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 30 January 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Programmer
Rank 319 218 216
Rank change year-on-year
-101 -2
Contract jobs requiring a Programmer 303 435 407
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.59% 0.90% 0.91%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.64% 0.98% 0.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 199 275 223
Average daily rate
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£364 £350 £344
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.92% +1.81%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £225 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £475 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £313 £320
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -2.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 13 16
Average hourly rate £45.00 £32.50 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+38.46% -7.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.70 £19.00 £9.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.85 £41.50 £48.92
UK excluding London average hourly rate £43.75 £32.50 £32.50
% change year-on-year
+34.61% -

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
47189 44564 41455
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.47% 92.53% 92.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 29609 26528 23470
Average daily rate £400 £400 £378
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £228 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1818 1936 2419
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £18.40
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.71% -4.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.25 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £40.00
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 30 January 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 30 January 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 30 January 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.

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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 -81 273 £373 +6.42% 125
London -37 118 £450 +12.50% 60
South East -25 72 £325 - 16
City of London +14 36 £500 +25.78% 14
South West -13 33 £310 +12.72% 8
Hampshire -18 23 £300 -22.58% 4
Surrey -6 16 £325 +20.37% 2
Scotland -37 13 £343 +5.38% 3
Buckinghamshire -10 12 £345 +26.60% 1
Bristol -1 11 £283 - 3
Farnborough - 11 - -
Berkshire -10 10 £400 +23.07% 4
North West -19 10 £346 -4.48% 8
Milton Keynes -10 9 £325 -3.70% 1
North East -12 9 £300 +36.36% 6
Tyne and Wear -6 8 £300 +36.36% 4
East Midlands +12 7 £331 -1.85% 2
Dorset +2 7 £375 +66.66% 2
Edinburgh -6 7 £328 -18.12% 1
West Midlands -14 7 £275 +0.91% 5
Yorkshire -21 7 £400 +43.49% 4
Gloucestershire -11 6 £340 - 2
West Yorkshire -13 6 £380 +34.51% 4
Reading 0 5 £500 +42.85% 3
Wales -16 5 - - 1
Wiltshire -17 5 £288 -
East of England -19 5 £360 -4.00% 15
Bournemouth +2 4 £375 +66.66% 1
East Sussex -13 4 £350 +97.18%
Manchester -14 4 £400 -5.88% 4

Programmer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 January 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.

1 220 (34.38%) SQL
2 145 (22.66%) .NET
3 138 (21.56%) Oracle
3 138 (21.56%) C#
4 129 (20.16%) Java
5 118 (18.44%) Finance
6 103 (16.09%) Agile Software Development
7 101 (15.78%) SQL Server
8 95 (14.84%) JavaScript
9 85 (13.28%) Banking
10 78 (12.19%) SAS
11 76 (11.88%) HTML
12 66 (10.31%) PL/SQL
13 65 (10.16%) ASP.NET
14 64 (10.00%) XML
14 64 (10.00%) C++
15 63 (9.84%) CSS
16 60 (9.38%) Oracle Database
17 59 (9.22%) OO
17 59 (9.22%) Microsoft
18 58 (9.06%) UNIX
19 54 (8.44%) Web Services
20 53 (8.28%) Linux
20 53 (8.28%) TDD
21 50 (7.81%) Python
22 49 (7.66%) Software Engineering
22 49 (7.66%) jQuery
23 48 (7.50%) VB.NET
24 47 (7.34%) Windows
25 44 (6.88%) Visual Studio

Programmer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 78 (12.19%) SAS
2 17 (2.66%) CICS
3 14 (2.19%) OpenEdge
4 13 (2.03%) SharePoint
5 10 (1.56%) CMS
6 8 (1.25%) Drupal
6 8 (1.25%) JBoss
7 7 (1.09%) Tomcat
8 6 (0.94%) WebLogic
9 5 (0.78%) Apache
9 5 (0.78%) BizTalk Server
9 5 (0.78%) Apache Pig
9 5 (0.78%) WordPress
10 4 (0.63%) Node.js
10 4 (0.63%) K2 blackpearl
10 4 (0.63%) Oracle Workflow
11 3 (0.47%) IIS
11 3 (0.47%) WebSphere
11 3 (0.47%) Elasticsearch
11 3 (0.47%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 17 (2.66%) MS Office
2 16 (2.50%) MS Excel
3 8 (1.25%) MS Project
4 5 (0.78%) MS Visio
4 5 (0.78%) Photoshop
4 5 (0.78%) Maya
5 4 (0.63%) MS PowerPoint
5 4 (0.63%) Adobe Illustrator
6 2 (0.31%) InfoPath
6 2 (0.31%) 3ds Max
7 1 (0.16%) Simulink
7 1 (0.16%) PrintSoft PReS
7 1 (0.16%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 13 (2.03%) Dynamics AX
2 9 (1.41%) SmartPlant
3 8 (1.25%) Dynamics CRM
4 7 (1.09%) Remedy ITSM
5 3 (0.47%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 3 (0.47%) JDE World
5 3 (0.47%) Markit EDM
5 3 (0.47%) Magento
6 2 (0.31%) Agresso
7 1 (0.16%) SAP FI
7 1 (0.16%) PRMS
7 1 (0.16%) SAP HR
7 1 (0.16%) SAP FI/CO
7 1 (0.16%) SAP CO
7 1 (0.16%) Pivotal CRM
7 1 (0.16%) RMDS
7 1 (0.16%) Sage 1000
7 1 (0.16%) Dynamics NAV
7 1 (0.16%) Sage 200
7 1 (0.16%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.16%) Heroku
1 1 (0.16%) GitHub
1 1 (0.16%) Amazon S3
1 1 (0.16%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (0.16%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 13 (2.03%) HTTP
2 12 (1.88%) TCP/IP
3 11 (1.72%) FTP
4 8 (1.25%) Internet
5 6 (0.94%) Multicast
6 3 (0.47%) SNMP
7 2 (0.31%) Extranet
7 2 (0.31%) Intranet
7 2 (0.31%) DNS
7 2 (0.31%) SMS
8 1 (0.16%) LDAP
8 1 (0.16%) SMTP
8 1 (0.16%) DHCP
8 1 (0.16%) RIP
8 1 (0.16%) SSL
8 1 (0.16%) 2G
8 1 (0.16%) DVB
8 1 (0.16%) Telnet
8 1 (0.16%) 3G
8 1 (0.16%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 101 (15.78%) SQL Server
2 60 (9.38%) Oracle Database
3 36 (5.63%) Relational Database
4 30 (4.69%) SQL Server 2008
5 27 (4.22%) RDBMS
6 26 (4.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 22 (3.44%) Oracle Reports
8 21 (3.28%) Oracle Database 11g
8 21 (3.28%) DB2
9 20 (3.13%) MySQL
9 20 (3.13%) MS Access
10 19 (2.97%) Base SAS
11 18 (2.81%) Oracle Database 10g
12 17 (2.66%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 16 (2.50%) SQL Server 2012
13 16 (2.50%) Data Warehouse
14 15 (2.34%) SAS Enterprise Guide
15 14 (2.19%) SQL Server 2005
16 13 (2.03%) SAS Data Integration Studio
17 11 (1.72%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 44 (6.88%) Visual Studio
2 29 (4.53%) Team Foundation Server
3 21 (3.28%) Subversion
4 15 (2.34%) Eclipse
5 13 (2.03%) Oracle APEX
6 12 (1.88%) Jenkins
7 10 (1.56%) Git (software)
7 10 (1.56%) JIRA
8 9 (1.41%) Maven
9 8 (1.25%) Cucumber
9 8 (1.25%) RSpec
9 8 (1.25%) NUnit
9 8 (1.25%) Toad
10 7 (1.09%) Ant
10 7 (1.09%) Jasmine
11 6 (0.94%) TeamCity
11 6 (0.94%) WebSpeed
11 6 (0.94%) JUnit
11 6 (0.94%) PVCS
12 5 (0.78%) Selenium
General
1 118 (18.44%) Finance
2 85 (13.28%) Banking
3 25 (3.91%) Investment Banking
4 21 (3.28%) Games
5 19 (2.97%) Telecoms
6 17 (2.66%) Pharmaceutical
7 16 (2.50%) Front Office
8 14 (2.19%) Retail
9 9 (1.41%) Financial Institution
10 6 (0.94%) Military
11 5 (0.78%) Manufacturing
11 5 (0.78%) Marketing
12 4 (0.63%) Legal
13 3 (0.47%) Law
13 3 (0.47%) International Banking
14 2 (0.31%) Local Government
14 2 (0.31%) Spanish Language
14 2 (0.31%) Advertising
14 2 (0.31%) Publishing
14 2 (0.31%) Back Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 145 (22.66%) .NET
2 76 (11.88%) HTML
3 65 (10.16%) ASP.NET
4 64 (10.00%) XML
5 63 (9.84%) CSS
6 54 (8.44%) Web Services
7 49 (7.66%) jQuery
8 27 (4.22%) Spring
9 24 (3.75%) WCF
10 22 (3.44%) JSON
10 22 (3.44%) ASP.NET MVC
11 20 (3.13%) .NET Framework
12 18 (2.81%) Hibernate
13 15 (2.34%) SOAP
13 15 (2.34%) Middleware
13 15 (2.34%) HTML5
14 14 (2.19%) J2EE
15 13 (2.03%) Ruby on Rails
15 13 (2.03%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
15 13 (2.03%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 40 (6.25%) Mainframe
2 33 (5.16%) Computer Science
3 28 (4.38%) Analytical Skills
4 26 (4.06%) Mathematics
5 25 (3.91%) Open Source
6 22 (3.44%) Data Structures
7 18 (2.81%) Derivative
8 16 (2.50%) AS400
8 16 (2.50%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 12 (1.88%) IBM Mainframe
10 11 (1.72%) Algorithms
11 9 (1.41%) Fixed Income
12 8 (1.25%) iSeries
12 8 (1.25%) Spread Betting
12 8 (1.25%) 3D Graphics
13 7 (1.09%) NHS
13 7 (1.09%) Enterprise Software
13 7 (1.09%) Visualisation
14 6 (0.94%) Data Integration
14 6 (0.94%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 58 (9.06%) UNIX
2 53 (8.28%) Linux
3 47 (7.34%) Windows
4 23 (3.59%) zOS
5 13 (2.03%) Windows 7
6 12 (1.88%) Solaris
7 10 (1.56%) Apple iOS
8 8 (1.25%) Android
9 5 (0.78%) AIX
9 5 (0.78%) Ubuntu
10 3 (0.47%) MVS
10 3 (0.47%) Mac OS X
11 2 (0.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 2 (0.31%) Windows Server 2008
11 2 (0.31%) Oracle Linux
11 2 (0.31%) HPUX
12 1 (0.16%) OS/400
12 1 (0.16%) Windows Server 2003
12 1 (0.16%) OS/390
12 1 (0.16%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 103 (16.09%) Agile Software Development
2 59 (9.22%) OO
3 53 (8.28%) TDD
4 49 (7.66%) Software Engineering
5 41 (6.41%) MVC
6 38 (5.94%) Business Intelligence
7 34 (5.31%) Scrum
7 34 (5.31%) Data Modelling
8 25 (3.91%) Migration
9 24 (3.75%) Continuous Integration
10 21 (3.28%) ETL
10 21 (3.28%) Data Analysis
11 20 (3.13%) Multithreading
11 20 (3.13%) Unit Testing
12 18 (2.81%) OOP
13 17 (2.66%) Performance Tuning
13 17 (2.66%) Analytics
14 16 (2.50%) Low Latency
15 15 (2.34%) Project Management
15 15 (2.34%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 220 (34.38%) SQL
2 138 (21.56%) C#
3 129 (20.16%) Java
4 95 (14.84%) JavaScript
5 66 (10.31%) PL/SQL
6 64 (10.00%) C++
7 50 (7.81%) Python
8 48 (7.50%) VB.NET
9 36 (5.63%) PHP
10 30 (4.69%) VB
11 26 (4.06%) C
12 24 (3.75%) COBOL
13 20 (3.13%) T-SQL
14 19 (2.97%) RPG
15 18 (2.81%) VB6
15 18 (2.81%) Ruby
15 18 (2.81%) Shell Script
15 18 (2.81%) Perl
16 15 (2.34%) VBA
17 14 (2.19%) RPG IV
Qualifications
1 38 (5.94%) Security Cleared
2 35 (5.47%) Degree
3 25 (3.91%) SC Cleared
4 6 (0.94%) ITIL Certification
5 5 (0.78%) DV Cleared
6 3 (0.47%) Oracle Certification
7 2 (0.31%) OCPJP
7 2 (0.31%) Sun Certification
8 1 (0.16%) OCP
8 1 (0.16%) OCA
8 1 (0.16%) HNC
8 1 (0.16%) HND
8 1 (0.16%) SAS Certification
8 1 (0.16%) OCAJ
8 1 (0.16%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (3.59%) QA
2 14 (2.19%) CDISC
3 2 (0.31%) HL7
3 2 (0.31%) DICOM
4 1 (0.16%) GCP
4 1 (0.16%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.16%) COBIT
System Software
1 11 (1.72%) RACF
2 8 (1.25%) ACF2
3 5 (0.78%) HDFS
3 5 (0.78%) Docker
3 5 (0.78%) Apache Flume
4 3 (0.47%) Samba
5 2 (0.31%) VMware ESX
6 1 (0.16%) Cronacle
6 1 (0.16%) vSphere
6 1 (0.16%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (0.47%) Puppet
2 2 (0.31%) Opscode Chef
2 2 (0.31%) Graphite
2 2 (0.31%) Control-M
2 2 (0.31%) OPNET
3 1 (0.16%) Tivoli
3 1 (0.16%) CA Endevor
3 1 (0.16%) logstash
3 1 (0.16%) Kibana
3 1 (0.16%) Opsview
3 1 (0.16%) SCCM
Vendors
1 138 (21.56%) Oracle
2 59 (9.22%) Microsoft
3 24 (3.75%) IBM
4 16 (2.50%) Informatica
4 16 (2.50%) SAP
5 9 (1.41%) Sybase
6 8 (1.25%) Remedy
7 7 (1.09%) Business Objects
7 7 (1.09%) Intergraph
8 6 (0.94%) Teradata
9 5 (0.78%) Adobe
9 5 (0.78%) Unisys
9 5 (0.78%) Zend
10 4 (0.63%) Syncsort
10 4 (0.63%) Google
10 4 (0.63%) CA
10 4 (0.63%) Charles River
11 3 (0.47%) HP
11 3 (0.47%) BMC
11 3 (0.47%) JD Edwards
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