Period
to 25 February 2018

The median contractor rate for a Senior Developer was £513 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 25 February 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
25 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 80 95 93
Rank change year-on-year +15 -2 +9
Contract jobs requiring a Senior Developer 2,882 2,267 2,547
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.88% 2.38% 2.36%
As % of the Job Titles category 3.04% 2.51% 2.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,323 1,727 1,916
UK median daily rate £513 £475 £455
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.89% +4.40% +1.11%
10th Percentile £386 £356 £325
90th Percentile £675 £638 £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 7 8 14
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £40.88 £44.10
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.09% -7.31% +17.60%
10th Percentile £28.70 £15.25 £33.85
90th Percentile £68.75 £56.44 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £37.00 £44.00
% change year-on-year +21.62% -15.91% +17.33%

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 94,775 90,228 102,589
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.79% 94.78% 95.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 62,914 58,845 65,670
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £263 £255 £250
90th Percentile £625 £608 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,806 3,205 3,716
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% -5.26% +15.15%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.63 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.52 £47.50 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year - -2.78% +9.09%

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 25 February 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 25 February 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 25 February 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 +11 2,633 £525 +7.69% 1,300
London +11 1,864 £550 +10.00% 565
UK excluding London +26 984 £450 +9.09% 804
South East +47 311 £475 +13.10% 187
North of England -2 163 £425 - 232
Northern Ireland +7 113 £450 +16.13% 14
Midlands -30 113 £425 +6.25% 128
East of England +5 111 £500 -1.48% 113
Scotland +26 95 £400 - 42
North West -18 79 £438 +2.94% 124
Yorkshire +9 78 £425 - 81
South West +11 68 £425 -5.03% 75
West Midlands -10 68 £450 +18.03% 68
East Midlands -40 43 £400 -3.61% 60
Wales -15 15 £438 -9.09% 13
North East +52 10 £425 +8.28% 27

Senior Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 February 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 1,452 (50.38%) Agile Software Development
2 1,437 (49.86%) Java
3 1,038 (36.02%) TDD
4 859 (29.81%) JavaScript
5 852 (29.56%) Finance
6 659 (22.87%) C#
7 613 (21.27%) SQL
8 604 (20.96%) .NET
9 570 (19.78%) HTML
10 553 (19.19%) Banking
11 527 (18.29%) CSS
12 526 (18.25%) AngularJS
13 489 (16.97%) Scrum
14 480 (16.66%) Continuous Integration
15 479 (16.62%) Spring
16 451 (15.65%) BDD
17 450 (15.61%) Git (software)
18 440 (15.27%) Microservices
19 435 (15.09%) SQL Server
19 435 (15.09%) MVC
20 413 (14.33%) RESTful
21 373 (12.94%) Node.js
22 365 (12.66%) Web Services
23 348 (12.07%) REST
24 337 (11.69%) OO
25 336 (11.66%) React
26 322 (11.17%) Amazon AWS
27 317 (11.00%) Test Automation
28 299 (10.37%) Oracle
29 298 (10.34%) HTML5

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
1 118 (4.09%) Elasticsearch
2 116 (4.02%) Tomcat
3 114 (3.96%) WebSphere
4 77 (2.67%) WebLogic
5 70 (2.43%) Confluence
6 59 (2.05%) JBoss
7 57 (1.98%) Apache
8 55 (1.91%) CMS
9 47 (1.63%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 46 (1.60%) SharePoint
11 44 (1.53%) Mule
12 42 (1.46%) Apache Spark
12 42 (1.46%) OpenStack
13 32 (1.11%) Oracle Service Bus
14 29 (1.01%) NServiceBus
15 20 (0.69%) WebSphere Application Server
16 19 (0.66%) Apache Solr
16 19 (0.66%) BizTalk Server
16 19 (0.66%) Drupal
17 18 (0.62%) Cloud Foundry
Applications
1 13 (0.45%) Adobe Creative Suite
2 8 (0.28%) Photoshop
3 7 (0.24%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (0.24%) Microsoft Office
4 3 (0.10%) EngageOne
4 3 (0.10%) GIMP
4 3 (0.10%) InfoPath
5 1 (0.035%) Adobe Illustrator
5 1 (0.035%) HipChat
5 1 (0.035%) OmniGraffle
5 1 (0.035%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 36 (1.25%) ION MarketView
2 14 (0.49%) Endur
3 8 (0.28%) Magento
3 8 (0.28%) Oracle BPM
4 7 (0.24%) Dynamics CRM
5 5 (0.17%) Dynamics AX
6 4 (0.14%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 4 (0.14%) Summit
6 4 (0.14%) SunGard GMI
7 3 (0.10%) BusinessWorks
8 2 (0.069%) Global One
8 2 (0.069%) MetaTrader
8 2 (0.069%) R3 Corda
8 2 (0.069%) Ripple
9 1 (0.035%) Cognos Business Intelligence
9 1 (0.035%) SAP SRM
9 1 (0.035%) SDL Web 8
Cloud Services
1 322 (11.17%) Amazon AWS
2 272 (9.44%) Microsoft Azure
3 92 (3.19%) GitHub
4 44 (1.53%) Google Cloud Platform
5 41 (1.42%) npm
6 35 (1.21%) Serverless
7 28 (0.97%) PaaS
8 27 (0.94%) Amazon EC2
8 27 (0.94%) SaaS
9 19 (0.66%) Amazon S3
10 18 (0.62%) AWS Lambda
11 16 (0.56%) Heroku
12 14 (0.49%) OpenShift
13 13 (0.45%) Cloud Computing
13 13 (0.45%) Force.com
13 13 (0.45%) Office 365
14 11 (0.38%) AWS CloudFormation
15 10 (0.35%) Algolia
16 9 (0.31%) IaaS
16 9 (0.31%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 62 (2.15%) HTTP
2 23 (0.80%) Internet
3 17 (0.59%) TCP/IP
4 16 (0.56%) Bluetooth
5 13 (0.45%) SMS
6 8 (0.28%) AMQP
7 7 (0.24%) Intranet
8 6 (0.21%) SMTP
9 5 (0.17%) FTP
10 4 (0.14%) SSH
11 3 (0.10%) DNS
11 3 (0.10%) FIX Connectivity
12 2 (0.069%) Kerberos
12 2 (0.069%) Skype
13 1 (0.035%) Diameter Protocol
13 1 (0.035%) Firewall
13 1 (0.035%) HTTPS
13 1 (0.035%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 435 (15.09%) SQL Server
2 264 (9.16%) NoSQL
3 232 (8.05%) Relational Database
4 187 (6.49%) MySQL
5 162 (5.62%) PostgreSQL
6 148 (5.14%) MongoDB
7 125 (4.34%) RDBMS
8 105 (3.64%) Big Data
9 83 (2.88%) Hadoop
10 68 (2.36%) Data Warehouse
11 66 (2.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 57 (1.98%) Apache Cassandra
13 55 (1.91%) SQL Server 2012
14 51 (1.77%) KDB
15 47 (1.63%) Redis
16 45 (1.56%) Oracle Database
17 44 (1.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
18 42 (1.46%) SQL Server 2008
19 36 (1.25%) DB2
20 34 (1.18%) HBase
Development Applications
1 450 (15.61%) Git (software)
2 245 (8.50%) Jenkins
3 233 (8.08%) Maven
4 159 (5.52%) JUnit
5 149 (5.17%) JIRA
6 111 (3.85%) NUnit
7 100 (3.47%) Subversion
8 96 (3.33%) TeamCity
9 87 (3.02%) Cucumber
10 85 (2.95%) Mockito
11 84 (2.91%) Team Foundation Server
12 73 (2.53%) webpack
13 69 (2.39%) Gradle
14 66 (2.29%) Visual Studio
15 65 (2.26%) Eclipse
16 61 (2.12%) MSTest
17 60 (2.08%) Octopus Deploy
18 54 (1.87%) Selenium
19 48 (1.67%) Jasmine
20 43 (1.49%) gulp
General
1 852 (29.56%) Finance
2 553 (19.19%) Banking
3 268 (9.30%) Front Office
4 179 (6.21%) Investment Banking
5 114 (3.96%) Retail
6 73 (2.53%) Telecoms
7 59 (2.05%) Marketing
8 46 (1.60%) Manufacturing
9 43 (1.49%) Games
10 42 (1.46%) Electronics
11 28 (0.97%) Law
11 28 (0.97%) Publishing
12 24 (0.83%) Back Office
13 21 (0.73%) Advertising
14 16 (0.56%) Financial Institution
15 14 (0.49%) Retail Banking
16 13 (0.45%) Automotive
17 7 (0.24%) Legal
18 6 (0.21%) Pharmaceutical
19 3 (0.10%) French Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 604 (20.96%) .NET
2 570 (19.78%) HTML
3 527 (18.29%) CSS
4 526 (18.25%) AngularJS
5 479 (16.62%) Spring
6 413 (14.33%) RESTful
7 373 (12.94%) Node.js
8 365 (12.66%) Web Services
9 348 (12.07%) REST
10 336 (11.66%) React
11 298 (10.34%) HTML5
12 260 (9.02%) ASP.NET
13 259 (8.99%) XML
14 235 (8.15%) Hibernate
15 221 (7.67%) jQuery
15 221 (7.67%) SOAP
16 212 (7.36%) JSON
17 186 (6.45%) CSS3
18 155 (5.38%) Spring Boot
19 154 (5.34%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 202 (7.01%) Greenfield Project
2 169 (5.86%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 139 (4.82%) User Experience
4 107 (3.71%) Derivative
5 103 (3.57%) Analytical Skills
6 100 (3.47%) Fixed Income
7 91 (3.16%) Data Structures
8 90 (3.12%) Mobile App
9 83 (2.88%) Computer Science
10 81 (2.81%) Fintech
11 62 (2.15%) Equities
12 52 (1.80%) Enterprise Software
13 43 (1.49%) Algorithms
14 34 (1.18%) Credit Risk
15 32 (1.11%) Blog
15 32 (1.11%) Virtual Team
16 28 (0.97%) Equity Derivative
16 28 (0.97%) Public Cloud
17 25 (0.87%) Management Information System
18 19 (0.66%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 285 (9.89%) Linux
2 220 (7.63%) Unix
3 89 (3.09%) Android
4 80 (2.78%) Apple iOS
5 70 (2.43%) Windows
6 32 (1.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 17 (0.59%) Mac OS X
8 9 (0.31%) Nucleus RTOS
9 6 (0.21%) Windows Phone
10 5 (0.17%) Solaris
10 5 (0.17%) Ubuntu
11 4 (0.14%) Windows 10
11 4 (0.14%) Windows Server
12 3 (0.10%) Mac OS
13 2 (0.069%) CentOS
13 2 (0.069%) Windows Server 2008
14 1 (0.035%) Embedded Linux
14 1 (0.035%) Fedora
14 1 (0.035%) Windows 7
14 1 (0.035%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,452 (50.38%) Agile Software Development
2 1,038 (36.02%) TDD
3 489 (16.97%) Scrum
4 480 (16.66%) Continuous Integration
5 451 (15.65%) BDD
6 440 (15.27%) Microservices
7 435 (15.09%) MVC
8 337 (11.69%) OO
9 317 (11.00%) Test Automation
10 274 (9.51%) Multithreading
11 266 (9.23%) Unit Testing
12 258 (8.95%) DevOps
13 226 (7.84%) Front End Development
14 210 (7.29%) E-Commerce
15 193 (6.70%) Pair Programming
16 182 (6.32%) Electronic Trading
17 180 (6.25%) SOA
18 173 (6.00%) Low Latency
19 170 (5.90%) Kanban
20 158 (5.48%) Continuous Delivery
Programming Languages
1 1,437 (49.86%) Java
2 859 (29.81%) JavaScript
3 659 (22.87%) C#
4 613 (21.27%) SQL
5 247 (8.57%) Python
6 177 (6.14%) Scala
7 140 (4.86%) C++
8 112 (3.89%) ES6
8 112 (3.89%) Ruby
9 100 (3.47%) TypeScript
10 93 (3.23%) T-SQL
11 92 (3.19%) PHP
12 61 (2.12%) Groovy
13 56 (1.94%) PL/SQL
14 54 (1.87%) Apple Swift
14 54 (1.87%) Shell Script
15 52 (1.80%) XPath
16 45 (1.56%) Bash Shell
17 41 (1.42%) Objective-C
18 40 (1.39%) C
Qualifications
1 169 (5.86%) Degree
2 104 (3.61%) Security Cleared
3 73 (2.53%) SC Cleared
4 64 (2.22%) Computer Science Degree
5 24 (0.83%) BPSS Clearance
6 22 (0.76%) Numerate Degree
7 21 (0.73%) Master's Degree
8 13 (0.45%) Microsoft Certification
9 11 (0.38%) MCSE
10 9 (0.31%) DV Cleared
10 9 (0.31%) MCITP
10 9 (0.31%) PhD
11 5 (0.17%) CTC Cleared
12 2 (0.069%) ISEB
12 2 (0.069%) ISTQB
12 2 (0.069%) MCSA
12 2 (0.069%) Sun Certification
13 1 (0.035%) ITIL Certification
13 1 (0.035%) MCTS
13 1 (0.035%) OCPJP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 75 (2.60%) QA
2 44 (1.53%) MiFID
3 18 (0.62%) EMIR
4 15 (0.52%) Data Quality
5 13 (0.45%) Disclosure Scotland
6 10 (0.35%) GCP
7 9 (0.31%) PCI DSS
8 7 (0.24%) Dodd-Frank
9 5 (0.17%) SLA
9 5 (0.17%) WCAG
10 4 (0.14%) Solvency II
11 3 (0.10%) Basel III
11 3 (0.10%) FATCA
11 3 (0.10%) GDPR
12 2 (0.069%) IFRS
12 2 (0.069%) WAI
13 1 (0.035%) IFRS 9
13 1 (0.035%) SEPA
System Software
1 212 (7.36%) Docker
2 16 (0.56%) HDFS
3 8 (0.28%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 6 (0.21%) Virtual Machines
5 5 (0.17%) GeoWebCache
5 5 (0.17%) VMware Infrastructure
6 3 (0.10%) Platform Symphony
7 2 (0.069%) Active Directory
7 2 (0.069%) Apache Flume
7 2 (0.069%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 98 (3.40%) Ansible
1 98 (3.40%) Puppet
2 76 (2.64%) Opscode Chef
3 45 (1.56%) Kubernetes
4 44 (1.53%) Terraform
5 21 (0.73%) Grafana
6 18 (0.62%) Kibana
7 17 (0.59%) logstash
8 9 (0.31%) Hadoop YARN
8 9 (0.31%) Prometheus
9 8 (0.28%) BladeLogic
10 7 (0.24%) Nagios
11 5 (0.17%) Oozie
11 5 (0.17%) Single Sign-On
12 4 (0.14%) Control-M
12 4 (0.14%) Packer
12 4 (0.14%) ZABBIX
13 3 (0.10%) NetBackup
13 3 (0.10%) Salt
14 2 (0.069%) Mesos
Vendors
1 299 (10.37%) Oracle
2 179 (6.21%) Microsoft
3 91 (3.16%) TIBCO
4 65 (2.26%) Google
5 62 (2.15%) IBM
6 60 (2.08%) Salesforce.com
7 49 (1.70%) SAP
8 48 (1.67%) Sybase
9 40 (1.39%) ION Trading
10 37 (1.28%) WSO2
11 27 (0.94%) Splunk
12 25 (0.87%) Adobe
13 23 (0.80%) Atlassian
14 20 (0.69%) AppDynamics
14 20 (0.69%) Tableau
15 19 (0.66%) Bloomberg
16 14 (0.49%) Apple
16 14 (0.49%) Fidessa
16 14 (0.49%) OpenLink
16 14 (0.49%) Red Hat