Period
to 28 February 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South West 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 28 February 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 West
6 months to
28 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 19 48 62
Rank change year-on-year +29 +14 -27
Contract jobs citing Software Engineering 420 296 173
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 7.75% 4.61% 3.30%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 9.25% 5.41% 3.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 217 157 85
South West median daily rate £475 £450 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +12.50% -5.88%
10th Percentile £373 £340 £305
90th Percentile £607 £575 £513
England median daily rate £525 £500 £500
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 54 58 19
South West median hourly rate £47.50 £45.00 £41.15
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +9.36% -0.84%
10th Percentile £41.25 £38.78 £36.85
90th Percentile £53.75 £50.00 £45.20
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 West with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
South West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 4,539 5,471 4,364
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 83.76% 85.27% 83.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,879 3,479 2,705
South West median daily rate £450 £438 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +9.38% +5.26%
10th Percentile £300 £292 £263
90th Percentile £625 £600 £574
England median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 193 254 182
South West median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.50% +33.33% -20.00%
10th Percentile £13.49 £12.83 £11.76
90th Percentile £52.34 £50.00 £47.50
England median hourly rate £24.00 £24.08 £24.09
% change year-on-year -0.33% -0.04% -3.64%

Software Engineering
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

Job postings citing Software Engineering as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South West.

Job vacancy trend for Software Engineering in the South West

Software Engineering
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 Engineering in the South West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Engineering in the South West

Software Engineering
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Engineering in the South West over the 6 months to 28 February 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Engineering in the South West

Software Engineering
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 Engineering in the South West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Engineering in the South West

Software Engineering
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Engineering in the South West over the 6 months to 28 February 2020.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Software Engineering in the South West

Software Engineering
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 Engineering within the South West region over the 6 months to 28 February 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
Gloucestershire +12 128 £500 +11.11% 66
Bristol +40 106 £463 +5.71% 107
Wiltshire +22 101 £450 -14.29% 22
Somerset +11 40 £575 +48.39% 26
Devon +5 28 £493 +33.11% 23
Dorset -17 3 - - 23
Cornwall - 1 £275 - 7
Software Engineering
England

For the 6 months to 28 February 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 West region with a requirement for Software Engineering.

1 188 (44.76%) C++
2 181 (43.10%) Agile Software Development
3 172 (40.95%) C
4 168 (40.00%) Security Cleared
5 126 (30.00%) Linux
6 120 (28.57%) Java
7 113 (26.90%) SC Cleared
8 98 (23.33%) Python
9 96 (22.86%) C#
10 83 (19.76%) Scrum
11 76 (18.10%) .NET
12 75 (17.86%) DevOps
13 73 (17.38%) JavaScript
14 66 (15.71%) Git (software)
15 63 (15.00%) DV Cleared
16 59 (14.05%) Windows
17 57 (13.57%) Degree
18 55 (13.10%) UML
19 45 (10.71%) Cybersecurity
20 42 (10.00%) OO
20 42 (10.00%) Embedded C
20 42 (10.00%) Azure
21 41 (9.76%) Continuous Integration
22 40 (9.52%) Node.js
22 40 (9.52%) JIRA
23 37 (8.81%) Finance
23 37 (8.81%) Aerospace
23 37 (8.81%) Microsoft
23 37 (8.81%) FreeRTOS
24 35 (8.33%) Embedded C++

Software Engineering
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 19 (4.52%) Confluence
2 16 (3.81%) Apache
2 16 (3.81%) Apache Spark
3 4 (0.95%) ArcGIS
3 4 (0.95%) Elasticsearch
4 3 (0.71%) ColdFusion
4 3 (0.71%) JBoss
4 3 (0.71%) nginx
4 3 (0.71%) OpenStack
5 2 (0.48%) IIS
5 2 (0.48%) Umbraco
6 1 (0.24%) CMS
6 1 (0.24%) Mule
6 1 (0.24%) Mule ESB
6 1 (0.24%) SharePoint
6 1 (0.24%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 8 (1.90%) Simulink
2 3 (0.71%) Adobe Illustrator
2 3 (0.71%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.48%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.48%) Sketch
4 1 (0.24%) Adobe Premiere
4 1 (0.24%) Inkscape
4 1 (0.24%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.24%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.24%) PlantUML
4 1 (0.24%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (0.48%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.24%) SAP HR
2 1 (0.24%) SAP Hybris
2 1 (0.24%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 42 (10.00%) Azure
2 35 (8.33%) AWS
3 10 (2.38%) GCP
4 5 (1.19%) GitHub
4 5 (1.19%) PaaS
4 5 (1.19%) SaaS
4 5 (1.19%) Serverless
5 4 (0.95%) Amazon S3
5 4 (0.95%) Azure Functions
5 4 (0.95%) Cloud Computing
5 4 (0.95%) Power Platform
6 3 (0.71%) AWS Lambda
6 3 (0.71%) IaaS
7 2 (0.48%) Office 365
7 2 (0.48%) OpenShift
7 2 (0.48%) Slack
8 1 (0.24%) Amazon ECS
8 1 (0.24%) Apigee
8 1 (0.24%) Dynamics 365
8 1 (0.24%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 33 (7.86%) TCP/IP
2 25 (5.95%) Ethernet
3 12 (2.86%) Internet
4 11 (2.62%) RS-232
5 10 (2.38%) DNS
5 10 (2.38%) RS-485
6 9 (2.14%) Wireshark
7 7 (1.67%) Wireless
8 4 (0.95%) Intranet
9 3 (0.71%) ZigBee
10 2 (0.48%) Firewall
10 2 (0.48%) HTTPS
11 1 (0.24%) Bluetooth
11 1 (0.24%) Cisco IOS
11 1 (0.24%) DHCP
11 1 (0.24%) IPv6
11 1 (0.24%) MQTT
11 1 (0.24%) Network Security
11 1 (0.24%) NX-OS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 35 (8.33%) Big Data
2 19 (4.52%) SQL Server
3 17 (4.05%) Hadoop
4 13 (3.10%) Apache Hive
4 13 (3.10%) HBase
5 11 (2.62%) PostgreSQL
6 10 (2.38%) MySQL
7 7 (1.67%) DB2
8 5 (1.19%) Relational Database
9 4 (0.95%) JasperReports
9 4 (0.95%) MongoDB
9 4 (0.95%) Parquet
9 4 (0.95%) Power BI
10 2 (0.48%) Apache Accumulo
10 2 (0.48%) Cosmos DB
10 2 (0.48%) Data Lake
10 2 (0.48%) GIS
10 2 (0.48%) MS Access
10 2 (0.48%) Neo4j
11 1 (0.24%) Amazon DynamoDB
Development Applications
1 66 (15.71%) Git (software)
2 40 (9.52%) JIRA
3 30 (7.14%) Jenkins
4 28 (6.67%) NetBeans
5 27 (6.43%) Eclipse
6 26 (6.19%) Rational Rhapsody
7 24 (5.71%) Visual Studio
8 21 (5.00%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 21 (5.00%) Bitbucket
9 19 (4.52%) Rational DOORS
10 14 (3.33%) Maven
10 14 (3.33%) Sonatype Nexus
11 13 (3.10%) IBM UrbanCode
12 11 (2.62%) Cucumber
13 8 (1.90%) Selenium
14 7 (1.67%) Gradle
15 5 (1.19%) GDB
16 4 (0.95%) GoogleTest
16 4 (0.95%) Rational Team Concert
17 3 (0.71%) Vagrant
General
1 37 (8.81%) Aerospace
1 37 (8.81%) Finance
2 33 (7.86%) Military
3 15 (3.57%) Public Sector
4 9 (2.14%) Electronics
4 9 (2.14%) Law
5 8 (1.90%) Banking
5 8 (1.90%) Manufacturing
5 8 (1.90%) Marketing
6 7 (1.67%) Telecoms
7 6 (1.43%) Automotive
7 6 (1.43%) Avionics
8 4 (0.95%) Back Office
8 4 (0.95%) Billing
8 4 (0.95%) Publishing
9 3 (0.71%) Retail
10 2 (0.48%) Police
11 1 (0.24%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 253 (60.24%) Software Engineer
2 73 (17.38%) Embedded Engineer
2 73 (17.38%) Embedded Software Engineer
3 66 (15.71%) C++ Software Engineer
4 65 (15.48%) Developer
5 43 (10.24%) C Software Engineer
6 34 (8.10%) DV Cleared Software Engineer
7 33 (7.86%) C/C++ Software Engineer
8 29 (6.90%) Software Developer
9 20 (4.76%) Java Developer
9 20 (4.76%) Python Engineer
10 19 (4.52%) Python Software Engineer
11 17 (4.05%) DevOps Engineer
12 15 (3.57%) Embedded C Engineer
12 15 (3.57%) Embedded C Software Engineer
13 14 (3.33%) Big Data Engineer
13 14 (3.33%) Data Engineer
13 14 (3.33%) Embedded C++ Engineer
13 14 (3.33%) Embedded C++ Software Engineer
14 12 (2.86%) Java Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 76 (18.10%) .NET
2 40 (9.52%) Node.js
3 34 (8.10%) React
4 32 (7.62%) REST
5 29 (6.90%) Web Services
6 25 (5.95%) Kafka
7 24 (5.71%) AngularJS
8 21 (5.00%) OpenGL
8 21 (5.00%) Qt
9 19 (4.52%) CSS
9 19 (4.52%) HTML
10 18 (4.29%) ActiveX
10 18 (4.29%) DirectX
10 18 (4.29%) MFC
11 13 (3.10%) RESTful
12 11 (2.62%) Yocto
13 10 (2.38%) Spring
14 9 (2.14%) HTML5
15 8 (1.90%) ASP.NET
16 7 (1.67%) Django
Miscellaneous
1 20 (4.76%) Management Information System
2 14 (3.33%) Embedded Systems
3 10 (2.38%) Analytical Skills
4 8 (1.90%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
5 7 (1.67%) Cyberthreat
6 6 (1.43%) Device Driver
6 6 (1.43%) Self-Motivation
7 5 (1.19%) Greenfield Project
7 5 (1.19%) Hybrid Cloud
7 5 (1.19%) User Experience
8 4 (0.95%) Algorithms
8 4 (0.95%) Data Centre
8 4 (0.95%) Mobile App
8 4 (0.95%) TMS320
8 4 (0.95%) Video Conferencing
9 3 (0.71%) VHDL
10 2 (0.48%) AS400
10 2 (0.48%) CAN bus
10 2 (0.48%) Wiki
11 1 (0.24%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 126 (30.00%) Linux
2 59 (14.05%) Windows
3 37 (8.81%) FreeRTOS
4 30 (7.14%) Unix
5 28 (6.67%) ThreadX
6 13 (3.10%) Windows Server
7 7 (1.67%) VxWorks
8 5 (1.19%) Embedded Linux
8 5 (1.19%) Solaris
9 4 (0.95%) Android
9 4 (0.95%) Windows Server 2012
10 3 (0.71%) Apple iOS
10 3 (0.71%) CentOS
11 2 (0.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 2 (0.48%) VMS
12 1 (0.24%) SafeRTOS
12 1 (0.24%) Windows 10
12 1 (0.24%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 181 (43.10%) Agile Software Development
2 83 (19.76%) Scrum
3 75 (17.86%) DevOps
4 55 (13.10%) UML
5 45 (10.71%) Cybersecurity
6 42 (10.00%) OO
7 41 (9.76%) Continuous Integration
8 35 (8.33%) OOD
8 35 (8.33%) TDD
9 30 (7.14%) Test Automation
10 29 (6.90%) Mathematics
11 26 (6.19%) Microservices
12 24 (5.71%) BDD
12 24 (5.71%) Unit Testing
13 23 (5.48%) Computer Science
14 22 (5.24%) Mentoring
14 22 (5.24%) Scaled Agile Framework
15 21 (5.00%) Configuration Management
16 20 (4.76%) Requirements Analysis
16 20 (4.76%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 188 (44.76%) C++
2 172 (40.95%) C
3 120 (28.57%) Java
4 98 (23.33%) Python
5 96 (22.86%) C#
6 73 (17.38%) JavaScript
7 42 (10.00%) Embedded C
8 35 (8.33%) Embedded C++
9 33 (7.86%) SQL
10 26 (6.19%) PowerShell
11 24 (5.71%) Bash Shell
12 18 (4.29%) GLSL
12 18 (4.29%) HLSL
13 15 (3.57%) Scala
14 9 (2.14%) Java 8
14 9 (2.14%) MATLAB
14 9 (2.14%) TypeScript
15 6 (1.43%) Assembly Language
15 6 (1.43%) Go
15 6 (1.43%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 168 (40.00%) Security Cleared
2 113 (26.90%) SC Cleared
3 63 (15.00%) DV Cleared
4 57 (13.57%) Degree
5 26 (6.19%) Computer Science Degree
6 4 (0.95%) Microsoft Certification
7 3 (0.71%) MBA
8 2 (0.48%) CCNA
8 2 (0.48%) Cisco Certification
8 2 (0.48%) CISSP
8 2 (0.48%) GIAC
8 2 (0.48%) Linux+ Certification
8 2 (0.48%) MCP
8 2 (0.48%) MCSE
8 2 (0.48%) Network+ Certification
8 2 (0.48%) OCP
8 2 (0.48%) Oracle Certification
8 2 (0.48%) RHCSA
8 2 (0.48%) SAP Certification
8 2 (0.48%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (3.10%) MISRA
2 8 (1.90%) MISRA C
3 5 (1.19%) DO-178B
4 2 (0.48%) DO-254
4 2 (0.48%) IEC 61508
4 2 (0.48%) QA
5 1 (0.24%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.24%) ISO 26262
System Software
1 30 (7.14%) Docker
2 17 (4.05%) VMware ESXi
3 13 (3.10%) HDFS
4 6 (1.43%) Active Directory
5 4 (0.95%) Hyper-V
5 4 (0.95%) XenApp
6 3 (0.71%) Firmware
6 3 (0.71%) VMware Infrastructure
7 2 (0.48%) VirtualBox
8 1 (0.24%) DFS Replication
8 1 (0.24%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.24%) Virtual Desktop
8 1 (0.24%) Virtual Machines
8 1 (0.24%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 32 (7.62%) Ansible
2 16 (3.81%) vCenter Server
3 15 (3.57%) Kubernetes
4 13 (3.10%) Hadoop YARN
5 11 (2.62%) Puppet
6 8 (1.90%) Terraform
7 5 (1.19%) PowerCLI
8 3 (0.71%) Grafana
8 3 (0.71%) Prometheus
8 3 (0.71%) SCCM
9 2 (0.48%) HP ALM
9 2 (0.48%) HP Quality Center
9 2 (0.48%) Marathon
9 2 (0.48%) Mesos
9 2 (0.48%) Nagios
9 2 (0.48%) Salt
9 2 (0.48%) WSUS
10 1 (0.24%) Failover Clustering
10 1 (0.24%) Microsoft Clustering
10 1 (0.24%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
Vendors
1 37 (8.81%) Microsoft
2 21 (5.00%) Google
3 19 (4.52%) VMware
4 16 (3.81%) Atlassian
5 14 (3.33%) Cisco
6 13 (3.10%) Hortonworks
7 10 (2.38%) SAP
8 9 (2.14%) Apple
9 7 (1.67%) IBM
9 7 (1.67%) Oracle
9 7 (1.67%) Salesforce.com
10 4 (0.95%) Citrix
10 4 (0.95%) Green Hills
10 4 (0.95%) Red Hat
10 4 (0.95%) Wind River
11 3 (0.71%) HP
11 3 (0.71%) Intel
12 2 (0.48%) ESRI
12 2 (0.48%) MAPICS
12 2 (0.48%) QNX