Period
to 21 January 2020

The median contractor rate for a Senior Developer was £525 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 January 2020.

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 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 98 90 84
Rank change year-on-year -8 -6 +14
Contract jobs requiring a Senior Developer 1,750 2,695 2,909
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.40% 2.73% 2.95%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.56% 2.88% 3.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,175 2,088 2,358
UK median daily rate £525 £525 £513
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.44% +7.89%
10th Percentile £388 £405 £375
90th Percentile £700 £675 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £475 £445
% change year-on-year -5.26% +6.74% +7.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 5 7
UK median hourly rate £72.50 £40.00 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +81.25% -11.11% +3.15%
10th Percentile £29.00 £35.00 £28.70
90th Percentile £78.75 £47.50 £65.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.50 £40.00 £45.00
% change year-on-year +18.75% -11.11% +9.09%

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 68,393 93,612 93,740
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.83% 94.72% 94.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 44,529 61,889 62,249
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £450
10th Percentile £241 £270 £260
90th Percentile £644 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,723 2,859 2,761
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £18.70 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.60% +1.08% +2.78%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £51.75 £48.75 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +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 21 January 2020.

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 January 2020.

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 January 2020. 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 1,609 £525 - 1,201
London +7 1,127 £550 - 516
UK excluding London -22 611 £450 -5.26% 771
South East -51 152 £475 -2.56% 170
North of England +19 139 £425 -9.09% 212
Scotland +26 107 £450 - 53
North West +28 81 £425 -10.53% 135
Midlands +18 80 £400 -14.21% 143
South West -32 66 £475 +2.70% 98
West Midlands +18 52 £421 -15.11% 71
East of England -38 43 £450 -14.29% 62
Yorkshire +12 41 £450 -2.70% 55
East Midlands +17 28 £363 -14.71% 72
Northern Ireland +7 21 £430 +4.37% 8
North East +14 16 £443 +2.91% 22
Wales +15 3 £375 -16.67% 25

Senior Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 January 2020, 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.

1 852 (48.69%) Agile Software Development
2 626 (35.77%) Java
3 623 (35.60%) JavaScript
4 448 (25.60%) Finance
5 433 (24.74%) TDD
6 364 (20.80%) AWS
7 362 (20.69%) .NET
8 361 (20.63%) Azure
9 354 (20.23%) Microservices
10 335 (19.14%) SQL
11 332 (18.97%) C#
12 320 (18.29%) CSS
13 310 (17.71%) AngularJS
14 298 (17.03%) HTML
15 292 (16.69%) React
16 290 (16.57%) Python
17 268 (15.31%) Banking
18 263 (15.03%) Node.js
19 255 (14.57%) Git (software)
20 237 (13.54%) Docker
21 234 (13.37%) DevOps
22 211 (12.06%) SQL Server
23 210 (12.00%) Test Automation
24 199 (11.37%) Scrum
25 198 (11.31%) BDD
26 195 (11.14%) Spring
27 191 (10.91%) Web Services
28 188 (10.74%) Front Office
29 178 (10.17%) Microsoft
30 176 (10.06%) Software Engineering

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 63 (3.60%) Elasticsearch
2 41 (2.34%) Apache
2 41 (2.34%) Apache Spark
3 36 (2.06%) CMS
4 27 (1.54%) Confluence
5 23 (1.31%) Tomcat
6 17 (0.97%) Umbraco
7 13 (0.74%) Drupal
8 12 (0.69%) Red Hat Fuse
9 10 (0.57%) Cloud Foundry
9 10 (0.57%) Mule
9 10 (0.57%) nginx
10 9 (0.51%) WordPress
11 8 (0.46%) IIS
11 8 (0.46%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 6 (0.34%) Jetty
12 6 (0.34%) Oracle Service Bus
12 6 (0.34%) SharePoint
12 6 (0.34%) WebLogic
12 6 (0.34%) WebSphere
Applications
1 18 (1.03%) Microsoft Excel
2 12 (0.69%) MS Visio
3 7 (0.40%) Sketch
4 5 (0.29%) Microsoft Office
4 5 (0.29%) XMetaL
5 3 (0.17%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.17%) Zeplin
6 2 (0.11%) Adobe XD
6 2 (0.11%) Chatbot
6 2 (0.11%) InVision
6 2 (0.11%) Lectora
6 2 (0.11%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.057%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 12 (0.69%) FINCAD Analytics
2 6 (0.34%) Dynamics CRM
3 5 (0.29%) Dynamics AX
4 4 (0.23%) Elite 3E
4 4 (0.23%) Magento
4 4 (0.23%) Temenos T24
5 3 (0.17%) ION MarketView
6 2 (0.11%) Adobe Campaign
6 2 (0.11%) Cognos Business Intelligence
6 2 (0.11%) Hyperion Planning
6 2 (0.11%) Markit EDM
6 2 (0.11%) Oracle Applications
6 2 (0.11%) Oracle BPM
6 2 (0.11%) Oracle EBS
6 2 (0.11%) Payment Gateway
7 1 (0.057%) Distributed Ledger
7 1 (0.057%) Dynamics NAV
7 1 (0.057%) R3 Corda
7 1 (0.057%) SAP Hybris
7 1 (0.057%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 364 (20.80%) AWS
2 361 (20.63%) Azure
3 108 (6.17%) Serverless
4 96 (5.49%) GCP
5 66 (3.77%) AWS Lambda
6 62 (3.54%) Amazon S3
7 53 (3.03%) GitHub
8 44 (2.51%) OpenShift
9 41 (2.34%) AWS CloudFormation
10 36 (2.06%) SaaS
11 35 (2.00%) PaaS
12 32 (1.83%) Azure Functions
13 25 (1.43%) Amazon EC2
13 25 (1.43%) Power Platform
14 23 (1.31%) Cloud Computing
15 22 (1.26%) npm
16 16 (0.91%) Azure Active Directory
16 16 (0.91%) Heroku
17 15 (0.86%) Amazon SQS
18 14 (0.80%) AWS Step Functions
Communications & Networking
1 51 (2.91%) HTTP
2 18 (1.03%) Multicast
3 13 (0.74%) Internet
4 12 (0.69%) TCP/IP
4 12 (0.69%) Wi-Fi
5 10 (0.57%) SSH
6 9 (0.51%) Bluetooth
7 8 (0.46%) HTTPS
8 7 (0.40%) FTP
9 6 (0.34%) IPv4
9 6 (0.34%) IPv6
10 4 (0.23%) PBX
10 4 (0.23%) RTP
10 4 (0.23%) VoIP
11 3 (0.17%) SMTP
11 3 (0.17%) SSL
12 2 (0.11%) Broadband
12 2 (0.11%) DHCP
12 2 (0.11%) Ethernet
12 2 (0.11%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 211 (12.06%) SQL Server
2 169 (9.66%) NoSQL
3 118 (6.74%) Relational Database
4 111 (6.34%) MongoDB
5 109 (6.23%) MySQL
5 109 (6.23%) PostgreSQL
6 83 (4.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 64 (3.66%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 55 (3.14%) Redis
9 45 (2.57%) Big Data
10 44 (2.51%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 43 (2.46%) Data Warehouse
12 36 (2.06%) Apache Cassandra
13 35 (2.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 33 (1.89%) Hadoop
15 32 (1.83%) KDB
16 27 (1.54%) RDBMS
17 25 (1.43%) Amazon Athena
17 25 (1.43%) Power BI
18 23 (1.31%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 255 (14.57%) Git (software)
2 151 (8.63%) Jenkins
3 85 (4.86%) TeamCity
4 83 (4.74%) Maven
5 53 (3.03%) JIRA
6 52 (2.97%) webpack
7 50 (2.86%) JUnit
8 46 (2.63%) Octopus Deploy
9 42 (2.40%) Cucumber
10 40 (2.29%) Subversion
11 37 (2.11%) gulp
11 37 (2.11%) Team Foundation Server
12 34 (1.94%) Jasmine
12 34 (1.94%) Selenium
13 33 (1.89%) Mockito
14 30 (1.71%) Gradle
15 28 (1.60%) Visual Studio
16 27 (1.54%) RStudio
17 26 (1.49%) Bitbucket
17 26 (1.49%) GitLab
General
1 448 (25.60%) Finance
2 268 (15.31%) Banking
3 188 (10.74%) Front Office
4 86 (4.91%) Public Sector
5 79 (4.51%) Investment Banking
6 59 (3.37%) Marketing
7 35 (2.00%) Retail
8 30 (1.71%) Telecoms
9 24 (1.37%) Law
10 20 (1.14%) Games
11 19 (1.09%) Manufacturing
12 17 (0.97%) Electronics
13 12 (0.69%) Publishing
14 9 (0.51%) Financial Institution
15 8 (0.46%) Advertising
16 7 (0.40%) Multimedia
17 5 (0.29%) Back Office
17 5 (0.29%) Legal
18 4 (0.23%) Billing
19 3 (0.17%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 362 (20.69%) .NET
2 320 (18.29%) CSS
3 310 (17.71%) AngularJS
4 298 (17.03%) HTML
5 292 (16.69%) React
6 263 (15.03%) Node.js
7 195 (11.14%) Spring
8 191 (10.91%) Web Services
9 175 (10.00%) RESTful
10 166 (9.49%) REST
11 141 (8.06%) Spring Boot
12 128 (7.31%) .NET Core
13 106 (6.06%) ASP.NET
13 106 (6.06%) Redux
14 93 (5.31%) Kafka
15 89 (5.09%) JSON
16 78 (4.46%) Vue.js
17 76 (4.34%) HTML5
18 71 (4.06%) GraphQL
18 71 (4.06%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 148 (8.46%) Greenfield Project
2 144 (8.23%) User Experience
3 113 (6.46%) Analytical Skills
4 94 (5.37%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 92 (5.26%) Equities
6 90 (5.14%) Fixed Income
7 76 (4.34%) Mobile App
8 73 (4.17%) Data Structures
9 71 (4.06%) Derivative
10 64 (3.66%) Algorithms
11 48 (2.74%) Enterprise Software
12 24 (1.37%) Hedge funds
13 21 (1.20%) Self-Motivation
14 18 (1.03%) Cloud Native
14 18 (1.03%) Equity Derivative
15 17 (0.97%) Credit Risk
15 17 (0.97%) Market Risk
16 14 (0.80%) Linux Command Line
17 12 (0.69%) Grid Computing
18 11 (0.63%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 137 (7.83%) Linux
2 78 (4.46%) Android
3 71 (4.06%) Unix
4 62 (3.54%) Apple iOS
5 31 (1.77%) Windows
6 6 (0.34%) Mac OS
7 5 (0.29%) Mac OS X
8 4 (0.23%) VMS
9 3 (0.17%) AIX
9 3 (0.17%) CentOS
9 3 (0.17%) Oracle Linux
10 2 (0.11%) Debian
10 2 (0.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 2 (0.11%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.057%) Amazon Linux
11 1 (0.057%) Embedded Linux
11 1 (0.057%) FreeRTOS
11 1 (0.057%) tvOS
11 1 (0.057%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 852 (48.69%) Agile Software Development
2 433 (24.74%) TDD
3 354 (20.23%) Microservices
4 234 (13.37%) DevOps
5 210 (12.00%) Test Automation
6 199 (11.37%) Scrum
7 198 (11.31%) BDD
8 176 (10.06%) Software Engineering
9 158 (9.03%) Continuous Integration
10 155 (8.86%) MVC
11 147 (8.40%) Analytics
12 145 (8.29%) Front End Development
12 145 (8.29%) OO
13 140 (8.00%) Problem-Solving
14 136 (7.77%) Unit Testing
15 102 (5.83%) Business Intelligence
15 102 (5.83%) Multithreading
16 97 (5.54%) Computer Science
17 92 (5.26%) Pair Programming
17 92 (5.26%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 626 (35.77%) Java
2 623 (35.60%) JavaScript
3 335 (19.14%) SQL
4 332 (18.97%) C#
5 290 (16.57%) Python
6 152 (8.69%) Java 8
7 116 (6.63%) TypeScript
8 84 (4.80%) C++
8 84 (4.80%) PHP
9 73 (4.17%) Scala
10 66 (3.77%) Kotlin
11 61 (3.49%) T-SQL
12 58 (3.31%) ES6
13 51 (2.91%) Bash Shell
14 46 (2.63%) Ruby
15 44 (2.51%) R
16 36 (2.06%) C
17 34 (1.94%) Apple Swift
18 33 (1.89%) PowerShell
19 25 (1.43%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 66 (3.77%) Security Cleared
2 61 (3.49%) Degree
3 48 (2.74%) SC Cleared
4 29 (1.66%) Computer Science Degree
5 15 (0.86%) BPSS Clearance
6 5 (0.29%) BC Cleared
6 5 (0.29%) DBS Check
7 4 (0.23%) DV Cleared
7 4 (0.23%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (0.11%) AWS Certification
8 2 (0.11%) CTC Cleared
9 1 (0.057%) CHECK Team Member
9 1 (0.057%) Master's Degree
9 1 (0.057%) MCP
9 1 (0.057%) MCPD
9 1 (0.057%) MCSD
9 1 (0.057%) MCTS
9 1 (0.057%) PhD
9 1 (0.057%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (2.06%) QA
2 10 (0.57%) WCAG
3 5 (0.29%) GDPR
3 5 (0.29%) MiFID
3 5 (0.29%) PSD2
4 3 (0.17%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (0.11%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.057%) EMIR
6 1 (0.057%) HL7
6 1 (0.057%) IEC 62304
6 1 (0.057%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.057%) SNOMED CT
System Software
1 237 (13.54%) Docker
2 21 (1.20%) Active Directory
3 5 (0.29%) zsh
4 2 (0.11%) HDFS
4 2 (0.11%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.057%) Apache Flume
5 1 (0.057%) Firmware
5 1 (0.057%) VirtualBox
5 1 (0.057%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.057%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 147 (8.40%) Kubernetes
2 68 (3.89%) Terraform
3 25 (1.43%) Ansible
4 10 (0.57%) Puppet
5 9 (0.51%) Kibana
6 8 (0.46%) Grafana
6 8 (0.46%) Single Sign-On
7 6 (0.34%) Consul
7 6 (0.34%) MIIS
8 3 (0.17%) logstash
9 2 (0.11%) Opscode Chef
10 1 (0.057%) Control-M
10 1 (0.057%) Hadoop YARN
10 1 (0.057%) HAProxy
10 1 (0.057%) Matomo
10 1 (0.057%) Microsoft Intune
10 1 (0.057%) Nagios
10 1 (0.057%) Prometheus
10 1 (0.057%) Sysdig
10 1 (0.057%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 178 (10.17%) Microsoft
2 92 (5.26%) Oracle
3 66 (3.77%) Google
4 29 (1.66%) SAP
5 24 (1.37%) Tableau
6 21 (1.20%) Salesforce.com
7 20 (1.14%) Red Hat
8 17 (0.97%) Solace
8 17 (0.97%) Xamarin
9 16 (0.91%) MuleSoft
10 14 (0.80%) Sybase
11 10 (0.57%) Adobe
11 10 (0.57%) IBM
11 10 (0.57%) TIBCO
11 10 (0.57%) WSO2
12 8 (0.46%) Atlassian
13 7 (0.40%) MicroStrategy
13 7 (0.40%) Zend
14 6 (0.34%) Cognos
14 6 (0.34%) ServiceNow