The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £378 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 3 months to 28 June 2017.

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
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 170 160 125
Rank change year-on-year -10 -35  
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 73 110 142
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.94% 1.23% 1.53%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.00% 1.29% 1.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 72 78
Median daily rate £378 £364 £344
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.78% +5.81%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £261 £304 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £748 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £393 £383 £343
% change year-on-year +2.61% +11.67%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 20 19
Median hourly rate £42.50 £44.25 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.95% -1.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £37.50 £35.86
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £77.50 £46.03 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.50 £42.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +3.57% +5.00%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in the South East. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
South East
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 7309 8525 8846
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 94.59% 94.96% 95.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 15228 19064 18935
Median daily rate £410 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £513
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £399 £365
% change year-on-year +0.25% +9.31%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1093 1321 1745
Median hourly rate £18.00 £19.50 £16.14
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.69% +20.81%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £10.50 £10.88
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £47.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year - +9.37%  

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 3 months to 28 June 2017.

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 3 months to 28 June 2017.

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 3 months to 28 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Hampshire +12 31 £440 +22.22% 15
East Sussex +4 9 £353 +38.23% 2
Surrey -1 9 £413 +8.19% 11
Berkshire +22 8 £375 +11.11% 16
Buckinghamshire -15 6 £500 +47.05% 4
West Sussex +12 5 £488 +33.76% 5
Oxfordshire -18 3 £325 -27.77% 10
Software Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 28 June 2017, Software Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the South East region featuring Software Engineer in the job title.

1 146 (98.65%) Software Engineering
2 73 (49.32%) C++
3 50 (33.78%) Linux
4 46 (31.08%) C
5 45 (30.41%) Agile Software Development
6 36 (24.32%) C#
6 36 (24.32%) Security Cleared
7 34 (22.97%) Java
8 33 (22.30%) SC Cleared
9 28 (18.92%) OO
9 28 (18.92%) Python
10 22 (14.86%) Test Automation
11 20 (13.51%) Continuous Integration
11 20 (13.51%) Multithreading
11 20 (13.51%) CSS
12 19 (12.84%) JavaScript
12 19 (12.84%) HTML
12 19 (12.84%) Windows
12 19 (12.84%) Subversion
13 18 (12.16%) SQL
14 17 (11.49%) Node.js
15 16 (10.81%) Microservices
15 16 (10.81%) Configuration Management
15 16 (10.81%) Telecoms
15 16 (10.81%) TDD
16 15 (10.14%) Git (software)
17 14 (9.46%) Spring
17 14 (9.46%) UML
17 14 (9.46%) Ada
18 13 (8.78%) Eclipse

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 7 (4.73%) Apache
2 5 (3.38%) Apache Spark
3 4 (2.70%) JBoss
3 4 (2.70%) nginx
3 4 (2.70%) Tomcat
3 4 (2.70%) WebLogic
4 2 (1.35%) Elasticsearch
5 1 (0.68%) Apache Pig
5 1 (0.68%) Cloud Foundry
5 1 (0.68%) Confluence
5 1 (0.68%) MQSeries
5 1 (0.68%) WebSphere
Business Applications
1 2 (1.35%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.68%) Siebel CRM
Cloud Services
1 10 (6.76%) Amazon AWS
2 6 (4.05%) GitHub
3 4 (2.70%) Google Analytics
4 3 (2.03%) Oracle Service Cloud
5 2 (1.35%) Oracle CX
6 1 (0.68%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.68%) Amazon SQS
6 1 (0.68%) AWS CloudFormation
6 1 (0.68%) AWS Lambda
6 1 (0.68%) Google Play
6 1 (0.68%) OpenShift
6 1 (0.68%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 12 (8.11%) Asterisk PBX
1 12 (8.11%) Diameter Protocol
1 12 (8.11%) GSM
1 12 (8.11%) LTE
1 12 (8.11%) PBX
1 12 (8.11%) RANAP
1 12 (8.11%) RTP
1 12 (8.11%) UMTS
1 12 (8.11%) VoIP
1 12 (8.11%) Wireshark
2 10 (6.76%) GGSN
2 10 (6.76%) MGW
2 10 (6.76%) SGSN
3 7 (4.73%) HTTP
4 5 (3.38%) Ethernet
5 4 (2.70%) Bluetooth
5 4 (2.70%) Link 11
5 4 (2.70%) Link 16
5 4 (2.70%) SSL
5 4 (2.70%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (6.76%) MongoDB
2 8 (5.41%) NoSQL
3 5 (3.38%) Big Data
3 5 (3.38%) MySQL
4 4 (2.70%) Hadoop
4 4 (2.70%) PostgreSQL
5 3 (2.03%) Redis
5 3 (2.03%) SQL Server
6 2 (1.35%) Apache Cassandra
6 2 (1.35%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (1.35%) Geospatial Data
7 1 (0.68%) Apache Accumulo
7 1 (0.68%) JasperReports
7 1 (0.68%) Neo4j
7 1 (0.68%) Oracle BI EE
7 1 (0.68%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.68%) Oracle Database 11g
7 1 (0.68%) OrientDB
7 1 (0.68%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.68%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 19 (12.84%) Subversion
2 15 (10.14%) Git (software)
3 13 (8.78%) Eclipse
3 13 (8.78%) GCC
3 13 (8.78%) GDB
4 12 (8.11%) Trac
5 10 (6.76%) Jenkins
5 10 (6.76%) Visual Studio
6 8 (5.41%) Rational DOORS
7 5 (3.38%) Ant
7 5 (3.38%) Rational Rhapsody
7 5 (3.38%) Selenium
8 4 (2.70%) Cucumber
8 4 (2.70%) Gatling
8 4 (2.70%) Grunt
8 4 (2.70%) gulp
8 4 (2.70%) IntelliJ
8 4 (2.70%) JUnit
8 4 (2.70%) Karma Test Runner
8 4 (2.70%) Sublime Text
General
1 16 (10.81%) Telecoms
2 8 (5.41%) Aerospace
2 8 (5.41%) Electronics
3 7 (4.73%) Military
4 6 (4.05%) Finance
5 5 (3.38%) Avionics
5 5 (3.38%) Games
5 5 (3.38%) Manufacturing
6 4 (2.70%) Automotive
7 3 (2.03%) Publishing
8 2 (1.35%) Retail
9 1 (0.68%) Banking
9 1 (0.68%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (13.51%) CSS
2 19 (12.84%) HTML
3 17 (11.49%) Node.js
4 14 (9.46%) Spring
5 13 (8.78%) Boost C++ Libraries
5 13 (8.78%) STL
6 10 (6.76%) XML
7 9 (6.08%) AngularJS
7 9 (6.08%) Web Services
8 8 (5.41%) REST
9 7 (4.73%) .NET
9 7 (4.73%) HTML5
9 7 (4.73%) JSON
10 6 (4.05%) Hibernate
10 6 (4.05%) RESTful
10 6 (4.05%) SOAP
10 6 (4.05%) Unity (Game Engine)
10 6 (4.05%) Unity DI Container
10 6 (4.05%) Unreal Engine
11 5 (3.38%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 7 (4.73%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (4.05%) Computer Science
3 4 (2.70%) Cyber Attack
4 3 (2.03%) Embedded Systems
4 3 (2.03%) Life Science
4 3 (2.03%) RIA
4 3 (2.03%) User Experience
5 2 (1.35%) Client/Server
5 2 (1.35%) Derivative
5 2 (1.35%) Digital Media
5 2 (1.35%) Linux Command Line
5 2 (1.35%) Mobile App
6 1 (0.68%) 3D Graphics
6 1 (0.68%) Cloud Native
6 1 (0.68%) Device Driver
6 1 (0.68%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
6 1 (0.68%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 1 (0.68%) Greenfield Project
6 1 (0.68%) Internet of Things
6 1 (0.68%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 50 (33.78%) Linux
2 19 (12.84%) Windows
3 12 (8.11%) Unix
4 5 (3.38%) Android
5 4 (2.70%) Apple iOS
5 4 (2.70%) Ubuntu
6 3 (2.03%) Embedded Linux
7 2 (1.35%) VxWorks
8 1 (0.68%) CentOS
8 1 (0.68%) Mac OS
8 1 (0.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 146 (98.65%) Software Engineering
2 45 (30.41%) Agile Software Development
3 28 (18.92%) OO
4 22 (14.86%) Test Automation
5 20 (13.51%) Continuous Integration
5 20 (13.51%) Multithreading
6 16 (10.81%) Configuration Management
6 16 (10.81%) Microservices
6 16 (10.81%) TDD
7 14 (9.46%) UML
8 12 (8.11%) Cross-Platform Development
9 10 (6.76%) Scrum
10 9 (6.08%) Coaching
11 8 (5.41%) Integration Testing
11 8 (5.41%) Open Source
11 8 (5.41%) SDLC
12 7 (4.73%) BDD
12 7 (4.73%) Change Control
12 7 (4.73%) Functional Testing
12 7 (4.73%) Machine Learning
Programming Languages
1 73 (49.32%) C++
2 46 (31.08%) C
3 36 (24.32%) C#
4 34 (22.97%) Java
5 28 (18.92%) Python
6 19 (12.84%) JavaScript
7 18 (12.16%) SQL
8 14 (9.46%) Ada
9 10 (6.76%) Perl
9 10 (6.76%) Scala
10 7 (4.73%) Embedded C
11 6 (4.05%) PHP
11 6 (4.05%) Ruby
12 4 (2.70%) Groovy
12 4 (2.70%) Haskell
13 3 (2.03%) Ada 83
13 3 (2.03%) Ada 95
13 3 (2.03%) VB.NET
14 2 (1.35%) Go
14 2 (1.35%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 36 (24.32%) Security Cleared
2 33 (22.30%) SC Cleared
3 6 (4.05%) Degree
4 4 (2.70%) Computer Science Degree
5 3 (2.03%) MCTS
5 3 (2.03%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (3.38%) DO-178B
2 4 (2.70%) IEC 62304
2 4 (2.70%) MISRA
3 3 (2.03%) QA
4 2 (1.35%) MIL-STD-1553
5 1 (0.68%) IEC 61508
5 1 (0.68%) ISO 13485
5 1 (0.68%) ISO 26262
System Software
1 12 (8.11%) Docker
2 1 (0.68%) Apache ZooKeeper
2 1 (0.68%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 9 (6.08%) Kibana
2 4 (2.70%) Grafana
2 4 (2.70%) Puppet
3 3 (2.03%) Mesos
4 2 (1.35%) logstash
5 1 (0.68%) Hadoop YARN
5 1 (0.68%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (0.68%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 12 (8.11%) Cisco
2 10 (6.76%) Microsoft
3 5 (3.38%) Google
4 4 (2.70%) Adobe
4 4 (2.70%) webMethods
5 3 (2.03%) Oracle
6 2 (1.35%) BMC
6 2 (1.35%) Intel
6 2 (1.35%) Remedy
7 1 (0.68%) Freescale
7 1 (0.68%) Hortonworks
7 1 (0.68%) IBM
7 1 (0.68%) Jaspersoft
7 1 (0.68%) Siebel
7 1 (0.68%) Talend
7 1 (0.68%) Telerik
7 1 (0.68%) Xamarin
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