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 18 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
18 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Engineering
Rank 102 88 92
Rank change year-on-year
-14 +4
Contract jobs citing Software Engineering 1110 1142 1203
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.93% 2.20% 2.09%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.60% 2.96% 2.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 673 671 565
Average daily rate
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£388 £388 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £250 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £567
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £318
% change year-on-year
+7.69% +2.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 84 126 205
Average hourly rate £37.50 £36.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% -4.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £27.50 £31.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.00 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £36.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -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
42685 38525 41504
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.19% 74.10% 72.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 26682 23752 24020
Average daily rate £413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £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 1176 1101 1519
Average hourly rate £23.83 £27.50 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.35% -11.29%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.51 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.50 £50.00 £45.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-13.33% -

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 18 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 18 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 18 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 -8 1049 £388 - 862
London -6 441 £433 +4.96% 253
South East +6 235 £350 -8.49% 194
South West +11 124 £375 +15.38% 102
City of London +6 103 £450 +5.88% 79
Hampshire +2 82 £338 -9.09% 52
East of England -37 68 £380 -5.00% 128
Yorkshire -3 66 £325 +8.33% 46
North West -6 57 £325 - 62
Bristol +21 50 £400 +18.51% 37
West Yorkshire -12 43 £350 +16.66% 26
Berkshire +25 37 £325 -13.33% 37
Surrey +11 35 £363 +45.00% 33
Leeds -12 34 £350 +16.66% 17
Scotland -25 34 £350 -6.66% 31
West Midlands -9 31 £284 -5.41% 41
Southampton +7 30 £350 -5.72% 20
Manchester +2 28 £350 -6.66% 29
Gloucestershire -1 25 £350 - 13
Middlesex +17 24 £363 +16.00% 7
Cambridgeshire -14 24 £369 -7.81% 88
Oxfordshire 0 23 £375 -3.22% 32
Cambridge -7 20 £369 +30.53% 69
North Yorkshire +7 17 £320 +6.66% 8
Essex -2 16 £275 -20.00% 8
Somerset -6 16 £305 +3.82% 16
Wales -12 16 £388 +19.23% 24
Buckinghamshire -22 16 £325 -27.77% 8
York +17 15 £320 +6.66% 4
East Midlands -21 14 £315 -3.07% 27

Software Engineering
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 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.

1 937 (40.30%) Agile Software Development
2 807 (34.71%) Java
3 573 (24.65%) Linux
4 480 (20.65%) Scrum
5 472 (20.30%) C#
6 466 (20.04%) C++
7 455 (19.57%) SQL
8 446 (19.18%) TDD
9 444 (19.10%) JavaScript
10 439 (18.88%) OO
11 420 (18.06%) C
12 411 (17.68%) .NET
13 365 (15.70%) Degree
14 364 (15.66%) HTML
15 356 (15.31%) Web Services
16 314 (13.51%) Python
17 302 (12.99%) Oracle
18 287 (12.34%) Continuous Integration
19 275 (11.83%) XML
20 267 (11.48%) CSS
21 266 (11.44%) Windows
22 262 (11.27%) Computer Science
23 246 (10.58%) SQL Server
24 245 (10.54%) MVC
25 227 (9.76%) Finance
26 219 (9.42%) UNIX
27 218 (9.38%) UML
28 217 (9.33%) Git (software)
29 205 (8.82%) Security Cleared
30 204 (8.77%) jQuery

Software Engineering
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 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 98 (4.22%) Apache
2 97 (4.17%) Tomcat
3 70 (3.01%) WebSphere
4 68 (2.92%) Node.js
5 46 (1.98%) SharePoint
6 45 (1.94%) WebLogic
7 39 (1.68%) CMS
8 28 (1.20%) IIS
9 19 (0.82%) SAS
9 19 (0.82%) WebSphere Application Server
10 18 (0.77%) Confluence
11 16 (0.69%) Umbraco
12 14 (0.60%) ArcGIS
13 13 (0.56%) SharePoint 2010
13 13 (0.56%) Oracle Coherence
14 12 (0.52%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 12 (0.52%) Elasticsearch
15 11 (0.47%) Apache Solr
15 11 (0.47%) WebSphere Process Server
16 10 (0.43%) Drupal
Applications
1 73 (3.14%) MS Excel
2 29 (1.25%) MS Visio
3 24 (1.03%) MS Office
4 21 (0.90%) Simulink
5 19 (0.82%) MS Project
6 13 (0.56%) Photoshop
6 13 (0.56%) Adobe Illustrator
7 10 (0.43%) MS PowerPoint
8 5 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
9 3 (0.13%) Final Cut Pro
9 3 (0.13%) InfoPath
10 2 (0.086%) 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 (0.47%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 10 (0.43%) RMDS
4 6 (0.26%) Dynamics CRM
4 6 (0.26%) Oracle BPM
5 5 (0.22%) Markit EDM
5 5 (0.22%) TRIRIGA
6 4 (0.17%) BASE24
7 3 (0.13%) Cognos TM1
7 3 (0.13%) Oracle EBS
7 3 (0.13%) Oracle EBS R12
8 2 (0.086%) SAP ERP
8 2 (0.086%) LabWindows
8 2 (0.086%) BusinessWorks
8 2 (0.086%) ION MarketView
9 1 (0.043%) Oracle Payables
9 1 (0.043%) Shopify
9 1 (0.043%) Tridion
9 1 (0.043%) Summit
9 1 (0.043%) Google Analytics
Cloud Services
1 78 (3.35%) Amazon AWS
2 41 (1.76%) Amazon EC2
3 31 (1.33%) Microsoft Azure
4 28 (1.20%) SaaS
5 25 (1.08%) Cloud Computing
6 22 (0.95%) Amazon S3
7 16 (0.69%) GitHub
8 12 (0.52%) IaaS
8 12 (0.52%) PaaS
9 11 (0.47%) Amazon ELB
9 11 (0.47%) Office 365
10 9 (0.39%) Amazon SQS
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 2 (0.086%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 111 (4.77%) HTTP
2 77 (3.31%) TCP/IP
3 57 (2.45%) Internet
4 43 (1.85%) SSL
5 33 (1.42%) DVB
6 27 (1.16%) Wireless
7 25 (1.08%) DNS
8 24 (1.03%) LTE
9 21 (0.90%) Ethernet
10 18 (0.77%) GSM
10 18 (0.77%) Firewall
11 16 (0.69%) Network Security
12 15 (0.65%) 3G
13 13 (0.56%) Bluetooth
14 12 (0.52%) ZigBee
15 11 (0.47%) GPRS
16 10 (0.43%) 3GPP
17 9 (0.39%) Wi-Fi
17 9 (0.39%) SSH
17 9 (0.39%) 4G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 246 (10.58%) SQL Server
2 148 (6.37%) MySQL
3 86 (3.70%) Relational Database
4 81 (3.48%) NoSQL
5 76 (3.27%) MongoDB
6 73 (3.14%) Oracle Database
7 63 (2.71%) SQL Server 2008
8 53 (2.28%) PostgreSQL
9 43 (1.85%) Big Data
10 33 (1.42%) Apache Cassandra
11 30 (1.29%) Data Warehouse
12 29 (1.25%) Hadoop
13 27 (1.16%) RDBMS
14 26 (1.12%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 23 (0.99%) DB2
16 20 (0.86%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 18 (0.77%) Redis
18 17 (0.73%) Amazon RDS
19 16 (0.69%) Oracle Database 11g
19 16 (0.69%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 217 (9.33%) Git (software)
2 125 (5.38%) Subversion
3 111 (4.77%) Jenkins
4 105 (4.52%) Cucumber
5 99 (4.26%) Visual Studio
6 93 (4.00%) Maven
7 80 (3.44%) Team Foundation Server
8 74 (3.18%) JUnit
9 66 (2.84%) ClearCase
10 65 (2.80%) Selenium
11 64 (2.75%) Eclipse
12 62 (2.67%) JIRA
13 58 (2.49%) Rational DOORS
14 37 (1.59%) NUnit
15 33 (1.42%) Hudson
16 32 (1.38%) PHPUnit
17 31 (1.33%) TeamCity
17 31 (1.33%) Rational Rhapsody
18 29 (1.25%) Mockito
19 27 (1.16%) Ant
General
1 227 (9.76%) Finance
2 136 (5.85%) Banking
3 110 (4.73%) Telecoms
4 103 (4.43%) Electronics
5 83 (3.57%) Front Office
6 79 (3.40%) Investment Banking
7 46 (1.98%) Automotive
8 39 (1.68%) Marketing
9 35 (1.51%) Retail
10 34 (1.46%) Military
11 29 (1.25%) Manufacturing
11 29 (1.25%) Aerospace
12 25 (1.08%) Games
12 25 (1.08%) Avionics
13 24 (1.03%) Legal
14 21 (0.90%) Publishing
15 18 (0.77%) Back Office
16 15 (0.65%) Financial Institution
17 11 (0.47%) Advertising
18 10 (0.43%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 1034 (44.47%) Software Engineer
2 1018 (43.78%) Developer
3 234 (10.06%) Java Developer
4 132 (5.68%) Software Developer
5 125 (5.38%) Senior Software Engineer
6 124 (5.33%) Embedded Software Engineer
7 111 (4.77%) .NET Developer
8 90 (3.87%) C# Developer
9 87 (3.74%) Java Software Engineer
10 85 (3.66%) Senior Developer
11 77 (3.31%) C++ Developer
12 72 (3.10%) Architect
13 70 (3.01%) Python Developer
14 67 (2.88%) Web Developer
15 66 (2.84%) Analyst
16 59 (2.54%) C++ Software Engineer
17 56 (2.41%) PHP Developer
17 56 (2.41%) Programmer
18 46 (1.98%) iOS Developer
19 45 (1.94%) C# .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 411 (17.68%) .NET
2 364 (15.66%) HTML
3 356 (15.31%) Web Services
4 275 (11.83%) XML
5 267 (11.48%) CSS
6 204 (8.77%) jQuery
7 202 (8.69%) Spring
8 174 (7.48%) HTML5
9 160 (6.88%) REST
10 148 (6.37%) ASP.NET
11 123 (5.29%) SOAP
12 109 (4.69%) Hibernate
13 108 (4.65%) .NET Framework
14 104 (4.47%) WCF
15 99 (4.26%) JSON
16 89 (3.83%) J2EE
17 88 (3.78%) RESTful
18 87 (3.74%) AngularJS
19 84 (3.61%) CSS3
19 84 (3.61%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 262 (11.27%) Computer Science
2 126 (5.42%) Analytical Skills
3 121 (5.20%) Open Source
4 81 (3.48%) Embedded Systems
5 74 (3.18%) Mobile App
6 64 (2.75%) Device Driver
7 62 (2.67%) DTV
7 62 (2.67%) Mathematics
8 60 (2.58%) Derivative
8 60 (2.58%) Enterprise Software
9 53 (2.28%) User Experience
10 49 (2.11%) Management Information System
11 48 (2.06%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 37 (1.59%) STB
13 33 (1.42%) Equities
14 32 (1.38%) Data Integration
15 26 (1.12%) Firmware
15 26 (1.12%) Equity Derivative
16 25 (1.08%) Client/Server
17 23 (0.99%) Physics
Operating Systems
1 573 (24.65%) Linux
2 266 (11.44%) Windows
3 219 (9.42%) UNIX
4 109 (4.69%) Android
5 101 (4.34%) Apple iOS
6 50 (2.15%) Embedded Linux
7 30 (1.29%) CentOS
8 27 (1.16%) Windows Server 2012
9 22 (0.95%) Mac OS X
10 19 (0.82%) Windows Server 2008
11 18 (0.77%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 16 (0.69%) Debian
13 14 (0.60%) VxWorks
13 14 (0.60%) Solaris
14 12 (0.52%) Ubuntu
15 11 (0.47%) Windows 7
15 11 (0.47%) Windows CE
16 8 (0.34%) Mac OS
17 7 (0.30%) Fedora
17 7 (0.30%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 937 (40.30%) Agile Software Development
2 480 (20.65%) Scrum
3 446 (19.18%) TDD
4 439 (18.88%) OO
5 287 (12.34%) Continuous Integration
6 245 (10.54%) MVC
7 218 (9.38%) UML
8 197 (8.47%) BDD
9 153 (6.58%) Unit Testing
10 120 (5.16%) Configuration Management
11 115 (4.95%) Web Development
12 112 (4.82%) Multithreading
13 109 (4.69%) OOP
14 97 (4.17%) E-Commerce
14 97 (4.17%) Project Management
15 96 (4.13%) Test Automation
16 95 (4.09%) OOD
17 94 (4.04%) DevOps
18 89 (3.83%) SOA
19 87 (3.74%) Pair Programming
Programming Languages
1 807 (34.71%) Java
2 472 (20.30%) C#
3 466 (20.04%) C++
4 455 (19.57%) SQL
5 444 (19.10%) JavaScript
6 420 (18.06%) C
7 314 (13.51%) Python
8 180 (7.74%) PHP
9 179 (7.70%) Ruby
10 132 (5.68%) Embedded C
11 102 (4.39%) Perl
12 72 (3.10%) Scala
13 54 (2.32%) Objective-C
14 48 (2.06%) Shell Script
15 46 (1.98%) PL/SQL
16 45 (1.94%) MATLAB
17 44 (1.89%) VB
18 42 (1.81%) Embedded C++
19 36 (1.55%) PHP5
20 35 (1.51%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 365 (15.70%) Degree
2 205 (8.82%) Security Cleared
3 135 (5.81%) SC Cleared
4 38 (1.63%) DV Cleared
5 27 (1.16%) ISEB
6 21 (0.90%) ISTQB
7 18 (0.77%) HND
8 13 (0.56%) Microsoft Certification
8 13 (0.56%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 9 (0.39%) PhD
10 7 (0.30%) BC Cleared
10 7 (0.30%) Chartered Engineer
11 5 (0.22%) PMI Certification
12 4 (0.17%) PMP
12 4 (0.17%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 4 (0.17%) MCSE
13 3 (0.13%) OCPJP
13 3 (0.13%) APMP
13 3 (0.13%) Six Sigma Green Belt
13 3 (0.13%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 148 (6.37%) QA
2 39 (1.68%) 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 1 (0.043%) ISO 14001
7 1 (0.043%) ISO 8583
7 1 (0.043%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.043%) ISO/IEC 14443
7 1 (0.043%) EMIR
7 1 (0.043%) DO-160
7 1 (0.043%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 20 (0.86%) Varnish
2 13 (0.56%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (0.43%) Oracle RAC
3 10 (0.43%) Active Directory
4 8 (0.34%) Docker
5 6 (0.26%) Xen
6 5 (0.22%) KVM
6 5 (0.22%) vCloud
7 3 (0.13%) Oracle RMAN
8 2 (0.086%) UAG
8 2 (0.086%) Hyper-V
9 1 (0.043%) vSphere
9 1 (0.043%) Nmap
9 1 (0.043%) NFS
9 1 (0.043%) Apache Flume
9 1 (0.043%) Platform Symphony
9 1 (0.043%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 67 (2.88%) Puppet
2 56 (2.41%) Opscode Chef
3 21 (0.90%) Salt
4 14 (0.60%) Nagios
5 12 (0.52%) Ansible
6 9 (0.39%) HP Quality Center
6 9 (0.39%) Vagrant
7 4 (0.17%) Oracle Identity Management
7 4 (0.17%) HAProxy
7 4 (0.17%) ITRS Geneos
7 4 (0.17%) ZABBIX
7 4 (0.17%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
8 3 (0.13%) YUM
8 3 (0.13%) Capistrano
8 3 (0.13%) Oozie
8 3 (0.13%) SCCM
9 2 (0.086%) logstash
9 2 (0.086%) Kibana
9 2 (0.086%) OpenIDM
9 2 (0.086%) OpenAM
Vendors
1 302 (12.99%) Oracle
2 152 (6.54%) Microsoft
3 63 (2.71%) IBM
4 59 (2.54%) JBoss
4 59 (2.54%) Zend
5 41 (1.76%) Google
6 30 (1.29%) Red Hat
7 27 (1.16%) Facebook
8 25 (1.08%) VMware
9 24 (1.03%) SAP
10 17 (0.73%) ESRI
11 15 (0.65%) Software AG
11 15 (0.65%) TIBCO
11 15 (0.65%) Rackspace
12 14 (0.60%) Sitecore
12 14 (0.60%) Sybase
12 14 (0.60%) Salesforce.com
13 12 (0.52%) Perforce
13 12 (0.52%) Serena
13 12 (0.52%) Cisco
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