Period
to 23 October 2018

The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £525 per day in advertised job vacancies in London during the 6 months to 23 October 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
23 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 234 321 360
Rank change year-on-year +87 +39 -32
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 543 340 286
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 1.17% 0.75% 0.65%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.24% 0.79% 0.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 338 224 222
London median daily rate £525 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% -1.04%
10th Percentile £400 £363 £340
90th Percentile £675 £650 £625
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 25 6
London median hourly rate £45.00 £45.00 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% -0.58%
10th Percentile £17.25 £35.00 £38.75
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £53.75
England median hourly rate £44.75 £42.50 £41.50
% change year-on-year +5.29% +2.41% +3.75%

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 43,807 43,225 42,138
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.72% 94.99% 95.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 31,677 31,203 30,056
London median daily rate £500 £488 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +8.33% -
10th Percentile £313 £300 £285
90th Percentile £675 £656 £638
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +5.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 590 518 549
London median hourly rate £19.00 £20.22 £19.23
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.02% +5.14% +1.21%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.50 £11.25
90th Percentile £52.63 £47.83 £52.50
England median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £18.50
% change year-on-year -3.74% +1.08% +4.11%

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 23 October 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 23 October 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 23 October 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 +21 80 £550 +10.00% 95
West London -3 29 £490 +22.50% 81
South London -26 22 £500 +33.33% 12
East London -12 7 £500 -9.09% 19
North London -4 2 £500 - 7
Software Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 23 October 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.

1 517 (95.21%) Software Engineering
2 305 (56.17%) Agile Software Development
3 293 (53.96%) Java
4 195 (35.91%) Amazon AWS
5 173 (31.86%) Python
6 154 (28.36%) JavaScript
7 141 (25.97%) TDD
8 137 (25.23%) Microservices
9 135 (24.86%) DevOps
10 132 (24.31%) Linux
11 123 (22.65%) Docker
12 112 (20.63%) React
13 111 (20.44%) Finance
14 107 (19.71%) Scrum
15 106 (19.52%) C++
16 103 (18.97%) Node.js
17 101 (18.60%) C#
17 101 (18.60%) AngularJS
18 97 (17.86%) SQL
19 96 (17.68%) Web Services
19 96 (17.68%) Jenkins
20 92 (16.94%) Continuous Integration
21 87 (16.02%) BDD
22 84 (15.47%) Git (software)
23 80 (14.73%) Test Automation
23 80 (14.73%) .NET
24 77 (14.18%) Spring
24 77 (14.18%) Terraform
25 76 (14.00%) Maven
26 71 (13.08%) MongoDB

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 35 (6.45%) Elasticsearch
2 27 (4.97%) Apache Spark
3 20 (3.68%) Apache
4 18 (3.31%) Confluence
5 14 (2.58%) Gunicorn
6 11 (2.03%) Tomcat
7 8 (1.47%) CMS
8 7 (1.29%) Mule
8 7 (1.29%) WebSphere
9 5 (0.92%) Apache Airflow
9 5 (0.92%) Jetty
9 5 (0.92%) Luigi
9 5 (0.92%) NServiceBus
10 2 (0.37%) Alfresco
10 2 (0.37%) Drupal
10 2 (0.37%) Liferay
10 2 (0.37%) Magnolia
10 2 (0.37%) SharePoint
10 2 (0.37%) WebLogic
11 1 (0.18%) IIS
Applications
1 5 (0.92%) Microsoft Project
2 3 (0.55%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 2 (0.37%) Bloomberg AIM
1 2 (0.37%) Eagle PACE
1 2 (0.37%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 195 (35.91%) Amazon AWS
2 52 (9.58%) Microsoft Azure
3 50 (9.21%) Serverless
4 42 (7.73%) AWS Lambda
5 26 (4.79%) AWS CloudFormation
6 23 (4.24%) Google Cloud Platform
7 17 (3.13%) Amazon SQS
8 16 (2.95%) Cloud Computing
9 12 (2.21%) GitHub
10 9 (1.66%) PaaS
11 8 (1.47%) SaaS
12 7 (1.29%) Azure Functions
13 5 (0.92%) npm
14 4 (0.74%) Heroku
14 4 (0.74%) OpenShift
15 3 (0.55%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 3 (0.55%) Amazon Kinesis
16 2 (0.37%) Amazon EMR
16 2 (0.37%) Apigee
16 2 (0.37%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 9 (1.66%) MQTT
2 8 (1.47%) Internet
3 5 (0.92%) AMQP
3 5 (0.92%) HTTP
3 5 (0.92%) TCP/IP
4 3 (0.55%) Bluetooth
4 3 (0.55%) SSL
4 3 (0.55%) Wireless
5 2 (0.37%) Firewall
5 2 (0.37%) FTP
5 2 (0.37%) Modbus
5 2 (0.37%) ZigBee
6 1 (0.18%) BGP
6 1 (0.18%) DNS
6 1 (0.18%) DVB
6 1 (0.18%) IPv4
6 1 (0.18%) MPLS
6 1 (0.18%) OSPF
6 1 (0.18%) SNMP
6 1 (0.18%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 71 (13.08%) MongoDB
2 59 (10.87%) NoSQL
3 56 (10.31%) Hadoop
4 51 (9.39%) MySQL
5 48 (8.84%) Relational Database
6 47 (8.66%) Big Data
7 41 (7.55%) PostgreSQL
8 21 (3.87%) SQL Server
9 18 (3.31%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 17 (3.13%) RDBMS
11 16 (2.95%) Apache Hive
12 11 (2.03%) Couchbase
12 11 (2.03%) Oracle Database
13 6 (1.10%) Apache Zeppelin
13 6 (1.10%) Redis
14 5 (0.92%) OLTP
15 4 (0.74%) Neo4j
16 3 (0.55%) Apache Cassandra
17 2 (0.37%) KDB
17 2 (0.37%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 96 (17.68%) Jenkins
2 84 (15.47%) Git (software)
3 76 (14.00%) Maven
4 47 (8.66%) Selenium
5 45 (8.29%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 41 (7.55%) Hudson
7 32 (5.89%) Artifactory
8 29 (5.34%) Cucumber
9 28 (5.16%) Gatling
10 25 (4.60%) JIRA
11 23 (4.24%) TeamCity
12 18 (3.31%) Mocha
12 18 (3.31%) Octopus Deploy
13 17 (3.13%) MSBuild
13 17 (3.13%) Visual Studio
14 16 (2.95%) Gradle
15 15 (2.76%) Robot Framework
15 15 (2.76%) Vagrant
16 13 (2.39%) IntelliJ
16 13 (2.39%) JUnit
General
1 111 (20.44%) Finance
2 62 (11.42%) Banking
3 58 (10.68%) Front Office
4 37 (6.81%) Retail
5 16 (2.95%) Games
6 9 (1.66%) Telecoms
7 7 (1.29%) Marketing
8 6 (1.10%) Manufacturing
9 5 (0.92%) Back Office
10 4 (0.74%) Investment Banking
10 4 (0.74%) Law
11 2 (0.37%) Avionics
11 2 (0.37%) Electronics
11 2 (0.37%) Legal
11 2 (0.37%) Publishing
12 1 (0.18%) Advertising
12 1 (0.18%) Automotive
12 1 (0.18%) Financial Institution
12 1 (0.18%) French Language
12 1 (0.18%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 112 (20.63%) React
2 103 (18.97%) Node.js
3 101 (18.60%) AngularJS
4 96 (17.68%) Web Services
5 80 (14.73%) .NET
6 77 (14.18%) Spring
7 70 (12.89%) HTML
8 64 (11.79%) CSS
9 54 (9.94%) REST
10 42 (7.73%) J2EE
10 42 (7.73%) Kafka
10 42 (7.73%) NumPy
11 41 (7.55%) Spring Boot
12 36 (6.63%) SciPy
13 32 (5.89%) J2SE
14 29 (5.34%) RabbitMQ
15 28 (5.16%) Enzyme
16 27 (4.97%) Jest
17 25 (4.60%) HTML5
18 23 (4.24%) Flask
Miscellaneous
1 60 (11.05%) Greenfield Project
2 40 (7.37%) Computer Science
3 32 (5.89%) User Experience
4 29 (5.34%) Analytical Skills
5 25 (4.60%) Fixed Income
6 22 (4.05%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 20 (3.68%) Algorithms
8 18 (3.31%) Equities
9 17 (3.13%) Derivative
10 15 (2.76%) Public Cloud
11 13 (2.39%) Exotic Derivative
12 12 (2.21%) Hedge funds
13 10 (1.84%) Fintech
13 10 (1.84%) Wiki
14 9 (1.66%) Enterprise Software
14 9 (1.66%) Mobile App
15 8 (1.47%) Data Structures
16 6 (1.10%) Video\Live Streaming
17 5 (0.92%) Cloud Native
18 4 (0.74%) OTC Derivatives
Operating Systems
1 132 (24.31%) Linux
2 38 (7.00%) Unix
3 29 (5.34%) Windows
4 15 (2.76%) Android
5 8 (1.47%) Apple iOS
6 3 (0.55%) Mac OS X
6 3 (0.55%) Oracle Linux
7 2 (0.37%) CentOS
7 2 (0.37%) Embedded Linux
8 1 (0.18%) Solaris
8 1 (0.18%) VMS
8 1 (0.18%) Windows 10
8 1 (0.18%) Windows 7
8 1 (0.18%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (0.18%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 517 (95.21%) Software Engineering
2 305 (56.17%) Agile Software Development
3 141 (25.97%) TDD
4 137 (25.23%) Microservices
5 135 (24.86%) DevOps
6 107 (19.71%) Scrum
7 92 (16.94%) Continuous Integration
8 87 (16.02%) BDD
9 80 (14.73%) Test Automation
10 62 (11.42%) Asset Management
11 49 (9.02%) E-Commerce
11 49 (9.02%) OO
12 47 (8.66%) Problem-Solving
13 41 (7.55%) Continuous Delivery
14 40 (7.37%) Mentoring
15 38 (7.00%) Pair Programming
16 35 (6.45%) MVC
17 30 (5.52%) Data Science
18 29 (5.34%) Open Source
19 26 (4.79%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 293 (53.96%) Java
2 173 (31.86%) Python
3 154 (28.36%) JavaScript
4 106 (19.52%) C++
5 101 (18.60%) C#
6 97 (17.86%) SQL
7 57 (10.50%) Java 8
8 40 (7.37%) ES6
9 39 (7.18%) Go
10 29 (5.34%) Scala
11 27 (4.97%) C
12 25 (4.60%) TypeScript
13 24 (4.42%) PowerShell
14 22 (4.05%) Bash Shell
14 22 (4.05%) PHP
15 15 (2.76%) Groovy
16 14 (2.58%) T-SQL
17 12 (2.21%) Perl
17 12 (2.21%) PHP 7
18 10 (1.84%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 44 (8.10%) Security Cleared
2 37 (6.81%) Degree
3 33 (6.08%) AWS Certification
4 20 (3.68%) SC Cleared
5 12 (2.21%) Computer Science Degree
6 8 (1.47%) Master's Degree
7 3 (0.55%) DBS Check
7 3 (0.55%) DV Cleared
8 2 (0.37%) PhD
9 1 (0.18%) BPSS Clearance
9 1 (0.18%) CCNA
9 1 (0.18%) Cisco Certification
9 1 (0.18%) CISSP
9 1 (0.18%) GIAC
9 1 (0.18%) Linux+ Certification
9 1 (0.18%) MCSE
9 1 (0.18%) Microsoft Certification
9 1 (0.18%) Network+ Certification
9 1 (0.18%) SANS
9 1 (0.18%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (4.42%) QA
2 2 (0.37%) DO-178B
2 2 (0.37%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.18%) PSD2
System Software
1 123 (22.65%) Docker
2 7 (1.29%) HDFS
3 2 (0.37%) vSphere
4 1 (0.18%) Firmware
4 1 (0.18%) OpenAM
4 1 (0.18%) Oracle RAC
4 1 (0.18%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (0.18%) VirtualBox
4 1 (0.18%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 77 (14.18%) Terraform
2 48 (8.84%) Ansible
3 31 (5.71%) Kubernetes
4 17 (3.13%) Puppet
5 9 (1.66%) Mesos
6 5 (0.92%) Kibana
7 4 (0.74%) Grafana
7 4 (0.74%) logstash
8 3 (0.55%) Docker Swarm
8 3 (0.55%) Opscode Chef
9 2 (0.37%) Consul
9 2 (0.37%) Marathon
9 2 (0.37%) Oozie
9 2 (0.37%) rkt
9 2 (0.37%) Salt
10 1 (0.18%) Host Intrusion Detection System
10 1 (0.18%) HP Quality Center
10 1 (0.18%) Packer
10 1 (0.18%) Rancher
10 1 (0.18%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 28 (5.16%) Oracle
2 22 (4.05%) Google
3 16 (2.95%) Microsoft
4 14 (2.58%) Splunk
5 6 (1.10%) AppDynamics
6 5 (0.92%) Dynatrace
6 5 (0.92%) New Relic
7 4 (0.74%) Charles River
8 3 (0.55%) Atlassian
8 3 (0.55%) Infragistics
8 3 (0.55%) Red Hat
8 3 (0.55%) Salesforce.com
9 2 (0.37%) CA
9 2 (0.37%) Calypso
9 2 (0.37%) Cypress Semiconductor
9 2 (0.37%) HP
9 2 (0.37%) hybris
9 2 (0.37%) JDA
9 2 (0.37%) Tableau
9 2 (0.37%) VMware