Period
to 21 September 2021

The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £430 per day in advertised job vacancies in the East of England during the 6 months to 21 September 2021.

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
England > East of England
6 months to
21 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 51 54 62
Rank change year-on-year +3 +8 +54
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 99 37 146
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the East of England 4.11% 3.15% 3.50%
As % of the Job Titles category 4.49% 3.47% 3.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 15 50
10th Percentile £318 £320 £278
25th Percentile £325 £344 £355
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £430 £403 £375
Median % change year-on-year +6.83% +7.33% -16.67%
75th Percentile £528 £475 £438
90th Percentile £540 £513 £558
England median daily rate £550 £550 £450
% change year-on-year - +22.22% -5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 8 26
10th Percentile £41.80 £42.13 £41.25
25th Percentile £44.00 £42.50 £42.13
Median hourly rate £49.00 £47.00 £47.50
Median % change year-on-year +4.26% -1.05% +5.56%
75th Percentile £55.00 £48.75 £50.00
90th Percentile £58.00 £50.25 "
England median hourly rate £49.00 £45.00 £47.50
% change year-on-year +8.89% -5.26% +6.74%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the East of England. 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
East of England
Contract vacancies in the East of England with a recognized job title 2,204 1,067 3,862
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 91.41% 90.96% 92.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,311 660 2,409
10th Percentile £150 £200 £206
25th Percentile £260 £306 £343
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £413 £425 £425
Median % change year-on-year -2.94% - -
75th Percentile £525 £525 £519
90th Percentile £613 £588 £600
England median daily rate £500 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 274 86 232
10th Percentile £12.25 £12.75 £10.59
25th Percentile £12.50 £14.45 £12.97
Median hourly rate £15.00 £21.50 £16.00
Median % change year-on-year -30.23% +34.38% -7.62%
75th Percentile £24.94 £47.50 £43.75
90th Percentile £48.08 £53.75 £50.00
England median hourly rate £20.00 £22.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -9.09% +15.79% +8.57%

Software Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the East of England

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

Job vacancy trend for Software Engineer in the East of England

Software Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the East of England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Software Engineer in the East of England.

Daily rate trend for Software Engineer in the East of England

Software Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram in the East of England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Software Engineer in the East of England over the 6 months to 21 September 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Software Engineer in the East of England

Software Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the East of England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Software Engineer in the East of England.

Hourly rate trend for Software Engineer in the East of England

Software Engineer
Hourly Rate Histogram in the East of England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Software Engineer in the East of England over the 6 months to 21 September 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Software Engineer in the East of England

Software Engineer
Contract Job Locations in the East of England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Engineer within the East of England region over the 6 months to 21 September 2021. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Hertfordshire 0 51 £450 +11.80% 25
Cambridgeshire +4 32 £460 +15.00% 87
Suffolk - 11 £335 - 3
Essex -18 4 £450 +9.09% 11
Bedfordshire -12 1 £550 - 8
Norfolk - 1 £500 - 3
Software Engineer
England

Software Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the East of England

For the 6 months to 21 September 2021, 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 East of England region featuring Software Engineer in the job title.

1 97 (97.98%) Software Engineering
2 58 (58.59%) Agile Software Development
3 48 (48.48%) C++
4 45 (45.45%) C
5 42 (42.42%) Security Cleared
6 39 (39.39%) SC Cleared
7 38 (38.38%) Software Testing
8 31 (31.31%) UML
9 29 (29.29%) Python
10 28 (28.28%) Git (software)
11 25 (25.25%) Rational Rhapsody
12 24 (24.24%) C#
12 24 (24.24%) Embedded C
13 21 (21.21%) Linux
13 21 (21.21%) Embedded Software Development
14 20 (20.20%) Rational DOORS
14 20 (20.20%) Configuration Management
15 18 (18.18%) Ada
16 17 (17.17%) Integration Testing
17 16 (16.16%) Visual Studio
18 15 (15.15%) Java
18 15 (15.15%) Electronics
18 15 (15.15%) Unit Testing
19 14 (14.14%) Computer Science
19 14 (14.14%) Degree
20 13 (13.13%) Validation
20 13 (13.13%) Simulink
20 13 (13.13%) OO
20 13 (13.13%) Azure
20 13 (13.13%) Self-Motivation

Software Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the East of England 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 (4.04%) Elasticsearch
2 2 (2.02%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 2 (2.02%) Apache Spark
3 1 (1.01%) Apache
3 1 (1.01%) Apache Airflow
Applications
1 13 (13.13%) Simulink
2 6 (6.06%) FrameMaker
3 1 (1.01%) Stateflow
Cloud Services
1 13 (13.13%) Azure
2 4 (4.04%) AWS
2 4 (4.04%) GCP
3 3 (3.03%) GitHub
4 1 (1.01%) Amazon EKS
4 1 (1.01%) Azure Cosmos DB
4 1 (1.01%) Azure Data Factory
4 1 (1.01%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 7 (7.07%) Modbus
1 7 (7.07%) RS-422
1 7 (7.07%) RS-485
2 4 (4.04%) Broadband
3 3 (3.03%) DECT
3 3 (3.03%) IPv4
3 3 (3.03%) IPv6
3 3 (3.03%) Multicast
3 3 (3.03%) PPP
3 3 (3.03%) UPnP
3 3 (3.03%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (1.01%) 5G
4 1 (1.01%) Ethernet
4 1 (1.01%) Internet
4 1 (1.01%) Kerberos
4 1 (1.01%) MPLS
4 1 (1.01%) RS-232
4 1 (1.01%) tcpdump
4 1 (1.01%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (3.03%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.02%) Apache Hive
2 2 (2.02%) Big Data
3 1 (1.01%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.01%) Hadoop
3 1 (1.01%) HBase
3 1 (1.01%) HDInsight
3 1 (1.01%) Impala
3 1 (1.01%) MongoDB
3 1 (1.01%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (1.01%) Relational Database
3 1 (1.01%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 28 (28.28%) Git (software)
2 25 (25.25%) Rational Rhapsody
3 20 (20.20%) Rational DOORS
4 16 (16.16%) Visual Studio
5 11 (11.11%) Rational Team Concert
6 8 (8.08%) CppUnit
6 8 (8.08%) PVCS
7 6 (6.06%) Team Foundation Server
8 5 (5.05%) Gerrit
8 5 (5.05%) GitLab
9 4 (4.04%) GDB
9 4 (4.04%) JIRA
10 3 (3.03%) Jenkins
11 1 (1.01%) Cucumber
11 1 (1.01%) JUnit
11 1 (1.01%) LabVIEW
11 1 (1.01%) Pylint
11 1 (1.01%) SpecFlow
11 1 (1.01%) Subversion
General
1 15 (15.15%) Electronics
2 7 (7.07%) Aerospace
2 7 (7.07%) Pharmaceutical
3 6 (6.06%) Law
3 6 (6.06%) Publishing
3 6 (6.06%) Social Skills
4 5 (5.05%) Presentation Skills
4 5 (5.05%) Telecoms
5 2 (2.02%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (2.02%) Finance
5 2 (2.02%) Manufacturing
6 1 (1.01%) Automotive
6 1 (1.01%) Banking
6 1 (1.01%) Marketing
6 1 (1.01%) Public Sector
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (10.10%) .NET
2 8 (8.08%) MFC
3 7 (7.07%) WPF
3 7 (7.07%) XML
4 6 (6.06%) .NET Framework
4 6 (6.06%) Autofac
4 6 (6.06%) Managed Extensibility Framework
4 6 (6.06%) XSLT
5 5 (5.05%) React
6 3 (3.03%) Kafka
6 3 (3.03%) NumPy
6 3 (3.03%) Spring
7 2 (2.02%) RESTful
7 2 (2.02%) SAML
7 2 (2.02%) WinForms
8 1 (1.01%) Entity Framework
8 1 (1.01%) Node.js
8 1 (1.01%) OAuth
8 1 (1.01%) OpenID
8 1 (1.01%) SciPy
Miscellaneous
1 13 (13.13%) Self-Motivation
2 7 (7.07%) Biotechnology
3 4 (4.04%) Embedded Systems
3 4 (4.04%) User Experience
4 1 (1.01%) Algorithms
4 1 (1.01%) Analytical Mindset
4 1 (1.01%) Data Centre
4 1 (1.01%) Device Driver
4 1 (1.01%) iPad
4 1 (1.01%) Life Science
4 1 (1.01%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 21 (21.21%) Linux
2 12 (12.12%) Windows
3 9 (9.09%) Windows 10
4 4 (4.04%) OpenWrt
5 1 (1.01%) Android
5 1 (1.01%) Apple iOS
5 1 (1.01%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 97 (97.98%) Software Engineering
2 58 (58.59%) Agile Software Development
3 38 (38.38%) Software Testing
4 31 (31.31%) UML
5 21 (21.21%) Embedded Software Development
6 20 (20.20%) Configuration Management
7 17 (17.17%) Integration Testing
8 15 (15.15%) Unit Testing
9 14 (14.14%) Computer Science
10 13 (13.13%) OO
10 13 (13.13%) Validation
11 11 (11.11%) Continuous Integration
12 10 (10.10%) DevOps
12 10 (10.10%) Problem-Solving
13 9 (9.09%) Microservices
14 8 (8.08%) Requirements Analysis
14 8 (8.08%) Scrum
14 8 (8.08%) TDD
14 8 (8.08%) Test Planning
15 7 (7.07%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 48 (48.48%) C++
2 45 (45.45%) C
3 29 (29.29%) Python
4 24 (24.24%) C#
4 24 (24.24%) Embedded C
5 18 (18.18%) Ada
6 15 (15.15%) Java
7 12 (12.12%) Embedded C++
8 8 (8.08%) Scala
9 7 (7.07%) Bash Shell
10 4 (4.04%) Shell Script
11 3 (3.03%) Go
11 3 (3.03%) JavaScript
11 3 (3.03%) MATLAB
11 3 (3.03%) Perl
11 3 (3.03%) SQL
12 1 (1.01%) Apple Swift
12 1 (1.01%) Kotlin
12 1 (1.01%) PowerShell
12 1 (1.01%) VBA
Qualifications
1 42 (42.42%) Security Cleared
2 39 (39.39%) SC Cleared
3 14 (14.14%) Degree
4 3 (3.03%) Computer Science Degree
4 3 (3.03%) PhD
5 1 (1.01%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.03%) JTAG
System Software
1 8 (8.08%) Virtual Machines
1 8 (8.08%) VMware Infrastructure
2 5 (5.05%) Docker
3 4 (4.04%) Firmware
4 1 (1.01%) Apache Flume
4 1 (1.01%) Shibboleth
Systems Management
1 4 (4.04%) Kubernetes
2 3 (3.03%) Ansible
2 3 (3.03%) Puppet
3 2 (2.02%) Kibana
4 1 (1.01%) Oozie
4 1 (1.01%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 8 (8.08%) Adobe
1 8 (8.08%) VMware
2 5 (5.05%) Cloudera
3 4 (4.04%) BT
4 2 (2.02%) Alteryx
4 2 (2.02%) Dynatrace
4 2 (2.02%) Google
4 2 (2.02%) Splunk
5 1 (1.01%) Confluent
5 1 (1.01%) IBM
5 1 (1.01%) Microsoft
5 1 (1.01%) Red Hat
5 1 (1.01%) SAP