Period
to 20 September 2018

The median contractor rate for a Software Developer was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 6 months to 20 September 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
20 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 222 237 250
Rank change year-on-year +15 +13 +40
Contract jobs requiring a Software Developer 176 144 133
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.06% 0.88% 0.76%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.12% 0.93% 0.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 123 94 64
South East median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +21.21%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £287
90th Percentile £525 £500 £560
England median daily rate £425 £425 £384
% change year-on-year - +10.75% +9.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 6 20
South East median hourly rate £45.00 £41.75 £42.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.78% -2.34% +0.59%
10th Percentile £32.50 £34.38 £37.13
90th Percentile £53.63 £48.13 £48.53
England median hourly rate £44.50 £40.50 £41.50
% change year-on-year +9.88% -2.41% +10.67%

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 15,703 15,551 16,572
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.77% 94.74% 94.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,406 9,151 9,985
South East median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +6.67%
10th Percentile £261 £241 £235
90th Percentile £575 £556 £550
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 687 630 752
South East median hourly rate £19.00 £18.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.56% -10.00% +14.29%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.26
90th Percentile £51.00 £48.75 £48.75
England median hourly rate £18.25 £18.70 £19.00
% change year-on-year -2.41% -1.58% +6.92%

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 20 September 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 20 September 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 20 September 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 -7 65 £375 +7.14% 49
Thames Valley +9 63 £450 +11.11% 107
Oxfordshire +16 24 £450 +5.88% 60
Surrey -19 24 £425 +6.25% 62
Buckinghamshire +7 20 £425 -15.00% 17
Berkshire -16 19 £500 +25.00% 30
West Sussex +4 10 £511 +38.51% 12
East Sussex -1 7 £500 +42.86% 11
Kent +11 3 £425 +21.43% 12
Software Developer
England

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

For the 6 months to 20 September 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 (38.07%) Agile Software Development
2 62 (35.23%) Java
3 61 (34.66%) C#
4 59 (33.52%) JavaScript
5 56 (31.82%) .NET
6 40 (22.73%) TDD
7 39 (22.16%) SQL
8 36 (20.45%) Software Engineering
9 34 (19.32%) Linux
9 34 (19.32%) Finance
9 34 (19.32%) AngularJS
10 33 (18.75%) SQL Server
10 33 (18.75%) C++
11 32 (18.18%) HTML
12 29 (16.48%) Microsoft
13 27 (15.34%) CSS
13 27 (15.34%) Python
14 25 (14.20%) Security Cleared
14 25 (14.20%) Node.js
15 24 (13.64%) SC Cleared
15 24 (13.64%) MVC
15 24 (13.64%) Web Services
16 23 (13.07%) Git (software)
17 22 (12.50%) Docker
17 22 (12.50%) Visual Studio
17 22 (12.50%) Scrum
18 21 (11.93%) ASP.NET
18 21 (11.93%) SOAP
18 21 (11.93%) Test Automation
18 21 (11.93%) Microsoft Azure

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 10 (5.68%) Apache
2 6 (3.41%) CMS
2 6 (3.41%) JBoss
2 6 (3.41%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 5 (2.84%) Apache Spark
3 5 (2.84%) Cloud Foundry
4 4 (2.27%) Apache Solr
4 4 (2.27%) Confluence
4 4 (2.27%) Jetty
5 3 (1.70%) SharePoint
5 3 (1.70%) Tomcat
6 2 (1.14%) EPiServer
6 2 (1.14%) IIS
6 2 (1.14%) Kentico
6 2 (1.14%) WebLogic
7 1 (0.57%) Elasticsearch
7 1 (0.57%) GemFire
7 1 (0.57%) GlassFish
7 1 (0.57%) Oracle Service Bus
7 1 (0.57%) Umbraco
Applications
1 2 (1.14%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.57%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.57%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 5 (2.84%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (0.57%) BusinessWorks
2 1 (0.57%) TIBCO iProcess
Cloud Services
1 21 (11.93%) Microsoft Azure
2 14 (7.95%) Amazon AWS
3 10 (5.68%) PaaS
4 9 (5.11%) OpenShift
5 8 (4.55%) Google Cloud Platform
6 4 (2.27%) GitHub
7 3 (1.70%) SaaS
8 2 (1.14%) Firebase
8 2 (1.14%) npm
8 2 (1.14%) Office 365
8 2 (1.14%) Serverless
9 1 (0.57%) IaaS
9 1 (0.57%) Mimecast
9 1 (0.57%) NuGet
9 1 (0.57%) TestFlight
Communications & Networking
1 7 (3.98%) Firewall
1 7 (3.98%) Internet
1 7 (3.98%) TCP/IP
2 5 (2.84%) SSH
3 4 (2.27%) SNMP
4 3 (1.70%) DNS
4 3 (1.70%) Network Security
5 2 (1.14%) Ethernet
5 2 (1.14%) HTTP
5 2 (1.14%) IMAP
5 2 (1.14%) SMTP
6 1 (0.57%) Bluetooth
6 1 (0.57%) DHCP
6 1 (0.57%) L2TP
6 1 (0.57%) MPLS
6 1 (0.57%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 33 (18.75%) SQL Server
2 10 (5.68%) Big Data
2 10 (5.68%) NoSQL
2 10 (5.68%) Relational Database
3 7 (3.98%) Hadoop
4 6 (3.41%) Apache Hive
5 5 (2.84%) Flink
5 5 (2.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 5 (2.84%) SQLite
6 4 (2.27%) InterSystems Cache
6 4 (2.27%) MongoDB
6 4 (2.27%) Redis
6 4 (2.27%) SQL Server 2008
6 4 (2.27%) SQL Server 2012
7 3 (1.70%) SQL Server 2014
7 3 (1.70%) SQL Server 2016
8 2 (1.14%) MySQL
8 2 (1.14%) PostgreSQL
8 2 (1.14%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 1 (0.57%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 23 (13.07%) Git (software)
2 22 (12.50%) Visual Studio
3 14 (7.95%) Jenkins
4 13 (7.39%) Subversion
5 11 (6.25%) JIRA
6 9 (5.11%) Maven
6 9 (5.11%) Team Foundation Server
7 7 (3.98%) Selenium
8 5 (2.84%) Eclipse
8 5 (2.84%) NUnit
8 5 (2.84%) SpecFlow
9 4 (2.27%) GitLab
9 4 (2.27%) IntelliJ
9 4 (2.27%) JMeter
9 4 (2.27%) TeamCity
10 3 (1.70%) Bitbucket
10 3 (1.70%) JUnit
10 3 (1.70%) TestNG
10 3 (1.70%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 3 (1.70%) WebDriver
General
1 34 (19.32%) Finance
2 8 (4.55%) Marketing
3 7 (3.98%) Banking
4 5 (2.84%) Electronics
4 5 (2.84%) Legal
4 5 (2.84%) Manufacturing
5 4 (2.27%) Automotive
5 4 (2.27%) Retail Banking
6 3 (1.70%) Telecoms
7 2 (1.14%) Avionics
8 1 (0.57%) Advertising
8 1 (0.57%) Back Office
8 1 (0.57%) Law
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 56 (31.82%) .NET
2 34 (19.32%) AngularJS
3 32 (18.18%) HTML
4 27 (15.34%) CSS
5 25 (14.20%) Node.js
6 24 (13.64%) Web Services
7 21 (11.93%) ASP.NET
7 21 (11.93%) SOAP
8 20 (11.36%) React
9 19 (10.80%) .NET Framework
9 19 (10.80%) ASP.NET Web API
10 16 (9.09%) REST
10 16 (9.09%) Spring
10 16 (9.09%) WCF
11 14 (7.95%) .NET Core
12 13 (7.39%) jQuery
12 13 (7.39%) XML
13 11 (6.25%) RESTful
14 10 (5.68%) Hibernate
15 9 (5.11%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 16 (9.09%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (5.11%) User Experience
3 5 (2.84%) Data Structures
4 4 (2.27%) e-Learning
5 3 (1.70%) Computer Science
5 3 (1.70%) Greenfield Project
5 3 (1.70%) Life Science
5 3 (1.70%) Robotics
6 2 (1.14%) Algorithms
6 2 (1.14%) CUDA
6 2 (1.14%) Fintech
6 2 (1.14%) Linux Command Line
6 2 (1.14%) Mobile App
6 2 (1.14%) PKI
6 2 (1.14%) Replication
6 2 (1.14%) Self-Motivation
6 2 (1.14%) VHDL
6 2 (1.14%) Virtual Team
7 1 (0.57%) iPhone
7 1 (0.57%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 34 (19.32%) Linux
2 17 (9.66%) Windows
3 8 (4.55%) Unix
4 4 (2.27%) Apple iOS
4 4 (2.27%) Ubuntu
5 3 (1.70%) Android
5 3 (1.70%) Windows 10
5 3 (1.70%) Windows 7
6 2 (1.14%) Mac OS X
6 2 (1.14%) VxWorks
6 2 (1.14%) Windows Server
7 1 (0.57%) FreeRTOS
7 1 (0.57%) Windows Embedded Compact
Processes & Methodologies
1 67 (38.07%) Agile Software Development
2 40 (22.73%) TDD
3 36 (20.45%) Software Engineering
4 24 (13.64%) MVC
5 22 (12.50%) Scrum
6 21 (11.93%) Test Automation
7 20 (11.36%) Continuous Integration
8 19 (10.80%) Problem-Solving
9 18 (10.23%) OO
9 18 (10.23%) Unit Testing
10 15 (8.52%) API Development
10 15 (8.52%) BDD
10 15 (8.52%) Microservices
11 14 (7.95%) OOA/OOD
12 12 (6.82%) Data Modelling
12 12 (6.82%) UML
13 11 (6.25%) DevOps
13 11 (6.25%) Inversion of Control
13 11 (6.25%) SDLC
14 10 (5.68%) Front End Development
Programming Languages
1 62 (35.23%) Java
2 61 (34.66%) C#
3 59 (33.52%) JavaScript
4 39 (22.16%) SQL
5 33 (18.75%) C++
6 27 (15.34%) Python
7 8 (4.55%) C
8 7 (3.98%) Java 8
8 7 (3.98%) T-SQL
8 7 (3.98%) TypeScript
9 6 (3.41%) Embedded C++
9 6 (3.41%) VB.NET
10 5 (2.84%) Go
10 5 (2.84%) Ruby
10 5 (2.84%) Scala
11 4 (2.27%) PL/SQL
12 3 (1.70%) Apple Swift
12 3 (1.70%) MATLAB
12 3 (1.70%) Objective-C
12 3 (1.70%) VB
Qualifications
1 25 (14.20%) Security Cleared
2 24 (13.64%) SC Cleared
3 11 (6.25%) Degree
4 2 (1.14%) ISTQB
4 2 (1.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (0.57%) Computer Science Degree
5 1 (0.57%) Numerate Degree
5 1 (0.57%) OCA
5 1 (0.57%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (5.11%) QA
2 2 (1.14%) DO-178B
2 2 (1.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (1.14%) MISRA
3 1 (0.57%) 21 CFR Part 11
3 1 (0.57%) ECSS
3 1 (0.57%) GDPR
System Software
1 22 (12.50%) Docker
2 5 (2.84%) Apache ZooKeeper
3 4 (2.27%) Firmware
4 2 (1.14%) Active Directory
5 1 (0.57%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 5 (2.84%) Kubernetes
1 5 (2.84%) Puppet
2 3 (1.70%) Ansible
3 2 (1.14%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (0.57%) Grafana
4 1 (0.57%) Graphite
4 1 (0.57%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 29 (16.48%) Microsoft
2 17 (9.66%) Oracle
3 15 (8.52%) Google
4 5 (2.84%) Salesforce.com
5 4 (2.27%) IBM
6 2 (1.14%) Atlassian
6 2 (1.14%) Automation Anywhere
6 2 (1.14%) Blue Prism
6 2 (1.14%) KANA
6 2 (1.14%) SAP
6 2 (1.14%) UiPath
6 2 (1.14%) VMware
7 1 (0.57%) Apple
7 1 (0.57%) Ariba
7 1 (0.57%) Capita
7 1 (0.57%) Red Hat
7 1 (0.57%) Software AG
7 1 (0.57%) TIBCO
7 1 (0.57%) webMethods