Period
to 20 July 2018

The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 20 July 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
20 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 207 252 268
Rank change year-on-year +45 +16 -6
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 1,265 892 1,003
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.33% 1.02% 0.99%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.40% 1.07% 1.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 685 449 491
England median daily rate £450 £430 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.65% +3.61% +12.16%
10th Percentile £322 £313 £310
90th Percentile £625 £600 £620
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +8.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 215 212 221
England median hourly rate £43.00 £42.50 £42.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.18% +0.59% +4.32%
10th Percentile £29.60 £32.50 £31.25
90th Percentile £51.00 £53.75 £52.17
UK median hourly rate £43.00 £42.50 £42.25
% change year-on-year +1.18% +0.59% +5.63%

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 90,130 83,280 96,753
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.83% 94.94% 95.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 59,670 54,321 63,745
England median daily rate £450 £440 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +6.25%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £258
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £428 £425
% change year-on-year +5.26% +0.59% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,911 2,672 2,863
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.22 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.63% -4.11% +8.57%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £47.00
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year - -2.63% +8.57%

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 20 July 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 20 July 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 20 July 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 +29 419 £500 +5.26% 293
South East +65 320 £450 +18.42% 253
North of England +32 197 £438 +5.74% 167
South West +17 154 £365 -1.35% 139
Yorkshire +25 97 £425 +2.41% 68
East of England -6 91 £450 +11.11% 169
North West -4 89 £475 +9.83% 82
Midlands -6 80 £375 -9.09% 134
West Midlands 0 53 £400 -9.20% 85
East Midlands -16 27 £350 -15.15% 48
North East +2 11 £380 +8.57% 17
Software Engineer
UK

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

For the 6 months to 20 July 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 1,226 (96.92%) Software Engineering
2 540 (42.69%) Agile Software Development
3 499 (39.45%) Java
4 408 (32.25%) C++
5 314 (24.82%) Linux
6 313 (24.74%) JavaScript
7 274 (21.66%) C
8 267 (21.11%) C#
9 265 (20.95%) Python
10 236 (18.66%) TDD
10 236 (18.66%) SQL
11 199 (15.73%) Amazon AWS
12 195 (15.42%) Scrum
13 194 (15.34%) Git (software)
14 184 (14.55%) Security Cleared
15 183 (14.47%) Test Automation
16 182 (14.39%) Node.js
17 170 (13.44%) .NET
18 167 (13.20%) OO
18 167 (13.20%) AngularJS
19 164 (12.96%) Continuous Integration
20 157 (12.41%) DevOps
21 146 (11.54%) Jenkins
22 144 (11.38%) BDD
23 138 (10.91%) SC Cleared
23 138 (10.91%) Docker
24 135 (10.67%) Spring
25 134 (10.59%) Microservices
26 130 (10.28%) NoSQL
27 124 (9.80%) HTML

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 53 (4.19%) Apache
1 53 (4.19%) Elasticsearch
2 50 (3.95%) Confluence
3 44 (3.48%) Apache Spark
4 27 (2.13%) Tomcat
5 15 (1.19%) CMS
6 13 (1.03%) JBoss
7 10 (0.79%) IIS
8 9 (0.71%) Jetty
9 8 (0.63%) NServiceBus
10 7 (0.55%) Apache Solr
11 6 (0.47%) nginx
11 6 (0.47%) WebLogic
12 5 (0.40%) Apache Airflow
12 5 (0.40%) Luigi
12 5 (0.40%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 5 (0.40%) WebSphere
13 4 (0.32%) Apache Pig
13 4 (0.32%) Apache ServiceMix
14 3 (0.24%) Amazon Alexa
Applications
1 32 (2.53%) Simulink
2 7 (0.55%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (0.47%) Microsoft Office
4 4 (0.32%) Doxygen
5 2 (0.16%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (0.079%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.079%) Stateflow
6 1 (0.079%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 4 (0.32%) Distributed Ledger
1 4 (0.32%) Remedy AR System
1 4 (0.32%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.079%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.079%) Kondor
2 1 (0.079%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 199 (15.73%) Amazon AWS
2 87 (6.88%) Microsoft Azure
3 31 (2.45%) Google Cloud Platform
4 29 (2.29%) Slack
5 27 (2.13%) Serverless
6 22 (1.74%) PaaS
6 22 (1.74%) SaaS
7 21 (1.66%) Cloud Computing
8 20 (1.58%) AWS Lambda
9 16 (1.26%) AWS CloudFormation
9 16 (1.26%) GitHub
10 13 (1.03%) OpenShift
11 9 (0.71%) Amazon S3
11 9 (0.71%) npm
12 8 (0.63%) Amazon EC2
12 8 (0.63%) CloudFront
13 5 (0.40%) Heroku
13 5 (0.40%) IaaS
14 4 (0.32%) Amazon Kinesis
15 3 (0.24%) Amazon CloudWatch
Communications & Networking
1 26 (2.06%) Wireshark
2 25 (1.98%) Wireless
3 21 (1.66%) HTTP
3 21 (1.66%) TCP/IP
4 18 (1.42%) Bluetooth
5 17 (1.34%) Internet
6 16 (1.26%) Wi-Fi
7 14 (1.11%) Ethernet
8 13 (1.03%) SMS
9 11 (0.87%) RS-232
10 10 (0.79%) MQTT
11 9 (0.71%) AMQP
12 8 (0.63%) Network Security
13 7 (0.55%) LTE
13 7 (0.55%) SNMP
14 6 (0.47%) 4G
14 6 (0.47%) ZigBee
15 5 (0.40%) 5G
15 5 (0.40%) DNS
15 5 (0.40%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 130 (10.28%) NoSQL
2 85 (6.72%) Big Data
2 85 (6.72%) MongoDB
3 74 (5.85%) MySQL
4 72 (5.69%) Relational Database
5 68 (5.38%) PostgreSQL
6 60 (4.74%) SQL Server
7 46 (3.64%) Hadoop
8 37 (2.92%) Apache Cassandra
9 33 (2.61%) Apache Hive
10 26 (2.06%) Redis
11 22 (1.74%) RDBMS
12 14 (1.11%) Amazon DynamoDB
13 11 (0.87%) Neo4j
14 10 (0.79%) GIS
15 9 (0.71%) HBase
16 8 (0.63%) Blockchain
17 7 (0.55%) Power BI
18 6 (0.47%) Apache Zeppelin
18 6 (0.47%) Geospatial Data
Development Applications
1 194 (15.34%) Git (software)
2 146 (11.54%) Jenkins
3 97 (7.67%) JIRA
4 76 (6.01%) Visual Studio
5 69 (5.45%) Maven
6 62 (4.90%) Cucumber
7 57 (4.51%) JUnit
8 53 (4.19%) Rational DOORS
9 47 (3.72%) Subversion
10 46 (3.64%) Selenium
11 44 (3.48%) Rational Rhapsody
12 40 (3.16%) Eclipse
13 37 (2.92%) GDB
13 37 (2.92%) Team Foundation Server
14 36 (2.85%) Jasmine
15 27 (2.13%) Mercurial
16 19 (1.50%) TeamCity
17 18 (1.42%) IntelliJ
18 17 (1.34%) Gradle
19 16 (1.26%) WebDriver
General
1 111 (8.77%) Finance
2 56 (4.43%) Electronics
3 47 (3.72%) Manufacturing
4 40 (3.16%) Telecoms
5 35 (2.77%) Automotive
6 30 (2.37%) Law
7 29 (2.29%) Banking
8 27 (2.13%) Retail
9 19 (1.50%) Aerospace
9 19 (1.50%) Games
10 16 (1.26%) Front Office
11 13 (1.03%) Marketing
12 8 (0.63%) Avionics
13 7 (0.55%) Investment Banking
14 6 (0.47%) Military
15 5 (0.40%) Back Office
15 5 (0.40%) Pharmaceutical
16 3 (0.24%) Advertising
17 2 (0.16%) French Language
17 2 (0.16%) Multimedia
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 182 (14.39%) Node.js
2 170 (13.44%) .NET
3 167 (13.20%) AngularJS
4 135 (10.67%) Spring
5 124 (9.80%) HTML
6 120 (9.49%) REST
7 112 (8.85%) CSS
8 111 (8.77%) Web Services
9 91 (7.19%) React
10 66 (5.22%) Kafka
11 65 (5.14%) RESTful
12 61 (4.82%) XML
13 54 (4.27%) Spring Boot
14 53 (4.19%) ASP.NET
14 53 (4.19%) HTML5
14 53 (4.19%) JSON
15 44 (3.48%) jQuery
16 39 (3.08%) RabbitMQ
16 39 (3.08%) SOAP
17 38 (3.00%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 94 (7.43%) Computer Science
2 68 (5.38%) User Experience
3 47 (3.72%) Greenfield Project
4 41 (3.24%) Analytical Skills
5 39 (3.08%) Self-Motivation
6 37 (2.92%) Algorithms
7 35 (2.77%) Embedded Systems
8 26 (2.06%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
9 25 (1.98%) Mobile App
10 21 (1.66%) Public Cloud
11 17 (1.34%) Data Structures
12 16 (1.26%) Enterprise Software
13 12 (0.95%) CUDA
13 12 (0.95%) Device Driver
13 12 (0.95%) Wiki
14 10 (0.79%) Fintech
14 10 (0.79%) Hedge funds
14 10 (0.79%) Life Science
15 8 (0.63%) 3D Graphics
15 8 (0.63%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 314 (24.82%) Linux
2 97 (7.67%) Windows
3 76 (6.01%) Unix
4 40 (3.16%) Android
5 29 (2.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 26 (2.06%) Apple iOS
6 26 (2.06%) Embedded Linux
7 18 (1.42%) VxWorks
8 13 (1.03%) FreeRTOS
9 6 (0.47%) Windows 10
9 6 (0.47%) Windows 7
10 5 (0.40%) Nucleus RTOS
10 5 (0.40%) SafeRTOS
11 3 (0.24%) Debian
11 3 (0.24%) Windows Server
11 3 (0.24%) Windows Server 2012
12 2 (0.16%) Mac OS X
12 2 (0.16%) Oracle Linux
12 2 (0.16%) Windows Embedded Compact
12 2 (0.16%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,226 (96.92%) Software Engineering
2 540 (42.69%) Agile Software Development
3 236 (18.66%) TDD
4 195 (15.42%) Scrum
5 183 (14.47%) Test Automation
6 167 (13.20%) OO
7 164 (12.96%) Continuous Integration
8 157 (12.41%) DevOps
9 144 (11.38%) BDD
10 134 (10.59%) Microservices
11 115 (9.09%) Problem-Solving
12 112 (8.85%) UML
13 101 (7.98%) Continuous Delivery
14 91 (7.19%) SDLC
15 86 (6.80%) Unit Testing
16 84 (6.64%) Open Source
17 74 (5.85%) MVC
18 68 (5.38%) Kanban
19 67 (5.30%) Mentoring
20 59 (4.66%) Multithreading
Programming Languages
1 499 (39.45%) Java
2 408 (32.25%) C++
3 313 (24.74%) JavaScript
4 274 (21.66%) C
5 267 (21.11%) C#
6 265 (20.95%) Python
7 236 (18.66%) SQL
8 96 (7.59%) Embedded C
9 83 (6.56%) Embedded C++
10 67 (5.30%) Java 8
10 67 (5.30%) Scala
11 47 (3.72%) Go
12 42 (3.32%) MATLAB
13 40 (3.16%) Ada
14 39 (3.08%) TypeScript
15 34 (2.69%) PHP
16 33 (2.61%) Ruby
17 30 (2.37%) PowerShell
18 26 (2.06%) Bash Shell
18 26 (2.06%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 184 (14.55%) Security Cleared
2 138 (10.91%) SC Cleared
3 104 (8.22%) Degree
4 26 (2.06%) Computer Science Degree
5 5 (0.40%) DBS Check
5 5 (0.40%) Master's Degree
5 5 (0.40%) PhD
6 4 (0.32%) BPSS Clearance
7 2 (0.16%) AWS Certification
7 2 (0.16%) DV Cleared
7 2 (0.16%) HND
7 2 (0.16%) Numerate Degree
8 1 (0.079%) BC Cleared
8 1 (0.079%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (0.079%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 47 (3.72%) QA
2 28 (2.21%) MISRA
3 17 (1.34%) MISRA C
4 15 (1.19%) GCP
5 13 (1.03%) DO-178B
6 11 (0.87%) IEC 62304
7 6 (0.47%) Disclosure Scotland
7 6 (0.47%) IEC 61508
8 4 (0.32%) ISO 26262
8 4 (0.32%) MIL-STD-498
9 3 (0.24%) ISO 9001
10 2 (0.16%) Def Stans
10 2 (0.16%) ECSS
10 2 (0.16%) GDPR
10 2 (0.16%) ISO 13485
10 2 (0.16%) JTAG
11 1 (0.079%) ARP4754
11 1 (0.079%) DO-160
11 1 (0.079%) IEC 61131
11 1 (0.079%) ISO 15765
System Software
1 138 (10.91%) Docker
2 19 (1.50%) Firmware
3 11 (0.87%) Active Directory
4 9 (0.71%) HDFS
5 5 (0.40%) VMware Infrastructure
6 4 (0.32%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 2 (0.16%) Apache Flume
7 2 (0.16%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (0.16%) Xen
8 1 (0.079%) Oracle RAC
8 1 (0.079%) VirtualBox
8 1 (0.079%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 66 (5.22%) Terraform
2 53 (4.19%) Kubernetes
3 52 (4.11%) Ansible
4 33 (2.61%) Puppet
5 19 (1.50%) Opscode Chef
6 15 (1.19%) Grafana
7 8 (0.63%) Graylog
7 8 (0.63%) Kibana
8 7 (0.55%) SELinux
9 4 (0.32%) logstash
9 4 (0.32%) Mesos
10 3 (0.24%) Docker Swarm
11 2 (0.16%) Ambari
11 2 (0.16%) Consul
11 2 (0.16%) Hadoop YARN
11 2 (0.16%) HockeyApp
12 1 (0.079%) Host Intrusion Detection System
12 1 (0.079%) Oozie
12 1 (0.079%) Rancher
12 1 (0.079%) Salt
Vendors
1 51 (4.03%) Google
1 51 (4.03%) Oracle
2 48 (3.79%) Microsoft
3 31 (2.45%) Red Hat
4 14 (1.11%) Atlassian
5 10 (0.79%) SAP
5 10 (0.79%) Splunk
6 9 (0.71%) MuleSoft
7 8 (0.63%) AppDynamics
7 8 (0.63%) Salesforce.com
7 8 (0.63%) VMware
8 7 (0.55%) Adobe
9 5 (0.40%) Apple
9 5 (0.40%) MapR
9 5 (0.40%) QNX
9 5 (0.40%) webMethods
10 4 (0.32%) BMC
10 4 (0.32%) Rackspace
10 4 (0.32%) Tableau
10 4 (0.32%) Talend