The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £415 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 Engineer
UK
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 221 213 257
Rank change year-on-year -8 +44  
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 520 609 478
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.15% 1.14% 0.88%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.22% 1.19% 0.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 273 266 191
Median daily rate £415 £414 £356
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.30% +16.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £316 £319 £276
10% offered a daily rate of more than £502 £588 £474
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £340
% change year-on-year +6.66% +10.29%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 120 152 89
Median hourly rate £42.75 £42.50 £39.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.58% +8.97%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.45 £35.00 £32.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £50.00 £45.05
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £39.00
% change year-on-year - +8.97%  

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 Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

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 3 months to 28 March 2017.

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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Software Engineer in the UK

Software Engineer
Top 30 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 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 -25 438 £420 -0.11% 411
London +25 139 £450 -0.55% 95
South East -72 75 £378 -2.89% 76
East of England +21 69 £403 +23.84% 65
South West -23 69 £425 +30.76% 57
Wales +35 44 £425 +14.86% 9
South Wales +38 35 £425 +14.86% 5
Cambridgeshire +13 30 £400 +26.98% 49
Hertfordshire +16 29 £405 +11.72% 7
Scotland +29 27 £320 -14.66% 29
Yorkshire +25 26 £410 -2.38% 37
Cambridge +17 25 £363 +15.07% 40
Leeds +30 23 £410 -2.38% 13
West Yorkshire +27 23 £410 -2.38% 16
North West +2 22 £425 - 42
City of London -3 22 £500 +16.27% 31
Hampshire -34 22 £433 +23.92% 23
Edinburgh +30 19 £248 -29.33% 20
West Midlands +12 19 £440 -4.34% 19
East Midlands +1 19 £325 -13.33% 15
Cardiff +35 17 £418 +19.28% 2
Surrey +1 17 £380 -7.87% 13
Gloucestershire -2 16 £433 +11.61% 13
Bristol +3 15 £450 +38.46% 21
Lancashire +23 13 - - 5
Oxfordshire +3 13 £453 +7.73% 10
Somerset -12 12 - - 7
Portsmouth - 10 £450 - 3
Heathrow +1 9 £360 +2.85%
Wiltshire -4 9 £365 - 5

Software Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 March 2017, 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 1017 (96.12%) Software Engineering
2 385 (36.39%) Agile Software Development
3 357 (33.74%) Java
4 338 (31.95%) C++
5 288 (27.22%) Linux
6 266 (25.14%) C
7 231 (21.83%) C#
8 204 (19.28%) SQL
9 203 (19.19%) Security Cleared
10 196 (18.53%) TDD
11 167 (15.78%) Python
12 166 (15.69%) Scrum
13 164 (15.50%) JavaScript
14 160 (15.12%) OO
15 150 (14.18%) SC Cleared
16 146 (13.80%) UML
17 134 (12.67%) .NET
18 126 (11.91%) Git (software)
19 125 (11.81%) Web Services
20 121 (11.44%) BDD
21 112 (10.59%) HTML
22 110 (10.40%) Windows
23 100 (9.45%) Embedded C
23 100 (9.45%) Spring
24 97 (9.17%) Continuous Integration
25 95 (8.98%) REST
26 93 (8.79%) Jenkins
27 88 (8.32%) DevOps
28 86 (8.13%) Open Source
29 84 (7.94%) Amazon AWS

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 46 (4.35%) Apache
2 36 (3.40%) Tomcat
3 28 (2.65%) Confluence
4 27 (2.55%) JBoss
5 26 (2.46%) WebSphere
6 22 (2.08%) Apache Spark
7 19 (1.80%) WebLogic
8 18 (1.70%) Elasticsearch
9 16 (1.51%) NServiceBus
10 15 (1.42%) nginx
11 14 (1.32%) CMS
12 11 (1.04%) WebSphere Process Server
13 10 (0.95%) Alfresco
13 10 (0.95%) Apache Pig
13 10 (0.95%) WebSphere Application Server
14 9 (0.85%) GlassFish
14 9 (0.85%) SharePoint
15 7 (0.66%) OpenStack
16 4 (0.38%) Apache Solr
16 4 (0.38%) Drupal
Applications
1 35 (3.31%) MS Excel
2 32 (3.02%) Simulink
3 12 (1.13%) MS Office
4 5 (0.47%) MS PowerPoint
5 2 (0.19%) Photoshop
5 2 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (0.19%) TargetLink
6 1 (0.095%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.095%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.095%) Doxygen
6 1 (0.095%) HipChat
6 1 (0.095%) SOLIDWORKS
6 1 (0.095%) Stateflow
6 1 (0.095%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 4 (0.38%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 3 (0.28%) BusinessWorks
2 3 (0.28%) LabWindows
3 2 (0.19%) Oracle Cash Management
3 2 (0.19%) Payment Gateway
3 2 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.19%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 1 (0.095%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.095%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 84 (7.94%) Amazon AWS
2 39 (3.69%) Microsoft Azure
3 23 (2.17%) GitHub
4 14 (1.32%) Amazon EC2
5 13 (1.23%) AWS Lambda
6 11 (1.04%) PaaS
7 10 (0.95%) Slack
8 8 (0.76%) Amazon SQS
8 8 (0.76%) IaaS
8 8 (0.76%) SaaS
9 7 (0.66%) AWS CloudFormation
10 6 (0.57%) Heroku
11 5 (0.47%) Amazon S3
11 5 (0.47%) Cloud Computing
12 3 (0.28%) Amazon EMR
12 3 (0.28%) OpenShift
13 2 (0.19%) Amazon Kinesis
13 2 (0.19%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
13 2 (0.19%) Google Cloud Platform
13 2 (0.19%) Oracle CX
Communications & Networking
1 63 (5.95%) TCP/IP
2 60 (5.67%) HTTP
3 33 (3.12%) VoIP
4 25 (2.36%) SSL
5 24 (2.27%) Internet
6 22 (2.08%) LTE
7 21 (1.98%) Asterisk PBX
7 21 (1.98%) Bluetooth
7 21 (1.98%) Diameter Protocol
7 21 (1.98%) GSM
7 21 (1.98%) PBX
7 21 (1.98%) RANAP
7 21 (1.98%) RTP
7 21 (1.98%) UMTS
8 18 (1.70%) Wireshark
9 14 (1.32%) Wireless
10 13 (1.23%) Firewall
11 12 (1.13%) SNMP
12 11 (1.04%) Broadband
12 11 (1.04%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 56 (5.29%) NoSQL
2 55 (5.20%) PostgreSQL
3 53 (5.01%) MySQL
4 52 (4.91%) SQL Server
5 50 (4.73%) MongoDB
6 32 (3.02%) Big Data
6 32 (3.02%) Relational Database
7 24 (2.27%) Hadoop
8 22 (2.08%) Apache Cassandra
9 14 (1.32%) Oracle Database
10 13 (1.23%) SQL Server 2008
11 11 (1.04%) Apache Hive
12 10 (0.95%) Data Warehouse
12 10 (0.95%) RDBMS
13 7 (0.66%) Neo4j
13 7 (0.66%) Redis
14 6 (0.57%) Blockchain
14 6 (0.57%) MarkLogic
14 6 (0.57%) SQLite
15 5 (0.47%) Apache Accumulo
Development Applications
1 126 (11.91%) Git (software)
2 93 (8.79%) Jenkins
3 84 (7.94%) Visual Studio
4 62 (5.86%) JIRA
5 59 (5.58%) JUnit
6 56 (5.29%) Cucumber
7 55 (5.20%) Maven
8 50 (4.73%) Rational DOORS
9 49 (4.63%) Subversion
10 48 (4.54%) Eclipse
11 42 (3.97%) Rational Rhapsody
12 38 (3.59%) GCC
13 34 (3.21%) Team Foundation Server
14 33 (3.12%) GDB
15 22 (2.08%) Ant
15 22 (2.08%) Selenium
15 22 (2.08%) Trac
16 21 (1.98%) Mockito
17 13 (1.23%) Mercurial
18 12 (1.13%) Jasmine
General
1 72 (6.81%) Finance
2 45 (4.25%) Telecoms
3 38 (3.59%) Manufacturing
4 34 (3.21%) Aerospace
5 29 (2.74%) Automotive
6 28 (2.65%) Electronics
7 23 (2.17%) Military
8 21 (1.98%) Publishing
9 18 (1.70%) Retail
10 15 (1.42%) Banking
11 13 (1.23%) Avionics
11 13 (1.23%) Games
12 6 (0.57%) Marketing
13 4 (0.38%) Investment Banking
14 3 (0.28%) Advertising
14 3 (0.28%) Front Office
14 3 (0.28%) Multimedia
15 2 (0.19%) Financial Institution
15 2 (0.19%) International Banking
15 2 (0.19%) Law
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 134 (12.67%) .NET
2 125 (11.81%) Web Services
3 112 (10.59%) HTML
4 100 (9.45%) Spring
5 95 (8.98%) REST
6 80 (7.56%) CSS
6 80 (7.56%) RESTful
7 77 (7.28%) Node.js
8 69 (6.52%) XML
9 54 (5.10%) HTML5
10 47 (4.44%) Boost C++ Libraries
11 42 (3.97%) SOAP
11 42 (3.97%) STL
12 41 (3.88%) JSON
13 37 (3.50%) AngularJS
14 36 (3.40%) jQuery
15 34 (3.21%) ASP.NET
16 33 (3.12%) J2EE
17 31 (2.93%) Hibernate
18 30 (2.84%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 56 (5.29%) Computer Science
2 53 (5.01%) Embedded Systems
3 47 (4.44%) Analytical Skills
4 29 (2.74%) User Experience
5 22 (2.08%) Algorithms
6 21 (1.98%) Device Driver
7 15 (1.42%) RIA
8 14 (1.32%) Data Structures
9 12 (1.13%) Clustering
10 9 (0.85%) Management Information System
10 9 (0.85%) Mobile App
11 8 (0.76%) Wiki
12 7 (0.66%) Data Centre
12 7 (0.66%) Fintech
12 7 (0.66%) NHS
13 6 (0.57%) Client/Server
13 6 (0.57%) Derivative
13 6 (0.57%) Enterprise Software
13 6 (0.57%) Life Science
13 6 (0.57%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 288 (27.22%) Linux
2 110 (10.40%) Windows
3 81 (7.66%) Unix
4 36 (3.40%) Android
5 28 (2.65%) Apple iOS
6 20 (1.89%) Embedded Linux
7 19 (1.80%) Ubuntu
8 18 (1.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 8 (0.76%) CentOS
10 7 (0.66%) Windows Embedded Compact
10 7 (0.66%) Windows Server
11 5 (0.47%) VxWorks
12 4 (0.38%) VME
13 3 (0.28%) CoreOS
13 3 (0.28%) Windows 8
13 3 (0.28%) Windows Server 2008
14 2 (0.19%) Mac OS
14 2 (0.19%) Mac OS X
14 2 (0.19%) Windows 10
14 2 (0.19%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 1017 (96.12%) Software Engineering
2 385 (36.39%) Agile Software Development
3 196 (18.53%) TDD
4 166 (15.69%) Scrum
5 160 (15.12%) OO
6 146 (13.80%) UML
7 121 (11.44%) BDD
8 97 (9.17%) Continuous Integration
9 88 (8.32%) DevOps
10 86 (8.13%) Open Source
11 81 (7.66%) Multithreading
12 80 (7.56%) SDLC
13 79 (7.47%) Configuration Management
14 75 (7.09%) Unit Testing
15 69 (6.52%) MVC
16 68 (6.43%) Integration Testing
17 59 (5.58%) High Availability
18 54 (5.10%) Microservices
19 43 (4.06%) Continuous Delivery
20 40 (3.78%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 357 (33.74%) Java
2 338 (31.95%) C++
3 266 (25.14%) C
4 231 (21.83%) C#
5 204 (19.28%) SQL
6 167 (15.78%) Python
7 164 (15.50%) JavaScript
8 100 (9.45%) Embedded C
9 54 (5.10%) Perl
10 51 (4.82%) Scala
11 50 (4.73%) Ruby
12 49 (4.63%) Ada
13 42 (3.97%) MATLAB
14 39 (3.69%) Embedded C++
15 37 (3.50%) PHP
16 34 (3.21%) PowerShell
17 27 (2.55%) Bash Shell
18 23 (2.17%) Ada 95
19 20 (1.89%) Shell Script
19 20 (1.89%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 203 (19.19%) Security Cleared
2 150 (14.18%) SC Cleared
3 59 (5.58%) Degree
4 15 (1.42%) DV Cleared
5 11 (1.04%) BPSS Clearance
6 8 (0.76%) Microsoft Certification
7 6 (0.57%) MCTS
7 6 (0.57%) RHCE
8 3 (0.28%) HND
9 2 (0.19%) PhD
10 1 (0.095%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (3.40%) QA
2 13 (1.23%) MISRA
3 12 (1.13%) SDET
4 10 (0.95%) MISRA C
5 7 (0.66%) ISO26262
6 6 (0.57%) DO-178B
7 4 (0.38%) Disclosure Scotland
7 4 (0.38%) IEC 61508
8 3 (0.28%) ISO 9001
8 3 (0.28%) JTAG
8 3 (0.28%) PCI DSS
9 2 (0.19%) Def Stans
9 2 (0.19%) TickIT
10 1 (0.095%) ISO 8583
10 1 (0.095%) ISO/IEC 12207
10 1 (0.095%) ISO13485
10 1 (0.095%) MiFID
10 1 (0.095%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 1 (0.095%) SAS 70
System Software
1 59 (5.58%) Docker
2 15 (1.42%) Firmware
3 12 (1.13%) VMware Infrastructure
4 8 (0.76%) Virtual Machines
5 6 (0.57%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 3 (0.28%) vSphere
7 2 (0.19%) Apache Flume
7 2 (0.19%) KVM
7 2 (0.19%) LXC
8 1 (0.095%) Active Directory
8 1 (0.095%) BusyBox
8 1 (0.095%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 24 (2.27%) Puppet
2 23 (2.17%) Opscode Chef
3 18 (1.70%) Ansible
4 13 (1.23%) Graphite
5 10 (0.95%) Kubernetes
6 9 (0.85%) Kibana
7 8 (0.76%) Hadoop YARN
8 7 (0.66%) Mesos
9 6 (0.57%) Grafana
9 6 (0.57%) Salt
10 5 (0.47%) Terraform
11 2 (0.19%) logstash
11 2 (0.19%) TIBCO Hawk
12 1 (0.095%) BMC PATROL
12 1 (0.095%) Business Desktop Deployment
12 1 (0.095%) Data Guard
12 1 (0.095%) Nagios
12 1 (0.095%) Oozie
12 1 (0.095%) OpenView Configuration Management
12 1 (0.095%) Oracle RMAN
Vendors
1 81 (7.66%) Microsoft
2 61 (5.77%) Oracle
3 22 (2.08%) Cisco
4 15 (1.42%) Red Hat
4 15 (1.42%) VMware
5 13 (1.23%) IBM
6 11 (1.04%) hybris
7 10 (0.95%) Atlassian
8 9 (0.85%) Google
9 8 (0.76%) Serena
10 7 (0.66%) SAP
10 7 (0.66%) Splunk
10 7 (0.66%) TIBCO
11 5 (0.47%) Adobe
12 4 (0.38%) HP
12 4 (0.38%) ICL
12 4 (0.38%) Twitter
13 3 (0.28%) Freescale
13 3 (0.28%) Hortonworks
13 3 (0.28%) Wind River
Cambridge
G2 Recruitment Solutions
Posted: 4 hours ago
Coventry
Real Staffing
Rate: £38 - £45 per hour + competitive
Posted: 5 hours ago
North Yorkshire
G2 Recruitment Solutions
Posted: 4 hours ago
Preston
aap3
Rate: £38.00 - £42.00 per hour
Posted: 4 hours ago
London
Bridge Noble
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 3 hours ago
London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £500 - £575 per annum
Posted: 19 hours ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £350.00 - £500 per day
Posted: 22 hours ago
Tadley, Hampshire
Certes Computing Ltd
Posted: 14 hours ago
City, London
Venturi
Rate: £1 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £40 - £50 per hour
Posted: 19 hours ago
Newcastle upon Tyne
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: Yesterday
Guildford, Surrey
Total Recruitment Specialists Limited / TRG / Total recruitment group
Rate: £35000 - £45000 Per Annum (3 year contract)
Posted: Yesterday
Sutton, Surrey
Intrinsic Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Up to £450 per day + Bonus & Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Futureheads
Posted: 14 hours ago
Newcastle upon Tyne
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
JM
Rate: £425 - £450 per day
Posted: 20 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Pasker
Posted: 23 hours ago
Bracknell, Berkshire
Software Personnel International Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Please call for details.
Posted: 4 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
LA International
Rate: £1 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Coventry
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
Dursley, Gloucestershire
Claremont Consulting Ltd
Rate: From £400 to £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Chester, Cheshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £425 - £500 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
North West England
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
Stonehouse, Gloucestershire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £375 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Jersey, Channel Isles
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: negotiable
Posted: 3 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 4 days ago
Hook, Hampshire
Certes Computing Ltd
Rate: £1 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
SoCode Limited
Rate: £35 - 50 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
Bristol, Avon
In Parallel Computer Staff Limited
Rate: £44 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
Norwich, Norfolk
Tec Partners
Rate: £250.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago