Period
to 18 September 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 18 September 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
18 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 128 222 194
Rank change year-on-year +94 -28 -36
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 336 163 204
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 2.03% 1.00% 1.18%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.14% 1.06% 1.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 159 78 121
South East median daily rate £450 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £315 £299 £300
90th Percentile £575 £525 £613
England median daily rate £475 £450 £420
% change year-on-year +5.56% +7.14% +12.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 82 42 48
South East median hourly rate £47.50 £45.20 £42.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.10% +5.72% +6.88%
10th Percentile £37.04 £32.50 £37.28
90th Percentile £52.35 £77.50 £49.65
England median hourly rate £44.50 £42.50 £42.50
% change year-on-year +4.71% - +6.25%

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 15,701 15,427 16,361
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.68% 94.76% 94.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,400 9,079 9,871
South East median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +6.67%
10th Percentile £260 £241 £236
90th Percentile £575 £556 £550
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 682 629 734
South East median hourly rate £19.44 £18.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.01% -10.00% +14.29%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.41
90th Percentile £51.00 £48.75 £48.75
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.70 £19.00
% change year-on-year -1.07% -1.58% +6.92%

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 18 September 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 18 September 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 18 September 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 +75 128 £450 +1.41% 117
Surrey +26 88 £475 +25.00% 36
Oxfordshire +55 71 £450 +4.65% 66
Hampshire -21 57 £350 -17.65% 63
Berkshire +17 41 £475 +26.67% 37
West Sussex +6 22 £380 -22.17% 15
East Sussex -7 18 £330 -6.38% 18
Buckinghamshire +18 16 £413 -17.50% 14
Kent +22 13 £425 - 16
Middlesex - 4 - - 2
Isle of Wight - 4 - - 3
Software Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 18 September 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.

1 332 (98.81%) Software Engineering
2 142 (42.26%) Agile Software Development
3 137 (40.77%) C++
4 112 (33.33%) Linux
5 104 (30.95%) Java
6 82 (24.40%) JavaScript
7 77 (22.92%) Computer Science
8 75 (22.32%) C#
9 73 (21.73%) C
10 69 (20.54%) AngularJS
11 64 (19.05%) Python
12 61 (18.15%) Git (software)
13 60 (17.86%) Degree
14 55 (16.37%) Problem-Solving
15 52 (15.48%) DevOps
16 51 (15.18%) OO
17 46 (13.69%) .NET
18 44 (13.10%) Unit Testing
18 44 (13.10%) Continuous Integration
19 43 (12.80%) Test Automation
19 43 (12.80%) HTML
20 42 (12.50%) Node.js
21 40 (11.90%) SQL
21 40 (11.90%) Windows
21 40 (11.90%) Scrum
22 39 (11.61%) Web Services
23 38 (11.31%) TDD
24 37 (11.01%) CSS
25 35 (10.42%) Embedded C
25 35 (10.42%) MVC

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 17 (5.06%) Apache
2 12 (3.57%) Apache Solr
3 11 (3.27%) Elasticsearch
4 9 (2.68%) Confluence
5 7 (2.08%) JBoss
5 7 (2.08%) Tomcat
6 6 (1.79%) Apache ServiceMix
6 6 (1.79%) Apache Spark
6 6 (1.79%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 3 (0.89%) IIS
7 3 (0.89%) WebLogic
8 2 (0.60%) SAS
9 1 (0.30%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 1 (0.30%) Amazon Alexa
9 1 (0.30%) BizTalk Server
9 1 (0.30%) CMS
9 1 (0.30%) Drupal
9 1 (0.30%) LiveCycle
9 1 (0.30%) SharePoint
9 1 (0.30%) WebSphere
Applications
1 8 (2.38%) Simulink
2 1 (0.30%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.30%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 7 (2.08%) Oracle EBS R12
2 6 (1.79%) Remedy AR System
2 6 (1.79%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.60%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 34 (10.12%) Amazon AWS
2 20 (5.95%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (2.38%) OpenShift
3 8 (2.38%) Serverless
4 6 (1.79%) AWS Lambda
5 5 (1.49%) Amazon Kinesis
5 5 (1.49%) AWS CloudFormation
6 3 (0.89%) Google Cloud Platform
6 3 (0.89%) IaaS
6 3 (0.89%) PaaS
6 3 (0.89%) SaaS
7 2 (0.60%) Amazon S3
8 1 (0.30%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 1 (0.30%) Amazon EC2
8 1 (0.30%) Amazon ElastiCache
8 1 (0.30%) Amazon SQS
8 1 (0.30%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.30%) CloudFront
8 1 (0.30%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 11 (3.27%) HTTP
2 7 (2.08%) Internet
2 7 (2.08%) RS-232
2 7 (2.08%) SNMP
2 7 (2.08%) TCP/IP
2 7 (2.08%) Wireless
3 6 (1.79%) Ethernet
3 6 (1.79%) GSM
3 6 (1.79%) LTE
3 6 (1.79%) Tactical Data Link
3 6 (1.79%) Wi-Fi
4 5 (1.49%) Firewall
4 5 (1.49%) UMTS
5 4 (1.19%) 4G
5 4 (1.19%) GGSN
5 4 (1.19%) MGW
5 4 (1.19%) RANAP
5 4 (1.19%) SGSN
5 4 (1.19%) SSH
5 4 (1.19%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (6.85%) SQL Server
2 21 (6.25%) NoSQL
3 19 (5.65%) MongoDB
4 12 (3.57%) Redis
4 12 (3.57%) Relational Database
5 11 (3.27%) Apache Cassandra
6 9 (2.68%) Big Data
7 7 (2.08%) Neo4j
8 6 (1.79%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 6 (1.79%) Apache Hive
8 6 (1.79%) Hadoop
8 6 (1.79%) MySQL
9 4 (1.19%) DTS
9 4 (1.19%) Flink
9 4 (1.19%) KNIME
9 4 (1.19%) RDBMS
10 3 (0.89%) CouchDB
11 2 (0.60%) PostgreSQL
11 2 (0.60%) SQL Server 2008
11 2 (0.60%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 61 (18.15%) Git (software)
2 30 (8.93%) JIRA
3 29 (8.63%) Jenkins
4 28 (8.33%) Visual Studio
5 25 (7.44%) Subversion
6 19 (5.65%) Mercurial
7 18 (5.36%) Maven
8 15 (4.46%) Rational DOORS
9 14 (4.17%) Eclipse
10 12 (3.57%) Rational Rhapsody
11 11 (3.27%) LabVIEW
12 9 (2.68%) JUnit
13 8 (2.38%) MSTest
13 8 (2.38%) Ranorex
14 7 (2.08%) Ant
14 7 (2.08%) GDB
15 6 (1.79%) Sonatype Nexus
16 5 (1.49%) GCC
16 5 (1.49%) IntelliJ
16 5 (1.49%) SonarQube
General
1 29 (8.63%) Finance
2 20 (5.95%) Manufacturing
3 19 (5.65%) Electronics
4 13 (3.87%) Telecoms
5 12 (3.57%) Aerospace
6 9 (2.68%) Avionics
7 7 (2.08%) Automotive
7 7 (2.08%) Marketing
8 5 (1.49%) Games
8 5 (1.49%) Law
9 4 (1.19%) Back Office
9 4 (1.19%) Legal
10 3 (0.89%) Banking
11 2 (0.60%) Military
11 2 (0.60%) Publishing
11 2 (0.60%) Retail
12 1 (0.30%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 69 (20.54%) AngularJS
2 46 (13.69%) .NET
3 43 (12.80%) HTML
4 42 (12.50%) Node.js
5 39 (11.61%) Web Services
6 37 (11.01%) CSS
7 27 (8.04%) React
8 25 (7.44%) WPF
9 24 (7.14%) REST
10 22 (6.55%) ASP.NET
11 21 (6.25%) Spring
12 20 (5.95%) ASP.NET MVC
12 20 (5.95%) HTML5
12 20 (5.95%) SOAP
13 19 (5.65%) Kafka
13 19 (5.65%) RESTful
14 15 (4.46%) .NET Core
14 15 (4.46%) Twitter Bootstrap
15 14 (4.17%) JSON
15 14 (4.17%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 77 (22.92%) Computer Science
2 35 (10.42%) User Experience
3 33 (9.82%) Self-Motivation
4 18 (5.36%) Embedded Systems
5 15 (4.46%) Algorithms
6 11 (3.27%) Analytical Skills
7 6 (1.79%) Device Driver
7 6 (1.79%) Enterprise Software
7 6 (1.79%) PKI
8 5 (1.49%) Blog
8 5 (1.49%) Life Science
8 5 (1.49%) Wiki
9 4 (1.19%) Data Structures
9 4 (1.19%) e-Learning
9 4 (1.19%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
9 4 (1.19%) Fintech
10 3 (0.89%) CUDA
10 3 (0.89%) RIA
10 3 (0.89%) Robotics
11 2 (0.60%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 112 (33.33%) Linux
2 40 (11.90%) Windows
3 19 (5.65%) Embedded Linux
4 18 (5.36%) Unix
5 11 (3.27%) Android
6 8 (2.38%) VxWorks
7 4 (1.19%) Apple iOS
7 4 (1.19%) Windows 7
8 3 (0.89%) FreeRTOS
9 2 (0.60%) Debian
9 2 (0.60%) Mac OS X
9 2 (0.60%) SafeRTOS
9 2 (0.60%) Windows 10
10 1 (0.30%) Robot Operating System
10 1 (0.30%) Ubuntu
10 1 (0.30%) Windows Embedded Compact
Processes & Methodologies
1 332 (98.81%) Software Engineering
2 142 (42.26%) Agile Software Development
3 55 (16.37%) Problem-Solving
4 52 (15.48%) DevOps
5 51 (15.18%) OO
6 44 (13.10%) Continuous Integration
6 44 (13.10%) Unit Testing
7 43 (12.80%) Test Automation
8 40 (11.90%) Scrum
9 38 (11.31%) TDD
10 35 (10.42%) MVC
11 33 (9.82%) Continuous Delivery
12 26 (7.74%) Mathematics
13 25 (7.44%) BDD
13 25 (7.44%) UML
14 23 (6.85%) Multithreading
14 23 (6.85%) SOLID
15 22 (6.55%) Microservices
15 22 (6.55%) SOA
16 19 (5.65%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 137 (40.77%) C++
2 104 (30.95%) Java
3 82 (24.40%) JavaScript
4 75 (22.32%) C#
5 73 (21.73%) C
6 64 (19.05%) Python
7 40 (11.90%) SQL
8 35 (10.42%) Embedded C
9 24 (7.14%) Embedded C++
10 20 (5.95%) TypeScript
11 13 (3.87%) Java 8
12 11 (3.27%) Go
12 11 (3.27%) PL/SQL
13 10 (2.98%) Groovy
14 9 (2.68%) MATLAB
15 8 (2.38%) Scala
16 6 (1.79%) Assembly Language
17 4 (1.19%) Ada
17 4 (1.19%) VB.NET
18 3 (0.89%) Ada 83
Qualifications
1 60 (17.86%) Degree
2 32 (9.52%) Security Cleared
3 28 (8.33%) SC Cleared
4 8 (2.38%) Computer Science Degree
5 1 (0.30%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (0.30%) DBS Check
5 1 (0.30%) Master's Degree
5 1 (0.30%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (6.25%) MISRA
2 13 (3.87%) MISRA C
3 11 (3.27%) QA
4 5 (1.49%) DO-178B
5 2 (0.60%) IEC 62304
6 1 (0.30%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.30%) ECSS
6 1 (0.30%) IEC 61508
6 1 (0.30%) ISO 26262
System Software
1 24 (7.14%) Docker
2 7 (2.08%) Firmware
3 4 (1.19%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 2 (0.60%) HDFS
4 2 (0.60%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.30%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 16 (4.76%) Terraform
2 15 (4.46%) Kubernetes
3 8 (2.38%) Ansible
3 8 (2.38%) Opscode Chef
3 8 (2.38%) Puppet
4 3 (0.89%) Kibana
5 1 (0.30%) Grafana
5 1 (0.30%) Graphite
5 1 (0.30%) SELinux
Vendors
1 34 (10.12%) Oracle
2 13 (3.87%) Microsoft
3 11 (3.27%) Salesforce.com
4 9 (2.68%) Google
5 7 (2.08%) Rackspace
6 6 (1.79%) BMC
6 6 (1.79%) Green Hills
6 6 (1.79%) Red Hat
6 6 (1.79%) Remedy
7 5 (1.49%) IBM
8 4 (1.19%) Adyen
8 4 (1.19%) Atlassian
8 4 (1.19%) VMware
8 4 (1.19%) WorldPay
9 3 (0.89%) Atmel
9 3 (0.89%) SAP
10 2 (0.60%) Adobe
10 2 (0.60%) Ariba
10 2 (0.60%) Cisco
10 2 (0.60%) QNX