Period
to 27 May 2020

The median contractor rate for a Software Developer was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 27 May 2020.

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
27 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 277 279 305
Rank change year-on-year +2 +26 +8
Contract jobs requiring a Software Developer 382 801 777
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.91% 0.97% 0.84%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.97% 1.02% 0.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 246 497 538
Median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +4.29%
10th Percentile £316 £318 £310
90th Percentile £619 £600 £575
UK median daily rate £450 £433 £425
% change year-on-year +4.05% +1.76% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 29 22
Median hourly rate £42.50 £43.50 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.30% +2.35% +6.25%
10th Percentile £35.00 £37.90 £23.80
90th Percentile £52.50 £57.60 £49.88
UK median hourly rate £37.50 £43.50 £42.50
% change year-on-year -13.79% +2.35% +6.25%

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 39,538 78,404 87,320
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.80% 94.58% 94.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 25,271 52,128 57,793
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +4.65%
10th Percentile £251 £280 £273
90th Percentile £663 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £465 £473 £450
% change year-on-year -1.59% +5.00% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,581 2,416 2,734
Median hourly rate £21.00 £19.50 £18.51
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.69% +5.33% -2.57%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £51.75 £50.96 £48.00
Median hourly rate £21.50 £19.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +13.16% +5.56% -5.26%

Software Developer
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Software Developer in England

Software Developer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Software Developer in England.

Daily rate trend for Software Developer in England

Software Developer
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Software Developer in England over the 6 months to 27 May 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Software Developer in England

Software Developer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Software Developer in England.

Hourly rate trend for Software Developer in England

Software Developer
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Software Developer in England over the 6 months to 27 May 2020.

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 27 May 2020. 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 +25 121 £500 +5.15% 66
South West +27 82 £475 +8.57% 35
South East +43 78 £413 -2.94% 43
North of England +46 45 £375 - 73
Midlands +57 32 £400 +11.11% 29
North West +29 28 £425 +13.33% 35
East of England +33 22 £481 +13.24% 20
West Midlands +50 20 £378 +0.67% 14
East Midlands +38 12 £413 +28.91% 15
North East +24 10 £288 -31.34% 15
Yorkshire +35 7 £288 -23.33% 23
Software Developer
UK

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

For the 6 months to 27 May 2020, 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.

1 178 (46.60%) Agile Software Development
2 156 (40.84%) C#
3 147 (38.48%) .NET
4 133 (34.82%) Java
5 118 (30.89%) JavaScript
6 102 (26.70%) SQL
7 94 (24.61%) Azure
8 89 (23.30%) Security Cleared
9 82 (21.47%) Python
10 78 (20.42%) SC Cleared
11 76 (19.90%) Test Automation
12 74 (19.37%) Git (software)
13 73 (19.11%) Software Engineering
14 69 (18.06%) AWS
15 68 (17.80%) SQL Server
16 67 (17.54%) HTML
17 61 (15.97%) Microsoft
18 59 (15.45%) DevOps
19 57 (14.92%) AngularJS
19 57 (14.92%) Scrum
20 56 (14.66%) CSS
21 54 (14.14%) TDD
22 51 (13.35%) MVC
23 46 (12.04%) .NET Framework
24 45 (11.78%) Jenkins
24 45 (11.78%) C++
24 45 (11.78%) Docker
25 43 (11.26%) Node.js
26 40 (10.47%) ASP.NET
26 40 (10.47%) SDLC

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 15 (3.93%) CMS
2 11 (2.88%) Tomcat
3 9 (2.36%) Apache
4 8 (2.09%) EPiServer
4 8 (2.09%) SharePoint
4 8 (2.09%) WebLogic
5 6 (1.57%) Confluence
5 6 (1.57%) IIS
6 5 (1.31%) Elasticsearch
7 3 (0.79%) SAS
8 2 (0.52%) Apache Spark
8 2 (0.52%) Drupal
8 2 (0.52%) JBoss
8 2 (0.52%) NServiceBus
8 2 (0.52%) Tuxedo
9 1 (0.26%) IBM Transformation Extender
9 1 (0.26%) Mule
9 1 (0.26%) SAP EP
9 1 (0.26%) Umbraco
9 1 (0.26%) WebSphere
Applications
1 4 (1.05%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.52%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (1.31%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.26%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.26%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 94 (24.61%) Azure
2 69 (18.06%) AWS
3 27 (7.07%) Serverless
4 20 (5.24%) GitHub
5 16 (4.19%) AWS Lambda
6 7 (1.83%) Apigee
6 7 (1.83%) AWS CloudFormation
6 7 (1.83%) GCP
6 7 (1.83%) Power Platform
7 6 (1.57%) PaaS
7 6 (1.57%) SaaS
8 5 (1.31%) Amazon S3
9 4 (1.05%) Amazon EC2
9 4 (1.05%) Azure Functions
9 4 (1.05%) Cloud Computing
10 3 (0.79%) AWS Step Functions
10 3 (0.79%) Dynamics 365
11 2 (0.52%) BlazeMeter
11 2 (0.52%) CloudFront
11 2 (0.52%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 7 (1.83%) HTTP
2 4 (1.05%) Internet
2 4 (1.05%) Wireshark
3 3 (0.79%) SNMP
4 2 (0.52%) RTSP
4 2 (0.52%) VoIP
4 2 (0.52%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (0.26%) Bluetooth
5 1 (0.26%) Broadband
5 1 (0.26%) DNS
5 1 (0.26%) PBX
5 1 (0.26%) RS-232
5 1 (0.26%) RTP
5 1 (0.26%) WAN
5 1 (0.26%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 68 (17.80%) SQL Server
2 17 (4.45%) MySQL
3 11 (2.88%) NoSQL
4 9 (2.36%) PostgreSQL
4 9 (2.36%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 8 (2.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 7 (1.83%) Power BI
7 6 (1.57%) Big Data
7 6 (1.57%) MongoDB
8 5 (1.31%) Cosmos DB
8 5 (1.31%) Data Warehouse
8 5 (1.31%) Oracle Database
8 5 (1.31%) Redis
9 4 (1.05%) Azure SQL Database
9 4 (1.05%) BusinessObjects
9 4 (1.05%) Hadoop
9 4 (1.05%) Relational Database
9 4 (1.05%) SQL Server 2014
10 2 (0.52%) Pentaho
10 2 (0.52%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 74 (19.37%) Git (software)
2 45 (11.78%) Jenkins
3 35 (9.16%) Visual Studio
4 24 (6.28%) Selenium
5 17 (4.45%) Cucumber
5 17 (4.45%) JIRA
6 15 (3.93%) Maven
6 15 (3.93%) Team Foundation Server
7 13 (3.40%) Subversion
8 12 (3.14%) SpecFlow
9 11 (2.88%) SonarQube
10 9 (2.36%) Postman
11 7 (1.83%) Bitbucket
11 7 (1.83%) FindBugs
11 7 (1.83%) GitLab
11 7 (1.83%) JUnit
11 7 (1.83%) Log4j
11 7 (1.83%) Mercurial
11 7 (1.83%) WebDriver
12 6 (1.57%) Eclipse
General
1 34 (8.90%) Finance
2 33 (8.64%) Public Sector
3 20 (5.24%) Banking
4 10 (2.62%) Legal
5 8 (2.09%) Retail
6 5 (1.31%) Marketing
7 4 (1.05%) Manufacturing
8 3 (0.79%) Aerospace
8 3 (0.79%) Front Office
8 3 (0.79%) Games
8 3 (0.79%) Law
8 3 (0.79%) Telecoms
9 2 (0.52%) Advertising
9 2 (0.52%) Automotive
9 2 (0.52%) Electronics
9 2 (0.52%) Investment Banking
9 2 (0.52%) Military
9 2 (0.52%) Multimedia
10 1 (0.26%) Local Government
10 1 (0.26%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 147 (38.48%) .NET
2 67 (17.54%) HTML
3 57 (14.92%) AngularJS
4 56 (14.66%) CSS
5 46 (12.04%) .NET Framework
6 43 (11.26%) Node.js
7 40 (10.47%) ASP.NET
8 37 (9.69%) Web Services
9 36 (9.42%) React
10 35 (9.16%) RESTful
11 29 (7.59%) jQuery
12 27 (7.07%) Entity Framework
13 24 (6.28%) Spring
14 23 (6.02%) HTML5
15 22 (5.76%) .NET Core
16 19 (4.97%) XML
17 18 (4.71%) ASP.NET Web API
17 18 (4.71%) JSON
18 16 (4.19%) ASP.NET MVC
19 12 (3.14%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 25 (6.54%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (2.62%) Greenfield Project
3 8 (2.09%) Cloud Native
3 8 (2.09%) Virtual Team
4 7 (1.83%) Algorithms
4 7 (1.83%) Data Structures
5 6 (1.57%) User Experience
6 5 (1.31%) Mobile App
7 4 (1.05%) Enterprise Software
8 3 (0.79%) Derivative
8 3 (0.79%) Embedded Systems
8 3 (0.79%) EPoS
8 3 (0.79%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 3 (0.79%) Hedge funds
9 2 (0.52%) Blog
9 2 (0.52%) Equities
9 2 (0.52%) Fixed Income
9 2 (0.52%) Management Information System
9 2 (0.52%) MPEG
9 2 (0.52%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 37 (9.69%) Windows
2 35 (9.16%) Linux
3 15 (3.93%) Unix
4 8 (2.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 7 (1.83%) CentOS
5 7 (1.83%) Debian
5 7 (1.83%) Ubuntu
6 6 (1.57%) Android
7 3 (0.79%) Apple iOS
8 2 (0.52%) Embedded Linux
8 2 (0.52%) Windows Server
9 1 (0.26%) Amazon Linux
9 1 (0.26%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.26%) Mac OS X
9 1 (0.26%) VMS
9 1 (0.26%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 178 (46.60%) Agile Software Development
2 76 (19.90%) Test Automation
3 73 (19.11%) Software Engineering
4 59 (15.45%) DevOps
5 57 (14.92%) Scrum
6 54 (14.14%) TDD
7 51 (13.35%) MVC
8 40 (10.47%) SDLC
9 38 (9.95%) OO
10 37 (9.69%) BDD
11 32 (8.38%) Unit Testing
11 32 (8.38%) Web Development
12 28 (7.33%) Continuous Integration
13 27 (7.07%) SDET
14 25 (6.54%) Kanban
15 24 (6.28%) Microservices
15 24 (6.28%) Open Source
16 23 (6.02%) Continuous Deployment
17 22 (5.76%) Problem-Solving
18 19 (4.97%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 156 (40.84%) C#
2 133 (34.82%) Java
3 118 (30.89%) JavaScript
4 102 (26.70%) SQL
5 82 (21.47%) Python
6 45 (11.78%) C++
7 23 (6.02%) PHP
8 21 (5.50%) C
9 17 (4.45%) TypeScript
10 14 (3.66%) Java 8
10 14 (3.66%) PL/SQL
11 11 (2.88%) PowerShell
11 11 (2.88%) VB.NET
12 9 (2.36%) Shell Script
13 8 (2.09%) Perl
14 6 (1.57%) Ruby
15 5 (1.31%) Assembly Language
15 5 (1.31%) T-SQL
15 5 (1.31%) VB
15 5 (1.31%) VBA
Qualifications
1 89 (23.30%) Security Cleared
2 78 (20.42%) SC Cleared
3 13 (3.40%) Degree
4 10 (2.62%) DV Cleared
5 7 (1.83%) Computer Science Degree
5 7 (1.83%) Master's Degree
6 6 (1.57%) AWS Certification
7 4 (1.05%) ISTQB
8 3 (0.79%) BPSS Clearance
9 1 (0.26%) DBS Check
9 1 (0.26%) MCSA
9 1 (0.26%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (1.83%) QA
2 4 (1.05%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.26%) GDPR
3 1 (0.26%) HL7
3 1 (0.26%) WCAG
System Software
1 45 (11.78%) Docker
2 3 (0.79%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.26%) OpenAM
3 1 (0.26%) OpenDJ
Systems Management
1 19 (4.97%) Kubernetes
2 13 (3.40%) Terraform
3 6 (1.57%) Ansible
3 6 (1.57%) Kibana
3 6 (1.57%) logstash
4 3 (0.79%) MIIS
5 2 (0.52%) Grafana
5 2 (0.52%) Istio
6 1 (0.26%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.26%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 61 (15.97%) Microsoft
2 20 (5.24%) Oracle
3 19 (4.97%) Google
4 8 (2.09%) Atlassian
5 7 (1.83%) Pega
5 7 (1.83%) Xamarin
6 6 (1.57%) BEA
6 6 (1.57%) Informatica
6 6 (1.57%) webMethods
7 5 (1.31%) SAP
8 3 (0.79%) Cloudera
8 3 (0.79%) IBM
8 3 (0.79%) Salesforce.com
8 3 (0.79%) Tableau
9 2 (0.52%) Databricks
9 2 (0.52%) Red Hat
9 2 (0.52%) Sitecore
9 2 (0.52%) StreamSets
10 1 (0.26%) Adobe
10 1 (0.26%) Cognos