Period
to 12 November 2018

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 12 November 2018.

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
12 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 96 90 103
Rank change year-on-year -6 +13 -29
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 143 121 116
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 2.29% 2.18% 1.99%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.41% 2.29% 2.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 37 40
South West median daily rate £388 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% - -
10th Percentile £283 £276 £311
90th Percentile £526 £460 £540
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 29 46
South West median hourly rate £43.63 £42.50 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.65% - +1.67%
10th Percentile £38.43 £35.60 £31.00
90th Percentile £48.75 £53.75 £51.21
England median hourly rate £45.00 £42.50 £41.00
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%

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 5,931 5,287 5,523
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.11% 95.31% 94.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,711 3,307 3,565
South West median daily rate £425 £380 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.84% +1.33% -
10th Percentile £250 £213 £213
90th Percentile £575 £538 £550
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 278 250 337
South West median hourly rate £39.25 £32.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.77% +30.00% -9.09%
10th Percentile £11.96 £11.48 £11.00
90th Percentile £49.48 £50.00 £46.10
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.70 £18.25
% change year-on-year -1.07% +2.47% +2.01%

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 12 November 2018.

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 12 November 2018.

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 12 November 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
Bristol -6 48 £425 +6.25% 66
Somerset +12 27 £425 +15.25% 25
Gloucestershire -14 27 £500 - 24
Wiltshire -9 24 £388 - 12
Dorset -10 6 £370 -4.52% 38
Software Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 12 November 2018, 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.

1 139 (97.20%) Software Engineering
2 74 (51.75%) C++
3 49 (34.27%) Security Cleared
4 44 (30.77%) C
5 40 (27.97%) Agile Software Development
6 38 (26.57%) SC Cleared
7 34 (23.78%) Java
7 34 (23.78%) Linux
8 31 (21.68%) C#
9 26 (18.18%) UML
10 22 (15.38%) Rational DOORS
11 21 (14.69%) Ada
11 21 (14.69%) .NET
12 19 (13.29%) JavaScript
13 18 (12.59%) OO
13 18 (12.59%) Scrum
14 17 (11.89%) Embedded C
14 17 (11.89%) Degree
15 16 (11.19%) Windows
16 15 (10.49%) Validation
16 15 (10.49%) Unit Testing
16 15 (10.49%) Integration Testing
16 15 (10.49%) SDLC
17 14 (9.79%) Aerospace
17 14 (9.79%) Embedded C++
17 14 (9.79%) Python
18 12 (8.39%) Mathematics
18 12 (8.39%) Computer Science
18 12 (8.39%) Test Automation
18 12 (8.39%) Problem-Solving

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 (2.80%) Apache
2 3 (2.10%) SharePoint
3 2 (1.40%) Apache Pig
3 2 (1.40%) IIS
3 2 (1.40%) SAS
4 1 (0.70%) Apache Spark
4 1 (0.70%) Confluence
4 1 (0.70%) JBoss
4 1 (0.70%) Tomcat
Applications
1 8 (5.59%) Simulink
2 4 (2.80%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (2.10%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (2.10%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (1.40%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.70%) Windchill
Cloud Services
1 8 (5.59%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (4.20%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (2.10%) npm
4 1 (0.70%) Amazon CloudWatch
4 1 (0.70%) Apigee
4 1 (0.70%) Azure Machine Learning
4 1 (0.70%) CloudFront
4 1 (0.70%) NuGet
4 1 (0.70%) SaaS
4 1 (0.70%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 9 (6.29%) Wireshark
2 4 (2.80%) Wi-Fi
3 3 (2.10%) Bluetooth
3 3 (2.10%) Firewall
3 3 (2.10%) Wireless
4 2 (1.40%) HTTP
4 2 (1.40%) IPsec
4 2 (1.40%) Junos
4 2 (1.40%) Network Security
4 2 (1.40%) Tactical Data Link
5 1 (0.70%) Software-Defined Radio
5 1 (0.70%) SSL
5 1 (0.70%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.70%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (4.90%) SQL Server
2 4 (2.80%) GIS
3 3 (2.10%) Big Data
3 3 (2.10%) Hadoop
3 3 (2.10%) MongoDB
4 2 (1.40%) Apache Hive
4 2 (1.40%) Blockchain
4 2 (1.40%) Geospatial Data
4 2 (1.40%) MySQL
4 2 (1.40%) SSDT
5 1 (0.70%) Amazon Aurora
5 1 (0.70%) Apache Cassandra
5 1 (0.70%) JasperReports
5 1 (0.70%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.70%) Power BI
5 1 (0.70%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.70%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 22 (15.38%) Rational DOORS
2 11 (7.69%) Rational Rhapsody
3 9 (6.29%) Team Foundation Server
4 8 (5.59%) GDB
5 6 (4.20%) Eclipse
5 6 (4.20%) Jenkins
6 5 (3.50%) Git (software)
6 5 (3.50%) JIRA
7 4 (2.80%) Cucumber
7 4 (2.80%) NetBeans
8 3 (2.10%) Bitbucket
8 3 (2.10%) Visual Studio
9 2 (1.40%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 2 (1.40%) JUnit
9 2 (1.40%) Rational Team Concert
9 2 (1.40%) Selenium
9 2 (1.40%) Sonatype Nexus
9 2 (1.40%) Visual Studio Team System
10 1 (0.70%) EasyMock
10 1 (0.70%) TeamCity
General
1 14 (9.79%) Aerospace
2 9 (6.29%) Electronics
3 7 (4.90%) Manufacturing
4 5 (3.50%) Finance
5 3 (2.10%) Avionics
6 2 (1.40%) Automotive
6 2 (1.40%) Law
7 1 (0.70%) Back Office
7 1 (0.70%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (14.69%) .NET
2 10 (6.99%) ASP.NET
3 7 (4.90%) React
3 7 (4.90%) REST
4 6 (4.20%) CSS
4 6 (4.20%) HTML
4 6 (4.20%) Node.js
4 6 (4.20%) WPF
5 5 (3.50%) .NET Framework
5 5 (3.50%) AngularJS
5 5 (3.50%) RESTful
6 4 (2.80%) Qt
6 4 (2.80%) STL
7 3 (2.10%) ASP.NET MVC
7 3 (2.10%) Middleware
7 3 (2.10%) SOAP
7 3 (2.10%) Spring
8 2 (1.40%) jQuery
8 2 (1.40%) RabbitMQ
8 2 (1.40%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 12 (8.39%) Computer Science
2 11 (7.69%) Embedded Systems
3 5 (3.50%) User Experience
4 4 (2.80%) Greenfield Project
5 3 (2.10%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (2.10%) TMS320
6 2 (1.40%) 3D Printing
6 2 (1.40%) Cyberthreat
6 2 (1.40%) Device Driver
6 2 (1.40%) iPad
6 2 (1.40%) iPhone
6 2 (1.40%) Mobile App
6 2 (1.40%) Self-Motivation
7 1 (0.70%) 3D Graphics
7 1 (0.70%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
7 1 (0.70%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 1 (0.70%) Management Information System
7 1 (0.70%) Robotics
7 1 (0.70%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 34 (23.78%) Linux
2 16 (11.19%) Windows
3 8 (5.59%) Unix
4 4 (2.80%) Android
4 4 (2.80%) Apple iOS
4 4 (2.80%) Embedded Linux
5 3 (2.10%) Windows Server
6 2 (1.40%) FreeRTOS
7 1 (0.70%) Mac OS X
7 1 (0.70%) Nucleus RTOS
7 1 (0.70%) SafeRTOS
7 1 (0.70%) VxWorks
7 1 (0.70%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 139 (97.20%) Software Engineering
2 40 (27.97%) Agile Software Development
3 26 (18.18%) UML
4 18 (12.59%) OO
4 18 (12.59%) Scrum
5 15 (10.49%) Integration Testing
5 15 (10.49%) SDLC
5 15 (10.49%) Unit Testing
5 15 (10.49%) Validation
6 12 (8.39%) Mathematics
6 12 (8.39%) Problem-Solving
6 12 (8.39%) Test Automation
7 10 (6.99%) Multithreading
7 10 (6.99%) Project Management
8 7 (4.90%) Continuous Delivery
8 7 (4.90%) Continuous Integration
9 6 (4.20%) OOD
9 6 (4.20%) Test Scripting
9 6 (4.20%) Time Management
10 5 (3.50%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 74 (51.75%) C++
2 44 (30.77%) C
3 34 (23.78%) Java
4 31 (21.68%) C#
5 21 (14.69%) Ada
6 19 (13.29%) JavaScript
7 17 (11.89%) Embedded C
8 14 (9.79%) Embedded C++
8 14 (9.79%) Python
9 11 (7.69%) MATLAB
10 10 (6.99%) Ada 95
10 10 (6.99%) SQL
11 6 (4.20%) PowerShell
12 5 (3.50%) PHP
13 4 (2.80%) Bash Shell
13 4 (2.80%) T-SQL
14 3 (2.10%) Assembly Language
14 3 (2.10%) Go
14 3 (2.10%) Java 8
15 2 (1.40%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 49 (34.27%) Security Cleared
2 38 (26.57%) SC Cleared
3 17 (11.89%) Degree
4 8 (5.59%) Computer Science Degree
5 2 (1.40%) DV Cleared
6 1 (0.70%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (0.70%) CCNA
6 1 (0.70%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (0.70%) CISSP
6 1 (0.70%) CompTIA Security+
6 1 (0.70%) GIAC
6 1 (0.70%) HND
6 1 (0.70%) Linux+ Certification
6 1 (0.70%) MCSE
6 1 (0.70%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (0.70%) Network+ Certification
6 1 (0.70%) SANS
6 1 (0.70%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (5.59%) DO-178B
2 4 (2.80%) MISRA
3 3 (2.10%) ARP4754
3 3 (2.10%) IEC 61508
3 3 (2.10%) MISRA C
4 2 (1.40%) Def Stans
4 2 (1.40%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.70%) DO-160
5 1 (0.70%) PMO
System Software
1 11 (7.69%) Docker
2 1 (0.70%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.70%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 3 (2.10%) Kubernetes
2 2 (1.40%) Ansible
3 1 (0.70%) Grafana
3 1 (0.70%) Oozie
3 1 (0.70%) Puppet
3 1 (0.70%) Salt
3 1 (0.70%) Terraform
Vendors
1 11 (7.69%) Microsoft
2 9 (6.29%) Serena
3 4 (2.80%) IBM
4 3 (2.10%) HP
5 2 (1.40%) Apple
5 2 (1.40%) Atlassian
5 2 (1.40%) Juniper
5 2 (1.40%) Oracle
6 1 (0.70%) Adobe
6 1 (0.70%) AppDynamics
6 1 (0.70%) Civica
6 1 (0.70%) Google
6 1 (0.70%) Minitab
6 1 (0.70%) Pega
6 1 (0.70%) Splunk
6 1 (0.70%) Tableau
6 1 (0.70%) Veracode