Period
to 17 February 2018

The median contractor rate for a Software Developer was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 17 February 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 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 313 291 307
Rank change year-on-year -22 +16 +83
Contract jobs requiring a Software Developer 794 804 866
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.79% 0.84% 0.80%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.83% 0.88% 0.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 517 529 469
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +1.35%
10th Percentile £313 £250 £279
90th Percentile £575 £538 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £355 £350
% change year-on-year +9.15% +1.43% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 40 72
UK median hourly rate £41.15 £42.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.18% +6.25% +2.56%
10th Percentile £25.23 £31.48 £35.58
90th Percentile £48.75 £57.50 £51.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.15 £42.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year -2.02% +5.00% +4.58%

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 95,355 90,942 102,616
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.79% 94.77% 95.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,296 59,277 65,662
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £606 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,830 3,246 3,765
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% -5.26% +15.15%
10th Percentile £10.91 £10.63 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.00 £47.50 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year - -5.41% +12.74%

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 February 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 February 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 February 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 -16 728 £425 +6.25% 992
UK excluding London -11 480 £388 +9.15% 793
London +9 302 £488 +8.33% 263
South East -49 139 £400 +4.58% 226
North of England +11 103 £375 -6.25% 211
Midlands +17 74 £373 +2.76% 109
North West +27 62 £375 - 110
South West -13 58 £411 +31.08% 80
East of England -15 52 £381 +8.93% 103
West Midlands +24 49 £355 +9.23% 62
Scotland -12 35 £350 +7.69% 35
Yorkshire -15 32 £409 +2.19% 75
East Midlands -9 25 £390 +7.59% 47
Wales +13 20 £428 +22.14% 14
North East +35 13 £380 -13.14% 26
Northern Ireland -13 1 - - 15

Software Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 February 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.

1 369 (46.47%) Agile Software Development
2 354 (44.58%) C#
3 312 (39.29%) .NET
4 278 (35.01%) SQL
5 276 (34.76%) Java
6 265 (33.38%) JavaScript
7 202 (25.44%) TDD
8 190 (23.93%) SQL Server
9 169 (21.28%) MVC
10 155 (19.52%) HTML
11 149 (18.77%) ASP.NET
12 146 (18.39%) Software Engineering
13 142 (17.88%) Test Automation
14 140 (17.63%) Git (software)
15 137 (17.25%) CSS
16 133 (16.75%) Web Services
17 132 (16.62%) Microsoft
18 126 (15.87%) Scrum
19 124 (15.62%) Linux
20 119 (14.99%) Python
21 112 (14.11%) BDD
22 110 (13.85%) AngularJS
23 102 (12.85%) Finance
23 102 (12.85%) Continuous Integration
24 98 (12.34%) C++
25 95 (11.96%) REST
26 90 (11.34%) JIRA
27 86 (10.83%) jQuery
28 85 (10.71%) Jenkins
29 84 (10.58%) 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 39 (4.91%) Confluence
2 19 (2.39%) Elasticsearch
3 14 (1.76%) Apache Spark
4 12 (1.51%) Apache
5 11 (1.39%) Tomcat
6 8 (1.01%) Cloud Foundry
6 8 (1.01%) CMS
6 8 (1.01%) IIS
6 8 (1.01%) NServiceBus
6 8 (1.01%) SharePoint
7 7 (0.88%) WildFly
8 6 (0.76%) JBoss
8 6 (0.76%) nginx
8 6 (0.76%) WebLogic
9 4 (0.50%) Liferay
10 3 (0.38%) BizTalk Server
10 3 (0.38%) MQSeries
11 2 (0.25%) Jetty
11 2 (0.25%) SAS
11 2 (0.25%) WebSphere
Applications
1 3 (0.38%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.25%) Autodesk Inventor
2 2 (0.25%) MicroStation
2 2 (0.25%) SOLIDWORKS
3 1 (0.13%) Adobe After Effects
3 1 (0.13%) Adobe Illustrator
3 1 (0.13%) CINEMA 4D
3 1 (0.13%) InDesign
3 1 (0.13%) InfoPath
3 1 (0.13%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.13%) Photoshop
3 1 (0.13%) Stata
Business Applications
1 17 (2.14%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.25%) MetaTrader
3 1 (0.13%) BASE24
3 1 (0.13%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.13%) Infor M3
3 1 (0.13%) Magento
3 1 (0.13%) Postilion
3 1 (0.13%) VisionPLUS
Cloud Services
1 62 (7.81%) Amazon AWS
2 55 (6.93%) Microsoft Azure
3 16 (2.02%) GitHub
4 14 (1.76%) Amazon EC2
4 14 (1.76%) Dynamics 365
5 13 (1.64%) PaaS
5 13 (1.64%) Slack
6 12 (1.51%) Cloud Computing
7 11 (1.39%) Firebase
8 10 (1.26%) Google Cloud Platform
8 10 (1.26%) Serverless
9 8 (1.01%) npm
10 7 (0.88%) AWS Lambda
10 7 (0.88%) OpenShift
11 6 (0.76%) Amazon S3
11 6 (0.76%) Google Analytics
12 4 (0.50%) Amazon SQS
12 4 (0.50%) SaaS
13 3 (0.38%) Heroku
14 2 (0.25%) Bluemix
Communications & Networking
1 22 (2.77%) Internet
2 20 (2.52%) HTTP
3 12 (1.51%) Wireless
4 10 (1.26%) Bluetooth
5 9 (1.13%) TCP/IP
6 7 (0.88%) SMS
7 6 (0.76%) FIX Connectivity
8 4 (0.50%) 3G
8 4 (0.50%) LTE
8 4 (0.50%) Network Security
8 4 (0.50%) SSL
9 3 (0.38%) 4G
9 3 (0.38%) CTI
9 3 (0.38%) GSM
9 3 (0.38%) IGMP
9 3 (0.38%) MQTT
9 3 (0.38%) Skype
10 2 (0.25%) Multicast
10 2 (0.25%) NAS
10 2 (0.25%) Radio Access Network
Database & Business Intelligence
1 190 (23.93%) SQL Server
2 61 (7.68%) NoSQL
3 51 (6.42%) MySQL
4 50 (6.30%) MongoDB
5 48 (6.05%) Relational Database
6 47 (5.92%) PostgreSQL
7 32 (4.03%) Big Data
8 16 (2.02%) Oracle Database
9 15 (1.89%) SQL Server 2008
10 14 (1.76%) RDBMS
11 13 (1.64%) Hadoop
11 13 (1.64%) SQL Server 2000
12 12 (1.51%) Apache Cassandra
13 11 (1.39%) GIS
13 11 (1.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 10 (1.26%) Oracle Database 10g
14 10 (1.26%) Oracle Database 11g
14 10 (1.26%) Redis
14 10 (1.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 9 (1.13%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 140 (17.63%) Git (software)
2 90 (11.34%) JIRA
3 85 (10.71%) Jenkins
4 80 (10.08%) Cucumber
5 79 (9.95%) Selenium
6 57 (7.18%) Visual Studio
7 45 (5.67%) Team Foundation Server
8 35 (4.41%) JUnit
9 33 (4.16%) SpecFlow
10 29 (3.65%) Maven
11 28 (3.53%) TeamCity
12 27 (3.40%) NUnit
13 26 (3.27%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 22 (2.77%) Jasmine
14 22 (2.77%) Subversion
15 21 (2.64%) WebDriver
16 16 (2.02%) IntelliJ
17 15 (1.89%) Protractor
18 13 (1.64%) AccuRev
18 13 (1.64%) SoapUI
General
1 102 (12.85%) Finance
2 42 (5.29%) Banking
3 27 (3.40%) Telecoms
4 24 (3.02%) Retail
5 16 (2.02%) Back Office
5 16 (2.02%) Games
6 15 (1.89%) Electronics
6 15 (1.89%) Investment Banking
7 14 (1.76%) Manufacturing
8 13 (1.64%) Marketing
9 12 (1.51%) Law
10 10 (1.26%) Automotive
11 6 (0.76%) Retail Banking
12 5 (0.63%) Advertising
12 5 (0.63%) Front Office
13 3 (0.38%) Multimedia
13 3 (0.38%) Publishing
14 2 (0.25%) Financial Institution
14 2 (0.25%) Legal
15 1 (0.13%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 312 (39.29%) .NET
2 155 (19.52%) HTML
3 149 (18.77%) ASP.NET
4 137 (17.25%) CSS
5 133 (16.75%) Web Services
6 110 (13.85%) AngularJS
7 95 (11.96%) REST
8 86 (10.83%) jQuery
9 79 (9.95%) Node.js
10 78 (9.82%) XML
11 74 (9.32%) .NET Framework
12 71 (8.94%) HTML5
13 70 (8.82%) RESTful
14 69 (8.69%) ASP.NET MVC
15 64 (8.06%) ASP.NET Web API
16 63 (7.93%) JSON
17 60 (7.56%) Spring
18 55 (6.93%) WCF
19 52 (6.55%) SOAP
20 49 (6.17%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 46 (5.79%) Computer Science
2 36 (4.53%) Mobile App
3 29 (3.65%) Greenfield Project
4 25 (3.15%) User Experience
5 20 (2.52%) Data Structures
6 15 (1.89%) Analytical Skills
6 15 (1.89%) Derivative
7 14 (1.76%) Algorithms
8 11 (1.39%) Enterprise Software
8 11 (1.39%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 8 (1.01%) Digital Media
9 8 (1.01%) Virtual Team
10 7 (0.88%) Client/Server
10 7 (0.88%) iPhone
10 7 (0.88%) RIA
11 6 (0.76%) PKI
12 5 (0.63%) Life Science
12 5 (0.63%) Management Information System
12 5 (0.63%) N-Tier
12 5 (0.63%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 124 (15.62%) Linux
2 82 (10.33%) Windows
3 40 (5.04%) Android
4 34 (4.28%) Unix
5 27 (3.40%) Apple iOS
6 14 (1.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 9 (1.13%) Nucleus RTOS
8 6 (0.76%) Windows Phone
9 5 (0.63%) Embedded Linux
10 3 (0.38%) Mac OS X
10 3 (0.38%) Ubuntu
10 3 (0.38%) VxWorks
10 3 (0.38%) Windows 10
11 2 (0.25%) CentOS
11 2 (0.25%) MVS
11 2 (0.25%) Solaris
11 2 (0.25%) Windows 7
11 2 (0.25%) Windows Server 2008
11 2 (0.25%) Windows Server 2012
12 1 (0.13%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 369 (46.47%) Agile Software Development
2 202 (25.44%) TDD
3 169 (21.28%) MVC
4 146 (18.39%) Software Engineering
5 142 (17.88%) Test Automation
6 126 (15.87%) Scrum
7 112 (14.11%) BDD
8 102 (12.85%) Continuous Integration
9 79 (9.95%) SDET
10 72 (9.07%) Microservices
11 65 (8.19%) OO
12 60 (7.56%) Unit Testing
13 57 (7.18%) Web Development
14 51 (6.42%) Open Source
15 48 (6.05%) DevOps
16 47 (5.92%) SDLC
17 41 (5.16%) Kanban
18 40 (5.04%) User Stories
19 37 (4.66%) Mentoring
20 36 (4.53%) Continuous Delivery
Programming Languages
1 354 (44.58%) C#
2 278 (35.01%) SQL
3 276 (34.76%) Java
4 265 (33.38%) JavaScript
5 119 (14.99%) Python
6 98 (12.34%) C++
7 63 (7.93%) C
8 60 (7.56%) T-SQL
9 40 (5.04%) Ruby
10 36 (4.53%) Scala
10 36 (4.53%) VB.NET
11 28 (3.53%) PL/SQL
12 26 (3.27%) PHP
13 23 (2.90%) TypeScript
14 18 (2.27%) Go
15 17 (2.14%) Perl
16 14 (1.76%) VB
17 13 (1.64%) Embedded C
18 10 (1.26%) XAML
19 9 (1.13%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 84 (10.58%) Degree
2 67 (8.44%) Security Cleared
3 48 (6.05%) SC Cleared
4 19 (2.39%) Computer Science Degree
5 15 (1.89%) DV Cleared
6 7 (0.88%) BPSS Clearance
7 6 (0.76%) ISTQB
7 6 (0.76%) Microsoft Certification
8 5 (0.63%) MCAD
8 5 (0.63%) MCSD
8 5 (0.63%) MCTS
9 3 (0.38%) DBS Check
9 3 (0.38%) ISEB
10 2 (0.25%) Master's Degree
11 1 (0.13%) HND
11 1 (0.13%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 59 (7.43%) QA
2 4 (0.50%) WCAG
3 3 (0.38%) Disclosure Scotland
3 3 (0.38%) SLA
4 2 (0.25%) IEC 62304
4 2 (0.25%) MISRA
4 2 (0.25%) MISRA C
5 1 (0.13%) HL7
5 1 (0.13%) IEC 61508
5 1 (0.13%) ISO 13485
5 1 (0.13%) ISO 14001
5 1 (0.13%) ISO 26262
5 1 (0.13%) ISO 8583
5 1 (0.13%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.13%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 45 (5.67%) Docker
2 6 (0.76%) Active Directory
3 3 (0.38%) Cronacle
3 3 (0.38%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (0.25%) KVM
5 1 (0.13%) Apache Flume
5 1 (0.13%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.13%) Virtual Servers
5 1 (0.13%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 17 (2.14%) Ansible
2 13 (1.64%) Puppet
3 12 (1.51%) Terraform
4 11 (1.39%) Kubernetes
5 6 (0.76%) Opscode Chef
6 5 (0.63%) Grafana
7 3 (0.38%) Graylog
7 3 (0.38%) Kibana
7 3 (0.38%) Rancher
7 3 (0.38%) Single Sign-On
8 2 (0.25%) Mesos
9 1 (0.13%) CA Single Sign-On
9 1 (0.13%) HP Fortify
9 1 (0.13%) PowerCLI
9 1 (0.13%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 132 (16.62%) Microsoft
2 40 (5.04%) Oracle
3 22 (2.77%) Google
4 12 (1.51%) Atlassian
5 9 (1.13%) Red Hat
5 9 (1.13%) SAP
6 8 (1.01%) TIBCO
7 7 (0.88%) Sybase
8 5 (0.63%) IBM
9 4 (0.50%) Xamarin
10 3 (0.38%) Adobe
10 3 (0.38%) QNX
10 3 (0.38%) Unisys
10 3 (0.38%) VMware
10 3 (0.38%) WSO2
11 2 (0.25%) Autodesk
11 2 (0.25%) Citrix
11 2 (0.25%) HP
11 2 (0.25%) Software AG
11 2 (0.25%) webMethods