Period
to 24 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £423 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 6 months to 24 November 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
6 months to
24 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 190 199 165
Rank change year-on-year +9 -34 -1
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 195 190 262
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.16% 1.14% 1.34%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.23% 1.22% 1.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 84 100 107
South East median daily rate £423 £400 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.63% +8.11% +10.45%
10th Percentile £334 £300 £232
90th Percentile £525 £543 £475
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +10.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 57 85
South East median hourly rate £45.00 £41.50 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.43% -2.35% +1.19%
10th Percentile £36.00 £34.80 £35.50
90th Percentile £50.85 £50.00 £50.00
England median hourly rate £42.50 £42.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% -

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 15902 15635 18500
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.50% 93.94% 94.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 9436 9281 10868
South East median daily rate £415 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.75% +3.23% +6.90%
10th Percentile £238 £225 £230
90th Percentile £575 £550 £525
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 641 786 927
South East median hourly rate £18.00 £19.50 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.69% +5.41% +15.63%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.25 £10.33
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £47.50
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year - +2.78% +9.09%

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 24 November 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 6 months to 24 November 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 6 months to 24 November 2017. 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 -5 66 £500 +11.11% 46
Hampshire +15 53 £388 -6.06% 26
Surrey -2 36 £380 -5.00% 22
Berkshire +15 24 £388 +4.73% 15
Buckinghamshire -14 23 £500 +53.85% 3
Oxfordshire -3 20 £500 - 28
East Sussex +11 17 £353 -9.03% 4
West Sussex -4 16 - - 6
Kent -11 2 - - 2
Home Counties - 2 - -
Software Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 24 November 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.

1 192 (98.46%) Software Engineering
2 81 (41.54%) C++
3 69 (35.38%) Agile Software Development
4 64 (32.82%) Linux
5 57 (29.23%) C
6 43 (22.05%) Java
7 42 (21.54%) C#
8 34 (17.44%) JavaScript
9 31 (15.90%) Security Cleared
10 30 (15.38%) UML
11 29 (14.87%) Amazon AWS
12 26 (13.33%) SQL
12 26 (13.33%) Scrum
13 24 (12.31%) Windows
14 23 (11.79%) SC Cleared
15 22 (11.28%) Subversion
15 22 (11.28%) Oracle
15 22 (11.28%) .NET
15 22 (11.28%) Python
16 21 (10.77%) Rational DOORS
17 20 (10.26%) HTML
17 20 (10.26%) CSS
18 18 (9.23%) Microsoft
18 18 (9.23%) Git (software)
19 17 (8.72%) Continuous Integration
19 17 (8.72%) Multithreading
19 17 (8.72%) Visual Studio
19 17 (8.72%) Node.js
20 16 (8.21%) Microservices
20 16 (8.21%) MISRA

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 (6.15%) Cloud Foundry
2 10 (5.13%) WebLogic
3 8 (4.10%) Elasticsearch
4 7 (3.59%) Tomcat
5 4 (2.05%) Apache Spark
5 4 (2.05%) Liferay
5 4 (2.05%) Oracle Application Server
6 3 (1.54%) JBoss
7 2 (1.03%) Apache
7 2 (1.03%) nginx
7 2 (1.03%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 1 (0.51%) Confluence
Applications
1 10 (5.13%) Simulink
2 1 (0.51%) Autodesk Inventor
2 1 (0.51%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (0.51%) MicroStation
2 1 (0.51%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 3 (1.54%) Oracle Applications
2 2 (1.03%) Oracle BPM
3 1 (0.51%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 29 (14.87%) Amazon AWS
2 12 (6.15%) OpenShift
2 12 (6.15%) PaaS
3 7 (3.59%) Amazon EC2
4 5 (2.56%) AWS Lambda
4 5 (2.56%) Serverless
5 4 (2.05%) GitHub
5 4 (2.05%) Microsoft Azure
6 3 (1.54%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 3 (1.54%) Amazon S3
6 3 (1.54%) AWS CloudFormation
7 2 (1.03%) Amazon ELB
7 2 (1.03%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (1.03%) Google Analytics
7 2 (1.03%) npm
7 2 (1.03%) Yarn
8 1 (0.51%) IaaS
8 1 (0.51%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 12 (6.15%) VoIP
2 11 (5.64%) GSM
3 10 (5.13%) Asterisk PBX
3 10 (5.13%) Diameter Protocol
3 10 (5.13%) GGSN
3 10 (5.13%) LTE
3 10 (5.13%) MGW
3 10 (5.13%) PBX
3 10 (5.13%) RANAP
3 10 (5.13%) RTP
3 10 (5.13%) SGSN
3 10 (5.13%) UMTS
3 10 (5.13%) Wireshark
4 8 (4.10%) TCP/IP
5 7 (3.59%) Bluetooth
5 7 (3.59%) Internet
5 7 (3.59%) Wi-Fi
6 6 (3.08%) Ethernet
6 6 (3.08%) Network Security
6 6 (3.08%) Tactical Data Link
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (7.69%) SQL Server
2 9 (4.62%) PostgreSQL
3 7 (3.59%) Big Data
3 7 (3.59%) Relational Database
4 6 (3.08%) Hadoop
4 6 (3.08%) MongoDB
4 6 (3.08%) NoSQL
5 5 (2.56%) Oracle Database
6 4 (2.05%) JasperReports
6 4 (2.05%) MySQL
7 3 (1.54%) Amazon RDS
7 3 (1.54%) Pentaho
7 3 (1.54%) Redis
8 1 (0.51%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 1 (0.51%) Apache Cassandra
8 1 (0.51%) DTS
8 1 (0.51%) OLAP
8 1 (0.51%) OLAP Cube
8 1 (0.51%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 22 (11.28%) Subversion
2 21 (10.77%) Rational DOORS
3 18 (9.23%) Git (software)
4 17 (8.72%) Visual Studio
5 13 (6.67%) Maven
6 12 (6.15%) Jenkins
6 12 (6.15%) Rational Rhapsody
7 11 (5.64%) GCC
7 11 (5.64%) GDB
8 10 (5.13%) Cucumber
8 10 (5.13%) Trac
9 9 (4.62%) Ant
9 9 (4.62%) JUnit
10 8 (4.10%) Eclipse
10 8 (4.10%) Selenium
10 8 (4.10%) Talend Open Studio
11 6 (3.08%) JIRA
11 6 (3.08%) WiX
12 5 (2.56%) CANoe
13 4 (2.05%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 14 (7.18%) Telecoms
2 13 (6.67%) Automotive
3 11 (5.64%) Banking
4 6 (3.08%) Avionics
5 5 (2.56%) Aerospace
6 4 (2.05%) Electronics
6 4 (2.05%) Finance
6 4 (2.05%) French Language
6 4 (2.05%) Manufacturing
6 4 (2.05%) Publishing
7 3 (1.54%) Games
7 3 (1.54%) Retail
8 2 (1.03%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (11.28%) .NET
2 20 (10.26%) CSS
2 20 (10.26%) HTML
3 17 (8.72%) Node.js
4 16 (8.21%) XML
5 14 (7.18%) AngularJS
5 14 (7.18%) STL
6 13 (6.67%) Boost C++ Libraries
7 12 (6.15%) Spring
8 9 (4.62%) jQuery
9 8 (4.10%) Java EE
10 7 (3.59%) Hibernate
10 7 (3.59%) JSON
10 7 (3.59%) WCF
10 7 (3.59%) Web Services
11 6 (3.08%) JSF
11 6 (3.08%) React
11 6 (3.08%) REST
12 5 (2.56%) CSS3
12 5 (2.56%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 11 (5.64%) Cloud Native
2 9 (4.62%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (3.08%) Computer Science
3 6 (3.08%) Mobile App
4 4 (2.05%) Internet of Things
4 4 (2.05%) Semantic Web
4 4 (2.05%) User Experience
5 3 (1.54%) Digital Media
6 2 (1.03%) Algorithms
6 2 (1.03%) Cyber Attack
6 2 (1.03%) Derivative
6 2 (1.03%) Embedded Systems
6 2 (1.03%) Life Science
6 2 (1.03%) PKI
7 1 (0.51%) CESG
7 1 (0.51%) Digital Signage
7 1 (0.51%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.51%) Handset
7 1 (0.51%) Linux Command Line
7 1 (0.51%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 64 (32.82%) Linux
2 24 (12.31%) Windows
3 12 (6.15%) Embedded Linux
3 12 (6.15%) Unix
4 7 (3.59%) Android
5 5 (2.56%) Apple iOS
5 5 (2.56%) VxWorks
6 4 (2.05%) Windows 7
6 4 (2.05%) Windows Server
6 4 (2.05%) Windows Server 2012
7 3 (1.54%) Ubuntu
8 2 (1.03%) VMS
9 1 (0.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 192 (98.46%) Software Engineering
2 69 (35.38%) Agile Software Development
3 30 (15.38%) UML
4 26 (13.33%) Scrum
5 17 (8.72%) Continuous Integration
5 17 (8.72%) Multithreading
6 16 (8.21%) Microservices
6 16 (8.21%) OO
6 16 (8.21%) Test Automation
7 15 (7.69%) SDLC
8 14 (7.18%) Configuration Management
8 14 (7.18%) Unit Testing
9 12 (6.15%) TDD
10 11 (5.64%) DevOps
10 11 (5.64%) OOD
11 10 (5.13%) Cross-Platform Development
11 10 (5.13%) Systems Analysis
12 9 (4.62%) Continuous Delivery
13 8 (4.10%) Embedded Software Development
14 7 (3.59%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 81 (41.54%) C++
2 57 (29.23%) C
3 43 (22.05%) Java
4 42 (21.54%) C#
5 34 (17.44%) JavaScript
6 26 (13.33%) SQL
7 22 (11.28%) Python
8 14 (7.18%) Ada
8 14 (7.18%) Embedded C
9 13 (6.67%) Ruby
10 12 (6.15%) Go
11 10 (5.13%) MATLAB
12 7 (3.59%) Scala
13 5 (2.56%) Perl
13 5 (2.56%) PL/SQL
14 4 (2.05%) Embedded C++
14 4 (2.05%) T-SQL
15 2 (1.03%) Assembly Language
15 2 (1.03%) PHP
15 2 (1.03%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 31 (15.90%) Security Cleared
2 23 (11.79%) SC Cleared
3 11 (5.64%) Degree
4 6 (3.08%) Computer Science Degree
5 2 (1.03%) BC Cleared
6 1 (0.51%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (0.51%) DV Cleared
6 1 (0.51%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (8.21%) MISRA
2 7 (3.59%) DO-178B
3 5 (2.56%) IEC 62304
3 5 (2.56%) ISO 26262
3 5 (2.56%) MISRA C
4 2 (1.03%) MIL-STD-1553
5 1 (0.51%) Def Stans
5 1 (0.51%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 15 (7.69%) Docker
2 4 (2.05%) Active Directory
3 3 (1.54%) Firmware
4 1 (0.51%) zsh
Systems Management
1 7 (3.59%) Puppet
2 4 (2.05%) Mesos
2 4 (2.05%) Terraform
3 3 (1.54%) Kibana
4 2 (1.03%) Ansible
4 2 (1.03%) Grafana
4 2 (1.03%) logstash
4 2 (1.03%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.51%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (0.51%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 22 (11.28%) Oracle
2 18 (9.23%) Microsoft
3 10 (5.13%) Cisco
4 8 (4.10%) Talend
5 5 (2.56%) Xamarin
6 2 (1.03%) Google
6 2 (1.03%) webMethods
7 1 (0.51%) Atlassian
7 1 (0.51%) Autodesk
7 1 (0.51%) DevExpress
7 1 (0.51%) Green Hills
7 1 (0.51%) IBM
7 1 (0.51%) Red Hat
7 1 (0.51%) Samsung
7 1 (0.51%) Splunk
7 1 (0.51%) VMware