The median contractor rate for a Software Development Engineer was £410 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 Development Engineer
UK
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 584 615 625
Rank change year-on-year +31 +10  
Contract jobs requiring a Software Development Engineer 24 24 17
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.053% 0.045% 0.031%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.056% 0.047% 0.033%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 11 11
Median daily rate £410 £397 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.15% +5.98%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £323 £375
% change year-on-year +27.13% -14.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 0 3
Median hourly rate £41.00 - £35.00
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.50 - £30.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 - £36.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £39.25 - £35.00

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 Development Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Software Development Engineer in the UK

Software Development Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Software Development Engineer.

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Development Engineer in the UK

Software Development Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Development Engineer over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Development Engineer in the UK

Software Development Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Development Engineer.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Development Engineer in the UK

Software Development Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Development Engineer over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Software Development Engineer in the UK

Software Development Engineer
Top 23 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Development Engineer 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 +34 23 £413 -0.60% 7
London +22 9 £425 - 2
Leeds - 6 £410 -
West Yorkshire - 6 £410 -
Yorkshire - 6 £410 -
West Midlands - 3 - -
South East +8 2 £163 -55.47% 1
City of London -9 2 £425 +2.40% 2
Leicestershire - 2 - -
Warwickshire - 2 - -
East Midlands - 2 - -
Scotland +21 1 £225 -20.70% 1
Hampshire +9 1 - -
Berkshire - 1 £163 - 1
Staffordshire - 1 - -
North West - 1 - -
Feltham - 1 - -
Liverpool - 1 - -
Merseyside - 1 - -
Portsmouth - 1 - -
Stafford - 1 - -
Warwick - 1 - -
Edinburgh - 1 £225 - 1

Software Development Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 March 2017, Software Development Engineer 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 Development Engineer in the job title.

1 29 (58.00%) Java
2 28 (56.00%) Agile Software Development
3 18 (36.00%) BDD
4 17 (34.00%) C#
5 14 (28.00%) Cucumber
6 13 (26.00%) Selenium
6 13 (26.00%) JavaScript
7 12 (24.00%) Software Engineering
8 11 (22.00%) Python
8 11 (22.00%) SDET
9 10 (20.00%) Web Services
9 10 (20.00%) TDD
10 9 (18.00%) MVC
10 9 (18.00%) Scrum
10 9 (18.00%) .NET
10 9 (18.00%) Unit Testing
10 9 (18.00%) Jenkins
11 8 (16.00%) SC Cleared
11 8 (16.00%) Security Cleared
11 8 (16.00%) Test Automation
12 7 (14.00%) JIRA
12 7 (14.00%) PHP
12 7 (14.00%) SQL
12 7 (14.00%) OO
12 7 (14.00%) SOAP
12 7 (14.00%) Maven
13 6 (12.00%) Visual Studio
13 6 (12.00%) HTML
13 6 (12.00%) SQL Server
13 6 (12.00%) Ant

Software Development Engineer 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 3 (6.00%) WebLogic
2 2 (4.00%) IIS
3 1 (2.00%) Apache
3 1 (2.00%) Confluence
3 1 (2.00%) JBoss
3 1 (2.00%) SharePoint
3 1 (2.00%) WebSphere
Applications
1 2 (4.00%) MS Excel
2 1 (2.00%) Photoshop
Cloud Services
1 4 (8.00%) GitHub
2 3 (6.00%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (2.00%) Amazon EC2
3 1 (2.00%) Amazon EMR
3 1 (2.00%) AWS CloudFormation
3 1 (2.00%) AWS Lambda
3 1 (2.00%) IaaS
3 1 (2.00%) PaaS
3 1 (2.00%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (4.00%) Internet
2 1 (2.00%) DVB
2 1 (2.00%) HTTP
2 1 (2.00%) Intranet
2 1 (2.00%) Profibus
2 1 (2.00%) RS-232
2 1 (2.00%) SNMP
2 1 (2.00%) TCP/IP
2 1 (2.00%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (12.00%) SQL Server
2 4 (8.00%) Relational Database
3 3 (6.00%) PostgreSQL
3 3 (6.00%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (4.00%) RDBMS
4 2 (4.00%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (2.00%) Big Data
5 1 (2.00%) GIS
5 1 (2.00%) Hadoop
5 1 (2.00%) MongoDB
5 1 (2.00%) Redis
5 1 (2.00%) SQL Server 2000
5 1 (2.00%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 14 (28.00%) Cucumber
2 13 (26.00%) Selenium
3 9 (18.00%) Jenkins
4 7 (14.00%) JIRA
4 7 (14.00%) Maven
5 6 (12.00%) Ant
5 6 (12.00%) Visual Studio
6 5 (10.00%) Git (software)
6 5 (10.00%) SoapUI
6 5 (10.00%) WebDriver
7 4 (8.00%) GitLab
8 3 (6.00%) Concordion
8 3 (6.00%) JUnit
8 3 (6.00%) Mockito
8 3 (6.00%) SonarQube
9 2 (4.00%) Eclipse
9 2 (4.00%) IntelliJ
9 2 (4.00%) Moq
9 2 (4.00%) MSI
9 2 (4.00%) TestNG
General
1 4 (8.00%) Retail
2 3 (6.00%) Advertising
2 3 (6.00%) Finance
2 3 (6.00%) Games
3 2 (4.00%) Banking
4 1 (2.00%) Automotive
4 1 (2.00%) Dutch Language
4 1 (2.00%) French Language
4 1 (2.00%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (20.00%) Web Services
2 9 (18.00%) .NET
3 7 (14.00%) SOAP
4 6 (12.00%) HTML
4 6 (12.00%) Symfony
5 5 (10.00%) ASP.NET
6 4 (8.00%) Spring
7 3 (6.00%) CSS
7 3 (6.00%) Gherkin
7 3 (6.00%) Guice
7 3 (6.00%) Node.js
7 3 (6.00%) Unreal Engine
8 2 (4.00%) .NET Framework
8 2 (4.00%) AngularJS
8 2 (4.00%) ASP.NET MVC
8 2 (4.00%) jQuery
8 2 (4.00%) Kendo UI
8 2 (4.00%) Unity (Game Engine)
8 2 (4.00%) Unity DI Container
8 2 (4.00%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (8.00%) Computer Science
2 3 (6.00%) Algorithms
3 2 (4.00%) Device Driver
3 2 (4.00%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (2.00%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (2.00%) Data Structures
4 1 (2.00%) Embedded Systems
4 1 (2.00%) Infotainment
4 1 (2.00%) Management Information System
4 1 (2.00%) Online Banking
4 1 (2.00%) STB
Operating Systems
1 5 (10.00%) Linux
2 3 (6.00%) Windows
3 2 (4.00%) Apple iOS
3 2 (4.00%) Unix
3 2 (4.00%) Windows Server
3 2 (4.00%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (2.00%) Android
4 1 (2.00%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (56.00%) Agile Software Development
2 18 (36.00%) BDD
3 12 (24.00%) Software Engineering
4 10 (20.00%) TDD
5 9 (18.00%) MVC
5 9 (18.00%) Scrum
5 9 (18.00%) Unit Testing
6 8 (16.00%) Test Automation
7 7 (14.00%) OO
8 6 (12.00%) Continuous Integration
8 6 (12.00%) E-Commerce
8 6 (12.00%) User Stories
9 5 (10.00%) Continuous Improvement
9 5 (10.00%) Integration Testing
9 5 (10.00%) Non-Functional Testing
9 5 (10.00%) Test Scripting
10 4 (8.00%) Business Intelligence
10 4 (8.00%) DevOps
10 4 (8.00%) Functional Testing
10 4 (8.00%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 29 (58.00%) Java
2 17 (34.00%) C#
3 13 (26.00%) JavaScript
4 11 (22.00%) Python
5 7 (14.00%) PHP
5 7 (14.00%) SQL
6 5 (10.00%) C++
7 3 (6.00%) AspectJ
7 3 (6.00%) Groovy
7 3 (6.00%) PowerShell
8 2 (4.00%) Bash Shell
8 2 (4.00%) C
8 2 (4.00%) Perl
9 1 (2.00%) Clojure
9 1 (2.00%) Jython
9 1 (2.00%) Objective-C
9 1 (2.00%) Pascal
9 1 (2.00%) Ruby
9 1 (2.00%) Shell Script
9 1 (2.00%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 8 (16.00%) SC Cleared
1 8 (16.00%) Security Cleared
2 3 (6.00%) Degree
3 2 (4.00%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (22.00%) SDET
2 4 (8.00%) QA
3 2 (4.00%) ISO 9001
3 2 (4.00%) TickIT
System Software
1 4 (8.00%) Docker
2 2 (4.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (4.00%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 2 (4.00%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (2.00%) Ansible
2 1 (2.00%) Kubernetes
2 1 (2.00%) Puppet
Vendors
1 5 (10.00%) Microsoft
2 3 (6.00%) Google
2 3 (6.00%) VMware
3 2 (4.00%) Oracle
4 1 (2.00%) Apple
4 1 (2.00%) Cisco
4 1 (2.00%) IBM
4 1 (2.00%) Luciad
4 1 (2.00%) MicroStrategy
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