Period
to 19 December 2018

The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £350 per day in advertised job vacancies in Scotland during the 6 months to 19 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
UK > Scotland
6 months to
19 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 150 126 131
Rank change year-on-year -24 +5 +22
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 47 57 48
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 0.91% 1.14% 1.17%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.96% 1.19% 1.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 26 30
Scotland median daily rate £350 £413 £335
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -15.15% +23.13% +3.08%
10th Percentile £253 £243 £312
90th Percentile £484 £572 £432
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 3 4
Scotland median hourly rate £43.50 £41.50 £43.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.82% -4.05% +7.11%
10th Percentile £42.13 £35.95 £42.13
90th Percentile £44.39 £43.25 £48.58
UK 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 Scotland. 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
Scotland
Contract vacancies in Scotland with a recognized job title 4,919 4,778 3,899
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.11% 95.81% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,710 2,763 2,265
Scotland median daily rate £400 £388 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.23% +6.90% -2.03%
10th Percentile £219 £225 £225
90th Percentile £550 £538 £500
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 115 128 119
Scotland median hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £17.32
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.00% +15.47% -13.40%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.03 £10.50
90th Percentile £44.41 £42.73 £44.60
UK median hourly rate £18.56 £18.70 £18.00
% change year-on-year -0.75% +3.89% -

Software Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in Scotland

Job postings that featured Software Engineer in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Scotland.

Job vacancy trend for Software Engineer in Scotland

Software Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Software Engineer in Scotland.

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Engineer in Scotland

Software Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Scotland

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Engineer in Scotland over the 6 months to 19 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Engineer in Scotland

Software Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Engineer in Scotland.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Engineer in Scotland

Software Engineer
Contract Job Locations in Scotland

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 Scotland region over the 6 months to 19 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
Edinburgh -7 24 £350 -11.11% 38
Glasgow -9 19 £463 +5.71% 24
Fife +7 3 - - 4
Renfrewshire - 1 £325 -
Software Engineer
UK

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

For the 6 months to 19 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 Scotland region featuring Software Engineer in the job title.

1 45 (95.74%) Software Engineering
2 29 (61.70%) Java
3 21 (44.68%) Agile Software Development
4 16 (34.04%) SQL
5 14 (29.79%) C#
6 13 (27.66%) Finance
7 11 (23.40%) Analytics
7 11 (23.40%) Java 8
8 10 (21.28%) Degree
8 10 (21.28%) Computer Science
9 9 (19.15%) Computer Science Degree
10 8 (17.02%) Hadoop
10 8 (17.02%) Games
10 8 (17.02%) .NET
10 8 (17.02%) OO
10 8 (17.02%) Python
11 7 (14.89%) Visual Studio
11 7 (14.89%) Web Services
11 7 (14.89%) C++
11 7 (14.89%) OOD
11 7 (14.89%) Scrum
11 7 (14.89%) Spring
11 7 (14.89%) Continuous Integration
11 7 (14.89%) Git (software)
11 7 (14.89%) Test Automation
11 7 (14.89%) Jenkins
11 7 (14.89%) Enterprise Software
11 7 (14.89%) Akka
11 7 (14.89%) Kafka
11 7 (14.89%) Scala

Software Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in Scotland 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 7 (14.89%) Apache Spark
2 2 (4.26%) Apache
2 2 (4.26%) Confluence
2 2 (4.26%) JBoss
2 2 (4.26%) Tomcat
3 1 (2.13%) Jetty
3 1 (2.13%) WebLogic
3 1 (2.13%) WebSphere
Applications
1 3 (6.38%) Simulink
2 2 (4.26%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (2.13%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (2.13%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (2.13%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 3 (6.38%) GitHub
1 3 (6.38%) NuGet
2 2 (4.26%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (4.26%) SaaS
2 2 (4.26%) Yarn
3 1 (2.13%) Amazon EC2
3 1 (2.13%) AWS CloudFormation
3 1 (2.13%) AWS Lambda
3 1 (2.13%) Serverless
3 1 (2.13%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 2 (4.26%) AMQP
2 1 (2.13%) Bluetooth
2 1 (2.13%) HTTP
2 1 (2.13%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (17.02%) Hadoop
2 7 (14.89%) Impala
3 5 (10.64%) Relational Database
4 3 (6.38%) Big Data
4 3 (6.38%) SQL Server
5 2 (4.26%) Data Mining
5 2 (4.26%) MongoDB
5 2 (4.26%) NoSQL
5 2 (4.26%) RDBMS
6 1 (2.13%) Couchbase
6 1 (2.13%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 7 (14.89%) Git (software)
1 7 (14.89%) Jenkins
1 7 (14.89%) Visual Studio
2 6 (12.77%) Cucumber
2 6 (12.77%) JIRA
3 5 (10.64%) JUnit
3 5 (10.64%) Maven
4 4 (8.51%) Rational DOORS
4 4 (8.51%) Selenium
5 3 (6.38%) Eclipse
5 3 (6.38%) GitLab
5 3 (6.38%) Mockito
5 3 (6.38%) Rational Rhapsody
5 3 (6.38%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (4.26%) Grunt
6 2 (4.26%) JBehave
6 2 (4.26%) JMeter
6 2 (4.26%) Karma Test Runner
6 2 (4.26%) SpecFlow
6 2 (4.26%) TeamCity
General
1 13 (27.66%) Finance
2 8 (17.02%) Games
3 6 (12.77%) Banking
4 4 (8.51%) Avionics
4 4 (8.51%) Manufacturing
5 1 (2.13%) Electronics
5 1 (2.13%) Investment Banking
5 1 (2.13%) Law
5 1 (2.13%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (17.02%) .NET
2 7 (14.89%) Akka
2 7 (14.89%) Kafka
2 7 (14.89%) Spring
2 7 (14.89%) Web Services
3 6 (12.77%) JSON
3 6 (12.77%) Node.js
3 6 (12.77%) REST
4 5 (10.64%) ASP.NET
4 5 (10.64%) HTML
4 5 (10.64%) SOAP
5 4 (8.51%) CSS
5 4 (8.51%) RESTful
6 3 (6.38%) .NET Framework
6 3 (6.38%) AngularJS
6 3 (6.38%) ASP.NET Web API
6 3 (6.38%) HTML5
6 3 (6.38%) JMS
6 3 (6.38%) LDAP
6 3 (6.38%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 7 (14.89%) Enterprise Software
2 2 (4.26%) Algorithms
2 2 (4.26%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (4.26%) Self-Motivation
3 1 (2.13%) Blog
3 1 (2.13%) Fintech
3 1 (2.13%) Greenfield Project
3 1 (2.13%) RIA
3 1 (2.13%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 4 (8.51%) Linux
2 3 (6.38%) VxWorks
2 3 (6.38%) Windows
3 2 (4.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (2.13%) FreeRTOS
4 1 (2.13%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (95.74%) Software Engineering
2 21 (44.68%) Agile Software Development
3 11 (23.40%) Analytics
4 10 (21.28%) Computer Science
5 8 (17.02%) OO
6 7 (14.89%) Continuous Integration
6 7 (14.89%) MapReduce
6 7 (14.89%) OOD
6 7 (14.89%) Scrum
6 7 (14.89%) SDLC
6 7 (14.89%) Test Automation
7 6 (12.77%) UML
8 4 (8.51%) Continuous Delivery
8 4 (8.51%) OOP
8 4 (8.51%) Problem-Solving
8 4 (8.51%) Unit Testing
8 4 (8.51%) Web Development
9 3 (6.38%) BDD
9 3 (6.38%) Continuous Deployment
9 3 (6.38%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 29 (61.70%) Java
2 16 (34.04%) SQL
3 14 (29.79%) C#
4 11 (23.40%) Java 8
5 8 (17.02%) Python
6 7 (14.89%) C++
6 7 (14.89%) Scala
7 6 (12.77%) JavaScript
8 3 (6.38%) MATLAB
8 3 (6.38%) Ruby
8 3 (6.38%) VB
8 3 (6.38%) VBA
9 1 (2.13%) Bash Shell
9 1 (2.13%) C
9 1 (2.13%) Embedded C
9 1 (2.13%) R
9 1 (2.13%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 10 (21.28%) Degree
2 9 (19.15%) Computer Science Degree
3 3 (6.38%) SC Cleared
3 3 (6.38%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 3 (6.38%) Firmware
2 2 (4.26%) Docker
Systems Management
1 2 (4.26%) Puppet
Vendors
1 5 (10.64%) Microsoft
2 2 (4.26%) IBM
2 2 (4.26%) MicroStrategy
2 2 (4.26%) Oracle
2 2 (4.26%) Tableau
3 1 (2.13%) TIBCO
3 1 (2.13%) Twitter