The median contractor rate for a Senior Software Engineer was £416 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 28 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.

Senior Software Engineer
UK
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 545 580 589
Rank change year-on-year +35 +9  
Contract jobs requiring a Senior Software Engineer 63 59 53
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.14% 0.11% 0.098%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.15% 0.12% 0.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 48 42 20
Median daily rate £416 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.06% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £328 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £640 £453
UK excluding London median daily rate £403 £370 £380
% change year-on-year +8.78% -2.63%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 7 10
Median hourly rate £40.00 £43.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.97% +32.30%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £43.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year -6.97% +32.30%  

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 42733 51025 51236
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.78% 95.23% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 27760 33065 30937
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 £560
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1481 1587 2052
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +7.14%  
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 £19.63 £17.00
% change year-on-year -10.82% +15.44%  

Senior Software Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Senior Software Engineer in the UK

Senior Software Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Senior Software Engineer in the UK

Senior Software Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Senior Software Engineer over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Senior Software Engineer in the UK

Senior Software Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Senior Software Engineer in the UK

Senior Software Engineer
Top 30 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 Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 28 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 +30 48 £450 +9.81% 91
London +31 28 £460 -3.10% 22
Wales +17 11 £408 +10.13% 1
South Wales +21 10 £408 +10.13%
South East +9 10 £325 -14.19% 22
Cardiff +27 6 £418 +19.28%
South West -4 4 £310 -4.61% 13
Scotland - 4 £320 - 10
Surrey +14 3 £350 -16.41% 2
Buckinghamshire -7 3 £300 +20.00% 2
Leeds - 3 £480 - 4
West Yorkshire - 3 £480 - 5
Yorkshire - 3 £480 - 8
Fife - 2 £320 -
Dunfermline - 2 £320 -
Middlesex - 2 £560 -
North West +25 1 - - 12
High Wycombe +3 1 - -
Somerset +2 1 - - 1
West Wales -13 1 - -
Wiltshire - 1 - - 4
Dorset - 1 - - 3
Berkshire - 1 £175 - 7
Hampshire - 1 - - 8
Reading - 1 £175 - 4
Preston - 1 - - 1
Nottingham - 1 £325 -
Nottinghamshire - 1 £325 -
Lancashire - 1 - - 2
Swindon - 1 - -

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

For the 6 months to 28 March 2017, Senior Software Engineer 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 Engineer in the job title.

1 151 (95.57%) Software Engineering
2 66 (41.77%) Java
3 53 (33.54%) Agile Software Development
4 47 (29.75%) C++
5 43 (27.22%) SQL
6 38 (24.05%) C
7 37 (23.42%) C#
7 37 (23.42%) Linux
8 30 (18.99%) JavaScript
9 29 (18.35%) OO
9 29 (18.35%) Python
10 27 (17.09%) TDD
11 26 (16.46%) .NET
11 26 (16.46%) TCP/IP
11 26 (16.46%) Open Source
12 24 (15.19%) UML
13 23 (14.56%) Multithreading
13 23 (14.56%) SDLC
14 22 (13.92%) Spring
14 22 (13.92%) Unix
15 21 (13.29%) Amazon AWS
16 20 (12.66%) Change Control
16 20 (12.66%) Scrum
16 20 (12.66%) Security Cleared
17 19 (12.03%) Windows
18 18 (11.39%) Perl
18 18 (11.39%) HTTP
18 18 (11.39%) BDD
19 17 (10.76%) Mentoring
19 17 (10.76%) Git (software)

Senior Software Engineer 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 12 (7.59%) nginx
2 11 (6.96%) Apache
3 6 (3.80%) Apache Spark
3 6 (3.80%) Confluence
4 5 (3.16%) CMS
5 4 (2.53%) Apache Pig
5 4 (2.53%) Apache Solr
5 4 (2.53%) SharePoint
5 4 (2.53%) Tomcat
6 3 (1.90%) Elasticsearch
6 3 (1.90%) NServiceBus
6 3 (1.90%) WebLogic
7 2 (1.27%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 1 (0.63%) JBoss
8 1 (0.63%) WebSphere
Applications
1 10 (6.33%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.63%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (0.63%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 1 (0.63%) BusinessWorks
1 1 (0.63%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 21 (13.29%) Amazon AWS
2 10 (6.33%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (5.06%) Amazon EC2
4 5 (3.16%) AWS Lambda
5 4 (2.53%) Slack
6 3 (1.90%) Amazon EMR
6 3 (1.90%) AWS CloudFormation
7 2 (1.27%) Amazon SQS
7 2 (1.27%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
7 2 (1.27%) GitHub
7 2 (1.27%) PaaS
8 1 (0.63%) Google Analytics
8 1 (0.63%) Oracle CX
Communications & Networking
1 26 (16.46%) TCP/IP
2 18 (11.39%) HTTP
3 12 (7.59%) SSL
4 11 (6.96%) Internet
5 6 (3.80%) BGP
5 6 (3.80%) DNS
6 4 (2.53%) SNMP
6 4 (2.53%) VoIP
7 3 (1.90%) IPv4
7 3 (1.90%) IPv6
7 3 (1.90%) Wi-Fi
8 2 (1.27%) Bluetooth
9 1 (0.63%) IGMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (8.23%) MongoDB
2 12 (7.59%) NoSQL
2 12 (7.59%) Relational Database
3 11 (6.96%) MySQL
4 7 (4.43%) Apache Cassandra
4 7 (4.43%) Data Warehouse
4 7 (4.43%) SQL Server
5 6 (3.80%) Big Data
5 6 (3.80%) Oracle Database
5 6 (3.80%) PostgreSQL
6 5 (3.16%) Hadoop
7 4 (2.53%) Apache Hive
7 4 (2.53%) Impala
7 4 (2.53%) MarkLogic
7 4 (2.53%) Riak
8 3 (1.90%) Data Mining
8 3 (1.90%) Redis
9 2 (1.27%) Azure SQL Database
10 1 (0.63%) CouchDB
10 1 (0.63%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 17 (10.76%) Git (software)
2 12 (7.59%) Cucumber
3 11 (6.96%) Jenkins
4 10 (6.33%) JUnit
4 10 (6.33%) Visual Studio
5 9 (5.70%) JIRA
6 8 (5.06%) Eclipse
6 8 (5.06%) Subversion
7 6 (3.80%) Oracle Forms
8 5 (3.16%) Jasmine
8 5 (3.16%) SpecFlow
9 4 (2.53%) GCC
9 4 (2.53%) Maven
9 4 (2.53%) TeamCity
10 3 (1.90%) Ant
10 3 (1.90%) Rational Rhapsody
10 3 (1.90%) Selenium
10 3 (1.90%) Team Foundation Server
11 2 (1.27%) Mercurial
11 2 (1.27%) Vagrant
General
1 8 (5.06%) Retail
2 4 (2.53%) Aerospace
2 4 (2.53%) Finance
3 3 (1.90%) Electronics
4 2 (1.27%) Avionics
4 2 (1.27%) Banking
4 2 (1.27%) Military
4 2 (1.27%) Publishing
5 1 (0.63%) Automotive
5 1 (0.63%) Games
5 1 (0.63%) German Language
5 1 (0.63%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (16.46%) .NET
2 22 (13.92%) Spring
3 14 (8.86%) HTML
4 13 (8.23%) REST
5 12 (7.59%) Node.js
5 12 (7.59%) XML
6 11 (6.96%) CSS
6 11 (6.96%) Hibernate
6 11 (6.96%) Web Services
7 10 (6.33%) JMS
8 8 (5.06%) AngularJS
9 7 (4.43%) .NET Framework
9 7 (4.43%) ASP.NET
9 7 (4.43%) Entity Framework
9 7 (4.43%) jQuery
9 7 (4.43%) RESTful
9 7 (4.43%) WCF
10 6 (3.80%) Java EE
10 6 (3.80%) POSIX
10 6 (3.80%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 15 (9.49%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (4.43%) Computer Science
2 7 (4.43%) Embedded Systems
3 6 (3.80%) PKI
4 4 (2.53%) Algorithms
4 4 (2.53%) Device Driver
4 4 (2.53%) User Experience
5 3 (1.90%) Client/Server
5 3 (1.90%) Replication
6 2 (1.27%) Enterprise Software
6 2 (1.27%) Management Information System
6 2 (1.27%) Wiki
7 1 (0.63%) 3D Graphics
7 1 (0.63%) BBC
7 1 (0.63%) BeagleBone
7 1 (0.63%) CMDB
7 1 (0.63%) Cyber Attack
7 1 (0.63%) Data Structures
7 1 (0.63%) Fintech
7 1 (0.63%) MPEG
Operating Systems
1 37 (23.42%) Linux
2 22 (13.92%) Unix
3 19 (12.03%) Windows
4 6 (3.80%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 3 (1.90%) Apple iOS
5 3 (1.90%) CentOS
6 1 (0.63%) Android
6 1 (0.63%) Embedded Linux
6 1 (0.63%) Ubuntu
6 1 (0.63%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 151 (95.57%) Software Engineering
2 53 (33.54%) Agile Software Development
3 29 (18.35%) OO
4 27 (17.09%) TDD
5 26 (16.46%) Open Source
6 24 (15.19%) UML
7 23 (14.56%) Multithreading
7 23 (14.56%) SDLC
8 20 (12.66%) Change Control
8 20 (12.66%) Scrum
9 18 (11.39%) BDD
10 17 (10.76%) Mentoring
11 14 (8.86%) Configuration Management
11 14 (8.86%) Multithreaded Programming
11 14 (8.86%) OOD
12 13 (8.23%) MVC
13 12 (7.59%) DevOps
14 11 (6.96%) Microservices
15 10 (6.33%) Kanban
16 9 (5.70%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 66 (41.77%) Java
2 47 (29.75%) C++
3 43 (27.22%) SQL
4 38 (24.05%) C
5 37 (23.42%) C#
6 30 (18.99%) JavaScript
7 29 (18.35%) Python
8 18 (11.39%) Perl
9 13 (8.23%) Shell Script
10 12 (7.59%) Scala
11 9 (5.70%) PHP
12 7 (4.43%) Ada
12 7 (4.43%) Ruby
13 6 (3.80%) VB
13 6 (3.80%) VB.NET
14 5 (3.16%) Tcl
15 4 (2.53%) Bash Shell
15 4 (2.53%) Embedded C
15 4 (2.53%) Objective-C
15 4 (2.53%) R
Qualifications
1 20 (12.66%) Security Cleared
2 16 (10.13%) SC Cleared
3 9 (5.70%) Degree
4 2 (1.27%) HND
5 1 (0.63%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (0.63%) DV Cleared
5 1 (0.63%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (4.43%) QA
2 1 (0.63%) MiFID
2 1 (0.63%) MISRA
2 1 (0.63%) MISRA C
System Software
1 11 (6.96%) Docker
2 1 (0.63%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 11 (6.96%) Graphite
2 4 (2.53%) Hadoop YARN
2 4 (2.53%) Opscode Chef
2 4 (2.53%) Terraform
3 3 (1.90%) Kibana
4 2 (1.27%) Puppet
5 1 (0.63%) Ansible
5 1 (0.63%) Grafana
Vendors
1 15 (9.49%) Microsoft
1 15 (9.49%) Oracle
2 3 (1.90%) Adobe
2 3 (1.90%) Red Hat
3 2 (1.27%) ATG
4 1 (0.63%) Apple
4 1 (0.63%) BEA
4 1 (0.63%) BMC
4 1 (0.63%) Demandware
4 1 (0.63%) Google
4 1 (0.63%) Green Hills
4 1 (0.63%) hybris
4 1 (0.63%) Informatica
4 1 (0.63%) MicroStrategy
4 1 (0.63%) QNX
4 1 (0.63%) Remedy
4 1 (0.63%) Sencha
4 1 (0.63%) ServiceNow
4 1 (0.63%) TIBCO
4 1 (0.63%) webMethods
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