The median contractor rate for a Software Developer was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 3 months to 26 June 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
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 283 324 385
Rank change year-on-year +41 +61  
Contract jobs requiring a Software Developer 361 334 266
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.84% 0.69% 0.52%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.88% 0.72% 0.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 227 204 162
Median daily rate £425 £375 £335
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.33% +11.94%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £288 £297
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £513 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £350 £330
% change year-on-year +10.71% +6.06%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 29 9
Median hourly rate £40.00 £40.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +6.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £32.50 £35.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £47.50 £43.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.50 £40.75 £39.00
% change year-on-year -5.52% +4.48%  

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 40905 46317 48290
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 94.76% 95.03% 94.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 26668 30607 30911
Median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £263 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1248 1357 1858
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.44 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £43.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.45 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.28% +9.06%  

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 26 June 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 3 months to 26 June 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 26 June 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 +39 138 £475 +11.76% 91
South East +36 70 £365 -8.86% 83
South West -3 47 £425 +21.42% 39
North West +25 30 £375 +7.14% 42
West Midlands +24 22 £375 +7.14% 30
Yorkshire +15 17 £405 +24.61% 37
East of England -6 17 £423 +23.35% 40
East Midlands -5 13 £400 +14.28% 20
North East +63 6 £375 +7.14% 5
Midlands - 1 - - 50
Software Developer
UK

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

For the 6 months to 26 June 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.

1 330 (47.08%) Agile Software Development
2 328 (46.79%) C#
3 270 (38.52%) .NET
4 252 (35.95%) JavaScript
5 221 (31.53%) Java
6 212 (30.24%) SQL
7 175 (24.96%) HTML
8 172 (24.54%) TDD
9 163 (23.25%) CSS
10 152 (21.68%) SQL Server
11 149 (21.26%) MVC
12 130 (18.54%) Test Automation
13 126 (17.97%) ASP.NET
14 122 (17.40%) C++
15 120 (17.12%) Linux
16 119 (16.98%) Finance
16 119 (16.98%) Software Engineering
17 102 (14.55%) Scrum
18 100 (14.27%) Python
18 100 (14.27%) Git (software)
19 90 (12.84%) Windows
20 87 (12.41%) jQuery
21 86 (12.27%) Web Services
21 86 (12.27%) SDLC
22 84 (11.98%) OO
23 83 (11.84%) ASP.NET MVC
24 80 (11.41%) Microsoft
25 79 (11.27%) JSON
25 79 (11.27%) AngularJS
26 74 (10.56%) BDD

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 16 (2.28%) Confluence
2 14 (2.00%) CMS
3 11 (1.57%) SharePoint
4 10 (1.43%) Apache
4 10 (1.43%) Tomcat
5 9 (1.28%) Elasticsearch
6 7 (1.00%) Apache Solr
6 7 (1.00%) Apache Spark
6 7 (1.00%) WebSphere
7 6 (0.86%) IIS
7 6 (0.86%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 5 (0.71%) GeoServer
8 5 (0.71%) NServiceBus
8 5 (0.71%) WebLogic
9 4 (0.57%) JBoss
9 4 (0.57%) Kinematics
10 3 (0.43%) Alfresco
10 3 (0.43%) Documentum
10 3 (0.43%) MQSeries
10 3 (0.43%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 8 (1.14%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (0.43%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.29%) Chatbot
4 1 (0.14%) AutoCAD
4 1 (0.14%) Doxygen
4 1 (0.14%) Fireworks
4 1 (0.14%) LaTeX
4 1 (0.14%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 11 (1.57%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 4 (0.57%) Dynamics NAV
3 3 (0.43%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.29%) Maximo
5 1 (0.14%) ION MarketView
5 1 (0.14%) Markit EDM
5 1 (0.14%) Oracle Cash Management
5 1 (0.14%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 43 (6.13%) Microsoft Azure
2 35 (4.99%) Amazon AWS
3 12 (1.71%) GitHub
4 5 (0.71%) Google App Engine
4 5 (0.71%) Google Cloud Platform
4 5 (0.71%) Google Compute Engine
4 5 (0.71%) PaaS
4 5 (0.71%) Slack
5 4 (0.57%) SaaS
6 3 (0.43%) Amazon EC2
6 3 (0.43%) Office 365
7 2 (0.29%) Amazon Kinesis
7 2 (0.29%) AWS CloudFormation
7 2 (0.29%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (0.29%) OpenShift
7 2 (0.29%) Sauce Labs
8 1 (0.14%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
8 1 (0.14%) AWS Lambda
8 1 (0.14%) IaaS
8 1 (0.14%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 18 (2.57%) HTTP
2 11 (1.57%) Internet
3 10 (1.43%) TCP/IP
4 9 (1.28%) Intranet
5 8 (1.14%) Wi-Fi
5 8 (1.14%) Wireshark
6 6 (0.86%) FIX Connectivity
7 5 (0.71%) Bluetooth
8 4 (0.57%) VoIP
8 4 (0.57%) Wireless
9 3 (0.43%) Extranet
9 3 (0.43%) LAN
9 3 (0.43%) SSL
9 3 (0.43%) tcpdump
10 2 (0.29%) DVB
10 2 (0.29%) Ethernet
10 2 (0.29%) Firewall
10 2 (0.29%) Skype
10 2 (0.29%) UPnP
11 1 (0.14%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 152 (21.68%) SQL Server
2 46 (6.56%) MongoDB
3 45 (6.42%) NoSQL
4 41 (5.85%) PostgreSQL
5 32 (4.56%) Relational Database
6 31 (4.42%) MySQL
7 20 (2.85%) Big Data
8 17 (2.43%) SQL Server 2008
8 17 (2.43%) SQL Server 2012
9 13 (1.85%) Hadoop
9 13 (1.85%) Oracle Database
10 12 (1.71%) SQL Server 2000
11 11 (1.57%) GIS
12 9 (1.28%) Apache Cassandra
13 8 (1.14%) Redis
13 8 (1.14%) SQL Server 2005
14 7 (1.00%) RDBMS
14 7 (1.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 6 (0.86%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 4 (0.57%) Firebird
Development Applications
1 100 (14.27%) Git (software)
2 59 (8.42%) Team Foundation Server
3 55 (7.85%) Jenkins
4 51 (7.28%) Visual Studio
5 43 (6.13%) JIRA
6 31 (4.42%) Cucumber
7 28 (3.99%) JUnit
8 27 (3.85%) Selenium
9 25 (3.57%) Subversion
10 24 (3.42%) Maven
11 23 (3.28%) WebDriver
12 20 (2.85%) Mockito
13 16 (2.28%) Moq
14 14 (2.00%) Eclipse
14 14 (2.00%) IntelliJ
15 13 (1.85%) NUnit
15 13 (1.85%) SpecFlow
15 13 (1.85%) Vagrant
16 10 (1.43%) Jasmine
17 9 (1.28%) JBehave
General
1 119 (16.98%) Finance
2 36 (5.14%) Banking
3 22 (3.14%) Telecoms
4 19 (2.71%) Manufacturing
5 18 (2.57%) Electronics
6 14 (2.00%) Marketing
6 14 (2.00%) Retail
7 11 (1.57%) Games
8 10 (1.43%) Back Office
8 10 (1.43%) Investment Banking
9 9 (1.28%) Front Office
10 8 (1.14%) Automotive
11 3 (0.43%) Legal
11 3 (0.43%) Multimedia
12 2 (0.29%) Advertising
12 2 (0.29%) Financial Institution
12 2 (0.29%) Law
12 2 (0.29%) Publishing
12 2 (0.29%) Retail Banking
12 2 (0.29%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 270 (38.52%) .NET
2 175 (24.96%) HTML
3 163 (23.25%) CSS
4 126 (17.97%) ASP.NET
5 87 (12.41%) jQuery
6 86 (12.27%) Web Services
7 83 (11.84%) ASP.NET MVC
8 79 (11.27%) AngularJS
8 79 (11.27%) JSON
9 74 (10.56%) XML
10 70 (9.99%) .NET Framework
11 67 (9.56%) REST
12 66 (9.42%) RESTful
13 60 (8.56%) Spring
14 59 (8.42%) HTML5
15 55 (7.85%) WCF
15 55 (7.85%) WPF
16 54 (7.70%) Node.js
17 50 (7.13%) ASP.NET Web API
18 43 (6.13%) Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 60 (8.56%) Analytical Skills
2 42 (5.99%) Computer Science
3 22 (3.14%) Fixed Income
4 20 (2.85%) Mobile App
5 19 (2.71%) Derivative
6 17 (2.43%) Greenfield Project
7 15 (2.14%) Algorithms
7 15 (2.14%) Equities
7 15 (2.14%) Equity Derivative
7 15 (2.14%) User Experience
8 12 (1.71%) Data Structures
9 8 (1.14%) e-Learning
10 7 (1.00%) Embedded Systems
10 7 (1.00%) Fintech
10 7 (1.00%) Learning Management System
10 7 (1.00%) Management Information System
10 7 (1.00%) W3C
11 6 (0.86%) Cyber Attack
11 6 (0.86%) Robotics
12 5 (0.71%) Device Driver
Operating Systems
1 120 (17.12%) Linux
2 90 (12.84%) Windows
3 52 (7.42%) Unix
4 25 (3.57%) Android
5 17 (2.43%) Apple iOS
6 12 (1.71%) Ubuntu
7 11 (1.57%) Mac OS
8 8 (1.14%) CentOS
9 6 (0.86%) Embedded Linux
9 6 (0.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 6 (0.86%) Windows Server
10 3 (0.43%) Solaris
11 2 (0.29%) HPUX
12 1 (0.14%) Windows 10
12 1 (0.14%) Windows Embedded Compact
Processes & Methodologies
1 330 (47.08%) Agile Software Development
2 172 (24.54%) TDD
3 149 (21.26%) MVC
4 130 (18.54%) Test Automation
5 119 (16.98%) Software Engineering
6 102 (14.55%) Scrum
7 86 (12.27%) SDLC
8 84 (11.98%) OO
9 74 (10.56%) BDD
10 73 (10.41%) Continuous Integration
11 56 (7.99%) Unit Testing
12 52 (7.42%) SDET
13 47 (6.70%) Microservices
14 46 (6.56%) Open Source
15 41 (5.85%) Pair Programming
16 40 (5.71%) SOA
17 37 (5.28%) Continuous Improvement
18 36 (5.14%) OOP
19 30 (4.28%) Mentoring
19 30 (4.28%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 328 (46.79%) C#
2 252 (35.95%) JavaScript
3 221 (31.53%) Java
4 212 (30.24%) SQL
5 122 (17.40%) C++
6 100 (14.27%) Python
7 57 (8.13%) C
8 38 (5.42%) T-SQL
9 36 (5.14%) Perl
10 29 (4.14%) VB.NET
11 25 (3.57%) Ruby
12 20 (2.85%) PHP
12 20 (2.85%) PowerShell
12 20 (2.85%) Scala
12 20 (2.85%) VB
13 19 (2.71%) Shell Script
14 14 (2.00%) PL/SQL
15 11 (1.57%) Objective-C
15 11 (1.57%) TypeScript
16 9 (1.28%) ES6
Qualifications
1 73 (10.41%) Degree
2 57 (8.13%) Security Cleared
3 43 (6.13%) SC Cleared
4 26 (3.71%) Computer Science Degree
5 10 (1.43%) BPSS Clearance
6 3 (0.43%) DV Cleared
6 3 (0.43%) Master's Degree
7 2 (0.29%) CISA
7 2 (0.29%) CISM
7 2 (0.29%) CISSP
7 2 (0.29%) GSEC
7 2 (0.29%) MBA
7 2 (0.29%) Postgraduate
8 1 (0.14%) HNC
8 1 (0.14%) HND
8 1 (0.14%) ISEB
8 1 (0.14%) MCP
8 1 (0.14%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (0.14%) Oracle Certification
8 1 (0.14%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 55 (7.85%) QA
2 9 (1.28%) WCAG
3 3 (0.43%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 2 (0.29%) Disclosure Scotland
4 2 (0.29%) GxP
4 2 (0.29%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.14%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.14%) IEC 62304
5 1 (0.14%) ISO 13485
5 1 (0.14%) ISO 20022
5 1 (0.14%) MiFID
5 1 (0.14%) SLA
System Software
1 35 (4.99%) Docker
2 9 (1.28%) VirtualBox
3 5 (0.71%) Firmware
4 3 (0.43%) Active Directory
4 3 (0.43%) HDFS
5 2 (0.29%) KVM
5 2 (0.29%) LXC
5 2 (0.29%) Virtual Servers
5 2 (0.29%) VMware Workstation
5 2 (0.29%) Xen
6 1 (0.14%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 1 (0.14%) Oracle RAC
6 1 (0.14%) Shibboleth
6 1 (0.14%) Slurm Workload Manager
6 1 (0.14%) vCloud
6 1 (0.14%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 8 (1.14%) Ansible
2 7 (1.00%) Kibana
2 7 (1.00%) Puppet
3 4 (0.57%) Graphite
3 4 (0.57%) Opscode Chef
4 3 (0.43%) Grafana
4 3 (0.43%) Kubernetes
5 2 (0.29%) Mesos
5 2 (0.29%) Nagios
5 2 (0.29%) Oozie
6 1 (0.14%) logstash
6 1 (0.14%) Marathon
6 1 (0.14%) Terraform
Vendors
1 80 (11.41%) Microsoft
2 54 (7.70%) Oracle
3 21 (3.00%) Sybase
4 15 (2.14%) SAP
5 13 (1.85%) IBM
5 13 (1.85%) Red Hat
6 8 (1.14%) Google
7 7 (1.00%) Atlassian
8 6 (0.86%) MuleSoft
8 6 (0.86%) Telerik
8 6 (0.86%) WSO2
8 6 (0.86%) Xamarin
9 5 (0.71%) HP
9 5 (0.71%) TIBCO
10 4 (0.57%) Apple
10 4 (0.57%) Luciad
10 4 (0.57%) OpenText
10 4 (0.57%) Perforce
10 4 (0.57%) Sitecore
10 4 (0.57%) VMware
London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
Portsmouth, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Posted: 8 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: From £300 to £350 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Borehamwood, Hertfordshire
IT Connections
Rate: £250 to £300 Per Day
Posted: 3 days ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Venturi
Rate: £350.00 - £375.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Buckinghamshire
Oscar
Rate: £300 - £340 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Understanding Recruitment
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Hurren and Hope
Rate: £500 - 600 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
North London
myBench Ltd
Posted: 12 days ago
Bristol
People Source Consulting
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 14 days ago
London
People Source Consulting
Rate: £420 - £450 per day
Posted: 21 days ago
London
People Source Consulting
Rate: £420 - £460 per day
Posted: 19 days ago