Period
to 23 October 2019

The median contractor rate for a Senior Developer was £525 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 October 2019.

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
23 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 94 88 84
Rank change year-on-year -6 -4 +11
Contract jobs requiring a Senior Developer 2,073 2,919 2,954
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.45% 2.82% 2.95%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.60% 2.98% 3.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,473 2,310 2,391
UK median daily rate £525 £525 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.00% +5.26%
10th Percentile £400 £400 £363
90th Percentile £688 £675 £656
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £451 £425
% change year-on-year -0.11% +6.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 5 10
UK median hourly rate £47.50 £45.00 £43.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +2.86% -2.78%
10th Percentile £25.00 £36.00 £34.03
90th Percentile £62.15 £52.00 £53.18
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.50 £47.50 £43.75
% change year-on-year - +8.57% -1.69%

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 79,733 98,026 95,158
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.14% 94.75% 94.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 52,352 64,469 62,522
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £440
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +2.27% +3.53%
10th Percentile £262 £268 £263
90th Percentile £644 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £418 £400
% change year-on-year +1.80% +4.38% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,865 3,140 2,832
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.11% -3.74% +3.89%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.38 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year +5.00% -2.78% +2.86%

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 23 October 2019.

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 23 October 2019.

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 23 October 2019. 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 -11 1,930 £525 - 1,281
London -8 1,276 £550 - 543
UK excluding London +15 773 £450 -0.11% 818
South East -18 207 £475 +1.06% 216
North of England +37 173 £438 -2.78% 240
Midlands +46 100 £413 -9.34% 132
North West +39 95 £425 -13.64% 136
Scotland +13 94 £450 +5.88% 59
South West -16 86 £458 -3.61% 77
East of England -6 85 £450 -14.29% 73
West Midlands +23 66 £413 -14.06% 90
Yorkshire +23 60 £443 +4.12% 75
East Midlands +37 34 £406 +4.84% 42
Northern Ireland +8 26 £432 +4.79% 12
North East +18 17 £450 +28.57% 29
Wales +18 4 £375 -8.54% 9

Senior Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 October 2019, 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 1,052 (50.75%) Agile Software Development
2 833 (40.18%) Java
3 705 (34.01%) JavaScript
4 595 (28.70%) TDD
5 536 (25.86%) Finance
6 458 (22.09%) Microservices
7 438 (21.13%) C#
8 423 (20.41%) AWS
9 416 (20.07%) .NET
10 396 (19.10%) SQL
10 396 (19.10%) Azure
11 371 (17.90%) AngularJS
12 363 (17.51%) CSS
13 347 (16.74%) Python
14 340 (16.40%) React
15 337 (16.26%) HTML
16 335 (16.16%) Node.js
17 314 (15.15%) Git (software)
18 302 (14.57%) Docker
19 298 (14.38%) Banking
20 275 (13.27%) Scrum
21 273 (13.17%) DevOps
22 261 (12.59%) Web Services
23 254 (12.25%) Spring
24 240 (11.58%) SQL Server
25 238 (11.48%) Software Engineering
26 235 (11.34%) REST
27 234 (11.29%) RESTful
28 230 (11.10%) BDD
29 223 (10.76%) Front Office

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 73 (3.52%) Elasticsearch
2 57 (2.75%) Apache
3 56 (2.70%) Apache Spark
4 43 (2.07%) Confluence
5 26 (1.25%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 25 (1.21%) CMS
7 22 (1.06%) Mule
7 22 (1.06%) SharePoint
8 20 (0.96%) Oracle Service Bus
9 19 (0.92%) Tomcat
10 18 (0.87%) WordPress
11 16 (0.77%) Umbraco
12 15 (0.72%) Documentum
13 11 (0.53%) Apache Solr
13 11 (0.53%) IIS
14 10 (0.48%) JBoss
14 10 (0.48%) WebLogic
15 8 (0.39%) nginx
16 7 (0.34%) NServiceBus
16 7 (0.34%) OpenStack
Applications
1 17 (0.82%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (0.29%) MS Visio
3 5 (0.24%) Microsoft Office
3 5 (0.24%) Sketch
3 5 (0.24%) XMetaL
3 5 (0.24%) Zeplin
4 4 (0.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.096%) Chatbot
5 2 (0.096%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.048%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.048%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.048%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.048%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 19 (0.92%) Dynamics CRM
2 15 (0.72%) Dynamics AX
3 11 (0.53%) Dynamics NAV
4 5 (0.24%) Cognos Business Intelligence
4 5 (0.24%) ION MarketView
5 4 (0.19%) Magento
5 4 (0.19%) Temenos T24
6 3 (0.14%) NetSuite
7 2 (0.096%) Adobe Campaign
7 2 (0.096%) FINCAD Analytics
7 2 (0.096%) Markit EDM
7 2 (0.096%) Oracle Applications
7 2 (0.096%) Oracle EBS
7 2 (0.096%) Oracle Financials
7 2 (0.096%) Oracle General Ledger
7 2 (0.096%) Oracle Payables
7 2 (0.096%) Payment Gateway
7 2 (0.096%) Shopify
8 1 (0.048%) SAP Hybris
8 1 (0.048%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 423 (20.41%) AWS
2 396 (19.10%) Azure
3 122 (5.89%) Serverless
4 97 (4.68%) GCP
5 87 (4.20%) Amazon S3
6 80 (3.86%) AWS Lambda
7 61 (2.94%) OpenShift
8 55 (2.65%) Amazon EC2
9 50 (2.41%) AWS CloudFormation
10 45 (2.17%) Amazon SQS
11 44 (2.12%) npm
12 41 (1.98%) PaaS
13 39 (1.88%) Power Platform
14 36 (1.74%) GitHub
14 36 (1.74%) SaaS
15 28 (1.35%) Amazon ECS
15 28 (1.35%) Cloud Computing
16 26 (1.25%) Azure Functions
17 23 (1.11%) Dynamics 365
18 18 (0.87%) Amazon CloudWatch
Communications & Networking
1 60 (2.89%) HTTP
2 16 (0.77%) Internet
3 15 (0.72%) Multicast
4 12 (0.58%) Bluetooth
4 12 (0.58%) TCP/IP
5 10 (0.48%) FTP
6 8 (0.39%) SSH
6 8 (0.39%) Wi-Fi
7 4 (0.19%) NFC
7 4 (0.19%) SSL
8 3 (0.14%) Broadband
8 3 (0.14%) HTTPS
8 3 (0.14%) SMTP
9 2 (0.096%) DHCP
9 2 (0.096%) Firewall
9 2 (0.096%) Unified Communications
9 2 (0.096%) WAN
10 1 (0.048%) MQTT
10 1 (0.048%) Reverse Proxy
10 1 (0.048%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 240 (11.58%) SQL Server
2 149 (7.19%) NoSQL
3 124 (5.98%) MongoDB
4 122 (5.89%) MySQL
5 115 (5.55%) PostgreSQL
6 111 (5.35%) Relational Database
7 71 (3.42%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 68 (3.28%) Big Data
9 50 (2.41%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 47 (2.27%) Hadoop
11 43 (2.07%) Amazon RDS
11 43 (2.07%) Data Warehouse
11 43 (2.07%) Redis
12 38 (1.83%) Power BI
13 37 (1.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 35 (1.69%) Apache Cassandra
15 32 (1.54%) Amazon Redshift
16 28 (1.35%) RDBMS
16 28 (1.35%) SQL Server Analysis Services
17 27 (1.30%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 314 (15.15%) Git (software)
2 168 (8.10%) Jenkins
3 92 (4.44%) Maven
4 89 (4.29%) TeamCity
5 79 (3.81%) JIRA
6 62 (2.99%) webpack
7 56 (2.70%) Subversion
8 54 (2.60%) Cucumber
9 53 (2.56%) JUnit
10 48 (2.32%) Jasmine
11 46 (2.22%) Mockito
12 45 (2.17%) RStudio
13 43 (2.07%) Octopus Deploy
14 39 (1.88%) Selenium
15 38 (1.83%) Team Foundation Server
16 35 (1.69%) gulp
17 33 (1.59%) Gradle
18 31 (1.50%) Babel
19 27 (1.30%) Bitbucket
19 27 (1.30%) Visual Studio
General
1 536 (25.86%) Finance
2 298 (14.38%) Banking
3 223 (10.76%) Front Office
4 116 (5.60%) Investment Banking
5 91 (4.39%) Public Sector
6 73 (3.52%) Marketing
7 55 (2.65%) Telecoms
8 44 (2.12%) Retail
9 35 (1.69%) Games
9 35 (1.69%) Manufacturing
10 33 (1.59%) Electronics
11 29 (1.40%) Law
12 11 (0.53%) Publishing
13 10 (0.48%) Advertising
13 10 (0.48%) Financial Institution
14 7 (0.34%) Automotive
14 7 (0.34%) Multimedia
15 4 (0.19%) Billing
15 4 (0.19%) Dutch Language
15 4 (0.19%) Online Betting
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 416 (20.07%) .NET
2 371 (17.90%) AngularJS
3 363 (17.51%) CSS
4 340 (16.40%) React
5 337 (16.26%) HTML
6 335 (16.16%) Node.js
7 261 (12.59%) Web Services
8 254 (12.25%) Spring
9 235 (11.34%) REST
10 234 (11.29%) RESTful
11 152 (7.33%) Spring Boot
12 147 (7.09%) ASP.NET
13 142 (6.85%) .NET Core
14 121 (5.84%) JSON
15 111 (5.35%) HTML5
16 109 (5.26%) Redux
17 103 (4.97%) Kafka
18 93 (4.49%) .NET Framework
18 93 (4.49%) jQuery
18 93 (4.49%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 213 (10.27%) Greenfield Project
2 138 (6.66%) User Experience
3 118 (5.69%) Equities
4 99 (4.78%) Mobile App
5 94 (4.53%) Fixed Income
6 89 (4.29%) Analytical Skills
7 83 (4.00%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 79 (3.81%) Derivative
9 67 (3.23%) Enterprise Software
10 53 (2.56%) Data Structures
11 51 (2.46%) Algorithms
12 29 (1.40%) Self-Motivation
13 27 (1.30%) Hedge funds
14 20 (0.96%) Cloud Native
15 16 (0.77%) Equity Derivative
15 16 (0.77%) Smartphone
16 15 (0.72%) Public Cloud
17 14 (0.68%) Credit Risk
17 14 (0.68%) Market Risk
18 13 (0.63%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 171 (8.25%) Linux
2 83 (4.00%) Android
3 82 (3.96%) Unix
4 71 (3.42%) Apple iOS
5 36 (1.74%) Windows
6 17 (0.82%) Mac OS X
7 7 (0.34%) Mac OS
7 7 (0.34%) Ubuntu
8 6 (0.29%) CentOS
8 6 (0.29%) VMS
9 5 (0.24%) AIX
9 5 (0.24%) tvOS
10 4 (0.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 2 (0.096%) Oracle Linux
11 2 (0.096%) Windows Server
12 1 (0.048%) Amazon Linux
12 1 (0.048%) CoreOS
12 1 (0.048%) Debian
12 1 (0.048%) Embedded Linux
12 1 (0.048%) FreeRTOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,052 (50.75%) Agile Software Development
2 595 (28.70%) TDD
3 458 (22.09%) Microservices
4 275 (13.27%) Scrum
5 273 (13.17%) DevOps
6 238 (11.48%) Software Engineering
7 230 (11.10%) BDD
8 209 (10.08%) Test Automation
9 194 (9.36%) Continuous Integration
10 190 (9.17%) MVC
11 185 (8.92%) Front End Development
12 169 (8.15%) OO
13 154 (7.43%) Analytics
14 149 (7.19%) Unit Testing
15 134 (6.46%) Business Intelligence
16 123 (5.93%) E-Commerce
16 123 (5.93%) Problem-Solving
17 122 (5.89%) SDLC
18 108 (5.21%) Web Development
19 97 (4.68%) Computer Science
Programming Languages
1 833 (40.18%) Java
2 705 (34.01%) JavaScript
3 438 (21.13%) C#
4 396 (19.10%) SQL
5 347 (16.74%) Python
6 206 (9.94%) Java 8
7 138 (6.66%) TypeScript
8 108 (5.21%) C++
9 96 (4.63%) Scala
10 95 (4.58%) ES6
11 93 (4.49%) PHP
12 65 (3.14%) T-SQL
13 58 (2.80%) Kotlin
14 45 (2.17%) C
15 43 (2.07%) Ruby
16 41 (1.98%) Apple Swift
17 38 (1.83%) R
18 33 (1.59%) Go
19 32 (1.54%) PL/SQL
20 27 (1.30%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 88 (4.25%) Degree
1 88 (4.25%) Security Cleared
2 68 (3.28%) SC Cleared
3 37 (1.78%) Computer Science Degree
4 26 (1.25%) BPSS Clearance
5 20 (0.96%) AWS Certification
6 12 (0.58%) DBS Check
7 10 (0.48%) DV Cleared
8 4 (0.19%) Sun Certification
9 3 (0.14%) Microsoft Certification
10 2 (0.096%) BC Cleared
10 2 (0.096%) CTC Cleared
10 2 (0.096%) Master's Degree
10 2 (0.096%) OCPJP
11 1 (0.048%) MCSD
11 1 (0.048%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 39 (1.88%) QA
2 5 (0.24%) MiFID
3 4 (0.19%) GDPR
3 4 (0.19%) WCAG
4 3 (0.14%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (0.096%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.096%) HL7
6 1 (0.048%) EMIR
6 1 (0.048%) IEC 62304
6 1 (0.048%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.048%) SLA
System Software
1 302 (14.57%) Docker
2 11 (0.53%) Active Directory
3 5 (0.24%) Virtual Machines
3 5 (0.24%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (0.24%) vSphere
4 2 (0.096%) HDFS
4 2 (0.096%) Oracle RAC
5 1 (0.048%) Firmware
5 1 (0.048%) LXC
5 1 (0.048%) OpenAM
5 1 (0.048%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 190 (9.17%) Kubernetes
2 76 (3.67%) Terraform
3 34 (1.64%) Ansible
4 10 (0.48%) Grafana
4 10 (0.48%) Kibana
4 10 (0.48%) Single Sign-On
5 9 (0.43%) Puppet
6 7 (0.34%) Consul
7 3 (0.14%) MIIS
7 3 (0.14%) Opscode Chef
8 2 (0.096%) Hadoop YARN
8 2 (0.096%) logstash
8 2 (0.096%) Packer
8 2 (0.096%) Prometheus
8 2 (0.096%) Sysdig
8 2 (0.096%) Tivoli
8 2 (0.096%) WSUS
9 1 (0.048%) Marathon
9 1 (0.048%) Matomo
9 1 (0.048%) Mesos
Vendors
1 178 (8.59%) Microsoft
2 122 (5.89%) Oracle
3 68 (3.28%) Google
4 46 (2.22%) SAP
5 33 (1.59%) Salesforce.com
6 26 (1.25%) Xamarin
7 24 (1.16%) Red Hat
8 23 (1.11%) WSO2
9 17 (0.82%) MuleSoft
9 17 (0.82%) Talend
10 15 (0.72%) Atlassian
10 15 (0.72%) Tableau
11 14 (0.68%) Solace
12 12 (0.58%) Sybase
13 11 (0.53%) IBM
13 11 (0.53%) TIBCO
13 11 (0.53%) Zend
14 10 (0.48%) MicroStrategy
15 9 (0.43%) Adobe
15 9 (0.43%) UiPath