Period
to 19 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Software Developer was £462 per day in advertised job vacancies in London during the 6 months to 19 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 Developer
England > London
6 months to
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 355 378 421
Rank change year-on-year +23 +43 +22
Contract jobs requiring a Software Developer 294 239 183
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.64% 0.53% 0.39%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.67% 0.56% 0.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 207 173 124
London median daily rate £462 £440 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +10.00% -1.23%
10th Percentile £338 £343 £290
90th Percentile £586 £575 £569
England median daily rate £425 £400 £350
% change year-on-year +6.25% +14.29% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 4 1
London median hourly rate £45.00 £46.00 £100.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.17% -54.00% +135.29%
England median hourly rate £41.15 £41.50 £38.50
% change year-on-year -0.84% +7.79% +0.65%

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 43845 42658 44659
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.85% 95.00% 94.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 31743 30364 31460
London median daily rate £493 £460 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.07% +2.22% +5.88%
10th Percentile £300 £288 £268
90th Percentile £663 £638 £638
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 544 553 695
London median hourly rate £20.00 £19.62 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.96% +3.24% +8.57%
10th Percentile £12.15 £11.50 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.83 £50.00 £47.83
England median hourly rate £18.63 £18.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year +0.68% +2.78% +9.09%

Software Developer
Job Vacancy Trend in London

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

Job vacancy trend for Software Developer in London

Software Developer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Developer in London

Software Developer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Developer in London over the 6 months to 19 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Developer in London

Software Developer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Developer in London

Software Developer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in London

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Developer in London over the 6 months to 19 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Software Developer in London

Software Developer
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 Software Developer within the London region over the 6 months to 19 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
Central London -19 35 £475 +5.56% 22
South London -28 13 £450 +23.29% 1
West London -10 12 £500 +29.03% 8
East London -6 5 £475 +14.11% 4
North London -9 1 - - 3
Software Developer
England

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

For the 6 months to 19 November 2017, Software Developer 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 Software Developer in the job title.

1 151 (51.36%) Agile Software Development
2 139 (47.28%) Java
3 100 (34.01%) C#
4 87 (29.59%) SQL
5 85 (28.91%) .NET
6 71 (24.15%) TDD
7 67 (22.79%) JavaScript
8 64 (21.77%) Finance
9 63 (21.43%) Test Automation
10 57 (19.39%) JSON
11 56 (19.05%) SDET
12 51 (17.35%) Scrum
12 51 (17.35%) Python
13 48 (16.33%) Git (software)
13 48 (16.33%) Spring
14 47 (15.99%) Web Services
15 45 (15.31%) REST
16 44 (14.97%) Software Engineering
17 41 (13.95%) MVC
18 40 (13.61%) SQL Server
19 38 (12.93%) HTML
19 38 (12.93%) Cucumber
19 38 (12.93%) BDD
20 36 (12.24%) XML
21 35 (11.90%) Linux
21 35 (11.90%) ASP.NET
21 35 (11.90%) RESTful
22 34 (11.56%) Selenium
22 34 (11.56%) OO
23 33 (11.22%) CSS

Software Developer 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 7 (2.38%) Confluence
1 7 (2.38%) Elasticsearch
1 7 (2.38%) Tomcat
2 6 (2.04%) SharePoint
3 5 (1.70%) Apache
4 4 (1.36%) IIS
5 3 (1.02%) OpenStack
5 3 (1.02%) SharePoint 2010
6 2 (0.68%) Apache Spark
7 1 (0.34%) Apache Solr
7 1 (0.34%) Cloud Foundry
7 1 (0.34%) DNN
7 1 (0.34%) Drupal
7 1 (0.34%) Jetty
7 1 (0.34%) MQSeries
7 1 (0.34%) NServiceBus
7 1 (0.34%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 1 (0.34%) SugarCRM
7 1 (0.34%) Umbraco
7 1 (0.34%) WildFly
Applications
1 3 (1.02%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.68%) Photoshop
3 1 (0.34%) Adobe After Effects
3 1 (0.34%) Adobe Illustrator
3 1 (0.34%) CINEMA 4D
Business Applications
1 2 (0.68%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (0.68%) MetaTrader
2 1 (0.34%) ION MarketView
2 1 (0.34%) Markit EDM
2 1 (0.34%) Maximo
2 1 (0.34%) RMDS
2 1 (0.34%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 24 (8.16%) Amazon AWS
2 20 (6.80%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (2.38%) Serverless
4 6 (2.04%) GitHub
5 5 (1.70%) Cloud Computing
6 4 (1.36%) Amazon EC2
6 4 (1.36%) Amazon S3
6 4 (1.36%) Office 365
6 4 (1.36%) SaaS
7 3 (1.02%) Amazon SQS
7 3 (1.02%) AWS Lambda
8 2 (0.68%) PaaS
9 1 (0.34%) Azure Active Directory
9 1 (0.34%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 11 (3.74%) HTTP
2 9 (3.06%) FIX Connectivity
3 4 (1.36%) SMS
4 3 (1.02%) Ethernet
4 3 (1.02%) Skype
4 3 (1.02%) TCP/IP
5 2 (0.68%) 3G
5 2 (0.68%) 4G
5 2 (0.68%) GSM
5 2 (0.68%) Internet
5 2 (0.68%) OpenFlow
6 1 (0.34%) Kerberos
6 1 (0.34%) LDAP
6 1 (0.34%) RFID
6 1 (0.34%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (13.61%) SQL Server
2 31 (10.54%) MongoDB
2 31 (10.54%) PostgreSQL
3 18 (6.12%) NoSQL
4 13 (4.42%) Big Data
5 9 (3.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 8 (2.72%) MySQL
7 7 (2.38%) Data Warehouse
7 7 (2.38%) Relational Database
8 6 (2.04%) Apache Cassandra
8 6 (2.04%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 5 (1.70%) GIS
9 5 (1.70%) Redis
10 4 (1.36%) Geospatial Data
10 4 (1.36%) SQL Server 2008
10 4 (1.36%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 3 (1.02%) Adabas
11 3 (1.02%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 3 (1.02%) Oracle Database
11 3 (1.02%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 48 (16.33%) Git (software)
2 38 (12.93%) Cucumber
3 34 (11.56%) Selenium
4 26 (8.84%) JIRA
5 25 (8.50%) IntelliJ
6 23 (7.82%) Team Foundation Server
7 21 (7.14%) Jenkins
8 19 (6.46%) Visual Studio
9 12 (4.08%) WebDriver
10 11 (3.74%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 11 (3.74%) JUnit
10 11 (3.74%) SpecFlow
11 10 (3.40%) Subversion
12 9 (3.06%) MSTest
12 9 (3.06%) NUnit
13 8 (2.72%) Moq
14 7 (2.38%) TeamCity
15 6 (2.04%) Eclipse
15 6 (2.04%) JMeter
15 6 (2.04%) Protractor
General
1 64 (21.77%) Finance
2 30 (10.20%) Banking
3 16 (5.44%) Investment Banking
4 12 (4.08%) Marketing
5 10 (3.40%) Telecoms
6 9 (3.06%) Electronics
6 9 (3.06%) Front Office
6 9 (3.06%) Manufacturing
7 7 (2.38%) Retail
8 5 (1.70%) Law
9 3 (1.02%) Back Office
9 3 (1.02%) Financial Institution
10 2 (0.68%) Advertising
10 2 (0.68%) Games
10 2 (0.68%) Publishing
11 1 (0.34%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.34%) Billing
11 1 (0.34%) Military
11 1 (0.34%) Private Banking
11 1 (0.34%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 85 (28.91%) .NET
2 57 (19.39%) JSON
3 48 (16.33%) Spring
4 47 (15.99%) Web Services
5 45 (15.31%) REST
6 38 (12.93%) HTML
7 36 (12.24%) XML
8 35 (11.90%) ASP.NET
8 35 (11.90%) RESTful
9 33 (11.22%) CSS
10 29 (9.86%) Node.js
10 29 (9.86%) Spring Boot
11 26 (8.84%) AngularJS
12 24 (8.16%) .NET Framework
13 22 (7.48%) jQuery
14 21 (7.14%) SOAP
15 19 (6.46%) ASP.NET MVC
16 18 (6.12%) ASP.NET Web API
17 17 (5.78%) Entity Framework
18 15 (5.10%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 28 (9.52%) Data Structures
2 17 (5.78%) Computer Science
3 15 (5.10%) Mobile App
3 15 (5.10%) User Experience
4 12 (4.08%) Analytical Skills
4 12 (4.08%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 11 (3.74%) Greenfield Project
6 8 (2.72%) Fintech
7 7 (2.38%) Algorithms
8 5 (1.70%) W3C
9 3 (1.02%) Derivative
9 3 (1.02%) Device Driver
9 3 (1.02%) Embedded Systems
9 3 (1.02%) Enterprise Software
9 3 (1.02%) iPad
9 3 (1.02%) iPhone
10 2 (0.68%) Fixed Income
10 2 (0.68%) Infotainment
10 2 (0.68%) PKI
11 1 (0.34%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 35 (11.90%) Linux
2 21 (7.14%) Windows
3 14 (4.76%) Android
4 9 (3.06%) Unix
5 6 (2.04%) Apple iOS
6 5 (1.70%) CentOS
7 2 (0.68%) MVS
7 2 (0.68%) Nucleus RTOS
7 2 (0.68%) Solaris
7 2 (0.68%) Windows 10
7 2 (0.68%) Windows 7
7 2 (0.68%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (0.68%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.34%) Embedded Linux
8 1 (0.34%) Mac OS X
8 1 (0.34%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 151 (51.36%) Agile Software Development
2 71 (24.15%) TDD
3 63 (21.43%) Test Automation
4 56 (19.05%) SDET
5 51 (17.35%) Scrum
6 44 (14.97%) Software Engineering
7 41 (13.95%) MVC
8 38 (12.93%) BDD
9 34 (11.56%) OO
10 32 (10.88%) Continuous Integration
11 27 (9.18%) Business Intelligence
12 21 (7.14%) Multithreading
13 20 (6.80%) Microservices
14 19 (6.46%) DevOps
14 19 (6.46%) Kanban
15 17 (5.78%) SDLC
16 15 (5.10%) High Availability
16 15 (5.10%) Low Latency
16 15 (5.10%) SOA
17 14 (4.76%) Pair Programming
Programming Languages
1 139 (47.28%) Java
2 100 (34.01%) C#
3 87 (29.59%) SQL
4 67 (22.79%) JavaScript
5 51 (17.35%) Python
6 30 (10.20%) C++
7 21 (7.14%) Scala
8 17 (5.78%) Ruby
9 16 (5.44%) C
10 13 (4.42%) T-SQL
11 11 (3.74%) VB.NET
12 10 (3.40%) PHP
13 9 (3.06%) Perl
14 8 (2.72%) PowerShell
15 6 (2.04%) PL/SQL
15 6 (2.04%) TypeScript
16 5 (1.70%) VBScript
17 4 (1.36%) Bash Shell
17 4 (1.36%) Embedded C
17 4 (1.36%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 27 (9.18%) Degree
2 21 (7.14%) Security Cleared
3 18 (6.12%) SC Cleared
4 10 (3.40%) Computer Science Degree
5 5 (1.70%) ISTQB
6 3 (1.02%) ISEB
7 2 (0.68%) BPSS Clearance
7 2 (0.68%) DBS Check
7 2 (0.68%) DV Cleared
7 2 (0.68%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (0.34%) RHCE
8 1 (0.34%) RHCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (9.52%) QA
2 4 (1.36%) WCAG
3 1 (0.34%) MiFID
System Software
1 16 (5.44%) Docker
2 7 (2.38%) Active Directory
3 3 (1.02%) Cronacle
3 3 (1.02%) Firmware
3 3 (1.02%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (0.68%) KVM
4 2 (0.68%) VMware Workstation
5 1 (0.34%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 1 (0.34%) HDFS
5 1 (0.34%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.34%) Virtual Servers
5 1 (0.34%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 8 (2.72%) Puppet
2 6 (2.04%) Ansible
2 6 (2.04%) Opscode Chef
3 5 (1.70%) Kubernetes
4 3 (1.02%) Nagios
5 1 (0.34%) CA Single Sign-On
5 1 (0.34%) HP Fortify
5 1 (0.34%) Juju
5 1 (0.34%) Kibana
5 1 (0.34%) PowerCLI
Vendors
1 32 (10.88%) Microsoft
2 11 (3.74%) Oracle
2 11 (3.74%) SAP
2 11 (3.74%) TIBCO
3 5 (1.70%) Red Hat
3 5 (1.70%) VMware
4 4 (1.36%) ESRI
4 4 (1.36%) IBM
5 3 (1.02%) AppDynamics
5 3 (1.02%) Software AG
5 3 (1.02%) Solace
6 2 (0.68%) Cisco
6 2 (0.68%) Cloudera
6 2 (0.68%) Fujitsu
6 2 (0.68%) Hortonworks
6 2 (0.68%) Sybase
6 2 (0.68%) Talarian
7 1 (0.34%) Google
7 1 (0.34%) Netezza
7 1 (0.34%) Splunk