Period
to 23 September 2018

The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £475 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 23 September 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 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 195 261 279
Rank change year-on-year +66 +18 -16
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 1,341 890 946
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.45% 0.99% 0.95%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.53% 1.04% 1.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 717 432 524
England median daily rate £475 £450 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +7.14% +8.39%
10th Percentile £333 £313 £313
90th Percentile £625 £624 £613
UK median daily rate £475 £430 £415
% change year-on-year +10.47% +3.61% +10.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 199 177 181
England median hourly rate £44.50 £43.50 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.30% +2.35% +6.25%
10th Percentile £34.63 £32.50 £32.50
90th Percentile £51.00 £53.30 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £44.27 £42.50 £42.50
% change year-on-year +4.16% - +6.25%

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 87,544 85,462 94,497
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.73% 94.90% 94.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,167 56,423 62,370
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £258
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,819 2,531 2,908
England median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.74% -1.58% +8.57%
10th Percentile £11.10 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £46.00
UK median hourly rate £17.61 £18.92 £18.97
% change year-on-year -6.95% -0.26% +6.75%

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 September 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 September 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 September 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 +90 512 £525 +5.00% 344
South East +82 336 £450 +12.50% 281
North of England +13 168 £425 - 198
South West +1 146 £313 -16.67% 172
East of England +2 96 £450 +20.00% 212
Yorkshire +39 89 £440 +2.33% 70
Midlands -1 79 £405 +1.25% 118
North West -19 70 £425 - 109
West Midlands -2 50 £463 +12.12% 84
East Midlands -9 29 £350 -8.20% 34
North East -17 9 £380 +8.57% 19
Software Engineer
UK

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

For the 6 months to 23 September 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 1,299 (96.87%) Software Engineering
2 606 (45.19%) Agile Software Development
3 554 (41.31%) Java
4 411 (30.65%) C++
5 351 (26.17%) Linux
6 328 (24.46%) JavaScript
7 304 (22.67%) C#
8 301 (22.45%) Python
9 262 (19.54%) Amazon AWS
10 243 (18.12%) C
11 242 (18.05%) TDD
12 227 (16.93%) SQL
13 222 (16.55%) Git (software)
14 214 (15.96%) .NET
15 209 (15.59%) DevOps
16 203 (15.14%) AngularJS
16 203 (15.14%) Node.js
16 203 (15.14%) Scrum
17 193 (14.39%) Continuous Integration
17 193 (14.39%) Microservices
18 192 (14.32%) Test Automation
19 187 (13.94%) Docker
20 177 (13.20%) Security Cleared
21 175 (13.05%) OO
22 162 (12.08%) Jenkins
23 154 (11.48%) Finance
24 149 (11.11%) Web Services
25 147 (10.96%) Computer Science
26 146 (10.89%) BDD
27 141 (10.51%) Degree

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 58 (4.33%) Apache
2 52 (3.88%) Confluence
3 48 (3.58%) Elasticsearch
4 43 (3.21%) Apache Spark
5 36 (2.68%) Tomcat
6 13 (0.97%) nginx
7 12 (0.89%) Apache Solr
7 12 (0.89%) CMS
8 11 (0.82%) JBoss
9 9 (0.67%) IIS
9 9 (0.67%) Jetty
10 7 (0.52%) NServiceBus
10 7 (0.52%) WebSphere
11 6 (0.45%) Apache Airflow
11 6 (0.45%) Apache ServiceMix
11 6 (0.45%) Gunicorn
11 6 (0.45%) Luigi
11 6 (0.45%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 6 (0.45%) WebLogic
12 4 (0.30%) SharePoint
Applications
1 26 (1.94%) Simulink
2 5 (0.37%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (0.30%) Microsoft Office
4 3 (0.22%) Chatbot
4 3 (0.22%) Stateflow
5 2 (0.15%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.15%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.075%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 8 (0.60%) Oracle EBS R12
2 6 (0.45%) Remedy AR System
2 6 (0.45%) Remedy ITSM
3 4 (0.30%) Distributed Ledger
4 2 (0.15%) Bloomberg AIM
4 2 (0.15%) Eagle PACE
4 2 (0.15%) Oracle BPM
4 2 (0.15%) thinkFolio
5 1 (0.075%) Exstream
5 1 (0.075%) Kondor
5 1 (0.075%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 262 (19.54%) Amazon AWS
2 103 (7.68%) Microsoft Azure
3 53 (3.95%) Serverless
4 45 (3.36%) AWS Lambda
5 33 (2.46%) Google Cloud Platform
6 27 (2.01%) AWS CloudFormation
7 26 (1.94%) GitHub
8 24 (1.79%) PaaS
9 22 (1.64%) Cloud Computing
10 21 (1.57%) SaaS
10 21 (1.57%) Slack
11 18 (1.34%) Amazon SQS
12 14 (1.04%) OpenShift
13 10 (0.75%) Google Analytics
13 10 (0.75%) npm
14 9 (0.67%) IaaS
15 8 (0.60%) Amazon S3
16 6 (0.45%) Amazon Kinesis
16 6 (0.45%) Azure Functions
16 6 (0.45%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 36 (2.68%) TCP/IP
2 28 (2.09%) Internet
3 27 (2.01%) HTTP
4 26 (1.94%) Wireless
5 25 (1.86%) Wireshark
6 20 (1.49%) Wi-Fi
7 15 (1.12%) SSL
8 11 (0.82%) Bluetooth
8 11 (0.82%) Ethernet
9 10 (0.75%) AMQP
10 9 (0.67%) MQTT
10 9 (0.67%) RS-232
10 9 (0.67%) SNMP
11 8 (0.60%) Firewall
11 8 (0.60%) Tactical Data Link
12 6 (0.45%) 4G
12 6 (0.45%) GSM
12 6 (0.45%) LTE
13 5 (0.37%) UMTS
13 5 (0.37%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 137 (10.22%) NoSQL
2 109 (8.13%) MongoDB
3 86 (6.41%) MySQL
4 76 (5.67%) SQL Server
5 75 (5.59%) Big Data
5 75 (5.59%) PostgreSQL
6 74 (5.52%) Relational Database
7 64 (4.77%) Hadoop
8 35 (2.61%) Apache Hive
9 29 (2.16%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 28 (2.09%) RDBMS
11 27 (2.01%) Apache Cassandra
12 22 (1.64%) Redis
13 11 (0.82%) Neo4j
13 11 (0.82%) Oracle Database
14 9 (0.67%) Blockchain
14 9 (0.67%) HBase
15 8 (0.60%) Couchbase
15 8 (0.60%) Flink
16 6 (0.45%) Amazon Redshift
Development Applications
1 222 (16.55%) Git (software)
2 162 (12.08%) Jenkins
3 102 (7.61%) Maven
4 92 (6.86%) Visual Studio
5 91 (6.79%) JIRA
6 66 (4.92%) Selenium
7 64 (4.77%) Cucumber
8 63 (4.70%) Rational DOORS
9 45 (3.36%) JUnit
10 42 (3.13%) Rational Rhapsody
11 40 (2.98%) Subversion
12 37 (2.76%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 36 (2.68%) Artifactory
13 36 (2.68%) Eclipse
14 34 (2.54%) GDB
14 34 (2.54%) TeamCity
15 32 (2.39%) Hudson
16 31 (2.31%) IntelliJ
17 30 (2.24%) Gatling
18 24 (1.79%) Mercurial
General
1 154 (11.48%) Finance
2 58 (4.33%) Banking
3 54 (4.03%) Electronics
4 49 (3.65%) Front Office
5 42 (3.13%) Manufacturing
6 41 (3.06%) Retail
7 32 (2.39%) Telecoms
8 29 (2.16%) Aerospace
9 28 (2.09%) Automotive
9 28 (2.09%) Law
10 24 (1.79%) Games
11 15 (1.12%) Marketing
12 12 (0.89%) Avionics
12 12 (0.89%) Back Office
13 6 (0.45%) Investment Banking
13 6 (0.45%) Legal
14 4 (0.30%) Military
15 3 (0.22%) Multimedia
15 3 (0.22%) Pharmaceutical
15 3 (0.22%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 214 (15.96%) .NET
2 203 (15.14%) AngularJS
2 203 (15.14%) Node.js
3 149 (11.11%) Web Services
4 139 (10.37%) React
5 137 (10.22%) HTML
5 137 (10.22%) Spring
6 123 (9.17%) CSS
7 106 (7.90%) REST
8 77 (5.74%) Kafka
9 75 (5.59%) ASP.NET
10 65 (4.85%) RESTful
11 59 (4.40%) Spring Boot
12 55 (4.10%) HTML5
13 53 (3.95%) .NET Framework
13 53 (3.95%) jQuery
13 53 (3.95%) WPF
13 53 (3.95%) XML
14 51 (3.80%) RabbitMQ
15 48 (3.58%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 147 (10.96%) Computer Science
2 75 (5.59%) User Experience
3 72 (5.37%) Greenfield Project
4 49 (3.65%) Self-Motivation
5 46 (3.43%) Analytical Skills
6 40 (2.98%) Embedded Systems
7 36 (2.68%) Algorithms
8 26 (1.94%) Public Cloud
9 25 (1.86%) Fixed Income
9 25 (1.86%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 19 (1.42%) Equities
11 18 (1.34%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
11 18 (1.34%) Mobile App
12 17 (1.27%) Derivative
12 17 (1.27%) Enterprise Software
13 15 (1.12%) Wiki
14 14 (1.04%) Data Structures
14 14 (1.04%) Fintech
15 13 (0.97%) Exotic Derivative
16 12 (0.89%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 351 (26.17%) Linux
2 118 (8.80%) Windows
3 78 (5.82%) Unix
4 37 (2.76%) Android
5 32 (2.39%) Embedded Linux
6 21 (1.57%) Apple iOS
7 14 (1.04%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 14 (1.04%) VxWorks
8 11 (0.82%) Ubuntu
9 7 (0.52%) FreeRTOS
9 7 (0.52%) Windows 7
10 6 (0.45%) Windows 10
11 5 (0.37%) Nucleus RTOS
11 5 (0.37%) SafeRTOS
12 4 (0.30%) Windows Server
12 4 (0.30%) Windows Server 2012
13 3 (0.22%) Debian
13 3 (0.22%) Mac OS X
13 3 (0.22%) Oracle Linux
13 3 (0.22%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,299 (96.87%) Software Engineering
2 606 (45.19%) Agile Software Development
3 242 (18.05%) TDD
4 209 (15.59%) DevOps
5 203 (15.14%) Scrum
6 193 (14.39%) Continuous Integration
6 193 (14.39%) Microservices
7 192 (14.32%) Test Automation
8 175 (13.05%) OO
9 146 (10.89%) BDD
10 140 (10.44%) Problem-Solving
11 109 (8.13%) Unit Testing
12 104 (7.76%) UML
13 100 (7.46%) SDLC
14 99 (7.38%) MVC
15 81 (6.04%) Continuous Delivery
16 77 (5.74%) Configuration Management
16 77 (5.74%) Open Source
17 74 (5.52%) Mentoring
18 66 (4.92%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 554 (41.31%) Java
2 411 (30.65%) C++
3 328 (24.46%) JavaScript
4 304 (22.67%) C#
5 301 (22.45%) Python
6 243 (18.12%) C
7 227 (16.93%) SQL
8 96 (7.16%) Embedded C
9 85 (6.34%) Java 8
10 63 (4.70%) Embedded C++
11 61 (4.55%) Scala
12 54 (4.03%) Go
13 50 (3.73%) TypeScript
14 44 (3.28%) PHP
15 40 (2.98%) Groovy
16 35 (2.61%) Ada
17 34 (2.54%) PowerShell
18 33 (2.46%) MATLAB
18 33 (2.46%) Perl
19 31 (2.31%) ES6
Qualifications
1 177 (13.20%) Security Cleared
2 141 (10.51%) Degree
3 131 (9.77%) SC Cleared
4 33 (2.46%) Computer Science Degree
5 22 (1.64%) AWS Certification
6 6 (0.45%) Master's Degree
7 5 (0.37%) DBS Check
8 4 (0.30%) Numerate Degree
8 4 (0.30%) PhD
9 3 (0.22%) BPSS Clearance
10 2 (0.15%) HND
11 1 (0.075%) DV Cleared
11 1 (0.075%) Microsoft Certification
11 1 (0.075%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (2.76%) QA
2 36 (2.68%) MISRA
3 23 (1.72%) MISRA C
4 13 (0.97%) DO-178B
5 5 (0.37%) IEC 61508
5 5 (0.37%) IEC 62304
6 3 (0.22%) ARP4754
6 3 (0.22%) ISO 9001
7 2 (0.15%) Def Stans
7 2 (0.15%) Disclosure Scotland
7 2 (0.15%) DO-160
7 2 (0.15%) ISO 13485
7 2 (0.15%) ISO 26262
7 2 (0.15%) SLA
8 1 (0.075%) Data Quality
8 1 (0.075%) ECSS
8 1 (0.075%) GDPR
8 1 (0.075%) IEC 61131
8 1 (0.075%) MIL-STD-498
8 1 (0.075%) PSD2
System Software
1 187 (13.94%) Docker
2 20 (1.49%) Firmware
3 9 (0.67%) HDFS
4 5 (0.37%) Active Directory
4 5 (0.37%) VMware Infrastructure
5 4 (0.30%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 3 (0.22%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (0.15%) Xen
8 1 (0.075%) OpenAM
8 1 (0.075%) Oracle RAC
8 1 (0.075%) VirtualBox
8 1 (0.075%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 93 (6.94%) Terraform
2 61 (4.55%) Kubernetes
3 55 (4.10%) Ansible
4 43 (3.21%) Puppet
5 24 (1.79%) Grafana
6 17 (1.27%) Opscode Chef
7 16 (1.19%) Kibana
8 10 (0.75%) Mesos
9 7 (0.52%) Graylog
10 4 (0.30%) logstash
11 3 (0.22%) Docker Swarm
11 3 (0.22%) SELinux
12 2 (0.15%) Consul
12 2 (0.15%) Graphite
12 2 (0.15%) HockeyApp
12 2 (0.15%) Marathon
12 2 (0.15%) Oozie
13 1 (0.075%) Data Guard
13 1 (0.075%) HP Quality Center
13 1 (0.075%) WSUS
Vendors
1 89 (6.64%) Oracle
2 56 (4.18%) Google
3 49 (3.65%) Microsoft
4 16 (1.19%) Splunk
5 15 (1.12%) Red Hat
5 15 (1.12%) Salesforce.com
6 11 (0.82%) Atlassian
7 9 (0.67%) VMware
8 8 (0.60%) AppDynamics
8 8 (0.60%) IBM
9 7 (0.52%) MapR
9 7 (0.52%) Rackspace
9 7 (0.52%) SAP
10 6 (0.45%) Apple
10 6 (0.45%) BMC
10 6 (0.45%) Green Hills
10 6 (0.45%) Remedy
11 5 (0.37%) HP
11 5 (0.37%) Serena
11 5 (0.37%) webMethods