Period
to 25 May 2018

The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 25 May 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 Engineer
UK > England
6 months to
25 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 215 251 243
Rank change year-on-year +36 -8 +26
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 1,196 842 1,018
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.29% 1.01% 1.05%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.36% 1.06% 1.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 645 419 487
England median daily rate £450 £425 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +2.41% +10.67%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £308
90th Percentile £625 £570 £609
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 204 205 245
England median hourly rate £42.75 £42.50 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.59% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £33.04 £32.50 £32.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £56.00 £52.25
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £42.50

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 87,983 79,279 92,684
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.82% 94.90% 95.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,248 51,780 60,872
England median daily rate £450 £430 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.65% +1.18% +6.25%
10th Percentile £270 £263 £256
90th Percentile £638 £621 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,754 2,634 2,903
England median hourly rate £18.51 £19.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.61% - +8.57%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.00 £48.75 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £20.00
% change year-on-year -3.97% -6.28% +14.29%

Software Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Software Engineer in England

Software Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Engineer in England

Software Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Engineer in England over the 6 months to 25 May 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Engineer in England

Software 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 Engineer in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Engineer in England

Software Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Engineer in England over the 6 months to 25 May 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Software Engineer in England

Software 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 Engineer within the England region over the 6 months to 25 May 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 +37 407 £500 +11.05% 330
South East +54 272 £450 +12.50% 263
North of England +75 232 £438 +6.71% 184
Yorkshire +55 126 £430 +7.50% 76
South West -7 118 £375 -8.54% 166
East of England -9 97 £375 -7.41% 185
North West +27 93 £475 +12.43% 82
Midlands -8 68 £375 -6.25% 156
West Midlands +1 51 £394 -10.57% 96
East Midlands -28 17 £375 +10.29% 59
North East +13 13 £380 -15.56% 26
Software Engineer
UK

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

For the 6 months to 25 May 2018, Software Engineer 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 Engineer in the job title.

1 1,154 (96.49%) Software Engineering
2 507 (42.39%) Agile Software Development
3 468 (39.13%) Java
4 380 (31.77%) C++
5 314 (26.25%) JavaScript
6 306 (25.59%) Linux
7 272 (22.74%) Python
8 256 (21.40%) C
9 251 (20.99%) C#
10 243 (20.32%) TDD
11 240 (20.07%) SQL
12 192 (16.05%) Test Automation
13 190 (15.89%) Git (software)
14 185 (15.47%) Node.js
15 178 (14.88%) Scrum
16 177 (14.80%) Amazon AWS
17 164 (13.71%) .NET
18 159 (13.29%) AngularJS
19 152 (12.71%) BDD
20 149 (12.46%) Microservices
20 149 (12.46%) Continuous Integration
21 146 (12.21%) Security Cleared
22 138 (11.54%) Jenkins
23 133 (11.12%) Docker
24 131 (10.95%) REST
24 131 (10.95%) Spring
25 130 (10.87%) OO
26 129 (10.79%) HTML
27 124 (10.37%) DevOps
28 120 (10.03%) NoSQL

Software 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 56 (4.68%) Confluence
2 48 (4.01%) Elasticsearch
3 36 (3.01%) Apache
4 28 (2.34%) Tomcat
5 27 (2.26%) Apache Spark
6 18 (1.51%) CMS
7 12 (1.00%) NServiceBus
8 10 (0.84%) IIS
8 10 (0.84%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 9 (0.75%) Jetty
10 8 (0.67%) JBoss
11 5 (0.42%) Mule
11 5 (0.42%) nginx
11 5 (0.42%) WebLogic
11 5 (0.42%) WebSphere
12 4 (0.33%) Apache Solr
13 3 (0.25%) Apache Pig
13 3 (0.25%) Cloud Foundry
13 3 (0.25%) Oracle Beehive
13 3 (0.25%) WildFly
Applications
1 26 (2.17%) Simulink
2 7 (0.59%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (0.42%) Microsoft Office
4 4 (0.33%) Doxygen
4 4 (0.33%) Stateflow
5 2 (0.17%) Chatbot
5 2 (0.17%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.17%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (0.17%) TargetLink
6 1 (0.084%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 3 (0.25%) Oracle BPM
2 2 (0.17%) Distributed Ledger
2 2 (0.17%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.084%) Kondor
3 1 (0.084%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 177 (14.80%) Amazon AWS
2 94 (7.86%) Microsoft Azure
3 39 (3.26%) Slack
4 38 (3.18%) Google Cloud Platform
5 20 (1.67%) Cloud Computing
5 20 (1.67%) Serverless
6 17 (1.42%) PaaS
6 17 (1.42%) SaaS
7 16 (1.34%) AWS Lambda
8 14 (1.17%) GitHub
9 13 (1.09%) Amazon EC2
9 13 (1.09%) npm
10 11 (0.92%) Amazon S3
10 11 (0.92%) AWS CloudFormation
11 9 (0.75%) IaaS
12 8 (0.67%) CloudFront
12 8 (0.67%) OpenShift
13 4 (0.33%) Heroku
14 3 (0.25%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 3 (0.25%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 22 (1.84%) Wireless
2 18 (1.51%) HTTP
2 18 (1.51%) TCP/IP
3 17 (1.42%) Wireshark
4 15 (1.25%) Internet
4 15 (1.25%) SMS
4 15 (1.25%) Wi-Fi
5 14 (1.17%) Bluetooth
6 13 (1.09%) Ethernet
7 8 (0.67%) RS-232
8 7 (0.59%) Network Security
8 7 (0.59%) SNMP
9 6 (0.50%) 4G
9 6 (0.50%) AMQP
9 6 (0.50%) MQTT
10 5 (0.42%) 5G
10 5 (0.42%) DNS
10 5 (0.42%) LTE
11 4 (0.33%) DHCP
11 4 (0.33%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 120 (10.03%) NoSQL
2 89 (7.44%) MongoDB
3 82 (6.86%) MySQL
4 72 (6.02%) PostgreSQL
5 65 (5.43%) Relational Database
6 64 (5.35%) Big Data
7 54 (4.52%) SQL Server
8 46 (3.85%) Apache Cassandra
9 31 (2.59%) Hadoop
10 20 (1.67%) Redis
11 18 (1.51%) Apache Hive
12 13 (1.09%) GIS
12 13 (1.09%) RDBMS
13 9 (0.75%) Amazon DynamoDB
14 8 (0.67%) Amazon RDS
15 6 (0.50%) CouchDB
15 6 (0.50%) Neo4j
16 5 (0.42%) HBase
16 5 (0.42%) Oracle Database
16 5 (0.42%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 190 (15.89%) Git (software)
2 138 (11.54%) Jenkins
3 104 (8.70%) JIRA
4 74 (6.19%) Cucumber
5 67 (5.60%) JUnit
6 66 (5.52%) Visual Studio
7 61 (5.10%) Maven
8 50 (4.18%) Selenium
9 49 (4.10%) Subversion
10 46 (3.85%) Jasmine
10 46 (3.85%) Team Foundation Server
11 42 (3.51%) Rational DOORS
12 39 (3.26%) GDB
13 37 (3.09%) Rational Rhapsody
14 33 (2.76%) Eclipse
15 22 (1.84%) TeamCity
16 21 (1.76%) GCC
16 21 (1.76%) Mercurial
17 20 (1.67%) Gradle
18 18 (1.51%) WebDriver
General
1 94 (7.86%) Finance
2 59 (4.93%) Electronics
3 51 (4.26%) Telecoms
4 43 (3.60%) Manufacturing
5 39 (3.26%) Automotive
6 31 (2.59%) Banking
7 23 (1.92%) Retail
8 20 (1.67%) Law
9 18 (1.51%) Games
10 16 (1.34%) Aerospace
11 14 (1.17%) Marketing
12 13 (1.09%) Front Office
13 7 (0.59%) Investment Banking
14 6 (0.50%) Back Office
14 6 (0.50%) Military
15 5 (0.42%) Pharmaceutical
16 3 (0.25%) Advertising
16 3 (0.25%) Avionics
17 2 (0.17%) French Language
17 2 (0.17%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 185 (15.47%) Node.js
2 164 (13.71%) .NET
3 159 (13.29%) AngularJS
4 131 (10.95%) REST
4 131 (10.95%) Spring
5 129 (10.79%) HTML
6 114 (9.53%) CSS
7 105 (8.78%) Web Services
8 90 (7.53%) React
9 76 (6.35%) RESTful
10 68 (5.69%) XML
11 57 (4.77%) JSON
12 56 (4.68%) ASP.NET
13 53 (4.43%) HTML5
14 52 (4.35%) Spring Boot
15 44 (3.68%) WPF
16 41 (3.43%) Kafka
17 40 (3.34%) Hibernate
18 38 (3.18%) jQuery
19 36 (3.01%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 78 (6.52%) Computer Science
2 61 (5.10%) User Experience
3 42 (3.51%) Algorithms
4 38 (3.18%) Greenfield Project
5 36 (3.01%) Analytical Skills
6 29 (2.42%) Mobile App
7 27 (2.26%) Self-Motivation
8 26 (2.17%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
9 25 (2.09%) Embedded Systems
10 15 (1.25%) Device Driver
11 14 (1.17%) Data Structures
11 14 (1.17%) Enterprise Software
11 14 (1.17%) Public Cloud
12 12 (1.00%) CUDA
13 11 (0.92%) Client/Server
14 10 (0.84%) Fintech
15 9 (0.75%) Life Science
16 8 (0.67%) Digital Media
17 7 (0.59%) CPLD
17 7 (0.59%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 306 (25.59%) Linux
2 89 (7.44%) Windows
3 65 (5.43%) Unix
4 41 (3.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 35 (2.93%) Android
6 29 (2.42%) Embedded Linux
7 23 (1.92%) Apple iOS
8 17 (1.42%) VxWorks
9 10 (0.84%) FreeRTOS
10 7 (0.59%) Windows 7
11 6 (0.50%) Windows 10
12 4 (0.33%) VMS
12 4 (0.33%) Windows Server 2008
12 4 (0.33%) Windows Server 2012
13 3 (0.25%) Nucleus RTOS
13 3 (0.25%) SafeRTOS
13 3 (0.25%) Windows Server
14 2 (0.17%) Debian
14 2 (0.17%) Oracle Linux
14 2 (0.17%) Windows Embedded Compact
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,154 (96.49%) Software Engineering
2 507 (42.39%) Agile Software Development
3 243 (20.32%) TDD
4 192 (16.05%) Test Automation
5 178 (14.88%) Scrum
6 152 (12.71%) BDD
7 149 (12.46%) Continuous Integration
7 149 (12.46%) Microservices
8 130 (10.87%) OO
9 124 (10.37%) DevOps
10 102 (8.53%) Continuous Delivery
11 100 (8.36%) UML
12 95 (7.94%) SDLC
13 89 (7.44%) Open Source
13 89 (7.44%) Problem-Solving
14 85 (7.11%) Kanban
15 80 (6.69%) MVC
16 78 (6.52%) Unit Testing
17 73 (6.10%) Mentoring
18 61 (5.10%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 468 (39.13%) Java
2 380 (31.77%) C++
3 314 (26.25%) JavaScript
4 272 (22.74%) Python
5 256 (21.40%) C
6 251 (20.99%) C#
7 240 (20.07%) SQL
8 83 (6.94%) Embedded C
9 74 (6.19%) Embedded C++
10 69 (5.77%) Java 8
11 56 (4.68%) Scala
12 49 (4.10%) Ruby
13 45 (3.76%) Go
14 38 (3.18%) PHP
15 37 (3.09%) MATLAB
16 32 (2.68%) PowerShell
17 31 (2.59%) TypeScript
18 27 (2.26%) Ada
18 27 (2.26%) Bash Shell
19 20 (1.67%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 146 (12.21%) Security Cleared
2 116 (9.70%) SC Cleared
3 97 (8.11%) Degree
4 27 (2.26%) Computer Science Degree
5 11 (0.92%) PhD
6 5 (0.42%) BPSS Clearance
6 5 (0.42%) Master's Degree
7 3 (0.25%) DV Cleared
7 3 (0.25%) HND
7 3 (0.25%) Numerate Degree
8 2 (0.17%) Sun Certification
9 1 (0.084%) AWS Certification
9 1 (0.084%) BC Cleared
9 1 (0.084%) DBS Check
9 1 (0.084%) GNVQ
9 1 (0.084%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 58 (4.85%) QA
2 18 (1.51%) MISRA
3 17 (1.42%) GCP
4 15 (1.25%) IEC 62304
5 7 (0.59%) DO-178B
5 7 (0.59%) ISO 26262
6 6 (0.50%) Disclosure Scotland
6 6 (0.50%) MISRA C
7 4 (0.33%) IEC 61508
7 4 (0.33%) ISO 13485
7 4 (0.33%) MIL-STD-498
8 3 (0.25%) GDPR
9 2 (0.17%) ECSS
9 2 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 2 (0.17%) JTAG
9 2 (0.17%) PSD2
10 1 (0.084%) ARP4754
10 1 (0.084%) Data Quality
10 1 (0.084%) DO-160
10 1 (0.084%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 133 (11.12%) Docker
2 20 (1.67%) Firmware
3 10 (0.84%) Active Directory
4 5 (0.42%) VMware Infrastructure
5 4 (0.33%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 3 (0.25%) Apache Flume
7 2 (0.17%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (0.17%) Xen
8 1 (0.084%) Oracle RAC
8 1 (0.084%) VirtualBox
8 1 (0.084%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 56 (4.68%) Terraform
2 54 (4.52%) Kubernetes
3 52 (4.35%) Ansible
4 35 (2.93%) Puppet
5 21 (1.76%) Opscode Chef
6 14 (1.17%) Grafana
7 8 (0.67%) Kibana
8 7 (0.59%) Graylog
9 6 (0.50%) SELinux
10 4 (0.33%) logstash
10 4 (0.33%) Mesos
11 3 (0.25%) Ambari
11 3 (0.25%) Docker Swarm
11 3 (0.25%) Hadoop YARN
12 2 (0.17%) Consul
12 2 (0.17%) HockeyApp
13 1 (0.084%) Marathon
13 1 (0.084%) Rancher
13 1 (0.084%) Single Sign-On
13 1 (0.084%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 51 (4.26%) Oracle
2 50 (4.18%) Microsoft
3 49 (4.10%) Google
4 39 (3.26%) Red Hat
5 13 (1.09%) Atlassian
6 12 (1.00%) Splunk
7 10 (0.84%) SAP
8 9 (0.75%) AppDynamics
8 9 (0.75%) MuleSoft
9 8 (0.67%) VMware
10 7 (0.59%) Salesforce.com
11 6 (0.50%) Adobe
12 5 (0.42%) Xamarin
13 4 (0.33%) Cisco
13 4 (0.33%) Intel
13 4 (0.33%) Sybase
13 4 (0.33%) Tableau
13 4 (0.33%) Talend
13 4 (0.33%) TIBCO
13 4 (0.33%) webMethods