Period
to 30 October 2020

The median contractor rate for a Senior Developer was £525 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 30 October 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
30 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 106 97 89
Rank change year-on-year -9 -8 -11
Contract jobs requiring a Senior Developer 774 2,072 2,952
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.36% 2.44% 2.85%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.55% 2.59% 3.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 611 1,519 2,390
Median daily rate £525 £525 £525
10th Percentile £369 £394 £400
90th Percentile £738 £688 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £450 £451
% change year-on-year +5.56% -0.11% +6.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 8 6
Median hourly rate £42.50 £47.50 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.53% +11.76% -2.86%
10th Percentile £35.00 £25.00 £35.00
90th Percentile £57.50 £62.15 £51.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £53.75 £47.50 £45.00
% change year-on-year +13.16% +5.56% +2.86%

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 30,322 79,881 98,097
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.38% 94.12% 94.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 19,077 52,461 64,639
Median daily rate £465 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.54% +2.78% +2.27%
10th Percentile £256 £260 £269
90th Percentile £656 £644 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £418
% change year-on-year - +1.80% +4.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,223 2,902 3,119
Median hourly rate £27.50 £20.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +37.50% +11.11% -3.72%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £11.06
90th Percentile £54.00 £52.50 £48.75
Median hourly rate £22.00 £18.16 £17.50
% change year-on-year +21.15% +3.77% -0.68%

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 30 October 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 30 October 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 30 October 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 -4 677 £550 +4.76% 760
London +4 515 £578 +5.00% 293
UK excluding London -17 194 £475 +5.56% 526
Work from Home -38 134 £500 +5.26% 165
South East +36 36 £469 -1.32% 96
North of England +4 36 £500 +15.61% 186
East of England +39 32 £520 +15.56% 37
South West +46 29 £475 +2.15% 63
Scotland +18 27 £425 -5.56% 43
Yorkshire +37 16 £500 +11.73% 55
Midlands +2 16 £375 -9.64% 84
Northern Ireland +2 15 £431 -0.46% 5
North West +5 13 £500 +17.65% 111
East Midlands +22 8 £375 -7.69% 36
West Midlands +8 8 £428 +3.13% 48
North East +28 7 £513 +13.89% 20
Wales +40 3 £400 +6.67% 12

Senior Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 October 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.

1 374 (48.32%) Java
2 315 (40.70%) Agile Software Development
3 188 (24.29%) Finance
4 180 (23.26%) Microservices
5 178 (23.00%) Banking
5 178 (23.00%) JavaScript
6 164 (21.19%) TDD
7 163 (21.06%) Azure
8 144 (18.60%) AWS
9 131 (16.93%) SQL
10 128 (16.54%) Spring
11 127 (16.41%) Python
12 120 (15.50%) HTML
13 114 (14.73%) Linux
14 113 (14.60%) DevOps
15 112 (14.47%) Git (software)
16 110 (14.21%) Front Office
17 109 (14.08%) .NET
17 109 (14.08%) CSS
17 109 (14.08%) Web Services
18 103 (13.31%) Docker
19 102 (13.18%) Investment Banking
20 97 (12.53%) Scrum
21 92 (11.89%) C#
22 91 (11.76%) REST
23 88 (11.37%) SQL Server
24 87 (11.24%) BDD
25 81 (10.47%) Test Automation
26 80 (10.34%) OO
26 80 (10.34%) Kubernetes

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 33 (4.26%) Mule
1 33 (4.26%) Red Hat Fuse
2 25 (3.23%) Confluence
3 24 (3.10%) Apache Spark
4 21 (2.71%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 14 (1.81%) WebLogic
6 13 (1.68%) Oracle Service Bus
7 10 (1.29%) Apache
8 9 (1.16%) Elasticsearch
8 9 (1.16%) Umbraco
9 8 (1.03%) Tomcat
10 7 (0.90%) nginx
10 7 (0.90%) WebSphere
11 5 (0.65%) Appian
11 5 (0.65%) CMS
11 5 (0.65%) JBoss
12 3 (0.39%) SharePoint
12 3 (0.39%) WordPress
13 2 (0.26%) Drupal
13 2 (0.26%) Jupyter
Applications
1 10 (1.29%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.26%) Sketch
2 2 (0.26%) Zeplin
3 1 (0.13%) Chatbot
3 1 (0.13%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.13%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 5 (0.65%) Dynamics CRM
1 5 (0.65%) Magento
2 3 (0.39%) Dynamics AX
2 3 (0.39%) Dynamics NAV
2 3 (0.39%) Endur
2 3 (0.39%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (0.26%) Oracle BPM
3 2 (0.26%) Oracle Financials
3 2 (0.26%) Oracle General Ledger
3 2 (0.26%) Oracle Payables
3 2 (0.26%) Oracle Receivables
3 2 (0.26%) Payment Gateway
4 1 (0.13%) ION MarketView
4 1 (0.13%) Oracle Cash Management
4 1 (0.13%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.13%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (0.13%) Oracle FAH
4 1 (0.13%) Oracle iProcurement
4 1 (0.13%) Shopify
4 1 (0.13%) SunGard Martini
Cloud Services
1 163 (21.06%) Azure
2 144 (18.60%) AWS
3 24 (3.10%) PaaS
4 21 (2.71%) Serverless
5 18 (2.33%) GCP
5 18 (2.33%) GitHub
6 17 (2.20%) Power Platform
7 14 (1.81%) AWS Lambda
7 14 (1.81%) SaaS
8 10 (1.29%) Azure Functions
8 10 (1.29%) OpenShift
9 8 (1.03%) Dynamics 365
9 8 (1.03%) npm
10 7 (0.90%) Cloud Computing
10 7 (0.90%) Logic Apps
11 6 (0.78%) Amazon S3
12 5 (0.65%) Amazon EC2
12 5 (0.65%) Amazon ECS
12 5 (0.65%) Azure Active Directory
12 5 (0.65%) Firebase
Communications & Networking
1 12 (1.55%) HTTP
2 9 (1.16%) DNS
3 8 (1.03%) VPN
4 6 (0.78%) DMZ
5 3 (0.39%) FIX Connectivity
5 3 (0.39%) SSL
6 2 (0.26%) Kerberos
6 2 (0.26%) Multicast
6 2 (0.26%) SSH
7 1 (0.13%) Bluetooth
7 1 (0.13%) Firewall
7 1 (0.13%) FTP
7 1 (0.13%) HTTPS
7 1 (0.13%) Internet
7 1 (0.13%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 88 (11.37%) SQL Server
2 66 (8.53%) MongoDB
3 55 (7.11%) NoSQL
4 47 (6.07%) MySQL
5 35 (4.52%) Relational Database
6 32 (4.13%) Big Data
7 28 (3.62%) Data Warehouse
8 26 (3.36%) PostgreSQL
9 23 (2.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 21 (2.71%) Redis
11 19 (2.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 15 (1.94%) Apache Cassandra
12 15 (1.94%) Hazelcast
13 14 (1.81%) Power BI
14 13 (1.68%) Oracle Database
15 12 (1.55%) Blockchain
16 11 (1.42%) Hadoop
17 9 (1.16%) Amazon DynamoDB
17 9 (1.16%) Oracle ODI
17 9 (1.16%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 112 (14.47%) Git (software)
2 73 (9.43%) Jenkins
3 46 (5.94%) Maven
4 44 (5.68%) JIRA
5 20 (2.58%) JUnit
6 19 (2.45%) Mockito
6 19 (2.45%) webpack
7 18 (2.33%) Cucumber
8 17 (2.20%) Jasmine
9 12 (1.55%) Gradle
10 11 (1.42%) Eclipse
10 11 (1.42%) gulp
10 11 (1.42%) Team Foundation Server
10 11 (1.42%) TeamCity
11 10 (1.29%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 10 (1.29%) Grunt
11 10 (1.29%) Subversion
12 9 (1.16%) Mocha
12 9 (1.16%) Visual Studio
13 8 (1.03%) Selenium
General
1 188 (24.29%) Finance
2 178 (23.00%) Banking
3 110 (14.21%) Front Office
4 102 (13.18%) Investment Banking
5 48 (6.20%) Public Sector
6 27 (3.49%) Telecoms
7 24 (3.10%) Marketing
8 20 (2.58%) Manufacturing
9 19 (2.45%) Electronics
10 13 (1.68%) Games
11 9 (1.16%) Retail
12 7 (0.90%) Law
13 6 (0.78%) Financial Institution
14 5 (0.65%) Advertising
14 5 (0.65%) Back Office
15 4 (0.52%) French Language
16 2 (0.26%) Automotive
16 2 (0.26%) Police
16 2 (0.26%) Prime Brokerage
17 1 (0.13%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 128 (16.54%) Spring
2 120 (15.50%) HTML
3 109 (14.08%) .NET
3 109 (14.08%) CSS
3 109 (14.08%) Web Services
4 91 (11.76%) REST
5 75 (9.69%) Node.js
6 71 (9.17%) AngularJS
7 69 (8.91%) React
8 67 (8.66%) RESTful
8 67 (8.66%) Spring Boot
9 56 (7.24%) JSON
10 53 (6.85%) XML
11 50 (6.46%) .NET Core
12 49 (6.33%) HTML5
12 49 (6.33%) Kafka
13 47 (6.07%) Middleware
14 42 (5.43%) SOAP
15 39 (5.04%) Apache Camel
16 36 (4.65%) Akka
Miscellaneous
1 53 (6.85%) Fixed Income
2 47 (6.07%) User Experience
3 41 (5.30%) Analytical Skills
4 28 (3.62%) Greenfield Project
5 24 (3.10%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 21 (2.71%) Mobile App
7 19 (2.45%) Derivative
8 18 (2.33%) Equities
9 13 (1.68%) Data Structures
9 13 (1.68%) Market Risk
10 11 (1.42%) Linux Command Line
10 11 (1.42%) NHS
10 11 (1.42%) Public Cloud
11 10 (1.29%) Hedge funds
11 10 (1.29%) Self-Motivation
12 8 (1.03%) Bitcoin
12 8 (1.03%) Swaptions
13 6 (0.78%) Enterprise Cloud
13 6 (0.78%) Enterprise Software
13 6 (0.78%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 114 (14.73%) Linux
2 38 (4.91%) Unix
3 27 (3.49%) Android
3 27 (3.49%) Apple iOS
4 24 (3.10%) Windows
5 13 (1.68%) Mac OS X
6 11 (1.42%) Windows Server
7 4 (0.52%) CentOS
8 3 (0.39%) Fedora
8 3 (0.39%) Windows Server 2012
8 3 (0.39%) Windows Server 2016
9 1 (0.13%) Embedded Linux
9 1 (0.13%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.13%) Solaris
9 1 (0.13%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 315 (40.70%) Agile Software Development
2 180 (23.26%) Microservices
3 164 (21.19%) TDD
4 113 (14.60%) DevOps
5 97 (12.53%) Scrum
6 87 (11.24%) BDD
7 81 (10.47%) Test Automation
8 80 (10.34%) OO
9 75 (9.69%) Problem-Solving
10 71 (9.17%) Software Engineering
11 57 (7.36%) Front End Development
12 53 (6.85%) Business Intelligence
13 52 (6.72%) MVC
14 49 (6.33%) Fintech
15 48 (6.20%) Multithreading
16 46 (5.94%) Continuous Integration
17 45 (5.81%) SDLC
18 42 (5.43%) Kanban
19 40 (5.17%) Unit Testing
20 39 (5.04%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 374 (48.32%) Java
2 178 (23.00%) JavaScript
3 131 (16.93%) SQL
4 127 (16.41%) Python
5 92 (11.89%) C#
6 76 (9.82%) Java 8
7 64 (8.27%) Scala
8 59 (7.62%) Kotlin
9 46 (5.94%) TypeScript
10 42 (5.43%) C++
11 32 (4.13%) PHP
12 27 (3.49%) Shell Script
13 22 (2.84%) Go
13 22 (2.84%) PL/SQL
14 21 (2.71%) Apple Swift
15 19 (2.45%) XPath
16 18 (2.33%) T-SQL
17 17 (2.20%) C
18 16 (2.07%) Objective-C
19 13 (1.68%) Haskell
Qualifications
1 57 (7.36%) Security Cleared
2 49 (6.33%) SC Cleared
3 39 (5.04%) Degree
4 14 (1.81%) Computer Science Degree
5 7 (0.90%) DV Cleared
5 7 (0.90%) Master's Degree
6 4 (0.52%) BPSS Clearance
6 4 (0.52%) OCPJP
6 4 (0.52%) Sun Certification
7 3 (0.39%) ISTQB
8 2 (0.26%) AWS Certification
8 2 (0.26%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 1 (0.13%) ISEB
9 1 (0.13%) RHCE
9 1 (0.13%) RHCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (1.16%) MiFID
1 9 (1.16%) QA
2 7 (0.90%) WCAG
3 2 (0.26%) COREP
3 2 (0.26%) FINREP
4 1 (0.13%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.13%) GDPR
4 1 (0.13%) Government Security Classifications
4 1 (0.13%) ISO 20022
4 1 (0.13%) ISO 26262
4 1 (0.13%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 103 (13.31%) Docker
2 7 (0.90%) Active Directory
3 2 (0.26%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
3 2 (0.26%) GridGain
3 2 (0.26%) LXC
4 1 (0.13%) Firmware
4 1 (0.13%) NFS
4 1 (0.13%) Samba
Systems Management
1 80 (10.34%) Kubernetes
2 23 (2.97%) Terraform
3 12 (1.55%) Ansible
4 8 (1.03%) Single Sign-On
5 5 (0.65%) Opscode Chef
6 4 (0.52%) Prometheus
7 3 (0.39%) Grafana
8 2 (0.26%) Kibana
8 2 (0.26%) Rundeck
9 1 (0.13%) Galera Cluster
9 1 (0.13%) Istio
9 1 (0.13%) logstash
9 1 (0.13%) Puppet
Vendors
1 73 (9.43%) Oracle
2 59 (7.62%) Microsoft
3 20 (2.58%) SAP
4 15 (1.94%) ION Trading
4 15 (1.94%) Salesforce.com
4 15 (1.94%) WSO2
5 13 (1.68%) Murex
5 13 (1.68%) Talend
6 10 (1.29%) MuleSoft
7 9 (1.16%) Databricks
7 9 (1.16%) Google
7 9 (1.16%) Informatica
7 9 (1.16%) Sybase
8 7 (0.90%) Atlassian
9 6 (0.78%) Splunk
9 6 (0.78%) StreamSets
10 5 (0.65%) Red Hat
11 4 (0.52%) Adobe
11 4 (0.52%) Sun
11 4 (0.52%) TIBCO