The main question typically asked by those looking to have software developed is, “How long will it take and how much will it cost?” But the correct question is how much efforts will it take to do it?

First of all we need to make a distinction between effort and time. The effort is how many hours of work need to go into a project; Time is how long something takes from start to finish.

For example, 40 hours of effort can be put forth in 8 hours by having 5 developers divide the work in one day on a project. On the other hand, it could take far over 40 hours to get the same amount of work done if we are not able to dedicate the project to the full stack engineer. Or if we ran into external issues, like a client not granting access to a server and delaying work performance. In both cases, the effort is the same (40 hours of engineering time), but the timeliness are different.

So you should always understand how much effort and time the project that you are offered consists of. If you are told something will take “3 weeks”, is that 3 weeks from start to finish, or 3 weeks of effort? Now let’s see how to determine the cost of the project correctly.

Software Development

Mobile Software

£2000 - 50,000

PHP Software

£1,000 - 50,000

.Net Software

£250 - 50,000

Mobile Software


£2000 - 10,000
  • Basis option usually used for passing information on, and less for anything else. Also such app can provide email sign-up, but then it usually transfer user to mobile website for other complex tasks.


£10,000 - 50,000
  • An advanced app will allow users to solve a list of tasks or activities. This means that data can be hosted directly on the software without the need for your users to visit the actual site to complete goals and fulfill needs.


£50,000 +
  • An all-inclusive mobile app will offer every part of your service directly to your clients and users. This type of software will be able to support a vast range of features, from databases to e-commerce option. Because of the price, these apps are generally created by enterprises looking to monetize new traffic and boost the business.

PHP Software


£1000 - 5,000
  • Basic PHP will allow you to implement interactive elements to improve the presentation of pages and data. For this price, you can add tailored features that can improve functionality and information appearance.


£5,000 - 10,000
  • For a little higher budget you can book for complete PHP development, that will boost your entire site into exactly what you need it to be. This means that images can be presented in an excellent way, with a tone that covers every page, just the way you need.


£10,000 - 15,000
  • All-inclusive PHP is similar to the option above, but at a much higher level. Generally this budget is kept for larger enterprise sites, or for cases where significantly more work is required, exclusively for you.

.NET Software


£1,500 - 2,500
  • Basic .NET budgets - the cost quoted - will only allow for between one and two weeks work.


£2,500 - 10,000
  • An advanced .NET budget will potentially cover around a month; depending on the size of your project, this could be enough, although setting this sort of price before starting the project may not allow for any changes that may appear.


£10,000 - 50,000
  • All-inclusive .NET development will have a timeline for over several months, with a number of tasks being implemented in the process. Because of the cost, generally only enterprises will be able to afford a project of this scale. For companies willing to pay though, this sort of project can be very profitable.

Hourly rates for Software Developers

Software Engineer


Software Developer


Senior Software Engineer


Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer (Computer Software)


Web Developer


Support Technician, Information Technology (IT)


Data Analyst


Data Scientist


Graphic Designer