Period
to 22 January 2018

The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £463 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 22 January 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
22 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 234 230 250
Rank change year-on-year -4 +20 +56
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 1,113 1,083 1,096
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.12% 1.14% 1.02%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.18% 1.20% 1.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 562 612 541
UK median daily rate £463 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.82% +3.66% +9.33%
10th Percentile £315 £313 £300
90th Percentile £615 £575 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £418 £400 £370
% change year-on-year +4.38% +8.11% +5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 183 195 259
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £40.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +5.25% +0.95%
10th Percentile £34.01 £32.50 £33.34
90th Percentile £50.77 £52.50 £51.45
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% -

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 94,433 90,345 102,409
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.80% 94.77% 94.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 62,733 58,963 65,345
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £260 £253 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +2.01%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,782 3,196 3,879
UK median hourly rate £18.44 £18.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.43% -5.26% +15.15%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year - -5.41% +12.12%

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 22 January 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 22 January 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 22 January 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 +10 1,010 £475 +11.76% 1,276
UK excluding London -2 743 £418 +4.38% 1,071
London +5 349 £513 +11.96% 302
South East -25 194 £425 +1.49% 262
North of England +78 170 £430 -1.71% 197
East of England -3 127 £375 -6.25% 235
South West -15 105 £388 -3.13% 137
Yorkshire +74 81 £430 +10.97% 74
North West +3 74 £444 +2.31% 104
Midlands -26 64 £400 +11.11% 142
Scotland -17 50 £425 +26.87% 51
West Midlands -14 36 £398 +10.42% 101
Wales -36 28 £418 -1.76% 30
East Midlands -8 25 £475 +40.74% 40
North East +45 16 £350 -22.22% 19
Channel Islands - 3 - - 1
Northern Ireland -25 2 - - 13

Software Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 January 2018, Software 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 Engineer in the job title.

1 1,068 (95.96%) Software Engineering
2 460 (41.33%) Agile Software Development
3 418 (37.56%) Java
4 332 (29.83%) C++
5 274 (24.62%) Linux
6 247 (22.19%) JavaScript
7 238 (21.38%) TDD
8 233 (20.93%) C
9 225 (20.22%) C#
10 214 (19.23%) SQL
11 211 (18.96%) Scrum
12 188 (16.89%) Git (software)
13 177 (15.90%) Test Automation
14 172 (15.45%) Python
15 163 (14.65%) Microservices
16 160 (14.38%) .NET
17 151 (13.57%) Amazon AWS
18 138 (12.40%) Jenkins
19 137 (12.31%) REST
20 136 (12.22%) Continuous Integration
21 134 (12.04%) BDD
22 126 (11.32%) Node.js
23 122 (10.96%) Web Services
24 120 (10.78%) Spring
25 118 (10.60%) UML
26 115 (10.33%) HTML
27 113 (10.15%) Degree
28 108 (9.70%) JIRA
29 105 (9.43%) OO
30 104 (9.34%) Windows

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 56 (5.03%) Confluence
2 29 (2.61%) Elasticsearch
3 26 (2.34%) Apache Spark
3 26 (2.34%) Tomcat
4 18 (1.62%) Apache
5 14 (1.26%) WebLogic
6 13 (1.17%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 12 (1.08%) CMS
7 12 (1.08%) Mule
8 11 (0.99%) JBoss
9 10 (0.90%) NServiceBus
10 9 (0.81%) Cloud Foundry
11 4 (0.36%) IIS
11 4 (0.36%) OpenStack
12 3 (0.27%) Adobe Experience Manager
12 3 (0.27%) GlassFish
12 3 (0.27%) Jetty
12 3 (0.27%) Liferay
12 3 (0.27%) Oracle Application Server
12 3 (0.27%) Oracle Coherence
Applications
1 43 (3.86%) Simulink
2 7 (0.63%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (0.63%) Stateflow
3 3 (0.27%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (0.27%) TargetLink
4 2 (0.18%) Adobe Illustrator
4 2 (0.18%) Chatbot
4 2 (0.18%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (0.18%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.090%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 1 (0.090%) Autodesk Inventor
5 1 (0.090%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.090%) MicroStation
5 1 (0.090%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 11 (0.99%) Payment Gateway
2 6 (0.54%) Oracle BPM
3 3 (0.27%) Oracle Applications
4 2 (0.18%) LabWindows
4 2 (0.18%) Magento
4 2 (0.18%) SunGard GMI
5 1 (0.090%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.090%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 151 (13.57%) Amazon AWS
2 69 (6.20%) Microsoft Azure
3 40 (3.59%) Slack
4 30 (2.70%) GitHub
5 24 (2.16%) Amazon EC2
6 23 (2.07%) PaaS
7 20 (1.80%) SaaS
8 18 (1.62%) Serverless
9 17 (1.53%) AWS Lambda
10 14 (1.26%) Google Cloud Platform
11 13 (1.17%) IaaS
12 12 (1.08%) Amazon S3
13 9 (0.81%) AWS CloudFormation
13 9 (0.81%) Cloud Computing
13 9 (0.81%) OpenShift
14 7 (0.63%) Amazon SQS
14 7 (0.63%) npm
15 5 (0.45%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 5 (0.45%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 3 (0.27%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 29 (2.61%) Wireless
2 28 (2.52%) TCP/IP
3 22 (1.98%) HTTP
4 20 (1.80%) Wireshark
5 18 (1.62%) Bluetooth
5 18 (1.62%) Internet
5 18 (1.62%) Wi-Fi
6 15 (1.35%) LTE
7 14 (1.26%) SMS
8 10 (0.90%) GSM
8 10 (0.90%) VoIP
9 9 (0.81%) Network Security
10 8 (0.72%) 3GPP
10 8 (0.72%) Asterisk PBX
10 8 (0.72%) Diameter Protocol
10 8 (0.72%) Ethernet
10 8 (0.72%) FlexRay
10 8 (0.72%) MGW
10 8 (0.72%) PBX
10 8 (0.72%) UMTS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 102 (9.16%) NoSQL
2 78 (7.01%) MongoDB
3 68 (6.11%) PostgreSQL
4 62 (5.57%) SQL Server
5 57 (5.12%) MySQL
6 47 (4.22%) Relational Database
7 38 (3.41%) Apache Cassandra
8 31 (2.79%) Big Data
9 21 (1.89%) Hadoop
10 14 (1.26%) RDBMS
11 8 (0.72%) Amazon RDS
11 8 (0.72%) GIS
11 8 (0.72%) Ingres
11 8 (0.72%) Redis
12 7 (0.63%) CouchDB
12 7 (0.63%) HBase
13 6 (0.54%) SQLite
14 5 (0.45%) Amazon DynamoDB
14 5 (0.45%) Oracle Database
15 4 (0.36%) Spark SQL
Development Applications
1 188 (16.89%) Git (software)
2 138 (12.40%) Jenkins
3 108 (9.70%) JIRA
4 104 (9.34%) Cucumber
5 70 (6.29%) Maven
6 68 (6.11%) Visual Studio
7 66 (5.93%) JUnit
8 49 (4.40%) Rational DOORS
9 46 (4.13%) Rational Rhapsody
10 44 (3.95%) Selenium
11 40 (3.59%) Subversion
12 39 (3.50%) Eclipse
13 33 (2.96%) GDB
13 33 (2.96%) Jasmine
14 26 (2.34%) TeamCity
15 24 (2.16%) Gradle
15 24 (2.16%) Mockito
15 24 (2.16%) Team Foundation Server
16 23 (2.07%) GCC
17 18 (1.62%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 85 (7.64%) Finance
2 61 (5.48%) Electronics
3 54 (4.85%) Telecoms
4 51 (4.58%) Automotive
5 43 (3.86%) Banking
6 29 (2.61%) Aerospace
7 28 (2.52%) Manufacturing
8 21 (1.89%) Retail
9 13 (1.17%) Front Office
10 12 (1.08%) Games
11 9 (0.81%) Marketing
12 8 (0.72%) Avionics
12 8 (0.72%) Military
12 8 (0.72%) Publishing
13 6 (0.54%) Back Office
14 5 (0.45%) Law
14 5 (0.45%) Retail Banking
15 3 (0.27%) French Language
15 3 (0.27%) Investment Banking
16 2 (0.18%) German Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 160 (14.38%) .NET
2 137 (12.31%) REST
3 126 (11.32%) Node.js
4 122 (10.96%) Web Services
5 120 (10.78%) Spring
6 115 (10.33%) HTML
7 103 (9.25%) CSS
8 84 (7.55%) AngularJS
8 84 (7.55%) JSON
8 84 (7.55%) RESTful
9 74 (6.65%) React
10 54 (4.85%) XML
11 48 (4.31%) jQuery
12 45 (4.04%) WPF
13 42 (3.77%) HTML5
13 42 (3.77%) Spring Boot
14 40 (3.59%) ASP.NET
15 33 (2.96%) Boost C++ Libraries
16 32 (2.88%) Hibernate
17 30 (2.70%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 91 (8.18%) Computer Science
2 49 (4.40%) User Experience
3 47 (4.22%) Algorithms
4 41 (3.68%) Mobile App
5 38 (3.41%) Analytical Skills
6 28 (2.52%) Embedded Systems
7 24 (2.16%) Data Structures
8 19 (1.71%) Greenfield Project
9 17 (1.53%) Device Driver
10 16 (1.44%) Enterprise Software
10 16 (1.44%) Fintech
11 15 (1.35%) Cloud Native
12 11 (0.99%) Virtual Team
13 8 (0.72%) Public Cloud
13 8 (0.72%) Semantic Web
14 7 (0.63%) 3D Graphics
14 7 (0.63%) Client/Server
15 6 (0.54%) Clustering
15 6 (0.54%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 6 (0.54%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 274 (24.62%) Linux
2 104 (9.34%) Windows
3 51 (4.58%) Android
4 48 (4.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 39 (3.50%) Apple iOS
5 39 (3.50%) Unix
6 25 (2.25%) Embedded Linux
7 17 (1.53%) VxWorks
8 15 (1.35%) Windows 7
8 15 (1.35%) Windows Server 2012
9 9 (0.81%) Windows Server 2008
10 8 (0.72%) Windows 10
10 8 (0.72%) Windows Server
11 7 (0.63%) VMS
12 4 (0.36%) Mac OS X
12 4 (0.36%) Ubuntu
13 3 (0.27%) CentOS
13 3 (0.27%) Debian
14 2 (0.18%) AIX
14 2 (0.18%) Fedora
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,068 (95.96%) Software Engineering
2 460 (41.33%) Agile Software Development
3 238 (21.38%) TDD
4 211 (18.96%) Scrum
5 177 (15.90%) Test Automation
6 163 (14.65%) Microservices
7 136 (12.22%) Continuous Integration
8 134 (12.04%) BDD
9 118 (10.60%) UML
10 105 (9.43%) OO
11 99 (8.89%) SDLC
12 88 (7.91%) Open Source
12 88 (7.91%) Unit Testing
13 87 (7.82%) MVC
14 83 (7.46%) DevOps
15 79 (7.10%) Mentoring
16 78 (7.01%) Multithreading
17 75 (6.74%) Kanban
18 69 (6.20%) Coaching
19 67 (6.02%) Continuous Delivery
Programming Languages
1 418 (37.56%) Java
2 332 (29.83%) C++
3 247 (22.19%) JavaScript
4 233 (20.93%) C
5 225 (20.22%) C#
6 214 (19.23%) SQL
7 172 (15.45%) Python
8 78 (7.01%) Embedded C
9 57 (5.12%) Scala
10 49 (4.40%) Ruby
11 46 (4.13%) MATLAB
12 38 (3.41%) Ada
13 35 (3.14%) Embedded C++
14 23 (2.07%) PHP
15 22 (1.98%) Go
16 21 (1.89%) Bash Shell
16 21 (1.89%) T-SQL
17 16 (1.44%) PowerShell
18 14 (1.26%) Groovy
18 14 (1.26%) VB
Qualifications
1 113 (10.15%) Degree
2 100 (8.98%) Security Cleared
3 72 (6.47%) SC Cleared
4 54 (4.85%) Computer Science Degree
5 10 (0.90%) PhD
6 5 (0.45%) BPSS Clearance
6 5 (0.45%) Microsoft Certification
7 4 (0.36%) MCSD
8 3 (0.27%) Numerate Degree
9 2 (0.18%) BC Cleared
9 2 (0.18%) DV Cleared
9 2 (0.18%) Master's Degree
9 2 (0.18%) Sun Certification
10 1 (0.090%) GNVQ
10 1 (0.090%) HNC
10 1 (0.090%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 59 (5.30%) QA
2 36 (3.23%) MISRA
3 16 (1.44%) IEC 62304
4 14 (1.26%) DO-178B
5 12 (1.08%) ISO 26262
5 12 (1.08%) MISRA C
6 9 (0.81%) GDPR
7 6 (0.54%) PCI DSS
8 4 (0.36%) Disclosure Scotland
8 4 (0.36%) MiFID
8 4 (0.36%) PSD2
9 3 (0.27%) IEC 61508
9 3 (0.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 2 (0.18%) EMIR
10 2 (0.18%) GCP
10 2 (0.18%) GPG13
10 2 (0.18%) ISO 13485
10 2 (0.18%) ISO 9001
10 2 (0.18%) MIL-STD-1553
11 1 (0.090%) AQAP
System Software
1 88 (7.91%) Docker
2 14 (1.26%) Active Directory
2 14 (1.26%) Firmware
3 8 (0.72%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (0.45%) HDFS
4 5 (0.45%) VMware ESXi
5 4 (0.36%) Advanced Linux Sound Architecture
5 4 (0.36%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 4 (0.36%) Virtual Machines
6 2 (0.18%) KVM
7 1 (0.090%) Apache Flume
7 1 (0.090%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.090%) LXC
7 1 (0.090%) Terminal Server
7 1 (0.090%) vCloud
7 1 (0.090%) VirtualBox
7 1 (0.090%) vSphere
7 1 (0.090%) zsh
Systems Management
1 35 (3.14%) Puppet
2 31 (2.79%) Ansible
3 30 (2.70%) Kubernetes
4 20 (1.80%) Terraform
5 16 (1.44%) Opscode Chef
6 8 (0.72%) Business Desktop Deployment
6 8 (0.72%) Mesos
7 5 (0.45%) logstash
8 4 (0.36%) Grafana
8 4 (0.36%) Hadoop YARN
8 4 (0.36%) Kibana
9 3 (0.27%) Rancher
10 2 (0.18%) Graylog
10 2 (0.18%) Icinga
10 2 (0.18%) Nagios
10 2 (0.18%) Oozie
11 1 (0.090%) Ambari
11 1 (0.090%) Graphite
11 1 (0.090%) Red Hat Spacewalk
11 1 (0.090%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 71 (6.38%) Microsoft
2 62 (5.57%) Oracle
3 35 (3.14%) Red Hat
4 21 (1.89%) Google
5 15 (1.35%) Atlassian
6 13 (1.17%) VMware
6 13 (1.17%) Xamarin
7 10 (0.90%) IBM
7 10 (0.90%) Talend
8 8 (0.72%) Cisco
9 7 (0.63%) CA Agile Central
9 7 (0.63%) Splunk
10 6 (0.54%) Capita
11 5 (0.45%) Adobe
11 5 (0.45%) Freescale
12 4 (0.36%) MathWorks
12 4 (0.36%) SAP
12 4 (0.36%) TIBCO
12 4 (0.36%) Wind River
13 3 (0.27%) Atmel