Period
to 17 December 2018

The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £525 per day in advertised job vacancies in London during the 6 months to 17 December 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
17 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 245 325 343
Rank change year-on-year +80 +18 -25
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 528 358 295
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 1.13% 0.76% 0.67%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.19% 0.80% 0.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 310 258 224
London median daily rate £525 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% -5.00%
10th Percentile £400 £375 £350
90th Percentile £675 £650 £625
England median daily rate £475 £463 £425
% change year-on-year +2.70% +8.82% +5.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 23 7
London median hourly rate £43.75 £47.50 £47.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.89% -0.69% +27.55%
10th Percentile £27.50 £35.00 £34.10
90th Percentile £53.75 £48.75 £53.00
England median hourly rate £45.00 £42.50 £42.35
% change year-on-year +5.88% +0.35% +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 44,320 44,821 41,914
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.72% 94.92% 94.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 32,010 32,555 29,792
London median daily rate £500 £500 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +8.11% +2.78%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £299
90th Percentile £675 £669 £638
England median daily rate £460 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.22% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 599 555 562
London median hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £19.56
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +2.26% +2.85%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.00 £11.40
90th Percentile £53.75 £47.83 £50.00
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.70 £18.00
% change year-on-year -1.07% +3.89% +1.21%

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 17 December 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 17 December 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 17 December 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 +20 88 £550 +10.00% 92
West London +27 39 £513 +24.24% 63
South London -18 19 £475 -13.64% 18
East London -27 7 £500 -9.09% 8
North London -8 2 £500 - 5
Software Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 17 December 2018, 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.

1 503 (95.27%) Software Engineering
2 297 (56.25%) Agile Software Development
3 266 (50.38%) Java
4 173 (32.77%) Amazon AWS
5 168 (31.82%) Python
6 142 (26.89%) JavaScript
7 135 (25.57%) Microservices
8 130 (24.62%) DevOps
9 129 (24.43%) TDD
10 108 (20.45%) C++
11 105 (19.89%) Linux
12 104 (19.70%) Finance
12 104 (19.70%) Docker
13 103 (19.51%) Node.js
14 101 (19.13%) React
15 100 (18.94%) AngularJS
16 99 (18.75%) C#
17 89 (16.86%) Git (software)
18 85 (16.10%) Jenkins
19 83 (15.72%) BDD
20 82 (15.53%) Scrum
21 78 (14.77%) Web Services
22 75 (14.20%) SQL
23 74 (14.02%) HTML
24 73 (13.83%) Spring
24 73 (13.83%) Continuous Integration
25 71 (13.45%) Terraform
26 70 (13.26%) MongoDB
26 70 (13.26%) CSS
27 69 (13.07%) Test Automation

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 31 (5.87%) Elasticsearch
2 19 (3.60%) Apache Spark
3 16 (3.03%) Confluence
4 15 (2.84%) Gunicorn
5 10 (1.89%) Apache
6 9 (1.70%) Mule
7 7 (1.33%) CMS
8 6 (1.14%) Tomcat
8 6 (1.14%) WebSphere
9 4 (0.76%) Apache Airflow
9 4 (0.76%) Drupal
9 4 (0.76%) Luigi
10 3 (0.57%) Cloud Foundry
10 3 (0.57%) WebLogic
11 2 (0.38%) Apache Solr
11 2 (0.38%) IIS
11 2 (0.38%) JBoss
11 2 (0.38%) Jetty
11 2 (0.38%) Oracle Service Bus
11 2 (0.38%) SharePoint
Applications
1 6 (1.14%) Chatbot
2 5 (0.95%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (0.38%) Bloomberg AIM
1 2 (0.38%) Eagle PACE
1 2 (0.38%) Markit EDM
1 2 (0.38%) thinkFolio
2 1 (0.19%) Decalog
2 1 (0.19%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 173 (32.77%) Amazon AWS
2 54 (10.23%) Microsoft Azure
3 46 (8.71%) Serverless
4 40 (7.58%) AWS Lambda
5 27 (5.11%) AWS CloudFormation
6 25 (4.73%) Google Cloud Platform
7 18 (3.41%) Amazon SQS
8 15 (2.84%) GitHub
9 12 (2.27%) Cloud Computing
10 11 (2.08%) PaaS
11 9 (1.70%) SaaS
12 8 (1.52%) Azure Functions
13 5 (0.95%) Amazon Kinesis
13 5 (0.95%) npm
14 4 (0.76%) Google App Engine
14 4 (0.76%) OpenShift
14 4 (0.76%) Yarn
15 3 (0.57%) AdWords
15 3 (0.57%) Amazon CloudWatch
16 2 (0.38%) Apigee
Communications & Networking
1 8 (1.52%) Internet
2 6 (1.14%) AMQP
2 6 (1.14%) HTTP
3 5 (0.95%) Firewall
4 4 (0.76%) MQTT
4 4 (0.76%) TCP/IP
5 3 (0.57%) Bluetooth
5 3 (0.57%) SSL
6 2 (0.38%) DMZ
6 2 (0.38%) DNS
6 2 (0.38%) Modbus
6 2 (0.38%) Wireless
6 2 (0.38%) ZigBee
7 1 (0.19%) BGP
7 1 (0.19%) DVB
7 1 (0.19%) Ethernet
7 1 (0.19%) FTP
7 1 (0.19%) IPv4
7 1 (0.19%) MPLS
7 1 (0.19%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 70 (13.26%) MongoDB
2 55 (10.42%) Relational Database
3 52 (9.85%) NoSQL
4 50 (9.47%) MySQL
5 49 (9.28%) Hadoop
6 46 (8.71%) Big Data
7 43 (8.14%) PostgreSQL
8 21 (3.98%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 21 (3.98%) RDBMS
9 18 (3.41%) SQL Server
10 13 (2.46%) Couchbase
11 12 (2.27%) Oracle Database
12 11 (2.08%) Apache Hive
13 6 (1.14%) Redis
14 5 (0.95%) OLTP
15 4 (0.76%) Apache Cassandra
16 3 (0.57%) Bigtable
16 3 (0.57%) DB2
16 3 (0.57%) Neo4j
16 3 (0.57%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 89 (16.86%) Git (software)
2 85 (16.10%) Jenkins
3 59 (11.17%) Maven
4 48 (9.09%) Selenium
5 44 (8.33%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 44 (8.33%) Hudson
6 32 (6.06%) Artifactory
7 31 (5.87%) Gatling
8 24 (4.55%) JIRA
9 22 (4.17%) Cucumber
10 20 (3.79%) Mocha
10 20 (3.79%) TeamCity
11 16 (3.03%) MSBuild
11 16 (3.03%) Robot Framework
12 14 (2.65%) JUnit
12 14 (2.65%) Octopus Deploy
12 14 (2.65%) Visual Studio
13 12 (2.27%) Gradle
14 11 (2.08%) Subversion
15 9 (1.70%) webpack
General
1 104 (19.70%) Finance
2 65 (12.31%) Banking
3 57 (10.80%) Front Office
4 36 (6.82%) Retail
5 14 (2.65%) Games
6 8 (1.52%) Marketing
7 7 (1.33%) Law
7 7 (1.33%) Manufacturing
8 6 (1.14%) Investment Banking
8 6 (1.14%) Publishing
9 5 (0.95%) Back Office
9 5 (0.95%) Electronics
9 5 (0.95%) Telecoms
10 4 (0.76%) French Language
11 3 (0.57%) Advertising
11 3 (0.57%) Aerospace
11 3 (0.57%) Legal
12 2 (0.38%) Avionics
12 2 (0.38%) German Language
13 1 (0.19%) Automotive
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 103 (19.51%) Node.js
2 101 (19.13%) React
3 100 (18.94%) AngularJS
4 78 (14.77%) Web Services
5 74 (14.02%) HTML
6 73 (13.83%) Spring
7 70 (13.26%) CSS
8 68 (12.88%) REST
9 67 (12.69%) .NET
10 47 (8.90%) NumPy
11 39 (7.39%) SciPy
12 37 (7.01%) J2EE
13 36 (6.82%) Spring Boot
14 34 (6.44%) Kafka
15 31 (5.87%) Enzyme
15 31 (5.87%) Jest
16 28 (5.30%) RESTful
17 27 (5.11%) Flask
18 26 (4.92%) HTML5
19 25 (4.73%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 60 (11.36%) Greenfield Project
2 45 (8.52%) User Experience
3 26 (4.92%) Fixed Income
4 24 (4.55%) Algorithms
4 24 (4.55%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 20 (3.79%) Analytical Skills
5 20 (3.79%) Equities
6 18 (3.41%) Derivative
7 15 (2.84%) Public Cloud
8 14 (2.65%) Hedge funds
8 14 (2.65%) Mobile App
9 13 (2.46%) Exotic Derivative
10 10 (1.89%) 3D Graphics
10 10 (1.89%) Fintech
10 10 (1.89%) Social Media
11 9 (1.70%) Animation
11 9 (1.70%) Cloud Native
11 9 (1.70%) Oculus Rift
11 9 (1.70%) Wiki
12 8 (1.52%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 105 (19.89%) Linux
2 29 (5.49%) Windows
3 18 (3.41%) Android
4 17 (3.22%) Unix
5 10 (1.89%) Apple iOS
6 3 (0.57%) Mac OS X
6 3 (0.57%) Windows Server
7 2 (0.38%) CentOS
7 2 (0.38%) Embedded Linux
7 2 (0.38%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (0.38%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.19%) Android TV
8 1 (0.19%) Oracle Linux
8 1 (0.19%) Solaris
8 1 (0.19%) Windows 10
8 1 (0.19%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 503 (95.27%) Software Engineering
2 297 (56.25%) Agile Software Development
3 135 (25.57%) Microservices
4 130 (24.62%) DevOps
5 129 (24.43%) TDD
6 83 (15.72%) BDD
7 82 (15.53%) Scrum
8 73 (13.83%) Continuous Integration
9 69 (13.07%) Test Automation
10 58 (10.98%) Asset Management
11 47 (8.90%) Computer Science
11 47 (8.90%) E-Commerce
12 42 (7.95%) OO
13 37 (7.01%) Continuous Delivery
13 37 (7.01%) Data Science
14 35 (6.63%) Mentoring
14 35 (6.63%) Pair Programming
15 32 (6.06%) Problem-Solving
16 29 (5.49%) Unit Testing
17 26 (4.92%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 266 (50.38%) Java
2 168 (31.82%) Python
3 142 (26.89%) JavaScript
4 108 (20.45%) C++
5 99 (18.75%) C#
6 75 (14.20%) SQL
7 47 (8.90%) Java 8
8 46 (8.71%) ES6
9 38 (7.20%) Go
10 26 (4.92%) PowerShell
11 23 (4.36%) TypeScript
12 22 (4.17%) C
12 22 (4.17%) PHP
13 17 (3.22%) Scala
14 16 (3.03%) Bash Shell
15 12 (2.27%) PHP 7
16 9 (1.70%) T-SQL
17 8 (1.52%) Kotlin
18 7 (1.33%) Groovy
18 7 (1.33%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 43 (8.14%) Degree
1 43 (8.14%) Security Cleared
2 32 (6.06%) AWS Certification
3 18 (3.41%) Computer Science Degree
3 18 (3.41%) SC Cleared
4 13 (2.46%) Master's Degree
5 6 (1.14%) PhD
6 5 (0.95%) Sun Certification
7 3 (0.57%) DBS Check
7 3 (0.57%) DV Cleared
8 1 (0.19%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (0.19%) CCNA
8 1 (0.19%) CISSP
8 1 (0.19%) CompTIA Security+
8 1 (0.19%) GIAC
8 1 (0.19%) Linux+ Certification
8 1 (0.19%) MCSE
8 1 (0.19%) Network+ Certification
8 1 (0.19%) SANS
8 1 (0.19%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (5.68%) QA
2 2 (0.38%) DO-178B
2 2 (0.38%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.19%) GDPR
3 1 (0.19%) PSD2
System Software
1 104 (19.70%) Docker
2 1 (0.19%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.19%) Apache ZooKeeper
2 1 (0.19%) Firmware
2 1 (0.19%) HDFS
2 1 (0.19%) OpenAM
2 1 (0.19%) VMware ESXi
2 1 (0.19%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.19%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 71 (13.45%) Terraform
2 43 (8.14%) Ansible
3 29 (5.49%) Kubernetes
4 16 (3.03%) Puppet
5 7 (1.33%) Mesos
6 3 (0.57%) Opscode Chef
7 2 (0.38%) Marathon
7 2 (0.38%) Oozie
8 1 (0.19%) Docker Swarm
8 1 (0.19%) Host Intrusion Detection System
8 1 (0.19%) Kibana
8 1 (0.19%) Packer
8 1 (0.19%) PowerCLI
8 1 (0.19%) rkt
8 1 (0.19%) Salt
Vendors
1 26 (4.92%) Google
1 26 (4.92%) Oracle
2 13 (2.46%) Microsoft
3 8 (1.52%) Splunk
4 5 (0.95%) Dynatrace
4 5 (0.95%) New Relic
5 4 (0.76%) Charles River
5 4 (0.76%) Tableau
6 3 (0.57%) Bloomberg
6 3 (0.57%) Facebook
6 3 (0.57%) Infragistics
6 3 (0.57%) Red Hat
6 3 (0.57%) SAP
6 3 (0.57%) Twitter
7 2 (0.38%) Autodesk
7 2 (0.38%) CA
7 2 (0.38%) Calypso
7 2 (0.38%) HP
7 2 (0.38%) JDA
7 2 (0.38%) VMware