Period
to 25 June 2019

The median contractor rate for a Senior Software Engineer was £475 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 25 June 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 Engineer
UK
6 months to
25 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 612 639 696
Rank change year-on-year +27 +57 +65
Contract jobs requiring a Senior Software Engineer 231 251 144
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.25% 0.25% 0.16%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.27% 0.26% 0.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 142 175 104
UK median daily rate £475 £500 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.00% +17.65% +6.25%
10th Percentile £341 £370 £325
90th Percentile £600 £625 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £413
% change year-on-year - +3.03% +11.49%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 31 10
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £45.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +12.50% -6.98%
10th Percentile £40.00 £8.00 £36.25
90th Percentile £53.75 £51.00 £42.63
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £45.13 £40.00
% change year-on-year -0.28% +12.81% -6.98%

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 86,115 95,289 87,046
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.56% 94.83% 94.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 56,574 62,377 56,303
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +0.59%
10th Percentile £273 £269 £263
90th Percentile £650 £638 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,817 3,066 2,871
UK median hourly rate £19.64 £18.00 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.11% -3.74% -6.50%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £51.50 £48.40 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.19 £17.50 £17.73
% change year-on-year +3.94% -1.27% -11.38%

Senior Software Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

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 6 months to 25 June 2019.

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Senior Software Engineer in the UK

Senior Software Engineer
Top 16 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 6 months to 25 June 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 +2 174 £500 - 291
UK excluding London +24 139 £425 - 250
London +19 89 £550 +4.76% 71
Scotland +46 30 £431 -20.87% 16
Midlands +44 30 £450 - 27
South East -1 30 £438 - 52
West Midlands +36 28 £450 - 20
Wales +5 22 £370 -8.07% 11
South West -33 13 £438 -2.23% 38
North of England +8 11 £550 +10.00% 35
North West +10 8 £513 +2.50% 20
Yorkshire +10 2 £550 +7.32% 7
Northern Ireland +9 2 £500 - 4
East Midlands +27 1 £500 - 7
North East +21 1 - - 8
East of England -6 1 - - 69

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

For the 6 months to 25 June 2019, Senior Software Engineer 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 Engineer in the job title.

1 231 (100.00%) Software Engineering
2 92 (39.83%) Java
3 84 (36.36%) C++
4 69 (29.87%) Agile Software Development
5 66 (28.57%) SQL
6 63 (27.27%) JavaScript
7 54 (23.38%) C#
8 53 (22.94%) Degree
8 53 (22.94%) RESTful
9 50 (21.65%) Visual Studio
10 49 (21.21%) .NET
11 45 (19.48%) Git (software)
12 42 (18.18%) Docker
12 42 (18.18%) UML
13 38 (16.45%) HTML
14 37 (16.02%) Amazon AWS
15 35 (15.15%) Microservices
16 33 (14.29%) Linux
16 33 (14.29%) TDD
17 32 (13.85%) CSS
17 32 (13.85%) Python
17 32 (13.85%) SDLC
17 32 (13.85%) Problem-Solving
18 31 (13.42%) Kubernetes
18 31 (13.42%) Node.js
18 31 (13.42%) Computer Science
19 30 (12.99%) Jenkins
20 29 (12.55%) OO
21 28 (12.12%) SOAP
21 28 (12.12%) Microsoft

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 8 (3.46%) Elasticsearch
2 7 (3.03%) Apache Spark
2 7 (3.03%) GeoServer
3 4 (1.73%) Confluence
3 4 (1.73%) JBoss
4 3 (1.30%) CMS
5 1 (0.43%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 1 (0.43%) Apache
5 1 (0.43%) Apache Airflow
5 1 (0.43%) Luigi
5 1 (0.43%) nginx
5 1 (0.43%) OpenStack
5 1 (0.43%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.43%) SharePoint 2010
5 1 (0.43%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (0.43%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.43%) WebSphere
Applications
1 2 (0.87%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.43%) InfoPath
2 1 (0.43%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.43%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (0.43%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 37 (16.02%) Amazon AWS
2 26 (11.26%) Microsoft Azure
3 15 (6.49%) GitHub
4 13 (5.63%) Serverless
5 9 (3.90%) Amazon SQS
5 9 (3.90%) AWS Lambda
6 7 (3.03%) Google Cloud Platform
7 5 (2.16%) Kong
8 4 (1.73%) Amazon EC2
8 4 (1.73%) Amazon Kinesis
8 4 (1.73%) Azure Functions
8 4 (1.73%) Fastly
8 4 (1.73%) Heroku
9 3 (1.30%) Amazon S3
10 2 (0.87%) Apigee
10 2 (0.87%) AWS CloudFormation
10 2 (0.87%) Azure Data Factory
10 2 (0.87%) Datadog
10 2 (0.87%) PaaS
10 2 (0.87%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 13 (5.63%) TCP/IP
2 10 (4.33%) Firewall
3 3 (1.30%) SNMP
3 3 (1.30%) VoIP
4 2 (0.87%) DVB
4 2 (0.87%) Ethernet
5 1 (0.43%) Bluetooth
5 1 (0.43%) HTTP
5 1 (0.43%) Internet
5 1 (0.43%) NGN
5 1 (0.43%) OpenFlow
5 1 (0.43%) Software-Defined Networking
5 1 (0.43%) SSL
5 1 (0.43%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (0.43%) Wireless
5 1 (0.43%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (12.12%) Big Data
2 22 (9.52%) SQL Server
3 20 (8.66%) PostgreSQL
4 19 (8.23%) GIS
5 15 (6.49%) Redis
6 12 (5.19%) MongoDB
7 11 (4.76%) NoSQL
8 10 (4.33%) Amazon RDS
9 9 (3.90%) MySQL
9 9 (3.90%) SQL Server 2014
10 8 (3.46%) Hadoop
11 7 (3.03%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 7 (3.03%) SQL Server 2008
12 5 (2.16%) Neo4j
13 4 (1.73%) Apache Cassandra
13 4 (1.73%) Oracle Database
14 3 (1.30%) Cosmos DB
15 2 (0.87%) BigQuery
15 2 (0.87%) NewSQL
15 2 (0.87%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 50 (21.65%) Visual Studio
2 45 (19.48%) Git (software)
3 30 (12.99%) Jenkins
4 18 (7.79%) NetBeans
5 16 (6.93%) Maven
6 15 (6.49%) GitLab
7 14 (6.06%) JIRA
8 7 (3.03%) Artifactory
8 7 (3.03%) Eclipse
9 6 (2.60%) Sonatype Nexus
10 5 (2.16%) gulp
10 5 (2.16%) Mockito
10 5 (2.16%) Moq
10 5 (2.16%) NUnit
10 5 (2.16%) Rational Rhapsody
10 5 (2.16%) SonarQube
11 4 (1.73%) Cucumber
11 4 (1.73%) Rhino Mocks
11 4 (1.73%) Subversion
11 4 (1.73%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 17 (7.36%) Finance
2 9 (3.90%) Electronics
3 7 (3.03%) Banking
3 7 (3.03%) Retail
4 4 (1.73%) Automotive
4 4 (1.73%) Front Office
4 4 (1.73%) Manufacturing
4 4 (1.73%) Telecoms
5 3 (1.30%) Investment Banking
5 3 (1.30%) Military
6 2 (0.87%) Aerospace
6 2 (0.87%) Financial Institution
6 2 (0.87%) Legal
6 2 (0.87%) Marketing
7 1 (0.43%) Avionics
7 1 (0.43%) Back Office
7 1 (0.43%) Law
7 1 (0.43%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 53 (22.94%) RESTful
2 49 (21.21%) .NET
3 38 (16.45%) HTML
4 32 (13.85%) CSS
5 31 (13.42%) Node.js
6 28 (12.12%) SOAP
7 26 (11.26%) WPF
8 23 (9.96%) AngularJS
8 23 (9.96%) GraphQL
8 23 (9.96%) Spring
9 22 (9.52%) HTML5
9 22 (9.52%) Redux
10 18 (7.79%) Swing
11 17 (7.36%) REST
12 15 (6.49%) Kafka
12 15 (6.49%) Spring Boot
13 13 (5.63%) .NET Core
13 13 (5.63%) RabbitMQ
13 13 (5.63%) React
14 12 (5.19%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 20 (8.66%) Analytical Skills
1 20 (8.66%) User Experience
2 19 (8.23%) Robotics
3 16 (6.93%) Embedded Systems
4 11 (4.76%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 8 (3.46%) Greenfield Project
6 5 (2.16%) Self-Motivation
7 4 (1.73%) Derivative
7 4 (1.73%) Equities
7 4 (1.73%) Public Cloud
7 4 (1.73%) VHDL
8 3 (1.30%) Algorithms
8 3 (1.30%) Data Protection Act
8 3 (1.30%) Data Structures
8 3 (1.30%) Device Driver
9 2 (0.87%) Digital TV
9 2 (0.87%) Interactive TV
9 2 (0.87%) IPTV
10 1 (0.43%) Digital Media
10 1 (0.43%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 33 (14.29%) Linux
2 23 (9.96%) Windows
3 10 (4.33%) Ubuntu
4 8 (3.46%) Unix
5 7 (3.03%) CentOS
5 7 (3.03%) Fedora
6 4 (1.73%) Android
6 4 (1.73%) Apple iOS
6 4 (1.73%) Embedded Linux
7 3 (1.30%) FreeRTOS
8 2 (0.87%) ThreadX
9 1 (0.43%) OpenVMS
9 1 (0.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.43%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 231 (100.00%) Software Engineering
2 69 (29.87%) Agile Software Development
3 42 (18.18%) UML
4 35 (15.15%) Microservices
5 33 (14.29%) TDD
6 32 (13.85%) Problem-Solving
6 32 (13.85%) SDLC
7 31 (13.42%) Computer Science
8 29 (12.55%) OO
9 27 (11.69%) Architectural Design
10 26 (11.26%) Scrum
11 25 (10.82%) DevOps
12 24 (10.39%) Change Control
13 23 (9.96%) Systems Engineering
14 22 (9.52%) Multithreading
14 22 (9.52%) OOD
15 21 (9.09%) Mentoring
15 21 (9.09%) Software Testing
16 20 (8.66%) Mathematics
16 20 (8.66%) Software Architecture
Programming Languages
1 92 (39.83%) Java
2 84 (36.36%) C++
3 66 (28.57%) SQL
4 63 (27.27%) JavaScript
5 54 (23.38%) C#
6 32 (13.85%) Python
7 22 (9.52%) C
8 13 (5.63%) Go
8 13 (5.63%) Scala
9 9 (3.90%) Kotlin
9 9 (3.90%) TypeScript
10 8 (3.46%) Clojure
10 8 (3.46%) Embedded C
10 8 (3.46%) Embedded C++
10 8 (3.46%) Java 8
11 7 (3.03%) Elixir
11 7 (3.03%) Ruby
12 4 (1.73%) Apple Swift
12 4 (1.73%) Bash Shell
12 4 (1.73%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 53 (22.94%) Degree
2 18 (7.79%) Numerate Degree
3 10 (4.33%) Computer Science Degree
3 10 (4.33%) Security Cleared
4 9 (3.90%) SC Cleared
5 7 (3.03%) Master's Degree
6 2 (0.87%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (0.87%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.43%) AWS Certification
7 1 (0.43%) HND
7 1 (0.43%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (0.43%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (0.87%) QA
2 1 (0.43%) DO-178B
2 1 (0.43%) DO-254
2 1 (0.43%) IFRS
System Software
1 42 (18.18%) Docker
2 10 (4.33%) LXC
3 1 (0.43%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.43%) KVM
3 1 (0.43%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 31 (13.42%) Kubernetes
2 7 (3.03%) Ansible
3 4 (1.73%) Grafana
3 4 (1.73%) Graphite
3 4 (1.73%) Mesos
4 3 (1.30%) Marathon
5 2 (0.87%) Kibana
5 2 (0.87%) Terraform
6 1 (0.43%) CA Service Virtualization
6 1 (0.43%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.43%) Puppet
6 1 (0.43%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 28 (12.12%) Microsoft
2 17 (7.36%) Oracle
3 13 (5.63%) Google
4 8 (3.46%) Red Hat
5 7 (3.03%) Atlassian
5 7 (3.03%) IBM
5 7 (3.03%) Telerik
6 4 (1.73%) Bloomberg
6 4 (1.73%) Splunk
7 1 (0.43%) Adobe
7 1 (0.43%) CA
7 1 (0.43%) Nintex
7 1 (0.43%) Pega
7 1 (0.43%) Progress
7 1 (0.43%) Renesas
7 1 (0.43%) Tableau
7 1 (0.43%) TIBCO
7 1 (0.43%) Twitter
7 1 (0.43%) VMware
7 1 (0.43%) WSO2