Period
to 20 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Software Development Engineer was £475 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 November 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
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 820 838 849
Rank change year-on-year +18 +11 +17
Contract jobs requiring a Software Development Engineer 59 50 37
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.058% 0.048% 0.032%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.061% 0.051% 0.034%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 17 22
UK median daily rate £475 £375 £384
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +26.67% -2.28% +18.08%
10th Percentile £370 £314 £306
90th Percentile £550 £555 £498
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £349 £330
% change year-on-year +29.03% +5.68% +10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 9 9
UK median hourly rate £47.50 £39.50 £33.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.25% +17.73% -21.06%
10th Percentile £42.85 £34.65 £26.56
90th Percentile £48.57 £50.50 £40.51
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.00 £39.50 £33.55
% change year-on-year +11.39% +17.73% -21.06%

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 96939 98568 108531
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.79% 94.76% 94.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 63924 64295 69051
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £393 £375
% change year-on-year +1.91% +4.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2896 3271 4142
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

Software Development Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Software Development Engineer in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

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 6 months to 20 November 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
Top 10 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 6 months to 20 November 2017. 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 +33 51 £475 +18.75% 16
London +5 37 £488 +10.80% 2
UK excluding London +22 18 £450 +29.03% 16
East of England -14 8 £450 -35.71% 6
Scotland -14 4 - - 2
South East -6 3 £488 +32.20% 2
West Midlands +23 2 - - 3
Midlands +18 2 - - 3
North of England +57 1 £388 - 3
Yorkshire +15 1 £388 - 1

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

For the 6 months to 20 November 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 34 (57.63%) Java
2 29 (49.15%) Agile Software Development
3 25 (42.37%) Test Automation
4 23 (38.98%) Software Engineering
5 22 (37.29%) SDET
6 20 (33.90%) Python
7 18 (30.51%) JIRA
7 18 (30.51%) Cucumber
8 17 (28.81%) Web Services
9 16 (27.12%) C#
10 14 (23.73%) BDD
10 14 (23.73%) REST
11 13 (22.03%) Degree
11 13 (22.03%) SQL
11 13 (22.03%) Microsoft
12 12 (20.34%) Amazon AWS
13 11 (18.64%) Selenium
13 11 (18.64%) AngularJS
13 11 (18.64%) Windows
13 11 (18.64%) TDD
14 10 (16.95%) XML
14 10 (16.95%) C
14 10 (16.95%) JavaScript
14 10 (16.95%) Jenkins
14 10 (16.95%) JBehave
14 10 (16.95%) Confluence
14 10 (16.95%) JSON
14 10 (16.95%) Continuous Integration
14 10 (16.95%) Security Cleared
15 9 (15.25%) Test Management

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 10 (16.95%) Confluence
2 6 (10.17%) WebSphere
2 6 (10.17%) WebSphere Portal
3 4 (6.78%) Tomcat
4 2 (3.39%) Apache
4 2 (3.39%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (1.69%) OpenStack
5 1 (1.69%) SharePoint
Applications
1 3 (5.08%) Simulink
1 3 (5.08%) Stateflow
2 1 (1.69%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 6 (10.17%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 12 (20.34%) Amazon AWS
2 6 (10.17%) SaaS
3 5 (8.47%) Microsoft Azure
4 4 (6.78%) IaaS
4 4 (6.78%) PaaS
5 3 (5.08%) GitHub
5 3 (5.08%) Sauce Labs
6 2 (3.39%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (1.69%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.39%) CTI
1 2 (3.39%) Ethernet
1 2 (3.39%) FlexRay
2 1 (1.69%) Internet
2 1 (1.69%) Intranet
2 1 (1.69%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (10.17%) GIS
1 6 (10.17%) Oracle Database
1 6 (10.17%) Oracle Database 10g
1 6 (10.17%) Oracle Database 11g
2 5 (8.47%) NoSQL
3 4 (6.78%) RDBMS
3 4 (6.78%) Redis
3 4 (6.78%) Relational Database
4 3 (5.08%) SQL Server
5 2 (3.39%) MongoDB
5 2 (3.39%) MySQL
5 2 (3.39%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (1.69%) Apache Hive
6 1 (1.69%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (1.69%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
6 1 (1.69%) Hadoop
6 1 (1.69%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (1.69%) SQL Server 2000
6 1 (1.69%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (1.69%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 18 (30.51%) Cucumber
1 18 (30.51%) JIRA
2 11 (18.64%) Selenium
3 10 (16.95%) JBehave
3 10 (16.95%) Jenkins
4 8 (13.56%) Git (software)
5 7 (11.86%) WebDriver
6 6 (10.17%) Team Foundation Server
6 6 (10.17%) TestRail
7 5 (8.47%) JUnit
8 4 (6.78%) Gerrit
8 4 (6.78%) GitLab
8 4 (6.78%) IntelliJ
8 4 (6.78%) TestNG
9 3 (5.08%) Appium
9 3 (5.08%) Maven
9 3 (5.08%) SoapUI
9 3 (5.08%) SpecFlow
9 3 (5.08%) Visual Studio
9 3 (5.08%) Zephyr
General
1 3 (5.08%) Automotive
1 3 (5.08%) Finance
1 3 (5.08%) Retail
2 2 (3.39%) German Language
2 2 (3.39%) Marketing
3 1 (1.69%) Aerospace
3 1 (1.69%) Avionics
3 1 (1.69%) Front Office
3 1 (1.69%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (28.81%) Web Services
2 14 (23.73%) REST
3 11 (18.64%) AngularJS
4 10 (16.95%) JSON
4 10 (16.95%) XML
5 9 (15.25%) Gherkin
6 8 (13.56%) .NET
6 8 (13.56%) Node.js
7 7 (11.86%) J2EE
8 6 (10.17%) JSF
9 5 (8.47%) SOAP
10 4 (6.78%) .NET Core
10 4 (6.78%) .NET Framework
10 4 (6.78%) ASP.NET Web API
10 4 (6.78%) CSS
10 4 (6.78%) Entity Framework
10 4 (6.78%) HTML
10 4 (6.78%) SignalR
11 3 (5.08%) ASP.NET
11 3 (5.08%) Dropwizard
Miscellaneous
1 9 (15.25%) Computer Science
2 7 (11.86%) Algorithms
3 5 (8.47%) Enterprise Software
4 4 (6.78%) Data Structures
4 4 (6.78%) N-Tier
5 3 (5.08%) Mobile App
6 2 (3.39%) Blog
6 2 (3.39%) RIA
6 2 (3.39%) User Experience
7 1 (1.69%) Equities
7 1 (1.69%) Over-the-Top Content
7 1 (1.69%) Video on Demand
7 1 (1.69%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 11 (18.64%) Windows
2 6 (10.17%) Linux
2 6 (10.17%) Windows Server
3 4 (6.78%) Android
3 4 (6.78%) Apple iOS
3 4 (6.78%) Unix
4 1 (1.69%) Windows 10
4 1 (1.69%) Windows 7
4 1 (1.69%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (1.69%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (49.15%) Agile Software Development
2 25 (42.37%) Test Automation
3 23 (38.98%) Software Engineering
4 22 (37.29%) SDET
5 14 (23.73%) BDD
6 11 (18.64%) TDD
7 10 (16.95%) Continuous Integration
8 9 (15.25%) Performance Testing
8 9 (15.25%) Scrum
8 9 (15.25%) Test Management
9 8 (13.56%) Acceptance Criteria
9 8 (13.56%) MVC
9 8 (13.56%) OO
10 7 (11.86%) Multithreading
10 7 (11.86%) OOP
10 7 (11.86%) SDLC
10 7 (11.86%) Software Architecture
11 6 (10.17%) Data Migration
11 6 (10.17%) Test Strategy
11 6 (10.17%) Web Application Development
Programming Languages
1 34 (57.63%) Java
2 20 (33.90%) Python
3 16 (27.12%) C#
4 13 (22.03%) SQL
5 10 (16.95%) C
5 10 (16.95%) JavaScript
6 9 (15.25%) Ruby
7 6 (10.17%) PL/SQL
8 5 (8.47%) C++
8 5 (8.47%) Perl
9 3 (5.08%) Bash Shell
9 3 (5.08%) MATLAB
10 2 (3.39%) Assembly Language
10 2 (3.39%) ES6
10 2 (3.39%) PowerShell
10 2 (3.39%) R
10 2 (3.39%) TypeScript
10 2 (3.39%) VBA
10 2 (3.39%) XPath
11 1 (1.69%) Go
Qualifications
1 13 (22.03%) Degree
2 10 (16.95%) Security Cleared
3 8 (13.56%) SC Cleared
4 6 (10.17%) DV Cleared
5 4 (6.78%) MCSD
5 4 (6.78%) Microsoft Certification
6 3 (5.08%) Computer Science Degree
7 2 (3.39%) Master's Degree
7 2 (3.39%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (13.56%) QA
2 3 (5.08%) ISO 26262
2 3 (5.08%) MISRA
3 1 (1.69%) DO-178B
System Software
1 9 (15.25%) Active Directory
2 8 (13.56%) Docker
3 1 (1.69%) zsh
Systems Management
1 2 (3.39%) Kubernetes
2 1 (1.69%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.69%) Juju
2 1 (1.69%) Oozie
2 1 (1.69%) SCCM
Vendors
1 13 (22.03%) Microsoft
2 7 (11.86%) Atlassian
2 7 (11.86%) Oracle
3 6 (10.17%) Fujitsu
4 2 (3.39%) Avaya
5 1 (1.69%) SAP