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 2 June 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
2 Jun 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Programmer
Rank 339 287 238
Rank change year-on-year
-52 -49
Contract jobs requiring a Programmer 296 341 382
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.55% 0.65% 0.83%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.60% 0.70% 0.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 187 222 196
Average daily rate
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£350 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £264 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £503 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £333 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.25% +2.30%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 10 15
Average hourly rate £37.50 £41.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.53% +9.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.85 £34.75 £25.32
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £45.85 £37.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.75 £39.50 £37.80
% change year-on-year
-1.89% +4.49%

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
49496 48382 42407
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.36% 92.51% 92.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 30854 29920 24330
Average daily rate £400 £390 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% -2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £228 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1937 1986 2076
Average hourly rate £16.60 £17.00 £18.26
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.35% -6.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.13
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.50 £40.00 £41.77
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.16 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-2.06% -5.71%

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 2 June 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 2 June 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 2 June 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 -34 282 £350 -6.66% 149
London -41 95 £400 +2.89% 51
South East +2 70 £350 +7.69% 23
Yorkshire +9 35 £338 -3.57% 14
City of London +18 30 £475 - 16
West Yorkshire 0 21 £344 -8.33% 6
North East -6 20 £288 -17.85% 2
Tyne and Wear -6 19 £288 -8.00% 2
South West -7 16 £325 -13.33% 13
East Midlands -6 15 £350 +25.00% 4
North West -24 15 £485 +38.57% 14
Sunderland +4 14 £288 -
Berkshire +1 12 £350 +21.73% 4
Hampshire +1 12 £340 -10.52%
East of England -2 11 £341 -9.06% 20
Leeds -4 11 £363 -3.33%
Oxfordshire -13 11 £320 -1.53% 11
West Sussex - 11 £363 - 1
Reading +8 10 £350 +27.27% 4
Scotland -27 10 £355 +18.33% 7
Crawley - 9 £363 -
Lancashire +14 8 £470 - 3
Milton Keynes +6 8 £338 +3.84% 1
Northamptonshire +2 8 £350 +75.00% 1
Buckinghamshire -1 8 £338 +3.84% 1
Oxford -5 8 £320 +156.00% 1
North Yorkshire - 8 £265 -
Portsmouth +3 7 £340 -10.52%
Surrey +2 7 £375 -3.22% 3
York - 7 £265 -

Programmer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 June 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.

1 251 (39.72%) SQL
2 163 (25.79%) Java
3 144 (22.78%) .NET
4 142 (22.47%) C#
5 130 (20.57%) SQL Server
6 126 (19.94%) Oracle
7 116 (18.35%) Finance
8 94 (14.87%) Agile Software Development
9 84 (13.29%) Microsoft
10 80 (12.66%) C++
11 76 (12.03%) PL/SQL
12 71 (11.23%) Banking
13 67 (10.60%) Visual Studio
13 67 (10.60%) UNIX
14 63 (9.97%) OO
15 61 (9.65%) SAS
16 59 (9.34%) Computer Science
17 58 (9.18%) JavaScript
18 57 (9.02%) HTML
19 56 (8.86%) IBM
19 56 (8.86%) Relational Database
20 53 (8.39%) Degree
21 52 (8.23%) ASP.NET
22 51 (8.07%) Windows
22 51 (8.07%) XML
22 51 (8.07%) Oracle Database
23 48 (7.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
24 45 (7.12%) Linux
24 45 (7.12%) SDLC
25 44 (6.96%) VB

Programmer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 2 June 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 61 (9.65%) SAS
2 26 (4.11%) CICS
3 13 (2.06%) SharePoint
4 11 (1.74%) MQSeries
5 10 (1.58%) OpenEdge
6 9 (1.42%) Apache Pig
6 9 (1.42%) Tomcat
7 8 (1.27%) BizTalk Server
7 8 (1.27%) Drupal
7 8 (1.27%) WebSphere
8 7 (1.11%) WebLogic
9 6 (0.95%) JBoss
9 6 (0.95%) CMS
9 6 (0.95%) Node.js
10 5 (0.79%) IIS
11 4 (0.63%) Mule ESB
11 4 (0.63%) Mule
12 3 (0.47%) Sitecore CMS
12 3 (0.47%) LiveCycle
12 3 (0.47%) WordPress
Applications
1 32 (5.06%) MS Excel
2 15 (2.37%) MS Office
3 7 (1.11%) MS Project
4 2 (0.32%) Simulink
5 1 (0.16%) FastStats
5 1 (0.16%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.16%) Maya
5 1 (0.16%) 3ds Max
5 1 (0.16%) InDesign
5 1 (0.16%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.16%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 9 (1.42%) SmartPlant
2 6 (0.95%) Dynamics CRM
3 4 (0.63%) Endur
3 4 (0.63%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 3 (0.47%) Markit EDM
5 2 (0.32%) Oracle Applications
5 2 (0.32%) MFGPRO
5 2 (0.32%) Dynamics AX
5 2 (0.32%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.32%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 2 (0.32%) BigMachines
6 1 (0.16%) ION MarketView
6 1 (0.16%) Oracle BRM
6 1 (0.16%) Cerner Millennium
6 1 (0.16%) JDE World
6 1 (0.16%) Unica
6 1 (0.16%) Loan IQ
6 1 (0.16%) PRMS
Cloud Services
1 3 (0.47%) SaaS
1 3 (0.47%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (0.32%) Cloud Computing
2 2 (0.32%) PaaS
3 1 (0.16%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.16%) CodePlex
Communications & Networking
1 27 (4.27%) FTP
2 17 (2.69%) TCP/IP
3 7 (1.11%) Internet
3 7 (1.11%) Bluetooth
4 5 (0.79%) Intranet
5 3 (0.47%) Wireshark
5 3 (0.47%) RTP
5 3 (0.47%) HTTP
6 2 (0.32%) LDAP
6 2 (0.32%) LAN
6 2 (0.32%) SMS
6 2 (0.32%) WLAN
6 2 (0.32%) WAN
6 2 (0.32%) SNMP
6 2 (0.32%) Wi-Fi
6 2 (0.32%) Wireless
6 2 (0.32%) APPN
6 2 (0.32%) Multicast
7 1 (0.16%) H.323
7 1 (0.16%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 130 (20.57%) SQL Server
2 56 (8.86%) Relational Database
3 51 (8.07%) Oracle Database
4 48 (7.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 43 (6.80%) RDBMS
5 43 (6.80%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 42 (6.65%) DB2
7 33 (5.22%) SQL Server 2012
8 27 (4.27%) Oracle Reports
9 25 (3.96%) SQL Server 2000
10 23 (3.64%) Oracle Database 11g
11 21 (3.32%) Data Warehouse
12 18 (2.85%) MS Access
12 18 (2.85%) Base SAS
13 16 (2.53%) MySQL
13 16 (2.53%) SQL Server 2008
14 14 (2.22%) SQL Server 2005
14 14 (2.22%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 12 (1.90%) Hadoop
16 11 (1.74%) SAS Enterprise Guide
Development Applications
1 67 (10.60%) Visual Studio
2 41 (6.49%) Team Foundation Server
3 19 (3.01%) Toad
4 18 (2.85%) Oracle APEX
5 14 (2.22%) Jenkins
6 12 (1.90%) JIRA
7 11 (1.74%) WebSpeed
8 9 (1.42%) Oracle Forms
9 7 (1.11%) Subversion
9 7 (1.11%) Maven
9 7 (1.11%) Eclipse
10 5 (0.79%) Git (software)
10 5 (0.79%) JUnit
11 3 (0.47%) Rhino Mocks
11 3 (0.47%) Grunt
11 3 (0.47%) QUnit
11 3 (0.47%) PVCS
11 3 (0.47%) Ant
12 2 (0.32%) ClearCase
12 2 (0.32%) ERwin
General
1 116 (18.35%) Finance
2 71 (11.23%) Banking
3 33 (5.22%) Manufacturing
4 30 (4.75%) Telecoms
5 25 (3.96%) Games
6 21 (3.32%) Marketing
7 17 (2.69%) Investment Banking
8 15 (2.37%) Front Office
9 13 (2.06%) Pharmaceutical
10 8 (1.27%) Billing
11 7 (1.11%) Military
12 6 (0.95%) Financial Institution
12 6 (0.95%) Retail
12 6 (0.95%) Law
13 5 (0.79%) Legal
14 4 (0.63%) Advertising
14 4 (0.63%) Dutch Language
14 4 (0.63%) French Language
15 2 (0.32%) Back Office
15 2 (0.32%) Electronics
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 144 (22.78%) .NET
2 57 (9.02%) HTML
3 52 (8.23%) ASP.NET
4 51 (8.07%) XML
5 41 (6.49%) Web Services
6 40 (6.33%) CSS
7 29 (4.59%) RESTful
8 27 (4.27%) WCF
9 26 (4.11%) WPF
10 25 (3.96%) .NET Framework
11 21 (3.32%) Spring
12 20 (3.16%) JSON
13 19 (3.01%) REST
13 19 (3.01%) jQuery
14 18 (2.85%) HTML5
15 14 (2.22%) SOAP
15 14 (2.22%) Hibernate
15 14 (2.22%) ASP.NET Web API
16 13 (2.06%) AngularJS
16 13 (2.06%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 59 (9.34%) Computer Science
2 38 (6.01%) Mathematics
3 32 (5.06%) Analytical Skills
4 29 (4.59%) Mainframe
5 26 (4.11%) Derivative
6 22 (3.48%) Data Structures
7 20 (3.16%) Mobile App
8 15 (2.37%) IBM Mainframe
9 12 (1.90%) Client/Server
9 12 (1.90%) Embedded Systems
10 11 (1.74%) NHS
11 9 (1.42%) User Experience
11 9 (1.42%) Physics
11 9 (1.42%) AS400
12 8 (1.27%) Equities
12 8 (1.27%) Spread Betting
12 8 (1.27%) Mobile Computing
12 8 (1.27%) Visualisation
13 6 (0.95%) Xbox
13 6 (0.95%) iSeries
Operating Systems
1 67 (10.60%) UNIX
2 51 (8.07%) Windows
3 45 (7.12%) Linux
4 23 (3.64%) zOS
5 14 (2.22%) Android
6 11 (1.74%) Windows 7
7 10 (1.58%) Apple iOS
8 9 (1.42%) Solaris
9 6 (0.95%) MVS
10 3 (0.47%) Windows Server 2008
10 3 (0.47%) Windows Server 2012
10 3 (0.47%) AIX
11 2 (0.32%) HPUX
11 2 (0.32%) OS/390
11 2 (0.32%) VME
12 1 (0.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1 (0.16%) Windows 8
12 1 (0.16%) OS/2
12 1 (0.16%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.16%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 94 (14.87%) Agile Software Development
2 63 (9.97%) OO
3 45 (7.12%) SDLC
4 43 (6.80%) Data Modelling
5 36 (5.70%) Software Engineering
5 36 (5.70%) Unit Testing
6 34 (5.38%) Scrum
7 33 (5.22%) Migration
7 33 (5.22%) TDD
8 31 (4.91%) Business Intelligence
9 26 (4.11%) ETL
9 26 (4.11%) MVC
9 26 (4.11%) Performance Tuning
10 24 (3.80%) Multithreading
11 21 (3.32%) Validation
11 21 (3.32%) OOP
12 19 (3.01%) CRM
12 19 (3.01%) UML
13 18 (2.85%) Open Source
14 17 (2.69%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 251 (39.72%) SQL
2 163 (25.79%) Java
3 142 (22.47%) C#
4 80 (12.66%) C++
5 76 (12.03%) PL/SQL
6 58 (9.18%) JavaScript
7 44 (6.96%) VB
8 43 (6.80%) VB.NET
9 41 (6.49%) C
10 39 (6.17%) Python
11 35 (5.54%) T-SQL
12 33 (5.22%) COBOL
13 31 (4.91%) VB6
14 24 (3.80%) VBA
15 20 (3.16%) Assembly Language
16 19 (3.01%) PHP
17 15 (2.37%) XAML
18 14 (2.22%) RPG
18 14 (2.22%) Shell Script
18 14 (2.22%) JCL
Qualifications
1 53 (8.39%) Degree
2 39 (6.17%) Security Cleared
3 28 (4.43%) SC Cleared
4 8 (1.27%) DV Cleared
5 6 (0.95%) Oracle Certification
5 6 (0.95%) ITIL Certification
6 4 (0.63%) Microsoft Certification
6 4 (0.63%) OCP
7 3 (0.47%) PhD
8 2 (0.32%) MCSE
8 2 (0.32%) OCA
8 2 (0.32%) Sun Certification
8 2 (0.32%) OCPJP
8 2 (0.32%) OCAJ
9 1 (0.16%) MCITP
9 1 (0.16%) SAS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (2.06%) QA
2 8 (1.27%) CDISC
3 3 (0.47%) Solvency II
3 3 (0.47%) HL7
3 3 (0.47%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 2 (0.32%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.16%) COBIT
5 1 (0.16%) SLA
5 1 (0.16%) GCP
System Software
1 9 (1.42%) HDFS
1 9 (1.42%) Apache Flume
2 7 (1.11%) RACF
3 5 (0.79%) Samba
4 2 (0.32%) ISA Server
4 2 (0.32%) Firmware
5 1 (0.16%) NFS
Systems Management
1 3 (0.47%) Control-M
2 2 (0.32%) OMEGAMON
3 1 (0.16%) Puppet
3 1 (0.16%) SCOM
3 1 (0.16%) Jitterbit
3 1 (0.16%) Tivoli
3 1 (0.16%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 126 (19.94%) Oracle
2 84 (13.29%) Microsoft
3 56 (8.86%) IBM
4 12 (1.90%) Sybase
5 10 (1.58%) CA
5 10 (1.58%) Google
6 9 (1.42%) Informatica
6 9 (1.42%) SAP
7 8 (1.27%) Apple
7 8 (1.27%) Telerik
8 7 (1.11%) Intergraph
9 6 (0.95%) Salesforce.com
10 5 (0.79%) Adobe
11 4 (0.63%) Cognos
11 4 (0.63%) OpenLink
11 4 (0.63%) Sitecore
12 3 (0.47%) Syncsort
12 3 (0.47%) Remedy
12 3 (0.47%) Charles River
12 3 (0.47%) Business Objects
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Salary: Benefits
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East Riding
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Oxfordshire
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Rate: Unspecified Negotiable
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Oxfordshire
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Rate: Unspecified Negotiable
Posted: 7 days ago
Greater Manchester
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Thetford
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £100.00 - £400.00 per day
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City of London
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Rate: £100.00 - £400.00 per day
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London
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Rate: £250 - £400 per day
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West Midlands
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Rate: £300.00 - £380.00 per day
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Halifax
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