Period
to 7 December 2019

The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South West during the 6 months to 7 December 2019.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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 Engineer
England > South West
6 months to
7 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 53 110 94
Rank change year-on-year +57 -16 -6
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 290 132 115
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 4.54% 2.05% 2.05%
As % of the Job Titles category 4.78% 2.16% 2.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 103 45 37
South West median daily rate £450 £388 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.13% +6.90% -9.38%
10th Percentile £375 £289 £267
90th Percentile £575 £490 £460
England median daily rate £480 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +1.05% +2.70% +8.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 67 29 27
South West median hourly rate £47.50 £45.00 £42.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +7.14% -0.59%
10th Percentile £41.25 £39.70 £34.95
90th Percentile £53.75 £49.00 £51.65
England median hourly rate £47.50 £45.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +1.80%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
South West
Contract vacancies in the South West with a recognized job title 6,064 6,105 5,345
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.97% 95.03% 95.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,882 3,893 3,370
South West median daily rate £433 £425 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.76% +9.68% +3.33%
10th Percentile £250 £250 £209
90th Percentile £613 £575 £538
England median daily rate £463 £458 £450
% change year-on-year +1.09% +1.67% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 302 292 250
South West median hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +36.36% +6.80%
10th Percentile £12.26 £11.85 £11.24
90th Percentile £53.75 £50.00 £48.88
England median hourly rate £19.31 £18.50 £18.70
% change year-on-year +4.38% -1.07% +3.72%

Software Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

Job postings that featured Software Engineer in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South West.

Job vacancy trend for Software Engineer in the South West

Software Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Software Engineer in the South West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Engineer in the South West

Software Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Engineer in the South West over the 6 months to 7 December 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Engineer in the South West

Software Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Engineer in the South West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Engineer in the South West

Software Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Engineer in the South West over the 6 months to 7 December 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Software Engineer in the South West

Software Engineer
Contract Job Locations in the South West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Engineer within the South West region over the 6 months to 7 December 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
Gloucestershire +37 109 £500 +11.11% 48
Bristol +31 71 £450 +5.88% 48
Wiltshire +27 56 £425 +21.43% 23
Devon - 15 £350 - 8
Somerset -12 13 £489 +26.13% 14
Dorset +10 10 £400 +8.11% 16
Cornwall - 1 £275 - 8
Software Engineer
England

Software Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 7 December 2019, Software Engineer contract jobs required the following IT 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 West region featuring Software Engineer in the job title.

1 289 (99.66%) Software Engineering
2 204 (70.34%) C++
3 168 (57.93%) C
4 119 (41.03%) Linux
5 116 (40.00%) Security Cleared
6 95 (32.76%) Agile Software Development
7 77 (26.55%) SC Cleared
8 74 (25.52%) C#
9 70 (24.14%) Java
10 66 (22.76%) UML
11 57 (19.66%) Python
12 55 (18.97%) DV Cleared
13 51 (17.59%) DevOps
14 47 (16.21%) .NET
15 45 (15.52%) Embedded C
15 45 (15.52%) Cybersecurity
16 44 (15.17%) FreeRTOS
17 41 (14.14%) OO
18 33 (11.38%) Embedded C++
18 33 (11.38%) ThreadX
19 32 (11.03%) JavaScript
20 30 (10.34%) OOD
21 28 (9.66%) Rational Rhapsody
22 27 (9.31%) Unix
23 26 (8.97%) TDD
23 26 (8.97%) Scrum
23 26 (8.97%) Continuous Integration
24 25 (8.62%) Rational DOORS
25 24 (8.28%) Validation
25 24 (8.28%) Unit Testing

Software Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South West 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 9 (3.10%) JBoss
2 2 (0.69%) Confluence
3 1 (0.34%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (0.34%) Mule
3 1 (0.34%) Mule ESB
3 1 (0.34%) nginx
Applications
1 10 (3.45%) Simulink
2 4 (1.38%) Adobe Illustrator
2 4 (1.38%) Inkscape
3 2 (0.69%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.69%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.34%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.34%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (0.69%) SAP ERP
1 2 (0.69%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 13 (4.48%) Azure
2 4 (1.38%) AWS
2 4 (1.38%) Serverless
3 3 (1.03%) Azure Functions
4 2 (0.69%) GCP
5 1 (0.34%) Amazon ECS
5 1 (0.34%) Apigee
5 1 (0.34%) Azure Stack
5 1 (0.34%) GitHub
5 1 (0.34%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 16 (5.52%) TCP/IP
2 15 (5.17%) Internet
3 14 (4.83%) DNS
3 14 (4.83%) Wireshark
4 13 (4.48%) RS-232
5 12 (4.14%) RS-485
6 10 (3.45%) Ethernet
7 9 (3.10%) Wireless
8 5 (1.72%) 3G
8 5 (1.72%) 4G
8 5 (1.72%) 5G
8 5 (1.72%) LTE
9 4 (1.38%) Network Security
10 3 (1.03%) Bluetooth
10 3 (1.03%) Wi-Fi
11 2 (0.69%) Tactical Data Link
12 1 (0.34%) HTTP
12 1 (0.34%) Intranet
12 1 (0.34%) MQTT
12 1 (0.34%) NX-OS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (5.52%) Big Data
2 10 (3.45%) MongoDB
3 9 (3.10%) Hadoop
4 8 (2.76%) SQL Server
5 2 (0.69%) DB2
5 2 (0.69%) MS Access
5 2 (0.69%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.34%) MySQL
6 1 (0.34%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (0.34%) RDBMS
6 1 (0.34%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.34%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 28 (9.66%) Rational Rhapsody
2 25 (8.62%) Rational DOORS
3 19 (6.55%) Cucumber
4 14 (4.83%) GDB
4 14 (4.83%) Git (software)
5 13 (4.48%) NetBeans
6 12 (4.14%) Jenkins
7 9 (3.10%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 8 (2.76%) Selenium
9 7 (2.41%) JIRA
10 6 (2.07%) Eclipse
10 6 (2.07%) GoogleTest
10 6 (2.07%) Visual Studio
11 2 (0.69%) Bitbucket
11 2 (0.69%) Subversion
12 1 (0.34%) Gradle
12 1 (0.34%) Hudson
12 1 (0.34%) Maven
12 1 (0.34%) Team Foundation Server
12 1 (0.34%) TeamCity
General
1 16 (5.52%) Military
2 12 (4.14%) Aerospace
3 11 (3.79%) Law
3 11 (3.79%) Telecoms
4 9 (3.10%) Manufacturing
5 8 (2.76%) Electronics
6 6 (2.07%) Finance
7 5 (1.72%) Avionics
8 4 (1.38%) Public Sector
9 2 (0.69%) Automotive
9 2 (0.69%) Marketing
9 2 (0.69%) Retail
10 1 (0.34%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 47 (16.21%) .NET
2 16 (5.52%) AngularJS
3 15 (5.17%) Node.js
4 13 (4.48%) Spring
4 13 (4.48%) Web Services
5 12 (4.14%) Hibernate
6 11 (3.79%) CORBA
6 11 (3.79%) React
7 9 (3.10%) EJB
8 5 (1.72%) HTML
8 5 (1.72%) XML
9 4 (1.38%) WinForms
9 4 (1.38%) WPF
10 3 (1.03%) CSS
10 3 (1.03%) Middleware
10 3 (1.03%) RESTful
11 2 (0.69%) ADO
11 2 (0.69%) DAO
11 2 (0.69%) ODBC
11 2 (0.69%) Swing
Miscellaneous
1 19 (6.55%) Embedded Systems
2 8 (2.76%) Cyberthreat
3 6 (2.07%) Device Driver
3 6 (2.07%) Self-Motivation
4 4 (1.38%) Life Science
5 3 (1.03%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 3 (1.03%) Greenfield Project
6 2 (0.69%) Algorithms
6 2 (0.69%) AS400
6 2 (0.69%) CAN bus
7 1 (0.34%) Analytical Skills
7 1 (0.34%) Arduino
7 1 (0.34%) CCTV
7 1 (0.34%) Cloud Native
7 1 (0.34%) Digital Media
7 1 (0.34%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
7 1 (0.34%) Hybrid Cloud
7 1 (0.34%) Linux Command Line
7 1 (0.34%) Public Cloud
7 1 (0.34%) State Machine
Operating Systems
1 119 (41.03%) Linux
2 44 (15.17%) FreeRTOS
3 33 (11.38%) ThreadX
4 27 (9.31%) Unix
5 13 (4.48%) Embedded Linux
6 12 (4.14%) Windows
7 7 (2.41%) VxWorks
8 2 (0.69%) Windows 10
9 1 (0.34%) Android
9 1 (0.34%) Mac OS X
9 1 (0.34%) SafeRTOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 289 (99.66%) Software Engineering
2 95 (32.76%) Agile Software Development
3 66 (22.76%) UML
4 51 (17.59%) DevOps
5 45 (15.52%) Cybersecurity
6 41 (14.14%) OO
7 30 (10.34%) OOD
8 26 (8.97%) Continuous Integration
8 26 (8.97%) Scrum
8 26 (8.97%) TDD
9 24 (8.28%) Unit Testing
9 24 (8.28%) Validation
10 19 (6.55%) Computer Science
11 16 (5.52%) BDD
11 16 (5.52%) Requirements Analysis
12 15 (5.17%) Scaled Agile Framework
13 14 (4.83%) Computer Forensics
13 14 (4.83%) Configuration Management
13 14 (4.83%) System Testing
13 14 (4.83%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 204 (70.34%) C++
2 168 (57.93%) C
3 74 (25.52%) C#
4 70 (24.14%) Java
5 57 (19.66%) Python
6 45 (15.52%) Embedded C
7 33 (11.38%) Embedded C++
8 32 (11.03%) JavaScript
9 16 (5.52%) Bash Shell
10 10 (3.45%) MATLAB
10 10 (3.45%) Ruby
11 9 (3.10%) Java 8
12 4 (1.38%) SQL
13 3 (1.03%) T-SQL
13 3 (1.03%) TypeScript
14 2 (0.69%) Assembly Language
14 2 (0.69%) VBA
15 1 (0.34%) PowerShell
15 1 (0.34%) Scala
15 1 (0.34%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 116 (40.00%) Security Cleared
2 77 (26.55%) SC Cleared
3 55 (18.97%) DV Cleared
4 18 (6.21%) Degree
5 13 (4.48%) Computer Science Degree
6 2 (0.69%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (0.34%) AWS Certification
7 1 (0.34%) ISTQB
7 1 (0.34%) MBA
7 1 (0.34%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (4.83%) MISRA
2 10 (3.45%) QA
3 7 (2.41%) DO-178B
3 7 (2.41%) MISRA C
4 1 (0.34%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.34%) IEC 61131
4 1 (0.34%) IEC 61508
System Software
1 15 (5.17%) Docker
2 4 (1.38%) Firmware
3 1 (0.34%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 21 (7.24%) Ansible
2 6 (2.07%) Kubernetes
3 3 (1.03%) Terraform
4 2 (0.69%) vCenter Server
5 1 (0.34%) Grafana
5 1 (0.34%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.34%) Prometheus
5 1 (0.34%) Puppet
Vendors
1 18 (6.21%) Google
2 14 (4.83%) Apple
3 11 (3.79%) Oracle
4 10 (3.45%) Atlassian
5 6 (2.07%) Microsoft
6 4 (1.38%) Adobe
6 4 (1.38%) SAP
7 3 (1.03%) QNX
8 2 (0.69%) Cisco
8 2 (0.69%) MAPICS
8 2 (0.69%) Sparx
8 2 (0.69%) VMware
9 1 (0.34%) Green Hills
9 1 (0.34%) IBM
9 1 (0.34%) Intel
9 1 (0.34%) Serena
9 1 (0.34%) Wind River