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 1 October 2014 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
1 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Programmer
Rank 338 233 222
Rank change year-on-year
-105 -11
Contract jobs requiring a Programmer 303 459 497
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.53% 0.87% 0.86%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.58% 0.94% 0.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 193 262 267
Average daily rate
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£360 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £213 £231
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £500 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £313 £313
% change year-on-year
+5.60% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 6 26
Average hourly rate £32.50 £35.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.14% +16.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.55 £35.00 £16.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.23 £47.00 £36.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £34.50 £35.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year
-1.42% +7.69%

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
51806 48814 53474
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 90.56% 92.66% 93.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 31840 29382 29897
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £230 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £568
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2020 2076 2649
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% -5.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.19
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -8.57%

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 1 October 2014.

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 1 October 2014.

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 1 October 2014. 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 -107 268 £351 +0.32% 123
London -68 106 £408 +1.87% 59
South East -40 67 £325 - 25
City of London +8 30 £431 -6.75% 24
Scotland -6 30 £363 +20.83% 10
South West -32 21 £288 -11.53% 7
Edinburgh +3 20 £355 +13.60% 6
East of England -18 20 £338 +12.50% 6
Berkshire +21 19 £325 +51.16% 4
Hampshire -9 19 £350 +27.27% 6
North West -6 16 £350 +48.93% 7
West Midlands -25 15 £275 +4.76% 5
Surrey -17 13 £325 +15.55%
Reading +23 10 £365 +69.76% 1
East Midlands 0 10 £300 +13.20% 2
Buckinghamshire -2 10 £420 +12.00%
Bristol -15 10 £288 -17.85% 3
Cambridgeshire +3 9 £320 - 5
Slough -2 8 £325 +51.16% 2
Oxfordshire -7 8 £300 +26.31% 8
Yorkshire -17 8 £438 +40.00% 10
Milton Keynes -4 7 £425 -5.55%
Manchester -12 7 £370 +13.84% 3
Birmingham -7 6 £250 -16.66% 2
West Yorkshire -19 6 £406 +21.26% 7
North East -39 6 £350 +7.69% 3
Southampton - 6 £350 - 3
Aberdeen +12 5 £363 +28.09%
Nottinghamshire +12 5 £308 -
Cambridge 0 5 £350 - 5

Programmer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, 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.

1 224 (30.27%) SQL
2 192 (25.95%) Agile Software Development
3 169 (22.84%) HTML
4 168 (22.70%) JavaScript
5 161 (21.76%) .NET
6 157 (21.22%) C#
7 144 (19.46%) Finance
8 135 (18.24%) SQL Server
9 132 (17.84%) CSS
10 94 (12.70%) Java
11 86 (11.62%) Oracle
11 86 (11.62%) Windows
12 85 (11.49%) ASP.NET
13 84 (11.35%) XML
13 84 (11.35%) MVC
14 81 (10.95%) Linux
14 81 (10.95%) TDD
15 76 (10.27%) jQuery
16 66 (8.92%) Web Services
17 65 (8.78%) OO
18 64 (8.65%) SAS
19 61 (8.24%) C++
20 60 (8.11%) Banking
21 59 (7.97%) HTML5
22 58 (7.84%) Ruby
23 55 (7.43%) Software Engineering
24 53 (7.16%) Ruby on Rails
24 53 (7.16%) Degree
25 51 (6.89%) Microsoft
26 47 (6.35%) UNIX

Programmer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, 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 64 (8.65%) SAS
2 31 (4.19%) Node.js
3 27 (3.65%) WebSphere
3 27 (3.65%) SharePoint
4 22 (2.97%) Elasticsearch
5 15 (2.03%) CICS
6 13 (1.76%) IIS
7 12 (1.62%) Apache
8 11 (1.49%) CMS
9 10 (1.35%) BizTalk Server
10 9 (1.22%) OpenEdge
11 8 (1.08%) WebLogic
12 6 (0.81%) WebSphere Application Server
13 5 (0.68%) Oracle Workflow
13 5 (0.68%) Tomcat
13 5 (0.68%) SharePoint 2010
14 4 (0.54%) SharePoint 2013
14 4 (0.54%) K2 blackpearl
15 3 (0.41%) Documentum
15 3 (0.41%) MQSeries
Applications
1 22 (2.97%) MS Excel
2 14 (1.89%) MS Office
3 5 (0.68%) InfoPath
4 4 (0.54%) MS Visio
4 4 (0.54%) Photoshop
5 3 (0.41%) Maya
5 3 (0.41%) Adobe Illustrator
6 2 (0.27%) MS PowerPoint
7 1 (0.14%) 3ds Max
7 1 (0.14%) CATIA
7 1 (0.14%) PrintSoft PReS
7 1 (0.14%) Adobe After Effects
7 1 (0.14%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.14%) MS Project
7 1 (0.14%) Revit
Business Applications
1 10 (1.35%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (1.08%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (0.68%) Markit EDM
4 3 (0.41%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 3 (0.41%) Magento
5 2 (0.27%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 2 (0.27%) SAP FI
5 2 (0.27%) SAP FI/CO
5 2 (0.27%) SAP CO
5 2 (0.27%) SAP PM
6 1 (0.14%) Pivotal CRM
6 1 (0.14%) Oracle CRM
6 1 (0.14%) SAP CRM
6 1 (0.14%) Staffware
6 1 (0.14%) RMDS
6 1 (0.14%) Endur
6 1 (0.14%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.14%) Tridion
6 1 (0.14%) Oracle BPM
6 1 (0.14%) SAP IS-U
Cloud Services
1 8 (1.08%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (0.54%) GitHub
3 3 (0.41%) Cloud Computing
4 2 (0.27%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (0.14%) Amazon S3
5 1 (0.14%) SaaS
5 1 (0.14%) Heroku
Communications & Networking
1 25 (3.38%) TCP/IP
2 24 (3.24%) HTTP
3 16 (2.16%) Internet
4 8 (1.08%) FTP
5 7 (0.95%) DNS
6 4 (0.54%) SMS
6 4 (0.54%) SMTP
6 4 (0.54%) Intranet
6 4 (0.54%) IPv4
6 4 (0.54%) IPv6
7 3 (0.41%) Multicast
8 2 (0.27%) Reverse Proxy
8 2 (0.27%) LDAP
8 2 (0.27%) WAN
8 2 (0.27%) VPN
8 2 (0.27%) IKE
8 2 (0.27%) Kerberos
8 2 (0.27%) Extranet
8 2 (0.27%) SAN
8 2 (0.27%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 135 (18.24%) SQL Server
2 40 (5.41%) MySQL
3 37 (5.00%) SQL Server 2008
4 34 (4.59%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 33 (4.46%) Oracle Database
6 28 (3.78%) Relational Database
6 28 (3.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 25 (3.38%) Redis
8 24 (3.24%) Apache Cassandra
9 23 (3.11%) NoSQL
10 22 (2.97%) DB2
11 21 (2.84%) Base SAS
12 18 (2.43%) SQL Server 2012
13 15 (2.03%) SQL Server 2005
13 15 (2.03%) Data Warehouse
13 15 (2.03%) Oracle Database 10g
13 15 (2.03%) RDBMS
14 12 (1.62%) Oracle Database 11g
14 12 (1.62%) Crystal Reports
15 10 (1.35%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 41 (5.54%) Visual Studio
2 36 (4.86%) Git (software)
3 18 (2.43%) Subversion
4 16 (2.16%) Jasmine
4 16 (2.16%) Team Foundation Server
5 13 (1.76%) Cucumber
5 13 (1.76%) RSpec
6 11 (1.49%) Maven
7 10 (1.35%) Eclipse
8 9 (1.22%) NUnit
9 7 (0.95%) TeamCity
9 7 (0.95%) GDB
10 6 (0.81%) Jenkins
10 6 (0.81%) MSBuild
10 6 (0.81%) Oracle APEX
10 6 (0.81%) Rhino Mocks
11 5 (0.68%) WebSpeed
11 5 (0.68%) PVCS
12 4 (0.54%) Redmine
12 4 (0.54%) Mercurial
General
1 144 (19.46%) Finance
2 60 (8.11%) Banking
3 37 (5.00%) Games
4 22 (2.97%) Investment Banking
5 19 (2.57%) Pharmaceutical
5 19 (2.57%) Retail
6 17 (2.30%) Front Office
7 12 (1.62%) Financial Institution
8 10 (1.35%) Back Office
9 7 (0.95%) Manufacturing
10 6 (0.81%) Marketing
10 6 (0.81%) Advertising
11 4 (0.54%) International Banking
12 3 (0.41%) Publishing
12 3 (0.41%) Automotive
12 3 (0.41%) Telecoms
12 3 (0.41%) French Language
12 3 (0.41%) Spanish Language
12 3 (0.41%) iGaming
13 2 (0.27%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 169 (22.84%) HTML
2 161 (21.76%) .NET
3 132 (17.84%) CSS
4 85 (11.49%) ASP.NET
5 84 (11.35%) XML
6 76 (10.27%) jQuery
7 66 (8.92%) Web Services
8 59 (7.97%) HTML5
9 53 (7.16%) Ruby on Rails
10 43 (5.81%) WCF
11 41 (5.54%) CSS3
12 38 (5.14%) Spring
12 38 (5.14%) JSON
13 36 (4.86%) AngularJS
14 34 (4.59%) .NET Framework
15 33 (4.46%) ASP.NET MVC
16 32 (4.32%) LAMP
17 30 (4.05%) Ember.js
18 29 (3.92%) KnockoutJS
19 27 (3.65%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 40 (5.41%) Mainframe
2 38 (5.14%) Analytical Skills
3 25 (3.38%) Open Source
4 23 (3.11%) AS400
5 21 (2.84%) Computer Science
6 19 (2.57%) Wiki
7 15 (2.03%) Derivative
7 15 (2.03%) Data Structures
8 13 (1.76%) IBM Mainframe
8 13 (1.76%) Algorithms
9 12 (1.62%) Mobile App
10 11 (1.49%) Mathematics
11 9 (1.22%) Statistics
11 9 (1.22%) iSeries
12 8 (1.08%) User Experience
12 8 (1.08%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 7 (0.95%) W3C
13 7 (0.95%) N-Tier
13 7 (0.95%) Market Risk
14 6 (0.81%) Social Gaming
Operating Systems
1 86 (11.62%) Windows
2 81 (10.95%) Linux
3 47 (6.35%) UNIX
4 24 (3.24%) zOS
5 14 (1.89%) Apple iOS
6 13 (1.76%) Solaris
7 12 (1.62%) Mac OS X
8 9 (1.22%) Windows Server 2003
9 8 (1.08%) Windows Server 2008
9 8 (1.08%) AIX
10 7 (0.95%) Windows 7
10 7 (0.95%) Android
11 4 (0.54%) OS/390
11 4 (0.54%) Ubuntu
12 2 (0.27%) Windows 8
12 2 (0.27%) Oracle Linux
12 2 (0.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 2 (0.27%) MVS
12 2 (0.27%) Debian
13 1 (0.14%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 192 (25.95%) Agile Software Development
2 84 (11.35%) MVC
3 81 (10.95%) TDD
4 65 (8.78%) OO
5 55 (7.43%) Software Engineering
6 44 (5.95%) Web Development
7 42 (5.68%) Scrum
8 40 (5.41%) Business Intelligence
9 36 (4.86%) Web Application Development
10 34 (4.59%) Continuous Integration
10 34 (4.59%) BDD
11 33 (4.46%) Unit Testing
12 30 (4.05%) CRM
12 30 (4.05%) Migration
13 27 (3.65%) UML
14 26 (3.51%) Automated Testing
15 22 (2.97%) ETL
16 21 (2.84%) Project Management
16 21 (2.84%) Workflow
17 19 (2.57%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 224 (30.27%) SQL
2 168 (22.70%) JavaScript
3 157 (21.22%) C#
4 94 (12.70%) Java
5 61 (8.24%) C++
6 58 (7.84%) Ruby
7 41 (5.54%) PHP
7 41 (5.54%) RPG
8 38 (5.14%) VB.NET
9 37 (5.00%) RPG IV
10 34 (4.59%) PL/SQL
11 32 (4.32%) VB
11 32 (4.32%) Python
12 31 (4.19%) T-SQL
13 25 (3.38%) Shell Script
14 24 (3.24%) C
15 23 (3.11%) Scala
15 23 (3.11%) VB6
16 19 (2.57%) Perl
17 14 (1.89%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 53 (7.16%) Degree
2 26 (3.51%) Security Cleared
3 16 (2.16%) SC Cleared
4 3 (0.41%) PhD
4 3 (0.41%) DV Cleared
5 2 (0.27%) HNC
5 2 (0.27%) HND
6 1 (0.14%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (0.14%) OCP
6 1 (0.14%) OCA
6 1 (0.14%) Oracle Certification
6 1 (0.14%) A+ Certification
6 1 (0.14%) SAS Certification
6 1 (0.14%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 1 (0.14%) OCAJ
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (2.57%) QA
2 10 (1.35%) CDISC
3 8 (1.08%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 3 (0.41%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.27%) SLA
6 1 (0.14%) HL7
6 1 (0.14%) FINREP
System Software
1 20 (2.70%) RACF
2 18 (2.43%) ACF2
3 4 (0.54%) Docker
4 2 (0.27%) VMware ESX
5 1 (0.14%) Cronacle
Systems Management
1 6 (0.81%) Capistrano
2 4 (0.54%) Control-M
3 3 (0.41%) Ansible
4 2 (0.27%) Opscode Chef
4 2 (0.27%) Puppet
5 1 (0.14%) OPNET
5 1 (0.14%) WMI
5 1 (0.14%) Tivoli
5 1 (0.14%) OMEGAMON
5 1 (0.14%) Kibana
5 1 (0.14%) logstash
Vendors
1 86 (11.62%) Oracle
2 51 (6.89%) Microsoft
3 32 (4.32%) IBM
4 14 (1.89%) SAP
5 13 (1.76%) Progress
6 12 (1.62%) Zend
7 11 (1.49%) Business Objects
7 11 (1.49%) Unisys
8 10 (1.35%) Twitter
9 9 (1.22%) Salesforce.com
10 8 (1.08%) JBoss
10 8 (1.08%) Cisco
11 6 (0.81%) CA
12 5 (0.68%) Google
12 5 (0.68%) Sybase
12 5 (0.68%) Cognos
13 4 (0.54%) Charles River
14 3 (0.41%) Sage
14 3 (0.41%) TIBCO
14 3 (0.41%) Confirmit
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South East England
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Rate: Competitive
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London
Linkpoint Resources
Rate: £200 per day
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City, London
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Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
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Rate: £350 - £380 per day
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Reading, Berkshire
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Rate: £0.00 per day
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City, London
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Rate: Up to £550 per day Equity Bonus, Home Work
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Somerset
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Rate: £30 - £38 per hour + competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
City of London
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
London
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Rate: £400.00 - £440.00 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
South East England
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Rate: competitive
Posted: 7 days ago
Bristol
Huxley Associates
Rate: £30 - £35 per hour + competitive
Posted: 7 days ago
Chester
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Rate: £200 - £400 per day + competitive
Posted: 8 days ago
Halifax
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Rate: £400 - £475 per day + competitive
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Hampshire
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City of London
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