The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £498 per day in advertised job vacancies in London during the 3 months to 26 June 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
England / London
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 283 290 309
Rank change year-on-year +7 +19  
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 142 130 134
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.68% 0.61% 0.57%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.72% 0.64% 0.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 94 101 80
Median daily rate £498 £450 £458
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.55% -1.63%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £370 £325 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £580
UK excluding London median daily rate £393 £380 £350
% change year-on-year +3.28% +8.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 3 14
Median hourly rate £40.00 £42.50 £47.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.88% -11.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.50 £40.50 £39.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.38 £42.50 £52.17
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.00 £42.35 £40.00
% change year-on-year +1.53% +5.87%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in London. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
London
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 19705 20363 22100
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in London 94.93% 95.26% 94.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 14056 14779 15421
Median daily rate £500 £463 £440
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.10% +5.11%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £315 £295 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 245 225 369
Median hourly rate £19.82 £17.89 £19.72
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.81% -9.28%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.76 £42.60 £52.17
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.45 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.28% +9.06%  

Software Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in London that featured Software Engineer in the job title.

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 3 months to 26 June 2017.

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 3 months to 26 June 2017.

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 3 months to 26 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
City of London +8 24 £500 - 29
Heathrow 0 7 £370 +9.62%
Bromley +7 3 £375 -42.30%
New Malden - 2 - - 1
Canary Wharf - 1 £550 -
Chiswick - 1 £300 -
Software Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 26 June 2017, 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.

1 268 (94.70%) Software Engineering
2 127 (44.88%) Java
3 125 (44.17%) Agile Software Development
4 81 (28.62%) Linux
5 78 (27.56%) TDD
6 73 (25.80%) C++
6 73 (25.80%) SQL
7 66 (23.32%) C#
8 55 (19.43%) JavaScript
8 55 (19.43%) Scrum
9 53 (18.73%) .NET
10 48 (16.96%) Python
10 48 (16.96%) BDD
11 46 (16.25%) DevOps
12 45 (15.90%) REST
12 45 (15.90%) Unix
13 44 (15.55%) Git (software)
14 42 (14.84%) Multithreading
14 42 (14.84%) Open Source
15 41 (14.49%) Spring
16 37 (13.07%) C
17 36 (12.72%) Finance
18 35 (12.37%) Web Services
18 35 (12.37%) Microservices
19 34 (12.01%) OO
20 33 (11.66%) Jenkins
20 33 (11.66%) Test Automation
21 32 (11.31%) Microsoft Azure
22 30 (10.60%) Amazon AWS
23 29 (10.25%) Analytical Skills

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 20 (7.07%) Elasticsearch
2 18 (6.36%) Apache
3 14 (4.95%) Tomcat
4 13 (4.59%) Apache Spark
5 9 (3.18%) WebLogic
5 9 (3.18%) WebSphere
6 7 (2.47%) CMS
7 6 (2.12%) GlassFish
7 6 (2.12%) JBoss
8 5 (1.77%) Cloud Foundry
8 5 (1.77%) Confluence
8 5 (1.77%) Drupal
8 5 (1.77%) nginx
8 5 (1.77%) SharePoint
9 4 (1.41%) Mule
10 3 (1.06%) NServiceBus
11 2 (0.71%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 2 (0.71%) Ethereum
11 2 (0.71%) Hyperledger
12 1 (0.35%) Apache Airflow
Applications
1 3 (1.06%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.71%) Doxygen
3 1 (0.35%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.35%) Photoshop
3 1 (0.35%) Simulink
3 1 (0.35%) TargetLink
Business Applications
1 4 (1.41%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 1 (0.35%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 32 (11.31%) Microsoft Azure
2 30 (10.60%) Amazon AWS
3 6 (2.12%) OpenShift
4 5 (1.77%) GitHub
5 3 (1.06%) Amazon EC2
5 3 (1.06%) PaaS
6 2 (0.71%) Amazon Kinesis
6 2 (0.71%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.35%) AWS Lambda
7 1 (0.35%) Google App Engine
7 1 (0.35%) Google Cloud Platform
7 1 (0.35%) SaaS
7 1 (0.35%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 16 (5.65%) HTTP
2 9 (3.18%) Internet
3 6 (2.12%) TCP/IP
4 5 (1.77%) SSL
5 2 (0.71%) BGP
5 2 (0.71%) Bluetooth
5 2 (0.71%) DNS
5 2 (0.71%) DVB
5 2 (0.71%) HTTPS
5 2 (0.71%) IPv4
5 2 (0.71%) IPv6
5 2 (0.71%) SSH
5 2 (0.71%) Wi-Fi
5 2 (0.71%) WiMAX
6 1 (0.35%) Firewall
6 1 (0.35%) FTP
6 1 (0.35%) Intranet
6 1 (0.35%) LDAP
6 1 (0.35%) SMS
6 1 (0.35%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (8.83%) MongoDB
2 23 (8.13%) NoSQL
3 18 (6.36%) Hadoop
4 15 (5.30%) SQL Server
5 13 (4.59%) MySQL
5 13 (4.59%) Relational Database
6 12 (4.24%) Big Data
7 11 (3.89%) Apache Cassandra
8 10 (3.53%) PostgreSQL
9 8 (2.83%) Redis
10 6 (2.12%) Blockchain
11 4 (1.41%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 4 (1.41%) Apache Hive
11 4 (1.41%) Data Warehouse
12 3 (1.06%) Amazon Redshift
12 3 (1.06%) Azure SQL Database
12 3 (1.06%) GIS
12 3 (1.06%) Neo4j
12 3 (1.06%) Oracle Database
13 2 (0.71%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 44 (15.55%) Git (software)
2 33 (11.66%) Jenkins
3 24 (8.48%) Visual Studio
4 18 (6.36%) Team Foundation Server
5 17 (6.01%) Cucumber
6 16 (5.65%) Eclipse
6 16 (5.65%) JUnit
7 14 (4.95%) JIRA
7 14 (4.95%) Octopus Deploy
8 11 (3.89%) Selenium
9 10 (3.53%) Appium
9 10 (3.53%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 10 (3.53%) Calabash
9 10 (3.53%) Maven
9 10 (3.53%) TeamCity
10 7 (2.47%) Vagrant
11 6 (2.12%) Subversion
12 5 (1.77%) Hudson
13 4 (1.41%) Mockito
13 4 (1.41%) WebDriver
General
1 36 (12.72%) Finance
2 22 (7.77%) Banking
3 10 (3.53%) Retail
4 6 (2.12%) Games
4 6 (2.12%) Investment Banking
5 5 (1.77%) Advertising
5 5 (1.77%) Manufacturing
5 5 (1.77%) Retail Banking
6 4 (1.41%) Electronics
6 4 (1.41%) Financial Institution
7 3 (1.06%) Aerospace
7 3 (1.06%) Marketing
7 3 (1.06%) Publishing
7 3 (1.06%) Telecoms
8 2 (0.71%) Avionics
8 2 (0.71%) Front Office
8 2 (0.71%) Multimedia
9 1 (0.35%) Automotive
9 1 (0.35%) Corporate Banking
9 1 (0.35%) Digital Economy
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 53 (18.73%) .NET
2 45 (15.90%) REST
3 41 (14.49%) Spring
4 35 (12.37%) Web Services
5 27 (9.54%) Node.js
6 25 (8.83%) AngularJS
6 25 (8.83%) CSS
6 25 (8.83%) HTML
7 20 (7.07%) Boost C++ Libraries
7 20 (7.07%) SOAP
8 18 (6.36%) RESTful
9 17 (6.01%) STL
10 16 (5.65%) Elastic Stack
10 16 (5.65%) Spring Boot
10 16 (5.65%) XML
11 15 (5.30%) React
12 14 (4.95%) Hibernate
12 14 (4.95%) Kafka
13 13 (4.59%) JSON
14 12 (4.24%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 29 (10.25%) Analytical Skills
2 21 (7.42%) Computer Science
3 16 (5.65%) Greenfield Project
4 14 (4.95%) User Experience
5 13 (4.59%) Algorithms
6 11 (3.89%) Data Structures
7 9 (3.18%) Fintech
8 8 (2.83%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
8 8 (2.83%) Mobile App
8 8 (2.83%) NHS
9 7 (2.47%) Embedded Systems
10 6 (2.12%) Enterprise Software
11 4 (1.41%) Blog
11 4 (1.41%) Device Driver
11 4 (1.41%) Mobile Banking
12 3 (1.06%) Clustering
12 3 (1.06%) Fixed Income
12 3 (1.06%) Public Cloud
12 3 (1.06%) Wiki
13 2 (0.71%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 81 (28.62%) Linux
2 45 (15.90%) Unix
3 23 (8.13%) Windows
4 17 (6.01%) Android
5 14 (4.95%) Apple iOS
5 14 (4.95%) Ubuntu
6 5 (1.77%) Embedded Linux
7 4 (1.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (0.71%) CentOS
8 2 (0.71%) CoreOS
8 2 (0.71%) Solaris
8 2 (0.71%) Windows Server
9 1 (0.35%) Windows Embedded Compact
Processes & Methodologies
1 268 (94.70%) Software Engineering
2 125 (44.17%) Agile Software Development
3 78 (27.56%) TDD
4 55 (19.43%) Scrum
5 48 (16.96%) BDD
6 46 (16.25%) DevOps
7 42 (14.84%) Multithreading
7 42 (14.84%) Open Source
8 35 (12.37%) Microservices
9 34 (12.01%) OO
10 33 (11.66%) Test Automation
11 27 (9.54%) MVC
12 24 (8.48%) Continuous Integration
13 21 (7.42%) E-Commerce
13 21 (7.42%) High Availability
13 21 (7.42%) OOD
13 21 (7.42%) SDLC
14 18 (6.36%) Dependency Injection
14 18 (6.36%) Inversion of Control
15 17 (6.01%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 127 (44.88%) Java
2 73 (25.80%) C++
2 73 (25.80%) SQL
3 66 (23.32%) C#
4 55 (19.43%) JavaScript
5 48 (16.96%) Python
6 37 (13.07%) C
7 25 (8.83%) Scala
8 20 (7.07%) Perl
8 20 (7.07%) Ruby
9 18 (6.36%) PowerShell
10 17 (6.01%) T-SQL
11 13 (4.59%) PHP
12 10 (3.53%) Embedded C
13 7 (2.47%) Assembly Language
13 7 (2.47%) Go
14 6 (2.12%) Shell Script
15 5 (1.77%) Apple Swift
16 3 (1.06%) PL/SQL
16 3 (1.06%) Rust
Qualifications
1 17 (6.01%) Degree
2 9 (3.18%) Security Cleared
3 7 (2.47%) SC Cleared
4 5 (1.77%) Computer Science Degree
5 2 (0.71%) DV Cleared
6 1 (0.35%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (5.65%) QA
2 4 (1.41%) MISRA
3 1 (0.35%) ISO 26262
3 1 (0.35%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.35%) MiFID
System Software
1 23 (8.13%) Docker
2 3 (1.06%) Apache ZooKeeper
2 3 (1.06%) Firmware
3 1 (0.35%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 20 (7.07%) Ansible
2 14 (4.95%) Opscode Chef
3 11 (3.89%) Puppet
4 10 (3.53%) Kubernetes
5 6 (2.12%) Graphite
6 5 (1.77%) Kibana
7 4 (1.41%) Mesos
7 4 (1.41%) OpenAM
7 4 (1.41%) OpenIDM
8 3 (1.06%) Grafana
8 3 (1.06%) Prometheus
9 2 (0.71%) Nagios
9 2 (0.71%) Terraform
10 1 (0.35%) Amdocs OSS
10 1 (0.35%) Business Desktop Deployment
10 1 (0.35%) logstash
10 1 (0.35%) Oozie
10 1 (0.35%) Opsview
10 1 (0.35%) SCCM
10 1 (0.35%) WSUS
Vendors
1 25 (8.83%) Oracle
2 13 (4.59%) Microsoft
3 7 (2.47%) hybris
3 7 (2.47%) Red Hat
4 6 (2.12%) Salesforce.com
4 6 (2.12%) Splunk
5 5 (1.77%) TIBCO
6 4 (1.41%) Atlassian
6 4 (1.41%) ForgeRock
6 4 (1.41%) Sybase
7 3 (1.06%) Google
7 3 (1.06%) VMware
8 2 (0.71%) Adobe
8 2 (0.71%) Apple
8 2 (0.71%) Facebook
8 2 (0.71%) IBM
8 2 (0.71%) SAP
9 1 (0.35%) Demandware
9 1 (0.35%) Hortonworks
9 1 (0.35%) Twitter
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