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 May 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
1 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Engineering
Rank 81 85 83
Rank change year-on-year
+4 -2
Contract jobs citing Software Engineering 1280 1164 1061
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 2.29% 2.14% 2.19%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.00% 2.85% 2.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 716 679 570
Average daily rate
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£393 £388 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.29% -3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £280 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 126 141 109
Average hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.59 £31.00 £28.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.15 £43.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £39.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+2.56% +4.00%

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
42679 40798 35545
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 76.47% 74.90% 73.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 26665 25518 21197
Average daily rate £413 £400 £408
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -1.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £375 £360
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1239 1169 1080
Average hourly rate £29.00 £30.00 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% -6.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £50.00 £53.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.50 £30.75 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-0.81% -3.90%

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 May 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 1 May 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 1 May 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 +6 1145 £400 +2.56% 982
London -11 393 £450 - 313
South East +18 345 £350 -7.89% 216
South West +4 116 £400 +14.28% 105
Hampshire +13 114 £350 +12.00% 57
North West +19 77 £375 +15.38% 58
Yorkshire -14 75 £338 +5.46% 60
City of London -37 68 £495 -1.10% 92
Scotland +16 65 £355 +8.56% 38
East of England -9 65 £350 +8.52% 140
Surrey 0 62 £363 -12.12% 42
West Yorkshire -21 59 £334 +4.29% 34
Berkshire +13 46 £363 +7.40% 37
Leeds -33 40 £325 +1.56% 18
Wales +14 39 £370 -7.50% 5
West Midlands -11 39 £300 +4.34% 42
Manchester +2 38 £375 +15.38% 33
Oxfordshire -4 32 £405 +15.71% 30
Buckinghamshire +11 31 £339 -19.34% 10
South Wales +17 30 £365 -5.80% 2
Bristol +9 30 £394 +12.50% 47
Gloucestershire -10 27 £443 -11.50% 7
Cambridgeshire -7 26 £370 +15.62% 100
Milton Keynes +11 24 £425 -3.95% 3
Edinburgh -1 24 £363 +3.64% 20
Cheshire +12 23 £375 - 16
Reading +8 22 £375 -11.76% 22
Somerset +13 21 £306 -9.25% 14
Glasgow +2 21 £400 +26.48% 11
Cambridge -6 21 £390 +21.87% 82

Software Engineering
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 May 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 1026 (42.33%) Agile Software Development
2 850 (35.07%) Java
3 595 (24.55%) Linux
4 531 (21.91%) TDD
5 518 (21.37%) C++
6 507 (20.92%) JavaScript
7 489 (20.17%) SQL
8 479 (19.76%) HTML
9 459 (18.94%) C#
10 453 (18.69%) C
11 419 (17.29%) OO
12 387 (15.97%) .NET
13 367 (15.14%) Scrum
14 327 (13.49%) Continuous Integration
15 323 (13.33%) Web Services
16 317 (13.08%) Python
17 312 (12.87%) XML
17 312 (12.87%) CSS
17 312 (12.87%) Degree
18 304 (12.54%) UML
19 300 (12.38%) Oracle
20 294 (12.13%) Security Cleared
21 278 (11.47%) Finance
21 278 (11.47%) Git (software)
22 273 (11.26%) Windows
23 268 (11.06%) HTML5
24 245 (10.11%) UNIX
25 241 (9.94%) jQuery
26 224 (9.24%) SQL Server
27 216 (8.91%) Computer Science

Software Engineering
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 May 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
1 130 (5.36%) Node.js
2 120 (4.95%) Apache
3 87 (3.59%) Tomcat
4 77 (3.18%) WebLogic
5 69 (2.85%) WebSphere
6 56 (2.31%) JBoss
7 46 (1.90%) SharePoint
7 46 (1.90%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 28 (1.16%) Elasticsearch
9 27 (1.11%) CMS
10 25 (1.03%) MQSeries
11 21 (0.87%) IIS
12 20 (0.83%) Oracle Workflow
13 19 (0.78%) Confluence
14 17 (0.70%) nginx
14 17 (0.70%) Apache Solr
15 13 (0.54%) SharePoint 2013
16 11 (0.45%) WordPress
16 11 (0.45%) Adobe Experience Manager
17 8 (0.33%) Apache Spark
Applications
1 103 (4.25%) MS Excel
2 39 (1.61%) MS PowerPoint
2 39 (1.61%) MS Office
2 39 (1.61%) MS Visio
3 23 (0.95%) Simulink
4 14 (0.58%) MS Project
5 13 (0.54%) Spreadsheet
6 11 (0.45%) Doxygen
7 8 (0.33%) Stateflow
8 6 (0.25%) TargetLink
8 6 (0.25%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 4 (0.17%) Photoshop
10 2 (0.083%) HipChat
11 1 (0.041%) SPSS
11 1 (0.041%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.041%) Maya
11 1 (0.041%) FrameMaker
11 1 (0.041%) OmniGraffle
11 1 (0.041%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 29 (1.20%) Oracle EBS
2 16 (0.66%) Oracle BPM
3 10 (0.41%) Dynamics CRM
4 8 (0.33%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 7 (0.29%) Oracle 11i
6 6 (0.25%) Primavera
7 5 (0.21%) SAP CRM
8 4 (0.17%) Cognos Business Intelligence
8 4 (0.17%) Oracle General Ledger
9 3 (0.12%) SAP ERP
10 2 (0.083%) Oracle Applications
10 2 (0.083%) AWD
10 2 (0.083%) Dynamics AX
11 1 (0.041%) ResourceLink
11 1 (0.041%) Dynamics NAV
11 1 (0.041%) Summit
11 1 (0.041%) Magento
11 1 (0.041%) Oracle EBS R12
11 1 (0.041%) MFGPRO
Cloud Services
1 96 (3.96%) Amazon AWS
2 24 (0.99%) Amazon EC2
3 18 (0.74%) Microsoft Azure
4 16 (0.66%) Amazon S3
4 16 (0.66%) SaaS
4 16 (0.66%) Cloud Computing
5 14 (0.58%) Amazon SQS
6 10 (0.41%) Amazon ElastiCache
7 9 (0.37%) AWS CloudFormation
8 8 (0.33%) GitHub
9 7 (0.29%) Office 365
9 7 (0.29%) Force.com
10 6 (0.25%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 3 (0.12%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 3 (0.12%) IaaS
11 3 (0.12%) Route 53
12 2 (0.083%) Google Drive
12 2 (0.083%) Google Analytics
13 1 (0.041%) Google Checkout
13 1 (0.041%) Silverpop
Communications & Networking
1 99 (4.08%) HTTP
2 85 (3.51%) Internet
3 65 (2.68%) TCP/IP
4 32 (1.32%) Wi-Fi
5 31 (1.28%) Wireless
6 26 (1.07%) Ethernet
7 18 (0.74%) Bluetooth
8 16 (0.66%) DNS
9 15 (0.62%) DVB
9 15 (0.62%) 802.11
10 14 (0.58%) 3G
10 14 (0.58%) GSM
10 14 (0.58%) SAN
11 13 (0.54%) Firewall
12 12 (0.50%) Fibre Channel
12 12 (0.50%) AMQP
12 12 (0.50%) LTE
13 11 (0.45%) Wireshark
13 11 (0.45%) SNMP
13 11 (0.45%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 224 (9.24%) SQL Server
2 150 (6.19%) MySQL
3 109 (4.50%) MongoDB
4 97 (4.00%) Relational Database
5 77 (3.18%) NoSQL
6 70 (2.89%) Oracle Database
7 64 (2.64%) Hadoop
8 57 (2.35%) Big Data
9 53 (2.19%) PostgreSQL
10 43 (1.77%) Data Warehouse
11 37 (1.53%) RDBMS
12 33 (1.36%) DB2
13 31 (1.28%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 28 (1.16%) SQL Server 2008
15 27 (1.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 25 (1.03%) Apache Cassandra
16 25 (1.03%) CouchDB
17 20 (0.83%) Oracle Database 11g
18 19 (0.78%) Redis
19 16 (0.66%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 278 (11.47%) Git (software)
2 196 (8.09%) Subversion
3 139 (5.73%) Jenkins
4 120 (4.95%) JIRA
5 118 (4.87%) Selenium
6 117 (4.83%) Visual Studio
7 113 (4.66%) JUnit
8 93 (3.84%) Ant
9 77 (3.18%) Cucumber
10 76 (3.14%) ClearCase
11 66 (2.72%) NUnit
11 66 (2.72%) Eclipse
12 64 (2.64%) Maven
12 64 (2.64%) Grunt
13 58 (2.39%) Rational DOORS
14 56 (2.31%) Team Foundation Server
15 52 (2.15%) GoogleTest
16 44 (1.82%) CppUnit
17 34 (1.40%) WebDriver
18 31 (1.28%) ClearQuest
General
1 278 (11.47%) Finance
2 107 (4.41%) Banking
3 94 (3.88%) Telecoms
4 85 (3.51%) Electronics
5 60 (2.48%) Games
6 59 (2.43%) Investment Banking
7 51 (2.10%) Automotive
8 47 (1.94%) Retail
9 45 (1.86%) Marketing
10 39 (1.61%) Front Office
10 39 (1.61%) Aerospace
10 39 (1.61%) Manufacturing
11 27 (1.11%) Military
11 27 (1.11%) Publishing
12 18 (0.74%) Legal
12 18 (0.74%) Avionics
13 9 (0.37%) Financial Institution
14 8 (0.33%) Back Office
15 7 (0.29%) Billing
16 5 (0.21%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 1078 (44.47%) Developer
2 889 (36.67%) Software Engineer
3 280 (11.55%) Java Developer
4 145 (5.98%) Software Developer
5 120 (4.95%) Embedded Software Engineer
6 105 (4.33%) Senior Developer
7 99 (4.08%) Senior Software Engineer
8 97 (4.00%) Analyst
9 95 (3.92%) Java Software Engineer
10 80 (3.30%) Architect
11 77 (3.18%) .NET Developer
12 75 (3.09%) C# Developer
13 62 (2.56%) C++ Developer
14 61 (2.52%) JavaScript Developer
15 58 (2.39%) iOS Developer
16 57 (2.35%) PHP Developer
17 55 (2.27%) Front-End Developer
18 54 (2.23%) Senior Java Developer
19 49 (2.02%) Systems Engineer
20 47 (1.94%) C++ Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 479 (19.76%) HTML
2 387 (15.97%) .NET
3 323 (13.33%) Web Services
4 312 (12.87%) XML
4 312 (12.87%) CSS
5 268 (11.06%) HTML5
6 241 (9.94%) jQuery
7 186 (7.67%) JSON
8 167 (6.89%) Spring
9 144 (5.94%) REST
10 142 (5.86%) RESTful
11 140 (5.78%) AngularJS
12 138 (5.69%) CSS3
13 130 (5.36%) ASP.NET
14 119 (4.91%) SOAP
15 117 (4.83%) J2EE
16 83 (3.42%) .NET Framework
17 80 (3.30%) Hibernate
18 73 (3.01%) Backbone.js
19 72 (2.97%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 216 (8.91%) Computer Science
2 214 (8.83%) Analytical Skills
3 94 (3.88%) User Experience
4 88 (3.63%) Open Source
5 81 (3.34%) Mobile App
6 62 (2.56%) Algorithms
6 62 (2.56%) Management Information System
7 50 (2.06%) Embedded Systems
8 49 (2.02%) Device Driver
9 47 (1.94%) Derivative
10 46 (1.90%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 41 (1.69%) Enterprise Software
12 37 (1.53%) Mathematics
13 30 (1.24%) Digital Media
14 29 (1.20%) STB
15 27 (1.11%) Equities
15 27 (1.11%) Data Structures
16 24 (0.99%) Physics
17 21 (0.87%) IPTV
18 20 (0.83%) DTV
Operating Systems
1 595 (24.55%) Linux
2 273 (11.26%) Windows
3 245 (10.11%) UNIX
4 128 (5.28%) Apple iOS
5 125 (5.16%) Android
6 36 (1.49%) CentOS
7 35 (1.44%) Embedded Linux
8 32 (1.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 24 (0.99%) AIX
10 22 (0.91%) Windows CE
11 21 (0.87%) Mac OS X
12 13 (0.54%) Windows Mobile
13 12 (0.50%) VxWorks
13 12 (0.50%) Mac OS
14 11 (0.45%) Windows 8
15 10 (0.41%) Windows 7
16 9 (0.37%) Windows Server 2008
16 9 (0.37%) Windows XP
16 9 (0.37%) HPUX
16 9 (0.37%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 1026 (42.33%) Agile Software Development
2 531 (21.91%) TDD
3 419 (17.29%) OO
4 367 (15.14%) Scrum
5 327 (13.49%) Continuous Integration
6 304 (12.54%) UML
7 190 (7.84%) BDD
8 180 (7.43%) Unit Testing
9 178 (7.34%) Multithreading
10 172 (7.10%) MVC
11 161 (6.64%) Configuration Management
12 144 (5.94%) Project Management
12 144 (5.94%) OOP
13 128 (5.28%) Mentoring
14 122 (5.03%) OOD
15 121 (4.99%) SOA
16 101 (4.17%) Refactoring
17 98 (4.04%) Automated Testing
17 98 (4.04%) Test Automation
18 84 (3.47%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 850 (35.07%) Java
2 518 (21.37%) C++
3 507 (20.92%) JavaScript
4 489 (20.17%) SQL
5 459 (18.94%) C#
6 453 (18.69%) C
7 317 (13.08%) Python
8 181 (7.47%) PHP
9 173 (7.14%) Ruby
10 142 (5.86%) Embedded C
11 109 (4.50%) Perl
12 83 (3.42%) Scala
13 70 (2.89%) Objective-C
14 66 (2.72%) Embedded C++
15 60 (2.48%) PL/SQL
16 58 (2.39%) T-SQL
17 45 (1.86%) VB.NET
18 39 (1.61%) XPath
19 37 (1.53%) Bash Shell
20 35 (1.44%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 312 (12.87%) Degree
2 294 (12.13%) Security Cleared
3 189 (7.80%) SC Cleared
4 56 (2.31%) DV Cleared
5 36 (1.49%) ISEB
6 27 (1.11%) HND
7 25 (1.03%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 14 (0.58%) Microsoft Certification
9 13 (0.54%) PhD
10 10 (0.41%) ISTQB
11 7 (0.29%) Six Sigma Green Belt
12 5 (0.21%) Cisco Certification
12 5 (0.21%) PMP
12 5 (0.21%) PMI Certification
13 4 (0.17%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 4 (0.17%) CCNP
13 4 (0.17%) MCP
13 4 (0.17%) JNCIP
14 3 (0.12%) MCTS
14 3 (0.12%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 72 (2.97%) QA
2 27 (1.11%) DO-178B
3 4 (0.17%) EMIR
3 4 (0.17%) ISO 9001
3 4 (0.17%) WAI
3 4 (0.17%) JTAG
4 3 (0.12%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.12%) IEC 61508
5 2 (0.083%) ISO 9000
5 2 (0.083%) DICOM
6 1 (0.041%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.041%) WCAG
6 1 (0.041%) BS25999
6 1 (0.041%) ISO/IEC 14443
6 1 (0.041%) ISO/IEC 7816
6 1 (0.041%) SLA
6 1 (0.041%) TickIT
6 1 (0.041%) ISO/IEC 15504 (SPICE)
6 1 (0.041%) Data Quality
System Software
1 27 (1.11%) Firmware
2 20 (0.83%) Docker
3 19 (0.78%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (0.37%) GPFS
5 7 (0.29%) Oracle RAC
6 6 (0.25%) Active Directory
7 5 (0.21%) Apache ZooKeeper
8 3 (0.12%) GlusterFS
8 3 (0.12%) Apache Flume
8 3 (0.12%) UAG
9 2 (0.083%) Varnish
9 2 (0.083%) VMware ESXi
9 2 (0.083%) vSphere
9 2 (0.083%) Ceph
9 2 (0.083%) Hyper-V
10 1 (0.041%) Snort
10 1 (0.041%) NFS
10 1 (0.041%) iptables
10 1 (0.041%) HDFS
10 1 (0.041%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 67 (2.76%) Puppet
2 33 (1.36%) Opscode Chef
3 28 (1.16%) Ansible
4 23 (0.95%) Nagios
5 20 (0.83%) Vagrant
6 15 (0.62%) Graphite
7 14 (0.58%) Zenoss
7 14 (0.58%) CFEngine
8 11 (0.45%) Tivoli
8 11 (0.45%) Oracle Identity Management
9 8 (0.33%) Salt
10 7 (0.29%) Kibana
11 3 (0.12%) SCCM
11 3 (0.12%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
11 3 (0.12%) HAProxy
11 3 (0.12%) Mesos
11 3 (0.12%) HP Quality Center
11 3 (0.12%) ZABBIX
12 2 (0.083%) Icinga
12 2 (0.083%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 300 (12.38%) Oracle
2 214 (8.83%) Microsoft
3 42 (1.73%) VMware
4 40 (1.65%) IBM
4 40 (1.65%) Zend
5 37 (1.53%) Google
6 30 (1.24%) Red Hat
7 29 (1.20%) Adobe
8 28 (1.16%) Sybase
9 27 (1.11%) Salesforce.com
10 25 (1.03%) Splunk
11 24 (0.99%) Talend
12 23 (0.95%) Serena
13 22 (0.91%) HP
14 19 (0.78%) SAP
15 18 (0.74%) Apple
15 18 (0.74%) Atlassian
16 16 (0.66%) SaltStack
17 13 (0.54%) Veritas
18 12 (0.50%) Facebook
Hampshire
Novate IT Ltd
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Uniting Ambition
Rate: £200 - 350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
ISL
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
West Midlands
Connectus
Rate: £30 - £40 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Up to £320 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Arrows Group
Rate: £375 - £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Arrows Group
Rate: £375 - £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
X4 Group
Rate: £27 - 30 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £550 - £600 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
South West
Next Ventures Ltd
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 2 days ago
Bournemouth, Dorset
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
South West London
Franklin Bates
Rate: From £400 to £425 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Bradford, West Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Client Server
Rate: £550 to £600 p/day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Nicoll Curtin
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Real Time Recruitment Solutions
Posted: 3 days ago
Fife
Connectus
Rate: £30 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Eames Consulting
Rate: Up to £450 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Central London / West End
Digitech Resourcing Ltd
Rate: Up to £550 per day
Posted: 3 days ago