Period
to 17 January 2018

The median contractor rate for a Software Development Engineer was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 17 January 2018.

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 Development Engineer
UK > England
6 months to
17 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 771 785 821
Rank change year-on-year +14 +36 0
Contract jobs requiring a Software Development Engineer 65 49 30
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.070% 0.054% 0.031%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.074% 0.057% 0.032%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 20 17
England median daily rate £500 £425 £435
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.65% -2.30% +13.73%
10th Percentile £288 £317 £288
90th Percentile £575 £535 £506
UK median daily rate £500 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +25.00% +2.56% +1.96%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 6 3
England median hourly rate £45.75 £41.00 £33.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.59% +22.21% -9.32%
UK median hourly rate £45.75 £41.00 £33.55
% change year-on-year +11.59% +22.21% -9.32%

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 87,524 85,696 92,649
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.75% 94.76% 95.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,725 56,452 59,910
England median daily rate £450 £425 £416
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +2.29% +3.88%
10th Percentile £263 £256 £250
90th Percentile £638 £609 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,539 2,913 3,545
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.38 £18.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.68% +0.68% +10.61%
10th Percentile £10.79 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.00 £46.25
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.00 £18.51
% change year-on-year +2.78% -2.76% +12.18%

Software Development Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Software Development Engineer in England

Software Development Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Development Engineer in England

Software Development Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Development Engineer in England over the 6 months to 17 January 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Development Engineer in England

Software Development Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Development Engineer in England

Software Development Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Development Engineer in England over the 6 months to 17 January 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Software Development Engineer in England

Software Development Engineer
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 Development Engineer within the England region over the 6 months to 17 January 2018. 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 -5 41 £525 +23.53% 35
East of England -10 17 £302 -44.51% 26
Midlands +6 3 - - 15
South East -27 3 £525 +31.25% 7
West Midlands +3 2 - - 11
North of England +48 1 £388 - 9
Yorkshire +19 1 £388 - 3
East Midlands +1 1 - - 4
Software Development Engineer
UK

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

For the 6 months to 17 January 2018, Software Development Engineer 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 Development Engineer in the job title.

1 38 (58.46%) Java
2 27 (41.54%) Software Engineering
3 26 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
4 23 (35.38%) SDET
5 22 (33.85%) Web Services
5 22 (33.85%) Python
6 20 (30.77%) Test Automation
7 19 (29.23%) Cucumber
8 17 (26.15%) C
8 17 (26.15%) JIRA
9 16 (24.62%) BDD
10 15 (23.08%) Docker
10 15 (23.08%) Security Cleared
10 15 (23.08%) SQL
10 15 (23.08%) Windows
11 14 (21.54%) Microsoft
12 12 (18.46%) Active Directory
12 12 (18.46%) XML
12 12 (18.46%) J2EE
12 12 (18.46%) C#
13 11 (16.92%) JavaScript
13 11 (16.92%) PL/SQL
13 11 (16.92%) Oracle
13 11 (16.92%) Oracle Database 10g
13 11 (16.92%) Quality Management
13 11 (16.92%) Process Management
13 11 (16.92%) GIS
13 11 (16.92%) Data Migration
13 11 (16.92%) Oracle Database 11g
13 11 (16.92%) Requirements Analysis

Software Development Engineer 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 11 (16.92%) WebSphere
1 11 (16.92%) WebSphere Portal
2 10 (15.38%) Confluence
3 4 (6.15%) Tomcat
4 1 (1.54%) IIS
4 1 (1.54%) OpenStack
4 1 (1.54%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (1.54%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (1.54%) Simulink
1 1 (1.54%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 11 (16.92%) Oracle BPM
2 1 (1.54%) LabWindows
Cloud Services
1 11 (16.92%) Amazon AWS
2 5 (7.69%) SaaS
3 4 (6.15%) Microsoft Azure
4 3 (4.62%) GitHub
4 3 (4.62%) Sauce Labs
5 1 (1.54%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.54%) HTTPS
1 1 (1.54%) Internet
1 1 (1.54%) Intranet
1 1 (1.54%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (16.92%) GIS
1 11 (16.92%) Oracle Database
1 11 (16.92%) Oracle Database 10g
1 11 (16.92%) Oracle Database 11g
2 5 (7.69%) NoSQL
3 3 (4.62%) RDBMS
3 3 (4.62%) Relational Database
4 2 (3.08%) SQL Server
5 1 (1.54%) Redis
5 1 (1.54%) SQL Server 2000
5 1 (1.54%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (1.54%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 19 (29.23%) Cucumber
2 17 (26.15%) JIRA
3 10 (15.38%) Selenium
4 9 (13.85%) JBehave
4 9 (13.85%) Jenkins
5 7 (10.77%) WebDriver
6 6 (9.23%) Git (software)
7 5 (7.69%) JUnit
7 5 (7.69%) TestNG
7 5 (7.69%) TestRail
8 4 (6.15%) Appium
8 4 (6.15%) Gerrit
8 4 (6.15%) GitLab
8 4 (6.15%) IntelliJ
9 3 (4.62%) Gatling
9 3 (4.62%) Maven
9 3 (4.62%) SoapUI
9 3 (4.62%) SpecFlow
9 3 (4.62%) Zephyr
10 2 (3.08%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 2 (3.08%) Finance
1 2 (3.08%) Retail
2 1 (1.54%) Automotive
2 1 (1.54%) Banking
2 1 (1.54%) Front Office
2 1 (1.54%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (33.85%) Web Services
2 12 (18.46%) J2EE
2 12 (18.46%) XML
3 11 (16.92%) JSF
3 11 (16.92%) REST
4 10 (15.38%) Gherkin
5 8 (12.31%) AngularJS
6 7 (10.77%) .NET
6 7 (10.77%) JSON
6 7 (10.77%) Node.js
7 5 (7.69%) HTML
8 4 (6.15%) Dropwizard
8 4 (6.15%) SOAP
9 3 (4.62%) React
10 2 (3.08%) Apache Cordova
10 2 (3.08%) ASP.NET
10 2 (3.08%) CSS
10 2 (3.08%) Ionic Framework
10 2 (3.08%) Middleware
10 2 (3.08%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 10 (15.38%) Computer Science
2 6 (9.23%) Algorithms
3 5 (7.69%) Data Structures
4 4 (6.15%) Enterprise Software
4 4 (6.15%) Mobile App
5 3 (4.62%) Client/Server
6 2 (3.08%) Greenfield Project
6 2 (3.08%) Over-the-Top Content
6 2 (3.08%) RIA
6 2 (3.08%) User Experience
6 2 (3.08%) Video on Demand
7 1 (1.54%) Analytical Skills
7 1 (1.54%) Equities
7 1 (1.54%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 15 (23.08%) Windows
2 11 (16.92%) Windows Server
3 5 (7.69%) Android
3 5 (7.69%) Apple iOS
4 4 (6.15%) Linux
5 3 (4.62%) VMS
6 2 (3.08%) Unix
7 1 (1.54%) Embedded Linux
7 1 (1.54%) Mac OS X
7 1 (1.54%) Windows 10
7 1 (1.54%) Windows 7
7 1 (1.54%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (1.54%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (41.54%) Software Engineering
2 26 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
3 23 (35.38%) SDET
4 20 (30.77%) Test Automation
5 16 (24.62%) BDD
6 11 (16.92%) Data Migration
6 11 (16.92%) Image Processing
6 11 (16.92%) Migration
6 11 (16.92%) Process Management
6 11 (16.92%) Quality Management
6 11 (16.92%) Requirements Analysis
6 11 (16.92%) Software Architecture
6 11 (16.92%) Web Application Development
7 10 (15.38%) Machine Learning
8 9 (13.85%) Performance Testing
9 8 (12.31%) OO
9 8 (12.31%) Test Management
10 7 (10.77%) E-Commerce
10 7 (10.77%) SDLC
10 7 (10.77%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 38 (58.46%) Java
2 22 (33.85%) Python
3 17 (26.15%) C
4 15 (23.08%) SQL
5 12 (18.46%) C#
6 11 (16.92%) JavaScript
6 11 (16.92%) PL/SQL
7 8 (12.31%) C++
7 8 (12.31%) Ruby
8 3 (4.62%) Perl
9 2 (3.08%) Bash Shell
9 2 (3.08%) PHP
10 1 (1.54%) ES6
10 1 (1.54%) F#
10 1 (1.54%) ML
10 1 (1.54%) PowerShell
10 1 (1.54%) Scala
10 1 (1.54%) T-SQL
10 1 (1.54%) VBA
10 1 (1.54%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 15 (23.08%) Security Cleared
2 11 (16.92%) DV Cleared
3 8 (12.31%) SC Cleared
4 7 (10.77%) PhD
5 5 (7.69%) Degree
6 1 (1.54%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (7.69%) QA
2 1 (1.54%) ISO 26262
2 1 (1.54%) MISRA
System Software
1 15 (23.08%) Docker
2 12 (18.46%) Active Directory
3 1 (1.54%) zsh
Systems Management
1 6 (9.23%) Kubernetes
2 1 (1.54%) Juju
Vendors
1 14 (21.54%) Microsoft
2 11 (16.92%) Fujitsu
2 11 (16.92%) Oracle
3 7 (10.77%) Atlassian
4 2 (3.08%) TIBCO
5 1 (1.54%) Perfecto Mobile