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 December 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 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Programmer
Rank 296 197 234
Rank change year-on-year
-99 +37
Contract jobs requiring a Programmer 343 504 392
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.64% 0.98% 0.80%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.69% 1.06% 0.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 218 313 202
Average daily rate
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£375 £370 £333
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.35% +11.02%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £475 £456
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £313
% change year-on-year
+4.61% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 18 15
Average hourly rate £47.50 £32.50 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+46.15% -7.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £18.95 £9.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £54.30 £43.75 £48.92
UK excluding London average hourly rate £45.00 £32.50 £32.50
% change year-on-year
+38.46% -

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
49661 47331 45270
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.07% 92.46% 92.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 31654 28484 25553
Average daily rate £400 £400 £378
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2007 2082 2584
Average hourly rate £16.08 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.11% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £37.80 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-5.88% -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 December 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 December 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 December 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 -87 313 £394 +5.00% 82
London -63 129 £450 +12.50% 36
South East -39 79 £325 -14.47% 21
South West -9 39 £340 +23.63% 4
City of London -22 29 £500 +33.33% 12
Hampshire -27 23 £325 -16.12% 5
Bristol +1 20 £310 -
Scotland -43 20 £355 +11.28% 8
Surrey -5 19 £325 - 4
Buckinghamshire -21 14 £429 +22.50% 1
Yorkshire -28 14 £400 +41.59% 2
North West -13 12 £394 +31.25% 8
East of England -22 12 £360 -4.00% 6
Berkshire -11 11 £425 +21.42% 3
Milton Keynes -16 11 £433 +1.76%
West Yorkshire -22 11 £400 +50.94% 2
Edinburgh -17 10 £375 +7.14% 4
Farnborough - 10 - - 2
West Midlands -21 9 £275 - 2
Dorset +6 8 £375 +66.66% 2
Lancashire -15 8 £365 -
Tyne and Wear -23 8 £388 +91.35% 2
North East -25 8 £388 +76.13% 3
Leeds -17 7 £365 +82.50% 1
Gloucestershire - 7 £340 -
Reading +11 6 £443 +19.59% 2
East Midlands +4 6 £313 -3.84%
East Sussex 0 6 - -
Brighton -3 6 - -
Portsmouth -13 6 £325 -18.75%

Programmer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 December 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.

1 225 (34.25%) SQL
2 158 (24.05%) .NET
3 139 (21.16%) C#
4 131 (19.94%) Oracle
5 123 (18.72%) Agile Software Development
6 114 (17.35%) SQL Server
7 111 (16.89%) JavaScript
8 103 (15.68%) Java
9 101 (15.37%) Finance
10 94 (14.31%) HTML
11 78 (11.87%) XML
12 75 (11.42%) SAS
13 74 (11.26%) CSS
14 73 (11.11%) ASP.NET
14 73 (11.11%) Banking
15 66 (10.05%) Microsoft
16 65 (9.89%) PL/SQL
17 64 (9.74%) OO
18 61 (9.28%) jQuery
19 59 (8.98%) Web Services
20 57 (8.68%) TDD
21 56 (8.52%) Linux
21 56 (8.52%) Oracle Database
22 55 (8.37%) VB.NET
23 52 (7.91%) Software Engineering
23 52 (7.91%) Windows
24 50 (7.61%) Visual Studio
25 47 (7.15%) UNIX
25 47 (7.15%) C++
26 46 (7.00%) MVC

Programmer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 December 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 75 (11.42%) SAS
2 17 (2.59%) SharePoint
3 13 (1.98%) CICS
4 10 (1.52%) OpenEdge
4 10 (1.52%) WebSphere
5 9 (1.37%) Drupal
5 9 (1.37%) CMS
5 9 (1.37%) Apache
6 8 (1.22%) IIS
6 8 (1.22%) Node.js
7 7 (1.07%) JBoss
7 7 (1.07%) WebLogic
8 6 (0.91%) Tomcat
8 6 (0.91%) BizTalk Server
9 5 (0.76%) SharePoint 2010
10 4 (0.61%) K2 blackpearl
10 4 (0.61%) Apache Pig
10 4 (0.61%) Elasticsearch
10 4 (0.61%) Oracle Workflow
11 3 (0.46%) WordPress
Applications
1 23 (3.50%) MS Excel
2 18 (2.74%) MS Office
3 8 (1.22%) MS Project
4 5 (0.76%) Photoshop
4 5 (0.76%) MS Visio
5 4 (0.61%) Maya
5 4 (0.61%) Adobe Illustrator
5 4 (0.61%) MS PowerPoint
6 3 (0.46%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.15%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.15%) PrintSoft PReS
7 1 (0.15%) 3ds Max
Business Applications
1 12 (1.83%) Dynamics AX
2 8 (1.22%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (1.22%) SmartPlant
3 7 (1.07%) Remedy ITSM
4 3 (0.46%) Markit EDM
4 3 (0.46%) Magento
5 2 (0.30%) JDE World
5 2 (0.30%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 2 (0.30%) Agresso
6 1 (0.15%) SAP HR
6 1 (0.15%) SAP FI
6 1 (0.15%) PRMS
6 1 (0.15%) Endur
6 1 (0.15%) Staffware
6 1 (0.15%) SAP FI/CO
6 1 (0.15%) SAP CO
6 1 (0.15%) Pivotal CRM
6 1 (0.15%) RMDS
6 1 (0.15%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.15%) Cerner Millennium
Cloud Services
1 3 (0.46%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (0.30%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.15%) Heroku
3 1 (0.15%) GitHub
3 1 (0.15%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 23 (3.50%) TCP/IP
2 19 (2.89%) HTTP
3 13 (1.98%) FTP
4 7 (1.07%) Internet
5 5 (0.76%) Multicast
6 3 (0.46%) Extranet
6 3 (0.46%) SNMP
6 3 (0.46%) SMS
6 3 (0.46%) DNS
7 2 (0.30%) Intranet
8 1 (0.15%) VPN
8 1 (0.15%) SSL
8 1 (0.15%) IPv4
8 1 (0.15%) IPv6
8 1 (0.15%) SAN
8 1 (0.15%) SMTP
8 1 (0.15%) DHCP
8 1 (0.15%) 3G
8 1 (0.15%) DVB
8 1 (0.15%) Telnet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 114 (17.35%) SQL Server
2 56 (8.52%) Oracle Database
3 37 (5.63%) SQL Server 2008
4 30 (4.57%) Relational Database
5 25 (3.81%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 25 (3.81%) MySQL
6 21 (3.20%) Base SAS
7 20 (3.04%) Oracle Database 11g
7 20 (3.04%) DB2
8 19 (2.89%) Oracle Reports
8 19 (2.89%) MS Access
8 19 (2.89%) RDBMS
8 19 (2.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 19 (2.89%) SQL Server 2012
9 18 (2.74%) Oracle Database 10g
9 18 (2.74%) Data Warehouse
10 14 (2.13%) SQL Server 2005
10 14 (2.13%) SAS Enterprise Guide
11 11 (1.67%) PostgreSQL
11 11 (1.67%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 50 (7.61%) Visual Studio
2 28 (4.26%) Team Foundation Server
3 23 (3.50%) Subversion
4 18 (2.74%) Git (software)
5 15 (2.28%) Eclipse
6 12 (1.83%) Oracle APEX
7 9 (1.37%) TeamCity
7 9 (1.37%) Toad
7 9 (1.37%) Maven
7 9 (1.37%) Jenkins
8 8 (1.22%) Cucumber
8 8 (1.22%) NUnit
8 8 (1.22%) RSpec
9 7 (1.07%) Jasmine
10 6 (0.91%) Selenium
10 6 (0.91%) PVCS
10 6 (0.91%) Ant
11 5 (0.76%) JIRA
11 5 (0.76%) SpecFlow
11 5 (0.76%) QUnit
General
1 101 (15.37%) Finance
2 73 (11.11%) Banking
3 23 (3.50%) Games
3 23 (3.50%) Investment Banking
4 19 (2.89%) Pharmaceutical
5 15 (2.28%) Front Office
6 14 (2.13%) Retail
7 12 (1.83%) Financial Institution
8 10 (1.52%) Telecoms
9 5 (0.76%) Back Office
10 4 (0.61%) International Banking
10 4 (0.61%) Marketing
11 3 (0.46%) Legal
11 3 (0.46%) Advertising
12 2 (0.30%) Publishing
12 2 (0.30%) Manufacturing
12 2 (0.30%) Military
12 2 (0.30%) Law
12 2 (0.30%) French Language
12 2 (0.30%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 158 (24.05%) .NET
2 94 (14.31%) HTML
3 78 (11.87%) XML
4 74 (11.26%) CSS
5 73 (11.11%) ASP.NET
6 61 (9.28%) jQuery
7 59 (8.98%) Web Services
8 34 (5.18%) JSON
8 34 (5.18%) WCF
9 27 (4.11%) .NET Framework
9 27 (4.11%) ASP.NET MVC
10 25 (3.81%) Spring
11 22 (3.35%) REST
12 21 (3.20%) HTML5
13 19 (2.89%) LAMP
13 19 (2.89%) Ruby on Rails
14 16 (2.44%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
15 15 (2.28%) RESTful
15 15 (2.28%) Hibernate
15 15 (2.28%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 45 (6.85%) Mainframe
2 34 (5.18%) Analytical Skills
3 25 (3.81%) Open Source
3 25 (3.81%) Computer Science
4 19 (2.89%) AS400
5 18 (2.74%) Data Structures
6 16 (2.44%) Mathematics
6 16 (2.44%) Derivative
7 15 (2.28%) Algorithms
8 14 (2.13%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 11 (1.67%) IBM Mainframe
10 9 (1.37%) iSeries
10 9 (1.37%) Fixed Income
11 8 (1.22%) N-Tier
11 8 (1.22%) Mobile App
12 7 (1.07%) Enterprise Software
12 7 (1.07%) User Experience
12 7 (1.07%) Visualisation
12 7 (1.07%) Social Gaming
12 7 (1.07%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 56 (8.52%) Linux
2 52 (7.91%) Windows
3 47 (7.15%) UNIX
4 26 (3.96%) zOS
5 11 (1.67%) Apple iOS
6 10 (1.52%) Windows 7
6 10 (1.52%) Solaris
7 9 (1.37%) Android
8 5 (0.76%) Ubuntu
8 5 (0.76%) AIX
9 3 (0.46%) MVS
10 2 (0.30%) Windows Server 2003
10 2 (0.30%) Mac OS X
10 2 (0.30%) Windows Server 2008
10 2 (0.30%) Oracle Linux
11 1 (0.15%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.15%) Windows Phone
11 1 (0.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.15%) Mac OS
11 1 (0.15%) OS/400
Processes & Methodologies
1 123 (18.72%) Agile Software Development
2 64 (9.74%) OO
3 57 (8.68%) TDD
4 52 (7.91%) Software Engineering
5 46 (7.00%) MVC
6 39 (5.94%) Business Intelligence
7 36 (5.48%) Scrum
8 27 (4.11%) Data Analysis
8 27 (4.11%) Data Modelling
8 27 (4.11%) Unit Testing
9 26 (3.96%) Continuous Integration
9 26 (3.96%) Migration
10 24 (3.65%) ETL
11 21 (3.20%) Performance Tuning
12 19 (2.89%) CRM
12 19 (2.89%) Web Application Development
13 18 (2.74%) Analytics
14 15 (2.28%) Waterfall
14 15 (2.28%) OOP
14 15 (2.28%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 225 (34.25%) SQL
2 139 (21.16%) C#
3 111 (16.89%) JavaScript
4 103 (15.68%) Java
5 65 (9.89%) PL/SQL
6 55 (8.37%) VB.NET
7 47 (7.15%) C++
8 45 (6.85%) Python
9 41 (6.24%) PHP
10 35 (5.33%) VB
11 31 (4.72%) Ruby
12 27 (4.11%) RPG
13 23 (3.50%) T-SQL
13 23 (3.50%) VB6
13 23 (3.50%) RPG IV
14 20 (3.04%) C
15 18 (2.74%) COBOL
15 18 (2.74%) Shell Script
16 16 (2.44%) Perl
16 16 (2.44%) VBA
Qualifications
1 39 (5.94%) Degree
2 29 (4.41%) Security Cleared
3 17 (2.59%) SC Cleared
4 6 (0.91%) ITIL Certification
5 4 (0.61%) DV Cleared
6 2 (0.30%) OCPJP
6 2 (0.30%) HNC
6 2 (0.30%) HND
6 2 (0.30%) Oracle Certification
6 2 (0.30%) Sun Certification
7 1 (0.15%) SAS Certification
7 1 (0.15%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (3.35%) QA
2 13 (1.98%) CDISC
3 3 (0.46%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.30%) DICOM
4 2 (0.30%) HL7
5 1 (0.15%) GCP
5 1 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.15%) COBIT
5 1 (0.15%) FINREP
System Software
1 13 (1.98%) RACF
2 8 (1.22%) ACF2
3 5 (0.76%) Docker
4 4 (0.61%) HDFS
4 4 (0.61%) Apache Flume
5 2 (0.30%) VMware ESX
6 1 (0.15%) Cronacle
6 1 (0.15%) VMware Infrastructure
6 1 (0.15%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 3 (0.46%) Puppet
1 3 (0.46%) Opscode Chef
1 3 (0.46%) Ansible
2 2 (0.30%) Control-M
2 2 (0.30%) OPNET
2 2 (0.30%) Graphite
3 1 (0.15%) Tivoli
3 1 (0.15%) CA Endevor
3 1 (0.15%) SCCM
3 1 (0.15%) logstash
3 1 (0.15%) Kibana
3 1 (0.15%) Opsview
Vendors
1 131 (19.94%) Oracle
2 66 (10.05%) Microsoft
3 29 (4.41%) IBM
4 15 (2.28%) Informatica
5 13 (1.98%) SAP
6 10 (1.52%) Zend
7 7 (1.07%) CA
7 7 (1.07%) Remedy
7 7 (1.07%) Intergraph
8 6 (0.91%) Salesforce.com
8 6 (0.91%) Business Objects
8 6 (0.91%) Unisys
9 5 (0.76%) Sybase
9 5 (0.76%) Adobe
9 5 (0.76%) BMC
9 5 (0.76%) Teradata
9 5 (0.76%) Twitter
10 4 (0.61%) DevExpress
10 4 (0.61%) Google
10 4 (0.61%) Syncsort
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £400.00 - £463.00 per day
Posted: 1 hour ago
Bournemouth, Dorset
Roc Search
Rate: £150 - £275 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Dorset
Roc Search
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Twenty Recruitment Group
Rate: From £500 to £800 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Farnborough, Hampshire
Engage PSG
Rate: £100 - £500 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Buckinghamshire
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 10 days ago
City, London
The Datawarehousing Company
Rate: From £450 to £500 per day
Posted: 12 days ago
Farnborough
First Recruitment Group
Rate: £0 - £500+ per day
Posted: 18 days ago
London
Real Staffing
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: 19 days ago
City of London
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 23 days ago
City of London
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 23 days ago
City of London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £370.00 - £450.00 per annum
Posted: 25 days ago
Surrey
Templeton and Partners - SAP & UK Account
Rate: Market related
Posted: 27 days ago
Ipswich
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 27 days ago