Period
to 18 September 2018

The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £345 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South West during the 6 months to 18 September 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
18 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 83 85 109
Rank change year-on-year +2 +24 -36
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 148 125 109
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 2.55% 2.29% 1.88%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.68% 2.40% 1.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 45 34 29
South West median daily rate £345 £369 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.44% +1.03% -2.67%
10th Percentile £263 £288 £304
90th Percentile £494 £438 £467
England median daily rate £475 £450 £420
% change year-on-year +5.56% +7.14% +12.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 43 32 54
South West median hourly rate £43.00 £46.25 £42.48
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.03% +8.89% +1.13%
10th Percentile £38.80 £36.55 £32.25
90th Percentile £48.75 £53.75 £52.40
England median hourly rate £44.50 £42.50 £42.50
% change year-on-year +4.71% - +6.25%

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 5,515 5,216 5,506
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.09% 95.76% 94.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,399 3,256 3,573
South West median daily rate £413 £380 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.55% +1.33% -
10th Percentile £250 £213 £225
90th Percentile £563 £538 £550
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 294 242 321
South West median hourly rate £39.25 £35.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.14% +27.27% +12.82%
10th Percentile £11.91 £11.73 £11.63
90th Percentile £48.75 £50.00 £47.50
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.70 £19.00
% change year-on-year -1.07% -1.58% +6.92%

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 18 September 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 18 September 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 18 September 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 -8 51 £395 -1.25% 58
Gloucestershire -1 32 £275 -35.29% 32
Somerset +15 29 £425 +17.24% 34
Wiltshire +18 23 £313 -21.88% 18
Dorset -3 5 £350 +0.72% 21
Software Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 18 September 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.

1 143 (96.62%) Software Engineering
2 86 (58.11%) C++
3 57 (38.51%) C
4 51 (34.46%) Agile Software Development
5 48 (32.43%) Security Cleared
6 44 (29.73%) SC Cleared
7 40 (27.03%) Linux
8 39 (26.35%) UML
9 38 (25.68%) Java
10 36 (24.32%) C#
11 27 (18.24%) Embedded C
11 27 (18.24%) Rational DOORS
12 25 (16.89%) OO
12 25 (16.89%) SDLC
13 24 (16.22%) .NET
14 22 (14.86%) JavaScript
14 22 (14.86%) Python
14 22 (14.86%) Unit Testing
15 21 (14.19%) Embedded C++
16 20 (13.51%) Ada
16 20 (13.51%) Scrum
17 19 (12.84%) Windows
18 17 (11.49%) Rational Rhapsody
19 16 (10.81%) Aerospace
20 15 (10.14%) ASP.NET
21 14 (9.46%) Eclipse
21 14 (9.46%) MATLAB
21 14 (9.46%) Integration Testing
21 14 (9.46%) Wireshark
22 13 (8.78%) GDB

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 (2.70%) Apache
2 1 (0.68%) Apache Pig
2 1 (0.68%) Apache Spark
2 1 (0.68%) Confluence
2 1 (0.68%) JBoss
2 1 (0.68%) Tomcat
Applications
1 11 (7.43%) Simulink
2 2 (1.35%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.68%) Doxygen
3 1 (0.68%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.68%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.68%) Windchill
Cloud Services
1 10 (6.76%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (3.38%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (1.35%) Amazon CloudWatch
3 2 (1.35%) CloudFront
3 2 (1.35%) npm
3 2 (1.35%) NuGet
3 2 (1.35%) Sauce Labs
4 1 (0.68%) Azure Machine Learning
Communications & Networking
1 14 (9.46%) Wireshark
2 4 (2.70%) Wi-Fi
2 4 (2.70%) Wireless
3 3 (2.03%) Network Security
4 2 (1.35%) Bluetooth
4 2 (1.35%) Firewall
4 2 (1.35%) Junos
5 1 (0.68%) Ethernet
5 1 (0.68%) HTTP
5 1 (0.68%) IPsec
5 1 (0.68%) Software-Defined Radio
5 1 (0.68%) Tactical Data Link
5 1 (0.68%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (4.73%) NoSQL
2 3 (2.03%) Big Data
2 3 (2.03%) Hadoop
2 3 (2.03%) MongoDB
2 3 (2.03%) SQL Server
3 2 (1.35%) Apache Cassandra
3 2 (1.35%) Blockchain
4 1 (0.68%) Apache Hive
4 1 (0.68%) Geospatial Data
4 1 (0.68%) GIS
4 1 (0.68%) JasperReports
4 1 (0.68%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (0.68%) RDBMS
4 1 (0.68%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 27 (18.24%) Rational DOORS
2 17 (11.49%) Rational Rhapsody
3 14 (9.46%) Eclipse
4 13 (8.78%) GDB
5 8 (5.41%) Visual Studio
6 7 (4.73%) Git (software)
6 7 (4.73%) Jenkins
7 6 (4.05%) Team Foundation Server
8 4 (2.70%) Cucumber
8 4 (2.70%) Visual Studio Team System
9 3 (2.03%) Bitbucket
9 3 (2.03%) JIRA
9 3 (2.03%) NetBeans
9 3 (2.03%) Sonatype Nexus
10 2 (1.35%) Artifactory
10 2 (1.35%) Rational Team Concert
10 2 (1.35%) Selenium
10 2 (1.35%) SonarQube
10 2 (1.35%) Visual Studio Code
10 2 (1.35%) WebStorm
General
1 16 (10.81%) Aerospace
2 7 (4.73%) Electronics
2 7 (4.73%) Finance
3 6 (4.05%) Manufacturing
4 3 (2.03%) Avionics
5 2 (1.35%) Back Office
5 2 (1.35%) Law
5 2 (1.35%) Military
6 1 (0.68%) Automotive
6 1 (0.68%) Multimedia
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (16.22%) .NET
2 15 (10.14%) ASP.NET
3 10 (6.76%) WPF
4 9 (6.08%) Node.js
5 8 (5.41%) MFC
5 8 (5.41%) REST
5 8 (5.41%) STL
6 7 (4.73%) HTML
6 7 (4.73%) WinForms
7 6 (4.05%) CSS
8 5 (3.38%) RESTful
9 4 (2.70%) AngularJS
9 4 (2.70%) React
9 4 (2.70%) Spring
10 3 (2.03%) ASP.NET MVC
10 3 (2.03%) CSS3
10 3 (2.03%) Qt
11 2 (1.35%) HTML5
11 2 (1.35%) Twitter Bootstrap
11 2 (1.35%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 10 (6.76%) Embedded Systems
2 6 (4.05%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 5 (3.38%) Computer Science
3 5 (3.38%) Greenfield Project
4 4 (2.70%) User Experience
5 3 (2.03%) iPad
5 3 (2.03%) iPhone
5 3 (2.03%) Mobile App
5 3 (2.03%) TMS320
6 2 (1.35%) 3D Printing
6 2 (1.35%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (1.35%) CPLD
6 2 (1.35%) CUDA
6 2 (1.35%) Cyberthreat
6 2 (1.35%) Self-Motivation
7 1 (0.68%) 3D Graphics
7 1 (0.68%) Cyber Warfare
7 1 (0.68%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 1 (0.68%) Management Information System
7 1 (0.68%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 40 (27.03%) Linux
2 19 (12.84%) Windows
3 10 (6.76%) Unix
4 5 (3.38%) Android
5 4 (2.70%) Apple iOS
5 4 (2.70%) VxWorks
6 3 (2.03%) Embedded Linux
7 2 (1.35%) FreeRTOS
8 1 (0.68%) Nucleus RTOS
8 1 (0.68%) SafeRTOS
8 1 (0.68%) Windows 10
8 1 (0.68%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 143 (96.62%) Software Engineering
2 51 (34.46%) Agile Software Development
3 39 (26.35%) UML
4 25 (16.89%) OO
4 25 (16.89%) SDLC
5 22 (14.86%) Unit Testing
6 20 (13.51%) Scrum
7 14 (9.46%) Integration Testing
8 11 (7.43%) OOD
8 11 (7.43%) Problem-Solving
9 10 (6.76%) Validation
10 8 (5.41%) Continuous Delivery
10 8 (5.41%) Test Automation
10 8 (5.41%) Time Management
11 7 (4.73%) Continuous Integration
11 7 (4.73%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 7 (4.73%) Mathematics
11 7 (4.73%) Scenario Testing
11 7 (4.73%) Technical Analysis
11 7 (4.73%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 86 (58.11%) C++
2 57 (38.51%) C
3 38 (25.68%) Java
4 36 (24.32%) C#
5 27 (18.24%) Embedded C
6 22 (14.86%) JavaScript
6 22 (14.86%) Python
7 21 (14.19%) Embedded C++
8 20 (13.51%) Ada
9 14 (9.46%) MATLAB
10 11 (7.43%) SQL
11 8 (5.41%) PowerShell
12 7 (4.73%) VC++
13 6 (4.05%) Ada 95
14 4 (2.70%) Java 8
14 4 (2.70%) PHP
15 3 (2.03%) Apple Swift
15 3 (2.03%) Assembly Language
15 3 (2.03%) Bash Shell
15 3 (2.03%) Scala
Qualifications
1 48 (32.43%) Security Cleared
2 44 (29.73%) SC Cleared
3 9 (6.08%) Degree
4 3 (2.03%) Computer Science Degree
5 1 (0.68%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (0.68%) HND
5 1 (0.68%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (5.41%) DO-178B
2 5 (3.38%) MISRA
3 4 (2.70%) MISRA C
4 3 (2.03%) ARP4754
4 3 (2.03%) IEC 61508
5 2 (1.35%) Def Stans
5 2 (1.35%) DO-160
5 2 (1.35%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 9 (6.08%) Docker
2 2 (1.35%) Firmware
3 1 (0.68%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (2.03%) Kubernetes
2 2 (1.35%) Ansible
2 2 (1.35%) Grafana
2 2 (1.35%) Terraform
3 1 (0.68%) Oozie
Vendors
1 4 (2.70%) Serena
2 3 (2.03%) Apple
2 3 (2.03%) HP
2 3 (2.03%) IBM
3 2 (1.35%) Apigee
3 2 (1.35%) AppDynamics
3 2 (1.35%) Atlassian
3 2 (1.35%) Juniper
3 2 (1.35%) Microsoft
3 2 (1.35%) Oracle
3 2 (1.35%) Splunk
3 2 (1.35%) Veracode
4 1 (0.68%) Adobe
4 1 (0.68%) Google
4 1 (0.68%) Pega
4 1 (0.68%) Siemens