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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 May 2022 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 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 190 132 158
Rank change year-on-year -58 +26 -22
Contract jobs citing C++ 1,277 1,150 821
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.45% 1.98% 1.68%
As % of the Programming Languages category 3.94% 4.90% 4.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 776 728 474
10th Percentile £450 £363 £350
25th Percentile £525 £450 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £700 £575 £475
Median % change year-on-year +21.74% +21.05% +2.32%
75th Percentile £788 £725 £638
90th Percentile £850 £775 £750
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +16.67% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 125 48 72
10th Percentile £46.25 £34.38 £27.70
25th Percentile £51.25 £41.81 £42.50
Median hourly rate £60.00 £50.00 £47.50
Median % change year-on-year +20.00% +5.26% +4.97%
75th Percentile £65.00 £60.00 £52.25
90th Percentile £65.75 £66.28 £53.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £60.00 £50.00 £47.50
% change year-on-year +20.00% +5.26% +4.97%

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 32,375 23,480 19,878
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 36.67% 40.53% 40.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 23,581 16,527 14,024
10th Percentile £383 £325 £325
25th Percentile £455 £406 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £500 £488
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% +2.56% +2.63%
75th Percentile £655 £599 £575
90th Percentile £750 £688 £663
UK excluding London median daily rate £495 £430 £450
% change year-on-year +15.12% -4.44% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 533 456 353
10th Percentile £19.52 £17.13 £17.50
25th Percentile £35.00 £25.00 £21.57
Median hourly rate £50.00 £41.66 £42.50
Median % change year-on-year +20.02% -1.98% -1.16%
75th Percentile £61.75 £52.50 £50.00
90th Percentile £74.10 £62.25 £57.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.00 £40.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year +25.00% -5.88% -3.41%

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 May 2022.

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 May 2022.

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 May 2022. 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
Jobs
England -56 1,168 £700 +17.15% 755
London -59 739 £750 +15.38% 232
Work from Home -24 543 £625 +22.55% 336
UK excluding London -36 405 £525 +16.67% 562
South West -12 106 £525 +16.67% 99
East of England +2 105 £550 +22.22% 133
South East -42 87 £515 +14.44% 148
North of England -61 45 £600 +52.87% 84
North West -33 37 £600 +39.53% 48
Wales +11 27 £550 +33.33% 13
Midlands -60 20 £433 +20.14% 54
Scotland -18 18 £750 +55.84% 29
East Midlands -25 15 £433 +20.14% 26
Yorkshire -34 8 £315 -3.08% 25
West Midlands -63 5 £375 - 28
Northern Ireland -7 1 - - 2

For the 6 months to 20 May 2022, 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++.

1 606 (47.45%) Java
2 600 (46.99%) Python
3 525 (41.11%) C#
4 441 (34.53%) Software Engineering
5 401 (31.40%) Linux
6 382 (29.91%) Social Skills
7 372 (29.13%) Agile
8 313 (24.51%) C
8 313 (24.51%) Finance
9 303 (23.73%) SQL
10 256 (20.05%) Security Cleared
11 255 (19.97%) Windows
12 249 (19.50%) Banking
13 247 (19.34%) .NET
14 243 (19.03%) Git (software)
15 232 (18.17%) SC Cleared
16 205 (16.05%) Degree
17 204 (15.97%) Front Office
18 195 (15.27%) DevOps
19 192 (15.04%) Problem-Solving
20 189 (14.80%) Oracle
21 186 (14.57%) OO
22 181 (14.17%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
23 177 (13.86%) Multithreading
24 173 (13.55%) Microsoft
25 172 (13.47%) CI/CD
26 165 (12.92%) JIRA
27 163 (12.76%) Computer Science
28 159 (12.45%) Mathematics
28 159 (12.45%) Jenkins

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 61 (4.78%) Confluence
2 38 (2.98%) Apache Spark
2 38 (2.98%) Elasticsearch
3 35 (2.74%) Oracle Coherence
4 27 (2.11%) Apache
5 25 (1.96%) WebSphere
6 20 (1.57%) nginx
7 18 (1.41%) CMS
8 16 (1.25%) MQSeries
9 13 (1.02%) BizTalk Server
10 12 (0.94%) OpenStack
11 9 (0.70%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 8 (0.63%) DataSynapse
13 7 (0.55%) Tomcat
14 6 (0.47%) JBoss
15 4 (0.31%) WebLogic
16 3 (0.23%) Ethereum
16 3 (0.23%) Oracle Service Bus
16 3 (0.23%) SAS
16 3 (0.23%) WebLogic Portal
Applications
1 29 (2.27%) Microsoft Excel
2 26 (2.04%) Spreadsheet
3 25 (1.96%) Simulink
4 13 (1.02%) Microsoft Office
5 7 (0.55%) Maya
6 4 (0.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 4 (0.31%) MS Visio
7 3 (0.23%) Houdini
7 3 (0.23%) Microsoft Project
7 3 (0.23%) SPSS
8 2 (0.16%) 3ds Max
8 2 (0.16%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 11 (0.86%) SunGard Martini
2 10 (0.78%) RMDS
3 7 (0.55%) ION MarketView
3 7 (0.55%) Oracle Utilities
4 6 (0.47%) Oracle BPM
5 4 (0.31%) Sentinel
6 3 (0.23%) Dynamics CRM
6 3 (0.23%) Oracle 11i
7 2 (0.16%) Oracle Payables
7 2 (0.16%) Refinitiv Enterprise Platform
7 2 (0.16%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
8 1 (0.078%) BASE24
8 1 (0.078%) IBM Planning Analytics
8 1 (0.078%) MoSes
8 1 (0.078%) Remedy ITSM
8 1 (0.078%) Summit
8 1 (0.078%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 146 (11.43%) AWS
2 129 (10.10%) Azure
3 55 (4.31%) GCP
4 41 (3.21%) Serverless
5 24 (1.88%) AWS Lambda
5 24 (1.88%) OpenShift
6 21 (1.64%) GitHub
7 17 (1.33%) Apigee
7 17 (1.33%) Azure Cosmos DB
8 16 (1.25%) PaaS
8 16 (1.25%) SaaS
9 15 (1.17%) Azure Logic Apps
10 14 (1.10%) NuGet
10 14 (1.10%) Power Platform
11 13 (1.02%) Azure Functions
11 13 (1.02%) Azure Storage
12 11 (0.86%) IaaS
13 10 (0.78%) Amazon EC2
14 8 (0.63%) AWS CloudFormation
15 6 (0.47%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 99 (7.75%) TCP/IP
2 64 (5.01%) Ethernet
3 33 (2.58%) Multicast
4 25 (1.96%) IPv4
5 18 (1.41%) Wireless
6 16 (1.25%) ATM
7 12 (0.94%) Firewall
8 11 (0.86%) VLAN
9 9 (0.70%) Bluetooth
9 9 (0.70%) HTTP
9 9 (0.70%) LAN
9 9 (0.70%) Wi-Fi
10 8 (0.63%) Internet
10 8 (0.63%) VPN
11 7 (0.55%) DNS
11 7 (0.55%) MPLS
11 7 (0.55%) MQTT
11 7 (0.55%) WAN
11 7 (0.55%) ZigBee
12 6 (0.47%) AMQP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 101 (7.91%) Relational Database
2 69 (5.40%) SQL Server
3 51 (3.99%) NoSQL
4 49 (3.84%) Oracle Database
5 43 (3.37%) Oracle Database 12c
6 26 (2.04%) Hadoop
7 23 (1.80%) MongoDB
8 22 (1.72%) Big Data
9 21 (1.64%) PostgreSQL
10 19 (1.49%) Azure SQL Database
11 18 (1.41%) MySQL
11 18 (1.41%) Oracle Database 11g
12 17 (1.33%) Apache Ignite
13 16 (1.25%) RDBMS
14 14 (1.10%) Power BI
15 12 (0.94%) Tableau
16 11 (0.86%) DB2
17 10 (0.78%) ObjectStore
17 10 (0.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
18 9 (0.70%) OLTP
Development Applications
1 243 (19.03%) Git (software)
2 165 (12.92%) JIRA
3 159 (12.45%) Jenkins
4 133 (10.42%) Visual Studio
5 77 (6.03%) Subversion
6 74 (5.79%) Bitbucket
7 58 (4.54%) Eclipse
8 49 (3.84%) TeamCity
9 28 (2.19%) Artifactory
10 26 (2.04%) NetBeans
11 21 (1.64%) SonarQube
12 19 (1.49%) IntelliJ
13 18 (1.41%) Rational DOORS
14 16 (1.25%) Selenium
15 15 (1.17%) JUnit
15 15 (1.17%) MSBuild
15 15 (1.17%) Robot Framework
16 14 (1.10%) Sonatype Nexus
17 13 (1.02%) CppUnit
17 13 (1.02%) Oracle APEX
General
1 382 (29.91%) Social Skills
2 313 (24.51%) Finance
3 249 (19.50%) Banking
4 204 (15.97%) Front Office
5 158 (12.37%) Analytical Skills
5 158 (12.37%) Investment Banking
6 61 (4.78%) Presentation Skills
7 49 (3.84%) Aerospace
8 39 (3.05%) Public Sector
9 33 (2.58%) Electronics
10 29 (2.27%) Financial Institution
11 27 (2.11%) Military
12 23 (1.80%) Games
13 19 (1.49%) Back Office
13 19 (1.49%) Telecoms
14 17 (1.33%) Documentation Skills
15 16 (1.25%) Legal
16 15 (1.17%) Automotive
17 14 (1.10%) Pharmaceutical
18 13 (1.02%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 649 (50.82%) Developer
2 271 (21.22%) C++ Developer
3 241 (18.87%) Software Engineer
4 145 (11.35%) C++ Software Engineer
5 118 (9.24%) C# Developer
6 111 (8.69%) Java Developer
7 85 (6.66%) Python Developer
8 57 (4.46%) Architect
9 54 (4.23%) Analyst
10 53 (4.15%) DevOps Engineer
11 50 (3.92%) C# Software Engineer
12 47 (3.68%) C++/C# Developer
12 47 (3.68%) Quantitative Developer
13 43 (3.37%) C Software Engineer
13 43 (3.37%) Electronic Trading Developer
13 43 (3.37%) Investment Banking C++ Developer
14 40 (3.13%) Embedded Engineer
15 37 (2.90%) C/C++ Software Engineer
16 36 (2.82%) Software Developer
17 35 (2.74%) C# Developer - Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 247 (19.34%) .NET
2 99 (7.75%) XML
3 85 (6.66%) Boost C++ Libraries
4 81 (6.34%) Rendezvous
5 71 (5.56%) Node.js
6 70 (5.48%) AngularJS
7 69 (5.40%) Kafka
8 67 (5.25%) STL
9 66 (5.17%) JSON
10 63 (4.93%) .NET Framework
11 48 (3.76%) HTML
11 48 (3.76%) Qt
12 46 (3.60%) FIX Protocol
13 45 (3.52%) Web Services
13 45 (3.52%) WPF
14 43 (3.37%) .NET Core
15 40 (3.13%) React
15 40 (3.13%) REST
16 33 (2.58%) Middleware
17 31 (2.43%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 181 (14.17%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 99 (7.75%) Algorithms
3 89 (6.97%) Derivative
4 77 (6.03%) Data Structures
5 71 (5.56%) Fixed Income
6 45 (3.52%) Client/Server
7 36 (2.82%) Equities
8 32 (2.51%) Market Risk
9 31 (2.43%) Public Cloud
10 30 (2.35%) Cloud Native
11 29 (2.27%) Self-Motivation
12 23 (1.80%) Credit Derivative
13 22 (1.72%) Data Centre
13 22 (1.72%) Embedded Systems
13 22 (1.72%) IoT
14 20 (1.57%) Swaptions
15 18 (1.41%) Interest Rate Derivative
16 17 (1.33%) Data Protection Act
17 15 (1.17%) Enterprise Software
17 15 (1.17%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 401 (31.40%) Linux
2 255 (19.97%) Windows
3 80 (6.26%) Unix
4 22 (1.72%) Embedded Linux
4 22 (1.72%) Windows 10
5 18 (1.41%) Android
6 9 (0.70%) Apple iOS
7 8 (0.63%) VMS
7 8 (0.63%) VxWorks
8 7 (0.55%) CentOS
9 5 (0.39%) AIX
10 4 (0.31%) OpenVMS
10 4 (0.31%) Windows Server
11 3 (0.23%) Mac OS
11 3 (0.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 3 (0.23%) SUSE
11 3 (0.23%) Windows 7
11 3 (0.23%) Windows Server 2016
12 2 (0.16%) Tizen
12 2 (0.16%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 441 (34.53%) Software Engineering
2 372 (29.13%) Agile
3 195 (15.27%) DevOps
4 192 (15.04%) Problem-Solving
5 186 (14.57%) OO
6 177 (13.86%) Multithreading
7 172 (13.47%) CI/CD
8 163 (12.76%) Computer Science
9 159 (12.45%) Mathematics
10 130 (10.18%) Unit Testing
11 126 (9.87%) Low Latency
12 125 (9.79%) Continuous Integration
13 122 (9.55%) Scrum
14 119 (9.32%) Test Automation
15 111 (8.69%) Analytics
16 98 (7.67%) Electronic Trading
17 89 (6.97%) TDD
18 87 (6.81%) Microservices
19 86 (6.73%) SDLC
19 86 (6.73%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 606 (47.45%) Java
2 600 (46.99%) Python
3 525 (41.11%) C#
4 313 (24.51%) C
5 303 (23.73%) SQL
6 142 (11.12%) JavaScript
7 94 (7.36%) Go
8 58 (4.54%) Perl
9 51 (3.99%) Bash
10 44 (3.45%) Shell Script
11 40 (3.13%) PL/SQL
11 40 (3.13%) Rust
12 37 (2.90%) MATLAB
13 35 (2.74%) Scala
14 34 (2.66%) PowerShell
15 29 (2.27%) Ruby
16 27 (2.11%) Ada
16 27 (2.11%) T-SQL
16 27 (2.11%) TypeScript
17 20 (1.57%) HLSL
Qualifications
1 256 (20.05%) Security Cleared
2 232 (18.17%) SC Cleared
3 205 (16.05%) Degree
4 82 (6.42%) Computer Science Degree
5 38 (2.98%) Numerate Degree
6 28 (2.19%) PhD
7 15 (1.17%) DV Cleared
8 11 (0.86%) BPSS Clearance
8 11 (0.86%) Master's Degree
9 7 (0.55%) CFA
9 7 (0.55%) MBA
10 6 (0.47%) CCNA
10 6 (0.47%) Cisco Certification
11 5 (0.39%) CISSP
11 5 (0.39%) ISTQB
11 5 (0.39%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 3 (0.23%) CTC Cleared
13 2 (0.16%) AWS Certification
13 2 (0.16%) ISEB
13 2 (0.16%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 42 (3.29%) QA
2 7 (0.55%) Def Stans
2 7 (0.55%) IEC 61508
2 7 (0.55%) MISRA
2 7 (0.55%) MISRA C
3 5 (0.39%) IEC 62304
4 4 (0.31%) PMO
5 3 (0.23%) GDPR
5 3 (0.23%) JTAG
6 2 (0.16%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.16%) FedRAMP
6 2 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (0.16%) LOINC
6 2 (0.16%) MiFID
6 2 (0.16%) MIL-STD-1553
6 2 (0.16%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.16%) SNOMED CT
7 1 (0.078%) Accessibility
7 1 (0.078%) AUTOSAR
7 1 (0.078%) WCAG
System Software
1 126 (9.87%) Docker
2 9 (0.70%) GridGain
3 8 (0.63%) Active Directory
4 7 (0.55%) Firmware
5 5 (0.39%) iptables
5 5 (0.39%) KVM
5 5 (0.39%) Virtual Machines
5 5 (0.39%) Xen
6 2 (0.16%) HDFS
6 2 (0.16%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
7 1 (0.078%) Oracle RAC
7 1 (0.078%) VirtualBox
7 1 (0.078%) VMware Infrastructure
7 1 (0.078%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 121 (9.48%) Kubernetes
2 62 (4.86%) Ansible
3 58 (4.54%) Terraform
4 51 (3.99%) ITRS Geneos
5 36 (2.82%) Puppet
6 24 (1.88%) Packer
7 23 (1.80%) Consul
8 12 (0.94%) BladeLogic
9 11 (0.86%) Opscode Chef
10 9 (0.70%) Kibana
11 8 (0.63%) logstash
12 6 (0.47%) Grafana
13 4 (0.31%) Dollar Universe
13 4 (0.31%) Prometheus
13 4 (0.31%) Salt
14 3 (0.23%) Control-M
14 3 (0.23%) Icinga
14 3 (0.23%) Istio
14 3 (0.23%) QRadar
14 3 (0.23%) WebSphere Service Registry and Repository
Vendors
1 189 (14.80%) Oracle
2 173 (13.55%) Microsoft
3 82 (6.42%) TIBCO
4 43 (3.37%) IBM
5 36 (2.82%) Atlassian
6 34 (2.66%) Splunk
7 29 (2.27%) Dynatrace
8 27 (2.11%) Google
9 17 (1.33%) ION Trading
10 14 (1.10%) Sybase
11 13 (1.02%) FIS
11 13 (1.02%) MuleSoft
12 11 (0.86%) Sun
12 11 (0.86%) SunGard
13 10 (0.78%) Reuters
14 9 (0.70%) DevExpress
15 8 (0.63%) Perforce
16 7 (0.55%) Blue Prism
16 7 (0.55%) MicroStrategy
17 6 (0.47%) Red Hat