Period
to 30 March 2020

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 30 March 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.

C++
UK
6 months to
30 Mar 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 145 147 127
Rank change year-on-year +2 -20 -18
Contract jobs citing C++ 1,122 1,808 2,127
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.79% 1.86% 2.08%
As % of the Programming Languages category 4.41% 4.30% 4.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 645 1,077 1,314
Median daily rate £475 £470 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.06% -10.48% +5.00%
10th Percentile £350 £320 £313
90th Percentile £725 £763 £763
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +6.25% +3.23% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 120 179 220
Median hourly rate £47.50 £45.00 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +1.19%
10th Percentile £36.58 £36.25 £31.18
90th Percentile £53.75 £50.80 £50.52
UK excluding London median hourly rate £46.00 £45.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year +2.22% +5.88% +2.41%

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 25,466 42,015 43,630
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 40.58% 43.17% 42.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 17,194 29,350 30,560
Median daily rate £481 £475 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.24% +2.70% +8.82%
10th Percentile £325 £325 £313
90th Percentile £650 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% +4.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 581 692 790
Median hourly rate £40.00 £42.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £17.83 £17.50 £16.60
90th Percentile £55.00 £53.75 £50.78
Median hourly rate £39.77 £42.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year -6.42% +6.25% -

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 30 March 2020.

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 30 March 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for C++ in the UK

C++
Top 17 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 30 March 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
England +12 1,085 £475 - 1,096
UK excluding London +4 584 £425 +6.25% 876
London +18 522 £550 -8.33% 300
South West +26 223 £450 +12.50% 138
South East -18 141 £450 +12.50% 250
East of England -1 87 £450 +12.50% 191
North of England -1 77 £385 -3.75% 109
North West +38 36 £385 +11.07% 57
Midlands +8 33 £388 +3.33% 111
North East +15 25 £363 -9.38% 22
Work from Home +6 19 £400 +8.47% 46
West Midlands +13 17 £375 -3.23% 76
Yorkshire -23 16 £400 -5.88% 30
East Midlands +20 15 £450 +41.51% 35
Scotland -20 15 £375 +0.67% 47
Northern Ireland +9 5 £400 -5.88% 11
Wales +2 3 £411 +8.22% 23

For the 6 months to 30 March 2020, 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++.

1 523 (46.61%) Python
2 478 (42.60%) Java
3 439 (39.13%) Software Engineering
4 371 (33.07%) C
5 370 (32.98%) Agile Software Development
6 359 (32.00%) Linux
7 332 (29.59%) C#
8 211 (18.81%) .NET
9 190 (16.93%) Security Cleared
10 188 (16.76%) Finance
11 187 (16.67%) SQL
12 183 (16.31%) JavaScript
13 159 (14.17%) Git (software)
14 154 (13.73%) Windows
15 148 (13.19%) SC Cleared
16 134 (11.94%) AWS
17 132 (11.76%) Degree
18 130 (11.59%) Azure
19 129 (11.50%) Scrum
20 127 (11.32%) Front Office
21 114 (10.16%) Node.js
22 113 (10.07%) Test Automation
22 113 (10.07%) Web Services
23 108 (9.63%) DevOps
24 106 (9.45%) Banking
25 103 (9.18%) TDD
25 103 (9.18%) Microsoft
26 98 (8.73%) Derivative
27 95 (8.47%) AngularJS
28 93 (8.29%) OO

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 43 (3.83%) Confluence
2 22 (1.96%) Tomcat
3 21 (1.87%) Apache Spark
4 6 (0.53%) SharePoint
4 6 (0.53%) WinCC
5 5 (0.45%) Apache Airflow
5 5 (0.45%) IIS
5 5 (0.45%) Luigi
5 5 (0.45%) Umbraco
6 4 (0.36%) Oracle Coherence
6 4 (0.36%) WebSphere
7 3 (0.27%) Elasticsearch
7 3 (0.27%) Oracle Application Server
7 3 (0.27%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 3 (0.27%) Oracle Workflow
7 3 (0.27%) WebLogic
8 2 (0.18%) Apache
8 2 (0.18%) Ethereum
8 2 (0.18%) JBoss
8 2 (0.18%) OpenStack
Applications
1 35 (3.12%) Microsoft Excel
2 17 (1.52%) Simulink
3 15 (1.34%) Microsoft Office
4 5 (0.45%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (0.36%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.18%) Adobe Illustrator
6 2 (0.18%) Inkscape
6 2 (0.18%) Stateflow
7 1 (0.089%) Blender
7 1 (0.089%) GNU Octave
7 1 (0.089%) Maya
7 1 (0.089%) MODO
7 1 (0.089%) PlantUML
7 1 (0.089%) SOLIDWORKS
7 1 (0.089%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 16 (1.43%) FINCAD Analytics
2 15 (1.34%) Dynamics CRM
3 8 (0.71%) ION MarketView
4 5 (0.45%) Orchestrade
5 3 (0.27%) Endur
6 2 (0.18%) Eikon
7 1 (0.089%) Distributed Ledger
7 1 (0.089%) Dynamics AX
7 1 (0.089%) LabWindows
7 1 (0.089%) Oracle ERP
7 1 (0.089%) R3 Corda
7 1 (0.089%) RMDS
7 1 (0.089%) SunGard Martini
Cloud Services
1 134 (11.94%) AWS
2 130 (11.59%) Azure
3 59 (5.26%) GCP
4 24 (2.14%) Serverless
5 20 (1.78%) Amazon S3
6 19 (1.69%) OpenShift
7 16 (1.43%) AWS Lambda
7 16 (1.43%) AWS Step Functions
7 16 (1.43%) Datadog
8 15 (1.34%) Power Platform
9 12 (1.07%) SaaS
10 11 (0.98%) GitHub
11 10 (0.89%) Azure Functions
11 10 (0.89%) Cloud Computing
12 8 (0.71%) Office 365
12 8 (0.71%) PaaS
13 5 (0.45%) Amazon SQS
13 5 (0.45%) AWS IoT
13 5 (0.45%) Azure Active Directory
14 4 (0.36%) Google Play
Communications & Networking
1 61 (5.44%) TCP/IP
2 37 (3.30%) Ethernet
3 31 (2.76%) Internet
4 24 (2.14%) Wireless
5 19 (1.69%) Firewall
6 15 (1.34%) RS-485
7 13 (1.16%) RS-232
7 13 (1.16%) Wi-Fi
8 12 (1.07%) DNS
9 11 (0.98%) Bluetooth
9 11 (0.98%) Network Security
9 11 (0.98%) Wireshark
10 10 (0.89%) ZigBee
11 9 (0.80%) Multicast
12 7 (0.62%) HTTP
13 6 (0.53%) SNMP
14 5 (0.45%) AMQP
14 5 (0.45%) Kerberos
15 4 (0.36%) DHCP
16 3 (0.27%) DVB
Database & Business Intelligence
1 56 (4.99%) NoSQL
2 50 (4.46%) SQL Server
3 45 (4.01%) PostgreSQL
4 44 (3.92%) MySQL
5 40 (3.57%) MongoDB
6 32 (2.85%) Relational Database
7 31 (2.76%) Big Data
8 27 (2.41%) Amazon Athena
9 25 (2.23%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 23 (2.05%) Hadoop
11 19 (1.69%) Apache Cassandra
12 17 (1.52%) Amazon Aurora
13 16 (1.43%) Amazon RDS
13 16 (1.43%) DB2
14 15 (1.34%) Amazon Redshift
14 15 (1.34%) Power BI
15 14 (1.25%) Oracle Database
15 14 (1.25%) Redis
16 13 (1.16%) RDBMS
17 12 (1.07%) Spotfire
Development Applications
1 159 (14.17%) Git (software)
2 87 (7.75%) JIRA
3 86 (7.66%) Visual Studio
4 73 (6.51%) Jenkins
5 48 (4.28%) Eclipse
6 46 (4.10%) Subversion
7 39 (3.48%) NetBeans
8 37 (3.30%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 30 (2.67%) TeamCity
10 29 (2.58%) Maven
11 27 (2.41%) Rational Rhapsody
12 23 (2.05%) Mercurial
13 21 (1.87%) GoogleTest
14 20 (1.78%) CMake
14 20 (1.78%) SonarQube
15 17 (1.52%) Xcode
16 14 (1.25%) Artifactory
16 14 (1.25%) FindBugs
16 14 (1.25%) Log4j
17 13 (1.16%) GitLab
General
1 188 (16.76%) Finance
2 127 (11.32%) Front Office
3 106 (9.45%) Banking
4 57 (5.08%) Military
5 49 (4.37%) Investment Banking
6 47 (4.19%) Aerospace
7 44 (3.92%) Electronics
8 36 (3.21%) Law
9 28 (2.50%) Games
10 27 (2.41%) Public Sector
11 24 (2.14%) Telecoms
12 19 (1.69%) Manufacturing
13 12 (1.07%) Marketing
14 9 (0.80%) Automotive
15 5 (0.45%) Avionics
16 4 (0.36%) Back Office
17 3 (0.27%) Financial Institution
17 3 (0.27%) Pharmaceutical
18 1 (0.089%) Advertising
18 1 (0.089%) Music Industry
Job Titles
1 504 (44.92%) Developer
2 281 (25.04%) Software Engineer
3 146 (13.01%) C++ Developer
4 117 (10.43%) Embedded Engineer
5 104 (9.27%) C++ Software Engineer
6 102 (9.09%) Embedded Software Engineer
7 76 (6.77%) Java Developer
8 70 (6.24%) Software Developer
9 66 (5.88%) C# Developer
10 58 (5.17%) C Software Engineer
11 53 (4.72%) C/C++ Software Engineer
12 52 (4.63%) Architect
13 45 (4.01%) Python Developer
14 43 (3.83%) Senior Developer
15 38 (3.39%) DevOps Engineer
16 31 (2.76%) Analyst
17 27 (2.41%) Senior Software Engineer
18 26 (2.32%) Quantitative Developer
19 25 (2.23%) Embedded C Engineer
19 25 (2.23%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 211 (18.81%) .NET
2 114 (10.16%) Node.js
3 113 (10.07%) Web Services
4 95 (8.47%) AngularJS
5 83 (7.40%) React
6 64 (5.70%) HTML
7 60 (5.35%) Qt
8 40 (3.57%) OpenGL
9 39 (3.48%) WPF
10 36 (3.21%) MFC
10 36 (3.21%) Spring
11 33 (2.94%) DirectX
12 32 (2.85%) CSS
13 31 (2.76%) ActiveX
14 30 (2.67%) XML
15 28 (2.50%) J2EE
15 28 (2.50%) Unity (Game Engine)
16 27 (2.41%) STL
17 26 (2.32%) Vue.js
18 25 (2.23%) Unreal Engine
Miscellaneous
1 98 (8.73%) Derivative
2 78 (6.95%) Greenfield Project
3 70 (6.24%) Fixed Income
4 63 (5.61%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 54 (4.81%) Analytical Skills
6 49 (4.37%) Equities
7 47 (4.19%) Algorithms
8 43 (3.83%) Embedded Systems
9 35 (3.12%) Hedge funds
10 31 (2.76%) Equity Derivative
10 31 (2.76%) Public Cloud
11 29 (2.58%) Data Structures
12 28 (2.50%) Blog
13 20 (1.78%) Data Centre
13 20 (1.78%) User Experience
14 19 (1.69%) Mobile App
15 16 (1.43%) Device Driver
16 15 (1.34%) Market Risk
17 14 (1.25%) Augmented Reality
17 14 (1.25%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 359 (32.00%) Linux
2 154 (13.73%) Windows
3 78 (6.95%) Unix
4 46 (4.10%) Android
5 32 (2.85%) Apple iOS
5 32 (2.85%) CentOS
6 26 (2.32%) Embedded Linux
7 25 (2.23%) FreeRTOS
8 23 (2.05%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 20 (1.78%) Ubuntu
10 19 (1.69%) ThreadX
11 17 (1.52%) Debian
12 13 (1.16%) Windows Server
13 10 (0.89%) Windows 10
13 10 (0.89%) Windows Server 2012
14 8 (0.71%) Mac OS
15 6 (0.53%) OpenVMS
16 5 (0.45%) Windows Server 2016
17 4 (0.36%) Solaris
18 3 (0.27%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 439 (39.13%) Software Engineering
2 370 (32.98%) Agile Software Development
3 129 (11.50%) Scrum
4 113 (10.07%) Test Automation
5 108 (9.63%) DevOps
6 103 (9.18%) TDD
7 93 (8.29%) OO
8 88 (7.84%) UML
9 87 (7.75%) Open Source
10 84 (7.49%) Continuous Integration
11 83 (7.40%) Mathematics
12 79 (7.04%) Computer Science
13 71 (6.33%) Multithreading
14 70 (6.24%) Analytics
15 63 (5.61%) Problem-Solving
16 60 (5.35%) Microservices
17 55 (4.90%) Asset Management
18 54 (4.81%) Low Latency
18 54 (4.81%) SDLC
18 54 (4.81%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 523 (46.61%) Python
2 478 (42.60%) Java
3 371 (33.07%) C
4 332 (29.59%) C#
5 187 (16.67%) SQL
6 183 (16.31%) JavaScript
7 88 (7.84%) Embedded C++
8 79 (7.04%) Embedded C
9 66 (5.88%) Ruby
10 48 (4.28%) Bash Shell
11 46 (4.10%) Perl
12 41 (3.65%) R
13 40 (3.57%) PHP
14 32 (2.85%) GLSL
14 32 (2.85%) PowerShell
15 30 (2.67%) HLSL
16 28 (2.50%) MATLAB
17 27 (2.41%) Go
17 27 (2.41%) Scala
18 25 (2.23%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 190 (16.93%) Security Cleared
2 148 (13.19%) SC Cleared
3 132 (11.76%) Degree
4 57 (5.08%) DV Cleared
5 36 (3.21%) Computer Science Degree
6 24 (2.14%) PhD
7 12 (1.07%) Microsoft Certification
8 11 (0.98%) CCENT
8 11 (0.98%) CCNA
8 11 (0.98%) Cisco Certification
8 11 (0.98%) Network+ Certification
9 10 (0.89%) Master's Degree
10 6 (0.53%) Numerate Degree
11 5 (0.45%) AWS Certification
11 5 (0.45%) MCITP
11 5 (0.45%) MCSE
12 4 (0.36%) BPSS Clearance
13 3 (0.27%) CISM
13 3 (0.27%) DBS Check
13 3 (0.27%) MCPD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (2.58%) QA
2 11 (0.98%) NIST
3 10 (0.89%) JTAG
4 5 (0.45%) SLA
5 4 (0.36%) Data Quality
5 4 (0.36%) DO-254
6 2 (0.18%) Basel III
6 2 (0.18%) IEC 62304
6 2 (0.18%) MISRA
6 2 (0.18%) MISRA C
6 2 (0.18%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.089%) DO-178B
7 1 (0.089%) IEC 61508
7 1 (0.089%) ISO 13485
7 1 (0.089%) ISO 26262
7 1 (0.089%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.089%) ISO/IEC 17025
7 1 (0.089%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 84 (7.49%) Docker
2 18 (1.60%) Firmware
3 10 (0.89%) Active Directory
3 10 (0.89%) VMware NSX
4 4 (0.36%) VMware Infrastructure
5 3 (0.27%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.089%) BusyBox
6 1 (0.089%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.089%) LXC
6 1 (0.089%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 47 (4.19%) Kubernetes
2 31 (2.76%) Ansible
3 24 (2.14%) Puppet
4 22 (1.96%) Opscode Chef
5 19 (1.69%) Nagios
6 14 (1.25%) Terraform
7 11 (0.98%) vCenter Server
8 10 (0.89%) Packer
9 6 (0.53%) SCCM
10 5 (0.45%) SCOM
11 3 (0.27%) Graphite
11 3 (0.27%) Oracle Statspack
12 2 (0.18%) HP ALM
12 2 (0.18%) Kibana
13 1 (0.089%) EnCase
13 1 (0.089%) Grafana
13 1 (0.089%) HP Fortify
13 1 (0.089%) Prometheus
13 1 (0.089%) PTC Integrity
13 1 (0.089%) ThinApp
Vendors
1 103 (9.18%) Microsoft
2 70 (6.24%) Oracle
3 57 (5.08%) Google
4 49 (4.37%) Atlassian
5 19 (1.69%) Splunk
6 18 (1.60%) Salesforce.com
7 16 (1.43%) Apple
8 15 (1.34%) Sybase
8 15 (1.34%) VMware
9 14 (1.25%) New Relic
10 11 (0.98%) Palo Alto
11 10 (0.89%) Remedy
12 9 (0.80%) SAP
12 9 (0.80%) TIBCO
13 8 (0.71%) IBM
13 8 (0.71%) ION Trading
13 8 (0.71%) MuleSoft
13 8 (0.71%) Murex
13 8 (0.71%) Solace
14 7 (0.62%) Xilinx