The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £380 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 3 months to 30 March 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
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 169 113 122
Rank change year-on-year -56 +9  
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 79 177 154
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.00% 1.88% 1.56%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.06% 1.98% 1.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 61 60
Median daily rate £380 £388 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.93% +6.89%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £300 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £493 £600 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £340
% change year-on-year +6.66% +10.29%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 49 19
Median hourly rate £45.00 £42.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £32.50 £36.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £48.00 £48.23
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.25 £39.00
% change year-on-year +0.59% +8.33%  

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 7452 8948 9294
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 94.08% 95.15% 94.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 4229 5474 4992
Median daily rate £400 £388 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £220 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 385 383 458
Median hourly rate £17.50 £19.50 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.23% +5.37%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.75 £11.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.50 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -7.89% +11.76%  

Software Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South East that featured Software Engineer in the job title.

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 30 March 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 30 March 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 30 March 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 -27 25 £450 +28.75% 21
Surrey -4 18 £380 -7.87% 9
Oxfordshire -3 13 £453 +7.73% 10
Buckinghamshire -10 8 £325 -7.14% 5
Berkshire +18 7 £175 -57.95% 17
Middlesex +7 3 £560 +64.70%
East Sussex +5 2 £225 -39.18%
West Sussex -6 2 £275 -20.28% 4
Software Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 30 March 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.

1 185 (98.93%) Software Engineering
2 87 (46.52%) C++
3 69 (36.90%) Agile Software Development
4 64 (34.22%) Java
5 58 (31.02%) Linux
6 53 (28.34%) C
7 45 (24.06%) OO
8 40 (21.39%) Security Cleared
9 38 (20.32%) Python
10 37 (19.79%) Scrum
11 36 (19.25%) C#
12 35 (18.72%) Subversion
12 35 (18.72%) Continuous Integration
13 34 (18.18%) TDD
14 33 (17.65%) SC Cleared
15 30 (16.04%) SQL
16 27 (14.44%) STL
16 27 (14.44%) Unit Testing
17 26 (13.90%) Boost C++ Libraries
17 26 (13.90%) GDB
17 26 (13.90%) Spring
18 25 (13.37%) Telecoms
18 25 (13.37%) GCC
19 23 (12.30%) Trac
19 23 (12.30%) VoIP
20 22 (11.76%) RANAP
20 22 (11.76%) UMTS
20 22 (11.76%) GSM
20 22 (11.76%) PBX
20 22 (11.76%) HTML

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 12 (6.42%) JBoss
1 12 (6.42%) WebSphere
2 11 (5.88%) WebSphere Process Server
3 10 (5.35%) Alfresco
3 10 (5.35%) WebSphere Application Server
4 7 (3.74%) Apache Spark
5 6 (3.21%) Apache
5 6 (3.21%) OpenStack
6 5 (2.67%) Elasticsearch
7 3 (1.60%) Apache Pig
7 3 (1.60%) Confluence
8 1 (0.53%) MQSeries
8 1 (0.53%) nginx
8 1 (0.53%) Tomcat
8 1 (0.53%) WebLogic
Applications
1 1 (0.53%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (1.07%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 15 (8.02%) Amazon AWS
2 11 (5.88%) GitHub
3 6 (3.21%) Microsoft Azure
4 3 (1.60%) IaaS
4 3 (1.60%) PaaS
4 3 (1.60%) SaaS
5 2 (1.07%) Oracle CX
6 1 (0.53%) Asana
6 1 (0.53%) Google Analytics
6 1 (0.53%) Google Play
Communications & Networking
1 23 (12.30%) VoIP
2 22 (11.76%) Asterisk PBX
2 22 (11.76%) Diameter Protocol
2 22 (11.76%) GSM
2 22 (11.76%) LTE
2 22 (11.76%) PBX
2 22 (11.76%) RANAP
2 22 (11.76%) RTP
2 22 (11.76%) UMTS
3 13 (6.95%) Wireshark
4 11 (5.88%) HTTP
5 8 (4.28%) GGSN
5 8 (4.28%) MGW
5 8 (4.28%) SGSN
6 6 (3.21%) Bluetooth
7 5 (2.67%) TCP/IP
8 4 (2.14%) Ethernet
9 3 (1.60%) 802.15
9 3 (1.60%) DVB
9 3 (1.60%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (5.88%) MySQL
2 9 (4.81%) NoSQL
3 8 (4.28%) Big Data
3 8 (4.28%) Hadoop
3 8 (4.28%) PostgreSQL
4 7 (3.74%) SQL Server
5 6 (3.21%) MongoDB
6 4 (2.14%) Neo4j
7 3 (1.60%) Apache Accumulo
7 3 (1.60%) Apache Hive
7 3 (1.60%) Oracle Database
7 3 (1.60%) Oracle Database 11g
7 3 (1.60%) OrientDB
8 2 (1.07%) Geospatial Data
8 2 (1.07%) GIS
8 2 (1.07%) Relational Database
9 1 (0.53%) Apache Cassandra
9 1 (0.53%) BusinessObjects
9 1 (0.53%) Oracle BI EE
9 1 (0.53%) Redis
Development Applications
1 35 (18.72%) Subversion
2 26 (13.90%) GDB
3 25 (13.37%) GCC
4 23 (12.30%) Trac
5 18 (9.63%) Jenkins
6 15 (8.02%) Git (software)
7 14 (7.49%) JUnit
8 12 (6.42%) Cucumber
8 12 (6.42%) Maven
8 12 (6.42%) Mockito
9 9 (4.81%) JIRA
10 8 (4.28%) Ant
10 8 (4.28%) Visual Studio
11 7 (3.74%) Eclipse
12 6 (3.21%) NUnit
13 4 (2.14%) ClearCase
13 4 (2.14%) CppUnit
13 4 (2.14%) GoogleTest
14 3 (1.60%) Mercurial
14 3 (1.60%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 25 (13.37%) Telecoms
2 16 (8.56%) Publishing
3 10 (5.35%) Manufacturing
4 9 (4.81%) Military
5 8 (4.28%) Aerospace
6 7 (3.74%) Finance
7 3 (1.60%) Automotive
7 3 (1.60%) Electronics
7 3 (1.60%) Retail
8 2 (1.07%) Games
9 1 (0.53%) Avionics
9 1 (0.53%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (14.44%) STL
2 26 (13.90%) Boost C++ Libraries
2 26 (13.90%) Spring
3 22 (11.76%) HTML
4 19 (10.16%) Web Services
5 16 (8.56%) XML
6 15 (8.02%) CSS
7 13 (6.95%) Java EE
8 12 (6.42%) HTML5
9 10 (5.35%) .NET
9 10 (5.35%) REST
10 9 (4.81%) Node.js
11 7 (3.74%) JSON
11 7 (3.74%) RESTful
12 6 (3.21%) Spring Boot
13 5 (2.67%) jQuery
13 5 (2.67%) Spring MVC
14 4 (2.14%) Hibernate
14 4 (2.14%) Qt
14 4 (2.14%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 8 (4.28%) Computer Science
2 7 (3.74%) Embedded Systems
2 7 (3.74%) User Experience
3 5 (2.67%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (2.67%) Data Centre
4 4 (2.14%) Data Structures
4 4 (2.14%) Derivative
4 4 (2.14%) Life Science
5 3 (1.60%) Algorithms
5 3 (1.60%) Client/Server
5 3 (1.60%) Cyber Defence
5 3 (1.60%) Digital TV
5 3 (1.60%) MPEG
5 3 (1.60%) RIA
5 3 (1.60%) STB
5 3 (1.60%) Wiki
6 2 (1.07%) Cyberthreat
6 2 (1.07%) Mobile App
7 1 (0.53%) Cyber Attack
7 1 (0.53%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 58 (31.02%) Linux
2 17 (9.09%) Windows
3 15 (8.02%) Unix
4 5 (2.67%) Android
5 4 (2.14%) Apple iOS
6 2 (1.07%) CentOS
6 2 (1.07%) Embedded Linux
6 2 (1.07%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (1.07%) Ubuntu
6 2 (1.07%) VxWorks
7 1 (0.53%) Mac OS
7 1 (0.53%) Windows Embedded Compact
7 1 (0.53%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 185 (98.93%) Software Engineering
2 69 (36.90%) Agile Software Development
3 45 (24.06%) OO
4 37 (19.79%) Scrum
5 35 (18.72%) Continuous Integration
6 34 (18.18%) TDD
7 27 (14.44%) Unit Testing
8 22 (11.76%) Cross-Platform Development
9 20 (10.70%) UML
10 19 (10.16%) Multithreading
11 17 (9.09%) Pair Programming
12 14 (7.49%) Configuration Management
12 14 (7.49%) DevOps
12 14 (7.49%) Migration
13 13 (6.95%) Requirements Analysis
14 12 (6.42%) BDD
15 11 (5.88%) BPEL
15 11 (5.88%) BPMN
15 11 (5.88%) Microservices
15 11 (5.88%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 87 (46.52%) C++
2 64 (34.22%) Java
3 53 (28.34%) C
4 38 (20.32%) Python
5 36 (19.25%) C#
6 30 (16.04%) SQL
7 21 (11.23%) JavaScript
8 16 (8.56%) Ada
9 13 (6.95%) Embedded C
10 11 (5.88%) Perl
11 10 (5.35%) Ruby
12 9 (4.81%) Scala
13 6 (3.21%) Ada 83
13 6 (3.21%) Ada 95
13 6 (3.21%) PHP
14 4 (2.14%) MATLAB
14 4 (2.14%) Shell Script
14 4 (2.14%) Tcl
14 4 (2.14%) VB.NET
15 3 (1.60%) Embedded C++
Qualifications
1 40 (21.39%) Security Cleared
2 33 (17.65%) SC Cleared
3 7 (3.74%) Degree
4 6 (3.21%) MCTS
4 6 (3.21%) Microsoft Certification
5 3 (1.60%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (1.07%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (1.60%) MISRA
1 3 (1.60%) QA
2 1 (0.53%) DO-178B
2 1 (0.53%) IEC 61508
2 1 (0.53%) ISO13485
2 1 (0.53%) ISO26262
2 1 (0.53%) SDET
System Software
1 11 (5.88%) Docker
2 6 (3.21%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (2.14%) Firmware
4 3 (1.60%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 1 (0.53%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.53%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 3 (1.60%) Hadoop YARN
1 3 (1.60%) Kibana
1 3 (1.60%) Mesos
2 2 (1.07%) Puppet
3 1 (0.53%) Ansible
3 1 (0.53%) Grafana
3 1 (0.53%) Kubernetes
3 1 (0.53%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 1 (0.53%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 22 (11.76%) Cisco
2 7 (3.74%) Microsoft
2 7 (3.74%) Oracle
3 6 (3.21%) VMware
4 3 (1.60%) Hortonworks
5 2 (1.07%) BMC
5 2 (1.07%) Google
5 2 (1.07%) QNX
5 2 (1.07%) Remedy
6 1 (0.53%) Adobe
6 1 (0.53%) Alias
6 1 (0.53%) IBM
6 1 (0.53%) Luciad
6 1 (0.53%) MicroStrategy
6 1 (0.53%) Red Hat
6 1 (0.53%) Siebel
6 1 (0.53%) Sophos
6 1 (0.53%) Talend
6 1 (0.53%) webMethods
6 1 (0.53%) Xamarin
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