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 3 August 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
3 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Programmer
Rank 373 269 259
Rank change year-on-year
-104 -10
Contract jobs requiring a Programmer 280 407 385
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.49% 0.74% 0.75%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.53% 0.80% 0.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 175 279 210
Average daily rate
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£375 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £293 £258 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £515 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £335 £300
% change year-on-year
-2.98% +11.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 8 4
Average hourly rate £42.50 £33.75 £26.65
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.92% +26.62%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.50 £24.50 £25.81
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £98.00 £44.15 £34.71
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.50 £32.50 £32.65
% change year-on-year
+30.76% -0.45%

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
52643 50594 47358
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.46% 92.45% 92.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 33418 30646 27757
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £235
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 1941 1998 2130
Average hourly rate £17.00 £16.78 £17.85
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.34% -5.99%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £37.80 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
- -2.94%

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 3 August 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 3 August 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 3 August 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 -91 259 £375 - 143
London -83 100 £470 +17.50% 47
South East -60 54 £343 +5.38% 27
City of London +3 47 £525 +16.66% 17
Yorkshire -5 22 £400 +23.07% 9
South West -1 19 £310 -17.33% 9
Scotland -11 17 £350 -0.70% 11
West Midlands +8 15 £309 +12.27% 6
Buckinghamshire -17 15 £425 +16.43% 3
East of England -12 14 £350 - 29
Milton Keynes +2 13 £425 +30.76% 3
West Yorkshire -16 13 £375 +15.38% 8
North West -20 13 £310 +3.33% 9
Bristol +2 11 £305 -15.86% 3
East Midlands -11 11 £325 +23.80% 7
Hampshire -14 9 £343 -11.61% 2
Leeds -18 9 £375 +16.27% 6
Oxfordshire -22 8 £320 +6.66% 8
Glasgow +2 7 £318 +5.83% 7
Edinburgh -14 7 £350 -4.10% 4
Berkshire -23 7 £320 -8.70% 4
Cambridgeshire -13 6 £350 +14.75% 17
North East -19 6 £283 -19.28% 2
West Sussex - 6 £344 -
Oxford - 6 £320 - 2
East Sussex -4 5 £303 - 1
Hertfordshire -5 5 - - 6
Nottinghamshire -10 5 £375 +56.25% 2
Manchester -18 5 £300 -7.69% 5
Tyne and Wear -20 5 £240 -27.81% 2

Programmer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 August 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.

1 243 (40.30%) SQL
2 147 (24.38%) Java
3 130 (21.56%) .NET
4 127 (21.06%) SQL Server
4 127 (21.06%) C#
5 110 (18.24%) Oracle
5 110 (18.24%) Finance
6 107 (17.74%) Agile Software Development
7 85 (14.10%) Microsoft
8 68 (11.28%) PL/SQL
9 67 (11.11%) C++
10 65 (10.78%) Relational Database
11 62 (10.28%) JavaScript
12 59 (9.78%) HTML
12 59 (9.78%) OO
12 59 (9.78%) SDLC
13 55 (9.12%) ASP.NET
14 54 (8.96%) Banking
15 53 (8.79%) Visual Studio
16 51 (8.46%) TDD
16 51 (8.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 50 (8.29%) IBM
18 49 (8.13%) Analytical Skills
19 48 (7.96%) VB
19 48 (7.96%) UNIX
19 48 (7.96%) Unit Testing
20 46 (7.63%) Computer Science
20 46 (7.63%) Windows
21 45 (7.46%) T-SQL
21 45 (7.46%) RDBMS

Programmer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 August 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 45 (7.46%) SAS
2 18 (2.99%) CICS
3 13 (2.16%) Node.js
4 10 (1.66%) WebSphere
5 9 (1.49%) Tomcat
5 9 (1.49%) MQSeries
6 8 (1.33%) SharePoint
6 8 (1.33%) IIS
6 8 (1.33%) CMS
7 7 (1.16%) BizTalk Server
8 5 (0.83%) WebLogic
8 5 (0.83%) Apache Pig
9 4 (0.66%) Mule ESB
9 4 (0.66%) Drupal
9 4 (0.66%) Mule
9 4 (0.66%) Sitecore CMS
9 4 (0.66%) OpenEdge
10 3 (0.50%) WebSphere Application Server
10 3 (0.50%) JBoss
10 3 (0.50%) Apache
Applications
1 36 (5.97%) MS Excel
2 9 (1.49%) MS Office
3 7 (1.16%) MS Project
4 1 (0.17%) Photoshop
4 1 (0.17%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.17%) Simulink
4 1 (0.17%) InDesign
4 1 (0.17%) FastStats
4 1 (0.17%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 5 (0.83%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.66%) Endur
3 3 (0.50%) BigMachines
4 2 (0.33%) Oracle Receivables
4 2 (0.33%) Oracle Assets
4 2 (0.33%) Oracle Financials
4 2 (0.33%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 2 (0.33%) Staffware
4 2 (0.33%) Oracle Applications
4 2 (0.33%) MFGPRO
4 2 (0.33%) Cognos Business Intelligence
4 2 (0.33%) Oracle General Ledger
5 1 (0.17%) Oracle EBS R12
5 1 (0.17%) Magento
5 1 (0.17%) ION MarketView
5 1 (0.17%) Oracle Retail
5 1 (0.17%) SmartPlant
5 1 (0.17%) Unica
5 1 (0.17%) Cerner Millennium
5 1 (0.17%) Oracle BRM
Cloud Services
1 6 (1.00%) SaaS
2 4 (0.66%) PaaS
3 3 (0.50%) Cloud Computing
3 3 (0.50%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (0.33%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (0.17%) IaaS
5 1 (0.17%) CodePlex
Communications & Networking
1 21 (3.48%) FTP
2 17 (2.82%) TCP/IP
3 9 (1.49%) Internet
4 8 (1.33%) Bluetooth
5 4 (0.66%) HTTP
5 4 (0.66%) Intranet
6 3 (0.50%) WLAN
6 3 (0.50%) LAN
6 3 (0.50%) RTP
6 3 (0.50%) Wi-Fi
6 3 (0.50%) Wireless
6 3 (0.50%) Wireshark
7 2 (0.33%) SMS
7 2 (0.33%) VoIP
7 2 (0.33%) WAN
7 2 (0.33%) SNMP
7 2 (0.33%) APPN
8 1 (0.17%) DVB
8 1 (0.17%) LDAP
8 1 (0.17%) SNA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 127 (21.06%) SQL Server
2 65 (10.78%) Relational Database
3 51 (8.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 45 (7.46%) RDBMS
5 44 (7.30%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 41 (6.80%) Oracle Database
7 40 (6.63%) DB2
8 28 (4.64%) SQL Server 2012
9 25 (4.15%) Oracle Database 11g
10 23 (3.81%) Oracle Reports
11 22 (3.65%) Data Warehouse
12 21 (3.48%) SQL Server 2000
13 19 (3.15%) SQL Server 2008
14 17 (2.82%) Base SAS
15 15 (2.49%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 14 (2.32%) MySQL
17 11 (1.82%) SQL Server 2005
18 10 (1.66%) MS Access
18 10 (1.66%) MongoDB
18 10 (1.66%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 53 (8.79%) Visual Studio
2 34 (5.64%) Team Foundation Server
3 18 (2.99%) Oracle APEX
4 14 (2.32%) Toad
5 11 (1.82%) Jenkins
6 10 (1.66%) Oracle Forms
7 9 (1.49%) JIRA
8 6 (1.00%) Subversion
8 6 (1.00%) Eclipse
9 5 (0.83%) Git (software)
10 4 (0.66%) Rhino Mocks
10 4 (0.66%) Gradle
10 4 (0.66%) WebSpeed
10 4 (0.66%) Maven
10 4 (0.66%) JUnit
11 3 (0.50%) Ant
11 3 (0.50%) PVCS
11 3 (0.50%) VSS/SourceSafe
11 3 (0.50%) Talend Open Studio
11 3 (0.50%) Grunt
General
1 110 (18.24%) Finance
2 54 (8.96%) Banking
3 34 (5.64%) Manufacturing
4 29 (4.81%) Games
5 24 (3.98%) Marketing
6 21 (3.48%) Telecoms
7 19 (3.15%) Front Office
8 15 (2.49%) Investment Banking
9 9 (1.49%) Pharmaceutical
10 8 (1.33%) Retail
10 8 (1.33%) Billing
11 7 (1.16%) Financial Institution
12 5 (0.83%) Law
13 4 (0.66%) Legal
13 4 (0.66%) Advertising
14 3 (0.50%) Electronics
14 3 (0.50%) Dutch Language
14 3 (0.50%) French Language
14 3 (0.50%) Spanish Language
15 2 (0.33%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 130 (21.56%) .NET
2 59 (9.78%) HTML
3 55 (9.12%) ASP.NET
4 41 (6.80%) CSS
4 41 (6.80%) XML
5 33 (5.47%) WCF
6 32 (5.31%) Web Services
7 29 (4.81%) WPF
7 29 (4.81%) .NET Framework
8 26 (4.31%) jQuery
8 26 (4.31%) RESTful
9 23 (3.81%) HTML5
10 20 (3.32%) JSON
11 19 (3.15%) AngularJS
12 17 (2.82%) REST
12 17 (2.82%) WinForms
13 16 (2.65%) Entity Framework
14 15 (2.49%) ASP.NET Web API
15 13 (2.16%) Spring
16 12 (1.99%) Android SDK
Miscellaneous
1 49 (8.13%) Analytical Skills
2 46 (7.63%) Computer Science
3 25 (4.15%) Mathematics
4 24 (3.98%) Mainframe
5 21 (3.48%) Mobile App
6 20 (3.32%) Derivative
7 17 (2.82%) Equities
8 16 (2.65%) Embedded Systems
9 12 (1.99%) User Experience
9 12 (1.99%) Client/Server
9 12 (1.99%) AS400
10 11 (1.82%) Data Structures
10 11 (1.82%) IBM Mainframe
11 10 (1.66%) NHS
12 9 (1.49%) Physics
13 8 (1.33%) Mobile Computing
14 7 (1.16%) Algorithms
15 6 (1.00%) Xbox
15 6 (1.00%) Credit Risk
16 5 (0.83%) Data Extraction
Operating Systems
1 48 (7.96%) UNIX
2 46 (7.63%) Windows
3 39 (6.47%) Linux
4 21 (3.48%) zOS
5 20 (3.32%) Android
6 15 (2.49%) Apple iOS
7 7 (1.16%) Windows 7
7 7 (1.16%) MVS
8 4 (0.66%) Windows Server 2008
9 3 (0.50%) Windows Server 2012
10 2 (0.33%) Solaris
10 2 (0.33%) Windows CE
11 1 (0.17%) HPUX
11 1 (0.17%) Windows NT
11 1 (0.17%) Windows XP
11 1 (0.17%) OS/2
11 1 (0.17%) OS/390
11 1 (0.17%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.17%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 107 (17.74%) Agile Software Development
2 59 (9.78%) OO
2 59 (9.78%) SDLC
3 51 (8.46%) TDD
4 48 (7.96%) Unit Testing
5 36 (5.97%) Software Engineering
6 32 (5.31%) Business Intelligence
6 32 (5.31%) MVC
7 31 (5.14%) Data Modelling
7 31 (5.14%) Scrum
8 29 (4.81%) Migration
8 29 (4.81%) Multithreading
9 24 (3.98%) CRM
10 23 (3.81%) ETL
11 21 (3.48%) Validation
12 19 (3.15%) Performance Tuning
13 18 (2.99%) Risk Management
13 18 (2.99%) OOP
14 17 (2.82%) Web Development
14 17 (2.82%) Electronic Trading
Programming Languages
1 243 (40.30%) SQL
2 147 (24.38%) Java
3 127 (21.06%) C#
4 68 (11.28%) PL/SQL
5 67 (11.11%) C++
6 62 (10.28%) JavaScript
7 48 (7.96%) VB
8 45 (7.46%) T-SQL
9 39 (6.47%) Python
10 36 (5.97%) VB.NET
10 36 (5.97%) C
11 29 (4.81%) VB6
12 23 (3.81%) COBOL
12 23 (3.81%) VBA
13 15 (2.49%) RPG
14 14 (2.32%) PHP
14 14 (2.32%) JCL
15 13 (2.16%) Objective-C
16 12 (1.99%) Shell Script
16 12 (1.99%) Assembly Language
Qualifications
1 41 (6.80%) Degree
2 19 (3.15%) Security Cleared
3 14 (2.32%) SC Cleared
4 4 (0.66%) PhD
4 4 (0.66%) Microsoft Certification
4 4 (0.66%) ITIL Certification
5 3 (0.50%) SAS Certification
5 3 (0.50%) Oracle Certification
5 3 (0.50%) OCP
5 3 (0.50%) DV Cleared
6 2 (0.33%) MCSE
7 1 (0.17%) OCAJ
7 1 (0.17%) OCA
7 1 (0.17%) Sun Certification
7 1 (0.17%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (2.99%) QA
2 5 (0.83%) CDISC
3 4 (0.66%) Solvency II
4 3 (0.50%) HL7
5 2 (0.33%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.17%) GCP
6 1 (0.17%) SLA
System Software
1 6 (1.00%) RACF
2 5 (0.83%) Apache Flume
2 5 (0.83%) HDFS
3 3 (0.50%) Firmware
4 2 (0.33%) ISA Server
4 2 (0.33%) Job Entry Subsystem
5 1 (0.17%) Time Sharing Option
5 1 (0.17%) NFS
5 1 (0.17%) Active Directory
5 1 (0.17%) Samba
5 1 (0.17%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.17%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 2 (0.33%) Control-M
1 2 (0.33%) OMEGAMON
2 1 (0.17%) SCOM
2 1 (0.17%) vMotion
2 1 (0.17%) Jitterbit
2 1 (0.17%) Tivoli
2 1 (0.17%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 110 (18.24%) Oracle
2 85 (14.10%) Microsoft
3 50 (8.29%) IBM
4 14 (2.32%) Sybase
5 13 (2.16%) Google
6 11 (1.82%) Telerik
7 9 (1.49%) CA
8 7 (1.16%) Adobe
8 7 (1.16%) Apple
8 7 (1.16%) Salesforce.com
9 5 (0.83%) Informatica
9 5 (0.83%) Sitecore
9 5 (0.83%) Tableau
10 4 (0.66%) OpenLink
10 4 (0.66%) Siebel
11 3 (0.50%) SAP
11 3 (0.50%) Cognos
11 3 (0.50%) Remedy
11 3 (0.50%) Motorola
11 3 (0.50%) Nokia
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