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 15 September 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
15 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Programmer
Rank 327 231 228
Rank change year-on-year
-96 -3
Contract jobs requiring a Programmer 338 463 504
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.59% 0.88% 0.85%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.65% 0.94% 0.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 224 256 278
Average daily rate
Keep up to 90%
of your Daily Rate
Get a Free Illustration
£350 £350 £350
90% offered a daily rate of more than £261 £215 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 6 26
Average hourly rate £29.00 £35.00 £28.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-17.14% +21.73%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.50 £31.25 £22.32
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.15 £47.00 £35.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.00 £35.00 £31.80
% change year-on-year
-11.42% +10.06%

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
52334 49033 54752
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 91.28% 92.74% 92.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 31946 29302 30708
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £235 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £355 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
+1.42% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2035 2098 2640
Average hourly rate £16.84 £17.00 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.94% -8.10%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
- -8.33%

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 15 September 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 15 September 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 15 September 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
(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 -74 298 £350 - 109
London -64 120 £400 - 46
South East -43 77 £325 - 16
City of London +8 31 £431 -9.21% 12
Scotland -3 30 £353 +17.50% 17
Berkshire +17 25 £325 +47.72% 4
South West -27 24 £330 +1.53% 14
East of England -23 22 £338 +3.84% 8
Edinburgh +1 20 £290 -7.20% 6
West Midlands -26 19 £275 +57.14% 5
North West +1 17 £350 +48.93% 9
Surrey -10 17 £325 +15.55% 1
Hampshire -17 17 £350 +8.19% 6
East Midlands +2 13 £291 +9.90% 4
Buckinghamshire -8 13 £325 -16.12%
Bristol -15 13 £300 -14.28% 6
Reading +16 11 £365 +35.18%
Slough +3 10 £325 +20.37% 2
Manchester +1 10 £338 +3.84% 1
Oxfordshire -9 10 £300 +26.31% 4
Southampton -3 8 £350 - 1
Cambridgeshire -6 7 £320 -11.72% 6
Yorkshire -10 7 £438 +52.17% 7
Nottinghamshire +18 6 £308 -3.90% 2
Essex -9 6 £338 -0.73%
West Yorkshire -10 6 £406 +47.72% 5
Suffolk - 6 £375 - 1
Peterborough +10 5 £280 - 2
Epsom +6 5 £278 -30.62%
Maidenhead -2 5 £325 +160.00%

Programmer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 15 September 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.

1 220 (29.77%) SQL
2 187 (25.30%) Agile Software Development
3 163 (22.06%) JavaScript
4 162 (21.92%) HTML
5 160 (21.65%) .NET
6 159 (21.52%) C#
7 148 (20.03%) Finance
8 146 (19.76%) SQL Server
9 129 (17.46%) CSS
10 97 (13.13%) Java
11 90 (12.18%) Oracle
12 84 (11.37%) ASP.NET
13 83 (11.23%) Windows
14 82 (11.10%) MVC
15 78 (10.55%) XML
15 78 (10.55%) TDD
16 77 (10.42%) jQuery
17 75 (10.15%) Linux
18 72 (9.74%) SAS
19 65 (8.80%) OO
20 64 (8.66%) Web Services
21 62 (8.39%) HTML5
22 61 (8.25%) C++
23 57 (7.71%) Software Engineering
24 56 (7.58%) Degree
25 55 (7.44%) Ruby
26 54 (7.31%) Ruby on Rails
27 52 (7.04%) Microsoft
28 51 (6.90%) Banking
29 48 (6.50%) UNIX

Programmer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 15 September 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 72 (9.74%) SAS
2 31 (4.19%) WebSphere
2 31 (4.19%) Node.js
3 26 (3.52%) SharePoint
4 19 (2.57%) Elasticsearch
5 17 (2.30%) CICS
6 16 (2.17%) CMS
7 13 (1.76%) IIS
8 10 (1.35%) WebLogic
8 10 (1.35%) BizTalk Server
9 9 (1.22%) Apache
10 8 (1.08%) Tomcat
10 8 (1.08%) MQSeries
11 7 (0.95%) WebSphere Application Server
11 7 (0.95%) Adobe CQ
11 7 (0.95%) Escenic
12 6 (0.81%) OpenEdge
13 4 (0.54%) SharePoint 2013
13 4 (0.54%) SharePoint 2010
14 3 (0.41%) Moodle
Applications
1 26 (3.52%) MS Excel
2 14 (1.89%) MS Office
3 5 (0.68%) InfoPath
4 3 (0.41%) Photoshop
5 2 (0.27%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.27%) Maya
5 2 (0.27%) Adobe Illustrator
5 2 (0.27%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.14%) Revit
6 1 (0.14%) Adobe After Effects
6 1 (0.14%) PrintSoft PReS
6 1 (0.14%) 3ds Max
6 1 (0.14%) CATIA
6 1 (0.14%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.14%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 10 (1.35%) Dynamics AX
2 9 (1.22%) Dynamics CRM
3 5 (0.68%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 5 (0.68%) Markit EDM
4 3 (0.41%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 2 (0.27%) SAP FI
5 2 (0.27%) SAP FI/CO
5 2 (0.27%) SAP CO
5 2 (0.27%) SAP PM
5 2 (0.27%) Magento
6 1 (0.14%) Oracle BPM
6 1 (0.14%) SAP SRM
6 1 (0.14%) Pivotal CRM
6 1 (0.14%) RMDS
6 1 (0.14%) Endur
6 1 (0.14%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.14%) Staffware
6 1 (0.14%) Oracle CRM
6 1 (0.14%) SAP CRM
6 1 (0.14%) SyteLine
Cloud Services
1 7 (0.95%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (0.54%) GitHub
3 3 (0.41%) Cloud Computing
4 2 (0.27%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (0.14%) SaaS
5 1 (0.14%) Heroku
5 1 (0.14%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 21 (2.84%) TCP/IP
2 19 (2.57%) HTTP
3 16 (2.17%) Internet
4 7 (0.95%) FTP
5 6 (0.81%) DNS
6 4 (0.54%) IPv4
6 4 (0.54%) IPv6
6 4 (0.54%) SMTP
6 4 (0.54%) Intranet
7 3 (0.41%) DVB
7 3 (0.41%) Multicast
8 2 (0.27%) MPLS
8 2 (0.27%) Extranet
8 2 (0.27%) VPN
8 2 (0.27%) Firewall
8 2 (0.27%) IPsec
8 2 (0.27%) Reverse Proxy
8 2 (0.27%) WAN
8 2 (0.27%) LDAP
8 2 (0.27%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 146 (19.76%) SQL Server
2 44 (5.95%) MySQL
3 37 (5.01%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 37 (5.01%) SQL Server 2008
4 31 (4.19%) Relational Database
5 30 (4.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 29 (3.92%) Oracle Database
7 28 (3.79%) Base SAS
8 26 (3.52%) DB2
8 26 (3.52%) NoSQL
9 25 (3.38%) Redis
10 24 (3.25%) Apache Cassandra
11 18 (2.44%) SQL Server 2012
12 17 (2.30%) RDBMS
13 15 (2.03%) SQL Server 2005
14 14 (1.89%) Data Warehouse
15 12 (1.62%) Crystal Reports
15 12 (1.62%) Big Data
16 11 (1.49%) Oracle Database 10g
17 10 (1.35%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 42 (5.68%) Visual Studio
2 33 (4.47%) Git (software)
3 15 (2.03%) Subversion
4 14 (1.89%) Jasmine
5 13 (1.76%) Team Foundation Server
6 11 (1.49%) RSpec
6 11 (1.49%) Cucumber
7 10 (1.35%) Maven
8 9 (1.22%) NUnit
8 9 (1.22%) Eclipse
9 7 (0.95%) GDB
10 6 (0.81%) Rhino Mocks
10 6 (0.81%) MSBuild
11 5 (0.68%) TeamCity
11 5 (0.68%) Oracle Forms
11 5 (0.68%) WebSpeed
12 4 (0.54%) PVCS
12 4 (0.54%) Mercurial
13 3 (0.41%) Selenium
13 3 (0.41%) Redmine
General
1 148 (20.03%) Finance
2 51 (6.90%) Banking
3 34 (4.60%) Games
4 21 (2.84%) Pharmaceutical
4 21 (2.84%) Investment Banking
5 20 (2.71%) Retail
6 16 (2.17%) Front Office
7 11 (1.49%) Financial Institution
7 11 (1.49%) Manufacturing
8 10 (1.35%) Back Office
9 9 (1.22%) Advertising
10 8 (1.08%) Telecoms
10 8 (1.08%) Marketing
11 4 (0.54%) International Banking
11 4 (0.54%) Electronics
12 3 (0.41%) Automotive
12 3 (0.41%) Publishing
12 3 (0.41%) French Language
12 3 (0.41%) iGaming
13 2 (0.27%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 162 (21.92%) HTML
2 160 (21.65%) .NET
3 129 (17.46%) CSS
4 84 (11.37%) ASP.NET
5 78 (10.55%) XML
6 77 (10.42%) jQuery
7 64 (8.66%) Web Services
8 62 (8.39%) HTML5
9 54 (7.31%) Ruby on Rails
10 48 (6.50%) CSS3
11 42 (5.68%) WCF
12 38 (5.14%) Spring
13 36 (4.87%) LAMP
14 34 (4.60%) .NET Framework
15 33 (4.47%) JSON
15 33 (4.47%) ASP.NET MVC
16 32 (4.33%) AngularJS
17 28 (3.79%) Ember.js
18 26 (3.52%) KnockoutJS
19 25 (3.38%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 39 (5.28%) Analytical Skills
2 36 (4.87%) Mainframe
3 25 (3.38%) Open Source
4 24 (3.25%) AS400
5 20 (2.71%) Computer Science
6 19 (2.57%) Wiki
7 15 (2.03%) Derivative
8 13 (1.76%) Mobile App
9 12 (1.62%) Mathematics
10 9 (1.22%) Statistics
10 9 (1.22%) IBM Mainframe
10 9 (1.22%) iSeries
11 7 (0.95%) Management Information System
11 7 (0.95%) W3C
11 7 (0.95%) Client/Server
11 7 (0.95%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 6 (0.81%) N-Tier
12 6 (0.81%) Market Risk
13 5 (0.68%) GIS
13 5 (0.68%) Credit Risk
Operating Systems
1 83 (11.23%) Windows
2 75 (10.15%) Linux
3 48 (6.50%) UNIX
4 20 (2.71%) zOS
5 13 (1.76%) Apple iOS
6 12 (1.62%) Solaris
6 12 (1.62%) Mac OS X
7 9 (1.22%) Windows Server 2003
8 8 (1.08%) AIX
9 7 (0.95%) Windows Server 2008
10 6 (0.81%) Android
10 6 (0.81%) Windows 7
11 4 (0.54%) OS/390
12 2 (0.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 2 (0.27%) Debian
12 2 (0.27%) MVS
12 2 (0.27%) Windows 8
13 1 (0.14%) SUSE
13 1 (0.14%) Ubuntu
13 1 (0.14%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 187 (25.30%) Agile Software Development
2 82 (11.10%) MVC
3 78 (10.55%) TDD
4 65 (8.80%) OO
5 57 (7.71%) Software Engineering
6 47 (6.36%) Business Intelligence
7 42 (5.68%) Web Development
8 41 (5.55%) Scrum
9 38 (5.14%) BDD
10 37 (5.01%) Web Application Development
11 33 (4.47%) Unit Testing
11 33 (4.47%) Migration
11 33 (4.47%) UML
12 31 (4.19%) Continuous Integration
13 29 (3.92%) CRM
14 26 (3.52%) Automated Testing
15 24 (3.25%) ETL
16 23 (3.11%) Project Management
17 19 (2.57%) Performance Tuning
18 18 (2.44%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 220 (29.77%) SQL
2 163 (22.06%) JavaScript
3 159 (21.52%) C#
4 97 (13.13%) Java
5 61 (8.25%) C++
6 55 (7.44%) Ruby
7 42 (5.68%) RPG
8 39 (5.28%) PHP
9 38 (5.14%) VB.NET
10 37 (5.01%) RPG IV
11 35 (4.74%) PL/SQL
12 32 (4.33%) T-SQL
13 31 (4.19%) VB
14 28 (3.79%) Python
15 27 (3.65%) Scala
16 25 (3.38%) C
17 23 (3.11%) VB6
18 21 (2.84%) Shell Script
19 15 (2.03%) Perl
20 14 (1.89%) VBA
Qualifications
1 56 (7.58%) Degree
2 22 (2.98%) Security Cleared
3 12 (1.62%) SC Cleared
4 4 (0.54%) DV Cleared
5 3 (0.41%) PhD
6 2 (0.27%) HNC
6 2 (0.27%) HND
6 2 (0.27%) OCP
6 2 (0.27%) OCA
6 2 (0.27%) Oracle Certification
6 2 (0.27%) OCAJ
7 1 (0.14%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 1 (0.14%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 1 (0.14%) A+ Certification
7 1 (0.14%) SAS Certification
7 1 (0.14%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (2.44%) QA
2 10 (1.35%) CDISC
3 8 (1.08%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 4 (0.54%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.41%) SLA
6 1 (0.14%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.14%) FINREP
6 1 (0.14%) HL7
System Software
1 17 (2.30%) RACF
2 14 (1.89%) ACF2
3 1 (0.14%) Docker
3 1 (0.14%) Cronacle
Systems Management
1 6 (0.81%) Capistrano
2 5 (0.68%) Control-M
3 3 (0.41%) Ansible
4 2 (0.27%) Tivoli
4 2 (0.27%) Puppet
4 2 (0.27%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.14%) WMI
5 1 (0.14%) OMEGAMON
Vendors
1 90 (12.18%) Oracle
2 52 (7.04%) Microsoft
3 33 (4.47%) IBM
4 15 (2.03%) SAP
5 13 (1.76%) Progress
6 12 (1.62%) Business Objects
6 12 (1.62%) Zend
7 11 (1.49%) Unisys
8 10 (1.35%) JBoss
8 10 (1.35%) Twitter
9 8 (1.08%) Cisco
9 8 (1.08%) CA
9 8 (1.08%) Salesforce.com
10 6 (0.81%) Cognos
11 5 (0.68%) Sybase
11 5 (0.68%) Google
12 4 (0.54%) Netezza
12 4 (0.54%) Confirmit
12 4 (0.54%) BMC
13 3 (0.41%) TIBCO
London
Real Staffing
Rate: £400 - £600 per day + competitive
Posted: 19 hours ago
Somerset
Roc Search
Posted: Yesterday
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £280 - £320 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
Synergize Consulting
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 3 days ago
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
Synergize Consulting
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Yoh Company
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
West London
Absolute Solution Limited
Rate: From £50,000 to £56,000 per day up to £56k plus bens
Posted: 4 days ago
West Midlands
Roc Search
Posted: 5 days ago
Aberdeenshire
LA International
Rate: £350 - £375 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Glasgow
DP Connect
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City of London
Real Staffing
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Yorkshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £400 to £500 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Integrity IT Solutions
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £281.25 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £375 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £35000.00 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Cambridge
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
Bristol
Huxley Associates
Rate: £30 - £40 per hour + competitive
Posted: 18 days ago