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 29 August 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
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Programmer
Rank 296 238 215
Rank change year-on-year
-58 -23
Contract jobs requiring a Programmer 361 440 506
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.64% 0.83% 0.87%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.69% 0.90% 0.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 245 241 281
Average daily rate
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£365 £350 £348
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.28% +0.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £213 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £319
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 6 24
Average hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £31.80
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +10.06%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.50 £31.25 £22.32
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.45 £47.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.25 £35.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year
-10.71% +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
52093 48868 53723
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.10% 92.73% 92.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 31576 29013 30174
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £233 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2015 2118 2639
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.85% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -5.55%

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 29 August 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 29 August 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 29 August 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 -65 327 £365 +4.28% 105
London -20 142 £400 -0.49% 51
South East -23 88 £325 - 17
City of London 0 29 £425 -11.68% 15
Berkshire +23 28 £325 +19.26% 2
East of England -17 25 £325 - 6
Scotland -11 22 £355 +18.33% 10
South West -35 22 £300 -7.69% 8
Hampshire -10 21 £365 +11.62% 4
Surrey -12 20 £325 +36.84% 5
Edinburgh 0 17 £243 -19.16% 2
Buckinghamshire -6 16 £365 -8.75% 1
West Midlands -29 16 £288 +25.00% 5
North West -11 15 £338 +39.17% 5
Reading +20 14 £330 +1.53% 1
East Midlands -4 12 £263 -0.94% 4
Cambridgeshire 0 11 £320 -11.72% 2
Manchester -4 11 £350 +21.73% 5
Bristol -15 11 £300 -14.28% 5
Oxfordshire +1 10 £300 +100.00% 3
Southampton -3 10 £388 +29.16%
Peterborough +16 9 £305 - 1
West Yorkshire -6 9 £375 +105.47% 4
Yorkshire -12 9 £375 +56.25% 5
Slough +5 8 £325 -
Epsom +4 6 £230 -42.50%
Milton Keynes -10 6 £280 -34.11%
Suffolk - 6 £375 - 1
Maidenhead -3 5 £325 +160.00%
Coventry -17 5 £300 +93.54%

Programmer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 August 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.

1 205 (29.16%) SQL
2 158 (22.48%) HTML
3 155 (22.05%) .NET
4 154 (21.91%) JavaScript
5 151 (21.48%) C#
6 142 (20.20%) SQL Server
7 141 (20.06%) Finance
8 129 (18.35%) CSS
9 93 (13.23%) Java
10 80 (11.38%) Oracle
10 80 (11.38%) ASP.NET
11 77 (10.95%) Windows
11 77 (10.95%) TDD
12 75 (10.67%) MVC
12 75 (10.67%) jQuery
13 74 (10.53%) SAS
14 72 (10.24%) XML
15 71 (10.10%) Agile Software Development
16 69 (9.82%) Linux
17 65 (9.25%) HTML5
18 64 (9.10%) OO
19 63 (8.96%) Web Services
20 58 (8.25%) Software Engineering
20 58 (8.25%) C++
21 56 (7.97%) Degree
22 52 (7.40%) Ruby
23 51 (7.25%) Ruby on Rails
23 51 (7.25%) Microsoft
24 49 (6.97%) CSS3
25 48 (6.83%) Banking

Programmer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 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 74 (10.53%) SAS
2 32 (4.55%) Node.js
3 30 (4.27%) WebSphere
4 26 (3.70%) SharePoint
5 19 (2.70%) Elasticsearch
6 17 (2.42%) CICS
7 14 (1.99%) CMS
8 13 (1.85%) IIS
9 10 (1.42%) Apache
9 10 (1.42%) WebLogic
9 10 (1.42%) BizTalk Server
10 8 (1.14%) Tomcat
10 8 (1.14%) MQSeries
11 7 (1.00%) WebSphere Application Server
11 7 (1.00%) Escenic
11 7 (1.00%) Adobe CQ
12 4 (0.57%) SharePoint 2013
12 4 (0.57%) SharePoint 2010
12 4 (0.57%) Drupal
13 3 (0.43%) Moodle
Applications
1 26 (3.70%) MS Excel
2 13 (1.85%) MS Office
3 5 (0.71%) InfoPath
4 3 (0.43%) Photoshop
5 2 (0.28%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.28%) Maya
5 2 (0.28%) Adobe Illustrator
5 2 (0.28%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.14%) Revit
6 1 (0.14%) Adobe After Effects
6 1 (0.14%) 3ds Max
6 1 (0.14%) CATIA
6 1 (0.14%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.14%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 8 (1.14%) Dynamics CRM
1 8 (1.14%) Dynamics AX
2 5 (0.71%) Markit EDM
2 5 (0.71%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 3 (0.43%) Cognos Business Intelligence
4 2 (0.28%) SAP PM
5 1 (0.14%) Pivotal CRM
5 1 (0.14%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.14%) SyteLine
5 1 (0.14%) Line 500
5 1 (0.14%) Sage 1000
5 1 (0.14%) SAP IS-U
5 1 (0.14%) Magento
5 1 (0.14%) Oracle BPM
5 1 (0.14%) Tridion
5 1 (0.14%) SAP FI
5 1 (0.14%) Endur
5 1 (0.14%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.14%) Staffware
5 1 (0.14%) Oracle CRM
Cloud Services
1 8 (1.14%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (0.57%) GitHub
3 3 (0.43%) Cloud Computing
4 2 (0.28%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (0.14%) SaaS
5 1 (0.14%) Heroku
5 1 (0.14%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 20 (2.84%) TCP/IP
2 19 (2.70%) HTTP
3 17 (2.42%) Internet
4 7 (1.00%) FTP
5 6 (0.85%) DNS
6 4 (0.57%) IPv4
6 4 (0.57%) IPv6
6 4 (0.57%) SMTP
6 4 (0.57%) Intranet
7 3 (0.43%) DVB
8 2 (0.28%) MPLS
8 2 (0.28%) Extranet
8 2 (0.28%) VPN
8 2 (0.28%) Firewall
8 2 (0.28%) IPsec
8 2 (0.28%) Reverse Proxy
8 2 (0.28%) Multicast
8 2 (0.28%) WAN
8 2 (0.28%) LDAP
8 2 (0.28%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 142 (20.20%) SQL Server
2 40 (5.69%) MySQL
3 34 (4.84%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 33 (4.69%) SQL Server 2008
5 31 (4.41%) Relational Database
6 30 (4.27%) Base SAS
7 28 (3.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 27 (3.84%) DB2
9 25 (3.56%) NoSQL
10 24 (3.41%) Redis
10 24 (3.41%) Apache Cassandra
11 22 (3.13%) Oracle Database
12 17 (2.42%) SQL Server 2012
12 17 (2.42%) RDBMS
13 15 (2.13%) SQL Server 2005
14 13 (1.85%) Data Warehouse
15 12 (1.71%) Crystal Reports
15 12 (1.71%) Big Data
16 10 (1.42%) OLAP
16 10 (1.42%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 39 (5.55%) Visual Studio
2 33 (4.69%) Git (software)
3 13 (1.85%) Subversion
4 12 (1.71%) Team Foundation Server
4 12 (1.71%) Jasmine
5 9 (1.28%) RSpec
5 9 (1.28%) Cucumber
5 9 (1.28%) Maven
5 9 (1.28%) Eclipse
6 7 (1.00%) NUnit
6 7 (1.00%) GDB
7 6 (0.85%) MSBuild
7 6 (0.85%) Rhino Mocks
8 5 (0.71%) TeamCity
8 5 (0.71%) WebSpeed
8 5 (0.71%) Oracle Forms
9 4 (0.57%) Mercurial
10 3 (0.43%) GoogleTest
10 3 (0.43%) Redmine
10 3 (0.43%) LabVIEW
General
1 141 (20.06%) Finance
2 48 (6.83%) Banking
3 31 (4.41%) Games
4 24 (3.41%) Pharmaceutical
5 18 (2.56%) Retail
5 18 (2.56%) Investment Banking
6 16 (2.28%) Front Office
7 11 (1.56%) Manufacturing
8 10 (1.42%) Back Office
9 9 (1.28%) Financial Institution
9 9 (1.28%) Telecoms
9 9 (1.28%) Marketing
10 7 (1.00%) Advertising
11 4 (0.57%) International Banking
11 4 (0.57%) French Language
12 3 (0.43%) iGaming
12 3 (0.43%) Publishing
12 3 (0.43%) Electronics
13 2 (0.28%) Automotive
14 1 (0.14%) Law
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 158 (22.48%) HTML
2 155 (22.05%) .NET
3 129 (18.35%) CSS
4 80 (11.38%) ASP.NET
5 75 (10.67%) jQuery
6 72 (10.24%) XML
7 65 (9.25%) HTML5
8 63 (8.96%) Web Services
9 51 (7.25%) Ruby on Rails
10 49 (6.97%) CSS3
11 43 (6.12%) WCF
12 39 (5.55%) Spring
13 36 (5.12%) LAMP
14 33 (4.69%) AngularJS
15 32 (4.55%) .NET Framework
15 32 (4.55%) JSON
16 31 (4.41%) ASP.NET MVC
17 26 (3.70%) KnockoutJS
17 26 (3.70%) Ember.js
17 26 (3.70%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 36 (5.12%) Mainframe
2 23 (3.27%) Open Source
3 20 (2.84%) Computer Science
4 19 (2.70%) Wiki
5 18 (2.56%) AS400
6 15 (2.13%) Derivative
7 12 (1.71%) Mobile App
8 11 (1.56%) Mathematics
9 10 (1.42%) IBM Mainframe
10 9 (1.28%) iSeries
10 9 (1.28%) Statistics
11 7 (1.00%) Management Information System
11 7 (1.00%) Client/Server
12 6 (0.85%) N-Tier
12 6 (0.85%) W3C
12 6 (0.85%) Market Risk
13 5 (0.71%) Social Gaming
13 5 (0.71%) GIS
14 4 (0.57%) DTV
14 4 (0.57%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 77 (10.95%) Windows
2 69 (9.82%) Linux
3 46 (6.54%) UNIX
4 21 (2.99%) zOS
5 13 (1.85%) Apple iOS
6 12 (1.71%) Mac OS X
7 11 (1.56%) Solaris
8 9 (1.28%) Windows Server 2003
9 8 (1.14%) AIX
10 7 (1.00%) Windows Server 2008
11 6 (0.85%) Android
12 4 (0.57%) OS/390
13 3 (0.43%) MVS
14 2 (0.28%) HPUX
14 2 (0.28%) Debian
14 2 (0.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 2 (0.28%) Windows 8
14 2 (0.28%) Windows 7
15 1 (0.14%) Mac OS
15 1 (0.14%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 77 (10.95%) TDD
2 75 (10.67%) MVC
3 71 (10.10%) Agile Software Development
4 64 (9.10%) OO
5 58 (8.25%) Software Engineering
6 46 (6.54%) Business Intelligence
7 42 (5.97%) Web Development
8 38 (5.41%) BDD
8 38 (5.41%) Web Application Development
9 37 (5.26%) Scrum
10 35 (4.98%) UML
11 34 (4.84%) Migration
12 32 (4.55%) Unit Testing
13 30 (4.27%) Continuous Integration
14 27 (3.84%) Automated Testing
15 26 (3.70%) CRM
16 23 (3.27%) Project Management
17 22 (3.13%) ETL
18 20 (2.84%) Performance Tuning
19 18 (2.56%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 205 (29.16%) SQL
2 154 (21.91%) JavaScript
3 151 (21.48%) C#
4 93 (13.23%) Java
5 58 (8.25%) C++
6 52 (7.40%) Ruby
7 37 (5.26%) PHP
7 37 (5.26%) VB.NET
8 35 (4.98%) RPG
9 30 (4.27%) RPG IV
10 29 (4.13%) VB
10 29 (4.13%) PL/SQL
10 29 (4.13%) T-SQL
11 27 (3.84%) Scala
12 25 (3.56%) Python
13 23 (3.27%) C
14 21 (2.99%) VB6
15 19 (2.70%) Shell Script
16 15 (2.13%) SAS Macro
17 13 (1.85%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 56 (7.97%) Degree
2 20 (2.84%) Security Cleared
3 12 (1.71%) SC Cleared
4 5 (0.71%) DV Cleared
5 3 (0.43%) PhD
6 2 (0.28%) HNC
6 2 (0.28%) HND
6 2 (0.28%) OCP
6 2 (0.28%) OCA
6 2 (0.28%) Oracle Certification
6 2 (0.28%) OCAJ
7 1 (0.14%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 1 (0.14%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 1 (0.14%) A+ Certification
7 1 (0.14%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (2.28%) QA
2 11 (1.56%) CDISC
3 8 (1.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 5 (0.71%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.43%) SLA
6 1 (0.14%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.14%) FINREP
6 1 (0.14%) HL7
System Software
1 16 (2.28%) RACF
2 14 (1.99%) ACF2
3 1 (0.14%) Cronacle
Systems Management
1 6 (0.85%) Capistrano
2 5 (0.71%) Control-M
3 3 (0.43%) Ansible
4 2 (0.28%) Tivoli
4 2 (0.28%) Puppet
4 2 (0.28%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.14%) WMI
5 1 (0.14%) OMEGAMON
Vendors
1 80 (11.38%) Oracle
2 51 (7.25%) Microsoft
3 32 (4.55%) IBM
4 14 (1.99%) SAP
5 13 (1.85%) Progress
5 13 (1.85%) Zend
6 12 (1.71%) Business Objects
7 10 (1.42%) Unisys
7 10 (1.42%) JBoss
7 10 (1.42%) Twitter
8 8 (1.14%) Cisco
8 8 (1.14%) CA
9 7 (1.00%) Salesforce.com
10 6 (0.85%) Cognos
11 5 (0.71%) Sybase
11 5 (0.71%) Confirmit
11 5 (0.71%) Google
11 5 (0.71%) Netezza
12 4 (0.57%) BMC
13 3 (0.43%) TIBCO
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £290 - £325 per day
Posted: 22 hours ago
Guildford, Surrey
Datascope Recruitment
Rate: Up to £300 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol
Huxley Associates
Rate: £30 - £40 per hour + competitive
Posted: Yesterday
Birmingham, Warwickshire
Eclipse I.T. Recruitment
Rate: £ Excellent
Posted: Yesterday
West London
Absolute Solution Limited
Rate: From £380 to £425 per day
Posted: Yesterday
North London
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £0.00 - £1.00 per annum + £Neg per day dep on exp
Posted: 2 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Roc Search
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol
Huxley Associates
Rate: £30 - £40 per hour + competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
Berkshire
TRG
Rate: £325 - £400 Per Day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
G2 Recruitment Solutions Ltd.
Rate: £250 - £251 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £400.00 - £600.00 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
Peterborough
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £300.00 - £340.00 per annum
Posted: 10 days ago
Nottingham
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £280 - £350 per day
Posted: 17 days ago
Leeds
Interquest - ITQ Financial - Tunbridge Wells
Rate: £350 - £475 per day
Posted: 18 days ago
Halifax
Huxley Associates
Rate: £400 - £475 per day + competitive
Posted: 19 days ago
City of London
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 24 days ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £375 - £400 per day
Posted: 24 days ago