Period
to 21 April 2018

The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 April 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
21 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 225 224 239
Rank change year-on-year -1 +15 +42
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 1,223 1,073 1,129
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.21% 1.17% 1.06%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.27% 1.23% 1.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 665 576 524
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £402
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +5.85% +7.07%
10th Percentile £320 £313 £301
90th Percentile £614 £561 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £400 £370
% change year-on-year +5.00% +8.11% +5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 201 221 271
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £42.50
10th Percentile £31.25 £32.50 £32.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £53.75 £52.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £42.50

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 96,028 87,287 101,432
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.93% 94.87% 95.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,193 56,709 65,411
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £263 £258 £250
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +2.50% +3.90% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,954 3,007 3,316
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.93 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.27% -2.92% +14.71%
10th Percentile £10.80 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.56 £48.75 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -2.78% -5.26% +15.15%

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 21 April 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 21 April 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Software Engineer in the UK

Software Engineer
Top 16 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 21 April 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 +17 1,118 £450 +5.88% 1,116
UK excluding London -5 827 £420 +5.00% 990
London +7 370 £516 +14.72% 244
South East +18 241 £425 +6.25% 229
North of England +63 222 £450 +9.76% 176
Yorkshire +65 128 £438 +9.38% 71
East of England -14 108 £350 -12.50% 183
South West -18 99 £375 -11.76% 164
North West +6 82 £475 +11.11% 83
Midlands -4 76 £384 -4.06% 121
Wales -27 56 £405 -4.71% 29
West Midlands +19 54 £398 -9.66% 80
Scotland -72 24 £450 +38.46% 67
East Midlands -17 20 £375 +10.29% 41
North East +36 12 £368 -18.33% 22
Northern Ireland -9 1 - - 22

Software Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 April 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 1,184 (96.81%) Software Engineering
2 534 (43.66%) Agile Software Development
3 474 (38.76%) Java
4 389 (31.81%) C++
5 326 (26.66%) JavaScript
6 295 (24.12%) Linux
7 273 (22.32%) TDD
8 269 (22.00%) C#
9 252 (20.61%) SQL
10 251 (20.52%) Python
11 249 (20.36%) C
12 219 (17.91%) Scrum
13 211 (17.25%) Test Automation
14 208 (17.01%) Git (software)
15 178 (14.55%) Node.js
16 172 (14.06%) .NET
17 161 (13.16%) Amazon AWS
18 160 (13.08%) Microservices
19 156 (12.76%) BDD
20 150 (12.26%) Continuous Integration
21 147 (12.02%) Jenkins
22 141 (11.53%) REST
23 135 (11.04%) OO
24 131 (10.71%) AngularJS
25 127 (10.38%) NoSQL
26 126 (10.30%) HTML
27 125 (10.22%) Spring
27 125 (10.22%) Security Cleared
28 120 (9.81%) Docker
29 119 (9.73%) DevOps

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 62 (5.07%) Confluence
2 44 (3.60%) Elasticsearch
3 34 (2.78%) Apache Spark
4 25 (2.04%) Apache
5 17 (1.39%) Tomcat
6 16 (1.31%) CMS
7 12 (0.98%) Mule
8 10 (0.82%) IIS
8 10 (0.82%) JBoss
8 10 (0.82%) NServiceBus
8 10 (0.82%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 7 (0.57%) WebLogic
10 6 (0.49%) Cloud Foundry
10 6 (0.49%) Jetty
10 6 (0.49%) nginx
11 3 (0.25%) Apache Pig
11 3 (0.25%) Jupyter
11 3 (0.25%) Oracle Beehive
11 3 (0.25%) WebSphere
11 3 (0.25%) WildFly
Applications
1 30 (2.45%) Simulink
2 11 (0.90%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (0.33%) Doxygen
3 4 (0.33%) Microsoft Office
3 4 (0.33%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (0.25%) Stateflow
5 2 (0.16%) Chatbot
5 2 (0.16%) TargetLink
6 1 (0.082%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.082%) Autodesk Inventor
6 1 (0.082%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (0.082%) MicroStation
6 1 (0.082%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 4 (0.33%) Oracle BPM
2 2 (0.16%) Distributed Ledger
2 2 (0.16%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (0.16%) LabWindows
2 2 (0.16%) Magento
3 1 (0.082%) Kondor
Cloud Services
1 161 (13.16%) Amazon AWS
2 89 (7.28%) Microsoft Azure
3 48 (3.92%) Slack
4 36 (2.94%) Google Cloud Platform
5 25 (2.04%) GitHub
6 22 (1.80%) Amazon EC2
7 20 (1.64%) Serverless
8 19 (1.55%) AWS Lambda
9 15 (1.23%) PaaS
9 15 (1.23%) SaaS
10 14 (1.14%) Amazon S3
11 13 (1.06%) Cloud Computing
12 12 (0.98%) AWS CloudFormation
13 11 (0.90%) IaaS
14 10 (0.82%) npm
15 6 (0.49%) Amazon SQS
15 6 (0.49%) CloudFront
16 4 (0.33%) Amazon CloudWatch
17 3 (0.25%) Google Analytics
17 3 (0.25%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 23 (1.88%) HTTP
2 21 (1.72%) TCP/IP
3 19 (1.55%) Wireless
4 13 (1.06%) SMS
4 13 (1.06%) Wireshark
5 12 (0.98%) Bluetooth
5 12 (0.98%) Internet
6 11 (0.90%) Network Security
6 11 (0.90%) Wi-Fi
7 10 (0.82%) Ethernet
8 8 (0.65%) RS-232
9 7 (0.57%) LTE
10 5 (0.41%) DNS
10 5 (0.41%) GSM
10 5 (0.41%) VoIP
11 4 (0.33%) DHCP
11 4 (0.33%) DOCSIS
11 4 (0.33%) RANAP
11 4 (0.33%) SSL
11 4 (0.33%) UMTS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 127 (10.38%) NoSQL
2 96 (7.85%) MongoDB
3 89 (7.28%) MySQL
4 83 (6.79%) Relational Database
5 81 (6.62%) PostgreSQL
6 64 (5.23%) SQL Server
7 57 (4.66%) Big Data
8 52 (4.25%) Apache Cassandra
9 36 (2.94%) Hadoop
10 20 (1.64%) Apache Hive
10 20 (1.64%) Redis
11 18 (1.47%) RDBMS
12 14 (1.14%) GIS
13 10 (0.82%) HBase
14 9 (0.74%) Amazon RDS
14 9 (0.74%) Data Warehouse
15 8 (0.65%) Amazon DynamoDB
15 8 (0.65%) Ingres
16 7 (0.57%) CouchDB
17 5 (0.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 208 (17.01%) Git (software)
2 147 (12.02%) Jenkins
3 111 (9.08%) JIRA
4 97 (7.93%) Cucumber
5 75 (6.13%) JUnit
6 73 (5.97%) Visual Studio
7 57 (4.66%) Maven
8 54 (4.42%) Selenium
9 53 (4.33%) Subversion
10 52 (4.25%) Jasmine
11 43 (3.52%) Team Foundation Server
12 37 (3.03%) Rational Rhapsody
13 34 (2.78%) Eclipse
13 34 (2.78%) GDB
13 34 (2.78%) Rational DOORS
14 27 (2.21%) GCC
15 23 (1.88%) TeamCity
16 20 (1.64%) Ant
17 19 (1.55%) Mercurial
18 17 (1.39%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 89 (7.28%) Finance
2 55 (4.50%) Electronics
3 51 (4.17%) Telecoms
4 43 (3.52%) Automotive
4 43 (3.52%) Manufacturing
5 35 (2.86%) Banking
6 23 (1.88%) Retail
7 19 (1.55%) Law
8 18 (1.47%) Games
9 15 (1.23%) Aerospace
10 14 (1.14%) Front Office
11 13 (1.06%) Marketing
12 10 (0.82%) Military
13 7 (0.57%) Back Office
14 4 (0.33%) Investment Banking
14 4 (0.33%) Pharmaceutical
15 3 (0.25%) Advertising
15 3 (0.25%) Publishing
15 3 (0.25%) Retail Banking
16 2 (0.16%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 178 (14.55%) Node.js
2 172 (14.06%) .NET
3 141 (11.53%) REST
4 131 (10.71%) AngularJS
5 126 (10.30%) HTML
6 125 (10.22%) Spring
7 118 (9.65%) Web Services
8 112 (9.16%) CSS
9 92 (7.52%) RESTful
10 89 (7.28%) React
11 77 (6.30%) JSON
12 73 (5.97%) XML
13 56 (4.58%) ASP.NET
14 54 (4.42%) HTML5
15 51 (4.17%) Spring Boot
16 47 (3.84%) WPF
17 45 (3.68%) jQuery
18 40 (3.27%) Hibernate
19 36 (2.94%) SOAP
20 35 (2.86%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 87 (7.11%) Computer Science
2 65 (5.31%) User Experience
3 47 (3.84%) Algorithms
4 45 (3.68%) Analytical Skills
5 40 (3.27%) Greenfield Project
6 32 (2.62%) Mobile App
7 28 (2.29%) Self-Motivation
8 23 (1.88%) Embedded Systems
9 21 (1.72%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
10 14 (1.14%) Device Driver
11 13 (1.06%) CUDA
11 13 (1.06%) Data Structures
11 13 (1.06%) Fintech
12 12 (0.98%) Client/Server
13 11 (0.90%) Enterprise Software
13 11 (0.90%) Life Science
14 8 (0.65%) Virtual Team
15 7 (0.57%) Digital Media
15 7 (0.57%) Linux Command Line
15 7 (0.57%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 295 (24.12%) Linux
2 98 (8.01%) Windows
3 52 (4.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 47 (3.84%) Unix
5 34 (2.78%) Android
6 27 (2.21%) Embedded Linux
7 23 (1.88%) Apple iOS
8 18 (1.47%) VxWorks
9 13 (1.06%) Windows 7
10 12 (0.98%) Windows Server 2012
11 10 (0.82%) FreeRTOS
12 7 (0.57%) Mac OS X
12 7 (0.57%) Windows 10
12 7 (0.57%) Windows Server 2008
13 5 (0.41%) Windows Server
14 4 (0.33%) VMS
15 3 (0.25%) AIX
15 3 (0.25%) SafeRTOS
16 2 (0.16%) Debian
16 2 (0.16%) Windows Embedded Compact
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,184 (96.81%) Software Engineering
2 534 (43.66%) Agile Software Development
3 273 (22.32%) TDD
4 219 (17.91%) Scrum
5 211 (17.25%) Test Automation
6 160 (13.08%) Microservices
7 156 (12.76%) BDD
8 150 (12.26%) Continuous Integration
9 135 (11.04%) OO
10 119 (9.73%) DevOps
10 119 (9.73%) UML
11 106 (8.67%) Open Source
11 106 (8.67%) SDLC
12 103 (8.42%) Continuous Delivery
13 101 (8.26%) Kanban
14 96 (7.85%) Problem-Solving
14 96 (7.85%) Unit Testing
15 90 (7.36%) Mentoring
16 86 (7.03%) MVC
17 83 (6.79%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 474 (38.76%) Java
2 389 (31.81%) C++
3 326 (26.66%) JavaScript
4 269 (22.00%) C#
5 252 (20.61%) SQL
6 251 (20.52%) Python
7 249 (20.36%) C
8 69 (5.64%) Scala
9 68 (5.56%) Embedded C
10 63 (5.15%) Java 8
11 59 (4.82%) Embedded C++
12 49 (4.01%) Ruby
13 43 (3.52%) MATLAB
14 42 (3.43%) PHP
15 36 (2.94%) Go
16 32 (2.62%) Ada
17 27 (2.21%) PowerShell
17 27 (2.21%) TypeScript
18 17 (1.39%) Bash Shell
18 17 (1.39%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 125 (10.22%) Security Cleared
2 106 (8.67%) Degree
3 95 (7.77%) SC Cleared
4 37 (3.03%) Computer Science Degree
5 14 (1.14%) PhD
6 5 (0.41%) Master's Degree
7 4 (0.33%) BPSS Clearance
8 2 (0.16%) BC Cleared
8 2 (0.16%) DV Cleared
8 2 (0.16%) HND
8 2 (0.16%) Numerate Degree
8 2 (0.16%) Sun Certification
9 1 (0.082%) AWS Certification
9 1 (0.082%) GNVQ
9 1 (0.082%) ISTQB
9 1 (0.082%) MCSD
9 1 (0.082%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 70 (5.72%) QA
2 27 (2.21%) MISRA
3 19 (1.55%) IEC 62304
4 16 (1.31%) GCP
5 14 (1.14%) MISRA C
6 8 (0.65%) ISO 26262
7 7 (0.57%) DO-178B
8 5 (0.41%) Disclosure Scotland
8 5 (0.41%) IEC 61508
9 4 (0.33%) ISO 13485
9 4 (0.33%) MIL-STD-498
9 4 (0.33%) PSD2
10 3 (0.25%) GDPR
10 3 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 3 (0.25%) JTAG
11 2 (0.16%) Def Stans
11 2 (0.16%) PCI DSS
12 1 (0.082%) AQAP
12 1 (0.082%) ECSS
12 1 (0.082%) IEC 61131
System Software
1 120 (9.81%) Docker
2 16 (1.31%) Firmware
3 11 (0.90%) Active Directory
4 9 (0.74%) VMware Infrastructure
5 6 (0.49%) Virtual Machines
5 6 (0.49%) VMware ESXi
6 3 (0.25%) Apache Flume
6 3 (0.25%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 2 (0.16%) HDFS
7 2 (0.16%) Xen
8 1 (0.082%) KVM
Systems Management
1 49 (4.01%) Ansible
2 45 (3.68%) Kubernetes
2 45 (3.68%) Terraform
3 33 (2.70%) Puppet
4 22 (1.80%) Opscode Chef
5 10 (0.82%) Grafana
6 7 (0.57%) Graylog
7 6 (0.49%) SELinux
8 5 (0.41%) Mesos
9 4 (0.33%) Kibana
10 3 (0.25%) Ambari
10 3 (0.25%) Hadoop YARN
10 3 (0.25%) Oozie
11 2 (0.16%) HockeyApp
12 1 (0.082%) Automic
12 1 (0.082%) Business Desktop Deployment
12 1 (0.082%) Docker Swarm
12 1 (0.082%) HP Quality Center
12 1 (0.082%) Marathon
12 1 (0.082%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 77 (6.30%) Microsoft
2 49 (4.01%) Google
3 46 (3.76%) Oracle
4 44 (3.60%) Red Hat
5 12 (0.98%) Atlassian
6 10 (0.82%) VMware
7 9 (0.74%) SAP
7 9 (0.74%) Splunk
8 8 (0.65%) Talend
9 6 (0.49%) Adobe
9 6 (0.49%) Capita
9 6 (0.49%) Green Hills
9 6 (0.49%) Salesforce.com
9 6 (0.49%) Zend
10 5 (0.41%) IBM
10 5 (0.41%) MuleSoft
10 5 (0.41%) Sybase
10 5 (0.41%) Xamarin
11 4 (0.33%) Cisco
11 4 (0.33%) TIBCO