Period
to 21 September 2019

The median contractor rate for a Software Developer was £444 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 6 months to 21 September 2019.

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 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 180 212 235
Rank change year-on-year +32 +23 +18
Contract jobs requiring a Software Developer 186 178 142
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.30% 1.08% 0.87%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.38% 1.14% 0.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 110 123 94
South East median daily rate £444 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.41% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £350 £313 £300
90th Percentile £515 £525 £500
England median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +10.39%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 12 6
South East median hourly rate £45.00 £45.00 £41.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +7.78% -2.34%
10th Percentile £33.00 £32.50 £34.38
90th Percentile £57.00 £53.63 £48.13
England median hourly rate £43.00 £44.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year -3.37% +11.25% -3.61%

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 13,503 15,678 15,526
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.16% 94.79% 94.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,040 9,371 9,160
South East median daily rate £438 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £250 £260 £241
90th Percentile £600 £575 £556
England median daily rate £475 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 588 687 623
South East median hourly rate £23.06 £19.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.37% +5.56% -10.00%
10th Percentile £11.82 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £62.88 £51.00 £48.75
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.47 £18.70
% change year-on-year +8.28% -1.23% -1.58%

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 September 2019.

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 September 2019.

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 September 2019. 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 +19 68 £425 -5.56% 66
Hampshire +11 66 £425 +13.33% 41
Buckinghamshire +36 33 £405 -4.71% 20
Surrey +47 30 £484 +13.88% 22
Berkshire -1 26 £450 -10.00% 19
Kent +10 11 £475 +11.76% 10
Oxfordshire +5 9 £450 - 27
East Sussex +1 7 £446 -10.75% 8
West Sussex +10 4 £413 -19.24% 11
Software Developer
England

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

For the 6 months to 21 September 2019, 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.

1 112 (60.22%) C#
2 88 (47.31%) .NET
3 87 (46.77%) Agile Software Development
4 65 (34.95%) JavaScript
5 47 (25.27%) AngularJS
6 45 (24.19%) Test Automation
7 44 (23.66%) SQL Server
8 43 (23.12%) Azure
9 42 (22.58%) Git (software)
10 41 (22.04%) Software Engineering
11 37 (19.89%) Scrum
12 36 (19.35%) SQL
13 35 (18.82%) ASP.NET
14 34 (18.28%) TDD
15 33 (17.74%) C++
16 32 (17.20%) HTML
16 32 (17.20%) C
16 32 (17.20%) React
17 31 (16.67%) Python
18 29 (15.59%) CSS
18 29 (15.59%) Security Cleared
19 27 (14.52%) Jenkins
19 27 (14.52%) Problem-Solving
20 26 (13.98%) .NET Core
20 26 (13.98%) DevOps
20 26 (13.98%) .NET Framework
20 26 (13.98%) Microsoft
21 25 (13.44%) Java
22 24 (12.90%) Degree
22 24 (12.90%) Computer Science

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 4 (2.15%) Elasticsearch
2 3 (1.61%) ArcGIS
2 3 (1.61%) CMS
2 3 (1.61%) SharePoint Server
2 3 (1.61%) Tomcat
3 2 (1.08%) Apache
3 2 (1.08%) Confluence
4 1 (0.54%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 1 (0.54%) Apache Pig
4 1 (0.54%) Apache Solr
4 1 (0.54%) Apache Spark
4 1 (0.54%) BizTalk Server
4 1 (0.54%) IIS
4 1 (0.54%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.54%) Umbraco
Applications
1 1 (0.54%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (0.54%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 4 (2.15%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.54%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 43 (23.12%) Azure
2 13 (6.99%) AWS
3 7 (3.76%) Serverless
4 4 (2.15%) AWS Lambda
4 4 (2.15%) Cloud Computing
4 4 (2.15%) OpenShift
5 3 (1.61%) Azure Functions
5 3 (1.61%) GCP
5 3 (1.61%) PaaS
6 2 (1.08%) Amazon S3
6 2 (1.08%) Amazon SQS
6 2 (1.08%) npm
6 2 (1.08%) SaaS
7 1 (0.54%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 1 (0.54%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.54%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (0.54%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.54%) CloudFront
7 1 (0.54%) GitHub
7 1 (0.54%) Heroku
Communications & Networking
1 6 (3.23%) Ethernet
2 4 (2.15%) Software-Defined Radio
3 2 (1.08%) FTP
4 1 (0.54%) HTTP
4 1 (0.54%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 44 (23.66%) SQL Server
2 12 (6.45%) Relational Database
3 6 (3.23%) MongoDB
4 5 (2.69%) Big Data
4 5 (2.69%) NoSQL
4 5 (2.69%) Redis
5 4 (2.15%) Hadoop
5 4 (2.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 3 (1.61%) MySQL
6 3 (1.61%) PostgreSQL
7 2 (1.08%) Cloudera CDH
7 2 (1.08%) RDBMS
7 2 (1.08%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 1 (0.54%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 1 (0.54%) Cosmos DB
8 1 (0.54%) Geospatial Data
8 1 (0.54%) Neo4j
8 1 (0.54%) SQL Server 2014
8 1 (0.54%) SSDT
8 1 (0.54%) Stardog
Development Applications
1 42 (22.58%) Git (software)
2 27 (14.52%) Jenkins
3 15 (8.06%) Team Foundation Server
4 12 (6.45%) Visual Studio
5 11 (5.91%) Protractor
6 10 (5.38%) Subversion
7 9 (4.84%) Selenium
8 8 (4.30%) Bitbucket
9 7 (3.76%) NUnit
10 6 (3.23%) ClearCase
10 6 (3.23%) Cucumber
10 6 (3.23%) Maven
11 5 (2.69%) MSTest
11 5 (2.69%) ReSharper
11 5 (2.69%) TeamCity
12 4 (2.15%) JIRA
12 4 (2.15%) JUnit
12 4 (2.15%) Mercurial
12 4 (2.15%) Moq
12 4 (2.15%) MSBuild
General
1 18 (9.68%) Finance
2 15 (8.06%) Retail
3 5 (2.69%) Public Sector
4 4 (2.15%) Banking
4 4 (2.15%) Law
5 3 (1.61%) Telecoms
6 2 (1.08%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.54%) Automotive
7 1 (0.54%) Avionics
7 1 (0.54%) Electronics
7 1 (0.54%) Games
7 1 (0.54%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.54%) Marketing
7 1 (0.54%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 88 (47.31%) .NET
2 47 (25.27%) AngularJS
3 35 (18.82%) ASP.NET
4 32 (17.20%) HTML
4 32 (17.20%) React
5 29 (15.59%) CSS
6 26 (13.98%) .NET Core
6 26 (13.98%) .NET Framework
7 20 (10.75%) REST
8 19 (10.22%) Node.js
9 17 (9.14%) RESTful
10 16 (8.60%) WPF
10 16 (8.60%) XML
11 13 (6.99%) ASP.NET Web API
11 13 (6.99%) Web Services
12 12 (6.45%) jQuery
12 12 (6.45%) Twitter Bootstrap
13 11 (5.91%) WebdriverIO
14 10 (5.38%) JSON
15 9 (4.84%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 10 (5.38%) Analytical Skills
1 10 (5.38%) Embedded Systems
1 10 (5.38%) EPoS
1 10 (5.38%) Greenfield Project
2 8 (4.30%) Algorithms
2 8 (4.30%) Data Structures
3 7 (3.76%) User Experience
4 5 (2.69%) Mobile App
5 4 (2.15%) Analytical Mindset
6 3 (1.61%) Digital Media
7 2 (1.08%) Self-Motivation
8 1 (0.54%) Client/Server
8 1 (0.54%) Derivative
8 1 (0.54%) Linux Command Line
8 1 (0.54%) Management Information System
8 1 (0.54%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 23 (12.37%) Linux
2 9 (4.84%) Windows
3 5 (2.69%) Unix
4 4 (2.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 3 (1.61%) CentOS
5 3 (1.61%) Debian
5 3 (1.61%) Ubuntu
6 2 (1.08%) Android
6 2 (1.08%) Apple iOS
6 2 (1.08%) OpenVMS
6 2 (1.08%) VMS
7 1 (0.54%) Mac OS X
7 1 (0.54%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 87 (46.77%) Agile Software Development
2 45 (24.19%) Test Automation
3 41 (22.04%) Software Engineering
4 37 (19.89%) Scrum
5 34 (18.28%) TDD
6 27 (14.52%) Problem-Solving
7 26 (13.98%) DevOps
8 24 (12.90%) Computer Science
9 23 (12.37%) Continuous Integration
10 20 (10.75%) BDD
10 20 (10.75%) SDLC
11 19 (10.22%) MVC
11 19 (10.22%) OO
12 18 (9.68%) Microservices
12 18 (9.68%) Requirements Analysis
13 17 (9.14%) SDET
14 15 (8.06%) Mathematics
15 12 (6.45%) Web Development
16 11 (5.91%) Multithreading
16 11 (5.91%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 112 (60.22%) C#
2 65 (34.95%) JavaScript
3 36 (19.35%) SQL
4 33 (17.74%) C++
5 32 (17.20%) C
6 31 (16.67%) Python
7 25 (13.44%) Java
8 16 (8.60%) TypeScript
9 10 (5.38%) VB
10 9 (4.84%) VB.NET
11 8 (4.30%) MATLAB
12 4 (2.15%) Fortran
12 4 (2.15%) PHP
12 4 (2.15%) T-SQL
13 3 (1.61%) ES6
13 3 (1.61%) PowerShell
13 3 (1.61%) Shell Script
14 2 (1.08%) DCL
14 2 (1.08%) Groovy
14 2 (1.08%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 29 (15.59%) Security Cleared
2 24 (12.90%) Degree
3 23 (12.37%) SC Cleared
4 15 (8.06%) Computer Science Degree
5 6 (3.23%) DV Cleared
6 5 (2.69%) Numerate Degree
7 3 (1.61%) BPSS Clearance
8 2 (1.08%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (3.23%) QA
2 2 (1.08%) MISRA
2 2 (1.08%) MISRA C
System Software
1 17 (9.14%) Docker
2 1 (0.54%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 8 (4.30%) Ansible
2 7 (3.76%) Kubernetes
3 1 (0.54%) MIIS
Vendors
1 26 (13.98%) Microsoft
2 10 (5.38%) Oracle
3 4 (2.15%) DevExpress
3 4 (2.15%) Xamarin
4 3 (1.61%) Autodesk
4 3 (1.61%) Cloudera
4 3 (1.61%) ESRI
4 3 (1.61%) Google
4 3 (1.61%) Infor
4 3 (1.61%) Telerik
5 2 (1.08%) IBM
5 2 (1.08%) Tableau
6 1 (0.54%) Adobe
6 1 (0.54%) Atlassian
6 1 (0.54%) Databricks
6 1 (0.54%) Red Hat
6 1 (0.54%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (0.54%) Sparx
6 1 (0.54%) Sun
6 1 (0.54%) Talend