The median contractor rate for a Software Developer was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies in the City of London during the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Software Developer
London / City of London
Rank 132 145 177
Rank change year-on-year +13 +32  
Contract jobs requiring a Software Developer 21 13 12
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.69% 0.39% 0.24%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.73% 0.41% 0.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 10 9
Median daily rate £500 £413 £335
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +21.21% +23.13%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £421 £250 £320
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £470 £405
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year - +7.69%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £44.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £34.00
% change year-on-year - +25.00%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
City of London
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 2888 3140 4850
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 95.25% 95.32% 96.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 2244 2502 3650
Median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.55%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £300 £276
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 47 76
Median hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.97% +6.92%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.38 £46.10 £27.37
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.38
% change year-on-year -12.50% +15.10%  

Software Developer
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the City of London that featured Software Developer in the job title.

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 3 months to 24 March 2017.

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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 24 March 2017, Software Developer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the City of London region featuring Software Developer in the job title.

1 24 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (61.11%) C#
3 19 (52.78%) Web Services
3 19 (52.78%) TDD
4 18 (50.00%) Java
4 18 (50.00%) RESTful
5 17 (47.22%) OOP
5 17 (47.22%) OO
6 16 (44.44%) Pair Programming
7 15 (41.67%) WebDriver
7 15 (41.67%) BDD
8 14 (38.89%) Agile Testing
9 13 (36.11%) Moq
9 13 (36.11%) Mockito
9 13 (36.11%) .NET
10 12 (33.33%) REST
10 12 (33.33%) Process Improvement
10 12 (33.33%) RabbitMQ
11 11 (30.56%) Unit Testing
12 9 (25.00%) Scrum
13 8 (22.22%) HTML
14 7 (19.44%) JavaScript
14 7 (19.44%) SQL
14 7 (19.44%) SQL Server
14 7 (19.44%) CSS
14 7 (19.44%) Spring
14 7 (19.44%) Git (software)
15 6 (16.67%) Microsoft Azure
15 6 (16.67%) Puppet
15 6 (16.67%) Finance

Software Developer Skill Set
Top Related 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 2 (5.56%) Tomcat
2 1 (2.78%) Apache
2 1 (2.78%) JBoss
Cloud Services
1 6 (16.67%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (11.11%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (11.11%) GitHub
3 1 (2.78%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.78%) Internet
1 1 (2.78%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (19.44%) SQL Server
2 5 (13.89%) NoSQL
3 4 (11.11%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (5.56%) MongoDB
4 2 (5.56%) Relational Database
5 1 (2.78%) Azure SQL Database
5 1 (2.78%) MySQL
5 1 (2.78%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (2.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 15 (41.67%) WebDriver
2 13 (36.11%) Mockito
2 13 (36.11%) Moq
3 7 (19.44%) Git (software)
4 4 (11.11%) MSTest
4 4 (11.11%) NUnit
4 4 (11.11%) Vagrant
5 3 (8.33%) Jenkins
5 3 (8.33%) Selenium
5 3 (8.33%) Subversion
6 2 (5.56%) Ant
6 2 (5.56%) Appium
6 2 (5.56%) Cucumber
6 2 (5.56%) JIRA
6 2 (5.56%) JUnit
6 2 (5.56%) Maven
7 1 (2.78%) Calabash
7 1 (2.78%) Geb
7 1 (2.78%) Gradle
7 1 (2.78%) PhantomJS
General
1 6 (16.67%) Finance
2 3 (8.33%) Banking
3 1 (2.78%) Front Office
3 1 (2.78%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (52.78%) Web Services
2 18 (50.00%) RESTful
3 13 (36.11%) .NET
4 12 (33.33%) RabbitMQ
4 12 (33.33%) REST
5 8 (22.22%) HTML
6 7 (19.44%) CSS
6 7 (19.44%) Spring
7 4 (11.11%) .NET Framework
7 4 (11.11%) Akka
7 4 (11.11%) ASP.NET Web API
7 4 (11.11%) Entity Framework
7 4 (11.11%) Node.js
7 4 (11.11%) Play Framework
7 4 (11.11%) spray
7 4 (11.11%) Symfony
7 4 (11.11%) WCF
8 3 (8.33%) ASP.NET
8 3 (8.33%) HTML5
9 2 (5.56%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 4 (11.11%) Mobile App
2 2 (5.56%) Fintech
3 1 (2.78%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (2.78%) Computer Science
3 1 (2.78%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 4 (11.11%) Windows
2 2 (5.56%) Apple iOS
2 2 (5.56%) Linux
3 1 (2.78%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (52.78%) TDD
3 17 (47.22%) OO
3 17 (47.22%) OOP
4 16 (44.44%) Pair Programming
5 15 (41.67%) BDD
6 14 (38.89%) Agile Testing
7 12 (33.33%) Process Improvement
8 11 (30.56%) Unit Testing
9 9 (25.00%) Scrum
10 5 (13.89%) Data Modelling
11 4 (11.11%) Configuration Management
11 4 (11.11%) SOA
12 2 (5.56%) Continuous Integration
12 2 (5.56%) Financial Modelling
12 2 (5.56%) Mathematics
12 2 (5.56%) MVC
12 2 (5.56%) RAD
12 2 (5.56%) Software Engineering
12 2 (5.56%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 22 (61.11%) C#
2 18 (50.00%) Java
3 7 (19.44%) JavaScript
3 7 (19.44%) SQL
4 5 (13.89%) T-SQL
5 4 (11.11%) PHP
5 4 (11.11%) Scala
6 2 (5.56%) Ruby
7 1 (2.78%) Groovy
7 1 (2.78%) VB
7 1 (2.78%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 4 (11.11%) SC Cleared
1 4 (11.11%) Security Cleared
2 2 (5.56%) MBA
3 1 (2.78%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (11.11%) SDET
2 1 (2.78%) QA
System Software
1 5 (13.89%) Docker
Systems Management
1 6 (16.67%) Puppet
2 4 (11.11%) Kubernetes
3 2 (5.56%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (2.78%) Ansible
Vendors
1 4 (11.11%) Microsoft
1 4 (11.11%) VMware
2 1 (2.78%) CA Agile Central