Period
to 10 July 2020

The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £335 per day in advertised job vacancies in Bristol during the 6 months to 10 July 2020.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Software Engineer
South West > Bristol
6 months to
10 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 64 53 59
Rank change year-on-year -11 +6 +6
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 16 69 56
As % of all contract jobs advertised in Bristol 1.70% 3.64% 3.08%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.78% 3.77% 3.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 19 17
Median daily rate £335 £315 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.35% -13.70% -13.61%
10th Percentile £316 £306 £260
90th Percentile £625 £540 £475
South West median daily rate £450 £361 £375
% change year-on-year +24.57% -3.67% +2.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 11 9
Median hourly rate £50.00 £42.00 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.05% -6.67% -
10th Percentile £46.50 £33.00 £26.25
90th Percentile £52.50 £50.00 £48.75
South West median hourly rate £47.50 £45.00 £43.00
% change year-on-year +5.56% +4.65% -4.44%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Bristol. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
Bristol
Contract vacancies in Bristol with a recognized job title 897 1,830 1,735
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.32% 96.47% 95.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 597 1,221 1,106
Median daily rate £460 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.24% +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £291 £263 £256
90th Percentile £613 £600 £525
South West median daily rate £463 £435 £400
% change year-on-year +6.32% +8.75% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 76 63
Median hourly rate £23.00 £34.75 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -33.81% +26.36% -1.79%
10th Percentile £13.00 £10.75 £12.80
90th Percentile £53.25 £52.50 £47.40
Median hourly rate £35.00 £41.13 £31.00
% change year-on-year -14.89% +32.66% -19.48%

Software Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in Bristol

Job postings that featured Software Engineer in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in Bristol.

Job vacancy trend for Software Engineer in Bristol

Software Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Bristol

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Software Engineer in Bristol.

Daily rate trend for Software Engineer in Bristol

Software Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram in Bristol

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Software Engineer in Bristol over the 6 months to 10 July 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Software Engineer in Bristol

Software Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Bristol

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Software Engineer in Bristol.

Hourly rate trend for Software Engineer in Bristol

Software Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Bristol

For the 6 months to 10 July 2020, Software Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Bristol region featuring Software Engineer in the job title.

1 16 (100.00%) Software Engineering
2 10 (62.50%) C#
3 9 (56.25%) C++
4 8 (50.00%) Linux
4 8 (50.00%) Security Cleared
5 7 (43.75%) SC Cleared
5 7 (43.75%) Java
6 5 (31.25%) .NET
6 5 (31.25%) Python
7 4 (25.00%) UML
7 4 (25.00%) C
7 4 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
8 3 (18.75%) Wireshark
8 3 (18.75%) Haskell
8 3 (18.75%) Rational DOORS
8 3 (18.75%) GDB
8 3 (18.75%) Go
8 3 (18.75%) Rational Rhapsody
8 3 (18.75%) Web Services
8 3 (18.75%) CORBA
8 3 (18.75%) NetBeans
8 3 (18.75%) Salesforce.com
8 3 (18.75%) Problem-Solving
8 3 (18.75%) Rust
9 2 (12.50%) MVC
9 2 (12.50%) Law
9 2 (12.50%) LAMP
9 2 (12.50%) MySQL
9 2 (12.50%) SQL Server
9 2 (12.50%) CSS

Software Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in Bristol by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Cloud Services
1 2 (12.50%) AWS
1 2 (12.50%) Azure
Communications & Networking
1 3 (18.75%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (12.50%) MySQL
1 2 (12.50%) PostgreSQL
1 2 (12.50%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 3 (18.75%) GDB
1 3 (18.75%) NetBeans
1 3 (18.75%) Rational DOORS
1 3 (18.75%) Rational Rhapsody
2 1 (6.25%) Eclipse
2 1 (6.25%) Polyspace
2 1 (6.25%) VectorCAST
General
1 2 (12.50%) Law
2 1 (6.25%) Aerospace
2 1 (6.25%) Avionics
2 1 (6.25%) Electronics
2 1 (6.25%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (31.25%) .NET
2 3 (18.75%) CORBA
2 3 (18.75%) Web Services
3 2 (12.50%) AngularJS
3 2 (12.50%) CSS
3 2 (12.50%) CSS3
3 2 (12.50%) Django
3 2 (12.50%) HTML
3 2 (12.50%) HTML5
3 2 (12.50%) LAMP
3 2 (12.50%) React Native
3 2 (12.50%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 1 (6.25%) Device Driver
1 1 (6.25%) Embedded Systems
1 1 (6.25%) Management Information System
1 1 (6.25%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 8 (50.00%) Linux
2 1 (6.25%) Android
2 1 (6.25%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (100.00%) Software Engineering
2 4 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (25.00%) UML
3 3 (18.75%) Problem-Solving
4 2 (12.50%) DevOps
4 2 (12.50%) MVC
5 1 (6.25%) Android Development
5 1 (6.25%) Device Driver Development
5 1 (6.25%) Linux Kernel Development
5 1 (6.25%) Mobile Application Development
5 1 (6.25%) Scaled Agile Framework
5 1 (6.25%) Systems Engineering
5 1 (6.25%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 10 (62.50%) C#
2 9 (56.25%) C++
3 7 (43.75%) Java
4 5 (31.25%) Python
5 4 (25.00%) C
6 3 (18.75%) Go
6 3 (18.75%) Haskell
6 3 (18.75%) Rust
7 2 (12.50%) JavaScript
7 2 (12.50%) SQL
8 1 (6.25%) Ada
8 1 (6.25%) Assembly Language
Qualifications
1 8 (50.00%) Security Cleared
2 7 (43.75%) SC Cleared
Vendors
1 3 (18.75%) Salesforce.com