Period
to 24 May 2019

The median contractor rate for a Software Developer was £430 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 24 May 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.

Software Developer
UK
6 months to
24 May 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 271 294 320
Rank change year-on-year +23 +26 -5
Contract jobs requiring a Software Developer 884 847 713
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.96% 0.84% 0.79%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.02% 0.89% 0.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 541 575 480
UK median daily rate £430 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.18% +6.25% +4.23%
10th Percentile £325 £310 £263
90th Percentile £600 £575 £544
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £360
% change year-on-year +6.67% +4.17% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 21 39
UK median hourly rate £43.50 £42.50 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.35% - -
10th Percentile £35.50 £22.83 £30.00
90th Percentile £57.50 £50.00 £57.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.00 £42.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year +1.18% +6.25% -5.33%

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 86,664 95,585 85,782
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.57% 94.85% 94.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 57,057 62,750 55,645
UK median daily rate £473 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +5.88% +1.19%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £263
90th Percentile £650 £633 £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 2,780 3,006 2,878
UK median hourly rate £18.78 £18.00 £18.95
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.31% -4.99% -5.28%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.88 £10.75
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.83 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year - -2.78% -7.69%

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 24 May 2019.

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 24 May 2019.

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 24 May 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 +20 812 £438 +2.94% 1,248
UK excluding London +17 554 £400 +6.67% 1,085
London +37 301 £484 -3.25% 290
South East +42 184 £425 +6.25% 243
South West +24 118 £438 +16.67% 128
North of England +2 104 £375 +3.45% 282
North West +16 55 £375 +7.14% 158
Midlands -20 53 £360 +2.86% 177
East of England +7 43 £425 +16.44% 129
Yorkshire -11 36 £375 -11.76% 104
Scotland +10 34 £400 +4.03% 53
West Midlands -32 33 £375 +15.38% 94
East Midlands +15 20 £320 -17.42% 83
Wales +5 17 £398 -3.34% 34
North East +10 13 £381 +8.93% 20
Northern Ireland +11 1 - - 38

Software Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 May 2019, 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.

1 446 (50.45%) C#
2 445 (50.34%) Agile Software Development
3 389 (44.00%) .NET
4 356 (40.27%) JavaScript
5 264 (29.86%) Java
5 264 (29.86%) SQL
6 204 (23.08%) SQL Server
7 195 (22.06%) HTML
8 184 (20.81%) TDD
9 167 (18.89%) Microsoft Azure
10 162 (18.33%) Test Automation
11 161 (18.21%) CSS
12 159 (17.99%) Python
13 157 (17.76%) AngularJS
14 141 (15.95%) Software Engineering
15 140 (15.84%) MVC
16 138 (15.61%) Finance
17 131 (14.82%) ASP.NET
18 129 (14.59%) Amazon AWS
19 122 (13.80%) Microsoft
20 121 (13.69%) Scrum
20 121 (13.69%) Security Cleared
21 117 (13.24%) DevOps
22 113 (12.78%) BDD
22 113 (12.78%) jQuery
22 113 (12.78%) OO
23 106 (11.99%) Git (software)
23 106 (11.99%) Microservices
24 102 (11.54%) Web Services
25 100 (11.31%) Node.js

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 18 (2.04%) Umbraco
2 17 (1.92%) CMS
3 16 (1.81%) Elasticsearch
4 15 (1.70%) Confluence
5 10 (1.13%) Apache
6 9 (1.02%) Skype for Business
7 8 (0.90%) Appian
7 8 (0.90%) WebLogic
8 7 (0.79%) Apache Spark
8 7 (0.79%) IIS
9 6 (0.68%) Apache Solr
9 6 (0.68%) JBoss
9 6 (0.68%) Tomcat
10 5 (0.57%) Cloud Foundry
10 5 (0.57%) Drupal
10 5 (0.57%) NServiceBus
11 4 (0.45%) IBM HTTP Server
11 4 (0.45%) K2 blackpearl
12 3 (0.34%) ArcGIS
12 3 (0.34%) SharePoint
Applications
1 19 (2.15%) Microsoft Excel
2 12 (1.36%) Microsoft Office
3 6 (0.68%) Chatbot
4 1 (0.11%) Adobe Illustrator
4 1 (0.11%) Inkscape
4 1 (0.11%) Simulink
4 1 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 17 (1.92%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (1.02%) Oracle BPM
3 4 (0.45%) BusinessWorks
3 4 (0.45%) Magento
3 4 (0.45%) Summit
4 1 (0.11%) Cognos Business Intelligence
4 1 (0.11%) Markit EDM
4 1 (0.11%) NetSuite
4 1 (0.11%) SAP MII
4 1 (0.11%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 167 (18.89%) Microsoft Azure
2 129 (14.59%) Amazon AWS
3 37 (4.19%) GitHub
4 30 (3.39%) Serverless
5 20 (2.26%) PaaS
6 19 (2.15%) AWS Lambda
7 17 (1.92%) Google Cloud Platform
8 10 (1.13%) Azure Functions
8 10 (1.13%) IaaS
9 9 (1.02%) Amazon S3
9 9 (1.02%) Apigee
9 9 (1.02%) npm
10 8 (0.90%) Cloud Computing
11 7 (0.79%) Amazon EC2
11 7 (0.79%) AWS CloudFormation
11 7 (0.79%) Azure Active Directory
12 6 (0.68%) BrowserStack
12 6 (0.68%) SaaS
13 5 (0.57%) AWS Fargate
13 5 (0.57%) Kong
Communications & Networking
1 11 (1.24%) HTTP
1 11 (1.24%) Skype
1 11 (1.24%) TCP/IP
2 10 (1.13%) SSL
3 9 (1.02%) Ethernet
4 8 (0.90%) Internet
5 7 (0.79%) DHCP
5 7 (0.79%) Firewall
6 5 (0.57%) MPLS
7 4 (0.45%) RFID
7 4 (0.45%) SSH
7 4 (0.45%) Wi-Fi
7 4 (0.45%) Wireshark
8 3 (0.34%) DNS
8 3 (0.34%) FTP
8 3 (0.34%) L2TP
9 2 (0.23%) Intranet
9 2 (0.23%) LAN
9 2 (0.23%) Software-Defined Radio
10 1 (0.11%) Telepresence
Database & Business Intelligence
1 204 (23.08%) SQL Server
2 39 (4.41%) Big Data
3 36 (4.07%) MySQL
3 36 (4.07%) NoSQL
4 33 (3.73%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 29 (3.28%) Relational Database
6 28 (3.17%) MongoDB
7 23 (2.60%) PostgreSQL
8 20 (2.26%) Hadoop
8 20 (2.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 19 (2.15%) Oracle Database
10 17 (1.92%) Data Warehouse
11 14 (1.58%) Azure SQL Database
12 11 (1.24%) RDBMS
13 10 (1.13%) Redis
14 9 (1.02%) Amazon RDS
14 9 (1.02%) SQL Server 2012
15 8 (0.90%) Cosmos DB
16 6 (0.68%) Oracle Database 12c
16 6 (0.68%) WhereScape RED
Development Applications
1 106 (11.99%) Git (software)
2 78 (8.82%) Jenkins
3 74 (8.37%) Selenium
4 67 (7.58%) Visual Studio
5 46 (5.20%) JIRA
6 38 (4.30%) Team Foundation Server
7 34 (3.85%) TeamCity
8 33 (3.73%) Maven
9 31 (3.51%) Cucumber
10 27 (3.05%) NUnit
10 27 (3.05%) SpecFlow
11 20 (2.26%) JUnit
12 15 (1.70%) MSTest
13 14 (1.58%) JMeter
14 13 (1.47%) Bitbucket
14 13 (1.47%) Moq
14 13 (1.47%) Octopus Deploy
14 13 (1.47%) WebDriver
15 11 (1.24%) SoapUI
15 11 (1.24%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 138 (15.61%) Finance
2 33 (3.73%) Banking
3 25 (2.83%) Financial Institution
4 21 (2.38%) Telecoms
5 20 (2.26%) Retail
6 19 (2.15%) Marketing
7 17 (1.92%) Electronics
7 17 (1.92%) Manufacturing
8 13 (1.47%) German Language
9 12 (1.36%) French Language
9 12 (1.36%) Legal
10 11 (1.24%) Front Office
11 10 (1.13%) Law
12 9 (1.02%) Games
13 8 (0.90%) Pharmaceutical
14 7 (0.79%) Aerospace
15 5 (0.57%) Publishing
16 4 (0.45%) Automotive
17 3 (0.34%) Avionics
17 3 (0.34%) Back Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 389 (44.00%) .NET
2 195 (22.06%) HTML
3 161 (18.21%) CSS
4 157 (17.76%) AngularJS
5 131 (14.82%) ASP.NET
6 113 (12.78%) jQuery
7 102 (11.54%) Web Services
8 100 (11.31%) Node.js
9 94 (10.63%) React
10 91 (10.29%) .NET Framework
11 78 (8.82%) RESTful
12 73 (8.26%) REST
13 70 (7.92%) ASP.NET Web API
14 67 (7.58%) XML
15 60 (6.79%) .NET Core
16 58 (6.56%) SOAP
17 57 (6.45%) JSON
18 49 (5.54%) Entity Framework
19 47 (5.32%) ASP.NET MVC
19 47 (5.32%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 49 (5.54%) Analytical Skills
2 34 (3.85%) User Experience
3 33 (3.73%) Greenfield Project
4 25 (2.83%) Data Structures
5 20 (2.26%) Algorithms
6 16 (1.81%) Self-Motivation
7 13 (1.47%) Mobile App
8 12 (1.36%) EPoS
9 11 (1.24%) Hedge funds
10 9 (1.02%) Embedded Systems
10 9 (1.02%) Fintech
11 8 (0.90%) Cloud Native
11 8 (0.90%) Virtual Team
12 7 (0.79%) NHS
13 5 (0.57%) Linux Command Line
14 4 (0.45%) Credit Risk
14 4 (0.45%) Enterprise Software
14 4 (0.45%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 4 (0.45%) Public Cloud
14 4 (0.45%) Raspberry Pi
Operating Systems
1 79 (8.94%) Linux
2 71 (8.03%) Windows
3 23 (2.60%) Unix
4 11 (1.24%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 9 (1.02%) Android
6 7 (0.79%) CentOS
7 5 (0.57%) Apple iOS
8 2 (0.23%) Windows Server
9 1 (0.11%) HPUX
9 1 (0.11%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.11%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 445 (50.34%) Agile Software Development
2 184 (20.81%) TDD
3 162 (18.33%) Test Automation
4 141 (15.95%) Software Engineering
5 140 (15.84%) MVC
6 121 (13.69%) Scrum
7 117 (13.24%) DevOps
8 113 (12.78%) BDD
8 113 (12.78%) OO
9 106 (11.99%) Microservices
10 99 (11.20%) Continuous Integration
11 88 (9.95%) SDET
12 73 (8.26%) Unit Testing
13 57 (6.45%) SDLC
14 55 (6.22%) Computer Science
15 53 (6.00%) Open Source
16 48 (5.43%) Web Development
17 47 (5.32%) Problem-Solving
18 43 (4.86%) Continuous Deployment
19 42 (4.75%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 446 (50.45%) C#
2 356 (40.27%) JavaScript
3 264 (29.86%) Java
3 264 (29.86%) SQL
4 159 (17.99%) Python
5 90 (10.18%) C++
6 47 (5.32%) TypeScript
7 45 (5.09%) C
8 44 (4.98%) VB.NET
9 37 (4.19%) VB
10 34 (3.85%) PHP
10 34 (3.85%) T-SQL
11 23 (2.60%) PL/SQL
11 23 (2.60%) PowerShell
12 20 (2.26%) Ruby
13 19 (2.15%) Bash Shell
14 17 (1.92%) Java 8
15 16 (1.81%) Perl
16 14 (1.58%) VB6
16 14 (1.58%) VBA
Qualifications
1 121 (13.69%) Security Cleared
2 80 (9.05%) SC Cleared
3 63 (7.13%) Degree
4 34 (3.85%) DV Cleared
5 16 (1.81%) Computer Science Degree
6 15 (1.70%) BPSS Clearance
7 9 (1.02%) ISTQB
8 5 (0.57%) AWS Certification
8 5 (0.57%) ISEB
9 4 (0.45%) DBS Check
10 3 (0.34%) Numerate Degree
11 2 (0.23%) Microsoft Certification
12 1 (0.11%) CTC Cleared
12 1 (0.11%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 1 (0.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 1 (0.11%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 57 (6.45%) QA
2 10 (1.13%) GDPR
3 7 (0.79%) MISRA
3 7 (0.79%) MISRA C
4 5 (0.57%) WCAG
5 4 (0.45%) ISO 15022
5 4 (0.45%) ISO 20022
5 4 (0.45%) Solvency II
6 3 (0.34%) GxP
6 3 (0.34%) PCI DSS
7 2 (0.23%) Disclosure Scotland
8 1 (0.11%) IFRS
8 1 (0.11%) JTAG
8 1 (0.11%) PSD2
System Software
1 72 (8.14%) Docker
2 5 (0.57%) Active Directory
3 4 (0.45%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (0.11%) Firmware
4 1 (0.11%) LXC
Systems Management
1 30 (3.39%) Kubernetes
2 20 (2.26%) Terraform
3 17 (1.92%) Ansible
4 14 (1.58%) Control-M
5 8 (0.90%) Kibana
6 5 (0.57%) Puppet
7 4 (0.45%) HP ALM
8 3 (0.34%) Docker Swarm
8 3 (0.34%) nmon
8 3 (0.34%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
8 3 (0.34%) Single Sign-On
8 3 (0.34%) WSUS
9 2 (0.23%) logstash
10 1 (0.11%) Grafana
10 1 (0.11%) HP Quality Center
10 1 (0.11%) Microsoft Intune
10 1 (0.11%) MIIS
10 1 (0.11%) Rancher
10 1 (0.11%) SCCM
Vendors
1 122 (13.80%) Microsoft
2 81 (9.16%) Oracle
3 29 (3.28%) SAP
4 24 (2.71%) Cadence
5 20 (2.26%) Xamarin
6 16 (1.81%) Informatica
7 12 (1.36%) BMC
8 11 (1.24%) Google
8 11 (1.24%) IBM
8 11 (1.24%) IFS
9 10 (1.13%) Telerik
10 9 (1.02%) ServiceNow
11 8 (0.90%) HP
12 7 (0.79%) Sitecore
13 6 (0.68%) Cypress Semiconductor
13 6 (0.68%) Red Hat
13 6 (0.68%) TIBCO
14 4 (0.45%) Rackspace
14 4 (0.45%) Splunk
14 4 (0.45%) Tableau