Period
to 21 May 2019

The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £525 per day in advertised job vacancies in London during the 6 months to 21 May 2019.

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
21 May 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 268 296 311
Rank change year-on-year +28 +15 +40
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 401 394 269
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.99% 0.86% 0.68%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.05% 0.91% 0.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 243 300 194
London median daily rate £525 £500 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +11.11% -
10th Percentile £400 £371 £360
90th Percentile £660 £650 £609
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 26 21
London median hourly rate £50.00 £46.00 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.70% +8.24% -10.84%
10th Percentile £32.45 £42.13 £30.75
90th Percentile £55.05 £49.74 £48.75
England median hourly rate £45.00 £42.50 £42.50
% change year-on-year +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 38,036 43,248 37,358
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.34% 94.81% 95.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 27,127 31,285 26,630
London median daily rate £500 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £315 £310 £305
90th Percentile £675 £675 £650
England median daily rate £475 £450 £430
% change year-on-year +5.56% +4.65% +1.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 492 677 494
London median hourly rate £21.50 £21.50 £22.17
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -3.01% +16.67%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.75 £11.90
90th Percentile £53.75 £50.00 £51.25
England median hourly rate £19.36 £18.51 £19.00
% change year-on-year +4.62% -2.61% -2.54%

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 21 May 2019.

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 21 May 2019.

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 21 May 2019. 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 +18 90 £525 +5.00% 134
West London +40 25 £550 +29.41% 67
South London +9 21 £600 +20.00% 11
East London - 4 £375 - 15
Software Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 21 May 2019, Software Engineer contract jobs required the following IT 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 Engineer in the job title.

1 372 (92.77%) Software Engineering
2 192 (47.88%) Agile Software Development
3 182 (45.39%) Java
4 113 (28.18%) Python
5 111 (27.68%) Amazon AWS
6 108 (26.93%) JavaScript
7 104 (25.94%) Docker
7 104 (25.94%) Microservices
8 100 (24.94%) C#
9 93 (23.19%) DevOps
10 89 (22.19%) SQL
11 80 (19.95%) .NET
12 78 (19.45%) Finance
13 71 (17.71%) TDD
14 64 (15.96%) Scrum
15 60 (14.96%) C++
15 60 (14.96%) Microsoft Azure
16 59 (14.71%) Computer Science
17 58 (14.46%) Kubernetes
18 57 (14.21%) Git (software)
18 57 (14.21%) AngularJS
19 56 (13.97%) RESTful
20 55 (13.72%) Test Automation
21 54 (13.47%) Jenkins
21 54 (13.47%) Node.js
22 53 (13.22%) Web Services
23 52 (12.97%) SQL Server
23 52 (12.97%) React
24 51 (12.72%) HTML
24 51 (12.72%) REST

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 21 (5.24%) Apache
2 18 (4.49%) Elasticsearch
3 13 (3.24%) Confluence
4 12 (2.99%) Apache Spark
5 10 (2.49%) SharePoint
6 7 (1.75%) GeoServer
7 6 (1.50%) Cloud Foundry
7 6 (1.50%) CMS
8 3 (0.75%) Apache Airflow
8 3 (0.75%) IIS
8 3 (0.75%) nginx
9 2 (0.50%) Apache Solr
9 2 (0.50%) Drupal
9 2 (0.50%) JBoss
9 2 (0.50%) Oracle Service Bus
9 2 (0.50%) Umbraco
9 2 (0.50%) WebLogic
10 1 (0.25%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 1 (0.25%) SharePoint 2010
10 1 (0.25%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 7 (1.75%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.00%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.25%) Chatbot
3 1 (0.25%) InfoPath
3 1 (0.25%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (0.75%) Markit EDM
2 2 (0.50%) Decalog
2 2 (0.50%) Magento
3 1 (0.25%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.25%) Front Arena
Cloud Services
1 111 (27.68%) Amazon AWS
2 60 (14.96%) Microsoft Azure
3 40 (9.98%) GitHub
4 34 (8.48%) Serverless
5 26 (6.48%) Google Cloud Platform
6 25 (6.23%) AWS CloudFormation
6 25 (6.23%) AWS Lambda
7 24 (5.99%) Amazon EC2
7 24 (5.99%) Amazon S3
8 17 (4.24%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
9 14 (3.49%) Amazon SQS
10 10 (2.49%) PaaS
11 9 (2.24%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 9 (2.24%) Stackdriver
12 7 (1.75%) Amazon Kinesis
12 7 (1.75%) Datadog
12 7 (1.75%) SaaS
13 5 (1.25%) Azure Functions
13 5 (1.25%) Heroku
13 5 (1.25%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 6 (1.50%) DVB
2 4 (1.00%) HTTP
3 3 (0.75%) HbbTV
4 2 (0.50%) Ethernet
4 2 (0.50%) Internet
5 1 (0.25%) Bluetooth
5 1 (0.25%) DAB
5 1 (0.25%) DNS
5 1 (0.25%) NGN
5 1 (0.25%) OpenFlow
5 1 (0.25%) RS-422
5 1 (0.25%) Skype
5 1 (0.25%) Software-Defined Networking
5 1 (0.25%) SSH
5 1 (0.25%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.25%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (0.25%) Wireless
5 1 (0.25%) Wireshark
5 1 (0.25%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 52 (12.97%) SQL Server
2 39 (9.73%) PostgreSQL
3 31 (7.73%) Big Data
3 31 (7.73%) MongoDB
4 30 (7.48%) Relational Database
5 29 (7.23%) MySQL
6 28 (6.98%) Amazon RDS
7 25 (6.23%) Redis
8 24 (5.99%) NoSQL
9 18 (4.49%) Amazon Redshift
10 17 (4.24%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 16 (3.99%) Hadoop
11 16 (3.99%) RDBMS
12 12 (2.99%) Apache Cassandra
13 11 (2.74%) Neo4j
14 9 (2.24%) Cosmos DB
14 9 (2.24%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 8 (2.00%) Data Warehouse
15 8 (2.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 7 (1.75%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 57 (14.21%) Git (software)
2 54 (13.47%) Jenkins
3 27 (6.73%) JIRA
4 14 (3.49%) GitLab
4 14 (3.49%) Visual Studio
5 13 (3.24%) Cucumber
5 13 (3.24%) Selenium
6 12 (2.99%) Team Foundation Server
6 12 (2.99%) TeamCity
7 10 (2.49%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 10 (2.49%) Maven
8 9 (2.24%) JUnit
9 8 (2.00%) JMeter
9 8 (2.00%) SonarQube
10 7 (1.75%) Octopus Deploy
10 7 (1.75%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 6 (1.50%) Bitbucket
11 6 (1.50%) SpecFlow
12 5 (1.25%) Hudson
12 5 (1.25%) Protractor
General
1 78 (19.45%) Finance
2 25 (6.23%) Banking
3 22 (5.49%) Front Office
4 18 (4.49%) Retail
5 15 (3.74%) French Language
6 10 (2.49%) Investment Banking
7 9 (2.24%) German Language
7 9 (2.24%) Legal
8 8 (2.00%) Electronics
9 6 (1.50%) Financial Institution
10 5 (1.25%) Advertising
10 5 (1.25%) Law
11 3 (0.75%) Automotive
11 3 (0.75%) Marketing
11 3 (0.75%) Telecoms
12 2 (0.50%) Games
13 1 (0.25%) Back Office
13 1 (0.25%) Manufacturing
13 1 (0.25%) Private Banking
13 1 (0.25%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 80 (19.95%) .NET
2 57 (14.21%) AngularJS
3 56 (13.97%) RESTful
4 54 (13.47%) Node.js
5 53 (13.22%) Web Services
6 52 (12.97%) React
7 51 (12.72%) HTML
7 51 (12.72%) REST
8 47 (11.72%) Spring
9 44 (10.97%) CSS
10 29 (7.23%) Spring Boot
11 28 (6.98%) GraphQL
11 28 (6.98%) Kafka
12 26 (6.48%) JSON
13 22 (5.49%) J2EE
13 22 (5.49%) Redux
14 21 (5.24%) HTML5
15 20 (4.99%) .NET Core
16 18 (4.49%) ASP.NET
17 17 (4.24%) J2SE
Miscellaneous
1 30 (7.48%) Algorithms
2 23 (5.74%) Fintech
2 23 (5.74%) User Experience
3 18 (4.49%) Greenfield Project
4 16 (3.99%) Hedge funds
5 14 (3.49%) Analytical Skills
5 14 (3.49%) Public Cloud
6 13 (3.24%) Fixed Income
7 11 (2.74%) Cloud Native
7 11 (2.74%) Data Structures
7 11 (2.74%) Derivative
8 9 (2.24%) Robotics
9 8 (2.00%) Client/Server
10 7 (1.75%) Embedded Systems
10 7 (1.75%) Video\Live Streaming
10 7 (1.75%) Virtual Team
11 6 (1.50%) Digital TV
11 6 (1.50%) IPTV
11 6 (1.50%) Mobile App
12 5 (1.25%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 42 (10.47%) Linux
2 25 (6.23%) Windows
3 15 (3.74%) Unix
4 14 (3.49%) Android
5 9 (2.24%) Apple iOS
5 9 (2.24%) CentOS
6 8 (2.00%) Embedded Linux
7 7 (1.75%) Fedora
8 4 (1.00%) Windows Server 2012
9 3 (0.75%) Windows Server
10 2 (0.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 2 (0.50%) Ubuntu
10 2 (0.50%) Windows Server 2008
11 1 (0.25%) Solaris
11 1 (0.25%) VxWorks
11 1 (0.25%) Windows 10
11 1 (0.25%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 372 (92.77%) Software Engineering
2 192 (47.88%) Agile Software Development
3 104 (25.94%) Microservices
4 93 (23.19%) DevOps
5 71 (17.71%) TDD
6 64 (15.96%) Scrum
7 59 (14.71%) Computer Science
8 55 (13.72%) Test Automation
9 41 (10.22%) BDD
10 34 (8.48%) Asset Management
11 32 (7.98%) Continuous Integration
12 31 (7.73%) OO
13 29 (7.23%) Open Source
14 27 (6.73%) Machine Learning
14 27 (6.73%) Problem-Solving
15 26 (6.48%) Mentoring
16 25 (6.23%) Pair Programming
17 24 (5.99%) E-Commerce
18 22 (5.49%) SDET
18 22 (5.49%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 182 (45.39%) Java
2 113 (28.18%) Python
3 108 (26.93%) JavaScript
4 100 (24.94%) C#
5 89 (22.19%) SQL
6 60 (14.96%) C++
7 28 (6.98%) Java 8
8 23 (5.74%) PowerShell
9 22 (5.49%) Scala
10 18 (4.49%) C
11 16 (3.99%) TypeScript
12 15 (3.74%) Kotlin
13 13 (3.24%) Bash Shell
14 12 (2.99%) Go
15 11 (2.74%) VB.NET
16 10 (2.49%) VB
17 9 (2.24%) Perl
18 8 (2.00%) Ada
19 7 (1.75%) Ruby
19 7 (1.75%) VBA
Qualifications
1 48 (11.97%) Degree
2 27 (6.73%) Computer Science Degree
3 24 (5.99%) Security Cleared
4 22 (5.49%) SC Cleared
5 18 (4.49%) Master's Degree
6 11 (2.74%) PhD
7 7 (1.75%) Sun Certification
8 3 (0.75%) AWS Certification
9 2 (0.50%) DV Cleared
10 1 (0.25%) Chartered Engineer
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (4.49%) QA
2 4 (1.00%) ISO 15022
2 4 (1.00%) ISO 20022
3 3 (0.75%) GDPR
4 1 (0.25%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.25%) PSD2
System Software
1 104 (25.94%) Docker
2 7 (1.75%) Active Directory
3 2 (0.50%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 1 (0.25%) Firmware
4 1 (0.25%) HDFS
4 1 (0.25%) KVM
4 1 (0.25%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (0.25%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.25%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 58 (14.46%) Kubernetes
2 44 (10.97%) Terraform
3 16 (3.99%) Ansible
4 7 (1.75%) Puppet
5 6 (1.50%) Mesos
5 6 (1.50%) Opscode Chef
6 5 (1.25%) Grafana
7 4 (1.00%) logstash
7 4 (1.00%) Packer
8 3 (0.75%) Marathon
9 2 (0.50%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 2 (0.50%) Kibana
9 2 (0.50%) SCOrch
10 1 (0.25%) Consul
10 1 (0.25%) Ionix
10 1 (0.25%) Istio
10 1 (0.25%) PowerCLI
10 1 (0.25%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 28 (6.98%) Microsoft
2 24 (5.99%) Google
2 24 (5.99%) Oracle
3 13 (3.24%) Bloomberg
4 11 (2.74%) Atlassian
5 9 (2.24%) Red Hat
5 9 (2.24%) Reuters
6 7 (1.75%) IFS
7 5 (1.25%) hybris
8 4 (1.00%) New Relic
8 4 (1.00%) Tableau
9 3 (0.75%) Cypress Semiconductor
10 2 (0.50%) Perforce
10 2 (0.50%) VMware
11 1 (0.25%) Adobe
11 1 (0.25%) EMC
11 1 (0.25%) IBM
11 1 (0.25%) IBM Sterling
11 1 (0.25%) Salesforce.com
11 1 (0.25%) Telerik