Period
to 23 October 2018

The median contractor rate for a Senior Software Engineer was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 October 2018.

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
23 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 582 696 756
Rank change year-on-year +114 +60 +15
Contract jobs requiring a Senior Software Engineer 316 187 141
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.31% 0.19% 0.13%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.32% 0.20% 0.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 213 113 102
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £403
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +18.01% +0.63%
10th Percentile £363 £363 £314
90th Percentile £623 £595 £574
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £438 £380
% change year-on-year +2.86% +15.13% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 45 18 3
UK median hourly rate £50.00 £42.50 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.65% +13.33% -11.76%
10th Percentile £40.55 £37.35 £36.25
90th Percentile £51.00 £50.48 £42.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £51.00 £42.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year +20.00% +13.33% -14.29%

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 98,006 95,137 99,937
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.74% 94.95% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 64,458 62,516 65,127
UK median daily rate £450 £440 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +6.25%
10th Percentile £268 £263 £250
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £418 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +4.38% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,140 2,832 3,269
UK median hourly rate £17.99 £18.70 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.82% +3.89% -
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.49
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £47.05
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -2.78% +2.86% -

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 23 October 2018.

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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Senior Software Engineer over the 6 months to 23 October 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Senior Software Engineer in the UK

Senior Software Engineer
Top 15 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 23 October 2018. 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 +121 276 £525 +7.97% 286
UK excluding London +28 174 £450 +2.86% 238
London +77 136 £550 +12.82% 85
South East +26 83 £475 -2.71% 84
Wales -11 28 £418 +3.73% 17
South West -12 19 £410 +32.26% 33
North of England -11 18 £500 +2.56% 34
East of England +16 16 £450 +2.86% 38
North West -14 13 £500 +2.56% 20
Scotland -31 5 £475 -14.61% 15
Midlands -13 4 £498 -0.50% 12
West Midlands -23 4 £498 +0.68% 9
Yorkshire - 4 £475 - 6
Northern Ireland +35 1 - - 5
North East -3 1 £480 - 8

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

For the 6 months to 23 October 2018, 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.

1 314 (99.37%) Software Engineering
2 174 (55.06%) Agile Software Development
3 116 (36.71%) JavaScript
4 107 (33.86%) Java
5 94 (29.75%) C++
6 78 (24.68%) TDD
7 76 (24.05%) Amazon AWS
8 72 (22.78%) C#
9 67 (21.20%) .NET
9 67 (21.20%) Linux
10 64 (20.25%) Degree
10 64 (20.25%) Microservices
11 63 (19.94%) Problem-Solving
12 62 (19.62%) Scrum
12 62 (19.62%) Computer Science
13 58 (18.35%) OO
14 54 (17.09%) Continuous Integration
15 53 (16.77%) Git (software)
16 52 (16.46%) Node.js
17 51 (16.14%) Python
18 50 (15.82%) Docker
19 49 (15.51%) AngularJS
20 48 (15.19%) BDD
21 46 (14.56%) Test Automation
22 45 (14.24%) DevOps
23 44 (13.92%) HTML
24 42 (13.29%) C
24 42 (13.29%) CSS
25 41 (12.97%) SQL
26 40 (12.66%) Unit Testing

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 16 (5.06%) Apache
2 13 (4.11%) Apache Spark
3 8 (2.53%) Elasticsearch
4 7 (2.22%) WebSphere
5 5 (1.58%) Confluence
5 5 (1.58%) Gunicorn
5 5 (1.58%) JBoss
6 4 (1.27%) Apache Solr
6 4 (1.27%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 4 (1.27%) Tomcat
7 3 (0.95%) Apache Airflow
7 3 (0.95%) Luigi
8 2 (0.63%) Anypoint
8 2 (0.63%) Mule
9 1 (0.32%) Cloud Foundry
9 1 (0.32%) Drupal
9 1 (0.32%) Jetty
9 1 (0.32%) NServiceBus
9 1 (0.32%) SharePoint
9 1 (0.32%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 7 (2.22%) Simulink
2 1 (0.32%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.32%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.32%) Bloomberg AIM
1 1 (0.32%) Distributed Ledger
1 1 (0.32%) Eagle PACE
1 1 (0.32%) Oracle BPM
1 1 (0.32%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 76 (24.05%) Amazon AWS
2 38 (12.03%) Microsoft Azure
3 28 (8.86%) Serverless
4 20 (6.33%) AWS Lambda
5 19 (6.01%) Google Cloud Platform
6 16 (5.06%) Amazon SQS
7 9 (2.85%) PaaS
7 9 (2.85%) SaaS
8 5 (1.58%) GitHub
9 4 (1.27%) AWS CloudFormation
9 4 (1.27%) Heroku
10 3 (0.95%) Amazon Kinesis
11 2 (0.63%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 2 (0.63%) Cloud Computing
11 2 (0.63%) NuGet
12 1 (0.32%) Amazon S3
12 1 (0.32%) Apigee
12 1 (0.32%) CloudFront
12 1 (0.32%) npm
12 1 (0.32%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 7 (2.22%) RS-232
2 4 (1.27%) HTTP
2 4 (1.27%) Internet
2 4 (1.27%) TCP/IP
3 3 (0.95%) Intranet
4 2 (0.63%) AMQP
4 2 (0.63%) MQTT
4 2 (0.63%) Network Security
4 2 (0.63%) SNMP
4 2 (0.63%) VoIP
5 1 (0.32%) Bluetooth
5 1 (0.32%) DNS
5 1 (0.32%) Ethernet
5 1 (0.32%) FTP
5 1 (0.32%) IPsec
5 1 (0.32%) NFC
5 1 (0.32%) RFID
5 1 (0.32%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 36 (11.39%) SQL Server
2 31 (9.81%) NoSQL
3 25 (7.91%) MySQL
4 19 (6.01%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 18 (5.70%) Big Data
5 18 (5.70%) MongoDB
6 13 (4.11%) Relational Database
7 11 (3.48%) PostgreSQL
8 10 (3.16%) RDBMS
9 7 (2.22%) Apache Hive
10 6 (1.90%) Hadoop
11 5 (1.58%) Apache Zeppelin
11 5 (1.58%) Geospatial Data
11 5 (1.58%) GIS
12 4 (1.27%) SQL Server 2008
12 4 (1.27%) SQL Server 2014
13 3 (0.95%) Apache Cassandra
13 3 (0.95%) Neo4j
13 3 (0.95%) Oracle Database
14 2 (0.63%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 53 (16.77%) Git (software)
2 38 (12.03%) Jenkins
3 37 (11.71%) Visual Studio
4 27 (8.54%) Maven
5 16 (5.06%) Team Foundation Server
6 14 (4.43%) JIRA
6 14 (4.43%) Selenium
7 12 (3.80%) Mercurial
7 12 (3.80%) Subversion
8 11 (3.48%) Rational DOORS
8 11 (3.48%) TeamCity
9 8 (2.53%) Eclipse
9 8 (2.53%) MSTest
9 8 (2.53%) Ranorex
10 7 (2.22%) Gatling
11 6 (1.90%) IntelliJ
11 6 (1.90%) JMeter
11 6 (1.90%) JUnit
12 5 (1.58%) Gradle
12 5 (1.58%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 31 (9.81%) Finance
2 13 (4.11%) Banking
3 9 (2.85%) Electronics
3 9 (2.85%) Retail
4 8 (2.53%) Automotive
4 8 (2.53%) Games
5 5 (1.58%) Front Office
5 5 (1.58%) Marketing
6 4 (1.27%) Aerospace
7 3 (0.95%) Avionics
7 3 (0.95%) Investment Banking
7 3 (0.95%) Law
8 2 (0.63%) Back Office
8 2 (0.63%) Military
8 2 (0.63%) Multimedia
8 2 (0.63%) Pharmaceutical
8 2 (0.63%) Telecoms
9 1 (0.32%) Legal
9 1 (0.32%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 67 (21.20%) .NET
2 52 (16.46%) Node.js
3 49 (15.51%) AngularJS
4 44 (13.92%) HTML
5 42 (13.29%) CSS
6 36 (11.39%) React
7 34 (10.76%) Spring
8 31 (9.81%) REST
9 25 (7.91%) ASP.NET
9 25 (7.91%) Web Services
10 22 (6.96%) Redux
11 21 (6.65%) .NET Core
12 20 (6.33%) jQuery
13 19 (6.01%) HTML5
14 17 (5.38%) Spring Boot
14 17 (5.38%) Symfony
15 16 (5.06%) Twitter Bootstrap
16 15 (4.75%) ASP.NET MVC
16 15 (4.75%) WPF
17 14 (4.43%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 62 (19.62%) Computer Science
2 19 (6.01%) Analytical Skills
3 15 (4.75%) Algorithms
4 14 (4.43%) Greenfield Project
5 12 (3.80%) Embedded Systems
5 12 (3.80%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 12 (3.80%) Public Cloud
6 10 (3.16%) Self-Motivation
6 10 (3.16%) User Experience
7 9 (2.85%) Fintech
8 7 (2.22%) Mobile App
9 6 (1.90%) Enterprise Software
10 5 (1.58%) Derivative
10 5 (1.58%) Equities
10 5 (1.58%) Exotic Derivative
10 5 (1.58%) Fixed Income
11 3 (0.95%) Cloud Native
11 3 (0.95%) Data Structures
11 3 (0.95%) e-Learning
12 2 (0.63%) Device Driver
Operating Systems
1 67 (21.20%) Linux
2 26 (8.23%) Windows
3 22 (6.96%) Embedded Linux
4 13 (4.11%) Unix
5 8 (2.53%) Android
6 4 (1.27%) Apple iOS
7 2 (0.63%) Oracle Linux
8 1 (0.32%) CentOS
8 1 (0.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (0.32%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.32%) VxWorks
8 1 (0.32%) Windows Server
8 1 (0.32%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 314 (99.37%) Software Engineering
2 174 (55.06%) Agile Software Development
3 78 (24.68%) TDD
4 64 (20.25%) Microservices
5 63 (19.94%) Problem-Solving
6 62 (19.62%) Scrum
7 58 (18.35%) OO
8 54 (17.09%) Continuous Integration
9 48 (15.19%) BDD
10 46 (14.56%) Test Automation
11 45 (14.24%) DevOps
12 40 (12.66%) Unit Testing
13 34 (10.76%) MVC
14 32 (10.13%) Continuous Delivery
14 32 (10.13%) Multithreading
15 30 (9.49%) OOD
16 29 (9.18%) SDLC
17 28 (8.86%) E-Commerce
18 27 (8.54%) Mathematics
19 25 (7.91%) UML
Programming Languages
1 116 (36.71%) JavaScript
2 107 (33.86%) Java
3 94 (29.75%) C++
4 72 (22.78%) C#
5 51 (16.14%) Python
6 42 (13.29%) C
7 41 (12.97%) SQL
8 26 (8.23%) Java 8
9 21 (6.65%) TypeScript
10 20 (6.33%) Embedded C++
11 19 (6.01%) Go
11 19 (6.01%) PHP
12 18 (5.70%) Embedded C
13 14 (4.43%) Scala
14 12 (3.80%) PHP 7
15 11 (3.48%) PowerShell
16 10 (3.16%) ES6
16 10 (3.16%) MATLAB
17 8 (2.53%) Ada
18 7 (2.22%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 64 (20.25%) Degree
2 38 (12.03%) Security Cleared
3 28 (8.86%) SC Cleared
4 13 (4.11%) Computer Science Degree
5 4 (1.27%) DBS Check
6 2 (0.63%) HND
7 1 (0.32%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (0.32%) Numerate Degree
7 1 (0.32%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (2.85%) MISRA
2 8 (2.53%) MISRA C
3 7 (2.22%) QA
4 2 (0.63%) ARP4754
5 1 (0.32%) IEC 62304
5 1 (0.32%) ISO 13485
5 1 (0.32%) ISO 26262
5 1 (0.32%) MIL-STD-498
5 1 (0.32%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 50 (15.82%) Docker
2 5 (1.58%) HDFS
3 3 (0.95%) Apache ZooKeeper
3 3 (0.95%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (0.63%) Active Directory
4 2 (0.63%) Firmware
5 1 (0.32%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.32%) VirtualBox
5 1 (0.32%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 16 (5.06%) Kubernetes
2 14 (4.43%) Ansible
3 11 (3.48%) Terraform
4 9 (2.85%) Puppet
5 3 (0.95%) Mesos
5 3 (0.95%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (0.63%) Oozie
7 1 (0.32%) Docker Swarm
7 1 (0.32%) Grafana
7 1 (0.32%) Packer
7 1 (0.32%) PTC Integrity
7 1 (0.32%) rkt
Vendors
1 22 (6.96%) Google
2 18 (5.70%) Microsoft
3 16 (5.06%) Oracle
4 5 (1.58%) Atlassian
4 5 (1.58%) IBM
4 5 (1.58%) New Relic
4 5 (1.58%) Telerik
5 4 (1.27%) Dynatrace
5 4 (1.27%) Splunk
6 3 (0.95%) AppDynamics
6 3 (0.95%) Salesforce.com
7 2 (0.63%) Adobe
7 2 (0.63%) Cloudera
7 2 (0.63%) Cypress Semiconductor
7 2 (0.63%) MuleSoft
7 2 (0.63%) SAP
8 1 (0.32%) Altera
8 1 (0.32%) Black Duck
8 1 (0.32%) FXall
8 1 (0.32%) Veracode