The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the UK that had Programmer featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 31 May 2016 with a comparison to same period over 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.

3 months to
31 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Programmer
Rank 466 341 303
Rank change year-on-year
-125 -38
Contract jobs requiring a Programmer 179 301 355
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.33% 0.56% 0.67%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.35% 0.59% 0.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 129 192 235
Median daily rate £395 £350 £364
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.85% -3.78%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £310 £275 £252
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
+10.29% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 11 10
Median hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £41.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -8.53%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.40 £22.85 £34.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £50.00 £45.85
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.50 £38.75 £39.50
% change year-on-year
-47.09% -1.89%

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
50823 51340 50433
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.76% 94.71% 94.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 33235 31856 31169
Median daily rate £425 £400 £393
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +1.91%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1467 2031 2115
Median hourly rate £17.50 £16.83 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.01% -1.02%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £40.50 £39.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £16.16 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+8.29% -2.06%

Programmer
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of IT contracts that featured Programmer in the job title.

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 May 2016.

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 May 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Programmer within the UK over the 3 months to 31 May 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -108 164 £400 +14.28% 83
London -26 64 £400 - 42
South East -63 29 £450 +28.57% 9
North West -7 22 £350 -30.00% 5
East of England +11 17 £400 +17.30% 9
Cheshire +7 15 £350 -34.88% 1
Scotland -8 15 £375 +7.14% 4
West Sussex -29 14 £456 +25.86% 1
Chester - 12 £350 -
West Midlands -8 11 £450 - 3
Crawley -5 9 £450 +24.13%
South West -14 8 £355 +9.23% 4
Cambridgeshire +14 7 £400 +30.08% 2
Edinburgh -7 7 £400 - 1
City of London +14 6 £525 +10.52% 9
Peterborough +12 6 £400 +17.64%
Kent -9 6 - -
Glasgow +7 5 £310 +3.33% 3
Wiltshire -1 4 £365 +4.28%
East Midlands -3 4 £393 +12.14% 2
Manchester -15 4 £420 +39.91% 4
Yorkshire -32 4 £350 +5.66% 8
Essex - 4 £450 - 2
Buckinghamshire +11 3 £450 +33.33% 3
Gatwick +7 3 £375 +15.38%
Hertfordshire +5 3 - - 2
Liverpool +4 3 - -
Merseyside -3 3 - -
South Yorkshire -5 3 £350 - 1
Tyne and Wear -61 3 £338 +17.39% 1

Programmer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 May 2016, Programmer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Programmer in the job title.

1 121 (33.33%) SQL
2 111 (30.58%) Java
3 103 (28.37%) Agile Software Development
4 90 (24.79%) Finance
5 75 (20.66%) JavaScript
6 61 (16.80%) Oracle
6 61 (16.80%) .NET
7 60 (16.53%) HTML
7 60 (16.53%) C#
8 54 (14.88%) SQL Server
8 54 (14.88%) Banking
9 50 (13.77%) CSS
10 48 (13.22%) Unix
11 43 (11.85%) XML
12 40 (11.02%) Analytical Skills
13 39 (10.74%) Linux
13 39 (10.74%) Python
14 38 (10.47%) TDD
15 35 (9.64%) SDLC
16 34 (9.37%) Web Services
17 33 (9.09%) Windows
18 32 (8.82%) OO
19 29 (7.99%) MVC
19 29 (7.99%) Software Engineering
19 29 (7.99%) Degree
20 28 (7.71%) Migration
20 28 (7.71%) ASP.NET
20 28 (7.71%) PL/SQL
21 27 (7.44%) T-SQL
22 26 (7.16%) Microsoft

Programmer Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 24 (6.61%) SAS
2 17 (4.68%) WebSphere
3 15 (4.13%) CMS
4 9 (2.48%) Apache
5 8 (2.20%) CICS
5 8 (2.20%) JBoss
5 8 (2.20%) Node.js
6 7 (1.93%) BizTalk Server
7 5 (1.38%) Apache Pig
7 5 (1.38%) Tomcat
8 4 (1.10%) Apache TomEE
8 4 (1.10%) Jetty
8 4 (1.10%) SharePoint
8 4 (1.10%) Sitecore CMS
8 4 (1.10%) WebLogic
8 4 (1.10%) WebSphere Application Server
9 3 (0.83%) IIS
9 3 (0.83%) Tuxedo
10 2 (0.55%) Apache Spark
10 2 (0.55%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 8 (2.20%) MS Excel
1 8 (2.20%) MS Office
2 4 (1.10%) Photoshop
3 3 (0.83%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (0.55%) SPSS
5 1 (0.28%) MS Project
5 1 (0.28%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 10 (2.75%) Markit EDM
2 5 (1.38%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 4 (1.10%) OpenText Process Suite
4 3 (0.83%) BigMachines
4 3 (0.83%) Eloqua
5 2 (0.55%) Infor LN
6 1 (0.28%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
6 1 (0.28%) Loan IQ
6 1 (0.28%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 4 (1.10%) GitHub
2 3 (0.83%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (0.83%) Cloud Computing
2 3 (0.83%) SaaS
3 2 (0.55%) Office 365
4 1 (0.28%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 5 (1.38%) Intranet
2 4 (1.10%) DNS
2 4 (1.10%) Internet
3 3 (0.83%) TCP/IP
4 2 (0.55%) Firewall
4 2 (0.55%) FTP
4 2 (0.55%) SNA
5 1 (0.28%) HTTP
5 1 (0.28%) LAN
5 1 (0.28%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 54 (14.88%) SQL Server
2 22 (6.06%) Oracle Database
3 16 (4.41%) DB2
4 15 (4.13%) MongoDB
5 13 (3.58%) Base SAS
5 13 (3.58%) Relational Database
6 11 (3.03%) Data Warehouse
6 11 (3.03%) Oracle Database 11g
6 11 (3.03%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 10 (2.75%) NoSQL
8 9 (2.48%) Hadoop
9 8 (2.20%) DataStage
9 8 (2.20%) MySQL
10 7 (1.93%) Crystal Reports
11 5 (1.38%) Apache Hive
11 5 (1.38%) MS Access
11 5 (1.38%) RDBMS
11 5 (1.38%) Sqoop
12 4 (1.10%) BusinessObjects
12 4 (1.10%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 16 (4.41%) Eclipse
1 16 (4.41%) Git (software)
1 16 (4.41%) Subversion
2 12 (3.31%) Jenkins
3 11 (3.03%) Maven
3 11 (3.03%) Visual Studio
4 10 (2.75%) Oracle Forms
5 9 (2.48%) JIRA
5 9 (2.48%) Selenium
6 7 (1.93%) Ant
6 7 (1.93%) ClearCase
6 7 (1.93%) ClearQuest
7 6 (1.65%) Cucumber
7 6 (1.65%) JUnit
8 5 (1.38%) Hudson
8 5 (1.38%) JMeter
8 5 (1.38%) Oracle APEX
9 4 (1.10%) GitLab
9 4 (1.10%) LabVIEW
9 4 (1.10%) Toad
General
1 90 (24.79%) Finance
2 54 (14.88%) Banking
3 16 (4.41%) Investment Banking
4 9 (2.48%) Manufacturing
5 5 (1.38%) Financial Institution
5 5 (1.38%) Front Office
5 5 (1.38%) Games
5 5 (1.38%) Marketing
5 5 (1.38%) Retail
6 4 (1.10%) Aerospace
6 4 (1.10%) Avionics
7 3 (0.83%) Law
7 3 (0.83%) Telecoms
8 2 (0.55%) Military
8 2 (0.55%) Retail Banking
9 1 (0.28%) Back Office
9 1 (0.28%) Legal
9 1 (0.28%) Publishing
9 1 (0.28%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 61 (16.80%) .NET
2 60 (16.53%) HTML
3 50 (13.77%) CSS
4 43 (11.85%) XML
5 34 (9.37%) Web Services
6 28 (7.71%) ASP.NET
7 23 (6.34%) AngularJS
8 22 (6.06%) jQuery
9 20 (5.51%) HTML5
9 20 (5.51%) SOAP
10 16 (4.41%) Spring
11 14 (3.86%) REST
12 13 (3.58%) J2EE
12 13 (3.58%) Java EE
13 12 (3.31%) Ajax
13 12 (3.31%) JSON
14 11 (3.03%) CSS3
14 11 (3.03%) Java SE
15 10 (2.75%) .NET Framework
15 10 (2.75%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 40 (11.02%) Analytical Skills
2 17 (4.68%) Computer Science
3 15 (4.13%) Mobile App
4 11 (3.03%) AS400
4 11 (3.03%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 11 (3.03%) N-Tier
5 10 (2.75%) Derivative
5 10 (2.75%) Equities
5 10 (2.75%) Mainframe
6 9 (2.48%) User Experience
7 8 (2.20%) Fixed Income
8 6 (1.65%) Algorithms
8 6 (1.65%) Animation
8 6 (1.65%) Enterprise Software
8 6 (1.65%) Equity Derivative
9 5 (1.38%) Credit Risk
9 5 (1.38%) Data Integration
9 5 (1.38%) Inversion of Control
9 5 (1.38%) Life Science
9 5 (1.38%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 48 (13.22%) Unix
2 39 (10.74%) Linux
3 33 (9.09%) Windows
4 13 (3.58%) Apple iOS
5 9 (2.48%) Android
6 6 (1.65%) Windows Server
7 4 (1.10%) Windows Server 2003
7 4 (1.10%) Windows Server 2012
8 3 (0.83%) VME
8 3 (0.83%) Windows 7
9 2 (0.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.28%) FreeBSD
10 1 (0.28%) OS/400
10 1 (0.28%) SUSE
10 1 (0.28%) Windows 10
10 1 (0.28%) Windows 2000 Server
10 1 (0.28%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (0.28%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 103 (28.37%) Agile Software Development
2 38 (10.47%) TDD
3 35 (9.64%) SDLC
4 32 (8.82%) OO
5 29 (7.99%) MVC
5 29 (7.99%) Software Engineering
6 28 (7.71%) Migration
7 25 (6.89%) Web Development
8 22 (6.06%) UML
9 21 (5.79%) Scrum
10 16 (4.41%) BDD
10 16 (4.41%) Waterfall
11 15 (4.13%) Continuous Integration
11 15 (4.13%) Validation
12 13 (3.58%) CRM
12 13 (3.58%) Multithreading
12 13 (3.58%) Risk Management
12 13 (3.58%) Unit Testing
13 12 (3.31%) Electronic Trading
13 12 (3.31%) OOD
Programming Languages
1 121 (33.33%) SQL
2 111 (30.58%) Java
3 75 (20.66%) JavaScript
4 60 (16.53%) C#
5 39 (10.74%) Python
6 28 (7.71%) PL/SQL
7 27 (7.44%) T-SQL
8 18 (4.96%) C++
9 17 (4.68%) COBOL
10 14 (3.86%) C
10 14 (3.86%) Shell Script
11 12 (3.31%) VB
12 10 (2.75%) PHP
13 9 (2.48%) Perl
13 9 (2.48%) R
13 9 (2.48%) RPG
14 8 (2.20%) Objective-C
15 7 (1.93%) VBA
16 6 (1.65%) SAS Macro
17 5 (1.38%) Scala
Qualifications
1 29 (7.99%) Degree
2 10 (2.75%) Security Cleared
3 7 (1.93%) SC Cleared
4 3 (0.83%) DV Cleared
5 2 (0.55%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (0.28%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (0.28%) ISEB
6 1 (0.28%) ISTQB
6 1 (0.28%) PhD
6 1 (0.28%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (1.65%) Data Quality
2 5 (1.38%) QA
3 4 (1.10%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (0.83%) ISO15022
4 3 (0.83%) ISO20022
5 2 (0.55%) CDISC
5 2 (0.55%) GCP
5 2 (0.55%) HL7
5 2 (0.55%) MiFID
6 1 (0.28%) Dodd-Frank
6 1 (0.28%) EMIR
6 1 (0.28%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 5 (1.38%) Apache Flume
1 5 (1.38%) HDFS
2 3 (0.83%) Active Directory
2 3 (0.83%) Docker
3 2 (0.55%) Samba
3 2 (0.55%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.28%) Citrix Presentation Server
4 1 (0.28%) MetaFrame
4 1 (0.28%) Platform Symphony
4 1 (0.28%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 5 (1.38%) Puppet
2 3 (0.83%) Control-M
3 1 (0.28%) Backup Exec
3 1 (0.28%) Dokku
3 1 (0.28%) OMEGAMON
Vendors
1 61 (16.80%) Oracle
2 26 (7.16%) Microsoft
3 18 (4.96%) Sybase
4 16 (4.41%) IBM
5 7 (1.93%) Informatica
5 7 (1.93%) ION Trading
5 7 (1.93%) Reuters
5 7 (1.93%) SAP
6 6 (1.65%) Apple
6 6 (1.65%) DataSynapse
6 6 (1.65%) Sitecore
6 6 (1.65%) Unisys
7 5 (1.38%) WSO2
8 4 (1.10%) FatWire
8 4 (1.10%) Red Hat
8 4 (1.10%) VMware
9 3 (0.83%) CA
9 3 (0.83%) Salesforce.com
9 3 (0.83%) ServiceNow
9 3 (0.83%) Siebel
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