Period
to 17 July 2019

The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 6 months to 17 July 2019.

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
17 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 122 139 209
Rank change year-on-year +17 +70 -45
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 299 316 158
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 2.01% 1.85% 0.99%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.12% 1.96% 1.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 144 132 80
South East median daily rate £425 £450 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.56% +18.42% +1.33%
10th Percentile £313 £315 £213
90th Percentile £546 £563 £500
England median daily rate £450 £450 £428
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +3.01%
Number of hourly rates quoted 55 88 41
South East median hourly rate £46.50 £45.00 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.33% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £40.50 £28.90 £32.50
90th Percentile £52.50 £53.75 £77.50
England median hourly rate £46.00 £43.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year +6.98% +1.18% +0.06%

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 14,125 16,144 15,075
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.80% 94.65% 94.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,396 9,540 8,683
South East median daily rate £440 £425 £408
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.53% +4.29% +1.88%
10th Percentile £252 £263 £243
90th Percentile £600 £588 £550
England median daily rate £475 £450 £438
% change year-on-year +5.56% +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 621 693 733
South East median hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.42% +8.57% -12.50%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £55.00 £51.00 £48.60
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.70 £18.50
% change year-on-year +6.95% +1.08% -2.63%

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 17 July 2019.

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 17 July 2019.

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 17 July 2019. 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 +1 111 £425 -5.56% 154
Hampshire +46 107 £400 +14.29% 81
Oxfordshire +14 51 £425 -5.56% 80
Berkshire +6 48 £425 +7.26% 53
Surrey -3 35 £500 +14.29% 46
Kent -1 21 £475 +11.76% 10
Buckinghamshire +12 12 £405 -10.00% 21
West Sussex +4 11 £438 +2.94% 23
East Sussex -18 7 £300 -9.09% 9
Sussex - 4 - -
M4 Corridor - 2 - -
Software Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 17 July 2019, 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.

1 290 (96.99%) Software Engineering
2 141 (47.16%) C++
3 111 (37.12%) Agile Software Development
4 102 (34.11%) C
5 86 (28.76%) C#
6 77 (25.75%) Python
7 65 (21.74%) Linux
8 62 (20.74%) Security Cleared
9 59 (19.73%) Java
10 58 (19.40%) JavaScript
11 53 (17.73%) .NET
11 53 (17.73%) SC Cleared
12 49 (16.39%) Embedded C
13 42 (14.05%) Git (software)
14 41 (13.71%) Microsoft Azure
14 41 (13.71%) Continuous Integration
15 40 (13.38%) Test Automation
16 38 (12.71%) Docker
17 33 (11.04%) TDD
17 33 (11.04%) Scrum
18 32 (10.70%) DevOps
19 30 (10.03%) Law
20 28 (9.36%) HTML
20 28 (9.36%) Mathematics
20 28 (9.36%) Algorithms
21 26 (8.70%) SQL Server
21 26 (8.70%) Web Services
21 26 (8.70%) Configuration Management
22 25 (8.36%) Embedded C++
22 25 (8.36%) AngularJS

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 8 (2.68%) Confluence
2 6 (2.01%) Apache Spark
3 5 (1.67%) Elasticsearch
4 4 (1.34%) Apache
4 4 (1.34%) Apache Qpid
4 4 (1.34%) Jupyter
5 3 (1.00%) Tomcat
5 3 (1.00%) WebLogic
6 2 (0.67%) nginx
7 1 (0.33%) Apache Pig
7 1 (0.33%) Hyperledger
7 1 (0.33%) JBoss
7 1 (0.33%) WebSphere
Applications
1 11 (3.68%) Simulink
2 3 (1.00%) Adobe XD
2 3 (1.00%) InVision
3 1 (0.33%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 9 (3.01%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 41 (13.71%) Microsoft Azure
2 17 (5.69%) Amazon AWS
3 14 (4.68%) Google Cloud Platform
3 14 (4.68%) Serverless
4 11 (3.68%) Azure Functions
5 7 (2.34%) GitHub
6 3 (1.00%) SaaS
7 2 (0.67%) Amazon Alexa
7 2 (0.67%) Azure Active Directory
7 2 (0.67%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (0.67%) npm
7 2 (0.67%) PaaS
8 1 (0.33%) Amazon ELB
8 1 (0.33%) Apigee
8 1 (0.33%) AWS Lambda
8 1 (0.33%) Azure Machine Learning
8 1 (0.33%) Data Lake Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 10 (3.34%) RS-232
2 9 (3.01%) RS-485
3 7 (2.34%) TCP/IP
4 5 (1.67%) 5G
4 5 (1.67%) Ethernet
5 4 (1.34%) HTTP
6 3 (1.00%) 4G
6 3 (1.00%) Bluetooth
6 3 (1.00%) LTE
6 3 (1.00%) Modbus
7 2 (0.67%) DVB
7 2 (0.67%) Wireless
7 2 (0.67%) Wireshark
7 2 (0.67%) ZigBee
8 1 (0.33%) 3G
8 1 (0.33%) Internet
8 1 (0.33%) Q.931
8 1 (0.33%) RTCP
8 1 (0.33%) RTP
8 1 (0.33%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (8.70%) SQL Server
2 13 (4.35%) NoSQL
3 12 (4.01%) Big Data
4 9 (3.01%) Cosmos DB
4 9 (3.01%) MySQL
5 8 (2.68%) Relational Database
6 7 (2.34%) Hadoop
6 7 (2.34%) PostgreSQL
7 6 (2.01%) SQL Server 2008
7 6 (2.01%) SQL Server 2014
8 4 (1.34%) MongoDB
8 4 (1.34%) RDBMS
9 3 (1.00%) SQLite
10 2 (0.67%) Apache Cassandra
10 2 (0.67%) Cloudera CDH
10 2 (0.67%) MariaDB
11 1 (0.33%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
11 1 (0.33%) Blockchain
11 1 (0.33%) Data Lake
11 1 (0.33%) HDInsight
Development Applications
1 42 (14.05%) Git (software)
2 23 (7.69%) Selenium
3 22 (7.36%) Visual Studio
4 20 (6.69%) Subversion
5 19 (6.35%) JIRA
6 17 (5.69%) Jenkins
7 16 (5.35%) Cucumber
8 11 (3.68%) Visual Studio Team System
9 9 (3.01%) NUnit
9 9 (3.01%) WebDriver
10 8 (2.68%) Bitbucket
10 8 (2.68%) Mocha
10 8 (2.68%) SpecFlow
10 8 (2.68%) TeamCity
11 7 (2.34%) SonarQube
12 6 (2.01%) Eclipse
12 6 (2.01%) Maven
13 5 (1.67%) Ant
13 5 (1.67%) ClearCase
13 5 (1.67%) CppUnit
General
1 30 (10.03%) Law
2 19 (6.35%) Electronics
2 19 (6.35%) Finance
3 16 (5.35%) Military
4 9 (3.01%) Aerospace
4 9 (3.01%) Manufacturing
5 8 (2.68%) Automotive
6 7 (2.34%) Games
6 7 (2.34%) Telecoms
7 4 (1.34%) Banking
8 2 (0.67%) Avionics
8 2 (0.67%) Retail
9 1 (0.33%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 53 (17.73%) .NET
2 28 (9.36%) HTML
3 26 (8.70%) Web Services
4 25 (8.36%) AngularJS
5 23 (7.69%) CSS
6 22 (7.36%) ASP.NET
7 21 (7.02%) XML
8 20 (6.69%) HTML5
9 18 (6.02%) ASP.NET Web API
9 18 (6.02%) RESTful
10 17 (5.69%) .NET Core
10 17 (5.69%) JSON
11 16 (5.35%) Node.js
11 16 (5.35%) REST
12 12 (4.01%) Redux
12 12 (4.01%) Spring
13 11 (3.68%) Vue.js
14 10 (3.34%) .NET Framework
14 10 (3.34%) SOAP
14 10 (3.34%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 28 (9.36%) Algorithms
2 17 (5.69%) User Experience
3 16 (5.35%) Analytical Skills
4 12 (4.01%) Data Structures
4 12 (4.01%) Embedded Systems
5 11 (3.68%) Greenfield Project
6 8 (2.68%) CAN bus
7 7 (2.34%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 7 (2.34%) Self-Motivation
8 6 (2.01%) Life Science
9 5 (1.67%) Derivative
10 3 (1.00%) Device Driver
10 3 (1.00%) Robotics
11 2 (0.67%) Client/Server
11 2 (0.67%) Data Protection Act
11 2 (0.67%) Digital TV
11 2 (0.67%) Enterprise Software
11 2 (0.67%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
11 2 (0.67%) IPTV
11 2 (0.67%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 65 (21.74%) Linux
2 20 (6.69%) Windows
3 12 (4.01%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 11 (3.68%) FreeRTOS
5 10 (3.34%) Unix
6 9 (3.01%) Embedded Linux
7 3 (1.00%) CentOS
7 3 (1.00%) Debian
7 3 (1.00%) Ubuntu
8 2 (0.67%) Android
9 1 (0.33%) Apple iOS
9 1 (0.33%) Mac OS X
9 1 (0.33%) ThreadX
9 1 (0.33%) uClinux
9 1 (0.33%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 290 (96.99%) Software Engineering
2 111 (37.12%) Agile Software Development
3 41 (13.71%) Continuous Integration
4 40 (13.38%) Test Automation
5 33 (11.04%) Scrum
5 33 (11.04%) TDD
6 32 (10.70%) DevOps
7 28 (9.36%) Mathematics
8 26 (8.70%) Configuration Management
9 24 (8.03%) Microservices
9 24 (8.03%) UML
9 24 (8.03%) Unit Testing
10 23 (7.69%) Computer Science
11 22 (7.36%) Problem-Solving
12 17 (5.69%) OO
13 16 (5.35%) MVC
14 15 (5.02%) Integration Testing
14 15 (5.02%) Physics
15 13 (4.35%) Embedded Software Development
15 13 (4.35%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 141 (47.16%) C++
2 102 (34.11%) C
3 86 (28.76%) C#
4 77 (25.75%) Python
5 59 (19.73%) Java
6 58 (19.40%) JavaScript
7 49 (16.39%) Embedded C
8 25 (8.36%) Embedded C++
9 22 (7.36%) SQL
10 19 (6.35%) MATLAB
11 14 (4.68%) Go
12 11 (3.68%) TypeScript
13 6 (2.01%) PowerShell
13 6 (2.01%) Scala
14 4 (1.34%) Bash Shell
14 4 (1.34%) PL/SQL
15 3 (1.00%) ES6
15 3 (1.00%) Perl
15 3 (1.00%) PHP
16 2 (0.67%) Ada
Qualifications
1 62 (20.74%) Security Cleared
2 53 (17.73%) SC Cleared
3 22 (7.36%) Degree
4 6 (2.01%) BPSS Clearance
4 6 (2.01%) Computer Science Degree
5 4 (1.34%) Master's Degree
5 4 (1.34%) PhD
6 1 (0.33%) DV Cleared
6 1 (0.33%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (0.33%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (2.01%) MISRA
2 4 (1.34%) DO-178B
2 4 (1.34%) MISRA C
3 3 (1.00%) IEC 61508
4 1 (0.33%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.33%) QA
System Software
1 38 (12.71%) Docker
2 15 (5.02%) Firmware
3 3 (1.00%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 21 (7.02%) Kubernetes
2 4 (1.34%) Terraform
3 3 (1.00%) Ansible
4 1 (0.33%) CA Service Virtualization
Vendors
1 23 (7.69%) Microsoft
2 17 (5.69%) Google
3 16 (5.35%) Oracle
4 9 (3.01%) Red Hat
4 9 (3.01%) Sparx
5 8 (2.68%) Cypress Semiconductor
6 6 (2.01%) Telerik
7 4 (1.34%) Cloudera
8 3 (1.00%) Adobe
8 3 (1.00%) BEA
8 3 (1.00%) IBM
8 3 (1.00%) webMethods
9 2 (0.67%) Atlassian
9 2 (0.67%) Renesas
10 1 (0.33%) CyberArk
10 1 (0.33%) Databricks
10 1 (0.33%) Pega
10 1 (0.33%) SAP
10 1 (0.33%) Xamarin
10 1 (0.33%) Xilinx