The table below looks at the statistics for the Programmer role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Programmer in their job title over the 3 months to 6 May 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
6 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Programmer
Rank 326 298 218
Rank change year-on-year
-28 -80
Contract jobs requiring a Programmer 330 340 424
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.59% 0.63% 0.90%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.64% 0.68% 0.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 213 223 207
Average daily rate
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£355 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.42% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £243 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £300 £319
% change year-on-year
+16.66% -5.95%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 11 15
Average hourly rate £35.00 £45.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-22.22% +20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.72 £38.50 £26.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.00 £37.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.25 £43.75 £37.80
% change year-on-year
-17.14% +15.74%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
51545 49678 43330
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.34% 92.37% 92.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 31452 30529 24746
Average daily rate £400 £388 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% -3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £560 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2047 1994 2137
Average hourly rate £17.41 £17.50 £18.40
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.50% -4.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.75 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-4.28% -

Programmer
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Programmer in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Programmer Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Programmer
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Programmer within the UK.

Programmer Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Programmer
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Programmer within the UK over the 3 months to 6 May 2015.

Programmer Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Programmer
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Programmer within the UK.

Programmer Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Programmer
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Programmer within the UK over the 3 months to 6 May 2015.

Programmer Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Programmer
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Programmer within the UK over the 3 months to 6 May 2015. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -17 307 £360 +2.85% 163
London -15 112 £425 +15.64% 60
South East -12 64 £350 +16.66% 34
City of London +32 32 £475 +2.70% 16
Yorkshire +11 31 £313 +11.60% 4
Tyne and Wear +1 22 £295 -15.71% 3
North East -4 22 £295 -19.72% 3
North West -19 21 £500 +33.33% 14
West Yorkshire +11 19 £331 +5.15% 3
Hampshire -9 18 £340 -10.52% 6
Sunderland +4 17 £295 -
East of England -2 17 £398 +13.57% 29
South West -4 16 £363 +33.64% 10
Scotland -7 16 £400 +33.33% 4
East Midlands -12 13 £350 +40.00% 4
Leeds +1 11 £338 +7.14% 1
Surrey +2 10 £375 +11.11% 3
West Midlands -21 10 £300 - 5
Berkshire -5 9 £350 +27.27% 6
West Sussex -14 9 £363 +22.88%
Lancashire +5 8 £470 - 3
Reading +2 8 £350 +27.27% 4
Cambridgeshire +1 8 £340 -2.85% 16
North Yorkshire +1 8 £265 -3.63%
Northamptonshire -3 8 £350 +75.00%
York +3 7 £265 -3.63%
Portsmouth +2 7 £340 +30.76% 1
Manchester -22 7 £425 +11.47% 8
Bristol +2 6 £360 +25.21% 3
Cheshire -3 6 £538 +65.38% 2

Programmer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 6 May 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Programmer in their job title mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Programmer in their job title.

1 248 (39.06%) SQL
2 166 (26.14%) Java
3 158 (24.88%) .NET
4 147 (23.15%) C#
5 133 (20.94%) Oracle
6 127 (20.00%) SQL Server
7 104 (16.38%) Finance
8 97 (15.28%) Agile Software Development
9 96 (15.12%) Microsoft
10 79 (12.44%) PL/SQL
11 77 (12.13%) Banking
12 74 (11.65%) C++
13 70 (11.02%) UNIX
14 68 (10.71%) SAS
15 64 (10.08%) JavaScript
16 63 (9.92%) OO
16 63 (9.92%) Visual Studio
17 59 (9.29%) ASP.NET
18 56 (8.82%) HTML
18 56 (8.82%) Oracle Database
19 55 (8.66%) Computer Science
20 54 (8.50%) XML
20 54 (8.50%) Relational Database
21 53 (8.35%) VB
22 50 (7.87%) IBM
23 48 (7.56%) Data Modelling
23 48 (7.56%) VB.NET
24 46 (7.24%) Web Services
24 46 (7.24%) SQL Server Integration Services
25 45 (7.09%) Python

Programmer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 6 May 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Programmer in their job title mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Programmer in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 68 (10.71%) SAS
2 27 (4.25%) CICS
3 13 (2.05%) SharePoint
4 11 (1.73%) BizTalk Server
5 10 (1.57%) OpenEdge
5 10 (1.57%) MQSeries
5 10 (1.57%) Drupal
5 10 (1.57%) Apache Pig
6 9 (1.42%) Tomcat
6 9 (1.42%) CMS
7 7 (1.10%) WebLogic
8 6 (0.94%) JBoss
9 5 (0.79%) IIS
9 5 (0.79%) WebSphere
9 5 (0.79%) Node.js
9 5 (0.79%) Sitecore CMS
10 4 (0.63%) LiveCycle
10 4 (0.63%) Mule
10 4 (0.63%) WordPress
10 4 (0.63%) Mule ESB
Applications
1 31 (4.88%) MS Excel
2 18 (2.83%) MS Office
3 8 (1.26%) MS Project
4 3 (0.47%) MS PowerPoint
5 2 (0.31%) Simulink
6 1 (0.16%) Maya
6 1 (0.16%) 3ds Max
6 1 (0.16%) InDesign
6 1 (0.16%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.16%) FastStats
6 1 (0.16%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 9 (1.42%) SmartPlant
2 7 (1.10%) Remedy ITSM
2 7 (1.10%) Dynamics CRM
3 6 (0.94%) Dynamics AX
4 4 (0.63%) Endur
4 4 (0.63%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 3 (0.47%) Markit EDM
6 2 (0.31%) BigMachines
6 2 (0.31%) Oracle Applications
6 2 (0.31%) MFGPRO
6 2 (0.31%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 1 (0.16%) Unica
7 1 (0.16%) Loan IQ
7 1 (0.16%) PRMS
7 1 (0.16%) Cerner Millennium
7 1 (0.16%) ION MarketView
7 1 (0.16%) JDE World
Cloud Services
1 3 (0.47%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (0.31%) SaaS
2 2 (0.31%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.16%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.16%) PaaS
3 1 (0.16%) CodePlex
Communications & Networking
1 27 (4.25%) FTP
2 17 (2.68%) TCP/IP
3 6 (0.94%) Internet
4 5 (0.79%) Bluetooth
4 5 (0.79%) Intranet
5 3 (0.47%) HTTP
5 3 (0.47%) RTP
5 3 (0.47%) Wireshark
6 2 (0.31%) Multicast
6 2 (0.31%) APPN
6 2 (0.31%) LDAP
6 2 (0.31%) SNMP
6 2 (0.31%) LAN
6 2 (0.31%) SMS
6 2 (0.31%) WLAN
6 2 (0.31%) WAN
7 1 (0.16%) RIP
7 1 (0.16%) SNA
7 1 (0.16%) H.323
7 1 (0.16%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 127 (20.00%) SQL Server
2 56 (8.82%) Oracle Database
3 54 (8.50%) Relational Database
4 46 (7.24%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 41 (6.46%) RDBMS
6 40 (6.30%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 39 (6.14%) DB2
8 35 (5.51%) SQL Server 2012
9 34 (5.35%) Oracle Reports
10 28 (4.41%) SQL Server 2000
11 24 (3.78%) Oracle Database 11g
12 23 (3.62%) MS Access
13 20 (3.15%) SQL Server 2008
14 18 (2.83%) Base SAS
15 17 (2.68%) SQL Server 2005
16 16 (2.52%) Data Warehouse
17 14 (2.20%) MySQL
18 13 (2.05%) Oracle Database 10g
18 13 (2.05%) Hadoop
19 12 (1.89%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 63 (9.92%) Visual Studio
2 43 (6.77%) Team Foundation Server
3 21 (3.31%) Oracle APEX
4 20 (3.15%) Toad
5 13 (2.05%) JIRA
6 12 (1.89%) Eclipse
6 12 (1.89%) Jenkins
7 11 (1.73%) WebSpeed
8 9 (1.42%) Subversion
8 9 (1.42%) Oracle Forms
9 6 (0.94%) Maven
10 5 (0.79%) JUnit
10 5 (0.79%) QUnit
11 4 (0.63%) Mocha
11 4 (0.63%) TeamCity
11 4 (0.63%) Git (software)
11 4 (0.63%) NUnit
11 4 (0.63%) PhantomJS
12 3 (0.47%) Ant
12 3 (0.47%) PVCS
General
1 104 (16.38%) Finance
2 77 (12.13%) Banking
3 31 (4.88%) Manufacturing
3 31 (4.88%) Telecoms
4 23 (3.62%) Investment Banking
5 22 (3.46%) Games
6 16 (2.52%) Marketing
7 12 (1.89%) Front Office
8 10 (1.57%) Pharmaceutical
9 7 (1.10%) Law
9 7 (1.10%) Military
10 6 (0.94%) Legal
10 6 (0.94%) Billing
11 5 (0.79%) Retail
12 4 (0.63%) Advertising
13 3 (0.47%) Financial Institution
14 2 (0.31%) Back Office
14 2 (0.31%) Electronics
14 2 (0.31%) Publishing
14 2 (0.31%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 158 (24.88%) .NET
2 59 (9.29%) ASP.NET
3 56 (8.82%) HTML
4 54 (8.50%) XML
5 46 (7.24%) Web Services
6 41 (6.46%) CSS
7 29 (4.57%) WCF
8 26 (4.09%) jQuery
9 25 (3.94%) .NET Framework
9 25 (3.94%) RESTful
10 24 (3.78%) Spring
11 19 (2.99%) JSON
11 19 (2.99%) WPF
12 18 (2.83%) HTML5
13 17 (2.68%) ASP.NET MVC
13 17 (2.68%) Hibernate
14 14 (2.20%) J2EE
14 14 (2.20%) REST
15 13 (2.05%) Entity Framework
16 11 (1.73%) ASP.NET MVC 3
Miscellaneous
1 55 (8.66%) Computer Science
2 36 (5.67%) Mathematics
3 31 (4.88%) Mainframe
4 30 (4.72%) Analytical Skills
5 26 (4.09%) Derivative
6 23 (3.62%) Open Source
7 19 (2.99%) Data Structures
8 16 (2.52%) Mobile App
9 14 (2.20%) IBM Mainframe
10 11 (1.73%) NHS
11 10 (1.57%) Algorithms
11 10 (1.57%) Embedded Systems
11 10 (1.57%) Visualisation
12 9 (1.42%) Client/Server
13 8 (1.26%) Spread Betting
14 7 (1.10%) Data Integration
14 7 (1.10%) AS400
14 7 (1.10%) iSeries
15 6 (0.94%) Mobile Computing
15 6 (0.94%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 70 (11.02%) UNIX
2 44 (6.93%) Linux
3 42 (6.61%) Windows
4 20 (3.15%) zOS
5 10 (1.57%) Android
5 10 (1.57%) Windows 7
6 9 (1.42%) Solaris
7 8 (1.26%) Apple iOS
8 5 (0.79%) MVS
9 3 (0.47%) AIX
10 2 (0.31%) HPUX
10 2 (0.31%) VME
10 2 (0.31%) OS/390
11 1 (0.16%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.16%) Windows Server 2008
11 1 (0.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.16%) Windows NT
11 1 (0.16%) Windows XP
11 1 (0.16%) OS/2
11 1 (0.16%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 97 (15.28%) Agile Software Development
2 63 (9.92%) OO
3 48 (7.56%) Data Modelling
4 40 (6.30%) TDD
5 38 (5.98%) Software Engineering
6 37 (5.83%) Scrum
7 34 (5.35%) Business Intelligence
7 34 (5.35%) Unit Testing
8 30 (4.72%) Migration
9 28 (4.41%) MVC
10 24 (3.78%) ETL
11 22 (3.46%) Performance Tuning
12 20 (3.15%) Continuous Integration
12 20 (3.15%) OOP
13 19 (2.99%) CRM
14 18 (2.83%) Multithreading
15 16 (2.52%) SOA
15 16 (2.52%) Web Development
16 15 (2.36%) Validation
16 15 (2.36%) UML
Programming Languages
1 248 (39.06%) SQL
2 166 (26.14%) Java
3 147 (23.15%) C#
4 79 (12.44%) PL/SQL
5 74 (11.65%) C++
6 64 (10.08%) JavaScript
7 53 (8.35%) VB
8 48 (7.56%) VB.NET
9 45 (7.09%) Python
10 37 (5.83%) VB6
11 32 (5.04%) C
12 30 (4.72%) COBOL
13 28 (4.41%) T-SQL
14 26 (4.09%) VBA
15 22 (3.46%) PHP
16 19 (2.99%) Assembly Language
17 15 (2.36%) Shell Script
18 13 (2.05%) JCL
18 13 (2.05%) XAML
18 13 (2.05%) RPG
Qualifications
1 44 (6.93%) Degree
2 39 (6.14%) Security Cleared
3 27 (4.25%) SC Cleared
4 9 (1.42%) ITIL Certification
5 8 (1.26%) DV Cleared
6 6 (0.94%) Oracle Certification
7 4 (0.63%) Microsoft Certification
7 4 (0.63%) OCP
8 3 (0.47%) PhD
9 2 (0.31%) MCSE
9 2 (0.31%) OCA
9 2 (0.31%) Sun Certification
9 2 (0.31%) OCPJP
9 2 (0.31%) OCAJ
10 1 (0.16%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (2.36%) QA
2 9 (1.42%) CDISC
3 3 (0.47%) HL7
3 3 (0.47%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 2 (0.31%) DICOM
5 1 (0.16%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.16%) COBIT
5 1 (0.16%) GCP
5 1 (0.16%) SLA
System Software
1 10 (1.57%) Apache Flume
1 10 (1.57%) HDFS
2 6 (0.94%) RACF
3 5 (0.79%) Samba
4 1 (0.16%) Cronacle
4 1 (0.16%) NFS
Systems Management
1 4 (0.63%) Control-M
2 1 (0.16%) CA Endevor
2 1 (0.16%) OMEGAMON
2 1 (0.16%) SCOM
2 1 (0.16%) Puppet
2 1 (0.16%) Jitterbit
2 1 (0.16%) Tivoli
2 1 (0.16%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 133 (20.94%) Oracle
2 96 (15.12%) Microsoft
3 50 (7.87%) IBM
4 15 (2.36%) Informatica
5 12 (1.89%) SAP
6 11 (1.73%) Sybase
7 10 (1.57%) CA
7 10 (1.57%) Google
8 8 (1.26%) Apple
8 8 (1.26%) Remedy
9 7 (1.10%) Intergraph
10 6 (0.94%) Salesforce.com
10 6 (0.94%) Adobe
10 6 (0.94%) Sitecore
10 6 (0.94%) Telerik
11 5 (0.79%) Syncsort
11 5 (0.79%) Business Objects
12 4 (0.63%) Cognos
12 4 (0.63%) OpenLink
13 3 (0.47%) Charles River
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