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 27 March 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
27 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Programmer
Rank 336 278 215
Rank change year-on-year
-58 -63
Contract jobs requiring a Programmer 296 345 423
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.55% 0.66% 0.92%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.60% 0.72% 0.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 205 225 221
Average daily rate
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£375 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £225 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £475 £540
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £288 £325
% change year-on-year
+18.26% -11.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 8 15
Average hourly rate £42.50 £45.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.55% +20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.80 £38.50 £16.06
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £123.00 £45.60 £40.62
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.50 £45.00 £30.85
% change year-on-year
-5.55% +45.86%

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
49598 47956 42731
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.44% 92.38% 92.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 30070 28704 24525
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £228 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1954 2000 2187
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.51
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.85 £17.00 £17.33
% change year-on-year
-0.86% -1.87%

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 27 March 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 27 March 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 27 March 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 -52 265 £375 +9.09% 142
London -8 109 £450 +20.40% 50
South East -53 55 £325 +18.18% 27
City of London +26 34 £500 +25.00% 19
Hampshire -6 20 £340 -10.52% 2
South West -19 20 £340 +4.61% 6
North East 0 17 £300 +22.44% 3
Tyne and Wear +10 16 £300 +22.44% 3
Scotland -15 15 £388 +6.89% 6
West Midlands -6 14 £300 +7.14% 8
North West -14 14 £525 +40.00% 10
East Midlands -5 12 £350 +40.00% 5
East of England -7 12 £445 +27.14% 19
Yorkshire -17 12 £350 +25.00% 13
Surrey -1 11 £375 +25.00% 2
West Yorkshire -5 11 £350 +15.70% 8
Northamptonshire -5 9 £350 +60.00%
Leeds -12 8 £350 +15.70% 3
Cheshire +5 7 £538 +65.38% 2
Wiltshire -1 7 £288 -4.16% 1
Manchester -9 7 £413 -10.81% 5
Newcastle upon Tyne +1 6 £451 +84.27% 1
Milton Keynes 0 6 £375 +50.00%
Buckinghamshire -1 6 £375 +66.66%
Hertfordshire +5 5 £396 +13.14% 3
Bristol -1 5 £383 - 4
Staffordshire -4 5 £300 - 3
Glasgow -7 5 - - 2
Birmingham -13 5 £290 +18.97% 1
Burton-upon-Trent +1 4 £300 - 2

Programmer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 March 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.

1 230 (36.11%) SQL
2 171 (26.84%) Java
3 154 (24.18%) .NET
4 139 (21.82%) Oracle
4 139 (21.82%) C#
5 109 (17.11%) SQL Server
6 108 (16.95%) Finance
7 91 (14.29%) Agile Software Development
8 83 (13.03%) Banking
9 79 (12.40%) PL/SQL
10 76 (11.93%) JavaScript
11 73 (11.46%) SAS
12 72 (11.30%) Microsoft
12 72 (11.30%) C++
13 71 (11.15%) UNIX
14 64 (10.05%) ASP.NET
15 63 (9.89%) Oracle Database
16 60 (9.42%) OO
17 57 (8.95%) Visual Studio
18 56 (8.79%) HTML
19 55 (8.63%) XML
20 53 (8.32%) Relational Database
21 50 (7.85%) Python
22 49 (7.69%) VB.NET
22 49 (7.69%) TDD
22 49 (7.69%) Computer Science
23 48 (7.54%) Data Modelling
24 47 (7.38%) Software Engineering
25 45 (7.06%) IBM
25 45 (7.06%) Web Services

Programmer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 73 (11.46%) SAS
2 26 (4.08%) CICS
3 11 (1.73%) OpenEdge
3 11 (1.73%) SharePoint
3 11 (1.73%) Drupal
4 10 (1.57%) Apache Pig
4 10 (1.57%) MQSeries
5 9 (1.41%) BizTalk Server
6 8 (1.26%) CMS
7 6 (0.94%) Tomcat
7 6 (0.94%) JBoss
7 6 (0.94%) Node.js
8 5 (0.78%) WordPress
9 4 (0.63%) Mule
9 4 (0.63%) LiveCycle
9 4 (0.63%) WebLogic
9 4 (0.63%) WebSphere
10 3 (0.47%) WebSphere Application Server
11 2 (0.31%) Apache
11 2 (0.31%) Joomla!
Applications
1 15 (2.35%) MS Office
1 15 (2.35%) MS Excel
2 11 (1.73%) MS Project
3 3 (0.47%) Photoshop
3 3 (0.47%) Maya
3 3 (0.47%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (0.31%) Simulink
4 2 (0.31%) 3ds Max
5 1 (0.16%) Adobe Illustrator
5 1 (0.16%) InDesign
5 1 (0.16%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.16%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 10 (1.57%) Dynamics AX
2 9 (1.41%) SmartPlant
3 7 (1.10%) Remedy ITSM
4 4 (0.63%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 4 (0.63%) Endur
5 3 (0.47%) JDE World
5 3 (0.47%) Markit EDM
5 3 (0.47%) Dynamics CRM
6 2 (0.31%) Cerner Millennium
6 2 (0.31%) Oracle Applications
6 2 (0.31%) MFGPRO
6 2 (0.31%) Agresso
7 1 (0.16%) SAP HR
7 1 (0.16%) PRMS
7 1 (0.16%) Dynamics NAV
7 1 (0.16%) Loan IQ
7 1 (0.16%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 1 (0.16%) Magento
7 1 (0.16%) ION MarketView
7 1 (0.16%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.16%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 19 (2.98%) TCP/IP
2 18 (2.83%) FTP
3 8 (1.26%) HTTP
4 7 (1.10%) Internet
5 5 (0.78%) Intranet
6 3 (0.47%) Multicast
7 2 (0.31%) SNMP
7 2 (0.31%) APPN
7 2 (0.31%) RTP
7 2 (0.31%) Wireshark
7 2 (0.31%) Bluetooth
8 1 (0.16%) LDAP
8 1 (0.16%) RIP
8 1 (0.16%) Extranet
8 1 (0.16%) DVB
Database & Business Intelligence
1 109 (17.11%) SQL Server
2 63 (9.89%) Oracle Database
3 53 (8.32%) Relational Database
4 39 (6.12%) RDBMS
5 35 (5.49%) DB2
6 33 (5.18%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 30 (4.71%) Oracle Reports
8 28 (4.40%) Oracle Database 11g
8 28 (4.40%) SQL Server 2008
9 27 (4.24%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 24 (3.77%) SQL Server 2012
11 23 (3.61%) Base SAS
11 23 (3.61%) MS Access
12 20 (3.14%) SQL Server 2000
12 20 (3.14%) SQL Server 2005
13 16 (2.51%) Data Warehouse
14 15 (2.35%) SAS Enterprise Guide
15 14 (2.20%) Hadoop
15 14 (2.20%) MySQL
16 13 (2.04%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 57 (8.95%) Visual Studio
2 30 (4.71%) Team Foundation Server
3 15 (2.35%) Eclipse
4 13 (2.04%) Oracle APEX
5 12 (1.88%) JIRA
5 12 (1.88%) Toad
6 11 (1.73%) Subversion
7 10 (1.57%) WebSpeed
8 9 (1.41%) Maven
8 9 (1.41%) Git (software)
8 9 (1.41%) Jenkins
9 6 (0.94%) NUnit
9 6 (0.94%) Ant
9 6 (0.94%) JUnit
10 5 (0.78%) TeamCity
10 5 (0.78%) QUnit
11 4 (0.63%) Mocha
11 4 (0.63%) PVCS
11 4 (0.63%) PhantomJS
12 3 (0.47%) SpecFlow
General
1 108 (16.95%) Finance
2 83 (13.03%) Banking
3 28 (4.40%) Telecoms
4 24 (3.77%) Investment Banking
5 20 (3.14%) Games
6 17 (2.67%) Manufacturing
7 13 (2.04%) Pharmaceutical
8 12 (1.88%) Front Office
9 11 (1.73%) Marketing
10 9 (1.41%) Retail
11 7 (1.10%) Military
12 6 (0.94%) Billing
13 3 (0.47%) Advertising
13 3 (0.47%) Legal
14 2 (0.31%) Law
14 2 (0.31%) Back Office
14 2 (0.31%) Electronics
14 2 (0.31%) Local Government
15 1 (0.16%) Music Industry
15 1 (0.16%) Wholesale Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 154 (24.18%) .NET
2 64 (10.05%) ASP.NET
3 56 (8.79%) HTML
4 55 (8.63%) XML
5 45 (7.06%) Web Services
6 42 (6.59%) CSS
7 34 (5.34%) jQuery
8 29 (4.55%) Spring
9 23 (3.61%) .NET Framework
10 22 (3.45%) JSON
11 21 (3.30%) WCF
12 20 (3.14%) ASP.NET MVC
13 19 (2.98%) Hibernate
14 18 (2.83%) J2EE
15 16 (2.51%) RESTful
15 16 (2.51%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
16 15 (2.35%) WPF
17 14 (2.20%) Middleware
17 14 (2.20%) HTML5
18 12 (1.88%) ASP.NET MVC 3
Miscellaneous
1 49 (7.69%) Computer Science
2 41 (6.44%) Mainframe
3 35 (5.49%) Mathematics
4 28 (4.40%) Analytical Skills
5 26 (4.08%) Open Source
6 25 (3.92%) Derivative
7 22 (3.45%) Data Structures
8 19 (2.98%) IBM Mainframe
9 15 (2.35%) Algorithms
10 12 (1.88%) Visualisation
11 11 (1.73%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 10 (1.57%) Fixed Income
13 9 (1.41%) Mobile App
14 8 (1.26%) iSeries
14 8 (1.26%) Spread Betting
15 7 (1.10%) Data Integration
15 7 (1.10%) Enterprise Software
15 7 (1.10%) VSAM
16 6 (0.94%) NHS
17 5 (0.78%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 71 (11.15%) UNIX
2 42 (6.59%) Linux
3 41 (6.44%) Windows
4 27 (4.24%) zOS
5 9 (1.41%) Windows 7
6 8 (1.26%) Solaris
7 7 (1.10%) Android
7 7 (1.10%) Apple iOS
8 5 (0.78%) MVS
9 3 (0.47%) Ubuntu
9 3 (0.47%) AIX
10 2 (0.31%) HPUX
10 2 (0.31%) VME
11 1 (0.16%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.16%) Windows Phone
11 1 (0.16%) Windows NT
11 1 (0.16%) OS/2
11 1 (0.16%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.16%) OS/390
11 1 (0.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 91 (14.29%) Agile Software Development
2 60 (9.42%) OO
3 49 (7.69%) TDD
4 48 (7.54%) Data Modelling
5 47 (7.38%) Software Engineering
6 35 (5.49%) Business Intelligence
6 35 (5.49%) Scrum
7 29 (4.55%) MVC
8 26 (4.08%) Unit Testing
9 23 (3.61%) Multithreading
9 23 (3.61%) Performance Tuning
9 23 (3.61%) ETL
10 22 (3.45%) Migration
11 20 (3.14%) Data Analysis
12 19 (2.98%) OOP
13 18 (2.83%) Continuous Integration
14 17 (2.67%) Low Latency
15 16 (2.51%) SOA
15 16 (2.51%) Web Development
16 15 (2.35%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 230 (36.11%) SQL
2 171 (26.84%) Java
3 139 (21.82%) C#
4 79 (12.40%) PL/SQL
5 76 (11.93%) JavaScript
6 72 (11.30%) C++
7 50 (7.85%) Python
8 49 (7.69%) VB.NET
9 39 (6.12%) VB
10 32 (5.02%) COBOL
11 28 (4.40%) PHP
12 27 (4.24%) VB6
13 25 (3.92%) C
14 20 (3.14%) VBA
15 18 (2.83%) T-SQL
15 18 (2.83%) Assembly Language
16 16 (2.51%) JCL
17 14 (2.20%) Shell Script
18 12 (1.88%) RPG
19 10 (1.57%) Perl
Qualifications
1 39 (6.12%) Degree
2 36 (5.65%) Security Cleared
3 24 (3.77%) SC Cleared
4 10 (1.57%) ITIL Certification
5 7 (1.10%) DV Cleared
6 4 (0.63%) Oracle Certification
7 3 (0.47%) PhD
7 3 (0.47%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (0.31%) OCP
8 2 (0.31%) OCA
8 2 (0.31%) Sun Certification
8 2 (0.31%) OCPJP
8 2 (0.31%) OCAJ
9 1 (0.16%) BC Cleared
9 1 (0.16%) MCSE
9 1 (0.16%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (2.83%) QA
2 13 (2.04%) CDISC
3 3 (0.47%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 2 (0.31%) DICOM
4 2 (0.31%) HL7
5 1 (0.16%) COBIT
5 1 (0.16%) GCP
5 1 (0.16%) SLA
System Software
1 10 (1.57%) RACF
1 10 (1.57%) Apache Flume
1 10 (1.57%) HDFS
2 5 (0.78%) Samba
3 4 (0.63%) ACF2
4 3 (0.47%) Docker
5 1 (0.16%) Cronacle
5 1 (0.16%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.16%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 4 (0.63%) Control-M
2 3 (0.47%) Puppet
3 2 (0.31%) Opscode Chef
3 2 (0.31%) Graphite
3 2 (0.31%) OPNET
4 1 (0.16%) CA Endevor
4 1 (0.16%) SCCM
4 1 (0.16%) Tivoli
4 1 (0.16%) Opsview
Vendors
1 139 (21.82%) Oracle
2 72 (11.30%) Microsoft
3 45 (7.06%) IBM
4 16 (2.51%) Informatica
5 15 (2.35%) SAP
6 13 (2.04%) Sybase
7 12 (1.88%) CA
8 8 (1.26%) Remedy
8 8 (1.26%) Adobe
9 7 (1.10%) Business Objects
9 7 (1.10%) Intergraph
9 7 (1.10%) Google
10 4 (0.63%) Teradata
10 4 (0.63%) Syncsort
10 4 (0.63%) OpenLink
10 4 (0.63%) Salesforce.com
11 3 (0.47%) Charles River
11 3 (0.47%) Apple
11 3 (0.47%) JD Edwards
11 3 (0.47%) BMC
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