Period
to 26 July 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 26 July 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
26 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 137 136 120
Rank change year-on-year -1 -16 +9
Contract jobs citing C++ 1,381 695 1,966
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.94% 1.85% 2.13%
As % of the Programming Languages category 4.83% 4.48% 4.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 906 396 1,022
10th Percentile £375 £363 £313
25th Percentile £450 £416 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £600 £525 £463
Median % change year-on-year +14.29% +13.51% -11.90%
75th Percentile £745 £675 £625
90th Percentile £775 £750 £712
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £390
% change year-on-year +5.88% +8.97% -2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 60 201
10th Percentile £40.05 £20.50 £38.00
25th Percentile £44.38 £41.44 £42.00
Median hourly rate £50.00 £46.21 £47.50
Median % change year-on-year +8.21% -2.73% +10.47%
75th Percentile £64.63 £52.50 £51.25
90th Percentile £69.83 £53.78 £53.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.00 £45.00 £47.50
% change year-on-year +11.11% -5.26% +11.76%

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 28,591 15,520 39,363
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 40.25% 41.37% 42.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 20,232 10,943 27,542
10th Percentile £349 £325 £323
25th Percentile £413 £406 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year - +5.26% +3.26%
75th Percentile £605 £588 £575
90th Percentile £700 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 468 274 661
10th Percentile £16.00 £16.33 £20.23
25th Percentile £25.00 £21.57 £33.25
Median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £44.57
Median % change year-on-year - -4.63% +8.70%
75th Percentile £55.00 £50.00 £51.00
90th Percentile £65.08 £57.85 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.00 £42.50 £45.00
% change year-on-year -3.53% -5.56% +10.43%

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 26 July 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 26 July 2021.

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 26 July 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 +7 1,260 £600 +14.29% 1,072
London +16 839 £650 +9.24% 366
UK excluding London +11 412 £450 +5.88% 772
Work from Home -83 284 £550 +29.41% 194
South East +4 109 £450 +1.12% 187
South West +10 99 £450 - 108
East of England +10 70 £450 +12.15% 160
North of England -19 56 £435 +16.85% 144
Midlands -13 39 £425 +21.43% 105
Scotland -40 33 £450 +5.88% 39
North West -23 32 £440 +3.53% 75
West Midlands -28 22 £425 +21.43% 59
East Midlands +3 17 £360 - 45
Yorkshire -10 16 £400 - 50
North East +4 8 £475 +59.66% 19
Northern Ireland -5 4 £500 +16.01% 7
Wales -6 2 £413 -1.20% 21

For the 6 months to 26 July 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++.

1 585 (42.36%) Java
2 581 (42.07%) Python
3 518 (37.51%) C#
4 480 (34.76%) Software Engineering
5 440 (31.86%) Agile Software Development
6 379 (27.44%) Linux
7 354 (25.63%) SQL
8 307 (22.23%) C
9 293 (21.22%) Finance
10 280 (20.28%) Social Skills
11 276 (19.99%) .NET
12 249 (18.03%) Banking
13 244 (17.67%) Front Office
14 239 (17.31%) Windows
15 218 (15.79%) AWS
16 217 (15.71%) Azure
17 215 (15.57%) JavaScript
18 213 (15.42%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
19 200 (14.48%) DevOps
20 184 (13.32%) Jenkins
20 184 (13.32%) Degree
21 173 (12.53%) Git (software)
22 170 (12.31%) Oracle
22 170 (12.31%) OO
23 168 (12.17%) Investment Banking
24 165 (11.95%) Multithreading
25 161 (11.66%) Security Cleared
25 161 (11.66%) TDD
26 157 (11.37%) Test Automation
27 147 (10.64%) Computer Science

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 59 (4.27%) Confluence
2 39 (2.82%) BizTalk Server
3 28 (2.03%) Apache Spark
4 27 (1.96%) Apache
5 20 (1.45%) Oracle Coherence
6 17 (1.23%) Apache Airflow
7 10 (0.72%) DataSynapse
8 9 (0.65%) Luigi
9 8 (0.58%) WebSphere
10 7 (0.51%) Elasticsearch
10 7 (0.51%) Tomcat
11 6 (0.43%) Oracle Workflow
12 5 (0.36%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 4 (0.29%) SharePoint
14 3 (0.22%) IIS
14 3 (0.22%) Jupyter
14 3 (0.22%) Mule
14 3 (0.22%) OpenStack
15 2 (0.14%) Ethereum
15 2 (0.14%) Wowza Streaming Engine
Applications
1 25 (1.81%) Microsoft Excel
2 10 (0.72%) Simulink
3 8 (0.58%) Microsoft Office
4 3 (0.22%) Maya
4 3 (0.22%) ZBrush
5 2 (0.14%) CPLEX
5 2 (0.14%) Houdini
5 2 (0.14%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.14%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.072%) 3ds Max
6 1 (0.072%) FrameMaker
6 1 (0.072%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.072%) Mathcad
6 1 (0.072%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.072%) SOLIDWORKS
6 1 (0.072%) TargetLink
Business Applications
1 33 (2.39%) SunGard Martini
2 15 (1.09%) ION MarketView
3 12 (0.87%) Summit
4 10 (0.72%) Orchestrade
5 5 (0.36%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 4 (0.29%) BASE24
7 2 (0.14%) Payment Gateway
7 2 (0.14%) Teamcenter
8 1 (0.072%) Dynamics CRM
8 1 (0.072%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 1 (0.072%) Sentinel
8 1 (0.072%) Towers Watson Igloo
Cloud Services
1 218 (15.79%) AWS
2 217 (15.71%) Azure
3 83 (6.01%) GCP
4 58 (4.20%) Serverless
5 48 (3.48%) AWS Lambda
6 46 (3.33%) GitHub
7 45 (3.26%) Azure Cosmos DB
8 43 (3.11%) Azure Logic Apps
9 41 (2.97%) Azure Functions
10 40 (2.90%) Azure Storage
11 38 (2.75%) AWS CloudFormation
12 29 (2.10%) OpenShift
13 27 (1.96%) SaaS
14 19 (1.38%) IaaS
15 18 (1.30%) PaaS
16 17 (1.23%) Amazon S3
17 16 (1.16%) Apigee
18 15 (1.09%) Amazon EC2
19 9 (0.65%) Azure Pipelines
19 9 (0.65%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 48 (3.48%) TCP/IP
2 30 (2.17%) Ethernet
3 28 (2.03%) HTTP
4 22 (1.59%) LAN
5 18 (1.30%) Firewall
6 15 (1.09%) Wi-Fi
6 15 (1.09%) Wireless
7 14 (1.01%) IPv4
8 13 (0.94%) Internet
9 12 (0.87%) Bluetooth
10 11 (0.80%) DNS
11 10 (0.72%) ATM
11 10 (0.72%) Modbus
11 10 (0.72%) WAN
12 9 (0.65%) 5G
12 9 (0.65%) RS-485
13 8 (0.58%) DHCP
13 8 (0.58%) HTTPS
13 8 (0.58%) MQTT
13 8 (0.58%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 79 (5.72%) Relational Database
2 66 (4.78%) MongoDB
3 63 (4.56%) SQL Server
4 61 (4.42%) NoSQL
5 48 (3.48%) Oracle Database
6 46 (3.33%) Azure SQL Database
6 46 (3.33%) Oracle Database 12c
7 33 (2.39%) MySQL
7 33 (2.39%) PostgreSQL
8 25 (1.81%) Big Data
9 22 (1.59%) Hadoop
10 14 (1.01%) Data Mining
11 13 (0.94%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 13 (0.94%) Apache Cassandra
11 13 (0.94%) Data Mart
12 12 (0.87%) Blockchain
13 11 (0.80%) Tableau
14 10 (0.72%) Data Warehouse
14 10 (0.72%) Metadata
15 9 (0.65%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 184 (13.32%) Jenkins
2 173 (12.53%) Git (software)
3 121 (8.76%) Visual Studio
4 116 (8.40%) JIRA
5 108 (7.82%) Subversion
6 60 (4.34%) Bitbucket
7 42 (3.04%) TeamCity
8 41 (2.97%) Oracle APEX
9 38 (2.75%) Eclipse
10 37 (2.68%) CppUnit
11 32 (2.32%) JUnit
12 30 (2.17%) Artifactory
13 27 (1.96%) GitLab
13 27 (1.96%) Xcode
14 26 (1.88%) NetBeans
15 25 (1.81%) Selenium
16 24 (1.74%) Maven
17 19 (1.38%) Cucumber
17 19 (1.38%) Sonatype Nexus
18 18 (1.30%) Robot Framework
General
1 293 (21.22%) Finance
2 280 (20.28%) Social Skills
3 249 (18.03%) Banking
4 244 (17.67%) Front Office
5 168 (12.17%) Investment Banking
6 112 (8.11%) Analytical Skills
7 49 (3.55%) Law
8 37 (2.68%) Aerospace
9 32 (2.32%) Presentation Skills
10 30 (2.17%) Back Office
11 29 (2.10%) Electronics
12 25 (1.81%) Games
13 24 (1.74%) Automotive
13 24 (1.74%) Public Sector
14 23 (1.67%) Telecoms
15 19 (1.38%) Documentation Skills
15 19 (1.38%) Financial Institution
16 17 (1.23%) Manufacturing
17 14 (1.01%) Military
18 13 (0.94%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 786 (56.92%) Developer
2 324 (23.46%) C++ Developer
3 203 (14.70%) Software Engineer
4 130 (9.41%) Java Developer
5 124 (8.98%) C# Developer
6 95 (6.88%) Front Office Developer
7 82 (5.94%) C++ Software Engineer
8 75 (5.43%) Python Developer
9 74 (5.36%) Quantitative Developer
10 72 (5.21%) Embedded Engineer
11 66 (4.78%) Embedded Software Engineer
11 66 (4.78%) Senior Developer
12 63 (4.56%) Software Developer
13 54 (3.91%) Data Engineer
14 53 (3.84%) Lead Developer
15 52 (3.77%) Architect
15 52 (3.77%) Investment Banking C++ Developer
16 47 (3.40%) Full Stack Developer
17 43 (3.11%) C++/C# Developer
18 38 (2.75%) Investment Banking Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 276 (19.99%) .NET
2 118 (8.54%) AngularJS
3 112 (8.11%) Node.js
4 97 (7.02%) .NET Core
5 96 (6.95%) XML
6 86 (6.23%) React
7 74 (5.36%) HTML
8 72 (5.21%) JSON
9 70 (5.07%) STL
10 61 (4.42%) REST
11 58 (4.20%) Boost C++ Libraries
12 57 (4.13%) Web Services
13 51 (3.69%) FIX Protocol
14 46 (3.33%) Kafka
14 46 (3.33%) RESTful
15 42 (3.04%) .NET Framework
16 39 (2.82%) GraphQL
17 37 (2.68%) Qt
18 33 (2.39%) Middleware
19 31 (2.24%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 213 (15.42%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 118 (8.54%) Derivative
3 109 (7.89%) Fixed Income
4 98 (7.10%) Algorithms
5 88 (6.37%) Data Structures
6 62 (4.49%) Hedge funds
7 59 (4.27%) Equities
8 58 (4.20%) User Experience
9 53 (3.84%) Cloud Native
10 47 (3.40%) Legacy Systems
11 44 (3.19%) Greenfield Project
12 43 (3.11%) Credit Risk
13 38 (2.75%) Self-Motivation
14 34 (2.46%) Enterprise Software
15 29 (2.10%) Embedded Systems
16 27 (1.96%) Management Information System
17 24 (1.74%) Market Risk
17 24 (1.74%) Mobile App
18 22 (1.59%) Client/Server
19 21 (1.52%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 379 (27.44%) Linux
2 239 (17.31%) Windows
3 87 (6.30%) Unix
4 57 (4.13%) Android
5 47 (3.40%) Apple iOS
6 28 (2.03%) Embedded Linux
7 22 (1.59%) Mac OS
8 17 (1.23%) CentOS
9 14 (1.01%) Windows 10
9 14 (1.01%) Windows Server
10 13 (0.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 9 (0.65%) FreeRTOS
11 9 (0.65%) Windows Server 2016
12 4 (0.29%) VxWorks
13 3 (0.22%) Solaris
13 3 (0.22%) ThreadX
13 3 (0.22%) Ubuntu
14 2 (0.14%) Mac OS X
14 2 (0.14%) SafeRTOS
14 2 (0.14%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 480 (34.76%) Software Engineering
2 440 (31.86%) Agile Software Development
3 200 (14.48%) DevOps
4 170 (12.31%) OO
5 165 (11.95%) Multithreading
6 161 (11.66%) TDD
7 157 (11.37%) Test Automation
8 147 (10.64%) Computer Science
9 141 (10.21%) Scrum
10 138 (9.99%) Microservices
11 135 (9.78%) Analytics
12 132 (9.56%) Continuous Integration
13 121 (8.76%) Unit Testing
14 118 (8.54%) SDLC
15 117 (8.47%) Problem-Solving
16 107 (7.75%) Low Latency
17 90 (6.52%) Electronic Trading
18 87 (6.30%) Mathematics
19 86 (6.23%) Validation
20 83 (6.01%) Multithreaded Programming
Programming Languages
1 585 (42.36%) Java
2 581 (42.07%) Python
3 518 (37.51%) C#
4 354 (25.63%) SQL
5 307 (22.23%) C
6 215 (15.57%) JavaScript
7 119 (8.62%) Go
8 87 (6.30%) Scala
9 73 (5.29%) TypeScript
10 55 (3.98%) Perl
10 55 (3.98%) PL/SQL
11 52 (3.77%) Kotlin
12 50 (3.62%) T-SQL
13 49 (3.55%) Bash Shell
13 49 (3.55%) Embedded C++
14 43 (3.11%) Objective-C
15 42 (3.04%) Embedded C
16 39 (2.82%) Ruby
17 38 (2.75%) PowerShell
17 38 (2.75%) VBA
Qualifications
1 184 (13.32%) Degree
2 161 (11.66%) Security Cleared
3 142 (10.28%) SC Cleared
4 42 (3.04%) Computer Science Degree
5 22 (1.59%) Numerate Degree
6 15 (1.09%) DV Cleared
7 10 (0.72%) PhD
8 9 (0.65%) BPSS Clearance
8 9 (0.65%) Master's Degree
9 8 (0.58%) CCNA
9 8 (0.58%) Cisco Certification
10 6 (0.43%) ISTQB
11 5 (0.36%) Sun Certification
12 4 (0.29%) AWS Certification
12 4 (0.29%) CISSP
13 3 (0.22%) Microsoft Certification
13 3 (0.22%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 2 (0.14%) CCNP
14 2 (0.14%) CEH
14 2 (0.14%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 69 (5.00%) QA
2 10 (0.72%) MiFID
3 8 (0.58%) GDPR
4 6 (0.43%) SLA
5 5 (0.36%) Accessibility
5 5 (0.36%) IEC 61508
6 4 (0.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 4 (0.29%) MISRA
7 3 (0.22%) DO-178B
7 3 (0.22%) MISRA C
7 3 (0.22%) PMO
8 2 (0.14%) DO-254
8 2 (0.14%) HIPAA
8 2 (0.14%) ISO 26262
9 1 (0.072%) Data Quality
9 1 (0.072%) Disclosure Scotland
9 1 (0.072%) ISO 20022
System Software
1 111 (8.04%) Docker
2 18 (1.30%) Firmware
3 12 (0.87%) Virtual Machines
4 9 (0.65%) VMware Infrastructure
5 8 (0.58%) Active Directory
6 7 (0.51%) iptables
7 4 (0.29%) KVM
7 4 (0.29%) Xen
8 3 (0.22%) vCloud
8 3 (0.22%) VMware NSX
9 2 (0.14%) Ceph
9 2 (0.14%) GridGain
10 1 (0.072%) Hyper-V
10 1 (0.072%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (0.072%) VirtualBox
10 1 (0.072%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 126 (9.12%) Kubernetes
2 55 (3.98%) Ansible
3 51 (3.69%) Terraform
4 19 (1.38%) BladeLogic
5 17 (1.23%) Puppet
6 16 (1.16%) ITRS Geneos
7 13 (0.94%) Opscode Chef
8 9 (0.65%) Istio
8 9 (0.65%) Prometheus
9 7 (0.51%) SCCM
10 6 (0.43%) Grafana
11 4 (0.29%) Knative
12 3 (0.22%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
12 3 (0.22%) HP ALM
12 3 (0.22%) MIIS
12 3 (0.22%) Sysdig
12 3 (0.22%) vCenter Server
12 3 (0.22%) vRealize Orchestrator
13 2 (0.14%) Kibana
13 2 (0.14%) Salt
Vendors
1 170 (12.31%) Oracle
2 78 (5.65%) Microsoft
3 42 (3.04%) MuleSoft
4 38 (2.75%) IBM
5 37 (2.68%) Google
6 34 (2.46%) FIS
7 33 (2.39%) SunGard
8 19 (1.38%) Atlassian
9 18 (1.30%) Splunk
9 18 (1.30%) Sybase
10 16 (1.16%) ION Trading
11 14 (1.01%) TIBCO
12 13 (0.94%) Red Hat
12 13 (0.94%) Salesforce.com
13 11 (0.80%) Dynatrace
13 11 (0.80%) SOASTA, Inc
13 11 (0.80%) VMware
14 9 (0.65%) Blue Prism
14 9 (0.65%) Embarcadero
14 9 (0.65%) SAP