Period
to 24 April 2018

The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £520 per day in advertised job vacancies in London during the 6 months to 24 April 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
24 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 313 320 350
Rank change year-on-year +7 +30 +84
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 370 282 267
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.80% 0.71% 0.61%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.85% 0.75% 0.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 283 214 217
London median daily rate £520 £450 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.56% -10.00% +18.34%
10th Percentile £388 £360 £341
90th Percentile £638 £613 £650
England median daily rate £463 £425 £415
% change year-on-year +8.82% +2.41% +10.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 20 6
London median hourly rate £45.00 £43.38 £47.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.75% -9.31% +36.66%
10th Percentile £40.00 £31.20 £40.75
90th Percentile £48.99 £48.88 £49.54
England median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £42.50

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 43,689 37,788 41,871
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.76% 95.04% 95.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 31,550 26,948 29,907
London median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +3.45%
10th Percentile £308 £305 £281
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
England median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 689 500 576
London median hourly rate £21.50 £22.50 £19.42
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.44% +15.86% +7.89%
10th Percentile £12.49 £12.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.50 £48.92
England median hourly rate £18.70 £19.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -1.58% - +11.76%

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 24 April 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 24 April 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 24 April 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 -14 86 £525 +5.00% 54
South London -29 27 £550 - 11
West London -47 13 £429 +19.10% 44
Software Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 24 April 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.

1 346 (93.51%) Software Engineering
2 209 (56.49%) Java
3 186 (50.27%) Agile Software Development
4 117 (31.62%) TDD
5 108 (29.19%) JavaScript
6 104 (28.11%) Python
7 85 (22.97%) Amazon AWS
8 78 (21.08%) Microservices
9 76 (20.54%) C#
10 72 (19.46%) BDD
11 69 (18.65%) Scrum
12 68 (18.38%) Linux
13 66 (17.84%) SQL
14 62 (16.76%) Test Automation
15 59 (15.95%) Docker
16 57 (15.41%) Web Services
17 55 (14.86%) Node.js
18 54 (14.59%) AngularJS
18 54 (14.59%) Continuous Integration
19 53 (14.32%) Spring
20 52 (14.05%) .NET
21 51 (13.78%) C++
22 50 (13.51%) Git (software)
22 50 (13.51%) React
23 47 (12.70%) RESTful
23 47 (12.70%) Jenkins
23 47 (12.70%) Finance
24 46 (12.43%) HTML
24 46 (12.43%) Microsoft Azure
25 44 (11.89%) DevOps

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 17 (4.59%) Apache Spark
1 17 (4.59%) Elasticsearch
2 12 (3.24%) CMS
3 10 (2.70%) Mule
4 9 (2.43%) Confluence
5 6 (1.62%) Tomcat
6 5 (1.35%) IIS
7 4 (1.08%) Jetty
8 2 (0.54%) GlassFish
8 2 (0.54%) NServiceBus
8 2 (0.54%) OpenStack
8 2 (0.54%) Oracle Coherence
8 2 (0.54%) WordPress
9 1 (0.27%) Apache
9 1 (0.27%) Cloud Foundry
9 1 (0.27%) DataSynapse
9 1 (0.27%) Drupal
9 1 (0.27%) Ethereum
9 1 (0.27%) Mule ESB
9 1 (0.27%) WebSphere
Applications
1 2 (0.54%) Chatbot
2 1 (0.27%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.27%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 1 (0.27%) Distributed Ledger
1 1 (0.27%) Kondor
Cloud Services
1 85 (22.97%) Amazon AWS
2 46 (12.43%) Microsoft Azure
3 18 (4.86%) Google Cloud Platform
4 11 (2.97%) Serverless
5 10 (2.70%) Amazon S3
5 10 (2.70%) AWS Lambda
6 9 (2.43%) Amazon EC2
6 9 (2.43%) npm
6 9 (2.43%) SaaS
7 8 (2.16%) GitHub
7 8 (2.16%) IaaS
8 7 (1.89%) PaaS
9 6 (1.62%) Amazon SQS
9 6 (1.62%) Cloud Computing
10 3 (0.81%) Slack
11 2 (0.54%) AWS CloudFormation
11 2 (0.54%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
11 2 (0.54%) BrowserStack
11 2 (0.54%) Dialogflow
11 2 (0.54%) Heroku
Communications & Networking
1 7 (1.89%) HTTP
2 6 (1.62%) Internet
3 5 (1.35%) SMS
4 4 (1.08%) AMQP
5 3 (0.81%) Network Security
5 3 (0.81%) TCP/IP
6 2 (0.54%) Bluetooth
6 2 (0.54%) DHCP
6 2 (0.54%) DOCSIS
6 2 (0.54%) Wi-Fi
7 1 (0.27%) 3G
7 1 (0.27%) 4G
7 1 (0.27%) DSL
7 1 (0.27%) DVB
7 1 (0.27%) Firewall
7 1 (0.27%) GSM
7 1 (0.27%) HbbTV
7 1 (0.27%) OpenFlow
7 1 (0.27%) RS-232
7 1 (0.27%) RS-485
Database & Business Intelligence
1 36 (9.73%) NoSQL
2 34 (9.19%) Relational Database
3 23 (6.22%) Big Data
3 23 (6.22%) MongoDB
4 22 (5.95%) Hadoop
5 21 (5.68%) SQL Server
6 17 (4.59%) PostgreSQL
7 13 (3.51%) Apache Cassandra
8 8 (2.16%) MySQL
9 7 (1.89%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 7 (1.89%) Apache Hive
9 7 (1.89%) CouchDB
10 6 (1.62%) Amazon RDS
10 6 (1.62%) RDBMS
11 4 (1.08%) HBase
11 4 (1.08%) Redis
12 3 (0.81%) Amazon Redshift
12 3 (0.81%) BigQuery
12 3 (0.81%) Bigtable
12 3 (0.81%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 50 (13.51%) Git (software)
2 47 (12.70%) Jenkins
3 32 (8.65%) Cucumber
4 30 (8.11%) Selenium
5 29 (7.84%) Maven
6 18 (4.86%) JIRA
7 16 (4.32%) Jasmine
8 13 (3.51%) TeamCity
8 13 (3.51%) webpack
9 12 (3.24%) Gradle
9 12 (3.24%) Mocha
9 12 (3.24%) Team Foundation Server
10 10 (2.70%) JUnit
10 10 (2.70%) WebDriver
11 8 (2.16%) Hudson
12 7 (1.89%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 7 (1.89%) Babel
12 7 (1.89%) JBehave
12 7 (1.89%) Sonatype Nexus
12 7 (1.89%) TestRail
General
1 47 (12.70%) Finance
2 24 (6.49%) Banking
3 17 (4.59%) Retail
4 14 (3.78%) Front Office
5 12 (3.24%) Games
6 7 (1.89%) Manufacturing
6 7 (1.89%) Telecoms
7 6 (1.62%) Back Office
8 4 (1.08%) Investment Banking
9 3 (0.81%) Advertising
9 3 (0.81%) Electronics
9 3 (0.81%) Marketing
10 2 (0.54%) Legal
10 2 (0.54%) Pharmaceutical
11 1 (0.27%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.27%) French Language
11 1 (0.27%) Law
11 1 (0.27%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 57 (15.41%) Web Services
2 55 (14.86%) Node.js
3 54 (14.59%) AngularJS
4 53 (14.32%) Spring
5 52 (14.05%) .NET
6 50 (13.51%) React
7 47 (12.70%) RESTful
8 46 (12.43%) HTML
9 41 (11.08%) CSS
9 41 (11.08%) REST
10 29 (7.84%) JSON
11 26 (7.03%) XML
12 23 (6.22%) HTML5
13 21 (5.68%) ASP.NET
13 21 (5.68%) Spring Boot
14 17 (4.59%) CSS3
15 16 (4.32%) jQuery
15 16 (4.32%) Kafka
16 15 (4.05%) Express
16 15 (4.05%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 29 (7.84%) User Experience
2 24 (6.49%) Mobile App
3 22 (5.95%) Computer Science
4 21 (5.68%) Greenfield Project
5 10 (2.70%) Fintech
6 9 (2.43%) Algorithms
6 9 (2.43%) Analytical Skills
7 7 (1.89%) Data Structures
7 7 (1.89%) Virtual Team
8 6 (1.62%) Clustering
8 6 (1.62%) Digital Media
9 5 (1.35%) Enterprise Software
9 5 (1.35%) Equities
10 4 (1.08%) Embedded Systems
10 4 (1.08%) Self-Motivation
10 4 (1.08%) Video on Demand
11 3 (0.81%) Credit Risk
11 3 (0.81%) Hedge funds
11 3 (0.81%) Over-the-Top Content
11 3 (0.81%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 68 (18.38%) Linux
2 24 (6.49%) Android
2 24 (6.49%) Windows
3 20 (5.41%) Apple iOS
4 12 (3.24%) Unix
5 5 (1.35%) Windows 10
5 5 (1.35%) Windows 7
5 5 (1.35%) Windows Server 2008
5 5 (1.35%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (1.08%) Embedded Linux
7 3 (0.81%) Windows Server
8 1 (0.27%) CoreOS
8 1 (0.27%) Windows Embedded Compact
Processes & Methodologies
1 346 (93.51%) Software Engineering
2 186 (50.27%) Agile Software Development
3 117 (31.62%) TDD
4 78 (21.08%) Microservices
5 72 (19.46%) BDD
6 69 (18.65%) Scrum
7 62 (16.76%) Test Automation
8 54 (14.59%) Continuous Integration
9 44 (11.89%) DevOps
10 38 (10.27%) OO
11 36 (9.73%) MVC
12 29 (7.84%) Mentoring
13 27 (7.30%) Continuous Delivery
13 27 (7.30%) Problem-Solving
14 26 (7.03%) SDLC
15 25 (6.76%) Pair Programming
16 24 (6.49%) E-Commerce
17 22 (5.95%) Kanban
17 22 (5.95%) Unit Testing
18 21 (5.68%) Multithreading
Programming Languages
1 209 (56.49%) Java
2 108 (29.19%) JavaScript
3 104 (28.11%) Python
4 76 (20.54%) C#
5 66 (17.84%) SQL
6 51 (13.78%) C++
7 39 (10.54%) Java 8
8 34 (9.19%) Scala
9 31 (8.38%) Ruby
10 29 (7.84%) C
11 18 (4.86%) Go
12 15 (4.05%) PowerShell
13 14 (3.78%) PHP
14 10 (2.70%) Apple Swift
14 10 (2.70%) Perl
15 8 (2.16%) Groovy
16 7 (1.89%) ES6
16 7 (1.89%) TypeScript
17 6 (1.62%) Objective-C
17 6 (1.62%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 30 (8.11%) Degree
2 14 (3.78%) Security Cleared
3 12 (3.24%) SC Cleared
4 9 (2.43%) Computer Science Degree
5 3 (0.81%) DV Cleared
6 2 (0.54%) Sun Certification
7 1 (0.27%) AWS Certification
7 1 (0.27%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (10.27%) QA
2 6 (1.62%) GCP
3 4 (1.08%) PSD2
4 2 (0.54%) Disclosure Scotland
4 2 (0.54%) JTAG
5 1 (0.27%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.27%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 59 (15.95%) Docker
2 6 (1.62%) Active Directory
3 5 (1.35%) Firmware
4 3 (0.81%) Apache Flume
5 2 (0.54%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 2 (0.54%) HDFS
5 2 (0.54%) VMware Infrastructure
6 1 (0.27%) KVM
6 1 (0.27%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.27%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 21 (5.68%) Ansible
2 20 (5.41%) Kubernetes
3 16 (4.32%) Terraform
4 4 (1.08%) Opscode Chef
5 3 (0.81%) Ambari
5 3 (0.81%) Hadoop YARN
5 3 (0.81%) Mesos
6 2 (0.54%) HockeyApp
7 1 (0.27%) Automic
7 1 (0.27%) Docker Swarm
7 1 (0.27%) Marathon
7 1 (0.27%) Puppet
7 1 (0.27%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 21 (5.68%) Google
2 18 (4.86%) Microsoft
3 14 (3.78%) Oracle
4 5 (1.35%) IBM
4 5 (1.35%) MuleSoft
5 4 (1.08%) Splunk
5 4 (1.08%) Sybase
5 4 (1.08%) TIBCO
6 3 (0.81%) Tableau
7 2 (0.54%) Atlassian
7 2 (0.54%) Rackspace
7 2 (0.54%) Salesforce.com
7 2 (0.54%) VMware
8 1 (0.27%) Apple
8 1 (0.27%) HP
8 1 (0.27%) Hyperion
8 1 (0.27%) ION Trading
8 1 (0.27%) McAfee
8 1 (0.27%) Red Hat
8 1 (0.27%) Sophis