Period
to 12 April 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 12 April 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
12 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 122 149 143
Rank change year-on-year +27 -6 -14
Contract jobs citing C++ 1,043 1,026 1,807
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.00% 1.72% 1.87%
As % of the Programming Languages category 4.92% 4.24% 4.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 636 591 1,086
10th Percentile £360 £356 £313
25th Percentile £438 £413 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £575 £475 £473
Median % change year-on-year +21.05% +0.53% -10.00%
75th Percentile £713 £630 £638
90th Percentile £775 £725 £750
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £396
% change year-on-year +5.88% +7.26% +2.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 54 102 164
10th Percentile £34.54 £38.58 £36.75
25th Percentile £41.25 £42.50 £41.25
Median hourly rate £47.50 £47.50 £45.00
Median % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
75th Percentile £55.94 £51.75 £48.75
90th Percentile £60.00 £53.68 £53.38
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.50 £46.74 £45.00
% change year-on-year +1.63% +3.87% +5.88%

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 21,191 24,190 41,532
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 40.54% 40.56% 43.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 14,931 16,999 29,364
10th Percentile £320 £325 £323
25th Percentile £400 £400 £394
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £485 £475
Median % change year-on-year +3.09% +2.11% +2.70%
75th Percentile £588 £575 £575
90th Percentile £675 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £445 £425
% change year-on-year -4.49% +4.71% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 455 462 635
10th Percentile £15.46 £17.28 £17.03
25th Percentile £25.00 £22.55 £24.38
Median hourly rate £42.50 £43.50 £42.50
Median % change year-on-year -2.30% +2.35% +6.25%
75th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £48.75
90th Percentile £61.25 £57.40 £53.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £42.50 £42.81
% change year-on-year -5.88% -0.72% +7.02%

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 12 April 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 12 April 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 12 April 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 +36 941 £578 +18.77% 968
London +51 602 £650 +18.18% 298
UK excluding London +8 319 £450 +5.88% 744
Work from Home -85 200 £500 +21.21% 172
South East +35 86 £455 +1.11% 187
South West -6 72 £450 - 115
East of England +23 67 £450 - 138
North of England +26 38 £393 +1.95% 130
Midlands +33 29 £355 -11.25% 101
North West +22 26 £425 +10.03% 65
Scotland +16 20 £450 +24.14% 43
East Midlands +39 18 £368 -18.33% 45
Yorkshire +32 11 £325 -18.75% 53
West Midlands +9 11 £225 -40.00% 56
Northern Ireland +14 6 £400 - 14
Wales +15 1 £500 +23.46% 17
North East +11 1 - - 12

For the 6 months to 12 April 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++.

1 403 (38.64%) Python
2 394 (37.78%) C#
3 380 (36.43%) Java
4 366 (35.09%) Software Engineering
5 335 (32.12%) Linux
6 279 (26.75%) Agile Software Development
7 220 (21.09%) C
8 216 (20.71%) Front Office
9 195 (18.70%) Finance
9 195 (18.70%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 193 (18.50%) .NET
11 188 (18.02%) SQL
12 173 (16.59%) Banking
13 165 (15.82%) AWS
14 161 (15.44%) JavaScript
15 153 (14.67%) Azure
16 149 (14.29%) Windows
17 136 (13.04%) Security Cleared
18 133 (12.75%) Kubernetes
18 133 (12.75%) Investment Banking
19 126 (12.08%) TDD
20 125 (11.98%) DevOps
21 124 (11.89%) Degree
22 117 (11.22%) Git (software)
23 116 (11.12%) SC Cleared
24 105 (10.07%) Jenkins
25 102 (9.78%) Low Latency
26 101 (9.68%) Oracle
27 97 (9.30%) Algorithms
28 94 (9.01%) Docker

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 36 (3.45%) Confluence
2 33 (3.16%) BizTalk Server
3 30 (2.88%) Apache
4 27 (2.59%) Apache Spark
5 11 (1.05%) Tomcat
6 10 (0.96%) Oracle Coherence
7 8 (0.77%) DNN
8 7 (0.67%) OpenStack
9 6 (0.58%) Apache Airflow
10 5 (0.48%) CMS
10 5 (0.48%) Elasticsearch
10 5 (0.48%) MQSeries
11 4 (0.38%) JBoss
11 4 (0.38%) Jetty
11 4 (0.38%) Oracle Self-Service HR
11 4 (0.38%) Red Hat Fuse
11 4 (0.38%) WebLogic
12 3 (0.29%) Luigi
12 3 (0.29%) SAS
13 2 (0.19%) SharePoint
Applications
1 19 (1.82%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (1.15%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (0.58%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (0.38%) Maya
4 4 (0.38%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (0.19%) 3ds Max
5 2 (0.19%) Houdini
5 2 (0.19%) ZBrush
6 1 (0.096%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.096%) Simulink
6 1 (0.096%) TargetLink
Business Applications
1 9 (0.86%) Summit
2 6 (0.58%) SunGard Martini
3 4 (0.38%) BASE24
3 4 (0.38%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 3 (0.29%) ION MarketView
5 1 (0.096%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.096%) Oracle BPM
5 1 (0.096%) Oracle ERP
5 1 (0.096%) Quorum
5 1 (0.096%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 165 (15.82%) AWS
2 153 (14.67%) Azure
3 59 (5.66%) GitHub
4 57 (5.47%) Serverless
5 45 (4.31%) Azure Functions
6 43 (4.12%) Logic Apps
7 41 (3.93%) AWS Lambda
8 38 (3.64%) GCP
9 23 (2.21%) AWS CloudFormation
10 12 (1.15%) NuGet
11 8 (0.77%) Amazon EC2
11 8 (0.77%) Cloud Computing
12 7 (0.67%) IaaS
13 6 (0.58%) PaaS
14 5 (0.48%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 5 (0.48%) Amazon ECS
14 5 (0.48%) OpenShift
15 4 (0.38%) Azure Stack
15 4 (0.38%) CloudFront
15 4 (0.38%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 41 (3.93%) TCP/IP
2 24 (2.30%) HTTP
3 20 (1.92%) Ethernet
4 18 (1.73%) Multicast
5 14 (1.34%) ATM
5 14 (1.34%) RS-485
5 14 (1.34%) SNMP
6 12 (1.15%) Internet
7 11 (1.05%) VLAN
8 10 (0.96%) Modbus
8 10 (0.96%) Wi-Fi
9 9 (0.86%) IPv6
9 9 (0.86%) RS-422
10 8 (0.77%) DNS
10 8 (0.77%) Wireless
10 8 (0.77%) Wireshark
11 7 (0.67%) DHCP
11 7 (0.67%) Firewall
11 7 (0.67%) NGN
11 7 (0.67%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 55 (5.27%) MongoDB
2 40 (3.84%) Azure SQL Database
3 38 (3.64%) PostgreSQL
4 37 (3.55%) SQL Server
5 33 (3.16%) MySQL
6 30 (2.88%) NoSQL
7 26 (2.49%) Blockchain
8 24 (2.30%) Relational Database
9 19 (1.82%) Hadoop
10 16 (1.53%) Apache Ignite
11 15 (1.44%) Big Data
12 12 (1.15%) Data Mining
12 12 (1.15%) Oracle Database
13 8 (0.77%) Oracle Database 12c
13 8 (0.77%) Tableau
14 5 (0.48%) Apache Cassandra
14 5 (0.48%) OLTP
14 5 (0.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 4 (0.38%) NonStop SQL
15 4 (0.38%) Redis
Development Applications
1 117 (11.22%) Git (software)
2 105 (10.07%) Jenkins
3 82 (7.86%) Visual Studio
4 73 (7.00%) JIRA
5 51 (4.89%) Subversion
6 29 (2.78%) Eclipse
6 29 (2.78%) Gradle
6 29 (2.78%) NetBeans
7 28 (2.68%) Bitbucket
8 24 (2.30%) TeamCity
9 22 (2.11%) GCC
10 21 (2.01%) GitLab
11 20 (1.92%) JUnit
11 20 (1.92%) Xcode
12 19 (1.82%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 19 (1.82%) GDB
13 18 (1.73%) Rational Rhapsody
13 18 (1.73%) Selenium
14 17 (1.63%) Maven
15 16 (1.53%) Artifactory
General
1 216 (20.71%) Front Office
2 195 (18.70%) Finance
3 173 (16.59%) Banking
4 133 (12.75%) Investment Banking
5 54 (5.18%) Law
6 35 (3.36%) Aerospace
7 33 (3.16%) Electronics
8 29 (2.78%) Games
9 25 (2.40%) Telecoms
10 23 (2.21%) Public Sector
11 17 (1.63%) Military
12 15 (1.44%) Manufacturing
13 12 (1.15%) Back Office
14 9 (0.86%) Financial Institution
15 8 (0.77%) Pharmaceutical
15 8 (0.77%) Prime Brokerage
16 7 (0.67%) Marketing
16 7 (0.67%) Retail
17 4 (0.38%) International Banking
18 3 (0.29%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 611 (58.58%) Developer
2 278 (26.65%) C++ Developer
3 178 (17.07%) Software Engineer
4 101 (9.68%) Java Developer
5 78 (7.48%) Senior Developer
6 77 (7.38%) Quantitative Developer
7 67 (6.42%) C# Developer
8 61 (5.85%) Front Office Developer
9 59 (5.66%) Software Developer
10 57 (5.47%) C++ Software Engineer
11 45 (4.31%) Lead Developer
12 44 (4.22%) Python Developer
13 42 (4.03%) Analyst
14 40 (3.84%) Embedded Engineer
15 39 (3.74%) Investment Banking Java Developer
16 37 (3.55%) Senior C++ Developer
17 36 (3.45%) Embedded Software Engineer
18 34 (3.26%) Investment Banking C++ Developer
19 33 (3.16%) Qualitative Analyst
19 33 (3.16%) Quantitative Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 193 (18.50%) .NET
2 73 (7.00%) Node.js
3 69 (6.62%) React
4 65 (6.23%) Web Services
5 58 (5.56%) .NET Core
6 53 (5.08%) Qt
7 49 (4.70%) XML
8 47 (4.51%) REST
9 45 (4.31%) FIX Protocol
9 45 (4.31%) JSON
10 42 (4.03%) STL
11 40 (3.84%) AngularJS
12 39 (3.74%) HTML
13 35 (3.36%) RESTful
14 34 (3.26%) Boost C++ Libraries
15 26 (2.49%) Kafka
16 22 (2.11%) HTML5
17 19 (1.82%) CORBA
17 19 (1.82%) Spring
17 19 (1.82%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 195 (18.70%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 97 (9.30%) Algorithms
3 89 (8.53%) Analytical Skills
4 88 (8.44%) Derivative
5 78 (7.48%) Data Structures
6 63 (6.04%) Fixed Income
7 55 (5.27%) Cloud Native
7 55 (5.27%) Equities
8 44 (4.22%) Greenfield Project
9 36 (3.45%) Hedge funds
10 35 (3.36%) User Experience
11 28 (2.68%) Self-Motivation
12 20 (1.92%) Credit Risk
12 20 (1.92%) Enterprise Software
13 18 (1.73%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
13 18 (1.73%) Market Risk
14 16 (1.53%) Virtual Team
15 15 (1.44%) Embedded Systems
16 12 (1.15%) Bitcoin
16 12 (1.15%) Grid Computing
Operating Systems
1 335 (32.12%) Linux
2 149 (14.29%) Windows
3 63 (6.04%) Android
4 56 (5.37%) Unix
5 45 (4.31%) Apple iOS
6 32 (3.07%) Embedded Linux
7 19 (1.82%) Mac OS
7 19 (1.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 18 (1.73%) Windows 10
9 12 (1.15%) CentOS
10 8 (0.77%) Ubuntu
11 5 (0.48%) Mac OS X
12 4 (0.38%) Debian
12 4 (0.38%) FreeRTOS
13 3 (0.29%) OpenWrt
13 3 (0.29%) ThreadX
13 3 (0.29%) Windows Server
14 2 (0.19%) Android TV
15 1 (0.096%) Windows 7
15 1 (0.096%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 366 (35.09%) Software Engineering
2 279 (26.75%) Agile Software Development
3 126 (12.08%) TDD
4 125 (11.98%) DevOps
5 102 (9.78%) Low Latency
6 94 (9.01%) Continuous Integration
7 91 (8.72%) Multithreading
8 90 (8.63%) Computer Science
9 89 (8.53%) Test Automation
10 84 (8.05%) Analytics
10 84 (8.05%) OO
11 83 (7.96%) Scrum
12 81 (7.77%) Microservices
12 81 (7.77%) Problem-Solving
13 73 (7.00%) SDLC
14 66 (6.33%) Unit Testing
15 65 (6.23%) Electronic Trading
16 58 (5.56%) Open Source
17 54 (5.18%) Mathematics
18 53 (5.08%) Refactoring
Programming Languages
1 403 (38.64%) Python
2 394 (37.78%) C#
3 380 (36.43%) Java
4 220 (21.09%) C
5 188 (18.02%) SQL
6 161 (15.44%) JavaScript
7 85 (8.15%) Scala
8 66 (6.33%) Go
9 63 (6.04%) PL/SQL
10 53 (5.08%) Kotlin
11 44 (4.22%) T-SQL
12 40 (3.84%) Bash Shell
13 36 (3.45%) Embedded C++
14 32 (3.07%) Objective-C
14 32 (3.07%) PowerShell
15 30 (2.88%) Perl
16 27 (2.59%) Embedded C
17 26 (2.49%) TypeScript
18 21 (2.01%) Ruby
19 18 (1.73%) Apple Swift
Qualifications
1 136 (13.04%) Security Cleared
2 124 (11.89%) Degree
3 116 (11.12%) SC Cleared
4 27 (2.59%) Computer Science Degree
5 18 (1.73%) PhD
6 15 (1.44%) DV Cleared
7 14 (1.34%) Master's Degree
8 5 (0.48%) ISTQB
9 4 (0.38%) CCNA
9 4 (0.38%) Cisco Certification
9 4 (0.38%) Numerate Degree
10 3 (0.29%) BPSS Clearance
10 3 (0.29%) CCNP
11 2 (0.19%) Microsoft Certification
11 2 (0.19%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 1 (0.096%) CEH
12 1 (0.096%) CFA
12 1 (0.096%) GCFA
12 1 (0.096%) ISEB
12 1 (0.096%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 59 (5.66%) QA
2 8 (0.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (0.48%) GDPR
4 4 (0.38%) ISO 26262
4 4 (0.38%) ISO/IEC 17025
5 3 (0.29%) NIST
6 2 (0.19%) MISRA
7 1 (0.096%) DO-178B
7 1 (0.096%) IEC 61508
7 1 (0.096%) IEC 62304
7 1 (0.096%) ISO 13485
7 1 (0.096%) ISO 20022
7 1 (0.096%) MISRA C
System Software
1 94 (9.01%) Docker
2 10 (0.96%) Firmware
3 6 (0.58%) Active Directory
4 5 (0.48%) Ceph
4 5 (0.48%) Virtual Machines
5 3 (0.29%) NFS
6 2 (0.19%) GridGain
6 2 (0.19%) vCloud
6 2 (0.19%) VMware Infrastructure
6 2 (0.19%) VMware NSX
7 1 (0.096%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 1 (0.096%) etcd
7 1 (0.096%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.096%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.096%) Varnish
7 1 (0.096%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 133 (12.75%) Kubernetes
2 44 (4.22%) Terraform
3 25 (2.40%) Ansible
4 17 (1.63%) Opscode Chef
4 17 (1.63%) Puppet
5 8 (0.77%) Prometheus
5 8 (0.77%) Salt
6 6 (0.58%) Grafana
6 6 (0.58%) HP ALM
6 6 (0.58%) Istio
7 5 (0.48%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
8 4 (0.38%) EnCase
8 4 (0.38%) Knative
9 3 (0.29%) Hadoop YARN
9 3 (0.29%) HP Fortify
9 3 (0.29%) Mesos
9 3 (0.29%) MIIS
9 3 (0.29%) SELinux
10 2 (0.19%) Kibana
10 2 (0.19%) vRealize Orchestrator
Vendors
1 101 (9.68%) Oracle
2 68 (6.52%) Microsoft
3 37 (3.55%) MuleSoft
4 19 (1.82%) Red Hat
5 18 (1.73%) IBM
6 17 (1.63%) Google
7 15 (1.44%) Bloomberg
7 15 (1.44%) Sybase
7 15 (1.44%) TIBCO
8 14 (1.34%) Atlassian
9 10 (0.96%) Dynatrace
9 10 (0.96%) HP
9 10 (0.96%) SAP
10 8 (0.77%) Perforce
10 8 (0.77%) Splunk
11 7 (0.67%) SOASTA, Inc
12 6 (0.58%) FIS
12 6 (0.58%) Solace
12 6 (0.58%) SunGard
13 5 (0.48%) VMware