Period
to 15 January 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 15 January 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
15 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 53 84 76
Rank change year-on-year +31 -8 0
Contract jobs citing Software Engineering 669 432 429
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 4.19% 2.63% 2.82%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 4.82% 3.11% 3.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 380 212 234
South East median daily rate £491 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.17% +5.88% +20.14%
10th Percentile £315 £340 £308
90th Percentile £575 £587 £588
England median daily rate £503 £500 £450
% change year-on-year +0.50% +11.11% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 78 80 72
South East median hourly rate £46.25 £45.39 £42.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.89% +8.07% -1.18%
10th Percentile £37.50 £32.50 £37.50
90th Percentile £51.00 £62.25 £49.95
England median hourly rate £45.00 £44.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +2.41%

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 13,866 13,882 12,767
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 86.76% 84.44% 83.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,288 8,388 7,627
South East median daily rate £450 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £250
90th Percentile £594 £575 £575
England median daily rate £475 £450 £430
% change year-on-year +5.56% +4.65% +1.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 463 424 534
South East median hourly rate £26.65 £24.02 £22.43
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.95% +7.11% -21.32%
10th Percentile £11.85 £11.25 £11.06
90th Percentile £52.50 £50.25 £49.50
England median hourly rate £23.50 £23.50 £23.34
% change year-on-year - +0.69% +3.73%

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 15 January 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 15 January 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 15 January 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 +51 249 £470 -1.05% 285
Hampshire +29 194 £500 +17.65% 116
Surrey +14 127 £525 +23.53% 107
Berkshire +38 125 £500 +14.29% 108
Oxfordshire +35 84 £488 -2.50% 133
East Sussex +9 48 £463 +36.83% 30
Buckinghamshire +32 40 £414 -14.69% 44
West Sussex -25 28 £325 -35.32% 29
Kent +17 14 - - 42
Middlesex - 8 £450 - 2
Isle of Wight - 3 - -
Home Counties +3 1 - -
Sussex - 1 £470 -
Software Engineering
England

For the 6 months to 15 January 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.

1 298 (44.54%) Agile Software Development
2 215 (32.14%) Java
3 176 (26.31%) JavaScript
4 161 (24.07%) C++
5 150 (22.42%) Amazon AWS
6 133 (19.88%) C#
7 130 (19.43%) OO
7 130 (19.43%) TDD
7 130 (19.43%) AngularJS
8 124 (18.54%) Linux
9 121 (18.09%) .NET
10 110 (16.44%) Python
11 108 (16.14%) Git (software)
12 107 (15.99%) Scrum
13 106 (15.84%) C
14 101 (15.10%) HTML
15 98 (14.65%) Computer Science
15 98 (14.65%) BDD
16 97 (14.50%) Spring
16 97 (14.50%) Unit Testing
17 96 (14.35%) Multithreading
17 96 (14.35%) Degree
18 89 (13.30%) Web Services
19 88 (13.15%) CSS
19 88 (13.15%) Test Automation
19 88 (13.15%) NoSQL
20 86 (12.86%) Continuous Integration
21 85 (12.71%) Problem-Solving
22 82 (12.26%) SQL
23 81 (12.11%) 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 66 (9.87%) Tomcat
2 59 (8.82%) JBoss
3 52 (7.77%) Jetty
4 41 (6.13%) Elasticsearch
5 23 (3.44%) Confluence
6 22 (3.29%) Apache Spark
7 20 (2.99%) Apache
8 15 (2.24%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 14 (2.09%) CMS
10 12 (1.79%) Apache Solr
11 7 (1.05%) Jupyter
11 7 (1.05%) SharePoint
12 6 (0.90%) Drupal
13 4 (0.60%) Apache Qpid
14 3 (0.45%) Apache ServiceMix
14 3 (0.45%) Cloud Foundry
14 3 (0.45%) OpenStack
14 3 (0.45%) WordPress
15 2 (0.30%) GlassFish
15 2 (0.30%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 10 (1.49%) Simulink
2 2 (0.30%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.15%) InfoPath
3 1 (0.15%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.15%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.15%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.15%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 13 (1.94%) Oracle EBS R12
2 3 (0.45%) Remedy AR System
2 3 (0.45%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.30%) SAP FI
3 2 (0.30%) SAP MM
3 2 (0.30%) SAP SD
4 1 (0.15%) Magento
4 1 (0.15%) Oracle BPM
4 1 (0.15%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 150 (22.42%) Amazon AWS
2 62 (9.27%) Microsoft Azure
3 56 (8.37%) Serverless
4 46 (6.88%) AWS Lambda
5 26 (3.89%) AWS CloudFormation
6 23 (3.44%) Amazon EC2
7 22 (3.29%) Amazon SQS
8 21 (3.14%) Amazon S3
9 18 (2.69%) SaaS
10 16 (2.39%) Amazon Kinesis
11 15 (2.24%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 15 (2.24%) Amazon ElastiCache
11 15 (2.24%) CloudFront
12 12 (1.79%) PaaS
13 10 (1.49%) IaaS
14 9 (1.35%) Google Cloud Platform
15 7 (1.05%) Azure Functions
16 5 (0.75%) Google Play
17 4 (0.60%) Azure Machine Learning
17 4 (0.60%) Data Lake Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 16 (2.39%) HTTP
2 12 (1.79%) Internet
2 12 (1.79%) SNMP
3 8 (1.20%) Ethernet
3 8 (1.20%) Tactical Data Link
3 8 (1.20%) TCP/IP
3 8 (1.20%) Wireless
4 7 (1.05%) LTE
5 5 (0.75%) Firewall
5 5 (0.75%) GSM
5 5 (0.75%) SSH
6 4 (0.60%) Intranet
6 4 (0.60%) UMTS
7 3 (0.45%) DVB
7 3 (0.45%) GGSN
7 3 (0.45%) RANAP
7 3 (0.45%) RTP
7 3 (0.45%) SGSN
7 3 (0.45%) SSL
7 3 (0.45%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 88 (13.15%) NoSQL
2 73 (10.91%) MongoDB
3 67 (10.01%) Hadoop
4 66 (9.87%) SQL Server
5 39 (5.83%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 35 (5.23%) MySQL
7 33 (4.93%) Big Data
8 20 (2.99%) PostgreSQL
9 18 (2.69%) Relational Database
10 15 (2.24%) Apache Cassandra
10 15 (2.24%) Redis
11 13 (1.94%) Amazon Aurora
12 11 (1.64%) Neo4j
12 11 (1.64%) SQL Server 2008
13 8 (1.20%) Amazon RDS
13 8 (1.20%) Oracle Database
13 8 (1.20%) SQL Server 2014
14 7 (1.05%) Azure SQL Database
14 7 (1.05%) Cosmos DB
15 6 (0.90%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 108 (16.14%) Git (software)
2 67 (10.01%) JIRA
3 50 (7.47%) Visual Studio
4 48 (7.17%) Jenkins
4 48 (7.17%) Subversion
5 30 (4.48%) ClearCase
6 29 (4.33%) NUnit
7 26 (3.89%) Ant
8 23 (3.44%) GoogleTest
8 23 (3.44%) Mercurial
9 22 (3.29%) CppUnit
10 21 (3.14%) Eclipse
10 21 (3.14%) Maven
11 19 (2.84%) IntelliJ
11 19 (2.84%) Selenium
12 16 (2.39%) Visual Studio Team System
13 15 (2.24%) MSTest
14 14 (2.09%) JUnit
14 14 (2.09%) Rational DOORS
15 13 (1.94%) Gradle
General
1 53 (7.92%) Finance
2 25 (3.74%) Manufacturing
3 18 (2.69%) Telecoms
4 17 (2.54%) Electronics
5 16 (2.39%) Automotive
6 14 (2.09%) Retail
7 12 (1.79%) Aerospace
8 11 (1.64%) Publishing
9 10 (1.49%) Avionics
10 8 (1.20%) Games
10 8 (1.20%) Law
10 8 (1.20%) Legal
10 8 (1.20%) Marketing
11 5 (0.75%) Banking
11 5 (0.75%) Military
12 4 (0.60%) Back Office
13 2 (0.30%) Pharmaceutical
14 1 (0.15%) Billing
Job Titles
1 318 (47.53%) Software Engineer
2 315 (47.09%) Developer
3 110 (16.44%) Java Developer
4 71 (10.61%) Senior Software Engineer
5 53 (7.92%) C++ Software Engineer
6 45 (6.73%) Developer/Software Engineer
7 43 (6.43%) Embedded Engineer
8 42 (6.28%) Embedded Software Engineer
9 39 (5.83%) Software Developer
10 37 (5.53%) Senior Developer
11 36 (5.38%) .NET Developer
12 35 (5.23%) Java Engineer
13 32 (4.78%) Java Software Engineer
14 31 (4.63%) C# Developer
15 30 (4.48%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
16 25 (3.74%) React Developer
17 24 (3.59%) Java Software Developer
18 23 (3.44%) .NET Software Engineer
18 23 (3.44%) JavaScript Developer
19 22 (3.29%) C# Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 130 (19.43%) AngularJS
2 121 (18.09%) .NET
3 101 (15.10%) HTML
4 97 (14.50%) Spring
5 89 (13.30%) Web Services
6 88 (13.15%) CSS
7 63 (9.42%) Hibernate
8 59 (8.82%) Node.js
8 59 (8.82%) React
9 58 (8.67%) HTML5
10 52 (7.77%) REST
11 51 (7.62%) ASP.NET
12 40 (5.98%) JSON
13 39 (5.83%) XML
14 38 (5.68%) ASP.NET MVC
15 36 (5.38%) RESTful
16 35 (5.23%) WPF
17 34 (5.08%) .NET Framework
17 34 (5.08%) Kafka
18 33 (4.93%) .NET Core
Miscellaneous
1 68 (10.16%) Greenfield Project
2 54 (8.07%) User Experience
3 41 (6.13%) Analytical Skills
4 40 (5.98%) Self-Motivation
5 24 (3.59%) Algorithms
6 23 (3.44%) Derivative
7 17 (2.54%) Embedded Systems
8 15 (2.24%) Mobile App
9 13 (1.94%) Enterprise Software
10 12 (1.79%) Life Science
11 11 (1.64%) Device Driver
12 10 (1.49%) Management Information System
12 10 (1.49%) Virtual Team
13 8 (1.20%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 6 (0.90%) Data Structures
14 6 (0.90%) Fintech
15 5 (0.75%) Social Media
16 4 (0.60%) Cloud Native
16 4 (0.60%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
16 4 (0.60%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 124 (18.54%) Linux
2 65 (9.72%) Windows
3 47 (7.03%) Unix
4 23 (3.44%) Embedded Linux
5 15 (2.24%) Android
6 12 (1.79%) Apple iOS
7 5 (0.75%) VxWorks
8 2 (0.30%) Debian
8 2 (0.30%) OpenVMS
8 2 (0.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (0.30%) Robot Operating System
8 2 (0.30%) Windows 10
8 2 (0.30%) Windows 7
8 2 (0.30%) Windows Server 2003
8 2 (0.30%) Windows Server 2008
8 2 (0.30%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.15%) FreeRTOS
9 1 (0.15%) SafeRTOS
9 1 (0.15%) VME
9 1 (0.15%) Windows Embedded Compact
Processes & Methodologies
1 298 (44.54%) Agile Software Development
2 130 (19.43%) OO
2 130 (19.43%) TDD
3 107 (15.99%) Scrum
4 98 (14.65%) BDD
4 98 (14.65%) Computer Science
5 97 (14.50%) Unit Testing
6 96 (14.35%) Multithreading
7 88 (13.15%) Test Automation
8 86 (12.86%) Continuous Integration
9 85 (12.71%) Problem-Solving
10 81 (12.11%) MVC
11 76 (11.36%) Microservices
12 72 (10.76%) DevOps
13 66 (9.87%) OOD
14 57 (8.52%) Digital Transformation Programme
15 53 (7.92%) Mathematics
16 50 (7.47%) Kanban
17 49 (7.32%) UML
18 43 (6.43%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 215 (32.14%) Java
2 176 (26.31%) JavaScript
3 161 (24.07%) C++
4 133 (19.88%) C#
5 110 (16.44%) Python
6 106 (15.84%) C
7 82 (12.26%) SQL
8 39 (5.83%) Java 8
9 32 (4.78%) Embedded C
10 23 (3.44%) Go
10 23 (3.44%) PHP
11 21 (3.14%) TypeScript
12 20 (2.99%) Embedded C++
13 19 (2.84%) Scala
14 15 (2.24%) MATLAB
15 13 (1.94%) PowerShell
16 12 (1.79%) ES6
17 10 (1.49%) Apple Swift
17 10 (1.49%) Bash Shell
17 10 (1.49%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 96 (14.35%) Degree
2 68 (10.16%) Security Cleared
3 59 (8.82%) SC Cleared
4 22 (3.29%) Computer Science Degree
5 4 (0.60%) Master's Degree
5 4 (0.60%) PMI Certification
5 4 (0.60%) PMP
6 3 (0.45%) MCP
6 3 (0.45%) PhD
7 2 (0.30%) BPSS Clearance
7 2 (0.30%) CISSP
7 2 (0.30%) DV Cleared
7 2 (0.30%) ISEB
7 2 (0.30%) ISTQB
7 2 (0.30%) Numerate Degree
7 2 (0.30%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 1 (0.15%) APMP
8 1 (0.15%) ISSAP
8 1 (0.15%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (0.15%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 44 (6.58%) QA
2 14 (2.09%) MISRA
3 10 (1.49%) DO-178B
4 8 (1.20%) MISRA C
5 3 (0.45%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 3 (0.45%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.30%) Def Stans
6 2 (0.30%) DO-254
6 2 (0.30%) IEC 61508
6 2 (0.30%) ISO 26262
6 2 (0.30%) SLA
7 1 (0.15%) GDPR
7 1 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.15%) JSP 440
7 1 (0.15%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 61 (9.12%) Docker
2 9 (1.35%) Firmware
3 5 (0.75%) HDFS
4 3 (0.45%) Active Directory
5 2 (0.30%) KVM
5 2 (0.30%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (0.30%) VirtualBox
5 2 (0.30%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (0.30%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 64 (9.57%) Ansible
2 62 (9.27%) Opscode Chef
2 62 (9.27%) Puppet
3 52 (7.77%) Cobbler
4 36 (5.38%) Kubernetes
5 7 (1.05%) Terraform
6 2 (0.30%) Single Sign-On
7 1 (0.15%) Consul
7 1 (0.15%) Grafana
7 1 (0.15%) Nagios
7 1 (0.15%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 58 (8.67%) Microsoft
2 51 (7.62%) Oracle
3 23 (3.44%) Google
4 20 (2.99%) Salesforce.com
5 15 (2.24%) Adobe
6 13 (1.94%) IBM
7 8 (1.20%) Green Hills
7 8 (1.20%) Telerik
8 7 (1.05%) Apple
8 7 (1.05%) Red Hat
8 7 (1.05%) Tableau
9 6 (0.90%) Atlassian
9 6 (0.90%) Rackspace
10 5 (0.75%) Cisco
10 5 (0.75%) Databricks
10 5 (0.75%) SAP
10 5 (0.75%) VMware
11 4 (0.60%) Adyen
11 4 (0.60%) Embarcadero
11 4 (0.60%) WorldPay