Period
to 21 July 2018

The median contractor rate for a Software Developer was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 6 months to 21 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 Developer
England > South East
6 months to
21 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 223 221 252
Rank change year-on-year -2 +31 +8
Contract jobs requiring a Software Developer 165 145 150
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.96% 0.90% 0.80%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.02% 0.95% 0.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 112 92 70
South East median daily rate £400 £350 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.29% -12.50% +21.21%
10th Percentile £308 £282 £297
90th Percentile £525 £475 £541
England median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +10.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 4 28
South East median hourly rate £44.25 £43.75 £44.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.14% -0.57% +15.03%
10th Percentile £32.50 £32.50 £37.50
90th Percentile £53.75 £50.48 £49.50
England median hourly rate £43.00 £40.00 £42.38
% change year-on-year +7.50% -5.60% +13.00%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East. 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
South East
Contract vacancies in the South East with a recognized job title 16,251 15,318 17,723
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.62% 94.60% 95.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,629 8,844 10,717
South East median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +6.67%
10th Percentile £263 £243 £231
90th Percentile £582 £550 £545
England median daily rate £450 £440 £425
% change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 694 734 766
South East median hourly rate £19.02 £17.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.66% -12.50% +15.11%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.58 £10.50
90th Percentile £51.00 £48.75 £48.75
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.14 £19.00
% change year-on-year +3.09% -4.53% +8.57%

Software Developer
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings that featured Software Developer in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South East.

Job vacancy trend for Software Developer in the South East

Software Developer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Software Developer in the South East.

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Developer in the South East

Software Developer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Developer in the South East over the 6 months to 21 July 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Developer in the South East

Software Developer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Developer in the South East

Software Developer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Developer in the South East over the 6 months to 21 July 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Software Developer in the South East

Software Developer
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Developer within the South East region over the 6 months to 21 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
Hampshire -8 65 £375 +8.38% 67
Thames Valley -14 52 £400 +3.23% 105
Surrey -16 24 £388 -3.13% 29
Buckinghamshire +9 19 £450 +34.33% 10
Oxfordshire -4 17 £375 -8.54% 58
Berkshire -5 16 £450 +17.65% 37
West Sussex +6 9 £475 +28.81% 10
East Sussex +4 7 £500 +56.86% 7
Kent +15 4 £425 +8.63% 5
Software Developer
England

Software Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 21 July 2018, Software Developer 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 South East region featuring Software Developer in the job title.

1 67 (40.61%) C#
2 65 (39.39%) Agile Software Development
3 64 (38.79%) Java
3 64 (38.79%) .NET
4 55 (33.33%) JavaScript
5 39 (23.64%) Linux
6 37 (22.42%) TDD
7 34 (20.61%) HTML
8 33 (20.00%) SQL
9 32 (19.39%) Finance
10 31 (18.79%) C++
10 31 (18.79%) AngularJS
11 30 (18.18%) MVC
12 28 (16.97%) Software Engineering
12 28 (16.97%) CSS
13 27 (16.36%) Git (software)
14 24 (14.55%) Microsoft Azure
14 24 (14.55%) SQL Server
15 23 (13.94%) ASP.NET
15 23 (13.94%) Scrum
16 20 (12.12%) Microsoft
16 20 (12.12%) Continuous Integration
17 19 (11.52%) Node.js
17 19 (11.52%) Web Services
17 19 (11.52%) OO
18 18 (10.91%) Docker
19 17 (10.30%) Microservices
19 17 (10.30%) REST
19 17 (10.30%) Test Automation
19 17 (10.30%) Python

Software Developer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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 11 (6.67%) Apache
2 8 (4.85%) Cloud Foundry
3 7 (4.24%) CMS
4 6 (3.64%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 5 (3.03%) JBoss
6 4 (2.42%) Apache Solr
6 4 (2.42%) Jetty
7 3 (1.82%) EPiServer
7 3 (1.82%) SharePoint
7 3 (1.82%) WebSphere
7 3 (1.82%) WebSphere Application Server
8 2 (1.21%) Confluence
8 2 (1.21%) GemFire
8 2 (1.21%) Kentico
8 2 (1.21%) Tomcat
8 2 (1.21%) WebLogic
9 1 (0.61%) Captiva
9 1 (0.61%) IIS
9 1 (0.61%) Oracle Application Server
9 1 (0.61%) Oracle Service Bus
Applications
1 2 (1.21%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.61%) BusinessWorks
1 1 (0.61%) TIBCO iProcess
Cloud Services
1 24 (14.55%) Microsoft Azure
2 13 (7.88%) Amazon AWS
2 13 (7.88%) PaaS
3 10 (6.06%) Google Cloud Platform
3 10 (6.06%) OpenShift
4 7 (4.24%) GitHub
5 3 (1.82%) SaaS
6 2 (1.21%) Firebase
6 2 (1.21%) IBM Cloud
6 2 (1.21%) npm
6 2 (1.21%) Office 365
6 2 (1.21%) Serverless
7 1 (0.61%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.61%) Boomi
7 1 (0.61%) IaaS
7 1 (0.61%) Mimecast
7 1 (0.61%) NuGet
7 1 (0.61%) TestFlight
Communications & Networking
1 3 (1.82%) Asterisk PBX
1 3 (1.82%) Diameter Protocol
1 3 (1.82%) GSM
1 3 (1.82%) LTE
1 3 (1.82%) MGW
1 3 (1.82%) Network Security
1 3 (1.82%) PBX
1 3 (1.82%) RANAP
1 3 (1.82%) RTP
1 3 (1.82%) SGSN
1 3 (1.82%) UMTS
1 3 (1.82%) VoIP
2 2 (1.21%) Firewall
2 2 (1.21%) IGMP
2 2 (1.21%) SMS
2 2 (1.21%) SNMP
3 1 (0.61%) DNS
3 1 (0.61%) IMAP
3 1 (0.61%) Internet
3 1 (0.61%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (14.55%) SQL Server
2 12 (7.27%) NoSQL
3 8 (4.85%) Relational Database
4 6 (3.64%) Big Data
5 5 (3.03%) MySQL
5 5 (3.03%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 5 (3.03%) SQLite
6 4 (2.42%) InterSystems Cache
6 4 (2.42%) Redis
7 3 (1.82%) MongoDB
7 3 (1.82%) SQL Server 2012
7 3 (1.82%) SQL Server 2014
7 3 (1.82%) SQL Server 2016
8 2 (1.21%) Hadoop
8 2 (1.21%) HBase
8 2 (1.21%) MariaDB
8 2 (1.21%) PostgreSQL
8 2 (1.21%) RDBMS
8 2 (1.21%) SQL Server 2008
8 2 (1.21%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 27 (16.36%) Git (software)
2 17 (10.30%) Subversion
2 17 (10.30%) Visual Studio
3 15 (9.09%) Jenkins
4 10 (6.06%) Maven
5 9 (5.45%) Team Foundation Server
6 6 (3.64%) Eclipse
6 6 (3.64%) JIRA
7 5 (3.03%) Selenium
7 5 (3.03%) SpecFlow
8 4 (2.42%) Cucumber
8 4 (2.42%) GitLab
8 4 (2.42%) JUnit
8 4 (2.42%) Octopus Deploy
8 4 (2.42%) TeamCity
9 3 (1.82%) GCC
9 3 (1.82%) GDB
9 3 (1.82%) JMeter
9 3 (1.82%) Trac
9 3 (1.82%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 32 (19.39%) Finance
2 9 (5.45%) Banking
3 7 (4.24%) Electronics
4 6 (3.64%) Automotive
4 6 (3.64%) Retail Banking
5 5 (3.03%) Telecoms
6 4 (2.42%) Games
7 3 (1.82%) Manufacturing
7 3 (1.82%) Marketing
8 1 (0.61%) Advertising
8 1 (0.61%) Back Office
8 1 (0.61%) Law
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 64 (38.79%) .NET
2 34 (20.61%) HTML
3 31 (18.79%) AngularJS
4 28 (16.97%) CSS
5 23 (13.94%) ASP.NET
6 19 (11.52%) Node.js
6 19 (11.52%) Web Services
7 17 (10.30%) REST
7 17 (10.30%) SOAP
8 16 (9.70%) .NET Framework
8 16 (9.70%) Spring
9 15 (9.09%) jQuery
9 15 (9.09%) React
9 15 (9.09%) XML
10 14 (8.48%) ASP.NET Web API
11 13 (7.88%) RESTful
12 11 (6.67%) JSON
13 10 (6.06%) .NET Core
13 10 (6.06%) WCF
14 9 (5.45%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 10 (6.06%) User Experience
2 7 (4.24%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (3.03%) Linux Command Line
4 4 (2.42%) Computer Science
4 4 (2.42%) e-Learning
5 3 (1.82%) Greenfield Project
5 3 (1.82%) Virtual Team
6 2 (1.21%) Life Science
6 2 (1.21%) Mobile App
6 2 (1.21%) PKI
6 2 (1.21%) Robotics
7 1 (0.61%) Blackberry
7 1 (0.61%) Client/Server
7 1 (0.61%) CUDA
7 1 (0.61%) Embedded Systems
7 1 (0.61%) iPhone
7 1 (0.61%) N-Tier
7 1 (0.61%) Replication
7 1 (0.61%) Social Media
7 1 (0.61%) VHDL
Operating Systems
1 39 (23.64%) Linux
2 12 (7.27%) Unix
2 12 (7.27%) Windows
3 8 (4.85%) Ubuntu
4 4 (2.42%) Apple iOS
4 4 (2.42%) VxWorks
5 3 (1.82%) Android
5 3 (1.82%) Windows 10
5 3 (1.82%) Windows 7
6 2 (1.21%) Mac OS X
7 1 (0.61%) Windows Embedded Compact
7 1 (0.61%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 65 (39.39%) Agile Software Development
2 37 (22.42%) TDD
3 30 (18.18%) MVC
4 28 (16.97%) Software Engineering
5 23 (13.94%) Scrum
6 20 (12.12%) Continuous Integration
7 19 (11.52%) OO
8 17 (10.30%) Microservices
8 17 (10.30%) Test Automation
9 14 (8.48%) Problem-Solving
10 12 (7.27%) BDD
11 11 (6.67%) Data Modelling
11 11 (6.67%) DevOps
11 11 (6.67%) Unit Testing
12 10 (6.06%) Multithreading
13 9 (5.45%) API Development
13 9 (5.45%) OOA/OOD
14 8 (4.85%) Front End Development
14 8 (4.85%) UML
15 7 (4.24%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 67 (40.61%) C#
2 64 (38.79%) Java
3 55 (33.33%) JavaScript
4 33 (20.00%) SQL
5 31 (18.79%) C++
6 17 (10.30%) Python
7 11 (6.67%) Go
8 10 (6.06%) Ruby
9 8 (4.85%) TypeScript
10 7 (4.24%) C
11 6 (3.64%) Scala
12 5 (3.03%) Embedded C++
12 5 (3.03%) VB.NET
13 4 (2.42%) T-SQL
14 3 (1.82%) Apple Swift
14 3 (1.82%) Bash Shell
14 3 (1.82%) Objective-C
14 3 (1.82%) PL/SQL
15 2 (1.21%) Shell Script
15 2 (1.21%) VB
Qualifications
1 16 (9.70%) Security Cleared
2 15 (9.09%) SC Cleared
3 13 (7.88%) Degree
4 3 (1.82%) BPSS Clearance
5 2 (1.21%) Computer Science Degree
5 2 (1.21%) ISTQB
5 2 (1.21%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (1.21%) OCA
5 2 (1.21%) Oracle Certification
6 1 (0.61%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (1.82%) QA
2 2 (1.21%) GDPR
2 2 (1.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (1.21%) MISRA
3 1 (0.61%) ECSS
3 1 (0.61%) IEC 62304
3 1 (0.61%) ISO 13485
System Software
1 18 (10.91%) Docker
2 6 (3.64%) Apache ZooKeeper
3 3 (1.82%) Active Directory
3 3 (1.82%) Firmware
4 2 (1.21%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 4 (2.42%) Kubernetes
1 4 (2.42%) Puppet
2 2 (1.21%) Ansible
2 2 (1.21%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 20 (12.12%) Microsoft
2 17 (10.30%) Google
3 14 (8.48%) Oracle
4 3 (1.82%) Cisco
4 3 (1.82%) Red Hat
5 2 (1.21%) Automation Anywhere
5 2 (1.21%) Blue Prism
5 2 (1.21%) IBM
5 2 (1.21%) KANA
5 2 (1.21%) QNX
5 2 (1.21%) SAP
5 2 (1.21%) UiPath
5 2 (1.21%) VMware
6 1 (0.61%) Citrix
6 1 (0.61%) Dell
6 1 (0.61%) EMC
6 1 (0.61%) hybris
6 1 (0.61%) Kofax
6 1 (0.61%) Software AG
6 1 (0.61%) Telerik