Period
to 10 August 2020

The median contractor rate for a Senior Software Developer was £525 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 10 August 2020.

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
10 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 531 704 761
Rank change year-on-year +173 +57 -9
Contract jobs requiring a Senior Software Developer 19 147 136
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.054% 0.16% 0.13%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.058% 0.17% 0.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 91 121
Median daily rate £525 £488 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% -2.50% +17.65%
10th Percentile £396 £350 £375
90th Percentile £630 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £475 £425
% change year-on-year -10.53% +11.76% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 2
Median hourly rate - £45.00 £8.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +462.50% -82.22%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £45.00 £8.00
% change year-on-year - +462.50% -82.22%

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 32,586 86,541 98,091
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.07% 94.34% 94.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 20,257 56,811 64,213
Median daily rate £475 £465 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.15% +3.33% +3.45%
10th Percentile £256 £263 £269
90th Percentile £663 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £432 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +1.71% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,348 2,963 3,133
Median hourly rate £26.50 £19.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +35.90% +8.33% -3.74%
10th Percentile £11.89 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £52.12 £52.50 £47.83
Median hourly rate £21.50 £18.16 £17.50
% change year-on-year +18.39% +3.77% -1.52%

Senior Software Developer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Senior Software Developer in the UK

Senior Software Developer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Senior Software Developer.

Daily rate trend for Senior Software Developer in the UK

Senior Software Developer
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Senior Software Developer over the 6 months to 10 August 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Senior Software Developer in the UK

Senior Software Developer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Senior Software Developer.

Hourly rate trend for Senior Software Developer in the UK

Senior Software Developer
Top 11 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 10 August 2020. 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 +179 15 £550 +12.82% 68
London +158 10 £550 +4.76% 14
UK excluding London +164 7 £425 -10.53% 65
Work from Home -16 4 £538 +26.47% 10
South West +87 2 - - 9
Scotland +79 2 £450 -18.18% 5
South East +138 1 £400 -15.79% 16
North of England +100 1 £300 -29.41% 16
Midlands +95 1 £375 - 6
North East +38 1 £300 -33.33% 5
East Midlands - 1 £375 - 2

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

For the 6 months to 10 August 2020, 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 8 (42.11%) C#
2 7 (36.84%) Java
2 7 (36.84%) Security Cleared
2 7 (36.84%) Azure
3 6 (31.58%) Git (software)
3 6 (31.58%) Test Automation
3 6 (31.58%) Microservices
3 6 (31.58%) JavaScript
3 6 (31.58%) .NET
4 5 (26.32%) SQL Server
4 5 (26.32%) Agile Software Development
5 4 (21.05%) Unit Testing
5 4 (21.05%) OO
5 4 (21.05%) Python
5 4 (21.05%) Finance
5 4 (21.05%) AWS
5 4 (21.05%) Kotlin
6 3 (15.79%) Vue.js
6 3 (15.79%) Fintech
6 3 (15.79%) Continuous Delivery
6 3 (15.79%) SDLC
6 3 (15.79%) .NET Core
6 3 (15.79%) RESTful
6 3 (15.79%) DevOps
6 3 (15.79%) Mentoring
6 3 (15.79%) AngularJS
6 3 (15.79%) Jenkins
6 3 (15.79%) Go
6 3 (15.79%) OOD
6 3 (15.79%) Microsoft

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 1 (5.26%) CMS
Cloud Services
1 7 (36.84%) Azure
2 4 (21.05%) AWS
3 2 (10.53%) GitHub
4 1 (5.26%) Slack
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (26.32%) SQL Server
2 1 (5.26%) GIS
2 1 (5.26%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (5.26%) Redis
Development Applications
1 6 (31.58%) Git (software)
2 3 (15.79%) Jenkins
3 2 (10.53%) Bitbucket
3 2 (10.53%) Gradle
3 2 (10.53%) Maven
3 2 (10.53%) Octopus Deploy
3 2 (10.53%) TeamCity
3 2 (10.53%) Visual Studio
4 1 (5.26%) gulp
4 1 (5.26%) SonarQube
General
1 4 (21.05%) Finance
2 1 (5.26%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (31.58%) .NET
2 3 (15.79%) .NET Core
2 3 (15.79%) AngularJS
2 3 (15.79%) ASP.NET
2 3 (15.79%) CSS
2 3 (15.79%) HTML
2 3 (15.79%) RESTful
2 3 (15.79%) Vue.js
2 3 (15.79%) Web Services
3 2 (10.53%) React
3 2 (10.53%) Spring
3 2 (10.53%) Spring Boot
3 2 (10.53%) Spring Integration
3 2 (10.53%) Spring MVC
3 2 (10.53%) Spring Security
4 1 (5.26%) Drools
4 1 (5.26%) jQuery
4 1 (5.26%) Kafka
4 1 (5.26%) Node.js
4 1 (5.26%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 1 (5.26%) Algorithms
1 1 (5.26%) Cloud Native
1 1 (5.26%) Data Structures
1 1 (5.26%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 2 (10.53%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (31.58%) Microservices
1 6 (31.58%) Test Automation
2 5 (26.32%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (21.05%) OO
3 4 (21.05%) Unit Testing
4 3 (15.79%) Continuous Delivery
4 3 (15.79%) DevOps
4 3 (15.79%) Fintech
4 3 (15.79%) Mentoring
4 3 (15.79%) OOD
4 3 (15.79%) Scrum
4 3 (15.79%) SDLC
4 3 (15.79%) Software Engineering
5 2 (10.53%) Deployment Automation
5 2 (10.53%) MVC
5 2 (10.53%) Problem-Solving
5 2 (10.53%) User Stories
5 2 (10.53%) Workflow
6 1 (5.26%) API Development
6 1 (5.26%) API Integration
Programming Languages
1 8 (42.11%) C#
2 7 (36.84%) Java
3 6 (31.58%) JavaScript
4 4 (21.05%) Kotlin
4 4 (21.05%) Python
5 3 (15.79%) Go
5 3 (15.79%) SQL
6 1 (5.26%) C++
6 1 (5.26%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 7 (36.84%) Security Cleared
2 3 (15.79%) SC Cleared
3 2 (10.53%) DV Cleared
4 1 (5.26%) Computer Science Degree
4 1 (5.26%) Degree
4 1 (5.26%) Master's Degree
System Software
1 2 (10.53%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (5.26%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 3 (15.79%) Microsoft