Period
to 21 June 2018

The median contractor rate for a Senior Developer was £513 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 June 2018.

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.

Senior Developer
UK
6 months to
21 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 81 93 91
Rank change year-on-year +12 -2 +16
Contract jobs requiring a Senior Developer 2,881 2,350 2,589
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.88% 2.58% 2.43%
As % of the Job Titles category 3.04% 2.71% 2.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,325 1,849 1,989
UK median daily rate £513 £488 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.13% +2.63% +5.56%
10th Percentile £390 £360 £338
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £413 £420
% change year-on-year +9.09% -1.79% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 11 17
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £45.00 £44.10
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +2.04% +10.25%
10th Percentile £8.00 £35.00 £32.00
90th Percentile £59.69 £57.50 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £8.00 £41.25 £40.75
% change year-on-year -80.61% +1.23% +1.88%

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 94,869 86,564 101,481
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.83% 94.95% 95.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 62,095 55,999 65,887
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £255
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,065 2,864 3,105
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.74% -6.50% +14.29%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.68 £50.00 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.77 £20.00
% change year-on-year -1.52% -11.15% +18.87%

Senior Developer
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Senior Developer in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Senior Developer in the UK

Senior Developer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Senior Developer in the UK

Senior Developer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Senior Developer over the 6 months to 21 June 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Senior Developer in the UK

Senior Developer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Senior Developer in the UK

Senior Developer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Senior Developer over the 6 months to 21 June 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Senior Developer in the UK

Senior Developer
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 Senior Developer within the UK over the 6 months to 21 June 2018. 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 2,640 £525 +5.00% 1,186
London +4 1,919 £525 - 558
UK excluding London -2 929 £450 +9.09% 695
South East +29 298 £475 +11.76% 150
North of England -44 157 £425 +6.25% 224
Scotland +8 129 £415 +3.75% 42
Midlands -24 109 £475 +11.76% 106
East of England +18 104 £513 +2.50% 67
North West -24 79 £438 +2.94% 123
West Midlands -21 71 £480 +6.67% 59
Yorkshire -11 70 £423 +11.18% 93
Northern Ireland -3 67 £455 +10.30% 9
South West -10 55 £475 +7.04% 81
East Midlands -15 37 £456 +10.61% 47
Wales -10 14 £444 +10.94% 16
North East -3 8 £400 +6.67% 8

Senior Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 June 2018, Senior Developer 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 Senior Developer in the job title.

1 1,446 (50.19%) Agile Software Development
2 1,340 (46.51%) Java
3 964 (33.46%) TDD
4 860 (29.85%) JavaScript
5 795 (27.59%) Finance
6 695 (24.12%) C#
7 659 (22.87%) .NET
8 606 (21.03%) SQL
9 587 (20.37%) HTML
10 545 (18.92%) AngularJS
11 506 (17.56%) Scrum
12 505 (17.53%) CSS
13 486 (16.87%) Microservices
14 476 (16.52%) Spring
15 468 (16.24%) Git (software)
16 457 (15.86%) Banking
17 444 (15.41%) Continuous Integration
18 428 (14.86%) SQL Server
19 425 (14.75%) Node.js
20 424 (14.72%) REST
21 397 (13.78%) Java 8
22 387 (13.43%) MVC
23 381 (13.22%) RESTful
24 380 (13.19%) Amazon AWS
25 379 (13.16%) BDD
25 379 (13.16%) React
26 356 (12.36%) Web Services
27 343 (11.91%) Microsoft Azure
28 331 (11.49%) OO
29 310 (10.76%) Jenkins

Senior Developer 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
1 110 (3.82%) WebSphere
2 106 (3.68%) Elasticsearch
3 102 (3.54%) Tomcat
4 82 (2.85%) WebLogic
5 76 (2.64%) Apache
6 65 (2.26%) JBoss
6 65 (2.26%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 60 (2.08%) CMS
8 56 (1.94%) Confluence
9 51 (1.77%) Apache Spark
10 50 (1.74%) Mule
11 45 (1.56%) OpenStack
12 42 (1.46%) Oracle Service Bus
13 40 (1.39%) NServiceBus
14 35 (1.21%) SharePoint
15 26 (0.90%) BizTalk Server
15 26 (0.90%) Cloud Foundry
16 23 (0.80%) Drupal
17 16 (0.56%) nginx
18 15 (0.52%) Apache Solr
Applications
1 25 (0.87%) Microsoft Excel
2 11 (0.38%) Spreadsheet
3 8 (0.28%) Photoshop
4 5 (0.17%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 4 (0.14%) Microsoft Office
6 3 (0.10%) EngageOne
6 3 (0.10%) GIMP
6 3 (0.10%) InfoPath
7 2 (0.069%) InVision
8 1 (0.035%) Adobe Illustrator
8 1 (0.035%) Chatbot
8 1 (0.035%) HipChat
8 1 (0.035%) InDesign
8 1 (0.035%) S-PLUS
8 1 (0.035%) UXPin
Business Applications
1 37 (1.28%) ION MarketView
2 20 (0.69%) Dynamics CRM
3 14 (0.49%) Magento
4 6 (0.21%) Payment Gateway
5 5 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
5 5 (0.17%) Oracle ERP
5 5 (0.17%) Oracle General Ledger
5 5 (0.17%) Oracle Payables
5 5 (0.17%) Oracle Receivables
6 4 (0.14%) BusinessWorks
6 4 (0.14%) Endur
6 4 (0.14%) Global One
6 4 (0.14%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 3 (0.10%) Dynamics AX
7 3 (0.10%) Markit EDM
7 3 (0.10%) SAP BPC
7 3 (0.10%) thinkFolio
8 2 (0.069%) Infor M3
8 2 (0.069%) Postilion
8 2 (0.069%) R3 Corda
Cloud Services
1 380 (13.19%) Amazon AWS
2 343 (11.91%) Microsoft Azure
3 70 (2.43%) GitHub
4 51 (1.77%) npm
5 41 (1.42%) PaaS
6 37 (1.28%) Google Cloud Platform
7 32 (1.11%) Amazon EC2
8 28 (0.97%) Serverless
9 24 (0.83%) Cloud Computing
9 24 (0.83%) Heroku
10 21 (0.73%) AWS Lambda
10 21 (0.73%) OpenShift
11 17 (0.59%) IaaS
12 13 (0.45%) Amazon S3
13 12 (0.42%) AWS CloudFormation
13 12 (0.42%) Office 365
14 11 (0.38%) SaaS
15 10 (0.35%) Dynamics 365
16 8 (0.28%) Amazon Kinesis
17 7 (0.24%) Firebase
Communications & Networking
1 81 (2.81%) HTTP
2 19 (0.66%) SMS
2 19 (0.66%) TCP/IP
3 11 (0.38%) Internet
4 10 (0.35%) SMTP
5 8 (0.28%) Kerberos
5 8 (0.28%) SSH
6 7 (0.24%) AMQP
6 7 (0.24%) Bluetooth
6 7 (0.24%) DMARC
6 7 (0.24%) FTP
7 4 (0.14%) DKIM
7 4 (0.14%) SSL
8 3 (0.10%) Firewall
8 3 (0.10%) Intranet
8 3 (0.10%) Network Security
8 3 (0.10%) Skype
9 2 (0.069%) DNS
9 2 (0.069%) DSL
9 2 (0.069%) FIX Connectivity
Database & Business Intelligence
1 428 (14.86%) SQL Server
2 241 (8.37%) NoSQL
3 221 (7.67%) Relational Database
4 184 (6.39%) PostgreSQL
5 179 (6.21%) MongoDB
6 158 (5.48%) MySQL
7 110 (3.82%) Big Data
8 98 (3.40%) RDBMS
9 75 (2.60%) Hadoop
10 72 (2.50%) SQL Server 2012
11 71 (2.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 69 (2.40%) Data Warehouse
13 58 (2.01%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 56 (1.94%) Apache Cassandra
15 49 (1.70%) SQL Server 2008
16 40 (1.39%) Neo4j
16 40 (1.39%) Redis
17 37 (1.28%) Power BI
18 35 (1.21%) Oracle Database
19 33 (1.15%) Blockchain
Development Applications
1 468 (16.24%) Git (software)
2 310 (10.76%) Jenkins
3 276 (9.58%) Maven
4 153 (5.31%) JIRA
5 112 (3.89%) JUnit
6 109 (3.78%) TeamCity
7 97 (3.37%) Visual Studio
8 95 (3.30%) Subversion
8 95 (3.30%) Team Foundation Server
9 90 (3.12%) Cucumber
9 90 (3.12%) Mockito
9 90 (3.12%) NUnit
10 87 (3.02%) webpack
11 75 (2.60%) Octopus Deploy
12 60 (2.08%) Gradle
13 59 (2.05%) Selenium
14 58 (2.01%) MSTest
15 53 (1.84%) Eclipse
16 51 (1.77%) Jasmine
17 47 (1.63%) gulp
General
1 795 (27.59%) Finance
2 457 (15.86%) Banking
3 264 (9.16%) Front Office
4 130 (4.51%) Investment Banking
5 87 (3.02%) Retail
6 77 (2.67%) Telecoms
7 71 (2.46%) Marketing
8 45 (1.56%) Manufacturing
9 43 (1.49%) Electronics
10 39 (1.35%) Advertising
11 33 (1.15%) Games
12 27 (0.94%) Back Office
13 19 (0.66%) Financial Institution
14 16 (0.56%) Publishing
15 15 (0.52%) Law
16 13 (0.45%) Automotive
17 10 (0.35%) Legal
17 10 (0.35%) Retail Banking
18 3 (0.10%) French Language
18 3 (0.10%) Music Industry
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 659 (22.87%) .NET
2 587 (20.37%) HTML
3 545 (18.92%) AngularJS
4 505 (17.53%) CSS
5 476 (16.52%) Spring
6 425 (14.75%) Node.js
7 424 (14.72%) REST
8 381 (13.22%) RESTful
9 379 (13.16%) React
10 356 (12.36%) Web Services
11 303 (10.52%) HTML5
12 225 (7.81%) XML
13 223 (7.74%) ASP.NET
14 219 (7.60%) SOAP
15 218 (7.57%) Hibernate
16 192 (6.66%) CSS3
17 191 (6.63%) JSON
18 184 (6.39%) jQuery
19 173 (6.00%) Spring Boot
20 146 (5.07%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 208 (7.22%) Greenfield Project
2 165 (5.73%) User Experience
3 144 (5.00%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 96 (3.33%) Fintech
5 86 (2.99%) Mobile App
6 79 (2.74%) Analytical Skills
7 76 (2.64%) Fixed Income
8 67 (2.33%) Computer Science
8 67 (2.33%) Derivative
9 64 (2.22%) Algorithms
10 60 (2.08%) Data Structures
11 55 (1.91%) Enterprise Software
12 50 (1.74%) Equities
13 41 (1.42%) Self-Motivation
14 37 (1.28%) Credit Risk
15 26 (0.90%) Equity Derivative
16 24 (0.83%) Market Risk
17 21 (0.73%) Management Information System
18 16 (0.56%) Hedge funds
18 16 (0.56%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 294 (10.20%) Linux
2 193 (6.70%) Unix
3 90 (3.12%) Android
4 79 (2.74%) Apple iOS
5 78 (2.71%) Windows
6 40 (1.39%) Mac OS X
7 19 (0.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 9 (0.31%) Windows 10
9 8 (0.28%) Ubuntu
10 7 (0.24%) Windows Server
11 6 (0.21%) VMS
12 5 (0.17%) Nucleus RTOS
12 5 (0.17%) Windows Phone
13 4 (0.14%) CentOS
13 4 (0.14%) Mac OS
14 3 (0.10%) Fedora
15 2 (0.069%) Oracle Linux
16 1 (0.035%) Embedded Linux
16 1 (0.035%) Solaris
16 1 (0.035%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,446 (50.19%) Agile Software Development
2 964 (33.46%) TDD
3 506 (17.56%) Scrum
4 486 (16.87%) Microservices
5 444 (15.41%) Continuous Integration
6 387 (13.43%) MVC
7 379 (13.16%) BDD
8 331 (11.49%) OO
9 303 (10.52%) Test Automation
10 267 (9.27%) Front End Development
11 262 (9.09%) DevOps
12 237 (8.23%) Multithreading
13 233 (8.09%) E-Commerce
14 211 (7.32%) Web Development
15 207 (7.19%) SOA
16 199 (6.91%) Unit Testing
17 182 (6.32%) Kanban
17 182 (6.32%) Software Engineering
18 170 (5.90%) Electronic Trading
19 168 (5.83%) Continuous Delivery
Programming Languages
1 1,340 (46.51%) Java
2 860 (29.85%) JavaScript
3 695 (24.12%) C#
4 606 (21.03%) SQL
5 397 (13.78%) Java 8
6 270 (9.37%) Python
7 153 (5.31%) Scala
8 137 (4.76%) TypeScript
9 123 (4.27%) ES6
10 117 (4.06%) C++
11 97 (3.37%) PHP
12 71 (2.46%) Ruby
13 59 (2.05%) T-SQL
14 55 (1.91%) Groovy
15 54 (1.87%) Bash Shell
16 49 (1.70%) XPath
17 46 (1.60%) Shell Script
18 42 (1.46%) Kotlin
19 40 (1.39%) PL/SQL
19 40 (1.39%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 136 (4.72%) Degree
2 109 (3.78%) Security Cleared
3 82 (2.85%) SC Cleared
4 36 (1.25%) Computer Science Degree
5 19 (0.66%) BPSS Clearance
5 19 (0.66%) Numerate Degree
6 16 (0.56%) Master's Degree
7 12 (0.42%) Microsoft Certification
8 6 (0.21%) Sun Certification
9 4 (0.14%) DBS Check
9 4 (0.14%) PhD
10 3 (0.10%) MCSD
10 3 (0.10%) TOGAF Certification
11 2 (0.069%) CTC Cleared
11 2 (0.069%) ISEB
11 2 (0.069%) ISTQB
12 1 (0.035%) DV Cleared
12 1 (0.035%) ITIL Certification
12 1 (0.035%) MCPD
12 1 (0.035%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 68 (2.36%) QA
2 16 (0.56%) Disclosure Scotland
3 15 (0.52%) Data Quality
4 11 (0.38%) MiFID
5 10 (0.35%) SLA
6 9 (0.31%) EMIR
6 9 (0.31%) PCI DSS
7 8 (0.28%) Dodd-Frank
8 7 (0.24%) GCP
8 7 (0.24%) GDPR
9 5 (0.17%) WCAG
10 3 (0.10%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 3 (0.10%) PMO
10 3 (0.10%) WAI
11 2 (0.069%) IFRS
12 1 (0.035%) COBIT
12 1 (0.035%) IFRS 9
12 1 (0.035%) Solvency II
System Software
1 298 (10.34%) Docker
2 15 (0.52%) HDFS
3 12 (0.42%) Virtual Machines
4 9 (0.31%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 5 (0.17%) Platform Symphony
5 5 (0.17%) VMware Infrastructure
6 4 (0.14%) GeoWebCache
7 3 (0.10%) vSphere
8 2 (0.069%) Active Directory
9 1 (0.035%) Apache Flume
9 1 (0.035%) Firmware
9 1 (0.035%) Postfix
9 1 (0.035%) Time Sharing Option
9 1 (0.035%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 118 (4.10%) Puppet
2 98 (3.40%) Ansible
3 73 (2.53%) Kubernetes
4 66 (2.29%) Opscode Chef
5 40 (1.39%) Terraform
6 14 (0.49%) Single Sign-On
7 12 (0.42%) Kibana
8 10 (0.35%) Consul
8 10 (0.35%) Salt
9 8 (0.28%) Grafana
10 7 (0.24%) BladeLogic
11 6 (0.21%) logstash
12 4 (0.14%) Business Desktop Deployment
12 4 (0.14%) Control-M
12 4 (0.14%) Hadoop YARN
12 4 (0.14%) HockeyApp
12 4 (0.14%) Prometheus
13 3 (0.10%) Nagios
14 2 (0.069%) Docker Swarm
14 2 (0.069%) TIBCO Hawk
Vendors
1 308 (10.69%) Oracle
2 183 (6.35%) Microsoft
3 68 (2.36%) TIBCO
4 64 (2.22%) Google
5 62 (2.15%) SAP
6 52 (1.80%) IBM
7 46 (1.60%) WSO2
8 38 (1.32%) Sybase
9 36 (1.25%) ION Trading
10 29 (1.01%) Sitecore
11 26 (0.90%) Salesforce.com
11 26 (0.90%) Tableau
12 20 (0.69%) Pega
12 20 (0.69%) Zend
13 18 (0.62%) Adobe
13 18 (0.62%) Atlassian
14 17 (0.59%) hybris
15 16 (0.56%) Bloomberg
16 13 (0.45%) MuleSoft
16 13 (0.45%) Xamarin