Period
to 20 September 2018

The median contractor rate for a Software Developer was £488 per day in advertised job vacancies in the City of London during the 6 months to 20 September 2018.

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 Developer
Central London > City of London
6 months to
20 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 235 216 203
Rank change year-on-year -19 -13 +41
Contract jobs requiring a Software Developer 29 25 39
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.41% 0.37% 0.57%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.44% 0.39% 0.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 22 32
City of London median daily rate £488 £488 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.63% +5.56%
10th Percentile £400 £401 £314
90th Percentile £638 £575 £575
Central London median daily rate £500 £500 £463
% change year-on-year - +8.11% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
City of London median hourly rate £13.00 - £44.00
10th Percentile £12.50 - £41.00
90th Percentile £13.50 - £47.00
Central London median hourly rate £13.00 - £44.00

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London. 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
City of London
Contract vacancies in the City of London with a recognized job title 6,635 6,467 6,530
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.93% 95.30% 95.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,239 5,021 5,239
City of London median daily rate £500 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £313 £313 £305
90th Percentile £675 £675 £650
Central London median daily rate £500 £498 £463
% change year-on-year +0.50% +7.57% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 128 88 73
City of London median hourly rate £18.70 £18.10 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.31% -4.74% +5.56%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.52 £11.30
90th Percentile £25.50 £30.23 £49.51
Central London median hourly rate £18.70 £18.69 £17.50
% change year-on-year +0.04% +6.81% -2.78%

Software Developer
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

Job postings that featured Software Developer in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the City of London.

Job vacancy trend for Software Developer in the City of London

Software Developer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Software Developer in the City of London.

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Developer in the City of London

Software Developer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Developer in the City of London over the 6 months to 20 September 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Developer in the City of London

Software Developer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Developer in the City of London.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Developer in the City of London

Software Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 20 September 2018, Software Developer 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 City of London region featuring Software Developer in the job title.

1 16 (55.17%) C#
2 15 (51.72%) .NET
3 12 (41.38%) Agile Software Development
4 9 (31.03%) TDD
4 9 (31.03%) Finance
4 9 (31.03%) Microsoft Azure
4 9 (31.03%) BDD
5 8 (27.59%) SQL
5 8 (27.59%) Fintech
6 7 (24.14%) Greenfield Project
6 7 (24.14%) Java
6 7 (24.14%) Python
7 6 (20.69%) Microsoft
7 6 (20.69%) JavaScript
7 6 (20.69%) T-SQL
7 6 (20.69%) SQL Server
7 6 (20.69%) Amazon AWS
7 6 (20.69%) AngularJS
7 6 (20.69%) Test Automation
8 5 (17.24%) Git (software)
8 5 (17.24%) SDET
9 4 (13.79%) Elasticsearch
9 4 (13.79%) SOA
9 4 (13.79%) NServiceBus
9 4 (13.79%) RabbitMQ
9 4 (13.79%) Multithreading
9 4 (13.79%) Cloud Computing
9 4 (13.79%) Unit Testing
10 3 (10.34%) Open Source
10 3 (10.34%) Domain-Driven Design

Software Developer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of London 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:

Application Platforms
1 4 (13.79%) Elasticsearch
1 4 (13.79%) NServiceBus
2 2 (6.90%) SAS
3 1 (3.45%) Tomcat
Applications
1 1 (3.45%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (3.45%) Markit EDM
Cloud Services
1 9 (31.03%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (20.69%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (13.79%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (3.45%) Amazon SQS
4 1 (3.45%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
4 1 (3.45%) BrowserStack
4 1 (3.45%) GitHub
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (20.69%) SQL Server
2 3 (10.34%) Blockchain
3 2 (6.90%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (3.45%) Relational Database
4 1 (3.45%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 5 (17.24%) Git (software)
2 2 (6.90%) SpecFlow
2 2 (6.90%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (6.90%) Visual Studio Team System
2 2 (6.90%) WebDriver
3 1 (3.45%) Appium
3 1 (3.45%) Calabash
3 1 (3.45%) Cucumber
3 1 (3.45%) Jasmine
3 1 (3.45%) JBehave
3 1 (3.45%) Jenkins
3 1 (3.45%) jMock
3 1 (3.45%) JUnit
3 1 (3.45%) Karma Test Runner
3 1 (3.45%) Maven
3 1 (3.45%) MSBuild
3 1 (3.45%) Robotium
3 1 (3.45%) Selenium
3 1 (3.45%) Visual Studio
3 1 (3.45%) Xcode
General
1 9 (31.03%) Finance
2 3 (10.34%) Banking
3 2 (6.90%) Games
4 1 (3.45%) Advertising
4 1 (3.45%) Investment Banking
4 1 (3.45%) Law
4 1 (3.45%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (51.72%) .NET
2 6 (20.69%) AngularJS
3 4 (13.79%) RabbitMQ
4 3 (10.34%) HTML
4 3 (10.34%) RESTful
5 2 (6.90%) .NET Framework
5 2 (6.90%) CSS
5 2 (6.90%) Django
5 2 (6.90%) jQuery
5 2 (6.90%) Node.js
5 2 (6.90%) React
5 2 (6.90%) SOAP
5 2 (6.90%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 1 (3.45%) ASP.NET Web Forms
6 1 (3.45%) Natural Language Processing
6 1 (3.45%) OSGi
6 1 (3.45%) React Native
6 1 (3.45%) REST
6 1 (3.45%) Unity (Game Engine)
6 1 (3.45%) Unreal Engine
Miscellaneous
1 8 (27.59%) Fintech
2 7 (24.14%) Greenfield Project
3 2 (6.90%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (6.90%) User Experience
4 1 (3.45%) Algorithms
4 1 (3.45%) Bitcoin
4 1 (3.45%) CCTV
4 1 (3.45%) Computer Science
4 1 (3.45%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (3.45%) Mobile App
4 1 (3.45%) NHS
4 1 (3.45%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 2 (6.90%) Linux
2 1 (3.45%) Android
2 1 (3.45%) Apple iOS
2 1 (3.45%) VMS
2 1 (3.45%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (41.38%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (31.03%) BDD
2 9 (31.03%) TDD
3 6 (20.69%) Test Automation
4 5 (17.24%) SDET
5 4 (13.79%) Multithreading
5 4 (13.79%) SOA
5 4 (13.79%) Unit Testing
6 3 (10.34%) Asset Management
6 3 (10.34%) Domain-Driven Design
6 3 (10.34%) Open Source
6 3 (10.34%) Problem-Solving
6 3 (10.34%) Software Engineering
7 2 (6.90%) Machine Learning
7 2 (6.90%) Prototyping
8 1 (3.45%) 3D Modelling
8 1 (3.45%) Analytics
8 1 (3.45%) Functional Testing
8 1 (3.45%) Non-Functional Testing
8 1 (3.45%) Visualisation
Programming Languages
1 16 (55.17%) C#
2 8 (27.59%) SQL
3 7 (24.14%) Java
3 7 (24.14%) Python
4 6 (20.69%) JavaScript
4 6 (20.69%) T-SQL
5 2 (6.90%) C++
5 2 (6.90%) PowerShell
6 1 (3.45%) C
6 1 (3.45%) Go
6 1 (3.45%) Ruby
6 1 (3.45%) VB.NET
6 1 (3.45%) XAML
Qualifications
1 1 (3.45%) Degree
1 1 (3.45%) Numerate Degree
1 1 (3.45%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (6.90%) QA
System Software
1 1 (3.45%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (3.45%) Ansible
1 1 (3.45%) Puppet
Vendors
1 6 (20.69%) Microsoft
2 3 (10.34%) TIBCO
3 1 (3.45%) Autodesk