Period
to 2 June 2020

The median contractor rate for a Software Developer was £438 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 6 months to 2 June 2020.

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
2 Jun 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 161 189 220
Rank change year-on-year +28 +31 -7
Contract jobs requiring a Software Developer 72 185 160
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South East 1.04% 1.27% 0.95%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.11% 1.34% 1.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 45 82 101
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% +11.89%
10th Percentile £318 £350 £306
90th Percentile £513 £525 £525
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 8 11
Median hourly rate £40.00 £47.75 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.23% +12.35% -
10th Percentile £36.25 £36.00 £32.50
90th Percentile £44.45 £57.50 £48.75
England median hourly rate £43.50 £43.25 £42.50
% change year-on-year +0.58% +1.76% +6.25%

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 6,505 13,852 15,936
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.70% 94.90% 94.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,812 8,285 9,394
Median daily rate £443 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.61% +5.88% +4.29%
10th Percentile £213 £257 £256
90th Percentile £600 £600 £575
England median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +4.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 387 604 643
Median hourly rate £19.50 £22.50 £18.11
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.33% +24.24% +3.49%
10th Percentile £12.40 £11.17 £10.58
90th Percentile £50.10 £53.75 £51.00
Median hourly rate £21.50 £19.50 £18.70
% change year-on-year +10.26% +4.28% -0.27%

Software Developer
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings that featured Software Developer in the job title as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Software Developer in the South East.

Daily rate trend for Software Developer in the South East

Software Developer
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Software Developer in the South East over the 6 months to 2 June 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Software Developer in the South East

Software Developer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Software Developer in the South East.

Hourly rate trend 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 2 June 2020. 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
Thames Valley +39 28 £375 -16.67% 18
Surrey +57 21 £475 +18.75% 12
Hampshire +10 16 £475 +20.25% 12
Buckinghamshire +24 14 £375 -7.41% 3
Berkshire +43 10 £393 -13.74% 10
West Sussex +18 5 £513 +28.13% 7
Oxfordshire +26 4 £350 -22.22% 5
East Sussex +23 1 - - 2
Software Developer
England

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

For the 6 months to 2 June 2020, 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 40 (55.56%) .NET
2 35 (48.61%) C#
3 34 (47.22%) JavaScript
4 24 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
5 22 (30.56%) HTML
6 21 (29.17%) SQL Server
6 21 (29.17%) .NET Framework
7 20 (27.78%) MVC
8 18 (25.00%) Java
9 17 (23.61%) SQL
9 17 (23.61%) Microsoft
9 17 (23.61%) Git (software)
10 16 (22.22%) C++
11 15 (20.83%) Linux
11 15 (20.83%) OO
11 15 (20.83%) Python
12 14 (19.44%) CSS
12 14 (19.44%) Scrum
12 14 (19.44%) Software Engineering
12 14 (19.44%) Security Cleared
12 14 (19.44%) HTML5
13 13 (18.06%) Test Automation
13 13 (18.06%) Visual Studio
14 12 (16.67%) LINQ
14 12 (16.67%) Jenkins
15 11 (15.28%) SOLID
15 11 (15.28%) Node.js
15 11 (15.28%) CMS
16 10 (13.89%) OOP
16 10 (13.89%) TDD

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 (15.28%) CMS
2 8 (11.11%) EPiServer
2 8 (11.11%) SharePoint
3 7 (9.72%) Tomcat
4 3 (4.17%) Elasticsearch
5 2 (2.78%) Apache
5 2 (2.78%) Drupal
6 1 (1.39%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 1 (1.39%) Apache Spark
6 1 (1.39%) Confluence
6 1 (1.39%) Headless CMS
6 1 (1.39%) SAP EP
6 1 (1.39%) SAP Portal
Applications
1 1 (1.39%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (2.78%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 9 (12.50%) Azure
2 7 (9.72%) AWS
3 6 (8.33%) Serverless
4 5 (6.94%) AWS Lambda
5 2 (2.78%) Amazon EC2
5 2 (2.78%) Amazon S3
5 2 (2.78%) AWS Step Functions
5 2 (2.78%) BlazeMeter
5 2 (2.78%) SaaS
6 1 (1.39%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 1 (1.39%) Amazon ElastiCache
6 1 (1.39%) Amazon SQS
6 1 (1.39%) Azure Functions
6 1 (1.39%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (1.39%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.78%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (29.17%) SQL Server
2 5 (6.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 5 (6.94%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 4 (5.56%) MySQL
4 3 (4.17%) MongoDB
5 2 (2.78%) Hadoop
5 2 (2.78%) Relational Database
6 1 (1.39%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 1 (1.39%) Amazon RDS
6 1 (1.39%) Big Data
6 1 (1.39%) Cloudera CDH
6 1 (1.39%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (1.39%) Redis
6 1 (1.39%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (1.39%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 17 (23.61%) Git (software)
2 13 (18.06%) Visual Studio
3 12 (16.67%) Jenkins
4 10 (13.89%) Subversion
5 9 (12.50%) Maven
6 7 (9.72%) FindBugs
6 7 (9.72%) Log4j
6 7 (9.72%) Mercurial
6 7 (9.72%) SonarQube
7 5 (6.94%) Selenium
8 4 (5.56%) ClearCase
9 3 (4.17%) Bitbucket
9 3 (4.17%) Team Foundation Server
9 3 (4.17%) TeamCity
10 2 (2.78%) ClearQuest
10 2 (2.78%) JIRA
10 2 (2.78%) Mocha
10 2 (2.78%) SpecFlow
11 1 (1.39%) Cucumber
11 1 (1.39%) JMeter
General
1 7 (9.72%) Finance
2 6 (8.33%) Banking
3 3 (4.17%) Marketing
3 3 (4.17%) Public Sector
3 3 (4.17%) Retail
4 2 (2.78%) Legal
5 1 (1.39%) Electronics
5 1 (1.39%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.39%) Retail Banking
5 1 (1.39%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (55.56%) .NET
2 22 (30.56%) HTML
3 21 (29.17%) .NET Framework
4 14 (19.44%) CSS
4 14 (19.44%) HTML5
5 12 (16.67%) LINQ
6 11 (15.28%) Node.js
7 9 (12.50%) AngularJS
7 9 (12.50%) Entity Framework
7 9 (12.50%) jQuery
7 9 (12.50%) React
7 9 (12.50%) Spring
8 7 (9.72%) ASP.NET
8 7 (9.72%) RabbitMQ
9 6 (8.33%) ASP.NET Web Forms
9 6 (8.33%) RESTful
10 5 (6.94%) .NET Core
10 5 (6.94%) XML
11 4 (5.56%) Web Services
11 4 (5.56%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 7 (9.72%) Data Structures
2 6 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (4.17%) Embedded Systems
3 3 (4.17%) EPoS
4 2 (2.78%) Analytical Mindset
5 1 (1.39%) Algorithms
5 1 (1.39%) Greenfield Project
5 1 (1.39%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.39%) Public Cloud
5 1 (1.39%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 15 (20.83%) Linux
2 7 (9.72%) CentOS
2 7 (9.72%) Debian
2 7 (9.72%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 7 (9.72%) Ubuntu
2 7 (9.72%) Windows
3 1 (1.39%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (27.78%) MVC
3 15 (20.83%) OO
4 14 (19.44%) Scrum
4 14 (19.44%) Software Engineering
5 13 (18.06%) Test Automation
6 11 (15.28%) SOLID
7 10 (13.89%) OOP
7 10 (13.89%) TDD
7 10 (13.89%) Web Application Development
8 9 (12.50%) SDLC
8 9 (12.50%) Unit Testing
9 8 (11.11%) DevOps
9 8 (11.11%) Open Source
10 7 (9.72%) System Testing
11 6 (8.33%) Problem-Solving
12 5 (6.94%) BDD
12 5 (6.94%) E-Commerce
13 4 (5.56%) Computer Science
14 3 (4.17%) Requirements Analysis
Programming Languages
1 35 (48.61%) C#
2 34 (47.22%) JavaScript
3 18 (25.00%) Java
4 17 (23.61%) SQL
5 16 (22.22%) C++
6 15 (20.83%) Python
7 5 (6.94%) PHP
8 4 (5.56%) VB.NET
9 3 (4.17%) Java 8
10 1 (1.39%) C
10 1 (1.39%) F#
10 1 (1.39%) MATLAB
10 1 (1.39%) Perl
10 1 (1.39%) PowerShell
10 1 (1.39%) Ruby
10 1 (1.39%) Scala
10 1 (1.39%) TypeScript
10 1 (1.39%) VB
Qualifications
1 14 (19.44%) Security Cleared
2 9 (12.50%) SC Cleared
3 4 (5.56%) DV Cleared
4 2 (2.78%) Degree
5 1 (1.39%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (1.39%) Computer Science Degree
5 1 (1.39%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (4.17%) QA
System Software
1 8 (11.11%) Docker
Systems Management
1 4 (5.56%) Terraform
2 2 (2.78%) Kubernetes
3 1 (1.39%) Ansible
3 1 (1.39%) MIIS
Vendors
1 17 (23.61%) Microsoft
2 3 (4.17%) Salesforce.com
3 2 (2.78%) Atlassian
3 2 (2.78%) SAP
4 1 (1.39%) Adobe
4 1 (1.39%) Cloudera
4 1 (1.39%) IBM
4 1 (1.39%) PTC
4 1 (1.39%) Sitecore
4 1 (1.39%) Xamarin