The median contractor rate for a Software Developer was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies in England 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
UK / England
Rank 276 276 369
Rank change year-on-year 0 +93  
Contract jobs requiring a Software Developer 343 407 241
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.82% 0.83% 0.50%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.87% 0.87% 0.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 228 231 129
Median daily rate £375 £398 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.66% +13.57%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £300 £283
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year - +7.69%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 47 23
Median hourly rate £42.50 £43.00 £34.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.16% +26.47%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.50 £37.30 £15.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £47.90 £44.50
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 England. 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
England
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 39640 46520 45346
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 94.83% 95.21% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 25778 30491 27853
Median daily rate £431 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.29% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £263 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1372 1455 1828
Median hourly rate £18.50 £18.70 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.06% +3.88%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.33 £11.32 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £47.83 £42.50
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 England

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

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 3 months to 24 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 24 March 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 3 months to 24 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +33 127 £463 +5.71% 94
South East +14 74 £331 +0.37% 118
North West +24 31 £375 -6.25% 61
East of England +11 29 £300 -10.11% 42
South West -31 28 £313 -10.71% 48
West Midlands -1 19 £375 -18.47% 24
Yorkshire -13 14 £375 +17.18% 49
East Midlands -1 11 £413 -17.50% 17
North East -9 10 £340 +5.42% 5
South Coast - 1 - -
Software Developer
UK

Software Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

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 England region featuring Software Developer in the job title.

1 332 (49.11%) C#
2 318 (47.04%) Agile Software Development
3 290 (42.90%) .NET
4 252 (37.28%) JavaScript
5 217 (32.10%) Java
6 199 (29.44%) SQL
7 181 (26.78%) HTML
8 162 (23.96%) MVC
9 159 (23.52%) TDD
10 148 (21.89%) SQL Server
11 141 (20.86%) ASP.NET
12 138 (20.41%) CSS
13 116 (17.16%) Software Engineering
14 112 (16.57%) Web Services
15 110 (16.27%) Scrum
16 94 (13.91%) AngularJS
17 93 (13.76%) ASP.NET MVC
18 87 (12.87%) Microsoft
19 86 (12.72%) Linux
20 85 (12.57%) jQuery
21 84 (12.43%) Finance
22 82 (12.13%) C++
23 79 (11.69%) Windows
24 76 (11.24%) XML
25 75 (11.09%) Git (software)
26 72 (10.65%) Python
27 70 (10.36%) OO
27 70 (10.36%) BDD
28 69 (10.21%) RESTful
29 67 (9.91%) .NET Framework

Software Developer Skill Set
Top Related 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 19 (2.81%) WebSphere
2 13 (1.92%) CMS
2 13 (1.92%) JBoss
2 13 (1.92%) Tomcat
2 13 (1.92%) WebSphere Application Server
3 12 (1.78%) WebSphere Process Server
4 10 (1.48%) Alfresco
4 10 (1.48%) Elasticsearch
5 9 (1.33%) Confluence
6 8 (1.18%) Apache
6 8 (1.18%) SharePoint
7 6 (0.89%) Apache Spark
7 6 (0.89%) OpenStack
8 5 (0.74%) NServiceBus
8 5 (0.74%) WebLogic
9 4 (0.59%) Drupal
9 4 (0.59%) SilverStripe
9 4 (0.59%) Sitecore CMS
10 3 (0.44%) Apache Solr
10 3 (0.44%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 26 (3.85%) MS Excel
2 3 (0.44%) MS Office
3 2 (0.30%) Chatbot
4 1 (0.15%) Fireworks
4 1 (0.15%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 9 (1.33%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (0.30%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.15%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.15%) ION MarketView
3 1 (0.15%) Oracle BPM
3 1 (0.15%) Oracle Cash Management
3 1 (0.15%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.15%) Primavera
3 1 (0.15%) RMDS
3 1 (0.15%) SimCorp Dimension
Cloud Services
1 48 (7.10%) Microsoft Azure
2 33 (4.88%) Amazon AWS
3 29 (4.29%) GitHub
4 13 (1.92%) PaaS
5 6 (0.89%) SaaS
6 5 (0.74%) Amazon EC2
6 5 (0.74%) IaaS
7 4 (0.59%) AWS CloudFormation
8 3 (0.44%) Amazon EMR
8 3 (0.44%) AWS Lambda
8 3 (0.44%) Data Lake Analytics
8 3 (0.44%) Google App Engine
8 3 (0.44%) Google Cloud Platform
8 3 (0.44%) Google Compute Engine
9 2 (0.30%) Amazon Kinesis
9 2 (0.30%) Heroku
10 1 (0.15%) Amazon ElastiCache
10 1 (0.15%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
10 1 (0.15%) Bluemix
10 1 (0.15%) Dropbox
Communications & Networking
1 19 (2.81%) HTTP
2 9 (1.33%) TCP/IP
3 6 (0.89%) LAN
4 5 (0.74%) Internet
4 5 (0.74%) Intranet
4 5 (0.74%) VoIP
4 5 (0.74%) Wireshark
5 4 (0.59%) Firewall
6 3 (0.44%) Bluetooth
6 3 (0.44%) Extranet
6 3 (0.44%) Wi-Fi
7 2 (0.30%) DVB
7 2 (0.30%) SSL
7 2 (0.30%) UPnP
8 1 (0.15%) Broadband
8 1 (0.15%) HTTPS
8 1 (0.15%) IP Telephony
8 1 (0.15%) SSH
8 1 (0.15%) Telnet
8 1 (0.15%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 148 (21.89%) SQL Server
2 34 (5.03%) MySQL
3 32 (4.73%) NoSQL
4 27 (3.99%) MongoDB
5 26 (3.85%) Relational Database
6 25 (3.70%) SQL Server 2012
7 22 (3.25%) PostgreSQL
8 18 (2.66%) Oracle Database
9 16 (2.37%) SQL Server 2008
10 11 (1.63%) Big Data
11 10 (1.48%) SQL Server 2005
12 9 (1.33%) Apache Cassandra
13 8 (1.18%) GIS
13 8 (1.18%) Hadoop
13 8 (1.18%) RDBMS
13 8 (1.18%) SQL Server 2000
13 8 (1.18%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 6 (0.89%) Data Warehouse
14 6 (0.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 5 (0.74%) Redis
Development Applications
1 75 (11.09%) Git (software)
2 61 (9.02%) Team Foundation Server
3 59 (8.73%) Visual Studio
4 46 (6.80%) Jenkins
5 43 (6.36%) WebDriver
6 40 (5.92%) Mockito
7 38 (5.62%) Maven
8 37 (5.47%) Cucumber
8 37 (5.47%) Selenium
9 31 (4.59%) JIRA
10 30 (4.44%) JUnit
11 28 (4.14%) Moq
12 19 (2.81%) Subversion
13 14 (2.07%) Eclipse
13 14 (2.07%) MSTest
14 12 (1.78%) Ant
14 12 (1.78%) NUnit
15 10 (1.48%) Jasmine
16 9 (1.33%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 9 (1.33%) SoapUI
General
1 84 (12.43%) Finance
2 29 (4.29%) Banking
3 21 (3.11%) Electronics
4 20 (2.96%) Telecoms
5 14 (2.07%) Manufacturing
6 13 (1.92%) Marketing
7 12 (1.78%) Investment Banking
7 12 (1.78%) Publishing
8 11 (1.63%) Games
8 11 (1.63%) Retail
9 10 (1.48%) Back Office
10 7 (1.04%) Front Office
11 5 (0.74%) Advertising
12 4 (0.59%) Automotive
12 4 (0.59%) Multimedia
13 3 (0.44%) Legal
14 2 (0.30%) Aerospace
14 2 (0.30%) Law
15 1 (0.15%) Financial Institution
15 1 (0.15%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 290 (42.90%) .NET
2 181 (26.78%) HTML
3 141 (20.86%) ASP.NET
4 138 (20.41%) CSS
5 112 (16.57%) Web Services
6 94 (13.91%) AngularJS
7 93 (13.76%) ASP.NET MVC
8 85 (12.57%) jQuery
9 76 (11.24%) XML
10 69 (10.21%) RESTful
11 67 (9.91%) .NET Framework
12 63 (9.32%) REST
13 62 (9.17%) WCF
14 59 (8.73%) HTML5
15 56 (8.28%) Spring
16 49 (7.25%) ASP.NET Web API
17 48 (7.10%) WPF
18 45 (6.66%) SOAP
19 43 (6.36%) Entity Framework
19 43 (6.36%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 42 (6.21%) Analytical Skills
2 32 (4.73%) Computer Science
3 16 (2.37%) Mobile App
3 16 (2.37%) User Experience
4 9 (1.33%) Fixed Income
5 8 (1.18%) Algorithms
5 8 (1.18%) Derivative
5 8 (1.18%) e-Learning
6 7 (1.04%) Client/Server
6 7 (1.04%) Enterprise Software
6 7 (1.04%) Learning Management System
6 7 (1.04%) W3C
7 6 (0.89%) Fintech
7 6 (0.89%) Replication
8 5 (0.74%) Equity Derivative
9 4 (0.59%) Digital Media
9 4 (0.59%) Equities
9 4 (0.59%) NHS
9 4 (0.59%) Virtual Team
10 3 (0.44%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 86 (12.72%) Linux
2 79 (11.69%) Windows
3 27 (3.99%) Android
4 26 (3.85%) Unix
5 21 (3.11%) Apple iOS
6 12 (1.78%) Ubuntu
7 5 (0.74%) Embedded Linux
8 4 (0.59%) Windows Embedded Compact
9 3 (0.44%) CentOS
9 3 (0.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 3 (0.44%) Solaris
9 3 (0.44%) Windows 10
9 3 (0.44%) Windows Server
10 2 (0.30%) HPUX
11 1 (0.15%) Mac OS
11 1 (0.15%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.15%) MVS
11 1 (0.15%) Windows Mobile
11 1 (0.15%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 318 (47.04%) Agile Software Development
2 162 (23.96%) MVC
3 159 (23.52%) TDD
4 116 (17.16%) Software Engineering
5 110 (16.27%) Scrum
6 70 (10.36%) BDD
6 70 (10.36%) OO
7 63 (9.32%) Continuous Integration
7 63 (9.32%) Unit Testing
8 52 (7.69%) SDLC
9 49 (7.25%) OOP
10 42 (6.21%) Web Development
11 40 (5.92%) Pair Programming
12 37 (5.47%) DevOps
13 36 (5.33%) Automated Testing
13 36 (5.33%) E-Commerce
14 32 (4.73%) Test Automation
15 29 (4.29%) Microservices
16 26 (3.85%) Open Source
17 25 (3.70%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 332 (49.11%) C#
2 252 (37.28%) JavaScript
3 217 (32.10%) Java
4 199 (29.44%) SQL
5 82 (12.13%) C++
6 72 (10.65%) Python
7 38 (5.62%) C
8 36 (5.33%) T-SQL
9 34 (5.03%) Ruby
10 30 (4.44%) Scala
11 28 (4.14%) PHP
12 25 (3.70%) VB.NET
13 24 (3.55%) Perl
14 19 (2.81%) VB
15 18 (2.66%) PowerShell
16 13 (1.92%) PL/SQL
17 12 (1.78%) Go
17 12 (1.78%) Objective-C
18 9 (1.33%) ES6
18 9 (1.33%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 56 (8.28%) Security Cleared
2 54 (7.99%) Degree
3 41 (6.07%) SC Cleared
4 5 (0.74%) BPSS Clearance
5 4 (0.59%) HNC
5 4 (0.59%) HND
5 4 (0.59%) ISEB
5 4 (0.59%) ISTQB
6 2 (0.30%) CISA
6 2 (0.30%) CISM
6 2 (0.30%) CISSP
6 2 (0.30%) DV Cleared
6 2 (0.30%) GSEC
6 2 (0.30%) MBA
6 2 (0.30%) Postgraduate
7 1 (0.15%) CTC Cleared
7 1 (0.15%) MCAD
7 1 (0.15%) MCSD
7 1 (0.15%) MCTS
7 1 (0.15%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 41 (6.07%) QA
2 35 (5.18%) SDET
3 9 (1.33%) WCAG
4 4 (0.59%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (0.30%) ISO13485
6 1 (0.15%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.15%) ISO20022
6 1 (0.15%) SLA
System Software
1 38 (5.62%) Docker
2 3 (0.44%) Firmware
2 3 (0.44%) Virtual Machines
2 3 (0.44%) Virtual Servers
3 2 (0.30%) KVM
3 2 (0.30%) LXC
3 2 (0.30%) Xen
4 1 (0.15%) Active Directory
4 1 (0.15%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 1 (0.15%) HDFS
4 1 (0.15%) Oracle RAC
4 1 (0.15%) Shibboleth
4 1 (0.15%) Slurm Workload Manager
4 1 (0.15%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 14 (2.07%) Opscode Chef
1 14 (2.07%) Puppet
2 7 (1.04%) Ansible
2 7 (1.04%) Terraform
3 6 (0.89%) Kubernetes
4 2 (0.30%) Graphite
4 2 (0.30%) Kibana
4 2 (0.30%) Mesos
4 2 (0.30%) SCOM
5 1 (0.15%) Grafana
5 1 (0.15%) logstash
5 1 (0.15%) Marathon
5 1 (0.15%) Nagios
5 1 (0.15%) Rundeck
Vendors
1 87 (12.87%) Microsoft
2 66 (9.76%) Oracle
3 16 (2.37%) IBM
4 12 (1.78%) SAP
5 10 (1.48%) Telerik
6 8 (1.18%) Xamarin
7 7 (1.04%) Google
7 7 (1.04%) Sybase
7 7 (1.04%) VMware
8 6 (0.89%) Red Hat
9 5 (0.74%) Atlassian
10 4 (0.59%) Blue Prism
10 4 (0.59%) Sitecore
11 3 (0.44%) Apple
11 3 (0.44%) HP
11 3 (0.44%) Intel
11 3 (0.44%) Perforce
11 3 (0.44%) Sun
11 3 (0.44%) Tableau
12 2 (0.30%) Salesforce.com
Croydon, Surrey
networx
Rate: From £46,250 to £50,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Claremont Consulting Ltd
Rate: From £400 to £420 per annum
Posted: 6 hours ago
Greater Manchester
Progressive Recruitment
Rate: £300 - £301 per day + competitive
Posted: Yesterday
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Proactive Appointments
Rate: £320 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Central London / West End
ANSON MCCADE
Rate: £400- £500
Posted: 23 hours ago
Wilmslow, Cheshire
Oscar
Rate: £300 - £375 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
North Yorkshire
Real Staffing
Rate: £300 - £325 per day + Extension
Posted: 4 days ago
Winchester, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £25000 - £30000 per annum + Excellent Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Chester, Cheshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £425 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Leicestershire
Nigel Frank International
Posted: 4 days ago
Maidenhead, Berkshire
Difrent
Rate: Up to £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Cheshire
Harvey Nash plc
Posted: 3 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £300 - £430 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Sutton, Surrey
Intrinsic Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Up to £450 per day + Bonus & Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Solutions Recruitment
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 3 days ago
Hampshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £339 - £361 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Luton, Bedfordshire
X4 Group
Rate: £250 - 300 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Saffron Walden, Essex
The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Posted: 15 days ago
Saffron Walden, Essex
The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Posted: 21 days ago
Fareham
Spectrum IT
Posted: 16 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
VASSIT Services Ltd
Rate: Up to £70,000 per annum
Posted: 16 days ago
Saffron Walden, Essex
The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Posted: 9 days ago
Camborne, Cornwall
The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Posted: 9 days ago