Period
to 19 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Software Developer was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 19 November 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.

Software Developer
UK > England
6 months to
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 332 317 377
Rank change year-on-year -15 +60 +18
Contract jobs requiring a Software Developer 693 753 629
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.74% 0.77% 0.60%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.78% 0.82% 0.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 450 464 363
England median daily rate £425 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +14.29% -
10th Percentile £313 £275 £276
90th Percentile £575 £543 £517
UK median daily rate £425 £389 £350
% change year-on-year +9.32% +11.07% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 35 35
England median hourly rate £41.15 £41.50 £38.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.84% +7.79% +0.65%
10th Percentile £30.25 £29.90 £35.30
90th Percentile £49.75 £48.75 £51.25
UK median hourly rate £41.15 £41.50 £38.00
% change year-on-year -0.84% +9.21% +1.33%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in 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
England
Contract vacancies in England with a recognized job title 88370 92296 99465
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.78% 94.77% 94.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 58881 60820 64344
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £263 £256 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2615 2980 3832
England median hourly rate £18.63 £18.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.68% +2.78% +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £46.77 £45.00
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%

Software Developer
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Software Developer in England

Software Developer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Developer in England

Software Developer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Developer in England over the 6 months to 19 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Developer in England

Software Developer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Developer in England

Software Developer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Developer in England over the 6 months to 19 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Software Developer in England

Software Developer
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Developer within the England region over the 6 months to 19 November 2017. 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
London +23 294 £462 +5.00% 57
South East -21 123 £398 -0.63% 66
North of England +20 96 £425 +8.97% 93
Midlands +32 73 £370 +2.07% 36
South West -28 72 £356 +8.78% 20
North West +41 67 £425 +13.33% 48
West Midlands +26 41 £350 +2.19% 22
East of England -19 35 £381 +8.93% 49
East Midlands +15 31 £413 +13.79% 14
Yorkshire -16 21 £394 +7.88% 37
North East +55 12 £425 -10.53% 8
South Coast - 1 - -
Software Developer
UK

Software Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 19 November 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 England region featuring Software Developer in the job title.

1 328 (47.33%) Agile Software Development
2 282 (40.69%) C#
3 267 (38.53%) Java
4 250 (36.08%) .NET
5 233 (33.62%) SQL
6 229 (33.04%) JavaScript
7 166 (23.95%) TDD
8 145 (20.92%) SQL Server
9 144 (20.78%) HTML
9 144 (20.78%) MVC
10 137 (19.77%) CSS
11 132 (19.05%) Software Engineering
12 125 (18.04%) Scrum
13 124 (17.89%) Microsoft
14 122 (17.60%) Linux
14 122 (17.60%) Git (software)
14 122 (17.60%) Test Automation
15 117 (16.88%) Finance
16 111 (16.02%) ASP.NET
17 106 (15.30%) JSON
17 106 (15.30%) REST
18 104 (15.01%) Python
19 100 (14.43%) AngularJS
20 97 (14.00%) C++
21 96 (13.85%) Web Services
22 89 (12.84%) jQuery
23 88 (12.70%) JIRA
23 88 (12.70%) Degree
24 86 (12.41%) BDD
25 85 (12.27%) Spring

Software Developer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in 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 33 (4.76%) Confluence
2 17 (2.45%) SharePoint
3 15 (2.16%) Apache Spark
4 11 (1.59%) Cloud Foundry
5 10 (1.44%) IIS
5 10 (1.44%) Tomcat
6 9 (1.30%) Apache
6 9 (1.30%) Elasticsearch
7 8 (1.15%) Apache Solr
7 8 (1.15%) CMS
8 5 (0.72%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 5 (0.72%) Umbraco
9 4 (0.58%) Drupal
9 4 (0.58%) JBoss
9 4 (0.58%) nginx
9 4 (0.58%) SharePoint 2010
10 3 (0.43%) BizTalk Server
10 3 (0.43%) Documentum
10 3 (0.43%) OpenStack
11 2 (0.29%) NServiceBus
Applications
1 5 (0.72%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (0.43%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.29%) Autodesk Inventor
3 2 (0.29%) MicroStation
3 2 (0.29%) Photoshop
3 2 (0.29%) SOLIDWORKS
4 1 (0.14%) Adobe After Effects
4 1 (0.14%) Adobe Illustrator
4 1 (0.14%) AutoCAD
4 1 (0.14%) CINEMA 4D
4 1 (0.14%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 11 (1.59%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.43%) Dynamics NAV
2 3 (0.43%) Maximo
3 2 (0.29%) Magento
3 2 (0.29%) MetaTrader
4 1 (0.14%) ION MarketView
4 1 (0.14%) Markit EDM
4 1 (0.14%) RMDS
4 1 (0.14%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 57 (8.23%) Amazon AWS
2 46 (6.64%) Microsoft Azure
3 15 (2.16%) Slack
4 13 (1.88%) PaaS
5 12 (1.73%) GitHub
5 12 (1.73%) OpenShift
6 10 (1.44%) Amazon EC2
6 10 (1.44%) Google Cloud Platform
7 9 (1.30%) SaaS
7 9 (1.30%) Serverless
8 6 (0.87%) Dynamics 365
8 6 (0.87%) Office 365
9 5 (0.72%) Amazon SQS
9 5 (0.72%) AWS Lambda
9 5 (0.72%) Cloud Computing
10 4 (0.58%) Amazon S3
11 3 (0.43%) npm
12 2 (0.29%) Google Analytics
12 2 (0.29%) Route 53
13 1 (0.14%) Amazon ELB
Communications & Networking
1 20 (2.89%) HTTP
2 16 (2.31%) Internet
3 11 (1.59%) TCP/IP
4 10 (1.44%) Wireless
5 9 (1.30%) FIX Connectivity
6 7 (1.01%) Intranet
7 6 (0.87%) Bluetooth
7 6 (0.87%) SMS
8 5 (0.72%) SSL
9 4 (0.58%) 3G
9 4 (0.58%) DNS
9 4 (0.58%) Ethernet
9 4 (0.58%) MQTT
9 4 (0.58%) Skype
9 4 (0.58%) Wi-Fi
10 3 (0.43%) 4G
10 3 (0.43%) LTE
10 3 (0.43%) Wireshark
11 2 (0.29%) IMAP
11 2 (0.29%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 145 (20.92%) SQL Server
2 59 (8.51%) MongoDB
2 59 (8.51%) NoSQL
3 53 (7.65%) PostgreSQL
4 31 (4.47%) Big Data
5 30 (4.33%) MySQL
5 30 (4.33%) Relational Database
6 21 (3.03%) Oracle Database
7 15 (2.16%) Hadoop
8 14 (2.02%) SQL Server 2008
9 13 (1.88%) SQL Server 2000
9 13 (1.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 13 (1.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 10 (1.44%) Apache Cassandra
11 8 (1.15%) GIS
11 8 (1.15%) SQL Server 2005
12 7 (1.01%) Data Warehouse
12 7 (1.01%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 6 (0.87%) SQL Server 2012
14 5 (0.72%) Redis
Development Applications
1 122 (17.60%) Git (software)
2 88 (12.70%) JIRA
3 70 (10.10%) Cucumber
4 66 (9.52%) Jenkins
4 66 (9.52%) Visual Studio
5 48 (6.93%) Selenium
6 41 (5.92%) Team Foundation Server
7 32 (4.62%) JUnit
8 29 (4.18%) IntelliJ
9 26 (3.75%) Maven
10 25 (3.61%) SpecFlow
10 25 (3.61%) TeamCity
11 23 (3.32%) Eclipse
12 18 (2.60%) Subversion
12 18 (2.60%) WebDriver
13 16 (2.31%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 12 (1.73%) NUnit
15 11 (1.59%) Gradle
16 10 (1.44%) JBehave
16 10 (1.44%) Protractor
General
1 117 (16.88%) Finance
2 47 (6.78%) Banking
3 38 (5.48%) Telecoms
4 36 (5.19%) Manufacturing
5 35 (5.05%) Marketing
6 34 (4.91%) Electronics
7 18 (2.60%) Automotive
8 16 (2.31%) Investment Banking
9 13 (1.88%) Retail
10 11 (1.59%) Retail Banking
11 9 (1.30%) Advertising
11 9 (1.30%) Front Office
12 8 (1.15%) Back Office
12 8 (1.15%) Games
13 6 (0.87%) Law
14 4 (0.58%) Publishing
15 3 (0.43%) Financial Institution
15 3 (0.43%) Legal
15 3 (0.43%) Military
16 2 (0.29%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 250 (36.08%) .NET
2 144 (20.78%) HTML
3 137 (19.77%) CSS
4 111 (16.02%) ASP.NET
5 106 (15.30%) JSON
5 106 (15.30%) REST
6 100 (14.43%) AngularJS
7 96 (13.85%) Web Services
8 89 (12.84%) jQuery
9 85 (12.27%) Spring
10 71 (10.25%) Node.js
11 70 (10.10%) RESTful
12 65 (9.38%) ASP.NET MVC
13 60 (8.66%) XML
14 58 (8.37%) HTML5
15 57 (8.23%) .NET Framework
15 57 (8.23%) SOAP
16 54 (7.79%) ASP.NET Web API
17 47 (6.78%) WCF
18 46 (6.64%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 50 (7.22%) Computer Science
2 29 (4.18%) Analytical Skills
3 28 (4.04%) Data Structures
4 26 (3.75%) Mobile App
5 22 (3.17%) User Experience
6 16 (2.31%) Greenfield Project
7 14 (2.02%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 11 (1.59%) Algorithms
9 8 (1.15%) Fintech
10 7 (1.01%) Cloud Native
11 6 (0.87%) Management Information System
12 5 (0.72%) Device Driver
12 5 (0.72%) Enterprise Software
12 5 (0.72%) iPhone
12 5 (0.72%) RIA
12 5 (0.72%) W3C
13 4 (0.58%) Embedded Systems
13 4 (0.58%) N-Tier
13 4 (0.58%) Virtual Team
14 3 (0.43%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 122 (17.60%) Linux
2 85 (12.27%) Windows
3 26 (3.75%) Unix
4 22 (3.17%) Android
5 11 (1.59%) Apple iOS
5 11 (1.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 7 (1.01%) Windows Server
7 5 (0.72%) CentOS
8 4 (0.58%) Mac OS
8 4 (0.58%) Windows 7
8 4 (0.58%) Windows Server 2008
8 4 (0.58%) Windows Server 2012
9 3 (0.43%) Embedded Linux
9 3 (0.43%) Windows 10
10 2 (0.29%) MVS
10 2 (0.29%) Nucleus RTOS
10 2 (0.29%) Solaris
10 2 (0.29%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.14%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.14%) Windows Embedded Compact
Processes & Methodologies
1 328 (47.33%) Agile Software Development
2 166 (23.95%) TDD
3 144 (20.78%) MVC
4 132 (19.05%) Software Engineering
5 125 (18.04%) Scrum
6 122 (17.60%) Test Automation
7 86 (12.41%) BDD
8 79 (11.40%) OO
9 71 (10.25%) SDET
10 70 (10.10%) Continuous Integration
11 54 (7.79%) SDLC
12 53 (7.65%) Microservices
13 52 (7.50%) Open Source
14 50 (7.22%) Business Intelligence
15 41 (5.92%) DevOps
15 41 (5.92%) Unit Testing
16 40 (5.77%) Web Development
17 33 (4.76%) Multithreading
18 31 (4.47%) Kanban
18 31 (4.47%) Pair Programming
Programming Languages
1 282 (40.69%) C#
2 267 (38.53%) Java
3 233 (33.62%) SQL
4 229 (33.04%) JavaScript
5 104 (15.01%) Python
6 97 (14.00%) C++
7 41 (5.92%) C
8 39 (5.63%) Ruby
9 35 (5.05%) T-SQL
9 35 (5.05%) VB.NET
10 32 (4.62%) Scala
11 18 (2.60%) PHP
11 18 (2.60%) TypeScript
11 18 (2.60%) VB
12 14 (2.02%) Perl
12 14 (2.02%) PowerShell
13 13 (1.88%) Embedded C
13 13 (1.88%) Go
14 11 (1.59%) Bash Shell
14 11 (1.59%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 88 (12.70%) Degree
2 48 (6.93%) Security Cleared
3 42 (6.06%) SC Cleared
4 22 (3.17%) Computer Science Degree
5 8 (1.15%) BPSS Clearance
6 6 (0.87%) ISTQB
7 3 (0.43%) DV Cleared
7 3 (0.43%) ISEB
7 3 (0.43%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (0.29%) DBS Check
9 1 (0.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 1 (0.14%) MCP
9 1 (0.14%) RHCE
9 1 (0.14%) RHCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 41 (5.92%) QA
2 4 (0.58%) WCAG
3 3 (0.43%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 2 (0.29%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.29%) MISRA
4 2 (0.29%) MISRA C
4 2 (0.29%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.14%) IEC 61508
5 1 (0.14%) IEC 62304
5 1 (0.14%) ISO 26262
5 1 (0.14%) MiFID
System Software
1 44 (6.35%) Docker
2 9 (1.30%) Active Directory
3 4 (0.58%) Firmware
4 3 (0.43%) Cronacle
4 3 (0.43%) HDFS
4 3 (0.43%) VirtualBox
4 3 (0.43%) VMware ESXi
4 3 (0.43%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (0.29%) KVM
5 2 (0.29%) VMware Workstation
5 2 (0.29%) vSphere
6 1 (0.14%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 1 (0.14%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.14%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 14 (2.02%) Puppet
2 13 (1.88%) Ansible
3 10 (1.44%) Kubernetes
4 7 (1.01%) Opscode Chef
5 5 (0.72%) Rancher
6 4 (0.58%) Grafana
6 4 (0.58%) Kibana
7 3 (0.43%) Nagios
8 2 (0.29%) Graphite
8 2 (0.29%) Terraform
8 2 (0.29%) vCenter Server
9 1 (0.14%) CA Single Sign-On
9 1 (0.14%) HP Fortify
9 1 (0.14%) Juju
9 1 (0.14%) Mesos
9 1 (0.14%) PowerCLI
Vendors
1 124 (17.89%) Microsoft
2 46 (6.64%) Oracle
3 33 (4.76%) SAP
4 15 (2.16%) Google
5 11 (1.59%) TIBCO
6 10 (1.44%) IBM
6 10 (1.44%) Red Hat
7 9 (1.30%) Atlassian
8 8 (1.15%) VMware
9 6 (0.87%) Software AG
10 5 (0.72%) OpenText
10 5 (0.72%) webMethods
11 4 (0.58%) Cisco
11 4 (0.58%) ESRI
11 4 (0.58%) Sybase
12 3 (0.43%) AppDynamics
12 3 (0.43%) Sencha
12 3 (0.43%) Sitecore
12 3 (0.43%) Solace
13 2 (0.29%) Hortonworks