Period
to 20 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Software Engineer was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 November 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
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 232 247 246
Rank change year-on-year +15 -1 +42
Contract jobs requiring a Software Engineer 1127 1080 1120
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.10% 1.04% 0.98%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.16% 1.10% 1.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 579 602 565
UK median daily rate £450 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.43% +3.75% +10.34%
10th Percentile £314 £312 £285
90th Percentile £614 £588 £673
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £350
% change year-on-year +3.13% +14.29% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 193 188 264
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £42.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £33.75 £32.50 £31.44
90th Percentile £51.47 £52.50 £51.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £41.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% -

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 96939 98568 108531
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.79% 94.76% 94.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 63924 64295 69051
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £393 £375
% change year-on-year +1.91% +4.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2896 3271 4142
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

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 20 November 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 6 months to 20 November 2017.

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 20 November 2017. 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 +23 1012 £454 +6.78% 531
UK excluding London +4 748 £413 +3.13% 433
London +31 365 £500 +5.26% 129
South East +9 191 £420 +5.00% 114
North of England +68 148 £430 +1.18% 94
East of England +1 121 £375 +7.14% 105
South West +4 116 £375 - 55
North West +28 93 £463 +8.82% 44
Midlands -26 68 £424 +17.71% 34
Scotland 0 57 £413 +26.92% 28
Yorkshire +34 44 £475 +11.76% 42
Wales -14 39 £418 +0.60% 2
East Midlands +10 35 £450 +33.33% 10
West Midlands -38 29 £400 +11.11% 24
North East +54 14 £350 -21.35% 8
Channel Islands - 5 - -
Northern Ireland -49 3 £433 - 1

Software Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 November 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 1084 (96.18%) Software Engineering
2 459 (40.73%) Agile Software Development
3 397 (35.23%) Java
4 351 (31.14%) C++
5 293 (26.00%) Linux
6 266 (23.60%) C
7 223 (19.79%) C#
8 220 (19.52%) JavaScript
9 213 (18.90%) TDD
10 206 (18.28%) SQL
11 193 (17.13%) Scrum
12 177 (15.71%) Git (software)
13 170 (15.08%) Python
14 165 (14.64%) .NET
15 161 (14.29%) Test Automation
16 146 (12.95%) Microservices
17 133 (11.80%) Amazon AWS
18 129 (11.45%) Continuous Integration
18 129 (11.45%) REST
19 128 (11.36%) UML
20 125 (11.09%) Jenkins
21 124 (11.00%) Web Services
22 121 (10.74%) Windows
23 119 (10.56%) OO
24 118 (10.47%) NoSQL
25 117 (10.38%) Degree
26 116 (10.29%) Spring
26 116 (10.29%) Node.js
27 113 (10.03%) BDD
27 113 (10.03%) Security Cleared

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 41 (3.64%) Elasticsearch
2 39 (3.46%) Confluence
3 35 (3.11%) Apache Spark
4 26 (2.31%) Apache
5 25 (2.22%) Tomcat
6 15 (1.33%) WebLogic
7 12 (1.06%) Cloud Foundry
8 11 (0.98%) JBoss
9 10 (0.89%) CMS
10 8 (0.71%) Mule
11 7 (0.62%) OpenROAD
11 7 (0.62%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 5 (0.44%) Apache Solr
12 5 (0.44%) NServiceBus
13 4 (0.35%) Liferay
13 4 (0.35%) OpenStack
13 4 (0.35%) Oracle Application Server
13 4 (0.35%) WebSphere
14 3 (0.27%) IIS
14 3 (0.27%) Oracle Coherence
Applications
1 37 (3.28%) Simulink
2 6 (0.53%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (0.35%) Microsoft Office
3 4 (0.35%) Photoshop
3 4 (0.35%) Stateflow
4 2 (0.18%) Adobe Illustrator
4 2 (0.18%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.089%) Autodesk Inventor
5 1 (0.089%) Doxygen
5 1 (0.089%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.089%) MicroStation
5 1 (0.089%) SOLIDWORKS
5 1 (0.089%) TargetLink
Business Applications
1 11 (0.98%) Payment Gateway
2 8 (0.71%) LabWindows
3 3 (0.27%) Oracle Applications
4 2 (0.18%) Oracle BPM
4 2 (0.18%) SunGard GMI
4 2 (0.18%) Teamcenter
5 1 (0.089%) Magento
5 1 (0.089%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 133 (11.80%) Amazon AWS
2 67 (5.94%) Microsoft Azure
3 32 (2.84%) GitHub
4 26 (2.31%) Slack
5 25 (2.22%) PaaS
6 22 (1.95%) SaaS
7 20 (1.77%) Amazon EC2
8 15 (1.33%) Serverless
9 14 (1.24%) OpenShift
10 12 (1.06%) IaaS
11 11 (0.98%) AWS Lambda
12 10 (0.89%) Amazon S3
13 8 (0.71%) Cloud Computing
14 7 (0.62%) AWS CloudFormation
15 5 (0.44%) Amazon SQS
15 5 (0.44%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 3 (0.27%) Amazon CloudWatch
16 3 (0.27%) BrowserStack
16 3 (0.27%) Google Analytics
16 3 (0.27%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 34 (3.02%) TCP/IP
1 34 (3.02%) Wireless
2 29 (2.57%) Wi-Fi
3 21 (1.86%) Wireshark
4 19 (1.69%) Internet
5 18 (1.60%) Bluetooth
5 18 (1.60%) HTTP
6 17 (1.51%) LTE
7 14 (1.24%) SMS
8 12 (1.06%) GSM
8 12 (1.06%) VoIP
9 11 (0.98%) Ethernet
10 10 (0.89%) GGSN
10 10 (0.89%) MGW
10 10 (0.89%) Network Security
10 10 (0.89%) PBX
10 10 (0.89%) RANAP
10 10 (0.89%) RTP
10 10 (0.89%) SGSN
10 10 (0.89%) UMTS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 118 (10.47%) NoSQL
2 90 (7.99%) MongoDB
3 70 (6.21%) SQL Server
4 63 (5.59%) PostgreSQL
5 59 (5.24%) MySQL
6 51 (4.53%) Relational Database
7 41 (3.64%) Apache Cassandra
8 39 (3.46%) Big Data
9 36 (3.19%) Hadoop
10 23 (2.04%) RDBMS
11 14 (1.24%) Redis
12 11 (0.98%) Oracle Database
13 8 (0.71%) Amazon DynamoDB
13 8 (0.71%) Ingres
14 7 (0.62%) HBase
14 7 (0.62%) SQLite
15 6 (0.53%) Amazon RDS
16 5 (0.44%) Apache Hive
16 5 (0.44%) Blockchain
16 5 (0.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 177 (15.71%) Git (software)
2 125 (11.09%) Jenkins
3 100 (8.87%) JIRA
4 80 (7.10%) Cucumber
5 78 (6.92%) Visual Studio
6 64 (5.68%) Rational DOORS
7 60 (5.32%) JUnit
8 59 (5.24%) Maven
9 57 (5.06%) Rational Rhapsody
10 51 (4.53%) Eclipse
10 51 (4.53%) Subversion
11 35 (3.11%) Selenium
12 28 (2.48%) TeamCity
13 24 (2.13%) Jasmine
14 23 (2.04%) GDB
15 22 (1.95%) Mockito
16 21 (1.86%) Gradle
17 19 (1.69%) GitLab
18 16 (1.42%) Ant
18 16 (1.42%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 90 (7.99%) Finance
2 55 (4.88%) Electronics
3 54 (4.79%) Automotive
4 49 (4.35%) Banking
5 41 (3.64%) Aerospace
6 39 (3.46%) Telecoms
7 26 (2.31%) Manufacturing
8 22 (1.95%) Retail
9 17 (1.51%) Avionics
10 12 (1.06%) Games
11 11 (0.98%) Front Office
12 10 (0.89%) Military
13 8 (0.71%) Marketing
13 8 (0.71%) Publishing
14 6 (0.53%) Retail Banking
15 5 (0.44%) Back Office
16 4 (0.35%) French Language
16 4 (0.35%) International Banking
16 4 (0.35%) Investment Banking
16 4 (0.35%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 165 (14.64%) .NET
2 129 (11.45%) REST
3 124 (11.00%) Web Services
4 116 (10.29%) Node.js
4 116 (10.29%) Spring
5 102 (9.05%) HTML
6 96 (8.52%) CSS
7 86 (7.63%) AngularJS
7 86 (7.63%) JSON
8 73 (6.48%) RESTful
9 53 (4.70%) React
10 50 (4.44%) jQuery
11 47 (4.17%) XML
12 43 (3.82%) ASP.NET
13 36 (3.19%) WPF
14 33 (2.93%) HTML5
15 31 (2.75%) Hibernate
16 30 (2.66%) Spring Boot
17 29 (2.57%) SOAP
18 28 (2.48%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 92 (8.16%) Computer Science
2 50 (4.44%) Analytical Skills
3 42 (3.73%) Algorithms
4 40 (3.55%) User Experience
5 37 (3.28%) Embedded Systems
6 36 (3.19%) Mobile App
7 23 (2.04%) Data Structures
8 21 (1.86%) Device Driver
9 17 (1.51%) Cloud Native
10 16 (1.42%) Enterprise Software
10 16 (1.42%) Greenfield Project
11 13 (1.15%) Fintech
12 9 (0.80%) Public Cloud
13 8 (0.71%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 8 (0.71%) Semantic Web
14 7 (0.62%) Derivative
15 6 (0.53%) Driving Licence
15 6 (0.53%) RIA
15 6 (0.53%) Virtual Team
16 5 (0.44%) Internet of Things
Operating Systems
1 293 (26.00%) Linux
2 121 (10.74%) Windows
3 56 (4.97%) Unix
4 50 (4.44%) Android
5 42 (3.73%) Embedded Linux
6 39 (3.46%) Apple iOS
7 37 (3.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 17 (1.51%) VxWorks
9 14 (1.24%) Windows 7
10 13 (1.15%) Windows Server 2012
11 11 (0.98%) Ubuntu
12 10 (0.89%) Windows Server
13 9 (0.80%) CentOS
14 8 (0.71%) Debian
15 7 (0.62%) AIX
15 7 (0.62%) Windows 10
15 7 (0.62%) Windows Server 2008
16 5 (0.44%) Nucleus RTOS
17 4 (0.35%) VMS
18 2 (0.18%) Fedora
Processes & Methodologies
1 1084 (96.18%) Software Engineering
2 459 (40.73%) Agile Software Development
3 213 (18.90%) TDD
4 193 (17.13%) Scrum
5 161 (14.29%) Test Automation
6 146 (12.95%) Microservices
7 129 (11.45%) Continuous Integration
8 128 (11.36%) UML
9 119 (10.56%) OO
10 113 (10.03%) BDD
11 94 (8.34%) SDLC
12 89 (7.90%) Multithreading
13 84 (7.45%) Configuration Management
13 84 (7.45%) Unit Testing
14 81 (7.19%) Open Source
15 79 (7.01%) MVC
16 78 (6.92%) DevOps
17 67 (5.94%) Mentoring
18 59 (5.24%) Kanban
19 58 (5.15%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 397 (35.23%) Java
2 351 (31.14%) C++
3 266 (23.60%) C
4 223 (19.79%) C#
5 220 (19.52%) JavaScript
6 206 (18.28%) SQL
7 170 (15.08%) Python
8 94 (8.34%) Embedded C
9 68 (6.03%) Scala
10 42 (3.73%) Ruby
11 40 (3.55%) Ada
12 39 (3.46%) MATLAB
13 30 (2.66%) Embedded C++
14 28 (2.48%) Bash Shell
15 26 (2.31%) PHP
16 25 (2.22%) T-SQL
17 23 (2.04%) Perl
18 21 (1.86%) Go
19 20 (1.77%) PowerShell
20 17 (1.51%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 117 (10.38%) Degree
2 113 (10.03%) Security Cleared
3 84 (7.45%) SC Cleared
4 54 (4.79%) Computer Science Degree
5 8 (0.71%) BPSS Clearance
6 7 (0.62%) Microsoft Certification
7 5 (0.44%) DV Cleared
8 4 (0.35%) MCSD
8 4 (0.35%) PhD
9 2 (0.18%) BC Cleared
9 2 (0.18%) Master's Degree
10 1 (0.089%) HNC
10 1 (0.089%) Numerate Degree
10 1 (0.089%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 52 (4.61%) QA
2 44 (3.90%) MISRA
3 22 (1.95%) DO-178B
4 16 (1.42%) MISRA C
5 11 (0.98%) Def Stans
5 11 (0.98%) ISO 26262
6 9 (0.80%) IEC 62304
7 7 (0.62%) GDPR
8 6 (0.53%) PCI DSS
9 5 (0.44%) Disclosure Scotland
9 5 (0.44%) GPG13
9 5 (0.44%) MiFID
10 4 (0.35%) MIL-STD-1553
11 3 (0.27%) EMIR
11 3 (0.27%) ISO 9001
12 2 (0.18%) IEC 61508
12 2 (0.18%) PSD2
13 1 (0.089%) Dodd-Frank
13 1 (0.089%) JTAG
13 1 (0.089%) WCAG
System Software
1 79 (7.01%) Docker
2 19 (1.69%) Firmware
3 15 (1.33%) Active Directory
4 8 (0.71%) Advanced Linux Sound Architecture
4 8 (0.71%) KVM
5 7 (0.62%) LXC
5 7 (0.62%) VMware Infrastructure
6 6 (0.53%) HDFS
7 5 (0.44%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 5 (0.44%) VMware ESXi
8 4 (0.35%) OpenAM
8 4 (0.35%) OpenIDM
9 3 (0.27%) Virtual Machines
10 2 (0.18%) vSphere
11 1 (0.089%) Hyper-V
11 1 (0.089%) Terminal Server
11 1 (0.089%) vCloud
11 1 (0.089%) VirtualBox
11 1 (0.089%) zsh
Systems Management
1 33 (2.93%) Ansible
2 30 (2.66%) Puppet
3 20 (1.77%) Kubernetes
4 17 (1.51%) Opscode Chef
5 10 (0.89%) Terraform
6 9 (0.80%) Mesos
7 8 (0.71%) Business Desktop Deployment
7 8 (0.71%) Kibana
8 7 (0.62%) logstash
9 6 (0.53%) Packer
10 5 (0.44%) Rancher
11 4 (0.35%) Grafana
11 4 (0.35%) Oozie
12 3 (0.27%) Hadoop YARN
12 3 (0.27%) Nagios
13 2 (0.18%) Icinga
13 2 (0.18%) vCenter Server
14 1 (0.089%) Docker Swarm
14 1 (0.089%) Graylog
14 1 (0.089%) Wonderware InTouch
Vendors
1 79 (7.01%) Microsoft
2 68 (6.03%) Oracle
3 34 (3.02%) Red Hat
4 15 (1.33%) VMware
5 14 (1.24%) Atlassian
6 12 (1.06%) Xamarin
7 11 (0.98%) Cisco
7 11 (0.98%) IBM
7 11 (0.98%) Talend
8 10 (0.89%) Google
8 10 (0.89%) Green Hills
9 7 (0.62%) CA Agile Central
9 7 (0.62%) Serena
10 6 (0.53%) Splunk
11 5 (0.44%) Freescale
11 5 (0.44%) Pega
12 4 (0.35%) Cloudera
12 4 (0.35%) ForgeRock
12 4 (0.35%) Sencha
12 4 (0.35%) Wind River