Period
to 29 March 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 29 March 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
29 Mar 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 59 55 67
Rank change year-on-year -4 +12 +12
Contract jobs citing Software Engineering 297 611 553
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South East 3.02% 3.87% 3.30%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.61% 4.42% 3.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 155 350 270
Median daily rate £450 £465 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.23% +3.33% +5.88%
10th Percentile £313 £320 £325
90th Percentile £619 £575 £576
England median daily rate £525 £500 £500
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 76 104
Median hourly rate £45.00 £45.00 £44.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +1.12% +4.71%
10th Percentile £37.16 £37.50 £31.25
90th Percentile £52.13 £53.13 £59.63
England median hourly rate £47.50 £45.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -

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 8,238 13,839 14,284
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 83.64% 87.59% 85.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,800 8,364 8,384
Median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £255 £275 £281
90th Percentile £600 £606 £588
England median daily rate £475 £475 £463
% change year-on-year - +2.70% +5.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 402 486 444
Median hourly rate £24.50 £24.47 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.11% +8.77% -1.14%
10th Percentile £12.83 £12.00 £10.86
90th Percentile £55.00 £52.50 £50.75
Median hourly rate £25.00 £24.09 £23.50
% change year-on-year +3.78% +2.51% -6.00%

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 29 March 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 29 March 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 29 March 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
Thames Valley -7 115 £425 -8.60% 162
Hampshire -10 97 £495 +10.00% 92
Surrey +16 55 £514 +2.75% 79
Oxfordshire +5 49 £450 -5.26% 66
Berkshire -30 46 £425 -15.00% 66
Buckinghamshire +8 20 £425 +3.03% 30
West Sussex +22 17 £550 +46.67% 32
Kent +5 9 £550 -2.22% 21
East Sussex -16 2 £475 -5.00% 11
Isle of Wight 0 1 £450 - 1
Software Engineering
England

For the 6 months to 29 March 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.

1 142 (47.81%) Agile Software Development
2 89 (29.97%) Python
3 70 (23.57%) Java
4 68 (22.90%) C#
5 63 (21.21%) Linux
5 63 (21.21%) DevOps
6 62 (20.88%) SQL
7 61 (20.54%) Git (software)
7 61 (20.54%) Azure
8 60 (20.20%) .NET
9 57 (19.19%) JavaScript
10 56 (18.86%) TDD
11 53 (17.85%) C++
12 52 (17.51%) Test Automation
13 46 (15.49%) Scrum
14 45 (15.15%) C
15 43 (14.48%) AngularJS
16 41 (13.80%) AWS
17 40 (13.47%) BDD
17 40 (13.47%) Security Cleared
18 39 (13.13%) Web Services
19 38 (12.79%) SQL Server
20 37 (12.46%) Continuous Integration
20 37 (12.46%) SDLC
21 31 (10.44%) HTML
22 30 (10.10%) Node.js
23 29 (9.76%) CSS
23 29 (9.76%) Microsoft
24 28 (9.43%) React
25 27 (9.09%) Windows

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 15 (5.05%) Elasticsearch
2 12 (4.04%) CMS
3 9 (3.03%) Confluence
4 6 (2.02%) Apache Spark
4 6 (2.02%) GeoServer
4 6 (2.02%) Tomcat
5 4 (1.35%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 4 (1.35%) Headless CMS
6 2 (0.67%) EPiServer
6 2 (0.67%) IIS
6 2 (0.67%) Oracle Service Bus
6 2 (0.67%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 2 (0.67%) SAS
6 2 (0.67%) Umbraco
7 1 (0.34%) Apache
7 1 (0.34%) ArcGIS
7 1 (0.34%) Drupal
7 1 (0.34%) nginx
7 1 (0.34%) Sitecore CMS
7 1 (0.34%) WordPress
Applications
1 2 (0.67%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (0.67%) Simulink
2 1 (0.34%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.34%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (0.34%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (0.34%) SOLIDWORKS
2 1 (0.34%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.34%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.34%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 61 (20.54%) Azure
2 41 (13.80%) AWS
3 19 (6.40%) Serverless
4 11 (3.70%) GCP
5 9 (3.03%) Amazon S3
5 9 (3.03%) AWS Lambda
6 8 (2.69%) CloudFront
7 6 (2.02%) Amazon EC2
7 6 (2.02%) Azure Active Directory
8 5 (1.68%) Cloud Computing
9 4 (1.35%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 4 (1.35%) Amazon ElastiCache
9 4 (1.35%) Amazon SQS
9 4 (1.35%) SaaS
10 3 (1.01%) Amazon Cognito
10 3 (1.01%) Azure Data Factory
10 3 (1.01%) PaaS
10 3 (1.01%) Salesforce Service Cloud
11 2 (0.67%) OpenShift
11 2 (0.67%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 15 (5.05%) TCP/IP
2 11 (3.70%) SNMP
3 5 (1.68%) Wi-Fi
3 5 (1.68%) Wireless
4 4 (1.35%) 4G
4 4 (1.35%) Firewall
4 4 (1.35%) HTTP
5 3 (1.01%) 3G
5 3 (1.01%) 5G
5 3 (1.01%) DNS
5 3 (1.01%) SpaceWire
5 3 (1.01%) SSL
6 2 (0.67%) 2G
6 2 (0.67%) Bluetooth
6 2 (0.67%) DHCP
6 2 (0.67%) Ethernet
6 2 (0.67%) Internet
6 2 (0.67%) LAN
6 2 (0.67%) RS-485
6 2 (0.67%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (12.79%) SQL Server
2 17 (5.72%) MongoDB
3 8 (2.69%) Amazon DynamoDB
3 8 (2.69%) Big Data
3 8 (2.69%) Hadoop
3 8 (2.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 7 (2.36%) Data Warehouse
5 6 (2.02%) Geospatial Data
5 6 (2.02%) GIS
5 6 (2.02%) MySQL
5 6 (2.02%) PostgreSQL
6 5 (1.68%) NoSQL
7 4 (1.35%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
7 4 (1.35%) Blockchain
7 4 (1.35%) Cloudera CDH
7 4 (1.35%) Data Lake
7 4 (1.35%) SQLite
8 3 (1.01%) Azure SQL Database
8 3 (1.01%) Cosmos DB
8 3 (1.01%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 61 (20.54%) Git (software)
2 25 (8.42%) JIRA
3 18 (6.06%) Jenkins
4 17 (5.72%) Cucumber
5 13 (4.38%) Subversion
6 12 (4.04%) Maven
6 12 (4.04%) Visual Studio
7 10 (3.37%) Selenium
8 7 (2.36%) IntelliJ
8 7 (2.36%) SpecFlow
9 6 (2.02%) ClearCase
9 6 (2.02%) ClearQuest
9 6 (2.02%) Gradle
10 5 (1.68%) Android Studio
10 5 (1.68%) Mercurial
11 4 (1.35%) Bugzilla
11 4 (1.35%) FindBugs
11 4 (1.35%) JUnit
11 4 (1.35%) StarTeam
11 4 (1.35%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 22 (7.41%) Finance
1 22 (7.41%) Law
2 9 (3.03%) Electronics
3 8 (2.69%) Telecoms
4 7 (2.36%) Public Sector
5 4 (1.35%) Automotive
5 4 (1.35%) Banking
5 4 (1.35%) Manufacturing
6 3 (1.01%) Aerospace
6 3 (1.01%) Legal
6 3 (1.01%) Retail
7 2 (0.67%) Local Government
7 2 (0.67%) Marketing
7 2 (0.67%) Publishing
8 1 (0.34%) Avionics
8 1 (0.34%) Billing
8 1 (0.34%) Games
8 1 (0.34%) German Language
8 1 (0.34%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.34%) Romanian Language
Job Titles
1 107 (36.03%) Developer
1 107 (36.03%) Software Engineer
2 27 (9.09%) Embedded Engineer
3 26 (8.75%) Software Developer
4 25 (8.42%) Embedded Software Engineer
5 16 (5.39%) .NET Developer
5 16 (5.39%) DevOps Engineer
6 15 (5.05%) Python Developer
7 12 (4.04%) Architect
8 11 (3.70%) Linux Engineer
9 10 (3.37%) Angular Developer
9 10 (3.37%) Data Engineer
9 10 (3.37%) Java Developer
9 10 (3.37%) Senior Developer
9 10 (3.37%) Test Engineer
10 9 (3.03%) Analyst
10 9 (3.03%) Java Engineer
10 9 (3.03%) Java Software Engineer
10 9 (3.03%) Lead Software Engineer
11 8 (2.69%) Embedded Linux Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 60 (20.20%) .NET
2 43 (14.48%) AngularJS
3 39 (13.13%) Web Services
4 31 (10.44%) HTML
5 30 (10.10%) Node.js
6 29 (9.76%) CSS
7 28 (9.43%) React
8 24 (8.08%) RESTful
9 21 (7.07%) Spring
10 16 (5.39%) ASP.NET
10 16 (5.39%) REST
11 11 (3.70%) Angular 2
11 11 (3.70%) JSON
12 10 (3.37%) ASP.NET MVC
12 10 (3.37%) Django
12 10 (3.37%) HTML5
12 10 (3.37%) Vue.js
12 10 (3.37%) XML
13 9 (3.03%) .NET Framework
14 8 (2.69%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 19 (6.40%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (4.04%) User Experience
3 10 (3.37%) Linked Data
4 9 (3.03%) Device Driver
4 9 (3.03%) Greenfield Project
4 9 (3.03%) Mobile App
5 8 (2.69%) Algorithms
6 7 (2.36%) CAN bus
6 7 (2.36%) Embedded Systems
6 7 (2.36%) Self-Motivation
7 5 (1.68%) Smart City
8 4 (1.35%) N-Tier
8 4 (1.35%) PKI
8 4 (1.35%) Public Cloud
9 3 (1.01%) Data Structures
9 3 (1.01%) Enterprise Cloud
9 3 (1.01%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
9 3 (1.01%) Handset
9 3 (1.01%) iPhone
9 3 (1.01%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 63 (21.21%) Linux
2 27 (9.09%) Windows
3 13 (4.38%) Android
4 11 (3.70%) Embedded Linux
5 9 (3.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 7 (2.36%) Unix
7 6 (2.02%) CentOS
7 6 (2.02%) Windows Server
8 5 (1.68%) Ubuntu
9 4 (1.35%) Debian
9 4 (1.35%) Solaris
9 4 (1.35%) ThreadX
9 4 (1.35%) Windows 7
9 4 (1.35%) Windows Server 2008
9 4 (1.35%) Windows Server 2012
10 3 (1.01%) Apple iOS
10 3 (1.01%) zOS
11 2 (0.67%) HPUX
11 2 (0.67%) Mac OS X
11 2 (0.67%) SafeRTOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 142 (47.81%) Agile Software Development
2 63 (21.21%) DevOps
3 56 (18.86%) TDD
4 52 (17.51%) Test Automation
5 46 (15.49%) Scrum
6 40 (13.47%) BDD
7 37 (12.46%) Continuous Integration
7 37 (12.46%) SDLC
8 26 (8.75%) ETL
9 25 (8.42%) Migration
10 24 (8.08%) Problem-Solving
11 22 (7.41%) Continuous Delivery
11 22 (7.41%) Kanban
12 21 (7.07%) Microservices
13 20 (6.73%) MVC
14 19 (6.40%) Computer Science
15 18 (6.06%) UML
16 16 (5.39%) Data Modelling
16 16 (5.39%) Open Source
17 15 (5.05%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 89 (29.97%) Python
2 70 (23.57%) Java
3 68 (22.90%) C#
4 62 (20.88%) SQL
5 57 (19.19%) JavaScript
6 53 (17.85%) C++
7 45 (15.15%) C
8 20 (6.73%) Embedded C
9 19 (6.40%) PowerShell
10 16 (5.39%) TypeScript
11 11 (3.70%) Ruby
12 10 (3.37%) Go
12 10 (3.37%) Scala
12 10 (3.37%) SHACL
12 10 (3.37%) SPARQL
13 8 (2.69%) T-SQL
14 7 (2.36%) Java 8
15 6 (2.02%) Bash Shell
15 6 (2.02%) Embedded C++
16 5 (1.68%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 40 (13.47%) Security Cleared
2 27 (9.09%) SC Cleared
3 25 (8.42%) Degree
4 7 (2.36%) Computer Science Degree
5 6 (2.02%) MCSE
5 6 (2.02%) Microsoft Certification
6 5 (1.68%) DV Cleared
7 4 (1.35%) BPSS Clearance
8 3 (1.01%) CISSP
8 3 (1.01%) Master's Degree
9 2 (0.67%) ITIL Certification
9 2 (0.67%) Numerate Degree
9 2 (0.67%) PMI Certification
9 2 (0.67%) SANS
10 1 (0.34%) CCNA
10 1 (0.34%) Cisco Certification
10 1 (0.34%) DBS Check
10 1 (0.34%) ISEB
10 1 (0.34%) PMP
10 1 (0.34%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (7.74%) QA
2 5 (1.68%) GDPR
3 3 (1.01%) ECSS
4 2 (0.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.34%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.34%) ISO/IEC 15288
5 1 (0.34%) MISRA
System Software
1 25 (8.42%) Docker
2 10 (3.37%) Active Directory
3 8 (2.69%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (0.67%) HDFS
4 2 (0.67%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.34%) Firmware
5 1 (0.34%) KVM
5 1 (0.34%) NFS
5 1 (0.34%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 22 (7.41%) Kubernetes
2 12 (4.04%) Ansible
3 10 (3.37%) Terraform
4 5 (1.68%) Puppet
5 4 (1.35%) Kibana
5 4 (1.35%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (0.67%) Docker Swarm
6 2 (0.67%) Grafana
6 2 (0.67%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 2 (0.67%) Prometheus
6 2 (0.67%) vCenter Server
7 1 (0.34%) Cobbler
7 1 (0.34%) Icinga
7 1 (0.34%) MIIS
7 1 (0.34%) SCCM
Vendors
1 29 (9.76%) Microsoft
2 9 (3.03%) Adobe
2 9 (3.03%) Google
2 9 (3.03%) Oracle
3 8 (2.69%) Databricks
4 7 (2.36%) Atlassian
5 5 (1.68%) Red Hat
6 4 (1.35%) Cloudera
6 4 (1.35%) SAP
7 3 (1.01%) Salesforce.com
7 3 (1.01%) VMware
7 3 (1.01%) Xamarin
8 2 (0.67%) Parasoft
8 2 (0.67%) Sitecore
8 2 (0.67%) Splunk
8 2 (0.67%) Sun
8 2 (0.67%) Tableau
8 2 (0.67%) Talend
8 2 (0.67%) TIBCO
9 1 (0.34%) Zend