Period
to 17 July 2018

The median contractor rate for a Software Developer was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 17 July 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
17 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 295 308 333
Rank change year-on-year +13 +25 +65
Contract jobs requiring a Software Developer 886 756 807
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.85% 0.80% 0.73%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.90% 0.84% 0.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 589 488 475
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +11.94%
10th Percentile £310 £277 £267
90th Percentile £575 £550 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +3.33% +7.14% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 41 77
UK median hourly rate £42.75 £40.00 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.88% -5.88% +14.86%
10th Percentile £30.23 £30.00 £32.00
90th Percentile £53.75 £53.75 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £42.38
% change year-on-year +6.25% -5.60% +16.10%

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 98,318 90,176 104,707
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.86% 94.93% 95.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 64,376 58,426 68,095
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £255
90th Percentile £638 £619 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,167 2,928 3,156
UK median hourly rate £18.09 £18.70 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.29% -4.10% +11.43%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.47
90th Percentile £48.75 £50.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.77 £19.00
% change year-on-year -1.52% -6.47% +11.76%

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 17 July 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 17 July 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 17 July 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 +10 798 £425 +6.25% 1,073
UK excluding London +18 561 £388 +3.33% 887
London -13 315 £500 +9.59% 261
South East -1 168 £400 +14.29% 217
North of England +2 130 £375 - 222
Midlands +13 86 £350 -6.67% 130
West Midlands +2 65 £325 -13.33% 78
Scotland -2 64 £400 +6.67% 42
South West -14 63 £410 +13.10% 128
North West -19 60 £350 -8.20% 121
Yorkshire +10 55 £425 +13.33% 78
East of England +4 36 £400 +33.33% 115
East Midlands +2 21 £388 -3.13% 52
North East -8 15 £353 +3.68% 23
Wales -9 14 £413 +3.13% 24
Northern Ireland +18 1 - - 9

Software Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 July 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.

1 414 (46.73%) C#
2 389 (43.91%) Agile Software Development
3 388 (43.79%) .NET
4 301 (33.97%) JavaScript
5 289 (32.62%) Java
6 276 (31.15%) SQL
7 199 (22.46%) SQL Server
8 183 (20.65%) Software Engineering
9 176 (19.86%) HTML
10 175 (19.75%) AngularJS
11 162 (18.28%) MVC
12 159 (17.95%) CSS
13 158 (17.83%) TDD
14 145 (16.37%) Microsoft Azure
15 141 (15.91%) Git (software)
16 136 (15.35%) Test Automation
17 134 (15.12%) Finance
18 132 (14.90%) Python
19 122 (13.77%) Linux
20 121 (13.66%) ASP.NET
21 118 (13.32%) Scrum
22 111 (12.53%) Microsoft
23 107 (12.08%) Node.js
24 105 (11.85%) jQuery
25 100 (11.29%) BDD
26 95 (10.72%) Continuous Integration
27 94 (10.61%) Web Services
27 94 (10.61%) C++
27 94 (10.61%) Microservices
28 93 (10.50%) Amazon AWS

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 (3.84%) Apache
2 25 (2.82%) Confluence
3 23 (2.60%) Elasticsearch
3 23 (2.60%) NServiceBus
4 15 (1.69%) JBoss
4 15 (1.69%) Tomcat
5 14 (1.58%) WebSphere
6 13 (1.47%) Cloud Foundry
7 12 (1.35%) Apache Spark
7 12 (1.35%) CMS
8 11 (1.24%) SharePoint
9 8 (0.90%) Jetty
10 6 (0.68%) IIS
10 6 (0.68%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 6 (0.68%) Umbraco
11 5 (0.56%) nginx
12 4 (0.45%) Apache Solr
12 4 (0.45%) Liferay
12 4 (0.45%) WildFly
13 3 (0.34%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 4 (0.45%) Microsoft Excel
1 4 (0.45%) Stata
2 3 (0.34%) Chatbot
2 3 (0.34%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.23%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.11%) AutoCAD
4 1 (0.11%) Doxygen
4 1 (0.11%) InVision
4 1 (0.11%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.11%) Photoshop
4 1 (0.11%) Revit
4 1 (0.11%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 13 (1.47%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.23%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.11%) BusinessWorks
3 1 (0.11%) Distributed Ledger
3 1 (0.11%) HiPortfolio
3 1 (0.11%) Infor M3
3 1 (0.11%) Magento
3 1 (0.11%) TIBCO iProcess
Cloud Services
1 145 (16.37%) Microsoft Azure
2 93 (10.50%) Amazon AWS
3 25 (2.82%) Cloud Computing
4 23 (2.60%) Google Cloud Platform
5 21 (2.37%) PaaS
6 20 (2.26%) npm
7 19 (2.14%) GitHub
8 11 (1.24%) OpenShift
9 10 (1.13%) SaaS
10 9 (1.02%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
11 8 (0.90%) Amazon EC2
11 8 (0.90%) Slack
12 7 (0.79%) Serverless
13 6 (0.68%) IBM Cloud
14 5 (0.56%) Amazon S3
14 5 (0.56%) AWS Lambda
15 4 (0.45%) Amazon Kinesis
15 4 (0.45%) Azure Active Directory
15 4 (0.45%) NuGet
15 4 (0.45%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 18 (2.03%) HTTP
1 18 (2.03%) Internet
2 9 (1.02%) SMS
2 9 (1.02%) TCP/IP
3 5 (0.56%) HTTPS
4 4 (0.45%) Firewall
4 4 (0.45%) Skype
4 4 (0.45%) SSL
5 3 (0.34%) Asterisk PBX
5 3 (0.34%) Diameter Protocol
5 3 (0.34%) FTP
5 3 (0.34%) GSM
5 3 (0.34%) LTE
5 3 (0.34%) MGW
5 3 (0.34%) Network Security
5 3 (0.34%) PBX
5 3 (0.34%) RTP
5 3 (0.34%) SMTP
5 3 (0.34%) UMTS
5 3 (0.34%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 199 (22.46%) SQL Server
2 65 (7.34%) NoSQL
3 49 (5.53%) MongoDB
4 48 (5.42%) MySQL
5 45 (5.08%) PostgreSQL
6 41 (4.63%) Relational Database
7 22 (2.48%) Big Data
8 16 (1.81%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 13 (1.47%) RDBMS
9 13 (1.47%) SQL Server 2000
10 12 (1.35%) Apache Hive
10 12 (1.35%) Hadoop
10 12 (1.35%) Oracle Database
10 12 (1.35%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 11 (1.24%) Azure SQL Database
11 11 (1.24%) Redis
12 10 (1.13%) SQL Server 2008
13 9 (1.02%) Apache Cassandra
13 9 (1.02%) SQL Server 2012
14 8 (0.90%) Neo4j
Development Applications
1 141 (15.91%) Git (software)
2 89 (10.05%) Jenkins
3 70 (7.90%) JIRA
4 64 (7.22%) Selenium
5 50 (5.64%) Visual Studio
6 44 (4.97%) Team Foundation Server
7 40 (4.51%) Cucumber
8 38 (4.29%) Maven
9 34 (3.84%) Subversion
10 33 (3.72%) SpecFlow
11 31 (3.50%) NUnit
12 29 (3.27%) JUnit
12 29 (3.27%) Octopus Deploy
13 26 (2.93%) WebDriver
14 24 (2.71%) Jasmine
15 22 (2.48%) TeamCity
16 17 (1.92%) Eclipse
17 16 (1.81%) Bitbucket
18 15 (1.69%) AccuRev
18 15 (1.69%) Gradle
General
1 134 (15.12%) Finance
2 42 (4.74%) Banking
3 25 (2.82%) Telecoms
4 22 (2.48%) Back Office
4 22 (2.48%) Marketing
5 21 (2.37%) Electronics
5 21 (2.37%) Retail
6 20 (2.26%) Games
7 17 (1.92%) Manufacturing
8 13 (1.47%) Law
9 11 (1.24%) Automotive
10 9 (1.02%) Advertising
11 7 (0.79%) Retail Banking
12 6 (0.68%) Front Office
13 4 (0.45%) Financial Institution
13 4 (0.45%) Investment Banking
14 2 (0.23%) Aerospace
14 2 (0.23%) French Language
14 2 (0.23%) International Banking
14 2 (0.23%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 388 (43.79%) .NET
2 176 (19.86%) HTML
3 175 (19.75%) AngularJS
4 159 (17.95%) CSS
5 121 (13.66%) ASP.NET
6 107 (12.08%) Node.js
7 105 (11.85%) jQuery
8 94 (10.61%) Web Services
9 89 (10.05%) .NET Framework
10 79 (8.92%) REST
10 79 (8.92%) XML
11 75 (8.47%) Spring
12 66 (7.45%) React
13 63 (7.11%) ASP.NET MVC
14 60 (6.77%) ASP.NET Web API
15 55 (6.21%) RESTful
16 53 (5.98%) HTML5
17 50 (5.64%) Entity Framework
18 47 (5.30%) RabbitMQ
19 46 (5.19%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 48 (5.42%) Greenfield Project
2 40 (4.51%) Computer Science
3 37 (4.18%) User Experience
4 28 (3.16%) Analytical Skills
5 26 (2.93%) Mobile App
6 23 (2.60%) Fintech
7 14 (1.58%) Algorithms
8 13 (1.47%) Data Structures
9 12 (1.35%) Self-Motivation
10 10 (1.13%) Enterprise Software
10 10 (1.13%) Public Cloud
11 9 (1.02%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 9 (1.02%) Wiki
12 8 (0.90%) Fixed Income
13 7 (0.79%) Virtual Team
14 6 (0.68%) Linux Command Line
15 5 (0.56%) Derivative
15 5 (0.56%) Hedge funds
16 4 (0.45%) Digital Media
16 4 (0.45%) Embedded Systems
Operating Systems
1 122 (13.77%) Linux
2 74 (8.35%) Windows
3 45 (5.08%) Unix
4 31 (3.50%) Android
5 29 (3.27%) Apple iOS
6 14 (1.58%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 10 (1.13%) Ubuntu
8 8 (0.90%) CentOS
9 6 (0.68%) VMS
9 6 (0.68%) VxWorks
10 5 (0.56%) Windows Server
11 4 (0.45%) Mac OS X
11 4 (0.45%) Nucleus RTOS
11 4 (0.45%) Windows 10
11 4 (0.45%) Windows 7
11 4 (0.45%) Windows Embedded Compact
11 4 (0.45%) Windows Phone
12 2 (0.23%) Embedded Linux
13 1 (0.11%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 389 (43.91%) Agile Software Development
2 183 (20.65%) Software Engineering
3 162 (18.28%) MVC
4 158 (17.83%) TDD
5 136 (15.35%) Test Automation
6 118 (13.32%) Scrum
7 100 (11.29%) BDD
8 95 (10.72%) Continuous Integration
9 94 (10.61%) Microservices
10 81 (9.14%) OO
11 80 (9.03%) DevOps
12 72 (8.13%) Unit Testing
13 69 (7.79%) Problem-Solving
14 67 (7.56%) SDET
15 65 (7.34%) E-Commerce
16 51 (5.76%) Multithreading
17 48 (5.42%) Web Development
18 47 (5.30%) Open Source
19 39 (4.40%) Kanban
20 38 (4.29%) SOLID
Programming Languages
1 414 (46.73%) C#
2 301 (33.97%) JavaScript
3 289 (32.62%) Java
4 276 (31.15%) SQL
5 132 (14.90%) Python
6 94 (10.61%) C++
7 68 (7.67%) T-SQL
8 48 (5.42%) VB.NET
9 39 (4.40%) PHP
10 35 (3.95%) C
11 34 (3.84%) Go
12 29 (3.27%) TypeScript
13 28 (3.16%) Ruby
14 24 (2.71%) Scala
15 20 (2.26%) Perl
15 20 (2.26%) PL/SQL
16 19 (2.14%) VB
17 15 (1.69%) Java 8
18 14 (1.58%) PowerShell
19 13 (1.47%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 90 (10.16%) Security Cleared
2 62 (7.00%) Degree
3 56 (6.32%) SC Cleared
4 16 (1.81%) DV Cleared
5 14 (1.58%) Computer Science Degree
6 7 (0.79%) BPSS Clearance
7 5 (0.56%) ISEB
7 5 (0.56%) ISTQB
8 4 (0.45%) CTC Cleared
9 3 (0.34%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 3 (0.34%) Microsoft Certification
10 2 (0.23%) MCAD
10 2 (0.23%) MCSD
10 2 (0.23%) MCTS
10 2 (0.23%) OCA
10 2 (0.23%) Oracle Certification
10 2 (0.23%) Sun Certification
11 1 (0.11%) DBS Check
11 1 (0.11%) Master's Degree
11 1 (0.11%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 39 (4.40%) QA
2 4 (0.45%) Disclosure Scotland
2 4 (0.45%) IEC 62304
2 4 (0.45%) ISO 13485
3 3 (0.34%) GDPR
3 3 (0.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.23%) DO-178B
4 2 (0.23%) MISRA
4 2 (0.23%) SLA
5 1 (0.11%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.11%) ECSS
5 1 (0.11%) GCP
5 1 (0.11%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 75 (8.47%) Docker
2 7 (0.79%) Active Directory
3 6 (0.68%) Apache ZooKeeper
3 6 (0.68%) Firmware
4 3 (0.34%) HDFS
4 3 (0.34%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (0.23%) Postfix
6 1 (0.11%) OpenIDM
6 1 (0.11%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 19 (2.14%) Puppet
2 18 (2.03%) Terraform
3 14 (1.58%) Ansible
4 9 (1.02%) Grafana
4 9 (1.02%) Kubernetes
5 6 (0.68%) Graylog
6 4 (0.45%) Rancher
7 3 (0.34%) HP Quality Center
7 3 (0.34%) Opscode Chef
8 2 (0.23%) Docker Swarm
8 2 (0.23%) Forum Sentry
8 2 (0.23%) Graphite
8 2 (0.23%) Kibana
9 1 (0.11%) Business Desktop Deployment
9 1 (0.11%) HAProxy
9 1 (0.11%) Matomo
9 1 (0.11%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 111 (12.53%) Microsoft
2 54 (6.09%) Oracle
3 30 (3.39%) Google
4 17 (1.92%) Red Hat
5 14 (1.58%) SAP
6 12 (1.35%) IBM
7 9 (1.02%) Telerik
7 9 (1.02%) Xamarin
8 7 (0.79%) TIBCO
9 5 (0.56%) Atlassian
10 4 (0.45%) Cisco
11 3 (0.34%) Blue Prism
11 3 (0.34%) Capita
11 3 (0.34%) DevExpress
11 3 (0.34%) Infragistics
11 3 (0.34%) QNX
11 3 (0.34%) Unisys
11 3 (0.34%) VMware
11 3 (0.34%) WSO2
11 3 (0.34%) Zend