Period
to 23 August 2019

The median contractor rate for a Software Developer was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 23 August 2019.

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
23 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 284 292 327
Rank change year-on-year +8 +35 +31
Contract jobs requiring a Software Developer 792 828 699
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.96% 0.89% 0.79%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.02% 0.94% 0.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 488 562 463
England median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +13.33%
10th Percentile £318 £310 £306
90th Percentile £577 £575 £575
UK median daily rate £438 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +2.94% - +13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 33 45
England median hourly rate £43.00 £43.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +7.50% -3.61%
10th Percentile £36.10 £32.50 £30.00
90th Percentile £57.50 £53.50 £53.75
UK median hourly rate £43.00 £43.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year - +7.50% -3.61%

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 77,709 88,355 84,079
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.27% 94.78% 94.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 51,573 58,463 55,015
England median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £268 £275 £263
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £438
% change year-on-year +2.78% +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,563 2,847 2,534
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.50 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.11% - -2.63%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £10.75
90th Percentile £53.00 £48.75 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £18.70
% change year-on-year +11.11% -3.74% -1.58%

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 23 August 2019.

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 23 August 2019.

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 23 August 2019. 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 +16 270 £476 -4.90% 241
South East +46 194 £425 +6.25% 172
South West +7 111 £475 +11.76% 124
North of England +1 109 £375 - 200
North West +6 62 £375 +3.45% 102
Midlands +3 55 £375 +9.09% 142
East of England +28 50 £425 +6.25% 89
West Midlands -4 35 £388 +19.23% 78
Yorkshire -5 33 £350 -11.95% 82
East Midlands +23 19 £360 -7.10% 64
North East +23 14 £450 +19.21% 16
Software Developer
UK

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

For the 6 months to 23 August 2019, 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 England region featuring Software Developer in the job title.

1 406 (51.26%) C#
2 384 (48.48%) Agile Software Development
3 336 (42.42%) .NET
4 307 (38.76%) JavaScript
5 224 (28.28%) Java
6 198 (25.00%) SQL
7 169 (21.34%) Test Automation
8 154 (19.44%) SQL Server
9 153 (19.32%) TDD
10 151 (19.07%) AngularJS
11 149 (18.81%) Azure
12 136 (17.17%) Finance
13 135 (17.05%) Software Engineering
14 133 (16.79%) DevOps
15 132 (16.67%) HTML
16 129 (16.29%) Python
17 127 (16.04%) CSS
18 123 (15.53%) Scrum
19 112 (14.14%) Node.js
20 107 (13.51%) Security Cleared
21 105 (13.26%) React
22 104 (13.13%) MVC
23 103 (13.01%) AWS
24 102 (12.88%) Git (software)
25 99 (12.50%) ASP.NET
26 93 (11.74%) Microsoft
27 92 (11.62%) Microservices
27 92 (11.62%) SDET
28 89 (11.24%) Continuous Integration
29 88 (11.11%) OO

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 24 (3.03%) Confluence
2 19 (2.40%) Elasticsearch
3 13 (1.64%) CMS
4 12 (1.52%) Tomcat
5 11 (1.39%) Umbraco
6 7 (0.88%) Appian
6 7 (0.88%) JBoss
7 6 (0.76%) SharePoint
8 5 (0.63%) IIS
9 4 (0.51%) Apache
9 4 (0.51%) Apache Spark
9 4 (0.51%) ArcGIS
9 4 (0.51%) Drupal
9 4 (0.51%) IBM HTTP Server
9 4 (0.51%) WebLogic
10 3 (0.38%) Apache Solr
10 3 (0.38%) Jetty
10 3 (0.38%) K2 blackpearl
10 3 (0.38%) SharePoint 2010
10 3 (0.38%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 9 (1.14%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (0.63%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.13%) Adobe Illustrator
3 1 (0.13%) Inkscape
Business Applications
1 12 (1.52%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (1.01%) BusinessWorks
3 4 (0.51%) Summit
4 3 (0.38%) Magento
5 1 (0.13%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 1 (0.13%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.13%) Oracle BPM
5 1 (0.13%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 1 (0.13%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 149 (18.81%) Azure
2 103 (13.01%) AWS
3 36 (4.55%) Serverless
4 20 (2.53%) AWS Lambda
5 18 (2.27%) Amazon S3
6 14 (1.77%) Cloud Computing
7 12 (1.52%) GitHub
8 10 (1.26%) Amazon SQS
8 10 (1.26%) AWS CloudFormation
8 10 (1.26%) Azure Functions
8 10 (1.26%) GCP
9 9 (1.14%) PaaS
9 9 (1.14%) SaaS
9 9 (1.14%) Trello
10 8 (1.01%) Amazon EC2
10 8 (1.01%) BrowserStack
11 7 (0.88%) Dynamics 365
11 7 (0.88%) npm
12 6 (0.76%) Azure Active Directory
13 5 (0.63%) Amazon CloudWatch
Communications & Networking
1 16 (2.02%) Ethernet
2 12 (1.52%) HTTP
3 4 (0.51%) DHCP
3 4 (0.51%) FTP
3 4 (0.51%) Internet
3 4 (0.51%) Software-Defined Radio
3 4 (0.51%) TCP/IP
4 2 (0.25%) Firewall
5 1 (0.13%) AMQP
5 1 (0.13%) DNS
5 1 (0.13%) Intranet
5 1 (0.13%) MPLS
5 1 (0.13%) RS-232
5 1 (0.13%) SMTP
5 1 (0.13%) SNMP
5 1 (0.13%) SSH
5 1 (0.13%) Telepresence
5 1 (0.13%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (0.13%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 154 (19.44%) SQL Server
2 32 (4.04%) NoSQL
3 27 (3.41%) MongoDB
4 25 (3.16%) Big Data
5 23 (2.90%) Relational Database
5 23 (2.90%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 22 (2.78%) MySQL
7 14 (1.77%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 14 (1.77%) Hadoop
7 14 (1.77%) Oracle Database
7 14 (1.77%) Redis
8 12 (1.52%) PostgreSQL
9 10 (1.26%) Data Warehouse
10 8 (1.01%) Neo4j
10 8 (1.01%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 7 (0.88%) Amazon RDS
11 7 (0.88%) Azure SQL Database
11 7 (0.88%) RDBMS
12 5 (0.63%) BusinessObjects
12 5 (0.63%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 102 (12.88%) Git (software)
2 76 (9.60%) Jenkins
3 64 (8.08%) Selenium
4 49 (6.19%) Visual Studio
5 45 (5.68%) Cucumber
6 44 (5.56%) JIRA
7 38 (4.80%) Team Foundation Server
8 30 (3.79%) NUnit
9 26 (3.28%) Maven
10 23 (2.90%) JUnit
11 21 (2.65%) JMeter
11 21 (2.65%) TeamCity
12 17 (2.15%) Protractor
12 17 (2.15%) SpecFlow
13 15 (1.89%) Visual Studio Coded UI
14 12 (1.52%) Bitbucket
14 12 (1.52%) Jasmine
14 12 (1.52%) Octopus Deploy
14 12 (1.52%) WebDriver
15 11 (1.39%) Gradle
General
1 136 (17.17%) Finance
2 40 (5.05%) Banking
3 30 (3.79%) Public Sector
4 29 (3.66%) Financial Institution
5 26 (3.28%) Retail
6 13 (1.64%) Marketing
7 11 (1.39%) Front Office
7 11 (1.39%) Telecoms
8 9 (1.14%) Electronics
8 9 (1.14%) Games
9 8 (1.01%) Law
10 7 (0.88%) Legal
10 7 (0.88%) Manufacturing
11 4 (0.51%) Aerospace
12 3 (0.38%) Automotive
13 2 (0.25%) Avionics
13 2 (0.25%) Back Office
13 2 (0.25%) Pharmaceutical
14 1 (0.13%) German Language
14 1 (0.13%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 336 (42.42%) .NET
2 151 (19.07%) AngularJS
3 132 (16.67%) HTML
4 127 (16.04%) CSS
5 112 (14.14%) Node.js
6 105 (13.26%) React
7 99 (12.50%) ASP.NET
8 79 (9.97%) Web Services
9 73 (9.22%) .NET Core
10 71 (8.96%) .NET Framework
11 66 (8.33%) RESTful
12 59 (7.45%) ASP.NET Web API
12 59 (7.45%) jQuery
13 57 (7.20%) XML
14 50 (6.31%) REST
15 45 (5.68%) JSON
16 37 (4.67%) Spring
17 35 (4.42%) SOAP
17 35 (4.42%) WPF
18 34 (4.29%) Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 51 (6.44%) Analytical Skills
2 34 (4.29%) Greenfield Project
3 26 (3.28%) User Experience
4 24 (3.03%) Self-Motivation
5 15 (1.89%) Algorithms
5 15 (1.89%) Data Structures
6 13 (1.64%) Embedded Systems
7 11 (1.39%) Mobile App
8 10 (1.26%) Derivative
9 9 (1.14%) Data Protection Act
9 9 (1.14%) EPoS
9 9 (1.14%) Fixed Income
10 8 (1.01%) Cloud Native
10 8 (1.01%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 7 (0.88%) Enterprise Software
12 6 (0.76%) Video\Live Streaming
13 5 (0.63%) Reference Data
14 4 (0.51%) Credit Risk
14 4 (0.51%) Equities
14 4 (0.51%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 78 (9.85%) Linux
2 48 (6.06%) Windows
3 35 (4.42%) Unix
4 9 (1.14%) Android
5 6 (0.76%) Apple iOS
6 5 (0.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 4 (0.51%) Ubuntu
8 3 (0.38%) CentOS
8 3 (0.38%) Debian
8 3 (0.38%) VMS
9 2 (0.25%) Mac OS X
9 2 (0.25%) OpenVMS
9 2 (0.25%) Windows Server
10 1 (0.13%) HPUX
10 1 (0.13%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.13%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 384 (48.48%) Agile Software Development
2 169 (21.34%) Test Automation
3 153 (19.32%) TDD
4 135 (17.05%) Software Engineering
5 133 (16.79%) DevOps
6 123 (15.53%) Scrum
7 104 (13.13%) MVC
8 92 (11.62%) Microservices
8 92 (11.62%) SDET
9 89 (11.24%) Continuous Integration
10 88 (11.11%) BDD
10 88 (11.11%) OO
11 52 (6.57%) Unit Testing
12 48 (6.06%) Problem-Solving
12 48 (6.06%) SDLC
13 47 (5.93%) Continuous Deployment
14 44 (5.56%) Open Source
15 42 (5.30%) Web Development
16 39 (4.92%) Continuous Improvement
17 37 (4.67%) SOLID
Programming Languages
1 406 (51.26%) C#
2 307 (38.76%) JavaScript
3 224 (28.28%) Java
4 198 (25.00%) SQL
5 129 (16.29%) Python
6 87 (10.98%) C++
7 58 (7.32%) C
8 57 (7.20%) TypeScript
9 34 (4.29%) VB.NET
10 33 (4.17%) VB
11 31 (3.91%) T-SQL
12 29 (3.66%) PHP
12 29 (3.66%) PL/SQL
13 25 (3.16%) Ruby
14 19 (2.40%) Java 8
14 19 (2.40%) PowerShell
15 13 (1.64%) Perl
16 12 (1.52%) Go
16 12 (1.52%) MATLAB
16 12 (1.52%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 107 (13.51%) Security Cleared
2 82 (10.35%) Degree
3 65 (8.21%) SC Cleared
4 34 (4.29%) DV Cleared
5 22 (2.78%) Computer Science Degree
6 11 (1.39%) BPSS Clearance
7 7 (0.88%) ISTQB
8 6 (0.76%) ISEB
9 3 (0.38%) Microsoft Certification
9 3 (0.38%) Numerate Degree
10 2 (0.25%) AWS Certification
10 2 (0.25%) DBS Check
10 2 (0.25%) PhD
11 1 (0.13%) CTC Cleared
11 1 (0.13%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 1 (0.13%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 53 (6.69%) QA
2 13 (1.64%) GDPR
3 4 (0.51%) MISRA
3 4 (0.51%) MISRA C
3 4 (0.51%) WCAG
4 3 (0.38%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.13%) GxP
5 1 (0.13%) IFRS
5 1 (0.13%) PMO
5 1 (0.13%) PSD2
System Software
1 73 (9.22%) Docker
2 8 (1.01%) Active Directory
3 2 (0.25%) Firmware
4 1 (0.13%) LXC
4 1 (0.13%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 25 (3.16%) Kubernetes
2 18 (2.27%) Control-M
3 15 (1.89%) Ansible
4 9 (1.14%) Kibana
5 7 (0.88%) Terraform
6 4 (0.51%) HP Quality Center
6 4 (0.51%) WSUS
7 2 (0.25%) Docker Swarm
7 2 (0.25%) logstash
7 2 (0.25%) Microsoft Intune
7 2 (0.25%) SCCM
8 1 (0.13%) HP ALM
8 1 (0.13%) Mesos
8 1 (0.13%) MIIS
8 1 (0.13%) Nessus
8 1 (0.13%) Puppet
8 1 (0.13%) Rancher
8 1 (0.13%) SCOM
Vendors
1 93 (11.74%) Microsoft
2 66 (8.33%) Oracle
3 28 (3.54%) Cadence
4 22 (2.78%) SAP
5 16 (2.02%) BMC
5 16 (2.02%) Informatica
6 13 (1.64%) Telerik
7 12 (1.52%) Cypress Semiconductor
8 11 (1.39%) Xamarin
9 10 (1.26%) TIBCO
10 9 (1.14%) Google
11 6 (0.76%) Atlassian
11 6 (0.76%) HP
11 6 (0.76%) IBM
12 4 (0.51%) BEA
12 4 (0.51%) ESRI
12 4 (0.51%) OpenText
12 4 (0.51%) Sybase
12 4 (0.51%) Tableau
12 4 (0.51%) webMethods