Period
to 22 January 2019

The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £388 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South West during the 6 months to 22 January 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
22 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 110 98 83
Rank change year-on-year -12 -15 +5
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 121 105 131
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.89% 2.01% 2.48%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.99% 2.11% 2.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 46 36 47
South West median daily rate £388 £388 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -3.13% +12.68%
10th Percentile £306 £244 £313
90th Percentile £550 £475 £530
England median daily rate £475 £475 £425
% change year-on-year - +11.76% +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 20 52
South West median hourly rate £45.00 £42.25 £41.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.51% +1.81% -1.19%
10th Percentile £40.10 £36.93 £32.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £53.40
England median hourly rate £45.00 £42.50 £42.50
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +5.59%

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 6,086 4,966 5,030
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.00% 94.99% 95.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,930 3,108 3,266
South West median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £251 £213 £213
90th Percentile £588 £550 £550
England median daily rate £465 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 267 242 362
South West median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.00% -9.09% -15.38%
10th Percentile £11.18 £11.50 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.95 £47.43
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.36 £18.39
% change year-on-year +1.84% -0.12% -0.62%

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 22 January 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 22 January 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 22 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
Gloucestershire +1 37 £450 -10.00% 34
Bristol -22 30 £450 +12.50% 70
Somerset +8 19 £388 - 19
Wiltshire -26 15 £400 +28.00% 8
Dorset -6 5 £370 -4.52% 40
Devon -11 1 - - 9
Software Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 22 January 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.

1 117 (96.69%) Software Engineering
2 62 (51.24%) C++
3 43 (35.54%) Agile Software Development
4 33 (27.27%) Java
4 33 (27.27%) Security Cleared
5 30 (24.79%) C
6 26 (21.49%) Linux
6 26 (21.49%) Python
7 23 (19.01%) C#
7 23 (19.01%) JavaScript
7 23 (19.01%) Degree
8 21 (17.36%) SC Cleared
9 20 (16.53%) Computer Science
10 17 (14.05%) .NET
11 16 (13.22%) Computer Science Degree
12 15 (12.40%) SQL
12 15 (12.40%) Validation
12 15 (12.40%) Rational DOORS
13 14 (11.57%) Test Automation
13 14 (11.57%) Mathematics
13 14 (11.57%) Electronics
13 14 (11.57%) UML
13 14 (11.57%) Windows
14 13 (10.74%) OO
14 13 (10.74%) Aerospace
14 13 (10.74%) Docker
15 12 (9.92%) Scrum
15 12 (9.92%) Microsoft
15 12 (9.92%) Multithreading
16 11 (9.09%) Continuous Integration

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 4 (3.31%) Apache
2 3 (2.48%) IIS
2 3 (2.48%) SharePoint
2 3 (2.48%) WebLogic
3 2 (1.65%) SAS
4 1 (0.83%) Apache Pig
4 1 (0.83%) Confluence
4 1 (0.83%) Tomcat
Applications
1 3 (2.48%) Microsoft Excel
1 3 (2.48%) Microsoft Office
1 3 (2.48%) Microsoft Project
2 2 (1.65%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.83%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 3 (2.48%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 6 (4.96%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (3.31%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (1.65%) npm
4 1 (0.83%) Amazon EC2
4 1 (0.83%) Amazon S3
4 1 (0.83%) Azure Active Directory
4 1 (0.83%) Azure Machine Learning
4 1 (0.83%) SaaS
4 1 (0.83%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 5 (4.13%) Wi-Fi
2 4 (3.31%) Bluetooth
3 3 (2.48%) HTTP
3 3 (2.48%) TCP/IP
3 3 (2.48%) VoIP
4 2 (1.65%) Network Security
4 2 (1.65%) Tactical Data Link
5 1 (0.83%) DHCP
5 1 (0.83%) DNS
5 1 (0.83%) Firewall
5 1 (0.83%) IPsec
5 1 (0.83%) L2TP
5 1 (0.83%) MPLS
5 1 (0.83%) SSL
5 1 (0.83%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (6.61%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.48%) GIS
3 2 (1.65%) Big Data
3 2 (1.65%) MongoDB
3 2 (1.65%) MySQL
3 2 (1.65%) SSDT
4 1 (0.83%) Amazon Aurora
4 1 (0.83%) Apache Hive
4 1 (0.83%) Geospatial Data
4 1 (0.83%) Hadoop
4 1 (0.83%) NoSQL
4 1 (0.83%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (0.83%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 15 (12.40%) Rational DOORS
2 7 (5.79%) Rational Rhapsody
3 6 (4.96%) JIRA
3 6 (4.96%) Team Foundation Server
4 5 (4.13%) Jenkins
4 5 (4.13%) Visual Studio
5 4 (3.31%) Cucumber
5 4 (3.31%) Selenium
6 3 (2.48%) Eclipse
6 3 (2.48%) Git (software)
6 3 (2.48%) Maven
6 3 (2.48%) WebDriver
7 2 (1.65%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 2 (1.65%) Bitbucket
8 1 (0.83%) EasyMock
8 1 (0.83%) Eclipse RCP
8 1 (0.83%) JUnit
8 1 (0.83%) NetBeans
8 1 (0.83%) Oracle Forms
8 1 (0.83%) Redmine
General
1 14 (11.57%) Electronics
2 13 (10.74%) Aerospace
3 6 (4.96%) Manufacturing
4 4 (3.31%) Automotive
5 3 (2.48%) Law
5 3 (2.48%) Telecoms
6 2 (1.65%) Finance
7 1 (0.83%) Avionics
7 1 (0.83%) Marketing
7 1 (0.83%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (14.05%) .NET
2 10 (8.26%) HTML
3 9 (7.44%) ASP.NET
4 8 (6.61%) AngularJS
4 8 (6.61%) Middleware
5 7 (5.79%) jQuery
5 7 (5.79%) React
6 6 (4.96%) Node.js
7 5 (4.13%) .NET Framework
7 5 (4.13%) CSS
7 5 (4.13%) REST
7 5 (4.13%) RESTful
7 5 (4.13%) STL
7 5 (4.13%) WPF
8 4 (3.31%) Java EE
8 4 (3.31%) Web Services
9 3 (2.48%) JSF
9 3 (2.48%) Oracle Fusion
9 3 (2.48%) Qt
9 3 (2.48%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 9 (7.44%) Embedded Systems
2 5 (4.13%) Device Driver
2 5 (4.13%) User Experience
3 3 (2.48%) Greenfield Project
3 3 (2.48%) State Machine
4 2 (1.65%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (1.65%) Client/Server
4 2 (1.65%) Cyberthreat
4 2 (1.65%) Digital TV
4 2 (1.65%) IPTV
4 2 (1.65%) MPEG
4 2 (1.65%) Self-Motivation
4 2 (1.65%) TMS320
5 1 (0.83%) 3D Graphics
5 1 (0.83%) iPad
5 1 (0.83%) iPhone
5 1 (0.83%) Mobile App
5 1 (0.83%) Robotics
5 1 (0.83%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 26 (21.49%) Linux
2 14 (11.57%) Windows
3 9 (7.44%) Embedded Linux
4 2 (1.65%) Android
4 2 (1.65%) Apple iOS
4 2 (1.65%) FreeRTOS
4 2 (1.65%) Unix
4 2 (1.65%) Windows Server
5 1 (0.83%) Mac OS X
5 1 (0.83%) SafeRTOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 117 (96.69%) Software Engineering
2 43 (35.54%) Agile Software Development
3 20 (16.53%) Computer Science
4 15 (12.40%) Validation
5 14 (11.57%) Mathematics
5 14 (11.57%) Test Automation
5 14 (11.57%) UML
6 13 (10.74%) OO
7 12 (9.92%) Multithreading
7 12 (9.92%) Scrum
8 11 (9.09%) Continuous Integration
8 11 (9.09%) Integration Testing
9 10 (8.26%) Problem-Solving
9 10 (8.26%) Project Management
9 10 (8.26%) Unit Testing
10 9 (7.44%) SDLC
11 5 (4.13%) BDD
12 4 (3.31%) Requirements Management
12 4 (3.31%) Security Management
12 4 (3.31%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 62 (51.24%) C++
2 33 (27.27%) Java
3 30 (24.79%) C
4 26 (21.49%) Python
5 23 (19.01%) C#
5 23 (19.01%) JavaScript
6 15 (12.40%) SQL
7 11 (9.09%) Ada
8 9 (7.44%) Embedded C++
9 7 (5.79%) Bash Shell
10 6 (4.96%) Go
11 5 (4.13%) Embedded C
11 5 (4.13%) Ruby
11 5 (4.13%) T-SQL
12 4 (3.31%) Ada 95
12 4 (3.31%) MATLAB
12 4 (3.31%) PHP
13 2 (1.65%) Assembly Language
14 1 (0.83%) Objective-C
14 1 (0.83%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 33 (27.27%) Security Cleared
2 23 (19.01%) Degree
3 21 (17.36%) SC Cleared
4 16 (13.22%) Computer Science Degree
5 3 (2.48%) DV Cleared
6 1 (0.83%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (0.83%) CCNA
6 1 (0.83%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (0.83%) CISSP
6 1 (0.83%) CompTIA Security+
6 1 (0.83%) GIAC
6 1 (0.83%) HND
6 1 (0.83%) Linux+ Certification
6 1 (0.83%) MCSE
6 1 (0.83%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (0.83%) Network+ Certification
6 1 (0.83%) SANS
6 1 (0.83%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.48%) ARP4754
1 3 (2.48%) DO-178B
2 1 (0.83%) DO-160
2 1 (0.83%) IEC 61508
2 1 (0.83%) MISRA
2 1 (0.83%) PMO
System Software
1 13 (10.74%) Docker
2 1 (0.83%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.83%) Firmware
2 1 (0.83%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 3 (2.48%) Kubernetes
2 1 (0.83%) Ansible
2 1 (0.83%) Puppet
2 1 (0.83%) Salt
Vendors
1 12 (9.92%) Microsoft
2 9 (7.44%) Serena
3 5 (4.13%) IBM
4 4 (3.31%) Oracle
5 3 (2.48%) Civica
6 1 (0.83%) Apple
6 1 (0.83%) Atlassian
6 1 (0.83%) CA Agile Central
6 1 (0.83%) Cisco
6 1 (0.83%) Freescale
6 1 (0.83%) Minitab
6 1 (0.83%) Pega
6 1 (0.83%) SAP
6 1 (0.83%) Tableau
6 1 (0.83%) Wind River