Period
to

The median contractor rate for a Software Developer was £535 per day in advertised job vacancies in London during the 6 months to 27 May 2022.

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
27 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 358 353 303
Rank change year-on-year -5 -50 +28
Contract jobs requiring a Software Developer 233 122 121
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 0.60% 0.50% 0.62%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.64% 0.53% 0.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 168 95 89
10th Percentile £388 £348 £363
25th Percentile £463 £459 £425
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £535 £525 £500
Median % change year-on-year +1.90% +5.00% +4.17%
75th Percentile £650 £610 £575
90th Percentile £719 £666 £638
England median daily rate £525 £473 £450
% change year-on-year +11.11% +5.00% +2.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 1 0
Median hourly rate £35.00 £68.36 -
Median % change year-on-year -48.80% - -
England median hourly rate £47.50 £36.19 £45.00
% change year-on-year +31.25% -19.58% +1.69%

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 36,150 22,843 18,199
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.87% 92.76% 93.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 26,553 16,434 13,165
10th Percentile £375 £340 £306
25th Percentile £465 £425 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £575 £525 £505
Median % change year-on-year +9.52% +3.96% +1.00%
75th Percentile £688 £625 £610
90th Percentile £775 £713 £700
England median daily rate £525 £493 £475
% change year-on-year +6.60% +3.68% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 396 225 237
10th Percentile £16.00 £15.29 £13.73
25th Percentile £21.48 £20.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate £35.00 £32.00 £25.00
Median % change year-on-year +9.38% +28.00% +21.95%
75th Percentile £49.25 £52.75 £46.51
90th Percentile £65.00 £66.50 £56.20
England median hourly rate £22.50 £21.18 £19.00
% change year-on-year +6.26% +11.45% +2.70%

Software Developer
Job Vacancy Trend in London

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

Job vacancy trend for Software Developer in London

Software Developer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Software Developer in London.

Daily rate trend for Software Developer in London

Software Developer
Daily Rate Histogram in London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Software Developer in London over the 6 months to 27 May 2022.

Daily rate histogram for Software Developer in London

Software Developer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Software Developer in London.

Hourly rate trend 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 27 May 2022. 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
Jobs
Central London -25 18 £460 -3.16% 91
South London -13 6 £425 +157.58% 2
East London -10 3 £580 +24.73% 26
West London -6 1 £475 -26.92% 20
Software Developer
England

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

For the 6 months to 27 May 2022, Software Developer contract jobs required the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the London region featuring Software Developer in the job title.

1 110 (47.21%) Agile
2 107 (45.92%) Java
3 84 (36.05%) Azure
4 81 (34.76%) DevOps
4 81 (34.76%) CI/CD
5 70 (30.04%) JavaScript
6 65 (27.90%) Microservices
7 64 (27.47%) C#
7 64 (27.47%) AWS
8 59 (25.32%) SQL
9 58 (24.89%) Git (software)
10 57 (24.46%) Software Engineering
11 53 (22.75%) Test Automation
11 53 (22.75%) React
12 52 (22.32%) Social Skills
13 48 (20.60%) Full Stack Development
13 48 (20.60%) TDD
13 48 (20.60%) Software Testing
14 45 (19.31%) .NET
15 44 (18.88%) SDET
15 44 (18.88%) Jenkins
15 44 (18.88%) Node.js
16 41 (17.60%) Spring
17 40 (17.17%) Python
18 39 (16.74%) Finance
19 38 (16.31%) CSS
20 36 (15.45%) HTML
20 36 (15.45%) Cucumber
21 35 (15.02%) RESTful
22 34 (14.59%) Security Cleared

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 27 (11.59%) Confluence
2 3 (1.29%) Cloud Foundry
2 3 (1.29%) Elasticsearch
2 3 (1.29%) JBoss
3 2 (0.86%) Apache
3 2 (0.86%) GlassFish
3 2 (0.86%) Red Hat Fuse
3 2 (0.86%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.43%) CMS
4 1 (0.43%) DataSynapse
4 1 (0.43%) Documentum
4 1 (0.43%) Ethereum
4 1 (0.43%) FileNet
4 1 (0.43%) GeoServer
4 1 (0.43%) Joomla!
4 1 (0.43%) Mule
4 1 (0.43%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 1 (0.43%) Tomcat
4 1 (0.43%) Tornado
4 1 (0.43%) WordPress
Applications
1 3 (1.29%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.43%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (1.29%) Endur
2 1 (0.43%) Eikon
2 1 (0.43%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 84 (36.05%) Azure
2 64 (27.47%) AWS
3 25 (10.73%) GCP
4 15 (6.44%) Serverless
5 14 (6.01%) Amazon S3
6 11 (4.72%) AWS Lambda
7 10 (4.29%) GitHub
8 9 (3.86%) Amazon EC2
9 8 (3.43%) Amazon Cognito
9 8 (3.43%) Amazon EKS
10 6 (2.58%) Amazon SQS
10 6 (2.58%) npm
11 5 (2.15%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 5 (2.15%) CloudFront
11 5 (2.15%) IaaS
11 5 (2.15%) Route 53
12 3 (1.29%) Azure Data Factory
12 3 (1.29%) Cloud Functions
12 3 (1.29%) PaaS
12 3 (1.29%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 11 (4.72%) HTTP
2 7 (3.00%) DNS
2 7 (3.00%) Internet
3 1 (0.43%) AMQP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (11.16%) SQL Server
2 17 (7.30%) PostgreSQL
3 12 (5.15%) MySQL
3 12 (5.15%) NoSQL
4 10 (4.29%) MongoDB
5 8 (3.43%) Data Warehouse
6 7 (3.00%) Apache Cassandra
7 6 (2.58%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 5 (2.15%) Oracle Database
8 5 (2.15%) Relational Database
9 4 (1.72%) Amazon RDS
9 4 (1.72%) Amazon Redshift
10 3 (1.29%) BigQuery
11 2 (0.86%) Big Data
11 2 (0.86%) Data Lake
11 2 (0.86%) MariaDB
11 2 (0.86%) Power BI
11 2 (0.86%) Redis
12 1 (0.43%) Neo4j
12 1 (0.43%) Spatial Data
Development Applications
1 58 (24.89%) Git (software)
2 44 (18.88%) Jenkins
3 36 (15.45%) Cucumber
4 33 (14.16%) GitLab
4 33 (14.16%) JIRA
5 31 (13.30%) Maven
6 26 (11.16%) REST Assured
7 22 (9.44%) WebDriver
8 17 (7.30%) Selenium
9 15 (6.44%) JMeter
10 13 (5.58%) JUnit
11 9 (3.86%) webpack
12 8 (3.43%) Postman
12 8 (3.43%) SoapUI
13 7 (3.00%) gulp
14 5 (2.15%) Gatling
14 5 (2.15%) Grunt
14 5 (2.15%) Jasmine
14 5 (2.15%) SonarQube
14 5 (2.15%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 52 (22.32%) Social Skills
2 39 (16.74%) Finance
3 16 (6.87%) Banking
4 14 (6.01%) Retail
5 8 (3.43%) Front Office
6 6 (2.58%) Games
7 5 (2.15%) Analytical Skills
7 5 (2.15%) Investment Banking
7 5 (2.15%) Legal
8 4 (1.72%) Public Sector
9 3 (1.29%) Back Office
9 3 (1.29%) Corporate Banking
9 3 (1.29%) Financial Institution
9 3 (1.29%) Retail Banking
10 2 (0.86%) Law
10 2 (0.86%) Manufacturing
11 1 (0.43%) Automotive
11 1 (0.43%) Documentation Skills
11 1 (0.43%) Multimedia
11 1 (0.43%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 53 (22.75%) React
2 45 (19.31%) .NET
3 44 (18.88%) Node.js
4 41 (17.60%) Spring
5 38 (16.31%) CSS
6 36 (15.45%) HTML
7 35 (15.02%) RESTful
8 31 (13.30%) AngularJS
9 25 (10.73%) Hibernate
10 22 (9.44%) JPA
11 20 (8.58%) REST
12 18 (7.73%) WireMock
13 17 (7.30%) Spring Boot
14 15 (6.44%) CSS3
14 15 (6.44%) HTML5
15 11 (4.72%) Kafka
15 11 (4.72%) Swagger
16 10 (4.29%) .NET Framework
16 10 (4.29%) Vue.js
17 9 (3.86%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 12 (5.15%) Derivative
2 6 (2.58%) Algorithms
2 6 (2.58%) User Experience
3 5 (2.15%) Robotics
4 3 (1.29%) Cloud Native
4 3 (1.29%) Hedge funds
5 2 (0.86%) Blockchain
5 2 (0.86%) Data Structures
5 2 (0.86%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (0.86%) Greenfield Project
5 2 (0.86%) Legacy Systems
5 2 (0.86%) Mobile App
5 2 (0.86%) Renewable Energy
6 1 (0.43%) Credit Derivative
6 1 (0.43%) Data Protection Act
6 1 (0.43%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 1 (0.43%) Management Information System
6 1 (0.43%) NHS
6 1 (0.43%) Reference Data
6 1 (0.43%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 14 (6.01%) Linux
2 5 (2.15%) Unix
2 5 (2.15%) Windows
3 4 (1.72%) Mac OS
4 3 (1.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 2 (0.86%) Windows 10
6 1 (0.43%) AIX
6 1 (0.43%) OpenWrt
Processes & Methodologies
1 110 (47.21%) Agile
2 81 (34.76%) CI/CD
2 81 (34.76%) DevOps
3 65 (27.90%) Microservices
4 57 (24.46%) Software Engineering
5 53 (22.75%) Test Automation
6 48 (20.60%) Full Stack Development
6 48 (20.60%) Software Testing
6 48 (20.60%) TDD
7 44 (18.88%) SDET
8 28 (12.02%) Stakeholder Management
9 24 (10.30%) Scrum
10 23 (9.87%) Integration Testing
11 20 (8.58%) Analytics
11 20 (8.58%) OO
12 19 (8.15%) Non-Functional Testing
13 18 (7.73%) Test Planning
14 16 (6.87%) BDD
14 16 (6.87%) Web Development
15 15 (6.44%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 107 (45.92%) Java
2 70 (30.04%) JavaScript
3 64 (27.47%) C#
4 59 (25.32%) SQL
5 40 (17.17%) Python
6 18 (7.73%) TypeScript
7 12 (5.15%) PHP
8 10 (4.29%) C
8 10 (4.29%) PL/SQL
8 10 (4.29%) Scala
9 9 (3.86%) T-SQL
10 7 (3.00%) Kotlin
11 5 (2.15%) Ruby
12 4 (1.72%) C++
12 4 (1.72%) Go
13 3 (1.29%) ES6
13 3 (1.29%) Groovy
13 3 (1.29%) PowerShell
14 2 (0.86%) Bash
14 2 (0.86%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 34 (14.59%) Security Cleared
2 32 (13.73%) SC Cleared
3 7 (3.00%) Degree
4 4 (1.72%) Computer Science Degree
5 2 (0.86%) BPSS Clearance
5 2 (0.86%) Sun Certification
6 1 (0.43%) AWS Certification
6 1 (0.43%) DV Cleared
6 1 (0.43%) OCPJP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (9.44%) QA
2 11 (4.72%) Accessibility
3 3 (1.29%) GDPR
4 2 (0.86%) MiFID
System Software
1 26 (11.16%) Docker
2 2 (0.86%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.43%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.43%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 26 (11.16%) Kubernetes
2 16 (6.87%) Terraform
3 4 (1.72%) Grafana
3 4 (1.72%) Istio
4 3 (1.29%) Ansible
4 3 (1.29%) Prometheus
5 1 (0.43%) Kibana
5 1 (0.43%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.43%) Single Sign-On
5 1 (0.43%) vCenter Server
5 1 (0.43%) vRealize Orchestrator
Vendors
1 14 (6.01%) Oracle
2 11 (4.72%) Microsoft
3 10 (4.29%) Google
4 5 (2.15%) OpenLink
5 3 (1.29%) Databricks
6 2 (0.86%) iManage
6 2 (0.86%) Intapp
6 2 (0.86%) Murex
6 2 (0.86%) Red Hat
6 2 (0.86%) Salesforce.com
6 2 (0.86%) Telerik
7 1 (0.43%) Adobe
7 1 (0.43%) Bloomberg
7 1 (0.43%) IBM
7 1 (0.43%) OpenText
7 1 (0.43%) Sage
7 1 (0.43%) SAP
7 1 (0.43%) Software AG
7 1 (0.43%) Sun
7 1 (0.43%) webMethods