The median contractor rate for a Software Developer was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 25 June 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
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 267 332 353
Rank change year-on-year +65 +21  
Contract jobs requiring a Software Developer 390 362 323
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.84% 0.68% 0.58%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.89% 0.72% 0.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 242 219 185
Median daily rate £425 £370 £335
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.86% +10.44%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £275 £298
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £511 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £386 £350 £330
% change year-on-year +10.35% +6.06%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 30 12
Median hourly rate £40.00 £40.75 £39.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.84% +4.48%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £32.50 £35.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £47.50 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.50 £40.75 £39.00
% change year-on-year -5.52% +4.48%  

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 43855 50329 53147
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.75% 94.86% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 28363 32827 33406
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £568
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1353 1495 2037
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.45 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.28% +9.06%  

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 25 June 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 25 June 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 25 June 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 +56 359 £425 +13.33% 408
London +50 137 £475 +11.76% 94
South East +44 69 £358 -10.73% 89
South West -6 47 £425 +21.42% 41
North West +29 30 £375 +7.14% 44
Hampshire +11 23 £350 +4.47% 29
West Midlands +25 22 £375 +7.14% 29
Yorkshire +11 17 £405 +24.61% 39
East of England -7 17 £423 +23.35% 42
Manchester +18 16 £338 -3.57% 20
Devon -6 15 £450 +26.31% 5
City of London -1 14 £500 +5.26% 18
Scotland +44 13 £375 +15.38% 18
East Midlands -7 13 £400 +14.28% 25
West Yorkshire +9 11 £430 +32.30% 17
Oxfordshire -6 11 £418 -9.72% 22
Leeds +14 10 £430 +32.30% 12
Nottingham +8 10 £400 +14.28% 13
Nottinghamshire +2 10 £400 +14.28% 15
Surrey +2 10 £406 -9.72% 10
Bristol -6 10 £350 +9.37% 19
Buckinghamshire -8 10 £320 -18.73% 9
Edinburgh +14 9 £385 -2.77% 9
Essex -9 9 £515 +58.30% 1
Wales -12 9 £400 +45.45% 6
Plymouth -13 9 £438 - 1
Cheshire +28 8 £400 -5.88% 14
Berkshire +22 8 £400 -18.98% 10
Gloucestershire +13 8 £430 +32.30% 3
South Wales -12 8 £400 +45.45% 4

Software Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 June 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.

1 357 (47.41%) C#
2 352 (46.75%) Agile Software Development
3 296 (39.31%) .NET
4 261 (34.66%) JavaScript
5 238 (31.61%) Java
6 230 (30.54%) SQL
7 186 (24.70%) HTML
8 173 (22.97%) CSS
8 173 (22.97%) TDD
9 164 (21.78%) SQL Server
9 164 (21.78%) MVC
10 139 (18.46%) Test Automation
11 131 (17.40%) ASP.NET
12 129 (17.13%) Finance
13 128 (17.00%) Linux
14 127 (16.87%) Software Engineering
14 127 (16.87%) C++
15 114 (15.14%) Scrum
16 113 (15.01%) Git (software)
17 110 (14.61%) Python
18 100 (13.28%) Windows
19 96 (12.75%) Web Services
20 90 (11.95%) jQuery
20 90 (11.95%) Microsoft
20 90 (11.95%) SDLC
21 89 (11.82%) JSON
22 87 (11.55%) OO
23 85 (11.29%) ASP.NET MVC
24 84 (11.16%) AngularJS
25 83 (11.02%) Degree

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 21 (2.79%) Confluence
2 16 (2.12%) CMS
3 12 (1.59%) SharePoint
4 10 (1.33%) Apache
4 10 (1.33%) Tomcat
5 9 (1.20%) Elasticsearch
6 7 (0.93%) Apache Solr
6 7 (0.93%) Apache Spark
6 7 (0.93%) WebSphere
7 6 (0.80%) IIS
7 6 (0.80%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 5 (0.66%) GeoServer
8 5 (0.66%) NServiceBus
8 5 (0.66%) WebLogic
9 4 (0.53%) JBoss
9 4 (0.53%) Kinematics
10 3 (0.40%) Alfresco
10 3 (0.40%) Documentum
10 3 (0.40%) MQSeries
10 3 (0.40%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 8 (1.06%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (0.40%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.27%) Adobe Premiere
3 2 (0.27%) Chatbot
3 2 (0.27%) Photoshop
4 1 (0.13%) AutoCAD
4 1 (0.13%) Doxygen
4 1 (0.13%) Fireworks
4 1 (0.13%) LaTeX
4 1 (0.13%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 12 (1.59%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 4 (0.53%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.53%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (0.27%) Maximo
4 1 (0.13%) ION MarketView
4 1 (0.13%) Markit EDM
4 1 (0.13%) Oracle Cash Management
4 1 (0.13%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 48 (6.37%) Microsoft Azure
2 34 (4.52%) Amazon AWS
3 12 (1.59%) GitHub
4 5 (0.66%) Google App Engine
4 5 (0.66%) Google Cloud Platform
4 5 (0.66%) Google Compute Engine
4 5 (0.66%) PaaS
4 5 (0.66%) SaaS
4 5 (0.66%) Slack
5 3 (0.40%) Amazon EC2
5 3 (0.40%) Office 365
6 2 (0.27%) Amazon Kinesis
6 2 (0.27%) AWS CloudFormation
6 2 (0.27%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (0.27%) IaaS
6 2 (0.27%) iTunes
6 2 (0.27%) OpenShift
6 2 (0.27%) Sauce Labs
7 1 (0.13%) AWS Lambda
7 1 (0.13%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 22 (2.92%) HTTP
2 11 (1.46%) Internet
3 10 (1.33%) TCP/IP
4 9 (1.20%) Intranet
5 8 (1.06%) Wi-Fi
5 8 (1.06%) Wireshark
6 6 (0.80%) FIX Connectivity
7 5 (0.66%) Bluetooth
8 4 (0.53%) VoIP
8 4 (0.53%) Wireless
9 3 (0.40%) Extranet
9 3 (0.40%) LAN
9 3 (0.40%) SSL
9 3 (0.40%) tcpdump
10 2 (0.27%) DVB
10 2 (0.27%) Ethernet
10 2 (0.27%) Firewall
10 2 (0.27%) Skype
10 2 (0.27%) UPnP
11 1 (0.13%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 164 (21.78%) SQL Server
2 46 (6.11%) MongoDB
3 45 (5.98%) NoSQL
3 45 (5.98%) Relational Database
4 43 (5.71%) PostgreSQL
5 34 (4.52%) MySQL
6 20 (2.66%) Big Data
6 20 (2.66%) Oracle Database
7 19 (2.52%) SQL Server 2008
8 18 (2.39%) SQL Server 2012
9 13 (1.73%) Hadoop
9 13 (1.73%) RDBMS
10 12 (1.59%) SQL Server 2000
11 11 (1.46%) GIS
12 10 (1.33%) Redis
13 9 (1.20%) Apache Cassandra
14 8 (1.06%) SQL Server 2005
14 8 (1.06%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 6 (0.80%) Oracle Database 11g
15 6 (0.80%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 113 (15.01%) Git (software)
2 69 (9.16%) Team Foundation Server
3 61 (8.10%) Jenkins
4 59 (7.84%) Visual Studio
5 49 (6.51%) JIRA
6 33 (4.38%) JUnit
7 30 (3.98%) Cucumber
7 30 (3.98%) Subversion
8 26 (3.45%) Selenium
9 25 (3.32%) Maven
10 24 (3.19%) WebDriver
11 20 (2.66%) Mockito
12 17 (2.26%) Eclipse
13 16 (2.12%) Moq
14 14 (1.86%) IntelliJ
15 13 (1.73%) NUnit
15 13 (1.73%) SpecFlow
15 13 (1.73%) Vagrant
16 10 (1.33%) Jasmine
17 9 (1.20%) Mocha
General
1 129 (17.13%) Finance
2 36 (4.78%) Banking
3 23 (3.05%) Telecoms
4 21 (2.79%) Manufacturing
5 19 (2.52%) Electronics
6 16 (2.12%) Marketing
7 13 (1.73%) Retail
8 11 (1.46%) Back Office
8 11 (1.46%) Games
9 10 (1.33%) Investment Banking
10 9 (1.20%) Front Office
11 8 (1.06%) Automotive
12 3 (0.40%) Legal
12 3 (0.40%) Multimedia
13 2 (0.27%) Advertising
13 2 (0.27%) Financial Institution
13 2 (0.27%) Law
13 2 (0.27%) Publishing
13 2 (0.27%) Retail Banking
13 2 (0.27%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 296 (39.31%) .NET
2 186 (24.70%) HTML
3 173 (22.97%) CSS
4 131 (17.40%) ASP.NET
5 96 (12.75%) Web Services
6 90 (11.95%) jQuery
7 89 (11.82%) JSON
8 85 (11.29%) ASP.NET MVC
9 84 (11.16%) AngularJS
10 82 (10.89%) .NET Framework
11 81 (10.76%) XML
12 76 (10.09%) REST
13 72 (9.56%) RESTful
14 67 (8.90%) Spring
15 63 (8.37%) HTML5
15 63 (8.37%) WCF
16 61 (8.10%) WPF
17 54 (7.17%) Node.js
18 53 (7.04%) ASP.NET Web API
18 53 (7.04%) Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 61 (8.10%) Analytical Skills
2 45 (5.98%) Computer Science
3 23 (3.05%) Mobile App
4 22 (2.92%) Fixed Income
5 19 (2.52%) Algorithms
5 19 (2.52%) Derivative
6 17 (2.26%) Greenfield Project
6 17 (2.26%) User Experience
7 15 (1.99%) Equities
7 15 (1.99%) Equity Derivative
8 12 (1.59%) Data Structures
9 8 (1.06%) e-Learning
9 8 (1.06%) N-Tier
10 7 (0.93%) Embedded Systems
10 7 (0.93%) Fintech
10 7 (0.93%) Learning Management System
10 7 (0.93%) Management Information System
10 7 (0.93%) W3C
11 6 (0.80%) Cyber Attack
11 6 (0.80%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 128 (17.00%) Linux
2 100 (13.28%) Windows
3 53 (7.04%) Unix
4 28 (3.72%) Android
5 19 (2.52%) Apple iOS
6 12 (1.59%) Ubuntu
7 11 (1.46%) Mac OS
8 8 (1.06%) CentOS
9 6 (0.80%) Embedded Linux
9 6 (0.80%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 6 (0.80%) Windows Server
10 3 (0.40%) Solaris
11 2 (0.27%) HPUX
12 1 (0.13%) Windows 10
12 1 (0.13%) Windows Embedded Compact
Processes & Methodologies
1 352 (46.75%) Agile Software Development
2 173 (22.97%) TDD
3 164 (21.78%) MVC
4 139 (18.46%) Test Automation
5 127 (16.87%) Software Engineering
6 114 (15.14%) Scrum
7 90 (11.95%) SDLC
8 87 (11.55%) OO
9 79 (10.49%) Continuous Integration
10 74 (9.83%) BDD
11 62 (8.23%) Unit Testing
12 52 (6.91%) SDET
13 51 (6.77%) Open Source
14 50 (6.64%) Microservices
15 44 (5.84%) SOA
16 42 (5.58%) OOP
17 40 (5.31%) Pair Programming
18 38 (5.05%) Continuous Improvement
19 33 (4.38%) UML
20 32 (4.25%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 357 (47.41%) C#
2 261 (34.66%) JavaScript
3 238 (31.61%) Java
4 230 (30.54%) SQL
5 127 (16.87%) C++
6 110 (14.61%) Python
7 58 (7.70%) C
8 39 (5.18%) T-SQL
9 36 (4.78%) Perl
10 32 (4.25%) Ruby
11 31 (4.12%) VB.NET
12 25 (3.32%) Scala
13 23 (3.05%) PHP
13 23 (3.05%) PL/SQL
14 22 (2.92%) PowerShell
15 21 (2.79%) VB
16 19 (2.52%) Shell Script
17 13 (1.73%) Objective-C
18 12 (1.59%) TypeScript
19 9 (1.20%) ES6
Qualifications
1 83 (11.02%) Degree
2 60 (7.97%) Security Cleared
3 44 (5.84%) SC Cleared
4 28 (3.72%) Computer Science Degree
5 11 (1.46%) BPSS Clearance
6 3 (0.40%) DV Cleared
6 3 (0.40%) Master's Degree
7 2 (0.27%) CISA
7 2 (0.27%) CISM
7 2 (0.27%) CISSP
7 2 (0.27%) GSEC
7 2 (0.27%) MBA
7 2 (0.27%) Postgraduate
8 1 (0.13%) HNC
8 1 (0.13%) HND
8 1 (0.13%) ISEB
8 1 (0.13%) MCP
8 1 (0.13%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (0.13%) Oracle Certification
8 1 (0.13%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 59 (7.84%) QA
2 9 (1.20%) WCAG
3 4 (0.53%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (0.40%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 2 (0.27%) GxP
5 2 (0.27%) ISO 13485
5 2 (0.27%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.13%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.13%) IEC 62304
6 1 (0.13%) ISO 20022
6 1 (0.13%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.13%) MiFID
6 1 (0.13%) SLA
System Software
1 36 (4.78%) Docker
2 9 (1.20%) VirtualBox
3 5 (0.66%) Firmware
4 4 (0.53%) Active Directory
5 3 (0.40%) HDFS
6 2 (0.27%) KVM
6 2 (0.27%) LXC
6 2 (0.27%) Virtual Servers
6 2 (0.27%) VMware Workstation
6 2 (0.27%) Xen
7 1 (0.13%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 1 (0.13%) Oracle RAC
7 1 (0.13%) Shibboleth
7 1 (0.13%) Slurm Workload Manager
7 1 (0.13%) vCloud
7 1 (0.13%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 8 (1.06%) Ansible
2 7 (0.93%) Kibana
2 7 (0.93%) Puppet
3 4 (0.53%) Graphite
3 4 (0.53%) Opscode Chef
4 3 (0.40%) Grafana
4 3 (0.40%) Kubernetes
4 3 (0.40%) Mesos
5 2 (0.27%) Nagios
5 2 (0.27%) Oozie
6 1 (0.13%) logstash
6 1 (0.13%) Marathon
6 1 (0.13%) Terraform
Vendors
1 90 (11.95%) Microsoft
2 68 (9.03%) Oracle
3 22 (2.92%) Sybase
4 16 (2.12%) SAP
5 13 (1.73%) Google
5 13 (1.73%) IBM
5 13 (1.73%) Red Hat
6 7 (0.93%) Atlassian
7 6 (0.80%) MuleSoft
7 6 (0.80%) Telerik
7 6 (0.80%) WSO2
7 6 (0.80%) Xamarin
8 5 (0.66%) HP
8 5 (0.66%) TIBCO
9 4 (0.53%) Apple
9 4 (0.53%) Luciad
9 4 (0.53%) OpenText
9 4 (0.53%) Perforce
9 4 (0.53%) Sitecore
9 4 (0.53%) VMware
Leeds, West Yorkshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: From £300 to £350 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Borehamwood, Hertfordshire
IT Connections
Rate: £250 to £300 Per Day
Posted: Yesterday
Southampton, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago
Dundee, Angus
Cathcart Associates Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
Portsmouth, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Venturi
Rate: £350.00 - £375.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Buckinghamshire
Oscar
Rate: £300 - £340 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Understanding Recruitment
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Hurren and Hope
Rate: £500 - 600 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
UK Shared Business Services Ltd
Rate: From £28,200 to £38,254 per annum depending on qualifications and expe
Posted: 15 days ago
North London
myBench Ltd
Posted: 10 days ago
Bristol
People Source Consulting
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 13 days ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
UK Shared Business Services Ltd
Rate: From £28,200 to £38,254 per annum depending on qualifications and expe
Posted: 15 days ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
UK Shared Business Services Ltd
Rate: From £22,224 to £30,600 per annum depending on qualifications and expe
Posted: 15 days ago
London
People Source Consulting
Rate: £420 - £450 per day
Posted: 20 days ago
London
People Source Consulting
Rate: £420 - £460 per day
Posted: 18 days ago