Period
to 21 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Senior Software Engineer was £475 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 November 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
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 696 724 756
Rank change year-on-year +28 +32 +10
Contract jobs requiring a Senior Software Engineer 181 157 132
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.18% 0.15% 0.12%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.19% 0.16% 0.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 108 109 76
UK median daily rate £475 £415 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.46% +10.67% -6.25%
10th Percentile £363 £319 £325
90th Percentile £600 £575 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £435 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +11.54% +4.00% +1.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 6 18
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £38.63 £42.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.50% -8.04% +7.69%
10th Percentile £37.15 £35.25 £39.75
90th Percentile £50.78 £43.13 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £38.63 £41.50
% change year-on-year +16.50% -6.93% +2.47%

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 97749 99240 107788
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.79% 94.76% 94.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 64477 64699 68564
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £393 £375
% change year-on-year +1.91% +4.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2920 3284 4118
UK median hourly rate £18.69 £18.03 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +0.17% +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

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 21 November 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 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 21 November 2017.

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 21 November 2017. 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 +60 146 £488 +14.71% 126
UK excluding London +36 122 £435 +11.54% 95
London -12 58 £500 - 40
South East +20 36 £500 +38.89% 30
North of England +62 20 £488 +14.71% 20
North West +31 18 £488 +15.38% 6
Wales -13 17 £413 +5.77%
South West -2 16 £310 -11.43% 12
Scotland -2 16 £556 +66.04% 9
East of England 0 11 £438 +25.00% 17
Midlands +19 5 £488 +34.88% 7
West Midlands +21 4 £444 +22.69% 7
North East - 2 - - 5
East Midlands 0 1 £500 -
Northern Ireland - 1 - -

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

For the 6 months to 21 November 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.

1 178 (98.34%) Software Engineering
2 92 (50.83%) Agile Software Development
3 73 (40.33%) Java
4 51 (28.18%) C++
5 48 (26.52%) TDD
6 47 (25.97%) .NET
7 46 (25.41%) Microservices
8 44 (24.31%) Git (software)
9 42 (23.20%) JavaScript
9 42 (23.20%) Scrum
10 41 (22.65%) C#
11 37 (20.44%) Linux
12 36 (19.89%) Amazon AWS
13 34 (18.78%) Multithreading
14 33 (18.23%) SQL
15 32 (17.68%) REST
16 31 (17.13%) Jenkins
16 31 (17.13%) Microsoft Azure
16 31 (17.13%) Degree
17 30 (16.57%) Continuous Integration
18 29 (16.02%) Test Automation
18 29 (16.02%) NoSQL
19 28 (15.47%) Node.js
20 26 (14.36%) UML
21 24 (13.26%) HTML
21 24 (13.26%) Web Services
22 23 (12.71%) OO
22 23 (12.71%) RESTful
23 22 (12.15%) C
23 22 (12.15%) Finance

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 13 (7.18%) Elasticsearch
2 11 (6.08%) Cloud Foundry
3 10 (5.52%) Apache Spark
4 6 (3.31%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 5 (2.76%) Confluence
5 5 (2.76%) JBoss
5 5 (2.76%) Tomcat
6 4 (2.21%) Liferay
6 4 (2.21%) Oracle Application Server
7 3 (1.66%) Mule
7 3 (1.66%) NServiceBus
7 3 (1.66%) Oracle Coherence
8 2 (1.10%) Apache
8 2 (1.10%) Apache Solr
8 2 (1.10%) BizTalk Server
8 2 (1.10%) IIS
9 1 (0.55%) ArchestrA
9 1 (0.55%) nginx
9 1 (0.55%) SharePoint 2010
9 1 (0.55%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 1 (0.55%) Simulink
1 1 (0.55%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 7 (3.87%) Payment Gateway
2 2 (1.10%) SunGard GMI
Cloud Services
1 36 (19.89%) Amazon AWS
2 31 (17.13%) Microsoft Azure
3 16 (8.84%) PaaS
4 11 (6.08%) OpenShift
5 10 (5.52%) GitHub
6 8 (4.42%) Serverless
7 7 (3.87%) SaaS
8 6 (3.31%) Amazon EC2
9 5 (2.76%) IaaS
9 5 (2.76%) Slack
10 4 (2.21%) AWS Lambda
11 3 (1.66%) AWS CloudFormation
12 2 (1.10%) Amazon S3
12 2 (1.10%) Amazon SQS
12 2 (1.10%) Azure Active Directory
12 2 (1.10%) Cloud Computing
12 2 (1.10%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 1 (0.55%) Akamai
13 1 (0.55%) Amazon ElastiCache
13 1 (0.55%) Amazon Kinesis
Communications & Networking
1 6 (3.31%) 3GPP
1 6 (3.31%) SMS
1 6 (3.31%) Wireless
2 5 (2.76%) Bluetooth
2 5 (2.76%) LTE
2 5 (2.76%) NAS
3 4 (2.21%) Firewall
4 3 (1.66%) HTTP
4 3 (1.66%) Internet
4 3 (1.66%) TCP/IP
5 2 (1.10%) CTI
5 2 (1.10%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (16.02%) NoSQL
2 20 (11.05%) PostgreSQL
3 18 (9.94%) MongoDB
4 13 (7.18%) MySQL
4 13 (7.18%) SQL Server
5 10 (5.52%) Hadoop
6 9 (4.97%) Apache Cassandra
7 8 (4.42%) Big Data
8 6 (3.31%) HBase
9 5 (2.76%) Redis
9 5 (2.76%) Relational Database
10 4 (2.21%) DocumentDB
10 4 (2.21%) JasperReports
10 4 (2.21%) Oracle Database
11 3 (1.66%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 3 (1.66%) RDBMS
11 3 (1.66%) Spark SQL
12 2 (1.10%) Amazon RDS
12 2 (1.10%) Apache Hive
12 2 (1.10%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 44 (24.31%) Git (software)
2 31 (17.13%) Jenkins
3 18 (9.94%) Visual Studio
4 16 (8.84%) Cucumber
5 15 (8.29%) JIRA
6 14 (7.73%) Subversion
7 12 (6.63%) TeamCity
8 9 (4.97%) Rational Rhapsody
9 8 (4.42%) JUnit
9 8 (4.42%) Maven
9 8 (4.42%) Octopus Deploy
10 7 (3.87%) Eclipse
10 7 (3.87%) Mockito
10 7 (3.87%) Talend Open Studio
11 6 (3.31%) GitLab
12 4 (2.21%) Team Foundation Server
13 3 (1.66%) Gerrit
13 3 (1.66%) Hudson
13 3 (1.66%) Jasmine
13 3 (1.66%) SonarQube
General
1 22 (12.15%) Finance
2 12 (6.63%) Banking
3 10 (5.52%) Telecoms
4 8 (4.42%) Aerospace
4 8 (4.42%) Automotive
5 6 (3.31%) Electronics
6 5 (2.76%) Front Office
6 5 (2.76%) Retail
7 4 (2.21%) French Language
8 2 (1.10%) Back Office
8 2 (1.10%) Games
8 2 (1.10%) Publishing
9 1 (0.55%) Avionics
9 1 (0.55%) Marketing
9 1 (0.55%) Military
9 1 (0.55%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 47 (25.97%) .NET
2 32 (17.68%) REST
3 28 (15.47%) Node.js
4 24 (13.26%) HTML
4 24 (13.26%) Web Services
5 23 (12.71%) RESTful
6 21 (11.60%) Spring
7 20 (11.05%) CSS
8 19 (10.50%) AngularJS
9 15 (8.29%) ASP.NET
10 14 (7.73%) JSON
11 13 (7.18%) ASP.NET Web API
11 13 (7.18%) jQuery
12 10 (5.52%) React
13 9 (4.97%) .NET Core
13 9 (4.97%) WCF
14 7 (3.87%) Angular 2
14 7 (3.87%) ASP.NET MVC
14 7 (3.87%) HTML5
14 7 (3.87%) JMX
Miscellaneous
1 21 (11.60%) Analytical Skills
2 20 (11.05%) Computer Science
3 11 (6.08%) Cloud Native
4 7 (3.87%) Mobile App
5 6 (3.31%) User Experience
6 5 (2.76%) Derivative
7 4 (2.21%) Blog
7 4 (2.21%) Enterprise Software
7 4 (2.21%) N-Tier
7 4 (2.21%) Public Cloud
8 3 (1.66%) 3D Graphics
8 3 (1.66%) Algorithms
8 3 (1.66%) Credit Risk
8 3 (1.66%) Device Driver
8 3 (1.66%) Digital Media
8 3 (1.66%) Interest Rate Derivative
8 3 (1.66%) Market Risk
9 2 (1.10%) Equities
9 2 (1.10%) Fixed Income
9 2 (1.10%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 37 (20.44%) Linux
2 13 (7.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 10 (5.52%) Android
3 10 (5.52%) Windows
4 8 (4.42%) Apple iOS
5 5 (2.76%) Windows 7
5 5 (2.76%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (2.21%) Unix
6 4 (2.21%) Windows Server
7 2 (1.10%) Embedded Linux
7 2 (1.10%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.55%) CentOS
8 1 (0.55%) Fedora
8 1 (0.55%) Mac OS X
8 1 (0.55%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 178 (98.34%) Software Engineering
2 92 (50.83%) Agile Software Development
3 48 (26.52%) TDD
4 46 (25.41%) Microservices
5 42 (23.20%) Scrum
6 34 (18.78%) Multithreading
7 30 (16.57%) Continuous Integration
8 29 (16.02%) Test Automation
9 26 (14.36%) UML
10 23 (12.71%) OO
11 20 (11.05%) BDD
11 20 (11.05%) Configuration Management
11 20 (11.05%) E-Commerce
12 19 (10.50%) OOD
13 18 (9.94%) Change Control
13 18 (9.94%) Mentoring
13 18 (9.94%) MVC
14 17 (9.39%) Multithreaded Programming
14 17 (9.39%) SOA
15 16 (8.84%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 73 (40.33%) Java
2 51 (28.18%) C++
3 42 (23.20%) JavaScript
4 41 (22.65%) C#
5 33 (18.23%) SQL
6 22 (12.15%) C
6 22 (12.15%) Ruby
7 16 (8.84%) Python
8 15 (8.29%) Scala
9 14 (7.73%) Go
10 10 (5.52%) T-SQL
11 9 (4.97%) Embedded C++
12 8 (4.42%) Embedded C
13 5 (2.76%) TypeScript
14 4 (2.21%) Bash Shell
15 3 (1.66%) Perl
16 2 (1.10%) GLSL
16 2 (1.10%) Groovy
16 2 (1.10%) PHP
16 2 (1.10%) XPath
Qualifications
1 31 (17.13%) Degree
2 19 (10.50%) Computer Science Degree
3 11 (6.08%) Security Cleared
4 6 (3.31%) SC Cleared
5 5 (2.76%) Microsoft Certification
6 4 (2.21%) MCSD
7 2 (1.10%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (0.55%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (5.52%) Def Stans
1 10 (5.52%) MISRA
2 9 (4.97%) MISRA C
3 7 (3.87%) QA
4 6 (3.31%) PCI DSS
5 5 (2.76%) GDPR
5 5 (2.76%) MiFID
6 3 (1.66%) EMIR
7 1 (0.55%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.55%) Dodd-Frank
7 1 (0.55%) ISO 26262
System Software
1 10 (5.52%) Docker
2 7 (3.87%) Active Directory
3 5 (2.76%) Apache ZooKeeper
3 5 (2.76%) HDFS
4 2 (1.10%) Firmware
5 1 (0.55%) OpenAM
5 1 (0.55%) OpenIDM
5 1 (0.55%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.55%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (0.55%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 7 (3.87%) Puppet
2 4 (2.21%) Ansible
2 4 (2.21%) Business Desktop Deployment
2 4 (2.21%) Mesos
3 3 (1.66%) Opscode Chef
3 3 (1.66%) Terraform
4 1 (0.55%) Grafana
4 1 (0.55%) Kibana
4 1 (0.55%) Kubernetes
4 1 (0.55%) Wonderware InTouch
Vendors
1 19 (10.50%) Microsoft
2 16 (8.84%) Oracle
3 10 (5.52%) Green Hills
4 7 (3.87%) Talend
5 5 (2.76%) Pega
5 5 (2.76%) Xamarin
6 4 (2.21%) Red Hat
7 3 (1.66%) Google
8 2 (1.10%) Avaya
8 2 (1.10%) Cloudera
8 2 (1.10%) CQG
8 2 (1.10%) Fidessa
8 2 (1.10%) FIS
8 2 (1.10%) Hortonworks
8 2 (1.10%) Intel
8 2 (1.10%) SunGard
8 2 (1.10%) VMware
9 1 (0.55%) Facebook
9 1 (0.55%) Samsung
9 1 (0.55%) Twitter