Period
to 17 December 2017

The median contractor rate for a Developer/Software Engineer was £538 per day in advertised job vacancies in London during the 6 months to 17 December 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/Developer
England > London
6 months to
17 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 575 554 535
Rank change year-on-year -21 -19 +21
Contract jobs requiring a Developer/Software Engineer 62 62 61
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.13% 0.14% 0.13%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.14% 0.15% 0.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 52 50 43
London median daily rate £538 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.22% +2.78% +6.51%
10th Percentile £375 £325 £350
90th Percentile £650 £550 £650
England median daily rate £488 £466 £400
% change year-on-year +4.61% +16.50% +18.96%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 0
London median hourly rate £45.00 £50.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.00% - -
England median hourly rate £45.00 £37.50 £45.00
% change year-on-year +20.00% -16.67% +5.88%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in London. 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
London
Contract vacancies in London with a recognized job title 44783 41879 43850
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.84% 94.88% 95.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 32527 29761 30910
London median daily rate £500 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.11% +2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £300 £299 £269
90th Percentile £669 £638 £638
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 551 559 668
London median hourly rate £20.00 £19.50 £19.02
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +2.55% +8.66%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.38 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.83 £50.00 £50.00
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £17.89
% change year-on-year +3.89% +0.61% +8.42%

Developer/Software Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in London

Job postings that featured Developer/Software Engineer in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in London.

Job vacancy trend for Developer/Software Engineer in London

Developer/Software Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Developer/Software Engineer in London.

Contractor daily rate trend for Developer/Software Engineer in London

Developer/Software Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Developer/Software Engineer in London over the 6 months to 17 December 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Developer/Software Engineer in London

Developer/Software Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Developer/Software Engineer in London.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Developer/Software Engineer in London

Developer/Software Engineer
Contract Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Developer/Software Engineer within the London region over the 6 months to 17 December 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
Central London -13 5 £588 +17.50% 3
South London - 2 £300 -
West London -32 1 £370 +2.78% 3
East London - 1 £550 -
Developer/Software Engineer
England

Developer/Software Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 17 December 2017, Developer/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 London region featuring Developer/Software Engineer in the job title.

1 56 (90.32%) Software Engineering
2 29 (46.77%) Agile Software Development
2 29 (46.77%) Java
3 17 (27.42%) Amazon AWS
3 17 (27.42%) TDD
3 17 (27.42%) SQL
4 15 (24.19%) BDD
4 15 (24.19%) JSON
5 14 (22.58%) Scala
5 14 (22.58%) NoSQL
5 14 (22.58%) Web Services
5 14 (22.58%) Microservices
6 13 (20.97%) .NET
6 13 (20.97%) C#
6 13 (20.97%) Pair Programming
6 13 (20.97%) MVC
7 12 (19.35%) Finance
7 12 (19.35%) REST
7 12 (19.35%) Unit Testing
7 12 (19.35%) QA
7 12 (19.35%) Mentoring
8 11 (17.74%) Apache Spark
8 11 (17.74%) Machine Learning
8 11 (17.74%) Big Data
8 11 (17.74%) Scrum
9 10 (16.13%) Python
9 10 (16.13%) RESTful
10 9 (14.52%) Performance Tuning
10 9 (14.52%) JIRA
10 9 (14.52%) HTML

Developer/Software Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in London 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 11 (17.74%) Apache Spark
2 6 (9.68%) Elasticsearch
3 5 (8.06%) Apache
4 3 (4.84%) Apache Solr
5 2 (3.23%) CMS
5 2 (3.23%) IIS
5 2 (3.23%) Tomcat
6 1 (1.61%) Confluence
6 1 (1.61%) Ethereum
6 1 (1.61%) OpenStack
Applications
1 2 (3.23%) Photoshop
2 1 (1.61%) Adobe Illustrator
Business Applications
1 2 (3.23%) SunGard GMI
Cloud Services
1 17 (27.42%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (6.45%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (3.23%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.61%) 5G
1 1 (1.61%) HTTP
1 1 (1.61%) RFID
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (22.58%) NoSQL
2 11 (17.74%) Big Data
3 7 (11.29%) Hadoop
3 7 (11.29%) SQL Server
4 3 (4.84%) MySQL
4 3 (4.84%) Sqoop
5 2 (3.23%) MongoDB
6 1 (1.61%) Apache Cassandra
6 1 (1.61%) Apache Hive
6 1 (1.61%) Blockchain
6 1 (1.61%) HBase
6 1 (1.61%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (1.61%) RDBMS
6 1 (1.61%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 9 (14.52%) JIRA
2 8 (12.90%) Git (software)
3 5 (8.06%) Jenkins
3 5 (8.06%) Selenium
4 3 (4.84%) Cucumber
4 3 (4.84%) JUnit
5 2 (3.23%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 2 (3.23%) Eclipse
5 2 (3.23%) IntelliJ
5 2 (3.23%) Jasmine
5 2 (3.23%) Mocha
5 2 (3.23%) Mockito
5 2 (3.23%) Sonatype Nexus
5 2 (3.23%) Subversion
5 2 (3.23%) TeamCity
5 2 (3.23%) Visual Studio
5 2 (3.23%) WebDriver
5 2 (3.23%) webpack
6 1 (1.61%) Protractor
6 1 (1.61%) SonarQube
General
1 12 (19.35%) Finance
2 3 (4.84%) Banking
2 3 (4.84%) Front Office
3 2 (3.23%) Back Office
3 2 (3.23%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.61%) Aerospace
4 1 (1.61%) Electronics
4 1 (1.61%) Games
4 1 (1.61%) Investment Banking
4 1 (1.61%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.61%) Marketing
4 1 (1.61%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (24.19%) JSON
2 14 (22.58%) Web Services
3 13 (20.97%) .NET
4 12 (19.35%) REST
5 10 (16.13%) RESTful
6 9 (14.52%) HTML
6 9 (14.52%) Spring
7 7 (11.29%) .NET Core
8 6 (9.68%) ASP.NET
8 6 (9.68%) CSS
8 6 (9.68%) React
9 5 (8.06%) CSS3
9 5 (8.06%) HTML5
9 5 (8.06%) Redux
9 5 (8.06%) Spring Boot
10 3 (4.84%) Akka
10 3 (4.84%) AngularJS
10 3 (4.84%) ASP.NET Web API
10 3 (4.84%) Spring Cloud
10 3 (4.84%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 7 (11.29%) Computer Science
2 5 (8.06%) Data Structures
3 4 (6.45%) Greenfield Project
4 3 (4.84%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (4.84%) Digital Media
5 2 (3.23%) Algorithms
5 2 (3.23%) Derivative
5 2 (3.23%) Equities
5 2 (3.23%) Fixed Income
5 2 (3.23%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 2 (3.23%) Linked Data
5 2 (3.23%) Mobile App
5 2 (3.23%) Semantic Web
5 2 (3.23%) User Experience
5 2 (3.23%) Virtual Team
6 1 (1.61%) Fintech
6 1 (1.61%) Hedge funds
6 1 (1.61%) Mobile Payment
6 1 (1.61%) Smartcard
6 1 (1.61%) Social Network
Operating Systems
1 6 (9.68%) Linux
2 5 (8.06%) Unix
3 4 (6.45%) Windows
4 2 (3.23%) Android
4 2 (3.23%) Apple iOS
5 1 (1.61%) Mac OS X
5 1 (1.61%) Windows 10
5 1 (1.61%) Windows 7
5 1 (1.61%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (1.61%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 56 (90.32%) Software Engineering
2 29 (46.77%) Agile Software Development
3 17 (27.42%) TDD
4 15 (24.19%) BDD
5 14 (22.58%) Microservices
6 13 (20.97%) MVC
6 13 (20.97%) Pair Programming
7 12 (19.35%) Mentoring
7 12 (19.35%) Unit Testing
8 11 (17.74%) Machine Learning
8 11 (17.74%) Scrum
9 9 (14.52%) Performance Tuning
10 8 (12.90%) Test Automation
11 7 (11.29%) Data Architecture
11 7 (11.29%) Knowledge Engineering
12 6 (9.68%) DevOps
13 5 (8.06%) SDLC
13 5 (8.06%) Web Development
14 4 (6.45%) Coaching
14 4 (6.45%) OO
Programming Languages
1 29 (46.77%) Java
2 17 (27.42%) SQL
3 14 (22.58%) Scala
4 13 (20.97%) C#
5 10 (16.13%) Python
6 9 (14.52%) JavaScript
7 8 (12.90%) C++
8 5 (8.06%) Ruby
9 4 (6.45%) SPARQL
9 4 (6.45%) T-SQL
10 2 (3.23%) C
10 2 (3.23%) TypeScript
11 1 (1.61%) Apple Swift
11 1 (1.61%) ECMAScript
11 1 (1.61%) ES6
11 1 (1.61%) Go
11 1 (1.61%) Kotlin
11 1 (1.61%) Perl
11 1 (1.61%) PHP
11 1 (1.61%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 8 (12.90%) Degree
2 4 (6.45%) Computer Science Degree
3 3 (4.84%) Security Cleared
4 1 (1.61%) DV Cleared
4 1 (1.61%) PhD
4 1 (1.61%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (19.35%) QA
2 4 (6.45%) MiFID
3 2 (3.23%) EMIR
System Software
1 6 (9.68%) Docker
2 1 (1.61%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.61%) Apache Flume
2 1 (1.61%) Apache ZooKeeper
2 1 (1.61%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 3 (4.84%) Hadoop YARN
1 3 (4.84%) Kubernetes
2 2 (3.23%) Ansible
2 2 (3.23%) Oozie
3 1 (1.61%) Ambari
3 1 (1.61%) Juju
Vendors
1 8 (12.90%) Microsoft
2 2 (3.23%) CQG
2 2 (3.23%) Fidessa
2 2 (3.23%) FIS
2 2 (3.23%) Splunk
2 2 (3.23%) SunGard
3 1 (1.61%) Adobe
3 1 (1.61%) Apple
3 1 (1.61%) Atlassian
3 1 (1.61%) Blue Prism
3 1 (1.61%) Cloudera
3 1 (1.61%) Google
3 1 (1.61%) Hortonworks
3 1 (1.61%) Oracle
3 1 (1.61%) SAP
3 1 (1.61%) Sybase