Period
to 13 August 2020

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 13 August 2020 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
13 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 60 56 59
Rank change year-on-year -4 +3 +23
Contract jobs citing Software Engineering 145 566 645
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South East 3.05% 3.86% 3.86%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.61% 4.43% 4.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 77 312 338
Median daily rate £460 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.22% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £312 £325 £325
90th Percentile £560 £600 £575
England median daily rate £550 £500 £500
% change year-on-year +10.00% - +8.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 64 111
Median hourly rate £45.91 £47.50 £43.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.35% +9.20% -3.33%
10th Percentile £37.16 £41.25 £18.75
90th Percentile £52.20 £52.50 £53.75
England median hourly rate £45.00 £46.50 £43.00
% change year-on-year -3.23% +8.14% -1.15%

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 4,014 12,784 14,425
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 84.54% 87.14% 86.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,346 7,566 8,549
Median daily rate £451 £450 £430
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.17% +4.65% +3.61%
10th Percentile £256 £275 £275
90th Percentile £625 £606 £588
England median daily rate £488 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +2.63% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 217 480 506
Median hourly rate £31.61 £31.75 £24.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.44% +30.26% +26.33%
10th Percentile £12.83 £12.27 £11.17
90th Percentile £56.75 £61.26 £51.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year +40.00% +16.28% -7.53%

Software Engineering
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing Software Engineering as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Software Engineering in the South East.

Daily rate trend for Software Engineering in the South East

Software Engineering
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Software Engineering in the South East over the 6 months to 13 August 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Software Engineering in the South East

Software Engineering
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Software Engineering in the South East.

Hourly rate trend for Software Engineering in the South East

Software Engineering
Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Software Engineering in the South East over the 6 months to 13 August 2020.

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 13 August 2020. 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
Hampshire +5 60 £475 +11.76% 39
Thames Valley +3 54 £438 - 90
Berkshire +22 27 £425 -5.56% 26
Surrey +2 18 £388 -22.50% 37
Buckinghamshire +31 14 £425 +6.25% 20
Oxfordshire -3 13 £488 +8.33% 44
West Sussex +19 6 £504 +16.53% 17
Kent +9 6 £685 +37.00% 12
East Sussex +19 1 £475 +11.76% 12
Isle of Wight - 1 £450 -
Software Engineering
England

For the 6 months to 13 August 2020, 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 70 (48.28%) Agile Software Development
2 49 (33.79%) DevOps
3 45 (31.03%) Java
4 38 (26.21%) Python
5 35 (24.14%) Git (software)
6 32 (22.07%) Azure
7 31 (21.38%) SQL
8 30 (20.69%) JavaScript
9 29 (20.00%) Test Automation
10 28 (19.31%) C++
10 28 (19.31%) Linux
11 27 (18.62%) Continuous Integration
12 26 (17.93%) AWS
12 26 (17.93%) C#
13 25 (17.24%) C
14 23 (15.86%) Scrum
15 21 (14.48%) Problem-Solving
16 20 (13.79%) JIRA
16 20 (13.79%) HTML
17 18 (12.41%) CSS
17 18 (12.41%) Oracle
17 18 (12.41%) Node.js
18 17 (11.72%) Confluence
18 17 (11.72%) RESTful
18 17 (11.72%) Analytical Skills
18 17 (11.72%) Microservices
18 17 (11.72%) React
18 17 (11.72%) .NET
19 16 (11.03%) Terraform
20 15 (10.34%) XML

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 17 (11.72%) Confluence
2 15 (10.34%) CMS
3 10 (6.90%) Elasticsearch
4 3 (2.07%) WebLogic
5 2 (1.38%) Apache Airflow
5 2 (1.38%) Apache Spark
5 2 (1.38%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.69%) Apache
6 1 (0.69%) Apache Solr
6 1 (0.69%) DNN
6 1 (0.69%) Drupal
6 1 (0.69%) IIS
6 1 (0.69%) Oracle Service Bus
6 1 (0.69%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 1 (0.69%) Predix
6 1 (0.69%) Sitecore CMS
6 1 (0.69%) ThingWorx
6 1 (0.69%) WordPress
Applications
1 3 (2.07%) Sketch
2 1 (0.69%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.69%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 4 (2.76%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.69%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.69%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.69%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 32 (22.07%) Azure
2 26 (17.93%) AWS
3 10 (6.90%) Serverless
4 8 (5.52%) Amazon S3
5 7 (4.83%) Cloud Computing
6 6 (4.14%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 5 (3.45%) Amazon EC2
7 5 (3.45%) AWS Lambda
7 5 (3.45%) GitHub
8 4 (2.76%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 3 (2.07%) Amazon Glacier
9 3 (2.07%) Amazon SQS
9 3 (2.07%) AWS CloudTrail
9 3 (2.07%) AWS CodeDeploy
9 3 (2.07%) AWS CodePipeline
9 3 (2.07%) Azure Functions
9 3 (2.07%) GCP
9 3 (2.07%) npm
9 3 (2.07%) OpenShift
9 3 (2.07%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 5 (3.45%) SNMP
1 5 (3.45%) TCP/IP
2 4 (2.76%) Firewall
2 4 (2.76%) WAN
2 4 (2.76%) Wireless
3 3 (2.07%) LAN
3 3 (2.07%) LTE
4 2 (1.38%) 2G
4 2 (1.38%) 3G
4 2 (1.38%) 4G
4 2 (1.38%) DHCP
4 2 (1.38%) HTTP
4 2 (1.38%) Network Security
4 2 (1.38%) SSL
4 2 (1.38%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (0.69%) CDMA
5 1 (0.69%) DNS
5 1 (0.69%) Ethernet
5 1 (0.69%) FTP
5 1 (0.69%) UMTS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (9.66%) SQL Server
2 8 (5.52%) Relational Database
3 6 (4.14%) MongoDB
3 6 (4.14%) MySQL
4 5 (3.45%) Amazon RDS
4 5 (3.45%) Big Data
5 4 (2.76%) NoSQL
5 4 (2.76%) PostgreSQL
6 2 (1.38%) Amazon Athena
6 2 (1.38%) Data Mining
6 2 (1.38%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.69%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 1 (0.69%) Blockchain
7 1 (0.69%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.69%) Geospatial Data
7 1 (0.69%) KNIME
7 1 (0.69%) MariaDB
7 1 (0.69%) Redis
7 1 (0.69%) Snowflake Schema
7 1 (0.69%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 35 (24.14%) Git (software)
2 20 (13.79%) JIRA
3 15 (10.34%) Jenkins
4 10 (6.90%) Cucumber
5 9 (6.21%) Selenium
6 7 (4.83%) PVCS
6 7 (4.83%) Travis CI
6 7 (4.83%) Visual Studio
7 5 (3.45%) Mocha
7 5 (3.45%) Subversion
8 4 (2.76%) CMake
8 4 (2.76%) Maven
8 4 (2.76%) SpecFlow
8 4 (2.76%) webpack
9 3 (2.07%) Ant
9 3 (2.07%) git-flow
9 3 (2.07%) Gradle
9 3 (2.07%) Grunt
9 3 (2.07%) JMeter
9 3 (2.07%) JUnit
General
1 7 (4.83%) Law
2 5 (3.45%) Electronics
2 5 (3.45%) Public Sector
2 5 (3.45%) Telecoms
3 4 (2.76%) Banking
3 4 (2.76%) Finance
4 2 (1.38%) Legal
4 2 (1.38%) Military
5 1 (0.69%) Aerospace
5 1 (0.69%) Avionics
5 1 (0.69%) Back Office
5 1 (0.69%) French Language
5 1 (0.69%) Games
5 1 (0.69%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.69%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (0.69%) Publishing
5 1 (0.69%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 75 (51.72%) Software Engineer
2 34 (23.45%) Developer
3 12 (8.28%) DevOps Engineer
3 12 (8.28%) Embedded Engineer
4 11 (7.59%) Embedded Software Engineer
5 7 (4.83%) Software Developer
6 6 (4.14%) OpenVMS Engineer
6 6 (4.14%) Senior Developer
6 6 (4.14%) Test Engineer
7 5 (3.45%) Azure Engineer
7 5 (3.45%) C++ Software Engineer
7 5 (3.45%) Cloud Engineer
7 5 (3.45%) Fortran Engineer
7 5 (3.45%) Fortran Software Engineer
7 5 (3.45%) Python Developer
7 5 (3.45%) Python Engineer
8 4 (2.76%) Developer/Software Engineer
8 4 (2.76%) Java Software Engineer
8 4 (2.76%) Linux Engineer
8 4 (2.76%) Senior Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (13.79%) HTML
2 18 (12.41%) CSS
2 18 (12.41%) Node.js
3 17 (11.72%) .NET
3 17 (11.72%) React
3 17 (11.72%) RESTful
4 15 (10.34%) XML
5 13 (8.97%) REST
6 11 (7.59%) AngularJS
6 11 (7.59%) Web Services
7 8 (5.52%) SOAP
8 7 (4.83%) Middleware
8 7 (4.83%) OAuth
8 7 (4.83%) Swagger
9 6 (4.14%) Jinja
9 6 (4.14%) Spring
9 6 (4.14%) STL
10 5 (3.45%) .NET Framework
10 5 (3.45%) ASP.NET
10 5 (3.45%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 17 (11.72%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (7.59%) Greenfield Project
3 7 (4.83%) Algorithms
3 7 (4.83%) User Experience
4 6 (4.14%) Mobile App
4 6 (4.14%) Self-Motivation
5 5 (3.45%) Public Cloud
6 4 (2.76%) Cloud Native
7 3 (2.07%) CAN bus
7 3 (2.07%) Embedded Systems
7 3 (2.07%) Enterprise Cloud
7 3 (2.07%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
8 2 (1.38%) CUDA
8 2 (1.38%) Data Structures
8 2 (1.38%) Hybrid Cloud
8 2 (1.38%) VHDL
9 1 (0.69%) Clustering
9 1 (0.69%) Device Driver
9 1 (0.69%) PKI
9 1 (0.69%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 28 (19.31%) Linux
2 14 (9.66%) Windows
3 10 (6.90%) Android
4 7 (4.83%) OpenVMS
4 7 (4.83%) Unix
5 5 (3.45%) Embedded Linux
6 4 (2.76%) Apple iOS
7 3 (2.07%) Debian
7 3 (2.07%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 3 (2.07%) Solaris
8 2 (1.38%) CentOS
8 2 (1.38%) Windows Server
9 1 (0.69%) FreeRTOS
9 1 (0.69%) HPUX
9 1 (0.69%) Mac OS X
9 1 (0.69%) SafeRTOS
9 1 (0.69%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.69%) VMS
9 1 (0.69%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 70 (48.28%) Agile Software Development
2 49 (33.79%) DevOps
3 29 (20.00%) Test Automation
4 27 (18.62%) Continuous Integration
5 23 (15.86%) Scrum
6 21 (14.48%) Problem-Solving
7 17 (11.72%) Microservices
8 14 (9.66%) ETL
8 14 (9.66%) SDLC
8 14 (9.66%) TDD
9 13 (8.97%) UML
10 12 (8.28%) Mentoring
10 12 (8.28%) Unit Testing
11 10 (6.90%) Computer Science
11 10 (6.90%) Migration
11 10 (6.90%) Stakeholder Management
12 9 (6.21%) Software Testing
13 8 (5.52%) MVC
13 8 (5.52%) OO
13 8 (5.52%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 45 (31.03%) Java
2 38 (26.21%) Python
3 31 (21.38%) SQL
4 30 (20.69%) JavaScript
5 28 (19.31%) C++
6 26 (17.93%) C#
7 25 (17.24%) C
8 9 (6.21%) Embedded C
8 9 (6.21%) Java 8
9 6 (4.14%) Fortran
9 6 (4.14%) Scala
10 5 (3.45%) Apple Swift
10 5 (3.45%) Go
10 5 (3.45%) Jython
10 5 (3.45%) Kotlin
10 5 (3.45%) Objective-C
10 5 (3.45%) Ruby
10 5 (3.45%) TypeScript
11 4 (2.76%) ES6
12 3 (2.07%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 11 (7.59%) Degree
2 10 (6.90%) Security Cleared
3 8 (5.52%) SC Cleared
4 6 (4.14%) DBS Check
4 6 (4.14%) ISTQB
4 6 (4.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 3 (2.07%) AWS Certification
6 2 (1.38%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (1.38%) Computer Science Degree
6 2 (1.38%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (0.69%) CAPM
7 1 (0.69%) Chartered Engineer
7 1 (0.69%) ISEB
7 1 (0.69%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 1 (0.69%) Master's Degree
7 1 (0.69%) PMI Certification
7 1 (0.69%) Postgraduate
7 1 (0.69%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (5.52%) QA
2 1 (0.69%) DO-178B
2 1 (0.69%) GDPR
System Software
1 13 (8.97%) Docker
2 3 (2.07%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.69%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 16 (11.03%) Terraform
2 13 (8.97%) Kubernetes
3 6 (4.14%) Ansible
4 5 (3.45%) Kibana
4 5 (3.45%) Prometheus
5 3 (2.07%) Packer
5 3 (2.07%) Puppet
6 2 (1.38%) Docker Swarm
6 2 (1.38%) Grafana
7 1 (0.69%) MIIS
7 1 (0.69%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.69%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 18 (12.41%) Oracle
2 10 (6.90%) Microsoft
3 9 (6.21%) SAP
4 6 (4.14%) Talend
5 5 (3.45%) Xamarin
6 4 (2.76%) Adobe
6 4 (2.76%) Red Hat
7 3 (2.07%) Atlassian
7 3 (2.07%) OutSystems
8 2 (1.38%) BMC
8 2 (1.38%) Capita
8 2 (1.38%) Google
8 2 (1.38%) Sitecore
8 2 (1.38%) Splunk
8 2 (1.38%) TIBCO
9 1 (0.69%) Confirmit
9 1 (0.69%) Embarcadero
9 1 (0.69%) hybris
9 1 (0.69%) MuleSoft
9 1 (0.69%) Tableau