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 21 August 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
21 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Engineering
Rank 94 90 91
Rank change year-on-year
-4 +1
Contract jobs citing Software Engineering 1127 1129 1187
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 2.00% 2.15% 2.05%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.70% 2.94% 2.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 711 658 569
Average daily rate
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£375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £247 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £531 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+6.15% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 79 106 212
Average hourly rate £37.50 £35.75 £38.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.89% -7.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £28.55 £31.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £35.00 £38.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -7.89%

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
41740 38461 41085
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.13% 73.30% 70.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 25873 23589 23801
Average daily rate £405 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.25% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £270 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1149 1035 1459
Average hourly rate £22.88 £27.80 £31.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-17.71% -11.04%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £46.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-16.66% -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 21 August 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 21 August 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 21 August 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 1057 £375 - 795
London +13 481 £425 +3.97% 241
South East +1 208 £350 - 148
South West +9 111 £375 +13.20% 87
City of London +10 110 £450 +5.88% 66
Hampshire +2 83 £338 -8.47% 33
East of England -37 73 £363 +0.69% 137
Yorkshire -1 72 £325 +8.33% 44
North West +5 56 £325 -10.34% 59
West Yorkshire -10 52 £325 +8.33% 25
Bristol +18 46 £375 +11.11% 24
Leeds -4 44 £325 +8.33% 18
Scotland -15 36 £315 -18.18% 55
Southampton +10 35 £350 -0.70% 7
Cambridgeshire -17 35 £363 - 84
Surrey -11 33 £350 +7.69% 33
Manchester +8 31 £350 -6.66% 28
Gloucestershire +1 30 £340 - 17
Berkshire +12 29 £325 +8.33% 27
West Midlands -21 27 £235 -21.66% 35
Cambridge -13 26 £363 +28.31% 73
Middlesex +11 24 £363 +16.93% 3
Wales +2 24 £300 -7.69% 12
South Wales +2 20 £300 -11.11% 8
Oxfordshire -1 16 £338 -12.90% 24
Reading +22 15 £420 - 16
North Yorkshire +16 15 £320 +28.00% 8
Cardiff +6 15 £300 -7.69% 5
Staines +1 15 £350 -
Somerset -6 15 £290 -10.76% 13

Software Engineering
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 August 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.

1 793 (33.76%) Java
2 586 (24.95%) Agile Software Development
3 548 (23.33%) Linux
4 504 (21.46%) C#
5 483 (20.56%) Scrum
6 478 (20.35%) C++
7 457 (19.46%) TDD
8 449 (19.11%) SQL
8 449 (19.11%) OO
9 435 (18.52%) JavaScript
10 428 (18.22%) .NET
11 408 (17.37%) C
12 365 (15.54%) Degree
13 359 (15.28%) HTML
14 356 (15.16%) Web Services
15 297 (12.64%) Python
16 296 (12.60%) Oracle
17 280 (11.92%) Continuous Integration
18 276 (11.75%) CSS
19 274 (11.66%) Windows
20 267 (11.37%) Computer Science
21 263 (11.20%) SQL Server
22 256 (10.90%) XML
23 248 (10.56%) MVC
24 239 (10.17%) Finance
25 225 (9.58%) UML
26 216 (9.20%) Security Cleared
27 211 (8.98%) Git (software)
28 209 (8.90%) jQuery
29 199 (8.47%) UNIX

Software Engineering
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 21 August 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 (4.21%) Tomcat
2 90 (3.83%) Apache
3 66 (2.81%) Node.js
4 57 (2.43%) WebSphere
5 50 (2.13%) SharePoint
6 48 (2.04%) CMS
7 37 (1.58%) WebLogic
8 31 (1.32%) IIS
9 18 (0.77%) Confluence
9 18 (0.77%) Elasticsearch
10 15 (0.64%) SAS
11 14 (0.60%) Oracle Coherence
11 14 (0.60%) Umbraco
12 13 (0.55%) WebSphere Application Server
12 13 (0.55%) SharePoint 2010
13 12 (0.51%) Sitecore CMS
13 12 (0.51%) BizTalk Server
14 11 (0.47%) Apache Solr
15 9 (0.38%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 9 (0.38%) Drupal
Applications
1 87 (3.70%) MS Excel
2 28 (1.19%) MS Office
3 25 (1.06%) Simulink
4 23 (0.98%) MS Visio
5 16 (0.68%) MS Project
6 13 (0.55%) Photoshop
6 13 (0.55%) Adobe Illustrator
6 13 (0.55%) MS PowerPoint
7 6 (0.26%) Spreadsheet
8 3 (0.13%) Final Cut Pro
8 3 (0.13%) InfoPath
9 2 (0.085%) PowerPivot
10 1 (0.043%) TargetLink
10 1 (0.043%) Doxygen
10 1 (0.043%) Stateflow
10 1 (0.043%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 22 (0.94%) Dynamics AX
2 10 (0.43%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 10 (0.43%) RMDS
3 9 (0.38%) Markit EDM
4 7 (0.30%) Dynamics CRM
5 6 (0.26%) BASE24
6 5 (0.21%) TRIRIGA
7 4 (0.17%) Oracle BPM
8 3 (0.13%) Oracle EBS
8 3 (0.13%) Oracle EBS R12
9 2 (0.085%) SAP ERP
9 2 (0.085%) LabWindows
9 2 (0.085%) Tridion
9 2 (0.085%) BusinessWorks
9 2 (0.085%) ION MarketView
10 1 (0.043%) Shopify
10 1 (0.043%) Oracle Payables
10 1 (0.043%) Summit
10 1 (0.043%) Cognos TM1
10 1 (0.043%) Google Analytics
Cloud Services
1 78 (3.32%) Amazon AWS
2 37 (1.58%) Amazon EC2
3 32 (1.36%) Microsoft Azure
4 24 (1.02%) Cloud Computing
5 22 (0.94%) SaaS
6 20 (0.85%) Amazon S3
7 11 (0.47%) Office 365
7 11 (0.47%) Amazon ELB
8 10 (0.43%) GitHub
9 9 (0.38%) Amazon SQS
10 7 (0.30%) IaaS
10 7 (0.30%) PaaS
11 6 (0.26%) Heroku
12 5 (0.21%) Google App Engine
13 4 (0.17%) Google Compute Engine
14 3 (0.13%) ElastiCache
14 3 (0.13%) Amazon ElastiCache
Communications & Networking
1 100 (4.26%) HTTP
2 74 (3.15%) TCP/IP
3 61 (2.60%) Internet
4 30 (1.28%) DVB
5 26 (1.11%) SSL
6 25 (1.06%) DNS
7 24 (1.02%) Wireless
8 21 (0.89%) LTE
9 17 (0.72%) Firewall
9 17 (0.72%) GSM
10 14 (0.60%) Ethernet
11 12 (0.51%) 3G
11 12 (0.51%) Network Security
12 11 (0.47%) ZigBee
12 11 (0.47%) GPRS
12 11 (0.47%) ATM
12 11 (0.47%) Bluetooth
13 10 (0.43%) 3GPP
13 10 (0.43%) BGP
13 10 (0.43%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 263 (11.20%) SQL Server
2 140 (5.96%) MySQL
3 96 (4.09%) MongoDB
4 90 (3.83%) NoSQL
5 88 (3.75%) Relational Database
6 79 (3.36%) Oracle Database
7 67 (2.85%) SQL Server 2008
8 44 (1.87%) Big Data
8 44 (1.87%) PostgreSQL
9 38 (1.62%) Data Warehouse
10 37 (1.58%) Apache Cassandra
11 30 (1.28%) Hadoop
11 30 (1.28%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 29 (1.23%) RDBMS
13 23 (0.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 22 (0.94%) Oracle Database 11g
15 19 (0.81%) SQL Server 2005
16 18 (0.77%) DB2
16 18 (0.77%) Redis
17 16 (0.68%) ObjectStore
Development Applications
1 211 (8.98%) Git (software)
2 130 (5.53%) Subversion
3 121 (5.15%) Visual Studio
4 112 (4.77%) Cucumber
5 107 (4.56%) Jenkins
6 89 (3.79%) Team Foundation Server
7 86 (3.66%) Maven
8 84 (3.58%) JUnit
9 68 (2.89%) Eclipse
9 68 (2.89%) ClearCase
10 63 (2.68%) JIRA
10 63 (2.68%) Selenium
11 59 (2.51%) Rational DOORS
12 48 (2.04%) NUnit
13 38 (1.62%) Rational Rhapsody
14 34 (1.45%) Hudson
14 34 (1.45%) TeamCity
15 29 (1.23%) Mockito
16 28 (1.19%) PHPUnit
17 26 (1.11%) SpecFlow
General
1 239 (10.17%) Finance
2 141 (6.00%) Banking
3 106 (4.51%) Electronics
4 96 (4.09%) Telecoms
5 93 (3.96%) Front Office
6 87 (3.70%) Investment Banking
7 44 (1.87%) Automotive
8 39 (1.66%) Military
8 39 (1.66%) Marketing
9 34 (1.45%) Retail
10 32 (1.36%) Manufacturing
11 29 (1.23%) Games
11 29 (1.23%) Legal
11 29 (1.23%) Aerospace
12 24 (1.02%) Back Office
12 24 (1.02%) Avionics
13 21 (0.89%) Publishing
14 14 (0.60%) Financial Institution
15 12 (0.51%) Advertising
16 10 (0.43%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 1041 (44.32%) Software Engineer
2 1033 (43.98%) Developer
3 227 (9.66%) Java Developer
4 134 (5.70%) Software Developer
5 133 (5.66%) Senior Software Engineer
6 125 (5.32%) Embedded Software Engineer
7 116 (4.94%) .NET Developer
8 103 (4.38%) C# Developer
9 89 (3.79%) Java Software Engineer
10 76 (3.24%) Senior Developer
10 76 (3.24%) Analyst
11 70 (2.98%) Python Developer
12 67 (2.85%) Architect
12 67 (2.85%) C++ Developer
13 66 (2.81%) Web Developer
14 62 (2.64%) Programmer
14 62 (2.64%) PHP Developer
15 60 (2.55%) C++ Software Engineer
16 47 (2.00%) C# .NET Developer
17 46 (1.96%) .NET Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 428 (18.22%) .NET
2 359 (15.28%) HTML
3 356 (15.16%) Web Services
4 276 (11.75%) CSS
5 256 (10.90%) XML
6 209 (8.90%) jQuery
7 196 (8.34%) Spring
8 160 (6.81%) HTML5
9 159 (6.77%) ASP.NET
10 153 (6.51%) REST
11 118 (5.02%) WCF
12 116 (4.94%) .NET Framework
13 111 (4.73%) Hibernate
14 107 (4.56%) SOAP
15 101 (4.30%) WPF
16 98 (4.17%) JSON
17 94 (4.00%) RESTful
18 91 (3.87%) J2EE
19 82 (3.49%) CSS3
20 81 (3.45%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 267 (11.37%) Computer Science
2 126 (5.36%) Open Source
3 91 (3.87%) Embedded Systems
4 77 (3.28%) Mobile App
5 65 (2.77%) Derivative
6 63 (2.68%) Device Driver
7 61 (2.60%) DTV
7 61 (2.60%) Enterprise Software
8 55 (2.34%) Mathematics
9 45 (1.92%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 39 (1.66%) Management Information System
11 35 (1.49%) STB
12 30 (1.28%) Equities
13 26 (1.11%) Fixed Income
13 26 (1.11%) Client/Server
13 26 (1.11%) Data Integration
14 25 (1.06%) Equity Derivative
15 24 (1.02%) Firmware
15 24 (1.02%) Streaming Video
16 23 (0.98%) Physics
Operating Systems
1 548 (23.33%) Linux
2 274 (11.66%) Windows
3 199 (8.47%) UNIX
4 108 (4.60%) Android
5 97 (4.13%) Apple iOS
6 51 (2.17%) Embedded Linux
7 26 (1.11%) Windows Server 2012
8 22 (0.94%) CentOS
9 19 (0.81%) Windows Server 2008
10 15 (0.64%) Solaris
10 15 (0.64%) Mac OS X
11 14 (0.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 13 (0.55%) VxWorks
13 12 (0.51%) Debian
13 12 (0.51%) Windows CE
13 12 (0.51%) Windows 7
14 8 (0.34%) Ubuntu
15 7 (0.30%) Fedora
15 7 (0.30%) VMS
16 6 (0.26%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 586 (24.95%) Agile Software Development
2 483 (20.56%) Scrum
3 457 (19.46%) TDD
4 449 (19.11%) OO
5 280 (11.92%) Continuous Integration
6 248 (10.56%) MVC
7 225 (9.58%) UML
8 197 (8.39%) BDD
9 161 (6.85%) Unit Testing
10 127 (5.41%) Multithreading
11 119 (5.07%) Configuration Management
12 113 (4.81%) Web Development
13 108 (4.60%) OOD
14 103 (4.38%) OOP
15 97 (4.13%) E-Commerce
16 96 (4.09%) Project Management
17 94 (4.00%) Test Automation
18 93 (3.96%) DevOps
19 87 (3.70%) Validation
20 83 (3.53%) Pair Programming
Programming Languages
1 793 (33.76%) Java
2 504 (21.46%) C#
3 478 (20.35%) C++
4 449 (19.11%) SQL
5 435 (18.52%) JavaScript
6 408 (17.37%) C
7 297 (12.64%) Python
8 185 (7.88%) Ruby
9 181 (7.71%) PHP
10 132 (5.62%) Embedded C
11 97 (4.13%) Perl
12 79 (3.36%) Scala
13 55 (2.34%) MATLAB
14 50 (2.13%) PL/SQL
15 49 (2.09%) Shell Script
16 47 (2.00%) Objective-C
17 45 (1.92%) VB
18 41 (1.75%) Embedded C++
19 37 (1.58%) VB.NET
20 36 (1.53%) PHP5
Qualifications
1 365 (15.54%) Degree
2 216 (9.20%) Security Cleared
3 145 (6.17%) SC Cleared
4 31 (1.32%) DV Cleared
5 24 (1.02%) ISEB
6 20 (0.85%) ISTQB
7 14 (0.60%) HND
8 13 (0.55%) Microsoft Certification
9 12 (0.51%) PhD
10 10 (0.43%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 7 (0.30%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 7 (0.30%) Chartered Engineer
12 6 (0.26%) BC Cleared
13 5 (0.21%) PMI Certification
14 4 (0.17%) PMP
14 4 (0.17%) MCSE
14 4 (0.17%) Six Sigma Green Belt
15 3 (0.13%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
15 3 (0.13%) APMP
15 3 (0.13%) OCPJP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 143 (6.09%) QA
2 39 (1.66%) DO-178B
3 8 (0.34%) ISO 9001
4 6 (0.26%) PCI DSS
5 4 (0.17%) SNOMED CT
5 4 (0.17%) Data Quality
6 3 (0.13%) SLA
7 2 (0.085%) ISO 8583
8 1 (0.043%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.043%) ISO 14001
8 1 (0.043%) ISO/IEC 14443
8 1 (0.043%) EMIR
8 1 (0.043%) DO-160
System Software
1 20 (0.85%) Varnish
2 13 (0.55%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (0.43%) Oracle RAC
4 9 (0.38%) Active Directory
5 6 (0.26%) Docker
5 6 (0.26%) vCloud
6 5 (0.21%) KVM
7 4 (0.17%) Xen
8 3 (0.13%) Oracle RMAN
9 2 (0.085%) Hyper-V
9 2 (0.085%) vSphere
9 2 (0.085%) UAG
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 (2.81%) Puppet
2 59 (2.51%) Opscode Chef
3 20 (0.85%) Salt
4 14 (0.60%) Nagios
5 11 (0.47%) Vagrant
6 8 (0.34%) HP Quality Center
6 8 (0.34%) Ansible
7 6 (0.26%) ITRS Geneos
8 4 (0.17%) Capistrano
8 4 (0.17%) ZABBIX
9 3 (0.13%) Tivoli
9 3 (0.13%) Oozie
9 3 (0.13%) HAProxy
9 3 (0.13%) SCCM
10 2 (0.085%) SCOrch
10 2 (0.085%) OpenIDM
10 2 (0.085%) OpenAM
10 2 (0.085%) logstash
10 2 (0.085%) Kibana
10 2 (0.085%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 296 (12.60%) Oracle
2 156 (6.64%) Microsoft
3 64 (2.72%) Zend
4 60 (2.55%) JBoss
5 58 (2.47%) IBM
6 36 (1.53%) Google
7 29 (1.23%) Facebook
8 26 (1.11%) VMware
9 24 (1.02%) Red Hat
10 21 (0.89%) SAP
11 17 (0.72%) Serena
11 17 (0.72%) TIBCO
12 16 (0.68%) HP
12 16 (0.68%) Sitecore
13 15 (0.64%) Sybase
13 15 (0.64%) Perforce
14 14 (0.60%) Salesforce.com
14 14 (0.60%) Rackspace
15 13 (0.55%) Cisco
15 13 (0.55%) Adobe
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