The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 3 months to 24 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 Engineer
UK / England
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 237 260 249
Rank change year-on-year +23 -11  
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 424 457 466
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.00% 0.93% 0.91%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.05% 0.97% 0.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 200 259 239
Median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £320 £294
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £393 £380 £350
% change year-on-year +3.28% +8.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 94 84 86
Median hourly rate £42.50 £42.35 £42.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.35% +0.83%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.75 £32.50 £34.57
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £50.55 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.35 £40.00
% change year-on-year +0.35% +5.87%  

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 40228 46925 48391
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 94.73% 95.04% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 26246 30992 30918
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 1226 1370 1877
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 £11.50 £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 £17.48 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.14% +9.21%  

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 24 June 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 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 3 months to 24 June 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 24 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 +23 142 £498 +10.55% 117
South East -11 73 £370 +1.71% 69
South West +13 60 £375 +11.11% 62
North West +40 46 £406 +0.30% 36
East of England -3 36 £385 +10.00% 75
East Midlands +16 32 £340 -32.00% 10
Yorkshire +17 17 £393 +5.36% 29
West Midlands -2 10 £444 +7.01% 12
North East +49 4 £415 -16.16% 7
Midlands +9 1 - - 22
Software Engineer
UK

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

For the 6 months to 24 June 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.

1 842 (96.89%) Software Engineering
2 303 (34.87%) C++
3 283 (32.57%) Agile Software Development
4 280 (32.22%) Java
5 241 (27.73%) C
6 240 (27.62%) Linux
7 196 (22.55%) C#
8 152 (17.49%) SQL
9 145 (16.69%) Python
10 141 (16.23%) JavaScript
11 139 (16.00%) TDD
12 135 (15.54%) Security Cleared
13 126 (14.50%) OO
14 117 (13.46%) .NET
15 113 (13.00%) Git (software)
16 110 (12.66%) Scrum
16 110 (12.66%) SC Cleared
17 103 (11.85%) UML
18 96 (11.05%) Windows
18 96 (11.05%) Embedded C
19 90 (10.36%) Configuration Management
20 87 (10.01%) Spring
21 81 (9.32%) REST
21 81 (9.32%) SDLC
22 80 (9.21%) Test Automation
23 79 (9.09%) Node.js
24 77 (8.86%) HTML
25 76 (8.75%) Web Services
25 76 (8.75%) Multithreading
26 74 (8.52%) Integration Testing

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 51 (5.87%) Apache
2 35 (4.03%) Tomcat
3 25 (2.88%) Elasticsearch
4 21 (2.42%) Apache Spark
5 17 (1.96%) JBoss
5 17 (1.96%) WebLogic
6 16 (1.84%) Confluence
7 13 (1.50%) NServiceBus
8 12 (1.38%) CMS
9 11 (1.27%) nginx
9 11 (1.27%) WebSphere
10 8 (0.92%) ArcGIS
11 7 (0.81%) Drupal
11 7 (0.81%) GlassFish
12 6 (0.69%) Cloud Foundry
12 6 (0.69%) SharePoint
13 4 (0.46%) Apache Pig
13 4 (0.46%) Mule
14 3 (0.35%) Adobe Experience Manager
15 2 (0.23%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 40 (4.60%) Simulink
2 16 (1.84%) Microsoft Office
3 6 (0.69%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (0.69%) TargetLink
4 3 (0.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.23%) Doxygen
5 2 (0.23%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.12%) HipChat
6 1 (0.12%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.12%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 10 (1.15%) LabWindows
2 4 (0.46%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 2 (0.23%) Oracle Cash Management
3 2 (0.23%) Payment Gateway
3 2 (0.23%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.23%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.23%) Teamcenter
4 1 (0.12%) BusinessWorks
4 1 (0.12%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.12%) Siebel CRM
Cloud Services
1 50 (5.75%) Amazon AWS
2 42 (4.83%) Microsoft Azure
3 15 (1.73%) GitHub
4 10 (1.15%) PaaS
5 7 (0.81%) OpenShift
5 7 (0.81%) SaaS
6 6 (0.69%) IaaS
6 6 (0.69%) Slack
7 5 (0.58%) Google Analytics
8 4 (0.46%) Amazon EC2
9 3 (0.35%) Oracle Service Cloud
10 2 (0.23%) Amazon Kinesis
10 2 (0.23%) AWS CloudFormation
10 2 (0.23%) AWS Lambda
10 2 (0.23%) Cloud Computing
10 2 (0.23%) Google Cloud Platform
10 2 (0.23%) Oracle CX
11 1 (0.12%) Amazon SQS
11 1 (0.12%) Google App Engine
11 1 (0.12%) Google Play
Communications & Networking
1 36 (4.14%) TCP/IP
2 31 (3.57%) HTTP
3 25 (2.88%) Wireshark
4 22 (2.53%) SSL
5 16 (1.84%) Bluetooth
6 14 (1.61%) Internet
7 13 (1.50%) Asterisk PBX
7 13 (1.50%) Diameter Protocol
7 13 (1.50%) FlexRay
7 13 (1.50%) GSM
7 13 (1.50%) LTE
7 13 (1.50%) PBX
7 13 (1.50%) RANAP
7 13 (1.50%) RTP
7 13 (1.50%) UMTS
7 13 (1.50%) VoIP
8 12 (1.38%) Link 16
8 12 (1.38%) Wireless
9 11 (1.27%) Firewall
10 10 (1.15%) GGSN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 55 (6.33%) MongoDB
2 53 (6.10%) NoSQL
3 48 (5.52%) MySQL
3 48 (5.52%) SQL Server
4 45 (5.18%) PostgreSQL
5 30 (3.45%) Hadoop
6 28 (3.22%) Relational Database
7 25 (2.88%) Big Data
8 23 (2.65%) Apache Cassandra
9 13 (1.50%) Redis
10 10 (1.15%) Apache Hive
11 9 (1.04%) Data Warehouse
12 8 (0.92%) Oracle Database
13 6 (0.69%) Blockchain
13 6 (0.69%) RDBMS
14 4 (0.46%) Amazon DynamoDB
14 4 (0.46%) Geospatial Data
14 4 (0.46%) GIS
14 4 (0.46%) Neo4j
15 3 (0.35%) Amazon Redshift
Development Applications
1 113 (13.00%) Git (software)
2 74 (8.52%) Jenkins
3 67 (7.71%) Rational DOORS
4 61 (7.02%) Visual Studio
5 49 (5.64%) Rational Rhapsody
6 48 (5.52%) Eclipse
7 40 (4.60%) JIRA
8 34 (3.91%) JUnit
9 33 (3.80%) Subversion
10 30 (3.45%) Cucumber
11 27 (3.11%) GDB
12 26 (2.99%) Team Foundation Server
13 24 (2.76%) Maven
14 18 (2.07%) Selenium
15 17 (1.96%) GCC
16 15 (1.73%) TeamCity
17 14 (1.61%) Octopus Deploy
18 13 (1.50%) Hudson
18 13 (1.50%) Trac
19 12 (1.38%) Ant
General
1 67 (7.71%) Finance
2 39 (4.49%) Automotive
3 35 (4.03%) Aerospace
4 34 (3.91%) Electronics
5 29 (3.34%) Manufacturing
6 28 (3.22%) Banking
7 27 (3.11%) Telecoms
8 26 (2.99%) Military
9 24 (2.76%) Avionics
10 19 (2.19%) Games
11 16 (1.84%) Retail
12 7 (0.81%) Publishing
13 6 (0.69%) Investment Banking
13 6 (0.69%) Marketing
14 5 (0.58%) Advertising
14 5 (0.58%) Retail Banking
15 4 (0.46%) Financial Institution
16 3 (0.35%) Back Office
17 2 (0.23%) Front Office
17 2 (0.23%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 117 (13.46%) .NET
2 87 (10.01%) Spring
3 81 (9.32%) REST
4 79 (9.09%) Node.js
5 77 (8.86%) HTML
6 76 (8.75%) Web Services
7 70 (8.06%) CSS
8 49 (5.64%) AngularJS
9 46 (5.29%) XML
10 41 (4.72%) RESTful
11 39 (4.49%) SOAP
12 34 (3.91%) Boost C++ Libraries
12 34 (3.91%) STL
13 32 (3.68%) Hibernate
13 32 (3.68%) HTML5
14 31 (3.57%) JSON
15 30 (3.45%) WPF
16 29 (3.34%) J2EE
17 27 (3.11%) ASP.NET
17 27 (3.11%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 47 (5.41%) Computer Science
2 42 (4.83%) Analytical Skills
3 33 (3.80%) User Experience
4 31 (3.57%) Embedded Systems
5 22 (2.53%) Algorithms
5 22 (2.53%) Device Driver
5 22 (2.53%) Greenfield Project
6 16 (1.84%) RIA
7 15 (1.73%) Mobile App
8 14 (1.61%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
9 13 (1.50%) Clustering
9 13 (1.50%) Data Structures
10 10 (1.15%) Fintech
11 9 (1.04%) NHS
12 6 (0.69%) Enterprise Software
13 5 (0.58%) Linux Command Line
13 5 (0.58%) Robotics
13 5 (0.58%) STB
14 4 (0.46%) Cyber Attack
14 4 (0.46%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 240 (27.62%) Linux
2 96 (11.05%) Windows
3 65 (7.48%) Unix
4 34 (3.91%) Android
5 27 (3.11%) Apple iOS
6 25 (2.88%) Embedded Linux
6 25 (2.88%) Ubuntu
7 14 (1.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 11 (1.27%) VxWorks
9 8 (0.92%) CentOS
10 4 (0.46%) CoreOS
10 4 (0.46%) Debian
10 4 (0.46%) Nucleus RTOS
11 3 (0.35%) Windows Embedded Compact
11 3 (0.35%) Windows Server
12 2 (0.23%) Solaris
12 2 (0.23%) ThreadX
13 1 (0.12%) HPUX
13 1 (0.12%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.12%) uClinux
Processes & Methodologies
1 842 (96.89%) Software Engineering
2 283 (32.57%) Agile Software Development
3 139 (16.00%) TDD
4 126 (14.50%) OO
5 110 (12.66%) Scrum
6 103 (11.85%) UML
7 90 (10.36%) Configuration Management
8 81 (9.32%) SDLC
9 80 (9.21%) Test Automation
10 76 (8.75%) Multithreading
11 74 (8.52%) Integration Testing
12 73 (8.40%) DevOps
13 71 (8.17%) BDD
13 71 (8.17%) Continuous Integration
14 69 (7.94%) Open Source
15 68 (7.83%) Microservices
16 62 (7.13%) MVC
17 47 (5.41%) Unit Testing
18 37 (4.26%) E-Commerce
19 35 (4.03%) OOD
Programming Languages
1 303 (34.87%) C++
2 280 (32.22%) Java
3 241 (27.73%) C
4 196 (22.55%) C#
5 152 (17.49%) SQL
6 145 (16.69%) Python
7 141 (16.23%) JavaScript
8 96 (11.05%) Embedded C
9 55 (6.33%) Ada
10 50 (5.75%) MATLAB
11 48 (5.52%) Perl
12 41 (4.72%) Scala
13 38 (4.37%) Ruby
14 37 (4.26%) PHP
15 28 (3.22%) Embedded C++
16 22 (2.53%) PowerShell
17 21 (2.42%) Bash Shell
17 21 (2.42%) T-SQL
18 19 (2.19%) Ada 95
19 16 (1.84%) Assembly Language
Qualifications
1 135 (15.54%) Security Cleared
2 110 (12.66%) SC Cleared
3 60 (6.90%) Degree
4 25 (2.88%) Computer Science Degree
5 11 (1.27%) Microsoft Certification
6 7 (0.81%) DV Cleared
7 6 (0.69%) RHCE
8 4 (0.46%) BPSS Clearance
9 3 (0.35%) MCTS
10 2 (0.23%) HND
10 2 (0.23%) Master's Degree
10 2 (0.23%) PhD
11 1 (0.12%) Numerate Degree
11 1 (0.12%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (2.99%) QA
2 25 (2.88%) MISRA
3 13 (1.50%) DO-178B
3 13 (1.50%) IEC 62304
3 13 (1.50%) MISRA C
4 10 (1.15%) MIL-STD-1553
5 8 (0.92%) ISO 26262
6 7 (0.81%) Def Stans
7 4 (0.46%) IEC 61508
8 3 (0.35%) MIL-STD-498
9 2 (0.23%) WCAG
10 1 (0.12%) DO-254
10 1 (0.12%) ISO 13485
10 1 (0.12%) ISO 8583
10 1 (0.12%) ISO 9001
10 1 (0.12%) MiFID
10 1 (0.12%) WAI
System Software
1 51 (5.87%) Docker
2 11 (1.27%) Firmware
3 4 (0.46%) Active Directory
3 4 (0.46%) Apache ZooKeeper
3 4 (0.46%) KVM
3 4 (0.46%) LXC
4 2 (0.23%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.12%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 28 (3.22%) Ansible
1 28 (3.22%) Puppet
2 20 (2.30%) Opscode Chef
3 17 (1.96%) Kibana
4 11 (1.27%) Kubernetes
5 8 (0.92%) Grafana
6 7 (0.81%) Graphite
6 7 (0.81%) Mesos
7 6 (0.69%) Salt
8 4 (0.46%) logstash
8 4 (0.46%) OpenAM
8 4 (0.46%) OpenIDM
8 4 (0.46%) Packer
9 3 (0.35%) Oozie
9 3 (0.35%) Prometheus
9 3 (0.35%) Terraform
10 2 (0.23%) Hadoop YARN
10 2 (0.23%) Nagios
10 2 (0.23%) SCCM
10 2 (0.23%) WSUS
Vendors
1 62 (7.13%) Microsoft
2 45 (5.18%) Oracle
3 19 (2.19%) Red Hat
4 14 (1.61%) Cisco
4 14 (1.61%) Serena
5 10 (1.15%) Google
6 8 (0.92%) Adobe
6 8 (0.92%) hybris
7 7 (0.81%) Splunk
8 6 (0.69%) IBM
8 6 (0.69%) Salesforce.com
8 6 (0.69%) TIBCO
8 6 (0.69%) VMware
9 5 (0.58%) Luciad
9 5 (0.58%) Pega
9 5 (0.58%) webMethods
10 4 (0.46%) Atlassian
10 4 (0.46%) ForgeRock
10 4 (0.46%) Wind River
10 4 (0.46%) Xamarin
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