Period
to 18 August 2019

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 18 August 2019 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
18 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 56 60 83
Rank change year-on-year +4 +23 -13
Contract jobs citing Software Engineering 564 636 446
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 3.85% 3.78% 2.77%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 4.42% 4.40% 3.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 301 332 260
South East median daily rate £450 £450 £430
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.65% +7.50%
10th Percentile £323 £325 £305
90th Percentile £600 £575 £550
England median daily rate £500 £500 £463
% change year-on-year - +8.11% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 65 106 61
South East median hourly rate £47.50 £43.50 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.20% -3.33% +5.88%
10th Percentile £41.25 £19.38 £32.50
90th Percentile £52.50 £53.75 £77.50
England median hourly rate £46.50 £43.00 £44.00
% change year-on-year +8.14% -2.27% +3.90%

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 12,755 14,461 13,595
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 87.16% 86.05% 84.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,584 8,628 7,880
South East median daily rate £450 £430 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.65% +3.61% +3.75%
10th Percentile £275 £275 £263
90th Percentile £608 £588 £569
England median daily rate £475 £463 £450
% change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 479 504 495
South East median hourly rate £32.00 £24.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +30.61% +22.50% -11.11%
10th Percentile £12.45 £11.17 £11.25
90th Percentile £61.36 £51.00 £50.00
England median hourly rate £25.00 £21.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year +16.28% -10.42% +2.13%

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 18 August 2019.

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 18 August 2019.

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 18 August 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 +5 203 £431 -4.17% 227
Hampshire +20 179 £425 -5.56% 105
Surrey +9 98 £500 - 84
Berkshire +2 94 £450 +0.56% 85
Oxfordshire +11 81 £450 - 95
Kent +8 29 £500 +21.21% 29
Buckinghamshire +9 28 £400 -25.58% 47
West Sussex -20 24 £433 -3.89% 31
East Sussex -8 23 £425 +21.43% 6
Sussex - 5 - -
M4 Corridor - 2 - -
Middlesex +8 1 - - 4
Software Engineering
England

For the 6 months to 18 August 2019, 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.

1 266 (47.16%) Agile Software Development
2 156 (27.66%) C++
3 154 (27.30%) C#
4 146 (25.89%) Python
5 135 (23.94%) JavaScript
6 130 (23.05%) Java
7 128 (22.70%) C
8 123 (21.81%) Linux
9 113 (20.04%) Microsoft Azure
10 108 (19.15%) .NET
11 102 (18.09%) Security Cleared
12 100 (17.73%) Git (software)
12 100 (17.73%) Scrum
13 92 (16.31%) DevOps
14 85 (15.07%) SC Cleared
15 84 (14.89%) Continuous Integration
16 82 (14.54%) Test Automation
17 74 (13.12%) AngularJS
18 71 (12.59%) TDD
19 70 (12.41%) Docker
20 68 (12.06%) Problem-Solving
20 68 (12.06%) Degree
21 62 (10.99%) HTML
22 59 (10.46%) SQL
22 59 (10.46%) RESTful
23 58 (10.28%) Windows
24 56 (9.93%) Amazon AWS
25 53 (9.40%) CSS
26 52 (9.22%) Node.js
27 51 (9.04%) Kubernetes

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 20 (3.55%) Elasticsearch
2 14 (2.48%) Confluence
3 13 (2.30%) Apache Spark
4 9 (1.60%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 7 (1.24%) Apache
6 6 (1.06%) Apache Pig
7 5 (0.89%) CMS
7 5 (0.89%) Tomcat
8 4 (0.71%) SAS
9 3 (0.53%) Apache Qpid
9 3 (0.53%) BizTalk Server
9 3 (0.53%) IIS
9 3 (0.53%) iPlanet
9 3 (0.53%) Jupyter
9 3 (0.53%) WebLogic
10 1 (0.18%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 1 (0.18%) Cloud Foundry
10 1 (0.18%) Hyperledger
10 1 (0.18%) Mule ESB
10 1 (0.18%) OpenStack
Applications
1 8 (1.42%) Simulink
2 4 (0.71%) Microsoft Project
3 3 (0.53%) Adobe XD
3 3 (0.53%) InVision
3 3 (0.53%) Microsoft Office
4 2 (0.35%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.35%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.18%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 14 (2.48%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 5 (0.89%) BusinessWorks
3 3 (0.53%) CSG Singleview
4 2 (0.35%) Primavera
5 1 (0.18%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.18%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 113 (20.04%) Microsoft Azure
2 56 (9.93%) Amazon AWS
3 22 (3.90%) Serverless
4 15 (2.66%) GitHub
4 15 (2.66%) Google Cloud Platform
5 14 (2.48%) Azure Functions
6 12 (2.13%) Apigee
7 9 (1.60%) npm
8 8 (1.42%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 8 (1.42%) AWS Lambda
8 8 (1.42%) PaaS
9 7 (1.24%) Cloud Computing
9 7 (1.24%) SaaS
10 5 (0.89%) Azure Active Directory
10 5 (0.89%) IaaS
10 5 (0.89%) IBM Blueworks
11 4 (0.71%) Amazon EC2
11 4 (0.71%) Amazon ECS
11 4 (0.71%) NuGet
11 4 (0.71%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 12 (2.13%) Ethernet
2 11 (1.95%) TCP/IP
3 9 (1.60%) HTTP
3 9 (1.60%) RS-232
3 9 (1.60%) RS-485
4 7 (1.24%) 5G
4 7 (1.24%) DNS
4 7 (1.24%) Internet
5 5 (0.89%) Firewall
6 4 (0.71%) DHCP
6 4 (0.71%) LTE
6 4 (0.71%) Wireless
7 3 (0.53%) 4G
7 3 (0.53%) HTTPS
7 3 (0.53%) Software-Defined Radio
7 3 (0.53%) SSL
7 3 (0.53%) VPN
8 2 (0.35%) Bluetooth
8 2 (0.35%) Broadband
8 2 (0.35%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (7.45%) SQL Server
2 26 (4.61%) Big Data
3 21 (3.72%) NoSQL
4 19 (3.37%) MongoDB
5 15 (2.66%) Relational Database
6 13 (2.30%) MySQL
7 12 (2.13%) Cosmos DB
7 12 (2.13%) Hadoop
8 10 (1.77%) PostgreSQL
9 8 (1.42%) Oracle BI EE
10 7 (1.24%) Redis
11 6 (1.06%) Apache Hive
11 6 (1.06%) Oracle Database
12 5 (0.89%) Amazon DynamoDB
12 5 (0.89%) Apache Cassandra
12 5 (0.89%) Oracle Database 10g
12 5 (0.89%) RDBMS
13 4 (0.71%) HBase
13 4 (0.71%) Impala
13 4 (0.71%) Parquet
Development Applications
1 100 (17.73%) Git (software)
2 49 (8.69%) Jenkins
3 39 (6.91%) Selenium
4 37 (6.56%) Subversion
5 33 (5.85%) Visual Studio
6 32 (5.67%) Cucumber
6 32 (5.67%) Visual Studio Team System
7 29 (5.14%) JIRA
8 17 (3.01%) Maven
9 16 (2.84%) NUnit
10 15 (2.66%) Eclipse
10 15 (2.66%) TeamCity
11 14 (2.48%) Team Foundation Server
12 13 (2.30%) Ant
12 13 (2.30%) Bitbucket
13 12 (2.13%) SpecFlow
13 12 (2.13%) WebDriver
14 11 (1.95%) ClearCase
14 11 (1.95%) CppUnit
14 11 (1.95%) GoogleTest
General
1 43 (7.62%) Law
2 42 (7.45%) Finance
3 23 (4.08%) Electronics
4 22 (3.90%) Telecoms
5 13 (2.30%) Military
6 11 (1.95%) Aerospace
7 10 (1.77%) Automotive
7 10 (1.77%) Manufacturing
8 9 (1.60%) Public Sector
9 8 (1.42%) Games
10 7 (1.24%) Retail
11 6 (1.06%) Banking
12 5 (0.89%) Marketing
13 4 (0.71%) Publishing
14 3 (0.53%) Billing
15 2 (0.35%) Avionics
15 2 (0.35%) German Language
15 2 (0.35%) Pharmaceutical
16 1 (0.18%) Advertising
16 1 (0.18%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 270 (47.87%) Software Engineer
2 170 (30.14%) Developer
3 63 (11.17%) Embedded Engineer
4 62 (10.99%) Embedded Software Engineer
5 41 (7.27%) Software Developer
6 33 (5.85%) Senior Developer
7 31 (5.50%) C# Software Engineer
8 30 (5.32%) C++ Software Engineer
9 24 (4.26%) Java Developer
10 23 (4.08%) C# Developer
10 23 (4.08%) Senior Software Engineer
11 22 (3.90%) .NET Developer
12 21 (3.72%) Developer/Software Engineer
13 20 (3.55%) DevOps Engineer
14 19 (3.37%) Architect
15 18 (3.19%) JavaScript Developer
15 18 (3.19%) Python Developer
15 18 (3.19%) Test Engineer
16 17 (3.01%) C Software Engineer
16 17 (3.01%) Java Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 108 (19.15%) .NET
2 74 (13.12%) AngularJS
3 62 (10.99%) HTML
4 59 (10.46%) RESTful
5 53 (9.40%) CSS
6 52 (9.22%) Node.js
7 45 (7.98%) ASP.NET
7 45 (7.98%) Web Services
8 38 (6.74%) REST
9 37 (6.56%) ASP.NET Web API
10 33 (5.85%) React
11 32 (5.67%) .NET Core
11 32 (5.67%) Spring
11 32 (5.67%) XML
12 28 (4.96%) HTML5
12 28 (4.96%) JSON
13 26 (4.61%) .NET Framework
13 26 (4.61%) jQuery
14 24 (4.26%) Twitter Bootstrap
15 23 (4.08%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 38 (6.74%) Analytical Skills
2 31 (5.50%) Algorithms
3 28 (4.96%) Greenfield Project
3 28 (4.96%) User Experience
4 16 (2.84%) Embedded Systems
5 13 (2.30%) Data Structures
6 11 (1.95%) Cloud Native
6 11 (1.95%) Derivative
7 9 (1.60%) Enterprise Software
8 8 (1.42%) Life Science
8 8 (1.42%) Mobile App
8 8 (1.42%) Self-Motivation
9 6 (1.06%) Acoustics
9 6 (1.06%) CAN bus
10 4 (0.71%) Fat Client
10 4 (0.71%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
10 4 (0.71%) Hybrid Cloud
10 4 (0.71%) Management Information System
10 4 (0.71%) Public Cloud
10 4 (0.71%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 123 (21.81%) Linux
2 58 (10.28%) Windows
3 32 (5.67%) Unix
4 19 (3.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 12 (2.13%) Android
6 10 (1.77%) FreeRTOS
7 9 (1.60%) Embedded Linux
8 8 (1.42%) Windows 10
9 7 (1.24%) AIX
9 7 (1.24%) Apple iOS
9 7 (1.24%) Windows Server
10 6 (1.06%) CentOS
10 6 (1.06%) Debian
10 6 (1.06%) Ubuntu
11 3 (0.53%) Windows Server 2012
12 2 (0.35%) Mac OS X
12 2 (0.35%) Windows 8
13 1 (0.18%) OpenVMS
13 1 (0.18%) ThreadX
13 1 (0.18%) uClinux
Processes & Methodologies
1 266 (47.16%) Agile Software Development
2 100 (17.73%) Scrum
3 92 (16.31%) DevOps
4 84 (14.89%) Continuous Integration
5 82 (14.54%) Test Automation
6 71 (12.59%) TDD
7 68 (12.06%) Problem-Solving
8 50 (8.87%) Computer Science
9 49 (8.69%) Configuration Management
10 46 (8.16%) Microservices
11 45 (7.98%) BDD
11 45 (7.98%) Mathematics
12 44 (7.80%) Unit Testing
13 42 (7.45%) MVC
14 34 (6.03%) UML
15 33 (5.85%) OO
16 32 (5.67%) SDLC
17 31 (5.50%) Requirements Analysis
18 27 (4.79%) Integration Testing
18 27 (4.79%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 156 (27.66%) C++
2 154 (27.30%) C#
3 146 (25.89%) Python
4 135 (23.94%) JavaScript
5 130 (23.05%) Java
6 128 (22.70%) C
7 59 (10.46%) SQL
8 50 (8.87%) Embedded C
9 31 (5.50%) TypeScript
10 26 (4.61%) MATLAB
11 23 (4.08%) Embedded C++
12 18 (3.19%) Go
13 17 (3.01%) PowerShell
14 12 (2.13%) PL/SQL
15 11 (1.95%) ES6
15 11 (1.95%) Java 8
16 10 (1.77%) Shell Script
17 9 (1.60%) PHP
18 8 (1.42%) Bash Shell
19 6 (1.06%) Kotlin
Qualifications
1 102 (18.09%) Security Cleared
2 85 (15.07%) SC Cleared
3 68 (12.06%) Degree
4 19 (3.37%) Computer Science Degree
5 10 (1.77%) Master's Degree
6 7 (1.24%) ISTQB
7 6 (1.06%) BPSS Clearance
8 5 (0.89%) PhD
9 4 (0.71%) DV Cleared
9 4 (0.71%) MCP
9 4 (0.71%) Numerate Degree
10 3 (0.53%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 2 (0.35%) APMP
11 2 (0.35%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 2 (0.35%) Microsoft Certification
12 1 (0.18%) CCNA
12 1 (0.18%) Cisco Certification
12 1 (0.18%) HND
12 1 (0.18%) ISEB
12 1 (0.18%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (4.96%) QA
2 15 (2.66%) MISRA
3 9 (1.60%) IEC 61508
4 8 (1.42%) MISRA C
5 5 (0.89%) ISO 26262
5 5 (0.89%) SLA
6 2 (0.35%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.18%) Def Stans
7 1 (0.18%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.18%) DO-178B
System Software
1 70 (12.41%) Docker
2 20 (3.55%) Active Directory
3 14 (2.48%) Firmware
4 7 (1.24%) VMware Infrastructure
5 4 (0.71%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 4 (0.71%) HDFS
5 4 (0.71%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (0.35%) LXC
7 1 (0.18%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.18%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 51 (9.04%) Kubernetes
2 24 (4.26%) Ansible
3 17 (3.01%) Puppet
3 17 (3.01%) Terraform
4 12 (2.13%) Opscode Chef
5 8 (1.42%) SCCM
6 4 (0.71%) Oozie
7 3 (0.53%) WebInspect
7 3 (0.53%) ZABBIX
8 2 (0.35%) Docker Swarm
8 2 (0.35%) Single Sign-On
9 1 (0.18%) CA Service Virtualization
9 1 (0.18%) HP SiteScope
9 1 (0.18%) IBM BigFix
9 1 (0.18%) Kibana
9 1 (0.18%) logstash
9 1 (0.18%) Nagios
9 1 (0.18%) Prometheus
9 1 (0.18%) Tivoli
9 1 (0.18%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
Vendors
1 44 (7.80%) Microsoft
2 30 (5.32%) Oracle
3 21 (3.72%) Google
4 14 (2.48%) Sparx
5 13 (2.30%) Red Hat
6 9 (1.60%) Cloudera
6 9 (1.60%) TIBCO
6 9 (1.60%) VMware
7 8 (1.42%) Cypress Semiconductor
7 8 (1.42%) IBM
8 7 (1.24%) Informatica
8 7 (1.24%) SAP
9 6 (1.06%) Adobe
9 6 (1.06%) Databricks
10 4 (0.71%) Atlassian
10 4 (0.71%) New Relic
11 3 (0.53%) BEA
11 3 (0.53%) Sun
11 3 (0.53%) Telerik
11 3 (0.53%) webMethods