The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies in London during the 3 months to 26 March 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Software Engineer
England / London
Rank 265 299 344
Rank change year-on-year +34 +45  
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 141 138 75
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.73% 0.62% 0.35%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.77% 0.66% 0.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 107 110 57
Median daily rate £450 £451 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.27% +12.81%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £360 £350 £334
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £603 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £340
% change year-on-year +6.66% +10.29%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 2 2
Median hourly rate £43.38 £47.67 £62.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.00% -23.73%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £47.53 £40.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.35 £47.80 £84.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.00 £42.50 £39.00
% change year-on-year +1.17% +8.97%  

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 18251 21034 20113
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in London 94.83% 95.00% 94.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 12983 15075 13890
Median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.55% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £301 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £643 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 240 283 373
Median hourly rate £22.50 £17.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +32.35% -10.52%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.70 £11.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £43.57 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +17.64%  

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 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 March 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 March 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 +7 20 £500 +16.27% 26
Heathrow +1 10 £360 +2.85%
New Malden -7 7 - -
Feltham -3 1 - -
Software Engineer
England

Software Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 26 March 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.

1 257 (91.13%) Software Engineering
2 132 (46.81%) Agile Software Development
3 129 (45.74%) Java
4 86 (30.50%) TDD
5 85 (30.14%) Linux
6 72 (25.53%) JavaScript
7 66 (23.40%) BDD
8 64 (22.70%) SQL
9 61 (21.63%) C#
10 55 (19.50%) C++
11 51 (18.09%) Scrum
12 50 (17.73%) Amazon AWS
13 48 (17.02%) Open Source
13 48 (17.02%) .NET
14 47 (16.67%) Web Services
15 46 (16.31%) Unix
16 43 (15.25%) Python
17 39 (13.83%) REST
18 38 (13.48%) C
19 36 (12.77%) HTML
19 36 (12.77%) DevOps
20 35 (12.41%) Cucumber
21 34 (12.06%) Git (software)
22 33 (11.70%) Spring
22 33 (11.70%) CSS
22 33 (11.70%) Continuous Integration
23 31 (10.99%) Jenkins
24 29 (10.28%) Node.js
24 29 (10.28%) Microsoft Azure
24 29 (10.28%) Docker

Software Engineer Skill Set
Top Related 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 16 (5.67%) Apache
2 13 (4.61%) Apache Spark
2 13 (4.61%) Tomcat
3 12 (4.26%) Confluence
3 12 (4.26%) nginx
4 9 (3.19%) WebLogic
5 8 (2.84%) WebSphere
6 7 (2.48%) Elasticsearch
7 6 (2.13%) CMS
8 5 (1.77%) GlassFish
8 5 (1.77%) JBoss
9 4 (1.42%) Apache Pig
9 4 (1.42%) Apache Solr
10 3 (1.06%) Drupal
10 3 (1.06%) Hyperledger
10 3 (1.06%) NServiceBus
10 3 (1.06%) SharePoint
11 2 (0.71%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 2 (0.71%) Ethereum
12 1 (0.35%) OpenStack
Applications
1 11 (3.90%) MS Excel
2 2 (0.71%) MS Office
2 2 (0.71%) MS PowerPoint
2 2 (0.71%) Photoshop
2 2 (0.71%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (0.35%) Adobe Illustrator
3 1 (0.35%) Simulink
3 1 (0.35%) SOLIDWORKS
3 1 (0.35%) TargetLink
Business Applications
1 2 (0.71%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 1 (0.35%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 50 (17.73%) Amazon AWS
2 29 (10.28%) Microsoft Azure
3 13 (4.61%) Amazon EC2
3 13 (4.61%) AWS Lambda
4 9 (3.19%) GitHub
5 8 (2.84%) Amazon SQS
6 7 (2.48%) AWS CloudFormation
7 6 (2.13%) Heroku
8 5 (1.77%) Amazon S3
8 5 (1.77%) Cloud Computing
8 5 (1.77%) Slack
9 3 (1.06%) Amazon EMR
9 3 (1.06%) OpenShift
10 2 (0.71%) Amazon Kinesis
10 2 (0.71%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
10 2 (0.71%) PaaS
11 1 (0.35%) Google App Engine
11 1 (0.35%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 27 (9.57%) HTTP
2 18 (6.38%) Internet
3 15 (5.32%) TCP/IP
4 12 (4.26%) SSL
5 7 (2.48%) BGP
5 7 (2.48%) DNS
6 5 (1.77%) Wi-Fi
7 4 (1.42%) IPv4
7 4 (1.42%) IPv6
8 2 (0.71%) Bluetooth
8 2 (0.71%) HTTPS
8 2 (0.71%) RS-422
8 2 (0.71%) WiMAX
8 2 (0.71%) Wireless
9 1 (0.35%) DVB
9 1 (0.35%) Firewall
9 1 (0.35%) MQTT
9 1 (0.35%) SMS
9 1 (0.35%) SSH
9 1 (0.35%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (7.80%) MongoDB
2 20 (7.09%) NoSQL
3 16 (5.67%) Big Data
4 12 (4.26%) Hadoop
4 12 (4.26%) MySQL
4 12 (4.26%) PostgreSQL
4 12 (4.26%) Relational Database
5 10 (3.55%) Apache Cassandra
6 6 (2.13%) Apache Hive
6 6 (2.13%) Blockchain
7 4 (1.42%) CouchDB
7 4 (1.42%) Data Warehouse
7 4 (1.42%) Impala
7 4 (1.42%) MarkLogic
7 4 (1.42%) Riak
7 4 (1.42%) SQL Server
8 3 (1.06%) Data Mining
9 2 (0.71%) Azure SQL Database
9 2 (0.71%) Redis
9 2 (0.71%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 35 (12.41%) Cucumber
2 34 (12.06%) Git (software)
3 31 (10.99%) Jenkins
4 24 (8.51%) Visual Studio
5 19 (6.74%) JIRA
5 19 (6.74%) Maven
6 15 (5.32%) JUnit
6 15 (5.32%) Selenium
6 15 (5.32%) Team Foundation Server
7 10 (3.55%) Eclipse
8 7 (2.48%) Ant
8 7 (2.48%) Vagrant
8 7 (2.48%) WebDriver
8 7 (2.48%) Xcode
9 6 (2.13%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 6 (2.13%) Mockito
10 5 (1.77%) Bugzilla
10 5 (1.77%) Calabash
10 5 (1.77%) SoapUI
10 5 (1.77%) Subversion
General
1 28 (9.93%) Finance
2 11 (3.90%) Retail
3 6 (2.13%) Manufacturing
4 5 (1.77%) Banking
4 5 (1.77%) Games
5 4 (1.42%) Electronics
5 4 (1.42%) Investment Banking
5 4 (1.42%) Publishing
5 4 (1.42%) Telecoms
6 3 (1.06%) Advertising
7 2 (0.71%) Aerospace
7 2 (0.71%) Financial Institution
7 2 (0.71%) Marketing
7 2 (0.71%) Multimedia
8 1 (0.35%) Automotive
8 1 (0.35%) Front Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 48 (17.02%) .NET
2 47 (16.67%) Web Services
3 39 (13.83%) REST
4 36 (12.77%) HTML
5 33 (11.70%) CSS
5 33 (11.70%) Spring
6 29 (10.28%) Node.js
7 25 (8.87%) RESTful
8 20 (7.09%) HTML5
9 18 (6.38%) Boost C++ Libraries
10 17 (6.03%) AngularJS
10 17 (6.03%) SOAP
11 16 (5.67%) JMS
11 16 (5.67%) React
12 15 (5.32%) Elastic Stack
12 15 (5.32%) JSON
13 14 (4.96%) STL
13 14 (4.96%) XML
14 12 (4.26%) Hibernate
15 11 (3.90%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 23 (8.16%) Analytical Skills
2 16 (5.67%) Computer Science
3 12 (4.26%) Algorithms
4 10 (3.55%) User Experience
5 6 (2.13%) Data Structures
5 6 (2.13%) PKI
6 5 (1.77%) NHS
7 4 (1.42%) Embedded Systems
7 4 (1.42%) Enterprise Software
7 4 (1.42%) Wiki
8 3 (1.06%) Augmented Reality
8 3 (1.06%) Clustering
8 3 (1.06%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
8 3 (1.06%) Fintech
8 3 (1.06%) Mobile App
8 3 (1.06%) Replication
9 2 (0.71%) Derivative
9 2 (0.71%) Fixed Income
9 2 (0.71%) Streaming Media
9 2 (0.71%) Web 2.0
Operating Systems
1 85 (30.14%) Linux
2 46 (16.31%) Unix
3 18 (6.38%) Windows
4 15 (5.32%) Ubuntu
5 13 (4.61%) Apple iOS
6 11 (3.90%) Android
7 7 (2.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 5 (1.77%) CentOS
9 2 (0.71%) Embedded Linux
9 2 (0.71%) Windows 10
9 2 (0.71%) Windows Embedded Compact
10 1 (0.35%) CoreOS
10 1 (0.35%) FreeBSD
10 1 (0.35%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.35%) Solaris
10 1 (0.35%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 257 (91.13%) Software Engineering
2 132 (46.81%) Agile Software Development
3 86 (30.50%) TDD
4 66 (23.40%) BDD
5 51 (18.09%) Scrum
6 48 (17.02%) Open Source
7 36 (12.77%) DevOps
8 33 (11.70%) Continuous Integration
9 26 (9.22%) Multithreading
10 25 (8.87%) OO
11 24 (8.51%) E-Commerce
11 24 (8.51%) Microservices
12 20 (7.09%) MVC
13 19 (6.74%) Continuous Delivery
13 19 (6.74%) Unit Testing
14 18 (6.38%) High Availability
14 18 (6.38%) SDLC
15 17 (6.03%) Dependency Injection
16 16 (5.67%) Kanban
17 15 (5.32%) Inversion of Control
Programming Languages
1 129 (45.74%) Java
2 72 (25.53%) JavaScript
3 64 (22.70%) SQL
4 61 (21.63%) C#
5 55 (19.50%) C++
6 43 (15.25%) Python
7 38 (13.48%) C
8 28 (9.93%) Scala
9 25 (8.87%) Ruby
10 24 (8.51%) Perl
11 16 (5.67%) PowerShell
12 14 (4.96%) PHP
12 14 (4.96%) Shell Script
12 14 (4.96%) T-SQL
13 8 (2.84%) Bash Shell
14 6 (2.13%) Apple Swift
14 6 (2.13%) Embedded C
14 6 (2.13%) Go
15 5 (1.77%) R
16 4 (1.42%) Clojure
Qualifications
1 15 (5.32%) Degree
1 15 (5.32%) Security Cleared
2 9 (3.19%) SC Cleared
3 2 (0.71%) BPSS Clearance
3 2 (0.71%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (4.61%) QA
2 9 (3.19%) SDET
3 1 (0.35%) DO-178B
3 1 (0.35%) ISO/IEC 12207
3 1 (0.35%) ISO26262
3 1 (0.35%) MiFID
3 1 (0.35%) MISRA
3 1 (0.35%) MISRA C
3 1 (0.35%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 29 (10.28%) Docker
2 3 (1.06%) Apache ZooKeeper
2 3 (1.06%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (0.35%) Apache Flume
3 1 (0.35%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 15 (5.32%) Opscode Chef
2 13 (4.61%) Ansible
2 13 (4.61%) Graphite
3 10 (3.55%) Puppet
4 8 (2.84%) Kubernetes
5 5 (1.77%) Hadoop YARN
5 5 (1.77%) Kibana
6 4 (1.42%) Mesos
6 4 (1.42%) Terraform
7 3 (1.06%) Grafana
8 1 (0.35%) Business Desktop Deployment
8 1 (0.35%) logstash
8 1 (0.35%) Nagios
8 1 (0.35%) Oozie
Vendors
1 19 (6.74%) Oracle
2 15 (5.32%) Microsoft
3 6 (2.13%) hybris
4 5 (1.77%) Google
4 5 (1.77%) Red Hat
5 4 (1.42%) Atlassian
5 4 (1.42%) Splunk
6 3 (1.06%) Adobe
6 3 (1.06%) Salesforce.com
6 3 (1.06%) Sybase
6 3 (1.06%) TIBCO
7 2 (0.71%) IBM
7 2 (0.71%) SAP
7 2 (0.71%) VMware
8 1 (0.35%) Apple
8 1 (0.35%) ATG
8 1 (0.35%) Capita
8 1 (0.35%) Cisco
8 1 (0.35%) Kofax
8 1 (0.35%) TOWER Software
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