Period
to 27 September 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 27 September 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
27 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 111 116 129
Rank change year-on-year +5 +13 -18
Contract jobs citing C++ 658 1,891 2,176
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.25% 2.16% 2.12%
As % of the Programming Languages category 5.32% 5.11% 4.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 396 949 1,333
Median daily rate £511 £450 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.61% -14.29% -
10th Percentile £338 £313 £323
90th Percentile £763 £713 £725
UK excluding London median daily rate £408 £400 £418
% change year-on-year +1.88% -4.19% +4.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 56 192 205
Median hourly rate £45.00 £47.50 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.26% +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £35.63 £40.03 £30.50
90th Percentile £53.88 £53.75 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £47.50 £45.00
% change year-on-year -5.26% +5.56% +2.01%

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 12,370 36,990 45,623
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 42.35% 42.18% 44.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,161 25,599 32,114
Median daily rate £488 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.63% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £313 £320 £313
90th Percentile £688 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £430 £425 £415
% change year-on-year +1.18% +2.41% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 321 674 705
Median hourly rate £35.00 £44.00 £41.61
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.45% +5.74% +4.03%
10th Percentile £13.37 £19.75 £17.00
90th Percentile £52.50 £55.00 £52.50
Median hourly rate £35.00 £43.50 £42.00
% change year-on-year -19.54% +3.57% +3.70%

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 27 September 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 27 September 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 27 September 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 +9 597 £513 +10.22% 747
London +48 390 £575 - 228
UK excluding London -36 210 £408 +1.88% 566
Work from Home -27 81 £450 +9.09% 130
South East +20 69 £420 -1.18% 160
East of England +5 47 £400 +6.67% 113
South West -35 41 £425 +0.12% 94
North of England +39 24 £350 -9.68% 88
North West +62 16 £400 -6.43% 37
Midlands +26 12 £400 +3.23% 63
Northern Ireland +11 9 £431 +0.82% 8
West Midlands +27 8 £345 -11.54% 37
Yorkshire +21 7 £331 -6.03% 35
Scotland +50 5 £393 +20.77% 30
East Midlands +35 4 £400 +23.08% 26
Wales +24 4 £418 +11.33% 10
North East +38 1 £325 - 16

For the 6 months to 27 September 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++.

1 289 (43.92%) Python
2 234 (35.56%) Java
3 192 (29.18%) Linux
4 189 (28.72%) C#
5 179 (27.20%) C
6 173 (26.29%) Software Engineering
7 138 (20.97%) SQL
8 130 (19.76%) Banking
9 123 (18.69%) Finance
10 122 (18.54%) Agile Software Development
11 97 (14.74%) Front Office
12 89 (13.53%) Investment Banking
13 81 (12.31%) .NET
13 81 (12.31%) Windows
14 80 (12.16%) JavaScript
15 76 (11.55%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 76 (11.55%) Git (software)
16 74 (11.25%) Oracle
16 74 (11.25%) Problem-Solving
17 67 (10.18%) Security Cleared
18 61 (9.27%) Scrum
19 60 (9.12%) Degree
20 59 (8.97%) AWS
20 59 (8.97%) Analytics
20 59 (8.97%) Low Latency
21 57 (8.66%) Computer Science
22 56 (8.51%) STL
23 55 (8.36%) OO
23 55 (8.36%) Mathematics
24 52 (7.90%) Multithreading

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 26 (3.95%) Confluence
2 23 (3.50%) Tomcat
3 16 (2.43%) CMS
4 14 (2.13%) Apache
5 9 (1.37%) Moodle
6 7 (1.06%) Apache Spark
6 7 (1.06%) MQSeries
6 7 (1.06%) WebLogic
6 7 (1.06%) WebSphere
7 6 (0.91%) Elasticsearch
8 5 (0.76%) CICS
8 5 (0.76%) JBoss
8 5 (0.76%) Jetty
8 5 (0.76%) Oracle Self-Service HR
8 5 (0.76%) Red Hat Fuse
9 3 (0.46%) DNN
9 3 (0.46%) nginx
10 2 (0.30%) Apache Airflow
10 2 (0.30%) DataSynapse
10 2 (0.30%) Tuxedo
Applications
1 27 (4.10%) Microsoft Excel
2 10 (1.52%) Microsoft Office
3 5 (0.76%) Maya
4 4 (0.61%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.46%) Simulink
5 3 (0.46%) Windchill
6 2 (0.30%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.30%) Stateflow
7 1 (0.15%) Blender
7 1 (0.15%) CINEMA 4D
7 1 (0.15%) CPLEX
7 1 (0.15%) Houdini
7 1 (0.15%) Microsoft Project
7 1 (0.15%) MODO
Business Applications
1 15 (2.28%) SunGard Martini
2 6 (0.91%) ION MarketView
2 6 (0.91%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 2 (0.30%) Teamcenter
4 1 (0.15%) FINCAD Analytics
4 1 (0.15%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 59 (8.97%) AWS
2 46 (6.99%) Azure
3 27 (4.10%) GCP
4 17 (2.58%) AWS Lambda
4 17 (2.58%) Serverless
5 13 (1.98%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 13 (1.98%) Datadog
6 11 (1.67%) OpenShift
7 7 (1.06%) Azure Functions
8 6 (0.91%) Amazon S3
8 6 (0.91%) AWS CloudFormation
9 5 (0.76%) Amazon ECS
10 4 (0.61%) Amazon SQS
10 4 (0.61%) AWS Step Functions
10 4 (0.61%) Azure Stack
11 3 (0.46%) Amazon EC2
11 3 (0.46%) Apigee
11 3 (0.46%) PaaS
12 2 (0.30%) Cloud Computing
12 2 (0.30%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 38 (5.78%) Wi-Fi
2 35 (5.32%) TCP/IP
3 33 (5.02%) Bluetooth
4 32 (4.86%) Wireless
5 26 (3.95%) ZigBee
6 10 (1.52%) Ethernet
7 6 (0.91%) Firewall
7 6 (0.91%) Multicast
8 5 (0.76%) HTTP
8 5 (0.76%) SSH
9 4 (0.61%) Network Security
9 4 (0.61%) RS-485
10 3 (0.46%) 5G
10 3 (0.46%) Internet
10 3 (0.46%) Modbus
10 3 (0.46%) MQTT
10 3 (0.46%) RS-232
10 3 (0.46%) RS-422
10 3 (0.46%) VoIP
10 3 (0.46%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 36 (5.47%) NoSQL
2 35 (5.32%) SQL Server
3 34 (5.17%) MySQL
4 30 (4.56%) Big Data
5 26 (3.95%) Oracle Database
6 20 (3.04%) PostgreSQL
7 18 (2.74%) MongoDB
8 17 (2.58%) Hadoop
9 16 (2.43%) Relational Database
10 11 (1.67%) KDB
11 10 (1.52%) Oracle Database 12c
12 9 (1.37%) Data Warehouse
12 9 (1.37%) Spotfire
13 8 (1.22%) Apache Cassandra
14 6 (0.91%) Oracle Database 11g
15 5 (0.76%) Amazon Redshift
15 5 (0.76%) Data Mining
16 4 (0.61%) Redis
17 3 (0.46%) Azure SQL Database
17 3 (0.46%) CouchDB
Development Applications
1 76 (11.55%) Git (software)
2 44 (6.69%) Visual Studio
3 36 (5.47%) JIRA
3 36 (5.47%) Subversion
4 24 (3.65%) GDB
5 21 (3.19%) GCC
6 20 (3.04%) Eclipse
7 17 (2.58%) Jenkins
8 14 (2.13%) Selenium
9 13 (1.98%) CMake
9 13 (1.98%) CppUnit
10 12 (1.82%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 12 (1.82%) Gradle
10 12 (1.82%) TeamCity
11 10 (1.52%) NetBeans
11 10 (1.52%) Oracle APEX
12 9 (1.37%) Artifactory
12 9 (1.37%) Maven
13 8 (1.22%) PVCS
14 6 (0.91%) NUnit
General
1 130 (19.76%) Banking
2 123 (18.69%) Finance
3 97 (14.74%) Front Office
4 89 (13.53%) Investment Banking
5 41 (6.23%) Electronics
6 25 (3.80%) Law
7 24 (3.65%) Games
8 17 (2.58%) French Language
9 16 (2.43%) Aerospace
10 12 (1.82%) Telecoms
11 8 (1.22%) Financial Institution
11 8 (1.22%) Military
12 7 (1.06%) Back Office
12 7 (1.06%) Manufacturing
12 7 (1.06%) Public Sector
13 4 (0.61%) Pharmaceutical
13 4 (0.61%) Spanish Language
14 3 (0.46%) Marketing
14 3 (0.46%) Portuguese Language
14 3 (0.46%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 322 (48.94%) Developer
2 151 (22.95%) C++ Developer
3 127 (19.30%) Software Engineer
4 62 (9.42%) Embedded Engineer
5 54 (8.21%) Embedded Software Engineer
6 44 (6.69%) Java Developer
7 42 (6.38%) Analyst
8 31 (4.71%) Quantitative Developer
9 30 (4.56%) C++ Software Engineer
10 29 (4.41%) C# Developer
11 28 (4.26%) Python Developer
12 27 (4.10%) Qualitative Analyst
12 27 (4.10%) Quantitative Analyst
12 27 (4.10%) Senior Developer
12 27 (4.10%) Software Developer
13 24 (3.65%) Investment Banking C++ Developer
14 22 (3.34%) Senior C++ Developer
15 21 (3.19%) Architect
15 21 (3.19%) Pricing Developer
16 16 (2.43%) C++ Pricing Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 81 (12.31%) .NET
2 56 (8.51%) STL
3 46 (6.99%) Boost C++ Libraries
4 41 (6.23%) Web Services
5 38 (5.78%) XML
6 34 (5.17%) Node.js
7 32 (4.86%) AngularJS
8 29 (4.41%) Yocto
9 26 (3.95%) HTML
10 25 (3.80%) React
11 22 (3.34%) Unity (Game Engine)
12 19 (2.89%) Unreal Engine
13 18 (2.74%) Qt
14 17 (2.58%) Middleware
15 16 (2.43%) REST
16 15 (2.28%) FIX Protocol
16 15 (2.28%) LAMP
17 14 (2.13%) CSS
17 14 (2.13%) HTML5
17 14 (2.13%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 76 (11.55%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 49 (7.45%) Derivative
3 45 (6.84%) Analytical Skills
4 43 (6.53%) Fixed Income
5 40 (6.08%) Algorithms
6 33 (5.02%) Equities
7 29 (4.41%) Device Driver
8 24 (3.65%) Home Automation
9 23 (3.50%) Greenfield Project
9 23 (3.50%) Hedge funds
10 19 (2.89%) Self-Motivation
11 18 (2.74%) User Experience
12 16 (2.43%) Linux Command Line
13 13 (1.98%) Blog
13 13 (1.98%) Data Structures
13 13 (1.98%) Equity Derivative
14 10 (1.52%) Mobile App
15 9 (1.37%) Public Cloud
15 9 (1.37%) STB
16 8 (1.22%) Media Streaming
Operating Systems
1 192 (29.18%) Linux
2 81 (12.31%) Windows
3 49 (7.45%) Android
4 42 (6.38%) Unix
5 14 (2.13%) Apple iOS
6 9 (1.37%) Embedded Linux
6 9 (1.37%) OpenVMS
6 9 (1.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 7 (1.06%) Ubuntu
7 7 (1.06%) Windows Server
8 5 (0.76%) CentOS
8 5 (0.76%) Debian
8 5 (0.76%) Mac OS
8 5 (0.76%) Mac OS X
8 5 (0.76%) zOS
9 2 (0.30%) FreeRTOS
10 1 (0.15%) Robot Operating System
10 1 (0.15%) SUSE
10 1 (0.15%) VMS
10 1 (0.15%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 173 (26.29%) Software Engineering
2 122 (18.54%) Agile Software Development
3 74 (11.25%) Problem-Solving
4 61 (9.27%) Scrum
5 59 (8.97%) Analytics
5 59 (8.97%) Low Latency
6 57 (8.66%) Computer Science
7 55 (8.36%) Mathematics
7 55 (8.36%) OO
8 52 (7.90%) Multithreading
9 50 (7.60%) Test Automation
10 47 (7.14%) TDD
11 45 (6.84%) DevOps
12 41 (6.23%) Electronic Trading
13 37 (5.62%) Unit Testing
14 36 (5.47%) Continuous Integration
14 36 (5.47%) UML
15 34 (5.17%) Open Source
16 31 (4.71%) Microservices
17 29 (4.41%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 289 (43.92%) Python
2 234 (35.56%) Java
3 189 (28.72%) C#
4 179 (27.20%) C
5 138 (20.97%) SQL
6 80 (12.16%) JavaScript
7 37 (5.62%) Embedded C++
8 28 (4.26%) Bash Shell
9 27 (4.10%) PowerShell
10 25 (3.80%) VBA
11 24 (3.65%) Ruby
12 21 (3.19%) Perl
13 18 (2.74%) R
14 17 (2.58%) Scala
15 15 (2.28%) Go
15 15 (2.28%) PHP
16 14 (2.13%) MATLAB
16 14 (2.13%) VB
17 12 (1.82%) Embedded C
17 12 (1.82%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 67 (10.18%) Security Cleared
2 60 (9.12%) Degree
3 42 (6.38%) SC Cleared
4 24 (3.65%) Computer Science Degree
5 17 (2.58%) Master's Degree
6 11 (1.67%) DV Cleared
6 11 (1.67%) PhD
7 7 (1.06%) CompTIA Security+
7 7 (1.06%) GCFA
8 4 (0.61%) BPSS Clearance
9 3 (0.46%) Microsoft Certification
9 3 (0.46%) OSCP
10 2 (0.30%) CREST Certified
10 2 (0.30%) MCAD
10 2 (0.30%) Numerate Degree
11 1 (0.15%) CISM
11 1 (0.15%) CISSP
11 1 (0.15%) ITIL Certification
11 1 (0.15%) RHCE
11 1 (0.15%) RHCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (5.47%) QA
2 8 (1.22%) PCI DSS
3 6 (0.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (0.91%) NIST
4 3 (0.46%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.30%) HL7
5 2 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 17025
6 1 (0.15%) Def Stans
6 1 (0.15%) DO-178B
6 1 (0.15%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 1 (0.15%) JTAG
6 1 (0.15%) MISRA
6 1 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.15%) SLA
System Software
1 28 (4.26%) Docker
2 10 (1.52%) Firmware
3 3 (0.46%) GridGain
4 2 (0.30%) Active Directory
4 2 (0.30%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.15%) Ceph
5 1 (0.15%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.15%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.15%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 23 (3.50%) Kubernetes
2 16 (2.43%) Nagios
3 9 (1.37%) Ansible
3 9 (1.37%) Puppet
4 8 (1.22%) Salt
4 8 (1.22%) Terraform
5 6 (0.91%) HP ALM
5 6 (0.91%) HP Fortify
6 5 (0.76%) Kibana
7 2 (0.30%) EnCase
7 2 (0.30%) Prometheus
8 1 (0.15%) Grafana
8 1 (0.15%) Istio
8 1 (0.15%) ITRS Geneos
8 1 (0.15%) logstash
8 1 (0.15%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (0.15%) QRadar
8 1 (0.15%) Tivoli Identity Manager
8 1 (0.15%) Trend Micro Deep Security
8 1 (0.15%) WSUS
Vendors
1 74 (11.25%) Oracle
2 38 (5.78%) Microsoft
3 19 (2.89%) Splunk
4 17 (2.58%) Google
5 15 (2.28%) SunGard
6 14 (2.13%) IBM
7 13 (1.98%) FIS
8 12 (1.82%) Ingenico
9 11 (1.67%) Atlassian
9 11 (1.67%) Red Hat
10 9 (1.37%) Sybase
11 8 (1.22%) MuleSoft
12 7 (1.06%) Atmel
12 7 (1.06%) ION Trading
12 7 (1.06%) Sonatype
13 6 (0.91%) Black Duck
13 6 (0.91%) HP
13 6 (0.91%) Micro Focus
13 6 (0.91%) Qualys
13 6 (0.91%) Sparx