Period
to 14 December 2018

The median contractor rate for a Senior Software Engineer was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 14 December 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
14 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 635 716 726
Rank change year-on-year +81 +10 +68
Contract jobs requiring a Senior Software Engineer 273 172 163
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.26% 0.17% 0.16%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.27% 0.18% 0.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 173 104 109
UK median daily rate £500 £485 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.09% +16.87% +3.75%
10th Percentile £360 £363 £319
90th Percentile £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £475 £390
% change year-on-year -5.26% +21.79% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 15 10
UK median hourly rate £51.00 £42.50 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.00% +13.33% -9.64%
10th Percentile £41.20 £34.60 £36.05
90th Percentile £51.30 £50.70 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £51.00 £42.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year +20.00% +13.33% -9.64%

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 99,385 98,013 97,683
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.73% 94.93% 94.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 65,815 64,975 63,714
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +4.29%
10th Percentile £270 £258 £250
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £395
% change year-on-year +6.25% +1.27% +5.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,045 2,860 3,314
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.70 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.07% +3.89% -
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.80 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.85 £47.50
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 14 December 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 14 December 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Senior Software Engineer in the UK

Senior Software Engineer
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 Engineer within the UK over the 6 months to 14 December 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 +100 236 £525 +5.00% 266
UK excluding London +15 162 £450 -5.26% 218
London +67 106 £563 +12.50% 79
South East +34 78 £488 -2.50% 69
Wales -16 24 £406 -0.61% 11
South West -28 17 £330 +6.45% 32
East of England +1 15 £450 +2.86% 39
North of England -15 14 £425 -19.05% 25
North West -17 10 £425 -19.05% 17
Scotland -23 8 £458 -17.75% 14
Midlands -15 6 £498 +10.56% 22
West Midlands -20 6 £498 +24.38% 16
Yorkshire -12 3 £388 -8.82% 3
North East -1 1 £480 - 5

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

For the 6 months to 14 December 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.

1 273 (100.00%) Software Engineering
2 151 (55.31%) Agile Software Development
3 104 (38.10%) JavaScript
4 86 (31.50%) C++
5 78 (28.57%) Java
6 64 (23.44%) C#
7 60 (21.98%) Degree
7 60 (21.98%) Computer Science
8 58 (21.25%) Amazon AWS
9 57 (20.88%) .NET
10 56 (20.51%) Microservices
11 54 (19.78%) TDD
12 53 (19.41%) Problem-Solving
13 52 (19.05%) Linux
14 47 (17.22%) HTML
15 45 (16.48%) Git (software)
16 44 (16.12%) Continuous Integration
16 44 (16.12%) OO
17 43 (15.75%) Scrum
18 42 (15.38%) CSS
19 39 (14.29%) Python
19 39 (14.29%) Node.js
20 38 (13.92%) Unit Testing
20 38 (13.92%) DevOps
20 38 (13.92%) SQL
21 36 (13.19%) Docker
21 36 (13.19%) Test Automation
21 36 (13.19%) BDD
22 35 (12.82%) SQL Server
22 35 (12.82%) SDLC

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 (2.93%) Elasticsearch
2 6 (2.20%) Apache Spark
2 6 (2.20%) WebSphere
3 5 (1.83%) Gunicorn
3 5 (1.83%) JBoss
4 4 (1.47%) Confluence
5 3 (1.10%) Apache
5 3 (1.10%) Apache Airflow
5 3 (1.10%) Luigi
6 2 (0.73%) SharePoint
6 2 (0.73%) Tomcat
6 2 (0.73%) WebLogic
7 1 (0.37%) Apache Solr
7 1 (0.37%) Drupal
7 1 (0.37%) IIS
7 1 (0.37%) Jetty
7 1 (0.37%) Mule
7 1 (0.37%) NServiceBus
7 1 (0.37%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 1 (0.37%) SAS
Applications
1 6 (2.20%) Simulink
2 1 (0.37%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.37%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.37%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.37%) Bloomberg AIM
1 1 (0.37%) Distributed Ledger
1 1 (0.37%) Eagle PACE
1 1 (0.37%) Oracle BPM
1 1 (0.37%) Payment Gateway
1 1 (0.37%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 58 (21.25%) Amazon AWS
2 28 (10.26%) Microsoft Azure
3 23 (8.42%) Serverless
4 18 (6.59%) AWS Lambda
5 17 (6.23%) Amazon SQS
5 17 (6.23%) Google Cloud Platform
6 5 (1.83%) SaaS
7 4 (1.47%) GitHub
7 4 (1.47%) PaaS
8 2 (0.73%) AWS CloudFormation
9 1 (0.37%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 1 (0.37%) Amazon Kinesis
9 1 (0.37%) Cloud Computing
9 1 (0.37%) Heroku
9 1 (0.37%) npm
9 1 (0.37%) NuGet
9 1 (0.37%) OpenShift
9 1 (0.37%) Yarn
Communications & Networking
1 6 (2.20%) RS-232
2 4 (1.47%) HTTP
2 4 (1.47%) Internet
3 3 (1.10%) Intranet
3 3 (1.10%) TCP/IP
4 2 (0.73%) AMQP
4 2 (0.73%) MQTT
4 2 (0.73%) SNMP
4 2 (0.73%) VoIP
5 1 (0.37%) Bluetooth
5 1 (0.37%) DNS
5 1 (0.37%) DVB
5 1 (0.37%) Ethernet
5 1 (0.37%) FTP
5 1 (0.37%) IPsec
5 1 (0.37%) Network Security
5 1 (0.37%) NFC
5 1 (0.37%) RFID
5 1 (0.37%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 35 (12.82%) SQL Server
2 25 (9.16%) NoSQL
3 22 (8.06%) MySQL
4 17 (6.23%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 15 (5.49%) Relational Database
6 14 (5.13%) MongoDB
7 13 (4.76%) RDBMS
8 11 (4.03%) Big Data
9 9 (3.30%) PostgreSQL
9 9 (3.30%) SQL Server 2008
10 7 (2.56%) SQL Server 2014
11 5 (1.83%) Geospatial Data
11 5 (1.83%) GIS
12 3 (1.10%) Redis
13 2 (0.73%) Apache Cassandra
13 2 (0.73%) JasperReports
13 2 (0.73%) Oracle Database
13 2 (0.73%) SQL Server 2012
14 1 (0.37%) Azure SQL Database
14 1 (0.37%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 45 (16.48%) Git (software)
2 32 (11.72%) Visual Studio
3 23 (8.42%) Jenkins
4 11 (4.03%) Rational DOORS
5 10 (3.66%) JIRA
5 10 (3.66%) Mercurial
5 10 (3.66%) Selenium
5 10 (3.66%) Subversion
6 8 (2.93%) Maven
6 8 (2.93%) MSTest
6 8 (2.93%) Ranorex
6 8 (2.93%) Team Foundation Server
6 8 (2.93%) TeamCity
7 7 (2.56%) Mockito
8 6 (2.20%) Gatling
8 6 (2.20%) JUnit
9 5 (1.83%) MSBuild
9 5 (1.83%) Octopus Deploy
9 5 (1.83%) Robot Framework
10 4 (1.47%) GitLab
General
1 28 (10.26%) Finance
2 13 (4.76%) Banking
3 12 (4.40%) Electronics
4 8 (2.93%) Retail
5 7 (2.56%) Front Office
6 6 (2.20%) Automotive
6 6 (2.20%) Games
7 5 (1.83%) Marketing
8 2 (0.73%) Aerospace
8 2 (0.73%) Avionics
8 2 (0.73%) Law
8 2 (0.73%) Military
8 2 (0.73%) Publishing
9 1 (0.37%) Back Office
9 1 (0.37%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.37%) Legal
9 1 (0.37%) Multimedia
9 1 (0.37%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.37%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 57 (20.88%) .NET
2 47 (17.22%) HTML
3 42 (15.38%) CSS
4 39 (14.29%) Node.js
5 34 (12.45%) AngularJS
6 32 (11.72%) React
7 28 (10.26%) Redux
8 24 (8.79%) HTML5
8 24 (8.79%) Spring
9 23 (8.42%) ASP.NET
10 21 (7.69%) REST
11 20 (7.33%) Web Services
12 19 (6.96%) .NET Core
13 18 (6.59%) jQuery
14 17 (6.23%) Symfony
15 15 (5.49%) JSON
15 15 (5.49%) Twitter Bootstrap
16 14 (5.13%) ASP.NET MVC
16 14 (5.13%) WCF
16 14 (5.13%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 16 (5.86%) Analytical Skills
1 16 (5.86%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 13 (4.76%) Algorithms
3 11 (4.03%) Embedded Systems
4 10 (3.66%) Self-Motivation
5 9 (3.30%) Greenfield Project
5 9 (3.30%) User Experience
6 8 (2.93%) Mobile App
7 7 (2.56%) Equities
7 7 (2.56%) Fintech
7 7 (2.56%) Fixed Income
8 6 (2.20%) Derivative
9 5 (1.83%) Exotic Derivative
10 4 (1.47%) Public Cloud
11 3 (1.10%) Cloud Native
12 2 (0.73%) Hedge funds
12 2 (0.73%) Life Science
13 1 (0.37%) Blog
13 1 (0.37%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
13 1 (0.37%) IPTV
Operating Systems
1 52 (19.05%) Linux
2 25 (9.16%) Windows
3 23 (8.42%) Embedded Linux
4 5 (1.83%) Android
5 3 (1.10%) Apple iOS
5 3 (1.10%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 3 (1.10%) Windows Server
6 1 (0.37%) CentOS
6 1 (0.37%) Ubuntu
6 1 (0.37%) Unix
6 1 (0.37%) VxWorks
6 1 (0.37%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 273 (100.00%) Software Engineering
2 151 (55.31%) Agile Software Development
3 60 (21.98%) Computer Science
4 56 (20.51%) Microservices
5 54 (19.78%) TDD
6 53 (19.41%) Problem-Solving
7 44 (16.12%) Continuous Integration
7 44 (16.12%) OO
8 43 (15.75%) Scrum
9 38 (13.92%) DevOps
9 38 (13.92%) Unit Testing
10 36 (13.19%) BDD
10 36 (13.19%) Test Automation
11 35 (12.82%) SDLC
12 33 (12.09%) Multithreading
13 32 (11.72%) MVC
14 28 (10.26%) UML
15 27 (9.89%) Mathematics
15 27 (9.89%) OOD
16 24 (8.79%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 104 (38.10%) JavaScript
2 86 (31.50%) C++
3 78 (28.57%) Java
4 64 (23.44%) C#
5 39 (14.29%) Python
6 38 (13.92%) SQL
7 32 (11.72%) C
8 19 (6.96%) PHP
9 18 (6.59%) Java 8
10 17 (6.23%) TypeScript
11 16 (5.86%) Go
12 14 (5.13%) Embedded C
13 13 (4.76%) Embedded C++
14 12 (4.40%) PHP 7
15 11 (4.03%) ES6
16 9 (3.30%) MATLAB
16 9 (3.30%) T-SQL
17 7 (2.56%) Ruby
18 6 (2.20%) Assembly Language
18 6 (2.20%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 60 (21.98%) Degree
2 28 (10.26%) Security Cleared
3 20 (7.33%) SC Cleared
4 14 (5.13%) Computer Science Degree
5 4 (1.47%) DBS Check
6 1 (0.37%) HND
6 1 (0.37%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (2.56%) MISRA
2 6 (2.20%) MISRA C
3 4 (1.47%) QA
4 2 (0.73%) ARP4754
4 2 (0.73%) MIL-STD-498
5 1 (0.37%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 1 (0.37%) IEC 62304
5 1 (0.37%) ISO 26262
5 1 (0.37%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 36 (13.19%) Docker
2 3 (1.10%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (0.73%) Active Directory
3 2 (0.73%) Firmware
4 1 (0.37%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.37%) VirtualBox
4 1 (0.37%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 12 (4.40%) Ansible
2 9 (3.30%) Terraform
3 8 (2.93%) Kubernetes
4 5 (1.83%) Puppet
5 3 (1.10%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.37%) Docker Swarm
6 1 (0.37%) Oozie
6 1 (0.37%) Packer
6 1 (0.37%) PTC Integrity
Vendors
1 23 (8.42%) Microsoft
2 20 (7.33%) Google
3 9 (3.30%) Oracle
4 7 (2.56%) Telerik
5 5 (1.83%) IBM
5 5 (1.83%) New Relic
6 4 (1.47%) Dynatrace
7 3 (1.10%) Splunk
7 3 (1.10%) WSO2
8 2 (0.73%) Adobe
8 2 (0.73%) Atlassian
8 2 (0.73%) Cypress Semiconductor
8 2 (0.73%) Salesforce.com
9 1 (0.37%) Apple
9 1 (0.37%) Bloomberg
9 1 (0.37%) Calypso
9 1 (0.37%) Charles River
9 1 (0.37%) Citrix
9 1 (0.37%) JDA
9 1 (0.37%) MKS