The median contractor rate for a Senior Developer was £488 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Senior Developer
UK
Rank 97 81 102
Rank change year-on-year -16 +21  
Contract jobs requiring a Senior Developer 1078 1341 1077
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.38% 2.53% 2.05%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.51% 2.66% 2.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 819 996 818
Median daily rate £488 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.63% +5.55%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £363 £350 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £639 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +3.12% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 14 9
Median hourly rate £45.00 £44.10 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.04% +17.60%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.20 £37.45 £34.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £55.00 £45.12
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.75 £43.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year -29.31% +16.00%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 42950 50452 49894
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.82% 95.19% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 27813 32635 30138
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £555
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1510 1582 1977
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £48.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.38
% change year-on-year -12.50% +15.10%  

Senior Developer
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Senior Developer in the job title.

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 3 months to 24 March 2017.

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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Senior Developer in the UK

Senior Developer
Top 30 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 3 months to 24 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -14 1004 £500 +5.26% 645
London -13 657 £525 - 282
City of London +1 163 £550 - 62
South East +13 110 £413 +3.12% 81
North West -10 45 £425 -1.44% 76
West Midlands -3 40 £400 - 36
East of England -8 40 £525 +20.00% 43
Yorkshire -11 40 £390 -8.23% 45
East Midlands +10 35 £420 +12.00% 31
South West -18 32 £425 +9.32% 46
Northern Ireland +1 31 £413 +26.92% 1
County Antrim +2 28 £413 +26.92% 1
Leeds -10 27 £375 -16.66% 22
West Yorkshire -11 27 £375 -16.66% 30
Surrey +16 26 £444 -15.47% 12
Belfast +2 26 £413 +26.92% 1
Scotland +21 25 £400 +3.22% 28
Manchester -7 21 £375 -9.09% 56
Hertfordshire +16 19 £546 +21.38% 13
Edinburgh +22 17 £400 -4.76% 13
Berkshire +22 17 £350 -22.22% 17
Buckinghamshire -16 17 £363 -8.22% 9
Birmingham +4 16 £400 - 8
Hampshire +11 15 £438 +15.13% 18
Oxfordshire 0 15 £475 +18.75% 12
Nottinghamshire +15 14 £425 +1.19% 15
South Yorkshire 0 13 £444 +18.33% 4
Nottingham +16 12 £425 +9.67% 11
Liverpool +12 11 £500 +53.84% 1
Cheshire +12 11 £450 -8.44% 13

Senior Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 March 2017, Senior Developer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Senior Developer in the job title.

1 1240 (56.65%) Agile Software Development
2 1005 (45.91%) Java
3 782 (35.72%) TDD
4 770 (35.18%) JavaScript
5 579 (26.45%) HTML
6 528 (24.12%) CSS
7 492 (22.48%) SQL
7 492 (22.48%) .NET
8 466 (21.29%) C#
9 451 (20.60%) Finance
10 443 (20.24%) AngularJS
11 420 (19.19%) Scrum
12 395 (18.04%) Spring
13 360 (16.45%) BDD
14 357 (16.31%) Banking
15 348 (15.90%) Git (software)
16 332 (15.17%) Continuous Integration
17 331 (15.12%) SQL Server
18 323 (14.76%) MVC
19 292 (13.34%) Web Services
20 276 (12.61%) OO
20 276 (12.61%) REST
21 266 (12.15%) HTML5
22 252 (11.51%) jQuery
23 247 (11.28%) E-Commerce
24 246 (11.24%) Linux
25 233 (10.64%) ASP.NET
26 232 (10.60%) RESTful
27 224 (10.23%) Oracle
28 219 (10.00%) Jenkins

Senior Developer Skill Set
Top Related 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 77 (3.52%) Apache Spark
2 59 (2.70%) CMS
3 52 (2.38%) Elasticsearch
4 50 (2.28%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 48 (2.19%) Tomcat
6 47 (2.15%) Apache
7 46 (2.10%) WebSphere
8 42 (1.92%) Confluence
9 38 (1.74%) Oracle Coherence
10 35 (1.60%) WebLogic
11 30 (1.37%) JBoss
12 29 (1.32%) SharePoint
13 25 (1.14%) Umbraco
14 18 (0.82%) Adobe Experience Manager
15 17 (0.78%) Drupal
16 13 (0.59%) Cloud Foundry
17 12 (0.55%) Apache Pig
18 11 (0.50%) WordPress
19 10 (0.46%) Apache Solr
19 10 (0.46%) Mule
Applications
1 59 (2.70%) MS Excel
2 11 (0.50%) MS Office
3 9 (0.41%) Photoshop
4 2 (0.091%) Adobe Illustrator
4 2 (0.091%) Fireworks
4 2 (0.091%) MS Project
5 1 (0.046%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.046%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.046%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 21 (0.96%) Dynamics CRM
2 18 (0.82%) Payment Gateway
3 12 (0.55%) Oracle BPM
4 8 (0.37%) BusinessWorks
4 8 (0.37%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 7 (0.32%) Dynamics AX
6 6 (0.27%) Endur
7 4 (0.18%) ION MarketView
8 3 (0.14%) Magento
9 2 (0.091%) BASE24
9 2 (0.091%) Dynamics NAV
9 2 (0.091%) RMDS
10 1 (0.046%) Cognos Business Intelligence
10 1 (0.046%) Eloqua
10 1 (0.046%) Global One
10 1 (0.046%) Oracle SCM
10 1 (0.046%) SAP APO
10 1 (0.046%) SAP Business One
10 1 (0.046%) SAP ERP
10 1 (0.046%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 154 (7.04%) Amazon AWS
2 134 (6.12%) Microsoft Azure
3 77 (3.52%) GitHub
4 25 (1.14%) Amazon EC2
5 20 (0.91%) PaaS
5 20 (0.91%) SaaS
6 15 (0.69%) Cloud Computing
7 11 (0.50%) AWS CloudFormation
8 9 (0.41%) Google Cloud Platform
9 8 (0.37%) Google Play
10 6 (0.27%) Amazon S3
11 5 (0.23%) AWS Lambda
11 5 (0.23%) Google Analytics
11 5 (0.23%) Google App Engine
11 5 (0.23%) Heroku
11 5 (0.23%) OpenShift
11 5 (0.23%) TestFlight
12 3 (0.14%) Office 365
13 2 (0.091%) Force.com
13 2 (0.091%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 77 (3.52%) HTTP
2 18 (0.82%) Internet
3 15 (0.69%) TCP/IP
4 12 (0.55%) RTSP
5 8 (0.37%) RTP
6 7 (0.32%) Intranet
6 7 (0.32%) SSL
7 5 (0.23%) HTTPS
7 5 (0.23%) MQTT
7 5 (0.23%) SSH
8 4 (0.18%) AMQP
8 4 (0.18%) Bluetooth
8 4 (0.18%) Multicast
9 3 (0.14%) IP Telephony
9 3 (0.14%) LDAP
9 3 (0.14%) Network Security
10 2 (0.091%) ATM
10 2 (0.091%) DSL
10 2 (0.091%) Kerberos
10 2 (0.091%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 331 (15.12%) SQL Server
2 143 (6.53%) NoSQL
3 142 (6.49%) Relational Database
4 140 (6.40%) Big Data
5 125 (5.71%) MongoDB
5 125 (5.71%) MySQL
6 92 (4.20%) Hadoop
7 80 (3.65%) PostgreSQL
8 72 (3.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 67 (3.06%) Data Warehouse
10 65 (2.97%) SQL Server 2008
11 63 (2.88%) Apache Cassandra
12 56 (2.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 46 (2.10%) Oracle Database
14 38 (1.74%) SQL Server 2012
15 34 (1.55%) SQL Server 2014
16 29 (1.32%) SQL Server Analysis Services
17 28 (1.28%) RDBMS
18 27 (1.23%) Amazon DynamoDB
19 23 (1.05%) DB2
Development Applications
1 348 (15.90%) Git (software)
2 219 (10.00%) Jenkins
3 162 (7.40%) Maven
4 128 (5.85%) JUnit
5 113 (5.16%) JIRA
6 103 (4.71%) Subversion
7 95 (4.34%) Mockito
8 86 (3.93%) Selenium
9 84 (3.84%) Cucumber
10 79 (3.61%) Gradle
11 63 (2.88%) Team Foundation Server
11 63 (2.88%) TeamCity
12 57 (2.60%) Grunt
13 53 (2.42%) gulp
14 47 (2.15%) Jasmine
15 45 (2.06%) Visual Studio
16 44 (2.01%) Ant
16 44 (2.01%) Eclipse
17 39 (1.78%) NUnit
18 35 (1.60%) Mocha
General
1 451 (20.60%) Finance
2 357 (16.31%) Banking
3 138 (6.30%) Front Office
4 127 (5.80%) Investment Banking
5 77 (3.52%) Retail
6 46 (2.10%) Games
7 38 (1.74%) Back Office
8 34 (1.55%) Marketing
9 28 (1.28%) Telecoms
10 27 (1.23%) Advertising
11 19 (0.87%) Legal
12 17 (0.78%) Publishing
13 14 (0.64%) Electronics
14 12 (0.55%) Manufacturing
15 9 (0.41%) Law
16 7 (0.32%) Automotive
16 7 (0.32%) Financial Institution
16 7 (0.32%) Pharmaceutical
17 3 (0.14%) Retail Banking
18 2 (0.091%) Corporate Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 579 (26.45%) HTML
2 528 (24.12%) CSS
3 492 (22.48%) .NET
4 443 (20.24%) AngularJS
5 395 (18.04%) Spring
6 292 (13.34%) Web Services
7 276 (12.61%) REST
8 266 (12.15%) HTML5
9 252 (11.51%) jQuery
10 233 (10.64%) ASP.NET
11 232 (10.60%) RESTful
12 205 (9.37%) XML
13 201 (9.18%) Node.js
14 189 (8.63%) CSS3
15 183 (8.36%) Hibernate
16 169 (7.72%) React
17 144 (6.58%) JSON
18 141 (6.44%) .NET Framework
19 137 (6.26%) SOAP
20 132 (6.03%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 137 (6.26%) User Experience
2 94 (4.29%) Computer Science
3 93 (4.25%) Analytical Skills
4 91 (4.16%) Mobile App
5 70 (3.20%) Derivative
6 68 (3.11%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 63 (2.88%) Equities
8 59 (2.70%) Fixed Income
9 53 (2.42%) Enterprise Software
10 42 (1.92%) Fintech
11 34 (1.55%) Equity Derivative
12 30 (1.37%) iPad
12 30 (1.37%) Virtual Team
13 26 (1.19%) Algorithms
14 25 (1.14%) Market Risk
15 24 (1.10%) Data Structures
16 23 (1.05%) Client/Server
17 17 (0.78%) N-Tier
18 16 (0.73%) Social Media
18 16 (0.73%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 246 (11.24%) Linux
2 186 (8.50%) Unix
3 98 (4.48%) Android
4 91 (4.16%) Apple iOS
5 77 (3.52%) Windows
6 25 (1.14%) Mac OS X
7 17 (0.78%) Solaris
8 10 (0.46%) HPUX
8 10 (0.46%) Mac OS
9 9 (0.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 8 (0.37%) Windows Server
11 7 (0.32%) Ubuntu
12 5 (0.23%) VME
13 2 (0.091%) MVS
14 1 (0.046%) CentOS
14 1 (0.046%) Embedded Linux
14 1 (0.046%) VMS
14 1 (0.046%) Windows Embedded Compact
14 1 (0.046%) Windows Server 2008
14 1 (0.046%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1240 (56.65%) Agile Software Development
2 782 (35.72%) TDD
3 420 (19.19%) Scrum
4 360 (16.45%) BDD
5 332 (15.17%) Continuous Integration
6 323 (14.76%) MVC
7 276 (12.61%) OO
8 247 (11.28%) E-Commerce
9 209 (9.55%) Microservices
10 194 (8.86%) Front End Development
11 177 (8.09%) DevOps
12 175 (7.99%) Mentoring
13 169 (7.72%) Web Development
14 167 (7.63%) Pair Programming
15 166 (7.58%) Multithreading
16 162 (7.40%) Unit Testing
17 150 (6.85%) Software Engineering
18 103 (4.71%) Low Latency
18 103 (4.71%) SDLC
19 102 (4.66%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 1005 (45.91%) Java
2 770 (35.18%) JavaScript
3 492 (22.48%) SQL
4 466 (21.29%) C#
5 212 (9.68%) Scala
6 208 (9.50%) Python
7 108 (4.93%) PHP
8 86 (3.93%) T-SQL
9 82 (3.75%) Ruby
10 80 (3.65%) C++
11 73 (3.33%) ES6
12 63 (2.88%) PL/SQL
13 60 (2.74%) Shell Script
14 54 (2.47%) Objective-C
15 48 (2.19%) Apple Swift
16 38 (1.74%) Perl
16 38 (1.74%) TypeScript
17 36 (1.64%) C
18 35 (1.60%) Groovy
19 30 (1.37%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 140 (6.40%) Degree
2 80 (3.65%) Security Cleared
3 49 (2.24%) SC Cleared
4 13 (0.59%) Sun Certification
5 12 (0.55%) DV Cleared
6 10 (0.46%) BPSS Clearance
7 7 (0.32%) DBS Check
8 4 (0.18%) Microsoft Certification
9 3 (0.14%) CTC Cleared
10 2 (0.091%) MBA
11 1 (0.046%) BC Cleared
11 1 (0.046%) CFA
11 1 (0.046%) ISEB
11 1 (0.046%) ISTQB
11 1 (0.046%) MCDBA
11 1 (0.046%) MCITP
11 1 (0.046%) PhD
11 1 (0.046%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 44 (2.01%) QA
2 22 (1.01%) MiFID
3 13 (0.59%) EMIR
4 12 (0.55%) Dodd-Frank
5 10 (0.46%) Disclosure Scotland
5 10 (0.46%) FATCA
6 9 (0.41%) SLA
7 7 (0.32%) WAI
8 6 (0.27%) PCI DSS
9 3 (0.14%) Data Quality
9 3 (0.14%) SDET
9 3 (0.14%) WCAG
10 2 (0.091%) Basel III
10 2 (0.091%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 2 (0.091%) ISO 14001
10 2 (0.091%) ISO 9001
11 1 (0.046%) Basel II
11 1 (0.046%) PA-DSS
11 1 (0.046%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 142 (6.49%) Docker
2 10 (0.46%) Virtual Machines
3 5 (0.23%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 4 (0.18%) Active Directory
4 4 (0.18%) HDFS
5 2 (0.091%) VMware Infrastructure
6 1 (0.046%) Apache Flume
6 1 (0.046%) Cronacle
6 1 (0.046%) Firmware
6 1 (0.046%) Time Sharing Option
6 1 (0.046%) VirtualBox
6 1 (0.046%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 50 (2.28%) Puppet
2 48 (2.19%) Ansible
3 41 (1.87%) Opscode Chef
4 17 (0.78%) Kubernetes
5 10 (0.46%) Terraform
6 7 (0.32%) Hadoop YARN
7 5 (0.23%) HockeyApp
7 5 (0.23%) HP Quality Center
7 5 (0.23%) Oozie
8 4 (0.18%) Kibana
9 3 (0.14%) Capistrano
9 3 (0.14%) Consul
9 3 (0.14%) Control-M
9 3 (0.14%) Packer
9 3 (0.14%) WebSphere Cast Iron
10 2 (0.091%) Ambari
10 2 (0.091%) Grafana
11 1 (0.046%) CloudHub
11 1 (0.046%) Mesos
11 1 (0.046%) Salt
Vendors
1 224 (10.23%) Oracle
2 153 (6.99%) Microsoft
3 40 (1.83%) TIBCO
4 37 (1.69%) Google
5 30 (1.37%) ATG
6 27 (1.23%) IBM
7 26 (1.19%) Salesforce.com
8 25 (1.14%) SAP
9 24 (1.10%) Adobe
10 22 (1.01%) Solace
11 20 (0.91%) Apple
12 17 (0.78%) Xamarin
13 15 (0.69%) MuleSoft
13 15 (0.69%) Red Hat
14 12 (0.55%) Apigee
14 12 (0.55%) Sitecore
15 11 (0.50%) Atlassian
15 11 (0.50%) Fidessa
15 11 (0.50%) VMware
16 10 (0.46%) Sybase
West Midlands
Oscar
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Square One Resources
Rate: Up to £475 per day for 12 months
Posted: 3 hours ago
London
Understanding Recruitment
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Hertfordshire
Oliver Bernard
Rate: £575 - £625 per day
Posted: 21 hours ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £275 - £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Posted: Yesterday
London
Digitech Resourcing Ltd
Rate: Up to £600 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Leicester, Leicestershire
Sopra Steria Recruitment
Rate: From £350 to £450 per day
Posted: 4 hours ago
North Yorkshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 22 hours ago
West Midlands
Oscar
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Posted: 22 hours ago
Central London / West End
ANSON MCCADE
Rate: £400- £500
Posted: 21 hours ago
City, London
Oliver James Associates
Rate: £450 - £600 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Digital Vision Search Ltd
Rate: From £450 to £550 per day
Posted: 19 hours ago
Wilmslow, Cheshire
Oscar
Rate: £300 - £375 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Belfast, County Antrim
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £381.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Oliver James Associates
Rate: £475 - £575 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Austin Fraser
Rate: £0.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Knowit
Rate: £350 - £425 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Total Recruitment Specialists Limited / TRG / Total recruitment group
Rate: £400 - £450 Per Day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Freshtechit
Rate: From £350 to £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £700 - £751 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Twickenham, Middlesex
Burns Sheehan
Rate: £450.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Bristol, Avon
The People Network
Rate: £400 - £600 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Telford, Shropshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £495 - £496.15 per day
Posted: 22 hours ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: Day rate only
Posted: 3 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Square One Resources
Rate: Unspecified Negoiable
Posted: 3 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Ampersand Consulting
Rate: £300 - £600 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
Swindon, Wiltshire
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £700.00 - £850.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago