Period
to 25 August 2019

The median contractor rate for a Senior Software Developer was £488 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 25 August 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
25 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 688 774 764
Rank change year-on-year +86 -10 +62
Contract jobs requiring a Senior Software Developer 150 144 112
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.17% 0.14% 0.12%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.18% 0.15% 0.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 90 121 86
UK median daily rate £488 £500 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.50% +17.65% +4.94%
10th Percentile £350 £385 £325
90th Percentile £600 £600 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £450 £400
% change year-on-year +5.56% +12.50% +23.08%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 5
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £8.00 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +462.50% -82.22% +16.88%
10th Percentile £41.30 £8.00 £39.50
90th Percentile £55.50 £35.60 £57.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £8.00 £45.00
% change year-on-year +462.50% -82.22% +16.88%

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 84,420 97,585 92,035
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.29% 94.81% 94.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 55,406 63,853 59,814
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £263 £270 £263
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,870 3,168 2,805
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.11% -3.74% -1.58%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £52.50 £47.83 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.38 £17.50 £17.77
% change year-on-year +5.00% -1.52% -6.47%

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 25 August 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Senior Software Developer over the 6 months to 25 August 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Senior Software Developer in the UK

Senior Software Developer
Top 14 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 25 August 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 +90 143 £475 -7.32% 133
UK excluding London +54 77 £475 +5.56% 123
London +55 72 £525 - 26
South East +45 30 £475 -5.00% 28
North of England +47 19 £425 -19.05% 36
East of England +30 11 £438 +9.38% 13
North West +27 10 £550 +4.76% 18
South West -29 9 £550 - 12
Yorkshire - 7 £339 - 15
Scotland +27 4 £550 +29.41% 14
Midlands +29 2 - - 18
West Midlands +19 2 - - 10
Wales +12 2 £469 +20.19%
North East - 2 £406 - 3

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

For the 6 months to 25 August 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.

1 106 (70.67%) Agile Software Development
2 82 (54.67%) Software Engineering
3 69 (46.00%) Java
4 59 (39.33%) Docker
5 58 (38.67%) C#
5 58 (38.67%) Finance
6 56 (37.33%) DevOps
7 55 (36.67%) .NET
8 54 (36.00%) Python
9 53 (35.33%) AWS
10 49 (32.67%) JavaScript
11 47 (31.33%) Azure
12 45 (30.00%) Serverless
13 42 (28.00%) Amazon S3
13 42 (28.00%) Front Office
14 41 (27.33%) AngularJS
15 40 (26.67%) Web Services
16 39 (26.00%) AWS Lambda
17 38 (25.33%) AWS CloudFormation
17 38 (25.33%) Amazon RDS
17 38 (25.33%) Fixed Income
17 38 (25.33%) Asset Management
17 38 (25.33%) Amazon EC2
18 36 (24.00%) Terraform
19 35 (23.33%) Artifactory
20 34 (22.67%) RStudio
20 34 (22.67%) Decision-Making
20 34 (22.67%) Amazon ECS
20 34 (22.67%) Amazon SQS
21 33 (22.00%) SQL

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 5 (3.33%) Apache Spark
2 4 (2.67%) JBoss
3 3 (2.00%) CMS
3 3 (2.00%) K2 blackpearl
3 3 (2.00%) SharePoint
3 3 (2.00%) SharePoint 2010
3 3 (2.00%) Umbraco
4 2 (1.33%) Drupal
4 2 (1.33%) IIS
5 1 (0.67%) Apache
5 1 (0.67%) ArcGIS
5 1 (0.67%) Confluence
5 1 (0.67%) Sitefinity
Business Applications
1 1 (0.67%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.67%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 53 (35.33%) AWS
2 47 (31.33%) Azure
3 45 (30.00%) Serverless
4 42 (28.00%) Amazon S3
5 39 (26.00%) AWS Lambda
6 38 (25.33%) Amazon EC2
6 38 (25.33%) AWS CloudFormation
7 34 (22.67%) Amazon ECS
7 34 (22.67%) Amazon SQS
8 22 (14.67%) OpenShift
9 5 (3.33%) SaaS
10 4 (2.67%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 4 (2.67%) Azure Functions
11 3 (2.00%) GitHub
12 2 (1.33%) GCP
12 2 (1.33%) IaaS
12 2 (1.33%) Kong
12 2 (1.33%) PaaS
13 1 (0.67%) Cloud Computing
13 1 (0.67%) Google App Engine
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.33%) DHCP
2 1 (0.67%) AMQP
2 1 (0.67%) Firewall
2 1 (0.67%) HTTP
2 1 (0.67%) SSL
2 1 (0.67%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (25.33%) Amazon RDS
2 22 (14.67%) Amazon Redshift
3 21 (14.00%) SQL Server
4 10 (6.67%) Big Data
5 9 (6.00%) Hadoop
6 8 (5.33%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 7 (4.67%) MongoDB
8 6 (4.00%) MySQL
8 6 (4.00%) Redis
9 5 (3.33%) PostgreSQL
9 5 (3.33%) Relational Database
10 4 (2.67%) Amazon Athena
10 4 (2.67%) NoSQL
11 3 (2.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 1 (0.67%) Apache Cassandra
12 1 (0.67%) Azure SQL Database
12 1 (0.67%) Cosmos DB
12 1 (0.67%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 1 (0.67%) Oracle Database
12 1 (0.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 35 (23.33%) Artifactory
2 34 (22.67%) RStudio
3 19 (12.67%) Git (software)
4 18 (12.00%) Jenkins
5 9 (6.00%) TeamCity
6 7 (4.67%) Octopus Deploy
7 6 (4.00%) Protractor
8 5 (3.33%) Cucumber
9 3 (2.00%) ClearCase
9 3 (2.00%) gulp
9 3 (2.00%) Moq
9 3 (2.00%) NUnit
9 3 (2.00%) Rhino Mocks
9 3 (2.00%) Selenium
9 3 (2.00%) Team Foundation Server
9 3 (2.00%) Visual Studio
10 2 (1.33%) Bitbucket
10 2 (1.33%) Grunt
10 2 (1.33%) SonarQube
10 2 (1.33%) webpack
General
1 58 (38.67%) Finance
2 42 (28.00%) Front Office
3 5 (3.33%) Banking
4 4 (2.67%) Investment Banking
5 2 (1.33%) Games
5 2 (1.33%) Public Sector
6 1 (0.67%) Advertising
6 1 (0.67%) Legal
6 1 (0.67%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 55 (36.67%) .NET
2 41 (27.33%) AngularJS
3 40 (26.67%) Web Services
4 32 (21.33%) J2EE
5 26 (17.33%) Node.js
6 23 (15.33%) ASP.NET
6 23 (15.33%) React
7 22 (14.67%) HTML
8 19 (12.67%) RESTful
9 18 (12.00%) .NET Core
9 18 (12.00%) CSS
10 16 (10.67%) REST
11 14 (9.33%) Spring
12 12 (8.00%) Twitter Bootstrap
13 10 (6.67%) Sass
14 8 (5.33%) ASP.NET Web API
15 7 (4.67%) Kafka
16 6 (4.00%) Hibernate
16 6 (4.00%) JSON
16 6 (4.00%) WebdriverIO
Miscellaneous
1 38 (25.33%) Fixed Income
2 8 (5.33%) Algorithms
3 7 (4.67%) Self-Motivation
4 6 (4.00%) Greenfield Project
5 5 (3.33%) Data Structures
6 4 (2.67%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 4 (2.67%) Reference Data
7 3 (2.00%) Enterprise Software
7 3 (2.00%) User Experience
8 2 (1.33%) Derivative
8 2 (1.33%) Digital Media
8 2 (1.33%) Embedded Systems
9 1 (0.67%) Analytical Skills
9 1 (0.67%) Cloud Native
9 1 (0.67%) Mobile App
9 1 (0.67%) Online Gambling
9 1 (0.67%) Video\Live Streaming
9 1 (0.67%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 18 (12.00%) Linux
2 10 (6.67%) Unix
3 1 (0.67%) Mac OS
3 1 (0.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 1 (0.67%) Ubuntu
3 1 (0.67%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 106 (70.67%) Agile Software Development
2 82 (54.67%) Software Engineering
3 56 (37.33%) DevOps
4 38 (25.33%) Asset Management
5 34 (22.67%) Decision-Making
6 29 (19.33%) Scrum
7 26 (17.33%) TDD
8 23 (15.33%) Microservices
9 17 (11.33%) Continuous Integration
10 15 (10.00%) OO
11 13 (8.67%) BDD
11 13 (8.67%) Computer Science
11 13 (8.67%) MVC
12 12 (8.00%) Analytics
12 12 (8.00%) Problem-Solving
13 10 (6.67%) Continuous Deployment
13 10 (6.67%) Test Automation
14 9 (6.00%) Requirements Analysis
14 9 (6.00%) Web Development
15 8 (5.33%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 69 (46.00%) Java
2 58 (38.67%) C#
3 54 (36.00%) Python
4 49 (32.67%) JavaScript
5 33 (22.00%) SQL
6 17 (11.33%) C++
7 13 (8.67%) TypeScript
8 12 (8.00%) C
9 7 (4.67%) Ruby
10 6 (4.00%) Scala
10 6 (4.00%) T-SQL
11 4 (2.67%) Java 8
12 3 (2.00%) Go
12 3 (2.00%) PHP
13 2 (1.33%) F#
13 2 (1.33%) PowerShell
14 1 (0.67%) Fortran
14 1 (0.67%) Jython
14 1 (0.67%) MATLAB
14 1 (0.67%) VB
Qualifications
1 14 (9.33%) Security Cleared
2 13 (8.67%) Degree
3 11 (7.33%) SC Cleared
4 10 (6.67%) Computer Science Degree
5 7 (4.67%) DV Cleared
6 3 (2.00%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (0.67%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (0.67%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.33%) QA
2 1 (0.67%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (0.67%) IFRS
System Software
1 59 (39.33%) Docker
2 3 (2.00%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.67%) LXC
Systems Management
1 36 (24.00%) Terraform
2 29 (19.33%) Kubernetes
3 4 (2.67%) Ansible
4 2 (1.33%) Docker Swarm
4 2 (1.33%) Single Sign-On
4 2 (1.33%) WSUS
5 1 (0.67%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 15 (10.00%) Microsoft
2 6 (4.00%) Oracle
3 4 (2.67%) Atlassian
4 3 (2.00%) Xamarin
5 1 (0.67%) ESRI
5 1 (0.67%) Facebook
5 1 (0.67%) Red Hat
5 1 (0.67%) SAP
5 1 (0.67%) Sitecore
5 1 (0.67%) Telerik
5 1 (0.67%) Twitter