Period
to 22 September 2017

The median contractor rate for a Senior Developer was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 22 September 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.

Senior Developer
UK
6 months to
22 Sep 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 81 91 109
Rank change year-on-year +10 +18 +6
Contract jobs requiring a Senior Developer 2854 2664 2322
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.89% 2.48% 2.03%
As % of the Job Titles category 3.05% 2.61% 2.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 2303 2097 1798
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £363 £356 £325
90th Percentile £638 £625 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £413
% change year-on-year - +3.03% +8.55%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 10 14
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £44.00 £37.04
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.27% +18.79% -13.36%
10th Percentile £35.75 £25.36 £23.70
90th Percentile £57.50 £48.36 £44.36
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.75 £44.00 £37.04
% change year-on-year -0.57% +18.79% -12.85%

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 93522 101934 108578
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.79% 94.82% 94.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 61174 66551 68774
UK median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £263 £255 £244
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2807 3186 4138
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £19.00 £17.98
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +5.67% +5.76%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.43 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £46.50 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £18.63 £17.50
% change year-on-year -3.36% +6.43% +4.57%

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 22 September 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 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 22 September 2017.

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 22 September 2017. 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 +5 2506 £504 +4.95% 443
London +1 1723 £525 +5.00% 202
UK excluding London +34 1112 £425 - 254
South East +28 258 £431 -4.28% 73
Northern Ireland +17 223 £413 +0.61% 1
North of England -30 175 £420 -6.67% 71
Midlands +16 145 £450 +8.43% 49
East of England +39 126 £500 +8.11% 26
West Midlands +57 101 £468 +16.88% 23
Scotland +25 97 £400 +6.73% 10
North West -27 93 £425 -5.56% 39
South West -11 73 £425 -2.30% 22
Yorkshire -24 68 £388 -13.89% 27
East Midlands -40 47 £400 -5.88% 26
Wales 0 17 £395 -7.06% 2
North East +62 14 £350 -20.00% 5

Senior Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 September 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 1479 (51.82%) Agile Software Development
2 1357 (47.55%) Java
3 948 (33.22%) TDD
4 934 (32.73%) JavaScript
5 876 (30.69%) Finance
6 682 (23.90%) SQL
7 668 (23.41%) HTML
8 666 (23.34%) Banking
9 622 (21.79%) C#
10 612 (21.44%) CSS
11 583 (20.43%) AngularJS
12 538 (18.85%) .NET
13 469 (16.43%) Spring
14 460 (16.12%) MVC
15 456 (15.98%) Scrum
15 456 (15.98%) Git (software)
16 408 (14.30%) RESTful
17 392 (13.74%) SQL Server
18 384 (13.45%) OO
19 370 (12.96%) HTML5
19 370 (12.96%) BDD
20 362 (12.68%) Continuous Integration
21 343 (12.02%) Linux
22 336 (11.77%) Microservices
23 331 (11.60%) Test Automation
24 330 (11.56%) Node.js
25 315 (11.04%) Web Services
26 284 (9.95%) Oracle
27 278 (9.74%) REST
28 277 (9.71%) Jenkins

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
1 101 (3.54%) WebSphere
2 94 (3.29%) Elasticsearch
3 66 (2.31%) Tomcat
4 62 (2.17%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 61 (2.14%) Mule
6 59 (2.07%) Apache
7 54 (1.89%) SharePoint
8 53 (1.86%) Apache Spark
9 52 (1.82%) Confluence
10 48 (1.68%) CMS
11 43 (1.51%) WebLogic
12 41 (1.44%) JBoss
13 37 (1.30%) Oracle Service Bus
14 22 (0.77%) Drupal
15 20 (0.70%) Oracle Coherence
16 18 (0.63%) NServiceBus
17 17 (0.60%) nginx
18 16 (0.56%) IIS
19 15 (0.53%) Umbraco
20 14 (0.49%) Apache Solr
Applications
1 20 (0.70%) Microsoft Excel
2 14 (0.49%) Adobe Creative Suite
3 9 (0.32%) Microsoft Office
4 8 (0.28%) Photoshop
5 4 (0.14%) OmniGraffle
5 4 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.070%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 2 (0.070%) MS Visio
7 1 (0.035%) Adobe Illustrator
Business Applications
1 20 (0.70%) Dynamics CRM
2 18 (0.63%) ION MarketView
3 11 (0.39%) Endur
4 8 (0.28%) Magento
5 6 (0.21%) Oracle BPM
6 5 (0.18%) Payment Gateway
7 3 (0.11%) Actimize
7 3 (0.11%) BusinessWorks
7 3 (0.11%) Oracle EBS
7 3 (0.11%) Oracle General Ledger
7 3 (0.11%) Oracle Payables
7 3 (0.11%) Oracle Receivables
7 3 (0.11%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 2 (0.070%) MetaTrader
8 2 (0.070%) Oracle Applications
8 2 (0.070%) Oracle Assets
8 2 (0.070%) Oracle Cash Management
8 2 (0.070%) Oracle EBS R12
8 2 (0.070%) Oracle iProcurement
8 2 (0.070%) Oracle TCA
Cloud Services
1 194 (6.80%) Amazon AWS
2 140 (4.91%) Microsoft Azure
3 56 (1.96%) GitHub
4 44 (1.54%) npm
5 29 (1.02%) PaaS
6 26 (0.91%) SaaS
7 23 (0.81%) Amazon EC2
7 23 (0.81%) OpenShift
8 20 (0.70%) Cloud Computing
9 14 (0.49%) Amazon S3
9 14 (0.49%) Heroku
10 12 (0.42%) AWS Lambda
11 11 (0.39%) AWS CloudFormation
11 11 (0.39%) Google Cloud Platform
12 10 (0.35%) Google Analytics
12 10 (0.35%) Google Play
12 10 (0.35%) Salesforce Service Cloud
12 10 (0.35%) Yarn
13 9 (0.32%) Dynamics 365
13 9 (0.32%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 37 (1.30%) HTTP
2 31 (1.09%) Internet
3 20 (0.70%) Bluetooth
4 19 (0.67%) SMS
5 18 (0.63%) SSL
6 14 (0.49%) TCP/IP
7 10 (0.35%) AMQP
7 10 (0.35%) SMTP
8 8 (0.28%) Wi-Fi
9 5 (0.18%) Skype
10 4 (0.14%) DNS
10 4 (0.14%) SNMP
11 3 (0.11%) DWDM
11 3 (0.11%) Ethernet
11 3 (0.11%) Firewall
11 3 (0.11%) FTP
11 3 (0.11%) IPFIX
11 3 (0.11%) MRTG
12 2 (0.070%) Network Security
12 2 (0.070%) NFC
Database & Business Intelligence
1 392 (13.74%) SQL Server
2 239 (8.37%) NoSQL
3 211 (7.39%) Relational Database
4 163 (5.71%) MongoDB
4 163 (5.71%) MySQL
5 138 (4.84%) PostgreSQL
6 109 (3.82%) RDBMS
7 98 (3.43%) Big Data
8 97 (3.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 90 (3.15%) Hadoop
10 69 (2.42%) Apache Cassandra
11 68 (2.38%) Data Warehouse
11 68 (2.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 59 (2.07%) Oracle Database
13 53 (1.86%) SQL Server 2008
14 51 (1.79%) SQL Server 2012
15 45 (1.58%) DB2
16 34 (1.19%) SQL Server Analysis Services
17 33 (1.16%) KDB
18 31 (1.09%) Redis
Development Applications
1 456 (15.98%) Git (software)
2 277 (9.71%) Jenkins
3 199 (6.97%) Maven
4 160 (5.61%) JIRA
5 131 (4.59%) JUnit
6 104 (3.64%) Subversion
7 90 (3.15%) Cucumber
8 89 (3.12%) Gradle
9 88 (3.08%) Selenium
10 87 (3.05%) Visual Studio
11 83 (2.91%) TeamCity
12 76 (2.66%) Team Foundation Server
13 61 (2.14%) NUnit
14 50 (1.75%) Mockito
15 47 (1.65%) webpack
16 46 (1.61%) Eclipse
16 46 (1.61%) Jasmine
17 44 (1.54%) gulp
18 37 (1.30%) Mocha
19 35 (1.23%) Ant
General
1 876 (30.69%) Finance
2 666 (23.34%) Banking
3 274 (9.60%) Front Office
4 255 (8.93%) Investment Banking
5 98 (3.43%) Retail
6 89 (3.12%) Marketing
7 79 (2.77%) Telecoms
8 68 (2.38%) Electronics
9 61 (2.14%) Manufacturing
10 45 (1.58%) Games
11 30 (1.05%) Back Office
12 20 (0.70%) Automotive
13 18 (0.63%) Advertising
13 18 (0.63%) Publishing
14 11 (0.39%) Law
15 10 (0.35%) Pharmaceutical
15 10 (0.35%) Retail Banking
16 7 (0.25%) Financial Institution
17 5 (0.18%) Online Betting
18 4 (0.14%) French Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 668 (23.41%) HTML
2 612 (21.44%) CSS
3 583 (20.43%) AngularJS
4 538 (18.85%) .NET
5 469 (16.43%) Spring
6 408 (14.30%) RESTful
7 370 (12.96%) HTML5
8 330 (11.56%) Node.js
9 315 (11.04%) Web Services
10 278 (9.74%) REST
11 274 (9.60%) React
12 267 (9.36%) XML
13 259 (9.07%) ASP.NET
14 257 (9.00%) JSON
15 230 (8.06%) Hibernate
16 228 (7.99%) CSS3
17 210 (7.36%) jQuery
18 176 (6.17%) SOAP
19 150 (5.26%) J2EE
20 146 (5.12%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 198 (6.94%) Greenfield Project
2 151 (5.29%) User Experience
3 141 (4.94%) Fixed Income
4 135 (4.73%) Data Structures
5 120 (4.20%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 117 (4.10%) Analytical Skills
7 98 (3.43%) Equities
8 96 (3.36%) Derivative
9 87 (3.05%) Mobile App
10 64 (2.24%) Computer Science
11 47 (1.65%) Enterprise Software
12 46 (1.61%) Virtual Team
13 41 (1.44%) Fintech
14 31 (1.09%) Grid Computing
15 29 (1.02%) Management Information System
16 28 (0.98%) Algorithms
17 26 (0.91%) Equity Derivative
18 22 (0.77%) Client/Server
18 22 (0.77%) iPad
19 21 (0.74%) Market Risk
Operating Systems
1 343 (12.02%) Linux
2 253 (8.86%) Unix
3 134 (4.70%) Android
4 115 (4.03%) Windows
5 97 (3.40%) Apple iOS
6 36 (1.26%) Mac OS X
7 14 (0.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 14 (0.49%) Solaris
8 11 (0.39%) Mac OS
8 11 (0.39%) Ubuntu
9 9 (0.32%) Windows Server
10 5 (0.18%) HPUX
11 4 (0.14%) CentOS
12 3 (0.11%) Windows Mobile
13 2 (0.070%) SUSE
13 2 (0.070%) Windows 7
13 2 (0.070%) Windows Server 2012
14 1 (0.035%) Debian
14 1 (0.035%) Oracle Linux
14 1 (0.035%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 1479 (51.82%) Agile Software Development
2 948 (33.22%) TDD
3 460 (16.12%) MVC
4 456 (15.98%) Scrum
5 384 (13.45%) OO
6 370 (12.96%) BDD
7 362 (12.68%) Continuous Integration
8 336 (11.77%) Microservices
9 331 (11.60%) Test Automation
10 259 (9.07%) Multithreading
11 252 (8.83%) Unit Testing
12 224 (7.85%) DevOps
13 218 (7.64%) Web Development
14 206 (7.22%) Front End Development
15 189 (6.62%) E-Commerce
16 182 (6.38%) SOA
17 178 (6.24%) Kanban
17 178 (6.24%) Mentoring
18 177 (6.20%) Pair Programming
19 165 (5.78%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 1357 (47.55%) Java
2 934 (32.73%) JavaScript
3 682 (23.90%) SQL
4 622 (21.79%) C#
5 264 (9.25%) Python
6 230 (8.06%) Scala
7 163 (5.71%) C++
8 118 (4.13%) T-SQL
9 89 (3.12%) Ruby
10 85 (2.98%) TypeScript
11 84 (2.94%) PHP
12 77 (2.70%) ES6
13 71 (2.49%) PL/SQL
14 63 (2.21%) Apple Swift
15 58 (2.03%) C
16 55 (1.93%) Perl
17 53 (1.86%) Groovy
18 50 (1.75%) Go
19 47 (1.65%) Objective-C
20 42 (1.47%) XPath
Qualifications
1 143 (5.01%) Degree
2 79 (2.77%) Security Cleared
3 54 (1.89%) SC Cleared
4 49 (1.72%) Computer Science Degree
5 14 (0.49%) BPSS Clearance
6 9 (0.32%) Numerate Degree
7 8 (0.28%) PhD
8 7 (0.25%) Microsoft Certification
9 6 (0.21%) Master's Degree
10 5 (0.18%) MCITP
10 5 (0.18%) MCSE
11 3 (0.11%) DBS Check
11 3 (0.11%) Sun Certification
12 2 (0.070%) DV Cleared
12 2 (0.070%) PMI Certification
12 2 (0.070%) PMP
13 1 (0.035%) MCTS
13 1 (0.035%) OCMJD
13 1 (0.035%) OCPJP
13 1 (0.035%) OCPJWCD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 68 (2.38%) QA
2 35 (1.23%) MiFID
3 10 (0.35%) Disclosure Scotland
4 7 (0.25%) EMIR
4 7 (0.25%) WCAG
5 6 (0.21%) Data Quality
5 6 (0.21%) Dodd-Frank
6 5 (0.18%) WAI
7 4 (0.14%) COREP
7 4 (0.14%) SLA
8 3 (0.11%) HL7
9 2 (0.070%) PCI DSS
9 2 (0.070%) Solvency II
10 1 (0.035%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 205 (7.18%) Docker
2 7 (0.25%) Active Directory
2 7 (0.25%) HDFS
3 6 (0.21%) VirtualBox
4 5 (0.18%) Apache Flume
5 4 (0.14%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 4 (0.14%) VMware Infrastructure
5 4 (0.14%) VMware Workstation
6 3 (0.11%) Platform Symphony
7 2 (0.070%) OpenAM
7 2 (0.070%) OpenDJ
7 2 (0.070%) OpenIDM
7 2 (0.070%) Varnish
8 1 (0.035%) Firmware
8 1 (0.035%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 66 (2.31%) Puppet
2 63 (2.21%) Kubernetes
3 54 (1.89%) Ansible
4 36 (1.26%) Opscode Chef
5 31 (1.09%) Kibana
6 19 (0.67%) Grafana
6 19 (0.67%) Terraform
7 16 (0.56%) logstash
8 12 (0.42%) Prometheus
9 7 (0.25%) Nagios
9 7 (0.25%) ZABBIX
10 5 (0.18%) Mesos
11 4 (0.14%) Control-M
12 3 (0.11%) Business Desktop Deployment
12 3 (0.11%) Marathon
13 2 (0.070%) Consul
13 2 (0.070%) Hadoop YARN
13 2 (0.070%) Oozie
14 1 (0.035%) Capistrano
14 1 (0.035%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 284 (9.95%) Oracle
2 203 (7.11%) Microsoft
3 81 (2.84%) SAP
4 73 (2.56%) TIBCO
5 60 (2.10%) Google
6 56 (1.96%) WSO2
7 50 (1.75%) IBM
8 41 (1.44%) Sybase
9 36 (1.26%) Salesforce.com
10 32 (1.12%) Adobe
11 31 (1.09%) Splunk
12 27 (0.95%) MuleSoft
13 25 (0.88%) ION Trading
13 25 (0.88%) Tableau
14 23 (0.81%) AppDynamics
14 23 (0.81%) Atlassian
15 18 (0.63%) Red Hat
16 17 (0.60%) Solace
17 16 (0.56%) hybris
17 16 (0.56%) Perforce