Period
to 16 November 2019

The median contractor rate for a Senior Software Developer was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 16 November 2019.

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 Software Developer
UK
6 months to
16 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 682 748 792
Rank change year-on-year +66 +44 +23
Contract jobs requiring a Senior Software Developer 123 154 108
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.15% 0.15% 0.10%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.16% 0.16% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 87 124 86
UK median daily rate £500 £525 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.76% +16.67% +12.50%
10th Percentile £360 £385 £331
90th Percentile £600 £600 £593
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £450 £400
% change year-on-year +5.56% +12.50% +10.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 4
UK median hourly rate £50.00 £40.00 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% -11.11% +21.62%
10th Percentile £43.50 £37.50 £39.00
90th Percentile £56.50 £42.50 £58.88
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.00 - £45.00

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 78,405 98,494 97,717
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.09% 94.76% 94.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 51,318 64,958 64,391
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £448
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +0.56% +5.29%
10th Percentile £256 £269 £261
90th Percentile £644 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +2.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,923 3,077 2,923
UK median hourly rate £19.71 £18.00 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.50% -3.74% +3.89%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.96
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £47.97
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year +2.86% -2.78% +2.86%

Senior Software Developer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Senior Software Developer in the UK

Senior Software Developer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Senior Software Developer.

Contractor daily rate trend for Senior Software Developer in the UK

Senior Software Developer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Senior Software Developer over the 6 months to 16 November 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Senior Software Developer in the UK

Senior Software Developer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Senior Software Developer.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Senior Software Developer in the UK

Senior Software Developer
Top 13 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Senior Software Developer within the UK over the 6 months to 16 November 2019. 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 +70 119 £500 -4.76% 156
UK excluding London +79 79 £475 +5.56% 126
London +38 43 £550 +4.76% 46
South East +47 30 £475 +18.75% 33
North of England +55 28 £450 +2.86% 36
North West +35 16 £538 +2.38% 21
South West -9 10 £550 +2.33% 12
Yorkshire - 9 £400 - 11
East of England +27 6 £525 +31.25% 8
Scotland +20 3 £375 -9.64% 6
North East +13 3 £450 +28.57% 4
Midlands +50 2 £400 -19.60% 21
West Midlands +36 2 £400 -19.60% 16

Senior Software Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 November 2019, Senior Software 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 Software Developer in the job title.

1 73 (59.35%) Agile Software Development
2 60 (48.78%) JavaScript
3 59 (47.97%) Software Engineering
4 50 (40.65%) Java
5 44 (35.77%) React
6 43 (34.96%) Python
6 43 (34.96%) C#
6 43 (34.96%) .NET
6 43 (34.96%) AngularJS
7 37 (30.08%) Node.js
8 36 (29.27%) AWS
9 34 (27.64%) Finance
9 34 (27.64%) Docker
10 31 (25.20%) HTML
11 28 (22.76%) CSS
11 28 (22.76%) TDD
11 28 (22.76%) Microservices
12 27 (21.95%) Azure
13 26 (21.14%) Git (software)
13 26 (21.14%) SQL
14 25 (20.33%) Scrum
15 24 (19.51%) Amazon S3
15 24 (19.51%) DevOps
16 23 (18.70%) Linux
17 21 (17.07%) Serverless
18 20 (16.26%) C++
18 20 (16.26%) Front Office
19 19 (15.45%) Web Services
19 19 (15.45%) RESTful
19 19 (15.45%) REST

Senior Software 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 4 (3.25%) Apache Spark
1 4 (3.25%) JBoss
2 3 (2.44%) K2 blackpearl
2 3 (2.44%) SharePoint
2 3 (2.44%) SharePoint 2010
3 2 (1.63%) CMS
3 2 (1.63%) Confluence
3 2 (1.63%) IIS
4 1 (0.81%) ArcGIS
4 1 (0.81%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (0.81%) Sitefinity
Cloud Services
1 36 (29.27%) AWS
2 27 (21.95%) Azure
3 24 (19.51%) Amazon S3
4 21 (17.07%) Serverless
5 15 (12.20%) Amazon EC2
5 15 (12.20%) AWS CloudFormation
5 15 (12.20%) AWS Lambda
6 8 (6.50%) Amazon ECS
6 8 (6.50%) Amazon SQS
6 8 (6.50%) OpenShift
6 8 (6.50%) SaaS
7 7 (5.69%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 4 (3.25%) Azure Functions
9 3 (2.44%) Cloud Computing
9 3 (2.44%) GCP
9 3 (2.44%) npm
10 2 (1.63%) GitHub
10 2 (1.63%) IaaS
10 2 (1.63%) PaaS
11 1 (0.81%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.63%) DHCP
2 1 (0.81%) Firewall
2 1 (0.81%) HTTP
2 1 (0.81%) SSL
2 1 (0.81%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (15.45%) Amazon DynamoDB
2 16 (13.01%) Amazon RDS
2 16 (13.01%) SQL Server
3 14 (11.38%) MySQL
4 12 (9.76%) MongoDB
5 8 (6.50%) Amazon Athena
5 8 (6.50%) Amazon Redshift
5 8 (6.50%) Hadoop
5 8 (6.50%) NoSQL
6 7 (5.69%) Redis
6 7 (5.69%) Relational Database
7 6 (4.88%) PostgreSQL
8 5 (4.07%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 4 (3.25%) Big Data
10 2 (1.63%) Data Warehouse
10 2 (1.63%) mvBase
10 2 (1.63%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 1 (0.81%) Azure SQL Database
11 1 (0.81%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 1 (0.81%) Neo4j
Development Applications
1 26 (21.14%) Git (software)
2 19 (15.45%) Jenkins
3 10 (8.13%) TeamCity
4 8 (6.50%) Artifactory
5 7 (5.69%) Protractor
6 6 (4.88%) Bitbucket
6 6 (4.88%) Cucumber
6 6 (4.88%) Octopus Deploy
7 5 (4.07%) ClearCase
7 5 (4.07%) Selenium
7 5 (4.07%) Subversion
8 4 (3.25%) Grunt
8 4 (3.25%) JSUnit
8 4 (3.25%) JUnit
8 4 (3.25%) webpack
9 3 (2.44%) NUnit
9 3 (2.44%) Spock
10 2 (1.63%) GitLab
10 2 (1.63%) JIRA
10 2 (1.63%) Visual Studio
General
1 34 (27.64%) Finance
2 20 (16.26%) Front Office
3 8 (6.50%) Banking
4 4 (3.25%) Investment Banking
5 3 (2.44%) Public Sector
6 2 (1.63%) International Banking
7 1 (0.81%) Games
7 1 (0.81%) Marketing
7 1 (0.81%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 44 (35.77%) React
2 43 (34.96%) .NET
2 43 (34.96%) AngularJS
3 37 (30.08%) Node.js
4 31 (25.20%) HTML
5 28 (22.76%) CSS
6 19 (15.45%) REST
6 19 (15.45%) RESTful
6 19 (15.45%) Web Services
7 17 (13.82%) Vue.js
8 15 (12.20%) ASP.NET
8 15 (12.20%) Spring
9 12 (9.76%) .NET Core
10 9 (7.32%) Twitter Bootstrap
11 8 (6.50%) J2EE
11 8 (6.50%) JSON
12 7 (5.69%) WebdriverIO
13 6 (4.88%) jQuery
13 6 (4.88%) Sass
13 6 (4.88%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 17 (13.82%) Greenfield Project
2 16 (13.01%) Fixed Income
3 8 (6.50%) Reference Data
4 6 (4.88%) Algorithms
5 5 (4.07%) Analytical Skills
5 5 (4.07%) Mobile App
5 5 (4.07%) Self-Motivation
5 5 (4.07%) User Experience
6 4 (3.25%) Derivative
6 4 (3.25%) Enterprise Software
6 4 (3.25%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 3 (2.44%) Digital Media
8 2 (1.63%) Data Structures
8 2 (1.63%) Embedded Systems
9 1 (0.81%) Cloud Native
9 1 (0.81%) Online Gambling
9 1 (0.81%) Video\Live Streaming
9 1 (0.81%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 23 (18.70%) Linux
2 11 (8.94%) Unix
3 2 (1.63%) Windows
4 1 (0.81%) Mac OS
4 1 (0.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (0.81%) Ubuntu
4 1 (0.81%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 73 (59.35%) Agile Software Development
2 59 (47.97%) Software Engineering
3 28 (22.76%) Microservices
3 28 (22.76%) TDD
4 25 (20.33%) Scrum
5 24 (19.51%) DevOps
6 17 (13.82%) Test Automation
7 16 (13.01%) Asset Management
8 15 (12.20%) Computer Science
9 13 (10.57%) OO
9 13 (10.57%) Problem-Solving
10 12 (9.76%) Continuous Integration
10 12 (9.76%) Web Development
11 10 (8.13%) BDD
11 10 (8.13%) OOP
12 9 (7.32%) Analytics
12 9 (7.32%) Continuous Deployment
13 8 (6.50%) Data Architecture
13 8 (6.50%) Kanban
13 8 (6.50%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 60 (48.78%) JavaScript
2 50 (40.65%) Java
3 43 (34.96%) C#
3 43 (34.96%) Python
4 26 (21.14%) SQL
5 20 (16.26%) C++
6 15 (12.20%) TypeScript
7 12 (9.76%) C
8 10 (8.13%) ES6
9 9 (7.32%) Ruby
10 8 (6.50%) Go
10 8 (6.50%) PHP
10 8 (6.50%) R
11 7 (5.69%) Java 8
11 7 (5.69%) Scala
12 5 (4.07%) T-SQL
13 3 (2.44%) Bash Shell
13 3 (2.44%) PowerShell
14 2 (1.63%) ES7
14 2 (1.63%) F#
Qualifications
1 13 (10.57%) Security Cleared
2 12 (9.76%) Degree
3 10 (8.13%) DV Cleared
4 8 (6.50%) Computer Science Degree
5 6 (4.88%) SC Cleared
6 4 (3.25%) BPSS Clearance
7 2 (1.63%) PhD
8 1 (0.81%) DBS Check
8 1 (0.81%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.63%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (0.81%) QA
System Software
1 34 (27.64%) Docker
2 3 (2.44%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.81%) LXC
Systems Management
1 13 (10.57%) Kubernetes
2 9 (7.32%) Terraform
3 4 (3.25%) Ansible
4 2 (1.63%) Single Sign-On
4 2 (1.63%) WSUS
5 1 (0.81%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 10 (8.13%) Microsoft
2 6 (4.88%) Oracle
3 4 (3.25%) Atlassian
4 2 (1.63%) jBASE
4 2 (1.63%) Xamarin
5 1 (0.81%) Cypress Semiconductor
5 1 (0.81%) ESRI
5 1 (0.81%) Google
5 1 (0.81%) Red Hat
5 1 (0.81%) Telerik