The first table below looks at the demand 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 22 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category.

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
22 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Engineering
Rank 88 88 98
Rank change year-on-year
0 +10
Contract jobs citing Software Engineering 1124 1080 1112
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 2.12% 2.12% 1.92%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.86% 2.91% 2.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 740 603 503
Average daily rate
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£375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £255 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 80 100 216
Average hourly rate £39.25 £37.50 £38.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.66% -2.59%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.91 £30.00 £32.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £38.75
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -3.22%
Processes & Methodologies Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
39338 37094 40713
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.11% 72.94% 70.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 24409 22472 23326
Average daily rate £400 £405 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.23% +1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £270 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £560 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1122 1062 1420
Average hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.66% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £45.55 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £31.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-14.51% -

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 22 July 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 22 July 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 22 July 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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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 1027 £375 - 794
London +26 478 £425 +6.25% 278
South East -15 200 £350 - 142
City of London +7 111 £500 +17.64% 75
South West +24 108 £350 +3.70% 68
Hampshire -9 84 £325 -18.75% 37
East of England -26 77 £350 -3.11% 146
Yorkshire +3 74 £325 +8.33% 49
West Yorkshire +3 67 £325 +8.33% 31
Leeds -1 56 £325 +8.33% 23
Scotland +1 50 £308 -23.12% 49
Bristol +17 46 £350 +5.66% 16
Cambridgeshire -16 39 £369 +1.72% 94
North West -27 34 £350 +10.23% 37
Cambridge +4 32 £363 +12.40% 82
Berkshire +9 28 £338 +35.00% 32
Gloucestershire +9 28 £340 - 9
Southampton +8 28 £325 -7.14% 19
Surrey -31 27 £350 +7.69% 17
West Midlands -16 25 £286 -4.58% 26
Wales -3 23 £300 -22.58% 17
Middlesex +6 22 £363 +16.93% 2
Edinburgh -13 21 £320 -3.03% 21
South Wales 0 19 £300 -33.33% 11
Manchester +8 16 £338 -10.59% 19
East Midlands -13 16 £325 -7.14% 40
Cardiff - 16 £300 - 6
Reading +17 15 £425 +88.88% 10
Cheshire -11 13 £381 +1.66% 9
Coventry -6 12 £235 - 3

Software Engineering
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 July 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.

1 742 (32.09%) Java
2 541 (23.40%) Agile Software Development
3 532 (23.01%) Linux
4 496 (21.45%) C#
5 478 (20.67%) C++
6 466 (20.16%) Scrum
7 442 (19.12%) OO
8 434 (18.77%) .NET
9 430 (18.60%) SQL
10 420 (18.17%) TDD
11 404 (17.47%) JavaScript
12 389 (16.83%) C
13 345 (14.92%) Degree
14 333 (14.40%) HTML
15 326 (14.10%) Web Services
16 280 (12.11%) Windows
17 268 (11.59%) CSS
18 265 (11.46%) Python
19 252 (10.90%) SQL Server
20 248 (10.73%) Computer Science
21 243 (10.51%) Oracle
21 243 (10.51%) Continuous Integration
22 230 (9.95%) Finance
23 227 (9.82%) XML
24 220 (9.52%) MVC
25 218 (9.43%) Security Cleared
26 217 (9.39%) UML
27 199 (8.61%) UNIX
28 192 (8.30%) PHP
29 189 (8.17%) Git (software)

Software Engineering
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 July 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 93 (4.02%) Tomcat
2 88 (3.81%) Apache
3 59 (2.55%) Node.js
4 43 (1.86%) SharePoint
5 41 (1.77%) CMS
6 38 (1.64%) WebSphere
7 32 (1.38%) IIS
8 30 (1.30%) WebLogic
9 23 (0.99%) Elasticsearch
10 16 (0.69%) Confluence
10 16 (0.69%) Oracle Coherence
11 13 (0.56%) SAS
12 12 (0.52%) BizTalk Server
12 12 (0.52%) Mule
12 12 (0.52%) SharePoint 2010
13 11 (0.48%) Sitecore CMS
14 10 (0.43%) Drupal
15 9 (0.39%) WebSphere Application Server
15 9 (0.39%) Oracle SOA Suite
16 8 (0.35%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 86 (3.72%) MS Excel
2 28 (1.21%) MS Office
3 24 (1.04%) Simulink
4 23 (0.99%) MS Visio
5 14 (0.61%) MS Project
6 12 (0.52%) MS PowerPoint
7 9 (0.39%) Photoshop
7 9 (0.39%) Adobe Illustrator
8 5 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
9 3 (0.13%) InfoPath
10 2 (0.087%) Final Cut Pro
11 1 (0.043%) TargetLink
11 1 (0.043%) OmniGraffle
11 1 (0.043%) Doxygen
11 1 (0.043%) Stateflow
11 1 (0.043%) CATIA
Business Applications
1 22 (0.95%) Dynamics AX
2 10 (0.43%) RMDS
2 10 (0.43%) Markit EDM
3 7 (0.30%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 5 (0.22%) Dynamics CRM
4 5 (0.22%) TRIRIGA
5 4 (0.17%) Magento
5 4 (0.17%) Oracle BPM
5 4 (0.17%) BASE24
6 3 (0.13%) Oracle EBS
6 3 (0.13%) Oracle EBS R12
7 2 (0.087%) ION MarketView
7 2 (0.087%) SAP ERP
7 2 (0.087%) Tridion
7 2 (0.087%) BusinessWorks
8 1 (0.043%) Oracle 11i
8 1 (0.043%) Teamcenter
8 1 (0.043%) Summit
8 1 (0.043%) Cognos TM1
Cloud Services
1 70 (3.03%) Amazon AWS
2 33 (1.43%) Amazon EC2
3 31 (1.34%) Microsoft Azure
4 23 (0.99%) Cloud Computing
5 20 (0.87%) SaaS
6 16 (0.69%) Amazon S3
7 11 (0.48%) Office 365
7 11 (0.48%) Amazon ELB
8 9 (0.39%) GitHub
9 7 (0.30%) IaaS
10 6 (0.26%) Amazon SQS
10 6 (0.26%) PaaS
11 5 (0.22%) Heroku
11 5 (0.22%) Google App Engine
12 4 (0.17%) Google Compute Engine
13 3 (0.13%) ElastiCache
14 2 (0.087%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 89 (3.85%) HTTP
2 70 (3.03%) Internet
3 68 (2.94%) TCP/IP
4 27 (1.17%) DNS
5 24 (1.04%) DVB
6 22 (0.95%) Wireless
7 19 (0.82%) LTE
8 18 (0.78%) SSL
9 16 (0.69%) Intranet
9 16 (0.69%) GSM
10 15 (0.65%) Firewall
11 13 (0.56%) Ethernet
12 12 (0.52%) LDAP
13 11 (0.48%) 3GPP
13 11 (0.48%) 3G
13 11 (0.48%) AMQP
14 10 (0.43%) Network Security
14 10 (0.43%) GPRS
15 9 (0.39%) ATM
15 9 (0.39%) IPv4
Database & Business Intelligence
1 252 (10.90%) SQL Server
2 127 (5.49%) MySQL
3 106 (4.58%) MongoDB
4 87 (3.76%) NoSQL
5 80 (3.46%) Relational Database
6 77 (3.33%) SQL Server 2008
7 62 (2.68%) Oracle Database
8 43 (1.86%) Big Data
9 41 (1.77%) PostgreSQL
10 39 (1.69%) Data Warehouse
11 34 (1.47%) Apache Cassandra
11 34 (1.47%) Hadoop
12 30 (1.30%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 30 (1.30%) RDBMS
13 25 (1.08%) DB2
14 24 (1.04%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 21 (0.91%) SQL Server 2005
16 20 (0.87%) Oracle Database 11g
17 18 (0.78%) Redis
18 17 (0.74%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 189 (8.17%) Git (software)
2 136 (5.88%) Visual Studio
3 123 (5.32%) Subversion
4 99 (4.28%) Jenkins
5 93 (4.02%) Cucumber
6 87 (3.76%) JUnit
7 81 (3.50%) Maven
8 80 (3.46%) Team Foundation Server
9 67 (2.90%) Eclipse
10 66 (2.85%) ClearCase
11 61 (2.64%) Selenium
12 55 (2.38%) Rational DOORS
13 53 (2.29%) JIRA
14 52 (2.25%) NUnit
15 38 (1.64%) Rational Rhapsody
16 28 (1.21%) TeamCity
17 27 (1.17%) Ant
18 26 (1.12%) Mockito
19 23 (0.99%) PHPUnit
19 23 (0.99%) Xcode
General
1 230 (9.95%) Finance
2 132 (5.71%) Banking
3 97 (4.20%) Electronics
4 95 (4.11%) Front Office
5 91 (3.94%) Telecoms
6 84 (3.63%) Investment Banking
7 43 (1.86%) Automotive
8 38 (1.64%) Games
8 38 (1.64%) Military
9 36 (1.56%) Manufacturing
9 36 (1.56%) Retail
10 34 (1.47%) Marketing
11 27 (1.17%) Legal
12 26 (1.12%) Back Office
13 21 (0.91%) Aerospace
13 21 (0.91%) Publishing
13 21 (0.91%) Avionics
14 15 (0.65%) Financial Institution
15 12 (0.52%) Advertising
16 10 (0.43%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 1038 (44.90%) Software Engineer
2 1010 (43.69%) Developer
3 216 (9.34%) Java Developer
4 147 (6.36%) Senior Software Engineer
5 131 (5.67%) Software Developer
6 116 (5.02%) Embedded Software Engineer
7 113 (4.89%) .NET Developer
8 106 (4.58%) C# Developer
9 78 (3.37%) Analyst
10 74 (3.20%) Senior Developer
11 72 (3.11%) Java Software Engineer
12 68 (2.94%) C++ Software Engineer
12 68 (2.94%) C++ Developer
13 66 (2.85%) Programmer
14 64 (2.77%) Architect
15 63 (2.72%) PHP Developer
16 60 (2.60%) Python Developer
17 57 (2.47%) Web Developer
18 46 (1.99%) C# .NET Developer
19 44 (1.90%) .NET Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 434 (18.77%) .NET
2 333 (14.40%) HTML
3 326 (14.10%) Web Services
4 268 (11.59%) CSS
5 227 (9.82%) XML
6 184 (7.96%) jQuery
7 183 (7.92%) Spring
8 158 (6.83%) ASP.NET
9 140 (6.06%) HTML5
10 137 (5.93%) REST
11 122 (5.28%) .NET Framework
12 120 (5.19%) WCF
13 117 (5.06%) WPF
14 109 (4.71%) SOAP
15 101 (4.37%) Hibernate
16 96 (4.15%) JSON
17 83 (3.59%) J2EE
18 81 (3.50%) RESTful
19 79 (3.42%) Ajax
20 76 (3.29%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 248 (10.73%) Computer Science
2 111 (4.80%) Open Source
3 93 (4.02%) Embedded Systems
4 78 (3.37%) Mobile App
5 69 (2.98%) Derivative
6 65 (2.81%) Enterprise Software
7 54 (2.34%) DTV
8 53 (2.29%) Device Driver
9 50 (2.16%) Mathematics
10 47 (2.03%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 35 (1.51%) Client/Server
12 31 (1.34%) Management Information System
13 30 (1.30%) Equities
14 29 (1.25%) STB
14 29 (1.25%) Equity Derivative
15 28 (1.21%) Fixed Income
16 24 (1.04%) Streaming Video
17 23 (0.99%) iPad
18 22 (0.95%) Physics
19 21 (0.91%) Firmware
Operating Systems
1 532 (23.01%) Linux
2 280 (12.11%) Windows
3 199 (8.61%) UNIX
4 117 (5.06%) Android
5 99 (4.28%) Apple iOS
6 53 (2.29%) Embedded Linux
7 28 (1.21%) Windows Server 2012
8 23 (0.99%) Windows Server 2008
9 21 (0.91%) CentOS
10 15 (0.65%) Solaris
11 14 (0.61%) Windows CE
12 12 (0.52%) Mac OS X
13 11 (0.48%) Windows Server 2003
14 9 (0.39%) Debian
14 9 (0.39%) Windows 7
15 8 (0.35%) VxWorks
16 7 (0.30%) Ubuntu
16 7 (0.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 6 (0.26%) Mac OS
17 6 (0.26%) Fedora
Processes & Methodologies
1 541 (23.40%) Agile Software Development
2 466 (20.16%) Scrum
3 442 (19.12%) OO
4 420 (18.17%) TDD
5 243 (10.51%) Continuous Integration
6 220 (9.52%) MVC
7 217 (9.39%) UML
8 182 (7.87%) BDD
9 164 (7.09%) Unit Testing
10 136 (5.88%) Multithreading
11 120 (5.19%) Configuration Management
12 116 (5.02%) OOD
13 105 (4.54%) Project Management
14 102 (4.41%) OOP
15 100 (4.33%) Web Development
16 96 (4.15%) DevOps
17 91 (3.94%) E-Commerce
18 87 (3.76%) Validation
19 85 (3.68%) SOA
20 82 (3.55%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 742 (32.09%) Java
2 496 (21.45%) C#
3 478 (20.67%) C++
4 430 (18.60%) SQL
5 404 (17.47%) JavaScript
6 389 (16.83%) C
7 265 (11.46%) Python
8 192 (8.30%) PHP
9 164 (7.09%) Ruby
10 113 (4.89%) Embedded C
11 111 (4.80%) Perl
12 76 (3.29%) Scala
13 55 (2.38%) MATLAB
14 48 (2.08%) Objective-C
15 44 (1.90%) Shell Script
16 42 (1.82%) VB.NET
17 40 (1.73%) VB
18 36 (1.56%) PL/SQL
18 36 (1.56%) Embedded C++
19 35 (1.51%) PHP5
Qualifications
1 345 (14.92%) Degree
2 218 (9.43%) Security Cleared
3 147 (6.36%) SC Cleared
4 28 (1.21%) DV Cleared
5 23 (0.99%) ISEB
6 21 (0.91%) ISTQB
7 15 (0.65%) Microsoft Certification
8 14 (0.61%) PhD
9 10 (0.43%) HND
9 10 (0.43%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 8 (0.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 6 (0.26%) Chartered Engineer
11 6 (0.26%) Six Sigma Green Belt
12 5 (0.22%) MCTS
12 5 (0.22%) MCSE
13 4 (0.17%) MCP
14 3 (0.13%) PMP
14 3 (0.13%) PMI Certification
14 3 (0.13%) OCPJP
14 3 (0.13%) MCPD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 125 (5.41%) QA
2 35 (1.51%) DO-178B
3 12 (0.52%) ISO 9001
4 7 (0.30%) PCI DSS
5 4 (0.17%) SLA
6 3 (0.13%) SNOMED CT
7 1 (0.043%) DICOM
7 1 (0.043%) IEC 61508
7 1 (0.043%) ISO 14001
7 1 (0.043%) ISO 8583
7 1 (0.043%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.043%) DO-160
7 1 (0.043%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.043%) EMIR
System Software
1 22 (0.95%) Varnish
2 17 (0.74%) Active Directory
3 13 (0.56%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (0.39%) Oracle RAC
5 6 (0.26%) vCloud
6 5 (0.22%) KVM
6 5 (0.22%) Docker
7 4 (0.17%) Xen
8 3 (0.13%) Oracle RMAN
9 2 (0.087%) Hyper-V
9 2 (0.087%) vSphere
9 2 (0.087%) UAG
10 1 (0.043%) Nmap
10 1 (0.043%) NDS
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 68 (2.94%) Puppet
2 59 (2.55%) Opscode Chef
3 18 (0.78%) Salt
4 14 (0.61%) Nagios
5 10 (0.43%) HP Quality Center
5 10 (0.43%) Vagrant
6 8 (0.35%) Ansible
6 8 (0.35%) Tivoli
7 6 (0.26%) Netcool
7 6 (0.26%) Netcool/OMNIbus
7 6 (0.26%) Netcool/Webtop
7 6 (0.26%) ITRS Geneos
7 6 (0.26%) Ionix
8 5 (0.22%) Capistrano
9 4 (0.17%) ZABBIX
10 3 (0.13%) SCCM
10 3 (0.13%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 3 (0.13%) Oozie
10 3 (0.13%) HAProxy
11 2 (0.087%) OpenIDM
Vendors
1 243 (10.51%) Oracle
2 162 (7.01%) Microsoft
3 61 (2.64%) Zend
4 59 (2.55%) JBoss
5 53 (2.29%) IBM
6 38 (1.64%) Google
7 33 (1.43%) Facebook
8 25 (1.08%) VMware
9 23 (0.99%) Sybase
10 18 (0.78%) Adobe
10 18 (0.78%) TIBCO
11 17 (0.74%) Perforce
11 17 (0.74%) HP
11 17 (0.74%) SAP
12 16 (0.69%) Salesforce.com
13 15 (0.65%) Serena
13 15 (0.65%) Red Hat
13 15 (0.65%) Sitecore
14 14 (0.61%) Cisco
14 14 (0.61%) Intel
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