Period
to 22 July 2018

The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies in London during the 6 months to 22 July 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
22 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 286 319 354
Rank change year-on-year +33 +35 +43
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 416 303 277
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.90% 0.72% 0.61%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.95% 0.75% 0.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 310 203 212
London median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £371 £360 £325
90th Percentile £650 £625 £638
England median daily rate £450 £430 £415
% change year-on-year +4.65% +3.61% +12.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 27 5
London median hourly rate £47.50 £42.50 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.76% - -11.14%
10th Percentile £30.10 £31.05 £38.50
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £48.25
England median hourly rate £43.00 £42.50 £42.25
% change year-on-year +1.18% +0.59% +4.32%

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 43,692 40,134 43,334
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.74% 95.09% 95.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 31,654 28,547 31,181
London median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +2.86%
10th Percentile £313 £305 £288
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
England median daily rate £450 £440 £425
% change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 647 520 493
London median hourly rate £21.50 £21.12 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.82% +11.13% -2.56%
10th Percentile £13.13 £12.50 £10.75
90th Percentile £51.75 £50.00 £47.76
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.14 £19.00
% change year-on-year +3.09% -4.53% +8.57%

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 22 July 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 22 July 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 22 July 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 -11 76 £525 +5.00% 88
South London -37 18 £500 +33.33% 11
West London -54 11 £426 +18.40% 79
East London -21 2 £500 -9.09% 13
Software Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 22 July 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.

1 394 (94.71%) Software Engineering
2 232 (55.77%) Java
3 195 (46.88%) Agile Software Development
4 124 (29.81%) JavaScript
5 114 (27.40%) Python
6 112 (26.92%) Amazon AWS
7 107 (25.72%) TDD
8 90 (21.63%) SQL
9 88 (21.15%) Linux
10 80 (19.23%) C#
10 80 (19.23%) Scrum
11 77 (18.51%) Docker
12 69 (16.59%) .NET
12 69 (16.59%) AngularJS
13 66 (15.87%) BDD
13 66 (15.87%) Continuous Integration
14 65 (15.63%) C++
14 65 (15.63%) Finance
15 64 (15.38%) Test Automation
15 64 (15.38%) Microservices
16 60 (14.42%) DevOps
16 60 (14.42%) Spring
17 59 (14.18%) Node.js
18 58 (13.94%) OO
19 57 (13.70%) Web Services
20 56 (13.46%) Jenkins
21 54 (12.98%) React
22 52 (12.50%) Git (software)
23 49 (11.78%) NoSQL
24 46 (11.06%) HTML

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 28 (6.73%) Apache Spark
1 28 (6.73%) Elasticsearch
2 14 (3.37%) CMS
3 13 (3.13%) Apache
3 13 (3.13%) Confluence
4 12 (2.88%) Tomcat
5 7 (1.68%) Jetty
5 7 (1.68%) NServiceBus
6 5 (1.20%) Apache Airflow
6 5 (1.20%) IIS
6 5 (1.20%) Luigi
7 2 (0.48%) Alfresco
7 2 (0.48%) Liferay
7 2 (0.48%) Magnolia
7 2 (0.48%) Mule
7 2 (0.48%) WebSphere
7 2 (0.48%) WordPress
8 1 (0.24%) Drupal
8 1 (0.24%) nginx
8 1 (0.24%) Umbraco
Applications
1 1 (0.24%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 1 (0.24%) Distributed Ledger
1 1 (0.24%) Kondor
Cloud Services
1 112 (26.92%) Amazon AWS
2 42 (10.10%) Microsoft Azure
3 16 (3.85%) Cloud Computing
3 16 (3.85%) Google Cloud Platform
3 16 (3.85%) Serverless
4 12 (2.88%) AWS Lambda
5 9 (2.16%) PaaS
5 9 (2.16%) SaaS
6 8 (1.92%) GitHub
7 7 (1.68%) Amazon S3
7 7 (1.68%) npm
8 5 (1.20%) Heroku
8 5 (1.20%) IaaS
9 4 (0.96%) AWS CloudFormation
9 4 (0.96%) OpenShift
10 3 (0.72%) Amazon EC2
11 2 (0.48%) BrowserStack
12 1 (0.24%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 1 (0.24%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
12 1 (0.24%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 11 (2.64%) Internet
2 8 (1.92%) MQTT
3 7 (1.68%) AMQP
4 5 (1.20%) HTTP
4 5 (1.20%) TCP/IP
5 4 (0.96%) Bluetooth
5 4 (0.96%) SMS
6 3 (0.72%) Wireless
7 2 (0.48%) DOCSIS
7 2 (0.48%) Modbus
7 2 (0.48%) ZigBee
8 1 (0.24%) DSL
8 1 (0.24%) DVB
8 1 (0.24%) Firewall
8 1 (0.24%) FTP
8 1 (0.24%) RS-232
8 1 (0.24%) RS-485
8 1 (0.24%) SSL
8 1 (0.24%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 49 (11.78%) NoSQL
2 43 (10.34%) Big Data
3 36 (8.65%) Relational Database
4 29 (6.97%) Hadoop
5 27 (6.49%) SQL Server
6 23 (5.53%) MongoDB
7 21 (5.05%) PostgreSQL
8 13 (3.13%) Apache Hive
9 11 (2.64%) MySQL
10 7 (1.68%) RDBMS
11 6 (1.44%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 6 (1.44%) Apache Cassandra
11 6 (1.44%) Apache Zeppelin
12 5 (1.20%) Amazon RDS
12 5 (1.20%) Redis
13 4 (0.96%) Amazon Redshift
13 4 (0.96%) Neo4j
14 3 (0.72%) BigQuery
14 3 (0.72%) Flink
14 3 (0.72%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 56 (13.46%) Jenkins
2 52 (12.50%) Git (software)
3 33 (7.93%) Maven
4 25 (6.01%) Selenium
5 22 (5.29%) Cucumber
6 18 (4.33%) Team Foundation Server
7 17 (4.09%) JIRA
8 14 (3.37%) WebDriver
9 13 (3.13%) IntelliJ
9 13 (3.13%) Jasmine
9 13 (3.13%) Visual Studio
10 12 (2.88%) Eclipse
10 12 (2.88%) JUnit
11 11 (2.64%) Gradle
12 10 (2.40%) Vagrant
13 9 (2.16%) JBehave
13 9 (2.16%) Mocha
13 9 (2.16%) SpecFlow
13 9 (2.16%) TeamCity
13 9 (2.16%) webpack
General
1 65 (15.63%) Finance
2 23 (5.53%) Banking
3 17 (4.09%) Retail
4 16 (3.85%) Front Office
5 12 (2.88%) Telecoms
6 11 (2.64%) Games
7 7 (1.68%) Investment Banking
8 5 (1.20%) Manufacturing
9 4 (0.96%) Law
10 3 (0.72%) Advertising
10 3 (0.72%) Electronics
10 3 (0.72%) Marketing
11 2 (0.48%) Back Office
11 2 (0.48%) French Language
11 2 (0.48%) Legal
11 2 (0.48%) Pharmaceutical
12 1 (0.24%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 69 (16.59%) .NET
1 69 (16.59%) AngularJS
2 60 (14.42%) Spring
3 59 (14.18%) Node.js
4 57 (13.70%) Web Services
5 54 (12.98%) React
6 46 (11.06%) HTML
7 43 (10.34%) CSS
8 40 (9.62%) REST
9 32 (7.69%) Kafka
9 32 (7.69%) Spring Boot
10 31 (7.45%) XML
11 30 (7.21%) RESTful
12 24 (5.77%) RabbitMQ
13 23 (5.53%) JSON
14 21 (5.05%) jQuery
15 19 (4.57%) HTML5
16 18 (4.33%) J2EE
17 17 (4.09%) ASP.NET
18 15 (3.61%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 29 (6.97%) Greenfield Project
2 28 (6.73%) User Experience
3 24 (5.77%) Computer Science
4 22 (5.29%) Analytical Skills
5 17 (4.09%) Mobile App
6 13 (3.13%) Algorithms
7 12 (2.88%) Data Structures
8 10 (2.40%) Hedge funds
9 9 (2.16%) Fintech
10 8 (1.92%) Enterprise Software
10 8 (1.92%) Public Cloud
11 6 (1.44%) Wiki
12 4 (0.96%) Data Centre
12 4 (0.96%) Fixed Income
12 4 (0.96%) Internet of Things
12 4 (0.96%) Online Games
12 4 (0.96%) Smart Home
13 3 (0.72%) Cloud Native
13 3 (0.72%) Equities
13 3 (0.72%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 88 (21.15%) Linux
2 32 (7.69%) Unix
3 23 (5.53%) Windows
4 20 (4.81%) Android
5 16 (3.85%) Apple iOS
6 4 (0.96%) Embedded Linux
7 2 (0.48%) Oracle Linux
7 2 (0.48%) Windows 10
7 2 (0.48%) Windows 7
7 2 (0.48%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (0.48%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.24%) CentOS
8 1 (0.24%) VMS
8 1 (0.24%) Windows Embedded Compact
8 1 (0.24%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 394 (94.71%) Software Engineering
2 195 (46.88%) Agile Software Development
3 107 (25.72%) TDD
4 80 (19.23%) Scrum
5 66 (15.87%) BDD
5 66 (15.87%) Continuous Integration
6 64 (15.38%) Microservices
6 64 (15.38%) Test Automation
7 60 (14.42%) DevOps
8 58 (13.94%) OO
9 43 (10.34%) Problem-Solving
10 40 (9.62%) Pair Programming
11 36 (8.65%) E-Commerce
12 31 (7.45%) MVC
13 28 (6.73%) Mentoring
14 26 (6.25%) Continuous Delivery
15 25 (6.01%) Multithreading
16 24 (5.77%) Analytics
17 22 (5.29%) Data Science
18 20 (4.81%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 232 (55.77%) Java
2 124 (29.81%) JavaScript
3 114 (27.40%) Python
4 90 (21.63%) SQL
5 80 (19.23%) C#
6 65 (15.63%) C++
7 40 (9.62%) Java 8
8 35 (8.41%) Scala
9 30 (7.21%) C
10 24 (5.77%) Go
11 20 (4.81%) Ruby
12 16 (3.85%) T-SQL
13 15 (3.61%) Perl
14 14 (3.37%) PowerShell
15 12 (2.88%) Groovy
15 12 (2.88%) Shell Script
16 11 (2.64%) Bash Shell
16 11 (2.64%) Kotlin
17 10 (2.40%) PHP
18 9 (2.16%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 33 (7.93%) Security Cleared
2 26 (6.25%) Degree
3 17 (4.09%) SC Cleared
4 7 (1.68%) Computer Science Degree
5 3 (0.72%) DBS Check
6 2 (0.48%) AWS Certification
6 2 (0.48%) DV Cleared
6 2 (0.48%) Master's Degree
7 1 (0.24%) Numerate Degree
7 1 (0.24%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (5.53%) QA
2 6 (1.44%) GCP
3 2 (0.48%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (0.48%) JTAG
4 1 (0.24%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.24%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 77 (18.51%) Docker
2 6 (1.44%) HDFS
3 4 (0.96%) Active Directory
4 2 (0.48%) Apache Flume
4 2 (0.48%) Firmware
5 1 (0.24%) Oracle RAC
5 1 (0.24%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.24%) VirtualBox
5 1 (0.24%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.24%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 28 (6.73%) Terraform
2 23 (5.53%) Ansible
2 23 (5.53%) Kubernetes
3 5 (1.20%) Puppet
4 4 (0.96%) Grafana
4 4 (0.96%) Kibana
4 4 (0.96%) logstash
4 4 (0.96%) Mesos
4 4 (0.96%) Opscode Chef
5 3 (0.72%) Docker Swarm
6 2 (0.48%) Ambari
6 2 (0.48%) Consul
6 2 (0.48%) Hadoop YARN
6 2 (0.48%) HockeyApp
7 1 (0.24%) Data Guard
7 1 (0.24%) Host Intrusion Detection System
7 1 (0.24%) HP Quality Center
7 1 (0.24%) Packer
7 1 (0.24%) rkt
7 1 (0.24%) Salt
Vendors
1 22 (5.29%) Google
2 20 (4.81%) Oracle
3 11 (2.64%) Microsoft
4 8 (1.92%) Splunk
5 6 (1.44%) AppDynamics
6 5 (1.20%) Atlassian
6 5 (1.20%) MuleSoft
7 4 (0.96%) Tableau
8 3 (0.72%) Salesforce.com
9 2 (0.48%) Apigee
9 2 (0.48%) CA
9 2 (0.48%) Demandware
9 2 (0.48%) hybris
9 2 (0.48%) Red Hat
9 2 (0.48%) Vignette
9 2 (0.48%) Xamarin
10 1 (0.24%) CA Agile Central
10 1 (0.24%) Dynatrace
10 1 (0.24%) SaltStack
10 1 (0.24%) Solace