Period
to 9 April 2020

The median contractor rate for a Senior Developer was £525 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 9 April 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
9 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 104 89 84
Rank change year-on-year -15 -5 +17
Contract jobs requiring a Senior Developer 1,352 2,549 2,911
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.23% 2.63% 2.88%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.38% 2.78% 3.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 930 2,038 2,384
Median daily rate £525 £525 £525
10th Percentile £400 £405 £400
90th Percentile £698 £675 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £464 £475 £463
% change year-on-year -2.37% +2.70% +12.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 13 9
Median hourly rate £72.50 £35.00 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +107.14% -22.22% +1.98%
10th Percentile £41.25 £35.00 £8.00
90th Percentile £78.75 £57.00 £68.13
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.50 £42.00 £26.50
% change year-on-year +13.10% +58.49% +1.92%

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 56,815 91,627 95,863
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.80% 94.65% 94.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 36,037 60,733 63,151
Median daily rate £455 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.62% +2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £227 £275 £263
90th Percentile £650 £650 £630
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £405
% change year-on-year - +4.94% +1.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,448 2,816 2,914
Median hourly rate £20.00 £18.70 £18.51
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.95% +1.05% +0.03%
10th Percentile £11.80 £11.03 £11.00
90th Percentile £52.16 £50.00 £48.12
Median hourly rate £18.90 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +8.00% - -

Senior Developer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Senior Developer in the UK

Senior Developer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Senior Developer.

Daily rate trend for Senior Developer in the UK

Senior Developer
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Senior Developer over the 6 months to 9 April 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Senior Developer in the UK

Senior Developer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Senior Developer.

Hourly rate trend for Senior Developer in the UK

Senior Developer
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Senior Developer over the 6 months to 9 April 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Senior Developer in the UK

Senior Developer
Top 17 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 9 April 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 -12 1,254 £525 - 742
London +7 891 £550 - 315
UK excluding London -34 447 £464 -2.37% 464
South East -39 97 £475 -2.56% 113
South West +31 78 £500 - 41
Scotland +2 75 £450 +4.05% 21
North of England -29 73 £425 -10.53% 159
Midlands 0 60 £438 -2.78% 75
East of England -13 51 £450 -13.46% 39
West Midlands +29 45 £475 +5.56% 45
Work from Home -22 45 £525 +5.00% 73
North West +11 42 £425 -5.56% 84
Yorkshire -1 27 £400 -20.00% 44
East Midlands +1 14 £350 -17.65% 30
Northern Ireland +15 11 £431 -7.31% 5
North East +16 3 £428 -10.47% 31
Wales +8 2 £375 -21.05% 11

Senior Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 9 April 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.

1 668 (49.41%) Agile Software Development
2 497 (36.76%) Java
3 442 (32.69%) JavaScript
4 352 (26.04%) Finance
5 335 (24.78%) TDD
6 292 (21.60%) Azure
7 285 (21.08%) Microservices
8 277 (20.49%) AWS
9 263 (19.45%) .NET
10 258 (19.08%) SQL
11 231 (17.09%) CSS
12 228 (16.86%) React
13 219 (16.20%) C#
14 213 (15.75%) HTML
15 209 (15.46%) AngularJS
16 207 (15.31%) DevOps
17 198 (14.64%) Banking
18 196 (14.50%) Node.js
19 190 (14.05%) Python
20 178 (13.17%) Web Services
20 178 (13.17%) Spring
20 178 (13.17%) Test Automation
21 177 (13.09%) Git (software)
22 176 (13.02%) Docker
23 159 (11.76%) BDD
24 154 (11.39%) Continuous Integration
25 153 (11.32%) Scrum
26 151 (11.17%) SQL Server
27 149 (11.02%) RESTful
28 137 (10.13%) REST

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 51 (3.77%) Elasticsearch
2 31 (2.29%) CMS
3 30 (2.22%) Apache
4 24 (1.78%) Apache Spark
5 21 (1.55%) Tomcat
6 18 (1.33%) Confluence
6 18 (1.33%) Mule
7 15 (1.11%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 15 (1.11%) Red Hat Fuse
8 14 (1.04%) Oracle Service Bus
9 13 (0.96%) Drupal
10 10 (0.74%) nginx
11 9 (0.67%) Cloud Foundry
11 9 (0.67%) Umbraco
11 9 (0.67%) WebLogic
12 8 (0.59%) WordPress
13 7 (0.52%) Jetty
13 7 (0.52%) SharePoint
13 7 (0.52%) WebSphere
14 5 (0.37%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 18 (1.33%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (0.52%) Sketch
3 6 (0.44%) MS Visio
4 5 (0.37%) Photoshop
5 3 (0.22%) Microsoft Office
5 3 (0.22%) XMetaL
6 2 (0.15%) Adobe XD
6 2 (0.15%) InVision
6 2 (0.15%) Lectora
7 1 (0.074%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 15 (1.11%) FINCAD Analytics
2 6 (0.44%) Magento
3 5 (0.37%) Elite 3E
4 2 (0.15%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.15%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.15%) Oracle BPM
4 2 (0.15%) Payment Gateway
4 2 (0.15%) thinkFolio
4 2 (0.15%) Unit4 Business World
5 1 (0.074%) Hyperion Planning
5 1 (0.074%) ION MarketView
5 1 (0.074%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.074%) Oracle Applications
5 1 (0.074%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.074%) R3 Corda
5 1 (0.074%) SAP S/4HANA
5 1 (0.074%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 292 (21.60%) Azure
2 277 (20.49%) AWS
3 81 (5.99%) GCP
4 71 (5.25%) Serverless
5 49 (3.62%) GitHub
6 46 (3.40%) AWS Lambda
7 30 (2.22%) Amazon S3
8 25 (1.85%) Azure Functions
8 25 (1.85%) SaaS
9 22 (1.63%) OpenShift
10 20 (1.48%) AWS CloudFormation
11 19 (1.41%) Heroku
11 19 (1.41%) PaaS
12 18 (1.33%) Power Platform
13 16 (1.18%) AWS Step Functions
14 15 (1.11%) Amazon EC2
15 13 (0.96%) Azure Active Directory
15 13 (0.96%) npm
16 12 (0.89%) Cloud Computing
17 10 (0.74%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 39 (2.88%) HTTP
2 18 (1.33%) Internet
3 16 (1.18%) IPv4
3 16 (1.18%) IPv6
4 15 (1.11%) TCP/IP
5 11 (0.81%) HTTPS
6 9 (0.67%) PBX
6 9 (0.67%) RTP
6 9 (0.67%) VoIP
6 9 (0.67%) Wi-Fi
7 7 (0.52%) DHCP
8 5 (0.37%) Wireshark
9 4 (0.30%) Multicast
9 4 (0.30%) SSH
10 3 (0.22%) FTP
11 2 (0.15%) Bluetooth
11 2 (0.15%) Broadband
11 2 (0.15%) Kerberos
11 2 (0.15%) SMTP
11 2 (0.15%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 151 (11.17%) SQL Server
2 128 (9.47%) NoSQL
3 98 (7.25%) Relational Database
4 77 (5.70%) MySQL
5 74 (5.47%) MongoDB
6 69 (5.10%) PostgreSQL
7 58 (4.29%) Redis
8 53 (3.92%) Data Warehouse
9 50 (3.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 41 (3.03%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 36 (2.66%) Big Data
12 34 (2.51%) Apache Cassandra
13 30 (2.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 28 (2.07%) RDBMS
15 23 (1.70%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 19 (1.41%) DB2
16 19 (1.41%) Hadoop
17 18 (1.33%) HBase
17 18 (1.33%) Neo4j
17 18 (1.33%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 177 (13.09%) Git (software)
2 132 (9.76%) Jenkins
3 66 (4.88%) Maven
4 54 (3.99%) JUnit
5 49 (3.62%) JIRA
6 36 (2.66%) Gradle
7 31 (2.29%) Visual Studio
8 30 (2.22%) webpack
9 28 (2.07%) TeamCity
10 26 (1.92%) GitLab
10 26 (1.92%) Mockito
11 25 (1.85%) Cucumber
12 24 (1.78%) Team Foundation Server
13 21 (1.55%) Subversion
14 19 (1.41%) Octopus Deploy
15 18 (1.33%) Selenium
15 18 (1.33%) Visual Studio Team System
16 16 (1.18%) gulp
17 14 (1.04%) NUnit
18 13 (0.96%) Bitbucket
General
1 352 (26.04%) Finance
2 198 (14.64%) Banking
3 125 (9.25%) Front Office
4 65 (4.81%) Public Sector
5 54 (3.99%) Investment Banking
6 48 (3.55%) Marketing
7 28 (2.07%) Telecoms
8 26 (1.92%) Retail
9 17 (1.26%) Electronics
9 17 (1.26%) Financial Institution
9 17 (1.26%) Manufacturing
10 16 (1.18%) Games
10 16 (1.18%) Law
11 7 (0.52%) Advertising
11 7 (0.52%) Back Office
12 6 (0.44%) Legal
13 4 (0.30%) Publishing
14 3 (0.22%) Pharmaceutical
15 2 (0.15%) French Language
15 2 (0.15%) Multimedia
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 263 (19.45%) .NET
2 231 (17.09%) CSS
3 228 (16.86%) React
4 213 (15.75%) HTML
5 209 (15.46%) AngularJS
6 196 (14.50%) Node.js
7 178 (13.17%) Spring
7 178 (13.17%) Web Services
8 149 (11.02%) RESTful
9 137 (10.13%) REST
10 126 (9.32%) Spring Boot
11 102 (7.54%) Redux
12 79 (5.84%) .NET Core
13 70 (5.18%) Kafka
14 66 (4.88%) HTML5
15 63 (4.66%) JSON
16 61 (4.51%) ASP.NET
17 59 (4.36%) .NET Framework
18 58 (4.29%) SOAP
19 56 (4.14%) GraphQL
Miscellaneous
1 123 (9.10%) User Experience
2 105 (7.77%) Analytical Skills
3 94 (6.95%) Greenfield Project
4 84 (6.21%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 73 (5.40%) Data Structures
6 69 (5.10%) Fixed Income
7 54 (3.99%) Algorithms
8 51 (3.77%) Derivative
9 50 (3.70%) Mobile App
10 47 (3.48%) Equities
11 36 (2.66%) Hedge funds
12 27 (2.00%) Enterprise Software
13 22 (1.63%) Self-Motivation
14 21 (1.55%) Equity Derivative
15 17 (1.26%) Market Risk
16 15 (1.11%) Linux Command Line
17 14 (1.04%) Cloud Native
17 14 (1.04%) NHS
18 10 (0.74%) PKI
19 9 (0.67%) Media Streaming
Operating Systems
1 94 (6.95%) Linux
2 80 (5.92%) Unix
3 75 (5.55%) Android
4 47 (3.48%) Apple iOS
5 37 (2.74%) Windows
6 7 (0.52%) Mac OS X
7 5 (0.37%) AIX
8 3 (0.22%) Mac OS
9 2 (0.15%) Debian
9 2 (0.15%) Oracle Linux
9 2 (0.15%) Windows Server
10 1 (0.074%) Amazon Linux
10 1 (0.074%) CentOS
10 1 (0.074%) Ubuntu
10 1 (0.074%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (0.074%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 668 (49.41%) Agile Software Development
2 335 (24.78%) TDD
3 285 (21.08%) Microservices
4 207 (15.31%) DevOps
5 178 (13.17%) Test Automation
6 159 (11.76%) BDD
7 154 (11.39%) Continuous Integration
8 153 (11.32%) Scrum
9 133 (9.84%) Software Engineering
10 125 (9.25%) MVC
11 124 (9.17%) OO
12 115 (8.51%) Front End Development
13 107 (7.91%) Pair Programming
14 104 (7.69%) Problem-Solving
15 96 (7.10%) Analytics
16 84 (6.21%) Multithreading
17 83 (6.14%) Kanban
18 77 (5.70%) Unit Testing
19 73 (5.40%) Computer Science
20 72 (5.33%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 497 (36.76%) Java
2 442 (32.69%) JavaScript
3 258 (19.08%) SQL
4 219 (16.20%) C#
5 190 (14.05%) Python
6 119 (8.80%) Java 8
7 109 (8.06%) TypeScript
8 79 (5.84%) Kotlin
9 65 (4.81%) PHP
10 58 (4.29%) Scala
11 49 (3.62%) ES6
12 44 (3.25%) Ruby
13 42 (3.11%) T-SQL
14 41 (3.03%) Bash Shell
15 36 (2.66%) Apple Swift
15 36 (2.66%) C++
16 33 (2.44%) C
17 24 (1.78%) PowerShell
18 23 (1.70%) Objective-C
18 23 (1.70%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 70 (5.18%) Security Cleared
2 59 (4.36%) SC Cleared
3 43 (3.18%) Degree
4 25 (1.85%) Computer Science Degree
5 8 (0.59%) BPSS Clearance
6 5 (0.37%) Master's Degree
7 4 (0.30%) BC Cleared
8 3 (0.22%) Microsoft Certification
9 2 (0.15%) CTC Cleared
9 2 (0.15%) DBS Check
10 1 (0.074%) CHECK Team Member
10 1 (0.074%) DV Cleared
10 1 (0.074%) ISTQB
10 1 (0.074%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 1 (0.074%) MCP
10 1 (0.074%) MCPD
10 1 (0.074%) MCSD
10 1 (0.074%) MCTS
10 1 (0.074%) PhD
10 1 (0.074%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 47 (3.48%) QA
2 10 (0.74%) WCAG
3 5 (0.37%) PSD2
4 4 (0.30%) Disclosure Scotland
4 4 (0.30%) GDPR
5 3 (0.22%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.074%) EMIR
6 1 (0.074%) HL7
6 1 (0.074%) MiFID
6 1 (0.074%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.074%) SNOMED CT
6 1 (0.074%) WAI
System Software
1 176 (13.02%) Docker
2 15 (1.11%) Active Directory
3 5 (0.37%) VirtualBox
3 5 (0.37%) zsh
4 2 (0.15%) HDFS
5 1 (0.074%) Apache Flume
5 1 (0.074%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 126 (9.32%) Kubernetes
2 64 (4.73%) Terraform
3 25 (1.85%) Ansible
4 7 (0.52%) Kibana
4 7 (0.52%) Puppet
5 6 (0.44%) Consul
6 4 (0.30%) Grafana
6 4 (0.30%) logstash
7 3 (0.22%) MIIS
7 3 (0.22%) Opscode Chef
8 2 (0.15%) Marathon
8 2 (0.15%) Mesos
8 2 (0.15%) Prometheus
8 2 (0.15%) Single Sign-On
9 1 (0.074%) cPanel
9 1 (0.074%) Salt
9 1 (0.074%) Sysdig
Vendors
1 111 (8.21%) Microsoft
2 88 (6.51%) Oracle
3 53 (3.92%) Google
4 21 (1.55%) Salesforce.com
4 21 (1.55%) SAP
5 17 (1.26%) Bloomberg
5 17 (1.26%) Sybase
6 16 (1.18%) WSO2
7 15 (1.11%) Tableau
8 13 (0.96%) MuleSoft
9 11 (0.81%) IBM
9 11 (0.81%) Talend
10 8 (0.59%) Adobe
10 8 (0.59%) TIBCO
11 6 (0.44%) MicroStrategy
11 6 (0.44%) Red Hat
12 5 (0.37%) Charles River
12 5 (0.37%) Perforce
12 5 (0.37%) SnapLogic
12 5 (0.37%) Xamarin