The median contractor rate for a Senior Software Developer was £421 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 25 March 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Senior Software Developer
UK
Rank 551 582 591
Rank change year-on-year +31 +9  
Contract jobs requiring a Senior Software Developer 42 62 33
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.093% 0.12% 0.062%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.098% 0.12% 0.066%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 46 22
Median daily rate £421 £410 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.68% +17.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £310 £301
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £529 £424
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £400 £325
% change year-on-year -12.50% +23.07%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 5 2
Median hourly rate - £38.50 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -14.44%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £38.50 £45.00
% change year-on-year - -14.44%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 42948 50649 50145
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.81% 95.19% 94.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 27820 32762 30258
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1510 1586 1994
Median hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.26% +8.57%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £48.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.22
% change year-on-year -12.50% +16.14%  

Senior Software Developer
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Senior Software Developer in the job title.

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 3 months to 25 March 2017.

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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Senior Software Developer.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Senior Software Developer in the UK

Senior Software Developer
Top 27 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 3 months to 25 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +26 41 £417 -7.38% 66
London +26 16 £525 +16.34% 17
East of England - 12 £350 - 8
South East +26 10 £350 -6.66% 12
Bedfordshire - 6 £350 -
Essex - 6 £350 - 5
City of London +6 4 £486 +10.21% 4
Berkshire - 3 £325 - 1
Luton - 3 £350 -
Buckinghamshire -7 2 £300 - 1
Maidenhead - 2 £325 -
Bedford - 2 - -
Middlesex - 2 £560 -
Cheshire +26 1 £450 +12.50% 2
North West +25 1 £450 +12.50% 10
Chester +10 1 £450 +12.50%
Hove - 1 £413 -
Oxfordshire - 1 £375 - 1
South Yorkshire - 1 £375 -
Surrey - 1 - - 3
Yorkshire - 1 £375 - 5
East Sussex - 1 £413 -
Oxford - 1 £375 - 1
Saffron Walden - 1 - - 3
Slough - 1 £350 -
West Midlands - 1 £525 - 4
Osterley - 1 £480 -

Senior Software Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 March 2017, Senior Software 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 Software Developer in the job title.

1 52 (62.65%) Agile Software Development
2 34 (40.96%) TDD
2 34 (40.96%) C#
3 32 (38.55%) Java
4 31 (37.35%) .NET
5 30 (36.14%) SQL
6 27 (32.53%) JavaScript
7 24 (28.92%) MVC
8 22 (26.51%) Software Engineering
9 19 (22.89%) Mentoring
10 17 (20.48%) Automated Testing
11 16 (19.28%) HTML
11 16 (19.28%) Microsoft
11 16 (19.28%) .NET Framework
12 15 (18.07%) ASP.NET
12 15 (18.07%) Windows
12 15 (18.07%) Analytical Skills
13 14 (16.87%) Scrum
13 14 (16.87%) Degree
14 13 (15.66%) REST
14 13 (15.66%) DevOps
15 12 (14.46%) jQuery
15 12 (14.46%) Continuous Integration
15 12 (14.46%) CSS
15 12 (14.46%) Web Services
15 12 (14.46%) SQL Server
16 11 (13.25%) Adobe
16 11 (13.25%) Computer Science
16 11 (13.25%) Amazon AWS
16 11 (13.25%) iOS Development

Senior Software Developer Skill Set
Top Related 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 10 (12.05%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 2 (2.41%) Elasticsearch
2 2 (2.41%) Tomcat
3 1 (1.20%) Apache
3 1 (1.20%) Apache Solr
3 1 (1.20%) Apache Spark
3 1 (1.20%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (1.20%) Confluence
3 1 (1.20%) JBoss
3 1 (1.20%) nginx
3 1 (1.20%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.20%) SharePoint 2010
3 1 (1.20%) SharePoint 2013
3 1 (1.20%) WebLogic
3 1 (1.20%) WebSphere
Applications
1 5 (6.02%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 11 (13.25%) Amazon AWS
2 9 (10.84%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (7.23%) GitHub
4 1 (1.20%) Amazon EC2
4 1 (1.20%) Amazon EMR
4 1 (1.20%) AWS CloudFormation
4 1 (1.20%) AWS Lambda
4 1 (1.20%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.41%) Bluetooth
1 2 (2.41%) HTTP
2 1 (1.20%) SSL
2 1 (1.20%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (14.46%) SQL Server
2 9 (10.84%) NoSQL
3 8 (9.64%) SQL Server 2012
4 7 (8.43%) Relational Database
5 5 (6.02%) RDBMS
6 4 (4.82%) SQL Server 2005
6 4 (4.82%) SQL Server 2008
7 2 (2.41%) MySQL
7 2 (2.41%) Redis
8 1 (1.20%) Big Data
8 1 (1.20%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 9 (10.84%) Git (software)
2 8 (9.64%) MSTest
2 8 (9.64%) NUnit
3 4 (4.82%) Jenkins
3 4 (4.82%) JIRA
3 4 (4.82%) JUnit
3 4 (4.82%) Vagrant
4 3 (3.61%) MSBuild
4 3 (3.61%) Selenium
4 3 (3.61%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (3.61%) WebDriver
5 2 (2.41%) Cucumber
5 2 (2.41%) Jasmine
5 2 (2.41%) Subversion
6 1 (1.20%) Grunt
6 1 (1.20%) Karma Test Runner
6 1 (1.20%) Mercurial
6 1 (1.20%) Mocha
6 1 (1.20%) Sinon.JS
6 1 (1.20%) SoapUI
General
1 7 (8.43%) Finance
2 6 (7.23%) Banking
3 5 (6.02%) Retail
4 3 (3.61%) Investment Banking
5 1 (1.20%) Electronics
5 1 (1.20%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (37.35%) .NET
2 16 (19.28%) .NET Framework
2 16 (19.28%) HTML
3 15 (18.07%) ASP.NET
4 13 (15.66%) REST
5 12 (14.46%) CSS
5 12 (14.46%) jQuery
5 12 (14.46%) Web Services
6 10 (12.05%) AngularJS
6 10 (12.05%) ASP.NET MVC
6 10 (12.05%) Entity Framework
7 9 (10.84%) RESTful
8 8 (9.64%) Spring
8 8 (9.64%) XML
9 7 (8.43%) HTML5
9 7 (8.43%) Node.js
10 6 (7.23%) ASP.NET Web API
10 6 (7.23%) SOAP
11 5 (6.02%) WCF
11 5 (6.02%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 15 (18.07%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (13.25%) Computer Science
3 4 (4.82%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.20%) 3D Graphics
4 1 (1.20%) BeagleBone
4 1 (1.20%) Derivative
4 1 (1.20%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (1.20%) Equities
4 1 (1.20%) Equity Derivative
4 1 (1.20%) NHS
4 1 (1.20%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 15 (18.07%) Windows
2 10 (12.05%) Android
2 10 (12.05%) Apple iOS
3 7 (8.43%) Linux
4 4 (4.82%) Unix
5 1 (1.20%) Embedded Linux
5 1 (1.20%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (62.65%) Agile Software Development
2 34 (40.96%) TDD
3 24 (28.92%) MVC
4 22 (26.51%) Software Engineering
5 19 (22.89%) Mentoring
6 17 (20.48%) Automated Testing
7 14 (16.87%) Scrum
8 13 (15.66%) DevOps
9 12 (14.46%) Continuous Integration
10 11 (13.25%) iOS Development
11 10 (12.05%) Android Development
11 10 (12.05%) OOP
11 10 (12.05%) Pair Programming
12 8 (9.64%) Front End Development
12 8 (9.64%) OO
12 8 (9.64%) Web Development
13 6 (7.23%) Microservices
14 5 (6.02%) BDD
14 5 (6.02%) Configuration Management
14 5 (6.02%) Data Architecture
Programming Languages
1 34 (40.96%) C#
2 32 (38.55%) Java
3 30 (36.14%) SQL
4 27 (32.53%) JavaScript
5 8 (9.64%) T-SQL
6 7 (8.43%) C++
6 7 (8.43%) Scala
7 6 (7.23%) PHP
7 6 (7.23%) Python
8 4 (4.82%) C
9 3 (3.61%) Perl
10 2 (2.41%) F#
10 2 (2.41%) Groovy
10 2 (2.41%) PowerShell
11 1 (1.20%) Haskell
11 1 (1.20%) Objective-C
11 1 (1.20%) PL/SQL
11 1 (1.20%) Ruby
11 1 (1.20%) Shell Script
11 1 (1.20%) SPARQL
Qualifications
1 14 (16.87%) Degree
2 9 (10.84%) Security Cleared
3 8 (9.64%) SC Cleared
4 2 (2.41%) MBA
5 1 (1.20%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (1.20%) ISEB
5 1 (1.20%) ISTQB
5 1 (1.20%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.61%) QA
2 2 (2.41%) SDET
3 1 (1.20%) MiFID
System Software
1 11 (13.25%) Docker
Systems Management
1 5 (6.02%) Puppet
2 4 (4.82%) Kubernetes
3 2 (2.41%) Ansible
3 2 (2.41%) Kibana
4 1 (1.20%) Grafana
4 1 (1.20%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 16 (19.28%) Microsoft
2 11 (13.25%) Adobe
3 4 (4.82%) Oracle
3 4 (4.82%) VMware
4 1 (1.20%) Atlassian
4 1 (1.20%) Google
4 1 (1.20%) hybris
4 1 (1.20%) IBM
4 1 (1.20%) MuleSoft
4 1 (1.20%) Samsung
4 1 (1.20%) webMethods
4 1 (1.20%) WSO2
London
Ebury
Rate: £454.00 per day
Posted: 18 hours ago
Central London / West End
ANSON MCCADE
Rate: £400- £500
Posted: Yesterday
Wilmslow, Cheshire
Oscar
Rate: £300 - £375 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Cheshire
Harvey Nash plc
Posted: 3 days ago
Sutton, Surrey
Intrinsic Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Up to £450 per day + Bonus & Benefits
Posted: 5 days ago
Saffron Walden, Essex
The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Posted: 16 days ago
Saffron Walden, Essex
The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Posted: 21 days ago