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 31 August 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
31 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Programmer
Rank 355 307 238
Rank change year-on-year
-48 -69
Contract jobs requiring a Programmer 306 357 439
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.52% 0.64% 0.83%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.56% 0.69% 0.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 202 242 240
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£400 £365 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.58% +4.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £250 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £358 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+10.00% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 7 6
Average hourly rate £42.50 £35.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+21.42% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.25 £23.50 £31.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £106.25 £43.45 £47.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.50 £31.25 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+36.00% -10.71%

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
55134 51382 48884
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.80% 92.32% 92.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 35199 31088 29037
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £234
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 2028 1976 2121
Average hourly rate £17.33 £17.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.94% -2.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+3.03% -2.94%

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 31 August 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 31 August 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 31 August 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 -58 279 £400 +9.58% 148
London -29 108 £470 +17.50% 67
South East -57 58 £356 +9.61% 20
City of London +8 40 £525 +23.52% 23
South West 0 25 £350 +6.06% 4
Scotland -8 24 £350 -0.70% 8
West Midlands +3 22 £318 +10.43% 12
North West -24 21 £385 +14.07% 7
Yorkshire -23 16 £375 - 10
East of England -4 15 £350 +7.69% 23
Glasgow +11 14 £325 -10.34% 4
Hampshire -15 14 £345 -9.21% 4
Surrey -10 13 £473 +45.38% 2
Buckinghamshire -18 12 £425 +16.43% 2
Bristol -5 11 £318 -12.41% 2
West Yorkshire -28 10 £375 - 8
Milton Keynes -4 9 £425 +51.78% 2
Oxfordshire -25 9 £350 +16.66% 5
Farnborough - 9 £345 -
Cheshire -2 8 £373 +24.16%
Cambridgeshire -12 8 £400 +25.00% 10
Manchester -19 8 £300 -14.28% 1
Leeds -22 8 £375 +16.27% 5
Edinburgh -24 8 £350 +44.32% 2
Warwickshire +9 7 £318 +27.00% 1
Warrington -7 7 £373 -
North East -23 6 £475 +35.71% 1
Rugby +4 5 £318 +27.00%
East Sussex +1 5 £340 +9.67% 2
Tyne and Wear -21 5 - - 1

Programmer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 August 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.

1 255 (42.29%) SQL
2 144 (23.88%) Java
3 140 (23.22%) SQL Server
4 129 (21.39%) .NET
5 125 (20.73%) Oracle
6 123 (20.40%) C#
7 115 (19.07%) Finance
8 114 (18.91%) Agile Software Development
9 93 (15.42%) Microsoft
10 80 (13.27%) HTML
11 76 (12.60%) JavaScript
12 65 (10.78%) PL/SQL
12 65 (10.78%) SDLC
13 64 (10.61%) Relational Database
13 64 (10.61%) CSS
14 63 (10.45%) C++
15 62 (10.28%) Visual Studio
16 60 (9.95%) OO
16 60 (9.95%) SAS
17 58 (9.62%) Windows
17 58 (9.62%) ASP.NET
18 53 (8.79%) VB
18 53 (8.79%) TDD
19 52 (8.62%) SQL Server Reporting Services
19 52 (8.62%) Analytical Skills
20 47 (7.79%) Unit Testing
20 47 (7.79%) UNIX
21 46 (7.63%) Oracle Database
22 45 (7.46%) XML
22 45 (7.46%) Team Foundation Server

Programmer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 August 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 60 (9.95%) SAS
2 12 (1.99%) IIS
2 12 (1.99%) Node.js
3 11 (1.82%) SharePoint
4 10 (1.66%) WebSphere
5 9 (1.49%) Tomcat
6 8 (1.33%) CMS
6 8 (1.33%) CICS
7 6 (1.00%) BizTalk Server
8 5 (0.83%) SharePoint 2013
9 4 (0.66%) Apache Pig
9 4 (0.66%) Sitecore CMS
9 4 (0.66%) SharePoint 2010
9 4 (0.66%) JBoss
9 4 (0.66%) Apache
9 4 (0.66%) WebLogic
10 3 (0.50%) MQSeries
10 3 (0.50%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 3 (0.50%) Elasticsearch
11 2 (0.33%) WordPress
Applications
1 38 (6.30%) MS Excel
2 14 (2.32%) MS Office
3 5 (0.83%) MS Project
4 4 (0.66%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.50%) InfoPath
6 2 (0.33%) MS PowerPoint
7 1 (0.17%) FastStats
7 1 (0.17%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 7 (1.16%) Dynamics CRM
1 7 (1.16%) BigMachines
2 4 (0.66%) SmartPlant
3 3 (0.50%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 3 (0.50%) Oracle BPM
4 2 (0.33%) Oracle Receivables
4 2 (0.33%) Oracle Assets
4 2 (0.33%) Sage ERP X3
4 2 (0.33%) Oracle General Ledger
4 2 (0.33%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.33%) Cognos Business Intelligence
4 2 (0.33%) BPCS
4 2 (0.33%) Oracle Financials
4 2 (0.33%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (0.33%) Staffware
5 1 (0.17%) Oracle Applications
5 1 (0.17%) MFGPRO
5 1 (0.17%) Teamcenter
5 1 (0.17%) Unica
5 1 (0.17%) Oracle BRM
Cloud Services
1 10 (1.66%) SaaS
2 7 (1.16%) Cloud Computing
3 5 (0.83%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (0.66%) Microsoft Azure
4 4 (0.66%) PaaS
5 1 (0.17%) IaaS
5 1 (0.17%) CodePlex
Communications & Networking
1 23 (3.81%) FTP
2 10 (1.66%) TCP/IP
3 9 (1.49%) Internet
4 8 (1.33%) HTTP
4 8 (1.33%) Bluetooth
5 6 (1.00%) Intranet
6 4 (0.66%) SMTP
7 3 (0.50%) WLAN
7 3 (0.50%) LAN
7 3 (0.50%) Wi-Fi
7 3 (0.50%) Wireless
8 2 (0.33%) APPN
8 2 (0.33%) SMS
8 2 (0.33%) VoIP
8 2 (0.33%) WAN
8 2 (0.33%) SNMP
9 1 (0.17%) LDAP
9 1 (0.17%) SNA
9 1 (0.17%) DNS
9 1 (0.17%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 140 (23.22%) SQL Server
2 64 (10.61%) Relational Database
3 52 (8.62%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 46 (7.63%) Oracle Database
5 43 (7.13%) RDBMS
6 41 (6.80%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 33 (5.47%) DB2
8 32 (5.31%) Base SAS
9 27 (4.48%) SQL Server 2012
10 25 (4.15%) Data Warehouse
11 24 (3.98%) SQL Server 2008
12 22 (3.65%) Oracle Database 11g
13 20 (3.32%) SQL Server 2000
13 20 (3.32%) Oracle Reports
14 16 (2.65%) MySQL
14 16 (2.65%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 16 (2.65%) MongoDB
15 11 (1.82%) NoSQL
15 11 (1.82%) MS Access
16 10 (1.66%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 62 (10.28%) Visual Studio
2 45 (7.46%) Team Foundation Server
3 19 (3.15%) Oracle APEX
4 17 (2.82%) Jenkins
5 14 (2.32%) Toad
6 10 (1.66%) Oracle Forms
7 8 (1.33%) JIRA
8 7 (1.16%) Eclipse
8 7 (1.16%) Git (software)
9 6 (1.00%) Subversion
9 6 (1.00%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 5 (0.83%) Gradle
11 4 (0.66%) Grunt
11 4 (0.66%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 4 (0.66%) Maven
11 4 (0.66%) JUnit
12 3 (0.50%) Ant
12 3 (0.50%) PVCS
13 2 (0.33%) Xcode
13 2 (0.33%) NUnit
General
1 115 (19.07%) Finance
2 39 (6.47%) Banking
3 37 (6.14%) Manufacturing
4 29 (4.81%) Games
5 21 (3.48%) Marketing
5 21 (3.48%) Front Office
6 18 (2.99%) Telecoms
7 12 (1.99%) Pharmaceutical
8 11 (1.82%) Investment Banking
9 8 (1.33%) Retail
10 7 (1.16%) Financial Institution
11 6 (1.00%) Billing
12 5 (0.83%) Advertising
12 5 (0.83%) Law
12 5 (0.83%) Legal
13 3 (0.50%) Electronics
13 3 (0.50%) Dutch Language
13 3 (0.50%) French Language
13 3 (0.50%) Spanish Language
14 2 (0.33%) Back Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 129 (21.39%) .NET
2 80 (13.27%) HTML
3 64 (10.61%) CSS
4 58 (9.62%) ASP.NET
5 45 (7.46%) XML
6 39 (6.47%) Web Services
7 35 (5.80%) jQuery
8 31 (5.14%) HTML5
9 29 (4.81%) WCF
10 28 (4.64%) AngularJS
11 24 (3.98%) RESTful
12 22 (3.65%) WPF
12 22 (3.65%) .NET Framework
13 21 (3.48%) JSON
14 20 (3.32%) REST
15 15 (2.49%) ASP.NET Web API
15 15 (2.49%) WinForms
16 14 (2.32%) Ajax
17 13 (2.16%) CSS3
18 12 (1.99%) Android SDK
Miscellaneous
1 52 (8.62%) Analytical Skills
2 34 (5.64%) Computer Science
3 23 (3.81%) Mobile App
4 19 (3.15%) Mathematics
5 18 (2.99%) Equities
5 18 (2.99%) AS400
6 17 (2.82%) Mainframe
7 16 (2.65%) Embedded Systems
8 15 (2.49%) Derivative
9 12 (1.99%) User Experience
10 11 (1.82%) Data Structures
10 11 (1.82%) Client/Server
11 9 (1.49%) NHS
11 9 (1.49%) Life Science
12 8 (1.33%) Credit Risk
12 8 (1.33%) iSeries
12 8 (1.33%) Mobile Computing
12 8 (1.33%) Physics
13 7 (1.16%) Xbox
14 6 (1.00%) Algorithms
Operating Systems
1 58 (9.62%) Windows
2 47 (7.79%) UNIX
3 41 (6.80%) Linux
4 22 (3.65%) Apple iOS
5 21 (3.48%) Android
6 13 (2.16%) Windows 7
7 11 (1.82%) zOS
8 7 (1.16%) Windows 8
9 6 (1.00%) MVS
10 5 (0.83%) Windows Server 2008
10 5 (0.83%) Solaris
10 5 (0.83%) Windows XP
11 4 (0.66%) Windows Server 2012
12 2 (0.33%) Mac OS X
12 2 (0.33%) Windows CE
13 1 (0.17%) VME
13 1 (0.17%) OS/390
13 1 (0.17%) OS/2
13 1 (0.17%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 114 (18.91%) Agile Software Development
2 65 (10.78%) SDLC
3 60 (9.95%) OO
4 53 (8.79%) TDD
5 47 (7.79%) Unit Testing
6 36 (5.97%) Software Engineering
7 33 (5.47%) Data Modelling
7 33 (5.47%) CRM
8 32 (5.31%) Business Intelligence
8 32 (5.31%) Migration
9 28 (4.64%) MVC
10 25 (4.15%) Multithreading
11 24 (3.98%) Scrum
12 22 (3.65%) OOP
13 21 (3.48%) ETL
14 19 (3.15%) Risk Management
14 19 (3.15%) SOA
14 19 (3.15%) Performance Tuning
15 18 (2.99%) Electronic Trading
16 17 (2.82%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 255 (42.29%) SQL
2 144 (23.88%) Java
3 123 (20.40%) C#
4 76 (12.60%) JavaScript
5 65 (10.78%) PL/SQL
6 63 (10.45%) C++
7 53 (8.79%) VB
8 43 (7.13%) T-SQL
9 38 (6.30%) Python
10 33 (5.47%) VB.NET
11 32 (5.31%) C
12 24 (3.98%) VB6
13 19 (3.15%) RPG
14 18 (2.99%) PHP
15 17 (2.82%) COBOL
15 17 (2.82%) VBA
16 16 (2.65%) Objective-C
17 13 (2.16%) Shell Script
18 11 (1.82%) XAML
19 10 (1.66%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 35 (5.80%) Degree
2 15 (2.49%) Security Cleared
3 10 (1.66%) SC Cleared
4 7 (1.16%) SAS Certification
5 3 (0.50%) Oracle Certification
5 3 (0.50%) PhD
5 3 (0.50%) Microsoft Certification
5 3 (0.50%) OCP
6 2 (0.33%) DV Cleared
6 2 (0.33%) MCSE
7 1 (0.17%) OCAJ
7 1 (0.17%) OCA
7 1 (0.17%) Sun Certification
7 1 (0.17%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (2.49%) QA
2 4 (0.66%) CDISC
2 4 (0.66%) Solvency II
2 4 (0.66%) SLA
3 3 (0.50%) HL7
4 2 (0.33%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.17%) GCP
5 1 (0.17%) GxP
System Software
1 4 (0.66%) Apache Flume
1 4 (0.66%) HDFS
2 3 (0.50%) Firmware
2 3 (0.50%) RACF
3 2 (0.33%) ISA Server
4 1 (0.17%) NFS
4 1 (0.17%) Active Directory
4 1 (0.17%) Time Sharing Option
4 1 (0.17%) Job Entry Subsystem
4 1 (0.17%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.17%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 2 (0.33%) OMEGAMON
2 1 (0.17%) SCOM
2 1 (0.17%) Capistrano
2 1 (0.17%) vMotion
2 1 (0.17%) Tivoli
2 1 (0.17%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 125 (20.73%) Oracle
2 93 (15.42%) Microsoft
3 41 (6.80%) IBM
4 14 (2.32%) Telerik
4 14 (2.32%) Google
5 12 (1.99%) Sybase
6 10 (1.66%) SAP
7 8 (1.33%) Siebel
7 8 (1.33%) Apple
8 7 (1.16%) Informatica
8 7 (1.16%) Salesforce.com
8 7 (1.16%) Eloqua
9 6 (1.00%) CA
10 5 (0.83%) Adobe
10 5 (0.83%) Tableau
11 4 (0.66%) Sitecore
11 4 (0.66%) Intergraph
11 4 (0.66%) webMethods
12 3 (0.50%) Remedy
12 3 (0.50%) Motorola
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