Period
to 24 September 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East with a requirement for Software Engineering skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Software Engineering over the 6 months to 24 September 2018 with a comparison to the 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 Engineering
England > South East
6 months to
24 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 50 83 76
Rank change year-on-year +33 -7 -8
Contract jobs citing Software Engineering 664 441 476
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 4.05% 2.73% 2.76%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 4.72% 3.24% 3.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 366 265 268
South East median daily rate £453 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.51% +2.94% +17.24%
10th Percentile £339 £313 £293
90th Percentile £575 £550 £588
England median daily rate £500 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +9.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 98 64 82
South East median hourly rate £45.00 £45.20 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.43% +6.34% +3.03%
10th Percentile £35.48 £32.50 £36.30
90th Percentile £51.00 £77.50 £52.25
England median hourly rate £43.50 £45.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year -3.33% +5.88% +6.25%

Software Engineering is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the South East with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
South East
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 14,066 13,626 14,472
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 85.86% 84.27% 83.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,456 8,123 8,848
South East median daily rate £434 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.49% +3.75% +3.23%
10th Percentile £278 £258 £255
90th Percentile £588 £569 £550
England median daily rate £468 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +3.89% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 510 466 563
South East median hourly rate £26.00 £20.75 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.30% -7.78% -
10th Percentile £11.24 £11.25 £11.59
90th Percentile £51.03 £50.00 £50.00
England median hourly rate £21.00 £23.14 £22.84
% change year-on-year -9.25% +1.34% +4.99%

Software Engineering
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing Software Engineering as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South East.

Job vacancy trend for Software Engineering in the South East

Software Engineering
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 Engineering in the South East.

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Engineering in the South East

Software Engineering
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Engineering in the South East over the 6 months to 24 September 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Engineering in the South East

Software Engineering
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 Engineering in the South East.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Engineering in the South East

Software Engineering
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Engineering in the South East over the 6 months to 24 September 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Software Engineering in the South East

Software Engineering
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 Engineering within the South East region over the 6 months to 24 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 +31 243 £450 -5.26% 237
Hampshire -2 161 £475 +10.08% 101
Surrey +31 154 £506 +24.62% 80
Oxfordshire +28 111 £450 -10.00% 128
Berkshire +22 85 £475 +18.75% 78
West Sussex +14 47 £450 +13.92% 26
Buckinghamshire +4 47 £425 -10.53% 31
East Sussex -10 29 £363 +6.62% 39
Kent +24 15 £413 -38.89% 26
Middlesex +16 7 £450 +17.04% 2
Isle of Wight - 4 - - 4
Home Counties - 1 - -
Software Engineering
England

For the 6 months to 24 September 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Software Engineering also mentioned the following 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 with a requirement for Software Engineering.

1 309 (46.54%) Agile Software Development
2 230 (34.64%) Java
3 182 (27.41%) JavaScript
4 165 (24.85%) C++
5 141 (21.23%) Linux
6 132 (19.88%) C#
7 125 (18.83%) AngularJS
8 121 (18.22%) Scrum
9 120 (18.07%) TDD
9 120 (18.07%) Computer Science
10 119 (17.92%) Amazon AWS
11 115 (17.32%) Test Automation
12 111 (16.72%) Degree
13 107 (16.11%) Git (software)
14 104 (15.66%) Python
15 95 (14.31%) OO
15 95 (14.31%) .NET
16 94 (14.16%) Web Services
17 92 (13.86%) Continuous Integration
18 90 (13.55%) Problem-Solving
19 88 (13.25%) Spring
20 86 (12.95%) BDD
21 85 (12.80%) HTML
22 84 (12.65%) C
23 81 (12.20%) DevOps
24 79 (11.90%) CSS
25 78 (11.75%) SQL
25 78 (11.75%) Unit Testing
26 74 (11.14%) Node.js
27 72 (10.84%) MVC

Software Engineering
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 59 (8.89%) Tomcat
2 51 (7.68%) JBoss
3 40 (6.02%) Jetty
4 33 (4.97%) Confluence
5 23 (3.46%) Apache
6 17 (2.56%) Elasticsearch
7 15 (2.26%) Apache Solr
8 9 (1.36%) Jupyter
8 9 (1.36%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 8 (1.20%) IIS
10 7 (1.05%) Apache ServiceMix
10 7 (1.05%) Apache Spark
11 6 (0.90%) Cloud Foundry
11 6 (0.90%) CMS
12 5 (0.75%) Drupal
13 4 (0.60%) Adobe Experience Manager
13 4 (0.60%) LiveCycle
13 4 (0.60%) WebLogic
14 2 (0.30%) NServiceBus
14 2 (0.30%) OpenStack
Applications
1 8 (1.20%) Microsoft Office
1 8 (1.20%) Simulink
2 7 (1.05%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (0.60%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 4 (0.60%) MS Visio
4 3 (0.45%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.15%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 8 (1.20%) Oracle EBS R12
2 7 (1.05%) Remedy ITSM
3 6 (0.90%) Remedy AR System
4 3 (0.45%) Oracle BPM
4 3 (0.45%) Primavera
5 2 (0.30%) Dynamics CRM
5 2 (0.30%) SAP FI
5 2 (0.30%) SAP MM
5 2 (0.30%) SAP SD
6 1 (0.15%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 119 (17.92%) Amazon AWS
2 43 (6.48%) Microsoft Azure
3 34 (5.12%) Serverless
4 27 (4.07%) AWS Lambda
5 18 (2.71%) AWS CloudFormation
6 12 (1.81%) Amazon EC2
6 12 (1.81%) Amazon S3
7 11 (1.66%) SaaS
8 10 (1.51%) Amazon Kinesis
8 10 (1.51%) OpenShift
8 10 (1.51%) PaaS
9 6 (0.90%) IaaS
10 5 (0.75%) Google Cloud Platform
11 4 (0.60%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 4 (0.60%) Amazon ElastiCache
11 4 (0.60%) Amazon SQS
11 4 (0.60%) CloudFront
12 3 (0.45%) Cloud Computing
12 3 (0.45%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
13 2 (0.30%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 14 (2.11%) HTTP
2 12 (1.81%) SNMP
3 10 (1.51%) TCP/IP
4 9 (1.36%) Ethernet
4 9 (1.36%) Wireless
5 8 (1.20%) Internet
6 7 (1.05%) Firewall
6 7 (1.05%) RS-232
7 6 (0.90%) GSM
7 6 (0.90%) Link 11
7 6 (0.90%) Link 16
7 6 (0.90%) LTE
7 6 (0.90%) Tactical Data Link
7 6 (0.90%) Wi-Fi
8 5 (0.75%) SSH
8 5 (0.75%) UMTS
9 4 (0.60%) Kerberos
9 4 (0.60%) MGW
9 4 (0.60%) SSL
9 4 (0.60%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 70 (10.54%) NoSQL
2 66 (9.94%) MongoDB
3 52 (7.83%) SQL Server
4 49 (7.38%) Hadoop
5 28 (4.22%) Relational Database
6 26 (3.92%) MySQL
7 22 (3.31%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 18 (2.71%) Big Data
9 16 (2.41%) PostgreSQL
9 16 (2.41%) Redis
10 13 (1.96%) Apache Cassandra
10 13 (1.96%) Data Mining
11 12 (1.81%) Amazon Aurora
12 8 (1.20%) Amazon RDS
13 7 (1.05%) Neo4j
13 7 (1.05%) RDBMS
14 6 (0.90%) Apache Hive
15 5 (0.75%) SQL Server 2008
16 4 (0.60%) DTS
16 4 (0.60%) KNIME
Development Applications
1 107 (16.11%) Git (software)
2 69 (10.39%) JIRA
3 54 (8.13%) Jenkins
4 50 (7.53%) Visual Studio
5 34 (5.12%) Selenium
5 34 (5.12%) Subversion
6 27 (4.07%) Mercurial
7 26 (3.92%) Maven
8 23 (3.46%) Eclipse
9 18 (2.71%) JUnit
10 16 (2.41%) Rational DOORS
11 13 (1.96%) LabVIEW
11 13 (1.96%) MSTest
11 13 (1.96%) Rational Rhapsody
11 13 (1.96%) SoapUI
12 12 (1.81%) Gradle
13 10 (1.51%) SonarQube
13 10 (1.51%) Team Foundation Server
13 10 (1.51%) WebDriver
14 9 (1.36%) Ranorex
General
1 68 (10.24%) Finance
2 24 (3.61%) Manufacturing
3 22 (3.31%) Electronics
4 18 (2.71%) Games
5 16 (2.41%) Banking
6 14 (2.11%) Telecoms
7 13 (1.96%) Marketing
8 12 (1.81%) Aerospace
9 10 (1.51%) Avionics
9 10 (1.51%) Retail
10 9 (1.36%) Automotive
11 8 (1.20%) Military
12 6 (0.90%) Legal
13 5 (0.75%) Law
14 4 (0.60%) Back Office
15 2 (0.30%) Pharmaceutical
15 2 (0.30%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 335 (50.45%) Software Engineer
2 272 (40.96%) Developer
3 96 (14.46%) Java Developer
4 77 (11.60%) Senior Software Engineer
5 61 (9.19%) C++ Software Engineer
5 61 (9.19%) Developer/Software Engineer
6 56 (8.43%) Java Engineer
7 53 (7.98%) Java Software Engineer
8 51 (7.68%) Embedded Engineer
9 49 (7.38%) Embedded Software Engineer
10 36 (5.42%) Software Developer
11 35 (5.27%) Senior Developer
12 32 (4.82%) .NET Developer
13 29 (4.37%) JavaScript Developer
13 29 (4.37%) Senior C++ Software Engineer
14 28 (4.22%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
14 28 (4.22%) React Developer
15 26 (3.92%) Linux Engineer
16 25 (3.77%) JavaScript Engineer
17 23 (3.46%) .NET Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 125 (18.83%) AngularJS
2 95 (14.31%) .NET
3 94 (14.16%) Web Services
4 88 (13.25%) Spring
5 85 (12.80%) HTML
6 79 (11.90%) CSS
7 74 (11.14%) Node.js
8 57 (8.58%) Hibernate
9 51 (7.68%) ASP.NET
10 49 (7.38%) React
10 49 (7.38%) REST
11 46 (6.93%) RESTful
12 40 (6.02%) HTML5
13 35 (5.27%) ASP.NET MVC
14 33 (4.97%) SOAP
15 32 (4.82%) .NET Framework
16 31 (4.67%) WPF
17 29 (4.37%) jQuery
18 27 (4.07%) .NET Core
18 27 (4.07%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 120 (18.07%) Computer Science
2 68 (10.24%) User Experience
3 48 (7.23%) Greenfield Project
4 40 (6.02%) Self-Motivation
5 38 (5.72%) Analytical Skills
6 26 (3.92%) Algorithms
7 21 (3.16%) Embedded Systems
8 10 (1.51%) Enterprise Software
9 7 (1.05%) Data Structures
9 7 (1.05%) Device Driver
9 7 (1.05%) Life Science
9 7 (1.05%) PKI
10 6 (0.90%) Fintech
10 6 (0.90%) Management Information System
11 5 (0.75%) Blog
11 5 (0.75%) Cloud Native
11 5 (0.75%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
11 5 (0.75%) Mainframe
11 5 (0.75%) Robotics
11 5 (0.75%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 141 (21.23%) Linux
2 67 (10.09%) Windows
3 27 (4.07%) Unix
4 22 (3.31%) Embedded Linux
5 13 (1.96%) Android
6 8 (1.20%) VxWorks
7 5 (0.75%) Apple iOS
8 4 (0.60%) Windows 7
9 3 (0.45%) Debian
9 3 (0.45%) FreeRTOS
10 2 (0.30%) Mac OS X
10 2 (0.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 2 (0.30%) SafeRTOS
10 2 (0.30%) Windows 10
11 1 (0.15%) AIX
11 1 (0.15%) CentOS
11 1 (0.15%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.15%) Windows Server
11 1 (0.15%) Windows Server 2003
11 1 (0.15%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 309 (46.54%) Agile Software Development
2 121 (18.22%) Scrum
3 120 (18.07%) TDD
4 115 (17.32%) Test Automation
5 95 (14.31%) OO
6 92 (13.86%) Continuous Integration
7 90 (13.55%) Problem-Solving
8 86 (12.95%) BDD
9 81 (12.20%) DevOps
10 78 (11.75%) Unit Testing
11 72 (10.84%) MVC
12 68 (10.24%) Multithreading
13 64 (9.64%) Microservices
14 62 (9.34%) Kanban
15 56 (8.43%) Continuous Delivery
16 54 (8.13%) Mathematics
17 49 (7.38%) Digital Transformation Programme
18 42 (6.33%) User Stories
19 41 (6.17%) SDLC
20 37 (5.57%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 230 (34.64%) Java
2 182 (27.41%) JavaScript
3 165 (24.85%) C++
4 132 (19.88%) C#
5 104 (15.66%) Python
6 84 (12.65%) C
7 78 (11.75%) SQL
8 46 (6.93%) Scala
9 38 (5.72%) TypeScript
10 34 (5.12%) Embedded C
11 31 (4.67%) Groovy
12 29 (4.37%) Java 8
13 26 (3.92%) Embedded C++
14 20 (3.01%) Go
15 19 (2.86%) R
16 13 (1.96%) PL/SQL
17 12 (1.81%) ES6
18 11 (1.66%) Ada
19 9 (1.36%) MATLAB
19 9 (1.36%) PHP
Qualifications
1 111 (16.72%) Degree
2 60 (9.04%) Security Cleared
3 51 (7.68%) SC Cleared
4 20 (3.01%) Computer Science Degree
5 8 (1.20%) BPSS Clearance
5 8 (1.20%) ISTQB
5 8 (1.20%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 3 (0.45%) APMP
6 3 (0.45%) DV Cleared
6 3 (0.45%) PMI Certification
6 3 (0.45%) PMP
7 2 (0.30%) CISSP
7 2 (0.30%) DBS Check
7 2 (0.30%) ISEB
7 2 (0.30%) Master's Degree
7 2 (0.30%) Numerate Degree
8 1 (0.15%) ISSAP
8 1 (0.15%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 44 (6.63%) QA
2 23 (3.46%) MISRA
3 13 (1.96%) MISRA C
4 8 (1.20%) DO-178B
5 4 (0.60%) GDPR
6 3 (0.45%) Data Quality
6 3 (0.45%) Def Stans
6 3 (0.45%) IEC 61508
7 2 (0.30%) Disclosure Scotland
7 2 (0.30%) IEC 62304
7 2 (0.30%) ISO 26262
8 1 (0.15%) 21 CFR Part 11
8 1 (0.15%) ECSS
8 1 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 15288
8 1 (0.15%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 46 (6.93%) Docker
2 9 (1.36%) Firmware
3 4 (0.60%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 2 (0.30%) HDFS
4 2 (0.30%) KVM
4 2 (0.30%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (0.30%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.15%) Active Directory
5 1 (0.15%) VirtualBox
5 1 (0.15%) Xen
5 1 (0.15%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 63 (9.49%) Ansible
2 59 (8.89%) Opscode Chef
2 59 (8.89%) Puppet
3 40 (6.02%) Cobbler
4 25 (3.77%) Kubernetes
5 19 (2.86%) Terraform
6 8 (1.20%) HP Quality Center
7 2 (0.30%) Kibana
7 2 (0.30%) TeamSite
8 1 (0.15%) Grafana
8 1 (0.15%) logstash
8 1 (0.15%) Nessus
8 1 (0.15%) Nmap
8 1 (0.15%) SELinux
8 1 (0.15%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 50 (7.53%) Oracle
2 36 (5.42%) Microsoft
3 17 (2.56%) Salesforce.com
4 16 (2.41%) Atlassian
5 14 (2.11%) Google
6 11 (1.66%) IBM
7 10 (1.51%) Red Hat
7 10 (1.51%) Tableau
8 8 (1.20%) Adobe
9 7 (1.05%) BMC
9 7 (1.05%) Rackspace
9 7 (1.05%) Remedy
10 6 (0.90%) Blue Prism
10 6 (0.90%) Green Hills
10 6 (0.90%) HP
10 6 (0.90%) VMware
11 5 (0.75%) Automation Anywhere
11 5 (0.75%) Cisco
11 5 (0.75%) SAP
11 5 (0.75%) UiPath