Software Development Consultant Agreement

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Updated April 19, 2023

The software development consultant agreement is a legally binding service agreement between a software consultant and their client. The client agrees to pay the consultant a fixed rate by the hour or per job, which must also be reflected in the document. The contract must also include a description of the services being provided and the termination date of the arrangement. If there is no termination date, the contract can be terminated, in writing, by either party (unless otherwise stated). Two (2) clauses that are included in the contract, the “non-compete” and “non-solicitation” clauses, legally prevent the consultant from engaging in competitive activity with the client and soliciting business from the client’s customer base and employees. Once the document has been signed by both parties, the agreement comes into effect.

What is a Software Development Consultant?

As with any software development employee, consultants in the field may be required to write code and fix software bugs. However, a consultant will more often be hired to give expert advice on the configuration and implementation of applications to suit current industry trends and public demand. Software developers will often become consultants because they are recruited by a consulting agency that connects them with contract work. Although no training is required to enter the field, a significant amount of programming experience and literacy will usually be a prerequisite, and most candidates will have a bachelor’s degree in computer science.

How Much Does a Software Development Consultant make?

Software development is an employment sector that has considerable projected growth (21% expected from 2018 to 2028 according to the BLS) and is, therefore, a promising field to enter into. Furthermore, compensation is fairly lucrative for a sector in which the only education requirement, generally speaking, is a bachelor’s degree. Experience, expertise, and training will all help to determine how much a candidate can expect to be paid. There is also a wide variety of potential employers, as software can be implemented in multiple devices, across multiple platforms, and for a multitude of purposes.

  • Average Salary: $109,020/yr (source: BLS)
  • Hourly Rate: $52.41/hr (source: BLS)