Period
to 18 September 2018

The median contractor rate for a Software Developer was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 September 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
18 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 280 321 337
Rank change year-on-year +41 +16 +47
Contract jobs requiring a Software Developer 947 777 769
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.92% 0.79% 0.72%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.97% 0.84% 0.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 639 494 463
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +13.33% +7.14%
10th Percentile £313 £307 £263
90th Percentile £575 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £350
% change year-on-year +3.23% +10.71% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 51 64
UK median hourly rate £44.00 £40.00 £41.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.00% -3.61% +10.67%
10th Percentile £32.50 £30.00 £31.25
90th Percentile £53.75 £53.75 £48.68
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.00 £40.00 £41.50
% change year-on-year +10.00% -3.61% +10.67%

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 97,636 92,995 100,848
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.75% 94.93% 94.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 64,048 60,711 65,871
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £255
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +3.75% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,165 2,810 3,123
UK median hourly rate £17.85 £19.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.05% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.25
90th Percentile £48.25 £48.75 £46.69
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £18.87
% change year-on-year -2.78% -4.61% +7.83%

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 18 September 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 18 September 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 18 September 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 +34 840 £425 - 1,068
UK excluding London +35 627 £400 +3.23% 946
London +10 311 £500 +5.26% 207
South East +27 174 £418 +5.03% 244
North of England +9 142 £375 -3.23% 221
Midlands +22 96 £350 -12.50% 146
South West -19 79 £438 +18.64% 132
Scotland +19 71 £400 +3.23% 45
North West -22 66 £363 -11.59% 107
West Midlands +6 65 £338 -10.00% 86
Yorkshire +10 61 £391 +4.33% 98
East of England +7 41 £400 +1.59% 120
East Midlands +7 31 £388 -3.13% 60
Wales -15 23 £450 +12.50% 21
North East 0 15 £380 - 16
Northern Ireland +34 3 £350 -12.50% 19

Software Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 September 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.

1 448 (47.31%) C#
2 439 (46.36%) Agile Software Development
3 406 (42.87%) .NET
4 310 (32.73%) JavaScript
5 292 (30.83%) Java
6 285 (30.10%) SQL
7 217 (22.91%) SQL Server
8 198 (20.91%) Software Engineering
9 187 (19.75%) AngularJS
10 185 (19.54%) TDD
11 173 (18.27%) HTML
12 162 (17.11%) CSS
13 159 (16.79%) MVC
14 156 (16.47%) Microsoft Azure
15 155 (16.37%) Test Automation
16 144 (15.21%) Scrum
17 143 (15.10%) Git (software)
18 139 (14.68%) Python
19 137 (14.47%) Finance
20 135 (14.26%) Microsoft
21 127 (13.41%) ASP.NET
22 120 (12.67%) Linux
22 120 (12.67%) BDD
23 117 (12.35%) Web Services
24 116 (12.25%) Node.js
25 112 (11.83%) Amazon AWS
25 112 (11.83%) Microservices
26 111 (11.72%) C++
27 108 (11.40%) .NET Framework
28 102 (10.77%) OO

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 34 (3.59%) Apache
2 29 (3.06%) Elasticsearch
2 29 (3.06%) NServiceBus
3 27 (2.85%) Confluence
4 17 (1.80%) CMS
5 16 (1.69%) JBoss
6 14 (1.48%) Apache Spark
7 12 (1.27%) Tomcat
7 12 (1.27%) WebSphere
8 10 (1.06%) SharePoint
9 9 (0.95%) Cloud Foundry
10 8 (0.84%) IIS
11 7 (0.74%) Apache Solr
11 7 (0.74%) Jetty
12 6 (0.63%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 6 (0.63%) Sitecore CMS
12 6 (0.63%) Umbraco
13 5 (0.53%) EPiServer
14 4 (0.42%) WebLogic
15 3 (0.32%) Mule
Applications
1 7 (0.74%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (0.53%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.21%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.11%) Chatbot
4 1 (0.11%) InVision
4 1 (0.11%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.11%) Photoshop
4 1 (0.11%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 12 (1.27%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.53%) Oracle EBS R12
3 4 (0.42%) Oracle BPM
4 1 (0.11%) BusinessWorks
4 1 (0.11%) Distributed Ledger
4 1 (0.11%) Magento
4 1 (0.11%) Markit EDM
4 1 (0.11%) TIBCO iProcess
Cloud Services
1 156 (16.47%) Microsoft Azure
2 112 (11.83%) Amazon AWS
3 26 (2.75%) GitHub
4 24 (2.53%) Cloud Computing
5 20 (2.11%) Google Cloud Platform
6 19 (2.01%) npm
7 16 (1.69%) PaaS
8 12 (1.27%) Serverless
9 11 (1.16%) OpenShift
10 10 (1.06%) SaaS
11 9 (0.95%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
12 7 (0.74%) Amazon S3
12 7 (0.74%) BrowserStack
13 6 (0.63%) Amazon EC2
13 6 (0.63%) NuGet
14 4 (0.42%) Amazon SQS
14 4 (0.42%) AWS CloudFormation
14 4 (0.42%) AWS Lambda
14 4 (0.42%) IaaS
14 4 (0.42%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 17 (1.80%) HTTP
1 17 (1.80%) Internet
2 12 (1.27%) TCP/IP
3 9 (0.95%) SMS
4 7 (0.74%) Firewall
5 5 (0.53%) HTTPS
5 5 (0.53%) Network Security
5 5 (0.53%) Skype
6 4 (0.42%) DNS
6 4 (0.42%) SMTP
6 4 (0.42%) SNMP
6 4 (0.42%) SSH
6 4 (0.42%) SSL
7 3 (0.32%) FTP
7 3 (0.32%) Wireless
7 3 (0.32%) Wireshark
8 2 (0.21%) Ethernet
8 2 (0.21%) IMAP
9 1 (0.11%) DHCP
9 1 (0.11%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 217 (22.91%) SQL Server
2 66 (6.97%) NoSQL
3 57 (6.02%) Relational Database
4 48 (5.07%) MongoDB
5 46 (4.86%) MySQL
6 40 (4.22%) PostgreSQL
7 28 (2.96%) Hadoop
8 18 (1.90%) Big Data
9 17 (1.80%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 16 (1.69%) SQL Server 2000
11 14 (1.48%) RDBMS
12 11 (1.16%) Data Warehouse
12 11 (1.16%) Oracle Database
12 11 (1.16%) SQL Server 2008
12 11 (1.16%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 10 (1.06%) Azure SQL Database
13 10 (1.06%) SQL Server 2012
14 9 (0.95%) Apache Hive
14 9 (0.95%) Redis
15 8 (0.84%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 143 (15.10%) Git (software)
2 87 (9.19%) Jenkins
3 82 (8.66%) JIRA
4 74 (7.81%) Selenium
5 59 (6.23%) Visual Studio
6 41 (4.33%) Maven
7 40 (4.22%) Team Foundation Server
8 39 (4.12%) Cucumber
9 36 (3.80%) Octopus Deploy
10 32 (3.38%) NUnit
10 32 (3.38%) SpecFlow
10 32 (3.38%) Subversion
10 32 (3.38%) WebDriver
11 27 (2.85%) TeamCity
12 19 (2.01%) JUnit
13 17 (1.80%) Eclipse
14 16 (1.69%) AccuRev
14 16 (1.69%) Gradle
15 15 (1.58%) gulp
15 15 (1.58%) Jasmine
General
1 137 (14.47%) Finance
2 45 (4.75%) Banking
3 25 (2.64%) Marketing
4 17 (1.80%) Telecoms
5 16 (1.69%) Retail
6 15 (1.58%) Electronics
6 15 (1.58%) Manufacturing
7 14 (1.48%) Back Office
8 13 (1.37%) Games
9 12 (1.27%) Advertising
9 12 (1.27%) Law
10 10 (1.06%) Front Office
11 8 (0.84%) Automotive
12 7 (0.74%) Legal
13 6 (0.63%) Financial Institution
14 4 (0.42%) Retail Banking
15 3 (0.32%) Investment Banking
16 2 (0.21%) Aerospace
16 2 (0.21%) Avionics
16 2 (0.21%) International Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 406 (42.87%) .NET
2 187 (19.75%) AngularJS
3 173 (18.27%) HTML
4 162 (17.11%) CSS
5 127 (13.41%) ASP.NET
6 117 (12.35%) Web Services
7 116 (12.25%) Node.js
8 108 (11.40%) .NET Framework
9 99 (10.45%) React
10 85 (8.98%) jQuery
11 73 (7.71%) Spring
12 69 (7.29%) REST
13 64 (6.76%) XML
14 61 (6.44%) ASP.NET Web API
15 60 (6.34%) ASP.NET MVC
16 59 (6.23%) RESTful
17 53 (5.60%) WCF
18 50 (5.28%) .NET Core
18 50 (5.28%) HTML5
19 49 (5.17%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 58 (6.12%) Greenfield Project
2 54 (5.70%) Computer Science
3 38 (4.01%) Analytical Skills
4 37 (3.91%) User Experience
5 35 (3.70%) Fintech
6 25 (2.64%) Mobile App
7 19 (2.01%) Data Structures
8 18 (1.90%) Algorithms
9 13 (1.37%) Enterprise Software
10 12 (1.27%) Self-Motivation
11 7 (0.74%) Public Cloud
12 6 (0.63%) e-Learning
12 6 (0.63%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 6 (0.63%) NHS
13 5 (0.53%) Derivative
13 5 (0.53%) Fixed Income
13 5 (0.53%) Hedge funds
13 5 (0.53%) Virtual Team
13 5 (0.53%) Wiki
14 4 (0.42%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 120 (12.67%) Linux
2 84 (8.87%) Windows
3 38 (4.01%) Unix
4 23 (2.43%) Android
4 23 (2.43%) Apple iOS
5 7 (0.74%) Ubuntu
5 7 (0.74%) Windows Server
6 6 (0.63%) VMS
6 6 (0.63%) VxWorks
7 5 (0.53%) Windows 10
8 4 (0.42%) CentOS
8 4 (0.42%) Mac OS X
8 4 (0.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 4 (0.42%) Windows 7
8 4 (0.42%) Windows Embedded Compact
9 3 (0.32%) FreeRTOS
10 2 (0.21%) Nucleus RTOS
11 1 (0.11%) Debian
11 1 (0.11%) Embedded Linux
11 1 (0.11%) ThreadX
Processes & Methodologies
1 439 (46.36%) Agile Software Development
2 198 (20.91%) Software Engineering
3 185 (19.54%) TDD
4 159 (16.79%) MVC
5 155 (16.37%) Test Automation
6 144 (15.21%) Scrum
7 120 (12.67%) BDD
8 112 (11.83%) Microservices
9 102 (10.77%) OO
10 94 (9.93%) Continuous Integration
11 83 (8.76%) DevOps
12 80 (8.45%) SDET
13 79 (8.34%) Unit Testing
14 67 (7.07%) Problem-Solving
15 64 (6.76%) E-Commerce
16 55 (5.81%) Multithreading
17 50 (5.28%) Open Source
18 49 (5.17%) SDLC
18 49 (5.17%) Web Development
19 46 (4.86%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 448 (47.31%) C#
2 310 (32.73%) JavaScript
3 292 (30.83%) Java
4 285 (30.10%) SQL
5 139 (14.68%) Python
6 111 (11.72%) C++
7 70 (7.39%) T-SQL
8 46 (4.86%) PHP
9 43 (4.54%) VB.NET
10 38 (4.01%) C
11 37 (3.91%) TypeScript
12 28 (2.96%) Java 8
13 22 (2.32%) Scala
14 19 (2.01%) Perl
14 19 (2.01%) Ruby
15 18 (1.90%) Go
16 17 (1.80%) Shell Script
17 15 (1.58%) PL/SQL
17 15 (1.58%) PowerShell
18 14 (1.48%) VB
Qualifications
1 101 (10.67%) Security Cleared
2 72 (7.60%) Degree
3 65 (6.86%) SC Cleared
4 16 (1.69%) Computer Science Degree
5 15 (1.58%) DV Cleared
6 6 (0.63%) ISEB
6 6 (0.63%) ISTQB
7 5 (0.53%) AWS Certification
8 4 (0.42%) CTC Cleared
9 3 (0.32%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 2 (0.21%) BPSS Clearance
10 2 (0.21%) Numerate Degree
10 2 (0.21%) OCA
10 2 (0.21%) Oracle Certification
10 2 (0.21%) Sun Certification
11 1 (0.11%) Master's Degree
11 1 (0.11%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 47 (4.96%) QA
2 4 (0.42%) DO-178B
3 3 (0.32%) GDPR
3 3 (0.32%) IEC 62304
3 3 (0.32%) ISO 13485
3 3 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.21%) GCP
4 2 (0.21%) MISRA
5 1 (0.11%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 1 (0.11%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.11%) ECSS
5 1 (0.11%) WCAG
System Software
1 96 (10.14%) Docker
2 7 (0.74%) Firmware
3 6 (0.63%) Active Directory
3 6 (0.63%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 3 (0.32%) HDFS
4 3 (0.32%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (0.21%) Postfix
6 1 (0.11%) OpenIDM
6 1 (0.11%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 20 (2.11%) Terraform
2 18 (1.90%) Ansible
3 17 (1.80%) Puppet
4 16 (1.69%) Kubernetes
5 7 (0.74%) Opscode Chef
6 6 (0.63%) Grafana
7 5 (0.53%) Rancher
8 3 (0.32%) Graphite
8 3 (0.32%) HP Quality Center
8 3 (0.32%) Kibana
9 2 (0.21%) Docker Swarm
9 2 (0.21%) Forum Sentry
9 2 (0.21%) Graylog
9 2 (0.21%) HAProxy
10 1 (0.11%) Business Desktop Deployment
10 1 (0.11%) Cacti
10 1 (0.11%) Matomo
10 1 (0.11%) Mesos
10 1 (0.11%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 135 (14.26%) Microsoft
2 58 (6.12%) Oracle
3 27 (2.85%) Google
4 14 (1.48%) IBM
5 11 (1.16%) SAP
5 11 (1.16%) Zend
6 10 (1.06%) Atlassian
6 10 (1.06%) Salesforce.com
7 9 (0.95%) Xamarin
8 6 (0.63%) Sitecore
8 6 (0.63%) Telerik
8 6 (0.63%) TIBCO
9 5 (0.53%) Red Hat
10 4 (0.42%) Blue Prism
10 4 (0.42%) Capita
10 4 (0.42%) Splunk
11 3 (0.32%) Automation Anywhere
11 3 (0.32%) MuleSoft
11 3 (0.32%) UiPath
11 3 (0.32%) VMware