages
1 783 (33.90%) Java
2 489 (21.17%) C#
3 462 (20.00%) C++
4 439 (19.00%) SQL
5 434 (18.79%) JavaScript
6 412 (17.84%) C
7 299 (12.94%) Python
8 185 (8.01%) Ruby
9 176 (7.62%) PHP
10 131 (5.67%) Embedded C
11 93 (4.03%) Perl
12 71 (3.07%) Scala
13 53 (2.29%) Objective-C
14 51 (2.21%) MATLAB
15 49 (2.12%) PL/SQL
16 47 (2.03%) Shell Script
17 45 (1.95%) VB
18 40 (1.73%) Embedded C++
19 37 (1.60%) PHP5
20 35 (1.52%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 362 (15.67%) Degree
2 214 (9.26%) Security Cleared
3 147 (6.36%) SC Cleared
4 35 (1.52%) DV Cleared
5 24 (1.04%) ISEB
6 21 (0.91%) ISTQB
7 16 (0.69%) HND
8 13 (0.56%) Microsoft Certification
9 11 (0.48%) PhD
9 11 (0.48%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 7 (0.30%) Chartered Engineer
11 6 (0.26%) BC Cleared
11 6 (0.26%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 5 (0.22%) PMI Certification
13 4 (0.17%) PMP
13 4 (0.17%) MCSE
14 3 (0.13%) APMP
14 3 (0.13%) Six Sigma Green Belt
14 3 (0.13%) OCPJP
14 3 (0.13%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 147 (6.36%) QA
2 40 (1.73%) DO-178B
3 6 (0.26%) PCI DSS
3 6 (0.26%) ISO 9001
4 4 (0.17%) SNOMED CT
4 4 (0.17%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.13%) SLA
6 1 (0.043%) ISO 14001
6 1 (0.043%) ISO 8583
6 1 (0.043%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.043%) ISO/IEC 14443
6 1 (0.043%) EMIR
6 1 (0.043%) DO-160
System Software
1 22 (0.95%) Varnish
2 13 (0.56%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (0.43%) Oracle RAC
4 9 (0.39%) Active Directory
5 6 (0.26%) vCloud
5 6 (0.26%) Docker
6 5 (0.22%) KVM
7 4 (0.17%) Xen
8 3 (0.13%) Oracle RMAN
9 2 (0.087%) UAG
9 2 (0.087%) Hyper-V
10 1 (0.043%) vSphere
10 1 (0.043%) Nmap
10 1 (0.043%) NFS
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 66 (2.86%) Puppet
2 58 (2.51%) Opscode Chef
3 21 (0.91%) Salt
4 13 (0.56%) Nagios
5 11 (0.48%) Vagrant
6 9 (0.39%) HP Quality Center
7 8 (0.35%) Ansible
8 6 (0.26%) ITRS Geneos
9 4 (0.17%) ZABBIX
9 4 (0.17%) HAProxy
9 4 (0.17%) Capistrano
10 3 (0.13%) SCCM
10 3 (0.13%) Oozie
10 3 (0.13%) YUM
10 3 (0.13%) Tivoli
11 2 (0.087%) OpenView Configuration Management
11 2 (0.087%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
11 2 (0.087%) SCOrch
11 2 (0.087%) OpenIDM
11 2 (0.087%) OpenAM
Vendors
1 299 (12.94%) Oracle
2 151 (6.54%) Microsoft
3 61 (2.64%) JBoss
4 60 (2.60%) IBM
5 58 (2.51%) Zend
6 35 (1.52%) Google
7 28 (1.21%) Facebook
8 27 (1.17%) VMware
8 27 (1.17%) Red Hat
9 23 (1.00%) SAP
10 16 (0.69%) HP
10 16 (0.69%) Perforce
11 15 (0.65%) Serena
11 15 (0.65%) TIBCO
11 15 (0.65%) Sitecore
12 14 (0.61%) Rackspace
12 14 (0.61%) Cisco
13 13 (0.56%) Sybase
13 13 (0.56%) Adobe
13 13 (0.56%) Salesforce.com
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SEC Recruitment Limited
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 1 hour ago
Oxfordshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £450 - £510 per day
Posted: 2 hours ago
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
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Rate: £40 - £50 per hour
Posted: 4 hours ago
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
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Rate: From £300 to £400 per day
Posted: 5 hours ago
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EMBL
Posted: 13 hours ago
Saffron Walden, Essex
EMBL
Posted: 13 hours ago
Cambourne, Cambridgeshire
EMBL
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 14 hours ago
Harrogate, North Yorkshire
AMsource Technology
Rate: From £250 to £350 per day Rate dependant on experiance
Posted: 2 days ago
Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Vertical IT
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Bristol, Somerset
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London
Red Sofa London
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 2 days ago
West Midlands
X4 Group
Rate: £30 - 38 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
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Posted: 2 days ago
Dorset
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Rate: £40 - £46 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
London
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Posted: 2 days ago
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Solutions Recruitment
Rate: From £350 to £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Client Server
Rate: £500 - £550 p/day
Posted: 3 days ago
Central London / West End
Optimus Search Ltd
Rate: Unspecified
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Rate: Unspecified Rate can be in increased depending on experience
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