The median contractor rate for a Software Developer was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 28 March 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
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 289 279 381
Rank change year-on-year -10 +102  
Contract jobs requiring a Software Developer 362 448 282
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.80% 0.84% 0.52%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.85% 0.88% 0.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 241 262 151
Median daily rate £375 £375 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +15.38%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year - +7.69%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 47 28
Median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +14.86%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £37.00 £15.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £47.90 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £34.00
% change year-on-year - +25.00%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 42733 51025 51236
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.78% 95.23% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 27760 33065 30937
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £560
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1481 1587 2052
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £48.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.63 £17.00
% change year-on-year -10.82% +15.44%  

Software Developer
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Software Developer in the job title.

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 3 months to 28 March 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 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Software Developer in the UK

Software Developer
Top 30 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 3 months to 28 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -6 342 £375 -5.06% 446
London +30 127 £475 +7.04% 93
South East -3 75 £331 +0.37% 101
Hampshire +1 31 £335 +1.51% 29
North West +22 30 £375 -6.25% 65
East of England +17 29 £300 -10.11% 43
South West -36 25 £313 -13.79% 47
City of London -1 20 £500 +21.21% 21
West Midlands +6 19 £375 -18.47% 27
Manchester +10 17 £375 -6.25% 30
Devon +1 14 £275 -38.88% 5
Yorkshire -8 14 £375 +17.18% 41
Oxfordshire - 14 £375 - 23
Berkshire +31 13 £338 -17.68% 14
East Midlands -4 13 £406 -18.75% 20
North East -10 10 £340 +5.42% 9
Bedfordshire - 10 £350 -
Scotland +23 9 £315 -10.00% 16
Hertfordshire +12 9 £275 -15.38% 3
Plymouth +3 9 £220 -41.33% 3
Leeds -6 9 £375 +16.27% 14
West Yorkshire -11 9 £375 +16.27% 19
Oxford - 9 £410 - 15
Nottinghamshire +15 8 £400 - 6
Buckinghamshire -1 8 £275 -24.13% 14
Nottingham +12 7 £350 - 3
Tyne and Wear -10 7 £340 +5.42% 7
Newcastle upon Tyne -12 7 £340 +5.42% 7
Southampton +7 6 £320 +8.47% 8
Fareham -2 6 £238 -30.65% 4

Software Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 March 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.

1 351 (49.16%) C#
2 332 (46.50%) Agile Software Development
3 315 (44.12%) .NET
4 257 (35.99%) JavaScript
5 228 (31.93%) Java
6 209 (29.27%) SQL
7 183 (25.63%) HTML
8 175 (24.51%) MVC
9 164 (22.97%) TDD
10 159 (22.27%) SQL Server
11 154 (21.57%) ASP.NET
12 141 (19.75%) CSS
13 124 (17.37%) Software Engineering
14 119 (16.67%) Web Services
15 114 (15.97%) Scrum
16 100 (14.01%) AngularJS
17 98 (13.73%) ASP.NET MVC
18 94 (13.17%) Finance
18 94 (13.17%) Microsoft
19 92 (12.89%) jQuery
20 89 (12.46%) C++
21 85 (11.90%) Linux
22 83 (11.62%) .NET Framework
23 82 (11.48%) Windows
24 77 (10.78%) XML
24 77 (10.78%) Python
25 76 (10.64%) OO
25 76 (10.64%) Git (software)
26 74 (10.36%) RESTful
27 72 (10.08%) Team Foundation Server

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 19 (2.66%) WebSphere
2 16 (2.24%) CMS
3 14 (1.96%) Tomcat
4 13 (1.82%) JBoss
4 13 (1.82%) WebSphere Application Server
5 12 (1.68%) Apache
5 12 (1.68%) WebSphere Process Server
6 10 (1.40%) Alfresco
6 10 (1.40%) Elasticsearch
7 9 (1.26%) Confluence
8 8 (1.12%) Apache Spark
9 7 (0.98%) SharePoint
10 5 (0.70%) NServiceBus
10 5 (0.70%) OpenStack
10 5 (0.70%) WebLogic
11 4 (0.56%) Drupal
11 4 (0.56%) EPiServer
11 4 (0.56%) SilverStripe
11 4 (0.56%) Sitecore CMS
12 3 (0.42%) IIS
Applications
1 32 (4.48%) MS Excel
2 3 (0.42%) MS Office
3 2 (0.28%) Chatbot
4 1 (0.14%) Fireworks
4 1 (0.14%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 9 (1.26%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (0.28%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.28%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.14%) ION MarketView
3 1 (0.14%) Oracle BPM
3 1 (0.14%) Oracle Cash Management
3 1 (0.14%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.14%) Primavera
3 1 (0.14%) RMDS
3 1 (0.14%) SimCorp Dimension
Cloud Services
1 47 (6.58%) Microsoft Azure
2 36 (5.04%) Amazon AWS
3 29 (4.06%) GitHub
4 12 (1.68%) PaaS
5 7 (0.98%) SaaS
6 6 (0.84%) Amazon EC2
7 5 (0.70%) IaaS
8 4 (0.56%) AWS CloudFormation
8 4 (0.56%) iTunes
9 3 (0.42%) Amazon EMR
9 3 (0.42%) AWS Lambda
9 3 (0.42%) Data Lake Analytics
9 3 (0.42%) Google App Engine
9 3 (0.42%) Google Cloud Platform
9 3 (0.42%) Google Compute Engine
10 2 (0.28%) Amazon Kinesis
10 2 (0.28%) Amazon SQS
11 1 (0.14%) Amazon ElastiCache
11 1 (0.14%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
11 1 (0.14%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 22 (3.08%) HTTP
2 8 (1.12%) TCP/IP
3 6 (0.84%) LAN
4 5 (0.70%) Internet
4 5 (0.70%) Intranet
4 5 (0.70%) VoIP
4 5 (0.70%) Wireshark
5 4 (0.56%) Firewall
6 3 (0.42%) Bluetooth
6 3 (0.42%) Extranet
7 2 (0.28%) DVB
7 2 (0.28%) SSL
7 2 (0.28%) UPnP
7 2 (0.28%) Wi-Fi
8 1 (0.14%) 3G
8 1 (0.14%) IP Telephony
8 1 (0.14%) OFDM
8 1 (0.14%) SSH
8 1 (0.14%) Telnet
8 1 (0.14%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 159 (22.27%) SQL Server
2 35 (4.90%) Relational Database
3 34 (4.76%) MySQL
4 33 (4.62%) NoSQL
5 26 (3.64%) SQL Server 2012
6 25 (3.50%) MongoDB
7 22 (3.08%) PostgreSQL
8 19 (2.66%) Oracle Database
8 19 (2.66%) SQL Server 2008
9 12 (1.68%) RDBMS
10 11 (1.54%) Big Data
11 10 (1.40%) SQL Server 2005
12 8 (1.12%) GIS
12 8 (1.12%) Hadoop
12 8 (1.12%) SQL Server 2000
12 8 (1.12%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 6 (0.84%) Apache Cassandra
13 6 (0.84%) Data Warehouse
13 6 (0.84%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 4 (0.56%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 76 (10.64%) Git (software)
2 72 (10.08%) Team Foundation Server
3 62 (8.68%) Visual Studio
4 43 (6.02%) Jenkins
4 43 (6.02%) WebDriver
5 40 (5.60%) Mockito
6 37 (5.18%) Maven
6 37 (5.18%) Selenium
7 36 (5.04%) Cucumber
8 32 (4.48%) JIRA
9 29 (4.06%) Moq
10 27 (3.78%) JUnit
11 18 (2.52%) MSTest
11 18 (2.52%) NUnit
12 17 (2.38%) Subversion
13 16 (2.24%) Eclipse
14 12 (1.68%) Ant
15 8 (1.12%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 8 (1.12%) Grunt
15 8 (1.12%) SoapUI
General
1 94 (13.17%) Finance
2 27 (3.78%) Banking
3 21 (2.94%) Electronics
4 20 (2.80%) Telecoms
5 15 (2.10%) Manufacturing
6 14 (1.96%) Publishing
7 13 (1.82%) Marketing
8 12 (1.68%) Investment Banking
9 11 (1.54%) Retail
10 10 (1.40%) Back Office
10 10 (1.40%) Games
11 7 (0.98%) Front Office
12 4 (0.56%) Automotive
12 4 (0.56%) Multimedia
13 3 (0.42%) Advertising
14 2 (0.28%) Aerospace
14 2 (0.28%) Law
14 2 (0.28%) Legal
15 1 (0.14%) Financial Institution
15 1 (0.14%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 315 (44.12%) .NET
2 183 (25.63%) HTML
3 154 (21.57%) ASP.NET
4 141 (19.75%) CSS
5 119 (16.67%) Web Services
6 100 (14.01%) AngularJS
7 98 (13.73%) ASP.NET MVC
8 92 (12.89%) jQuery
9 83 (11.62%) .NET Framework
10 77 (10.78%) XML
11 74 (10.36%) RESTful
12 67 (9.38%) REST
13 65 (9.10%) WCF
14 59 (8.26%) HTML5
15 58 (8.12%) Spring
16 53 (7.42%) WPF
17 52 (7.28%) ASP.NET Web API
17 52 (7.28%) Entity Framework
18 46 (6.44%) SOAP
19 44 (6.16%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 43 (6.02%) Analytical Skills
2 35 (4.90%) Computer Science
3 20 (2.80%) Mobile App
4 16 (2.24%) User Experience
5 14 (1.96%) Algorithms
6 9 (1.26%) Fixed Income
7 8 (1.12%) Derivative
7 8 (1.12%) e-Learning
8 7 (0.98%) Client/Server
8 7 (0.98%) Enterprise Software
8 7 (0.98%) Learning Management System
8 7 (0.98%) W3C
9 6 (0.84%) Fintech
9 6 (0.84%) Replication
10 5 (0.70%) Equity Derivative
10 5 (0.70%) iPad
10 5 (0.70%) iPhone
10 5 (0.70%) NHS
11 4 (0.56%) Digital Media
11 4 (0.56%) Equities
Operating Systems
1 85 (11.90%) Linux
2 82 (11.48%) Windows
3 30 (4.20%) Android
4 25 (3.50%) Unix
5 24 (3.36%) Apple iOS
6 12 (1.68%) Ubuntu
7 5 (0.70%) Embedded Linux
8 4 (0.56%) Windows Embedded Compact
8 4 (0.56%) Windows Server
9 3 (0.42%) CentOS
9 3 (0.42%) Solaris
9 3 (0.42%) Windows 10
10 2 (0.28%) HPUX
11 1 (0.14%) Mac OS
11 1 (0.14%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.14%) MVS
11 1 (0.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.14%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 332 (46.50%) Agile Software Development
2 175 (24.51%) MVC
3 164 (22.97%) TDD
4 124 (17.37%) Software Engineering
5 114 (15.97%) Scrum
6 76 (10.64%) OO
7 69 (9.66%) BDD
8 68 (9.52%) Unit Testing
9 65 (9.10%) Continuous Integration
10 54 (7.56%) OOP
10 54 (7.56%) SDLC
11 42 (5.88%) Web Development
12 41 (5.74%) Pair Programming
13 37 (5.18%) Automated Testing
13 37 (5.18%) DevOps
14 36 (5.04%) E-Commerce
15 32 (4.48%) Test Automation
16 31 (4.34%) Microservices
17 27 (3.78%) Mentoring
17 27 (3.78%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 351 (49.16%) C#
2 257 (35.99%) JavaScript
3 228 (31.93%) Java
4 209 (29.27%) SQL
5 89 (12.46%) C++
6 77 (10.78%) Python
7 40 (5.60%) C
8 37 (5.18%) Ruby
9 33 (4.62%) Scala
9 33 (4.62%) T-SQL
10 31 (4.34%) PHP
11 26 (3.64%) VB.NET
12 23 (3.22%) Perl
13 20 (2.80%) VB
14 18 (2.52%) PowerShell
15 16 (2.24%) Objective-C
16 12 (1.68%) PL/SQL
17 11 (1.54%) Go
18 9 (1.26%) ES6
18 9 (1.26%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 58 (8.12%) Security Cleared
2 57 (7.98%) Degree
3 43 (6.02%) SC Cleared
4 5 (0.70%) BPSS Clearance
5 4 (0.56%) HNC
5 4 (0.56%) HND
5 4 (0.56%) ISEB
5 4 (0.56%) ISTQB
6 3 (0.42%) DV Cleared
7 2 (0.28%) CISA
7 2 (0.28%) CISM
7 2 (0.28%) CISSP
7 2 (0.28%) GSEC
7 2 (0.28%) MBA
7 2 (0.28%) MCAD
7 2 (0.28%) MCSD
7 2 (0.28%) MCTS
7 2 (0.28%) Microsoft Certification
7 2 (0.28%) Postgraduate
8 1 (0.14%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (6.02%) QA
2 34 (4.76%) SDET
3 9 (1.26%) WCAG
4 4 (0.56%) Disclosure Scotland
5 3 (0.42%) ISO13485
6 1 (0.14%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.14%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.14%) ISO20022
6 1 (0.14%) SLA
System Software
1 38 (5.32%) Docker
2 3 (0.42%) Firmware
2 3 (0.42%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (0.28%) KVM
3 2 (0.28%) LXC
3 2 (0.28%) Virtual Servers
3 2 (0.28%) Xen
4 1 (0.14%) Active Directory
4 1 (0.14%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 1 (0.14%) HDFS
4 1 (0.14%) Oracle RAC
4 1 (0.14%) Shibboleth
4 1 (0.14%) Slurm Workload Manager
Systems Management
1 14 (1.96%) Opscode Chef
1 14 (1.96%) Puppet
2 8 (1.12%) Ansible
3 7 (0.98%) Terraform
4 6 (0.84%) Kubernetes
5 2 (0.28%) Graphite
5 2 (0.28%) Kibana
5 2 (0.28%) Mesos
6 1 (0.14%) Grafana
6 1 (0.14%) logstash
6 1 (0.14%) Marathon
6 1 (0.14%) Nagios
Vendors
1 94 (13.17%) Microsoft
2 69 (9.66%) Oracle
3 15 (2.10%) IBM
4 12 (1.68%) SAP
5 11 (1.54%) Telerik
6 8 (1.12%) Google
6 8 (1.12%) Sybase
6 8 (1.12%) Xamarin
7 7 (0.98%) VMware
8 4 (0.56%) Atlassian
8 4 (0.56%) Blue Prism
8 4 (0.56%) Red Hat
8 4 (0.56%) Sitecore
9 3 (0.42%) Apple
9 3 (0.42%) DevExpress
9 3 (0.42%) HP
9 3 (0.42%) Intel
9 3 (0.42%) Perforce
9 3 (0.42%) Sun
9 3 (0.42%) Tableau
Berkshire
Mortimer Spinks
Posted: 10 hours ago
County Durham
Oscar
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Square One Resources
Rate: From £150 to £200 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
Croydon, Surrey
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £50000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Swindon, Wiltshire
Hydrogen Group
Posted: Yesterday
Sutton, Surrey
Intrinsic Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Up to £450 per day + Bonus & Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Croydon, Surrey
networx
Rate: From £46,250 to £50,000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Solutions Recruitment
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester
Progressive Recruitment
Rate: £300 - £335 per annum + competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
Greater Manchester
Progressive Recruitment
Rate: £300 - £301 per day + competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Ebury
Rate: £454.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Wilmslow, Cheshire
Oscar
Rate: £300 - £375 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Claremont Consulting Ltd
Rate: From £400 to £420 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Chester, Cheshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £425 - £500 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Newport, Gwent
LA International
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Pasker
Posted: Yesterday
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Proactive Appointments
Rate: £320 - £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Central London / West End
ANSON MCCADE
Rate: £400- £500
Posted: 5 days ago
Leicester, Leicestershire
Sopra Steria Recruitment Limited
Posted: 4 days ago
Saffron Walden, Essex
The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Posted: 25 days ago
Saffron Walden, Essex
The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Posted: 19 days ago
Fareham
Spectrum IT
Posted: 21 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
VASSIT Services Ltd
Rate: Up to £70,000 per annum
Posted: 20 days ago
Saffron Walden, Essex
The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Posted: 14 days ago
Camborne, Cornwall
The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Posted: 14 days ago