Period
to 31 July 2021

The median contractor rate for a Developer/Software Engineer was £575 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 31 July 2021.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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.

Software Engineer/Developer
UK
6 months to
31 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 543 395 723
Rank change year-on-year -148 +328 -24
Contract jobs requiring a Developer/Software Engineer 210 165 130
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.29% 0.45% 0.14%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.31% 0.49% 0.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 184 157 77
10th Percentile £416 " £363
25th Percentile £462 £488 £450
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £575 £600 £525
Median % change year-on-year -4.17% +14.29% +16.67%
75th Percentile £700 £713 £588
90th Percentile " £763 £636
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £488 £435
% change year-on-year -2.56% +12.07% -3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £50.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £50.00 -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 67,209 33,854 86,404
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.02% 93.20% 94.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 46,248 22,469 57,725
10th Percentile £300 £257 £263
25th Percentile £400 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £468
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +1.60% +3.89%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £575
90th Percentile £688 £665 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,982 1,164 2,803
10th Percentile £11.49 £11.33 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.63 £14.33 £13.45
Median hourly rate £20.00 £20.07 £18.70
Median % change year-on-year -0.34% +7.31% +6.86%
75th Percentile £43.38 £42.50 £42.50
90th Percentile £58.71 £52.50 £51.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.85 £19.25 £17.90
% change year-on-year -7.27% +7.54% +2.29%

Developer/Software Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Developer/Software Engineer in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Developer/Software Engineer in the UK

Developer/Software Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Developer/Software Engineer.

Daily rate trend for Developer/Software Engineer in the UK

Developer/Software Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Developer/Software Engineer over the 6 months to 31 July 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Developer/Software Engineer in the UK

Developer/Software Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Developer/Software Engineer.

Hourly rate trend for Developer/Software Engineer in the UK

Developer/Software Engineer
Top 12 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Developer/Software Engineer within the UK over the 6 months to 31 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 -148 187 £588 -2.08% 77
London -135 161 £650 +8.33% 53
Work from Home -150 125 £650 - 45
UK excluding London -57 22 £475 -2.56% 25
South East -46 10 £350 -20.00% 13
East of England -14 4 £488 -11.36% 2
North of England -39 4 £525 - 4
Yorkshire - 4 £525 - 1
Midlands - 3 £405 - 4
West Midlands - 3 £405 - 3
Wales -7 1 - -
South West -14 1 £550 - 1

Developer/Software Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 July 2021, Developer/Software Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads featuring Developer/Software Engineer in the job title.

1 208 (99.05%) Software Engineering
2 159 (75.71%) Agile Software Development
3 152 (72.38%) JavaScript
4 144 (68.57%) React
5 136 (64.76%) AWS
6 132 (62.86%) Finance
7 127 (60.48%) Web Services
8 119 (56.67%) Asset Management
9 118 (56.19%) Serverless
10 91 (43.33%) Python
11 84 (40.00%) Full Stack Development
12 79 (37.62%) Material-UI
12 79 (37.62%) .NET
13 73 (34.76%) Front Office
14 72 (34.29%) TypeScript
15 69 (32.86%) AWS Lambda
16 67 (31.90%) Java
17 64 (30.48%) Amazon S3
17 64 (30.48%) Amazon DynamoDB
18 59 (28.10%) AngularJS
18 59 (28.10%) SQL
19 53 (25.24%) GCP
20 49 (23.33%) Web Application Development
21 47 (22.38%) Docker
21 47 (22.38%) React Native
21 47 (22.38%) Progressive Web App
22 46 (21.90%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
23 44 (20.95%) Fixed Income
23 44 (20.95%) Vue.js
24 42 (20.00%) Equities

Developer/Software Engineer Skill Set
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 10 (4.76%) Apache
1 10 (4.76%) Apache Airflow
2 6 (2.86%) BizTalk Server
3 3 (1.43%) Cloud Foundry
4 1 (0.48%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 1 (0.48%) ArcGIS
4 1 (0.48%) CICS
4 1 (0.48%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (0.48%) WebLogic
Applications
1 2 (0.95%) Figma
Business Applications
1 1 (0.48%) Front Arena
1 1 (0.48%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 136 (64.76%) AWS
2 118 (56.19%) Serverless
3 69 (32.86%) AWS Lambda
4 64 (30.48%) Amazon S3
5 53 (25.24%) GCP
6 33 (15.71%) Amazon EC2
7 31 (14.76%) Azure
8 30 (14.29%) Amazon SQS
8 30 (14.29%) AWS Step Functions
9 10 (4.76%) GitHub
10 9 (4.29%) SaaS
11 7 (3.33%) PaaS
12 5 (2.38%) Azure Active Directory
13 3 (1.43%) OpenShift
14 1 (0.48%) Amazon Cognito
14 1 (0.48%) AWS CloudFormation
14 1 (0.48%) Cloud Functions
14 1 (0.48%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 2 (0.95%) ICMP
1 2 (0.95%) Modbus
2 1 (0.48%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 64 (30.48%) Amazon DynamoDB
2 30 (14.29%) Amazon RDS
3 17 (8.10%) SQL Server
4 10 (4.76%) Amazon Athena
4 10 (4.76%) Apache Ignite
5 6 (2.86%) SQL Server 2008
5 6 (2.86%) SQL Server 2016
6 5 (2.38%) Azure SQL Database
6 5 (2.38%) NoSQL
7 3 (1.43%) MongoDB
7 3 (1.43%) MySQL
8 2 (0.95%) Oracle Database
9 1 (0.48%) Adabas
9 1 (0.48%) Blockchain
9 1 (0.48%) DB2
9 1 (0.48%) GIS
9 1 (0.48%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 19 (9.05%) Git (software)
2 8 (3.81%) Jenkins
2 8 (3.81%) JIRA
3 4 (1.90%) Gradle
4 2 (0.95%) Bitbucket
4 2 (0.95%) GitLab
4 2 (0.95%) IntelliJ
4 2 (0.95%) Maven
4 2 (0.95%) Visual Studio
5 1 (0.48%) Ant
5 1 (0.48%) Bower
5 1 (0.48%) CA Gen
5 1 (0.48%) ClearCase
5 1 (0.48%) Eclipse
5 1 (0.48%) Grunt
5 1 (0.48%) JUnit
5 1 (0.48%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.48%) TeamCity
5 1 (0.48%) WebLogic Workshop
5 1 (0.48%) webpack
General
1 132 (62.86%) Finance
2 73 (34.76%) Front Office
3 21 (10.00%) Social Skills
4 7 (3.33%) Public Sector
5 6 (2.86%) Banking
6 5 (2.38%) Automotive
6 5 (2.38%) Investment Banking
6 5 (2.38%) Manufacturing
7 3 (1.43%) Telecoms
8 2 (0.95%) Advertising
9 1 (0.48%) Analytical Skills
9 1 (0.48%) Electronics
9 1 (0.48%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 144 (68.57%) React
2 127 (60.48%) Web Services
3 79 (37.62%) .NET
3 79 (37.62%) Material-UI
4 59 (28.10%) AngularJS
5 47 (22.38%) React Native
6 44 (20.95%) Vue.js
7 38 (18.10%) Node.js
8 20 (9.52%) ASP.NET Web API
9 19 (9.05%) ASP.NET
10 17 (8.10%) .NET Core
10 17 (8.10%) CSS
11 15 (7.14%) HTML
12 13 (6.19%) REST
13 12 (5.71%) jQuery
14 11 (5.24%) Spring
15 9 (4.29%) Ruby on Rails
16 8 (3.81%) .NET Framework
16 8 (3.81%) ASP.NET Core
17 7 (3.33%) Kendo UI
Miscellaneous
1 46 (21.90%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 44 (20.95%) Fixed Income
3 42 (20.00%) Derivative
3 42 (20.00%) Equities
4 21 (10.00%) User Experience
5 13 (6.19%) Hedge funds
6 11 (5.24%) Greenfield Project
7 2 (0.95%) Hybrid Cloud
7 2 (0.95%) iPhone
7 2 (0.95%) Public Cloud
7 2 (0.95%) SCADA
8 1 (0.48%) Algorithms
8 1 (0.48%) Data Structures
8 1 (0.48%) Embedded Systems
8 1 (0.48%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.48%) Infotainment
8 1 (0.48%) LIMS
8 1 (0.48%) Mainframe
8 1 (0.48%) STB
8 1 (0.48%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 8 (3.81%) Android
2 6 (2.86%) Linux
3 3 (1.43%) Unix
3 3 (1.43%) Windows
4 2 (0.95%) Apple iOS
4 2 (0.95%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 208 (99.05%) Software Engineering
2 159 (75.71%) Agile Software Development
3 119 (56.67%) Asset Management
4 84 (40.00%) Full Stack Development
5 49 (23.33%) Web Application Development
6 47 (22.38%) Progressive Web App
7 39 (18.57%) Investment Management
8 25 (11.90%) Microservices
8 25 (11.90%) TDD
9 23 (10.95%) Test Automation
10 20 (9.52%) MVC
11 13 (6.19%) DevOps
11 13 (6.19%) Fintech
12 12 (5.71%) BDD
13 11 (5.24%) Migration
13 11 (5.24%) Problem-Solving
14 10 (4.76%) OO
14 10 (4.76%) OOP
15 8 (3.81%) Scrum
15 8 (3.81%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 152 (72.38%) JavaScript
2 91 (43.33%) Python
3 72 (34.29%) TypeScript
4 67 (31.90%) Java
5 59 (28.10%) SQL
6 41 (19.52%) Kotlin
7 36 (17.14%) C#
8 15 (7.14%) Ruby
9 12 (5.71%) Scala
10 11 (5.24%) C++
11 8 (3.81%) T-SQL
12 7 (3.33%) PL/SQL
13 5 (2.38%) C
14 3 (1.43%) Go
14 3 (1.43%) Java 8
14 3 (1.43%) PHP
15 2 (0.95%) Apple Swift
15 2 (0.95%) COBOL
15 2 (0.95%) Perl
15 2 (0.95%) Rust
Qualifications
1 9 (4.29%) Degree
1 9 (4.29%) SC Cleared
1 9 (4.29%) Security Cleared
2 7 (3.33%) Computer Science Degree
3 3 (1.43%) PhD
4 1 (0.48%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (6.67%) QA
2 4 (1.90%) MiFID
3 2 (0.95%) IEC 61508
4 1 (0.48%) GRC
System Software
1 47 (22.38%) Docker
2 5 (2.38%) Active Directory
3 2 (0.95%) Firmware
3 2 (0.95%) KVM
4 1 (0.48%) Time Sharing Option
Systems Management
1 40 (19.05%) Kubernetes
2 33 (15.71%) Terraform
3 2 (0.95%) Single Sign-On
4 1 (0.48%) Puppet
Vendors
1 13 (6.19%) Microsoft
2 11 (5.24%) Oracle
3 6 (2.86%) Telerik
4 4 (1.90%) IBM
5 3 (1.43%) CA
6 2 (0.95%) CA Agile Central
6 2 (0.95%) Dynatrace
6 2 (0.95%) TOWER Software
7 1 (0.48%) Adobe
7 1 (0.48%) Alibaba
7 1 (0.48%) Alteryx
7 1 (0.48%) ESRI
7 1 (0.48%) Green Hills
7 1 (0.48%) Murex
7 1 (0.48%) QNX
7 1 (0.48%) Salesforce.com
7 1 (0.48%) Splunk
7 1 (0.48%) webMethods