Period
to 20 February 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 20 February 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
20 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 71 77 61
Rank change year-on-year +6 -16 +7
Contract jobs citing Software Engineering 498 430 555
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 2.96% 2.79% 3.04%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.56% 3.41% 3.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 240 247 298
South East median daily rate £450 £425 £356
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +19.33% +1.76%
10th Percentile £337 £307 £263
90th Percentile £588 £625 £525
England median daily rate £500 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +11.11% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 94 69 108
South East median hourly rate £45.00 £42.50 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £32.50 £34.50 £36.25
90th Percentile £65.75 £50.00 £50.08
England median hourly rate £43.00 £42.50 £42.50
% change year-on-year +1.18% - +7.59%

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 13,987 12,610 14,820
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 83.15% 81.93% 81.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,400 7,482 8,854
South East median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
10th Percentile £275 £250 £255
90th Percentile £588 £574 £538
England median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +4.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 428 512 614
South East median hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £30.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -17.01% +50.63%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.06 £11.68
90th Percentile £50.75 £50.00 £52.93
England median hourly rate £24.09 £25.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year -3.64% +6.38% +17.50%

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 20 February 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 20 February 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 20 February 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 +7 190 £450 +1.98% 229
Hampshire -5 106 £461 +15.31% 95
Surrey -9 95 £435 -3.33% 52
Berkshire +27 87 £431 +6.15% 89
Oxfordshire -14 66 £483 +1.58% 99
West Sussex +12 57 £520 +15.56% 36
Buckinghamshire -31 38 £471 +21.22% 41
East Sussex +12 25 £344 - 25
Kent -5 15 £675 +12.50% 15
Middlesex -10 4 £450 +29.50% 2
Home Counties - 2 - -
Software Engineering
England

For the 6 months to 20 February 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.

1 225 (45.18%) Agile Software Development
2 145 (29.12%) C++
3 133 (26.71%) JavaScript
4 130 (26.10%) Java
5 125 (25.10%) Linux
6 106 (21.29%) Scrum
7 96 (19.28%) TDD
8 86 (17.27%) C#
9 85 (17.07%) CSS
10 84 (16.87%) Test Automation
11 83 (16.67%) Amazon AWS
12 82 (16.47%) HTML
12 82 (16.47%) SQL
13 79 (15.86%) Python
13 79 (15.86%) Continuous Integration
14 77 (15.46%) Git (software)
15 76 (15.26%) DevOps
16 75 (15.06%) AngularJS
17 74 (14.86%) Windows
18 72 (14.46%) Degree
19 70 (14.06%) C
20 69 (13.86%) QA
21 60 (12.05%) .NET
22 57 (11.45%) Continuous Delivery
23 54 (10.84%) Kanban
24 52 (10.44%) Web Services
25 51 (10.24%) Security Cleared
25 51 (10.24%) Computer Science
25 51 (10.24%) Node.js
26 50 (10.04%) REST

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 26 (5.22%) Elasticsearch
2 20 (4.02%) Confluence
3 19 (3.82%) Apache Spark
4 18 (3.61%) Apache
5 14 (2.81%) Cloud Foundry
5 14 (2.81%) Jupyter
6 11 (2.21%) JBoss
6 11 (2.21%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 11 (2.21%) Tomcat
6 11 (2.21%) WebLogic
7 6 (1.20%) nginx
8 5 (1.00%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 5 (1.00%) Apache Solr
8 5 (1.00%) IIS
9 2 (0.40%) CMS
9 2 (0.40%) SAS
10 1 (0.20%) Captiva
10 1 (0.20%) IBM Domino
10 1 (0.20%) IBM Notes
10 1 (0.20%) Liferay
Applications
1 11 (2.21%) Simulink
2 7 (1.41%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (1.41%) Microsoft Office
3 5 (1.00%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.60%) Autodesk Inventor
4 3 (0.60%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (0.60%) MicroStation
4 3 (0.60%) MS Visio
4 3 (0.60%) SOLIDWORKS
5 2 (0.40%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (1.00%) Oracle BPM
2 3 (0.60%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.40%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.20%) Magento
4 1 (0.20%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.20%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 83 (16.67%) Amazon AWS
2 41 (8.23%) Microsoft Azure
3 17 (3.41%) Amazon EC2
4 16 (3.21%) GitHub
5 14 (2.81%) AWS Lambda
5 14 (2.81%) PaaS
5 14 (2.81%) Serverless
6 10 (2.01%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 10 (2.01%) Amazon S3
7 8 (1.61%) AWS CloudFormation
8 7 (1.41%) Cloud Computing
8 7 (1.41%) npm
9 6 (1.20%) Amazon SQS
9 6 (1.20%) Google Analytics
9 6 (1.20%) Google Cloud Platform
9 6 (1.20%) SaaS
9 6 (1.20%) Yarn
10 5 (1.00%) Amazon ElastiCache
10 5 (1.00%) CloudFront
10 5 (1.00%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 17 (3.41%) TCP/IP
2 14 (2.81%) HTTP
3 12 (2.41%) SSL
4 11 (2.21%) Link 11
4 11 (2.21%) Link 16
5 10 (2.01%) GSM
5 10 (2.01%) LTE
5 10 (2.01%) VoIP
6 9 (1.81%) Asterisk PBX
6 9 (1.81%) Diameter Protocol
6 9 (1.81%) Firewall
6 9 (1.81%) MGW
6 9 (1.81%) PBX
6 9 (1.81%) RANAP
6 9 (1.81%) RTP
6 9 (1.81%) SGSN
6 9 (1.81%) UMTS
7 8 (1.61%) GGSN
7 8 (1.61%) Wireshark
8 7 (1.41%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (6.02%) SQL Server
2 29 (5.82%) Big Data
3 21 (4.22%) MongoDB
4 20 (4.02%) Relational Database
5 19 (3.82%) Hadoop
6 17 (3.41%) MySQL
7 15 (3.01%) Data Mining
8 11 (2.21%) Data Warehouse
9 9 (1.81%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 9 (1.81%) NoSQL
10 8 (1.61%) Redis
11 7 (1.41%) HBase
12 6 (1.20%) Parquet
12 6 (1.20%) PostgreSQL
13 5 (1.00%) Apache Hive
14 4 (0.80%) Oracle Database
15 3 (0.60%) Amazon RDS
15 3 (0.60%) GIS
15 3 (0.60%) Power BI
15 3 (0.60%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 77 (15.46%) Git (software)
2 42 (8.43%) JIRA
3 39 (7.83%) Jenkins
4 38 (7.63%) Selenium
5 32 (6.43%) Visual Studio
6 31 (6.22%) JUnit
7 25 (5.02%) Subversion
8 23 (4.62%) GCC
8 23 (4.62%) GDB
9 22 (4.42%) IntelliJ
9 22 (4.42%) Maven
10 21 (4.22%) Grunt
11 20 (4.02%) SonarQube
12 18 (3.61%) gulp
13 17 (3.41%) Cucumber
14 16 (3.21%) Ant
14 16 (3.21%) Bitbucket
14 16 (3.21%) Eclipse
15 15 (3.01%) Rational DOORS
16 13 (2.61%) Gradle
General
1 27 (5.42%) Finance
2 25 (5.02%) Electronics
3 23 (4.62%) Telecoms
4 18 (3.61%) Games
5 15 (3.01%) Military
6 13 (2.61%) Automotive
7 12 (2.41%) Banking
8 9 (1.81%) Aerospace
8 9 (1.81%) Manufacturing
9 8 (1.61%) Publishing
10 7 (1.41%) Marketing
11 5 (1.00%) Retail
12 2 (0.40%) Digital Economy
12 2 (0.40%) Law
12 2 (0.40%) Multimedia
13 1 (0.20%) Advertising
13 1 (0.20%) French Language
13 1 (0.20%) German Language
Job Titles
1 212 (42.57%) Software Engineer
2 176 (35.34%) Developer
3 47 (9.44%) C++ Software Engineer
3 47 (9.44%) Java Developer
4 45 (9.04%) Embedded Engineer
5 43 (8.63%) Embedded Software Engineer
6 32 (6.43%) Developer/Software Engineer
7 30 (6.02%) DevOps Engineer
8 29 (5.82%) AWS Engineer
9 28 (5.62%) JavaScript Developer
10 25 (5.02%) Senior Software Engineer
10 25 (5.02%) Software Developer
11 20 (4.02%) Senior Developer
12 19 (3.82%) AWS Software Engineer
13 18 (3.61%) AWS Developer
14 17 (3.41%) JavaScript Engineer
14 17 (3.41%) Senior DevOps
15 16 (3.21%) C# Software Engineer
15 16 (3.21%) Java Engineer
15 16 (3.21%) Senior DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 85 (17.07%) CSS
2 82 (16.47%) HTML
3 75 (15.06%) AngularJS
4 60 (12.05%) .NET
5 52 (10.44%) Web Services
6 51 (10.24%) Node.js
7 50 (10.04%) REST
8 46 (9.24%) HTML5
9 44 (8.84%) Spring
10 42 (8.43%) React
11 40 (8.03%) XML
12 35 (7.03%) CSS3
13 31 (6.22%) jQuery
14 24 (4.82%) STL
15 23 (4.62%) JSON
16 22 (4.42%) Boost C++ Libraries
17 20 (4.02%) NumPy
17 20 (4.02%) Play Framework
18 19 (3.82%) RESTful
19 18 (3.61%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 51 (10.24%) Computer Science
2 40 (8.03%) User Experience
3 28 (5.62%) Analytical Skills
4 22 (4.42%) Mobile App
5 13 (2.61%) Algorithms
6 12 (2.41%) Linux Command Line
7 11 (2.21%) Enterprise Software
8 9 (1.81%) Life Science
8 9 (1.81%) Virtual Team
9 7 (1.41%) Data Centre
10 6 (1.20%) Cloud Native
10 6 (1.20%) Device Driver
11 5 (1.00%) Client/Server
11 5 (1.00%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
11 5 (1.00%) Greenfield Project
12 4 (0.80%) Management Information System
12 4 (0.80%) Semantic Web
13 3 (0.60%) Graphic Design
13 3 (0.60%) RIA
14 2 (0.40%) Animation
Operating Systems
1 125 (25.10%) Linux
2 74 (14.86%) Windows
3 35 (7.03%) Unix
4 16 (3.21%) Android
5 13 (2.61%) Embedded Linux
6 11 (2.21%) Apple iOS
6 11 (2.21%) Windows Server
7 7 (1.41%) Ubuntu
7 7 (1.41%) VxWorks
8 5 (1.00%) Debian
9 3 (0.60%) FreeRTOS
10 2 (0.40%) VMS
10 2 (0.40%) Windows 10
10 2 (0.40%) Windows 7
11 1 (0.20%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.20%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 225 (45.18%) Agile Software Development
2 106 (21.29%) Scrum
3 96 (19.28%) TDD
4 84 (16.87%) Test Automation
5 79 (15.86%) Continuous Integration
6 76 (15.26%) DevOps
7 57 (11.45%) Continuous Delivery
8 54 (10.84%) Kanban
9 48 (9.64%) Microservices
10 47 (9.44%) Unit Testing
11 42 (8.43%) OO
12 38 (7.63%) Web Development
13 36 (7.23%) BDD
13 36 (7.23%) MVC
14 34 (6.83%) Analytics
15 33 (6.63%) Configuration Management
15 33 (6.63%) Mathematics
15 33 (6.63%) SOA
16 32 (6.43%) Open Source
16 32 (6.43%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 145 (29.12%) C++
2 133 (26.71%) JavaScript
3 130 (26.10%) Java
4 86 (17.27%) C#
5 82 (16.47%) SQL
6 79 (15.86%) Python
7 70 (14.06%) C
8 39 (7.83%) Scala
9 28 (5.62%) Groovy
10 20 (4.02%) Ruby
11 19 (3.82%) Go
12 18 (3.61%) Ada
13 17 (3.41%) Embedded C
13 17 (3.41%) PL/SQL
13 17 (3.41%) R
14 16 (3.21%) TypeScript
15 9 (1.81%) MATLAB
16 8 (1.61%) Embedded C++
17 7 (1.41%) Shell Script
18 6 (1.20%) Perl
Qualifications
1 72 (14.46%) Degree
2 51 (10.24%) Security Cleared
3 44 (8.84%) SC Cleared
4 16 (3.21%) Computer Science Degree
5 11 (2.21%) BPSS Clearance
6 4 (0.80%) ISTQB
6 4 (0.80%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 3 (0.60%) Master's Degree
7 3 (0.60%) Numerate Degree
8 2 (0.40%) BC Cleared
8 2 (0.40%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (0.40%) PMI Certification
8 2 (0.40%) PMP
9 1 (0.20%) ISEB
9 1 (0.20%) MCP
9 1 (0.20%) PhD
9 1 (0.20%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 69 (13.86%) QA
2 10 (2.01%) IEC 62304
2 10 (2.01%) MISRA
3 7 (1.41%) DO-178B
4 5 (1.00%) GDPR
5 3 (0.60%) ISO 13485
5 3 (0.60%) ISO 26262
5 3 (0.60%) MIL-STD-1553
5 3 (0.60%) MISRA C
6 2 (0.40%) ISO 9001
6 2 (0.40%) PMO
6 2 (0.40%) SLA
7 1 (0.20%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.20%) DO-254
System Software
1 29 (5.82%) Docker
2 7 (1.41%) Apache ZooKeeper
2 7 (1.41%) HDFS
3 6 (1.20%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (1.00%) Virtual Servers
5 3 (0.60%) Active Directory
6 2 (0.40%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.20%) BitLocker
7 1 (0.20%) Firmware
7 1 (0.20%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.20%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 20 (4.02%) Terraform
2 17 (3.41%) Ansible
2 17 (3.41%) Puppet
3 7 (1.41%) Opscode Chef
4 6 (1.20%) Grafana
4 6 (1.20%) Hadoop YARN
4 6 (1.20%) Kibana
5 4 (0.80%) HP Quality Center
5 4 (0.80%) Mesos
6 2 (0.40%) Docker Swarm
6 2 (0.40%) Kubernetes
6 2 (0.40%) Tivoli
6 2 (0.40%) Tivoli Monitoring
7 1 (0.20%) Oracle RMAN
7 1 (0.20%) Single Sign-On
7 1 (0.20%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 50 (10.04%) Microsoft
2 30 (6.02%) Oracle
3 14 (2.81%) Cisco
3 14 (2.81%) Tableau
4 12 (2.41%) Google
5 10 (2.01%) New Relic
5 10 (2.01%) Talend
6 8 (1.61%) Atlassian
7 7 (1.41%) VMware
7 7 (1.41%) Xamarin
8 6 (1.20%) Adobe
8 6 (1.20%) HP
9 5 (1.00%) Hortonworks
10 3 (0.60%) Autodesk
10 3 (0.60%) QNX
10 3 (0.60%) Salesforce.com
10 3 (0.60%) webMethods
11 2 (0.40%) IBM
11 2 (0.40%) SAP
11 2 (0.40%) Symantec