The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £424 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 23 June 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
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 222 256 243
Rank change year-on-year +34 -13  
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 514 508 534
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.10% 0.94% 0.95%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.16% 1.00% 1.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 261 288 257
Median daily rate £424 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.93% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £326 £304 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £561 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £393 £380 £350
% change year-on-year +3.28% +8.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 101 89 101
Median hourly rate £42.50 £42.25 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.59% +5.62%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £32.50 £33.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.42 £50.16 £52.35
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.13 £40.00
% change year-on-year +0.89% +5.31%  

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 44357 51050 53273
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.75% 94.87% 94.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 28704 33277 33414
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £248
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £570
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1368 1510 2064
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.45 £16.14
% change year-on-year +0.28% +8.11%  

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 23 June 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 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 3 months to 23 June 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 23 June 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 +23 429 £428 +6.87% 413
London +16 144 £500 +11.11% 116
South East -33 73 £370 +1.71% 68
South West +14 61 £375 +11.11% 62
Wales +22 47 £393 +0.64% 6
North West +42 46 £406 -0.91% 36
South Wales +19 42 £396 +1.60% 5
East of England -6 36 £385 +10.00% 75
East Midlands +17 32 £340 -32.00% 10
Hampshire +14 29 £440 +23.94% 15
Cambridgeshire +15 25 £375 +7.14% 59
City of London +8 24 £500 +2.56% 28
Bristol +8 24 £374 +10.74% 25
Manchester +20 21 £425 +3.65% 28
Scotland +40 20 £375 +44.23% 38
Yorkshire +24 19 £400 +7.38% 29
Gloucestershire +23 19 £425 - 8
Cambridge +11 17 - - 51
Edinburgh +27 15 £355 +26.78% 25
West Yorkshire +19 13 £420 +29.23% 23
Newport -1 13 £400 +2.56% 1
Northampton +16 12 £340 -35.23% 4
Cardiff +10 12 £407 +12.13% 2
Northamptonshire +7 12 £340 -35.23% 4
Leeds +9 11 £420 +1.81% 20
East Sussex +4 11 £340 +33.33% 1
Surrey -2 11 £413 +8.19% 14
West Midlands -12 10 £444 +7.01% 11
Lancashire - 10 - - 2
Cheshire +24 8 £375 -19.35% 5

Software Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 June 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 1004 (97.38%) Software Engineering
2 365 (35.40%) C++
3 344 (33.37%) Agile Software Development
4 337 (32.69%) Java
5 280 (27.16%) C
6 272 (26.38%) Linux
7 214 (20.76%) C#
8 173 (16.78%) SQL
9 168 (16.29%) Security Cleared
10 161 (15.62%) Python
11 154 (14.94%) OO
12 153 (14.84%) JavaScript
13 150 (14.55%) TDD
14 142 (13.77%) UML
15 134 (13.00%) Scrum
16 133 (12.90%) Git (software)
17 132 (12.80%) SC Cleared
18 128 (12.42%) .NET
19 127 (12.32%) Windows
20 113 (10.96%) Spring
21 107 (10.38%) Embedded C
22 105 (10.18%) Multithreading
23 104 (10.09%) Configuration Management
24 103 (9.99%) SDLC
25 93 (9.02%) Test Automation
26 91 (8.83%) Web Services
27 88 (8.54%) HTML
28 85 (8.24%) Microsoft
28 85 (8.24%) REST
29 84 (8.15%) Node.js

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 52 (5.04%) Apache
2 35 (3.39%) Tomcat
3 27 (2.62%) Elasticsearch
4 22 (2.13%) Apache Spark
5 18 (1.75%) JBoss
6 17 (1.65%) WebLogic
7 16 (1.55%) Confluence
8 14 (1.36%) WebSphere
9 13 (1.26%) NServiceBus
10 12 (1.16%) CMS
11 11 (1.07%) nginx
12 8 (0.78%) ArcGIS
12 8 (0.78%) SharePoint
13 7 (0.68%) Drupal
13 7 (0.68%) GlassFish
14 6 (0.58%) Cloud Foundry
15 5 (0.48%) OpenROAD
16 4 (0.39%) Apache Pig
16 4 (0.39%) Mule
17 3 (0.29%) Adobe Experience Manager
Applications
1 40 (3.88%) Simulink
2 16 (1.55%) Microsoft Office
3 6 (0.58%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (0.58%) TargetLink
4 3 (0.29%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.19%) Doxygen
5 2 (0.19%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.097%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.097%) HipChat
6 1 (0.097%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.097%) Stateflow
6 1 (0.097%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 10 (0.97%) LabWindows
2 4 (0.39%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 3 (0.29%) BusinessWorks
3 3 (0.29%) Teamcenter
4 2 (0.19%) Oracle Cash Management
4 2 (0.19%) Payment Gateway
4 2 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
4 2 (0.19%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.097%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.097%) Siebel CRM
Cloud Services
1 51 (4.95%) Amazon AWS
2 42 (4.07%) Microsoft Azure
3 18 (1.75%) GitHub
4 10 (0.97%) PaaS
5 7 (0.68%) OpenShift
5 7 (0.68%) SaaS
6 6 (0.58%) IaaS
6 6 (0.58%) Slack
7 5 (0.48%) Google Analytics
8 4 (0.39%) Amazon EC2
9 3 (0.29%) Oracle Service Cloud
10 2 (0.19%) Amazon Kinesis
10 2 (0.19%) AWS CloudFormation
10 2 (0.19%) AWS Lambda
10 2 (0.19%) Cloud Computing
10 2 (0.19%) Google Cloud Platform
10 2 (0.19%) Oracle CX
11 1 (0.097%) Amazon SQS
11 1 (0.097%) Google App Engine
11 1 (0.097%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 45 (4.36%) TCP/IP
2 31 (3.01%) HTTP
3 25 (2.42%) Wireshark
4 22 (2.13%) SSL
5 20 (1.94%) Bluetooth
6 17 (1.65%) VoIP
7 14 (1.36%) Internet
8 13 (1.26%) Asterisk PBX
8 13 (1.26%) Diameter Protocol
8 13 (1.26%) FlexRay
8 13 (1.26%) GSM
8 13 (1.26%) LTE
8 13 (1.26%) PBX
8 13 (1.26%) RANAP
8 13 (1.26%) RTP
8 13 (1.26%) UMTS
9 12 (1.16%) Ethernet
9 12 (1.16%) Link 16
9 12 (1.16%) Wireless
10 11 (1.07%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 61 (5.92%) MongoDB
2 57 (5.53%) NoSQL
3 56 (5.43%) MySQL
3 56 (5.43%) SQL Server
4 48 (4.66%) PostgreSQL
5 42 (4.07%) Relational Database
6 31 (3.01%) Big Data
6 31 (3.01%) Hadoop
7 26 (2.52%) Apache Cassandra
8 18 (1.75%) RDBMS
9 13 (1.26%) Redis
10 11 (1.07%) Apache Hive
10 11 (1.07%) Oracle Database
11 9 (0.87%) Data Warehouse
12 6 (0.58%) Blockchain
12 6 (0.58%) Ingres
13 4 (0.39%) Amazon DynamoDB
13 4 (0.39%) Geospatial Data
13 4 (0.39%) GIS
13 4 (0.39%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 133 (12.90%) Git (software)
2 84 (8.15%) Visual Studio
3 83 (8.05%) Jenkins
4 69 (6.69%) Rational DOORS
5 63 (6.11%) Eclipse
6 57 (5.53%) Rational Rhapsody
7 48 (4.66%) JIRA
8 42 (4.07%) JUnit
8 42 (4.07%) Subversion
9 35 (3.39%) Cucumber
10 34 (3.30%) Maven
11 27 (2.62%) GDB
11 27 (2.62%) Team Foundation Server
12 21 (2.04%) GCC
13 18 (1.75%) Selenium
14 15 (1.45%) TeamCity
15 14 (1.36%) Ant
15 14 (1.36%) Hudson
15 14 (1.36%) Octopus Deploy
16 13 (1.26%) Trac
General
1 83 (8.05%) Finance
2 46 (4.46%) Automotive
3 40 (3.88%) Aerospace
3 40 (3.88%) Banking
4 37 (3.59%) Electronics
5 32 (3.10%) Manufacturing
6 28 (2.72%) Telecoms
7 26 (2.52%) Military
8 25 (2.42%) Avionics
9 19 (1.84%) Games
10 17 (1.65%) Retail
11 10 (0.97%) Front Office
12 8 (0.78%) International Banking
13 7 (0.68%) Publishing
14 6 (0.58%) Investment Banking
14 6 (0.58%) Marketing
15 5 (0.48%) Advertising
15 5 (0.48%) Retail Banking
16 4 (0.39%) Back Office
16 4 (0.39%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 128 (12.42%) .NET
2 113 (10.96%) Spring
3 91 (8.83%) Web Services
4 88 (8.54%) HTML
5 85 (8.24%) REST
6 84 (8.15%) Node.js
7 75 (7.27%) CSS
8 53 (5.14%) RESTful
9 52 (5.04%) AngularJS
10 49 (4.75%) XML
11 46 (4.46%) JSON
12 42 (4.07%) Boost C++ Libraries
13 41 (3.98%) HTML5
14 39 (3.78%) SOAP
14 39 (3.78%) STL
15 34 (3.30%) Hibernate
15 34 (3.30%) WPF
16 31 (3.01%) J2EE
17 30 (2.91%) ASP.NET
18 28 (2.72%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 65 (6.30%) Analytical Skills
2 59 (5.72%) Computer Science
3 39 (3.78%) Embedded Systems
4 33 (3.20%) User Experience
5 29 (2.81%) Device Driver
6 26 (2.52%) Algorithms
7 25 (2.42%) Greenfield Project
8 16 (1.55%) RIA
9 15 (1.45%) Mobile App
10 14 (1.36%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
11 13 (1.26%) Clustering
11 13 (1.26%) Data Structures
12 12 (1.16%) Fintech
13 10 (0.97%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 10 (0.97%) Management Information System
14 9 (0.87%) NHS
15 8 (0.78%) iSeries
16 6 (0.58%) Enterprise Software
16 6 (0.58%) Equities
16 6 (0.58%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 272 (26.38%) Linux
2 127 (12.32%) Windows
3 79 (7.66%) Unix
4 41 (3.98%) Android
5 30 (2.91%) Apple iOS
6 26 (2.52%) Embedded Linux
7 25 (2.42%) Ubuntu
8 14 (1.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 11 (1.07%) VxWorks
10 8 (0.78%) CentOS
11 5 (0.48%) AIX
11 5 (0.48%) Windows 10
12 4 (0.39%) CoreOS
12 4 (0.39%) Debian
12 4 (0.39%) Nucleus RTOS
12 4 (0.39%) Windows Embedded Compact
13 3 (0.29%) Windows 8
13 3 (0.29%) Windows Server
14 2 (0.19%) Solaris
14 2 (0.19%) ThreadX
Processes & Methodologies
1 1004 (97.38%) Software Engineering
2 344 (33.37%) Agile Software Development
3 154 (14.94%) OO
4 150 (14.55%) TDD
5 142 (13.77%) UML
6 134 (13.00%) Scrum
7 105 (10.18%) Multithreading
8 104 (10.09%) Configuration Management
9 103 (9.99%) SDLC
10 93 (9.02%) Test Automation
11 83 (8.05%) Continuous Integration
12 82 (7.95%) Integration Testing
13 78 (7.57%) BDD
13 78 (7.57%) DevOps
14 77 (7.47%) Microservices
15 72 (6.98%) Open Source
16 71 (6.89%) Unit Testing
17 66 (6.40%) MVC
18 54 (5.24%) OOD
19 37 (3.59%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 365 (35.40%) C++
2 337 (32.69%) Java
3 280 (27.16%) C
4 214 (20.76%) C#
5 173 (16.78%) SQL
6 161 (15.62%) Python
7 153 (14.84%) JavaScript
8 107 (10.38%) Embedded C
9 56 (5.43%) Ada
10 50 (4.85%) MATLAB
10 50 (4.85%) Perl
11 42 (4.07%) Scala
12 41 (3.98%) PHP
13 38 (3.69%) Ruby
14 32 (3.10%) Embedded C++
15 24 (2.33%) PowerShell
16 22 (2.13%) Bash Shell
17 21 (2.04%) T-SQL
18 19 (1.84%) Ada 95
18 19 (1.84%) Assembly Language
Qualifications
1 168 (16.29%) Security Cleared
2 132 (12.80%) SC Cleared
3 72 (6.98%) Degree
4 27 (2.62%) Computer Science Degree
5 11 (1.07%) Microsoft Certification
6 7 (0.68%) BPSS Clearance
6 7 (0.68%) DV Cleared
7 6 (0.58%) RHCE
8 3 (0.29%) MCTS
9 2 (0.19%) HND
9 2 (0.19%) Master's Degree
9 2 (0.19%) PhD
10 1 (0.097%) Numerate Degree
10 1 (0.097%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (3.30%) MISRA
2 31 (3.01%) QA
3 20 (1.94%) MISRA C
4 15 (1.45%) Def Stans
5 14 (1.36%) DO-178B
6 13 (1.26%) IEC 62304
7 10 (0.97%) MIL-STD-1553
8 9 (0.87%) ISO 26262
9 4 (0.39%) IEC 61508
10 3 (0.29%) JTAG
10 3 (0.29%) MIL-STD-498
11 2 (0.19%) WCAG
12 1 (0.097%) Disclosure Scotland
12 1 (0.097%) DO-254
12 1 (0.097%) ISO 13485
12 1 (0.097%) ISO 8583
12 1 (0.097%) ISO 9001
12 1 (0.097%) MiFID
12 1 (0.097%) WAI
System Software
1 55 (5.33%) Docker
2 15 (1.45%) Firmware
3 4 (0.39%) Active Directory
3 4 (0.39%) Apache ZooKeeper
3 4 (0.39%) KVM
3 4 (0.39%) LXC
4 3 (0.29%) Apache Flume
5 2 (0.19%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 32 (3.10%) Puppet
2 29 (2.81%) Ansible
3 23 (2.23%) Opscode Chef
4 18 (1.75%) Kibana
5 11 (1.07%) Kubernetes
6 8 (0.78%) Grafana
7 7 (0.68%) Graphite
7 7 (0.68%) Mesos
8 6 (0.58%) Salt
9 5 (0.48%) logstash
10 4 (0.39%) OpenAM
10 4 (0.39%) OpenIDM
10 4 (0.39%) Packer
11 3 (0.29%) Oozie
11 3 (0.29%) Prometheus
11 3 (0.29%) Terraform
12 2 (0.19%) Hadoop YARN
12 2 (0.19%) Nagios
12 2 (0.19%) SCCM
12 2 (0.19%) TIBCO Hawk
Vendors
1 85 (8.24%) Microsoft
2 56 (5.43%) Oracle
3 19 (1.84%) Red Hat
4 15 (1.45%) IBM
5 14 (1.36%) Cisco
5 14 (1.36%) Serena
6 10 (0.97%) Google
6 10 (0.97%) Green Hills
7 9 (0.87%) TIBCO
8 8 (0.78%) Adobe
8 8 (0.78%) hybris
9 7 (0.68%) Intel
9 7 (0.68%) Splunk
10 6 (0.58%) Salesforce.com
10 6 (0.58%) VMware
11 5 (0.48%) Luciad
11 5 (0.48%) Pega
11 5 (0.48%) SAP
11 5 (0.48%) Sybase
11 5 (0.48%) webMethods
Edinburgh
CPS Group Limited
Posted: 23 hours ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
CV Screen Ltd
Rate: £300 - 350 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
Livingston, West Lothian
Net Talent
Posted: 12 hours ago
London
Source Technology
Rate: market rates
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Networking People
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: Day rate only
Posted: 8 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
TEKsystems
Rate: £425 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Interact Consulting
Rate: £400
Posted: Yesterday
Gloucestershire
In Parallel Computer Staff Limited
Rate: From £45 to £48 per hour Dep on Exp
Posted: 2 days ago
Gloucestershire
In Parallel Computer Staff Limited
Rate: From £44 to £46 per hour Dep on Exp
Posted: 2 days ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Experis Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Experis Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago
Warminster, Wiltshire
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Rate: £40 - £45 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Tec Partners
Rate: £46.00 - £56.00 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
Berkshire
Novate IT Ltd
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Rate: Up to £600 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Gloucestershire
In Parallel Computer Staff Limited
Rate: From £44 to £47 per hour Dependant on Experience
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Rate: Up to £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
South West England
Computer Futures
Rate: £400 - £550 per day + competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £630 to £650 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
IntaPeople
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Poole
Spectrum IT
Rate: £320 - £375 per day
Posted: 17 days ago
Cambridge
OHO Group Ltd.
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 16 days ago
Basingstoke
Spectrum IT
Posted: 21 days ago
Camberley
Spectrum IT
Posted: 22 days ago