Period
to 7 March 2021

The median contractor rate for a Senior Developer was £525 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 7 March 2021.

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
7 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 101 108 88
Rank change year-on-year +7 -20 0
Contract jobs requiring a Senior Developer 1,128 1,480 2,653
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.35% 2.24% 2.73%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.53% 2.39% 2.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 950 1,021 2,133
Median daily rate £525 £525 £525
10th Percentile £381 £388 £406
90th Percentile £688 £700 £663
UK excluding London median daily rate £451 £450 £475
% change year-on-year +0.11% -5.26% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 13 3
Median hourly rate £34.00 £72.50 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -53.10% +61.11% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £47.50 £46.25
% change year-on-year -28.42% +2.70% +2.78%

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 44,605 62,032 92,022
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.73% 93.92% 94.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 30,340 41,343 62,070
Median daily rate £475 £450 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% -2.70% +2.78%
10th Percentile £263 £230 £269
90th Percentile £650 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,604 2,324 2,733
Median hourly rate £22.50 £18.70 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.32% +6.86% -2.78%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.41 £11.00
90th Percentile £57.50 £51.62 £48.75
Median hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +5.71% - -

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 7 March 2021.

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 7 March 2021.

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 7 March 2021. 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 +15 952 £525 - 1,013
London -1 722 £550 - 450
Work from Home -51 293 £514 -2.14% 245
UK excluding London +6 251 £451 +0.11% 626
North of England +60 79 £500 +17.65% 200
South East +34 54 £475 - 149
Scotland -28 37 £475 +5.56% 38
Yorkshire +50 35 £562 +24.78% 57
North West +31 34 £500 +17.65% 123
South West +27 26 £425 -15.00% 77
Northern Ireland +14 22 £431 +0.12% 4
Midlands +1 18 £370 -7.50% 88
East of England +36 13 £450 - 48
North East +30 10 £500 +12.36% 20
West Midlands +2 10 £363 -17.14% 62
East Midlands +11 8 £400 +33.33% 26
Wales +19 2 £400 +6.67% 23

Senior Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 7 March 2021, 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.

1 501 (44.41%) Agile Software Development
2 475 (42.11%) Java
3 306 (27.13%) JavaScript
4 293 (25.98%) TDD
5 289 (25.62%) Finance
6 273 (24.20%) Microservices
7 230 (20.39%) Banking
8 219 (19.41%) Spring
9 211 (18.71%) SQL
10 204 (18.09%) Azure
11 198 (17.55%) Git (software)
12 194 (17.20%) AWS
13 191 (16.93%) Docker
14 173 (15.34%) Kubernetes
14 173 (15.34%) Python
15 169 (14.98%) DevOps
16 167 (14.80%) HTML
17 166 (14.72%) Scrum
18 163 (14.45%) C#
18 163 (14.45%) REST
19 161 (14.27%) CSS
20 160 (14.18%) .NET
21 156 (13.83%) React
22 142 (12.59%) Node.js
23 137 (12.15%) Spring Boot
24 134 (11.88%) BDD
25 132 (11.70%) AngularJS
25 132 (11.70%) Front Office
26 131 (11.61%) Investment Banking
27 130 (11.52%) Linux

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 46 (4.08%) Red Hat Fuse
2 42 (3.72%) Confluence
3 41 (3.63%) Mule
4 33 (2.93%) Apache Spark
5 26 (2.30%) Elasticsearch
6 24 (2.13%) Apache
7 15 (1.33%) Camunda
7 15 (1.33%) CMS
7 15 (1.33%) JBoss
8 13 (1.15%) BizTalk Server
8 13 (1.15%) Drupal
9 10 (0.89%) IIS
9 10 (0.89%) SharePoint
9 10 (0.89%) Tomcat
9 10 (0.89%) WordPress
10 9 (0.80%) Cloud Foundry
11 7 (0.62%) Oracle Coherence
11 7 (0.62%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 6 (0.53%) Appian
12 6 (0.53%) WebSphere
Applications
1 6 (0.53%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.18%) Sketch
2 2 (0.18%) Zeplin
3 1 (0.089%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 11 (0.98%) Magento
2 4 (0.35%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.27%) Oracle BPM
4 2 (0.18%) Oracle Applications
4 2 (0.18%) Unit4 Business World
5 1 (0.089%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.089%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.089%) ION MarketView
5 1 (0.089%) Oracle ERP
5 1 (0.089%) Payment Gateway
5 1 (0.089%) Social Studio
5 1 (0.089%) SunGard Martini
Cloud Services
1 204 (18.09%) Azure
2 194 (17.20%) AWS
3 65 (5.76%) Serverless
4 47 (4.17%) AWS Lambda
5 35 (3.10%) GitHub
6 31 (2.75%) GCP
7 28 (2.48%) Azure Functions
8 27 (2.39%) OpenShift
9 18 (1.60%) Logic Apps
10 16 (1.42%) SaaS
11 15 (1.33%) Power Platform
12 14 (1.24%) PaaS
13 11 (0.98%) Dynamics 365
14 10 (0.89%) Amazon S3
15 8 (0.71%) Slack
16 7 (0.62%) AWS CloudFormation
16 7 (0.62%) Cloud Computing
16 7 (0.62%) Yarn
17 6 (0.53%) Amazon ECS
18 5 (0.44%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 17 (1.51%) HTTP
2 8 (0.71%) SSL
3 6 (0.53%) HTTPS
4 5 (0.44%) DNS
4 5 (0.44%) SSH
5 4 (0.35%) Internet
6 3 (0.27%) VPN
7 2 (0.18%) BIG-IP
7 2 (0.18%) Firewall
7 2 (0.18%) Kerberos
7 2 (0.18%) Multicast
7 2 (0.18%) POP3
7 2 (0.18%) SMTP
7 2 (0.18%) TCP/IP
8 1 (0.089%) Broadband
8 1 (0.089%) FIX Connectivity
8 1 (0.089%) FTP
8 1 (0.089%) Intranet
8 1 (0.089%) Reverse Proxy
8 1 (0.089%) SWIFTNet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 85 (7.54%) SQL Server
2 81 (7.18%) MongoDB
3 79 (7.00%) PostgreSQL
4 76 (6.74%) NoSQL
5 75 (6.65%) MySQL
6 57 (5.05%) Relational Database
7 30 (2.66%) Azure SQL Database
7 30 (2.66%) Big Data
8 26 (2.30%) Data Warehouse
9 23 (2.04%) Apache Cassandra
10 21 (1.86%) Redis
11 19 (1.68%) Oracle Database
12 16 (1.42%) RDBMS
12 16 (1.42%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 15 (1.33%) Amazon DynamoDB
13 15 (1.33%) Blockchain
14 14 (1.24%) Hadoop
15 13 (1.15%) Power BI
16 10 (0.89%) Oracle Database 12c
17 9 (0.80%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 198 (17.55%) Git (software)
2 124 (10.99%) Jenkins
3 83 (7.36%) JIRA
4 77 (6.83%) Maven
5 35 (3.10%) JUnit
6 30 (2.66%) Cucumber
7 27 (2.39%) webpack
8 25 (2.22%) Gradle
9 21 (1.86%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 21 (1.86%) GitLab
10 20 (1.77%) Bitbucket
10 20 (1.77%) Subversion
11 18 (1.60%) Mockito
11 18 (1.60%) Visual Studio
12 16 (1.42%) Selenium
12 16 (1.42%) TeamCity
13 13 (1.15%) Eclipse
13 13 (1.15%) Jasmine
13 13 (1.15%) SonarQube
13 13 (1.15%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 289 (25.62%) Finance
2 230 (20.39%) Banking
3 132 (11.70%) Front Office
4 131 (11.61%) Investment Banking
5 65 (5.76%) Public Sector
6 43 (3.81%) Marketing
7 29 (2.57%) Telecoms
8 22 (1.95%) Manufacturing
9 21 (1.86%) Electronics
10 15 (1.33%) Retail
11 12 (1.06%) Games
12 8 (0.71%) Publishing
13 6 (0.53%) Automotive
14 5 (0.44%) Advertising
14 5 (0.44%) Law
15 4 (0.35%) Back Office
15 4 (0.35%) Financial Institution
15 4 (0.35%) Retail Banking
16 3 (0.27%) Multimedia
17 2 (0.18%) German Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 219 (19.41%) Spring
2 167 (14.80%) HTML
3 163 (14.45%) REST
4 161 (14.27%) CSS
5 160 (14.18%) .NET
6 156 (13.83%) React
7 142 (12.59%) Node.js
8 137 (12.15%) Spring Boot
9 132 (11.70%) AngularJS
10 129 (11.44%) Web Services
11 120 (10.64%) RESTful
12 74 (6.56%) Kafka
13 73 (6.47%) JSON
14 67 (5.94%) Redux
14 67 (5.94%) XML
15 66 (5.85%) .NET Core
16 61 (5.41%) HTML5
16 61 (5.41%) Middleware
17 60 (5.32%) Apache Camel
18 51 (4.52%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 64 (5.67%) User Experience
2 57 (5.05%) Analytical Skills
3 51 (4.52%) Greenfield Project
4 42 (3.72%) Fixed Income
5 32 (2.84%) Mobile App
6 31 (2.75%) Enterprise Software
7 29 (2.57%) Data Structures
8 27 (2.39%) Derivative
9 26 (2.30%) Market Risk
10 24 (2.13%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 21 (1.86%) Cloud Native
12 20 (1.77%) Credit Risk
12 20 (1.77%) Self-Motivation
13 18 (1.60%) Public Cloud
14 17 (1.51%) Algorithms
15 13 (1.15%) Linux Command Line
16 12 (1.06%) Bitcoin
16 12 (1.06%) Grid Computing
16 12 (1.06%) NHS
17 10 (0.89%) Equities
Operating Systems
1 130 (11.52%) Linux
2 58 (5.14%) Unix
3 47 (4.17%) Android
4 45 (3.99%) Apple iOS
5 25 (2.22%) Windows
6 6 (0.53%) Windows Server
7 5 (0.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 4 (0.35%) Mac OS
8 4 (0.35%) Mac OS X
9 2 (0.18%) Embedded Linux
10 1 (0.089%) Amazon Linux
10 1 (0.089%) CentOS
10 1 (0.089%) Windows Server 2012
10 1 (0.089%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 501 (44.41%) Agile Software Development
2 293 (25.98%) TDD
3 273 (24.20%) Microservices
4 169 (14.98%) DevOps
5 166 (14.72%) Scrum
6 134 (11.88%) BDD
7 125 (11.08%) Test Automation
8 123 (10.90%) Software Engineering
9 111 (9.84%) Continuous Integration
10 103 (9.13%) Problem-Solving
11 96 (8.51%) Front End Development
12 87 (7.71%) OO
13 81 (7.18%) SDLC
14 77 (6.83%) Unit Testing
15 67 (5.94%) MVC
16 66 (5.85%) Multithreading
17 59 (5.23%) Web Development
18 55 (4.88%) Business Intelligence
18 55 (4.88%) Kanban
19 54 (4.79%) Computer Science
Programming Languages
1 475 (42.11%) Java
2 306 (27.13%) JavaScript
3 211 (18.71%) SQL
4 173 (15.34%) Python
5 163 (14.45%) C#
6 104 (9.22%) Java 8
7 85 (7.54%) Scala
8 76 (6.74%) TypeScript
9 67 (5.94%) C++
10 47 (4.17%) Kotlin
11 45 (3.99%) PL/SQL
12 40 (3.55%) PHP
13 39 (3.46%) Go
14 36 (3.19%) T-SQL
15 31 (2.75%) ES6
16 29 (2.57%) Ruby
17 26 (2.30%) C
18 24 (2.13%) Apple Swift
18 24 (2.13%) Shell Script
19 20 (1.77%) XPath
Qualifications
1 64 (5.67%) Security Cleared
2 57 (5.05%) SC Cleared
3 56 (4.96%) Degree
4 26 (2.30%) Computer Science Degree
5 9 (0.80%) Master's Degree
6 8 (0.71%) BPSS Clearance
7 6 (0.53%) Numerate Degree
8 4 (0.35%) AWS Certification
8 4 (0.35%) OCPJP
8 4 (0.35%) Sun Certification
9 1 (0.089%) CFA
9 1 (0.089%) DV Cleared
9 1 (0.089%) ISEB
9 1 (0.089%) ISTQB
9 1 (0.089%) RHCE
9 1 (0.089%) RHCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (1.95%) QA
2 7 (0.62%) MiFID
3 4 (0.35%) GDPR
4 2 (0.18%) COREP
4 2 (0.18%) Disclosure Scotland
4 2 (0.18%) FINREP
5 1 (0.089%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.089%) Government Security Classifications
5 1 (0.089%) ISO 15022
5 1 (0.089%) ISO 20022
5 1 (0.089%) ISO 26262
5 1 (0.089%) ISO 9000
5 1 (0.089%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.089%) SLA
System Software
1 191 (16.93%) Docker
2 13 (1.15%) Active Directory
3 2 (0.18%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
3 2 (0.18%) GridGain
3 2 (0.18%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 173 (15.34%) Kubernetes
2 33 (2.93%) Terraform
3 20 (1.77%) Ansible
4 9 (0.80%) Prometheus
5 7 (0.62%) Kibana
6 6 (0.53%) Opscode Chef
7 5 (0.44%) Grafana
8 3 (0.27%) Galera Cluster
9 2 (0.18%) Istio
9 2 (0.18%) Puppet
9 2 (0.18%) Rundeck
9 2 (0.18%) Single Sign-On
10 1 (0.089%) Consul
10 1 (0.089%) Control-M
10 1 (0.089%) Zipkin
Vendors
1 109 (9.66%) Oracle
2 76 (6.74%) Microsoft
3 34 (3.01%) MuleSoft
4 33 (2.93%) Salesforce.com
5 28 (2.48%) SAP
6 24 (2.13%) Atlassian
7 18 (1.60%) Google
7 18 (1.60%) Murex
8 15 (1.33%) Splunk
9 13 (1.15%) Sybase
10 11 (0.98%) ION Trading
11 10 (0.89%) Databricks
12 8 (0.71%) AppDynamics
13 7 (0.62%) Telerik
13 7 (0.62%) Xamarin
14 6 (0.53%) Adobe
14 6 (0.53%) DevExpress
14 6 (0.53%) IBM
15 5 (0.44%) Informatica
15 5 (0.44%) Red Hat