Period
to 19 April 2018

The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 6 months to 19 April 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
England > South East
6 months to
19 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 172 189 139
Rank change year-on-year +17 -50 +7
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 240 173 308
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.43% 1.11% 1.70%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.51% 1.18% 1.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 83 79 124
South East median daily rate £425 £400 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +8.11% +2.78%
10th Percentile £315 £243 £285
90th Percentile £555 £600 £625
England median daily rate £455 £425 £415
% change year-on-year +7.06% +2.41% +10.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 70 48 88
South East median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £42.50
10th Percentile £20.00 £32.50 £32.50
90th Percentile £51.28 £77.50 £50.00
England median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £42.50

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 15,845 14,673 17,232
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.50% 93.78% 94.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,300 8,409 10,354
South East median daily rate £425 £403 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.59% +0.63% +6.67%
10th Percentile £258 £231 £226
90th Percentile £575 £550 £541
England median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 614 747 812
South East median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -4.11% +9.15%
10th Percentile £10.65 £10.50 £10.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.50 £50.00
England median hourly rate £18.69 £19.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -1.62% - +11.76%

Software Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

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

Job vacancy trend for Software Engineer in the South East

Software Engineer
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 Engineer in the South East.

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Engineer in the South East

Software Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Engineer in the South East over the 6 months to 19 April 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Engineer in the South East

Software Engineer
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 Engineer in the South East.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Engineer in the South East

Software Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Engineer in the South East over the 6 months to 19 April 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Software Engineer in the South East

Software Engineer
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 Engineer within the South East region over the 6 months to 19 April 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
Thames Valley +16 101 £450 +12.50% 108
Surrey -13 49 £420 +10.53% 28
Oxfordshire +11 48 £500 - 50
Berkshire +5 36 £378 +37.52% 40
Hampshire -19 28 £425 -1.73% 62
East Sussex +19 23 £338 +50.22% 12
West Sussex +14 22 £450 +28.57% 14
Buckinghamshire -19 17 £425 +30.77% 18
Kent - 9 - - 9
Home Counties - 3 £275 -
Isle of Wight - 2 - - 1
Middlesex -10 1 £328 -5.76% 1
Software Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 19 April 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 South East region featuring Software Engineer in the job title.

1 239 (99.58%) Software Engineering
2 123 (51.25%) C++
3 80 (33.33%) Linux
3 80 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
4 76 (31.67%) C
5 64 (26.67%) JavaScript
6 49 (20.42%) C#
7 47 (19.58%) Java
8 46 (19.17%) Python
9 42 (17.50%) SQL
10 40 (16.67%) AngularJS
11 35 (14.58%) DevOps
12 33 (13.75%) Node.js
13 29 (12.08%) HTML
13 29 (12.08%) CSS
13 29 (12.08%) OO
14 28 (11.67%) Unit Testing
14 28 (11.67%) Git (software)
15 26 (10.83%) Continuous Delivery
16 25 (10.42%) Scrum
17 24 (10.00%) XML
18 23 (9.58%) STL
18 23 (9.58%) Telecoms
18 23 (9.58%) Computer Science
18 23 (9.58%) GCC
18 23 (9.58%) GDB
19 22 (9.17%) Amazon AWS
19 22 (9.17%) Degree
19 22 (9.17%) TDD
19 22 (9.17%) .NET

Software Engineer 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 21 (8.75%) Elasticsearch
2 5 (2.08%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 3 (1.25%) Apache
3 3 (1.25%) Apache Spark
3 3 (1.25%) WebLogic
4 2 (0.83%) Cloud Foundry
4 2 (0.83%) IIS
4 2 (0.83%) JBoss
4 2 (0.83%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.42%) Apache Solr
5 1 (0.42%) CMS
5 1 (0.42%) Confluence
5 1 (0.42%) Moodle
5 1 (0.42%) nginx
Applications
1 7 (2.92%) Simulink
2 2 (0.83%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.42%) Autodesk Inventor
3 1 (0.42%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.42%) MicroStation
3 1 (0.42%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 4 (1.67%) Oracle BPM
2 2 (0.83%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.42%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 22 (9.17%) Amazon AWS
2 9 (3.75%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (2.50%) Amazon EC2
4 5 (2.08%) Serverless
5 4 (1.67%) AWS CloudFormation
5 4 (1.67%) AWS Lambda
5 4 (1.67%) Cloud Computing
6 3 (1.25%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 3 (1.25%) Amazon S3
7 2 (0.83%) Google Cloud Platform
8 1 (0.42%) Amazon Kinesis
8 1 (0.42%) GitHub
8 1 (0.42%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 6 (2.50%) LTE
1 6 (2.50%) Wireless
2 5 (2.08%) Diameter Protocol
2 5 (2.08%) GGSN
2 5 (2.08%) GSM
2 5 (2.08%) MGW
2 5 (2.08%) RANAP
2 5 (2.08%) SGSN
2 5 (2.08%) UMTS
2 5 (2.08%) VoIP
2 5 (2.08%) Wi-Fi
3 4 (1.67%) Asterisk PBX
3 4 (1.67%) HTTP
3 4 (1.67%) PBX
3 4 (1.67%) RTP
3 4 (1.67%) TCP/IP
3 4 (1.67%) Wireshark
4 3 (1.25%) Modbus
4 3 (1.25%) MQTT
4 3 (1.25%) RS-232
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (6.67%) SQL Server
2 14 (5.83%) MySQL
3 13 (5.42%) Redis
4 10 (4.17%) Relational Database
5 9 (3.75%) Big Data
6 8 (3.33%) MongoDB
6 8 (3.33%) NoSQL
7 5 (2.08%) GIS
7 5 (2.08%) PostgreSQL
8 4 (1.67%) KNIME
8 4 (1.67%) Power BI
9 3 (1.25%) Data Lake
10 2 (0.83%) Hadoop
10 2 (0.83%) Neo4j
10 2 (0.83%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 1 (0.42%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 1 (0.42%) Oracle Database
11 1 (0.42%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 28 (11.67%) Git (software)
2 23 (9.58%) GCC
2 23 (9.58%) GDB
3 17 (7.08%) JIRA
4 16 (6.67%) Subversion
5 15 (6.25%) JUnit
6 13 (5.42%) Jenkins
6 13 (5.42%) Visual Studio
7 11 (4.58%) Ant
7 11 (4.58%) Maven
8 10 (4.17%) Eclipse
8 10 (4.17%) Rational Rhapsody
9 9 (3.75%) Selenium
10 8 (3.33%) Rational DOORS
11 7 (2.92%) Cucumber
12 5 (2.08%) Team Foundation Server
13 4 (1.67%) JSUnit
13 4 (1.67%) Microsoft Blend
13 4 (1.67%) Mockito
13 4 (1.67%) Trac
General
1 23 (9.58%) Telecoms
2 16 (6.67%) Electronics
3 14 (5.83%) Manufacturing
4 9 (3.75%) Finance
5 8 (3.33%) Aerospace
6 5 (2.08%) Military
7 4 (1.67%) Automotive
8 3 (1.25%) Law
9 2 (0.83%) Banking
9 2 (0.83%) Games
9 2 (0.83%) Publishing
10 1 (0.42%) Avionics
10 1 (0.42%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (16.67%) AngularJS
2 33 (13.75%) Node.js
3 29 (12.08%) CSS
3 29 (12.08%) HTML
4 24 (10.00%) XML
5 23 (9.58%) STL
6 22 (9.17%) .NET
7 21 (8.75%) Boost C++ Libraries
8 20 (8.33%) REST
9 16 (6.67%) React
9 16 (6.67%) Spring
9 16 (6.67%) Web Services
10 13 (5.42%) HTML5
10 13 (5.42%) JSON
11 12 (5.00%) SOAP
12 11 (4.58%) CSS3
13 10 (4.17%) Ajax
13 10 (4.17%) jQuery
13 10 (4.17%) RESTful
14 9 (3.75%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 23 (9.58%) Computer Science
2 15 (6.25%) User Experience
3 13 (5.42%) Self-Motivation
4 9 (3.75%) Algorithms
4 9 (3.75%) Device Driver
5 7 (2.92%) Client/Server
5 7 (2.92%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
5 7 (2.92%) Life Science
6 6 (2.50%) CUDA
6 6 (2.50%) Mobile App
6 6 (2.50%) Wiki
7 3 (1.25%) Analytical Skills
7 3 (1.25%) Data Structures
7 3 (1.25%) Embedded Systems
7 3 (1.25%) Linux Command Line
8 2 (0.83%) Blog
8 2 (0.83%) Cloud Native
8 2 (0.83%) Internet of Things
8 2 (0.83%) Semantic Web
8 2 (0.83%) Smart City
Operating Systems
1 80 (33.33%) Linux
2 19 (7.92%) Unix
3 18 (7.50%) Windows
4 14 (5.83%) Embedded Linux
5 6 (2.50%) VxWorks
6 4 (1.67%) Android
6 4 (1.67%) FreeRTOS
7 2 (0.83%) VMS
8 1 (0.42%) Apple iOS
8 1 (0.42%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.42%) Windows 10
8 1 (0.42%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 239 (99.58%) Software Engineering
2 80 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
3 35 (14.58%) DevOps
4 29 (12.08%) OO
5 28 (11.67%) Unit Testing
6 26 (10.83%) Continuous Delivery
7 25 (10.42%) Scrum
8 22 (9.17%) TDD
9 20 (8.33%) Continuous Integration
9 20 (8.33%) Test Automation
10 19 (7.92%) UML
11 17 (7.08%) Problem-Solving
12 16 (6.67%) BDD
13 13 (5.42%) Multithreading
13 13 (5.42%) OOD
14 12 (5.00%) MVC
15 11 (4.58%) SDLC
16 10 (4.17%) Cross-Platform Development
16 10 (4.17%) Mathematics
16 10 (4.17%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 123 (51.25%) C++
2 76 (31.67%) C
3 64 (26.67%) JavaScript
4 49 (20.42%) C#
5 47 (19.58%) Java
6 46 (19.17%) Python
7 42 (17.50%) SQL
8 20 (8.33%) Embedded C
9 15 (6.25%) TypeScript
10 11 (4.58%) Embedded C++
10 11 (4.58%) PL/SQL
11 8 (3.33%) Scala
12 7 (2.92%) Go
12 7 (2.92%) Ruby
13 6 (2.50%) Bash Shell
14 5 (2.08%) Ada
15 4 (1.67%) Apex Code
15 4 (1.67%) XPath
16 3 (1.25%) C++/CLI
16 3 (1.25%) Kotlin
Qualifications
1 22 (9.17%) Degree
2 19 (7.92%) Security Cleared
3 15 (6.25%) SC Cleared
4 9 (3.75%) Computer Science Degree
5 3 (1.25%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (0.42%) BC Cleared
6 1 (0.42%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (7.08%) QA
2 10 (4.17%) IEC 62304
3 6 (2.50%) DO-178B
4 3 (1.25%) MISRA
5 1 (0.42%) ISO 13485
5 1 (0.42%) MISRA C
System Software
1 11 (4.58%) Docker
2 2 (0.83%) Firmware
3 1 (0.42%) Apache ZooKeeper
Systems Management
1 19 (7.92%) Terraform
2 18 (7.50%) Ansible
3 9 (3.75%) Puppet
4 8 (3.33%) Opscode Chef
5 3 (1.25%) Kibana
6 2 (0.83%) Kubernetes
6 2 (0.83%) Mesos
7 1 (0.42%) Grafana
7 1 (0.42%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 19 (7.92%) Microsoft
2 14 (5.83%) Oracle
3 6 (2.50%) Talend
4 5 (2.08%) Cisco
5 4 (1.67%) Google
5 4 (1.67%) Salesforce.com
6 3 (1.25%) QNX
7 2 (0.83%) Altiris
7 2 (0.83%) Atmel
7 2 (0.83%) CA Agile Central
7 2 (0.83%) Symantec
8 1 (0.42%) Autodesk
8 1 (0.42%) DevExpress
8 1 (0.42%) Green Hills
8 1 (0.42%) Micro Focus
8 1 (0.42%) SAP
8 1 (0.42%) VMware
8 1 (0.42%) webMethods
8 1 (0.42%) Wind River
8 1 (0.42%) Xamarin