The table below looks at the statistics for the Senior 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 Senior Programmer in their job title over the 3 months to 19 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Senior Programmer
Rank 567 542 534
Rank change year-on-year
-25 -8
Contract jobs requiring a Senior Programmer 28 40 23
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.051% 0.078% 0.046%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.055% 0.084% 0.050%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 31 11
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£443 £390 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.46% +4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £315 £288 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £675 £550 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £325 £345
% change year-on-year
+15.38% -5.79%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

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
50642 47729 46134
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 91.79% 92.49% 92.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 32228 28770 26034
Average daily rate £400 £400 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.26%
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 2044 2098 2641
Average hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.57% -5.40%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £37.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-5.88% -5.55%

Senior Programmer
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Senior Programmer in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Senior Programmer Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Senior Programmer
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Senior Programmer within the UK.

Senior Programmer Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Senior Programmer
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Senior Programmer within the UK over the 3 months to 19 December 2014.

Senior Programmer Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Senior Programmer
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Senior Programmer within the UK.

Senior Programmer Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Senior 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 Senior Programmer within the UK over the 3 months to 19 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 -43 21 £538 +34.37% 12
London +10 13 £625 +52.34% 4
South East -17 8 £438 +12.17% 3
Berkshire +5 6 £509 +30.44%
Reading +18 3 £575 +47.43%
Scotland -5 3 £375 +15.38% 1
Edinburgh - 3 £375 -
City of London +8 2 £438 -6.96%
Surrey - 1 £433 -
Oxfordshire - 1 - - 1
Guildford - 1 £433 -
Hertford - - - -
Leeds - - - -
Leicester - - - - 1
Bracknell - - - -
Burton-upon-Trent - - - -
Cambridge - - - - 1
Cardiff - - - -
Chelmsford - - - -
Chepstow - - - -
Coventry - - - - 1
Royston - - - - 1
Slough - - - -
Southend-on-Sea - - - -
Staines - - - -
Wakefield - - - - 1
Windsor - - - -
Woking - - - -
York - - - -
Staffordshire - - - -

Senior Programmer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Senior 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 Senior Programmer in their job title.

1 15 (35.71%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (26.19%) Python
2 11 (26.19%) .NET
3 10 (23.81%) JavaScript
3 10 (23.81%) jQuery
3 10 (23.81%) Analytics
4 9 (21.43%) CSS
5 8 (19.05%) SQL Server
5 8 (19.05%) Eclipse
5 8 (19.05%) Automated Testing
5 8 (19.05%) MVC
5 8 (19.05%) Risk Management
5 8 (19.05%) Refactoring
6 7 (16.67%) Finance
6 7 (16.67%) Oracle
6 7 (16.67%) HTML
6 7 (16.67%) SQL
6 7 (16.67%) ASP.NET
6 7 (16.67%) XML
7 6 (14.29%) Linux
7 6 (14.29%) C#
7 6 (14.29%) Microsoft
7 6 (14.29%) TDD
7 6 (14.29%) Banking
8 5 (11.90%) Software Engineering
8 5 (11.90%) Mainframe
8 5 (11.90%) C++
8 5 (11.90%) Java
8 5 (11.90%) UNIX
8 5 (11.90%) Web Services

Senior Programmer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Senior 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 Senior Programmer in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 4 (9.52%) BizTalk Server
2 2 (4.76%) WebSphere
3 1 (2.38%) CICS
3 1 (2.38%) SharePoint
3 1 (2.38%) Apache
3 1 (2.38%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 2 (4.76%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (9.52%) Remedy ITSM
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.38%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (19.05%) SQL Server
2 4 (9.52%) Oracle Database
3 2 (4.76%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (4.76%) DataStage
3 2 (4.76%) Crystal Reports
3 2 (4.76%) DB2
4 1 (2.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (2.38%) OLAP
4 1 (2.38%) MySQL
4 1 (2.38%) Relational Database
4 1 (2.38%) NoSQL
4 1 (2.38%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 8 (19.05%) Eclipse
2 4 (9.52%) RSpec
2 4 (9.52%) Cucumber
2 4 (9.52%) Jasmine
3 3 (7.14%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (4.76%) Toad
5 1 (2.38%) Subversion
5 1 (2.38%) Visual Studio
5 1 (2.38%) ReSharper
General
1 7 (16.67%) Finance
2 6 (14.29%) Banking
3 3 (7.14%) Investment Banking
4 1 (2.38%) Law
4 1 (2.38%) Legal
4 1 (2.38%) Front Office
4 1 (2.38%) Back Office
4 1 (2.38%) Wholesale Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (26.19%) .NET
2 10 (23.81%) jQuery
3 9 (21.43%) CSS
4 7 (16.67%) HTML
4 7 (16.67%) ASP.NET
4 7 (16.67%) XML
5 5 (11.90%) Web Services
6 4 (9.52%) Ruby on Rails
6 4 (9.52%) SAP PI
6 4 (9.52%) Backbone.js
6 4 (9.52%) Ember.js
6 4 (9.52%) XSLT
7 3 (7.14%) WCF
8 2 (4.76%) WPF
8 2 (4.76%) Boost C++ Libraries
8 2 (4.76%) Castle Windsor
8 2 (4.76%) Middleware
8 2 (4.76%) STL
9 1 (2.38%) Spring
9 1 (2.38%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 5 (11.90%) Mainframe
2 4 (9.52%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 4 (9.52%) Fixed Income
3 3 (7.14%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (4.76%) iSeries
4 2 (4.76%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (2.38%) VSAM
5 1 (2.38%) Mobile App
5 1 (2.38%) Open Source
Operating Systems
1 6 (14.29%) Linux
2 5 (11.90%) UNIX
3 3 (7.14%) zOS
4 2 (4.76%) Windows
5 1 (2.38%) Debian
5 1 (2.38%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (2.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (2.38%) Android
5 1 (2.38%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (35.71%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (23.81%) Analytics
3 8 (19.05%) Automated Testing
3 8 (19.05%) MVC
3 8 (19.05%) Risk Management
3 8 (19.05%) Refactoring
4 6 (14.29%) TDD
5 5 (11.90%) Software Engineering
6 4 (9.52%) System Testing
6 4 (9.52%) Waterfall
6 4 (9.52%) B2B
6 4 (9.52%) Migration
6 4 (9.52%) ITSM
7 3 (7.14%) Data Analysis
7 3 (7.14%) OO
7 3 (7.14%) Low Latency
7 3 (7.14%) Business Analysis
8 2 (4.76%) Web Analytics
8 2 (4.76%) Problem Management
8 2 (4.76%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 11 (26.19%) Python
2 10 (23.81%) JavaScript
3 7 (16.67%) SQL
4 6 (14.29%) C#
5 5 (11.90%) C++
5 5 (11.90%) Java
6 4 (9.52%) Ruby
6 4 (9.52%) CoffeeScript
7 3 (7.14%) Shell Script
8 2 (4.76%) RPG IV
8 2 (4.76%) T-SQL
8 2 (4.76%) RPG
9 1 (2.38%) PHP
9 1 (2.38%) PL/SQL
9 1 (2.38%) VB.NET
9 1 (2.38%) VBA
9 1 (2.38%) COBOL
9 1 (2.38%) JCL
9 1 (2.38%) PHP5
9 1 (2.38%) XPath
Qualifications
1 2 (4.76%) Degree
2 1 (2.38%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (9.52%) QA
Vendors
1 7 (16.67%) Oracle
2 6 (14.29%) Microsoft
3 4 (9.52%) SAP
3 4 (9.52%) Remedy
4 2 (4.76%) Unisys
4 2 (4.76%) Cognizant
4 2 (4.76%) IBM
5 1 (2.38%) ION Trading
5 1 (2.38%) Red Hat
5 1 (2.38%) Zend