Period
to 23 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 23 November 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
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 243 267 252
Rank change year-on-year +24 -15 +29
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 1022 955 1012
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.08% 0.98% 0.97%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.14% 1.03% 1.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 529 519 517
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +10.34%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £300
90th Percentile £625 £601 £675
UK median daily rate £450 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +8.43% +3.75% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 185 183 242
England median hourly rate £42.50 £42.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £34.26 £32.50 £31.44
90th Percentile £51.53 £52.50 £51.25
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £42.10 £40.00
% change year-on-year +0.95% +5.25% -

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 89884 92670 98656
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.76% 94.76% 95.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 59938 60988 63819
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £263 £256 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2667 3006 3819
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +2.78% +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.97 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.90 £47.00 £45.00
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%

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 November 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 6 months to 23 November 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 6 months to 23 November 2017. 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 +26 361 £500 +5.26% 142
South East +10 195 £423 +5.63% 107
North of England +73 152 £430 +0.88% 90
East of England +1 128 £375 +7.14% 92
South West 0 118 £369 -1.67% 48
North West +31 94 £456 +7.35% 40
Midlands -27 66 £423 +17.36% 31
Yorkshire +41 46 £475 +11.76% 41
East Midlands -4 33 £450 +33.33% 11
West Midlands -29 29 £400 +11.11% 20
North East +54 15 £350 -22.22% 9
Software Engineer
UK

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

For the 6 months to 23 November 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.

1 983 (96.18%) Software Engineering
2 404 (39.53%) Agile Software Development
3 351 (34.34%) Java
4 321 (31.41%) C++
5 271 (26.52%) Linux
6 239 (23.39%) C
7 213 (20.84%) C#
8 205 (20.06%) JavaScript
9 195 (19.08%) TDD
10 189 (18.49%) SQL
11 173 (16.93%) Scrum
12 164 (16.05%) Python
13 155 (15.17%) .NET
14 153 (14.97%) Git (software)
15 138 (13.50%) Test Automation
16 129 (12.62%) Microservices
17 128 (12.52%) Amazon AWS
18 124 (12.13%) REST
19 114 (11.15%) Node.js
19 114 (11.15%) UML
20 111 (10.86%) Windows
21 109 (10.67%) BDD
22 108 (10.57%) NoSQL
22 108 (10.57%) Continuous Integration
23 107 (10.47%) Security Cleared
23 107 (10.47%) Jenkins
24 104 (10.18%) OO
25 103 (10.08%) Web Services
26 95 (9.30%) Degree
27 94 (9.20%) JIRA

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 41 (4.01%) Confluence
2 39 (3.82%) Elasticsearch
3 31 (3.03%) Apache Spark
4 24 (2.35%) Tomcat
5 22 (2.15%) Apache
6 14 (1.37%) WebLogic
7 12 (1.17%) Cloud Foundry
8 10 (0.98%) CMS
9 9 (0.88%) JBoss
10 8 (0.78%) Mule
11 4 (0.39%) Apache Solr
11 4 (0.39%) Liferay
11 4 (0.39%) NServiceBus
11 4 (0.39%) OpenStack
11 4 (0.39%) Oracle Application Server
12 3 (0.29%) IIS
12 3 (0.29%) Jupyter
12 3 (0.29%) nginx
12 3 (0.29%) Oracle Coherence
12 3 (0.29%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 35 (3.42%) Simulink
2 7 (0.68%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (0.39%) Microsoft Office
4 3 (0.29%) Photoshop
5 2 (0.20%) Adobe Illustrator
5 2 (0.20%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.098%) Autodesk Inventor
6 1 (0.098%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (0.098%) MicroStation
6 1 (0.098%) SOLIDWORKS
6 1 (0.098%) Stateflow
6 1 (0.098%) TargetLink
Business Applications
1 9 (0.88%) LabWindows
2 3 (0.29%) Oracle Applications
2 3 (0.29%) Oracle BPM
2 3 (0.29%) Payment Gateway
3 2 (0.20%) SunGard GMI
3 2 (0.20%) Teamcenter
4 1 (0.098%) Magento
4 1 (0.098%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 128 (12.52%) Amazon AWS
2 61 (5.97%) Microsoft Azure
3 28 (2.74%) Slack
4 21 (2.05%) PaaS
4 21 (2.05%) SaaS
5 20 (1.96%) Amazon EC2
5 20 (1.96%) GitHub
6 15 (1.47%) Serverless
7 14 (1.37%) OpenShift
8 12 (1.17%) AWS Lambda
9 11 (1.08%) Amazon S3
10 8 (0.78%) Cloud Computing
10 8 (0.78%) IaaS
11 6 (0.59%) AWS CloudFormation
12 5 (0.49%) Amazon SQS
13 4 (0.39%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 3 (0.29%) BrowserStack
14 3 (0.29%) Google Analytics
14 3 (0.29%) Sauce Labs
14 3 (0.29%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 36 (3.52%) Wireless
2 30 (2.94%) TCP/IP
3 26 (2.54%) Wi-Fi
4 21 (2.05%) Wireshark
5 19 (1.86%) Internet
6 17 (1.66%) Bluetooth
6 17 (1.66%) LTE
7 16 (1.57%) HTTP
8 12 (1.17%) GSM
8 12 (1.17%) SMS
8 12 (1.17%) VoIP
9 10 (0.98%) Asterisk PBX
9 10 (0.98%) GGSN
9 10 (0.98%) MGW
9 10 (0.98%) Network Security
9 10 (0.98%) PBX
9 10 (0.98%) RANAP
9 10 (0.98%) RTP
9 10 (0.98%) SGSN
9 10 (0.98%) UMTS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 108 (10.57%) NoSQL
2 85 (8.32%) MongoDB
3 63 (6.16%) SQL Server
4 58 (5.68%) PostgreSQL
5 55 (5.38%) MySQL
6 42 (4.11%) Apache Cassandra
7 38 (3.72%) Relational Database
8 37 (3.62%) Big Data
9 34 (3.33%) Hadoop
10 12 (1.17%) RDBMS
10 12 (1.17%) Redis
11 8 (0.78%) Oracle Database
12 7 (0.68%) Amazon DynamoDB
13 6 (0.59%) Amazon RDS
14 5 (0.49%) Blockchain
14 5 (0.49%) HBase
14 5 (0.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 4 (0.39%) DocumentDB
15 4 (0.39%) JasperReports
15 4 (0.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 153 (14.97%) Git (software)
2 107 (10.47%) Jenkins
3 94 (9.20%) JIRA
4 70 (6.85%) Cucumber
5 63 (6.16%) Rational DOORS
5 63 (6.16%) Visual Studio
6 56 (5.48%) JUnit
7 53 (5.19%) Maven
8 52 (5.09%) Rational Rhapsody
9 44 (4.31%) Subversion
10 39 (3.82%) Eclipse
11 34 (3.33%) Selenium
12 28 (2.74%) TeamCity
13 25 (2.45%) GDB
14 24 (2.35%) Jasmine
15 20 (1.96%) Gradle
16 16 (1.57%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 14 (1.37%) Ant
17 14 (1.37%) GCC
18 13 (1.27%) WebDriver
General
1 76 (7.44%) Finance
2 52 (5.09%) Electronics
3 43 (4.21%) Automotive
4 41 (4.01%) Banking
5 40 (3.91%) Telecoms
6 33 (3.23%) Aerospace
7 26 (2.54%) Manufacturing
8 23 (2.25%) Retail
9 15 (1.47%) Avionics
10 11 (1.08%) Games
11 10 (0.98%) Front Office
11 10 (0.98%) Military
12 7 (0.68%) Marketing
13 6 (0.59%) Publishing
13 6 (0.59%) Retail Banking
14 4 (0.39%) Back Office
14 4 (0.39%) French Language
14 4 (0.39%) Investment Banking
14 4 (0.39%) Pharmaceutical
15 3 (0.29%) Law
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 155 (15.17%) .NET
2 124 (12.13%) REST
3 114 (11.15%) Node.js
4 103 (10.08%) Web Services
5 94 (9.20%) HTML
6 90 (8.81%) Spring
7 88 (8.61%) CSS
8 75 (7.34%) AngularJS
9 63 (6.16%) JSON
10 54 (5.28%) RESTful
11 49 (4.79%) jQuery
12 46 (4.50%) XML
13 45 (4.40%) React
14 39 (3.82%) ASP.NET
15 36 (3.52%) WPF
16 29 (2.84%) Hibernate
16 29 (2.84%) HTML5
17 27 (2.64%) SOAP
17 27 (2.64%) Spring Boot
18 26 (2.54%) Boost C++ Libraries
Miscellaneous
1 79 (7.73%) Computer Science
2 37 (3.62%) Algorithms
2 37 (3.62%) User Experience
3 35 (3.42%) Embedded Systems
4 33 (3.23%) Analytical Skills
5 32 (3.13%) Mobile App
6 23 (2.25%) Data Structures
7 17 (1.66%) Cloud Native
7 17 (1.66%) Device Driver
8 16 (1.57%) Greenfield Project
9 14 (1.37%) Enterprise Software
10 13 (1.27%) Fintech
11 9 (0.88%) Public Cloud
12 8 (0.78%) Semantic Web
13 7 (0.68%) Derivative
14 6 (0.59%) 3D Graphics
14 6 (0.59%) RIA
15 5 (0.49%) Clustering
15 5 (0.49%) Fixed Income
15 5 (0.49%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 271 (26.52%) Linux
2 111 (10.86%) Windows
3 49 (4.79%) Android
4 44 (4.31%) Unix
5 38 (3.72%) Apple iOS
5 38 (3.72%) Embedded Linux
6 32 (3.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 17 (1.66%) VxWorks
8 12 (1.17%) Windows 7
9 11 (1.08%) Ubuntu
9 11 (1.08%) Windows Server 2012
10 10 (0.98%) Windows Server
11 9 (0.88%) CentOS
12 8 (0.78%) Debian
13 7 (0.68%) Windows 10
13 7 (0.68%) Windows Server 2008
14 5 (0.49%) Nucleus RTOS
15 4 (0.39%) VMS
16 2 (0.20%) Fedora
17 1 (0.098%) OpenVMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 983 (96.18%) Software Engineering
2 404 (39.53%) Agile Software Development
3 195 (19.08%) TDD
4 173 (16.93%) Scrum
5 138 (13.50%) Test Automation
6 129 (12.62%) Microservices
7 114 (11.15%) UML
8 109 (10.67%) BDD
9 108 (10.57%) Continuous Integration
10 104 (10.18%) OO
11 84 (8.22%) SDLC
12 83 (8.12%) Open Source
13 78 (7.63%) MVC
14 75 (7.34%) DevOps
15 72 (7.05%) Configuration Management
16 68 (6.65%) Multithreading
17 65 (6.36%) Unit Testing
18 57 (5.58%) Mentoring
19 56 (5.48%) Kanban
20 55 (5.38%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 351 (34.34%) Java
2 321 (31.41%) C++
3 239 (23.39%) C
4 213 (20.84%) C#
5 205 (20.06%) JavaScript
6 189 (18.49%) SQL
7 164 (16.05%) Python
8 89 (8.71%) Embedded C
9 61 (5.97%) Scala
10 42 (4.11%) Ruby
11 41 (4.01%) Ada
12 38 (3.72%) MATLAB
13 30 (2.94%) Embedded C++
14 27 (2.64%) Bash Shell
15 25 (2.45%) T-SQL
16 22 (2.15%) Perl
17 21 (2.05%) Go
18 20 (1.96%) PHP
19 19 (1.86%) PowerShell
20 17 (1.66%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 107 (10.47%) Security Cleared
2 95 (9.30%) Degree
3 83 (8.12%) SC Cleared
4 46 (4.50%) Computer Science Degree
5 6 (0.59%) BPSS Clearance
6 5 (0.49%) DV Cleared
7 4 (0.39%) PhD
8 3 (0.29%) Microsoft Certification
9 2 (0.20%) BC Cleared
9 2 (0.20%) Master's Degree
10 1 (0.098%) HNC
10 1 (0.098%) Numerate Degree
10 1 (0.098%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 45 (4.40%) QA
2 33 (3.23%) MISRA
3 21 (2.05%) DO-178B
4 9 (0.88%) IEC 62304
4 9 (0.88%) MISRA C
5 8 (0.78%) ISO 26262
6 5 (0.49%) GPG13
7 4 (0.39%) MiFID
7 4 (0.39%) MIL-STD-1553
8 3 (0.29%) Disclosure Scotland
8 3 (0.29%) ISO 9001
9 2 (0.20%) EMIR
9 2 (0.20%) PSD2
10 1 (0.098%) Def Stans
10 1 (0.098%) IEC 61508
10 1 (0.098%) JTAG
10 1 (0.098%) PCI DSS
10 1 (0.098%) WCAG
System Software
1 74 (7.24%) Docker
2 16 (1.57%) Firmware
3 13 (1.27%) Active Directory
4 8 (0.78%) Advanced Linux Sound Architecture
4 8 (0.78%) KVM
5 7 (0.68%) LXC
6 6 (0.59%) HDFS
7 5 (0.49%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 5 (0.49%) VMware Infrastructure
8 4 (0.39%) OpenAM
8 4 (0.39%) OpenIDM
9 3 (0.29%) VMware ESXi
10 2 (0.20%) vSphere
11 1 (0.098%) Hyper-V
11 1 (0.098%) Terminal Server
11 1 (0.098%) vCloud
11 1 (0.098%) Virtual Machines
11 1 (0.098%) VirtualBox
11 1 (0.098%) zsh
Systems Management
1 34 (3.33%) Ansible
2 22 (2.15%) Puppet
3 18 (1.76%) Kubernetes
4 15 (1.47%) Opscode Chef
5 11 (1.08%) Terraform
6 9 (0.88%) Mesos
7 8 (0.78%) Kibana
8 7 (0.68%) logstash
9 6 (0.59%) Business Desktop Deployment
9 6 (0.59%) Packer
10 5 (0.49%) Rancher
11 4 (0.39%) Grafana
12 3 (0.29%) Hadoop YARN
12 3 (0.29%) Nagios
12 3 (0.29%) Oozie
13 2 (0.20%) Icinga
13 2 (0.20%) vCenter Server
14 1 (0.098%) Docker Swarm
14 1 (0.098%) Graylog
14 1 (0.098%) Wonderware InTouch
Vendors
1 66 (6.46%) Microsoft
2 59 (5.77%) Oracle
3 36 (3.52%) Red Hat
4 14 (1.37%) Atlassian
5 13 (1.27%) VMware
6 12 (1.17%) Xamarin
7 11 (1.08%) Cisco
7 11 (1.08%) Talend
8 10 (0.98%) Google
9 8 (0.78%) Serena
10 7 (0.68%) CA Agile Central
11 6 (0.59%) IBM
11 6 (0.59%) Splunk
12 5 (0.49%) Freescale
12 5 (0.49%) Pega
13 4 (0.39%) Adobe
13 4 (0.39%) Cloudera
13 4 (0.39%) ForgeRock
13 4 (0.39%) Sencha
13 4 (0.39%) Wind River