Period
to 20 January 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for C++ skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited C++ over the 6 months to 20 January 2021 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.

C++
UK
6 months to
20 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 102 134 137
Rank change year-on-year +32 +3 -17
Contract jobs citing C++ 948 1,382 1,920
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.27% 1.91% 1.96%
As % of the Programming Languages category 5.48% 4.69% 4.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 617 738 1,200
Median daily rate £525 £463 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.51% -7.50% -4.76%
10th Percentile £325 £329 £325
90th Percentile £763 £725 £750
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -2.94% +6.25% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 67 136 181
Median hourly rate £45.00 £47.50 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.26% +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £33.75 £41.25 £36.25
90th Percentile £60.00 £52.50 £51.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.50 £46.00 £45.00
% change year-on-year -1.09% +2.22% +5.88%

C++ is in the Programming Languages category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for coding skills.

All Programming Languages
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for coding skills 17,284 29,486 43,508
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 41.44% 40.79% 44.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 12,036 20,647 30,897
Median daily rate £475 £475 £475
10th Percentile £313 £325 £319
90th Percentile £663 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £430 £425
% change year-on-year -1.16% +1.18% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 403 535 633
Median hourly rate £42.50 £43.50 £42.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.30% +3.57% +5.00%
10th Percentile £13.39 £16.53 £16.73
90th Percentile £58.75 £55.00 £51.25
Median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £42.50

C++
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing C++ as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for C++ in the UK

C++
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing C++.

Daily rate trend for C++ in the UK

C++
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing C++ over the 6 months to 20 January 2021.

Daily rate histogram for C++ in the UK

C++
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing C++.

Hourly rate trend for C++ in the UK

C++
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing C++ over the 6 months to 20 January 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for C++ in the UK

C++
Top 16 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing C++ within the UK over the 6 months to 20 January 2021. 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
England +35 865 £525 +10.53% 766
London +51 535 £575 +4.55% 243
UK excluding London +3 313 £413 -2.94% 579
Work from Home -75 143 £475 +18.75% 172
South East +68 108 £460 +8.24% 153
East of England +30 78 £400 - 121
South West -28 58 £450 +5.88% 108
North of England +62 35 £350 -12.50% 79
North West +56 21 £400 +1.59% 40
Midlands +35 19 £400 +6.67% 58
Yorkshire +51 14 £313 -26.47% 30
Northern Ireland +8 11 £375 -12.79% 16
East Midlands +20 10 £400 -3.03% 28
West Midlands +34 9 £225 -40.00% 30
Scotland +32 4 £450 +32.35% 24
Wales +26 1 £418 +7.05% 20

For the 6 months to 20 January 2021, IT contractor jobs citing C++ 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 with a requirement for C++.

1 375 (39.56%) Python
2 339 (35.76%) Linux
3 334 (35.23%) Java
4 315 (33.23%) Software Engineering
5 292 (30.80%) C#
6 241 (25.42%) C
7 209 (22.05%) Agile Software Development
8 167 (17.62%) Front Office
9 157 (16.56%) SQL
10 146 (15.40%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 144 (15.19%) Finance
12 139 (14.66%) Banking
13 136 (14.35%) JavaScript
14 134 (14.14%) Git (software)
15 120 (12.66%) Security Cleared
16 117 (12.34%) .NET
17 115 (12.13%) Windows
18 108 (11.39%) AWS
19 103 (10.86%) Azure
20 101 (10.65%) Investment Banking
21 99 (10.44%) Degree
22 94 (9.92%) SC Cleared
22 94 (9.92%) Low Latency
23 89 (9.39%) Oracle
24 86 (9.07%) TDD
25 84 (8.86%) Kubernetes
26 81 (8.54%) DevOps
26 81 (8.54%) Computer Science
27 80 (8.44%) Algorithms
28 78 (8.23%) Scrum

C++
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 39 (4.11%) Confluence
2 33 (3.48%) Apache
3 23 (2.43%) Apache Spark
4 22 (2.32%) Tomcat
5 16 (1.69%) BizTalk Server
6 13 (1.37%) CMS
7 10 (1.05%) MQSeries
7 10 (1.05%) WebLogic
8 9 (0.95%) Elasticsearch
9 8 (0.84%) DNN
9 8 (0.84%) JBoss
9 8 (0.84%) Jetty
9 8 (0.84%) Oracle Self-Service HR
9 8 (0.84%) Red Hat Fuse
10 7 (0.74%) OpenStack
11 6 (0.63%) WebSphere
12 3 (0.32%) Apache Airflow
12 3 (0.32%) Moodle
12 3 (0.32%) nginx
13 2 (0.21%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 21 (2.22%) Microsoft Office
2 17 (1.79%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (0.84%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 6 (0.63%) Maya
4 6 (0.63%) Simulink
5 4 (0.42%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.21%) 3ds Max
6 2 (0.21%) Stateflow
6 2 (0.21%) Windchill
7 1 (0.11%) Blender
7 1 (0.11%) CINEMA 4D
7 1 (0.11%) Houdini
7 1 (0.11%) Microsoft Project
7 1 (0.11%) MODO
7 1 (0.11%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 13 (1.37%) SunGard Martini
2 9 (0.95%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 8 (0.84%) ION MarketView
4 2 (0.21%) Teamcenter
5 1 (0.11%) Oracle BPM
5 1 (0.11%) Oracle ERP
5 1 (0.11%) Quorum
Cloud Services
1 108 (11.39%) AWS
2 103 (10.86%) Azure
3 47 (4.96%) GitHub
4 34 (3.59%) Serverless
5 26 (2.74%) AWS Lambda
5 26 (2.74%) Azure Functions
6 24 (2.53%) Logic Apps
7 18 (1.90%) GCP
8 11 (1.16%) AWS CloudFormation
9 8 (0.84%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 8 (0.84%) Datadog
10 6 (0.63%) Cloud Computing
10 6 (0.63%) PaaS
11 4 (0.42%) Amazon EC2
11 4 (0.42%) IaaS
11 4 (0.42%) NuGet
12 3 (0.32%) Azure Stack
12 3 (0.32%) SaaS
13 2 (0.21%) AWS CodePipeline
13 2 (0.21%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 57 (6.01%) TCP/IP
2 30 (3.16%) Wi-Fi
3 21 (2.22%) Bluetooth
4 20 (2.11%) Multicast
5 19 (2.00%) HTTP
6 18 (1.90%) Ethernet
7 16 (1.69%) Wireless
8 12 (1.27%) Firewall
8 12 (1.27%) RS-485
9 11 (1.16%) SNMP
9 11 (1.16%) ZigBee
10 10 (1.05%) IPv6
11 9 (0.95%) Modbus
11 9 (0.95%) Network Security
11 9 (0.95%) RS-422
12 8 (0.84%) SSH
12 8 (0.84%) VLAN
12 8 (0.84%) Wireshark
13 6 (0.63%) DHCP
13 6 (0.63%) NGN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (4.22%) SQL Server
2 36 (3.80%) MySQL
3 30 (3.16%) MongoDB
3 30 (3.16%) PostgreSQL
4 23 (2.43%) Azure SQL Database
5 22 (2.32%) Blockchain
6 21 (2.22%) Big Data
6 21 (2.22%) Oracle Database
7 20 (2.11%) NoSQL
7 20 (2.11%) Relational Database
8 18 (1.90%) Apache Ignite
9 13 (1.37%) Hadoop
10 11 (1.16%) Oracle Database 12c
11 6 (0.63%) Apache Cassandra
12 5 (0.53%) DataStage
12 5 (0.53%) KDB
12 5 (0.53%) Redis
12 5 (0.53%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 4 (0.42%) IBM InfoSphere
14 3 (0.32%) Hazelcast
Development Applications
1 134 (14.14%) Git (software)
2 72 (7.59%) JIRA
3 61 (6.43%) Visual Studio
4 51 (5.38%) Jenkins
5 50 (5.27%) Subversion
6 43 (4.54%) GDB
7 42 (4.43%) GCC
8 29 (3.06%) Gradle
9 24 (2.53%) Selenium
10 23 (2.43%) NetBeans
11 21 (2.22%) Eclipse
12 18 (1.90%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 18 (1.90%) Maven
13 17 (1.79%) Rational Rhapsody
13 17 (1.79%) TeamCity
14 16 (1.69%) CMake
15 12 (1.27%) Bitbucket
15 12 (1.27%) ClearCase
15 12 (1.27%) Cucumber
15 12 (1.27%) GitLab
General
1 167 (17.62%) Front Office
2 144 (15.19%) Finance
3 139 (14.66%) Banking
4 101 (10.65%) Investment Banking
5 56 (5.91%) Law
6 39 (4.11%) Electronics
7 34 (3.59%) Games
8 30 (3.16%) Aerospace
9 19 (2.00%) Telecoms
10 18 (1.90%) Military
11 16 (1.69%) Public Sector
12 13 (1.37%) Financial Institution
13 11 (1.16%) French Language
14 10 (1.05%) Manufacturing
15 7 (0.74%) International Banking
16 5 (0.53%) Marketing
16 5 (0.53%) Pharmaceutical
16 5 (0.53%) Retail
16 5 (0.53%) Spanish Language
17 4 (0.42%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 490 (51.69%) Developer
2 220 (23.21%) C++ Developer
3 196 (20.68%) Software Engineer
4 80 (8.44%) Java Developer
5 70 (7.38%) C++ Software Engineer
6 69 (7.28%) Software Developer
7 59 (6.22%) Analyst
8 53 (5.59%) Quantitative Developer
9 52 (5.49%) Senior Developer
10 45 (4.75%) Embedded Engineer
11 40 (4.22%) Qualitative Analyst
11 40 (4.22%) Quantitative Analyst
12 39 (4.11%) Embedded Software Engineer
13 33 (3.48%) Pricing Developer
14 32 (3.38%) C Software Engineer
15 31 (3.27%) C# Developer
15 31 (3.27%) Front Office Developer
16 30 (3.16%) C++ Software Developer
16 30 (3.16%) Python Developer
17 29 (3.06%) C/C++ Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 117 (12.34%) .NET
2 65 (6.86%) STL
3 64 (6.75%) Node.js
4 61 (6.43%) Web Services
5 59 (6.22%) React
6 51 (5.38%) XML
7 47 (4.96%) Boost C++ Libraries
7 47 (4.96%) Qt
8 40 (4.22%) REST
9 39 (4.11%) HTML
9 39 (4.11%) JSON
10 35 (3.69%) AngularJS
11 28 (2.95%) .NET Core
12 27 (2.85%) HTML5
13 24 (2.53%) Spring
14 23 (2.43%) gRPC
15 20 (2.11%) Kafka
16 19 (2.00%) FIX Protocol
17 18 (1.90%) CSS
17 18 (1.90%) Protocol Buffers
Miscellaneous
1 146 (15.40%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 80 (8.44%) Algorithms
3 65 (6.86%) Derivative
4 61 (6.43%) Analytical Skills
5 54 (5.70%) Equities
6 46 (4.85%) Fixed Income
7 32 (3.38%) Self-Motivation
8 29 (3.06%) Data Structures
9 28 (2.95%) Cloud Native
10 27 (2.85%) User Experience
11 26 (2.74%) Greenfield Project
12 20 (2.11%) Device Driver
13 19 (2.00%) Embedded Systems
14 18 (1.90%) Market Risk
15 16 (1.69%) CUDA
16 15 (1.58%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
17 14 (1.48%) Bitcoin
17 14 (1.48%) Hedge funds
17 14 (1.48%) Linux Command Line
17 14 (1.48%) STB
Operating Systems
1 339 (35.76%) Linux
2 115 (12.13%) Windows
3 69 (7.28%) Android
4 53 (5.59%) Unix
5 28 (2.95%) Apple iOS
5 28 (2.95%) Embedded Linux
6 24 (2.53%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 12 (1.27%) Ubuntu
8 11 (1.16%) Debian
9 8 (0.84%) CentOS
9 8 (0.84%) Mac OS
9 8 (0.84%) Mac OS X
9 8 (0.84%) OpenVMS
10 6 (0.63%) Windows 10
11 4 (0.42%) OpenWrt
12 2 (0.21%) VxWorks
12 2 (0.21%) Windows 7
13 1 (0.11%) Tizen
13 1 (0.11%) webOS
13 1 (0.11%) Windows Embedded Compact
Processes & Methodologies
1 315 (33.23%) Software Engineering
2 209 (22.05%) Agile Software Development
3 94 (9.92%) Low Latency
4 86 (9.07%) TDD
5 81 (8.54%) Computer Science
5 81 (8.54%) DevOps
6 78 (8.23%) Problem-Solving
6 78 (8.23%) Scrum
7 76 (8.02%) Multithreading
8 67 (7.07%) Mathematics
9 63 (6.65%) Open Source
10 62 (6.54%) OO
11 58 (6.12%) Test Automation
12 57 (6.01%) Electronic Trading
13 56 (5.91%) Continuous Integration
14 55 (5.80%) Microservices
15 54 (5.70%) Analytics
16 51 (5.38%) Risk Management
17 49 (5.17%) UML
18 47 (4.96%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 375 (39.56%) Python
2 334 (35.23%) Java
3 292 (30.80%) C#
4 241 (25.42%) C
5 157 (16.56%) SQL
6 136 (14.35%) JavaScript
7 62 (6.54%) Scala
8 49 (5.17%) Bash Shell
9 45 (4.75%) PL/SQL
10 44 (4.64%) Go
11 40 (4.22%) Embedded C++
12 38 (4.01%) Kotlin
13 36 (3.80%) PowerShell
13 36 (3.80%) Ruby
14 32 (3.38%) T-SQL
15 29 (3.06%) Perl
16 27 (2.85%) Embedded C
17 20 (2.11%) VBA
18 19 (2.00%) PHP
19 16 (1.69%) Ada
Qualifications
1 120 (12.66%) Security Cleared
2 99 (10.44%) Degree
3 94 (9.92%) SC Cleared
4 29 (3.06%) Computer Science Degree
5 23 (2.43%) PhD
6 18 (1.90%) Master's Degree
7 13 (1.37%) DV Cleared
8 8 (0.84%) CompTIA Security+
8 8 (0.84%) GCFA
9 4 (0.42%) Microsoft Certification
10 2 (0.21%) BPSS Clearance
10 2 (0.21%) CREST Certified
10 2 (0.21%) MCAD
10 2 (0.21%) Numerate Degree
10 2 (0.21%) OSCP
10 2 (0.21%) RHCE
10 2 (0.21%) RHCSA
11 1 (0.11%) DBS Check
11 1 (0.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 1 (0.11%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 54 (5.70%) QA
2 14 (1.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 11 (1.16%) NIST
4 7 (0.74%) ISO/IEC 17025
5 4 (0.42%) Data Quality
5 4 (0.42%) ISO 26262
5 4 (0.42%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.32%) GDPR
7 2 (0.21%) MISRA
8 1 (0.11%) DO-178B
8 1 (0.11%) HL7
8 1 (0.11%) IEC 61508
8 1 (0.11%) IEC 62304
8 1 (0.11%) ISO 13485
8 1 (0.11%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 1 (0.11%) MISRA C
8 1 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.11%) SLA
System Software
1 67 (7.07%) Docker
2 9 (0.95%) Firmware
3 7 (0.74%) Virtual Machines
4 3 (0.32%) Active Directory
4 3 (0.32%) Ceph
4 3 (0.32%) NFS
5 2 (0.21%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 2 (0.21%) etcd
5 2 (0.21%) Varnish
6 1 (0.11%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.11%) VirtualBox
6 1 (0.11%) VMware Infrastructure
6 1 (0.11%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 84 (8.86%) Kubernetes
2 30 (3.16%) Terraform
3 24 (2.53%) Puppet
4 19 (2.00%) Ansible
5 15 (1.58%) Salt
6 12 (1.27%) Opscode Chef
7 11 (1.16%) HP ALM
7 11 (1.16%) HP Fortify
8 9 (0.95%) Nagios
9 7 (0.74%) EnCase
10 5 (0.53%) Grafana
10 5 (0.53%) Kibana
11 4 (0.42%) Prometheus
12 3 (0.32%) Hadoop YARN
12 3 (0.32%) Mesos
12 3 (0.32%) SELinux
13 2 (0.21%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
13 2 (0.21%) Consul
14 1 (0.11%) Docker Swarm
14 1 (0.11%) Trend Micro Deep Security
Vendors
1 89 (9.39%) Oracle
2 54 (5.70%) Microsoft
3 24 (2.53%) MuleSoft
3 24 (2.53%) Red Hat
4 19 (2.00%) Bloomberg
5 15 (1.58%) Splunk
6 14 (1.48%) IBM
7 13 (1.37%) FIS
7 13 (1.37%) Google
7 13 (1.37%) SunGard
8 12 (1.27%) Ingenico
8 12 (1.27%) Sonatype
8 12 (1.27%) Sybase
9 11 (1.16%) Black Duck
9 11 (1.16%) HP
9 11 (1.16%) Micro Focus
9 11 (1.16%) Qualys
10 9 (0.95%) Atlassian
10 9 (0.95%) Dynatrace
10 9 (0.95%) TIBCO