The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £415 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 3 months to 23 March 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.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Software Engineer
UK / England
Rank 231 213 253
Rank change year-on-year -18 +40  
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 440 552 414
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.07% 1.13% 0.87%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.12% 1.19% 0.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 218 228 168
Median daily rate £415 £420 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.19% +20.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £315 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £588 £480
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £340
% change year-on-year +6.66% +10.29%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 114 147 82
Median hourly rate £43.38 £42.50 £39.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.05% +8.97%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.15 £35.00 £32.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £50.00 £44.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.00 £42.50 £38.50
% change year-on-year +1.17% +10.38%  

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 39124 46334 45141
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 94.84% 95.21% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 25435 30385 27741
Median daily rate £430 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.23% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £263 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1355 1447 1806
Median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +5.71%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.30 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £47.83 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +17.64%  

Software Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England that featured Software Engineer in the job title.

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 3 months to 23 March 2017.

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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 23 March 2017.

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 3 months to 23 March 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 +21 140 £450 - 104
South East -61 75 £380 -1.93% 86
East of England +17 71 £403 +23.84% 66
South West -21 69 £425 +30.76% 51
Yorkshire +15 24 £410 -2.38% 44
North West -4 22 £425 - 40
East Midlands +8 20 £325 -13.33% 13
West Midlands +12 19 £440 -4.34% 18
North East -5 2 £455 - 4
Software Engineer
UK

Software Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 23 March 2017, Software 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 Engineer in the job title.

1 867 (95.59%) Software Engineering
2 338 (37.27%) Agile Software Development
3 303 (33.41%) Java
4 295 (32.52%) C++
5 249 (27.45%) Linux
6 234 (25.80%) C
7 207 (22.82%) C#
8 185 (20.40%) SQL
9 181 (19.96%) TDD
10 157 (17.31%) JavaScript
10 157 (17.31%) Security Cleared
11 148 (16.32%) Scrum
12 144 (15.88%) Python
13 121 (13.34%) OO
14 120 (13.23%) .NET
15 115 (12.68%) Web Services
16 111 (12.24%) BDD
16 111 (12.24%) SC Cleared
17 106 (11.69%) UML
18 105 (11.58%) Git (software)
19 98 (10.80%) HTML
20 92 (10.14%) Continuous Integration
21 85 (9.37%) Windows
21 85 (9.37%) Embedded C
21 85 (9.37%) REST
22 83 (9.15%) Jenkins
22 83 (9.15%) Spring
23 80 (8.82%) Amazon AWS
24 77 (8.49%) CSS
25 75 (8.27%) Unix

Software Engineer Skill Set
Top Related 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 46 (5.07%) Apache
2 36 (3.97%) Tomcat
3 27 (2.98%) JBoss
4 26 (2.87%) Confluence
4 26 (2.87%) WebSphere
5 23 (2.54%) Apache Spark
6 19 (2.09%) WebLogic
7 16 (1.76%) nginx
8 15 (1.65%) Elasticsearch
8 15 (1.65%) NServiceBus
9 14 (1.54%) CMS
10 11 (1.21%) WebSphere Application Server
10 11 (1.21%) WebSphere Process Server
11 10 (1.10%) Alfresco
11 10 (1.10%) Apache Pig
12 9 (0.99%) GlassFish
12 9 (0.99%) SharePoint
13 7 (0.77%) OpenStack
14 5 (0.55%) Apache Solr
15 4 (0.44%) Drupal
Applications
1 34 (3.75%) Simulink
2 31 (3.42%) MS Excel
3 12 (1.32%) MS Office
4 5 (0.55%) MS PowerPoint
5 2 (0.22%) Photoshop
5 2 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (0.22%) TargetLink
6 1 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.11%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.11%) Doxygen
6 1 (0.11%) HipChat
6 1 (0.11%) SOLIDWORKS
6 1 (0.11%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 4 (0.44%) LabWindows
1 4 (0.44%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (0.22%) Oracle Cash Management
2 2 (0.22%) Payment Gateway
2 2 (0.22%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.22%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 1 (0.11%) BusinessWorks
3 1 (0.11%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 80 (8.82%) Amazon AWS
2 40 (4.41%) Microsoft Azure
3 22 (2.43%) GitHub
4 14 (1.54%) AWS Lambda
5 13 (1.43%) Amazon EC2
6 11 (1.21%) PaaS
7 9 (0.99%) Amazon SQS
7 9 (0.99%) Slack
8 8 (0.88%) IaaS
8 8 (0.88%) SaaS
9 7 (0.77%) Amazon S3
9 7 (0.77%) AWS CloudFormation
9 7 (0.77%) Heroku
10 5 (0.55%) Cloud Computing
11 3 (0.33%) Amazon EMR
11 3 (0.33%) Amazon Kinesis
11 3 (0.33%) OpenShift
12 2 (0.22%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
12 2 (0.22%) Google Cloud Platform
12 2 (0.22%) Oracle CX
Communications & Networking
1 57 (6.28%) HTTP
2 51 (5.62%) TCP/IP
3 27 (2.98%) Internet
4 25 (2.76%) SSL
5 23 (2.54%) LTE
5 23 (2.54%) VoIP
6 22 (2.43%) Asterisk PBX
6 22 (2.43%) Diameter Protocol
6 22 (2.43%) GSM
6 22 (2.43%) PBX
6 22 (2.43%) RANAP
6 22 (2.43%) RTP
6 22 (2.43%) UMTS
7 18 (1.98%) Bluetooth
8 17 (1.87%) Wireshark
9 14 (1.54%) Wireless
10 13 (1.43%) Firewall
11 10 (1.10%) Broadband
11 10 (1.10%) Ethernet
11 10 (1.10%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 51 (5.62%) PostgreSQL
2 50 (5.51%) NoSQL
3 46 (5.07%) MySQL
4 45 (4.96%) MongoDB
5 43 (4.74%) SQL Server
6 30 (3.31%) Big Data
7 24 (2.65%) Hadoop
7 24 (2.65%) Relational Database
8 20 (2.21%) Apache Cassandra
9 13 (1.43%) SQL Server 2008
10 11 (1.21%) Apache Hive
11 10 (1.10%) Data Warehouse
12 7 (0.77%) Oracle Database
12 7 (0.77%) Redis
13 6 (0.66%) MarkLogic
14 5 (0.55%) Apache Accumulo
14 5 (0.55%) Blockchain
14 5 (0.55%) Neo4j
15 4 (0.44%) Impala
15 4 (0.44%) OrientDB
Development Applications
1 105 (11.58%) Git (software)
2 83 (9.15%) Jenkins
3 73 (8.05%) Visual Studio
4 56 (6.17%) JIRA
5 54 (5.95%) Cucumber
6 53 (5.84%) JUnit
7 50 (5.51%) Subversion
8 47 (5.18%) Rational DOORS
9 44 (4.85%) Maven
10 41 (4.52%) Rational Rhapsody
11 34 (3.75%) Eclipse
12 33 (3.64%) GDB
13 32 (3.53%) Team Foundation Server
14 29 (3.20%) GCC
15 23 (2.54%) Trac
16 22 (2.43%) Ant
16 22 (2.43%) Selenium
17 19 (2.09%) Mockito
18 13 (1.43%) Mercurial
19 12 (1.32%) Jasmine
General
1 60 (6.62%) Finance
2 45 (4.96%) Telecoms
3 36 (3.97%) Manufacturing
4 33 (3.64%) Aerospace
5 27 (2.98%) Electronics
6 24 (2.65%) Automotive
7 21 (2.32%) Publishing
8 20 (2.21%) Military
9 18 (1.98%) Retail
10 14 (1.54%) Games
11 12 (1.32%) Avionics
11 12 (1.32%) Banking
12 6 (0.66%) Marketing
13 4 (0.44%) Investment Banking
14 3 (0.33%) Advertising
14 3 (0.33%) Multimedia
15 2 (0.22%) Financial Institution
15 2 (0.22%) Law
16 1 (0.11%) Front Office
16 1 (0.11%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 120 (13.23%) .NET
2 115 (12.68%) Web Services
3 98 (10.80%) HTML
4 85 (9.37%) REST
5 83 (9.15%) Spring
6 77 (8.49%) CSS
7 75 (8.27%) Node.js
8 67 (7.39%) RESTful
9 64 (7.06%) XML
10 45 (4.96%) Boost C++ Libraries
11 44 (4.85%) HTML5
12 43 (4.74%) STL
13 42 (4.63%) SOAP
14 34 (3.75%) ASP.NET
14 34 (3.75%) jQuery
14 34 (3.75%) JSON
15 33 (3.64%) AngularJS
16 29 (3.20%) React
17 28 (3.09%) J2EE
18 27 (2.98%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 48 (5.29%) Computer Science
2 34 (3.75%) Embedded Systems
3 33 (3.64%) Analytical Skills
4 30 (3.31%) User Experience
5 19 (2.09%) Algorithms
5 19 (2.09%) Device Driver
6 15 (1.65%) RIA
7 13 (1.43%) Data Structures
8 12 (1.32%) Clustering
9 11 (1.21%) Mobile App
10 8 (0.88%) Data Centre
10 8 (0.88%) Wiki
11 7 (0.77%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
12 6 (0.66%) Client/Server
12 6 (0.66%) Derivative
12 6 (0.66%) NHS
12 6 (0.66%) PKI
12 6 (0.66%) STB
13 5 (0.55%) Digital TV
13 5 (0.55%) MPEG
Operating Systems
1 249 (27.45%) Linux
2 85 (9.37%) Windows
3 75 (8.27%) Unix
4 31 (3.42%) Android
5 26 (2.87%) Apple iOS
6 21 (2.32%) Embedded Linux
7 19 (2.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 19 (2.09%) Ubuntu
8 8 (0.88%) CentOS
9 7 (0.77%) Windows Embedded Compact
10 5 (0.55%) VxWorks
11 4 (0.44%) VME
11 4 (0.44%) Windows Server
12 3 (0.33%) CoreOS
13 2 (0.22%) Mac OS
13 2 (0.22%) Mac OS X
13 2 (0.22%) Windows 10
13 2 (0.22%) Windows 7
14 1 (0.11%) AIX
14 1 (0.11%) ThreadX
Processes & Methodologies
1 867 (95.59%) Software Engineering
2 338 (37.27%) Agile Software Development
3 181 (19.96%) TDD
4 148 (16.32%) Scrum
5 121 (13.34%) OO
6 111 (12.24%) BDD
7 106 (11.69%) UML
8 92 (10.14%) Continuous Integration
9 74 (8.16%) Open Source
10 71 (7.83%) Configuration Management
11 70 (7.72%) Unit Testing
12 69 (7.61%) DevOps
13 64 (7.06%) Integration Testing
14 63 (6.95%) Multithreading
15 62 (6.84%) MVC
16 60 (6.62%) SDLC
17 55 (6.06%) High Availability
18 44 (4.85%) Microservices
19 39 (4.30%) Continuous Delivery
19 39 (4.30%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 303 (33.41%) Java
2 295 (32.52%) C++
3 234 (25.80%) C
4 207 (22.82%) C#
5 185 (20.40%) SQL
6 157 (17.31%) JavaScript
7 144 (15.88%) Python
8 85 (9.37%) Embedded C
9 54 (5.95%) Perl
10 52 (5.73%) Ruby
11 51 (5.62%) Ada
12 50 (5.51%) Scala
13 44 (4.85%) MATLAB
14 34 (3.75%) Embedded C++
14 34 (3.75%) PHP
15 31 (3.42%) PowerShell
16 29 (3.20%) Bash Shell
17 24 (2.65%) Ada 95
18 21 (2.32%) Shell Script
19 20 (2.21%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 157 (17.31%) Security Cleared
2 111 (12.24%) SC Cleared
3 51 (5.62%) Degree
4 13 (1.43%) DV Cleared
5 11 (1.21%) BPSS Clearance
6 7 (0.77%) Microsoft Certification
7 6 (0.66%) MCTS
7 6 (0.66%) RHCE
8 3 (0.33%) HND
9 2 (0.22%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (3.42%) QA
2 13 (1.43%) SDET
3 12 (1.32%) MISRA
4 9 (0.99%) MISRA C
5 7 (0.77%) ISO26262
6 6 (0.66%) DO-178B
7 4 (0.44%) Disclosure Scotland
7 4 (0.44%) IEC 61508
7 4 (0.44%) ISO 9001
8 3 (0.33%) PCI DSS
8 3 (0.33%) TickIT
9 2 (0.22%) Def Stans
10 1 (0.11%) ISO 8583
10 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 12207
10 1 (0.11%) ISO13485
10 1 (0.11%) MiFID
System Software
1 50 (5.51%) Docker
2 12 (1.32%) Firmware
3 10 (1.10%) VMware Infrastructure
4 8 (0.88%) Virtual Machines
5 6 (0.66%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 2 (0.22%) Active Directory
6 2 (0.22%) KVM
6 2 (0.22%) LXC
7 1 (0.11%) Apache Flume
7 1 (0.11%) BusyBox
7 1 (0.11%) HDFS
7 1 (0.11%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 23 (2.54%) Puppet
2 22 (2.43%) Opscode Chef
3 17 (1.87%) Ansible
4 13 (1.43%) Graphite
5 10 (1.10%) Kubernetes
6 8 (0.88%) Hadoop YARN
6 8 (0.88%) Mesos
7 7 (0.77%) Kibana
8 6 (0.66%) Grafana
8 6 (0.66%) Salt
9 5 (0.55%) Terraform
10 1 (0.11%) Business Desktop Deployment
10 1 (0.11%) logstash
10 1 (0.11%) Nagios
10 1 (0.11%) Oozie
10 1 (0.11%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 1 (0.11%) vRealize
10 1 (0.11%) Wonderware InTouch
Vendors
1 68 (7.50%) Microsoft
2 48 (5.29%) Oracle
3 23 (2.54%) Cisco
4 16 (1.76%) Red Hat
5 13 (1.43%) VMware
6 11 (1.21%) hybris
7 9 (0.99%) Google
7 9 (0.99%) IBM
7 9 (0.99%) Serena
8 5 (0.55%) Adobe
8 5 (0.55%) SAP
9 4 (0.44%) Atlassian
9 4 (0.44%) HP
9 4 (0.44%) ICL
9 4 (0.44%) Splunk
9 4 (0.44%) TIBCO
9 4 (0.44%) Twitter
10 3 (0.33%) Hortonworks
10 3 (0.33%) Sitecore
10 3 (0.33%) Wind River
Coventry
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: Yesterday
Chester, Cheshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £425 - £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
North West England
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: Yesterday
London
TEKsystems
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 6 hours ago
Hook, Hampshire
Certes Computing Ltd
Rate: £1 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
SoCode Limited
Rate: £35 - 50 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol, Avon
In Parallel Computer Staff Limited
Rate: £44 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Norwich, Norfolk
Tec Partners
Rate: £250.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Gloucestershire
In Parallel Computer Staff Limited
Rate: From £46 to £50 per hour + Dep On Exp
Posted: 2 days ago
Camberley, Surrey
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £40 - £50 per hour
Posted: 10 hours ago
Leeds
Real Staffing
Rate: £38 - £40 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Surrey
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: Competitive Daily Rate
Posted: 3 days ago
Guildford, Surrey
Total Recruitment Specialists Limited / TRG / Total recruitment group
Rate: £35000 - £45000 Per Annum (3 year contract)
Posted: 4 days ago
Surrey
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: Competitive Daily Rate
Posted: 3 days ago
Sutton, Surrey
Intrinsic Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Up to £450 per day + Bonus & Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Luton, Bedfordshire
X4 Group
Rate: £250 - 300 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Salford, Lancashire
BBC Research & Development
Posted: 6 days ago
Surrey
TRG
Rate: 35000-45000 Per Annum (3 year contract)
Posted: 9 days ago
South East
IntaPeople
Rate: £300 - £350 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
Surrey
CPS Group Limited
Posted: 22 days ago