Period
to 20 July 2018

The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 6 months to 20 July 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
20 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 136 201 171
Rank change year-on-year +65 -30 -29
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 320 164 265
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.86% 1.02% 1.42%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.97% 1.08% 1.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 135 86 123
South East median daily rate £450 £380 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +18.42% +1.33% +7.14%
10th Percentile £317 £213 £304
90th Percentile £570 £500 £623
England median daily rate £450 £430 £415
% change year-on-year +4.65% +3.61% +12.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 90 42 74
South East median hourly rate £45.00 £45.00 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% -
10th Percentile £31.30 £32.50 £32.50
90th Percentile £53.75 £77.50 £48.75
England median hourly rate £43.00 £42.50 £42.25
% change year-on-year +1.18% +0.59% +4.32%

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 16,257 15,191 17,727
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.63% 94.58% 95.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,634 8,766 10,727
South East median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +6.67%
10th Percentile £263 £243 £231
90th Percentile £584 £550 £545
England median daily rate £450 £440 £425
% change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 694 731 773
South East median hourly rate £19.02 £17.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.66% -12.50% +14.30%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £51.00 £48.75 £48.75
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.22 £19.00
% change year-on-year +2.63% -4.11% +8.57%

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 20 July 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 20 July 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 20 July 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 +63 128 £450 +20.00% 99
Surrey +22 75 £438 +15.13% 42
Oxfordshire +42 67 £450 - 57
Hampshire -16 51 £350 -18.60% 64
Berkshire +12 39 £413 +26.92% 30
West Sussex +16 26 £425 -12.95% 19
Buckinghamshire +14 22 £450 +16.13% 12
East Sussex +1 18 £330 -6.38% 9
Kent - 14 £425 - 13
Isle of Wight - 3 - - 1
Middlesex +5 2 £328 -41.52% 1
Home Counties - 1 £275 -
Software Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 20 July 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.

1 316 (98.75%) Software Engineering
2 142 (44.38%) C++
3 124 (38.75%) Agile Software Development
4 98 (30.63%) Linux
5 91 (28.44%) C
5 91 (28.44%) Java
6 82 (25.63%) JavaScript
7 73 (22.81%) Python
8 67 (20.94%) C#
9 62 (19.38%) AngularJS
10 59 (18.44%) DevOps
11 53 (16.56%) Git (software)
12 49 (15.31%) Node.js
12 49 (15.31%) Computer Science
13 46 (14.38%) SQL
14 43 (13.44%) Degree
14 43 (13.44%) OO
15 39 (12.19%) Continuous Delivery
16 38 (11.88%) HTML
17 37 (11.56%) Web Services
17 37 (11.56%) Embedded C
18 34 (10.63%) CSS
18 34 (10.63%) Scrum
18 34 (10.63%) Problem-Solving
19 33 (10.31%) TDD
19 33 (10.31%) Unit Testing
20 32 (10.00%) Windows
21 31 (9.69%) .NET
21 31 (9.69%) Continuous Integration
21 31 (9.69%) Test Automation

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 18 (5.63%) Elasticsearch
2 16 (5.00%) Apache
3 7 (2.19%) Apache Solr
3 7 (2.19%) Tomcat
4 6 (1.88%) Confluence
5 5 (1.56%) JBoss
5 5 (1.56%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 4 (1.25%) Apache ServiceMix
7 3 (0.94%) Apache Spark
7 3 (0.94%) IIS
7 3 (0.94%) WebLogic
8 2 (0.63%) Cloud Foundry
8 2 (0.63%) SAS
9 1 (0.31%) BizTalk Server
9 1 (0.31%) CMS
9 1 (0.31%) LiveCycle
9 1 (0.31%) Moodle
9 1 (0.31%) WebSphere
9 1 (0.31%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 12 (3.75%) Simulink
2 3 (0.94%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.63%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (1.25%) Remedy AR System
1 4 (1.25%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.31%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.31%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 27 (8.44%) Amazon AWS
2 11 (3.44%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (2.19%) OpenShift
3 7 (2.19%) Serverless
4 4 (1.25%) Amazon Kinesis
4 4 (1.25%) AWS CloudFormation
4 4 (1.25%) AWS Lambda
5 3 (0.94%) Google Cloud Platform
6 1 (0.31%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.31%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.31%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 8 (2.50%) HTTP
1 8 (2.50%) Wireless
2 7 (2.19%) RS-232
3 6 (1.88%) SNMP
3 6 (1.88%) Wi-Fi
4 5 (1.56%) LTE
5 4 (1.25%) 4G
5 4 (1.25%) Ethernet
6 3 (0.94%) 3GPP
6 3 (0.94%) 5G
6 3 (0.94%) Bluetooth
6 3 (0.94%) GSM
6 3 (0.94%) Kerberos
6 3 (0.94%) Tactical Data Link
6 3 (0.94%) TCP/IP
6 3 (0.94%) UMTS
7 2 (0.63%) Diameter Protocol
7 2 (0.63%) IGMP
7 2 (0.63%) MGW
7 2 (0.63%) RANAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (5.63%) Redis
2 17 (5.31%) NoSQL
3 15 (4.69%) MongoDB
3 15 (4.69%) MySQL
4 14 (4.38%) Relational Database
5 12 (3.75%) Big Data
5 12 (3.75%) SQL Server
6 6 (1.88%) Neo4j
6 6 (1.88%) PostgreSQL
7 5 (1.56%) Apache Cassandra
7 5 (1.56%) Power BI
8 4 (1.25%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 4 (1.25%) GIS
8 4 (1.25%) KNIME
9 3 (0.94%) Data Lake
10 2 (0.63%) Apache Hive
10 2 (0.63%) Hadoop
10 2 (0.63%) Impala
10 2 (0.63%) SQL Server 2008
10 2 (0.63%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 53 (16.56%) Git (software)
2 27 (8.44%) JIRA
3 25 (7.81%) Jenkins
3 25 (7.81%) Subversion
4 20 (6.25%) Visual Studio
5 15 (4.69%) Mercurial
6 14 (4.38%) Maven
7 13 (4.06%) Eclipse
8 12 (3.75%) GDB
9 11 (3.44%) JUnit
10 10 (3.13%) GCC
10 10 (3.13%) Rational Rhapsody
11 9 (2.81%) LabVIEW
12 8 (2.50%) Rational DOORS
12 8 (2.50%) Selenium
13 6 (1.88%) Ant
13 6 (1.88%) Sonatype Nexus
14 5 (1.56%) Team Foundation Server
15 4 (1.25%) JSUnit
15 4 (1.25%) NetBeans
General
1 23 (7.19%) Electronics
2 19 (5.94%) Finance
3 18 (5.63%) Manufacturing
4 13 (4.06%) Telecoms
5 8 (2.50%) Aerospace
5 8 (2.50%) Automotive
6 5 (1.56%) Law
6 5 (1.56%) Military
7 4 (1.25%) Avionics
7 4 (1.25%) Games
8 3 (0.94%) Banking
9 2 (0.63%) Marketing
9 2 (0.63%) Retail
10 1 (0.31%) Back Office
10 1 (0.31%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.31%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 62 (19.38%) AngularJS
2 49 (15.31%) Node.js
3 38 (11.88%) HTML
4 37 (11.56%) Web Services
5 34 (10.63%) CSS
6 31 (9.69%) .NET
7 27 (8.44%) React
7 27 (8.44%) REST
8 25 (7.81%) Spring
9 22 (6.88%) SOAP
10 18 (5.63%) HTML5
11 17 (5.31%) RESTful
11 17 (5.31%) XML
12 15 (4.69%) WPF
13 14 (4.38%) CSS3
13 14 (4.38%) JSON
13 14 (4.38%) Vue.js
14 11 (3.44%) Kafka
14 11 (3.44%) Qt
15 10 (3.13%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 49 (15.31%) Computer Science
2 31 (9.69%) User Experience
3 22 (6.88%) Self-Motivation
4 19 (5.94%) Embedded Systems
5 9 (2.81%) Algorithms
5 9 (2.81%) Device Driver
6 8 (2.50%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
7 7 (2.19%) Wiki
8 6 (1.88%) CUDA
8 6 (1.88%) PKI
9 5 (1.56%) Blog
9 5 (1.56%) Client/Server
9 5 (1.56%) Life Science
9 5 (1.56%) Mobile App
10 4 (1.25%) Data Structures
10 4 (1.25%) e-Learning
10 4 (1.25%) Enterprise Software
11 3 (0.94%) RIA
12 2 (0.63%) Analytical Skills
12 2 (0.63%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 98 (30.63%) Linux
2 32 (10.00%) Windows
3 23 (7.19%) Unix
4 13 (4.06%) Embedded Linux
5 10 (3.13%) Android
6 7 (2.19%) VxWorks
7 4 (1.25%) Apple iOS
7 4 (1.25%) FreeRTOS
8 3 (0.94%) Windows 10
8 3 (0.94%) Windows 7
9 2 (0.63%) Debian
9 2 (0.63%) Mac OS X
9 2 (0.63%) SafeRTOS
10 1 (0.31%) Windows Embedded Compact
Processes & Methodologies
1 316 (98.75%) Software Engineering
2 124 (38.75%) Agile Software Development
3 59 (18.44%) DevOps
4 43 (13.44%) OO
5 39 (12.19%) Continuous Delivery
6 34 (10.63%) Problem-Solving
6 34 (10.63%) Scrum
7 33 (10.31%) TDD
7 33 (10.31%) Unit Testing
8 31 (9.69%) Continuous Integration
8 31 (9.69%) Test Automation
9 28 (8.75%) BDD
10 23 (7.19%) UML
11 19 (5.94%) Multithreading
12 18 (5.63%) MVC
13 16 (5.00%) Microservices
13 16 (5.00%) SOA
14 14 (4.38%) SDLC
15 13 (4.06%) Mathematics
15 13 (4.06%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 142 (44.38%) C++
2 91 (28.44%) C
2 91 (28.44%) Java
3 82 (25.63%) JavaScript
4 73 (22.81%) Python
5 67 (20.94%) C#
6 46 (14.38%) SQL
7 37 (11.56%) Embedded C
8 27 (8.44%) TypeScript
9 24 (7.50%) Embedded C++
10 14 (4.38%) PL/SQL
11 10 (3.13%) Go
11 10 (3.13%) Scala
12 8 (2.50%) Bash Shell
12 8 (2.50%) Groovy
13 7 (2.19%) MATLAB
14 6 (1.88%) Assembly Language
14 6 (1.88%) Ruby
15 4 (1.25%) Apex Code
16 3 (0.94%) Ada
Qualifications
1 43 (13.44%) Degree
2 28 (8.75%) Security Cleared
3 25 (7.81%) SC Cleared
4 10 (3.13%) Computer Science Degree
5 3 (0.94%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (0.31%) DBS Check
6 1 (0.31%) Master's Degree
6 1 (0.31%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (6.25%) QA
2 16 (5.00%) MISRA
3 10 (3.13%) MISRA C
4 7 (2.19%) DO-178B
5 6 (1.88%) IEC 62304
6 1 (0.31%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.31%) ECSS
6 1 (0.31%) IEC 61508
6 1 (0.31%) ISO 26262
System Software
1 20 (6.25%) Docker
2 5 (1.56%) Firmware
3 4 (1.25%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 2 (0.63%) HDFS
5 1 (0.31%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.31%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 26 (8.13%) Terraform
2 18 (5.63%) Ansible
3 13 (4.06%) Kubernetes
4 6 (1.88%) Opscode Chef
4 6 (1.88%) Puppet
5 3 (0.94%) Kibana
6 1 (0.31%) SELinux
6 1 (0.31%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 19 (5.94%) Oracle
2 16 (5.00%) Microsoft
3 6 (1.88%) Google
4 5 (1.56%) Salesforce.com
5 4 (1.25%) BMC
5 4 (1.25%) QNX
5 4 (1.25%) Rackspace
5 4 (1.25%) Red Hat
5 4 (1.25%) Remedy
5 4 (1.25%) Talend
5 4 (1.25%) VMware
6 3 (0.94%) Cisco
6 3 (0.94%) Green Hills
6 3 (0.94%) SAP
7 2 (0.63%) Altiris
7 2 (0.63%) Apple
7 2 (0.63%) Cloudera
7 2 (0.63%) IBM
7 2 (0.63%) Renesas
7 2 (0.63%) Symantec