Period
to 20 April 2018

The median contractor rate for a Software Developer was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 April 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.

Software Developer
UK
6 months to
20 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 314 325 314
Rank change year-on-year +11 -11 +72
Contract jobs requiring a Software Developer 810 720 833
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.80% 0.78% 0.78%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.84% 0.82% 0.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 544 487 469
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £308 £263 £275
90th Percentile £585 £550 £530
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +7.14% - +2.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 33 81
UK median hourly rate £42.75 £42.50 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.59% - +21.13%
10th Percentile £29.38 £29.70 £35.00
90th Percentile £51.05 £57.50 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.00 £42.50 £42.25
% change year-on-year +1.18% +0.59% +22.46%

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 96,041 87,961 101,443
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.93% 94.86% 95.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,193 57,163 65,399
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £263 £258 £250
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +2.50% +3.90% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,954 3,023 3,334
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.96 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.43% -2.77% +14.71%
10th Percentile £10.80 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.56 £48.75 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -2.78% -5.26% +15.15%

Software Developer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Software Developer in the UK

Software Developer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Developer in the UK

Software Developer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Developer over the 6 months to 20 April 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Developer in the UK

Software Developer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Developer in the UK

Software Developer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Developer over the 6 months to 20 April 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Software Developer in the UK

Software Developer
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 Software Developer within the UK over the 6 months to 20 April 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 0 744 £425 +6.25% 1,187
UK excluding London +16 503 £375 +7.14% 970
London -4 301 £500 +3.36% 292
South East -21 136 £400 +6.67% 260
North of England +4 123 £370 +5.71% 205
Midlands +15 79 £325 -11.86% 184
North West -9 63 £350 -6.67% 104
West Midlands +29 58 £320 -9.86% 111
South West +7 56 £388 +12.73% 117
Scotland -6 48 £375 +7.14% 39
East of England -10 48 £375 +7.14% 129
Yorkshire -3 46 £410 +9.33% 79
East Midlands -3 21 £375 - 73
North East +26 15 £353 +3.68% 22
Wales -11 12 £430 +123.38% 22
Northern Ireland -3 1 - - 14

Software Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 April 2018, Software Developer 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 Software Developer in the job title.

1 377 (46.54%) C#
2 364 (44.94%) Agile Software Development
3 334 (41.23%) .NET
4 285 (35.19%) JavaScript
5 279 (34.44%) SQL
6 274 (33.83%) Java
7 188 (23.21%) SQL Server
8 180 (22.22%) TDD
9 177 (21.85%) MVC
10 170 (20.99%) HTML
11 162 (20.00%) Software Engineering
12 144 (17.78%) Test Automation
13 143 (17.65%) CSS
14 142 (17.53%) Git (software)
15 135 (16.67%) ASP.NET
16 133 (16.42%) AngularJS
17 125 (15.43%) Finance
18 122 (15.06%) Linux
19 120 (14.81%) Python
19 120 (14.81%) Scrum
20 109 (13.46%) BDD
21 107 (13.21%) Web Services
22 106 (13.09%) Microsoft
23 98 (12.10%) Continuous Integration
24 91 (11.23%) C++
24 91 (11.23%) .NET Framework
24 91 (11.23%) Jenkins
25 89 (10.99%) Microsoft Azure
26 86 (10.62%) SDET
26 86 (10.62%) JIRA

Software Developer 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 33 (4.07%) Confluence
2 22 (2.72%) Apache
3 19 (2.35%) Elasticsearch
4 14 (1.73%) Apache Spark
5 12 (1.48%) NServiceBus
6 10 (1.23%) IIS
6 10 (1.23%) JBoss
7 9 (1.11%) CMS
7 9 (1.11%) Tomcat
8 8 (0.99%) Cloud Foundry
9 7 (0.86%) nginx
9 7 (0.86%) WebSphere
9 7 (0.86%) WildFly
10 6 (0.74%) SharePoint
10 6 (0.74%) Umbraco
11 5 (0.62%) Jetty
12 4 (0.49%) Liferay
12 4 (0.49%) WebLogic
13 3 (0.37%) MQSeries
13 3 (0.37%) SAS
Applications
1 4 (0.49%) Stata
2 3 (0.37%) Chatbot
3 1 (0.12%) AutoCAD
3 1 (0.12%) Autodesk Inventor
3 1 (0.12%) Doxygen
3 1 (0.12%) InDesign
3 1 (0.12%) InfoPath
3 1 (0.12%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.12%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.12%) MicroStation
3 1 (0.12%) Revit
3 1 (0.12%) Simulink
3 1 (0.12%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 20 (2.47%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.25%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.12%) HiPortfolio
3 1 (0.12%) Infor M3
3 1 (0.12%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 89 (10.99%) Microsoft Azure
2 58 (7.16%) Amazon AWS
3 22 (2.72%) GitHub
4 18 (2.22%) Cloud Computing
5 15 (1.85%) Google Cloud Platform
5 15 (1.85%) npm
6 14 (1.73%) PaaS
7 11 (1.36%) Firebase
7 11 (1.36%) Slack
8 9 (1.11%) Amazon EC2
8 9 (1.11%) Dynamics 365
9 7 (0.86%) Serverless
10 6 (0.74%) AWS Lambda
11 5 (0.62%) Heroku
11 5 (0.62%) OpenShift
12 4 (0.49%) Bluemix
12 4 (0.49%) IBM Cloud
13 3 (0.37%) Amazon Kinesis
13 3 (0.37%) Azure Active Directory
13 3 (0.37%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 22 (2.72%) Internet
2 13 (1.60%) HTTP
3 9 (1.11%) SMS
4 7 (0.86%) Bluetooth
5 6 (0.74%) Wireless
6 5 (0.62%) TCP/IP
7 4 (0.49%) GSM
7 4 (0.49%) RTP
7 4 (0.49%) Skype
8 3 (0.37%) Asterisk PBX
8 3 (0.37%) Diameter Protocol
8 3 (0.37%) FIX Connectivity
8 3 (0.37%) IGMP
8 3 (0.37%) LTE
8 3 (0.37%) MGW
8 3 (0.37%) Network Security
8 3 (0.37%) PBX
8 3 (0.37%) RANAP
8 3 (0.37%) SGSN
8 3 (0.37%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 188 (23.21%) SQL Server
2 70 (8.64%) NoSQL
3 57 (7.04%) MySQL
4 43 (5.31%) Relational Database
5 40 (4.94%) MongoDB
6 36 (4.44%) PostgreSQL
7 31 (3.83%) Big Data
8 17 (2.10%) SQL Server 2000
9 15 (1.85%) Hadoop
9 15 (1.85%) Oracle Database
9 15 (1.85%) SQL Server 2008
10 14 (1.73%) Apache Cassandra
11 13 (1.60%) Apache Hive
11 13 (1.60%) Azure SQL Database
11 13 (1.60%) GIS
11 13 (1.60%) RDBMS
12 12 (1.48%) Oracle Database 10g
12 12 (1.48%) Oracle Database 11g
12 12 (1.48%) Redis
13 10 (1.23%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 142 (17.53%) Git (software)
2 91 (11.23%) Jenkins
3 86 (10.62%) JIRA
4 82 (10.12%) Selenium
5 71 (8.77%) Cucumber
6 43 (5.31%) Visual Studio
7 40 (4.94%) Team Foundation Server
8 39 (4.81%) JUnit
8 39 (4.81%) SpecFlow
9 36 (4.44%) NUnit
10 33 (4.07%) Jasmine
10 33 (4.07%) Maven
11 25 (3.09%) Subversion
12 23 (2.84%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 23 (2.84%) TeamCity
13 19 (2.35%) AccuRev
14 18 (2.22%) WebDriver
15 14 (1.73%) JMeter
15 14 (1.73%) webpack
16 13 (1.60%) Protractor
General
1 125 (15.43%) Finance
2 34 (4.20%) Banking
3 26 (3.21%) Telecoms
4 25 (3.09%) Games
4 25 (3.09%) Retail
5 17 (2.10%) Back Office
6 16 (1.98%) Electronics
7 15 (1.85%) Marketing
8 14 (1.73%) Manufacturing
9 11 (1.36%) Law
10 7 (0.86%) Front Office
11 5 (0.62%) Automotive
11 5 (0.62%) Investment Banking
12 4 (0.49%) Financial Institution
12 4 (0.49%) Retail Banking
13 3 (0.37%) Advertising
13 3 (0.37%) Multimedia
14 2 (0.25%) Legal
14 2 (0.25%) Publishing
15 1 (0.12%) International Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 334 (41.23%) .NET
2 170 (20.99%) HTML
3 143 (17.65%) CSS
4 135 (16.67%) ASP.NET
5 133 (16.42%) AngularJS
6 107 (13.21%) Web Services
7 91 (11.23%) .NET Framework
8 86 (10.62%) jQuery
9 84 (10.37%) Node.js
10 82 (10.12%) REST
11 72 (8.89%) ASP.NET Web API
12 70 (8.64%) Spring
12 70 (8.64%) XML
13 65 (8.02%) HTML5
14 63 (7.78%) ASP.NET MVC
15 58 (7.16%) RESTful
16 57 (7.04%) Entity Framework
17 54 (6.67%) WinForms
18 51 (6.30%) React
19 49 (6.05%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 45 (5.56%) Computer Science
1 45 (5.56%) Greenfield Project
2 36 (4.44%) Mobile App
3 26 (3.21%) User Experience
4 18 (2.22%) Analytical Skills
5 17 (2.10%) Derivative
6 12 (1.48%) Algorithms
7 11 (1.36%) Data Structures
8 10 (1.23%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 10 (1.23%) Virtual Team
9 9 (1.11%) Fintech
10 8 (0.99%) Enterprise Software
11 7 (0.86%) Fixed Income
11 7 (0.86%) RIA
11 7 (0.86%) Wiki
12 6 (0.74%) Linux Command Line
13 5 (0.62%) iPad
13 5 (0.62%) iPhone
13 5 (0.62%) Public Cloud
13 5 (0.62%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 122 (15.06%) Linux
2 76 (9.38%) Windows
3 46 (5.68%) Android
4 37 (4.57%) Unix
5 34 (4.20%) Apple iOS
6 17 (2.10%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 11 (1.36%) Nucleus RTOS
8 10 (1.23%) Ubuntu
9 8 (0.99%) CentOS
9 8 (0.99%) Windows Phone
10 4 (0.49%) Embedded Linux
11 3 (0.37%) Mac OS X
11 3 (0.37%) VxWorks
12 1 (0.12%) Debian
12 1 (0.12%) FreeRTOS
12 1 (0.12%) Windows 10
12 1 (0.12%) Windows Embedded Compact
Processes & Methodologies
1 364 (44.94%) Agile Software Development
2 180 (22.22%) TDD
3 177 (21.85%) MVC
4 162 (20.00%) Software Engineering
5 144 (17.78%) Test Automation
6 120 (14.81%) Scrum
7 109 (13.46%) BDD
8 98 (12.10%) Continuous Integration
9 86 (10.62%) SDET
10 72 (8.89%) Microservices
11 69 (8.52%) Unit Testing
12 67 (8.27%) OO
13 59 (7.28%) DevOps
14 55 (6.79%) Web Development
15 53 (6.54%) E-Commerce
16 43 (5.31%) Kanban
17 39 (4.81%) Open Source
18 36 (4.44%) Problem-Solving
18 36 (4.44%) SDLC
19 35 (4.32%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 377 (46.54%) C#
2 285 (35.19%) JavaScript
3 279 (34.44%) SQL
4 274 (33.83%) Java
5 120 (14.81%) Python
6 91 (11.23%) C++
7 66 (8.15%) T-SQL
8 57 (7.04%) C
9 46 (5.68%) VB.NET
10 39 (4.81%) Ruby
11 32 (3.95%) Scala
12 30 (3.70%) PHP
12 30 (3.70%) PL/SQL
13 28 (3.46%) TypeScript
14 23 (2.84%) Go
15 19 (2.35%) Java 8
16 16 (1.98%) Perl
17 14 (1.73%) VB
18 10 (1.23%) Objective-C
19 9 (1.11%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 71 (8.77%) Degree
2 67 (8.27%) Security Cleared
3 41 (5.06%) SC Cleared
4 18 (2.22%) DV Cleared
5 14 (1.73%) Computer Science Degree
6 10 (1.23%) BPSS Clearance
7 5 (0.62%) MCAD
7 5 (0.62%) MCSD
7 5 (0.62%) MCTS
7 5 (0.62%) Microsoft Certification
8 3 (0.37%) DBS Check
8 3 (0.37%) ISEB
8 3 (0.37%) ISTQB
9 2 (0.25%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 2 (0.25%) Master's Degree
9 2 (0.25%) OCA
9 2 (0.25%) Oracle Certification
10 1 (0.12%) HND
10 1 (0.12%) Numerate Degree
10 1 (0.12%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 51 (6.30%) QA
2 4 (0.49%) Disclosure Scotland
3 3 (0.37%) SLA
4 1 (0.12%) GCP
4 1 (0.12%) GDPR
4 1 (0.12%) IEC 62304
4 1 (0.12%) ISO 13485
4 1 (0.12%) ISO 14001
4 1 (0.12%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.12%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 52 (6.42%) Docker
2 5 (0.62%) Active Directory
3 3 (0.37%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 2 (0.25%) Firmware
4 2 (0.25%) HDFS
4 2 (0.25%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.12%) Apache Flume
5 1 (0.12%) KVM
5 1 (0.12%) Virtual Servers
5 1 (0.12%) VirtualBox
5 1 (0.12%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 19 (2.35%) Terraform
2 15 (1.85%) Puppet
3 10 (1.23%) Grafana
4 9 (1.11%) Ansible
5 7 (0.86%) Kubernetes
6 6 (0.74%) Graylog
7 5 (0.62%) Opscode Chef
8 3 (0.37%) Kibana
8 3 (0.37%) Rancher
8 3 (0.37%) Single Sign-On
9 2 (0.25%) Graphite
9 2 (0.25%) Mesos
10 1 (0.12%) Automic
10 1 (0.12%) Business Desktop Deployment
10 1 (0.12%) CA Single Sign-On
10 1 (0.12%) HAProxy
10 1 (0.12%) HP Fortify
10 1 (0.12%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 106 (13.09%) Microsoft
2 47 (5.80%) Oracle
3 25 (3.09%) Google
4 18 (2.22%) Red Hat
5 10 (1.23%) SAP
6 9 (1.11%) Atlassian
7 8 (0.99%) IBM
7 8 (0.99%) TIBCO
8 7 (0.86%) Xamarin
9 6 (0.74%) Sybase
9 6 (0.74%) Telerik
10 3 (0.37%) Cisco
10 3 (0.37%) DevExpress
10 3 (0.37%) Infragistics
10 3 (0.37%) QNX
10 3 (0.37%) Unisys
10 3 (0.37%) WSO2
11 2 (0.25%) Citrix
11 2 (0.25%) hybris
11 2 (0.25%) Splunk