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 14 February 2016 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
14 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Programmer
Rank 427 331 244
Rank change year-on-year
-96 -87
Contract jobs requiring a Programmer 203 315 431
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.39% 0.62% 0.88%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.42% 0.65% 0.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 127 206 271
Average daily rate £375 £366 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.38% +4.64%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £288 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £516 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+15.38% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 10 14
Average hourly rate £15.00 £43.75 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-65.71% +34.61%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £42.50 £32.50
% change year-on-year
-64.70% +30.76%

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
48768 48345 46356
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.58% 94.48% 94.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 31355 30091 27314
Average daily rate £413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £565
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1699 1902 2042
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.22 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.62% -1.60%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -

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 14 February 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 14 February 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Programmer within the UK over the 3 months to 14 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 -82 186 £375 - 136
London -49 67 £388 -13.88% 42
South East -19 41 £400 +23.07% 22
City of London +28 20 £450 -10.00% 7
Yorkshire +1 20 £344 -9.53% 12
South West -18 15 £475 +53.22% 6
North West -8 14 £331 -4.33% 7
West Yorkshire -1 13 £344 -4.51% 8
Scotland -10 13 £400 +13.47% 5
Buckinghamshire +10 12 £425 +14.86% 3
Edinburgh -8 12 £400 +18.51% 3
East of England +7 11 £400 +25.98% 23
Milton Keynes +4 11 £413 +10.00% 2
Leeds -9 11 £344 - 6
Surrey -14 9 £420 +29.23%
West Midlands -16 9 £364 +3.19% 13
Wiltshire -1 6 £500 +73.91% 1
Kent -2 6 £250 -30.06% 3
South Yorkshire -10 6 £350 -12.50% 3
Trowbridge - 6 £500 -
Sheffield -12 5 £338 -15.62% 3
East Midlands -12 5 - - 8
Manchester -21 5 £306 -23.43% 3
West Sussex +9 4 £375 -21.05% 2
Somerset +5 4 - - 1
Leicestershire -3 4 - -
Lancashire -4 4 £265 -13.11% 1
Birmingham -4 4 £340 - 4
North East -26 4 £350 +16.66% 3
Tyne and Wear -27 4 £350 +16.66% 2

Programmer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 14 February 2016, 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.

1 181 (34.22%) SQL
2 136 (25.71%) Agile Software Development
3 130 (24.57%) Finance
4 129 (24.39%) Java
5 119 (22.50%) JavaScript
6 107 (20.23%) HTML
7 99 (18.71%) C#
8 90 (17.01%) SQL Server
9 88 (16.64%) .NET
10 77 (14.56%) Oracle
11 74 (13.99%) SAS
12 67 (12.67%) TDD
12 67 (12.67%) CSS
12 67 (12.67%) XML
13 66 (12.48%) Unix
14 59 (11.15%) Analytical Skills
15 57 (10.78%) Microsoft
16 54 (10.21%) HTML5
17 51 (9.64%) Windows
18 49 (9.26%) Banking
19 48 (9.07%) Linux
20 46 (8.70%) C++
21 43 (8.13%) Python
21 43 (8.13%) AngularJS
22 42 (7.94%) Base SAS
22 42 (7.94%) ASP.NET
23 39 (7.37%) Web Services
24 38 (7.18%) Visual Studio
24 38 (7.18%) OO
25 36 (6.81%) jQuery

Programmer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 14 February 2016, 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 (13.99%) SAS
2 23 (4.35%) BizTalk Server
3 19 (3.59%) WebSphere
4 13 (2.46%) SharePoint
5 12 (2.27%) JBoss
6 10 (1.89%) Apache
6 10 (1.89%) CMS
7 9 (1.70%) WebLogic
8 8 (1.51%) SharePoint 2013
8 8 (1.51%) WebSphere Application Server
9 7 (1.32%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 7 (1.32%) Node.js
9 7 (1.32%) SharePoint 2010
9 7 (1.32%) Tomcat
10 5 (0.95%) Apache Pig
10 5 (0.95%) CICS
11 4 (0.76%) Apache TomEE
11 4 (0.76%) Jetty
11 4 (0.76%) SharePoint Foundation
12 3 (0.57%) WordPress
Applications
1 27 (5.10%) MS Excel
2 19 (3.59%) MS Office
3 6 (1.13%) InfoPath
4 5 (0.95%) MS PowerPoint
5 4 (0.76%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.38%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.19%) 3ds Max
7 1 (0.19%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.19%) MS Project
7 1 (0.19%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.19%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 14 (2.65%) Eloqua
2 13 (2.46%) BigMachines
2 13 (2.46%) Markit EDM
3 7 (1.32%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 5 (0.95%) BPCS
4 5 (0.95%) OpenText Process Suite
5 4 (0.76%) Dynamics AX
5 4 (0.76%) Dynamics CRM
6 3 (0.57%) Dynamics GP
6 3 (0.57%) Dynamics NAV
6 3 (0.57%) Sage X3
7 2 (0.38%) Magento
7 2 (0.38%) Oracle BPM
7 2 (0.38%) SmartPlant
8 1 (0.19%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 13 (2.46%) Cloud Computing
1 13 (2.46%) SaaS
2 10 (1.89%) Amazon AWS
3 7 (1.32%) GitHub
4 4 (0.76%) Microsoft Azure
5 1 (0.19%) Amazon ELB
5 1 (0.19%) AWS CloudFormation
5 1 (0.19%) Office 365
5 1 (0.19%) PaaS
5 1 (0.19%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 9 (1.70%) Intranet
2 8 (1.51%) HTTP
3 6 (1.13%) FTP
4 3 (0.57%) Internet
4 3 (0.57%) SMTP
5 2 (0.38%) DNS
5 2 (0.38%) LDAP
5 2 (0.38%) TCP/IP
6 1 (0.19%) Firewall
6 1 (0.19%) GPRS
6 1 (0.19%) GSM
6 1 (0.19%) HTTPS
6 1 (0.19%) IPsec
6 1 (0.19%) Multicast
6 1 (0.19%) OpenVPN
6 1 (0.19%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 90 (17.01%) SQL Server
2 42 (7.94%) Base SAS
3 30 (5.67%) Oracle Database
4 28 (5.29%) Relational Database
5 27 (5.10%) MySQL
6 26 (4.91%) DB2
7 23 (4.35%) MongoDB
8 18 (3.40%) Data Warehouse
9 14 (2.65%) Big Data
10 13 (2.46%) BusinessObjects
10 13 (2.46%) RDBMS
10 13 (2.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 12 (2.27%) MS Access
11 12 (2.27%) SAS Enterprise Guide
11 12 (2.27%) SQL Server 2008
12 11 (2.08%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 10 (1.89%) Oracle Database 11g
14 8 (1.51%) Hadoop
14 8 (1.51%) NoSQL
15 7 (1.32%) Spotfire
Development Applications
1 38 (7.18%) Visual Studio
2 29 (5.48%) Eclipse
3 28 (5.29%) Git (software)
4 27 (5.10%) Team Foundation Server
5 21 (3.97%) Jenkins
5 21 (3.97%) Subversion
6 15 (2.84%) JIRA
7 14 (2.65%) Oracle APEX
8 12 (2.27%) Maven
9 10 (1.89%) ClearCase
9 10 (1.89%) JUnit
9 10 (1.89%) Selenium
10 8 (1.51%) ClearQuest
10 8 (1.51%) Cucumber
11 6 (1.13%) Ant
11 6 (1.13%) Toad
12 5 (0.95%) JMeter
13 4 (0.76%) Eclipse RCP
13 4 (0.76%) GitLab
14 3 (0.57%) RSpec
General
1 130 (24.57%) Finance
2 49 (9.26%) Banking
3 17 (3.21%) Games
4 15 (2.84%) Manufacturing
5 14 (2.65%) Investment Banking
6 8 (1.51%) Retail
6 8 (1.51%) Telecoms
7 7 (1.32%) Marketing
7 7 (1.32%) Pharmaceutical
8 5 (0.95%) Aerospace
9 4 (0.76%) Front Office
9 4 (0.76%) Local Government
10 3 (0.57%) Advertising
10 3 (0.57%) Automotive
10 3 (0.57%) Danish Language
10 3 (0.57%) Dutch Language
10 3 (0.57%) Electronics
10 3 (0.57%) Financial Institution
10 3 (0.57%) German Language
10 3 (0.57%) Norwegian Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 107 (20.23%) HTML
2 88 (16.64%) .NET
3 67 (12.67%) CSS
3 67 (12.67%) XML
4 54 (10.21%) HTML5
5 43 (8.13%) AngularJS
6 42 (7.94%) ASP.NET
7 39 (7.37%) Web Services
8 36 (6.81%) jQuery
9 25 (4.73%) SOAP
10 20 (3.78%) WCF
11 19 (3.59%) JMS
11 19 (3.59%) XSLT
12 18 (3.40%) CSS3
13 17 (3.21%) ASP.NET MVC
14 16 (3.02%) Java EE
14 16 (3.02%) Spring
15 15 (2.84%) .NET Framework
15 15 (2.84%) REST
16 14 (2.65%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 59 (11.15%) Analytical Skills
2 21 (3.97%) Mobile App
3 20 (3.78%) Computer Science
4 18 (3.40%) AS400
5 17 (3.21%) Visualisation
6 15 (2.84%) User Experience
7 13 (2.46%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 12 (2.27%) Fixed Income
8 12 (2.27%) Mainframe
9 11 (2.08%) Derivative
9 11 (2.08%) iSeries
9 11 (2.08%) Life Science
10 8 (1.51%) Algorithms
10 8 (1.51%) Animation
10 8 (1.51%) Enterprise Software
10 8 (1.51%) Equities
10 8 (1.51%) Equity Derivative
10 8 (1.51%) N-Tier
11 7 (1.32%) Biology
11 7 (1.32%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 66 (12.48%) Unix
2 51 (9.64%) Windows
3 48 (9.07%) Linux
4 23 (4.35%) Apple iOS
5 20 (3.78%) Android
6 10 (1.89%) Windows 7
7 8 (1.51%) Windows 8
8 7 (1.32%) zOS
9 4 (0.76%) VME
10 3 (0.57%) Solaris
10 3 (0.57%) Windows XP
11 2 (0.38%) MVS
11 2 (0.38%) Windows Server
12 1 (0.19%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1 (0.19%) Ubuntu
12 1 (0.19%) Windows 2000 Server
12 1 (0.19%) Windows Phone
12 1 (0.19%) Windows Server 2008
12 1 (0.19%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 136 (25.71%) Agile Software Development
2 67 (12.67%) TDD
3 38 (7.18%) OO
4 34 (6.43%) Software Engineering
5 32 (6.05%) MVC
6 31 (5.86%) Migration
7 29 (5.48%) Scrum
7 29 (5.48%) SDLC
8 26 (4.91%) CRM
8 26 (4.91%) Web Development
9 24 (4.54%) BDD
9 24 (4.54%) Continuous Integration
9 24 (4.54%) Validation
10 22 (4.16%) UML
11 20 (3.78%) Business Intelligence
12 18 (3.40%) Unit Testing
13 16 (3.02%) iOS Development
13 16 (3.02%) Stakeholder Management
13 16 (3.02%) User Acceptance Testing
13 16 (3.02%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 181 (34.22%) SQL
2 129 (24.39%) Java
3 119 (22.50%) JavaScript
4 99 (18.71%) C#
5 46 (8.70%) C++
6 43 (8.13%) Python
7 33 (6.24%) PL/SQL
8 32 (6.05%) T-SQL
9 24 (4.54%) PHP
10 23 (4.35%) C
10 23 (4.35%) VB
11 20 (3.78%) Shell Script
12 16 (3.02%) Perl
13 15 (2.84%) RPG
14 14 (2.65%) VBA
15 13 (2.46%) R
16 12 (2.27%) Apex Code
16 12 (2.27%) COBOL
17 11 (2.08%) Objective-C
17 11 (2.08%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 30 (5.67%) Degree
2 22 (4.16%) Security Cleared
3 16 (3.02%) SC Cleared
4 6 (1.13%) SAS Certification
5 4 (0.76%) Postgraduate
6 3 (0.57%) BC Cleared
6 3 (0.57%) ISEB
6 3 (0.57%) PhD
7 2 (0.38%) DV Cleared
8 1 (0.19%) DBS Check
8 1 (0.19%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (1.51%) Data Quality
1 8 (1.51%) QA
2 3 (0.57%) SLA
3 2 (0.38%) 21 CFR Part 11
3 2 (0.38%) CDISC
3 2 (0.38%) MiFID
4 1 (0.19%) Dodd-Frank
4 1 (0.19%) EMIR
4 1 (0.19%) ISO 8583
4 1 (0.19%) SDET
System Software
1 5 (0.95%) Apache Flume
1 5 (0.95%) HDFS
2 1 (0.19%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.19%) Citrix Presentation Server
2 1 (0.19%) Cygwin
2 1 (0.19%) Docker
2 1 (0.19%) MetaFrame
2 1 (0.19%) Oracle RAC
2 1 (0.19%) RACF
2 1 (0.19%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.19%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 5 (0.95%) Puppet
2 3 (0.57%) Control-M
3 2 (0.38%) Dollar Universe
3 2 (0.38%) OMEGAMON
4 1 (0.19%) Backup Exec
4 1 (0.19%) DBAmp
4 1 (0.19%) Dokku
4 1 (0.19%) Fluentd
4 1 (0.19%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (0.19%) Jitterbit
Vendors
1 77 (14.56%) Oracle
2 57 (10.78%) Microsoft
3 25 (4.73%) IBM
4 21 (3.97%) Sybase
5 15 (2.84%) SAP
6 14 (2.65%) Salesforce.com
6 14 (2.65%) Siebel
7 9 (1.70%) Informatica
8 8 (1.51%) DataSynapse
8 8 (1.51%) Reuters
9 7 (1.32%) Adobe
9 7 (1.32%) Apple
10 4 (0.76%) Infor
10 4 (0.76%) Red Hat
11 3 (0.57%) ION Trading
11 3 (0.57%) Progress
11 3 (0.57%) Sage
11 3 (0.57%) webMethods
11 3 (0.57%) Xamarin
12 2 (0.38%) HP
City, London
Mentmore-recruitment
Rate: From £400 to £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
West Midlands (County)
Bentley Whitaker
Rate: From £400 to £550 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Northamptonshire
Vivid Resourcing
Rate: Fixed term
Posted: 2 days ago
Northamptonshire
Vivid Resourcing
Rate: £35k per year
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Scot Lewis Associates
Rate: From £550 to £650 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
West Midlands (County)
Bentley Whitaker
Rate: From £350 to £500 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Middlesex
TEKsystems
Rate: £451 - £601 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Mason Frank International
Posted: 5 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £300 - £375 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
North West London
Public Health England
Rate: From £37,454 to £45,769 per annum
Posted: 12 days ago
Central London
TRG
Rate: 300-500 Per Annum
Posted: 12 days ago
West Yorkshire
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 12 days ago
Leeds
Hays Specialist Recruitment
Rate: £300.00 - £350.00 per day + negotiable
Posted: 12 days ago
London
TRG
Rate: 500 Per Day plus excellent benefits
Posted: 12 days ago
Sheffield
Mason Frank International
Posted: 19 days ago
London
Mason Frank International
Posted: 20 days ago
West Midlands
Vivid Resourcing
Rate: £250 - 500 per day
Posted: 23 days ago