Period
to 23 February 2018

The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £460 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 23 February 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
23 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 234 241 240
Rank change year-on-year +7 -1 +58
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 1,077 953 1,056
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.16% 1.07% 1.06%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.22% 1.13% 1.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 567 519 506
England median daily rate £460 £425 £423
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.24% +0.59% +12.67%
10th Percentile £315 £315 £305
90th Percentile £613 £575 £675
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £415
% change year-on-year +5.88% +2.41% +10.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 188 203 254
England median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £42.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +1.19% +7.69%
10th Percentile £35.88 £32.50 £33.75
90th Percentile £50.25 £52.88 £52.25
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £41.85
% change year-on-year - +1.55% +7.31%

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 88,262 84,277 94,530
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.72% 94.75% 95.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 59,200 55,364 61,413
England median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £263 £257 £255
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,607 2,965 3,469
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.50 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.08% - +11.16%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.63 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.57 £47.50 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year +3.89% -5.26% +15.15%

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 23 February 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 23 February 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 23 February 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 +24 367 £500 +11.05% 296
South East -11 212 £425 +6.25% 257
North of England +79 200 £438 +2.94% 172
East of England +13 133 £375 -6.25% 248
Yorkshire +60 99 £430 +4.88% 69
South West -22 95 £375 -8.54% 149
North West +27 89 £475 +11.76% 88
Midlands -16 68 £386 +7.29% 153
West Midlands -8 41 £310 -13.89% 113
East Midlands -7 24 £450 +33.33% 38
North East +35 12 £413 -8.33% 15
Software Engineer
UK

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

For the 6 months to 23 February 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 1,033 (95.91%) Software Engineering
2 446 (41.41%) Agile Software Development
3 400 (37.14%) Java
4 325 (30.18%) C++
5 267 (24.79%) JavaScript
6 252 (23.40%) Linux
7 249 (23.12%) TDD
8 224 (20.80%) C#
9 218 (20.24%) C
9 218 (20.24%) SQL
10 194 (18.01%) Scrum
11 192 (17.83%) Python
12 181 (16.81%) Git (software)
13 174 (16.16%) Test Automation
14 152 (14.11%) Amazon AWS
15 149 (13.83%) .NET
16 147 (13.65%) Node.js
17 145 (13.46%) BDD
18 138 (12.81%) Microservices
19 130 (12.07%) REST
20 127 (11.79%) Continuous Integration
21 122 (11.33%) Jenkins
22 118 (10.96%) OO
23 112 (10.40%) HTML
24 109 (10.12%) JIRA
25 106 (9.84%) Spring
26 102 (9.47%) UML
26 102 (9.47%) Web Services
26 102 (9.47%) NoSQL
27 99 (9.19%) CSS

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 61 (5.66%) Confluence
2 32 (2.97%) Elasticsearch
3 27 (2.51%) Apache Spark
4 24 (2.23%) Tomcat
5 18 (1.67%) Apache
6 13 (1.21%) JBoss
6 13 (1.21%) Mule
7 11 (1.02%) WebLogic
8 10 (0.93%) CMS
8 10 (0.93%) NServiceBus
9 9 (0.84%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 7 (0.65%) IIS
11 6 (0.56%) Cloud Foundry
12 4 (0.37%) OpenStack
13 3 (0.28%) Amazon Alexa
13 3 (0.28%) Jetty
13 3 (0.28%) Jupyter
13 3 (0.28%) Oracle Beehive
13 3 (0.28%) Oracle Coherence
13 3 (0.28%) WildFly
Applications
1 36 (3.34%) Simulink
2 9 (0.84%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (0.37%) Microsoft Office
3 4 (0.37%) Stateflow
4 2 (0.19%) Adobe Illustrator
4 2 (0.19%) Chatbot
4 2 (0.19%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (0.19%) Photoshop
4 2 (0.19%) TargetLink
5 1 (0.093%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 1 (0.093%) Autodesk Inventor
5 1 (0.093%) Doxygen
5 1 (0.093%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.093%) MicroStation
5 1 (0.093%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 6 (0.56%) Oracle BPM
2 3 (0.28%) Payment Gateway
3 2 (0.19%) Distributed Ledger
3 2 (0.19%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.19%) Magento
3 2 (0.19%) SunGard GMI
4 1 (0.093%) LabWindows
4 1 (0.093%) Maximo
4 1 (0.093%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 152 (14.11%) Amazon AWS
2 72 (6.69%) Microsoft Azure
3 45 (4.18%) Slack
4 20 (1.86%) Amazon EC2
5 19 (1.76%) GitHub
5 19 (1.76%) Google Cloud Platform
6 17 (1.58%) SaaS
7 16 (1.49%) AWS Lambda
8 15 (1.39%) PaaS
8 15 (1.39%) Serverless
9 10 (0.93%) Amazon S3
10 9 (0.84%) Cloud Computing
11 8 (0.74%) IaaS
12 7 (0.65%) Amazon SQS
13 6 (0.56%) AWS CloudFormation
13 6 (0.56%) npm
13 6 (0.56%) OpenShift
14 3 (0.28%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 3 (0.28%) Google Analytics
14 3 (0.28%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 33 (3.06%) Wireless
2 23 (2.14%) TCP/IP
3 22 (2.04%) Bluetooth
4 19 (1.76%) Wi-Fi
5 18 (1.67%) Wireshark
6 17 (1.58%) SMS
7 16 (1.49%) LTE
8 15 (1.39%) Internet
9 14 (1.30%) HTTP
10 11 (1.02%) Network Security
11 10 (0.93%) Ethernet
11 10 (0.93%) GSM
11 10 (0.93%) VoIP
12 9 (0.84%) 3GPP
13 8 (0.74%) GGSN
13 8 (0.74%) MGW
13 8 (0.74%) PBX
13 8 (0.74%) RANAP
13 8 (0.74%) SGSN
13 8 (0.74%) UMTS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 102 (9.47%) NoSQL
2 80 (7.43%) MongoDB
3 71 (6.59%) MySQL
4 59 (5.48%) SQL Server
5 58 (5.39%) PostgreSQL
6 45 (4.18%) Relational Database
7 44 (4.09%) Apache Cassandra
8 38 (3.53%) Big Data
9 28 (2.60%) Hadoop
10 14 (1.30%) RDBMS
11 12 (1.11%) Apache Hive
12 11 (1.02%) Redis
13 10 (0.93%) GIS
14 8 (0.74%) HBase
15 7 (0.65%) Amazon DynamoDB
15 7 (0.65%) CouchDB
16 6 (0.56%) Amazon RDS
17 5 (0.46%) Ingres
17 5 (0.46%) JasperReports
18 4 (0.37%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 181 (16.81%) Git (software)
2 122 (11.33%) Jenkins
3 109 (10.12%) JIRA
4 92 (8.54%) Cucumber
5 71 (6.59%) JUnit
6 65 (6.04%) Visual Studio
7 61 (5.66%) Maven
8 49 (4.55%) Subversion
9 46 (4.27%) Rational DOORS
10 45 (4.18%) Rational Rhapsody
11 42 (3.90%) Selenium
12 38 (3.53%) Jasmine
13 35 (3.25%) GDB
14 32 (2.97%) Team Foundation Server
15 28 (2.60%) Eclipse
16 26 (2.41%) GCC
17 25 (2.32%) TeamCity
18 21 (1.95%) Mercurial
19 19 (1.76%) Ant
20 18 (1.67%) Gradle
General
1 75 (6.96%) Finance
2 68 (6.31%) Electronics
3 58 (5.39%) Telecoms
4 49 (4.55%) Automotive
5 36 (3.34%) Banking
6 33 (3.06%) Manufacturing
7 21 (1.95%) Retail
8 16 (1.49%) Aerospace
8 16 (1.49%) Games
9 15 (1.39%) Front Office
10 11 (1.02%) Marketing
11 9 (0.84%) Law
12 6 (0.56%) Back Office
12 6 (0.56%) Military
13 5 (0.46%) Publishing
14 4 (0.37%) Avionics
14 4 (0.37%) Retail Banking
15 3 (0.28%) Advertising
15 3 (0.28%) Investment Banking
15 3 (0.28%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 149 (13.83%) .NET
2 147 (13.65%) Node.js
3 130 (12.07%) REST
4 112 (10.40%) HTML
5 106 (9.84%) Spring
6 102 (9.47%) Web Services
7 99 (9.19%) CSS
8 89 (8.26%) AngularJS
9 73 (6.78%) React
10 69 (6.41%) RESTful
11 54 (5.01%) JSON
12 52 (4.83%) XML
13 46 (4.27%) jQuery
14 45 (4.18%) WPF
15 43 (3.99%) HTML5
16 42 (3.90%) Spring Boot
17 39 (3.62%) ASP.NET
18 35 (3.25%) Hibernate
19 31 (2.88%) SOAP
20 29 (2.69%) Boost C++ Libraries
Miscellaneous
1 77 (7.15%) Computer Science
2 52 (4.83%) User Experience
3 51 (4.74%) Algorithms
4 43 (3.99%) Mobile App
5 29 (2.69%) Analytical Skills
6 27 (2.51%) Greenfield Project
7 25 (2.32%) Data Structures
7 25 (2.32%) Embedded Systems
8 18 (1.67%) Enterprise Software
9 15 (1.39%) Fintech
10 13 (1.21%) Device Driver
11 12 (1.11%) Cloud Native
12 11 (1.02%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
13 8 (0.74%) Public Cloud
13 8 (0.74%) Virtual Team
14 7 (0.65%) Client/Server
14 7 (0.65%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 6 (0.56%) 3D Graphics
15 6 (0.56%) Derivative
15 6 (0.56%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 252 (23.40%) Linux
2 82 (7.61%) Windows
3 49 (4.55%) Android
4 43 (3.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 40 (3.71%) Unix
6 38 (3.53%) Apple iOS
7 28 (2.60%) Embedded Linux
8 19 (1.76%) VxWorks
9 8 (0.74%) Windows 7
9 8 (0.74%) Windows Server 2012
10 7 (0.65%) Windows 10
10 7 (0.65%) Windows Server 2008
11 6 (0.56%) VMS
11 6 (0.56%) Windows Server
12 5 (0.46%) FreeRTOS
13 3 (0.28%) CentOS
13 3 (0.28%) Ubuntu
14 2 (0.19%) Debian
14 2 (0.19%) Fedora
15 1 (0.093%) Nucleus RTOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,033 (95.91%) Software Engineering
2 446 (41.41%) Agile Software Development
3 249 (23.12%) TDD
4 194 (18.01%) Scrum
5 174 (16.16%) Test Automation
6 145 (13.46%) BDD
7 138 (12.81%) Microservices
8 127 (11.79%) Continuous Integration
9 118 (10.96%) OO
10 102 (9.47%) UML
11 90 (8.36%) Open Source
12 88 (8.17%) DevOps
13 86 (7.99%) SDLC
14 83 (7.71%) Kanban
15 79 (7.34%) MVC
16 77 (7.15%) Continuous Delivery
17 75 (6.96%) Coaching
18 73 (6.78%) Unit Testing
19 69 (6.41%) Mentoring
20 63 (5.85%) Multithreading
Programming Languages
1 400 (37.14%) Java
2 325 (30.18%) C++
3 267 (24.79%) JavaScript
4 224 (20.80%) C#
5 218 (20.24%) C
5 218 (20.24%) SQL
6 192 (17.83%) Python
7 79 (7.34%) Embedded C
8 53 (4.92%) Scala
9 49 (4.55%) Ruby
10 47 (4.36%) Embedded C++
11 46 (4.27%) MATLAB
12 34 (3.16%) Ada
13 30 (2.79%) Go
13 30 (2.79%) PHP
14 21 (1.95%) Bash Shell
15 18 (1.67%) T-SQL
16 16 (1.49%) PowerShell
16 16 (1.49%) TypeScript
17 14 (1.30%) VB
Qualifications
1 97 (9.01%) Security Cleared
2 91 (8.45%) Degree
3 71 (6.59%) SC Cleared
4 42 (3.90%) Computer Science Degree
5 11 (1.02%) PhD
6 6 (0.56%) BPSS Clearance
7 2 (0.19%) BC Cleared
7 2 (0.19%) DV Cleared
7 2 (0.19%) HND
7 2 (0.19%) Master's Degree
7 2 (0.19%) Numerate Degree
7 2 (0.19%) Sun Certification
8 1 (0.093%) AWS Certification
8 1 (0.093%) GNVQ
8 1 (0.093%) HNC
8 1 (0.093%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 60 (5.57%) QA
2 30 (2.79%) MISRA
3 14 (1.30%) IEC 62304
4 10 (0.93%) ISO 26262
5 9 (0.84%) DO-178B
6 8 (0.74%) MISRA C
7 6 (0.56%) Disclosure Scotland
8 5 (0.46%) GCP
9 4 (0.37%) MiFID
9 4 (0.37%) PSD2
10 3 (0.28%) GDPR
10 3 (0.28%) IEC 61508
10 3 (0.28%) MIL-STD-498
11 2 (0.19%) EMIR
11 2 (0.19%) ISO 13485
11 2 (0.19%) ISO 9001
11 2 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
11 2 (0.19%) JTAG
11 2 (0.19%) MIL-STD-1553
12 1 (0.093%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 87 (8.08%) Docker
2 13 (1.21%) Active Directory
2 13 (1.21%) Firmware
3 5 (0.46%) HDFS
4 4 (0.37%) Advanced Linux Sound Architecture
4 4 (0.37%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 3 (0.28%) VMware Infrastructure
6 2 (0.19%) Apache Flume
6 2 (0.19%) KVM
7 1 (0.093%) LXC
7 1 (0.093%) Terminal Server
7 1 (0.093%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.093%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.093%) zsh
Systems Management
1 39 (3.62%) Ansible
2 31 (2.88%) Kubernetes
3 30 (2.79%) Terraform
4 25 (2.32%) Puppet
5 15 (1.39%) Opscode Chef
6 7 (0.65%) Grafana
6 7 (0.65%) Mesos
7 5 (0.46%) Graylog
8 4 (0.37%) Business Desktop Deployment
9 3 (0.28%) Hadoop YARN
9 3 (0.28%) SELinux
10 2 (0.19%) Ambari
10 2 (0.19%) Icinga
10 2 (0.19%) Kibana
10 2 (0.19%) Nagios
10 2 (0.19%) Rancher
11 1 (0.093%) Red Hat Spacewalk
11 1 (0.093%) Single Sign-On
11 1 (0.093%) Tivoli
11 1 (0.093%) Wonderware InTouch
Vendors
1 64 (5.94%) Microsoft
2 47 (4.36%) Oracle
3 40 (3.71%) Red Hat
4 34 (3.16%) Google
5 15 (1.39%) Atlassian
6 13 (1.21%) Xamarin
7 9 (0.84%) Talend
8 8 (0.74%) Cisco
9 7 (0.65%) IBM
9 7 (0.65%) Splunk
10 6 (0.56%) Adobe
10 6 (0.56%) Capita
10 6 (0.56%) SAP
10 6 (0.56%) VMware
11 5 (0.46%) MuleSoft
11 5 (0.46%) Salesforce.com
11 5 (0.46%) TIBCO
12 4 (0.37%) QNX
13 3 (0.28%) Atmel
13 3 (0.28%) MathWorks