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 6 July 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
6 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Programmer
Rank 339 251 248
Rank change year-on-year
-88 -3
Contract jobs requiring a Programmer 305 427 378
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.56% 0.81% 0.77%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.60% 0.87% 0.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 196 290 206
Average daily rate
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£350 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £256 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 7 9
Average hourly rate £38.75 £39.50 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.89% +43.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.70 £27.50 £22.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £54.10 £37.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £32.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+23.07% +18.18%

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
50702 48981 45586
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.40% 92.56% 92.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 32009 29925 26397
Average daily rate £400 £395 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.26% -1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1910 1955 2127
Average hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.03% -10.81%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.29 £38.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.25 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+1.53% -7.14%

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 6 July 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 6 July 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 6 July 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.

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 -83 286 £355 -5.33% 124
London -62 117 £423 +5.62% 35
South East -33 61 £350 +7.69% 23
City of London +15 46 £500 +5.26% 13
Yorkshire +7 37 £375 +16.27% 3
West Yorkshire -6 20 £338 - 3
South West -10 18 £318 -15.33% 11
Scotland -15 14 £350 +16.66% 10
Berkshire -5 13 £350 +16.66% 3
Reading +6 11 £350 +16.66% 1
Leeds -10 11 £375 +16.27%
Oxfordshire -13 11 £320 +6.66% 7
East Midlands -14 11 £325 +8.33% 5
West Sussex - 11 £363 -
Bristol +4 10 £305 -14.38% 9
North West -25 10 £425 +30.76% 11
Hampshire -8 9 £340 -12.25% 6
Buckinghamshire -11 9 £350 -2.16% 1
East of England -16 9 £308 -12.14% 22
North East -22 9 £288 +8.49% 2
North Yorkshire - 9 £265 -
Crawley - 9 £363 -
Milton Keynes -2 8 £350 +7.69% 1
Tyne and Wear -20 8 £288 +8.49% 2
Oxford - 8 £320 - 1
West Midlands -10 7 £318 +5.83% 10
York - 7 £265 -
South Yorkshire -4 6 £388 +27.25%
Edinburgh -8 6 £350 -1.40% 4
Sunderland - 6 £288 -

Programmer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 6 July 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.

1 246 (39.49%) SQL
2 161 (25.84%) Java
3 132 (21.19%) .NET
4 130 (20.87%) C#
5 121 (19.42%) SQL Server
6 115 (18.46%) Finance
7 110 (17.66%) Oracle
8 94 (15.09%) Agile Software Development
9 82 (13.16%) Microsoft
10 81 (13.00%) C++
11 68 (10.91%) PL/SQL
12 67 (10.75%) JavaScript
13 61 (9.79%) Banking
13 61 (9.79%) Relational Database
14 60 (9.63%) HTML
15 58 (9.31%) OO
16 55 (8.83%) UNIX
17 54 (8.67%) IBM
18 53 (8.51%) SDLC
19 51 (8.19%) ASP.NET
20 50 (8.03%) Visual Studio
20 50 (8.03%) Windows
21 49 (7.87%) SAS
22 48 (7.70%) Computer Science
23 46 (7.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
23 46 (7.38%) RDBMS
24 45 (7.22%) Linux
24 45 (7.22%) Oracle Database
25 44 (7.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
26 43 (6.90%) Degree

Programmer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 6 July 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 49 (7.87%) SAS
2 24 (3.85%) CICS
3 10 (1.61%) CMS
3 10 (1.61%) MQSeries
3 10 (1.61%) SharePoint
4 9 (1.44%) Node.js
5 8 (1.28%) Tomcat
5 8 (1.28%) OpenEdge
5 8 (1.28%) WebSphere
6 7 (1.12%) BizTalk Server
7 6 (0.96%) IIS
8 5 (0.80%) Apache Pig
8 5 (0.80%) Drupal
9 4 (0.64%) Mule
9 4 (0.64%) Sitecore CMS
9 4 (0.64%) Mule ESB
9 4 (0.64%) WebLogic
10 3 (0.48%) WebSphere Application Server
10 3 (0.48%) LiveCycle
10 3 (0.48%) WordPress
Applications
1 35 (5.62%) MS Excel
2 14 (2.25%) MS Office
3 8 (1.28%) MS Project
4 2 (0.32%) Simulink
5 1 (0.16%) Maya
5 1 (0.16%) 3ds Max
5 1 (0.16%) InDesign
5 1 (0.16%) FastStats
5 1 (0.16%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.16%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 6 (0.96%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.64%) Endur
3 3 (0.48%) BigMachines
4 2 (0.32%) Oracle Financials
4 2 (0.32%) Oracle Applications
4 2 (0.32%) MFGPRO
4 2 (0.32%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 2 (0.32%) Cognos Business Intelligence
4 2 (0.32%) Oracle Receivables
4 2 (0.32%) Oracle Assets
4 2 (0.32%) Oracle General Ledger
5 1 (0.16%) Oracle EBS R12
5 1 (0.16%) Magento
5 1 (0.16%) ION MarketView
5 1 (0.16%) JDE World
5 1 (0.16%) Oracle Retail
5 1 (0.16%) SmartPlant
5 1 (0.16%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.16%) Loan IQ
5 1 (0.16%) Unica
Cloud Services
1 6 (0.96%) SaaS
2 4 (0.64%) PaaS
3 3 (0.48%) Cloud Computing
3 3 (0.48%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (0.32%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (0.16%) IaaS
5 1 (0.16%) CodePlex
Communications & Networking
1 23 (3.69%) FTP
2 17 (2.73%) TCP/IP
3 10 (1.61%) Internet
4 8 (1.28%) Bluetooth
5 4 (0.64%) HTTP
5 4 (0.64%) Intranet
6 3 (0.48%) RTP
6 3 (0.48%) Wi-Fi
6 3 (0.48%) Wireless
6 3 (0.48%) Wireshark
6 3 (0.48%) WLAN
6 3 (0.48%) LAN
7 2 (0.32%) SMS
7 2 (0.32%) VoIP
7 2 (0.32%) WAN
7 2 (0.32%) APPN
7 2 (0.32%) LDAP
7 2 (0.32%) SNMP
8 1 (0.16%) DVB
8 1 (0.16%) SNA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 121 (19.42%) SQL Server
2 61 (9.79%) Relational Database
3 46 (7.38%) RDBMS
3 46 (7.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 45 (7.22%) Oracle Database
5 44 (7.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 41 (6.58%) DB2
7 28 (4.49%) SQL Server 2012
8 26 (4.17%) Oracle Database 11g
9 25 (4.01%) Oracle Reports
10 23 (3.69%) SQL Server 2000
11 22 (3.53%) Data Warehouse
12 17 (2.73%) Base SAS
13 15 (2.41%) MySQL
13 15 (2.41%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 12 (1.93%) SQL Server 2008
15 11 (1.77%) MS Access
15 11 (1.77%) Oracle Database 10g
16 10 (1.61%) SQL Server 2005
17 9 (1.44%) SAS Data Integration Studio
Development Applications
1 50 (8.03%) Visual Studio
2 35 (5.62%) Team Foundation Server
3 19 (3.05%) Oracle APEX
4 14 (2.25%) Jenkins
4 14 (2.25%) Toad
5 13 (2.09%) JIRA
6 9 (1.44%) Oracle Forms
6 9 (1.44%) WebSpeed
7 6 (0.96%) Eclipse
7 6 (0.96%) JUnit
8 5 (0.80%) Maven
8 5 (0.80%) Git (software)
9 4 (0.64%) Ant
10 3 (0.48%) PVCS
10 3 (0.48%) Subversion
10 3 (0.48%) Rhino Mocks
10 3 (0.48%) Grunt
10 3 (0.48%) Gradle
11 2 (0.32%) Talend Open Studio
11 2 (0.32%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
General
1 115 (18.46%) Finance
2 61 (9.79%) Banking
3 31 (4.98%) Manufacturing
4 25 (4.01%) Games
4 25 (4.01%) Telecoms
5 23 (3.69%) Marketing
6 18 (2.89%) Front Office
7 16 (2.57%) Investment Banking
8 9 (1.44%) Pharmaceutical
9 8 (1.28%) Retail
9 8 (1.28%) Billing
10 7 (1.12%) Military
10 7 (1.12%) Financial Institution
11 6 (0.96%) Law
12 5 (0.80%) Legal
13 4 (0.64%) Advertising
14 3 (0.48%) Dutch Language
14 3 (0.48%) French Language
15 2 (0.32%) Publishing
15 2 (0.32%) Back Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 132 (21.19%) .NET
2 60 (9.63%) HTML
3 51 (8.19%) ASP.NET
4 41 (6.58%) CSS
4 41 (6.58%) XML
5 33 (5.30%) Web Services
6 27 (4.33%) .NET Framework
6 27 (4.33%) WCF
7 26 (4.17%) WPF
7 26 (4.17%) RESTful
8 25 (4.01%) jQuery
9 22 (3.53%) HTML5
10 20 (3.21%) REST
10 20 (3.21%) JSON
11 15 (2.41%) Spring
11 15 (2.41%) AngularJS
11 15 (2.41%) ASP.NET Web API
12 13 (2.09%) WinForms
13 12 (1.93%) SOAP
13 12 (1.93%) Android SDK
Miscellaneous
1 48 (7.70%) Computer Science
2 40 (6.42%) Analytical Skills
3 30 (4.82%) Mathematics
4 26 (4.17%) Mainframe
5 22 (3.53%) Mobile App
6 21 (3.37%) Derivative
7 15 (2.41%) Equities
8 13 (2.09%) IBM Mainframe
8 13 (2.09%) Embedded Systems
9 12 (1.93%) Data Structures
9 12 (1.93%) User Experience
9 12 (1.93%) Client/Server
10 11 (1.77%) AS400
11 10 (1.61%) NHS
12 9 (1.44%) Physics
13 8 (1.28%) Mobile Computing
14 6 (0.96%) Algorithms
14 6 (0.96%) Xbox
15 5 (0.80%) iSeries
15 5 (0.80%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 55 (8.83%) UNIX
2 50 (8.03%) Windows
3 45 (7.22%) Linux
4 22 (3.53%) zOS
5 19 (3.05%) Android
6 13 (2.09%) Apple iOS
7 11 (1.77%) Windows 7
8 7 (1.12%) MVS
9 6 (0.96%) Solaris
10 4 (0.64%) Windows Server 2008
11 3 (0.48%) Windows Server 2012
12 2 (0.32%) VME
12 2 (0.32%) OS/390
12 2 (0.32%) HPUX
13 1 (0.16%) Windows NT
13 1 (0.16%) Windows XP
13 1 (0.16%) OS/2
13 1 (0.16%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.16%) Windows CE
13 1 (0.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 94 (15.09%) Agile Software Development
2 58 (9.31%) OO
3 53 (8.51%) SDLC
4 40 (6.42%) TDD
5 39 (6.26%) Unit Testing
6 37 (5.94%) Software Engineering
7 35 (5.62%) Data Modelling
8 33 (5.30%) MVC
8 33 (5.30%) Migration
9 32 (5.14%) Business Intelligence
9 32 (5.14%) Multithreading
10 31 (4.98%) Scrum
11 23 (3.69%) ETL
12 22 (3.53%) CRM
13 21 (3.37%) Validation
13 21 (3.37%) Performance Tuning
14 20 (3.21%) Risk Management
14 20 (3.21%) OOP
15 19 (3.05%) Web Development
16 16 (2.57%) UML
Programming Languages
1 246 (39.49%) SQL
2 161 (25.84%) Java
3 130 (20.87%) C#
4 81 (13.00%) C++
5 68 (10.91%) PL/SQL
6 67 (10.75%) JavaScript
7 43 (6.90%) VB
7 43 (6.90%) Python
8 39 (6.26%) C
9 37 (5.94%) T-SQL
10 34 (5.46%) VB.NET
11 32 (5.14%) COBOL
11 32 (5.14%) VB6
12 24 (3.85%) VBA
13 19 (3.05%) PHP
14 17 (2.73%) Assembly Language
14 17 (2.73%) JCL
15 15 (2.41%) RPG
16 12 (1.93%) Perl
16 12 (1.93%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 43 (6.90%) Degree
2 30 (4.82%) Security Cleared
3 23 (3.69%) SC Cleared
4 5 (0.80%) DV Cleared
5 4 (0.64%) PhD
5 4 (0.64%) Microsoft Certification
5 4 (0.64%) OCP
5 4 (0.64%) Oracle Certification
5 4 (0.64%) ITIL Certification
6 3 (0.48%) SAS Certification
7 2 (0.32%) OCA
7 2 (0.32%) OCAJ
7 2 (0.32%) MCSE
8 1 (0.16%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (2.41%) QA
2 4 (0.64%) CDISC
2 4 (0.64%) Solvency II
3 3 (0.48%) HL7
4 2 (0.32%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.16%) GCP
5 1 (0.16%) SLA
System Software
1 6 (0.96%) RACF
2 5 (0.80%) Samba
2 5 (0.80%) Apache Flume
2 5 (0.80%) HDFS
3 3 (0.48%) Firmware
4 2 (0.32%) ISA Server
5 1 (0.16%) NFS
5 1 (0.16%) Active Directory
5 1 (0.16%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.16%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 2 (0.32%) Control-M
1 2 (0.32%) OMEGAMON
2 1 (0.16%) SCOM
2 1 (0.16%) Puppet
2 1 (0.16%) vMotion
2 1 (0.16%) Jitterbit
2 1 (0.16%) Tivoli
2 1 (0.16%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 110 (17.66%) Oracle
2 82 (13.16%) Microsoft
3 54 (8.67%) IBM
4 17 (2.73%) Sybase
5 12 (1.93%) Google
6 9 (1.44%) CA
7 8 (1.28%) Apple
7 8 (1.28%) Telerik
8 7 (1.12%) Salesforce.com
8 7 (1.12%) Adobe
9 5 (0.80%) Informatica
9 5 (0.80%) Sitecore
9 5 (0.80%) Tableau
10 4 (0.64%) OpenLink
10 4 (0.64%) SAP
10 4 (0.64%) Siebel
11 3 (0.48%) Cognos
11 3 (0.48%) Business Objects
11 3 (0.48%) OpenText
11 3 (0.48%) Motorola
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