Period
to 23 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Software Developer was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 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.

Software Developer
UK
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 326 315 369
Rank change year-on-year -11 +54 +17
Contract jobs requiring a Software Developer 771 807 719
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.75% 0.77% 0.63%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.79% 0.81% 0.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 497 489 410
UK median daily rate £425 £388 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.68% +10.71% -
10th Percentile £310 £270 £275
90th Percentile £575 £546 £510
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £350 £340
% change year-on-year +8.57% +2.94% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 43 40
UK median hourly rate £41.15 £41.50 £38.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.84% +9.21% +1.33%
10th Percentile £26.25 £31.25 £33.65
90th Percentile £49.35 £48.75 £51.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.15 £40.00 £38.00
% change year-on-year +2.88% +5.26% +1.33%

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 97742 99747 107875
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.80% 94.76% 94.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 64508 65028 68632
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 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2923 3319 4120
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +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

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 23 November 2017.

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 23 November 2017.

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 23 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 -15 704 £425 +6.25% 511
UK excluding London -7 457 £380 +8.57% 418
London +27 299 £462 +8.76% 109
South East -25 122 £399 -0.31% 115
North of England +31 103 £425 +6.25% 122
North West +45 72 £425 +13.33% 67
South West -35 71 £356 +9.62% 47
Midlands +24 70 £370 +2.07% 50
West Midlands +28 39 £350 +4.48% 24
East of England -22 38 £381 +8.93% 68
Scotland -3 36 £380 +15.15% 11
East Midlands -4 30 £413 +13.79% 25
Yorkshire -13 23 £394 +3.62% 44
Wales +18 17 £375 -6.25% 3
North East +47 12 £425 -10.53% 11
Northern Ireland -40 1 - - 2

Software Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 November 2017, Software Developer 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 Software Developer in the job title.

1 370 (47.99%) Agile Software Development
2 311 (40.34%) C#
3 292 (37.87%) Java
4 278 (36.06%) .NET
5 254 (32.94%) SQL
6 251 (32.56%) JavaScript
7 176 (22.83%) TDD
8 168 (21.79%) SQL Server
9 161 (20.88%) HTML
10 157 (20.36%) MVC
11 151 (19.58%) CSS
12 143 (18.55%) Microsoft
13 138 (17.90%) Software Engineering
14 135 (17.51%) Scrum
15 134 (17.38%) Linux
16 133 (17.25%) Git (software)
17 129 (16.73%) Test Automation
18 125 (16.21%) ASP.NET
19 123 (15.95%) Python
19 123 (15.95%) Finance
19 123 (15.95%) REST
20 111 (14.40%) Web Services
21 109 (14.14%) JSON
22 108 (14.01%) AngularJS
23 105 (13.62%) C++
24 96 (12.45%) Windows
24 96 (12.45%) Degree
25 93 (12.06%) jQuery
26 91 (11.80%) JIRA
27 90 (11.67%) BDD

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 35 (4.54%) Confluence
2 20 (2.59%) SharePoint
3 14 (1.82%) Apache Spark
4 13 (1.69%) Elasticsearch
4 13 (1.69%) IIS
5 11 (1.43%) Cloud Foundry
6 10 (1.30%) Tomcat
7 9 (1.17%) Apache
8 8 (1.04%) CMS
9 7 (0.91%) Apache Solr
9 7 (0.91%) Umbraco
10 4 (0.52%) Drupal
10 4 (0.52%) JBoss
10 4 (0.52%) nginx
10 4 (0.52%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 4 (0.52%) SharePoint 2010
11 3 (0.39%) BizTalk Server
11 3 (0.39%) Documentum
11 3 (0.39%) OpenStack
11 3 (0.39%) WebLogic
Applications
1 5 (0.65%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (0.52%) Photoshop
3 3 (0.39%) Microsoft Office
4 2 (0.26%) Adobe Premiere
4 2 (0.26%) Autodesk Inventor
4 2 (0.26%) MicroStation
4 2 (0.26%) SOLIDWORKS
5 1 (0.13%) Adobe After Effects
5 1 (0.13%) Adobe Illustrator
5 1 (0.13%) AutoCAD
5 1 (0.13%) CINEMA 4D
5 1 (0.13%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 14 (1.82%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.39%) Dynamics NAV
2 3 (0.39%) Maximo
3 2 (0.26%) Magento
3 2 (0.26%) MetaTrader
4 1 (0.13%) BASE24
4 1 (0.13%) ION MarketView
4 1 (0.13%) Markit EDM
4 1 (0.13%) Postilion
4 1 (0.13%) RMDS
4 1 (0.13%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.13%) VisionPLUS
Cloud Services
1 67 (8.69%) Amazon AWS
2 52 (6.74%) Microsoft Azure
3 16 (2.08%) Slack
4 15 (1.95%) PaaS
5 12 (1.56%) GitHub
5 12 (1.56%) OpenShift
5 12 (1.56%) Serverless
6 11 (1.43%) Amazon EC2
6 11 (1.43%) SaaS
7 10 (1.30%) Google Cloud Platform
8 7 (0.91%) AWS Lambda
8 7 (0.91%) Dynamics 365
9 6 (0.78%) Amazon SQS
9 6 (0.78%) Google Analytics
9 6 (0.78%) Office 365
10 5 (0.65%) Amazon S3
10 5 (0.65%) Cloud Computing
10 5 (0.65%) npm
11 2 (0.26%) IaaS
11 2 (0.26%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 20 (2.59%) HTTP
2 19 (2.46%) Internet
3 14 (1.82%) TCP/IP
4 11 (1.43%) Wireless
5 8 (1.04%) FIX Connectivity
6 7 (0.91%) Bluetooth
6 7 (0.91%) Intranet
6 7 (0.91%) SSL
7 6 (0.78%) SMS
8 4 (0.52%) 3G
8 4 (0.52%) CTI
8 4 (0.52%) DNS
8 4 (0.52%) Ethernet
8 4 (0.52%) MQTT
8 4 (0.52%) Network Security
8 4 (0.52%) Skype
8 4 (0.52%) Wi-Fi
9 3 (0.39%) 4G
9 3 (0.39%) LTE
10 2 (0.26%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 168 (21.79%) SQL Server
2 64 (8.30%) MongoDB
3 61 (7.91%) NoSQL
4 57 (7.39%) PostgreSQL
5 36 (4.67%) Relational Database
6 35 (4.54%) MySQL
7 29 (3.76%) Big Data
8 23 (2.98%) Oracle Database
9 17 (2.20%) SQL Server 2008
10 15 (1.95%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 15 (1.95%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 13 (1.69%) Hadoop
11 13 (1.69%) SQL Server 2000
12 11 (1.43%) Apache Cassandra
13 9 (1.17%) RDBMS
13 9 (1.17%) Redis
14 8 (1.04%) GIS
14 8 (1.04%) SQL Server 2005
15 7 (0.91%) Data Warehouse
15 7 (0.91%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 133 (17.25%) Git (software)
2 91 (11.80%) JIRA
3 74 (9.60%) Visual Studio
4 72 (9.34%) Cucumber
4 72 (9.34%) Jenkins
5 51 (6.61%) Selenium
6 45 (5.84%) Team Foundation Server
7 34 (4.41%) JUnit
8 32 (4.15%) Maven
9 29 (3.76%) IntelliJ
10 27 (3.50%) SpecFlow
10 27 (3.50%) TeamCity
11 25 (3.24%) Eclipse
12 19 (2.46%) Subversion
12 19 (2.46%) WebDriver
13 16 (2.08%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 16 (2.08%) NUnit
14 11 (1.43%) Gradle
14 11 (1.43%) Jasmine
15 10 (1.30%) JBehave
General
1 123 (15.95%) Finance
2 47 (6.10%) Banking
3 43 (5.58%) Telecoms
4 37 (4.80%) Manufacturing
5 35 (4.54%) Marketing
6 34 (4.41%) Electronics
7 18 (2.33%) Automotive
8 16 (2.08%) Investment Banking
8 16 (2.08%) Retail
9 11 (1.43%) Retail Banking
10 9 (1.17%) Advertising
10 9 (1.17%) Front Office
10 9 (1.17%) Games
11 8 (1.04%) Back Office
12 6 (0.78%) Law
13 4 (0.52%) Publishing
14 3 (0.39%) Financial Institution
14 3 (0.39%) Legal
14 3 (0.39%) Military
15 2 (0.26%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 278 (36.06%) .NET
2 161 (20.88%) HTML
3 151 (19.58%) CSS
4 125 (16.21%) ASP.NET
5 123 (15.95%) REST
6 111 (14.40%) Web Services
7 109 (14.14%) JSON
8 108 (14.01%) AngularJS
9 93 (12.06%) jQuery
10 87 (11.28%) Spring
11 77 (9.99%) Node.js
12 75 (9.73%) RESTful
13 71 (9.21%) ASP.NET MVC
14 69 (8.95%) XML
15 67 (8.69%) .NET Framework
16 63 (8.17%) HTML5
17 62 (8.04%) SOAP
18 59 (7.65%) ASP.NET Web API
19 53 (6.87%) WCF
20 48 (6.23%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 51 (6.61%) Computer Science
2 30 (3.89%) Analytical Skills
3 29 (3.76%) Data Structures
4 27 (3.50%) Mobile App
5 24 (3.11%) User Experience
6 22 (2.85%) Greenfield Project
7 14 (1.82%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 12 (1.56%) Algorithms
8 12 (1.56%) Client/Server
9 11 (1.43%) PKI
10 9 (1.17%) Fintech
10 9 (1.17%) N-Tier
11 8 (1.04%) Enterprise Software
12 7 (0.91%) Cloud Native
12 7 (0.91%) Digital Media
12 7 (0.91%) Management Information System
13 6 (0.78%) Device Driver
13 6 (0.78%) NHS
13 6 (0.78%) RIA
14 5 (0.65%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 134 (17.38%) Linux
2 96 (12.45%) Windows
3 28 (3.63%) Unix
4 24 (3.11%) Android
5 12 (1.56%) Apple iOS
5 12 (1.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 7 (0.91%) Windows Server
7 5 (0.65%) CentOS
7 5 (0.65%) Nucleus RTOS
8 4 (0.52%) Mac OS
8 4 (0.52%) Windows 7
8 4 (0.52%) Windows Server 2008
8 4 (0.52%) Windows Server 2012
9 3 (0.39%) Embedded Linux
9 3 (0.39%) Windows 10
10 2 (0.26%) MVS
10 2 (0.26%) Solaris
10 2 (0.26%) Ubuntu
10 2 (0.26%) Windows Phone
11 1 (0.13%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 370 (47.99%) Agile Software Development
2 176 (22.83%) TDD
3 157 (20.36%) MVC
4 138 (17.90%) Software Engineering
5 135 (17.51%) Scrum
6 129 (16.73%) Test Automation
7 90 (11.67%) BDD
8 86 (11.15%) Continuous Integration
9 80 (10.38%) OO
10 73 (9.47%) SDET
11 67 (8.69%) Microservices
12 63 (8.17%) SDLC
13 58 (7.52%) Open Source
14 50 (6.49%) Business Intelligence
15 46 (5.97%) Unit Testing
16 45 (5.84%) Web Development
17 42 (5.45%) DevOps
18 36 (4.67%) Multithreading
19 35 (4.54%) Kanban
20 34 (4.41%) Pair Programming
Programming Languages
1 311 (40.34%) C#
2 292 (37.87%) Java
3 254 (32.94%) SQL
4 251 (32.56%) JavaScript
5 123 (15.95%) Python
6 105 (13.62%) C++
7 45 (5.84%) C
8 44 (5.71%) T-SQL
9 42 (5.45%) Ruby
10 35 (4.54%) VB.NET
11 32 (4.15%) Scala
12 23 (2.98%) Perl
13 18 (2.33%) PHP
13 18 (2.33%) TypeScript
13 18 (2.33%) VB
14 15 (1.95%) Embedded C
15 14 (1.82%) PL/SQL
15 14 (1.82%) PowerShell
16 13 (1.69%) Go
17 12 (1.56%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 96 (12.45%) Degree
2 50 (6.49%) Security Cleared
3 42 (5.45%) SC Cleared
4 22 (2.85%) Computer Science Degree
5 10 (1.30%) BPSS Clearance
6 6 (0.78%) ISTQB
7 4 (0.52%) DV Cleared
8 3 (0.39%) ISEB
8 3 (0.39%) Microsoft Certification
9 2 (0.26%) DBS Check
10 1 (0.13%) HND
10 1 (0.13%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 1 (0.13%) MCP
10 1 (0.13%) RHCE
10 1 (0.13%) RHCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 51 (6.61%) QA
2 4 (0.52%) WCAG
3 3 (0.39%) Disclosure Scotland
3 3 (0.39%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 2 (0.26%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.26%) MISRA
4 2 (0.26%) MISRA C
4 2 (0.26%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.13%) HL7
5 1 (0.13%) IEC 61508
5 1 (0.13%) IEC 62304
5 1 (0.13%) ISO 26262
5 1 (0.13%) ISO 8583
5 1 (0.13%) MiFID
System Software
1 51 (6.61%) Docker
2 9 (1.17%) Active Directory
3 4 (0.52%) Firmware
4 3 (0.39%) Cronacle
4 3 (0.39%) HDFS
4 3 (0.39%) VirtualBox
4 3 (0.39%) VMware ESXi
4 3 (0.39%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (0.26%) KVM
5 2 (0.26%) VMware Workstation
5 2 (0.26%) vSphere
6 1 (0.13%) Apache Flume
6 1 (0.13%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 1 (0.13%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.13%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 17 (2.20%) Ansible
2 14 (1.82%) Kubernetes
2 14 (1.82%) Puppet
3 7 (0.91%) Opscode Chef
4 5 (0.65%) Rancher
5 4 (0.52%) Grafana
6 3 (0.39%) Kibana
6 3 (0.39%) Nagios
7 2 (0.26%) Graphite
7 2 (0.26%) Mesos
7 2 (0.26%) Terraform
7 2 (0.26%) vCenter Server
8 1 (0.13%) CA Single Sign-On
8 1 (0.13%) HP Fortify
8 1 (0.13%) Juju
8 1 (0.13%) PowerCLI
Vendors
1 143 (18.55%) Microsoft
2 52 (6.74%) Oracle
3 33 (4.28%) SAP
4 19 (2.46%) Google
5 11 (1.43%) Red Hat
6 10 (1.30%) Atlassian
6 10 (1.30%) IBM
6 10 (1.30%) TIBCO
7 8 (1.04%) VMware
8 7 (0.91%) Sybase
9 6 (0.78%) Software AG
10 5 (0.65%) OpenText
10 5 (0.65%) webMethods
11 4 (0.52%) Cisco
11 4 (0.52%) ESRI
12 3 (0.39%) AppDynamics
12 3 (0.39%) Cloudera
12 3 (0.39%) Sencha
12 3 (0.39%) Sitecore
12 3 (0.39%) Solace