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 28 August 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Engineering
Rank 95 99 94
Rank change year-on-year
+4 -5
Contract jobs citing Software Engineering 1267 1118 1145
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 2.16% 2.01% 2.17%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.78% 2.64% 2.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 750 700 676
Average daily rate
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£400 £375 £383
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -1.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £286 £247
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.57% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 157 86 113
Average hourly rate £40.19 £39.00 £36.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.05% +8.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.44 £31.75 £27.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.17 £47.15 £45.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £40.00 £35.50
% change year-on-year
- +12.67%

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
45650 42374 39473
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 77.94% 76.20% 74.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 29733 26205 24236
Average daily rate £425 £410 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.65% +2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1234 1151 1099
Average hourly rate £31.44 £23.50 £29.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+33.78% -18.96%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.00 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £25.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+30.00% -16.66%

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 28 August 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 28 August 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 28 August 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 0 1149 £400 +6.66% 934
London -8 465 £460 +8.23% 289
South East -1 244 £370 +5.71% 185
South West +8 146 £356 -5.00% 108
City of London -8 90 £500 +11.11% 56
Hampshire -2 88 £370 +9.62% 54
East of England +7 75 £375 - 144
Scotland +29 70 £354 +10.54% 47
Yorkshire -36 59 £325 - 54
West Midlands +24 53 £345 +46.80% 45
North West -37 51 £368 +5.00% 54
Somerset +24 47 £350 +20.68% 11
West Yorkshire -23 46 £325 - 34
Berkshire +3 35 £350 +7.69% 29
Leeds -33 34 £340 +4.61% 29
Surrey -8 33 £335 -4.28% 30
East Midlands +7 31 £350 +12.90% 43
Cambridgeshire -5 31 £375 +1.69% 92
Gloucestershire -5 29 £363 +8.20% 34
Manchester -22 29 £375 +7.14% 31
Edinburgh +3 27 £375 +50.00% 19
Bristol -18 27 £375 -6.25% 22
Cambridge -3 24 £375 +1.69% 76
Oxfordshire -15 24 £413 +22.22% 31
Yeovil +2 21 £310 +12.72% 3
Wiltshire +12 20 £325 -21.21% 12
Reading -2 20 £416 +4.71% 13
Wales -8 20 £350 +16.66% 6
Hertfordshire +13 19 £330 +20.00% 23
Glasgow +11 19 £313 -10.71% 15

Software Engineering
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 1081 (42.91%) Agile Software Development
2 842 (33.43%) Java
3 610 (24.22%) TDD
4 607 (24.10%) Linux
5 606 (24.06%) C++
6 588 (23.34%) C#
7 572 (22.71%) JavaScript
8 514 (20.40%) HTML
9 501 (19.89%) SQL
10 472 (18.74%) OO
11 438 (17.39%) .NET
12 410 (16.28%) C
13 402 (15.96%) Scrum
14 381 (15.13%) Continuous Integration
15 348 (13.82%) CSS
16 335 (13.30%) Web Services
17 316 (12.54%) Finance
18 302 (11.99%) Degree
19 301 (11.95%) Windows
20 297 (11.79%) UML
21 296 (11.75%) Security Cleared
22 289 (11.47%) Git (software)
23 286 (11.35%) Python
24 282 (11.19%) HTML5
25 266 (10.56%) SQL Server
26 265 (10.52%) Oracle
26 265 (10.52%) jQuery
27 256 (10.16%) XML
28 239 (9.49%) UNIX
29 238 (9.45%) MVC

Software Engineering
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 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
1 123 (4.88%) Tomcat
2 120 (4.76%) Node.js
3 113 (4.49%) Apache
4 62 (2.46%) WebSphere
5 52 (2.06%) SharePoint
6 33 (1.31%) JBoss
7 30 (1.19%) Confluence
8 29 (1.15%) IIS
9 28 (1.11%) Jetty
9 28 (1.11%) Elasticsearch
10 27 (1.07%) CMS
10 27 (1.07%) WebLogic
11 19 (0.75%) nginx
12 18 (0.71%) SharePoint 2013
13 15 (0.60%) Drupal
14 10 (0.40%) Apache Spark
15 9 (0.36%) Oracle Coherence
16 8 (0.32%) Zope
16 8 (0.32%) Oracle Workflow
16 8 (0.32%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 78 (3.10%) MS Excel
2 52 (2.06%) MS Office
3 31 (1.23%) MS PowerPoint
4 23 (0.91%) Simulink
5 16 (0.64%) MS Visio
6 12 (0.48%) MS Project
7 10 (0.40%) Photoshop
8 8 (0.32%) Adobe Illustrator
9 7 (0.28%) Doxygen
9 7 (0.28%) Spreadsheet
10 5 (0.20%) TargetLink
11 4 (0.16%) Stateflow
12 3 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 3 (0.12%) HipChat
12 3 (0.12%) InfoPath
13 2 (0.079%) OmniGraffle
13 2 (0.079%) Maya
14 1 (0.040%) FrameMaker
14 1 (0.040%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 16 (0.64%) Oracle BPM
2 9 (0.36%) Oracle 11i
3 7 (0.28%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 7 (0.28%) Dynamics CRM
4 6 (0.24%) BASE24
4 6 (0.24%) Primavera
4 6 (0.24%) Oracle EBS
5 5 (0.20%) SAP CRM
6 3 (0.12%) Remedy ITSM
7 2 (0.079%) AWD
7 2 (0.079%) Dynamics AX
7 2 (0.079%) Adobe Campaign
7 2 (0.079%) Sage ERP X3
7 2 (0.079%) Magento
8 1 (0.040%) Odoo
8 1 (0.040%) SAP ERP
8 1 (0.040%) Oracle General Ledger
8 1 (0.040%) Markit EDM
8 1 (0.040%) MFGPRO
8 1 (0.040%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 109 (4.33%) Amazon AWS
2 26 (1.03%) Microsoft Azure
3 22 (0.87%) SaaS
3 22 (0.87%) Amazon EC2
4 15 (0.60%) Amazon S3
5 13 (0.52%) GitHub
6 12 (0.48%) Amazon SQS
7 8 (0.32%) Cloud Computing
8 7 (0.28%) PaaS
8 7 (0.28%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
8 7 (0.28%) AWS CloudFormation
9 6 (0.24%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 6 (0.24%) Route 53
10 4 (0.16%) Amazon ELB
11 3 (0.12%) Google Cloud Platform
11 3 (0.12%) Office 365
11 3 (0.12%) Force.com
12 2 (0.079%) Google Analytics
12 2 (0.079%) Google Drive
13 1 (0.040%) Google Checkout
Communications & Networking
1 126 (5.00%) HTTP
2 96 (3.81%) Internet
3 95 (3.77%) TCP/IP
4 24 (0.95%) SSL
5 23 (0.91%) Wi-Fi
6 19 (0.75%) Wireless
6 19 (0.75%) Firewall
7 16 (0.64%) DNS
7 16 (0.64%) LDAP
8 15 (0.60%) ATM
9 14 (0.56%) SNMP
10 13 (0.52%) 802.11
10 13 (0.52%) Intranet
10 13 (0.52%) LTE
11 12 (0.48%) SAN
11 12 (0.48%) Bluetooth
12 11 (0.44%) FTP
13 10 (0.40%) DVB
13 10 (0.40%) Ethernet
13 10 (0.40%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 266 (10.56%) SQL Server
2 145 (5.76%) Relational Database
3 143 (5.68%) MySQL
4 112 (4.45%) MongoDB
5 96 (3.81%) NoSQL
6 91 (3.61%) Oracle Database
7 66 (2.62%) Big Data
8 63 (2.50%) Hadoop
9 58 (2.30%) RDBMS
10 48 (1.91%) PostgreSQL
11 40 (1.59%) Data Warehouse
12 39 (1.55%) Apache Cassandra
13 36 (1.43%) SQL Server 2008
13 36 (1.43%) DB2
14 35 (1.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 30 (1.19%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 28 (1.11%) Redis
17 23 (0.91%) SQLite
18 19 (0.75%) CouchDB
19 18 (0.71%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 289 (11.47%) Git (software)
2 202 (8.02%) Subversion
3 169 (6.71%) Jenkins
4 143 (5.68%) Visual Studio
5 120 (4.76%) Cucumber
6 115 (4.57%) JUnit
7 99 (3.93%) Selenium
8 96 (3.81%) Maven
9 94 (3.73%) JIRA
10 76 (3.02%) Eclipse
11 75 (2.98%) Rational DOORS
12 57 (2.26%) Team Foundation Server
13 46 (1.83%) TeamCity
14 45 (1.79%) Gradle
15 43 (1.71%) Grunt
15 43 (1.71%) Ant
16 42 (1.67%) NUnit
17 37 (1.47%) WebDriver
18 36 (1.43%) Mockito
19 34 (1.35%) ClearCase
General
1 316 (12.54%) Finance
2 109 (4.33%) Banking
3 90 (3.57%) Telecoms
4 84 (3.33%) Electronics
5 64 (2.54%) Games
6 60 (2.38%) Marketing
7 57 (2.26%) Military
8 56 (2.22%) Automotive
9 53 (2.10%) Investment Banking
10 49 (1.95%) Retail
11 47 (1.87%) Manufacturing
12 46 (1.83%) Aerospace
13 42 (1.67%) Front Office
14 25 (0.99%) Legal
15 24 (0.95%) Avionics
16 23 (0.91%) Publishing
17 17 (0.67%) Financial Institution
18 12 (0.48%) Back Office
19 11 (0.44%) Multimedia
20 6 (0.24%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 1105 (43.87%) Developer
2 1048 (41.60%) Software Engineer
3 301 (11.95%) Java Developer
4 173 (6.87%) Software Developer
5 136 (5.40%) Senior Developer
6 129 (5.12%) Embedded Software Engineer
7 118 (4.68%) Senior Software Engineer
8 116 (4.61%) .NET Developer
9 113 (4.49%) Java Software Engineer
10 104 (4.13%) C# Developer
11 98 (3.89%) Architect
12 82 (3.26%) C++ Software Engineer
13 77 (3.06%) C++ Developer
14 68 (2.70%) Senior Java Developer
15 67 (2.66%) Analyst
16 62 (2.46%) C# .NET Developer
17 52 (2.06%) JavaScript Developer
18 49 (1.95%) Web Developer
19 48 (1.91%) Project Manager
20 47 (1.87%) C# Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 514 (20.40%) HTML
2 438 (17.39%) .NET
3 348 (13.82%) CSS
4 335 (13.30%) Web Services
5 282 (11.19%) HTML5
6 265 (10.52%) jQuery
7 256 (10.16%) XML
8 236 (9.37%) REST
9 208 (8.26%) Spring
10 206 (8.18%) ASP.NET
11 159 (6.31%) JSON
11 159 (6.31%) AngularJS
12 130 (5.16%) CSS3
13 126 (5.00%) SOAP
14 115 (4.57%) RESTful
15 110 (4.37%) J2EE
16 98 (3.89%) .NET Framework
17 94 (3.73%) ASP.NET MVC
18 81 (3.22%) WPF
19 79 (3.14%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 182 (7.23%) Analytical Skills
2 177 (7.03%) Computer Science
3 92 (3.65%) Management Information System
4 90 (3.57%) Mobile App
5 87 (3.45%) User Experience
6 57 (2.26%) Embedded Systems
6 57 (2.26%) Algorithms
7 52 (2.06%) Data Structures
8 48 (1.91%) Device Driver
9 43 (1.71%) Derivative
10 41 (1.63%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 32 (1.27%) Mathematics
12 28 (1.11%) Digital Media
13 27 (1.07%) N-Tier
14 26 (1.03%) DTV
15 25 (0.99%) Streaming Video
16 24 (0.95%) Equities
17 22 (0.87%) STB
18 21 (0.83%) Equity Derivative
18 21 (0.83%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 607 (24.10%) Linux
2 301 (11.95%) Windows
3 239 (9.49%) UNIX
4 129 (5.12%) Android
5 114 (4.53%) Apple iOS
6 52 (2.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 52 (2.06%) Embedded Linux
7 34 (1.35%) Mac OS X
8 25 (0.99%) Windows CE
9 23 (0.91%) CentOS
10 20 (0.79%) Ubuntu
11 17 (0.67%) AIX
12 14 (0.56%) VxWorks
13 13 (0.52%) Solaris
14 11 (0.44%) Windows Server 2003
15 10 (0.40%) Windows Server 2008
15 10 (0.40%) Windows 7
16 7 (0.28%) Windows Server 2012
16 7 (0.28%) Mac OS
17 4 (0.16%) FreeBSD
Processes & Methodologies
1 1081 (42.91%) Agile Software Development
2 610 (24.22%) TDD
3 472 (18.74%) OO
4 402 (15.96%) Scrum
5 381 (15.13%) Continuous Integration
6 297 (11.79%) UML
7 238 (9.45%) MVC
8 235 (9.33%) SDLC
9 223 (8.85%) BDD
10 215 (8.54%) Unit Testing
11 210 (8.34%) Multithreading
12 144 (5.72%) OOD
13 134 (5.32%) E-Commerce
14 133 (5.28%) Configuration Management
15 127 (5.04%) Web Development
15 127 (5.04%) Open Source
16 117 (4.64%) Mentoring
17 113 (4.49%) Automated Testing
18 106 (4.21%) Test Automation
19 102 (4.05%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 842 (33.43%) Java
2 606 (24.06%) C++
3 588 (23.34%) C#
4 572 (22.71%) JavaScript
5 501 (19.89%) SQL
6 410 (16.28%) C
7 286 (11.35%) Python
8 154 (6.11%) Ruby
9 128 (5.08%) Perl
10 116 (4.61%) Embedded C
11 110 (4.37%) PHP
12 101 (4.01%) Scala
13 76 (3.02%) Objective-C
14 74 (2.94%) Embedded C++
15 66 (2.62%) PL/SQL
16 65 (2.58%) T-SQL
17 46 (1.83%) Bash Shell
18 45 (1.79%) Ada
19 39 (1.55%) MATLAB
20 36 (1.43%) Apple Swift
Qualifications
1 302 (11.99%) Degree
2 296 (11.75%) Security Cleared
3 204 (8.10%) SC Cleared
4 38 (1.51%) DV Cleared
5 26 (1.03%) ISEB
6 10 (0.40%) ISTQB
7 8 (0.32%) HND
8 7 (0.28%) PhD
9 5 (0.20%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 5 (0.20%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 4 (0.16%) Chartered Engineer
10 4 (0.16%) Oracle Certification
10 4 (0.16%) PMP
10 4 (0.16%) PMI Certification
10 4 (0.16%) Postgraduate
10 4 (0.16%) APMP
11 3 (0.12%) CISM
11 3 (0.12%) CISSP
11 3 (0.12%) ITIL Certification
11 3 (0.12%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 107 (4.25%) QA
2 26 (1.03%) DO-178B
3 22 (0.87%) ISO 9001
3 22 (0.87%) TickIT
4 12 (0.48%) IEC 61508
5 9 (0.36%) SLA
6 4 (0.16%) JTAG
7 2 (0.079%) DO-254
7 2 (0.079%) Data Quality
7 2 (0.079%) EMIR
7 2 (0.079%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.040%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.040%) ISO/IEC 12207
8 1 (0.040%) ISO/IEC 15504 (SPICE)
8 1 (0.040%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.040%) WCAG
8 1 (0.040%) ISO/IEC 14443
8 1 (0.040%) ISO/IEC 7816
8 1 (0.040%) GMP
System Software
1 50 (1.98%) Docker
2 41 (1.63%) VMware Infrastructure
3 19 (0.75%) Firmware
4 8 (0.32%) Hyper-V
5 7 (0.28%) Active Directory
5 7 (0.28%) VirtualBox
6 6 (0.24%) Oracle RAC
6 6 (0.24%) KVM
7 5 (0.20%) Oracle Clusterware
7 5 (0.20%) Apache Flume
8 4 (0.16%) GPFS
8 4 (0.16%) Snort
9 3 (0.12%) GlusterFS
10 2 (0.079%) Ceph
10 2 (0.079%) HDFS
10 2 (0.079%) Platform Symphony
10 2 (0.079%) VMware ESXi
10 2 (0.079%) Cygwin
11 1 (0.040%) LXC
11 1 (0.040%) Xen
Systems Management
1 79 (3.14%) Puppet
2 55 (2.18%) Opscode Chef
3 24 (0.95%) Vagrant
4 17 (0.67%) Ansible
4 17 (0.67%) Nagios
5 15 (0.60%) Zenoss
6 12 (0.48%) Graphite
7 9 (0.36%) HP Quality Center
8 8 (0.32%) Kibana
9 7 (0.28%) Salt
10 6 (0.24%) Apache Shiro
10 6 (0.24%) logstash
10 6 (0.24%) HAProxy
10 6 (0.24%) DatAdvantage
10 6 (0.24%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
11 5 (0.20%) Tivoli
11 5 (0.20%) Capistrano
11 5 (0.20%) Oracle RMAN
11 5 (0.20%) BladeLogic
11 5 (0.20%) Data Guard
Vendors
1 265 (10.52%) Oracle
2 208 (8.26%) Microsoft
3 69 (2.74%) VMware
4 50 (1.98%) IBM
5 40 (1.59%) Google
6 39 (1.55%) Sybase
7 30 (1.19%) Atlassian
8 29 (1.15%) HP
9 28 (1.11%) Red Hat
10 23 (0.91%) Apple
11 20 (0.79%) Adobe
11 20 (0.79%) New Relic
12 17 (0.67%) Luciad
13 15 (0.60%) Perforce
13 15 (0.60%) SAP
13 15 (0.60%) SOASTA, Inc
14 13 (0.52%) Splunk
14 13 (0.52%) Metastorm
14 13 (0.52%) OpenText
14 13 (0.52%) Zend
South West
G2 Recruitment Solutions Ltd.
Rate: Market rates paid weekly
Posted: Yesterday
Harrogate, North Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Market Rates - 3 Month contract initially
Posted: Yesterday
Eastleigh, Hampshire
Computer People
Rate: £349.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £400 - £450 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £300.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Hampshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £400.00 - £457.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
West London
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Rate: From £300 to £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Knutsford, Cheshire
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £375 - £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Ipswich, Suffolk
Cooper Lomaz Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 2 days ago
Ipswich, Suffolk
Cooper Lomaz Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 2 days ago
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Corriculo
Rate: From £300 to £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £250.00 - £300.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
West London
Salt
Rate: £300 - £425 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Somerset
Venn Group
Rate: £40 - £45 Per Hour
Posted: 3 days ago
East London
Client Server
Rate: £675 to £700 p/day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Rate: Up to £600 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Arrows Group
Rate: £600 - £650 per day
Posted: 3 days ago