Period
to 13 November 2019

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 13 November 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 Engineer
England > South East
6 months to
13 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 144 122 194
Rank change year-on-year -22 +72 0
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 230 343 190
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.68% 2.06% 1.14%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.79% 2.18% 1.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 124 167 87
South East median daily rate £425 £450 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.56% +9.09% +3.13%
10th Percentile £319 £313 £321
90th Percentile £550 £575 £525
England median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 78 46
South East median hourly rate £47.50 £49.50 £44.56
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.04% +11.09% +8.68%
10th Percentile £41.85 £37.46 £35.00
90th Percentile £52.50 £51.00 £50.63
England median hourly rate £47.50 £45.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +3.66%

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 12,840 15,704 15,844
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.77% 94.39% 94.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,593 9,483 9,388
South East median daily rate £438 £425 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +2.41% +3.75%
10th Percentile £213 £255 £238
90th Percentile £600 £585 £575
England median daily rate £473 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 641 608 648
South East median hourly rate £21.98 £20.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.22% +13.89% -5.26%
10th Percentile £11.85 £11.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £60.00 £51.00 £48.75
England median hourly rate £19.50 £18.50 £18.70
% change year-on-year +5.41% -1.04% +3.86%

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 13 November 2019.

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
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 13 November 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 -7 92 £425 -6.85% 130
Hampshire +22 76 £400 +11.89% 81
Oxfordshire +12 44 £450 - 60
Berkshire -27 30 £425 -15.00% 54
Surrey -4 29 £450 -7.69% 43
Buckinghamshire +20 18 £425 +4.94% 16
West Sussex +8 13 £550 +120.00% 21
Kent +4 9 - - 6
East Sussex -9 6 £413 +25.00% 6
Sussex +1 5 - -
Software Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 13 November 2019, 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.

1 219 (95.22%) Software Engineering
2 120 (52.17%) C++
3 97 (42.17%) Agile Software Development
4 79 (34.35%) C
5 73 (31.74%) Python
6 67 (29.13%) C#
7 59 (25.65%) Linux
8 55 (23.91%) Java
9 52 (22.61%) Git (software)
10 50 (21.74%) Security Cleared
11 41 (17.83%) SC Cleared
11 41 (17.83%) JavaScript
12 39 (16.96%) .NET
12 39 (16.96%) Embedded C
12 39 (16.96%) Test Automation
13 34 (14.78%) Azure
14 33 (14.35%) Continuous Integration
14 33 (14.35%) TDD
15 31 (13.48%) Configuration Management
16 29 (12.61%) Scrum
16 29 (12.61%) Law
16 29 (12.61%) Subversion
16 29 (12.61%) DevOps
17 26 (11.30%) Degree
18 25 (10.87%) Windows
19 23 (10.00%) Web Services
19 23 (10.00%) .NET Core
20 21 (9.13%) SQL
21 20 (8.70%) OO
21 20 (8.70%) Mathematics

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 3 (1.30%) Tomcat
2 2 (0.87%) Confluence
3 1 (0.43%) Apache Pig
3 1 (0.43%) Apache Spark
3 1 (0.43%) Hyperledger
Applications
1 9 (3.91%) Simulink
2 3 (1.30%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (1.30%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.30%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 10 (4.35%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 34 (14.78%) Azure
2 14 (6.09%) GCP
3 13 (5.65%) AWS
4 11 (4.78%) GitHub
5 6 (2.61%) Azure Active Directory
5 6 (2.61%) Serverless
6 3 (1.30%) Azure Functions
7 2 (0.87%) Amazon Alexa
7 2 (0.87%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.43%) Amazon EC2
8 1 (0.43%) Amazon S3
8 1 (0.43%) Amazon SQS
8 1 (0.43%) AWS CloudFormation
8 1 (0.43%) Office 365
8 1 (0.43%) PaaS
8 1 (0.43%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (2.61%) TCP/IP
2 4 (1.74%) 5G
2 4 (1.74%) Bluetooth
2 4 (1.74%) RS-232
2 4 (1.74%) RS-485
3 3 (1.30%) 4G
3 3 (1.30%) HTTP
3 3 (1.30%) SNMP
4 2 (0.87%) DVB
4 2 (0.87%) Internet
4 2 (0.87%) Wi-Fi
4 2 (0.87%) Wireless
5 1 (0.43%) AMQP
5 1 (0.43%) IGMP
5 1 (0.43%) LTE
5 1 (0.43%) Q.931
5 1 (0.43%) RTCP
5 1 (0.43%) RTP
5 1 (0.43%) VLAN
5 1 (0.43%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (6.52%) SQL Server
2 10 (4.35%) MongoDB
2 10 (4.35%) Relational Database
3 8 (3.48%) MySQL
4 7 (3.04%) Big Data
4 7 (3.04%) NoSQL
5 6 (2.61%) Data Warehouse
5 6 (2.61%) Hadoop
6 5 (2.17%) Cosmos DB
7 4 (1.74%) MariaDB
7 4 (1.74%) RDBMS
8 2 (0.87%) Cloudera CDH
9 1 (0.43%) Apache Cassandra
9 1 (0.43%) Apache Hive
9 1 (0.43%) Blockchain
9 1 (0.43%) Geospatial Data
9 1 (0.43%) Neo4j
9 1 (0.43%) PostgreSQL
9 1 (0.43%) SimpleDB
Development Applications
1 52 (22.61%) Git (software)
2 29 (12.61%) Subversion
3 19 (8.26%) JIRA
4 14 (6.09%) Jenkins
5 13 (5.65%) Selenium
6 12 (5.22%) Visual Studio
7 11 (4.78%) NUnit
7 11 (4.78%) Visual Studio Team System
8 8 (3.48%) Bugzilla
8 8 (3.48%) Cucumber
8 8 (3.48%) Mocha
8 8 (3.48%) SonarQube
8 8 (3.48%) SpecFlow
8 8 (3.48%) TeamCity
8 8 (3.48%) WebDriver
9 7 (3.04%) Ant
9 7 (3.04%) ClearCase
9 7 (3.04%) CppUnit
9 7 (3.04%) GoogleTest
10 4 (1.74%) Eclipse
General
1 29 (12.61%) Law
2 13 (5.65%) Military
3 12 (5.22%) Electronics
4 11 (4.78%) Finance
4 11 (4.78%) Manufacturing
5 9 (3.91%) Aerospace
6 7 (3.04%) Automotive
6 7 (3.04%) Public Sector
7 6 (2.61%) Games
8 4 (1.74%) Telecoms
9 3 (1.30%) Marketing
10 1 (0.43%) Avionics
10 1 (0.43%) Banking
10 1 (0.43%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 39 (16.96%) .NET
2 23 (10.00%) .NET Core
2 23 (10.00%) Web Services
3 19 (8.26%) AngularJS
4 18 (7.83%) Spring
5 16 (6.96%) ASP.NET
6 15 (6.52%) CSS
6 15 (6.52%) HTML
7 14 (6.09%) ASP.NET Web API
8 13 (5.65%) Node.js
8 13 (5.65%) React
9 12 (5.22%) REST
10 11 (4.78%) J2EE
10 11 (4.78%) Vue.js
11 9 (3.91%) .NET Framework
12 8 (3.48%) HTML5
12 8 (3.48%) OAuth
13 6 (2.61%) OpenID
13 6 (2.61%) Qt
13 6 (2.61%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 19 (8.26%) Algorithms
2 13 (5.65%) Embedded Systems
3 12 (5.22%) Greenfield Project
4 11 (4.78%) Analytical Skills
4 11 (4.78%) Smart City
5 9 (3.91%) Data Structures
6 8 (3.48%) User Experience
7 7 (3.04%) Derivative
7 7 (3.04%) Device Driver
8 6 (2.61%) Life Science
9 4 (1.74%) Linux Command Line
10 3 (1.30%) CAN bus
11 2 (0.87%) Cyberthreat
11 2 (0.87%) Digital TV
11 2 (0.87%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
11 2 (0.87%) IPTV
11 2 (0.87%) Robotics
11 2 (0.87%) Wiki
12 1 (0.43%) Client/Server
12 1 (0.43%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 59 (25.65%) Linux
2 25 (10.87%) Windows
3 12 (5.22%) Embedded Linux
3 12 (5.22%) Unix
4 6 (2.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 5 (2.17%) FreeRTOS
6 4 (1.74%) Android
7 3 (1.30%) CentOS
7 3 (1.30%) Debian
7 3 (1.30%) ThreadX
7 3 (1.30%) Ubuntu
8 2 (0.87%) Solaris
9 1 (0.43%) Apple iOS
9 1 (0.43%) Mac OS X
9 1 (0.43%) uClinux
9 1 (0.43%) Windows 10
9 1 (0.43%) Windows 7
9 1 (0.43%) Windows Server
9 1 (0.43%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.43%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 219 (95.22%) Software Engineering
2 97 (42.17%) Agile Software Development
3 39 (16.96%) Test Automation
4 33 (14.35%) Continuous Integration
4 33 (14.35%) TDD
5 31 (13.48%) Configuration Management
6 29 (12.61%) DevOps
6 29 (12.61%) Scrum
7 20 (8.70%) Computer Science
7 20 (8.70%) Mathematics
7 20 (8.70%) OO
7 20 (8.70%) Unit Testing
8 17 (7.39%) OOD
8 17 (7.39%) Physics
9 15 (6.52%) Integration Testing
9 15 (6.52%) SOA
9 15 (6.52%) UML
10 14 (6.09%) Microservices
10 14 (6.09%) Open Source
11 12 (5.22%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 120 (52.17%) C++
2 79 (34.35%) C
3 73 (31.74%) Python
4 67 (29.13%) C#
5 55 (23.91%) Java
6 41 (17.83%) JavaScript
7 39 (16.96%) Embedded C
8 21 (9.13%) SQL
9 19 (8.26%) Embedded C++
10 11 (4.78%) Go
10 11 (4.78%) MATLAB
11 10 (4.35%) TypeScript
12 6 (2.61%) PHP
13 4 (1.74%) Java 8
13 4 (1.74%) Ruby
14 3 (1.30%) Scala
15 2 (0.87%) Ada 95
15 2 (0.87%) Bash Shell
15 2 (0.87%) Lua
15 2 (0.87%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 50 (21.74%) Security Cleared
2 41 (17.83%) SC Cleared
3 26 (11.30%) Degree
4 8 (3.48%) Computer Science Degree
5 5 (2.17%) Master's Degree
5 5 (2.17%) PhD
6 3 (1.30%) BPSS Clearance
6 3 (1.30%) DV Cleared
7 2 (0.87%) Numerate Degree
8 1 (0.43%) ISTQB
8 1 (0.43%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (3.91%) MISRA
2 5 (2.17%) IEC 61508
2 5 (2.17%) ISO 26262
3 3 (1.30%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.43%) QA
System Software
1 20 (8.70%) Docker
2 7 (3.04%) Active Directory
2 7 (3.04%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 12 (5.22%) Kubernetes
2 7 (3.04%) Terraform
3 3 (1.30%) Ansible
Vendors
1 16 (6.96%) Microsoft
2 15 (6.52%) Google
3 10 (4.35%) Sparx
4 8 (3.48%) Cypress Semiconductor
4 8 (3.48%) Oracle
5 4 (1.74%) Cloudera
6 3 (1.30%) Red Hat
6 3 (1.30%) Renesas
7 1 (0.43%) Adobe
7 1 (0.43%) SAP