Period
to 22 January 2018

The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £513 per day in advertised job vacancies in London during the 6 months to 22 January 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
England > London
6 months to
22 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 315 320 321
Rank change year-on-year +5 +1 +100
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 349 291 298
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.76% 0.71% 0.68%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.80% 0.74% 0.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 259 228 248
London median daily rate £513 £458 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.96% -12.81% +23.53%
10th Percentile £380 £350 £361
90th Percentile £650 £600 £675
England median daily rate £475 £425 £420
% change year-on-year +11.76% +1.19% +12.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 8 17
London median hourly rate £47.50 £45.92 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.45% +22.44% +7.14%
10th Percentile £38.57 £36.79 £35.00
90th Percentile £47.83 £52.25 £47.83
England median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £40.25
% change year-on-year - +5.59% +0.63%

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 43,757 39,131 41,997
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.74% 94.99% 95.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 31,845 27,883 29,639
London median daily rate £500 £468 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.95% +3.89% +5.88%
10th Percentile £300 £300 £275
90th Percentile £670 £645 £638
England median daily rate £450 £425 £415
% change year-on-year +5.88% +2.41% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 573 554 653
London median hourly rate £19.64 £20.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.20% +7.89% +8.57%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.80 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.83 £51.25 £47.83
England median hourly rate £18.25 £18.39 £18.50
% change year-on-year -0.75% -0.61% +12.12%

Software Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in London

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

Job vacancy trend for Software Engineer in London

Software Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Engineer in London

Software Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Engineer in London over the 6 months to 22 January 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Engineer in London

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 Software Engineer in London.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Engineer in London

Software Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in London

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Engineer in London over the 6 months to 22 January 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Software Engineer in London

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 Software Engineer within the London region over the 6 months to 22 January 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
Central London -6 59 £500 - 70
South London -11 31 £550 +53.85% 13
West London -31 15 £450 +25.00% 53
North London -6 2 - - 2
Software Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 22 January 2018, 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 Software Engineer in the job title.

1 326 (93.41%) Software Engineering
2 185 (53.01%) Agile Software Development
3 181 (51.86%) Java
4 116 (33.24%) TDD
5 87 (24.93%) Amazon AWS
6 81 (23.21%) JavaScript
7 79 (22.64%) Microservices
8 74 (21.20%) Scrum
9 72 (20.63%) Python
10 71 (20.34%) BDD
11 67 (19.20%) C#
11 67 (19.20%) Web Services
12 66 (18.91%) SQL
13 60 (17.19%) REST
14 56 (16.05%) Linux
15 55 (15.76%) Test Automation
16 53 (15.19%) Continuous Integration
17 52 (14.90%) Git (software)
18 50 (14.33%) Jenkins
18 50 (14.33%) .NET
18 50 (14.33%) Spring
19 48 (13.75%) C++
20 46 (13.18%) Finance
20 46 (13.18%) DevOps
21 45 (12.89%) MVC
21 45 (12.89%) Node.js
22 44 (12.61%) HTML
23 42 (12.03%) QA
24 41 (11.75%) RESTful
24 41 (11.75%) Docker

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 15 (4.30%) Tomcat
2 14 (4.01%) Apache Spark
2 14 (4.01%) Elasticsearch
3 12 (3.44%) Confluence
4 11 (3.15%) CMS
5 9 (2.58%) Mule
6 5 (1.43%) Apache
7 3 (0.86%) IIS
7 3 (0.86%) Jetty
7 3 (0.86%) Oracle Coherence
8 2 (0.57%) GlassFish
8 2 (0.57%) JBoss
8 2 (0.57%) OpenStack
9 1 (0.29%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 1 (0.29%) Apache Solr
9 1 (0.29%) Cloud Foundry
9 1 (0.29%) Drupal
9 1 (0.29%) Ethereum
9 1 (0.29%) Mule ESB
9 1 (0.29%) WebLogic
Applications
1 2 (0.57%) Adobe Illustrator
1 2 (0.57%) Chatbot
1 2 (0.57%) Photoshop
2 1 (0.29%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (0.86%) Payment Gateway
2 2 (0.57%) SunGard GMI
3 1 (0.29%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 87 (24.93%) Amazon AWS
2 39 (11.17%) Microsoft Azure
3 14 (4.01%) SaaS
4 10 (2.87%) GitHub
5 9 (2.58%) Google Cloud Platform
6 8 (2.29%) Amazon EC2
6 8 (2.29%) Serverless
7 7 (2.01%) Amazon SQS
8 6 (1.72%) Amazon S3
8 6 (1.72%) AWS Lambda
9 5 (1.43%) IaaS
9 5 (1.43%) npm
10 4 (1.15%) PaaS
10 4 (1.15%) Slack
11 3 (0.86%) Sauce Labs
12 2 (0.57%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
12 2 (0.57%) Dialogflow
13 1 (0.29%) AWS CloudFormation
13 1 (0.29%) BrowserStack
13 1 (0.29%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 10 (2.87%) Internet
2 8 (2.29%) HTTP
3 3 (0.86%) FTP
3 3 (0.86%) Network Security
3 3 (0.86%) Wi-Fi
4 2 (0.57%) Bluetooth
4 2 (0.57%) DHCP
4 2 (0.57%) DSL
4 2 (0.57%) DVB
4 2 (0.57%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.29%) 4G
5 1 (0.29%) 5G
5 1 (0.29%) Firewall
5 1 (0.29%) GSM
5 1 (0.29%) HbbTV
5 1 (0.29%) OpenFlow
5 1 (0.29%) RFID
5 1 (0.29%) SMS
5 1 (0.29%) Wireless
5 1 (0.29%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 33 (9.46%) NoSQL
2 22 (6.30%) MongoDB
2 22 (6.30%) Relational Database
3 18 (5.16%) SQL Server
4 16 (4.58%) Big Data
5 12 (3.44%) Apache Cassandra
6 11 (3.15%) Hadoop
7 9 (2.58%) PostgreSQL
8 8 (2.29%) MySQL
8 8 (2.29%) RDBMS
9 6 (1.72%) CouchDB
10 5 (1.43%) HBase
11 4 (1.15%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 4 (1.15%) Redis
11 4 (1.15%) Spark SQL
12 3 (0.86%) Amazon RDS
12 3 (0.86%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 3 (0.86%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 3 (0.86%) Sqoop
13 2 (0.57%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 52 (14.90%) Git (software)
2 50 (14.33%) Jenkins
3 36 (10.32%) Cucumber
4 35 (10.03%) Maven
5 34 (9.74%) JIRA
6 25 (7.16%) Selenium
7 14 (4.01%) TeamCity
8 13 (3.72%) Gradle
9 12 (3.44%) Appium
9 12 (3.44%) JUnit
10 10 (2.87%) TestRail
11 8 (2.29%) IntelliJ
11 8 (2.29%) SonarQube
12 7 (2.01%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 7 (2.01%) Sonatype Nexus
12 7 (2.01%) TestNG
12 7 (2.01%) webpack
13 6 (1.72%) JBehave
13 6 (1.72%) Mocha
13 6 (1.72%) WebDriver
General
1 46 (13.18%) Finance
2 24 (6.88%) Banking
3 16 (4.58%) Retail
4 13 (3.72%) Front Office
5 9 (2.58%) Electronics
5 9 (2.58%) Games
6 7 (2.01%) Manufacturing
7 6 (1.72%) Back Office
8 5 (1.43%) Marketing
8 5 (1.43%) Telecoms
9 3 (0.86%) Investment Banking
10 2 (0.57%) Automotive
10 2 (0.57%) Publishing
10 2 (0.57%) Retail Banking
11 1 (0.29%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.29%) Law
11 1 (0.29%) Legal
11 1 (0.29%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 67 (19.20%) Web Services
2 60 (17.19%) REST
3 50 (14.33%) .NET
3 50 (14.33%) Spring
4 45 (12.89%) Node.js
5 44 (12.61%) HTML
6 41 (11.75%) RESTful
7 40 (11.46%) CSS
7 40 (11.46%) React
8 37 (10.60%) AngularJS
9 30 (8.60%) JSON
10 24 (6.88%) HTML5
11 20 (5.73%) Spring Boot
12 19 (5.44%) Akka
13 18 (5.16%) WPF
14 17 (4.87%) jQuery
15 15 (4.30%) ASP.NET
15 15 (4.30%) CSS3
15 15 (4.30%) SOAP
16 14 (4.01%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 28 (8.02%) Computer Science
1 28 (8.02%) Mobile App
2 25 (7.16%) User Experience
3 15 (4.30%) Algorithms
4 14 (4.01%) Data Structures
5 13 (3.72%) Fintech
6 11 (3.15%) Enterprise Software
7 10 (2.87%) Greenfield Project
8 9 (2.58%) Analytical Skills
8 9 (2.58%) Embedded Systems
9 7 (2.01%) Virtual Team
10 6 (1.72%) 3D Graphics
10 6 (1.72%) Derivative
11 5 (1.43%) Clustering
12 4 (1.15%) Digital Media
12 4 (1.15%) Equities
12 4 (1.15%) Fixed Income
12 4 (1.15%) NHS
12 4 (1.15%) Public Cloud
13 3 (0.86%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 56 (16.05%) Linux
2 36 (10.32%) Android
3 29 (8.31%) Apple iOS
4 23 (6.59%) Windows
5 11 (3.15%) Unix
6 8 (2.29%) Windows 10
6 8 (2.29%) Windows 7
6 8 (2.29%) Windows Server 2008
6 8 (2.29%) Windows Server 2012
7 6 (1.72%) Embedded Linux
8 3 (0.86%) Windows Server
9 2 (0.57%) CentOS
9 2 (0.57%) Fedora
10 1 (0.29%) CoreOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 326 (93.41%) Software Engineering
2 185 (53.01%) Agile Software Development
3 116 (33.24%) TDD
4 79 (22.64%) Microservices
5 74 (21.20%) Scrum
6 71 (20.34%) BDD
7 55 (15.76%) Test Automation
8 53 (15.19%) Continuous Integration
9 46 (13.18%) DevOps
10 45 (12.89%) MVC
11 32 (9.17%) OO
12 31 (8.88%) SDLC
13 30 (8.60%) E-Commerce
14 28 (8.02%) Open Source
15 27 (7.74%) Mentoring
16 25 (7.16%) Continuous Delivery
17 23 (6.59%) Unit Testing
18 22 (6.30%) Kanban
18 22 (6.30%) Multithreading
18 22 (6.30%) SDET
Programming Languages
1 181 (51.86%) Java
2 81 (23.21%) JavaScript
3 72 (20.63%) Python
4 67 (19.20%) C#
5 66 (18.91%) SQL
6 48 (13.75%) C++
7 39 (11.17%) Scala
8 29 (8.31%) Ruby
9 28 (8.02%) C
10 11 (3.15%) PHP
10 11 (3.15%) PowerShell
11 9 (2.58%) Apple Swift
11 9 (2.58%) Go
11 9 (2.58%) T-SQL
12 8 (2.29%) VBScript
13 7 (2.01%) Groovy
14 6 (1.72%) Embedded C
14 6 (1.72%) Objective-C
15 5 (1.43%) Ada
15 5 (1.43%) VB
Qualifications
1 30 (8.60%) Degree
2 17 (4.87%) Computer Science Degree
3 10 (2.87%) Security Cleared
4 7 (2.01%) SC Cleared
5 2 (0.57%) Sun Certification
6 1 (0.29%) DV Cleared
6 1 (0.29%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 42 (12.03%) QA
2 4 (1.15%) MiFID
2 4 (1.15%) PSD2
3 2 (0.57%) EMIR
4 1 (0.29%) DO-178B
4 1 (0.29%) IEC 61508
4 1 (0.29%) IEC 62304
4 1 (0.29%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 41 (11.75%) Docker
2 7 (2.01%) Active Directory
3 5 (1.43%) HDFS
4 4 (1.15%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 3 (0.86%) Firmware
5 3 (0.86%) VMware Infrastructure
6 1 (0.29%) Apache Flume
6 1 (0.29%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.29%) KVM
6 1 (0.29%) Terminal Server
6 1 (0.29%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.29%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 17 (4.87%) Ansible
2 12 (3.44%) Kubernetes
3 11 (3.15%) Terraform
4 5 (1.43%) Opscode Chef
5 4 (1.15%) Hadoop YARN
5 4 (1.15%) Puppet
6 3 (0.86%) Mesos
7 2 (0.57%) Oozie
8 1 (0.29%) Ambari
8 1 (0.29%) Graphite
8 1 (0.29%) logstash
8 1 (0.29%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 22 (6.30%) Microsoft
2 13 (3.72%) Google
3 12 (3.44%) Oracle
4 5 (1.43%) Atlassian
4 5 (1.43%) IBM
5 4 (1.15%) TIBCO
5 4 (1.15%) VMware
6 3 (0.86%) Red Hat
6 3 (0.86%) Splunk
6 3 (0.86%) Sybase
7 2 (0.57%) Adobe
7 2 (0.57%) Apple
7 2 (0.57%) CQG
7 2 (0.57%) Fidessa
7 2 (0.57%) FIS
7 2 (0.57%) MapR
7 2 (0.57%) Rackspace
7 2 (0.57%) RedGate
7 2 (0.57%) Samsung
7 2 (0.57%) SunGard