Period
to 18 June 2018

The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 June 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 Engineer
UK
6 months to
18 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 203 227 254
Rank change year-on-year +24 +27 +4
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 1,327 1,008 1,107
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.33% 1.11% 1.05%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.41% 1.17% 1.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 713 530 551
UK median daily rate £450 £419 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.46% +4.69% +6.67%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £303
90th Percentile £612 £550 £606
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +7.91%
Number of hourly rates quoted 218 215 249
UK median hourly rate £43.00 £42.50 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.18% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £32.13 £32.50 £32.09
90th Percentile £50.00 £63.50 £52.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £43.25 £42.50
% change year-on-year -1.73% +1.76% +6.25%

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 94,397 86,272 100,584
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.83% 94.98% 95.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 61,783 55,878 65,278
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.09% +5.10%
10th Percentile £268 £263 £255
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,055 2,875 3,066
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.96 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.06% -5.20% +14.29%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £50.00 £48.63
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -2.78% -10.00% +18.96%

Software Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Software Engineer in the UK

Software Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Engineer in the UK

Software Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Engineer over the 6 months to 18 June 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Engineer in the UK

Software Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Engineer in the UK

Software Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Engineer over the 6 months to 18 June 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Software Engineer in the UK

Software Engineer
Top 17 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Engineer within the UK over the 6 months to 18 June 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 +39 1,189 £450 +5.88% 1,215
UK excluding London +26 897 £425 +6.25% 1,045
London +44 402 £500 +8.11% 293
South East +81 284 £450 +18.42% 275
North of England +57 214 £438 +8.02% 169
South West +8 124 £375 - 144
Yorkshire +46 118 £425 +6.25% 63
East of England -9 96 £375 -7.41% 190
North West -5 84 £475 +15.15% 90
Wales -13 79 £418 +1.83% 33
Midlands -20 67 £375 -6.25% 144
West Midlands 0 48 £394 -10.57% 87
Scotland -54 29 £475 +46.15% 79
East Midlands -30 19 £375 +10.29% 56
North East +10 12 £380 -10.59% 16
Northern Ireland +6 3 - - 11
Channel Islands -4 1 - -

Software Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 June 2018, Software Engineer 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 Engineer in the job title.

1 1,286 (96.91%) Software Engineering
2 577 (43.48%) Agile Software Development
3 508 (38.28%) Java
4 409 (30.82%) C++
5 331 (24.94%) JavaScript
6 316 (23.81%) Linux
7 288 (21.70%) Python
8 268 (20.20%) C
9 264 (19.89%) TDD
10 262 (19.74%) C#
11 252 (18.99%) SQL
12 216 (16.28%) Test Automation
13 212 (15.98%) Scrum
14 208 (15.67%) Git (software)
15 192 (14.47%) Amazon AWS
16 190 (14.32%) Node.js
17 184 (13.87%) .NET
18 176 (13.26%) Security Cleared
19 172 (12.96%) Continuous Integration
20 170 (12.81%) AngularJS
21 156 (11.76%) OO
22 154 (11.61%) Microservices
23 153 (11.53%) Jenkins
24 152 (11.45%) Docker
25 145 (10.93%) DevOps
26 141 (10.63%) SC Cleared
26 141 (10.63%) BDD
27 137 (10.32%) Spring
28 132 (9.95%) HTML
29 131 (9.87%) REST

Software 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 54 (4.07%) Confluence
2 53 (3.99%) Apache
3 51 (3.84%) Elasticsearch
4 43 (3.24%) Apache Spark
5 26 (1.96%) Tomcat
6 19 (1.43%) CMS
7 13 (0.98%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 12 (0.90%) NServiceBus
9 11 (0.83%) IIS
10 8 (0.60%) JBoss
11 7 (0.53%) Cloud Foundry
11 7 (0.53%) Jetty
12 6 (0.45%) WebLogic
12 6 (0.45%) WebSphere
13 5 (0.38%) Apache Solr
13 5 (0.38%) Mule
13 5 (0.38%) nginx
14 4 (0.30%) SAS
15 3 (0.23%) Amazon Alexa
15 3 (0.23%) Apache Pig
Applications
1 24 (1.81%) Simulink
2 10 (0.75%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (0.53%) Microsoft Office
4 6 (0.45%) Microsoft Project
5 4 (0.30%) Doxygen
6 2 (0.15%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 2 (0.15%) Stateflow
7 1 (0.075%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.075%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 2 (0.15%) Distributed Ledger
1 2 (0.15%) Dynamics AX
1 2 (0.15%) Oracle BPM
2 1 (0.075%) Kondor
2 1 (0.075%) LabWindows
2 1 (0.075%) LongView
Cloud Services
1 192 (14.47%) Amazon AWS
2 100 (7.54%) Microsoft Azure
3 40 (3.01%) Google Cloud Platform
4 33 (2.49%) Slack
5 26 (1.96%) Serverless
6 21 (1.58%) AWS Lambda
6 21 (1.58%) GitHub
7 20 (1.51%) Cloud Computing
8 18 (1.36%) PaaS
8 18 (1.36%) SaaS
9 12 (0.90%) Amazon S3
9 12 (0.90%) AWS CloudFormation
10 11 (0.83%) Amazon EC2
11 10 (0.75%) npm
12 9 (0.68%) OpenShift
13 8 (0.60%) CloudFront
14 6 (0.45%) IaaS
15 5 (0.38%) Heroku
16 3 (0.23%) Amazon Kinesis
16 3 (0.23%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
Communications & Networking
1 25 (1.88%) TCP/IP
2 23 (1.73%) HTTP
3 22 (1.66%) Wireless
4 19 (1.43%) Wireshark
5 17 (1.28%) SMS
6 16 (1.21%) Internet
6 16 (1.21%) Wi-Fi
7 15 (1.13%) Bluetooth
8 14 (1.06%) Ethernet
8 14 (1.06%) SNMP
9 10 (0.75%) MQTT
9 10 (0.75%) RS-232
10 9 (0.68%) VoIP
11 7 (0.53%) Network Security
12 6 (0.45%) 4G
12 6 (0.45%) AMQP
12 6 (0.45%) LTE
13 5 (0.38%) 5G
13 5 (0.38%) DNS
13 5 (0.38%) FlexRay
Database & Business Intelligence
1 124 (9.34%) NoSQL
2 90 (6.78%) Relational Database
3 83 (6.25%) MongoDB
4 80 (6.03%) MySQL
5 78 (5.88%) PostgreSQL
6 74 (5.58%) Big Data
7 65 (4.90%) SQL Server
8 46 (3.47%) Hadoop
9 38 (2.86%) Apache Cassandra
10 32 (2.41%) Apache Hive
11 23 (1.73%) Redis
12 18 (1.36%) Data Warehouse
12 18 (1.36%) RDBMS
13 11 (0.83%) GIS
13 11 (0.83%) Oracle Database
14 10 (0.75%) Amazon DynamoDB
14 10 (0.75%) HBase
15 9 (0.68%) SQL Server 2008
16 7 (0.53%) Amazon RDS
16 7 (0.53%) Neo4j
Development Applications
1 208 (15.67%) Git (software)
2 153 (11.53%) Jenkins
3 102 (7.69%) JIRA
4 78 (5.88%) Visual Studio
5 68 (5.12%) Maven
6 67 (5.05%) Cucumber
7 58 (4.37%) JUnit
8 55 (4.14%) Selenium
9 52 (3.92%) Subversion
10 50 (3.77%) Team Foundation Server
11 46 (3.47%) Eclipse
11 46 (3.47%) Rational DOORS
12 37 (2.79%) GDB
12 37 (2.79%) Jasmine
13 36 (2.71%) Rational Rhapsody
14 23 (1.73%) GCC
15 22 (1.66%) Mercurial
16 20 (1.51%) Gradle
17 19 (1.43%) TeamCity
17 19 (1.43%) WebDriver
General
1 111 (8.36%) Finance
2 64 (4.82%) Electronics
3 50 (3.77%) Manufacturing
4 47 (3.54%) Telecoms
5 42 (3.17%) Automotive
6 33 (2.49%) Banking
7 26 (1.96%) Retail
8 21 (1.58%) Law
9 19 (1.43%) Aerospace
10 18 (1.36%) Games
11 16 (1.21%) Front Office
12 15 (1.13%) Marketing
13 10 (0.75%) Military
14 7 (0.53%) Investment Banking
15 6 (0.45%) Back Office
16 5 (0.38%) Avionics
16 5 (0.38%) Pharmaceutical
17 3 (0.23%) Advertising
18 2 (0.15%) French Language
18 2 (0.15%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 190 (14.32%) Node.js
2 184 (13.87%) .NET
3 170 (12.81%) AngularJS
4 137 (10.32%) Spring
5 132 (9.95%) HTML
6 131 (9.87%) REST
7 129 (9.72%) Web Services
8 116 (8.74%) CSS
9 111 (8.36%) React
10 78 (5.88%) RESTful
11 66 (4.97%) XML
12 61 (4.60%) JSON
13 60 (4.52%) Spring Boot
14 56 (4.22%) Kafka
15 55 (4.14%) ASP.NET
16 53 (3.99%) HTML5
17 45 (3.39%) WPF
18 41 (3.09%) Hibernate
18 41 (3.09%) jQuery
18 41 (3.09%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 84 (6.33%) Computer Science
2 60 (4.52%) Analytical Skills
2 60 (4.52%) User Experience
3 49 (3.69%) Greenfield Project
4 42 (3.17%) Algorithms
5 37 (2.79%) Self-Motivation
6 26 (1.96%) Embedded Systems
6 26 (1.96%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
7 21 (1.58%) Mobile App
8 16 (1.21%) Device Driver
8 16 (1.21%) Public Cloud
9 15 (1.13%) Enterprise Software
10 14 (1.06%) Data Structures
11 12 (0.90%) CUDA
11 12 (0.90%) Fintech
12 11 (0.83%) Client/Server
13 9 (0.68%) Hedge funds
13 9 (0.68%) Life Science
14 8 (0.60%) Wiki
15 7 (0.53%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 316 (23.81%) Linux
2 96 (7.23%) Windows
3 70 (5.28%) Unix
4 38 (2.86%) Android
5 35 (2.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 26 (1.96%) Embedded Linux
7 23 (1.73%) Apple iOS
7 23 (1.73%) VxWorks
8 10 (0.75%) FreeRTOS
8 10 (0.75%) Windows 7
9 9 (0.68%) Mac OS X
10 7 (0.53%) Windows Server 2012
11 6 (0.45%) Windows 10
12 5 (0.38%) Nucleus RTOS
13 4 (0.30%) VMS
13 4 (0.30%) Windows Server 2008
14 3 (0.23%) Debian
14 3 (0.23%) SafeRTOS
15 2 (0.15%) Oracle Linux
15 2 (0.15%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,286 (96.91%) Software Engineering
2 577 (43.48%) Agile Software Development
3 264 (19.89%) TDD
4 216 (16.28%) Test Automation
5 212 (15.98%) Scrum
6 172 (12.96%) Continuous Integration
7 156 (11.76%) OO
8 154 (11.61%) Microservices
9 145 (10.93%) DevOps
10 141 (10.63%) BDD
11 122 (9.19%) UML
12 121 (9.12%) Problem-Solving
13 111 (8.36%) Continuous Delivery
14 102 (7.69%) SDLC
15 90 (6.78%) Kanban
16 89 (6.71%) Open Source
16 89 (6.71%) Unit Testing
17 82 (6.18%) MVC
18 75 (5.65%) Mentoring
19 72 (5.43%) Multithreading
Programming Languages
1 508 (38.28%) Java
2 409 (30.82%) C++
3 331 (24.94%) JavaScript
4 288 (21.70%) Python
5 268 (20.20%) C
6 262 (19.74%) C#
7 252 (18.99%) SQL
8 82 (6.18%) Embedded C
9 78 (5.88%) Java 8
10 76 (5.73%) Embedded C++
11 75 (5.65%) Scala
12 51 (3.84%) PHP
13 43 (3.24%) Ruby
14 42 (3.17%) Go
15 41 (3.09%) Ada
16 40 (3.01%) TypeScript
17 37 (2.79%) MATLAB
18 30 (2.26%) PowerShell
19 27 (2.03%) Bash Shell
20 26 (1.96%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 176 (13.26%) Security Cleared
2 141 (10.63%) SC Cleared
3 105 (7.91%) Degree
4 30 (2.26%) Computer Science Degree
5 11 (0.83%) PhD
6 5 (0.38%) Master's Degree
7 4 (0.30%) BPSS Clearance
8 2 (0.15%) AWS Certification
8 2 (0.15%) DV Cleared
8 2 (0.15%) HND
8 2 (0.15%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (0.15%) Numerate Degree
8 2 (0.15%) Sun Certification
9 1 (0.075%) BC Cleared
9 1 (0.075%) DBS Check
9 1 (0.075%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 51 (3.84%) QA
2 21 (1.58%) MISRA
3 16 (1.21%) GCP
4 15 (1.13%) IEC 62304
5 12 (0.90%) DO-178B
5 12 (0.90%) MISRA C
6 7 (0.53%) IEC 61508
7 6 (0.45%) Disclosure Scotland
8 5 (0.38%) ISO 26262
9 4 (0.30%) ISO 13485
9 4 (0.30%) MIL-STD-498
10 3 (0.23%) Def Stans
10 3 (0.23%) GDPR
10 3 (0.23%) ISO 9001
10 3 (0.23%) JTAG
11 2 (0.15%) ECSS
11 2 (0.15%) PSD2
12 1 (0.075%) AQAP
12 1 (0.075%) IEC 61131
12 1 (0.075%) ISO 15765
System Software
1 152 (11.45%) Docker
2 20 (1.51%) Firmware
3 10 (0.75%) Active Directory
4 8 (0.60%) HDFS
4 8 (0.60%) VMware Infrastructure
5 5 (0.38%) Virtual Machines
6 4 (0.30%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 3 (0.23%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (0.15%) Apache Flume
8 2 (0.15%) Xen
9 1 (0.075%) Oracle RAC
9 1 (0.075%) VirtualBox
9 1 (0.075%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 62 (4.67%) Terraform
2 54 (4.07%) Kubernetes
3 49 (3.69%) Ansible
4 34 (2.56%) Puppet
5 20 (1.51%) Opscode Chef
6 14 (1.06%) Grafana
7 8 (0.60%) Kibana
8 7 (0.53%) Graylog
9 6 (0.45%) SELinux
10 4 (0.30%) logstash
10 4 (0.30%) Mesos
10 4 (0.30%) Oozie
11 3 (0.23%) Docker Swarm
12 2 (0.15%) Ambari
12 2 (0.15%) Consul
12 2 (0.15%) Hadoop YARN
12 2 (0.15%) HockeyApp
12 2 (0.15%) HP Quality Center
13 1 (0.075%) Business Desktop Deployment
13 1 (0.075%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 66 (4.97%) Microsoft
2 60 (4.52%) Oracle
3 53 (3.99%) Google
4 33 (2.49%) Red Hat
5 18 (1.36%) Atlassian
6 13 (0.98%) Zend
7 12 (0.90%) SAP
7 12 (0.90%) Splunk
8 11 (0.83%) VMware
9 10 (0.75%) MuleSoft
10 9 (0.68%) AppDynamics
11 7 (0.53%) Adobe
11 7 (0.53%) Salesforce.com
12 6 (0.45%) Capita
12 6 (0.45%) Cloudera
12 6 (0.45%) Green Hills
13 4 (0.30%) Tableau
13 4 (0.30%) Talend
13 4 (0.30%) webMethods
13 4 (0.30%) Xamarin