Period
to 21 January 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 21 January 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
21 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 136 138 122
Rank change year-on-year +2 -16 -2
Contract jobs citing C++ 1,390 1,931 2,103
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.91% 1.95% 2.13%
As % of the Programming Languages category 4.67% 4.40% 5.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 729 1,180 1,327
UK median daily rate £467 £500 £538
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.60% -6.98% +13.16%
10th Percentile £331 £325 £313
90th Percentile £725 £750 £763
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £405 £388
% change year-on-year +4.94% +4.52% +1.97%
Number of hourly rates quoted 135 188 203
UK median hourly rate £47.50 £45.00 £44.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +2.27% +6.02%
10th Percentile £40.25 £36.25 £32.50
90th Percentile £52.50 £51.00 £53.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £46.00 £45.00 £44.00
% change year-on-year +2.22% +2.27% +6.02%

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 29,772 43,847 41,627
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 40.84% 44.36% 42.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 20,408 30,768 29,362
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £325 £320 £308
90th Percentile £650 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £430 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +1.18% +6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 600 679 750
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £42.19 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.73% +5.48% -
10th Percentile £17.24 £17.00 £16.61
90th Percentile £55.00 £52.50 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -

C++
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for C++ in the UK

C++
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing C++.

Contractor daily rate trend for C++ in the UK

C++
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing C++ over the 6 months to 21 January 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for C++ in the UK

C++
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing C++.

Contractor hourly rate trend for C++ in the UK

C++
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing C++ over the 6 months to 21 January 2020.

Contractor 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 21 January 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 +7 1,334 £475 -7.32% 1,226
UK excluding London +22 765 £425 +4.94% 989
London -5 603 £550 -6.30% 326
South West +44 311 £425 - 152
South East -23 177 £425 +6.25% 303
East of England +19 124 £400 -3.61% 187
North of England -21 68 £400 - 160
Midlands +18 50 £375 -11.76% 99
East Midlands +28 29 £413 +10.59% 40
North West -8 29 £394 +10.21% 85
North East +22 26 £364 -39.38% 23
West Midlands +14 21 £375 -11.76% 58
Scotland -19 17 £340 -2.86% 53
Northern Ireland +6 13 £430 -0.69% 18
Yorkshire -6 13 £425 - 52
Wales +6 5 £390 -3.70% 18

For the 6 months to 21 January 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++.

1 673 (48.42%) Python
2 609 (43.81%) Java
3 601 (43.24%) Software Engineering
4 535 (38.49%) Agile Software Development
5 488 (35.11%) C
6 436 (31.37%) Linux
7 393 (28.27%) C#
8 247 (17.77%) Security Cleared
9 239 (17.19%) Finance
10 227 (16.33%) SQL
11 223 (16.04%) JavaScript
12 221 (15.90%) .NET
13 211 (15.18%) Git (software)
14 206 (14.82%) SC Cleared
15 196 (14.10%) Front Office
16 186 (13.38%) AWS
17 180 (12.95%) Scrum
18 174 (12.52%) Web Services
19 172 (12.37%) Degree
20 159 (11.44%) Windows
21 154 (11.08%) OO
22 150 (10.79%) Node.js
23 146 (10.50%) UML
24 140 (10.07%) Derivative
25 137 (9.86%) Azure
26 136 (9.78%) TDD
27 130 (9.35%) Test Automation
28 129 (9.28%) AngularJS
29 126 (9.06%) Embedded C++
30 125 (8.99%) React

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 55 (3.96%) Confluence
2 27 (1.94%) Apache Spark
3 24 (1.73%) Tomcat
4 12 (0.86%) SharePoint
5 9 (0.65%) JBoss
6 8 (0.58%) IIS
7 6 (0.43%) Apache
7 6 (0.43%) WinCC
8 5 (0.36%) Apache Airflow
8 5 (0.36%) Luigi
8 5 (0.36%) Umbraco
9 4 (0.29%) Oracle Coherence
10 3 (0.22%) CMS
10 3 (0.22%) Ethereum
10 3 (0.22%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 3 (0.22%) Oracle Workflow
10 3 (0.22%) SAS
10 3 (0.22%) Skype for Business
10 3 (0.22%) WebLogic
11 2 (0.14%) Hyperledger
Applications
1 21 (1.51%) Microsoft Excel
2 19 (1.37%) Simulink
3 7 (0.50%) PlantUML
3 7 (0.50%) Stateflow
4 6 (0.43%) Microsoft Office
5 3 (0.22%) Adobe Illustrator
5 3 (0.22%) Inkscape
6 2 (0.14%) Quicktime
7 1 (0.072%) Blender
7 1 (0.072%) Chatbot
7 1 (0.072%) GNU Octave
7 1 (0.072%) MODO
Business Applications
1 22 (1.58%) FINCAD Analytics
2 15 (1.08%) Dynamics CRM
3 13 (0.94%) ION MarketView
4 7 (0.50%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 4 (0.29%) Eikon
6 3 (0.22%) BASE24
6 3 (0.22%) Orchestrade
7 2 (0.14%) Distributed Ledger
7 2 (0.14%) Kondor
7 2 (0.14%) Oracle ERP
7 2 (0.14%) R3 Corda
8 1 (0.072%) Actimize
8 1 (0.072%) LabWindows
8 1 (0.072%) Magento
8 1 (0.072%) SunGard Martini
8 1 (0.072%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 186 (13.38%) AWS
2 137 (9.86%) Azure
3 66 (4.75%) GCP
4 47 (3.38%) Amazon S3
5 37 (2.66%) Serverless
6 33 (2.37%) GitHub
7 31 (2.23%) AWS Lambda
8 21 (1.51%) AWS Step Functions
9 20 (1.44%) OpenShift
10 17 (1.22%) Amazon SQS
10 17 (1.22%) Cloud Computing
10 17 (1.22%) Power Platform
11 16 (1.15%) SaaS
12 14 (1.01%) Datadog
13 12 (0.86%) Azure Functions
14 9 (0.65%) PaaS
15 6 (0.43%) IaaS
16 5 (0.36%) AWS IoT
17 4 (0.29%) Azure Active Directory
17 4 (0.29%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 77 (5.54%) TCP/IP
2 49 (3.53%) Internet
3 41 (2.95%) Ethernet
4 28 (2.01%) DNS
5 24 (1.73%) Wireless
6 20 (1.44%) RS-485
7 19 (1.37%) Wireshark
8 18 (1.29%) Firewall
9 17 (1.22%) RS-232
10 14 (1.01%) Multicast
11 13 (0.94%) Bluetooth
12 11 (0.79%) AMQP
12 11 (0.79%) HTTP
12 11 (0.79%) Wi-Fi
13 10 (0.72%) Network Security
13 10 (0.72%) ZigBee
14 7 (0.50%) DHCP
14 7 (0.50%) VoIP
15 6 (0.43%) SNMP
15 6 (0.43%) TETRA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 78 (5.61%) NoSQL
2 62 (4.46%) PostgreSQL
3 53 (3.81%) MongoDB
4 47 (3.38%) Amazon Athena
5 46 (3.31%) SQL Server
6 42 (3.02%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 42 (3.02%) Amazon RDS
7 41 (2.95%) Hadoop
8 40 (2.88%) KDB
9 39 (2.81%) Big Data
10 38 (2.73%) MySQL
11 31 (2.23%) Kdb+
12 30 (2.16%) Relational Database
13 22 (1.58%) Amazon Aurora
14 19 (1.37%) DB2
15 18 (1.29%) Apache Cassandra
15 18 (1.29%) Oracle Database
16 17 (1.22%) Amazon Redshift
16 17 (1.22%) Power BI
17 15 (1.08%) Spotfire
Development Applications
1 211 (15.18%) Git (software)
2 90 (6.47%) JIRA
3 82 (5.90%) Jenkins
4 76 (5.47%) Visual Studio
5 56 (4.03%) Maven
6 49 (3.53%) TeamCity
7 46 (3.31%) Rational Rhapsody
8 44 (3.17%) Eclipse
9 40 (2.88%) NetBeans
10 38 (2.73%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 37 (2.66%) Subversion
12 36 (2.59%) GoogleTest
13 26 (1.87%) Mercurial
14 25 (1.80%) SonarQube
15 23 (1.65%) CMake
16 21 (1.51%) Rational DOORS
17 17 (1.22%) NUnit
18 16 (1.15%) FindBugs
18 16 (1.15%) Log4j
19 14 (1.01%) Bitbucket
General
1 239 (17.19%) Finance
2 196 (14.10%) Front Office
3 95 (6.83%) Banking
4 64 (4.60%) Military
5 54 (3.88%) Aerospace
6 46 (3.31%) Electronics
7 39 (2.81%) Law
8 34 (2.45%) Investment Banking
9 32 (2.30%) Public Sector
9 32 (2.30%) Telecoms
10 31 (2.23%) Manufacturing
11 28 (2.01%) Games
12 17 (1.22%) Marketing
13 16 (1.15%) Automotive
14 8 (0.58%) Back Office
15 7 (0.50%) Advertising
15 7 (0.50%) Financial Institution
16 6 (0.43%) Avionics
17 4 (0.29%) Retail
18 3 (0.22%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 582 (41.87%) Developer
2 410 (29.50%) Software Engineer
3 174 (12.52%) C++ Developer
4 164 (11.80%) C++ Software Engineer
5 159 (11.44%) Embedded Engineer
6 140 (10.07%) Embedded Software Engineer
7 91 (6.55%) C Software Engineer
7 91 (6.55%) Java Developer
8 88 (6.33%) Software Developer
9 87 (6.26%) C/C++ Software Engineer
10 84 (6.04%) Senior Developer
11 77 (5.54%) Architect
12 57 (4.10%) Python Developer
13 50 (3.60%) C# Developer
13 50 (3.60%) Embedded C++ Engineer
14 49 (3.53%) Embedded C Engineer
14 49 (3.53%) Embedded C++ Software Engineer
15 46 (3.31%) Embedded C Software Engineer
16 44 (3.17%) Embedded C/C++ Engineer
16 44 (3.17%) Senior Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 221 (15.90%) .NET
2 174 (12.52%) Web Services
3 150 (10.79%) Node.js
4 129 (9.28%) AngularJS
5 125 (8.99%) React
6 64 (4.60%) Qt
7 54 (3.88%) HTML
8 50 (3.60%) J2EE
9 44 (3.17%) Spring
10 43 (3.09%) STL
11 39 (2.81%) OpenGL
12 36 (2.59%) MFC
13 35 (2.52%) XML
14 34 (2.45%) DirectX
15 33 (2.37%) Kafka
15 33 (2.37%) WPF
16 31 (2.23%) CSS
16 31 (2.23%) RabbitMQ
17 30 (2.16%) ActiveX
18 28 (2.01%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 140 (10.07%) Derivative
2 108 (7.77%) Fixed Income
3 104 (7.48%) Greenfield Project
4 61 (4.39%) Equities
5 59 (4.24%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 58 (4.17%) Algorithms
7 50 (3.60%) Analytical Skills
8 49 (3.53%) Data Structures
8 49 (3.53%) Embedded Systems
9 42 (3.02%) Public Cloud
10 41 (2.95%) Hedge funds
11 34 (2.45%) Blog
12 29 (2.09%) Reference Data
13 28 (2.01%) Equity Derivative
14 22 (1.58%) Self-Motivation
15 20 (1.44%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
15 20 (1.44%) User Experience
16 19 (1.37%) Data Centre
17 18 (1.29%) Mobile App
18 14 (1.01%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 436 (31.37%) Linux
2 159 (11.44%) Windows
3 101 (7.27%) Unix
4 47 (3.38%) FreeRTOS
5 44 (3.17%) Android
6 38 (2.73%) Embedded Linux
7 36 (2.59%) CentOS
8 34 (2.45%) ThreadX
9 29 (2.09%) Apple iOS
9 29 (2.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 24 (1.73%) Debian
10 24 (1.73%) Ubuntu
11 9 (0.65%) OpenVMS
12 8 (0.58%) Windows Embedded Compact
13 7 (0.50%) Solaris
14 6 (0.43%) Windows 10
15 5 (0.36%) Windows Server
16 4 (0.29%) Mac OS
17 3 (0.22%) SafeRTOS
17 3 (0.22%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 601 (43.24%) Software Engineering
2 535 (38.49%) Agile Software Development
3 180 (12.95%) Scrum
4 154 (11.08%) OO
5 146 (10.50%) UML
6 136 (9.78%) TDD
7 130 (9.35%) Test Automation
8 121 (8.71%) Computer Science
9 112 (8.06%) DevOps
10 103 (7.41%) Multithreading
11 102 (7.34%) Mathematics
11 102 (7.34%) Open Source
12 97 (6.98%) Asset Management
13 93 (6.69%) Analytics
13 93 (6.69%) SDLC
13 93 (6.69%) Unit Testing
14 89 (6.40%) Continuous Integration
15 79 (5.68%) Problem-Solving
16 72 (5.18%) Microservices
17 66 (4.75%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 673 (48.42%) Python
2 609 (43.81%) Java
3 488 (35.11%) C
4 393 (28.27%) C#
5 227 (16.33%) SQL
6 223 (16.04%) JavaScript
7 126 (9.06%) Embedded C++
8 112 (8.06%) Embedded C
9 80 (5.76%) Ruby
10 59 (4.24%) Perl
11 54 (3.88%) Bash Shell
11 54 (3.88%) R
12 44 (3.17%) PHP
13 41 (2.95%) MATLAB
14 32 (2.30%) PowerShell
15 31 (2.23%) Scala
16 28 (2.01%) GLSL
16 28 (2.01%) HLSL
17 27 (1.94%) Go
18 21 (1.51%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 247 (17.77%) Security Cleared
2 206 (14.82%) SC Cleared
3 172 (12.37%) Degree
4 73 (5.25%) DV Cleared
5 46 (3.31%) Computer Science Degree
6 38 (2.73%) PhD
7 11 (0.79%) Numerate Degree
8 10 (0.72%) Master's Degree
9 9 (0.65%) CCENT
9 9 (0.65%) CCNA
9 9 (0.65%) Cisco Certification
9 9 (0.65%) Network+ Certification
10 7 (0.50%) BPSS Clearance
10 7 (0.50%) Microsoft Certification
11 4 (0.29%) MCSE
12 3 (0.22%) CEH
12 3 (0.22%) MCITP
12 3 (0.22%) MCP
12 3 (0.22%) MCPD
12 3 (0.22%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (2.73%) QA
2 13 (0.94%) JTAG
3 10 (0.72%) NIST
4 6 (0.43%) IEC 62304
5 5 (0.36%) DO-178B
5 5 (0.36%) MISRA
5 5 (0.36%) SLA
6 4 (0.29%) Data Quality
7 3 (0.22%) Disclosure Scotland
7 3 (0.22%) MISRA C
8 2 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 2 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 1 (0.072%) EMIR
9 1 (0.072%) HMG Infosec
9 1 (0.072%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 1 (0.072%) IEC 61508
9 1 (0.072%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.072%) JSP 440
9 1 (0.072%) MiFID
9 1 (0.072%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 95 (6.83%) Docker
2 30 (2.16%) Firmware
3 8 (0.58%) VMware NSX
4 4 (0.29%) Active Directory
4 4 (0.29%) VMware Infrastructure
5 3 (0.22%) Apache Flume
5 3 (0.22%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (0.14%) BusyBox
6 2 (0.14%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.072%) KVM
7 1 (0.072%) LXC
Systems Management
1 53 (3.81%) Kubernetes
2 41 (2.95%) Ansible
3 25 (1.80%) Puppet
4 20 (1.44%) Opscode Chef
5 18 (1.29%) Nagios
6 13 (0.94%) Terraform
7 10 (0.72%) Packer
8 9 (0.65%) vCenter Server
9 5 (0.36%) Salt
10 4 (0.29%) SCOM
10 4 (0.29%) ThinApp
11 3 (0.22%) Graphite
11 3 (0.22%) HP SiteScope
11 3 (0.22%) SCCM
11 3 (0.22%) SELinux
12 2 (0.14%) HP Fortify
12 2 (0.14%) Prometheus
13 1 (0.072%) CSIRT
13 1 (0.072%) HP ALM
13 1 (0.072%) QRadar
Vendors
1 98 (7.05%) Microsoft
2 94 (6.76%) Oracle
3 74 (5.32%) Google
4 52 (3.74%) Atlassian
5 23 (1.65%) Apple
5 23 (1.65%) Bloomberg
6 19 (1.37%) Salesforce.com
6 19 (1.37%) Splunk
7 17 (1.22%) TIBCO
8 16 (1.15%) Reuters
9 15 (1.08%) Solace
10 14 (1.01%) New Relic
11 13 (0.94%) ION Trading
11 13 (0.94%) VMware
12 12 (0.86%) SAP
12 12 (0.86%) Sybase
13 10 (0.72%) Palo Alto
14 9 (0.65%) Cloudera
15 8 (0.58%) MathWorks
15 8 (0.58%) Remedy