Period
to 19 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies in London during the 6 months to 19 November 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
6 months to
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 312 338 315
Rank change year-on-year +26 -23 +32
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 364 287 316
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.79% 0.64% 0.67%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.83% 0.67% 0.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 254 220 246
London median daily rate £500 £475 £490
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% -3.06% +9.56%
10th Percentile £375 £350 £339
90th Percentile £650 £626 £675
England median daily rate £454 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +6.78% +6.25% +10.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 8 23
London median hourly rate £47.50 £45.92 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.45% +22.44% +1.35%
10th Percentile £35.00 £34.95 £35.00
90th Percentile £48.75 £52.25 £52.17
England median hourly rate £42.50 £42.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% -

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 43845 42658 44659
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.85% 95.00% 94.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 31743 30364 31460
London median daily rate £493 £460 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.07% +2.22% +5.88%
10th Percentile £300 £288 £268
90th Percentile £663 £638 £638
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 544 553 695
London median hourly rate £20.00 £19.62 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.96% +3.24% +8.57%
10th Percentile £12.15 £11.50 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.83 £50.00 £47.83
England median hourly rate £18.63 £18.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year +0.68% +2.78% +9.09%

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 19 November 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 6 months to 19 November 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 6 months to 19 November 2017. 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 -10 38 £500 - 25
South London -16 27 £550 +53.85% 1
West London -22 21 £400 +14.29% 15
North London - 4 - - 1
East London -11 2 £550 +12.82% 4
Software Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 19 November 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.

1 338 (92.86%) Software Engineering
2 179 (49.18%) Agile Software Development
3 171 (46.98%) Java
4 107 (29.40%) TDD
5 82 (22.53%) JavaScript
6 80 (21.98%) Amazon AWS
7 79 (21.70%) SQL
8 76 (20.88%) C#
9 72 (19.78%) Linux
10 70 (19.23%) Scrum
10 70 (19.23%) REST
11 69 (18.96%) C++
12 67 (18.41%) Python
12 67 (18.41%) Microservices
13 65 (17.86%) BDD
14 63 (17.31%) .NET
15 58 (15.93%) Web Services
16 53 (14.56%) Test Automation
17 52 (14.29%) NoSQL
17 52 (14.29%) Finance
18 50 (13.74%) Git (software)
18 50 (13.74%) Continuous Integration
19 49 (13.46%) Scala
20 48 (13.19%) MVC
20 48 (13.19%) DevOps
21 47 (12.91%) Microsoft Azure
22 44 (12.09%) Jenkins
23 42 (11.54%) HTML
24 41 (11.26%) CSS
24 41 (11.26%) Spring

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 27 (7.42%) Elasticsearch
2 25 (6.87%) Apache Spark
3 14 (3.85%) Apache
3 14 (3.85%) Tomcat
4 10 (2.75%) Confluence
5 9 (2.47%) CMS
6 5 (1.37%) Mule
7 4 (1.10%) Apache Solr
8 3 (0.82%) IIS
8 3 (0.82%) Oracle Coherence
9 2 (0.55%) JBoss
9 2 (0.55%) OpenStack
9 2 (0.55%) WebLogic
10 1 (0.27%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 1 (0.27%) Drupal
10 1 (0.27%) Ethereum
10 1 (0.27%) Jetty
10 1 (0.27%) Mule ESB
Applications
1 4 (1.10%) Photoshop
2 2 (0.55%) Adobe Illustrator
2 2 (0.55%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.27%) Doxygen
Business Applications
1 3 (0.82%) Payment Gateway
2 2 (0.55%) SunGard GMI
3 1 (0.27%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 80 (21.98%) Amazon AWS
2 47 (12.91%) Microsoft Azure
3 15 (4.12%) SaaS
4 12 (3.30%) GitHub
5 7 (1.92%) Amazon EC2
5 7 (1.92%) Serverless
6 5 (1.37%) Amazon SQS
6 5 (1.37%) Cloud Computing
7 4 (1.10%) Amazon S3
8 3 (0.82%) AWS Lambda
8 3 (0.82%) BrowserStack
8 3 (0.82%) IaaS
8 3 (0.82%) PaaS
8 3 (0.82%) Sauce Labs
8 3 (0.82%) Slack
9 2 (0.55%) OpenShift
10 1 (0.27%) Amazon ElastiCache
10 1 (0.27%) Amazon Kinesis
10 1 (0.27%) AWS CloudFormation
10 1 (0.27%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 10 (2.75%) Internet
2 6 (1.65%) HTTP
3 4 (1.10%) Wi-Fi
4 3 (0.82%) Bluetooth
4 3 (0.82%) FTP
4 3 (0.82%) Network Security
4 3 (0.82%) Wireless
5 2 (0.55%) DSL
5 2 (0.55%) DVB
5 2 (0.55%) ZigBee
6 1 (0.27%) 3G
6 1 (0.27%) 4G
6 1 (0.27%) Firewall
6 1 (0.27%) GSM
6 1 (0.27%) LDAP
6 1 (0.27%) OpenFlow
6 1 (0.27%) RFID
6 1 (0.27%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 52 (14.29%) NoSQL
2 37 (10.16%) MongoDB
3 25 (6.87%) Big Data
4 24 (6.59%) Hadoop
5 22 (6.04%) SQL Server
6 18 (4.95%) Apache Cassandra
6 18 (4.95%) Relational Database
7 12 (3.30%) PostgreSQL
8 11 (3.02%) MySQL
9 9 (2.47%) RDBMS
9 9 (2.47%) Redis
10 7 (1.92%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 5 (1.37%) Blockchain
11 5 (1.37%) HBase
12 4 (1.10%) DocumentDB
12 4 (1.10%) Spark SQL
13 3 (0.82%) Amazon RDS
13 3 (0.82%) Apache Hive
13 3 (0.82%) CouchDB
13 3 (0.82%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 50 (13.74%) Git (software)
2 44 (12.09%) Jenkins
3 36 (9.89%) JIRA
4 27 (7.42%) Cucumber
4 27 (7.42%) Maven
5 16 (4.40%) Selenium
6 15 (4.12%) TeamCity
7 14 (3.85%) JUnit
8 13 (3.57%) Appium
9 11 (3.02%) Eclipse
10 10 (2.75%) Gradle
11 9 (2.47%) IntelliJ
11 9 (2.47%) Octopus Deploy
11 9 (2.47%) TestRail
12 8 (2.20%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 8 (2.20%) Subversion
13 6 (1.65%) SonarQube
13 6 (1.65%) TestNG
14 5 (1.37%) JBehave
14 5 (1.37%) WebDriver
General
1 52 (14.29%) Finance
2 26 (7.14%) Banking
3 16 (4.40%) Retail
4 13 (3.57%) Electronics
5 10 (2.75%) Front Office
6 7 (1.92%) Manufacturing
6 7 (1.92%) Marketing
7 5 (1.37%) Games
8 4 (1.10%) Back Office
8 4 (1.10%) Investment Banking
9 3 (0.82%) Aerospace
9 3 (0.82%) Retail Banking
9 3 (0.82%) Telecoms
10 2 (0.55%) Automotive
10 2 (0.55%) Financial Institution
10 2 (0.55%) Legal
10 2 (0.55%) Pharmaceutical
10 2 (0.55%) Publishing
11 1 (0.27%) Avionics
11 1 (0.27%) Law
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 70 (19.23%) REST
2 63 (17.31%) .NET
3 58 (15.93%) Web Services
4 42 (11.54%) HTML
5 41 (11.26%) CSS
5 41 (11.26%) Node.js
5 41 (11.26%) Spring
6 40 (10.99%) AngularJS
7 34 (9.34%) JSON
8 33 (9.07%) RESTful
9 26 (7.14%) React
10 23 (6.32%) ASP.NET
11 20 (5.49%) jQuery
12 18 (4.95%) Akka
13 17 (4.67%) HTML5
13 17 (4.67%) Kafka
13 17 (4.67%) SOAP
14 16 (4.40%) Spring Boot
15 14 (3.85%) ASP.NET Web API
15 14 (3.85%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 34 (9.34%) Computer Science
2 22 (6.04%) Mobile App
2 22 (6.04%) User Experience
3 18 (4.95%) Algorithms
4 14 (3.85%) Analytical Skills
4 14 (3.85%) Data Structures
5 13 (3.57%) Enterprise Software
6 12 (3.30%) Fintech
7 11 (3.02%) Embedded Systems
7 11 (3.02%) Greenfield Project
8 7 (1.92%) Public Cloud
9 6 (1.65%) Device Driver
10 5 (1.37%) 3D Graphics
10 5 (1.37%) Clustering
10 5 (1.37%) Derivative
10 5 (1.37%) Fixed Income
11 4 (1.10%) Equities
11 4 (1.10%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
11 4 (1.10%) Hybrid Cloud
11 4 (1.10%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 72 (19.78%) Linux
2 35 (9.62%) Android
3 32 (8.79%) Windows
4 28 (7.69%) Apple iOS
5 22 (6.04%) Unix
6 11 (3.02%) Embedded Linux
7 7 (1.92%) Windows 10
7 7 (1.92%) Windows 7
7 7 (1.92%) Windows Server 2008
7 7 (1.92%) Windows Server 2012
8 5 (1.37%) Windows Server
9 2 (0.55%) CentOS
9 2 (0.55%) Fedora
10 1 (0.27%) CoreOS
10 1 (0.27%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.27%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 338 (92.86%) Software Engineering
2 179 (49.18%) Agile Software Development
3 107 (29.40%) TDD
4 70 (19.23%) Scrum
5 67 (18.41%) Microservices
6 65 (17.86%) BDD
7 53 (14.56%) Test Automation
8 50 (13.74%) Continuous Integration
9 48 (13.19%) DevOps
9 48 (13.19%) MVC
10 36 (9.89%) Open Source
11 35 (9.62%) OO
12 32 (8.79%) E-Commerce
13 28 (7.69%) Multithreading
14 27 (7.42%) SDLC
15 26 (7.14%) Mentoring
15 26 (7.14%) Pair Programming
16 25 (6.87%) Machine Learning
17 23 (6.32%) High Availability
18 22 (6.04%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 171 (46.98%) Java
2 82 (22.53%) JavaScript
3 79 (21.70%) SQL
4 76 (20.88%) C#
5 69 (18.96%) C++
6 67 (18.41%) Python
7 49 (13.46%) Scala
8 38 (10.44%) C
9 20 (5.49%) Ruby
10 14 (3.85%) T-SQL
11 13 (3.57%) Embedded C
11 13 (3.57%) PowerShell
12 8 (2.20%) Apple Swift
12 8 (2.20%) Go
12 8 (2.20%) PHP
13 7 (1.92%) ES6
13 7 (1.92%) VBScript
14 6 (1.65%) Bash Shell
14 6 (1.65%) Objective-C
15 5 (1.37%) Perl
Qualifications
1 34 (9.34%) Degree
2 21 (5.77%) Computer Science Degree
3 12 (3.30%) Security Cleared
4 6 (1.65%) SC Cleared
5 3 (0.82%) DV Cleared
6 1 (0.27%) Master's Degree
6 1 (0.27%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 40 (10.99%) QA
2 4 (1.10%) MiFID
3 3 (0.82%) MISRA
4 2 (0.55%) EMIR
4 2 (0.55%) PSD2
5 1 (0.27%) DO-178B
5 1 (0.27%) IEC 61508
5 1 (0.27%) IEC 62304
5 1 (0.27%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.27%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 36 (9.89%) Docker
2 7 (1.92%) Active Directory
3 6 (1.65%) HDFS
4 5 (1.37%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 4 (1.10%) Firmware
5 4 (1.10%) OpenAM
5 4 (1.10%) OpenIDM
6 3 (0.82%) VMware Infrastructure
7 1 (0.27%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.27%) KVM
7 1 (0.27%) Terminal Server
7 1 (0.27%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.27%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 15 (4.12%) Ansible
2 9 (2.47%) Kubernetes
3 8 (2.20%) Opscode Chef
4 6 (1.65%) Puppet
4 6 (1.65%) Terraform
5 4 (1.10%) Mesos
6 3 (0.82%) Hadoop YARN
6 3 (0.82%) Oozie
7 1 (0.27%) Graphite
7 1 (0.27%) Juju
7 1 (0.27%) logstash
7 1 (0.27%) Nagios
7 1 (0.27%) Opsview
7 1 (0.27%) SCCM
Vendors
1 21 (5.77%) Microsoft
2 19 (5.22%) Oracle
3 6 (1.65%) Google
3 6 (1.65%) VMware
4 5 (1.37%) Atlassian
5 4 (1.10%) Cloudera
5 4 (1.10%) ForgeRock
5 4 (1.10%) Red Hat
6 3 (0.82%) Apple
6 3 (0.82%) Hortonworks
6 3 (0.82%) IBM
6 3 (0.82%) TIBCO
7 2 (0.55%) Adobe
7 2 (0.55%) CQG
7 2 (0.55%) Fidessa
7 2 (0.55%) RedGate
7 2 (0.55%) SAP
7 2 (0.55%) Splunk
7 2 (0.55%) SunGard
7 2 (0.55%) Sybase