Period
to 30 May 2020

The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £510 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 30 May 2020.

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
30 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 154 192 216
Rank change year-on-year +38 +24 +37
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 712 1,239 1,196
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 1.71% 1.49% 1.29%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.83% 1.58% 1.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 454 625 646
Median daily rate £510 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.22% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £357 £325 £319
90th Percentile £700 £600 £625
UK median daily rate £500 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +11.11% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 83 196 207
Median hourly rate £47.50 £45.00 £43.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +4.65% +1.18%
10th Percentile £37.22 £38.75 £32.80
90th Percentile £53.66 £53.75 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £47.50 £45.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -

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 38,996 78,515 87,562
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.78% 94.56% 94.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 24,922 52,137 57,889
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +4.65%
10th Percentile £255 £280 £275
90th Percentile £663 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £466 £472 £450
% change year-on-year -1.27% +4.89% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,555 2,443 2,754
Median hourly rate £21.50 £19.50 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.26% +4.28% -1.58%
10th Percentile £12.02 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £51.75 £51.25 £48.57
Median hourly rate £21.50 £19.03 £18.11
% change year-on-year +12.98% +5.08% -4.58%

Software Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Software Engineer in England

Software Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Software Engineer in England.

Daily rate trend for Software Engineer in England

Software Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Software Engineer in England over the 6 months to 30 May 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Software Engineer in England

Software Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Software Engineer in England.

Hourly rate trend for Software Engineer in England

Software Engineer
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Software Engineer in England over the 6 months to 30 May 2020.

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 30 May 2020. 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 +111 346 £575 +9.52% 144
South West +10 130 £450 +22.45% 70
South East -21 81 £475 +11.76% 89
North of England +37 60 £475 +14.46% 68
East of England +12 60 £400 +6.67% 67
Midlands +19 32 £441 +3.82% 40
North West +51 31 £425 - 35
West Midlands +10 25 £433 +1.76% 23
Yorkshire +11 24 £475 +11.76% 23
East Midlands +22 7 £588 +14.63% 17
North East +20 5 £394 +1.61% 10
Software Engineer
UK

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

For the 6 months to 30 May 2020, 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.

1 701 (98.46%) Software Engineering
2 314 (44.10%) Agile Software Development
3 286 (40.17%) Java
4 240 (33.71%) Python
5 214 (30.06%) AWS
6 213 (29.92%) JavaScript
7 161 (22.61%) Web Services
8 158 (22.19%) DevOps
9 147 (20.65%) Finance
10 142 (19.94%) C++
11 136 (19.10%) C#
12 135 (18.96%) SQL
13 132 (18.54%) React
14 129 (18.12%) Linux
15 128 (17.98%) Azure
16 120 (16.85%) C
17 116 (16.29%) Security Cleared
18 108 (15.17%) Microservices
19 103 (14.47%) Asset Management
20 100 (14.04%) .NET
20 100 (14.04%) AngularJS
21 95 (13.34%) Git (software)
22 90 (12.64%) Scrum
23 89 (12.50%) SC Cleared
24 88 (12.36%) Docker
25 79 (11.10%) Front Office
26 76 (10.67%) Jenkins
27 74 (10.39%) Kubernetes
27 74 (10.39%) Hedge funds
28 71 (9.97%) Test Automation

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 33 (4.63%) Apache
2 26 (3.65%) Confluence
3 20 (2.81%) WebLogic
4 17 (2.39%) Tomcat
5 16 (2.25%) Elasticsearch
5 16 (2.25%) SAS
6 13 (1.83%) Apache Spark
7 9 (1.26%) CMS
8 8 (1.12%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 7 (0.98%) Mendix
10 6 (0.84%) IIS
11 5 (0.70%) SharePoint
12 3 (0.42%) Cloud Foundry
12 3 (0.42%) EPiServer
12 3 (0.42%) JBoss
12 3 (0.42%) nginx
13 2 (0.28%) Tuxedo
13 2 (0.28%) WinCC
14 1 (0.14%) Adobe Experience Manager
14 1 (0.14%) OpenStack
Applications
1 15 (2.11%) Simulink
2 5 (0.70%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.42%) Microsoft Office
4 2 (0.28%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.14%) Blender
5 1 (0.14%) Chatbot
5 1 (0.14%) MODO
5 1 (0.14%) PlantUML
5 1 (0.14%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 5 (0.70%) Oracle ERP
2 4 (0.56%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.28%) FINCAD Analytics
4 1 (0.14%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.14%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.14%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 214 (30.06%) AWS
2 128 (17.98%) Azure
3 55 (7.72%) GCP
4 50 (7.02%) Serverless
5 44 (6.18%) AWS Lambda
6 19 (2.67%) Amazon EC2
7 17 (2.39%) Power Platform
8 15 (2.11%) PaaS
9 13 (1.83%) GitHub
10 12 (1.69%) SaaS
11 11 (1.54%) OpenShift
12 10 (1.40%) Amazon ECS
12 10 (1.40%) Amazon S3
13 9 (1.26%) Apigee
14 6 (0.84%) Amazon SQS
14 6 (0.84%) AWS Step Functions
14 6 (0.84%) Cloud Computing
15 5 (0.70%) Azure Data Factory
15 5 (0.70%) Datadog
16 4 (0.56%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 11 (1.54%) DHCP
2 10 (1.40%) HTTP
3 8 (1.12%) TCP/IP
3 8 (1.12%) Wireless
4 7 (0.98%) DNS
5 6 (0.84%) RS-232
5 6 (0.84%) VoIP
6 5 (0.70%) Firewall
6 5 (0.70%) RS-485
7 4 (0.56%) Ethernet
7 4 (0.56%) SNMP
7 4 (0.56%) WAN
7 4 (0.56%) ZigBee
8 3 (0.42%) Bluetooth
8 3 (0.42%) DVB
8 3 (0.42%) LAN
8 3 (0.42%) Wi-Fi
8 3 (0.42%) Wireshark
9 2 (0.28%) DSL
9 2 (0.28%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 54 (7.58%) SQL Server
2 48 (6.74%) PostgreSQL
3 42 (5.90%) MySQL
4 39 (5.48%) Amazon RDS
5 34 (4.78%) NoSQL
6 33 (4.63%) Relational Database
7 28 (3.93%) MongoDB
7 28 (3.93%) RDBMS
8 21 (2.95%) Amazon Aurora
9 20 (2.81%) Hadoop
10 19 (2.67%) Big Data
11 17 (2.39%) Data Warehouse
11 17 (2.39%) Power BI
12 16 (2.25%) Redis
13 14 (1.97%) Amazon Redshift
13 14 (1.97%) Pentaho
14 10 (1.40%) Amazon DynamoDB
14 10 (1.40%) Apache Hive
14 10 (1.40%) HBase
14 10 (1.40%) SAS EBI
Development Applications
1 95 (13.34%) Git (software)
2 76 (10.67%) Jenkins
3 62 (8.71%) JIRA
4 33 (4.63%) Rational Rhapsody
5 32 (4.49%) GitLab
6 26 (3.65%) Maven
6 26 (3.65%) Rational DOORS
7 20 (2.81%) Visual Studio Team System
8 18 (2.53%) Bitbucket
9 17 (2.39%) Gradle
9 17 (2.39%) RStudio
10 16 (2.25%) Artifactory
10 16 (2.25%) Cucumber
10 16 (2.25%) Rational Team Concert
10 16 (2.25%) Subversion
11 15 (2.11%) Postman
11 15 (2.11%) SoapUI
12 13 (1.83%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 13 (1.83%) Selenium
13 12 (1.69%) Eclipse
General
1 147 (20.65%) Finance
2 79 (11.10%) Front Office
3 48 (6.74%) Banking
4 27 (3.79%) Investment Banking
5 22 (3.09%) Law
6 15 (2.11%) Public Sector
7 14 (1.97%) Telecoms
8 12 (1.69%) Electronics
9 10 (1.40%) Publishing
10 9 (1.26%) Automotive
10 9 (1.26%) Avionics
11 8 (1.12%) Back Office
12 7 (0.98%) Aerospace
13 6 (0.84%) Games
14 4 (0.56%) Retail
15 3 (0.42%) Pharmaceutical
15 3 (0.42%) Retail Banking
16 2 (0.28%) Legal
16 2 (0.28%) Manufacturing
16 2 (0.28%) Private Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 161 (22.61%) Web Services
2 132 (18.54%) React
3 100 (14.04%) .NET
3 100 (14.04%) AngularJS
4 70 (9.83%) Node.js
5 58 (8.15%) HTML
6 57 (8.01%) CSS
7 55 (7.72%) Vue.js
8 42 (5.90%) Spring
9 40 (5.62%) .NET Core
9 40 (5.62%) REST
10 38 (5.34%) ASP.NET
10 38 (5.34%) Kafka
11 37 (5.20%) RESTful
12 32 (4.49%) gRPC
13 30 (4.21%) Spring Boot
14 24 (3.37%) XML
15 23 (3.23%) Protocol Buffers
16 21 (2.95%) SOAP
16 21 (2.95%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 74 (10.39%) Hedge funds
2 65 (9.13%) Fixed Income
3 52 (7.30%) Derivative
4 50 (7.02%) Analytical Skills
5 48 (6.74%) Greenfield Project
6 45 (6.32%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 42 (5.90%) Equities
8 22 (3.09%) Algorithms
9 18 (2.53%) Reference Data
10 16 (2.25%) Mobile App
11 15 (2.11%) User Experience
12 12 (1.69%) Device Driver
12 12 (1.69%) Embedded Systems
13 10 (1.40%) Self-Motivation
14 8 (1.12%) Data Structures
15 7 (0.98%) Cloud Native
16 6 (0.84%) TMS320
17 5 (0.70%) CAN bus
17 5 (0.70%) Public Cloud
17 5 (0.70%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 129 (18.12%) Linux
2 62 (8.71%) Windows
3 38 (5.34%) Unix
4 16 (2.25%) Embedded Linux
5 14 (1.97%) FreeRTOS
6 13 (1.83%) Android
6 13 (1.83%) ThreadX
7 9 (1.26%) Windows Server 2012
8 8 (1.12%) Windows 10
8 8 (1.12%) Windows Server 2016
9 7 (0.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 7 (0.98%) Windows Server
10 5 (0.70%) Apple iOS
10 5 (0.70%) CentOS
11 4 (0.56%) Windows Server 2008
12 3 (0.42%) Debian
12 3 (0.42%) Solaris
12 3 (0.42%) Windows 7
13 2 (0.28%) Ubuntu
13 2 (0.28%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 701 (98.46%) Software Engineering
2 314 (44.10%) Agile Software Development
3 158 (22.19%) DevOps
4 108 (15.17%) Microservices
5 103 (14.47%) Asset Management
6 90 (12.64%) Scrum
7 71 (9.97%) Test Automation
8 68 (9.55%) TDD
9 59 (8.29%) UML
10 56 (7.87%) Investment Management
11 47 (6.60%) Analytics
12 45 (6.32%) OO
13 44 (6.18%) Continuous Integration
13 44 (6.18%) Front End Development
14 39 (5.48%) Mentoring
15 36 (5.06%) Decision-Making
16 35 (4.92%) Fintech
17 34 (4.78%) BDD
17 34 (4.78%) Machine Learning
17 34 (4.78%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 286 (40.17%) Java
2 240 (33.71%) Python
3 213 (29.92%) JavaScript
4 142 (19.94%) C++
5 136 (19.10%) C#
6 135 (18.96%) SQL
7 120 (16.85%) C
8 52 (7.30%) Embedded C
9 30 (4.21%) Embedded C++
10 29 (4.07%) Ada
11 28 (3.93%) R
12 27 (3.79%) Scala
13 26 (3.65%) PL/SQL
14 22 (3.09%) Java 8
15 19 (2.67%) TypeScript
16 17 (2.39%) Ruby
16 17 (2.39%) Shell Script
17 15 (2.11%) Go
18 14 (1.97%) Kotlin
19 11 (1.54%) Perl
Qualifications
1 116 (16.29%) Security Cleared
2 89 (12.50%) SC Cleared
3 31 (4.35%) Degree
4 18 (2.53%) DV Cleared
5 9 (1.26%) Computer Science Degree
6 7 (0.98%) Master's Degree
7 5 (0.70%) DBS Check
8 4 (0.56%) PhD
9 2 (0.28%) BPSS Clearance
9 2 (0.28%) HND
9 2 (0.28%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (0.14%) Chartered Engineer
10 1 (0.14%) MBA
10 1 (0.14%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (2.81%) QA
2 18 (2.53%) Data Quality
3 9 (1.26%) MISRA
4 8 (1.12%) MISRA C
5 3 (0.42%) DO-178B
6 2 (0.28%) ISO 26262
6 2 (0.28%) WCAG
7 1 (0.14%) Def Stans
7 1 (0.14%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.14%) ECSS
7 1 (0.14%) JTAG
System Software
1 88 (12.36%) Docker
2 17 (2.39%) VMware ESXi
3 16 (2.25%) Active Directory
4 6 (0.84%) Firmware
4 6 (0.84%) Hyper-V
5 5 (0.70%) DFS Replication
5 5 (0.70%) Microsoft App-V
5 5 (0.70%) Virtual Machines
5 5 (0.70%) XenApp
6 4 (0.56%) Virtual Desktop
6 4 (0.56%) vSphere
7 2 (0.28%) VMware Infrastructure
8 1 (0.14%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 74 (10.39%) Kubernetes
2 37 (5.20%) Terraform
3 25 (3.51%) Ansible
4 9 (1.26%) vCenter Server
5 8 (1.12%) SCCM
6 7 (0.98%) Kibana
6 7 (0.98%) Puppet
7 6 (0.84%) Prometheus
7 6 (0.84%) WSUS
8 5 (0.70%) Failover Clustering
8 5 (0.70%) Microsoft Clustering
9 4 (0.56%) Grafana
9 4 (0.56%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 4 (0.56%) SCDPM
9 4 (0.56%) SCOM
9 4 (0.56%) SCSM
9 4 (0.56%) SCVMM
10 2 (0.28%) CFEngine
10 2 (0.28%) Graphite
10 2 (0.28%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 52 (7.30%) Oracle
2 42 (5.90%) Google
3 30 (4.21%) Microsoft
4 16 (2.25%) SAP
5 15 (2.11%) Atlassian
6 11 (1.54%) IBM
6 11 (1.54%) VMware
7 10 (1.40%) Cisco
7 10 (1.40%) hybris
8 7 (0.98%) Adobe
8 7 (0.98%) Cloudera
8 7 (0.98%) OutSystems
8 7 (0.98%) Red Hat
9 5 (0.70%) ArcSight
9 5 (0.70%) Citrix
9 5 (0.70%) Dell
10 4 (0.56%) Gigya
10 4 (0.56%) Salesforce.com
10 4 (0.56%) Tableau
11 3 (0.42%) FXall