Period
to 15 June 2021

The median contractor rate for a Senior Developer was £525 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 15 June 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
15 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 100 105 102
Rank change year-on-year +5 -3 -17
Contract jobs requiring a Senior Developer 1,516 956 2,224
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.46% 2.19% 2.45%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.65% 2.34% 2.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,067 688 1,692
10th Percentile £413 £409 £400
25th Percentile £463 £463 £460
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £525 £525
75th Percentile £638 £625 £613
90th Percentile £700 £700 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £500 £475
% change year-on-year -5.00% +5.26% +4.91%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 1 7
10th Percentile £32.12 " £41.15
25th Percentile £34.00 " £41.88
Median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £55.00
Median % change year-on-year -12.50% -27.27% +22.22%
75th Percentile £52.47 " £57.50
90th Percentile £60.28 " £59.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 - £55.00

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 57,313 40,796 85,684
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.87% 93.55% 94.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 39,284 27,150 57,235
10th Percentile £300 £255 £269
25th Percentile £400 £363 £368
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £495 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +4.21% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £588 £575 £575
90th Percentile £675 £656 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £434 £425
% change year-on-year +0.86% +2.06% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,741 1,436 2,653
10th Percentile £11.36 £11.52 £11.04
25th Percentile £14.13 £14.25 £13.25
Median hourly rate £21.50 £19.50 £18.25
Median % change year-on-year +10.26% +6.85% +4.29%
75th Percentile £44.50 £39.57 £41.00
90th Percentile £57.50 £52.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +0.03% +5.69% +0.55%

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 15 June 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 15 June 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 15 June 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 +9 1,246 £550 +2.33% 1,058
London +3 917 £568 +0.89% 440
Work from Home -27 406 £505 +1.00% 259
UK excluding London -11 331 £475 -5.00% 700
North of England +54 86 £533 +24.56% 241
South East +10 79 £500 - 131
South West -9 49 £450 -14.29% 81
Scotland -32 46 £450 +1.41% 60
North West +26 45 £500 +8.40% 145
Yorkshire +28 35 £550 +37.50% 67
Midlands -14 27 £444 +4.41% 108
Northern Ireland +14 26 £459 +4.08% 11
West Midlands -11 20 £450 - 72
East of England -25 15 £510 -0.49% 54
East Midlands +2 7 £375 +20.97% 35
North East +20 6 £493 +34.93% 29
Wales +9 3 £600 +71.43% 16

Senior Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 15 June 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.

1 659 (43.47%) Agile Software Development
2 588 (38.79%) Java
3 486 (32.06%) JavaScript
4 362 (23.88%) Finance
5 336 (22.16%) TDD
6 331 (21.83%) Microservices
7 300 (19.79%) SQL
8 293 (19.33%) HTML
9 279 (18.40%) Spring
10 267 (17.61%) React
10 267 (17.61%) Azure
11 264 (17.41%) AWS
12 256 (16.89%) Kubernetes
13 255 (16.82%) Git (software)
14 253 (16.69%) CSS
15 252 (16.62%) Banking
16 250 (16.49%) Docker
17 243 (16.03%) REST
18 240 (15.83%) DevOps
19 238 (15.70%) Social Skills
20 229 (15.11%) .NET
21 225 (14.84%) Scrum
22 215 (14.18%) C#
23 211 (13.92%) AngularJS
24 208 (13.72%) Node.js
25 204 (13.46%) Python
26 196 (12.93%) Jenkins
26 196 (12.93%) Test Automation
27 185 (12.20%) Oracle
28 173 (11.41%) RESTful

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 48 (3.17%) Apache Spark
2 46 (3.03%) Apache
3 44 (2.90%) Confluence
4 29 (1.91%) Mule
4 29 (1.91%) Red Hat Fuse
5 25 (1.65%) Elasticsearch
6 23 (1.52%) CMS
7 22 (1.45%) JBoss
8 17 (1.12%) Cloud Foundry
8 17 (1.12%) Oracle Coherence
9 16 (1.06%) Camunda
10 15 (0.99%) IIS
10 15 (0.99%) WordPress
11 13 (0.86%) Drupal
12 12 (0.79%) BizTalk Server
13 9 (0.59%) SharePoint
13 9 (0.59%) WebLogic
14 8 (0.53%) Tomcat
15 7 (0.46%) Adobe Experience Manager
15 7 (0.46%) WebSphere
Applications
1 9 (0.59%) Microsoft Excel
2 8 (0.53%) Adobe Creative Suite
3 7 (0.46%) InVision
3 7 (0.46%) Sketch
4 6 (0.40%) Chatbot
5 5 (0.33%) Microsoft Office
6 4 (0.26%) MS Visio
7 3 (0.20%) Adobe Illustrator
7 3 (0.20%) Photoshop
8 2 (0.13%) Figma
9 1 (0.066%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 20 (1.32%) Magento
2 9 (0.59%) Dynamics CRM
3 6 (0.40%) Payment Gateway
4 5 (0.33%) ION MarketView
5 3 (0.20%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 3 (0.20%) SunGard Martini
6 2 (0.13%) Oracle BPM
6 2 (0.13%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 2 (0.13%) SAP HCM
7 1 (0.066%) Adobe Campaign
7 1 (0.066%) Oracle ERP
7 1 (0.066%) Oracle Financials
7 1 (0.066%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
7 1 (0.066%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
7 1 (0.066%) SAP Business ByDesign
7 1 (0.066%) SAP Hybris
7 1 (0.066%) SAP S/4HANA
7 1 (0.066%) Social Studio
Cloud Services
1 267 (17.61%) Azure
2 264 (17.41%) AWS
3 115 (7.59%) Serverless
4 73 (4.82%) AWS Lambda
5 65 (4.29%) GCP
6 57 (3.76%) GitHub
7 35 (2.31%) OpenShift
8 34 (2.24%) Azure Service Bus
9 32 (2.11%) Power Platform
10 24 (1.58%) Azure Functions
11 23 (1.52%) Azure Cosmos DB
12 20 (1.32%) Azure Logic Apps
13 18 (1.19%) Cloud Computing
14 17 (1.12%) Amazon S3
15 16 (1.06%) PaaS
16 13 (0.86%) Azure Storage
16 13 (0.86%) SaaS
17 12 (0.79%) Dynamics 365
18 10 (0.66%) Heroku
18 10 (0.66%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 32 (2.11%) HTTP
2 24 (1.58%) SSL
3 22 (1.45%) Internet
4 21 (1.39%) TCP/IP
5 5 (0.33%) HTTPS
5 5 (0.33%) SSH
6 4 (0.26%) Broadband
6 4 (0.26%) Firewall
7 3 (0.20%) BIG-IP
7 3 (0.20%) DNS
7 3 (0.20%) Kerberos
7 3 (0.20%) Modbus
7 3 (0.20%) POP3
7 3 (0.20%) SMTP
8 2 (0.13%) 2G
8 2 (0.13%) BGP
8 2 (0.13%) ICMP
8 2 (0.13%) SWIFTNet
9 1 (0.066%) DVB
9 1 (0.066%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 124 (8.18%) SQL Server
2 110 (7.26%) MongoDB
3 102 (6.73%) PostgreSQL
4 86 (5.67%) NoSQL
5 80 (5.28%) MySQL
6 78 (5.15%) Relational Database
7 49 (3.23%) Big Data
8 36 (2.37%) Apache Cassandra
8 36 (2.37%) Redis
9 32 (2.11%) Power BI
10 28 (1.85%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 27 (1.78%) Azure SQL Database
12 25 (1.65%) Hazelcast
12 25 (1.65%) Oracle Database
13 20 (1.32%) Data Warehouse
14 17 (1.12%) Flink
15 16 (1.06%) Couchbase
16 14 (0.92%) Hadoop
17 12 (0.79%) RDBMS
17 12 (0.79%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 255 (16.82%) Git (software)
2 196 (12.93%) Jenkins
3 120 (7.92%) Maven
4 101 (6.66%) JIRA
5 65 (4.29%) JUnit
6 44 (2.90%) Bitbucket
6 44 (2.90%) Cucumber
6 44 (2.90%) TeamCity
7 31 (2.04%) Gradle
8 30 (1.98%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 29 (1.91%) Mockito
10 28 (1.85%) Visual Studio
10 28 (1.85%) webpack
11 27 (1.78%) Cypress.io
11 27 (1.78%) Subversion
12 23 (1.52%) Selenium
12 23 (1.52%) SonarQube
13 20 (1.32%) GitLab
14 19 (1.25%) Jasmine
15 17 (1.12%) Xcode
General
1 362 (23.88%) Finance
2 252 (16.62%) Banking
3 238 (15.70%) Social Skills
4 126 (8.31%) Investment Banking
5 102 (6.73%) Front Office
6 67 (4.42%) Analytical Skills
6 67 (4.42%) Public Sector
7 36 (2.37%) Retail
8 33 (2.18%) Telecoms
9 26 (1.72%) Marketing
10 13 (0.86%) Financial Institution
10 13 (0.86%) Presentation Skills
11 12 (0.79%) Back Office
12 9 (0.59%) Games
12 9 (0.59%) Publishing
13 8 (0.53%) Organisational Skills
14 7 (0.46%) Manufacturing
15 5 (0.33%) Documentation Skills
16 4 (0.26%) Influencing Skills
16 4 (0.26%) Wearables
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 293 (19.33%) HTML
2 279 (18.40%) Spring
3 267 (17.61%) React
4 253 (16.69%) CSS
5 243 (16.03%) REST
6 229 (15.11%) .NET
7 211 (13.92%) AngularJS
8 208 (13.72%) Node.js
9 173 (11.41%) RESTful
10 172 (11.35%) Spring Boot
11 134 (8.84%) Web Services
12 127 (8.38%) HTML5
12 127 (8.38%) Kafka
13 114 (7.52%) Redux
14 92 (6.07%) JSON
15 89 (5.87%) .NET Core
16 79 (5.21%) XML
17 66 (4.35%) .NET Framework
17 66 (4.35%) ASP.NET
18 61 (4.02%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 103 (6.79%) Greenfield Project
2 101 (6.66%) User Experience
3 59 (3.89%) Data Structures
4 54 (3.56%) Algorithms
5 52 (3.43%) Fixed Income
5 52 (3.43%) Mobile App
6 48 (3.17%) Derivative
7 44 (2.90%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 34 (2.24%) Enterprise Software
8 34 (2.24%) Market Risk
9 27 (1.78%) Self-Motivation
10 22 (1.45%) Cloud Native
11 19 (1.25%) Grid Computing
12 13 (0.86%) NHS
12 13 (0.86%) Virtual Team
13 12 (0.79%) Equity Derivative
14 11 (0.73%) Hedge funds
15 10 (0.66%) Clustering
16 9 (0.59%) Equities
16 9 (0.59%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 153 (10.09%) Linux
2 81 (5.34%) Unix
3 63 (4.16%) Android
4 52 (3.43%) Windows
5 47 (3.10%) Apple iOS
6 8 (0.53%) Mac OS
7 7 (0.46%) Mac OS X
7 7 (0.46%) Windows Server
8 4 (0.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 2 (0.13%) VxWorks
10 1 (0.066%) Amazon Linux
10 1 (0.066%) Android TV
10 1 (0.066%) Debian
10 1 (0.066%) Embedded Linux
10 1 (0.066%) Solaris
10 1 (0.066%) tvOS
10 1 (0.066%) VMS
10 1 (0.066%) Windows Server 2012
10 1 (0.066%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 659 (43.47%) Agile Software Development
2 336 (22.16%) TDD
3 331 (21.83%) Microservices
4 240 (15.83%) DevOps
5 225 (14.84%) Scrum
6 196 (12.93%) Test Automation
7 165 (10.88%) Software Engineering
8 159 (10.49%) Continuous Integration
9 148 (9.76%) Front End Development
10 131 (8.64%) Problem-Solving
11 123 (8.11%) BDD
12 116 (7.65%) Unit Testing
13 108 (7.12%) SDLC
14 103 (6.79%) OO
15 100 (6.60%) Multithreading
15 100 (6.60%) MVC
16 87 (5.74%) Mentoring
17 77 (5.08%) Web Development
18 76 (5.01%) Computer Science
19 73 (4.82%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 588 (38.79%) Java
2 486 (32.06%) JavaScript
3 300 (19.79%) SQL
4 215 (14.18%) C#
5 204 (13.46%) Python
6 153 (10.09%) TypeScript
7 147 (9.70%) Java 8
8 128 (8.44%) Scala
9 72 (4.75%) C++
10 71 (4.68%) Kotlin
11 63 (4.16%) ES6
11 63 (4.16%) PL/SQL
12 52 (3.43%) PHP
13 41 (2.70%) Go
14 40 (2.64%) Ruby
15 35 (2.31%) C
16 33 (2.18%) T-SQL
17 29 (1.91%) PowerShell
18 24 (1.58%) Apple Swift
18 24 (1.58%) Haskell
Qualifications
1 78 (5.15%) Degree
2 75 (4.95%) Security Cleared
3 67 (4.42%) SC Cleared
4 35 (2.31%) Computer Science Degree
5 11 (0.73%) BPSS Clearance
6 8 (0.53%) Master's Degree
7 7 (0.46%) Numerate Degree
8 3 (0.20%) AWS Certification
8 3 (0.20%) DV Cleared
9 2 (0.13%) CFA
9 2 (0.13%) DBS Check
10 1 (0.066%) ISTQB
10 1 (0.066%) Microsoft Certification
10 1 (0.066%) OCPJP
10 1 (0.066%) PhD
10 1 (0.066%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 42 (2.77%) QA
2 32 (2.11%) Accessibility
3 5 (0.33%) Data Quality
4 4 (0.26%) COREP
4 4 (0.26%) FINREP
4 4 (0.26%) ISO 20022
4 4 (0.26%) MiFID
5 3 (0.20%) Disclosure Scotland
5 3 (0.20%) GRC
6 2 (0.13%) IEC 61508
6 2 (0.13%) ISO 15022
6 2 (0.13%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.066%) GDPR
7 1 (0.066%) HL7
7 1 (0.066%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.066%) PMO
7 1 (0.066%) SLA
System Software
1 250 (16.49%) Docker
2 18 (1.19%) Active Directory
3 5 (0.33%) Virtual Machines
4 3 (0.20%) HDFS
4 3 (0.20%) Varnish
5 2 (0.13%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 2 (0.13%) Firmware
5 2 (0.13%) GridGain
Systems Management
1 256 (16.89%) Kubernetes
2 38 (2.51%) Terraform
3 29 (1.91%) Ansible
4 12 (0.79%) Grafana
5 10 (0.66%) Prometheus
5 10 (0.66%) Puppet
6 7 (0.46%) Kibana
6 7 (0.46%) Single Sign-On
7 5 (0.33%) Opscode Chef
8 3 (0.20%) CloudHub
8 3 (0.20%) Control-M
9 2 (0.13%) Galera Cluster
9 2 (0.13%) Rancher
10 1 (0.066%) Consul
10 1 (0.066%) Istio
10 1 (0.066%) Kubeflow
10 1 (0.066%) Marathon
10 1 (0.066%) Nagios
10 1 (0.066%) PingFederate
10 1 (0.066%) Zipkin
Vendors
1 185 (12.20%) Oracle
2 88 (5.80%) Microsoft
3 48 (3.17%) Salesforce.com
4 43 (2.84%) MuleSoft
5 30 (1.98%) Atlassian
6 27 (1.78%) SAP
7 26 (1.72%) Adobe
7 26 (1.72%) Google
8 18 (1.19%) Splunk
9 13 (0.86%) ION Trading
10 12 (0.79%) Sybase
11 10 (0.66%) ServiceNow
12 9 (0.59%) IBM
12 9 (0.59%) Murex
12 9 (0.59%) TIBCO
13 8 (0.53%) DevExpress
13 8 (0.53%) Sitecore
13 8 (0.53%) Solace
13 8 (0.53%) WorldPay
14 7 (0.46%) webMethods